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Nicki Minaj: ’ I Would Do a Really Good Job as a Prosecutor’

img-true-colors-nicki-minaj_204210520524.jpg_article_singleimage.jpgNicki Minaj, 29, appeared on Vogue.com this week. The rapper is featured in a profile about her style came to be and how she loves her Giuseppe, Versace, YSL, Fendi and Vuitton accessories. Vogue contributing writer Lynn Yaeger, who has eccentric style herself, wrote the profile.

The photograph in profile is probably the most interesting though. Smurf? Beetlejuice? Blue-face?

The two interesting tidbits from Minaj’s profile in Vogue: Minaj also reveals a far more sober side than her stage act might indicate. “A huge part of me wanted to be a lawyer! I would do a really good job as a prosecutor,” she alleges. That’s not the singer’s only alternative personality—famous for creating stage alter egos with names like Roman Zolanski, she confesses that she sometimes imagines herself clad in a bikini and high heels, cooking dinner for a breadwinning husband. […] Still, Minaj is adamant that her legacy will not be one of a free-spending, know-nothing celebrity. She’s planning “an enormous foundation to nurture girls. The Nicki Minaj girl is a fun, artsy girl who can become a fierce force to be reckoned with on Wall Street! They hang on my every word, so I tell them, go to school, be ambitious. The worst position is to be financially dependent on the man.” And what of that alternate Nicki, serving her lord and master a martini by the pool? The fuchsia waves shake furiously. “I could never be that girl!”

LAPD Chief Supports Driver’s Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

LAPD Chief Supports Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday that California should issue driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich agrees with Beck and calls the issue “a matter of public safety.”

“My personal belief is that they should be able to” have licenses, Beck said in an interview with the LA Times. “The reality is that all the things that we’ve done — ‘we’ being the state of California — over the last 14, 16 years have not reduced the problem one iota, haven’t reduced undocumented aliens driving without licenses. So we have to look at what we’re doing. When something doesn’t work over and over and over again, my view is that you should reexamine it to see if there is another way that makes more sense.”

Magic Johnson is Bringing ‘Soul Train’ Back [Video]

Magic Johnson is Bringing 'Soul Train' Back [Video]

Now that he’s getting his own cable network, Magic Johnson is announcing he’s bringing ‘Soul Train’ back.

According to The Associated Press, the ex-NBA star

Before the death of Don Cornelius stirred pangs of “Soul Train” nostalgia in the American public, a group of black entrepreneurs already had begun working to revive Cornelius’ creation and carry it beyond the continued popularity of the show’s dances and television reruns.

UC Davis Students Peppered Sprayed by Campus Police File Lawsuit in Federal Court

UC Davis Students Peppered Sprayed by Campus Police File Lawsuit in Federal Court

On Wednesday, nineteen current and former UC Davis students filed a federal lawsuit against UC Davis over the University’s treatment of protesters during a Nov. 18, 2011 demonstration in which campus police were caught on video dousing seated protesters with pepper spray.

The students were protesting tuition increases and police brutality on UC campuses. Video footage of the 2011 incident show peaceful students sitting down and then getting pepper sprayed by the two officers from a very close proximity—eleven of them were treated on site for injuries.


Forgive New Mexico Gov’s Haircuts, Her Gay Stylist Gave up on Her [Video]

Forgive New Mexico Gov's Haircuts, Her Gay Stylist Gave up on Her [Video]

New Mexicos Republican tea party-backed Latina governor Susana Martinez is going to have to find a new hair stylist because of her stance on gay marriage.

Oakland Police Shoot Oscar Grant’s Cousin

Oakland Police Shoot Oscar Grant's Cousin

Over the weekend Oakland Police seriously injured 24-year-old Tony Jones after they shot him in the back. Jones’ mother says he is a cousin of Oscar Grant — the Hayward man killed by a BART police officer on Jan. 1, 2009.

“I talked to my son. My son said ‘Momma, the officers [are] lying. They watched me get out of the car. They watched me walk. They started speeding up and I took off running across the street and when I took off running and I heard the gun go pow, pow, pow,’” Jones’ mother Betrina Works-Grant told KGO. “He said he was running with his hands like this [at his sides]. The police shot at him and shot him in his back. They never said they [were] the police,” More details from KGO:

NY Fox 5 News Anchor Wonders How Jeremy Lin’s Eyes Hold Up on the Court [Video]

NY Fox 5 News Anchor Wonders How Jeremy Lin's Eyes Hold Up on the Court [Video]

Just days after an ESPNews anchor was suspended for using a racial slur in a Jeremy Lin news story comes New York’s WNYW Fox 5 news anchor making a joke about Lin’s eyes.

