P.S. 22’s Denise Gets Stars in her Own Target Commercial [Video]

P.S. 22's Denise Gets Stars in her Own Target Commercial [Video]

If you were watching the Grammy telecast last night you may seen a talented teen singing Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” during commercial breaks.

P.S. 22’s Mr. B confirmed Sunday the amazing singer that stars in the Target commercial is his former student Denise.

And stay tuned for more updates on the upcoming “PS22 Chorus Documentary-Once in a Lullaby .”

Check out the Denise’s original performance that caught casting directors’ eyes and ears:

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Apple’s iTunes Accused of Raising Price of Whitney Houston Albums by 60% Within Hours of her Death

Apple's iTunes Accused of Raising Price of Whitney Houston Albums by 60% Within Hours of her Death

Sony Music purportedly raised the cost of Whitney Houston’s greatest hits set on iTunes by more than 60% within hours after news of her death.

It’s no business secret that once musicians pass away album sales increase but what’s different in this case is that the actual price of the album increased for many visiting Apple’s iTunes music store abroad.

The UK’s Guardian has more details:

The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99 ($7.87 to $12.61 USD.)

Houston’s The Ultimate Collection, originally released in 1997, was the second top-selling album on iTunes on Monday morning. Apple returned the album to its original price late on Sunday.

Music fans described the move as a cynical attempt to capitalise on Houston’s in-demand greatest hits records. The price hike came as tributes flooded in for the singer, whose catalogue includes hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You. Houston was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday afternoon, local time, at the age of 48.

The change happened when Sony Music, which owns the rights to much of Houston’s back catalogue, increased the wholesale price of The Ultimate Collection. This automatically boosted the retail price of the popular album, although Apple is responsible setting the price paid by music fans.

Houston’s Greatest Hits album was #2 on the iTunes Music Store at the time this story was published. Her single ‘I will always love you is #1 in the singles category.

Next Stop for ‘The Help’ Broadway? [Video]

Next Stop for 'The Help' Broadway? [Video]

Music, lyrics and editing of this parody video done by Jon Kaplan and Al Kaplan.

Jeremy Lin Doesn’t Need Anyone to ‘Teach Him How to Dougie’ [Video]

Jeremy Lin Doesn't Need Anyone to 'Teach Him How to Dougie' [Video]

This 2010 video of Jeremy Lin showing of his ‘dougie’ is making the rounds again now that he’s the NBA’s latest star.

Cali Swag District’s “Teach me how to dougie” hit has another huge celebrity fan: The First Lady.

Chris Brown Fans Tweet ‘He Can Beat Me’ During Grammys

Chris Brown Fans Tweet 'He Can Beat Me' During Grammys

A number of women took to Twitter Sunday night to celebrate Chris Brown’s return to the Grammys by tweeting their hopes of getting beat up by the rapper. What’s striking of course is that within these jokes, they’re on the receiving end of violent sex and they’re identifying Brown as a brute—something he’s attempted to dispel.

What’s even stranger is that the tweets come on the third anniversary of Brown’s high profile arrest for assaulting then-girlfriend Rihanna. The assault happened early in the morning that he was slated to perform at the Grammys in 2009.

Examples of the tweets are below.

(h/t buzzfeed)

Of Whitney Houston’s 6 Grammys, 4 Were Won in Now-Eliminated Categories

Of Whitney Houston's 6 Grammys, 4 Were Won in Now-Eliminated Categories

On April 6, 2011, the Recording Academy announced its decision to consolidate Grammy Awards categories from 109 to 78, leaving more artists of color competing for fewer Awards. Outside of the Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday were demonstrators calling on the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARA) to reinstate the 31 categories.

The castaway categories include: Best Latin Jazz Album, Best Contemporary Jazz Album, Best Cajun & Zydeco Album, Best Native American Album and Best Hawaiian Music Album. Seven Latin categories were cut to four, citing duplicate categories in the Latin Grammy Awards ceremony and the English-language awards.

The three R&B vocal performance awards for males, females and groups have been merged into a single R&B performance award.

The irony is that of Whitney Houston’s 6 Grammys, 4 were won in now-eliminated categories: Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (awards 1-3), and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (6).

