Jay Leno apologizes for racist jokes about Asians: ‘I knew in my heart it was wrong’
Jay Leno has apologized for a number of jokes he made at the expense of the Korean and Chinese communities, particularly racist stereotypes about what Korean and Chinese people eat. “At the time I did those jokes, I genuinely thought them to be harmless. I was making fun of our...Read Full StoryAsian PeopleBlack PeopleCelebritiesRacismComedian PresidentRacial StereotypesRacial HatredAsiansChineseMedia Action NetworkAsian AmericansMANAAKoreansAGTNBC EntertainmentJay LenoGuy AokiGabrielle UnionSimon Cowell
Former music exec who faced suicide teaches others to 'silence the shame'
Sony Music Publishing announced that it had teamed with the nonprofit Silence the Shame to expand mental health resources to its songwriters and employees and the greater music community. For the nonprofit's founder, Shanti Das, a former music executive, the partnership affirms that she is fulfilling her purpose. Das lost...Read Full StoryMental Health First AidMusic BusinessEmotional DistressEmotional HealthGodSony Music PublishingBlack AmericansUniversal Motown RecordsEbenezer Baptist ChurchAfrican AmericanYeah Wellness LLCNFL Players AssociationPure Nirvana & Co.Through Yeah WellnessSilenceJon PlattGeorge FloydRaphael WarnockTisha CampbellLudacrisDa BratRalph Tresvant
Donations poured in after attack on Asian grandmother. She wants to give the money away.
A 75-year-old Asian woman who has received nearly $1 million in donations since she was attacked on a San Francisco street plans to give the money away to the Asian American community, her grandson said. Photos of Xiao Zhen Xie's bruised and swollen face have been shared on news broadcasts,...Read Full StoryAsian AmericansGofundmeFundraisingZhenGoFundMeDonorsFamily ViolenceDead PeopleAsian DescentMoneyXiao Zhen XieAttackManFightAssaultSteven Jenkins
America's billionaires got 44% richer during the pandemic while more than 80 million people in the US lost their jobs
As of March 24, 2021, Sergey Brin and Larry Page have seen the biggest year-over-year net-worth growth among American billionaires. Chris Hondros/Getty Images There are 657 billionaires in America. Their combined wealth grew by 44.6% during the pandemic, a study from the Institute for Policy Studies shows. Meanwhile, 80 million people in the US lost their jobs from March 2020 to February 2021. See more stories on Insider's business page . The combined wealth of America's 657 billionaires grew by 44.6% - $1.3 trillion - during the pandemic. That's according to a new study released by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF) and the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The two organizations used information from Forbes to track the fortunes of America's richest people for one year starting on March 18, 2020. The difference between how America's richest people and the rest of the country has fared in this time period is stark . From March 2020 to February 2021, 80 million people in the US lost their jobs. Between June and November 2020, nearly 8 million Americans fell into poverty . "The pandemic has created an astonishing rise in wealth for the nation's billionaires while tens of millions of Americans fell further behind," Frank Clemente, executive director of ATF, said in a statement. "Billionaires are living in a different world from the rest of us." Zooming in on billionaires' rising fortunes in the pandemic year Jeff Bezos, with his $183.9 billion fortune, is the richest man in the US and the world. According to Bloomberg's Billionaire Index (which updates in near-real time), Larry Page and Sergey Brin , the cofounders of Google, have seen the biggest respective increases to their net worths among American billionaires since the pandemic broke out. From March 24, 2020, to March 24, 2021, Page added $11.8 billion to his $94.3 billion fortune. Brin's $91.2 billion fortune has grown by $11.4 billion in the same time period. Berkshire Hathaway CEO and chairman Warren Buffett has seen the third-biggest net-worth growth in this time. His $95.1 billion fortune got a $7.4 billion boost in the past year, per Bloomberg statistics. The past year also saw the minting of 43 new billionaires in the US. Among those are Frank Slootman, CEO of tech giant Snowflake ( $1.9 billion ) and Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky ( $14.3 billion ). Both Snowflake and Airbnb number among the many tech companies that went public during the pandemic. As Insider's Juliana Kaplan reported in February, wealthy Americans today pay one-sixth the rate of taxes their counterparts paid in 1953. But President Biden is reportedly getting more serious about taxing America's richest , which could include raising taxes to nearly 40% for the country's top income bracket. Read the original article on Business Insider JobsAirbnbPoliticsPublic HealthWorld PovertyInsiderATFIPSForbesGoogleSnowflakeAmerican BillionairesWealthy AmericansFortuneTaxesSergey BrinLarry PageChris HondrosJeff BezosWarren BuffettBrian Chesky
