“Salt”: Fresh Talk Show For Black Millennials Hits YouTube [VIDEO]

Source: Salt / Press Release

Salt, a new half-hour, bi-weekly talk show focused on the real ups and downs of being Black Millennials during a time when media spaces are often populated with inauthentic “reality” TV shows, is scheduled to debut Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. ET on YouTube.

Hosted by Michelle Jenkins, Yeira De Leon, J. Jones, and L.A. Bonds, Salt will engage in no-holds-barred conversations ranging from news of the day to beauty, fashion and colorism in the Black community. The four outspoken women will also keep it real about their own personal relationships. Whether married, single or somewhere in between (think Netflix and Chill), “Salt” promises to bring the flavor to your Sundays.

From the press release:

In [Salt's] premiere season, guests include actress and producer Reece Odum, (UPtv's “Lyfe's Journey” and the “The Wish”), J. Ahmad (Actor, Singer and Songwriter), Damien K.H. Nash (author of “#Completely Single”) and more. Produced by SoulFeed TV and distributed by Salt Media Group, “Salt” originates from Atlanta, GA.

See a clip below:

Can a show grounded in “God's truth and the Gospel of Jesus,” according to SoulFeedTV's stated purpose, have wide-spread appeal among an increasing secular Millennial demographic?

We guess you'll have to pour a little Salt on your Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET on YouTube to find out.


Photo of White Man, Friends Posting Racist Comments About Black Co-Worker's Child Goes Viral

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Revisionism Is Real: Texas Textbooks Lie About Slavery [VIDEO]

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Photo of White Man, Friends Posting Racist Comments About Black Co-Worker’s Child Goes Viral

A Facebook user who goes by the name of Geris Hilton posted a photo with a Black child, allegedly the son of his co-worker, then he and his friends decided to make racist “jokes” at the child's expense.

Since the photo has gone viral, one of the commenters, Emily Irene Red, has allegedly been fired.

The child has been identified by his mother Sydney as Cayden Jace. She took to her Facebook page to express her gratitude for all of the support she has received.

His mother Sydney speaks about her beautiful son… #HisNameIsCayden pic.twitter.com/Hrp8zsjw6O

— ☥ Ife Johari ☥ (@IfeJohari) October 3, 2015

Baron O'Malley, another one of the racists who commented, left a public post on his page for “Dark Twitter”:

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Real Love: President Obama Shares Adorable Photo As He & FLOTUS Celebrate 23 Years Of Marriage

Our favorite power couple just celebrated over two decades of marriage.

President of the United States, Barack Obama, and his First Lady Michelle Obama celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary on October 3, 2015. The two have been rocking steady since October 3rd, 1992 and welcomed their beautiful girls not long after. To honor their strong relationship, Obama shared an adorable photo that pays tribute to his lady.

Twenty-three years and still going strong. Here's to many more. #HappyAnniversary pic.twitter.com/EdEvqUF0s7

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 3, 2015

The relationship between President Obama and Michelle is one that has inspired the nation. Both will have one more anniversary to celebrate in the White House before Obama finishes his second term as President.

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St. Louis County Police Urged to Strengthen Protest Planning

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis County police must strengthen policies for handling protests, improve training on diversity and community policing, and do a better job of hiring and promoting minorities and women, according to a report released Friday by the Department of Justice.

It was the third and final federal review stemming from the unrest in Ferguson that followed the fatal shooting last year of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services examined the nearly 900-officer department at the request of Police Chief Jon Belmar.

The report makes 109 recommendations intended to “make St. Louis (County) a model for the rest of the country,” said COPS office director Ronald Davis.

The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from Belmar on Friday.

Brown, who was black and unarmed, was killed Aug. 9, 2014, during a confrontation with white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, prompting months of unrest in the St. Louis suburb. Wilson resigned in November, but a grand jury and the Justice Department declined to prosecute him.

The latest assessment found St. Louis County police “to be a competent, professional police department, well trained and disciplined in the technical skills.” And it acknowledged that the events in Ferguson were difficult.

“Before August 2014, St. Louis County had never been challenged with the array of large-scale disturbance issues that it faced after the shooting death of Michael Brown,” the report stated.

It found that county police failed to anticipate the extent of the anger officers would face.

“By not identifying the potential for large-scale violent protests, officers reacted to problems instead of taking a proactive approach to preventing them,” the report stated.

Law enforcement personnel were too quick to deploy rifles and administered tear gas at the protests, the report found. Written policy should govern use of guns and tear gas, the report recommends, adding ...read more

The Message, The Medium, & The Movement by Janaye Ingram

Gil Scott Heron said in a 1970 poem, “the revolution will not be televised,” explaining in an interview years later that he meant change can't be captured on film. In the poem, Heron says, “you will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out,” pointing to a movement where people have to engage in action in order to create change. Forty-five years later and there is a new medium – social media – and just like television before it, the revolution won't be on social media.

