Say it RIGHT! Say it Properly! It IS a HATE CRIME!


jodie chan with her mother and grandmother
The author with her mother and grandmother.

By: Jodie Chan/MarieClaire

I remember my first day at school in Sydney vividly. I was seven and had just moved from Hong Kong, barely speaking English. I was the only Asian kid in my class; everybody else was white, apart from a Black boy named Femi. Standing alone in the shadow under a set of stairs at recess, a girl bounded up to me and asked for my name.

Out of sheer panic that this was the first time someone had decided to start a conversation with me in English, I blanked and stuttered, “I don’t know…”

My heart sank. I failed my first test.

The girl shrugged and ran off.

I didn’t know my name.

I knew, but I had forgotten.

I must have repressed this shameful memory over the years, as the rest of my first year assimilating into an Australian school was a blur. I was teased because everyone called me a baby kangaroo (my name was Joey, which in Cantonese meant Joe-兒/child of Joe, my dad) and changed my name to Jodie shortly thereafter, along with changing schools. The only other thing I remember was the distinct smell of my ESL teacher’s strawberry bubblegum, and the way she held her nubby pencils between her thumb and forefinger.

“Say it properly. When you say the, or there, don’t start with a D. That is not proper. Put your tongue between your teeth. Thhh thhh thhh.”

Say it properly, she taught me. Because how you say something matters, she would say.

jodie chan with her father, joe

The author with her father.Jodie Chan

I took her advice to heart. I became mindful of what I said, and how I said it. I absorbed everything like a sponge — the way she talked, the way the other girls in class held their conversation and were completely effortless in their command of language. I saw how easily and confidently they could state their point of view, and get what they asked for. Later I was jealous of how the debate team — all white — were so convincing and assured of their power. They didn’t even need to try. Yet here I was, second guessing every word I said or wrote, forgetting my own name. Throwing away the original name my dad had bequeathed me over a marsupial joke.

Perhaps this is why, years later, I ended up in communications. Because how you say something matters. Perhaps this is why this memory on the playground that hot February day came back so clearly in my mind recently, in light of the hate, vitriol, and violence that has been leveled against the Asian community and spreading like wildfire through America. Living in New York, I am now fearful of riding the subway alone. I have a hard time identifying whether my feelings are of crazy paranoia or logical fear, which seem to have blurred into a dark mass hanging in my mind every time I am out by myself. I have to make sure I have my pepper spray with me ready and accessible always. I find myself rehearsing in my mind what I would say if someone said Fucking Asian Bitch! to me again — the last time being in broad daylight on Russell Square in London, not too long ago. What if I saw an elderly paw paw or gong gong being harassed on the street? Would I have the guts to intervene and stand up for them? What would my retort be if someone told me to go back to where you came from? What would I say? How would I say it?

Because how you say something matters.

For all the times I have been corrected to say something properly, or had me no speak engrish spewed in my face, I am stunned at the collective, willed ignorance and utter denial of saying the one most important thing properly this week. That what happened in Atlanta this week was irrefutably a hate crime.

Forget the legal semantics or the Department of Justice’s square definition of what constitutes a hate crime. Forget for a moment about the fact that a witness told a reporter that the killer had proclaimed he wanted to “kill all Asians.” There cannot be any denial that he acted out of hate.

Every time that I see a media outlet no matter how big or small say the “motive is unclear” or “yet to be determined,” I feel a hot rage taking over me as if it’s a fresh slap on my face. Why must we continue to uphold the silent code of the white patriarchy to deny what is fact? It begins with language and your use of words. It begins with your acknowledgement of these individual lives, these individual stories, instead of clumping them into a faceless statistic. At this moment, your words are showing us that women of Asian descent are expendable, that we matter as little as the disposable flip flop you wear at the spa. The fact that the society at large immediately jumps to the conclusion that the women must be sex workers because their place of work has the words “Asian Massage” in its name. A massage of any other ethnicity does not carry the weight of the same connotations. And, so what if they are? Does that make their lives any more dispensable?

How dare you try to diminish us by refusing to grant us the simple justice of labelling the heinous act for what it is — and protecting the terrorist by humanizing him with soft language used to describe a misdemeanor on a “bad day.” Word after word, we are being disrespected, our dignity denied, as if the keep our head down, grin and bear it mantra of any “good Asian girl” makes us an easy target for abuse and offense, because we are mute, because we forgive, because we do not seek recourse. Because we should just be grateful for the crumbs we are spared. Just thankful to be here.

Make no mistake, we are not mute, we are merely observing. We see you, and we see you not seeing us. We are not silent. We will not be eliminated. We will encourage each other to speak up, to stand for each other, to hold each other accountable. We will get in your faces the same way you have gotten in ours, answering, I COME FROM RIGHT HERE. I BELONG RIGHT HERE. I DESERVE TO BE SEEN. We will take up space. We will not cower to cowards. We will continue to fight in the name of the victims of this hate crime and continue to ask you to say it properly.

Delaina Ashley Yaun
Paul Andre Michels
Daoyou Feng
Xiaojie Tan
Soon Chung Park
Hyun Jung Grant
Suncha Kim
Yong Yue

We will say their names and say it properly.

Bate and Switch at Uber?


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A couple of years ago my car was totaled in an accident. I took the insurance money and paid off a few accounts. Living downtown, the plan was to take a combination of Public Tranposrtation and Uber. After a year, I would purchase a new car.

Uber and Lyft was reliable transportation with reasonalble prices to get me to and sometimes from work. My plan was to purchase a car in the spring of 2020.

Those plans were sidelined as my hours were reduced due to Covid. As a result, I delayed my car purchase until the ecomomy stabilizes.

