Reports stated that Ariana Grande reportedly got paid $8 million to perform at Coachella, twice as much as Beyonce’s, Beychella check, double what Beyonce got paid for Coachella, but that proved to be false. Apparently both Bey and Ari got an $8 million pay day as they each received $4 million per weekend.
A Black family just settling into their dream house was traumatized by a burglary and racist graffiti on Sunday evening.
Latanza Douglas returned to their Minnesota home to find swastikas and racist messages spray-painted on the side of their house, as well as on their bedroom walls. Now, Douglas feels forced to move. “This was supposed to be the last time we were going to move,” she commented. “If it was a burglary, that’s one thing. It happens everywhere. But when you have people judging you for other reasons that you can’t do anything about, that makes it even harder.”
Prior to the break-in, Douglas spent precious time working with developer Naresh Uppal to build the house. Uppal even encouraged Douglas to move to the neighborhood, believing it was a welcoming atmosphere. “It took me four, five months to build that house, just the way she wanted,” he explained.
Seeing the words “Get out” spray-painted on the walls devastated Uppal. “That was the one that hurt the most because you never want to make anyone feel unwelcome,” he explained.
Douglas, who is the parent of foster kids, no longer feels secure in the community and is looking to settle elsewhere. She elaborates, “These kids have traumas already. So, now we’ve exposed them to another one and it’s not a feeling of safety.” Douglas and her family have started a GoFundMe page if you want to support.
Two Staten Island parents were hit with racism this past week when a chiropractor sent them racist threats.
The spine specialist was arrested after sending threatening notes to a Black NYPD officer and a White crossing guard with a Black child.
On Monday, the police officer, Ebony Glover, was sent a letter reading, “My next opportunity will be getting rid of you and that ugly ass n*gger child of the crossing guard.” The letter continues, “Keep thinking he’s safe in school, but when the opportunity hits, it will with a bang. N*ggers don’t belong in my neighborhood.” The crossing guard, Jennifer Becker, was sent a similar letter.
According to court documents, the letter was sent by Danielle Serini, who has reportedly been in an ongoing feud with Glover and Becker since April. Serini accused her two victims of ticketing her clients.
Court records also reveal that Serini sent a bag of Dum-Dum lollipops to both Glover and Becker’s homes. They came with a note that read, “Enjoy the pops dum dum. Don’t think for a moment I forgot about the so-called crossing guard that is never doing her job. In due time!”
Serini already had a protective order against her when Becker filed one back in June 2016. Now Serini has been charged with aggravated harassment, stalking, and for violating the protective order.
Not sure who raised the people who created this mess, but folks over at PubCrawls.com are selling a St. Patrick’s Day t-shirt that mimics and disrespects the Black Lives Matter movement. Their version boasts the phrase “Drunk Lives Matter” using the same font used in other BML shirts.
According to Mic, the offensive shirt that costs $19.95, probably aren’t brainchild: There are similar “Drunk Lives Matter” shirts available on , Spencer’s and several other apparel websites. Yet in the end, for people of color it’s already scary enough to see masses of drunk white people roaming around town, but to see them intoxicated and making fun of a movement whose goal is to save our very lives? Well, that’s damn near terrifying.
FYI: St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday, March 17. Be careful folks.
“Lavender,” produced by hitmaker Kaytranada, is a synched out, funk laced remix of “Nightfall,” originally sung by Canadian band BADBADNOTGOOD. The video released Sunday, re-imagines a world filled with clowns and provides a scathing rebuke on politics, media, police brutality and racism.
In one of the final scenes, Snoop Dogg holds a gun to the head of Ronald Klump, a caricature of Donald Trump in clown face. As Snoop raps, “This is the final call,” he pulls the trigger, emitting a small flag with the word “Bang,” from the barrel of the gun.
The video will spark serious discussions among supporters and detractors, mainly due to the usage of violence and drug paraphernalia.
In an interview with Billboard, the rapper said he aims to make “a song that was not controversial but real — real to the voice of the people who don’t have a voice.”
He continued refusing to mince words regarding the 45th president, rebuking the the divisive policies and rhetoric Trump’s administration aims to support.
