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Love for the 92-Year Old Lakota Grandma Who Stood in Front of Keystone Pipeline Trucks

Love for the 92-Year Old Lakota Grandma Who Stood in Front of Keystone Pipeline Trucks

On Monday I shared a story about Lakota Indians in South Dakota blocking two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. One of the women who stood in front and blocked the giant big rigs was a 92-year-old grandmother. 

On Tuesday morning I got an email from one of her family friends and I thought it could serve as inspiration for us all. Here’s the note that Colorlines.com reader Coya A. forwarded to us:

In the middle is my grandmother, Marie Randall, she is 92 years old! and my cousin Andrew Ironshell, they are part of the group of Lakota Oyate who prevented the TransCanada/XL Pipline trucks from crossing the border into the Pine Ridge Reservation, the home of the Oglala Lakota! I am so proud of my people and I will stand by them anytime and anyday!!

Today’s love goes to Maria Randall for standing up in what she believes in and being an inspiration to us all!


MPAA Says No to Teen Who Delivered 200k Signatures to Change ‘Bully’ Rating

bully-teen-doc.jpgKaty Butler, a 16-year old from Ann Arbor, Mich., delivered more than 200,000 signatures to the Motion Picture Association of America on Wednesday urging them to change the rating of the documentary “Bully” to PG-13 so more young people can see it.

“I just heard that the Motion Picture Association of America has given an “R” rating to “Bully” — a new film coming out soon that documents the epidemic of bullying in American schools,” Butler wrote in her Change.org petition. “Because of the R rating, most kids won’t get to see this film. No one under 17 will be allowed to see the movie, and the film won’t be allowed to be screened in American middle schools or high schools.”

But shortly after Butler delivered the signatures the chairman of the Classification and Rating Administration of the MPAA said she “shares Katy’s goals of shining a light on the problem of bullying,” but that the rating will not change.

“Katy Butler’s efforts in bringing the issue of bullying to the forefront of a national discussion in the context of this film are commendable and we welcome the feedback about this movie’s rating,” Joan Graves said in a statement. “We hope that her efforts will fuel more discussion among educators, parents and children.”


Rush Limbaugh Loses 42 Advertisers, Says ‘Everything’s Cool’

Rush Limbaugh Loses 42 Advertisers, Says 'Everything's Cool'

Rush Limbaugh apologized last week for calling Sandra Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” but his laters have to make you wonder if he has any regrets.

According to ABC News Limbaugh has lost 42 advertisers but he told his listeners today that “everything’s cool,” that those advertisers have little if any impact on the show’s revenues.

New York’s WNBC is Getting Rid of Anchorwoman Sue Simmons After 32 years

New York's WNBC is Getting Rid of Anchorwoman Sue Simmons After 32 years

After more than three decades, NBC’s New York affiliate WNBC/Channel 4 is getting rid of anchorwoman Sue Simmons, the NY Post reports.

Atheists in Pennsylvania Use Slavery Image for Billboard

Atheists in Pennsylvania Use Slavery Image for Billboard

A billboard portraying a black man with a metal collar around his neck has sparked controversy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, according to PennLive.com

The billboard that reads “Slaves, obey your masters,” was paid for by americanatheists.org. According to PennLive.com the sign is in the city’s most racially diverse section.

Steve Jobs’ Widow Has Supported the DREAM Act for Years

Steve Jobs' Widow Has Supported the DREAM Act for Years

Laurene Powell Jobs, the wife of the late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs, has been a supporter of the DREAM Act for years. That’s according to a Washington Post profile of leaders in the Silicon Valley that support the bill that would give undocumented students a path to legalization.

Dollar Shave Club Video Goes Viral with an Awkward Former Unemployed Latina Moment

Dollar Shave Club Video Goes Viral with an Awkward Former Unemployed Latina Moment

This Dollar Shave Club commercial (that takes confidence cues from the Old Spice man) had me until they introduced Alejandra—the scenes comes across like she’s the butt of the joke.

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

Petition Demands Timecard Data for Apple Employees Who Made New iPad

On Wednesday morning Apple’s new CEO Tim Cook announced a new iPad will be on sale March 16th.

But consumer watchdog group SumOfUs.org has launched a new petition calling on Apple to release workers’ clock-in and clock-out data for the last 4 months to prove that the new iPad was made without forcing workers into illegal and dangerous levels of overtime.

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

Black Students in L.A. Suspended at Higher Than Average Rates

Several studies have found black students are suspended more often and for smaller infractions across the country but new data released by the U.S. Department of Education on Tuesday shows Los Angeles’ black students are getting it the worse.

DREAMers Interrupt Romney’s Massachusetts Victory Rally [Video]

DREAMers Interrupt Romney's Massachusetts Victory Rally [Video]

Mitt Romney won six states on Tuesday including Ohio, Idaho, Virginia and Massachusetts. The presidential hopeful celebrated his wins in Massachusetts but his victory speech was interrupted twice by DREAM Act supporters.

While speaking about the promise of America and the need to fix the economy, undocumented youth held up posters that read “VETO ROMNEY, NOT THE DREAM ACT.” One of the protesters shouted “then why would you veto the DREAM Act Sir.”

“We love this country; we want to serve this country,” the protestors repeated until they were escorted out.

SXSW: Will You Be in Austin? Connect with Colorlines.com

I’ll be traveling to SXSW at the end of the week and would love to connect with readers and other journalists and bloggers. If you’re a filmmaker, musician, or you’re hosting an event that you think our readers would be interested in please contact me through Twitter and we’ll get the ball rolling to connect.

