Monthly Archives: October 2013

Teens Response To Blackface Criticism: “Start Worrying About Finding Your Dad”

This blackface trend is out of control! This photo with the caption “me & @kinkystyles are niggers this Halloween :)” quickly went viral after being tweeted by Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson. The two teens in the pic responded to the backlash from the black community with comments like “quit worrying about my Halloween costume and start worrying about finding your dad” and “black bitches keep coming in my mentions”. Wow…the mouth on these chicks! There must be no people of color anywhere near where these kids live but for the life of us we cannot understand why racist people who dislike black people…seem to be so obsessed with painting their faces black?! The irony in her photo is that they look more like the tons white girls out there who stay in tanning beds too long as opposed to a black girl SMDH Check out the pic that started the drama and the girls’ classy response below:

 

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Peter Gunz Admits He’s Doing Love & Hip Hop NY Because He’s Broke & Can’t Pay Rent [VIDEO]

Peter Gunz sat down with Sway In The Morning and admitted the real reason why he’s airing out all his dirty laundry on the Love & Hip Hop NY “reality show” is because he’s dead broke and was 3 months behind in rent. He even called up the mother of his child Tara to apologize to her on-air but she wasn’t trying to hear it. Fans of the show are calling Peter a “Stevie J. wanna-be” being that he’s in a relationship with both his child’s mother and his side-piece/artist. What do you think? Is Peter the ultimate scumbag for embarrassing his child’s mother and family on national TV for a check or is he just doing what he has to do to pay the bills? Also check out the video below of Peter and his wife Tara speaking for the first time since the show premiered.

Why did he join the Love & Hip Hop show knowing he was living a double life being neck-deep in a relationship with his wife and his side-wife?

Sh*t was gonna blow up anyway.” Gunz tells Sway. “I was going to get busted. Why not get paid to get busted.” expresses on Sway in the Morning. “If you know something is bad, then you do better. I’m fu**ed up out here.” He explains on Sway in the Morning. “Last time I went to the ATM, that sh*t told me to get the f**k outta here. I had one hit… when they called me about the show, I was 3 months behind the rent… I just gave yall what was really going on.” expresses on Sway in the Morning. “If you know something is bad, then you do better.”

So then why did you marry your side-chick?

As an old black man, I should be setting better examples. But at the end of the day, it’s entertainment, it’s [really] out there… my sh*t is extreme.” expresses on Sway in the Morning. “If you know something is bad, then you do better.”

Peter went on to apologize to his wife Tara and even called her live on-air:

I need to get my sh*t together… Tara deserves better.” He admits. His children’s mother responds by saying…

“When people say that someone ‘deserves better,’ its just an excuse to contiune to do bad.” Tara expresses on Sway in the Morning. “If you know something is bad, then you do better.”

H.S. Football Players & Parents Defend Coaches Caught in Blackface Controversy

Not everyone is offended by blackface, depending on the person wearing the make-up apparently. This picture of these wo Serra High School football coaches who dressed in blackface as the Jamaican bobsled team from the movie ‘Cool Runnings’ for Halloween caused widespread backlash after one of the coaches posted the picture on their Facebook page. District officials have launched an official investigation into the matter but many students and parents alike have been quick to come to the defense of the two coaches involved claiming the coaches don’t have a racist bone in their bodies. So we have to ask, should certain people, like these coaches, get a pass for wearing blackface?

Witnesses told 10News they saw Brian Basteyns and Harold Seeley wear the blackface costumes to an SDSU game on Saturday. Parents say one of the coaches then posted the Halloween photos on his Facebook page.

Tuesday night, it was back to business for head football coach Basteyns at practice. Earlier in the day, players knew all was not well.

“I said hello, he smiled and he just kept walking by but you could tell there was something bothering him,” said Xavier Miller.

Miller has been playing for Basteyns and Seeley for four years. He laughed when he saw the photo of them dressed as members of the Jamaican bobsled team from the movie Cool Runnings and was not offended at all. Miller even credits the coaches for being good role models on and off the field.

“They always tell us good morals,” said Miller. “We always have to represent Serra football when we’re outside of Serra.”

Players are defending Basteyns, who met with the team Tuesday and apologized.

“He’s an emotional guy, but I’ve never seen him break down like that,” said team captain Richard Price. “He was really upset that these allegations were happening and he felt as if he really did something wrong and he really wanted to express to us his apologies.”

The players who spoke to 10News all said the issue was being blown out of proportion. Jonathan Ziv called it a “harmless prank,” while Josh Garcia said that is what Halloween is all about.

Price, who is black, said he also laughed when he learned the coach had dressed up like a member of the Jamaican bobsled team, saying Basteyns sometimes played the “Cool Runnings” movie about them for his students.

U.S. history teacher Peggy Spates told 10News she was angry when she learned about the blackface costume.

“There’s just certain things you don’t do,” she said. “You don’t call people the N-word or any other racial epithet. You don’t put black on your face. I don’t care what team you’re trying to represent.”

Spates echoed the comments of several parents who said the coaches were out of line.

“I think they are disrespecting the African-Americans, and I don’t think it’s right,” said parent Ricardo Toamyo.

“They should set better examples for the students,” Janice Batten told 10News.

Others cannot understand the controversy.

Ed Bohannon told 10News, “It wasn’t offensive to me. I’m sure it could be offensive to some people but I don’t see why. It’s Halloween. The whole thing about Halloween is being out of character, being something that you can’t be.”

For four years, Al Dave spent 40 to 60 hours a week with Basteyns and Seeley as a fellow football coach.

“If there was a sliver of racism, I would have reported it myself,” he said.

