Community leaders in Kalamazoo, Michigan are inspiring young people and providing a safe area to play with a new park that features art installations of black inventors.
With the help of a $20,000 neighborhood enhancement grant from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority, the historic new park opened in early October in the Northside neighborhood reportsMLive.
"The whole purpose is to inspire kids to go into STEM careers, but how are you going to inspire them if they don't see things?" said NACD Executive Director Mattie Jordan-Woods. "It's to highlight the contributions of African Americans, but in general we don't have things in our communities anymore that inspires kids."
Inventors Henry Blair, Garrett Morgan, Augustus Jackson and Lonnie Johnson and four mixed-media displays, built by Kalamazoo artist James Palmore, are featured in the new park.
The inventor Henry Blair is featured because he was the second African American inventor to receive a patent. His revolutionary seed-planter allowed farmers to efficiently plant more corn using less labor. Morgan, of course, invented the first proto-gas mask and the traffic signal.
Augustus Jackson, who was a White House cook in the 1820s, has been called the "Father of Ice Cream" for creating new recipes and changing the way the frozen treat has been made.
And Lonnie Johnson, who is the only living inventor of those featured in the park, is responsible for cooler summers. His "Super Soaker" water gun, and "Nerf" toy gun are staples of family gatherings and childhoods.
"(We're trying to show kids) STEM is actually the ice cream you eat – that's scientific, but it's a different way of looking at it," Jordan-Woods said.
Another $5,000 in grants were donated by Chemical Bank and Mercantile Bank to help with construction and gardens around the park. Children from the area will also work with local organization Youth Opportunities Unlimited to plant flower boxes to help beautify their new park.
The park is just one aspect of the revitalization of the community. There are plans to create a "Northside Cultural Business District," that will feature vibrant businesses and similar historic displays. -blavity
Atlanta, GA — Parents, teachers, and school systems looking for new ideas to engage and connect with students will soon have a dynamic resource to help them when Atlanta educator, Derek Collins, launches his Gifted & Lit DVD program in December.
Gifted & Lit is an innovative program that uses Hip-Hop to teach students lessons in math, science grammar and more. The program, produced by Diversion Center, delivers positive music that is catchy, educational and fun. But that’s not all. Gifted & Lit features lively animation, modern beats, lyrics and positive information designed to influence children and help them develop a love for learning.
Research shows that positive engaging music increases retention of information by 15-20%. And Hip-Hop is one of the most popular musical genres among youth. In fact, Howard University allowed a graduate student, Felicia Gangloff-Bailey to conduct a year-long research on a popular Hip-Hop study program, Hip-Hop Scholars, which found that the use of Hip-Hop as a concentration tool promotes critical thinking, welcomes diversification and examines the importance of culture.
Derek Collins is the CEO and Founder of Diversion Center. The Atlanta resident also boasts a Masters Degree in Education, specializing in instruction and curriculum development. Questioned about the motivation to create the Gifted & Lit DVD, Collins explained: “I saw the impact that Hip-hop has on today’s youth so I created this program to educate students and remix the traditional way of learning.”
Gifted & Lit is a refreshing way to help students grasp difficult lessons in grammar such as nouns pronouns as well as arithmetic operations like multiplication and division. Anyone who loved the hit ABC series, Schoolhouse Rock, will love this modern, animated, musical DVD.
The Gifted and Lit DVD is scheduled for release on December 1, 2017. Each DVD is priced at $29.97; however, schools can purchase bundles of 10 and 50 at a reduced cost. And as the launch will be just in time for Christmas, the DVD is an excellent gift idea for children.
For further information or to pre-order copies, visit: www.giftedandlit.com.
In a beautiful essay published by Lenny Letter, “Black-ish” star Tracee Ellis Ross praised our forever first lady, Michelle Obama, for shattering stereotypes and allowing her to do the same on television.
Ross claimed that her character, Rainbow Johnson, couldn’t have been possible without Mrs. Obama, writing: “She validated a Rainbow Johnson for people who had never met a Black woman with the revolutionary experience of being joyful. A Black woman who is not only surviving but thriving. A Black woman who is actually in love with her husband—not an image we usually see in American pop culture. A Black woman who can be goofy and sexy, who can be smart and empowered and soft and lovable and vulnerable.”
