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Children, Family, and Friday: Jury Awards Korryn Gaines' Family $38 Million In Civil Case Against Baltimore County @balleralert MOR t ASSO Jury Awards Korryn Gaines' Family $38 Million In Civil Case Against Baltimore County - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A jury ruled on Friday the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Baltimore mother who was fatally shot by a police officer in 2016, will receive $38 million. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two years ago, Gaines became a victim of police brutality when officers entered her home on the morning of Aug. 1, 2016 attempting to arrest her on disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violation charges. The mother originally refused to open the door, but police got a key from the landlord and walked in. They came in to find Gaines on the floor holding a shot gun along with her then 5-year-old son, Kodi. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The incident became a six-hour standoff between Gaines and police. Gaines who aimed her gun at officer Royce Ruby gave him the right to justly shooting the young mother. Ruby ended up killing Gaines and injuring her son. This Friday, an all female jury of six made a ruling after just three hours. They decided Kodi would be awarded $32.8 million, Gaines’ daughter, Karsyn Courtney, would be awarded $4.5 million, and her father and mother will each receive $300,000. The family was then awarded an additional $300,000. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After the three-week trial, the jury had came down to these deliberations: the first shot the officer had fired was not reasonable; they then distributed damages on the grounds that Baltimore County had violated the Gaines’ civil rights and had committed battery on the mother and son. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This win is for all of my sisters in the movement who have lost their children to police violence,” Gaines’ mother, Rhanda Dormeus.
Children, Family, and Friday: Jury Awards Korryn Gaines' Family $38
 Million In Civil Case Against Baltimore
 County
 @balleralert
 MOR
 t ASSO
Jury Awards Korryn Gaines' Family $38 Million In Civil Case Against Baltimore County - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A jury ruled on Friday the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year-old Baltimore mother who was fatally shot by a police officer in 2016, will receive $38 million. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two years ago, Gaines became a victim of police brutality when officers entered her home on the morning of Aug. 1, 2016 attempting to arrest her on disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and multiple traffic violation charges. The mother originally refused to open the door, but police got a key from the landlord and walked in. They came in to find Gaines on the floor holding a shot gun along with her then 5-year-old son, Kodi. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The incident became a six-hour standoff between Gaines and police. Gaines who aimed her gun at officer Royce Ruby gave him the right to justly shooting the young mother. Ruby ended up killing Gaines and injuring her son. This Friday, an all female jury of six made a ruling after just three hours. They decided Kodi would be awarded $32.8 million, Gaines’ daughter, Karsyn Courtney, would be awarded $4.5 million, and her father and mother will each receive $300,000. The family was then awarded an additional $300,000. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After the three-week trial, the jury had came down to these deliberations: the first shot the officer had fired was not reasonable; they then distributed damages on the grounds that Baltimore County had violated the Gaines’ civil rights and had committed battery on the mother and son. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “This win is for all of my sisters in the movement who have lost their children to police violence,” Gaines’ mother, Rhanda Dormeus.

Jury Awards Korryn Gaines' Family $38 Million In Civil Case Against Baltimore County - Blogged by: @RaquelHarrisTV ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A jur...

