April 2015

  • April 30, 2015

    “Let’s give it up for the Secret Service…they’re the only law enforcement agency that will get in trouble if a black man gets shot.”

    -Cecily Strong, “Saturday Night Live” cast member, speaking at the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, April 26, 2015

  • April 29, 2015

    “It’s not that I’m trying to dress up as a woman. I’ve spent my whole life dressing as a man.”

    -Bruce Jenner, former Olympic athlete and father/stepfather to the famous Kardashian family, coming out as transgender. ABC’s 20/20 – interview with Diane Sawyer, April 24, 2015

  • April 28, 2015

    “Hospitals treating pelvic fractures on roadside. Toddlers w double leg breaks. Out of drugs. Nepal earthquake”

    -Jason Burke, South Asia correspondent for The Guardian. He sent out multiple updates like this one via Twitter – painting a picture for the rest of the world after an earthquake killed over 3,300 people. Twitter, April 26, 2015

  • April 27, 2015

    “I think we can officially say now that Eric Holder is free, but it is not necessarily something that I want. I don’t ever want to be free of this great institution.”

    -Eric Holder, first African-American to serve as U.S. attorney general, at his final meeting with senior staffers before stepping down – Loretta Lynch will take the position, April 24, 2015

  • April 26, 2015

    “I worry that have been visited by aliens, but they…accidentally landed in San Diego during Comic-Con and nobody noticed.”

    -Neil Degrasse Tyson, American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science pundit, and Director of NYC’s Hayden Planetarium. The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, April 16, 2015

  • April 25, 2015

    “What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?”

    -Amandla Stenberg, 16 year-old American actress – best known for her role as Rue in Hunger Games. Class project titled, “Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows” – posted to Tumblr, February 2015

  • April 24, 2015

    “We have a serious problem with incarceration in this country. It’s destroying families, it’s destroying communities, and we’re the most incarcerated country in the world.”

    -John Legend, Grammy-winning singer and songwriter, on launching his new campaign to end mass incarceration. Interview – as reported by the Associated Press, April 13, 2015

  • April 23, 2015

    “Well, ma’am, I never met a presidential candidate with pink nail polish on.”

    -Paul Bedard, reporter for the Washington Examiner, speaking to Carly Fiorina – former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate. Breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, April 16, 2015

  • April 22, 2015

    “My father stood behind a small portable bar in the back of a room…so that tonight I could stand behind this podium in front of this room.”

    -Marco Rubio, US Senator (Republican – Florida), announcing his run for president in 2016. Announcement speech, April 13, 2015

  • April 21, 2015

    “I have come to the conclusion that there is only one answer….The NRA does not really speak for or represent American gun owners. Instead, they speak for, represent and – most importantly – receive funding from gun manufacturers. And if you make guns, it is in your financial interest to sell as many guns as you can, to whomever you can, whenever you can and wherever you can.”

    -Tim Kaine, US Senator (Democrat, Virginia), on the eighth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shooting. Senate Floor Speech, April 16, 2015

  • April 20, 2015

    “Exactly 365 days have passed since the girls were snatched from…Chibok, NE Nigeria. They are still missing. For this we should all feel shame…Shame that when such horrendous acts occur, our collective attention span is so fleeting.”

    -Isha Sesay, anchor and correspondent for CNN International, on the anniversary of Boko Haram’s abduction of 276 Chibok schoolgirls in Nigeria – 219 remain missing. Op-ed on CNN.com, April 14, 2015

  • April 19, 2015

    “Should have put $10,000 on my bracket. Congrats, Coach K and Duke University.”

    -Mitt Romney, former Republican nominee for president, after the team he picked to win the NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship – Duke University – defeated the University of Wisconsin in the championship game. Twitter, April 6, 2015

  • April 18, 2015

    “My commitment to serving this country runs deep. I have been a team and squad leader, a crew chief, and a machine gun section chief. I have been on over 400 combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and fought side-by-side in foxholes and remote operating bases. As I fight for my country in foreign lands, all I want it is to be able to serve openly while keeping the job that I love.”

    -Shane Ortega, Army helicopter crew chief and Sgt. In the US Army. After a Washington Post story about him was published on April 9 2015, Ortega became one of the first (possibly the first) openly transgender individuals in the US Army. As reported in the Washington blade, April 10, 2015

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    • April 17, 2015

      “I was around 15 when I realized was inescapable. Even if I was in a car and had the radio on, there’s my dad. He’s larger than life, and our culture is obsessed with dead musicians. We love to put them on a pedestal.”

      -Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Kurt Cobain of the band Nirvana. Speaking publicly for the first time about her father – who died of an apparent suicide when she was a small child. Rolling Stone, April 8, 2015

    • April 16, 2015

      “I won’t deny that I knew the magnitude of this, and I even thought about erasing the video. I felt that my life, with this information, might be in danger…I knew the cop didn’t do the right thing.”