TAGS: SXSW

Georgia Senate Bans Undocumented Students from Public Colleges

On Monday the Georgia Senate passed a bill that would ban undocumented students from Georgia’s 60 public colleges. If Senate Bill 458 becomes law undocumented students will not be able to attend state colleges even even if the student can pay full tuition upfront.

“Georgia’s already got a ban of sorts on undocumented students attending its top five most competitive schools. This law would expand the ban to the entire state college network,” said Julianne Hing, Colorlines.com’s immigration reporter.

Activist Group Yes Men Confirm NYPD Stop and Frisk Happy Meal Hoax

Terry Malloy of the activist network the Yes Men just confirmed that the “Three Strikes, You’re In” website is a hoax. The website raised eyebrows this morning by declaring that the NYPD had teamed up with McDonald’s to offer free happy meals to disaffected residents who had been targeted by the city’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. The website has been taken down.

Here’s what Malloy told Colorlines.com Tuesday afternoon:

Three Strikes, You’re In is a press relations stunt. But Stop and Frisk is a bigger press relations stunt. People in New York talk about ideas like broken windows policing, but what we want them to do is to consider what it does to a younger person’s mind to know that they’re targeted any time they leave their homes. How does that impact our society?

This is a project with the Yes Lab, run by the Yes Men. They’re teaching activists how to do what’s called ‘culture jamming’, where the idea is to create some kind of stunt, or hoax, if you will, that will attract enough attention that the media will want to go more into the story.

The ploy, it seems, worked in piquing the media’s interest in the story. Malloy said he’s gotten calls “from ABC News, Bloomberg News and Business Insider Magazine” and that the ACLU has also been in touch.

Turns Out One of Anonymous’ Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who’s Been Working With FBI for Months

Turns Out One of Anonymous' Most Notorious Leaders is a N.Y. Latino Man Who's Been Working With FBI for Months

So just in case you were wondering if Latino computer nerds exist… they do.

Fox News is reporting a leader of an Anonymous offshoot, that’s believed to have caused billions of dollars in damage to governments, international banks and corporations, was allegedly led by Hector Xavier Monsegur.

TAGS: Anonymous

McDonald’s Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

McDonald's Denies NYPD Deal to Give Happy Meals to Stop and Frisk Victims

UPDATE at 3:01pm EST: The Yes Men have confirmed to Colorlines.com that “Three Strikes, You’re In!” is a hoax. Read more details here.

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On Tuesday, McDonald’s denied participating in a campaign called “Three Strikes, You’re In!” that rewarded New Yorkers who have been victims of NYPD’s stop and frisk policies with a Happy Meal. The parody campaign identified itself as a partnership between the NYPD and McDonald’s 365Black campaign that highlights the corporation’s work in the African American community.

“The site has been taken down—the campaign was fabricated and McDonald’s is not participating in this program with the NYPD,” Beletra Atwaters, a McDonald’s representative told Colorlines.com on Tuesday afternoon.

Kris Humphries’ Sister Signs on to Ford’s Plus Size Model Division

hires-961602-10-rs-x-500.jpegKaela, Kris Humphries’ older sister, has signed on with Ford Model’s Plus Size division.

“The division that brought you Crystal Renn, Ashley Graham, Candice Huffine and Marquita Pring among others is excited at the prospect of bringing this beautiful, engaging young woman to markets worldwide,” the agency said in a release. “A true size 16-18, Kaela will be in a league of her own.”

Ms. Humphries, 29, is mixed race - her father is half white and half black, her mother is white.

(h/t Fashionista)

(Photo: Ford Models)

Rush Limbaugh’s Lost 20 Advertisers — But Experts Expect They’ll Be Back

Rush Limbaugh's Lost 20 Advertisers -- But Experts Expect They'll Be Back

Five more advertisers announced they will no longer advertise on Rush Limbaugh’s radio show, bringing the total number to 20. But industry insiders say most ad dollars are simply moved around temporarily and sometimes they even come back.

“While ad exits make headlines, they don’t necessarily account for typical sponsorship cycles,” Brian Steinberg wrote in the marketing industry magazine Ad Age on Monday. “Advertisers may appear to leave, but they more often simply move to the sidelines. Sometimes, they even come back.”

Ann Romney: ‘We Can Be Poor in Spirit’ [Video]

Ann Romney: 'We Can Be Poor in Spirit' [Video]

GOP Presidential hopeful hopeful Mitt Romney’s wife Ann made an appearance on Fox News Monday evening and she delivered a talking point that just didn’t feel right. Especially because she giggled after saying she could be “poor in spirit.”

“We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing, it can be here today and gone tomorrow,” she said

The couple made $20.9 million last year, making more in a day than an average American makes in a year, and are worth about $250 million overall, according to Campus Progress. 

(h/t Campus Progress)

Lakota Indians Block ‘Keystone XL Pipeline’ Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

Lakota Indians Block 'Keystone XL Pipeline' Trucks in Six-Hour Standoff

Five Lakotas on Pine Ridge Indian land in South Dakota were arrested Monday after attempting to block two tarsands pipeline trucks from entering their land. According to the Lakota activist the six-hour standoff started when the trucks refused to turn around claiming they had “corporate rights that supersede any other law.”

According to the Rapid City Journal “several dozens” of American Indians were part of the blockade but a community journalist reports only five people were arrested.

Casting for Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Starts Saturday

Casting for Tupac Shakur Broadway Musical Starts Saturday

The Broadway musical titled “Holler If Ya Hear Me” inspired by and featuring the music of the late Tupac Amaru Shakur is finally headed to Broadway! According to Playbill.com the show is currently in pre-production stages and holding castings.

A rep for the Shakur family told TMZ, producers personally gave Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur a rough preview of the musical and she approves.

Mrs. Shakur was “ecstatic” and can’t wait for the show, according to reps.

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