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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.
But why: Eternal question offers lessons for the whole family
Recently, Gege started quoting Jar Jar Binks, quite possibly the most grating character in the “Star Wars” universe. “Is this a Jar Jar Binks situation?” Gege asked. Didi echoed the question. Then I had a question for them: Why was this goofy cartoon character talking about NFTs? So far, our sons have no plans to release NFTs of their own, though Didi is on a slippery slope.
‘Not a safe space’: Black cast members boycott Dickens Christmas Fair over failure to prevent racist, sexist behavior
Organizers of the boycott, a group of Dickens Fair cast and crew dubbed the London Solidarity Network, won’t support a return to the fair until a list of safety requirements is met. Red Barn CEO Kevin Patterson says that affirmative consent training was implemented in 2016, but admits it was not enough. At the scheduled May 6 meeting, it issued a statement of no confidence in Red Barn Productions to manage the Dickens Fair. On the day of the request, Red Barn spokesperson Shannon Damnavits announced that the Dickens Fair Cast & Crew Facebook page would be archived, with posting disabled. Earlier this year, LoAD created a document that laid out minimum requirements for a safe Dickens Fair.
Proud Boys join effort to ban ‘Gender Queer’ book from school library — rattling students in suburban Chicago
Then, some area Proud Boys caught wind of the complaints against “Gender Queer,” a book that has been targeted by conservatives nationwide. A Telegram account apparently belonging to Kraemer also urged other Telegram users to join him at the school board meeting. They also didn’t appear to wear Proud Boys regalia or clothing with the group’s signature black and yellow colors. In a series of Twitter messages, Delatorre confirmed to the Sun-Times that he and other Proud Boys attended the meeting. Other Proud Boys have since been ensnared in the sprawling federal investigation into the insurrection and its planning.
Kyle Rittenhouse trial showed the dangers of carrying powerful weapons on our streets
Now that the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is over, let’s ask ourselves: What might have happened had numerous people on both sides of the political divide showed up at the Kenosha protests that night with military-style weapons? Wisconsin, like 20 other states, is “open carry,” meaning most people can walk around with guns in public at will. People with guns have begun showing up with firearms at public protests across the country. What will happen if self-appointed guardians of justice arm themselves with military-style weapons and roam the streets? No, and I’m not — that’s not a joke.” We already saw a Missouri couple who brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters show up outside the Rittenhouse trial.
‘West Side Story’: In Spielberg’s hands, the classic musical feels wonderful, witty and bright
‘West Side Story’: 4 out of 4 CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ CST_ 20th Century Studios presents a film directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Tony Kushner, adapting the musical by Arthur Laurents. Rated PG-13 (for some strong violence, strong language, thematic content, suggestive material and brief smoking). (We’d also be remiss not mention the classic original music and lyrics by Leonard Bernstein and the late Stephen Sondheim, respectively.) Ah, but Maria has a mind and a heart of her own, as she’s constantly reminding her brother. “West Side Story” 2021 features a pair of inspired upgrades to supporting characters.
DuPage Democratic Party’s social media director fired over Waukesha parade tweets
DuPage County Democrats fired their social media director following “callous and reprehensible” posts likening the driver who plowed into a Christmas parade Sunday outside Milwaukee — killing five and wounding 40 — to Kyle Rittenhouse. “It was probably just self-defense,” Mary Lemanski tweeted Sunday on her personal Twitter account, according to posts republished by Fox News. “Living in Wisconsin, he probably felt threatened,” Lemanski tweeted about the SUV driver. In later posts Lemanski expressed sorrow over Sunday’s tragedy in Waukesha, Wis.“I’m sad,” she said. There’s not really much to explain,” said Mejia-Beal, who just took over as head of DuPage County’s Democratic Party Nov. 1.
Marijuana sales, Amazon's expansion, LIRR upgrades, COVID-19 and more: What to expect in 2022
For instance, in 2022 we will begin to learn which Long Island towns will allow recreational marijuana sales. In 2022, we should know more about the impact of the latest COVID-19 variant, omicron, on the world, including Long Island. The Atlanta-based retailer of hard-surface flooring will open its fourth Long Island store in the first half of 2022. Legal sale of marijuana in New York State is expected to begin pending the establishment of licensing and regulatory frameworks. Limits on 1,4-dioxane for household cleansing, personal care and cosmetic products begin Dec. 31, resulting from legislation passed in New York State in 2019.
‘We can do better’: How Hollywood’s diversity awakening hit a speed bump in 2021
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. Of course, the most vociferous backlash to diversity efforts came from opponents of multiculturalism, including the vocal and increasingly dangerous white nationalist forces whose violence culminated with the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The most recent season of "The Bachelorette" featuring Black lead Michelle Young made history when the four finalists were all Black. The upcoming landmark season of "The Bachelor" will feature a new host — Jesse Palmer — and a new lead — Clayton Echard.
'That's not good law enforcement,' says attorney for protesters getting $5.75M settlement
The plaintiffs said they were brutalized by Columbus police during protests against racial injustice in the summer of 2020. The settlement must still be approved by Columbus City Council and a federal judge. “During the protests in Columbus, some plaintiffs were significantly injured," Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein said in announcing the settlement on Thursday. The ruling came after more than two dozen protesters filed a lawsuit alleging police used excessive force during the protests. That report also concluded that Columbus city and police officials should actively seek reconciliation with residents — particularly communities of color — to address the "distrust, anger and fear directed towards the police."
Former Illinois State University football coach who removed Black Lives Matter poster alleges violation of First Amendment rights in lawsuit
Beathard alleges that the Black Lives Matter poster was placed on his door while he was on leave during late spring and most of the summer of 2020 following the death of his wife from breast cancer. When he returned, he removed the Black Lives Matter poster and replaced it with a poster he had written that read: “All Lives Matter to Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” the suit says.
The secret history of Sesame Street: ‘It was utopian – it’s part of who we all are’
Sesame Street was used as government propaganda – just not in the way Ted Cruz might imagineOthers piled in. Attie had been commissioned to photograph Sesame Street by Amerika, a Russian-language magazine funded by the US state department and distributed in the Soviet Union. So Sesame Street was used as government propaganda, just not in the way Cruz and Rogers might imagine. You could say that Sesame Street had a political mission from the outset, as the new documentary, Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (to which Attie’s book is a companion piece), lays out. Although the political climate today has echoes of the 1960s, when Sesame Street was created, he feels.
Edward Colston to be erased from the last school in Bristol bearing his name
The last school in Bristol to bear Edward Colston’s name has decided to change its moniker, saying he would “forever be associated” with slavery. Colston’s School, which was founded by the 17th-century merchant in 1710, will announce its new name next summer. Last November, the nearby Colston’s Girls’ School announced that it would change its name to Montpelier High School after a vote by staff and students. Colston’s School, in the Bristol suburb of Stapleton, caters to boys and girls aged three to 18, and charges £15,195 per year in fees. It said the name Colston “will forever be associated with the enslavement and deaths of African men, women and children”.
Trouble in Mind, National’s Dorfman Theatre, review: a timely – yet uneven – satire of racism in theatre
Theatre has not been exempt from this process, liberal and inclusive though it has always liked to pride itself on being. We’re in the agreeably cluttered backstage area of a New York theatre on the first day of rehearsals for a new play. Veteran black performer Sheldon (Cyril Nri, glorious) is obsequious and placatory to everyone. There are, it is evident, long-studied roles to be played way before the actual business of mounting a production. The play-within-a-play is a horrible-sounding melodrama called Chaos in Belleville, about a lynching on a southern plantation.
12 of the most controversial policies and scandals from the first two years of Boris Johnson’s government
Here are 12 of the biggest stories and scandals from the last two years of Tory rule. Getting Brexit “done”Sign up to our free Indy100 weekly newsletterBoris Johnson was elected to power promising to get Brexit “done”. We’re basically only just starting to see the chickens come home to roost – but not literally, given difficulties in sourcing poultry. Later, in October that year, he launched a new petition pressing ministers to again extend free school meals through the half-term and Christmas holidays, eventually pressuring them into providing £170 million of extra funding. People protest controversial new policing billIn March 2021 the Home Office unveiled some rather controversial legislation affecting people’s right to protest.
Kim Potter and Derek Chauvin: Parallel trials of police officers in deaths of Daunte Wright and George Floyd
As the long-anticipated trial of Kim Potter got underway on Wednesday, comparisons were instantly drawn with the murder trial of Derek Chauvin just eight months earlier. At the exact moment the 20-year-old was killed, Chauvin’s trial was underway just 10 miles away in Hennepin County Courthouse. Now, a jury will decide the fate of Ms Potter in the very same courthouse. When she pulled her weapon and shot Mr Wright, she violated this training and her oath “??to protect life, not to take life”. Kim Potter is seen in bodycam lying on the ground after she shot Daunte Wright (AP)In the footage, Ms Potter is heard shouting “taser, taser” before she shot Mr Wright.
Maya Uno: 'Clear small goals and remember to exhale'
My younger sister actually started playing before me and that’s what got me into it. Which athlete, tennis player or other, do you admire most? Even after his active career as a tennis player (he’s retired now), he still has this air of glamour. In fact, many tennis players I know started playing golf during the pandemic. Japanese tennis players will often travel abroad and it is rare for us to stay in Japan for long periods like this.
The superheroes from House of Slay are here to stay
The most unexpected supe debut happened this month online, courtesy of House of Slay, a web comic book series about five Asian best friends who fight the God of Darkness. The cover of the ‘House of Slay’ comic book features superheroes based on Prabal Gurung, Laura Kim, Phillip Lim, Tina Leung and Ezra J. William (clockwise from left). “They are both super visual mediums,” says Alex Lu, the editor who worked on House of Slay. In one episode they all attend the Met Gala — or rather, its House of Slay stand-in. And House of Slay merchandise — baseball hats, T-shirts and food products — is in the works.
BLM say they BACK Jussie Smollett because they 'can never believe the police'
A senior Black Lives Matter leader has strongly defended Jussie Smollett as he awaits the verdict in his trial on allegations of faking a hate crime, insisting that Smollett should be acquitted because 'we can never believe police'. Increasingly, these experiences with hate violence end up being fatal. 'Obviously, I hate the fact that Jussie Smollett lied,' Beirich said, based on the Chicago police's account. 'It is going to give people ammunition to claim that all hate crimes are fake, all hate crime are lies. Smollett testified that he was the victim of a real hate crime, telling jurors 'there was no hoax.'
Banksy sells T-shirts to fund trial of four accused of toppling Bristol's Edward Colston statue
Thousands of people have queued outside shops in Bristol to buy limited edition T-shirts designed by world-famous street artist Banksy, in support of alleged BLM activists. He said proceeds from the sale will be given to the four people facing trial next week in the city accused of criminal damage. The bronze memorial to the 17th century slave merchant was pulled down during a Black Lives Matter protest on June 7 last year, before being dumped in Bristol Harbour and later recovered by Bristol City Council. In a post on social media, Banksy said: 'Next week the four people charged with pulling down Colston's statue in Bristol are going on trial. Bristol-based Banksy said sales would be limited to one per person and each T-shirt would cost £25 plus VAT.
Chicago robbers steal watches worth millions from luxury car dealership
Another brazen smash-and-grab was caught on camera at a luxury car showroom in crime-stricken Chicago in which the suspects ran out with watches worth millions. One stood by the door with a gun while the other smashed a display case with a hammer, stealing at least eight luxury watches. Dealership owner Joe Perillo told FOX 32 Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other officials need to take action or businesses are going to leave the city. They ran off with the Richard Mille timepieces, some of which retailed at millions of dollars each. Dealership owner Joe Perillo argued that Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other Chicago officials need to take action or businesses are going to leave the cityEmployees ran after the robbers but were unable to apprehend them.
[Herald Interview] Meet Ji-Young, a Korean American ‘Sesame Street’ kid’s dream come true
But her ineluctable passion spurred into a hobby of doing videos, performing, and going on shoots.She eventually landed a job at the “Sesame Street” workshop in 2014.“I really didn't plan on going into puppetry as a career. And it was really important that we show everybody else on Sesame Street also embraces and calls by her Korean name, that they accept it.”The team’s efforts were recognized right on. Eventually, Ji-Young legally changed her name to Michelle to be and sound more American to fit in. Having two young kids of her own, Michelle found Ji-Young’s existence exceptionally meaningful.These stories are what energize Kim to make Ji-Young a lovable character. They are opinionated and confidently speak their minds.For Kim, Ji-Young is a channel, but also her purpose is to help all kids see some aspect of themselves in her.
[Herald Interview] Meet Ji-Young, a Korean American ‘Sesame Street’ kid’s dream come true
“Sesame Street” was ‘that show’ for 41-year-old Korean American Kathleen Kim. That’s why it was “a dream come true” when she became the puppeteer for the show’s first-ever Asian American character Ji-Young. “I felt very seen and learned a lot from watching ‘Sesame Street.’ I wanted to do that for another generation. She eventually landed a job at the “Sesame Street” workshop in 2014. To this, Kim says that “’Sesame Street’ was still answering the question of racism in the Muppets” back when the show first started in 1969.
French Vogue is in danger of 'losing its soul' as Anna Wintour is pushing 'woke values' onto it
Vogue Paris is in danger of 'losing its soul' as Anna Wintour pushes 'American woke values' onto the publication to try and help its tumbling circulation numbers, insiders have claimed. Dame Anna Wintour, 71, is Global Chief Content Officer for Vogue's parent company Conde Nast and the Global Editorial Director of Vogue having previously edited both the UK and US versions of the magazine. The French edition of Vogue is also in danger of having the 'Paris' title dropped from its cover for next month's edition for the first time in 70 years. Vogue Paris is in danger of 'losing its soul' as Anna Wintour pushes 'American woke values' onto the publication to try and help its tumbling circulation numbers, insiders have claimed. In September, Vogue Paris held an exhibition to mark the centenary of the magazine, with Wintour reportedly outraged by the lack of non-white women on the covers on display.
Black music artists should call out racism within our industry. They’ve got the power | Michelle Kambasha
In the eight years I’ve worked in the music industry, career highs have been offset by instances of racism. A recent study by Black Lives in Music concluded that the majority of Black music industry professionals in the UK experience racism, from racist language to instances of microaggression. Last week I hosted a panel at Wild Paths Festival called Anti-racism in the Music Industry – One Year On. Now it’s up to white people to help us implement the change the music industry desperately needs. Michelle Kambasha works in the music industry
O'Toole's campaign chair Walied Soliman wins $500K defamation award against 'alt-right' commentator
Share this Story: O'Toole's campaign chair Walied Soliman wins $500K defamation award against 'alt-right' commentatorO'Toole's campaign chair Walied Soliman wins $500K defamation award against 'alt-right' commentator Daniel Bordman attacked O'Toole for having Soliman on his leadership team, including in one video titled: 'Erin O'Toole's Connections to the Muslim Brotherhood' Photo by Courtesy Walied SolimanArticle content OTTAWA — Walied Soliman, a Muslim lawyer who chaired Erin O’Toole’s leadership campaign and the recent Conservative Party election campaign, has won a $500,000 defamation award against a self-styled “news commentator” who used YouTube and other internet platforms to accuse Soliman of being a terrorism supporter. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Article content Soliman sued Daniel Bordman in February 2020, meaning much of the litigation coincided with the Conservative leadership race that O’Toole won that summer. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below.
Conservative pundit Ann Coulter speaks at Missouri State, says women shouldn't have the right to vote
Speaking before a more than 150-person crowd including elected officials, conservative pundit Ann Coulter urged Missouri State University conservatives to focus on the issues of “crime, immigration, and wokeness” to win elections. “If we took away women's right to vote, we'd never have to worry about another Democrat president. 'Crime, immigration, and wokeness'In her presentation, Coulter urged conservatives to focus on three issues in the upcoming midterm election: crime, immigration, and "wokeness." “Now he's going around saying the most important issue is the ‘2020 election fraud.’ This never, ever, ever works. Remember he lost Georgia for you, he will do the same thing in the midterms, will do the same thing in the presidential election,” Coulter said.
