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Ben & Jerry’s Apologizes for Linsanity Fortune Cookie Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Apologizes for Linsanity Fortune Cookie Ice Cream

A Boston Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop has apologized for creating a “Taste the Lin-sanity” frozen yogurt flavor that included lychee honey swirls and crumbled fortune cookies.

“There seemed to be a bit of an initial backlash about it,” Ryan Midden, Ben & Jerry’s general manager for Boston and Cambridge, told Boston.com, “but we obviously weren’t looking to offend anybody and the majority of the feedback about it has been positive.”

More on Oscar for Best Documentary Short ‘Saving Face’ and Where to Watch [Trailer]


Directors Daniel Junge and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won a Best Documentary Short Oscar for their film “Saving Face” at the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday. The film chronicles the arduous attempts of acid-attack survivors Zakia and Rukhsana to bring their assailants to justice, and follows the work of Dr. Mohammad Jawad, a plastic surgeon who strives to help them live a more normal life.

22k ‘Chavo Del Ocho’ Fans Meet for Flash Dance in Mexico City [Video]

An estimated 22,000 dancers gathered in Mexico City last Sunday to perform a ‘mega-choreography’ dance in honor of the man that created the Spanish-language sitcom “El Chavo del Ocho.” The sitcom follows an orphan played by the show’s creator, Roberto Gómez Bolaños, as he gets into teenage mischief with his neighbors that live in a fictional apartment building.

The first episode of “El Chavo del Ocho” premiered in Mexico on June 20, 1971 and it still syndicated in most Spanish speaking countries including the United States, giving first generation U.S. born Latinos an opportunity to connect to the TV shows their parents watched in their native countries.

Oscar Viewers Meet Aurora Guerrero’s ‘Mosquita y Mari’ During Commercial Break [Video]

Jorge Ramos Tells Sheriff Arpaio That Latinos Think He’s ‘Worst of America’

Jorge Ramos Tells Sheriff Arpaio That Latinos Think He's 'Worst of America'

Univision’s Jorge Ramos had a heated exchange with Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his show Sunday.

“Now, as you know, to many Latinos, Sheriff Arpaio, you are the face of racism and discrimination. You know that?” Ramos asked Arpaio.

“Well, I’m a pretty nice guy, having lived in Mexico City, South America, Texas and Arizona. I’ve never had any problems with a Latino. They love me,” Arpaio responded, standing in front of one of his jails.

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

And the Oscar for Most Racist Host Goes to Billy Crystal in Blackface?

During the opening sequence of the Oscars on Sunday night a blackface-clad Billy Crystal revived his Sammy Davis Jr. impression.

The worst part is the blackface appearance showed up at the same time Justin Bieber made a surprise cameo—perhaps the only moment during the Oscars that could attract a younger audience.

When Octavia Spencer won supporting actress for “The Help,” comedian Paul Scheer tweeted her win “shows just how far we’ve come since Billy Crystal performed in Blackface.”

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Viola Davis Walks the Oscar Red Carpet with Her Natural Hair

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Actress Viola Davis (L) and actor Julius Tennon arrive at the 84th Annual Academy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

And as I predicted last week Davis is wearing Vera Wang.

No Acting Oscar in the Last Decade Has Gone to Latino, Asian, or Native American

No Acting Oscar in the Last Decade Has Gone to Latino, Asian, or Native American

In 2002, Halle Berry became the first African-American actress to win an Academy award for Best Actress but since then all Best Actress winners been white.

“This moment is for Dorothy Dandridge, Lena Horne, Diahann Carroll. It’s for the women that stand beside me - Jada Pinkett, Angela Bassett and it’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened,” Berry said in her moving acceptance speech in 2002.

But the “door” that “has been opened” that Berry spoke of has a long way to go. All Best Actress winners since her 2002 win have been white.

And no winner in any acting category during the last ten years has been Latino, Asian American, or Native American, according to a new study titled “Not Quite a Breakthrough: The Oscars and Actors of Color, 2002-2012,” that was sponsored by the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy, UC Berkeley School of Law and the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center.

True Story: Oscar Statue Modeled After Mexican Man

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Emilio Fernandez

The 8-pound, 24-karat gold plated statues that will be handed out Sunday evening at the 84th Annual Academy Awards were modeled after a Mexican man.

You read that right.

The most recognized trophy in the world known simply as “Oscar” is modeled after Mexican filmmaker and actor Emilio Fernandez.

Solvej Schou on the history of how the statue came to be:

Working in Hollywood, Fernandez befriended Mexican actress Dolores del Rio, then wife of studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s art director and Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences member Cedric Gibbons. Del Rio introduced Fernandez to Gibbons, who was in charge of supervising the statuette’s design.

