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(CHICAGO) — Two brothers who say they helped Jussie Smollett stage a racist and homophobic attack against himself sued the “Empire” actor’s attorneys on Tuesday, accusing them of defamation by continuing to insist publicly that the brothers carried out a real, bigoted attack on Smollett despite knowing that was untrue.

Abimbola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo said in a joint statement issued after their lawsuit was filed in federal court in Chicago that Smollett’s legal team has spread false accusations that have hurt their reputations and undermined their career prospects.

“We have sat back and watched lie after lie being fabricated about us in the media only so one big lie can continue to have life,” they said. “These lies are destroying our character and reputation in our personal and professional lives.”

In their lawsuit, the Osundairos contend that even after prosecutors dropped the charges against Smollett despite saying they believed they could prove the attack was a hoax, Smollett’s attorneys kept saying in interviews that the Chicago-born brothers “led a criminally homophobic, racist and violent attack against Mr. Smollett.”


General Discussion Forum / BALTIMORE'S FILTHIEST HOODS
« on: April 20, 2019, 07:06:12 PM »
Those use to be some grand areas.

For the Yankees, Kate Smith’s version of “God Bless America” was a staple of the seventh-inning stretch since 2001.

For the Philadelphia Flyers, the connection was even tighter, with Smith serving as a mascot of sorts for the team’s 1970s Stanley Cup winners, and performing live at games.

Now both teams have announced they will stop playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” after discovering that she sang songs with racist lyrics in the 1930s. The Flyers will also cover a statue of Smith that has been in front of their arena since 1987.

Smith, who died in 1986, is most closely identified with “God Bless America,” but she recorded numerous other songs over her long career. Among them were “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born,” which contain disturbing lyrics that demean black people.

The Yankees used Smith’s “God Bless America” early in the season but stopped after an email from a fan alerted them to Smith’s racially insensitive work.

“The Yankees have been made aware of a recording that had been previously unknown to us and decided to immediately and carefully review this new information,” a team spokesman said. “The Yankees take social, racial and cultural insensitivities very seriously. And while no final conclusions have been made, we are erring on the side of sensitivity.”

The Flyers said in a statement: “We have recently become aware that several songs performed by Kate Smith contain offensive lyrics that do not reflect our values as an organization. As we continue to look into this serious matter, we are removing Kate Smith’s recording of ‘God Bless America’ from our library and covering up the statue that stands outside of our arena.”

The Flyers have a tradition of playing Smith’s version of “God Bless America” as a replacement for the national anthem at big games. The song has been said to bring the team good luck. Smith performed it live before Game 6 of the 1974 Stanley Cup final, the game in which the Flyers won their first Cup.

Like many white singers of her era, Smith sang some songs that at best are dated and insensitive and at worst are downright racist.

In “Pickaninny Heaven,” Smith sings of a place where “great big watermelons roll around and get in your way.” “Pickaninny” is a demeaning term for a black child. In the 1933 film “Hello Everybody,” Smith sings the song to a group of black orphans listening on the radio.

“That’s Why Darkies Were Born” begins: “Someone had to pick the cotton,/ Someone had to pick the corn,/ Someone had to slave and be able to sing,/ That’s why darkies were born.”

The lyrics also include: “Sing, sing, sing when you’re weary and sing when you’re blue/ Sing, sing, that’s what you taught all the white folks to do.”

The song was also recorded by the black singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, although “one has to think that Robeson’s take on the lyrics was decidedly ironic,” Steven Carl Tracy wrote in “Hot Music, Ragmentation and the Bluing of American Literature.”

Jeffrey Magee, the director of the school of music at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the author of the book “Irving Berlin’s American Musical Theater,” said songs like “Pickaninny Heaven” and “That’s Why Darkies Were Born” reflected racial attitudes embedded in the cultural fabric of Smith’s era.

“To have shaped pop music in this country necessarily implicates musicians and songwriters in a history of racial exchange, impersonation and appropriation,” Magee said. “Kate Smith was inexorably part of that. She became a pop star on a foundation of songs like these.”

Magee noted that other popular white musicians of the 1930s, including Sophie Tucker, May Irwin and George M. Cohan, known as the father of Broadway, regularly performed minstrel songs, sometimes in blackface.

“The difference is you’re not going to find Cohan on YouTube,” Magee said.

General Discussion Forum / Alex Trebek update
« on: April 18, 2019, 11:59:38 PM »

General Discussion Forum / One-Hit Wonders You Had No Idea Are Dead
« on: April 18, 2019, 08:43:00 PM »

General Discussion Forum / More Wendy Williams dirt
« on: April 18, 2019, 02:03:35 AM »

General Discussion Forum / Kim Foxx on Smollett case.....
« on: April 17, 2019, 06:50:11 PM »
What we learned from the prosecutors' texts on the Jussie Smollett case

She called Smollett 'a washed up celeb who lied to cops'
In  text exchange she suggested the charges were too much, Foxx went on to compare Smollett's case to another.

"Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts. Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it's indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn't mean we should."

"It's not who we want to be."

Two things to unpack there. First, Foxx indicates she believes Smollett lied to police.
That's consistent with what she and Magats publicly said about the case after the charges were dropped. She told CNN affiliate WLS that her office believed it could have proven Smollett guilty. Magats told WLS that "we believe he did what he was charged with doing."

Second, consider Foxx's comparison of Smollett's charges to another case. The texts don't say exactly what case she was referencing when she mentioned "pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts."
But there is a high-profile Chicago court case that lines up with the numbers. The R&B singer R. Kelly was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, including three who prosecutors say were underage girls.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges and has denied allegations of abusing women or being sexually involved with underage girls.

Foxx's office did not immediately respond to a CNN question about the reference.

General Discussion Forum / Atlanta/Charlotte hoods
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:19:16 AM »

11:10 in the video    :o  Atlanta is a little bit grimy.   :nod:


Danquirs Franklin appeared to be lowering a gun toward the ground at the time a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot him, a video released Monday shows.

CMPD released body-worn camera footage from the March 25 confrontation when Officer Wende Kerl killed Franklin in the parking lot of a west Charlotte Burger King. Kerl was responding to frantic 911 calls about a man with a gun threatening people at the restaurant.

Read more here:

Man gets naked in Walmart while dog steals cornbread and mom does karate, police say. (No, it didn't happen in Florida.)

"In the meantime, Bo got a box of Jiffy Cornbread Muffin Mix and tried to leave the store," police wrote.


General Discussion Forum / White parenting
« on: April 13, 2019, 05:58:04 PM »

General Discussion Forum / Any man weaves on Onnidan?
« on: April 10, 2019, 07:14:45 PM »
M&G, Que, '87, Oldsport?  :shrug:

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