(The Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album that Whitney’s mother, Emily “Cissy” Houston, won two Grammys in has also been eliminated.)

“The Grammys have taken the route of greed and inequity,” Roberto Lovato, co-founder of the Latino advocacy group, told “Greed and inequity is not what gave birth to Whitney Houston who started off as a gospel singer, one of the categories eliminated. We’re happy that she’s being embraced, but we also embrace Whitney Houston as one of our own. She started in our communities, in our churches, in our neighborhoods before she entered the limelight of the Grammys.”

After the demonstration outside of the Grammy ceremony organizers held a concert at nearby at Mama Juana’s nightclub in Studio City. The concert featured music representatives of the 31 genres eliminated.

Latin jazz artist and educator Bobby Matos, the spokesperson for the Los Angeles GRAMMY Watch Group who organized the event, said: “We are holding this concert to remind music fans about all the great music that has been eliminated from the Grammys.”

“To paraphrase what Frank Sinatra said at the first Grammy Awards in 1959, ‘Remember, the awards are about excellence, not popularity.’ It is part of NARAS’ mission to support the diversity of all American music. The current NARAS administration, under Neil Portnow, is failing that one. The category cuts NARAS made in 2011 eliminated from this year’s awards many of the genres that are the roots of American popular music.”

Nicki Minaj Walked Grammy Red Carpet with Pope Impersonator Then Levitated on Stage [Video]

Nicki Minaj Walked Grammy Red Carpet with Pope Impersonator Then Levitated on Stage [Video]

Nicki Minaj had the most bizarre (and perplexing) performance at the 54th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. Her performance included a man dressed up as the Pope—who she also walked the red carpet with—her levitating and a whole bunch of fire antics.

No word from the Vatican yet but critics say Minaj is trying to out-Gaga Lady Gaga.

What say you?

lady-gaga-2012-grammy-red-carpet.jpg Nicki Minaj arrives at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

lady-gaga-2012-grammy-stage.jpg Nicki Minaj performs onstage at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

R.I.P Whitney Houston… Watch Her Last Performance [Video]

R.I.P Whitney Houston... Watch Her Last Performance [Video]

Whitney Houston’s Publicist Kristen Foster confirmed Saturday that the singer had died. She was 48.

It is a great loss and I don’t have the words right now to describe her legacy but I wanted to share video of Houston performing in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Houston performed Thursday at the ‘Kelly Price & Friends Unplugged: For The Love of R&B,’ pre-Grammy party in Los Angeles on Thursday. Below is a cell phone video recording of her last performance uploaded to YouTube by JamesWright10PHR on Saturday.

This post has been edited since publication.

Happy J-Dilla Day!

Happy J-Dilla Day!

James Dewitt Yancey, known in rap circles as Jay Dee or J Dilla, passed away at the age of 32 six years ago. His mother, Maureen (Ma Dukes) Yancey, and friends today are hosting Dilla Day Detroit, a celebration recognizing the Detroit hip-hop pioneer’s musical legacy.

His mother Ma Dukes says Dilla was about love in many formats. She started a foundation in his name to help give musically gifted youth in Detroit the skills to make it within the music industry. You can show Ma Dukes and the J Dilla Foundation some love today by making a contribution.

Below is a story from our archives that was written by Jamilah King and published last year on the fifth anniversary of Dilla passing. “J Dilla’s Love for Beats, Rhymes, and Life” is published in its entirety below:

Today marks five years since hip hop producer Jay Dee, aka J Dilla, lost his battle with Lupus and a rare blood disease in a Los Angeles hospital room. Born James Yancey in Detroit, the pioneering beat maker reached the national radar with his critically acclaimed group Slum Village. Over the course of several years and three albums, Dilla helped cement Detroit’s resurgence to the top of a new era of late 90’s, soul-inspired hip-hop. That trendsetting spirit led him to work on albums with A Tribe Called Quest, Erykah Badu, Busta Rhymes, and The Pharcyde. He was also a founding member of the prudction collaborative known as The Soulquarians, which included the aforementioned Badu and Common, along with Roots drummer Questlove and singer D’Angelo, among others. Everyone from Kanye West to Dave Chappele have since paid tribute to Dilla, as he’s become one of the most influential artist’s of the hip hop generation. You can see a glimpse of that legacy in the three-part documentary we’ve dug up.

