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10/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Black Female Trump Executive: Trump Isn’t Racist for Calling Out a “Flawed Immigration System”

Black Female Trump Executive: Trump Isn’t Racist for Calling Out a “Flawed Immigration System”

Lynne Patton is a black female employee of the Trump family and according to her, the Trumps have stuck by her, even as she’s struggled with addiction.

In a message posted on YouTube, Patton, who serves as director of the Eric Trump Foundation, insists that she has not been pressured to support Trump’s candidacy for president.

“I can no longer remain silent about the repeated and reprehensible attempts to align my boss and his family with racist hate-mongering groups, campaigns and messaging,” wrote Patton.

“To the skeptics who will undoubtedly claim that I am doing this at the behest of the Trump family or with the promise of reward, I deliberately chose not to seek their approval nor council in advance to this video for fear that there would be more concern for me and its potential viral ramifications than they would be for themselves and the fact that quite simply this is the right thing to do,” wrote Patton in her defense of the Trumps.

In addition to her role as executive director of the Eric Trump Foundation, she also serves an auxiliary support function for other members of the Trump family, including Donald Trump Sr.

“The Trump family that I know is, without question, one of the most generous, compassionate and philanthropic families I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and the honor to call friends,” she said. “They have been incredibly loyal to me and to the countless dedicated people they employ around the world – hiring more minority and female executives than any other company for which I’ve ever worked.”

Patton also cautions people against casting Mr. Trump as a racist simply for being opposed to illegal immigration.

“To equate racism with my boss’ call for a temporary moratorium on a flawed immigration system that radical Islamic terrorists continue to exploit, or the construction of an impassible wall to protect our borders from the influx of illegal drugs, is not only incendiary, it’s wholly irresponsible and only serves to embolden the very hatred these draconian groups espouse,”she concluded.

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10/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Blood Brothers: 6 Things You Never Knew About the Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

Blood Brothers: 6 Things You Never Knew About the Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

No discussion of how Cassius Clay evolved to become Muhammad Ali would be complete without exploring the seminal relationship between Ali and Malcolm X. In the book Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X , Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith explore that relationship. Here are six things you may not have known about this intriguing friendship:

1.) The friendship between the two men began in secret with them meeting in private. Roberts and Smith use their travels to piece together secret meetings between Clay and Malcolm X.

2.) Both Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammad wanted to use Cassius Clay to build their own movement after the NOI leader and his most famous pupil became estranged.

3.) Cassius Clay lied to reporters, telling them that he read his Bible, while secretly going to meetings with Nation of Islam members.

4.) Both Clay and Malcolm X were influenced by fathers who suffered from discrimination and cautioned their sons against trusting white people. This influence helped strengthen the bond between the two men.

5.) Elijah Muhammad gave Cassius Clay his new name–Muhammad Ali– and the boxer’s acceptance of that name symbolized his split with Malcolm X. Being Muhammad Ali meant becoming a loyal follower of Elijah Muhammad and distancing himself from Malcolm X, which was the Elijah’s Muhammad’s goal all along.

6) After Malcolm X was murdered, Muhammad Ali did not make a public statement about the death of his former friend. He did make a statement after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.



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05/05/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Is Mediocrity the New Black? On Calling President Obama “My N****”

Is Mediocrity the New Black? On Calling President Obama “My N****”

During the White House Correspondents Dinner, late night host Larry Wilmore called President Obama “my n****”.

“When I was a kid I lived in a country where people couldn’t accept a black quarterback … Now think about that: A black man was thought by his mere color not good enough to lead a football team. And now to live in your time, Mr. President, when a black man can lead the entire free world,” Wilmore said during the gala event.

“Words alone do me no justice. So Mr. President if I’m going to keep it 100: Yo Barry, you did it my n—-” Wilmore exclaimed. “You did it.”

Although some observers were fine with the N-word being used in that setting,’s Yvette Carnell and ToneTalk’s Antonio Moore vehemently disagree. Watch the video below.

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20/04/16 Black News , Black Politics , ybw

Ben Carson Would Rather See Harriet Tubman on $2 Dollar Bill Than $20

Ben Carson Would Rather See Harriet Tubman on $2 Dollar Bill Than $20

No surprises here. If something makes black people happy, Ben Carson feels its his responsibility to choose another path.

In his latest foray into the absurd, Carson said during an interview that he’d rather see Harriet Tubman on a $2 bill than $20.

“I love Tubman, [but] we can find another way to honor her. Maybe a $2 bill?”—Ben Carson

— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) April 20, 2016

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

HBCUs Seek Non-Black Students to Pay the Bills and Circumvent Recruitment of Black Students by White Schools

HBCUs Seek Non-Black Students to Pay the Bills and Circumvent Recruitment of Black Students by White Schools

Black people are disproportionately poorer than non-blacks, which means students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are poorer than their non-black counterparts. This poses quite an obstacle to administrators at cash-strapped HBCUs.

There is also another a lesser known problem facing HBCUs: Competition. White colleges and universities are aggressively recruiting black students. For example, white schools like Georgia State University have expanded to include even more black students. At present, the percentage of black students at Georgia State University is 41 percent.

To make up for these shortfalls, HBCUs say they have no choice but to recruit white students, according to Pew Charitable Trusts.

Harry Williams, the president of Delaware State University, a historically black public university, explained that he’s been left with no choice but to get creative.

“It’s a revenue generator for us and a way of marketing the university,” said Williams, who has secured arrangements to receive Chinese students as part of an exchange program. “We’re definitely committed to our heritage and our history. But we had to make sure that we were relevant and have programs that would attract students.”

Tennessee State University and North Carolina A&T are recruiting white, Asian and Latino students to make up for the shortfall.

As Pew explained, serving poor students is a financial burden for schools:

Public HBCUs are perennially cash-strapped and have lower graduation rates. They don’t have the luxury of large endowments enjoyed by some major state universities like the $10 billion at the University of Michigan, academic analysts say. Part of their mission is to serve low-income students. And state budget crunches can imperil their future.


In Louisiana, where the state is facing a $747 million budget shortfall, Southern University System earlier this year warned that it could no longer operate if budget cuts were too deep. (The school later stressed that it would be able to stay open but not without severe cuts to staff and course offerings.) In Illinois, which hasn’t had a state budget for 10 months, Chicago State University faces the prospect of closing its doors

“If the majority institutions are intentionally recruiting African-American students, they are now your competition,” said Johnny Taylor, president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which represents HBCUs. “Frankly, you can try to out-recruit them by recruiting African-American students. Or you can target the students they normally target: white, Hispanic and Asian.”

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