Among Those Who Marched Into the Capitol on Jan. 6: An F.B.I. Informant
The new information was revealed at a time when misinformation continues to circulate among far-right commentators and websites accusing the F.B.I. of having used informants or agents to stage the attack on Jan. 6. But if anything, the records appear to show that the informant’s F.B.I. And the records show that the informant traveled to Washington at his own volition, not at the request of the F.B.I. informant well before he joined the Proud Boys.
The Guns of North Carolina: Training for the Next January 6?
Oak Grove is a self-described “Tactical and Cultural Training Center” occupying 300 acres between Hoffman and nearby Camp McCall. We don’t make aircraft carriers.… Over 50 percent of our defense contracting is in services like training,” says Scott Dorney of the North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC)18Will Wright of Raeford/Hoke Economic Development distributes a glossy multipage folder promoting North Carolina as the “All American Defense Corridor.”19“We welcome the military and military businesses here,” he says, and backwoods training sites promise easy money. The DOD awarded $6.1 billion to private companies in 83 of 100 North Carolina counties. Roderick’s uncle Lonnie has compiled an extensive list of all the explosions he’s heard at Oak Grove. He has no evidence tying Oak Grove to January 6, but he says a lot of constituents are asking questions.
These Statistics May Reveal Michelle Young’s Bachelorette Winner
Below, Somers goes deep on Michelle’s season and gives her predictions for who will make it to the final four. What assumptions can we make about the final four based on the data from Michelle’s premiere? If we look back at the last few premieres — on Katie’s premiere, screen time went to Greg, Andrew S., Connor B., and Karl. What was really interesting is Michelle’s season broke the record for gimmicky limo entrances. You shared that Michelle’s season has a more diverse cast than Katie’s but not as diverse as Matt’s.
Greg Gutfeld: No one is in charge, and no one cares
Joe Biden: I’ve been there before and I haven't. Joe Biden: A lot of the folks at Amtrak became my family, not a joke. Speaking of Trump, he would have nuked the supply chain crisis like it was a hurricane. You get between parents and their children, you start a battle that'll be over quicker than a typical Joe Biden workday. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening monologue on the October 22, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"
GOP Vultures Chillingly Quip About Prop-Gun Death To Attack Alec Baldwin
We need Alec Baldwin tweets.” Trump was banned by Twitter after the violence of the Jan. 6 insurrection. We need Alec Baldwin tweets. Please don’t shoot me!”Boebert posted a screenshot of Baldwin’s tweet, adding: “Alec Baldwin, are these still available? Reported — Sharsyn (@sharsyn) October 22, 2021Right-wing author and commentator Candace Owens gloated that nothing Baldwin has said about Trump “is going to age well” now. AdvertisementLiterally not one single thing that Alec Baldwin has said about Donald Trump and his supporters is going to age well.
Jake Tapper Says Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Has 'Issues' After Her Rant On Bannon Vote
CNN’s Jake Tapper came down hard on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Friday, declaring she has “real issues” and is “not tethered to reality.”He was referring to Greene’s outburst Thursday when, as described by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md. ), she “started screaming” at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). “Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney really represent the two doors for the Republican Party right now. So, Marjorie Taylor Greene started shouting at Jamie Raskin and Liz Cheney. And so I think that this is an assessment that needs to be made by the proper professional.” — Julie Tsirkin (@JulieNBCNews) May 14, 2021
Jake Tapper Says Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Has 'Issues' After Her Rant On Bannon Vote
CNN’s Jake Tapper came down hard on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Friday, declaring she has “real issues” and is “not tethered to reality.”He was referring to Greene’s outburst Thursday when, as described by Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md. ), she “started screaming” at Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.). “Marjorie Taylor Greene and Liz Cheney really represent the two doors for the Republican Party right now. So, Marjorie Taylor Greene started shouting at Jamie Raskin and Liz Cheney. Greene loudly interjected that “unborn women” have a “right to life.”Story continuesGreene has repeatedly shouted at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Women matter. Women’s sports matter. Now put on the game
The Chicago Sky has given our city its first WNBA title. It seemed that the success of the Chicago Sky — and the WNBA at large — had generated at least some interest among the public. I have not seen that when it comes to Chicago teachers, not by the public nor by the mayor. So, all of those police bashers out there, the city is conducting a police hiring test and the city needs officers. John Laskey, Palos HeightsPhil Kadner will be missedI will miss the columns of Phil Kadner, who I came to know and admire for his work with the Chicago Southland.
Vicki Gunvalson and Kelly Dodd Quash Feud, Bond Over Shared Awfulness
These days, Vicki Gunvalson's breakup is bigger news than the tatters of her reality career. Things are worse for her former archenemy, since Kelly Dodd can't even get sued these days despite her need for attention. On Wednesday, October 20, disgraced former The Real Housewives of Orange County star Kelly Dodd took to her Instagram Story. "Ok, we figured it out, me and Tamra are gonna find you a man," Kelly pledged in the video. Kelly Dodd spent most of 2020 sharing the worst possible takes on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ahmaud Arbery murder trial: Would-be jurors say they're worried they will be identified
Potential jurors for Ahmaud Arbery's murder trial fear 'real-world repercussions' if they are identified and will consider relocation. Potential jurors have allegedly been asked questions like: 'Do you support the Black Lives Matter movement?' A lawyer for one of the men accused of murder, William 'Roddie' Bryan, even appeared to know one of the potential jurors, according to USA Today. Another problem occurring is potential jurors know each other, with one juror recognizing her son among the crowd. 'When potential jurors have information that may or may not be admitted in the courtroom, the jurors may be influenced.'
'She Started Screaming': Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Spars with Liz Cheney on House Floor
"This is a joke," said Greene, a fierce ally of Trump, later telling Raskin: "Why don't you care about the American people?" Cheney, meanwhile, responded to Greene by calling her a "joke" and referencing to a 2018 comment Greene made about "Jewish space lasers." Greene also regularly quarrels with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a New York Democrat and frequent critic of Trump and the Republican Party. In the video, Greene calls Hogg a "coward" and falsely accuses him of being funded by liberal donors. Marjorie Taylor Greene Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene | Credit: Erin Scott-Pool/GettyAnother video filmed at an unclear date, which appears to be taken inside a government office building, shows Greene following Hogg and asking if he "really thinks red flag gun laws" will prevent mass shootings.
A Diane Arbus Tribute, Graphic Blankets, and Other Things I Liked This Week
A Tribute to Diane Arbus in Central ParkPhoto: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NYIn the 1950s and 1960s, Diane Arbus would regularly bring her Rolleiflex camera to Central Park and photograph the people she saw. Arbus has returned to Central Park in the form of a new sculpture by Gillian Wearing, supported by the Public Art Fund. New York City, and Central Park in particular, has a pretty embarrassing track record when it comes to public monuments to female historical figures. “Whether based in reality or in fiction, most people have their own very specific relationship with New York City,” Cosell Turner says. “It’s a monumental task to try to capture the universal through the particular, but I tried my level best.”Zoe Schlacter’s New Home Goods LineClockwise from left: Photo: Courtesy of Tayler Smith Photo: Courtesy of Tayler Smith Photo: Courtesy of Tayler Smith From top: Photo: Courtesy of Tayler Smith Photo: Courtesy of Tayler Smith Photo: Courtesy of Tayler SmithZoe Schlacter, a multidisciplinary artist and designer, is influenced by the Bauhaus — particularly the textile designers Anni Albers and Gunta Stolzl — not just aesthetically, but philosophically as well.
London's statues are in dire need of equality and diversity
The data has been collected as a part of an ongoing research project by Art UK, partly funded by City Hall. According to the charity, only 4 percent of public statues represent women, while 8 percent depict animals. To top it off, London has the highest percentage of statues featuring female figures out of every major UK city. The issue of representation and diversity in public art is not exclusive to the UK. In Australia, as of 2017, only three percent of public statues feature non-fictional women.
Editorial: Serra’s statue in the U.S. Capitol should be replaced with someone who represents California today
Then in 2000, Congress passed a law permitting states to change out the statues as often as once per decade. AdvertisementYet the statue of Serra, which was donated to the collection the same year as King’s, remains. But states change and a state’s representation in the U.S. Capitol might well need a change, too. And to Virginia’s credit, it was among those making up for its earlier slight to Black Americans — and to the United States. It is time for California to follow in Virginia’s footsteps and erect a statue that represents the values most of us cherish today.
Oklahoma St. coach Gundy agrees to perpetual 5-year deal
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has agreed to a new contract that will keep him on a perpetual five-year deal at his alma mater. The OSU/A&M Board of Regents has approved the recommendation from Oklahoma State president Dr. Kayse Shrum and Oklahoma State athletic director Chad Weiberg. “The numbers speak to our program's success under his leadership.”“Stillwater is home, and I love this community and Oklahoma State,” Gundy said. “Once I learned how that network felt about Black Lives Matter, I was disgusted and knew it was completely unacceptable to me. Our players matter to me.”Hubbard's initial Tweet got support from other Black players and former Black players, leading to an internal review.
Ex-Kings TV announcer sues radio station for firing him over 'ALL LIVES MATTER" tweet
'ALL LIVES MATTER,' Napear responded. Napear resigned from his position as Kings television announcer amid uproar over the comment, but was fired by Sacramento's KTHK Sports 1140, which broadcast his AM radio show. Now Napear is suing Bonneville International, the radio station's parent company, insisting his statement was misconstrued. Although he was fired 'for cause,' Napear insists the station never explained why he was fired. Napear resigned from his position as Kings television announcer amid uproar over the comment, but was fired by Sacramento's KTHK Sports 1140, which broadcast his AM radio show.
'She Started Screaming': Controversial Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Spars with Liz Cheney on House Floor
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene; Rep. Liz CheneyTom Williams/CQ Roll Call via AP Images; Oliver Contreras/AP/Shutterstock Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (left), Rep. Liz CheneyDivisive Georgia lawmaker Marjorie Taylor Greene is again raising eyebrows for her behavior after getting into a verbal sparring match with fellow Republican Liz Cheney on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday. Story continues"Democrat Liz Cheney and Russia hoaxer Adam Schiff were giggling together and patting each other on the back in the well of the House. RELATED: GOP Women's Group Blasts Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert as 'Carnival Barkers'Before being elected to Congress, Greene was filmed publicly badgering a teenage school shooting survivor. In the video, Greene calls Hogg a "coward" and falsely accuses him of being funded by liberal donors. Marjorie Taylor GreeneErin Scott-Pool/Getty Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneAnother video filmed at an unclear date, which appears to be taken inside a government office building, shows Greene following Hogg and asking if he "really thinks red flag gun laws" will prevent mass shootings.
‘You’re a joke’: Marjorie Taylor Greene clashes with Democrats over Jewish space lasers and alleged pro-Trump killer
“You’re a joke!” Ms Greene yelled at Ms Cheney before getting the same insult in return. Ms Greene asked Mr Raskin, who was the lead prosecutor in the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, when he would investigate Black Lives Matter protest violence. “This is a joke,” Ms Greene said in response to Mr Raskin’s comment. Ms Cheney replied to Ms Greene calling her “a joke” and told her that she should go back to focusing on Jewish space lasers – a conspiracy theory the Georgia Republican referenced a few years ago that was widely mocked. You’re a joke!” Ms Greene shouted at Ms Cheney, returning the same insult, according to CNN.
Introduction to fact checking: How many legs does a dog have if you call its tail a leg?
Unfortunately, this also works in the other direction: Tell yourself daily that you are feeling ill, and you can alter your vital signs in a negative way. If you hear, “Black Lives Matter burned and destroyed Democrat-run cities in 2020,” that tail is not a leg. If you hear, “The Jan. 6 event was a group of peaceful and orderly tourists,” that tail is not a leg. If you hear, “COVID is no worse than the flu,” that tail is not a leg. That tail is not a leg, no matter how often authority figures and media sources say otherwise.
Right wing streamer confirmed as Capitol rioter after deleted footage surfaces
Christopher Brow films himself as he exits the clashes at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. Los Angeles based right wing live-streamer and union dolly grip Christopher Brow (who goes by WYSIWYG TV on social media) participated in the January 6th DC insurrection/Capitol riot. He also admits to being a supporter of the white supremacist group known as the Proud Boys (designated as domestic terrorists by Canada). pic.twitter.com/nB5yi5Zim5 — Vishal P. Singh (they/he) (@VPS_Reports) September 16, 2021“It is a civil war”Christopher Brow labels the insurrection as a civil war. — Vishal P. Singh (they/he) (@VPS_Reports) September 16, 2021I’ve included a download link to all of the deleted live-stream.
White sheriff facing criminal charges over confrontation with Black man delivering newspapers
After several minutes of being hunted by Troyer, Altheimer did the right thing: He stopped his car and asked Troyer why he was following him. Altheimer would tell the police that he felt afraid, so he got back into his car and started to drive away. I’m a Black man in a white neighborhood and I am working,” Altheimer told the officers. There is only one conclusion we can draw from that: Sheriff Troyer intended to do harm to Mr. Altheimer,” The Washington Black Lives Matter Alliance said in a statement demanding Troyer’s resignation. On the night of the event, after being frisked and questions, Altheimer asked the police, “What happens to him?
India Walton: Democrats Have “Gotten Very Comfortable Doing Nothing”
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer endorsed Walton this week, and Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is campaigning for Walton in Buffalo. You know, I was executive director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust and that happened because the community demanded it, right? I saw the community land trust model in your platform. So, the city of Buffalo definitely has a role to play in supporting the proliferation and success of community land trusts. And because we’ve allowed Democrats to coast for so long, largely going unchallenged, they’ve gotten very comfortable doing nothing, even when the people have placed a demand upon them.
Debut of Huey Newton bust spotlights an influential figure
At the California foundry that fired a bust of Black Panther Party co-founder Huey Percy Newton, his widow supervised as a bronze caster put finishing touches on what is to become the first permanent public art piece honoring the party in the city of its founding. “It just glowed, like he did,” Fredrika Newton said. “His skin just glistened.”The unveiling is scheduled for Sunday at Dr. Huey P. Newton Way and Mandela Parkway, near the spot where Newton was murdered in 1989. It comes as Panther alumni, descendants and others gathered to mark the 55th anniversary of a party that has long been both celebrated and vilified. Newton remains a divisive figure.
Steve Bannon says he has been 'sworn to silence' on contempt vote against him
She blasted the select House committee that demanded he appear as 'fake,' and defended his failure to comply with it. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) got into a heated exchange with Rep. Liz Cheney on the House floor during a vote to hold Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress. Jordan said the Jan. 6th committee, created to probe the Capitol riot, should be probing violence at Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. Nine Republicans including Cheney voted to hold Bannon in contempt of CongressSteve BannonThe tense conversation took place when the House voted 229-202 to hold Bannon in contempt. The Jan. 6th subpoenaed Bannon and is demanding he appear to answer questions about the 'Stop the Steal' rally.
Debut of Huey Newton bust spotlights an influential figure
Debut of Huey Newton bust spotlights an influential figureIt was the first time in decades that she’d seen his glow. “His skin just glistened.”The unveiling is scheduled for Sunday at Dr. Huey P. Newton Way and Mandela Parkway, near the spot where Newton was murdered in 1989. After meeting at a community college in Oakland, Newton and Seale founded the Black Panther Party for Self Defense in October 1966. And when you meet people like that, you don’t forget them.”ADVERTISEMENTAlthough it had been in decline for several years, the Black Panther Party didn’t fold until 1982. “I would like for people to see him as a total human being,” said Newton, co-founder of the Dr. Huey P. Newton Foundation.
A remarkable shift in attitudes leaves U.S. even more divided on race
Former President Obama owed his 2008 and 2012 victories in large part to a decent showing among non-college-educated white voters in the upper Midwest. As a result, attitudes about race and identity aren’t a secondary issue in political life; they’re central to it. Since then, the U.S. has seen a rapid shift in views on race, one that accelerated during Trump’s tenure. Among Democrats, the change in attitudes cut across all racial groups, but the biggest movement came among white Democrats, the numbers show. On each of four questions about attitudes on race that the study tracked, the views of Black and white Democrats are now almost identical.
