The Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that it is unconstitutional because it deprives equal liberty under the law.
Yesterday, we told you about the controversy surrounding a recent Lil Wayne video that seemed to show the New Orleans rapper stepping all over the American flag.
Lil Wayne has responded to the controversy, releasing a statement earlier today.
Weezy says he had no intention of desecrating the American flag, and that the video that surfaced online captures a camera trick in progress.
While many of us are still buzzing about Jay-Z’s 5-minute record promotion commercial that aired yesterday during the NBA Finals, clips of Lil Wayne stomping on an American flag have surfaced.
The video for Weezy’s track, “God Bless America” hasn’t been released yet, but we’re sure this clip will stir the waters of controversy:
A Whole Foods Market in New Mexico is in the news for suspending two employees for allegedly speaking Spanish while they were on duty.
Bryan Baldizan says he and female employee were only speaking in Spanish regarding personal matters. They wrote a letter expressing their disagreement with the policy.
Whole Foods officials doubled down on the policy, and suspended them.
As NewsOne reports, Virginia’s Republican Governor Bob McDonnell raised eyebrows recently, announcing that he will make it easier for non-violent offenders to have their voting rights reinstated.
What’s more, he did even after a panel ruled that the Constitution does not allow for McDonnell to do so.
Call this a case of a politician doing right, which unfortunately is becoming out of character and unexpected these days.
Despite days of protests and acts of civil disobedience, the Chicago Public School Board has voted to close 49 elementary schools and 1 high school program.
Dozens of parents came out to address their concerns, and several protesters had to be physically removed from the meeting.
Just four schools were spared; a vote on one school was delayed until next year.
We can no longer embrace the status quo because the status quo is not working for all Chicago school children,” Byrd-Bennett said before the vote was taken.
President Obama’s Morehouse commencement speech has reignited conversation regarding the idea that he might be unfairly holding black youth to a different standard.
Most of us are familiar with the “Bill Cosby” argument about how black youth need to stop being lazy and work harder.
Is Obama reiterating that same rhetoric that ignores history and further marginalizes vulnerable groups, or is he finding a balance between taking history into account and articulate the reality of the difficulties that will be faced by black youth in the 21st Century?
NYC bus tour Real Bronx Tours reportedly takes foreigners on a tour of the Bronx to learn what a “real ghetto” looks like.
Past patrons say the tour guide, Lynn Battaglia, pokes fun at the borough and its residents throughout the tour; lambasting the Bronx as a crime and poverty-infested nightmare.
At one point during the tour, Battaglia allegedly told the tourists in front of pantry line, “I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it,” Battaglia told the tourists. “We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.”
In a spot-on editorial for the Guardian, writer David Dennis reflects upon how race and class impact what mainstream America deems a “national tragedy.”
Horrific violence in Aurora, Newtown, and Boston have been deemed “national tragedies; flags hang at half-mast, politicians weigh in, and there’s obsessive, sustained media coverage for weeks and weeks.
But what about the countless young people gunned down every weekend in Chicago? Or the Mother’s Day shooting in New Orleans last weekend?
Why aren’t these national tragedies?
In a recent interview, news anchor Soledad O’Brien addressed criticism she’s received regarding her “Black in America” series on CNN.
According to O’Brien, many whites have expressed displeasure with the “divisiveness” of the series, asserting that we should be moving towards a colorblind society; and that African Americans should quit differentiating themselves from whites.
Obviously, Soledad disagrees.