Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of attempting to blackmail him with more explicit photos

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Via Mike Murphy, Editor, Market Watch

Amazon.com Inc. founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer of politically motivated blackmail late Thursday and published a threatening email from an executive at the supermarket tabloid’s parent company.


‘Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.’ – Jeff Bezos

To read the rest of the story, click here: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/jezz-bezos-accuses-national-enquirer-of-attempting-to-blackmail-him-with-more-explicit-photos-2019-02-07

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Jeff Bezos and Mackenzie Bezos to divorce after 25 years of marriage

Long story short, Jeff Bezos may no longer have the “World’s Richest Man” title after his split from MacKenzie Bezos.

Washington state has communal property laws, meaning any assets that were gathered during the course of the marriage will be split.

The Amazon executive stated on Twitter he and his wife, MacKenzie, have already separated. The two were married in 1993 and have four children.

For more information, click here: https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-his-wife-mackenzie-divorce-n956621

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NYPD officers yank baby from mother in Brooklyn, NY

If you saw a mother sitting on the floor with her infant because there were no other available chairs as she waited for child care assistance, in a civil world, you would either offer her your chair, or you would take the initiative and locate a chair for her. Unfortunately, these aren’t civil times and on Friday, the New York Police Department proved their actions against the mother was not too civil either.

Disturbing video shows 23-year-old Jazmine Headley screaming on the floor of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) office in Brooklyn, NY on Friday, as multiple NYPD officers forcefully removed her 1-year-old son, according to media outlets including The New York Post.

Nyashia Ferguson, who goes by Monae Sinclair on Facebook, captured the incident on video and posted it online as reported to NBC.

Ferguson, who recorded on her cell phone, said Headley sat on the floor because there were no seats available.

Staff at the SNAP center called the police, who say Headley refused to leave once they arrived, according to CBS New York.

The video shows the 23-year-old screaming, “They’re hurting my son!” and “I’m begging you” on the floor of the SNAP center as a team of police officers yank at her baby boy.

“She’s got a f—— baby in her hand,” another person shouts as the officers continue to tug at the child and Headley maintains her grip.

A crowd gathers around the chaotic scene with a number of onlookers recording on their smartphones. At one point, a female officer takes out a stun gun towards members of the crowd. Headley exits the building in handcuffs, the video shows.

Headley was charged with criminal trespassing, acting in a manner injurious to a child, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration, reported The New York Post.

Ferguson’s video has been viewed more than 200,000 times since Friday — and shared nearly 7,000 times.

It caught the attention of Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council, who tweeted that the video is “unacceptable, appalling and heartbreaking.”

New York Attorney General-elect Letitia James told CBS New York that “no mother should have to experience the trauma and humiliation we all witnessed in this video.”

“Being poor is not a crime,” James told the outlet. “The actions of the NYPD in this video are appalling and contemptible.”

In her interview with WABC, Ferguson lamented that the situation didn’t end in a more peaceful way.

“I was just so disgusted and scared,” she told WABC. “I thought the cops supposed to help you — they just straight up came and attacked the lady.”

‘A Sprinkle of Marlene’ published in the holiday 2018 issue of Edible Jersey

In the Holiday 2018 issue of Edible Jersey, the editors and contributors offer a shout out to all those families who put aside their differences and disagreements, at least for one day, to gather in celebration at the Thanksgiving table.

A personal essay, ‘A Sprinkle of Marlene’ by Jessica Robles of Stories and Films, offers a poignant reminder of the power of such a gathering.

To read the personal essay, please click here.

To read the recipe that influenced the photograph that accompanied the article is here.

#Recipe: Sweet Potato Souffle with a sprinkle of Marlene

Serves 6 to 8, Prep Time:  20 minutes, Cook Time: 1 hour

For sweet potato soufflé (custard base and meringues)

  • 2-29 oz. cans yams/sweet potatoes drain liquid from one can (recommend Bruce’s Yams); reserve liquid from one of the cans
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature, must be soft enough to cut into tbsp.-sized pats
  • 2 tbsps. light brown sugar (recommend Domino)  
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup, any grade is fine
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice(or any combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and other spices to your liking: recommend McCormick)
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground white pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour (recommend White Lily)
  • 1½ cups whole milk
  • 6 eggs, separated
  • ¼ tsp. cream of tartar
  • Nonstick butter spray

For bourbon sauce, optional

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/8 cup whipping cream
  • ¼ cup bourbon

Tools

  • Can opener
  • Medium glass bowl for egg whites at room temperature
  • Small metal bowl for egg yolks at room temperature
  • 8-quart saucepan
  • Potato masher
  • Large, glass bowl
  • Clear, plastic wrap
  • Whisk
  • Medium, glass bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Round, 2-qt. ramekin/soufflé dish
  • Timer
  • Small saucepan
  • 2 large serving spoons

