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Donald Trump Has Always Been Racist, So Why Is He Being Fired Now?

June 30th, 2015 - By Charing Ball
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Well, it seems that the only way a high-profile person can get away with making racist comments in America is to make them against non-Hispanic Black people.

In short, rarely does anyone get fired. In fact, some people may actually agree, cite freedom of speech or forgiveness, and rush to defend the racist from “unfair” persecution. Hell, the person may even end up making more money after saying something racist against Blacks. Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling, Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Riley Cooper and Charlie Sheen all did. On the other hand, a high-profile person makes a racist statement about Latinos, and suddenly pink slips are flying everywhere.

This is why I am not giving NBCUniversal any praise for finally giving real estate mogul and petulant loudmouth Donald Trump his walking papers. As far as I am concerned, they should have fired the chronic race-baiter long ago.

If you haven’t heard, Trump made these derogatory statements about Hispanics and undocumented immigrants during an announcement for his presidential run:

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

When CNN’s Jake Tapper asked him to clarify his statements, Trump doubled down and said:

“I like Mexico. I love the Mexican people. I do business with the Mexican people, but you have people coming through the border that are from all over. And they’re bad. They’re really bad. You have people coming in, and I’m not just saying Mexicans, I’m talking about people that are from all over that are killers and rapists and they’re coming into this country.”

In a statement released on its website, NBCUniversal announced that they were parting ways with Trump:

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in “The Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.

Well, isn’t that very nearsighted of them…

Don’t get me wrong: I am glad they fired him. His comments about Hispanics were despicable. But Trump, who stars in his ego-driven reality show The Apprentice, which recently finished its 14th season, has been making racist comments for years now. It’s just that his targets have mostly been Black people. So where was NBCUniversal’s concern about dignity and all that jazz then?

In particular, where were they in 2011 when the Donald basically accused President Obama in an interview of being an affirmative action baby who wasn’t qualified to be admitted into any of the Ivy League schools he graduated from? Or the time in 2012 when Trump played birther and offered up $5 million to anyone who could prove that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States?

And granted, NBCUniversal wasn’t airing any of Trump’s shenanigans back in 1989 when he took out full-page advertisements in four New York newspapers calling for the Central Park Five, who were wrongfully accused and convicted of beating and raping a jogger, to be put to death. But NBCUniversal was airing his shows last year when Trump wrote an editorial for the New York Daily News calling the city of New York’s settlement for wrongful imprisonment of the innocent men a disgrace. He said that “Settling doesn’t mean innocence,” and doubled down on the idea that the men were guilty despite being exonerated for the crime.

That editorial came a year after Trump went on an inflammatory and flat-out racist rant on Twitter against “the Blacks” for allegedly causing all of the crime in New York. As reported by Urban Daily, Trump tweeted:

“According to Bill O’Reilly, 80% of all the shootings in New York City are blacks-if you add Hispanics, that figure goes to 98%. 1% white. Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics-a tough subject-must be discussed. When it comes to violent crime, and if we are going to solve the problem, we must stop being so politically correct-must tell it like it is!”

Or how about last year when Trump went on Twitter again and blasted the show Black-ish, which is loosely based on show producer Kenya Barris’ upper-middle class life in predominately suburban white America, for being racist. And I quote: “How is ABC Television allowed to have a show entitled ‘Blackish’? Can you imagine the furor of a show, “Whiteish”! Racism at highest level?”

But why would a network air a show called Whiteish when we can just tune into NBCUniversal during any part of the channel’s broadcasts?

Stil, NBCUniversal had no problem continuing its relationship with Trump even as he continued his baseless attacks on Black people. Like last year when he blamed the Ebola outbreak on President Obama and suggested that the United States needed to ban West Africans from coming into the country. And they stood by him earlier this year when he took to Twitter to blast President Obama – again – over the Baltimore riots. He said, in part,”Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!”

It would seem that Trump has never really lived up to NBCUniversal’s alleged commitment to respect and dignity for all people. And yet, through all of his dog whistling and direct attacks against Blacks, Trump and his toupee still got to keep their jobs. Perhaps NBCUniversal didn’t want to further upset one of America’s fastest growing minority groups? Or perhaps hating on Black people is just not that important to them? But you have to wonder, what really took so long?