(h/t AngryAsianMan)

‘Awkward Black Girl’ Issa Rae’s Dream: HBO with Creative Control [Video]

'Awkward Black Girl' Issa Rae's Dream: HBO with Creative Control [Video]

Issa Rae says the dream for ‘Awkward Black Girl’ is to “stay online with millions of views and sponsorships or end up on HBO—that’s the ultimate dream—HBO uncut with creative control.”

Pre-Teen Calls Out LeBron James: ‘Why Won’t You Play in the Dunk Contest’ [Video]

Pre-Teen Calls Out LeBron James: 'Why Won't You Play in the Dunk Contest' [Video]

This young man from Portland, Oregon could make a good Washington lobbyist one day.

The winning quotes:

“Don’t let my Saturday night go to waste, man.”

“Or you could go dunk it and have the entire country chanting your time… except Ohio, but the rest of the country, all 49 states, would be chanting your name!”

(h/t Hang Time)

Chris Brown’s First Line in New Rihanna Song: ‘Been a Long Time, I’ve Been Missing Your Body’

Chris Brown's First Line in New Rihanna Song: 'Been a Long Time, I've Been Missing Your Body' Infographic

For the first 30 seconds of Rihanna’s new song that features Chris Brown you hear Rihanna repeating “come and put your name on it” for 20-seconds.

At the 1:15 minute mark of Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake (Remix)” Chris Brown comes in with his first line: “Girl I wanna fuck you right now. Been a long time, I’ve been missing your body.”

Rihanna then goes down memory lane:

Remember how you did it? 

Remember how you fit it?

If you still wanna kiss it 

Come, come, come and get it 

Sweeter than a rice cake, cake worth sipping 

 Kill it, tip it 

 Cake, fill it

Now let’s go down memory lane ourselves and juxtapose these lyrics with statements made by   Rihanna in a 2009 interview with Diane Sawyer.

“When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result into some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that,” Rihanna told Sawyer on 20/20 after she was asked about no longer spending time with Brown. (Rihanna flew to Miami to spend time with Brown three weeks after the incident.) She went on to make statements recognizing she was a role model that could influence young girls.

“I couldn’t be held responsible for telling them to go back. Even if Chris never hit me again, who’s to say their boyfriend won’t kill these girls. These are young girls and … I just didn’t realize how much of an impact I had on these girls live until that happened. It was a wake-up call for me - big time,” Rihanna said.

Every year, almost 1.5 million high school students experience dating abuse. Below is an infographic created by Colorlines.com’s Hatty Lee that looks at violence and teen dating.



Facebook Adds ‘Ethnic’ Tab to its Ad-Buying Platform; Latinos First Group Targeted

Facebook Adds 'Ethnic' Tab to its Ad-Buying Platform; Latinos First Group Targeted

Beginning in the last quarter of 2011, Facebook gave marketers using its self-service ad-buying platform the option to target Latinos in the U.S. solely based on their ethnicity. This marks the first time Facebook has allowed marketers a direct means of targeting ethnic groups.

Currently the only subset option in the “ethnic” tab are “Hispanics,” other ethnic groups are expected to follow.

In the past ad buyers targeting Latinos had to play a guessing game using a combination of zip codes, Census data and designated market areas (DMAs) with a high concentration of Latinos to deliver the ads. They have also targeted users who have ‘liked’ Facebook pages of Latino-focused brands such as Univision, Telemundo, and CNN en Español.

More details from ClickZ.com, an online resource of interactive marketing news:

Facebook has added a Hispanic targeting option to its self-service ad-buying platform. Marketers who create an ad and then select the broad category targeting option - as opposed to precise interest levels - will see an “Ethnic” tab. Currently the only subset option is “Hispanic,” which can be added to the targeting mix with a click on its check box.

The feature reveals that Facebook has 7.7 million Hispanic users 18 and above in the U.S., while there are 8.4 million when including all ages. (According to the 2010 Census, there were 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States, making up 16.3 percent of the total population.)

