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Richard Pryor's Daughter Opens Up About The Racism Her Family Faced In Beverly Hills




When Rain Pryor was born in 1969, her father, Richard Pryor, had already begun transitioning from a relatively mild joke-telling comedian to a fearless, outspoken comic whose routines doubled as raw social commentary. As Pryor’s comedy was shifting, so was the country, moving toward more progressive values. But, as his daughter Rain points out, blatant racism still affected countless families, including her own.


Speaking with “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, the 47-year-old actress opened up about her childhood, setting the scene for what her interracial family faced during that time in their Beverly Hills community.


“My dad’s Richard Pryor. My mother, Shelley, was a poor Jewish woman,” Rain says. “Imagine, if you will, Beverly Hills in the early ‘70s. Here I am, this mixed-race child [with] my golden skin, my big poufy hair ― because Mom knew nothing about a pressing comb ― [and] my mom’s blond-haired, blue-eyed, looking like Cher, wearing dashikis.”



For context, this time period was just a few short years after the famed Supreme Court case of Loving v. Virginia, which made laws against interracial marriage unenforceable. Prior to that, interracial couples in certain states faced jail time if they wed. 


“My parents were only married four years after [the Lovings] were allowed to legally marry,” Rain says. “So, here I am, now born into this. I’m a product of this thing that everyone was against.”


Despite her father’s success and their home being in an affluent area, Rain says her family endured racist horrors.


“What was ironic is to then be in this house in Beverly Hills and having crosses burned on our front lawn in the middle of the night,” she says. “And the word n***r painted on the side of our home.” 


Rain details more of her childhood and growing up as Richard Pryor’s daughter on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?”, airing Saturday, Aug. 20, at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. 


Another interracial couple’s struggle:


Tamera Mowry recalls shocking comments about her interracial marriage

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aug 18 16, 15:47
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Very Extra 4-Year-Old Outshines Pre-K Class In 'Moana' Performance




Some 4-year-olds are destined to shine.


Sophia Urquijo sang a show-stealing rendition of “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s animated film “Moana” during her preschool graduation ceremony in Miami earlier this month.


As seen in the video above, Sophia stands out among her classmates as she belts out the catchy Disney song with passion, emphasizing her high notes with dramatic arm movements reminiscent of a tiny Whitney Houston.





The class’s performance of the “Moana” song was meant to be a surprise for the graduates’ parents, which made Sophia’s performance even more fun to watch, Michelle Neshin, Sophia’s mom, told “Inside Edition.”


“I was like really shocked,” Neshin, 28, said. “I had no idea it was coming.”


Sophia’s larger-than-life performance has been viewed more than 13 million times since Neshin posted the video on Facebook on June 10. 


And if you couldn’t tell from the video, Neshin said that Sophia has a “huge, huge personality.”


“She’s usually spunky and has a corky personality, but that was something else even for her,” Neshin told ABC News.


If you need a little more joy in your day, watch Sophia’s performance one more time in the video below.




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jun 21, 06:23
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Shania Twain's Latest Single Proves She's Still The One, Twitter Agrees






Honey, she’s back.


Shania Twain’s new single, “Life’s About to Get Good,” has officially dropped. It’s the first new song she’s released in 15 years and, damn, it’s just as fantastic as we’d expect.





The upbeat track has endearing lyrics, including “life’s about joy, life’s about pain,” and poster-ready lines like “I’m ready to be loved and love the way I should.”


It’s the first single off her upcoming album, “Now,” set for release Sept. 29.






Twitter is absolutely loving the single, too:


























We cannot wait for everything else Shania’s got for us.






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jun 15, 22:54
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A Top Swedish Union Just Launched A 'Mansplaining' Hotline


STOCKHOLM, Nov 15 (Reuters) - One of Sweden’s largest trade unions has launched a hotline for workers to complain about “mansplaining” - men explaining condescendingly to women - in a one-week initiative to highlight the problem.


Unionen, which has some 600,000 members in the private sector, said the hotline is aimed at “recognizing and countering domination techniques like mansplaining in their workplaces.”


Politicians, artists and comedians will answer phones on the temporary hotline, which both men and women are invited to call.


Last week Stockholm city council caused a stir with its “gender-equal snow plowing.”


Snow plows usually focus on clearing snow from city roads, which officials said benefited car drivers who were mostly men. The Stockholm initiative concentrated on clearing snow from pavements and cycle lanes - typically more used by women.


However, last Wednesday saw one of the worst snowstorms for years in the city and the roads were chaotic, leading to heavy criticism from Swedes that the policy was a failure.

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nov 15 16, 18:15
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Uber Board Member Makes Sexist Joke At Company Meeting About Sexism






An Uber board of directors member made a sexist crack about his female colleagues at a Tuesday meeting on the company’s plans to address complaints of sexism and other workplace culture problems.


The board member, billionaire David Bonderman, has since apologized to employees. 


