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Strong U.S. Job Growth Leads to Lowest Black Unemployment in Years

Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 243,000 in January, and the unemployment rate decreased to 8.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS )reported Friday.

The number of unemployed persons declined to 12.8 million in January. Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.7 percent) and blacks (13.6 percent) declined in January. The unemployment rates for adult women (7.7 percent), teenagers (23.2 percent), whites (7.4 percent), and Latinos (10.5 percent) were little changed.

Black unemployment saw the biggest drop — from 15.8 to 13.6 percent. And for the first time in a long time, those numbers aren’t being fudged (much) by people who have dropped out of the workforce. Unemployment overall is at 8.3 percent now, and the BLS says that workforce participation is holding steady.

“These numbers are important because one, we now have the lowest unemployment rate in nearly three years. It’s also one of the biggest drops in black unemployment—nearly two points—that the BLS has recorded in years,” said Shani O. Hilton, Colorlines.com’s D.C. Correspondent.

“What makes this particularly heartening, though, is that unlike other points in the decline, the decline isn’t happening because Americans are giving up looking for work. The BLS reports that workforce participation is holding steady,” Hilton went on to say.

NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Three Black Men in One Week

NYPD Officers Shoot and Kill Three Black Men in One Week
Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot and killed by a NYPD officer in the Bronx on Thursday afternoon after running into his home as undercover officers pursued him. He’s the third person the NYPD have killed in a week. According to the police spokesperson, he was unarmed.

Paul J. Browne, the New York Police Department’s chief spokesman, said there was “no evidence that he was armed” when the officer, a member of a narcotics unit, shot him once in the upper left chest, the New York Times reports.

The Graham shooting is the third time in a week that a member of the NYPD had killed a suspect. On Jan. 26, an off-duty police lieutenant shot a 22-year-old carjacking suspect in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. And on Sunday, an off-duty detective shot a 17-year-old in Bushwick, Brooklyn, during a mugging, authorities said.

In Graham’s case, police found a small bag of marijuana in the toilet at the home he entered after the pursuit, the NY Times reports. “It’s likely the story will thicken and the NYPD will argue the cop acted in self defense, but right now it looks like the cops killed a kid trying to get rid of a little pot,” said Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines.com’s investigation reporter. 

“Despite directives from the NYPD Commissioner to stop arresting people for simple possession of marijuana, the NYPD actually conducted more marijuana arrests in 2011 than in the previous year,” Wessler said.

In New York City, marijuana arrests strike people of color the hardest. Last year the NYPD made a near-record number of low-level marijuana arrests, making 2011 the second-most prolific period for marijuana arrests in NYC history. Close to 87 percent of those arrested for marijuana were black or Latino, while only 10 percent were white.

“The daily practice of harassing black and Latino kids with stop and frisk policing and then arresting them for simple possession of pot would be bad enough even if it did not lead to shootings. In this case in the Bronx, it looks like the day-to-day drug war left this 18-year-old kid dead,” Wessler said.



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Planned Parenthood Pres. Thanks Internet for Elevating Importance of Cancer Prevention for Women in Need

Published in it’s entirety, below is a statement by Cecile Richards, Planned Parenthood Federation of America president, regarding Komen’s recent decision.

“The outpouring of support for women in need of lifesaving breast cancer screening this week has been astonishing and is a testament to our nation’s compassion and sincerity.

“During the last week, millions spontaneously joined a national conversation about lifesaving breast cancer prevention care and reinforced shared values about access to health care for all. This compassionate outcry in support of those most in need rose above political, ideological, and cultural divides, and will surely be recognized as one of our nation’s better moments during a contentious political time. Planned Parenthood thanks each and every person who has contributed to elevating the importance of breast cancer prevention for so many women in need.

“In recent weeks, the treasured relationship between the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and Planned Parenthood has been challenged, and we are now heartened that we can continue to work in partnership toward our shared commitment to breast health for the most underserved women. We are enormously grateful that the Komen Foundation has clarified its grantmaking criteria, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Komen partners, leaders and volunteers. What these past few days have demonstrated is the deep resolve all Americans share in the fight against cancer, and we honor those who are at the helm of this battle.

