Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights.
Don King drops N-word while introducing Donald Trump
As Donald Trump continued his attempts to appeal to African-American voters, the legendary boxing promoter Don King used the n-word while introducing him to the stage at a rally in Cleveland.
“I told Michael Jackson, I said, ‘If you are poor, you are a poor negro,’” he said. “I would use the N-word. But if you are rich, you are a rich negro. If you are intelligent, intellectual, you’re an intellectual negro. If you are a dancing and sliding and gliding nigger – I meant negro – you’re a dancing and sliding and gliding negro. So dare not alienate because you cannot assimilate.”
The use of the word brought Trump and other audience members out in childish giggling. – The Guardian
Marion Cotillard speaks out about rumored affair with Brad Pitt
Marion Cotillard has responded to rumors alleging she was having an affair with Brad Pitt. The 40-year-old French actress’ private life was thrown in to the public spotlight when news broke that Pitt’s wife, Angelina Jolie, had filed for divorce on Monday, citing “irreconcilable differences.” Cotillard wrote on Instagram, “Many years ago, I met the man of my life. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need.” See the full statement above. – Vanity Fair
Activists accuse Disney of promoting “brownface”
Disney has been dragged into another race scandal and this time it does not invole its founder and well-known racist, Walt. The entertainment company has been forced to pull a children’s costume promoting its upcoming film Moana following accusations of cultural appropriation and promoting “brownface.” The costume included a full body suit with brown skin, traditional tattoos, bone necklace and grass skirt. It was said to represent the character Maui, who is considered to be a demi-God and ancestor by many Polynesians. Disney says it regrets any offence caused. – BBC News
A state of emergency is declared in Charlotte
Violence and pandemonium has spiralled across Charlotte, North Carolina after police shot and killed a black man on Tuesday. Protests had been taking place since the shooting, however, they were halted last night by gunfire when one protestor is said to have shot another. North Carolina governor Pat McCrory has now declared a state of emergency and called for help from the National Guard and the Highway Patrol. – The New York Times
Research finds millennials are living in “suspended adulthood”
It’s more bad news for millennials. New research has found despair, worries about the future, and financial pressures are affecting the mental health of million of young Britons. The study says low pay and lack of work are resulting in “suspended adulthood,” a fancy term for those of us who are still living or moving back in with our parents and putting off having children. Large numbers describe themselves as worn down (42%), lacking self-confidence (47%) and feeling worried about the future (51%). Women are said to be particularly at risk. – The Guardian
Zuckerberg and Chan Promise $3 Billion to Cure Every Disease
While Mark Zuckerberg continues to ignore concerns that his Facebook social network is becoming too powerful, he and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have announced they will invest $3 billion to “cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children’s lifetime.” Just let that challenge sink in — “all disease within our children’s lifetime.” Zuckerberg says efforts will focus on new technology for science, which often precedes medical breakthroughs. – Wired
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