POST IT NOTES: HOTTEST HEADLINES ON 9/23
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Four thunderous explosions rattled Nairobi’s upscale mall Monday, part of a battle between Kenyan troops and al-Qaida-linked terrorists. Top Kenyan officials said two hostage takers, part of “a multinational collection from all over the world,” had been killed. Kenya’s interior minister said the evacuation of hostages “has gone very, very well” and that Kenyan officials are “very certain” that there are few if any hostages left in the building.
The U.S. Postal Service is adding the “Hit the Road, Jack” soul singer to its”Music Icons Forever” stamp series. Along with the postage, one of the artist’s previously unheard songs will also be released Monday. To honor his inclusion, R&B singer Ashanti and the Morehouse College Glee Club are scheduled to perform at the Atlanta school’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, and Chaka Khan is headlining an event at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.
Le sigh. Our beloved Kerry Washington didn’t take home “outstanding lead actress in a drama series” during Sunday’s broadcast of the 2013 Emmy Awards, losing to Claire Danes of “Homeland.” If Washington had won, she would have become the first Black actress to do so. Despite her loss, the “Scandal” star looked absolutely gorgeous in a neutral Marchesa gown. You’re still a winner to us!
Senegal born Chemist, Karamba Diaby, makes history becoming Germany’s first Black federal lawmaker. Promoting equal opportunities in education, he makes it a priority to be sure that every child born in Germany has the same chance to be successful regardless of their social background or the income of their parents.
George Zimmerman went missing, putting his wife’s divorce plans on hold. Without being served with papers, the divorce proceedings cannot move forward and his wife’s lawyer has no idea how to track him down. Since the alleged punching of his wife’s father in the face, nobody’s been able to locate the former neighborhood watch volunteer.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World officials announced that people with disabilities won’t be able to go straight to the front of lines anymore. The system was abused, which led to the new policy change. Now, special need visitors will receive tickets that tell them what time to return.
After transcripts of text messages were leaked to the district attorney, a criminal investigation was launched forcing Philadelphia’s Coatesville Area School District Superintendent Richard Como and Athletics Director Jim Donato to resign. The IT Technician, while upgrading the phones, found the messages of the two repeatedly referring to the Black students and teachers by the N-word. SMH.
The 10 Black former contestants from the reality singing competition (all of whom were disqualified from the show over six seasons for reasons other than singing, mind you) were recently issued notices of “right to sue” by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The plaintiffs are claiming that the show’s producers have practiced a pattern of racial discrimination over the last 10 years by using Black male contestants’ arrest history against them. However, the defendants have denied any prejudice, pointing out that four of the 12 winners have been African American. What do you think?
The rapper has an explanation for all of the ruckus he’s been causing on Twitter – an addiction to syrup. “I’ve been drinking lean for 10plus years & I must admit it has destroyed me. I wanna be the first rapper to admit I’m addicted to lean & that sh–– ain’t no joke. I can barely remember all the things I’ve done & said. However there’s no excuse,” he tweeted. Gucci Mane is currently incarcerated, but said he has plan to go to rehab.