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Mo’Nique Reportedly In Financial Trouble

Mo’Nique has  been in the headlines lately for boycotting Netflix and coming for everyone from Roland Martin to Oprah.

In case you missed it, back in January, Mo was pushing for Black folks to boycott Netflix by claiming gender and racial bias at the streaming company on her Instagram account. The boycott was a specific response to Netflix offering her $500,000 for a comedy special while fellow comedian Amy Schumer, who is White, got $11 million.

Now, it looks like there are some additional financial issues for the 50-year-old. AJC.com is reporting the Oscar winner owes the U.S. government $560K in unpaid taxes. “In 2016, she had a tax lien filed against her for the years ending 2013 and 2014 for a total of $389,904.98. Last fall, the federal government said she was late paying her taxes in 2015 as well to the tune of $170,720.74. So the Oscar-winning actress now owes the U.S. government $560,625.72.”

Absolutely, no shade, but maybe Mo should have taken that Netflix deal or at least not slammed anyone who didn’t co-sign her. That said, Mo’Nique is seriously talented so we hope she doesn’t end up like Wesley Snipes. Uncle Sam don’t play.

SOURCE: AJC.com

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Power Moves A Conference to Channel Black Women’s Growing Political Strength

African-American women will gather for the Power Rising: Building an Agenda for Black Women Summit on Feb. 22 in Atlanta to capitalize on their growing political and economic strength.

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The three-day conference provides a space to exchange ideas on how to turn this power into action that can benefit Black women, as well as their families and communities. The idea was born at a retreat that the female members of the Congressional Black Caucus organized after the 2016 presidential election.

Stop by and see Empowerment Resource Center at this years Power Rising Summit: Building an Agenda for Black Women. February 22 – 25, 2018 – learn more here https://t.co/Dolp29WqZh @PowerRising18 pic.twitter.com/P9OM2Uny38

— ERC (@ERC_Inc) February 14, 2018

The collective power of Black women “has not been appreciated,” New Jersey’s Democratic Rep. Bonnie Coleman, who will be speaking at the conference, told NPR.

Coleman pointed to the collective voting power of Black women that has consistently been on display in recent elections. Black women voted at the highest percentage of any other demographic in 2008 and 2012, according to the Black Women’s Roundtable. Most recently, they were credited with pushing U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, an Alabama Democrat, across the finish line in a special election contest in a deep red state.

In the business arena, Black women represent the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States. The number of businesses owned by African-American women grew 322 percent between 1997 and 2015.

They are also major contributors to the economy. “You know, by 2021, they estimate that Black women will drive about $1.3 trillion of our economy,” Karen Finney, a summit organizer and former Hillary Clinton adviser, said. However, financial institutions are ignoring Black women, she added.

Given all this strength, the women will form an agenda around five pillars of activism: business and economic empowerment; culture, community, and society; education, technology, and innovation; health and wellness; and political empowerment.

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Great Grandfather Of The Sunken Place — Clarence Thomas — Is Advocating For Less Gun Regulations

Before Tim Scott, Ben Carson, Paris Dennard and many more — there was Clarence Thomas. The arguably anti-Black misogynist, who was accused of sexual harassment and tried to ruin Anita Hill‘s life (his accuser), has been helping to destroy America as a Supreme Court Justice for decades. His latest act of foolishness is a pro-gun rant the day of the Parkland shooting in Florida, which left 17 people dead.

In a court order for Silvester v. Becerra, the 69-year-old  babbled for 14 pages that there isn’t a gun problem in the United States. The plaintiffs in the case argued there shouldn’t be a 10-day waiting period for people to buy guns in California, which gives state officials time to run a background check on the buyer. Thomas’ response? No waiting period. He wrote, “Common sense suggests that subsequent purchasers contemplating violence or self-harm would use the gun they already own.” There is a waiting period to buy Sudafed, Thomas wants no waiting period for guns?

Surprisingly, not one person on the court agreed with him. According to Reuters, “The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday turned away a challenge to California’s 10-day waiting period for firearms purchases that is intended to guard against impulsive violence and suicides.”

Thomas’ advocacy for no waiting period to buy guns in California comes with horrific timing: the same day as the shooting in Parkland. Granted, he was not aware of the shooting when he wrote the order, but he was obviously aware of the countless and frequent mass shootings across the country.

This is why Justice Clarence Thomas is the great granddaddy of of the sunken place.

