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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.

Disney’s Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy, White Sleeping Beauty Hawks Vanilla

Disney's Only Black Princess Hawks Watermelon Candy, White Sleeping Beauty Hawks Vanilla

So Disney has about 10 princesses—only one of which is black—and some marketing genius decided that their lone black Princess Tiana would be perfect to sell their watermelon flavored candy.

Stereotype much?

Lawsuit Alleges Paula Deen Wanted Nigg*rs in Bow Ties Serving at Wedding

Lawsuit Alleges Paula Deen Wanted Nigg*rs in Bow Ties Serving at Wedding

Cooking show host Paula Deen has been all over the news lately but this time it’s even worse than when she announced she had diabetes. A lawsuit by a former employee is accusing Deen and her brother of repeatedly using the N-word, sexual harassment, infliction of emotional distress and assault, RadarOnline.com is reporting.

Radar Online with two of lawsuit’s racist examples: > In one example, Jackson states that she was appointed by Deen to handle the catering and staff for Bubba’s wedding in 2007, and she asked Deen what the servers should wear: “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson alleges Deen told her. “Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”

Another alleged racist incident listed in the lawsuit: “In the presence of Ms. Jackson and Uncle Bubba’s restaurant manager and a vendor, Bubba Hiers stated they should send President Obama to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico so he could n*er-rig it.”

Jackson left Deen’s company in 2010 because “management did nothing about her complaints of sexual harassment and other complaints she had,” according to Radar.

Cholafied: A Tumblr with Pop Stars in ‘Chola Makeup’

Michael Jason Enriquez, an ad major attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA., started “Cholafied,” a Tumblr made up of images he doctors with “sharpie eyebrows” and black lipliner.

Enriquez’s describes his Tumblr: > Cholafied comes from the mind of an LA kid who grew up the 90’s. It’s Sharpied eyebrows, black lipliner, and the fumes from a can of Aqua Net. It’s a product of LA where Cholas, celebrity pop culture, street art, and stupidity are rolled up together like one of those bacon wrapped hot dogs sold on Hollywood Blvd. It’s for everyone who would draw Chola makeup on their yearbook pictures and give them gangster girl names. It’s for the world to bask in the glory of the original double rainbow - a pair of Cholafied, Sharpied eyebrows.

Take a look at a few images from “Clolafied” below.

tumblr_lzbomlMGPY1rofkh5o1_r2_400.jpg Adele as “La Lonelygirl.”

tumblr_lzt9buCiAV1rofkh5o1_400.jpg Jeremy Lin as “Que LINda.”

Man Who Died in Massive Honduras Prison Fire Was Accidentally Deported

Man Who Died in Massive Honduras Prison Fire Was Accidentally Deported

A massive fire that erupted last month at a prison in Honduras left 360 inmates dead—including one man from Los Angeles that was accidentally deported in October. The fire was the largest and worst prison fire in Latin American history

Baltimore Mayor Prevents Police From Asking About Immigration Status

Baltimore Mayor Prevents Police From Asking About Immigration Status

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has signed executive order prohibiting police officers from asking people they come in contact with about their immigration status.

“Police are working to make our city safe. We are not working as immigration agents,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said.

The announcement comes just days after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said it would begin implementing the Secure Communities program in Baltimore—the controversial federal program that sends booking information from local jails to a joint database shared by the FBI and ICE.

Grace Lee Boggs’ Advice to Young Activists: You Must Be Visionaries

Grace Lee Boggs' Advice to Young Activists: You Must Be Visionaries

When the beloved and visionary Asian-American civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs speaks, people pay attention. And for good reason. At 96, Boggs has been engaged in labor, black power, Asian American, feminist, environmental and food justice struggles for over half a century. And it’s work she’s still involved in today. Together with her husband, the late activist James Boggs, the two organized Detroit Summer, now in its 20th year.

Boggs sat down with Hyphen Magazine, and in her trademark way, quickly dispensed with fuzzy feelings and self-congratulatory encouragement for progressives. Instead, she gets straight to the point, with sharp analysis of the current political moment offers her thoughts on the work ahead for people who want to fight for social, economic and racial justice.

“I would say to a young activist, ‘Do visionary organizing.’” Boggs told Hyphen. “‘Turn your back on protest organizing and recognize how that leads you more and more to defensive operations, whereas visionary organizing gives you the opportunity to encourage the creative capacity in people and it’s very fulfilling.’”

At a time when people are re-evaluating their relationships with money, work, and people in their communities, Boggs says these dire economic times provide the political space to answer serious questions about our common social values. It’s the lesson that she learned early on in her life, growing up in America the daughter of Chinese immigrants.

“I had the idea, for example, from my father that a crisis is not only a danger but also an opportunity and that there is a positive and negative in everything,” Boggs said. “Being born Chinese meant a big deal to my life, I think.”


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