Albert Einstein, America, and Blackhistory: Albert Einstein teaching a physics class at Lincoln University (HBCU in Pennsylvania) in 1946. The Nobel prize winning scientist said: "The separation of the races is not a disease of colored people. It is a disease of white people. I do not intend to be quiet about it." Repost @theblaquelioness - Six Ways Albert Einstein Fought for Civil Rights. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 1. Shortly before moving to America, Einstein backed a campaign to defend the Scottsboro Boys, nine Alabama teenagers who were falsely accused of rape in 1931. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 2. When Princeton's Nassau Inn refused to rent a room to contralto opera star Marian Anderson because of her skin color, Einstein invited the singer home as his guest. Their friendship lasted from 1937 until his death in 1955, and Anderson stayed with the Einsteins whenever she visited Princeton. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 3. In 1946, Einstein gave a rare speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a historically black university, where he also accepted an honorary degree. The appearance was significant because Einstein made a habit of turning down all requests to speak at universities. During his speech, he called racism "a disease of white people." ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 4. Einstein was a friend and supporter of African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson, who was blacklisted because of his civil rights work. The pair worked together in 1946 on an anti-lynching petition campaign. In 1952, when Robeson's career had bottomed out because of the blacklisting, Einstein invited Robeson to Princeton as a rebuke to the performer's public castigation. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 5. For decades, Einstein offered public encouragement to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and its founder, W. E. B. Du Bois. And in 1951, when the federal government indicted the 83-year-old Du Bois as a "foreign agent," Einstein offered to appear as a character witness during the trial. The potential publicity convinced the judge to drop the case. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 6. In January 1946, Einstein published an essay, "The Negro Question," in Pageant magazine in which he called racism America's "worst disease." . AlbertEinstein BlackHistory BlackHistoryMonth BlackBoyJoy BlackGirlMagic physics einstein science history pennsylvania
Albert Einstein, America, and Blackhistory: Albert Einstein teaching a physics class at
 Lincoln University (HBCU in Pennsylvania)
 in 1946. The Nobel prize winning scientist
 said: "The separation of the races is not a
 disease of colored people. It is a disease of
 white people. I do not intend to be quiet
 about it."
Repost @theblaquelioness - Six Ways Albert Einstein Fought for Civil Rights. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 1. Shortly before moving to America, Einstein backed a campaign to defend the Scottsboro Boys, nine Alabama teenagers who were falsely accused of rape in 1931. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 2. When Princeton's Nassau Inn refused to rent a room to contralto opera star Marian Anderson because of her skin color, Einstein invited the singer home as his guest. Their friendship lasted from 1937 until his death in 1955, and Anderson stayed with the Einsteins whenever she visited Princeton. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 3. In 1946, Einstein gave a rare speech at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a historically black university, where he also accepted an honorary degree. The appearance was significant because Einstein made a habit of turning down all requests to speak at universities. During his speech, he called racism "a disease of white people." ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 4. Einstein was a friend and supporter of African-American actor and singer Paul Robeson, who was blacklisted because of his civil rights work. The pair worked together in 1946 on an anti-lynching petition campaign. In 1952, when Robeson's career had bottomed out because of the blacklisting, Einstein invited Robeson to Princeton as a rebuke to the performer's public castigation. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 5. For decades, Einstein offered public encouragement to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and its founder, W. E. B. Du Bois. And in 1951, when the federal government indicted the 83-year-old Du Bois as a "foreign agent," Einstein offered to appear as a character witness during the trial. The potential publicity convinced the judge to drop the case. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 6. In January 1946, Einstein published an essay, "The Negro Question," in Pageant magazine in which he called racism America's "worst disease." . AlbertEinstein BlackHistory BlackHistoryMonth BlackBoyJoy BlackGirlMagic physics einstein science history pennsylvania

Repost @theblaquelioness - Six Ways Albert Einstein Fought for Civil Rights. ┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈┈ 1. Shortly before moving to America, Eins...

