Zoe Saldana Says She’s Hurt By The Hate, But Never Had An Issue With The Color Of Her Skin

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I sat down with Zoe Saldana to discuss her role as Gamora in Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. I had to ask about the amount of hate she gets from #BlackTwitter for some of her comments on race. People have gone as far to suggest that she’s in the “Sunken Place” — a reference from Jordan Peele’s hit film Get Out.

“I’m a Gemini, so there is a part of me where I try, but I just don’t care. The other one is the exact opposite, I’m hurt all the time. I don’t understand why all this hate comes back at me, but the reality is that I do realize that a lot of it must be projections. I don’t have an issue with who I am, with how I am, with how I came to be, with the color of my skin, with how I live my life with an open heart and how when I’m asked a question I truly believe it’s because people want to hear my answer.”

Watch the full interview above.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters everywhere May 5, 2017.

Drake Accuses Country Club Of Racial Profiling During Coachella Trip

 

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It’s not often that you hear a star as big as as Drake throwing around terms like racial profiling — but Drizzy’s latest ordeal has the rapper screaming prejudice.

On Monday, after a fun weekend in Coachella, the 6 God posted an Instagram message, criticizing a private country club called, The Madison Club, for allegedly racially profiling him and his crew. He posted, and deleted a picture of the club’s logo and the caption, “The most offensive place I have ever stayed at in my life with staff who pick and choose who they are going to accommodate based on racial profiling ?? #Coachella.”

Drake’s post and delete proves that regardless of fortune and fame, nothing can prevent you being discriminated against as a person of color. It definitely got the attention of the club because they commented on Drizzy’s post:

 

Damage control in full effect.

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Watch! Here’s How Killer Mike Really Feels About Kanye West Meeting With Donald Trump

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When Killer Mike speaks, people listen — even if they don’t always agree with his perspective.

During an interview with UK’s Channel 4, the rapper may have had added fuel to the controversy fire surrounding Kanye West‘s decision to meet with Donald Trump last year. Mike surprisingly revealed that he wasn’t bothered by the unlikely duo meeting up, saying, “Didn’t bother me. Why wouldn’t you? Black people shouldn’t have permanent friends or enemies. They should have permanent interests.”

The Atlanta emcee added, “If it wasn’t for Dr. Martin Luther King being willing to meet with people like [governor] George Wallace, George Wallace would have not have ended up—starting a racist bigot — he ended [as] a person who found God in some way. Appointed more Blacks to his office than any other governor since him. So, I maintain hope that all human beings can steer a changed course.”

Mike explained that a musician meeting with a president or presidential candidate doesn’t hold nearly as much weight as it would if they were someone like former NLFer/civil rights activist, Jim Brown. He said, “A musician meeting with a presidential candidate isn’t important to me like Jim Brown. Jim Brown, for the last 50 years, has fought against the oppression of all people. Him sitting with President Trump was a significant thing for me, because I know on the other side of the table he was telling the truth.”

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Since Ye’s shocking meeting with Trump, he has deleted tweets that showed his in support of the President. Do you agree with Killer Mike?

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Watch Angela Rye Drag Joe Walsh For Being A ‘Bigot’

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Angela Rye held nothing back while slamming radio host Joe Walsh for saying the bar had been “lowered” for former President Barack Obama because he’s Black.

During a debate on CNN, the political commentator repeatedly called Walsh a “bigot,”asking, “Did you or did you not say that the standard was lower because he was Black?” When Walsh replied that he “absolutely” had, Rye said, “That’s what makes you a bigot, Joe.”

She continued, “I am tired of people telling me that Black people are beneath a standard when we have to be twice as good all the time. I’m not interested in having a dialogue with someone like Joe, who has demonstrated a propensity towards bigotry, and he did that on Twitter yesterday, in 140 characters or less.” As much as he tried to rebuttal, Walsh couldn’t get a word in as Angela Rye read him his rights.

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Check out the intense exchange above.

 

 

You Won’t Believe Who This Guy Blames After Shooting Himself In The Stomach

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Arthur Palombo may have shot himself in the stomach physically, but figuratively, he shot himself in the foot.

The New York Daily News reports that a $10,000 bail has been set for the 20-year-old Bronx man who told investigators he had been shot by a tall, bald, Black guy. However, it was later confirmed that Palombo did in fact shoot himself that evening and was taken to Jacobi Medical Center soon after—the Black man was all in his imagination.

