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Your Black News: Rev. Jackson Defends Son Amidst ‘Pay To Play’ Allegations

December 11, 2008 Leave a comment

CHICAGO – Four days before the election, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich claimed someone came to him with a deal about filling Barack Obama’s soon-to-be open U.S. Senate seat.

“We were approached ‘pay to play,’” Blagojevich said as FBI agents listened intently. The candidate would raise $500,000 for Blagojevich, and an emissary would raise an additional $1 million, according to the conversation. [...]

On Wednesday, it was revealed that U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was the candidate, prompting him to hold an emotional news conference proclaiming his innocence. Jackson, the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, said prosecutors have told him he is not the target of the bombshell investigation, nor is he accused of any wrongdoing. [...]

In an interview with The Associated Press, the Rev. Jesse Jackson said it’s “common in politics for people to try to leverage relationships,” but his son didn’t do such a thing.

“The good is news is … that it did not say he had done anything illegal,” Jackson said, referring to the criminal complaint. “Somebody in his name was trying to negotiate” [...]

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Your Black News: Hawaiian Man Arrested For Threatening To Kill Obama

December 11, 2008 1 comment

HONOLULU — Federal agents have arrested a Hawaii man after he allegedly threatened to attack and kill president-elect Barack Obama when he visits Hawaii on vacation this month.

Mark Miyashiro allegedly made the threats Dec. 3 to a doctor who is treating him for a schizophrenic disorder.

Miyashiro then allegedly made more threats when Secret Services agents interviewed and arrested him at his home in Kaneohe after the doctor notified authorities.

They also confiscated a Russian SKS assault rifle.

Miyashiro is charged with one count of threatening the life of the president or the president-elect. That’s punishable by up to five years in federal prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years probation [...]

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Your Black Life: HBCUs Face Extinction

December 11, 2008 Leave a comment

Black Colleges Face Whiteout

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

As the great unraveling of finance capitalism unfolds, lots of issues that were prime concerns in Black politics not long ago, are getting buried in the economic debris. [...] It is in times of general crisis that the enemies of identifiably African American institutions find new opportunities for mischief. Such is the case in Georgia, where efforts are afoot to dismantle at least two Black colleges: Savannah and Albany state universities.

Members of the Republican-controlled state legislature are using the economic crisis as a rationale to merge majority Black Savannah State with mostly white Armstrong Atlantic State University. Historically Black Albany State University would be forced to combine with majority white Darton College. Adding insult to injury, Darton College is only a two-year institution, a community college, while Albany State is a full university.

Modern-day racists have learned to cloak their anti-Black ideas in progressive-sounding language [...]

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Your Black Politics: Charge Says Jesse Jackson Jr. Emissaries Willing To ‘Pay To Play’

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Chicago Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill., is the anonymous “Senate Candidate No. 5″ whose emissaries Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich reportedly offered up to $1 million to name him to the U.S. Senate, his attorney confirmed today after it was reported earlier on “The Blotter”.

According to the FBI affidavit in the case, Blagojevich “stated he might be able to cut a deal with Senate Candidate 5 that provided Rod Blagojevich” with something “tangible up front.” [...]

Jackson Jr.’s attorney James Montgomery confirmed that the Chicago congressman is “Senate Candidate #5″ but said “Jackson has never authorized anyone to seek the Governor’s support in return of money, fundraising or other things of value.”

Jackson said “I don’t know” when asked if he was Candidate #5 earlier this morning, but said he was told “I am not a target of this investigation.”

At a press conference this afternoon, Jackson Jr. did not comment on “Senate Candidate #5″ but said he has done nothing wrong [...]

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Your Black Politics: Obama’s ‘White’ White House Press Corp

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

The White, White House Press Corps
By: Sam Fulwood III

Jesse Jackson’s 1984 presidential campaign boosted-no, it actually created-the careers of a whole cadre of black political reporters.

Barack Obama’s historic capture of Oval Office? Well, not so much. [...]

A generation ago, as the peripatetic preacher crisscrossed the country to the chants of “Run, Jesse, Run!” black journalists-among them Gwen Ifill of The (Baltimore) Evening Sun, Julie Johnson of The (Baltimore) Sun and later The New York Times and ABC News, George Curry of the Chicago Tribune, Ron Smothers of The New York Times, Milton Coleman of The Washington Post, Kevin Merida of The Dallas Morning News and Kenneth Walker of ABC News-traveled along, reporting and interpreting the historic political campaign.

Nearly a quarter century later, Barack Obama made the same primary run, and it was not the symbolic stab at the White House that Jackson’s represented [...]

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Your Black Education: NCAA = Black Student Athlete Pimps

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment


The Sports MCs Present: The Saturday Huddle

By: The Sports MCs


The approach of autumn leaves and pom – poms can mean only one thing: college football is back for another season of Pigskin Pimpin’.

And the prognosticators and perpetrators will, no doubt offer their take on which institution will get paid the most BCS money come January.

But what always seems to get lost in the sauce is the fact the machine that is college football keeps it crack – a – lackin’ for everyone; except those most responsible for its success – the student – athletes.

Enter the MCs.

In our endeavor to flip the script, we plan to show some of the inner workings of this machine – and hopefully address some big – picture issues that will get some of the capitalist pigs to move over in the trough — or least think twice before they oink [...]

