Post It Notes: Hottest Headlines on 2/4
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It appears that, for the first time in history, the Republican National Committee has rolled out a video campaign commemorating Black History Month. H/T to The Griot. The ads will pay homage to prominent African Americans and showcase the silhouettes of past and contemporary party members, including Condoleezza Rice.
It’s true that there is a dearth of African Americans in the technology field, but today, we can put one (a big one) in the “win” column. John Thompson, a proud FAMU graduate no less, has just slid into the seat once occupied by digital icon Bill Gates. He is now the board chairman for Microsoft.
Pharrell Williams will perform at the Academy Awards. Oscar producers said Tuesday the producer-performer will sing his nominated song “Happy.” There was no word on whether his Grammy Award-stealing hat would make an appearance.
So you think you’re funny? Actor-comedian Marlon Wayans has teamed up with TBS to bring an hourlong comedy competition to the cable network. The series, called Funniest Wins, will document Wayans, his family and friends as they search for the “funniest multi-talented comedian,” according to Variety. The winner will receive a cash prize and the chance to star in an online series on Wayans’ WhatTheFunny.com.
The FBI has launched an investigation into the mysterious death of a physical therapist who went missing Jasper, TX, a town known for racial discord. The Daily Mail talks about this case in which a 28-year-old father stopped at a gas station in the town on the way to see a patient, only to resurface—dead and missing two teeth, an ear and his tongue. Police authorities in the area attributed his death to drugs, but friends and family say the claims are outrageous.