*Donald Trump threatened to pull federal funding from California schools planning to incorporate The New York Times’ 1619 Project into curriculums.
On Sunday, the president tweeted that the Department of Education would be “looking at” claims that California intends to teach students about America’s history of slavery via the 1619 Project.
“Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded!” Trump tweeted.
One Twitter user responded to trump’s message with, “All that the 1619 project wants to do is speak of the beginning of America at the time that Slavery began. It was black men and women who built this country from the origins.”
Other noted that this is Trump and the revisionists latest attempt at erasing “the history of slavery.”
The 1619 Project is named after the year that the first group of enslaved Africans arrived via ship to the shores of America. It is also the year the authors claim the county actually began, rather than in 1776, as U.S. history currently teaches in schools.
Department of Education is looking at this. If so, they will not be funded! https://t.co/dHsw6Y6Y3M
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 6, 2020
Meanwhile, in a piece written for Forbes, writer Seth Cohen accused the Trump administration of “threatening to censor the way schools teach about the history of slavery and racism in the United States.”
The tweet, Cohen wrote, “continues a trend of [the Trump administration’s] provocative actions regarding educational approaches to racial injustice in America, with the writer pointing out that it came just days after the Trump administration announced plans to cease diversity training it determines to be “anti-American.”
Trump’s tweet comes days after he instructed federal agencies to end racial sensitivity training related to white privilege, calling it “divisive, anti-American propaganda.”
“This is a sickness that cannot be allowed to continue,” Trump told his Twitter followers. “Please report any sightings so we can quickly extinguish!”
Russell Vought, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said such trainings “not only run counter to the fundamental beliefs for which our Nation has stood since its inception, but they also engender division and resentment within the Federal workforce,” Vought wrote in a two-page memo., adding that “we cannot accept our employees receiving training that seeks to undercut our core values as Americans and drive division within our workforce.”
Trump previously said he doesn’t believe that systemic racism exists in the United States.
Disney Casts Yara Shahidi as Tinkerbell in Live-Action ‘Peter Pan’ Film
*Yara Shahidi has been cast to portray Tinkerbell in Disney’s live-action “Peter Pan” flick.
Deadline reports that this marks the first time the beloved character has been played by a Black person or person of color.
Helmed by David Lowery, Shahidi will be joining Jude Law, who will take on the role of Captain Hook, Alexander Molony and Ever Anderson who are playing title characters.
The film is expected to debut in theaters.
In a 2016 Teen Vogue interview, Shahidi noted how she became “representation for myself” at a young age after she modeled for Mattel and Disney.
“Some of my childhood modeling jobs were with Mattel and Disney, so I’d go into the Disney store and literally see me,” she told the publication. “My family was cleaning up the garage, and I found these life-size cutouts of 6-year-old me as the black Tinkerbell, black Cinderella, you name it, which is hilarious. But being the black version of so many characters brought up problems. I was happy to be black, but at the same time there were moments of, ‘Why is this a separate collection?’ There was this realization that being black meant I was the ‘off-brand’ version because Cinderella wasn’t made to look like me.”
News of her Tinkerbell casting coincides with the announcement that Mattel is relaunching Shahidi’s collectable Shero doll to educate young voters and encourage them to cast a ballot in the November election.
As noted by PEOPLE, Shahidi’s doll wears a gray suit with a Tory Burch “vote” graphic tee underneath. The doll’s packaging has a QR code that links to voter registration resource WeVoteNext and comes with an “I Voted” sticker on her black leather backpack.
“I’m honored to be repping all the young ones as a Barbie Role Model,” Shahidi wrote on Instagram when the doll was initially revealed. “Let’s continue to inspire the next generation and each other. We need your voices and are watching you all Blossom and shine!”
Shahidi’s collectible doll “empowers the next generation of voters to stand up for what they believe in, emphasizes the importance of using one’s voice at every age, and shows young voters how they hold the power to help shape a better future,” a Barbie press release states.