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Your Black Sports: Hypocrisy Engulfs Plaxico Burress Controversy

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Burress and the Bloomberg
By: Dave Zirin

Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week: all Plaxico, all the time. There’s nothing like an NFL player shooting a hole in his own leg in a packed nightclub to become our latest walking, talking weapon of mass distraction. Why ponder the global economic meltdown, two wars, and rising unemployment, when millionaire black athletes like Plaxico Burress walk among us… with guns?

Don’t think that this is a defense of the New York Giants star wide receiver. Having a loaded gun in your pants, with no safety, in a crowded club, is about as smart as using a toaster as a bathtub toy. In fact, shooting yourself in the leg is really one of more preferable outcomes. Now Burress faces three and a half years in prison for carrying a loaded handgun in the city.

Right on cue, the moralists are slithering onto their soapboxes to hiss at the latest athletic bogeyman. Hypocrisy reigns supreme [...]

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Your Black Hip-Hop: Jasiri X Weekly Newscast — Hip-Hop Style!

December 10, 2008 Leave a comment

Hip-Hop Emcee/Journalist, Jasiri X, returns for a second season, with his weekly Hip-Hop newscasts. This week’s current events include, O.J. Simpson, Plaxico Burress , the Mumbai attack, Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, and more:

[For the week of November 23 - November 29]:

Your Black News: Illinois Governor Arrested For Trying To Sell Obama’s Seat

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Even taking into consideration the history of corruption in Illinois politics, this one is mind-boggling.

Gov. Rod Blagojevich, a 51-year old Democrat serving his second term, was arrested this morning on a plethora of corruption charges, including one that accuses him of conspiring to sell the Senate seat recently vacated by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.

Blagojevich has long been the subject of a federal corruption investigation, as reports have swirled about alleged kickbacks for companies attempting to do business with the state [...]

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[Gov. Rod Blagojevich calls Obama a mother******]

Rod Blagojevich said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherf***er [the President-elect] his senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him.” Rod Blagojevich states that he will put “[Senate Candidate 4]” in the Senate “before I just give F***ing [Senate Candidate 1] a F***ing Senate seat and I don’t get anything.” (Senate Candidate 4 is a Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois) [...]

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Your Black Hip-Hop: Rev. Wright Reflects On Hip-Hop

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

New York-based Hip-Hop artist, NYOIL, pays a visit to the 2nd annual State of the Black World Conference, and engages Rev. Dr. Jeremiah E. Wright Jr. in dialogue about the present state of Hip-Hop. Featured are also, veteran Hip-Hop journalist,  DaveyD, X-Clan member, Paradise Gray, and Hip-Hop artist/news-anchor, Jasiri X:

Your Black Brothers: Hip-Hop Star VIGALANTEE: More Than A Rapper…

December 8, 2008 1 comment


VIGALANTEE: Hunting for Souls
By: Tolu Olorunda
Staff Writer –

Vigalantee (born Roger Suggs) is no stranger to the underground Hip-Hop scene. Born in Chicago, Vigalantee has always been a fan of Hip-Hop – though a critic, when necessary. In addition to his musical career, Vigalantee is also an arduous community-organizer and activist, whose youth program is touching many young lives across the city of Kansas. As the name suggests, Vigalantee is hunting for more than nice beats or dope rhymes. As a young man, trapped in between the perils of inter-racial animosity and intra-racial hostility, Vigalantee knows how critical it is for young Black kids to find worthy role-models in the communities that shape their destinies.

Vigalantee grew up in Chicago, and experienced, firsthand, the much-referenced tales of gang warfare. Concerned with the emotional toll this reality wreaks on a child, his mother sent him to a relative’s home in Georgia. Vigalantee describes this as the unraveling of another “extreme” living condition [...]

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Your Black News: Obama Lends Support To Workers Protest

December 8, 2008 Leave a comment

CHICAGO – Gov. Rod Blagojevich ordered all state agencies Monday to stop doing business with Bank of America to try to pressure the bank into helping laid-off workers staging a sit-in at their shuttered factory. [...]

The sit-in began Friday and has fast become a symbol of the sour economy’s impact on labor. The workers have promised to remain inside the plant in shifts until they get assurances they will receive severance and vacation pay. [...]

Their plight has drawn support from President-elect Barack Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others. [...]

The laid-off workers are occupying the plant around-the-clock in eight-hour shifts, Fried said. About 60 were inside early Monday.

Obama said Sunday the company should honor its commitments to the laid-off employees.

“The workers who are asking for the benefits and payments that they have earned, I think they’re absolutely right and understand that what’s happening to them is reflective of what’s happening across this economy,” Obama said.

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Your Black News: Rev. Wright Preaches Forgiveness At TUCC Anniversary

December 8, 2008 Leave a comment

[Unaired McCain Rev. Wright ad]:

President-elect Barack Obama made a “bad decision” by distancing himself from the Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his church, Wright said Sunday — but that’s OK.

“He’s still my child,” Wright said in a sermon in which he expressed pride in Obama’s longtime association with Trinity United Church of Christ. [...]

Wright, speaking at Trinity on its 47th anniversary, said he was proud of “the only church that produced the first and only African-American president in the 211-year history of the United States. No other church can say that.”

