Joshua Short has waited his entire journalistic career to cover a Black Friday live on the air. Don’t judge — we all have different goals. He finally got his chance this year, but the broadcast didn’t exactly go as planned. Josh and his news station expected long lines and the usual chaos that accompany Black Friday, but it appears 2017 was the year that residents of Chicago and the surrounding suburbs got it together.
There was no Black Friday crowd for Josh to report on.
Josh, who obviously isn’t a fan of “fake news,” decided to give one seriously honest report. The show’s anchor, Alex Wilcox, did his introduction and finally asked, “Josh, how are things going?”
Josh let him know exactlyhow things were going in this now-viral rant:
Alex caught that proverbial pass expertly with a smile and a chuckle. He then commented to Josh that he may be on the wrong side of the mall and there may be people at another entrance.
Check out the sweet screen-blur from Josh making his emotional exit:
Alex awkwardly ended the segment by stammering “Uh, Josh is gone, we lost Josh.” Always ready with a sense of humor, Joshua Short has embraced his moment of too-much-honesty and talked about it on social media.
He even posted the video with a bit of commentary:
And just like that, Josh won the hearts and minds of the world:
It didn’t take long before other reporters declared themselves #TeamJosh:
Someone should start a petition for Josh to report all the news from now on.
The holidays are great and I absolutely love this time of year, but even I am sick and tired of people who ask the same old boring family questions.
What are you doing with your life? Are you seeing anyone? How’s your job going? Et cetera, et cetera. It’s even worse when you’ve got an annoyingly traditional family that’s borderline backwards.
Well if you wished there was a way to get back at them and mess with them real good this Holiday season, then you may want to take up Wesley Peterson on his “Guess who’s coming to dinner” family service.
People were cracking up at Peterson’s post.
Others think he’s worth way more than a holiday hire.
But the real question is: did anyone take Peterson up on his offer?
Here’s hoping someone did. Hell, I’m married and not a white woman from a borderline racist family and I want to take him up on his offer.
It’s always a little embarrassing when huge social media accounts don’t proofread their posts, like this copy and paste gaffe from Scott Disick…
For billion dollar corporations the stakes are much higher. Every notable event, or trending holiday, is a chance to promote your product. Naturally, McDonald’s was all set to tweet out a Black Friday post.
Whoever’s handling their social media was on top of scheduling the tweets, however, they had a bit of a snafu when it came to posting the actual tweet itself.
That’s right: McDonald’s posted this embarrassing mistake, but the burger chain seems to be taking the whole thing in stride. Look at this little gem they followed up with:
It wasn’t enough to stop the internet roast machine from getting on McDonald’s case, however.
People guessed what was going through the Mickey D’s social media team’s heads after the accidental post.
While others pointed out that the brand’s exposure as a result of the mix-up might ultimately benefit them.
Then the worst possible thing happened to McDonald’s. Social media savage, Wendy’s, of course, responded to the glaring mistake.
This is LeVar Burton. You might recognize him from your childhood from the awesome show, Reading Rainbow.
This is LaVar Ball, a media personality, businessman, and father to three basketball players.
Recently, Donald Trump helped get Ball’s son LiAngelo and two of his teammates from UCLA out of shoplifting charges in China. Something that Ball didn’t thank Trump for, and a fact that the Donald was very, very upset about and went on a Twitter rant as a result.
The President went so far as to say he should’ve left the basketball players in a Chinese jail.
This is what Ball said that upset Trump so much.
In an ironic twist of events, Trump supporters started attacking LeVar Burton, you know, the man I previously mentioned who helped teach millions of kids across America how to read, instead of LaVar Ball.
Probably because it’s too confusing to know more than one person of color with the same name (even though they’re spelled differently)??
Burton himself tweeted about the mistakes, finding humor in the entire situation.
Which is probably easy for him, considering he’s such a proven talent with tons of awards to back that up.
