Thursday, June 30, 2011

Should "Morning Joe" host be suspended too for Mark Halperin " dick" remark?



On Wednseday during MSNBC's Morning Joe show talking head Mark Halperin said that President Obama was acting like a "dick". Now he has been suspended and issued an apology. But what about Joe Scarborough who egged him on knowing he planned on saying something that needed a 7 second delay. Shouldn't Joe Scarborough be suspended too? Watch Halperin's apology and co host Mika Brzezinski admittion that they egged him on below:







Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Al Sharpton to Herman Cain: Your policies are a joke



While filling in for Ed Shultz on the MSNBC show titled The Ed Show ( original title there ) Al Sharpton called out Herman Cain on his policies. Al Sharpton called them a joke. Watch the video below:



Glenn Beck: I was almost lynched in NY



While watching an out door movie at a New York Park Glenn Beck and family were verbally attacked by other moviegoers. While I have no sympathy for Glenn Beck himself I'm old school and where I'm from you don't bother a man when he's with his family. But of course Glenn Beck has to come with the hyperbole and compare the verbal abuse to be lynched? Read more below:

Beck, 47, said cinemagoers turned on him during Monday's screening of Alfred Hitchcock's "The 39 Steps." One person, he said, shouted "We hate conservatives here" and another yelled "We're in New York and we hate Republicans."

To top it off, one angry person purposefully kicked a cup of wine onto his wife's back, as others snapped photographs of him and his family, said Beck.

He likened the attack to a public lynching.

"'I swear to you, I think, if I had suggested, and I almost did, 'Wow, does anybody have a rope? Because there's tree here. You could just lynch me.' And I think there would have been a couple in the crowd that would have," Beck said on his radio show.

Beck decided against leaving, but said the crowd -- "some of the most hateful people" he has ever seen -- began to applaud as he exited at the end of the film.

"I have a right to watch a movie and enjoy a movie with my family in the park," he said.

Read more:
Fox News host Glenn Beck: My family was harassed during New York Bryant Park movie '39 steps'


Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Oh oh, Michelle Bachmann's husband got $137,000 in Medicaid funds



While Rep. Michelle Bachmann, R-Minn., has forcefully denounced the Medicaid program for swelling the "welfare rolls," the mental health clinic run by her husband has been collecting annual Medicaid payments totaling over $137,000 for the treatment of patients since 2005, according to new figures obtained by NBC News.

Read more here Bachmann's husband got $137,000 in Medicaid funds

Monday, June 27, 2011

Juan Williams: Gay marriage push upsetting to Black Community



Now I never agree with Fox News' Juan Williams about anything. But the topic of gay marriage and the Black Community he may be on to something here. Hey even a broken clock is right twice a day. Watch his statements below:



Sunday, June 26, 2011

Has President Obama Failed African Americans



I am posting this because of recent comments by two noted experts on African American opinion, Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. They believe that President Obama has failed African Americans. Do you agree with them and if so or if not, why?





Saturday, June 25, 2011

Frances Casby is missing!





New Orleans police are asking the public to help them find a 57-year-old woman who was last seen by relatives Sunday in Algiers.

Family members said they last saw Frances Casby in the 3300 block of Seine Street, said New Orleans Police Department spokesman Officer Garry Flot. They were concerned when she did not return home and they could not contact her, which they said was uncharacteristic of her, Flot said.

Casby has medical conditions and is need of her medication, relatives said.

Anyone with information on Casby's whereabouts is asked to call 821-2222.



Friday, June 24, 2011

Did Jon Stewart racially mock Herman Cain?



