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October 7, 2022

President Biden Wipes out Federal Cannabis Charges

President Joe Biden has had a busy few months. Following sweeping student loan legislation and a major climate bill, Biden announced his newest move on Thursday — the 46th President of the United States pardoned all individuals convicted on federal charges of simple cannabis possession. Although the official number of individuals who will be released is not yet known at this time, early estimates suggest that it is over 6,500 individuals. Along with the announcement, the president also encouraged individual states to follow suit as part of what was quickly seen as a major win for decriminalization efforts across the country. He also announced a desire to declassify cannabis as a Schedule I substance, the class of drugs the federal government considers to have no positive therapeutic use cases and high abuse and addiction potential.

Twitter Officially Launches Edit Button

Elon Musk is nearing a deal to officially buy Twitter…or is he? Tough to know. If and when he takes over, the social networking service will have an edit option. There’s one catch: it’s only accessible for “Twitter Blue” subscribers who pay $4.99 per month (yes, for a free app).

The Edit Tweet button, which has been the most-requested feature among Twitter users, will give subscribers a 30-minute window to edit after a tweet has been posted. That’s it after 30 minutes. Why? “[To] help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said.” The news comes on the same day as a court determined that Musk and Twitter must come to an agreement about the sale by Oct. 28 or be subject to trial.

Adidas Puts Relationship with Kanye West Under Official Review

Rapper, producer, and apparel mogul Kanye West has spent the better half of the year criticizing his corporate partners — including Adidas and Gap — for creative decisions made without his authorization. Now, the German footwear company is pushing back, issuing a statement on Thursday that it was placing its long-term relationship with West under review. The statement comes in the wake of Ye’s most recent controversial moment that saw him don a “White Lives Matter” sweatshirt at his latest fashion show and publicly criticize several major players in the style industry.

Adidas and West have jointly collaborated on the wildly popular Yeezy footwear collection. In an official statement, the Three Stripes said, “After repeated efforts to privately resolve the situation, we have taken the decision to place the partnership under review.” According to Boardroom’s Nick DePaula, despite the review, Adidas will continue to produce products that are currently scheduled. 

Boardroom’s Vinciane Ngomsi broke down all the details of the news.

Karl-Anthony Towns Scores Role in Mindy Kaling's 'Scooby Doo' Adaptation

October marks the official spooky season, and nothing is more synonymous with ghost-driven mysteries than Scooby Doo and friends. Mindy Kaling revealed at New York Comic Con that she is producing a new and mature spinoff of the classic animated series that will feature voice acting from Sam Richardson, Constance Wu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves Karl-Anthony Towns. The adult-centric series will be built around Velma, and will be missing everyone’s favorite furry detective, as Kaling noted that it was difficult to integrate a dog into her efforts to curate her more sophisticated vision for the IP.

Rhuigi Villaseñor Skates to New Role with the Arizona Coyotes

Rhuigi Villaseñor stays busy. The Bally’s creative director and founder of high-end streetwear label Rhude revealed his newest role on Thursday. Villaseñor will serve as a creative strategist for the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes. As part of his new position, the Filipino-American designer curated a luxury apparel line for the team. When discussing the partnership, Coyotes Chief Brand Officer Alex Meruelo Jr. noted that the collection will allow fans to transition seamlessly from the stands to a night on the town. The team’s president, Xavier A. Gutierrez highlighted how the partnership presents a new opportunity for fan engagement, blending culture and sports together in new and exciting ways.

FanDuel Becomes Gaming Society's First Sports Betting Partner

FanDuel saw a meteoric rise in women using its platform in 2021. The sports betting company estimates that more than 4.6 million women in the United States joined a sports betting app last year, marking a 115% increase from 2020. Now, FanDuel is teaming up with the Kevin Garnett-backed Gaming Society to leverage a thriving market and get women in the game. As part of the relationship, Gaming Society will put out a FanDuel-sponsored newsletter every Thursday with a focus on onboarding women.

Read more on the partnership from Boardroom’s Anthony Puccio.

Le’Veon Bell Finds His Way Back into the Ring

The last time Le’Veon Bell stepped foot in the ring, he knocked out Adrian Peterson in the fifth and final round of their September boxing showdown. Next time, he’ll have to do it in a match against a decorated professional fighter — the former NFL running back will face ex-UFC middleweight contender Uriah Hall on Oct. 29 in Glendale, Arizona as part of the Jake Paul vs. Anderson Silva undercard. Known for his power, Hall was a top prospect on The Ultimate Fighter in 2013, finishing with runner-up honors.

Free Nationals Join Megan Thee Stallion in Lineup for the Upcoming LA3C Festival

We are rounding the corner on this year’s cycle of music festivals. However, before the curtain closes, Los Angeles will play host to one of the year’s final events. LA3C announced its full lineup on Thursday, which will include the Free Nationals, Shawn Wasabi, and Mustard. Earlier teasers revealed that Megan Thee Stallion and Maluma will headline the festival, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 10-11. LA3C marks the first rendition of the event, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, “aims to celebrate the city’s diversity and creative communities and to connect people through some of the most influential and inspiring music, food, and art in the city.”