Rosa Parks’ home to go up for sale at New York auction

THE FAMILY home of civil rights activist Rosa Parks is set to be auctioned off in New York.

The 40ft structure, which was bought by Parks’ niece Rhea McCauley for $500 and donated to artist Ryan Mendoza in order to preserve her aunt’s legacy, has been reassembled and shipped from the US to Berlin and back again.

The house, which was owned by Parks’ brother and had been earmarked for demolition before McCauley stepped in, was shipped to Mendoza’s home in Berlin, where he reassembled it and displayed it as a public art attraction.

Mendoza said: “It’s a wonderful way to present the house again to the American people. Let them decide what this house is worth,” Mendoza said. “I hope it ends up in the hands of somebody who loves Rosa Parks. I hope it will be on public display.”

In addition to the sale of the house, Mendoza will also be auctioning two pages of notes handwritten by Parks. In the writings, Parks describes her first encounter with Martin Luther King, saying: “I knew I would never forget him.”

A portion of the proceeds generated from the sale will go to the foundation that McCauley set up to preserve her aunt’s legacy, according to the Associated Press.

Guernsey’s auctioneers, who were responsible for the auctioning of Parks’ personal archival materials after her death and who will be facilitating the sale, said that the house will be on offer along with a number of other items relating to African-American history and culture.

It is estimated that the house will fetch up to seven figures when it is offered at auction. SOURCE:http://www.voice-online.co.uk

Windrush scandal: Almost 1,000 people deported to Caribbean

AROUND 1,000 people suspected to be illegal immigrants were deported to countries in the Caribbean in the year before the news of the Windrush scandal broke.

In total 991 people were deported to Caribbean countries, according to official figures shared by Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister.

Nokes provided the figures in response to parliamentary questions.

She said that no charter flights to the Caribbean had operated in the last 12-month period.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said that 63 people may have been wrongfully deported to Caribbean countries during an appearance in front of the Home Affairs Select Committee last month.

At the time Javid said the figures were not final and were subject to change.

Labour MP and member of the home affairs committee Stephen Doughty, who received the data from the Home Office, told The Guardian: “These are yet more shocking revelations from the Home Office over the Windrush and wider scandals which expose the costs and realities of the hostile environment policy.

“With nearly 1,000 people removed on flights to the Caribbean in just the last year alone, people will undoubtedly have a strong suspicion that more people have been wrongfully removed than the 63 the Home Office has admitted.

“Indeed, they admit themselves in these answers that they have cancelled further removals – which I have also had confirmed by officials – which suggests they know there may have been serious errors.”

Between 2015 and 2017, the government spent £52 million on deportation flights, including £17.7 million on charter flights.

Nokes said that deportations to the Caribbean had been suspended as part of the government’s response to the Windrush issues .SOURCE :
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Morgan Freeman responds to sexual harassment accusations

AMERICAN ACTOR Morgan Freeman has responded to accusations of sexual harassment made against him by eight women.

The 80-year-old’s alleged misconduct was originally reported by CNN. The news outlet’s entertainment reporter Chloe Melas, who co-authored the article on Freeman, has claimed that she is a victim of the Shawshank Redemption star’s inappropriate behaviour.

One production assistant who worked with the actor on Going in Style said he attempted to lift up her skirt, asked if she was wearing underwear and touched her repeatedly.

Another woman said: “If I ever passed him he would stare at me in an awkward way, would look me up and down, sometimes stopping and just staring. “One time he stopped, looked me up and down as I walked into a room of people, and everyone burst out laughing. And I literally froze, feeling very uncomfortable, and one of the people in the office said ‘Don’t worry, that’s just Morgan.'”

In a statement, Freeman apologised to “anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected”.

He said: “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy.”

Freeman is the most recent of a string of Hollywood figures to be accused of sexual harassment or assault in recent months.

Claims of sexual assault and harassment made by a number of women against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, propelled the #MeToo campaign into the mainstream.

Weinstein is due to surrender himself to US police today.

He is facing arrest after the conclusion of a grand jury investigation. Weinstein denies having non-consensual sex with anyone. SOURCE: http://www.voice-online.co.uk/article/

J Cole talks Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West + more in new i’view

Rapper J. Cole shared an extended interview with Angie Martinez on his YouTube account.

The hour-and-a-half long talk was filmed in Miami at Salaam Remi’s house before Cole’s performance at Rolling Loud – a hip-hop festival in the States.

During the interview, the KOD rapper discussed the highly-anticipated collaborative album with Kendrick Lamar – which unfortunately will not be happening for now.

“We just did a few songs, a bunch of ideas, put it like that. You wouldn’t call it an album, nothing like that.”

Cole also expressed his disappointment in Kanye West, after the controversial rapper tweeted a screenshot of his phone as the two spoke (the tweet has since been deleted).

“That made me feel a certain type of way, and I told him that.” The call came after it emerged that Kanye believes Cole disses him on record frequently, and as West went on a tear of social media support for “free thinking” and the far right. “He apologised, for the record… but then I told him it felt like you just used my name and that very quick conversation for social media and to keep your thing going.”

The Neighbours star declined to publicly comment on West’s controversial slavery remarks or his support of U.S. President Donald Trump, but revealed the 40-year-old had asked him to call him out whenever necessary.

“When he called me, he said, ‘I need you to hold me accountable. Keep me in check. Say whatever you gotta say. I need that. I feed off that,'” Cole shared.

He later admitted to Martinez that False Prophets, a track which appeared on his album 4 Your Eyez Only where he rapped about idols who had lost their way, had included a verse that was applicable to Kanye, although he didn’t write the tune with the star in mind.

“There’s one verse that applies to him for sure,” Cole said, “but if you listen to that song, that song is about what this s**t (industry) is exposing. What I gotta check myself about. And I check myself on that song as well… We’re worshipping celebrities.” source : http://www.voice-online.co.uk