His mother Maureen has since started the J Dilla Foundation, which helps fund inner city music programs in schools with progressive, arts-centered curricula. “Dilla was about love in many formats,” Maureen remembered about her son. “One of the things he wanted me to do with his legacy was to use it to help others… kids who were musically gifted but had little hope due to poverty.” Mrs. Yancey has also worked tirelessly before and since her son’s death to raise awareness of Lupus, a rare and incurable disease that’s three times more common in black women than whites.

But as the documentary above shows, Dilla’s true legacy was in the epic task of providing the soundtrack for a generation.

So here’s to that legacy, his work, and all those who continued to be inspired by it. 

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The Truth with Hasan Minhaj: Jeremy Lin Edition

The Truth with Hasan Minhaj: Jeremy Lin Edition

Hasan Minhaj on Jeremy Lin: “Y’know how in 2008 when Barack Obama won the election and they panned over to the crowd there were like older black women crying thinking ‘I’d never see this day,’ THATS WHAT EVERY ASIAN PERSON IN AMERICA IS DOING.”

Trader Joe’s Finally Agrees to Stand with Immokalee Farmworkers

Trader Joe’s and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) announced Thursday that they have signed an agreement that formalizes the ways in which Trader Joe’s will work with the CIW and Florida tomato growers to support the CIW’s Fair Food Program.

Below is the letter Trader Joe’s posted on their website for customers about the program:

The Fair Food Program is a groundbreaking approach to social responsibility in the US produce industry that combines the Fair Food Code of Conduct - a set of labor standards developed in a unique collaboration among farmworkers, tomato growers, and the food industry leaders who purchase Florida tomatoes - with a small price premium to help improve harvesters’ wages. The goal of the Fair Food Program is to promote the development of a sustainable Florida tomato industry that advances both the human rights of farmworkers and the long-term interests of Florida tomato growers.

“We are truly happy today to welcome Trader Joe’s aboard the Fair Food Program,” said Gerardo Reyes of the CIW. “Trader Joe’s is cherished by its customers for a number of reasons, but high on that list is the company’s commitment to ethical purchasing practices. With this agreement, Trader Joe’s reaffirms that commitment and sends a strong — and timely — message of support to the Florida growers who are choosing to do the right thing, investing in improved labor standards, despite the challenges of a difficult marketplace and tough economic times.”

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Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: ‘That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists’

Viola Davis to Tavis Smiley: 'That Mindset You Have is Destroying Black Artists'

Oscar-nominated actresses Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer had a passionate discussion with Tavis Smiley on Thursday.

The interview was more of a heated debate but it offered insight in to the minds of both actresses and how they feel about the criticism ‘The Help’ has received.

It’s a must see interview.

“That very mindset that you have and that a lot of African-Americans have is absolutely destroying the black artist. The black artist cannot live in a place—in a revisionist place—a black artist can only tell the truth about humanity and humanity is messy, people are messy,” Davis told Smiley.

“We as African-American artists are more concerned with image and message and not execution, which is why every time you see your images they’ve been watered down to the point where they where they are not realistic at all, it’s like all of our humanity has been washed out,” Davis went on to say.

(h/t Shadow & Act)

Victor Cruz Shakes it to The Roots Playing Salsa on Jimmy Fallon Show [Video]

Victor Cruz Shakes it to The Roots Playing Salsa on Jimmy Fallon Show [Video]

Victor Cruz was a guest on the ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ show on Wednesday so I’m slightly late sharing this video but where else are you going to see the Giants’ wide receiver dancing to The Roots playing salsa!

Cruz also confirmed to Fallon that the salsa dancing after every touchdown started out as a challenge from a coach.

Jose Antonio Vargas: Demian Bichir in ‘A Better Life’ Represents Today’s ‘The Help’

Jose Antonio Vargas: Demian Bichir in 'A Better Life' Represents Today's 'The Help'

Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Filipino-American journalist who revealed he was undocumented in a NY Times Op-Ed last year, says best actor Oscar nominee Demian Bichir’s character in the film “A Better Life,” represents the help of today and “speaks for millions of undocumented immigrants” living in the U.S.