In the last few months, Uber and Lyft has adjusted their pricing. With prices fluctuating throughout the day. Of the two compaines, Lyft was more transparent. At Lyft, you simply agree to the price and a car is assigned. This is the foundation of carshare.

At Uber, You agree to the price, for say an UberX and a car is assigned. The average person might assume, they are free to gather their belongings with an occassional glance at their phone for time. At Uber, that could be a fatal error as your orginal agreement may be on hold. Returning to your phone you learn, they have another car available, at an higher price,you have the option of taking the new car with the higher price or wait for another car. (What happened to your original car?-stay tuned) Once you agree to wait, they will offer other cars, to accept or reject.

My orginal Uberx was $13.00 and would arrive in sixteen minutes and the next option was $38.00, in micoseconds, after agreeing to wait they offerred a teeny tiny Toyota Prius B for $41.00 then after offering three other cars, my orginal car suddenly disappered (total time 27 minutes) Without closing the app, another UberX appered and is available for $17.00, if your willing to dance again.

Lyft had cars available at $14.44 however, they said I would need to wait 30-to 40 minutes, I chose Lyft and was 90 minutes late to work.

I used Uber 60% of time (time being the optimal word) today its less than 20%. The dance was too frustrating and I couldn’t rely on Uber delivering a car as promised.

I’m not a Attorney, I just play one on TV. But this seems like a blatant case of bait and switch. They offer a price, I accept the price and then they offer the same serivce at a higher price and once I reject the higher price, they cancel the orginal agreement.

I have complained on Twitter several times without any resolution. I went to reddit and discovered I wasn’t alone as there are many complaints about Uber’s pricing. . Someone suggested I try to negotiate with a Taxi company. Half of the companies I called, were open as long as I paid cash. We will see later this week.

CityFella

People die or they leave’: Putin fails in promise to repopulate Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Siberian Federal District - Alexei Druzhinin /TASS
Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Siberian Federal District – Alexei Druzhinin /TASS

By: Theo MerzSun

Even before the pandemic struck, Gorokhovets, a picturesque medieval church town some five hours’ drive from Moscow, was dying. As other businesses struggle, at least one sector is growing: the settlement recently saw the opening of its third funeral parlour.

“People either die or they leave,” said Yulia Balandina, the manager of one of the funeral homes.

Ms Balandina, pictured below, estimates that coronavirus has increased her workload by around 10 per cent. Other funerals she has arranged in recent months point to different, long-standing problems in Russia: a father, mother and daughter who died on the same day after drinking bootleg alcohol together, and depressingly regular suicides among young men.

Russia’s population fell by almost 600,000 over the last year to 146 million, according to official statistics, in its sharpest decline in the past 15 years. This month, Russia reported its first fall in life expectancy since 2003

While the coronavirus pandemic is to blame for much of that fall, broader economic instability in Russia has also played a role, along with a generational echo of the disastrous drop in birth rates during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

How many people have been vaccinated in Russia?
How many people have been vaccinated in Russia?

Those figures pose a significant problem for President Vladimir Putin, who has said he is “haunted” by the prospect of a dying Russia and has made addressing an ongoing demographic crisis one of the priorities of his two decades in power.

From the mid-2000s the downward trend did reverse, on the back of an improving economic situation and government efforts to reduce alcohol consumption.

Authorities offered greater financial support for couples with several children and even revived a Soviet tradition of awarding medals to particularly prolific parents. The powerful, Kremlin-linked Orthodox Church also sought to promote an ideal of large families.

But now the picture is bleaker. The state statistics agency Rosstat has provided three possible scenarios for the next 15 years. The most optimistic of these, which has been rejected by independent experts as unrealistic, projects the population will grow to 150 million people by 2036.

The most pessimistic predicts a slump to 134 million, a fate that could await the country unless major changes are forthcoming. Mr Putin last year announced plans to offer parents extra state funding from their first child, which has previously only been offered to families with two children or more.

Alexei Raksha, an independent demographer and former Rosstat employee who was forced out last year after he criticised official reporting of coronavirus figures, said targeted grants alone would not be enough to address the decline.

“I don’t see any future if things continue as they are. We will not see any economic growth, we will not see any growth in real disposable income – and that is a key factor for fertility.

“I don’t see anything new that will even come close to returning first-children fertility to a Soviet level.”

Over the next ten years, he predicts Russia’s population will drop by as much as five million, as mortality outstrips the birth rate and migration fails to make up the shortfall.

Yulia Balandina, the 34-year-old manager of a funeral parlour in Gorokhovets
Yulia Balandina, the 34-year-old manager of a funeral parlour in Gorokhovets

‘It’s depressed, it’s dying’

Dzerzhinsk, the closest major city to Gorokhovets, has, like many regional industrial centres, been steadily shrinking since the 1990s. Once the major producer of chemicals for the Soviet Union, factories have closed or downsized, and the population has dropped by some 50,000, to 230,000 people.

“It’s depressed, it’s dying,” said Svetlana, a 60-year-old former factory worker walking on the city’s main square, who declined to give her last name. She said the rot set in with Mikhail Gorbachev’s economic ‘perestroika’ reforms of the late 1980s, which loosened centralised control over many businesses lead to the collapse of the USSR, and the region has never recovered.

“If it weren’t for perestroika, there would be 300,000 people here now,” she said. “They need to bring back the industry. If there’s no industry, there’s no Dzerzhinsk.”

Svetlana
Svetlana

Svetalana Tselyunova, above, a 30-year-old social worker taking her young daughter to the park, moved to Dzerzhinsk from elsewhere in the region, which is one of the fastest-dying in Russia. In the village where she grew up the local school, workers’ club and cinema have all closed over the last decade.

