Conservative Pundits Say Christopher Lane Shooting Highlights Racial Double Standard in Media

Conservative pundits like Rush Limbaugh – and news outlets like Fox News and the Daily Caller – are sounding the alarm on what they assert is a racial double standard in media reporting.

They’ve seized on the murder of Christopher Lane, who shot and killed by three Oklahoma teenagers because they were “bored and didn’t have anything to do.”

Two of the perpetrators are black and one is white, but that hasn’t stopped these pundits from misreporting their races, and asserting that the murder was race-related.

Russell Simmons Says He’s In Contact w/ Harriet Tubman’s Descendants

Russell Simmons has apologized again for releasing a skit centered around the creation of a Harriet Tubman sex tape.

His outrageously poor judgement in allowing the skit to be released through his YouTube channel has ignited a firestorm of controversy.

In an interview with YouTube show BRKDWN, Simmons expressed remorse for the video, and later tweeted that he’d been in touch with Harriet Tubman’s descendants.

Sybrina Fulton – Mother of Trayvon Martin – Speaks Out on ‘Stop and Frisk’ Policy

Sybrina Fulton – mother of Trayvon Martin – spoke out on NYC’s controversial Stop and Frisk policy yesterday.

Appearing on Meet the Press, Fulton asserted that no one should be stopped by civilians or police officers based off of their race.

From the Huffington Post:

“You can’t give people the authority, whether civilian or police officers the right to just stop somebody because of the color of their skin,” Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

WWE Superstar Darren Young Comes Out

WWE pro wrestler Darren Young casually came out to a TMZ camerman during an impromptu interview at LAX.

During a conversation about whether or not there could ever be a gay pro wrestler, Young shocked the cameraman by responding “Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE Superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”

Young is possibly the first active WWE wrestler to come out.

Harry Lennix Calls The Butler ‘Historical Porn’; Sounds Off on Media Depictions of Black Men

Lee Daniel’s highly-anticipated new film “The Butler,” opens this Friday.

But not everyone is excited about it. The film tells the story of a butler who spent decades in the White House, serving President after President.

In a Shadow and Act interview with actor Harry Lennix, Lennix pulls zero punches; blasting media depictions of black men, and specifically Daniel’s script for “The Butler.”

Hugh Douglas Fired After Spat w/ ESPN Co-Host Michael Smith

We recently reported of an incident between ESPN journalist Michael Smith and former NFL player-turned-commentator Hugh Douglas.

 

Douglas and Smith got into a disagreement at the National Association of Black Journalists Convention and Career Fair, and according to witnesses, Douglas used the n-word and called Smith an Uncle Tom.

 

Now, Sports Illustrated is reporting that Douglas has been relieved of his duties at ESPN:

Dartmouth Fraternity Apologizes for Holding ‘Bloods and Crips’ Party

Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta fraternity chapter had the bright idea of holding a “Bloods and Crips” party.

The invitation for the event has surfaced online, forcing them to issue an apology for the totally offensive and racist theme.

From Gawker:

Alpha Delta is no sub-tier house. A month prior to the gang kegger, house alum Phil Hanlon became the 18th President of Dartmouth. (We’ve emailed his office for comment.)

Orange is the New Black Creator Talks Diversity on the Small Screen

Netflix’ latest hit series, Orange is the New Black has sparked a lot of conversation.

Based on a memoir, OitNB centers on Piper Chapman, a white woman who is sentenced to prison for carrying drug money for her drug-dealing ex-girlfriend.

A lot of the conversation about the series is regarding race and sexuality and how the show handles those things.

Show creator, Jenji Kohan spoke to NPR about her use of a privileged white woman character as a vehicle to bring diversity to the small screen: