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The ‘Autobiography of Malcolm X’ Gets Audible Release Starring Laurence Fishburne

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*Since it was published in 1965, “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” has sold millions of copies around the world, and it will now reach a new audience with the Audible release of an unabridged audio version. 

Ilyasah Shabazz, the third daughter of Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz, said she hopes the audiobook, performed by actor Laurence Fishburne, “will inspire today’s activists and create a shared understanding with the civil rights leaders of the 1960s.”

“His life resonates with so many people who find themselves at a crossroads, especially young people in underserved communities,” Shabazz told NBC News. “When you have people who are weary — whether they are young or they are old — with the way that our system works, they seemed to find a lot of solace in it.”

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“The book invites a full assessment of Malcolm’s life, it offers a reassessment of what people thought of him,” said Zaheer Ali, a historian and senior fellow at the Pillars Fund, a Muslim American philanthropic organization. 

“The book became almost the sacred text of the Black Power movement,” Ali added. “It was almost like the bible, if you will, for many people, especially many young people, who were moving into the Black Power phase of the Black freedom movement.”

He also noted that the book’s publication came “at a time where the civil rights movement itself was being transformed,” with the passing of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

 “It’s not just a historical book, it’s a hero’s journey of struggling with white supremacy,” said Margari Hill, the executive director of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative. “While it ended in tragedy with his assassination it also showed his power. Why were people so afraid of him? What were they trying to uphold?”

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American Airlines Addresses Backlash Over ‘Black Lives Matter’ Uniform Pin

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*In this era of COVID-19 that has drastically and negatively impacted the airline industry for the past six months, American Airlines (AA) is facing another problem.  The storied airlines carrier is drawing backlash for allowing its employees to wear pins supporting the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.

“Clearly we live in a time where it is so important to have a dialogue about this important issue of racism in our society and try to find common ground,” an American Airlines executive said in a recent  company-wide statement.  “American is truly committed to having an inclusive culture that is welcoming to all and a reflection of our country and world.”

The uniform pin was designed by AA’s Black Professional Network as a symbol of support.  Black team members asked if they could wear a Black Lives Matter pin after learning that other airlines are allowing their employees to do so.  American Airlines decided to allow them to do it.

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However, everyone is not supportive of BLM.  Many American Airlines workers are connected in numerous ways with police officers, as well as customers, who oppose BLM, which is viewed as “anti-cop,” “racist” and “Marxist.”

Some AA employees vowed to wear pins supporting police officers.  There are also customers who are saying they will not fly with American Airlines in the future.

Nevertheless, American Airlines is sticking by its decision.

“We believe Black Lives Matter is an expression of equality, not a political statement,” American Airlines said in a statement.  “It doesn’t mean other lives don’t matter, rather that in our society Black lives should matter and be valued the same as others.  This decision underscores our belief that all people, regardless of race, gender or ethnicity, deserve to be treated with equality and respect.”

 

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Vanessa Bryant Kicked Her Mother OUT After Kobe’s Death and Now Sofia Lane is Talking / VIDEO

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 29, 2015: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers Leaves Staples Center with wife Vanessa Laine Bryant (L) and a family member following a news conference talking about his retirement after the basketball game against the Indiana Pacers November 29, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. Bryant announced the he will retire from the NBA at the end of the 2015-16 season. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

*As you can imagine, Vanessa Bryant has been going through a lot since her husband, Kobe, and daughter, Gianna, were killed in that now infamous helicopter crash this past January. It is a time like this that you would think that widow Bryant would want her dear mother, Sofia Laine, by her side. Well, apparently NOT. At least not anymore.

That’s because Sofia revealed during a recent interview that her daughter kicked her to the curb after the tragic death of the NBA super star.

In the interview (in Spanish) that’s set to air on Univision on Monday (09-21-20), Sofia Laine claims that her relationship with her daughter is on the rocks. However, in the sneak peek shared to Instagram, Sofia was seen saying that Kobe Bryant has been laid to rest in a private cemetery. Then she started crying, saying that Vanessa not only told her to leave get out of the house, but she also demanded that she return her car, as well.

The mom of four allegedly told Sofia, “You need to leave my house and give me my car.”

Something tells us a lot of people – even those that don’t speak Spanish – will be tuned in to that Univision broadcast on Monday.

In the meantime, check out the clip below.

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This revelation is no doubt shocking to some, considering that Vanessa and her mom have always seemed close. Even after the helicopter crash that claimed Kobe and Gianna’s lives, it was reported that Sofia and Vanessa grew even closer. Well, obviously something changed.

As we reported, Kobe died on January 26, when the helicopter that he and Gianna rode crashed in Calabasas, California while en route from John Wayne Airport to Camarillo Airport. Including Kobe and his daughter, everyone else was killed in the accident. His death sparked multiple remembrances and tributes, including a memorial outside of the Kobe Bryant Gymnasium at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, which Kobe attended from 1992 to 1996.

Kobe and Gianna were buried in a private funeral in Pacific View Memorial Park in the Corona del Mar neighborhood of Newport Beach, California on February 7. A public memorial service was held on February 24 at the Staples Center, where’s Kobe’s team, the LA Lakers, play.

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President Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama offers gratitude for the legacy of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (who passed away on September 18, 2020). Condolences are extended to her family, colleagues and friends.

*Sixty years ago, Ruth Bader Ginsburg applied to be a Supreme Court clerk. She’d studied at two of our finest law schools and had ringing recommendations. But because she was a woman, she was rejected.

Ten years later, she sent her first brief to the Supreme Court – which led it to strike down a state law based on gender discrimination for the first time. And then, for nearly three decades, as the second woman ever to sit on the highest court in the land, she was a warrior for gender equality – someone who believed that equal justice under law only had meaning if it applied to every single American.

Over a long career on both sides of the bench – as a relentless litigator and an incisive jurist – Justice Ginsburg helped us see that discrimination on the basis of sex isn’t about an abstract ideal of equality; that it doesn’t only harm women; that it has real consequences for all of us. It’s about who we are – and who we can be.

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Justice Ginsburg inspired the generations who followed her, from the tiniest trick-or-treaters to law students burning the midnight oil to the most powerful leaders in the land. Michelle and I admired her greatly, we’re profoundly thankful for the legacy she left this country, and we offer our gratitude and our condolences to her children and grandchildren tonight.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored.

Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on Merrick Garland, they invented the principle that the Senate shouldn’t fill an open seat on the Supreme Court before a new president was sworn in.

A basic principle of the law – and of everyday fairness – is that we apply rules with consistency, and not based on what’s convenient or advantageous in the moment. The rule of law, the legitimacy of our courts, the fundamental workings of our democracy all depend on that basic principle. As votes are already being cast in this election, Republican Senators are now called to apply that standard. The questions before the Court now and in the coming years – with decisions that will determine whether or not our economy is fair, our society is just, women are treated equally, our planet survives, and our democracy endures – are too consequential to future generations for courts to be filled through anything less than an unimpeachable process.

Source:  The Office of Barack and Michelle Obama

https://www.obama.org/

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