Back on June 9 Jon Stewart did a bit on his show in which he took a shot at GOP candidate Herman Cain. Now some 14 days later Herman Cain and some others claim that he imitated him using an "Amos & Andy " voice. Those same critics say that it was insulting to African Americans. Listen for yourself and decide:


Was Jon Stewart being racist in his imitation of Herman Cainsurvey software


Thursday, June 23, 2011

Black Conservative Activists Criticize Jesse Jackson on Voting Rights






I like presenting the many different political views of African Americans so that all know that we are not a monolithic group. I have no problem posting Project 21's press releases. But in this case I'm a little peeved with Project's 21s title of this press release which was Black Activists Criticize Jesse Jackson on Voting Rights. Because they didn't stress the fact that this was a black conservative issue it could be seen as misleading to the general public. But hey you decide Read Project 21s press release below. George Cook AAreports.com

Black Activists Criticize Jesse Jackson on Voting Rights

Controversial Reverend Attacks Election Day Photo ID Requirements as Racist Conspiracy

Washington, D.C. - Spokesmen for the Project 21 black leadership network are critical of the Reverend Jesse Jackson's call for federal intervention against state-level efforts to protect voting integrity, noting that the radical reverend's agenda both belittles blacks and essentially would set them apart for special consideration.

"Demanding that all voters — not just blacks — present photo ID cards at the polls is no more 'a radical rollback of our civil and voting rights,' as Jackson put it, than it is an assault on the right of free movement when federal authorities demand that blacks — like all Americans — show photo ID cards before boarding passenger jets," said Project 21 spokesman Deroy Murdock. "This sensible and vital step towards combating the mounting problem of vote fraud is no more a racist plot than are the federal rules that require blacks — like all Americans — to show photo ID before purchasing anti-cold medications containing pseudoephedrine. Bankers who ask blacks — like all Americans — to show photo ID before cashing checks are not prejudiced, nor are public officials who are trying to keep unqualified, and even dead people, from voting single or even multiple ballots that they have no right to cast."

During the reverend's June 18 remarks to his annual Rainbow PUSH Coalition conference in Chicago, Jackson said that he wanted the U.S. Department of Justice to intervene and reverse laws that 27 states have adopted to require that some form of photo identification be presented at polling places in order to vote. Jackson called these laws, many of which were passed after recent examples of vote fraud emerged nationwide, "a radical rollback of our civil and voting rights."

In the overwhelming number of states with photo identification laws, a wide range of identifications are often accepted — including workplace IDs and hunting licenses — and those without acceptable identification can often vote after signing affidavits asserting their identities or be issued provisional ballots. "Does Jackson think that all photographs still come in black and white? Does he not know that color photos no longer limit everything and everyone to being either black or white? A photo is a photo. And we show photo ID cards for many things. So why not also use them to limit the privilege of casting ballots only to those Americans who are qualified to do so — and only to cast one ballot each?" asked Project 21 spokesman Oscar Murdock. "Jackson is thoroughly insulting to blacks and to any other group about whom he whimpers. Why does he consider those he once again is trying to lead as so lowly that they cannot obtain photo ID cards to exercise the non-racial act of electing their government?"

Project 21 spokesmen Oscar and Deroy Murdock are father and son, respectively.

"How pathetic does Reverend Jackson think black Americans are?" asked Project 21 spokesman Deroy Murdock. "Nearly all of us already carry photo ID. Those of us who have no such cards should get them for free from state and local governments as part of this growing movement toward cleaner elections. Furthermore, the notion that blacks will be so intimidated by photo ID requirements that we will run from the polls recalls the shameful stereotypes of bug-eyed blacks fleeing in fear from their own shadows. Such minstrel-type notions died in the 1930s and '40s. How sad that Reverend Jackson has resurrected them in his desperate bid to keep voting systems fast, loose and ready to benefit dodgy political machines across America."

In a commentary on the issue of voter identification published earlier this week in the Daily Caller, Project 21 spokesman Charles Butler wrote: "The problem with liberals is they want to be paternal and involve themselves in the manipulation of black Americans' right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If 25 percent of black Americans don't have valid ID, they obviously don't want one. The onus should be placed on them to obtain one." Responding to an assertion made by Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz that voter ID laws are "literally" the same as segregationist Jim Crow laws, Butler countered that Wasserman Schultz, who was born in 1966, "lack[s] the credibility to discuss such an assertion much less throw it out there."

