How Britain’s Crackdown on Gangs Disproportionately Targets Young Black Men
Ademola Adedeji tried to picture what the jury saw when they looked at him. Could they tell that he was the school president? The captain of the rugby team? The older brother who made dinners for his siblings and read them bedtime stories? Or did they see only Defendant No. 7 in a trial of 10 Black teenagers charged with conspiracy to murder? A gangster, the prosecutors claimed, who waged war on his rivals? Sign up for The Morning newsletter from The New York TimesMr. Adedeji, a very dark, very tall 18-year-old, had a lot riding on his testimony that morning in April this year. It was the sixth week of his trial, and this was his only chance to tell his side of the story.
To the editor: Sandy Banks' column about dropping the "people of color" label is on target. © Provided by LA Times People protest inside L.A. City Hall on Nov. 1. over council members heard in a leaked audio making disparaging and racist remarks about Black Angelenos and other groups. (Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
I'm white, and my husband of 30 years is Black. Our children are biracial — "ambiguously brown," says the eldest — each with their own skin color and degree of hair curl. Our middle son, a senior at USC, doesn't stand out on that campus as he would have elsewhere, but he was still followed by campus police during his first semester, presumably as a suspicious Black character.
Pink Pays Tribute To Olivia Newton-John At AMAs With Powerhouse Rendition Of ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’
Plus, Pink performed her new, high-energy single 'Never Gonna Not Dance Again' live for the first time at the 50th American Music Awards. There’s no one, now or ever, who will come close to singing the Grease ballad ‘Hopelessly Devoted To You’ quite like Olivia Newton-John, but to honor the late actress and performer, Pink gave it a try — and came damn near close to perfection. Along with performing her new single for the first time live at the American Music Awards, Pink was asked to pay tribute to the Olivia, who passed away earlier this year.
Years ago, a stranger who complimented our youngest's poise and manners expressed surprise when I corrected her assumption that his father was from India. Nope; his law professor dad is really and truly Black.
People make assumptions about what kind of skin color is better than another. Those assumptions and divisions are embedded and embarrassing — and dangerous. I wish for better for my kids. And theirs.
Paula Chambers, Richmond, Va.
To the editor: Reading Banks' column, I am reminded of a sermon my great-grandfather preached in his Presbyterian church in the Finger Lakes region of New York, during the Jim Crow era. Having had parishes in China, Beirut and Florence, he was far more aware of other cultures than the average minister of the late 1800s.
Celebrities Forced to Quit 'Dancing With the Stars'
Bad luck in the ballroom. Christie Brinkley and Kim Zolciak are among the celebrities who have been forced to quit Dancing With the Stars ― though not all for the same reasons. Ahead of the season 28 premiere in September 2019, ABC confirmed to Us Weekly that Brinkley would not be competing on the show after suffering an injury that led her to have surgery on her wrist and arm. “She is unable to continue her planned participation on the show,” a statement to Us read. “Keeping it all in the family, her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has chosen to quickly step in with hours to learn the entire routine and will compete in her mother’s place for the remainder of the season.” While the National Lampoon’s Vacation actress was devastated about the situation, she later came to terms with her decision and gushed over her daughter following the first night of competition. “I’m so proud,” Brinkley told Us. “She rose above her own fears to do something for me, you know, because she knew that that would cushion the blow of this crushing, truly crushing disappointment. … Sailor picks up where my message left off because she’s certainly not my age, but she was letting things hold her back and now she’s not.” The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, for her part, was eliminated from the competition in 2015 after failing to dance on a live show following a health scare.
One Sunday he preached that the horrible excesses of Jim Crow had a simple solution. If we were all so intermarried that we all had a dark beige skin color, that would immediately remove a major "marker" of prejudice.
Think about it. If we all had the same skin color, we couldn't prejudge people based on color alone. Yes, people would still find ways to demean others so they could feel superior, but a major factor would be removed.
He lost his parish over that but was given a much better one.
Meg Quinn Coulter, Los Angeles
To the editor: In the entire history of the United States, there has been no group that has suffered the consistent bigotry, persecution and systemic prejudice as Black Americans.
It is important that our language reflects this understanding and recognizes this distinction when referring to these minority groups.
Though I still use the term "people of color," I do not include Black Americans. When referring to these groups collectively, I will use say people of color and Black Americans.
Stu Bernstein, Santa Monica
This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.
I Loved Seeing Black Characters In Wednesday— But They Deserved Better .
Wednesday. Joy Sunday as Bianca Barclay in episode 103 of Wednesday. Cr. Vlad Cioplea/Netflix © 2022 Wednesday Addams, like so many other characters from the cinematic past, has been reimagined. Netflix’s new original series, Wednesday, debuted last week and the eight-episode saga follows the only daughter in the Addams Family (created by Charles Addams in 1938) as she navigates Nevermore Academy and the secrets that come with it. While burgeoning scream queen Jenna Ortega sports Wednesday’s signature pigtails and dance moves, the character now has a Kubrick stare and her own twisted storyline.