A mother of one, Ms Tselyunova said she would like to have a larger family, but that this would not be possible “unless the circumstances change”. In Dzerzhinsk her income is just £200 a month, plus child benefits of around £50, and she struggles to balance work with childcare.

“I don’t see any future for Russia as a state in its current form,” said Mr Raksha, who added that he had resisted pressure to revise up his demographic predictions when he worked at the national statistics agency.

“We have been told continuously via TV that Russia is Putin and Putin is Russia. Does this state propaganda mean that Russia is heading towards inevitable decline as well? I hope not.”

Gorokhovets is a picturesque medieval church town about five hours drive from Moscow
Gorokhovets is a picturesque medieval church town about five hours drive from Moscow

In Gorokhovets, funeral home manager Yulia Balandina painted an equally downbeat picture. “Nothing changes here, I don’t see any chance for rebirth,” she said.

“You have to have a dark sort of humor to get through it.”

Trump’s Hoopty


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You know the guy… He buys an old car, strips it and tricks it out with only the best his money can buy. The biggest and brightest rims. Buttery soft leather, a sound systems that can make the neighbors weep.

The owner, doesn’t care that his ride is 30 years old and needs the love and attention one would give an old grandpa. Its personal. Looks first, mechanical later.

A WARNING TO LADIES: You are the second most important thing in his life. Especially if he has named the car.

45 bought the Boeing 757 in 2010 , it was nearly 20 years old at the time. He took the old 757 and blinged it out. From custom white leather from Paris to adding 24-karat gold plating round the lights, seat buckles, handles, latches, knobs anything that could shine.

This plane was once a commercial jet, that could hold nearly 230 passengers, however, DT tricked his out for 43 passengers with a MASTER BEDROOM, guest suite, dining room, A VIP area and galley.

A table set for a meal aboard Trump's 757.
A private cabin in Trump's plane.
Check out the private cabin.
A bedroom in the plane.
A Bedroom
A gold-threaded, embroidered Trump family crest on the headrest of a chair
Custom Gold Embroidery on every headrest.

This was 45’s pride and joy, if you look at any of his brochure’s the 757 is often in the background. For DT, image is everything, its his brand.

But just like the guy who tricks out a 30 year Buick. Upkeep is expensive, its very expensive operate a old vehicle or jet and parts are difficult to come by. To fly that bad boy up in the sky, costs between 15 to 18 thousand an hour.

Boeing stop building the 757 years ago. The Trump plane needs an engine and other parts which could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The plane has been sitting for over 4 years in upstate New York. DT is a wiz at promotion, but not good at investments. “He lost THREE casino’s in Atlantic City”

When it comes to transportation, don’t shed a tear for him. Your not likely to be seated next to him or Melania on your next flight on American.

He’s covered by the US Government. Yes sir ree Bob, taxpayers provide transportation for the Ex-President for life. Not Air Force one, they have to suffer on a private jet.

Like the man with his tricked out Buick, who has a blown engine and a leaking transmission, all DT can do is sit or sleep in one of the bedrooms on his Jet. He could sell it, like the owner of the Buick, selling it would be difficult because its personal. Currently ,used 757’s are selling for 7 to 10 million dollars.

DT is having some real cash flow problems right now and for the foreseeable future. I’m hoping he is spending his stimulus check wisely. (wink)

CityFella

Spring is Near and Covid 19 isn’t over.


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Like most people in the world, I’m looking forward returning to normalcy. I want to have breakfast at Carol’s in West Sacramento. Dinner at “The Porch” in midtown. I wanna walk down a busy L street with people drinking and pedaling on those brew bikes carts. I miss the crowds of bicyclist and all things uniquely wonderful about Sacramento.

Last spring when restaurants reopened in Sac. The restaurants were overwhelmed, owners and staff weren’t prepared. Impatient customers removed tables. ignored distancing and many took off their masks. Some patrons drove from the Bay Area where restrictions were still in place.

A friend suggested we have brunch at a popular restaurant on Capitol. It was pandemonium. I was struck in the head by a chair that was taken from one table by patrons who wanted to push four tables together. The person who hit me didn’t apologize, but a lady who was sitting in the new construction site did, ” Were sorry, we all wanted to sit together- we haven’t seen our grandchildren in months”.

I was overwhelmed by the crowd, the noise, in a world where thousands were dying in Europe and there was no vaccine. I stood up and told my friend, ” I cant be in here” she asked “what do you want to do?” I didn’t know. She said, what if I have them box the food? I heard her,but didn’t answer, I needed to be out of the restaurant.

I walked across the street and leaned on a mail box. It was difficult to breath. In my head, I remember asking myself. What is going on? I love crowded restaurants and I abandon my friend. I texted her and apologized.

I’ve never seen you like that before? are you okay? I’m sorry was all I had. We sat on the steps of someone’s home nearby. I’m not ready, that might have been an panic attack, I’m not sure. “Your eyes were wide as if you were about to cry”, she said.

For nearly a year, my life has been work, Safeway, Facebook, Instagram, Marco Polo, texts and online shopping. Travel has been limited, most of the Airlines had a policy of leaving the center seat vacant and the airports were empty.

Covid isn’t working in the United States because the States are not united. If you travel into Kansas City, there are no or limited restrictions, no masked were required in any of the restaurant’s I visited in Kansas City Missouri and no staff member were required to wear one. Across the River in Kansas City, Kansas. The entire state was under quarantine, masks were required everywhere. This was the same when I traveled to Washington DC. DC was under quarantine, but cross the river………..