“The hatred of the media and the haters in politics may have caused him to distance himself from us, but the love of Christ will never allow me to distance myself from him,” Wright said of Obama. “I can no more disown him than I can disown any other child of mine who makes [a] bad decision. He made a bad decision, but he’s still my child.”

Wright also compared the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib Prison to the abuses of old colonial powers [...]

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Your Black Life: Wal-Mart Shoppers Mocked Dying Worker

December 8, 2008 Leave a comment

NEW YORK — He took his last breath on the floor at Wal-Mart, between the soda machines and a device that gives change for cans and plastic.

Trampled by a mob of bargain-hungry Black Friday shoppers, Jdimytai Damour, 34, died by asphyxiation, leaving people asking: Why, and how?

Audio-enhanced chatter captured on a cellphone video posted on YouTube and interviews with witnesses offer some hints. [...]

“They need to shock him,” a voice says.

The paramedic stops pumping. The man’s shirt has been pulled to his neck, revealing his belly. A woman in the crowd mutters, “Pregnant.”

Another cracks a joke.

The women laugh.

The trouble at Wal-Mart began well before the sun rose on Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving [...]

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Your Black News: Jesse Jackson Pays Visit To Workers Sit-In

December 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Workers Takeover

Workers at Republic Windows and Doors crowded into the small company lobby to hear the Rev. Jesse Jackson speak in support of their sit-in, which began three days ago.

“These workers are to this struggle perhaps what Rosa Parks was to social justice 50 years ago,” Jackson says. “This, in many ways, is the beginning of a larger movement for mass action to resist economic violence.”

Jackson says he came to the factory to show his solidarity for the workers, who were laid off Friday as their company closed its doors. Company officials say they had to close because the Bank of America denied the company’s request for $5 million credit. [...]

Bank of America received $25 billion in federal bailout cash, which Republic workers say obligates it to support the company.

“We’re going to have a self induced depression because we are trying to change our economy from the top down,” says Jackson. “It must be changed from the bottom up.”

Jackson says if the change doesn’t happen soon, the consequences will be dire [...]

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Your Black News: George Bush’s New Neighborhood Segregated Until 2000?

December 7, 2008 Leave a comment

As President Bush prepares to move into his new Dallas home at the end of his term, neighborhood residents worry about having him close by. [...]

But the exclusive Dallas community the Bush family will soon join has a troubled history of its own.

Until 2000, the neighborhood association’s covenant said only white people were allowed to live there, though an exception was made for servants.

Enacted in 1956, part of the original document reads: “Said property shall be used and occupied by white persons except those shall not prevent occupancy by domestic servants of different race or nationality in the employ of a tenant.” [...]

The neighborhood is home to many famous people, including former presidential candidate Ross Perot and Mark Cuban, the billionaire businessman and Dallas Mavericks owner [...]

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Your Black News: Obama: State Of Veteran Affairs ‘Breaks My Heart’

December 7, 2008 Leave a comment

WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama has chosen retired Gen. Eric K. Shinseki to be the next Veterans Affairs secretary, turning to a former Army chief of staff once vilified by the Bush administration for questioning its Iraq war strategy.

Obama will announce the selection of Shinseki, the first Army four-star general of Japanese-American ancestry, at a news conference Sunday in Chicago. He will be the first Asian-American to hold the post of Veterans Affairs secretary, adding to the growing diversity of Obama’s Cabinet. [...]

“When I reflect on the sacrifices that have been made by our veterans and I think about how so many veterans around the country are struggling even more than those who have not served — higher unemployment rates, higher homeless rates, higher substance abuse rates, medical care that is inadequate — it breaks my heart,” Obama told NBC [...]

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Your Black News: Jamie & Gladys Scott Fighting For Justice

December 6, 2008 2 comments

Jamie and Gladys Scott have been wrongfully convicted of armed robbery and received double life sentences each. No one was murdered or taken to the hospital during this robbery, no one was even injured. The transcripts state that 9, 10 or 11 dollars was stolen. Witnesses confessed during the trial, that the sheriff coerced and threatened them to lie on the Scott Sisters. They have been in prison now 14 years.

The transcripts state that one witness ( a teenager) testified that the sheriff told him he would be sent to Parchman (the notorious Mississippi Prison), to be made out of a woman (raped by men) if he did not lie on the Scott Sisters. He later wrote an affidavit swearing that Jamie and Gladys had absolutely nothing to do with this robbery [...]

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Your Black Politics: State Of The Black World Conference Outlines Black Agenda

December 6, 2008 Leave a comment

The 2nd annual State of the Black World Conference was held in New Orleans, on November 19-23, 2008. Amongst the many forums, was a “town-hall” meeting to outline what the Black Agenda is, vis-a-vis President-Elect Obama. Below are a few highlights from the event.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux:

Dr. Iva Carruthers (Part 1):

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Your Black Global: “Stand By Me” Travels Around The World

December 6, 2008 1 comment

Playing For Change:

From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe:

Your Black Woman: Michelle Obama Slave Ancestry Revealed

December 6, 2008 1 comment

Tiny wooden cabins line the dirt road once known as Slave Street as it winds through Friendfield Plantation.

