NY Times’ Charles Blow “Fuming” Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cop

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops

NY Times Columnist Charles Blow Tweets Son Stopped at Gunpoint by Yale Cops (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

New York Times columnist Charles Blow ranted on Twitter about his son, Tahj, allegedly being stopped at gunpoint by a Yale University cop because he “fit the description” of a suspect they were looking for:

A spokesman for Yale University reportedly confirmed that police stopped a student Saturday but did not disclose the name or address allegations that it was at gunpoint.

According to a university spokesperson, Yale police responded to emergency calls Saturday from undergraduates in Trumbull College. “Several students reported that an individual had just entered their rooms under false pretenses, pretending to be looking for someone.”

The spokesperson states in an email that students at the College had been victims of a burglary that week and “a person matching the physical description of the individual, as well as the story of “looking for someone” has been seen several times in the college.”

On Saturday night, students called police and described the suspect as a tall, African-American, college-aged student wearing a black jacket and a red and white hat, the spokesperson states.

“This was the description that Yale police used as they converged on Trumbull and attempted to track down the suspect. During the efforts to locate and detain the suspect, a Yale College student, who closely matched the description of the suspect, was briefly detained and released by Yale police.”

The real suspect was apprehended and was charged with multiple felonies.

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain’s Anti-Muslim Op-Ed

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain's Anti-Muslim Op-Ed

Vanderbilt Students Protest Professor Carol Swain’s Anti-Muslim Op-Ed (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Vanderbilt University professor Carol Swain sparked outrage among some students after she published an anti-Muslim op-ed in The Tennessean, entitled, “Charlie Hebdo attacks prove critics were right about Islam.”

Swain wrote, “Islam is not like other religions in the United States, that it poses an absolute danger to us and our children unless it is monitored better than it has been under the Obama administration.”

Civic education and other indicators of assimilation should be a prerequisite for remaining and advancing in this nation. We must be willing to recognize the dangers of the burka (head-to-toe garb worn by women in some Islamic sects), which allows individuals to completely conceal their identities.

If Muslims are to thrive in America, and if we are to be safe, then we must have ground rules that protect the people from those who disdain the freedoms that most of the world covets. Source: The Tennessean

Carol Swain wrote in a Facebook post, “I received worldwide support for my op-ed on Islam, including support from Muslims and individuals who have lived in Muslim lands.”

She also wrote, “someone mailed an obscene gift of a fake body part belonging to a male to my law school office. The gift speaks volumes about the morals and level of intelligence of my critics.”

LOL: Dinesh D’Souza Compares Himself to Martin Luther King Jr.

Dinesh D'Souza Compares Himself to Martin Luther King Jr.

Dinesh D’Souza Compares Himself to Martin Luther King Jr. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza got blasted on Twitter after comparing himself to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yes, he had the nerve to compare himself to the civil rights icon.

D’Souza tweeted: “AN INTERESTING PARALLEL: MLK was targeted by J. Edgar Hoover, an unsavory character; I was targeted by the equally unsavory B. Hussein Obama.”

Um, that’s not even funny. It’s pathetic. MLK stood for something quite unlike Dinesh D’Souza.

Here are some tweets mocking Dinesh D’Souza:

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias

1st Black Academy Prez Cheryl Boone Isaacs Denies Oscar Awards Racial Bias (Photo Credit: Video Screengrab)

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first black president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, denied there is a racial bias in Hollywood as a firestrom erupted over the all-white nominees in the major categories for this year’s Oscar Awards.

Boone Isaacs was asked by Vulture if the Academy has a diversity issue. She responded, “Not at all.” She said, “The good news is that the wealth of talent is there, and it’s being discussed, and it’s helpful so much for talent, whether in front of the camera or behind the camera, to have this recognition, to have this period of time where there is a lot of publicity, a lot of chitter-chatter.”

