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August, 2015


Witness: Calif. Hotel Owner told Gunman to ‘Kill That N–ger’ Before Homeless Man Was Slain

Jascent Jamal Lee Warren KCAL-TV   An eyewitness claimed that a Venice, Calif., hotel owner told an unidentified gunman to “kill that n–ger” just before the assailant fired into a group of homeless people early Sunday, killing one and injuring one more, KCAL-TV reports. Source: theroot

Wayne Dyer, Self-Help Guru, Dead at 75

Wayne Dyer, the self-help guru whose books and motivational speeches helped shape the lives of millions, has died at 75. Source: theroot

Lawsuit: White Fla. Teacher Fired for Having Black Boyfriend 

Audrey Dudek and her husband, Stacey Cobb FACEBOOK   A former Orange County, Fla., schoolteacher says her choice in mate, music and friends is the reason she was fired from her job, and she has filed a lawsuit seeking justice. Source: theroot

Review of Balm: 3 Who Begin New Lives After the Civil War

Dolen Perkins-Valdez made a name for herself with her New York Times best-selling and critically acclaimed debut novel, Wench. Inspired by the real-life Tawawa House, a “resort” for white slave owners to vacation with their black slave mistresses during pre-Civil War America, Wench was a spellbinding tale of one of the darkest aspects of our nation’s history. It won the Black Caucus of the American Library Association First Novel Award and was a finalist for two NAACP Image Awards and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for fiction. Source: theroot

The Responsible Celebrity: Actors, Filmmakers Talk About Art, Activism at Blackout Festival  

Attendees of the Blackout for Human Rights Festival include from left to right: Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List; director Justin Simien; Fox casting agent Cam Washington; actress Tessa Thompson; actor Nate Parker CILEY CARRINGTON FOR THE ROOT   What responsibility do artists have to our changing times? Source: theroot

Watch: Oprah Winfrey, Eddie Murphy Score Roles in Richard Pryor Biopic

  Lee Daniels, Oprah, and Mike Epps ET SCREENSHOT   Oprah Winfrey and Eddie Murphy are confirmed to join Mike Epps and Kate Hudson in a new biopic about legendary comedian Richard Pryor, according to the Daily Mail. Source: theroot

Social Media Threat Against Black HS Students in Texas Spurs Mass Absences

FACEBOOK SCREENSHOT A violent social media threat against black students at a Killeen, Texas high school on Friday prompted parents to keep their kids at home from school, reports the New York Daily News. Source: theroot

Watch: Texas Sheriff Slams #BlackLivesMatter in Death of Deputy

Shannon J. Miles, left, has been arrested in the shooting death of Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, right. HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF   While investigators are still trying to piece together a motive in the execution-style shooting death of a Texas deputy at a gas station, a county sheriff on Saturday said the probe would look at the powerful Black Lives Matter movement as a possible impetus for the shooting. Source: theroot

Les Miserables Actor Kyle Jean-Baptiste Dies at 21

A 21-year-old actor, who made a spectacular Broadway debut in the latest revival of Les Miserables, died Friday after falling from a fire escape at his mother’s New York City home, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Source: theroot

Daniele Watts Ordered to Perform Community Service After Insincere Apology to Officers

Actress Daniele Watts, who appeared in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, is back in hot water. Source: theroot