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Empowered Living: Hope Is Not A Strategy

Several years ago while working hard in corporate America I began to realize two significant things. First, we live in a society who has become accustomed to microwave speed success. And last, we are more ‘feelings’ dominated than ‘purpose’ motivated. With this mixture it’s no wonder most businesses see a high employee turnover rate and

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Cheerios Ad Featuring Bi-Racial Couple Sparks an Overflow of Racist Comments

A new ad might be at the top of the “Cute-ometer,” but not if you’re a flat out racist.  Cheerios took the bold step of including an interracial couple in an advertisement, only to find that the racist comments on Youtube would be nothing short of overwhelming.  The ad features a cute little girl speaking to her white mother about the health effects of Cheerios.  The girl looks like she could be bi-racial, likely leading audience members to wonder if they would get a chance to see her dad. Then, when the mother tells the daughter that Cheerios are good for the heart, the camera goes to her black father, who is sleeping on the couch.  As he gets up, he notices that his daughter has poured an entire box of Cheerios on his chest in order to give him a healthy heart (get it?). The socially brave  commercial featuring an interracial couple  and their daughter led to 1,600 likes on Youtube, and 500 dislikes.  This led the company to shut down the comments section to mute the racial hatred that tends to loosen up on the Internet.  Apparently, Cheerios might have been better off using a gay couple. In fact, people were making references to N*azis, racial genocide and all kinds of other uncomfortable concepts in the comments.  It just got real ugly, real fast. A CNN panel recently addressed the racism and nasty comments that can often appear on Youtube, where there is no call for political correctness: “Everyone gets hate comments on YouTube,” said Andre Meadows, the creator of the Black Nerd Comedy channel. “You can make the most wonderful video in the world and you will get ‘Fake!’ and ‘Gay!’”But for minority creators, “when you get comments, it seems to be targeted toward race almost immediately. A lot of people get ‘dumb video, stupid video’ — but with mine it immediately goes to racial slurs.” Some of the commenters even wondered why a black man would take care of his family.  But some were grateful to Cheerios for putting out the ad: “Having been mixed in the ’70s, I’d like to thank everyone at Cheerios for making a commercial with an interracial couple! Going to buy boxes today! Many thanks for reflecting what my family looked like,” said Beschelle Lockhart. “Just watched your commercial with the biracial family. Beautiful. Thank you so much,” said another commenter, Alexandra Burt. Cheerios chimed in to say that it’s all good and that they are glad they released the advertisement. “Consumers have responded positively to our new Cheerios ad. At Cheerios, we know there are many kinds of families and we celebrate them all,” Camille Gibson, Cheerios vice president of marketing,  told Gawker . If you ever thought that racism was dead, just look at the Internet.

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Jermaine Dupri In Danger of Losing a Chunk of His So So Def Record Label

The public knows that Jermaine Dupri has been in the financial hot seat for quite a while now.  The era of bling in the hip-hop industry is turning into the era of boom, as the public is seeing one financial scandal after another.  Artists have an especially hard time maintaining an image that everything is all good financially, but we ...

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RIP to TV Legend Jean Stapleton, aka Edith Bunker

The world lost one of it’s icons today.  TV legend Jean Stapleton has died at the age of 90.   Jean was best-known for playing the character Edith Bunker, who was married to her famous television husband, Archie (Caroll O’Connor) on the hit TV show, “All in the Family.” Black people can also appreciate the show, since it produced a ...

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Toni Braxton’s Sister Announces Divorce From Her Husband

Trina Braxton, sister of singer Toni and star of the show, “Braxton Family Values,” has announced that she is splitting with her husband Gabriel Adrian-Solis, according to TMZ.    Trina was married to her soon-to-be ex-husband back in 2003 and says that since March, they’ve been living in separate homes. The couple probably has no business being together anyway, since ...

