Monthly Archives: February 2018

Blackface In Chinese Lunar New Year Sketch Draws Criticism

By Dake Kang, Associated Press

BEIJING (AP) — A comedy sketch that featured a Chinese woman in blackface has drawn accusations of racism after being broadcast on Chinese state television’s Lunar New Year variety show, although some people in Beijing were left wondering why it would be considered offensive.

The skit was shown Thursday night on state broadcaster CCTV and depicted the opening of a Chinese-built high-speed railway in Kenya. It featured actors in monkey and giraffe costumes, while the actress in blackface donned an exaggerated false bottom and a basket of fruit on her head.

The segment was meant to celebrate Sino-African relations but many viewers blasted it online for cultural insensitivity.

The performance was part of CCTV’s annual Lunar New Year gala, which draws an audience of up to 800 million and is said to be one of the most watched programs in the world.

The 13-minute segment opened with a dance sequence set to Colombian singer Shakira’s “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)” featuring Africans dressed in zebra, lion and gazelle costumes, and actresses playing attendants on Kenya’s new Chinese-built high-speed rail line.

The skit then began with a black woman asking the show’s host to pose as her husband when meeting her mother in order to …read more

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Florida Teen Describes School Shooting: ‘My Friend Didn’t Make It’

By EURweb.com

A teenage girl witnessed her best friend being shot dead right next to her during the Parkland School Shooting.

Samantha Grady, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, suffered injuries in the Florida school shooting on Wednesday, and recounted the horrific scene during a live broadcast on the “Today” show.

On Thursday, she told Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb that she was laying beside her best friend as she was shot during the rampage.

When asked how her friend was doing, Grady replied: “Unfortunately she didn’t make it.”

The teen used a book as a shield during the shooting and it was her best friend, she says, who gave her the idea.

“We were already situated by the bookshelf. She was like, ‘Grab a book, grab a book,’ and so I took a book. It was a tiny book, but I took a book and I held it up. I believe, maybe, the book kind of deterred some of the bullets, so it didn’t hit me so badly,” she said. “She was the one who gave me the idea. She definitely helped me a lot.”

Grady said they were in a locked classroom when the shooter, …read more

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Trump Administration Sued For Cutting Teen Pregnancy Program

By Nigel Roberts

A coalition of political and health care advocates filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration on Thursday for cutting funds to an Obama-era teen pregnancy prevention program that helped to reduce the pregnancy rate among Black girls.

The plaintiffs filed federal suits in Washington state, Maryland and the District of Columbia. They’re asking the courts to prevent the administration from ending grants under President Barack Obama’s 2010 Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) Program, which serves 1.2 million young people. The group that filed the suit includes nine local governments, health care organizations and government watchdogs.

“The Trump administration is attempting to unlawfully terminate a successful program to reduce teen pregnancy based on an ideologically driven crusade,” Sean Sherman, attorney at the Public Citizen, said in a statement.

JUST IN: Healthcare groups sue Trump for cutting funding to teen pregnancy prevention program https://t.co/i3qHXkdc5p pic.twitter.com/xWiRfPTJUe

— The Hill (@thehill) February 15, 2018

Pregnancy and birth rates for Black and Latina teens fell by almost half from 2006 to 2016, according a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report. Obama’s TPP program is widely credited for contributing to that …read more

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DeRay McKesson Lands Book Deal

By Danielle Jennings

In what is sure to be a welcomed endeavor, social activist and #BlackLivesMatter frontman DeRay McKesson has just announced his first book deal, which is set for a fall 2018 release.

Activist DeRay Mckesson (@deray) will release his first book this fall: https://t.co/8mIrL4Cbc4 pic.twitter.com/evVn6MaLtF

— The Root (@TheRoot) February 14, 2018

With his fierce and consistent social activism and huge following, it was the likely next step that DeRay McKesson transitioned into writing a book. As reported by The Root, McKesson’s first book will be published by Viking Press on September 4th and titled On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.

You can read the book’s synopsis BELOW:

Mckesson’s book is described as a “conversation about activism, resistance, and justice that embraces our nation’s complex history,” as Mckesson “dissects how deliberate oppression persists, how racial injustice strips our lives of promise, and how technology has added a new dimension to mass action and social change.”

While speaking to the press, McKesson discussed the book and offered a clear understanding of its intent, stating “In the book, I aim to explore ideas of resistance and freedom informed …read more

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New York Times Fires Writer Hours After Hiring For Using The N-Word

By Diannah Watson, BlackAmericaWeb.com

The New York Times has fired their newest hire hours after announcing her employment to the company.

The NY Post reports Quinn Norton who was brought onto the team as an opinion writer for culture and consequences of technology. Shortly after being hired, Norton was fired for racist and homophobic slurs used on her Twitter account.

The newest NY Times columnist: pic.twitter.com/BjJpWcsH7B

— jordan (@JordanUhl) February 14, 2018

I stand by my angry tweet referencing the 2014 NYtimes “no angel” article about Michael Brown being a terrible, racist call. That should have never run like that.

— Well that was fun. (@quinnnorton) February 14, 2018

Editor of the editorial page for the Times, James Bennet released a statement explaining, “Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and out conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us.” It continued, “Based on it, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.”

