Don Lemon is one of the most controversial figures in modern media today.
A talented broadcaster and solid interviewer, Lemon also is not afraid to mix his journalism with a healthy dose of opinion from time to time.
And it turns out that lots of people on the Internet don’t like him at all.
An online petition calling for CNN to fire Lemon has already racked up 17 thousand virtual signatures in less than 24 hours.
“Since the tragic incident of Trayvon Martin, Mr. Don Lemon has consistently antagonized and defamed the characteristics of the African-American race on the national scale in mass communications,” a statement attached to the petition reads. “From the holding of the ‘N’ word sign before the national audience, to his most recent comments of the unfortunate incident where a student was removed from their chair like a rag-doll by an officer, Mr. Lemon has avoided the obvious to blatantly state that an attack on the African-American race is real and that real solutions need to take place.”
The most recent outcry regarding Lemon came after he made controversial remarks indicating that he wanted more context before passing judgement on a South Carolina cop who slammed a teenage girl in a classroom.
More from Jamell Henderson, the organizer of the Change.org petition:
“We, the people want a journalist and an anchor that will not be afraid to accept the facts that are occurring within the African-American community and who will encourage our people the same way that person will encourage others across the board. We, the people, have no confidence in Mr. Lemon’s ability to do that,therefore we are asking CNN to remove him from his position.”
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By Nate Nkumbu
Election Season is upon us here in the United States but across the Atlantic, France is also getting ready for a very important election that could have global implications.
With a whole range of issues that are in the voter’s mind from national security to the economy, this election season will prove to be one that could shape France’s future at home and abroad.
After a wave of terrorist attacks that have plagued the country in recent years and a meddling economy that has failed to take off, many in France are willing to turn to the far right of the political spectrum for salvation and safety.
But before going into too much detail, let’s do a little overview of how the French political system actually works.
The country is led by a President, who is elected every five years.
France uses a two round system to elect its president so the top two finishers in the first round of voting then face off in a run off election two weeks later.
The next election is scheduled to be held on April 23, 2017 with the second round scheduled for May 7.
Many experts believe that incumbent Socialist President Francois Hollande could be in real trouble if he does decide to run for reelection.
“The Socialist party, which Hollande is member of doesn’t have much love for him like the rest of the France because he’s failed on number of things, mostly the economy as France is still struggling,” William R. Keylor, a Professor at Boston University who specializes in International Relations and is expert on US and French politics said to RISE NEWS.
According to Keylor, Hollande’s mismanagement of the economy has seen his approval rating drop to as low as 10%.
The professor added that because of Hollande’s unpopularity, many of the political parties in France see an opportunity to challenge his Presidency.
One of those parties is led by a rising star in French politics by the Name of Emmanuel Macron, the 38-year-old who Hollande had as his finance minister has become the rising star of French intellectuals who wish for a more moderate future.
His brand of politics, and his campaign (which is called “En Marche!”, or On Our Way) are marked with a form of optimism not unlike Canadian Prime minister Justin Trudeau.
But Macron is not the only challenger in the election.
The Republicans (the center-right political party) will hold a primary in the fall that is being hotly contested by Former President Nicolas Sarkozy and former Prime Minister Alain Juppé.
There is also a far right party that is actually leading current opinion polls in the election- the National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, a member of the European Parliament.
Le Pen’s father Jean-Marie Le Pen is a rabid racist who founded the National Front as a reactionary force meant to inform more traditional ideas of how French society should be run.
Keylor suggest that on the international scene, Sarkozy, Hollande, and Macron would continue the international presences that France has with NATO and the European Union, but under Le Pen, France’s international presences would change drastically.
“Under both the Socialist and Republicans, France would continue their obligations to the Nato and the EU being charter members and one the more influential nations but under Le Pen, you would see France renege on the obligation” Keylor said.“Le Pen’s policy, much like Trump’s in America is all about making France first. Under her, you would see France retreat inwards”
With the Socialists discredited under Hollande’s poor economic management and weakness in dealing with terrorist threats, there is a real chance that France will have to choose from the right and the far right in the Presidential run-off election.
Why does that matter?
Well just look at the recent “burkini” controversy.
The nation has been gripped in debate over whether women should be allowed to wear a form of the Islamic covering known as a “burqa” on the beach. The issue came to a head when one beach community banned the outfit and forced women to remove it while on the beach.
The controversy has angered human rights campaigners and progressives the world over, but it is not clear-cut in France.
Le Pen and Sarkozy support making the ban a national one while Juppé and Macron want to relax the ban.
Macron, who speaks English and is married to his former high school teacher who is over 20 years his senior also wants to reform the French economy and is willing to go after some of its sacred cows, like the 35 hour workweek.
