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If I learned anything from last week’s visit by Pope Francis is that all religious leaders are not equal.
For instance, did you know that the papal visit to the United States cost an upwards of $45 million dollars?
That was the fundraising goal at least. It’s ironic that it cost millions to come America and give speeches about income inequality and doing more for the poor, disaffected and disenfranchised.
Anyway, the World Meeting of Families committees held a series of fundraising campaigns to help raise funds for the visit as well as the week-long Catholic conference that included a major concert with Aretha Franklin in Philadelphia. One such campaign included the Latino Papal Fund, which was co-sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) and various Philadelphia Latino business, civic and religious leaders, which asked the Latino community to contribute to fundraising efforts by texting PAPAFUND on their smartphones.
What’s wrong with the Catholic Church raising funds from their own members to finance activities, which are largely meant for the Church? Well, I suppose there is absolutely nothing wrong with it.
But earlier this year, Creflo Dollar who is the founder of the World Changer’s Church International was dragged both in the mainstream media and on social media for essentially doing the same thing. In Dollar’s case, he was asking 200,000 church members to donate $300 a piece via a crowdsourcing campaign for a $60 million dollar Gulfstream G650 jet.
Now granted, we can make the argument that Dollar is in no way on the same level of righteousness as the Pope. Likewise, the Catholic Church has its own charities and initiatives that support the poor. For example, in addition to the millions raised for the conference and the Pope’s visit, the World Family committees also created a $1.5 million fund to support organizations, which help the homeless in the Philadelphia area.
But like the Pope, Dollar has members and preaches the Word to people all over the world including through its satellite churches in England and South Africa. In fact, his ministries also support several charities of their own. This includes its Hope in Disaster ministry, which aids people globally who have been affected by natural disasters, and its Care for Kids ministry, which has adopted and improved a school in South Africa.
Regardless of how one personally feels about Dollar and his ministries, you can’t deny that both he and the Catholic Church use the same modus operandi of taking donated funds to finance needs outside of direct support to its members. And yet, Dollar was painted as a charlatan taking advantage of his mostly poor congregation while Pope Francis and company got a praised for being progressive.
That just doesn’t seem fair.
Nor does it seem fair that during Pope’s Francis’ historic visit, he made a detour from speaking about compassion and love for all, to meet with Kim Davis who is the Kentucky county clerk at the center of the national debate on gay marriage.
According to Vatican officials, the meeting, which was held in secret and not included on the Pope Francis’ public itinerary, should not be seen as an endorsement. Likewise Vatican officials also claim that Davis wasn’t invited by Pope personally, but instead was among “several dozens” people who were invited by the Vatican to meet with the him at the tail end of his visit to America. And according to the NPR a Vatican spokesperson told them that “that Pope Francis may not have understood “the impact” a visit with Davis might have in the U.S,’ although he has gone on record opposing gay marriage.
Honestly, it all still sounds like a matter of semantics considering that he still met with Davis – and he is still very much anti-gay marriage. Still, many folks including on the progressive left, have gone out their ways to give justification for the meeting. This includes Todd VanDerWerff who wrote in a piece entitled “Of course Pope Francis met with Kim Davis. Jesus would have:”
“But, look, isn’t the pope someone who should be meeting with literally everyone, from as many different viewpoints as possible? And doesn’t “Stay strong,” which he reportedly said to Davis, sound like a sound bite deliberately picked out to serve Davis’s own political agenda? Is just the act of talking to someone who differs from us on one particular issue such a big deal that we’ll write off the pope in his entirety?”
I supposed not. However that is not what the masses of us did when it was also revealed this week that 40 Interfaith televangelists, including several prominent Black pastors, not only met and prayed over Republican presidential candidate and overall loudmouth Donald Trump.
According to the Hill, many of pastors, particularly the Black pastors, were just there to meet with someone who differs from them on particular issues. And their meeting, while fruitful, didn’t necessarily mean an endorsement, However that didn’t stop them from being ridiculed within the media. In particular writer Zack Hunter who said of the meeting: “Like the prosperity gospel itself, he’s the walking antithesis of the actual gospel. Greedy, self-serving, manipulative, and hostile towards critics, I can’t think of a presidential candidate more fitting for these pastors to idolize.”