“The ban that this motherf–ker tried to put up; him winning the presidency; police being able to kill motherf–kers and get away with it; people being in jail for weed for 20, 30 years and motherf–kers that’s not black on the streets making money off of it — but if you got color or ethnicity connected to your name, you’ve been wrongfully accused or locked up for it, and then you watching people not of color position themselves to get millions and billions off of it,” Snoop Dogg said.
The Doggfather enlisted YouTube prankster Jesse Wellens to direct the video. According to Billboard, Wellens and Snoop Dogg share a collaborative relationship because they share the same business manager.
Actor Michael Rapaport also makes an appearance in the video, posing as a suburban father decked out in clown gear who is eventually pulled over and fatally shot by a police officer. The scene evokes imagery from the Philando Castile shooting in July.
Snoop Dogg told the outlet he hopes the visual inspires further discussions around the current political climate.
“I feel like it’s a lot of people making cool records, having fun, partying, but nobody’s dealing with the real issue with this f–king clown as president, and the sh-t that we dealing with out here, so I wanted to take time out to push pause on a party record and make one of these records for the time being,” Snoop Dogg said.
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It’s no secret that Don Cheadle has never been a fan of Donald Trump—and he recently took to Twitter to blow up the president’s spot even more.
On Saturday night, the Oscar-nominated actor, who has called #45 a “POS” in the past, explained why he can’t stand Trump so much. According to Cheadle, his friend’s father was playing golf with Trump before he was elected and witnessed him call African-American women the “N-word.”
Trump tried it.
Now, it’s important to point out that we don’t have the full details behind the story.
As AV Club pointed out: It’s unclear if Cheadle was actually there or if this is all hearsay—”but it’s a bold accusation against a political figure who’s spent a lot of energy trying to convince people he’s ‘the least racist person he knows.’” Not only that, but if this is true, Trump’s use of a racial slur while sexualizing Black women is truly disgusting and reprehensible.
(Omarosa, are you paying attention?)
Now when asked why Cheadle didn’t share this tidbit during the election, he admitted he didn’t believe that it would have made a difference in the outcome.
He does have a point.
ESPN anchor Sage Steele is in hot water once again for her comments involving black people and racism.
During a recent panel discussion on race, Steele reportedly revealed that her worst experiences with racism in America have been at the hands of black people because she is biracial, married to a white man and has biracial children.
There are times that I believe that we, as African Americans, can be hypocritical, and that is to not look ourselves in the mirror when we are saying certain things and blaming other groups for one thing when we are doing the exact same thing. … The worst racism that I have received, and I mean thousands and thousands over the years, is from black people, who in my mind thought would be the most accepting because there has been that experience. … But even as recent[ly] as the last couple of weeks, the words that I have had thrown at me I can’t repeat here, and it’s 99 percent from people with my skin color. But if a white person said those words to me, what would happen? … How do we, [with Christianity] as our foundation, address this honestly with each other and these communities? Because to me, if we don’t start with ourselves in any issue, how can you point the fingers at somebody else?
The comments come just days after Steele came under fire for dragging protesters of Trump’s immigration ban for inconveniencing people traveling:
While no one is debating one woman’s personal experience, Steele’s consistent negative attitude towards black people is hard to ignore. It seems whenever there is an issue that involves race, she makes it a point to make black people look like the villain.
What do you think of Steele’s comments?
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Lionel Richie‘s daughter, rising star Sofia Richie, says people say racist things around her all the time because they don’t know she’s Black. According to Sofia, it’s her complexion that throws people off.
The 18-year-old revealed in the latest issue of Complex, “I’ve been in situations where people will say something kind of racist, and I’ll step in and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, well, you’re light.’”
“That still doesn’t cut it, buddy,” she continues. “It’s 2016 — you better get your s— together before you get slapped out here.”
Sofia’s also slightly fed up with having to look put together all the time now that paparazzi are constantly taking her photograph. (She is rumored to be dating Justin Bieber.) She tells the magazine, “Sometimes you just want to walk out of your house and look ugly and get a coffee and wear your sweatpants all day. Honestly, I might’ve thrown [my outfit] together in 30 seconds. I might’ve slept in that. And s—, someone’s going to photograph me, and everyone’s going to say I’m a mess or I look depressed, when really I’m just not wearing mascara.”
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While many applauded the Mall of America for hiring its first Black Santa in its 24-year-history, as expected, salty white tears were shed all over the Internet for the blackening of the iconic holiday legend.