Bonderman can be heard making the disparaging remark in audio obtained by Yahoo at the meeting with Uber employees, as the company takes steps to address its flawed workplace culture, including the complaints of discrimination and sexual harassment.    


Fellow board member Arianna Huffington, the former editor-in-chief of HuffPost, spoke about bringing Nestle executive Wan Ling Martello onto the board, saying data showed that having women in such positions was a way to increase the hiring of females. 


“Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking,” Bonderman said.






In the audio, Huffington laughs politely, saying, “Oh, come on, David.”


Addressing the group, she then says, “Don’t worry, David will have a lot of talking to do as well,” before moving on to a new topic.


The incident occurred the same day embattled Uber CEO Travis Kalanick announced he would be taking a leave of absence to grieve for his mother, who recently died in a boating accident.


Bonderman, 74, apologized for his attempt at humor in an email sent to Uber employees, according to his spokesman. He is the chairman and cofounder of TPG Capital, a major private equity investment firm.


“I want to apologize to my fellow board member for a disrespectful comment that was directed at her during today’s discussion,” Bonderman wrote. “It was inappropriate. I also want to apologize to all Uber employees who were offended by the remark. I deeply regret it.”


Huffington acknowledged Bonderman’s apology in a statement provided to HuffPost. 


”David has apologized to all Uber employees for a remark that was totally inappropriate and against the new culture we are building at Uber,” she said.


Bonderman’s comment came at the meeting where company officials pledged to follow the recommendations from a scathing report on its practices following intense criticism over its workplace culture. The company began the independent investigation process in February after former engineer Susan Fowler published a blog post alleging discrimination and sexual harassment. 



Chief Human Resources Officer Liane Hornsey said on Tuesday the company was committed to rebuilding trust, but said that “change does not happen overnight.”




“Implementing these recommendations will improve our culture, promote fairness and accountability, and establish processes and systems to ensure the mistakes of the past will not be repeated,” Hornsey said in a statement.


Ryan Grenoble contributed reporting.


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jun 14, 01:02
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Mitch McConnell-Aligned Group Attacks Congressman For Being A 'Washington Insider'






WASHINGTON ― A super PAC that is aligned with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday issued a head-scratching statement in response to Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) announcing his decision to run for Senate. 


The Senate Leadership Fund, which pours money into campaigns of McConnell-preferred Senate candidates across the country, dismissed Brooks as a “Washington insider” ― an odd line of attack for an organization tied to McConnell and his many years in national politics. 


Brooks, a hardline conservative and a member of the House Freedom Caucus, said Monday that he plans to challenge Sen. Luther Strange (R-Ala.). Strange was appointed to fill the Senate seat left vacant when Jeff Sessions was confirmed as attorney general in February. 


“While Luther Strange was cleaning up the corruption in Montgomery, Mo Brooks was living the life of a Washington insider, opposing Donald Trump and failing to get a single bill signed into law in four terms in the House,” super PAC spokesman Chris Pack said. 


“If Brooks can’t cut it in the House, how can he be trusted to deliver results in the U.S. Senate?” he added. “It’s clear Mo Brooks is more interested in advancing his own career than he is with delivering for Alabama.”


The Senate Leadership Fund wouldn’t need to look far for other material to use against Brooks. The immigration hawk has previously accused Democrats of waging a “war on whites” and pursuing comprehensive immigration reform in order to “dilute the voting power of Americans who are alive and voting today.” He suggested former President Barack Obama could face impeachment and jail time for his executive actions on immigration. And he has said the American Muslim community would “kill every homosexual in the United States of America” if it had its way.


Most recently, Brooks sparked a backlash after he acknowledged that Republicans’ American Health Care Act would let insurers discriminate between healthy people and sick people. The congressman went on to say that was OK because it would lower premiums for people who “have done the things to keep their bodies healthy … who have done things the right way.”


The primary for the Alabama Senate special election is scheduled for Aug. 15. Roy Moore, the suspended chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, is also running in the race.

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may 15, 20:50
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100-Year-Old Woman Says Wine Is The Secret To Her Long Life

"Don't take it away from me."

 


jul 8, 11:40
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Boy Asks Governor For Forgiveness After Taking A Pen And Nut From Capitol






An act that could be seen as the smallest of thefts has led to a big-hearted apology from a child in Oregon.


A fourth-grader named Samuel recently wrote to Oregon’s governor, apologizing to her “and the people” for swiping a pen and a single hazelnut from the state Capitol last month.


In the handwritten letter Gov. Kate Brown (D) shared on Thursday, Samuel says he took some things while touring the Capitol on April 19.





"It was wrong for me to take them. I’m very sorry,” he wrote. “I hope you and the people of Oregon can forgive me.”


He enclosed the pen and a dollar bill, which he said could be used “to replace the hazelnut.”


In her response to the boy, Brown declared that all is forgiven ― and even encouraged him to “come back soon!” She also said she was sending him another pen, and that she hoped it would “be an adequate memento of your visit to at the Capitol.”