Boone Isaacs said “Selma” was a great movie and acknowledged that the awards can get “very competitive.” Um, I doubt that will assauge Rev. Al Sharpton, who called an emergency meeting to address the mostly all-white nominees. The Asian Pacific American Media Coalition also weighed in on the lack of diversity saying, “the nominations balloting “obviously reflects a lack of diversity in Oscar voters as well as in films generally,”” the Daily Mail reports.

“What is important not to lose sight of is that ‘Selma,’ which is a fantastic motion picture, was nominated for best picture this year, and the best picture category is voted on by the entire membership of around 7,000 people,” Boone Isaacs said.

Besides best picture, the film received just one additional nod — for original song — in what was widely viewed as a significant snub. But fans shouldn’t feel that way, she said: “It’s nominated for the Oscar for best picture. It’s an award that showcases the talent of everyone involved in the production of the movie ‘Selma.'”

Boone Isaacs says the five best actor nominees — Bradley Cooper (“American Sniper”), Steve Carell (“Foxcatcher”), Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Imitation Game”), Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) and Michael Keaton (“Birdman”) — “are all at the top of their game.”

“There are quite a few actors this year at the top of their game,” she said. “There are five nominees and this year, these were the five.”

Diversity outreach is spread among the academy’s 17 branches, she said, since existing members recruit new ones.

“This is a membership organization, so we are all involved in this discussion and moving the subject of diversity forward,” she said. “It’s very important for us to continue to make strides to increase our membership and the recognition of talent.” Source: Daily Mail

It’s ridiculous for Boone Isaacs to suggest that David Oyelowo wasn’t on his game to the level of Bradley Cooper, Steve Carell and the others. It is also very disingenuous for Rev. Al Sharpton to pounce on this latest incident solely in the context of the Selma movie snub, but it should be viewed in the broader context of why the Academy is made up of 93 percent whites and mostly males?

Fox’s Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Fox's Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage

Fox’s Shepard Smith: Some States that Fought Integration, Fighting Same-Sex Marriage (Photo Credit: Google Maps)

Every now and then, someone of Fox News makes sense. Shepard Smith compared the states resisting same sex marriage in the U.S. to those states who wanted to keep segregation in tact in the U.S. during the Civil Rights Movement. This comes as the U.S. Supreme Court will hear four different cases challenging same-sex marriage in four different states — Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

Smith said, “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well.”

“Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable. Those are the places where this is going to turn out to be the most difficult, especially if the Supreme Court stays with what has seemed to be a trend toward inclusion and away from discrimination.”

He addressed Wall Street Journal editor John Bussey’s comment that “there’s still disagreement on this issue within the American population, saying, “There’s still disagreement on segregation.”

New Yorker Cover: MLK Marches with Eric Garner, Wenjian Liu, Trayvon Martin & Michael Brown

The New Yorker magazine is making a strong statement on its latest cover showing Martin Luther King Jr. linking arms with Eric Garner and slain NYPD officer Wenjian Liu. Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown are also featured.

New Yorker Cover: MLK Links Arms with Eric Garner, Wenjian Liu

New Yorker Cover: MLK Links Arms with Eric Garner, Wenjian Liu (Photo Credit: New Yorker)

Barry Blitt, who drew the cartoon for the “Dream of Reconciliation” cover story said, “It struck me that King’s vision was both the empowerment of African-Americans, the insistence on civil rights, but also the reconciliation of people who seemed so hard to reconcile.” “In New York and elsewhere, the tension between the police and the policed is at the center of things. Like Trayvon Martin and Eric Garner, Michael Brown and Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, Martin Luther King was taken way too early. It is hard to believe things would have got as bad as they are if he was still around today.”

Oprah Winfrey, Selma Stars to Lead March in Selma for MLK Birthday

Oprah Winfrey, Selma Stars to Lead March in Selma for MLK Birthday

Oprah Winfrey, Selma Stars to Lead March in Selma for MLK Birthday

Oprah Winfrey and “Selma” stars to lead march in Selma to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Director Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo (who played Dr. King in the movie), who were snubbed for an Oscar nomination, take part in the march. Rapper Common, who was nominated for an Oscar for a song in the film, “Glory,” along with John Legend, will also take part in the march.

