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Graphic Design Company Insists 'Hanging Tree' Ad Was Not About Race

Colorlines - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 13:09
Graphic Design Company Insists 'Hanging Tree' Ad Was Not About Race

Florida-based graphic design company Seasalt & Co. has responded to a request for comment Colorlines made on Monday about its ad featuring a noose hanging from a tree. On Tuesday, Seasalt posted a message on its Facebook page and then sent a nearly identical note to Colorlines. Excerpts from the statement addressed to us:

"We have made it clear why we chose a certain graphic for a certain product. It has nothing to do with any race. Our collection is about rising above and refusing to let the world run us and hang us by any mistakes we have made or didn't make. [...] Not everyone understands art as It's subjective. We are tired of the hate, judgement and injustice. Seeing the noose wasn't meant to think of a certain race being hung. It was left empty to represent that we refuse to be judged and hung in a non [literal] sense. [...] This originated from personal experiences, and [we] wanted to create something that had purpose and meaning. In the art industry it can be very catty and we ourselves, as well as other artist[s] have been ridiculed without even having a chance to be heard. [...] . We are huge supporters and advocates and are the voice for the unheard.

We also will be donating a % of proceeds from this not yet released collection to charities that support equality and artist[s]. Maybe even a scholarship fund. [...] We want to fight for justice and equality and make it known we are no longer following the leaders of hate or bulling/attacking of others. We take concerns VERY seriously and understand our choice of graphic may have been too much for some and that is not what we want. We understand some are more sensitive than others and that is okay. We have decided to change the image out from one of our fellow artist[s] [ . ...] We understand many have been out raged by the image, however we also witnessed some horrible behavior by users, our personal lives and even family members have been threatened with harm

Again we apologize for any hurt feelings, we are taking means to remedy this issue.

The e-mail, as well as the similar Facebook post, is signed by "Ashleigh" but does not include a last name. 

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New Orleans Crime Rises in All Areas Except Murder, Data Shows

New America Media - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 12:09
 As if the rash of armed robberies and violent attacks in the French Quarter in recent months weren’t enough to convince residents that New Orleans was a more dangerous city in 2014, new data reveals that crime is up in... Louisiana Weekly http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Detectando y evitando las estafas en las comunidades étnicas

New America Media - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 11:53
Los Ángeles, CA - A Lang Zhao le parecía legítimo el negocio que ella esperaba enviaría su paquete valioso a China. Después de todo, el trabajador de la tienda de envíos en Monterey Park, un suburbio de Los Ángeles le... George White http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Korean Director Wins Golden Bear at Berlin International Film Festival

New America Media - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:44
 Na Young-kil won the Golden Bear for best short film at the Berlin International Film Festival on Feb. 14. This is the second time a Korean film has won the award in the last five years, following brothers Park Chan-wook... Koream Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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SoCal Could Face Water Cutbacks

New America Media - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:23
 THE Metropolitan Water District is considering the limitation of deliveries and implementation of water rationing starting July 1, depending on statewide drought conditions. “Southland consumers have responded to the water conservation challenge this past year. We all, however, need to... Asian Journal http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Judge Halts Obama's Executive Action

Colorlines - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 09:55
Judge Halts Obama's Executive Action

Just two days before President Obama's historic executive action for undocumented immigrants was set to begin its rollout, a Texas judge has put key portions of the executive order on hold. 

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued his ruling in Texas v. United States, a lawsuit backed by 26 states challenging President Obama's executive action. Hanen ruled in a lengthy opinion that Obama didn't follow proper procedural requirements before announcing his plan to offer short-term work permits and protection from deportation for an estimated five million undocumented immigrants, and has temporarily halted some provisions of the executive action. The White House has announced plans to immediately appeal the ruling, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The executive action was set to apply to undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children and undocumented parents with U.S. citizen children who also cleared a host of other requirements. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services set a February 18 start date to begin accepting applications for the expanded class of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. 

Hanen made clear that his ruling didn't apply to Obama's first executive action from 2012, which gave certain young undocumented immigrants who'd come to the U.S. as children similar protection from deportation and work permits.

Advocates, too, stressed that the ruling is only the beginning of a longer fight. "Despite its extreme and inflammatory rhetoric," ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project director Cecilia Wang said in a statement, "the Texas court decision does not explicitly hold that DAPA, DACA, or any other part of the federal government's executive action is unconstitutional."

Prior cases challenging Obama's first executive action, including one brought by the union which represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, have been dismissed. "We are confident that the Appeals Court will quickly determine that it has no legal merit, as did the only other court that considered a challenge to President Obama's executive action," the National Day Laborer Organizing Network's Jessica Karp Bansal said in a statement.