Soon, the rest of Twitter noticed the hilarious mix-ups and started getting in on the joke.
Trump supporters started getting roasted hardcore.
Be careful of what you read on the Internet — it’s not always trustworthy! For instance, following the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, a Facebook post was circulated that supposedly was taken at Saturday’s protest, featuring a photo of a black police officer protecting the white supremacists attending the event.
Tweets of the photo generated thousands of favorites and retweets on Twitter before users realized it was actually taken back in July.
There was another white supremacist rally in Charlottesville on July 8, 2017, which is likely where this photo was taken. More than a thousand people were in attendance, including about 50 Ku Klux Klan members. According to USA Today, police used tear gas on the crowd, and 22 people were arrested.
There was also a white supremacist rally at the same site in May, which featured very similar torches to those which were a part of the most recent protest.
It’s also true that this isn’t the only picture of a black cop protecting white supremacists.
However, this photo was definitely not taken a the rally this past weekend, no matter what posters would have you believe. Many have now taken down their statuses and tweets, apologizing for the mistake.
Imagine a school where the valedictorian is black, but is named co-valedictorian and forced to share that honor with a white student whose GPA is lower. Imagine that black student was not allowed to give a speech at graduation until after that white student had spoken. Imagine that black student being asked to walk behind that white student with the lower GPA. You probably imagined this happening in a movie set several decades ago, right? It happened. In reality. Recently.
“Whaaaaaaaaat?” – Half of you guys right now
Jasmine Shepard was the first black valedictorian of Cleveland High School in Mississippi, a school in a district where racial tensions run incredibly high. So much so, that a federal judge ruled that the school district had actually failed to desegregate despite the law ordering schools to do so more than sixty years ago. The school actually tried to fight a secondary order to desegregate in 2016.
Jasmine and her mother believe these racial tensions are what’s behind Jasmine’s treatment as valedictorian.
The school has never had co-valedictorians before and claims the students just so happened to have identical GPA’s for the first time ever in the school’s history.
Jasmine’s mother doesn’t agree.
“These children have been attending school with each other since middle school. We know the schedule, we know what they take and we have a good idea where the discrepancy lies.”
Jasmine was initially hesitant to take any action against the school because she was worried there would be backlash against the other student, who she describes as “the kindest-hearted, sweetest person.” Eventually, though, they did decide to take the matter to court to highlight the school districts actions. They are seeking damages and for Jasmine to correctly be named the sole valedictorian.
People are baffled.
Francisco couldn’t contain his sarcasm.
Francisco’s sentiments may have been sarcastic, but that wasn’t the case for everyone.
“Feral savages” … wow. Keepin’ it classy, huh?
Whatever the result of the suit is, congratulations to Jasmine on her achievement and we wish her tons of success in her future.
Muslim Teen Writes About Black Lives Matter In College App, Gets Into Stanford
By Mustafa Gatollari
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I don’t remember what I wrote for my college applications, but it was definitely a handwritten mess. I recapped the plot to Fight Club, talking about the plot of the book like it was the most revelatory thing that’s ever been written in the modern era.
Sure, Brad Pitt’s obliques had a lot to do with why I’d initially become so obsessed with Chuck Palahniuk’s book in the first place, and I kind of cringe when I look back at what I was obsessed with back then as an angsty teen, clinging to anything that could be viewed as “edgy.” But as stupid as that essay was, I do remember writing it with a lot of feeling. As deluded as I was when I wrote it, I definitely believed in what I was doing.
I guess I thought I was making some kind of grand political statement that ended up not paying off. Like, at all. The truth was, I wasn’t really all that excited to go to college, mainly because I was put off by how expensive it was. I also didn’t want to settle for a school that wasn’t my first choice. There are times, however, where I wonder what would’ve happened had I gotten accepted to Yale, or if I never attended college at all.
But this teen’s risky college statement to Stanford, which asked the question, “What matters to you, and why?” paid off in a huge way.
