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Eboni K. Williams On Leaving Fox News, Political Narratives, Jussie Smollett’s Case + More On The Breakfast Club’

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Eboni K Williams, who used to be a co-host on Fox News, explains her experiences working at the conservative news network.

She took aim at her former employer on Thursday, saying the network has a reputation for bigotry and racism “for very good reason.”

On the New York radio show “The Breakfast Club,” Williams said the key to understanding the widely watched conservative network was in making sense of its founder Roger Ailes. Ailes died at the age of 77 in 2017, a year after leaving the network amid a sexual misconduct scandal.

Williams told the radio show’s co-host Charlamagne tha God that Ailes had only one mission in mind for the network ― and that was “the demonizing of the other.” It was “literally the purpose of why the network was founded,” she said.

“I don’t know what his beliefs are, but what he knew was it would be very profitable,” Williams added. “OK, when you find a fear-based thing like that and you can capitalize on it, in a unique way, no one had ever done this before.”

Williams left the network at the end of 2018.

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‘Donkey Of The Day’ Yonkers Man Arrested For Stomping Elderly Woman On NYC Subway

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Mark Gomez, 36 of Yonkers, New York, is today’s Donkey of the Day for his actions on a New York City subway.

According to reports, A man has been arrested after he was seen on video kicking an elderly woman in the face on a subway in the Bronx, police said.

On Sunday, March 10, at about 3:10 a.m., inside of the Nereid Avenue/ White Plains Road subway station, a man approached a 78-year-old woman  who was seated, and began to punch and kick her numerous times in her face and her body, police said.

The horrendous assault was captured on cellphone video.

The disturbing footage shows the man kicking the seated victim six times, twice in the head and four times in her upper body, before walking off the subway yelling, “Now Worldstar that!”

The woman, who was seen with several bags, tried to block the kicks with her left hand, while stunned passengers watched, the video showed.

Mother Arrested in Connection With Murder of 9-Year-Old Trinity Love Jones

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The mother of Trinity Loves Jones — a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a duffel bag near a suburban horse trail near Los Angeles earlier this month — was booked as the second suspect in the child’s murder Monday, CBS Los Angeles reports.

Authorities say Taquesta Graham, 28, was extradited to Los Angeles from Texas on March 14. She has been held without bail ever since. Charges are expected to be filed Wednesday, followed by an arraignment, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Graham’s boyfriend Emiel Hunt — who authorities say has a 2005 conviction for child abuse in San Diego — has been charged with Jones’ murder. Hunt was found sleeping in his vehicle in a lot near San Diego International Airport on March 9, according to sheriff’s officials.

Hunt’s arraignment has been delayed until April 16. He remains jailed in lieu of $2 million bail.

If convicted, Hunt faces a sentence of up to 50 years to life in state prison.

African-American editor resigns from Alabama paper: There were significant financial issues

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An African-American woman who was named publisher and editor of the Alabama newspaper that recently urged the Ku Klux Klan to “night ride again” has stepped down, citing what she said was continuous and damaging interference by the paper’s owner.

Elecia R. Dexter, who took over the troubled Democrat-Reporter of Linden last month, told CNN Saturday that she left the weekly newspaper Monday because she could no longer work with owner and former editor and publisher Goodloe Sutton. He penned a staggering editorial with the headline “The Klan Needs to Ride Again” in the February 14 edition.Dexter said she resigned “so that her integrity and well-being can be maintained.”

New Jersey teen gets 17 college acceptance letters, overcomes homelessness

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A determined New Jersey teenager just overcame the odds to be the first in his family to go to college — in an epic way. Despite dealing with homelessness throughout his life, 17-year-old Dylan Chidick now has his choice of colleges to pick from after receiving 17 acceptance letters, CBS New York reported. 

After moving from Trinidad at 7 years old and becoming a citizen, Chidick and his family went through countless heartaches. His younger twin brothers are living with serious heart conditions and his family has been in and out of homelessness.

“My family went through a lot and there has been a lot of people saying, ‘you can’t do that,’ or ‘you’re not going to achieve this,’ and me — getting these acceptances — kind of verifies what I have been saying. I can do it and I will do it,” Chidick said.