Folks were so appalled by the mall tapping Larry Jefferson-Gamble to serve as Santa for a mere four days that the Minneapolis Star-Tribune had to turn off the comments section in an earlier report about Gamble’s hiring.
“Looks like we had to turn comments off on story about Mall of America’s first black Santa. Merry Christmas everyone!” Scott Gillespie wrote.
But the misplaced anger didn’t stop with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s article—it bubbled over onto Twitter and other forms of social media.
Raw Story recently collected some of the worst of the worst tweets that included folks screaming that “SANTA IS WHITE,” that the very idea of reimagining of Santa as Black is in fact “racist” and that this is all some leftist conspiracy. A boycott of the mall has even been called.
Yeah—they really tried it.
As HelloBeautiful previously reported, Jefferson-Gamble said that he just “[enjoys] making people smile and be happy. During the holidays, people go through a lot.”
He added that he understands what his very presence means to children of color.
“Just Saturday, I was doing an event, and one child said, ‘Santa, you’re brown,’” he recently recalled on CBS Minnesota. “And I said, ‘Yes, I am, but Santa comes in many different colors.’ He said, ‘Oh,’ so I gave him a candy cane, he ran off with other kids.”
“It gives them something to identity with,” Jefferson-Gambler says, “but Santa is still just Santa…kids love Santa no matter what color you are.”
Seriously, how you cannot just love this man!
Thankfully, there was a backlash to the backlash that was brilliantly played out on Twitter:
In the end, this Tweet perfectly sums this entire fake controversy:
Olive Garden found itself in hot water after one of the chain’s employees told African-American comedian Ricky Smith that she “doesn’t serve blacks.” According to the New York Daily News, the Italian restaurant chain has issued an apology to Smith and gave him $6,000.
Smith encountered the racist experience while dining at one of their locations in Ohio on Tuesday. According to reports, the waitress told him and his friends that she “didn’t like serving Blacks.” Smith alerted the manager and asked for a new waiter. When the manager refused, he asked them to call the police. An employee at the restaurant allegedly called the cops and told them that Smith sexually harassed someone and was ordering drinks for minors. Police later arrived at the restaurant and removed Smith.
Following the incident, Olive Garden’s VP of Operations called the comedian to apologize and gave him a $1,000 gift card as well as a $5,000 donation to his charity Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere. Smith is putting a positive spin on the negative experience. He will use the gift card to feed families in need. Smith took to Twitter to share the news. “He, on behalf of Olive Garden apologized for what happened to me and my friends yesterday,” he tweeted. “. @olivegarden is making a sizable donation @RAKENow #rake and in addition are giving #RAKE $1,000 in gift cards to host families in need.”
The waitress and the manager have been placed on leave as the company delves deeper into what happened. Smith shared that the two should get their jobs back. “They’re both currently on leave and I pleaded with him not to fire them over this. No need for anyone to lose their job during the holidays,” he tweeted.
SOURCE: New York Daily News
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We can’t drive, laugh or fly while Black—and now we can’t buy dairy either?
That seems to be the moral of a recent story about two Black customers who went into a local CVS store looking for cheese slices. According to WATE NEWS, Ricky Berry and his roommate Philip Blackwell went to the drugstore in Carytown, Virginia, looking for the dairy item.
It all started out pretty normal: The two asked the store’s employees if they had what they looking for, and they were told “no.” And then that’s when things got strange. Blackwell said that all of a sudden, the employees just disappeared.
“We looked around for probably 30, 45 minutes and we couldn’t find anybody,” Blackwell said, saying that there was another customer who was trying to buy Oragel for a bad tooth, to no avail.
Then to the young men’s surprise, the police showed up out of nowhere. They quickly explained what happened to the officer and were told that someone called 911 on them. The officer walked around the store and found the employees huddled in the back room with the doors locked.
“He was laughing with us because, like, this is how weird, apocalyptic movies start,” Berry said.
But then after making a few calls, the officer told Berry and Blackwell that they had to leave the store.
“We’re being kicked out because they were scared of us and hiding,” Berry said, “He just told us that we need to leave premises or else we would be arrested for trespassing and that flipped the script on all of us. We had no idea what was going on.”
Afterwards, the two men called the store manager, but their calls were not returned. However, a spokesperson for the drugstore recently apologized to Berry and Blackwell for the incident and stressed that the employee who called the police will be interviewed and possibly retrained, WATE noted.
