#RIP: Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Loses Battle to Cancer at Age 76

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#RIP: Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Loses Battle to Cancer at Age 76 (Credit: Wikimedia)

Former middleweight boxer-turned-murder-suspect Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter lost his battle to prostate cancer on Sunday. He was 76.

Rubin, who was wrongly jailed for 19 years for a murder he did not commit, died early Sunday morning in Toronto, his longtime friend John Artis said. Artis, who was also wrongly convicted for the same crime, had been caring for Rubin Carter.

Rubin Carter had wrongly been convicted twice in the 1996 murders of two customers and a bartender inside the Lafayette Bar & Grill in Paterson, NJ. A federal judge overturned the second conviction, ruling that the prosecutor’s behavior was “as heinous as the crimes for which Carter was tried and convicted.” Carter became a symbol of racial injustice in America.

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter’s struggle to clear his name and get justice inspired Bob Dylan’s hit single “Hurricane” and also inspired a movie of the same starring Denzel Washington, who garnered an Oscar nomination for his role.

 #RIP: Boxer Rubin Hurricane Carter Loses Battle to Cancer at Age 76

Sky Ferreira’s Latest Music Video Promotes Racist Stereotypes of Black Men

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Sky Ferreira’s Latest Music Video Promotes Racist Stereotypes of Black Men (Screengrab from video)

Sky Ferreira, who is currently on tour with Miley Cyrus, is under fire for newly released music video for her song “I Blame Myself,” in which she plays the leader of a black gang in Compton, Calif.

Ferreira says the video isn’t racist and that it’s demeaning to the “well spoken & aware” black actors involved to claim it as such. But wait, isn’t that comment racially insensitive?

The furor erupted surrounding the video earlier this week  and Sky Ferreira was slammed on Facebook and Twitter.

I am guessing Ms. Ferreira isn’t a racist person, but the video is racially insensitive. Period. It plays on a number of stereotypes about young black men. For example, in the opening shot, two black guys in a car drive up, to another black guy leaning on a tree. He looks around suspiciously…”Sup fellas, whatchy’all want?” They give him a glare. One of them makes some gestures with his hands, some type of code. The other understands and exclaims, “F*ck you, get the f*ck off my block.” Sky Ferreira shows up to save her gang of black men from these glaring villains. Are you kidding me?

Sky Ferreira’s defense of the video is equally shameful. In a poorly punctuated and long-winded Facebook post she argued that she chose her all-black dance crew because they were the “best ones” that came to auditions. Um, I guess these guys were the best people to audition for the roles of black thugs and black guys driving a car with jacked-up hydraulics. Then she throws in the fact that she has a “half-black brother.” Um, so that gives her the right to make a racially insensitive music video. Whatever.

 Sky Ferreiras Latest Music Video Promotes Racist Stereotypes of Black Men

‘RHOA’ Star Porsha Williams Charged with Battery in Fight with Kenya Moore

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‘RHOA’ Star Porsha Williams Charged with Battery in Fight with Kenya Moore

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Porsha Williams turned herself into Atlanta police after being charged with simple battery for a fight with costar Kenya Moore.

Kenya Moore accused Porsha Williams of assaulting her while filming an episode of the show on March 27 at the Biltmore Hotel.

Porsha Williams turned herself into police on Thursday. She was released on $2,000 bond.

 

 RHOA Star Porsha Williams Charged with Battery in Fight with Kenya Moore

RHOA Drama: NeNe Leakes Says Best Friend’s Hubby, Peter Thomas, Acting Like a B!tch

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RHOA Drama: Did NeNe Leakes Call Peter Thomas a B!tch During Heated Argument?

Just one episode and again the viewers of the reality TV Show REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ATLANTA were “treated” to another explosive confrontation between NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) and Peter Thomas (@PeterThomasRHOA).  It is reported that NeNe makes a whopping  $1 Million dollars this season, excluding bonuses, while her arch-nemesis Peter reportedly bring in $450,000.  #uDoTheMath

The confrontation between NeNe and Peter began when NeNe’s husband, Gregg  Leakes (@GreggLeakes), confronted Peter  because of a heated exchange between he and NeNe which occurred a few episodes earlier. 

