Prince Andrew to step back from public duties ‘for foreseeable future’

Duke of York issues statement amid criticism over relationship with Jeffrey Epstein The Queen has given permission for Prince Andrew to step back from public duties for the foreseeable future after days of mounting pressure following his interview with the BBC about his friendship with the convicted child sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The Duke of York also said he was willing to help any appropriate law enforcement agency with their investigations if required over the US probe into Epstein. The development came on a day when BT said it digital skills scheme that counts the duke as patron, amid to meet the royal and have sex with him. His effective suspension from duties by his mother was announced in a …

‘Bridging cultural worlds’: Solange showcases the power of black unity

Bridge-s, an immersive art piece scored by Knowles, takes place at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles on 16 and 17 November Dressed in silk orange fabrics, a duo of female singers croon airy, ethereal notes as a trombone and trumpet play. Dancers tenderly embrace and build complex human sculptures to showcase the power of black unity. Occasionally, dancers cut through the crowd and force viewers to move out of their way. Welcome to Bridge-s, an immersive art piece scored by the R&B musician Solange Knowles, in which dancers and musicians perform across the Getty Museums open courtyard in Los Angeles. Composing the music for this piece and directing it, alongside [choreographers] Toyin Ojih Odutola to the 3D animator Phillip …

Jussie Smollett files malicious prosecution claim against Chicago

Actor has maintained his innocence after claims his homophobic attack was staged and blames authorities for emotional distress Former Empire actor close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack. His attorneys filed a response on Tuesday to Chicagos lawsuit in federal court. The counterclaim is also aimed at several Chicago police department officers, and brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo. According to documents, Smolletts legal team claim that the police department obtained false, self-serving and unreliable statements from the Osundairo brothers. It goes on to say that investigators ignored evidence that contradicted those statements played a significant role in the …

Fighting antisemitism is at the heart of the lefts struggle against oppression | Bernie Sanders

The antisemites threatening us dont just hate Jews. They hate the idea of multiracial democracy and political equality, says US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders On 27 October, we marked one year since the worst antisemitic attack in American history, when a white nationalist walked into the bomb one of the states oldest synagogues. This wave of violence is the result of a dangerous political ideology that targets Jews and anyone who does not fit a narrow vision of a whites-only America. We have to be clear that while antisemitism is a threat to Jews everywhere, it is also a threat to democratic governance itself. The antisemites who Jewish Currents, an award-winning publication of politics, arts and culture

Woody Allen and Amazon end legal battle over four-film deal

Agreement in US district court sees $68m suit centering on #MeToo remarks dismissed without prejudice Woody Allen and Amazon have ended their legal battle. The filmmaker responded that Allen, whose daughter Dylan insensitive remarks released overseas, but not in the US. Allens career has slowed in recent years, with actors who had appeared in his films, among them Rebecca Hall, saying they would not work with him again. Others, Samantha Morton, have Original Article : HERE ;

Donald Trump Jr wants to trigger and expose liberals, and theyre letting him | Poppy Noor

A war of words on The View showed the presidents opponents falling straight into his sons trap Last night, ABCs The View invited Donald Trump Jr on as a guest because having just one child of a famous politician on the show is not enough (the co-host Meghan McCain is the daughter of the late senator John McCain). They also invited Trump Jrs girlfriend because in todays political landscape, even the most tenuous link to fame or power seems as good a credential as any for being worthy of a platform. It wasnt long before the chatshow descended into chaos. Soon, McCain and Trump Jr were in a very contentious battle over whose dad was bigger than whose McCain pointing …

Barack Obama thinks ‘woke’ kids want purity. They don’t: they want progress | Malaika Jabali

The former president took black and progressive movements to task, without understanding his own failure to deliver change On Tuesday, in Chicago, former president Barack Obama joined actress Yara Shahidi in a Obamas criticism of call-out culture and what he perceived as an excessively strident activist left. We cant completely remake society in a minute, Obama said, so we have to make some accommodations to the existing structures. He added, This idea of purity and youre never compromised and youre always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly. The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids and share certain …

She Came to Slay: Tubman biography looks beyond Underground Railroad

Author Erica Armstrong Dunbar explains how the abolitionist may be one of the best-known women in US history but years of her life are usually erased Harriet Tubman is one of the best-known women in US history, but most people know little of her life beyond what they learned in a history textbook. Now, however, she is firmly in the spotlight. Her first liberating nearly 750 enslaved men and women in the process. She also fought for decades to gain compensation for her work as a spy, scout and nurse during the civil war and was an advocate for both womens suffrage and proper care of the elderly. Tubman did not just become Tubman overnight, said Dunbar, the Charles and …

