Television producer Mona Scott Young is known for being the woman behind some of TV’s most controversial reality shows, and now one of her latest projects is causing a stir. Monday night’s premiere of VH1’s reality television series Sorority Sisters caused so much backlash from viewers that major companies are pulling their advertisements from the network. Sorority Sisters delves into the lives of nine women in the Atlanta area who are all a part of historically black sororities. The show, which was watched by nearly 1.3 million people when it first aired, was believed by many to portray the Greek life in a negative light. Despite the backlash VH1 has no plans to drop the show. “There are currently no plans to change the series and it seems to be connecting with its audience,” said the network in a statement. Carmex, Hallmark, and Ava DuVernay have all reportedly threatened to pull their ads from the network. Read more.
Report: Black LGBTs Likely to Reside in States With Anti-Discrimination Laws
A new study shows that African Americans who identify with the LGBT community are more likely to reside in states that have anti-discrimination job protection. The report which was released by the Williams Institute, a group at the UCLA School of Law, shows 890,000 black LGBT people run the risk of being discriminated against without legal protection. The study compared Washington D.C. and 21 other states that have laws to protect the LGBT community with states that don’t. Most of the states that don’t are in Midwest and South. Research shows that an environment that is LGBT friendly leads to better income and health outcomes. Read more.
Cuban Relations Could Bring Assata Shakur and Other Fugitives Back to the U.S.
Earlier this week, President Obama took the nation by surprise and announced that the U.S. would restore full relations with Cuba. The new relationship with the country could cause the extradition of American fugitives JoAnne Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur; Guillermo Morales, and Victor Manuel Gerena. Although there is a possibility of the three returning to the U.S., it will be an uphill battle. “Assata Shakur and Guillermo Morales have been formally granted political asylum in Cuba,” said lawyer Ronald Kuby. “That’s a significant state act that cannot and should not be easily undone as political winds change.” Shakur, the godmother of the late rapper Tupac, was convicted for the murder of a New Jersey state trooper in 1973. Morales was a member of a Puerto Rican separatist group that planted explosives around New York City in the late 70’s. Gerena was a part of a car depot heist in Connecticut in 1983. Read more.