Zara pulls “Sheriff T-shirt” reminiscent of Holocaust

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has apologized for selling its children’s stripped “Sheriff” shirt. The shirt has been criticized for its resemblance to Jewish concentration camp unfirms worn by inmates.

Zara said the garment was inspired by “the sheriff’s stars from the Classic Western films.” The word “Sheriff” is on the star, in transparent letters.

“We honestly apologize,” Zara said on Twitter in response to numerous outraged tweets. The shirt was removed from the website and is being pulled from stores; the company says remaining items will be destroyed. According to a press release from Zara’s parent company, Inditex. It was on sale for just a few hours before the company pulled it “due to the potential similarity with the Star of David,” the company said.

This is not the first time Zara has been accused for selling something that was anti-Semitic; back in 2007 they were forced to remove a handbag with swastikas on it. The bag had been produced in Asia, however, where the symbol also carries ancient cultural significance.

What’s Buzzin’? Burger King & Tim Hortons

Burger King is in talks with the Canadian Coffee and doughnut chain, Tim Hortons. Some Say it is a tax inversion deal. The two sides are working on creating a new company, based in Canada, that would be the third largest quick service restautrant in the world. THIS MOVE WOULD MEAN BURGER KING WOULD MOVE TO A LOWER TAX JURISDICTION AND ENABLE IT TO SAVE ON ITS FOREIGN EARNINGS AND MONEY STOWED ABROAD. BASICALLY MEANING LESS TAXES GOING TO THE U-S GOVERNMENT.

New, Now… Next! August 19 2014

How would you feel if you had to use your real name on social media? Well China says you do. It passed a law mandating users of internet based communication services to use their real names. Users will be able to sign up for a service but won’t gain access until they go through a vetting process. Those already on sites will have limited access until they go through the same identification process.

Now trending on social media is still Ferguson, Mo. It has been over a week since Michael Brown was shot. However this is still the most talked about story on twitter and Facebook. New developments continue to happen and keep people talking. Yesterday, the autopsy results were release, Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr came to Missouri, and CNN’s interview with Jesse Williams on Michael Brown went viral.
Amazon is getting into the mobile payments game. Like the square or paypal’s swipe device, amazon has created Amazon Local Register. It is still in its infancy but it is a sign of things to come. Soon amazon will update the device to include loyalty program and inventory management. When it happens, remember you heard it first here!

Iggy’s got one more problem…

Iggy Azalea Using the Nword on Facebook

Check out Iggy's Nword Caption

Check out Iggy’s Nword Caption

Is this okay? No not at all…. Female rapper or not using the Nword is no bueno… The picture was posted June 28 and although there are many comments (some vulgar some simply saying hey thats not okay), the caption has not been changed no “oops” apology has been said… Why it may seem petty to get upset about, its the little things that matter also. So Iggy take that down or change that caption, say sorry and thats simple. The N-word is not for you.

Did the Clippers do Enough?

By now the sports and civil rights world has heard about the racism issue with Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling told his girlfriend that he doesn’t want her to bring black people to his games or post pictures with black people on Instagram, according to unverified audio obtained by TMZ.

The tape begins in the middle of an argument between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano. Sterling appears to be upset that Stiviano, who is black and Mexican, has been posting photos to Instagram of herself with black people — in particular, with Magic Johnson.

“It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people,” he is heard saying. “Do you have to?”

Huffington Post

So the Clippers Responded… (Mashable)

Clippers players on April 27 wore their warmup T-shirts inside out in solidarity against racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling.

Clippers players on April 27 wore their warmup T-shirts inside out in solidarity against racist remarks allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling.

But is that enough? I posted about this on my social media and got TONS of responses.

I Posted:

So the unified statement is let’s not have the word Clippers on our shirts, we can wear them inside out… Good job guys #sarcasm 

What do you think? Was this unification enough? (Answer is no I see ‘Clippers’ on their pants they couldn’t find red tape?)

Clippers fans be happy I’m not in LA. 