One African-American parent who did not want to be identified said there are bigger issues to worry about than what a coach wore on Halloween. – Via 10News

Pebbles Finally Responds To Backlash From TLC Biopic ‘Crazy, Sexy, Cool :The TLC Story’

Pebbles is finally responding to the tremendous amount of  backlash she has been receiving after the TLC Biopic depicted her as a money-hungry, cold-hearted, Chilli-hating, greedy, selfish bi**h  manager who cheated TLC out of millions of dollars. She claims that the movie made “false and defamatory statements” about her and her lawyer is still on deck. Check out Pebbles’ official statement below and let us know what you think:

“First I want to thank all of you for the well wishes and prayers. I apologize for the delay in responding to the movie, but I wanted to gather my thoughts. I have always been a private person and this unprovoked attack has been extremely upsetting to me and my family. I have needed time to spend with my family and for personal reflection.

The movie contains many false and defamatory statements and scenes about me. Please know that I have never cheated or mislead anyone. I will defend my reputation, accomplishments, and character. My attorney is in the process of demanding a retraction of the false and defamatory statements and scenes about me from VH1.

My silence has empowered individuals looking for a payday at my expense. I have held my peace for 20 years and it’s time the truth comes out. I will be sharing my story in the appropriate venue at the appropriate time. With all my heart I thank you for your faithful support.

I am extremely proud of the success and massive accomplishments of TLC—the group I discovered, managed, and mentored. I helped push open doors for TLC and other women in this male dominated industry. My sacrifices ultimately opened the door for not only a new wave of female performers in this industry but also a new generation of female executives. That backdrop makes the movie extremely personally upsetting to me.”

Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler Admits He Would Vote To Bring Slavery Back

In today’s edition of people who are making race relations in this country worse everytime they open their mouth, we have Republican Nevada State Assemblyman Jim Wheeler who admitted he would vote for legislation in favor of slavery if his constituents wanted him to.  Yeah, you heard that right. Yes, he said some b.s. about “I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah…if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me”. WTF?! As an elected official, the only response to a stupid question like “would you bring back slavery” is “Of course not, that’s a ridiculous question. Not under ANY circumstances”. The fact that he said “yeah” combined with the fact that someone even thought this was an appropriate question to ask an elected official says a lot about where we are in terms of race relations in this country SMH…

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Jim Wheeler of Gardnerville, NV was speaking to the Storey County Republican Party when he made the remarks last August, although they are only now coming to light.

“If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah, if that’s what the citizens of the, , that’s what they elected me for,” he said. “That’s what a republic is about.”

Now, Wheeler said to the Sun, “liberal operatives” are spreading the video in an effort to smear him.

The assemblyman was referring to a blog post by a conservative commentator named Chuck Muth, who asked during Wheeler’s candidacy, “(W)hat if those citizens decided they want to, say, bring back slavery? Hey, if that’s what the citizens want, right Jim?”

Wheeler told the audience of Republicans, “yeah I would.”

The remarks have kicked off a firestorm with Republicans and Democrats alike rushing to denounce Wheeler, who rode the 2010 wave of tea party fervor into his spot on the state assembly.

The Associated Press quoted a statement by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval that said, in part, “Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society. He should retract his remarks and apologize.” – Via RawStory

Jim Jones & Chrissy Talk Raising Kids, Marriage & Women Fighting Over Men On TV

The stars of the  Love & Hip Hop spinoff,  Chrissy & Mr. Jones. recently sat down to discuss their new reality show and all the things that come with it. Chrissy discusses her role as a step-mom to Jim’s 10-year-old son from another marriage and women scrapping over men on TV, while Jim talks about pioneering the rapper/family man trend we’ve been seeing on TV lately:

On how it was for Chrissy to embrace the role of a stepmom when Jim’s son moved in:

Chrissy: Well, I’ve been in Pudy’s [Jim’s son] life, all his life, most of his life. So the difference is that it was just full-time now. And Jimmy, he surprisingly made it easy. You know? I thought it was going to be more of a responsibility and I was fearful in the beginning.  I was scared of the responsibility and being able to do the right thing for him, to him, with him. You know? But it just kind of comes natural because I love him just like his father does. So it works out! It’s been a smooth transition.

Jim: I help just by being a father. I wake up in the morning, make sure my son goes to school. Eat breakfast, come home I do his homework with him, I make sure he’s ready for bed. Try to show him what proper respect is to a woman and different things like that.

On if they plan on having kids together:

Chrissy: [hands mic to Jim] You answer!

Jim Jones: [laughs] I’m looking forward to it.

Chrissy:  Kids are scary! They don’t come with a manual, you don’t know the personality quirks, you don’t know if you’re going to have the patience and you’re stuck! That’s your job. You don’t know if you’re going to raise a serial killer or a scientist! I mean, it’s scary!

On Jim Jones being one of the pioneers of bringing the idea of rappers and their families to television:

Jim: It wasn’t always that cool. I think every rapper was kind of pissed off at me when I first did the reality show, for some reason, one or the other, some personally vested and some others [switches direction of thought]. It just was a little bit difficult for people to understand what I was doing. And lo and behold, after they see the success of what can happen on TV, it seems like, every rapper starts lobbying for a television show. Which is great. It just helps us out a little bit more.

Chrissy: My feelings are a little different, I guess, than his. I think, I mean, he says it’s a good thing. I like to see it because it humanizes- you know- most of the time, rappers are put in boxes. You know? Everybody has these preconceived notions. And they’re real people. They go through real stuff and sometimes you have to check that image and ego at the door. And sometimes they forget. So sometimes when you’re watching those shows, you’re watching those same egos come home. I think it’s good! You get to see a person in all aspects of their life. You know what I mean? I’m all for it.

