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George Clooney arrested in Protest for Africa

George Clooney arrested in Protest for Africa

Police arrested George Clooney, his dad, Nick, and other protesters outside the Embassy of Sudan in Washington this morning. Cute mug shot alert!But seriously: Martin Luther King III, NAACP President Ben Jealous and Congressman Jim Moran were among those protesting with Clooney, according to WUSA TV. The protesters are demanding immediate action to stop Sudans […]

21 States See Rise in Foreclosure Rates

21 States See Rise in Foreclosure Rates

Even though national foreclosure rates have dipped slightly, 21 states have seen an increase in foreclosure rates.  According to a Reality Trac report, markets on the East Coast and Midwest were hardest hit by foreclosure increases. “February’s numbers point to a gradually rising foreclosure tide as some of the barriers that have been holding back […]

Former Bush Aid Says Atheist Billboard Telling Slaves to Obey Their Masters Was “Mean Spirited”

Former Bush Aid Says Atheist Billboard Telling Slaves to Obey Their Masters Was “Mean Spirited”

by Yvette Carnell Pastor and former Bush aid Joe Watkins discussed a controversial, and recently torn down, billboard which depicted a black man in shackles and read, “Slaves, Obey Your Masters.” Watkins called the billboard “hurtful” and “mean-spirited” for depicting the image of a shackled slave beside the quote from Colossians 3:22. I, however, suspect […]

Yvette Carnell: Tyler Perry Hosts Two Obama Fundraisers, So Why Does He Get Dogged by So Many Obama Supporters?

Yvette Carnell: Tyler Perry Hosts Two Obama Fundraisers, So Why Does He Get Dogged by So Many Obama Supporters?

by Yvette Carnell Something I’ve never quite understood is how the same people who say we should support Obama at all costs because he’s black, are quick to turn right around and bash Tyler Perry, as if he’s not. These high brow Negroes are quick to poo-poo Perry’s films because they’re too *common*, then, almost […]

Dr. Boyce: So, They are Telling Us Not to Re-Nig in 2012? Let’s Talk about That

Dr. Boyce:  So, They are Telling Us Not to Re-Nig in 2012?  Let’s Talk about That

Someone forwarded me an image of a bumper sticker that jolted my brain more than a pound of coffee with extra sugar and a spoonful of Crystal Meth.  The bumper sticker said, “Don’t Re-Nig in 2012,” making reference to President Barack Obama and the 2012 presidential campaign. Just kidding on the Meth joke, I’ve never […]

This Women’s Month, We Have Been Disrespected

This Women’s Month, We Have Been Disrespected

March is synonymous with Women’s History Month.  It’s something we’re all very aware of and something which we openly recognize and celebrate.  But during a month in which the extraordinary accomplishments of females should be honored, we’re finding a virtual war on women instead.  From a Governor proposing required “vaginal exams” to restraints on access to birth control and Rush Limbaugh’s vile comments , attacks on women and our liberties have reached disturbing new levels. SEE ALSO: Study: Black Women Are Doing Just Fine Contrary To Popular Belief And it’s not just conservatives either.  Just last month, rapper Too Short delivered a recorded video message to young middle school boys on ‘how to turn girls out .’  It’s a sad state of affairs, and as the Mothers, sisters, and wives who make up the majority of our population, we’re just not going to tolerate it anymore. Growing up, I was surrounded by strong women who taught me the value of getting an education, having a voice, and establishing myself in the world.  Most of us learned great lessons of how remarkable females pushed the envelope to secure equal access in society on so many levels.  But when I studied the women’s movement, I would have never guessed that we’d be here today, at a point where all of these gains would be under attack.  Didn’t we squash many of these issues 50+ years ago?  Am I dreaming, or is this not 2012? Rush Limbaugh’s syndicator has suspended all national advertising on his show for two weeks, which is good — but we want more.  Too Short has apologized for making a video urging young boys to ‘turn out’ young girls — but we want more.  When men degrade, insult, or attack women, they do a disservice to everyone.  You can’t just say whatever you want and think a quick apology (whether sincere or not) is enough.  Who’s responsible for fixing the environment of disrespect and hatred when men humiliate women?  And who will bring us back to sanity when politicians use contraception and other wedge issues to get elected? We just passed the middle mark for the month, and so far, it’s been a disappointing one to say the least.  Instead of focusing on the amazing contributions of women, we’ve spent the last several weeks covering fools who continually put us down.  It’s not OK to require “vaginal probes,” it’s not OK to call us “sluts” and it’s not OK to teach young men how to disrespect us.  Everyone – not just women – should be outraged by this war on women.  Rush Limbaugh is now learning that the nation is not on his side.  Let that be a lesson to anyone trying to attack women; you will find yourself isolated. It’s Women’s History Month, and it’s time we really recognize it.

Melissa Harris Perry Says She Attended Rev. Wright’s Post 9/11 Sermon and He Was Right

Melissa Harris Perry Says She Attended Rev. Wright’s Post 9/11 Sermon and He Was Right

On Tuesday, MSNBC weekend host Melissa Harris-Perry, who was sitting in for Al Sharpton on his radio show, revealed that she attended Rev. Wright’s post 9/11 sermon and thought he was right. “I was in Trinity United Church of Christ on the Sunday after September 11th,” said Harris-Perry. “I was at the time living in […]

Jon Stewart Rails Against Plan to Turn Homeless People into 4G Hotspots, Pokes Fun at MSNBC’s Tamron Hall

Jon Stewart Rails Against Plan to Turn Homeless People into 4G Hotspots, Pokes Fun at MSNBC’s Tamron Hall

Turning homeless people into human hotspots at SXSW was always a bad idea. But not only was the idea bad, much of the reporting was just as atrocious. The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart  challenged the humanity of the idea of turning humans into hotspots, and also mocked  MSNBC’s Tamron Hall for her saying during a report […]

A State by State Guide to Voter I.D. Laws and Requirements

A State by State Guide to Voter I.D. Laws and Requirements

It’s one thing to march, it’s another thing altogether to prepare yourself for 2012 by knowing the voter I.D. laws for your state and following them.  If you want to know the laws for your particular state so that you’ll be prepared on election day, click here for a comprehensive list of each state’s voter […]

Why Black People Should (And Should Not) Vote for Obama in 2012

Why Black People Should (And Should Not) Vote for Obama in 2012

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, KultureKritic.com We live in an interesting world.  In this world, black public figures have to almost apologize for being critical thinkers as it pertains to the Obama Administration.  Every critique must begin with the words “I voted for Obama myself, but….”  Supporting Obama is not enough; instead, you are  measured by […]