You’re Fired! NBC Cuts Ties With Donald Trump

June 29th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Donald Trump’s big fat mouth has cost him yet another business relationship. Monday, NBC announced that they have severed ties with the 69-year-old mogul.

At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC. In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group, and that relationship will continue.

The decision comes on the heels of a racist speech delivered by Trump following his presidential candidacy announcement.

“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump declared. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you… They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.

He went on to make a bizarre promise regarding the building of “Great Wall” at the Mexican-American border that will supposedly be funded by Mexico. As to be expected, his off-the-wall comments were met with much criticism. Shortly after the incident, Univision decided to drop Trump’s Miss USA pageant and Roselyn Sanchez stepped down as a co-host of the competition. A petition urging NBC to end their relationship with Trump attracted over 200,000 signatures.

Clown.

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Roselyn Sanchez Steps Down As MISS USA Co-Host After Donald Trump’s Immigrant Comments

June 27th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Oh Donald, please stop talking.

Roselyn Sanchez has stepped down from her position as co-host of the MISS USA competition after Donald Trump’s latest antics. According to E News,

Sanchez took to Facebook to address bowing out of the pageant in Spanish, which loosely translates to, “As a Latina, proud of my roots, culture and all that we have contributed to this nation, I decided to cancel my participation as cohost the Miss USA pageant. Not tolerate the so disrespectful and hurtful words out of the mouthof Mr. Trump.

“It seems incredible that in his speech to announce his candidacy, has had that lapse of intelligence and decency. Mexicans, like all Latinos, contribute positively to this great nation. We are the force that keeps the country afloat. I was very excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as co-host of this great event in which many Latinas have shown, but more excited I have loyalty to my people.Enough of racism and influential” people belittling us. Univision, thanks for having me and for honoring your audience and cutting relationship with everything that has to do with Trump.

Sanchez was, of course, referring to Trump’s comments in his June 16 presidential-bid speech, where he said, “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people […] It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably—probably—from the Middle East.”

Sanchez isn’t the only one jumping ship. Her co-host Cristian De La Fuente and Univision have also pulled out. Someone please tell Mr. Trump to stop talking. Thanks!

 

You’re Hired! Report Says Donald Trump Paid Actors $50 To Cheer For Him

June 18th, 2015 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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Poor ol’ Donald Trump. His 2016 presidential bid announcement gave late night comedians a lot of ammo for jokes, but this new tidbit of information will cause a new wave of roasting. The real estate millionaire actually paid actors $50 to cheer for him during his speech, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Brooklyn Wants Trump!” and “#Trump Loves America” are some of the signs “supporters” were seen holding during the mogul’s speech on Tuesday, but there’s a possibility that they were just acting. According to THR, Extra Mile Casting —  a New York-based booking agent — sent out an e-mail looking for background actors to cheer for Trump.

“We are looking to cast people for the event to wear t-shirts and carry signs and help cheer him in support of his announcement,” the email, obtained by THR, said.  “We understand this is not a traditional ‘background job,’ but we believe acting comes in all forms and this is inclusive of that school of thought.”

Extra Mile said that it was offering its clients $50 for a three-hour stint at the Trump event.

It became apparent that Trump’s so-called “audience” was questionable when anti-Trump activist Angelo Carusone recognized a background actor, known as Domenico Del Giacco, in an Instagram photo. Carusone took a screengrab of the picture and blogged about the peculiar scene.

“Something just felt off about it to me. But, I couldn’t quite place it. Was it the staging? The crowd? My initial thought was, ‘I bet Trump is paying some of those people to be there.’ I talked myself out of that thought initially because…I mean…c’mon. This was supposed to be a presidential campaign event,” Carusone wrote.

But then, Carusone spotted Del Giacco.

“The gentleman who posted the pic is a paid actor who regularly posts photos from his gigs on social media,” she said. The Instagram post was later deleted — in fact, Del Giacco deleted his entire Instagram account.

When THR contacted Extra Mile about the email, the agency said, “We know nothing about that.” THR also got in touch with Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski who said he’s never even heard of Extra Mile.