Chrissy on what she thinks of women fighting on TV for their men, and why we haven’t seen her scrapping:

Things happen. Those things happen without the camera and unfortunately they’re happening on camera. But what relationship is perfect? It’s about how you choose to deal with it that makes a difference. And I guess some women feel like they have to fight for their men. So I guess they do what they think they need to do.

Do you think it could ever be you?

Maybe it was me before.

Without the cameras?

Yea. Maybe it was me when I was younger and didn’t know any better… I have nothing bad to say, you know? But be mindful the world is watching you. So if you’re going to do it, let it be something you can walk and be proud of. Make sure that they are worthy of fighting for. Don’t fool yourself. Know what you’re dealing with.

On if they are married yet

Jim: Yea, for five months!

Chrissy: Stop lying! We are not! [laughs] No, but we’re going to do it soon.

On if we should expect a spin-off

Jim: Nah, I don’t know if VH1 has a check for that. But we’re definitely gonna get married- ya dig? – Via NicoleBitchie

School Bullies Rip the Scalp Off of 8-Year-Old Georgia Girl While Trying To Pull Her Hair Out

SMDH..this is ridiculous. What is wrong with some of these kids these days..and their parents?! Shout out to all those who have also shaved their heads in support of this beautiful young girl, Aolani Dunbar:

The family of an 8-year-old Georgia girl said she was bullied so severely she had to be taken to the emergency room.

Dorris Bearden said her granddaughter’s hair was pulled so hard that her scalp ripped.

“They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground,” said third-grader Aolani Dunbar. “Everybody got a chance, and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me.”

Now, there is a gaping wound on the crown of Dunbar’s scalp, and her head was shaved bald to avoid infection.

Aolani had to shave her head to decrease the risk of infection.

Her family said her schoolmates picked on her for two straight weeks because she got hair extensions.

Bearden said Aolani wanted long hair so she could brush it like the other girls.

“She steps in the door of that school and the first thing they do is attack her and start ripping her hair out,” said Bearden.

Aolani’s family told Willis that the girl suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, and that may have kept her from confiding in an adult earlier.

Bearden said she reported incidents to the principal as soon as she discovered the injury.

“When I saw just the horror of it, I just started to cry,” said Bearden. “I cried as I unbraided her hair and the hair fell out in my hands.”

Aolani has been out of school for weeks because of ‘severe headaches, anxiety and extreme humiliation.’

Aolani Dunbar at a younger age.

Bearden said one child received an in-school suspension, but she said that punishment sends the wrong message.

Doctors said the little girl may never grow hair on the injured part of her scalp again and may need skin grafts, according to Bearden.

Aolani’s mother and even strangers who learned of the story on Facebook have shaved their heads so she doesn’t feel alone.

Family and friends shaved their heads in solidarity with Aolani.

They’re also asking people to donate hair to Locks of Love so that they can make a wig for Aolani and other children in need.

“It’s not only a temporary effect,” said Bearden. “It’s something that could scar for life.”

She urged parents and school officials to take reports of bullying seriously. – Via DailyNews

Students Shout Police Commissioner Kelly Off of Stage During Speech on Policing

There was bound to be a day when NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly would have to come face to face with some of the innocent victims and friends of innocent victims of his controversial “Stop & Frisk” policy..and today was that day. Tensions were so high, Kelly was emphatically shouted off  of the stage and had to cancel his speech on “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City” before he could even begin…

“From N.Y.C. to PVD, stop police brutality,” they chanted as Kelly fled the stage.

Invited to deliver a lecture on “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City,” Kelly must have realized he was stepping into a buzz saw when he arrived at the school’s arts center.Kelly was greeted by protesters carrying signs that read “Stop & Frisk Doesn’t Stop Crime,” “Stop Police Brutality” and “Ray(cist) Kelly.”<br />
	Brown University sophomore Rudy Torress (left) rallies with other students and their supporters outside of the Brown University building where New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly was to deliver his lecture.<br />

But the Brown-out really began when Kelly — dressed in a dark suit and red tie — stepped up to the mic and the 100 or so students packed in the room began lecturing him.

“You hide behind your statistics of lower crime rates, but the residents of East Flatbush, Brownsville, East New York, do not feel safer than they did in 2001,” said Danny Echevarria, a Brown student from Brooklyn, class of 2016.

“Instituting systematic racism in New York City is a disgrace,” another student chimed in.

And so it went as student after student piped up with protests, some read from index cards.

 “I thought this was the academy, where we’re supposed to have free speech,” Kelly said during one of the brief lulls in the protest.
Commissioner Kelly canceled his “Proactive Policing in America’s Biggest City” lecture after the demonstration.
Before the commish could complete his thought, another student rose up to slam the NYPD and accused Kelly of discriminating against blacks and Muslims.

“It’s not a dialogue, it’s not a discussion,” one heckler yelled. “He doesn’t get to say s—.”

One brave student in the room got up and said Kelly should be heard. “The way to reach progress is not by fighting, not being angry, but . . . . ” he said.

He, too, never got to finish his thought.

“Go write an essay or something!” the hecklers yelled at him.

After 20 minutes of verbal abuse, Kelly finally gave up and left.

Protester stands up to interrupt when New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly tries to speak.

Kristy Choi, a 20-year-old Brown junior and one of the protest organizers, claimed victory.

“We do not at all support Ray Kelly’s stop-and-frisk policies, and we wanted to stand in solidarity with communities the police have targeted,” said Choi, a history and Africana Studies major from the Maryland suburbs of Washington.

But there were also other Brown students, especially those packed into the adjoining room with a video feed of Kelly, who wanted to hear what he had to say.

“That was disgraceful,” said a student who asked not to be identified. “If people are really against it, they should be arming themselves with the arguments of the opposition instead of stifling education.”