Tyra Banks Admits ‘America’s Next Top Model’ Could Have Been More Inclusive [VIDEO]
*Tyra Banks admits “America’s Next Top Model” could have done a better job at being more inclusive and highlighting diversity.
“We were still operating in a world—I was still a model at the time, not a retired model yet, and still operating in this world that had so many rules,” the former model said on the Tamron Hall Show on Wednesday. “It was this awful push and pull that we all had.”
Banks said there were “different categories of things we messed up” and that the series had “a whole bunch of things that we did mess up.” Banks sees the show’s missteps as her attempt to avoid hurting the contestants’ careers.
“I was trying to push boundaries but was also torn to try to make sure that these girls could work, so it was a balance,” Banks said. “It was like, ‘Oh, break beauty barriers,’ but yeah, I can break them all I want on the show, but they’ll graduate from the show, and they won’t work.”
In May she addressed criticism over the disturbing ANTM clips that resurfaced, showing her rude, toxic and demeaning handling of several contestants.
In one clip, she criticized cycle six winner Danielle Evans’ choice not to close the gap in her front teeth.
“Do you really think you can have a CoverGirl contract with a gap in your mouth?” Banks said after Evans decided against dental work.
“I had model agents here saying, ‘These three girls could really, really work, but this must change,’ so there was a whole behind-the-scenes thing happening,” Banks told Hall. “Instead of me saying, ‘You must change this,’ on TV, I think what I should have said is, ‘You’re beautiful.’”
Banks went on to explain… “America’s Next Top Model was created—I created it—to introduce diversity and inclusion into a world that was pretty much not representing that or representing it in the most minute ways,” Banks said. “So that was the crux of why I created America’s Next Top Model. It’s why my partner Ken Mok and I, who’s Chinese American, got up every single day, and we made so many inroads.”
“Top Model” debuted in 2003 and was canceled in 2015. It was later rebooted on VH1.
Scroll up and watch Tyra’s interview with Tamron via the YouTube video above.
YouTuber Ari Zahir Cast as New Voice of Cleveland Brown on ‘Family Guy’
*Family Guy has cast YouTuber Arif Zahir to voice Cleveland Brown after Mike Henry, a white man, announced he would be stepping down from the role because “persons of color should play characters of color.”
Henry announced his departure on social media in August, saying in a statement, “It’s been an honor to play Cleveland on Family Guy for 20 years. I love this character, but persons of color should play characters of color. Therefore, I will be stepping down from the role.”
“The Cleveland Show” ran from 2009 to 2013, during which Henry provided the voice of Cleveland and his stepson, Rallo Tubbs. The comedian also voices Consuela the maid and several other minor characters. He served as co-creator and lead star on the spinoff for the series’ four seasons, The Blast reports.
Henry provided the voice of the character since the Fox animated series’ debut in 1999.
— Family Guy (@FamilyGuyonFOX) September 25, 2020
The animated sitcom announced on Twitter Friday that Zahir, who is Black, will now voice Cleveland in season 19.
“We have found our new Cleveland! Excited to have you join the fam, @Azerrz,” the series tweeted alongside a split photo of Zahir and Cleveland.
Of the news, Zahir, 26, said in a statement: “To Mike Henry, Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin and Seth MacFarlane, thank you for this incredible gift. And to the millions of fans who love this show, I promise not to let you own.”
Actor Wendell Pierce had petitioned to become the new voice of Cleveland Brown, SandraRose reported.
He took to social media to pitch himself, writing “Now that Mike Henry has consciously given up the role of Cleveland, I am publicly starting a campaign to voice the role myself on ‘The Cleveland Show.’”
We previously reported, “The Simpsons” will no longer allow non-white characters to be voiced by white actors.
“Moving forward, “The Simpsons” will no longer have white actors voice non-white characters,” the producers stated.
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