“Mr. Trump draws record crowds at almost every venue at which he is a featured speaker,” Lewandowski said. “The crowds are large, often record-setting and enthusiastic, often with standing ovations.”

h/t The Daily Beast

“That’s A Dirty A** B***h”: Vivica Fox And Kenya Moore Go At It On “Celebrity Apprentice” Over Phonegate

February 3rd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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For months we’ve heard about the issues between Kenya Moore and Vivica Fox, but we finally had the chance to see them unfold before us on last night’s episode of “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Moore had to team up with Fox to work on a campaign for King’s Hawaiian Buns, and she was the project manager for Team Vortex. When they went with Moore’s theme that “buns are like butts,” an idea the company was NOT feeling, their team lost the challenge and had to face Donald Trump in the boardroom (Moore, Fox and Geraldo Rivera were specifically put on the spot). Things started out civil between the women, but when Moore tried to claim that Fox wasn’t a team player because she was dealing with menopause, Fox went off.

“That’s a dirty a** b***ch right there.  That’s why I tried to tell you that this child has toxic tendencies. You are just a toxic trick!”

Moore tried to stay above the name calling in front of Donald Trump, but she didn’t have a problem with calling Fox “ghetto”:

“Oh my God, really? This is not the ghetto. Please don’t take it there.”

But Fox was not trying to hear it:

“You’re there, honey. That’s the only place you can be prevalent in, honey. Baby, I’m an international star. You’re a ghetto star. Don’t do that.”

The whole menopause conversation came up because Moore claimed that Fox sent out a tweet saying that she had been “acting a damn fool” because of such a stage in life. But Fox said that her phone went missing for some time, a claim that Rivera backed her up on, and that she never tweeted out anything like that. In fact, Fox says that she rarely tweets in general. It was Fox’s belief that Moore is the one who took her phone and sent the tweet.

After some thought, Donald Trump decided to send Moore home, despite Fox having five different losses in the competition so far, and Moore being pretty successful in the past. It didn’t help that Trump had to ask Moore beforehand, “Why are you so mean to everyone?”

When Moore was sent packing, she tried to pretend like she wanted to extend an olive branch to Fox, but things didn’t go as planned. Fox let her know how she really felt:

“I could care less. Bounce. Trick. She stole my phone. I’m glad they saw you for who the hell you are. Bye, trick.”

Watch the scene in full, starting around the 33 minute mark:

Time for you to figure out, as Fox says, who was “living a lie all day…”

Model Says Donald Trump’s Trump Model Management Owes Her A Ton Of Money

October 21st, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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A model says Donald Trump doesn’t pay his bills. A former model for his Trump Model Management claims she was promised an annual salary of $75,000, but got only $3,380.75 for 21 jobs over the course of three years, the Daily News reports. That’s a big difference. That comes to just over $160 per job — pretty low for an agency model.

So Alexia Palmer has filed a federal lawsuit against Trump Model Management, and she is proposing class action. Palmer charges that between January 2011 and December 2013 the agency not only took an agency fee of 20 percent from her modeling income, but made her pay a variety of “obscure expenses” that took the rest of her money, according to court papers.

The agency, which Trump founded in 1999, sent Palmer to a dermatologist and had her take walking lessons, while also deducting expenses for almost everything, from postage fees to makeup kits to limousine rides. Trump attorney Alan Garten, however, claims the facts in the lawsuit were exaggerated.“The complaint is bogus and completely frivolous,” he said.

Palmer, who is of Jamaican heritage, moved to the United States after being promised a guaranteed salary by Trump. At 5-foot 10-inch, Palmer has posed for Chanel and Teen Vogue, among other work. According her lawyer, Naresh Gehi, her rights were “miserably violated.”

“My client should be paid what she was promised,” said Gehi.

“Palmer was reportedly discovered as a high school teen in 2010 when she placed second in Liverpool-based modeling titan Pulse’s 2010 ‘Caribbean Model Search.’ Her images were soon featured throughout London promoting top cosmetic lines, and she scored a shoot for Teen Vogue with members of the cast of the TV hit ‘Glee,'” reports The New York Post.

Carol Alt, Kim Alexis and former Miss Universe and Miss USA Olivia Culpo have been signed to Trump’s agency.