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Turn on oven light.
  2. Pour both cans of sweet potatoes and reserved liquid into an 8-quart saucepan. Reduce liquid from sweet potatoes over medium-heat, cooking between 10 to 15 minutes until sweet potatoes are fork-tender and liquid has thickened to a syrup. If there is a lot of liquid, drain potatoes. Return to saucepan. Add butter, one tablespoon at a time, up to 6 tablespoons.; reserve remainder of butter. Add brown sugar, syrup, pumpkin spice, salt, and pepper and season to the pan. Season to your liking. Turn off heat.  Mash with a potato masher. When smooth, transfer into large, glass bowl and cool to room temperature. Cover with clear, plastic wrap, touching the mixture so a film doesn’t form on the top.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt remaining 2 tablespoons. butter. Whisk in flour and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until light brown. Add a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. Whisk in milk, continuing to whisk without stopping for 3 minutes until mixture is thick. Remove from heat and transfer to medium glass bowl. Whisk all yolks in the bowl until incorporated. Whisk contents into sweet potato mash.  Cover with clear, plastic wrap.
  4. Whip egg whites with electric mixer on low until whites are foamy. Add a pinch of salt, and the cream of tartar. Increase the speed gradually to high speed and whip until stiff peaks form. Spray the inside of a soufflé dish with nonstick butter spray.
  5. Gently fold 1/3 of whipped egg whites into the sweet potato mixture until uniform. Repeat with the second, then, the last third whipped egg whites. Transfer mixture to prepared soufflé dish. Transfer to oven in the center of the bottom shelf. Do not place shelves above the dish or any other dish beside or under it. Close oven door and reduce heat to 375 degrees. Set timer for 50 minutes.

Resist the urge to check. No jumping. No running. No children in the kitchen. Grandma’s rules!

  •  While soufflé is baking, prepare the bourbon sauce. Melt second stick of butter in small saucepan over medium-heat. Whisk in granulated sugar, whipping cream, bourbon, and a pinch of salt. Simmer until sauce thickens. Vigorously whisk for 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Makes 1 cup of sauce.
  • After timer goes off, check soufflé in the oven, but don’t open over door yet. Look inside and check to see if soufflé has risen 2 to 3 inches AND that the top has browned nicely.  If not, set timer for 10 more minutes. After timer goes off a second time, gently, remove ramekin from oven and place on dining room table.
  • Plunge 2 large serving spoons, back-to-back in the middle of the soufflé to help prevent the soufflé from falling. Serve immediately. Enjoy! Grandma’s rules!

For Immediate Release: Firing of Megyn Kelly is warranted, says NABJ

Washington, D.C. (Oct. 25, 2018) — The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) is monitoring reports that Megyn Kelly’s recent offensive comments about blackface Halloween costumes have led to some changes at NBC.

Although unconfirmed, several media outlets are reporting that Kelly is in the process of being cut from or reassigned at the network.

 

During Tuesday’s broadcast of “Megyn Kelly Today,” Kelly set off a firestorm of criticism inside and outside of NBC when she said it was OK when she was growing up for white people to dress up as black characters and there was nothing wrong with donning blackface. Colleagues inside NBC, including Al Roker and Craig Melvin, as well as other journalists, called her comments indefensible and insensitive. Kelly later apologized for her comments, saying that she had learned from the many who spoke out about the subject.

 

NABJ Vice President-Digital Roland Martin appeared on “Megyn Kelly Today” providing historical perspective on the issue of blackface and its offensive nature. He stressed the obligation of people in today’s society to be educated about various cultures and racial insensitivities.

 

Citing the Kerner Commission Report and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., both occurring 50 years ago; Martin talked about the many ways insensitivity and lack of awareness has contributed to the continued abuse and disenfranchisement of people of color.

NABJ President Sarah Glover, who is employed by NBC, said that NABJ would like to see media organizations take bold steps to ensure that diversity and inclusion is practiced on-air and behind the scenes, and that black people and people of color are not affronted.

“Megyn Kelly’s flip comments on blackface were inexcusable. It is imperative that media organizations work to maintain the trust of audiences,” said President Glover. “The media industry has the power to inform, and an awesome responsibility to dispel ignorance and not encourage it.”

Last year, NABJ expressed its disappointment after Kelly was hired as the replacement for Tamron Hall, a successful “Today” show co-host at that time, in part because of Kelly’s history of on-air offensive remarks regarding people of color.

NABJ will continue to monitor developments at NBC and other media companies to assist with opportunities to help with workforce diversity, equity and inclusion.

“I hope that NBC will take the appropriate action in dealing with this very unfortunate situation,” said NABJ Vice President-Broadcast Dorothy Tucker.