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03/05/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Comedian Kamau Bell Wants to Buy Klansman a Piece of Pie and Chat in Coffee Shop

Comedian Kamau Bell Wants to Buy Klansman a Piece of Pie and Chat in Coffee Shop

by Yvette Carnell

W. Kamau Bell is going to “explore” the Ku Klux Klan in his new series ‘United Shades of America’, according to the promotional clip posted on CNN’s website. The comedic “gadfly”, as the CNN caption describes him, will explore our country and “its various groups and subcultures.”

Exploring is what we do with tiny home communities and the Amish. These are nonconformist groups that have overstepped the boundaries of normalcy and in doing so, invented a real world for themselves that is altogether uncommon in day-to-day American life.

The Ku Klux Klan, however, is not some eccentric outlier.  It’s a terror organization. White mob violence inflicted on African-American communities was frequently led by the KKK. As the Equal Justice Institute painstakingly detailed, this mob violence often ended with black people hanging from trees.

EJI reports more than 4,000 lynchings of African Americans occurred in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia between 1877 and 1950.

Now, however, in the progressive diminishment of African-American life, Bell, who is black, is trading on the raw torment of African-Americans in this country in exchange for a CNN show.

In that aforementioned CNN clip, Bell thanks the Klansman for his time and laments that they can’t have their discussion in a “coffee shop on a sunny day” where Bell could buy the racist a “piece of pie.”

Bell, if asked, would probably make the predictably overworn point that through the convergence of comedy and critique, he’s revealing the utter irrationality of the KKK. That’s not the issue, though. A terror group doesn’t (shouldn’t) get to have a polite conversation with a person who looks like the people it infamously and viciously slaughtered and tortured.

Families of the those killed on 9/11 will not be meeting with the hijackers who doomed the flights of their loved ones on that day, and Bell, ACLU’s Ambassador of Racial Justice, should not be having late night meet-ups with the Klan.

There was a time when I wouldn’t even need to write this. Once upon a time black folk just knew better. It was understood.

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19/04/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Here’s Why Roland Martin Offered to Shine Fox New Host Bill O’Reilly’s Shoes

Here’s Why Roland Martin Offered to Shine Fox New Host Bill O’Reilly’s Shoes

NewsOne‘s Roland Martin has a challenge for Bill O’Reilly after the Fox News host called black youth “ill-educated with tattoos on their forehead”.  Martin says he’ll shine O’Reilly’s shoes if he hires black youth.

Martin called out O’Reilly for talking about a community he doesn’t understand.

“It’s interesting to have Bill O’Reilly question people, saying they haven’t walked certain neighborhoods, when you actually arrive at Fox News everyday in a chauffeur driven town car,” said Martin.

“See, I don’t think you’ve actually talked to many people walking down the streets of Manhattan have you?” Martin asked.

“When’s the last time you left the studio? When’s the last time he actually did his show from Chicago? From Detroit? From Houston? From New Orleans? From Flint?”

Martin goes on to challenge O’Reilly to start a summer youth program for black youth. Martin calls on O’Reilly to “partner with the NAACP or Rev. Al Sharpton”  and Marc Morial of the National Urban League to create 100,000 summer jobs for black youth.

“If black youth don’t show up, if they don’t come there ready, I will shine your shoes in front of the Fox News building,” Martin said. “I’m willing to bet on black youth.”

 

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18/04/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Melissa Harris-Perry Joins ELLE.com as Editor-At-Large

Melissa Harris-Perry Joins ELLE.com as Editor-At-Large

After an abrupt departure from MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry has landed at ELLE.com as editor-at-large.

“Joining ELLE.com is an opportunity to combine my expertise as a scholar, my commitments as a public intellectual, and my interests as a woman,” said Harris-Perry.  “Politics, economics, and inequality will be important to the stories we tell, but so too will culture, community, family, and even fashion. I am thrilled to tell my loyal television audience where they can find me and to introduce myself to brand new audiences, all while telling the stories of extraordinary women and girls.”

Elle.com site director Leah Chernikoff explained Harris-Perry’s new role.

“She will, as her work has always done, highlight the stories of women and girls — a reader might get to see an interview with a prominent female politician, a Black Lives Matter activist, or a celebrity,” Chernikoff said. “Or they might read Melissa’s writings on topics ranging from feminism, intersectionality, and motherhood, to fashion and even gardening.”

Harris-Perry explained to The View in March that she felt executives at MSNBC were slowly ending her show.

“The show had basically been canceled”, Harris-Perry said, adding, “all of our branding was gone, the thing that said Melissa Harris-Perry was gone, our music was gone, and our editorial content was gone, then I was gone as a host.”

MSNBC denied Harris-Perry’s show was ending and claimed it would’ve continued were it not for Harris-Perry’s behavior.

 

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05/04/16 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

On Black People Drinking Obama’s “Black Jesus Kool-Aid”: 18 Most Revealing Quotes About Black Wealth From Media Mogul Byron Allen

On Black People Drinking Obama’s “Black Jesus Kool-Aid”: 18 Most Revealing Quotes About Black Wealth From Media Mogul Byron Allen

Antonio Moore recently interviewed black media mogul Byron Allen about black wealth in America. The video is posted below, but here are the top 18 revelations and quotes from Allen’s interview:

1.) African-Americans are “modern day slaves living on a modern day plantation.”

2.) “Black people, wake up and get a calculator. You’re a multi-trillion dollar industry but you get paid nothing. The cable industry spends 70 billion dollars a year licensing cable networks. Black people get zero. We’re the only community that would allow that to happen.”

3.) “As African-Americans, we do not have access to a real education. You do not have access to jobs. You do not have access to opportunity. We do not have access to capital that is not predatory.”

4.) “This is economic genocide…. We are positioned to die. We are positioned to kill. We are positioned to be killed.”

5.) “When white people talk to other white people about business, they talk about business. When black people go to white corporate America, white corporate America starts talking about charity, donations, and who they’ve given money to.”

6.) “White corporate America has a way of treating us like a burden and we don’t count.”

7.) “When you look at the billions of dollars spent in advertising and none of it going to black owned media, that speaks to why your newspapers and websites are going out of business..”

8.) Byron Allen, a black businessman, sued the first black president.

9.) President Obama’s administration has been a “category 5 disaster” for Black America. Under Obama, unemployment for Black America has gone up 40 percent. During the same period it has gone down 25 percent for white America.

10.) There are things President Obama can do to help Black America economically that don’t involve Congress:

  • “Stop approving mergers that do not have true African-American economic inclusion.”
  • “Audit the banks, you will see that banks aren’t lending to black  people. Therefore we can’t start businesses and grow businesses…”
  • “You control a 2 billion dollar ad budget, but none of that money is making its way to black owned media.”

11.) “I’m the White House’s worst enemy; a Negro with a calculator. ”

12.) Unlike the LGBT, Latino, and Jewish communities, the black community never had an ask of Obama where they organized and said, “you must deliver this..”

13.) “My mother went to UCLA and got her master’s degree in cinema/TV production.” She “positioned me for success.”

14.) The real reason why they killed Martin Luther King Jr. was because of economic inclusion.

15.) Black people have nothing to show for the Obama administration.

16.) “The violence, the drug abuse, the alcohol abuse [in the African-American community] is a direct result of the lack of economic inclusion.”

17.) Allen also reveals why he sued Rev. Al Sharpton.

18.) “Shiny things depreciate. Only invest in things that appreciate in value.”

Watch the video below:

 

 

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