Friday, March 30, 2012
Last Friday’s highly anticipated release of the movie ‘The Hunger Games” pulled in a cool $155 million and delighted moviegoers nationwide. But for some fans, the casting people of color in key roles was a disappointment.
Fans went straight to the Internet to express their outrage that two of the main characters Rue and Thresh, Amandla Stenberg and Dayo Okeniyi respectively, were African American. Some also were disappointed that Cinna, Katniss’ stylist, was played by Lenny Kravitz.
In her book, Suzanne Collins clearly describes Rue and Thresh as having dark brown skin and dark eyes. Cinna was described as having green eyes and short brown hair, meaning his ethnicity was open to interpretation.
Read more here Watching ‘The Hunger Games’ through a racial lens
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The killing of 17-year-old Florida high school student, Trayvon Martin, has captivated the nation. The young man’s death has created an undeniable and important dialogue in this country.
This Friday, March 30th at 8pm ET at CNN studios in New York City, we are holding a Trayvon Martin Town Hall – "Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice in America." “Starting Point” anchor Soledad O’Brien will be the host.
Watch Soledad O'Brien tell you herself what to expect on the show below:
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
But Sanford, Fla., Investigator Chris Serino was instructed to not press charges against Zimmerman because the state attorney's office headed by Norman Wolfinger determined there wasn't enough evidence to lead to a conviction, the sources told ABC News.
Police brought Zimmerman into the station for questioning for a few hours on the night of the shooting, said Zimmerman's attorney, despite his request for medical attention first. Ultimately they had to accept Zimmerman's claim of self defense. He was never charged with a crime.
Serino filed an affidavit on Feb. 26, the night that Martin was shot and killed by Zimmerman, that stated he was unconvinced Zimmerman's version of events.
Read more here Trayvon Martin Investigator Wanted Manslaughter Charge
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
SOURCE ] A New Orleans police officer was suspended Monday without pay after he posted remarks online about slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
"Act like a Thug Die like one!" officer Jason Giroir wrote on the website of CNN affiliate WWL, under a news story on the case that has sparked national debate and concerns about racial profiling.
Giroir admitted to the post, according to a statement from New Orleans police.
The Internet comments written by Officer Giroir, which include the fact that he is member of the NOPD, have given me grave concern regarding his fitness for duty. Because of this, I have suspended Giroir without pay, effective immediately," Superintendent Ronal Serpas said in the statement.
"To say that I'm angry is an understatement. I'm furious," he added. Serpas said Giroir embarrassed the department by his "insensitive, harmful and offensive comments."
Sunday, March 25, 2012
Tiger Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. It was his first official PGA Tour win since the 2009 BMW Championship and seventh victory at Bay Hill. The victory ends a 28-month winless streak on the PGA Tour, the longest of his 16-year professional career.
Read more here Tiger Woods wins 7th Bay Hill title
I have checked both their web site NBRA and their Facebook page NBRA Facebook
Tayvon's death is an issue that transcends political affiliation. Trayvon would have been shot and killed whether he was democrat or republican. So why hasn't the NBRA spoken out?
Could it be that cases like Trayvon Martin's shatter the republican myth that race relations in the United States are just fine and that only African American leaders make race a trumped up issue?
Could it be that the republican tactic of ignoring racial issues and pretending any racial incident is an isolated incident whenever possible contributed to Trayvon's death? If issues like this had been taken seriously and addressed decades earlier it's very possible Trayvon would be alive today.
Could it be that black republicans are scared to come out with support for Tayvon because it would upset the republican base?
Or could it be that when looking at this case it's clear that the black kid did nothing wrong and that there is no way to attack mainstream African Americans in this case?
It may not be fair to single out the NBRA but they represent themselves as a national organization so it's not too much to ask for a statement on this issue.
What do you think?
George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50
Daryl Parks, attorney for the family of Trayvon Martin, spoke to board members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) about the case.
He said there is evidence that the Twin Lakes homeowner's association told residents who saw suspicious activity to call George Zimmerman if they could not contact the police, according to an NABJ statement.
Read more here: Lawyer: Family of Trayvon Martin to pursue civil case
Saturday, March 24, 2012
New Black Panther leader Mikhail Muhammad announced the reward during a protest in Sanford Saturday. And when asked whether he was inciting violence, Muhammad replied defiantly: "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."
