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Barack Obama’s Headed To Tetiaroa To Write His Million-Dollar Memoir

March 28, 2017 bcic_admin 0

Happy Valentine’s Day to the love of my life and favorite island mate, @BarackObama. #valentines pic.twitter.com/n3tEmSAJRT

— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 14, 2017

From kite surfing with billionaire Richard Branson to kicking it on the beach with Michelle for Valentine’s Day, Barack Obama‘s been living his best life since stepping down as the nation’s president.

Now, the former commander-in-chief is set to head back to the South Pacific island of Tetiaroa to write his White House memoir, The Washington Post reports.

From The Washington Post:

“To escape the spotlight, the Obamas have taken multiple vacations since leaving the White House — to Palm Springs, the Caribbean and Hawaii. After meeting with tech executives about his presidential center recently, Obama headed to Oahu, where he golfed with friends and dined at Buzz’s Lanikai steakhouse in Kailua.

Three days later he jetted off in a Gulfstream G550 to Tetiaroa, a South Pacific island once owned by Marlon Brando. He plans an extended stay there to start writing his White House memoir, according to a person familiar with his plans who asked for anonymity to discuss them.“

Forbes reported back in January that Obama would potentially receive a $20 million advance to write his memoir. Two months and a deserved vacation later, it seems everything is coming full circle.

“Not only was he the first African-American president and hugely popular, he’s already shown us that he can, in fact, write,” Esther Newberg, co-head of ICM Partners’ publishing unit, told Forbes. “And, he’ll look like the King of Siam next to Trump.”

Newberg goes on to say that Obama’s book is coming at an appropriate time.

“It’ll make us feel a lot better in this moment of time to read …read more

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Joe Biden Regrets: ‘Not Being President’

March 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

It’s been a year and a half since Joe Biden decided to not run for president, but he believes he could have won it all.

“The answer is that I had planned on running for president, and although it would’ve been a difficult primary, I think I could’ve won. I don’t know. Maybe not, but I thought I could’ve won,” he said during an interview at Colgate University this past Friday, writes CNN.

“I had a lot of data and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic party’s nominee, I had a better-than-ever chance of being president,” the report says.

Though Biden was initially considering running for President, he’d eventually back out, citing the death of his son Beau following his battle with brain cancer. The former Vice President said that he “lost part of his soul” when Beau passed.

Although he’s confident that he’d win if he ran, he doesn’t regret the decision because of the timing.

“I don’t regret not running in the sense that it was the right decision for my boy, for me, for my family at the time,” Biden said, according to The Washington Post. “But do I regret not being president? Yes. And I know that sounds, I know what it sounds like. But no man or woman announces for president of the United States unless they honestly believe from their experience they’re the best qualified person to do that.”

Biden would eventually stop talking about his presidential bid to focus to discuss the elephant in the room, President Trump and his tumultuous relationship with the media.

“The attempt to delegitimize the press — ‘fake news’ — is the first act of any political scoundrel,” Biden said. “We are uniquely a product of our political constitution,” he said.

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Wendy’s Worker Fired For Writing N-Word On Guest’s Receipt

March 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

#Racist receipt gets Wendy’s #Employee fired – | WBTV: https://t.co/1JVQsDY0Jx, https://t.co/BfZtTNmqBx pic.twitter.com/RNJE1YOV4Z

— Florida News (@FloridaNewsBit) March 25, 2017

A Wendy’s restaurant worker has been fired after a Florida Highway Patrol trooper discovered an old receipt that had the N-word on it.

According to Click Orlando News, the trooper said the incident happened on Tuesday when he was line to get dinner at the Orlando eatery. He didn’t notice the epitaph on the receipt until days later.

“I said, I didn’t just see that,” the trooper said.

He recalls that his interaction with the Wendy’s employee didn’t seem hostile; the worker even thanked him for his service as a trooper.

“He was very cordial with me, and that really shocked me because I thought for sure that if this is sitting here for an hour or however long it was, how is he going to treat me?” the trooper said.

The trooper also told the news station that he instantly thought of his children when he found the receipt.

“If my kids were here eating dinner, and I had to show them this receipt or say they saw it?” the trooper said. “My 6-year-old is learning to read and the first thing he would say is, ‘What is this word?’”