San Francisco 49ers, Anaconda, and Chris Brown: Colin Kaepernick Reaches His Million Dollar Pledge Goal with the Help of Fellow Celebrities @balleralert "峒 Colin Kaepernick Reaches His Million Dollar Pledge Goal with the Help of Fellow Celebrities - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With the help of his celebrity friends, ColinKaepernick has managed to reach his ‘Million Dollar Pledge’ goal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s decision to start the pledge followed his monumental kneel during the national anthem at a preseason game in late 2016. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kaepernick announced that he would be donating a total of $1 million to a number of charity organizations that focus on societal issues, as an effort to help the oppressed communities of those in need and raise social awareness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To date, the 30-year-old has donated over $900,000 to nearly 31 charities that are dedicated to homelessness, educational development, community-police relations, criminal justice reform, rights for inmates, at-risk families, and even reproductive rights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In mid-January, as he entered his final $100,000 donation, Kaepernick started the 10for10 project, in which he teamed up with 10 artists, athletes, and influencers to meet the $1 million mark. Each participant was asked to donate $10,000 to a cause of their choice, and Kaepernick would then match it with another $10,000. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday, he matched his last $10,000 with Usher’s donation to H.O.M.E., a Georgia-based organization for single mothers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Thank you to everyone who has supported me, matched me and my pledge, and, most importantly, the people,” Kaepernick expressed. “I know that we still have a lot of work to do, however, by getting everyone involved, I truly believe that we can all achieve and move mountains towards our goals for social justice." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Others to participate were Kevin Durant (Silicon Valley De-Bug), Jesse Williams (Advancement Project), Steph Curry (United Playaz), Snoop Dogg (Mothers Against Police Brutality), Serena Williams (Imagine LA), T.I. (Angel by Nature), Jhene Aiko and Chris Brown (School on Wheels), Nick Cannon and Joey Badass (Communities United by Police Reform), and Meek Mill (Youth Service, Inc.).
San Francisco 49ers, Anaconda, and Chris Brown: Colin Kaepernick Reaches His
 Million Dollar Pledge Goal with the
 Help of Fellow Celebrities
 @balleralert
 "峒
Colin Kaepernick Reaches His Million Dollar Pledge Goal with the Help of Fellow Celebrities - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With the help of his celebrity friends, ColinKaepernick has managed to reach his ‘Million Dollar Pledge’ goal. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s decision to start the pledge followed his monumental kneel during the national anthem at a preseason game in late 2016. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Kaepernick announced that he would be donating a total of $1 million to a number of charity organizations that focus on societal issues, as an effort to help the oppressed communities of those in need and raise social awareness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To date, the 30-year-old has donated over $900,000 to nearly 31 charities that are dedicated to homelessness, educational development, community-police relations, criminal justice reform, rights for inmates, at-risk families, and even reproductive rights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In mid-January, as he entered his final $100,000 donation, Kaepernick started the 10for10 project, in which he teamed up with 10 artists, athletes, and influencers to meet the $1 million mark. Each participant was asked to donate $10,000 to a cause of their choice, and Kaepernick would then match it with another $10,000. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yesterday, he matched his last $10,000 with Usher’s donation to H.O.M.E., a Georgia-based organization for single mothers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Thank you to everyone who has supported me, matched me and my pledge, and, most importantly, the people,” Kaepernick expressed. “I know that we still have a lot of work to do, however, by getting everyone involved, I truly believe that we can all achieve and move mountains towards our goals for social justice." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Others to participate were Kevin Durant (Silicon Valley De-Bug), Jesse Williams (Advancement Project), Steph Curry (United Playaz), Snoop Dogg (Mothers Against Police Brutality), Serena Williams (Imagine LA), T.I. (Angel by Nature), Jhene Aiko and Chris Brown (School on Wheels), Nick Cannon and Joey Badass (Communities United by Police Reform), and Meek Mill (Youth Service, Inc.).

Colin Kaepernick Reaches His Million Dollar Pledge Goal with the Help of Fellow Celebrities - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With...

Alive, Community, and Fashion: Malcolm X's Daughters Release New Clothing Line Inspired by Father @balleralert Malcolm X’s Daughters Release New Clothing Line Inspired by Father - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even decades later, Malcolm X’s daughters are still continuing to keep their father’s legacy alive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to @bossipofficial, the six sisters-Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malikah, and Malaak, have all teamed up with designer Yvonne Jewnell to unveil a clothing line in remembrance of their late father. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The newly-released collection-simply coined under the name, ‘Malcolm X: Legacy’, features a plethora of 1960s-themed designs, Malcolm X imagery, and infamous quotes that are inspired by the iconic human rights activist and his movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With the apparel brand, the ladies are hoping to enlighten people of all age groups about their father’s notable contribution to the civil rights community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It’s fashion, but we’re incorporating knowledge with it,” Gamilah Shabazz told Bossip. ‘Malcolm X: Legacy’ will make its official public debut during Harlem Fashion Week, which will kick off next month.
Alive, Community, and Fashion: Malcolm X's Daughters Release
 New Clothing Line Inspired by
 Father
 @balleralert
Malcolm X’s Daughters Release New Clothing Line Inspired by Father - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even decades later, Malcolm X’s daughters are still continuing to keep their father’s legacy alive. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to @bossipofficial, the six sisters-Attallah, Qubilah, Ilyasah, Gamilah, Malikah, and Malaak, have all teamed up with designer Yvonne Jewnell to unveil a clothing line in remembrance of their late father. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The newly-released collection-simply coined under the name, ‘Malcolm X: Legacy’, features a plethora of 1960s-themed designs, Malcolm X imagery, and infamous quotes that are inspired by the iconic human rights activist and his movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ With the apparel brand, the ladies are hoping to enlighten people of all age groups about their father’s notable contribution to the civil rights community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “It’s fashion, but we’re incorporating knowledge with it,” Gamilah Shabazz told Bossip. ‘Malcolm X: Legacy’ will make its official public debut during Harlem Fashion Week, which will kick off next month.