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may 21, 00:35
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'Pretty Little Liars' Is Almost Over, But A Spinoff Could Be In The Works






We are nearing the end of “Pretty Little Liars,” and we still have so many questions. Who is A.D.? Whose side is Mona really on? And what in God’s name was Aria wearing all these years?


Well, it’s time to add another question to your ever-expanding list: Will “Pretty Little Liars” get a spinoff series after its seven-year run?





Showrunner I. Marlene King certainly isn’t ruling it out. When asked if a “PLL” spinoff could be a possibility, King replied, “Definitely.”


“It’s not a for sure thing, but there’s some ideas swirling around out there,” King told Entertainment Tonight. “Everybody knows I love this world, I love to play in this world and I love these characters, so it would be fun to keep a few of them moving forward in their lives.” 


No word yet on which characters King would like to focus on, but Vulture pointed out that the “Pretty Little Liars” cast unanimously agrees that Alison deserves her own spinoff.


I love her character!” Lucy Hale told Vulture earlier this year. “I love all of [the Liars], I even love Aria, but I think you have so many places [Alison] could go because [she has] such a messed up past.” 


Amen to that.


“Pretty Little Liars” airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform. The series finale will air on June 27. 




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jun 19, 22:31
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Tinder Issues Lifetime Ban After Man Calls His Match A 'Chink' And 'C**t'


Tinder banned from its app this week a man they deemed a “sexist pig” after his abusive text messages to a Tinder match surfaced on Facebook.


In a statement released Wednesday (which happened to be National Pig Day), Tinder executive Rosette Pambakian announced that it was swiping a 24-year-old Tinder user identified as Nick “off the island.”


“Tinder has a zero-tolerance policy on disrespect,” Pambakian wrote. “No racist rants. No sexist pigs. No trolling. No jerks who can’t get over their own inadequacies long enough to have a decent conversation with another person on Tinder.”


Tinder banished Nick from the dating app after a man named Kevin Tran posted screenshots of Nick’s messages, which show Nick berating a woman for not responding to him quickly enough. In the messages, Nick appears to tell his Tinder match, “Ugh you chinks are all the same,” then he calls her a “dumb cunt.” 






Nick’s Tinder match, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Huffington Post that Nick’s text messages “came off as very hostile, angry and hateful.” 


She forwarded the text messages to her friend Tran, who had turned up as a mutual friend between her and Nick on Tinder. She told Tran that Nick became upset when she didn’t respond to his messages right away and he began insulting her.


“Receiving racially charged hate speech was completely shocking, and I hope nobody has to experience that,” the woman told HuffPost.


“When my friend had told me what Nick said, I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt because I had previously known him and I wanted to confirm before she posted the screenshots on her own Facebook,” Tran told HuffPost.


Tran said he text-messaged Nick, confronting him about the messages. Nick responded by telling Tran that someone had created a fake profile using his photos and denied that he texted the woman, according to BuzzFeed.


Tran then posted screenshots of the text messages to Facebook “because he had reacted so explosively without a trigger (besides rejection),” Tran said.




“The fact that he denied everything and proceeded to block me after a quick conversation, his actions suggested to me that this was probably not the first time this has happened,” Tran told HuffPost. 


Tran provided HuffPost with the original screenshot of Nick’s text messages. HuffPost called the number from the screenshots on Friday, but the line had been disconnected.


After Nick’s text messages went viral, more women who claimed they’d been insulted by Nick stepped up.


A woman named Katie, whose last name is not being used to prevent harassment, told HuffPost that Nick once sent her unsolicited photos of his penis on Snapchat, which caused her to block him.


“This is 100% nothing new for this dude,” Katie wrote on Facebook on Tuesday. “He’s repeatedly pushed boundaries with myself and people I know, sending unsolicited nudes more than once like NAHHH man.”


Another woman who goes by Liz on Twitter claims she went on a date with Nick using the dating app Bumble. She said that she wasn’t interested in Nick but “he didn’t seem to accept my reasons and texted me 3 times after that.”


Liz did not immediately return HuffPost’s request for comment. 



Pambakian told Nick in her open letter that she was “personally offended” and called his text messages an “assault, not only on her, but on all of us.”



You have a lot to learn, Nick. ... Women’s voices are only getting louder. So let me say this loud and clear: you and your kind are not welcome in our world.


And we have the power to keep you out of it.



Pambakian provided HuffPost with a follow-up statement to her original letter, which encouraged more Tinder users to expose abusive behavior. 


“We believed it was important to send a very loud and clear message that we don’t tolerate abusive behavior on our platform,” she said in a statement. “We encourage anyone who has encountered this type of behavior to report the user immediately so we can take swift action to remove them from our platform.”


The moral of the story is to be a decent human being ― especially on dating apps, where people can get their receipts.


Read Pamkaian’s full letter here.

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