Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress

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Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Stuntwoman Blasts “Gotham” for Using Blackface on White Actress (Photo Credit: Gotham video screengrab)

Jada Pinkett-Smith’s stuntowman, Kelsee Devoreaux,  is putting “Gotham” on blast for using blackface on a white actress for an episode. I guess I would be pissed too, considering there are black stuntwomen out there that the show could have used.

More from RadarOnline:

Eagerly anticipated FOX TV show Gotham debuted to strong ratings and critical acclaim earlier this fall. But now, RadarOnline.com has learned, the primetime drama is coming under heavy criticism — and even accusations of racism — after a white actress’ face was reportedly painted black so she could double for an African-American actress. On the heels of the scandal, Jada Pinkett Smith’s stuntwoman is speaking out exclusively to Radar about the sticky situation — and why she says it still has not been resolved.

Earlier this month, Deadline published an explosive article slamming the show for the cover-up, and the WB later apologized. “A mistake was made this week in casting a stunt woman for a guest star in a particular scene on the show,” the studio said in a statement. “The situation has been rectified, and we regret the error.”

Kelsee Devoreaux, longtime stuntwoman for Pinkett Smith, who plays the character Fish Mooney on Gotham, says the scandal was even more unnerving because she had been explicitly told there was no stunt work for Smith’s character.

Radar has learned that Devoreaux contacted the show’s stunt coordinator in March offering her services, and was told Smith’s character did not need any stunt doubles. According to Devoreaux’s IMDB page, she stood in for the star in Hawthorne, Terminator Salvation, Lincoln Heights, The Haunted Mansion, The Matrix Reloaded, and more, before being snubbed by the show.

“This did happen and it will not and should not ever be tolerated, especially in today’s age. This is 2014 and it is not acceptable,” she says.

What’s more, she claims, “Jada definitely knows about this,” although it is not certain that it was Pinkett Smith’s stunt person that was painted black by the stunt-coordinator for the show.

When Radar contacted SAG about the incident, they claim that “the circumstance has been resolved.”

However, Devoreax claims otherwise.

“This situation has not been resolved,” she tells Radar, adding, “The stunt-coordinator who may have been responsible for this is still working on the show!”

“If being resolved means the person responsible for this has not been fired, than nothing has been resolved,” she continues.

Deveroux also claims to know the stunt double whose face was painted black by Gotham’s stunt coordinator.

“She was so freaked out and uncomfortable by this situation, that she contacted SAG immediately,” Deveroux says.

Following the incident a spokesperson for the union also told Deadline, “Thus far, no one working on this production has brought this to our attention so we have no comment on this specific allegation.”

A SAG rep insisted to Radar, “With respect to this issue in general, the relevant SAG-AFTRA contract is clear: the practice known as “painting down” is presumptively improper. It further states that when the stunt performer doubles for a role which is identifiable as Black/African American and the race of the double is also identifiable, stunt coordinators shall endeavor to cast qualified persons of the same sex and/or race involved. In other words: the practice of “painting down” is unacceptable anywhere and particularly so in a production center like New York City with so many qualified stuntwomen of color trained for this type of work.”

Indeed, Devoreaux says she explicitly contacted the show for that reason.

“There is simply no excuse when all casting directors and stunt coordinators need to do is reach out to the union so we can help them identify people who can compete for these opportunities,” the SAG rep continued. “Each and every day we consult with industry professionals to ensure that they are able to access the pool of diverse talent around the country to meet their casting needs—from our own searchable database of union members to referrals to outside organizations to crafting an inclusive job notice to encourage appropriate candidates to apply.

Report: Michael Brown Struggled with Darren Wilson Before Fatal Shooting

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Report: Michael Brown Struggled with Darren Wilson Before Fatal Shooting

The official autopsy report shows teen Michael Brown had a struggle with Ferguson cop Darren Wilson, that eventually led to his murder.  The official autopsy conflicts with the independent autopsy the family had done. Dr. Michael Baden said it doesn’t appear that the shots were fired at close range. It will be interesting to read the results of the Department of Justice-ordered autopsy report.

Here’s more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The accompanying toxicology report shows he had been using marijuana. Those documents, prepared by the St. Louis County medical examiner and obtained by the Post-Dispatch, provide the most detailed description to date of the wounds Brown sustained in a confrontation Aug. 9 with Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson.

A source with knowledge of Wilson’s statements said the officer had told investigators that Brown had struggled for Wilson’s pistol inside a police SUV and that Wilson had fired the gun twice, hitting Brown once in the hand. Later, Wilson fired additional shots that killed Brown and ignited a national controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, reviewed the autopsy report for the newspaper. He said Tuesday that it “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

This comes as Officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury testimony was leaked. Perhaps the leaks are to soften the blow of the possible decision not to file charges against the officer. Or it’s to create a version of the story that whites are comfortable with. Um, so Officer Wilson tussled with Michael Brown, shot him in the squad car and then followed him when he ran away. Clearly his life wasn’t in danger when he followed the teen. Why didn’t he call for back-up?

