Serena Williams Covers ‘WIRED’ Magazine, Tackles Race & Equality Issues
Serena Williams covers the November issue of WIRED magazine. Additionally, she takes over as guest editor, where she tackles race and equality issues.
“I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people,” she says while expressing her desire to see people of different colors and nationalities in tech. “And while tennis isn’t really about the future, Silicon Valley sure is.”
She also talks the NFL Rooney rule, encourages those involved in equalitymovements like #BlackLivesMatter to “keep it up,” discusses Kimberly Bryant’s Black Girls Code, and more.
Read a few highlights below..
On the NFL’s Rooney Rule:
Equality is important. In the NFL, they have something called the Rooney rule. It says that teams have to interview minority candidates for senior jobs. It’s a rule that companies in Silicon Valley are starting to follow too, and that’s great. But we need to see more women and people of different colors and nationalities in tech. That’s the reason I wanted to do this issue with WIRED.
On equality movements like Black Lives Matter:
So to those of you involved in equality movements like Black Lives Matter, I say this: Keep it up. Don’t let those trolls stop you. We’ve been through so much for so many centuries, and we shall overcome this too (see “Get Up, Stand Up”). To other people, I say: When someone’s harassing someone else, speak up! J. K. Rowling spoke up for me this summer, and it was an amazing feeling—I thought, well, “I can speak up too.”
On Kimberly Bryant’s Black Girls Code:
And we can champion efforts that get kids interested in computers, efforts like Kimberly Bryant’s Black Girls Code. Nothing like Black Girls Code existed when I was growing up. (And I know what it’s like to be interested in a field where the other kids don’t look like you.) So I think we’re making progress. But we can keep working even more to increase equality—whether it’s making sure to interview black candidates for tech jobs or standing up to cyberbullying or making sure that our technology is designed by all kinds of people. Eventually we’re going to make the world better. For everyone. And hopefully my next school will be 50-50.
Read more on Serena at Wired.com.
Gay Porn Company Plans To Sue Yusaf Mack For Lying About Featurette
If you didn’t know about Yusef Mack prior to last week, you damn sure heard about him last week when it was revealed he had partaken in a gay porno movie with two other guys. The Philly boxer blasted his mental mind state at the time of filming (allegedly after being slipped some drugs) and claimed it ruined his “ladies man” persona as he’s currently engaged to a woman and also has 10 kids.
DawgPoundUSA, the company behind the Yusaf Mack 12-rounder, man pounder, is begging to differ and they are currently taking the proper procedures to hit the boxer back for tarnishing their name.
Via RingTV: The company which released the material, DawgPoundUSA.com, offered this take when asked for a statement of Mack’s version of events.
DawgPoundUSA.com is a reputable company which has produced high quality videos of men-of-color since 2002. At no time have we ever coerced or drugged any of our models. The claims made by Mr. Mack are false, slanderous, and vehemently denied on our part. We intend to take all legal steps necessary to protect our good name and reputation against these patently false and preposterous claims.
In other words, Yusef Mack better lawyer up and make sure the wedding is still on.
#TEAMEMPIRE After “Empire” is finished, Will Terrance Howard will RETIRE?
Is it true? Will Terrence Howard retire from the game after his role on “Empire?!” That’s what he seems to be saying.
“EXTRA” caught up with the 46-year-old actor on the red carpet at the Be Beautiful Be Yourself Global Down Syndrome Fashion Show in Denver recently. And while on the carpet, Terrence, who stars as lead star Lucious Lyon, revealed “Empire” may be the last role he plays. He spilled,
"I want to give Lucious the rest that I have in this creative space, and then I want to raise my son."
Oh? He does still have time to reprise his role as Quentin in The Best Man Wedding?
By the way, Terrence and his wife Mira Pak welcomed their baby boy Qirin Love in May 2015. It appears his newest bundle of joy and his wife has him wanting to be a total family man. He said,
"I've got a beautiful baby boy. I've met my one, and I'll be with her until time definite.”
Well alrighty. Guess he threw that in there to remind folks that he and his wife have NOT broken up, despite rumorssaying they had already divorced.
The Hustle and Flow actor also addressed those absurd rumors that he and Taraji P. Henson were at war behind-the-scenes. Taraji already shot the rumors down and now he’s addressing the madness. He explained there was NEVER a feud between them other than who’s going to get the weekend off and who’s working the latest on Friday. Ha!
