Google Hor

advertisement

News One

The Life Of An Icon: Dick Gregory Deserves To Be Honored With A Statue

A s monuments of men who fought to enslave Africans fall across America, a far more honorable figure of American history has passed beyond this crazy world.

Dick Gregory , born October 12, 1932, thrived in America as an activist, artist and intellectual until the day of his death , Saturday (August 19). His family has not released the specifics of the medical situation that claimed his life at age 84, but in an Instagram post shared to Gregory’s official account, his son confirmed that the comedy legend passed in Washington D.C., after being hospitalized and postponing an upcoming show with Paul Mooney .

Throughout his life, Gregory challenged white supremacy fearlessly, never folding to suit a hidden agenda. His undying loyalty to Black people will live forever in his comedy routines, social activism and deep catalog of interviews. In dozens of recent YouTube videos, he seamlessly connected threads of the blatant racism he was born into with the more subtle modern threads America cloaks its hatred in today. Whether you take his wisdom as prophecy or conspiracy depends on your experiences. His are well-documented.

Gregory was raised in Missouri, the last state to side with the Confederacy in the Civil War. He was still alive when Mike Brown was murdered by Ferguson, Mo. police in 2014. Gregory was about six years old when Adolf Hitler instigated World War II. And he soon grew to become a stand-out sprinter, earning a track and field scholarship to Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated.

But in 1954, ten years before racial discrimination became illegal in the United States, Gregory was drafted into the U.S. Army. The success he found making his fellow soldiers laugh gave him the idea to pursue a career in comedy after service. He was discharged and returned to SIU, but dropped out after realizing that the university “ didn’t want me to study, they wanted me to run .”

Gregory moved on to Chicago and became a postal worker while also trying to break out as a comedian. He’s said that his unapologetic pro-Blackness was rooted in the loyalty he felt to the Black crowds that helped him shape his early routines. He said  in a recent interview , “( Black folks) listened to me when I wasn’t funny and when they got through listening, they pushed me all the way downtown where they couldn’t afford to come see me. So I got to go back. I have to go back .”

Those deep roots never allowed him to chase America’s validation or permission as a performer, writer or activist. Along with Richard Pryor , Bill Cosby  and Nipsey Russell , Gregory blazed a trail for Black comedy that went beyond America’s minstrel tradition. He spoke on current events, with a sharp wit that proved white supremacy wrong with each stab. As he told Boston Globe   in 2000 It was the first time they had seen a black comic who was not bucking his

...

11-Year-old Girl Burned By Boiling Water Makes Recovery

A New York City middle schooler is recovering nicely after a foolish prank left her face disfigured.

People magazine reports that  Jamoneisha Merritt returned home on Friday after a 12-day stay at Harlem Hospital to continue her recovery from getting scalding water thrown on her face.

The 11-year-old girl’s mother, Ebony Merritt , told People that her daughter is doing well and in “great spirits.”

Merritt posted this message on social media:

“I want to thank everyone that reached out everyone for their prayers and concerns flowers balloons cards and donations the love have been real.”

According to the New York Daily News , Jamoneisha, “Jamone,” was at a sleepover on Aug. 7 when a friends threw hot water on her, burning more than 85 percent of her face. The girl, 12, was reportedly taken into police custody and turned over to Family Court. The incident is believed to be inspired by the “Hot Water Challenge,” a prank that’s circulating among kids on YouTube.

“I’m so great,” Jamone told the Daily News, adding that she’s doing things she enjoys like dancing and listening to music.

Her mother told the newspaper that Jamone must avoid sunlight and will miss the start of school during her home recovery period, which will take about six months for Jamone to get her color back.

Meanwhile, the family launched a GoFundMe campaign to help cover Jamone’s medical bills.

SOURCE:   People , New York Daily News

SEE ALSO:

Nigerian Baby Abandoned Over Witchcraft Claims Makes Astonishing Recovery At Orphanage

North Carolina Teen Rescues Baby Cousin From Burning Home

55 Photos To Make You Miss The Obamas 45 photos Launch gallery

1. Barack gives daughter Malia a kiss

Source:Getty 1 of 45

2. Michelle and Barack tell the kids a story

Source:Getty 2 of 45

3. Michelle and Barack Kiss

Source:Getty 3 of 45

4. Michelle and Barack

Source:Getty 4 of 45

5. First Family Portrait

Source:Getty 5 of 45

6. Two Terms

Source:Getty 6 of 45

7. Michelle and Barack host a State Dinner

Source:Getty 7 of 45

8. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama

Source:Getty 8 of 45

9. The Obamas on Air Force One

Source:Getty 9 of 45

10. The First Family in London

Source:Getty 10 of 45

11. First Lady Michelle Obama with daughters Malia Obama and Sasha Obama

Source:Getty 11 of 45

12. Sasha and Malia Obama at the 2016 State Dinner

Source:Getty 12 of 45

13. Turkey Pardoning

Source:Getty 13 of 45

14. Sunday Church

Source:Getty 14 of 45

15. Gobble, Gobble

Source:Getty 15 of 45

16. Malia Obama, the First Daughter

Source:Getty 16 of 45

17. Barack Obama and his daughter Malia Obama

Source:Getty 17 of 45

18. Team Obama

Source:Instagram 18 of 45

19. A Family Affair

Source:Getty 19 of 45

20. Flashback To The Old Days

Source:Pete Souza 20 of 45

21. Happy Birthday!

Source:Getty 21 of 45

22. Candidly Awesome

Source:Pete Souza 22 of 45

23. Historic First Family

Source:Getty 23 of 45

24. Ice Cream Treat

...

