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  • An ex-NBA player who blew nearly $100 million is turning his life around while working at Starbucks

    07/29/2015 8:41:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 07/29/2015 | Cork Gaines
    Vin Baker played 14 seasons in the NBA with six different teams and made $97.4 million in his career as a basketball player. Now Baker is embarking on a new career as a Starbucks manager. Baker is working as a barista at a Starbucks in North Kingstown, Rhode Island as part of his training to become a manager, according to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal. Baker's road to this career was a rocky one, but he appears to have some good perspective on his struggles. He told McNamara: "I was an alcoholic, I lost a fortune. I had a...
  • Florida man banned from Starbucks for life for exposing parking violations

    07/27/2015 5:02:25 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | July 27, 2015
    A Florida man banned from Starbucks for life because he called out customers who were breaking the law says he'd do it again to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Rob Rowen says he received a letter from the manager at a Tampa location after he was accused of publicly shaming people for illegally using the handicapped parking spaces and confronting them inside the coffee shop with cell phone images he took of the violations. Rowen’s son-in-law has muscular dystrophy and uses a power wheelchair, he said. “I saw someone park and it was obvious they weren’t handicapped,” Rowen told...
  • Meet the 41 Companies That Donate Directly to Planned Parenthood

    07/22/2015 1:21:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | July 21, 2015 | Melissa Quinn
    In the wake of two videos allegedly showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of aborted fetal body parts, Republicans in Congress are working to ensure that Planned Parenthood is stripped of its federal funding. However, it’s not only the government that fills Planned Parenthood’s coffers. According to 2nd Vote, a website and app that tracks the flow of money from consumers to political causes, more than 25 percent of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3-billion annual revenue comes from private donations, which includes corporate contributions. 2nd Vote researched the corporations and organizations to find which supported Planned Parenthood and found that more...
  • Starbucks to Open New Stores in Low-Income Neighborhoods

    07/17/2015 5:45:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 51 replies
    Celeb Cafe ^ | 7-17-2015 | Dave Harris
    Starbucks said Thursday it’s opening stores in 15 poor and middle-class inner-city locations across the USA, including one in Ferguson, Mo., as part of its bid to integrate more disadvantaged youths into the workforce. But now Starbucks is aiming to have a lasting impact on the community. The new store, set to open early next year at 10776 West Florissant Avenue, near Interstate 270, will be larger than a standard Starbucks by about 300 to 400 square feet. Starbucks spokeswoman Laurel Harper said details are not yet available on when the central Phoenix Starbucks location will close for renovations, specifically...
  • Starbucks reveals location of Ferguson store (Looting n' Lattes)

    07/13/2015 3:06:37 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 39 replies
    Starbucks is planning to build a restaurant with a drive-thru at 10776 West Florissant Ave. in Ferguson.
  • Mother shocked after 5-year-old son discovers hidden camera in Starbucks bathroom

    07/11/2015 11:10:45 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 18 replies
    Fox6 ^ | July 10, 2015 | Megan Pospychala
    Deputies are investigating the discovery of a hidden cell phone camera hiding inside the women’s restroom at a Starbucks in Lancaster, California. A woman, who asked not to be identified, told KTLA that her 5-year-old son found the cell phone around 10:30 a.m. at the Starbucks near Avenue K and 10th Street on Thursday, July 9th. “My son used the restroom first and I used the restroom after him. I noticed he was staring at the sink a little bit perplexed. I asked him what was wrong and he said, ‘Mommy, why is there a phone under there?'” said the...
  • Starbucks hiking prices in US; affected drinks will go up by 5 to 20 cents

    07/06/2015 2:19:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 50 replies
    ap ^ | July 06, 2015
    Starbucks says it's hiking prices again starting Tuesday, with the increases ranging from 5 to 20 cents for most affected drinks
  • Hackers are draining bank accounts via the Starbucks app

    05/14/2015 7:10:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 30 replies
    CNN ^ | 05/14/15
    Thieves are stealing money from people's credit cards, bank and PayPal accounts -- by first tapping into their Starbucks mobile app. Starbucks (SBUX) on Wednesday acknowledged that criminals have been breaking into individual customer rewards accounts. The Starbucks app lets you pay at checkout with your phone. It can also reload Starbucks gift cards by automatically drawing funds from your bank account, credit card or PayPal. That's how criminals are siphoning money away from victims. They break into a victim's Starbucks account online, add a new gift card, transfer funds over -- and repeat the process every time the original...
  • Raleigh officer, wife asking for $50K in hot coffee case

