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    Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman took to Twitter Friday night to share her experience with a security guard who dubbed her "suspicious," presumably due to the color of her skin. "A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight," the 22-year-old tweeted, adding that he demanded to know if she lived in the apartment complex. "I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building," she added. Gorman claimed the guard then left, without apologizing for his accusatory actions. She wrote that the situation shined a light on the racial issues the U.S. is facing. "This is the reality of black girls: One day you’re called an icon, the next day, a threat." A security guard tailed me on my walk home tonight. He demanded if I lived there because “you look suspicious.” I showed my keys & buzzed myself into my building. He left, no apology. This is the reality...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s a first of its kind congressional report on the state of Black women and girls in our nation. Illinois U.S. Representative Robin Kelly is co-chair of the caucus that put together the collection of essays on challenges and solutions. READ MORE: Mass Vaccination Clinic Gives Out 750 Shots At Auroras Largest Black Church One contributor is Connecticut Congresswoman Jahana Hayes, a former national Teacher of the Year. READ MORE: Man Cleared Of 1987 Double Murder Sues City, Claiming Torture By CPD Detectives Under Command Of Jon Burge “Many of our problems are rooted in the funding structure of education in our communities. And we know that most of those Black and Brown communities have limited resources. And therefore those students have limited access to education in their communities,” Hayes said. The plight of public education is one of the topics addressed in the report. MORE NEWS:...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Kelly Fair is devoting her life to empowering Chicago’s at-risk girls. Fair, founder of Polished Pebbles mentoring program, saw the need and didn’t hesitate to give up her own career to give back to thousands. RELATED: Chicago Weather: Over 100 Flights Canceled At OHare, Midway Airports Amid Winter Storm The Black History Maker shared what drives her to change lives, with CBS 2’s Irika Sargent. “The change that we’re looking at having, we’ve got to be committed to it day in and day out,” Fair said. For Fair, it meant giving up her coveted, high-paying executive job to follow her passion – mentoring girls of color in Chicago’s often-forgotten neighborhoods. Sargent asked Fair what it took to put aside her career and make such a radical change? “What sort of courage did you have to find to do that? Is it courage or crazy?” Sargent asked. “Definitely...
    These iPad Keyboard Cases Make Typing on Your iPad or iPad Pro a Cinch Italy boss Smith says Six Nations flops need patience Brandy Recalls the Unbelievable Feeling Being the First Black Princess with Braids in Cinderella © Provided by People Walt Disney Television/Everett Brandy is reflecting on her groundbreaking role as the first Black princess to wear braids in Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella. For ELLE.com's State of Black Beauty digital issue, the iconic singer and actress, 42, shared what Black beauty means to her and opened up about wearing box braids in the 1997 live action musical (in which she starred as Cinderella opposite Whitney Houston). "It did feel like making history," she told the outlet. "I was so busy trying to be famous, but when I look back, I'm like, 'Wow, that was such an amazing time.' To be the first Black princess with braids —...
    A white Army veteran has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old black girl during a tense confrontation at a Trump rally outside the Iowa Capitol last month. Michael McKinney, 25, allegedly fired his gun into a car carrying four black teen girls, striking one of them in the leg, in Des Moines on Dec. 6, according to an Associated Press investigation . The investigation revealed a large group of white President Trump supporters clashed with the teens about politics before the shooting began. The girls were inside a car when the Trump supporters shouted racial slurs at them, officials said. The rioters then surrounded the car before the driver went in reverse, striking a pickup truck. That’s when McKinney, who was heavily armed and wearing body armor, allegedly fired his gun at the girls’ car, according to the AP probe....
    For Gwen Stefani's "Let Me Reintroduce Myself" video, she reunited with two of the Harajuku Girls, who were considered her main inspiration for her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music Baby. Gwen Stefani took to Instagram to update fans with a new photo of herself. The singer released the music video for her new single, “Let Me Reintroduce Myself,” and was seen reuniting with two of the Harajuku Girls, who were considered her main inspiration for her first solo album, Love. Angel. Music Baby. Stefani shared a fun snapshot of the trio from the video to the social media platform to promote the song. The “What You Waiting For?” hitmaker stunned in a black bra top that had large tassels hanging off. The item of clothing was tied around her neck and displayed her decolletage and midriff. She teamed the ensemble with a matching belt and high-waisted denim shorts that...
