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Shannon Beador gets dragged for hanging with Kelly Dodd
“Really Shannon you’re still friends with Kelly? Hanging with Kelly Dodd? shannonbeador/Instagram“@shannonbeador still hanging out with Kelly Dodd ? not a good look. “The fact that you and @jljefflewis hang out with Kelly Dodd says a lot about you both…and it’s not good,” another commented. “I feel horrible for those little kids and those families,” Dodd said after facing backlash for a tweet about the Uvalde shooting.
Let David Sedaris offend you
“Happy-Go-Lucky” is a snapshot of Sedaris’ life in the final years of the Trump administration, rendered in shadows and light. AdvertisementAuthor David Sedaris is willing to offend. But I have a real problem with this idea now about “punching down.” I don’t think anything should be off-limits for humor if it’s funny. When we passed that accident, I thought, “F— you for having an accident and making me sit in traffic for an hour!” But I don’t say it! To be honest, I’m not convinced I’m right about anything.
In 'Happy-Go-Lucky,' David Sedaris reflects on his fraught relationship with his dad
In 'Happy-Go-Lucky,' David Sedaris reflects on his fraught relationship with his dadEnlarge this image Little, Brown and Company Little, Brown and CompanyIt's always interesting to see how a writer's work changes after their parents are gone. David Sedaris' situation is different, because he's been writing about his father for years. "As long as my father had power, he used it to hurt me," he writes in in his latest collection, Happy-Go-Lucky. Five of the 18 essays in Happy-Go-Lucky concern his father's last months — and how they affected Sedaris. Happy-Go-Lucky is more somber than Sedaris' usual fare, but there are some fresh, funny bits wedged between the weighty boulders.
Tears for Fears is coming to Chicago with tour for ‘The Tipping Point,’ their first new studio album in decades
Tears for Fears has a new album out, “The Tipping Point,” released in February via Concord Records, their seventh studio album and the first in nearly two decades. Roland Orzabal (at left) and Curt Smith of the British pop-rock band Tears For Fears perform during the Danish music festival Roskilde Festival 2019. It didn’t sound like Tears for Fears,” Smith said. If the earlier stuff didn’t sound like Tears for Fears, it begs the question, what does Tears for Fears sound like? These were all places I didn’t get to see then.”Curt Smith and Roland Orzabal of Tears For Fears in Los Angeles, their new Feb. 2022 album is "The Tipping Point."
Gabe Kapler: MLB’s liberal jock in America’s most conservative league
Kapler, meanwhile, was hired as the San Francisco Giants’ manager in late 2019 after a stint in charge of the Philadelphia Phillies. “I’m often struck before our games by the lack of delivery of the promise of what our national anthem represents,” he wrote. Baseball also played an important role in forming the American habit of airing the national anthem before domestic sports fixtures. Kapler wrote in his blog on Monday that he would stand for the anthem during the Giants’ Memorial Day game in Philadelphia in order to honour military members. After a 107-win season, meanwhile, Kapler was named the 2021 National League manager of the year.
The Strange and Terrifying Ideas of Neoreactionaries ? Current Affairs
Sandifer spoke with editor-in-chief Nathan J. Robinson on the Current Affairs podcast to sort things out. One of the things I do for Current Affairs is read right-wing books and review them. You could write a really good cyberpunk dystopia off of the ideas espoused by Curtis Yarvin. And so a lot of tech bro people are really, really into him because he makes them feel good. RobinsonCarlson presented Yarvin as this fascinating intellectual who is silenced by the mainstream but who has really, really valuable and interesting ideas.
Tomgram: Beverly Gologorsky, Not in Our Name
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Just in case you missed it, former President George W. Bush ("Mission Accomplished") had a howler the other day. Today, TomDispatch regular Beverly Gologorsky, author of a remarkable new novel, Can You See the Wind?, about the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era, reminds us just how important such ongoing protests truly are. But let Gologorsky offer you a little bit of hope for our future. There are, of course, many groups working in wonderful ways to improve our lives, each of them a harbinger of what's possible.
Mass shootings are a symptom of the declining U.S. empire's fascist reaction
The mass shootings that this country has been reeling from are symptoms of the U.S. empire's decline. This is only natural, because the imperialist social order behind law enforcement is what's producing these shootings. At least one-third of mass shooters have been trained by the United States military. White supremacist mass shooters get radicalized by the propaganda channels that are made possible by the settler-colonial structure. Mass shootings in the U.S. far outpace those in other rich countries because the U.S. is not just an imperialist country, but the core imperialist country, the one with a military budget that dwarfs those of its allies.
Right-Wing Organization Launches Chilling Map Marking Schools As 'Woke Hot Spots'
A far-right Missouri organization has launched a disturbing map alerting followers to “hot spots” of so-called “woke” activity in the state. As of Monday, the 12 map locations all concerned educational institutions, and linked to articles, videos and tweets trashing things like critical race theory and diversity training. “The first step in fighting back is uncovering their crazy ideas — from Critical Race Theory to grooming toddlers with sexually explicit books,” the statement added. “That is why we have officially launched the Woke Heat Map — an interactive tool designed to expose the insane actions of the radical Left. Instead, followers are encouraged to interact with the organization by filling out forms on the web page reporting “woke hot spots” for the map.
The incredible change the Queen has seen
The incredible change the Queen has seenThe UK has undergone huge social, scientific and technological change over the last 70 years - but Queen Elizabeth II has remained a constant, stabilising presence. Take a visual journey through this incredible period of history the Queen has witnessed and been part of. From Cold War, to the end of the Soviet Union Communist East Germany began building a wall through Berlin in 1961 to stop mass defections. A year later, the Soviet Union threatened to deploy nuclear missiles to Cuba - not far from the US. The Soviet Union broke up and US President Bill Clinton and Russian leader Boris Yeltsin announced a new era in relations.
The Myth of “Radical” Black Politics That Stymies Progressive Politics
Back in March, Senator Ted Cruz used his time to question Ketanji Brown Jackson during her confirmation hearings to narrow in on what is sure to be one of the GOP’s core talking points for 2022: Democrats are too tied to radical politics over racial disparities. This prophecy is evoked using euphemisms, but its horsemen are familiar villains. Defund the police, wokeness, critical race theory, and Black Lives Matter are foretold to be harbingers of political calamity. This is heritage for American politics, as society tends to render policy and slogans aimed to uplift Black people as de facto radical and thus politically ruinous. But it’s not the substance of the political asks that are radical, it’s the audacity of Black people to have a transformative body politic.
Stolen Words: COVID, Ketamine, and Me
One day words are lost, and you search for them but there is a hole in your brain where the words used to be. I scribbled these words during 2020’s pandemic spring when I realized I had lost the ability to write. Then came COVID. I was hardly alone in feeling like the bottom was falling out as 2020 passed by grimly, day after day. In that dark space between furtive sleep and wakefulness you start falling, falling, falling, and there’s nothing there to stop you.
‘RHOC’ alum Kelly Dodd faces backlash for comparing Texas shooting to 9/11
"Real Housewives of Orange County" alum Kelly Dodd is facing backlash after she compared the Ulvade, Texas school shooting to 9/11 on Saturday. Dodd, 46, shared an image on Twitter that read, "After 9-11 we didn’t ban planes. Her Twitter post was quickly filled with angry replies from various users. KELLY DODD CLAIMS SHE WAS FIRED FROM 'REAL HOUSEWIVES' BECAUSE SHE'S CONSERVATIVE"After 9/11 we banned people bringing dangerous items onto planes. Her post comes days after a teen opened fire inside a Texas elementary school Tuesday, killing 19 children and two teachers.
The Art of Vivian Maier
In Vivian Maier Developed, Marks also takes up these questions. Who was Vivian Maier? Art is supposed to be its own reward, but Marks and Maloof and many of their art world interlocutors are baffled that Maier did not seek other rewards. And the art world generates a different problem from this question: If Maier did not develop and print her own work, are the prints from her negatives authentic Vivian Maiers? The real star of Vivian Maier Developed, of course, is Maier’s photography.
BLM Rails Against Biden Executive Order: ‘Policing’ Is a ‘White Supremacist Institution’ Rooted in ‘Slave Patrolling’
The radical activist group Black Lives Matter railed against the “white supremacist” institution of “policing,” decrying its roots in “racism” and “slave patrolling,” while attacking politicians who support “our killers,” in a series of tweets Thursday following President Joe Biden’s signing of an executive order on policing reforms. In the wake of the president’s signing an order intended to improve accountability in policing, the official Black Lives Matter (BLM) Twitter account, which has over one million followers, expressed outrage over the fact that policing continues. “Maintaining a white supremacist institution like policing costs Black lives,” the group wrote. “This continued commitment by politicians to support our killers makes them accessories to our demise.”Maintaining a white supremacist institution like policing costs Black lives. — Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) May 25, 2022In follow-up tweets, the recent policing reforms were deemed ineffective as the very institution of policing is described as inherently rooted in racism.
Mayoral candidate Gina Viola wants social services, not police officers
Los Angeles activist Gina Viola marched in the streets with thousands of frustrated Angelenos two years ago after George Floyd’s murder. She’s drawn support from leaders of Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles and left-leaning activists who agree with the central message of her campaign: Eliminating the Los Angeles Police Department over time and redirecting the money toward social services. A representative for the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing police officers, declined to comment on Viola’s campaign. “He doesn’t want to see any color in the city,” Viola said. Rick can unite L.A.”Political leaders in Los Angeles and some other progressive cities rushed to cut police budgets after Floyd’s death.
Trump calls Capitol attack an ‘insurrection hoax’ as public hearings set to begin
As the House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol by extremist supporters of Donald Trump prepares to start public hearings next week, the former president called the insurrection on January 6, 2021, a hoax. Trump spoke at a rally in Wyoming on Saturday night in support of the Republican primary challenger in the midterm elections to congresswoman Liz Cheney. Cheney sits on the committee and has been vilified by Trump since she voted in favor of his historic second impeachment over the insurrection. A bipartisan Senate report later linked seven deaths to the Capitol attack on January 6. Separately, the Department of Justice is also investigating events on and surrounding the Capitol attack, led by the US attorney general, Merrick Garland.
Platinum Jubilee: People reflect on the Royal Family as the Queen celebrates 70 years on the throne
Hands up if you're excited about the Platinum Jubilee… from doughnut makers to champagne houses to dogs' charities my inbox has been bombarded as everyone's getting in on the act. No other British monarch has ever reached 70 years on the throne and a Platinum Jubilee. "She's magic, but the world ain't magic at the minute," are the words of Francis Bloss, the new landlord at the Jubilee Pub on Queen's Square in Hemel Hempstead. The Jubilee pub was opened after that visit, on Sunday the bunting and platinum signs are up, but Francis isn't as excited about the weekend as I expected a landlord to be. "I think it's going to be mixed, because you've got all the scandal that's come with the royal family at the minute.
Ex-Proud Boys leader Tarrio to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
FILE - Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Ore., Sept. 26, 2020. Nordean, of Auburn, Washington, was a Proud Boys chapter president. Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, has described himself as a Proud Boys organizer. Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
Federal judge orders ex-Proud Boys leader to be detained until Jan. 6 trial
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has ordered that the former national chairman of the right-wing Proud Boys organization remain held until his trial following his arrest and indictment in connection with the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Releasing Enrique Tarrio before his trial would not reasonably assure the safety of the community, U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly wrote in a ruling, denying his request for release while awaiting trial. He ordered Tarrio be held at a federal detention center in Miami, Florida, the state where Tarrio was arrested in March. In a screengrab made from video, Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers, wearing a cowboy hat, and Enrique Tarrio, right, in a garage in Washington on the night of Jan. 5, 2021. Kelly's ruling upheld the decision of a federal magistrate judge in Florida, who ruled in March that there were no conditions of release which could assure public safety.
‘RHOC’ alum Kelly Dodd slammed for comparing Texas school shooting to 9/11
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Kelly Dodd was slammed Saturday for comparing the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, to 9/11. Secure the schools,” read a message shared on the “Real Housewives of Orange County” alum’s Twitter account. Another Twitter user pointed out that far more changes than just securing cockpits were instilled after the terrorist attacks in 2001. Did you not see the videos of the gunman in the school as police and security were too scared to go inside? He was inside the school for an hour before cops shot and killed him.
San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos faces familiar opponent in Christina Corpus
He’s being challenged by Captain Christine Corpus, who if elected would be the first woman sheriff in the county and the first Latina sheriff in California. Bolanos has served the department for six years now and also faced opposition in the 2018 election, which he won with 60.4% of the vote against deputy Sheriff Mark Melville. Corpus also said she’s faced unwarranted scrutiny from Bolanos and his executive team, which Bolanos also denies. We need to have someone in office who’s going to be a pivotal leader in our county and take accountability. “I think when you look at my experience as an executive for approximately 20 years compared to zero years with my opponent, that they consider the leadership I have provided to the Sheriff’s Office,” Bolanos said.
How Karen Bass went from South L.A. activist to mayoral hopeful
For Roldan, South Los Angeles was a tough place at the time, and her counsel was critical in keeping him from getting lost at home or on its streets. Fortunately, he found the nonprofit Community Coalition in a storefront on South Vermont Avenue and its leader and minivan driver, Karen Bass. Bass, pictured in early 2000, founded the nonprofit Community Coalition in South L.A. in 1990. Enter email address Sign Me Up You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times. Her car was nearly hit by a brick and she was heartbroken to see the destruction over the next three days spreading through South L.A. and beyond.
28 binge-worthy LGBTQ TV shows to watch this Pride
Schitt's CreekBest LGBTQ TV shows Credit: Pop TVWhat it is: A sitcom about a rich family forced to move to a rural town. The L Word: Generation QMost binge-worthy LGBTQ TV shows to watch for Pride Credit: ShowtimeWhat it is: A reboot of the popular aughts dramedy The L Word. Love, Victorbest lgbtq shows Credit: Mitchell Haasten / HuluWhat it is: A dramedy about coming out in high school spinning off the popular film Love, Simon. PoseBest LGBTQ TV shows Credit: FXWhat it is: A drama set in New York City's ballroom scene of the 1980s. Work in ProgressBest LGBTQ TV Shows Credit: ShowtimeWhat it is: A comedy about a queer woman struggling with mental health.
Pro-gun control protesters clash with Proud Boys supporters outside NRA's Houston conference
Local law enforcement was called in to break up a confrontation between gun control advocates and those attending protesting outside the NRA Convention in Houston - with a group of far-right Proud Boys joining in the fight. Many held signs blaming lax gun control laws for the deaths of 19 school children in Uvalde as they called those attending the convention 'murderers,' according to the Houston Chronicle. Nearly 200 protesters gathered outside the NRA Convention in Houston on SaturdayThey called for stricter gun control laws in Texas, where 19 children and two adults were killed at an elementary school last TuesdayThe protesters claimed Texas Gov. The group then walked away in their yellow and black clothing toward the gun control protesters on the other side of the street, the Washington Times reports. Greg Abbott and other state lawmakers introduce new gun control measures.
Trump brags about crowd size at rally before Capitol riot on 6 January
Former president Donald Trump bragged about the size of the crowd at the “Stop the Steal” rally at the White House Ellipse before the 6 January riot wherein his supporters breached the US Capitol in an attempt to overturn the 2020 election results. The former president bragged about the size of the crowd during the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the insurrection at the Capitol and said he knew it would be a large crowd. “I felt that the crowd was going to be massive, everybody was saying they were going to be there,” he said. “I believe it was the largest crowd I’ve ever spoken before.”Mr Trump said the press doesn’t want to show the size of the crowd. Mr Trump also criticised the fact that many of the alleged rioters are still in jail and called them “political prisoners”.
Mass shootings are a symptom of the declining U.S. empire's fascist reaction
The mass shootings that this country has been reeling from are symptoms of the U.S. empire's decline. This is only natural, because the imperialist social order behind law enforcement is what's producing these shootings. At least one-third of mass shooters have been trained by the United States military. White supremacist mass shooters get radicalized by the propaganda channels that are made possible by the settler-colonial structure. Mass shootings in the U.S. far outpace those in other rich countries because the U.S. is not just an imperialist country, but the core imperialist country, the one with a military budget that dwarfs those of its allies.
Ex-Proud Boys boss Henry ‘Enrique’ Tarrio to remain in jail until Capitol riot trial
Tarrio claims to have stepped down as Proud Boys’ national chairman. Donohoe, 34, of Kernersville, North Carolina, pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and assault charges and has agreed to cooperate in the Justice Department’s cases against other Proud Boys members. Nordean, Biggs, Rehl and Pezzola also remain jailed while awaiting a trial scheduled for August. Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
Former US Army Reservist and Capitol Rioter, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli, 30, found guilty
He was indicted on five counts: obstruction of an official proceeding, entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly or destructive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, disorderly conduct in a Capitol building, and parading, demonstrating or picketing in a Capitol building. Hale-Cusanelli's trial was the fifth before a jury and the seventh overall for a Capitol riot case. His roommate allegedly reported him to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and secretly recorded a conversation about the Capitol riot. Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, has described himself as a Proud Boys organizer. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
Opinion | Who Decides the Right Way to Protest?
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Uvalde police response proves need to abolish the police, says MSNBC guest
During the latest episode of MSNBC’s The Cross Connection with Tiffany Cross on Saturday, leftist police reform activist Brittany Packnett Cunningham claimed the recent Texas school shooting is further proof that America must abolish the police. Cunningham told Cross she believed that law enforcement’s mistakes during the Uvalde, Texas school shooting – namely, reports that officers waited outside the classroom as the shooter committed his massacre – means policing as it currently stands needs to be gutted. For the guest commentator, the Uvalde shooting essentially bolstered the Black Lives Matter "defund the police" narrative progressives adopted in the wake of the death of George Floyd in May 2020. REACTING TO TEXAS SCHOOL SHOOTING, MSNBC GUEST CLAIMS GOP SACRIFICES CHILDREN TO ‘THE GOD OF GUN OWNERSHIP’She then combined Black Lives Matter rhetoric with the Uvalde shooting to construct her new anti-police narrative. Cunningham continued, asserting that Uvalde’s putting too much money into its police budget for the school shooting response.
Police militarization: My "well, duh" moment
Not intended for protecting or servingI’ve been struggling to wrap my mind around the continuously-deteriorating official stories about police response at Uvalde. When the spokesman said, “They might have gotten shot” he was enunciating the primary factor that would have influenced anyone’s reactions in that situation. But just now, seriously just today, I realized something: that military equipment is not intended for fighting to serve and protect the populace. It follows logically that when a teenager who may outgun them is involved, the military equipment ceases to serve its purpose because the kid has already committed to killing anybody he sees. I still believe that there are doubtless thousands of police across the country who see that as their jobs and live it out.
Science has answers to why conservatives fall so easily for COVID-19 and Russian propaganda
This is why fearmongering is used more often as a persuasion technique in right-wing media, and why conspiracies are more likely to take root in conservative thought. Glut of right-wing misinformationResearchers from The Ohio State University ran a study in 2021 on political views and media bias. He said invasion talk was “hysteria” and had a chyron under him that read: “NEWS OUTLETS ARE BEHAVING LIKE STATE MEDIA AND UNCRITICALLY PUSHING STATE DEPT PROPAGANDA.” The career diplomats at the State Department were lying. Right-wing media creates conspiracy theorists by trapping them in a vortex of fear. Fox News isn’t getting any better, as seen by their latest fearmongering on “great replacement theory.” It’s too bad right-wing media outlets don’t come with warning labels.
While Texas communities mourn, national support is needed to implement a path for change
The hard work to engage front-line communities cannot be done only at election time, but will instead take years of investment. MOVE Texas Action Fund is a nonpartisan, grassroots nonprofit organization working to build power in underrepresented youth communities through civic engagement, leadership development, and issue advocacy. What started in 2013 as a campus group at the University of Texas at San Antonio is now a statewide organization of youth and disenfranchised communities. Texas Blue Action Fund is a year-round, women-led, neighborhood-based network of volunteers mobilizing progressive voters in Texas. Workers Defense Action Fund is a statewide organization dedicated to empowering low-wage workers and immigrants across Texas to pass policies and elect candidates who address injustices in their communities.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
Ex-Proud Boys leader to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
Donohoe, 34, of Kernersville, N.C., pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy and assault charges and has agreed to cooperate in the Justice Department’s cases against other Proud Boys members. Nordean, Biggs, Rehl and Pezzola also remain jailed while awaiting a trial scheduled for August. Nordean, of Auburn, Wash., was a Proud Boys chapter president. Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, N.Y., as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
America might finally be waking up to ‘wokeness’
Is the world finally waking up to wokeness? The idea of wokeness began with noble intentions — to raise public consciousness about the enduring impact of racism, sexism and inequality. APNow, fed up with virtue signaling and spooked by the specter of a Republican shellacking come November, more sensibly minded progressives are finally asking whether wokeness matters that much, after all. Choice — particularly choice of thought — has always stood as an existential threat to wokeness in all forms. Many reject the woke term “LatinX,” which data says few actually use and some 40% find offensive.
Ex-Proud Boys leader to stay jailed until Capitol riot trial
FILE - Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Ore., Sept. 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Allison Dinner, File)FILE - Proud Boys leader Henry "Enrique" Tarrio wears a hat that says The War Boys during a rally in Portland, Ore., Sept. 26, 2020. Biggs, of Ormond Beach, Florida, has described himself as a Proud Boys organizer. Rehl was president of the Proud Boys chapter in Philadelphia. The indictment describes Pezzola, of Rochester, New York, as a member of his local Proud Boys chapter.
Coinbase is testing a real-time employee feedback system. It sounds rough.
The crypto exchange Coinbase is testing a real-time workplace feedback tool called Dot Collector, created by hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates. Per a report from The Information, Coinbase has been using Dot Collector since the first quarter of the year, emulating a less intense version of the practices at Bridgewater. With the Dot Collector program and Zoom plug-in, any company (like Coinbase) can invite their employees to judge each other’s performance in real time, even while working remotely. In June 2020, a group of Coinbase employees staged a walk out in response to CEO Brian Armstrong’s refusal to support Black Lives Matter. To me, it's a wonderful community of people who bust their asses to be excellent.”It’s still up in the air whether or not Coinbase will continue using Dot Collector.
Column: 2 years later, George Floyd's lasting impact on Richmond
Save Manage followed notifications Close Followed notifications Please log in to use this feature Log In Don't have an account? One protesters sign at the Robert E. Lee monument expressed the mood of the moment: "RUMORS OF WAR WASN'T A RUMOR." The image of George Floyd projected across the Lee monument became iconic, featured on the cover of National Geographic. The disparities that chip away at Black life still live. At stake is not just Black life, but the life of America.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina's Tim Scott, the Senate's only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
Kansas equity efforts bring little change after George Floyd
In several Kansas cities including Wichita and Kansas City, police have put into writing the practices they said they had already adopted. “You’ll put some people of color on it, and then you’ll be able to point to that when someone says you didn’t respond to this egregious situation, but then you don’t actually have to change anything,” said Bonds, who is based in Kansas City, Kansas. “But then the task force doesn’t change anything,” Willmott said. In Wyandotte County, which includes Kansas City, then-Mayor David Alvey created a task force in 2020 to discuss policing practices, but he told task force members not to advocate for specific changes during meetings. Among other things, Garner hopes his new task force will consider requiring an outside law enforcement agency to conduct police misconduct investigations.