The journalist as influencer: how we sell ourselves on social media

After the summer of Caroline Calloways Instagram infamy and Jia Tolentinos huge book launch, where is the line between author and lifestyle celebrity? This piece originally appeared inCaroline Calloway likes to be identified as a writer. She makes this abundantly clear in a post directed at Grace Spelman, formerly a content producer at BuzzFeed, during one of Calloways many forgettable spats with media workers whose criticisms she has found chafing. FYI I prefer writer, like you, Grace, Calloway noted in a parenthetical within a wall of text (Spelman had called her an Instagram blogger, which, for my money, is pretty apt). Elsewhere on her Instagram, Calloway document her life in real time on a platform best known for sharing selfies, …

How I got revenge on a plantation tour

Nygel Turner recounts the weird, emotional experience of touring of a former slave plantation with his dad and uncle August is my favorite month because every year my family goes on an African American themed Caribbean Island cruise replace the shuffle board with a basketball court, switch out the chicken nuggets for southern fried chicken, and get rid of whatever weak a capella group is performing and insert Fantasia. But the summer before my senior year in high school, my family and I flew to New Orleans instead my dad had a surprise specifically for me. When he met me in our hotel lobby with my uncle Al, I thought to myself, A little father and son and uncle bonding …

Fort Worth officer who killed black woman in her home charged with murder

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed by a white police officer outside her property while she was playing video games with her nephew The Fort Worth police officer who fatally shot Atatiana Jefferson inside her bedroom after arriving to conduct a welfare check was charged with murder on Monday night, authorities said. Dean was arrested on a murder charge and is being held at Tarrant county jail. Hours earlier, the interim Fort Worth police chief, Ed Kraus, said that Dean had resigned and would have been fired had he not done so. Jefferson, 28, was playing video games with her eight-year-old nephew in the early hours of Saturday morning, her familys lawyer said, when she was killed by the officer who …

‘Go Cougars!’: Elizabeth Warren gave the classiest response to a rightwing troll’s lie

2020 candidate used a 21-year-olds false tale as an excuse to argue for affordable education and cancelling student debt Sign up for The week in patriarchy, a newsletter on feminism and sexism sent every Saturday. Elizabeth Warren unleashes her inner Cougar Jacob Wohl is just 21 years old but he has already built a dazzling career for himself as an incompetent fraudster and unhinged conspiracy theorist. Hes been banned from Twitter for operating fake accounts. Hes been charged with securities fraud. Hes held a press conference in which they claimed Elizabeth Warren, 70, paid for the sexual services of a 24-year-old former marine called Kelvin Whelly. These charges will shock the conscious of the nation, kept on cracking up as …

The jailed LA rapper whose songs were used to prosecute him

Drakeo the Ruler speaks to the Guardian about twice facing charges for a murder he didnt commit: Its not about justice The Los Angeles district attorney is prosecuting the rapper Drakeo the Ruler for a murder he didnt commit, arguing in court that his rap lyrics, videos and collaborations are evidence of a conspiracy. The case moving forward this week marks the third time Drakeo, whose legal name is Darrell Caldwell, is facing charges stemming from the 2016 murder of 24-year-old Davion Gregory. After Drakeo Drakeos case, saying its a critical free speech test and an egregious example of racist and aggressive policing of black men and their creative expression. Experts estimate there have been hundreds, if not thousands, of …

Sweet squabble: map of favorite movie candy by US state sparks debate

Do Floridians really favor Dum Dums and Alaskans opt for wax bottles or is this all one big ruse? The internet is convulsed An unofficial map showing the Lights, Camera, Pod (@LightsCameraPod) As we head into October, heres a great breakdown of every states favorite movie candy! What does your state like? September 30, 2019 Some people just cant believe that Floridians eating Dum Dums lollipops at the movies is real life rather than parody. Others are confirming the accuracy of the map with some good old-fashioned factchecking, such as https://t.co/SECvH1VzYV a type of https://t.co/lDIZZLuWzL More information.

Piety & Power review: how Mike Pence went all-in for Donald Trump

The VP brought the evangelicals to the table but not much else. As impeachment clouds gather, his position seems in peril Mike Pence, meet Dan Quayle. Like Pence, Quayle hailed from Indiana and feared being dumped by a president whose re-election seemed uncertain. In Quayles case, George HW Bush calculated that the cost of unloading his gaffe-prone and draft-avoiding veep outweighed any potential advantage. Quayle kept his spot. Bush lost to Bill Clinton. Pences prospects appear similarly shaky. With Trump trailing in the polls and facing impeachment the result is neither hit job nor hagiography. Rather, the veteran Pence-watcher portrays his subject as a committed Christian with sharp elbows and a sonorous voice, one who has struggled with the tugs …

Texas officer who made headlines for his turban and beard killed in traffic stop

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal was one of the first to wear the traditional Sikh articles of faith as part of his uniform A Texas police officer who made headlines for being one of the first to wear traditional articles of faith as part of his uniform was killed during a routine traffic stop on Friday. Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, a sheriffs deputy in Harris county, which includes Houston, died after a suspect appeared to ambush him and shoot him in the back of the head. The alleged shooter, Robert Solis, 47, was arrested and charged with capital murder. Although it was not immediately clear what punishment prosecutors would seek, Texas is a death penalty state. Im sad to share with you that …