Press Release; Coalition fights museum takeover and racist exhibit at The Wright

Press Release; Coalition fights museum takeover and racist exhibit at The Wright

For Immediate Release Coalition for Ensuring the Black Legacy at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History October 3, 2018  Community Coalition Challenges the C.H. Wright Museum Board over Controversial Jefferson Exhibition and Lack of Community Representation in Museum Leadership   A Coalition of 20 community organizations, bolstered by social media campaigns (MoveOn.org and ColorofChange.org) that collected more than 17,000 signatures, has been rebuffed by the Board of Trustees of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (CHWMAAH) in its effort to win community representation on the Board, and prevent the hosting of the exhibition, “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello:  Paradox of Liberty.” Recently the Coalition wrote to the Museum Board to oppose installation of the Jefferson plantation exhibition during Black History Month, 2019. The exhibit seeks to represent the slavery experience in ways that delete or obscure the essential features of the plantation system: inhumane violence and terror. As such, the exhibit erases from history the sufferings of our ancestors, and fails to acknowledge their extraordinary capacity to overcome the oppression to which they were subjected. This falsification of history is offensive and inappropriate, given the heinous practices of slaveholders like Jefferson, and given the nature of current race relations in the U.S., where police violence and murder of our youth continue to plague our communities.  Thousands of signers have supported the Coalition’s insistence that such an exhibit should not be featured at the CHWMAAH, which was founded to uplift and inspire the African American community. In a letter to the Coalition, the Museum Board has reiterated their determination to host the Jefferson exhibition.  They...
Haitian/Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka embraces her “Blackness”

Haitian/Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka embraces her “Blackness”

NAOMI OSAKA EMBRACES HER “BLACKNESS” By Tim Moore What is it about these  tennis playing “Sistas”; Venus. Serena, Sloan, Madison and now Naomi. I don’t know for sure but I would bet that her Haitian father named her after superstar diva model, Naomi Campbell. I’m taking literary license here but I am sure she knows who Naomi Campbell is. Naomi Osaka ,in an interview, said that when she goes to Japan, the people are surprised when the see a “Black” girl’ Unlike Meghan Markle, she does not iron her hair to take the curls out and make it straight. Her school girl crush is Michael B Jordon of the “Black Panther”. This, in my maid would show she is proud o and embraces her Blackness. Her sheroes are Venus and Serena Williams. At least for tennis, they are excellent models. This one African American family has won ore tennis rand slams than all the countries in Asia combined. Now some may respond “but she is playing under the Japanese flag. Good question but that was her father’s decision. He calculated that his daughter would get may attention and money from the Japanese Tennis Federation than it’s US counterpart. He was right. There is plenty of competition her in the US for girls tennis. As her trophy’s ad up, she is getting more interviews. The announcers are always quick to point out her Japanese heritage. Often times, during an interview the  announcer would question her on her Japanese heritage. However, she is quick to point out that she grew up in America and she is Haitian also.  I am sure...
Whites and welfare

Whites and welfare

New study shows white Americans love government support programs — that is, if they’re the beneficiaries Chauncey DeVega August 1, 2018 11:00am (UTC)   Donald Trump’s administration recently decided to give $12 billion to farmers hurt by the president’s trade war against the European Union, China and various other countries. These monies can be considered a form of welfare for white people in red state America who are among his most loyal supporters. Moreover, the racial disparity is made even clearer by the way that African-American and other nonwhite farmers have been victims of systemic discrimination by the United States Department of Agriculture. In 2010, the USDA and the Justice Department reached a $1.25 billion settlement with black farmers over a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in USDA farm loan programs. Welfare for white Americans is nothing new. In many ways, the United States was built on white welfare. During the 18th and 19th centuries, free land was given to European settlers as the intended result of genocide and ethnic cleansing against Native Americans. As part of this same racist project, the stolen labor and lives of black human property is estimated to have been worth trillions of dollars. In essence, black pain and black suffering was a de facto intergenerational welfare payment to White America, one that fueled the country’s rise to global power and created income and other life opportunities for white people, both native- born and immigrants. African-Americans and other nonwhites were prohibited both by law and social convention from taking advantage of land grants and other opportunities made available by the Homestead Act and related 19th-century legislation which conservative estimates value...
Comcast cable business losses mount