Mediaite reports the Selma march will be held on Sunday and will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Rep. Terri Sewell. The film will also be screen after the march.

New Yorker Magazine cover pays tribute to MLK, Wenjian Liu, Eric Garner

New Yorker Magazine cover pays tribute to MLK, Wenjian Liu, Eric Garner (Photo credit: New Yorker)

Separately, the New Yorker magazine’s latest cover honors Dr. King and his legacy by showing him marching with Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and slain police officer Wenjian Liu.

 

Rev. Al Sharpton Upset Over “Appalling” All-White Oscar Nominees

Report: Rev. Al Sharpton Upset Over "Appalling" All-White Oscar Nominees

Report: Rev. Al Sharpton Upset Over “Appalling” All-White Oscar Nominees (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

OPINION — Did Rev. Al Sharpton really call for an emergency meeting to address the “appalling” all-white Oscar nominees this year? Did he forget that last year “12 Years a Slave” made waves? I guess that’s the same excuse the Oscar voters are tossing out too. I was upset Ava DuVernay wasn’t nominated for Best Director for “Selma.” I get it that there were some fudging of some historical facts in the movie, but why hold “Selma” to a higher standard than “JFK” and “Gone with the Wind?”

I admit, the list of all-white nominees in the major categories is a little jarring, but it hardly rises to the level of calling an emergency meeting. Sharpton has been pretty quiet on how the Oscar voters became mostly white to begin with. This didn’t happen in 2015.

“The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets,” Sharpton quipped in a statement released later in the afternoon.

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“I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards,” he said.

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Said Sharpton: “The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history.” Source: Yahoo Finance

Rev. Al Sharpton issued statement via his National Action Network website: “The lack of diversity in today’s Oscar nominations is appalling and while it is good that Selma was nominated for ‘Best Picture,’ it’s ironic that they nominated a story about the racial shutout around voting while there is a racial shutout around the Oscar nominations. With all of the talent in Selma and other Black movies this year, it is hard to believe that we have less diversity in the nominations today than in recent history. National Action Network (NAN) has formed a task force on the movie industry to deal with diversity as I engage in dialogue with Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal. The movie industry is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher you get, the whiter it gets. I have called an emergency meeting early next week in Hollywood with the task force to discuss possible action around the Academy Awards.”

MLK Kids Back in Court As Squabble Over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible Continue

MLK Kids Back in Court As Squabble Over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible Continue

MLK Kids Back in Court As Squabble Over Nobel Peace Prize, Bible Continue (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

MLK KIDS:  The children of Martin Luther King Jr. were back in court on Tuesday as their squabble continues over his Nobel Peace prize and bible. The judge listen to each side present their arguments but did not issue a ruling.  A trial is set for Feb. 16, but is likely to be pushed back by a week.

This squabble, which pits Martin King III and his brother Dexter King against their sister Bernice King, has been ongoing for several months. Money and more money is at the heart of this squabble and it’s just shameful.

Bernice King wants to keep the items, which she believes are sacred, while her brothers may be open to selling them.

Dexter King made his first appearance in court today and would not admit he wanted to sell the items.

King said, “This is not an issue of wanting to sell them. This is an issue of ownership and retrieving property. An individual has sequested property that belongs to the corporation. We just want it back in its proper place, so that it can be protected,” the AJC reports.

Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart is 1st Marine to Lead Defense Intelligence Agency

Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart the First Marine to Lead Defenses Intelligence Agency

Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart the First Marine to Lead Defenses Intelligence Agency (Photo Credit: Defense of Defense)

Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart, who is black, is the first Marine to lead the Defense Intelligence Agency. He will also become the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.

Stewart will assume his new duties on Jan. 23 during a ceremony at DIA headquarters at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, according to a DIA press release.

Maj. Gen. Vincent Stewart served most recently as Commander, Marine Forces Cyber Command. Prior to that assignment, he served as Director of Intelligence, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps in Washington, D.C.,” the DIA said in a release.