Returning back from DC, my flight was packed, nearly every square inch of the plane was packed. Every passenger was required to wear a face mask, the crew would remind passengers should the mask slipped below your nose.

Next month, I have to travel to East Texas. I’m considering driving.

Nearly 100, millions people have been injected with a vaccine. Some view it as a sign that things are over. More than 16 states have reopened with no restrictions. In a couple of days, I will be injected. I view it as a victory, however not as an end to the virus. Your not going to find me in a crowded mall, gym, beach, etc.

There are still quite a few people in this hospital and new cases everyday. There are some health professionals who believe, like Europe, the US could see a surge of new cases.

My old, new normal involves masks, washing and avoiding large crowds. I will make small adjustments as the number of new cases shrink. I like shopping online and having food, and other things delivered. I’m not in panic mode, just being conservative.

I understand the desire to return to normal. Its a desire echoed the world over. I am looking forward to the day, I can dine in a noisy crowded restaurant, I am missing my other home New York, and celebrating events big and small. But not today. Its gonna take a minute before the world to return normal. A year has passed. A year, I thought the world was going to end, but I have survived and I’ve adjusted to a new world order. So I know I can wait, a little longer.

CityFella

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Sexual misconduct lawsuits increased from 3 to 9,in less than 24 hours for Houston Texans Quarterback Deshaun Watson


Deshaun Watson hit with sex allegation by massage therapist - New York  Daily News

The attorney representing the 3 women who have filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against Deshaun Watson now says the total number of accusers has ballooned to NINE.

“The Buzbee Law Firm has now been hired by nine women to bring cases against Deshaun Watson,” attorney Tony Buzbee says … noting, “The allegations are similar.”

“We have filed three [lawsuits], and, as we complete our due diligence, will file the remaining ones in due course.”

Buzbee says the firm is talking with “several others” and praises his clients as “brave women who are wiling to come forward and be heard.”

The allegations against NFL superstar Deshaun Watson are piling up … a third female masseuse has filed a lawsuit against the QB, claiming he forced her to perform oral sex during a Dec. 2020 encounter.

The woman, who filed her suit under the pseudonym Jane Doe to protect her identity, claims Watson reached out on Instagram to set up a session.

The woman says the two agreed to an appointment at a Houston, Texas office building on Dec. 28, 2020 at 10 a.m.

Jane Doe — who claims she was newly engaged and had just graduated chiropractic school — says her mother dropped her off at the job, and then she met Watson … and that’s when she claims things immediately got weird.

The woman says Watson insisted she focus on massaging his “inner thighs” and “inner glutes” — while repeatedly telling her he’s a professional football player.

She claims Watson “got more aggressive” — and eventually “coerced [Jane Doe] to move her mouth toward his penis, forcing [Jane Doe] to perform oral sex on him.”

The woman claims she never consented to the sex act … and actually “blacked out for a few minutes from the fear.”

In her suit, the woman claims she was so terrified, she defecated on herself.

The woman says Watson got up, got dressed and left as if nothing happened.

The woman is suing for sexual assault, civil assault and intentional inflection of emotional distress.

It’s the third lawsuit filed against Watson by attorney Tony Buzbee … who claims there are at least 3 other women who will be taking legal action against the Houston Texans

Watson has not been arrest nor charged with a crime … and has adamantly denied all wrongdoing, insisting Buzbee is just trying to score an unwarranted payday for the women.

The other two lawsuits that have been previously filed against Watson contain similar allegations — with two massage therapists alleging sexual misconduct against the QB during massage sessions that were initiated over social media.

The Houston Texans issued a statement Thursday that said the NFL “informed us today that they will conduct an investigation into the allegations made in the civil lawsuits filed against Deshaun Watson.” “We continue to take this and all matters involving anyone within the Houston Texans organization seriously,” the statement said. “We do not anticipate making any additional statements until the NFL’s investigation concludes.

Meghan and Harry was so last week! The heat is “The Talk” Sharon Osborne and Kirk Franklin


The Talk' Hiatus Extended Amid Misconduct Allegations Against Sharon  Osbourne – Deadline
Through the years ABC’s “The View” have had many explosive fights on camera with co-hosts and guests and never has ABC shut the production down. Some of the cast members and staff are calling the set of “The Talk”toxic. So there is a BIG investigation over at CBS’s “The Talk” with Sharon Osbourne at the center of this firestorm. The controversy surrounds Osbourne 68, defending her friend Piers Morgan who was one of the host of “Good Morning Britain”. Morgan 55, was incensed over the Winfrey interview of Meghan and Harry went in deep. He accused Meghan of spewing “vile destructive self-serving nonsense,” spreading “race-baiting propaganda,” and stating, “I don’t believe a word she says, Meghan Markle. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.” Morgan was challenged by black co-host who reminded him of his racist attacks on Markle and Morgan stormed off the set.

Bitter Much?

In Daily Mail column dated Dec. 4, 2018, wherein Piers branded Meghan “a ruthless social climbing actress,” Morgan recounted how he’d struck up a DM relationship with Meghan a few years back, exchanging pleasantries via Twitter. Then, in June 2016, Morgan described how Meghan said she was in London and wanted to meet up, so Morgan suggested his local pub in Kensington. After 90 minutes of pub talk, Morgan wrote that Meghan left him for a dinner with friends and never spoke to him again. “I’d been ghosted,” he wrote. (Morgan was married at the time.) Osborne defended her friend Piers on “The Talk”. Sheryl Underwood and Elaine Welteroth, both Black women, on why she would support someone who made racist comments. Osborne asked Underwood to educate” her on how Morgan’s comments were racist.saying, it should be me.” Underwood’s approach to Osborne and tone won the day. Many people were angry at Osbornes aggression. Osbourne told Variety ,she was “blindsided” by the questions about Morgan, that she was “stunned by what I was being asked and not prepared,” and that “the showrunners told me it came from executives to do this to me.” An insider said, “Everyone knew there was going to be a discussion. Sharon was already hyper-emotional, and she was expecting cover from Sheryl, and then she felt attacked. She blames Sheryl. In the post-show meeting, she screamed, ‘I’m getting my lawyers!’ ”CBS announced it was investigating the exchange after Osbourne dropped the “F bomb” twice, including yelling, “I can’t be racist. I’m a [bleeping] Jew.” Current co-host Elaine Welteroth told Page Six, that she and her hairstylist have complained there is an alleged “racially insensitive and hostile environment” on the show.