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Judge Halts Obama's Immigration Action, Hello Barbie, Mars Colonization

Colorlines - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 07:16
Judge Halts Obama's Immigration Action, Hello Barbie, Mars Colonization

Here's what I'm reading up on this morning:

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Family Secrets Travel With You: A Review of Sandip Roy's Debut Novel 'Don't Let Him Know'

New America Media - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 01:50
Two former lovers stand awkwardly in a house in Calcutta, in a room full of junk and dust. They’re quiet, in private thrall to schoolboy memories of what they once were to each other. Then they speak, groping for halting... Regina Bediako http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Watch Lisa Ling's Husband Devour a Chicken Wing in 2 Seconds Flat

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 13:19
Watch Lisa Ling's Husband Devour a Chicken Wing in 2 Seconds Flat

We're calling it Man Crush Monday, Chicken Wing Edition.

Journalist Lisa Ling has got a talented husband in Paul Song, who's got his own career and identity, yes, but who we're celebrating today for...his chicken-eating skills. Ling shared this Instagram over the weekend and it's something to behold:

#familydinner #speedchickenwingeating @paulysong

A video posted by Lisa Ling (@lisalingstagram) on Feb 13, 2015 at 5:43pm PST

Don't pretend you're not going to be trying this for yourself tonight.

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Graphic Design Company in Hot Water Over Noose Ad

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:46
Graphic Design Company in Hot Water Over Noose Ad

On Sunday, Seasalt & Co., a graphic design company, placed the following post on its Facebook page--which it removed around 2:15 p.m ET on Monday:

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Comments and shares started pouring in--including those from people who were offended at the imagery of a noose hanging from a tree, which has become synonymous with racial terror and the lynching of black people in U.S. history. Many user comments had been removed from the Facebook post; the first that appeared from the company itself was a reply thanking a supporter "for thinking outside the box on this. Being hung wasn't designed just for one race of people. There is a long standing history and more to what is being seen in this advertising image. It represents so much more."

It's unclear how big the company is or where they're located, although an interview with "sole owner and designer" Brittany Davis from June 2013 indicates they may be in Tampa, Fla. 

The product, which is described as a "Creative PS/PSE Action Collection" appears to be a set of Photoshop actions that company has developed.

Tweets made by thousands of Twitter users admonished the ad, and Seasalt & Co. weighed in with a Facebook response today, which it also removed after about three hours:

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Ostensibly due to the federal holiday, the company sent Colorlines an automated e-mail today in response to a request for comment:

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We'll try to reach the company again on Tuesday. 

Seasalt & Co.'s advertisement came out just days after the Equal Justice Initiative published a report, researched over the course of five years, showing that more than 700 lynchings had occurred than were recorded in 12 states the South--especially in places that have fought against commemorating racial terror and have chosen instead to memorialize the Confederacy. 

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Maya Rudolph Resurrected Her Beyoncé for SNL 40

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:36
Maya Rudolph Resurrected Her Beyoncé for SNL 40

Maya Rudolph made her return to "Saturday Night Live" for the show's 40th anniversary, and she brought out one of her most beloved characters: Beyoncé. She joined Martin Short for a segment that was just over 12 minutes long, and pretty hilarious. Watch.

Beyoncé has become one of Rudolph's most adored characters when she returns for guest spots. (She was on the cast from 2000 and 2007.) Here's a look at her in character last year:

And here's a look at her doing impressions of Beyoncé on "Ellen."

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Did Racism Strip Jackie Robinson West of Its Little League Title?

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 12:22
Did Racism Strip Jackie Robinson West of Its Little League Title?

Even though Chicago's Jackie Robinson West Little League team was stripped of their title last week for allegedly recruiting ineligible players, they're still getting their championship rings. That's thanks to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who told reporters over the weekend that he still considers the team champs in the Windy City.

"These young men demonstrated tremendous character both on and off the field, and Chicago will honor them as the champions they are," Emanuel told reporters. "The memories they created will last a lifetime, and so will the championship rings they have earned."

But whether or not that title was actually earned has become one of the sports' world's biggest stories in recent weeks. The team fielded an all-black lineup with players from the South Side of Chicago, and their march through the Little League World Series was one of those feel-good stories you only see every once in a while. But a tip, allegedly from a salty opposing coach, led to an investigation that found the team had falsified its boundary map. The team and its supporters are now fighting to have their title reinstated.