On Thursday, at about 10:45PM, Palombo went to Williamsbridge Oval Park in the Norwood section of the Bronx to sell an old revolver. He claims that the buyer scoffed at the $100 asking price and a scuffle ensued, ending with Palombo suffering a gunshot wound to the left side of his stomach. Police searched the area for the alleged (imaginary) shooter but found no signs of him, only the revolver responsible for the shooting. Cops continued to question Palombo after he was released from Jacobi Medical Center. This time around, he came clean and said he was in the park by himself that night and the revolver accidentally went off in his jacket pocket, meaning there was no bald, Black guy shooter. Prosecutors charged him with weapons possession and filing a false report.

Palombo is due back in court for arraignment Friday.

 

 

A White Privilege Essay Contest Sparked Major Outrage In Connecticut

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In this day and age with Donald Trump as the leader of the free world, it’s not uncommon to be confronted with the topic of race.

But one Connecticut town is not here for a new student essay contest on the topic of White privilege. The Daily Mail reports that the residents of the overwhelmingly White coastal town of Westport have complained that the question prompt wrongly suggests racial tensions exist in their affluent town.

The question for the essay, put out by the town’s diversity council, states, “In 1,000 words or less, describe how you understand the term ‘white privilege’. To what extent do you think this privilege exists? What impact do you think it has had in your life – whatever your racial or ethnic identity – and in our society more broadly?”

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Resident Bari Reiner, 72, says the question is offensive because the town welcomes anybody who can afford to live here. He told reporters, “It’s an open town. There are no barricades here. Nobody says if you’re black or whatever, you can’t move here.”

However, Bert Dovo, a White father-of-two, said, “I like the idea to get it out there so kids can talk about it and embrace it.”

The winner of the annual contest’s $1,000 top prize will be announced on April 3. Thoughts?

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Michael Jackson’s ‘Urban Myth’ Episode Canceled After Online Outrage Over White Casting Choice

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The Twitterverse has spoken!

After receiving major backlash following the release of the trailer for Sky Arts’ Urban Myths episode starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, the TV network announced on Friday that it has decided not to air the program. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the channel pulled the episode after it was met with an onslaught of backlash over a White actor playing the Black King of Pop. His daughter, Paris Jackson, even said she was “incredibly offended” by the portrayal.

The controversial episode focused on Jackson’s rumored road trip from New York to Los Angeles with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the 9/11 attacks and was set to air on January 19th. Sky Arts network released a statement: “We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family. We set out to take a lighthearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense.”

News of the cancellation comes after tons of MJ fans took to social media to express their disdain. The criticism definitely worked.

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How Do White & Black Opinions On American Race Relations Differ? [EXCLUSIVE AUDIO]

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TVOne & RadioOne in conjunction with Edison Research did some extensive research on race relations in America. Researches spent time polling and interview Americans to find out their views on the most controversial racially-centered topics of our time: police, the presidential race, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Their findings were recently published in a study entitled “Black, White & Blue: A Spotlight On Race Relations In America.”

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Ed Lover explains why a study of this caliber is necessary, and how it can help us moving forward. Ed & Monie Love reveal their thoughts and talk with listeners about the study and the subjects it covers. Click on the audio player above, and be sure to check out the subsequent parts to it below, to hear this important discussion in this exclusive clip from the “Ed Lover Show.”

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Chris Brown Loses Vegas Residency After Calling Venue Racist

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Chris Brown is having a rough summer.

In the past few weeks, the R&B singer has been sued by his ex-manager Mike G for assault and booted from an Ibiza villa after allegedly vandalizing the property with knives—and reportedly urinating and vomiting everywhere. Not to mention, he lost his longtime publicist Nicole Perna, who says Chris called her a “do nothing bitch.”

The latest report concerns Breezy’s former Vegas residency at Drai’s nightclub. Chris called the venue racist and it was all downhill from there. From TMZ:

The singer was 86’d from his Vegas residency at Drai’s Nightclub for refusing to apologize to the club’s owner after calling Drai’s a racist venue … according to a letter management fired off to CB’s attorney and obtained by TMZ. Not too long ago … Chris torched the club on Instagram, and that pissed off Drai’s to the point it issued an ultimatum — apologize or get out.  But it wasn’t just the IG post … Drai’s says Chris’ recent behavior has “garnered negative public attention” causing concern among Drai’s management.

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TMZ reached out to both parties to see if the matter has been settled, but didn’t hear back.

We hope Chris can turn things around soon.

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Beyoncé Drops Manifesto About Police Brutality For Black Community

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As stars continue to come forward to share their thoughts and grief about the tragic shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando CastileBeyoncé is now answering the call to stand up.

She posted a lengthy manifesto to her personal website, making a powerful, brave and emotional statement demanding racial justice. Here it is in its entirety:

Beyoncé also posted a shorter and simpler message to her Instagram, and invited fans to follow her call to action.