On another note, a woman named Angela Wright-Shannon came forward and said she was sexually harassed by Thomas in 1991. She is calling for his impeachment.  And we are so #HereForIt.

SOURCE:  Reuters

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Applebee’s Déjà Vu Popular Harlem Restaurant Accused Of Racially Profiling Black Women

Last week it was  Applebee’s  in Missouri, this week it’s a restaurant in Harlem.

On  February 10, Tara Fitzgibbon and a group of her friends visited Angel of Harlem restaurant in Harlem. As they were at the bar having their overpriced drinks (yes, I’ve been to this bland restaurant that is a product of gentrification), according to the New York Daily News, “A manager came up behind them and demanded to know how they were planning on paying. ‘You were here last week, and ran up a tab and left,’ the manager said aggressively.” This was Tara’s first time at Angel of Harlem . The site continued, “Fitzgibbon said the manager flipped out, snatched a menu from her hands, banged on the bar and accused her of lying. The manager yelled that he had video of Fitzgibbon dining and dashing at the restaurant a few days earlier, making the restaurant turn dead quiet.” Tara said they were “beyond embarrassed” and “felt dehumanized.”

The manager, who is described as  white or Hispanic, pulled out his phone and showed Tara and her friends a group of Black women, who looked nothing like them, dining and dashing.  “As the manager kept accusing her of lying, Fitzgibbon said her friend, Tamara Young, exclaimed, ‘What, do all Black people look alike to you?’ The manager subsequently yelled at Fitzgibbon and her friends to get out. As they walked out, the manager kept pushing Young, according to police reports that both women filed about the incident.” They are both considering legal action.

However, it doesn’t stop there. A woman in a Yelp review claimed she also visited Angel of Harlem on February 10 and a bartender tried to overcharge her. Allegedly, the bartender said her boyfriend had been  “stealing drinks from the counter” and that is why they were charged more. When the customer asked why they weren’t kicked out if they were stealing drinks, she claims the bartender responded with, “I’m from Europe, b***h.”

In case you are wondering, and I am sure you are, Angel of Harlem is not Black-owned. It’s owned by a woman named  Anahi Angelone who was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Angelone refused to address specific allegations, but told the New York Daily News, &l

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Parkland Victim’s Dad’s Pro-Trump Shirt Sparks Twitter Debate After Shooting Tragedy

The horrific mass shooting tragedy in Parkland, Florida that ended 17 innocent lives lost has undoubtedly affected people from every corner of the nation. At a time when the nation must come together and focus on helping the Parkland community, a heated debate broke out on Twitter over a photo of one of the victim’s fathers wearing a “Trump 2020: Make America Great Again” shirt.

The image of Andrew Pollack showed him while searching for his 18-year-old daughter, Meadow Pollack, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, The Washington Times reported. Pollack waited for hours outside a local hospital emergency room for news about his daughter.

Here is Andrew Pollack yesterday showing a photo of his daughter Meadow. At that time he was searching for her. Today he said “she’s gone.” #stonemanshooting pic.twitter.com/MJcuCNttt8

— Alexandra Seltzer (@alexseltzer) February 15, 2018

Pollack got the painful news that his child had been killed Wednesday evening in the what has been the worst school shooting since the horrific Sandy Hook attack in 2012.

"She's gone." Andrew Pollack called his daughter's phone over and over and over again. Today, he found out she was among the dead in Parkland, FL.https://t.co/r4Adi1trmj

— KPLC (@KPLC7News) February 15, 2018

The father was captured in the photo by The Palm Beach Post that showed him with a picture of his daughter on his cell phone. The photo received more than 1,500 replies after a Post reporter tweeted it on Thursday morning.

Several users expressed sorrow over the tragic loss of Pollack’s daughter. However, they also were angered over Pollack’s shirt supporting Trump, who has failed to take major measures preventing gun violence at schools. They called out Trump and his administration for “racist policies” and supporting the National Rifle Association or NRA.

Sorry for his loss! He voted for a man who had no gun control plans. Trump even reversed the one Obama had in place. Funny how life works, you don’t think that something bad will ever happen to you unti it does.

— Oluchi Entertainment (@LifestyleOe) February 15, 2018

I'm unforgiveable

Read more: https://newsone.com/3775463/parkland-shooting-victims-today-tragedy-pro-trump-shirt-andrew-pollack-twitter-debate/

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