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Newsmaker Shirley Sherrod to Address Black Journalists at Annual Convention -- SAN DIEGO, Calif. (JULY 27, 2010)— Newsmaker Shirley Sherrod is set to appear before thousands of journalists on Thursday, July 29 at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. Sherrod has made headlines over the past two weeks for her forced resignation from the

Changing Homebuying Landscape Takes Center Stage at Minority Real Estate Professionals Convention -- Lenders, asset managers, public officials, Realtists®, and housing counselors strategize to make homeownership viable for multicultural community at NAREB Convention Washington, DC – July 27, 2010 - Short sales, bank owned properties, tightened lending guidelines, and innovative public/private sector community revitalization initiatives rank high on the agenda of the National

The Gantt Report - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- I enjoy watching Rush Hour 1,2 and 3 movies starring Cris Tucker and Jackie Chan but the recent “Rush Hour 4” episode starring leaders of the NAACP and at least one celebrated Black journalist were shocking and not silly like the theatrical versions. Leaders of the NAACP and one of

America In Red, White and You - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- During the past two weeks, Americans has once again been forced to confront our intractable issue of race—live and in living color. Regular readers of my column are well aware of my writing modus operandi. My job is not to make you agree with what I write, but rather to

GA Coalition of Black Women supports Shirley Sherrod & calls for conversation on gender equity -- Rita Jackson Samuels , founder of the Georgia Coalition of Black Women (GCBW) issued the following statement about the forced resignation of Ms. Shirley Sherrod who served as Georgia State Director for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture: “The Georgia Coalition for Black Women would like to publicly

The N.A.A.C.P. Has Racism Down To A Tea (Party) - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Every time the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) raises its head, somehow they seem to find a new way of embarrassing themselves (and the Black community). They are currently having their national conference in Kansas City, MO. And they have made a media splash this year

We Don't Need Another Hero - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report As hard as it may be for some readers to believe, Lucius Gantt is a very spiritual person. I try to attend worship services every Sabbath Day at a little church in North Florida. Almost every Sunday morning someone feels the need to pray for President Barack

Who Is John Locke? - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I am willing to wager my house that not one of my son’s seventh-grade classmates could identify John Locke in a photo. I am then willing to let that wager ride on another gamble that less than one percent of the seventh or eighth-graders in the Los Angeles Unified School

Kemba Smith Pradia to Receive Indiana Black Expo’s Humanitarian Award -- Kemba Smith Pradia will receive Indiana Black Expo’s humanitarian award at this year’s Corporate Luncheon, Thursday, July 15, 2010 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. The Senator Carolyn Brown Mosby Above & Beyond Award, named after the late Indiana State Senator (D-Gary) is presented annually to someone who

No More Doubting Thomas - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Last week I wrote about the need for Blacks to become more politically sophisticated. Blacks are way too emotional about things they can’t control. We tend to get emotional after the fact, when nothing can be done to change a situation. In politics, it’s far easier to stop something from

Independence and the Right to Private Property - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The right to private property was one of the central issues involved in the American Revolution. The colonists’ cries of “taxation without representation” were but protests of what they saw as an unjust taking of private property. The Declaration of Independence charges the King of England with engaging in 10

Grammy Nominated Producer Kashif Sponsors Music Camp for Foster Kids -- Kashif University and Department of Children & Family Services Host Music Recording Camp July 12-23, 2010 Los Angeles, CA - With California's budget crisis wreaking havoc on the poor, some of the hardest hit are youth in foster care and their guardians. Having experienced eight foster homes between the ages

Silence Can Be So Loud - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- What is amazing about the confirmation hearing of Elaine Kagan for the Supreme Court is not the loud rancoring coming out of the Republican Party, but the deafening silence coming from the radical left—especially within the Black and Latino communities. Their silence speaks so loud. When will the Black community

Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” - Commentary by H. Lewis Smith -- In Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852, Fourth of July speech, he told the audience: “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the

Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala Pays Tribute to Dr. Dorothy I. Height -- Participation's recent Spirit of Democracy Awards Gala in Washington, DC. Pictured L-R: Richard Womack Sr., AFL-CIO; Marc Morial, National Urban League; LaToya Foster, TV Personality; Melanie L .Campbell, The National Coalition; Makani Themba Nixon, The Praxis Project; Ralph B. Everett, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies; Congressman William "Lacy

Hi Point Studios Launches Goodness Media for Film and Music -- Hollywood, CA - Nestled between Hollywood and Beverly Hills, Hi Point Studios is a production house based in the capital of entertainment, Los Angeles. Run by the movie making team, brothers, producer Paul Goldsby and director Kennedy Goldsby, alongside co-producer Frank Pinnock, Hi Point Studios is quickly establishing itself as

The Leadership Deficit - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Appearing on CNN with Anderson Cooper, film director Spike Lee implored President Obama to infuse his handling of the Gulf oil spill with more emotion. Demonstrating the astute analysis we have come to expect from the director, Lee implored Obama to “one time, go off.” Perhaps he is of the

Alvin Greene, My Kind of Guy - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Pardon me if I don’t get it but I can’t understand why so many people are upset because African American Alvin Greene won a Primary Election in South Carolina. Haters are saying that Greene is mentally deficient but I never saw any psychological test results for

League of Black Women Going Global With its 7th Annual Leadership Conference 'Black Women 2010 Global Ready' in Tampa, FL -- TAMPA, Fla., - Professional, high-ranking Black women from around the country will convene to discuss Black women's prospects for global leadership at the League of Black Women's 7th annual leadership conference "Black Women 2010 Global Ready" June 15-19 at the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Tampa, Florida. "This year's

Dads and Coaching - Commentary by Joseph E. Phillips -- I am an assistant coach on my middle son’s youth football team. Football practice begins in August and I have spent the last two weeks reading up on defensive alignments, surfing coaching websites, and sending e-mail to some of the high school coaches in the area begging for coaching tips

UNCF Hosts Building Green Learning Institute Featuring Green Building and Sustainability Experts -- SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, UNCF–the United Negro College Fund–the nation's largest and most effective minority education organization, is hosting its third Building Green Learning Institute on June 10-12 at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, TX. More than 100 representatives from minority-serving two-and four-year colleges and universities, along with the

Former American Idol Ruben Studdard to Perform at Real Men Cook Atlanta Father’s Day Celebration -- CLICK HERE to Watch video from Real Men Cook Atlanta 2009 Mayor Kasim Reed & Canton Jones performing The “Velvet Teddy Bear,” Ruben Studdard, Congressman John Lewis, Cascade United Methodist Church Pastor Marvin Moss and actress Victoria Rowell will join top Atlanta chefs, celebrity tasters and judges, and over one

The Sestak Affair Will Not Go Quietly - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- If the Obama White House believes the controversy surrounding the administrations engagement with Congressman Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) will “go gently into that goodnight,” they are sorely mistaken. The more we Americans learn of the affair, the more questions we have. In February of this year, cable talk-show host Larry Kane

Jackson State University Selects Vincent Sylvain as the 2010 Recipient of the Walter Payton Award -- The New Orleans Metro Chapter of the Jackson State University National Alumni Chapter has selected local entrepreneur Mr. Vincent T. Sylvain as the 2010 recipient of their annual Walter Payton Award. Mr. Sylvain is the third recipient of the award. Prior awardees include local entertainer Stephanie Jordan and former Jackson

First Images of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Construction Site Now Available Via Web Camera -- (AANEWSWIRE)(Washington, D.C.--June 3, 2010) – A new "MLK Construction Cam" is up and running to allow every American and citizen around the world to tour the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial worksite on the National Mall. To view the site, visit This is an interactive experience

Juanita Bynum Releases a New EP on New Label, Music World Gospel/Son Flower Records, a Division of Music World Entertainment -- (Houston, TX) - Music World Gospel/Son Flower Records, a division of Music World Entertainment is set to release a new EP, "The Diary of Juanita Bynum: Soul Cry (Oh, Oh, Oh)," from world-renowned gospel recording artist Juanita Bynum on June 22. The music trilogy is the first of a three-tier

Amnesty is a “Terror-ble” Idea - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Am I the only who is sick and tired of illegals telling me what their rights are in this country? Am I the only one who is sick and tired of pro-amnesty groups trotting out all the sob stories from illegals—“their mother brought them here when they were little kids


Bill Cosby and Malcolm-Jamal Warner Launch Duets & Dialogues Series at the California African American Museum -- Kick-off Fundraiser to Feature Bill Cosby and Malcom Jamal Warner: A Conversation and Q & A From Television's Most Loved Father/Son Duo Los Angeles - The California African American Museum (CAAM) has played host to some of Los Angeles' most culturally significant events over the last 30 years. From art

Rand Paul is on the Wrong Side of History - by National Urban League President & CEO Marc H. Morial -- "I am, therefore, asking the Congress to enact legislation giving all Americans the right to be served in facilities which are open to the public -- hotels, restaurants, theaters, retail stores, and similar establishments. This seems to me to be an elementary right." - President John F. Kennedy, June 11

Political Independents - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Now, more than ever, African American voters across the country are declaring their “independence” from the Democratic and Republican parties. Political registration figures reveal that the fastest growing group of newly registered voters have registered as having “No Party Affiliation”. Well, we are always late in

God in Our Classrooms - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Such was our founder’s belief in the preeminence of God that when the First Continental Congress convened in 1774, Massachusetts delegate Thomas Cushing suggested to the assembly that together they pray for divine guidance and protection. The historical events that would forever change the world were preparing to unfold: war

More Black Political Loses - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - After the election of President Barack Obama, many African Americans said to themselves, “If Barack Obama can win an election, I can too!” That comment was ambitious, but unrealistic. Most of the African American seeking victories in 2010 elections in the cities where Black-owned newspapers are

The A-Pauling House of Pain - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- The last week has provided a riches of embarrassments within the political arena. I sometimes wish I had a daily column, but somehow I will attempt to consolidate these embarrassing events into a coherent piece that will adequately do justice to each issue. Let’s start with Republican senate candidate, Rand

The National Coalition Partners with African American Clergy Network for Census Campaign -- God ordered Moses to "take a census" of the children of Israel to determine the strength of the people to address challenges they faced (Numbers 1:1, 2) Washington, DC - Sunday, May 30, 2010 marks the first Sunday of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (The National Coalition) month-long

The Wire's" Wood Harris and Jamie Hector Reunite in a Pulse-Pounding Film About the Brutal Hip-Hop Industry -- Chatsworth, CA - Two men are struggling on both ends of the volatile hip-hop scene: one reaching for fame, the other desperately holding onto that precious notoriety. During the course of 24 hours their paths will meet within the confines of this cutthroat and competitive industry. On July 20, Image

Best-Selling Author Terrance Dean Celebrates New Tribute Book "Visible Lives" Dedicated To The Late E. Lynn Harris -- Los Angeles - ESSENCE Magazine best-selling author Terrance Dean is celebrating in Los Angeles with two special book signings in conjunction with his latest release, "Visible Lives: Three Stories In Tribute To E. Lynn Harris" (Dafina Books - May 2010) . "Visible Lives" is Dean's literary tribute to his friend

Government to the Rescue - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In politics, the crisis game works like this: pet issues are turned into national concerns, which then become the object of study for social scientists. The media then substantiate the concerns by publishing the opinions of social scientists, and thus elevate the issue to the level of a crisis. Once

Political Self Destruction - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - “Self destruction, you’re headed for self destruction. Self destruction, you’re headed for self destruction”! Those are some lyrics from an old school rap song about Black on Black violence but those same words could be used to describe what is going on in politics today. In

The Black Women’s Roundtable Statement on President Barack Obama’s Nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan -- The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) issued the following statement about President Barack Obama’s nomination of Solicitor General Elena Kagan to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens: "As women leaders, we greatly respect Solicitor General Kagan’s intellectual capabilities and highly accomplished record in the Administration