It is crucial that those with the biggest voices speak the loudest when it is most dangerous for them to do so. As Beyoncé said, “It is up to us to take a stand and demand that they ‘stop killing us.’ We don’t need sympathy. We need everyone to respect our lives.”

Amen.

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#LintonLies: Scottish Woman’s Over-The-Top Memoir About Year In Zambia Sparks Outrage On Twitter

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A memoir written by actress/producer Louise Linton has come under fire for being full of fabricated tales, according to BuzzFeed.

The book, titled In Congo’s Shadow, tells the story of the privileged teenager from Scotland, who decided to visit Zambia during her gap year. In an excerpt recently published by the Telegraph, Linton claims her life was threatened several times by Congolese rebels.

I had come to Africa with hopes of helping some of the world’s poorest people. But my gap year had become a living nightmare when I inadvertently found myself caught up in the fringes of the Congolese War,” reads part of the excerpt.

However, Linton’s story is full of prejudiced platitudes. The Guardian reports:

Despite being in Zambia, she writes about becoming a “central character” in the Congolese war of the late 1990s – terrified of what the rebels from across the border “would do to the ‘skinny white muzungu with long angel hair’”.

She goes on to rattle through the dictionary of “white saviour in Africa” cliches: from 12-inch long spiders, “brutal tales of rape and murder”, “close encounters with lions” and helping a “smiling gap-toothed child with HIV”.

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Many also shared the account of Gerard Zytkow, who wrote on Facebook that he owned a fishing lodge near where Linton had volunteered. He questioned her dates and how close she was to the danger zone.

Linton eventually took to Twitter to release a statement:

“I am genuinely dismayed and very sorry to see that I have offended people as this was the very opposite of my intent. I wrote with the hope of conveying my deep humility, respect and appreciation for the people of Zambia as an 18yr old in 1999. I wrote about the country’s incredible beauty and my immense gratitude for the experiences I had there. Sorry he was mistaken. It was 1999, 3 years prior to 2002 and I was never posted at Ndole. The angel hair is what the children said, not me.”

Despite the apology, the hashtag #LintonLies was born.

SOURCE: BuzzFeed, Guardian, Telegraph | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

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Centenarian Ida Keeling Sets World Record In 100-Meter Race At Penn Relays

A woman just a couple weeks shy of her 101st birthday set a world record for the fastest 100-meter dash by a woman 100 years and older at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia this past weekend.

And Ida Keeling’s advice for staying active later in life? “Love yourself, do what you have to do and what you want to do,” she told NBC.

The crowd erupted for the 100-year-old after she finished the 100m race in one minute, 17.33 seconds.

“I’ll be 101 in a couple of weeks,” Keeling pointed out to NBC Sports’ Carolyn Manno after the race, a mixed-gender event for athletes 80 and older. “I’ve never seen nothing like this crowd. Maybe that’s what the excitement was.”

In addition to loving yourself, Keeling’s advice for an active lifestyle is to “eat for nutrition, not for taste.”

“And exercise at least once a day,” she added.

Standing at 4-foot-6 and weighing in at 83 pounds, Keeling credits her resilience to her experiences, some of which include living through the Great Depression, losing two sons, and battling a bout of depression and health ailments, according to a New York Times profile on the runner.

Scarlett Johansson’s New Film Under Fire For Trying To Make Her Look Asian

Ever since Scarlett Johansson was cast as the lead in Ghost In the Shell, fans have been less than happy.

The film is a live-action, American-made take on a classic Japanese manga and anime franchise, leaving many confused as to why ScarJo— an obviously non-Asian woman — was chosen as the lead. According to reports, the studio commissioned visual effects tests that would’ve altered Scarlett Johansson in post-production to “shift her ethnicity” and make the Caucasian actress appear more Asian in the film.

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Paramount Studios clapped back and denied the claim, saying, “A test was done related to a specific scene for a background actor which was ultimately discarded. Absolutely no visual effects tests were conducted on Scarlett’s character and we have no future plans to do so.”

Fans will have to decide for themselves when the film hits theaters next year.

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BuzzFeed Misses The Mark On “Questions Black People Have For Black People” Video

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A video released by BuzzFeed this week titled “27 Questions Black People Have For Black People” has prompted social media users to ask the question, “Why was this created?”

The video, which features Black BuzzFeed employees presenting questions that seem to perpetuate sweeping generalizations and inaccurate stereotypes, starts off satirical, but ends up looking like a bunch of people confused about the role racism plays in most of the questions, putting the onus on Black people — not systemic oppression — to answer.

“If my dab is on fleek, am I lit?,” quickly and irresponsibly evolved to “Why are we more likely to engage in the new dance trend than we are to get involved in politics or opening a business?”

