Archive | February 2017

Mahershala Ali becomes first Muslim actor to win Academy Award

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The 43-year-old American was named best supporting actor for his performance in coming-of-age drama Moonlight.

During his acceptance speech, Ali did not mention US president Donald Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim majority countries, which has been a hot topic at awards shows in recent weeks.

Instead, he paid tribute to his wife Amatus Sami-Karim, who had given birth to their first child Bari Najma four days earlier.

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Woman deported from UK despite being married to Briton for 27 years

Irene Clennell, who has children and a grandchild in the UK, lost indefinite leave to remain after spending time in Singapore caring for parents

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A woman living in the UK who has been married to a British man for 27 years has been forcibly removed from the country.

Irene Clennell, who made headlines when she was placed in immigration detention, was deported to Singapore on Sunday.

Clennell first arrived in London in 1988 and married John, a British man, two years later. They settled in County Durham and had two children together. She now has one grandchild.

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Website tracks calls to fake ads offering youngsters for sex

Renee Shelby doesn’t have your average job. She comes into work at Atlanta-based non-profit YouthSpark, fires up her computer, and surfs the “adult” sections of sites like Craigslist and Backpage.com. But she’s not looking for sex ads, she’s posting them.

Unlike the other ads on these pages, Shelby’s are decoys. And the models — all adults — agreed to pose for them.

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Clooney uses Cesar award to warn about hate in age of Trump

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George Clooney used the stage at the 42nd Cesar awards, France’s equivalent of the Oscars, to criticize U.S. President Donald Trump, without directly calling him out by name.

Receiving an honorary Cesar on Friday, Clooney said that “citizens of the world” must work “harder and harder not to let hate win.”

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Arizona teacher resigns after tweet suggesting immigrants should be killed

After making a series of violently xenophobic comments on Twitter, Arizona teacher Bonnie Verne has tendered her resignation from Pardes Jewish Day School in the state’s town of Scottsdale, KTAR reports.

Though her account has since been deleted, the screenshots live on forever for the internet to see.

“Why deport? Just kill them,” Verne wrote in response to an Ann Coulter tweet. She later followed up with, “Or we can just put a bullet in their head immediately.”76454356789

Once the tweets went viral, people began to leave comments on the school’s Facebook page, along with one- and two-star reviews.

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8-year-old fatally shot in Houston after car crash

An 8-year-old girl was fatally shot following a car crash in Houston, Texas, early Saturday morning, police said.

Patrol officers responded to reports of a collision at the intersection of the Beltway 8 feeder road and Fuqua Street at around 2 a.m. local time. When officers arrived on scene, they learned that two or three vehicles were traveling at high rates of speed southbound on Fuqua Street. One of the vehicles, a Pontiac, was struck at the intersection by a black Honda Accord traveling eastbound on the feeder road, according to the Houston Police Department.

Following the crash, an unknown person opened fire on the Honda, striking 8-year-old De’Maree Adkins, who was in the vehicle with her mother. The girl was taken to a nearby hospital where she died from her injuries. The mother was not injured, according to the Houston Police Department.

Police told ABC News the incident is being investigated as a homicide. Officers are now searching for a dark colored, four-door sedan that fled the scene. There were no suspects in custody and no known motive for the fatal shooting at this time, police said.5467586954635

The victim’s mother, Toyia Thomas, told ABC News the incident happened as she was driving home with her daughter. Thomas took an exit south off the Beltway 8 and the traffic light at the intersection ahead turned from green to yellow as she approached. Thomas then noticed a car coming from another direction at a high speed but she couldn’t slow down in time and the vehicles collided, Thomas told ABC News.

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Remembering Black Lives Matter, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray

A panel of college professors memorialized Black Lives Matter and the movement’s icons, Trayvon Martin and Freddie Gray. At the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) annual conference in Philadelphia, these professors praised Black Lives Matter’s activism and criticized police officers.

Ashley Perez, an Ohio State associate professor of comparative studies, mentioned she had to rewrite her latest book, “Out of Darkness,” because at the time, “the Black Lives Matter movement did not yet exist” and she had to live “in the shadow of Trayvon Martin’s death.” She claimed that this “robust activism has brought about [progress]…this movement has changed for what is possible for [her book].” To her, America has a “post-racial or post-racist society [with] painful continuities between past and present.”

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