“Planned Parenthood has been a trusted partner with the Komen Foundation in early cancer detection and prevention services. In particular, Planned Parenthood helps the Komen Foundation reach vulnerable populations — low-income women, African-American women, and Latinas — especially in rural areas and underserved communities where Planned Parenthood health centers are their only source of health care. With Komen Foundation grants, over the past five years, Planned Parenthood health centers provided nearly 170,000 clinical breast exams and more than 6,400 mammogram referrals. With the outpouring of support over the past week, even more women in need will receive lifesaving breast cancer care.”

Collection of ‘Planned Parenthood Saved Me’ Stories on Tumblr

Collection of 'Planned Parenthood Saved Me' Stories on Tumblr

Media technologist & strategist Deanna Zandt started a Tumblr this week that includes stories submitted by “women whose lives were saved or changed because they had access to affordable healthcare like cancer screenings though Planned Parenthood.”

“I know I keep saying WOW, but— in just a couple days, @PPSavedMe has gotten ~1000 followers on Tumblr,” Zandt tweeted Friday. (Zandt is a board member of ARC, which publishes Colorlines.com.)

Below is a sample of the touching stories:

Just married with no health insurance, PP was the only place I could go to get affordable birth control and screenings. A pap smear turned up abnormal cells that could develop into cervical cancer. If I had waited until I had full health insurance to get screened it might have been too late to prevent cancer. I AM PRO-LIFE BUT I STILL SUPPORT PLANNED PARENTHOOD!

and another one:

I was a young latina with no money and living in a fairly conservative house where going to a “woman’s doctor” meant only one thing, pregnancy. So I went to Planned Parenthood for a gyn chek up and they found abnormal cells in my pap smear.

and another one:

I was alone in a new city, between jobs and without health insurance, when I discovered a lump in my breast. After worrying about it for several weeks, I gave in and made an appointment with Planned Parenthood. The doctor there assessed my situation, agreed I should see a specialist, and referred me to a no-cost program. Luckily, my lump turned out to be normal breast tissue.

There’s plenty more. Visit PlannedParenthoodSavedMe.tumblr.com for more stories and/or to submit your own story.

Komen’s Sorry, Planned Parenthood ‘Probably Eligible’ For Funds

Komen's Sorry, Planned Parenthood 'Probably Eligible' For Funds

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell had a hard hitting interview with Komen founder and CEO Nancy Brinker on Friday. Hours later she also went on to issue an apology on Komen.org.

Brinker said the entire Komen drops Planned Parenthood controversy is a “mischaracterization” because they “still have three grants they are committed to at least another year through the end of the grant cycle.”

And in a backtracking moment she also said “Planned Parenthood will probably be eligible in the next grant cycle.”

Brinker also said Karen Handel, the self-identified “staunchly and unequivocally pro-life” vice president of public policy, had “nothing to do with this decision.”

“We want to apologize to the American public for recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” Brinker wrote on Komen.org’s blog.

“Our only goal for our granting process is to support women and families in the fight against breast cancer. Amending our criteria will ensure that politics has no place in our grant process. We will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants, while maintaining the ability of our affiliates to make funding decisions that meet the needs of their communities,” Brinker went on to write.

Santorum Puts a Black Church to Sleep [Photo]

Santorum Puts a Black Church to Sleep [Photo]

The image above is part of a great “Florida Primary” photo essay put together by the New York Times. The picture above is of Santorum addressing the congregation at the Worldwide Christian Center in Pompano Beach on Jan. 22. The look on the face of the kids in the back is priceless.

And another picture that’s actually disturbing is the one below. “Punching puppets of Mr. Romney and Mr. Obama on the Romney campaign bus. Mr. Gingrich had stressed that he was the best Republican candidate to challenge Mr. Obama in debates, but Mr. Romney challenged that notion with his strong showings in Florida.” mitt-romneybus.jpg

(h/t HuffPost)

Sometimes Even The President Needs a Hug [Slideshow]

Sometimes Even The President Needs a Hug [Slideshow]

Only 46% of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing as President but chances are a lot more people approve of the image above.

The photo above of President Obama holding three-year-old Arianna Holmes was released by the White House yesterday. Her mom works as a Special Assistant in the International Economic Affairs office of the National Security Staff.

The image inspired the slideshow below. Captions come from the White House.


