Notable Links: 8-29/14: DELUXE EDITION

Discovery cancels ‘Sons of Guns’ after star is charged with child rape

On Wednesday, Discovery Channel confirmed the network has canceled its docu-series “Sons of Guns.” The news comes two weeks after TMZ reported that the show’s star, Will Hayden, was arrested in Louisiana on child molestation charges involving his 12-year-old daughter. Although he was released after posting bail, Hayden was arrested again on Tuesday with an added charge of alleged aggravated rape of a child.

“Given the serious and horrific nature of the charges against Will Hayden, we have decided to halt further production of ‘Sons of Guns’ and cancel the series,” the network said in a statement Wednesday.

Sectarian hatred is being overtaken by xenophobic racism in Northern Ireland

At 9pm last Tuesday, 44-year-old Chinese doctor, Wu Youzhong, went to investigate the sound of breaking glass outside his home in Coleraine, County Londonderry, in Northern Ireland. When he arrived at his front door, he saw that the window had been smashed. An intruder then attacked him so violently that he had to be admitted to hospital for several days, and required consultation from an eye specialist. Dr Wu’s wife, Luo Ruoyin, said, “I heard he was just screaming in pain and I was scared. He was just holding his head and covering his eyes and blood was just running down everywhere.” The police are treating the attack as racially motivated; the couple, who have a two-year-old daughter, are reported to be intending to move away from the area.


It was this past Tuesday when a woman suffered a heart attack behind the wheel and drove her car into Cobbs Creek in Southwest Philadelphia.

The victim, Cheryl Allison, is still in the hospital, but three Good Samaritans were honored for helping to save her.

How News Media Fuels the Myth of Black Crime

You’re not just imagining things. The local news media’s intense focus on violent crime is also deeply racialized, at least if New York City’s media market is indicative of national trends.

Media Matters reviewed the 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. broadcasts of four New York-area stations over the course of this summer and compared their crime stories to arrest data from the New York Police Department. In a report released Aug. 26, the watchdog group found black suspects in crime stories far outweigh their actual representation in arrests—which is saying something, since we also know arrests themselves are racially skewed, with black people representing far more arrests for, say, marijuana possession than drug-use rates suggest is appropriate.

Hours After Brown’s Killing, Police in Ferguson Let K-9 Urinate on Memorial Site

It was bad enough that Ferguson police left Michael Brown’s dead body in plain sight on a residential street for more than four hours after Darren Wilson shot and killed the unarmed 18-year-old. But what police did the evening of August 9 gives us a better understanding of why Ferguson’s black community was even further enraged.

In an article over at Mother Jones, Mark Follman explains how police officers disrespected the still bloodstained spot where Brown was gunned down. It’s unclear which police department was responsible, but according to witnesses, one unit allowed their K-9 dog to urinate directly on the memorial site.

Lifetime Promises To Bring Out The ‘Strong Black Woman’ In White Women

Lifetime’s new show Girlfriend Intervention is not subtle about its message. Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, “Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.”


19 thoughts on “Notable Links: 8-29/14: DELUXE EDITION

  1. ”Lifetime’s new show Girlfriend Intervention is not subtle about its message. Its premise is four black women giving a makeover to a white woman on the theory that, as they put it, “Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out.””

    What the hell is this mammy fix-a-flat magic negro crap? Are you kidding me? Are you effing kidding me? Who comes up with this? Who agrees to this? WHO wants to be a part of this kind of show?? Puh-lease. More like “Trapped inside every white girl is a cave dwelling neanderthal ready to bust out”.

    1. Ugh!

      I don’t know why of us going on these reality shows. Most of them are about exploiting us. May as well call it Blaxploitation 2014.

  2. my brothers used to watch sons of guns, I saw a few episodes, basically the guy builds custom guns for people including the army. I’m not shocked by any of this, when I watched the show i only saw his older daughter on there, i never saw an episode about his family. i wonder if he did anything to her when she was younger.

    Those brothas are real heroes, wow that sista is 60 she looks younger than that. Glad everyone is ok.

    The police are so disrespectful don’t respect black life and don’t respect a dead black person’s memorial. smh glad people tried to protect the memorial, when the police that are paid and sworn to protect and serve go rogue, the people are the ones who seem to be more lawful.

