Harry Belafonte: Jay-Z and Beyonce Have ‘Turned Their Backs on Social Responsibility’

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, activist and showbiz legend Harry Belafonte took today’s crop of minorities in Hollywood to task for ‘turning their backs on social responsibility.’

He specifically aimed his comments at Jay-Z and Beyonce, whom Forbes Magazine just recently named the highest-earning couple in Hollywood.

Together, Jay and Bey earned a whopping $78 million in 2011 alone.

Adidas Defends Shackle Shoe Design

It doesn’t appear that Adidas will be overtaking Nike as the chosen shoe of hoopers any time soon.

Last week, Adidas announced that its JS Roundhouse Mid would be available as part of their Fall/Winter collection.

The problem? The shoe features shackles, which have caused many to suggest that it is a not-so-subtle reference to slavery.

Should Diddy’s Son Give Back His Scholarship?

UCLA is standing by its decision to award Justin Combs an athletic scholarship worth $54,000.

The 18-year-old son of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs was the star cornerback of Iona Prep (New Rochelle, NY) and entertained offers from several Division 1-A schools before committing to play football for the Bruins next fall. Although the scholarship was based upon his performance on the field, folks are demanding that Justin, who reportedly graduated with 3.75 GPA, give up the scholarship so that the money can be allocated to a student with a greater financial need.

Trayvon Martin-Inspired Shooting Range Targets Sold Online?!

The internet is buzzing over news that an “unidentified entrepreneur” is trying to profit off of the Trayvon Martin tragedy by selling shooting range targets inspired by the slain 17 year-old.

The target is reportedly shaped like a hoodie and features cross hairs on the front. A bag of skittles are tucked into the pocket, and the left hand holds a can of iced tea.

STUDY: Waiters Give Black People Bad Service Because They’re Bad Tippers?

A recent study published in the Journal of Black Studies found that 40 percent of waiters  give black customers poor service, assuming that black patrons are bad tippers.

87 percent of those surveyed were white. Many described black customers as “demanding” and “rude.” Of course, why would these servers expect large tips when they are knowingly providing poor service?

Is It Okay to Drug Test Welfare Recipients?

On Monday Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law a bill that would require applicants for welfare to be tested for drugs. Dubbed the Social Responsibility and Accountability Act, the law is set to go into effect on June 1st, and will certainly face challenges from civil liberties groups.

According to Colorlines.com, over two-dozen other states are considering similar laws. Supporters argue that such laws will save taxpayer money and stop abuse of the welfare system. However, much like the supposed threat of “voter fraud” that is allegedly  behind the recent spate of discriminatory voter ID laws across the country, there is very little evidence that drug-taking welfare recipients is a widespread problem.

Bull Sh#t Youth

Growing up we always knew that Capitalism, or “the system”, was responsible for the hardships of our parents. These days the youth of the present generation don’t seem to think that Capitalism just in its essence produces struggle. What if we have been surprised by the good experiences the labor force has lent us? Graduate students can get paid over $20,000 a semester; working young adults can earn a wage and healthy assets; and college students have an effortless ability to create lucrative businesses.  Today the possibility for the future includes a positive attitude towards the job market.

Free Lunch Program Surge Reflects Economic Distress

According to a recent New York Times article, Free Lunch Programs are swelling with new participants nationwide, indicating rising levels of poverty and economic distress across the country.

Millions of Americans are utlizing these programs for the first time, after losing jobs or settling for under-paying positions.

The number of students receiving subsidized lunches has risen 17% since 2006-2007.

From the New York Times:

“‘These are very large increases and a direct reflection of the hardships American families are facing,’ said Benjamin Senauer, a University of Minnesota economist who studies the meals program, adding that the surge had happened so quickly ‘that people like myself who do research are struggling to keep up with it.’