So with these responses I feel it is important to say: It’s more than just hurting Sterling its hurting all the NBA that needs to happen BC we need the other owners to say yeah we need him out he’s costing us money. The commissioner has no true power BC the owners are His boss so we need all players and all fans to boycott Clippers games in home and away games. This way the other coaches will want Sterling out and he will be fired. Y’all should look at the Instagram post I did on this, it got heated and truth was told Lol. The display that they did was weak. Those who work in the centers would boycott also. Its not just on the players its on everyone. And the players and their families are fine. Boycotting would not kill their pockets they can afford it.Its the priorities of the people… Are we really concerned more with a playoff game that has no real true value in life besides what man created, over dignity and making a potential stand against racism?
Then on Instagram
rkirtley87They are gonna play because they love the game and are trying to win something they’ve dreamed of. U don’t work year around for nothing. I’m sure they will make a statement in a different way
ashleyaviyah@rkirtley87 so that’s more important? Ugh I hate that. F the game play next year make them forfeit that whole game. Nothing more powerful than that statement, anything else is a cop out
rapheal_delaghettoIt’s definitely a two way street I would understand either way
brownbetty26That’s exactly what I have been saying they should boycott playing any games and see how much of an impact these men have. It will end up affecting Sterling’s pocket book, but knowing the players they will refuse to stop plating just so they can get that regular paycheck. It’s really sad.
jamaldoman@ashleyaviyah them not playing is not gonna hurt the Owner at all. It will only hurt the players who worked hard all season 2 attain there goal. The NBA will handle the owner. They will suspend him n eventually force him to sell the team. So let this process run its due course.
ashleyaviyah@jamaldoman oh come on it will hurt if all the players don’t play and if the fans don’t come… Its the the NBA they have play offs every year making this moment a teaching moment is more important. So the lesson to our kids is if someone offends u wait for the justice system to take its course n keep being a slave? Nah nothing ever happens unless we the people make it happen
rkirtley87No it won’t hurt his wallet at all. And especially at the end of the day the WORSE case scenario is he will be forced to sell the team and will sell it for at least $550 mil when he bought it for $12 mil. Sitting out the game is not going to hurt him especially on a road game. There are different ways to get him out and im sure they will make sure that happens once the season is over..
jamaldomanClippers coach Doc Rivers said players discussed boycotting Game 4 of their first-round playoff series during a 45-minute team meeting but quickly decided against it. “I think the biggest statement we can make as men, not as black men, as men, is to stick together and show how strong we are as a group,” Rivers said. “Not splinter. Not walk. It’s easy to protest. The protest will be in our play.”
ashleyaviyah@rkirtley87 it would make a stand is more than just hurting him it’s standing up and saying this is not OK. And even if it’s a road game make the other owner suffer too then maybe the other owner will put some pressure to make stuff happen….
barrykvsTHATS RIGHT!!! Protest that man by playing and continuing to win, driving up the value of the team and the earnings of a man who hates your race!!! (Huh…what?)
ashleyaviyah@barrykvs yessssssssss Lol
justmrwimp#NewSlave #NoPrinciples
ashleyaviyahI’m ready to protest Doc Rivers for that bs explanation and the successful brainwashing of the players who wanted to protest in that meeting
rkirtley87Not arguing that they shouldn’t play, just saying I know what it feels like being a former athlete and training 365 days a year towards one goal. I would know what and who I’m playing for and this deep into the season. Like magic Johnson said. The players should play and let them ( himself and the media) deal with this because the players don’t deserve this right now
jamaldoman@corbeaux99 that’s exactly what I was saying earlier. Let the NBA do what they r gonna do.@ashleyaviyah they lost bcuz the Warriors r a good team who play great at home.
ashleyaviyah@corbeaux99 then if they can’t recover then they should sit out. Today would have been a perfect day to do so. I guess I just want more.@lovepeachpie you don’t think they should do more though?
ashleyaviyahI will not be convinced. Its time the modern day slaves take off their shackles. I just I’m an extremist but sheesh I’d meet n the middle. They could force the NBA to act by Tuesday….. But oh well.
ashleyaviyahI know I’m an extremist*
lovepeachpieNo, if they would have done more it could have distracted too much from the game. Their there to play ball. Yes they play for a racist owner but they don’t choose to play for him. Distracting too much from the game would let the players down and the fans. Can’t let one butthole ruin the season. Plus it’s the playoffs. If they didn’t play they would be fined if they didn’t wear the uniform they would be fined. They made a stance and didn’t have to. It was brave.
corbeaux99naw the players want to play and they should not quit on their season. this is an NBA problem for letting him be an owner for so long and knowing his history
ashleyaviyah@lovepeachpie I just can’t agree that it was brave. It was the least they could of done without doing nothing…. It’s priorities… Ball should not trump dignity and not taking a potential global stand on racism all to maybe win a ring that technically means nothing. NBA play offs is not a once in a life time moment. This is a once in a life time stand that they chose not to take and proved money and ball is more valuable than anything else.
ellealove2I agree…WEAK!!! This “display of solidarity” is laughable! We are going backwards.
sirgoodwinU don’t be playing!
dbthesportsguyLol you know better what they should have done? Pretty easy for everybody to talk from their computer or phone
lovepeachpieMaybe because I watch ball I feel differently and agree with @jamaldoman @corbeaux99
karinaangladaOne thing to note is that today’s game was played at Oracle Arena, so it wasn’t on their home court. I don’t think boycotting the game would have been appropriate today as that would essentially punish the Warriors organization and fans who had nothing to do with it.
ashleyaviyah@karinaanglada good point but I think it’s important for all fans and players to make a stand when it comes to the Clippers BC it will be the other coaches and franchises that have true influence over Sterling being gone. I mean Sterling is one of the commissioners bosses so the people on his level need to be influenced.
ashleyaviyah@lovepeachpie sis I love basketball Lol I was concentrating on sorry reporting in part of my undergrad and LOVE the NBA but I love civil rights more
ashleyaviyah@dbthesportsguy Lol I don’t just talk I live this life. I’ve spent years working in civil rights with organizations and do WAY more than talk through a computer sir but I do like to voice my opinion in matters like this BC it Is important to see how others think.
ashleyaviyahSports reporting**
dbthesportsguyYou’re not directly in their position though. So to criticize them for what they do or don’t do is a bit odd. What else should they do and how would that remedy the situation?
ellealove2I just think it is sad how low our insult level as a community is. I was outraged by this man’s comments and mindset but not necessarily surprised. I feel these players had an opportunity when the stakes were high to say this mindset will NOT be tolerated in 2014. Instead they pretty much said oh well I want this ring (which in my opinion if they did win would be tainted anyway) or i’m not about to stop my money. What does it say to the masses of African Americans and minorities who encounter racism every other day? What does it say to our children? It looked like business as usual. For a price we’ll do anything. God forbid we not entertain the fans for a day, or drives up the sales of a bunch of companies we don’t own, or don’t have minorities on boards or c-suites. The NBA would look the WNBA without the contributions of African American players. Then how much money would owners really makes? Okay I’m done now.
I was sad at the responses…. 

