Rest In Peace.
BBC News reports that South African president Jacob Zuma has announced that Nelson Mandela has sadly passed away. He was 95 years old.
“Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said.
Rest In Peace Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Freedom fighter.
BBC News reports that actor Paul Walker (40) died yesterday afternoon in a car crash in California.
The Fast & Furious star was a passenger in a Porsche sports car driven by a friend – who also died – when it crashed north of Los Angeles.
Walker was said to be attending a charity event at the time.
This is really sad and shocking news to wake up to.
Rest In Peace Paul Walker.
Now this is what you call taking protesting to the next level.
Via The Metro
A man was arrested after stripping naked and nailing his own testicles to the ground in broad daylight and in full view of tourists at one of the world’s most visited landmarks.
Self-styled performance artist Pyotr Pavlensky received treatment at a clinic before being taken to a police station following the incident, which he said was a protest against Russia’s ‘police state’.
He shocked visitors in Moscow’s Red Square by hammering a nail through his scrotum into cobblestones outside Lenin’s Mausoleum, on the day Russia marked its Police Day national holiday.
At least one person filmed Mr Pavlensky during the protest before police put a blanket on him and removed him from the floor.
Well this will be a holiday that those tourists won’t be able to forget in a hurry.
I am probably the only one who thinks this… but every time I look at fugitive ‘terror suspect’ Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed I think he resembles mogul Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs.
Somali-born Mohamed escaped the surveillance of British authorities after he cut off his electronic tag and slipped out of a London mosque wearing a burka last Friday. Anti-terror police have now launched a manhunt.
‘BARNEYS NEW YORK’ ACCUSED OF RACIAL PROFILING, JAY Z ISSUES STATEMENT AND DEFENDS HIS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE STORE
The WAKE UP calls just keep on coming folks!
Last week it was reported that 19 year old African-American student Trayon Christian is suing department store Barneys for “allegedly” calling the police on him after he purchased a $350 designer belt in April. While leaving the store undercover detectives “allegedly” stopped him and asked, “how a young black man such as himself could afford to purchase such an expensive belt,”. The student was then handcuffed and held for 2 hours before being released without charge.
Another black customer Kayla Phillips went through a similar experience back in February after leaving the store with a $2,500 Céline handbag that she had just purchased. Phillips told the New York Post,
“As I was walking into the train station, four undercover police officers attacked me,”
“They asked me why I used a debit card and why it didn’t have my name on it,” she said of her temporary Bank of America card.
A frightened Phillips called her mom, who told The Post cops had asked, “What are you doing here in Manhattan? Where’d you get the money to buy that expensive bag?”
Her mother, Wendy Straker, said the police were clearly on the phone with a Barneys rep who was feeding them information about her daughter’s transaction.
When she showed police her ID and her new debit card, which had arrived in the mail that morning, they let her go.
Shawn Carter aka Jay Z has now been dragged in to this racism storm because the rapper/mogul is all set to release a limited holiday collection with Barneys. The store will sell items by top designers, inspired by Jay-Z , with some of the proceeds going to his charity. He is also working with the store to create its artistic holiday window display. 25% of the proceeds of sales will apparently go towards his Shawn Carter Foundation.
Fans, activists and online petitioners are now calling for the ‘Jigga Man’ to pull out of the deal with Barneys but those calls were met with silence. That is, until The New York Daily News went straight for the juggler with their brilliant front cover above.
In response to the newspaper’s front cover a rattled Carter via his publicist issued the following statement:
This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and, an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.
I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.
I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change. – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter.
So before Carter makes a decision he is going to wait for the Rev Al Sharpton and other community leaders to get back to him with “FACTS” after their round table meeting with Barneys, when deep down he already knows that his business partners are guilty of racial profiling along with their cronies the NYPD (New York Police Department). He also knows that if he was not Mr Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter-Knowles, Barneys and the NYPD would force him to go through the same humiliating ritual.
Shawn Carter is a multimillionaire and so is his wife. The man is in a position financially where he can keep his foundation afloat with his OWN earnings. He does not need Barneys partnership or external donations to help him do this.
It is all just a load of rubbish. These so-called celebrity “charity foundations” are never quite what they seem.
But if Carter wants to continue working with Barneys then I say leave the fool to it. Forget about him black people, hit them in the pockets by taking your custom elsewhere and NEVER step foot inside Barneys again. It is as simple as that.
An Australian woman, named Olivia hosted an ‘African themed’ birthday party and then decided to share the photographs on her Facebook page.
Olivia’s Facebook page was exposed by Tumblr user BlackinAsia who wrote:
Blackface, elephant and gorilla costumes, warpaint, Native American headdresses (?!) and more …. I’m at a loss for words,”
In an attempt to defend herself Olivia said:
“It was my ‘African themed’ party and it was honestly made that theme because I have always wanted to go to Africa (to teach English) but haven’t made it there yet. In no way was this party intended to hurt anyone’s feelings or upset anyone at all.
“However, some guest (sic) did decide to paint themselves, although this was in no way my intention or encouraged in the slightest. I understand that this has offended some people and I have no idea how these photos have even been seen, they were simply put on Facebook for my guests to see the photos of themselves.
“I am 100% sure that parties would be held that would be ‘Australian themed’ or American themed or even countries of the world, and in that instance I don’t believe anyone would be offended. People wear Oktoberfest costumes to parties and no one cracks it that they are not German? So what I am saying is I do understand the people who have painted themselves have offended people, although none of them intended that …. but how can people be annoyed that the majority of the people at the party were celebrating another countries culture.”
CLICK HERE to view more photographs and to read more on this story.
Oh dear, oh dear Olivia. TUT TUT.
For a start this happened in Australia. Anyone who knows about race relations in that part of the world and the continuous mistreatment of the Aborigines should not be surprised by any of this.
The ‘war paint’ gorilla costumes, black boot polish and the fact that one of her guest’s decided to wear a Klu Klux Klan costume (did a noose come with the costume?) to this mess of a ‘African themed’ party tells me all I need to know about Olivia and her cronies.
Oh dear.. oh dear…
Earlier this week Hollywood producer John Palermo posted a series of offensive and racist remarks on his Facebook page.
Palermo who produced the hit blockbuster movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine posted the following after reading that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian had purchased a home in Bel-Air (Los Angeles).
“There goes the neighborhood!!!” ”It looks like a Poor Persian Palace, where’s Kris Jenner when you need her?! #MoneyCantBuyADumbNiggerClass”
The Facebook page has been taken down and the producer now claims the aim was to raise awareness about prejudice in Hollywood.
Whatever John. You are fooling no one.
OVER TO YOU KANYE!!!
*plays Niggas In Paris full blast*
Kanye is one of many rappers who loves to throw around the word “nigger” in his music and sometimes in interviews. He also performs live and encourages others to shout the word back at him.
I look forward to hearing what the big fool has to say about this.
No sympathy or the usual rage coming from this end. You are on your own Kanye.
So now the former waste man from Marcy Projects has bagged the front cover of Vanity Fair. REALLY Vanity Fair? I’ve seen it all now.
Who did Jay sleep with to get this cover?
*shaking my head*
When will people stop drinking this man’s batty juice?