2016 Democratic National Convention

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Michelle Obama: The Clinton Surrogate That Could Finish Off Trump:

Not only has Michelle Obama delivered two of the best speeches supporting Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign, she also provided the Democratic nominee’s campaign its unofficial slogan.

“When they go low,” Clinton says on the campaign trail, “We go high,” her supporters shout back.
In 2008 and 2012, President Barack Obama‘s campaign aides anointed Michelle Obama “The Closer.” This year, Hillary Clinton may well designate her most popular surrogate the starter, the reliever and the pinch-hitter, too.

On Thursday, the first lady deployed a profoundly personal rebuke of Donald Trump’s sexually aggressive boasts, delivering the most powerful censure to date of the GOP candidate’s cavalierly-expressed views toward women.

Samsung’s Losses From Note 7 Disaster Keep Mounting:

Samsung’s expected losses from the Galaxy Note 7 catastrophe have soared above $5 billion.

The South Korean tech giant announced this week it was killing off its flagship Note 7 smartphone. The move came after reports kept emerging of the devices catching fire — even after Samsung (SSNLF) had promised customers that replacement phones it was providing were safe.

Analysts saw the decision to ditch the Note 7 after weeks of crisis as an attempt by Samsung tosave its brand image and shield other smartphones from the fallout. But the company is still coming to terms with the financial damage from canning an entire product line.

‘Ain’t Nobody Got Time For This’ 911 Operator Arrested For Hanging Up:

After hanging up mid-sentence on a caller, a Houston 911 call center operator was heard on a recording saying, “Ain’t nobody got time for this. For real,” according to charging documents.

That call center operator identified as Crenshanda Williams was arrested and charged after allegedly hanging up on what could be thousands of emergency callers, according to the documents.
The 43-year-old had been placed under police investigation after her supervisors noticed that she had an abnormally large number of calls that lasted less than 20 seconds.
A review of the Houston Emergency Center database found that “thousands of short calls have been attributed to the defendant” from October 2015 to March 2016.

The Golden Age Of Black Television:

The last time people were saying there was a “golden age of black television” there was unrest over the civil rights of African-Americans, protests and calls for more diversity.

Sound familiar?
In the era of #BlackLivesMatter, there’s been a bumper crop of TV series offering various glimpses into black lives and culture.
And while shows like “I Spy” and “Julia” broke ground in the late 1960s by featuring black actors, today’s shows feature black artists on screen and off.
With her HBO comedy “Insecure,” Issa Rae became the first black woman to create and star in her own series on a premium cable channel.
It’s an opportunity Rae says she fully appreciates after growing up in the 1990s without seeing many television characters that reflected her.

White Officer’s Heartfelt Post On Pulling Over ABlack Teen Resonates Widely:

It’s been nearly two weeks since Lt. Tim McMillan, a white police officer, posted a note about his encounter with a black teenager. And the messages are still flooding in.

“I cried after I read it because I have a black son,” said one.
“I might not know you in person but I must admit your light has shone even to some of us here in Kenya,” said another.
Lt. McMillan, who’s been police officer for 13 years, can’t believe that police-community relations have reached such a point that a simple gesture would resonate so widely.
One night late last month, he pulled over a teen who was texting and driving in Garden City, Georgia. The driver, he found, was an African-American teen who was “absolutely terrified with his hands up.”

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