Boko Haram Kidnaps the Vice–Prime Minister of Cameroon’s Wife
Boko Haram, the brutal militant group best known for abducting around 200 Nigerian schoolgirls in April, has kidnapped the wife of Cameroonian Vice Prime Minister Amadou Ali, as well as her maid, the BBC reports. (Ali himself managed to escape.) The attack took place at the Ali home in the north Cameroon town of Kolofata, which is near the country’s border with Nigeria. Reuters reports that Boko Haram also kidnapped a local religious leader, Seini Boukar Lamine, and five members of his family in Kolofata. Another three people there were reportedly killed. Read more.
Hoping To Reach A Wider Audience, Lifetime Breaks Out Of Familiar Formula – NPR (blog)
A recent study on diversity in Hollywood by UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies found that shows with diverse casts actually make more money and bring in bigger audiences. So if diversity attracts audiences and talent, why don’t we see it everywhere on TV? Read more.
Hogtying’ of Inmates Raises Alarm About Nevada Juvenile Detention Conditions
One week after ordering all Clark County juvenile offenders removed from a state facility in Elko amid allegations of hogtying, a Las Vegas Family Court judge said Thursday that he wants to tour the Caliente Youth Center as well. Judge William Voy said he is concerned that staff in Caliente, about two hours north of Las Vegas, used “mechanical restraints” on juvenile offenders held in isolation. “If a parent did that, it would be child abuse — probably charged criminally,” Voy said. Read more.
Black GOP Campaign Worker Fired Over Comment About ‘White Privilege’
Connecticut state Rep. Penny Bacchiochi, who is running for lieutenant governor, fired consultant Regina Roundtree after she wrote a Facebook post about Bacchiochi’s primary opponent Heather Bond Somers. Read more.
Is ‘Acting White’ an ‘Overstated’ Idea?
Barack Obama is right when he says the notion is sometimes overstated, Nia-Malika Henderson wrote Thursday in a Washington Post blog, adding that maybe even by the president himself. Read more.
‘What the F*ck Does That Mean?’ Maher Grills GOPer over What Obama’s Doing Wrong
On last night’s Real Time, Bill Maher took on two of his guests, a Republican and a libertarian, who were criticizing President Obama over his foreign policy. Maher challenged them to say exactly what Obama should be doing differently, and repeatedly emphasized that they should be specific in their criticisms. Maher said, “Remember when I said be specific?” and added, “What the fuck does that mean?” Watch.