Ziad Ahmed, a high school senior at Princeton Day School, decided that he would extend his passion for activism into every aspect of his life, including his college applications. While most students would fold under the pressure and probably submit another McEssay that highlights a story about a time they did something meaningful (and a chance to rattle off how amazing they are), Ziad demonstrated his amazingness by taking a huge risk and showing how seriously he takes his activism.
“I was actually stunned when I opened the update and saw that I was admitted,” Ziad said in an interview with Mic.
“I didn’t think I would get admitted to Stanford at all, but it’s quite refreshing to see that they view my unapologetic activism as an asset rather than a liability.”
Ziad received tons of praise from other notable Muslim activists and his tweet has been liked over 5,000 times.
The young student went on to say that his Muslim faith compels him to be a social activist, and that turning a blind eye to the issues that African-Americans face on a daily basis goes against his religious upbringing.
“To me, to be Muslim is to be a BLM ally, and I honestly can’t imagine it being any other way for me. Furthermore, it’s critical to realize that one-fourth to one-third of the Muslim community in America are black … and to separate justice for Muslims from justices for the black community is to erase the realities of the plurality of our community.”
If Ziad looks familiar, it’s because the 18-year-old has already been acknowledged on a National level for all of his activism.
He’s given a TedxTalk about the stereotypes Muslim teens face, was invited to the White House’s Iftar Dinner, was put in charge of Martin O’Malley’s youth presidential campaign, and worked for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign as an intern. Not to mention, he’s already founded two youth organizations and has been accepted to Princeton and Yale, in addition to Stanford.
In celebration of the U.S. Mint and Treasury’s 225th anniversary, a new $ 100 coin was unveiled on Thursday. But, this coin is a little different. It’s the first coin in US history on which Lady Liberty will be depicted as a black woman.
Elisa Basnight, U.S. Mint chief of staff, said:
“As we as a nation continue to evolve, so does liberty’s representation. We live in a nation that affords us the opportunity to dream big and try to accomplish the seemingly impossible.”
The Treasury said in a statement that it was looking “to the future by casting Liberty in a new light, as an African-American woman wearing a crown of stars, looking forward to ever-brighter chapters in our nation’s history book.”
The coin is only part of a collection that will show Lady Liberty as Asian, Hispanic and Indian “to reflect the cultural and ethnic diversity of the United States.”
The 24-karat gold coin will be available for purchase in April and is meant primarily for collectors, but judging by the response on Twitter, they might have to make a few extra.
Ernest and Cassie Crim, a husband and wife team that are also high school teachers, were looking forward to Chicago’s Margarita Festival being held at the end of July for months. Unfortunately, a day that was supposed to kickoff the big wind-down to their summer took a very ugly turn.
The black couple were next in line for a game of cornhole,
After hurling a string of racial epithets at the couple, Ernest Crims pulled out his cell phone to being recording the confrontation and almost immediately had the phone slapped out of his hands by the woman, who would later be identified as Jessica Lynn Sanders.
Before the video ends, the woman spits at the Crims, managing to hit Mrs. Crim on the arm. Festival security removed the woman from the event, and Chicago police confirmed that the Crims have filed a simple battery charge against her.
The video was uploaded to YouTube, showing the gross level of offense the Crims were subject to for simply being there
Cassie Crims was understandably upset
“I was humiliated after that. We had a lot to think about. We’re educators. We’re black. We had too much going for ourselves to stoop to that level.”
They believe that the recent racial tensions that have come to light nationwide were a contributing factor. In Chicago alone, racial hate crimes have gone from 13% to 24%, almost doubling between 2010 and 2014.
Ernest Crim, who uploaded the video, had this to say
“I feel like the history and the climate of this country had already nurtured the [anti-black] mentality that she had.
In this day and age, I just wanted to get her on camera so I can expose how ignorant she is and was.”