Thankfully after filing a complaint the worker has been fired. The franchise owner issued a statement, saying, “While this receipt wasn’t directed toward anyone in particular, we take this very seriously and find the language to be offensive and not in line with our values. This was a terrible judgment call by one of our employees, it’s completely unacceptable and we no longer employ this individual.”

This isn’t the first time that Wendy’s has come under fire for their employees’ blatant racism.

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NYPD Officer Quits To Avoid Firing In Ramarley Graham Shooting

March 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

NEW YORK (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager resigned Sunday from the New York Police Department to avoid being fired following a disciplinary trial in a case that sparked outrage over police use of deadly force against black men and boys.

Richard Haste was brought on departmental charges for demonstrating “poor judgment.” He was accused of not taking obvious steps to defuse a fatal standoff that ended in the 2012 death of Ramarley Graham inside the teen’s own bathroom, as his grandmother and little brother looked on in horror. Administrative Judge Rosemarie Maldonado found on Friday that Haste should be fired from the department.

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Technically, Haste had time to go over the findings before they would be presented to Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who has the final say, but Haste resigned instead. The commissioner had not yet officially ruled, but “has fully concurred with the findings and recommendations of the trial commissioner,” according to a statement from the department late Sunday.

Haste initially faced a criminal manslaughter charge in the death, but the case was dismissed because of a procedural error. A new grand jury declined to indict, and federal prosecutors also declined to bring charges.

“He was exonerated by both a state and federal grand jury,” said Haste’s lawyer, Stuart London. “The New York City Police Department Firearms Discharge Review Voard found the shooting to be justified. All of officer Haste’s actions were performed in good faith. He never should have been forced to resign based on tactics alone.”

In his testimony during the departmental trial, Haste, now 35, recounted how he got out of his police van during a drug …read more

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Aspiring Astronaut Graduates Clark Atlanta U. At 19

March 27, 2017 bcic_admin 0

A young man’s dream of space exploration is that much closer to reality when he graduates college this spring. But that’s not even the most amazing part of his story. When he graduates this May, he’ll be just 19-years-old. That’s right, when most students are either just starting or completing their freshman year, 19-year-old Ronald McCullough will be a college graduate.

Atlanta Patch reports:

McCullough, whose genius-level intelligence allowed him to skip second grade altogether, was 15 when he finished high school and just 16 when he arrived at CAU. He will graduate from college with honors with a B.A. in biology before resuming his career later in the fall when he enrolls in the biological/agricultural engineering program at North Carolina A&T.

“I would not consider myself a genius,” McCullough said in a statement released by the school. “I was placed in a setting for my love of learning to manifest. Much was expected of me and there was little room for disappointment.”

McCullough, whose mother graduated from the former Clark College, thrived in his college environment, despite being at least two years younger than most of his classmates.

He was one of nearly 200 students who are members of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors and Scholars Program at CAU that was led by Dr. Teri Platt. The program seeks to provide students with the ultimate learning experience while enrolled at CAU. Some of its goals are to nurture and foster intellectual independence and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence, according to the school.

“Ronald embodies the best and the brightest we have here at CAU,” Platt said in a statement. “He definitely represents black excellence and its many manifestations. Not only is he brilliant, he has unimpeachable character. He has contagious drive and ambition, but remains grounded.”

McCullough quickly became a hot commodity …read more

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Arkansas Inmates Make Longshot Bid To Avoid Double Execution

March 24, 2017 bcic_admin 0

VARNER, Ark. (AP) — Two Arkansas inmates scheduled for back-to-back lethal injections next month asked the parole board Friday to spare their lives, a longshot bid as the state prepares for an unprecedented four nights of double executions over a 10-day period.

While Texas has executed eight people in a month — twice in 1997 — no state has executed that many prisoners in 10 days.

Stacey Johnson and a lawyer for Ledell Lee asked board members to recommend that Gov. Asa Hutchinson commute their sentences. Such efforts typically fail. The board is scheduled to deliberate Friday afternoon in Little Rock after hearing from relatives of the men’s victims.

Of the 27 people executed in Arkansas since 1990, 20 had clemency requests rejected and the others didn’t apply. Gov. Mike Huckabee commuted one man’s sentence on his own after a reluctant juror stepped forward.

Johnson and Lee are set to die April 20. Other double executions are set for April 17, 24 and 27.

A key execution drug, the controversial sedative midazolam, expires three days after Kenneth Williams is set to go to the death chamber. Arkansas has had trouble obtaining the three lethal drugs it needs to put the men to death.

