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12 years slave poster backlash : Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender Cause Controversy

12 years slave poster backlash

Lionsgate and Italian film distributor BIM Distribuzine are doing damage control after a marketing campaign for the Italian release of 12 Years a Slave caused a fury among many in the blogosphere. The companies have apologized for omitting the film’s Black actors — including leading man Chiwetel Ejiofor — from the film’s posters, favoring Brad Pitt (who has only a ... Read More »

UPS, FedEx Scramble To Get Christmas packages Delivered

UPS, FedEx Scramble To Get Christmas packages Delivered

Delivery drivers for UPS and FedEx scrambled to get late-arriving Christmas presents to their destinations Thursday after an embarrassing holiday delay. Seattle-based Amazon.com said it will offer $20 gift cards and shipping cost refunds for affected customers. Amazon would not reveal how many holiday shipments were delayed nor would the company consent to an interview. Read More »

News Macy’s bias stop suit, Reports

News Macy's bias stop suit

Another shopper has come forward with claims of racial profiling at Macy’s. Halim Sharif alleges that after spending $2,400 on a Louis Vuitton bag, he was stopped by a loss prevention employee who asked to see his receipt, “apparently for no reason other than that he was black,” Jezebel reports. Sharif also claims that the employee then went through his ... Read More »

Texas Man, 27, Charged with hate crime in ‘knockout game’ attack

Texas Man, 27, Charged with hate crime in 'knockout game' attack

Conrad Alvin Barrett, 27, has been charged with a federal hate crime related to a racially motivated assault of a 79-year-old African-American man, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson, along with Acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels of the Civil Rights Division and Special Agent in Charge Stephen L. Morris of the FBI. “Suspected crimes of this nature will simply ... Read More »

Carolina Reaper is world’s hottest pepper (VIDEO)

Carolina Reaper is world's hottest pepper

The hottest peppers in the world are grown in South Carolina, the Guinness Book of World Records says. Ed Currie took a sweet hot pepper from the Caribbean and worked to make it hotter, spending more than four years working with students at Winthrop University who test food as part of their undergraduate classes to certify the amount of heat. Read More »

US sending missiles, drones to Iraq to destroy al Qaeda

US sending missiles, drones to Iraq to destroy al Qaeda

According to widespread media reports, the U.S. is sending Hellfire missiles and surveillance drones to the government of Iraq. The arms shipments come amidst growing turmoil in Iraq. In an odd, but related, development, the U.S. State Department issued a statement Dec. 26 praising U.S. efforts to destroy conventional weapons in Iraq. The State Department describes the destroyed weapons as ... Read More »

Chinese woman gives birth to twins at 60 (PHOTO)

Chinese woman gives birth to twins at 60

A Chinese woman has given birth to twin girls at the age of 60, following IVF treatment after her only child died. Sheng Hailin, who has become possibly the oldest person in the country to give birth, lost her first daughter, who was in her late twenties, in an accidental gas poisoning case in 2009, News.com.au reported. Read More »

Man Saved From Burning car on 405 Freeway

Man Saved From Burning car on 405 Freeway

An LAPD Bomb Squad officer rescued a man from a burning vehicle following a fiery crash on the 405 Freeway Wednesday afternoon, reports the Los Angeles Police Department. Just before 2:00 p.m. on Christmas day, Officer Don Thompson, a 26-year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department, was heading to work on the southbound 405 Freeway just south of the ... Read More »