Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Julian Bond say Bishop Eddie Long is a "raving homophobe"

When asked about the situation with Bishop Eddie Long former politician and legendary civl rights activist Julian Bond said, "He said that homosexuality is worthy of death. He is a raving homophobe,"

Watch more of Mr. Bond's comments on the viewer below:

Monday, September 27, 2010

President Obama looking to recruit 10,000 teachers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Barack Obama announced a new goal of recruiting 10,000 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) teachers over the next two years. This announcement will move the country forward on the Obama Administration’s ambitious goal of preparing 100,000 STEM teachers over the next decade.

Statement by President Obama: “When I came into office, I set a goal of moving our nation from the middle to the top of the pack in math and science education. Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students to compete in the 21st century economy and we need to recruit and train math and science teachers to support our nation’s students.”

As America’s students lag in math and science when compared to peers around the world, President Obama has made improving STEM education one of his top priorities. President Obama has identified three overarching priorities for STEM education, necessary for laying a new foundation for America’s future prosperity:

•Increasing STEM literacy so all students can think critically in science, math, engineering and technology;
•Improving the quality of math and science teaching so American students are no longer outperformed by those in other nations;
•And expanding STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and minorities.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Senseless violence takes life of promising college student

Jessica Moore a promising Seton Hall student and biology major has died after being shot early this morning at a house party near the university campus, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was one of five people shot early this morning at a East Orange residence all because someone got kicked out of a damned party.

Senseless violence takes life of promising college student

First Black Elected Official Defies Racism In Russia

Russian citizen Jean Gregoire Sagbo is the first black person to hold any type of elected office in Russia. He is a councilman in the village of Novozavidovo. While loved in his hometown he admits that there is still racism in Russia so much so that he does not even feel safe enough to go to the nations capital, Moscow.

Read more First Black Elected Official Defies Racism In Russia

Friday, September 24, 2010

Black mayors struggling in post-racial America

Cory Booker
Many thought that being a black elected official in a "post-racial" society would be great. But for black mayors of large cities it has not been a great time. Adrian Fenty begun the process of fixing Washington DC and for his efforts lost his primary race. Dave Bing of Detroit has been accused of a racial cleaning. Some in Philadelphia are challenging Michael Nutter's "blackness", and Cory Booker has lowered the murder rate in Newark NJ and gotten back control of the Newark School system from the state and he is as popular as a black man at a KKK rally.

What's going on here? Read a great article from the Washington Post by using the link below on this very subject......George Cook

Other black mayors grapple with forces that led to Fenty's downfall

Thursday, September 23, 2010

New legislation introduced to pay black farmers 1 billion they are owed

Sen. Blanche Lincoln announced today she'd joined other senators to introduce legislation to pay the more than $1 billion settlement to black farmers for discrimination by the Agriculture Department.

Here is her news release:

U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, Senator Kay R. Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) announced today that they will introduce a bill to fund the $1.15 billion settlement that black farmers reached with U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack in February.

“The time is long overdue to fund the discrimination settlement for African American farmers who have experienced decades of injustice,” said Chairman Lincoln. “All farmers should receive equal access and treatment in the delivery of USDA’s programs and services and we must finally close this chapter of discrimination within USDA. While funding this settlement will not erase the anxiety and frustrations so many hard-working farmers experienced, it will help compensate their financial losses and finally begin laying the foundation in restoring their faith in the United States government.”

“We want to ensure black farmers in our country finally receive the justice they deserve,” said Hagan. “More than 4,000 African American farmers in North Carolina and over 75,000 nationwide have been discriminated against and denied just compensation for decades. Today, I join with my colleagues from Louisiana and Arkansas, Senators Landrieu and Lincoln, to introduce a bill to fund the settlement once and for all, and we are working to send this language to the President.”

“This injustice has gone on for far too long,” said Sen. Landrieu. “The U.S. Congress needs to make this right and the reality is that we are running out of options. That is why Senator Hagan, Senator Lincoln and I have introduced a stand alone bill today. We will try to attach this bill to any moving legislative vehicle in the Senate. But if the political environment is such that no bill is moving, Senate Leadership will need to call up this stand alone bill and debate it on its merits. I think that Senate Leadership is going to need to take a good, long look at that option.”

Lincoln, Hagan, and Landrieu announced that they plan to introduce the bill today. The legislation will ensure that African American farmers who were unfairly discriminated against when applying for loans, credit and other forms of financial help will receive the settlement to which they are entitled. The bill will also extend the statute of limitations on certain outstanding discrimination complaints at USDA. Lincoln and Hagan joined John Boyd, President of the National Black Farmers Association, at a press conference earlier today to highlight the need to fund the settlement.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bishop Eddie Long accussed of sex with young men in lawsuit

Two Georgia men have filed suit claiming that prominent Atlanta pastor Eddie Long coerced them into sex.

The suits, filed Tuesday in DeKalb County, Georgia, allege that Long used his position as a spiritual authority and bishop to coerce young male members and employees of his New Birth Missionary Baptist Church into sex.

"Defendant Long has a pattern and practice of singling out a select group of young male church members and using his authority as Bishop over them to ultimately bring them to a point of engaging in a sexual relationship," the suits allege.