“Tweets Never Die”

Last Friday, Osbourne issued a lengthy apology on Twitter. In the last few days tweets have emerged. First season co-host Holly Robinson Peete, tweeted Osbourne allegedly complained that she was “ghetto” and implieing Osbourne was the reason she was fired. Former co-host Leah  Remini tweeted back in 2012 in which the actress mentions Osbourne using the racialized term to describe her and Robinson Peete. In refererce to co-host Joan Chen. Remini recalled Osbourne saying  during the shows first season “I mean, who the fuck does slanty eyes think she is? She shouldn’t be pillow-talking with our boss” referring to Chen and her husband, Les Moonves, who was at the head of CBS at the time. Journalist Yashar Ali posted a story on Tuesday saying that Osbourne, wife of rock star Ozzy Osbourne who came to fame during MTV’s series about the family, has a history of making culturally offensive and bullying comments. She also made claims, which were backed up my multiple anonymous sources, that Osbourne referred to Gilbert (The Talk’s creator and executive producer in addition to former co-host), who is a lesbian, as “pussy licker” and “fish eater.” Osbourne allegedly added of Gilbert, “Why won’t the pussy licker do anything about the wonton?” and “Why won’t the fish-eater be part of this discussion? She’s the fucking executive! Users also pointed to a video clip of Osbourne in 2018 saying that Meghan Markle “ain’t Black” because “she doesn’t look Black.”

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Why now? If Sharon Osborne was such a terror and said all of those despicable things through the years, how was she allowed to keep her job? Why was it necessary for CBS to shut down The Talk? CBS said the show is expected back on the air next Tuesday. The investigation comes after years of other high-profile scandals involving toxic work environment and racial allegations at the network.

News at 11

Kirk Franklin's Estranged Son Turns To Social Media For Protection After  Claiming His Father Is Trying To 'Take Him Out' - All About Laughs
Kirk Franklin/Kerrion Franklin
What happens when your 32 year old son records and releases a heated personal conversation to social media? Humiliating yes, and if your Gospel Legend with 16 Grammy Award winning artist embarrassing. In a lengthy Instagram caption accompanying the video of their argument, Kerrion explained that “this is why I’m done. No father should speak to their children like this.” “I don’t think I’ll ever trust my father to be alone around him ever again,” he added. “I didn’t want to do this… no matter what (people) think I pray my dad deals with his deep hatred toward me. I don’t feel safe around him at all.”  Kerrion, is the eldest son of gospel artist Kirk Franklin. Kerrion describes himself as an “author, producer, and cinematographer” on his Instagram profile. He is also into music and often shares pictures in a studio. Kirk said, that his son has “for many years… had a toxic relationship” with the rest of the family. Kirk said in the video that he had brought a family therapist onto the call to help pacify things between them all.  He went on: “We’ve tried for many years through counseling, through therapy to try to rectify this private family matter. After his dad shared his apology, the 32-year-old went on say he didn’t accept his dad’s apology. He posted: “He apologized to his fans only and not me. This is why I’m done.”Kerrion went on: “Plz do not crucify my father. I am not here to bash him across the board. I didn’t even cuss in the recording. “I just said what he said back to me. my father has been speaking very mean & manipulatively to me for 15 years now. My voice will be heard. I forgive him for the past pain.

He said that his father apologized to his fans, not him

. Kerrion successfully embarrassed his father. However, in the court of public opinion, the majority supports his father.

CityFella

Who is responsible for the growing homeless crisis in Sacramento?


We are Sounding the Alarm--A Call to Action: We are facing a Housing &  Homeless Crisis in Sacramento!!! - Sac Cultural Hub

By: Ananda Rochita/KXTV-ABC10

The homeless crisis in Sacramento is impacting more people today than it has in recent history.

According to the most recent Point-In-Time count conducted throughout Sacramento County, more than 5,500 people are experiencing homelessness on a given night. That is an increase of nearly 20% from 2017 and just over 2,650 people in 2015. The count, which is conducted every two years, was last taken over two nights in January 2019. 

Diane Woods and her family are currently homeless and feel there is not enough being done to help for the unhoused community in Sacramento. Woods and her three children either sleep in their van or receive vouchers to stay in motels.

“There’s just not really any help out there,” Woods said.

Two of her children, Kara and Caley, can’t attend school virtually “because we were homeless, we couldn’t charge our laptops or their hotspot device, so they were enrolled, but couldn’t go.”

Her kids attend Mustard Seed School in Sacramento, a program provided by Loaves & Fishes that’s considered a temporary and private school for students as their families work to get stable and permanent living situations figured out. The school provides a place for the kids while their parents are using other services on the Loaves & Fishes campus. Some of those services include breakfast and lunch, mental health services, housing information, and showers. They also provide school supplies, and other things students may need during the day.

In order to open for in-person learning, the school has to follow strict COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting the number of students who can attend. Currently, the program has 19 students enrolled. While Loaves & Fishes may be seeing more families in need, they can only take in a total of 24 students due to the pandemic.

