Archive for February, 2013

MC Hammer Arrested for Obstruction, Claims He Was Victim of Racial Profiling

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


(E! Online) If you ask MC Hammer, he's too legit to be treated this way.

After getting arrested for allegedly obstructing police last Thursday night in his native Oakland, Calif., the "U Can't Touch This" rapper took to his Twitter to complain that he was racially profiled.

Per the San Francisco Chronicle, the Alameda County Sheriff's Department confirmed Hammer, real name Stanley Burrell, was taken into custody and cited for resisting an officer.

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Justice Sonia Sotomayor slams Texas prosecutor for racial remark

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


(Los Angeles Times) Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's first Latina justice, slammed a Texas prosecutor Monday for citing race as grounds for convicting a defendant of a drug deal, saying the government attorney had tried to "substitute racial stereotype for evidence and racial prejudice for reason."

She filed a rare statement commenting on the court's refusal to hear an appeal, not to dissent from the decision but to "dispel any doubt" that the action "should be understood to signal our tolerance of a federal prosecutor's racially charged remark. It should not."

Sotomayor, who began her career as a prosecutor in New York, said she was troubled by what happened.

"By suggesting that race should play a role in establishing a defendant's guilt, the prosecutor here tapped a deep and sorry vein of racial prejudice that has run through the history of criminal justice in our nation," she wrote. "… It is deeply disappointing to see a representative of the United States resort to this base tactic more than a decade into the 21st century."

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Soledad O’Brien Makes Deal With CNN

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013


(The Root) "Soledad O'Brien will leave CNN's morning show in the spring, but she won't be leaving the cable news channel altogether," as Brian Stelter put it Thursday for the New York Times.

"Ms. O'Brien, who is well-known for CNN documentaries like 'Black in America,' said Thursday that she would form a production company and continue to supply documentaries to CNN on a nonexclusive basis. She'll also make them for other television channels and for the Web."

The removal of O'Brien from the anchor desk appeared to leave the main CNN U.S. network with no anchors of color during the week.

O'Brien, daughter of a white Australian father and a black Cuban mother, was named "Journalist of the Year" by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2010. NABJ called her "the impetus of CNN's acclaimed 'In America' franchise, which began with CNN's 'Black [in] America' in 2008, a groundbreaking documentary, which took an in-depth look at the challenges confronting blacks in America." Later, the series took on "Latino in America" and "Gay in America."

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George Lopez jokes “Argo” star Ben Affleck “our finest Latino actor right now”

Monday, February 25th, 2013


(CBS News) George Lopez has built a career finding humor in just about everything, from politics to his Hispanic roots.

On "CBS This Morning," the stand-up comedian and actor — one of the voices starring in the new animated movie "Escape from Planet Earth" — got the co-hosts laughing when he talked about Ben Affleck, star and director of the Oscar-nominated movie, "Argo," in which he plays a Latino man Tony Mendez sent to rescue Americans in Iran during the 1980 hostage crisis.

"'Argo' is an amazing movie," Lopez said on "CTM," and then quipped, "Ben Affleck, clearly our finest Latino actor right now."

But Lopez sarcastically noted he had some problems with the role: "Affleck's portrayal of (Mendez) had him shirtless doing pull-ups in the closet. First of all, no Latino is ever shirtless, nor can we do a pull-up, and usually our closet has all our clothes and shoes in there."

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NASCAR seeks to attract Latinos with Mexican drivers in a race

Sunday, February 24th, 2013


( Latinos are a sought-after segment of the American population, and organizations likeNASCAR are trying to court them in any way possible. In a Feb. 21 report on Fox News Latino, an upcoming race was announced at the Phoenix International Raceway that will feature over two dozen Mexican NASCAR drivers.

On March 1, the Arizona speedway will host the historic 75-lap event that is part of an agreement with Fox Deportes, and it will be broadcast in Spanish for the enjoyment of Hispanic viewers. This race represents NASCAR’s efforts to increase their presence in the Latino market; right now only 10 percent of NASCAR’s audience is Latino.

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CBS Daytime seeks writers of color for CBS Daytime Writers Initiative Program

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013


( CBS Daytime continues to support diversity in daytime television. Along with the recent additions of cast members Redaric Williams, Lamon Archey and Ignacio Serricchio to "TheYoung and the Restless," the network is looking to enhance diversity behind the scenes as well with their Daytime Writers Initiative.

