Affirmative Action: A Cruel Policy
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Racially based affirmative action policies make college admissions a less inclusive and egalitarian process. What seems like a noble way to rectify institutional injustice, past and present, is in actuality a vicious means of perpetuating classism and …
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Toni Braxton – Braxtons. The Braxton’s, from left Tamar, Towanda, Toni, Evelyn, Traci and Trina attend the 13th Annual McDonald’s 365 Black Awards at the Ernest Moral Convention Center in New Orleans. — Photo/Soul Brother. Posted: Tuesday, August 30, …
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Group gets funding to link ex-inmates to health care
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Action Wellness, an organization committed to helping people with chronic diseases, is receiving a $325,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health. The grant is part of $2.4 million in funding that will be …
Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine depicted Donald Trump Friday as a man peddling “prejudicial and bigoted” ideas but stopped short of calling him a racist. Following an appearance at a voter registration drive at the historically black Florida A&M University, reporters asked Kaine if Trump is racist.
Black Lives Matter-inspired discussion to follow cult-classic screening at The Athena
A film screening of the cult-classic Attack the Block will introduce a discussion about social movements at the Black Lives Matter-inspired event at The Athena Cinema. Brian Cristi, the organizer of the movie screening, developed the idea following his …
Oh my God. #DeborahPearl
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) August 29, 2016
A 53-year-old Ohio woman was brutally murdered by a man who caused a car accident with her vehicle in the Cleveland area Saturday, according to multiple reports.
Deborah Pearl, a mother and employee of a Cleveland Area Harley Davidson diner, was reportedly shot by Matthew Ryan Desha, a 29-year-old man toting a high-powered assault rifle, who police say killed her after hitting her with his jeep.
Shortly after 7:20 a.m., Pearl was headed to work when Desha reportedly ran a red light at an intersection and hit her car, flipping his vehicle multiple times in the process. Afterward, Pearl is said to have stepped out of her car to assess the damage, at which time he grabbed his high-powered assault rifle and shot at her at least 12 times, reports say.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Department lawyers investigating police agencies for claims of racial discrimination and excessive force are increasingly turning up a different problem: officers’ interactions with the mentally ill.
The latest example came in Baltimore, where a critical report on that department’s policies found that officers end up in unnecessarily violent confrontations with mentally disabled people who in many instances haven’t even committed crimes.
The report cited instances of officers using a stun gun to subdue an agitated man who refused to leave a vacant building and of spraying mace to force a troubled person — said by his father to be unarmed and off his medications — out of an apartment.
Though past federal investigations have addressed the problem, the Baltimore report went a step further: It was the first time the Justice Department has explicitly found that a police department’s policies violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The finding is intended to chart a path to what federal officials hope will be far-reaching improvements, including better training for dispatchers and officers, diversion of more people to treatment rather than jail and stronger relationships with mental health specialists.
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NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin is done playing the good wife to Anthony Weiner, announcing Monday she is leaving the serially sexting ex-congressman after he was accused of sending raunchy photos and messages to yet another woman.
Abedin, who as vice chair of Clinton’s campaign is destined for big things if the Democrat is elected president, stayed with Weiner after a sexting scandal led him to resign from Congress in 2011 and after a new outbreak of online misbehavior wrecked his bid for New York mayor in 2013. She didn’t leave even when a recent documentary blew up tense moments in their marriage to big-screen proportions.
But on Monday, she effectively declared she had had enough.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” she said in a statement issued by the campaign. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life.”
The New York Post published photos late Sunday that it said Weiner had sent last year to a woman identified only as a “40-something divorcee” who lives in the West and supports Republican …read more
Guion “Guy” Bluford made his dreams of flying among the stars a reality on this day in 1983, becoming the first African-American astronaut in space. Bluford logged well over 600 hours in space before retiring, and still managed to accomplish goals even beyond his historic achievement.
