Although Tyler Perry’s entertainment franchise is super successful, the New Orleans-bred mogul has often been criticized for creating characters that are stereotypical of African-Americans. During a recent interview, Perry clapped back at the people who had negative things to say about his work. “Let me tell you what took me aback about that, when people were like, ‘How dare you put fat black people on television, these are caricatures, these are stereotypes’ — I was so offended because my aunt’s fat. My mother’s fat. My cousins are fat,” said Perry during the interview. “People who are like, ‘How dare you — these harken back to Mammy, Amos ’n’ Andy.’ I would hear all these things, and I would go, hmmm.” Director Spike Lee has been very vocal about his discontent with Perry’s work; labeling it as “coonery and buffoonery.” “There’s a lot of my audience that likes what he does. And there’s a lot of his audience that likes what I do,” he said. Read more.
Chicago Named Third Most Segregated Big City In U.S.
Although Chicago has made progress when it comes to racial segregation, the city is still one of the most segregated in our country. According to data pulled from the census, 76 percent of the city’s African-American population would have to relocate in order for Chicago to be completely integrated. However, segregation lines are slowly but surely being blurred throughout Chicago neighborhoods. The data also revealed that a normal Black resident in Chicago now resides in a neighborhood that is 64 percent Black, in comparison to 76 percent 16 years ago. “The reason we pay so much attention to segregation is because it matters in terms of life outcomes,” said Stephanie Schmitz Bechteler, the research and evaluation director at the Chicago Urban League. “Where you live and where you grow up matters, and so does who you grow up around. It dictates where you go to school, the access you have to healthy business corridors, even your access to healthy food and job opportunities. All this is tied to address. It’s good to see a decrease in segregation; it’s a positive step forward. But only time will tell if the trend is long-term and whether it will break down the social and economic barriers that currently exist.” Milwaukee and New York City are the top segregated cities, while Kansas City, Tampa, and Detroit have made major progress in terms of integration. Read more.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s Stepdaughter Held In Custody After Uber Ride
Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s stepdaughter was detained in a New York City police station last week after getting into a dispute over an Uber ride gone wrong. According to reports, 21-year-old Kia Absalom was riding in one of the cars on December 28. She thought her fare would automatically be paid through the Uber app, but was unaware the car she was riding in was under the UberT service; which only gives passengers the option of paying cash or credit. “I asked her to pay me,” said the taxi driver Hassan Almaweri. “She said, ‘No, I paid by the app.’” Absalom had no cash or credit cards on her, so she was arrested and held inside a prison cell for a half-hour. Her boyfriend later came to pay the fare, she was released, and her arrest record was annulled. Uber has declined to comment on the situation. The incident is still being reviewed. Read more.
REPORT: Black Men 9 Times More Likely to be Killed by Police
According to The Guardian, 1,134 people were killed by police in 2015. About 47.2 percent of those who died were people of color. Another 53.6 percent of people of color who were killed by cops were unarmed. The study showed that young African-American men were nine times more likely to be murdered by cops than other people in our country. A recent Harvard study indicated that killings involving the police outnumber the amount of people who die from diseases like influenza, measles, malaria, and mumps. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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