Monthly Archives: February 2015

What Happened To The GOP’s 2012 Black Outreach Website?

By Lynette Holloway

Even before Democrats won the presidential election nearly three years ago, the Republican Party conceded that it needed to be more inclusive of people of color—the voters who essentially delivered President Barack Obama to the White House.

According toBuzzFeed, before the 2012 presidential election, GOPers spent $14,000 on a website that would highlight the achievements of Black people in the Republican Party. But leaders reportedly pulled the plug on the project at the last minute after leaders changed their minds.

Writes BuzzFeed:

According to tax documents obtained by the BuzzFeed News, the RNC spent $14,000 on production, but the site never launched. Crystal Wright, the political strategist who created the campaign, said she was told that the RNC cooled on the idea, which had been in the works since late 2011. RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer, in a meeting with Mike Vallante, chief of staff to RNC co-chair Sharon Day, and then-coalitions director Tom Kise, threw cold water on the website idea, according to Wright.

“I was told by the co-chair’s office the leadership at the RNC said it didn’t want to launch a black outreach website without activities to support it,” Wright said in an email to BuzzFeed News. “In …read more

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Man Creates Dating Site For Himself [VIDEO]

By NewsOne Now

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It’s WTH?! Thursday on “NewsOne Now” and we’re taking a look at some of the most insane stories to cross news wires this week.

25-year-old Brooklyn-based bartender, Brandon Scott Wolf launched a dating site just for himself to stack the odds of him finding a date in his favor. For all of you who are interested in hooking up with the single bartender, visit www.DateBrandonScottWolf.com.

8-year-old Shelby Counterman raises thousands of hissing cockroaches in her Tulsa Oklahoma home. She lines the plastic containers she keeps the little buggers in with vaseline so they don’t escape.

Unfortunately there is an app for those who want to share the sound of their flatulence with the rest of the world. The “Fartners” app allows users to share their farts, comment, like, rate, play and re-play sounds of the thunder from down under.

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Heart Disease, African-Americans, How To Administer Life-Saving CPR

By NewsOne Now

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February is American Heart Month, and Dr. Karla Robinson and Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, from Urban Housecall joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to share some important information on heart health and perform a quick lesson in the life-saving skill of CPR.

African Americans have higher incidences of all the chronic medical issues which include diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These chronic ailments can also lead to heart disease.

Dr. Robert C. Robinson said, “and in turn we have higher instances of death as it relates to heart disease.”

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Dr. Karla Robinson explained that heart disease is very broad, “It can range from heart attacks. It can range from congestive heart failure and sudden cardiac arrest.” She also said, as a result of the diseases previously mentioned, the heart can go into sudden cardiac arrest and an individual would need CPR.

Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob highlighted “hands-only CPR” as a way of administering life saving care to an individual who may be experiencing a heart attack without having to breath into their mouth.

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Lee Daniels Claims “Reverse Racism” Hurt Mo’Nique. Really?

By Michael Arceneaux

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For the last several days, Mo’Nique and Lee Daniels have been revisiting a conversation they had privately years ago in public spaces. This rehash of history started with Mo’Nique informing The Hollywood Reporter that director Lee Daniels told her after winning an Oscar for a role she played in his film Precious that she had been “blackballed.” The reason: “Because you didn’t play the game.”

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This includes “making unreasonable demands” like requesting compensation for participating in promotion of the film as well as not being particularly gracious to those that worked on Precious. There have been other reasons cited from third parties about her alleged bad attitude, not to mention that of her husband and manager, Sidney Hicks. In “About That Time Mo’Nique’s Husband Threatened Me…And Why Hollywood Blackballed Them,” Sian-Pierre Regis recounts how Hicks called him and proceeded to yell at him and threaten to get him fired for attempting to do a segment on the designer dressing Mo’Nique for the Oscars.

Lee Daniels has since chimed in himself.

Speaking with CNN’s Don Lemon, Daniels characterized Mo’Nique has “brilliant” …read more

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George Clooney Sheds Light On The Rape & Genocide Still Happening In Darfur

By Shardae Jobson

In 2005, we were all talking about Darfur. Two years prior, a war of words emerged between the uprising of liberated group against the Sudanese government, who they believed were oppressing the non-Arab community. The latter’s answer to the conflict was slaughtering hundreds of innocent civilians. Eleven years later, George Clooney, along with John Prendergast and Akshaya Kumarand, have shared their thoughts in The New York Times as a reminder to world that the horror in Darfur is still happening and the battlefield is littered even more with an epidemic of raping the women and girls there.

A decade ago, Americans were moved to react as the Save Darfur organization was created in New York, and Ryan Gosling put on a white shirt that read “Darfur” in simple black text at the 2005 MTV Movie Awards, forcing the tragedy to be recognized by a pop culture audience. Yet it has taken an Academy Award winner to place it back on our international conscious. George Clooney on Sudan’s Rape of Darfur contains neither an angry or desperate tone, but a moralistic one. Clooney, Prendergast and Kumarand know that the world has forgotten about Darfur, but that’s exactly what …read more

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Butt Injection “Michelangelo” Murder Trial Continues

By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Gothic hip-hop artist who called herself “the Michelangelo of buttocks injections” testified at her murder trial on Thursday that she got into body sculpting 20 years ago to help transgender friends and has since performed thousands of procedures.

