When 13-year-old Angela Content told her mother she was going to write a novel, her mom didn’t take it too seriously. When the teen told her mom she was going to publish the book, her mom brushed it aside as just a dream. But when Angela told her the book was being reviewed by Amazon’s publishing service CreateSpace, Marie Content realized her daughter was serious. Read more.
Although there were nearly 20 A-list performances at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, it was the late Michael Jackson who garnered the biggest cheer of the evening at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A computer-generated performance of the King of Pop dancing and singing a new song, Slave to the Rhythm, off his posthumous album Xscape prompted an emotional standing ovation from the crowd. Read more.
When Secretary of State John Kerry returned to his alma mater Sunday to address Yale’s graduating class, he seized the opportunity to knock Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Sterling has been under fire since audio tapes revealing racist statements made by the owner in a conversation with V. Stiviano surfaced. Kerry took a shot at Sterling during his remarks to the graduates. “You are graduating today as the most diverse class in Yale’s long history,” he said. “Or as they call it in the NBA, Donald Sterling’s worst nightmare.” Read more.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) offered a rare reprieve Sunday for President Barack Obama’s beleaguered judicial pick Michael Boggs, saying she’s not prepared to vote against him for now and citing support he has from the black community in his home state. Read more.
Subtle, everyday racism, especially within the criminal justice system, is far more harmful than racist outburst, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told graduates Saturday during a commencement address at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md. He described racist outbursts, such as those by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, as “occasional, jarring reminders of discrimination—and the isolated, repugnant, racist views—that in some places have yet to be overcome,” but hardly represent the depth of the problem. Read more.
“Saturday Night Live” kicked off its season 39 finale with something we’ve all been waiting for — Jay Z and Solange explaining their now-infamous elevator fight after the Met Gala. In addition to their official statement, Jay Z (Jay Pharoah) and Solange (Sasheer Zamata) sat down with their questionably effective body guard (Kenan Thompson) to prove that they’ve moved on from the incident by replaying the security footage with that audio we’ve been waiting to hear. Read more.