Lewis Hamilton, Formula One's voice and conscience
(CNN) On a karting track in southeast England, an eight-year-old Lewis Hamilton has the measure of his rivals. No world champion in F1 history has used his stature like Hamilton, the sport's first and only Black world champion in its 70-year history. Willy T. Ribbs, the first Black driver to test an F1 car and compete in Indy 500, describes Hamilton as "the band leader." "He'll be remembered for lots of reasons, you simply cannot deny the force of Lewis Hamilton." Richards adds: "We're going to see a lot more of Lewis Hamilton after his career has finished.
Lana Del Rey, Blue Banisters, review: perhaps we don’t know this star as well as we thought
Over the last 18 months, Lana Del Rey has weathered more than a mere pandemic. Del Rey has done the opposite. Blue Banisters is her second album release in just seven short months, a defiant statement that it’s still business as usual for the LA-based singer-songwriter. This eighth album is the freest Del Rey has yet sounded, both musically and lyrically. Obviously, Del Rey is as much at the mercy of pandemic-induced reflection as any of us.
Rarely-seen photographs capture life at the Port of London since early 19th century
The photograph is one of many taken in the early 20th century which are featuring in a new exhibition examining the impact of the Port of London on the UK's capital. Also featured in the exhibition are photos from West India Dock, Royal Albert Dock and London Docks. The image is one of many taken in the early 20th century which are featuring in a new exhibition examining the impact of the Port of London on our capital city. Claire Dobbin, curator, Museum of London, said: 'The port has had a profound impact on London - physically, economically and culturally. It was the third and final of the Royal Docks to be built.
Photographing Protests: The Truth on Being Ethical in the Heat of it All
Photographing Protests And EthicsI wouldn’t consider myself as someone who is known for photographing protests. Keen to dig deep into the ethical element of photographing protests, I turned to someone better positioned to comment than me. Being in London, the perfect ground for photographing protests, he was the ideal photographer to speak with about the topic. “Choosing What to DocumentTo me, deciding how to be ethical when photographing protests brings certain complications. I asked Calderon why photographing protests was important to him:“I choose to document protests because it’s an important job.
Three men wearing SCREAM masks point guns at workers at a Seattle hair salon
A hair salon in Seattle was robbed at gunpoint by three men wearing masks from the horror film Scream. Security footage, captured in the store in the Rainier Valley, showed the masked individuals entering the store at around 6.30pm on Sunday. The trio entered the store and began waving guns at the staff, telling them: 'Nobody move!' One of the masked men, wearing an all-black outfit, approached a member of staff and demanded to know where the store's money was kept. As of Monday, just 24 - or two percent - of Seattle Police Department officers had not shown proof of inoculation, a city spokesperson told Dailymail.com.
Black candidates for US Senate smash fundraising records for 2022 midterms
African American candidates running for the US Senate smashed campaign fundraising records over the past three months, raising hopes of transforming a body that remains overwhelmingly white. Photograph: Bonnie Cash/UPI/Rex/ShutterstockThe internet has enabled Black candidates to bypass the old networks by reaping small donations online. Elections such as Warnock’s in Georgia also proved the centrality of Black voters in the Democratic coalition. Therefore, the Black candidates are reaping the benefits not just at the ballot box, but also when it comes to fundraising and other key ingredients it takes to be successful in this business. I think that’s the difference.”But Heard noted: “The party has always known that Black voters are the most loyal voters to the Democratic party, and that’s been indisputable.
Cuba’s cultural counter-revolution: US gov’t-backed rappers, artists gain fame as ‘catalyst for current unrest’
As we will see, the rise of the San Isidro Movement is the latest chapter in the emerging playbook of intersectional imperialism. The strike was held inside inside the Old Havana home of the San Isidro Movement’s coordinator, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. They were complimented by two Havana-based San Isidro Movement members: hip-hop artists El Funky and Maykel “Osorbo” Castillo. Less than a month later, on July 11, Otero issued a call to take to the streets of Havana on behalf of the San Isidro Movement. That same day on Capitol Hill, the right-wing Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation honored the San Isidro Movement during its Captive Nations Week Summit.
Ex-NBA broadcaster ousted over 'All Lives Matter' tweet files wrongful termination suit
"And I said ‘all lives matter, every single one’, because I meant it. Hell yeah, the lives of Black people matter," Napear told FOX 40 Sacramento. Yeah, I make mistakes and if I make a mistake, I try to say that I’m sorry. But I’m not sorry for saying ‘all lives matter, every single one.’ I’m not sorry because I believe that every life is important. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHe had told the Sacramento Bee in June 2020 he thought he was educated on the Black Lives Matter movement but the backlash proved him wrong.
Breonna Taylor's drug dealer ex-boyfriend is offered probation for long list of crimes
Taylor's boyfriend at the time, Kenneth Walker, fired what he later called a warning shot. Police then shot Taylor five times and she died in her hallway. He wrote that he saw Glover leave Taylor’s apartment with a package in January 2020 and that he 'verified through a U.S. Postal Inspector' that Glover was getting drug packages at Taylor's apartment, according to the Washington Post. None of the officers who fired their guns in the raid that killed Taylor are still in the force.
Cheney calls Marjorie Taylor Greene a joke and says she should be 'focusing on Jewish space lasers'
And then she started screaming at us saying: "When are you going to start investigating murders over the summer and BLM?" He said he couldn't remember exactly how Cheney responded, but 'they got into a back and forth about Jewish space lasers.' One source familiar with the conversation said Marjorie Taylor Greene said Cheney was a joke, prompting the vice president's daughter to respond that Greene was a joke – then asking sarcastically 'if she needed to be focusing on her anti-Semitic space lasers.' Jordan said the Jan. 6th committee, created to probe the Capitol riot, should be probing violence at Black Lives Matter protests over the summer. The Jan. 6th subpoenaed Bannon and is demanding he appear to answer questions about the 'Stop the Steal' rally.
'You Oughta Know' these Broadway shows, with music from Alanis, Tina Turner and Bob Dylan
Here are four more shows that should be on every music fan's radar as Broadway reopens this fall. "'Tina – The Tina Turner Musical'Now playing at New York's Lunt-Fontanne Theater (205 W. 46th St.). "The Times They Are a-Changin'," a critically panned dance musical using Bob Dylan's catalog, closed in 2006 after less than two months on Broadway. "I didn't know much about musicals, and Bob Dylan's music didn't seem to be what I conceived of as Broadway music," says McPherson, who wrote "Girl from the North Country." "We ended up using a lot of those songs, and (Dylan's team) was happy for us to do it.
Dave Chappelle says he's open to talking about his anti-transgender comments to Netflix employees
Comedian Dave Chappelle said he's willing to sit down with Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest to his anti-transgender comments mentioned in his latest stand-up comedy special, The Closer. The comedian's representative told TMZ that Chappelle would be open to dialogue if Netflix employees actually want to reach out to him for a heart-to-heart discussion. Some were willing to identify themselves as Netflix employees, but all declined to provide their names. Meanwhile, Rose McGowan mocked the walkout and labelled Netflix employees as 'whiny'. '1) Dear Whiny U.S. @Netflix Employees, I hear your feelings got hurt by Dave Chapelle & upset @JoeRogan didn't get your fancy schools language memo.
Marjorie Taylor Greene confronts Liz Cheney and Jamie Raskin as tensions rise during contempt vote
(CNN) Drama on the House floor developed when Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Reps. Jamie Raskin and Liz Cheney as the House was voting on the criminal contempt resolution against Steve Bannon . Video of the House floor documents Greene approaching Raskin and Cheney. Raskin supplied more details after the fact, stating that Greene was asking him to investigate the violence surrounding Black Lives Matter protests. "What she said to me was, 'When are you going to do your investigation of the violence surrounding Black Lives Matter?' And I said, 'Like with Kyle Rittenhouse who went and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters?
David Byrne's American Utopia cast reflects on their Broadway return
David Byrne's American Utopia is back on Broadway — and everybody's coming to their house. American Utopia The cast of 'David Byrne's American Utopia' poses atop the St. James Theatre in New York City. American Utopia features Byrne singing songs that span his musical oeuvre with Talking Heads and beyond, as he and the band move constantly around the stage playing "untethered" instruments. David Byrne's American Utopia will play at the St. James Theatre through March 6, 2022. Chris Giarmo (vocals/dance): "Getting to return to making music with my American Utopia family feels like coming home.
Musicians on Musicians: Willow & Travis Barker
Musicians on Musicians: Willow & Travis Barker On shattering expectations, pop-punk therapy, rock’s resurgence, and the sweet surprises of collaborationWelcome to Rolling Stone’s 2021 Musicians on Musicians package, the annual franchise where two great artists come together for a free, open conversation about life and music. Once I really, really started getting into producing, my whole relationship with music changed, because I felt like I had full control over how I created. I think that’s one of the most inspiring parts of your journey for me. Playing the drums is really, really not easy, even though I’m doing, like, the most simple groove of all time. There’s a bunch of rap music that’s really, really good.
What it's like to be on the front lines of the school board culture war
So much so that local officials urged her to run for school board last year. School board members across the country are being threatenedAll over the country, local school board members, who are typically volunteers or serve for small stipends, have indeed been placed on the front line of a national culture war. NPR spoke to school board members in California, Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania, in addition to Watkins and a fellow board member in Georgia. The meeting that changed everythingThe May 20, 2021, school board meeting was a turning point for Watkins. In conversations with NPR, several school board members referred to these as "mini-insurrections" or "mini January 6ths."
Rahm Emanuel's big lie: What he told Senate about Laquan McDonald murder doesn't add up
It was the suppression of the video that was "politicized" — a suppression that was decisive in Emanuel's 2015 re-election as mayor. Crucially, they soon had access to dashcam video clearly showing that McDonald was veering away from Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot him repeatedly, including as McDonald lay on the ground. On April 7, 2015, Emanuel won the runoff by 56 to 44 percent. Under oath on Wednesday, Rahm Emanuel portrayed the 13-month suppression of the video as needed to safeguard the investigation's "integrity." In the few minutes he was afforded at yesterday's hearing, Merkley was correct to probe what Emanuel knew about the murder and when he knew it.
Were the Recent Haiti Kidnappings Business, Politics—or Both?
Let’s take a harder look at the kidnapping in Haiti that’s making the news this week. Every week in Haiti, there are many kidnappings—enlèvements not just of nurses or teachers or pediatricians but average people as well. What happens in Haiti stays in Haiti, if possible. Understand that you may be president, but the business people actually run Haiti, as they wish—as we wish. In Haiti, it seemed like a big deal: an American diplomat attacking American policy in a country on the verge of chaos.
On the John Deere Picket Line in Iowa With UAW Local 281
Subscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! For more from The Nation, check out our latest issueSubscribe to The Nation Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! D avenport, I owa—On day four of their strike, 50 John Deere and Company members of UAW Local 281 stood across a county road in front of the John Deere Plant Works near Highway 61 here on the northern edge of Davenport. Local restaurants are delivering food and drinks to the line and giving discounts to union members. Labor is still a player in the state, but isn’t a loud voice in the Iowa Democratic Party.
'You' Season 3 makes a case against performative activism
Season 3 brought more seat-grabbing twists courtesy of two frenzied characters, of course, but also touches upon the unexpected. For the first half of the season, Sherry and her minions are intent on isolating Love, the impeccable Victoria Pedretti. Sherry also acts as an embodiment of surface-level social media activism and performative activism, a term to describe support for a cause to up your social capital and reputation, without really doing the work needed to create meaningful change. Sherry's behaviour is symbolic of what performative activism does, in that it detracts from the cause at hand. Yet, Sherry's search drew publicity for herself and unwanted eyes on the family.
Neo-Nazis And Other White Supremacists Are Finally Going To Court Four Years After The Deadly “Unite The Right” Rally In Charlottesville
Zach D Roberts/NurPhoto via Getty Images Neo-Nazis and white supremacists march the night before the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. To date, only a few of the white supremacists involved in Charlottesville have been held accountable for the violence that transpired that day. They had gone with Blair’s coworker, Heyer, to join activists countering the white supremacists in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, 2017. They joined others in protesting against the white supremacists and suffered physical injuries and psychological trauma from the experience. Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images White supremacists form a shield wall on Aug. 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia.
'Grey's Anatomy' Offscreen Drama Revealed, Including Why Patrick Dempsey Left
When Patrick Dempsey hung up his Grey’s Anatomy scrubs in 2015, no one knew what to think. ABCThe 2007 fight between Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey, which led to the former’s firing, felt like the first major Grey’s drama to leak to the press. With the exception of Patrick Dempsey, [cast members] weren’t well known people. The way that Sandra left, and even the way Patrick left, felt more real and organic to the story, but that one didn’t. I really think she would come back home.
Black Boy Lane to Diversity Drive? Sadiq Khan plans £25,000 grants to change ‘offensive’ street names
Sadiq Khan has unveiled £25,000 grants to help people change street names as part of a diversity campaign launched following Black Lives Matter protests. The Mayor of London has announced a £1 million fund that will be shared out among community groups, including those wishing to campaign to alter potentially offensive road names. Grants of up to £25,000 will support groups through all aspects of the process of changing street names, which could include enlisting consultants and compensating residents. The Untold Stories fund is part of the Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm, which was established following Black Lives Matter protests to diversify artwork and statuary that came under scrutiny for commemorating figures linked to empire and slavery. ‘London's diversity is its greatest strength’Mr Khan said: “London’s diversity is its greatest strength but for far too long our capital’s statues, street names and buildings have only shown a limited perspective on our city’s complex history.
Meet GOP firebrand Michele Fiore who launched Nevada governor campaign with beer shooting video
The campaign commercial is not the first time Fiore has used guns to promote herself. Fiore co-wrote, produced (with second husband Nat Kaime) and starred in a low budget, semi-autobiographical film called Siren. Though she has issues with Black Lives Matter, she claims to have met with them and 'learned from their cause.' 'I think that all of us citizens — Black Lives Matter, ranchers' lives, everyone's lives — need to stand arm in arm and just say enough is enough,' Fiore said. Fiore said she planned approach the campaign similar to her previous political battles and wouldn´t work with Democrats if it meant compromising her positions.
Geophysicist targeted by woke mob warns that cancel culture leads to violence
'I am a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT cancelled because of an outrage mob on Twitter,' he wrote. Many progressives now argue that equity - equality of outcomes - is more important that equality - giving everyone the same opportunity.' Abbot was denied the opportunity to give the Carlson Lecture, which is devoted to 'new results in climate science' and hosted by MIT's Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Whereas 'equality' means giving everyone the exact same resources, 'equity' means distributing resources based on the needs of the recipients. They say that equality - which means giving everyone the same opportunity - is a fairer way of doing things.
Obama-appointed judge hearing Trump's bid to block Jan 6 docs called Capitol rioters a 'violent mob'
Overseeing the potentially landmark case is a 59-year-old Washington, DC judge who was appointed by Barack Obama in 2013. Already Chutkan is known for handing down sentences of at least 14 days for Capitol riot defendants who've entered her courtroom. During the sentencing hearing of Capitol rioter Mazzocco, she condemned the Trump supporters as a 'very real danger' to democracy, CNN reported. An earlier case of Chutkan's made headlines in 2019 when she sentenced Russian spy Maria Butina to 18 months in prison for conspiring to infiltrate the National Rifle Association. Judge Chutkan will be overseeing another Capitol riot case today.
BBC comedy costume trailer plunges into Bristol harbour
A production spokesman for The Outlaws said: "An accident occurred involving one of our production vehicles. "We are investigating what happened and working on removing the vehicle as quickly and safely as possible." Phil Worgan, who was staying on a boat nearby, said he heard shouting and a big crash at the time. "On arrival, crews found one HGV submerged in the water, the driver had already made it to safety," he said. "The lorry is now secure and firefighters remain on scene to assist the recovery company in removing the vehicle."
Ron Johnson places 'hold' on Biden nominee to oversee prosecutions related to Jan. 6 insurrection
Johnson, who questioned whether an armed insurrection occurred at the Capitol, and others placed a hold on the nomination of Matthew Graves, a former prosecutor who works for the law firm DLA Piper. Johnson is using the hold as leverage until the Biden administration answers questions about how it is handling prosecutions of people who participated in the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol. Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, Tommy Tuberville of Alabama and Rick Scott of Florida also signed the letter. “The Biden administration has been completely unresponsive to oversight and lacks transparency not only to Congress but to the American people," a Johnson spokeswoman said. Graves' nomination passed on a voice vote through the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee but is still waiting for full confirmation by the Senate.