“I have been at Mustard Seed now 13 years and the numbers (students) have gone up over time,” Casey Knittel, director at Mustard Seed School, said. “We’re seeing a lot more families that are living in cars, a lot more families living in tents, a lot more families on the street probably over the last five years.”

Knittel said when she first got to Mustard Seed, there were about 150 students total throughout the year. Recently, however, and before COVID-19 hit, they would have over 300 students.

ABC10 requested the number of 311 complaints and inquiries for homeless camps from 2015 to 2020 in the city of Sacramento. In 2015, there were about 500 complaints. In 2020, there were more than 4,600 complaints, ranging from businesses owners to residents, just between April through December.

The complaints are forwarded over to the appropriate departments, such as the police department, parks and recreation, or code enforcement. ABC10 asked Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg about the information we uncovered in regards to the 311 complaints.

“A tale of two stories, frankly, over my first four years, we have gotten thousands of people off the streets, I have raised between state and federal and local funding over a hundred million dollars for the city of Sacramento. However, the problem continues to grow,” Steinberg said.

The funds the mayor is referencing are from when he secured $64 million for a Whole Person Care Pilot, called Pathways, for outreach and case management. Outreach teams connect with homeless people and enroll them in the program where they are matched with a health care provider, housing, and other services. As of October 2020, it has served more than 2,000 people and placed 857 clients in permanent or transitional housing.

Steinberg has also lobbied as head of California Big City Mayors for state funds for emergency solutions for homelessness for California cities and counties. The city of Sacramento directly received $5.6 million and Sacramento Steps Forward received $12.7 million for the city and county. He also allocated $4.7 million in federal stimulus money for rental assistance for families at risk of becoming homeless during the pandemic. Another $15.3 million from the second federal stimulus bill is being added to that amount.

In 2017, former councilmember Allen Warren announced the tiny home community off Rio Linda Boulevard, but it never happened since the property owner, Calvary Christian Center, decided to move forward with other plans for the site.

In 2018, Steinberg asked each city council member to find a site or sites in their district to be used to shelter 100 homeless people.  One possible site discussed at that time was Cal Expop. The proposed shelter was described as a “sprung shelter,” a heavy-duty industrial tent used for events, but stronger. Steinberg says that plan has changed and is still being discussed and modified today into a master plan.

“Start with the public policy that says that everything that government at any level does in this area is optional and voluntary,” Steinberg said. “There’s no requirement.”

Not only is there no requirement, but there is also a lot of people involved.

When proposed shelter sites were discussed several years ago in the South Sacramento area,residents voiced their opposition, saying they were worried about possible crime and the shelter’s close proximity to schools. One of the sites was at a Florin Road light rail station to house up to 100 hand-selected homeless people.

In addition, city councilmembers say there’s no blanket approach to homelessness. It’s one of the reasons why Steinberg’s request several years ago has been changed, based on input from councilmembers. Needs vary from district to district.

“There’s a moment where the rubber meets the road and they need a check, right? They need actual dollars in the bank,” Angelique Ashby, Sacramento Mayor Pro Tem, said. “They’ve got to pay a contract. They’ve got to put a building up. And a lot of times that piece takes a long time. Whether funding is coming from the state or being moved around in the city or a collaboration with the county or whatever it is, I think that component people take for granted how long that piece can take.”

Ashby believes there needs to be more help for homeless families and has been working to find the best solutions for her district in Natomas. She proposed a solution that is targeted at families, and not just women and children, but for anyone with children. It’s a scattered-site model, putting everyone in houses throughout her district in 100 units.

Ashby says it stems from a master lease through the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency with multiple landlords. The scattered-site model could be homes or apartments, however, she says finding vacant and empty apartments is a challenge in a city facing a housing crisis.

When it comes to the homeless issue as a whole, it’s not just a Sacramento issue but a statewide problem. An audit released this year says the state’s approach has been uncoordinated. No single state entity in California oversees efforts to address homelessness or is responsible for developing a statewide strategic plan. Instead, at least nine state agencies administer and oversee 41 different programs that provide funding related to homelessness.

ABC10 reached out to the governor’s office about the audit and the deputy secretary of communications with the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency replied back. That agency oversees the Homeless Coordinating and Financing Council. The agency says the state could be doing more to coordinate the response to homelessness in California, but it can’t take actions because it does not have the authority or resources to do so. Legislation would be required.

Steinberg says he’s trying to improve accountability and urgency involving homelessness on the state level. He was appointed by Gov. Newsom to lead the Statewide Commission on Homelessness and Homelessness and Supportive Housing. He also worked with Assemblymember David Chiu as co-chair of Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors. As an advisor, he was able to get approval from commissioners to support a legally enforceable mandate on all levels of government to address homeless. It was incorporated into AB 3269. However, the bill died in the senate.

RELATED: For Sacramento’s 5,500 homeless residents, only 1,420 shelter beds available

Despite the growing numbers, Sacramento has made strides in addressing homelessness and affordable housing. The Meadowview Navigation Center shelter for women opened in October 2020 and currently has 100 beds.

The city opened a 200-bed Triage Shelter on Railroad Drive, which was the city’s first low-barrier shelter offering people to come with their pets, partners, and possessions. It was open for 16 months and out of 658 people it served, more than 264 people were placed in longer-term housing. 

The city also opened a 180-bed shelter at the Capitol Park Hotel in downtown Sacramento, 40 scattered-site housing units for experiencing homelessness, the Grove cabin community, for transition-age youth in North Sacramento and in partnership with Sacramento County launched Project Roomkey which has housed more than 1,000 people in motel rooms and trailers.

