Following on the heels of Osama bin Laden’s latest diatribe, counterterrorism analyst Evan Kohlmann flags a new message from another al-Qaeda figure — this one apparently an American — that’s just straight racist:
Now, the GIMF has released a new document written by Ben Williams, titled, “Obama, What’s Up?” During his essay, Ben Williams referred to Obama as “Kunta Kinte” and accused him of “forgetting about the black man… Do you remember who Kunta Kinte is now, Mr. Hussein Obama? …This is you, Mr. Obama, who has failed to understand the true mentality of racism.” Ben Williams also suggested that the recent peace summit in Annapolis, Maryland was tainted by racism as well: “We have not forgotten that Annapolis is the same town where Kunta Kinte was sold! It is a symbol of slavery and evil.”
So Obama’s disparaged for being black even as Williams calls Obama the real racist. Who knew al-Qaeda watched so much Glenn Beck?
From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/22/sandra-bland-family-non-indictment/" target="_blank"><strong>Sandra Bland</strong></a> to the shootings in <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/06/20/why-is-south-carolina-using-a-judge-in-the-charleston-church-massacre-who-has-used-the-n-word-before/" target="_blank">Charleston, South Carolina</a>, African Americans were sadly reminded that being <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/13/police-brutality-2015/" target="_blank">Black in America</a> is much harder than it ought to be. And yet in the same breath, 2015 was a year of Black joy during which our culture dominated not only in our lives, but in the mainstream consciousness. From <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/07/16/lee-daniels-and-taraji-p-henson-emmy-empire/" target="_blank">Cookie Lyons</a> to the <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/10/17/ebony-editor-comments-cosby-cover/" target="_blank">Cosby <em>Ebony </em>cover</a>, our brilliance helped to push the conversation, affirm our greatness, make history and most important, make us laugh.
So to celebrate that greatness, we put together this list of the most defining Black pop culture moments of 2015. And don’t worry: <a href="http://hellobeautiful.com/2015/12/08/rachel-dolezal-interview/" target="_blank">Rachel Dolezal </a>is nowhere to be seen.