Malcolm X’s Daughters Release New Clothing Line Inspired by Father - blogged by: @ashleytearra ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Even decades later, Malcolm X...

Black Lives Matter, Memes, and Protest: DEAR WHTE WOMEN OVARE WE GONG TO FIX WHAT WE HAVE DONE DEAR WHITE WOMEN ☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻 Repost @kidd.bell: “Standing in a sea of pink pussy hats for the second year in a row I’m struck by how many well-intentioned women are still missing the mark. We have to start using our voices and our outrage to protest more than just misogyny. Whether you voted for trump or not, you benefit from white supremacy on the daily. So ask yourself, what are you doing to actively dismantle it? Do you show up for Black Lives Matter the way you do for the Women’s March? Do you defend the rights of immigrants as much as you do your pussy? Do you call out racism with the same fervor that you proclaimed MeToo? White women are oppressed, but we are also oppressors. And if we truly want to dismantle this system, we must first hold ourselves accountable. ✊🏼” . . (update by @kidd.bell: to all those feeling massive outrage against this post - ask yourself why. Why does me acknowledging our privilege, and asking you to think about ways you can better serve WOC, upset you so much? If you are doing tons to help the marginalized then why aren’t you supporting this post, and demanding the same of others? Sitting in discomfort is how we grow. If this makes you feel attacked, then it probably means that you are the one who needs to hear it the most. And if you don’t want to listen to my words then, listen to Angela Davis. Read Women, Race + Class to learn more about accountability and how all oppression is connected.)
Black Lives Matter, Memes, and Protest: DEAR WHTE WOMEN
 OVARE WE GONG
 TO FIX WHAT
 WE HAVE DONE
DEAR WHITE WOMEN ☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻 Repost @kidd.bell: “Standing in a sea of pink pussy hats for the second year in a row I’m struck by how many well-intentioned women are still missing the mark. We have to start using our voices and our outrage to protest more than just misogyny. Whether you voted for trump or not, you benefit from white supremacy on the daily. So ask yourself, what are you doing to actively dismantle it? Do you show up for Black Lives Matter the way you do for the Women’s March? Do you defend the rights of immigrants as much as you do your pussy? Do you call out racism with the same fervor that you proclaimed MeToo? White women are oppressed, but we are also oppressors. And if we truly want to dismantle this system, we must first hold ourselves accountable. ✊🏼” . . (update by @kidd.bell: to all those feeling massive outrage against this post - ask yourself why. Why does me acknowledging our privilege, and asking you to think about ways you can better serve WOC, upset you so much? If you are doing tons to help the marginalized then why aren’t you supporting this post, and demanding the same of others? Sitting in discomfort is how we grow. If this makes you feel attacked, then it probably means that you are the one who needs to hear it the most. And if you don’t want to listen to my words then, listen to Angela Davis. Read Women, Race + Class to learn more about accountability and how all oppression is connected.)

DEAR WHITE WOMEN ☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻☝🏻 Repost @kidd.bell: “Standing in a sea of pink pussy hats for the second year in a row I’m struck by how many well-...