You’re Sued! Donald Trump Hit With $40 Million Lawsuit From New York’s AG Over Educational Program

August 26th, 2013 - By Tonya Garcia
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Donald Trump has been hit with a $40 million lawsuit, filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over what’s being called a “bait-and-switch” related to “Trump University.” Yes, people were paying money to enroll in an educational program with Donald Trump’s name on it.

And according to the lawsuit, they were paying a lot of money; between $1,475 and $35,000 to attend seminars in which they were to learn how to strike it rich in real estate. However, according to the lawsuit, students didn’t get what was advertised.

According to AG Schneiderman, “Trump University engaged in deception at every stage of consumers’ advancement through costly programs and caused real financial harm. Trump University, with Donald Trump’s knowledge and participation, relied on Trump’s name recognition and celebrity status to take advantage of consumers who believed in the Trump brand.”

Trump, the program and a former president of the program are being charged with fraud, deceptive conduct, and violating consumer protection law, says USA Today. The lawsuit covers the years 2005 to 2011. These three-day seminars ran up such high tabs because of what the program calls “Trump Elite” mentorships that ran into the thousands of dollars.

The lawsuit also alleges that Trump falsely claimed that he “hand-picked” the university’s instructors and that students were promised the chance to meet with Trump but only got pictures with a cardboard cut out instead. More than 5,000 people nationwide signed up for the seminar. About 600 were in New York. Complaints have been filed in New York, Florida, Illinois, and Texas.

In usual Trump fashion, he’s pulled out his bullhorn to blast the AG nonstop, denying the charges but also making personal attacks against Schneiderman. In a Twitter rant that went on for more than an hour this weekend (the lawsuit was filed on Saturday) he called the Attorney General “stupid & ineffective,” “a lightweight” and a “sleazebag.” He and his lawyer also called the lawsuit “extortion,” saying Schneiderman is angry that Trump refused a request for a donation. Trump has given to Schneiderman in the past. Trump also launched a website, 98percentapproval.com, referring to the approval rating that Trump says the program got from students. The site is one huge criticism of Schneiderman.

“[T]he fact that he’s still brave enough to follow the investigation wherever it may lead speaks to Mr. Schneiderman’s character,” said the AG’s spokesperson, Andrew Friedman.

Do you think Trump’s going to have to pay up? And who paid $35K for Trump school?

Only 5’11” And Taller Need Apply: 15 Of The Leggiest Ladies In Hollywood

May 14th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Some celebrities just tower over the rest. Standing at 5 feet and 11 inches or more, these 15 women command attention whenever they walk into a room.

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Model turned mogul Kimora Lee Simmons put her stature to good use. Standing at an even six feet, Simmons got her start in modeling early on. By the time she was ten years old, Simmons was 5 feet, 10 inches tall. Her mother enrolled her into modeling classes at the age of 11 and soon after Simmons found herself in Paris. Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, Simmons was picked on because of her ethnicity and height. The 37-year-old mother of three credits modeling with giving her the confidence that she has now: “[Modeling] was a real turning point for me because everything that people considered weird about me before, well, suddenly Karl Lagerfeld said it was OK. He’s one of the biggest names in fashion, so all of a sudden it gave me a validity and introduced me to a whole other world.”

Who Says You Can’t Turn A Side Boo Into A Bride? Celebs Who Married Or Stayed With Their Mistresses

April 29th, 2013 - By Iva Anthony
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Studies have shown that the chances of an affair turning into a long-lasting relationship are roughly one in 100, but these 15 celebrities have beaten the odds by settling down with their secret lovers. Who’d a thunk it?

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Prince Charles first met Camilla Parker Bowles in 1970 at a polo match. Though they dated for a little while, both the Prince of Wales and Bowles went on to marry other people. Prince Charles’s fairytale marriage to Princess Diana was thoroughly publicized. So was their divorce and his extramarital affair with Bowles, who he began secretly seeing again in the 80’s. After his divorce was finalized in 1996, Prince Charles and Bowles kept their relationship out of the limelight, finally tying the knot in 2005.

Just The Beginning: Why The Friendship Of Jay-Z And President Obama Might Be Too Much For Both Men

April 12th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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I had the opportunity to listen to Jay-Z’s “Open Letter” yesterday, and I definitely enjoyed many aspects of it. The beat was dope, the lyrics were witty, and as a hip-hop fan, I found it to be a pretty entertaining response to his critics, which are increasing. They, of course, spent the week on the rapper and Beyoncé’s case for celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in Cuba with family.

