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He’s Only Successful Because He’s Gay?


Recently Comedian Spanky Hayes of Wild-N-Out fame has made allegations that Tyrese Gibson and Morris Chestnut have compromised themselves sexually in order to be successful in the entertainment industry. This act of cowardice inspired this mini rant…Enjoy!

I cannot understand for the life of me the undying obsession of those who operate within the culture of Hip-Hop to seek out and find those who they suspect may be queer. The allegations always stem from either an “anonymous” source or from a less successful artist or personality. The amount of jealousy that emanates from these individuals is alarming to say the least. If you’re a struggling artist who is trying to gain some sort of following and your moderately successful, keep trying because eventually your hard work will pay off. If you’ve exhausted all other options to become prosperous and the only way you can feel good about your situation is to degrade those who have made it by alleging they had queer sex acts in order to land movie roles etc. is childish and ignorant. There is no honor in alleging people have compromised their sexuality and dignity in order to get ahead in their careers. In Hip-Hop there is a fascination with who might be queer and it does nothing to add to the culture because when do encounter queer men and women in Hip-Hop we give them the utmost respect and praise such as Queen Latifah and Frank Ocean. Nobody is unwilling to work with these incredible talents because their skill is undeniable and takes nothing away from their craft. I’m sick of hearing about who might be same-gender-loving or the assigning of sexual attributes to a group or individuals who are more successful than you are and using their alleged sexuality as justification for their career advancement and achievements. Perhaps if these individuals spent more time on their craft instead of making up excuses for why some people get ahead in their respective industries then maybe they too would be just as successful.

Tyrese tastefully and comedically responding to Comedian Spanky Hayes

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Georgia man sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing iPod

A Georgia man was sentenced to 20 years in prison for stealing a teenager’s iPod.

Shareef Tawwab Hakim, 20, of Marietta, was convicted of robbery and aggravated assault. 

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The Nod: A Subtle Lowering of the Head You Give to Another Black Person in an Overwhelmingly White Place

The following piece is from Medium. It was written by Musa Okwonga.

By: Musa Okwonga

If you’re a black person who has ever visited a place where there aren’t many other black people, then you will be familiar with The Nod. The Nod is just that: An almost imperceptible lowering of the head toward any other black person you might encounter on your travels through, say, Slovakia or Russia.

Yet The Nod is also so much more than that: It’s a swift yet intimate statement of ethnic solidarity. The Nod is saying, “Wow, well, I really didn’t expect to see another one of us out here, but you seem to be doing your thing just fine. More power to you, and all the very best.”

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State senator arrested during protest in Ferguson


Missouri state senator Jamilah Nasheed was arrested Monday night outside of Ferguson’s police department during another series of protest following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August.

Senator Nasheed was taken into custody, but further details were not immediately available. 

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Wall Street lacks diversity

The following piece is from the Chicago Sun-Times. It was written by Jesse Jackson.

By: Jesse Jackson

Wall Street may lead America in financial rewards, but it is a laggard when it comes to diversity. The lack of diversity among its CEOs and managing partners is notorious. Now a survey by Vettery, a recruiting firm, reports that the Street fails the test among its first year hires as well. It isn’t only skewed at the top; it is failing to build the pipeline that might change that in the future.

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Despite decline in black student suspension, huge discrepancies remain high in Oakland schools

Oakland’s school district has reduced the number of suspensions of black students in the last three years, but they are still being removed from the classroom at a much higher rate than their white peers.

The findings come courtesy of a yearly report to the civil rights office of the U.S. Department of Education. 

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World Health Organization declares Nigeria Ebola-free

A school official takes a pupil's temperature using an infrared digital laser thermometer in front of the school premises, at the resumption of private schools, in Lagos in this September 22, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Akintunde Akinleye/Files

The World Health Organization has declared Nigeria free of the deadly Ebola virus after a determined doctor and thousands of officials helped end the outbreak that is still wreaking havoc on other parts of West Africa. 

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This is what the legacy of ‘white privilege’ looks like in Bill O’Reilly’s hometown

The following piece is from the Washington Post. It was written by Emily Badger.

By: Emily Badger

Levittown, the Long Island community where Bill O’Reilly grew up, holds a unique place in history for two reasons: It was the original subdivision, a mass-produced town of neatly uniform, affordable Cape Cod homes that would serve as a model for postwar suburbs for decades to come.

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National Day of Protest against police brutality scheduled for October 22

The 19th annual Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminilization of a Generation will take place on Wednesday Oct. 22.

The event will be hosted by the Stop Mass Incarceration Network, a building national movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality throughout the country. 

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Why Vonderrit Myers matters

Protesters and police engage in a standoff after a vigil for Vonderrit Myers Jr., an 18-year-old shot dead by an off-duty police officer, in St. Louis, Oct. 9, 2014.

The following piece is from MSNBC. It was written by Trymaine Lee.

By: Trymaine Lee

Vonderrit Myers is no Michael Brown. Myers, the black 18-year old shot and killed by a St. Louis police officer last week, is also no Trayvon Martin or Jordan Davis or any of the others on a growing list of slain unarmed black men who have invigorated a new generation’s fight for racial justice.

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