This is what Black female leadership looks like (and what organizations can do to tap that power)
And conversely, no amount of positioning Black women as external-facing representatives of an organization’s diversity efforts will yield the results and power inherent in the Black female leader. So, what should organizations do to tap the leadership power of Black women? Redefining what leadership is while uncovering and eliminating bias and ignorance around ideas of Black leadership are crucial. Increasing representation will not only require organizations to confront their biases but will demand a redefinition of what leadership looks like because the Black female leadership pipeline is rooted in different soil. However, the persistent lack of familiarity with Black women leaders and what Black women leadership looks like takes a powerful skill set and renders it invisible.
Karrueche Tran goes braless in a sheer green dress at Doja Cat's birthday party
Karrueche Tran attended Doja Cat's underwater-themed 26th birthday party in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Hitting glitzy restaurants Catch and Delilah's, the actress, 33, sent temperatures soaring as she showcased her ample assets in a a green sheer thigh-split maxi dress. Opting to conceal her nipples with a pair of pink-and-green dazzling pads, she certainly turned up the heat while going braless for the jaw-dropping appearance. Sensational: Karrueche Tran went braless in a sheer halter-neck green dress as she made a jaw-dropping arrival at Doja Cat's underwater-themed birthday party on Wednesday in Los AngelesFlashing her toned midriff in the semi-transparent number, the brunette beauty coordinated her ensemble with a pair of lace-up heels, while clutching a a mint purse. Thank you to the Academy and to the other nominees,' Tran added.
Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell review – the case for defunding the police
One of the more controversial demands that came out of the Black Lives Matter protests last year was that those in power should “defund the police”. They tend to forget that often we are those victims, those survivors of violence.”In addition to drawing on her own life, Purnell makes the case for abolition from a historical standpoint. From pepper-spraying Occupy Wall Street protesters to indiscriminately teargassing Black Lives Matter marches, police responses, Purnell argues, are designed to be excessive and indiscriminate – a hammer to which everything looks like a nail. “By disaggregating homicides into digestible social problems,” Purnell argues, one can “eradicate the root causes”. This may seem utopian and abstract, but Purnell makes it tangible by backing it up with data on the routes to offending.
Greg Gutfeld: We are our own enemy now, and we don’t have to lift a weapon
China may have just launched a hypersonic weapon, but we're killing them in so many other areas. Fact is, that hypersonic weapon only exposed the folly of our priorities. We are our very own enemy now, and we don’t even have to lift a weapon. A nuclear weapon can destroy a city, but just one woke warrior can destroy everything without blowback radiation. This article is adapted from Greg Gutfeld's opening monologue on the October 20, 2021 edition of "Gutfeld!"
The Dishonest and Harmful Right-Wing Attack on American School Boards
CommentaryYou’ve probably seen videos of angry parents and activists accosting school board members and turning school board meetings into culture-war battlegrounds. On the very day that “On Point” covered the attack on school boards, the Heritage Foundation’s “news” service, The Daily Signal, claimed in an email that the National School Boards Association had asked President Biden “to treat concerned parents as domestic terrorists.” The letter did not do that, of course. Nobody—including the Justice Department—wants to investigate parents for showing up at school board meetings to express their opposition to school policies. It’s harmfulThe right-wing attack on school boards stokes division and is harmful to students, educators, and communities. The campaign against “critical race theory” in school isn’t just remaining in school board meetings either.
Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; 'Trans lives matter'
Alex Viega and Lynn ElberAssociated PressLos Angeles — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle's special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. Some were willing to identify themselves as Netflix employees, but all declined to provide their names. "I want trans representation on the Netflix board, this (expletive) week,” the writer-director said. Leia Figueroa, a student from Los Angeles, doesn't work at Netflix but said she wanted to back the walkout. Opposite them were those carrying signs that included “Black Trans Lives Matter” and “Transphobia is not Funny."
Chapelle special spurs Netflix walkout; ‘Trans lives matter’
People protest outside the Netflix building on Vine Street in the Hollywood section of Los Angeles, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday. Critics and supporters of Dave Chappelle's Netflix special and its anti-transgender comments gathered outside the company's offices Wednesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Netflix employees who walked out Wednesday in protest of Dave Chappelle’s special and its anti-transgender comments were joined by allies who chanted “Trans lives matter,” getting pushback from counterprotesters who also showed up. Some were willing to identify themselves as Netflix employees, but all declined to provide their names.
‘The Bachelorette’: Michelle Young Proves Why She’s a Lead for Our Time
There’s a moment in each season of The Bachelor or Bachelorette when a lead lives up to their ABC-anointed title. But for Michelle Young, who stars in season 18 of The Bachelorette, that moment occurred just an hour into her reign. Coleman plays coy, but Young later informs cohosts Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe, “We chatted back and forth about basketball, and then he ghosted me.”While the admission is endearingly relatable, it’s in the pair’s conversation that Young proves she’s a Bachelorette worth paying attention to. It would’ve been easy for Young to accept Coleman’s explanation, no questions asked, for fear of minimizing his feelings. That’s it.” Young and Coleman then discuss the stigmatization Black men can receive for seeking therapy, before parting ways.
Parents in Michigan, Virginia sue DOJ over response to school board threats
Now, some of those parents with children in the Loudoun County Public Schools and Saline Area Schools in Michigan are turning their attention to a new foe: Attorney General Merrick Garland. Officials in Saline declined to comment, while Loudoun County did not immediately respond to an email about the suit. Neither the Loudoun County Public Schools nor the Saline Area Schools are named as defendants in the suit. In July, Saline Area Schools Superintendent Steve Laatsch told school board members that critical race theory was not being taught in the district. The Loudoun County Public Schools said in March that it has not adopted critical race theory.
Paddy Steinfort and the Craft of Mental Performance Coaching
The 41-year- old former Australian Rules football player and physiotherapist turned mental performance coach likens this approach to nudging a ballplayer who’s rehabbing a knee injury off-balance as he tries to throw and catch a ball. Like many mental performance coaches, Steinfort is not a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist, though he is trained to spot signs of mental illness and make referrals to other professionals. In the NBA, for example, the Mavs hired the league’s first full-time mental skills coach around the turn of the century. Despite evidence showing the benefits of mental skills training for athletes, coaches and owners aren’t exactly known for embracing innovation. Steinfort got his big break from Eagles coach Chip Kelly, who hired him as a performance coach in ’15 to teach rookies resilience education.
Writing Through the Moment
Photo: ELIZABETH FISHER/ Paramount+This past season of The Good Fight, Baranski didn’t agree with a major plot turn for her character. Consider the season-four opening of The Good Fight: Diane imagines a world in which Hillary Clinton won the election. She is the show’s engine and guiding principle, and she is written as an essentially good person fighting the good fight from the inside. (The Good Fight writers’ room has two Black writers; the Evil room has four.) Like Diane, Kristen isn’t framed as an anti-hero, but a flawed hero we’re meant to care for.
Dem interrogates Biden's Ambassador to Japan pick Rahm Emanuel over Laquan McDonald cop shooting
Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was grilled about the police murder of Laquan McDonald at a Senate hearing on Wednesday, seven years since the day of the black teen's death. Despite his scandal-ridden tenure as mayor Emanuel has been publicly backed by the White House and a number of other senators, both Republican and Democrat. '7 years ago today, Laquan McDonald was murdered by a police officer in Chicago. 'Laquan McDonald should be alive today. Jones' fellow New York Rep. Jamaal Bowman said, 'We need justice for Ahmaud Arbery and Laquan McDonald.
Two New York lawyers plead guilty to firebombing NYPD car with Molotov cocktails
Two New York lawyers pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal charges for their roles in a Molotov cocktail attack targeting an NYPD vehicle during May 2020 Black Lives Matter protests sparked by George Floyd's death. 'I deeply regret my conduct and wish I had made better choices on that night,' Mattis said. Rahman also expressed regret, and both acknowledged that they would likely be disbarred as a result of their guilty pleas. Rahman and Mattis had agreed not to appeal any sentence of five years or less. The Molotov cocktail hit an NYPD cruiser, parked near the 99th Precinct in Fort Greene.
Multimillionaire counterrevolutionary: Mark R. Levin’s new book ‘American Marxism’
This is the role played by Mark R. Levin, whose newest tome 'American Marxism' provides squawking points for the radically neo-fascist, lumpen Republican Party. The new reality of the Republican Party threatens the very foundations of American democracy. Like a bad senior thesisLevin’s American Marxism is written for that constituency like a bad senior thesis in American political history. American Marxism is a textbook example of how an agitator mobilizes his followers to engage in extreme acts of political violence and other disruptions. American Marxism’s polarizing rhetoric and mischaracterization of the American left essentially put a target on the back of everyone left-of-center.
Hacked Oath Keepers Records Show Active Members Of Law Enforcement And The Military Tried To Join The Group After Jan. 6
In the days after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, the Oath Keepers gained notoriety almost overnight as a symbol of right-wing extremism in America. Two weeks later, someone named Benjamin Payne wrote to the Oath Keepers, identifying himself as “active LEO” — or law enforcement officer — and a “lifetime member” of the group. Throughout 2021, as federal cases against members of the Oath Keepers continue to grow, interest among some in law enforcement or the military has not appeared to wane. Two members of the Oath Keepers handling the group’s IT in that period saw their inboxes swamped by members complaining that they couldn’t log in or had other technical problems. The records also reveal significant anti-government sentiment from the Oath Keepers' members, unwillingness to accept the results of the presidential election, and sustained interest from active duty police and military service members.
Navy nuclear engineer accused of attempting to sell submarine secrets pleads not guilty
The Navy nuclear engineer accused of attempting to pass Navy secrets to a foreign government pleaded not guilty on national security charges. Jonathan Toebbe pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in a West Virginia federal courtroom, Fox News learned. Both he and his wife, Diana Toebbe, were indicted by a Grand Jury Tuesday on national security charges. US NAVY ENGINEER AND WIFE INDICTED FOR ATTEMPTING TO SELL NUCLEAR SUBMARINE SECRETSAn unsealed criminal complaint alleges that Jonathan Toebbe contacted a foreign nation in April 2020 to sell U.S. Navy submarine secrets. "Our nuclear submarine force provides a significant military capability for the United States.
Five dozen NYPD officers should be disciplined for misconduct during George Floyd protests says police watchdog
More than five dozen NYPD officers should be disciplined, and some possibly sacked, for alleged misconduct during the George Floyd protests of 2020, a police watchdog has said. New York City’s Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB) has condemned the NYPD’s aggressive response to the protests, during which officers were recorded using violence to control peaceful crowds. Hundreds of misconduct allegations were investigated by the board after the protests, which included improper use of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and making untruthful statements. The other 28 officers were accused of less serious misconduct but could still lose vacation days or have to participate in mandatory training. “It’s time for the NYPD to stop allowing CCRB to use its disciplinary process as a political tool.”
No, Black People Can’t Be “Racists”
White racist prejudices in the U.S. are fundamentally linked to white supremacist systems that oppress Black people. So, they created Black myths of white inferiority, white bestiality, white stupidity, white sub-personhood. Eminent Black philosophers, naturalists and taxonomists from Africa wrote entire treaties on white debauchery, and Black superiority, Black beauty and the Black man’s burden. As Black people continue in a state of denial, white people are trying their best to teach Black people about Black privilege and systemic Black racism. To maintain that Black people can be racist is as absurd as comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the KKK.
An arrest at the George Floyd protests: Mel D Cole’s best photograph
I took this on the first day of the protests in Foley Square, New York, following the murder of George Floyd. But with something like this, of course you still want the best shot – but it was no time to be selfish. The protests are going to define this generation and, I hope, those to come. Now I’ve realised that I can’t go back in time and I don’t need to. American Protest: Photographs 2020-2021 by Mel D Cole is out nowMel D ColeMel D Cole’s CVBorn: Syracuse, New York, 1976.
Theatre staff forced to read about ‘white fragility’
Theatre staff will be made to read about “white fragility” in a compulsory book club launched to educate employees on racismStaff at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester will take part in the “mandatory” club launched in response to Black Lives Matter protests, as the converted cotton exchange addresses its historical links to slavery. Members of the compulsory club will meet monthly to discuss tracts on racism, including White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, which argues that “white people raised in Western society are conditioned into a white supremacist worldview”. The aim of the club is for staff to “educate themselves and one another on the barriers faced by marginalised communities to accessing theatre and the arts”, according to a statement from the theatre. It has been launched alongside other initiatives, including anti-racism training for staff, as part of a new project by the publicly funded charitable organisation to “kill the disease of racism”. As well as tackling issues of racism, the book club will also seek to educate staff on ageism and ableism in its choice of reading material.
Ivy League feeder school in Massachusetts disinvites Nikole Hannah-Jones from speaking to students
The Middlesex School, a prestigious Ivy League feeder boarding school in Massachusetts, has blocked Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times writer and founder of the 1916 Project, from speaking on campus due to the 'noise' her presence would create. Last week, the school's Board of Trustees did release a public letter expressing its commitment to diversity and inclusion. 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.
Callista Gingrich: Don't cancel Catholic Saint Junípero Serra—celebrate him
While working as a philosophy professor in Spain, Junípero Serra felt called to evangelize the Americas. Junípero Serra lived and worked during a time when native people were seen as "barbarians" and "savages." To protect native women from being violated by military men, Serra set up missions four to five miles away from military presidios. In 2015, Pope Francis canonized Junípero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. as the first Hispanic American saint. Saint Junípero Serra should not be canceled.
NYC woman seen in viral video shouting racial insults at Asian restaurant patron
Later in the video, Ortiz piles on more racial slurs at Carino, calling her 'a f***ing ugly f***ing Mexican, f***ing Hawaiian, whatever the f*** you are,' and a 'Chinese little b****.' Carino wrote in a caption superimposed over the video that Ortiz's boyfriend was 'egging her on.' Carino wrote in a comment that the manager of Empanada Mama has since contacted her to issue an apology. Hinojoso posted a video from August 8, which appears to show Ortiz, cradling her Persian cat, yelling at ice cream shop patrons: 'You’re all 700 pounds, getting ice cream.' Hinojoso wrote that Ortiz has been known to harass the black-owned vegan ice cream parlor for displaying a Black Lives Matter sign.
Leaked Oath Keepers Data Shows At Least 28 Elected Officials Have Ties To The Group
There is no centralized US database of local officeholders, meaning the names of many officials could not be cross-checked against the Oath Keepers’ records. Most officials whom BuzzFeed News reached for comment agreed to discuss their links to the Oath Keepers. Others said they were initially attracted to the Oath Keepers because of the group's support for the Constitution and, in particular, the Second Amendment. Best known as the WWE wrestler Kane, Jacobs donated money to the Oath Keepers because he liked the group's views on the US Constitution. Chris Hooper, sheriff of Nueces County, Texas, joined the Oath Keepers at the "Liberty Tree" level of membership.
NYC woman seen in viral video shouting racial insults at Asian restaurant patron
Later in the video, Ortiz piles more racial on Carino, calling her 'a f***ing ugly f***ing Mexican, f***ing Hawaiian, whatever the f*** you are,' and a 'Chinese little b****.' Carino wrote in a caption superimposed over the video that Ortiz's boyfriend was 'egging her on.' Carino wrote in a comment that the manager of Empanada Mama has since contacted her to issue an apology. Hinojoso posted a video from August 8, which appears to show Ortiz, cradling her Persian cat, yelling at ice cream shop patrons: 'you’re all 700 pounds, getting ice cream.' Hinojoso wrote that Ortiz has been known to harass the black-owned vegan ice cream parlor for displaying a Black Lives Matter sign.
