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Photo of High School Juniors Reveals History of Racial Discrimination

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A photo from a junior prom has many in an uproar

A photo from a Wisconsin High School has divided their community, prompting students to share their experiences of racism and administrative neglect.

During the Baraboo High School junior prom, a photo was captured showing the male class of 2019 throwing up the Nazi salute. Leaving many questioning how this has been normalized in 2018, former students have anonymously provided incite. Baraboo High School administration has known about racial abuse among the student body and done nothing. A student laments:

“I also went to Baraboo High School, and have had some problems with the boys in the prom picture. The day after President Trump was elected, I heard one of them shouting “White Power!” in the hallway. I immediately went to a school official, but was told that nothing could be done because it was his First Amendment right and he wasn’t harming anyone. I was then told that I should look up videos of Black Lives Matter protestors being hostile towards police, and that I should get a tougher skin. I left the office still upset, but never pursued it further because of the initial response to my complaints.”

Not alone in her struggle, many students reached out to twitter user @jules_su, who started the thread.

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At the influence of the hired photographer, a female prom attendee recalls the boys were encouraged to show their White pride. The photographer separated the boys from the girls, harassing the girls and inciting the boys.

“He was extremely rude and gross towards us. [And] then when the boys took their picture he told them to do that and was laughing about it. It was disgusting. And they sat there for about 5 minutes taking pictures and laughing.”

While most of the reports of abuse stem from racial tension, LGBT students have spoken up as well. A graduate recalled their experience:

 

The Baraboo School District Administrator Lori Mueller refused to respond to calls or emails and instead opted for a statement. Released on Monday, she says school officials are investigating and the photo was not reflective of educational values. Parents have since addressed the school board with their concerns. In an interview with the Baraboo News Republic, Greg Sacra, the son of a WW II veteran was outraged.

“I grew up knowing that Nazism was wrong and I don’t see how they could get this far in their education and not know that. They don’t know that? They think it’s a joke? Maybe it takes an extra day devoted to history — an extra hour.”

Catching the attention of the Auschwitz Memorial Museum in Poland, it’s clear the world’s eyes are on Baraboo and the rest of America.

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The Savoy Media Group Presents Memphis Majic

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THE WEAVING OF DANCE AND HISTORY ARE BOLDLY INTERTWINED IN A RELEVANT REFLECTION OF OUR TIMES IN THIS MASTERFUL DOCUMENTARY! 

Memphis Majic Trailer

MEMPHIS MAJIC, by Emmy-nominated Director Eddie Bailey, takes a look at the City of Memphis through the lens of a 30-year old Memphis-born street dance called Jookin! Featuring street dance superstar, Lil Buck, MEMPHIS MAJIC seamlessly connects urban dance, Hip-Hop, politics, and history that reveals how one of America’s most important cities was built. Memphis Majic is a universal story that bridges the gap between generations and gets to the heart of the human spirit. 

WHAT THE PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

“A MUST SEE documentary. Memphis Majic is fascinating…”

Neil Rosen, CUNY TV

“Memphis Majic is a revelation!…”

Warren Hudlin, Vice Chairman – Museum of Moving Image

Lil Buck – Memphis Majic

MEMPHIS MAJIC debuted on February 19, 2019 as a part of Black History Month celebrations on iTunes, Google Play and Video On Demand. It is also available on Amazon Prime.

Director Eddie Bailey is available for interviews: 

Atlanta – January 10-12, 2020 

Los Angeles – January 16-20, 2020 

New York- January 27-31, February 1-15, 2020

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Karol Sanchez, 16, Staged Kidnapping Says Law Enforcement

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In a case that gripped New York City, a law enforcement source says Karol Sanchez, a 16 year-old girl, faked her own kidnapping with the help of four male accomplices. 

Monday, December 16, Sanchez was seen on surveillance footage being dragged into a car by two unknown men after walking down a New York City street with her mother. NYPD reported the two were approached by a beige 4-door sedan out of which two men got out, dragged the girl into the vehicle, and pushed her mother down to the ground. Tuesday morning state police  issued an Amber Alert for her disappearance citing a reasonable belief that she was in imminent danger, but Tuesday afternoon, Sanchez popped up at the crime scene and identified herself to nearby patrolmen. 

Witnesses describe the teenager crossing the street to a cop car and then talking with police at the scene. The NYPD 40th Precinct tweeted on Tuesday “WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!!” 

Now, sources are saying Sanchez admitted to staging her own kidnapping in response to her family considering leaving the U.S. for Honduras, their native home. The girl apparently wanted to stay in America and became unhappy with her mother following this dispute. 

Charges have not yet been filed and NYPD stresses that this investigation is ongoing.

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Burna Boy Discuss Beyoncé, Grammys, Recording “Ye” and More on TIDAL’s Rap Radar

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Today, Grammy nominated-rapper Burna Boy sits down with Elliott Wilson & Brian “B.Dot” Miller on TIDAL’s Rap Radar Podcast to discuss his international success. The African Giant singer delves into the interesting journey that led him to attain the only solo track on Beyoncé’s The Lion King: The Gift production, being managed by his mom, afro-identity, and why he’s not planning a Grammy speech. Burna Boy also shares a special BTS glimpse – the “Ye” record that cast a global spotlight on him was written in 10 minutes at the club.

Fans can tune into the episode here: TIDAL.com/RapRadar

The “Rap Radar” podcast adds to TIDAL’s growing podcast network, which includes a variety of series hosted by some of the most trusted and influential names in music. From Fat Joe’s “Coca Vision” and Joey Bada$$’s “47 Minutes” –  TIDAL is on the pulse of music culture.

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