Construction is also underway for a shelter along the W/X freeway at Alhambra and Broadway.

There’s also an urgency with new city councilmembers like Katie Valenzuela. She was vocal on the city’s response to homelessness during her campaign for city council. 

With that sense of urgency, all the city councilmembers are working on a master plan like a roadmap to address homelessness with discussions starting at the beginning of this year. Each district has been asked to champion a type of model or to bring forward an approach that allows them to help at least 100 people off the streets. This summer, they’ll identify every site that is needed for shelter, tiny homes, safe camping, and permanent housing to move forward. From there, they will build a strategy on what resources each model would need such as bathrooms, food and services, and case managers.

“I think we’ve given each councilmember a sense of ownership at least that’s how I know I feel over finding solutions that work in our district and help alleviate the crisis we’re gonna figure it out but several of us are brand new to this and we believe we’re gonna make a plan that’s going to figure this out,” Valenzuela said.

However, a lot of Sacramento’s most vulnerable can’t wait.

Woods says she’s struggling. Her disability benefits aren’t enough to cover an apartment. She’s searching for options to find a more permanent solution.

“It gets stressful, but, like, I look forward to like the end of the day because I could take the kids to the park and relax and not really have to deal with it, like, it makes us closer as a family,” Woods said.

ABC10 reached out to the governor’s office for this story. The senior counselor to the governor, Jason Elliot, sent a statement saying they have made efforts to help the most vulnerable when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which includes Project Roomkey and Homekey. Elliot added that “as we see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel” they are now rededicating their agenda to partner with the Legislature to provide treatment and housing for people with serious behavioral health challenges, identifying funding for permanent housing, and affordable housing.

Currently, there is no updated number of how many people are homeless in Sacramento in 2021 as the Sacramento city and county Continuum of Care opted out due to COVID-19. Officials believed it would be unsafe and infeasible for hundreds of volunteers to be congregating and interacting to do their count.

Even though there is no count for 2021, the Continuum of Care Board is partnering with the Institute for Social Research to use data and other sampling methods to estimate the number of unsheltered people experiencing homelessness. They’re hoping this will provide a better understanding of the unsheltered population and identify ways to more efficiently obtain year-round data and know who is connected to homeless resources in the community.

The 5 Most Unforgettable Moments from the 2021 Grammy Awards


Slide 1 of 5: As a first-time host of the Grammy Awards, Trevor Noah held nothing back. The Daily Show host spent the whole night cracking jokes, but his opening monologue was the peak of his comedy. Noah took jabs at Hollywood ("This is going to be the rare awards show where the white stuff going up people's noses is cotton swabs") and even the royal family ("So right now, there is more tension in that tent than at a family reunion at Buckingham palace"). But he also talked about how music's biggest night was meant to bring people together. You can read a transcript of the opening monologue here.

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1. Trevor Noah’s Opening Monologue

As a first-time host of the Grammy Awards, Trevor Noah held nothing back. The Daily Show host spent the whole night cracking jokes, but his opening monologue was the peak of his comedy.

Noah took jabs at Hollywood (“This is going to be the rare awards show where the white stuff going up people’s noses is cotton swabs”) and even the royal family (“So right now, there is more tension in that tent than at a family reunion at Buckingham palace”). But he also talked about how music’s biggest night was meant to bring people together. You can read a transcript of the opening monologue here.1. Trevor Noah’s Opening Monologue As a first-time host of the Grammy Awards, Trevor Noah held nothing back. The Daily Show host spent the whole night cracking jokes, but his opening monologue was the peak of his comedy.

Slide 2 of 5: Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy, both made history at the 63rd Grammys ceremony. After Beyoncé won Best R&B Performance for her single, "Black Parade," she became the most decorated female artist, as well as the most-awarded singer, in Grammys history. Beyoncé has now collected 28 golden gramophones in total. But, Beyoncé wasn't the only winner in the family. The superstar's daughter, Blue Ivy, also won a Grammy for her performance on "Brown Skin Girl," which won the Grammy for Best Music Video. At only nine years old, Blue Ivy is the second-youngest recipient of a Grammy award. During her speech, Beyoncé said: "Blue, congratulations – she won a Grammy tonight. I’m so proud of you. I’m so honored to be your mommy, all of your mommies. Ya’ll are my babies."

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2. Beyoncé (and Her Daughter, Blue Ivy) Smashing Records

Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy, both made history at the 63rd Grammys ceremony. After Beyoncé won Best R&B Performance for her single, “Black Parade,” she became the most decorated female artist, as well as the most-awarded singer, in Grammys history. Beyoncé has now collected 28 golden gramophones in total.

But, Beyoncé wasn’t the only winner in the family. The superstar’s daughter, Blue Ivy, also won a Grammy for her performance on “Brown Skin Girl,” which won the Grammy for Best Music Video. At only nine years old, Blue Ivy is the second-youngest recipient of a Grammy award.

During her speech, Beyoncé said: “Blue, congratulations – she won a Grammy tonight. I’m so proud of you. I’m so honored to be your mommy, all of your mommies. Ya’ll are my babies.

Slide 3 of 5: It was a big night for Megan Thee Stallion, who took home the coveted Best New Artist award, as well as Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for "Savage (Beyoncé Remix)." However, the moment that had everyone talking was the first-ever live performance of Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B's hit single, "WAP." Noah warned, "If you have small children in the room, just tell them it's a song about giving a cat a bath." The sex-positive song that dominated the charts and created a slew of TikTok trends certainly got the showstopper it deserved. The song's live premiere included metallic armor, tower-sized high heels and even a giant dance floor in the shape of a mattress. Watch the performance here.