Ross continued, “Eight years of watching Michelle Obama as a person, not just relegated to doing ‘woman things,’ provided an antidote to all the false representations of Black women that have inundated us for centuries—images that don’t represent the reality, or the humanity, of who we are as Black people. Of who we are as people.”
“And then to have her name prefaced by two things that are rarely associated with Black women—’First’ and ‘Lady’—well, it shattered everything,” Ross added.
You can read the full essay, in which Ross also praised Obama for her speeches calling out slavery and sexual assault, here, at LennyLetter.com. -thegrio
Rihanna is on the cover of Vogue Arabia’s November issue in an outfit inspired by Queen Nefertiti.
“Thousands of years apart, two iconic women will finally meet in the pages of Vogue Arabia,” the magazine tweeted in a teaser for the issue.
Two images have been released for the covers, one with a snakeskin look and another with a more feathered ensemble. Both feature the headpiece famously sculpted in depictions of Queen Nefertiti.
But while many love the snakeskin look on Rihanna, others called it an example of cultural appropriation,since Rihanna is from Barbados. This is not the first time the singer has been accused of cultural appropriation, either, though she has yet to respond to the accusations. -thegrio
Hulu is developing a series adaptation of the novel “Invisible Man” by Ralph Ellison.
Variety has learned that the project is in very early development stages, and that no script has yet been written. Hulu earlier this year acquired the rights to develop a series based on the landmark 1952 novel, which is owned by the Ralph and Fanny Ellison Charitable Trust. John Callahan is serving as an executive producer on the project.
Winner of the National Book Award in 1953, “Invisible Man” is considered a classic of 20th century American literature. The novel is told from the perspective of an unnamed African-American narrator who considers himself to be socially invisible due to the color of his skin. The narrator recalls stories from his life — first growing up and attending college in the South, then migrating to and living in New York City.
Hulu has had recent success with literary adaptations. In September, the first season of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on the dystopian feminist novel by Margaret Atwood, won eight Primetime Emmy Awards — including best drama series and best actress in a drama series for star Elisabeth Moss. The streaming service debuted miniseries “11.22.63,” based on a Stephen King novel, last year, and has another King adaptation, “Castle Rock,” in the works.
Speaking to Variety following the Emmys, Hulu senior VP of content described how “The Handmaid’s Tale” reflected the streaming service’s original programming strategy. “We’re looking to tell intimate character stories against large worlds and large canvases that have really strong, resonant, and permanent dramatic underpinnings,” he said. -variety
Seeing a wall of blue in courtrooms can influence jurors. So, it’s not unreasonable to ask officers not to wear their uniforms during a trial involving a police shooting.
That’s the argument of a Black Lives Matter activist who was told not to wear a T-shirt with the movement’s logo during a trial of a New York City police officer, the New York Daily News reported.
Hawk Newsome, the regional head of Black Lives Matter, told the newspaper that an assistant attorney general directed him to turn his T-shirt inside out because of a logo ban.
Newsome was sitting in the courtroom gallery during jury selection for the trial of Office Wayne Isaacs. He faces up to life in prison for fatally shooting a man in a 2016 road rage encounter.
However, Newsome noted that the courtroom was full of officers attending in support of Isaacs. No one told them not to wear their uniforms.
“How fair is it that police can visibly support another cop who was indicted for murder and manslaughter, but family and activist can’t wear a particular shirt?” Newsome told The Daily News. He filed a complaint with the administrative judge, saying that the police presence can influence the jury.
It’s not unprecedented to ban officers from wearing police uniforms in a mass show of support for a fellow officer during a trial.
The New York Times reported that a federal judge issued that order during the 2006 trial of a man accused of killing two undercover detectives on Staten Island.
A juror in a separate case told the newspaper that she voted to convict a man accused of killing two Brooklyn detectives in 2004 because of the police presence in the courtroom.
“It sort of felt like we were expected to return a verdict as we did: a guilty verdict,” she told The Times. -newsone
Nationwide — A global initiative called the Buy Black Movement(www.buyblackmovement.com/buyus) has built a worldwide platform that easily enables Black consumers to do business with Black-owned businesses.
Business owners who manufacture their own quality products or services can send their inventory to the Buy Black Movement and the company will:
* Photograph the inventory and put it on their online store.
* Market business owners products to Black business networks worldwide.
* Take orders and other time saving services that Black business owners normally do.
