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Hmmmm: Shaunie O’neal Says Basketball Wives is Going to be Different This Time

“Basketball Wives” co-creator Shaunie O’neal has taken a lot of heat for the promotion of bullying on her show.  The women on the show, most of whom have never been anyone’s wife, often behave like angry children, and attack one another for almost any small reason.  This message is reflected with little girls in school systems everywhere, who attack one another on sight. The obvious connections between shows like “Basketball Wives” and the bullying trend among young girls have led to protests from women like Sil Lai Abrams, who created a platform called “Truth in Reality,” set to convince people to think carefully about the messages of reality TV. Shaunie is trying to do her part to make things better. “For the most part, I think people were trying to do better, making an effort. I think that’s what’s most important. The effort is being made,” she told  TheGrio.com . “It’s not that we did a 360, that we’re coming in brand new and angels. Trust me, there are some moments,” said Shaunie. But Shaunie says that being a mom makes her think about the messages that she is sending out to other mothers out there. “I’m a mom of two girls…What I teach them at home, I want to show them,” she said. Although they don’t join her to watch the show, she said they hear about what airs from classmates and friends. The question we would have is whether or not Shaunie cares as much about your kids as she does her own.  Is she only doing this in order to make a good impression on her children, or does she care about all the children out there who are also impacted by what these grown women do on TV?  What do you think?   Read More »

Black Woman on Zimmerman’s Defense Team Says Case Had Nothing to do with Race

by James Woods In one of the most racially-charged trials in the last 50 years, George Zimmerman was able to walk away after killing  an unarmed 17-year old child.  The details of the case are sketchy, but a lot of people think that if a black man had tried to kill a white or hispanic man in similar circumstances, he would have gotten more prison years than you can count on your fingers and toes. Zimmerman also had an unlikely ally in the battle of his life.  A black woman sat with him on the sidelines, working along with his all-white defense team.  The team was funded with hundreds of thousands of dollars that poured in from right wing special interest groups that felt that Trayvon Martin, not Zimmerman was the one responsible for the untimely death. Channa Lloyd is a third year law student obviously looking for opportunities wherever they lie.  She says that some of her black friends were surprised that she took the job, and she claims that she only took it because the lead attorney assured her that Zimmerman was not a racist.  So, if Zimmerman were a racist, would she expect his attorney to tell her that he was? Because of these reassurances from Zimmerman’s lawyer that his client is a good guy, she took the job.  Channa proudly proclaimed that the Zimmerman case wasn’t about race at all, and that all the millions of people who are upset are getting their facts wrong. So, protesters, you can now go home, since the third year intern has confirmed that there’s nothing to see here. Channa shared her perspective during an interview with CNN.  When asked if she felt that the case had anything to do with race, she simply said that it does not.  By the way, she also volunteered for the job.  She’ll probably end up making more money than the rest of us, and maybe shows that selling your soul can certainly put you on the fast track to the top. But I digress.  Please share  your opinion. Read More »

Italian Senator Says Black Woman Looks like an Orangutan

Even after the Trayvon Martin case, black people are also noticing that racism is a worldwide phenomenon, and that people of color are being stereotyped and mistreated around the globe.  This week, the Italian prime minister was apologizing for a senator who said that the first black government minister in Italy had “the features of an orangutan.” Cécile Kyenge, is an eye surgeon who was born in the Congo but has citizenship in Italy.  She has been the target of numerous threats and slurs that have come as a result of her recent climb up the political ladder.   She was appointed the minister for integration by Italian Prime Minister, Enrico Letta. Kyenge was hit with these ugly remarks by Roberto Calderoli, a former minister under Silvio Berlusconi and senate vice-president of the Northern League.  Calderoli said that Kyenge would be better off serving as a minister in the country of her birth. “I love animals – bears and wolves, as is known – but when I see the pictures of Kyenge I cannot but think of the features of an orangutan, even if I’m not saying she is one,” he said. The Italian political establishment reacted in horror to the ugly words by the former minister.   Kyenge said that she would not call for Calderoli to resign, but similar to President Obama’s remarks about Trayvon Martin, she called for all politicians to “reflect on their use of communication.” “I do not take Calderoli’s words as a personal insult but they sadden me because of the image they give of Italy,” she told the Ansa news agency. Read More »