Menlo Park, CA-based Facebook told ClickZ in an email that the feature went live sometime during the last half of 2011, but didn’t disclose a more precise timeline. Gustavo Rezzetti is chief strategy and engagement officer at Grupos Gallegos and a ClickZ columnist who focuses on Latino marketing. Razetti said his team first noticed the Hispanic targeting feature on Facebook last month.

“We are not aware of how Facebook is identifying who is Hispanic,” Razetti said. “If it’s based on the language of the Facebook app only, that could be misleading.”

Like Rezzetti, Captura Group founder Lee Vann said he first heard about the new targeting feature last month, and he figures it was likely implemented sometime during the last three months of 2011. Vann’s Hispanic-focused online marketing services company has worked with media buyer MindShare to purchase direct Facebook ads (rather than self-service ones) zeroing in on American Hispanics. The efforts were for brands such as Unilever and Allstate, he said.

The conservative group Hispanic Leadership Network (HLN) tested the targeting tool after the recent controversial “chimichanga” tweet made by an Obama re-election campaign manager. In the past, the group was targeting Facebook users who liked Latino politicians or pages like “Hispanics for Mitt Romney.”

“Now HLN can ‘with one stroke hit the exact market,’” an HLN rep told ClickZ.com. “We want to galvanize support around this issue and build our user base.”

It’s Much Harder for Black and Latino Workers to Retire, Study Finds

It's Much Harder for Black and Latino Workers to Retire, Study Finds

Black and Latino seniors have a tougher time during their retirement years than American seniors as a whole, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, report.

“Recent household surveys show that retirees of color, especially Blacks and Latinos, rely more heavily on Social Security and have less access to other types of retirement income than their white counterparts,” researcher Nari Rhee of UC Berkeley’s Center for Labor Research and Education said in a statement.

Rhee’s report, “Black and Latino Retirement (In)Security,” is based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey and U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.

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The report’s main findings include:
  • Elder poverty rates are twice as high among Blacks and Latinos compared to the U.S. population as a whole: 19.4 percent of Black seniors and 19.0 percent of Latino seniors have incomes below the federal poverty line, compared to 9.4 percent for the senior population overall (see rightl).

  • Less than a third of employed Latinos and less than half of Black workers are covered by an employer sponsored retirement plan, a critical resource in ensuring adequate retirement income. As a result, they are disproportionately reliant on the limited income provided by Social Security.

  • Among retirees age 60 and older, people of color are disproportionately likely to be low income: for 2007-2009, 31.6 percent of Blacks and 46.5 percent of Latinos were in the bottom 25 percent income group. The “other” race group, which includes Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American populations, is also more likely to be low-income (38 percent) (see lower right).

Rhee says these findings can serve as a reminder that the job crisis we face today may have long-term repercussions.

“It is critical to improve both job access and job quality—in terms of wages and benefits, including pension benefits—to improve retirement prospects for current workers.”

L.A. County: Sorry for Tens of Thousands of Deportations in Depression

L.A. County: Sorry for Tens of Thousands of Deportations in Depression

On Tuesday, the L.A. County Board of Supervisors formally apologized for deporting “tens of thousands of Mexicans and Mexican Americans living in L.A. County” during the Depression because they were supposedly taking jobs from white U.S. born citizens.

MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund) was recognized in Tuesday’s agenda for “their efforts to pursue a formal apology from the State of California to those individuals and families adversely affected by the Mexican Repatriation Program of the 1930’s.” The motion was arranged by Supervisor Gloria Molina.

“L.A. was very much part of these official roundups,” said Supervisor Gloria Molina. “There’s a point in time where the only thing you can do is offer an apology.”

LA Times with more details:

Those taken to Mexico from Los Angeles were only a portion of the more than 2 million people that officials estimate were deported or forced to leave during the Depression-era campaign.

Scholars estimate that more than 60% were U.S. citizens. Some also said the campaign in Southern California served as a model for the rest of the country.

In a motion to the county board, Molina said there were massive clandestine raids that often separated families.

“Families were forced to abandon, or were defrauded of, personal and real property, which often was sold by local authorities as ‘payment’ for the transportation expenses incurred in their removal,” according to the motion.

Politicians and legal advocates launched a campaign in 2003 to win a formal apology and reparations. And in 2005, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill apologizing to the estimated 400,000 U.S. citizens and legal residents who were illegally deported to Mexico between 1929 and 1944.

On Sunday, public officials and MALDEF will unveil plans for a memorial for those affected by the Mexican Repatriation Program of the 1930’s.

