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BET Responds To Complaints About Lack Of Credentials For Black Media At 2014 Awards Show

In an exclusive story published on The Huffington Post, Tanya Young Williams says “[i]t was terribly disappointing to learn that BET snubbed one of the most respected photographers in the business, and quite possibly the oldest Black photographer still working Hollywood’s red carpets.” Jones has photographed Muhammad Ali, Bill Cosby, Whitney Houston and countless others. His work has appeared in Ebony and Jet among many notable media outlets. But he and a number of other outlets were denied credentials to cover this year’s BET Awards red carpet, which took place on June 29. And there are some who think that black media outlets were disproportionately excluded. (MadameNoire’s fellow website Hip Hop Wired was denied coverage.) Speaking with Williams for a separate media outlet, Jones said, “I think there’s a problem when one of the largest networks, catering to African Americans, doesn’t show Black press the respect and dignity it deserves in doing its job effectively.” Read more.

This Cashier Told Obama A Gay Sex Joke And Got The Best Reaction

During a recent visit to Texas, President Barack Obama made a stop at Franklin Barbecue in Austin, where he ordered a ton of meat and was seen giving a cashier one of his famous fist bumps. That cashier — Daniel Rugg Webb, a comedian and part-time employee at Franklin Barbecue — told the Austin Chronicle the fist bump was a reaction to a gay sex joke. Read more.

Rikers Island Officers Routinely Beat Mentally Ill Inmates: Report

A secret internal study at Rikers Island, one of the country’s most violent jails, uncovered the disturbing levels of officer brutality against inmates, an overwhelming majority of whom are mentally ill. The Department of Health-conducted study, which was obtained by the New York Times and is the central focus of a four-month long investigation by the paper, found a staggering 129 inmates were seriously injured by officers over an 11-month long period last year. 77 percent of those beaten were classified as mentally ill. Following the altercations, no officers were ever formally charged. Read more.

Queen Latifah Debuts As Bessie Smith In HBO’s ‘Bessie’ Biopic

HBO on Thursday released a cast list and other details regarding its upcoming film “Bessie,” a biopic of blues legend Bessie Smith with Queen Latifah in the title role. The singer, rapper and daytime talk show host will also executive produce the project, which originates from HBO Films. Read more.

Ohio Woman’s Mugshot Goes Viral, Compared To #Prisonbae

Angela Green’s mugshot has officially gone viral. Ohio’s Wickliffe Police Department posted the image to their Facebook page over the weekend. The mugshot was taken shortly after the 34-year-old was arrested Saturday at a Quality Inn. Read more.

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