The Buy Black Movement was founded by longtime entrepreneurs, Delxino and Deborah de Briano Wilson, who are on a mission to create lasting unity and to build strong Black communities nationwide.
Raven L. Mahdee, an independent marketer with Buy Black Movement, comments, “The ultimate goal is to help Black businesses be seen and become financially healthy always, to destroy the notion that Black people wont support Black businesses, to keep the money circulating with Black people, to help build and unite Black communities, and to create jobs for people in Black communities.
In just a little more than a year’s time, the movement has enabled more than 63,000 Black customers to buy more than 106,000 quality products and services from Black owned companies.
“Even more, Black consumers are opening their free memberships with the Buy Black Movementon a daily basis and they are really excited about the quality of the products, customer service, feeling part of helping Black people rise, keeping their money within the Black race but most of all feeling appreciated and respected,” said Mahdee.
Black consumers are really motivated to support the company because young Black entrepreneurs who have legitimate companies are able to get their name, products and services marketed to the world making them household names for future endeavors they might bring to the market place.
The business model has attracted all types of Black people – professionals, blue collar, stay home moms and even teenagers. The wide demographic is taking interest because of how potent the results are.
For Black business owners looking to take their products worldwide, the Buy Black Movement is the perfect vehicle to take their companies to the next level.
For more information and/or to sign up free for the Buy Black Movement, go to www.buyblackmovement.com/buyus
Flint Premieres on Lifetime this Saturday, Will it Show us the Outcome of the Still Ongoing Water Crisis?
It has been 1,278 days since the residents of Flint, Michigan have had clean water flowing through their pipes. The problem has still not been fully resolved as government infighting between the city and state has led to more red tape and more delays in finding a permanent water source for the city.
As the city’s water problems slog on, Lifetime is set to premiere it’s made-for-television movie that dramatizes the crisis — the eponymous Flint, starring Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Betsy Brandt and Marin Ireland.
The network released a trailer for the film, which will air Oct. 28 at 8 p.m.
Flint is a dramatic retelling of the crisis that focuses on the whistleblowers who helped expose the city’s lead-contaminated water. LeeAnne Walters (Brandt), Melissa Mays (Ireland), Nayyirah Shariff (Scott) discover that the water is contaminated and causing medical problems for their families. When their complaints to the powers that be go unheard, they band together to expose the corrupt government officials whose greed and carelessness caused the crisis in the first place.
The film is based on the Time cover story “The Toxic Tap” by Josh Sanburn. The screenplay was written by Barbara Stepansky, and the film was directed by Bruce Beresford.
In addition, Lifetime partnered with the United Way of Genesee County on a PSA starring the cast of Flint, encouraging people to donate to help the residents of Flint. According to Lifetime, the funds raised will be used to help purchase bottled water and filters as well as provide for the long-term health and development needs for the children of Flint and their families.
Flint will premiere on Saturday at 8 p.m. on the Lifetime network. -thegrapevine
The widow of a U.S. soldier killed in Niger said she was “hurt” when President Donald Trump told her in a phone call last week that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” Myeshia Johnson told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday, referring to the presidential condolence call that ignited a weeklong controversy. “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name.”
She said Trump told her that her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, “knew what he signed up for but it hurts anyways. And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it.”
The president’s call made her “very upset and hurt,” she said. “It made me cry even worse.”
Trump quickly shot back on Twitter, saying that his conversation with Johnson was “very respectful” and that he did say the fallen soldier’s name.
Johnson’s death has been front and center in a controversy Trump himself created when he drew attention to the fact that he hadn’t phoned the immediate families of all service members who had been killed during his presidency and made the erroneous claim that his predecessors didn’t make such calls.
Trump did phone Johnson last week. Rep. Federica Wilson (D-Fla.), who was in the car with Johnson when Trump made the condolence call on Tuesday, was the first to speak out about the conversation:
“Sarcastically he said: ‘But you know he must have known what he signed up for,’” Wilson told NBC6. “How could you say that to a grieving widow? I couldn’t believe ... and he said it more than once. I said this man has no feelings for anyone. This is a young woman with child who is grieved to her soul.”
Johnson’s aunt, who was also in the car, backed Wilson up last week. (The aunt, who raised Johnson, was identified earlier as Johnson’s mother.) Trump on Wednesday accused Wilson of fabricating what he said, claiming he had proof.