    05/05/2015 7:03:26 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 42 replies
    WRAL ^ | May 4, 2015
    Raleigh, N.C. — Attorneys for a Raleigh police officer began making the case Monday that he should be compensated the burns, blisters and emotional damage he suffered when a hot cup of coffee spilled on his lap in January 2012. In the morning, a judge heard motions from representatives of Matthew Kohr, a lieutenant with Raleigh police's special operations division, and Starbucks.
  • System Crash for Starbucks Leads to Free Coffee for Some

    04/24/2015 7:46:55 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    ny times ^ | 4-24-2015 | NICOLE PERLROTH
    The in-store payment systems at Starbucks went down Friday at 8,000 company-operated stores in the United States and Canada, leading to an unexpected giveaway of coffee drinks at some stores. In a statement, the company said the failure was caused not by hackers but by a problem during a daily computer system update. The chain said late Friday that it was still working to resolve the problem, which also affected the chain’s Fresh and Teavana stores. “We are actively working to resolve the outage, and our stores will remain open and continue to serve our customers,” the company said. News...
  • Howard Schultz: Starbucks to open Ferguson store

    04/22/2015 2:46:27 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 90 replies
    Schultz said that the coffee chain will open a store in what has been an epicenter of racial tension in the U.S., one month after unveiling its controversial Race Together campaign. Starbucks baristas may not be writing “Race Together” on customers’ coffee cups anymore, but CEO Howard Schultz certainly isn’t done talking about the nation’s touchiest topic.
  • What "H1B" really means! ~ Vanity

    04/15/2015 1:40:11 PM PDT · by GraceG · 53 replies
    Reading all these sotries about people whining how fast food jobs should be paying 15 bucks an hour got me thinking about all the people we hire from other countries when we have all these well educated native born people struggling to find work... What does H1B really mean? H1B = Hire 1 Barista So for every foreign worker we bring in on a H1B, we end up having to "Hire One Barista" down the street at starbucks... The H1B program is directly tied to the number of colleg students having to take a lower paying job handing out coffee...
  • Starbucks CEO: If You are Anti-Gay Marriage, ‘You can Sell Your Shares’

    03/30/2015 10:18:35 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 110 replies
    TPNN ^ | 3/30/15 | Cara Delvecchio
    At Starbucks’ annual shareholder’s meeting in Seattle on Wednesday a shareholder complained to Billionaire CEO, Schultz about the fact that Starbucks has lost customers because of its support of gay marriage. Starbucks supported Washington’s state’s referendum backing gay marriage last year and in response the National Organization for Marriage started a boycott of the company. Tom Stobhar, founder of Corporate Morality Action Center, complained about the company’s support of gay marriage, citing that the company’s support for gay marriage has resulted in boycotts against the company that have cost Starbucks a considerable amount of business. “In the first full quarter...
  • If Starbucks Can Preach About Race, Can Chick-fil-A, Hobby Lobby Preach About Christian Values?

    03/27/2015 7:54:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/27/2015 | Wallace Henley
    The more the general society rejects, spurns, and ignores the biblical pulpit, the greater the preachy culture expands. Starbucks' recent attempt to turn a coffee cup into a communion chalice is an example. The "communion" signified upon the cup was not about humans and God, but about humans "communing" with one another regarding race. The company, a denomination within the religion of Neo-Progressivism, launched its "Race Together" campaign to get us all set right on human relations. The PR didn't work, and so Starbucks had to dismantle the "Race Together" pulpit. However, that won't halt its preachiness. Jim Olson, a...
  • In Dealing with Racism and Anti-Semitism, Coffee Cups Can't Replace Action

