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Macy’s To Pay $650K Settlement Over Racial Profiling

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The New York Attorney General’s office announced this week it has found “loss prevention officers” at Macy’s department store to have followed Black and Latino customers more often than white patrons. In response to these findings, Macy’s has agreed to a pay a $650,000 settlement, hire an independent monitor, and release an anti-racial profiling memorandum to employees, among other responses. (It is perhaps too soon to say “reforms.”)

This fall, both Macy’s at Herald Square and the upscale department store Barney’s in New York City drew attention after several Black customers were detained by police and accused of stealing items which they had rightfully purchased. Macy’s most high-profile incident was actor Robert Brown from the TV show “Treme” and the movie “Finding Forrester,” who was detained after making an expensive purchase at the store, then frisked, accused of holding fake ID, and told he didn’t have enough money to buy the pricey item. Keep reading »

Report: Mariah Carey Hired Spy To Catch Nick Cannon Cheating

  • Mariah Carey hired a security guard to keep watch over Nick Cannon because Mimi had a hunch he’d been cheatin’, according to a Page Six report. It’s not clear whether the guard actually uncovered Nick being unfaithful to his wife of six years. Nevertheless, the couple has been “fighting a lot” and living separately for months. [Page Six]
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge is significantly less fun as a surprise, as Emily Blunt discovered. [Daily Mail UK]
  • One of Justin Bieber’s hired goons is being sued for allegedly physically assaulting a paparazzo who took a pic of Biebs vacationing in Hawaii. Justin is named in the suit for ordering the attack. [TMZ]
  • A nightclub in the Hamptons declined Lindsay Lohan’s credit card when she tried to pay a $2,500 bill. Girl, that’s why you go splitsies. [Page Six] Keep reading »

Men, This Is What Goes Through A Woman’s Mind While Giving A Blowjob

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The Blowjob Song

There aren’t enough songs about blowjobs,  that’s what I always say. So, for anyone who has never given a blowjob before — be you a straight male, a gay woman, or a member of the Duggar family — here are silly songstresses Garfunkel and Oates to explain exactly what goes through one’s mind during a beej.  But I’m warning you: the ending is definitely NSF getting in the mood. [YouTube]

Sorority Sister Uses N-Word In Racist Snapchat, Gets Kicked Out

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  • A member of the Chi Omega sorority at the University of Alabama has been dismissed from the sorority after she posted a Snapchat with two friends which was captioned “Chi O got NO n***as!!!!!” (According to WVTM Birmingham, two Black women joined the sorority during this rush period.) The University of Alabama has been under scrutiny this past year for ongoing bigotry and discrimination in the Greek system. Some Greeks claim its their alumnae who pressure sororities to stay all-white, but clearly the problem is more wide-reaching and complicated. [Clutch Magazine; Alabamas13BuzzfeedThe Crimson White]
  • Tech startup impresario Gesche Haas revealed to the tech blog Valleywag a creepy and harassing email she received after meeting with a male investor. After a professional meeting with Haas, Pavel Curda sent an email asking to have sex. Haas went public with the email because she wanted others to know that this behavior exists. So brave. [Valleywag] Keep reading »

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Writes Open Letter To Michael Brown’s Family

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Independent Autopsy Determines Unarmed Teenager Michael Brown Shot 6 Times, Twice In The Head
Unarmed teenager was shot six times, twice in the head. Read More »
On Police Brutality
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Why we cannot have repro rights justice without fighting police abuse. Read More »
On Blackness
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When will Black folks be seen as simply human? Read More »

I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael is your son. A son that barely had a chance to live. Our children are our future so whenever any of our children – black, white, brown, yellow, or red – are taken from us unnecessarily, it causes a never-ending pain that is unlike anything I could have imagined experiencing. … You will experience a swell of support from all corners of the world. Many will express their sympathies and encourage you to keep fighting for Michael. You will also, unfortunately, hear character assassinations about Michael which I am certain you already have. This will incense and insult you. All of this will happen before and continue long after you have had the chance to lay your son to rest.

Time.com has published an open letter from Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, to the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was killed on August 9th by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. In the two years since Martin’s murder, Fulton and Trayvon’s dad founded The Trayvon Martin Foundation to provide support for the family members of victims of violent crimes. I encourage you to read the full letter at the link. [TIME] [Photo: Getty]

Morning Quickies: Behold Miley Cyrus’ 5-Foot Bong

  • It’s still a work in progress. [Instagram.com/MileyCyrus]
  • Christian Bale and his model wife, Sibi, have welcomed their second child, a son. Congrats! [People]
  • Mischa Barton is being sued for blowing off a film to party in Europe instead. [TMZ]
  • The longtime announcer of “Saturday Night Live,” Don Pardo, died yesterday at 96. [New York Times] Keep reading »
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