The Daytime Writers Initiative will provide qualified diverse writers with mentor ship career development and access to daytime decision makers including network, studio and production company executives as well as the executive producers, head writers and writing staffs of CBS’ Daytime dramas, "The Young and the Restless" and/or 'The Bold and the Beautiful." The program is designed to provide an intensive, educational experience of the writing process of daytime dramas and to foster relationships within the CBS daytime family.

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More Minorities in Class? Less in Teacher’s Paycheck

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

(Hispanic Business) Across the country the pattern recurs: Teachers working with high-minority populations take a hit in the paycheck. U.S. Department of Education data from 2010 shows elementary school teachers who worked in schools with the highest African-American and Hispanic enrollment earned an average $2,251 less per year than teachers in the same district with the fewest minority students. 

At the high school level, the largest pay gap in 2012 was found in the Philadelphia School District, where teachers with the highest African-American and Hispanic populations were paid $14,699 less than teachers in schools with the fewest minorities. 

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Current Model For Breast Cancer Risk Prediction In African American Women Underestimates Risk

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

(Medical News Today) A breast cancer risk prediction model developed for African Americans tends to underestimate risk in certain subgroups, according to a new study from the Slone Epidemiology Center (SEC) at Boston University. The model predicted estrogen receptor (ER)-negative breast cancer, which is a more aggressive form of breast cancer that disproportionately affects African American women, more poorly than ER-positive breast cancer. 

The study, published online in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, was led by Deborah Boggs, ScD, postdoctoral associate at Slone and the study's corresponding author. 

The Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool, also known as the Gail model, is used to estimate a woman's breast cancer risk and to determine eligibility for breast cancer prevention trials. The Gail model was developed based on data from white women but has been found to underestimate breast cancer risk in African American women. Researchers had previously modified the Gail model using data from African American women in the Women's Contraceptive and Reproductive Experiences (CARE) study and had validated the CARE model among postmenopausal African American women between the ages of 50 and 79. 

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

(SB Nation) Waiting for competition to resume at a regional track meet in Churubusco, Ind., last spring, the 15-year-old didn’t look much different from other teenagers on coach James Reed’s North Miami High School (Ind.) team. The boy was perhaps a year or two younger than the rest. His stocky, athletic build and longish blond hair distinguished him a tad from everybody else, and maybe – just maybe — how he viewed the world was misaligned with theirs, too.

Huddled with teammates between events, the 15-year-old noticed black girls and boys, jeans sagging off their asses, milling around. As if out of nowhere, he blurted out, "I don't really not like black people. But I just don't like black people when they're sagging, when they've got their hat on backwards."

Stunned, Reed grabbed the boy and hustled him a few feet from the pack. "Why'd you say that?" Reed demanded. "Why?"

The 15-year-old stood mute. But what words do speak to ignorance, which is what racist rhetoric is? Reed knew, however, that the boy wasn't the only person in his high school of 500 students — or in his town or any similar place in rural America where the sight of black faces was rare — who embraced such myopic beliefs. In rural schools like North Miami, many teenagers look at sagging jeans as a clownish fad – same, too, with rap music. They find the profanity-laced lyrics of Trinidad James, 2 Chainz and Rick Ross impossible to dissect to their essence because the black rappers focus too much on baby-momma drama, on living the gangsta lifestyle, on making coin:

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Black nurse not allowed by hospital to care for white baby

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013


( A Michigan nurse is suing the Hurley Medical Center over allegations of discrimination. Tonya Battle found a note in a patient's hospital file stating, ”No African American nurse to take care of baby,” according The baby that was previously in her care was re-assigned another nurse.

Battle was attending to a baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when the baby's father asked to speak to her supervisor. It is alleged the father instructed the charge nurse that he didn't want any African American nurses taking care of his child. It was at that time the father pulled up his sleeve to show a tattoo resembling a Swastika.

Battle is African American.

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Battle has been working for the hospital since 1988. She was shocked to learn she was discriminated against by the color of her skin not only by the patient's father, but also by the hospital she works for.

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