Given his wealth and obvious influence, Brooklyn-bred rapper Jay-Z has received a lot of flak for not speaking up on social issues, especially those that affect the black community. Just a few days ago, he came under fire for not wearing an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt during a Brooklyn Nets game versus the LeBron James‘ Cleveland Cavaliers. James and many other players wore the shirts to show solidarity with Eric Garner and those in who are against police brutality and non-accountability. In efforts to show that he is using his platform to evoke change, Jay-Z recently met with New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to discuss police brutality and the justice system. The governor’s spokeswoman Melissa DeRosa tweeted a photo with Jay-Z and Cuomo. Read more.
Michael Sam Documentary Coming to OWN
Former NFL player Michael Sam made headlines after becoming the first openly gay football player to be drafted to the professional league. A new documentary will highlight Sam’s journey to the NFL and how he broke barriers by being candid about his sexuality. It will also delve into Sam’s childhood and how he came of age in poverty. The documentary, which is called ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project,’ was supposed to be released by OWN earlier this year but the network postponed it so that Sam could focus on getting a spot on the St. Louis Rams team. Ultimately, Sam did not make the team, or any other NFL team. The 90 minute documentary is now slated to air Dec. 27 at 9 p.m. ET on the OWN network. Read more.
Black U.S. Diplomat Denied Entry into Uruguay Restaurant
An upscale restaurant in Montevideo, Uruguay is coming under fire after reports that the eatery denied a U.S. diplomatic official entry because she was African American. Upon arriving to the restaurant with a group, those who worked there gave her several reasons as to why she and her party could not enter, including inappropriate dress codes and no reservations. Others were admitted into the restaurant with no reservations. It was reported that after a while an employee of the restaurant said that race was a reason for not letting them in. Jorge Lenoble, a spokesman for the restaurant, took to social media to say that the establishment does not discriminate based on race. Read more.