Madison Cawthorn wants parents to raise their boys as monsters. Beware
“If you are raising a young man, please raise them to be a monster.”His use of the word “monster” is instructive. It is no coincidence that Cawthorn, one of the most vocal proponents of the “big lie” that Donald Trump won the 2020 election, wants parents to raise monsters. Cawthorn himself proves that these embittered young men already exist, because he is one of them. That cause is the return of what they perceive to be the proper social order, with all other groups subservient to straight, white men. This army of masculine monsters is meant to savage each of these groups and anyone else who does not kowtow to the supremacy of the straight white man.
David Harewood breaks down as he meets Viscount Lascelles whose ancestors enslaved his family
Actor David Harewood broke down in tears after discovering the names of his four-times great grandparents and having an extraordinary conversation with The Earl of Harewood, whose ancestors enslaved them. He met with Viscount David Lascelles, 70, the 8th Earl of Harewood who is the Queen's godson and first cousin once removed. While David had explored some of his family tree, he had never known the names of his enslaved ancestors until meeting with local genealogist Pat Stafford in St Philip. Upon returning to the UK, David went to Harewood house to meet with Viscount David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, 70. Upon returning to the UK, David went to Harewood House (pictured) to meet with David Lascelles, 8th Earl of Harewood, 70.
Jim Davidson walks out of Ashley Banjo interview after being challenged over ‘racist’ Diversity dance reaction
Jim Davidson walked out of his interview with Diversity star Ashley Banjo when the latter accused him of holding “inherently racist views” over his reaction to the dance troupe’s tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. Banjo said: “As far as I’m concerned, that video you made about Diversity it was…it was racist in every way. Every single way.”“If I was talking about you it would be personal rather than be racist,” responded Davidson. I support Black Lives Matter. I don’t support Black Lives Matter the movement, I support the statement.
Ashley Banjo holds Jim Davidson accountable for ‘racist’ Diversity remarks in sit-down interview
Ashley Banjo has held Jim Davidson accountable for “disgusting” comments he made about Diversity in a tense sit-down interview. In Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White, which aired on ITV on Tuesday (19 October), the dancer revealed that Davidson agreed to have a “real, direct, honest” conversation “after weeks of negotiation”. In September 2020, Davidson, 68, faced backlash after criticising the dance troupe’s performance on Britain’s Got Talent, which paid tribute to Black Lives Matter following the killing of George Floyd. Banjo told Davidson: “As far as I’m concerned, that video you made about Diversity it was… it was racist in every way. “Why was his colour relevant?” Banjo asked, to which Davidson told him he was “talking b****cks”, stating: “Oh Jesus, this is f***ing crazy”.
National Conservative group files lawsuit against Wellesley Public Schools
A Washington D.C.-based conservative group and three local families filed a federal lawsuit against Wellesley Public Schools Tuesday, alleging that the district violates white students’ civil rights and squashes free speech. AdvertisementThe families are identified only as having children enrolled in the Wellesley Public Schools, according to the lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston. An email from the Wellesley Public Schools inviting students to a "Healing Space" was subject to a federal civil rights complaint from Parents Defending Education in May. Parents Defending EducationFour Wellesley administrators named in the lawsuit, including Superintendent David Lussier, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Parents Defending Education asked the court to eliminate both the racial affinity group and biased speech policies.
Netflix employees join wave of tech activism with walkout over Chappelle controversy
“Three years ago, a worker walkout at a major tech company would have been unthinkable,” said Veena Dubal, a labor law professor at the University of California, Hastings. Walkouts have become an increasingly common tactic among tech employees. Kutch noted tech employees studied other protest movements to determine the most effective forms of action, learning, for example, to release specific demands tied to their walkouts. Organizers have particularly taken aim at the tools tech companies had long used to keep dissent internal. Other whistleblowers have narrated how their lives were upended by speaking out against major tech companies.
Judge finds Ontario women were defamed in social media firestorm over alleged George Floyd post
Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Advertisement Story continues below This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. At the time, there were some notorious social media posts called the “George Floyd challenge” where participants would kneel on each other. As the attacks came in, Shania posted an apology on her own social media, but insisted people were misunderstanding what happened. Article content Isak’s lawyer, Cedric Nahum, said they intend to appeal the decision, and argued the screenshot was not taken out of context.
Murder trial for the killing of Ahmaud Arbery begins with jury selection in Georgia
Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and their neighbor William "Roddie" Bryan Jr. are charged with malice and felony murder and have pleaded not guilty. Jury selection in their state trial began Monday in a Glynn County courtroom, where the three defendants sat next to their own counsel. According to the Glynn County Clerk of Superior and Magistrate Court, 600 potential jurors have been summoned to appear in an offsite location Monday, and the jurors will be placed in panels of 20 once they make their way to the Glynn County Superior Court. Bryan, who recorded the video, allegedly hit Arbery with his truck after he joined the McMichaels in chasing Arbery. How we got hereDemonstrators protest the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery at the Glynn County Courthouse on May 8, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia.
Los Gatos: Protesters gather in front of mayor, vice mayor’s homes during virtual council meeting
LOS GATOS – A group of protesters who disrupted a Town Council meeting earlier this month gathered outside the homes of Mayor Marico Sayoc and Vice Mayor Rob Rennie during Tuesday evening’s virtual council meeting, Rennie announced during the session. Tensions boiled over at the Oct. 5 in-person council meeting when the protesters lodged personal attacks against Sayoc’s family, prompting a shouting exchange between them and the mayor’s husband, Jeffrey Scott. After police closed down the council chambers at that meeting and sent everyone home, the council decided to hold future meetings on Zoom. So instead of the council chambers, the protesters showed up outside the homes of Sayoc and Rennie’s on Tuesday night. During the meeting, town attorney Robert Schultz said he told police to cite anyone in violation of a rule that prohibits picketing at a residence — a misdemeanor.
Jury Acquits Protester Accused in Assault on Wisconsin Lawmaker
After the protest, Senator Carpenter posted a 12-second video on Twitter, which showed two women charging toward him. He said last year that he had been punched and kicked in the head, neck and ribs by eight or 10 people. He was treated at a hospital for injuries to his head, neck, nose and ribs. Senator Carpenter did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday night. Senator Carpenter testified that he didn’t believe Mx.
Fuelled by anti-immigrant rhetoric, racism still serious issue in Czech stands
Rangers asked UEFA to act, claiming the booing was racially motivated, but UEFA dropped the investigation over "insufficient evidence" last week. - Security threat -While Czech football authorities did not comment on the issue, football pundit Ludek Madl from the Seznam Zpravy news website said they took a lukewarm approach to racism. - 'Rotten fruit' -The poor reputation of Czech fans appeared to even extend to the children booing Kamara as Sparta faced Rangers late last month. Scottish FA adviser Michael Bartley likened Czech fans to "rotten fruit", which led Czech Foreign Minister Jakub Kulhanek to summon the British ambassador to Prague to complain. "There is a broad conviction among Czech fans that the West is overdoing the problem of racism, while we have a more balanced approach.
Rahm Emanuel’s Confirmation Hearing Falls On Laquan McDonald’s Death Anniversary
The Senate is set to hold its confirmation hearing for former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday ? the seventh anniversary of the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald that Emanuel notoriously covered up. Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is set to appear before the Senate on Oct. 20, 2021, for his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan. This week’s hearing is emblematic of Rahm Emanuel’s complete disregard for Black lives, and his continued disrespect to a family he’s already harmed so gravely. Calloway is among the activists calling on the Senate to reject Rahm Emanuel's nomination as President Joe Biden’s ambassador to Japan. … Forget if Rahm Emanuel is or isn’t qualified, when do we start asking ourselves if these politicians are deserving?” she said.
Jury acquits woman accused in attack on Wisconsin lawmaker
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A jury on Tuesday acquitted a woman accused of sparking an attack on a Wisconsin state senator who was filming a Black Lives Matter protest outside the Capitol last year. Kerida O’Reilly, 34, of Madison, was found not guilty of felony substantial battery and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. She was accused of rushing toward Democratic Sen. Tim Carpenter in a move that prompted other people to start hitting and kicking him. O'Reilly and a co-defendant, Samantha Hamer, contended they were merely trying to get Carpenter to stop filming the protests. Hamer entered a no contest plea last month to a disorderly conduct civil law violation, which is not a criminal charge.
Furious Range Rover-driving mother who rammed Insulate Britain activists
A furious mother who rammed Insulate Britain activists with her Range Rover after they blocked the road as she tried to take her son to school has been revealed as an entrepreneur who started her own food business during lockdown. Sherrilyn Speid, 34, from Purfleet, Essex, was filmed driving her car into Insulate Britain protesters. Today, an injunction granted to Transport for London against Insulate Britain protesters has been extended by a High Court judge. It said: 'Insulate Britain would like to take this opportunity to profoundly acknowledge the disruption caused over the past five weeks. 'Ahead of COP26, Insulate Britain will suspend its campaign of civil resistance until Monday 25th October.
Biden’s pick to lead CBP gets grilled during Senate confirmation hearing
asked Chris Magnus if the situation at the border constituted a crisis during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Finance Committee. “Let me assure you that no one believes there is greater urgency to this matter than I do,” Magnus replied. “What number of illegal crossings would you consider to be a crisis?” Young asked. ?Chris Magnus testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on his nomination to be the next US Customs and Border Protection commissioner, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. ??Chris Magnus talks with Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., after a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.
US Navy engineer and wife indicted for attempting to sell nuclear submarine secrets
The Maryland couple accused of attempting to pass secret Navy secrets to a foreign government were indicted by a Grand Jury Tuesday on national security charges. Jonathan and Diana Toebbe are both charged with one count of "Conspiracy to Communicate Restricted Data" and two counts of "Communication of Restricted Data," according to a Department of Justice press release Tuesday. According to the release, 42-year-old Jonathan Toebbe sold "Restricted Data" concerning the design of nuclear-powered waships for almost a year with the help of his 45-year-old wife, Diana Toebbe. Once there, Toebbe placed a concealed SD card at the location while his wife acted as a lookout. After retrieving the SD card, the undercover agent sent Toebbe a $20,000 cryptocurrency payment in return for the decryption key for the SD Card, which contained Restricted Data concerning nuclear reactors.
This season of 'The Bachelorette' may solve the franchise's identity crisis
“I’m ready to fall in love!” Michelle Young declares in a glossy spot promoting the new season of ABC’s reality flagship, which premieres today. For the first time, a “Bachelor” series will feature a Black lead, a Black co-host — former Bachelorette Tayshia Adams — and a Black executive producer. Thurston also was a contestant on James’ season. I wanted to make sure that Michelle Young, whoever she is, was coming across in this authentic way. I’m looking forward to this season more than any season in a really, really long time.”
Eoin Morgan ready to drop himself if necessary to boost England's T20 World Cup chances
Eoin Morgan returns to action for England on Wednesday insisting he would drop himself if he thought it would help his team win the Twenty20 World Cup. Morgan, who still led Kolkata Knight Riders to last week’s final, has also only mustered 82 runs in seven T20 innings for England this year. Asked whether he would ever leave himself out of his own side, Morgan replied: ‘It’s always an option. I’m not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. But the chance to complete a World Cup double, following the home 50-over success in 2019, is acting as a major motivation for Morgan.
Police kill Florida teen who was pointing air rifle at pedestrians
Florida police shot and killed a teenager over the weekend , who appeared to be holding a military-style assault rifle that turned out to be a non-lethal air-powered pellet gun. Officers in Tarpon Springs, Florida, were summoned on Saturday night after receiving reports of a white male pointing what appeared to be an AK-47-style rifle at passing cars filled with people on a busy stretch of road. After warning the individual, later identified as 17-year-old Alexander King, to drop his weapon, two officers fired 12 shots at the boy, who died later that night in an area hospital. Social media posts from the teen show him posing with friends, spending time outside, and discussion his excitement around purchasing a new air rifle. “The Pinellas County Schools community is saddened by the passing of one of our students at Tarpon Springs High School," schools spokesperson Isabel Mascareñas said in a statement following the shooting.
Trump complains about Thomas Jefferson statue being 'evicted' from NY City Hall
Former President Donald Trump warned that Benjamin Franklin, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington would soon be cancelled after a New York City commission voted to remove a statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall. 'The late, great Thomas Jefferson, one of our most important Founding Fathers, and a principal writer of the Constitution of the United States, is being "evicted" from the magnificent New York City Council Chamber.' On Monday, the New York City Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove the statue of Jefferson before the end of the year. The statue of Thomas Jefferson, who is controversial as a slave owner, will be removed from New York's City Hall by the end of the yearA plaque on the statue of former President Thomas Jefferson is pictured in the council chambers in City Hall after a vote to have it removedTrump said he believed it was a slippery slope. I wonder, is George Washington next week and is it Thomas Jefferson the week after?'
Covering the Drama of the N.B.A., On and Off the Court
During the first year of the pandemic, in 2020, she reported from inside the bubble, in Orlando; last season, she provided sideline coverage of the N.B.A. Well, I mean, when you get down to it, the nitty-gritty, it is a “personal decision” whether or not to get vaccinated, but it isn’t a personal decision in the effect that it has. But the fact of the matter is we know that vaccines help curb the pandemic, and that’s important. So I think there are a lot of reasons, but ninety-five per cent of the N.B.A. It comes from a place of “I’ve been there.” In the N.B.A., there haven’t been that many serious cases of COVID-19.
Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, Blake Horstmann Quotes About Relationship
Bachelorette fans have been rooting for Becca Kufrin and Blake Horstmann to reunite ever since her split from Garrett Yrigoyen — and they are giving Bachelor Nation a taste of what they want! Horstmann was the runner-up on Kufrin’s season 14 of The Bachelorette, which aired in 2018. “But it wasn’t necessarily when I saw Becca or I talked to Becca. That’s what changed for me.”Kufrin and Yrigoyen split during the summer of 2020 after more than two years together. As speculation about their relationship continues, scroll through for everything Kufrin and Horstmann have said about their post-show relationship:
Ashley Banjo: Britain in Black and White, review: a righteous cause aimed at the wrong targets
Just over a year ago, the dance group Diversity went on Britain’s Got Talent to perform a Black Lives Matter-inspired routine. Seven months later the routine won the Bafta Must-see Moment, chosen via public vote. In Britain in Black and White (ITV), Ashley Banjo, Diversity’s leader, used the binary reaction to his routine as a prompt to look for some answers. If it looks like racism, and smells like racism… Yet there were still 40 minutes to go. He sought out everyone from Alesha Dixon to Jim Davidson to get their thoughts on the matter.
Royal Opera House pledges to review classic works for ‘cultural sensitivities’
For centuries the spectacle of opera has transported audiences from Mozart’s Ottoman seraglios to Bizet’s Spanish bullrings. But the Royal Opera House has now pledged to reexamine classic works to make sure future performances account for “cultural sensitivities”. The staging, casting, and costumes of classic works will all be reviewed as the Royal Opera House (ROH) seeks to address what it has branded its own “flawed” history. The home to both The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet is now “taking a fresh look at much of our repertory, including productions which engage with different cultures historically”. The ROH said: “Our repertory contains a raft of work both contemporary and historical.
Why We Still Fear the Police
I was asked to leave my vehicle and sit in the passenger seat of the officer’s vehicle as he ran a check on my license and insurance. I thought this was unusual but complied; my non-driver passenger was afraid for me and herself. Nearly one-third of all who were polled said relationships between the police and the community had worsened since the King beating; only 29% felt they had improved. I thought this was unusual but complied; my non-driver passenger was afraid for me and herself. My son is afraid to go out alone for fear he will be killed by the police.
The Proud Boys Are Coming for Public Schools
The insurrectionists were thwarted, but now extremist groups—including the Proud Boys—are aiming their threats and violence at a new target: public schools. In August, The Daily Beast reported that the Proud Boys are “teaming up with anti-maskers” to disrupt school board meetings and stage boisterous school protests. According to an NBC News analysis, there are “at least 165 local and national groups” connected to protests and incidents of threats and violence directed at public schools. Seen in that light, extremists who are storming public school boards aren’t just intent on overthrowing specific policies. Their goal is to undermine an institution that is fundamental to our democracy: public schools.