Technology has been extremely helpful to engage people on the issues of social justice and civil rights activism. We have come a long way from the days of the 1950s, when telephones and handwritten letters were used to communicate with people in other cities or states. Now, in almost an instant, people can communicate not only to one person about injustices or upcoming actions, but can send their message out far and wide and it can be sent en masse throughout the world. This has created a phenomenon of social media voices – people who share their thoughts and amass followers based on people agreeing with or wanting to hear what they have to say. These people, at times, achieve pseudo-celebrity status and it is often less about what they do, than it is about what they say.

In the struggle to increase actual participation and encourage people to act, there is a tension created when the work of organizations and people on the ground are drowned out by the voices on social media. When you are spending time organizing, there isn't always time to engage in social media. Even more, people can at times confuse the message, the medium, and the movement – thinking that they are the same thing. Recently, The ...read more

4 Miscarriages Later, Arkell Graves Breaks Down After Finding Out Wife Is Pregnant [WATCH]

Now here's something to smile about. Heck, maybe even cry about.

After four miscarriages and one stillborn baby, chances looked slim that Arkell Graves and his wife Dana would be parents. Turns out, that went right out the window as Arkell got word that his wife had a bun in the oven.


Media sources report that Arkell found out about Dana's pregnancy when she asked him to look inside the oven. After opening the oven door and peeking inside, Arkell found ultrasound pictures next to a bag of hamburger buns.

Realizing right away what his wife was trying to say, Arkell turned around and immediately said, “You pregnant?”

Dana answered her husband, saying that she was five months pregnant and that they going to have a boy. From there, the waterworks came after Arkell started crying before ultimately putting his shirt over his head after asking Dana to “come here.”

Footage of Arkell's reaction was captured by Dana on her cell phone and has since gone viral. Despite their bad luck, the couple never lost hope in having a child.

Now they can rest easy now that a blessing has truly come their way.

To see Dana's video of Arkell's reaction, check out the video below:

Watch their interview with the local news below:

Congratulations to the Graves!

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Medical Examiner Rules Maryland Woman’s Botched Butt Surgery Death A Homicide [VIDEO, PHOTO]

A Maryland woman's death after a botched butt surgery in a New York basement has been labeled a homicide, The New York Daily News reports.

Kelly Mayhew, 34, died in June after traveling to Queens to enhance her buttocks. Mayhew, a freelancer for BET Networks had a total of five procedures before her fatal encounter with the mystery doctor. Medical Examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer confirmed the silicone injected into her rear was the result of her death on Wednesday.

“The cause of death is systemic silicone emboli due to cosmetic silicone injections of buttocks,” Medical Examiner spokeswoman Julie Bolcer told the News. “The manner of death is homicide.”

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Muhammad Ali Honored In His Hometown

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Muhammad Ali won another round of love and appreciation for his achievements as a fighter in and out of the ring.

The latest celebration of the three-time world heavyweight champion and self-proclaimed “Greatest Of All Time” featured former champions and Larry Holmes and George Foreman, two notable erstwhile opponents who gladly came to honor Ali on Thursday night in his Kentucky hometown.

Friends, associates and dignitaries were also on hand for the ceremony on the 40th anniversary of Ali's third fight with Joe Frazier in the Philippines, an epic 14-round battle known as the “Thrilla in Manila.” Ali earned his second victory over Frazier when the former champion didn't come out for the final round, and that fight is considered one of the greatest events in boxing and sports.

The 73-year-old Ali is battling Parkinson's disease. Seated at a front table with wife Lonnie to his right, the champion wore sunglasses as a slide show of iconic photos played behind him. He did not speak, and no photos were permitted during the ceremony. His presence was one of a few yearly visits home, as he spends most of his time in Arizona along with homes in several states.

Ali's victory and other notable moments were highlighted on a backdrop of two dozen magazine covers at different points of his three-decade career as a fighter and half-century as a humanitarian.

This week's Sports Illustrated cover features Ali as a young fighter. Other notable moments were featured in a video montage in which he described himself as “The Greatest.”

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Federal Trial Delayed for Accused Charleston Church Shooter

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday delayed the trial for a white man accused of shooting nine black people at a Charleston church earlier this year.

Jury selection in the case of Dylann Roof had been set to begin next month. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel agreed to push the trial until at least January after both defense attorneys and federal prosecutors said they needed more time to prepare.

Roof, 21, faces dozens of federal charges, including hate crimes, stemming from the June 17 shootings at Emanuel AME Church.

Federal prosecutors have not said whether they'll seek the death penalty, and Roof's attorneys have said he would like to plead guilty. On Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Richardson said the U.S. Justice Department is still reviewing the matter and that U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch will ultimately decide if the government will pursue a death sentence.

Roof did not attend the meeting. In court documents posted online late Wednesday, he waived his right to appear. He also waived his right to a speedy trial. Under federal law, a trial must be held within 70 days of a defendant's indictment.

Online records show three sealed orders in the case have been issued. When Roof was arraigned in federal court on 33 charges in late July, defense attorney David Bruck said his client wanted to plead guilty but that he could not counsel him to do so without knowing the government's intentions.

Roof faces additional counts in state court, including nine murder charges.

State prosecutor Scarlett Wilson announced last month that while not all the families of the nine people killed want her to seek the death penalty, the state will argue that Roof be put to death if he is convicted in a state trial set for next year.

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