Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 8/28
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Taking stock of progress made and still to come, Americans of all backgrounds and colors massed on the National Mall on Wednesday to hear President Barack Obama and civil rights pioneers commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on the same spot where he gave unforgettable voice to the struggle for racial equality 50 years earlier, according to the Associated Press.
George Zimmerman’s wife, Shellie Zimmerman, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor perjury charge for lying during a bail hearing after her husband’s arrest and was sentenced to a year’s probation and 100 hours of community service.
From the earnest explanation of why Gary the Snail is her favorite “SpongeBob SquarePants” character to the name-check of rapper Lil Wayne, Victoria Duval made quite clear that she is very much a 17-year-old kid. One who just so happened to stun 2011 champion Sam Stosur in the first round of the U.S. Open.
“Twerk” is officially a verb, according to the Oxford Dictionaries Online. It falls right after “selfie.” It’s defined as “to dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and low, squatting stance.” There’s even a reference to Miley Cyrus’s MTV Video Music Award’s performance. Good grief.
The New Jersey politician told the Washington Post he doesn’t mind the whispers about his sexuality that continue to resurface. “I want to challenge people on their homophobia. I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? I hope you are not voting for me because you are making the presumption that I’m straight.”
Goodie Mob is back and even though it’s a group, CeeLo Green naturally stands out among the members. After 14 years, they reunited and now fans can check out their new album, “Age Against the Machine.” The 17-tracks address bullying, race and more personal experiences.
The rumor mill always finds its way back to the “Take Care” singers. After the two left the VMAs Sunday night, each was seen leaving the after-party shortly after one another. According to E!, the pair reunited even before the award show on Friday for lobster and cocktails on the Lower East Side.
Members of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s family was involved in a minor car collision, according to TMZ. This as some of the descendants of the civil rights icon were traveling in a van from the Washington D.C. site of the 50th Anniversary celebration. It appears that though the driver may have been taken to a hospital, the rest of the passengers were uninjured. Apparently Omarosa, of “Apprentice” fame, was onboard the vehicle and tweeted about it.
Willow Smith isn’t the only one who can whip her head back and forth. Tamartians will be pleased to know that their fierce leader is readying a new video. She offered a snippet of it on her Instagram account. It features a lot of the baby Braxton working a super long ponytail and showing off a flawless face o’ makeup while leather-clad male minions do their best scissor-leg choreography. Werk.
Forward this link to the next person who tells you we are living in a post-racial America. Investment giant Merrill Lynch has settled a case that accused the giant of steering African Americans toward clerical positions and steered more lucrative clients toward White employees. The payout is $160 million, according to the NY Times, which dubbed it the largest settlement ever distributed to plaintiffs in a racial discrimination suit against a U.S. employer. We should have saved this for our SMH headline of the day.