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July 4 Parade Features ‘Obama Presidential Library’ Outhouse Float

An Independence Day parade in Norfolk, Nebraska included a float depicting President Obama’s presidential library as an outhouse, sparking outcry from residents as well as the state’s Democratic Party. The float, which did not identify its sponsor, featured an overall-clad dummy standing in front of an outhouse. Nailed to the structure were wooden signs reading “Obama Presidential Library.” Read more.

‘Columbusing’: The Art Of Discovering Something That Is Not New – NPR

If you’ve danced to an Afrobeat-heavy pop song, dipped hummus, sipped coconut water, participated in a Desi-inspired color run or sported a henna tattoo, then you’ve Columbused something. Columbusing is when you “discover” something that’s existed forever. Just that it’s existed outside your own culture, nationality, race or even, say, your neighborhood. Bonus points if you tell all your friends about it. Read more.

Former ‘Scandal’ Actor Columbus Short Arrested In Texas

Former “Scandal” actor Columbus Short has been arrested in Dallas for public intoxication. Dallas police said the 31-year-old Short was arrested at 2 a.m. Saturday at the Katy Trail Ice House, a popular beer garden and restaurant. A message left at the restaurant on Saturday was not immediately returned. Read more.

Don’t Call It A Comeback…Really: Nene Leakes Tweets She Will Not Return For Next Season OF #RHOA

Remember when Nene Leakes was on the fence about returning for the next season of #RHOA because she believed she as well as the other cast members were due for a raise? Apparently producers feel her $1 million dollars per episode is more than enough. The Bravo network has reported that although all six of the Atlanta Housewives have been invited back for season 7, Leakes is still standing by her request for a raise. The reality star was rumored to have been hit with a major pay cut and her screen presence was reduced to part-time. Leakes may have put the rumors to rest after taking to her Twitter account on Friday and releasing a statement. Read more.

C-SPAN Callers Advocate ‘White Pride’: Black People Owe Us a ‘Thank You’

When C-SPAN’s Washington Journal invited viewers to weigh in on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, several callers phoned in to advocate for “white pride,” suggesting that black people owe an immense debt to white people; and that society ignores discrimination against white races like the Irish and Italians. Read more.

Black Leaders Seek Thad Cochran’s Help After Runoff Win

After black voters helped Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran survive an intense Republican primary runoff against an insurgent conservative challenger, some civil rights leaders in the South want him to repay the favor. Their request? Cochran should lead the charge in the Senate to renew a key section of the Voting Rights Act struck down last year by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority. Read more.