Hundreds protest outside NRA convention in Texas days after massacre in Uvalde
© Provided by LA Times People walk past signs outside the exhibit halls at the NRA annual convention in Houston. convention here Friday, days after the country's latest mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, chanting, "Protect our kids, not guns!" © (Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times) Courtney Harris brought her 8- and 6-year-old daughters to the protest outside the National Rifle Assn. © (Molly Hennessy-Fiske / Los Angeles Times) Protesters gather outside the NRA convention in Houston on Friday. It was truck driver Henry Cook's first NRA convention.
Proud Boys leader Tarrio loses latest bid for release from jail
Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio speaks to the media following his release from the D.C. Central Detention Facility where he had been held since September 2021, in Washington, U.S., January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein/File PhotoMay 28 (Reuters) - A judge has denied the latest request by Enrique Tarrio, the former top leader of the right-wing group the Proud Boys, for release from jail while he awaits trial on criminal charges relating to last year's attack on the U.S. Capitol. Police arrested Tarrio on Jan. 4, 2021, for burning a Black Lives Matter banner at a historic African-American church in December 2020, a charge for which he later served four months in jail. Tarrio's attorney Nayib Hassan told reporters in March Tarrio left Washington, D.C. on Jan. 5, 2021 - a day before the attack on the Capitol. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Jan Wolfe, Editing by Louise HeavensOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
In Georgia, 2 Black candidates to compete for Senate seat
As she left an Atlanta polling site, Wyvonia Carter said her choice in what might be the most competitive Senate race this year was not particularly complicated. Black voters were crucial in helping Democrats secure those victories and will likely be decisive again this year. The issue is less about whether Walker will break the bond that Black voters have had with Democratic candidates. “In this race, Black Georgians will not have to contend with the race issue,” said Camilla Moore, chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council. More recently, South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the Senate’s only Black Republican, was unsuccessfully challenged in 2016 by Thomas Dixon, a North Charleston pastor.
Former Proud Boys leader must stay in detention while awaiting Jan 6 trial, court rules
A court in Washington DC has ruled that Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio must remain in detention pending his trial on seven charges stemming from the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. He pleaded guilty the following summer and was jailed for five months, and was arrested in relation to the Capitol riot in March this year. Three members of the group have now pleaded guilty. The date for Mr Tarrio’s trial was originally set for 18 May, but was vacated by Mr Kelly earlier this year after the Department of Justice requested more time to gather evidence.
Audrey Roloff: Roasted for "Disgusting" Response to Texas Mass Murder
Perhaps one day Audrey Roloff will learn the following lesson:It's okay to just be quiet sometimes. Roloff was also called out for making an attempt to spin this unspeakable attack in any sort of positive way. To even classify this level of loss as a 'void' is disrespectful and disgusting," wrote one Reddit user in obvious anger. Looking for ways to exercise active compassion," wrote Audrey shortly after George Floyd was killed by a police officer in Minnesota. Words can’t express my heartbreak for the parents whose babies didn’t come home from school yesterday.
Who Is Bobby Wooten III? Katie Holmes' Boyfriend Job, Net Worth
Katie Holmes’ went public with her new boyfriend, Bobby Wooten III, when they made their red carpet debut at The Silver Ball gala, on May 26. What is Bobby Wooten’s net worth? Bobby’s exact net worth is not known, but multiple outlets estimate the musician to be worth around $750,000. How did Katie Holmes and Bobby Wooten meet? How long have Katie Holmes and Bobby Wooten been dating?
Chicago pastor: ‘I live on a roof to raise cash for black youths—but BLM won’t help’
Brooks’ church is located on “O Block,” named for gang member Odee Perry, where violence is a constant (above). Project HoodAt the end of 2020, I emailed the director of Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation for the first time on the website where it says you can apply for donations. I kept emailing and asking: How do you go about trying to get funds for your organization from Black Lives Matter? NurPhoto via Getty ImagesThere’s a Black Lives Matter chapter in Chicago but they’re like a secret. I’ve been saying for a long time that Black Lives Matter doesn’t benefit the black community in any way.
Bling Empire's Kane Lim on Becoming the Face of Fenty Beauty
"I have developed this newfound confidence because of this opportunity," Lim tells PEOPLE of his new gigBling Empire's Kane Lim on Becoming the Face of Fenty Beauty— and His Friendship with Rihanna! On Monday, Rihanna's billion-dollar brand announced Bling Empire's Kane Lim as the newest Fenty Face. Kane Lim Fenty Beauty campaign Credit: Fenty Beauty & Fenty Skin"Conversations about me working with Fenty first came about during the height of both the Black Lives Matter and Stop Asian Hate movements. Kane Lim Fenty Beauty campaign Credit: Fenty Beauty & Fenty Skin"My parents were visiting me recently, and my dad was like, 'Where's the Fenty? Keeping with the glitzy theme, Lim is launching his own brand, BLING, which stands for "Because Life Is Never Guaranteed."
Meghan Markle Makes Surprise Visit to Memorial for School Shooting Victims in Texas
Meghan Markle visited Uvalde, Texas, on Thursday to honor the victims of the elementary school shooting that took the lives of 19 young students and two teachers. Meghan, who lives in California with her husband Prince Harry and their two young children, was spotted laying white flowers with a purple ribbon at a memorial outside Uvalde County Courthouse. meghan markle Meghan Markle | Credit: Jae C Hong/AP/ShutterstockOn Tuesday, an 18-year-old gunman wearing body armor crashed his car in a ditch near the school, then, after getting past law enforcement, entered a classroom and locked himself inside, killing 21 people. meghan markle Meghan Markle | Credit: Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via GettyThrough the couple's Archewell Foundation, which they launched in 2020, Harry and Meghan have supported efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and focused their attention on the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting for racial justice. meghan markle Meghan Markle | Credit: Jae C Hong/AP/ShutterstockMeghan, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, are expected to travel to the U.K. with their children next week to take part in Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Meet the 'Philanthropreneur' Who's Helping Black Organizations Get a Bigger Slice of the $450 Billion Charity Pie
Christina Lewis, also a Harvard grad, has spent the last nine years creating and nurturing foundations that seek to assist the Black community. Outrage we all witnessed and felt, which Lewis says is still fueling investment in the Black community. Every year, about $450 billion is donated to charities, with Black organizations receiving only a fraction of that amount. "That's a missed opportunity for investing in the Black community, in helping bring about racial equity, in particular economic equity," Lewis says. Giving Gap hopes to raise $1 billion in funding and in-kind support for Black-controlled organizations, with the premise that philanthropic support of Black nonprofits plays a critical role in fighting systemic racism.
Here's Activist DeRay Mckesson's 3 Brilliant Tips for Leaders Everywhere
Good leaders can boost motivation and productivity. I picked his brain about the makings of a good leader. He explained that good leaders from all walks of life should have these three qualities. Being a good leader means empowering the people who follow you. Good leaders take risks to have fulfilled big dreams and achieve tangible efforts.
Offering a Seat at the Table to Everyone
--As told to Matt HaberBeing a Black business owner in Oakland now is interesting. Here I am, this Black woman walking home with two bags from Whole Foods, and all these White people are walking toward me with Black Lives Matter T-shirts. I haven't been on the street during protests, because I've been working all day and at home at night. I don't feel worried for my business, really. Even before these protests, I've been talking about the challenges I face as a Black woman in business.
What’s a Bicycle For?
The 1890s brought a bicycle boom that made two-wheelers both fashionable enough to tempt the wealthy and affordable enough for everyone else. And the bicycle was relegated to a retro curiosity or a children’s pastime. “In current-day New York, the bicycle as a class signifier is all scrambled,” Rosen says. In the 1890s, the bicycle lobby took the form of the proudly racist League of American Wheelmen. A much more developed network of protected bike lanes would cut through that knot of rule-flaunting and hostility.
The NRA Will Still Hold Its Conference in Texas This Weekend
Despite pleas from politicians like Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke to cancel the conference, scheduled for May 27 through May 29, it appears to be proceeding as scheduled. Some of this weekend’s high-profile speakers are expected to include Donald Trump and Texas senator Ted Cruz. Texas governor Greg Abbott had been scheduled to speak in person but canceled his appearance late Thursday night. He will be visiting Uvalde instead and has provided a prerecorded video that will be shown at the conference. Governor Abbott, if you have any decency, you will immediately withdraw from this weekend’s NRA convention and urge them to hold it anywhere but Texas.
Trump Does a Little Dance at NRA Gun Celebration Days After Uvalde Massacre
The NRA played a recording of a bell clanging as the former president strained to pronounce the names of the victims. Trump echoed Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits by bashing Democrats for “virtue cycling” in the wake the massacre, blaming the shooting on everything but guns, and proposing a series of impractical solutions to the epidemic of mass shootings in America. Trump did propose ensuring classroom doors are lockable from the inside as a way to cut down on school shootings. “There is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares a gun free zone,” he said, to more applause. A speech where Trump read the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI — Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022At least “Macho Man” wasn’t playing.
SF Giants Manager Won't Take Field For National Anthem In Protest After Uvalde
San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem in protest of government inaction on gun violence following Tuesday’s deadly shooting at an elementary school in Texas. He reflected on the sports world’s immediate reaction to an 18-year-old gunman killing 19 elementary school students and two teachers. Kapler’s demonstration echoes past actions by professional athletes, most famously former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who decided to kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice. (Kapler himself became the first Major League Baseball manager to kneel during the anthem in July 2020.) AdvertisementOthers in professional sports have spoken out on gun violence in the days since the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
Black Capitalism in One City
Black Capitalism in One City Black Capitalism in One City Soul City was a boondoggle—not a story of lost or forgotten roads tragically not taken. A promotional pamphlet for Soul City, 1969 (Heritage Art/Heritage Images via Getty Images)Soul City: Race, Equality, and the Lost Dream of an American Utopiaby Thomas HealyMetropolitan Books, 2021, 448 pp. Healy reports that McKissick did not like the term “black capitalism” but “preferred ‘black entrepreneurialism’ or even ‘black socialism,’ believing those terms better captured the combination of wealth accumulation and redistribution he had in mind.”McKissick’s desire for an idealized capitalism reflected the incoherence of the Black Power ideology that informed his dreams for Soul City. The Nixon administration’s support for Soul City was consistent with its reformulation of Black Power as “black capitalism.” McKissick’s project could be something of a poster child, particularly in concert with his service in the reelection campaign. Soul City is, in that context, most significantly an emblem of the class character and contradictions of Black Power as a politics and ideology.
Extinction Rebellion Urges Revolt Against Climate Inaction
Making my way into the now quietly milling crowd, I get my first view of the climate activists risking arrest. “The only last chance we have is direct action.”A member of Extinction Rebellion sits atop a 15-foot-high tripod on Broadway near Wall Street. In turn, the police, knowing what to expect from an XR action, also tend to remain calm. He recalls how growing up, “the Korean War was on the front page of the New York Times. After XR’s action makes news here and abroad, the Times releases a statement extolling its climate coverage but avoiding any mention of its fossil fuel ads.
Rikers Island Has Made Us All Prisoners
Review of Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage by Jarrod Shanahan (Verso, 2022)In 2014, a young man named Jarrod Shanahan arrived at Rikers Island, the infamous spit of land that houses New York’s primary jail complex. Five years later, his research had become a doctoral dissertation at the CUNY Graduate Center; three years after that, it has become his first book, Captives: How Rikers Island Took New York City Hostage. “Rikers Island is a patch of reeking landfill plopped into the East River between LaGuardia Airport in Queens and Hunts Point in the Bronx,” Shanahan writes, with evident disgust. At first, Rikers was just a miserable daytime worksite for inmates of the overcrowded jail on Blackwell’s Island (now Roosevelt Island), with the disproportionately poor and black prisoners literally laying the groundwork for the future penal colony. Throughout the 1960s, therefore, Kross led a massive infrastructure expansion on Rikers Island, unveiling new, “modern” penal facilities.
The Fight for Abortion After “Roe” Falls
Planned Parenthood’s single ad campaign—albeit one focused on states where access is in jeopardy—cost far more than the entire annual budget of many abortion rights groups. March 10, 2022 Author pageYet in response to the crisis surrounding abortion access, some national groups appear to be retreating from state fights. Meanwhile, national abortion rights groups have tended to prioritize national organizing and efforts to fight against restrictions in the federal courts. The anti-abortion movement has systematically cut public funding of abortion, leaving the abortion rights movement heavily reliant on sympathetic private donors. In Washington state, abortion is protected under state law, but a large number of Catholic hospitals refuse to provide reproductive health care.
Republican plant runs for D.C. city council on Democratic ticket
Political unknown Salah Czapary somehow scored the quick endorsement of the Washington Post in D.C.'s Ward 1 city council race. He also was featured recently on the reactionary pro-Thin Blue Line podcast “Policing Matters” discussing his vision for “improved community safety” in Washington, D.C. It is curious that the Washington Post endorsed the “unknown” Salah Czapary so quickly. Is it because the Post wants D.C. city politics to shift to the right? She has supported some progressive issues around homeless encampments, voting rights for non-citizen residents of D.C., and cops out of D.C. schools.
The thick blue line: Killer cops in new Baltimore and Paris series
‘We Own This City’: Jenkins and his Task Force going about their dirty business. profilers who anticipate future crimes (Criminal Minds) and cops who sort through the past to locate lawbreakers (Cold Case). These series continue to be popular and to be the dominant image of the police in popular media. Both are limited series of four and six episodes respectively and both are fictionalized representations of actual events. There may be Black and White behind the Blue Line, but that line, as the series illustrates in almost every scene, is used to regulate and destroy all attempts at community.
We’re Asking the Wrong Question on Roe
Nor should anyone need to know the intimate details of a person’s life to support their right to reproductive freedom. And it was intended to reflect the ways that race, gender and class impact Black women, in particular. As Southern women, we see the way intersecting oppressions complicate life for Black women. We cannot talk about the catastrophe of overturning Roe v. Wade without talking about the vulnerability of Black women and people living in poverty. There should be more dialogue on all the ways Black women can self-determine and have true agency.
In an uncivil age, calls for “civility” are about squashing effective protest
The common understanding of peaceful protests places the protesters outside Kavanaugh’s house in the peaceful protest category. The accusation of a lack of civility imposed on peaceful protesters is a constant theme for both the public reaction and authorities’ condemnation of protests. Would it be safe to say that that’s making otherwise peaceful protests feel more tinged with unease? I think that democracy is in danger and that the people on the right think democracy is in danger for very different reasons. And then we’ll hear all the liberals and the authorities saying you gotta protest peacefully and that peaceful protest works better.
Get ‘Em While They’re Young ? Current Affairs
These new books have the characteristic giant size and conspicuous thinness of books for kids still learning how to read and enjoy it. Sowell was as regular a guest on Rush Limbaugh and Fox News as the phrase “Black conservative intellectual” makes you think he would be. It’s a conservative book, so the teacher characters are evil, but their funny evil faces are fun to look at. He decided to enter politics to oppose them.”This is a very healthy and even-handed portrayal of politics for young minds, and they’re right, socialists are dangerous. They lose.’” Reagan’s speech writers did pitch at a level that feels natural in a kids’ book, I’ll say that.
Whose Gay History?
Chicago is now home to numerous gay nonprofits and swarms with gay politicians, activists, and officials. Today’s gay movement is largely cynical in its use and appropriation of civil rights history and rhetoric: gay marriage activists have repeatedly and troublingly likened themselves to Rosa Parks. Given his attention to race, it’s surprising that Stewart-Winter often falls into the familiar trap of distinguishing between gay activists and black activists, thereby erasing the group of people who are both gay and black. But it’s actually insidious, insofar as it makes gay marriage the center of gay politics. In the end, he attempts to paint a happy portrait of reconciliation—a black-white wedding, the national triumph of gay marriage.
Pat Quinn is polling for Chicago mayor
Pat Quinn is polling for Chicago mayor Presented by CVS HealthGood Tuesday morning, Illinois. Brian Hopkins are polling for potential runs for mayor of Chicago. — Charise Williams has been endorsed by state Rep. Rita Mayfield and Dixmoor Mayor Fitzgerald Roberts in the IL-01 Democratic primary. TODAY’s QUESTION: Which Chicago mayor and Bears owner were pals in part because they lived in the same apartment building (name the building)? Email [email protected]A message from CVS Health: At CVS Health, we’re more than 300,000 caring employees ensuring Illinoisans and millions of Americans can access health care services.
Morning Digest: Trump's fave is leading just before first member-vs.-member showdown of 2022
In fact, the GOP commissioners did worse than nothing—they simply gave their approval to maps they knew were unconstitutional. Of course, there's no reason to think these two judges, Amul Thapar and Benjamin Beaton, will care in the slightest. Various plaintiffs have proposed creative work-arounds to this problem, such as asking the state court to rule that a map created by independent experts complies with the constitution. That revised map would not take effect until 2024, and first, the GOP-run legislature must pass it and Republican Gov. The candidate, after noting she has the backing of both Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, implores the viewer, "Join us.
Tomgram: Beverly Gologorsky, Not in Our Name
Simply sign up for a Advocate premium membership and you'll automatically see this data on every article. Just in case you missed it, former President George W. Bush ("Mission Accomplished") had a howler the other day. Today, TomDispatch regular Beverly Gologorsky, author of a remarkable new novel, Can You See the Wind?, about the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era, reminds us just how important such ongoing protests truly are. But let Gologorsky offer you a little bit of hope for our future. There are, of course, many groups working in wonderful ways to improve our lives, each of them a harbinger of what's possible.
The Chris Hedges Report: How to defeat the billionaire class
Instead of depending on the Democratic Party establishment, Sawant says the only way to make advances in the class war is through class struggle and mobilizing ordinary people. Chris Hedges interviews writers, intellectuals, and dissidents, many banished from the mainstream, in his half-hour show, The Chris Hedges Report. Chris Hedges: Can you talk about the role of the Democratic Party, especially during your efforts to raise the minimum wage, to protect people from evictions, to increase taxes on large corporations such as Amazon? Chris Hedges: Yet, the rhetoric of the Democratic Party is aligned with your campaign. Chris Hedges: The Democratic Party for a long time has essentially attempted to replace a political agenda with woke soundbites.
High-tech surveillance in post-Roe America: Chilling new report outlines possible future
), released a new report, "The Handmaid's Trail: Abortion Surveillance After Roe," laying out in blunt terms how digital and other surveillance technologies could be employed if the coming SCOTUS ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health makes abortion immediately illegal in numerous states. "[R]epealing a half century of reproductive rights won't transport Americans back to 1973," Cahn and his co-author on the report, Eleni Manis, write. Rather, "it will take us to a far darker future, one where antiquated abortion laws are enforced with cutting edge technology." 's report calls for a number of measures to address these issues, primarily in "rights-protective" states unlikely to outlaw abortion. We already see electronic surveillance being used to target pregnant people.
Pregnant People May Be Under Intensified Tech Surveillance in Post-“Roe” US
Imagine, several months from now, a pregnant woman in Texas traveling to New York to obtain an abortion. ), released a new report, “The Handmaid’s Trail: Abortion Surveillance After Roe,” laying out in blunt terms how digital and other surveillance technologies could be employed if the coming SCOTUS ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health makes abortion immediately illegal in numerous states. For years, pregnant patients have been subjected to a wide array of surveillance through both routine and novel means by government, corporate and private entities. Illinois prohibits the sharing of some biometric data, although data related to abortion is not yet included in its provisions. We already see electronic surveillance being used to target pregnant people.
Trump headlines fascist CPAC Hungary conference
On May 18-19 in Budapest, Hungary, the US-based Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hosted an international event that was live-streamed globally on the internet. Socialism and even communism if you look at it really deeply.”President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally for Senate Republican candidates in Valdosta, Ga. Dec. 5, 2020. Bayer is a long-time political ally of Orban and one of the co-founders of the Fidesz party, which Orban currently leads. In 2016, Orban signed off on awarding Bayer the Knight’s Cross, one of the highest honorifics handed out by the Hungarian state. The mutual admiration between the authoritarian leader of Hungary and the bow tie-wearing fascist was on display at CPAC Hungary, with Orban praising Carlson by name.
Elisabeth Borne named French Prime Minister: Macron launches assault on the workers
On May 16, President Emmanuel Macron named Elisabeth Borne prime minister. As Macron installed Borne as prime minister, Darmanin continued his repressive anti-Muslim campaign. Edith Cresson, the PS prime minister under the presidency of François Mitterrand in 1991-1992 during the dissolution of the Soviet Union by the Stalinist bureaucracy, declared on BFM-TV that it was “high time” to name another woman prime minister. The nomination of Borne, Cresson said, is “an event because France is what France is, the political establishment is what it is, but in another country this is not an event. Neither about Mrs. Thatcher nor Mrs. Merkel nor in Portugal, where a woman was named prime minister long before me, did anyone cry out that it was something extraordinary.”In truth, the nomination of Borne as prime minister is not extraordinary and changes nothing fundamentally.
He believes photography can save kids’ lives. After all, it saved his.
In 2020, he made the Time cover again, this time with a photograph from a Black Trans Lives Matter protest. His second book, “No Justice, No Peace: From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter,” comes out in October. Turning to street photography, Allen became obsessed with documenting his surroundings, teaching himself the technical aspects through YouTube tutorials. “Photography saved me mentally, physically and emotionally, and I feel like it could do the same for so many younger kids,” he says. “I was like, ‘Who wants to learn photography?’ The kids cussed me out,” he recalls with a laugh.
How My Hometown Produced a Jan. 6 Sedition Suspect
!” Clarke County has only about 14,000 residents living along the north spine of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For years, Russell has volunteered to work the Clarke County Democrats booth at the weekend farmers market. I asked Bev McKay, a Republican on the Clarke County Board of Supervisors, how local government could best work to counter extremism. Back on my laptop, I logged into a closed Facebook group for residents called Clarke County Land of the Free. I stopped by the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office to meet Sheriff Tony Roper.
At Justice Dept., police reform means partnership as much as punishment
Choose your plan ArrowRight King’s case spurred Congress to grant the Justice Department landmark powers to investigate police departments that show a pattern of misconduct. “Together,” she said, “we’re going to tackle the most pressing issues.”Gupta was urging police to seek help from a new Justice Department resource center. A big piece of the answer, Justice officials say, is convincing police to take ownership of the push for change. Some police leaders expressed relief that the Justice Department has been less heavy-handed than they expected when Biden took office. At the request of Columbus officials, the Justice Department is conducting a review of the city’s police policies.