Comcast cable business losses mount

Comcast Q2: Skinny Bundles Are Taking Their Toll On Video Business, But No Defense Of It Is In Sight Thursday, July 26, 2018, 11:33 AM ETComcast | Posted by Will Richmond Comcast reported its Q2 ’18 results this morning, with the good news being the addition of 260K broadband subscribers, the best Q2 the company has experienced in the past 10 years, along with the improvement of operating margins. The broadband surge was Exhibit A for management to point to on the earnings call as evidence its strategy of being a “connectivity” provider is paying off. However, Q2 ’18 also saw the loss of 140K video subscribers, the most in a Q2 since 2014. Video sub losses have accelerated from -4K in Q2 ’16 and -34K in Q2 ’17. On the earnings call, management put the blame squarely on virtual MVPDs or “skinny bundles,” adding that they “expect pressure to continue in the video business” as virtual MVPDs ramp up. While management clearly identified the cause of video subscriber losses, it didn’t articulate any strategy for how it intends to defend the video business. To the contrary, CEO Brian Roberts said, “we’re focused on segments we can serve profitably” and that “we’re not going to chase low-profitability video” (skinny bundles’ low to non-existent profitability has been a persistent issue since their initial launch). Rather, Comcast sees its broadband business benefiting from increased skinny bundle usage, while its NBCUniversal business will benefit from increased distribution. Though those are likely true, the question still remains: why isn’t Comcast doing more to defend its video business from the rise of skinny bundles,...
Why are Black girls committing suicide?

Why are Black girls committing suicide?

It is unthinkable, but happening. Little Black girls are killing themselves. The causes include disproportionate exposure to violence and traumatic stress, aggressive school discipline, and depression, according to researchers and mental health experts. Counselors and child advocates believe the disturbing trend can be reversed with love, commitment, and support services. According to a 2015 study of trends by the Journal of the American Medical Association, children’s suicide rates have significantly doubled for Black children in the last two decades, and decreased for White children. For Black youth (ages 10-19), the rate of male suicides (5.59 per 100,000) was three times higher than that of young Black females (1.87 per 100,000), according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “We’ve been seeing it over the last number of decades within our communities, because there was a time when it really was rare for African American youth, but unfortunately, it’s becoming more and more common,” said Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a clinical psychologist and associate professor at Pepperdine University. to read more of this story, click...
Charlotte’s Black leaders leverage power to benefit it’s Black citizens

Charlotte’s Black leaders leverage power to benefit it’s Black citizens

One of Republicans’ top vote suppressors gets caught saying the quiet part out loud Former GOP governor delivers racist rant against black political leaders. Ian Millhiser May 10, 2018, 1:20 pm   Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) listens to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory during a campaign rally at Wilmington International Airport November 5, 2016 in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Charlotte, North Carolina has a black mayor, a black police chief, a black fire chief, a black school board chair, a black district attorney, and it will soon have a black sheriff — and the state’s former governor is very upset about this fact. As governor, Republican Pat McCrory signed the most comprehensive voter suppression law in the nation. Indeed, this law was arguably the most aggressive attempt any state made to keep black voters away from the polls since the Jim Crow era. As a federal appeals court that struck the law down explained, state lawmakers studied racial voting patterns within the state, and then “enacted legislation restricting all — and only — practices disproportionately used by African Americans.”   Flash forward to less than two years after McCrory lost his reelection bid, and the ex-governor is now a talk radio host in Charlotte. And he’s not the least bit happy that his city will be led by black people. to read more of this story, click...
Republican to propose balancing budget with cuts to Social Security and Medicade

Republican to propose balancing budget with cuts to Social Security and Medicade

  by Erica Werner June 19 at 4:48 PM Email the author   House Republicans released a proposal Tuesday that would balance the budget in nine years — but only by making large cuts to entitlement programs, including Medicare, that President Trump vowed not to touch. The House Budget Committee is aiming to pass the blueprint this week, but that may be as far as it goes this midterm election year. It is not clear that GOP leaders will put the document on the House floor for a vote, and even if it were to pass the House, the budget would have little impact on actual spending levels. Nonetheless the budget serves as an expression of Republicans’ priorities at a time of rapidly rising deficits and debt. Although the nation’s growing indebtedness has been exacerbated by the GOP’s own policy decisions — including the new tax law, which most analyses say will add at least $1 trillion to the debt — Republicans on the Budget Committee said they felt a responsibility to put the nation on a sounder fiscal trajectory. “The time is now for our Congress to step up and confront the biggest challenge to our society,” said House Budget Chairman Steve Womack (R-Ark.). “There is not a bigger enemy on the domestic side than the debt and deficits.” to read more o this article,click...
US Soccor; Why aren’t we playing in Russia?