TAGS: Los Angeles

Listen to Lost Malcolm X Speech, 50 Years Later

On Feb. 21, 1965, the former Nation of Islam leader Malcolm X was assasinated. He was 39.

Brown University senior Malcolm Burnley recently found a recording from a speech Malcom X made at the University on May 11, 1961. NPR broadcasted the parts of the speech for the first time earlier this month.

The recording is “an early window into Malcolm X’s evolving views,” NPR’s Guy Raz said about the recording.

Listen to a clip from the speech below.

Court Slows Deported Dad’s Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

Court Slows Deported Dad's Case as 20K Sign Petition to Reunite With Kids

A petition launched on Valentine’s Day by Presente.org and Colorlines.com’s publisher, Applied Research Center, surpassed the 20,000 signature mark on Tuesday afternoon. The petition calls on the Department of Social Services in Allegheny County, NC. to ensure that Felipe Montes, a single-father who was deported to Mexico, not be permanently separated but instead be reunified with his three sons in the United States or Mexico.

And there’s good news to report today. Below is a statement from Seth Freed Wessler, Colorlines.com’s investigative reporter, who has been in contact with Montes:

“The vast attention on Felipe Montes’ case has clearly had an impact. According to his attorney, the hearing that had been scheduled for today has been postponed to another date, giving the family and the child welfare department more time. We don’t yet know what the child welfare system will do when the hearing does occur, but the postponement is a sign that the media attention on the case interrupted the child welfare department’s plan to move the children toward adoption. The family is by no means in the clear and the Allegheny County could certainly still try to have Felipe’s parental rights terminated but for now, Montes is doing everything necessary so that his children can be reunified with him.”

For more information on the petition visit act.presente.org/sign/felipeschildren.

Magic Johnson to Launch 24-hour Channel with ‘Uplifting Images of African Americans’

Magic Johnson is preparing to launch Aspire, a 24-hour channel with a focus on what Johnson called positive, uplifting images of African Americans. Initially the channel will be available in 11 million of Comcast Cable customers’ homes, the LA Times reports.

“This is so exciting for me, I’m pinching myself,” Johnson told the LA Times. “This is big for myself, for the African American community and the African American creative community. I wanted a vehicle to show positive images and to have stories written, produced and directed by African Americans for our community. Aspire — that’s how I’ve been leading my life.”

The LA Times reports on how this is coming about:

Johnson’s entry into the television arena comes courtesy of communications giant Comcast Corp. as part of its agreement with the FCC and Department of Justice to diversify the cable landscape. Comcast agreed last year to launch 10 new independently owned cable channels, with most backed by African Americans and Latinos, by 2018. Johnson’s channel is scheduled to be the first.

Comcast’s obligation to support minority-owned channels came after a bruising yearlong federal review of the Philadelphia cable company’s acquisition of NBCUniversal, which includes the NBC broadcast network, NBC television stations, Universal Studios, Universal Pictures, cable channels USA, Bravo, Syfy, MSNBC and CNBC and Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo.

During the extensive review process, which spanned all of 2010, executives were called before Congress to defend the merger. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles) was particularly tenacious in her grilling of NBCUniversal and Comcast officers, questioning their commitment to hiring and advancing minorities.

For more on the Comcast acquisition of NBCUniversal read Jamilah King’s reporting.

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

Nearly 47k Sign Petition to Fire XXL Mag. Editor Vanessa Satten

Close to 47,000 members of ColorOfChange.org, the nation’s largest online black civil rights organization, have signed a petition calling on Harris Publications to fire XXL Magazine editor Vanessa Satten.

ColorOfChange is calling on Harris Publication to dismiss Satten because a staff member under her supervision published the now infamous Too $hort video that encouraged young boys to “turn girls out” by pushing “her up against the wall.”

“I’d like to address the ongoing controversy surrounding the Too $hort video and try to set the record straight,” XXL Magazine’s Satten wrote in a statement published on XXLmag.com last week. “As soon as I learned about the video, I had it taken down,” Satten went on to say.

But ColorOfChange says that’s not enough.

“Satten has tried to excuse herself by saying that she didn’t see the video before it posted. But she presides over a workplace culture that allowed such a grave misstep, and she has failed to respond appropriately as a chorus of voices calls her on it,” read an e-mail sent to ColorOfChange.org members.

