Bishop James Dukes, a pastor of Liberation Christian Center, is asking Chicago's Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel, to remove the names of former presidents George Washington and Andrew Jackson from parks on the South Side. The reason he is giving is that we should not be honoring slave owners in predominantly black communities.
Pastor Dukes isn't looking to deny Washington's or Jackson place in history, he just feels that it is not appropriate to celebrate them in the black community.
At the corner of 51st and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive sits a statue of George Washington on horseback. “When I see that, I see a person who fought for the liberties, and I see people that fought for the justice and freedom of white America, because at that moment, we were still chattel slavery, and was three-fifths of humans,” Pastor Dukes said. “Some people out here ask me, say ‘Well, you know, he taught his slaves to read.’ That’s almost sad; the equivalent of someone who kidnaps you, that you gave them something to eat.”
Dukes said, even though Washington was the nation’s first president and led the American army in the Revolutionary War, he’s no hero to the black community.
“There’s no way plausible that we would even think that they would erect a Malcolm X statue in Mount Greenwood, Lincoln Park, or any of that. Not that say Malcolm X was a bad guy; they just would not go for it,” he said. “Native Americans would not even think about putting up a Custer statue, because of the atrocities that he plagued upon Native Americans. And for them to say to us ‘just accept it’ is actually insulting.”
The pastor also said President Andrew Jackson’s name should be removed from nearby Jackson Park, because he also was a slave owner. He said he’s not necessarily asking the city rename the parks altogether. He suggested Washington Park could be named after former Mayor Harold Washington, and Jackson Park could be named after civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson or singer Michael Jackson.
“In an African-American community, it’s a slap in the face and it’s a disgrace for them to honor someone who was a slave owner."
Dukes said he has sent letters to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Park District asking them to change the names of Washington and Jackson parks. He shared the letter on Facebook.
From report on CBS.com
In the world of social media, a good post can make you, and it can cut you down from the highest of pedestals. No platform displays the public's ability to turn on you better than Twitter. Top celebrities, athletes and politicians have all let 140 characters be their downfall. It's why one should always choose words and images wisely when tweeting, and our 44th president, Barack Obama, recently did just that with a touching and inspiring message after the tragedy during the Charlottesville, VA protests.
As you can see in the picture above, the former POTUS is getting a lot of love for his tweet promoting unity. In fact, Obama's tweet was so popular that it has officially become the most like tweet of all time. The tweet took less than a day to gain 3.3 million likes, breaking the previous record. The tweet is still gaining in popularity as it is over 4.4 million like as of this writing. This tweet wasn't the only popular tweet from Barack, two other tweets that were posted along with the above tweet have gain 1.6 and 1.4 million likes.
Leave it up President Obama to show us all how twitter is supposed to be done.
It's only day nine of the Cook County Sweetened Beverage Tax and already the county may suffer from it. This time the issue comes from the federal side as how the tax is being charged could end up costing the county $87 million.
Cook County did the right thing by informing retailers that purchases made with federal food stamp benefits are exempt from the soda tax under federal law, but it's also allowed retailers to tax those purchases and provide refunds as a workaround for stores that haven't been able to program their point-of-sale systems. Despite the immediate refund, that practice still violates the strict rules laid out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, the federal agency overseeing the food stamp program.
"It is FNS's strict interpretation that retailers may not charge the tax to SNAP recipients at any time and that providing an immediate subsequent refund at a customer service desk does not cure the problem or the violation of the law," said James Dimas, secretary of the state Department of Human Services, in a memo to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle on Wednesday.
Preckwinkle spoke at the Cook County Democratic Party's slating event Thursday. Asked about the memo afterward, she declined to comment because she hadn't yet reviewed it.
To avoid "suspension or disallowance" of the federal money, the state human services department has until August 21 to submit a corrective action plan that either details how the county tax will be fixed or confirm a delay of the tax to allow retailers more time to program their point-of-sale systems.
Under federal law, SNAP purchases are exempt from state and local sales tax. Months ago, Cook County officials were hopeful that they'd be able to apply the tax universally by having retailers fold the cost of the tax into the selling price of the products, like overhead costs, instead of tacking it on at checkout.
But the state Department of Revenue advised in June that would constitute an "overcollection" because the higher selling price would then be subject to sales tax. On June 6 — less than a month from the planned July 1 start date — the county announced the tax could also be added at the point of sale, thus rendering SNAP purchases exempt.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Bad news for drill rapper Katie Got Bandz, also known as Drillary Clinton. According to XXL Magazine, the "Pop Out" rapper was was booked on Monday, Aug. 7, and is scheduled for her next court appearance on Aug. 21. Her bail is currently set at $50,000.
The 24-year-old rapper, real name Kiara Johnson, was gearing up to drop her Katie Blanco mixtape that’s yet to be released. She initially blew up with songs like “I Need a Hitta” (2011) and “Pop Out” (2013). Rising Chicago rapper Brian Fresco recently collabed with Katie on a song called “Lit.”
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This past August 4th, the 44th President of The United States celebrated his 56th birthday. Starting next year not only will the day mark the birth date of Barack Obama, but in Illinois it will be an official holiday.
Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner officially signed Senate Bill 55 which led to the creation of the special day. Along with creating the holiday, the bill also sang the praises of the first African-American President saying:
“…observed throughout the State as a day set apart to honor the 44th President of the United States of America who began his career serving the People of Illinois in both the Illinois State Senate and the United States Senate, and dedicated his life to protecting the rights of Americans and building bridges across communities.”
While the day will be a official holiday, Rauner has said that Barack Obama Day wouldn’t serve as a “formal holiday with paid, forced time off,” the day will solely be herald as a time “of acknowledgment and celebration.”
Formal holiday or not, the acknowledgement is much deserved. Now the only question is, when do we get Michelle Obama Day?
Esperanza Spalding just added yet another major accomplishment to her already impressive resume. The 32 year old Grammy winning jazz musician has now landed a job as professor at Harvard University.
Spalding will be joining Harvard’s Music Department as a Professor of the Practice, and will begin her appointment sometime in the next few weeks. .
Spalding is a self-taught musician who earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music where she taught bass lessons from 2005-2008. Her teaching credits also include Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. She is also an activist who believes in using music as a voice for social justice.
In other Spalding news, yesterday Esperanza announced that she will write and record her new album Exposure, during a 72-hour Facebook Livestream on September 12.
“I’m going to go into the studio with nothing prepared…and for three days, we’re going to create compose, write, record, produce and finish an album.”
See the full announcement below.
President Trump today (july 26) announced via Twitter that the US military will no longer "accept or allow" transgendered people to serve in the arm forces in any capacity.
Making his arguement via a series of tweets, the President laid out his reason for the decision. He claim that "too much was at stake" in the military’s current operations for it to be “burdened” by the medical costs of transgender people or the “disruption” he says transgender service members would cause.
These statements by the commander-in-chief go against the current Department of Defense policy that had been crafted with Armed Services leadership, as well as medical and personnel experts.
From the Defense Department website:
“Transgender service members may serve openly. They may not be discharged or separated from the military solely on the basis of their gender identity. As with other major presidential announcements from Trump on Twitter, there will likely be extraordinary backlash to this statement from liberal and moderate circles.”
GLAAD, a prominent LGBTQ advocacy organization, condemned the ban on transgender soldiers as part of “the full-scale attack on LGBTQ Americans by the Trump Administration.”
“President Trump today issued a direct attack on transgender Americans, and his administration will stop at nothing to implement its anti-LGBTQ ideology within our government – even if it means denying some of our bravest Americans the right to serve and protect our nation,” Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and CEO of GLAAD, said in a statement. “Today further exposed President Trump’s overall goal to erase LGBTQ Americans from this nation. Trump has never been a friend to LGBTQ Americans, and this action couldn’t make that any more clear.”
It is not known at this time if and/or when any official rule change will take place. According to estimates from the National Center for Transgender Equality, more than 134,000 American veterans are transgender and more than 15,000 transgender individuals are currently serving in the military.
Rapper and Chicago native Common has once again gone out of his way to help others. According to the Associated Press, Common has donated $10,000 to Renaissance School of the Arts in Harlem to aid in more supplies and science utensils.
“I always felt like one of my biggest duties and purposes is to hit the youth with something that’s inspiring,” he said, “hit young people with something that can motivate them to be in their greatness.”
Common hooked up with Burlington Stores and AdoptAClassroom.org to help bring supplies to schools. Dr. Mahalia Hines, Common's mother, was also in attendance for the presentation of the funds to speak on the lack of resources teachers endure each day.
In recent years, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science has been subject to much criticism over a lack of diversity over it's membership. After the #OscarsSoWhite controversy of 2016 (although it kinda started in 2014 and gained steam after 2015 and 2016 nominations repeated the trend), the Academy has been trying to do more to include women and people of color. The 2017 Academy Awards featured many more diverse films and actors than some of the past years, but it wasn't enough change for many. Now the Academy is trying to add more diversity at it's core by inviting a record number of people of color and women to their membership.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Academy recently sent out 774 invite to people to join their membership. Of those invites, 30 percent of them are people of color, while 39 percent of them are women. In fact, the reports says that seven of the Academy branches (actors, casting directors, costume designers, documentary, executives and film editors) invited more women then men.
Some of the names invited include Donald Glover, Phylicia Rashad, Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Jones, Wanda Sykes, Janelle Monáe, Riz Ahmed, Priyanka Chopra, and directors Barry Jenkins and Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina, to name a few.
The Academy has been pushing for diversity the last few years now, and they showed it well this year with Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight winning Best Motion Picture, making it the first all-black film to win the award. Now with these potential additions to the Academy, even more diversity should be on it's way.
Remy Ma recently open up about her experience with an ectopic pregnancy on Love & Hip Hop: New York, which eventually lead to her having a miscarriage. Now she hopes to help other women who face the same ordeal by establishing a fund o help those who are fighting fertility complications.
In a video interview with Essence, Remy said her organization will assist “women who are like me or have a similar situation to me, but they can’t afford it, could possibly get these procedures done and have children, because as a woman, that’s one of the things that you can do that no other being can do.”
Extrauterine pregnancy occurs when the fertilized egg is stationed outside of the uterus. According to americanpregnancy.org, this “happens in 1 out of 50 pregnancies.”