More than 200 slaves lived in the whitewashed shacks in the early 1800s, and some of their descendants remained for more than 100 years after the Civil War. The last tenants abandoned the hovels about 30 years ago, and even they would have struggled to imagine a distant daughter of the plantation one day calling the White House home. [...]

Their documented passage begins with Jim Robinson, Michelle Obama’s great-great-grandfather, who was born about 1850 and lived as a slave, at least until the Civil War, on the sprawling rice plantation. Records show he remained on the estate after the war, working as a sharecropper and living in the old slave quarters with his wife, Louiser, and their children. He could neither read nor write, according to the 1880 census.

Robinson would be the last illiterate branch of Michelle Obama’s family tree.

Census records show each generation of Robinsons became more educated than the last [...]

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Your Black Life: Race Matters MORE in the ‘Age of Obama’

December 5, 2008 Leave a comment


Race Matters MORE in the ‘Age of Obama’
By: Tolu Olorunda
Staff Writer –

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be misled. Race still matters, even in the age of a bi-racial president. In fact, I submit that Race matters more at this transitional period in our multi-cultural society. The presidential campaign of President-Elect Obama sought to vehemently sweep Race-consciousness under the rug, but little did they know, that this stubborn, inextricable faction of our existence would not surrender without a fight. [...]

Without Obama’s permission, Race resurrected itself early on in the 2008 presidential campaign. It began when White journalists first took it upon themselves to question Obama’s blackness. [...] Shortly after, the “gotcha media” would find some legitimate dirt that could reduce Obama to a sheer spectacle. Unbeknownst to 60% of Black folks, they had, all their lives, committed a crime worthy of the death penalty: attended a Black church which advocated self-love, self-control, self-respect, and self-help [...]

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Your Black Politics: Clarence Thomas Pushes Obama-Citizenship Suit

December 5, 2008 1 comment

The harebrained lawsuit demanding disclosure whether President elect Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen or not was laughed out of New Jersey courts in October. A few weeks later Supreme Court Justice David Souter gave it just as short shrift. He denied a stay to get Obama removed from the ballot in that state. But that didn´t end the matter. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas saw to that. He took the almost never heard of step of reopening the issue by agreeing to put the matter to a conference vote.  [...]

But Thomas´s legal meddle on the Obama birth certificate non-issue fits perfectly in with his jaundiced interpretation of law and its practice and his private vow to get revenge on his liberal tormentors. Obama is the latest would be victim. He almost certainly stirred Thomas´s personal ire back in August. Obama was asked at a joint church gathering with Republican rival John McCain at the mega Saddleback church in Lake Forest, California which justice he wouldn´t have nominated to the Supreme Court. He didn´t hesitate. He named Thomas. And he told why [...]

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Your Black News: Teacher Under Fire For Slavery Reenactment Excercise

December 5, 2008 2 comments

HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. (AP) ― A white teacher attempted to enliven a seventh grade discussion of slavery by binding the hands and feet of two black girls, prompting a complaint from one girl’s mother and the local chapter of the NAACP.

After the mother complained to the school, the superintendent said he was having “conversations with our staff on how to deliver effective lessons.”

“If a student was upset, then it was a bad idea,” said Superintendent Brian Monahan of the North Rockland School District in New York City’s northern suburbs.

The teacher apologized to the 13-year-old student and her mother during a meeting Thursday that also included a representative of the local NAACP. But the mother, Christine Shand of Haverstraw, said Friday she thinks the teacher should be removed from the class [...]

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Your Black News: Community Fights Vote To Replace Slave-Grave With Trash Dump

December 3, 2008 Leave a comment

The Georgia NAACP called for an investigation of the Clayton County Commission on Tuesday after the board voted for 311 historic African-American graves to be moved to another cemetery.

The Clayton County Commission voted unanimously to issue a permit to College Park recycling company Stephens MDS to relocate the graves to make room to expand a landfill. The cemetery is inaccessible and had not been visited for years before news of the possible move was announced, company officials said.

Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia NAACP, accused the five commissioners of a conflict of interest. According to DuBose, all of the commissioners have previously accepted campaign contributions from Stephens. “I’m calling for an investigation of each of the county commissioners,” DuBose told the commission. “This board sits on about $7,000 of this company’s money. We want to look to see if you were too connected to the financial contributions that were given by the company.”

From AJC

Your Black News: Iconic Singer, Odetta Dies At 77 — R.I.P.

December 3, 2008 Leave a comment

Odetta, the singer whose deep voice wove together the strongest songs of American folk music and the civil rights movement, died Tuesday. She was 77.

The cause was heart disease, said her manager, Doug Yeager.

He added that she had been hoping to sing at Barack Obama’s inauguration. [...]

[Odetta In 2005, "House of the Rising Sun"]:

Her voice was an accompaniment to the black-and-white images of the freedom marchers who walked the roads of Alabama and Mississippi and the boulevards of Washington in quest of an end to racial discrimination. [...]

Born in Birmingham on Dec. 31, 1930, Odetta Holmes spent her first six years in the depths of the Depression. The music of that time and place — in particular prison song and work songs recorded in the fields of the deep South — shaped her life [...]