The Oscar nominated actor also dropped a small nugget on what we can expect from the rest of Season 2 of “Empire,” saying, "Maybe [Lucious] having a bipolar mother had a huge effect on him. That is one of the things we're uncovering." Interesting.
While “Empire” didn’t come on last week due to the World Series, you can catch it next Wednesday at 9pm ET on FOX.
BREAKING NEWS: Royals break through late again to win 2015 World Series
NEW YORK via ESPN-- The Kansas City Royals are world champions for the first time since 1985. Christian Colon’s RBI single in the 12th inning capped another in an October-long run of late-inning rallies, and the Royals beat the New York Mets 7-2 to capture the World Series in five games.
While Edinson Volquez pitched admirably in his return from his father’s funeral in the Dominican Republic, the Royals were no match for Matt Harvey for much of the night and entered the ninth inning trailing 2-0.
But as they’ve done throughout the postseason, the Royals made an improbable late-inning comeback to bring an opposing team to its knees.
Kansas City finally dented the scoreboard in the ninth on a walk to Lorenzo Cain, a stolen base and Eric Hosmer’s RBI double to the opposite field. After advancing on Mike Moustakas’ grounder to the right side, Hosmer appeared to hold at third base on Salvador Perez’s groundout. But Hosmer broke on the throw to first base and scored when Lucas Duda made a wild throw to home plate.
The Royals steamrolled relievers Addison Reed and Bartolo Colon in the 12th to win going away.
Thumbs up: Royals center fielder Lorenzo Cain blooped a single to right field in the first inning to extend his streak of reaching base safely in the postseason to 20 consecutive games. Cain also stole his fifth and sixth bases of the 2015 postseason, breaking the previous Royals’ record of four shared by Alex Gordon, Amos Otis and Willie Wilson.
Thumbs down: The contact-hitting Royals did a lot more flailing than usual against Harvey. After striking out only 26 times in 150 at-bats in the first four games of the Series, the Royals whiffed nine times in eight innings against Harvey. The lowlight came when Harvey struck out Cain, Hosmer and Mike Moustakas in order in the fourth inning.
What’s next: The Royals, who suffered an agonizing seven-game defeat to Madison Bumgarner and the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 World Series, didn’t leave anything to chance this time. They’ll return home to a parade, and then general manager Dayton Moore and his staff will begin the process of reshaping the roster and trying to win a third straight American League pennant in 2016.
SORRY NY METS I was really pulling for ya!
BREAKING: Former Senator And 'Law & Order' Star Fred Thompson Dies At 73
via AP- Fred Thompson, a folksy former Republican U.S. senator from Tennessee who appeared in feature films and television including a role on "Law & Order," died Sunday, his family said.\
He was 73.Thompson, at 6-foot-6 with a booming voice, appeared in at least 20 motion pictures. His credits include "In the Line of Fire," ''The Hunt for Red October," ''Die Hard II" and "Cape Fear." By the early 1990s, Thompson said he had become bored with his 10-year stint in Hollywood and wanted to go into public service. That's when he headed back to Nashville and launched his Senate campaign.
The family statement said Thompson died Sunday in Nashville following a recurrence of lymphoma. It added he was surrounded by his family.
"It is with a heavy heart and a deep sense of grief that we share the passing of our brother, father and grandfather who died peacefully in Nashville," the statement added. "Fred was the same man on the floor of the Senate, the movie studio, or the town square of ... his home."
Thompson, a lawyer, alternated between politics and acting much of his adult life. Once regarded as a rising star in the Senate, he retired from that seat when his term expired in January 2003, saying he didn't have the drive for another term.
"I simply do not have the heart for another six-year term," Thompson said in a written statement at the time. "Serving in the Senate has been a tremendous honor, but I feel that I have other priorities that I need to attend to."
However, he returned to politics in 2007 by announcing that he would seek the Republican presidential nomination. Dogged by accusations he was not a hard worker, he dropped out in January 2008 after faring poorly in the early caucuses and primaries.
"I hope that my country and my party have benefited from our having made this effort," Thompson said.
After leaving the race, he campaigned extensively for presidential nominee John McCain, then sought support to become chairman of the Republican National Committee but quit that quest after a few months.
Thompson took stock of his life after the January 2002 death of his daughter, Elizabeth Thompson Panici, 38, following an accidental prescription drug overdose.
