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Pa. Man Tries to Run Over Police Officers in NYC and Yells, ‘I Want to Kill Cops’

New America Media - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 11:00
 Matthew Christian Cash, a 24-year-old Pennsylvania man with a lengthy rap sheet, attempted to run over as many of New York City’s Port Authority police officers as possible Wednesday night near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel, the New York... The Root http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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'The Search for General Tso' and the Chinese-American Immigrant Experience

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:42
'The Search for General Tso' and the Chinese-American Immigrant Experience

"The Search for General Tso" is a new documentary produced by Jennifer 8 Lee and Amanda Murray and directed by Ian Cheney that's opening nationwide and on demand this month. In a recent interview with NBC Asian America, the producers talk about what they think the film says about the Chinese-American and immigrant experiences in the United States. About the film:

In America, the filmmakers visit both big city Chinese restaurants and tiny, rural eateries all serving the iconic dish. They feature Americans who love the dish and Chinese people who are baffled by it. They go to General Tso's hometown in Hunan Province and find a celebrated war hero, revered for his role in the Qing Dynasty Taiping Rebellion, but no chicken. They talk to a retired chef in Taiwan who did create a Hunan-style chicken dish once, but is embarrassed by the "crazy nonsense" the dish has become. Along the way, they craft a delightful story about immigrant ingenuity, cultural confusion, and Asian-American adaptation.

"The film uses the ubiquitous spicy sweet chicken dish as a window into the Chinese-American immigrant experience," said Lee. "In a way, it reflects my own experience growing up Chinese American. Looks exotic on the outside, but in reality, completely native to here."

Read more and watch the trailer below.

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#JeSuisCharlie? No, I'm really not Charlie Hebdo: Here's Why

New America Media - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:21
Je suis Charlie?Well, not quite. I really am not Charlie Hebdo.Nothing - no cartoon, no book, no song – justifies the kind of shooting rampage that happened in Paris. As Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam of Drancy mosque in Paris says,... Sandip Roy http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=54
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'Selma' Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:38
'Selma' Earns Its First Big Magazine Cover

"Selma" director Ava DuVernay, actors David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey are on the cover of the latest issue of Variety. It's the film's first big magazine cover, but with the project earning tons of critical praise, it won't be the last. The film will be released in theaters nationwide starting tomorrow.

Thanks to Claudia Eller, Justin Chang and the whole @Variety team for our first SELMA cover! On stands now. In theaters everywhere tomorrow!

A photo posted by Ava DuVernay (@directher) on Jan 1, 2015 at 9:16am PST

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Don Lemon to Muslim Human Rights Attorney: 'Do You Support ISIS?'

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:37
 'Do You Support ISIS?'

It's a new year, but Don Lemon is up to his old, ignorant ways. The CNN anchor asked human rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar, who's Muslim, if he supported ISIS, apparently because Lemon thinks all Muslims support religious extremism. 

Iftikhar was on to discuss this week's deadly shooting rampage at the Paris-based office of the satirical (and deeply problematic) paper Charlie Hebdo. He had just finished making a point about the difference between supporting a religious ideology versus sanctioning the mass executions of innocent people. 

Lemon doubled down on his line of questioning. "I just want to get more specific," he said. "Do you support ISIS?"

"Wait, did you just ask me if I supported ISIS?" Iftikhar replied. "I just answered your question. I said that obviously these 16 percent of people support the ideology, but I don't think that would necessarily extrapolate to supporting of killing of innocent people. You can have sympathy for an ideology and not support the mass murdering of people."

Watch a clip of the interaction below:

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Viola Davis' Awards Speech Responds to NYT 'Classic Beauty' Diss

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:29
Viola Davis' Awards Speech Responds to NYT 'Classic Beauty' Diss

After Viola Davis, star of ABC's "How to Get Away With Murder," accepted the People's Choice Award for Favorite Actress in a New TV Series last night, she made a speech that took aim at Alessandra Stanley's screed in the New York Times against so-called "angry black women." Stanley infamously described Davis as "less classically beautiful than Kerry Washington," to which the actress responded last night: "Thank you Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers and Peter Nowalk for thinking of a leading lady who looks like my classic beauty."