This Bachelorette Contestant Once Crashed The Stage At A Drake & Lil Wayne Concert
Confidence can help you go far on The Bachelorette, and that’s one thing Brandon Jones seems to have plenty of. According to his ABC bio, he once confidently hopped on stage during a Drake and Lil Wayne concert. Here’s everything else to know about Brandon ahead of his Bachelorette debut. Brandon is from the Pacific NorthwestSpecifically, Brandon is from Portland, and attended the University of Western Oregon in Monmouth. He graduated from Western Oregon in 2017 with a degree in business administration and management.
Race at forefront of jury questioning in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death
"We don’t believe this is a case about race," defense attorney Kevin Gough told the court Monday. But asked by attorneys, one prospective juror, a teacher, told the court she believed racism was a factor in Arbery’s killing. The court has not identified the race of any of the prospective jurors. One prospective juror, who appeared to be Black, told the court on Tuesday that he participated in racial justice demonstrations. "Everything that's in the media to know, I've heard," one prospective juror, a nurse, told the court Tuesday.
Anti-riot laws aren’t about curbing violence—they’re about stifling civil dissent
Arkansas, Florida, Iowa, Oklahoma, and Tennessee have now passed what proponents refer to as "anti-riot laws," with similar laws currently pending in 15 states, according to ICNL. Many of those arrested and charged with rioting during the 2016-2017 pipeline protests were Indigenous activists and journalists. Pipeline protesters convicted under this law could face a punishment of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both. In Eugene, the overwhelming majority of protesters charged with felony riot ended up taking plea offers that resulted in low-level misdemeanor convictions or diversion agreements. In 2019, a lawsuit from South Dakota organizers and the American Civil Liberties Union led to a judge blocking South Dakota's new "riot boosting" law.
Civil rights group files complaint on behalf of nearly 50 Haitian families abused in U.S. custody
“DHS’ failure to provide medical care led to at least one miscarriage,” the complaint said. Days later she suffered a miscarriage.” The complaint said that the couple had been separated by officials before the miscarriage. “This gross neglect to provide a pregnant woman medical care has only led to further traumatization for this family,” the complaint continued. “Haitian lives are Black lives and if we truly believe that Black Lives Matter, then there must be accountability. “Visceral anti-Black and anti-Haitian sentiments explain the gross miscarriage of justice experienced by Black Haitian families at the border at the hands of federal officials,” Lawyers for Civil Rights Executive Director Iván Espinoza-Madrigal said.
Race at forefront of jury questioning in trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death
"We don’t believe this is a case about race," defense attorney Kevin Gough told the court Monday. But asked by attorneys, one prospective juror, a teacher, told the court she believed racism was a factor in Arbery’s killing. The court has not identified the race of any of the prospective jurors. One prospective juror, who appeared to be Black, told the court on Tuesday that he participated in racial justice demonstrations. "Everything that's in the media to know, I've heard," one prospective juror, a nurse, told the court Tuesday.
Biden CBP pick Chris Magnus faced claims he discriminated against Black officers, made racist jokes
President Biden's pick to lead Customs and Border Protection (CBP) once faced allegations that he had discriminated against Black officers and made racist jokes at work – claims that were ultimately rejected by a jury and described by the nominee as "entirely bogus." IMMIGRATION HAWKS SAY BIDEN'S CBP PICK HAS ‘DOWNRIGHT DANGEROUS’ RECORD OPPOSING ENFORCEMENTA 2007 lawsuit filed by seven Black cops in Richmond, California, where Magnus was then police chief, alleged that officers were blocked from advancing and that Magnus made racist jokes. The jury sided with the police department and Magnus denied the claims against him. Two years later after the lawsuit was rejected, in 2014, Magnus drew controversy when he was pictured with a Black Lives Matter sign. On Tuesday, Magnus described the images as "troubling" while saying that conclusions should not be drawn until the investigation is complete.
Colin Powell's legacy among Black Americans remains complicated
He favored policies designed to keep young adults, especially Black Americans, out of the criminal justice system. He suspected that many Black Americans agreed. The program was eventually renamed the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Powell once said he wanted the next generation to have opportunities like he did, according to Andrew Rich, dean of the Colin Powell School. “Maybe they just disproportionately expect a Colin Powell to do more or be more than he needs to be.
Eoin Morgan: I will drop myself if it helps England win T20 World Cup
England captain Eoin Morgan has admitted that he could take the unprecedented step of dropping himself during the tournament if his form does not improve during the T20 World Cup. With Moeen Ali thrashing 43 not out from 20 balls against India in England’s opening World Cup warm-up game to further his claims for a place in the top six, Morgan’s spot at number six is coming under increased scrutiny. He said that he could consider dropping himself from England’s 11 later on in the World Cup if his form did not improve. “I’m not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. West Indies T20 captain Kieron Pollard last week told of his side’s plans to take the knee during the tournament, which sparked discussions with England over a joint gesture.
Ashley Banjo reveals he hid away after THAT controversial Diversity BLM dance on BGT
Ashley Banjo has reflected on Diversity's controversial Black Lives Matter routine, one year on from when it aired on Britain's Got Talent. Ofcom received more than 31,000 complaints from viewers after the dance troupe's political performance, choreographed after the tragic death of George Floyd. Speaking about the reaction to Diversity's performance, Ashley said: 'There was a moment where I hadn't left the house for weeks. In an interview with The Guardian, Ashley also discussed how he wasn't trying to 'make a political statement' when Diversity performed the BLM routine. It was the support from others which gave Ashley the courage to leave his house and explore the reaction to the performance.
New York Times guest essay attacks Parler over move to Nashville: 'My blue city isn't turning red'
A New York Times guest essay published Monday expressed disapproval with social media platform Parler's decision to move its headquarters from Nevada to Nashville, Tenn., declaring the "blue city" would never turn red despite the site's appeal to conservative users. "That fact should tell you all you need to know about the relationship between this city and our state government. "The very last thing this city needs is to become the headquarters of a social media site favored by the right-wingers who are most poisoned by lies and hatred and fear." "You may think that Nashville is just the biggest city in a very red state, Mr. Farmer, but it’s a lot more than that. And if you come here, you’ll find that we are fighting what Parler actually stands for with all we’ve got."
Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans
Through it all, Powell never seemed entirely comfortable talking about race, said Kevin Powell, a New York-based writer and rights activist who is not related to Colin Powell. There was never a sense that Colin Powell was one of us,” said Kevin Powell, who met him in the 1990s, when he was often discussed as a potential presidential candidate. The program was eventually renamed the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Powell once said he wanted the next generation to have opportunities like he did, according to Andrew Rich, dean of the Colin Powell School. “Maybe they just disproportionately expect a Colin Powell to do more or be more than he needs to be.
Elijah McClain's family settles lawsuit with Aurora, Colorado, over police confrontation
No additional details available about the settlement in Sheneen McClain's lawsuit. During the confrontation, McClain told police, "I can't breathe, please," which was recorded on police video. Aurora Officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard have been suspended without pay indefinitely, and Officer Jason Rosenblatt was fired. The group did not immediately respond to a request for comment about the settlement. The Aurora Fire Fighters Protective Association did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the indictment and the settlement.
Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans
Through it all, Powell never seemed entirely comfortable talking about race, said Kevin Powell, a New York-based writer and rights activist who is not related to Colin Powell. There was never a sense that Colin Powell was one of us,” said Kevin Powell, who met him in the 1990s, when he was often discussed as a potential presidential candidate. The program was eventually renamed the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Powell once said he wanted the next generation to have opportunities like he did, according to Andrew Rich, dean of the Colin Powell School. “Maybe they just disproportionately expect a Colin Powell to do more or be more than he needs to be.
Trump says he 'would have stopped the people from doing anything bad' if he had been at the Capitol on January 6
Trump told a journalist that he would've stopped his supporters from "doing anything bad" at the Capitol if he'd been there. He also recorded a video message telling the rioters that they were "very special." I think if I did go down there, I would have stopped the people from doing anything bad," Trump added. Former White House aides told CNN in February that Trump enjoyed watching the frenzied mob storm the Capitol. Trump further told Drucker that he "heard that Mike Pence was not in trouble" and that "I wouldn't want anything to happen to him."
NBA star's vaccine skepticism runs counter to racial justice stance
And while vaccinated, basketball phenom LeBron James and other players have echoed vaccine refusers' flawed framing. Last month, James confirmed that, despite initial skepticism of the vaccine, he had been inoculated against Covid-19 . Crucially, the players -- the vaccinated as well as the unvaccinated -- have a duty to defend something bound up with their teammates' health. When you hear famous Black people such as LeBron James make getting vaccinated against Covid-19 a matter of "personal choice," what's your reaction? Because it runs counter, I think, to the narrative he has about his own history and his own progress in the US.
Black Americans, women make big strides on top U.S. corporate boards -report
Ethnic and racial minorities accounted for 47% of all new directors, compared to 22% in the prior year, according to the report. Black Americans now account for 11% of board seats at S&P 500 companies, edging closer to their roughly 13% representation in the general U.S. population, the report found. Women now make up 30% of all S&P 500 directors, a key threshold that advocacy organizations including the Thirty Percent Coalition have called for. read moreThe report looked at S&P 500 boards over a one-year period ending in May 2021. About 70% of S&P 500 boards have a mandatory retirement policy, according to the reportReporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Bill BerkrotOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Black Americans, women make big strides on top U.S. corporate boards -report
Black Americans, women make big strides on top U.S. corporate boards -report FILE PHOTO: People celebrate Juneteenth at Black Lives Matter Plaza in WashingtonBy Jessica DiNapoli(Reuters) - Black people made record-breaking gains over the last year in securing seats on boards of S&P 500 companies, while women came close to accounting for a third of corporate directors, according to a report from executive search firm Spencer Stuart released on Tuesday. Women now make up 30% of all S&P 500 directors, a key threshold that advocacy organizations including the Thirty Percent Coalition have called for. Spencer Stuart found that adding women directors fell from the third most important priority for boards to 10th, which Daum called "discouraging." The report looked at S&P 500 boards over a one-year period ending in May 2021. About 70% of S&P 500 boards have a mandatory retirement policy, according to the report(Reporting by Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Bill Berkrot)
Opinion: Boomers have the time, money and skills to work for common good
The United States is facing divisive crises, and older Americans — experienced Americans — owe it to themselves and their kids and grandkids to push the nation in a better direction. Certainly the right wing works hard to make it appear so: The median age of Fox News viewers is 68. We worked hard (maybe too hard — work-life balance was never our specialty), but more work needs to be done now. Here’s one example: Perhaps no legislation in the lifetime of anyone over 60 has been as transformative as the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Akaya Windwood is lead adviser at Third Act, a new effort to organize older Americans.
A Black mother lost her son to police violence in 2008. People are finally saying his name
Toward the back of the room was a small display in honor of her late son, Julian Alexander. The Julian Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament, it read, has awarded more than $75,000 in scholarships to high school seniors since 2009. Today, the police slaying of a Black man or woman would spark protests, national news coverage, another bout of soul-searching. Julian Alexander. Julian Alexander.
Here are the famous people from Wisconsin or who have ties here, from actors to football players
Nick ViallNick Viall, a "Bachelor" franchise veteran, went to Waukesha North High School and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Over the past two decades, he had done stand-up comedy shows around the world, including a stop in Green Bay in 2018. ATHLETESWatt brothersBrothers and NFL players J.J., T.J. and Derek Watt attended Pewaukee High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Akhtar fell in love with great European modernists, like Robert Musil, during high school, according to a previous Journal Sentinel report. He was once suspended in a straitjacket from The Milwaukee Journal building and later gave a free matinee performance of his act for Milwaukee Journal newsboys, the article said.
Colin Powell had mixed legacy among some African Americans
FILE - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell makes a statement to the media after a meeting at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003. Through it all, Powell never seemed entirely comfortable talking about race, said Kevin Powell, a New York-based writer and rights activist who is not related to Colin Powell. There was never a sense that Colin Powell was one of us,” said Kevin Powell, who met him in the 1990s, when he was often discussed as a potential presidential candidate. Powell once said he wanted the next generation to have opportunities like he did, according to Andrew Rich, dean of the Colin Powell School. “Maybe they just disproportionately expect a Colin Powell to do more or be more than he needs to be.
Yasmin Williams: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert
Yasmin Williams: Tiny Desk (Home) ConcertThe Tiny Desk is working from home for the foreseeable future. Introducing NPR Music's Tiny Desk (home) concerts, bringing you performances from across the country and the world. For her Tiny Desk (home) concert, the Virginia-based guitarist keeps the background sparse (a rug, a folding table, curtains, a plank of wood) to foreground her inventive playing. In these songs, the center is exploration — this Tiny Desk performance, in camera angles overhead and out front, shows us the tools that help Williams execute her vision via finger picks, taps, slides and knocks. SET LIST"Juvenescence""On a Friday Night""Through the Woods""After the Storm"MUSICIANSYasmin Williams: guitar, kalimba, tap shoesCREDITSVideo: Jeff Gruber, Blue House ProductionsAudio: Jeff Gruber, Blue House ProductionsTINY DESK TEAM
Statue of Robert E. Lee, Removed from Dallas in 2017, Now on Display at a Private Texas Resort
The statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from a public park in Dallas after a city council vote in 2017Statue of Robert E. Lee, Removed from Dallas in 2017, Now on Display at a Private Texas ResortA statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee on his horse, which was removed from a Dallas park by city officials in September 2017, has resurfaced at a private Texas golf resort. After its removal, the Dallas statue was sold at an online auction in 2019 for just under $1.5 million, to law firm Holmes Firm PC, as reported by the New York Post. Now, the massive statue is on display at the 27,000-acre Lajitas Golf Resort in Terlingua, Texas, in the southwestern corner of the state near the Mexican border. Scott Beasley, who manages the resort, considers the sculpture to be "a fabulous piece of art." The 1935 statue by American sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor was given to the Lajitas resort as a donation in 2019, the Associated Press reports.
Robin DG Kelley on fighting for freedom in the darkness of capitalist dystopia
The world was a very different place when Robin DG Kelley’s renowned book Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination was first published in 2002. So, it says, “Kelley unearths freedom dreams in this exciting history of renegade intellectuals and artists of the African diaspora in the 20th century. There are very bad freedom dreams that many people have been sold on. And I think that’s really, really important. The other thing which I think is really, really important is that this is where politics comes in, and power comes in.
Students in GA Protested Against Racism. Only the Black Pupils Were Punished.
Coosa High School students in Rome, Georgia, were warned by administrators not to organize a protest against racist actions recently taken by their peers — and when they went forward with their plan anyway, only Black students were punished. The students planned a protest condemning the school’s failure to discipline a group of white students who had used racial slurs against Black students; days earlier, students had also waved a Confederate battle flag in their direction. Shortly after, the organizers of the protest — a group that included Black, white and Latino students — were called to the office, where they engaged in arguments with administrators. Disciplinary action was handed out in the form of school suspensions, but only the Black students were punished. Black parents told CBS46 that their children suffered emotional distress from being harassed and called racial slurs by white students.
NYPD charge 65 cops misconduct during George Floyd protests abused authority used force lied swore
Protests erupted across the nation after George Floyd was killed by Minneapolis Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, 2020, leaving the NYPD to calm the chaos in New York City. Multiple types of misconduct were uncovered by the CCRB and include use of force, abuse of authority, discourtesy and untruthful statements. Among those who complained, people said they had broken arms, fractured eye sockets, received concussions, nerve damage and cuts, all through the actions of NYPD officers. 'It is important for all misconduct to be taken seriously and all officers who commit misconduct must be held accountable,' Davie said. The lawsuit alleges that from May 28, 2020, to December 11, 2020, officers of various ranks 'repeatedly and without justification used batons, fist strikes, pepper spray, and other physical force' against protesters.
Potential jurors in Ahmaud Arbery case asked: Is U.S. Confederate flag racist?
Oct 18 (Reuters) - Defense counsel in the trial of three white men accused of murdering Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia asked potential jurors on Monday whether they considered the Confederate battle flag a racist symbol. Franklin Hogue, a lawyer for Gregory McMichael, said it was important to find out if potential jurors might have biases against the defendants. The defendants' lawyers negotiated with Judge Timothy Walmsley over what questions they could put to potential jurors, including whether they could ask jurors' views about the Black Lives Matter anti-racism movement. When potential jurors were asked about having a "negative feeling" towards Travis or Gregory McMichael, at least seven jurors raised their hands for each of the men. Court later adjourned for the day with eight potential jurors being dismissed and without any jurors being seated.