There was no immediate response from Kelly to the uproar, but Brown University President Christina Paxson was livid.

“The conduct of disruptive members of the audience is indefensible and an affront both to civil democratic society and to the university’s core values of dialogue and the free exchange of views,” she said in a statement. – Via DailyNews

Barneys CEO Addresses Racial Profiling Allegations & Apologizes to Jay Z

Barneys CEO Mark Lee is finally stepping forward to address the controversy surrounding the multiple racial profiling accusations. He also took the time to publicly apologize to Jay Z for all the drama it caused for him and their upcoming partnership. Interestingly enough, the CEO denies the accusation that it was even a Barneys employee that initially contacted NYPD but ducked questions on who actually did: “No one from Barneys brought them to the attention of our internal security and no one from Barneys reached out to external authorities,” Lee said (CBS). So if Barneys employees didn’t alert police, who did? Now we have to ask ourselves, why are NYPD undercover police even working in high-end private business’ like BARNEYS in the first place if they are supposed to be working for the NYC residents who pay their salaries?

After an in-person discussion with Al Sharpton, Lee made the following statement:

“No one, and I mean no individual, should go through the unacceptable experiences described by Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips,” Lee said Tuesday after an hour-long sitdown with the Rev. Al Sharpton at the Harlem headquarters of his National Action Network. “We offer our deepest sympathies to both of them.” Sharpton and his National Action Network demanded a face-to-face with Barneys brass- and threatened to put shopping at the high-end retailer “on hold” — after Christian and Phillips accused Barneys of sending cops to question and detain them after they made big-ticket buys at the Manhattan flagship. (New York Post)

No one from the luxury retailer Barneys “raised any issue” with the purchases of two young black shoppers who later accused the store of racial profiling, Barneys CEO Mark Lee said Tuesday following a meeting with civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss the allegations.

CEO Mark Lee also spoke on Jay Z’s behalf  who has been catching heat for his Barneys partnership:

“We deeply regret that these recent events have distracted from the great work of the Sean Carter Foundation, and we offer our sincere apologies to Mister Carter.” Lee said. “Our collaboration together is based on the shared mission of helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships.” (New York Post)

Jay recently spoke out against the backlash he received with this statement:

“I move and speak based on facts and not emotion,” the statement said. “I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately?” he said, referring to local newspaper headlines. Jay-Z said in this case, he’s still trying to find out what happened –which is why he was silent. “The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts,” he added.

“This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning,” he said. “My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.” Jay-Z said he understood what it felt like to be racially profiled — but also didn’t want to jump to unfair conclusions. “I am against discrimination of any kind but if I make snap judgments, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles?” he asked. “I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change.” (Boston Herald)

True or False? Pebbles Suing Left Eye’s Estate: “Just Cuz She Not Here Doesn’t Mean She Ain’t Gotta Pay What She Owe”

We’re not going to name any names but various websites are currently reporting the false rumor that TLC’s former manager, Pebbles, is in the process of suing Left Eye’s estate while saying some really foul things about the deceased member according to these quotes from “a Vh1 correspondent”:

“Just cuz she not here doesn’t mean she ain’t gotta pay what she owe; Everybody pays what they owe. Ask TLC” said Pebbles to a Vh1 correspondent late Wednesday evening. “I honestly thought of her as a little sister …a little sister that owes me money from 1992″

Pebbles sat down with VH1 briefly to discuss her plans to sue the people behind Left Eye’s estate and doesn’t have plans to let up until all is paid in full; Which is why remaining members of TLC mentioned they haven’t been able to perform some of their past hits in a Breakfast Club interview due to holds on Left Eye’s vocals. “TLC just did that BIG movie …Hell, they can pay!” said Pebbles sarcastically about TLC’s straight to tv movie ‘CrazySexyCool’ that has the whole world talking about the female super group once again. Pebbles assured VH1 it had nothing to do with the way she was negatively portrayed in the TLC movie ‘CrazySexyCool’, but claims “It’s just business.”
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE! THIS RUMOR IS FALSE!
While we’re not the biggest fans of Pebbles and we wouldn’t put too much past her, we do feel the need to report that this rumor is 100% false out of journalistic integrity. A few seconds of research of the origin of this quote directed us towards Creambmp.com, a website that specializes in celebrity satire news headlines, similar to the Onion Network. For example, a quick click to their homepage led us to a few other hilarious headlines from Creambmp:
 Ray J Comes Forward With Paternity Test That Proves He’s The Biological Father of Kim K’s Baby North West
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“***Breaking** Rapper Plies In Critical Condition After His 7 Kilo Gold Chain Broke His Neck In 3 Places” (Plies was actually asked about the condition of his neck in various interviews recently)
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 “Kanye West Files For Bankruptcy After $6 Million Proposal To Kim Kardashian”
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“**Breaking*** Legendary Hot 97 DJ Mister Cee Announces Plan To Have Sex Change”
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**Breaking** 2 Weeks After Being Sentenced To 6-Months In Jail Rapper Gucci Mane Has Escaped From Prison
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We’d just like to give a big shout out to Cream Bmp Daily for once again proving that some people will believe ANYTHING!
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Queen Latifah, the Real Rick Ross & Others Weigh In On Jay Z’s Barneys Partnership While Kevin Hart Goes On Barneys Shopping Spree [VIDEO]

Seems like everyone has an opinion on whether or not Jay Z should discontinue his partnership with Barneys after their recent accusations of racial profiling have come out. Queen Latifah, as well as a few other celebs, explain their perspective on all the controversy. The real Rick Ross also weighed in and he was definitely a lot more critical of Jay Z’s response, basically calling him a sellout. The paps also caught a pic of Kevin Hart & his GF coming back from a Barneys shopping spree, obviously unfazed, by all the controversy. Let us know who you think nailed it on the head. We also have to ask: Should celebrities like Kevin Hart refrain from shopping sprees at Barneys until the facts of these pending racial profiling cases come out?

