Guess who’s on Facebook? Inmates...
Will the failings of our prison industrial complex ever cease? This week, Cortez Berry, an 18-year-old inmate, was beaten by his fellow prisoners at the Al Burruss Correctional Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia. How do we know this? Just like the routine assortment of grocery lists, baby bumps and cat videos, the pictures were posted on Facebook. Berry’s family was outraged—not only by the gruesome pictures but also by the fact that the guards had no idea he was even hurt until his aunt literally knocked on the prison door and demanded they check on him. There’s nothing like seeing our tax dollars at work…
What’s that smell? Roast à la Bieber...
Why on earth one of the most ridiculed and reviled celebrities on the planet would subject himself to a roast is beyond me, but whatever the Biebs wants the Bieb gets. On Monday Comedy Central hosted the “Roast of Justin Bieber” with roast-master Kevin Hart at the helm and a gaggle of comedians and celebs in tow. The funnier jokes were not safe for TV but you can watch the uncensored bashing here.
One of the night’s funniest lines took out three roasters and the roastee himself. Natasha Leggero delivered the joke quicker than Biebs gets out his prison stays: "Kevin has a Napoleon complex. Kevin, Napoleon was the leader of France. Ludacris, France is in Europe. Justin, Europe's a continent. Shaq, a continent is not a free breakfast." BOOM!
Pop Off of the Week: RIP Cosmopolitan
Nothing you put on the Internet ever dies—Cosmopolitan magazine learned this the hard way. Earlier this year the women’s magazine decided to put together a list of styles that they thought should die. Harmless right? Not when the people that you use to model the “RIP looks” all happen to be women of color while simultaneously writing the word “gorgeous” above the heads of all the white celebs. Twitter didn’t take to kindly to their display of “unconscious bias.”
Poliwood Round-Up:Trending Topics in the #BlackTwitterverse This Week
Trend of the Week: #TweetLikeIsaiahWashington
Chris Rock has been pulled over three times in seven weeks. Each time he’s pulled over he takes a selfie and tweets it—funny or preventative, he’s keeping us in the know about how often he’s profiled. Fellow actor Isaiah Washington however tweeted his “advice” and told Chris that he needs to #adapt. We shouldn’t worry about ending profiling, NOPE, we should just adapt to it and move on.
THREE: Ease on Down the Road
NBC has announced plans for its latest musical— drum roll please. It’s the Wiz. While many have given a collective side-eye to the past NBC musical creations some are eagerly putting together their dream cast members. The dream cast was already done with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, so anyone selected for this will have giant ruby slippers to fill. Who’s made your dream cast?
TWO: The Last Laugh?
Comedy Central is set to make history again with the announcement that South African comic Trevor Noah will take over from Jon Stewart as host of the Daily Show. While many have hailed the new host and the need for racial diversity in late night, others worry that Noah’s brand of humor is a bit too racially tinged with a hint of anti-Semitism. Not soon after the announcement did the twitterverse start digging through old tweets to find some questionable material. The network is standing by their man—for now.
ONE: FLOTUS Declares ‘Black Girls Rock’
First Lady Michelle Obama attended "Black Girls Rock" last weekend, a celebration of women and girls of color from all industries. In her speech FLOTUS reiterated the theme of the event, that “Black Girls Rock” and that “no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, you are beautiful,” Obama said. “I am so proud of you. My husband, your president, is so proud of you. We have so much hope and dreams for you.”
Well, Mrs. O, we couldn’t be more proud of YOU and the way you flawlessly represent America and Black women around the globe. #FLOTUSROCKS
To end the week, our First Lady hit the dance floor with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of her "Let's Move" campaign. The duo nailed it with their rendition of "The Evolution of Mom Dancing: Volume II."