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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Boosts Superhero Credentials by Saving Neighbor From Fire

Newark Mayor Cory Booker Boosts Superhero Credentials by Saving Neighbor From Fire

Newark Mayor Cory Booker arrived home last night just in time to save his next-door neighbor from her burning home. The mayor was a guest on CBS’ “This Morning” to describe his heroic efforts.

From CBS “This Morning” > Booker said that as he jumped through the kitchen on the second floor, “I actually wasn’t > thinking. When I got there and couldn’t find her in all the smoke, looked behind me and saw the kitchen really erupting with flames all over the ceiling, that’s when I had very clear thoughts that I’m not going to get out of this place alive and got … very religious. >

“It is a very, very scary thing. And I’d like to say that I, at that point I was feeling so courageous, but honestly, it was terrifying, and to look back, you can see nothing but flames. Look in front of you see nothing but blackness.

“Thankfully she started yelling out to me and I was able to find her through all the smoke. At that point I grabbed her.”

He admitted he was “not gentle” with her - “I just sort of threw her over my shoulder and dragged her through the kitchen.”

Booker told the hosts now that he’s been through this experience he’s ill-equipped to do firefighter union negotiations - ‘These guys, give them everything!’”

Ice T’s ‘The Art of Rap’ Documentary Gets a Release Date

SomethingFromNothingTheArtOfRap_poster.jpgIce-T’s “Art of Rap” documentary that premiered at Sundance earlier finally has an official release date. The film is set to hit theaters nationwide on June 15th.

Below is the description of the film from the filmmakers:

SOMETHING FROM NOTHING: THE ART OF RAP is a feature length performance documentary film about the runaway juggernaut that is Rap music. At the wheel of this unstoppable beast is the film’s director and interviewer Ice-T. Ice-T takes us on a deeply personal journey to uncover how this music of the street has grown to dominate the world. Along the way Ice-T meets some of the remarkable superstars of Rap, from Eminem to Dr Dre, to Snoop Dogg and Kanye West. He exposes the roots and history of Rap and then, through meeting most of it’s most famous protagonists studies the living mechanism of the music to reveal The Art Of Rap. This film features unique performances from it’s entire cast and does not use any archive material.

Ice T may not know too many female emcees because by the looks of it there are only a handful of them in the film. Cheryl ‘Salt’ James, MC Lyte and Queen Latifah make appearances but they’re not readily featured in the film’s promo materials—I had to dig through IMDB and reviews to get those three names.

‘Caine’s Arcade’ Video Raises Over 135K for Boy’s College Fund

'Caine's Arcade' Video Raises Over 135K for Boy's College Fund

Remember Caine Monroy? Caine is the 9-year-old star of the short film “Caine’s Arcade” that’s been seen more than three-million times in just under two days.

As of the time this story was published, Caine’s internet fame has gotten him $135,913.16 for his college fun.

The website for Caine’s arcade includes a small donation box on bottom right hand corner of the site and apparently people have been donating!

Forbes Magazine just went ahead and beat everyone to the story. They’ve declared Caine “will be a billionaire in 30-years.” Let’s hope that’s true. We need more Latino billionaires under 40.

“He doesn’t really understand how big this is,” Caine’s dad, George Monroy, told ABC News on Thursday. “He sees himself on the screen and he laughs. He doesn’t understand how everyone is just pouring their hearts out to him.”

BET Launching New Daily Show-Style Satire Starring Former CNN Anchor T.J. Holmes

BET Launching New Daily Show-Style Satire Starring Former CNN Anchor T.J. Holmes

Former CNN weekend anchor T.J. Holmes will host a late night comedic news show on BET later this year.

Here’s how BET describes “Don’t Sleep:”

A fresh new voice joins the ranks of Jon Stewart, Steven Colbert and Bill Maher. T.J. Holmes gives you a good reason to stay up late with Don’t Sleep. With hilarious “correspondents,” T.J.’s sure to have viewers rolling with laughter over the absurdity of today’s hot-button issues. Speaking through a unique and smart African-American filter, T.J. invites the community to wake up on the issues that affect them, so don’t sleep on the stories that mainstream news outlets won’t cover. The show will also open ears with captivating, unexpected musical performances. Don’t Sleep reports with keen focus to keep Black America engaged and in the know. T.J. takes off his tie and rolls up his sleeves — this is not your mama’s late-night talk show.

