Dave Chappelle and Colin Kaepernick will reportedly be honored for their contributions to black history. The two are among eight recipients to receive Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, the Ivy League announced on Thursday (Sept. 20).
The other honorees include: Kenneth Chenault, chairman and a managing director of General Catalyst; Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Pamela Joyner, founder of Avid Partners, LLC; psychologist and author Florence Ladd; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; and artist Kehinde Wiley.
Both Kaepernick and Chappelle had have quite the journey in their professional lives. Kaepernick, in particular, created a massive buzz after he opted to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and social injustice. His recent ad campaign with Nike further stirred the pot, prompting nationwide protests and boycotts. Despite the backlash, Kaepernick maintained a level head and passion for social justice, donating millions to organizations specializing in specific social issues.
Chappelle, has also contributed a lot to the world of TV and film. The comedian has starred in, written, and produced several productions and hosted his own show on Comedy Central. He’s earned not only two Emmy’s, but a Grammy as well.
Dave Chappelle, Colin Kaepernick, and the other six recipients will be honorer by the Hutchins Center for African American Research at Harvard on Oct. 11.
Police Officers Handcuffed An 11-year-old Boy Dribbling A Basketball For Reportedly 'Being Disrespectful'
An 11-year-old boy says he now fears the police after he was handcuffed after a youth basketball game for “being disrespectful.”
On Saturday (August 4), fifth-grader Fatayi Jomoh was shooting hoops after watching a children’s basketball game sponsored by the Police Athletic League at JaxPAL Northside Center in Jacksonville, Fla., when an officer asked him three times to stop bouncing the ball, according to local news station News 4 Jax, which first reported the story.
However, his mother, Bunmi Borisade, says her son, an honor roll student, aspiring engineer, and talented athlete simply didn’t hear the officer in the crowded venue until it was too late. “Fatayi later told me that when he turned to gather his belongings and walk away, the officer said, ‘I know you hear me, boy,’ pushed him to the floor, and put handcuffs on him,” Borisade tells Yahoo Lifestyle, adding that a man later identified as a sergeant reportedly said, “Now you’ll see how it feels to be arrested.”
At the time, the mom of two was in another area of the gym and did not witness the interaction between her son and the police — until a 6-year-old girl approached. “She said, ‘Excuse me, the police have your son. They put handcuffs on him for dribbling a ball.’ I said, ‘You can’t be serious.'”
Borisade rushed outside, where Fatayi was being held, and saw her crying son surrounded by people. When she asked the officer what had happened, he reportedly said, “He was being disrespectful.” The mom says she asked the officer why she wasn’t contacted before the situation escalated, and she was told, “There’s a sign here that says parents need to stay with their kids.”
“I told Fatayi, ‘This is why you stick by my side — these officers don’t care about your life. Look at how quickly they wanted to take you away,'” Borisade tells Yahoo Lifestyle. Her son ultimately was not arrested and was released back into her care.
Representatives from the Police Athletic League and the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office did not return Yahoo Lifestyle’s requests for comment. However, a spokesperson from the sheriff’s office told News 4 Jax that a complaint made by Borisade is being reviewed by its Internal Affairs office.
Borisade described her son as a mild-mannered boy with a love of coding who has played in the police-sponsored games for the past three years. “I wish the officers had given him a chance,” she says. “He’s very hurt by it.”
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After two separate acts of vandalism led to the destruction of President Donald Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the West Hollywood city council has voted to remove the star from the landmark.
The announcement was made via Twitter on Monday (August 6) by John Duran, the mayor of West Hollywood.
According to the resolution, Trump’s “disturbing treatment of women,” hand behind family separations and denial of climate change unequivocally demand his removal. While the city council was unanimous in the decision, it does not mean the the star will definitely be removed.
Leron Gubler, the president and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, has agreed to discuss the resolution, he’s also emphasized West Hollywood’s lack of “jurisdiction over the Hollywood Walk of Fame” since it does not actually reside in their city.
