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Can the Black Woman save the Cable Industry?

by Tim Moore                                                                                                                                                               The Writers Channel, UIN Who is this beautiful, sexy and attractive woman? This cannot be the same person who has been relegated to roles as the shy, timid housekeeper in the “The Help” or the backward, conflicted ghetto mom in the movie “Doubt” with Meryl Streep. What is going on in TV land?. Have they had a come to Jesus moment and decided to make amends for the decades of promoting Black women as mammies, hoes, drug users, loud talking, housekeeping maids? Mind you, these are the same images that have contributed to the low self-esteem of so many of our girls, No, they did not have a change of heart. They could care less and included that includes in that group are some of the Black producers and writers who helped craft these images. It is all about the dollars. Viola Davis made history a couple of months ago when she was awarded an Emmy for Best Actress in a TV Drama. That was historic and I want to make an observation here before I get to her gorgeous cover shot. That night when she won the Emmy, she broke what to me was a longstanding protocol and that is , you cannot wear your natural hair. She is a lovely woman wearing a weave or going natural. However, just having the confidence to make that decision is sexy. I admire her for that My thoughts on to the cable and broadcast industry. Their use of Ms Davis in a glamor shot, is equally unprecedented. For one, it is confusing a lot of Brothers, especially... read more

Missouri football team find balls to take a stand

How the Missouri football team just took down its university president Washington Post By Philip Bump November 9 at 11:07 AM Missouri linebacker Kentrell Brothers reacts during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida. (AP/L.G. Patterson) For the past week, a graduate student at the University of Missouri has been on a hunger strike, hoping to force the school system’s president to resign his position over a perceived failure to address racist incidents on campus. The student, Jonathan Butler, objects to president Tim Wolfe’s lack of response to “racist, sexist, homophobic, etc., incidents that have dynamically disrupted the learning experience” at Missouri, as he wrote in a letter. It’s a dramatic step — and one that Butler pledged to maintain until “either Tim Wolfe is removed from office or my internal organs fail and my life is lost.” But the issues at the core of his protest didn’t gain widespread national attention until a few dozen other students weighed in: the University of Missouri football team, which announced that it would not play until Wolfe left his position. On Friday, there were a few hundred tweets about the University of Missouri. On Sunday, there were nearly 16,000. Update: Wolfe announced his resignation Monday morning, two days after the football team’s announcement. ADVERTISING       Missouri president resigns following protests Play Video4:46Live Video University of Missouri president Tim Wolfe resigned on Nov. 9 following protests and strikes over his handling of racial incidents on the Columbia, Mo., campus. “Use my resignation to heal and start talking again,” he said. (University of Missouri System) There are a few... read more

Ferguson Report shows city economic problem victimize citizens

Why the Ferguson Commission Co-Chair Believes New Report Will Bring Change to St. Louis by Cynthia Gordy ProPublica, Oct. 26, 2015, 11:29 a.m After Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on a Ferguson street last year, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon created the Ferguson Commission, a group of 16 citizens from the St. Louis area, to study the underlying conditions exposed by the shooting and make public policy recommendations. The Commission recently released its final report with proposals for reforming not only policing practices but the education system, the courts and the punitive process for collecting municipal debts. A recent ProPublica investigation also showed that lawsuits over consumer debts disproportionately impacted black communities. For this week’s podcast, Rev. Starsky Wilson, co-chair of the Commission, spoke with ProPublica reporter Paul Kiel about racial disparities in the debt collection system, why he believes the Commission’s report will spark actual policy change, and how arguments about “personal responsibility” distract attention from structural biases. Rev. Starsky Wilson, right, co-chair of the Ferguson Commission, responds to a community member at the opening meeting of the commission. (AP/Sid Hastings) Highlights from their conversation: Some court reforms were enacted before the report was even finished. Familiar with the long history of ineffective “riot commissions” set up after similar uprisings, Wilson said the Ferguson Commission recommended reforms throughout the process. For example, after learning that some cities had built entire businesses with revenue from traffic tickets and fines, the Commission pushed for legislation, passed this year, capping how much municipalities can make from minor traffic violations. (0:58) The report found that cascading debts make... read more

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