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During the argument, NeNe Leakes argues Peter is behaving like little “ B-Word” right in Peter’s face!  #GlovesOff

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There are commentators who will suggest “NeNe never called Peter a B!TCH, but merely stated he was “acting” like one. For folks who argue this – I’m not too sure if they understand the INFLECTION which NeNe used!  In many cases– it’s not the term being used solely but also how the word was said that adds to its intention. Although NeNe didn’t ACTUALLY tell Peter he was A B!ITCH – the inflection sure seemed to say so, and with empathic triple exclamation points.  #MaybeMoreExclamations

Reportedly,  NeNe Leakes and Cynthia Baily’s are BEST FRIENDS – Cynthia, however, never uttered a word during the Leakes tirade. Additionally, Bailey didn’t appear to be on her husband’s side – as  Cynthia has told Peter previously to let the women handle issues among themselves. As an aside, Cynthia’s  last name is still Bailey after three years of marriage, in fact for the same amount of time the couple has been a part of RHOA– (yes, I know – I’m going too far) – I got to thinking!

I hit up the best collection of Social Media Friends around – my 5K Facebook homies- and asked the women a simple question.

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WOMEN: If your best GIRLFRIEND got in an argument with your MAN in your presence and called him a B!TCH with strength and anger – how would you respond?

Here are some of the noted responses with my commentary.

Up first was Angela McKinley of Virginia who stated, I would have a heart attack because my best friend never cusses and she’s really nice to my husband. I could imagine my sister doing that more than my best friend. (Just not in her nature!) I’d probably go off on him too because I know there would be something majorly wrong for her to do that….either that or she lost her mind.”

Angela’s grappling with this question has a bit of humor and caution.  She couldn’t believe her best friend would so such a thing, but she would assume her husband did something to set her off. Then again, she does reserve the right to believe that her friend might have “lost her mind.”

Shirley Tarkington of California stated, If she felt comfortable doing that, or lacked the control in anger to dis like that, I would need to check what I have been feeding her consciously or unconsciously about him. But all that would be AFTER I check the hell out of her. If she is my “best girlfriend,” she wouldn’t disrespect me like that.”

Here is a great insight!  Ladies, sometimes the conversation you share to your girlfriends outside the company of your husband lends to willingness to confront him.  Your girlfriends “love” you and they don’t want to see you in pain – so, they have convo in their head as to what they will say to you man the next time they get the opportunity and a little liquid courage.

What is funny is I am sure the wife will look shocked by the exchange and her friend might become upset that she didn’t get the appreciation she believes she deserves for finally telling your man what he needed to know.

Taking a very different angle to this question was Jackie King of Louisiana.  She commented, I would have to say that I would begin to think that their relationship was more intimate than it should be.”

Don’t slip on this one!  Sometimes when someone fantasizes about being in the arms of another – they create emotional relationships that are personal in nature.  Meaning, they start to judge the partner of their affection as subpar and begin to fantasize who they would handle situations in their life if they were in a relationship with them.

Could NeNe be thinking ‘If Peter was my man, I would tell him….’?  Or, maybe, ‘If Cynthia was my woman on the side, she couldn’t be…’?  Don’t look at me crazy!  In the words of the famous and late Johnny CochranIf it doesn’t fit you must acquit.”

Taking an entirely different perspective on the question was Evelyn Polk who commented, “…if I’ve made a good choice and have good history in having him as my man and her as my “best girlfriend” I’d trust them to do what they do. It’s not really MY issue per se, and I could/would probably learn a lot about both of them by just observing and watching it unfold.”

This comment is what I call heartbreaking maturity.  Maturity – because she is willing to let her husband and her girlfriend fix their beef between each other without interference.  Remember, “It’s not really MY issue per se…”.  Here is where the Heartbreak enters.

In male female relationships the arguing to peace is a very intimate and sexual situation.  If a Husband and his wife’s girlfriend are spending too much time alone fixing a beef between the two –a  synergy could swirl that will cause the makings of adulterous thoughts.  Those thoughts can only be fought so long before WHAM BAM THANK YOU MA’AM has happened.  Now, for the wife, it HAS become your problem, per se.

