Monthly Archives: January 2018

Walmart Sued For Locking Up Black Hair Care Products In Glass Case

By Ny Magee,

Walmart is being sued by Essie Grundy for discrimination after the retailer allegedly placed African-American hair products inside a locked case, while similar products marketed to non-black folks were easily available.

Famed attorney Gloria Allred is representing the California woman and they held an afternoon news conference Friday.

“It was something I had to stand up for,” said Grundy. “I would like the glass to go down, and for things to go back to the way it was, where it’s not segregated and everything is where everyone can get what they need.”

Gloria Allred & Essie Grundy file a racial discrimination lawsuit against @Walmart for locking up products targeting African-American customers. @CBSLA

— Joy Benedict (@joybenedict) January 26, 2018

Grundy said she was discriminated against at a Walmart located at 1800 N. Perris Blvd. in Perris on Jan. 12. According to her lawsuit, when she went inside the store to buy beauty products she was startled to find the items used by African-Americans “segregated” and monitored by security cameras.

The mother of five also claims she was not allowed to touch the lotion she wanted to buy until she purchased it. Grundy felt …read more

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How Black Folks Can Use Social Media To Help When Black Children Go Missing

By Clarissa Hamlin

Anther Black family is left with tears, heavy hearts and unanswered questions about the tragic death of a teen. Jholie Moussa, only 16, was found dead on Friday after she went missing from her home in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County, Virginia.

It took two weeks after Moussa disappeared for multiple police departments and the FBI to search and recover her, a time span that if cut short could have resulted in a search and rescue. She went missing on January 12 after telling her twin sister that she was heading to a party in Norfolk, nearly 200 miles away from her home, NBC Washington reported. Her family, knowing Moussa had behaved oddly but having to wait out the 24-hour time period before reporting a missing child, informed authorities of her disappearance the next day on January 13.

Fairfax County police entered Moussa into the National Crime Information Center database as a runaway juvenile. They issued a statement that nothing about the teen’s case indicated that she was in danger. Apparently, her behavior and the mysterious circumstances under which she had gone missing wasn’t enough to alert authorities that something may have been seriously wrong. Detectives spoke with …read more

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Chenault Dealt With Crises, Competition As Head Of AmEx

By Ken Sweet, Associated Press

American Express Chairman and CEO Kenneth Chenault

NEW YORK (AP) — Kenneth Chenault, wearing no sport coat and no tie, with a large cup of tea in front of him, fits an image of a man ready for retirement.

Chenault is days away from stepping down as the chief executive officer and chairman of American Express, the credit card giant and one of the most iconic brands in the country. He will have run American Express for 17 years, guiding the company through the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the global financial crisis and numerous challenges to its position as the go-to payment option for the wealthy and well-traveled.

The son of a dentist from Long Island, New York, who grew up as a black man during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Chenault never expected to be CEO of a major company, let alone work 37 years at the same one.

“I can honestly say I was approached by bigger companies, moments where people would say ‘wow, that’s a great opportunity.’ But this has been my dream job,” Chenault said. He sat down with The Associated Press for his last interview before leaving the company.

Who can blame Chenault, 66, for moving …read more

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Trump Sends Letter To African Leaders Professing ‘Deep Respect’ For Africans

By Nigel Roberts

President Donald Trump sent a letter on Thursday to African leaders in which the president claimed that he “deeply respects” Africans, the Washington Post reported. Trump set off an international firestorm two weeks ago with his racist rant about the African continent. His letter is too late, and it comes after damage is already done.

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Trump’s letter said the United States “profoundly respects” the relationships and the values shared between this country and Africans, and he’s committed to developing even stronger ties with individual countries on the continent.

The chairman of the African Union Commission says the continent’s leaders cannot stay silent after U.S. President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar remarks about African countries and Haiti.

— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) January 25, 2018

African leaders gathered over the weekend in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa for the annual African Union summit. They were expected to release a joint statement on the president’s letter. Trump’s comment that the continent has “sh-thole countries” received many angry responses from across the African continent. “It demonstrates precisely the type of leader he is,” South …read more

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Georgia Man Goes To Jail Over Barbecue Sauce

By Diannah Watson,

One Georgia Waffle House learned the hard way that they should maybe keep barbecue sauce in their restaurant from now on.

The NY Post reports 43-year-old Willie Edward Drake was dinning at a Waffle House and went crazy when the restaurant didn’t have any barbecue sauce.

When the workers told him that they didn’t have condiment he was looking for, he immediately started yelling and using foul language at them.

Employees called the cops when he became a belligerent and hard to deal with. Drake’s was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Workers say they spoke as calmly as possible with Drake explaining that they didn’t have barbecue sauce.

However, Drake was determined to win when he yelled to the workers, “I’ll go to jail over some barbecue sauce.”




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Elementary School Student Questions Teacher About Columbus Day Lies


In a “Stay Woke” kind of way, one Chicago kid has newfound fame after he corrected his teacher for ‘telling lies’ about who discovered America. The teacher espouses it was Christopher Columbus. The kid quotes his mom, (and Jay Z), who saya, “the only Christopher we acknowledge is Wallace.”