    03/26/2015 1:05:43 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2015 | Matt Towery
    In Dealing with Racism and Anti-Semitism, Coffee Cups Can't Replace Action. It didn't take a genius to predict that the idea of promoting discussion about race between baristas at Starbucks and their customers would come to a rapid and certain end. However well intended, the concept of entering a coffeehouse and having a protracted conversation about race while holding up lines and diverting customers from their usual routine just sounded juvenile. Credit Starbucks leaders for good intentions and even better sense in halting the program abruptly. Consider two men who are more about action when it comes to race relations...
  • Starbucks CEO to meet with Dontre Hamilton's family (Milwaukee)( Foolish Man )

    03/25/2015 1:16:41 PM PDT · by UB355 · 20 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 3/25/2015 | Annysa Johnson
    The CEO of Starbucks, who was scorned for his recent effort to spark a national conversation on race, is planning to meet with the family of Dontre Hamilton, the African-American man killed by a Milwaukee police officer last year after Starbucks employees called to report him sleeping in Red Arrow Park, according to Hamilton's brother and others close to the family. Nate Hamilton said Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is scheduled to meet with the family on April 1 in Milwaukee. Efforts to reach the Seattle-based company Tuesday and Wednesday to confirm the visit were not successful.
  • VIDEO: I Actually Went to Starbucks and Asked About Racial Issues — Here’s What Happened

    03/24/2015 4:19:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    National Review ^ | March 23, 2015 Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415821/video-i-actually-went-sta | Katherine Timpf
    Nothing was solved. Since Starbucks launched its “Race Together” initiative — encouraging customers to have conversations about racial issues with its employees — there have been a slew of Internet think pieces about what’s right or wrong about it. Some people said it was an awkward and a dumb idea. Other people said those people were racists. So — I decided to go out and see for myself what it would be like if I actually did what Starbucks was telling its customers to do. On Friday, I spent the entire day visiting Starbucks locations all around New York City,...
  • Starbucks CEO: No Tolerance for Traditional Marriage Supporters

    03/24/2015 6:17:13 AM PDT · by jonatron · 110 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 3/23/15 | Victor Medina
    At the Starbucks annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday, CEO Howard Schultz sent a clear message to anyone who supports traditional marriage over gay marriage: we don't want your business. After saying Starbucks wants to "embrace diversity of all kinds," he told a shareholder who supports traditional marriage that he should sell his shares and invest in some other company. According to a report by Forbes, Schultz seemed a bit intolerant of any Starbucks shareholders who opposed gay marriage for moral or religious reasons. During the meeting, shareholder Tom Strobhar (who founded the Corporate Morality Action Center) pointed out that after...
  • Starbucks Spills Coffee on Its Crotch

    03/23/2015 1:42:05 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Matt Barber
    Espresso makes you hyper. When you’re hyper you sometimes make rash decisions. When you make rash decisions you usually regret it. Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz evidently chugged a Venti-five-shot-double-pump-skinny-vanilla-latte last week before announcing Starbucks’ new “RaceTogether” public relations stunt. As he describes it, the über-”progressive” head of the multi-billion dollar corporate mega-giant that brews mediocre coffee by the silo full and whose leadership is almost exclusively white – hopes to “start a discussion” about American race relations. (I’m pretty sure that discussion has been ongoing for a couple centuries, but, hey, I was wrong that one time about that other...
  • MSNBC: Write That America Has Always Been Based on 'White Supremacy' on Coffee Cups

    03/23/2015 11:35:40 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 56 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 3/23/15 | Tom Blumer
    On Melissa Harris-Perry's show this weekend, the host resoundingly approved when a guy who said that his mission in life is to "get white people to talk about whiteness" suggested that baristas at Starbucks should write “White supremacy has been the organizing principle of America since it was founded” on customers' coffee cups. - See more at:
  • politics,humor

    03/23/2015 8:50:05 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 4 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 3-23-2015 | MOTUS
    Good Morning! If you, like most non-super heroes, need a cuppa joe to get rolling – there’s good news! You can once again grab a cup at Starbucks without having your white privilege challenged by the barista with a dual degree in philosophy and gender studies. The coffee chain has dropped their “Race for the Cure” campaign, due to extreme blowback; in other words, it was effecting the bottom line.According to the Instapundit, part of the problem may have been the hypocrisy: STARBUCKS: Where Only The Coffee Is Black! It’s not shocking at all that this lame “conversation about race”...
  • Coffee Talk