More Private Meetings means less Public Change

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Meets Privately with South Side Pastors… Why is everything in private? I feel that these private meetings lack the sense of accountability that we need for our political and religious leaders. And how was the group picked that he met with? Shouldn’t the general public have a voice in that?

One topic was increasing jobs for young people… How old was the youngest pastor in the room though?

I think this is the same ol same ol make you feel like change is coming type of action. How about you?

The mayor needs to meet with the next generation of Chicago activist who are fed up with the lack of change… If not alone then integrate them into these meetings or else change will not come. Many of these leaders have had 25+ years to make change and improvement happen and honestly overall our communities are back where we were 50 years ago. We are in a reverse, soon enough our children’s children will be back in slavery. Not the kind of the past but a new type of slavery if we keep depending on the same people to create fake feel good change.

Personally I’m skeptical about the entire group smiling after a meeting. (just kidding)

Read the article here

Are we integrated into a burning house?

On this Martin Luther King, Jr. day, what better way to spend it besides educating ones self in the works of Dr King? Today I read an essay by Harry Belafonte that agitated my thoughts of Dr King’s methodology:

In Belafonte’s essay he quotes King saying:

“I’ve come upon something that disturbs me deeply,” he said. “We have fought hard and long for integration, as I believe we should have, and I know that we will win. But I’ve come to believe we’re integrating into a burning house.”