Friday’s hearings were the first of five set over the coming week. Others are set Monday and next Friday.

“I’m about to lose my life for a crime I didn’t commit,” Johnson told the board at the Cummins Unit prison, not far from where he is to be put to death.

Lee’s lawyer, Lee Short, said his client skipped the hearing with the belief that his due-process rights have been violated throughout the case.

“He’s got a skepticism of any government hearing, and one that is well-founded,” Short said.

The lawyer also complained that the inmates had too little time to put together a meaningful clemency request …read more

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Google Creates Training Space On Silicon Valley Campus For Howard University Students

March 24, 2017 bcic_admin 0

The tech industry has come under an avalanche of criticism in recent years over its lack of racial and gender diversity.

To help bring more African-American computer scientists into its workforce, Google announced on Thursday plans to open “Howard West” on it Mountain View, California campus to train Howard University students, USA Today reports.

BREAKING: Howard partners with @Google to launch #HowardWest summer residency in Silicon Valley for students. https://t.co/Dwkg5ANbtv pic.twitter.com/XQJu836MTH

— Howard University (@HowardU) March 23, 2017

This summer, between 25 to 30 of the historically Black university’s junior and senior computer science majors will surround themselves in technology training and culture at Google. Senior Google engineers and Howard faculty will instruct the students in coding and other advanced technology for course credit.

A statement from Google explained that Howard West is an outgrowth of the company’s strategy to recruit more software engineers from HBCUs. African-American computer scientists account for about 1 percent of its workforce.

The tech giant already has a hand in training Howard University students at the school’s campus in the District of Columbia through its Google in Residence (GIR) program, in which Google engineers are embedded as Howard University faculty.

“Through GIR we’ve learned a lot about the hurdles Black students face in acquiring full-time work in the tech industry,” said Bonita Stewart, a Google vice president and Howard graduate. She added that Howard West answers many of the challenges the students face, including a lack of exposure and mentors.

Howard University President Wayne Frederick said he looks forward to seeing more Howard and other HBCU students, as well as underrepresented minorities working in the tech industry and launching tech start-ups, according to USA Today. He added: “Exposure to that environment early will pay dividends on the …read more

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White Artist’s Emmett Till Painting Under Fire At NY Museum

March 24, 2017 bcic_admin 0

NEW YORK (AP) — An abstract painting of lynching victim Emmett Till on display at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York was the subject of a weeklong protest by a black artist who decried the canvas as “an injustice to the black community” because it was painted by a white woman.

Parker Bright spent several days this week standing in front of the painting by Dana Schutz, who used historic photographs as inspiration for her depiction of Till, a 14-year-old black Chicago boy killed by white men in Mississippi in 1955.

Till’s mother insisted on an open-casket funeral to show the world the mutilated body of her son, and Jet magazine published photos of his corpse. The brutality sparked outrage that helped galvanize the civil rights movement.

In an interview published Thursday in Artnet News, Schutz said that when she made the painting last year, it was a response to “a summer that felt like a state of emergency.”

“There were constant mass shootings, racist rallies filled with hate speech, and an escalating number of camera-phone videos of innocent black men being shot by police,” she said. “The photograph of Emmett Till felt analogous to the time: what was hidden was now revealed.”

Bright, who engaged onlookers in conversations about “Open Casket,” argued in a Facebook Live video that “Schutz doesn’t have the privilege to speak for the black people as a whole or for Emmett Till’s family.”

“No one should be making money off a black dead body,” he said, demanding that the curators remove the painting from the biennial exhibition.

Bright’s protest found supporters online. A Berlin-based British artist, Hannah Black, sent the biennial curators a letter lambasting Schutz for using “black pain as raw material.” She called on the museum to destroy the painting.

Whitney curators Mia Locks and Christopher Y. …read more

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Denny’s CEO Wants To Help Get First Generation Students To College

March 24, 2017 bcic_admin 0

John Miller, President and CEO of Denny’s talks to the Tom Joyner Morning Show about their partnership with the Tom Joyner Foundation: Denny’s First Generation Road to Success Scholarship and Fundraiser.

“We love to feed people, whatever they’re hungry for. But what’s most important is to feed that hunger for education. The idea staring this Fall,we’re taking applications for the scholarship. We’re trying to kick off the fundraising campaign. About a third of the kids coming from underprivileged neighborhoods have parents that have never been to college or finished,” Miller said.

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