Guion Stewart Bluford Jr. was born November 22, 1942 in Philadelphia. Education was central in the Bluford household. After graduating from Pennsylvania State University in 1964 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering, the U.S. Air Force ROTC member then entered the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology. From AFIT, Bluford earned both a master’s and Ph. D in the same discipline as his undergraduate degree.
As an Air Force combat pilot. Bluford flew 144 missions during the Vietnam War and was decorated with several medals including the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. It was after the war that Bluford entered AFIT and worked as an engineer at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.
In the late ’70’s, Bluford joined over 10,000 other applicants who were attempting to join the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Bluford was among 35 potential astronauts selected for the elite program in 1978 and he completed his training the following year.
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An athlete addressing the race issue in the country is not new. But it’s still fascinating to see how the legendary Jackie Robinson, in his 1972 autobiography, I Never Had It Made, described the moment when he realized that he could not “stand and sing the anthem,” nor “salute the flag. ”
Well, after reading that, if you’re have a “Hmmm” moment, it’s because what Robinson wrote mirrors almost exactly the recent statements made by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In his book, Robinson pointed out the country’s ongoing racism, classism, and bigotry:
“There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I …read more
Priorities USA Action, the super PAC that has helped Hillary Clinton dominate the airwaves with political ads, will put up money to bolster the work of some grass-roots political groups to mobilize Latino, Asian American and black voters in several swing states. The super PAC has pledged $3.5 million to the Center for Community Change Action and Immigrant Voters Win, which is focused on boosting turnout among Latino and Asian Americans in Florida, Nevada and Colorado.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it is investigating the hack of Leslie Jones’ website that revealed several private details of the actress-comedian’s life.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of Homeland Security, said Thursday that its New York office is looking into the breach that exposed the driver’s license, passport and intimate photos of the “Saturday Night Live” star, along with hateful and racist images.
ICE Public Affairs Officer Rachael Yong Yow said the agency does not release information related to active investigations. Jones’ website was taken offline after the hack was exposed Wednesday.
The “Ghostbusters” actress was also targeted on Twitter last month with a barrage of racial slurs and obscene photos. She called on the social networking service to do more to curb harassment, and Twitter banned several users as a result.
In recent years, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Kate Upton have been among Hollywood actresses who’ve had stolen nude images of themselves posted online.
No charges have been filed against those who hacked and posted images of Lawrence, Upton and numerous other celebrities in a massive dump of intimate images of celebrities in August 2014.
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In a night full of tweetable moments at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, Beyoncé’s mass slayage seemed to resonate the most, as the end of her “Lemonade” performance was the most tweeted moment of the night, and she was the night’s most mentioned celebrity.
Luciano Ibias, who works on U.S. media partnerships for Twitter, said in a blog post that the most tweeted about moments from three hours prior to Sunday night’s broadcast through the end were:
1. Beyoncé finishes performing “Lemonade.”
2. Kanye West debuts his new video for “Fade.”
3. Rihanna accepts the Vanguard Award.
4. West gives a speech about the “Famous” video and says, “I see you, Amber,” to Amber Rose in the crowd.
5. Rihanna performs for the second time.
The most-tweeted-about people Sunday night were:
5. Fifth Harmony
Watch highlights from the 2016 MTV VMA below:
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MILWAUKEE — State and national leaders held a public meeting in Milwaukee Monday, August 29th to address civil rights and hate crimes. The Wisconsin Advisory Committee met with the U.S. Commission of Civil Rights on Monday afternoon — complete …
The voice of civil rights activist and community leader Joe Hicks has been silenced. He died Sunday from post-surgical complications at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica. He was 75 years old. Hicks was a frequent political commentator on KPCC’s …
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[GRAPHIC CONTENT] Video from Enfield police cruiser dashboard cams of arrest of Mark Maher, who has filed a police brutality complaint. It shows officer Matthew Worden and other officers talking to Maher, taking him down, then what appears to be Worden …