As a former Catholic and a current non-committal, all of the smoke and mirrors, pomp and circumstances, secret meetings and public prayers over windbags with bad hair pieces tends to bother me. But it also never ceases to amaze me how some religious leaders are held to higher standards of morality than others.
Granted Pope, Francis is saying some pretty sweet things on behalf of the Catholic Church, which makes his love affair with the media slightly understandable. But this is after hundreds of years of debauchery. So doesn’t he – as well as the Church – deserve more critique than he actually got?
But what do folks think?
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Folks better learn quick that foolish behavior comes to light and won’t be tolerated in the world of business. Just ask Donald Trump as he, once again, is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The presidential hopeful was nothing short of entertaining during the GOP presidential debate, but it’s what the Don posted on his social media that has folks buzzing.
Now let me save you the trouble of scrolling through all the retweets this man decided to send past the midnight hour.
He called debate moderator and FOX News commentator Megyn Kelly a bimbo.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 7, 2015
In case you’re wondering why Trump came for Megyn (I understand if you had better things to do with your time than watch these Republican candidates go back and forth), she asked The Celebrity Apprentice creator why he has referred to women he doesn’t like as “disgusting animals,” “slobs” and “fat pigs.” His response? “Only Rosie O’Donnell.”
Now I understand wanting to step out from the crowd — and even saying things for shock value — but this has got to stop. At a certain point, you will get called on your BS. People who were once in your corner will be forced to distance themselves from you. While the GOP presidential debate brought in huge numbers for FOX News, some believe Trump lost steam with his sexist comments.
Sooner or later, your lack of professionalism will catch up with you. Have you ever been witness to karma coming back on someone in the workplace?
I can recall this nasty co-worker who was so vile, you had to question whether or not she slept with the boss to get the job. The least social around the office, whenever she did say something, it typically was nothing nice. In fact, she had no problem putting people in their place and giving her two cents where it wasn’t needed. You know how people tell you to stay away from controversial topics like race and religion in the workplace? Yeah, she didn’t really get that memo. I will never forget one argument she had with a colleague about how unfair it was for him to constantly take breaks to pray (he was Muslim) when she wanted to smoke a cigarette.
As you would expect, quite a few people had issues with her behavior and reported her. There were even some who took it upon themselves to challenge her and it didn’t end well. One thing I learned from that experience is to not to stoop to someone’s level. Even if they look like the boss’ pet, sooner or later, they’re gonna get what’s coming to them.
Not only did this woman get fired, but she was practically humiliated when it happened. I guess our manager at the time got tired of hearing the same old stuff before he sent her on her way. “And don’t you think about collecting unemployment!” he shouted. “You’re a** deserves no assistance.” Side note: Guess who took her place? The Muslim she complained about. Smoke on that.
One thing I constantly try to remind myself is the importance of maintaining my professionalism. After all, no one else represents my personal brand but me. Yes, people’s comments can piss me off, but it’s ultimately up to me to do my best and not retaliate…at least not in the public eye (kidding). There really is no point in going toe-to-toe with someone who clearly has lost their mind.
Sometimes it’s best to sit back, relax and enjoy the drama.
Giuliana Rancic is somewhere laughing her head off right now. During a recent appearance on “The View,” her former “Fashion Police” co-host Kelly Osbourne put her foot all the way in her mouth in an attempt to scold Donald Trump for his ignorant and racist comments against Latinos in this country.
In a clip that’s already beginning to circulate around the internet, Osbourne said, “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet Donald Trump.”
With Rosie Perez sitting on the panel, the reaction was swift.
There were moans and groans of disappointment before Osbourne tried to explain: “In the sense that…you know what I mean? What I’m saying is, in L.A., they always…”
But the damage had already been done.
Rosie countered, naturally, that Latinos aren’t the only people who clean toilets in this country.