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Your Black Life: Death Of Black Man At Walmart Indicts Consumerist Society

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

From Democracy Now!:

A Wal-Mart employee in Long Island, New York died after being trampled to death by a mob of shoppers on Friday, the traditional first day of the holiday shopping season. The 34-year-old worker Jdimytai Damour was killed after a crowd of 2,000 broke down store doors and ran over him shortly before the store”s schedule 5 a.m. opening. Four shoppers were injured in the stampede. Nassau County police were trying to determine what happened during the stampede, but said it was unclear if there would be any criminal charges:

Your Black Woman: Essence Dedicates Whole Issue To Obama

December 2, 2008 Leave a comment

Essence may have scooped Vogue, sort of, in being the first women’s magazine to put Michelle Obama on its cover since the presidential election, but the Time Inc. title did so by relying on archival images. Essence’s January issue is dedicated to President-elect Barack Obama, with essays and commentary from Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, Chris Rock, Gwen Ifill and other notable African-Americans:


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Your Black News: How Black America Shaped Michelle Obama

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment


Michelle Obama may be the pride of the South Side, but her undergraduate years at Princeton also helped shape her worldview.

A new biography, Michelle (Simon & Schuster), by Washington Post reporter Liza Mundy, delves into Obama’s years at the elite university, in particular Obama’s senior thesis, “Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.”

“The question of what upper-income blacks owe to the less fortunate was a major preoccupation,” Mundy writes. [...]

Her thesis found that when African Americans are at Princeton as students, they tended to identify more with their race, but after graduating, less so. Obama, now 44, pledged not to forget the black underclass [...]

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Your Black Education: The Gift of Canibus: Hip-Hop and Anti-Intellectualism

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment


The Gift of Canibus: Hip-Hop and Anti-Intellectualism

By: Tolu Olorunda

Staff Writer –

“History is a weapon being used against us/

Humanity has been abused before but few remember/

… Turn the radio and TV off, think for a second/

Technology is a blessing but it’s also a weapon/

A weapon of mass destruction giving global instructions/

Teaching us how to hate but does it in a way that we love it/

Take my beloved rap music, erase the beat/

Consumers act like they’re afraid of intelligent speech/”

- Hip-Hop artist and philosopher, Canibus, in One Ought Not To Think.

Canibus, like the herbal supplement, Cannabis, is as subjective to the user, as the value of Hip-Hop music is to the listener. In the course of this essay, I, a Canibus fan/student, seek to make a case for the artist otherwise known as Germaine Williams. Though a marginalized figure, Canibus is an Emcee; an artist; a lyrical scientist; a philosopher; an educator; a history lesson, and an infinite source of inspiration to those wrestling with dominant forms of anti-intellectualism being wielded against music lovers. I personally believe Canibus to be a rare mineral resource in an industry engulfed with misogyny, homoeroticism, opulence, hollowness, illiteracy, and cronyism. Since 1996, Canibus has struggled to keep Hip-Hop’s demons at bay. But, truth be told, that struggle remains a contentious one, even till this day. To be sure, Canibus is not a name fluttered on the lips of Black and Brown kids; but perhaps this reality further reinforces my claim, that his wit, perspicacity and voluminous vocabulary is perceived more as a threat, than an accomplishment, in the Hip-Hop realm of existence. Canibus teaches us in – perhaps his most lucid track to date – Poet Laureate II, that Hip-Hop music’s demise lies in its inability to grapple with the ongoing battle being waged between the quest for power, and a declining zeal for poetically-inspired rhymes [...]

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Your Black Health: On World AIDS Day, Activists Renew Struggle Against Deadly Virus

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment

It has been 20 years since the first World AIDS Day drew attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Today, with some 33 million people living with HIV, World AIDS Day and events like the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa, taking place in Senegal, December 3-7, remain “extraordinarily important for those who are trying to fight AIDS in this world,” says Shanta Devarajan, Chief Economist for the World Bank’s Africa region.

AIDS is increasingly seen as not only a health problem, but society’s problem, says Devarajan. “We need aids-quiz-320a031207all the resources and all the mechanisms that we have in society to fight AIDS.”

HIV/AIDS Increasingly a Development Priority

Finance ministers and heads of state in hard-hit Sub-Saharan Africa, such as Uganda President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, are increasingly making the battle against HIV/AIDS a top priority, he adds. South Africa has rolled out one of the biggest antiretroviral (ARV) treatment programs in the world. [...]

While HIV prevention efforts are paying off, with behavior change noted particularly among young people. For every two people in Sub-Saharan Africa gaining access to treatment, five become newly infected. This ratio must change [...]

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Your Black News: Walmart Worker Death: A Pitfall Of Consumerism

December 1, 2008 Leave a comment

“Outta My Way, I’m shopping at Wal-Mart.”

That actual bumper-sticker sums up the attitude of the only thing worse than Wal-Mart in our culture: Wal-Mart shoppers.

The killing of a Wal-Mart worker this week during an early morning crush of customers at the retailer’s dec02_-0492Valley Stream, Long Island store has given the company a Black Eye from Black Friday.

Law enforcement officials are reviewing the video tape of the incident for possible criminal charges, but Wal-Mart corporate attorneys are no doubt looking at the video to determine the extent of the company’s legal liability in the case. The retailer may be more preoccupied with how to prevent a multi-million lawsuit from the family of the dead worker, than how to prevent another Black Friday death. [...]

