Serena Williams is engaged to Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian! The tennis star broke the news on Reddit in the form of a poem. Continue reading “Serena Williams Announces Her Engagement to Alexis Ohanian”
During a #BlackLivesMatter protest in downtown Rochester, New York, police arrested Carlet Cleare and Justin Carter, two black news reporters from the local ABC affiliate. At the time of their arrests, they were actively working as journalists while capturing footage for their station’s Facebook Live feed. Continue reading “Two Reporters Arrested While Covering New York Protest”
Examining Symoné and Lemon’s recent string of controversial comments, the site points out that while folks are campaigning for their dismissal, the pair will ultimately end up still attached to their respective networks and shows, ABC’s “The View” and “CNN Tonight” on CNN.
“Why? Because of ratings of course,” Shadow and Act expressed as it referenced “The View’s” surge in ratings with Symoné as part of its panel. “You may hate her, but she’s the smartest move that the producers on “The View” have made in a long time. As of last month, “The View,” according to TV by Numbers, posted its largest total in viewers and women 25-54 in over 8 months, beating CBS’ “The Talk,” which had been topping “The View” for almost a year.
Since her arrival on “The View,” Symoné has generated headlines for her opinions on the show’s hot topics. Most recently, she caught major criticism for stating that she would not hire black people with ghetto names, in addition to seeming to support the violent treatment given to a Spring Valley High School student by a South Carolina resource officer.
“’The View’ needed Raven-Symoné because she is controversial (or it could be some sort of bizarre art performance or experiment) which means she’ll bring in viewers,” Shadow and Act noted while citing a report it did about Symoné in May. “People naturally gravitate towards controversy, said Sergio, the author of the article. “And the producers on the show knew exactly, in advance what they were getting with her. She’s no accident. They were not going to pick anyone who was safe and conventional. They intentionally wanted someone who would get people riled up.
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Former Assistant Principal Esther Adler-O’Keefe lost her job because of her role in a recent Trey Songz and JR music video — in which she plays a principal — featured profanity, youths drinking alcohol, smoking pot and simulating vulgar sex acts. Continue reading “Assistant Principal Fired for Role in Trey Songz Video”
Jamaican singer Christopher Martin drops his brand new video for “I’m A Big Deal,” off his latest EP Steppin Razor and the chart-topping compilation Reggae Gold 2015. The video, which was shot in Martin’s native country and directed by Ruption for RD Studios, premiered on OkayPlayer’s LargeUp who says it has a “carefree, youth-friendly vibe” and is “all about the turnup.
On the heels of outstanding performances at Jamaica’s largest annual music festival Reggae Sumfest, Brooklyn’s MLK Concert Series at Wingate Field and Toronto’s Reggae Festival, Martin continues to hit the road until the end of summer. He will retun to NYC over Labor Day Weekend for the West Indian Day festivities. See the video below..
Atlanta Georgia: Actress Jada Pinkett Smith joins the list of celebrities such as Jasmine Guy, who are advocates against child trafficking. Jada is currently shooting a documentary for CNN, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her post on facebook about her first day shooting has created much social media buzz. She attended Well Spring , where she met three dynamic woman. This encounter opened Jada’s eyes on persecution.
Her encounter with one young lady who’s gateway to trafficking was a stripping. Atlanta , Georgia is infamous for it’s strip club culture, often glorified in hip-hop music videos. The young lady shared that she wanted to be an independent woman, much like the girls in the music videos and songs.
“That’s the messaging that could get a young girl caught up in a situation that she can’t get out of”-Jada Pinkett Smith
The sex trafficking industry is a 12 billion dollar industry. The average age of a girl sold into the sex trade industry is 12 years old.
“When we were coming up, stripping was the bottom” – Jada Pinkett Smith
Jada shared that she missed the messaging that young women were perceived independent and bold, by stripping for a living. In her generation, stripping was not glorified and often look at as the bottom, often associated with drugs and other dysfunctional behavior.
Madd Factor: This is a major problem in the travel and sports industries, throughout the world. I commend all those who are supporting the efforts of Well spring and bringing to the forefront this social issue.
It seems that the verdict of the recent Michael Dunn trial didn’t sit well for some of the jurors. One of the 2 black female jurors on the Michael Dunn jury has spoken out on whether racism was a factor in the jury deliberations.
Dunn, 47, was convicted on 4 of 5 counts against him in the shooting death of 17-year-old Jordan Davis following an argument over loud rap music.
Juror #8 said race was not a factor in convicting Dunn on 3 counts of 2nd degree attempted murder and 1 count of throwing a missile.
