Jessica Guynn USA TODAY Published 10:30 p.m. UTC Jul 18, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — It's now a weekly, if not daily, occurrence: A video is posted on Facebook or Twitter showing a white person calling police on black people for minor violations or nothing at all, a new form of social media shaming that's exposed the everyday racism black Americans face and brought swift repercussions for the perpetrators. Tagged with nicknames like BBQ Becky and Permit Patty, white people who've reported black people for sitting in Starbucks, shopping at CVS, mowing lawns, playing golf, staying at an Airbnb or napping on a couch in a college dorm are being publicly named, mocked and, in some cases, fired from their jobs. White people have been policing black behavior for a long time. If they think someone black seems out of place, they know they can say something to the property manager, a store supervisor or the police, sociologists who study … [Read more...] about BBQ Becky, Permit Patty and why the Internet is shaming white people who police people ‘simply for being black’
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BY day, Kimberly Benson wears pretty dresses, enjoys singing and works with her mum and dad running the family coach-hire business. But by night she is female wrestling star Viper: The Vixen of Violence, beating up men twice her size. With choke holds, body slams and headbutts, it is a tough job — but one she loves. The super-strong 27-year-old, who stands at 5ft 5in, weighs 14st 8lb and can deadlift 260kg, says: “I’ve had over 50 black eyes and have a constant mashed-up lip from all the boots to the face — but I’m living my dream.” Holding four championship belts, she is at the top of her game — but Kimberly says her biggest achievement has been learning to love her strong body. She says: “Before I started wrestling I had very little confidence. I was always the tallest, biggest girl at school and was very conscious of it. “I hated my figure and would never have worn anything revealing. “The minute I stepped into the ring, … [Read more...] about How a nervous, body-hating tomboy is ‘living her dream’ as a global wrestling sensation
Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a large crash and officers screaming commands, he soon realized his nightmare was real, and he and his 15-year-old son were forced outside of their Dallas home, wearing only underwear. Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating “domestic terrorism” had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police. “It’s tyranny at its finest,” said Balogun, 34. “I have not been doing anything illegal for them to have surveillance on me. I have not hurt anyone or threatened anyone.” Balogun spoke to the Guardian this week in his first interview since he was released from prison after five months locked up and … [Read more...] about Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance
THIGHS are the new booty, you heard it here first. By Olivia-anne Cleary, Exclusive / Published 29th April 2018 Instagram THIGH THIGHS SAVE LIVES: Demi Lovato uses the body positive mantra on her skin-baring snaps Celebrities are paying more attention to the body area than ever before.Last year, a worrying 'thigh gap' trend emerged, with women across the world posting pictures of their thighs not touching when standing upright.The online phenomenon was seen as many to have a damaging impact on girls' body positivity.However, with curvier stars now promoting fuller-figures in all their glory, the thigh-gap era appears to be a thing of the past.So just who are the main culprits of the thick thighs spectacular? Instagram ASHLEY GRAHAM: The brunette has spoken about the love she has for her killer curves Ashley Graham pictures Ashley Graham the American plus-sized model flaunts her curves in sexy Swimsuitsforall photoshoots and more. 1 / 84 Ashley GrahamAshley Graham is … [Read more...] about ‘Thick thighs save lives’ Celebs parade killer curves in flesh-flashing displays
Produced by Judy Rybak and Josh Gaynor "This was an enormously high-profile case," says Bill Rankin, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a "48 Hours" consultant. "They were a big-time power couple." On Sept. 25, 2016, Tex and Diane McIver were heading home after a long day of golfing and an evening of drinking. A friend who did not drink was at the wheel of Tex's SUV. Diane was in the front passenger seat and Tex was right behind her. He says he was fast asleep. Not far from home, they hit traffic and exited the highway. Tex says he woke up afraid that they were in a bad neighborhood. He asked his wife to hand him the .38 caliber handgun gun he kept in the car's console. Minutes later, with that loaded gun now in his lap, Tex says he fell back asleep. "And it went off," he later told police. Tex McIver shot his wife of 11 years in the back. She died during surgery. "Can a .38 Special just accidentally go off?" '48 Hours" correspondent Maureen Maher asked … [Read more...] about Atlanta attorney fatally shoots wife in SUV: Accident or cold-blooded murder?