Dr. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.” She added, “If he has his hand near the gun when it goes off, he’s going for the officer’s gun.”

Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown’s blood had been found on Wilson’s gun. Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.

She said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.

So, let’s say Michael Brown did charge Officer Wilson and was very aggressive, does it warrant shooting him multiple times, even when he was already seriously wounded?

The Justice Department is understandably quite upset about the leaks:

Wth a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks.

New details from the inquiry into Michael Brown’s Aug. 9 death — all provided by unidentified sources and which seem to support Officer Darren Wilson’s story of what happened that day — have emerged in St. Louis and national news outlets in recent days.

The U.S. Department of Justice condemned the leaks Wednesday as “irresponsible and highly troubling” and said, “There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”

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A Justice Department spokeswoman responded in a statement to the Los Angeles Times: “The department considers the selective release of information in this investigation to be irresponsible and highly troubling. Since the release of the convenience-store footage, there seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case.”

The reference to the convenience-store footage alluded to a video released by Ferguson police on the same day they disclosed Wilson’s identity. The video showed Brown apparently intimidating a store clerk shortly before the shooting.

Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American, a newspaper for black audiences, said law enforcement officials had offered him the leaks, saying “they had been briefed on the evidence and it didn’t look good for Michael Brown supporters,” but he declined and decried “third-party hearsay” in an editorial for the paper.

“Tensions are so high that preparations for riots, if Wilson walks free, are discussed in sober terms in local and national media and on street corners,” the American said in its editorial. “The editors of these powerful publications have shown a lapse in judgment and ethics that is not only shameful, but actually dangerous. We declare a mistrial in the court of public opinion.”

Georgia Democratic Party Plays on Ferguson Unrest in Early Voting Flyer

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Georgia Democratic Party Plays on Ferguson Unrest in Early Voting Flyer

The Georgia Democratic Party mailed early voting flyers playing on the Ferguson unrest stemming from the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson. The flyer reads: “If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change. The choices may not always be perfect, but the cost of inaction is simply too great.”

It’t troublesome to invoke the Ferguson unrests in the voting process, particularly since the grand jury is still deliberating whether or not Darren Wilson will be charged. Yes, there are a myriad of problems confronting the black community, but why not stick to the issues we are grappling with in the state of Georgia, such as the high unemployment rate?

Still, we know there’s another reason for stirring up the hornet’s nest — Democrats expect to be shellacked in the midterm elections unless the black voter turnout is very large.

Separately, a mysterious flyer, that includes lynching imagery, has been circulating in North Carolina saying if Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan doesn’t win reelection, President Obama’s impeachment will begin. The flyer said it is paid for by the Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County, Fayetteville Observer reports.

MO Gov. Jay Nixon to Form Ferguson Commission as Michael Brown Shooting Protests Continue

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MO Gov. Jay Nixon to Form Ferguson Commission as Michael Brown Shooting Protests Continue

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to form the Ferguson commission as protests over Michael Brown’s death continues with calls for Officer Darren Wilson’s arrest. This comes as details concerning Wilson’s testimony before the grand jury were leaked to the NY Times. The reports state that Brown’s blood was found inside Wilson’s squad car and on his uniform.

Nixon on the Ferguson unrest:  “Our streets can not be battlefields.” He also said, “For too many, the claim of inalienable rights … rings hollow.”

US Supreme Court Votes to Uphold Texas Voter ID Law

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US Supreme Court Votes to Uphold Texas Voter ID Law (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

The U.S. Supreme Court says the controversial Texas voter ID law can be used for the November election. Early voting begins on Monday.

SCOTUS rejected an emergency appeal from the Department of Justice and civil rights groups to bar the state from requiring voters to produce certain forms of photo identification in order to vote.

The law was struck down by a federal judge last week but was upheld by a federal appeals court. The federal Judge Nelva Gonzales called the voter ID law an “unconstitutional poll tax.”

Judge Gonzales found that roughly 600,000 voters, mostly black or Latino, could be turned away from the polls due to a lack of acceptable photo identification.

NAACP Legal Defense Fund President Sherrilyn Ifill said the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Texas voter ID law “is an affront to our democracy.”

Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for Jordan Davis Murder

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Michael Dunn Sentenced to Life in Prison for Jordan Davis Murder (Photo credit: Video Screengrab)

#BREAKING:  Michael Dunn sentenced to life in prison without parole for first degree murder of unarmed black teen Jordan Davis in loud music case. He was also sentenced to 105 years for four lesser charges, including attempted murder and firing into a vehicle. The judge told Dunn that his life is “effectively over.”

Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be “Taken Alive” for Unleashing Ebola on White People

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Larry Klayman: Obama Must Be “Taken Alive” for Unleashing Ebola on White People (Photo Credit: FreedomWatch.org)

Larry Klayman is accusing President Obama of unleashing the deadly Ebola virus on white people. There are no words for this lunacy, but no-one should be surprised at this right wing freakout:

Conservative legal activist Larry Klayman has filed a lawsuit against President Obama for “providing material support and aid to international terrorism and facilitating terrorism” by not implementing a travel ban on people from countries facing an Ebola outbreak.

Health experts have advised against enacting a travel ban, explaining that such a move might actually increase the risk of an outbreak, but Klayman has his own idea as to why the Obama administration hasn’t enacted a ban: anti-white racism.

Klayman writes in his weekly column that “Obama has favored his African brothers over the rest of us by allowing them free entry into this country” and “relegating whites and others who are not black or Muslim to the back of the bus has become an invidious form of reverse discrimination. This was not right when blacks were subjected to this treatment, and it is not right now – particularly given its deadly implications.”

“I do not advocate violence, and I want Obama to be taken alive to be deported and pay for his inadequacies under the rule of law,” Klayman writes. “But he must be forced from office as soon as possible, before all is lost.” Source: Right Wing Watch

I’m pretty sure Rush Limbaugh is giving his two cents too, but why bother commenting on what the nutjobs are saying? It defies logic.

GOPer Debbie Dunnegan: I Meant “No Ill Intent” Calling for Obama Overthrow

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GOPer Debbie Dunnegan: I Meant “No Ill Intent” Calling for Obama Overthrow (Photo credit: JeffCo.org)

Missouri Republican official Debbie Dunnegan said she meant no “ill intent” when she asked on Facebook if the military could overthrow “domestic enemy” President Barack Obama. Um, then you wonder why blacks are up in arms in Missouri. Dunnegan, the Jefferson County Recorder of Deeds, is up for reelection in November. I urge all the black voters in Missouri to vote for her opponent.

According to a screenshot published by Progress Missouri, Dunnegan referred to President Obama as “our domestic enemy.” She wrote in the post, “I have a question for all my friends who have served or are currently serving in our military…having not put on a uniform nor taken any type of military oath, there has to be something that I am just not aware of. But I cannot and do not understand why no action is being taken against our domestic enemy. I know he is supposedly the commander in chief, but the constitution gives you the authority.”

Debbie Dunnegan claims her comments were taken out of context, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. She told the newspaper, “Something innocent and simpe got twisted into a disaster because it’s an election.” She added, “I meant no ill intent toward the president. I meant no ill intent toward anybody.” How so? It’s crystal clear that she is calling for President Obama to be overthrown in a military coup because he is our “domestic enemy.”

Ms. Dunnegan hasn’t read the Constitution, has she? Military coup to overthrow the president? She has been watching way too much TV. It’s clear she hasn’t been reading.

Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law

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Appeals Court Reinstates Texas Voter ID Law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

TEXAS VOTER ID LAW:  An appeals court judge overturned a ruling by a federal court judge reinstating the Texas voter ID law remain in place when early voting starts next week. This sets up a possible appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of new Orleans-based court announced Tuesday afternoon that it had issued a stay of a Corpus Christi federal court’s ruling that likened the law to a “poll tax” and deemed it unconstitutional. The Texas Attorney General’s office appealed the ruling to the 5th Circuit, but also asked for an emergency stay so the law implemented in 2013 could remain in place for next month’s election.

“In light of the importance of maintaining the status quo on the eve of an election, we find that the traditional factors for granting a stay favor granting one here,” the court wrote.The plaintiffs opposing the strict law likely will appeal the stay to the full court, to the Supreme Court, or both benches simultaneously. Source: Houston Chronicle

Phyllis Schlafly: Obama Bringing in Ebola Virus to Make US Look Like Africa

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Phyllis Schlafly: Obama Bringing in Ebola Virus to Make US Look Like Africa (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Eagle Forum founder and right wingnut Phyllis Schlafly implies that President Obama is intentionally bringing the deadly Ebola virus to America to make us more like Africa.

Here’s more from Right Wing Watch:

In an interview with WorldNetDaily published today, Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly weighed in on the unfounded theory gaining traction in the right-wing media that Central American young people are to blame for an outbreak of a childhood respiratory illness in the U.S.

“There are all kinds of diseases in the rest of the world, and we don’t want them in this country,” Schlafly told WND, adding that “of all the things [Obama has] done, I think this thing of letting these diseased people into this country to infect our own people is just the most outrageous of all.”

She went on to imply that President Obama is intentionally allowing people infected with Ebola into the United States because he wants America to be “just like everybody else, and if Africa is suffering from Ebola, we ought to join the group and be suffering from it, too. That’s his attitude.”

Phyllis Schlafly uttered this nonsense with a straight face. Wow. There are no words….