    03/22/2015 9:04:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 22, 2015 | Derek Hunter
    Would you like a lecture on race with your latte? That may sound like the name of a breakout session at a “White Privilege” conference or a new class at an Ivy League university, but it’s the new corporate policy at Starbucks. You now can be lectured by an otherwise unemployable gender studies graduate while paying $7 for a a penny’s worth of hot water run over a nickel’s worth of ground coffee beans and a splash of milk. What took Madison Avenue so long to cook up this marketing scheme? I don’t drink coffee, never have. I’ve only been...
  • Starbucks baristas stop writing "Race Together" on cups

    03/22/2015 8:16:00 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 138 replies
    According to a recently released internal memo, Starbucks baristas will no longer write "Race Together" on customers' cups starting Sunday. Starbucks spokesman Jim Olson says the campaign to create discussion on diversity and racial inequality will continue without the handwritten messages, which are phasing out as originally planned.
  • Van Jones: Starbucks' critics are making a big mistake

    03/21/2015 6:56:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | March 20, 2015 | Van Jones, former Obama advisor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) Congratulations, Internet haters! Well done, keepers of the one-true-way-to-talk-about-race! If we don't tamp down the backlash against Starbucks "Race Together" campaign, I fear that no major corporation will even try to talk about race again -- for maybe 10 or 20 years. Is that really what we want? Look, I get it. Asking baristas to hold conversations about race is a lot to demand of already hard-working employees. Not to mention, the topic should probably be called "systematic racism," not just "race." And there are legitimate questions about what Starbucks could realistically hope to accomplish, here. But for crying...
  • The End Of Starbucks as We Know It?

    03/21/2015 1:15:43 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 60 replies
    Commercial Observer ^ | March 18, 2015 | LAUREN ELKIES SCHRAM
    Starbucks Coffee is getting creamed by New York City rents. The java giant may get priced out of its premier and larger Manhattan locations as some of the company’s earliest stores approach renewal after 15 to 20 years. “It’s likely that it’ll be very difficult to renew a number of those leases,” said retail broker Joanne Podell, a vice chairman at Cushman & Wakefield, who does not represent Starbucks. She noted that the stores with “superb” locations—i.e., on busy streets with well-trafficked storefronts—are expiring and the chain was paying “much, much less per square foot” than today’s rents. The average...
  • Starbucks serves up hypocrisy, Venti-size

    03/21/2015 9:07:33 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-20-15 | Joe Soucheray
    Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, wants his employees to talk to the customers about race relations in America, which makes as much sense, I suppose, as a bank instructing its tellers to inquire after your faith. In other words, Schultz and his people have gotten so full of themselves that they actually believe a barista can engage a customer in a meaningful conversation about race, even though the customer might want only a latte and not chatter. Or else they believe that coffee, by virtue of its stimulants, is an elixir that can close the great divide, if there...
  • Just Write #STFU On That Starbucks Cup (Since This Essay Won't Fit)

    03/20/2015 7:44:10 PM PDT · by IChing · 54 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 3/20/15 | Donald Joy
    Somebody needs to tell Starbucks’ CEO Howard Schultz to snap a lid on his grande mocha-hole, especially seeing as he chooses not to match his money or his actions to that frothing hypocrite mouth. In case you haven’t heard about it already, as part of the all-out propaganda war of disinformation being waged (and, massively funded by at least $33 million from his fellow lefty opportunist billionaire and tribal kinsman, Gyorgy Schwartz aka George Soros) under the hashtag “BlackLivesMatter,” Starbucks’ Schultz is urging his legions of baristas to write “#RaceTogether” on customers’ coffee cups, as a way to provoke in-store...
  • Does Starbucks Want an Honest Conversation?