P070511PS-0280 July 5, 2011 - President Barack Obama gets a hug from a little girl as he greets Wounded Warriors and their families in the State Dining Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



P090511PS-0449 Sept. 5, 2011 - President Barack Obama hugs a woman in the crowd after addressing the Labor Day celebration in Detroit, Mich. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



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May 23, 2011 - President Barack Obama embraces Liz Sherwood-Randall, Senior Director for European Affairs, at College Green in Dublin, Ireland. Sherwood-Randall was blown over by strong winds earlier in the day and injured her wrist. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


P050809PS-0264 This one isn’t exactly a hug photo but just read the caption… it might as well just be a hug.

May 8, 2009 - President Barack Obama bends over so the son of a White House staff member can pat his head during a family visit to the Oval Office. The youngster wanted to see if the President’s haircut felt like his own. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



P012510PS-0291 Jan. 25, 2010 - President Barack Obama hugs retiring White House butler James Ramsey, as First Lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


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June 15, 2011 - “Call him the baby soother. At the Congressional picnic on the South Lawn, the First Lady held a young baby who began crying (top photo). The President then came over to hold the same baby and was able to quiet her down as the First Lady reacted in astonishment in the background of the bottom photo.” (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



P051909PS-0510 May 19, 2009 - “The President was leaving the State Floor after an event and found Sasha in the elevator ready to head upstairs to the private residence. He decided to ride upstairs with her before returning to the Oval Office.” (Official White House photo by Pete Souza)



P090909LJ-0233 Sept. 9, 2009 - President Barack Obama hugs Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as he enters the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)



P051310PS-0325 May 13, 2010 - A patron hugs President Barack Obama during a lunch stop at Duff’s Famous Wings in Cheektowaga, N.Y. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



P032009PS-0272 April 27, 2009 - President Barack Obama hugs First Lady Michelle Obama in the Red Room of the White House while Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett smiles prior to the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) reception, March 20, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)



This last one isn’t the President but it’s included in here because it does include a hug attack!

P050409SA-0429 May 4, 2009 - First Lady Michelle Obama is hugged by students during a visit to the LAMB bilingual school May 4, 2009, as a lead-up to the Mexican Cinco de Mayo holiday. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)

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Spoof Site Pokes Fun at The Economist’s Almost All White Staff

Spoof Site Pokes Fun at The Economist's Almost All White Staff

On January 29, 2012, “The Economist” published a piece entitled “Korean Golfers: The Magic Formula,” that tried to answer how four of the top 10 female golfers in the world ended up coming out of South Korea. 

In the article, the author suggest Koreans are good at playing golf because:

  1. “South Korea is a small, crowded country” and that “lack of space means that golfers start off hitting balls at a driving range instead of playing a proper course. This means they hit a heck of a lot of balls.”
  2. Korean culture stresses constant repetition in pursuit of perfection.
  3. Korean fathers push their daughters harder than dads elsewhere.
  4. Korean society is so competitive—think of the effort Korean kids put into passing exams—that it breeds champions.

The author never mentions anything based on skill or talent or smarts.

“Unfortunately, the analysis is less than impressive, and rather offensive. The author ignores the individual talents of the golfers mentioned, and instead resorts to age-old Asian stereotypes, including ‘strict fathers’ and a propensity to ‘breed champions,’” Adriel Luis, a Colorlines.com contributor and artist based in Brooklyn, NY wrote on a site he created called economist-staff.com.

“If the statistic - that 38 out of 100 top golfers are Korean - is newsworthy, then how about other, more stark statistics? How about the fact that, 94 of the 96 people listed in The Economist’s staff directory are White?”

Check out economist-staff.com for a illustrated view (beautiful infographics) of who’s behind the pages of ‘The Economist.’




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Report: NYPD Document Tells Cops to Consider Religion When Policing

Report: NYPD Document Tells Cops to Consider Religion When Policing

Just a week after news broke that the NYPD showed 1,500 of its officers grossly Islamophobic propaganda, the AP is reporting new evidence that the police department is profiling on the basis of religion, conducting surveillance specifically of Shia Muslim, Iranian and Palestinian communities.

The May 2006 NYPD intelligence report obtained by the AP is entitled, “US-Iran Conflict: The Threat to New York City,” made a series of recommendations, including: “Expand and focus intelligence collections at Shi’a mosques.”

The AP describes the report:

The report, drawn largely from information available in newspapers or sites like Wikipedia, was prepared for Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly. It was written at a time of great tension between the U.S. and Iran. That tension over Iran’s nuclear ambition has increased again recently.