US Soccor; Why aren’t we playing in Russia?

‘It’s only working for the white kids’: American soccer’s diversity problem Football is the world’s great democratic game. But in the US success is often determined by the wealth of a player’s parents Les Carpenter @Lescarpenter Wed 1 Jun 2016 06.00 EDT Last modified on Mon 20 Feb 2017 06.39 EST Children play soccer in Bakersfield, California. The talents of some of America’s best young players are being suffocated by a process that never lets them be seen. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson / Reuters/Reuters As Doug Andreassen, the chairman of US Soccer’s diversity task force, looks across the game he loves, all he can see is a system broken in America. And he wonders why nobody seems to care. He sees well-to-do families spending thousands of dollars a year on soccer clubs that propel their children to the sport’s highest levels, while thousands of gifted athletes in mostly African American and Latino neighborhoods get left behind. He worries about this inequity. Soccer is the world’s great democratic game, whose best stars have come from the world’s slums, ghettos and favelas. And yet in the US the path to the top is often determined by how many zeroes a parent can write in their checkbook. Andreassen watches his federation’s national teams play, and wishes they had more diversity. Like many, he can’t ignore the fact that last year’s Women’s World Cup winners were almost all white, or that several of the non-white players on the US Copa America roster grew up overseas. The talents of some of America’s best young players are being suffocated by a process that never lets them be seen....
Rosanne Barr fired by a “Sista”

Rosanne Barr fired by a “Sista”

The woman behind ‘Roseanne’s’ cancellation: Get to know Channing Dungey By Kate Stanhope | Digital Editor | May 29, 2018 | 2:45 PM   Channing Dungey succeeded Paul Lee as president of the ABC Entertainment in February 2016. (Craig Sjodin / Associated Press) When “Roseanne” was canceled Tuesday, several hours after titular star Roseanne Barr posted a racist tweet, top TV talent such as Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, Ava DuVernay and Viola Davis all singled out one name: Channing Dungey, the president of ABC Entertainment Group who announced the shocking news. ABC’s swift decision to cancel its top-rated show — and one of the most-viewed series of the entire 2017-18 season — is not the first time Dungey has made history. When she was named network president in February 2016, she became the first African American to hold the position. By Tuesday afternoon, the spotlight had suddenly shifted to Dungey, with her name trending on Twitter and gratitude pouring in from celebrities such as Kerry Washington and Marlee Matlin to read the rest of this story click...
Man’s life is changed after posting on Facebook

Man’s life is changed after posting on Facebook

Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance Exclusive: Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’ Sam Levin @SamTLevin  Email Rakem Balogun on being secretly watched by the FBI: ‘It’s tyranny at its finest.’ Photograph: Allison V Smith for the Guardian Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a large crash and officers screaming commands, he soon realized his nightmare was real, and he and his 15-year-old son were forced outside of their Dallas home, wearing only underwear. Handcuffed and shaking in the cold wind, Balogun thought a misunderstanding must have led the FBI to his door on 12 December 2017. The father of three said he was shocked to later learn that agents investigating “domestic terrorism” had been monitoring him for years and were arresting him that day in part because of his Facebook posts criticizing police. “It’s tyranny at its finest,” said Balogun, 34. “I have not been doing anything illegal for them to have surveillance on me. I have not hurt anyone or threatened anyone.” Balogun spoke to the Guardian this week in his first interview since he was released from prison after five months locked up and denied bail while US attorneys tried and failed to prosecute him, accusing him of being a threat to law enforcement and an illegal gun owner. Balogun, who lost his home and more while incarcerated, is believed to be the first person targeted...