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ABC Bleeps Whoopi Goldberg While Advocating Journalists Be Able to Say N-word [Video]

ABC Bleeps Whoopi Goldberg While Advocating Journalists Be Able to Say N-word [Video]

Whoopi Goldberg was responding to comments CNN’s Don Lemon made earlier in the week.

Sketch Comedy Troupe Takes On Mary J. Blige Burger King Commercial

Sketch Comedy Troupe Takes On Mary J. Blige Burger King Commercial

New York based sketch comedy troupe Second City bring you the secretly obtained video of Mary J Blige commercials for Burger King.”

(h/t Clutchmagonline.com)

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: ‘Zimmerman Confronted Martin’

George Zimmerman Court Affidavit: 'Zimmerman Confronted Martin'

George Zimmerman, the Florida man who claimed self-defense in the February shooting death of Trayvon Martin, made his first court appearance Thursday. Zimmerman spoke once during the proceedings, answering “Yes, sir” when Judge Mark E. Herr asked whether Mark O’Mara was his attorney.

At the hearing Judge Herr said “Zimmerman confronted Martin,” an action that’s been widely debated by lawyers on both sides.

Gunmen Ambush and Kill Two Immigrants in Arizona

Two people were killed on Sunday night by “an unknown number of subjects in camouflage clothing armed with rifles” that ambushed a truck carrying undocumented immigrants near the U.S.- Mexico border, according to the Pima County sheriff’s department.

The shootings occurred in Eloy, Arizona in an area northwest of Tucson “that is commonly used for human smuggling,” according to a statement made available to the press by the Pima County Sheriff’s office. Authorities identified one of the victims as Gerardo Perez-Ruiz, 39, of Toluca, Mexico, and the second victim was believed to be from Guatemala.

“We’re looking at the motives and who the suspects could have been,” Pima County Sheriff’s Deputy Dawn Barkman told UPI.com. “We’re not going to speculate on any reasons for this crime at this time.”

PS22 Chorus Documentary Heads to Tribeca Film Festival [Trailer]

PS22 Chorus Documentary Heads to Tribeca Film Festival [Trailer]

The film, “Once in a Lullaby: The PS22 Chorus Story,” follows the choir’s journey from Graniteville, Staten Island all the way to the Oscars. The documentary will give viewers a glimpse into some of the kids’ lives.

The film’s description:

The PS22 chorus from Staten Island became world famous after their YouTube videos went viral. This feel-good documentary follows them to their big performance as the closing act at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, where creative differences, lost voices, and homesickness threaten their performance. Can these 5th graders entertain the entertainment elite?

The majority of the students at the elementary school are Latino (43%), black (23%) and Asian (12%).

The film premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 29. Visit the film’s Facebook page to find out when it plays near you.

Trayvon’s Mom on Zimmerman Shooting: ‘I Believe it was an Accident’

Trayvon's Mom on Zimmerman Shooting: 'I Believe it was an Accident'

Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon Martin’s mother, was interviewed on NBC’s “Today” show on Thursday morning—less than a day after the shooter, George Zimmerman, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting of her son.

When the host asked what she would tell Zimmerman if she came face to face with him, Fulton said she thought a person should apologize if they are remorseful.

Then she expressed words that are making headlines this morning.

“I believe it was an accident,” Fulton said. “I believe that it just got out of control, and he couldn’t turn the clock back.”

Lawyer Says Zimmerman Can’t Go To 7-11 Safely. The 7-11 Where Trayvon Bought Skittles? [Video]

Lawyer Says Zimmerman Can't Go To 7-11 Safely. The 7-11 Where Trayvon Bought Skittles? [Video]

George Zimmerman’s new attorney Mark O’Mara just said he can’t imagine what it’s like to hated like his client and not be able to do things like go to 7-11.

I can’t imagine going to 7-11 for Skittles and ending up dead!

“I cannot imagine living in George Zimmerman’s shoes for the past number of weeks only because he’s sort of been the focus of a lot of anger, maybe confusion and hatred,” O’Mara said at the press conference in Florida. “That’s gotta be difficult, I mean it must be frightening to not be able to go to 7-11 or to a store.”

Trayvon was in fact coming back from 7-11 to get Skittles and a Arizona canned Tea when he was shot and killed by Zimmerman. Wonder O’Mara can place himself in Trayvon’s shoes?

O’Mara went on to say Zimmerman will plead not guilty to second-degree murder.

Trayvon’s Mother: ‘I Want to Say Thank You From My Heart to Your Heart’

Trayvon's Mother: 'I Want to Say Thank You From My Heart to Your Heart'

“I want to thank God. We simply wanted an arrests, we wanted nothing more and nothing less, and we got it. And I say Thank You,” Trayvon Martin’s mother Sabrina Fulton said at a press conference hosted by the National Action Network in Washington DC.

