I don’t know if the “Blue Lives Matter” billboards came out of a need for love, a ploy for attention, or a cry for help, but its here. And the signs have crossed the nation. The #thankublu campaign was actually started by a branding agency in Memphis, Tennessee called Tactical Magic to honor local police officers. According to a local Fox News affiliate, they got funding from an advertising firm that donated more than 150 billboards nationwide.
The billboards hang in Ohio, Georgia and Michigan. There is even a digital billboard, the first one, lit in Grand Rapids on Monday.
According to Fox, Grand Rapids Police Department Sgt. Terry Dixon stated, “Our law enforcement officers, they matter, but at the same time we also recognize and we know that every citizen that walks here in Grand Rapids, their life matters; every single one.”
Its doubtful the campaign will take anything away from the powerful Black Lives Matter movement. Though the members of BLM may be a bit peeved that such a cheap shot was made in an attempt to distract from their message – which is based on real life issues of police brutality against black people. Continue reading →
*It sounds like a classic Scrooge McDuck money grab to me!
I won’t front: I’ve gone into credit card debt in the past to finance vacations at Walt Disney World during my kids’ spring breaks. It sometimes took me months to pay those balances back down. I wouldn’t replace those memories with my girls for anything, but those post-Disney emails I used to get each spring about my “credit card statement being ready to view” drove my blood pressure up a few points.
I’d better jump on that aspirin regimen, as earlier this week Disney has eliminated many of its annual pass options at both Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World in Florida, replacing them with new passes that are in most cases more expensive, according to the Huffington Post. In one case, a lot more expensive: an annual pass to Disney’s California parks has jumped over $300, to over $1,000! Continue reading →
*A father is devastated: His 17-month-old baby is dead.
And his 20-year-old girlfriend is in jail for the crime.
Make room for more heartbreak.
Alicia Goemaat from West Seattle, Washington has been accused of the second-degree murder of Drue Lehto, who she was watching while his daddy, her boyfriend, ran errands on September 27.
According to the child’s grandmother, her son is “in shock.”
Gormaat, who first denied knowing what happened to the child, admitted kicking him after she was arrested days later, on October 1. She is now being held in custody on $1 million dollars bail.
“He just keeps crying, ‘She killed my little boy! She killed my little boy!'” Maria Blanco told Inside Edition about her son, the baby’s father. “We knew the baby as being a healthy, happy little guy. We’re in a state of disbelief.” Continue reading →
*Rupert Murdoch may look like a man with only one foot out of the grave, but his typing fingers seem to be going strong. Now he is apologizing for a tweet he sent out making a snide swipe at President Barack Obama while giving a thumbs up to 2016 presidential candidate, black republican, Ben Carson.
Murdoch’s tweet referred to the need to have a “real” black president in the White House.
Well, as you can imagine, that didn’t sit too well with many people, including Star Jones, who tweeted:
“The day I start allowing @rupertmurdoch to define what it is to be #black …is the day I turn in my #blackcard.”
According to the Daily News, on Thursday morning as Murdoch awakened to what must have been an onslaught of backlash to his original tweet, he wrote:
“Apologies! No offence meant. Personally find both men charming.”
*Wow! Who said there are no rich people doing good deeds for regular folk? Yes, there could be more of ’em, but as Dr. Martin Luther King always said, “We ain’t gon’ worry about that now!”
Recent news from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are giving new moms and dads reason to jump for joy. An announcement on Friday by a spokesperson from the Foundation announced they would offer up to 52 weeks of paid parental leave to new parents during the first year of the child’s birth or adoption.
“Our new parental leave program will offer up to 52 weeks of paid time off for both mothers and fathers during the first year of a child’s birth or adoption,” said Steven Rice, the foundation’s chief human resources officer, in a statement shared by the Seattle Post Intelligencer. Continue reading →
*While it may still be somewhat shocking, the extent some women will go to just to have a larger derriere … women are continuing to lose their lives because of botched butt-injections by unprofessional, back-alley, self-proclaimed medics who promise the work for a lower cost.
One victim of such an injection is Blanche Barnwell, a 40-year-old executive of a non-profit organization, who was found dead at her Morrisania apartment on Aug. 4, according to a police report.
“Her sister was hysterical in the hallway when she found out,” said a neighbor describing the scene when family and emergency workers were in the building together as the woman was discovered.Continue reading →
*In an absolutely heartbreaking story about the effects of bullying, a young Florida boy took his life as a result of being bullied at school. Now the parents are suing the school and the school board because they say it did not do enough to protect him. And since his suicide, other parents have come forward to report their children’s experiences.
Lamar Hawkins III, 14, committed suicide in the bathroom at Greenwood Lakes Middle School in Lake Mary. Later it was learned that the gun he used, belonged to his father, Lamar Hawkins, Sr.
The boys family reported him missing when he wasn’t at the usual place his mother would pick him up at. And hours had passed since a student had reported finding shells from a bullet in the bathroom; yet no one at the school followed up.
The young boys body was found at 11 p.m. by police who say he had shot himself in the head. Continue reading →