    Loading the player... Even international music icons like Beyoncé have had enough of 2020. According to her cousin’s Instagram post, Beyoncé gifted “her girls” with 2020 necklaces, and it’s genuinely a mood. The cheeky gift was seen on Angie Beyince’s Instagram on Monday. The post is a picture of a necklace that reads “2020” that happens to be in the shape of a middle finger gesture. The cheeky gift certainly highlights Queen Bey’s sense of humor during this unprecedented time. Beyonce is pictured at the 2020 BET Awards. (Credit: Twitter/BET) Beyince captioned the picture with gratitude for the gift, writing, “@beyonce gifted all of her girls with this amazing custom 2020 necklace. “????2020 “ It’s a hand with the middle finger and the year 2020 combined into one. When I opened it my eyes teared up because it is both Hilarious & Deeply Sentimental.” The singer’s cousin continued her caption by reiterating the...
    JEFFREY Epstein was obsessed with a twisted James Bond spoof that was filled with child sex abuse, a contact from his infamous black book has claimed. It is claimed Epstein would boast that reading the vile book would allow people to "understand" his own fixation with young women and sex. 5Jeffrey Epstein died in his prison cell in 2019Credit: AFP or licensors The new claim about Epstein's bizarre obsession comes after writer Leland Nally phoned every single number in the black book. He made a total of around 2000 calls - detailing the experience in Mother Jones. The infamous document contains contact details appearing to be for some of the world's most famous and powerful people. It includes figures such as billionaire Richard Branson, former F1 boss Flavio Briatore, former PM Tony Blair, and rock star Mick Jagger. One of the conversations Nally had was with an actress...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s no secret that the last six months in our country have been intense and overwhelming. From the coronavirus outbreak, to the fight for racial equality — all with a monumental presidential election in the backdrop. One local nonprofit organization is doing its part to inspire and empower young girls of color. The Charm School Project for Girls is all about making sure Black and Brown girls celebrate their beauty and trust themselves to lead. Through mentorship and art—the girls learn to express themselves through dance and visual art. While learning leadership and other life skills. Together, they crafted this short film called “A Rally for Brown Girls” – saying their mission is to remind the youth to celebrate their culture and be confident in their skin—all while making a change—and reinforce the idea that representation matters. “We are female. We are brown, black and gold. We...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Public Schools is seeking board approval to contract with a research organization to conduct an independent evaluation of police calls for service, arrests and citations involving students. PPS wants to contract with RMC Research Corporation, and the board is anticipated to vote on the contract at its Sept. 23 meeting. This comes after the Black Girls Equity Alliance conducted a study and found that Black girls are 10 times more likely than white girls to be referred to juvenile justice in Allegheny County. The study also found that Pittsburgh Public Schools police are the largest juvenile justice referral source for Black girls in the county and that they refer students to law enforcement more than in 95 percent of other similar cities. “This report reveals alarming truths to the systemic inequities affecting Black youth in our region and the racial disproportionality in...
    A special episode of "Golden Girls" featuring an all-Black cast will be streamed Tuesday night on Zoom. The actresses involved in the project took to Instagram this week to announce the virtual episode. Tracee Ellis Ross will take on the role of Rose Nylund, originally payed by Betty White. Sanaa Lathan will play Blanche Devereaux, Regina King will play Dorothy Zbornak, and Alfre Woodard will play her mother, Sophia Petrillo.  View this post on Instagram Link in bio. #zoomwhereithappens A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Sep 6, 2020 at 9:02am PDT Gina Prince-Bythewood, who is directing the episode, and Lena Waithe, the host of the event, also posted about it on Instagram.  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The episode, which is part of the "Zoom Where it Happens" series, will stream on the video conference platform Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 8 p.m....