“I’m afraid that America may be losing what moral vision she may have had,” he answered. “And I’m afraid that even as we integrate, we are walking into a place that does not understand that this nation needs to be deeply concerned with the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Until we commit ourselves to ensuring that the underclass is given justice and opportunity, we will continue to perpetuate the anger and violence that tears at the soul of this nation.”

This can be seen many ways. One is through the lense of Malcolm X’s Speech “The House Negro and the Field Negro”

“If the master’s house caught on fire, the house Negro would fight harder to put the blaze out than the master would…. But that field Negro — remember, they were in the majority, and they hated the master. When the house caught on fire, he didn’t try and put it out; that field Negro prayed for a wind, for a breeze.”

Are we still house negroes (or token blacks if that is a better term) content with helping the master put out the blaze not thinking about the poor field negroes who lack justice and opportunity?

Too often we talk about Malcolm X or Martin Luther King Jr. Failing to link the two and find a middle passage. Isn’t that what the two were getting close to at the time of their death? Malcolm X was becoming less of an extremist when he was assassinated. That is when people become dangerous, when people become closer to the truth, that is when they must be killed. I could see that being the case with Malcolm X and MLK.

This quote from MLK shows that we were so focused on getting integrated we did not realize the full extent of the where the people we wanted to sit next to where headed.

We were too busy fighting to get on a train without knowing the destination.. Maybe its time to get off and build our own? Extreme, maybe a bit but unless you know the destination is it smart to stay on the path? How else can we ensure the under served are treated equal and given opportunities?

Is guilt destroying our community?

Today I was having a conversation with a dear friend of mine who brought up the idea of parental guilt and wondered if it was actually harming the community. We talked about a few instances of parents who coddle their children (old and young) and why this happens. While each situation is different I’m sure… I cannot shake the feeling that guilt is probably behind much of it.

My reasoning:

When you feel guilty about a situation, you tend to try to make up for the guilt with action or items etc… But what if you have so much that you blame yourself for their actions so you constantly try to make up for their choices by letting them run all over you.. Doesn’t sound too far from a possibility right? But let me not run too far with this theory. First I’ll look into the idea of this parental guilt and then let’s see some of the possible long term effects on the community.


Every parent has felt guilt over something in their child’s life. I am not saying this is bad, not normal or unhealthy. We are parents, not perfect. Many of us have felt guilty over taking your child to school when they had the sniffles so you could work, dating while raising kids or that time that you turned your back and the little one had a bit of an accident. It happens, right?

Guilt often allows us to gauge our actions and helps us refrain from potentially destructive behaviors that could cause harm. However, guilt can also be misdirected and debilitating to our ability to function powerfully in life. It’s what you do with that guilt that makes it unhealthy. The result of unhealthy guilt can be to make us feel bad about our decisions and behaviors. This unhealthy guilt “haunts” us and negatively effects lives over and over.

Single Mother Guilt

I’ve heard many mothers mention the idea of “Single Mother Guilt”. Well, 67% of children in the African American community come from a single parent household (Kids Count Data Center), so that’s a lot of guilt.  Single mothers can feel guilty because they brought a child into the world that is out of the “ideal” type of situation. Often single mothers cannot stay at home with the child and that brings more guilt. Now keep piling on items that can cause guilt: not being able to afford items, children blaming you for negativity, lack of a father in the home, children having special need.. etc.. Some mothers (and parents in general) respond by being a “helicopter parent” aka coddling the kid.

Much of this guilt is from the way society views single mothers and the problems this causes for the child. Diane Eyer, in her book Motherguilt, succinctly summed this negative myth as:

Being a single mom is basically immoral and selfish, the reasoning goes, since it deprives children of an important paternal role model and source of income. Single mothers are seen as engenders of the underclass-the juvenile delinquents, drug addicts, and violent criminals who plague the country. (1996: 29)

Who wouldn’t feel guilty about that? The single parent myth has risen steadily since the 1950’s (and is constantly higher in the African American Community) with the decline of the white picket fence with its working father and stay at home mother. Read more about  Deconstructing Mother Guilt here

Coddling due to Guilt

One response to feeling guilt in parenting can be to continue to coddle your child even after infancy.