The 2,000 or so Wal-Mart shoppers at the Valley Stream store were merely lab rats responding to a stimulus. When the door opened, they went after the cheese [...]

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Your Black News: Keys To Protecting Privacy On ‘Cyber Monday’

November 30, 2008 1 comment

identity-theft(WHAS11) -It’s considered the ceremonial kickoff to the online holiday shopping season, and if you like to stay away from the crowds, you might be more of a Cyber Monday person than a Black Friday person. [...]

The Better Business Bureau recommends you focus your shopping with reputable merchants.

The BBB also warns you to use caution when shopping online. Scammers are out there waiting to take advantage of eager consumers.

And always make sure the site is secure.

Double check for the “https,” most importantly the “s”.

That means you are in a secure site for your personal information.

The BBB also recommends you pay with a credit card, because under federal law the shopper can dispute the charges if the items never arrive.

Also, make sure your computer is up to date with the latest anti-virus protection.

From WHAS 11

Your Black Scholar: Strategies For Overcoming The Holiday Blues

November 30, 2008 Leave a comment

morrow-blues1Strategies For Overcoming The Holiday Blues
By: Dr. Gloria Morrow

The holiday season can be the loneliest time of the year, especially during the month of December. Even though the research refutes the notion that the highest rate of suicides occurs in the month of December, many people do experience the Holiday Blues because of the loss of a loved one, exhaustion, separation from family and close friends, feelings of failure due to unmet goals and expectations, significant changes and increased stress. Some may even experience the Holiday Blues because they cannot afford to go Christmas shopping.

This year has been particularly difficult for many people in the African American community because of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the massive loss of life, property, jobs, and familiar surroundings. Therefore, it may be harder for people to handle the stress of such events, especially around the holidays [...]

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Your Black Sports: Report: Plaxico Burress ‘Accidentally’ Shoots Self

November 30, 2008 Leave a comment

New York Giants receiver  has told the team that he accidentally shot himself Friday night, a league official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio.

The incident happened at the Latin Quarter nightclub on Manhattan’s East Side. The club is a sprawling 15,000-square foot, two-story restaurant and club located in the Radisson Lexington Hotel. Katia Laine, a manager at the hotel, told The Associated Press that police officers had been to the club.

Burress went to the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan, where he stayed overnight. He was released from the hospital Saturday afternoon.

A league official told Paolantonio the bullet went through the skin and muscle tissue of Burress’ right thigh, and did not hit any major arteries, and there were no broken bones.

The Giants, in a statement Saturday afternoon, said Burress suffered a wound to his right thigh. The team did not specify in its statement how the shooting occured [...]

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Your Black Life: The Case Of Jamie & Gladys Scott: Justice Denied

November 29, 2008 Leave a comment

justice_scalesThe State of Mississippi versus Jamie Scott and Gladys Scott: My First Encounter with Justice Denied

By: Nancy R. Lockhart, M.J.

Originally Appeared In Black Commentator

While driving the moving truck from South Carolina to Chicago, Illinois in July of 2005, many things ran across my mind as I took the solo trip. I pondered receiving the Master of Jurisprudence degree from Loyola University School of Law and later a career as a governmental regulatory compliance manager. It never dawned on me that I would receive a brutal education in social justice; an education that would prove to be more valuable than sheepskin from any institution. This would become an education that re-directed every thought flowing as I drove that big truck from South Carolina. I left Chicago with the Master of Jurisprudence and absolutely no desire to follow my original dreams.

I secured a position as a Community Services Consultant with Rainbow/PUSH Coalition while completing my studies. I will never forget the frigid, Chicago morning when I opened a letter from Mrs. Evelyn Rasco, a mother and widow. She told the story of her daughters, and said she had written Rainbow/PUSH for 11 years, without a response. She redirected her strategy this time and wrote Congressman Jackson in a plea to get the letter to his father’s (Rev. Jackson) office. The letter was hand delivered [...]

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Your Black Sports: Stephon Marbury Frustrated, Refuses To Play

November 29, 2008 Leave a comment

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Knicks needed Stephon Marbury to play, then suspended him a game and docked him nearly $400,000 in salary Friday after claiming he refused.

The disgruntled guard insists he never told coach Mike D’Antoni “no” and plans to appeal.

Just another chapter in Marbury’s turbulent tenure with his hometown team.

D’Antoni wouldn’t go into specifics of their conversation that took place before Wednesday’s loss in Detroit, though he made it clear he asked the point guard to play because the Knicks were short-handed.

“I don’t want to get into it, guys. I think I already told you, I asked him to play. We just asked. You’re a coach, and we needed him to play,” D’Antoni said after practice Friday. [...]

Marbury will not be paid when he sits out Saturday’s home game against Golden State and will lose an additional game’s pay for Wednesday’s actions [...]

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Your Black Sports: Lebron James On Charles Barkley: ‘He’s Stupid’

November 29, 2008 Leave a comment

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James reacted strongly to Charles Barkley’s comments that the Cavaliers star isn’t showing respect for Cleveland fans and his teammates by discussing his possible free agency following the 2010 season.

“He’s stupid. That’s all I’ve got to say about that,” James said Friday night before the Cavaliers’ game against Golden State.

