In the midst of controversy surrounding Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ exclusion from the National Museum of African American History and Culture, another woman has come forward claiming that he sexually assaulted her in 1999. Moira Smith, a lawyer from Alaska, said that she was groped by Thomas during a Truman Foundation dinner 17 years ago. “He groped me while I was setting the table, suggesting I should sit ‘right next to him,’” said Smith in a statement. Smith said that he “cupped his hand” around her rear end and pulled her close to him. Thomas is denying the accusations. “This claim is preposterous and it never happened,” he said. Read more.
Michelle Obama Accuses Trump Of Trying To Suppress Voter Turnout
First Lady Michelle Obama has been an avid supporter of Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. During a campaign stop in Wake Forest, North Carolina, on Thursday, both Clinton and the First Lady took the stage to stress the importance of voting. “You may have noticed that I have been doing some campaigning for Hillary,” said Obama before a crowd of nearly 11,000 people at Wake-Forest University. She denounced Trump’s charge that the election is “rigged” as an effort to suppress voter turnout. She encouraged African Americans to head to the polls so that their voices can be heard: “I want you to remember that folks marched and protested for your right to vote. They endured beatings and jail times. They sacrificed their lives for this right. So I know you can get yourself to the polls to exercise that right.” Read more.
Hillary Clinton Emails Compared Bill Clinton to Bill Cosby
More details have emerged surrounding presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s WikiLeaks email scandal. The latest batch of emails allegedly indicates she was worried about the sexual assault allegations made against her husband. The emails showed that her advisers and staffers compared the former president’s situation to comedian Bill Cosby’s sex scandal. “We need to set aside some time – it can be tomorrow, it can be Thursday – to do Q-and-A on the political questions, which now seem to be really owning the coverage,” read an email between staffers. GOP candidate Donald Trump has used former president Bill Clinton’s past as ammo for his campaign, in efforts to take the focus off the sexual assault allegations made against him. Read more.
Sixers Players May Respond to Sevyn Streeter Controversy
After songstress Sevyn Streeter was reportedly banned from singing the National Anthem at Wednesday’s Philadelphia 76ers game, NBA players are considering taking a stand to show their solidarity with the singer. According to reports, Sixers players held a meeting at their New Jersey practice facility to discuss the incident. “Everybody expressed their emotions about it,” said NBA player Robert Covington. “We want to take steps about it. We just don’t know exactly what steps we want to take. We talked about a lot of different things.” The organization has yet to blatantly address why they prevented Streeter from singing. “The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community,” read a statement from the Sixers. Read more.
Viola Davis’ Production Company Sells Show to ABC
Actress Viola Davis’ production company has inked a deal with ABC for a new series called The Zipcoders. The series falls under a larger deal that Davis’ company, JuVee Productions, signed with ABC Studios to create projects for broadcast, cable, and streaming services. The Zipcoders, which is set in the 1960s, is a comedy series centered on Black teenagers coming of age in a Texas town. The project will be co-produced and scripted by Marshall Todd. “This project gives me the opportunity to tell a story that, while specific to the African American experience, doesn’t travel in the usual tropes,” said Todd. “I have found in Viola and the squad at JuVee the perfect co-conspirators dedicated to telling the types of stories that entertain while contributing to the larger cultural conversation.” Read more.
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