    1. I thought that woman was younger. lol We age quite well.

      More and more cops are showing why we can’t trust or look up to them. They only have themselves to blame.

  3. Lifetime needs to just stop. they need to just go back to having shows about poor defenseless white women and leave black women alone. Their shows are garbage, then there’s the show of black girls dancing and now this. i just watched the trailer and was smh the whole time, and that is just 1 min 30 seconds i can’t imagine what bs is going to be going on for an hour or however long the episode is. Really so being a black woman is reduced to just being the sassy side kick. Being a black woman is just about having style? being a black woman is just about looking good but having a fked up attitude. Really they have tanisha from the girl from bad girls club.

    They make sure to use a certain kind of black woman for this special kind of fkery. i’m done with mainstream tv anyways, i only watch a few shows. The lamestream only shows black women that are dysfunctional. They only show black women with weave having attitude and being violent. Then the name of the show girlfriend intervention, the title is a stereotype itself thinking that black women always call each other girlfriend that is why non black women greet us with hey girlfriend as if we all speak to each other that way. I am so over this bs. lifetime u can cast black women to play these stereotypical roles but when it comes to black women playing in the aaliyah biopic u can’t find any, all u can find is biracial or ambiguous looking ones to play aaliyah and missy Elliott. Oh but be sure to keep the stereotypical black female characters black, and the ones that aren’t make sure they are ambiguous .

    So basically these black women are used to add “spice” to the white women’s lives and have them experience stereotypical black culture and reinforce their prejudices… ok.

    “as long as you look fabulous, that’s all that matters.” On the other hand, she says, “with Caucasian women, you get married, you marry the man of your dreams, you have his children, and now it’s time to stop taking care of you? Girl, I missed that memo.”

    wow so looking good is all that matters to black women? getting married is for white women, so black women are ok with being single just as long as we look good? i swear it’s always the same bs, show the white person being “normal” and a bit boring and bring in the black, gay, or latino friend to spice it up and contribute to improving the white friend’s life. now why does that sound familiar, oh that’s right history, white washed watered down history teaches us that non whites made “contributions” but didn’t invent anything, and helped whites. i’m so pissed.

  4. I hate that it seems being a black woman is about being strong, having sass, style, and confidence. So anybody can be a black woman without having to be a black woman, without having to deal with the racism and sexism simultaneously. This just shows us that they are trying to replace black women, just learn our ways then discard us. we are invisible until we create something, then we are told we are ghetto if we refuse to be invisible. People keep jacking our stuff, from our hairstyles, to our natural hair movement, to our dancing. They will try to learn all of this so they can be better than us at being black. This is why when some of us are not the stereotypical black. whites feel the need to tell us we are the exception or that they are blacker because they know rap music more than we do or know how to do any other thing they think is our culture.

    The black folks that defend this kind of nonsense are usually the ones that do it, if we created a petition to get this bs off air, I guarantee u they will be saying it’s just entertainment, it’s a true depiction of some black women not all so don’t be upset. The issue is that only a certain kind of black woman is shown, just look up the cast for these “black” shows then count how many of them are nerdy, virgins, shy, into scifi, how many have natural hair. Then u will see it is usually black women with weave, attitude, and wearing name brand clothes and carrying name brand purses that get shown. The issue is only one story is being told, I want to see more stories of black women like me. I want to see nerdy black women, awkward black women, virgin black women, shy black women, happily married black women, happily single black women, gamer black women, scifi and comic book fanatic black women.

    I want to see more iyanla vanzant’s, more chescaleigh’s , more issa rae’s, more Jessica William’s. i’m not saying just get rid of the black women that do wear weave, that speak their mind, and that do dress well, I just want a balance, I want everyone shown, and I want all skin tones represented in each category. I want darker skinned women and girls to not have to wait for another alek wek, Naomi Campbell, nina simone or lupita nyong’o to have positive self images and feel validated. I want everyone to feel empowered, beautiful and feel like their story deserves to be told and the deserve to be able to relate to a character that looks like them. I don’t want black people to compare themselves and measure their blackness based on what the media or other folks tell them is blackness . Just like our skin tone and features have a wide variety our personalities, hopes and dreams vary too, so why is it soo hard to understand that.

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