And Osbourne probably beginning to realize the error in her ways said sympathetically, “No, that’s not what I’m saying.”
Ooo girl. This is a failure of epic portions. It really is all bad.
I’m not going to be quick to write homegirl off as a racist. Buuuuuut, if we were to look at this comment in isolation, it’s racist as all hell. And if I were Osbourne, I would be trying to do some serious soul searching to try and figure out what mental lack would cause me to say something like that. To immediately associate Latinos with cleaning toilets is severely screwed up and I really don’t know what she might have been trying to say with this particular word choice
It’s bad, real bad.
In fact, on the scale of racially offensive, it’s much worse than what Giuliana Rancic said about Zendaya’s faux locs.
As unfortunate as this is for Kelly Osbourne, I can’t help but get a little chuckle out of this because Osbourne represents so many White people in our society. There are quite a few White people who think they get it. They believe they sympathize with minorities, understand White privilege and will even come to the aid of their friends who have been made the pit of some off color joke. But in the right conversation, whether public or private, their own mouths will betray their deepest, truest feelings.
And I’m not saying that as a way to condemn White folks who are trying to do and better.
I see this as karma showing Kelly that while she was so ready to drag Rancic for her comments, there is some work she still has to do for herself.
You really need to be careful when it comes to your workplace entourage. There is such a thing as guilty by association. Sometimes “the homies” can’t continue with you on your journey if you want to be seen in a certain light. Then again, many of us make the mistake of trusting professionals in our lives that prove to be everything except about their business.
Donald Trump has once again made headlines for a pretty bonehead move — not that he needs to dig himself a bigger grave in that category. He recently admitted a desire to put a particular woman in his cabinet should he be elected. Noting her intellect and ability to shrug off nonsense, the Trumpster actually thinks that, wait for it, Sarah Palin would be great. Gasp. Now this is the same Sarah Palin who wanted foreign policy cred because she could see Russia from her backyard, thought we should “stand with our North Korea allies” and couldn’t name a publication she reads for information.
In the words of Antoine Dodson, “You are so dumb.”
I definitely understand the importance of rolling with people you generally like, but sometimes they don’t make the best members for your inner circle. This doesn’t mean you have to cease all communication with them. Just think twice about the brand you desire to build and all the necessary pieces to make it work.
Think back to your days in high school and the times you had to work on a group project. Did you automatically pick your besties, even if they weren’t known for their academic aptitude? Halfway through the assignment — and more than likely staying up late to do all the work — you probably felt your choice wasn’t the best for your grade. Now you of course could’ve chosen to carry these people by doing their work for them, but what good would that have done you — or them for that matter if they went to college?
It doesn’t make sense.
There’s nothing wrong with trying to attach yourself to people who are driven to succeed and put in the work to make their dreams a reality. In fact, it needs more thought than just the brush off as it can cost you greatly on your job. This is one of the biggest reasons why you should step outside of your comfort zone and meet new colleagues. You never know who is sitting near you that has the knowledge or a skill set you need for an upcoming project. Diversifying your work group can also show managers you have a willingness to team up with other people that could lead to a future promotion.
I’ve had to make cuts in both my personal and professional life when it came to the people around me and the person I wanted to be. As great as it is to have longtime friends and associates, at some point, you need to determine who builds you up and tears you down. Just because something worked in the past doesn’t automatically mean it will be great for your future.
At some point, you really have to question whether or not people were born with a common sense chip missing, or just think certain behavior is okay.
You don’t have to scroll through social media very far to see celebrities and other public figures making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Donald Trump must now eat all the words coming out of his big mouth over unthinkable comments regarding Mexico and its people. Needless to say that didn’t go very well with the general public — or advertisers and business partners for that matter — with more and more people cutting ties with the presidential hopeful.
And then there’s Ariana Grande who just recently shot herself in the foot over a video that shows the pop crooner licking donuts at a business and yelling “I hate America.” Not only are police and health inspectors investigating the matter, but Grande had to cancel an upcoming performance at the MLB All-Star Game concert.