    The Golden Girls is being revived with an all-black cast, which includes Regina King and Tracee Ellis Ross.  The iconic sitcom - which ran for seven season between 1985 and 1992 - revolved around the lives of four white women living together in Miami, but the new project will seek to 'reimagine' the situation from a black perspective.  Fans should not get too excited about the beloved program returning to the airwaves, however, as the revival appears to be a one-night special set to be broadcast over Zoom.   The Golden Girls is being revived with an all-black cast that features (clockwise from top) Regina King, Tracee Ellis Ross, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan The original sitcom - which ran for seven season between 1985 and 1992 - revolved around the lives of four white women living together in Miami Ross, 47, announced news of the revival in an Instagram...
    The iconic Golden Girls are coming back to TV — with a twist. It’s going to have an all-black cast with an all-star line up that includes Tracee Ellis Ross, Regina King, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan. They’ll assemble for a Zoom production on Sept. 8 at 9 p.m., as part of a series called “The Zoom where it Happens.” The original sitcom, which followed the friendship between four older women living together in Miami, aired on NBC from 1985 to 1992 and starred Betty White, Beatrice Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty. According to Ross’s Instagram post about the show, she will play Rose Nyland (played by White in the original), King will portray Dorothy Zbornak (played by Arthur in the original), Lathan will play Blanche Devereaux (McClanahan in the original) and Woodard will become Sophia Petrillo (played by Getty in the original). Sanaa Lathan, Regina King, Alfre Woodard...
    (CNN)"The Golden Girls" is getting an all Black cast for a one night charitable performance.Alfre Woodard, Tracee Ellis Ross, Sanaa Lathan, and Regina King will star in the re-imagining of the hit 1980s comedy series Tuesday for a Zoom Where It Happened virtual watch party. "In an effort to further engage our community and drive change, all you need to do to enjoy this evening is sign up to receive messages about how you can make a change during this election!," the sign up page for the event reads. "This event is in partnership with Zoom, and the first episode is spotlighting and supporting Color of Change - the nation's largest online racial justice organization." Removing blackface episodes is easy. Actually confronting racism in media isnt"The Golden Girls" ran on NBC from 1985 to 1992 starring Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty as a group of senior...
    Search continues for mother of six who disappeared from Evansville, Illinois on Fathers Day Cramer expects unbelievably positive reports from big-box retailers this week Hurley Partners With Black Girls Surf © Courtesy of Hurley SURF’S UP: Hurley has partnered with Black Girls Surf, an organization dedicated to helping female surfers of color achieve their career goals of becoming pro surfers. The multiyear deal will include introducing Black Girls Surf to a larger audience, creating collaborative apparel, co-sponsoring athletes and teaming up for events. More from WWDNicomede Men’s Spring 2021 The alliance is in line with Hurley’s ongoing marketing initiative to play up the brand’s origins in surf, skate, music and art, as well as strengthen inclusivity and be the microphone for youth, according to a company spokeswoman. Hurley is trying to rev up its music and skate programs, which were put on the back burner during the past 10...
    (Credit: screenshot) Six white Alabama high school cheerleaders are under fire after a picture of them posed with a Confederate flag T-shirt prompted a Black teammate to quit. According to WKRG, Reagan Coleman, who was one of only two Black cheerleaders at Daphne High School, quit the team on the first day of practice after coaches and school officials failed to address a disturbing picture of her teammates. READ MORE: Georgia students threatened with suspension for exposing unsafe COVID-19 practices Reagan Coleman (Credit: Reagan Coleman) In the July 4 photo, half a dozen cheerleaders are seen proudly holding up a t-shirt featuring a confederate flag along with the declaration, “I love Redneck Boys.” “No matter how much I love something, no matter how passionate I am about something, I love myself more and I respect myself more and I could not be on that team,” Coleman said of...
    A high school in Alabama is facing backlash after several of their cheerleaders posted a photo of themselves posing with a t-shirt bearing the Confederate flag inside of a heart on it with the words "I love Redneck Boys." Reagan Colemann, one of two Black cheerleaders on the team, quit after seeing the photo and is condemning Daphane High School administrators for not punishing the girls' actions, over a month after the incident took place. ALABAMA SCHOOL DISTRICT FORCED TO REORDER LAPTOPS AFTER US BLOCKS CHINA SHIPMENT: REPORT Colemann's mother, Latitah, told Fox News Thursday that her daughter showed her the photo on July 4 before it was removed from social media after garnering a slew of negative comments for its depiction of a symbol with racist undertones. "The first thing I thought was how bold of them," Latitah told Fox News. "You cheer for Black football players, you cheer for Black...
