TORONTO — Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the boxer whose wrongful murder conviction became an international symbol of racial injustice, has died at 76.
His death was confirmed Sunday by John Artis, a caregiver and associate.
Carter spent 19 years in prison for three murders at a tavern in Paterson, N.J., in 1966. He was convicted alongside Artis in 1967 and again in a new trial in 1976.
Carter was freed in 1985 when his convictions were set aside after years of appeals and public advocacy. His ordeal and the alleged racial motivations behind it were publicized in Bob Dylan’s 1975 song “Hurricane,” several books and a 1999 film starring Denzel Washington.
Kobe Bryant Wasn’t Impressed by Miami’s Trayvon Martin Protest
by Jamilah King
In the March 31 edition of the New Yorker there’s a great profile of Kobe Bryant by Ben McGrath. In it, Bryant talks about aging out of his Hall of Fame career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and how he thinks his fame is “pretty fucking cool” for a kid who grew up in Italy and moved to suburban Philly as a teenager.
Throughout his career, Bryant’s been talking about as an outsider, specifically when it comes to being the most famous in the world in a sport that’s overwhelmingly black. It’s given him a politically moderate stance on things, which was on display when McGrath brought up the subject of LeBron James posting a photo online of the Heat players dressed in hoodies in solidarity with Trayvon Martin.
I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m (more…)
I don’t know what happened over the last few hours, but Nicki Minaj has removed offensive single art that included Malcolm X. The single for “Lookin’ A$$ Ni99a” was released and it caused a huge furor because the art featured a famous image of Malcolm X looking out the window. Behind the scenes and even in social media, there was a furor growing. With the anniversary of Malcolm’s death coming, I can only image it was going to get really bad for Nicki. Eventually, the image was taken down, but not before thousands of disparaging comments were posted on a number of social media outlets. Now, Kevin Powell’s BK Nation and former U.S. vice presidential candidate Rosa Clemente have jump started separate boycotts that takes the Young Money rapper to task.
On Instagram, Nicki said the following:
What seems to be the issue now? Do you have a problem with me referring to the people Malcolm X was ready to pull his gun out on as Lookin Ass Niggaz? Well, I apologize. That was never the official artwork nor is this an official single. This is a conversation. Not a single. I am in the video shooting at Lookin Ass Niggaz and there happened to be an iconic photo of Malcolm X ready to do the same thing for what he believed in!!!! It is in no way to undermine his efforts and legacy. I apologize to the Malcolm X estate if the meaning of the photo was misconstrued. The word “nigga” causes so much debate in our community while the “nigga” behavior gets praised and worship. Let’s not. Apologies again to his family. I have nothing but respect an adoration for u. The photo was removed hours ago. Thank you.”
In the wake of the recent homophobia and racism scandals surrounding A&E’s popular so-called “reality” show Duck Dynasty, there is an important, little-known detail that should be remembered: it’s all fake… all of it.
Sources close to the show have time and time again leaked details that the show is literally scripted. Because of non-disclosure agreements, cameramen, and others who wish to go public with this information have proven unable to do so. As a result, without a name attached to such leaked information, many of these claims of inauthenticity are seen as lacking credibility.
But as the saying goes, “a picture is worth a thousand words.” One thing that the so-called “Duck Dynasty” family cannot deny are family pictures taken before their fabricated “reality” show was scripted for them. These pictures all showcase a family devoid of backwoods attire: no camouflage, no face paint, no headbands, and no beards.
Gay Black CNN Anchor Don Lemon Defends Duck Dynasty Star’s Homophobic and Racist Remarks
by Yvette Carnell
Not long ago, CNN anchor Don Lemon proved that he doesn’t understand why the NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk program is unconstitutional. Now he’s coming to the defense of ‘Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, proving that Lemon doesn’t quite grasp free speech protection, either. Lemon, who is gay and black, defended the homophobic and racially inflammatory (and inaccurate) remarks made by Robertson during a GQ interview.
Here’s the ‘Duck Dynasty’ star on homosexuality:
It seems like, to me, a vag!na—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anµs. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.
The fixation of anti-gay conservatives with homos*xual s*x is something I’ve made peace with, deciding it’s something I’ll never wrap my head around. Some people, straight and gay, may not enjoy anul sex, just as some women may not enjoy dating or marrying someone who carries the appearance of a homeless person. Robertson should just be grateful that his wife is into that roaming smelly marauder look.
And here’s Robertson, during the same interview, reminiscing of how happy black people were in the pre-Civil Rights era in the South: (more…)
Poster’s Note: Now this isn’t the whole interview but Kanye sounds like he is really coming apart. I hope there is another section of this interview that makes his rant make sense.
In the past, Nelly has expressed his frustration with a group of protesters who boycotted his 2004 bone marrow drive at Spelman College due to his sexually explicit music video, “Tip Drill.” The planned drive was in support of his sister, Jacqueline Donahue, who later lost her battle to leukemia in 2005. And while the multi-platinum rapper may have been mum on the college’s protest in recent years, today during an appearance on HuffPost Live he revealed the one thing he would’ve done differently in retrospect to the demonstration.
“The Spelman thing, the only thing I feel I would’ve did different is kick somebody’s ass…that’s just how it felt to me, Pimp,” he said to host Marc Lamont Hill. “I don’t have my sister. And I doubt it if half of those girls are still campaigning for what they quote, unquote took advantage for that opportunity for.”
“You [protesters] robbed me of a opportunity. Unfairly, my brother. Because we could’ve still had your conversation after I got my opportunity, but it could’ve been somebody that was coming to that bone marrow drive that day, that was possibly a match for my sister. That didn’t come because of that…”
The former Canadian ambassador to Iran who protected Americans at great personal risk during the 1979 Iran hostage crisis said Monday it was good to hear Ben Affleck finally thank Canada after Affleck’s film “Argo” won the Oscar for best picture.
“Argo” came under criticism from some Canadians, including former ambassador Ken Taylor, who said he felt slighted by the movie because it makes Canada look like a meek observer to CIA heroics. Taylor says it minimizes Canada’s role in the Americans’ rescue.I think that President Carter’s remarks put everything in proportion.”
Carter appeared on television last week and said, “90 percent of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian,” but the film “gives almost full credit to the American CIA.”