Drug Bust or Racist Revenge? Jena back in the News -- by Jordan Flaherty -- Sheriff Scott Franklin of Jena says he is trying to rid his community of drugs. Critics say he is pursuing a vendetta against the town’s Black community. At four am on July 9 of last year, more than 150 officers from 10 different agencies gathered in a large barn just

CBC Foundation Announces 40th Annual Legislative Conference -- WASHINGTON - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will host its 40th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) from September 15-18 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This year's conference theme is Celebrating The Vision, Continuing The Journey, Advancing The Mission. ALC provides an outlet to highlight the

New Biography of Kingpin Ike Atkinson Disputes Claims of Frank Lucas and "American Gangster" Movie -- Raleigh, North Carolina - In April of 2007, 84-year old Ike Atkinson was released from federal prison after serving a 32-year prison term. There were no cameras and little fanfare as the man deemed the biggest American drug kingpin ever to operate out of Asia was set free. Atkinson, who

Congressman William Clay to Receive Spirit of Democracy Award -- Washington, DC -Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives, Congressman William Lacy Clay (D-MO), is among the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's 2010 Spirit of Democracy Award recipients, Melanie L. Campbell, executive director and CEO of The National Coalition, announced recently. The awards will

Reflections on Dr. Dorothy Height - Melanie Campbell, Evelyn Lowery, Felicia Davis -- "Today we mourn the passing of our beloved leader, teacher, mentor and guide, Dr. Dorothy I. Height. Dr. Height dedicated her life to civil rights, human rights and women's rights in our nation and around the world. Dr. Height was a founding board member of The National Coalition on Black

Statement by Rep. Fudge on the Passing of Civil Rights Matriarch Dr. Dorothy Irene Height -- WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Representative Marcia L. Fudge (D-OH) issued the following statement on the passing of Dr. Dorothy Irene Height, Civil Rights advocate and humanitarian: "Today Civil Rights icon and humanitarian Dr. Dorothy Height passed away. She was my friend, my mentor, and my predecessor as national president of Delta

Haley’s Comet - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Just like Halley’s Comet only comes around every so often, so does a politician like Mississippi governor, Haley Barbour. He is completing his second term as governor and is term limited from seeking another term. Barbour, a lawyer by training, has one of the most impressive backgrounds of anyone on

CNN's Soledad O'Brien Named Journalist of the Year by Black Journalists Group -- WASHINGTON, D.C. April 22, 2010 -- The National Association of Black Journalists named CNN's Soledad O'Brien Journalist of the Year at its spring Board of Directors meeting. O'Brien will join other top honorees at the association's Salute to Excellence Gala, on July 31 in San Diego, during NABJ's 35th Annual

Race Is the Least of the Problems - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The people of Mississippi have not been angels. The history of the Magnolia State and segregation invites the kind of scrutiny and criticism that has recently been visited upon the state. Media reports that the Walthall County School District has been ordered to stop segregating its schools raised the ire

A Liberal Solution to Black Unemployment - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Every time I try to give radical, Black, liberals the benefit of the doubt when it comes to doing what’s in the best interest of our own community, I am saddened to conclude that I doubt that there is any benefit. They claim to represent the Black community, but yet

Stevie Wonder’s Son, Mumtaz Morris, and Director Dennis Mckinley among Judges for Unity Diaspora Coalition Census Poster and Social Media Competition -- Washington, DC - Talented R&B/hip-hop artist/producer/singer and son of music icon Stevie Wonder, Mumtaz Ekow Morris, and music video director, Dennis Mckinley, will join representatives from community based organizations as judges for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's Unity Diaspora Coalition (UDC) Census Poster and Social Media Competition. The

Conservative or Conservationist? - Joseph C. Phillips -- A little bit of wisdom that was shared with me not too long ago. “God gave us a Powerful gift – your mind. As you look around at any object, it began as an idea in some one’s mind. Any change of situation begins as a thought.” Indeed there is

CBC Public Hearing Notice Out of Work but Not Out of Hope: Addressing the Crisis of the Chronically Unemployed -- The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will hold a hearing to examine policy solutions that address the needs of the “chronically unemployed” on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 9:00-11:00am in room 2237 Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill. This hearing, “Out of Work but Not Out of Hope: Addressing the

Fear Factor - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- I originally had no intention of commenting on the recent controversy surrounding the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) most recent foray into racial politics. But, because of the volume of phone calls and emails asking me to give my take, I have decided to oblige my followers. Let me state this

African, Caribbean, Afro Latino, and African American Leaders Count Down To National Census Day -- Washington, DC - The urgent need for better schools, roads, and healthcare in disadvantaged neighborhoods are only a few of the reasons people of color should be eager to complete and return their census form, Melanie L. Campbell told several Black groups assembled at the US Capitol today for The

NAACP Elects Roslyn M. Brock to Chair Board of Directors -- NEW YORK, NY – The NAACP named Roslyn M. Brock as Chair of the Board of Directors at its Annual Board Meeting on February 20 at the New York Hilton. Brock, 44, became the youngest ever and fourth woman to serve as Chair of the NAACP’s Board of Directors. A

I’ve Got Your Deficit Commission Right Here! - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Even as a bloodbath looms in the November distance, the Obama administration continues to push healthcare because they know that Americans love their entitlements like winos love wine. They are betting the farm that once that fiery warmth begins running through the National body we will not only love national

Business As Usual: President Obama Meets with Black Leaders - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Can you imagine Michael Jordan seeking advice on basketball from a ping pong player, or Tiger Woods seeking advice on his golf swing from a rugby player, or Bill Gates seeking advice on technology from a Buddhist monk? Even Hollywood, with all its creative energy, could not have come up

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Deliver Keynote Address at the National Association of Black Journalists Conference on Health Disparities -- Washington, D.C., February 17, 2010 - Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius will deliver the keynote address at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) annual conference on Health Disparities, March 4-6, 2010 at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G. Street, NW, Washington, D.C

Sherri Shepherd, Charlie Wilson, Dick Gregory, Norm Nixon to Join Dr. Bill J. Releford for the 2nd Annual African American Men's Health & Empowerment Summit -- Los Angeles - In a continuing campaign to raise health awareness issues amongst Black men within the African American community, Dr. Bill J. Releford, the founder of The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation, in conjunction with KJLH Radio and the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, are hosting the 2nd Annual

UNCF Digital Media and Public Forum Series at Morehouse College Feb 4 -- “TO BE YOUNG, DIGITAL AND BLACK” Thursday, February 4, 2010 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm At: The Morehouse College Leadership Center Auditorium Atlanta, Georgia (corner of West End Avenue & Westview Drive S.W) CONTACT: (404) 302-8607 Ext.8507 Free and open to the public! Forum Panelists Dr. Michael Hodge, Morehouse

People For the American Way Foundation Welcomes New Director of African American Religious Affairs, Leslie Watson Malachi -- People For the American Way Foundation (PFAW Foundation) President Michael B. Keegan announced today that Leslie Watson Malachi has joined the organization as Director of African American Religious Affairs in the Washington, D.C. national headquarters. In her new role, Malachi will oversee and manage day-to-day operations of the African American

The Wisdom of Massachusetts Voters - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Following the death of Senator Edward Kennedy, Democrats in the Massachusetts state legislature rushed to change a procedural rule thus allowing Democratic Governor Deval Patrick to replace Kennedy with an interim and Democratic Senator. During the 2004 Presidential election this same august body had taken that power away from Republican

Seven-Time GRAMMY® Award Winner Kirk Franklin Presents Artists United For Haiti -- New York, NY- As gospel music artists gathered in Nashville, Tennessee to celebrate the biggest and brightest at the 25th Stellar Awards this past weekend, they also came together for a higher purpose. With the recent tragic earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Kirk Franklin assembled numerous award-winning gospel music artists in

The Browning of America - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- The stunning win of Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race Tuesday has sent shock waves throughout the political world. But, as usual with tectonic shifts like this, everyone is totally misreading what happened. Republicans have every reason to be crowing today and Democrats have every reason to be depressed

Statement from Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano Regarding the Situation in Haiti -- As part of the Department’s ongoing efforts to assist Haiti following Tuesday’s devastating earthquake, I am announcing the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitian nationals who were in the United States as of January 12, 2010. This is a disaster of historic proportions and this designation will allow

Harry Reid is not a Racist - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Harry Reid is not racist and Republican calls for his resignation are misguided. There I said it. The senate majority leader has recently come under fire for remarks attributed to him in the new book “Game Change.” Authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann say that in 2008 Reid described then

Emergency Resources for Haiti -- To donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund, text ‘YELE’ to 501501 or click here to donate online Kevin Powell and April Silver prepared a document "Help Haiti" click here for the PDF document . IFCO/Pastors for Peace In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, IFCO/Pastors for Peace

New Years Pessimism - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- To the common definition of pessimist – one who anticipates the worst -- I plead guilty. Yes, I know that it is the start of a New Year and I ought to be looking forward to the new decade with -dare I say it- “hope” and anticipation, but I can’t

South African Hip-Hop Icon Makes First Visit to U.S. to Raise Awareness About Hiv/Aids and Support for Arts Education Initiatives -- WASHINGTON, DC – On January 15th, 2010, Hip Hop Pantsula (HHP), also known as Jabba, one of South Africa's leading Hip Hop artists for the last decade, will arrive in Washington, D.C. for a two-week “Artist-In-Bloom” residency at BloomBars, a Washington-based non-profit organization that works to inspire and unite communities

GaimChng3r Drewp Drops "The Final Curtain" a Tribute to Michael Jackson -- Los Angeles, CA - Just in time for Christmas, in what could only be deemed a 'gift to the world,' new artist Drewp from GaimChng3r Entertainment has released a debut tribute single, "The Final Curtain," dedicated to the legacy of Michael Jackson. In the full spirit of the holiday season

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Day Commmittee Announces Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration January 16-18, 2010 -- Washington, DC - The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Day Committee, Inc. will hold its Annual Dr. King Celebration in Washington, DC on January 16-18, 2010. This year’s theme, “At the Crossroads of Change: Owning Our Role in Fulfilling The Dream”. The celebration will honor the life, dream and

Christylez Bacon Wins Grammy® Nomination With Cathy & Marcy for ‘Banjo to Beatbox’ -- Takoma Park, MD (December 23, 2009) – Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxera and Christon "Christylez" Bacon have won a GRAMMY® nomination for Best Musical Album for Children for their newest family recording, Banjo to Beatbox. The Recording Academy’s award nominations were announced on December 2nd and the winners will be announced

Rep. Bennie Thompson, Reality TV Star Omarosa Support Holiday Give Back 2009 -- WASHINGTON, DC, December 11, 2009 – Calvary Women’s Services announced today that Members of Congress and local community leaders will host Holiday Give Back 2009, a reception to benefit the homeless services organization. Congressional supporters participating in the event include Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Ed Perlmutter, and Rep. Pete Sessions

African American environmental justice advocates appeal to world leaders to honor commitment to communities most impacted by climate change -- Copenhagen, Denmark - Temperatures are rising at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen as negotiators scuffle to reach a consensus before heads of state arrive later this week. Many African American environmental justice NGO representatives balance support for the global south and their own communities back home as

The National Urban League's Plan for Jobs -- For too long urban communities have been suffering due to unemployment, underemployment and low wages. The massive job losses triggered by our current economic crisis have brought public attention to this issue. The National Urban League is asking for your support to stem this tide of misery. In truth, urban