The Jersey City student set his goals high and met them. He became the senior class president at Henry Snyder High School and got inducted into the honor society. Now, he is looking to become the first in his family to attend college.

“The dream I want to achieve, I have to have a lot of determination,” he said.

It was his single mother’s courage to ask for help from the non-profit group Women Rising that Chidick said makes him want to do better.

“It has been hard financially, we have been homeless,” the teen’s mother, Khadine Phillip, said.

“Making herself vulnerable and putting herself out there, that made me determined to never let us get back in that situation again,” Chidick added.

“She is a great example in doing everything necessary to help her children,” said Roseann Mazzeo, executive director for Women Rising.

Among many things, the center has put them up in permanent supportive housing, giving Chidick a safe place to study and wait on his last acceptance letter.

“The College of New Jersey. I haven’t heard back yet, but that is my top school right now,” he said. Given his financial situation, the costs for all the college applications were waived.

Chidick hopes 18 will be his lucky number and bring him 18 choices for a bright future.

When he figures out where he wants to go, Chidick said he wants to study political science. 

Press Play. Bernie Sanders Talks Reparations, Prison Reform, And His Black Agenda Breakfast Club On Power 105.1

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Sen. Bernie Sanders became the most recent 2020 Democratic presidential candidate to go on the radio show The Breakfast Club, with an appearance on Monday morning.

Senator Bernie Sanders stopped by The Breakfast Club to go in depth about his 2020 presidential election campaign with CharlamagneDJ Envy, and Angela Yee. The presidential hopeful touched on a variety of important topics during his interview, including his opinions on reparations for descendants of slaves, how he’ll handle prison form, why he believes in raising taxes, and whether he has a campaign agenda for black citizens.

Since losing the democratic primary to Hilary Clinton back in 2016, many people have wondered whether Senator Sanders would throw his hat in the rink for the 2020 race. The 77-year-old politician officially announced his bid for President of the United States last week and revealed why he decided to launch another campaign. For Senator Sanders, it’s simple: he believes he’s the best candidate for the job. He wants to continue what the “revolution” started in 2016 by taking on the big banks, the political establishment, and raising minimum wage to $15 nationwide.

Now that Senator Sanders is officially running again, what will his campaign do differently this time around? His first order of business is ensuring he builds a more diverse team around him. According to the Vermont Senator, his cabinet “will look like America” with “more representation” for women and different races.

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During the interview, DJ Envy asked Sanders what he will do differently in his 2020 run to win, as opposed to his 2016 run. “This time, we’re starting from a different position,” Sanders said, citing his underdog status at the start of the 2016 campaign. “We were criticized for being too white, that was a correct criticism. We were criticized for being too male, that was a correct criticism. That’s going to change.” Sanders mentioned his co-chairs—including San Juan, mayor Carmen Yulin-Cruz, Nina Turner, and Rep. Ro Khanna—as evidence he’s taking building a more diverse campaign seriously.

Sanders was also asked about prison reform and mass incarceration by co-host Angela Yee, and cited the work of groups like Black Lives Matter and the ACLU in electing progressive prosecutors. “We’ve got to invest in education rather than more jails and incarceration,” Sanders said. Sanders also reiterated his support for ending private prisons and decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana.

Asked by Charlemagne tha God if he has “an agenda for black people,” Sanders talked about addressing racial disparity and said it’d be good a idea to “build on” Rep. Jim Clyburn’s 10/20/30 plan to combat poverty, and combatting institutional racism within the financial and housing sectors. “We have an agenda, and it’ll be an agenda we fight vigorously for,” Sanders said.

Sanders also repeated his opposition to reparations in the form of direct cash transfers to black people, which some candidates such as Sen. Kamala Harris have talked about, albeit with some ambiguity with regards to what that would look like. Sanders’ answer was notably, and disappointingly, dismissive.

After rejecting Charlemagne’s proposal of black people with a flat “no,” Sanders said, “Well, then there’s a check to every Native American who were nearly wiped out when the settlers first came here.”

“I think the way we go forward is to build America together,” he added. “There are distressed white communities, there are distressed Latino communities…we’re going to pay attention to the needs of working families and low-income families in a way in which you’ve never seen.”

Sanders also avoided an answer on the question of decriminalizing sex work. “That’s a good question and I don’t have an answer for that,” Sanders said.

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