      -Feidin Santana, bystander who captured the shooting of an unarmed white man by a South Carolina police officer on video – leading to the officer’s arrest and murder charge. MSNBC’s “All In With Chris Hayes,” April 8, 2015

    • April 15, 2015

      “Would I say selfless act of using her fight to raise an incredible amount of money and awareness, doctors will one day find a cure for DIPG!”

      -Devon Still, Professional football player for the Cincinnati Bengals – he became an advocate for cancer research after his young daughter (Leah) was diagnosed with cancer. Instagram, April 10, 2015

    • April 14, 2015

      “The thing is, she has these dark sunglasses on…She just was another lady.”

      Charles Wright, Manager of Chipotle in Maumee, Ohio where Hillary Clinton ate a chicken burrito bowl on April 13, 2015.

    • April 13, 2015

      “With your help, we will defeat the Washington machine and unleash the American dream!”

      -Rand Paul, US Senator (R-Kentucky), announcing his candidacy for president via social media. Twitter, April 6, 2015

    • April 12, 2015

      “No one can replace Jon Stewart. But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”

      -Trevor Noah, South African comedian and Daily Show correspondent, on news that he will take over for Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show. Twitter, March 30, 2015

    • April 11, 2015

      “ hurts my feelings for people…when I’ll have a meet and greet after the show and a girl who’s bigger than me will…be like…’If they think you’re big I must be so fat to them.’”

      -Kelly Clarkson, American musician, on criticism from the media about her weight gain. The Ellen DeGeneres Show, April 3, 2015

    • April 10, 2015

      “The transportation system in this country is in a huge ditch. A pothole, if you will.”

      -Anthony Foxx, US Transportation Secretary, Interview with Politico’s Mike Allen at Politico Playbook Lunch, March 30, 2015

    • April 9, 2015

      “To all the young women here tonight and all across the country, let me say those words again: Black girls rock! We rock! We rock!”

      -Michelle Obama, First Lady of The United States, Speaking at Black Girls Rock! – an annual event to honor influential women of color, March 28, 2015

    • April 8, 2015

      “My son Seth signed the petition asking me – Dad – the governor – to veto this bill. And he gave me permission to make that reference…it shows that…there’s a generational difference of opinion on these issues.”

      -Asa Hutchinson, Republican Governor of Arkansas, on his decision not to support a “religious freedom” bill similar to a new law receiving harsh criticism in Indiana. Press conference, April 1, 2015

    • April 7, 2015

      “When you hear the inevitable critics of the deal sound off, ask them a simple question: Do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented, backed by the world’s major powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?”

      -Barack Obama, President of The United States, announcing a potential deal with Iran regarding their nuclear future. Press Conference at The White House, April 2, 2015

    • March 6, 2015

      “We weren’t going to just hand it to them. We expected to win. There’s a difference in believing you could do it and believing you will do it.”

      -Josh Gasser, American college basketball player for the University of Wisconsin–Madison, after University of Wisconsin ended University of Kentucky’s perfect season to move on to the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Championship Game. As reported in USA Today, April 4, 2015

    • April 5, 2015

      “We could not have a better backdrop for women entrepreneurs in this environment. We are in very different place than we were a decade ago, and in a very different place than we were just five years ago. It’s up to us, ladies, to put our foot on the gas.”

      -Carla Harris, Chair of President Barack Obama’s National Women’s Business Council and Vice Chairman of Global Wealth Management, Managing Director, and Senior Client Adviser at Morgan Stanley. Speaking at Inforum’s luncheon at the Renaissance Center Marriott in downtown Detroit, March 25, 2015

    • April 4, 2015

      “It took a black president to make Republicans finally wish for a Jewish one.”

      -Aasif Mandvi, comedian and Daily Show correspondent, on Congressional Republicans’ praise for Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu. 2015 Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner, March 25, 2015

    • April 3, 2015

      “Let’s just put an end to this myth that women players cannot be friends. It’s hard and lonely at the top. That’s why it’s so fun to have Caroline , and my sister, too. You’re a target when you’re number one. Everyone wants to beat you. Everyone talks behind your back, and you get a lot more criticism.”

      -Serena Williams, Tennis champion and 19-time Grand Slam winner. Vogue interview – Williams is the first black, female athlete to be featured solo on the cover of Vogue, March 21, 2015

    • April 2, 2015

      “The decision about how I end my dying process should be up to me and my family under a doctor’s care. How dare the government make decisions or limit options for terminally ill people like me.”

      -Brittany Maynard, now deceased – fought for the right to end her life with the aid of a doctor after learning she had terminal cancer. Posthumous video made for the advocacy group Compassion & Choices, March 25, 2015

    • April 1, 2015

      “I worked in Aswan wearing pants and a galabeya. If I hadn’t, no one would have let me work…They’d say, ‘He’s good at his work.’ They’d offer me cigarettes.”

      -Sisa Abu Daooh, Egyptian woman who dressed as a man for 42 years in order to find work after her husband died – Egypt’s president recently gave her an award for being an extraordinary mother. New York Times, March 25, 2015