Speaking of shooting something off, can we talk about New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul? Even if you don’t watch professional football, by now you probably heard of some fool who lost a $60 million contract from playing with fireworks. Just let that one sink in.
Not to be outdone by anyone’s foolishness is Paula Deen, who was on her way to making a comeback after a horrific racial scandal — can throw that out the window. Did y’all see her son dressed up in brownface? How dreadful.
Let this be a lesson to all of us that what you do both in and out of the office can be bad for business. This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy life, but you really must ask yourself whether or not certain decisions can tarnish your brand. Anyone can have the best ideas but will find it very hard to see success once professionalism goes out the window.
Even things you put up on social media can come back to haunt you. Just ask Iggy Azalea whose career practically crumbled with the help of controversial tweets. The “Fancy” rapper has been accused of making racial and homophobic rants that had many of her fans jumping off the bandwagon.
You can call people oversensitive these days or folks being reckless with their words and actions. Our world is one centered around modern technology that will screenshot each and every moment in time for a later occasion. Certain things just aren’t worth it and probably are best left for a journal no one can find.
I try to remember this with my day-to-day hustle. Granted I’m not on any of these celebrities’ levels, but a sister needs her coins and can’t afford to lose them from lack of professionalism. From the time I wake up in the morning to when it’s time to go to bed, I always think of myself as a representative of my brand — and you should too (well, for yours). You never know who you’re going to encounter on the streets and how they’re connected to your journey. Do you remember the story of the man who cussed out a recruiter on the train and later had to sit in front of him for a job interview? Luckily for him that man had a sense of humor.
What are ways you try to protect yourself from tarnishing your own brand?
Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks about Mexicans and undocumented immigrants — who, by the way, are helping to build his DC hotel — are coming back to bite him right in the you-know-what. We reported that NBC, Univision, and Macy’s cut ties with the real estate billionaire mogul, but there are a couple other powerful corporations that are kicking Trump, and his comb-over, to the curb.
ESPN planned to have its upcoming ESPY Celebrity Golf Classic event at the Trump National Golf Club in Los Angeles, but decided against it. The event is a charity that benefits the V Foundation’s Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund, which provides resources for minority groups, including African-Americans and Latinos.
“Our decision reflects our deep feelings for our former colleague and support for inclusion of all sports fans. Diversity and inclusion are core values at ESPN and our decision also supports that commitment,” ESPN said on Monday.
NASCAR also announced that it will no longer host an upcoming event at a Trump venue.
“We looked at everything we saw coming down and what we heard from our sponsors and our partners and what we feel we should be doing, and that’s what led us to the decision today,” said NASCAR spokesperson David Higdon.
The CEO of NASCAR Sponsor Camping World, Marcus Lemonis, had a lot to say regarding Trump’s comments, which he called “bigoted” and “racist”:
“Our company will not stand to support any person or organization that associates with such beliefs and we feel strongly about distancing ourselves from any negative and discriminatory comments made against any gender, ethnicity, age group or so forth.”
Serta is jumping a’board the we-don’t-associate-ourselves-with-Trump train, too. According to Bloomberg, the major mattress manufacturer will discontinue Trump’s line after the licensing agreement expires at the end of 2015: “Serta values diversity and does not agree with nor endorse the recent statements made by Mr. Trump.”
Even the Big Apple — the city of New York — wants nothing to do with Trump. Mayor De Blasio called Trump’s comments “disgusting and offensive.”
“…This hateful language has no place in our city,” said Mayor De Blasio. “Our Mexican brothers and sisters make up an essential part of this city’s vibrant and diverse community, and we will continue to celebrate and support New Yorkers of every background.”
For more break-ups, check out Gawker.
Shortly after being called out for her decision to co-host the Miss USA pageant after Donald Trump’s recent comments about Latinos, Jeannie Mai has decided to pull out of the show.