Thompson's rise to the Senate was atypical. He had never before held public office, but he overwhelmingly won a 1994 special election for Al Gore's old Senate seat after connecting with voters. In 1996 he easily won a six-year term.
Thompson's key prop was a red pickup truck that he used to crisscross the state throughout the campaign. In the end, Thompson captured 60 percent of the vote against then-Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper.
"He's got a little pizzazz, he's got a sense of purpose and he's got an independent streak," Lamar Alexander said shortly after winning election to succeed Thompson in the Senate.
The son of a car salesman, Thompson was born in Sheffield, Ala., and grew up in Lawrenceburg, Tenn., where he was a star athlete. He was 17 when he married Sarah Lindsey. The couple, who divorced in 1985, lived in public housing for a year as newlyweds.
Thompson graduated from Memphis State University in 1964 and earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University in 1967. To pay for school, he worked at a bicycle plant, post office and motel.
Thompson went on to become a lawyer in Nashville. In 1969, he became an assistant U.S. attorney, then volunteered in 1972 to work on the re-election campaign of former Republican Sen. Howard Baker. A year later, Baker selected Thompson to be chief minority counsel on the committee investigating the Watergate scandal.
Afterward, Thompson returned to Tennessee and represented Marie Ragghianti, the head of the Tennessee Parole Board who was fired in 1977 after exposing a pardon-selling scheme.
Ragghianti won reinstatement and her case was made into a 1985 movie titled "Marie," based on the 1983 book "Marie: A True Story," by Peter Maas. The producers asked Thompson to play himself, and the role launched his acting career.
Thompson once called the Senate a "remarkable place" but, like Hollywood, said there was "frustration connected with it."
He said he was disappointed the Governmental Affairs Committee didn't get more time in 1997 to investigate the fund-raising practices of the 1996 presidential election.
Some thought his high-profile role as chairman of the hearings could launch a presidential bid. That did not materialize in 2000 after the hearings were dismissed as political theater.
"They ran me for a while and then they took me out of the race, and all the time I was kind of a bystander," Thompson said in 2002 about speculation over his presidential prospects two years earlier.
Nevertheless, he won praise from some for his commitment to better government.
"He has a real dedication to a lot of the nuts and bolts government reform issues that others just don't care about," Norm Ornstein, a political analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, said at the time.
Just before leaving the Senate, Thompson said too much time was spent on meaningless matters and partisan bickering.
"On important stuff, where the interests are really dug in on both sides, it's extremely difficult to get anything done," Thompson had told AP at the time.
After retiring from the Senate, Thompson took a role on the TV show "Law & Order." In 2007, he portrayed Ulysses S. Grant in the TV movie "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee."
In June 2002, Thompson married Jeri Kehn, a political and media specialist.
After retiring from politics, Thompson hosted a conservative radio talk show between 2009 and 2011 and became a TV advertising pitchman for American Advisers Group, a reverse mortgage financial company.
#RHoA: Is there a RE-Kindling in the A-T-L? Sheree & Bob Whitfield Reportedly Getting Back Together?
Sheree Whitfield is back on The Real Housewives of Atlanta scene and while it’s unclear if she is a full time housewife, or just a “friend” for this season it’s been reported that she will not disappoint! Sheree was married to former Atlanta Falcons star Bob Whitfield, and they have two children together. They got divorced in 2007 and their personal drama was used as a story line over, and over, and over again.
Well, now All About The Tea is reporting they are getting back together. An insider spills, “Sheree and Bob have a lot of history together and they’ve decided to give it another try. They’re working things out.” Sheree and Bob were no longer married by the time she first appeared on The Real Housewives of Atlanta, so we never saw anything but arguments between the two. It’s been said there’s always been a lot of love between the two, and now that time has passed they are ready to give it another try! “They are not rushing, they want to see where things go,” a source reveals.
Well it will be interesting to see what she’s bringing to the table now! Are you looking forward to Sheree’s return to RHOA? What do you think about her and Bob getting back together?
Boy George claims he slept with PRINCE?
80s pop star Boy George spills the tea about sleeping with Prince… According to The Daily Mail The Voice coach Boy George, 54, brought the show's production to a halt recently when he said he'd slept with singer Prince, 57.
The newcomer made the shocking claim during the show's live audition stage in front of a studio audience.
Sitting on the judging panel alongside Will.i.am, Kaiser Chiefs frontman Ricky Wilson and singer Paloma Faith, the foursome boasted about who they'd collaborated with.