Trump Does a Little Dance at NRA Gun Celebration Days After Uvalde Massacre
The NRA played a recording of a bell clanging as the former president strained to pronounce the names of the victims. More from Rolling StoneTrump echoed Republican lawmakers and conservative pundits by bashing Democrats for “virtue cycling” in the wake the massacre, blaming the shooting on everything but guns, and proposing a series of impractical solutions to the epidemic of mass shootings in America. Trump did propose ensuring classroom doors are lockable from the inside as a way to cut down on school shootings. “There is no sign more inviting to a mass killer than a sign that declares a gun free zone,” he said, to more applause. A speech where Trump read the names of the victims ends like this pic.twitter.com/fQZxrB9OiI — Acyn (@Acyn) May 27, 2022At least “Macho Man” wasn’t playing.
They once worked for big oil’s enablers. Now they refuse to be complicit
More than a century ago, fossil fuel firms hardly needed help maintaining their image. The Guardian spoke with three people who reveal their experiences closing the door on fossil fuel projects, and share advice for others who may consider following in their footsteps. But the ads they did for fossil fuel clients weren’t much discussed. For creatives who may have worked on accounts for fossil fuel companies or industry groups, they should go straight to a formal whistleblower aide, rather than leak that information to the press. But after checking out their websites, I realized they also worked with fossil fuel clients.
Everything we’ve learnt from the Depp v Heard trial
Yet when women speak out about Depp v Heard, as I have them do, they ask me to “respect the decision of the jury”. What we’ve learnt from the Depp v Heard case is that the #MeToo movement was never real. Yeah, right: the same legal system that allows Depp to humiliate and almost bankrupt Heard for daring to speak out? And still others of us will defend Depp – and men like him – unto the ends of the earth. Regardless of whether you believe Heard, I never thought, after the #MeToo movement, that we would witness anything quite like this.
Liverpool players angry at UEFA's hard-line stance on post-match celebrations
The domestic football season is drawing to a close, with the Champions League final and two play-off finals set to take place this weekend. The Champions League final between Liverpool and Real Madrid will take place on SaturdayPLAYERS ANGRY AT UEFA BAN ON CELEBRATING WITH FAMILIESLiverpool’s players are unhappy with UEFA over a directive that they must not celebrate on the pitch with their families if they win the Champions League final. UNITED CHIEF'S SECURITY DRIVERichard Arnold has stepped up the security at his Cheshire home since becoming Manchester United chief executive in February. In addition to the threat from disgruntled fans, several United players have suffered burglaries in recent months, including Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard and Victor Lindelof. Arnold urged unhappy United fans this week to stop protesting and get behind new manager Erik ten Hag.
[Steven Greenhouse] A new generation of unions
Student workers at Wesleyan, Hamilton and Kenyon have also unionized.Young workers are embracing unions for myriad reasons. Many young workers are frustrated about how they were treated during the pandemic -- when they were stressed out from understaffing, a shortage of protective gear and work schedules that changed constantly. The most likely source for that is the richer, older unions, but many of them are showing scant desire to help. The big unions have the money and resources to help the new youth-driven movement expand rapidly. If the big unions don’t jump in and help, then all their grandiose talk about reversing labor’s slide will ring hollow.
Exxon Bans Outside Flags, Like the Pride Banner, From Company Flagpoles
Exxon Mobil will no longer allow banners of outside organizations on its flagpoles, angering some employees who in the past had flown a rainbow pride flag. The new policy allows only government flags and those representing Exxon Mobil and its employee resource groups, which are employee-led affinity organizations that are generally blessed by employers. flags can be flown during signature months,” Tracey Gunnlaugsson, vice president of human resources at Exxon Mobil, said in a statement. “The flags are directly related to our business and company support of our E.R.G.s.”The logo for the company’s employee resource group for L.G.B.T. That logo has been flown at offices and is used on T-shirts that employees wear at Pride parades.
Jason Aldean is playing to the right while his sound takes a quiet left turn
But on “Macon” and “Georgia,” everything mawkish about Aldean’s music gently self-corrects. Why does modern country music, a musical community that purportedly celebrates everyday American lives, not do more to protect those lives? Sixty people died at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in 2017, and the tragedy seemed to plunge all of country music into a brief state of paralysis. AdvertisementThis was a solid reminder that the stars of country music have never been apolitical. Is he using his soothing music to push his politics, or is he using his politics to sell his songs?
The rich haven’t just gotten richer – they’ve also gotten a lot more selfish
Meanwhile it’s boom time for billionaires, who saw their already obscene wealth grow exponentially during the pandemic. The rich haven’t just gotten richer, they’ve also gotten a lot more selfish. “There are many people out there who can’t stand this world of billionaires,” Anderson said to Musk in the interview. Restrictive Kentucky abortion law temporarily banned from being enforcedSome rare good news in the continued war against reproductive rights in the US. The world of NFTs is getting the #girlboss treatmentThis piece is worth reading simply for the phrase “non-fungible tokenism”.
Scandaltown review: Mike Bartlett’s contemporary Restoration play is a clutter of a parody
The words of Mike Bartlett loom tall over London’s theatres. But, with Scandaltown – the playwright’s third show opening in less than two months, his supremacy has begun to teeter. It’s a modern twist on a Restoration play, written for a post-lockdown era, so you’d expect it to be a witty interrogation of all things 2022. But beyond packing as many contemporary cultural references into his script as possible, Bartlett’s satire about the rich and powerful is underachieving. She poorly masks herself under a comically large male disguise as she embarks on her mission to track him down.
Corporations made 'huge miscalculation' backing BLM, Trump's former diversity leader says
Bruce LeVell, a former diversity leader under the Donald Trump administration, published an op-ed condemning Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation and corporations helping to fund the group. "Black lives do matter. I say that as a Black man myself, but the concept isn’t really in dispute among ordinary, right-thinking Americans of any race or ethnicity," LeVell wrote in the Tennessee Star. "Corporations such as Papa John’s and Coca-Cola want to be on ‘the right side of history’ – but their leaders made a huge miscalculation by throwing their lot in with a radical, anti-American organization," LeVell wrote. Fox News Digital also detailed the yearly numbers of Black murders from 2010 to 2020 within the inquiry but did not receive a response from the organization as of Tuesday morning.
Candice Carty-Williams: ‘It’s time to write a book just about Black people’
It was Candice Carty-Williams who came up with the “Black Bridget Jones” tagline for her debut novel, Queenie. Toni Morrison’s famous injunction to write the book you want to read might have been conceived with a future Carty-Williams in mind. “And it is really, really tough.”Her childhood was “very lonely and very shit”. ‘Oh my God, did I really write that?’Then came Queenie and Carty-Williams was the one winning prizes. “Oh my God, did I really write that?” Neither her mum, her nan or her sister have read the novel.
‘The fear is very real’: how Asian Americans are fighting rising hate crime
As early as March 2020, the FBI issued a report predicting a “surge” in hate crimes against Asian Americans, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which happened to originate in an Asian country. People rally calling for action and awareness on rising incidents of hate crime against Asian Americans in Times Square in New York City on 16 March. Another, less widely embraced response to anti-Asian hate has been the 2021 passing of the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act. The new hate crimes act aims to fill some of those gaps by making it easier to report incidents and incentivizing local police forces to improve their data collection methods, for example through better training around how to identify hate crimes. “Dedicate resources to local communities,” wrote Stop AAPI Hate in a response to the Covid-19 Hate Crimes Act.
How to Build an Anti-Racist Company
Finally, they should form “action learning teams” and develop and communicate an action plan. [ 6 ] Build Action Learning TeamsThe British professor and management consultant Reginald Revans pioneered the concept of action learning in the 1940s, and it’s been used in myriad ways in the business world. PepsiCo’s Roger Enrico and GE’s Jack Welch were proponents of action learning teams. In my experience, the most effective action learning teams include strong representation from middle managers, who are key to dismantling systemic barriers. I’m currently helping the Bay Club Company, an operator of luxury sports and fitness resorts in California, with its action learning program.
At hearing challenging her House candidacy, Marjorie Taylor Greene testifies to remembering nothing
No evidence from Congress, the Jan. 6 congressional committee, or law enforcement has linked her to the attack. On Jan. 5, 2021, Greene appeared on Newsmax for a Facebook Watch interview. Greene claimed she had never heard anyone use “1776” in terms of violence. x Marjorie Greene is now being asked about this video, suggesting by Pelosi could be executed for treason. “I don’t recall saying all of this,” Greene just said.
Sharpton demands name of officer who killed Patrick Lyoya
Police in Grand Rapids have said they would withhold the name of the officer who shot Lyoya unless he is charged with a crime. We're calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to stand up for the civil rights of Patrick Lyoya.' Sharpton and civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who is representing the Lyoya family, have frequently joined with mourners to speak at the funerals of Black people killed by police. On Thursday, Peter and Dorcas Lyoya, Patrick Lyoya's parents, joined protesters in Lansing for a march and rally to again demand the officer's name. Attorneys for the Lyoya family have said they believe video collected and released by police shows Lyoya was resisting the officer, not fighting him.
Exxon bans LGBTQ, Black Lives Matter flags from being displayed at company flagpole: Report
Exxon is banning the LGBTQ pride flag from being flown outside its Houston corporate office during pride month in June. The company updated guidance on acceptable flags which can be displayed outside offices, which included banning "external position flags," including the pride flag and Black Lives Matter flag, according to the new policy obtained by Bloomberg News. The rule does permit a flag representing an LGBTQ employees’ group to be flown, but it can't prominently display the Exxon corporate logo, according to the report. "The flags are directly related to our business and company support of our ERGs, including PRIDE for LGBTQ+ employees," the spokesperson said. YELLEN URGES CAUTION ON RUSSIAN OIL BAN IN EU, WARNS IT COULD INCREASE PRICESThe move to allow employee resource group flags to be flown, however, isn't enough for the LGBTQ employees’ group.
America’s culture wars aren’t new — and don’t have predictable endings
Each used moral logic to oppose an existing practice. Slavery was abolished in 1865 after a bloody Civil War, but Reconstruction, with its goal of equal rights for black people, failed. Moral logic does not entirely or easily trump human character. Photo12/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesThe Yankee impulse to apply moral logic to existing practice survives today, and not just among those with New England ancestry. Over time, the concentration has been on applying moral logic to practices that are rarer and rarer.
Royal family warned against ‘insulting’ Black people as royal tour begins
The royal family has been cautioned against “insulting” descendants of African people who were enslaved by Britain with glib glossing-over of past atrocities, as the Platinum Jubilee Royal Tour of eastern Caribbean island nations begins in St Lucia. Hours before the couple embarked on their trip, however, the Antigua and Barbuda Reparations Support Commission published a strongly-worded open letter criticising the royal family for past comments on slavery. “We hear the phony sanctimony of those who came before you that these crimes are a ‘stain on your history’. Prince Edward and the Countess of Wessex were forced to cancel the Grenada leg of their tour of the Caribbean at short notice earlier this week. The pair also met the prime minister of Saint Lucia Philip Pierre and the acting governor general Cyril Errol Melchiades Charles.
'Some of My Best Friends': Tajja Isen calls out Taylor Swift's political 'lip service,' white fragility
Isen's book also confronts the reader, reminding us we can be just as guilty of using the buzzword of the week and not following through with actions outside of social media posts. In it, she discusses white femininity, white fragility and how it's "enviably good" at "metabolizing critique and converting it into a moral, political, or financial asset." Of the "queen of relatability," whose empire stood on the motto "Be Kind," Isen writes DeGeneres' fall from grace was a rude awakening. Her "deeply cynical" response was seen for what it was, Isen writes. They get quirky, alliterative viral nicknames that testify to their sin," Isen writes.
Activist won't face 2nd trial for illegal voting sign-up
In February, Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward overturned her conviction and granted Moses a second trial — which now won't take place. In all, Moses has spent 82 days in custody on the case, “which is sufficient,” Weirich said in her statement. Moses said she thought her probation from the 2015 guilty plea had ended, and that she could begin working to restore her voting rights. Moses said the Tennessee Department of Correction gave her a certificate saying her probation had ended, but then rescinded the certificate. Prosecutors said in February that Moses’ sentence was overturned and a new trial ordered because the Tennessee Department of Correction failed to turn over “a necessary document” in the case.
Capitol Police Sergeant posts images of his January 6 riot injuries after Marjorie Taylor Greene calls herself a 'victim' of the attack
Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia. In response, Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell posted photos of the injuries he sustained that day. Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia is facing criticism from a member of the Capitol Police that protected members of Congress on January 6 after she said she was a victim of the riot during a hearing on Friday. Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, among the more outspoken members of the Capitol Police force, responded on Twitter, posting graphic photos of some of the injuries he sustained that day. —Staff Sergeant Gonell, Aquilino (@SergeantAqGo) April 22, 2022And at least one video from January 6 shows Greene laughing and smiling with other Republican members of Congress while they waited in the secure location.
BLM activist hits back at New York mayor Eric Adams on Fox News calling him a ‘white man in blackface’
“He’s a white man in blackface,” Mr Newsome said during an appearance on Fox News on Thursday. What would you say to him?”“It was smooth the way you do ‘white lives matter’ in there. Our problem is when Black Lives are oppressed and they don’t receive justice – nobody cares, nothing happens,” Mr Newsome said. “He’s a white man in blackface and a very conservative-minded white man at that,” he added, after also using a racial slur to refer to Mr Adams. We can’t be hypocrites.”Last year, Mr Newsome faced criticism for comments about Mr Adams’ pledge to revive a unit of undercover officers fighting gun violence.
America's boardrooms have been bullied by entities like BLM into going 'woke': Former McDonald's CEO
Former McDonald's CEO Ed Rensi called out American corporations for going ‘woke’ Friday, telling "America Reports" boardrooms should not get involved in "social or political engineering." ED RENSI: The last couple of years there has been an awful lot of bullying going on. And now you’ve got the environmental social work that’s going on, and insurance companies are going to rate companies on the basis of how well they do studies and how they report on them. And they are going to rate the companies down if they don’t do a good job. Well, that’s not the job of insurance companies, and it's certainly not the job of corporations.
As Jason Aldean plays to the right, his sound takes a quiet left turn
Out Friday, "Georgia" is the second installment of Aldean's new double album, the first half of which, "Macon," dropped in November. But on "Macon" and "Georgia," everything mawkish about Aldean's music gently self-corrects. Why does modern country music, a musical community that purportedly celebrates everyday American lives, not do more to protect those lives? Sixty people died at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in 2017, and the tragedy seemed to plunge all of country music into a brief state of paralysis. This was a solid reminder that the stars of country music have never been apolitical.
Exxon Ban on LGBTQ Pride Flag Triggers Employee Backlash
Instead, the rule permits a flag representing an LGBTQ employees’ group that does not prominently feature Exxon’s corporate logo. In response, members of Exxon’s PRIDE Houston Chapter are refusing to represent the company at the city’s June 25 Pride celebration, according to an employee group email also seen by Bloomberg. “Corporate leadership took exception to a rainbow flag being flown at our facilities” last year, Exxon’s PRIDE Houston employee group wrote in the email Thursday. Exxon’s Pride employee resource group has existed since 2008 and currently has 3,000 members globally. “Flying a Pride flag is one small way many corporations choose to visibly show their care, inclusion and support for LGBTQ+ employees,” the group said.
Marjorie Taylor Greene denies encouraging violence on January 6 as she takes the stand
I don't recall any talk of violence,' Greene said. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene denied encouraging violence on January 6 as she took the stand Friday in a Georgia courtroom for an administrative hearing for the case to have her thrown off the ballotJudge Charles Beaudrot speaks to participants in the courtroom at the Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing on Friday in AtlantaRep. Marjorie Taylor Greene arrives at a court hearing in Atlanta Friday with voters trying to kick her off the ballot. To questions like whether she encouraged former President Donald Trump to impose martial law to stay in power she answered, 'I do not recall'Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz appears in the audience at Friday's Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene hearing. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene speaks during Friday's hearing in Atlanta. During his closing statement, Celli pushed, 'Marjorie Taylor Greene knew perfectly well what 1776 meant that it meant violence against the government, overthrowing a tyrannical government.'
How Disney found itself in the middle of a culture war
Disney, through Disney World, is the state’s biggest employer. From its movies to its theme parks to its hotels and vacation packages, Disney has created an image that Disney is for everyone. First and foremost, Disney can’t just pack up Disney World and all of its employees and go somewhere else. Its wishy-washy reaction to the “Don’t Say Gay” bill is an example of that. The messaging for the Disney flagship brand has been that everyone can go see a Disney movie and everyone is welcome at a Disney resort.
Marjorie Taylor Greene testifies in constituent suit seeking to disqualify her from re-election to Congress
She has filed a lawsuit alleging that the law the voters are using to challenge her eligibility is itself unconstitutional. But Ron Fein, a lawyer for the voters who filed the challenge, said Greene took an oath and then broke it by engaging in an insurrection. Greene met with Trump about making objections to certain states’ electoral votes because of concerns about voter fraud, Bopp said. Dozens of Greene supporters attended the hearing, including U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Florida Republican and frequent Greene ally. The Georgia complaint was filed on the voters’ behalf by Free Speech for People, a national election and campaign-finance reform group.
Greene Insurrection Hearing Long on Theatrics, Short on Answers
Greene used similar language when she called for supporters to staunchly oppose certifying Joe Biden’s election victory. Lawyers for the advocacy group Free Speech for People have brought similar claims against Republicans who they and their clients say supported an insurrection. Ron Fein, one of the lawyers representing Georgia voters, said in his opening statement that Greene’s previous statements are enough to prove their case. “The right to vote is at stake right here, right now,” Bopp said during opening statements. “Voters have the right to vote to the candidate of their choosing and they have the right to have their vote counted.”
Daily Kos Turns 20: We've been showcasing our 'best' stories for weeks. Now it's your turn!
(2007)I like it because by writing it, it caused me to reflect on who I was and how I am perceived. But the best part of this is that Obama posted a rebuttal linking to my diary! FISH OUT OF WATERCOVID-19 antibody response drops in 3 months, according to Kings College London report in review (2020)My best diary on COVID-19. ERICLEWIS0Cartoon: Animal Nuz: Fight Night Edition (2016)Not my best Animal Nuz cartoon, but I really like [the] first panel. RELATED: Daily Kos Turns 20: Let’s showcase our best work!
Emmett Till's relatives want the woman who accused him prosecuted for 1955 kidnapping
Authorities at the time said the woman had two young children and they did not want to bother her. A relative of Till said it’s long past time for someone to arrest Donham in Till’s kidnapping, if not for the slaying itself. BIDEN SIGNED THE EMMETT TILL ANTILYNCHING ACT:Who was Emmett Till and what happened to him? A Till relative who was there at the time, Wheeler Parker, told The Associated Press that Till whistled at the woman. 65 YEARS LATER:How Emmett Till's death paved the way for Black Lives Matter
Alex Jones' Attorney Norm Pattis Says N-Word With His Pants Down During Standup Set
A high-profile attorney for conspiracy theorist Alex Jones used the N-word and other slurs during a standup routine with his pants down last month. Comedian Teddy Ren changed his set in order to warn Attorney Norm Pattis not to say the N word because it’s hurtful. Ren said he was taking Pattis’ set in stride, and that he even laughed when Pattis was pretending to say the word. I ask because I am under fire for using the ‘n’ word without permission,” Pattis wrote in the typo-ridden post. Seriously?”Pattis added that “if you are offended by use of the ‘n’ word in that comedic skit consider the possibility that the joke is at your expense.”
Black leaders call on woke companies to support police, not BLM: 'They should know better'
Pastor Marc Little on Friday blasted woke corporations for supporting Black Lives Matter and showed support for cops. "Before they wrote the checks, we saw Black Lives Matter leadership cross that bridge and say pigs in a blanket fry them like bacon. They had a website up that made it very clear what their intentions were, to destroy the nuclear family," Little told "Fox & Friends." Little called Black Lives Matter a "communist" organization and claimed corporate titans who show support for the group made their livings off of American capitalism. "BLM has no actual regard for Black lives at any stage of development.
Kim Zolciak-Biermann guzzles margaritas after NeNe Leakes racism lawsuit
Kim Zolciak-Biermann appeared to brush off claims of racism on Thursday, as she was pictured drinking margaritas with her husband in the wake of a new lawsuit brought against Bravo by NeNe Leakes. NeNe Leakes on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in an Atlanta federal court, saying that the companies that produced The Real Housewives of Atlanta oversaw a hostile and racist workplace - calling out Zolciak-Biermann for allegedly making racist comments. Kim Zolciak-Biermann guzzles margaritas and hams it up with husband after Nene Leakes claimed she made racially charged remarks in Bravo lawsuitIn the video, the mother-of-three tells her followers that daughter Brielle has come to pick her up as she can't drive after drinking. The latest: NeNe Leakes, 54, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in an Atlanta federal court, saying that the companies that produced RHOA oversaw a hostile and racist workplace. Leakes said in court docs that Zolciak-Biermann referred to her home as a 'roach nest' and lied in implying that Leakes was a drug user.
Liberal columnist denies Twitter is biased against conservatives: ‘Facts say otherwise’
A liberal columnist, writing in The Hill on Wednesday, claimed Twitter isn’t actually biased against conservatives, conservatives are just more likely to spread "misinformation." Paul M. Barrett’s opinion piece, headlined, "Musk says Twitter is biased against conservatives — facts say otherwise," knocked Tesla CEO Elon Musk for saying that he was "worried about de facto bias in ‘the Twitter algorithm.'" TWITTER, FACEBOOK, GOOGLE HAVE REPEATEDLY CENSORED CONSERVATIVES DESPITE LIBERAL DOUBTSDespite the headline, the columnist acknowledged that a recent study found Twitter censors conservative accounts at a higher rate than liberals. Barrett’s source was a preliminary study from MIT, Yale and the University of Exeter which questioned, "Is Twitter biased against conservatives?" One of the most well-known cases of Twitter bias came during the 2020 election.
Prince Harry reveals the next Invictus Games will held in Canada
In a statement, Harry said today: 'As Invictus continues to adapt and evolve, I am extremely excited to announce that the Invictus Games Foundation has selected Canada to host the first-ever Winter Hybrid Games in 2025. 'The Invictus Games Vancouver-Whistler 2025 will offer a global platform to expand the range and profile of winter adaptive sports. These will be in addition to the core Invictus Games sports of indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair basketball. 'The Invictus Games 2025 are working closely to ensure they respond to Canada's Truth & Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, and ensure Indigenous protocols are respected in all aspects of the Games.' Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, was quoted as saying that he was 'excited' that his country will host the 2025 Invictus Games.
TikTok’s Black dance creators are on strike
The viral clips they share often give no credit to the dance’s Black creator, who can only sit back and watch as their moves go viral without them. The so-called “queen of TikTok” gained millions of followers before she acknowledged the dance’s Black creator, Jalaiah Harmon, whom the New York Times eventually profiled. In February of last year, Nicole Bloomgarden watched the viral dance she’d invented, “Out West,” being performed at the 2020 NBA All Star Game by D’Amelio. D’Amelio now tags her videos with the dance creator, and TikTok says it has taken steps to better support Black creators. AdvertisementThe new Stallion track (whose name is unprintable in this newspaper) had been used in only 37,000 TikTok videos as of June 25, according to TikTok.