You know this ridiculous situation would almost be funny, if this type of unsubstianed fear of Black people didn’t historically lead to our death.
As many of us prepare to hit the road this year to be with our loved ones on some of the most traveled days of the year, it would behoove us to reflect on how far we have come.
Nowadays, when African Americans travel across the country, we’re primarily concerned about where we’ll stay and activities we’ll partake in while on our trip. For Blacks during the height of the Jim Crow Era (1877-mid-1960s), a primary concern was making it to and from our destination safely, as traveling in a country plagued by racism was no easy feat.
In 1936, an African-American postal worker from Harlem by the name of Victor Green created a travel guide specifically designed to keep Blacks from harm, and without the humiliation of being turned away from establishments because of their race. Titled The Negro Motorist (or Negro Travelers’) Green Book, the book served as a guide for people of color traveling throughout the country when racial segregation was at its peak.
The guide was printed and distributed between the years 1936 and 1966, and featured safe places to stay and dine, but also gas stations, barber shops, beauty salons, tailors and nightclubs. Playwright and author Calvin Ramsey is now working to highlight the influence the guide had on Black travel during the Jim Crow Era. He’s releasing a documentary titled The Green Book Chronicles.
“Discrimination was so real that not only did [Black travelers] pack their own food; but also their own gas. You never knew when traveling while Black what was going to happen to you, and if you had kids with you, it just added to the anxiety,” Ramsey told NBC News.
Ramsey was inspired to create the film after the grandfather of a deceased family friend asked for a Green Book so that he could travel from New York to a funeral being held in the South, according to the report. The lack of knowledge surrounding the Green Books prompted Ramsey to delve deeper into their history.
“I spoke to college educated people, librarians, and not one time did these people mention the Green Book or talk about how hard it was for us on the road. I think a part of this lost history was due to the pain and embarrassment that Black parents didn’t want to pass down to their children,” he told the outlet.
A message written by Green Book creator Victor Green in the first edition spoke volumes to how heated the racial climate was in America. He called on African-Americans to serve as positive emissaries of the Black community.
“Back then it mattered how you looked. For some if you dressed well you may be treated a little better, not always, but sometimes. However, nowadays this doesn’t seem to matter. You should be respectable and treat others with dignity; but that alone isn’t enough. To do it just because you think it will protect you … it won’t now. Back then it worked some; but people were still being lynched,” Ramsey continued.
Ever since learning about the Green Book, Ramsey says he’s dedicated his career to keeping Victor Green’s legacy alive through screenplays, books, and other mediums. He believes that these guides are an integral part of history and he doesn’t want Green’s efforts to be in vain.
“This was put together with love from Black people for each other to keep each other safe,” Ramsey said. “The Green Book to me was a love letter of sorts. There was a time when we loved each other so much that we would open our homes just to keep another Black person safe. You could be a superstar, a singer, an artist and in those days still have no place to stay, eat or bathe while on the road, so this book was about the love and ability to preserve our dignity.”
SOURCE: NBC News
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In the wake of the election and the countless acts of hate across the country that have followed, a new hashtag about people’s experiences with racism recently began trending on Twitter. On Friday, African-Americans and people of color first used #IWasFirstCalled to speak candidly about the racial harassment they have encountered and the crippling epitaphs they have been called while living in America.
And it was powerful.
According to the Huffington Post, the hashtag was started by their own political writer Julia Craven, who tweeted about the first time she was called the n-word.
“Considering the fear held by many people of color following Tuesday’s election results, I felt like I should use my platform to share their experiences and expose white folks to a pain they’ll never know,” Craven said.
Soon after, other devastating stories began to trickle in:
And the fact that many of these stories date back to people’s childhood, speaks volumes:
And white allies were paying attention:
Sadly racism isn’t going anywhere soon, but one can only hope that hashtags like this one can help educate whites and provide support for those who continue to face racial oppression in the daily aspects of their lives.
Some pretty nasty comments are being made about Prince Harry‘s new girlfriend Meghan Markle. But how surprised are we really?
The world got a kick out of learning the Prince was dating a Black actress, but it seems not everybody approves of their reported union. Instead of celebrating, the British Press is making attempts to smear Markle’s good name by playing up the usual stereotypes that unfortunately come along with being Black.