“Secondly, I just want to speak from my heart to your heart because a heart has no color—it’s not black, it’s not white, it’s red and I want to say thank you from my heart to you heart,” Fulton went on to say.

Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin, said he’s ready for the long journey ahead.

“This is just the beginning we’ve got a long way to go,” Tracy Martin said at the conference. “We will continue to hold hands on this journey—white, black, Hispanic, Latino—we will continue to march until the right thing is done.”

“The Prosecutor and the Governor did not make a decision based on public pressure but I think they decided to review [the case] based on public pressure,” Reverend Al Sharpton said at a conference before introducing Trayvon’s parents. “I will say that I did not trust Governor Scott, I did not trust the appointments, but I want to congratulate him and the prosecutor being what they should be,”

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin Shooting

Zimmerman Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder in Trayvon Martin Shooting

George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin is being charged with murder in the 2nd Degree, Angela B. Corey, the special prosecutor, said on Wednesday at a press conference held in Jacksonville, Florida. The announcement came more than six weeks after Trayvon and Zimmerman’s fatal encounter.

Corey said Zimmerman turned himself in and is “within the custody of law enforcement officers in the state of Florida.” He is being held without bail.

Second-degree charges in Florida could carry life in prison without parole.

Corey also said “if stand your ground becomes an issue, we will fight it.”

“We have numerous homicides where immediate arrests are not made and so to us it did not seem unusual,” Corey said after a reporter asked why it took 45-days to arrest Zimmerman.

The story has consumed the country and divided many—the Trayvon Martin case was the first in 2012 to surpass election coverage in U.S. media outlets.

Corey is no stranger to controversial cases. The Republican State Prosecutor appointed by Gov. Rick Scott made national headlines last year when she made the decision to charge a 12-year-old who was accused of beating his 2-year-old half-brother to death as an adult instead of letting his case go through juvenile court.

CBS News points out Corey has tried hundreds of murder cases in her career, including many involving Florida’s “kill at will” self-defense law:

Just two months ago, Stone says Corey’s office made the decision not to charge Artur Veshti, who shot and killed Stone’s client, Paulin Gavoci, after deciding Veshti acted in response to reasonable fear for his life.

Earlier this year, Stone says he was defending a woman charged with slashing a man she said attacked her, and Corey proceeded with charges until the judge dismissed the case finding that the woman had acted in self-defense.


Deportation Video Wins White House Contest, But Disappears

myasian-americana-whitehouse.jpgStill from White House video soliciting votes. “My Asian Americana” is highlighted on top left hand corner.”

In November 2011, the White House launched the “What’s Your Story” video challenge, asking the AAPI community to submit videos about the “issues that matter the most” to them. The Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders office received over 200 submissions and narrowed it down to 10 videos the public could vote on. But the video with the most votes (by a landslide) was ignored in the end.

The film that earned the highest numbers of votes, “My Asian Americana,” looks at the intersection between the criminal justice system and immigration. The video features a dozen men and women talking about being deported to a country they don’t know and what they remember and miss from the United States.

The videos submitted “remind us of why we do the work we do here to make sure your voices are heard,” a White House staffer says in a video thanking those who submitted videos. “With your help we’ll invite an exceptional group of finalists hear to the White House to share their stories in person with officials from President Obama’s administration,” says another staffer in the video.

But the filmmakers say the White House “formally refused to invite” them to an April 5th, 2012 event that included the finalists.

Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

Zimmerman to be Charged in Trayvon Martin Shooting, Official Says

Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey plans to announce as early as Wednesday afternoon that she is charging neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, a law enforcement official close to the investigation tells the Washington Post.

It was not immediately clear what charge Zimmerman will face.

The Special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case sent reporters a news release Tuesday at 8 p.m., saying she would make her announcement in the next 72 hours.

Let’s hope they can find him.

UPDATE: 4/11/12 3:15pm EST: The Miami Herald is reporting that there will only be one criminal charge filed. Via Herald writer Frances Robles:

Zimmerman Losing Weight and ‘Over the Edge,’ Martin Family Afraid He’s a Flight Risk

Zimmerman Losing Weight and 'Over the Edge,' Martin Family Afraid He's a Flight Risk

Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Martin’s family, says his legal team had always warned that George Zimmerman may “become a flight risk,” but that they are specially concerned now that nobody knows where Zimmerman is.