Barkley made the comments on TNT’s NBA studio show and Dan Patrick’s radio show.

“If I was LeBron James, I would shut the hell up,” the Hall of Famer said on Patrick’s show. “I’m a big LeBron fan. He’s a stud. You gotta give him his props. I’m getting so annoyed he’s talking about what he’s going to do in two years. I think it’s disrespectful to the game. I think it’s disrespectful to the Cavaliers.”

James, under contract for two more seasons, was bombarded with questions about his future when the Cavaliers visited New York to play the Knicks on Tuesday night [...]

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Your Black Celebrities: LaBelle Reunites For Album & Tour

November 29, 2008 Leave a comment

It had turned into a bit of schtick at Patti LaBelle’s concerts: She would tell the crowd about an impending reunion of Labelle, the group in which she and fellow singers Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx scored a smash hit with “Lady Marmalade” (1974) before breaking up in 1976.

“Every time Patti performed at a show,” Dash said, “she’d say, ‘Oh, we’re going to have a reunion,’ and people would just go absolutely berserk.”

After awhile, however, Hendryx decided to call her on it.

“Nona said to Pat, ‘You should probably stop saying that if it’s not going to happen. Don’t play with our audience that way,’ ” Dash said.

Now they’re no longer playing. After recording a tribute to civil-rights activist Rosa Parks, “Dear Rosa,” in 2006, Labelle has followed through with “Back to Now,” its first album of new material in 31 years [...]

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Your Black News: Vigil Mourns 2nd Anniversary Of Sean Bell Shooting

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

About 100 people gathered before dawn Tuesday for a candlelight vigil and prayer service on the second anniversary of the fatal police shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day that sparked outrage in the black community.

The Rev. Al Sharpton and Sean Bell’s fiancee, Nicole Paultre Bell, led the memorial on the street in Queens where the 23-year-old black man was killed outside a strip club on Nov. 25, 2006 after leaving his bachelor’s party.

At precisely 4:10 a.m. — the time of the shooting — the mourners rang a large bell 50 times to mark the number of bullets fired at the Bell and two of his friends, who were seriously injured.

After laying wreaths and flowers, the group marched half a mile to a church, where Sharpton held a prayer service [...]

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Your Black World Headlines: 11/28/2008

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

Your Black Sports: Eddie Jordan Firing Sparks Outrage

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

[Eddie Jordan reviewing the 2007-2008 season in May]:

Eddie Jordan Fired… But Why?
By: Tolu Olorunda
Staff Writer –

On Monday, Nov. 24, The Washington Wizards fired veteran coach, Eddie Jordan, who helped transport the Wizards to the playoffs four years in a row. Over the last few days, however, many fans/sport columnists, pundits, and even coaches have expressed their regret over this brash and unexpected decision. Here are a few reactions:

We’ve all seen this movie before: A general manager stocks his roster with a dysfunctional mixture of players, but since he’s the one who procured the players he thinks they’re better than they really are. Eventually the team loses, and the coach is canned – because it’s easier to fire the coach than to fire the players, and because the GM is certainly not going to fire himself. This is approximately what happened to Eddie Jordan in Washington. [...] Since he’s been in Washington, Jordan has done a magnificent job with this team even though Arenas and Etan Thomas have been periodically down and out – repeatedly leading them into the playoffs.

- Charley Rosen from MSN Sports

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Your Black News: Native American Heritage Day To Highlight Abysmal Plight

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

Native American Heritage Month

By: Julian Wolfson

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to recognizing the culture and traditions of Native Americans, as well as their contributions to the U.S.

One of the most significant days this month will be the celebration of the first national annual Native American Heritage Day on November 28, which was created when Congress passed a resolution on January 3, 2008.

While this month is intended to commemorate the achievements of Native Americans, it also provides an opportunity to reflect upon many of the issues that are important to the Native American community.

One of the biggest concerns for Native Americans is education.  As reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, 15.1 percent of Native Americans ages 16-24 years old were high school dropouts in 2006.  This stands in stark contrast to the national high school dropout rate of 9.7 percent [...]

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Your Black Money: AIG Executives Dress Up Bonuses To Sound Sexy

November 27, 2008 1 comment

A Bonus by Any Other Name Still Stinks

Rep. Elijah Cummings

I am beginning to understand why companies like AIG are so committed to spending hundreds of millions of dollars on sports sponsorships. It’s because they like playing games. Since it seems that the executives at these companies did not get the memo, I am here to tell them that the fun and games are over.

I was shocked upon learning — just one day after being told that top AIG executives would be forgoing bonuses this year — that the company’s executives will be receiving ‘cash awards’ as ‘retention payments.’ AIG can dress this money up in fancy names, but no one is fooled. A bonus by any other name still stinks. [...]

AIG just doesn’t seem to get it [...]

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Your Black News: Welfare Nation? Food Stamp Dependents To Top 30 Million

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

great-depression-food-queueFueled by rising unemployment and food prices, the number of Americans on food stamps is poised to exceed 30 million for the first time this month, surpassing the historic high set in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina. [...]

