In this day and age it’s essential to be mindful of what you post on social media. A Cleveland Cavalier’s fan is learning that the hard way. On Wednesday, the Twitter user @SoftCaramelKiss sent a homophobic tweet to Sydel Curry, NBA star Steph Curry’s sister. “You and your whole family get the f*** out of Cleveland, and take Riley’s fa**** a** with you,” read the tweet. Sydel swiftly responded with a string of tweets. “We’ll be gone Friday! Bless up,” she posted. “@SoftCaramelKiss let’s have a conversation real quick! You’re taking about my THREE YEAR OLD NIECE! I don’t take that.” Although the user deleted his tweet, another Twitter user notified his employer, Holton-Wise Property Group, and he was fired. James Wise, the CEO of Holton-Wise, released a statement and took to Twitter to apologize to the Curry family. “Apology for the #Cavs fan who was fired for harassing @sydelcurry & @itsRileyCurry @warriorsworld @BroBible,” he posted. Read more.
Joe Biden Pens Letter To Stanford University Sexual Assault Victim
The Stanford University sexual assault scandal has put the focus on sexual harassment that occurs on college campuses across the country. Last week Brock Turner, a 20-year-old who was a former member of the university’s swim team, was sentenced to six months behind bars after being accused of sexually assaulting another student. Following his sentencing, his victim penned a heart-wrenching letter, which caught the attention of Vice President Joe Biden. Biden took it upon himself to write a letter back to the victim. “I do not know your name – but your words are forever seared on my soul. Words that should be required reading for men and women of all ages,” wrote Biden. “I am in awe of your courage for speaking out – for so clearly naming the wrongs that were done to you and so passionately asserting your equal claim to human dignity. And I am filled with furious anger. Both that this happened to you and that our culture is still so broken that you were ever put in the position of defending your own worth.” A Change.org petition was recently launched by the Stanford Association of Students for Sexual Assault Prevention to show support for the victim. It has garnered nearly 90,000 signatures. Read more.
FLOTUS & Oprah Winfrey To Host United State of Women Summit
First Lady Michelle Obama is joining forces with media mogul Oprah Winfrey to host the United State of Women event at the White House. A promotional video featuring women like Kerry Washington, Shonda Rhimes, Tina Fey, and Laverne Cox has been circulating around the web to promote the event. The video addresses issues that women face in the workplace, pay equality, and having the power to make their own decisions when it comes to reproducing. The conference will be centered on topics that include healthcare, education, violence, civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and other topics. Michelle and Oprah will chat about the personal experiences they have encountered along their career paths and how far women have come. A diverse group of CEOs, activists, actresses, and writers will all be in attendance. The summit will take place on June 14. Read more.
Columbus Short Release From Jail After Serving 6 Days Of A 30-Day Sentence
Actor Columbus Short has been released from jail after only serving six days of his 30-day sentence. According to the actor, he doesn’t plan on ending up behind bars again. He was put in jail after violating his probation and being tested positive for marijuana. He will continue to participate in an outpatient drug rehabilitation program at the Pasadena Recovery Center. “I’m feeling grateful for the learning lesson and I’m fully accountable for my mistakes,” said Short in a statement. “I’m ready to get to work and never go back to that place. God is good.” He has a progress report hearing that is slated for June 28. Read more.
Anika Noni Rose To Produce And Star In Film About Shirley Chisholm
Actress Anika Noni Rose will reportedly produce and star in a film about the life of Shirley Chisholm. According to the producer, Barbara Bullard, Rose will play an integral role in the project. “Portrayed by Tony Award-Winning Actress Anika Noni Rose, CHISHOLM embodies the keen sense of justice and community, embracing her fold like a warrior. Always meticulously dressed, pearls in place, watch adjusted to the second, Congresswoman Chisholm metamorphosed to do America’s business,” Bullard read a statement. “With a colorful team of cohorts by her side, Congresswoman Chisholm personifies the bold educated Brooklynite with her roots firmly planted in her Caribbean heritage, hurdling humongous odds in a system structured for Whites and males only. With an efficient producing team, Creative Monster Production’s Bryan Gambogi (Blue Jasmine/King of Beasts documentary), Grant Anderson (Green Hornet), Debbie Brubaker (Big Eyes), Barbara Bullard, social innovator, and an award-winning writing team, Armistead Johnson and Montserrat Mendez, CHISHOLM will be eloquently developed, changing the paradigm of how we ourselves can be a ‘Catalyst for Change.’” The project was first announced in 2010. Read more.
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