“Please join us in calling on Harris Publications President and CEO Stanley R. Harris to fire Vanessa Satten, XXL’s Editor-in-Chief. We also demand that he explain what he’ll do to make sure his company’s publications stop promoting sexual violence directed at girls and women,” the e-mail asked members.

An earlier petition started by “People against media violence” on thepetitionsite.com has over 2,000 signatures. For more information on the ColorOfChange petition visit ColorOfChange.org.

More Violence But Fewer Prosecutions on American Indian Reservations

More Violence But Fewer Prosecutions on American Indian Reservations

The country’s 310 Indian reservations have violent crime rates that are more than two and a half times higher than the national average. But the Justice Department, which is responsible for prosecuting the most serious crimes on reservations, files charges in only about half of Indian Country murder investigations and turns down nearly two-thirds of sexual assault cases, the New York Times reports.

The cases that are turned down by the Department of Justice range from murder to rape and child abuse. United States attorneys say they turn down most reservation cases because of a lack of admissible evidence.

According to the Times, American Indian women are 10 times as likely to be murdered than other Americans and more than one in three have either been raped or experienced an attempted rape but more often than not little is done to prosecute suspects. More details from the NY Times:

The Justice Department said it has made headway in resolving conflicts with tribes, pointing to a directive to United States attorneys to work more closely with tribal leaders and to the Tribal Law and Order Act, approved by Congress in 2010, which sought to strengthen tribal law enforcement systems.

But Tao Etpison, former chief judge of the Tonto Apaches in Arizona, said federal prosecutors typically live, work and try cases hundreds of miles from Indian Country. And at times, according to federal data, the Justice Department declines to prosecute violent reservation crime because local United States attorneys have said they lack sufficient resources. “These crimes are very serious for the reservation, but the prosecutors really don’t see it from a reservation perspective,” Mr. Etpison said.

Federal prosecutors in 2011 declined to file charges in 52 percent of cases involving the most serious crimes committed on Indian reservations, according to figures compiled by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University, which uses the Freedom of Information Act to recover and examine federal data.

The government did not pursue rape charges on reservations 65 percent of the time last year and rejected 61 percent of cases involving charges of sexual abuse of children, the federal data showed. In contrast, the Justice Department declined 20 percent of drug trafficking cases nationwide, according to the federal figures.

To read the complete story visit the NYTimes.com.

Ariz. Sheriff Accused of Threatening to Deport Ex Has Long History of Hate

Ariz. Sheriff Accused of Threatening to Deport Ex Has Long History of Hate

Arizona’s Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has made national headlines in the past week for allegedly threatning to deport his former Mexican boyfriend. But for those who follow immigration issues closely, Babeu was already on their radar for a history of having a tough stance on immigration issues.

Babeu stepped down on Saturday from his position as Arizona co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign to focus on the controversy and his election campaign for Congress.

“Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu — who became the face of Arizona border security nationally after he started stridently opposing illegal immigration — threatened his Mexican ex-lover with deportation when the man refused to promise never to disclose their years-long relationship,” the former boyfriend and his lawyer told the Phoenix New Times.

“The thing is is that Babeu was not just Mitt Romney’s Arizona Co-Chair, he was also an immigration restrictionist hardliner in the mold of disgraced Arizona sheriffs like Maricopa County’s Joe Arpaio. He was a big time supporter of SB 1070 and appeared in the now-notorious John McCain election ad calling for “the danged fence” to get built already,” said Julianne Hing, Colorlines.com’s immigration reporter. 

“Babeu matters because he’s been meticulously grooming himself for the national stage by following the blueprint left by other right-wing Arizona politicians who’ve made a name for themselves by vilifying Latinos and calling for more policing of immigrant communities and further militarization of the border,” Hing went on to say. 


Suspended ESPN ‘Chink in the Armor’ Anchor is Married to Asian Woman

Suspended ESPN 'Chink in the Armor' Anchor is Married to Asian Woman

We’re learning more about the suspended ESPN anchor who used an ethnic slur on air during a story about Jeremy Lin. Max Bretos tweeted his apology over the weekend and added that his wife is Asian.

“My wife is Asian, would never intentionally say anything to disrespect her and that community,” Bretos tweeted on Saturday.

The Twittersphere wasn’t having any of it though.

“‘My wife is Asian’ or ‘Ï have black friends’ Did you read the ‘how a racist apologizes’ handbook?” read one reply to Bretos update.

“wow. Shocking…and that makes ur error so much more inexcusable. Still disgusted by u,” read the following tweet.

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