Say what?! Yep, that Black bird-watcher dude, Christain Cooper, is refusing to cooperate with the district attorney’s case against Amy Cooper, the white woman who called the NYPD on him.
And why is that you ask? “On the one hand, she’s already paid a steep price.” Cooper said in a statement on Tuesday, referring to Cooper who’s also known worldwide as “Central Park Karen.”
He added: “That’s not enough of a deterrent to others? Bringing her more misery just seems like piling on.”
On top of those comments the N Y Times also reports Cooper saying, “if the DA feels the need to pursue charges, he should pursue charges. But he can do that without me.”
As you can see, Christian Cooper’s decision to not cooperate in the prosecution of Amy Cooper (no relation) presents an obvious challenge for prosecutors.
Interestingly, Mr. Cooper is not alone in his thinking that enough has already been done to Ms Cooper and that prosecuting her reinforces the idea that the only just consequence for wrongdoing can come through a flawed criminal justice system.
“Ask yourself what criminal charges can do to Amy Cooper that hasn’t already been done.” Josie Duffy-Rice, president of The Appeal, a social justice website, tweeted.
Duffy-Rice who is Black continued with this:
“Has she not faced consequences? she did something absolutely horrible and she lost her job, her dog, her personal business was on the front page of the paper, we all know her face & her story.”
As we reported, the incident occurred on Memorial Day weekend when Christian Cooper asked Amy Cooper to leash her dog in an area of Central Park where dogs are required to be on a leash.
Ms. Cooper called the police and heightened her tone to indicate that she was in danger and being threatened. The incident went viral.
‘The Craft: Legacy’ Stars Lovie Simone & Gideon Adlon on Witchcraft and Womanhood
*“The Craft: Legacy” introduces a new coven of witches this Halloween season.
Blumhouse productions expands the world of the cult 1996 hit “The Craft” with a new foursome of aspiring teenage witches coming into their power.
Much like in the original, a new girl arrives in town – Lily (Cailee Spaeny, “Pacfic Rim”) – that’s spotted by three girls – Frankie (Gideon Adlon,) Tabby (Lovie Simone, “Greenleaf”) and Lourdes (Zoey Luna) – who recruit her to be the fourth in their coven of witches.
This continuation of the original has moments that will remind you of the O.G. and a surprising plot twist, but a key difference is this version focuses more on the sisterhood of connecting through magic. Until it takes a turn…
The production consulted with real-life witches who were on set during filming, in order to protect the actors from summoning the wrong spirits. Two of the film’s stars, Lovie Simone and Gideon Adlon, chatted with EURweb correspondent Jill Munroe about how their experience on set and how they grew together like an actual coven.
Simone says that she was on her way to witchcraft all of her life.
Lovie Simone: I think witchcraft is more accountable and more personal. More you do the work.
Jill: Witchcraft within the Black community is something that has been shunned. What was your relationship like with magic before this film, and has it changed after being in it?
Lovie: I was definitely on my way to witchcraft. My whole life I think. Just with my views on Christianity, I knew that just couldn’t be it. Being a Black Baptist growing up, I was strict with everything. It was so restricting to my life and growth, I said ok, there has to be some other way. So I started looking for other reasons and why. And then I started falling in love with crystals and making teas. So I think, it just gives it a balance. You can have the father and the mother in the home.
Simone has several projects on the horizon including STARZ “Power Boook III: Raising Kanan.”
Sharing similar vibes, Simone’s co-star Gideon Adlon said magic has been in her life since the age of 6 when she went to visit her first psychic. Adlon said being on set was life changing.
“I was going through a very transitional period in my life when I went to Toronto to book this. And just learning about magic and working with real witches, and honing in that female power. Of being a woman… it was just a nourishing experience, and I’ll forever be thankful.”
Written and directed by Zoe Lister-Jones, the film also stars Nicholas Galitzine, Michelle Monaghan and David Duchovny. “The Craft: Legacy” is available on demand from October 28 om Amazon Prime.