Queen Latifah:

“I think that Jay Z’s been pretty clear when it’s hit him close to home [and] when things just don’t sit right with him, but obviously things warrant further investigation. But we’ve been going through this for a long time. We know that this is something that has been continuous in our community for us when we go into various stores. I would hope that that’s not the case with Barneys. That some people got overzealous and did the wrong thing and that it’s not the whole corporation because I like Barneys and I’d hate to have to boycott them! That would be terrible. I’m hoping that this whole situation gets solved and it’s a lesson to everybody else and these other stores to be cognizant of your shopper. Just because you have on a baseball cap doesn’t mean you don’t have money. We don’t have to justify where we got the money to buy an expensive belt.”

Freeway Ricky Ross also goes on to share his thoughts on Jay’s public statement concerning the Barneys New York racial profiling incidents:

“I read the Jay Z comments on Barney’s asking why he’s being judged, you’re being judged because that’s what comes with basing your career off the D Boy game. The game is give and take with those around you. It’s not enough to comment about Barney’s profiling when you sell products to the people possibly targeted. People that look like people you grew up with, and that are in your family. We know the reality of this country in regard to race. You stand up for them immediately when it comes to something as sensitive as racial profiling.

You have to have context of American history that this profiling is happening and be honest, and demand the people you partner with to be of the type that treat your people fairly. This is the big problem of the high-end luxury these rappers talk about and have our children hooked on for status. They are not in our interest as a community, and often as seen in the profiling case they look down upon us as customers. As I said in my Hip Hop Can Heal piece on Huffington Post:

At my height I did not make hundreds of millions to belittle those around me, this is what elitism has driven rap into becoming. A tool to marginalize the have-nots as rappers say what they invented, how they will protect it and how your less than for not being in the same class. The goal cannot be to have large sums of money to marginalize your fans with diamonds they don’t have, clothes they can’t afford or cars they have not seen.”

Kevin Hart Barneys shopping spree:

Kevin Hart and his girlfriend Eniko

LaLa, Tatayana Ali, , Michelle from Destiny’s Child, BET’s Debra Lee weigh in on Barneys racial profiling controversy:

Chris Brown Released from Jail After Felony Charge Reduced to Misdemeanor

Looks like Chris Brown caught a break in his recent court case:

Charges against Chris Brown have been reduced to misdemeanor simple assault, reports NewsOne Now. The R&B singer did not enter a plea at a hearing Monday evening in Washington, D.C. He faces up to 180 days in jail if convicted. While exiting the back of the courtroom he waved to fans, but did not make a statement.

Chris Brown is accused of punching a man who says he tried to get into a photo with the singer outside a hotel, according to police, the latest legal trouble for the Grammy Award-winning artist.

Police would not say how Hollosy and Brown may have known each other.

The altercation began after the man tried to get into a picture with Brown and two other people, according to his account in the police report, which also quotes the man as saying Brown told him, “I’m not down with that gay s—” and “I feel like boxing.” The exact context of Brown’s remarks was not immediately clear.

The man told police Brown punched him in the face, and police say the area around his nose was swollen and bruised. Another man stepped between them and also punched the man before grabbing Brown by the arm and leading him toward the tour bus, according to the report.

Police identified the man who was punched as 20-year-old Parker Isaac Adams after an initial police report indicated a slightly different name.He was released Sunday from a hospital and did not immediately respond to a message left at a number listed for him.

His uncle, Creighton Adams, said he was told by the victim’s father that Parker Adams was out on a double date when he was punched.

“Parker’s not some kind of hoodlum,” Creighton Adams said.

Abraham Luakabuanga of Tysons Corner, Va., who runs a small limousine company, said he saw two women and a man approach Brown after he left the hotel and begin taking photographs of the singer. He said the situation soon devolved into a fight involving Brown and a man who appeared to be his bodyguard. He said he heard words exchanged but declined to give more details.

“I looked at Chris Brown and was like `Sir, why this?’ he said. “To me, it was like, `You’re a star, you have bodyguards.’ Things should have been handled differently,” Luakabuanga said.

Brown was in Washington to perform Saturday night at an event billed as a “Homecoming Weekend” party at a downtown club. Howard University was celebrating its homecoming, though a university spokeswoman said the party was not sponsored by or affiliated with the school.

Brown remains on probation for assaulting his on-again, off-again girlfriend Rihanna in 2009 just before the Grammy Awards. – Via NewsOne

Family Sues Red Bull for $85 Million After 33-Year-Old Cory Terry Dies After Drinking Energy Drink

This is a tragedy that happened almost two years ago but is just now coming to light. This is the first-of -its-kind wrongful death lawsuit that has been filed against the makers of Red Bull energy drink. R.I.P. to this young man and our deepest condolences go out to his family but we have to ask…$85 million? 

A family is suing Red Bull for $85million following the death of a father-of-one who died from a heart attack after downing the soft drink.

Cory Terry, 33, from Brooklyn, consumed the caffeine-based drink after playing basketball at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Brooklyn on November 8, 2011.

Records show Mr Terry, who was father to a 13-year-old boy, drank the can 45 minutes after playing the sport. He then collapsed and died.

His cause of death was idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy which meant his heart stopped.

Mr Terry’s relatives are blaming the company which makes the energy boosting beverage for his death.

His grandmother Patricia Terry said her grandson drank Red Bull all the time.