Africans Appeal to Obama As He Receives Nobel: ‘Keep Alive the Dreams of Our Fathers’ -- African Parliamentarians and Civil Society Appeal to Obama for Climate Justice COPENHAGEN - The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), a coalition of civil society organizations in 43 countries across Africa, issued an urgent appeal to US President Barak Obama as he prepared to receive the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday

Women Organize for Inclusion in Upcoming Climate Talks -- Washington, DC (12/4/09) - A group of women leaders and activists developed a strategy to make sure underserved communities and women of color are properly embedded in any new climate protocol during a roundtable discussion in Washington, DC on Thursday. Several of the organizations participating in the briefing at the

The Palin Thing - Commentary bu Joseph C. Phillips -- The Sarah Palin Thing If indeed former Alaska Governor and Vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is the joke the new left claims her to be, one wonders why they don’t simply ignore her. On the contrary, they devote an unusual amount of energy into making her the butt of their jokes

Dennis McKinley Directs Travis Porter Video with Cameos From Dem Franchise Boyz, Lil Chuckee, Dj Teknikz, And Spinz Hoodrich -- PHOTO CAPTION: Music video director Dennis McKinley and hip-hop group, Travis Porter, stop for a photo with their production crew during the music video shoot for the groups newest single, Go Shorty. Pictured L-R Standing: Tre Thomas, Nicole Rudolph, Kim Bell, Hamadi James, and members of Travis Porter Ali, Quez

LA Nights in Beverly Hills Attracts Over 400 Angelenos -- Beverly Hills, CA - Over 400 Angelenos partook in the fun at the recent "LA Nights...On the Terrace" at the Bonaventure Brewing Company inside of the fabulous Westin Bonaventure Hotel, including actress Kellita Smith ( "The Bernie Mac Show"). December will see "LA Beverly Hills" as event hosts Kevin

Atlanta Hawks Star Jamal Crawford Hosts Third Annual 'BIG Event' Fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta -- ATLANTA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBS) announces the “BIG Event” set for Tuesday evening, December 8, at Ten Pin Alley. Atlanta Hawks star Jamal Crawford is host and will be joined by his teammates and members of the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Dream and Atlanta Braves and

Inspired By Media Group and Danteck Group partner to distribute NowBible, a dramatic Bible production featuring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, LL Cool J, Bishop TD Jakes, and a host of others -- New York, NY - Inspired By Media Group and Danteck Group Inc., have collaborated to create "The Bible Experience - NowBible Color (Audio/Visual Bible Reader - 4GB)." Released in November 2006, Inspired By.The Bible Experience is a series of dramatized audio Bible featuring character portrayals accentuated by a theatrical underscore

Black Friday Special Aims to Empower Underemployed with Free Training and Business Tools -- In response to the recent double-digit unemployment rates and lingering recession, will kick-off the holiday season by providing free technology training and tools required to establish an online business to people who sign up at starting on Black Friday through Cyber Monday, 2009. “With unemployment at a 25-year

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued the following statement today on new breast cancer screening recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: -- "There is no question that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations have caused a great deal of confusion and worry among women and their families across this country. I want to address that confusion head on. The U.S. Preventive Task Force is an outside independent panel of doctors and

A New Morning of Race in America - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- On the issue of race in America there is something in the air. Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane might say it is the “scent of morning;” our president would call it a “teaching moment.” A lawsuit filed in the district court of East St. Louis alleges that Mayor Alvin Parks and City

Black Smoke Music Worldwide to release James Fortune & Fiya's CD "Encore" January 26, 2010 with special guest artists KiKi Sheard, William Murphy, Men of Standard's Isaac Caree and Lowell Pye -- Black Smoke Music Worldwide Gospel Artist James Fortune & FIYA will release their third CD offering, ENCORE in stores on January 26, 2010. The first single and title track, "Encore" is co-written by Fortune and produced by Terence Vaughn ("I Trust You" and "You Survived"). "Encore" will be released to

Southern Partners Fund Celebrates 10 Years of Excellence in Philanthropy with Inaugural Launch of the Social Justice Institute -- Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery, Xernona Clayton, and Ne-Yo To Be Honored at Gala WSB TV 2 Anchor Jovita Moore Will Host Performances by Ken Ford and Ballethnic Atlanta, GA - Southern Partners Fund (SPF) celebrates 10 years of excellence in philanthropy in the Southeast with its inaugural launch of the

Alpha Phi Alpha partners with “Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program” Effort aims to screen half million men for hypertension and diabetes -- LOS ANGELES—Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. announced today that it will partner with the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program in over 100 barbershops in Los Angeles County on Saturday November 7, 2009. Los Angeles-area chapters of the fraternity will offer manpower, logistics as well as medical assistance to the outreach

Black Women’s Roundtable Statement on Confirmation of Regina Benjamin and Election of Bernice King -- Melanie L. Campbell, the executive director and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and convener of The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR), made the following statement on behalf of BWR regarding the confirmation of Dr. Regina Benjamin as US Surgeon General and the selection of Dr. Bernice King

Obama's Coat Tails More Like A Halter Top - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - United States President Barack Obama spent a considerable amount of time traveling across America trying to drum up votes and support for Democratic candidates seeking victories in the recent 2009 elections. Obama is given credit for a record-breaking voter turnout in 2008 however his 2009 “coat

Women of the African Diaspora Website and Social Network Celebrates Second Anniversary Social Network Boasts Over 600 Members Around the World -- Rotterdam, NL/Stockholm, SWE November 3, 2009 – Women of the African Diaspora website ( ) and social network ( ) is having a birthday complete with gifts for its readers and members. The website and social network, which celebrates Black women, has visitors and members from across the

Washington DC’s Kenneth Barnes, Sr, Named 2009 Purpose Prize Fellow for Innovation, Extraordinary Contribution in Encore Career -- Washington, DC — Kenneth Barnes has been named a 2009 Purpose Prize Fellow, an honor for social entrepreneurs over 60 who are using their experience and passion to take on society’s biggest challenges. Now in its fourth year, the six-year, $17 million program is the nation’s only large-scale investment in

Women's Media Center Announces Selection of New President Jehmu Greene -- October 28, 2009 (New York, New York) -- The Women's Media Center (WMC), a leading media advocacy and training organization announces today that its board has unanimously chosen a new president: Jehmu Greene. Founded in 2005 by Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, and Robin Morgan, The Women's Media Center works to

Sound Bites of Protest Ushers in Obama Era - Reviewed by Jack Moscou -- With the transformational election of President Barack Obama and the introduction of Michelle Obama as First Lady, Sound Bites of Protest, by Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, is the must- read book of 2009. Particularly for White Americans interested in a greater understanding of the long, but little known, African-American tradition of intellectual

Playing for Keeps - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I was an innocent – not pure as the driven snow, but certainly unwise as to the level of the stakes at which we were playing. I entered the debate believing it would be an intellectual exercise; we would joust with each other and after it was all over shake

Dr. Releford's Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program Launches Los Angeles Initiative To Address Declining Health of African American Men -- LOS ANGELES - A visit to your local barber may get you more than a haircut in November. Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., founder of The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation, announced today the launch of its Los Angeles Initiative of the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program in over 100

Multi-Platinum Superstar Omarion Inks New Imprint, Starworld Entertainment, and Label Deal With EMI Music Group -- LOS ANGELES, CA - Grammy-nominated entertainer Omarion makes his long awaited return to the scene with the announcement of a new album and label imprint, Starworld Entertainment, through EMI Label Services. The multi-platinum superstar will release his anticipated third studio album, "Ollusion," on November 24th. Throughout each record on the

WSB-TV's Jovita Moore, Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, and PR Maven Diane Larché Among Rolling Out’s 25 Most Influential Women in Atlanta -- ATLANTA, GA - Rolling out Urban Style Weekly and American Family Insurance recently announced the honorees for the 2009 Female Success Factor's 25 Most Influential Women in Atlanta Awards. Established to honor women who have broken barriers in their respective fields, the awards will be presented during a reception on

What is Pornographic? What is Hip? What exactly does “affordable” mean? - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- A very good friend of mine has lately taken me to task for my opposition to a single payer, universal medical coverage. She argues that she is one of those the president speaks of when describing Americans that do not have “affordable” health insurance. She has a pre-existing condition and

Moden Day Bullies - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - No matter where you live in the world or where you are, someone is attempting to order you around! You can live in a big city, a small town or a little village, if you were born, you’ve experienced a bully that only wants you to

The Steve Harvey Foundation and Ford Team Up For Freedom Friday Party -- Atlanta, GA - The Steve Harvey Foundation is partnering with Ford Motor Company to present the Freedom Friday party on October 16 at the AmericasMart in downtown Atlanta. Music, dancing and fun will take center stage at the event with a live performance by the “World’s Greatest Entertainer” Doug E

Financial advisor, Patrick Lyons, gives an update on the economy -- September 2009 Economic Recap US The Federal Reserve has upgraded its view of the economy signaling the recovery has started. It now believes the downturn has ended and we are starting to see growth, but they are tempering their enthusiasm by saying it is at a slow pace. The housing

A Georgia activist is part of global organization serving as United Nations Focal Point for Women and Gender NGO’s -- Thailand, BANGKOK 5 Oct, 2009 - GenderCC - Women for Climate Justice announced the awarding of provisional constituency status for Women and Gender NGOs at a press conference held this week during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Bangkok Climate Change talks in Thailand. (Webcast:

A Political Warranty - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In his first year in office former president Bill Clinton, who had run as a centrist, was drawn into the new left vortex of socialized healthcare, which led to a resounding defeat for Clinton and the Democrats in the 1994 mid-term elections. Current President Barack Obama too is attempting to

Innovative Online Community Launched at Clinton Global Initiative Will Fight Poverty in Africa -- Join My Village ( -- a partnership between General Mills and the humanitarian organization CARE -- is an innovative, online community that enables Americans to release up to $500,000* to increase economic and educational opportunities for women and girls in approximately 75 villages in Malawi, one of the poorest countries

New Novel "From Ghetto to Greatness" Gives Hope to Troubled Teens -- First time novelist Kevin "Coach" Brown has created a timeless story that gives a formula for inner-city teens to stay in school and away from crime, gangs and drugs. Although set in the 1970's, the book, which is based on his real life experiences, is relevant to young readers in

Dr. Beverly Wright urges Vitter to release hold on EPA nominee Dr. Paul Anastas -- The following is a copy of a letter sent by Dr. Beverly Wright on October 2, 2009 to U.S. Senator David Vitter urging his support of the nomination of Dr. Paul Anastas for the position of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Assistant Administrator of the Office of Research and Development

The National Coalition Launched “Healthy, Wealthy & Wise National Policy Forum Series” Amid a Packed Room at CBCF Legislative Conference -- Washington, DC – The lecture hall at the Washington Convention Center was packed beyond capacity as several congresswomen, Black leaders, community organizers, and health experts assembled for the launch of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Black Women’s Roundtable "Healthy, Wealthy & Wise National Policy Forum Series,” during the

Health Care Analogies - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- It is good that the President has ceased attempting to sell his public option health care initiative on the strength of a comparison to the United States Postal Service. Americans will not soon be convinced of the economic viability of an expansion of public healthcare when it is compared to

Florida Legislative Black Caucus disturbed by racially charged Republican mail piece -- TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Legislative Black Caucus (FLBC) is deeply disturbed by the damaging racially charged absentee mail piece financed for the Republican primary in State Senate District 8 by a 527 organization associated with the Florida Justice Association (FJA). This mail piece depicted unacceptable racial images used to motivate Republican voters

President Obama, First Lady to Attend CBCF Awards Dinner -- Susan Rice, Wyclef Jean, Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson, Calvin Smyre and Sheryl Lee Ralph to Receive Phoenix Awards WASHINGTON – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) today announced President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to attend the Annual Phoenix Awards Dinner Saturday, September 26, as part