Elijah McClain's family settles lawsuit with Aurora, Colorado, over police confrontation
The mother of Elijah McClain, a Black man who died days after a violent confrontation with police in 2019, has settled her federal civil rights lawsuit against Aurora, Colorado, her lawyers said Monday. A city spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for information, but the city confirmed the settlement to NBC affiliate KUSA of Denver. Aurora officers Randy Roedema and Nathan Woodyard have been suspended without pay indefinitely, and officer Jason Rosenblatt has been fired. The group did not immediately respond to a request for comment Monday regarding the settlement. The Aurora Fire Fighters Protective Association did not immediately respond to an inquiry regarding the indictment and settlement.
65 NYC Cops Face Departmental Misconduct Charges in George Floyd Protests
Sixty-five members of the New York City Police Department are set to face misconduct charges stemming from alleged actions taken during the Black Lives Matter protests last summer. The Civilian Complaint Review Board received hundreds of complaints amid violent protests across the city following the killing of George Floyd. On Monday, the board released the findings from its initial investigations and recommended charges for 65 NYPD members. Thirty-seven of those officers are expected to face an administrative trial once each officer is served their charges by the department, the board said. The more than five dozen officers identified by the board face charges of abuse of authority, use of force, making untruthful statements, and offensive language.
Family of Elijah McClain reaches settlement with Aurora, Colo.
By Leslie Perrot and Amir Vera | CNNThe family of Elijah McClain has reached a settlement agreement with the city of Aurora, Colorado, the city and attorneys representing his family confirmed Monday. The amount of the settlement will be undisclosed until the city signs the agreement and McClain’s family decides on an allocation process for McClain’s mother, Sheneen McClain, and his father, LaWayne Mosley. News of the settlement comes more than two years after Elijah McClain died in August 2019. Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser was appointed as special prosecutor and opened a grand jury investigation into the case in January. McClain’s death led to the Colorado Attorney General’s Office launching a 14-month investigation into the Aurora police and fire departments.
NYPD watchdog: Discipline 65 NYPD cops for summer 2020 protest actions
A watchdog agency recommended Monday that 65 NYPD officers face discipline for alleged misconduct during demonstrations that wracked New York City in the summer of 2020 after George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis cop. The agency’s administrative prosecution unit would handle the cases in the NYPD department trial room presided over by a deputy commissioner for trials. Both the CCRB and NYPD can separately bring charges against cops in the trial room, often with multiple offenses being charged against officers. An analysis by Newsday of NYPD trial decisions from early 2016 to early 2021 showed that the agencies often get different results. Lynch noted that dozens of cops were hurt in the protests and violence of summer 2020.
NYPD watchdog: Discipline 65 NYPD cops for summer 2020 protest actions
A watchdog agency recommended Monday that 65 NYPD officers face discipline for alleged misconduct during demonstrations that wracked New York City in the summer of 2020 after George Floyd's murder by a Minneapolis cop. The agency’s administrative prosecution unit would handle the cases in the NYPD department trial room presided over by a deputy commissioner for trials. Both the CCRB and NYPD can separately bring charges against cops in the trial room, often with multiple offenses being charged against officers. An analysis by Newsday of NYPD trial decisions from early 2016 to early 2021 showed that the agencies often get different results. Lynch noted that dozens of cops were hurt in the protests and violence of summer 2020.
I joined Parler, the right-wing echo chamber’s new favorite alt-Twitter
I joined Parler yesterday, wondering if the social network lived up to its free-speech mission. I didn’t immediately find the wingnut hellscape I expected (largely based on my ugly experience at another right-wing network, the far angrier and uglier Gab ). Two of the most popular tags at Parler right now are #techtyrants and #stopthebias. And let’s end the Silicon Valley censorship!” Parler isn’t exactly the “public square” many of its users say they want. However, the site’s terms of service say Parler can eject any user with or without cause at any time for bad behavior.
20 pop culture bright spots in a dark year
(CBS)Johnny Middlebrooks and Cely Vazquez appear in a scene from "Love Island." The dating series took over The Cromwell this summer. (Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment)Lauren Coogan and Connor Trott appear in a scene from "Love Island." Get you a woman who can do it all ? pic.twitter.com/sG4OHpVgxM — Dolly Parton (@DollyParton) January 21, 20205. For many of us, pajama bottoms and sweatpants became the new Casual Friday — also Casual Tuesday, Casual Thursday, Casual Wednesday and, most crucially, Casual Monday.
High-profile boogaloo terrorism case moving slowly through the courts
It’s been 16 months since three suspected Nevada members of the extremist boogaloo movement were arrested by FBI agents in an alleged conspiracy to cause violence. Trials in both federal and state court have once more been delayed, as the judicial systems continue to operate under COVID-19 safeguards. “COVID undoubtedly had disrupted things in our court system,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Dickerson, the lead prosecutor in the state case. The FBI, with the help of an informant, had infiltrated the group and worked the investigation jointly with Las Vegas police and other law enforcement agencies. The boogaloo movement, which is decentralized with no national leaders, believes in an impending civil war and ultimate societal collapse.
25 years of 'Rent': 25th anniversary farewell tour tells story that still rings true today
As the cast of the "Rent 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour" wrapped up its opening number a few weeks ago at a theater in Kentucky, the entire audience started to clap. And none of it is brought up or mentioned," said Ensign, who has worked on various productions of "Rent" for 24 years. Alan Lichtenstein, Broadway in Detroit's longtime executive producer, said "Rent" is the "perfect" musical to kick off the return to live theater. Ultimately, Ensign said, "Rent" is about love, family and imperfect relationships. "...'Rent' has so much heart and truth to it that people can relate to it no matter what."
“Greater New York” Confirms Rather Than Surprises
What did I expect of “Greater New York,” a show of hundreds of works by forty-seven more or less contemporary artists and collectives at Moma PS1? One current trend that is represented, albeit scrappily, is neo-Surrealism: the wild subjectivity of artists turning from outer worlds to inner. The show’s chief appeal is an emphasis on foreign-born residents, historically a cynosure of New York as a bubbling rather than a melting pot. Squatting in a high-rise New York apartment, ultra-left radicals debate planting a bomb, sure to harm innocents, as a way to dramatize their cause. Installation view of “Greater New York.” Photograph courtesy MOMA PS1Must ideology define us?
NYC city officials WILL remove statue of Thomas Jefferson from city hall after 100 years
New York City officials have voted to remove a century-old statue of Thomas Jefferson from City Hall because it was making some staff feel 'uncomfortable'. The City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian caucus has objected to the presidential statue for years because Jefferson was a slave owner. Miller added that the statue is expected to be removed from City Hall by October 21. In a comment to DailyMail.com, the New York Historical Society said they have not made official arrangements for the statue as of yet. De Blasio had previously written a letter to City Hall following his wife's suggestion.
Armed BLM protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse sues police for ‘deputizing’ white nationalist vigilantes
“It was not a mistake that Kyle Rittenhouse would kill two people and maim a third on that evening,” the documents claim, naming Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, the BLM protesters who died. “Despite being in clear violation of Wisconsin law, Rittenhouse was not asked for identification, was not questioned, was never detained, and was not disarmed,” the lawsuit said. Gaige Grosskreutz (top) filed a federal lawsuit against Kenosha’s police department, its chief, the sheriff’s office and the city itself. The lawsuit highlighted viral video that showed officers offering the heavily armed groups water while enforcing a curfew against BLM protesters. He said it fails to acknowledge that Grosskreutz was armed when he was shot by Rittenhouse, and he noted that Grosskreutz hasn’t sued Rittenhouse.
Foraging, gardening, joy — how two Black plant influencers use their platforms
“For me, foraging as a Black woman is a rebellion through restoration of knowledge,” she said, captioning a video on the topic “Black history meets Black joy.”“I would describe Black joy as just unbridled enjoyment of whatever it is we want to be doing,” she said. That is what Black joy looks like to me.”Nelson says she finds Black joy when she is authentically herself: outside with her little basket, trowel and boots in an unexplored forest, beach or river. She noticed that after George Floyd and Breonna Taylor were killed and while Black Lives Matter was trending, Black content was being featured more on social platforms. Black Lives Matter allyship eventually began to fade, and Black content — especially the kind focused on Black joy — became trickier for her to find. So she decided to create a page that would focus on the collective joy of Black gardening communities.
Britain’s Imperial Heyday Is Nothing to Be Nostalgic For
What the counterprotesters shared with GB News and its target audience was an intense resistance to the notion of decolonization, and a sense of comfort and pride in Britain’s imperial past. Into this ferment arrives Peter Mitchell’s book Imperial Nostalgia. Mitchell takes on the mildly preposterous but influential figure of Nigel Biggar, who has made a name for himself as a virulent defender of Britain’s imperial past. The role that imperial nostalgia plays in contemporary Anglo-Irish relations could have made for a fascinating case study. The health service itself became the object of a kind of recuperative imperial nostalgia, with its centenarian fundraiser used to promote all kinds of mawkish nationalist sentiment.
Jury selection expected to be lengthy in Georgia trial over Ahmaud Arbery's death
BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of the three white men charged in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was shot while out jogging in this small coastal Georgia town last year. Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley swore in the first 20 prospective jurors Monday afternoon. When a prosecutor asked the prospective jurors if they wanted to serve on the jury, only one man raised his hand. Cobb County Senior Assistant District Attorney Linda Dunikosk told prospective jurors the trial could run through Nov. 19. "I just want a conviction," Marcus Arbery, Ahmaud Arbery's father, said as he stood among the crowd.
Seattle police hang 'Don't tread on me' Gadsden flags to protest Covid vaccine mandate
Some Seattle police officers are hanging ‘don’t tread on me’ Gadsden flags from their cruisers to protest a citywide vaccine mandate that takes effect at midnight Monday. As of Monday, just 24 - or two percent - of Seattle Police Department officers had not shown proof of inoculation, a city spokesperson told Dailymail.com. DON'T TREAD ON ME: A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE GADSDEN FLAG American soldier Christopher Gadsden The Gadsden flag was designed by South Carolina soldier Christopher Gadsden in the mid-1770s during the American Revolution. The colonel had seen a yellow banner with a hissing, coiled rattlesnake rising up in the center, and beneath the serpent the words: 'Don't Tread On Me'. Seattle Police Officers Guild President Mike Solan said the vaccine mandate could exacerbate the understaffing.
Robert E Lee statue removed after Charlottesville violence finds new home at Texas golf resort
A statue of US Civil War Confederate general Robert E Lee removed four years ago has turned up at a private Texas golf resort after selling at auction for $1.44m. The bronze statue was taken down from a park in Dallas following the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, which left one woman dead. The manager of the resort, Scott Beasley, said its presence was only to preserve the “fabulous piece of art”. The statue of the Confederate icon at the centre of the Charlottesville rally was not removed until July of this year. “They were uneducated,” Mr Beasley told the Chronicle.
Cuba Gooding Jr. will go on trial in February in NYC groping case after yearslong delay
One of the women alleged Gooding pinched her buttocks. "I want to lock this down for trial," Farber said at a hearing in state court in Manhattan. More:Cuba Gooding Jr. wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask at groping case court appearanceHe has pleaded not guilty and denies all allegations of wrongdoing. Farber previously ruled that prosecutors can call two additional women to testify about their allegations that Gooding also violated them. In addition to the criminal case, Gooding is accused in a lawsuit of raping a woman in New York City in 2013.
Jury selection to start in trial over killing of Black jogger in Georgia
Gregory McMichael, 65, his son Travis McMichael, 35, and William "Roddie" Bryan, 52, face charges of murder, aggravated assault and false imprisonment in the killing the killing of 25-year-old Arbery on Feb. 23, 2020. Bryan recorded the confrontation on his cellphone, and the video of Arbery's killing sparked outrage across the United States. Judge Walmsley said he would permit some of the questions proposed by defense lawyers about potential jurors' views on race but wanted to limit the amount of time spent on the topic. About 1,000 citizens in Glynn County, which is about 69% white and 27% black, have received jury summons. Franklin Hogue, a lawyer for Gregory McMichael, said it was important to find out if potential jurors might have biases against the white defendants.
Removed statue of Robert E. Lee now at private Texas resort
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that was taken down by Dallas city officials four years ago has resurfaced – at a private Texas resort. In 2019, the Dallas statue was sold at an online auction for $1.44 million to the city-based law firm Holmes Firm PC – and is now on display at the 27,000-acre Lajitas Golf Resort in predominantly white Terlingua, Texas. STATUE OF CONFEDERATE ROBERT E. LEE TAKEN DOWN IN VIRGINIAThe club is owned by Dallas billionaire Kelcy Warren, co-founder of Energy Transfer Partners. Dallas Black Lives Matter activist Brandon Mack told the Associated Press he takes issue with the Lee statue being described as just a work of art. The Lee statue in Charlottesville, along with one of Confederate Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, was removed in July of this year — four years after the "Unite the Right" rally in the city left one woman dead.
Ahmaud Arbery shooting: Georgia judge to consider several motions before jury selection kicks off
Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the murder trial for three White men charged in the fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old Black man who was running in their Georgia neighborhood. Before the jury selection process begins in Glynn County, Superior Court Judge Timothy Walmsley first planned a morning hearing Monday to address legal issues that must be resolved before the trial starts. Jury selection could last two weeks or more. Bryan joined the pursuit in his own truck and recorded the now-infamous cellphone video of Travis McMichael shooting Arbery three times at close range with a shotgun. He said Travis McMichael fired his gun in self-defense after Arbery attacked him, punching and trying to grab the weapon.
WNBA players, America’s leading sports activists, have Texas in their crosshairs
The union is “proud to stand with everyone who’s fighting back against the cruel abortion bans in Texas and across the country,” the ad said. The Times ad — a statement sanctioned by the WNBA players union and signed by its leadership — was a first for the league, but collective activism has been a growing trend in the WNBA in recent years, on reproductive rights and other matters. And in 2016, WNBA players led some of the earliest and most pronounced athlete protests against the police killings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. The Times ad was just the latest demonstration from what is inarguably America’s most socially active sports league. Routinely, the WNBA has shown that when it comes to social justice, its players are about action.
Ahmaud Arbery murder trial set to begin
Jury selection will begin Monday in the murder trial of three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery last year. “So many people either know the defendants or the victim or know something about it,” Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Ronald Adams told the Associated Press last week. Lee Merritt, a lawyer for Arbery’s family, said last year that the delay in detaining the men accused of murder was an example of the racial disparity of the justice system. The Glynn County court summoned 1,000 potential jurors for the trial. REUTERSA group of worshippers and clergy gather for prayer and singing in front of the Glynn County Courthouse.
Airport signs to soon show ‘Harry Reid’ as new name
Work could commence soon on updating signage at McCarran International Airport to reflect the name change to Harry Reid International Airport. A sign for McCarran International Airport with a plane taking off above it at Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane. The Clark County Commission voted unanimously to rename the Las Vegas airport for former Nevada Sen. Harry Reid at a meeting on Feb. 16, 2021. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesWork could commence soon on updating signage at McCarran International Airport to reflect the name change to Harry Reid International Airport. Airport officials also noted that a firm date has not been set for when they would start to use the Harry Reid International Airport name.
Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, dies at 84
Colin Powell, the former secretary of state, dies at 84Enlarge this image toggle caption Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesColin Powell, who served as secretary of state during the presidency of George W. Bush and led the first Gulf War as chairman of the joint chiefs, has died at age 84 of complications from COVID-19, his family confirmed. Powell, the first African American to serve in both of those senior posts, died Monday morning, they said, adding that "he was fully vaccinated." The Army helped Powell find his pathPowell, the son of Jamaican immigrants, grew up in a working class family in Harlem. After retiring from the Army, he wrote a memoir, and was later tapped by President George W. Bush to serve as secretary of state. Bush described Powell as a "tower of strength and common sense."