“Whatever Ms. Wilson said was not fabricated,” Johnson’s widow, who is pregnant, confirmed on Monday. “What she said was 100-percent correct. The phone was on speakerphone. Why would we fabricate something like that?”
She said she has nothing further to say to Trump.
Johnson was killed during an ambush in Niger on Oct. 4, along with three other Special Forces troops. It took authorities two days to find his body, leading to questions about what occurred during the attack and whether the U.S. and Niger soldiers with him on the mission left him behind or tried to come back to rescue him.
Johnson’s widow said she’s still desperately seeking answers to what happened.
“When they came to my house they just told me that it was a massive gunfire and my husband as of Oct. 4 was missing,” she said. “They didn’t know his whereabouts, they didn’t know where he was. And a couple of days later they told me he went from missing to killed in action. I don’t know how he got killed, where he got killed, anything.”
She said she still hasn’t been able to see her husband’s body.
“They told he was in a severe wrap and I wouldn’t be able to see him. I know my husband’s body from head to toe and they won’t let me see anything. I don’t know what’s in that box, it could be empty from head to toe.”
Approximately 1,000 people attended Johnson’s funeral on Saturday.
The administration is reportedly rush-delivering condolence letters to families of slain soldiers amid the controversy. Three Gold Star families told The Atlantic that they hadn’t received correspondence from Trump until last week.
In fact, the White House apparently had to scramble to find contact information for Gold Star families who lost a service member since January in order to determine who Trump hadn’t yet contacted, according to an internal Defense Department email obtained by political news site Roll Call. -huffpost
Michael Bentum can do 360 surf turns with perfection. He rides the waves along the coast of Busua, Ghana, with height and speed. His surfboard soars beside the ocean swell, as crowds of children watch from the coastline applauding in admiration. Bentum is their surfing hometown hero. “I can tell you now that I’m the best in Ghana,“ the 21-year-old said. Bentum recently won the International Surfing Day Competition, held in the Krokrobite suburb of Accra. He took home a surfboard from Share the Stoke, a watch from Rip Curl and 500 Cedis ($112).
Forty-six surfers from 17 countries traveled here for the competition. Three are from Ghana. It’s the 12th surfing event in the country organized by Brett Davies of England. He owns Mr. Bright’s Surf School and wants the world to know that Africans have been surfing for centuries.“Most Africans are very fit and athletic,” he explained. “The African surfers I have had the pleasure of surfing with and coach pick up surfing fast.”Mr. Brights
Children living in this small fisherman’s village also grow up surfing as way of life. Their playground is a raw, untapped beach. Women walk on the sand carrying items on their heads and babies swaddled in clothe on their backs. It’s picturesque Africa. Peter Ansah, owner of Ahanta Waves Surf School & Camp, says their home is a surfer’s paradise. “When I was small, I would always come to the beach and try to surf with a piece of wood.” As a child, he met a couple from the United States using surfboards at Busua beach. Intrigued by the long pointy structure, he asked to use it in place of wood – falling in love with catching waves.“Whenever I’m surfing, I forget about everything. I have nothing to think about. The only thing is that I enjoy it!” he described. He’s been surfing for 13 years and opened his surf school for locals and tourists alike. “A lot of people think it’s not possible to surf in Ghana because they think there’s no waves or no ocean in Ghana,”Ansah said.“IT’S NOT ONLY EUROPEANS SURFING. WE ARE SURFING IN AFRICA AND RIGHT HERE IN GHANA TOO.”
However, Ian Fraser from California said he’s familiar with surfing in the country from the 1960’s movie “Endless Summer.” It depicts a scene of kids surfing on wood. He’s in Busua taking his daughter and her teammates to Ahanta Waves for lessons. “I saw the surf school and thought oh we should come here with the girls when we don’t have a game and go surfing with everybody,” Fraser said. Ansah also teaches free lessons to the kids here. He wants them to be apart of the next generation of African surfers. “When you’re talking about surfing, they don’t normally count Ghana,” he explained. “When you travel to South Africa, it is an African country but all the surfers are white people.”
Star surfer Bentum helps out too, teaching them lessons every Friday after school. To keep up with growing interest, a program called Surf and Impact was formed. Volunteers from Europe and the United States live with a family in Busua for a nominal fee and teach the budding surfers. Director Ebenezer Feliz Bentum feels the global exposure will help the 20 students in the program become international surfers. “There a few kids who have big potential to be big stars in the surfing industry,” he said. 4-year-old Clement Cobbinah learned how to inspect the surfboard leash, attach it to his ankle, and stand on it through this program. “It was a bit scary and nervous on my first day,” he admitted. “But it got better and fun, especially on my first time standing up on the surfboard and riding the wave.”