Crump told the AP he was worried that Zimmerman had disappeared. “The family has some serious concerns about the fact that the killer of their son, Trayvon Martin, is unaccounted for,” Crump said. “Nobody knows where he’s at.”

“We hope that [authorities] will take this under consideration that this a flight risk. If they go to press charges, is he really going to face them?” Crump said in a seperate interview with TIME Magazine.

Zimmerman’s former lawyers tell the AP Zimmerman is losing weight and suffering from “high levels of stress:” 

“He is largely alone. You might even say he is emotionally crippled by virtue of the pressure of this case,” said Hal Uhrig, a former lawyer for George Zimmerman. The protests and the profound isolation of going into hiding may have pushed him “a little bit over the edge,” said Uhrig and his colleague, Craig Sonner.

Caine’s Arcade Is the Happiest Place in East L.A. Right Now [Video]

Caine's Arcade Is the Happiest Place in East L.A. Right Now [Video]

9 year-old Caine built an elaborate arcade out of cardboard boxes (located in his dad’s used auto parts store). Unfortunately, Caine had no customers. Then one day, the internet organized a surprise to make his day.

Caine’s Arcade is located at 538 N Mission Rd, in Boyle Heights, CA 90033. He’s there on Saturday’s from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

If you can’t make it, drop by his website and give him a few dollars via PayPal for his college fund.

Boyle Heights is one of the neighborhoods with the highest densities in the county of Los Angeles. Boyle Heights is also overwhelmingly Latino with 94% of residents being Latino—81% of them of Mexican heritage.

In May 2011, Colorlines.com’s education reporter Julianne Hing looked at how East LA kids have some of the toughest times learning in Los Angeles schools.

Watch Senior in Nursing Home React to Listening to Music From His Era

Watch Senior in Nursing Home React to Listening to Music From His Era

“Alive Inside” tells a story of hope and beauty in a place where they are hard to find. Directed by Michael Rossato-Bennett, the film looks at the power music has to “awaken” the minds of seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia living in nursing homes that have been considered closed.

Alzheimer’s disease is more prevalent among African-Americans than among whites — with estimates ranging from 14% to almost 100% higher. (The Alzheimer’s Association notes while the rates vary among studies, three out of four report these higher prevalence rates.)

Experts say the number of African-Americans entering the “age of risk” is also growing rapidly. The number of African-Americans age 65 and over will more than double by 2030, from 2.7 million in 1995 to 6.9 million by 2030, according the The Alzheimer’s Association. [PDF]

“Alive Inside” will premiere on April 18 at the Rubin Museum in New York.

The Music and Memory organization is soliciting donations of used and new iPods to put music in the hands of nursing home patients across the country. They’ll accept old, new, used, and even broken or damaged iPod players that their volunteers may be able to repair Their residents don’t mind a few case scratches or decals. Visit Musicandmemory.org/give-an-ipod.html for more information.


8-Year-Old Filipino Girl Covers Adele’s ‘Someone Like You’ [Video]

From Fitri Cerado website:

Foto Contact2Fitri Cerado is an 8- year old girl. When you first meet her, you would think that she is just another and happy kid. She was born in Indonesia on in November, 2003, to Filipino parents. Her mother and father were both working in Indonesia at the time she was born. She currently still lives and goes to school there. At an early age, Fitri showed interest in singing and music. She was only a toddler when she started to listen to Mozart and watch Indian music videos.

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Meet Sweet Brown, the New Black Internet Meme That’s Going Viral [Video]

Meet Sweet Brown, the New Black Internet Meme That's Going Viral [Video]

“There is nothing the Internets loves more than making a Black person appearing to be a complete fool,” writes D.L Chandler on HipHopWired.com.

A woman who identified herself as Sweet Brown gave Oklahoma City-based NBC affiliate KFOR-4 an on-air interview shortly after her home caught on fire. And everyone is calling her the new Antoine Dodson. (you remember him? “Hide Yo Kids, Hide Yo Wife”)

“I woke up to get me a cold pop, then I thought somebody was barbecuing, I said, ‘Oh, Lord Jesus, it’s a fire!” a bandana-wearing Sweet Brown exclaims. “Then I ran out, I didn’t grab no shoes or nothing, Jesus! I ran for my life!”

“And then the smoke got me, I got bronchitis! Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

Sweet Brown knows people are making fun of her.

“I’ve been shown it, but I don’t like looking at it because I don’t like looking at myself like that because I look like a joke and I was really serious!” she told KFOR on Tuesday.

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