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives since 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).

Independent ethics panel probing Rep. Alcee Hastings for sexual harassment



[ SOURCE ] An independent ethics organization is looking into allegations that Rep. Alcee Hastings, sexually harassed a female staff member.

Investigators with the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE), contacted plaintiff Winsome Packer about the case in May.

Packer, a staffer on the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE), filed a law suit against Hastings in March, alleging that she received "unwelcome sexual advances, crude sexual comments and unwelcome touching by Mr. Hastings" between 2008 and 2010, while he was co-chairman of the commission.

Hastings has strongly denied the allegations against him, and suggested that "personal agendas" are at play.

"I will win this lawsuit. That is a certainty," Hastings said in March, when the suit was brought against him. "In a race with a lie, the truth always wins. And when the truth comes to light and the personal agendas of my accusers are exposed, I will be vindicated."

Hasting's lawyer, Tonya Robinson, reiterated the denial this week, noting that Hastings,"in the strongest terms, denies the charges."

"He is confident that he will be fully exonerated," Robinson told the Wall Street Journal. "Mr. Hastings has stated unequivocally that the record will show that the plaintiff's claims are untruthful and without merit."

The OCE has 90 days to investigate the case before issuing a recommendation as to whether or not the Ethics Committee should continue the investigation. The OCE is not authorized to comment on the case during the investigatory period.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Video excerpt: Michelle Obama's inspring speech to South African girls



The First Lady of the United States inspires young women in a speech in South Africa. .



Newt Gingich criticizes Obamas for trips to Africa





While on Laura Ingraham's radio show Newt Gingrich criticized the Obamas trips to Africa with African American teen unemployment at 45% in the US. Listen to his comments below:



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Glenn Beck declines to debate Van Jones: What he said, what he meant



On his Monday radio show, Beck repeated his charges against Jones, and said he had never made any untruthful claims about him.

"He is an unrepentant Communist revolutionary," Beck said. "He is a guy who stands with cop-killers. Period."

He also declined to debate Jones--for now.

"There's really not anything to talk about until you're honest and you say you want the overthrow of the government as you have in the past. The violent overthrow for a Marxist government. When you're honest, then people can have a debate."

Hi this is AAreports.com owner George Cook. As a service to AAreports readers I have put Mr. Beck's statements through the AAreports Bullsh** translator.

According to our state of the art device this is what Glenn beck really said:


Debate you? Are you crazy? You will fu**ing slaughter me. I don't even know how to debate. I'm a talk show host that controls the mic and always gets the last word. I don't have to know how to debate, I control the mute button biatch!.

But I will debate on one condition. You say something publicly that makes it impossible for you to win the debate. Now of course you want do that so my punk ass is off the hook.

Bye Mr. Jones na, na, na, na, you can't touch me....

Michelle Obama's African trip resurrects criticism of president on African issues





First lady Michelle Obama’s upcoming five-day goodwill tour to sub-Saharan Africa, designed to highlight HIV/AIDS projects and inspire young adults there, is billed by the White House as an important next step in the administration’s outreach to the continent.

But the trip also has resurrected criticism among a vocal subset of Africa advocates — including President Obama supporters — who say they are disappointed that the first American president with African roots has not personally focused more on the region.

Critics cite changes to a HIV/AIDS program advanced during the Bush administration, the relatively limited time Obama has spent on the continent as president and their belief that Africa has become less significant in U.S. foreign policy.

Expectations for American engagement with Africa soared when Obama took office, with advocates citing his previous travels to his father’s homeland of Kenya and attention paid to African nations while he was a senator. But while Obama has talked about his “family members who live in villages” and told an Africa-focused Web site that he is “probably as knowledgeable about African history as anybody who’s occupied my office,” he has made just one presidential visit to sub-Saharan Africa.

