Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines On 8/13
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A federal judge’s stinging rebuke of the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory could usher in a return to the days of high violent crime rates and end New York’s tenure as “America’s safest big city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned.
A 15-year-old teen is being denied a heart transplant because his doctors say the DeKalb patient has a history of non-compliance, his parents tell WSB-TV in Atlanta. Though the on-the-record reason is that they fear he would not take his meds and adhere to requirements set forth by the hospital, family friends told the news station that the real reason Anthony Stokes is being denied is because of brushes with the law and poor academic performance.
Oprah Winfrey says she’s “sorry” that a media frenzy emerged after saying she experienced racism during a trip to Switzerland. “I think that incident in Switzerland was just an incident in Switzerland. I’m really sorry that it got blown up. I purposefully did not mention the name of the store. I’m sorry that I said it was Switzerland,” Winfrey said Monday night at the Los Angeles premiere of “Lee Daniels: The Butler.”
The Compton-rapper set off the Twitterverse with his verse on Big Sean’s “Control.” In the controversial verse, Kendrick declares himself the “King of New York” and proceeds to slay his fellow rappers, such as Drake, J. Cole, Wale, A$AP Rocky, Pusha T and more. You can listen to the track here.
The San Francisco Giants fan who allegedly threw a banana at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones says the incident was not racial. Alexander Poulides was “disappointed” in his team’s performance and that is why he threw the banana on to the field. It just so happened to land next to Jones, who is Black. Riiight.
This immediate gratification, ‘Waiting? I don’t have time for that,’ generation wants everything now, so it’s no surprise that within a year, women can snag their weave from vending machines instead of the store. The Mane Vendor is a business venture started by Marcella Ellis, who wants to push the hair extension profit back into Black salons. Her goal is to have 10,000 machines in all 50 states and abroad by 2015.
Recall that random stage performance between R&B talent R. Kelly and the indie-rock group Phoenix back in April? Well, it seems like the band’s guitarist Christian Mazzzalai is open to another collaboration between the two musical acts. He expressed the possibility in a recent Rolling Stone interview.
Filmmaker Spike Lee says a script for a possible sequel to “School Daze” is already completed. The film would deal with issues facing HBCUs today, such as race, hair and homophobia.
All signs are pointing that the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” might be getting a new cast member very soon. Mynique Smith, friends with the sassy and vivacious NeNe Leakes has been spotted hanging with the season six crew. Looks like she meets the housewife requirement because she’s married to former Atlanta Falcons player Chuck Smith.