“I never once thought about, ‘Oh, this was a black kid, this was a white guy.’ Because that was – that wasn’t the case,” juror number 8, aged 21, told CNN reporter Alina Machado.
“So, for people who say, you know, here’s another white guy who got away with shooting and killing a black kid, what would you tell them?” Machado asked.
“I would tell them that they really should knowledge themselves on the law,” Miles replied.
“If this case wasn’t about race for you, what was it about?” the CNN reporter followed up.
“It was about justice,” juror number 8 responded.
Dunn faces a minimum of 60 years in prison when he is sentenced in late March.
MADD FACTOR: HOW DID THIS WOMAN(?) GET ON JURY??
Jamaica is known throughout the world for it’s intolerance towards the LGBT community. A recently released documentary has provided a platform for numerous homosexual sex workers in Jamaica to speak about their lifestyle. In 2013, Dwayne Jones a gay teen, was brutally murdered by an angry mob, after he attended a party dressed as a woman, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
FOR SOME strange reason we have concluded that retaining the buggery law can prevent people from being born homosexual. On top of that, we want nothing to do with homosexuality but talk about it, usually expressing disparage, at every waking moment in songs, political speeches, and sermons.-Jaevion Nelson- Jamaica Gleaner
Nelson also shared in Jamaica, your (gay or lesbian) sexual orientation is an axis on which grave discrimination and even violence occurs but the common place homophobia is often denied. There are many prominent homosexuals in key positions in Jamaica. The contributions of the LGBT community on Jamaica is over looked, and may set Jamaica back by decades.
“We must commit to rebuild this great nation on the principle of understanding ourselves and fellow men and women. Each of us should invest in promoting equality … Gay or straight, Christian or non-Christian, JLP or PNP, let us use our talents and resources for the betterment of our country.”-JFLAG
The apathy towards homosexual people in Jamaica, is often the blunt of many jokes, and serious discussions with international media. This discussion about Jamaican’s behavior has been in the spotlight including the BBC and Oprah Winfrey show.
In the recent documentary, the many homosexuals they highlight why they made some of their life choices and share frightening experiences they have had in the past.
Sexual acts between men are punishable with up to ten years imprisonment.
MADD FACTOR: The following information are laws on homosexual conduct in Jamaica;
he Offences Against the Person Act (OAPA) provides as follows:
Section 76. Unnatural crime. Whosoever shall be convicted of the abominable crime of buggery … shall be liable to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour for a term not exceeding ten years.
Section 77. Attempt. Whosoever shall attempt to commit the said abominable crime, or shall be guilty of any assault with intent to commit the same, or of any indecent assault upon any male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof, shall be liable to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding seven years, with or without hard labour.
Section 79. Outrages on decency. Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or is a party to the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be guilty of a misdemeanour, and being convicted thereof shall be liable at the discretion of the court to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding two years, with or without hard labour.
What a foolish move for this California cop, especially towards a fellow civil servant! A California Highway Patrol officer put an on-duty Chula Vista firefighter in handcuffs for refusing to move his truck while tending to victims of a car crash.
As he was being handcuffed on the side of the 805 Freeway near Orange County, the firefighter, 12-year veteran Jacob Gregoire, told reporters who had gathered, “I just want to let you all know he’s arresting me.”
Later, according to CBS News 8, Gregoire told the arresting officer, whose name has not been released, “It’s unbelievable you guys have to treat us like this. We are trying to help you guys.”
The officer replied, “We asked you to clear the road, you said ‘No.’ You are being arrested for not moving.”
Gregoire was reportedly detained in the back of a highway patrol car for several minutes before being released. He was not charged.
Chula Vista Fire Chief Dave Hanneman told CBS, “To detain one of our firefighters in the middle of an incident is ridiculous.”
In a statement, Hanneman praised the firefighters for doing what they were trained to do — protecting the scene of an accident with their trucks.
Hanneman told the San Diego Union-Tribune, “The CHP is going to investigate. I think a lot of this had to do with communication.”
The Union-Tribune reports the car accident resulted in two injuries. One person was hospitalized.
The two sides have since made peace. In a joint statement, representatives from the police and fire departments announced this was an “isolated incident and not representative of the manner in which our agencies normally work together toward our common goal,” CBS Los Angeles reported.
MADD FACTOR: What an idoit? WOW, How stupid can you be to arrest a fellow civil servant? ..Can we say SUSPENDED WITHOUT PAY!
CHARLOTTE AMALIE, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) A former senator in the U.S. Virgin Islands has been sentenced to federal prison after pleading guilty last year to racketeering.
A judge on Wednesday ordered Alvin Williams Jr. to serve nearly five years in prison.
Williams apologized for his actions during the sentencing in St. Thomas.