London-born singer/songwriter Boy George enthused: 'I have duetted with some of the greatest soul singers in history including Luther Vandross and Smokey Robinson.'
Paloma hit back: 'Well OK, if we’re throwing big soul names out there I’ve performed with Prince.'
To which George reportedly replied: 'Forget that, darling, I’ve slept with Prince.'
A production source told the newspaper that the crew couldn't believe what they had heard and the crowd went 'absolutely wild.'
They added that the other judges, especially Will.i.am, thought it was brilliant and kept on high-fiving him.
The source said: 'Production staff had to come up on stage and speak to them.
'After that, Boy George started backtracking saying he hadn’t really slept with Prince and that in reality, he just had his poster on his wall.
Caitlyn Jenner’s Costume is Officially Halloween’s Best-Selling Costume!
Despite much controversy Spirit Halloween stores across the nation stood by their decision to sell Caitlyn Jenner costumes this year. While many people vowed to boycott the retailer along with any others who felt the mocking of transgender people was okay, it doesn’t seem like those who boycotted were all that effective. According to Forbes, major retailer, Spirit Halloween announced that the Caitlyn Jenner costume is actually amongst the 4 top selling looks for adults. After receiving backlash the company did release a statement calling the Olympic champion “the most important real-life superhero of the year.” Hmmm, with this wide of success we sure do hope she’s collecting her coins for them using her image! What do you guys think?
Nicki Minaj wore a "Fairy Fu**ing Princess" Costume At Vegas Halloween Party!
Nicki Minaj showed up to host a Halloween party in Las Vegas last night almost nearly spilling out of her fairy costume.
"Anaconda" rapper Nicki Minaj kicked off her Halloween festivities at 1 Oak in Vegas as she hosted a big costume party. Since Nicki dresses in costume most days anyway. She posted pics of her look saying:
"I'm a fairy fkng princess” I guess she was:
She topped off her tutu and diamond encrusted leotard with Alaia lace-up boots. And a tiara and scepter, of course. Some type of way, she managed to avoid a wardrobe malfunction in a barely fitting leotard:
Nicki didn't have her man Meek Mill by her side as usual, but she flossed her MYX drinks and partied it up with her friends instead.
Hip Hop News: A Tribe Called Quest Taps Cee-Lo For 'Footprints' Remix
Legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest is celebrating the 25th anniversary of their debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm with a re-issue edition. The LP will feature guests J. Cole and Pharrell Williams.
Cee-Lo is also a guest, as he drops his own verse on the end of the chill classic, “Footprints.”
People’s Instinctive Travels And The Paths of Rhythm is due out on Nov. 13th. Preorder on Amazon.com.
R&B Chanteuse Jill Scott has a Solution To Prevent further Police Assaults In Schools!
Singer and actress, Jill Scott -- who is currently preparing to headline the "Race in America" concert next month -- opened up about her feelings around the Spring Valley High School video clip which surfaced on Monday. The video shows a former school officer, Ben Fields, slamming a student to the floor and dragging her to the front of a classroom.
While some are questioning if Field's physical actions were justified, the Grammy Award-winning singer said she feels the treatment of the young girl was "too much."
“I was [once] a teacher and I remember their mouths -- I know the students have a whole day to sit down and think of something negative to say, but you’re supposed to be the adult,” Scott said to The Huffington Post. “You’re supposed to be able to take a breath and walk away, and still do your job. This is violence. He swung that child around like he hated her. And that’s too much.”
Scott went on to question if Fields’ most recent actions are a part of a reoccurring issue within the school.
“The way that the students and the teacher were so lackadaisical about the whole thing. Nobody screamed, nobody stood up,” she said. “It looks like something that’s been going on in that school for a long time.”
In terms of how to improve police relations in America, the Philadelphia-native suggested a more thorough process in recruiting officers.
“I think there has to be a test. Just like you have to learn how to hold and to use your weapon -- I think police officers need to learn how to use their minds and hearts,” she said. “These are people, and I think their fear may overwhelm them and whatever residual feelings they have from childhood or whatever.”
She continued, “I think there needs to be physiological examinations before you can become a police officer, examinations about your past and lie detector tests. It’s easy for any of us to end up in somebody’s prison, and I’d like it to be a lot harder for police officers to become police officers.”
And we totally agree Ms Scott!
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