This isn't the first time a star removal was demanded by the public or otherwise. In 2015, there were widespread calls to remove Bill Cosby’s star. Gulber refused to entertain the notion, stating, “The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a registered historic landmark. Once a star has been added to the Walk, it is considered a part of the historic fabric of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Because of this, we have never removed a star from the Walk.”
For now the star stays, but don't be surprised to see another pickaxe crusader attack the star in the future.
In the WWE, Kane is no stranger to winning. He is a three time World Champion (WWE,ECW, World), two time Intercontinental Champion, and 12 time Tag Team Champion in the WWE. Now at the age of 51, the still active wrestler has won the mayoral race in Knox County, Tennessee.
Kane, or Mayor Glenn Jacobs as Knox County residents know him as, won the race for mayor Thursday (August 2) by getting more than two-thirds of the vote. He was opposing Democratic nominee Linda Haney in the heavily Republican Knox County.
For more than 20 years, Jacobs has been a resident of Tennessee where, in addition to his in-ring career, he and his wife operate a local insurance and real estate company.
Jacobs officially will take over as mayor of Knox County on Sept. 1. He previously has said he will not rule out a special appearance in the ring.
In January, 18-year-old senior Addison Barnes was suspended from Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Ore., for wearing a T-shirt that read “Donald J. Trump Border Wall Construction Co. The wall just got 10 feet taller.”
Now, on top of the principal of the school having to apologize to the student, the school will have to pay $25,000 for Barnes’s attorney fees, according to the Oregonian.
Barnes said that suspending him for wearing a shirt that supports Trump’s immigration and Homeland Security policies was a violation of his right to free speech. According to Barnes’s attorney, the message on the shirt was not the issue, but high school students have the right to express their political views.
“I brought this case to stand up for myself and other students who might be afraid to express their right-of-center views,” Barnes said in a statement. “Everyone knows that if a student wears an anti-Trump shirt to school, the teachers won’t think twice about it. But when I wore a pro-Trump shirt, I got suspended. That’s not right.”
“I had a teacher who had a pro-sanctuary-city poster in her room, which was up all year, yet as I wear a pro-border wall shirt, I get silenced and suspended for wearing that,” Barnes told KGW.
The school and principal chose to settle the case “given the cost and disruption of litigation.”
Principal Greg Timmons offered Barnes a short written apology and wished him well in his future.
The school initially asked Barnes to cover up the shirt or to go home as they believed it would contribute to a “hostile learning environment,” and that some students would feel insecure in the school as 33 percent of Barnes’s peers are of Hispanic descent.
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If you thought that John Schnatter, the founder and former CEO Papa John's Pizza, was going to leave his business without a fight, you don't know John. Schnatter has filed suit against the pizza chain on Thursday (July 26) as part of what seems to be a larger mission to clear his name, and prove that he was wrongfully forced out of the company after Forbes reported that he used the n-word during a media training session.
Schnatter is suing to recover business and financial records. He chose the legal route, “because of the unexplained and heavy-handed way in which the company has treated him since the publication of a story that falsely accused him of using a racial slur.”
In the lawsuit, filed in a Delaware court, Schnatter repeatedly denies using the racial slur (despite issuing a public apology two weeks ago), and attacked Papa John’s for the way the incident was handled. “Instead of standing behind the founder and working with the news media to explain what actually occurred, the company followed its usual, and flawed, manner of dealing with false and mistaken reporting.”
Schnatter, who still owns a reported $510 million stake in the company, reportedly uttered the slur during a conference call in May. Forbes retroactively reported the comments in a story published on July 11. A special committee of board members ousted Schnatter as board chairman hours later, and promptly evicted him from company headquarters.
Since the committee was formed three hours before the decision, Schnatter’s lawsuit questions whether or not board members have been “grossly negligent or are acting in bad faith, or both.”
