Here are some of the stories making news headlines today: Actor from ‘Friday’ movie franchise dies; Kanye West says Democrats brainwashing black people; Michelle Obama says: “I can’t make people not afraid of black people.”
The movie franchise that began with the hit comedy “Friday” and spawned two sequels “Next Friday” and “Friday After Next” brought widespread recognition to longtime actor and comedian John Witherspoon, who played the father figure. Witherspoon died at his home in Sherman Oaks, California on Tuesday at the age of 77.
The “Friday” movie franchise also starred Ice Cube, Chris Tucker, and Mike Epps. Witherspoon had begun preproduction on a fourth installment of the Friday series entitled “Last Friday.”
Witherspoon had 84 credits as an actor, and had roles in television series such as “Black-ish,” “The First Family,” and “The Wayans Bros.” He also appeared in the movies Little Nicky, Bulworth, Vampire in Brooklyn, Boomerang, and House Party.
Witherspoon is survived by his wife and two sons, as well as “a large family,” according to a statement by his family.
“It is with the deepest sorrow that we can confirm our beloved husband and father, John Witherspoon, one of the hardest working men in show business, died today at his home in Sherman Oaks at the age of 77,” Witherspoon’s family said in a statement.
“We are all in shock, please give us a minute for a moment in privacy and we will celebrate his life and his work together. John used to say ‘I’m no big deal,’ but he was a huge deal to us.”
Kanye West claims that Democrats push consumerism on black people in order to keep them trapped. West says African-Americans don’t really have a culture of their own. Kanye said the culture perpetuated by Democrats on black people encourages consumerism and self-ownership.
Further, West says the Democrats, for decades, have backed policies that hurt the black community. These are just a few of the reasons West has sided with the Republican Party.
West, who recently became a born-again Christian, says the Democratic party has pushed black people into doing unholy things, such as Plan B birth control and encouraging the abortion of babies.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama, 55, spoke this week at the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago and tackled the epidemic of racism, saying, “I can’t make people not afraid of black people.”
Obama said that when her family and other black families moved into a neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side, white families moved out.
“As families like ours — upstanding families like ours who were doing everything we were supposed to do and better. As we moved in, white folks moved out because they were afraid of what our families represented,” Michelle Obama said.
“I always stop there when I talk about this out in the world because I want to remind white folks, ya’ll were running from us. This family. This family with all the values you read about, you were running from us.”
The former First Lady said that “artificial things” like the color of a person and the texture of their hair “can divide countries.”
Still, Michelle Obama was hopeful. She said that moving into the White House “gave Americans, the world, the opportunity to see the truth of who we are as black people.”