The bounty announcement came moments after members of the group called for the mobilization of 10,000 black men to capture Zimmerman, who shot Trayvon in a gated Sanford community on Feb. 26.
Muhammad said members of his group would search for Zimmerman themselves in Maitland — where the 28-year old worked before the shooting, employees there told the Orlando Sentinel. He declined to say when the group would begin their search.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
"I am aware that my role as a leader of this agency has become a distraction from the investigation," he told reporters. "It is apparent that my involvement in this matter is overshadowing the process. Therefore, I have come to the decision that I must temporarily remove myself from the position." He added, "I do this in the hopes of restoring some semblance of calm to the city, which has been in turmoil for several weeks."
Read more Sanford, Florida, police chief steps aside 'temporarily' in fallout from teen's death
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
“Our son is your son,” Trayvon Martin’s mom Sabrina Fulton told a big crowd.
“This is not a black and white thing. This is a right and wrong thing.”
The demonstrators burst into a chant of “Justice for Trayvon!”
"My heart is in pain. But seeing the support from all of you, really makes a difference,” she said.
Demonstrators wearing hoodies took turns calling out “Am I suspicious?"
Read more: 'Million Hoodie' march takes Union Square in protest of Trayvon Martin's fatal shooting
[ SOURCE ] Florida’s controversial 2005 “Stand-Your-Ground” self-defense law could hamper any efforts to charge a Sanford man who fatally shot an unarmed Miami Gardens teenager, legal experts say.
An arrest could hinge on whether prosecutors believe neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman acted unreasonably when he encountered the teen, Trayvon Martin, whom he suspected was a prowler. A 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman he didn’t need to follow the youth, and now attorneys want to know whether he did so anyway.
“If he was attacked, he can stand his ground,” said retired Miami-Dade prosecutor David Waksman, who is not involved in the case. “But if police say back off and we’ll take care of it, he’s not covered by the law.”
Florida’s controversial self-defense law eliminated a citizen’s duty to retreat before using deadly force to confront an attacker. Police and prosecutors statewide have derided the measure, saying the law fosters a shoot-first, ask-questions-later mentality and gives criminal a pass on facing justice.
The law also included a provision that grants “immunity” from prosecution or civil suit if a person is deemed to have acted in self-defense, though lawmakers did not clearly specify exactly who bestows the immunity.
Legal experts say Zimmerman, if arrested, would probably be charged with manslaughter and not murder — and would have a strong defense under Florida’s law, with a judge needing to decide first whether he is immune from prosecution.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
During a campaign stop Rick Santorum said that he didn't care about the unemployment numbers. This of course has drawn plenty of criticism. I don't know why. I am still marveling at the remarkable restraint it took for him not to say " F**k the poor!". Listen to his statement below:
State Attorney Norm Wolfinger announced Tuesday his decision that a grand jury will investigate the Trayvon Martin case.
"I share in the desire of the family and the community to accurately collect and evaluate all the facts surrounding the tragic death of Trayvon Martin," Wolfinger said in a news release. Seminole County Grand Jury which will be called to session on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.
"The department will conduct a thorough and independent review of all of the evidence and take appropriate action at the conclusion of the investigation," a statement released by the Justice Department this evening said. "The department also is providing assistance to and cooperating with the state officials in their investigation into the incident."
Monday, March 19, 2012
George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50
Sunday, March 18, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Center Kyle O'Quinn led the Spartans with 26 points and 14 rebounds. Four starters scored in double-digits. Norfolk State, the MEAC champion, made 10 3-pointers in Friday's game. The team normally shoots 31% from beyond the arc.
"I can't explain it right now," O'Quinn said. "But at the beginning of the season I told the coachews the only way I could pay them back was with a championship, and I got that. And now this is overtime. I'm paying them back with overtime."
It marked the fifth time a 15 seed knocked out a 2 seed in the tournament. The most recent time it happened? In 2001, Hampton -- also from the MEAC -- defeated Iowa State -- also from the Big 12.
The 10th District includes parts of Essex, Union and Hudson Counties.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Sanford, Florida (CNN) -- A case involving the fatal shooting of an unarmed Florida teen, which has sparked outrage and calls for justice, is in the hands of the state attorney's office. Read more here Fatal shooting of Florida teen turned over to state attorney
NAACP asks state for review in fatal teen shooting case
The NAACP sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a review in the case of a teenager who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch leader in Sanford.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
So few African-Americans voted in the Republican primary that it was impossible for the exit pollsters to determine whether Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich or Ron Paul was the favorite. The numbers are so slight that they cannot be accurately assigned, so each candidate’s support level is simply identified as “N/A”—not available.