To Have Joy in the Workplace, There Must Be Justice for All
Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. The Joy GapIn our original 2018 Joy@Work study, we found a stark gap between the levels of joy people expected to feel and the joy they actually experienced: Fifty-three percent of survey respondents who said they expected to feel joy at work reported that they did not actually experience it. Because most people spend a majority of their waking hours working, this joy gap has a pernicious effect on our overall joy, happiness, outlook, and well-being. In just three years, the joy gap had widened substantially — from 53% to 61%. The joy gap is concerning, but it offers us all unique opportunities for positive intervention.
NeNe Leakes Sues Bravo for Alleged Racist Work Environment
Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesOn Wednesday, former Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes sued the show’s producers, Bravo, and Andy Cohen for allegedly fostering a toxic and racist work environment during her seven seasons on the show. “NBC, Bravo, and True [Entertainment] foster a corporate workplace culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not encouraged,” the suit reads. Leakes — whose legal name is Linnethia Monique Leakes — starred in Real Housewives of Atlanta from 2008 to 2020, winning viewers over with her “rich bitch” quips and vibrant array of wigs. (At the time, a spokesperson for Bravo denied that Leakes had been fired, telling Essence in 2020 that conversations for the next season were “still ongoing.”) “Mrs. Leakes — Bravo’s historically most successful Black female talent — should have been embraced by NBC, Bravo, and True,” the suit says.
The Social-Mediafication of Protesting
Welcome to the social media age of public protest in Washington. They’re clever, cheeky, creative and clicky — DIY spectacles that flood your social feed, advocate for important things, and are impossible to ignore. Which may be why our relentless string of creative protests will not go down as a relentless string of protests that lead to change. This same period of flowering creative protest has also, of course, seen some epic human gatherings, too: The 2017 women’s march was likely the largest single-day demonstration in U.S. history. They’ve tweaked their foes, spread the message to their social media tribes — and made the city’s landscape more interesting.
School districts in blue states aren't safe from hysteria—just look at what's happening in Maryland
According to the Los Angeles Blade, a chapter of Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) donated a “collection” of “small” Pride flags to the district. The parent of a student in the district brought the flags to school. Teachers were reportedly encouraged to display the flags to show support for the queer community. The school board will hear public comments before voting on the subject. Mind you, students are not allowed a vote, even if they speak at or are otherwise participants in school board issues.
Pompeo: China continues to roll Biden's America, as CCP reaches deal with key Pacific archipelago
China continues to ignore the United States as it militarizes its geographic zone, while continuing to treat Biden personnel as subjects to be lectured, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday. On "The Ingraham Angle," host Laura Ingraham pointed out how Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin appeared to get nothing out of his communication with Chinese defense officials Thursday. Reading between the lines, Ingraham said, it appeared Austin's call was the latest example of China hectoring the Biden administration and ignoring its interests. "I don't think they respect or fear the United States under the leadership of President Biden," Pompeo replied. "And it doesn't look like we actually defended the things that matter most to the United States of America [in Austin's call].
Hundreds call for 'justice for Patrick' at Michigan Capitol rally
The event outside the Capitol included a march and speeches, in which participants called for the officer's name be released publicly, for Gov. The crowd repeatedly chanted "justice for Patrick" and "Black lives matter." Kent County Commissioner Robert Womack said the way Lyoya's case is handled will set a precedent. "We need justice for Patrick," Womack said. Thursday's event was focused on highlighting "the murder of Patrick," Kelsey said.
Eric Adams is right: BLM costs black lives
Loathsome local Black Lives Matter leader Hawk Newsome just called Mayor Eric Adams a “c–n” live on national TV for pointing out BLM’s hypocrisy for staying silent on the black victims of crime. But the mayor has the facts fully on his side: Anti-police, soft-on-crime “reforms” have been literally murder on minority communities across America. Murder of black Americans rose more than 32% just from 2019 to 2020, 7,484 victims to 9,941. As the Manhattan Institute’s Heather Mac Donald puts it: “The Black Lives Matter narrative about racist, homicidal cops has produced virulent hostility in the streets,” poisoning police-community relations. Which makes Hank Newsome and his ilk the real bane on the black community — which, incidentally, voted overwhelmingly for Eric Adams last year in good measure because he vowed to end the carnage.
Charles Mingus is still the great American rebel, 100 years on
“I was always doing revolutionary things,” Mingus said, “things that would alert people, so they would stop being so subservient.”People can be pretty subservient right now, and it’s a self-imposed subservience of thinking a new Facebook filter gets things done. Charles Mingus’ music has similarities to Louis Armstrong’s legendary “Hot Fives and Sevens” recordings. To be steeped in jazz history is to be steeped in the history of America. Bass player Charles Mingus and composer Duke Ellington during the recording of their album “Money Jungle,” which was released in 1962. Coming to Mingus’ music as a young man made me more open to the world than I would have been.
BLM’s Hawk Newsome blames ‘white man’ Mayor Eric Adams for NYC ‘war zone’
“Don’t listen to what Eric Adams says, he gives great press statement. There will be fire, and there will be bloodshed.”Mayor Adams previously called out Hawk Newsome for threatening to hold riots in response to higher police measures. Hawk Newsome accused Mayor Eric Adams of being “a very conservative-minded white man.” William FarringtonThe number of victims was up 15.9 percent, fueled in part by last week’s mass shooting in a subway car in Brooklyn. “So with all his power, he turns to BLM and says, ‘What are you going to do?’” Newsome said. We’re going to organize people in our communities to go out and preach a message of love and unification in the streets.
Trump says Marjorie Taylor Greene is 'going through hell' due to ballot lawsuit
Former President Donald Trump said Thursday that Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is 'going through hell' over efforts to keep her off the November ballot. 'The Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, and Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, perhaps in collusion with the Radical Left Democrats, have allowed a horrible thing to happen to a very popular Republican, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene,' Trump said. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (left) is 'going thorugh hell' over efforts to keep her off the November ballot, former President Donald Trump (right) said in a statement ThursdayTrump urged Georgia Republicans to vote for Kemp's primary rival, former Sen. David Perdue. Brian Kemp - who has nothing to do with the lawsuit trying to disqualify Greene. 'This is the same evil playbook the dishonest Communist Democrats use against President Trump and his family.
D.C. police officer says Sen. Mike Lee opposed Jan. 6 investigation to cover up his actions
Police officers who defended the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020, accused Sen. Mike Lee of lying about his reasons for opposing a full investigation into the events leading up to the attack. The officers allege newly revealed text messages detailing Lee’s efforts to help former President Donald Trump reverse his 2020 election loss suggest he was trying to cover up his involvement. Fanone said Lee “lied to my face” and suggested Lee’s actions to assist Trump following the 2020 election may be criminal. Gladys Sicknick, the mother of slain officer Brian Sicknick, said Lee should explain his behavior to the House select committee investigating the insurrection. Since the Jan. 6 attack, Lee has criticized the Department of Justice for its treatment of those arrested for their alleged participation in the riot.
Senate front-runner in Pennsylvania embraces Biden and progressive agenda amid Democrats' midterm dilemma
And in Kenyatta, Democrats could choose a fresh face -- a gay Black Democrat -- who would make history but is little-known statewide. US Rep. Conor Lamb participates in the Senate Democratic Debate in April at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Democratic candidates chase FettermanIn the Pennsylvania US Senate Democratic primary, Fetterman dominates in polls and fundraising. "If we don't take the Senate seat, it will be almost impossible to have a Senate majority," Lamb said. Pennsylvania State Rep. Malcolm Kenyatta participates in the US Senate Democratic Debate in April at Muhlenberg College in Allentown.
Professor fired for saying BLM 'destroyed' university calls for open arbitration hearing
Frances Widdowson, who also taught justice and policy studies, was sacked from Mount Royal University in Calgary, Canada last year. She added: 'Without upholding academic freedom, we have no ability to explore ideas and pursue the truth.' It said: 'Frances Widdowson is a racist professor who works at Mount Royal University. But the university shot back that it 'unequivocally supports academic debate' but 'academic freedom does not justify harassment or discrimination'. Mount Royal employees have the right to work in an environment that is respectful and free from harassment.
Independent Art Fair is Bringing Underrepresented Artists to New York’s Attention
The Independent art fair is returning to its Spring Studios location in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood in May with a full slate of galleries that in many cases are offering solo and duo presentations of artists yet to be widely known. Spearheaded by the Independent, several institutions—including fairs, museums, auction houses, and non-profit arts groups—formed New York Art Week, creating an interactive map of what’s happening at more than 20 organizations across the city May 5-12. The other fairs include TEFAF, the New Art Dealers Alliance, or NADA, and Future Fair. Back up to full scale, the May fair will include 67 galleries and five nonprofits that will be exhibiting artists representing a range of compelling themes—from Indigenous art, to art of the African diaspora, to historical genres. The fair has always represented, and increasingly now is exhibiting, many artists from the African diaspora and African-American artists.
Watch Today On Good Morning Vogue: Activists Discuss How Fashion Drives Change
There's so many different nuanced conversationsthat happen around capitalism, and if you lookat just the fashion industry alone,the fashion industry embodieseverything wrong with capitalism. They've done what they've done,they've built what they've built,and they have the right to maintain that,but we don't need that anymore. We would have these conversationsand what I said to Hannah, I said,Listen, the fashion industry, they don't care. Okay, let's figure something outand make the fashion industry more accountablefor the practices and the stuff that's happeningin the industry. The public has been, slowly but surely, disillusionedby the fashion industry, by brands and their promises.
Today on Good Morning Vogue: Meet Samuel Ross of A-Cold-Wall*
I hope that the idea of having somethingthat no one else has gotexactly the same as you,encourages people to hold onto it. I think it's really beautiful,but also like equally funnyand feels a bit anxious and feels a bit weird. Samuel also recently set up an initiativedistributing grants to black owned businessesand is ushering in a new generationof black creatives in London. So it just makes a lot more senseto kind of just test different waysand how fashion can engage. The grant scheme that I put togetherwith a A-Cold-Wall is reallyabout supporting young back businessesand young black artists.
NeNe Leakes Files Lawsuit, BLASTS Real Housewives of Atlanta for Racism: Kim Zolciak Dropped the N-Word!
NeNe Leakes has dropped a legal bombshell. On Wednesday, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star filed a lawsuit in federal court that names Andy Cohen, NBCUniversal and show production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original as defendants. The lawsuit alleges that Leakes complained on numerous occasions to executives about years of racist remarks from fellow housewife Kim Zolciak-Biermann. Leakes starred on The Real Housewives of Atlanta from its opening season in 2008 through Season 7. Neither anyone associated wiith Bravo nor Kim Zolciak-Biermann has yet responded to these explosive allegations.
Embattled Ideo CEO Sandy Speicher is stepping down
Speicher has been CEO since 2019 after she took over the role from longtime CEO Tim Brown. She had been at the company since 2004, with the majority of her time spent managing education products. Under Speicher, Ideo’s pristine reputation has faced scrutiny. The news of her departure comes 11 months after former Ideo employee George Aye wrote a damning essay alleging that Ideo perpetuated a toxic work culture, which disproportionately affected many women and employees of color. While Ideo searches for the “right leadership to take us forward,” Ideo’s Chief Creative Officer Paul Bennett and Tim Brown, who has been serving as executive chair, will be co-CEOs.
Politics in the Workplace: How Can Managers Keep the Peace?
Before banning political talk outright, managers can take other steps to support civil discussions among employees from different ends of the ideological spectrum. Member Free 5 free articles per month, $6.95/article thereafter, free newsletter. In an age of increased polarization in which political ideology and identity have become intertwined, workplace political discussions may be more common, but they can have detrimental outcomes. Disagreement between employees and a cofounder regarding the severity of the situation resulted in a similar ban on workplace political discussions. sign up Please enter a valid email address Thank you for signing up Privacy PolicyIn this fraught political climate, is it possible to have fruitful workplace political discussions?
Marxist professor fired for 'enraging' woke mob warns 'identity politics' are a diversion
A Marxist professor who was recently fired from her university in Canada after "enraging the mob" explained to Fox News Digital why she believes identity politics have destroyed left-wing political thought by distracting from economic problems. TENURED CANADIAN PROFESSOR FIRED AFTER SAYING BLM ‘DESTROYED’ HER UNIVERSITYWiddowson described herself to Fox News as "a historical materialist, which comes out of the theoretical side of what would be called Marxism; so, a left-wing person." The professor said she believes identity politics are "a diversion to distract people from focusing on the class-based nature of inequality, which actually is rooted in a lot of the developments that are happening in late capitalism." She sees trans activism especially as a symptom of late-stage capitalism intended to divert enormous sums to the pharmaceutical companies. Following the debate, Widdowson said a lot of professors started to argue that trans people at MRU were saying their humanity was being denied.
Black Catholics have a right to be frustrated with a church that ignores racism
November is Black Catholic History Month, but the faithful’s ignorance of the historical issues of race, racism and invisibility continue to strain Black Catholics' relationship with American Catholics and bishops. The negative reaction to the archbishop’s speech in America’s Black Catholic community and the larger Catholic community was swift. Consider thesuspension of an Indiana priest over statements he made in summer 2020 about Black Lives Matter protesters being “maggots and parasites,” or the Michigan priest who compared Black Lives Matter protesters to terrorists. That’s why the National Black Catholic Congress series “Black Catholics and the Millennial Gap” is important. With so many Black Catholics leaving the church, the archbishop might want to rethink his culture warrior stance to shore up an already dwindling flock.
3 Books to Better Understand Black Business Leadership
As an African American and as an entrepreneur coach, I often get asked how one can become more sensitive, thoughtful, and cooperative with the Black experience. New York University professor Charlton D. McIlwain's new book, Black Software, covers the history of modern Black startup leadership, which is helpful to those truly interested in this topic. It is a fascinating view on how startup leadership can actually create community empowerment. Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones's bestseller focuses on Black history, and that, in turn, helps us understand American history. Black Food: Stories, Art, and Recipes From Across the African DiasporaBy Bryant Terry (4 Color Books, 2021)I believe food is key to understanding culture.
Travel Is So Diverse. Why Is the Travel Industry So White?
Simultaneously, I've been confronted with the reality that there are many leaders in travel who seem hell-bent on preserving the benefits of White privilege in the travel industry while very few are actively taking meaningful steps to make the travel industry more diverse and inclusive. I've been in the travel industry for nearly a decade and have been reticent to speak candidly about the most critical racial dynamic that prevents this industry from truly reflecting the diverse makeup of travel itself. When I launched Localeur eight years ago, I imagined a future in which the travel industry would reflect travel itself. Every active early-stage VC firm in Austin is led by a White man (with the exception of one led by two White women). I just can't take another "How I Built This" by a White man who can't mention White privilege.
Nicholas Kristof’s Botched Rescue Mission
By the time I arrived in Yamhill, Oregon, Nicholas Kristof’s political career had already ended in a face-plant. He came to believe that he could become governor and that he ought to be governor. “Nobody really had issues for the Oregon governor.” Melinda Gates chipped in $50,000. “Would he have been a good governor? Asked if he would consider a state office besides the office of governor, he said, “In Oregon?” He paused.
Black Lives Matter Secretly Bought a $6 Million House
The transaction has not been previously reported, and Black Lives Matter’s leadership had hoped to keep the house’s existence a secret. It creates the impression that money donated to the cause of racial justice has been spent in ways that benefit the leaders of Black Lives Matter personally. After the transfer, Black Lives Matter leaders began using the house in various ways, including as a set for recording videos and staying overnight when they didn’t feel safe at their own homes. Cullors has also used the Campus house in ways that are probably not in line with what Black Lives Matter donors intended for their dollars. While Black Lives Matter at the national level is flush, he’s seen local activists fall into poverty and become homeless.
The Inside Man
He is the ultimate inside man, so sturdy, disciplined, and reverential to the mission of the Times that the very notion of him self-destructing seems improbable. He’s a man without obvious eccentricity or need to be liked and isn’t known for much beyond his reputation for adroitness and overachieving. Rosenthal says, “We used to call him the smartest man at the New York Times,” which he means presumably as a compliment. A Times editor is supposed to come from inside the building. Do I think that somehow there was an election-changing scandal that the New York Times was not on?
Elon Musk Enters His Rupert Murdoch Phase
Last week, the Twitter board had put in a so-called poison pill, which blocks any single person from owning too much of a company. When it comes to Twitter, Musk has always understood social media and is exceptionally good at it. “I’m worried about de facto bias in ‘the Twitter algorithm’ having a major effect on public discourse,” he tweeted recently. It’s his way of having broader control: controlling the spigot of information, affecting not only the culture but potentially laws and mores around the world. This is the next iteration of Musk: hard power and deep influence — softened by green cars and dumb jokes.
What It Means to Be an Intersectional Environmentalist
Reimagining nonprofits in a very Gen-Z way, Thomas founded a collective called Intersectional Environmentalist that provides services and resources for anyone willing to learn more and most recently, published a book titled The Intersectional Environmentalist. On the most recent episode of In Her Shoes, Peoples talks with Thomas about why environmentalism has to be intersectional. I want to start by asking, What does it mean to you to be intersectional and environmentalist? But I know that’s impossible, and that’s why I think the intersectional environmental movement is growing. I think that’s something that’s going to make me excited in the beauty space because a lot of refillable-packaging people aren’t refilling.
The CIA’s ‘Torture Queen’ Is Now a Life Coach Hawking Beauty Products
The woman who presided over or witnessed many of these crimes is now a life coach. Alfreda Scheuer (née Bikowsky), was an infamous CIA operative dubbed “The Queen of Torture” by The New Yorker in 2014. I didn’t bury my head in the sand.”Regarding the “Queen of Torture” moniker, she was similarly defiant. In one Facebook video, she pushes a skin “serum” containing human stem cells. “You might see other products that advertised stem cells, but they are mostly derived from plants, which are not nearly as efficacious as actual human stem cells,” Scheuer says of the $295 bottle.
Bentinho Massaro: Instagram Guru 'F-king' His Followers 'To Freedom'
She says that Massaro told her he had been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder, and that he used to defecate on people’s lawns. Many of Massaro’s followers were longtime seekers, some of whom had pinballed from spiritual organization to spiritual organization. Massaro, she says, got “turned on” and told Alectra to go upstairs, where he instructed her to reenact the experience the member had just shared. They then went downstairs and Massaro told the member what had just happened, in an effort to see whether he had fully recovered from the event. “See?” she says Massaro told the group.
Hungry for change, Gen Z tries something new: Running for local office
Placeholder while article actions loadHis campaign manager is a college freshman, his most dedicated volunteers are high-schoolers, and the state legislator he’s running to replace took office in 2006 — when he was 9. For this year’s midterm elections, 22 of the 259 candidates they’ve endorsed are Gen Z. Advertisement“I just hope it sends a signal to other young people, queer people, that local government is for you,” Horn said. “It’s who I am.”If elected, Vogel said, he would focus on responding to the climate crisis, increasing mental health care and growing the state’s economy. I’m a Gen Z activist, Democrat, and I’m running for the Maryland House of Delegates.
NeNe Leakes sues Real Housewives of Atlanta production team for ‘tolerating racism’ on set
NeNe Leakes, a former star of Real Housewives of Atlanta, has sued the companies behind the show, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from the companies and Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen, are named as defendants in the documents. Leakes, 54, a TV personality and actor whose legal name is Linnethia Monique Leakes, spent seven seasons as one of the central stars of Real Housewives of Atlanta between 2008 and 2020. That same year, the suit alleges, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them. Executives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the housewives would address BLM, the suit alleges.
BLM activist brands NYC Mayor Eric Adams 'a white man in blackface' with 'no plan for the city'
A Black Lives Matter activist has slammed New York City's black mayor for his alleged failure to combat the city's skyrocketing crime rates. 'Where are all those who stated ''Black Lives Matter?"' 'If black lives matter, then the thousand of people I saw on the street when [George] Floyd was murdered should be on the street right now. 'What we elected him for, the city of New York, was to keep the city safe,' the BLM leader said. However, crime in New York City is up 44.26 percent from this time last year and 27 percent from this time in 2020.
New York BLM co-founder slams Mayor Adams for failing Black residents: 'City is a warzone'
Hawk Newsome, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, slammed New York City Mayor Eric Adams during an interview on Fox News, arguing he’s been ineffective at protecting Black New Yorkers. But what we elected him for, the city of New York, was to keep the city safe. This city is a warzone and he can't stop it," Newsome said on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom on Thursday. The data shows Black murders increased by 32% in 2020 compared to 2019, and by 43% compared to 10-year average of Black murders. Among White murders, FBI data show there were 7,043 White people murdered in 2020, meaning 2,898 more Black people were killed compared to Whites.
NeNe Leakes sues Bravo, NBCU and says racism accepted on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’
Former “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes sued the companies behind the show on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. It names as defendants NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from the companies and “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen, but not Zolciak-Biermann. That same year, the suit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them, the suit alleges. The suit says Leakes’ negotiations for the season came as the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining major momentum, with Leakes a vocal supporter. Executives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the housewives would address BLM, the suit alleges.
Lasting Cruelties
Lasting Cruelties Lasting Cruelties Reign of Terror situates the War on Terror as part of a longer story of domination that can be traced back to the founding of the United States as a settler-colonial and slaveholding behemoth. The title of the book itself, an explicit reference to the French Revolution, is an implicit jibe at how perseverations over the crimes of lowlier challengers can obscure the more lasting cruelties of the Global North. The breadth of his knowledge and experience are evident throughout Reign of Terror, which focuses primarily on political dynamics within the United States. Reign of Terror lays bare the complex relationship between liberalism and illiberalism in U.S. halls of power. But there have been hopeful glimmers in recent years of something different emerging out of widespread dissatisfaction with the War on Terror.
The Amazon Labor Union’s Historic Breakthrough
The Amazon Labor Union’s Historic Breakthrough The Amazon Labor Union’s Historic Breakthrough How did a scrappy group of organizers without institutional backing prevail over the second-largest employer in the United States? (Andrea Renault/AFP via Getty Images)Until its stunning victory on April 1, just about everyone thought the Amazon Labor Union’s year-long effort to organize the giant Staten Island “JFK8” Amazon warehouse was a hopeless—if noble—quest. Meanwhile, in Staten Island, the ALU won by a comfortable margin, in a 2,654–2,131 vote with only sixty-seven challenged ballots. None of them were eager to take on that gargantuan task, until a group of Bessemer workers approached RWDSU for help. The company’s attempt to instill fear in their ranks was substantially less potent in Staten Island than in Alabama.
