*Well I will be the first to admit, its kind of a relief to hear that a Black man is in the news because of a silly prank, instead of because he was shot and killed. I do, at the same time, hope the prank played by Kiaron Thomas was worth it.
Cops were alerted on Monday when Thomas was seen sitting in the middle of the intersection. According to the caller, whose voice is heard on the video below, he had a small wooden TV table in front of him as he chomped on “what appeared to be pancakes.”
*In a true case of hit ’em where it hurts, three African American students and their families have been awarded $450,000 in a racial discrimination settlement by the University Place School District. The students, Jamal Welch, Elijah West and Tyrell Wells, filed the suit in 2015, and say they were the constant targets of name-calling and slander by both students and teachers. When their parents complained to school authorities, they were brushed off.
According to Your Black World, the students were enrolled in Curtis High School when the incidents occurred. Now that they are all over the age of 18, they have left the school district.
Wells admits that as a result of the treatment, he struggles with anxiety and stress. Continue reading →
*Forgive me but, according to the picture above, it must’ve been good.
Could this response to such an accusation be a good example of white privilege? Perhaps it would be more suitable of someone who lives in an ‘alternate universe.’ Either way, there is something very mentally unbalanced about this anatomy “teacher.” Even as she stood in the coldness of a local police station, where she had surely been told that she was being accused of having sexual relations with an under-aged student, she wanted to look good for the camera.
She may have asked the somewhat hardened female guard if she could have her purse back, in order to retrieve a hair brush. But the answer was a sharp no. Then she may have said with a sigh, “Well, can I at least freshen up my eyeliner?” Same response. So what else could snow white do?
*I’ve never quite understood why the legendary Kenny G didn’t get more props.
I’ve been a fan of his since 1986, after a single listen to “Don’t Make Me Wait For Love” from his breakthrough Duotones album. That collection also included “Songbird” which established him — with his sublime saxophone — as a force to be reckoned with on R & B, pop, and Adult Contemporary radio.
The artist formerly known as Kenneth Gorelick went on to release hit after hit and several multiplatinum albums, eventually becoming the world’s best selling instrumentalist. A couple of his projects broke records that remain unchallenged: his 1992 Breathless set still stands as the best selling instrumental album of all time, having sold over 12 million copies. That album’s follow-up, 1994’s Miracles, has sold an unprecedented eight million copies to-date, dwarfing the sales of all other Christmas albums. The artist regularly collaborated with artists like Smokey Robinson, Whitney Houston, Peabo Bryson, Toni Braxton, and Babyface. Continue reading →
*You’ve heard the saying, “Everything that sparkles ain’t gold” right? Well, suffice it to say that doesn’t only apply to jewelry. In this case, it represents all of the people who have made it to the celebrity list…without the celebrity money. So what do they do?
Listen, the reality of the entertainment industry, in the event you didn’t know, is, everyone has a periodic lull. Nobody is working and getting paid in their craft all the time. Now let’s be real, if you’re making several million dollars an episode on a network TV gem or a blockbuster film, your pain is going to be different than the pain of someone making a fraction of that.
So it should be no big surprise that there are people whose name we may recognize that we may very well see standing behind the counter at the post office saying, “How can I help you.”
I’m not even going to front, I would have the hardest time keeping a straight face if I happened upon this. Continue reading →