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29

Caitlin Keating, People Tue, Mar 28 7:19 AM

 

Rachel Dolezal, the white woman who made national headlines in 2015 after she pretended to be black, is back in the spotlight thanks to a new memoir titled In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World.

In the book, which will be released on March 28, the former Washington NAACP leader doesn’t walk back on her claims that she self-identifies as a black woman, saying that living her life as a black person made her life “infinitely better,” although it did make her feel more “distant and isolated” from white people as she started to embrace more elements of African-American culture.

Dolezal, who was raised by white parents in Troy, Montana, writes that the first time she was “finally able to embrace my true self” was when she “allowed the little girl I’d colored with a brown crayon so long ago to emerge.” But as happy as she was to be seen as black, it didn’t come without its challenges.

“It was still confusing, awkward, painful, isolating for at times - because who was I going to talk to about what felt like a major life transition?”

Rachel Dolezal

She recalls her marriage to a black man named Kevin, a man she says frequently “urged me to speak and act whiter’ and often complained about my figure.”

“I was a little too white Black for his tastes,” she writes. “Not only did he discourage me from wearing my braids or other Black hairstyles, he also dissuaded me from sitting in the sun, preferring my skin to be as pale as it could possibly be.”

Looking back at her marriage, Dolezal writes, “Kevin’s Blackness wasn’t the cause of our disconnect; if anything, it was his disdain for Blackness that created so much distance between us.”

It was a couple years after their divorce that she was no longer felt obligated to check “white” on medical forms.

“Once I started claiming my identity and checking black’, any whiteness I possessed became invisible to the people collecting the forms and even to the doctors examining the most intimate parts of my body.”

Rachel Dolezal with her husband Kevin on their wedding day in 2000

Dolezal also delves into the controversy that thrust her into the spotlight, remembering the moment in 2015 when a reporter first asked her if she was African American.

“I knew the answer I gave could put me in an impossible situation,” she wrote. “I knew any answer I gave could be used to ruin my credibility. If I said yes, I’d be asked to prove it. If I said no, I’d be tried in the same court of public opinion for how I’d been identifying on and off since my college days.”

By the next morning, she had already gotten more than twenty text and voicemail messages. Over the next four days that number turned into hundreds, maybe even thousands.

“People wanted me to explain myself to them. They said they felt shocked and betrayed. They were confused. They were angry. A few of my friends reached out to make sure I was doing all right, but they were the minority. Many more people, who I’d once considered friends, told me they no longer wanted to have anything to do with me,” she wrote.

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After the controversy, Dolezal, who previously worked as professor of African studies at Eastern Washington University, writes that she was faced with mounting bills and had to make ends meet by braiding hair.

Rachel Dolezal in 2009

“When I tell people I still identify as Black, they want to know why,” she writes at the end of the book. “I explain that Black is the closest descriptive category that represents the essential essence of who I am.”

She adds: “For me, being Black isn’t playing dress-up. It’s nothing something I change in and out of or do only when it’s convenient. This is who I am.”

In Full Color: Finding My Place in a Black and White World (BenBella Books) will be released on March 28.


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Mar
29

Nick Romano, Entertainment Weekly

UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly has issued an apology after mocking congresswoman Maxine Waters with his “James Brown wig” comments on Tuesday’s Fox and Friends.

“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said in a statement. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”

According to a Fox News spokesperson, O’Reilly will discuss the comments on Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

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Bill O’Reilly is coming under fire for scorning Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters on Fox and Friends Tuesday. “I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly remarked after watching a clip of Waters railing against Trump and the Republican party. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”

A representative of California’s 43rd district, the congresswoman made headlines for a recent speech, in which she said, “We’re fighting for the democracy. We are fighting for America. We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but then turned a blind eye to the destruction that [Trump’s] about to cause this country, You are not nearly as patriotic as we are.'”

