GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump’s past is coming back to haunt him. Several African Americans who were denied housing in his buildings shared their stories in a campaign video for Hillary Clinton released on Tuesday. In 1974, Annette Gandy Fortt was turned away after she went to inquire about an apartment listing that she saw for a building owned by Trump. “I was black. I was not wanted,” she said. After she was denied, the New York City Human Rights Commission sent a White person to inquire about the residence, and that person was later offered the apartment. Fortt filed a racial discrimination suit against Donald Trump and his father which resulted in a settlement. In 1982, Trump Management was slapped with another lawsuit for discrimination filed by a housing advocacy group. Trump’s camp is claiming that the discrimination allegations aren’t valid. “There is absolutely no merit to the allegations,” said his spokeswoman in a statement. “This suit was brought as part of a nationwide inquiry against a number of companies, and the matter was ultimately settled without any finding of liability and without any admission of wrongdoing whatsoever.” Read more.
New Bill Will Change Juvenile Justice System in D.C.
A new D.C. bill will change the landscape of the capital’s juvenile justice system. Policies related to handling cases that involve youth offenders aren’t set in stone, so legislators are looking to establish a concrete structure. The bill, titled the Comprehensive Youth Justice Amendment Act of 2016, was unanimously favored by the D.C. Council last week. It includes 17 changes to the district’s justice system, including preventing juveniles from facing life sentences without parole, being put in jail with adults and being placed in solitary confinement. It was introduced by council member Kenyan McDuffie. “What really is important is that we know that whenever a young person commits an offense and walks through the doors of a courthouse in D.C., it’s a turning point in their lives,” said McDuffie. “And how the government responds at that critical moment can help turn their trajectory around.” McDuffie wants to put the focus on rehabilitation. The bill will be voted on for the second time after a few of its elements are adjusted. Read more.
Paul Beatty Makes History as First American to Win Britain’s Man Booker Fiction Prize
Author Paul Beatty hit a major milestone in his career on Tuesday after becoming the first American to win a Man Booker fiction prize. Beatty was recognized for his novel The Sellout, a book that delves into race relations in the United States. “This is a hard book. It was hard for me to write, it’s hard to read,” he said. “For me, it’s just really gratifying that something that’s important to me is also important for other people.” The decision to grant Beatty the award was unanimous. “It plunges into the heart of contemporary American society with absolutely savage wit of the kind I haven’t seen since Swift or Twain,” said judge Amanda Foreman. “It manages to eviscerate every social nuance, every sacred cow, while making us laugh and also making us wince … It is really a novel for our times.” Beatty won a 50,000 pound prize. The Sellout, which was published by Oneworld, is his fourth novel. Read more.
Cleveland Cavaliers Awarded Championship Rings
Tuesday night marked a major milestone for the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise. The team received their championship rings at the Quicken Loans Arena. “It’s a special day for our fans in Cleveland, in Northeast Ohio, to be able to live and enjoy for a day,” said LeBron James. “They get an opportunity to just remember this day, us receiving our rings and our Indians being able to host Game 1 of the World Series, so, it’s a day that will go down in history. For anyone that lives here, they will never forget it. So, I’m happy I’m a part of it.” It marked the first time since 1964 that the Cavaliers won an NBA title. Following the ceremony, the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks in a 117-88 victory. Read more.
Queens Street to be Named After Phife Dawg
It’s been seven months since news spread about rapper Phife Dawg’s unexpected death, and his family is striving to keep his legacy alive. Phife Dawg, whose real name was Malik Taylor, will have a Queens street named after him. On Nov. 19, Linden Boulevard at 192nd Street will be renamed Malik “Phife Dawg” Taylor Way. It’s the location where A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhime” video was filmed. “The thought of having Linden Boulevard at 192 renamed to Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor is indescribable. This is a perfect representation of who Malik was and what Queens meant to him. Whenever he mentioned Queens, Linden Boulevard at 192 was a focal point of reference, so I am certain he would be pleased with having it renamed in his honor,” said his wife Deisha Head Taylor. “We are extremely grateful for those who were part of the entire process—from the initial effort to the signing of the bill, this historical moment means so much to his family, friends and fans.” Read more.
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