But when he dropped lines like,

Boy from the hood, but got White House clearance

Obama said chill, you gon’ get me impeached/You don’t need this s**t anyway, go chill with me on the beach,”

I thought to myself, “This isn’t going to end well.” A day later, the White House felt the need to make it clear that they had nothing, especially President Obama, to do with the Carters getting clearance from the Treasury Department to vacay in Cuba. There was no conversation about possible impeachment, not even a joke about it–so basically, don’t look at President Obama, because his name is Bennett, and he ain’t in it.

While I could only imagine how amazing it would be to be able to say you are good friends with the President of the United States, it’s becoming clear that it’s not easy. Ever since Jay-Z and Beyoncé started pushing hard for the re-election of President Obama, and the First Family made clear that they were supporters of the couple, they’ve become closer and closer. The Carters hosted an event to raise millions for the Obama re-election campaign late last year, and they definitely did that. Jay-Z performed at a campaign event for the president the day before the election. Beyoncé could be seen all over her Instagram stanning for the president, wearing Obama earrings, Obama shirts and even showing us her early vote through her profile (bad idea). And when you show that kind of support, make it clear in your lyrics that you have “Obama on the text,” and that you take exclusive trips to the White House, a new type of critic is bound to come out that is much worse than folks on “urban” blogs and people who just aren’t fans. They’re like the boogie man, and they’re the Right-Wing nut-jobs searching for a conspiracy in every single thing to make you a target. And that’s what they’ve made Jay and Bey, when five or so years ago, they were just simple entertainers. From the backlash over her lip-synching performance of the “Star Spangled Banner” at the inauguration, to Donald Trump criticizing her performance at the Super Bowl, conservative haters going in about her outfit, Rush Limbaugh trying to mock “support” her song “Bow Down” by tying misogny to it, and now, this Cuba mess, the Carters have a new troll on their backs. We all know a rap song as a response might not be enough to hold them back.

On the other side of the fence, Jigga’s response and the couple’s trip as a whole has already become something of a small annoyance for the president and the White House, with people investigating two grown a** people’s decision to go to Cuba for the purpose of trying to see if the President had something to do with it. His song only made things worse, to the point that a statement had to be made about it all to prove that, look, Barack Obama has more important things to focus on and worry about. Gun control? North Korea anyone?

Who the president associates himself with has always been a target, dating back to Obama needing to separate himself from Rev. Jeremiah Wright when he was vying for a first term, and they were even closer at one time. And Jay doesn’t have a spotless background, what with a past in selling drugs, some episodes of violence, and some very provocative lyrics over the years. Hell, when Bey told “b***hes” to “Bow Down,” even people at my job were wondering if that would reflect well upon the president, because all of a sudden, everything the couple says and does can now affect the Obamas. What’s up with that?? It makes no sense to us, but for the critics, it does.

So while I enjoyed “Open Letter,” for what it was worth, I think it’s best that Jay-Z and Beyoncé go back to doing what they do best–ignoring the criticism like they had done for years, because I can’t say that responding and calling folks in high places out makes things better at this point. And in reality, this is just the beginning. For uber-conservative folks still pissy about Mitt Romney losing last November and making that eight years that Republicans will not have the highest position, the President and anybody that is close to him have become fair game for their bull. So as a man who said, “I Got 99 Problems But Mitt Ain’t One,” and his lady who exclaimed “Take that Mitches” after President Obama’s win on loose-leaf paper, things will probably get worse. But I just hope Jay will do the President a favor and relax on all the name dropping he does of him in his lyrics and in everyday life to prove that he’s come further than anybody ever expected. We get it. You’re cool. No need to gloat about your connections, nor to drag his name in on diss tracks and leave the president and his people trying to fend off all the press that comes with that. Let’s leave him far, far away from that.

Continue doing you, and be ready for whatever lies and drama uber-conseratives, the folks who don’t listen to your music, try to throw your way–ready to “brush your shoulders off” that is. Because that’s just what comes with having a friend who’s the leader of the free world.