Watch the speech below (skip ahead to 1:20)

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New Video of Tamir Rice Shooting Released; Shows Officers Handcuffing His Sister

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 09:17
New Video of Tamir Rice Shooting Released; Shows Officers Handcuffing His Sister

Cleveland officials yesterday released new extended video showing the 30 minutes following the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by officer Timothy Loehmann. At 1:40 the video, which has no audio, shows Rice's 14-year-old sister running onto the scene. Before she can reach her brother, Loehmann's partner, officer Frank Garmback, rushes forward to force her to the ground. There, she struggles to get up while Loehmann comes over to guard her and Garmback returns to stand over Tamir. Ultimately, she's handcuffed and placed in the squad car--steps away from where her brother lays dying.

On that Saturday afternoon in late November, Rice had been playing in the park with a BB gun, which, according to reports, looked like a real gun. Officers were responding to a call from dispatch. Loehmann, who shot Rice within two seconds of his squad car arriving on the scene, had previously been ruled unfit for duty.

The video shows grainy footage from the surveillance camera of the Cudell Recreation Center. According to the NEOMG, Cleveland's police department "will hand over its evidence to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty's office. Prosecutors will present the evidence to a grand jury, which will decide whether to criminally indict any officers involved."

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Lauryn Hill Gave Kendrick Lamar Some Great Advice

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 08:58
Lauryn Hill Gave Kendrick Lamar Some Great Advice

Kendrick Lamar is on the cover of this month's XXL magazine and an accompanying essay from the rapper that describes his struggles with success and fame. The piece is filled with interesting tidbits, including his feelings about being snubbed at the Grammys. But he also opens up about some sage advice he got from Lauryn Hill:

I had a talk with Lauryn Hill and she said, "Try to completely throw away your ego." How many times can you throw away an ego, you know? It's tough. It's something we all battle with. I battle with it all the time and the idea of being in all these places--the big spots, all the events, the lights--it's all for your ego. It's all for your own confirmation to be like, okay, I'm somebody. But truthfully, you've always been somebody. You don't need the lights.

Read the rest over at XXL.

Lamar's highly anticipated follow-up to 2012's "good kid, m.A.A.d. city" is due out sometime early this year.

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Freezing Temperatures, Cosby Back on Stage, 9 Measles Cases Linked to Disney Parks

Colorlines - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 06:55
Freezing Temperatures, Cosby Back on Stage, 9 Measles Cases Linked to Disney Parks

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

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Oakland’s New Road to Seniors' Independence Starts Construction

New America Media - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 00:15
 Above image: Artist’s rendering of future BRT stop courtesy of AC Transit.OAKLAND, Calif.--As Alameda County’s AC Transit begins construction on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) serving several ethnic communities along Oakland’s International Boulevard, community advocates, not just locally but around the... Laura McCamy http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Brooklyn D.A. Determined to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:39
Brooklyn D.A. Determined to Overturn Wrongful Convictions

After serving nearly 21 years in prison for murder, 46-year-old Derrick Hamilton this week became the 11th person in less than a year to have his name cleared by Brooklyn's new district attorney. Ken Thompson's central reform since taking office last January is the Conviction Review Unit (CRU). Staffed by 10 lawyers, the team's priority, Thompson tells The New Yorker, "is to give freedom to people who were convicted during the...era of mass incarceration but don't belong in prison." 

One reason Thompson's unit stands out, experts say, is that instead of relying on DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, it reviews tougher cases where fault may lie in human errors like negligence, misconduct or judgment.

Hamilton, a father of five, has been out on parole since 2011. He maintained that he had been out of state when the 1991 murder occurred. As a result of Hamilton's and a number of other accusations, the district attorney's office has been reviewing more than 70 cases worked by discredited homicide detective Louis Scarcella, now retired.

Read more about Thompson's CRU on The New Yorker.

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Here's What Zora Neale Hurston Wrote in 1928 About Being 'Colored'

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 14:04
Here's What Zora Neale Hurston Wrote in 1928 About Being 'Colored'

Today is what would have been Zora Neale Hurston's 124th birthday. That would be a ridiculously long time for anyone to live, but luckily we've still got her words. The famed Harlem Renaissance writer was born in Florida in 1891 and died in relative obscurity in 1960 after a career that's most notable for her 1937 novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God."