He is not a Socialist and has angered many labor unions due to his more reform minded view of the world, but he may be France’s only hope to prevent the country from plunging into a far right reality.
A 38 year old may be the man France needs in this time of great need.
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18 years old and ambitious, Kylie Jenner (yes, really) is making a name for herself in the cosmetic world.
After she confessed to the public that she got her lips filled, Jenner hasn’t let it stop her from creating a company out of it.
As much as people talked about her fake lips, they still wish they could look as good as hers; and that’s why her new business Kylie Cosmetics is skyrocketing in sales.
Every week she restocks a limited amount of lip kits on her website and they typically sell out within minutes.
All of her lip kits are reasonably priced (ranging from $15-$29) and the rush to get them while they’re still in stock creates a FOMO (fear of missing out).
It’s quite the sales tactic. Not only do people purchase these lip kits just because it’s Kylie Jenner, they purchase them because they’re actually really freaking good.
Apparently her lip kit lasts 11 hours throughout the day, that’s longer than your average lipstick/gloss.
There’s more; each individual lip kit has it’s own unique name for example, her new glosses are; Like, Literally, and So Cute…They are LIKE LITERALLY SO CUTE!
Kylie Jenner is really good at keeping her fans up to date on new releases, colors, and explaining on what she’s working on next.
I know exactly when Dolce K is in stock because I follow her on Snapchat and exactly how much time it took for it to sell out. If you’re really curious to know more, I haven’t bought her app, but there is a special app where she apparently leaks more information to her fans that people on Snapchat wouldn’t know. Again, this is an impressive business feat.
Being 18 years old with your own company can have it’s disadvantages, but in this case her advantage is she can relate to the people interested in her lip kits. The majority of people that are interested in buying her lip kits are her fans. When you’re a fan of someone you usually admire that person, and when fans want to buy Kylie’s lip kit it’s probably because they admire her look. Her lips are always perfectly plumped and colored to perfection so why wouldn’t you want her look?
She takes the time to connect with her fans., she does a really good job of getting them engaged and giving them the chance to understand the way she does her makeup, just in case you’re curious as to how her makeup is so flawless. I’m even guilty of watching “How to Do Your Makeup Like Kylie Jenner” tutorials on Youtube.
No matter how much you don’t want to become a fan girl it’s merely impossible when Kylie is absolutely killing it in every aspect.
Of course, not everything is perfect in Kylieworld. RadarOnline.com has reported that workers at the warehouse that make the lip kits have complained of poor working conditions. More reputable news organizations have yet to confirm those rumors however.
Anyway, Jenner just released her new Glosses video to promote her lip kit, that features girls that Kylie specifically chose through the realms of social media. Here it is:
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Petition Campaign Wants Publix To Ban Florida Crystals And Domino Sugar After Toxic Algae Starts Washing Up On Beaches
An online petition campaign has garnered nearly 8,000 signatures in an effort to get Publix supermarkets to ban “big sugar” companies from its stores.
The campaign comes in the aftermath of an unusual outbreak of toxic blue-green algae that has washed up on the shores of beaches in Palm Beach and Martin counties in Florida.
The petition was launched by Ohana Surf Shop, a small business in Martin, FL and it hopes to make a big change.
From the Change.org petition:
“We are asking Publix Supermarkets to please stop carrying products from Florida Crystals, Domino Sugar and all of their subsidiaries. Florida Sugar is responsible for the largest eco-disaster this state has ever seen. Our beaches are closed due to toxic algae as a direct result of Florida Sugar’s blatant disregard for any and all EPA regulations. The releases of Lake Okeechobee fresh water is killing our estuaries, wild life and causing sickness and 2 deaths, directly related to the discharges. They are killing our economy and our way of life. Small family businesses are in distress and closing down daily. Being a Florida company, we hope that Publix will do the right thing and get their sugar from other sources.”
Ohana Surf Shop has also called for the impeachment of Florida Gov. Rick Scott over the lack of government action in handling the algae bloom problem, which many believe is caused by the release of high levels of nitrates, often found in farming (sugar and other crops).
Tourism could be affected by the algae blooms.
Nerissa Okiye, who is the Marketing and Tourism Director for Martin County, told WPTV that she has been fielding questions from people who had placed trips to Martin County before the algae blooms began.
She told WPTV that “When they’re seeing this, it puts a hesitancy. Do I want to go there?”
As we’ve previously reported, the algae has been known to cause rashes and hay fever like symptoms in people that it has come in contact with, and nausea and vomiting in people who ingest it.
According to the Ohana Surf Shop Facebook page, there is a planned protest for this Saturday (July 2) at 10 AM at Stuart Public Beach.
This is a developing story. Stay with RISE NEWS.
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