Read more here First lady’s African trip resurrects criticism of president on African issues


Monday, June 20, 2011

Van Jones challenges Glenn Beck to a debate



UPDATE 06/21/11 Glenn Beck has declined Van Jones challenge to a debate. He made a statement about his refusal which may appease his supporters but it's not good enough for me. I put it through my patented BS translator and it spat out what he really meant to say. Read that translation here: http://aareports.com/2011/06/glenn-beck-declines-to-debate-van-jones.html

It seems as if Van Jones is pulling Glenn Beck's punk card by challenging him to a debate. Will Mr. Beck man up and up and accept this challenge or will he act like a punk and continue to snipe away from a safe distance? Well Mr. Beck all eyes and ears are on you. Listen to Mr. Jones challenge below:



Statement by the President Obama on the Observance of Juneteenth



SOURCE Statement by the President on the Observance of Juneteenth

On this day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the word finally came down to slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they were free and entitled to the same “absolute equality of rights” and “right to property” protected under law.

It would take many more years and many more struggles before African-Americans received full and equal treatment under the law. But today, here and around the world, we commemorate Juneteenth as a time to celebrate the rich heritage and significant contributions of African-Americans, and to recommit ourselves – as Americans – to the enduring pursuit of a more perfect union and to the eternal principles of liberty and justice for all.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

African American male unemployment at 17.5 percent



Historically, the unemployment rate for African Americans has always been higher than the national average. However, now it's at Depression-era levels. The most recent figures show the jobless rate for African American males at 17.5 percent. Watch more on this story below:



Dance with my father again: Dedicated to the good fathers



Happy Father's Day to all of the dads out there. I know good black fathers don't get enough respect in our society ( okay we get none except maybe on Fathers Day ) so I wanted to let those fathers know that you are appreciated and respected. Our society may see you as nothing special but trust me your kids most certainly do and that's all that matters. So this song is dedicated to you. Happy Father's Day. George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50



Saturday, June 18, 2011

President Obama's Weekly Address: Celebrating Fathers



On Father's Day weekend , President Obama reflects on his experience as a parent and discusses the challenges and necessity of being a good father.Watch the video below:


Friday, June 17, 2011

Teens step in to help 6 neglected children





I love this story because you always hear the worst about teenagers and what it is they do wrong. Jersey City police say two teenagers, 16-year-old Aaliyah Glover and 17-year-old Njlaja Wyatt, stepped in when they found five of the woman's six children running naked in the street, dodging traffic. They called police before giving the children baths and feeding them. Watch the video below:



Thursday, June 16, 2011

NBA remains leader in sports diversity



[ SOURCE ] The NBA isn't resting on its laurels as a pacesetter in sports diversity.

The undisputed champion among the men's professional leagues when it comes to racial and gender hiring practices, the NBA once again has received a combined "A'' for its continued effort to employ minorities and women in important positions within the league and its 30 teams.

An annual report released Thursday by the University of Central Florida's Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport noted the NBA earned it's highest-ever combined grade of 92.2, reflecting an A-plus for race and A-minus for gender. That's up from the previous high of 91.5 in 2010, when it earned an A for race and A-minus for gender.

The NBA remains the only men's pro sports league with a combined "A" for race and gender.

The report notes that 42 percent of the professional positions in the NBA office are held by women and 36 percent are filled by people of color.

The study found that 83 percent of the league's players were people of color this season, with the percentage of African-American players increasing one point to 78 percent. The percentage of Asians remained 1 percent, the percentage of Latinos rose slightly to 4 percent and percentage classified as "other" was under 1 percent.

The NBA had nine African-American and one Asian head coach at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, an increase of three percent over 2009-10, when minorities comprised 30 percent of the league's head coaches. The percentage of minorities serving as general manager doubled to 26 percent, highest among any of the men's pro leagues.