What U.S. Organizers Can Learn From Brazil's Landless Workers Movement
We recently spoke with Tarlau to discuss this strategy — as well as the wider lessons we can learn from the 40-year struggle of Brazil’s landless workers. The idea, which draws on Gramsci, is that when social movements engage with state structures, they’re not necessarily destined to be co-opted. We’re used to seeing institutional reforms at moments when social movements are really strong. These were born out of the Third World Liberation Front, out of the Chicano movement, and the Black liberation movement. But the departments are no longer organically linked to a cohesive social movement that is thinking about these programs as part of a larger strategy of social and political change.
Occupy in Retrospect
The year 2021 marked the tenth anniversary of Occupy Wall Street. In the brewing activist mélange of the last decade, for many tenth anniversary commentators, Occupy lay at the origin. Though it was undeniably an important event for the contemporary Left, the idea that Occupy inaugurated or birthed much of what followed it strikes us as incorrect, but in ways that are politically instructive. In this essay, we take up one component of what we will call the “Occupy origin story” — that which traces the Bernie Sanders moment to Occupy — and argue that it is unconvincing in its two broad assertions: that Occupy, in some meaningful way, made possible the success of Sanders’s campaigns; and that the involvement of many Occupy activists in those campaigns was a natural result of their political maturation.2Our basic argument is this: the lurch to the left in American political consciousness followed from the 2008 economic crisis, to which Occupy was an insufficient response that quickly flamed out. In brief, the Occupy origin story is a legitimating narrative for a certain activist set that has become influential in the left-liberal nonprofit and media worlds.
Dear Gen Z: Now Is the Time to Join the Labor Movement and Change the World
Young workers are leading the charge to revitalize the labor movement and change history. At both Starbucks and Amazon, workers your age are leading the charge to revitalize the labor movement and change history. Why the Labor Movement You might not have planned to become a labor activist, or become an activist at all. The labor movement at its best has been central to fighting racism, on and off the job. It is also true of the upsurge that built the modern labor movement in the 1930s.
Undergraduate Worker Unions Are Taking Off
Labor organizing among undergraduate student workers has taken off in the last two years. After organizing the first independent undergraduate worker union, consisting of campus dining workers in 2016, UGSDW filed for an NLRB election to represent all student workers on campus in 2018. By increasing the wages for student workers, unions can allow students to work fewer hours and afford rent, living expenses, and their education. Student workers from dozens of other universities are also in the process of organizing unions on their campuses. Campus labor organizing has its limitations.
Outrage continues over police killing of unarmed Black man, Patrick Lyoya
The killing followed a traffic stop which, according to lawyer Benjamin Crump, should never have resulted in yet another murder of an unarmed Black man by police. GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—From City Hall to the city streets to Capitol Hill, outrage continues over the police killing her of an unarmed Black man, the execution-style shooting of Patrick Lyoya, 26, after a traffic stop in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Stop murdering us!”:was another chant by the Grand Rapids marchers. “Another Black man has died at the hands of police, and the officer in this video has got to be held accountable,” Johnson said. “My heart sank in my chest as I watched the video of the police shooting of Patrick Lyoya, an unarmed Black man,” Lawrence said in a statement.
The Dropout, Super Pumped, and WeCrashed make good TV but bad lessons
These stories of fraud and bad behavior provided easy fodder for the entertainment industry to create shows: The Dropout, about Theranos; Super Pumped, about Uber; and WeCrashed, about WeWork. Of course, these stories are particularly tantalizing, especially to the tech companies producing them. It’s still a story of tech founders, and we’re still, largely, in thrall to them. The tech companies producing these shows had to look no further than their own backyard for trainwrecks of stories that don’t disappoint. The streaming wars — in which tech companies are tripping over themselves to produce ever more content for already-saturated audiences — are just one more indication of the continued frothiness around tech companies.
A Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween 2019. The NYPD Is Quashing a Move to Punish the Officer.
ProPublica Read More My Family Saw a Police Car Hit a Kid on Halloween. After the teenager who’d been hit by the car ran away, my wife, Sara, watched as officers turned their attention to other Black boys. The Civilian Complaint Review Board found that, contrary to the NYPD’s assertions, an officer did hit a kid with his car. (“Do I Look Like I Give a Fuck.”) The officer told investigators he hadn’t known the meaning of the logo or the acronym on his sweatshirt. The police response that night started when some teenagers told officers they had been robbed at the local park.
These Photos Will Make You Think About Just How Many Guns Americans Own
Just weeks before his high school graduation, the shooting at Colorado’s Columbine High School happened, shaking a complacent America to its core. Across the United States, gun ownership has skyrocketed in the past five years; according to the Pew Research Center, around 40% of Americans now live in a household with a gun. Multiple cities have also reported a surge in gun violence since the beginning of the pandemic. The contradictory ideals of gun ownership can be clearly seen in Missouri. It is deeply ingrained in the country’s history and identity, which celebrates individualism as well as freedom.
It's Time IWD Celebrated The Black, Masculine Women Too
Outside of the Black queer community I exist in, I don’t see people who look like me given an opportunity to share our stories. When I attended the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020, I wondered if those who gave speeches about protecting Black women included masculine presenting women like me? As an influencer, I see the opportunities that queer men are afforded in comparison to queer women. International Women’s Day is about raising awareness for women’s equality, and that should include LGBTQ+ women, and masculine presenting women, too. I feel inspired by other queer women every day and I am so proud of us.
NeNe Leakes Is Suing Bravo & Andy Cohen For Fostering A Racist, Hostile Workplace
Nearly two years after leaving The Real Housewives of Atlanta, NeNe Leakes is suing Bravo, Andy Cohen, and the team behind the show. According to court documents filed April 20, via The Hollywood Reporter, Leakes cited “a corporate and workplace culture in which racially insensitive and inappropriate behavior is tolerated — if not, encouraged.”Per THR, the lawsuit specifically names Cohen, NBCUniversal, Bravo, True Entertainment and Truly Original, and executives from the companies as defendants. Leakes’ former co-star, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, is not listed as one of them — though much of the lawsuit revolves around her behavior during the early seasons of RHOA. In 2008 (Season 1 of the show), Zolciak-Biermann made comments about not wanting to eat chicken with NeNe at a barbecue, which “perpetuated an offensive stereotype about African-Americans,” per the suit. “Instead, NBC, Bravo, and True forced her out of the ‘house she built,’ denying her a regular role.”More to come...
Boston juveniles' broad daylight beating of woman allegedly targeted for race, hairstyle captured on video
A police report mentions "a specific group of violent juveniles terrorizing the Downtown Crossing area." A 911 caller told a dispatcher that a group of between 10 and 15 Black girls were attacking two females. One of the victims, a 20-year-old woman, told officers that the group approached her and began calling her "a white b**** with braids," according to a police report. Just days later, the same group of juveniles allegedly punched a female victim who refused to buy them ice cream. the 81-year-old victim recently told Boston 25.
NeNe Leakes Sues Bravo and Andy Cohen, Saying Racism Accepted on Real Housewives
LOS ANGELES — Former star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” NeNe Leakes sued the companies behind the show on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. It names as defendants NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from the companies and “Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen, but not Zolciak-Biermann. That same year, the suit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them, the suit alleges. The suit says Leakes’ negotiations for the season came as the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining major momentum, with Leakes a vocal supporter. Executives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the housewives would address BLM, the suit alleges.
NeNe Leakes sues saying racism accepted on 'Real Housewives'
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” NeNe Leakes sued the companies behind the show on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. That same year, the suit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them, the suit alleges. The suit says Leakes' negotiations for the season came as the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining major momentum, with Leakes a vocal supporter. Executives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the housewives would address BLM, the suit alleges. The suit alleges that the defendants' actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination law, and it seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.
Will prosecutors pursue a new trial against a Black woman jailed for a voting error?
Moses, a 44-year-old Black Lives Matter activist, will probably find out whether prosecutors intend to pursue a new trial against her. Just to recap the case so far:Moses lost her voting rights in 2015, when she was convicted of a felony and sentenced to seven years of probation. But no one told her she was ineligible to vote and election officials never removed her from the rolls. Kirby May, the prosecutor who handled Moses’ case, offered a simple answer to this question during her trial. The two election employees who testified during Moses’ trial, including one who specializes in restoration of voting rights, were not asked whether they encouraged her to go through the process.
Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex cancel part of Caribbean royal tour as country removed from itinerary
Prince Edward and his wife the Countess of Wessex have cancelled part of their upcoming royal tour of the Caribbean at short notice. The royal couple had been due to visit Grenada as part of six day trip starting on Friday, that will see them visit a number of countries in celebration of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee year. It was announced on Thursday that Grenada has been removed from the itinerary, with no official explanation as yet. The Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Grenada, was designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor and is thought to be a tribute to enslaved Black people. The Earl and Countess of Wessex will instead visit Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua and Barbuda, from Friday 22 - Thursday 28 April.
Chris Hedges: American Commissars
I have been stamped by the false label ‘Russian State Media,’ which I never had, by the way, when I was presenting a show on Russian state media. The Republican Party establishment and the Democratic Party establishment joined forces to demand greater and greater censorship from social media. Fake news stories, they said, had been planted by Russians in social media to elect Trump. Social media platforms have been especially harsh on those questioning Covid policy, blocking websites and forcing users, social media platforms, or online outlets to delete posts. This column is from Scheerpost, for which Chris Hedges writes a regular column.
Why American Culture is So Disturbing ? Current Affairs
It is one thing for people to not realize what it means for their country to have dropped nuclear weapons on civilian populations. In our interview, I also asked Chomsky if he remembered where he was when he found out about the Hiroshima bombing itself. Despite the undercurrent of violence in American life domestically—the police killings, the prisons, the shootings—the country has not had its cities ravaged by war like so many others. In the press, there is a straightforward hierarchy of lives, in which European and U.S. victims of crimes and natural disasters are given far more attention than African, Asian, and Latin American lives. Is American society psychopathic, then, for its indifference to the suffering we cause?
Piers Morgan told previous guy 2020 vote "was a free and fair election. You lost" Mango explodes
“With respect, you haven’t produced the hard evidence,” Morgan said of Trump’s claims as the former president attempted to interject. Elsewhere, Morgan told Trump the 2020 vote “was a free and fair election. nypost.com/... x Here's what we know about the failed 2020 coup: Trump et al wanted to replace electors w/ loyalists. A thread ?/1 pic.twitter.com/E56yFowXz8 — ClearingTheFog (@clearing_fog) April 15, 2022SCOTUS eventually stepped in, overriding the FL Supreme Court to stop the count. /14 Unroll available on Thread Reader x https://twitter.com/clayberg/status/1504888349072441346?s=20&t=0eXtV4pAVMcXDl_dVScEdQ And like in FL in 2000, the GOP threw the kitchen sink at 2020.
Morning Digest: Pro-impeachment House Republicans all lead their challengers in recent fundraising
The GOP's supreme master is supporting Joe Kent, an Army veteran who has defended Putin's invasion of Ukraine, but that endorsement hasn't deterred his fellow Republicans, evangelical author Heidi St. John and state Rep. Vicki Kraft. Vance in the May 3 Republican primary, adding $3.5 million on top of the $10 million donation he made last year. ? LA-Gov: Republican state Sen. Sharon Hewitt has confirmed her interest in potentially running for governor next year, though she says a decision is likely months away. ? RI-Gov: Businesswoman Ashley Kalus is spending $109,000 to launch a minute-long ad that introduces herself to voters ahead of the Republican primary in September. Ashford underwent his fourth and final party switch when he challenged Republican Rep. Lee Terry in 2014 in the Omaha-based 2nd Congressional District.
US veteran who volunteered to fight for Ukraine describes ‘suicide mission’
An American volunteer for Ukraine tells The Grayzone how his foreign legion tried to use him as cannon fodder. “A Boogaloo Boi Tried to Join the Foreign Legion In Ukraine — It Didn’t End Well,” claimed Rolling Stone. Since the Ukrainian Foreign Legion required a contract, Hoeft opted to join the Georgian Legion, which was conveniently stationed nearby. Incorporated into the Ukrainian military, the Georgian Legion runs three bases with hundreds of fighters. “I think most of the Western equipment is going directly to the Ukrainian military,” Hoeft told The Grayzone.
How Facebook Screwed Us All
Local protest groups coalesce around Facebook posts assailing liberals, murderous “illegals,” feminists. First, starting in the 2000s, came the giant migration of advertising dollars from publishers to Facebook and Google. All along the way, as Facebook pumped headlines into your feed, it didn’t care whether the “news” was real. For many serious publishers, Facebook reach has plummeted—so much so that some are even breaking their rule against disclosing internal analytics. Everywhere you look, this truth-­agnostic approach pervades the way Facebook and the other platforms have operated.
Hedges: American Commissars
I have been stamped by the false label ‘Russian State Media,’ which I never had, by the way, when I was presenting a show on Russian state media. It was only given after I ceased to have a show on Russian state media, ceased because the government made it a crime for me to do so. The Republican Party establishment and the Democratic Party establishment joined forces to demand greater and greater censorship from social media. Fake news stories, they said, had been planted by Russians in social media to elect Trump. Social media platforms have been especially harsh on those questioning Covid policy, blocking websites and forcing users, social media platforms, or online outlets to delete posts.
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Workers demand Baltimore Museum of Art live up to ‘progressive’ bonafides and let them unionize
That they do more than just guard the art, they understand it and appreciate it, and are very valuable to the museum,” Bjork told Battleground Baltimore. “??For the first time in the Baltimore Museum of Art’s history, the people who protect the art have selected the art,” a BMA press release announced. Guarding The Art is the latest in a series of grand gestures and brash promotion efforts by the BMA under Bedford. For some BMA workers, Bedford could recognize their union and finally walk the walk on all the “equity” and “diversity” talk he deployed to define his reign at the BMA. Some readers may recall an instance back in 2016 when a local news segment at the BMA was briefly interrupted by Ian, a BMA security officer.
From ‘Dead Man Walking’ to fighting to abolish the death penalty: Sister Helen Prejean’s journey
From her world-famous book Dead Man Walking to a life spent educating the public about the inhumanity of the death penalty, the work of activist nun Sister Helen Prejean is known around the globe. Black, black ball, blacklist. Sister Helen Prejean: Yeah. Sister Helen Prejean: Yeah. Sister Helen Prejean: About Indigenous people, look at that, the decimation, killing of Indigenous people.
Florida’s racist and anti-LGBTQ bills are already having a chilling effect
The Florida Board of Education already passed a rule in June 2021 banning the teaching of CRT in Florida public schools, but the Stop WOKE Act takes this manufactured panic even further. She added that the conservative backlash against Critical Race Theory in particular and anti-racism more broadly is the newest iteration of a historically tried and true tactic often deployed to thwart struggles for racial justice and equity. The panic has already prompted some of the most ardent conservative voices to try to stifle training courses and lectures that don’t even include Critical Race Theory. DeSantis over Critical Race Theory. The chilling effect of the Stop WOKE Act being introduced in the Florida legislature was already taking hold.
Nobody defunded the police: A study
Police departments got the same average cut of the city budget in 2021 as they did in previous years. From 2020 to 2021, budgets grew an average of 1.8%, compared to 3.8% between 2018 and 2019, and 4.5% between 2019 and 2020. Austin reduced its police department’s budget by 32.5% in 2021; then, like Minneapolis, gave it all back in 2022. Comparison between the proportion of city budget spent on police departments in Austin, Minneapolis, and Seattle in years 2018-2022. Most controversies about attempts to “defund” in 2021 involved fights over a small fraction of a department’s budget.
Trump endorses “America First” politicians at North Carolina rally
On Saturday, former President Donald Trump headlined a relatively small campaign-style rally in North Carolina ahead of the May 17 Republican state primaries. The rally was held at The Farm at 95, located in rural Selma, North Carolina. With his image projected behind him, former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Selma, N.C. (AP Photo/Chris Seward)Speakers at the rally included MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, Hitler admirer and North Carolina Rep. Madison Cawthorn, Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 13th Congressional District Beau Hines, North Carolina Lt. Governor Mark Robinson and North Carolina Reps. Dan Bishop, Greg Murphy and Ted Budd. Yo, Captain Trump, proud of your f*cking boy.”New evidence has emerged over the past week confirming that the plot emanated from the White House.
Internal FBI reports document mass surveillance of left-wing, anti-police violence social media accounts following 2020 police murder of George Floyd
The reports show that FBI employees were/are monitoring private social media accounts and specific hashtags on the largest social media platforms, such as Reddit, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. The documents revealed that the FBI has teams dubbed “social-media exploitation,” or SOMEX teams, that comb through social media accounts for information on peaceful protests, including meeting times, locations and participants. However, the revelation that the FBI has been engaged in mass surveillance of social media accounts, including specific hashtags, Facebook groups and private media accounts for years, directly contradicts testimony offered by FBI director Christopher Wray and FBI assistant director of counterterrorism Jill Sanborn before Congress last year, following Trump’s failed coup. Following Trump’s failed coup, it has also been revealed that social media companies, such as Parler, sent the FBI reports they had made compiled of specific threats they saw regarding the January 6 certification. Instead, the report reiterates Proud Boys talking points, stating that the “‘Proud Boys’ consider themselves a patriotic fraternity.
Autopsy confirms Patrick Lyoya was killed by shot to the back of the head by Grand Rapids police officer
A TV monitor at the Grand Rapids City Hall shows video evidence of a Grand Rapids police officer struggling with and shooting Patrick Lyoya, 26, who was shot and killed on April 4, after what police said was a traffic stop. (Grand Rapids Police Department)Appearing at a press conference with Lyoya family attorneys Ben Crump and Ven Johnson, noted forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz said, “There’s no question what killed this young man. This male died as a result of a single gunshot wound with an entrance wound in the back of the head. The 95-year-old Spitz said he performed the autopsy last weekend in a Grand Rapids funeral home. A funeral service for Patrick Lyoya is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Friday at a Grand Rapids church at which Al Sharpton, longtime Democratic Party operative and head of the National Action Network, is to deliver the eulogy.
'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star NeNe Leakes sues Bravo, Andy Cohen over alleged racist work environment
Former star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" NeNe Leakes is suing the companies behind the show, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. It names as defendants NBCUniversal, Bravo, production companies True Entertainment and Truly Original, executives from the companies and "Housewives" executive producer Andy Cohen, but not Zolciak-Biermann. It also alleges Zolciak-Biermann falsely implied that Leakes used drugs and called her home a "roach nest." "Instead, NBC, Bravo, and True forced her out of the 'house she built,' denying her a regular role." The suit alleges that the defendants' actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination law, and it seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.
NeNe Leakes sues saying racism accepted on 'Real Housewives'
Andrew DaltonAssociated PressLos Angeles — Former star of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” NeNe Leakes sued the companies behind the show on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. That same year, the suit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them, the suit alleges. The suit says Leakes' negotiations for the season came as the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining major momentum, with Leakes a vocal supporter. Executives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the housewives would address BLM, the suit alleges. The suit alleges that the defendants' actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination law, and it seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.
Activists look the other way as Black Americans pay bloody price for BLM, 'woke agenda': experts
"BLM has no actual regard for Black lives at any stage of development. Thousands of people across the country pledged their support for Black Lives Matter in 2020 and participated in large protests. "As a lawyer the first question that popped in my mind was why the black murder rate was so high. I concluded that the Black Lives Matter movement after the George Floyd murder backfired on the black community," Terrell said. For Terrell, the "principal causes for the high Black murder rate" come down to the defend the police movement, progressive prosecutors, and a "woke agenda."
The Great Experiment by Yascha Mounk review – a shallow dive into the diversity debate
The Great Experiment promises to show us “how to make diverse democracies work”, but contains very few actual policy proposals. These underwhelming insights are interspersed with snippets of recent world history – sectarian terrorist attacks in the Middle East; nativist demagogues winning elections in various countries – to remind us of what is at stake. This brings us to the central paradox at the heart of The Great Experiment. When he solemnly opines on what needs to happen “for the great experiment to succeed”, there’s a strong implication that “failure” – with all that would entail – is not just a possibility but the default likely outcome if preventive measures are not taken. The defining feature of The Great Experiment is its vagueness.
For churches hit by disaster, Easter brings promise of hope: 'We keep rising'
The congregations are in Kentucky, New York City, Louisiana and Colorado"We hope that we can reclaim all that we’ve lost,” Rev. Members of Mayfield First United Methodist Church will not be celebrating Easter in their 100-year-old sanctuary. Instead, on Easter Sunday, members will walk into their temporary home, Christ United Methodist Church, to mark the holy day. :Walmart, McDonald's, Starbucks are open, while Costco, Target, Lowe's closedReed started ministering soon after, encouraging his roughly 100 church members to pivot from suffering to servanthood. Hundreds more church members were displaced.
NeNe Leakes sues over 'encouraged' racist work environment on 'Real Housewives of Atlanta'
Andrew DaltonThe Associated PressLOS ANGELES — Former star of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" NeNe Leakes sued the companies behind the show on Wednesday, alleging that they fostered and tolerated a hostile and racist work environment. That same year, the suit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them, the suit alleges. It also alleges Zolciak-Biermann falsely implied that Leakes used drugs and called her home a "roach nest." Executives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the housewives would address BLM, the suit alleges. The suit alleges that the defendants' actions violate federal employment and anti-discrimination law, and it seeks monetary damages to be determined at trial.
Leftists’ anti-police policies have led to a startling number of black, Latino crime victims
After all, New York proved decades ago that reducing crime disproportionally benefited blacks and Latinos because they comprise most of crime’s victims. More crimes mean more black and Latino victims. Previously, between 2010 and 2019, there was an average of 6,927 black murder victims each year, meaning the 2020 carnage involved 3,014 murders above the 10-year average. Although blacks make up only 13% of the US population, they often are a majority of murder victims and perpetrators. The blood of all those additional murder victims is on their hands.
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BLM’s support has collapsed from its 52% peak after George Floyd’s murder. Many question its multimillion-dollar real-estate purchases and other financial practices, and its response to critics is more the behavior of “hustlers on the make” than that of a respectable organization. House losses could reach 40 seats, while four Senate seats may go. Much like the Dossier.” The CIA didn’t fall for it, and neither did the reporters who peddled the info — but the FBI did. Was the agency “technically unschooled” or “in on the greater conspiracy”?
NeNe Leakes sues claiming racism accepted on ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’
Leakes’ lawsuit names NBCUniversal, Bravo, True Entertainment, Truly Original and Andy Cohen as defendants. WireImageThat same year, the suit says, Zolciak-Biermann used the N-word to refer to Leakes and other of the housewives after a dispute with them, the suit alleges. Leakes alleges that her complaints of racism partially led to her being forced off the show. The suit says Leakes’ negotiations for the season came as the Black Lives Matter movement was gaining major momentum, with Leakes a vocal supporter. Alex Martinez/BravoExecutives sought to sideline Leakes from talking about the cause, keeping her off early episodes in which the “Housewives” would address BLM, the suit alleges.