O’Reilly initially mocked Waters by raising a fist during the clip and mouthing, “Right on.” After his comments, Fox and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt said, “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” O’Reilly retorted. “I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown had.” He later commented on her as a politician, saying, “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she said, she believes, and that’s old-school. We’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you, Maxine.”

UPDATE: Bill O’Reilly has issued an apology after mocking congresswoman Maxine Waters with his “James Brown wig” comments on Tuesday’s Fox and Friends.

“As I have said many times, I respect Congresswoman Maxine Waters for being sincere in her beliefs,” he said in a statement. “I said that again today on Fox & Friends calling her old school.’ Unfortunately, I also made a jest about her hair which was dumb. I apologize.”

According to a Fox News spokesperson, O’Reilly will discuss the comments on Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, airing at 8 p.m. ET.

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Bill O’Reilly is coming under fire for scorning Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters on Fox and Friends Tuesday. “I didn’t hear a word she said,” O’Reilly remarked after watching a clip of Waters railing against Trump and the Republican party. “I was looking at the James Brown wig.”

A representative of California’s 43rd district, the congresswoman made headlines for a recent speech, in which she said, “We’re fighting for the democracy. We are fighting for America. We’re saying to those who say they’re patriotic but then turned a blind eye to the destruction that [Trump’s] about to cause this country, You are not nearly as patriotic as we are.'”

O’Reilly initially mocked Waters by raising a fist during the clip and mouthing, “Right on.” After his comments, Fox and Friends cohost Ainsley Earhardt said, “You can’t go after a woman’s looks. I think she’s very attractive.”

“I didn’t say she wasn’t attractive,” O’Reilly retorted. “I love James Brown. But it’s the same hair James Brown had.” He later commented on her as a politician, saying, “She’s a sincere individual. Whatever she said, she believes, and that’s old-school. We’re giving Maxine a break here. I love you, Maxine.”


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Mar
22
Stephen Hawking making plans to travel into space
Posted by Sister Moriah on 22 March 2017 07:41 PM

Stephen Hawking has booked a ticket to space. The renowned theoretical physicist announced that he’s accepted Richard Branson’s invitation to board a flight on a future Virgin Galactic trip to space. 

Hawking revealed the news in an interview on ITV’s “Good Morning Britain.” He said that while his three children brought him “great joy” throughout his life, the next milestone that would make him happy now would be “to travel in space.” 

“I have already completed a zero-gravity flight which allowed me to float, weightless,” Hawking said. “But my ultimate ambition is to fly into space. I thought no one would take me, but Richard Branson has offered me a seat on Virgin Galactic and I said ‘yes’ immediately.”

Branson’s company has not announced how Hawking, who has a form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, which has gradually paralyzed him since his initial diagnosis at age 21, will make the journey. Any trip to the stars would likely be some years in the future since Virgin Galactic has not made any set plans for the start of regular commercial flights to space. 

The company received an operating license for “space tourism” from the Federal Aviation Administration last year, but is still in the testing phase for its SpaceShipTwo spacecraft that it hopes will ultimately introduce commercial space flights for civilians.


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Mar
22
Chuck Berry Rock 'n' Roll Pioneer Dead at 90
Posted by Sister Moriah on 22 March 2017 07:37 PM

Updated 10:12 PM ET, Sat March 18, 2017

(CNN)Chuck Berry, a music pioneer often called "the Father of Rock 'n' Roll," died Saturday at his home outside St. Louis, his verified Facebook page said. He was 90.

A post on the St. Charles County police Facebook page said officers responded to a medical emergency at the residence around 12:40 p.m. (1:40 p.m. ET) Saturday and found an unresponsive man inside. Resuscitation efforts failed.
"The St. Charles County Police Department sadly confirms the death of Charles Edward Anderson Berry Sr., better known as legendary musician Chuck Berry."

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Mar
21
Ivanka Trump to receive White House office, security clearance
Posted by Priest Elohim on 21 March 2017 04:21 PM

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