Just yesterday, the Daily Mail published an “exclusive” article that all but said Markle is a ghetto, Black girl getting a free ride out of Compton. The article is quite literally titled, “EXCLUSIVE: Harry’s girl is (almost) straight outta Compton: Gang-scarred home of her mother revealed – so will he be dropping by for tea?”
The site attempts to fasten Markle to a “crime and street gang”-riddled area of L.A. by pointing out her mom still lives in their old neighborhood, adding “Crenshaw has endured 47 crimes in the past week.” What that has to do with Toronto-based Markle – unless she somehow committed any or all of those crimes – we have no idea.
Daily Mail continues:
But social worker Ragland might now find herself welcoming a royal guest to downtrodden Crenshaw after Prince Harry was revealed to be dating her daughter – Suits actress Meghan Markle. Markle, 35, is now based in Toronto, Canada, but her mother remains in LA and moved to her modest green-painted home five years ago after the death of her own father, Alvin, in 2011.
Markle was brought up in a large yellow-colored detached home in central Los Angeles, while her rumored royal boyfriend spent much of his childhood between Kensington Palace and Prince Charles’ Gloucestershire mansion, Highgrove. But Harry’s literally palatial homes couldn’t be more different from the tatty one-storey homes that dominate much of Crenshaw.
And while there have been a total of 21 crimes in the immediate area around Highgrove over the past 12 months, 47 have taken place in Crenshaw in the last week alone – including murder and robbery.
The Guardian has also called attention to the British Press’ natural skill for making Markle seem less than the appropriate date for a royal, writing in this article:
The British press have a different approach. They have made it clear that her relationship with Harry is scandalous, for a number of reasons: she is divorced; she is older (Markle is 35, Harry 32); she’s played raunchy scenes in the US TV series Suits – and her mother is visibly black, with dreadlocks.
Honestly, we expected as much – we just thought they’d be a lot less tacky about it.
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Another day another, attack on Black natural hair—and sadly this time it was against a 3-year-old.
An Illinois teacher sent a note home to a Black mother complaining about the smell of her daughter’s hair. According to The Daily Mail, Tionna Norris said that on Monday her daughter Amia’s teacher claimed that other students were complaining that Amia’s hair “stinks” and suggested that Norris use less coconut oil in order to avoid bullying.
“If you have to apply this daily – please do so lightly, so the kid’s don’t tease her,” the Raggedy Anne Learning Center teacher wrote.
Clearly this type of insensitivity and audacity upset Norris, who later posted a picture of the note on her Facebook page (which has since gone viral) with the following caption: “Y’all gone feel that black girl magic. Sincerely, unapologetically black mom. P.s. Coconut oil has no stinky smell.”
To add insult to injury, Norris says that after speaking with the school’s director, she learned that “Carol” lied about the bullying story, the Daily Mail noted. She said the director told her that “no child ever bullied Amia (she’s actually quite popular) and the word “stink” was used in quotes because (the teacher) knew it didn’t have a foul odor.”
“It was just something the teacher was not used to and thought it was heavy (she has a sensitive nose so she says),” Norris wrote on her page.
She added: “The [school] has fully taken responsibility and understand why it’s so offensive.”
And while Norris is satisfied with the school’s response to the situation, she’s not as confident about her child’s teacher.
“Do I still believe the teacher didn’t have ill intentions? Not for a second because the way she tried to talk to me about how she thought my daughter smelled (which she is the only person who felt that way) was absolutely and totally unacceptable,” she wrote.
According to a post she wrote on Thursday, Norris confirmed that she’s taking her daughter out of the school.
Incidents like these continue to underscore the need for diversity and sensitivity training in all educational settings. None of our children should be told that their hair and how it’s taken care of is problematic or “stinks.”
The spotlight is on a Delta Airlines flight crew after an attendant’s prejudiced behavior nearly caused a man’s death.
According to young Black woman Tamika Cross, the Delta employee didn’t believe she was a doctor and spent more time dismissing, questioning, and restraining her, than she did trying to help a man who’d become unresponsive twice mid-flight.
Of course, the employee ended up eventually needing Cross’ help. Here’s how it all went down, according to the OBGYN from Detroit:
Her unbelievable story has garnered over 25,000 likes and nearly 6,000 reactions. It’s unclear whether or not Delta has responded at this time. Stay tuned….
SOURCE: Facebook | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
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