Police estimated the New York area Shiite population to be about 35,000, with Iranians making up about 8,500. The document also calls for canvassing the Palestinian community because there might be terrorists there.

“The Palestinian community, although not Shi’a, should also be assessed due to presence of Hamas members and sympathizers and the group’s relationship with the Iranian government,” analysts wrote.

The secret document stands in contrast to statements by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said the NYPD never considers religion in its policing. Kelly has said police go only where investigative leads take them, but the document described no leads to justify expanded surveillance at Shiite mosques.

The AP also reports that the NYPD is engaged in intelligence gathering and surveillance work in other states and in at least 11 foreign cities.

“The report specifically documents efforts by the NYPD to monitor 15 different mosques throughout the Tri-State Area. This is despite the fact that no illegal, or even suspicious activity, has ever been reported at these religious centers,” read a joint statement signed by a broad coalition of civil liberties, human rights, Muslim, and interfaith organizations on Thursday. The coalition includes the Council on American-Islamic Relations - New York (CAIR-NY) and the Arab Muslim American Federation.

The coalition’s statement calls for the “NYPD to acknowledge this wrongdoing, immediately cease all such activities, and create more transparency.”

“It’s another crystal clear indication that the NYPD is out of control and is running roughshod over the civil rights and civil liberties of New York’s Muslim and Middle Eastern residents,” Colorlines.com’s Seth Freed Wessler said about the AP’s findings.

Tucson Youth Group Hosts Their Own Chicano Studies Classes

Tucson Youth Group Hosts Their Own Chicano Studies Classes

Organizers from UNIDOS, a youth group that opposes the Mexican-American studies ban that went in to affect January 1st in Tucson, have started organizing their own ethnic studies classes.

“Educators from our community, colleges, community organizations and alumni of Mexican American Studies will be presenting their messages and stories about why Ethnic Studies is still alive, active and transforming,” read a press release from UNIDOS. “Youth and community members are invited to be the first registered participants in our ongoing campaign to create autonomous learning environments for and within our community.”

“We’re teaching the traditional curriculum, if a student was in the Mexican American history perspective classes they defaulted to a traditional history class,” Sean Arce told Feet in Two Worlds. Arce is the co-founder and director of the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American studies program.

“We want to plant a seed, to keep learning about our history and culture,” Jesus Romero a member of UNIDOS told Feet in Two Worlds.

Sixty percent of the over 55,000 students in the Tucson school district are Latino.

Below are images courtesy of Chris Summitt.

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[Editorial Update 2/6/2012 6:36 EST: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated UNIDOS’ school took place on a weekend. The school took place on a Tuesday.]

Ameena Matthews Tells Colbert Why It’s Important to Save Black Lives in Chicago[Video]

Ameena Matthews Tells Colbert Why It's Important to Save Black Lives in Chicago[Video]

Ameena Matthews, one of the “violence interrupters” who works with Chicago-based anti-violence group CeaseFire, was a guest on the “Colbert Report” Wednesday night and held her ground firm in the interview.

“You’re an interrupter in a rude way and I’m a violence interrupter in saving lives,” Matthews told Colbert.

Matthews appears in a documentary called “The Interrupters,” (the newest film from “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James) that will air on PBS’s Frontline on February 14th, 2012.

Komen Official Resigns, Site Hacked, Planned Parenthood Surges

Komen Official Resigns, Site Hacked, Planned Parenthood Surges

UPDATE 2/3/2012 2:00pm EST: Komen’s founder has issued an apology and said Planned Parenthood will “probably” be eligible for future grants. For the latest visit Colorlines.com/planned-parenthood.

The Atlantic is reporting Komen’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the board’s decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. The news comes hours after Komen.org was temporarily hacked and as Planned Parenthood is announcing they’re experiencing a surge in donations.

Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic reports on Williams’ resignation:

The decision, made in December, caused an uproar inside Komen. Three sources told me that the organization’s top public health official, Mollie Williams, resigned in protest immediately following the Komen board’s decision to cut off Planned Parenthood. Williams, who served as the managing director of community health programs, was responsible for directing the distribution of $93 million in annual grants. Williams declined to comment when I reached her yesterday on whether she had resigned her position in protest, and she declined to speak about any other aspects of the controversy.

According to sources close to both Williams and Komen, “Williams believed she could not honorably serve in her position once Komen had caved to pressure from the anti-abortion right.”

