BOSTON – The fan who ripped a home run ball out of a woman's hands
and threw it back onto the field allegedly spent Game 2 of the American League Championship Series uttering racist remarks, including a parting shot to an African-American man as he was ejected from Fenway Park: "Bye, Trayvon."
The man was not immediately identified, and stadium security declined to provide his name.
But fans in Section 42 of the stadium confirmed that he directed multiple slurs at 25-year-old Angelo Sikoutris, a
VALDOSTA, Ga., – The death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson was awful enough for his parents.
But the discovery that their son’s body and skull had been stuffed with newspaper before burial added a horrific new dimension to their anguish and further fueled their skepticism of the official findings.
“We have been let down again,” his father, Kenneth Johnson, told CNN. “When we buried Kendrick, we thought we were burying Kendrick, not half of Kendrick.
VIRGINIA -- Melona Clarke said she had to prove she was a Muslim so she could be a student
at Hampton University.
“I went to go get my ID in the police office, and I was in the front of the line and I was told that I would not be able to get my ID because I wear a hijab,” said Clarke.
In order to wear the hijab, or the head scarf many Muslim women choose to wear, Clarke was told she not only had to get a letter from the school
chaplain but her mosque.
NewsChannel 3 took a look at the school’s dress
MISSISSIPPI -- I need you to do something. Do an Internet search for James Craig Anderson in Jackson, Mississippi. You can even view a video on the incident.
Now that you know who he is, let me tell you my thoughts and what I did. Seven white teens in Jackson, Mississippi admitted that they decided they wanted to assault someone because they were black.
They decided to head over to the black side of town and beat the very first black person they saw.
They saw James Craig Anderson, a 49 year-old auto plant worker in the parking lot of a hotel who was preparing to head off to work.
NEW YORK -- *It should come as no surprise that CNN weekend anchorDon Lemon
is catching shade for agreeing with Fox News’Bill O’Reilly
anti-black community comments.
In fact, Lemon went a step further and
said O’Reilly didn’t go far enough.
Just saw Fruitvale Station. Heard Lemon remarks. There is
nothing I can say.
CHICAGO - This past week President Obama publicly urged the reexamination of state self-defense laws (see remarks below).
However, nine years ago then-State Sen. Barack Obama actually co-sponsored a bill that strengthened Illinois' 1961 "stand your ground" law.
The Obama-sponsored bill (SB 2386
) enlarged the state's 1961 law by shielding the person who was attacked from being sued in civil court by perpetrators or their estates when a "stand your ground" defense is used in protecting his or her person, dwelling or other property.
NEW YORK -- NBA legendCharles Barkley
appeared on CNBC’sClosing Bell
Thursday afternoon and shared his incredibly diplomatic views onGeorge Zimmerman
“I agree with the verdict,” Barkley told Bartiromo. “I’m sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him.”
Barkley admitted that he did see some “racial profiling” in the case, but said “something happened that changed the dynamic that night.”
He recognized what he was saying was “probably not a popular opinion among most people,” but “looking at the evidence” he said he agreed with the jury’s decision.
BIRMINGHAM -- In the wake of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in connection with the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last February in a Sanford, Fla. neighborhood, there have been calls for African-Americans everywhere to stage a boycott of all-things Sunshine State.
This brings me to an event later that will be heavily attended by African-Americans in Florida later this fall; the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge.
Should the 2013 MEAC/SWAC Challenge between Mississippi Valley State and Florida A&M – scheduled to be played Sept.
WILDWOOD, N.J. — Mayor Ernest Troiano Jr. thinks he's found a way to
put one of this Jersey shore resort town's problems behind it. Wildwood
is ready to ban overly saggy pants, no ifs, ands or butts.
The city is set to pass a law Wednesday regulating how people dress
on its boardwalk. It bans going shirtless, as well as walking on the
boardwalk with bare feet.
But the provision that has gained widespread attention is a
prohibition on pants that sag more than 3 inches below the hips,
exposing either skin or underwear.
NEW YORK -- George Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, was asked by CNN’s Piers Morgan the question that many pundits are asking of the Zimmerman team now that the prosecution’s case has come undone: What happens if / when your client is found ‘not guilty’ after having k!lled an unarmed teen?
