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PonyTail: Young Lady Does an AWESOME Poetric Tribute to Gabby Douglas

We don’t know this young lady’s name, but we can only say that today is one of those days where we think God that people send us things through our Facebook inbox.   This young lady’s poetic tribute is an outrageous and justifiable response to the crazy controversy over Gabby Douglas’ hair. A few idiots on Twitter and in hair salons around the country were making remarks about the quality of Gabby’s hair, even as she made history as the first African American to ever win the all-around competition in gymnastics at the Olympics.  Gabby is a two-time gold medalist, yet there are some negroes who are so ignorant that they think she’d have been better off spending her training time at the hair salon. Check this poem out below.  We promise you’ll be jumping out of your seat by the time it’s over. The post PonyTail: Young Lady Does an AWESOME Poetric Tribute to Gabby Douglas appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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Women Beats Her Child Unconscious Because She “Looks Too Much Like Her Father”

A woman is accused of beating her daughter to the point of unconsciousness because she “looked too much like her father.”  Angela Carrillo has been arrested for beating her three year old daughter nearly to death.  She was growing weary of taking care of the child and chose to abuse her instead. After one beating frenzy, the mother typed this cryptic message on Facebook: “My lil gurl is bein stubborn she wont get it bath tub i wil make her i dnt hav time fo thiz.” The mother denies the allegations that she abuses her daughter.  In another Facebook message in her standard broken English, she said this: “My life iz so s***** right now im goin thru im bein accused of sumthin i kno i dint do i miss my baby so much.” Carrillo’s child was taken to the hospital by the women with whom she shared an apartment.   One of the women allegedly told authorities that the mom yelled at the child because she looked too much like her dad.  The women had to revive the baby after her mother beat her during one frightening incident.  They told the mom that they were taking the child for a walk, but then snuck her to the hospital instead. The women first told the hospital that the child had fallen down the steps, but the police were called when doctors noticed other injuries.  Her mother was then arrested and charged with two felony counts of assaulting a minor.

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Disney Faces Lawsuit For Not Allowing Muslim Worker to Wear Hijab

Imane Boudlal is suing Walt Disneyland For Not Allowing Her to Wear Her Muslim Scarf, i.e. Hijab, to Work A former hostess at a Disneyland restaurant  just got the green light from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to sue her former employer for not allowing her to wear her Muslim scarf, i.e. hijab, to work. Imane Boudlal, a Morocco-born U.S citizen, filed the complaint with the EEOC in 2010 when she discovered she could wear her hijab to work after studying for her US citizenship exam. Having worked at Storyteller Cafe’ in Disney’s Grand California Hotel for two years, Boudlal decided to wear her hijab in August 2010. She was asked to take it off or work “backstage” in areas where customers wouldn’t see her. Boudlal was sent home at least seven times without pay for refusing to take off her hijab and/or refusing to wear the alternate uniform option (pictured above, right). “ The hat makes a joke of me and my religion, and draws even more attention to me. It’s unacceptable. They don’t want me to look Muslim ,” Boudlal said of the alternate uniform. Disney requires that all employees, whether they’re dressed up as a Disney character or not, wear “costumes” for jobs that involve guest interaction. Boudlal says her hijab matched the uniform. Within the same month of wearing her hijab and refusing the backstage jobs and the alternate uniform option, Boudlal was suspended. ” I don’t understand why I cannot wear my white scarf that already matches my restaurant uniform, and be left to do my job. My scarf doesn’t do anything to harm Disney or the guests, ” Boudlal insisted. Boudlal’s attorneys said she was also repeatedly harassed the entire time she worked there by her coworkers, who called her “terrorist,” “camel” and “Kunta Kinte”. She reported the incidents to her managers both verbally and in writing, with no results, according to her attorneys. The suit is expected to be filed Monday in Los Angeles on behalf of Imane Boudlal.    

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Michelle Obama: “My Husband is Not a Superhero”

First Lady Michele Obama appeared at the home of supporter Gwen Stefani this week in a fundraiser for her husband.  Mrs. Obama, being one of the most popular figures in America today, has shown up in full force to help her husband in his bid for re-election. Speaking to the crowd, the first lady used humor to make her point that President Obama needs their help to remain in power. “Barack can’t do it alone. He’s not Spider-Man. He’s not a superhero. He’s a human, so we need your help,” she said. She even went further to let the children know that they can help with the re-election bid as well. “I am not just talking to the adults here today. I am talking to all the young people here as well. All of our young people, you might not be old enough to vote. You vote at school, I know, I met several young people who are going to be voting for my husband, who are 10 and under, we accept those votes,” she said. The first lady let all of her supporters know that they too can feel empowered in the next election.  After that fundraiser, the first lady was set to go to the home of Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Brothers. The tickets to the Stefani event was $2,500 each, but the event was sold out. “This is not a spectator sport. Barack cannot do this alone,” the First Lady said. “That was never a promise.” Michelle went into some of her husband’s achievements over the last four years, most notably health care reform. “This election is also a choice about the health of our families.  It’s about a choice about the health of all of these young people who are here today.  And that’s why my husband worked so hard to pass historic health reform — something no other President has been able to do in the last 100 years.” The speech also discussed some of the other achievements of the president, including the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act for women, and the immunity of 800,000 illegal immigrants who were brought to the US before the age of 16. Earlier in the week, Mrs. Obama was on the Jay Leno Show as well.  She and her husband are working to overcome a financial advantage of the Republicans, and appear to be doing a good job.  The latest polls show that her husband has maintained a slight lead over his challenger, Mitt Romney.  

