Monthly Archives: February 2015

Melissa Harris-Perry Hopes Trayvon ‘Whooped the Sh*t’ Out of Zimmerman Before Death’


We can only imagine what really happened before Trayvon Martin died, but Melissa Harris-Perry is giving her theory on how she wanted the slain teen to go out.

During a speech titled “We Can’t Breathe: The Continuing Consequences of Inequality,” Mediate reports the MSNBC host mentioned that she hoped Martin, “whooped the sh*t out of George Zimmerman” before his death. Harris’ comments were made Monday (Feb. 23) at Cornell University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Lecture.

Martin was 17 and unarmed when he was fatally shot by George Zimmerman in early 2012. Zimmerman went to trial in the case, saying he acted in self-defense. A Florida jury ultimately acquitted him of all charges.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department announced that Zimmerman would not face federal criminal civil rights charges for shooting and killing Marin.

Reacting to Harris-Perry’s comments, Cornell University’s conservative student newspaper, The Cornell Review, labeled them a “shame and an embarrassment” to the school.

The publication uploaded a portion of Harris-Perry’s remarks to YouTube shortly after her speech.

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Missouri’s Public Safety Director To Resign

By The Associated Press

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s public safety director, appointed amid fallout from the fatal Ferguson police shooting of Michael Brown, on Wednesday announced plans to resign only six months into the job.

Director Daniel Isom II in a statement issued by the governor’s office confirmed plans to return to the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he previously taught at the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

“It has been a great honor to serve as the director of public safety during this important time,” Isom said. “But after a long career in law enforcement I have found that my true passion is teaching and I’m eager to return to my students at UMSL.”

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Isom, who is black, in August after Darren Wilson, a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, shot and killed Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year-old. Wilson resigned in November.

Nixon has been criticized for not having enough diversity in his Cabinet, which at that time included no black leaders. In a statement Wednesday, Nixon said Isom “has been a strong leader for the department” the last six months.

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Trayvon Martin’s Mother Says Zimmerman Got Away With Murder

By The Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — The mother of Trayvon Martin says she’s disappointed that federal prosecutors decided not to charge a neighborhood watch volunteer with a hate crime for killing her son three years ago.

Speaking with The Associated Press on Wednesday before the third anniversary of her 17-year-old son’s death, Sybrina Fulton says she still believes George Zimmerman got away with murder.

“He took a life, carelessly and recklessly, and he shouldn’t deserve to have his entire life walking around on the street free. I just believe that he should be held accountable for what he’s done,” Fulton said.

Zimmerman claimed he shot the unarmed teenager in self-defense after confronting Martin while volunteering for his neighborhood watch group. A jury acquitted him of second-degree murder the next year.

The case sparked a national conversation about race, bias and crime in part because Zimmerman, who identifies himself as Hispanic, was not immediately arrested after shooting Martin, who is black.

The U.S. Justice Department announced Tuesday that it found insufficient evidence to establish that Zimmerman willfully deprived Martin of his civil rights or killed him because of his race.

“The Justice Department is the top of the line here,” Fulton said. “But what they found just wasn’t enough.”

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Memphis Police Department Threatens to Demote Black Officers

By NewsOne Staff

The Memphis Police Department has a reputation for discriminating against officers of color. Since the late 1970s, officers within the department have complained that they were passed up for promotions because they were black. In the early 2000s a group of African-American police officers won a legal battle against the department after they accused officials of using race as a factor to determine who would be promoted. Some of the officers were offered promotions following the case. Last year, the federal appeals court retracted the ruling and now the officers have found themselves in a position where they are being reprimanded for speaking up for their rights. The chief administrative officer of the city of Memphis, George Little, is claiming that the new ruling will allow the city to demote the officers and make them pay back the money that they received when they got promoted. “We can say fine, not only are we going to bump you back to whatever your former position was, we want our money back that you weren’t entitled to,” said Little. “Demotion is basically what we’re looking at right now. They’d go back to the rank they were at when all this started.” .

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Racist Holiday Card Allegedly Prompts Pa. Supreme Court Nominee to Withdraw Name

By hollowaylynette

A Pennsylvania Supreme Court nominee withdrew his name for the seat Monday after coming under fire for a racially insensitive 2013 Facebook image he forwarded to colleagues, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Republican Judge Thomas K. Kistler (pictured), president judge in Centre County since 2012, was nominated late last year by Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf to fill a vacancy on the state’s supreme court. The seat will now remain open until elections in November, the report notes.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

The Inquirer reported Friday concern from legislators and others over an e-mail sent in December 2013 by Kistler titled “Merry Christmas From the Johnsons.” The message depicted a Black man and a Black woman during what appears to be a jail visit. The man, smiling and wearing an orange prison uniform, sits behind a glass window.

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A Look At March Magazine Covers Featuring African Americans [VIDEO]

By NewsOneNow

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Roland Martin and “NewsOne Now” take a look at March magazine covers featuring African Americans.