Racial Schizophrenia - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Speaking to NBC News Anchor Brian Williams former president Jimmy Carter (taking a breather between having tea with dictators and lunatics) proffered that not only was South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson’s inappropriate outburst during President Obama’s speech before a joint session of congress fueled by racism, but the wider opposition

Feel Good Policy - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The message began to pop-up all over my Facebook page: “No one should die because they cannot afford health care or insurance and no one should go broke or bankrupt because they get sick.” Let us set aside the fact that no one in need of emergency life-saving medical care

Be Careful What You Tweet - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Be careful what you “Tweet”, it might not be discreet! White House African American employee Van Jones resigned his post recently after conservative pundits called for his removal from office when excerpts from Internet and other messages rose from the shadows. Appointed as a special adviser

Dr. Joseph E. Lowery 88th Birthday Celebration -- More information at The Lowery Institute

Revolution Anyone? - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Barack Obama hired Anthony “Van” Jones as a special adviser for green jobs, enterprise and innovation at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Jones is an admitted “rowdy Black nationalist” and “communist” who was also a co-founder of the communist revolutionary organization STORM: Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary

The Real Myth of Health Care - Commentary by Joseph C. Scott -- One of the more pernicious myths surrounding the debate over health care is the oft repeated claim that conservatives do not want reform. Nonsense! What we do not want is the warm bucket of snake oil currently being sold to the American people by this administration. Conservatives have long argued

Town Halls on Race - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- What would a town hall on race look like? I do not mean the aesthetics – the color of the carpet or where panelists would sit, but the guts of it – the substance. I am pondering the question because I was recently asked to help organize and participate in

Learn From Vick Protests - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Black people around the world should learn a lesson from the ongoing protests against football player Michael Vick. Predominately white protesters are enraged that Vick was signed by the National Football League Philadelphia Eagles to resume his career as a professional athlete. I’m not mad at

Passing the Healthcare Smell Test - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The narrative currently being written by the new left posits that opposition to their attempts to reform health care is fueled by political impotence, crackpot extremism and racism. Alas, elected officials demonstrating contempt for the people they represent has sadly become the rule rather than the exception. Calling the American

The Wall Street Devil Dance - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Recent news reports say the devils are dancing in the streets! America’s economic satans are prancing and dancing up and down Wall Street. They are partying on Biscayne Boulevard, Peachtree Road, Central Avenue, Lakeshore Drive and everywhere else after hearing that the American economy is getting

Minority Real Estate Trade Association Installs New Leadership -- Washington, DC – August 10, 2009 –Members of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB®), elected real estate appraiser and broker, Vincent Wimbish to lead the country’s oldest minority trade group as its new president and CEO. Out-going president, Maria Kong, passed the ceremonial gavel during the culminating event

Kathy Times Named President of Black Journalists' Association Bob Butler and Deirdre Childress elected vice presidents, CNN's Roland Martin elected secretary -- TAMPA, FLA. - August 7, 2009 - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) today announced that Kathy Times has been elected the 18th President of the 3,200-member organization. Also elected to serve for the 2009-11 term are Vice President-Print Deirdre Childress of the Philadelphia Inquirer and Vice President-Broadcast Bob

Healthcare and Cynicism - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The current philosophy of governance – and this includes governance of the democrat and republican variety—is that there is tremendous capacity in government to better the lives of average folks; it is the power of administrative policy that can end poverty, cure disease, and ultimately save the planet. It is

Senior Obama Advisor Valerie Jarrett to Attend Black Journalists' Convention -- TAMPA, FLA. - August 6, 2009 - Senior presidential advisor Valerie Jarrett will join two cabinet members at the annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in Tampa, Fla. this week. Jarrett is scheduled to speak at the NABJ Hall of Fame Banquet and Inductions on Friday

Michael Is A “Vick-tim” - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- Michael Vick has become the “Vick-tim” of his own choices and at the same time a victim of America’s hypocrisy. Vick (the Vick-tim) put himself in the position where he had to do time in prison. He was always made to feel above the law from his days at Virginia

Other Than That Professor Gates, How Was Your Trip? - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In the age of Obama, the arrest of a prominent Black Harvard Professor on the steps of his own home was sure to ignite a discussion about the state of race relations in America. Upon his return from an overseas trip Henry Louis Gates and his driver were attempting to

The Same Enemies - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I feel sorry for any person that is arrested for paltry or undeserving reasons but I have to laugh when people get civil rights religion the moment they get in trouble. If you don’t know, there are no Black Nationalist revolutionary Black people, former inmates or

U.S. Census Report Reveals Young Black Voters Had the Highest Increase in Turnout in the 2008 Election -- Washington DC, July 20, 2009 - Two million more black voters cast a ballot in the 2008 election than in 2004; and, young black voters had the highest increase in turnout among all groups, a U.S. Census Bureau report released today revealed. "We knew black youth influenced the outcome of

Doris K Derby and Susan J. Ross Photo Exhibit --

Video Preview of CNN's Black in America 2 with Soledad O'brian -- Embedded video from CNN Video Click here to read Edrea's review of of CNN's Black in America 2

Controversial Short Film, "A War for Your Soul," Leaves Haunting Yet Challenging Impression as it Seeks to Inspire African American Youth -- New York - " A War for Your Soul ," a short 25 minute video created by Reginald Bullock, a high school and college educator for over twenty years and Bronx, NY native, is growing in popularity around the country since its online introduction on March 15, 2009. Seen by

Artist Leon Jones to Auction Painting Autographed by Michael Jackson and ElizabethTaylor on eBay -- Autographed Airbrushed Rendition of Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor to be Auctioned on eBay, Friday, July 17 with a Portion of the Proceeds to Benefit Charity To preview the art and see additional work by Leon Jones, go now to . Anaheim, CA - When Michael Jackson turned towards

Comedian/ Satirist Shang Signs Deal with CodeBlack Entertainment -- Los Angeles - Comedian/satirist Shang has been venting across stages in America and beyond for almost two decades. Politically irreverent at times, cutting edge, insightful and inciting, his humor is known to cut like a sharp knife, revealing budding truths hidden just below the surface of what is seemingly real

Black Women's Roundtable Congratulates Past Honoree, Dr. Regina Benjamin, for Nomination as Surgeon General -- Washington, DC - The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) Black Women's Roundtable (BWR) is proud and elated to hear President Obama's announcement today that their 2007 honoree, Dr. Regina Benjamin, has been selected as the next U. S. Surgeon General. Benjamin, an Alabama family physician and Morehouse School

In 2010, No Justice, No Votes - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - If you are a beast banker, an insurance scammer or a predatory mortgage lender looking for a gangster’s paradise, Florida wants You! Florida’s Chief financial Officer (CFO) is attempting to make political history by being elected in 2010 as the Sunshine State’s first female Governor. I

Hip Hop Weekly's Michael Jackson Tribute Issue Boasts Exclusive Interviews with Motown Records Suzanne de Passe, Teddy Riley, amd Essays by Rev. Al Sharpton and Longtime Jackson Friend Cynthia Horner -- Miami - On the heels of the demise of Vibe Magazine, Hip Hop Weekly's co-founder and publisher Dave Mays has announced Hip Hop Weekly's release of a spectacular tribute issue honoring the life and legacy of Michael Jackson, scheduled to hit newsstands Friday, July 10. Hip Hop Weekly, which has

Jenny Sanford for Senate - Commentary Joseph C. Phillips -- The schadenfreude of the new left over the public unraveling of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford suggests that when it comes to the issue of public officials and private morality, they are possessing of a particularly twisted logic, to say nothing of a rather short memory. It was not long

Alaska Governor Sarah Palin—“Pallin’” Around with Incompetence - Commentary by Raynard Jackson -- During last year’s presidential election, Alaska governor Sarah Palin infamously accused Barack Obama of “pallin’ around with terrorists.” Of course this was an outright lie. So, after last Friday’s press announcement that she was resigning her position as governor, one might rightly conclude that she has been “pallin’ around with

Free From Jail But Not Free To Work - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - On the day of his crucifixion, Jesus Christ forgave the people that nailed him to the cross. Martin Luther King Junior forgave the people that beat him and jailed him for participating in non-violent civil rights protests and every day spouses, family members and friends forgive

Michael Jackson: A Big Star with a Big Heart - To Be Equal Column by Marc Morial -- New York, NY - One of the most interesting things about Michael Jackson is that even though he died at the young age of 50, so many of us seemed to have grown up listening to his music and trying to copy his dance moves. I guess that is what

Put Family First - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - The Gantt Report would like to send condolences to the wife, children and family members of slain former pro quarterback Steve “Air McNair” McNair. I’m going to let the other editorial columnists parrot what they read about the tragedy in white newspapers or saw on white

Jay King Drops Debut Solo CD "Open Book" and Launches New Web Series "Up Close and Personal" -- Los Angeles, CA - Industry veteran, musician and producer, Jay King has always been ahead of the curve. As the founder/creator of Club Nouveau, perhaps one of the most distinctive and original groups to grace the contemporary music scene, he has been influencing the musical landscape since first forming the

"Chariot" a New Stage Play with Themes of Racism, Homophobia and Finally Acceptance is Coming Forth to Hollywood -- Hollywood, CA - Theater lovers will be elevated and emancipated when "Chariot" an explosive drama by Steven Lee arrives to the legendary Stella Adler Theatre, July 16 through September 2. Directed by Cary Thompson, "Chariot" dips deep into the inner mechanics of the Hills, a dysfunctional Black family living in

Michael Jackson Performing at the Concert in the Sky - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - “All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us” is a line from my favorite Michael Jackson song. Another excerpt from the same tune is, “If Martin Luther was living, he wouldn’t let this be!” I don’t care what the news reporters and

Becoming Post Racial - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- “Race has no place in American life or law.” President John F. Kennedy spoke these words the evening of June 11, 1963 following the desegregation of the University of Alabama. In the speech Kennedy delivered that evening he chose not to appeal to legal arguments; rather he asked Americans to

Local Celebrities And Top Atlanta Chefs Turn Out For The 20th Anniversary Of Real Men Cook For Charity -- WSB-TV Family 2 Family Project makes it possible for over 500 families to attend the prominent Father’s Day celebration Top Atlanta chefs, celebrity tasters and judges, and over one hundred cooking men spent their Father’s Day raising money for charity at Real Men Cook for Charity Atlanta’s (RMC) 20th Anniversary

The Racist History of The War On Drugs -- (Taylor Media Services) According to the Drug Policy Alliance (, African Americans constitute 13 percent of all users of illegal drugs but they make up 35 percent of those arrested for drug possession, 55 percent of those convicted, and a whopping 74 percent of those sent to prison. The government

Zakiya Hooker "Keeps It Real" in North and South America with New CD Release -- San Francisco, CA - When a woman sings the blues it is the most natural rhythm on the planet. Who else to better to know and express the anguish of love and pain or the rollercoaster ride of joy and despair than a woman who has the full experience of

Jacksonville Jags Should Sign Michael Vick - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I would like to buy two season tickets to see the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars this fall……..if they sign former Atlanta Falcon QB Michael Vick. Vick, nearing the end of his federal jail sentence for “dog fighting”, is now available to sign with any team

Resetting Our Moral Clocks - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The fact that those of us opposed to abortion find the work of late term abortionist George Tiller perverse and immoral does not mean that we give sanction to his assassination – either overtly or privately. Scott Roeder, Tillers alleged killer, is misguided -- and according to the New York

Find Joy in Mourning an Inspirational Book by Angela Dockter-Harris -- Angela A. Dockter-Harris guides readers to healing after loss in her new book released nationwide, titled Dance in the Rain: His Joy Comes in the Mourning. Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, this journal and Bible study was created for anyone who has lost someone, or is currently facing a