 To consider just how big of a deal this battle is, consider the storyline that captured the country's attention back in August:

Much of the controversy has swirled around whether racism played a role in the increased scrutiny of the team's makeup. At a press conference last week, Rev. Jesse Jackson asked reporters the question point blank: "Is this about boundaries or race?" He went on: "This decision's untimely and inappropriate at this time. It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place."

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LA Mayor, Homeland Urge Undocumented Immigrants to Step Forward

New America Media - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:51
 LOS ANGELES – Since President Barack Obama announced his executive action on immigration last November, hundreds of departments and organizations have been gearing up to implement the plans that are estimated to affect millions of undocumented residents living in the... Allyson Escobar http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Milwaukee Cops Let A Reporter In; Here's What They Say

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 11:38
Milwaukee Cops Let A Reporter In; Here's What They Say

Have you ever called 911 on the cops? That's what African-American mom Lisa Mahone did after Hammond, Ind., police officers pulled her and her family over last year for a seatbelt violation. Cell-phone video of the incident went viral. But WBEZ's "This American Life" expands the story by following up with Mahone and getting audio from her conversation with an incredulous 911 dispatcher, too, all in an effort to highlight something larger: the Grand Canyon-sized gulf between how police officers (and, perhaps, TAL's mainstream audience) and many African-Americans view the same incident. Mahone's exchange with the dispatcher opens Part One of TAL's insider's look at how "Cops See It Differently", set in Milwaukee.

Unsurprisingly in Milwaukee as in elsewhere, past and current police abuses or incompetence as well as arrest disparities cast a heavy shadow on all interactions between police and African-Americans. Trust is built in inches and lost in miles, it seems. But by the end of the episode I wondered, too: Do black and brown communities need police officers to be friendlier, or do they need officers, when wrong, to be held accountable by their city? And if improving police accountability is a measure of political power, can highly policed, low-income black and brown communities achieve that goal, locally, on their own?

The episode is worth the listen, as is last Friday's Part Two, which covers last week's unprecedented race speech from FBI director James Comey. The episode revisits the Eric Garner video and moves from Staten Island, N.Y. to Miami Gardens, Fla. and Las Vegas for a look at police-community relations there.

How easy or difficult is it for police to be held accountable in your own community?
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Azealia Banks Better Never Come For Erykah Badu's Queendom Again

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 08:03
Azealia Banks Better Never Come For Erykah Badu's Queendom Again

Erykah Badu has this thing about the Internet where sometimes she fuckin' owns it. She brings all of her down-home Dallas b-girl voodoo swag and keeps it all the way real with ordinary boring-ass humans who try to come for her. And the occasional group of traveling nuns:

Over the weeknd, Azealia Banks made the unfortunate life choice to question Badu's taste in music. Never mind that this is an artist who's got 19 more Grammy nominations and four more albums than Banks, the immensely talented but hopelessly troubled 23-year-old Harlemite who's more known for fighting on Twitter than releasing the signature brand of so-called "witch hop" she claims to be pioneering. Anyway. Here's what had happened:

One of Badu's fans asked her on Twitter if she listens to Banks' music, and she replied honestly with one telling word:

Tried "@pradahungry: Does @fatbellybella listen to azealia banks? Always wanted to know"

-- ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) February 12, 2015

And then Banks, who obviously trolls Twitter for any and every mention of her own name, responded by accusing Badu of throwing shade and being jealous:

@fatbellybella @pradahungry lol, what's the shade?

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 14, 2015

@fatbellybella ..... Jealousy.

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 14, 2015

When artists grow old and begin to recognize their own mortality they throw shade at younger spirits

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 14, 2015

We see it happen ALL the time.

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 14, 2015

Whether or not you like me... You are WATCHING, and that's what's most important.

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 14, 2015

And then Badu, watching her timeline blow up with the petulant rants of a frustrated artist who thinks that 43 is old, got even realer by turning on her location (she was Queens, a train ride away from Banks' beloved Harlem):

@fatbellybella I'm cool, I was just trying to make sure you were cool.... ??

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 14, 2015

That had all of Black Twitter reppin' hard for Badu like:

erykah-badu-o.gifFans even invoked T.I., who's been on the receiving end of a few of Banks' rants: 

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Then Banks committed the cardinal sin of coming for Badu's oils and headwraps. Girl. You never come for another black woman's oils and headwraps. That's just Combahee River Collective-style Black Feminism 101:

@fatbellybella @bhrisbrown lol you just keep rocking ur head wraps and buying ur musky oils off the table on 125th.