“Playing a Mexican gardener caring for his American-born teenage son, Bichir illuminates a largely invisible, if not downright untouchable, character in contemporary American life: an undocumented immigrant,” Vargas wrote in an essay for Entertainment Weekly.

An excerpt from “Oscar nominee Demian Bichir speaks for millions of undocumented immigrants like me:”

There are moments in A Better Life of such heartbreaking truth — the conversations between father and son, the fear, anguish, and shame on Bichir’s face as he encounters a cop on the street — that the film transcends language and race. Here’s a film from a mainstream Hollywood director (Chris Weitz) tackling a controversial issue our officials in Washington don’t know quite how to address. In its quietly affecting way, it’s a groundbreaking piece of cinema.

Indeed, it’s rare to watch an undocumented immigrant portrayed with such complexity. It’s rarer still to experience a film about an undocumented immigrant told from the immigrant’s perspective. In an awards season that has lauded The Help, about black maids and the white families they serve in 1960s Mississippi, Bichir represents the help — gardeners, farmhands, and other undocumented workers — at the mercy of present-day laws in Georgia and Alabama. But A Better Life is not a political movie in the same way that illegal immigration is not a political issue. It’s a nuanced human story.

I’ve seen Bichir before, as Fidel Castro in Steven Soderbergh’s Che and as a drug-running mayor in Showtime’s Weeds. To call his performance in A Better Life a “transformation,” as critics have done, does not do him justice. His performance gives dignity and voice to the 11 million undocumented human beings—gardeners and babysitters, would-be engineers, doctors, and writers — whom he inevitably represents. He is doing something more than acting. At a time when undocumented people are referred to as “illegals” — when common sense and empathy escape many of our politicians — his performance is an act of salvation

Hours after the Academy announced Bichir’s best actor nomination he released a statement dedicating his nomination to the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

In the best actor category, Bichir is up against George Clooney in “The Descendants”, Jean Dujardin in “The Artist”, Gary Oldman in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and Brad Pitt in “Moneyball”.

Actress in Hoekstra’s Chinese-Themed Site is Former CA Beauty Queen

Actress in Hoekstra's Chinese-Themed Site is Former CA Beauty Queen

Michigan Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has taken down the controversial Chinese-themed website and plans to no longer air the similar themed commercial that made national headlines after it premiered during the Superbowl.

Lisa Chan, the 21-year old model and actress that starred in the commercial, is probably really happy to hear that. reported Thursday Chan is the woman who stars in Hoekstra’s controversial campaign.

“She’s 21, from the Bay Area, graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in sociology, founded a nonprofit organization for at-risk youth, and recently competed as the reigning Miss Napa Valley in the 2012 Miss California USA pageant,” reports Chan started a non-profit when she was 17 and by the looks of the organization’s “about page” Chan sounds like a politicized U.C. Berkeley sociology major:

In 2010, after being a Sociology major for two years at the University of California, Berkeley, Lisa was captivated by the social inequalities in our world and quickly became inspired to carry the mission of The Bay Area Strive onto a national and eventually global level with a more digital focus and catering to teachers as well as students, leading to the birth of The Strive.

Today, The Strive continues to fight educational inequality with a larger sociological perspective in mind. Just think, why does more crime occur in places where there is less educational funding? Why is it that certain races have higher high school graduation rates than others? Environmental racism causes certain races to be concentrated in areas of designated income brackets, which in turn determine the quality of public education available in those areas. This is not fair especially since the quality of education extends past graduation rates. Believe it or not, a student’s quality of education at a young age also determines

Sounds like she was really making all the right decisions up until she got Hoekstra casting call.

*This story has been update since the original time it was published.

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Fear of Deportation Kept L.A. School’s Parents From Reporting Sex Abuse

Fear of Deportation Kept L.A. School's Parents From Reporting Sex Abuse

Two teachers have been charged with multiple counts of lewd conduct against several students at Miramonte Elementary—a school in South Los Angeles who’s student body is made up of 98% Latinos and 2% black students. Lawyers say at least three alleged victims have not been interviewed by law enforcement because their parents fear deportation.