Opinion : It appears CNN and the New York Times forgot a lesson of the Trump years
Twitter was essential to the rise of Black Lives Matter — and also was a useful platform for former president Donald Trump. Trump is now off Twitter, but it remains a powerful tool for movements and activists, particularly on the left and outside both parties’ establishments. Baquet repeatedly emphasized during the Trump years that his paper was not part of the Democratic “resistance.”AdvertisementOf course the media should be independent. During Trump’s presidency, the Times and CNN played an important role in signaling to the nation that he was behaving in extreme and at times anti-democratic ways. After four years of Trump, including an attempt to overturn the election results, I’m surprised and disappointed I have to keep writing that.
Wilfred Reilly: Black Lives Matter Has Led To A 63% Jump In Black Fatal Homicides
Wilfred Reilly, associate professor of political science at Kentucky State University joined Brian Kilmeade and discussed the increase in black homicide since the Black Lives Matter movement started. Reilly pointed out how in 2014 there were about 6,000 black homicides and after the Ferguson riots and the “Ferguson effect” that jumped to little under 8,000. Then last year, Reilly said there was about 9,900 recorded black murders. The effect of the Black Lives Matter movement has accounted for a jump of 63 % in black fatal homicides and Reilly calls out people like Ben Crump for drastically over inflating the number of unarmed black men shot by the police for fueling the BLM movement. Reilly also spoke about how Critical Race theory is nothing like the Civil Rights movement.
Tenured Canadian professor fired after saying BLM 'destroyed' her university
A tenured Canadian professor who was fired after criticizing Black Lives Matter (BLM) has a proposed arbitration date set during which she intends to lay out her grievances against her former university. "All of my grievances are going forward together at this time," Frances Widdowson said during a recent interview with The College Fix. Her comments came amid a national backlash over the discovery of unmarked graves at the Kamloops Indian Residential School in British Columbia. A petition later circulated calling her a "racist professor" and demanding her termination, which prompted a response from the university. Mount Royal University did not immediately respond to request for comment.
Is Netflix’s woke programming driving subscribers away?
PragerU personality Amala Ekpunobi explained how Netflix is "full of propaganda" Wednesday on "The Ingraham Angle." EKPUNOBI: I think it's this woke mind virus and people are waking up and inoculating themselves from it. They don't want to hear this anymore, and Netflix is known to be doing this. You can't find a piece of Netflix content that does not have leftist ideology embedded in it. What is Netflix doing for Black people or for lower income communities?
This ‘Shark Tank’ company brought in $130,000 in 6 days – and Mark Cuban wants the Dallas Mavericks to use its products
On Friday's episode of ABC's "Shark Tank," the co-founders said that sales were initially slow — until June 2020, when Black Lives Matter protests swept across the U.S.Consumers started seeking out small, Black-owned businesses. During that month, Mahdi and Bashir said, they brought in roughly $130,000 in revenue in just six days. That launched a bidding war, wherein Cuban, Greiner and John put together a joint deal of $100,000 for 30% equity. Mahdi and Bashir countered, asking if Cuban, Daymond and Greiner would be willing to go down to 7.5% each. Disclosure: CNBC owns the exclusive off-network cable rights to "Shark Tank."
Disney Didn’t Leave the GOP Behind — Culture Did
Disney has always been an explicitly morally instructive company; its characters were used as propaganda during World War II. Walt Disney’s original vision for Walt Disney World in Orlando was a model for a healthy civic society, among many other examples. If that sounds indistinguishable from the “American character” as hazily defined in pop culture, it’s not by accident. The conservative critique of Disney today is premised on the idea that by aligning with liberal social causes, it’s left that mainstream behind. The GOP attacks on Disney are reminiscent above all else of their unsuccessful campaign against the NFL, with its support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Everything But The Quarterback: How The NFL Co-Opted Colin Kaepernick’s Movement And Still Won’t Give Him A Chance
That was the first time San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem. AdvertisementThe NFL like much of corporate America was forced to make a decision: admit that Black Lives Matter or quickly find itself on the wrong side of history. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell released an 81-second video filmed in the basement of his home in Bronxville, New York, basically stating that Colin Kaepernick was right all along. “We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. On Monday, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 34, single-handedly dispelled every myth that the National Football League has used to argue why the socially conscious former gunslinger is no longer in the league.
How Amazon union organizer Christian Smalls bested Tucker Carlson
But some liberal critics said Smalls’ appearance gave Carlson undeserved credibility or betrayed naiveté about the dangers of the Fox host’s right-wing project. A look at what was actually said during the segment, however, reveals that it was not Carlson who exploited Smalls. Instead, Smalls, the president of the Amazon Labor Union, deftly extracted more out of the exchange than his host. In this case, Smalls appeared on Carlson’s show and got millions of conservatives to hear favorable things about his campaign and about unions in general. But in this case, Smalls did not propose an alliance with Carlson's cause, and Carlson does not run an organization.
Critics want to shutter a new opera about Emmett Till. Here's what its creators say
Critics want to shutter a new opera about Emmett Till. "She said 'they killed him, and they killed him because he whistled at a white woman.' She's now the composer for Emmett Till, A New American Opera, which premiered Wednesday night at in New York's Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College. Interestingly enough, there's already an Emmett Till opera — one created by a Black opera composer and librettist, the late Michael Raphael, back in 2013. "It is an insult to me as a Black woman and to the company members who are African-American."
Colin Kaepernick dismantles NFL's hypocritical — yet effective — messaging against him in rare on-record interview
Kaepernick has been traveling all over of late, working out with current and former players and posting some of the footage online. Story continuesDuring his appearance on the "I Am Athlete" podcast, Colin Kaepernick was peppered with questions potential NFL suitors would ask him. Were the owner class actually concerned with racism on a level beyond stenciling in the end zone, it would acknowledge that fans have supported Kaepernick's right to protest for awhile now. Were all members of the owner class actually committed to winning, one of them would have signed Kaepernick years ago. The owner class wouldn't have it any other way.
They called for defunding the LAPD. Now they’re looking to defeat City Council members
Weeks later, college administrator Dulce Vasquez posted her response to the City Council’s decision to cut hundreds of LAPD officers. Meanwhile, fatal shootings by police have spiked, sparking demands for a more humane response to people facing addiction and mental health challenges. “Who’s bringing the marshmallows?”On Twitter, Corado has called police cadets “future murderers” and suggested more than once that LAPD officers “eat” their own guns. Community activist Eunisses Hernandez, who is running for L.A. City Council, talks with Glassell Park residents. “It’s about care, and getting them connected to support and long-term services.”Hernandez said that, if elected, she would not vote to hire any additional LAPD officers.
Garcetti pushes for more LAPD spending, boosting overtime and officer pay
The LAPD has been steadily losing officers due to retirement and resignations, and now has 9,371 officers. The department has struggled to replace those departing officers, in part because of a backlog of applicants within the personnel department. The spending plan now heads to the City Council, which must approve the budget by the end of next month. City Administrative Officer Matt Szabo, the high-level budget analyst, said the spending plan would increase overtime pay for officers by about 37% compared with the current budget year. Garcetti’s budget team said the spending plan provides $54 million for alternatives to policing, such as gang intervention workers and mental health teams.
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And would a Black teenager even get to trial — or be shot dead on the scene by police? In Georgia, Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was out for a jog, was chased down by three white men who said they were trying to protect their neighborhood from break-ins. Arbery was shot and killed, they said, after he tried to grab one of their guns. But would that have happened without a video, taken by one of the defendants, which showed Arbery was unarmed and struggling to run away? Looking at both cases through the lens of white privilege and racial justice leaves a blurry picture for 2022.
$40 million California mansion has ties to the real-life ‘Ozzie and Harriet’
(Photo by Preview First for Douglas Elliman)The former vacation home of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson overlooks Laguna Beach’s protected coastal waters. According to archival news stories, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson built the three-bedroom, single-story cottage in the mid-1950s. Two years after Ozzie Nelson died in 1975 at 69, Harriet Nelson permanently moved to the beach. While he made the two-mile-plus circuit, Harriet Nelson would stand at the window with binoculars and watch him. David Nelson, meanwhile, gave the Ciabattonis the family photos that Ozzie Nelson kept on his desk in the original trifold frame.
A Bay Area production of ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is coming under fire for its casting choices
Berkeley Playhouse staff loved the way Pasadena Playhouse in Southern California cast the show “Little Shop of Horrors” in 2019. San Francisco actor, director and teaching artist Katrina McGraw is one of the Berkeley Playhouse critics. The casting by Berkeley Playhouse underscores the fact that rights holders don’t have final say over what a show means. In late February, Berkeley Playhouse also sent out a series of surveys about what it should do next. “Little Shop” is just her second professional production; her first was also with Berkeley Playhouse, in “A Christmas Story” in 2019.
‘Quamino’s Map,’ a world premiere opera in Chicago, explores the ‘burning desire’ for freedom
That is certainly the case with a forgotten aspect of America’s Revolutionary War that underlies a new opera, titled “Quamino’s Map.” Chicago Opera Theater will present its world premiere during performances April 23, 29 and May 21 at the Studebaker Theater. Martin’s “Incomparable World: A Novel,” which looks at the imagined lives of three of these exiles in 18th-century England. “The opera is really about freedom and the human desire for freedom,” Brevoort said. “And every character in the opera is pursuing freedom in some way, including people in the gentry. Because it’s such a deeply held, burning desire, that felt operatic to me.”Bannister has appeared with the Chicago Opera Theater previously, but Freeman is his first leading role.
Trooper charged with manslaughter in deadly 2020 police shooting of Mubarak Soulemane. ‘Let this arrest set an example,’ says civil rights attorney
Trooper North instructed another Trooper to switch from his firearm to his taser, in an attempt to use less than lethal force to effect the arrest. Kevin McCall, a civil rights leader in greater New York and adviser to the Soulemane family, said police need more training in handling people with such illnesses. Hartford, Ct. - 05/11/2021 - Mariyann Soulemane, the sister of Mubarak Soulemane, appears at a press conference with attorneys Sanford Rubenstein (left) and Mark Arons,(right) and Reverend Kevin McCall (back). Soulemane was killed by State Trooper Brian North in West Haven on Jan. 15, 2020. “Mubarak Soulemane should still be alive today,” Constant said.
Downtown Crossing site of swelling teenage, racial violence, according to recent juvenile arrests
A witness at the scene said he captured all the brutal violence on video and shared it with police, according to the report. Another girl allegedly tried to open the cruiser door to free her friends. According to the police report, an officer put his arm between the cruiser and the girl to stop her. That cruiser door can no longer lock, police said. It was the most recent event in a slew of teenage violence in the area of Downtown Crossing.
Former McDonald's CEO sets up group to fight back against woke corporations
A former McDonald's CEO credited with inventing the McNugget is now leading the charge against corporations that implement woke policies. They will now demand the firm undertake a civil rights audit to try and stop staff pushing critical race theory-inspired 'equity' training on staff at its upcoming meeting. The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year. The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist. Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color.
NeNe Leakes sues Andy Cohen, Bravo and others claiming RHOA was racist and hostile workplace
NeNe Leakes on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in an Atlanta federal court, saying that the companies that produced The Real Housewives of Atlanta oversaw a hostile and racist workplace. Leakes, 54, named Real Housewives executive producer Andy Cohen, 53, Bravo, NBCUniversal, True Entertainment and Truly Original, as well as executives from the companies, in her suit, according to the Associated Press. The latest: NeNe Leakes, 54, on Wednesday filed a lawsuit in an Atlanta federal court, saying that the companies that produced The Real Housewives of Atlanta oversaw a hostile and racist workplace. She was also seen on the spinoff I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding in 2013, which documented her nuptials to late husband Gregg Leakes. Leakes said in court docs that Zolciak-Biermann referred to her home as a 'roach nest' and lied in implying that Leakes was a drug user.
As DeSantis administration rejects textbooks, only one publisher allowed for K-5 math classes in Florida
Ron DeSantis and the Florida Department of Education for K-5 mathematics is Accelerate Learning, a company out of Houston, Texas. For regular math classes, Accelerate Learning's STEMscopes Florida Math books are the only option for school districts. There are two more publisher options for accelerated math, McGraw Hill LLC and Savvas Learning Company LLC, formerly known as Pearson K12 Learning LLC. The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, acquired Accelerate Learning on Dec. 20, 2018, according to the firm's website. After 25 years with the company, Youngkin resigned in 2020 to run for office in Virginia.
The best albums of 2021, ranked. Music from St. Vincent, Genesis Owusu, Sault and more
You'll find a mix of all those types of records in this unabashedly subjective countdown of the year's best albums. "In the final scene, there's a final girl and you know that she should be screaming." Idehen returns for the final track, a cacophonous free-jazz explosion that finds the poet signing off with "You already have the world! That's gotta be one of the 20 best lines to be found on the opening track of an album that's loaded with lyrics that leap off the record. By the second track, he's rapping with abandon to a funky synth-pop groove before seemingly running his voice through a vocoder backward to brilliant robotic effect on the dreamy future-soul of "Centrefold."
Anti-LGBTQ group’s unhinged tribute to “Wonder Woman” Marjorie Taylor Greene is nuttier than she is
While Public Advocate USA is one of the most vicious anti-LGBTQ hate groups in the nation, their sense of camp is spot on. They’ve made a video – complete with singing, dancing, and whirling umbrellas that spell out “LMNOP” – that celebrates Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) as a modern-day Wonder Woman. Other signs read “Make the family great again!”The faux Wonder Woman does battle with a woman draped in a Pride flag wearing boxing gloves. Her foe’s gloves have a rainbow stripe on one and a Black Lives Matter sticker on the other. But from the folks standing behind Wonder Marge, there are several who are true believers.
Capitol Rioter Who Used Fire Extinguisher On Cops Says He Realizes 'Tyrannical' Trump Lied
HuffPost identified Robert Scott Palmer (center) as a member of the pro-Trump crowd that stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. In a letter to Chutkan released in connection with his court case, Palmer wrote that he now realizes he was lied to by Trump and his advocates. He continued posting memes about the election he thought had been stolen. “In the event of a Civil War, I’m not afraid of the 81 Million Biden Voters,” he posted on Jan. 12. (In fact, prosecutors say, Palmer wasn’t shot with a less-lethal round until later, when he approached police “screaming obscenities” and then threw a pole “like a spear” at officers.)
Sonia Chang-Diaz defends staffer over anti-police hat, doubles down on need for reform
State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz is defending a newly appointed staffer on her campaign for the governor’s seat who is pictured in his Twitter profile wearing a hat inscribed with the anti-police protest slogan “ACAB,” drawing criticism from police unions and state Republicans alike. Collins did not respond to questions on Monday night. She was the architect of the landmark police reform package passed early this year that creates a licensing system for police through a civilian-led commission. the nation’s first, which will review officer disciplinary records is responsible for certifying police. “Republicans and police unions are so afraid of my candidacy that they’re attacking one of my staffers in an attempt to misrepresent my positions — and it’s disgraceful,” she said.
Recall for school board member appears to qualify for ballot
NEWBERG, Ore. (AP) — The architect of a ban on political symbols including those supporting gay pride and Black Lives Matter in Newberg schools appears to be facing an ultimatum: resign by Friday or hope that Newberg voters will side with him in a January recall election. Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen told The Oregonian/OregonLive that as of Monday, a campaign effort to recall Newberg school board vice chair Brian Shannon far exceeded the number of valid signatures required to put the recall on the ballot. The minimum required is 2,547 and the county has found no cause to invalidate more than 3,000 signatures, Van Bergen said. If the signatures are fully certified by the end of Monday, Shannon will have until Friday evening to resign, Van Bergen said. Shannon told newspaper he will not resign, which means by Monday he'll be required to submit a 200-word explanation for why he should not be recalled to the clerk’s office.
January 6 committee votes 9-0 to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress over refusal to testify
The House's select committee on the January 6 Capitol attack voted 9-0 to hold Mark Meadows in contempt of Congress. Meadows' book about his time at the White House came out earlier this monthRep. Liz Cheney, the select committee's vice chair, read a number of text messages Meadows gave the committee without claiming privilege. 'These text messages leave no doubt that the White House knew exactly what was happening here at the Capitol,' she said. Ingraham said, 'Mark, the president needs to tell people in the capitol to go home, this is hurting all of us. In a 51-page report released Sunday, the committee described a series of messages sent by Meadows to various people.
Young pro-cop Dem runs for Congress as moderate alternative to AOC
A 27-year-old Long Island Democrat could become a moderate alternative to lefty Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Nassau County lawmaker Joshua Lafazan announced that he is running for congress in New York’s District 3. The bill passed the county legislature 12 to 6 but was vetoed by Nassau County Executive Laura Curran. His opinions vary depending on who he speaks to,” said Tracey Edwards, Long Island regional director of the NAACP. FacebookLafazan also drew praise from Jay Jacobs, the Nassau County Democratic leader who also serves as state party chairman.
Bellone nominates NYPD's Harrison to become Suffolk's new top cop
NYPD Chief of Department Rodney Harrison has been nominated to become the next commissioner of the Suffolk County Police Department, County Executive Steve Bellone said Monday. A Suffolk County Legislature’s public safety committee is expected to review Harrison’s appointment on Thursday. Harrison has lived in Baldwin for 25 years and declared himself "a Long Islander" during an interview Monday in Hauppauge. The biggest news, politics and crime stories in Suffolk County, in your inbox every Friday at noon. As NYPD chief of department, Harrison was responsible for strengthening the department’s neighborhood policing strategy, designed to bolster ties between police and the community.
Chicago father and husband is beaten to death outside of his home
A Chicago father was beaten to death in front of his home while he was hanging Christmas decorations. The father of three was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was found to be in critical condition. Tellez was not robbed by the two male suspects and it remains unclear why he was targeted. Tellez's death comes after a violent weekend in Chicago which saw three people killed and 24 wounded. On Saturday, two male suspects were captured stealing eight watches worth millions of dollars at the Gold Coast Auto Gallery.
Golden Globes 2022: Nominations, Predictions & What’s Going On
Once a fixture in the awards season calendar – the raucous party known for boosting the campaigns of Oscar hopefuls – the Golden Globes has become mired in controversy and will not be broadcast by NBC in 2022. Among them was the fact that 30 HFPA members had been flown to France to visit the set of Emily in Paris in 2019. Two years later, the series was nominated for two Golden Globes, while more critically-lauded shows like I May Destroy You were snubbed. Meher Tatna, its former president, later told Variety that there hadn’t been any Black members for at least two decades. On 10 May, NBC released a statement saying it would not be airing the 2022 Golden Globes.
‘Not fitting their narrative’: Waukesha feels abandoned after tragic parade attack
“He can be a quiet dude,” Brooks’ Milwaukee neighbor Willie Bates told The Post. Though bordering ultra-Democrat Milwaukee County, Waukesha County is a Republican stronghold. Milwaukee DA John Chisholm’s office released Brooks on $1,000 cash bail. He’s been charged with six counts of intentional homicide and sits in the Waukesha County Jail on $5 million bail. Mike De Sisti/Milwaukee Journal SentinelWaukesha’s charming Main Street, where the parade attack took place, resembles a sort of post-modern Mayberry RFD.
More Black families are homeschooling their children, citing the pandemic and racism
More Black families are homeschooling their children, citing the pandemic and racismEnlarge this image toggle caption Kyra Miles/WBHM Kyra Miles/WBHMIt's a common perception that white, evangelical families are the most likely to homeschool their children. But a growing number of Black families have started teaching their kids at home — especially during the pandemic. "I think you're going to see more and more parents, Black parents, homeschooling their children like never before," Burges said. Duckworth said the Black Homeschoolers of Birmingham has created a community where children don't feel different because of their race. They participate in a lot of the Black homeschooling group's activities, like the debate club and field trips.
McDonald's must do more to help Black franchise owners, group says
Leslie PattonBloombergAs association of Black owners of McDonald’s Corp. franchises says the company needs to do more to reduce the inequities they face, beyond the $250 million that the fast-food chain is providing for new minority store owners. McDonald’s last week pledged to do more to recruit, train and invest in minority franchisees, including offering them loan assistance. In its statement Monday, the National Black McDonald’s Operators Association said it’s encouraged by the moves but added that minority restaurant owners still face structural difficulties. “McDonald’s needs to address the systemic barriers to success that are currently facing existing Black franchisees,” said Larry Tripplett, chairman and chief executive officer of the association, which was founded more than four decades ago. Last week, McDonald’s settled a lawsuit in which it was accused of discrimination by the Black franchise operators of four of its restaurants in Tennessee.
What’s Going On With the 2022 Golden Globes?
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesToday, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the 2022 Golden Globe nominees. But while a Golden Globes awards ceremony will be held in January, you won’t see it on television. Although a judge threw out the majority of Flaa’s suit, a number of anonymous past and present HFPA members corroborated her portrait of the group’s dynamics. (The Golden Globes nominees list was more diverse than the Critics’ Choice Awards nominees, a first). It won’t be televised, though if today’s nomination announcements are any indication, there might be a livestream on the Golden Globes website and YouTube channel.
Pennsylvania Man Who Planted Explosives After BLM Protest Sentenced to Probation, Thanks to Judge Who Was Convinced ‘He Had a Breakdown’
A Pennsylvania man who planted bombs at a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020 won’t spend any more time in jail after a district court judge sentenced him on Monday to time served and three years of probation. Matthew Michanowicz, a 53-year-old Pennsylvania man, admitted he planted a backpack of explosives in downtown Pittsburgh hours after a Black Lives Matter protest in the days following George Floyd’s death last year. Judge Donetta W. Ambrose sentenced Michanowicz on time served for the 18 months he’s spent behind bars while awaiting trial, and three years of supervised release, starting with the first 180 days in home detention. Michanowicz was stressed at the time that he planted the devices and didn’t intend for them to detonate or harm anybody, his defense claimed. https://t.co/uFdBsMJqGZ — Reggie T. #Blacklivesmatter (@sketchygothandz) December 8, 2021Matthew Michanowicz planted 2 bombs to kill people in Pittsburgh, He pleaded guilty and got released on probation instead of getting 10 years in prison.
Newberg school board: Recall signatures on Brian Shannon appear to qualify for January ballot
As of Monday, a campaign aiming to recall Shannon far exceeded the number of valid signatures required to get the recall on the ballot, Yamhill County Clerk Brian Van Bergen told The Oregonian/OregonLive. The minimum required is 2,547 and the county has found no cause to invalidate more than 3,000 signatures thus far, Van Bergen said. “At the moment, we still remain over 3,000, and that is well over the minimum needed,” Van Bergen said. Newberg school board chair Dave Brown, also elected in 2019?s low turnout election, also faces the prospect of a recall election, potentially on the same ballot as Shannon in January. “The speed with which the Brown recall came together proved the underlying theory behind our effort,” Matt Moriarty, a Dundee resident and chief strategist for both the Recall Brian Shannon and Recall Dave Brown campaigns, told The Oregonian/OregonLive.