Hawks Guard, Joe Johnson, Mayor Shirley Franklin, and Real Housewives of Atlanta's Ed Hartwell to Join Real Men Cook June 21 -- Festivities include food, clowns, Double Dutch, prizes, live performance by Canton Jones, Case, Wanda Trent Philips and Antonio Allen and chef demonstrations by Chef Keith Kash and Chef Rick Anthony Real Men Cook® (RMC) For Charity Atlanta, the largest and longest running Father’s Day Celebration, will be held on Sunday

Having Your Racial Cake and Eating it Too - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- John C. Calhoun, father of the confederacy, said about the ideas expressed in the Declaration of Independence: “there is not a word of truth in the whole proposition, as expressed and generally understood.” These sentiments were echoed by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Roger B. Taney. Writing the majority

BLACK WOMEN'S ROUNDTABLE Statement on the Nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court -- Washington, DC- Following are statements from the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation'S (NCBCP) Black Women's Roundtable on President Obama's announcement of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. From Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP executive director and CEO and Black Womens Roundtable convener: "On behalf of the National Coalition on Black Civic

The Breath Tax - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The rationale for the “Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009," otherwise known as Cap and Trade, is that environmental catastrophe awaits us if we do not control the amount of carbon dioxide (co2) flowing into the atmosphere. This hysteria has been propelled by alarmists using computer models

Marcus Darc Documents Rise and Fall of Kelly in Music Video Release -- Los Angeles - When Marc McWillams aka Marcus Darc formed his first group as a teenager in Chicago, R-Kelly & MGM, he knew then that he not only possessed a special talent as a performer, but he was gifted to recognize talent early on. True to his intuition, his group

Havenotz Entertainment Option Rights to "Harlem Godfather, The Rap on My Husband Ellsworth 'Bumpy' Johnson" -- Los Angeles - Just weeks after the passing of Mayme Hatcher Johnson, widow of the legendary Harlem gangster, Bumpy Johnson, Havenotz Entertainment has optioned the film rights to her book, Harlem Godfather: The Rap on My Husband, Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson. "Growing up, I heard about the exploits of Bumpy Johnson

The Right-Wing Tango - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Quiet as its kept Hollywood is filled with conservatives. I am not speaking of republicans. You can turn over any rock and find an Arlen Specter waiting to crawl out. I am talking about real dyed in the wool constitution loving, God-fearing conservatives. I meet them all the time: at

Hip Hop Choreographer, Lauren Outlaw Dances into Success in Over 12 Countries On Top European Reality Shows -- Dallas, TX - Hip hop and dance have always been a winning combination. The energetic kinetics of the youthful trend has inspired a movement that has propelled bodies clear around the globe. Dance, like music is a language spoken universally, transcending not only borders, but time and space. Florida native

Bluesman John Lee Hooker, Jr. Continues to Garner Nods for "All Odds Against Me" CD -- When bluesman John Lee Hooker, Jr. named his album, "All Odds Against Me" it was because for so many years they had been. John Lee Hooker Jr. has an intimate relationship with the blues, having experienced them personally, battling drugs, alcohol, divorce, incarceration and death. But his is also a

Cleo Manago Speaks On "Crips & Bloods" Documentary -- Manago Cites: "Black Men Killing Each Other was Safer than Confronting Their Enemy" Los Angeles, CA - The voice of social architect, activist and visionary, Cleo Manago is certainly recognized as a distinctive one. His articulated opinions have been documented in media nationally and internationally. Brazen, outspoken and unshaken, Manago

Zakiya Hooker, Daughter of Blues Legend John Lee Hooker, Is "Keeping It Real" with New CD Release -- San Francisco, CA - When your daddy is blues icon, the late great, four-time Grammy winner, John Lee Hooker, what's a blues sangin' sista to do? When posed with that dilemma, Zakiya Hooker has only one answer, and that is, "to keep it real." And on June 16, she plans

NCBCP Spirit of Democracy Honorees Announced -- Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee; actress, Sheryl Lee Ralph; editor-in-chief emeritus of Essence, Susan L. Taylor; and retired Command Sergeant Major, Michele S. Jones; are the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) 2009 Spirit of Democracy Award recipients, NCBCP executive director and CEO, Melanie L. Campbell announced recently

Barrett LaRoda Licenses Jewelry Deal for R&B SuperStar Gladys Knight -- Los Angeles, CA - R&B icon Gladys Knight has always personified the essence of style, grace and soul. An award winning singer and songwriter and an accomplished businesswoman, actress, author and humanitarian, Knight was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996 for her chart topping recordings

Vivica Fox Addresses Plastic Surgery Rumors with Dr. Boogie -- Los Angeles, CA - When hair stylist to the stars, Dr. Boogie launched his blog, "Chair Chat with Dr. Boogie" at he promised to give his famous clients a voice to address the rumors, gossip and chatter circulating the web. With a client list that is the definitive who's

Resuscitating the GOP 2: The Brand - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- "And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. Mark 3:25 It is both reasonable and fair to ask reformers of the Republican Party – those suggesting that we jettison the right wing and seek the gooey center of American politics -- exactly

Rich Getting Richer at Poor's Expense - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - President Barack Obama has made an American economic rebound a priority in the early days of his term. He has infused the economy with borrowed dollars to stimulate both lending and spending. My view is, of course, an uneducated view but it appears much of the

Resuscitating the GOP - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- A popular topic of conversation these days is what ails the Republican Party. Everyone from barbershop pundits and opinion writers to former Bush administration officials have waded in with opinions and cures. More than a few have proffered that the problem with the Republican Party is that it has moved

Changes - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Every year or so a politician comes along and says, “It’s time for a change!” Preachers, teachers, employers and others also love to talk about changes. But I don’t want change for myself or my people unless it is a change for the better. The change

SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. INC. to Celebrate 30th Anniversary During the Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner -- Cicely Tyson, the Ron Clark Academy and Dr. Joseph E. Lowery among participants in an evening of reflection and celebration Atlanta, GA - SCLC/Women's Organizational Movement for Equality Now, Inc. (SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.) will celebrate thirty years of empowering women and strengthening the Black family during the annual Drum Major for Justice

Don't Hate, Celebrate: Inauguration will Unfold in Divine Order -- by Edrea Davis We all want the last word, to be the final act, to close the deal. It makes you wonder why mainstream media and gayrights activists focused so much on the opening act of the inauguration and failed to pay tribute to the man who will deliver the

The Nuclear Option - by Joseph C. Phillips -- I decided to take my number two sons’ football coach up on his request and join his “staff” as an assistant coach. The team had a rough year. Our boys played hard and our team managed to get into the playoffs where we were promptly run over by a team

Election Result Shows The Nature Of The Beast - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - If you feel that violence may be approaching, don't worry about the ones that run their mouths, watch out for the ones that are quiet! Devilish behavior has increased tenfold since President-Elect Barack Obama was elected as the 44th President of the United States. Crosses are

Organized efforts boosted black voter turnout, protected voters and reduced drama at the polls -- Remaining faithful to the old-school mantra “organize, organize, organize” combined with the use of new-school technologies resulted in a major coup on Election Day - a record black voter turnout and reduced drama at the polls, say coordinators of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) nonpartisan Unity ’08

Other Than That Mrs. Lincoln, How Did You Enjoy the Play? - by Joseph C. Phillips -- If, as the essayist wrote, ‘irony gives birth to a deeper and less friendly understanding’, then here is a real mother for ya. In the days following the election of Barack Obama as our nation’s 44th president, my email in box was filled with notes proclaiming "another bold step for

Voting Is Great But Voting Stupidly Is Disastrous - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - The campaign of President Barack Obama was extremely successful in registering voters and encouraging them to vote. It was so great to see thousands of Blacks that had never voted before lined up at polling places to cast their ballots. I really loved it when it

Congressional Black Caucus Unveils New Officers -- WASHINGTON, DC) "I am proud to have served as the 20th Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus," said Congresswoman Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (D-MI), Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. "Our theme: 'Change Course, Confront Crisis, Continue the Legacy' has been embraced by Members of the CBC throughout the 110th Congress

ACT NOW! Encourage Congress to help save our American auto industry -- Please pass this on to someone you know.... As our nation goes through an economic crisis of epic proportions, we cannot turn our backs on an industry that serves as our country’s industrial backbone. Please contact your Congressional representatives in the House and the Senate TODAY and urge them to

Attorney Jalene Mack Tackles Big Screen -- Houston, TX - After years of impressing the courtroom, prominent Houston attorney Jalene Mack will now command an audience of millions when she makes her big screen debut in the upcoming feature, "Hurricane Season" slated for release in 2009. Starring Forest Whitaker, Isaiah Washington, Taraji P. Henson, Bow Wow, Courtney

Celebrities Urge Black America to Vote Early -- Angela Bassett, Kevin Eubanks, Brandy, and LisaRaye among the cast of NCBCP/AURN PSA’s urging African Americans to be first to vote in the upcoming election In an effort to circumvent voter suppression tactics and confusion at the polls, award winning actress, Angela Bassett; Tonight Show bandleader, Kevin Eubanks; actress, LisaRaye

“Reject the Hate in ‘08” Local Activists Counter Racist Appeals to White Voters -- Barack Obama’s candidacy has put a national spotlight on race in a way which this country has not seen in a generation plus. As the finish line gets closer the question looms: “What will white voters do in this election?” AWARE-LA, a group of concerned white residents and activists, has

Conservative Radio Host Shelly Wynter Trumps McCain Supporter in Showdown on CNN -- Conservative Radio Host Shelly Wynter Trumps McCain Supporter in Showdown on CNN Wynter proposes a serious conversation addressing conservative values and Black America Atlanta, GA - The Republican supporter who begged Senator John McCain to "Take It To Obama," stormed off the CNN set when conservative radio host, Shelley Wynter

Walking the Walk - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The catch phrase for this political season is “change.” Voters want it though they are often at pains to describe exactly what that change is. They are tired of business as usual and desirous of a new politics in Washington, an end to partisan bickering and the beginning of a

Today's News Brought to You By The Black Clown - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Is it just me or does it seem to you also that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are being pushed to the curb a little bit? Once upon a time, so-called civil rights leaders and community activists were often called on to talk about issues that

Liberal contempt: A Hard Habit to Break - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Following the thumping George Bush and company gave John Kerry in 2004, the new left groused in unison that the reasons were clear : Kerry, like most of the left, was simply too nuanced and too smart, while the Bush campaign succeeded in framing every issue in moral black and

Modern Day Bank Robbers - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - The financial crisis currently going on in the United States appears to have created an opportune moment for many Blacks and Jews to unite! The same con men and hooligans seeking a $700 billion bailout at the hands of American taxpayers have a sordid corporate history

Today's News Brought to You Black talk show hosts - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Is it just me or does it seem to you also that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are being pushed to the curb a little bit? Once upon a time, so-called civil rights leaders and community activists were often called on to talk about issues that

Statement by President of Black Real Estate Professionals on The $700 Billion Dollar Bailout -- Washington, DC – September 24, 2008 -- Speaking on behalf of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the country’s oldest minority trade association, President Maria Kong, issued this statement in light of the anticipated legislative action authorizing the U.S. Department of the Treasury to restore confidence in the

John Lee Hooker Jr. Takes Off for Europe -- On the heels of the successful release of his third CD, " All Odds Against Me," Grammy nominated blues artist and son of blues legend, John Lee Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Jr. heads to Europe, Turkey and Russia to wow audiences overseas with his special brand of blues flavor. A

Some Democrats Are Still Dixiecrats - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Malcolm X delivered his historic political speech “The Ballot or the Bullet” about 40 years ago and one message in the speech appears to be more relevant today than it was back then. To many in America’s Black community, elections come and elections go but it