    03/20/2015 11:53:52 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2015 | Mona Charen
    Starbucks is hoping to lead a national conversation about race. According to a video released by founder Howard Schultz, Starbucks baristas are encouraged to scrawl "race together" on coffee cups before placing them in the hands of customers. This hollow bit of moral exhibitionism is supposed to encourage "compassion," "honesty," "empathy" and "love." Does Starbucks sell caffeine-free compassion? Each and every time we're hectored to engage in an "honest conversation" about race, it's a sham. What's wanted is not honesty, but confession of sin by white people and expressions of pain from blacks and others. Decade after decade, despite vastly...
  • Why Is There No Starbucks Coffee House in Selma? [or Ferguson, or many other black cities]

    03/19/2015 7:46:24 PM PDT · by grundle · 69 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jen Kuznicki
    Starbucks executive Corey duBrowa recently deleted his twitter account, after what he said were abusive comments as a result of his push for a campaign in which his baristas were to engage with customers about race relations. "I was personally attacked through my Twitter account around midnight last night and the tweets represented a distraction from the respectful conversation we are trying to start around Race Together," duBrowa said. "I’ll be back on Twitter soon." But the whole point of the conversations he promoted, was to get people talking about what is uncomfortable, and controversial. It seems childish to delete...
  • (Vanity) Pre: Starbucks Racetalks, was McDonald's Pay With Lovin" Anyone Know How That Worked Out?

    03/19/2015 12:47:25 AM PDT · by lee martell · 34 replies
    March 19, 2015 | Lee Martell
    This week we see the roll out of a new campaign from Starbucks, where the 'barrista' aka Waiter is supposed to kick start a 'casual conversation with the customer' about race relations in the U.S.. Two days in, and the majority of people are either laughing and mocking or scowling and condemning. I don't expect the Racetalks to still be going on by Memorial Day, late May. Only if they start writing up rules, conditions and solid incentives (aka $) for both the waiters and the customers. Before Starbucks new strategy, there was another Mad Hatter type of social experiment...
  • Would You Discuss Race With Your Starbucks Barista?

    03/19/2015 12:19:11 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 86 replies
    forbes.com ^ | 3/18/2015 | Ruchika Tulshyan
    Starbucks just announced a new campaign inviting their customers to discuss race relations with baristas. The Seattle-based coffee company is asking employees to write “Race Together” on the side of customers’ cups, in an effort to engage them to discuss…well, their ethnicity. The campaign was sparked by the recent uptick in nationally-covered racially-charged tragedies, according to a Starbucks press release. “What if we were to write ‘Race Together’ on every Starbucks cup, and that facilitated a conversation between you and our customers?” Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says in a video message to partners. “And what if our customers as a...
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Starbucks’ Flawed But Wonderful Plan To Tackle Race

    03/18/2015 7:26:40 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 43 replies
    TIme ^ | March 18, 2015 | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
    Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz’s bold decision to encourage his baristas to discuss race relations with willing customers has filled me with shock and awe. I’m in awe of his courageous and good-hearted attempt to do something to bring about better awareness of racism. I’m in awe that he’s willing to put morality above profits. I’m in awe that he’s willing to endure the snarky ridicule and lame coffee jokes from pundits as well as the inevitable death threats from clueless trolls. All with nothing personally or corporately to gain — and a lot to lose.
  • #RaceTogether @Starbucks

    03/17/2015 10:37:04 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 12 replies
  • Starbucks tackles race relations: Big risk but 'we can't leave this to someone else'

    03/17/2015 6:51:47 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 28 replies
    Biz Journal ^ | 3-17-2015 | Rachel Lerman
    For the most part, large, publicly traded companies shy away from emotionally charged social issues, recognizing it is safest to take a neutral stance. But this week Starbucks has stepped out onto a ledge with its newest public campaign, which may be its riskiest yet. Starbucks is tackling race relations in the country. The company is not thinking small. Starbucks took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Sunday that reads "Shall we overcome?" in the center with "Race Together" at the bottom of the page. The ad may have cost more than $200,000. While this is not...
  • Coffee, Tea, or a Frank Discussion on Race?

