Disrespect, humiliation and re-victimization of Janay Palmer Rice are shameful

Janay Palmer Rice and Ray Rice at news conference, May 23, 2014. Image: YouTube screenshot.

Janay Palmer Rice and Ray Rice at news conference, May 23, 2014. Image: YouTube screenshot.

The saga of Ray Rice, the National Football League player who assaulted his then-fiancée, now wife, Janay Palmer Rice, in a casino elevator has flooded the news all week. Since the video that cost Rice his career was released by TMZ Sports, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indefinitely suspended Rice from the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens fired Rice. Meanwhile, the NFL continues damage control, because it was disclosed that the league had the video of the assault in its possession that it had previously denied . . .

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Obama likely to delay immigration executive action until after mid-term elections

200,000 march on Washington, DC for immigration reform, March 21, 2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Rrenner.

200,000 march on Washington, DC for immigration reform, March 21, 2010. Image: Wikimedia Commons/Rrenner.

 

 

 

 

After the House allowed the Senate immigration bill to die last June, President Obama said using his executive powers would be the means to right wrongs. He promised to confer with his team and share specifics by the end of the summer. But when speaking with news reporters Thursday, it appeared he is stalling until after mid-term elections . . .

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Blue Ivy, black women, hair and self-hatred

Angela Davis and the glory of natural hair, circa 1968. Image: redlist.com

Angela Davis and the glory of natural hair, circa 1968. Image: redlist.com

 

 

 

 

 

… Because it was time to change my life/To become the woman that I am inside /’97 dread locks all gone /I looked in the mirror and said HEY/ I am not my hair … – India Arie (Song lyrics – “I Am Not My Hair”)

BET recently suspended a producer after a joke about Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter, Blue Ivy, aired on the network’s video countdown show 106 & Park. Blue Ivy is a 2-year-old who wears an Afro—and rocks it well. She was the talk of the Internet after joining her mother and father on stage Sunday as Beyoncé won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards. Blue Ivy clapped for her mom and danced in the audience while her mom performed . . .

Click here to read about the Blue Ivy hair controversy in context and the writer’s hair-story.

Missouri’s coded language, a call-out of white liberals and a clarion call to action

Michael Brown's body as it lay in the sun for over four hours. Image: YouTube Screenshot.

Michael Brown’s body as it lay in the sun for over four hours. Image: YouTube Screenshot.

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Michael Brown was laid to rest Monday in Ferguson, Missouri, and the city appears relatively calm. It is possible, however, that it is a pseudo peace pending the outcome of the grand jury proceedings for Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed the unarmed teen.

The deceased boy’s father asked for peace prior to Brown’s funeral, and his wishes were respected. Subsequently, there have been no reports on protests or justice seekers gathering during the day or assembling at night. Is this a peaceful sleep, or are people re-energizing themselves for action should Wilson walk free? During the memorial service, a clarion call resounded . . .

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Girl, 9, fatally shoots instructor at Arizona firing range

Charles Vacca teaching 9-year-old to shoot Uzi. Image: YouTube video.

Charles Vacca teaching 9-year-old to shoot Uzi. Image: YouTube video.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Vacca, a firearms instructor. was shot in the head when a gun recoiled during a tutorial with a 9-year-old girl at the Last Stop Arizona gun range, in White Hills, Arizona. Vacca was struck around 10 a.m. Monday and died at Las Vegas Hospital at 9 p.m. the same night . . .

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Oklahoma city cop charged with sexual assault of black women while on duty

Image: Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, charged with sexually assaulting seven black women while on duty. Image: Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office

 

 

 

 

 

Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, a police officer and former Eastern Michigan University football player, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault of at least seven women between February and June 2014. All of the victims are black women . . .

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Henry Rollins slams Robin Williams in ‘F**** Suicide’ column

Henry Rollins, musician and writer. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

Henry Rollins, musician and writer. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an L.A. Weekly blog column, Henry Rollins, former frontman for Black Flag and writer, rebuked Robin Williams for taking his own life.

Admonishing a deceased man for actions he took while alive is futile, especially if the belief is that the dead are no more or are no longer in hearing distance is correct. If Williams could read the column, he might laugh, if it weren’t for references to his beloved family. His wondrous sense of humor allowed him to joke about himself and show compassion toward others as he plowed through pain . . .

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ASU offers female students extra credit for not shaving armpits

 ASU students demonstrate shaven and unshaven armpits. (Image: ASU News)


ASU students demonstrate shaven and unshaven armpits. (Image: ASU News)

 

 

Arizona State University professor Breanne Fahs offers extra credit to female students who agree not to shave their armpits for 10 weeks and journal about their experience.

Male students are offered equal credit for shaving all hair below the neckline and maintaining a clean-shaven body for the entire semester . . .

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Michelle Obama fights GOP on school lunch rules

First lady Michelle Obama.

First lady Michelle Obama.

 

Michelle Obama, first lady of the US, is usually apolitical. But she has come out fighting against a GOP House effort to weaken part of her anti-childhood obesity campaign.

After a White House event that featured elementary students preparing and eating a lunch using vegetables from the White House garden, she stated, “I’m going to fight until the bitter end to make sure that every kid in this country continues to have the best nutrition that they can have in our schools” . . .

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Zimbabwe’s president urges white farmers to cede land to blacks

Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe, 2009. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

 

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, urged white farmers to cede land to black farmers. He spoke at a
Zanu-PF rally Wednesday.

Mugabe, 90, told his supporters, “We say no to whites owning our land and they should go … “

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