Comedian / Political Satirist Shang Urges Black America to “Vote First” -- Shang Spearheads “Vote First” for National Coalition on Black Civic Participation‘s Unity ’08 Campaign Edgy, insightful, provocative and uncompromising, the stand-up routines of comedian Shang have always echoed the voice and sentiments of the people. And now, as the political comedic voice of “Vote First” a new campaign launched by

Americanlife TV Network Executives Named Top 50 & Most Influential Minorities In Cable -- WASHINGTON, DC – Who will be crowned as the Top 50 Minorities in Cable? AmericanLife TV, the cable network devoted to the Baby Boomer generation, announced that two of their senior level executives will be bestowed this honor. Senior Vice-President of Marketing Darlene Chapman-Holmes and Senior Vice-President of Affiliates Sales

Give ‘em the old Razzle Dazzle - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- A poster that used to hang on my mother’s office wall proclaimed, “If you can’t dazzle ‘em with brilliance, baffle ‘em with baloney.” Or something to that effect. It is an adage apparently taken to heart by Democratic vice presidential nominee Joseph Biden. During a campaign stop in Columbus, Missouri

Baptist General Convention of Virginia Launches Black Voter Empowerment Sundays -- Statewide Movement is Part of National Effort on Behalf of the National Coalition of Black Civic Participation's Unity '08 Campaign Richmond, Virginia - Reverend Cessar Scott, executive minister of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia (BGC) has announced an agreement with the Virginia Unity '08 Campaign to implement "Black Voter

Kirk Clay Assumes National Civic Engagement Directorship at NAACP -- The NAACP is pleased to announce Kirk Clay as its new National Civic Engagement Director. In this role, Clay will advance civic engagement and support efforts that ensure equitable engagement of all citizens in the democratic process. “Voter registration and empowerment is a mainstay of the NAACP’s civic engagement activities,

Rev. Joseph Lowery Joins Gospel Artist Tonex to Inspire Young Leaders During the Democratic Convention -- Photo Credit: Paulette Singleton Denver, CO - An inspirational performance by Grammy-nominated gospel artist Tonex set the tone for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) first "Conversation with Black Leaders" held at the Colorado Convention Center during the Democratic National Convention. The next dialogue will take place at

Follow Your Heart - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I received a rather rude email from a local minister who took umbrage with my failure to support Barack Obama for president. I was disappointed that rather than do what Jesus would have done and offer a reasoned and well-thought out rebuttal to my column, this man of the cloth

Def Comedy Campaigns - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - The major party political conventions are going on right now and America’s General Election will take place in November. Nowadays, several states are holding their Primary Election contests and Black folks are running…..for their lives! I know The Gantt Report is read around the world but

How Things Work - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In a 2007 interview with the editorial board of Washington Post, Senator Joseph Biden offered these thoughts on the racial achievement gap in education, "There's less than one percent of the population of Iowa that is African American. There is probably less than four or five percent that are minorities

Rev. Joseph Lowery Joins Gospel Artist Tonex to Inspire Young Leaders During the Democratic Convention -- Denver, CO - An inspirational performance by Grammy-nominated gospel artist Tonex set the tone for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) first "Conversation with Black Leaders" held at the Colorado Convention Center during the Democratic National Convention. The next dialogue will take place at the Republican National Convention

Above my Pay Grade - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- During Barack Obama’s underwhelming performance last week at the saddleback forum hosted by Pastor Rick Warren, the presidential hopeful managed to fill the shoes of another son of Illinois – not Abraham Lincoln, but Stephen A. Douglas. To the question: “at what point does a baby receive human rights.” Obama

The Heavy Hitters Hit Los Angeles -- Los Angeles, CA - Thursday night won't be the same in Los Angeles when The Heavy Hitters Comedy Show makes its debut on Thursday, September 11, 2008 and every Thursday thereafter at the newly opened Vintage Hollywood. Located at 4000 W. Washington Blvd in Los Angeles, the new venue presents

"Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin Releases First Holiday Album on DMI Records -- PASADENA, CA - DMI Records, a division of the leading music branding agency DMI Music & Media Solutions, announced today that they will be releasing, 18-time GRAMMY® Award winning performer and recording artist, Aretha Franklin's long-awaited holiday album, This Christmas Aretha, on October 14, 2008. Featuring classic and contemporary holiday

Son of Blues Legend John Lee Hooker Becomes the Blues' First Animated Crime Fighter -- As the unacknowledged granddaddy of hip hop, the blues is one of the most powerful of musical genres. Exploring and exploiting the subject matters of sex, money and drugs, the blues has always had the uncanny ability to make you feel its lyrics at a gut wrenching level. John Lee

What A Friend We Have In Democrats - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - This is a column about 2008 politics. Before I write about anything political, I have to repeat that I intend to vote for Barack Obama. But Obama or not, I’m still going to tell the truth! What a friend we have in Democrats! All of our

Why Obama Can’t Win - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In spite of fawning media coverage, an unpopular Republican president and economic challenges, Democrat Barack Obama has not managed to build a very substantive lead over his Republican rival John McCain. Recent polls show McCain closing the distance in key states and one national poll even had the Republican candidate

CNN'S Black in America Series Motivates Anonymous Donor to Give Large Grant to Educate Black Churches -- Portsmouth, VA (ChristianPRgroup) - Motivated by the shocking truth exposed in the CNN series titled Black In America, a wealthy philanthropist, who wishes to remain anonymous, has given Urban Awareness USA a large private grant for the purpose of educating churches located in the top 20 African-American populated metropolitan areas

Entertainment Icon Isaac Hayes, to Be Remembered at Memphis-Area Memorial Service on Monday -- MEMPHIS, TENN. - A memorial service will be held on Monday at Hope Presbyterian Church, 850 Walnut Grove, Cordova, Tennessee from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to celebrate the life of pioneering soul icon Isaac Hayes, who passed away on Sunday at the age of 65. Born in the rural

Rap Icon LL Cool J Surprises Little Misses with Appearance at 15th Annual Little Miss African American Pageant -- Los Angeles, CA - The 15th Annual Little Miss African American Pageant, held Sunday, August 10 at the Universal Sheraton Hotel in Los Angeles, was quite a star studded affair. A host of celebrities turned out to support contestants aged 6 to 12 as they demonstrated wonderful feats of accomplishment

NCBCP And AURN Announce Joint Get Out The Vote Initiative -- Washington DC—The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) and American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) have launched a nonpartisan radio campaign aimed at ensuring Americans register, verify their names on voter rolls and vote on Election Day. “AURN has a direct line into the hearts and minds of our target

Slaying Cynicism and Offering Hope - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Few things are as satisfying as proving a common sentiment false. Whether in the media or in barbershop discussions, we are often led to believe that the priorities of our young people are askew and that Black men do not take an interest in their communities. It is little wonder

Barbershop Politics - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - If you want to do some professional political work this year, go to the barbershop! Non-Black political consultants have convinced more than one African American seeking election to public office that the best way to reach and register Black voters is to set up tables in

Laila Ali, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr. and Lisaraye Misick Help Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant Ring in Fifteen Years -- Los Angeles, CA - For 15 years, actress/ choreographer Lisa Ruffin, has emphasized brains over beauty, positively impacting the lives of hundreds of impressionable young girls over the years with her Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant. When the Little Miss African American Scholarship Pageant (LMAA) celebrates its landmark 15th

More old fashioned marriage: Keeping it Together - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Fourteen years of marriage! Even when I really take the time to study it, I have no clear answer as to how we made it this far. I have asked my wife and frankly, I don’t care for the way she laughs before answering me. After all is said and

20 Years and Still Pushin' Forward Jazzmyne Public Relations Celebrates the History -- Los Angeles, CA - Hundreds of clients have benefited from the magic touch of Jazzmyne Public Relations in the past two decades. A-list celebrities, athletes, authors, filmmakers, music producers, rappers, special events and businesses alike have received not only expert publicity service, management and consulting but a caring ear and

Obama's White Media Advisors Causing Black Problems - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Some white folk are causing Barack Obama some very big Black problems! While Obama is criss crossing the United States and the world he has left his white campaign staff to figure out how to deal with Black voter education and Black vote generation. Bad move

The Master of My Fate - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Prior to the recent Supreme Court decision rolling back the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine, the punishment for possession of 5 grams of crack cocaine was a minimum 5 year prison sentence. "Simple possession of any quantity of any other substance by a first-time offender-including powder cocaine- was

"Black in America" Little More Than Pity Party - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Most of my friends watched at least a portion of the CNN series “Black in America”. Reporter Soledad O’Brien should be applauded for her effort and broadcast journalism expertise but the true “American” aspect left little to be desired. If America is a melting pot, all

"The Queen Stands Alone" Debuts Worldwide On Comedy Central On September 13 -- New York, NY - Comedienne, writer, producer and entrepreneur SOMMORE's worldwide premiere of "The Queen Stands Alone," will debut on Comedy Central on Saturday, September 13, 2008. Written and produced by Sommore and One Thousand Kisses, Inc., "The Queen Stands Alone" is a film version of her stand-up act and

Community Leaders Assemble for Intensive Training Focused on Voter Protection -- Washington, DC - Anticipating the largest voter turnout in history - and ensuing problems at the polls - the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) left no stone unturned during a three-day Operation Big Vote Training Academy held in New Orleans last week to train field organizers on voter

National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) warns that Black American households will lose billions in total wealth before housing meltdown bottoms out -- Washington, DC – The nation’s oldest minority trade association convenes its 61st Annual Convention at a time when one in five Black American homeowners is projected to lose a residence due to foreclosure. Facing severe economic pressures of their own, more than 600 Realtists®, members of the National Association of

Off Plantation Housing - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - A good friend of mine recently gave me a unique perspective about most of America’s African American communities. He said Black neighborhoods in 2008 were little more than modern-day “off plantation housing”! New millennium economic chains have replaced the iron and steel chains that bound us

Explosive Urban Drama "Days Of Wrath" to Screen At Hbo/NY International Latino Film Festival -- New York, NY - The movie rapper David Banner is calling, "this generation's 'Scarface,'" "Days of Wrath" will screen for one night only at at the HBO/NY International Film Festival, Wednesday, July 23 at 9:30 p.m. at the Director's Guild of America, 110 W. 57th Street in NY. Director, Celia

VCU to Park Cars on African Burial Ground -- Richmond, Virginia - July 12, 2008 - New research from the VCU advisory Equity & Diversity Committee shows that VCU has an unofficial white’s only policy with white people holding all of the top administrative positions at this urban university. According to the study; white males were satisfied with VCU’s

EJCC to Launch“Green” Campaign Targetng Black College Campuses -- Rapper COOLIO and Jazz Saxophonist, JAREZ, among artists signing on to help engage black youth in the climate change discussion Rapper/ reality star Coolio and jazz saxophonist, Jarez are among artists recently enlisted as spokespersons for the Environmental Justice and Climate Change's (EJCC) campaign to educate students at Historically Black

Listening to Obama - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- After months of being transfixed by empty slogans, supporters of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama are finally listening and many do not like what they are hearing. Critics have charged him with flip flopping on a number of issues most significantly his stance on the war in Iraq. During

America's Black Power Conflict - Commentary by LuciusGantt -- The Gantt Report - Five hundred years after slavery days, America still has more love for the Negroes in the house than they do for the Black people in the fields! If you’re Black, you can’t be the best unless you’re recognized by the beast! The “best” Black teachers are

Barrett Laroda to Produce Thisday Music Fest in Nigeria Jay Z, Usher And Mary J. Blige To Headline -- Los Angeles, CA - Fresh from the success of the 4th Annual Plymouth Jazz Festival Tobago, with headliners Whitney Houston, Rod Stewart and Shakira, Barrett LaRoda, CEO of the LaRoda Group, has announced that he will once again executive produce and produce alongside Nduka Obaigbena, CEO of THISDAY Media Group

