Lawsuit Alleges Manhattan TGI Friday’s Restaurant Fired Black Workers, Hired New “Light-Skinned” Employees

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A number of black employees who previously worked at a Manhattan TGI Friday’s are suing the chain, alleging that when the busy outpost closed, managers hired an all-new, light-skinned staff to take their place.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in the Bronx Supreme Court, only one of the former black staff members was rehired when the restaurant moved to the new location just a block away. The suit also alleges that when confronted by former employees about the change, a restaurant manager told one of them that he “preferred Hispanic staffers because they work harder.”

In fact, managers would refer to the old location as “the black Friday’s” or the “ghetto store,” the suit says.

From the NY Daily News:

“It was their opinion that black people were lazy,” charged plaintiff Lisa Baker, 48, a waitress who says her old manager told her that her job serving…

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A Black Woman Gave Birth To A White Baby & Genetic Experts Aren’t Sure How It Happened

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Two parents who immigrated from Nigeria gave birth to a seemingly white baby at a London hospital recently – blond hair, blue eyes, and all.

Angela Ihegboro says she was “speechless” when she first saw her daughter, who does not appear to be albino.

The NY Post reports:

“The first thing I said was, ‘What the flip?’ ” said the father, Ben Ihegboro. “We both just sat there after the birth staring at her for ages — not saying anything.”

He quickly sought to dispel any speculation.

“Of course she is mine. My wife is true to me,” the 44-year-old customer service adviser said. “Even if she hadn’t been, the baby still wouldn’t look like that.”

Genetic experts have provided three theories:

Genetics experts don’t believe in miracles, but they didn’t have any simple answers to the mystery of baby Nmachi. Instead, they offered three theories:

She’s the result of…

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Former New York Knick Anthony Mason Dead At 48

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AnthonyMason, a 13-year NBA veteran and longtime New York Knick, has died at the age of 48.

Earlier this month, Mason suffered a heart attack while being tested at the hospital for congestive heart failure, according to NBA insider Peter Vecsey. He underwent multiple heart surgeries before passing away. A Knicks spokesperson confirmed the news of Mason’s death to ESPN. Mason is survived by his sons Anthony Mason, Jr. and Antoine Mason, former and current college basketball players respectively themselves.

Mason was initially drafted in the third round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. After being cut by the Blazers, he played a short stint in the CBA and USBL; Mason played for the Knicks for five years between 1991 and 1995. The 6’7″ power forward shared the court with Patrick Ewing and John Starks in a 1994 championship run that the Knicks lost…

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Bill Cosby Files Motion To Dismiss Defamation Lawsuit Brought Against Him By Sexual Assault Accusers

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Bill Cosby has found a new way to take action against the sexual assault claims made against him – besides making inappropriate rape jokes.

Dozens women have claimed the famed comedian and actor sexually assaulted and/or drugged them, three of those women going so far as to proceed with a defamation lawsuit against the 77-year-old. ICYMI, the girls claim he assaulted them and then “wrongly branded them as liars in public.”

Now, Cosby has filed a motion to dismiss. Gossip Cop reports:

In the Friday filing, Cosby, who has now been accused of sexually assaulting more than 30 women, declares his innocence.

The court document reads: “Mr. Cosby denies each and every one of the allegations of sexual misconduct leveled at him by” plaintiffs Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz. The filing also claims that Cosby was within the bounds of “self-defense” when his legal…

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Terrence Howard Wants “Empire” Less PC; Advocates Saying N-Word

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On its way past 11 million viewers, Fox’s Empire hasn’t exactly shirked controversy. So far, viewers have seen an openly homosexual lead character come to grips with his father’s homophobia, a business at least in part funded by illegal drug money, some adultery, and a gangland-style execution all intertwined in various plot lines. On the heels of show co-creator and co-producer Danny Strong admitting Terrence Howard’s character was inspired by Jay Z, Howard wants the show to push the envelope in one more fairly significant way.

“Why is TV showing something different from the reality of the world?” Howard offered in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Why is there a thing called censorship that stop people from hearing everyday talk? We use n***a every day. It’s become part of a conversation—why aren’t we using it in the show?”

Aside…

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