Category Archives: What’s Up

U.S. Airways Embarrassed After Major Blunder: Tweets NSFW Photo of Woman With Toy Plane

US_Airways_767-200*Oh god. Wonder who was covering communications on the social media desk when the NSFW photo was tweeted to a dissatisfied customer of the airline. You can probably rightfully assume that was their last day on the job.

According to Huffington Post, US Airways has since apologized for an extremely graphic photo that it shared earlier today, depicting a naked woman in a sexual position with a toy plane. Continue reading

Harvard U Leading the Way in Student Diversity…Class of 2018 Will be 12 percent black

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Kwasi Enin (Photo: William Floyd School District)

 

*How refreshing it is to be able to acknowledge universities rising to meet the demand of accepting deserving students of color in their institutions. It is with much anticipation that one day, such recognition will no longer be necessary, because diversity in these colleges will be a given, and African American students especially, will be but one group amongst many who are accepted in the colleges of their choice based on the fact that they have done the work just like any other student and deserves to be there.

Recently,  our article on students Avery Coffey a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, D.C., who applied to and was accepted at five Ivy League universities including Harvard, and Chad Thomas who was accepted at 150 universities, offered encouraging reports of African-American students getting accepted to most or all of the Ivy League schools they applied to. Now comes new data suggesting that Harvard University may be leading the way on diversity.

According to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, the highly ranked institution’s class of 2018 will be 12 percent black, the largest representation of that group in the university’s history. Continue reading

Think This Beats All? KFC Promotes A ‘KFC Chicken Corsage’ in Time for Prom…Put A Wing On It!

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*“If you like it then you should’ve put a wing on it.”

No, we’re not singing Beyonce, we’re singing KFC! The chicken titan that wants you to forget about those old, traditional flower corsages used for prom since time began and open your mind to something new and edible.

Now when the young man knocks on your door to pick your darling daughter up, you will wonder why all of a sudden you’re thinking about chicken instead of smelling violets. But your questions are answered once he opens that box where her corsage rests. Ta-dah! A chicken corsage.

Think this beats all? KFC’s newest trick bag offers the ‘KFC Chicken Corsage’ – just in time for Prom you can put a wing on it! Continue reading

Patti LaBelle Arrested for Knock Down, Drag Out with Aretha Franklin … Didn’t Happen!

Did Patti LaBelle really take off her wig and earrings and land a Mayweather-style punch on Aretha?

Did Patti LaBelle really take off her wig and earrings and land a Mayweather-style punch on Aretha?

*OK, let us stand still for a sec and try to wrap our collective brains around this fantastical lie: Patti LaBelle and the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin duking it out in a fist fight

This is how it supposedly went down.

Both women were at the March 20 Women of Soul concert at, of all places, The White House. As Aretha was making her way to the stage, Patti LaBelle, along with others standing near the aisle seats, reached to grasp her hand in that kind of “I love you sister girl” way.

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Whew! If looks could kill that hand would’ve fallen off, Miss Aretha!
Credit: PBS/YouTube

Apparently, Aretha wasn’t having it, and threw shade at Patti by pushing the hand out of the way in a “Girl stop frontin’ you know we don’t get down like that” kind of way.

Not a good idea as far as egos go. Continue reading

Experts Claim ‘Selfies’ May Cause Narcissism, Mental Illness and Even Suicide

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In an article for Psychology Today, doctor Pamela Rutledge says that taking selfies can be detrimental to a person’s mental health and that indulging in them is indicative of narcissism, low self esteem, attention seeking behavior and self-indulgence.

*We all take ‘em, and you only need to click on FaceBook to see just how popular taking a selfie (you taking a photo of yourself) is.

Let’s face it, we feel beautiful after a facial, new hair style, successful work out, and we want to share it with the world.

Look at me! I feel gorgeous…

But now experts claim that the trend of taking pictures of yourself could cause narcissism, addiction, mental illness and even suicide.

Yes. This is the claim as suggested by expert opinions surrounding the phenomenon. And one man diagnosed with body dysmorphic disorder says he grew suicidal due to his selfie addiction. Continue reading

Kandi Burrus’ Nuptials Less Charmed After Prenup Introduction

 

Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker

Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker

 

*Oh man! Nothing can put a nasty taste in the mouth of a marriage like a prenup.

Dang…Must we do this sweetie?

Unfortunately, “yes we must,” was the answer according to actions taken by Real Housewife of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss.

Thus the planned wedding between Burruss and her betrothed, Todd Tucker went off with a hitch and was anything but simple.  Especially since Mama Joyce, Kandi’s mother, has always suspected Todd to be in it for her daughters money. Continue reading

‘Angel’ Came to Aide White Motorist Who Was Beaten After Accidentally Hitting Black Kid With Car

Deborah Hughes tried to stop angry crowd from punching driver by shielding him with her body

Deborah Hughes tried to stop angry crowd from punching driver by shielding him with her body Photo Credit: My FOX Detroit

 

*In a story we ran last week about the white motorist in Detroit that hit the black kid who ran into traffic with his car, before jumping out to check on him, there are new developments. As it turns out, one woman – a retired nurse – was watching the entire scene from her apartment across the street.

She saw the accident, witnessed the driver, Steve Utash, 54, get out of his car to check on the boy, and the angry mob of approximately 150 people who galvanized around Utash and proceeded to punch him.

But Deborah Hughes, packing heat, was not going to let it go down like that. She ran out of her apartment and…threw herself on top of Utash. Continue reading

Karyn Washington: Suicide Death of ‘For Brown Girls’ Founder A Reminder to Love Yourself First

RIP Karyn Washington

RIP Karyn Washington

*By now many of you know the sad and devastating news about 22-year-old Karyn Washington, the founder of “For Brown Girls” and the “Dark Skin, Red Lips” project.

Karyn passed away from an apparent suicide on April 8. My heart cries for this young woman and the family and friends she left behind.

Karyn’s death brings to the forefront the pink elephant in the room of black culture. The topic African Americans don’t like to bring up, discuss, treat seriously: Depression…mental health and not being well.

Too many times we say, “If I had only…” Karyn’s passing should remind us of just how tired we are of saying this…and hearing it. Continue reading