“To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought. It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easier for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle. But recently, I’ve read and personally experienced some incidents that have sickened me and made me take notice. I realize that racism and discrimination are still alive, and just as hateful and deadly as they ever have been.” She wrote. Read more.
Jada Pinkett-Smith is weighing in on the controversy set off by a photo of her 13-year-old daughter,Willow, and her daughter’s 20-year-old friend, Moises Arias. The questionable photo was posted on Arias’ Instagram page, but was quickly deleted after it became the subject of negative comments. The photo showed Willow lying on a bed with a shirtless Arias. Read more.
Gayle King is placing her money on Oprah. The “CBS This Morning” co-host, and more importantly Oprah’s best friend, said Wednesday morning that she would bet “yes” on Oprah buying the likely soon-to-be-for-sale Los Angeles Clippers. “If I was a betting man I’d say yes,” King said when asked about the media mogul’s chances of purchasing the team. Read more.
Five teens overpowered a caretaker in an Atlanta-area group home, duct-taping and beating him and stealing and driving away in his car on Saturday, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports. The teens wrecked the car near the group home and fled the scene. Two teens – 17-year-old Vanessa Hammons and a 15-year-old – were caught; three of the teens – 17-year-olds Kiante Williams and Shanautica Hardy, and a 16-year-old – are still at large.Read more.
77-year-old body builder Ernestine Shepherd isn’t the only one who knows that “age is just a number.” 68-year-old runner Sandy Rue is also proof of the age-old saying. Currently training to run in the National Senior Olympics in June, Rue has her heart set not just on being a national champion, but breaking a record. The Grio reportsthat she’s got ten state competition medals under her belt, and has already competed in four national competitions. This time she’s got her heart set on winning both the 5200 and 100 meter dash. Her husband Paul — and coach of eights years — shows great pride in his wife’s determination, “it’s a great honor to see where she started. From someone who never ran track before to make the commitment to get into running, she has really done a great job.” Read more.
A Howard University finance major is claiming police brutality at the hands of DC’s Metro Transit Police. Jeremy Gordon, 27, says he was pulled over by Metro Police Sunday evening around 5:30 p.m on Suitland Parkway near Anacostia Metro station. After being pulled over, he says that’s when he was beaten. “They threw me to the ground, they handcuffed me — this is what I have to show for following the instructions of the law,” he said. Read more.