In addition, 45 percent of the league's assistant coaches were minorities.

There were five African-American chief executive officers/presidents of teams, including Terdema Ussery, who held both titles for the Dallas Mavericks. Two women held positions of presidents — the first female in such roles since the 2006-07 season — and Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan joined Ussery as the only African-Americans serving as CEOs.

Detroit's Joe Dumars, meanwhile, was the lone African-American team president of basketball operations.

There were 33 women in vice president position in the league office, down one from the previous season. The percentage of minorities in senior administrative positions among NBA teams increased one percentage point to 22 percent, and women held 27 percent, up two percentage points over 2009-10.

The report found the percentage of minorities in professional administrative jobs with NBA teams increased to 27 percent, with women filling 39 percent. The overall total was up one percent, while the percentage of women matched the previous season.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Financial Realities Face Black Baby Boomers .



Is retirement a boom or bust proposition for African American baby boomers?

As the 78 million boomers—more than 9 million of them Black continue to make a gradual, but highly visible exit from the workforce, data show that pre-retirement factors, such as income and planning, are key determinants of how well off they will remain financially in their later years.

Read more here: Financial Realities Face Black Baby Boomers


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Obama: My family is fine if I only serve one term as president



Appearing on the Today Show President Obama said that his family would be fine if he only served one term as president. And before conservative and republican pundits say otherwise what he did not say however is that he was considering only serving one term. Watch the video below: George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50



Monday, June 13, 2011

Creflo Dollar comes to the defense of Eddie Long



The departure of Rev. Bernice King and a huge drop in overall attendance at Eddie Long's church has brought Pastor Creflo  Dollar to the defense of Pastor Eddie Long. Watch the video below:



Sunday, June 12, 2011

Niece of Dr. King ask black voters to take a look at Herman Cain



Now this will probably not help Herman Cain much. Right now Alveda King is more remembered as one of the people who spoke at Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally rather than the niece of Dr. King.


This may not the best thing if you are really trying to reach black voters who are overwhelmingly democrats and have no love for Glenn Beck and his ilk. Read her statement's below. George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Alveda King statements on Herman Cain:

King told The Christian Post she is not officially endorsing him at this time.

"I met Mr. Cain several years ago. He was speaking at an event regarding the importance of making the world better for our children and grandchildren. He is a prayerful family man, an astute businessman, a man of positive values and principles. I am praying for his success," King told CP in an email.

She has also heralded Cain's pro-life stance in a Priests for Life blog. "In our many conversations Mr. Cain has remained solid for life, marriage and family. He is also a successful, practical and solid strategist and problem solver," she wrote.

In the Herman Cain Train video, King proclaims, "America needs someone who is steadfast and yet contemporary, someone who can speak to every generation and across the generations." She then encourages viewers to "get on the Herman Cain train."

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blade is back....in japanese?



Everyone's favorite African American vampire hunter Blade is back! A new japanese anime series focuses on Blade's adventures in Japan as he hunts down Deacon Frost. Watch the trailer below, it's in japanese but you will get the drift. Also I didn't know that vampire hunter doesn't translate into japanese. Hey who knew.




Why is the Black Community so intolerant of gay people?



Why is the Black Community so intolerant of gay people? By GeorgeL Cook III AAreports.com

In the interest of full disclosure I must start of by saying that I am not gay. I have some friends and relatives that are. Some are nice people some are ***holes but they are all human beings first. On the real I have more important sh** to worry about than whether are not someone is gay.

I am writing this in light of Tracy Morgan's recent comments at a comedy show in which he said that if his son were gay, he would "pull out a knife and stab" him.

The reaction by most has been one of shock and outrage in the online community.

But in the African American online community the reaction has been different. While you probably would expect more people to stand up for Tracy Morgan there has been a very negative tone towards the gay community itself.