In Michigan, where African-American citizens make up almost 15 percent of the population, the African-American turnout in this year’s Republican primary was—according to the exit polls—barely 2 percent of the total GOP vote. So few African-Americans voted in the Republican primary that it was impossible to ascertain whether Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Paul was preferred.
In Florida, where African-American citizens make up 16 percent of the population, the African-American turnout in this year’s Republican primary was—according to the exit polls—barely 1 percent of the total GOP vote.
As in Georgia and Michigan, the African-American participation level in the GOP primary was so low that it was impossible to determine whether Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Paul was favored.
In South Carolina, where African-American citizens make up 28 percent of the population, the African-American turnout in this year’s Republican primary was—according to exit polls—barely 1 percent of the total GOP vote.
And, once more, it was impossible to identify a preference for any of the Republican contenders.
Read more here African-American Vote in GOP Race Falls Below Measurable Levels
Monday, March 12, 2012
The Justice Department said that data from Texas showed that almost 11 percent of Hispanic voters, or more than 300,000, did not have a driver's license or state-issued identification card, and that plans to mitigate those concerns were incomplete.
"Hispanic registered voters are more than twice as likely as non-Hispanic registered voters to lack such identification," Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez, head of the department's civil rights division, said in a letter outlining the objection to the Texas director of elections.
Read more here Obama administration blocks Texas voter ID law
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Article Date: 11 Mar 2012
[ SOURCE ] The incidence and prevalence of HIV among African-American women is much higher than previously thought in several "hotspots" around the country, according to a new study carried out by a national team of experts and led by Sally Hodder, MD, from the New Jersey-New Jersey Medical School.
Dr. Hodder presented the findings of the study at the "19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI)". Their study - "HPTN 064 Women's HIV Seroincidence Study (ISIS)", from the HIV Prevention Trials Network - found that from a cohort study of 2,099 adult females, the HIV positive rate was 0.24%. 88% of the women in this study were African-American. Their rate is five times higher than the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) estimate for black women.
Their findings showed that HIV rates of their sample population were not that different from those found in sub-Saharan Africa - Congo 0.28% and Kenya 0.53%. The researchers explained that their findings underscore the considerable HIV transmission that currently exists within some US populations, including adult African-American females at risk.
The study focused on six geographical areas in the USA, which are known to have higher HIV rates, as well as above-average levels of poverty. Dr. Hodder said:
"We have known that black women in the US are disproportionately impacted by HIV, however, the magnitude of this disparity in areas hardest hit by the HIV epidemic underscores the gravity of the problem."
66% of all new female HIV infections occur in black women in the USA - however, only 14% of US females are African-American. Approximately one quarter of all reported new HIV infections in America are female cases.
The HIV death rate (adjusted) among African-American adult females is 15 times more than for Caucasian women, the authors reported.
Dr. Hodder said:
"Despite prevention efforts in the last 30 years, the reality is that we still have ongoing HIV transmission in the US that requires focusing prevention efforts."
Dr. Hodder also presented details on 2002-2009 data gathered in Newark, and how the team created a model to predict which interventions are most likely to be successful in controlling the HIV epidemic. They recommend the following interventions:
The widening of HIV testing
Reducing the time from infection to testing
Finding ways of reducing the drop-out rate from treatment programs
Better treatments that suppress viral loads among infected patients
According to the model, a combination of the four interventions would be more successful - the model predicts it would reduce HIV infection incidence by 39% and death rates by 45.8%. It also predicts that if just one approach were pursued, the results would be less than half as effective.
Written by Christian Nordqvist
Woods was taken off the course in a golf cart and was seen limping from the cart to his car in the players' parking lot. Overhead cameras showed course attendants delivering ice packs to Woods through his car's driver-side window before the car left the premises. On his way out, Woods told a few reporters through the window, "Tell them it's my leg." When pressed further, Woods said, "The left one."
Woods has suffered several injuries to his left knee through the years, most recently at the 2011 Masters, when he also hurt his Achilles' tendon. That injury forced Woods to withdraw from the Players Championship in May, and he missed several months and two majors while rehabbing.
