‪#‎ByePhylicia‬: Phylicia Rashad Breaks Silence, Supports Bill Cosby

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Phylicia Rashad, who played Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, broke her silence during an interview with Showbiz 411.

“Forget these women. What you’re seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it’s orchestrated. I don’t know why or who’s doing it, but it’s the legacy. And it’s a legacy that is so important to the culture,” Rashad said.

NAACP Office Bombed

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According to a statement released by the FBI, an “improvised explosive device” was detonated near the Colorado Springs, Colorado headquarters of the NAACP.

There were no injuries. According to the FBI statement,  the “potential person of interest in this investigation is a Caucasian male, approximately 40 years of age, and balding. He may be driving a 2000 or older model dirty, white pick-up truck with paneling, a dark colored bed liner, open tailgate, and a missing or covered license plate.”

The motive is currently unknown, but bombings were a regular terrorist tactic against black organizations during Jim Crown. It looks like history is repeating itself.

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Ava DuVernay: ‘I Wasn’t Interested in Making a White-Savior Movie’

 

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There has been a lot of criticism swirling around Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’. The majority of it rests on the portrayal of President Lyndon B. Johnson and whether his legacy was jilted by the film. DuVernay isn’t having it:

Every filmmaker imbues a movie with their own point of view. The script was the LBJ/King thing, but originally, it was much more slanted to Johnson. I wasn’t interested in making a white-savior movie; I was interested in making a movie centered on the people of Selma. You have to bring in some context for what it was like to live in the racial terrorism that was going on in the deep south at that time. The four little girls have to be there, and then you have to bring in the women. So I started adding women.

Members of an Elite Squad

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Over at the Hairpin, writer Hannah Giorgis has penned a moving essay on sexual assault and police response:

But if this predictable, formulaic depiction of justice is Law & Order: SVU’s greatest comfort, it is also its greatest deception. The show has managed to convince a generation of viewers that cops are largely benevolent workaholics who will always do their best to seek justice for victims, that their occasional forays into unconstitutional behavior are always justified. But law enforcement officers routinely ignore sex crimes altogether, commit inconceivable sexual violence themselves, and face little (if any) retribution

The Co-Opt

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2015 is upon us and though the year is new the racism isn’t. With all the twitter commotion over  Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks, I decided to weigh in on the issue. Enjoy!

Ferguson Grand Juror Sues Prosecutor

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In an unusual move, a member of the Ferguson grand jury has asked for the gag order to be lifted.

According to ABC News, the unnamed member of the grand jury believes that Robert McCulloch, the prosecutor of the case wrongly implied that the entirety of the jury believed that there was no evidence to indict Darren Wilson.

What the backlash against ‘bae’ reveals about society’s attitude toward black culture

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In a piece for Daily Dot, Derrick Clifton calls out the dominant culture that simultaneously appropriates and demonizes black culture.

Although many people and brands love adopting African-American Vernacular English, it’s often denigrated and denied the same regard as any other words and phrases borne of popular culture. Unfortunately, the cultural backlash against “bae” reflects how mainstream American society takes a voyeuristic, if not disposable approach to black culture.