Actor J. August Richards (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) is 40.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now. – Audre Lorde
Aug. 28: Actor J. August Richards (“Angel”) is 40. Actress Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) is 10.
Aug. 28, 1955: Emmett Till, 14, was kidnapped and lynched in Money, Mississippi. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Actress Stacey Dash has turned her ire toward Oprah Winfrey over comments the TV mogul made comparing slain teen Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till.
The “Clueless” actress took to Twitter on Friday (Aug. 16) to express her two cents. She offered a quote by Malcolm X, then linked to a Fox News article criticizing Winfrey over the comparison.
She tweeted: “If You aren’t careful, The newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed And loving the people who are doing the oppressing-Malcolm X.” It was followed by the Fox News article titled: Oprah Compares Trayvon Martin to Emmett Till.”
This isn’t the first time Dash has made headlines for her comments on the social media site.
In April, she blasted Jay Z and Beyonce for taking a vacation to Cuba.
In the last U.S. presidential election, Dash also voiced her backing for Mitt Romney, who ran against President Barack Obama.
*Bill O’Reilly went in on Al Sharpton Thursday night for inking a deal with a company the Fox News host said distributed “entertainment that is harmful to children.”
O’Reilly and the MSNBC host have been attacking one another throughout the week, reports the Huffington Post. Sharpton railed against O’Reilly for comments the Fox News host made about race relations in the wake of the George Zimmerman trial verdict. O’Reilly called out Sharpton on Thursday for his memoir distribution deal with Cash Money Content, the publishing arm of Cash Money Records, which is Lil Wayne’s home label. Lil Wayne was dropped from PepsiCo earlier this year after he made what many considered a distasteful reference civil rights icon Emmett Till.
“That’s right,” O’Reilly said. “Al Sharpton is in business with people who put out entertainment that is harmful to children … The fact is Al Sharpton is allowing a company that harms black children to distribute his book.”
O’Reilly added, “The civil rights industry is not addressing the core reason why many African Americans are not succeeding in the marketplace. Because of that, young blacks continue to be at risk and have enormous obstacles to overcome.”
Tamika D. Mallory, executive director of Sharpton’s National Action Network, took issue with O’Reilly’s comments in the following statement issued to The Huffington Post:
I find it a blatant contradiction that Bill O’Reilly would question our President, Rev. Al Sharpton writing a book on the evolution of his principles and ideas, detailing among other things why he is against certain lyrics in hip-hop and has stopped himself from using specific words. Being published by Simon & Schuster in a joint venture with the parent company Cash Money Content, which itself has a relationship with the parent company of Cash Money Records, I find Mr. O’Reilly’s assertions a contradiction because I sit on the Diversity Council of News Corp that owns Fox News and the New York Post in the seat designated for National Action Network. Both of these media are frequent, consistent critics of Rev. Sharpton and NAN, and have done things that many of us disagree with in terms of aspirations of the Black community. News Corp also continues to support National Action Network functions and events financially, so if Rev. Sharpton can say we disagree with the News Corp entity, but should be open to dialogue, by what standards might he say to Simon & Schuster, that we are not open to doing business with Cash Money, especially since he can express his problems with lyrics and language in the book? Either we have one standard or not. Secondly, I was in the meeting between Pepsi executives, the family of Emmett Till and Rev. Sharpton. There was nobody from Cash Money in that meeting because Pepsi had severed all ties with Lil’ Wayne, and Cash Money and had done so at the urging of both the Till family and Rev. Sharpton. The purpose of the meeting was for Pepsi to assure the family and Rev. Sharpton they were not going to reinstate the Lil’ Wayne deal. To insinuate that there was some deal in the meeting is a blatant lie. The fact remains that Pepsi had still withdrawn any relationship with Lil’ Wayne, so what would there be a deal around? The book deal with Simon & Schuster and Cash Money Content was signed through Massenburg Media and Rev. Sharpton last year and the book was in publication even before the Lil’ Wayne/Pepsi controversy occurred. The evidence of that is that the galleys are already out. Finally, as Rev. Sharpton often says, “We can have different opinions, but we can not have different facts.”
*The New York Daily News on Monday ran a provocative front page image to represent its coverage of the George Zimmerman verdict.
Zimmerman was found not guilty on Saturday in the killing of Trayvon Martin. The decision by a Florida jury of six women set off a wave of protests around the country.
In its cover image [seen above], the Daily News linked Martin, the unarmed black teenager, to martyrs of the civil rights movement such as Emmett Till, and to black victims of hate crimes like James Byrd, Jr.
*Lil Wayne publicly apologized to the family of murder victim Emmett Till at a concert in Tennessee after previously upsetting them by referring to his violent death in a song.
The line, from a leaked remix of “Karate Chop” with rapper Future, said he was going to “beat” a female’s genitals like Emmett Till, who was 14-years-old when he was beaten, tortured, shot, lynched with barbed wire, attached to the fan of a cotton gin, and thrown into Mississippi’s Tallahatchie River for allegedly whistling at a white woman in 1955. His death helped to launch the civil rights movement.
The rapper performed a cleaned-up version of his track during a show in Nashville, last week told audience, “I apologize to the family of Emmett Till.”
Lil Wayne previously addressed the controversy in a public statement and insisted he would not mention the Tills in his music ever again, but fell short of delivering an apology.
*Earlier today Rev. Al Sharpton President of the National Action Network and MSNBC host, along with the family of slain civil rights icon Emmett Till, met with reps of the PepsiCo.
Here is his statement regarding that meeting.
“The meeting today with PepsiCo representatives, the family of Emmett Till, and me at corporate headquarters was a positive meeting. PepsiCo apologized to the family again and they accepted while agreeing with me that this is a “teachable moment” and we must work with younger hip-hop artists so they know their civil rights history and become more engaged in the community. National Action Network (NAN) doesn’t want the end result to be the penalization of artists-although they clearly need to be corrected–but rather them becoming more engaged and conscientious of civil rights history. We agreed to work as partners to try and sit down with younger hip-hop artists, corporate executives, and people in the civil rights community.”
Lil Wayne’s made insensitive remarks toward Emmett Till in his verse on the remix of Future’s “Karate Chop” and as a result PepsiCo has cut ties with Wayne in light of the controversy. Wayne referenced Till, an African-American teenager whose brutal murder helped to spark the Civil Rights Movement, with the line “beat the p-sy up like Emmett Till.”