Gibbons asked Fernandez to pose in the buff for a sketch to create the basis for the 8.5-pound trophy. Reluctantly, Fernandez did, and the design became the foundation for artist George Stanley’s famous sculpture of the statuette, given out at the very first Academy Awards in L.A. in 1929.

That design remains to this day.

side_oscar.jpgThe irony of it all is that only two Mexican actors have ever been nominated for an Oscar. This year’s best actor nominee Demián Bichir is the second Mexican (male) actor to be nominated in the 84-year history of the Oscars.

Across all categories only 11 out of 2,809 Oscar trophies have been awarded to Mexicans— and they’re mostly behind the scene awards.

The number of Mexicans in the Academy that gets to vote for who gets Oscars is also pretty low. Only 2% of Academy voters are Latino. Out of 5,100 Academy voters only about 100 are Latino—-which probably leaves you with a dozen or three Mexicans in the mix.

Today’s Love Goes to Arizona’s Banned Book Smugglers

Today's Love Goes to Arizona's Banned Book Smugglers

The Librotraficante Caravan is bringing contraband books—or “wet-books”—to Arizona. The project is also intended to raise awareness of the “prohibition” of the Mexican-American Studies Program and the removal of books from classrooms.

“When we heard that Tucson Unified School District administrators not only prohibited Mexican-American Studies, but then walked into classrooms, and in front of young Latino students, during class time, removed and boxed up books by our most beloved authors - that was too much. This offended us down to our soul. We had to respond,” said Tony Diaz, founder of Nuestra Palabra: Latino Writers Having Their Say, which has led the charge.

NYPD Also Spying on New Jersey Muslims for the Past 7-Years

NYPD Also Spying on New Jersey Muslims for the Past 7-Years

The New York Police Department has secretly been conducting surveillance on Muslims in New Jersey and they have done it with the permission of the governor’s office — granted in 2005 by former Gov. Richard Codey, reports NJ.com.

Current state and local officials say they had no idea the NYPD had been working in New Jersey.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker and the New Jersey State Police both said they were unaware of the operation.

Yahoo Sports Contributor Uses Yao Ming Picture in Jeremy Lin Story

Yahoo Sports Contributor Uses Yao Ming Picture in Jeremy Lin Story

Add this one to the list Jeremy Lin media coverage FAILS.

In a story about Lin “finally having a bad game” and the New York Knicks losing to the Miami Heat, a Yahoo Sports contributor illustrated the story with an image of LeBron James and Yao Ming.

To be fair, they didn’t actually identify Lin or Ming in the photo’s caption. And the story is was written by someone in their contributor network. But really? They needed a picture of an Asian player (that was not Lin) for this story?

On Thursday, Yahoo News published guidelines by the made by Asian American Journalists Association on Jeremy Lin media coverage that everyone should read.

Viola Davis at Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon [Photo]

Viola Davis at Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon [Photo]

Viola Davis attended Essence Magazine’s Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel last night.

Leading ladies Kerry Washington, Paula Patton, Octavia Spencer and Pam Grier, along with executive producer and screenwriter Shonda Rhimes were selected as this year’s honorees.

“The luncheon exists to provide a fitting tribute to the brilliant talent and accomplishments of African-American trailblazers like Kerry, Pam, Paula, Octavia, and Shonda, and celebrate their collective work as an inspiration for generations to come,”said Constance White, Essence’s editor-in-chief, according to the HuffPost.

Biracial Man Mistakenly Included on Time Mag’s Latino Voter Cover

time-latinos-voters.jpgThis week’s TIME Magazine cover that lands at newsstands today claims Latinos will declare who the next President is. “Yo Decido. Why Latinos will pick the next President,” the covers headline reads.

The cover is made up 20 portraits that include a dancer, a DREAMer; a nutrition undergrads, car aficionados and immigration activists; Mexicans, Hondurans and Guatemalans. And a man who could pass as Latino but is actually half Chinese and half white.

Michelle Woo at the OC Weekly describes the cover and feature story:


The accompanying story by Michael Scherer explores how the rising force that is the Latino vote can turn Arizona into a presidential battleground in 2012. The cover illustration is made of 20 different portraits of Latino men and women in Phoenix, all photographed by Marco Grob. In classic Time form, it’s clean and powerful.

Except that at least one person pictured is not actually Latino.

A friend of mine, Michael Schennum, is the short-haired gentleman in the top row, center, behind the letter “M.” He is half Chinese and half white. Not Latino. Not even a little bit.