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3. That Wild ‘WAP’ Performance

It was a big night for Megan Thee Stallion, who took home the coveted Best New Artist award, as well as Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance for “Savage (Beyoncé Remix).”

However, the moment that had everyone talking was the first-ever live performance of Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B’s hit single, “WAP.” Noah warned, “If you have small children in the room, just tell them it’s a song about giving a cat a bath.”

The sex-positive song that dominated the charts and created a slew of TikTok trends certainly got the showstopper it deserved. The song’s live premiere included metallic armor, tower-sized high heels and even a giant dance floor in the shape of a mattress. Watch the performance here.

Slide 4 of 5: Harry Styles definitely drew some stares with his attire for the evening. The British singer, who won Best Pop Solo Performance for "Watermelon Sugar," was seen rocking three different feathery boas throughout the night, one of which InStyle referred to as a "mile-long muppet scarf." While the former One Direction member was sporting his typical Gucci clothing, fans jokingly said the additional boas brought back the looks of early aughts celebrities like Ashley Tisdale. We'll leave it up to Styles to decide whether to leave the boas in the costume box for his next award show appearance.

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4. Harry Styles In Bright Boas

Harry Styles definitely drew some stares with his attire for the evening. The British singer, who won Best Pop Solo Performance for “Watermelon Sugar,” was seen rocking three different feathery boas throughout the night, one of which InStyle referred to as a “mile-long muppet scarf.”

While the former One Direction member was sporting his typical Gucci clothing, fans jokingly said the additional boas brought back the looks of early aughts celebrities like Ashley Tisdale. We’ll leave it up to Styles to decide whether to leave the boas in the costume box for his next award show appearance.

Slide 5 of 5: Taylor Swift is accustomed to making history at the Grammys. She was the youngest person to ever win Album of the Year (a record beaten by Billie Eilish only last year) and the first woman to ever win that same award twice. Now, Swift has topped herself again, by receiving the Album of the Year award for folklore at the 63rd Grammys ceremony. Swift is now the first woman (and third act ever) to win the prize three times. However, it was her acceptance speech that has fans talking. In her speech, Swift thanked her longtime-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, saying, "[Thank you to] Joe, who is the first person that I play every single song that I write and...I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine." This is one of the few times that Swift has ever recognized one of her significant others in an acceptance speech, and it will probably only fuel the theories of fans who are convinced the celebrity pair are secretly engaged.  Stay up-to-date on every breaking story by subscribing to our mailing list here. RELATED: Florals? For Spring? The Blooming Trend of the 2021 Grammy Awards

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  1. Taylor Swift’s Romantic Speech
    Taylor Swift is accustomed to making history at the Grammys. She was the youngest person to ever win Album of the Year (a record beaten by Billie Eilish only last year) and the first woman to ever win that same award twice.

Now, Swift has topped herself again, by receiving the Album of the Year award for folklore at the 63rd Grammys ceremony. Swift is now the first woman (and third act ever) to win the prize three times. However, it was her acceptance speech that has fans talking.

In her speech, Swift thanked her longtime-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, saying, “[Thank you to] Joe, who is the first person that I play every single song that I write and…I had the best time writing songs with you in quarantine.” This is one of the few times that Swift has ever recognized one of her significant others in an acceptance speech, and it will probably only fuel the theories of fans who are convinced the celebrity pair are secretly engaged.

She told me to zip it, but I didn’t understand


What happened to the nice, kind, gentle people of yor?

I can be discrete. Sir your dragging six miles of toliet paper.  None of the BS filming an embarrassing moment for thousands of strangers on Tik Tok to enjoy.

When I see a man or women exposed I will discretely tell them.  Wouldn’t you want someone to tell you?

Here is my story.   It’s more than a couple of decades old.  I’m a speaker at a convention. Back stage there are many people in motion.  Minutes before I was due to speak. I unzipped my pants and smoothed out my shirt. 

I walked by several familar faces. Not stage hands and directors, but people who knew me by my full name.

I overheard someone say it was full house and there were many people standing. 

Just look down and read until your comfortable enough to look out. I told myself.   The podium was plexiglass my name was called, the introduction was brief.  I stood straight up as I  walked across the stage.  I made the mistake of looking out to a sea of people.  Suddenly, a real bad case of the nerves.  I squeezed both the sides of the podium and said “good morning”  It was 7:30pm. ” Just testing you I said”  Enough people laughed to calm me. 

The first page was perfect.  I hit my points perfectly.   Somewhere on the final page, I noticed this older lady in a shiny yellow dress. She was taking her two fingers and moving them from left to right.  She kept making the same motions, over and over and over. 4000 people and  I couldn’t shake her glance and stumbled on the very last paragraph. 

Everything, comes to end.  Was I that boring? I walked off the stage disappointed. How could I let one person get to me?  I tripped over something, I don’t know what but it forced me to look down. My zipper was fully down and it much worst then I could ever imagine.    My shirt was sticking out of my pants And skin was on display.

Shock! Horror!  Good thing I was wearing my trusty J.C. Penny’s briefs. No black man magic.

Pissed!! I retire to my hotel room. I ordered room service. I never order room service, I’m too cheap. But I hate humanity! All those people. Some who knew my name. My white shirt clearly sticking out from my pants. No one said “hey buddy” If it were two decades later. I might have been a You Tube sensation.

I woke up to the local news and a calmer. I no longer wanted the people behind the stage to die in a fiery explosion. While it was embarrassing, no one saw big Johnny and I did have one friend, that lady in the yellow dress.

I didn’t understand at the time. She wasn’t heckling me or being a jerk. She was telling me to zip my pants.

CityFella

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