Community, Memes, and American: First Black Oscar Award Winner, Hattie McDaniel Gets A Biopic @balleralert First Black Oscar Award Winner Hattie McDaniel Gets A Biopic – blogged By @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, a biopic for African American and Hollywood pioneer, HattieMcDaniel is now in the works. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of us who’ve slept on black history- McDaniel was the first African American (man or woman) to receive an Oscar. Her role as “Mammy” in the film “Gone With The Wind” earned her the Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress” in 1940. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite the film’s success and eight Oscar Awards, McDaniel, along with the rest of her black castmates weren’t allowed at the premiere of the film in Georgia. The color of her skin also caused for McDaniel to not be allowed to sit with the rest of the nominated cast at the Oscar Awards, but allowed her a seat in the back of the venue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Variety, producers of the film, AaronMagnani and AlysiaAllen got their hands on the rights to Jill Watts’ published biography, “Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood” to help them with the film. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Though people in the black community criticized her for playing roles that they felt fed into racial stereotypes for African Americans, McDaniel served as a pioneer and example for aspiring African American actors and actresses for generations to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Considering the fact that the first black man to receive a golden globe for best actor in a TV series happened just a week ago, this biopic is a big deal, and long overdue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continue to rest in peace Ms. McDaniel and congratulations.
Community, Memes, and American: First Black Oscar Award Winner,
 Hattie McDaniel Gets A Biopic
 @balleralert
First Black Oscar Award Winner Hattie McDaniel Gets A Biopic – blogged By @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, a biopic for African American and Hollywood pioneer, HattieMcDaniel is now in the works. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For those of us who’ve slept on black history- McDaniel was the first African American (man or woman) to receive an Oscar. Her role as “Mammy” in the film “Gone With The Wind” earned her the Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress” in 1940. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite the film’s success and eight Oscar Awards, McDaniel, along with the rest of her black castmates weren’t allowed at the premiere of the film in Georgia. The color of her skin also caused for McDaniel to not be allowed to sit with the rest of the nominated cast at the Oscar Awards, but allowed her a seat in the back of the venue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to Variety, producers of the film, AaronMagnani and AlysiaAllen got their hands on the rights to Jill Watts’ published biography, “Hattie McDaniel: Black Ambition, White Hollywood” to help them with the film. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Though people in the black community criticized her for playing roles that they felt fed into racial stereotypes for African Americans, McDaniel served as a pioneer and example for aspiring African American actors and actresses for generations to come. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Considering the fact that the first black man to receive a golden globe for best actor in a TV series happened just a week ago, this biopic is a big deal, and long overdue. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Continue to rest in peace Ms. McDaniel and congratulations.

First Black Oscar Award Winner Hattie McDaniel Gets A Biopic – blogged By @lanaladonna ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ According to reports, a biopic for Af...

Birthday, College, and Community: 9 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr. @balleralert 9 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr. - Blogged By @Climb_This_Hill ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every year on January 15th marks a special remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his birthday and achievements as a civil rights leader and activist in black history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As we remember his heroic efforts today, there are still a few things you may not have known about MLK. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Micheal King, and both he and his father changed their name after the German Protestant leader, Martin Luther. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Martin Luther King Jr. began taking college classes full-time at Atlanta’s Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated with his Ph.D. at 25. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. On October 14th, 1964, at age 35, Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest man to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for resisting racial inequality through non-violence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. King donated all of the $54,123 (worth about $400,000 today) of his Nobel Peace Prize award to the Civil Rights movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. He was the first African American to be granted a national federal holiday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. Over 1,000 streets in the U.S are named after Martin Luther King Jr. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7. MLK was arrested more than 20 times for his non-violent civil rights protests. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8. King won a Grammy for ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ for “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 9. In 2006, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C. was marked the first monument on the National Mall dedicated to an African-American. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Birthday, MLK. We appreciate all that you’ve done for the black culture and the sacrifices you’ve made to help create equality inside and out of our oppressed community.
Birthday, College, and Community: 9 Things You May Not Know
 About Martin Luther King Jr.
 @balleralert
9 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr. - Blogged By @Climb_This_Hill ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every year on January 15th marks a special remembrance for Martin Luther King Jr. as we celebrate his birthday and achievements as a civil rights leader and activist in black history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As we remember his heroic efforts today, there are still a few things you may not have known about MLK. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1. Martin Luther King Jr. was born Micheal King, and both he and his father changed their name after the German Protestant leader, Martin Luther. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2. Martin Luther King Jr. began taking college classes full-time at Atlanta’s Morehouse College at the age of 15 and graduated with his Ph.D. at 25. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3. On October 14th, 1964, at age 35, Martin Luther King Jr. became the youngest man to receive a Nobel Peace Prize for resisting racial inequality through non-violence. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4. King donated all of the $54,123 (worth about $400,000 today) of his Nobel Peace Prize award to the Civil Rights movement. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 5. He was the first African American to be granted a national federal holiday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 6. Over 1,000 streets in the U.S are named after Martin Luther King Jr. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 7. MLK was arrested more than 20 times for his non-violent civil rights protests. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 8. King won a Grammy for ‘Best Spoken Word Album’ for “Why I Oppose the War in Vietnam.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 9. In 2006, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Monument in Washington, D.C. was marked the first monument on the National Mall dedicated to an African-American. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Birthday, MLK. We appreciate all that you’ve done for the black culture and the sacrifices you’ve made to help create equality inside and out of our oppressed community.