“Dead Woman” wakes up before her organs are removed

    Colleen S. Burns, a North Syracuse, New York resident who was pronounced dead, woke up before a procedure to have her organs removed from her body according to a Post-Standard report. St. Joseph’s Hospital Center was charged with a $22,000 state’s health department fine with an additional $16,000 charge from an unrelated incident in 2011 for leaving a patient unattended with a head injury. Burns’ arrived at the hospital in 2009, ailing from a drug overdose on a number of prescriptions such as Xanax, Benadryl and a muscle relaxant. The States Health Department pointed out that there were not enough “brain scans” performed on Burns. Even a nurse at the hospital proclaimed that Burns was actually alive and her condition was getting better. However, doctors on call ignored her discovery. Colleen was released from St. Joseph’s two weeks later, but committed suicide January of 2011. Burns’ mother, Lucille Kuss has discussed that the mother of Colleen whom was a mother of 3, was depressed. She also says that “Colleen was so depressed that the incident really didn’t bother her”. “St. Joseph’s goal is to provide the highest quality of care to every patient, every time,” hospital spokeswoman Kerri Howell. She further states that “We’ve learned from this experience and have modified our policies to include the type of unusual circumstance presented in this case.” Read More »

Dwyane Wade’s Ex-Wife Sues Him for a Cool Million

  NBA star Dwayne Wade faces a technical file off the court with a new lawsuit pending against him for a whopping $1 million dollars by none other than his ex-wife Siohvaughn Fuches-Wade. According to The Chicago Sun-Times, Fuches-Wade filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that Wade is breaching the terms of a 2008 agreement that requires all of his endorsement deals to be deposited fully into a mutual funds account in which both of them control. Her lawsuit includes four companies involved in the endorsement deals, an attorney and financial adviser. Unfortunately for Wade, this untimely hit for his pockets comes right after a winning championship with his team the Miami Heat against the San Antonio Spurs. Obviously, this great accomplishment will open the doors for more opportunities (more money, more problems). Wade and Fuches divorced in 2010 in a Chicago court room, whom both are from the south suburbs, Robbins, Illinois. At the end of the battle, Wade was awarded full custody of both of their sons. Wade’s attorney, James Pritikin suggested that the lawsuit is irrelevant to Wades career and future endeavors, and the suit will be thrown out of court. Fuches’ allegations also “mischaracterizes” the terms of the agreement, cutting his comments short. Fuches will appear in court in September on unrelated charges of attempted child abduction and unlawful visitation to Wades home. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said Wednesday that all the charges except obstruction of peace have been dismissed.   Read More »

Are You Bigger Than Your Problems?

by: Ramone Smith Self help authors are some of the best selling writers around today. People like T Harv Eker, Jack Canfield, comedian Steve Harvey and others have amassed millions of followers with their positive influences and strategy suggestions that give people the tools to navigate their every day lives. I am a BIG self Read More »

Female Inmates Say They Were Sterilized without Permission

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is now under fire for allegedly sterilizing women against their will.   An investigative report by the Modesto Bee has concluded that nearly 150 female inmates were sterilized between 2006 and 2010 without getting adequate approvals from the state. The women received tubal ligations over the five year time period, and between 1997 and 2010, doctors were paid $147,460 to perform the procedure on the women.  The women were listed for surgery during pregnancy while being incarcerated at the California Institution for Women in Corona or Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla. Former inmates allege that the women were coerced into getting the procedures done, especially if officials determined that the women were likely to return to prison at some point in the future.  Crystal Nguyen, a former Valley State Prison inmate, said that when she worked in the infirmary, she often heard staff asking women to be sterilized. “I was like, ‘Oh my God, that’s not right,’ ” said Nguyen. “Do they think they’re animals, and they don’t want them to breed anymore?” Another woman says that the institution’s OB-GYN, Dr. James Heinrich, pushed her to get a tubal litigation. “As soon as he found out that I had five kids, he suggested that I look into getting it done. The closer I got to my due date, the more he talked about it,” said Christina Cordero. “He made me feel like a bad mother if I didn’t do it.” She agreed to get the procedure and now says that she regrets it. You can read more about this story at the Modesto Bee. Read More »

Woman Texts about “Sitting Thigh to Thigh Next to a Big, Fat N*gger”

