According to reports, Black NYPD officers have been forced to meet quotas when it comes to arresting and summonsing people of color. Now, about a dozen Black NYPD officers filed a lawsuit against their department claiming they were pressured to implement racism in their practices. The officers secretly taped uncomfortable conversations they had with their supervisors. One of the officers, whose story was featured in a New York Times article, revealed that he was given a poor performance review and denied a promotion because he didn’t make an adequate amount of arrests. Although Whites only make up one-third of New York City’s population, predominately Black, Latino, and Asian areas are usually overseen by White officers. Read more.
All Def Digital Inks Partnership Deal With Fusion for All Def Movie Awards
Following the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, mogul Russell Simmons decided to use his All Def Digital platform to create an awards show that would highlight actors of color. Dubbed the All Def Movie Awards, the concept is moving forward; ADD recently announced they have inked a multi-year partnership with FUSION. The network will broadcast the ceremony, which is slated to air on Feb. 28; the same night as the Oscars. “We are thrilled to have a like-minded network partner helping us build what will be an explosive media property and franchise in the All Def Movie Awards,” said Simmons in a statement. FUSION is just as excited about the collaboration. “Elevating underrepresented voices is core to FUSION’s mission and we are thrilled that the All Def Movie Awards will be an event for us to celebrate the diversity that makes our culture so rich,” said the company’s CEO, Isaac Lee. “Last year, FUSION partnered with All Def Digital as we sparked a dialogue about our country’s broken juvenile justice system and now we are excited to build on the success of that partnership to provoke another important conversation.” Films competing for the Best Picture of 2015 include Beasts of No Nation, Chi-Raq, Dope, Straight Outta Compton, Creed, and Concussion. Read more.
New Report Examines How Inclusive the Entertainment Industry Really Is
After the Oscars snubbed Black actors this year, there has been a closer focus on diversity within the entertainment industry. A new study conducted by the Media, Diversity & Social Change (MDSC) Initiative at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and authored by Stacy L. Smith, delves into diversity numbers across different media platforms. The report, titled Comprehensive Annenberg Report on Diversity (CARD), shows that only 28.3 percent of all speaking characters in television and films were from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups and only 22 stories illustrated representation aligned with the U.S. population. The study also revealed that 22 percent of shows and movies evaluated fail to include one African-American speaking character. “This is no mere diversity problem. This is an inclusion crisis,” said Smith. “Over half of the content we examined features no Asian or Asian-American characters, and over 20 percent featured no African-American characters. It is clear that the ecosystem of entertainment is exclusionary.” Read more.
New Vaginal Ring Will Protect Women from Contracting HIV
A new vaginal ring can protect women from contracting HIV. According to researchers, the ring can cut the chances of a woman getting the virus in half. It lowered HIV infection by 27 percent in over 2,600 women tested in African countries where the virus is prevalent. “This is the first demonstration of a sustained-release approach for HIV prevention,” said Dr. Jared Baeten of the University of Washington. Annalene Nel, who works for the International Partnership for Microbicides, said prevention practices need to be changed in order for them to be effective. “If we don’t change the current prevention paradigm … more than half the women in the communities where the study took place would likely become HIV infected over the next decade,” said Nel. Read more.
Obama Asks Congress for $1.9B to Combat Zika Virus
Combating the Zika virus has been a top priority on President Obama’s list. On Monday, he asked Congress to allocate $1.9 billion to fight the virus in other countries and to put preparation strategies in place in case it becomes widespread in the U.S. “This request supports the necessary steps to fortify our domestic health system, detect and respond to any potential Zika outbreaks at home, and to limit the spread in other countries,” wrote President Obama in a letter. He also added that the money is needed to “protect the health and safety of Americans.” Most of the funds would go to the CDC, who has hundreds of employees helping to address the outbreak. Republican reps suggest the administration utilize unused Ebola funds before asking for more money. Read more.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 21
2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.Source:Pete Souza 2 of 21
3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.Source:Pete Souza 3 of 21
4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.Source:Pete Souza 4 of 21
5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.Source:Pete Souza 5 of 21
6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.Source:Pete Souza 6 of 21
7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as "Humans of New York" founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet's comments on the popular "Humans of New York" Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.Source:Pete Souza 7 of 21
8. MARCH: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama join hands with Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga. as they lead the walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches, in Selma, Ala., March 7, 2015. Malia and Sasha Obama join hands with their grandmother, Marian Robinson.Source:Pete Souza 8 of 21
9. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick's Day.Source:Pete Souza 9 of 21
10. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.Source:Pete Souza 10 of 21
11. APRIL: During the Correspondents' Dinner, his anger translator - played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key - helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.Source:Pete Souza 11 of 21
12. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 12 of 21
13. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.Source:Pete Souza 13 of 21
14. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 14 of 21
15. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 15 of 21
16. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 16 of 21
17. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 17 of 21
18. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 18 of 21
19. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 19 of 21
20. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 20 of 21
21. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 21 of 21
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