- Created on 17 October 2013
The divide between rich and poor isn’t just growing in America’s bank accounts. It’s also splitting apart its neighborhoods, cutting the country in two, according to a new study.
This growing physical separation of the rich and poor is hastening the decline of middle-class neighborhoods and could make income inequality even
- Created on 17 October 2013
Maude Ballou, who served as the personal secretary for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., from 1955 to 1960, sits in the background while her son Howard, displays the handwritten message King wrote to his mother in a copy of his book "Stride Toward Freedom," Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in Ridgeland, Miss. While Ballou is keeping this book, she is planning to sell documents and other items related to the civil rights icon through an auction house in New York on Oct. 17. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)
NEW YORK (AP) — Papers from the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., including a page from his "I Have a Dream" speech, were being auctioned in New York on Thursday.
The papers were being sold by Maude Ballou, 88, who worked as King's secretary from 1955 to 1960, through the New York office of Texas-based Heritage Auctions.
Some of the more than 100 items are so unusual that it's difficult to put a value on them, said Sandra Palomino, director of historical manuscripts for Heritage Auctions.
"We're really relying on letting the market decide what the value is going to be," Palomino said.
The materials include a handwritten letter King sent to Ballou while touring India in 1959 to learn more about Mahatma Gandhi's campaign of nonviolent resistance.
Another item is a typed final page of King's "I Have a Dream" speech, according to the auction house. The page was sent to Ballou on Jan. 31, 1968, weeks before King was assassinated, by Lillie Hunter, bookkeeper for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
King's estate sued the secretary's son, Howard Ballou, in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Miss., in 2011 in a bid to take possession of the items. U.S. District Judge Tom Lee dismissed the lawsuit in March, saying there was nothing to contradict Maude Ballou's testimony that King gave her the material and that the statute of limitations had passed. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans upheld the decision based on the statute of limitations.
King's estate, operated as a private company by his children, is known to fight for control of the King brand. Harry Belafonte sued the estate this week in Manhattan federal court over the fate of three documents he tried to sell at auction.
Ballou, of Ridgeland, Miss., told The Associated Press last month that selling her collection was bittersweet. She said a portion of the proceeds would be used to establish an education fund at Alabama State University.
- Created on 16 October 2013
A huge electronic billboard outside of a Kendallville, Ind., shopping mall displayed the brazen depiction of President Barack Obama sporting an Adolf Hitler mustache, followed by the words, "IMPEACH OBAMA." Even though the display was taken down Tuesday, there are folks who are still fuming over why it was displayed to begin with, reports WANE-TV.
The billboard, which was located in a town 20 miles outside of Fort Wayne, ignited a nasty backlash from angry folks on the internet. Reportedly, locals felt that the President was unfairly compared to the iron-fisted Nazi ruler who extinguished the lives of millions based on race and sexual orientation. Kendallville's mayor Suzanne Handshoe lamented to WANE-TV, "All the hard work we put forward as a community to change our image; to be a positive, growing community, and then a sign like this appears. It just undoes everything we've been doing."
The billboard was reportedly funded by the LaRouche Political Action Committee, a group of political activists who seem to believe that the Obama administration is a fascist regime. The group is also actively seeking to get the president impeached, among other outlandish actions. The followers are steadfast in their quest to get the word out about the controversial views of former presidential candidate Lydon LaRouche, who by the way, reportedly supported the two-day stunt.
LaRouche Political Action Committee members, who also believe Obama is helping to ignite a Third World War, were reportedly in town for a conference and purchased the billboard space in order to make their presence known.
- Created on 16 October 2013
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NEW YORK (AP) — Supermodel Iman didn't plan on becoming a prominent voice for black models and entrepreneurs, but since it happened that way, she'll use the pulpit she's been given.
She hopes her 13-year-old daughter is listening.
Being a good mother and wife (to David Bowie, no less) is a priority. Her businesses come next. But she'll always have an interest in fashion, the runway, photographers — even the next It bag.
Last month, Iman, veteran modeling agent Bethann Hardison and fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell launched the Balance Diversity campaign, which included open letters to organizers of fashion weeks in New York, London, Paris and Milan that called out designers whose catwalks were almost entirely white. Later this week, she receives the BRAG Legacy Award for promoting "diversity from a retail point of view." (BRAG is a nonprofit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in retail, fashion and related industries.)
Iman said she's seen progress on the catwalk during the most recent round of fashion shows, adding that some players in the industry had said they didn't realize what was happening.
"Someone had to say it," she said. "It's sort of like with my daughter when I have to scold her. She's not a bad girl, but did a bad thing."
In a recent interview, Iman talked about taking a stand for diversity, the modeling world and her plans for the future.
AP: Why take a stand now?
Iman: My dearest and closest friend Bethann called and said, 'You wouldn't believe it! There are less black models on the runway than when you stopped doing it in 1989.' Now, I haven't seen a fashion show in years, but I do see online what I'd wear. But I wasn't aware that so many black models weren't working, and I was so disheartened that young models were being told by casting agents, 'Designers are saying they don't need to see black models this season because it doesn't fit their aesthetic.' You have to think of this through a 13-year-old's eyes, and I don't want her to be discouraged.
AP: Your recent professional life has focused more on developing your makeup brand and designing for HSN. Would you like to take on a larger role in the modeling world?
Iman: I have got a 13-year-old. I have my hands full. I can't be a full-time mentor, so I won't be hanging my name outside a modeling agency anymore. ... But I do want a diverse world.
AP: Did you expect to become a spokeswoman for the next-generation model?
Iman: I didn't expect longevity ESPECIALLY as a model. I thought it would last two years, and I started in 1975. I didn't even know if I'd be relevant now.
AP: What's been your secret?
Iman: What I've built it all on — and I'm at 58 now — is that I don't try to keep up with the Joneses. I try to be consistent. People want to change their images at the drop of the hat. They always say 'newness.' But I've always built my business (on the idea) that I don't want to go with the flow — I want to create the flow.
AP: What comes next?
Iman: What's next — I have absolutely no idea. Whatever I create ... it has to be authentic. I have to do something that's truly me. It's not about my ego or my name. Product is king — or queen, for that matter.
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