Black World for the week of 7/31/13
Kush Azrael | 7/31/2013, midnight
Ten Black former “American Idol” contestants have filed a lawsuit against the show claiming they were racially and criminally profiled to boost ratings, and they want $25 million apiece. According to their attorney, “American Idol” concocted a “cruel and inhumane” scheme to sensationalize their arrest records even though they were never convicted of any crimes. More importantly, allegedly the criminal pasts of White contestants were never searched. The 10 are suing for discrimination and other misdeeds. They also want the show to adopt new anti-racist regulations.
MICHIGAN – Early last Tuesday, Akua McClaine was having a seizure but her five-year-old son knew what to do: call 911. News reports say that Demonte Reilley Knew exactly what to say when an operator answered the call. Demonte told the operator exactly what happened to his mother, her age and her medical history, as well as their location. His mother had drilled him on what to say if he ever had to call 911. The operator was so impressed with the boy’s actions she contacted Fox 2 news. “I’m so proud of him,” McClaine told the news station about her son’s actions. “He saved me.”
TENNESSEE – Orlando Shaw, The Nashville father of 22 children by 14 women, may get his own reality TV show. He has already signed a production deal with a Los Angeles agency. The state pays more than $7,000 per month to support Shaw’s children, so the show may generate some much-needed money for the 33-year-old dad. News Channel 5 first interviewed Shaw after a child support hearing. When he was asked why he had so many children, he said “I was just young and ambitious and I love women. Hey, you can’t knock no man for loving a woman.”
NIGERIA – At least 20 villagers have been killed after clashes between a vigilante force and militant Islamists. According to the pro government vigilantes, they stormed the northern village of Dawashe on Saturday to track down Islamist militants of the group, Boko Haram, who retaliated with heavy firepower, killing civilians. The Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) vigilante group emerged in May. It has pledged to help the government end Boko Haram’s insurgency. More than 2,000 people have been killed since conflict started in 2009.
SOUTH AFRICA – Having lived through British Imperialism, apartheid, and the era of democracy led by former President Nelson Mandela, a 119-year-old woman has the claim to be the world’s oldest person. Johanna Mazibuko was born in 1894, according to her identity papers, but over a century later she still makes her own bed every morning. She is the oldest of 10 siblings and has outlived five of her own seven children. Despite her age, Mazibuko cooks for and dresses herself, and even does her laundry.
ITALY – Italy’s first Black minister was forced to endure an ugly act of racism over the weekend when someone in the crowd threw bananas at her during a rally. Cecile Kyenge, Italy’s minister of integration, was speaking to supporters in the town of Cervia when bananas came hurling through the crowd, falling short of the stage. Police have yet to find the person that threw them. The insensitive incident is far from new for the Congolese minister, who has seen a backlash from right-wing Italian radicals since her appointment as minister three months ago.