From Newsone.com there were readers comments like the two below:

1. " I am truly tired of the gay advocacy groups attacking any and everything individuals say that they do not agree with. You don't want me to force my views on you; stop trying to force your views on me. I may not agree with your lifestyle but I am not God so therefore I am not the one judging you. I have my own faults to answer for. You live your life and stop trying to force me to accept yours. " 

2. " what is the deal with this overly sensitive "faggot community?' its like they go around scrutinizing whatever people say, in order to justify their cause... hell, if i can't say whatever i feel like because its going to offend a "complex demography." i really don't give a damn, because the last i checked, the 1st amendment was still in place... thus my boy doesn't owe anyone an apology. "

From Bvnnewswire.com:

1. "MR. MORGAN GOT IN TROUBLE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH, I AGREE WITH HIM 150%"

2. "Yeah He told the truth, but it seems that people don't want the truth anymore. Jesus said it would be this way in the last days. Morgan should have stuck to his guns. And not back off I'm sure its his publicist told him it would hurt his career.
"
Now I posted the more negative comments but even the more positive are neutral commenters seemed to have not much of a problem with what Tracy Morgan said. It was taken as a comedian making jokes.

Which would be fine but a few years ago when Michael Ricahrds went on a rant using the word nigger no one seemed to be defending a comedians right to touch whatever subject they choose. Many in the the black online community wanted Richard's head

One would think that we as African Americans who know how it feels to be discriminated against would be more tolerant of others. But it seems that we are much more intolerant of the gay community. I wonder why that is. What do you think?




George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50

Friday, June 10, 2011

Charles Rangel defends Anthony Weiner




[ SOURCE ] Congressman Charles Rangel, who has had his own ethics problems, defended Weiner asking why should he resign?

Rangel said Weiner can still be an effective lawmaker.

"Only if the press gets off his back. Of course he can be effective. He's smart," Rangel said.

In classic Rangel fashion he went on, making reference to everything from Senator Vitter's prostitution controversy to Senator Craig's airport bathroom scandal.

Rangel said Weiner's done none of that.

"I know one thing - he wasn't going with prostitutes. He wasn't going out with little boys. He wasn't going into men's rooms with broad stances. I mean all of those things I understand. I'm 80 years old," Rangel said.

Rangel's the only major New York Democrat to defend Rep. Weiner.

Thursday, June 09, 2011

African American Michael Hancock elected mayor of Denver





Congrats to African American candidate Michael Hancock for winning in a run off election and becoming the next mayor of Denver Colorado. Now as a fan of sci fi movies I know that there are only two reasons a black guy is in charge. One, a meteor is about to hit the earth or two he knows what the hell he's doing. I'll go with the latter. Congrats Mayor-Elect Hancock...George Cook AAreports.com

Denver’s mayoral election drew to a close with Councilman Michael Hancock winning the election and becoming Denver’s next mayor.

Unofficial, early totals showed Hancock leading Romer 58 percent to 42 percent, or 63,558 votes to 46,883. Hancock will be sworn in July 18, replacing interim Mayor Guillermo “Bill” Vidal.

Read more: Michael Hancock Wins Denver Mayor’s Race

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Herman Cain: Blacks can't afford to join the Tea Party



[ SOURCE ]Asked why more African Americans haven't joined him at tea party rallies and conservative conventions like the Faith And Family Conference in DC this weekend, the millionaire ex-CEO has a different explanation. African Americans, Cain told TPM, are too poor to tea party.

"They can't afford to," Cain said. "So I think the first reason is economics. If you just look at the sheer economics of it."

"If you look at the typical income of a black family of four it's going to be lower than a non-black or white family of four," he explained. "Generally speaking on average, white families are much more economically prosperous than black families. So, many black families don't have the economic flexibility to go to a CPAC conference."

Most tea partiers, Cain said, "own their own business, or they have the type of job where they have the flexibility where they can go to the rally."

"Or they're retired," he added.

That's just not the kind of job African Americans have, he said.