“We soon will have the most food stamps recipients in the history of our country,” said Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, a D.C.-based disadvantaged-americans-queue-for-aid-in-new-york3anti-hunger policy organization. “If the economic forecasts come true, we’re likely to see the most hunger that we’ve seen since the 1981 recession and maybe since the 1960s, when these programs were established.”

The Agriculture Department is set to release the new numbers as early as this week. Agency officials declined to confirm the figures but outlined them in a briefing last month for advocates and administrators of state food stamp programs. Breaking the symbolically important 30 million mark comes on the heels of government data showing that 11.9 million people went hungry in the United States at some point last year [...]

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Your Black Woman: Black Woman Refused Hair Service At JCPenney

November 27, 2008 Leave a comment

When Brenda McElmore showed up to get her hair dyed at a local JCPenney salon in Downey, Calif., she probably didn’t expect to hear “no.” Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happened. According to McElmore, the receptionist at the front desk told her, “We don’t do African American hair.” McElmore says she was “astonished” to be denied service strictly because of her race.

After writing several letters to JCPenney about the incident, a representative responded with an apology, explaining that the “salon’s receptionist did not feel [the salon's employees] had the technical proficiency to perform the service required.” McElmore was not satisfied with that answer. “If you only want color — I’m not asking for a perm or a style or anything else — it doesn’t take a special person or a special skill to do that,” she said during a press conference last month [...]

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Your Black Global: Dr. Susan Rice Reportedly Next U.S. Ambassador To UN

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Several news agencies are reporting that former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs under Bill Clinton, Dr. Susan Rice (no relations to the other Dr. Rice), is a top contender for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, under the next administration. This is somewhat ironic because Dr. Susan Rice, like the present Secretary of state, shares some foreign policy views that pose a threat to Obama’s message of dialogue, negotiation, and diplomacy — even with regard to the UN. In a 2008 Washington Post Op-Ed, Dr. Rice suggested that:

The United States, preferably with NATO involvement and African political support, would strike Sudanese airfields, aircraft and other military assets. It could blockade Port Sudan, through which Sudan’s oil exports flow. Then U.N. troops would deploy — by force, if necessary, with U.S. and NATO backing.

If the United States fails to gain U.N. support, we should act without it. Impossible? No.

Dr. Rice’s rhetoric is very much regrettable at a time when Africom poses a lethal threat to Africa’s sovereignty. The implications of her statements are sobering, and frightening. A selection of Dr. Rice, as Ambassador, is simply a further reminder of the work ahead of those who value the humanity of African brothers and sisters:

Your Black Politics: Obama Grilled On Cabinet Appointments & ‘Change’ Promise

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

CNN’s Ed Henry does what few reporters are courageous enough to do: Question President-Elect Obama over his recycling of Clinton alumni/alumnae. Obama concludes, however, that despite concerns about the old faces roaming around him, “… the vision for change comes… from me. That’s my job, to provide a vision in terms of where we are going and to make sure then that my team is implementing [that vision]“:

Your Black News: Community Organizers Rally Around Malik Rahim For Congress

November 26, 2008 1 comment

Three years since Katrina and the government continues to fail us. Malik Rahim has spoken out with courage, asked the difficult questions and built viable community alternatives. He is a strong organizer who acted while the politicians waited. Now he wants to take his courage to Congress.

After Hurricane Katrina, Malik founded Common Ground, an organization which:

  • opened the first free health clinic in the city of New Orleans,
  • helped MLK Elementary and other schools to re-open, and
  • gutted over 3,000 homes and provided direct services to nearly 200,000 returning residents.

Malik is in a winnable race for U.S. Congress in Louisiana’s 2nd District. The Louisiana Secretary of State changed the elections calendar after Hurricane Gustav, so the general election for that seat is on Dec. 6.

“We still have one more Congressional election within our grasp,” writes Cynthia McKinney, legendary former congresswoman from Georgia and this year’s Green Party presidential candidate [...]

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Your Black Hip-Hop: Kanye West & Ludacris Receive Harsh Reviews

November 26, 2008 Leave a comment

Music Review LudacrisLudacris “Theater of the Mind” (Island Def Jam)

For some odd reason, Ludacris feels the need to prove himself on his latest studio CD.

“Theater of the Mind,” the rapper’s sixth album, is full of trash talk as to why he is rap’s “MVP.” But talk is cheap.

Ludacris is not only a platinum rapper, he’s also a major success in film, TV, on the Web and even in the food industry (the rapper opened a Thai restaurant in Atlanta). He’s also known as one of the game’s best lyricists.

But he disappoints on “Theater of the Mind” by trying constantly to prove it with boasts that are boring and empty, devoid of the cleverness we’ve come to expect from Luda [...]

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31bz60e89yl_sl500_aa240_The concept isn’t difficult to grasp. Kanye West’s mother died suddenly one year ago, and a few months later, the superstar rapper and producer broke things off with his fiancé. West spent two weeks in Hawaii recording what he calls a “pop” album.

The production is minimal and chilly in a way that recalls Junior Boys or early Depeche Mode. The basic beats were created using the old school Roland TR-808 drum machine.

The vocals — overwhelmingly sung, not rapped — have almost uniformly been processed by the pitch-correction software AutoTune. All this is intended to create a sombre soundscape that reflects West’s emotional state, and on paper, the math is simple and appealing. In actual practice, however, things go horribly wrong [...]

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