The television personality made the announcement Monday, stating that she was unaware of the nature of Trump’s involvement in the upcoming show. Her statement reads:
To my friends & fans,
Last week I announced my heart-felt decision to support the women of Miss USA by remaining on board as a co-host. My focus was strictly on the women involved, who share the same ethics of hard work, commitment and passion for their careers and causes that I do. I have co-hosted for the last five years various Miss Universe events, and I’m grateful for the many women I’ve met and friends I’ve made along the way. I feel terrible that the women competing this year have fallen victim to current events.
Let me be clear, I condemn the recent words of Mr. Trump, and find them immensely offensive. At the time I made my decision to remain part of the Miss USA pageant, I was under the impression that Mr. Trump would no longer be involved in the production of the show in any capacity what so ever. In addition, given Mr. Trump’s ongoing antics, including his most recent episode today with the current Miss Universe, it is clear that Mr. Trump’s actions have and will continue to distract focus away from the real stars of the show – the women involved in the pageant.
Therefore, I am respectfully withdrawing from my responsibilities and commitment as co-host of Miss USA. From the beginning, I announced publicly that I was donating my compensation to a worthy charity. Although I will no longer be participating as a co-host, I still want to support the women competing in the pageant. I feel the best way to show that is to lend my support to this year’s winner of Miss USA and to make the donation I promised to her platform and charity.
Ladies, you worked so hard to get here. I am proud of who you are and wish you the best of luck Sunday evening.
The announcement comes after Mai was slammed on social media by her co-host Tamar Braxton for her previous decision to move forward with the pageant. Mai did not specify whether or not Braxton’s comments swayed her decision to pull out of the televised competition.
To my friends & fans: Last week I announced my heart-felt decision to support the women of Miss USA by remaining on board as a co-host. My focus was strictly on the women involved, who share the same ethics of hard work, commitment and passion for their careers and causes that I do. I have co-hosted for the last five years various Miss Universe events, and I’m grateful for the many women I’ve met and friends I’ve made along the way. I feel terrible that the women competing this year have fallen victim to current events. Let me be clear, I condemn the recent words of Mr. Trump, and find them immensely offensive. At the time I made my decision to remain part of the Miss USA pageant, I was under the impression that Mr. Trump would no longer be involved in the production of the show in any capacity what so ever. In addition, given Mr. Trump's ongoing antics, including his most recent episode today with the current Miss Universe, it is clear that Mr. Trump’s actions have and will continue to distract focus away from the real stars of the show – the women involved in the pageant. Therefore, I am respectfully withdrawing from my responsibilities and commitment as co-host of Miss USA. From the beginning, I announced publicly that I was donating my compensation to a worthy charity. Although I will no longer be participating as a co-host, I still want to support the women competing in the pageant. I feel the best way to show that is to lend my support to this year's winner of Miss USA and to make the donation I promised to her platform and charity. Ladies, you worked so hard to get here. I am proud of who you are and wish you the best of luck Sunday evening.
We’ll be honest. We don’t like Donald Trump. Donald Trump embodies virtually everything that makes the world a bad place. He’s an overprivileged, self-absorbed, egotistical, biased little man whose decision to venture into politics makes us incredibly unhappy. But, at the very least, we have his constant barrage of idiotic comments to make us feel better and justify precisely why he would be a horrendous Republican candidate for president. In honor of Donald Trump’s most recent disgusting insults against Mexican immigrants, we give you 15 of his most idiotic moments.
The Reelz network has agreed to broadcast the Miss USA pageant After Univision and NBCUniversal dropped out. Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants to the US prompted the change. “The Miss Universe Organization, which presents the pageant, is a joint venture between Trump and NBCUniversal,” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Explaining the decision, Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard said, “The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA Pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition. As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere.”
The pageant has aired on NBC for the last 11 years and was set to simulcast on Univision for the first time. Trump is suing Univision for $500 million.
During the announcement about his decision to run for president, Trump said, “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
Macy’s, Flo Rida (who was supposed to be a musical act) and Roselyn Sanchez, who was slated to host the show, are among the many people and companies that have nixed their Trump associations over the controversial statements.