What The Term ‘Alt-Right’ Really Means — And Why We Should Avoid Using It

G iven recent tragic events and the lack of empathy from those in power ( ahem, 45 ) it’s important for us to call things by their proper names. Journalists and others who work in media are called upon each day to shape language around difficult topics, and the folks at The Associated Press are  pushing us to do better .

On Tuesday (August 15), in the shadow of the  Charlottesville  “Unite the Right” rally, The AP’s blog posted about why we need to take another look at the terms used to describe these groups, such as “ alt-right ,” “ neo-Nazi ,” “ white nationalists ,” and “ white supremacists .”

At AP we have taken the position that the term ‘alt-right’ should be avoided because it is meant as a euphemism to disguise racist aims,” said John Daniszewski , AP’s vice president for standards. “ So use it only when quoting someone or when describing what the movement says about itself .”

Daniszewski recommends that journalists use quotation marks around the term or use phrasing such as “ the so-called alt-right .” He’s also made it a point within the piece to make the distinction between white nationalists, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis. Also of note: A new umbrella term has also emerged for those on the far left who resist neo-Nazis and white supremacists; “ antifa ” is short for “ anti-fascists .”

With the president and his followers denouncing media at every turn, it’s more important than ever for journalists to tell their stories effectively and ethically. Read the   full post  for a primer on how to use these terms effectively and correctly.

SOURCE: The New York Times , The Associated Press

SEE ALSO:

Hate Has Always Existed In America: LeBron James Blasts Trump For Charlottesville Remarks

Charlottesville: Where Do We Go From Here?

24 Powerful Photos Of Resistance 25 photos Launch gallery

1. Protests Continue In Baton Rouge After Police Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling

Source:Getty 1 of 25

2. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 2 of 25

3. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 3 of 25

4. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 4 of 25

5. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 5 of 25

6. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 6 of 25

7. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 7 of 25

8. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 8 of 25

9. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 9 of 25

10. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 10 of 25

11. Black Lives Matter Protest In NYC

Source:Getty 11 of 25

12. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 12 of 25

13. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 13 of 25

14. Activists

...

The Wake Up: Trump Returns To White House, Jerry Lewis Dead At 91

...

White Girls In MAGA Hats On Howard Campus Sparks Social Media Outrage

I n a clearly provocative act, two White high school students say they were harassed on the Howard University Campus on Saturday for wearing a “Make America Great Again” cap and T-shirt.

According to a Twitter post from Allie Vandee , she and a friend were part of a group of students visiting the nation’s capital for a site seeing tour. They somehow found their way onto the Howard University campus and decided to have lunch there.

Vandee said a man spotted them wearing the Trump paraphernalia and said, “F—k y’all,” while they were waiting in line at the dining hall. Another man allegedly stole her friend’s MAGA cap.

The students were chaperoned by adults, yet they were all clueless that Howard is an HBCU, and that they could encounter people on campus who found the MAGA gear offensive—especially in the aftermath of the president expressing support for White supremacist groups.

The incident set off a firestorm on social media:

 

The outrage, though, went both ways. Some people are saying Howard is intolerant of opposing political views:

Howard defended its students, tweeting this thread regarding the incident:

What do you think? Did they innocently go to Howard, or were they trying to spark an incident?

SEE ALSO:

Oklahoma State University Students Protest After Viral Blackface Incidents

Law Professor Under Pressure To Resign For Wearing Blackface

24 Powerful Photos Of Resistance 25 photos Launch gallery

1. Protests Continue In Baton Rouge After Police Shooting Death Of Alton Sterling

Source:Getty 1 of 25

2. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 2 of 25

3. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 3 of 25

4. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 4 of 25

5. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 5 of 25

6. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 6 of 25

7. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 7 of 25

8. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 8 of 25

9. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 9 of 25

10. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 10 of 25

11. Black Lives Matter Protest In NYC

Source:Getty 11 of 25

12. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 12 of 25

13. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 13 of 25

14. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 14 of 25

15. Activists At The White House Protest Shooting Deaths Of Two Black Men By Police

Source:Getty 15 of 25

16. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 16 of 25

17. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 17 of 25

18. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of Philando Castile

Source:Getty 18 of 25

19. Activists Hold March Protesting Police Shooting Of

...
You are here: Black Americans Headlines News One