Donors reacting to Komen’s decision to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood contributed $650,000 in 24 hours, nearly enough to replace last year’s Komen funding, Planned Parenthood executives told the Washington Post on Wednesday.

Planned Parenthood averages 100-200 donations on any given day, but when the Komen decision made headlines it received contributions from more than 6,000 online donors.

“People respond powerfully when they see politics interfering with women’s health,” Tait Sye, a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, told the Post. “That’s why we’ve seen a tremendous outpouring of support.” 

Hackers also made their own contribution early Thursday morning. 

“For the few that accessed the site around 12:30AM on Thursday, they were redirected from the regular site (www.komen.org) to an artificial site made by the hackers (ww5.komen.org). The job was so inclusive that even in search engines, you were only able to find the hacked site,” Gather.com reported.

The hackers re-designed a Komen banner ad that promoted its marathon to read “Help us run over poor women on our way to the bank.”

Undocumented Teen Left Orphaned After Florida Pileup Crash Can Stay In U.S.

Undocumented Teen Left Orphaned After Florida Pileup Crash Can Stay In U.S.

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said Wednesday that an undocumented immigrant teen who was injured and lost her immediate family in Sunday’s multivehicle wreck in Florida will not face deportation, reports CNN.

ICE said Wednesday that Lidiane Carmo, 15, who was injured and lost her immediate family in Sunday’s multivehicle wreck in Florida will not face deportation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Miss Lidiane Carmo as she deals with the tragic loss of her family,” ICE spokeswoman Barbara Gonzalez said. “Reports of her facing deportation are completely false.”

On Sunday, according to the Carmo family, Florida Gov. Rick Scott visited the girl in the hospital and assured the family that Florida would take case of expenses, including the transportation of the bodies back to Georgia. The girl has no medical insurance.

“The governor gave the family members a phone number to call. They have called the number a few times, with no answer or returned call,” a source close to the family told CNN.

Rinku Sen Appears on ‘Nightline’ to Talk Families Separated By Deportations

Rinku Sen Appears on 'Nightline' to Talk Families Separated By Deportations

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Nightline’s “Stolen Babies? Controversy in Missouri” segment that aired Wednesday.

On Wednesday night Colorlines.com’s publisher Rinku Sen appeared on ABC’s “Nightline” to provide context on a story about a young child who was put up for adoption because his biological mother is undocumented. Sen cited our “Shattered Families” investigation, which found an estimated 5,000 U.S citizen lingering in children in foster care due to the detainment or deportation of their parents. 

In 2008, Circuit Court Judge David C. Dally decided Encarnacion Romero of Guatemala had abandoned her child when she was caught in an immigration raid and had little to offer to her son.

“Illegally smuggling herself into the country is not a lifestyle that can provide any stability for the child,” Judge Dally said.

“We’re creating a collateral consequence in which thousands of children are ripped away from their families with no real process for being reunited,” Sen said on “Nightline.”

An estimated 15,000 children will face the threat of permanent separation from their families in the next five years, Colorlines.com investigative reporter Seth Freed Wessler found, in a story we published in November.

President Obama acknowledge the findings in a subsequent briefing with reporters and said it was a real problem.

Parts of Sen’s interview also aired on World News Tonight.

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Thank You Don Cornelius, for Your Love, Peace and Blackness

Thank You Don Cornelius, for Your Love, Peace and Blackness

It’s hard to remember things that have always been there, hard to form a tangible idea of how they’ve shaped you. If you were alive and black anytime between 1970 and 1993, that’s likely how you feel about Don Cornelius. In those years, this remarkable man took to the airwaves every Saturday morning and created blackness. He stood up before the world—just two years after King’s assassination, five years after the Moynihan Report detailed supposed black depravity—and he unapologetically celebrated the joy, creativity and love of black culture. He financed the show himself. He insisted on employing black artists both on and off camera. And he built one of the most iconic brands in American history in the process.

Today, the Los Angeles County Coroner confirmed that Cornelius died from a self-inflicted gun shot to the head. He was 75. I’ve no notion of the torment that led him to the awful moment in which he died. But I have every idea of the joy and happiness and pride he facilitated weekly in black homes over 23 years. That’s Cornelius’s legacy—love, of self and others. We thank him. And in his truly immortal words, we wish his spirit love, peace and soul.