Surfing is costly for a developing country like Ghana. A surfboard costs at least $625. A family here earns about half that amount in a month. Sandy Alibo from France assists Surf and Impact by shipping donated boards to Busua from Europe. To sustain surfing here Alibo wants Ghanaians to manufacture it domestically. “I would love to teach Ghanaians how to shape the boards by themselves and produce the board in Ghana directly,” she said. Bentum walked confidently with his surfboard in one hand and giving the signature “surf’s up” symbol with the other. As long as the children around him continue learning the ways of the waves, he said surfing in Ghana is here to stay. “It’s not only Europeans surfing. We are surfing in Africa and right here in Ghana too.” -goodblacknews
A classroom image of a black girl on a leash is causing outrage in Bridgewater, IL, but the school administrators say the photo has been taken out of context.
The picture was taken during an enrichment program about Pilgrims but many people feel it looks like the little girl is being enslaved by her white classmates.
“If you look at that picture out of context, what are you going to think. It’s clearly what it looks like, it’s disgusting,” said one parent who asked to not be identified.
The photo has gone viral since it was posted and officials at the school say that the teacher is also the director of education at Plimoth Plantation.
The straps around the girl were called “lead strings” and they were used in the 17th century to keep children from wandering off and to help them learn to walk. The girl herself volunteered to take part.
Andrea St. Clare, a parent of a student said she was so shocked she picked up her child early from school. “It seems like enslavement of a person. Even the color of the child has nothing to do with it,” she stated.
Superintendent Derek Swenson put out a statement saying, “It was never the intent of the lesson to demean or degrade any one person or group. The Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District sincerely apologizes to the students, staff and community at large for this unfortunate incident.”
Many parents feel the situation could have been handled better. “I can’t imagine anyone meant any harm, but the basic fact is someone wasn’t thinking,” said a parent.
The parents of the girl in the photo have met with school administrators. A spokesperson for Plimoth Plantation has also apologized. -thegrio
Oakland, CA — A new documentary exploring displacement of African-Americans out of major U.S. cities will release on YouTube on October 25, 2017. YOU A NOMAD is a short film set in Oakland, California, where in the past generation almost 40 percent of the Black population has been displaced. The film uses a unique cross-section of African-American voices to unfold the systemic issues underlying the rapid gentrification Oakland is now facing.
As a Los Angeles native, filmmaker Shirah Dedman witnessed gentrification take hold in her own hometown. However, after moving to Oakland, she saw it in a whole new light. “I’ve always thought of Oakland as a black city. After seeing the effects of gentrification, I couldn’t help but ask: What happened to the Black people in Oakland? And this question is what I sought to find out,” Dedman said.
After showing YOU A NOMAD to a packed crowd at Merritt College, Dedman decided to release the film on YouTube to reach a wide audience to educate more people on the systematic depopulation of African-Americans out of cities nationwide. “If I can help people see white techies as a symptom of the overarching problem rather than as the cause, then we can start discussing real solutions.”
For more information, visit www.youanomad.com
About Shirah Dedman:
Shirah Dedman is a filmmaker, lawyer and impACTivist. From a high school dropout to becoming a licensed attorney by the age of 23, she inexplicably found herself consistently unand under-employed. It’s her own nomadic life, marked with perpetual residential and economic instability, that inspired YOU A NOMAD. Dedman was recently featured in the Equal Justice Initiative/Google film, Uprooted, documenting her family’s return to the site of her great-grandfather’s lynching. For more information, visit www.shirahdedman.com -blacknews
During an interview with The View,Gabrielle Union opened up about what it’s like to raise Black sons in today’s world.
When asked by Whoopi Goldberg to speak about raising her two stepsons and husband Dwyane Wade‘s nephew, Union said, “It’s terrifying.”
She spoke about the worry of living in Florida, which is a Stand Your Ground state, before specifically telling the story of the “drive-by dunk challenge,” where kids will drive through neighborhoods and get out of the car to dunk in any basketball hoops they see in the neighborhoods.