    A group of Alabama cheerleaders have come under fire for posing with a T-shirt bearing the image of the Confederate flag that said 'I love Redneck Boys'. The controversial photo depicting four white Daphne High School cheerleaders was posted on July 4 and was met with outrage for the symbol associated with racism and oppression in the South. 'I immediately see hate,' Reagan Coleman, a black cheerleader on the team who has since quit said to WKRG. 'There’s no two sides to that flag. That means hatred, That’s what it stands for for us. We were oppressed with that flag. They used it when they burned crosses in our ancestors’ yards. When it was railed around on horses. I don’t know what history you’re reading, but if you read the U.S. history, it tells you exactly what that flag stands for and what it means, especially to African-Americans,' Reagan's mother...
    A “ridiculous” white girl in a “Reside United” T-shirt accused a black man employed to {photograph} actual property with a drone of utilizing the machine as a substitute to movie girls, new viral video reveals. “You’re going to come back out right here cussing, saying I’m filming girls, actually?” the incredulous man asks, in response to the video, which was shared Friday on the Reddit thread “PublicFreakout.” “Sure!” replies the masked girl. The drone pilot tells her he was on a shoot for the Seattle-based brokerage Redfin. “I used to be employed and dealing a job, notified the householders that I used to be there and bought approval to fly, to not point out I’ve my FFA Half 107 license to fly drones,” a textual content overlay on the footage stated. The reference was to the FAA’s distant pilot certificates, which is required for industrial drone pilots and demonstrates...
    A Florida family has filed a police report after a neighbor left them a nasty racist note about their twin daughters, who graduated from high school with honors earlier this summer. Xanah and Xarah Sproul excelled at their high school in Yulee, Florida, and upon their graduation, their proud parents hung signs from the front of their house congratulating them on the accomplishment. But last week, a racist neighbor tried to diminish their joy by leaving a letter telling them to remove the 'hideous' posters of the 'ugly fat black [girls]' and urging them to leave the neighborhood.  Exciting! Xanah and Xarah Sproul graduated with honors from heir high school in Yulee, Florida this summer Beaming! Their proud parents hung these signs from their home. Neighbors hung similar signs for their own children Xanah and Xarah were members of the National Honor Society at Yulee High School, and also served...
    Streaming service Hulu has pulled an episode of the award-winning sitcom “The Golden Girls” for a blackface joke that features two of its lead actors Rue McClanahan and Betty White wearing mud masks. The NBC show, which ran for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992, followed four older women who share friendship and a home in Miami, Florida. It also starred Beatrice Arthur and Estelle Getty. Hulu dropped the episode titled “Mixed Blessings” from the third season of the series that shows Dorothy’s (Arthur) son Michael (Scott Jacoby) introduce his betrothed Lorraine (Rosalind Cash), a much older black woman, to the family. Gone With The Wind Returns to HBO Max with a Disclaimer That Says It ‘Denies the Horrors of Slavery’ According to Entertainment Weekly, the controversial shot in the episode features Blanche (McClanahan) and Rose (White) wearing mud masks that confuses Lorraine’s mom Greta (Virginia Capers), who isn’t wearing...
    Golden Girls has become the latest television series to have episodes removed from streaming for featuring characters in blackface, according to Variety. The show is currently available to stream in full on Hulu, but the provider has scrubbed the episode, titled “Mixed Feelings,” from its catalog. “Mixed Feelings” first aired in 1988 as part of the acclaimed sitcom’s third season. Dorothy’s son, Michael, announced he was planning to get married to an older Black woman named Lorraine. Dorothy felt the age difference was inappropriate while Lorraine’s family felt uncomfortable with the interracial wedding. Working together, the two families attempted to stop the couple from tying the knot. When Lorraine’s family shows, it happens to be at the same time that Rose and Blanche happened to by trying on mud masks. While chatting with the family, the two women comment, “This is mud on our faces, we’re not really Black.” Variety...
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