Nearly 10 years before that publication, in 1928, Hurston published an essay in "The World Tomorrow" called "How It Feels to Be Colored Me." It's equal parts hilarious and profound, and it seems a fitting way to remember what she added to America's dialogue on race. Here it is, republished by the Fellowship for Reconciliation (FOR):

I am colored but I offer nothing in the way of extenuating circumstances except the fact that I am the only Negro in the United States whose grandfather on the mother's side was not an Indian chief.

I remember the very day that I became colored. Up to my thirteenth year I lived in the little Negro town of Eatonville, Florida. It is exclusively a colored town. The only white people I knew passed through the town going to or coming from Orlando. The native whites rode dusty horses, the Northern tourists chugged down the sandy village road in automobiles. The town knew the Southerners and never stopped cane chewing when they passed. But the Northerners were something else again. They were peered at cautiously from behind curtains by the timid. The more venturesome would come out on the porch to watch them go past and got just as much pleasure out of the tourists as the tourists got out of the village.

The front porch might seem a daring place for the rest of the town, but it was a gallery seat to me. My favorite place was atop the gate-post.  Proscenium box for a born first-nighter. Not only did I enjoy the show, but I didn't mind the actors knowing that I liked it. I usually spoke to them in passing. I'd wave at them and when they returned my salute, I would say something like this: "Howdy-do-well-I-thank-you-where-you-goin'?" Usually the automobile or the horse paused at this, and after a queer exchange of compliments, I would probably "go a piece of the way" with them, as we say in farthest Florida. If one of my family happened to come to the front in time to see me, of course negotiations would be rudely broken off. But even so, it is clear that I was the first "welcome-to-our-state" Floridian, and I hope the Miami Chamber of Commerce will please take notice.

(Read the rest after the jump)

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Remembering American Muslim Leader Maher Hathout

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:38
Remembering American Muslim Leader Maher Hathout

Maher Hathout, a renowned doctor and interfaith leader known as the "father of American Muslim identity," died from liver cancer just after New Years. He was 79.

Hathout was born in Egypt in 1978 and moved to New York and then Los Angeles in the 1970s, where he helped found the first-ever co-ed Muslim Youth Group and the Islamic Information Service. Here's more from the Huffington Post:

Hathout was a devoted interfaith activist who worked with organizations and individuals throughout southern California to promote causes for peace and justice. In 1988 he co-founded the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), which works to promote civil rights for American Muslims and helps foster relationships between Muslims and other faith communities in the United States.

"Thirty years ago, no Muslim leader other than he was talking about he American Muslim identity, that home is where our grandchildren are raised not where our grandparents are buried," MPAC President Salam Al-Marayati said in an email to HuffPost.

Hathout also helped found the Religious Coalition Against War in the Middle East in 1991 and served on the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Alliance and Claremont Lincoln University. He was a charter member of the Pacific Council on International Policy, the western partner of the Council on Foreign Relations and served as Chairman of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.

Read more about Hathout's life and work.

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FBI Says 'Hate Crime is One Possibility' for Blast Outside NAACP

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:16
FBI Says 'Hate Crime is One Possibility' for Blast Outside NAACP

Investigators are searching for an approximately 40-year-old balding white man in connection to an explosion outside a Colorado Springs, Colo., chapter office of the NAACP on Tuesday. A crude incendiary device was deliberately placed outside the building and blasted, but a gas canister placed nearby failed to ignite.

No one was injured in Tuesday's bombing and it caused only minor damage to the building--but the FBI is indicating the explosion outside the NAACP may be no accident. This, according to the Guardian:

FBI special agent Amy Sanders said she couldn't say whether the explosion was targeting the NAACP, the nation's oldest civil rights organization.

"We believe it was deliberately set and are investigating all potential motives at this time," said Sanders in an email.

"A hate crime is one possibility," she added.

The building that houses the NAACP also houses a barbershop. According to Newsweek, the local NAACP chapter president is reluctant to call the act a hate crime. 

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'Illegal Immigrant Barbie' is as Bad as it Sounds

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:41
'Illegal Immigrant Barbie' is as Bad as it Sounds

Points In Case, an online humor site aimed at college students and recent grads, has published a post featuring images of six imaginary Barbie dolls: Rehab Barbie, Facebook Barbie, Xbox Barbie, Hotflash Barbie, Lesbian Barbie and "Illegal Immigrant" Barbie. Janet Eve Josselyn, who wrote the post, offers Mattel "contemporary alternatives to existing Barbie dolls," and provides deriding captions for each doll.