“I’m looking at Snapchat, and I see our boys are doing the dunk challenge,” Union said. “And I literally, my arm goes numb, and I’m panicked. But they second they got home, I was like, ‘They can kill you and get away with it, because now you’re trespassing.'”
She said that her boys wanted to “reap all the benefits of me and my husband’s hard work” and that they wanted to act like their friends and talk back to authority figures.
But Union said that she told her boys, “You’ll die.” She said it was one of the “Black truth bombs that you have to drop on your kids so they’ll understand.”
She lamented the fact that it was necessary to have those conversations in today’s world, saying, “What do you say? Your very Blackness, by birth, has been demonized and weaponized and is considered inherently threatening and less-than. What do you say? How do you raise your kids?”
But in a lighthearted moment, she joked about how her husband had to deal with this aspect of raising their kids too, but he was sort of the exception to the rule.
“He could go to a Klan rally, and they’d be like, ‘Well, it is D-Wyane,'” she joked, adding that her husband was “that exceptional negro.”
“There’s always one,” she laughed. -thegrio
Jonathan Smith, most popularly known as former Eastside Boyz member and rapper Lil Jon, teamed up with the non-profit organization Pencils of Promise (PoP), to build a primary school in Ghana.
Lil Jon began fundraising with PoP earlier this year in January during his birthday dinner, and now the rapper is reaping the benefits of his generous contribution to the Abomayaw community. The kindergarten school, Abomayaw D.A. Kindergarten, officially opened on October 12 and is described as being a “three unit KG Classroom block with ancillary office and washroom facilities,” by Ghana’s Starr FM news.
The rapper was elated as he shared the proud moment on Instagram, “YESTERDAY WAS A SPECIAL DAY FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. WE HAD THE RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND DEDICATION OF A BRAND NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL IN GHANA I FUNDED ALONG WITH @pencilsofpromise I DEDICATED IT TO THE ABOMAYAW COMMUNITY AND TO MY MOTHER. GOD IS GOOD 🙏🏽” -thesource
The Barbados neighborhood where Rihanna grew up is honoring her by renaming a road in her honor.
The Ministry of Tourism announced the change in a statement, saying, “The Government of Barbados will on Independence Day, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, officially change the name of Westbury New Road located in St. Michael to Rihanna Drive in honour of Barbadian superstar Ms. Robyn Rihanna Fenty who grew up in Westbury New Road.”
The new signage for the road is set to be unveiled on Barbados’ Independence Day in a two-hour ceremony, with both Rihanna and Prime Minister Freundel Stuart in attendance. -the grio
The parents of a black student in Mississippi are outraged after a white teacher allegedly encouraged students to hang their son.
The substitute teacher suggested that the white student allow the black student to hit him “so that they could hang him,” according to the lawsuit filed by parents Tony and Kayla Lindsey in Brandon, Mississippi.
The threat was posed after their son, who has since graduated from the school., said he would hit a white student while they were arguing. The lawsuit alleges racial discrimination and has been filed in federal court in Jackson. The suit names the teacher Jane Pinnix, Rankin County school district and the company that provided the teacher as a substitute, Kelly Services.
“Everybody in the class gasped when she [Pinnix] said it,” stated Carlos Moore, the Lindseys’ attorney. “They knew exactly what she meant.”
The Lindsey’s son was suspended for three days. The substitute was also suspended by the school district.
Lawyer for the school district, Fred Harrell Jr. has deemed the lawsuit “frivolous.”
“She [the teacher] was trying to discipline an unruly child and maybe she didn’t use the best choice of words, but there was no racial intent or racial overtone,” Harrell Jr explained, adding that the filing incorrectly “recount[s] the teacher’s exact words” before referring to the black student. “He’s stirring up the media and he thinks that helps him stir up a settlement, but it won’t help with me.”
The family was offered $5,000 as “hush money” said Moore. Harrell said that the offer may have been made by the school’s insurer.
Of the black student in the incident, Moore said, “his black life is the one that seemed not to matter to the substitute teacher and the Rankin County school district.”
The situation has been “investigated, discussed with parents and resolved the week of April 7,” said a school district spokesperson who also called the case “meritless.” -thegrio
On October 8, British rapper Loyle Carner kicked a fan out of his concert for being sexist. According to witnesses, the male fan had yelled out “you have massive t*ts” to Elisa Imperilee who was opening for Loyle.
Loyle stepped in immediately with, “I’m sorry man, you’ve got to learn a lesson, my young man. Sorry.”