"If you are a blue collar, hourly worker and you're not the business owner, you're not going to take off or ask your boss to take off unpaid to go to a rally," he said.

Monday, June 06, 2011

Great News! Missing woman Ruth Carter found alive.



A week after disappearing, the Loyola University student who went missing has been found along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, Loyola officials said Monday.

Ruth Carter, 21, was found in a hotel room in Ocean Springs, Miss, her mother Nicci Carter said. A private investigator she hired to find her daughter discovered her at the hotel, the mother said.

The young woman disappeared on May 28 after returning to her dorm room following a crawfish boil.

In a statement released late Monday, Loyola University officials said: “We are pleased to announce that University officials were contacted this morning by Ruth Carter’s mother with the good news that Ruth has been located and is safe. This is great news and we look forward to Ruth’s safe return home.”

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Shani Forbes named National Math and Science Initiative’s All-American Teacher of the Year



Shani Forbes
Talladega College alumna Shani Forbes is the National Math and Science Initiative’s All-American Teacher of the Year.

She is the only African American in the country to receive the national honor.

The Oxford native graduated from TC with a bachelor’s degree in biology, then went on to earn a master’s degree in secondary biology education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She teaches in the Birmingham City School System and earned the distinction, which is awarded annually to 23 educators across the country, for her ability to prepare students for high and qualifying scores in biology on the Advanced Placement exam.

“Before I met some of my students, it had been determined that many of them had little to no AP scoring potential based on test scores and the fact that several of them had not performed to their full potential in other subjects,” Forbes said.

“Regardless of these challenges, I believe every student, when given an opportunity, encouragement and quality teaching, can succeed academically.”

Read more: The Daily Home - Talladega College grad receives national award

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Dark Girls Documentary Trailer



DARK GIRLS Is Life Different For Women who are Darker Than Most?
(The Story of Color, Gender and Race)

This documentary is something that we all should watch... It really made me think and try to search inside of myself . I want to be different. I want to make a change even If that change has to happen IN ME FIRST. Even if you don't want to watch this video. Just think... think about how you could make a difference in our community and work as a unit. unite as one people..... IGNORING IT DOESN'T SOLVE IT...!

Directed by Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry
Produced by Bill Duke for Duke Media
and D. Channsin Berry for Urban Winter Entertainment
Co-Produced by Bradinn French
Edited by Bradinn French

Watch preview trailer below:




Thursday, June 02, 2011

12-year-old chess champ wants to become youngest grandmaster ever



Already a rising national star at age 12, Bed-Stuy chess champ James Black Jr. wants to become the youngest American grandmaster in the game's storied history.

Black led the chess team from Intermediate School 318 in Williamsburg to national championships in both the K-8 and K-9 divisions in April - and is only seven points away from the 2,200 needed to be named a master by the United States Chess Federation.

"It would mean a lot because I've worked so hard for it," said James. "I've practiced a lot to become a great player."

James wants to beat the record of Ray Robson, a Florida player who became the youngest American elected grandmaster at age 14 in 2009.

He needs to amass at least 2,600 points by continuing to win tournaments and score favorable results against existing grandmasters to receive that title.

Read more 12-year-old Brooklyn chess champ eyes bold move: becoming youngest grandmaster ever


Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Former KKK organizer running for congress???



[ SOURCE ] A former organizer for the Ku Klux Klan says he is running as a Republican for Montana's representative in the U.S. House.

John Abarr says he believes he will fare better than people might expect because of a backlash against President Barack Obama.

The 42-year-old tried to run for the state Legislature in 2002 but lost in a GOP primary after Republicans actively worked against his candidacy.

Abarr works nights as an auditor a Great Falls motel. He says he no longer organizes for the KKK but is still on its mailing list.

Leading state Republicans are backing Bozeman businessman Steve Daines in 2012. Party leaders believe he'll be able to win the House seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg, who is running for U.S. Senate.