Wrong Answer - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has promised Americans a new kind of politics – “change we can believe in.” Who could’ve suspected that the change he was referring to was a reversion to the failed policies of 30 years ago? In response to the rising price of gasoline

Does The Cat Have Their Political Tongues? - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - When I was a child, my mother always had a question for me when I was reluctant to speak. “Has the cat got your tongue?” she would ask. If Mom was alive today she would be asking that same question to many of the opportunists of

Our Obama Hopes Far Too High - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I like Barack Obama and just like the majority of other African Americans, I will probably vote for him in the November elections. However, I, unlike my brothers and sisters, will not depend on the Democratic nominee for President of the United States to save me

Liberty and justice for ALL is finally a reality in California -- LOS ANGELES - The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center's Chief Executive Officer, Lorri L. Jean, issued the following statement today regarding the California Supreme Court's ruling regarding marriage: "Liberty and justice for ALL is finally a reality in California. For the first time in the history of our state, lesbian

Pardon me if I don't throw rice - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- This past Monday at 5:01 p.m., homosexual marriage became legal in California. Pardon me if I don’t throw rice. Last month, the California Supreme Court rode rough shod over the will of California voters, the California legislature, which failed in its attempt to legalize homosexual marriage, the clear will of

“SnitchCraft” Included in Curriculum Guide at Yale National Initiative -- To Snitch or Not to Snitch, That is the Unanswered Question Atlanta, GA - SnitchCraft, an urban novel by Edrea Davis, recently landed on the required reading list in a curriculum guide examining snitching at the Yale National Initiative of the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. The Introduction to Criminal Justice

Should Barack Obama drive Miss Daisy? I think not! - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Minutes after Illinois Senator Barack Obama obtained enough delegates to become the Democratic Party nominee for President of the United States, talk turned to who would be Obama’s November running mate as Vice President. At the end of the Presidential Primaries, Hillary the Dreamer dreamed of

Let the Games Begin - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In his book “Fatheralong”, John Edger Wideman writes that when we play race, we play a game in which “the fix is in…the inventor of race always holds the winning cards because he can choose when to play them and name their value.” Those of us that placed hope in

The Race Deck, Not Card - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Right before the 2008 Presidential Primary in West Virginia, candidate Hillary Clinton proclaimed that she was the candidate for white voters, or something to that effect. Well, it sounded like Clinton was playing the race card but, in reality, West Virginia is a state with a

NC Black Youth Under Attack Please Help - Letter from Minister Paul Scott -- Shalom Shalom Brothers and Sisters, As some of you may know, my city Durham NC, has been portrayed in the national media as being "gang infested." While we do face the same challenges as other cities with youth violence, this issue has been overblown and exploited by politicians, the media

NABJ: Ferraro Comments Shows Unapologetic Bigotry -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) voices a strong rebuke to the remarks made by former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. In an on-air interview with Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith, Ferraro, the 1984 Democratic vice presidential candidate, implied Saturday that all black journalists were surrogates

The Birds and the Bees - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The reality of how brief childhood is recently hit me with the force of a hammer. My wife and I received a permission slip for our fifth grader son to attend his elementary school’s sex education program. The curriculum consisted of a film followed by discussion with a nurse and

Congressman Charles Rangel and Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar Offer Healing Words at NCBCP Awards Dinner -- Participants pause for a photo with Congressman Charles Rangel during the NCBCP Spirit of Democracy Awards Dinner. Front row (L-R): Shirley Caesar, singer; Christina Sanders,BYV! Texas; Bev Smith, “The Bev Smith Show; Melanie L. Campbell, NCBCP; Rangel; A. Shaunise Washington, NCBCP Board; Michael Brown, State Farm Insurance; Sheryl Lee Ralph

Explosive Memoir That is Sure to Send Shockwaves Throughout Hollywood and Hip Hop! -- HIDING IN HIP HOP: On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry -from Music to Hollywood By Terrance Dean There has long been speculation about who's gay, bi-sexual, or on the down low in the entertainment industry. It is this very speculation and guessing game that fuels gossip columns, blind

God and Percocet - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I have three words to say: “Per-Co-Cet!” I have been laid up the last several weeks with a pinched nerve in my neck. If you have never experienced it, God bless you. It is pain I would not wish on anyone. It is pain that quite literally had me calling

War of the Bloods in My Veins - Street Soldier's March Toward Redemption -- Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris Chronicles Life as a Blood Gang Member Author Recounts Violent Past to Invoke a Non-Violent Future Newark, NJ - By the time Dashaun "Jiwe" Morris ( moved to Phoenix in the third grade, his childhood had been pushed to the margins. Already a victim of poverty and

Minority and lower Income communities face greater barriers to homeownership beyond current mortgage foreclosure crisis -- Jim Park, President & CEO of AREAA and Maria Kong, President & CEO of NAREB converse during precedent-setting Multicultural Real Estate Conference held in Washington, DC. WASHINGTON, D.C. (April 14, 2008) – African American, Hispanic, and Asian real estate professionals believe that new lending policies have unintended consequences for vulnerable

Black Unity Family commemorates 40th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination with "letter to Fellow Americans" --

2008 Financial Literacy Rap Lyrics Contest seeking corporate sponsors -- The search is underway for corporate sponsors willing to assist young people understand the importance of strong credit and money management skills through musical self-expressions. Sponsors are being sought for a new youth economic literacy contest designed to help teach financial and money management skills to children of all ages

Senator Barack Obama's Philadelphia Address - Part 2 -- Throughout the first year of this campaign, against all predictions to the contrary, we saw how hungry the American people were for this message of unity. Despite the temptation to view my candidacy through a purely racial lens, we won commanding victories in states with some of the whitest populations

Senator Barack Obama's Philadelphia Address -- Remarks of Senator Barack Obama “A More Perfect Union” Constitution Center Tuesday, March 18th, 2008 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” Two hundred and twenty one years ago, in a hall that still stands across the street, a group of men gathered and

The Rules by any other Name - Commentary by Joseph C Phillips -- It is truly a testament to the ego and tenacity – both admirable qualities in a president – of Hillary Clinton that she and her campaign continue to press for the recognition of the delegates from Florida and Michigan. Speaking at the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Democratic presidential hopeful

Presidential Health Care Hoaxes - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Clinton, McCain and Obama are lying about health care! I know you don’t like for me to be honest about some things but it is true! One of the biggest issues of the 2008 Presidential Primaries is affordable health care. Every candidate left in the race

The Stay Strong Foundation Launches National 'Healing Starts With US' Campaign With Celebrity Guests Denzel Washington, Ruby Dee, Mo'Nique, Terry McMillan, Rev. Al Sharpton and Others -- NEW YORK, -The Stay Strong Foundation unveiled its plan today to launch a national campaign entitled "Healing Starts With Us." On the heels of Terrie M. Williams' latest book, BLACK PAIN: It Just Looks Like We're Not Hurting, emerges a powerful movement aimed to provide a support network that encourages

Sammy Davis Jr. Enterprises, Inc. And Laroda Group File Lawsuit Against Mrs. Sammy Altovise Davis, Jr. and Burt Boyar -- Los Angeles, CA - In response to a lawsuit filed in Dallas last month by Mrs. Sammy Altovise Davis, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr. Enterprises, Inc., The LaRoda Group, Barrett LaRoda and Anthony Francis have filed their own lawsuit against Mrs. Sammy Altovise Davis Jr. and Burt Boyar, et. al., in

State of the Hood - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Did you see Tavis Smiley’s “State of the Black Union” show on the C-SPAN TV network? Every year I try to watch it and every year I turn it of after about fifteen or thirty minutes. It seems that the “Union” I live in is very

Building Better Communities - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- There we were with rubber gloves and plastic bags picking up trash in two parks in our neighborhood. It was not my idea of the perfect family outing. The two eldest boys were working to earn a badge for their karate school. The sour looks on their faces reflected my

Rock the Vote goes mobile encouraging young voters to join the "Text to Turnout" campaign -- From Iowa to Wisconsin, young voters have taken this election by force. In every primary and caucus this year not only have young adults increased their turnout at the polls, but more importantly they have been leading a movement-- demanding to be heard and standing up for their future. With

Radio Personality Brad Sanders Presents "Be Good To Women Day" on March 20 -- National Prayer Vigil is a Call to Action on Behalf of Women Los Angeles, CA - As a radio personality and host of the nationally syndicated radio series, "On the Phone with Ti-Rone," Brad Sanders, impacted the lives of millions of listeners daily, offering his urban take on common sense

Black College Expo Returns to Atlanta in March -- Diamond Bar - The highly anticipated Annual Black College Expo (BCE) will return once again to Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, March 8, 2008 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway. An after show is scheduled from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thousands of

Atlanta Public Relations maven Diane Larche selected as one of the Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence -- Atlanta Public Relations maven, Diane Larche was selected as one of the Atlanta’s Top 100 Black Women of Influence for 2008 by the Atlanta Business League. About the list… The list reflects the names of black women in the metro Atlanta community who have reached senior level positions within their

Atlanta Town Hall Meeting & Movement -- Theme: Reversing The Deepening Plight of Afrikan American Men and Boys In America PROPOSED DATE: FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND JUNE 16TH - 17TH, 2008 The goals of this Town Hall Meeting will be: To highlight: Concrete grassroots programs, projects, businesses and individuals who currently address the many challenging issues facing today's

A Matter of Honor - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- My wife and I were privileged to be in attendance at “A Celebration of Freedom Gala” honoring recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest military honor. Established in 1861 by President Abraham Lincoln, the MOH is awarded to service men who exhibit extraordinary gallantry, valor and selflessness

Maryland Result Shows Black Politicians Will Be Punished for Supporting the Bush War in Iraq - By Robert N. Taylor -- It has long been held (or assumed) that African American voters tend to be single issue people focused almost exclusively on racial or civil rights concerns. Thus, many Black politicians have long assumed that as long as they did not violate certain racial norms, they could safely take non-progressive or

New Book Explores How America Built Prosperity on “the Backs of Blacks” -- (Taylor Media Services) PublishAmerica last week announced the release of Fruits of Our Labor: America's Prosperity on the Backs of Blacks by Fayton L. Washington of Damascus, Maryland. In a press release, the book was defined as “a motivational tool dedicated to inspiring African-Americans through empowerment, realization, and self-gratification of

Analysis: What the Economic Stimulus Package Means for You: $300 to $1,200 -- (Taylor Media Services) Congress has passed and President Bush has signed into law the much discussed $168 billion economic stimulus package designed to prevent the nation from falling into a job-destroying recession. Here is what that package will most likely mean for the average citizen. First, you will need to

A different view of Fidel Castro - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Cuba’s Fidel Castro recently announced his retirement from his position as leader of the Caribbean island country. Cuban-Americans far and wide have expressed mixed reviews of the sudden announcement, which comes on the heels of an extended illness of Cuba’s fiery leader. Many Florida politicians were

A Global War of Ideas - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- One of my frustrations in listening to the campaign rhetoric of the various candidates vying for our nation’s highest office is their repeated use of the phrase “global war on terror.” The description is grating, rather like fingernails on a chalk board. Moreover, the use of this tired and inaccurate

Tied to Greatness Advances Eleven- City Tour to Atlanta -- New York, NY– Author and Image Authority, Alex Ellis advances to Atlanta with Eleven-city tour Tied to Greatness; an image program designed to empower young men to make quality decisions regarding their personal image from the inside out. Since the recent launch, over 800 teens have been captivated with a

Prairie View Student Government Association and Black Youth Vote! announce a march and rally to protect students’ right to vote -- Prairie View, TX – As the historic turnout among young voters continues to have a major impact on an election that marks a turning point in America, students at Prairie View A&M University faced with the age-old problem of fighting for their right to vote, are planning a march and