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Hazing Ruled Not the Cause of Chinese-American Marine’s Suicide ‎

On Monday a judge in Hawaii sentenced a Marine to 30-days in jail and have his rank reduced to private first class for punching and kicking a fellow Marine who killed himself shortly afterward. The judge ruled she found no evidence the abuse led to the Lance Cpl. Harry Lew’s suicide.

Lew committed suicide shortly after the Jacoby punched and kicked him on April 3, 2011.

Lance Cpl. Jacob Jacoby, 21, who pleaded guilty to assault, acknowledged he punched and kicked Lew out of anger and frustration that the fellow Marine repeatedly fell asleep while on watch for Taliban fighters, the Associated Press reports. He’s also one of the three Marines accused of regularly hazing Lew by punching, kicking and forcing him to do pushups.

Navy Lt. John Battisi, Jacoby’s attorney, successfully argued that Jacoby lost his temper and struck Lew, but that he made sure to hit Lew on his body armor where he was best protected.

“If this is how you’re going to approach and motivate your peers, then you do not need to be a part of the service,” Schweig said in closing remarks at the sentencing hearing,” said Navy Capt. Carrie Stephens, the judge in Jacoby’s special court-martial.

Schweig went on to say the government was confident Jacoby is capable of rehabilitating himself.

Lew’s Chinese immigrant parents told the LA Times last year that they tried to prevent their son from joining the Navy but he insisted he wanted to serve his country.

“My son died — I have only one son,” Lew told the AP on Monday. He went on to say he doesn’t understand how Marines could do the things they did to their own.

In a similar incident last October, U.S. Army Private Danny Chen was found dead in a guard tower in Afghanistan with”an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Reports found Chen suffered from violent hazing and racist bullying that may have led to his to suicide.

‘Precious’ Director Lee Daniels Gets Into Race Argument on Set of New Movie [Video]

Director Lee Daniels is currently working on “The Paper Boy” starring Zac Efron and Nicole Kidman. TMZ has obtained footage of Lee getting in to some sort of verbal disagreement with producer Avi Lerner in which they both accuse each other of being racist.

Whatever the argument is about it looks like Daniels maintains his composure while Lerner points at him with a wagging finger, yelling at him and demanding an apology.

Representatives for both Daniels and Lerner tell TMZ both parties laughed it off.

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Why Komen’s Decision to Pull Funding Is So Deadly [Infographic]

Why Komen's Decision to Pull Funding Is So Deadly [Infographic]

African-American women are more likely than all other women to die from breast cancer. Women of color in general are more likely to be diagnosed late and die from breast cancer, due in large part to poor access to early screening and treatment—which is precisely the type of programs Komen used to fund at Planned Parenthood.

In a story published earlier today on Colorlines.com, Akiba Solomon quotes Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards saying the cancer detection and prevention programs Komen funded “saved the lives of women who often had nowhere else to turn for care.”

Below is an infographic from our archives that looks at just how deadly breast cancer is for women of color.

Mel Gibson’s ‘Get The Gringo’ (aka My Summer in a Mexican Jail) Gets a Trailer [Video]

Mel Gibson's 'Get The Gringo' (aka My Summer in a Mexican Jail) Gets a Trailer [Video]

The bad news: Mel Gibson stars in a new movie about him escaping to Mexico with a car full of money.

The good news: It’s going straight to video. (Video on demand, that is. DVD sales will follow.)

The movie, formerly titled “How I Spent My Summer Vacation,” is about a career criminal who crashes his car into the border wall while trying to escape the U.S. Border Patrol, according to Reuters. Gibson’s character survives the crash, but ends up in a “tough Mexican prison” where a 10-year-old boy shows him the ropes.

South Korean Pop Group Girl’s Generation Make U.S. Television Debut [Video]

South Korean Pop Group Girl's Generation Make U.S. Television Debut [Video]

Girls’ Generation, the nine-member South Korean pop girl group, made their U.S. network television debut last night on David Letterman. Industry insiders say the record labels behind the pop group are eying the U.S. market.

The Korea Times’ Noh Hyun-gi says S.M. Entertainment, the company that formed Girls’ Generation, has been encouraged by the group’s success in Japan and are now “eying the American Market.”

Girl’s Generation also made an appearance on “Live with Kelly” Wednesday morning which went less smoothly when guest co-host Howie Mandel told one of the members her English was very good.

“Oh, I was born in America,” she replied.

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