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South African Runner with Gender Questions Accused of Losing Race on Purpose

Some track and field experts are wondering if Caster Semenya out of South Africa might have thrown her race on purpose.  Semenya, who was originally banned from competing in the past after questions emerged about her gender, is believed to have deliberately tanked the race in order to avoid the scrutiny that comes with a gold medal. The 800-meter run, won by Russia’s Mariya Savinova, didn’t appear to be the contest that it could have been, since some thought that Semenya literally slowed down throughout the race so that she would not win.   After winning the world championships in 2009, Semenya was banned for 11 months as experts debated whether or not she was actually a woman. In this race, Semenya was at the back of the pack and didn’t push forward until the last 200 meters, leaving plenty of gas in her tank.  Slate.com discusses: After the race, track and field aficionados questioned her tactics. The BBC’s David Ornstein said it appeared that Semenya “had more left in the tank.” His story quoted BBC commentator Kelly Holmes, who won this event in the 2004 Olympics, suggesting that Semenya hadn’t made her best effort: “She looked very strong, she didn’t look like she went up a gear, she wasn’t grimacing at all. I don’t know if her head was in it, when she crossed the line she didn’t look affected.” Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated senior writer Tim Layden tweeted that Semenya “seemed oddly disengaged most of race and not tired at end.” Semenya attempted to argue that she simply wasn’t feeling it and that her “body was not really on fire today,” but some are speculating otherwise.  Even before the race, some were saying that she would be damned if she and damned if she didn’t.  If she were to win, she’d be accused of cheating.  If she loses, she’d be accused of losing deliberately. In 2009, Semenya got the attention of the global community when she improved her personal best by an unbelievable eight seconds. “The combination of her stunning drop in time, her deep voice, and her armor-like torso elicited venom from some of her competitors,” wrote David Epstein from Sports Illustrated. Neither the IAAF nor Semenya’s people have revealed the results of the gender test, but Sports Illustrated says the following: “the results … reportedly showed that while Semenya has external female genitalia, she has internal testes, no womb or ovaries and elevated levels of testosterone. This means that she has what doctors call a disorder of sexual development, and has some traits that are typically associated with women and others that are typically associated with men.”

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Check Out Ernestine Shepherd: The 75-year-old bodybuilding grandma

If you think you’re too old to get back into shape, think again.  Ernestine Shepherd started working out in her fifties, and then decided to pick it up in her 70s. She is the oldest competitive female body-builder in the world, clocking in at the age of 75. She wakes up every morning at 3 am and works out for the entire day.  She is a certified personal trainer as well.  She is a die-hard “Rocky” fan and wants to one day meet first lady Michelle Obama to help her with her fight against obesity. Ernestine and her sister Velvet began competitive body-building together in the late 1980s.  But her sister died in 1992 from a brain aneurysm.  Ernestine works out every day to keep her sister’s memory alive.  Since the age of 56, she has won two body-building titles and run nine marathons.  She consumes 1,700 calories per day, including boiled egg whites, chicken, and vegetables and runs 80 miles per week. She is currently being trained by former Mr. Universe Yohannie Shambourger. Now that you’ve seen what’s possible, when are you going to take charge of your own life?   The post Check Out Ernestine Shepherd: The 75-year-old bodybuilding grandma appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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Meet the Other Darling of the Olympics, Speed Demon Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix is not just a pretty face, she’s an absolute speed demon.   You have seen the Olympic exploits of young superstar Gabby Douglas, but Felix is right there with her.  Not only is Allyson now the most decorated 200 meter dash runner in Women’s Olympic history, she has yanked in two gold medals already and one world record. Her gold medal came in the women’s 200 meters, where she finally won after finishing second in the last two Olympic games.  Then, she ran with a super fast group of women in the 4×100 meter relay, breaking a record that was 27 years old.  Not only did these ladies break the record, they murdered it in broad daylight.  The gap of their break of the old world record, .5 seconds, is virtually unheard of in sprinting, where a few hundredths of a second can make the difference between getting a gold medal and having no one know who you are. Watch Allyson appear on Good Morning America.  She has a charming personality to go with her achievements. We wish this young lady well in her career and at the age of 26, she’s got quite a few years ahead. You can watch the video by clicking here.