    03/19/2015 1:35:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 19, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg
    tarbucks is easy to make fun of on its best days, what with the pretentious names for everyday items, never mind the ridiculously high prices for those same everyday items. Even the cashiers have fancy monikers -- "barista." The snootiness is by design, of course. And you can make fun of it all you want; it's worked. Using many of the same techniques realtors have employed to hawk borderline tenements as unique gateways to the urban experience, Starbucks has managed to educate the consumer that it's OK to pay through the nose for what used to be a "cuppa joe."...
  • How To Talk About Race At Starbucks (video)

    03/20/2015 10:34:27 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 68 replies
    Internet Action Force (IAF) ^ | March 19, 2015 | Rob King
    At Starbucks, we respect your heritage AND your order.
  • Over-priced coffee and a side of white guilt

    03/20/2015 8:04:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 88 replies
    wnd.com ^ | 3/20/2015 | Lloyd Marcus
    Starbucks admits that the initiative was birthed out of a company forum in which employees discussed racial tensions across America due to “police killing unarmed black men in Ferguson.”
  • ***THE OFFICIAL FRIDAY SILLINESS THREAD***

    03/20/2015 6:43:07 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 89 replies
    You were saying, Starbucks? Dennis Miller - Just ordered a black coffee at Starbucks and was informed that "de-creamed" was the preferred term.~~~~~~~~~~~~With the best intentions, Starbucks recently launched a new campaign to get people talking about race. The campaign was promoted by their CEO Howard Schultz and involves a barista writing #RaceTogether on your morning cup of coffee and engaging you in a conversation about race relations.Now, that might’ve sounded like a good idea in the boardroom, but the reality is people aren’t at their best in the early morning before they’ve had their cup of the strong...
  • What #RaceTogether Should Really Be About

    03/19/2015 2:53:31 PM PDT · by donjuanluis07 · 3 replies
    RINOList.org ^ | March 19, 2015 | RINOList.org
    In honor of the the ill-informed Starbucks' #RaceTogether, we present now another idiot Republican who is further inflaming racial tensions. First, General, why are you still in the GOP? Second, yes, there is a "dark vein of intolerance" which is best shown by these pictures.
  • Starbucks Campaign Already Inspiring Awkward Conversations About Race

    03/19/2015 10:53:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    National Public Radio ^ | March 18, 2015 | Kat Chow
    "It's also interesting because I'm actually black, but you assumed otherwise," Jay Smooth told Nancy Giles. Starbucks' campaign to get people talking about race has already birthed a very public, very cringeworthy conversation about race. Jay Smooth, a radio DJ and video blogger, was on MSNBC's All In With Chris Hayes Tuesday night, discussing the coffee company's "Race Together" campaign with fellow guest Nancy Giles, a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning. As they discussed the efficacy of a campaign like Race Together — with Giles defending it and Smooth pushing back — Hayes played one of Smooth's most popular videos,...
  • Dear Liberal Racists At Starbucks…

    03/18/2015 7:08:33 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Lowder With Crowder ^ | Posted on March 17, 2015 | Kira Davis
    When you go to your local Starbucks, you expect a few things – mediocre coffee at an exorbitant price, unnecessarily complicated drink orders and a plethora of laptop users deeply engaged in finally writing that novel they’ve had knocking around in their head since they first gave up on their hopes and dreams, switching their major from Romantic Literature in the Era of Feminism to Medical Billing. What you don’t expect to encounter is a deep, burgeoning discussion about race. Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz has announced a new initiative (can you really call anything done at a coffee shop an...
  • Starbucks brews backlash with debate on U.S. race relations

    03/18/2015 4:31:19 PM PDT · by Signalman · 109 replies
    Reuters | 3/18/2015 | Lisa Bartelein, Bill Rigny
    <p>Reuters) - Starbucks Corp Chief Executive Howard Schultz has deftly navigated thorny issues such as gay marriage, gun control and Congressional gridlock, but his move to weigh in on U.S. race relations has brewed up a social media backlash.</p> <p>The world's biggest coffee chain kicked off the discussion when it published full-page ads in major U.S. newspapers earlier this week with the words "Shall We Overcome?" at center page and "RaceTogether" and the Starbucks logo near the bottom.</p>
  • Fox's Bolling and Kilmeade Think Starbucks' Race Campaign a Good Idea

    03/18/2015 1:54:31 PM PDT · by ConservativeTeen · 50 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 18, 2015 | Evan McMurry
    Starbucks’ #racetogether campaign, in which baristas are instructed to begin conversations on race with customers, drew bipartisan mockery yesterday, to the point that a Starbucks executive had to shut down his Twitter account. But the Seattle coffee chain has two defenders, at least: Fox News hosts Brian Kilmeade and Eric Bolling. “I like this idea,” Bolling said on The Five last night, getting a double-take from Juan Williams. “I think it’s a great way to start the conversation. …Fantastic that they are going to take the discussion from behind the counter to the people.”
  • Starbucks joins the race debate as clashes in Ferguson and elsewhere escalate tension