The following is attributable to James Bennet, editorial page editor, The New York Times:

“Despite our review of Quinn Norton’s work and our conversations with her previous employers, this was new information to us. Based on it, …read more

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Princeton University Prez Defends White Professor Using The N-Word

By Parker Riley

Last week, a White professor at Princeton named Lawrence Rosen was teaching a Cultural Freedoms course and asked, “What is worse, a white man punching a Black man, or a white man calling a Black man a n****r?” According to The Daily Princeton, several students (there were six Black students in the class) were shocked he had used the word. The professor reportedly said the N-word two more times.

White and Black students told Rosen they were uncomfortable with him using the racial slur. When students asked for an apology, the professor replied with, “I don’t think I need to apologize; I did not oppress anyone.” The students filed a complaint and, on Monday, Princeton president Christopher Eisgruber defended the professor at a town hall meeting.

According to The Daily Princeton, Eisgruber said, “I think it’s very important for our culture to have academic freedom that allows people to have pedagogical choices on how to teach difficult subjects. I respect Professor Rosen’s decision about how to teach the subject in the way that he did by being explicit and using very difficult words.”

A teacher, who the university happened to point out is Black, named Caryoln …read more

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Melania Trump Tweets About ‘National African American History Month’ And Twitter Roasts Her

By Parker Riley

Melania Trump is reportedly living in pure misery. From Michael Wolff‘s book Fire & Fury claiming they have a deeply dysfunctional marriage to the Stormy Daniels debacle — well, Melania is no Michelle Obama or Hillary Clinton.

Yesterday, Melania tried to do her version of good, which was a tweet for Black History Month. See below:

It was wonderful to welcome guests to the @WhiteHouse this evening in celebration of National African American History Month. We look forward to hosting many more events that celebrate our unique and diverse cultures. #BlackHistoryMonth2018

— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) February 13, 2018

National African American History Month? Did Melania Trump just rename Black History Month? Ever since February of 1970, February has been known as Black History Month, which originally began as Negro History Week from Carter G. Woodson. Black History Month was first celebrated at Kent State University after Black educators and the Black United Students advocated for the month to celebrate our rich history. Well, Twitter began reading:

What do you know about black history? The closest you’ve been to a black person was Omarosa!

— Cris Prestifilippo (@Crisskier) <a class="colorbox" …read more

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Michigan Students Afraid To Return To School After Receiving Trump-Inspired Emails: ‘F**king N**ger Lovers’

By Parker Riley

S ince Trump became president there has been a rise in hate crimes, according to CNN.com. Sadly, young people have been affected by this as well, from high school students chanting “build a wall” to this latest hate-filled incident — two Black teenagers are afraid to return to school because of threatening emails.

Seventh graders Kasim Brown and Ariana Ellerson, who attend Washtenaw International Middle Academy in Michigan, received an email, which came from within the school, on January 29 with racial slurs and threatening language. The emails read in part, “U need ta [sic] get your n**ger loving as* out of here and all this Black lives matter bullsh*. The sender said African Americans should “leave this country” and “One day your kids will get what they deserve being on this land. White lives matter….go Trump!!!!” The email ended with “F***ing n***er lovers” followed by skull and crossbones emojis.

Unfortunately, the students have been too afraid to return to school. The parents want law enforcement to track the IP address, but nothing has been done. See below:

It is deeply troubling that Trump has created and embolden such a hateful …read more

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Kidnapped Teen’s ‘Mother’ Pleads Guilty

By BAW Staff

The story of the kidnapping of a Florida teenager has come to a sad end as the woman, Gloria Williams, who kidnapped and then raised Alexis Manigo has plead guilty. Born Kamiyah Mobley, Manigo will appear on an upcoming Iyanla, Fix My Life episode. She says that despite her mother’s crime, she still loves her, but the experience has been traumatic.

Essence.com reports:

According to law enforcement, Williams pretended to be a nurse and seized the newborn when her mother, Shanara Mobley, asked Williams to place her daughter in a baby carrier. Instead of putting the newborn down and giving her mother some rest, Williams fled with the baby.

“She had on a nurse’s uniform,” Velma Aiken, the child’s grandmother, recalled. “I thought it was weird she had her pocketbook on her shoulder with the baby in her arms, and she had on gloves.” Aiken asked the woman, “Where are you going with grandmama’s baby? I just got here.”

Williams told Aiken she’d be back in 15 minutes, instead, she vanished.

Authorities say Williams falsified documents and raised the child, which she renamed Alexis Manigo, in South Carolina.

Williams was nabbed after someone gave a …read more

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Off-Duty Policeman Shot And Killed In Chicago

By By DON BABWIN, Associated Press

Police guard the crime scene after an off-duty Chicago police officer was shot at the James R. Thompson Center, Feb. 13, 2018. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune)

CHICAGO (AP) — An off-duty police commander was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon in downtown Chicago after he spotted a man matching the radio description of an armed suspect officers were chasing on foot, the city’s police superintendent said.

Cmdr. Paul Bauer was shot multiple times after he “saw the offender and engaged in an armed physical confrontation,” Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. He choked back tears as he spoke to reporters outside Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where Bauer was pronounced dead.

The shooting occurred near the James R. Thompson Center, the state government office building. Johnson said officers initially confronted the suspect because he was acting suspiciously. Police captured the man a short time later, and a gun was recovered at the scene, he said.

Bauer, 53, was a 31-year veteran of the department.

There were initial media reports that the man may have been involved in the robbery of a local business, but Johnson did not provide details about what the man was doing that prompted officers to want to speak with him.

Witnesses to parts of the …read more

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