Coddlers step in to negotiate for their child instead of letting the child work out problems for himself. They intervene, regardless of the severity of the situation. Parents who coddle their child provide instant gratification for things the child wants as opposed to what he needs. (MetroFamily Magazine /November 2010)

Instant gratification… we have a generation full of people that think in the “Me me me… now now now” mindset. Could this be from being coddled?

Long term effects

So coddling can be bad right? But once the child is grown is it okay?

“Parents should provide guidance, but to constantly intervene prevents a child from learning. You put your child at risk when he doesn’t learn to communicate and interact with people.” (MetroFamily Magazine /November 2010)

As new research shows that members of Generation Y are entering the workforce with an inflated sense of their abilities, principals are warning ”helicopter parents” against putting too much pressure on children to be successful, which could discourage them from risking failure.

According to a study by University College London, risk-taking behavior peeks during adolescence. Teens are apt to take more risks than any other age group. Their brain programs them to do so. It’s part of growing up. They must test boundaries, values and find their identity during these years. This is when they must learn, via experience, the consequences of certain behaviors. Our failure to let them risk may explain why so many young adults, between the ages of 22 and 35 still live at home or haven’t started their careers, or had a serious relationship. Normal risk taking at fourteen or fifteen would have prepared them for such decisions and the risks of moving away from home, launching a career or getting married. – (Growing Leaders Blog)

Here are a list of problems coddling and parenting through guilt can create in an adult life:

Lack of independence, responsibility, knowledge, maturity, work ethic and more.

Community effects

Coddling Parents  do too much for their children who were become less resilient and unable to cope with failure. Failure is a part of life and every successful adult has failed and pushed past it. But if a formerly coddled child turned adult cannot core with failure how will they ever attain success?  Instead they turn back to their helicopter parent to take care of them and they resort to child like behavior of letting the parents take care of them and fight their battles. Where does guilt come in hand?

The guilt a parent feels for their child’s hardship and problems can cause the parent to place responsibility on themselves and in turn allow the child to behave this way.  Therefore you have a generation of grown children who do not take responsibility for their actions, living with their parents who are raising their grandchildren and creating a cycle of weakness and failure. Or a child that blames everyone else for their problems and expects the outside world (or spouse) to take care of them like their parents always have. Am I being too extreme? Maybe. But we all know it happens. So take risks, let the kids fall and fail. When they disobey a parent hold back the instinct to rescue just for a minute and let them feel a tad but of pain.

What say you? Do you think this is a true problem for the community? Does guilt have nothing to do with kids running over parents later in life? Or is it perfectly find to coddle?

Why Congress is Letting Unemployment Benefits Expire For 1.3 Million Americans

1525625_10152114344149111_1470227740_nThis is why Congress doesn’t care about extending unemployment…. The demographic it is most affecting isn’t the one that votes for them or represented in the house… 2014 is a time to wake up as a demographic and show all walks of government that we do vote and we vote for the issues that affect us. Let every politician know, they work for the people… So the people must speak. The fact that the unemployment lines are filled disproportionately with young Americans goes a long way to explaining why our elected officials are so comfortable letting the benefits expire.
” In 2012, nearly half of all unemployed Americans were under the age of 35, a cohort of the population represented by just seven members of the House of Representatives, or 1.6%. Of course, Americans aren’t eligible to be elected before the age of 25, but even if we include the next age group, the numbers don’t get much better: while 67% of unemployed Americans are between the ages of 16-44, that same group is represented by a paltry 61 House members, or 14%.” – Policy Mic

In the words of John Boehner, “When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it,” adding, “At a time when Americans are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’’why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?”

Do you agree with Mr Boehner???

Check out this article “What a Higher Minimum Wage Does for Workers and the Economy”

Wal-Mart in Bronzeville


I’ve heard people excited about the new Wal-Mart coming soon to Bronzeville on 47 Cottage (I’ve also heard about one being opened up on 39th and state). However, I fail to share their joy.  Yes, we need jobs in this community and a convenient place to shop. But, we need a livable wage and good food in our community not GMO fruit and meat and substandard treatment of those employed. Wal-Mart does not thrill me.
Does our community need another cash cow for developers? No, we need a nice mom and pop shop that cares about the community and can treat employees with the dignity and respect they deserve. If I’m working full time, I should not have to get on food stamps to sustain life, this is the case with many Wal-Mart employees. Bronzeville should just say no.