    03/18/2015 1:04:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Starbucks' campaign aimed at encouraging people to talk about race relations in the U.S. is the latest example of a big company trying to tie its brands to big social issues. But the move, which has sparked backlash on social media, also illustrates how those efforts can fall flat if customers don't see a clear correlation between the cause and the company's products. U.S. workers for the coffee chain that is best known for its Frappuccinos have been told to write "Race Together" on cups. The company also plans to start publishing "conversation guides" on the topic, with questions like...
  • Starbucks hit by 'cascade of negativity' after ordering staff to talk racism with customers: [tr]

    03/18/2015 7:42:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 192 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | March 18, 2015 | Jake Wallis Simpson
    Twitter has ruthlessly mocked Starbucks campaign for the company's new anti-racism campaign in which baristas talk to customers about race issues while serving their coffee. One user tweeted, 'I don't have time to explain 400 years of oppression to you & still make my train', while another pointed out, 'y'all realize there are no coloured hands in the press photos right'. A third speculated, 'maybe Starbucks actually wanted to get people of all races & ethnicities to join hands and make fun'.
  • Guess Why This Is Not News: Four 'Teens' Murder 94 Year-Old Woman in Mississippi

    03/18/2015 6:07:24 AM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 74 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 3/11/2015
    A Google News search at 3 p.m. Eastern Time today for stories published in March about "Eva Carmichael" (in quotes; sorted by date) returned only 11 items. Who is Eva Carmichael? She is a 94 year-old woman who was murdered in Meridian, Mississippi on March 1. Based on the complete lack of press coverage outside of the immediate area, it's reasonable to believe that the nation's journalists don't think, in the popular parlance, that "her life mattered" all that much. And why is that? A March 6 Meridian Star story (HT to NewsBusters commenter "noncom") reported that "Four teenagers have...
  • What could have gone wrong? Check out just how great Starbucks race lecture is going [photo]

    03/17/2015 1:43:08 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 17, 2015 | Staff
    Cameron Gray âś” @Cameron_Gray ItÂ’s working great RT @beingbrina: Nopes đź™… to #RaceTogether. But @starbucks I fixed your hashtag #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/Y4SOfgQXdZ Well, evidently the Starbucks #RaceTogether campaign wasnÂ’t just a topic of hilarious ridicule (and a major press photo oopsie). It also wasnÂ’t quite good enough for some:
  • A Starbucks executive just deleted his Twitter account after backlash over the company's new [tr]

    03/17/2015 10:52:11 AM PDT · by C19fan · 89 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 17, 2015 | Hayley Peterson
    Starbucks is in hot water after launching a new campaign that encourages baristas to talk about race relations with customers. Critics have been lashing out at the company on social media, saying Starbucks is trying to capitalize on racial tension in the US. Following the backlash, Starbucks' senior vice president of communications Corey duBrowa appears to have deleted his Twitter account, which has only added to critics' outrage.
  • FAIL! Some people notice something curiously missing from Starbucks ‘Race Together’ campaign photo

    03/17/2015 10:39:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Twitchy ^ | March 17, 2015 | Staff
    Fail, indeed. And not just due to the rightful ridicule that Starbucks has already received for its absurd “Race Together” campaign. You see, it got worse when this happened: y'all realize there are no coloured hands in the press photos right @Starbucks #RaceTogether
  • Starbucks CEO asks baristas to talk about race relations with customers as part of 'Race Together...

    03/17/2015 8:33:19 AM PDT · by PROCON · 106 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | March 17, 2015 | Jason Silverstein
    Would you like some tolerance with that cappuccino? Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced a new PR campaign for the world’s largest coffee shop chain, in which employees are encouraged to serve up chats about race relations to customers. “We at Starbucks should be willing to talk about these issues in America," Schultz said in a corporate release on Monday announcing the “Race Together” campaign. Starting on Monday, Starbucks baristas are being asked to write “Race Together” on coffee cups they hand to customers, as an invitation to talk to them about race.