Gabourey Sidibe: In This Election, ‘Apathy Is Not An Option’

Gabourey Sidibe is reminding undecided voters that “apathy is not an option” in a new pro-Hillary Clinton campaign ad titled, “Girl, Just Vote.”  

Directed by “Precious” producer Lisa Corté​s, the Humanity for Hillary PSA illustrates a witty text conversation between Sidibe and a friend, who is unsure her vote will make a difference in the election.

In a statement to The Huffington Post, Corté​s says she was inspired to create a visual clip using GIFs and memes ― featuring Beyonce and Tim Kaine ― to reflect how millennials communicate and to stress the importance of voter engagement.

“I was thinking about a conversation that I had with Gabby and how lively it was when we had incorporated GIFs to underscore our thoughts,” she said. “I can’t think of a better mode than the moving image to impart th​e importance of this message for voter engagement.​”

Corté​s’ personal advice to Americans?

“Too much is at stake with this election. As James Brown said we have to ‘Get up, Get into it, and Get involved.’”

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BBC Airs Tone-Deaf Segment On Black People And Fried Chicken

The BBC is catching flack for a U.K .Black History Month video posted on Monday which asks whether it’s a “myth or reality” that black people like chicken more than others.

But the real question here is: What in the world were they thinking?

BBC Newsbeat tweeted the clip which features black and white British people debating the topic. “Apparently chicken makes your bum bigger,” one white participant says. “A lot of black girls that I know say that’s why they eat it.” 

Meanwhile, a black participant declares plainly, “It’s not the only food that we eat.” 

The one-minute segment ends with a white interviewee concluding that, “Loads of black people I know love chicken…There’s a stereotype but it’s true.” 

Black people like chicken more than others – myth or reality?

— BBC Newsbeat (@BBCNewsbeat) October 31, 2016

The online response to the segment has been less than enthusiastic, with people arguing that the clip simply perpetuates the chicken stereotype rather than challenging it: 

Asking WHITE people whether black stereotypes are true, are you fucking kidding me?

— happy. (@queenvictoryy) October 31, 2016

Bbc: its black history month we should do something. …
Bbc: hmmmm….
Bbc: I know. …a gripping piece on why black people love chicken

— Rick Sanchez (@DeLaZorro) October 31, 2016

Somebody @BBCNewsbeat better have answers for the AWFUL segment on fried chicken they put up DURING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

— Wei Ming Kam (@weimingkam) October 31, 2016

Child: The bbc want to film me talking about being black and British
Mum: What you talking about?
Child: Black people and chicken

— Natasha ⚽ (@NatashaSHenry) October 31, 2016

The BBC has yet to make a comment on the backlash to the chicken segment, or on a similar segment also published Monday asking whether white people should be allowed to use the n-word (several white people in the clip say that they should). 

The tone-deaf chicken video is yet another example how not to tackle content seeking to explore race and racism in 2016. When it comes to stereotypes about black people, it’s probably best to listen to how black people feel about them. 

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Tamron Hall Created A Fund To Support Victims Of Domestic Violence

In 2004, Tamron Hall’s sister Renate died after spending years in relationships with abusive men. In the 12 years since, Hall has dedicated her time speaking out about the issue. In an effort to honor Renate and help others, Hall is taking her advocacy a step further. 

The “Today” co-host said she felt that the public only knew Renate as “Tamron Hall’s sister,” but she didn’t want Renate’s story to be solely defined by her. So in partnership with non-profit Safe Horizon, Hall launched “The Tamron ♥ Renate Fund” in October (Domestic Violence Awareness Month). The fund aims to provide support for victims by educating their family members so that they can learn how to become a strong support system. 

Often times, Hall told The Huffington Post, family members of victims may not know what to say or do to help their loved one. She said she surely didn’t know what to do before her sister’s death. 

Hall recalled getting into an intense argument with Renate, a 48-year-old mother of two, about why she was staying in an abusive relationship. Though the two reconciled several months later, Hall confessed that she still felt guilty after her sister was found beaten to death, floating face down in her pool in Houston in 2004. As a result of a lack of evidence, no arrests were made and the case is still an unsolved homicide.

Hall told HuffPost that if she could re-do things, “I would have not gone silent. I would have been there and I would have just listened more so that I could say to her you’re not alone. And you didn’t do anything to deserve this. And your staying is not a sign of weakness. And we’re not afraid, by the way. We’re not afraid of him and we’re not afraid of the journey ahead.”

A photo posted by Safe Horizon (@safehorizon) on Oct 16, 2016 at 4:01pm PDT

Hall wanted to make an impact so others can help their loved ones who may be going through a similar situation. “The Tamron ♥ Renate Fund” aims to teach friends and family members how to help victims.

“When people enter a shelter, clearly, they’re not there to stay. And when they get out, this is a rebirth of life and I want them to know that their family members and their friends, their support system, that they’ve been educated and they have been brought to a level of comfort to support,” she said. “There’s nothing like having a friend saying to you ‘I’m here and I talked to someone and they told me this is the best way that I can help you. I’m ready for this challenge with you. You’re not alone.’”

Hall said the goal of the fund is to make sure survivors never feel as if they deserved it or feel like they’ve been abandoned. Hall said that in addition to helping by providing resources like shelter and legal expenses, calling Safe Horizon’s 24-hour hotline (1-800-621-HOPE (4673)) is useful way for families to learn how they can help victims.

Hall hopes that sharing Renate’s story through this fund can make a difference.

I wanted my sister to be more than a Google search and I wanted this story to be more than something of a curiosity,” Hall said. “I wanted to find a way specifically to help the next sister, mother, friend who does not know what to say but they know there’s a problem. They know there is abuse and they don’t know how to address it and we want to provide a support for them as a guiding light.” 

Need help? In the U.S., call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for the National Domestic Violence Hotline or visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.


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Trump: Clinton Would Add ‘650 Million’ Immigrants, ‘Triple The Size Of Our Country In One Week’

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump took his alarmist rhetoric on U.S. immigration policies to new heights on Sunday, telling a group of supporters in Albuquerque, New Mexico, that his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton would welcome “650 million” new immigrants to the United States “in one week,” and thereby “triple the size of our country.”

The claim, which is utterly false, came in a riff Trump did on border security, where he went off his Teleprompter to suggest that it would be much easier to be a border security agent under a Democratic administration than under a potential Trump administration. (It starts at around the 25-minute mark in the video above.)

“You know, it would be much easier working for Obama or working for Crooked Hillary [than Trump], because frankly, when you’re working for Hillary she wants to let people just pour in,” Trump told the more than 2,000 supporters who gathered in a private jet hangar to hear him speak.

“You could have 650 million people pour in and we do nothing about it,” Trump told the riled-up crowd. “Think of it, that’s what could happen. You triple the size of our country in one week.”

Minutes later, Trump seemed to agree with a key part of Clinton’s actual immigration reform plan, when he told the crowd he would support an increase in immigration visas for skilled workers.

“We want people to come into our country!” Trump bellowed. “Just so you know, I want people to come in.”

Trump’s claim about the 650 million people represented the latest item in a growing list of patently false statistics that he has cited at recent rallies, as general election polls have shown him trailing Clinton by significant margins.

At two rallies Sunday, the Republican nominee also repeated the bogus claim that the U.S. murder rate “is at its highest point in 45 years.” Contrary to what Trump has said, exhaustive evidence shows the murder rate in the United States has fallen over the past four decades. 

Moreover, there is no evidence that if she were elected president, Clinton would increase the U.S. population by hundreds of millions of immigrants, despite her support for comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for undocumented migrants living in the United States.  

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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