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Over the Top? Ad Depicts Rep. Allen West Punching Old White Woman [Video]

A new YouTube ad depicts Congressman Allen West punching two women, one of them elderly. In the video, he also steals a little cash and runs off with the money. So what’s the problem? Some conservatives have gone on record to call this attack over the top. This is what West had to say about the new ad: I spent my life in uniform fighting for our great nation and protecting all Americans.  The ad being run against me by my opponent’s family depicting violence against women and senior citizens is reprehensible. It plays on stereotypes and fear to divide Americans, and it cheapens the very real and tragic occurrences of violence against women and seniors. The American people are suffering from crushing debt, horrific tax and regulatory policies, and epic unemployment. This classless ad shows a lack of regard for the issues plaguing our nation. This ad reflects the sad state of politics in our Republic with those who seek to destroy a person’s character to cover for their lack of intellectual ability and integrity. Well, we don’t know the full story about the integrity West displayed in combat since he has refused to answer questions about his military service.  But, for a man who plays the race card so frequently, it is hard to imagine that he’d find anything “classless.” Class has certainly not been a virtue he’s exhibited during his tenure. For the record, West does represent a district in Florida with quite a few seniors, and the right wing legislation he supports would batter them financially. So, it’s hard to understand what all the uproar is about.

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Woman Grows Fingernails Where Her Hair Used to be, Baffling Doctors

Shanyna Isom has been living a nightmare. She has gone to every specialist who will see her and has traveled as far as The Netherlands in order to receive help. In spite of all of this, doctors have no idea why human fingernails are growing where her hair used to be. The 28-year old former law student at The University of Memphis is now in a situation where she and her family are seeking whatever answers they can find that might make her well.  She’s the only person on the planet with this rare condition and is desperately seeking answers. “Black scabs were coming out of her skin,” said her mother, Kathy Gary. “The nails would grow so long and come out and regrow themselves. They are hard to touch and stick you.” Isom is unable to walk without a cane, since the disease is affecting her bones and vision as well.  She is being treated currently at Johns Hopkins.   She is also stuck with half a million dollars in unpaid medical bills.  She has state insurance, but that doesn’t cover her treatment in Maryland for her rare condition.  Her mother has also lost her job because she has stayed home with her daughter. The Isom family has created the S.A.I. Foundation (based on her initials) to find a way to pay the bills.  Also, Bank of America is agreeing to take donations at their branch offices to help the young lady and her family.  Friends are also organizing fundraisers to help Shanyna make it through. Bank of America has agreed to take donations at any of their branch offices. Friends have organized fundraisers, and her high school has dedicated a football game to her charity. “I don’t know whether to smile or cry. I am very blessed,” she said, referencing the help she has received. She also wrote this on her blog: “It has taken all of my hair out and has left my body with scabs all over it, plus I have lost about 200 pounds. Two years ago, I was a healthy woman on my own … had big dreams and goals that I was following until one day my body completely shut down on me.” Shanyna was a student when the disease hit her in 2009.  She went to the doctor after suffering an asthma attack.   That was when she was given a large dose of steroids.  After she got home, she began to itch. “It was uncontrollable and we didn’t know what it was,” said her mother. Beyond the itching, her legs turned black. “It looked as if she had been in a house fire and gotten burned,” said Gary. Eventually, the doctors at Johns Hopkins figured out that her body was producing nails where her hair used to grow.  She also began losing 10 – 15 pounds every week.   She is now on 25 medications and her insurance only covers five of them.  Her mother says she is getting better with treatment, but it doesn’t appear that she is ever going to have the same life that she had before the illness took over.

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17-Year Old Boxing Champ Makes History and Re-Establishes US Dominance

Claressa Shields, the 17-year old gold medalist in boxing for the United States, felt that she needed to carry her country on her back and finally bring the gold home to the United States. "I felt the USA needed this one, and I'm glad somebody got it," said Shields. She won the gold medal in the women’s middleweight class, defeating Nadezda Torlopova from Russia in the gold medal match. Shields is from embattled Flint, Michigan, and was just 16 when she qualified for the US trials.  She barely qualified, because if her birthday had been after September, she would have been too young to compete.  Her gold medal was a major feat for the US, since our country hasn’t ever won the gold in any women’s Olympic boxing event. "I hope people who think women can't box know better now," Shields said. "They saw me get down." Torlopova, a 33-year old mother of a 12-year old son, was much older than Shields and appeared defeated from the start.  Shields seemed to take her down easy. "I tried to overpower her, to get inside," Torlopova said, "but she was faster and quicker." Shields’ family has also been impacted by the incarceration epidemic in the United States.  Her father went to prison for seven years before returning home.  When he finally had a chance to spend time with his daughter, he taught her how to box, making her an Olympic champion in the process.  Clarence Shields, her father, was not able to see his daughter compete in person, since convicted felons have a hard time getting visas to travel outside the United States. She called her father every day in London and he coached her in every way that he could.  Congratulations to Ms. Shields and her family. The post 17-Year Old Boxing Champ Makes History and Re-Establishes US Dominance appeared first on Black Like Moi .

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