Joseph Earl Jackson claims he was fired because he wouldn’t comply with advances made by his white female boss and a co-worker.
*Sexual harassment stinks, no matter who its aimed at, as one African American man found out.
For seven months Joseph Earl Jackson alleged that he endured vulgar advances and sexual innuendos from two white female bosses who treated him like a “piece of meat” and when he didn’t reciprocate, he was fired.
Jackson says his supervisors at Open Communications Omnimedia in Chelsea, where he worked in public relations, flirted with him, fondled him and even asked him to take part in a salacious “bang sesh.”
Now he’s taking them to court. Continue reading
Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin was arrested last week after filming officers. KENS 5 screenshot
Where is the justice, you may ask? Even when you are attempting to compliment police officers, your actions can be mistaken.
Just ask Nigerian-born, San Antonio resident Abie Kyle Ikhinmwin, who was sitting at a bus stop with her bike parked nearby. As a former intern at the Bexar County district attorney’s office, she was spending her time filming speed traps – police officers stopping drivers for going too fast.
But this was no attempt to shame the officers. According to KENS 5, she actually posted positive officer news to her friends on Facebook that read:
“This is where our funding is going, straight into hard police work.”
Which makes what happened next so incredibly hard to believe.
Brandon Bailey, singer and trumpeter for the Reprieve Band
*Well here’s one for those of us living fully in the year 2014.
A blues band at a bar in Beverly, IL claims their gig was cut short one night because there were “too many black people” in the audience.
This, according to the man who actually booked the group.
Singer and musician Brandon Bailey is the only black member of the Reprieve Blues Band, (he must be a new member too, because there are few, if any, photos shown of him with the group); but on Saturday night, he told CBS 2′s Derrick Blakley it was clear his black friends and supporters weren’t welcome at McNally’s Pub in Beverly. Continue reading
*Entertainer Wayne Brady most likely speaks for a lot of black men as he sits in the offices of the Huffington Post and talks about his frustration following the verdict from the Michael Dunn Trial.
Michael Dunn fired nine bullets into a car full of black teenagers in a Florida parking lot in November 2012, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis. And while he was convicted Saturday on three counts of second-degree attempted murder and one count of firing into a vehicle, he escaped the most serious charge of first-degree murder.
“I’m not going to stay away from Florida, so I’m not going to blame the state of Florida,” said Brady.”But to a degree, I don’t know what’s going on in the head of some of the people in Florida. The people in the decision making process.” Continue reading
* In the wee hours of the morning on February 15, Luis Rodriguez attempted to diffuse an argument between his wife and their daughter in the driveway of a movie theater. When police intercepted, they beat him to death… right in front of them both. Continue reading
*With so much talk about racism and insensitive behavior on the Internet, can you believe someone actually made time to count just how many tweets a day contain something racially insensitive?
According to U.K.-based think tank Demos about 10,000.
They came to this figure by using a filter to analyze 126,975 English-language tweets and then estimated that one in every 15,000 tweets contained a “racist or ethnic slur.” But it goes deeper… Continue reading
*Remember that photo of the Russian editor-in-chief of Garage magazine, Dasha Zhukova, seated on the “Black Woman Chair?”
Well as you know, that magazine editor got hell for posing for the shot, and moreso, for releasing it on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday of all days. And while Zhukova called herself apologizing every which way, many folks didn’t buy it.
Now add to that one gay Russian artist who took his anger a step further: Alexander Kargaltsev, a New York City-based photographer and gay activist, decided to stage his own response to the “outrageous and tasteless” portrait with an image of a naked black man seated on a naked white man, whose legs are folded up to create a “chair.” Continue reading