Long is considered one of the nation's top black preachers.

Read more:Men allege sexual coercion by prominent Atlanta pastor

Oprah gives millions to successful charter schools

On September 20 Oprah Winfrey donated 1 million each to six successful charter schools. This is great especially since Oprah has recieved some unfair crticism for doing work for education in South Africa and not here in America over the years.

These charitable donations will support and enhance operations for these successful charter school programs. The six groundbreaking programs are leaders in providing quality public education.

While making the donation Oprah Winfrey said, "I value nothing more in the world than education. It is the reason why I can stand here today. It is an open door to freedom. And we wanted to be able to, on behalf of the viewers, give you something to go back to your schools and make life better for the children in your schools,"

The six schools are:

•Aspire Public Schools (California)
•Denver School of Science & Technology (Colorado)
•LEARN Charter School Network (Chicago, Illinois)
•Mastery Charter Schools (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
•Sci Academy / New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy (Louisiana)
•YES Prep Public Schools (Houston, Texas)

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Finding jobs despite criminal records

Far too many black men who have committed crimes, paid their debt to society, and turned their lives around are having great difficulty finding jobs. Watch this story of one man who has decided he will not let his criminal past hold him back from providing a better life for his family...George Cook

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Obama trying to rally support from black voters

Source: Associated Press
President Barack Obama is hoping that black voters don't stand on the sidelines when Democrats need all the election help they can get this year.

President Obama sought to rally an important constituency in a speech at the annual awards banquet of the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday night.

For Obama, the caucus dinner at the Washington Convention Center capped a week of concerted outreach to minority supporters, a traditional wellspring of Democratic strength.

The effort began Monday with a White House reception for black college officials. It included speeches by the president on Wednesday to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and by first lady Michelle Obama to a black caucus legislative conference that same day.

Last week, Obama was interviewed on "The Tom Joyner Show" radio program, which enjoys a large black audience.

Black caucus members have been staunch backers of the first African-American president. But they've also voiced concern that he hasn't done enough to help struggling black families.

They point to persistent high inner-city unemployment and a new census report showing a jump in poverty on Obama's watch. The poverty rate was 14.3 percent, with the ranks of working-age poor at the highest since the 1960s. For blacks, the rate was 25.8 percent and for Hispanics it was 25.3 percent.

Obama told Joyner he knows unemployment has been "brutal," especially among African-Americans, but he compared the economy to a patient recovering from an accident. "It can't run yet, but it's walking," he said.

Will black republicans be welcome into the Congressional Black Caucus?

There are 13 African Americans candidates who are republicans running for Congress this year. A question that is emerging with the belief that some like Allen West of Florida, Ryan Frazier of Colorado and Tim Scott of South Carolina have very good chances of winning is whether or not they will be welcome in the CBC. Some are interested in joing and the CBC has had two republican members before.

Read more: Is There a Place for Republicans in the Congressional Black Caucus?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Michlelle Obama denies saying job as first lady is hell

The White House is denying that first lady Michelle Obama ever described her White House life as "hell." Mrs. Obama's spokeswoman, Katie McCormick Lelyveld, responded Thursday to a purported comment attributed to Mrs. Obama in a forthcoming book, "Carla and the Ambitious," about French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. The book says Bruni-Sarkozy recalled that during a recent White House visit with her husband, the French president, she asked Mrs. Obama about her new role. According to the book, Mrs. Obama replied: "It's hell. I can't stand it."

The French Embassy in Washington also released a statement denying that Mrs. Obama ever said those words. The Embassy says Bruni-Sarkozy "distances herself completely" from the book, which is due out Friday.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

City debates if a black chamber of commerce is needed

A debate about whether the Beaufort ( South Carolina ) Black Chamber of Commerce should receive funding from the city of Beaufort -- and about whether it should exist at all -- arose again Tuesday as City Council members tried to decide how to allocate about $165,817 in accommodations tax grants.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and its Visitor and Convention Bureau -- the city's designated marketing organization -- has said it coordinates with the Black Chamber so the two don't overlap in their advertising efforts.

"I just can't believe we have two chambers of commerce, one appealing to the black folks and the other ... appealing to the white folks," said Councilman Gary Fordham, who has said for years he doesn't believe the Black Chamber of Commerce is necessary

Read more:
Debate surrounding Beaufort Black Chamber of Commerce flares

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

At this black church Christians & Muslims pray together

Abdul Shabazz prayed to Allah on Friday at a Masjid in Newark.

On Sunday, he was in church praising the Lord, leading a gospel choir in song.

You’re not going to see this very often, if at all, unless you’re at Bethel Family and Youth Resource Center, a church where Muslims and Christians sing, pray and worship together while many in our country grapple with insecurities, hate, and phobias about Islam

Read more here Newark religious center houses Christian, Muslim worshippers

Monday, September 13, 2010

Bob Marley family loses case over hit records

Bob Marley's family lost a lawsuit seeking the copyrights to several of the late Jamaican reggae singer's best-known recordings.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said the UMG Recordings unit of Vivendi SA's Universal Music Group is the rightful owner of copyrights to five albums that Marley had recorded between 1973 and 1977 for Island Records.