Mark Berndt was charged last week with 23 counts of lewd conduct against children; another teacher, Martin Springer, was charged this week with three counts of lewd conduct. Berndt is alleged to have taken photographs of blindfolded children being spoon-fed his semen, according to the LA Sheriff’s newsroom.

The investigation began over a year ago when over 40 photographs depicting children in a school classroom, with their eyes blindfolded and mouths covered with tape, were turned in to law enforcement by a film processor. Parents are furious because they only learned about the investigation last week.

Miramonte Elementary School is located in an unincorporated area of South Los Angeles within the Florence-Firestone area which according to the school is a “predominantly Hispanic” community. It’s unclear how many students at the school have undocumented parents but 56% of the students are English language learners, about 1% are considered “migrant” students and the school has a “Migrant Education Program” and an “Emergency Immigrant Education Program,” leading many to believe, including the Sheriff, that there may be many parents who fear coming forward because they are undocumented.

“Unlike the Los Angeles Police Department, which has a policy on the books intended to protect undocumented victims and witnesses, the department has two different immigration enforcement partnerships with the federal government,” explains Leslie Berestein Rojas at KPCC’s “Multi-American.”

Because Miramonte is an unincorporated the jurisdiction falls on Los Angeles County Sheriff which has a Secure Communities and 287(g) contract with the federal government. 

“Critics of immigration enforcement programs like Secure Communities often say that when the lines between local law enforcement and immigration enforcement are blurred, community members stop being able to trust the police and fear coming forward to serve as witnesses or to report crime,” said’s immigration reporter Julianne Hing. “The risk of deportation is just too high. What we’re seeing now is illustrative of exactly that critique.”

“Many of the parents with information about the case are afraid there may be negative consequences (deportation). Unfortunately, their fear is not unfounded, we have seen how people have been arrested and deported for selling ice cream on the streets,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Human Rights Coalition of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) told La Opinion.

“Multi-American” reports on the Sheriff’s response:

Sgt. Dan Scott said this afternoon that the department is trying to put together a formal message, but that for now, the word to Miramonte families is not to worry about being turned in to immigration authorities for speaking up. 

“They have Sheriff Lee Baca’s word that there will not be prosecution or even inquiries into anybody’s legal status in this country,” Scott said. “We are seeking victims, witnesses, or anybody that has information about this case to please come forward to the Sheriff’s Special Victims Unit, which is our normal process. We will not ask their legal status. The Sheriff specifically wants that message out: We will not be inquiring as to their legal status.”

“As a result of stepped up immigration enforcement programs like Secure Communities, undocumented immigrants, even those who have absolutely no criminal record, regularly get deported. It’s also further complicated because Sheriff Baca actually defended his county’s use of the immigration enforcement program Secure Communities just last year in an L.A. Times op-ed,” Hing explained.

On press conference Thursday lawyer Greg Owen announced he’s filed civil lawsuits on behalf of three students that the L.A. County sheriff’s investigators have yet to interview because the parents are undocumented and fear deportation, KPCC’s Adolfo Guzman-Lopez reported.

One of the alleged victims’ father sat next to Owen at the conference wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses to disguise his identity. 

The father said he had a framed photo of his daughter in his living room given to him by Berndt that showed her holding a cookie between her lips with a white substance. The Sheriff’s office is now reporting those cookies were laced with semen.

He says he hasn’t been able to sleep and has gone to the emergency room twice after bouts of anxiety and an accelerated heart rate since he found out about the alleged acts against his daughter.

The district has responded by closing the school for two days and replacing every single teacher, administrator and support staff member out of Miramonte Elementary. And it all couldn’t of come at a worse time because the California standardized exams are coming up in two weeks.

Today’s Love: Happy Birthday Alice Walker!

Today's Love: Happy Birthday Alice Walker!

Poet, essayist, and novelist Alice Walker was born February 9, 1944, in Eatonton, Georgia, the eighth and last child of sharecroppers Willie Lee and Minnie Lou Grant Walker.

She turns 68 today.

She is best known for the novel The Color Purple (1982) for which she won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. But few people know that she regularly publishes notes and poems on her blog!

Visit Walker’s blog, watch her nerd out and talk Google gadgets in the video above and read the latest poem she’s posted on her blog “When I join you” below.

