Michelle Carter Wins First-Ever Gold Medal For USA Women’s Shot Put Team
#BlackGirlMagic is in full-effect at the 2016 Summer Olympics. This time around it was Michelle “Shot Diva” Carter who made history winning the gold medal in shot put on Friday night. Carter is the first woman and African-American to take home the top spot for the U.S. Women’s shot put team.
According to Yahoo News, Carter, 30, heaved her last shot 20.63 meters to surpass and upset two-time defending gold medalist Valeri Adams of New Zealand, coming up big on her last attempt.
““I’m just grateful we had this moment,” Michelle Carter told USA Today. “Everybody wants to come out and win the gold, and sometimes it takes a personal best, sometimes it doesn’t. But to be able to have all those pieces come together, it’s a great feeling,” she added.
“I knew I had more in the tank. And to go out there and put the pieces together and pull it out … I’m just really excited.”
Carter comes from a family of athletes. Her father former NFL defensive lineman Michael Carter won a silver medal in the shot put in 1984 in Los Angeles and won the Super Bowl with the San Francisco 49ers later that sam year. The Carters are the first-ever father-daughter duo to win gold in the same event in the Olympics.
Whatever Dude…Donald Trump Says POTUS Isis Comment Was Sarcasm
It seems like every other day, GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump says something more and more ridiculous–and after he comes under fire, he has dial back on it.
Enter Trump’s recent comments about President Obama and ISIS. This week while on the campaign trail, the reality star said numerous times that POTUS and Hillary Clinton were founders of the deadly radical terrorist group. Not backing down from his comments, he doubled down on them telling a conservative radio host that he was not joking.
“I don’t care. He was the founder. His, the way he got out of Iraq was that that was the founding of ISIS, okay?” he told radio host Hugh Hewitt.
But being the habitual flip-flopper Trump is, he sent out a Tweet on Friday blaming CNN for reporting his comments “so seriously and later asking, “THEY DON’T GET SARCASM?”
So let’s get this right: One day you are dead serious and then the next your comments were a joke that the liberal media just didn’t get?
Just to be clear: The real founder of the Islamic State group was Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaida in Iraq who was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006, ABC News noted.
Filmmakers Demand DOJ Investigate Arrests of People Who Record Police Violence
From Eric Garner to Philando Castille, cell phone cameras have been a huge factor in documenting police brutality and the unjust deaths of Black people in the U.S. But for the people who digitally capture these injustices it seems that being arrested is the price they pay. But thankfully, the International Documentary Association, want to do something about it, Colorlines reported.
In a statement signed by 45 filmmakers including Shola Lynch (“Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed”) and Stanley Nelson (“Black Panthers: Vanguard of a Revolution”), demand that the Department of Justice look into these arrests:
“We, the documentary community, call upon the Department of Justice to investigate a troubling pattern of abuse of power: the pervasive harassment of citizens who use cameras and social media to document and distribute footage of law enforcement. Whether they identify as citizen journalists, activists, or civilians, it is vital we defend the rights of these individuals to use video as a means of criticizing unjust police activity. We ask for a full investigation into any and all actions taken against them by police departments, and the larger pattern of abuse that has emerged on a federal, state, and local level, and the threat it poses to free speech and a free press.
We also call upon our peers in the journalistic community to investigate and report on these abuses. Chris LeDay, Abdullah Muflahi, Diamond Reynolds, Kevin Moore and Ramsey Orta are just a few of the names of the individuals who have used personal cameras and social media to shine a light on police brutality. By investigating other instances of police violence captured on video by citizens, and what consequences they may have faced, we can expand our awareness of the problem and take stock of the damages.”
Simon Kilmurry, executive director of the International Documentary Association, told Buzzfeed News that it’s important to take steps to protect people from harassment.
“If it wasn’t for these people taking these risks, we would likely not have any of the primary source material, the evidence, that shows us just how challenged the relationship between police and communities of color have been,” Kilmurry says.
We hope the DOJ is paying attention.