“You’ve got to go for being sexist. You’ve got to go.” The crowd cheered as the man was escorted out of the concert by security.
Then on Monday, he doubled down, tweeting, “That sh*t will not be tolerated at any show.
“He’s been banned from that venue, for life.” The tweet garnered thousands of likes and retweets with fans thanking him for stepping in. -thegrio
IN October 2016, Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley promised the First Peoples of Trinidad and Tobago that they would be given a one-off national holiday in recognition of their contribution to the islands.
On Thursday, Government announced that Friday October 13 had been approved as the public holiday.
The call for a public holiday had been made by Ricardo Hernandez Bharath, representing the Santa Rosa First Peoples Community. He said that the holiday would be in recognition of the history of indigenous peoples.
The disclosure of the public holiday came in a statement from, the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Arts, which noted that the First Peoples have been calling for greater recognition of their history and customs. -trinidadexpress
Descendants of the First Peoples have gathered in front of the Red House to pay homage to remains of ancestors buried inside. -fainerichards
Eminem’s blistering takedown of President Donald Trump at the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards found favor with celebs on Twitter.
Athletes, rappers and singers were among those to praise the Detroit hip-hop artist’s “The Storm” cypher in which he slammed Trump and his supporters over gun control, immigration, racism and the NFL national anthem protests.
NBA star LeBron James, who recently called Trump a “bum,” reacted by posting some of the lyrics alongside this picture from “Fantastic Four.”
Former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, whose decision to protest racial injustice and police brutality by taking a knee during the anthem last year sparked the current NFL controversy, told Eminem:
Several rappers also weighed in:
Chat show host Ellen DeGeneres, meanwhile, simply posted this:
Here’s how other well-known Twitter users reacted to Eminem’s performance:
Chance the Rapper livestreamed a traffic stop on Sunday after Chicago police pulled over the car he was riding in.
“I just want y’all to be here in case it gets out of hand,” the Grammy-winning artist said to the camera. “Should be good, though. Should be straight. I have great faith in humanity and the men and women that put on the badge, but, you know, you can’t be too careful.”
Chance rode in the passenger seat while his girlfriend Kirsten Corley drove the car. Chance said their daughter, Kensli, was also in the vehicle.
As they waited for the officer to approach, Chance talked to his followers about racial injustice and law enforcement.
“Once again, have great faith in the men and woman who put on the badge,” Chance said. “But policing as a system is disproportionately racist and oppressive. I’m with my baby ... nothing going on, just came back from church.”
According to People, the video ended with the officer giving Corley a warning for a moving violation.
Chance has been a vocal critic of the Chicago Police Department and police brutality. In the August 2016 issue of Billboard magazine, he discussed some of his personal experiences with the police while his father served as deputy chief of staff to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“There’s a larger conversation we need to have about the role of police officers, their relationship to the people as enemy or executioner, when they’re not supposed to be either,” Chance said. -huffpost
On Monday, ESPN announced it had suspended its program host for the new tweets sent in a discussion about Jones’ threaten to bench any player who takes a knee during the national anthem.
“Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines,” the network said in a long statement. “She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company down with an impulsive tweet. In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences. Hence this decision.”
About a month ago while tweeting about Trump’s “son of a bitch” campaign against NFL players taking a knee in protest during the national anthem, Hill had not minced words, calling Trump “ignorant” and his election a “direct result of white supremacy.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders fired back, saying Hill should lose her job over the tweets. Back then, ESPN also released a statement, saying that they had addressed the issues with Hill and that she knew her actions were inappropriate.
Hill had responded to the White House comments on Twitter, saying: “My comments on Twitter expressed my personal beliefs. My regret is that my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.” -deadline
The Dove brand sheepishly admitted that it had “missed the mark” with a not-so-vaguely racist advertisement that made it the latest target of consumer rage.
But many angry and befuddled Dove lovers spent the weekend wondering what mark Dove was trying to hit in the first place.
The ire-inducing advertisement — a static compilation of four photos — was released Saturday afternoon. The first frame shows a dark-skinned woman in what appears to be a bathroom, a bottle of Dove body wash in the lower right-hand corner of the picture.
In subsequent frames, the woman reaches down and lifts up her shirt (and apparently the rest of her skin/costume) to reveal a smiling white woman.