Padge-Victoria Windslowe, who also rapped under the name Black Madam, is charged in the death of a college student she injected with low-grade silicone at a Philadelphia airport motel in 2011.

Windslowe said she thought the 20-year-old London break-dancer was in distress afterward because she had been drinking alcohol. She checked on her through an intermediary the next day and learned she was dead with the words: “R.I.P., Baby.”

“The way she said it was just … really cold, really indifferent,” Windslowe said. “I say that because ‘R.I.P,’ that rang through my soul for four years.”

Prosecutors say Windslowe’s reckless injections injured numerous clients, several of whom testified of debilitating injuries after their procedures at airport hotels and “pumping parties.” Windslowe ordered silicone by the gallon and syringes by the case.

Windslowe, 45, said she was trained by the doctor in South America who performed her 1994 sex-change operation and another in Thailand.

She said she ultimately opened a medical tourism business with the …read more

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The Obamas Host Reception To Honor Black History Month

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is celebrating what he calls “the central role that African Americans have played in every aspect of American life.”

Obama was joined by his wife Michelle as they hosted a White House reception Thursday for Black History Month.

The president said his family, including daughters Sasha and Malia will visit Selma, Alabama next week to honor the 50th anniversary of historic civil rights marches across the state. He said the trip will also note the upcoming 50th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act.

Obama said the visit is to pay tribute to civil rights legends who participated in the march like Martin Luther King Jr. and John Lewis — now a congressman from Georgia — as well as “countless American heroes whose names aren’t in the history books, that aren’t etched on marble somewhere— ordinary men and women.”

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NY Judge Keeps Job Despite Being Overheard Making “Country N****rs” Joke

By Ruth Manuel-Logan

Judge Gerald Popeo (pictured), a Utica City, New York judge was accused of denigrating Blacks and others. Despite his actions, he got to keep his job, according to Syracuse.com.

Popeo is alleged to have used a racial slur after a session in his court when he asked an African-American attorney if he knew what New York City Blacks call Black people from upstate New York. When the lawyer said he had no response to the question Popeo posed, the judge allegedly said, “country n***ers.”

Popeo has vehemently denied making the berating remark.

Two lawyers said they heard it, the paper reports.

There have been other accusations against the Popeo, such as in 2011, he twice referred to a prosecutor as a “cigar store Indian” for not being more aggressive in court. Again in 2011, Popeo came under fire after he was criticized for telling a public defender to “shut up” before then lashing out at a defendant who had smirked in the courtroom. “You’re standing there with a grin that I would love to get off the bench and slap off your face,” Popeo bellowed.

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Battle For Internet Regulation Nears End, With President As Likely Victor

By NewsOne Staff

Earlier this week senior Republicans bowed out of the fight with President Obama over the regulation of Internet service. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission will likely approve regulating Internet service like a public utility, prohibiting the practice of paying for faster lanes on the Internet. “We’re not going to get a signed bill that doesn’t have Democrats’ support,” said Senator John Thune, (R, South Dakota), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee. “This is an issue that needs to have bipartisan support.” .


Dori J. Maynard, President of the Robert C. Maynard Institute, Dies

Dori J. Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard institute for Journalism Education, has died. Maynard, who devoted her career to diversifying the journalism industry, succumb to her battle with lung cancer. In 2001 she took the helm of the institute, which was co-founded by her father Robert C. Maynard. Maynard used her platform to bring racial issues to the forefront of different conversations. “Dori was an amazing force for good in journalism,” said Dawn Garcia, managing director of the Knight Fellowships at Stanford University. “When others were shying away from speaking about race, Dori was fearless. She made an amazing difference for so many people and …read more

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College Student Accused Of Rape Says He Was Reenacting ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’

By Danielle Young, Lifestyle Editor

When life imitating art goes wrong. Mohammad Hossain, a 19-year-old college student is being accused of raping a classmate and he is being charged with one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault. If convicted, the felony is punishable by six to 30 years behind bars, authorities said.

Hossain told authorities that he was reenacting scenes from “Fifty Shades of Grey” when he brought the 19-year-old fellow student back to his University of Illinois at Chicago dorm room over the weekend and used multiple belts to tie her down, assault and beat her.

Allegedly, the encounter was consensual. Hossain asked the woman — a UIC student he had previously “been intimate with,” but was not currently romantically involved with — to strip for him, Steve Campbell, a spokesperson for State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, told The Post. The victim said she had “previously been intimate” with Hossain, but the two weren’t dating and the abuse was far from consensual, said Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Karr.

The victim told police that she removed all of her clothing in his direction, except for her underwear, before her hands …read more

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