The complaint is believed to be the first of its kind against the company which makes energy drinks.

Lawyer Ilya Novofastovsky told the New York Daily News that there are ‘extra stimulants that make it different than a cup of coffee’ which are ‘more dangerous than Red Bull lets on’.

Red Bull said it did not comment on individual cases but that health authorities across the world have said it is safe to drink.

His mother has said that Mr Terry, a construction worker from Bedford-Stuyvesant, drank Red Bull all the time.
Cory Terry, 33, from Brooklyn, New York drank a can of Red Bull after a basketball game and then collapsed and died. His family is now suing the energy drinks company for $85million

Novofastovsky said he hoped the lawsuit would raise people’s awareness about the potential risks of energy drinks.

In 2008 scientists said just one can of Red Bull could raise the risk of heart attack or a stroke.

The study on university students found that drinking one 250ml can of even the sugar-free version, which has the slogan ‘gives you wings’, increased the ‘stickiness of the blood and raised the risk of life-threatening clots.

Researcher Dr Scott Willoughby said: ‘One hour after they drank Red Bull, (their blood systems) were no longer normal.

Dr Willoughby, of the Cardiovascular Research Centre at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said he was ‘alarmed’ at the results and would not drink Red Bull himself.

Those with underlying heart or circulatory problems should think twice before buying the caffeine-loaded drink, he said. – Via DailyMail

 

Future and Ciara Officially Engaged

First Kanye and Kim Kardashian, now it’s Ciara and Future’s turn. Cici’s publicist confirmed to the Associated Press that the couple are now engaged! Future allegedly presented her with a 15-carat ring earlier today, just two days after she celebrated her 28th birthday.   Although she didn’t disclose the news to her fans yet, Ciara tweeted:

“Today Has 2 Be Like One Of The Sweetest Days Of My Life! #TheBestBirthdayEver

If I’m Dreaming I Don’t Want To Wake Up..Aaaaaahhh!!!:)”

LMAO..R. Kelly Fans Upset After Paying $150 for Concert Tickets & a Fake “R. Jelly” Shows Up Instead? [VIDEO]

WTH?! Some die-hard R. Kelly fans shelled out $150 for his concert tickets only to be scammed by an impersonator by the name of “R. Jelly”. Now the upset fans are demanding a refund. R. Jelly though? Lol You cannot make this stuff up folks! Smh

Social Media Users Track Down Woman Behind Racist Trayvon Martin Costume & Get Her Fired

People like this are the reason why racial tensions in this country are so high. This is the equivalent of someone dressing up as the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooter and wearing bloody costumes mocking the children that died. Thankfully, karma worked quickly in this situation and now their whole lives are ruined behind their unbelievably insensitive Halloween costumes:

Meet Caitlin Cimeno, mother of two from Massachusetts (by way of Florida), William Filene (a convicted felon) and Greg Cimeno who thought posting this disgusting photo was a great idea (and #funny). Only a proud (and completely-idiotic) racist would post this with her full name, pics of her kids at school and selfies in her work attire on a public Instagram profile. She even captioned the images: ‘Happy Halloween from Zimmerman & trayvon’ with a smiley face emoticon.
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The other two proud racists are William Filene (left, in hoodie and Blackface/mask) who, according to The Smoking Gun, is a convicted felon and Greg Cimeno (right, dressed as George Zimmerman) who thought the costume was “fawking hilarious!!!” So one of the men is a convicted felon but Trayvon Martin was a “thug” who deserved to die?
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It only took a few minutes for some research-orientated Facebook & Instagram users to identify Caitlin and the other two men. They quickly let her know how her ignorant, racist attitude just ruined her life…
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Caitin deleted the pics hours later, changed her Instagram name and locked her profile like screen capture technology doesn’t exist. She was even dumb enough to have pictures on her Facebook page displaying her license plate number ..
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And this is the end result of Caitlyn and her friend’s “hilarious” racist costume:

Brooklyn Mass Stabbing Leaves Mother & 4 Children Dead

R.I.P. to all the victims of this tragedy SMDH…

A woman and four children — the youngest an 18-month-old boy — were stabbed to death Saturday night in a rampage at a Brooklyn apartment, officials said.

A man was in custody and being questioned at the 66th Precinct stationhouse early Sunday, following the bloody spree in an apartment on 57th St., near Ninth Ave., in Sunset Park, a police source said.

The toddler and two girls — ages 9 and 6 — were already dead from their wounds when paramedics arrived just after 11 p.m. The emergency responders rushed a 37-year-old woman and an 8-year-old boy to area hospitals, but doctors were unable to save them, officials said.

The names of the victims had not been released early Sunday.

The unidentified suspect — who sources said may be related to the children — was reportedly found inside the apartment when cops burst in on the grim scene.

“The father was freaking out,” said neighbor May Chan. “He just came home from work and saw the police and they told him. He was hysterical.”

Police had to break the bitter news to the parent through a Chinese interpreter, she said.

“I always see (the kids) running around here,” Chan said. “They run around by my garage playing. They run up and down screaming. They’re little kids … that’s so heartbreaking. Innocent kids, my God.”

Neighbors thought they were watching a horror movie.

“I saw the mom and the kid, just covered in blood,” said Kenny Lin, 33, who lives down the street from the gruesome mass killing. “They were both on stretchers.”

Rencong Lee, 26, said she saw a distraught 40-year-old woman — possibly another relative — being comforted by a friend.

“She said, ‘My family was cut … there’s so much blood,’” Lee said. “She was crying, I think she was panicking.”

“(Then) I saw them put a body in the ambulance.” Lee said.

The man in custody had not been charged early Sunday.

