Super excited about award-winning film director and writer Ava DuVernay’s directorial debut on Scandal! Next week (November 21, 2013, 10pm eastern on ABC) is her episode (season 3, episode 8, “Vermont Is For Lovers, Too”). Of course I am still excited about tonight’s episode and every episode, but as @BlerdTrekkie mentioned above, CREATED, DIRECTED and ACTED by a Black woman on network TV is gonna be EPIC!
Pharoah more directly called the show out by saying that producers “need to pay attention” and hire Darmirra Brunson, currently seen on Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor, “because she’s black first of all, and she’s really talented. She’s amazing. She needs to be on SNL. I said it. And I believe they need to follow up with it like they said they were going to do last year.”
Huh, so it turns out that SNL has actually gotten internal pressure from its own performers (obviously not Mr. Goodburger there, but at least Jay Pharoah) but it turns out they’ve been ignoring them. Color me unsurprised—it’s a bright indignant shade of red.
A black teenager is shopping for justice — claiming snooty Barneys staffers and New York City cops racially profiled him for credit card fraud after he bought a $349 belt.
Trayon Christian, 19, told the Daily News he filed a lawsuit after he was targeted by staffers at Barneys’ Madison Ave. flagship store and detained by police because they didn’t believe a young black man could possibly afford to buy such an expensive belt.
“It was a quick trip. I gave them my debit card, I signed my name,” he said.
According to his lawsuit, the clerk asked Christian to show his ID, which he did.
The clerk didn’t react as he signed for his purchase and left, he said.
But he got no more than a block from the store when two undercover NYPD detectives stopped him near E. 60th St., the lawsuit said.
“They said my card wasn’t real, it was fake. They said someone at Barneys called to report it,” said Christian.
The male detectives — whose names he never learned — asked to see ID and look in his bag, he said.
“I showed them my school ID and my driver’s license,” said Christian, who was 18 when the incident allegedly occurred.
“I kept thinking, ‘Why is this happening to me?’” he said.
“The detectives were asking me, ‘How could you afford a belt like this? Where did you get this money from?’” he said.
He was handcuffed and taken to the 19th Precinct stationhouse, he said.
According to his lawsuit, he was detained in a holding cell for about two hours.
He was then released with his debit card, his belt and an apology from the police, Christian said.