If your complexion is darker than vanilla ice cream, chances are you’ve had a hard time finding a job at some point in your life. If you’ve got a name that is not Susan or Tim, the probability that your resumé gets tossed in the trash and/or you get denied at the door increases by a lot. C’mon, we all know it’s true.
A young woman by the name of Hermeisha Robinson experienced this kind of discrimination recently when she applied for a job and was denied. While the part where she wasn’t offered the job isn’t necessarily a surprise (because, racism), what is shocking is the company allegedly told her in writing that her name was too “ghetto” for their tastes.
Hermeisha took to Facebook to put them on blast, and rightfully so. She wrote (in all caps):
“I have a public service announcement I am very upset because today I received an email about this job that I applied for as a customer service representative at Mantality Health I Know Im well qualified for the position as they seem on my resume! They discriminated against me because of my name which they considered it to be “ghetto” for their company!
Apparently, it didn’t cross Hermeisha’s mind that anyone would ever describe her name in such a way, as she continued:
“My feelings are very hurt and they even got me second guessing my name trying to figure out if my name is really that ‘ghetto’ I would like for everyone to share this post because discrimination has to stop!”
Meanwhile, Mantality Health claims they were hacked. From The NY Post:
“Kevin Meuret, the owner of the clinic that treats men with low testosterone, told the newspaper on Tuesday that someone from outside Missouri hacked into its email system, most likely a disgruntled former employee. Meuret said about 20 potential employees got emails from the hacker. Reports have since been filed with police in both Chesterfield and St. Louis County, he said. ‘I’m a father of three daughters, and that young lady getting that [response] is horrible,’ Meuret told the [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]. ‘That young lady opened something that must have felt like a freight train, and that’s unacceptable.’ Calls seeking additional comment from Mantality reps were not immediately returned Wednesday.”
Aretha Franklin is gravely ill and friends and family are gathering for their final goodbye … TMZ has confirmed.
A source very close to Aretha and a longtime dear friend tells TMZ he was told a week ago, “Prepare yourself, she’s dying.” The source adds Aretha was down to 86 pounds and her health was failing. The source says 2 weeks ago everyone in Aretha’s circle was told “she could go any time.”
Another source — someone who has been close to Aretha for decades — tells TMZ she has been battling cancer.
Franklin, who is 76, has been in poor health over the last few years. She has performed, but only on a limited basis … most recently last November at an Elton John AIDS Foundation event.
The news that her health is failing first came from Roger Friedman over at Showbiz411, and WDIV TV in Detroit says Aretha’s family confirmed she is gravely ill.
Beyoncé Speaks On Body Positivity With VOGUE
Beyoncé knows you think she’s pregnant, and she’s got a message for you. As previously reported King Bey is covering VOGUE for an iconic issue with a detailed first-person interview about having an emergency C-section with Sir and Rumi, toxic relationships, and representation.
In one part in particular, however, she talked about accepting her body after giving birth to the twins. In that quote, she mentions having a “mommy pouch” and a “FUPA” that she’s in no rush to get rid of, which would explain the constant speculation that she’s pregnant.
The BeyHive is now STANNING over Beyonce’s body positive message and her use of the word FUPA altogether. In case you didn’t know, FUPA stands for “fat upper p**y area.”
Charlotte Rae Dead At 92
Rae passed away at her Los Angeles home on Sunday night after suffering with bone cancer and pancreatic cancer since she announced her illness in April of last year.