Black Lives Matter Activist, Erica Garner, Dies At 27

Melody Gulliver News

Erica Garner, 27, passed away on December 30th following a medically induced coma. Garner, mother and activist, had become a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter Movement after her father, Eric Garner, was killed by New York Police Officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Justin Damico. Eric Garner’s 2014 death incited numerous protests after a witness uploaded footage of Pantaleo and …

Grammy President Denies Race Problem In Beyonce’s Loss

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr Following Adele’s album of the year Grammy victory, criticisms about race in the music industry have dominated post-Grammy conversations. Critics asserted Beyonce’s Lemonade “dominated critical discussion in 2016” and her grammy-loss reflected racial bias and lack of diversity in the Recording Academy. Adele called attention to Lemonade’s significance and apparent “snub” during her acceptance …

Hidden Figures- 7 Prominent African Americans in Science that Were Not Taught in School

Mahala Herron Black History, Culture

Photo by Francisco Schmidt via Flickr I recently saw Hidden Figures at the Westwood Village theater and it was inspiring, to say the least. The phenomenal (and I do mean phenomenal) movie is about three Black women who worked at the Langley Research Center as scientists and mathematicians who helped launch NASA’s first successful space missions in 1962. It starred my …

George Lopez Under Fire for Racist Joke

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment, News

Photo by Jason Karsh via Flickr On Saturday, George Lopez delivered a racially charged joke at his Phoenix standup comedy show. Lopez stated, “There are still two rules in a Latino family: don’t marry someone black and don’t park in front of our house.” Immediately following the joke, a woman sitting near the stage began to flip Lopez off. Angered …

Actors, Citizens, and Corporations Express Solidarity Against Muslim Ban

Melody Gulliver News, World

Photo by  Geoff Livingston via Flickr In the wake of President Trump’s refugee immigration ban, Moonlight Actor, Mahershala Ali delivered an impassioned speech about religious persecution and empathy at the 27th annual Screen Actor’s Guild Awards. Ali stated, “I think what I’ve learned from working on “Moonlight” is we see what happens when you persecute people. They fold into themselves. …

Trump Nominates Conservative Justice, Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court

Melody Gulliver News

Photo by Victoria Pickering via Flickr On Tuesday night, President Trump publicly nominated Neil Gorsuch as the 9th Supreme Court Justice. Gorsuch is to replace conservative Justice Antonin Scalia who passed at age 79 in February 2016. Many Republican members of Congress are pleased with Trump’s nomination; it gives Republicans a 5-9 majority on the Supreme Court. Trump’s judicial appointment–a critical …

#OscarsNotAsWhite After Release of 2017 Nominations

Melody Gulliver Arts & Entertainment

Photo by Robert Couse Baker The Academy Awards has faced much criticism over the past few years for its lack of diversity and representation. In 2016, the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite surfaced online and created a channel for critics of the awards show to boycott and voice their frustrations, anger, and disappointments. However, on Tuesday morning The Academy made an effort to …

Kaepernick Praises Communist Leader Fidel Castro

Melody Gulliver Archive

Photo by Flickr Following Sunday’s 31-24 loss against the Miami Dolphins and the Friday announcement of Fidel Castro’s death, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made controversial comments in support of Castro. “I agree with the investment in education. I also agree with the investment in health care as well as the involvement in helping end apartheid in South Africa,” stated Kaepernick. …