Werk! 11-Year-Old Marley Dias Interviews Hillary Clinton For ‘ELLE’
Eleven-year-old editor-in-chief Marley Dias knowns about interviewing high-profile people including Ava DuVernay and Misty Copeland. And now her most recent sit-down is with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
For her digital zine Marley Mag— a collaboration with ELLE—the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks spoke to Clinton about a range of topics including the former Secretary of State’s favorite Black girl book, her middle school insecurities and the three things she’d need with her on a deserted island.
“One of my favorite authors is Maya Angelou, and I love her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It tells the story of how Maya became such a strong, confident, determined person. Some parts are painful and hard to read, but of course that’s the case in a lot of great books,” Clinton replied when asked what was her favorite Black girl book.
In addition, Clinton said the following about the her advice she’d give her 11-year-old self:
“I would say that when you have a big dream or you’re trying to solve a big problem, there will always be people who tell you that you can’t. Here’s my advice: don’t listen. Keep striving for your goals, and remember that it’s good to be ambitious. There’s nothing wrong with knowing what you want and going after it. And Marley, what you’ve accomplished already is proof of that.”
On the three things she’d need with her on a deserted island:
“A phone to FaceTime with my grandkids, some chocolate to snack on, and of course, a really great book. I’d call you first for a recommendation.”
Read the interview in its entirety here.
Le Sigh: Donald Trump Still Believes The Central Park 5 Are Guilty
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump just continues to make matters worse for himself when it comes to his outreach to the Black community. Now he is saying that the Central Park Five, who were cleared of the 1999 New York rape by DNA evidence, are actually guilty. Le sigh.
In a recent interview with CNN, the reality star turned politician said that “They admitted they were guilty.”
“The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous. And the woman, so badly injured, will never be the same,” he continued.
However in 2002, the convictions of the four young black men and one Latino man were cleared after DNA evidence was presented and another man confessed to the assault. Not only that but in 2014 the city of New York paid the five $41 million in a settlement, CNN noted.
Ken Burns, who co-directed a 2012 documentary on the case, tweeted Friday: “Apparently Mr. Trump is unfamiliar with the concept of wrongful conviction.”
In addition, Trump’s also in hot water for leaked video of him saying that he can “grab any p—y he wants” because he’s famous. Yes you read that right.
In video obtained by the Washington Post, in 2005, the businessman said to TODAY host Billy Bush on Access Hollywood that he can “do anything” to women because he is famous.
“I moved on her and I failed. I’ll admit it,” Trump can be heard saying. “I did try and f–k her. She was married. And I moved on her very heavily. In fact, I took her out furniture shopping. She wanted to get some furniture. I said, ‘I’ll show you where they have some nice furniture.’”
“I moved on her like a b—h, but I couldn’t get there,” he adds. “And she was married. Then all of a sudden I see her, she’s now got the big phony tits and everything. She’s totally changed her look.”
Trump quickly responded Friday with a statement. “This was locker room banter, a private conversation that took place many years ago,” he said. “Bill Clinton has said far worse to me on the golf course—not even close.”
Yaaas! Black Man Sends Note to His Petty White Neighbors Who Threatened to Call Police Over Loud Voice
Boy folks who gentrify neighborhoods of color stay trying it, but one New York resident was not here for any of it. On Thursday morning, Richard Scott Brookshire received the following note for white residents who live below him.
Well not being the one, Brookshire eloquently crafted the best clapback ever known to man.
In a response that went viral he wrote:
To: The Passive Aggressive Neighbor and His Wife / Apartment 5-J From: Richard / Apartment 6-J
Re: I’m Finna Tell You What You Not Gon’ Do October 6th 2016
This letter serves a formal response to a note left by you expressing, in no uncertain terms, your intent to notify building management and the authorities of what you perceived to be the inconsiderate volume of my speaking voice in the evening hours of October 5, 2016. First, let me be clear in addressing my lack of bother for your grievance and resolve to not be coerced to remedial action by your idle threats or seemingly pervasive white tears. I, the tenant in apartment 6-J, having secured this rental property through earnings / made and credit / earned, have no inherent or expressly stated obligation to accommodate your hyper-sensitivities, or those of your spouse when occupying my home. Though I empathized with the emotional distress brought on by sleep deprivation, citing my voice as the root-cause for your incapacity to attain restful slumber is both improbable and juvenile. Even in the off chance that my voice had been above what you consider to be considerate, the aggressive posturing of your note to address the matter was wholly unnecessary and, quite frankly, unproductive.”
Second, your lack of both interpersonal and intrapersonal intelligence reflects poorly on you as a neighbor, and frankly an American. As one of the only tenants of color occupying this building at full market rate, I find it personally abhorrent that you’d levy the threat of involving the authorities for an insignificant infraction such as the one you noted in your poorly written and ill-thought-out correspondence. As a Black man, I take these overt actions as a direct threat to my physical and psychological well-being and as an act of violence upon me (See attached list of 821 men, women, and children killed by police or in police custody to date in 2016). This threat cannot be taken lightly. To that end, I am submitting my formal complaint to both the New York City Police Department, the American Civil Liberties Union and the District Community Board so that they are made aware of your callous and irrational threats upon my person. Lastly, I think it’s worth reminding you that you currently reside in Northern Manhattan, an enclave of ethnic and racial diversity that existed in community well before your gentrifying arrival. In the words of Robert Jones, Jr., ‘one of the great divides between white people and black people (or the wealthy and the not wealthy) is noise.’ Look forward to me continuing to make it at the volume in which I determine is acceptable. Should you feel the need to threaten me again, please do so in person so that an amenable solution can be reached.
Kind regards, Richard Scott Brookshire III, MPA
Your #VeryBlack Neighbor #blacklivesmatter”