I was not prepared to see what I saw when I did my usual evening scroll on Twitter last night. I wish my social media romp did not include a clip of an officer flipping, choking and throwing a female high school student across a classroom before arresting her. The officer identified as Ben Fields, ordered 18 year old female student to stand up and leave the room. When she refused, Officer Fields stood over her desk and tells her, “either you’re coming with me or I’ll make you.” Then without hesitation, he grabs her, flips her over, and slams her onto the ground before tossing her across the room in front of a class full of other students and cuffing her.
Ebony magazine released the cover of their November 2015 issue amid both praise and criticism. The controversial cover and accompanying cover story compares the fictional and lovable husband and father,”Heathcliff Huxtable” of The Cosby Show to Bill Cosby, the comedian accused of drugging and raping more than 40 women over a span of four decades. It took me some time to sort through how I felt about the strong cover story and even had a few debates on the subject. I have now decided that I abhor the concept and am disappointed in the historical magazine for addressing this issue in this way.
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An all out manhunt is underway for a white male who entered the historic and predominantly black Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina and killed 9 people last night. According to reports, the man actually attended the bible study that was taking place for almost an hour before opening fire on the other attendees.
So while everyone has been talking about Rachel Dolezal, the now former NAACP Spokane Chapter President who was outed by her parents for misrepresenting her ethnicity, I reserved my opinions until after I heard a detailed explanation from Ms. Dolezal herself. After resigning from her position at the NAACP yesterday, Rachel broke her silence in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer on the TODAY Show this morning.
After guest hosting on the popular daytime talk show, The View, more than 2 dozen times, Raven Symone has been officially confirmed as the replacement for Rosie O’Donnell who left the show to focus on family issues. The former Disney star has gotten a major side-eye for some of the comments she’s made on the show about controversial topics including race and sexuality. Regardless, the 29 year-old actress told E! News says she’s ready to share her truth with the world.
In what is said to be the largest recall in American history, Takata, a Japanese company who makes automotive airbags, has recalled airbags in 33.8 million vehicles sold in the United States and Japan. While not directly acknowledging its products are defective, Takata issued a statement that indicated it is cooperating with the US government relating to the massive recall. What’s wrong with airbags? They are being recalled because their inflators can deploy too aggressively in an accident resulting in the spewing of plastic or metal shrapnel. Six deaths and over 100 injuries are blamed on faulty airbags. The deaths, five in the United States and one in Malaysia, all involved Hondas.
While the majority of mainstream media remains hell bent on crucifying the citizens of Baltimore in the wake of the riots that ensued after the death of 25 year old Freddie Gray, TIME Magazine is focusing on the root of the issues plagueing Baltimore, and many other cities across the country. In the issue to hit stands May 11th, the historical mag dives head first into the decades of systematic racism that became, in the words of President Obama “a slow-rolling crisis”.