9 Things You May Not Know About Martin Luther King Jr. - Blogged By @Climb_This_Hill ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Every year on January 15th marks a spec...

Children, College, and Crying: Former President Barack Obama Sits Down with David Letterman to Discuss Family and Life After Presidency; Says Michelle Would Leave Him If He Ran Agairn @balleralert Room Former President Barack Obama Sits Down with David Letterman to Discuss Family and Life After Presidency; Says Michelle Would Leave Him If He Ran Again -blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Former late-night TV host DavidLetterman held his first interview for his new Netflix show, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’, and the conversation was nothing short of interesting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ For his first hour-long interview, Letterman sat down with former president BarackObama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ In front of a studio audience at the City University of New York, the two discussed subjects such as the Obama family, his legacy and how he wants it to be remembered, and even some of his views on current issues such as voting rights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it comes to his legacy as president, Obama said, "The economy was collapsing faster than it did during the great depression. The month I took office we lost 800,000 jobs – just in that month. And one of the things I'm proudest about is the fact that, within a year, we had the economy growing again and within about a year and a half we were actually adding jobs again instead of losing them." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ As one of the most beloved presidential families, we all are dying to know what the transition has been like from the White House to “regular life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ When his oldest daughter Malia left for college, Obama said, "It was like open heart surgery,...One of the best descriptions I've ever heard [about having] children was 'It's like having your heart outside your body.' And they're not that smart and they're wandering around and crossing streets, and getting on airplanes …" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I was basically useless. Everyone had seen me crying and misting up for the past three weeks," ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite, the hard times, the former prez is enjoying the extra time. He says he has no intention to run for a third term, not because it’s illegal, but because of his wife Michelle Obama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No, no, no, you guys are misunderstanding me – what I'm saying is, I’m prevented from running again by the Constitution but even if it were not for that amendment, Michelle would leave me."
Children, College, and Crying: Former President Barack Obama Sits Down with David
 Letterman to Discuss Family and Life After Presidency;
 Says Michelle Would Leave Him If He Ran Agairn
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 Room
Former President Barack Obama Sits Down with David Letterman to Discuss Family and Life After Presidency; Says Michelle Would Leave Him If He Ran Again -blogged by @thereal__bee ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Former late-night TV host DavidLetterman held his first interview for his new Netflix show, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman’, and the conversation was nothing short of interesting. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ For his first hour-long interview, Letterman sat down with former president BarackObama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ In front of a studio audience at the City University of New York, the two discussed subjects such as the Obama family, his legacy and how he wants it to be remembered, and even some of his views on current issues such as voting rights. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ When it comes to his legacy as president, Obama said, "The economy was collapsing faster than it did during the great depression. The month I took office we lost 800,000 jobs – just in that month. And one of the things I'm proudest about is the fact that, within a year, we had the economy growing again and within about a year and a half we were actually adding jobs again instead of losing them." ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ As one of the most beloved presidential families, we all are dying to know what the transition has been like from the White House to “regular life.” ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ When his oldest daughter Malia left for college, Obama said, "It was like open heart surgery,...One of the best descriptions I've ever heard [about having] children was 'It's like having your heart outside your body.' And they're not that smart and they're wandering around and crossing streets, and getting on airplanes …" ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ "I was basically useless. Everyone had seen me crying and misting up for the past three weeks," ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Despite, the hard times, the former prez is enjoying the extra time. He says he has no intention to run for a third term, not because it’s illegal, but because of his wife Michelle Obama. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ “No, no, no, you guys are misunderstanding me – what I'm saying is, I’m prevented from running again by the Constitution but even if it were not for that amendment, Michelle would leave me."

Former President Barack Obama Sits Down with David Letterman to Discuss Family and Life After Presidency; Says Michelle Would Leave Him If H...