-- AZEALIA BANKS (@AZEALIABANKS) February 15, 2015

To which all the black people watching were just like:

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This isn't the first time that Badu has subtly and swiftly slayed people on the Internet. Remember back in 2008 when she told salty bloggers hating on her third pregnancy to "kiss my placenta?" Yeah, this was almost that good. We luh you, Ms. Badu:

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FAA Drone Proposal, DJ Zane Lowe Leaving BBC for Apple, New Aggressive HIV Strain

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 07:47
FAA Drone Proposal, DJ Zane Lowe Leaving BBC for Apple, New Aggressive HIV Strain

Here's some of what I'm reading up on this morning: 

  • Two people are arrested in connection with the killing of two people at a free-speech event and a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark; the suspect was killed after the shooting. 
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The Race Hate We All Know

Colorlines - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 05:37
The Race Hate We All Know

The slayings of Razan Abu-Salha, Yusor Abu-Salha and Deah Barakat has convulsed the Muslim-American community as no other event has since September 11, 2001. It is not simply that we see ourselves reflected back in those three beautiful young people. We see our ugliest fears about the United States reflected back--that our college educations and professional degrees cannot keep us safe, that someday, someone will hate us for our faith or our skin color and no amount of American Dream will safeguard us.

Because have no doubt: Whatever the law might find, whatever claims are being bandied about by killers' wives and North Carolina police departments, Craig Stephen Hicks did not murder Yusor, Deah and Razan merely because of a parking dispute, just as Darren Wilson didn't kill Mike Brown for walking towards him. We go to such lengths to exculpate white Americans of race-based violence, to spin stories and find excuses, as though we left that era in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. our last casualty. But rub at their races until they turn white, until their headscarves disintegrate under your finger, and you're staring at young people who still live.

Some have difficulty comprehending this current. For them, the equation falls apart without direct evidence of white hoods, as though racism and xenophobia cannot inform decisions and feelings on a molecular level, sharpen anger, harshen responses. People of color feel it viscerally. We do not cry racism as the boy cried wolf--we call it because it is there, because we face it daily, because it is the bedrock of our everyday interactions. The story is etched in our bones, muscle memory memorialized. The Muslim community cries out that Deah, Yusor and Razan were murdered because of their faith and not a parking dispute because that fear has breathed down our necks. We have watched a petty dispute enflame because of our ethnicity, felt eyes fall on us in a way eyes should fall on no one. If you've never felt the air charge electric with menace and fear, it's easy to reject cries of hate crime as irrational or untrue. Hatred is often invisible to the naked eye even as it vibrates through your body. Because of this ephemerality, the lack of physical evidence hate leaves behind--save for dead brown and black bodies, which are too often excused by tertiary reasons--bigotry-as-cause is tricky to prove by legal standards. Because of that, it is too easily dismissed by the sociopolitical establishment.

But those of us who have never felt that electric fear shiver across our skin should trust communities--Muslim, black, Arab, Asian, LGBTQ, Latino, Native--when they say one of their own was killed because of his race or religion. They know in the way one knows essential truths.

I am done trying to prove to those who cannot see, who refuse to see that the kind of violence being inflicted on people of color today, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Razan, Deah and Yusor is a direct heir of lynchings and the gross violence of our not-so-distant past, of the media game of painting these groups as villains for easy profit. Legal determination that no hate crime occurred does not mean they were not murdered because of their race or religion. Because ultimately, we know. We the people they left behind, who cherish their memories and weep for them as fallen brothers and sisters--we know.

Nimra Azmi is a third-year law student at Harvard Law School. She is a former president of the Harvard Muslim Law Students Association and has previously worked for the ACLU's Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

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Indian Grandfather Speaks for First Time Since Being Slammed to Ground by Alabama

New America Media - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 13:00
 A grandfather left partially paralyzed after being slammed to the ground by a police officer in Alabama is showing signs of improvement, reports the Indian Express.The attorney for Sureshbhai Patel says he was able to speak for the first time... Asam News http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Muslim Community Emotionally Torn by Chapel Hill Murders

New America Media - Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:01
 DEARBORN — In the wake of the murders of three Muslims in a quiet neighborhood in North Carolina, national and local organizations quickly released statements claiming the incident was a hate crime. “We reach out to the families of the... Arab American Media http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Alabama Police Assault on Indian Grandfather: Sad Comment on Nation Built by Immigrants

New America Media - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 14:43
 Jnanpith award winner Bhalchandra Nemade recently stirred up a hornet’s nest by calling English a "killer language". But thousands of miles away across the world in Alabama, Sureshbhai Patel discovered that the lack of English can be even more dangerous.Patel... Sandip Roy http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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