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Why Hillary Clinton Using Colin Powell As Her Email Server Fall Guy Plays Into “Dishonest” Narrative

August 22nd, 2016 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In her most recent attempts to appease those who are less than happy with her explanation for using a private email server and personal email address while secretary of state to handle classified information, Hillary Clinton has, as of late, been pointing the finger at Colin Powell. She told the FBI that after she knew he used a private email address (but mind you, not a private server), Powell allegedly recommended that she do so as well. A conversation swapping email ideas allegedly also happened during a dinner at a party held by Madeline Albright around the early stages of Clinton’s run as secretary of state. This supposed conversation was brought to light by writer Joe Conason from his upcoming biography, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton.

However, Powell has started to push back at such claims. He did so, at first, softly. Via a spokesman on Friday:

“General Powell has no recollection of the dinner conversation. He did write former Secretary Clinton an email memo describing his use of his personal AOL email account for unclassified messages and how it vastly improved communications within the State Department. At the time there was no equivalent system within the Department. He used a secure State [Department] computer on his desk to manage classified information.”

And then once more, with People, Powell responded a little less diplomatically:

“Her people have been trying to pin it on me,” Powell said at a Hamptons event over the weekend when speaking on her private email server scandal. “The truth is, she was using [the private email server] for a year before I sent her a memo telling her what I did.”

When asked why he thought she would try and pin her choice to use a completely separate server to keep up with her emails on him, which Powell didn’t do, he said, “Why do you think?”

Powell added, “It doesn’t bother me. But it’s okay; I’m free.”

As pointed out by The Washington Post, his actions as far as his private email, and her use of both a private email and server, are nowhere near one and the same. “In addition to how the rules governing electronic communication were significantly tightened between when Powell left office and when Clinton arrived, Powell neither exclusively used his personal email account nor did he establish his own private email server. Clinton did both.”

Therefore, painting him as the “Well, he encouraged me to do this so that’s why I did it” fall guy? A terrible idea. And if Ryan Lochte has taught us anything, it’s that pinning our bad decisions on others (specifically, people of color), only makes a bad situation much, much worse. It also makes one look incredibly dishonest. And it makes me even more uncomfortable voting for her.

But I will. I mean, between a racist Donald Trump and Clinton, what choice do I really have?

Still, these sort of instances are a major issue people have with Clinton; the belief that she will say and do whatever to get ahead. Hence, the reason she’s been given the label of dishonest — at least, according to voters.

In a poll taken earlier this year, according to The New York Times, “The share of voters who have negative feelings toward her has soared from 25 percent in early 2013 to 56 percent today, and a reason for that is that they distrust her. Only a bit more than one-third of American voters regard Clinton as ‘honest and trustworthy.'”

This email server situation is a major reason some people have, as of late, started to feel so negatively and jump on the “dishonest” label train when it comes to her. There is a belief that she won’t take full responsibility for her mistakes in this situation, and has, instead, been reaching with all her might for the right excuse to set her free from the controversy, which has become fixed to her campaign for president.

And while I do believe some people dislike her for petty, and sometimes sexist reasons, with moves like this, anyone could see how she brings a good amount of criticism aimed at her, on herself. Granted, definitely possibly losing the support of Powell likely won’t hold her back now that Trump, doing the absolute most to change his image at the last second, is behind in the polls. (Though I believe Powell, a Republican, is more influential than most believe after he publicly supported President Obama in 2008 and 2012.) However, in the grand scheme of things, being labeled as “dishonest” to the point that you would throw an old friend under the bus to save your own a– is the last label one should feel comfortable moving forward with. But if the shoe fits…

#TBT: Colin Powell Brags He’s Been Doing Selfies Since The ’50s

March 13th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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MadameNoire is known for paying homage to the African-American men who contribute to our race’s history. Hence our Black History Month tribute called, Vintage  Evening Eyecandy.  Although the month of February is over, we could not pass up sharing General Colin Powell’s 60-year-old selfie.

ABC News reports that as a teen in 1954, the General took this black and white photo of himself at 16 years old in his bedroom with a non-digital camera. His caption for the photo on his Facebook page announced:

“Throwback Thursday – I was doing selfies 60 years before you Facebook folks. Eat your heart out Ellen!”

After her Oscar-worthy selfie, it seems like Ellen DeGeneres has some competition!

It’s Because I’m Black Isn’t It? Celebrities Who’ve Abused the Race Card

January 22nd, 2013 - By Meg Butler
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When black folks abuse the race card, it makes it harder on all of us. The next time someone questions whether race affected their job, their treatment at the club or even their grades in school, remember to thank people like these 15 celebrities. They’ve been using their celebrity to cry wolf and giving fuel to the white folks who doubt whether racism exists at all.

Nicki Minaj

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Nicki Minaj has single-handedly set the race card back several years. First she called Steven Tyler racist for saying she would have sent Bob Dylan “to the cornfield” if he was contestant. Then, when she allegedly threatened to shoot Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj pulled the race card again and accused Barbara Walters of racism when she took Mariah’s side of the story without getting hers:

“Am I not good enough for you [Walters] to get my side, because I’m a little black girl that raps?”