Jay Z Finally Releases Statement Over Barneys’ Racial Profiling Scandal, Fans Not Impressed

The normally calm, cool and collected Jay Z is definitely starting to feel the pressure over his upcoming collaboration with Barneys during this racial profiling scandal. He finally broke his silence and took to his website to release a statement about it last night..but it hasn’t exactly gone over too well with many of his fans or the victims themselves. Many feel that the statement was a “whiny, self-serving statement” that made Jay Z out to be the victim and didn’t seem to show any real sympathy for the alleged victims. Check out the statement below as well as some reactions to it and let us know what you think. Should Jay take a stand and officially discontinue his partnership with Barneys or is he handling this the right way?

“This collaboration lives in a place of giving and is about the Foundation. I am not making a dime from this collection; I do not stand to make millions, as falsely reported. I need to make that fact crystal clear. The Shawn Carter Foundation is the beneficiary and the foundation is receiving 25% of all sales from the collaboration, 10% of all sales generated in the store on November 20th and an additional donation from Barneys. This money is going to help individuals facing socio-economic hardships to help further their education at institutions of higher learning. My idea was born out of creativity and charity… not profit.

I move and speak based on facts and not emotion. I haven’t made any comments because I am waiting on facts and the outcome of a meeting between community leaders and Barneys. Why am I being demonized, denounced and thrown on the cover of a newspaper for not speaking immediately? The negligent, erroneous reports and attacks on my character, intentions, and the spirit of this collaboration have forced me into a statement I didn’t want to make without the full facts. Making a decision prematurely to pull out of this project, wouldn’t hurt Barneys or Shawn Carter, but all the people that stand a chance at higher education. I have been working with my team ever since the situation was brought to my attention to get to the bottom of these incidents and at the same time find a solution that doesn’t harm all those that stand to benefit from this collaboration.

Jay Z releases statement on Barneys

I am against discrimination of any kind, but if I make snap judgements, no matter who it’s towards, aren’t I committing the same sin as someone who profiles? I am no stranger to being profiled and I truly empathize with anyone that has been put in that position. Hopefully this brings forth a dialogue to effect real change.” – Shawn “JAY Z” Carter

Thousands have since signed an online petition and lit up social media calling for Jay Z to drop a planned holiday partnership with Barneys. The Jay Z collection is slated to debut Nov. 20.

But his watered-down response didn’t win him back his fans.

The Brooklyn man who launched the Change.org petition that has garnered 13,670 signatures blasted Jay Z’s unusually weak words.

“He didn’t say that what happened at Barneys is wrong. That’s what I wanted him to say,” Derick Bowers, 28, told The News.

“He said nobody should be racially profiled, but he never mentioned that what happened with these two people is wrong, and he never mentioned that connection with Barneys.”

The mother of Trayon Christian — who claims he was detained by cops for two hours after buying a $349 Ferragamo belt at Barneys in April — said she wasn’t all that surprised by Jay Z’s statement.

Even the officers who questioned the 19-year-old Martin have since apologized — but Jay Z doesn’t say a peep about the incident.

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“He’s a businessman,” Selena Christian told The News on Saturday. “He’s gonna do what he’s gonna do with his clothing line.”

The lawyer for Kayla Phillips, 21 — a Brooklyn nursing student who said she was harassed by cops after buying a $2,500 handbag in February — was equally unmoved by Jay Z’s words.

“Kayla appreciates that he’s trying to make a change, especially for those who are socio-economically challenged, but it shouldn’t be done at the expense of African-Americans — or any other minority for that matter — being racially profiled in the manner that she was treated,” said Kareem Vessup.

“The expectation is that once he’s aware of the reality of what Kayla Phillips went through, he’ll choose not to do business with Barneys any longer,” he added.

At the Marcy Houses in Brooklyn, where Jay Z grew up, the criticism was even more pointed.

“He’s just trying to cover his tail, making sure people are going to keep promoting him,” said Te Smith, 26.

“After this racial profiling, people would stop supporting him if he didn’t come out and say something because it looks like he’s going into business with people who racially profile.

“Yeah, it’s going to a good cause,” Smith added, referring to Jay Z’s deal, “but I don’t think he should do it.”

Allah El, a 44-year-old Marcy Houses resident, spoke directly to the hip-hop star nicknamed HOVA. “Step up and say something for us.

“You was us one time. You wasn’t always rubbing elbows with Bill Gates,” said El, adding, “Look at where he’s at. He’s not going to say Barneys is wrong.”

Phillips and Christian are suing Barneys and the NYPD.

Earlier Saturday, the Rev. Al Sharpton threatened a boycott of the ritzy store unless some action was taken.

“We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else’s money is respected,” he said.

Representatives of Sharpton’s National Action Network will meet Tuesday with Barneys officials about the flap.

“Mr. Carter did not address these two particular incidents that brought this whole thing to a head, but there’s still time for him to do that,” said Kirsten John Foy, the National Action Network leader meeting with the Barneys honchos. – Via DailyNews

Chris Brown Arrested For Felony Assault for Fight, Facing 4 Years in Prison

This dude just can’t seem to stay out of trouble but this latest incident might just send him to jail for 4 years. Prosecutors are trying to throw a hate charge in the mix because of a remark he made about the alleged victim’s sexuality, not to mention the fight alone is a violation of his probation. Guess everybody does hate Chris SMH…

Chris Brown was arrested in Washington D.C. this morning for FELONY assault after allegedly attacking a man outside a hotel … TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Brown got into an argument with a man outside the W Hotel on  K Street and allegedly punched him once IN THE FACE.   We’re told the man Chris struck never threw a punch.  Sources say Chris and the alleged victim did NOT know each other.   Two woman approached Brown in front of the W Hotel and asked to take a picture with him.  As the pic was about to be taken, 2 men rushed over to get in the photo.  We’re told Chris then said, “I’m not into this gay s**t, I’m into boxing,” and threw a punch at the alleged victim.  The fight was then taken to the ground.

