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Aramis Ayala and Racism in Florida Politics

Aramis Ayala

Aramis Ayala (YouTube screenshot)

I had a Twitter thread the other night about Aramis Ayala, the Florida state’s attorney who was stopped by two Orlando police officers who didn’t recognize her.

I took the thoughts from that thread and added context via this article on The Root:

The viral video of a black female state attorney in Florida getting pulled over by police officers who don’t recognize her and say they couldn’t get any information off of her plates has been making headlines and sparking discussion for days, but is it possible that there is more to the story than meets the eye?

Read “Fla. State Attorney Aramis Ayala: Is Viral Video Latest Evidence of Targeted Harassment Against Her? 

#EbonyOwes – NABJ Calls Out Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Ebony Magazine

Shots fired! The National Association of Black Journalists on Thursday named Ebony magazine (along with Fox News) as its choice for its annual “Thumbs Down Award,” which puts on blast anyone that does something especially to black people or black journalists.

Read “#EbonyOwes: Ebony Magazine Gets the Thumbs Down From the National Association of Black Journalists

Doc Rivers and the Clippers Dynasty

Doc Rivers, Austin Rivers

Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, left, listens to Austin Rivers, right, in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017. The Clippers won 107-102. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

I wrote a commentary about Doc Rivers and his failing legacy with the Clippers.

He has not been able to elevate this team above their junior varsity status the way everyone thought he would, and with each successive loss — be it a game or a player — it becomes clear that it’s time for Doc Rivers to go as both a president and a coach. His decisions in both capacities have been questionable at best, and destructive at worst.

Read “Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers: Is a Man’s Pride and a Father’s Love Ruining a Basketball Franchise?

Congressional Black Caucus: Donald Trump Doesn’t Care About Black People

Cedric Richmond

US Representative Cedric Richmond of Louisiana (Photo credit should read Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Cedric L. Richmond, Democratic Representative from New Orleans and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, wrote a three-page letter Wednesday to Donald Trump declining his invitation to meet with the CBC and outlining the many reasons why the group as a whole is saying no.

That Time Bill Maher Questioned Anne-Marie Johnson’s Blackness While Defending His Use of the Word ‘Nigga’

Bill Maher

“Real Time With Bill Maher”‘ Screenshot

Friday’s moment when TV host Bill Maher uttered the n-word was not the first time he crossed the line where race is concerned. Long before Real Time With Bill Maher was a thing, Maher once talked over, insulted and questioned the blackness of veteran black actress Anne-Marie Johnson, all while arguing that white people should be able to say “nigga.”

Read my commentary, “#NeverForget: Bill Maher Once Questioned a Black Woman’s Blackness Over the N-Word

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