Maybe Barbara was just afraid she’d get shot. At this point, Nicki’s more famous for being crazy than for being a black rapper.

You’re Not Down With Brother Obama? 20 Black Celebs Who Have Republican Tendencies

September 12th, 2012 - By Blair Bedford
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As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP.  Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:

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LL Cool J

LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.

Wah Gwan?: 9 People of Jamaican Nationality That Surprised Me

October 26th, 2011 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Okay, so a few weeks back I did a post on people that were of Nigerian background who just happened to shock and surprise me at one time or another. The response to that was big! A lot of people were surprised themselves, some people weren’t, others said I didn’t know my culture, yada, yada, yada. But a big response I got was from people asking for galleries with people of Jamaican background and more. So here we meet again, and I’ve compiled a list of folks that surprised me (probably because I’m NOT Jamaican) and that might surprise you too. Hope you enjoy! And if not, you suck. (kidding! It’s all love.)

Shout out to my Jamaican friend for giving me the title!

Colin Powell Blasts “Cheap Shots” in package Cheney’s New Memoir

August 29th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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package Cheney is setting political tongues wagging in eager anticipation of his memoir “In My Time,” an autobiography full of raw critiques of Washington insiders due out on Aug. 30. The former vice president under George W. Bush is already promoting his tome using sensationalist language, saying “There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington” in response to some of his revelations. Former secretary of state Colin Powell has responded by blasting Cheney for taking “cheap shots” at him in the book, and conducting himself in a way that is not befitting a former vice president. Think Progress reports:

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell slammed former Vice President package Cheney today on CBS’s Face the Nation, accusing Cheney of taking “cheap shots” at Bush administration officials in his new memoir and promoting it by using language inappropriate for a former vice president. While they worked for the same president, Cheney allegedly criticizes Powell in his much-anticipated autobiography, In My Time, which he predicted will have “heads exploding all over Washington.” That’s “the kind of headline you might see [on] one of the supermarket tabloids,” Powell said of Cheney’s exploding heads comment, “It’s not the kind of headline I would have expected to come from a former Vice President of the United States of America” […]

In a withering criticism of the former vice president, Powell goes on at length and in detail to explain how the “cheap shots” Cheney aims at Powell and “other administration officials” are false, and how Cheney is himself to blame for much of it. “I’m the one who said to President Bush, [about Iraq] that if you break it, you own it,” Powell said, but “Mr. Cheney and many of his colleagues did not prepare for what happened after the fall of Baghdad.”

Cheney also attacks Condoleezza Rice in this book, and even former President Bush himself among other high-ranking officials. And that is apparently only the beginning of the trash talking. According to The Week, Cheney admits that he tried to get Powell fired in 2004 after publicly making statements against the war in Iraq.

A Hand Up: Top Black Celebrity Mentors

May 4th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Success can rarely be attributed purely to luck and hard work. Most of the great success stories can be linked to a string of helping hands. Mentors are invaluable in careers and in life. They offer guidance, support, and often can open a door or two. Almost ten years ago, the White House inaugurated National Mentoring Month to help spearhead a movement of recruiting mentors. Within the black community, the need seems to be great, but so are some of the names that have answered this call to action. The Atlanta Post looks at a few African-American celebrities that have really come through.

 

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Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington made a name for himself in Hollywood as a two-time Academy Award winner. But before he found success, he was a familiar face at the Boys and Girls Club in Mt. Vernon, NY.  Headed in the wrong direction, his childhood mentor  helped redirect his path. Today, he still credits the organization with preparing him for his successful journey.  He is the national spokesperson for the mentoring organization that continues to help millions of young people dream big.

Colin Powell Needs Answers

February 17th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell is just as confused as us. He wants to know why the U.S. intelligence community put so much faith in a source who claimed there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Yes, those weapons. The non-existent ones that are responsible for our troops being in Iraq right now, and for countless American and non-American deaths. He wants to know why the faulty intelligence that led us into Iraq, and has since been disproved, has not been pursued or punished.

Finally, someone from the Bush administration is taking some accountability, even if it is several years later. “The question should be put to the C.I.A. as to why this wasn’t known before the false information was put into the [National Intelligence Estimate] sent to Congress, the president’s State of the Union address and my … presentation to the U.N.,” he said in an interview with The Guardian newspaper.

Politico reports that the source “Curveball,” an Iraqi defector named Alwanal-Janabi, revealed that he made up stories about secret biological weapons because he wanted to see Hussein’s regime overthrown.

Read More: Powell: C.I.A. Should Answer for Intel

Colin Powell Rates Obama

January 24th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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Colin Powell: No Guarantee I’ll Back Obama in 2012

January 24th, 2011 - By TheEditor
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(Washington Post) — Former secretary of state Collin Powell steered clear Sunday of endorsing any of the Republican party’s 2012 presidential hopefuls, but also said he was not committed to President Obama either.  Powell, who appeared on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, steered clear of making an endorsement. “Right now I do not see on the Republican side any one individual that will emerge at the top of the pile,” Powell said. “I have not yet seen anybody on the Republican side I am prepared to commit to and I am not committed to President Obama either.”

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