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How an interracial dating web series gets everything wrong

Swirlr 600Relationships between people who claim different racial identities aren't new (hey, Barack Obama's parents, tons of other Americans and, according to the hope to which some fans are still clinging, Lupita and Jared. Nor are they all that controversial these days. (A full 86 percent of Americans approve of black-white pairings, for example.) So while it's not quite like everyone's doing it, things do seem to be going pretty OK for people who are inclined to find love across the old color line.

At least they were until this unfortunate reality dating Web series hit the Internet. It's called "Swirlr" (and it's quite possibly one big, ill-conceived advertisement for an online-dating service of the same name). In its premiere episode, Christelyn Karazin, acting like a YouTube version of Patti, the Millionaire Matchmaker ("Miscegenation Matchmaker"? No, that won't work), conducts preliminary interviews with a black woman and a white man she plans to set up. The result could be the start of one of the worst things to happen to interracial dating in recent history. Here's why:

 

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Mom charged with attempted 1st-degree murder after driving kids into the ocean

oceanmom 600Thirty-two-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's three children were reportedly screaming for their lives when she drove a minivan into the ocean surf off of Florida, the Associated Press reports.

The children, ages 3, 9 and 10, were rescued Tuesday by bystanders and officers as the minivan was almost submerged off a coast in Daytona Beach, Fla. Wilkerson, who is pregnant, was charged Friday with three counts each of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse, police said.

Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said that while she denied trying to harm her children, they disputed her claim. Witnesses also stated that she tried to block their rescue and the windows were rolled up and the doors were locked. One of the children reportedly tried to wrest control of the steering wheel, the AP reports.

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‘Spring Forward’ Sunday

smoke 600Sunday at 2 a.m. marks the beginning of Daylight Saving Time for 2014. "Spring Forward" by setting your clocks ahead by one hour.

The twice a year ritual is also a great time to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, test them, and review your preparedness plans with your family and co-workers.

The Shelby County Office of Preparedness, under the leadership of Bob Nations, Jr., Director, recommends the following safety tips:

 

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Rufus’ daughters set for a Memphis music bow

Thomas 600Memphis music icon Rufus Thomas would be particularly wild and proud of this year's "Emissaries of Memphis Music."

Thomas' daughters, Carla Thomas and Vaneese Thomas, are among the honorees who will be saluted during the 2014 Emissaries of Memphis Music Awards on March 20th at the Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway.

Hosted by the Memphis Music Commission, the event begins at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Memphis Musicians Healthcare Plan, which provides no cost access to Medical Care for Memphis Musicians.

 

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Annie’s black now. Get over it

annie 600"The sun will come out tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, there'll be sun."

The words and the tune are familiar, but the decidedly hip-hop twist belies a completely different story: that of the orphan Annie, who, in 2014, just happens to be black.

On Wednesday the world was given a sneak peek at the new "Annie" – starring Oscar-nominated child star Quvenzhané Wallis and the ever talented Jamie Foxx – as the first trailer hit the Internet. The 2:30-minute clip shows a modern spin on the beloved tale of the mistreated orphan who went on to be adopted by one of the world's richest men. Featured are the streets of Harlem and a mayoral campaign, as well as revamped versions of the classic songs.

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