“There may possibly be riots. You will have read the same warnings about this. How concerned are you about that and about the safety of your client should he be declared an innocent man?” asked Morgan.
O’Mara made it clear that he doesn’t feel that his client will be exonerated in the minds of others simply because of an (expected) ‘not guilty’ verdict.
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network in 2002.
She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.
ATLANTA -- Former President Jimmy Carter said embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen should be forgiven, arguing that while there's no condoning the racial slurs she uttered, the well-known personality has been candid and apologetic.
"She was maybe excessively honest in saying that she had in the past, 30 years ago, used this terrible word," Carter told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux in an interview Friday.
"I think she has been punished, perhaps overly severely, for her honesty in admitting it and for the use of the word in the distant past.
NEW YORK -- Paula Deen continues to lose business partnerships left and right following a racial-slur controversy that's sent theFood Network and several large corporations, includingTarget (TGT
) and Wal-Mart (WMT
), fleeing from the celebrity chef.
The latest companies to bail on Deen include retailer JCPenney and Ballantine Books, which scrapped plans to publish a cookbook with her on Friday.
Despite the ongoing uproar, however, crisis management professionals say it's not too late to turn around this sinking ship.
NEW YORK -- On Thursday a jury acquitted a Baltimore County police officer in connection with the asphyxiation death of a teen he chased after a rock was thrown at the officer’s home.
The jury only deliberated three hours before finding James Laboard, who is black, not guilty of manslaughter in the choking death of 17 year old Christopher Brown.
Laboard was off duty at his home when he heard a loud noise, went outside, and found that his front door hat been hit with a rock. Laboard then chased a group of teenagers and caught Brown, who was hiding behind a bush.
WEST VIRGINIA -- The West Virginia eighth-grader who was suspended and arrested in late April after he refused to remove a t-shirt supporting theNational Rifle Association appeared in court this week and was formally charged with obstructing an officer.
As CBS affiliate WTRF reports
, 14-year-old Jared Marcum now faces a $500 fine and a maximum of one year in prison. The boy’s father, Allen Lardieri, is not pleased.
“Me, I’m more of a fighter and so is Jared and eventually we’re going to get through this,” Lardieri told WTRF.
NEW YORK -- Dr. Dambisa Moyo is no ordinary scholar. She has a PhD in Economics
from Oxford University and a masters degree from Harvard.
With credentials like these, one would expect a philanthropist like
Bill Gates to want to partner with her rather than attack her. But
this has not been the case.
Gates’ contention with Dr.
OAKLAND -- Sometimes it takes months, sometimes it take years, and sometimes it takes forever, for change to occur but in time change will transpire.
Individuals can embrace change or fight it. Some kick and scream, However it is their choice.
We now know which road Daniel Snyder has chosen by his latest statements to the American Sports Media.
So the battle begins.
The Washington Football Club and owner Mr. Daniel Snyder are currently looking at history's window and don't understand their legacies.
ATLANTA -- One must question the awkward silence coming from Black America regarding the case of Roy Brown. InDecember 2007, Brown robbed a Capital One Bank in Shreveport, LA. He walked up to the teller with one hand under his jacket and said it was a "stickup." The teller handed Brown three stacks of bills. Brown took a single $100 bill, told her he was homeless and left, police said.Guilt overcame Brown and he surrendered himself to
WASHINGTON -- As someone who has spent nearly a third of her life fighting the Washington Redskins
nickname, Suzan Shown Harjo had a good laugh when asked about the team's latest line of defense.
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said last month that it is ''ludicrous'' to think that the team is ''trying to upset anybody'' with its nickname, which many Native Americans consider to be offensive.
That's beside the point, according to Harjo. She's never suggested that the Redskins deliberately set out to offend anyone.
ATLANTA -- An image of a brown Barbie doll has surfaced on the Internet, causing people to question whether or not it is supposed to be the next African-American Barbie.
The doll is sporting blonde hair, gold chains, cleavage, and two bags that are strikingly similar to the Louis Vuitton monogram multicolor collection.
Many African-Americans find the doll’s appearance offensive, stating that it does not exude the true beauty of African-American women.
The truth is, though, the doll strongly resembles imagery of African-American women that is seen in some of the most famous celebrities (e.