A woman found her feelings hurt during a plane trip where she noticed that the person next to her said that she was “sitting thigh to thigh with a big, fat n*gger.”  The words were shared in a private text message, and the black woman happened to see what she wrote.  The black woman went to social media to write about her experience, which is a sad tale of discrimination.  The person may not be comfortable sitting next to someone who is overweight, but there is no excuse for injecting race into the discussion. Of course there are those in social media who say that overweight people be required to buy two plane tickets, since they can take up a lot of space.  But this whole argument is nullified by the use of the n-word in the person’s description of the woman.  But then again, the woman was looking at the other woman’s private text message to see what she was saying about her.  Does that change anything?  What does this say about the private dialogues that happen in America when the doors are closed and people aren’t looking?  It looks like people have just moved their racism underground. Paula Deen is a good example to show that things are not always what they appear to be.   She was America’s cooking sweetheart for years, and it turns out that she had a lot more under her sleeve than met the eye. Read the woman’s letter below and tell us what you think.   As we boarded, I noticed that this mom and I would be sitting in the same row, I in the window seat, she in the center. As we sat awaiting takeoff, I finished a text conversation and signaled to the flight attendant for a seat-belt extender, a fat passenger’s best friend. Then just as the call came to shut our phones off, I glanced over at her, and she was still texting, rapidly. I caught a few words of the end of her text that made me look more intently: “on the plane, sitting thigh to thigh with a big fat n***er. Lucky me.” Immediately I was hyper-aware – looking around, feeling marked, wondering if others find my large, dark-skinned body as distasteful as my seatmate did. Even so, I was acutely aware, at least intellectually, that the problem lay with her and not me. But what would my recourse be. Though she was no toothpick herself, she is a white lady, a mom, with children and a husband – all the trappings of American middle-class respectability. Moreover, she sent those words in a private text communication. I am a fat, dark-skinned black woman. Had I gone off and set it off as she deserved, in all probability I would have been seen as the terrorist threat. Especially on the eve of the Fourth of July. I started by sharing her words in a status update on Facebook — in part because in recent days, I have seen one too many friends, both black and white, readily defending Paula Deen, and arguing that her use of the N-word was an understandable byproduct of her Southern roots and most assuredly a relic of a bygone era. However, as far as I could tell, this young family, in which the parents looked to be mid- to late 30s, were Northerners. So after waiting awhile and getting a handle on the tears that started coming steadily after I saw her words, I simply got her attention and asked her to read the Facebook status from my smartphone. She saw it, kind of grunted her assent, and then said nothing. So I pressed forward, in a low voice: “I just want to let you know that your words were hurtful. And I hope you don’t pass that kind of ignorance down to your beautiful boys.” She replied curtly, “I don’t.”   Read More »

Horrible: Man Attacks Woman for Having a Bi-Racial Child, Breaks Baby’s Collar Bone

In this day and age, we expect that people should be accustomed to seeing bi-racial couples and children.  But sometimes, people show their ignorance and remind us that there is still a lot of hate in the world.  In a London train station, a woman was with her bi-racial baby.  A black man in the station apparently didn’t like what he saw, and he then proceeded to grab the woman’s hair, knocking her to the ground. The horrible incident happened at Walthamstow Central train station.  The infant suffered a broken collar bone as his mother was attacked and they were both taken to the hospital.   Making matters even worse, the suspect was not captured at the scene of the crime.   Police are asking the public for help in finding the suspect and showing video surveillance whenever they can.; “We know it was a racist attack because of what the mother reported the man as saying. He was commenting on the color of the child’s skin which he was saying was slightly lighter in color that the mother’s” , said a British Transport Police spokesperson. The baby was just two years old, barely able to survive his injuries. Investigating officer Detective Constable  Gerry Hughes told the UK Daily Mail: “When the train arrived at Highams Park station, the victim  left the train with her pushchair. She was assaulted by the man, who pulled her  hair, dragging her to the ground along with the pushchair. The man then made off  from the scene.  The victim was left understandably shocked  but uninjured. Her son was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a  fractured collar bone. He was later discharged from hospital.  ‘This was an unspeakable attack on a mother  and son, and we are determined to find the man responsible. I’d urge anyone who  has any information into the incident, or recognises the man pictured, to come  forward and assist officers in this investigation.”   Read More »

Woman Tries Carjacking a Cab With Two Children in Tow Then Steals Pickup Truck

By Malcolm Morrow  A Cobb County Georgia woman named Nicole Evans was arrested on Tuesday after she stole a man’s truck and took police on a high speed chase. The chase took place   with her two young children along for the ride. Police report that Evans first attempted to steal a parked cab but was thwarted when the owner, Danny Kim wrestled the keys away from her with the help of a fellow cab driver. Kim says that while he was loading Evans’ children’s stroller into the trunk of the car, Evans jumped into the driver seat and attempted to take off. Evans was yelling from the car and Kim recounts what was said, “She was like, ‘I got to go, I got to go. Let me go, let me go. I put my hand right there, I tried to get the keys.” An intense struggle ensued and Evans escaped by jumping through the window of the vehicle. She spotted an unattended vehicle across the street at the local Chevron and seized another opportunity. Her and the children jumped into the truck and began pulling off before the owner attempted to stop them by jumping on the hood of the truck. He managed to hold on for a short distance but was inevitably thrown from the truck. Police found the vehicle by using a GPS to track its location to an interstate in Carrol County Georgia. Police immediately gave chase and Evans ended up slamming into a police cruiser, there were no reported injuries. Evans is being charged with over 20 counts of criminal charges including theft, reckless conduct, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, fleeing from a police officer, speeding and reckless driving. The children were turned over to their father in Roswell. Read More »