Offended Dove users erupted, and the company quickly apologized on social media.
Unilever, Dove’s parent company, did not respond to Washington Post requests for comment.
The vacuum of information was filled on social media by people peppering the company with comments and rhetorical questions, none of them good.
Was Dove saying that inside every black woman is a smiling redheaded white woman?
Was Dove invoking the centuries-old stereotype that black is dirty and white is pure? Or that black skin can or should be cleansed away?
And perhaps the biggest question of all: Did Dove really believe that the ad would make more people of color want to buy its products?
“What exactly were yall going for?” a self-described Dove consumer said on the company’s Facebook page. “What was the mark . . . I mean anyone with eyes can see how offensive this is. Not one person on your staff objected to this? Wow. Will not be buying your products anymore.” -washingtonpost
If we’ve learned anything about T.I. recently, it’s that he’s down to ride for the cause. Recently, a few of the Houston’s Restaurants in Atlanta have been accused of discrimination. Some angry ATLiens decided to do something about it and boycott the eating establishments. And the Kang was front and center.
Tip announced the protest on his Instagram page. “Ok so I’ve heard 4 different stories from 4 different sources about discrimination against US at 2 separate Houstons Steakhouse locations in my city. Tomorrow we get answers. #HoustonsWeHaveAProblem,” he wrote.
On Saturday (Oct. 7), a group of protesters, including the Hustle Gang head honcho, descended upon the Houston’s location on Lenox Road. Armed with signs and yelling, “Whose City! Our City!” they made their presence known.
“We have closed the Houston’s down for the moment, indefinitely,” Tips says, in an Instagram video recorded at the protest. “When they figure out how to treat us, they can open back up.”
Houston’s has responded to the backlash on social media. “We have employed a diverse and hard-working staff serving Atlanta’s similar diverse clientele for many years,” the statement reads (below). “Charges of discrimination are not only unfounded but are an intentional manipulation using social media. Our policies and guidelines apply equally to everyone.”
Mr. Harris isn’t afraid to put his feet in the streets. Back in July, he participated in a march in Atlanta to protest the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police. That time, the crowd gathered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and headed to the CNN Center before moving on to Williams Street near the Connector, where they were met by a police blockade. A standoff ensued around the corner from T.I.’s local restaurant Scales 925. -XXLmag
Get ready for the sounds of steel drums, exotic costumes, and a week long fete because it’s Carnival season. Whether you’re a Carnival vet and know how to scout for the hottest parties or if you’re curious and willing to venture out, there are a few things to know. First, not all Carnival parties are created equal. There are the official signature events presented by the Miami-Broward Carnival and then there are the parties. Second, everyday is lit for Carnival, there’s no sleep, and you might as well play sick and take a day off. So if you still need help planning your Carnival calendar, here are a few events to definitely add to the list.
Miami Junior Carnival
The kiddies compete for Carnival bragging rights and to show that they can hold their own crown. The day consists of King & Queen individual competitions at 1 p.m., Pan Solo Competition at 2 p.m., Junior Carnival Parade of Bands at 3 p.m., and the Youth Calypso competition at 6 p.m. There’s also the Kids Zone with activities throughout the day.
Lunch Time Bacchanal
Skip work and join the bacchanal for wild revelry of non-stop Soca and rum punch. The celebration continues from 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. for the Miami Broward carnival Panorama competition where the steelbands give you an intense Soca workout.
Miami Broward Official J’ouvert
Think paint, water, and plenty of drinks. There’s no other way to experience J’ouvert but to get sexy and dirty.
Miami Carnival Parade & Concert
Miami Carnival celebrates 33 years with a massive party Soca party and over 15 masquerade bands. Things start off with the parade featuring Grand Marshalls actor Robert Christopher Riley (“Hit the Floor,” “Dynasty”), Gramps Morgan (Morgan Heritage), and Kimberley McDowell (Miss Jamaica World).
The festivities continue with some of the top Soca artists lighting up the stage, including MX Prime and Ultimate Rejects, Karma, Ravi B & Neisha B, Shurwayne Winchester, Terri Lyons, Lead Pipe & Saddis, Edwin Yearwood and more. Seven DJs keep the party lit with a lineup featuring Redman, DJ Spice, DJ Storm, DJ Spice Mature Vibe, Chosen Plus, and MC Wassy. -miami.com
If I shall die before they wake, I pray the Lord my shades are safe.