Group Files Paperwork to Find Out Who Gave NYPD Money To Spy

Group Files Paperwork to Find Out Who Gave NYPD Money To Spy

Following months of reports revealing widespread NYPD surveillance of Muslim Americans, and the use of anti-Muslim propaganda in NYPD training, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) has submitted Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests to obtain public information regarding the sources of funding for these NYPD initiatives.

AALDEF’s statement published in it’s entirety below:

Georgia Rep. Fights Anti-Abortion Bill with ‘Anti-Vasectomy Act’

Georgia Rep. Fights Anti-Abortion Bill with 'Anti-Vasectomy Act'

NealYasmin765.jpgRep. Yasmin Neal, a Democrat from the Atlanta suburb of Jonesboro.

Georgia State Rep. Yasmin Neal has introduced House Bill 1116 that proposes limiting vasectomies for men, except in cases where not getting one would result in death or “impairment of a major bodily function.”

The anti-vasectomy bill was a response to a bill that would punish abortions performed after the 20th week of pregnancy with prison sentences between one and 10 years.

“The day has come where men should feel the same pressure and invasion of privacy that women have faced for years,” Yasmin said a statement.

Don’t Be Racist, and Other AAJA Tips for Discussing Jeremy Lin

Don't Be Racist, and Other AAJA Tips for Discussing Jeremy Lin

Tips on how to avoid basic racist flubs shouldn’t need to be spelled out so plainly. But if the last few weeks of Linsanity swirling around the Knicks’ breakout star are any indication, everyone, and journalists in particular, could use a basic brush up on how to talk about that rarest of species: heterosexual Asian-American male star athletes.

Enter the Asian American Journalists Association, which has supplied a basic 101 guide (via Yahoo) for what to know, what to avoid, and what not to get all obsessed with when covering the cultural phenomena that is Jeremy Lin. The basic gist of the guide? Language matters. And reporters may think they’re deploying harmless one-liners that poke fun at, or even celebrate, Jeremy Lin’s Asian heritage, but they should be cautious of what the AAJA calls “danger zones.”

From the AAJA guide:

Too $hort Calls XXL Video Debacle a Blessing in Disguise

In a carefully worded interview with Allhiphop.com’s Tim Sanchez, Oakland rap veteran Todd “Too $hort” Shaw, 45, responds to the ongoing controversy he sparked with a disastrous XXLmag.com video in which he instructs middle school boys to skip “trying to get kisses from girls” in favor of “turning them” by pushing them against walls and inserting a saliva-covered finger into their vaginas to “watch what happens.”

In the Q+A headlined “Too $hort on Righting Wrongs and Rapping Relentlessly,” Shaw describes a breakthrough discussion he had with journalist and activist dream hampton:

Dream Hampton [sic] explained to me about how this is a time when women are fighting for their rights, and here’s a video that describes an assault. I’m actually a very knowledgeable brother, but Dream [sic] schooled me in the conversation. It really opened up my eyes to something I had not known about. She told me that if we were kids at a pool and I ran by and yanked her top down, it wouldn’t be a joke or a prank to her—that would be a traumatic incident, and it is along the lines of sexual assault. As little boys, we’re running around tapping girl’s a**es like it’s funny, but they’re really victimized by it. I learned that it’s not a joking matter. I feel like I needed that education because had I not, I could’ve continued thinking that it is a joke. Even with my music filled with misogyny, I still have morals.

Supreme Court Offers Key Victory to Day Laborers

Day laborers won a key victory this week when the Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal by the California city of Redondo Beach over the city’s anti-day-laborer ordinance.

In so doing, the Supreme Court let stand a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that ruled that prohibiting day laborers from seeking work in the way that Redondo Beach’s ordinance did violated those workers’ free speech rights.

“Today’s denial of Supreme Court review is a singular victory for the First Amendment and its protection of free speech by all persons; the Amendment protects day laborers as well as the wealthiest corporation,” Thomas Saenz, president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund, which fought the ordinance, said on Tuesday.

Saenz said that the ruling should serve as a warning to other states and localities which have passed laws barring day laborers from soliciting work.

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Virginia Students Go On Hunger Strike to Win Living Wage for Employees

At least 18 students at the University of Virginia have staged a hunger strike to bring attention to campus employees’ fight for a living wage. This week, the school’s governing body, the Board of Visitors, is meeting and the students are using the opportunity to bring more attention to the issue.

The campaign is demanding $13 base wage per hour, before benefits, for all university employees. Many of the school’s employees are women and people of color, according to students working on the campaign. According to organizers who referenced research by the Economic Policy Institute, the salary demand reflects the cost of living in the surrounding Charlottesville area.

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