Jay Leno Apologizes for Decades of Jokes About Asians: ‘In My Heart I Knew It Was Wrong’
Late night host and comedian Jay Leno has issued an apology for a series of jokes told over his career targeting Asian communities. The apology comes after nearly 15-year campaign from the activist group Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA), for remarks as recent as Variety‘s 2020 report that Leno cracked about Koreans eating dog meat — a complaint that offended numerous players on the set of NBC’s “Americas Got Talent.”Read Full StoryAsian PeopleHate CrimesAsian AmericansPoliticsCelebritiesNBCAsiansMedia Action NetworkKoreansAAPIMANAAFox Television StationsJokesOffended Numerous PlayersTruthJay LenoGuy AokiTom Werner
How an unlikely folk dancer found grace
The first thing I learned in folk dancing was the emphatic apology. “Sorry!” “Forgive me!” and “Did that hurt?” On this dance floor, I was a well-meaning menace. My wife, Chrissie, said that dancing would improve our quality time together. Folk dancing circles had few African Americans back then. I was as easy to spot as I was tough to avoid.Read Full StoryRaceBallroom DanceApologiesFolk MusicDance MusicBallroom DancingLine DancingAfrican AmericansGreekTurkishBalkanFolk DancesFolk Dancing CirclesDance FloorDance Etiquette
CDC chief suggests school social distancing requirements could soon change
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday that school social distancing requirements could soon shrink. CDC director Rochelle Walensky told lawmakers a recent report found that 3 feet of distance — along with the use of masks — was sufficient to keep schools safe. “As soon as our...Read Full StoryCdcSocial DistancingTeachers UnionPublic HealthCDCDisease PreventionDisease ControlPrimary SchoolSocial CommerceAsian AmericansNYPOSTSchoolsStudentsIn-person SchoolingLawmakersRandi Weingarten
Cooling-off period would benefit both police, protesters
It’s time to take the lid off this boiling pot and give both sides an opportunity to simmer down. That’s the advice we’d give to both protesters and Lowell Police. After 13 weekends of expressing frustration over the disappearance and death of Moses Harris, tensions between those individuals and equally exasperated police came to a head Saturday after two protesters were arrested — and quickly bailed — in front of police headquarters.Read Full StoryHate CrimesRaceProtest RiotPolice ViolencePolice OfficialsCity PolicePolice BailPolice HeadquartersAsian-AmericansLowell Police AssociationPolice Union OfficialsSuspectDomestic ViolenceTensionsFrustrationEileen Donoghue
Still don't have a stimulus check? Here's how to track yours.
As major banks started delivering $1,400 stimulus checks this month, the timing of the federal relief payments has aroused concerns among many people who are struggling to make ends meet amid the coronavirus-hobbled economy. The Internal Revenue Service last week said it had delivered 90 million payments worth a combined...Read Full StoryStimulus CheckStimulus BillEconomic StimulusIrsPoliticsBalance Of PaymentsSavings AccountsCurrent AccountsBank AccountsIRSCBS MoneyWatchThe American Rescue PlanTransUnionAmericansWells FargoJoe BidenCharlie Wise
Diamond Bar rally confrontation sparks hate crime investigation
A hate crime investigation is underway after a suspect in Diamond Bar drove through several people walking on a crosswalk during a rally condemning violence against Asian Americans. Video shows a group of demonstrators walking on the crosswalk when the driver runs a red light and almost hit some of the pedestrians. The driver makes a U-turn and is heard yelling profanity at them. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says the incident happened at the intersection of Grand Avenue and Diamond Bar Boulevard around noon Sunday. The suspect was last seen driving southbound on Grand Avenue before leaving the scene. "The brazenness of doing this at an Anti-Hate rally speaks to the level that people will go to harass and bully communities of color," L.A. County Supervisor Janice Hahn said in a statement. L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva announced the confrontation is being investigated as a hate crime. According to a news release, the suspect's vehicle license plate was captured on video and investigators are attempting to identify the male suspect. No injuries were reported during the incident, according to the sheriff's department. Hate CrimeSparksProfanityViolenceAsian AmericansRallySuspectDemonstratorsGrand AvenueDrivingWalkingL.A.VideoColorJanice HahnAlex Villanueva