Tag: Al Sharpton

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Entertainment

‘Saturday Night Live’ pokes fun at diversity issue

Kerry Washington arrives at the Academy of Television Art and Sciences’ event with the cast and producers of “Scandal”. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) by David BauderAP Television Writer NEW YORK (AP) — With Kerry Washington as guest host, “Saturday Night Live” wasted no time poking fun at itself after receiving criticism for having no Black women among its 16 regular cast members.

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National

Jay-Z defends deal with store accused of profiling

In this May 14, 2012 file photo, entertainer Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter arrives at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Karen Matthews and Nekesa Mumbi MoodyAssociated Press Writers NEW YORK (AP) — Jay-Z — under increasing pressure to back out of a collaboration with the luxury store Barneys New York after it was accused of racially profiling two black customers — said Saturday he’s being unfairly “demonized” for just waiting to hear all of the facts.

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National

Sharpton threatens store boycott over profile suit

This July 26, 2013 file photo shows the Rev. Al Sharpton gestures as he takes part in a panel discussion during the National Urban League’s annual conference in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) by Karen MatthewsAssociated Press Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton threatened Saturday to boycott luxury retailer Barneys if the department store doesn’t respond adequately to allegations by Black shoppers that they were racially profiled there. “We’ve gone from stop and frisk to shop and frisk, and we are not going to take it,” the Black civil rights leader said. “We are not going to live in a town where our money is considered suspect and everyone else’s money is respected.”

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Opinion

The GOP does something right for civil rights

RAYNARD JACKSON (NNPA)—Last week, the Republican National Committee, under the leadership of its chairman, Reince Priebus, did something that has never been done before in the history of the Republican Party. Their feat was so astonishing and yet few in the media is writing or talking about it. Priebus hosted a luncheon commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. The event accomplished something that no other March on Washington event was able to achieve. Sharpton’s event was a joke and an embarrassment. The King’s family event was a disappointment.

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National

Rock royalty join Trayvon Martin’s mom at NY rally

Beyonce’and Jay-Z join Travon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton and Rev. Al Sharpton at the “Justice for Travon” vigil in New York, Saturday, July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Noerdlinger Media. Rachel Noerdlinger) NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of demonstrators, including music superstars Jay-Z and Beyonce, joined Trayvon Martin’s mother Saturday in New York City at one of about 100 rallies around the country calling for justice for the slain Black teenager. Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, and the Rev. Al Sharpton led the noontime “Justice for Trayvon” rally on a blazing hot plaza in downtown Manhattan, where some people swooned as the temperature topped 90 degrees.

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National

Zimmerman cleared in shooting of Trayvon Martin

Darrsie Jackson, center, reacts after hearing the verdict of not guilty in the trial of George Zimmerman with her children Linzey Stafford, left, 10, and Shauntina Stafford, 11, at the Seminole County Courthouse, Saturday, July 13, 2013, in Sanford, Fla. Zimmerman had been charged with the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, was cleared of all charges in the shooting of Martin, the unarmed Black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice. (AP Photo/John Raoux) by Kyle Hightower and Mike Schneider Associated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman was cleared of all charges Saturday in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager whose killing unleashed furious debate across the U.S. over racial profiling, self-defense and equal justice.

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National

Zimmerman portrayed as vigilante in Fla. shooting

The father of Trayvon Martin, Tracy Martin, cries as he listens to the description of his son’s death during opening statements in the George Zimmerman trial, with Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon’s mother, left, and Daryl Parks, a family attorney, right, in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., Monday, June 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank/Pool) by Kyle HightowerAssociated Press Writer SANFORD, Fla. (AP) — George Zimmerman was fed up with “punks” getting away with crime and shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin “because he wanted to,” not because he had to, prosecutors argued Monday, while the neighborhood watch volunteer’s attorney said the killing was self-defense against a young man who was slamming Zimmerman’s head against the pavement. The prosecution began opening statements in the long-awaited murder trial with shocking language, repeating obscenities Zimmerman uttered while talking to a police dispatcher moments before the deadly confrontation.