*I’m just going to come right out and say it: This video of Jaden Smith troubles me. It’s hard to see any child depressed, and when a child puts it on something like Youtube, he may clearly be asking for help. Even if he is the son of famous people like Will and Jada Smith, Jaden is obviously depressed as he talks about living in a world where there is no support for young people to be themselves. So often people throw such things aside saying things like, “Oh he’s just being a teen. He’ll get over it?”
Didn’t we just see a 12-year-old on Facebook live…venting in a depressed state? You do remember how that played out, right?
At what point do we become concerned? It’s not like I can just pick up the phone and call the Smiths.
*The out-of-control, caught on camera behaviors of many law enforcement officers have civilians wondering if it might be better to just do away with the “service” and let us take our chances with the criminals. The internet, in unison with widespread cellphone access, has successfully brought what always transpired in the dark into the light, and African American filmmakers are using their skills to put these issues on blast towards a positive solution.
Enter the documentary ‘Walking While Black, L.O.V.E. is the Answer.’
An official 2017 selection of the Pan African Film Festival, and inspired by personal experiences, director-producer AJ Ali teamed up with Oscar-winning cinematographer Errol Webber (“Music By Prudence”) on this powerful film about reconciliation and exercising the act of love. Continue reading →
*My eyes are sore from all the tears as we continue to watch the goodbye tributes to President and First Lady Obama, Malia and Sasha across social media platforms.
Recently, Jimmy Fallon had guests tape messages to the FLOTUS. They poured their hearts out while looking at a large picture of her on the wall. Little did they know, she was closer than they thought..
As NewsOne reports, tears began to flow as FLOTUS emerged, sometimes so taken by what was being said, right in the middle of their message.
“For years you have shown our nation countless times that through dignity, compassion and respect we can overcome any hardship,” one woman who burst into tears once she realized the First Lady stood in front of her said. Continue reading →
*Just in case you think you might be seeing things as you look at the photo above. You kind of are. You are seeing a crocodile named ‘Poncho’ kissing a man named Chito Shedden, a fisherman who saw him injured and alone, and rounded up a group of brave friends to lift the croc and take him to safety.
The reptile reportedly lay dying on a river bank in Siquirres, Costa Rica when the fisherman spotted him. Snedden, a tour guide by trade, kind of fancies himself as an amateur naturalist and as such has learned a few things.
Obviously, how to wrangle in a crocodile without being eaten alive is one! Continue reading →
*How, you may wonder, does strange sh*t like this end up on my desk? I am scratching my head as I ask this, and giving Lee Bailey the side eye. But here it is. It’s s story from 2013 that most people missed. It ain’t pretty and it’s got the nerve to be true.
Some weird ass 18-year-old white girl named Alisa Massaro always had a thing about f*cking dead dudes. Two of ’em ended up at her house, coerced by the promise of sex — but instead, were strangled by the wench and her friends — two dudes, one of ’em the 19-year-old son of a police sergeant, and some other girl.
According to police reports, Joshua Miner, her 24-year-old boyfriend, then piled the bodies of the deceased men — Eric Glover and Terrence Rankins, who were both 22 and black — together and placed a beige sheet across them so he and Massaro, could lie together on top of them and have sex.
Oh god. Must I continue? Bailey’s looking at me so I guess that means yes.Continue reading →
*Instead of just eating, paying and getting the phuck out, one 20-something white couple decided to write a despicable note on the receipt of the waitress they say had just provided “Great service” to them.
The note on the stained receipt read, “great service don’t tip black people.”
Now I know racism is still alive and well in these United States of America, but why do I feel like vomiting every time I see it in black and white?
Of course waitress Kelly Carter was stunned, and her boss at Anita’s New Mexico Style Cafe in Ashburn, Virginia, Tommy Tellez Sr., embarrassed.
He told WJLA: “I’m appalled. This is so disheartening.” He says Carter is such a loyal employee and beloved by the customers.
“She has a following,” Tellez said. “Her philosophy for customer service is way beyond the norm, and we’re really happy to have her.”
According to what Carter told WJLA, the couple acted like anyone else. They gave no indication whatsoever that they were racists. She said the woman even complimented the food.Continue reading →
*(Hollywood) During this time of gratitude, the Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival (LAWTF) thanks those who have contributed to their 2016-17 Kickstarter Campaign.
As they gear up for their 24th Annual Festival, “TAKING FLIGHT” they welcome 18 phenomenal women performers who will share their stories through dance, theatre, song, spoken word and laughter. Some of these performers will come from as far away as London and Israel to be a part of this magical event.
Presently, the festival has 34 backers and it has raised $4370. They are $5630 away from their goal of $10,000 and they have until midnight January, 14th to accomplish this.
It can be done! It must be done! Otherwise, they stand to lose all of their contributions from those who have pledged thus far.