When I join you
in the effort for peace
I give myself over.
and not there.
with you
the many who have died
it is as if we are marching
across the Universe
and just ahead of us
if only in another galaxy
there is a door.

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Sh*t Mitt Romney Says When He’s Around Black People: ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ [Video]

Sh*t Mitt Romney Says When He's Around Black People: 'Who Let The Dogs Out' [Video]

The video was created by Democratic Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.

Here’s how they describe themselves: > American Bridge 21st Century is a progressive research and communications organization committed to holding Republicans accountable for their words and actions and helping you ascertain when Republican candidates are pretending to be something they’re not.

Housing Advocates Say Foreclosure Settlement is Too Little, Too Late

Housing Advocates Say Foreclosure Settlement is Too Little, Too Late

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that the federal government and 49 state attorneys general have reached a landmark $25 billion agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses.

“This agreement - the largest joint federal-state settlement ever obtained - is the result of unprecedented coordination among enforcement agencies throughout the government,” said Attorney General Holder said in a statement. “It holds mortgage servicers accountable for abusive practices and requires them to commit more than $20 billion towards financial relief for consumers. As a result, struggling homeowners throughout the country will benefit from reduced principals and refinancing of their loans.”

The five banks included in the settlement are Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup and Ally Financial. NPR’s Yuki Noguchi explains the deal and where the bulk of the money would go:

It’s a deal that will extract some penalties from the banks — about $25 billion — if all states sign on. In exchange, the banks will get what’s known as a “release,” sort of like an immunity, from lawsuits regarding how they handled some home loans.

Most of the money — $20 billion — would go toward writing down principal payments for homeowners who were not foreclosed upon, but who are struggling now. There could be a million such homeowners eligible. The way it would work is that the banks would have targets they have to meet, in terms of what kinds of loans they would have to modify. But the banks would still have a lot of discretion in who gets what.

And there’s another $5 billion in cash, part of which would go to the states to help fund homeowner assistance programs. Some of the rest would go to homeowners who may have been wrongfully foreclosed upon. For them, it’s up to $2,000 each, which is not much if you lost your home.

But some advocates say today’s settlement is a tiny drop in a big bucket.

“It does not do justice for the millions of homeowners who lost their homes or hold the banks fully accountable for their crimes. For homeowners who were defrauded and lost their homes, $2,000 is too little, too late. It is a paltry down payment toward full relief for homeowners,” read a statement from The New Bottom Line, a coalition of housing advocates.

“Despite its flaws, the settlement announced today is stronger than it would have otherwise been because of grassroots groups and the courageous stance of Attorneys General from California, New York, Nevada, Delaware, and Massachusetts, who fought hard to bring more relief to homeowners and make sure that any settlement does not allow the banks to avoid accountability for fraudulent activity not yet investigated. Due to their work and the work of many allies, momentum is building toward broad-scale relief for homeowners,” The New Bottom Line’s statement went on to say.

The advocates the New Bottom Line say what happens next is critical. What happens next is critical. “This is the President’s chance to show he is a champion for the 99%.”

“The Obama Administration needs to make sure that its task force goes the distance and delivers at least $336 billion in principal reduction on underwater mortgages and $50 billion in restitution for affected homeowners,”

Jeremy Lin Provides Endless Sign Opportunities [Slideshow]

Jeremy Lin Provides Endless Sign Opportunities [Slideshow]

There was no shortage of support for New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin (17) at last night’s game against the Washington Wizards… and by that I mean, there was no shortage of amazing signs. 

Below are the good, the funny and the bad signs seen at last night’s game.

Let the Linsanity begin!

j-lin-fans-2012-2.jpg Fans of Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks hold up signs during the end of the Knicks and Washington Wizards game at Verizon Center on February 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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jeremy-lin-fans-0537.jpg Fans hold up signs in support of Jeremy Lin #17 of the New York Knicks pregame against the Washington Wizards during the game at the Verizon Center on February 8, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Not sure what this sign reads but that’s a huge Taiwan flag there lin-taiwan-flag-28.jpg


TV still from Monday’s game between Knicksand the Utah Jazz in New York.


For more analysis on the Linsanity read Jamilah King’s “The Subtle Bigotry That Made Jeremy Lin the NBA’s Most Surprising Star.”

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