Jesse Williams’ speech at the BET Awards may have been too good. Because people have been popping up out of the woodwork with their own takes on America’s racial climate as if it were easy. But a lot of them are getting tripped up on a lack of information and confusion. The latest to do just that was Wendy Williams.
To maintain a feeling of novelty, restaurants are often decorated with news clippings and photos from the past. Most of the time, patrons don’t give them a second thought as they have their meal. But a Joe’s Crab Shack in Roseville, Minnesota wasn’t so lucky and had to make a public apology after guests found a seriously troubling photo on their table.
According to USA Today, Tyrone Williams and Chauntyll Allen were sitting at a table when they looked at their table and saw a picture of a black man being lynched. The bottom of the picture read “Hanging at Groesbeck, Texas, on April 12th, 1895” and a caption at the top read “All I said was that I didn’t like the gumbo.”
Alright, alright, alright now.
I think I want to offer a formal congratulation to everyone who won and was nominated for an NAACP Image Awards. It is super important that African Americans are honored for the work they do on and off the screen, and I am happy that there is at least one day where an award show is quality enough to be for us, by us. With that said, I have mixed feelings about the award show.
So, tonight’s the night of the NAACP Image Awards.
I don’t know about you, but it’ll be refreshing to see a host of black people in one place that isn’t about protesting…oh wait, yes, it will be. We’re protesting the lack of diversity and Hollywood racism tonight, so it’s time to get it on and popping tonight.
“If they had taken one moment to look and survey the scene, they would have seen that none of the kids were running away because none of them felt that they were in any danger,” Blow said on CNN Tonight. “Before you shoot somebody, you need to take a breath to say, ‘Let me assess the situation, let me not jump out with my hand on the trigger and shoot somebody at point-blank.’”
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.
Photo: NAACP Logo/NAACP
Late-night television show host Arsenio Hall has expressed his desire to buy the Los Angeles Clippers. Hall has decided to try to reach that goal by crowd-sourcing the funds. Hall has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise a $1 billion in order to purchase the Clippers. If he falls short of his goal, Hall plans to donate the portion he does raise to the NAACP.
The former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP is coming to the defense of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Leon Jenkins told The Associated Press that Sterling “was a ‘wreck’ and almost crying after a television interview in which Sterling derided Magic Johnson as a role model.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has selected Cornell Williams Brooks to be the organization’s new president.
The president of the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP has resigned after outrage over a decision to give Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling an award for promoting civil rights.
Leon Jenkins was to present Sterling with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award later this month, but later rescinded the offer after a recording of racist statements by Sterling were made public last Saturday.