*Have you taken a look at eBay since Saturday? Saturday, you ask? Yes. Saturday. The day the world stopped and more Americans than Brits watched the wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle; making them, officially, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
Back to eBay.
Word is guests at the wedding are selling their goody bags (Dang, they had goody bags, like at an awards show?) online for as much as $10,000. What guests are these? I mean, we know people like Oprah, Serena Williams, James Corden, the Clooneys, Idris Elba and folks of that ilk attended. THEY wouldn’t need, or even want, to sell something so priceless. I mean considering where it came from.
But then again, maybe it was Janina Gavanka, the bride’s actress friend. The one who wrote on Instagram that no designer wanted to dress her. She looked adorable in the vintage outfit she finally choose.
Nah, it was none of them, actually. As it turns out, a select group of the general public — 2600 of them to be exact — were invited to stand outside of Windsor Castle on Saturday to watch the wedding up close and personal. They got to see guests arrive and even witnessed the first kiss between the couple. Continue reading →
*A male passenger on Frontier Airlines Flight 864 from Denver to Charleston, SC, was led away in handcuffs shortly after his flight landed. Witnesses say Michael A. Haag, a 45-year-old white man was drinking on flight and first grabbed a woman seated next to him.
Emily, a passenger on the flight, described Haag as ?extremely intoxicated? and ?out of his mind.? She said he apparently groped a woman next to him, and said, ?I hear a woman scream, if this man f?king touches me one more time I?ll f?king kill him,? according to Fox 31 Denver.
The woman alleged that she saw the man drink two double shots of vodka on the flight. Haag also verbally assaulted another woman by asking her personal questions about her sexual habits. Continue reading →
*North Carolina police say that Roger Self intentionally rammed his car into the restaurant where his family was sitting. He had brought them to lunch, then when he got up and left the table, the family says they thought he was going to the restroom.
But he went outside to his car instead.
?I saw a white Jeep just fly past my face,? Brandon Wilson, a waiter at the Surf and Turf restaurant where the family was having lunch told the Gazette.?
He was headed back to the table to check on the family when he heard glass shattering.
“It was so unreal. I saw chairs and tables and cups just flying everywhere. It just sounded like a tornado.? Continue reading →
*Should I be worried? I’m probably not the only credentialed Black press asking this question. Let’s just hope that calling the cops on workers like me won’t become a trend. After all, credentials didn’t help Arturo Holmes, an African American photojournalist covering the 2018 Preakness Stakes — a horse racing event – in Baltimore last Saturday. Apparently he made a white person nervous and the cops were called.
But before I go any further, hats off to his colleague; photojournalist, J. M. Giordano, a white man, for not only standing up in the face of this racist action, but calling it his last time providing coverage at the event
My last Preakness. Ima finish my assignment, but I just witnessed a young, black photog @ARTugraphiq discriminated against in the press box. He had the proper credentials and was extremely polite asking where he could shoot. His drivers license was demanded and the cops called.
This man’s actions go beyond nerve, and surpasses any sense of entitlement. Timothy Manley, who was traveling on a Frontier flight from from Colorado Springs to Orlando with his wife and son on Friday took issue with a service dog who was traveling with its owners; a pregnant, deaf woman and her deaf husband.
So he didn’t just complain about it. When the plane landed, Manley punched the dog, a Great Dane named Zariel; who yelped, shook her head and hid under a seat, according to the Orlando Police Department.
The dog’s owner, Hazel Ramirez, 21, and her 30-year-old partner, Matthew Silvay, also deaf, tried to yell at Manley.
Image credits: John Cancalosi/ National Geographic
*We think we’re doing a good thing when we drop our used plastic in the recycle bin. And we are. But the sad thing is even with that, eventually, that plastic ends up in our drainage systems; which eventually find its way out to our landfills and oceans.
You probably see where I’m going with this, right?
National Geographic magazine has created the initiative, ‘Planet or Plastic’ — by way of its latest issue (June 2018). The pictorial offers a series of breathtaking images captured by photographers that vividly illustrate the devastating effects of tons of plastic waste in our environment each year.
The stork pictured above was freed from a plastic bag at a landfill in Spain by the photographer.
*A teacher of an agriculture class at Forest High School in Ocala, Fla. took it upon himself to drown two raccoons and a opossum, in his classroom, in front of his students.
Actually, he asked the students to help him do it.
Officials say the raccoons had eaten one of the live chickens being raised by the students in class, so I suppose the teacher was punishing the animals in this cruel, inhumane way.
Officials say the teacher, Dewie Brewton, who is currently on paid administrative leave, took two large cages, put the raccoons inside, and then placed them inside a large garbage can. I suppose the opossum was thrown in as well, but there was no mention. He and the students then filled the can with water, using a hose. In the video below, you can see the students standing around; someone wearing gloves appears to be pushing what can be assumed is the wire cage, underwater. One of the raccoons can be seen raising its snout above water in an attempt to breathe. Continue reading →
*A teacher at MacWilliams Middle School in Fayetteville has been suspended (with pay) after a parent said he grabbed her son, a 7th grader, by the arm, threw accusations at him, and called him the N-word. The parent went to the school board to issue a complaint before calling ABC11 to give details of the incident.
ABC correspondent Morgan Norwood spoke to the parent who wanted her face to remain anonymous, but have her words be heard loud and clear.
“From my understanding he walked up to my son, grabbed him by his arm and told him he wanted to ‘Smash his head into a brick,’ said the mother calmly, but with a clear undercut of emotion in her voice. She continues, “…and called him the N-word. He told him that ‘It’s people like him that kept him from doing his job.'”