Papa John’s responded to the lawsuit in a statement expressing sadness and disappointment, before calling the legal filing a “needless and wasteful” attempt by Schnatter to “distract from his own words and actions.” The company added that Schnatter will receive “all of the materials that he is entitled to as a director.”
Shares of Facebook fell 19 percent on Thursday, a day after the world’s largest social media company disclosed that its quarterly revenue did not live up to expectations and that its user metrics grew slower than some on Wall Street had predicted.
The dollar value of the loss was the largest ever by a publicly traded company in the U.S.
Facebook stock had recovered from a decline earlier this year in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, one of several controversies and warning signs that the company had managed to weather with little damage to its stock. But declining revenue and user growth, topped by a warning from executives that it will continue, seemed to end that run.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth plummeted more than $15 billion with the stock dive, although it’s still around $67 billion, according to Forbes’ real-time net worth tracker.
Let's be honest, most of us don't want to work. We work because we have needs and bills to pay and kids to feed. The most the majority of us can only ask for is a job we enjoy. Well the folks at Indeed.com wanted to make the search for the ideal job easier by releasing their list of the 50 top rated companies in America.
For 2018, Facebook earned the title of best-rated workplace, which is a bit confounding considering the exceedingly bumpy year its had, but hey, apparently people really love working there. Coming in at number two is Southwest Airlines, and number three went to Salesforce. If you're curious what else made the cut, here's how the top 50 shake out.
50. John Deere
49. Synchrony Financial
48. National Oilwell Varco
47. General Motors
46. MGM Resorts International
43. Freeport McMoRan
41. American Express
38. Booz Allen Hamilton
36. Northrup Grumman
34. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company
33. Fluor Corp.
32. Lockheed Martin
31. American Airlines
30. Discover Financial Services
29. DTE Energy
27. Charles Schwab
25. Capital One
22. Edward Jones
20. Pfizer, Inc.
16. Estee Lauder
15. eBay Inc.
13. Live Nation
12. Eli Lilly
9. Bristol-Myers Squibb
8. JetBlue Airways
7. Johnson & Johnson
6. Fannie Mae
5. Costco Wholesale
2. Southwest Airlines
CHICAGO (AP) — An angry crowd shouted and threw bottles at Chicago police after an officer fatally shot a man on the city's South Side Saturday, prompting the arrest of at least four demonstrators.
Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference that the man was shot in the South Shore neighborhood after police officers on foot tried to question him because "the bulge around his waistband" suggested he was armed. The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Waller said.
"They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him," he said.
The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead. Waller said police believe the man did not have a concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic weapon. He also had magazines of ammunition, Waller said.
Immediately after the shooting, an angry crowd gathered and began jostling with police, who had cordoned off the area. Waller said protesters threw bottles and jumped on top of a squad car. Police then moved in wielding batons to stop them.
"It got a little bit out of hand. Several arrests were made," Waller said.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that four protesters were arrested.
Several police officers were slightly injured in the scuffles, Waller said, and some squad cars were damaged.
After nightfall, protesters continued to mill around the neighborhood with police occasionally chasing them away. Video showed one protester thrown to the ground surrounded by police holding batons.
Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. Van Dyke was charged with murder. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms designed to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.
Every summer, President Barack Obama reveals his list of great summer reads. This year's list was just released on Friday (July 13) and features a heavy helping of African authors.
“Over the years since, I’ve often drawn inspiration from Africa’s extraordinary literary tradition,” our former (but forever in our hearts) President wrote on his Facebook page. This is his first time back to Africa since leaving office. “As I prepare for this trip, I wanted to share a list of books that I’d recommend for summer reading, including some from a number of Africa’s best writers and thinkers – each of whom illuminate our world in powerful and unique ways.
The recommendations include Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Things Fall Apart by China Achebe, The Return by Hisham Matar, Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela, A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o, and The World As It Is by Ben Rhodes. While the last author is not African, Obama says that his memoir was both a “smart” and “compelling” reflection of the world.
Hopefully, his highly-anticipated summer music playlist also makes an appearance into public consciousness soon.