Sadly, the latter is grossly inaccurate. In fact, millennials and college students — who are most likely to be knowledgable about dabbing or why Young Metro doesn’t trust anyone — are also likely to be the catalyst for change in social justice and political movements on campus and beyond. In addition to playing a major role in the Black Lives Matter movement, Black millennials are largely responsible for the wave of holding presidential candidates and school officials from Mizzou to Duke accountable.

But that question was only the beginning.

Between “Why do we call each other the N word but get vehemently upset when a white person uses the N word?” and “Why is growing up without a father so common in our race?,” a viewer might get a sense that maybe this video wasn’t made for Black people at all. And while it’s fair to say the controversy surrounding the n-word and if Black people should use it is common in Black communities, asking why we get upset when White people use the word is offensive in itself.

Because….racism.

And with the renewed conversation surrounding Bill Clinton’s 1994 crime bill, Hillary Clinton’s “super-predator” comment, and the admission that the War on Drugs specifically targeted Black families, it’s frustrating to hear any questions about absentee fathers without acknowledging policies, the aggressive push to implement them, and how they continue to affect Black families decades later.

Not to mention the recent debunking of the “dead-beat Black father” trope we’ve all been conditioned to believe.

It seems finding the answers to these questions, which are either explained through acknowledging White supremacy or statistics, is right in front of them.

BuzzFeed, you had the answers. So, why the video? This concern was conveyed best on Twitter, where users started the hashtags #BuzzFeedVideoQuestions and #RealBlackPeopleQuestions (created by Jozen Cummings) to show the mega-site how off the mark they really were.

The responses ranged from funny:

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To actual concern that this video may have done more harm than good:

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Check out the video and let us know how you feel in the comments below…

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Nev Schulman Apologizes For Demeaning Black Girls “Catfish A Lot” Tweet

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We never thought we’d be giving Nev Schulman side-eye ‘tude, but what the hell, Nev?

He’s one of our favorite TV guys, but the Catfish star showed us a different side of himself last night when he tweeted a misguided and unfair generalization about Black girls.

We all watched Black Girls Rock yesterday on BET and Nev probably did too, as he tweeted: “#BlackGirlsRock I totally agree. They also tend to #catfish a lot. Just sayin’.” Obviously there’s a lot more to say about the random-as-all-hell statement, but really we’re just left wondering, “Why?”

Was it supposed to be some sort of promotion for the show? We’re not sure, but as expected, he’s already apologizing:

He then moved on to sex education in America:

You don’t have to be a Black girl to understand that making generalizations about an entire race isn’t cool. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist, either.

Please take a seat, Nev.

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New Jersey Police Chief Investigated For Email Allegedly Defending Racial Profiling

A New Jersey police chief who allegedly wrote an email defending racial profiling of “suspicious Black people in White neighborhoods,” has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the correspondence.

Wyckoff Police Department Chief Benjamin Fox requested the leave during a township meeting Tuesday, ABC News reports. The December 2014 email, sent to dozens of recipients, identified the sender as “CHF BENJAMIN C FOX.” It was sent just a few short months after Ferguson, Mo. teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot by a White police officer — an incident that set off a wave of protests across the nation to denounce racially biased policing.

Via ABC News:

“Profiling, racial or otherwise, has it’s [sic] place in law enforcement when used correctly and applied fairly,” the email reads.

The email suggests that black gang members from the nearby township of Teaneck rob white neighborhoods in Wyckoff, and white kids buy heroin from black neighborhoods in New York City.

“That’s why we check out suspicious black people in white neighborhoods,” the sender wrote. “That’s why the NYPD stops those white kids.”

“I think that most police officers are finding the national rhetoric about police abuse and racial profiling quite upsetting,” the first line in the email reads.

The sender references recent occurrences of police-involved shootings in the email, saying “resisting arrest” was a “common thread” in each incident. “That resistance then creates your counter reaction,” the email states. “We don’t run from fights.”

The email, made public by the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, has prompted calls for Fox’s resignation if the investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor proves he was the author of the email.

“Racial profiling has no place in New Jersey, and if Chief Fox sent the email in question, then he must be held accountable,” ACLU-NJ Executive Director Udi Ofer said. “But removing one chief will not ensure accountability over police departments. This is a wake-up call for New Jersey to implement stronger oversight and transparency in policing practices across the state.”

In a joint statement with the Bergen County Prosecutor, Acting New Jersey Attorney General Robert Lougy said Tuesday the email appears to be a violation of the AG’s policy that strictly prohibits racial profiling.

An investigation continues. You can read the email in its entirety, here.

SOURCE: ABC News, ACLU | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty

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