In this inaugural edition of “NewsOne Now’s” new segment, we highlight Tracee Ellis Ross adorning the cover of “Essence Magazine,” Kerry Washington gracing the cover of “InStyle,” Rihanna on “Harper’s Bazaar,” Lupita Nyong’o on the cover of “Lucky,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw taking over “Town and Country USA,” funnyman Kevin Hart holding it down on Men’s Health, Rihanna has a second cover on stands with “I-D magazine,” Taraji P. Henson is on “Uptown Magazine’s” Hollywood issue, Will Smith is on the cover of “Esquire,” Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant are on “GQ Magazine’s” cover and First Lady Michelle Obama adorns the “Cooking Light” magazine’s Family Dinner issue.

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Wait, Civil Rights Groups Sued For Discriminating Against Black-Owned Media?

By NewsOne Staff

A group of Black media owners have filed a $20 billion federal lawsuit against Comcast, Time Warner, Inc., the Rev. Al Sharpton, the NAACP and the National Urban League alleging that the companies discriminated against them and paid the omnipresent activist to “whitewash” their discriminatory practices, the Washington Post writes.

Further, the complaint (PDF) alleges that Comcast gave large donations to Sharpton and civil rights groups to help generate the perception that the company was promoting diversity, although it reportedly was failing to do so, the Post says.

The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles federal court by Entertainment Studios, which was founded by Black producer and comedian Byron Allen and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM), the newspaper writes. The suit comes as regulators weigh a $45 billion merger between Comcast and TWC. The complaint charges that the companies have refused to do business with Allen and other Black media, the Post notes.

Michael A. Hardy, a lawyer for Sharpton’s Harlem-based civil rights organization, the National Action Network, blasted the suit, calling it “frivolous,” according to an email statement released Monday.

“National Action Network has not been served with any papers and considers this claim frivolous,” Hardy states. …read more

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EXCLUSIVE: Erica Garner Slams “Fraudulent Claims” In O’Keefe Video, Announces Foundation

By Sheryl Huggins Salomon

Erica Garner, daughter of slain cigarette seller Eric Garner, says comments she made about Rev. Al Sharpton in a video released by conservative activist James O’Keefe‘s Project Veritas were “taken out of context, edited and released to partisan outlets for nefarious reasons.” The New York Post published the video today, with a story titled, “Garner’s Kid On Sharpton: He’s all About The Money.

In a statement released exclusively to NewsOne, Garner said:

On February 24, 2015, The New York Post released a story claiming that Erica Garner, the daughter of Eric Garner believes that Reverend Al Sharpton of the National Action Network (NAN) is “all about the money” and only wants his face in the front of issues. In response to those fraudulent claims, Erica has released the following statement:

“It is unfortunate that the New York Post and James O’Keefe have taken a moment of reflection and mourning as an opportunity to sow discord and confusion among a peaceful and unified movement. The comments were taken out of context, edited and released to partisan outlets for nefarious reasons. Reverend Sharpton, Cynthia Davis, and NAN are greatly appreciated in their assistance in helping me to fight for justice in my …read more

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Maya Angelou To Be Honored With A First Class U.S. Postage Stamp!

By Shardae Jobson

Maya Angelou, or as we like to call her Mother Maya, will be receiving an amazing Forever Stamp (First Class postage) by the U.S. Postal Service later this year!

The honor was announced yesterday by Postmaster General Megan Brennan. Following the news, she delivered a touching statement about it: “Maya Angelou inspired our nation through a life of advocacy and through her many contributions to the written and spoken word. Her wide-ranging achievements as a playwright, poet, memoirist, educator, and advocate for justice and equality enhanced our culture.” We’re so excited!

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard news of a Black hero and heroine being honored through the American tradition of the everyday stamp publicly. But the U.S. Postal continues to print its Black heritage series, their latest and 38th inductee being Robert Robinson Taylor, America’s first Black architect who was academically trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In an awesome stream of familial achievements, his great granddaughter, Valerie Jarrett, is currently a White House Senior Advisor.

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Ten-Year-Old Prodigy Begins College Courses For Her Math Degree!

By Shardae Jobson

At only ten-years-old, Esther Okade has begun taking college courses to her Open University undergraduate Math degree. She was accepted as a student after acing an exam and winning over Open’s Vice Chancellor with her amazing ambition. To think our middle school teachings of Algebra 101 still gives us nightmares!

Okade was recently profiled by the U.K.’s Telegraph, and is a native of Walsall. She shares similar interests with the average child like playing with toys and watching Frozen (even overseas, they can’t stop singing “Let It Go.”) but she was not like the rest in that she’s dreamt of attending college starting at seven-years-old. For three years, Okade recognized her prowess with numbers and math. To the shock, approval (and secret delight) of her mother Omonefe who is also her home school teacher and mathematician, together they applied to Open with high hopes for Esther.

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