The albums "Catch a Fire," "Burnin'," "Natty Dread," "Rastaman Vibrations" and "Exodus" were recorded with Marley's band The Wailers. They include some of Marley's best-known songs, including "Get Up, Stand Up," "I Shot the Sheriff," "No Woman, No Cry" and "One Love."

Bob Marley family loses case over hit records

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Top 10 HBCU's 2011

Check out the top 10 HBCUs as judged by the US News College Report. The usual suspects are there, Spelman, Howard, Morehouse. Is your college in the top 10. Read the list by clicking the link below:

1 Spelman College Atlanta, GA
2 Howard University Washington, DC
3 Morehouse College Atlanta, GA
4 Hampton University Hampton, VA
5 Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL
6 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
7 Fisk University Nashville, TN
8 Claflin University Orangeburg, SC
9 Dillard University New Orleans, LA
10 Tougaloo College Tougaloo, MS

Read the entire list here colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews

Friday, September 10, 2010

Poll: Is the NAACP still relevant to you?

The NAACP has been in the news a lot lately. This got me to thinking that although I am a member of the NAACP is it still relevant now in 2010. How is the NAACP helping African Americans. Please give your answer below and feel free to give your feedback by making a comment.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

"I Can Be" my new book for black children on sale for $1

For a limited time only my new children's book "I Can Be" is available for $1 on Scribd.com. Check out a preview below. You can read the book on your computer or in a PDF format.

I Can Be is a childrens book which has your child join in with Jordan as he decides which modern day history making African American to write about for his history class.

The book not only mentions what people like Mark Dean and Mae Jemison have done but it also has links to websites throughout and at the end of the book for more information about some of the fields mentioned. You can purchase the book here http://www.scribd.com/doc/37128651/I-Can-Be  or by using the link on the top right of the viewer.

I Can Be

Monday, September 06, 2010

Republicans ignore black vote. Dems take if for granted

While this article by by Jasmyne A. Cannick of sfbayview.com pertains directly to statewide elections in California it could easily pertain to the US as a whole. Candidates of both parties in her state are ignoring black media and according to her not reaching out to black voters. George Cook AAreports.

With a little over two months left until the Nov. 2 general election, gubernatorial and U.S. Senate nominees are wasting no time in blanketing the airwaves statewide in an effort to reach out to potential voters. However, noticeably absent from these campaigns is any significant or meaningful “wooing” of Black voters – begging the question are California Republicans outright ignoring the Black vote while the Democrats continue to take it for granted?

Read more here Statewide candidates ignore Black media in favor of courting the white and Latino vote

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Louis Farrakhan supports " Ground Zero Mosque "

This may be support that supporters of a proposed Islamic Community Center two blocks away from ground zero do not want. That support would be from Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan.  I'm sure Fox News will jump all over this.

Farrakhan says, "Why then should a mosque, a cultural center, not be constructed a few blocks away?" Farrakhan asked at a news conference in Washington, where he was joined by a coalition of African-American Muslims.

"When that building was destroyed, the whole world felt it," Farrakhan said, adding that many Muslims had offered their condolences to the country in the wake of the attacks. He said the area is also hallowed ground to blacks who are Muslims.

"Muslims are here. We are not terrorists," Farrakhan said. "We will not allow anyone on our watch to do some silly act to deprive an innocent human being of their life. And if we see it, we'll stop it."

Farrakhan also commented on the rumors that President Barack Obama is a Muslim.

Obama is a Christian.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Chicago gang leaders hold news conference

While on the surface gang members holding a press conference to speak out police tactics  to stop the violence seems crazy the gang leaders and activist do make some valid points and actually bring some ideas to the table. George Cook

At a news conference organized by self-identified gang members Thursday morning, several speakers complained that Chicago Police and city officials do not respect them, and that the only way to curb violence is to provide jobs and improving their community.

Read more here: Gang leaders hold news conference

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Black Athletes Giving Back: Justin Tuck

All too often black athletes are portrayed in the mainstream media in a negative light. The are mostly portrayed as selfish, greedy, womanizers, and as self centered athletes who commit crimes or who do nothing positive in their communities. To combat that every Thursday here at AAreports we will present an athlete doing something positive in their communities.

First up a young man from my favorite sports team, The NY Giants. George Cook.

Justin Tuck's R.U.S.H. for Literacy program aspires to encourage children to READ, UNDERSTAND, SUCCEED, and HOPE as they continue to nurture literacy in their lives. Thischarity program is committed to raising funds to donate books and other reading materials to benefit the local New York and Central Alabama communities. Tuck has pledged $1,000 for each of his sacks to help the New York and Central Alabama school systems.

Are Fantasia’s African Features Working Against Her?

Could the Fantasia controversy have anything to do with her African features? A writer with Vibe asked the question to the suicidal Fantasia and she said yes!

The thing is, when other stars like Alicia Keys, LeAnn Rimes or Brittney Spears did their share of dirt and made some not so lady like decisions in their love life, their business was kind of pushed under the rug. Not so with Barrino.

Read more here Are Fantasia’s African Features Working Against Her?