With the Fatal Shooting of Two Children Early This Morning, the Bull City's Season of Gun Violence Continues
It was just after 3 a.m. when police were dispatched to reports of a shooting on Mathison Street, near S. Alston Avenue, and within walking distance of N.C. Central University. The shooting was reported around 3:03 a.m. on Monday near the intersection of Mathison Street and Eugene Street. The next month, 10 people, including three children, were shot in a single night at an apartment complex on East Weaver Street. He was one of three fatal shooting victims in Durham that day. Police charged her father Ramir Reams with the child’s death, and the death of her mother, Zhytila Watkins, 20.
Rittenhouse acquittal is latest chapter in long and sinister history of racism
Armed vigilante groups have a long history that includes attacks on workers’ movements and especially racist oppression and repression. Before the Civil War, the number of official police was small because the slaveholder class did not want to pay for them. After the Civil War, the KKK in effect fought a guerrilla war of terror and murder to restore, as much as they could, the defeated slaveholder confederacy. The jury’s acquittal was an attack on the Black Lives Matter movement as much as the 1964 murder of the civil rights workers in Mississippi was an attack on the Civil Rights movement. While controlling police conduct is much more difficult, there are at least uniform training of police to respect the civil rights of citizens in many countries.
On Our Radar: Joy Crookes Is an Artist Who's All About Longevity, and Her Debut Album Is Proof
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter aspires to longevity, and she has a pretty good idea of how she's going to achieve it. Fresh off the high of releasing her debut album, Skin, Crookes has been nominated for a MOBO Award, performed all over London, and begun touring the world. "I always knew I liked music but I didn't think it was a feasible job," Crookes told POPSUGAR. "As much as most immigrant parents will want you to have a steady and secure job, I think there's also a lot to say about opportunity. Touring and performing and making music videos, I just want to keep that going, basically.
Mark Meadows' attorney tells January 6 committee a contempt charge would be 'unjust', 'unfair'
Mark Meadows' attorney in a Monday letter urged the Jan. 6 committee not to pursue criminal charges against the former White House chief of staff, as he argued doing so would be 'contrary to law.' 'Such a referral would be contrary to law, manifestly unjust, unwise and unfair,' attorney George Terwilliger wrote. In a 51-page report released Sunday, the committee described a series of messages sent by Meadows to various people. In the document released Sunday, the committee outlined the questions it would have asked Meadows had he cooperated. Meadows has continued to defend Trump, including in his new book, The Chief's Chief, released last week.
Olivia Colman and Kate Winslet lead British stars nominated at the 2022 Golden Globes
AdvertisementA host of British stars - including Olivia Colman, Cynthia Erivo and Kate Winslet have joined the dazzling line-up of 2022 Golden Globe nominees. Good luck: A host of British stars - including Olivia Colman, Cynthia Erivo and Kate Winslet have joined the dazzling line-up of 2022 Golden Globe nominees. The show was the most nominated TV series with five mentions. The hit show will face Lupin, The Morning Show, Pose and Squid Game in the Best TV Series – Drama category. The series landed in the Best TV Series, Musical Or Comedy category.
Senate Democrats say Republicans are holding up nomination for anti-Semitism post
Lipstadt has thus far not even been offered a hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "Our Republican colleagues have refused to give her a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee," Committee Chairman Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, told CNN. "I wouldn't say we're holding it up," said Republican Sen. Jim Risch, the ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, adding they are waiting on additional materials from Lipstadt. In one tweet from March 14, Lipstadt reacted to comments from Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, writing, "This is white supremacy/nationalism. Rosenberg told CNN the stalled nomination is "a much broader effort to stall Biden's nominees and prevent their confirmations."
Los Angeles crime wave forces celebrity designer to close her store: 'It's just such a scary time'
One celebrity fashion designer told FOX Business she has closed her store in Los Angeles, citing the recent spike in "grab and go" crimes that are taking place. Elle B. Mambetov is the owner of the boutique Elle B. Zhou, which had a location at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. "It became a difficult and kind of dangerous situation for me to keep my store there," Mambetov said. LOS ANGELES MALL VIDEO CAPTURES SECURITY GUARD ATTACKED WITH BEAR SPRAY IN SMASH-AND-GRAB"I wanted a place where I could just walk in and I could buy anything, and I could buy anything in the store. Robberies in Los Angeles have risen nearly 4% since 2020 as of Nov. 27, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Golden Globe nominations 2022: Belfast and The Power of the Dog lead the pack
Belfast, Kenneth Branagh’s black-and-white drama set in his hometown during the Troubles, has seven nominations, as does The Power of the Dog, Jane Campion’s sexually-charged western set in 1920s Montana. Branagh and Campion are vying for best director and best screenplay, while their films are up for best drama. In the supporting actress category, Kirsten Dunst represents Campion’s film, while Caitriona Balfe is there for Belfast. Jonny Greenwood’s score completes The Power of the Dog’s nominations, while Van Morrison’s Down to Joy gives Belfast a shot at best original song. Succession is scorecard leader in the TV categories, with nominations for best drama series as well as stars Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin and Sarah Snook.
Golden Globes nominations 2022: Lady Gaga, ‘Dune’ among top nods
Award season is just right around the corner and soon countless stars will be thanking God and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2022 Golden Globes. The nominees were revealed at a press conference on Monday, Dec. 13 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif. The ceremony is set to be held on Jan. 9, 2022, however, the show faces an uncertain future as NBC has decided not to air the telecast. However, change of this magnitude takes time and work, and we feel strongly that the HFPA needs time to do it right. As such, NBC will not air the 2022 Golden Globes.
Four go on trial over toppling of Edward Colston statue in Bristol
Among the signs being held outside the court were messages including "we're glad not to see Colston on a pedestal anymore" and "solidarity with the Colston statue topplers". Their trial is being heard by The Recorder of Bristol His Honour Judge Peter Blair QC and prosecutor William Hughes QC will open his case after a jury has been sworn in. The toppling made headlines around the world and took place during a Black Lives Matter rally in Bristol city centre following the murder in the US of George Floyd. It was pulled down during a march and then dragged to the harbour and pushed into the water. It was later recovered by Bristol City Council and has been put on display at a museum.
Robberies. Drought. Tent Camps. Los Angeles’s Next Mayor Faces a Litany of Crises.
LOS ANGELES — Peter Nichols has lived for 22 years in a two-bedroom Cape Cod in the Fairfax District, in the flat, bungalow-lined midsection between the east and the west sides of Los Angeles. Homicides in his area have risen from one in 2019 to more than a dozen this year, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Shaped by backlash to the East Coast machine politics of the early 1900s, Los Angeles is famously ambivalent about power and institutionally diffuse. Yet Los Angeles mayors are often held responsible for vast quandaries like homelessness and port backups. “All you have to do is look at the encampments in every neighborhood in Los Angeles.
Meghan Markle's meaningful jewellery is in the Black Friday sale: shop the Duchess' favourites for less
MORE: Meghan Markle's Missoma signet ring is 25% off in the Black Friday saleAnd, if you're keen to wear your heart on your jewels like Meghan, you're in luck, as her favourite brands are offering some incredible discounts in the Black Friday sales. Meghan's Edge of Ember Kismet Charm Necklace, which features a lucky clover, is currently reduced from £125 ($170) down to £95 ($130). MORE BLACK FRIDAY: Meghan Markle's fave Strathberry handbags are up to 60% offAnd during the same week, she wore her 'Wave' earrings from the brand for a visit to London's National Theatre. MORE: Meghan Markle's fave mascara is 50% off on Amazon this Black Friday - hurry! Royal-loved brand Monica Vinader has also jumped aboard the Black Friday train, offering incredible discounts across its jewellery.
The 1619 Project grapples with the horrors of slavery. This artist brilliantly translated it into a book for kids
The book translates the 1619 Project into a story for 7- to-10-year-olds. But even so, reading the 1619 Project helped Smith reframe this history. The project traces the history of American slavery to the first ship, the White Lion, that arrived in the English colony of Virginia in August 1619, carrying 20 enslaved Africans. “It helped me understand what slavery did for this country in terms of the economy and city building. Still, he believes it was important to create a children’s book that accurately and appropriately tells the story of American slavery.
A New Crisis Playbook for an Uncertain World
What we found was that successful companies intentionally made more contributions to their local communities than their peers did. Preparing for CrisisBusiness leaders often recognize political, social, and environmental changes as they happen. Shutting out the local community multiplies the risk that the project at hand, or even the company itself, will fail. In 2010, with groundbreaking set to begin, Posco highlighted the investment as a “success story” of working with the local community. We found that companies employing the lessons we’ve outlined made a host of positive contributions to their local communities.
Impact Investing in the Era of Black Lives Matter
Thanks to community impact investing, untold millions of dollars have flowed into lower-income communities that have been excluded from traditional financing. Community Impact Investing Makes a Difference Impact investors provide greater opportunities to lower-income individuals throughout the U.S., whether in Appalachia or our inner cities. Unquestionably, community impact investing has a particularly important impact on helping African American communities. Community impact investing is how individual investors can have the greatest possible societal impact. There are impact investing firms that allow individual investors to get involved with community impact investing.
Business Unusual: The Pandemic Forces a Social Reset
This new social reset is uncharted territory for most companies that now find themselves having to navigate new customer and employee expectations. This new brand strategy has four parts:1. But in this social reset, employees bring their whole selves to work and want more than a paycheck from their employers. A brand strategy guides this journey, the exact nature of which will depend on customer characteristics and product category dynamics. But every brand ought to have a reliable brand strategy road map at its disposal to navigate this new social reset.
Vivek Ramaswamy: beware of the "woke industrial complex"
Side note, I actually think that that was just a version of crony capitalism, but we’ll put that to one side. But because I actually think that it’s more nuanced than talking about one green agenda. Vivek: I think that’s true, and that’s why I think we’re going to see a course correction happen very soon. I actually think we are going to see that trend, a re-democratisation of the ability for people to vote their own shares. I think that’s a step in the right direction, but I think it’s a pendulum that’s going to have to swing much further.
The Essential Workers of the Climate Crisis
Content This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Google | Wherever You Listen Sign up to receive our weekly newsletter of the best New Yorker podcasts. Anna Deavere Smith Retells Rodney King’s Story in TheatreContent This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from. The pioneer of verbatim theatre is reviving “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” her almost thirty-year-old play about the consequences of police violence, for the era of Black Lives Matter. The Essential Workers of the Climate CrisisContent This content can also be viewed on the site it originates from.
The Élite Heat of “Blackbird Spyplane”
From out of nowhere, or like a supersonic culture craft, “Blackbird Spyplane” began to drop introspective interviews with the kind of celebrity gets that make style editors click with envy. Now, more than a year since its first renegade musings, “Blackbird Spyplane” has become an inimitable clearing house for writing about clothes. Published twice weekly on Substack, “Blackbird Spyplane” is a co-creation of Jonah Weiner, a culture journalist, and Erin Wylie, a talent scout for Apple. !” Weiner is responsible for “Blackbird Spyplane” ’s kinetic prose. “Blackbird Spyplane,” by contrast, is an effervescent hype man, articulating a fashion moment defined by an unselfconscious enthusiasm and experimentation with personal style.
From the Backcourt to the Front Office, Renee Montgomery Can Do It All
When something’s right, Renee Montgomery just knows it. “My Snook and Diddy lived vicariously through me,” says Montgomery, calling them by their nicknames. The Renee Montgomery Foundation and her Montgomery & Co. podcast were already established platforms where she could play an integral role in what mattered most to her. And we will be interviewing founders and CEOs, as well as athletes and entertainers.”Sports has been a game-changer for Montgomery. “You need team chemistry to win championships,” she adds.
Lakeside Swim Club: Inside the history, lore of a Kentucky gem
From the sidewalk on Trevilian Way, the coolest swim club in the country is a myth. Then you walk through an iron gate, and the 97-year-old aquatic wonderland that is Lakeside Swim Club sprawls before you. In 1928, a decade before Lakeside hosted the men’s national championship, the first “Lakeside Carnival” was held, featuring races and “fancy diving” competitions. Through the Depression, World War II and even the pandemic of 2020, America’s oldest annual swim meet has gone on. In 1981, Meagher smashed the world records in both the 100- and 200-meter fly, setting marks that would last for nearly two decades—an eternity in the swimming world.
Don’t Fool Yourself: Cops Know What Domestic Violence Looks Like
But the thing is…cops do know what domestic violence looks like—because they’re often the perpetrators of it. Data suggests that at least 40 percent of police officers are involved in domestic violence disputes themselves and 15 times more likely than the general population to perpetrate acts of violence against their family members. When my father allegedly threw my mom down our stairs, dislocating and breaking her ankle and sending her to the hospital for emergency surgery, she lied. If our communities are also an extension of our homes, then what are these and countless other instances of police brutality if not domestic violence? So please do not fool yourself: Police officers know exactly what domestic violence looks like.
Trump Ordered Staff to ‘Bust Some Heads’ of Black Lives Matter Protesters Outside White House: Book
Correction: Trump’s request that law enforcement “bust some heads” of Black Lives Matter protesters was made as they demonstrated during a June 22, 2020 protest in Lafayette Square. Former President Donald Trump instructed Mark Meadows to “bust some heads and make some arrests” of Black Lives Matter protesters who had gathered outside the White House in the summer of 2020, the former chief of staff writes in his new book. Trump gave the instruction on June 22 as protesters were “climbing on Lafayette Park’s famous statue of Andrew Jackson,” according to Meadows. “Upstairs in the Residence, President Trump was growing anxious,” Meadows reportedly wrote in The Chief’s Chief, which published Tuesday. I assume that we have the authority to deploy whatever law enforcement is necessary to fix this?”Trump’s answer was yes, and more.
Why Do We Call the Police?
Lyra Walsh Fuchs: What, if anything, has surprised you about the conversations you’ve been having about the book? I also didn’t realize how many people wanted to hear more about parenting, and the conversations I have with my children about abolition. But looking at 911 calls is an immediate action we can take to start reducing our own reliance on police. Walsh Fuchs: In the book, you also suggest that, rather than more criminalization of gun possession, going after manufacturers would be a good strategy. We have to make a decision: Are we going to continue to protect sexual violence and racist violence in the military?
After the Confederate Flags Come Down, Everything Named After Nathan Bedford Forrest Should Be Next
Now is the time to rename every single park, school and building named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, and to remove every statue honoring him from any public venue, in America. A history of vicious white supremacyThe first park named after Nathan Bedford Forrest I ever encountered was in Memphis, Tennessee. But I had no idea that there were places named after Nathan Bedford Forrest. Moreover, the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest lived on in many Southern locales — shepherded, not coincidentally, by groups made up of the children of Confederate veterans. In addition to the aforementioned Memphis park, the ROTC building at Middle Tennessee State University is named after Forrest.
Omicron Variant Underscores Why We Must Abolish Global Vaccine Apartheid
In the process, they themselves fuel such paranoia by ignoring warnings by many scientists that the ongoing global vaccine apartheid will facilitate the emergence of evermore dangerous strains of the virus that will turn our efforts to thwart the pandemic to naught. One ray of hope in an otherwise bleak global landscape is the recent surge of the Black Lives Matter and the global climate justice movements. The surge in these two campaigns during the pandemic as well as its racially and geographically stratified impact suggests the possibility of a worldwide solidarity movement seeking to challenge global vaccine apartheid. First, the fact that solidarity for the populations in the Global South who do not have access to the vaccine does not presuppose idealistic altruism on the part of people in the Global North but simply a recognition that their own health and livelihoods depend on bringing global vaccine apartheid to an end. Faced with the irrationality of anti-vaxxers as well as of corporate capitalism and its political beneficiaries, if these cosiderations do indeed lead to a massive, worldwide movement against global vaccine apartheid, reason and science may, after all, be given another chance.
Art or Advertising? The Contradictions of “You/We Belong Here” Neon Signage at Barclays Center
Approaching the Barclays Center from Downtown Brooklyn, a large neon sign looms above the turf-carpeted entrance to the plaza’s transit hub. The signage was sponsored by the Social Justice Fund of the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation, founded by the billionaire owners of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center operating company. So it’s impossible to disentangle the Social Justice Fund’s efforts from the profit-seeking sports entertainment corporations run by the same people. The executive director of the Social Justice Fund is Gregg Bishop, former commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, who brings his own political connections. After all, even the first promotional photo on the Social Justice Fund’s website could serve as an arena advertisement.
ACT-UP and Win: A Riveting Account of NYC Activism During the AIDS Crisis
The book is a riveting account of the founding chapter of the political direct action group AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT-UP) in some of the most desperate years of the epidemic. Schulman gives the reader an opportunity to learn from what ACT-UP New York did right and what they did wrong. Schulman concludes the book with an anecdote about her own health crisis, which her ACT-UP experience helped her manage. AIDS and ACT-UP New York prepared us for this too. Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT-UP New York, 1987-1993Macmillan Publishers 2021by Sarah SchulmanPlease support independent media today!
Anticipating the Adams Administration: Clues, Contradictions and the Hegemony of Capital
As Eric Adams prepares to become the next mayor of New York City, many on the left are being pulled in opposite directions. Adams says repeatedly he wants to “get things done” and that he knows how to do so. The two men both rose from within powerful political clubs — Adams from the Brooklyn Democratic machine and Dinkins from a Harlem-based political dynasty. However, Adams avoided criticism of Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s “law and order” and “quality of life” campaigns that targeted communities of color. The Adams program reads like the usual wish list of well-intentioned ideas to increase government efficiency while also addressing inequalities.
With US Backing, Israel and the Gulf Dictatorships Became Best Friends
Such a move would also be in keeping with Biden’s obvious ease with Trump’s Middle East policy. So it is first imperative that the United States and Israel disabuse themselves of their warmongering disposition towards that country. The aggression coming from Israel and the Trump and Biden administrations has only shrunk the space for diplomacy with Tehran. What does it mean for expectations of Israel, at home and abroad, if structurally it is finally becoming one with the despotic Gulf states? Perhaps the best example of an increasingly brutal regime already in lockstep with the Gulf despots is Israel’s other ally, Egypt.
Europe’s War on Woke
P aris—On my 32nd birthday, I agreed to appear on Répliques, a popular show on the France Culture radio channel hosted by the illustrious Alain Finkielkraut. To Finkielkraut, Bruckner, and the establishment they still represent, American writers like me seek to impose a “woke” agenda on an otherwise harmonious, egalitarian society. To be sure, the terms of this social-media-fueled debate are unmistakably American; “woke” and “cancel culture” could emerge from no other context. In Europe, what is labeled “woke” is often whatever social movement a particular country’s establishment fears the most. The government launched a full-scale culture war, fomenting its own American-style psychodrama while purporting to do the opposite.
Wisconsin Jury Finds Kyle Rittenhouse Not Guilty on all Counts
× Expand Creative Commons Kyle Rittenhouse illegally carrying an AR-15, which he used to kill two and wound another in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kyle Rittenhouse, the white teenager who shot three people, killing two of them, during Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin in the summer of 2020, was found not guilty of all the charges against him on November 19. The jury deliberated for four days, after hearing eight days of testimony, before reaching its decision Friday morning. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers activated the National Guard to be ready to help the city in the event of unrest after the jury announced its verdict. “But Kyle Rittenhouse isn’t the only one responsible for the deaths that night.
How the GOP Plans to Steal the Next Election
One group committed to the preservation of the integrity of electoral politics is Democracy North Carolina. Republicans in North Carolina are seeking to revoke that protection, which would inevitably create the potential for thousands of nullified votes. In 2016, North Carolina state Republican officials were shameless enough to boast of lowering Black turnout in the presidential election by 8.5 percent. Before the same election, North Carolina also closed twenty-seven polling places—most of them in Black and Latinx neighborhoods and on college campuses. The National Redistricting Action Fund, the ACLU of Wisconsin, and Democracy North Carolina are fighting for the survival of the democratic system.
Give Preventative Justice a Chance
Preventative justice is uncomfortable. We need to establish preventative justice in our legal system. This requires fundamentally different expertise and skills than are now present in our legal system. There are solid examples of when preventative justice has worked. Preventative justice is uncomfortable.
Joy Crookes Is an Artist Who's All About Longevity, and Her Debut Album Is Proof
The 23-year-old singer-songwriter aspires to longevity, and she has a pretty good idea of how she's going to achieve it. Fresh off the high of releasing her debut album, Skin, Crookes has been nominated for a MOBO Award, performed all over London, and begun touring the world. "I always knew I liked music but I didn't think it was a feasible job," Crookes told POPSUGAR. "As much as most immigrant parents will want you to have a steady and secure job, I think there's also a lot to say about opportunity. Touring and performing and making music videos, I just want to keep that going, basically.
The lofty goals and short life of the antiracist book club
Today, just a few of the antiracist book clubs formed during the height of protests soldier on. “That’s a good question.”Throughout August and September, I sat in on three antiracist book clubs, some of them several times. As some of the country pushes back against social justice progress, the book clubs try to hold the line. “I’m now thinking about how nonwhites have experienced America,” John Vaughan of the DC-Philly book club said. She worked with her fellow book club members to raise money for various causes and get active in local elections.
American democracy is tottering. It’s not clear Americans care.
This is a decent metaphor for the current American approach to democracy where it counts the most — at home. In theory, the Summit for Democracy is supposed to be the crown jewel of Biden’s global democracy agenda. In the United States, we are experiencing failures on both the elite and mass public level. It doesn’t look like this.”There’s a similar asymmetry on the mass public level. The party leadership has chosen a political strategy that deprioritizes democracy reform, making partisans less likely to care about the issue.
TV cops know their job is changing. Some are more ready than others.
As protests against police brutality and systemic racism continue across the United States, TV cops and their fictional precincts have come under fire. Growing up in the 1970s, Erbe remembers thinking of police officers in an unflattering light befitting her age and the times. “We know that the public has a skewed perception of police and crime generally,” Hatch tells Mashable over the phone. “But when what you're representing on TV is no longer congruent with that role in real life, you have to pick a side. “Those eight minutes and forty-six seconds have to mean something,” Erbe says through tears, the kind Detective Eames rarely shed.
“They Deserve to Be Safe”: Candidates Call on Florida to Investigate the Health Effects of Sugar Cane Burning
This article was produced in partnership with The Palm Beach Post, which was a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. U.S. Sugar and Florida Crystals did not respond to requests for comment for this story, but both companies have denied that cane burning is responsible for residents’ health problems. The harvesting practice has emerged as an issue in the congressional race because the region produces more than half the nation’s cane sugar. The U.S. and China are the only nations among the top five sugar-producing countries that have not moved to phase out cane burning. Some candidates acknowledge the economic importance of the industry, but see cane burning as a racial justice issue, too.
How To Keep Demanding Justice After Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Were Found Guilty
On Feb. 23, 2020, Arbery had gone for a jog in his suburban neighborhood outside Brunswick, Georgia, when he was confronted by the McMichaels and Bryan. Around midday, the three chased Arbery, and Travis McMichael fatally shot him; Bryan also recorded a video of Arbery’s death and struck him with his car. The McMichaels and Bryan were charged with Arbery’s murder after the video was disseminated widely and led to nationwide protests. If this news wants you to continue to demand justice for Ahmaud Arbery and other victims of anti-Black violence, you can do so in a number of ways. You can call your representatives to ask that it be repealed or weakened, just as Georgia’s was after Arbery’s killing came to light.