In the end, maybe Vivian Scott of Texas has the answer.  She comments, It doesn’t matter how a person act, I feel no one should be called the b-word.”

However, if a girlfriend didn’t heed to the warning as laid out by Vivian – LISA ROSS’BIRDLONG of California’s comment might be applicable.  Birdlong comments, “If my best friend/friend had the nerve to pull this crap I would have torn her a new azz….As a woman I make it clear with my circle of friends when it comes to my man, He is off limits period. If you got an issue with him, come talk to me, neva eva TRY to check my man.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS:

Nichele Johnson – “I would not allow it, woman or man to disrespect my spouse. If she went there with him, I would talk with my girl about her choice of words.”

Annette Culpepper – “I would’ve  quietly asked her to leave and we will discuss the incident later.”

JoAnn Kearney Carr – “1. My man can handle his own business, and 2. My best friend, I hope, would never go there. Will be reevaluating that friendship.”

Sheila A Cohen – “(1) if she claims the title best girlfriend then she would know me well enough not to attempt that. (2) if you have a problem with my husband come to me. (3) if you consider me a girlfriend then my husband must at least be a friend and if you can’t except constructive criticism from him our friendship is questionable at best. (4) just in case 1, 2 and 3 don’t work and you still feel like you can disrespect my husband and me when they surgically replace all your teeth I’m sure our friendship will be over!”

Tanya Denise Dennis – “I’d put my arms around her and have her walk away with me so we could discuss why she was so upset.”

Cynthia Taylor – “…Best girlfriend or not, my man always comes first and no one will disrespect him in front of me without being dealt with. In love of course.”

Wendy Waring – “If you have a conversation amongst your girlfriends and the men in your lives are seated in the circle of conversation, and your man is a thinking man who happens to be hearing issues which affect humans, not just men or women, then it’s natural to want to have input. It’s not like they were discussing their menstrual cycles or what it’s like being pregnant. I think 99% is how you say what you say. There are ways to get your point across without acting like you have a penis (wait, scratch that). Without being rude.”

Ayoka Ayanna Munoz – “Well I certainly would not take it lightly and not address it. As a wife, you are cleaved as one to your husband, so she is calling you the same name. Escalation of the situation would not be good, so I wouldn’t yell or strike out violently at that time because that shows the same mental weakness that the perpetrator has. But I would most definitely tell said name caller that she is wrong, out of bounds, and that until she gains some maturity and apologizes to my husband and to me for taking her anger out with name calling, then we won’t have any association at all. It is paramount that your husband know you are one flesh not just in word but in deed too. So that lady and I wouldn’t be talking until she came to her senses.”

Christine-Thérèse Broesamle – I wouldn’t have a friend who did that in the first place.

Colleen Matthews – You don’t want to know! Lol but it wouldn’t happen.

GOOD DAY/NIGHT & GOD BLESS!!!

 RHOA Drama: NeNe Leakes Says Best Friends Hubby, Peter Thomas, Acting Like a B!tch

B-Style: Japanese Youth Embracing Hip-Hop Culture From Braids to Skin Darkening

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B-Style: Japanese Youth Embracing Hip-Hop Culture From Braids to Skin Darkening (Video Screengrab)

A new fad has exploded in Japan — young girls taking their love of black culture to a whole new level. Metropolis report Mao said, “Pale skin is a symbol of beauty in Japan. That is why Japanese girls hate the sun. But nowadays, not all girls hate it. They want dark skin, to look more like American hip-hoppers.”

The “B-style” youth subculture loves everything black, from braiding their hair, urban fashion to darkening their skin at tanning salons. They visit special African hair salons, which are usually found in Japan’s ghettos, to get braids or curly hair.

VICE reports that many of young women and men who embrace the “B-sytle,” work at the Baby Shop, which is a fashion boutique in a mall in Tokyo. The store’s slogan is “Black for Life.” They also hang out at bars like Shibuya and Yataya, both reportedly the “meeting places for hip-hop dancers, rappers and clubbers.”