Woods has had a total of four surgeries on the knee, the most recent occurring after the 2008 U.S., which he won while playing with a torn ACL and two fractures in his lower leg.
Woods withdrew on Sunday at Doral after hitting a 321-yard drive into the rough on the 12th hole. He attempted to hit a cut, and he was clearly grimacing. He then turned to his playing partner Webb Simpson and said, "I'm done."
Woods has not won a major title since that 2008 U.S. Open, and his last full-field victory on the PGA Tour came at the 2009 BMW Championship. Two months later, news of his sex scandal hit the press. [ SOURCE ]
Saturday, March 10, 2012
George Cook AAreports.com. Author of the Kindle book Let's Talk Honestly: One Black Man's Thoughts $1.50
The family of a 17-year-old African-American boy ( Trayvon Martin ) shot to death last month in his gated Florida community by a white Neighborhood Watch captain wants to know why the captain has not been arrested. The shooting took place after police told the watch captain to let them handle the situation after he called in about the young black man being in the community. That man's name is George Zimmerman and he has a history of violence Watch video on this story below:
Friday, March 09, 2012
"It has been in the city's power to prevent or remedy the need for damages proceedings for a decade, and it has not done so," U.S. District Judge Nicholas G. Garufis said in his ruling on the class action lawsuit. He called it the "consequences of the city's decision to ignore clear violations of federal law."
The federal government had sued the city (United States of America and Vulcan Society Inc. vs. City of New York) alleging the city violated the U.S. Constitution and local civil rights laws by using an entrance exam intentionally designed to discriminate based on race.
The lawsuit alleged that the exams had little to do with firefighting and instead focused on cognitive and reading skills. Because of the hereditary nature of the fire department, white candidates were recruited and supported throughout the application process by family or neighborhood contacts and whites consistently passed while minority candidates failed.
"There has been one persistent stain on the Fire Department's record," the lawsuit said. "For decades, black and other minority firefighters have been severely underrepresented in the Department's ranks.
Read more here Judges orders millions paid in NYC firefighter bias case
Wednesday, March 07, 2012
Tuesday, March 06, 2012
Donald Payne, 1934-2012
U.S. Rep. Donald Payne, the elder statesman of New Jersey's congressional delegation, died after a months-long battle with colon cancer today. The longtime politician was 77.
Payne announced last month he was under treatment for colon cancer but said that he expected to make a full recovery. Last week, though, his health took a turn for the worse.
He was hospitalized at Georgetown University Hospital, but on Friday was flown back to New Jersey on a medical transport. After arriving at Teterboro airport, he was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Payne, a Democrat who represented New Jersey's 10th congressional district for 23 years, was placed in hospice care and died at roughly 2:30 this morning.
The state's first — and before his death its only active — black congressman, Payne headed one of Newark's most powerful political dynasties. His son Donald Payne Jr. is the Newark City Council president, as well as an Essex County Freeholder. His brother and lifelong political partner, William, is a former state assemblyman.
"He's had a tremendous impact on the state, country and the world," William Payne said.
Read more here U.S. Representative Donald Payne dead at 77
Monday, March 05, 2012
President Obama also talked about saving the economy from another great depression, the auto industry, rising gas prices, the GOP and more.
Listen to the exclusive interview here: President Obama Discusses His Achievements, Gas Prices & More with Steve Harvey
Protesters in Alabama have started a six-day march between Selma and Montgomery, saying the state’s immigration laws are comparable to the voter suppression that inspired the original march nearly 40 years ago.
SELMA, Ala. (March 4, 2012)—The organizers of a six-day march between Selma and Montgomery say Alabama's voter ID and immigration laws are comparable to the voter suppression that inspired the original march in 1965.
Martin Luther King III told demonstrators preparing for the 50-mile march Monday that he doesn't think his father, civil rights leader Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., would have ever thought there would be efforts to suppress the vote in 2012.
The marchers gathered at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to commemorate "Bloody Sunday," where in 1965 law enforcement officers attacked peaceful demonstrators protesting the shooting death of Jimmie Lee Jackson.
Dallas psychology student LaVar Akerson said he sees the modern march as analogous with the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Marchers are to end their journey with a rally Friday at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church in Montgomery.
Sunday, March 04, 2012