For immigrant Barbie, Josselyn writes:

Illegal immigrant Barbie is tethered to a bunch of children and comes with a compass and a coyote. Her hair is unkempt and her cheeks lack the rosy glow of the 20th century Barbies. She is armed with wire cutters and sandwiches wrapped in tin foil. She clutches Ken's phone number in the event that she is detained by the Border Patrol.

The doll, which is pregnant with a black eye, is seen pushing a grocery cart full of children and beer cases--and carries a bag of cigarettes, hard liquor and a mac and cheese box.

This imaginary Barbie is thankfully not for sale.

(H/T Latino Rebels)

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FBI Investigates 'Deliberate' Bombing Outside Colorado NAACP Office

New America Media - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 11:19
 An improvised explosive device was detonated against the exterior wall of a building housing the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday, officials said.The explosion knocked items off the office walls but no one was injured.Agents from the FBI... Ebony http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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New America Media - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:46
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Why Americans Should Be Outraged by Pena Nieto Visit

New America Media - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 10:40
A clear difference between our political expectations is this – Americans want to believe in the moral qualities of their leaders, while Mexicans know their politicians have none.This is why it is not surprising to learn, for instance, about the... Jose Angel N. http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
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Arizona School Chief's Takes Parting Shot at Tucson's 'Culturally Relevant' Classes

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 09:02
Arizona School Chief's Takes Parting Shot at Tucson's 'Culturally Relevant' Classes

In a final parting shot before leaving office, former Arizona state superintendent and longtime foe of Tucson's ethnic studies curriculum John Huppenthal filed a memo last week declaring Tucson's current "culturally relevant" courses in violation of the state law. 

The courses, which are required under a decades-old federal desegregation order, replaced Tucson's ethnic studies curriculum, which was outlawed when the Arizona state legislature passed HB 2281 in 2010, which was adopted as Arizona Revised Statutes 15-112. With its current "culturally relevant courses," Tucson Unified School District "has failed to meet several provisions of the 2012 Settlement Agreement settlement and is once again in clear violation of A.R.S. 15-112," Huppenthal wrote, Tucson's KVOA reported. "Furthermore, I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African American perspective."

Tucson's public schools reminded Huppenthal that the courses are actually court-mandated--the result of a 1974 federal desegregation order. "That order ... requires us to develop and implement culturally relevant courses taught from both the Mexican American and African American perspectives," the district responded, KVOA reported.

The final word in this, just the latest phase of the yearslong struggle in Arizona over how and whether to teach classes which recognize the heritage and histories of Arizona's students and the state itself, will actually be left to Arizona's brand new schools superintendent, Diane Douglas.

If Douglas sides with Huppenthal's findings, Tucson faces a 10 percent cut in state funding, which would mean a loss of $14 million per year, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

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Phylicia Rashad Defends Bill Cosby: 'Forget These Women'

Colorlines - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 08:58
 'Forget These Women'

After decades of rape allegations against Bill Cosby picked up steam in the past several months, his longtime co-star on "The Cosby Show," Phylicia Rashad, has come to his defense. The 66-year-old Tony Award-winning actress told Showbiz 411 that she didn't "want to become part of the public debate," but then went on to talk about what she believes is a vast conspiracy targeted at his legacy.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

"Forget these women," Rashad said of the many women who have made claims in the media. "What you're seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it's orchestrated. I don't know why or who's doing it, but it's the legacy. And it's a legacy that is so important to the culture."

..."Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off TV," Rashad continued, referring to people other than the accusers. "And it's worked. All his contracts have been canceled." She lamented that the legacy of the Cosby Show, a family-friendly comedy once beloved by millions of viewers, is now "being destroyed."

When asked why Cosby has chosen to largely remain silent in light of the claims, relying instead on his legal team to deny them, his longtime TV wife said: "If he spoke now, what do you think the media would do with it?"

To date, more than two dozen women have accussed Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the course of several decades. Here's a timeline of the abuse allegations from Vulture. Cosby has declined to comment on the record.

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