Archive | November 2014

Racist Joker

This entire story has been brought to you by The Associated Press. I thought it was interesting to share on my blog.

Author Jacqueline Woodson addressed Daniel Handler’s (aka “Lemony Snicket”) racist joke, Friday, with an unflinching response in The New York Times.
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FILE – This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 file photo shows Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, attending the 65th Annual National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Woodson addressed Daniel Handler’s (aka “Lemony Snicket) racist joke, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, with an eloquent, unflinching response in The New York Times. Handler previously made offhanded comments about Woodson being allergic to watermelon while hosting the National Book Awards. Woodson was accepting an award in the young adult category for her latest book “Brown Girl Dreaming.” (AP Photo/National Book Foundation, Robin Platzer, File)  © The Associated Press FILE – This Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 file photo shows Jacqueline Woodson, winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, attending the 65th Annual National Book Awards at Cipriani Wall Street in New York…
Handler previously made offhanded comments about Woodson being allergic to watermelon while hosting the National Book Awards. Woodson was accepting an award in the young adult category for her latest book “Brown Girl Dreaming.”

Amid waves of criticism and backlash over the comments, Handler has since apologized and donated $110,000 to the grassroots organization We Need Diverse Books while Woodson issued an indirect statement through her publisher.

Woodson’s essay in the Times takes Handler’s comments head on, though.

Titled “The Pain of the Watermelon Joke,” Woodson explores her own background and the evolution of her understanding of the racially charged significance of the watermelon. By the time she was 11-years-old, she explains, the fruit had become repulsive to her.

“By making light of that deep and troubled history, he showed that he believed we were at a point where we could laugh about it all. His historical context, unlike my own, came from a place of ignorance,” Woodson writes.

Like her previous statement, Woodson uses the essay to re-frame the situation by focusing on positive change in a time when the lack of diverse voices in literature has become all-too apparent.

Woodson’s mission, she explains, is “to write stories that have been historically absent in this country’s body of literature, to create mirrors for the people who so rarely see themselves inside contemporary fiction, and windows for those who think we are no more than the stereotypes they’re so afraid of.

To give young people — and all people — a sense of this country’s brilliant and brutal history, so that no one ever thinks they can walk onto a stage one evening and laugh at another’s too often painful past.”

Inside The Mind Of A Looter: Ferguson Residents Explain Why [VIDEO]

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In the aftermath of the Ferguson grand jury decision a number people took to the streets of the St. Louis suburb and began torching cars, looting and burning down local area businesses. Their actions caused many in the nation and around the world to question why the people of Ferguson were destroying their own town.

In this exclusive NewsOne.com interview on Nov. 25 we hear directly from residents of the Canfield Green Apartments, where unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed by officer Darren Wilson. They weighed in on why the business district of Ferguson was targeted after the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson was announced.

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Twenty-five-year-old Tommy Keely spoke with NewsOne at He told us he is the cousin of Dorian Johnson, who was with…

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So, This Happened: GOP Staffer Calls President Obama’s Daughters Classless, Says They Don’t Have Good Role Models (DETAILS)

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Someone’s always got something negative to say.

Earlier this week, we watched as President Obama prepped for Thanksgiving festivities at the White House. In a nationally televised clip, Obama was accompanied by his two daughters during the White House’s annual turkey pardon and the way Malia and Sasha appeared on television rubbed some people the wrong way, especially GOP staff member Elizabeth Lauten.

As seen in the photo above, Lauten rants about the girls, calling them classless amongst other things. Of course her Facebook post generated many comments, including various people mentioning the alcohol charges brought against President Bush’s daughters during his presidency.

Here is what she said in her rant:

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Lauten has since deleted the comments made and shared an apology on Facebook:

I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have…

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Lauryn Hill Remixes Broadway Classic For Michael Brown

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lauryn-hillLauryn Hill is the latest artist to add her voice to the outcry over the injustice done in Ferguson, Missouri.

Whether expressing their anger on social media or taking the streets with protesters?or even pushing back a product release?celebrities have not held their tongue about how they feel over the fact that officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in Michael Brown?s shooting death.

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Now, Lauryn has dropped a song titled ?Black Rage? that she recorded in her living room. Set to the tune of ?My Favorite Things? from the musical ?The Sound Of Music,? Lauryn runs down the list of why it is that Black people are frustrated with the justice system?and the very notion that racism is no longer a thing.

One thing is for sure, you?ll never be able to hear ?My…

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DeVon Franklin Addresses Photo Hack Of Wife Meagan: ‘There’s Always Going To Be Conflict.’

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In September, Good and several other celebrities, had their iClouds hacked and revealing photos stolen and leaked to the public.Many criticized Good, wondering why she would pose for such photos and send them to her husband, a well-known pastor. We saw it take its toll on Meagan in the stories Meagan Good: ‘These Last Few Days Have Been Hard…’ and Meagan Good Responds To Hackers Who Stole Intimate Pictures.

The couple stayed relatively quiet on the topic, but our in-house pastor DeVon Franklin spoke about the situation with The Christian Post this week.

DeVon told them:

It’s amazing … when you are doing what God calls you to do, there’s always going to be conflict. And the number one thing for us was just to make sure we are staying together and that she is feeling supported and loved,” said Franklin to CP. We know that the Bible says whatever…

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From Sloppy To Stylin’: How To Wear Sweatpants For Any Occasion (PHOTOS)

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How To Style Sweatpants: Casual

Can we level with you for a second? Sometimes, clothes are hard. Sometimes, you just don’t want to put any on, let alone worry about whether this top goes with these pants. Because there’s not enough time. Because it’s too cold outside. Because of laziness. Mostly because of laziness.

The good news is that it’s socially acceptable to leave your warm, comfy house in sweatpants. But that isn’t an excuse to carry on looking like a disheveled mess, my friend. More good news: you can keep cozy on just about any occasion, like for a night out on the town or when you just need to run some errands.

We agree that there’s no need in getting all dressed up to run to the supermarket, right? Well, you also don’t want to look like you woke up like this. And by this, we mean in your raggedy ol’ T-shirt…

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