Cardi B Claps Back at Racist Haters to Her Birkin Collection: ‘Y’all Don’t Do This to White Celebrities’
*Cardi B has clapped back at racists saying Hermés Birkin bags “lost their value” because Black female rappers wear them.
Cardi’s response is to a social media post about how rappers make the pricy handbags less “exclusive.” Hermés Birkin bags typically range anywhere from $12,000 to $200,000.
“I’ve been seeing this tweet right. It had me and it had other female rappers on it. They were talking about if we could get Birkins from the Hermés store and they [were] also saying how we depreciate the value of a Hermés Birkin bag. I find that really interesting because, first thing first, I definitely could get a bag. Actually, I got four bags today from the Hermés store,” the 28-year-old hip-hop star said in a video shared on Instagram.
Check out Cardi’s profane and is NSFW video below.
The “WAP” rapper recently shared a glimpse of her Hermès handbag collection — 23 Birkin bags and counting… with rare and one-of-a-kind designs, like camouflage, glitter and a paisley-print pattern, per PEOPLE. Check out her post below.
In the comments, Cardi B’s estranged husband Offset wrote, “I’m Responsible for 15 of them.”
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Cardi explained in her IG post on Oct. 25 that folks should stop questioning how and why Black women can “get a bag from the Hermés store” because “y’all don’t do this to these white celebrities,” she said.
“So why is it that y’all gotta be asking us? What the f—? It just makes you want to brag like, ‘Bitch do you know who the f— you’re talking to?’ But no, I’m not even going to take it there,” Cardi B added.
“Another thing is that they’re saying we’re depreciating the value,” she contonued. “Actually, we add value because when we mention brands in hip-hop, s— go up.”
She then referenced her hit single “Bodak Yellow,” which mentions designer Christian Louboutin and the song “I Like It Like That” which mentions Balenciaga.
“When ‘Bodak Yellow’ came out you could actually Google that their sales went up 1000+%,” said Cardi. And when it comes to the Balenciaga sales spike, Cardi added…”That s— went up too and that’s why they worked with me this year. Like hip-hop, we start trends,” she explaiined. “When y’all say that we devalue s—, no we actually add value.”
Bubba Wallace Refuses Trump Apology Demand in Root Insurance TV Spot [WATCH]
*NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace stars in a powerful and provocative new spot from Root Insurance, in which he addresses Donald Trump’s demand that he apologize over the noose controversial.
Back in June, NASCAR notified Wallace that a noose was found hanging in his garage stall at the Talladega Superspeedway.
After an investigation into the incident, the FBI declined to file any hate crime federal charges.
According to a statement from U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp, the noose had been in the garage since last fall, per USA Today.
Wallace “was not the target of a hate crime,” NASCAR said in a statement.
“There is no place in our sport for this type of racism and hatred,” said NASCAR President Steve Phelps in a press call with media at the time. “It’s not who we are as a sport.”
President Trump called the incident a “hoax” and demanded Bubba apologize for it.
“Has @BubbaWallace apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid, stood by his side, & were willing to sacrifice everything for him, only to find out that the whole thing was just another HOAX? That & Flag decision has caused lowest ratings EVER!,” Trump tweeted.
In the Root commercial, Bubba walks through a crowd of reporters who ask him for the apology and he staunchly refuses.
Scroll up and watch the ad via the YouTube player above.
According to a press release, Root partnered with Wallace (who recently signed with the newly formed Michael Jordan racing team) and Tool of North America with director Wesley Walker as creative lead, to tell his story and share his conviction for unapologetic societal change.
“Root Insurance is doing what is right and making insurance more fair, and I will be proud to drive a car with their colors next season,” said Wallace. “I stand firmly with the goal of eliminating bias from insurance, and I truly believe we can work together to help make the world a better place.”
“Getting to know Bubba Wallace and what he stands for made this partnership one that we couldn’t pass up,” said Alex Timm, Root Co-Founder and CEO. “He is dedicated to standing up for what is right, even when it involves facing adversity. Root was created to make car insurance more fair, standing up against the established industry that priced more on demographics than driving behavior. We are proud to support Bubba Wallace.”
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