Ahmaud Arbery murder trial begins this week
Jury selection begins Monday at the trial of three men accused of murdering Georgia jogger Ahmaud Arbery, one of the high-profile cases that set of Black Lives Matter protests nationwide. NBC’s Catie Beck reports for TODAY from outside the courthouse.Oct.
Ed Orgeron: Inside coach's swift LSU football collapse, exit
When Tom Herman chose to coach Texas and not LSU, Orgeron, originally from about 100 miles south of Baton Rouge, landed his dream job. A record-tying 14 LSU players were selected in the draft, five of them in the first round. Since the completion of that season, LSU has gone 9–8, and the program’s two long-standing pillars—a strong, feisty defense and a lethal rushing attack—have cratered. “I mean, what are you supposed to say?” The friend acknowledges that “it all went downhill from there.”A couple of weeks later, LSU players staged their march. From a statistical standpoint, it was the worst defensive year in LSU football history.
Britain’s rich history of black literature
For Black History Month we’ve brought together star authors Ben Okri, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Azumah Nelson to discuss the past, present and future of black writingIn the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests of the past 18 months, black authors rocketed to the top of bestseller lists in both fiction and non-fiction. For years, work by black authors was often missed off the major prize shortlists and the book festival circuit. Joining Nosheen Iqbal to discuss the rich history of black literature are three acclaimed authors: Ben Okri, Candice Carty-Williams and Caleb Azumah Nelson. All the books mentioned in this podcast:You can book tickets for a Guardian Live event on 8 November: ‘How Black literature changed Britain’. And you can find a black literature timeline with a printable poster from the British Library.
Three white Americans go on trial in death of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery
Carla Arbery sheds tears during a call to service rally on the day before jury selection for the trial in the shooting death of her nephew Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia, U.S., October 17, 2021. Three white men in the US state of Georgia will go on trial Monday in the high-profile shooting death of a Black jogger that sparked a national outcry and helped fuel last summer's social justice protests. The father and son followed Arbery in a pickup truck, while Bryan trailed them in his own vehicle and filmed the scene. "If these killers get off without consequence, that sends the message that lynching Black men in 2021 carries no penalty." Since Arbery's death, Georgia has passed a law that imposes additional penalties for crimes motivated by hatred toward a victim's race, gender, sexual orientation and other characteristics.
Little boys are snapped easing themselves through White House railing
Two young boys were photographed squeezing through the railings surrounding the White House Sunday afternoon while President Joe Biden was inside. A slightly older child in a white shirt and rainbow sleeve stepped halfway inside at around 1.20pm, as onlookers extended their arms into White House property to get a closer shot of the presidential residence. It sectioned off Lafayette Square, the seven-acre public park directly north of the White House. It is one of a host of security features at the White House, including snipers on its roof and a highly-classified underground bunker. The US Secret Service and Capitol Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment from DailyMail.com about Sunday's mini-breaches.
Removed statue of Robert E. Lee resurfaces at private Texas resort
A statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee that was taken down by Dallas city officials four years ago has resurfaced — at a private Texas resort. The massive bronze statue, which shows Lee on horseback with another mounted soldier, was removed by the city in 2017 amid the controversy following racial violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Va., earlier that year over the planned removal of another Lee monument. In 2019, the Dallas statue was sold at an online auction for $1.44 million to the city-based law firm Holmes Firm PC — and is now on display at the 27,000-acre Lajitas Golf Resort in predominantly white Terlingua, Texas. The statue of Robert E. Lee, which the city of Dallas removed from a park and later sold in an online auction, is now on display at a golf resort in West Texas. Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News via AP, FileDallas Black Lives Matter activist Brandon Mack told the Associated Press he takes issue with the Lee statue being described as just a work of art.
Removed Robert E. Lee statue now on display at Texas resort
Terlingua, which is in Brewster County near Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande, has less than 100 residents and no record of Black residents, according to recent census data. Black people make up just 1.7% of the population of Brewster County, according to census data. Beasley told the Chronicle the statue serves no intent but to preserve “a fabulous piece of art.”“I would say that of the 60-plus-thousand guests we host each year, we’ve had one or two negative comments” he said. “We don’t glorify the swastika; we don’t have monuments (of) Adolf Hitler,” he said. For copyright information, check with the distributor of this item, Houston Chronicle.
Theatre takes fright at using 'spooky' this Hallowe'en over fears it could be racist
The word 'spooky' has been censored at Hallowe'en by a major theatre company over fears the term could be seen as racist. The National Theatre of Scotland said it would “always interrogate language choices” for “historically oppressive connotations”. “I have never heard of ‘spooky’ being used as a derogatory term for black people and I am a black man. Otherwise, they are doing more harm than good.”The term ‘spooky’ was last used by the theatre five years ago in ‘A Christmas Carol’ at the Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy, in Fife, which it described as “a spooky location”. An NTS spokesman said: “The company has not banned the word spooky from being used on National Theatre of Scotland (NTS) website or marketing materials.
Removed Robert E. Lee statue now on display at Texas resort
Terlingua, which is in Brewster County near Big Bend National Park and the Rio Grande, has less than 100 residents and no record of Black residents, according to recent census data. Black people make up just 1.7% of the population of Brewster County, according to census data. Beasley told the Chronicle the statue serves no intent but to preserve “a fabulous piece of art.”“I would say that of the 60-plus-thousand guests we host each year, we’ve had one or two negative comments” he said. But Black Lives Matter Houston activist Brandon Mack said he takes issue with supporters of Lee who argue that the statue is merely “an appreciation for art” and wonders whether the same defense would be used for other offensive symbols from throughout history, or if that’s reserved for iconography solely glorifying the oppression of Blacks. “We don’t glorify the swastika; we don’t have monuments (of) Adolf Hitler,” he said.
Removed Robert E. Lee statue now on display at Texas resort
TERLINGUA, Texas -- A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that the city of Dallas removed from a park and later sold in an online auction is now on display at a golf resort in West Texas. The bronze sculpture, which was removed from the Dallas park in September 2017, is now at the Lajitas Golf Resort in Terlingua, Texas, the Houston Chronicle reported. The 1935 sculpture by Alexander Phimister Proctor was among several Lee monuments around the U.S. that were removed from public view amid the fallout over racial violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Holmes Firm PC made the top offer for the sculpture, according to documents from the Dallas City Council. Black people make up just 1.7% of the population of Brewster County, according to census data.
Protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is now suing Wisconsin authorities
Protester shot by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha is now suing Wisconsin authoritiesEnlarge this image toggle caption Brandon Bell/Getty Images Brandon Bell/Getty ImagesGaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, is suing the city, the county and several law enforcement officers, claiming they condoned the efforts of white nationalists to violently dispel demonstrators protesting a police shooting. At one of the protests, the then 17-year-old Rittenhouse shot and killed two people — Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum — and wounded Grosskreutz, who says he lost 90% of his right bicep. "It was a natural consequence of the actions of the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha Sherriff's office in deputizing a roving militia to 'protect property' and 'assist in maintaining order.'" Since the shootings, Rittenhouse has received support from conservative groups and Blue Lives Matter activists. The Kenosha Police Department announced in April that Rusten Sheskey, the officer who shot Blake, acted within department policy and wouldn't face discipline.
Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: Voting rights, the Virginia elections, and The Great Resignation
Beyond that, they say he should throw himself into passing voting rights legislation and more aggressively go after states that are politicizing their election systems. Off-year and special elections are not always the best way to predict how elections will play out elsewhere in the country. And like Kartier, most of the victims were Black trans women, including Tierramarie Lewis and Diamond Kyree Sanders, who lived in Ohio, Chappelle’s home state. [...] More than 100 bills restricting trans rights have been introduced this year. Paul Krugman of The New York Times doesn’t have much of a problem with The Great Resignation, either.
Rikers’ Forceful Guard Union Is Deepening the Jail’s Humanitarian Crisis
Kathy Hochul declared a “disaster emergency” at Rikers Island. Nonetheless, it represented the latest acknowledgment from politicians of what incarcerated people and their supporters have been saying for months: Conditions at Rikers Island represent a humanitarian disaster. Health care is widely unavailable, and at least 12 people have died on Rikers Island this year. City unions became increasingly independent after Mayor Robert Wagner’s 1954 recognition of their legitimacy, legally codified in the 1967 Taylor Law. In August 1990, rank-and-file guards completely blocked the bridge to Rikers Island, cutting off nearly all access to the island.
Asian American teens navigate being themselves as their communities are targeted
Asian American teens navigate being themselves as their communities are targetedEditor's note: We are only using the teenagers first names for fear of retribution against minors. When the world reached a year into the pandemic, hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islanders were on the rise. To gain an understanding, Lee spoke with and photographed 14 Asian American teenagers throughout New York City. As a young, Asian American woman, Vicki now wears a cap and headphones as a protective disguise whenever she walks alone. Enlarge this image toggle caption Eric Lee Eric LeeChristopher C.Christopher C., 17, is used to being the token Asian kid in his friend group.
New Mexico far-left, anti-police lawmaker once told to 'f*** off' by own party won't seek re-election
A controversial, far-left state lawmaker in New Mexico who was previously told to "f*** off" by a member of his own party announced that he will not seek re-election, according to a report. "At this point, I’m happy to say that my husband and my future children require my full measure of attention. "I’m sort of heartbroken," Candelaria told the Santa Fe New Mexican at the time, reportedly in tears after the heated exchange. In June 2020, Candelaria reportedly livestreamed himself without a mask participating in Black Lives Matter demonstrations which swept across Albuquerque following George Floyd’s death. Candelaria claimed he waited 13 hours for the New Mexico State Police to respond to his call reporting the purported death threats.
Opinion: The Minneapolis 'Defund the Police' ballot question should alarm Democrats nationwide
Politically, the 'defund the police' ballot question debate is driving a wedge between Minnesota Democrats. The state's best-known progressives, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Attorney General Keith Ellison defend the ballot measure , while other top Democrats, including Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Gov. On a national scale, the Minneapolis ballot question will provide the first test of how much legs the big-city police department restructuring movement really has ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. The national political blowback, should the "yes" option to Question 2 on the Minneapolis ballot prevail, could be significant. And "Question 2" on the Minneapolis ballot could make things a whole lot worse.
Why America's vets are turning to extremism after the military
The House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) in a Wednesday hearing called on the federal government to do more to protect veterans from manipulation by extremist groups. Preliminary data from a new survey underway by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) shows that 30 percent of respondents have personally witnessed extremism in the military. Far-right extremist groups seek to manipulate the values that attract many individuals to enlist in the armed forces in the first place. Far-right extremist groups seek to manipulate the values that attract many individuals to enlist in the armed forces in the first place. Extremist groups and movements also falsely present violent, antidemocratic, and antigovernment actions — including lethal threats against elected officials and law enforcement, kidnapping plots, and even murder — as courageous revolutionary acts.
Jamie Lee Curtis interview: ‘Can you imagine being married to me?’
Jamie Lee Curtis beckons me over to a circular day-bed on the terrace of the Excelsior Hotel on Venice’s Lido. It became a word-of-mouth hit, and suddenly Curtis – the daughter of Hollywood icons Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh – had a career. In 1998, Curtis revisited Laurie Strode with Halloween: H20, despite having been killed off a few films earlier. “Every woman involved in the MeToo movement was a victim of abuse, whatever it was – sexual abuse, physical abuse, professional abuse,” says Curtis. Was this ever in her mind during all those years running from Laurie Strode?
Katie Couric’s RBG Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
Couric says she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” so she only aired some of the harsh words RBG had for the football players refusing to stand for the national anthem. In the service of some higher cause, they reimagined their hero’s actual words to comport with what, in their minds, she really represents. “This week alone we had [Katie] Couric showing herself (again) to be a hack; [ESPN NFL reporter Adam] Schefter emailing a source, ‘Mr. The same year Couric interviewed RBG, for example, her documentary on gun violence “deceptively edited” an interview with pro-gun activists. By employing the sin of omission, the media protects its progressive heroes and, in the process, picks political winners and losers.
Day of Rage: How Trump Supporters Took the U.S. Capitol
Although the rally is billed as a political protest, some make calls to storm the Capitol even before Trump speaks. “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building.” Two hours before this, the Proud Boys were already heading for the Capitol. “Proud Boys.” As Trump is speaking, some of his other supporters also head to the Capitol. is a [expletive] war zone.” Police retreat to the Capitol building where it’s becoming more threatening. “It’s our House!” “Whose House?” “Our House!” Throughout the Capitol, staffers have barricaded doors to keep the mob out.
In Texas, The Most Important Race In 2022 Isn't For Governor
Mike Collier, an accountant running for lieutenant governor in Texas next year, believes he can finally deliver the major victory Texas Democrats have been longing for and break Republicans' stranglehold on the state. Mike Collier for Lieutenant Governor CampaignThirteen months before the 2022 election, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke (D) is still mulling a challenge to Gov. As in many other states, the Texas lieutenant governor serves as the president of the state senate. “Their agenda’s all wrong, and the agenda’s all wrong because the lieutenant governor is the wrong man for the job,” Collier told HuffPost. “The lieutenant governor is without a doubt the dream seat to flip if you could only flip one.”Since taking office in 2015, Texas Lt. Gov.
90 Seconds of Rage
They say they had no intention of rioting or trespassing to keep Mr. Trump in office. Mr. Mullins and his wife, whom he met in the seventh grade, live beside a lake about 30 miles north of Wingo. Mr. Mullins is the treasurer, handyman and quiet benefactor who finds the preachers for sparsely attended Sunday services. Joseph Rushmore‘Go Forth and Fight’Circulating in the milling crowd around Mr. Mullins were six strangers destined to become his co-defendants. Later, Mr. Lopatic told the doctors treating his injuries that he’d been jumped in an attempted robbery.
Katie Couric’s RGB Coverup Shows How We Ended Up With Trump
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / Photos GettyThe mainstream media’s credibility took another big hit this week. Couric says she was “conflicted” because she was a “big RBG fan,” so she only aired some of the harsh words RBG had for the football players refusing to stand for the national anthem. In the service of some higher cause, they reimagined their hero’s actual words to comport with what, in their minds, she really represents. “This week alone we had [Katie] Couric showing herself (again) to be a hack; [ESPN NFL reporter Adam] Schefter emailing a source, ‘Mr. The same year Couric interviewed RBG, for example, her documentary on gun violence “deceptively edited” an interview with pro-gun activists.
Covid and critical race theory: Sleepy school board races are waking up
This year's school board race is heating up in Kansas' most populated county — and across the country. And school board recall efforts are under way in districts in several states, including Louisiana, Virginia and Wisconsin. The endorsements are among more than 50 the PAC has made, supporting school board candidates in Colorado, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio and elsewhere. In Ankeny, another Des Moines suburb, a school board race garnered attention after Iowa Gov. A third candidate dropped out of the school board race in September, although her name will remain on the ballot.
Overdose deaths in NYC rise by 36% in a year as cops are ordered not to stop addicts shooting up
New York City overdose stats closely resemble nationwide overdoses, which went up 31 percent, with 96,779 total deaths over the same 12 month period. 'This is the worst this block has ever been,' another neighbor wrote in his social media post, The Post reported. 'We have been fighting to put an end to this crisis, however our city officials have unfortunately failed to address the problem and have allowed this public disorder to continue,' Blair said. In the same period, violent crime soared by 5.6 per cent. And shooting incidents have increased 3.5 percent over last year, with a little over 1 percent more shooting victims.
American Express CRT training and Marxism in the workplace
Maybe the AmEx saga can help open the nation’s eyes to what is taking place across America today. AMERICAN EXPRESS CRT TRAINING URGED STAFF TO ADOPT A HIERARCHY, PUTTING 'MARGINALIZED' ABOVE 'PRIVILEGED'Ever since the Black Lives Matter organizations launched a year-long destabilization campaign, many of us have warned that the adoption of Marxist principles throughout society would inevitably follow. American Express also brought in Khalil Muhammad to harangue its long-suffering employees about how capitalism is racist and steeped in "racist logics and forms of domination." We believe in the free market and in capitalism, and we have never said anything counter to that point." Or they can just listen to how BLM founder Patrisse Cullors describes herself: "I do believe in Marxism.