- Created on 28 October 2013
California’s oldest university just named its first black homecoming king and queen.
Seniors Daniel Harris-Lucas and Diana Busaka were crowned Thursday night at San Jose State University, beating out 22 other applicants who all submitted a nomination, two letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resumé and newsclips about them.
“It’s a great accomplishment,” Harris-Lucas told NBC Bay Area. “But it’s probably overdue. I’m glad to be part of history. But this probably should have happened years ago.”
SJSU first caught national attention at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, when two of its students, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, placed in the 200 meter race and raised their black-gloved fists in the iconic black power salute. A statue of them stands on the SJSU campus today.
While the homecoming judging panel noted that there has been an black queen before, this is the first year there has been a couple.
Occupational therapy major Busaka was born in Kenya and public relations major Harris-Lucas grew up in foster care and has mentored youth in Oakland.
- Created on 28 October 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — No Macy's employees were involved in the detention or questioning of a black actor who claims he was stopped because of his race while shopping at the flagship Manhattan department store, Macy's officials said Sunday.
Rob Brown, a black actor who works on the HBO series "Treme," has said he was detained nearly an hour by police on June 8 after employees contacted authorities about possible credit card fraud. The actor has filed a lawsuit.
In a statement, Macy's said there was no record of any employee contacting authorities about Brown's purchase. The store said police officers requested use of a room in the building and that request was granted.
The store said it was reaching out to Brown, and continuing to investigate the situation.
Brown's account comes after claims from two black shoppers said they were racially profiled at Barneys New York.
Trayon Christian sued Barneys, saying he was accused of fraud after using his debit card to buy a $349 Ferragamo belt in April. Kayla Philips filed a notice of claim saying she would sue after she was stopped by detectives outside the store when she bought a $2,500 Celine handbag in February.
As the criticism grew, Barneys said it had retained a civil rights expert to help review its procedures. The CEO of Barneys, Mark Lee, offered his "sincere regret and deepest apologies."
Kirsten John Foy, an official with the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, said he would meet with Barneys officials on Tuesday to discuss the racial profiling allegations.
- Created on 25 October 2013
Barneys New York CEO has apologized for the recent experiences of two black shoppers who said they were racially profiled. According to WABC-TV in New York, Mark Lee said in a statement, "Barneys New York believes that no customer should have the unacceptable experience described in recent media reports, and we offer our sincere regret and deepest apologies." Yesterday, Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network had demanded a meeting with the retailer.
As reported by NewsOne, shoppers Trayon Christian and Kayla Phillips both have lawsuits pending against Barneys after being accosted by police who accused them of stealing items from the store after they purchased costly items.
Barneys says it is also hiring Michael Yaki, who serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, to review their practices for fairness.
Meanwhile, a Change.org petition is turning up the heat on hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, asking him to cut ties with Barneys. Derrick Bowers writes in the petition:
Jay Z is currently in partnership with Barneys New York for the release of his holiday collection — called "A New York Holiday" (or BNY SCC). Barneys lacks any connection with the black and hip-hop community. And without his vast wealth and brand power, they would see him the same as they see Trayon Christian. Jay Z should be appalled by Barneys actions, and withdraw all support from them. If he does this, he will send a clear message to all corporations that are like-minded, that this behavior cannot be tolerated any longer.
On "NewsOne Now" with Roland Martin, the host took things a bit farther today when he asked, "Should we do a Black flash mob at Barneys?" With tongue-planted-in-cheek, Martin called for a "Barneys Try On Day," when thousands of black shoppers would swarm the store and ask to try on clothing. Find out what he suggest they do at the end of it, in a clip here.
- Created on 24 October 2013
INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University will host a program aimed at increasing awareness of what it's like to be poor.