The incident occurred at about 4:30 AM.

Chris was with his bodyguard, and we’re told he was also arrested.

Our law enforcement sources say Brown did not appear to be under the influence of anything at the time of the incident.

Brown is currently in custody.  As for the other person, we’re told he’s being evaluated at a D.C. hospital.  Sources say he’s claiming injury.

Brown is still on probation in the Rihanna beating case and this could be grounds for violating his probation — which means he could be sentenced to prison for nearly 4 years … worst case scenario for him.

Before the incident, Chris had been hosting a party (pic below) at the nearby Park and 14th nightclub.

You’re way too rich and famous to be fighting all the time Chris, isn’t that what you pay your bodyguards for?!

Rob Brown, Star of ‘Treme’ & ‘Finding Forrester’ Says He Was Racially Profiled & Arrested at Macy’s

This sort of thing has been going on for decades but it looks like the floodgates of racial profiling cases have been opened thanks to the two high-profile stories of Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips that have recently caught the media’s attention.  Rob Brown, star of the HBO show “Treme” and the movie “Finding Forrester” says he was “paraded” through Macy’s Herald Square in handcuffs and detained for an hour after being racially profiled and accused of using a fake card to buy his mother a $1,350 watch.

“The Express” star’s allegations against Macy’s come days after the Daily News revealed another high-end retailer, Barneys, was rocked by complaints it had racially profiled two black shoppers for credit card fraud when they made pricey purchases at the snooty store.

“Why was I put in cuffs? Why was I even approached?” Brown, 29, asked at his attorney’s office Friday night. “It was a slap in the face.”

The actor, who also starred in “Don Jon,” was even more irate immediately after the June 8 incident, tweeting, “Don’t be black while shopping at #Macy’s Police might roll on u.”

A spokesperson for Macy’s said in a statement, “We are investigating the alleged claims, as we were just made aware of this lawsuit. We do not comment on matters in litigation.”

Brown said he was inspired to step forward by Trayon Christian, the 19-year-old who The News first reported filed suit against Barneys on Monday.

“He was brave,” Brown, 29, said. “It’s my duty to follow through.”

Actor Rob Brown, seen arriving for the premiere of "The Express" at the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, says he was racially profiled while shopping at Macy's in New York City.

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Brown, who made his movie debut starring opposite Sean Connery in 2000’s “Finding Forrester,” says he’d been shopping at Macy’s flagship store because he wanted to buy a graduation present for his mother, Myra, who received a degree from Metropolitan Community College.

He settled on a $1,350 silver Movado watch with gold trim. Brown said he purchased the last one, the display model, and strolled over to a Sunglass Hut in the store while he was waiting for it to be cleaned.

He said he saw some $350 Prada shades he liked and was also going to buy those — but while he was waiting for them to be tightened, he was suddenly swarmed by “at least three” plainclothes officers.

Robert Brown, star of the HBO show "Treme," says he was subjected to an unlawful stop at Macy’s flagship store at Herald Square.

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The Brooklyn-raised actor said he thought he was being robbed. He said he told the officers he wanted to see their ID, and the next thing he knew he was in handcuffs.

The suit says he was then “paraded” through the store like a criminal as the officers led him to a holding cell upstairs.

“They kept telling me, ‘Your card is fake. You’re going to jail,’” Brown said.

He said he “implored” them to check his ID — and a Macy’s employee did, going through the several pieces of identification he had on him one at a time.

“I had all sorts of forms of ID,” Brown said, but the officers maintained his card was “fake.”

The officers told him the ID “was false and that he could not afford to make such an expensive purchase,” the suit says.

Brown made his movie debut starring opposite Sean Connery in the 2000 movie "Finding Forrester."

Brown starring in his first movie alongside Sean Connery in the movie “Finding Forrester”

Brown, who graduated from Amherst College in 2008, said he was fighting to keep his cool because he was worried he’d miss his mom’s ceremony.

He said the officers gave him different explanations for why he’d been stopped. One said they’d been called by a suspicious Macy’s employee, while another said they’d been doing a sting operation in the store looking for a crooked clerk.

It’s not the first time Macy’s has come under fire for its stores’ private policing practices. In 2005, after an investigation by then-state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the retailer paid $600,000 to settle a complaint that its New York department stores profiled customers based on race, and handcuffed and detained those suspected of shoplifting.

Company officials had promised to appoint an internal security monitor and train their employees not to discriminate against patrons.

Brown’s lawyer, John Elefterakis, said the store and the cops realized they’d “made a very bad mistake and an inexcusable one” while going through his bags.

He was released after being in cuffs for about 45 minutes without any charges.

One of the officers drove Brown, who also starred in “Coach Carter,” to the graduation ceremony — but he was late anyway.

“To be late for my mother’s graduation ceremony — that was devastating,” Brown said.

Later that day, Brown, who goes by the Twitter user name Broccoli Rob, tweeted, “Got arrested while buying my ma a watch. Thought my card was fake cuffed me and tossed me in a cell. Then realized they were d—s.”

Then, he tweeted, “the police drove me to my ma’s graduation.”

But he was still fuming the next day, posting a tweet with the hashtags “#stillappalled #kinda.”

His suit accuses Macy’s and the NYPD of making the allegations against the Poly Prep grad “based on (his) race and age as he was a young black American male.” It charges Macy’s with racial profiling, and the NYPD with violating Brown’s constitutional rights.

The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages, but Brown’s lawyer, Elefterakis, said, “This is about justice, not about money.” – Via DailyNews