The Penn Badgley Guide To Responsible Tweeting
It’s a dry January morning and Penn Badgley is a magnet for fuzz. Badgley has been uncomfortable with the trappings of fame since 2007, when he begrudgingly rose to prominence as Gossip Girl’s Dan Humphrey. "He was the New York version of the Adam Brody character in The OC," Badgley dismisses. "If you spend enough time with the sort of protagonists we're accustomed to seeing, which is, you know, confident, young, white men… they can [all] become insufferable." And I’m famous.”In the years after Gossip Girl ended, Badgley went through a breakup, poured himself into music, got married, and became a stepdad.
Demi Lovato On New Love, New Management, And Learning How To Cry
The new squad is led by Scooter Braun, whom Lovato approached in 2019, a year after her overdose. Self-destructive behavior was, Lovato says, “just doing something because I didn't know what to do.”Before quarantine, it was very difficult for me to cry. “And I was like, I'm going to adapt. I'm going to shift to this. I'm going to learn from it.”The day before we spoke, Lovato wrote a letter to her father.
Issa Rae On Friend Breakups, Emmys Regrets, & Expanding Her Empire
Elaine: We may not know Trump supporters, but we know Black people who may not vote. I don't know what I can say to change that because I now have crossed over into a different ... whatever. It's like, "OK, you might be cool and all, but you're not going through what I'm going through. Our white people get it and are open about what they don't know and what they do know. So with the music label, yes, there's only so much that I'm going to bring to the table.
The World’s Most Coveted Sex Advice, At Your Fingertips
And then, she’s pushed into the even less sexualized, less talked-about space of menopause, where her body changes yet again. The goal of Loom, the Los Angeles sex, pregnancy, and parenting education space and community center Chidi founded, was to see that woman and connect with her on a larger, not necessarily linear journey. Still, there’s nothing inherently aspirational about Loom’s philosophy, which is that sex ed should be an integral and affordable part of health care. The premise behind Loom is that health education should not be optional.”Health education was baked into Chidi’s life from the beginning. “Everything, particularly sexual reproductive health, is due for an overhaul, for a re-interpretation, for a softening, for a re-examination.”Photographer: Amy HarrityHair: Erinn CourtneyFashion: Ganni top; Loq boots; Chidi’s own vintage Levi’s
The Founder Of The Black Curriculum Wants Us To Get It Right From The Start
When I probed Lavinya Stennett, founder, and CEO of The Black Curriculum, about which aspects of Black British History she’d have loved to have learned in school, she sighs. From themes such as globalisation to an in-depth retelling of 14th-century history, The Black Curriculum aims to leave no stone unturned in the pursuit of telling a “truthful” history. As she prepares to debut her first book about Black History, Lavinya Stennett shares what drives The Black Curriculum forward. It’s British history and as long as [Black students] are learning in this education system, they have to understand how fully how this society works and functions. They say [The Black Curriculum] could work but it’s not going to be through us.
‘A way we resist’: Quilts honor victims of racial violence
The quilts are part of the Stitch Their Name Memorial Project, on display at the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State. The quilts are part of the Stitch Their Name Memorial Project, on display at the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State. The two quilts are open for public viewing on weekdays through Dec. 17 at Jackson State University’s Margaret Walker Center. James Earl Green and 21-year-old Jackson State student Phillip Lafayette Gibbs were fatally shot on the Jackson State campus during a violent police response to a protest against racial injustice in 1970. Her mother would piece together quilts using pieces of aprons, hats and dresses from her grandmother.
Billie Eilish lives out her acting dreams as host and musical guest of ‘SNL’
Singer-songwriter Billie Eilish was happier than ever to serve as host and musical guest of “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. This is true: She cast my brother, Finneas, as her son, she played the mom, and in the movie, she had no daughter. Yeah, I got the hint.”At one point, Eilish’s mother even joined the “Bad Guy” hitmaker onstage, wearing a “Finneas’ mom” T-shirt. Here’s a sampling of other highlights from the latest installment of “SNL.” (Warning: Some of the following clips contain profanity.) McKinnon’s latest Fauci impression marked her first appearance on “SNL” since taking a months-long hiatus to work on other projects.
Four face trial in UK over toppling of slave trader statue
London (AFP) – Four people were due to go on trial in Britain on Monday in connection with the toppling of a statue of a 17th century slave trader during anti-racism protests. The actions came as part of global Black Lives Matter protests prompted by the killing by a white police officer of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, in the United States the previous month. The Black Lives Matter protests have forced Britain into a reckoning with its colonial past, prompting a reassessment of statues, road names and buildings linked to historical figures associated with slavery. During the countrywide protests, a statue of Johnson's hero, Winston Churchill, was defaced near parliament, branding the World War II leader a racist. High-profile protests have also been held in Oxford, calling for the removal of a statue of the 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes.
Banksy creates T-shirt to help statue-toppling defendants
LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of people lined up Saturday in the English city of Bristol to get the latest work by elusive street artist Banksy — a T-shirt created to help four defendants charged over the toppling of a local statue of a slave trader. Four people have been charged with criminal damage over the statue’s felling and are going on trial next week. “I’ve made some souvenir shirts to mark the occasion,” Banksy said on social media Friday. Banksy’s identity has never been confirmed, but he began his career spray-painting walls and bridges in Bristol, a port city in southwest England. City authorities fished the Colston statue out of the harbor and say it will be placed in a museum, along with placards from the Black Lives Matter demonstration.
A Contentious Conversation on Systemic Racism in America ? Current Affairs
But this book shows how the work of economists can be enriched by sociology, and I don’t think many people are doing this. I say in the new preface, this is a better theory of systemic racism than the theories of systemic racism that you’ve heard. “I’m Black, and I’m proud. I’m Black, and I’m proud.” That was a popular tune by James Brown. I don’t think it’s intellectually honest to just pretend Thomas Sowell’s books don’t exist, which is what the New York Times and most of academia does.
Strange New World, Same Old Blues
the latest D-Wave wafer of quantum processors and TIME cover story(Image by jurvetson) Details DMCAStrange New World, Same Old Blues by John Kendall Hawkins They're coming for our youth. Much of the book is about how technologies are being developed that will redefine how people interact with the world around them in new material dimensions. Malcolmson's judgement on the ethics of youth is shared by Cohen and Schmidt: Children should be herded not the scene. ("Crisis in the Humanities," unpublished paper, 1985)The Age of the AI would probably have broken his old surrealist's heart. Had those postals been included in the final state vote tally during the primary, Tio Bernie woulda won, says Palast.
Kyle Rittenhaus, the 'Trial,' and the formation of the U.S.S.A. (Orig.: 'Die Sturmabteilung')
Also, on one news show I heard that among randomly selected Black interviewees, Schroeder was considered the worst possible choice for a trial like this. Then after the trial, I learned that Schroeder is an elected judge (party indeterminate). Obviously not prejudiced nor given to making prejudicial statements (ho, ho, ho) (to say nothing of screaming at the prosecution, and not because he thought that they were doing a bad job). My first reaction to the outcome was that despite the skin colors of the perpetrator and the victims, this was just another way-station on the long, long road of "mis-justice" in the United States for both Blacks (and other minorities) and Progressives. As the price of agreeing to fully come under the dictatorship, the German Army (which became the Wehrmacht) demanded that the independent "army" that was the S.A. be eliminated.
Afghan Women Keep Hope Alive After US Military Occupation
Trapped Between Taliban And US Empire: Afghan Women Keep Hope Alive After OccupationThis is Part 2 of a two-part feature on women in Afghanistan and the diaspora after the withdrawal of U.S. military forces in August. In Albany, New York, three young Afghan women organized a protest at the state capitol that brought out over 100 people. Iqbal organized a protest with two other young Afghan women in Portland’s historic Pioneer Square, the site of many large Black Lives Matter and antifascist demonstrations. The discovery of the bullet-ridden body of activist Frozan Safi in the city of Mazar-i-Sharif was a grim reminder of the current risks facing women activists. Despite the harrowing climate, Rawi expressed more hope than many Afghan activists in her long term outlook of the crisis.
Diversity-Driven Hiring Practices Must Include People With Criminal Convictions
It’s no secret that the criminal legal system disproportionately impacts Black and Brown communities. People directly impacted by the criminal legal system understand the unique barriers they face to gaining employment. The fact is that many employers and hiring managers are unclear about their institution’s policies or perspective on hiring those with criminal convictions. Increased employment opportunities for people with those directly impacted by the criminal legal system will improve access to opportunities and social mobility for entire communities, especially marginalized communities that are most directly impacted by the criminal legal system. If employers are truly interested in racial equity and diversity hiring practices, then they should actively include those directly impacted by the criminal legal system in their recruitment hiring practices.
Woodward and Costa’s Peril: An inside account of Trump’s coup d’etat
Another section of the book describes how, according to Milley, Trump sought to use the forces of the state to cement his dictatorship. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Trump, “We will alert the troops and start moving them north from Fort Bragg. Milley and Esper told Woodward and Costa that they had no idea what they were doing. “You’ve got to return to Washington and make a dramatic return today,” Bannon told Trump, as recounted in Peril. “I purposely did not go to Trump,” Milley told her.
Donald Trump meets with Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse at Mar-A-Lago
“He wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan,” Trump said. Donald Trump and Kyle Rittenhouse meet at Mar-A-Lago (@DonaldJTrumpJr/Twitter)Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he volunteered with a group of armed vigilantes to “defend property” and assist the police in suppressing mass protests in Kenosha following the shooting of Jacob Blake two nights earlier. Blake, a 27-year-old black man, was shot seven times in the back and paralyzed by Kenosha policeman Rusten Sheskey. The Fox News report of Trump’s meeting with Rittenhouse followed by one day the appearance of the teenage shooter in a Fox News interview with Tucker Carlson. At least three fascistic Republican Congressmen—Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Madison Cawthorn—have offered Rittenhouse an internship in their government offices.
After one year of the right-wing campaign, recall election concluding against Seattle Councilwoman Kshama Sawant
On December 7, mail-in ballots are due for a recall election of Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant, who represents District 3. The Recall Sawant campaign turned in over 13,000 signatures supporting the election, which is 3,000 more than they were required to submit by mid-October. Last week, seventy “religious and BIPOC” leaders in business and nonprofit associations wrote a public letter endorsing the Recall Sawant campaign, deploying identity politics to assert Sawant is racist. In alignment with these forces, the Seattle Building and Constructions Trade Council (SBCTC) endorsed the recall campaign in June. The only time the Democratic Party is mentioned is in Sawant’s list of endorsements, including the 43rd District Democratic Party in Seattle, which supported her in the 2019 election.
Iran threatens sanctions against US over treatment of Black Americans
The Iranian government vowed today to impose sanctions on the United States over racial and policing issues. They will then be subject to sanctions from Iran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Gharibabadi did not offer specifics on what the sanctions will entail, but said the move relates to policing issues in the United States, particularly in regard to Black Americans. The official also referred to the treatment of prisoners in the United States and the “big number of women in jails,” according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. He criticized Europe for being “deafeningly silent” about Black Lives Matter protests in the United States and the police response to them.
Anne Hidalgo renews call for French left to choose one presidential candidate
Anne Hidalgo, the French Socialist presidential candidate, has repeated her plea for her leftwing rivals to unite, saying the left risked collapsing amid the alarming rise of the far-right. Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, is polling at a historic low of between 3% and 5% for the first round of April’s presidential race. Roussel said the problems of the left were far more deep-seated than just “a casting problem” of finding a joint candidate. The combined leftwing candidates currently account for between 24 and 29% of April’s first round vote, compared with 43% 10 years ago. The L’Obs poll found that 86% of leftwing sympathisers would like one candidate to stand for a united left.
This Colorado school board member’s ‘I’m Antifa’ post on Facebook sparked a political saga
The “I’m Antifa” post was part of a barrage of liberal political commentary that lived on McDaniel’s Facebook timeline alongside school-district-related announcements and other community bulletins. Given that he was a school board member and also served on the city planning and zoning commission, the mix on his personal account unnerved some of his neighbors. Not long after McDaniel’s “I’m Antifa” post, resident David Spiegel took to Facebook with a post of his own. Ward felt McDaniel’s political posts interspersed with school-related announcements — as well as his position as a school board member — showed he was “indoctrinating” students with his ideologies. Later that month, several attendees interrupted a school board Zoom meeting and threatened to “rape [McDaniel’s] daughters.” (McDaniel has one daughter.)
NYC won’t ‘surrender’ to BLM, rioters, incoming mayor Eric Adams warns
New York City’s mayor-elect issued a stern warning Thursday night to those expecting to continue the riots and looting the nation’s largest city has seen over the past two years. "Not my city," Eric Adams, a former police captain who was elected in November to succeed termed-out Mayor Bill de Blasio, said at a Police Athletic League event at the Harvard Club, according to the New York Post. "We’re not going to surrender to those who are saying ‘We’re going to burn down New York’," Adams said. Adams’ remarks also appeared to be aimed at those responsible for property damage in the city’s Queens borough in response to last month's acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Wisconsin, the Post reported. Bratton is widely credited with helping reduce New York City crime during his time at the helm.
Opinion: Why this GenX-er is jealous of Gen Z
Or, in the language of our generationally-obsessed culture, Gen Z isn't taking any Millennial crap at work. The Times reports that one 31-year-old chief executive's colleague was "horrified" when a Gen Z employee assigned the boss a task to complete. And a sex toy company's founder was surprised when a Gen Z worker asked her what the company planned to do to express support for the Black Lives Matter protests. Humanity, social engagement, a leveling of the corporate hierarchy: These are some of the Gen Z demands throwing their older bosses for a loop. As the Gen Z activist Greta Thunberg said about climate, but which feels increasingly applicable to just about everything else, "We can't save the world by playing by the rules.
Opinion: What Kyle Rittenhouse's tears reveal about America
(CNN) Despite last year's demonstrations supporting racial justice and substantive efforts at political reform, the system that devalues Black lives remains largely -- and powerfully -- intact. Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old on trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for shooting three people and killing two of them, represents the epitome of White privilege in America run amok. Rittenhouse, who has pleaded not guilty to six charges including reckless homicide, intentional homicide and attempted intentional homicide, cried during emotional testimony on Wednesday. His protracted sobs -- and people's telling reactions to them -- spoke volumes about the moment America now finds itself in. His defense team has also made a motion for a mistrial with prejudice, meaning he couldn't be retried.
Opinion: The future of digital art doesn't have to be paved with troll memes and trash
Jeff Yang is a research director for the Institute for the Future and the head of their Digital Intelligence Lab. And it looks like we're in danger of missing the boat on the metaverse, on cryptocurrency -- and on NFTs too." JUST WATCHED Beeple: Digital art is here to stay, but buyers should be cautious Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Beeple: Digital art is here to stay, but buyers should be cautious 03:35Other critics have pointed out that Beeple's groundbreaking work isn't just in questionable taste. Originally a classically trained master of the traditional Japanese art of sumi-e brush painting , Kataoka rededicated her career to blurring the lines between art, technology and social change. Naturally, she believes that the path to the future of digital art doesn't have to be paved with troll memes and trash.
Opinion: There is no conceivable justification for defense's treatment of Ahmaud Arbery
Just look at the trial of Travis McMichael, William "Roddie" Bryan and Travis's father Gregory McMichael for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. Two White men, claiming concern about local break-ins, grabbed their guns, jumped in a truck, pursued Arbery, later joined by a third White man. Lynchings and killings, including the murder of Emmett Till, a child, were justified by the claim that Black men and boys had raped or otherwise assaulted White women. The image of Black men as brutes and savages is acutely captured in the pro-Ku-Klux-Klan film "Birth of a Nation." I hope that as they deliberate, whatever outcome they reach, they will reject this attempted victim-blaming, and pursue justice for Ahmaud Arbery.
Opinion: The sleeping monster awakes
We're looking back at the strongest, smartest opinion takes of the week from CNN and other outlets. In the century since, central banks have taken pains to keep inflation in check, and for decades they've largely succeeded. But the global economic disruption sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic may have awakened the inflation monster. "For the sake of Democrats," Zelizer wrote, "the President will have to do more than say the situation is worrisome. But with polls showing some Americans losing faith in democracy, Kasparov worries for the future.
What Stacey Abrams' announcement means for Georgia and America
(CNN) Stacey Abrams' 2022 campaign for Georgia governor represents a generational opportunity for Black women in American politics. While she may not become the first Black woman governor in America, as a public figure and a candidate, Abrams represents an enduring tradition of radical democratic political activism by Black women. Abrams' work puts her in historic community with the bold work of Black women activists, freedom fighters and elected officials who came before her. Black women's advocacy for a truly inclusive democracy resonates deeply in our own time as well. Whether or not she is elected in Georgia next year, Abrams is uniquely positioned to push for the progress we need.
Opinion: One of us was tortured for fighting a dictator. The other was fired for blowing the whistle on Donald Trump
He resigned from the Belarusian government in 1996 in protest against the rising authoritarianism of President Alexander Lukashenko. In 2010, he dared to run against Lukashenko for President of Belarus. But the risk of political lethargy following the departure of former President Donald Trump is not something to be written off. Three years from now, Trump could be the Republican nominee in the 2024 presidential election, decrying another close election loss. While the US and Belarus are worlds apart, the Belarusian experience offers a frightening window into a world without basic freedoms.
Britain can't decide whether it should send its looted treasures back to their rightful owners
Analysis by Luke McGee , CNN London Written byBritain is once again reckoning with its imperial history during a week in which two ceremonies were held to mark the return of ancient looted artifacts to Nigeria from the UK. President Emmanuel Macron was present during an event on Wednesday at the Quai Branly museum in Paris where 26 artifacts were ceremoniously returned to Benin. This is an argument that many find insulting and steeped in exactly the type of British imperial thinking that saw the artifacts looted in the first place. A visitor takes photos of the contentious Benin plaques exhibit at the British Museum in London. A previous version of this article misstated where the artifacts from the Quai Branly museum in Paris are being returned to.
Opinion | When Black Men Meet White Communities
Citizen’s arrest laws, and the criminal justice system in a corresponding fashion, perpetuate and sanction the protection of white communities from people who look like Arbery. | Sean Rayford/Getty ImagesMy research has focused on the experiences of Black men in predominantly white communities and their experiences with law enforcement and the criminal justice system. In a quantitative and qualitative study, I found that middle-class Black men were significantly less likely than others to exercise in predominantly white neighborhoods. In the killing of Arbery, the criminal justice system was originally operating as designed. (Though Rittenhouse killed two white men and injured a third, he shot them during a Black Lives Matter protest, infusing the shootings with distinctly racial overtones.)
EU seeks new powers to fight misogyny and hate
The Commission on Wednesday is set to sign off on a plan to criminalize hate speech and violence through EU-wide rules. “In the last decades, there has been a sharp rise in hate speech and hate crime in Europe,” the draft communication on hate speech said, pointing to an exacerbation of such speech since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. A future proposal aimed at stamping out violence against women online and offline is expected to come in March. A few EU countries were also not criminalizing hate speech and crimes, which “results in gaps and an uneven protection of the victims of such acts across the EU,” it added. Hurdles aheadThe Commission will likely face an uphill battle when it seeks backing from EU governments and lawmakers.
Banksy creates T-shirt to help statue-toppling defendants
The anonymous artist posted on Instagram pictures of limited edition grey souvenir T-shirts which will go on sale on Saturday in Bristol. The shirts have a picture of Colston's empty plinth with a rope hanging off, with debris and a discarded sign nearby. The anonymous artist posted on Instagram pictures of limited edition grey souvenir T-shirts which will go on sale on Saturday in Bristol. (Jacob King/PA via AP)LONDON (AP) — Hundreds of people lined up Saturday in the English city of Bristol to get the latest work by elusive street artist Banksy — a T-shirt created to help four defendants charged over the toppling of a local statue of a slave trader. City authorities fished the Colston statue out of the harbor and say it will be placed in a museum, along with placards from the Black Lives Matter demonstration.
Former Defense Secretary Esper sues the Pentagon over book redactions
Former Defense Secretary Esper sues the Pentagon over book redactionsEnlarge this image toggle caption Greg Nash/Getty Images Greg Nash/Getty ImagesFormer Defense Secretary Mark Esper has filed suit against the Pentagon, which he says has ordered him to redact portions of an "unvarnished and candid memoir" that he hopes to publish about his days in the Trump White House. In a tweet on Sunday, Esper's lawyer, Mark Zaid, said that the former secretary of defense is the "highest-ranking official to ever sue" to challenge such redactions. Book disputes like Esper's date back decades, with former officials at odds with current administrations balancing transparency and national security. In some cases, the books have gone on to publication despite objections, like in the case of former national security adviser John Bolton. NPR national security correspondent Tom Bowman contributed to this report.
The only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse takes the stand
The only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse takes the standEnlarge this image toggle caption Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty ImagesGaige Grosskreutz, the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse last year at a chaotic demonstration in Kenosha, Wis., took the stand in a pivotal moment in Rittenhouse's homicide trial. In cross-examination, they emphasized Grosskreutz's Glock pistol — which was in his hand at the moment Rittenhouse shot him — and proximity to Rittenhouse, just about 3 feet, at the time of the shooting. The confrontation with RittenhouseGrosskreutz was roughly a block away from Rittenhouse when he first heard the gunshots — the sound of Rittenhouse shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse shot Huber in the chest, killing the-26 year-old. Before being shot by Rittenhouse, Grosskreutz had treated about 10 people for injuries from pepper spray and rubber bullets, he testified.
Meet America’s First Drag Queen for President
Meet America’s First Drag Queen for President‘The Beauty President’ is a short documentary about 1992 U.S. presidential candidate Terence Alan Smith, from executive producer Lena Waithe and emerging director Whitney Skauge, presented by Breakwater Studios, Hillman Grad Productions, and L.A. Times Studios. My career as a filmmaker started with a love for home movies, which naturally evolved into a love for documentary filmmaking. But growing up Black, biracial and queer in Montana in the 2000s meant I didn’t see a whole lot of people who were like me. Today, my work seeks to preserve and celebrate stories that have not been recognized by popular culture with a focus on Black and queer perspectives. In a time of deep civil and political reckoning, I feel a responsibility for my work to be political.
How Hollywood diversity awakening hit a speed bump in 2021
If 2020 was the year of awakening, then 2021 was the year of accountability, as observers and consumers looked to cultural institutions, corporations and individuals to make good on their promises. Latino playwright Matthew López, whose “The Inheritance” won for best play, called for more diverse stories on Broadway, as did honoree the Broadway Advocacy Coalition. A painful chapter of Black history that had been ignored by broadcasters and history curricula alike until HBO’s Emmy-winning “Watchmen” highlighted it in 2019, the centenary of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre received intense exposure. That became clear when “In the Heights,” the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical, was released in early summer. The upcoming landmark season of “The Bachelor” will feature a new host — Jesse Palmer — and a new lead — Clayton Echard.