Apparently little dude didn’t set out to be famous (and get ready, I have a feeling he is going to be on Ellen soon). After all, journal entries — as this was — are supposed to be private. But if I was King Johnson’s mother, I would not have been able to keep this to myself either.

Note the first name: KING!

In an interview with HuffPost we learn the 8-year-old wrote:

“Today was not a good learning day. Blah, blah, blah. I only wanted to hear you not talking. You said something wrong and I can’t listen when I hear lies.”

Scroll down to read the rest of the entry, but first…

Young Sir Johnson asked a question even many Black adults have pondered.

“How can white people teach Black history?”

Unfortunately, the teacher didn’t take his ingenuity well. She told him she was “very disappointed” in what he had to say.

And in what can …read more

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Death Row Inmate With Dementia Gets Stay Of Execution

By Associated Press

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has halted the execution of an Alabama inmate whose attorneys argue that dementia has left the 67-year-old unable to remember killing a police officer three decades ago.

Justices issued a stay Thursday night, the same evening that Vernon Madison was scheduled to receive a lethal injection at a southwest Alabama prison. The court delayed the execution to consider whether to further review the case.

Madison was sentenced to death for the 1985 killing of Mobile police Officer Julius Schulte, who had responded to a call about a missing child made by Madison’s then-girlfriend. Prosecutors have said that Madison crept up and shot Schulte in the back of the head as he sat in his police car.

Madison’s attorneys argued that strokes and dementia have left Madison unable to remember killing Schulte or fully understand his looming execution. The Supreme Court has previously ruled that condemned inmates must have a “rational understanding” that they are about to be executed and why.

“We are thrilled that the court stopped this execution tonight. Killing a fragile man suffering from dementia is unnecessary and cruel,” attorney Bryan Stevenson, of the Equal Justice Initiative, said Thursday after the stay was …read more

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Stolen Church Van Gets Replaced By Tyler Perry

By Diannah Watson,

Tyler Perry rained the blessings down on a Georgia church after their church van was stolen.

WSB-TV Atlanta reports that the members of Lighthouse Community Church went to church Sunday, January 21 and found the van was gone. Nothing but glass from the van was left in the parking spot.

Members were devastated because the 15 seater van wasn’t just used to transport people to church, but the community benefited from it by taking the neighborhood kids to different activities and kid church events.

Seeing the story on Channel 2 Action news, Cindy Smith, the church administrator received a call from Tyler Perry saying that he bought the church a van.

After seeing my story last night about this van that was stolen from a Henry County church, Tyler Perry bought the church a new one! Amazing! Look for updates on Channel 2 Action News this evening. @wsbtv

— Justin Wilfon (@JustinWilfonWSB) January 25, 2018

Overwhelmed by the humble act of kindness Smith expressed her thanks to Perry. “Just his generosity, his willingness to help us here … he didn’t have to do this, but he took the time to …read more

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2 Lawyers Of Rap Mogul ‘Suge’ Knight Arrested

By Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

The attorneys, Matthew Fletcher and Thaddeus Culpepper, were arrested Thursday by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, sheriff’s department spokeswoman Nicole Nishida told The Associated Press. The warrants allege they were accessories after the fact to a crime, she said, without providing any additional details.

Fletcher, 53, was arrested around 2 p.m. and was being booked at the county jail, officials said. Jail records showed he was being held on $1 million bail. No information was listed about Culpepper.

In a court filing in August, prosecutors accused Fletcher and Knight of witness tampering in the rap mogul’s pending murder case. Transcripts of recorded conversations suggested the two had discussed fabricating testimony and Knight had tried to pay off potential witnesses with his lawyer’s help, the filing said.

The alleged talks of bribery came in a series of recorded calls in 2015 between Knight, who was in jail and Fletcher, along with Knight’s fiancee and his business partner.

Fletcher is one of several lawyers who has represented Knight, the Death Row Records co-founder, since he was charged with murder and attempted murder after he ran over two men outside a Compton burger stand in January 2015, killing one of them. Knight has pleaded …read more

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NBC’s Holt Says He Approached North Korea With Eyes Open

By David Bauder, Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News anchor Lester Holt learned while going through customs in North Korea that his request to visit the heavily-fortified border with South Korea had been denied, and he was headed to a ski resort instead.

His schedule was not his own, and Holt is only the latest journalist to learn the price of peeking into one of the world’s most restrictive societies. Holt’s first trip to North Korea was timely, with international tensions high and NBC weeks away from broadcasting the Winter Olympics from South Korea. But Holt and NBC also faced criticism for presenting an air-brushed view of the dictatorship.

“I absolutely think the trip was worth it,” the NBC “Nightly News” anchor said. “We talk about this place, we hear the bellicose language from its leader and we hear the reaction from our country. It’s important to get on the ground. You go to a place like North Korea with your eyes wide open.”

Holt’s reports began Saturday and continued after he returned to the U.S. on Tuesday — and there was a marked change in tone after he got home.

Critics like former Fox News commentator Eric Bolling tweeted disgust with Holt’s on-air …read more

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