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10 Things You May Not Know about Oprah Winfrey

If anyone shows you that you can start from the bottom and rise to the top, it’s Oprah Winfrey.  Here are 10 things you may not know about The Great One: 1) The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran from 1986 – 2011, was the highest rated show of its kind in the history of television. 2) Oprah was a single ...

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Confession Thrown Out For Teen Who Said Imaginary Friend Set Fire That Took Mother’s Life

The confession a Tennessee teenager accused of setting a fire in his home that killed his mother has been thrown out. The 14 year old is charged with first degree murder but the confession will no longer be included as evidence. According to local affiliate WMCTV, the judge has said that the police interview with the teen can no longer serve as evidence. The judge has not explained his decision but will do so in a formal written statement. The teen was charged in the death of his mother Gwendolyn Wallace after he admitted that he set the fire after a disagreement with his mother. However, since his arrest, the teen’s story has changed several times. Fire investigators believe the teen set the fire at the bottom of the staircase with some sort of accelerant. They say after the fire was set it quickly grew and engulfed the family home in flames. The teen’s stepfather, James Wallace,  said the teen’s behavior was “shocking” and that the young man obviously needs help. “First reaction was not even anger, was more shock than anything, immediate shock and then the immediate knowing that we have to get him some help,” said Mr. Wallace. Since the fire, the teen’s story has grown to include an imaginary friend, Drake, who he says set the fire. The juvenile’s name has not been released.

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Obama’s Half Brother Selling President’s Hand Written Letters For $15,000 Each

Kenya’s newly elected president is under investigation for war crimes and the country is on edge as it forecasts the future. Maybe that stress got to Obama’s half brother,  because he is seeking to secure himself financially by selling two of President Obama’s  letters for $15,000 a piece. The notes are written to President Obama’s brother, Malik Abongo Obama ,   on official White House letterhead and contain the message, “thanks for the support” along with Obama’s handwritten signature, “B.O.” Malik  is selling the letters through Moments in Time, which is selling other Obama letters as well. “I wrote to Malik and didn’t know if I would get a response. I was astonished when I did. I sent a letter to a post office box in Kenya,” website curator Gary Zimet told the Post. “These letters show great interest on the president’s part in his family. They are priced at $15,000 each. We didn’t go too much into Malik’s relationship with his half-brother. I got a sense it was cordial but not overly warm.” Malik ran for public office last year. “I can’t run away from my name and association with my brother, but I have the feeling that people somewhat want to see who the brother of Obama is,” Malik said during his campaign for mayor in Kenya. Malik is the son of Obama’s father and first wife.

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Just Ratchet: Ugly Fight Breaks Out at Kindergarten Graduation, Gunshots Reported

The students at Michael R. White Elementary School in Cleveland saw an image they would not forget.  In what most of us would expect to be a peaceful gathering of parents celebrating a good cause, absolute pandemonium broke out at a Kindergarten graduation.   A massive fight led to the arrests of eight people, each of which should be ashamed of themselves. Toward the end of the ceremony, several adults turned the graduation into an incident that led to charges of "aggravated rioting," among others.   Officers were dispatched to the scene of the crime, and there were even reports of gunfire. Officers are saying that the fight started during a battle between two teen girls who started to fight at the scene.  Detective Jennifer Ciaccia says that she assumes the women were there for the graduation. "We assume they were there for the graduation ceremony," she said. "Several adults then got involved." After the girls started to fight, their relatives got involved.   Police Commander Wayne Drummond arrived on the scene and said that it was sad to see parents fighting in front of innocent children. "It's an absolute shame," said Drummond. "That something as good as a graduation ceremony, a promotion ceremony, is marred by the actions of a few." The school had to be put on lockdown to ensure the safety of the children. Roseann Canfora, spokeswoman for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, says that none of their students were involved in the fight.  She also says that a hammer and stick were taken as evidence.   The post Just Ratchet: Ugly Fight Breaks Out at Kindergarten Graduation, Gunshots Reported appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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