Taraji P. Henson isn’t the only black woman serving power in November 2015’s issue of Essence. Next month’s issue of the magazine also features 29 incredible black women who contribute to the success of President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama administration.
The ladies who gathered for a photo shoot in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building include young staffers 23 year old Jordan Metoyer, Assistant to the Deputy Director and Senior Advisor to the Office of Management & Budget Director, 27 year old Desiree Barnes, Press Assistant and Senior Wrangler and 27 year old Chynna Clayton, Michelle Obama’s Special Assistant and Trip Director. They all share a common trait, says Clayton, “The White House is composed of people who are passionate about the country.”
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.
If you’re tired of the faces on your “dolla dolla bills” being solely male, you may be getting the change you’ve been looking for. In a recent online poll geared towards pushing President Obama to diversify the look of our hard earned cash, over 600,000 people voted to replace former President Andrew Jackson with abolitionist and humanitarian Harriet Tubman as the new face of the $20 bill. Tubman won with over 33% of the votes, beating Eleanor Roosevelt by 7,000 votes.
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”.
#BlackLivesMatter isn’t just a hashtag as most recently evidenced by the murder of Walter Scott by police officer Michael Slager which was caught on tape. The apparent mistreatment and violation of blacks by law enforcement is no longer something that can be ignored by mass media. Time Magazine has addressed “Black Lives Matter” and the murder of Walter Scott on the cover of this week’s issue. In the article “In The Line of Fire” they describe the killing of blacks by those who are meant to protect as catalyptic.
After last week’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the murder of Mike Brown, millions of people were left confused, angered and disappointed. Some of those people were disappointed yet again when the officer who caused the death of another black man was not indicted. Yesterday it was announced that the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner would not be charged. During a press conference after the decision, Rev. Al Sharpton announced the plan for a march to protest police violence and excessive force in the . The march is scheduled to take place on December 13, 2014. “It’s time for a national march for a national crisis,” Sharpton said.
It looks like Ray Rice won this round. The running back was suspended for two games in July after he assaulted his then girlfriend, Janay Rice, in Spring of this year. However, after footage of the assault leaked in September, the NFL suspended him indefinitely. The NFL Player’s Association appealed the second punishment on behalf of Rice, citing double jeopardy. The NFL countered the appeal stating that the video footage was new evidence.
After months of waiting in angst, the decision of the grand jury on whether or not police officer Darren Wilson would be indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown was rendered. Last night St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that Wilson would not be indicted. During the press conference McCullough, who came off as being in defense of Wilson, inappropriately lashed out at media and the internet, blaming both for the unrest in Ferguson. He can’t think that his speech, the drawn out process and the delivery of the decision didn’t play a role in the unavoidable tension. It almost seems as though the choice to deliver the decision at night , hours after announcing that it would be made “soon”,
Dozens of films about the civil rights movement of the 1950’s and 60’s have made it to the cinema. Movies centered around the stories of key figures like Malcolm X, Medgar Evers, Nelson Mandela, and The Black Panther Party have been viewed in theaters nationwide. However, a film centered on the man who many consider to be the patriarch of the movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has never made it to the big screen…until now. Selma, directed by Ava DuVerney and written by DuVerney and Paul Webb, is the story of