Hina, an employee of the Baby Shop, who was featured in both reports, said, “Black people look so great and stylish,” says Hina, a Baby Shop employee and focal point of both reports. “When we wear [certain things] it looks vulgar, but not with black people.”

It’s interesting that some people want to be black because of hip-hop and partying, but no-one wants to be black when racial profiling and racism comes into play.

 B Style: Japanese Youth Embracing Hip Hop Culture From Braids to Skin Darkening

Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of “The Late Show”

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of “The Late Show”

BREAKING:  CBS announces Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as host of ‘The Late Show,’ according to CBS Press Express.

Stephen Colbert said: “I’m thrilled and grateful that CBS chose me. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go grind a gap in my front teeth.”

CBS Chairman and CEO Les Moonves said, “Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television.” He added, “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

Woody Allen Under Fire for All-White Cast in Musical Based on The Cotton Club

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Woody Allen Under Fire for Not Casting Any Black Actors in Cotton Club Adaptation

Woody Allen is under fire for reportedly specifying that there be no black stars in his new show, “Bullets Over Broadway,” which is an adaptation of his 1994 screenplay of the same name based on Harlem’s Cotton Club, and stars Zach Braff. The musical opens tonight, as does ‘After Midnight,” which is also based on the Cotton Club.

Kelcy Griffin, is the only non-white person in the production is in a dance ensemble. A Broadway insider told the NY Daily News, “Everyone’s white at Woody’s Cotton Club and in the gangster numbers.” Um, really? How could that be an accurate portrayal of the Cotton Club?

Here we have yet another white person trying to revise black history. The same source also told the newspaper that a “big-name” black actor was being considered but Woody Allen changed his mind, deciding that a “black gangster wouldn’t be good.” That’s despite the play being set in Harlem.

 Woody Allen Under Fire for All White Cast in Musical Based on The Cotton Club

Jury Awards Comedian George Wallace $1.3 Million in Casino Lawsuit

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Jury Awards Comedian George Wallace $1.3 Million in Casino Lawsuit

Comedian George Wallace was awarded $1.3 million by a jury in a lawsuit against Bellagio Las Vegas hotel-casino. He was also awarded additional money for his medical expenses.

The lawsuit stems from the comedian’s claim that he suffered a serious leg injury while performing in December 2007 at the Bellagio.

He was seeking at least $7.1 million from the hotel-casino. The verdict came on Tuesday after two weeks of testimony and about 12 hours of deliberations.

George Wallace testified that he’s permanently hampered by the injured suffered when his leg became entangled in wiring on stage during the 2007 performance.

 

OWN Developing 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Miniseries Starring Octavia Spencer

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OWN Developing 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Miniseries Starring Octavia Spencer

Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network is developing a two-part miniseries, “Tulsa,” about the 1921 Oklahoma race riots. Octavia Spencer, who played Minny in “The Help,” plays a journalist in Tulsa investigating the riots.

The riots claimed the lives of an estimated 300 people, surrounding the segregation laws and the once-prosperous black community of Greenwood, also known as the Black Wall Street.

A 2011 New York Times article addressed the Tulsa riots as “rarely mentioned in history books, classrooms or even in private… an episode so brutal that this city, in a bout of collective amnesia that extended more than a half-century, simply chose to forget it ever happened.”

 OWN Developing 1921 Tulsa Race Riot Miniseries Starring Octavia Spencer

Vybz Kartel Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams

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Vybz Kartel Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder of Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams

Jamaican dance hall singer Vybz Kartel was sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole until he serves at 35 years. Last month, Vybz, whose real name is Adidja Azim Palmer, was found guilty of the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams at his Kingston home.

The Jamaica Gleaner reported that Vybz Kartel, Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell, Kahira Jones and Andre St. John were all sentenced to life in prison. Campbell and Jones are eligible for parole in 25 years, while St. John must serve 30 years.

Tom Tavares-Finson, who is representing Vybz Kartel, plans to appeal the sentence. He is specifically questioning the decision of the trial judge to allow certain phone evidence to be used in court.