CNN’s Wolf Blitzer spoke out about the racist attack on a network camerawoman at the Republican national convention on Wednesday. On Tuesday night, two attendees threw nuts at a black CNN camerawoman and said, “this is how we feed the animals.” Multiple witnesses saw the incident, and police immediately removed the two attendees from the convention center. CNN confirmed that the incident happened via a statement released on Tuesday, but did not have further comment at the time.
Blitzer described the “very ugly exchange” on Wednesday afternoon, in the first time that the network addressed the incident on-air. He said that the incident was “truly shocking” and “hit home” for people at the network.
“It’s just an ugly reminder that there is an element of hatred that still exists in our country,” he said. Speaking to Blitzer, CNN political analyst Donna Brazile said that she hopes the two attendees have their convention credentials revoked.
That same afternoon, CNN’s Don Lemon was incredulous that another news outlet reported the incident before CNN did. “Another network http://lnkd.in/p7uWrP tweeted & reported the camerawoman story before #CNN did. Wait, what?!!” he wrote.
, who founded and ran Violator Entertainment, has passed away. His mark on the world of hip-hop and music in general shines brightly, as he helped launch the careers of some of the genre’s biggest names. Lighty got his start in the 1980s, building his reputation from the ground up. He emerged from the Native Tongues camp and went on to start Violator, which has helped to launch the careers of stars such as Missy Elliott, Q-Tip, Busta Rhymes, Nas, LL Cool J and more.
Police responded to a call at 670 West 232nd Street in the Bronx, New York, at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Thursday (August 30). Officers discovered Lighty with a gunshot wound to the head and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities recovered a black semi-automatic pistol at the scene and tell MTV News that Lighty’s wound appear to be self-inflicted. According to the New York Daily News, Lighty had been dealing with some personal issues that included a divorce from his wife last year and an IRS debt that totaled around $5 million.
As news of his death broke, members of the hip-hop community who have worked with Lighty began tweeting out their disbelief that he was gone. A message from Def Jam Records’ Twitter account read, “We lost a great one today, Rest in Peace Chris Lighty. Forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”
When Democracy Now! senior producer Mike Burke attempted to interview billionaire casino magnate and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson inside the Republican National Convention, a woman identified as Adelson’s daughter grabbed our video camera, tried to take it into a private suite and then threw the camera to the ground. While Adelson’s daughter first accused Burke of hitting her, she later came out of the suite to apologize. The incident was caught on tape, shortly after Burke questioned another billionaire GOP donor, David Koch, as well as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele. Burke files a report and joins us to describe what happened
Several thousand people flooded New York’s state capital Monday, delivering letters to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office containing pledges to take nonviolent direct action against hydraulic-fracturing, or fracking, should gas companies be allowed to drill the state. Since taking office in 2010 Cuomo has been weighing whether to open New York up for fracking, but a groundswell of resistance from environmental groups has so far held the frackers at bay.
At a rate of over a thousand per week, organizers are collecting the signatures of New York residents committed to resisting fracking. What happens here will likely have broader implications for the wider anti-fracking movement, which is gaining momentum across the country, as well as for the global struggle against climate change.
Fracking is a carbon intensive extraction method that involves pumping millions of gallons of water, sand and toxic chemicals like benzine and formaldehyde underground, in order to fissure shale rock and release methane deposits from within. The industry says fracking is safe, but the drilling technique has become synonymous with contaminated water, congested air and curdled soil in the 34 U.S. states where it has occurred. (more…)
Love and Hip Hop – The “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta” Reunion Show last night might just represent the lowest, ugliest, most sickening moment in black television history.
In belittling another cast member that she said looked old, singer K. Michelle invoked the name of one of the proudest, most heroic figures in African-American history.
“I’m tired of these old ass, Harriet Tubman bitches,” Michelle announced to the audience.
The line was shocking in its ignorance—first, believing that she would be insulting another black woman by calling her Harriet Tubman; second, by using Harriet Tubman’s name in describing a woman that she is trying to call old and ugly, Michelle has reduced a woman who is legendary for her courage and perseverance to a superficial representation of female unattractiveness. It’s the kind of line that should reduce a parent to tears were you ever to hear it coming from your child’s lips, because it would show you that you have failed your child in so many ways. read more
Hundreds of people watched but did not intervene as a gang of Israeli youths attempted to “lynch” a group of Palestinian children in the center of Jerusalem’s Zion Square, police said on Sunday. Five suspects have been arrested so far. Four Palestinian youths were badly beaten in the incident in central Jerusalem on Friday. The attack was short and the gang fled after knocking one victim to the ground and kicking him unconscious before police arrived.
There were several dozen attackers, according to witnesses, who say that the Jewish youths were shouting “death to the Arabs” and seemed to be on the hunt for Palestinian victims.
Some witnesses described the attack as a “lynch,” while Israeli authorities claimed the attack was a typical brawl between Israeli and Palestinian young people. However, on Sunday, police called the event a “lynching,” Haaretz reports.
Hundreds of people watched the assault but did not try to help the victims, a police representative said on Sunday.
“The victim lost his consciousness and was thought to be dead until [an emergency paramedic crew] arrived and resuscitated him,” Haaretz cites Sergeant First Class Shmuel Shenhav as saying. “For several days he was anesthetized and artificially ventilated in the hospital.” (more…)
Six-year-old rapper’s raunchy video for single Booty Pop is an online hit (but he’s too young to watch it)
YouTube has flagged it as inappropriate, restricting users under 18
Viewers have called it ‘child abuse’
This six-year-old rapper can sing ‘I can make your booty pop’ but is too young to watch his film clip full of semi-naked women because YouTube has flagged it as inappropriate.
Albert Roundtree Jnr from South Florida has released a YouTube video for his first single Booty Pop, which features the little boy singing lines like ‘I can make your booty pop’ while two women’s bikini-clad bottoms shake around him.
Since it was uploaded on July 2, YouTube has flagged it as inappropriate, restricting users under 18. Somebody should interview the girls who posed as models for this film also.
Read more and see video here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2169640/Six-year-old-Albert-Roundtree-Jnrs-raunchy-video-single-Booty-Pop-online-hit.html#ixzz24BCMYTyw
This young lady’s poetic tribute is an outrageous and justifiable response to the crazy controversy over Gabby Douglas’ hair.
A few idiots on Twitter and in hair salons around the country were making remarks about the quality of Gabby’s hair, even as she made history as the first African American to ever win the all-around competition in gymnastics at the Olympics. Gabby is a two-time gold medalist, yet there are some negroes who are so ignorant that they think she’d have been better off spending her training time at the hair salon.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police video recorded the night a young man was fatally shot in a northeast Arkansas patrol car while his hands were cuffed behind his back hasn’t resolved questions about whether he shot himself in the head as officers said.
Jonesboro police released footage to The Associated Press and other news organizations under a Freedom of Information Act request this week. They released more footage Friday amid questions about why the first batch of video appeared to end before the officers found Chavis Carter, 21, slumped over and bleeding in the back of a patrol car on July 28 as described in a police report. Police have said officers had frisked Carter twice without finding a gun. (more…)
DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins receiver Chad Johnson has been released from a Florida jail on $2,500 bond, a day after he had been charged with domestic violence after his wife accused him of head-butting her during an argument.
Jail officials say the 34-year-old Johnson was released Sunday afternoon. Johnson’s defense attorney, Adam Swickle, says Johnson posted the bond Sunday morning. Swickle says a no-contact order has been issued that prevents Johnson from contacting his wife, Evelyn Lozada.
Such orders are common in domestic violence cases.