Laurence Fishburne to Star as Thurgood Marshall in Broadway Play -- (Taylor Media Services) Laurence Fishburne, perhaps best known for the role of Ike in the Tina Turner bio-drama “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, is set to star in a one-man Broadway play based on the life of civil rights legal giant, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall

Black Churches Unite to Help Blacks Caught Up in Current Housing Crisis -- (Taylor Media Services) The National Black Church Initiative and thirteen historic African American denominations have come together with industry and government officials to create a guide designed to assist families while they are going through foreclosure and to help others avoid it altogether. The effort is in response to the

Miasha, The Writing Diva, Drops Fourth Novel "Sistah For Sale" A Sizzling Tale Of Survival -- Philadalphia, PA - When 26-year old "Writing Diva" Miasha puts pen to paper, the publishing world takes note. Just two years ago, at the age of 24, the literary phenomenon incited a heated bidding war between powerhouses Avon Books, St. Martin's and Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, Inc. Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, Inc

Dominic Carter “Inside City Hall” Host set to Headline Black History Month I Love to Read Book Fair -- I Love to Read Book Fair recently launched its web site at I Love to Read Book Fair is geared toward African American and Multicultural Authors and serves as a tribute to the contribution to the literary arena. Multi-Cultural books have experienced a tremendous amout of growth over the

Obama Pulled Their Sheet Off - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Some of my best friends are “Democrats” so I don’t want to hurt any feelings with this column but the truth must be told. The best candidate for United States President currently running in the 2008 primary elections is Illinois Senator Barack Obama. He has taken

The 2008 Action Agenda for African-Americans and Women: How Does Labor Fit In? -- Friday, February 29, 2008 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. National Labor College (NLC) -George Meany Campus 10000 New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring Kirkland Center – Solidarity Hall HOST: NLC President William E. Scheuerman, Ph.D. SYMPOSIUM PRESENTERS: Rev. Dr. Joseph E. Lowery Chair Emeritus, S.C.L.C.; Black Leadership Forum; Inc. Founder/President

No Change in Waller County Texas -- Prairie View Student Government Association and Black Youth Vote! announce a march and rally to protect students’ right to vote Prairie View, TX – As the historic turnout among young voters continues to have a major impact on an election that marks a turning point in America, students at Prairie

NAACP Challenges Attorney General Mukasey's Misguided Position on Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reductions -- The NAACP was both saddened and offended by Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s call for Congress to override the decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission to apply their May 2007 decision to reduce the recommended mandatory minimum sentencing range for conviction of possession of crack cocaine retroactive to those already in

New Black Leaders - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - In my opinion, too many of our current so-called Black American heroes are essentially zeros in disguise! Before integration, we had more of a say in who led us and whom we would follow. Nowadays, anybody with a job with the white man, a contract with

Me and my Wii - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I blame my mother-in-law. Prior to Christmas, my wife’s mother announced that she was going to purchase a Wii (pronounced we) for our boys. For the uninitiated, the Wii is a video game console made by Nintendo. Unlike many other video gaming systems, the Wii is interactive. Rather than sit

Stop The Police Violence - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I recently read a story in The New York Times about how Lima, Ohio police officers, allegedly looking for a drug dealer, shot a woman and her infant child. The woman, who was not a crime suspect, was killed and the baby suffered serious gunshot injuries

Chatting with the Maker - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- There is an old joke that everyone talks to God, but only crazy people hear God answering them. What then is one to make of television evangelist Pat Robertson and his annual end of the year chats with our maker? It has become something of a New Year’s tradition that

Clinton, Clinton, Hill No! - Commentary by Felicia M. Davis -- I voted early for Barack Obama in Georgia and it felt so good that I couldn’t resist traveling to South Carolina to participate in history in the making. I spent about two hours standing on a corner adjacent to the Capitol helping to out-chant Hillary supporters before gathering for the

Old School Meets New School - Lil Scrappy joins local leaders to get out the vote -- TOWNHALL PARTY TO MOBILIZE AFRICAN AMERICAN VOTERS AT SUGARHILL LOUNGE SATURDAY FEB. 2 OLD School Meets NEW School Lil Scrappy joins local leaders to encourage young voters to vote in the primary PowerPAC, a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to inclusion of underrepresented communities in the political process, will hold a

Audacity & Hope – by Felicia M. Davis -- - Think back before the Iowa Caucus…a time when we were challenged to dare to hope for a better America. When Iowa responded it inspired the rest of us to reach for a bold new vision and we began to believe in our collective ability to do better, to

The Presidential Wolf - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - God will rise up whom He pleases! Despite the race baiting and hating by the Clinton Campaign, Barack Obama raced to victory in the South Carolina Presidential Primary. Soundly defeating all other Democratic candidates, Obama got 24 percent of white votes cast with two other major

Becoming an Obamacan - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama recently found himself in some hot water when he was heard to compliment former President Ronald Reagan. During an interview, the Illinois senator said, “I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way

Louisiana Man Indicted for Federal Civil Rights Violations for Nooses Targeting 'Jena Six' Marchers -- WASHINGTON, DC - Grace Chung Becker, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, and Donald W. Washington, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, todayannounced the indictment of Jeremiah Munsen, 18, on federal hate crime and conspiracy charges for his role in threatening and intimidating marchers who

Internet Love - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - The once was a popular song that went, “I found love on a two-way street and lost it on a lonely highway”. Nowadays, you can find love on an information highway and lose it in a parking lot! There are hundreds, if not thousands, of Internet

Chatting with the Maker - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- There is an old joke that everyone talks to God, but only crazy people hear God answering them. What then is one to make of television evangelist Pat Robertson and his annual end of the year chats with our maker? It has become something of a New Year’s tradition that

Harlem Group Fights 125th Street Rezoning -- Attorney Norman Siegel to serve as counsel Harlem-based advocacy group VOTE People will announce its plan to defeat the rezoning of 125th Street. An organization working with communities facing political, economic and social injustice, VOTE People is launching a concerted effort to oppose the "River-to River" plan, the city's brazen

The d’Zert Club Offers Free Trip To Egypt -- Philadelphia -- The d'Zert Club and the African Genesis Institute are sponsoring a free, all expense paid trip to Egypt, North Africa for 1,000 students nationwide ages 7-14 and 500 adult group leaders. These travelers will participate in the Annual Teen Summit 1000. The d’Zert Club is a Philadelphia-based, non-profit

OUR POLITICS, OUR PROGRESS: How Our Children Should Be Actively Involved in Our Struggles -- Our children- we feed them, we clothe them, we provide shelter for them, and make sure that they are healthy and get to school each day. So shouldn’t our collective progress and current struggles for liberated economics, justice, and unity heavily involve them? Just as many times in the past

The King Influence - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report -Happy Birthday Dr. King. You were born on this date, January 15th, and no matter how much the devil likes to change the calendar and distort the dates that are important to us, the real players honor you on the date God blessed us with your birth

The Health Care Pillow - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In “The Scarlet Letter” Nathanial Hawthorne writes “…The American eagle, with outspread wings, a shield before her breast, and, If I recollect right, a bunch of intermingled thunderbolts and barbed arrows in each claw. With the customary infirmity of temper that characterizes this unhappy fowl she appears, by the fierceness

Obama's On A Roll - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Who are the “we” that Presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks about in his most memorable campaign phrase, “Yes we can”! Time will tell, but right now is the time to recognize Obama’s limited success in America’s Presidential Primary Elections. Obama won the Iowa caucus and placed

People Say the Dumbest Things - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- File this under “people say the dumbest things.” During a Golf Channel telecast of the Mercedes-Benz Championship, announcer Kelly Tilghman and co-host Nick Faldo were discussing young players who could possibly challenge Tiger Woods. Faldo jokingly said perhaps the youngsters should "gang up (on Tiger) for a while." The pair

DNA Frees another Black Man from Prison for a Crime He Did Not Commit … After 27 Years -- (Taylor Media Services) Charles Allen Chapman became a free man last week – after spending 27 years in prison for a rape which DNA testing proved he could not have committed. Chapman had been sentenced to a 99-year prison term after he was convicted in the 1981 rape of a

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin Endorses Barack Obama -- Today, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin endorsed Barack Obama for President, citing his unique ability to give voice to America's future and his ability to bring the American people together to bring change. Mayor Franklin said, "Barack Obama is a dynamic, smart, and experienced leader who has demonstrated the capacity to

BET’s Jeff Johnson Sits Down with Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in a Series of Election Specials -- BET’s Interview with Obama Airs Tuesday, January 8, with the Second Installment Featuring Clinton Airing Tuesday, January 15 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT NEW YORK- As part of BET Networks’ 2008 national election coverage, BET News sits down with the 2008 presidential hopefuls for a series of compelling interviews titled “WHAT’S

King Center to Honor Jesse Hill, Jr. and Delta Airlines During MLK Celebration -- The King Center will honor Mr. Jesse Hill, Jr., former Chairman of the Atlanta Life Insurance company and will also salute corporate honoree Delta Airlines and its C.E.O. Mr. Richard H. Anderson at the annual “Salute to Greatness Dinner” at the Hyatt-Regency Downtown Atlanta on Saturday, January 19, 2008, at

100 Black Men Of America to Sponsor Upcoming Presidential Debate on African American and Hispanic Issues -- ATLANTA – 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and The Nevada Democratic Party, along with the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, IMPACTO and the College of Southern Nevada have partnered to hold a Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. This marks the second debate held in Las Vegas. Nevada holds

Financial Educator Derek Ward Addresses Real Estate Woes with Mortgage Reduction Program -- Los Angeles, CA - When Derek Ward purchased his first home in 1986 in the Antelope Valley of California, it was for him a dream come true. As he was only able to qualify for a loan with a monthly adjustable rate, his dream was short lived and soon transitioned

Former Essence editor Susan Taylor to keynote GPC ML King celebration -- Susan L. Taylor, former editorial director of Essence magazine, will be the keynote speaker at the Georgia Perimeter College 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, Jan. 15. All events are free and open to the public. The theme of this year’s MLK program is a

Class War Is Being Waged against New Orleans Blacks - Commentary by Robert N. Taylor -- Last month’s scenes from New Orleans caught on video and posted on the Internet were racially horrifying: Police using electric tasers and tear gas to suppress protesters who were trying to enter a City Council meeting to block a federal plan to demolish thousands of homes in low-income housing projects

Why Don't Blacks Buy American? by William Reed -- The American economy is declining. Are you a part of this problem, or its solution? In a Capitol Hill briefing, the head of the nation’s oldest black business organization said his National Business League (NBL) is addressing the problem with a focus on “creating more well-paying jobs for African Americans”

Journalist, Roland S. Martin, Pens Life-Transforming Revelations God has Spoken into His Spirit in New Book -- New York, NY - Writing from a place of passion and commitment, CNN Contributor and nationally award-winning journalist, Roland Martin, inspires readers to believe that a personal relationship with God is, not only necessary, but mandatory to make it through life’s daily circumstances in his new book. Roland, the host

Hope and Death in Health care - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Recent events illustrate how hope and death hang over our discussions of health care like shadows whose influence is ever present though seldom seen. Two competing specters: one so intensely focused on the present moment that it occasionally reeks of desperation; the other smugly confident that no matter how many

That Special Person - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - African American women and men oftentimes have so many relationship scars it is very difficult to believe in a healer. When a good person comes along, the tendency is to believe the worst as opposed to the better. In seeking a meaningful relationship, one cannot lose

Lessons Learned - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never know the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 Every now and again, a child says or does something that fills a parent with pride and lets them know that all the talking, the lecturing, the

African-American Controller Wins $1.2 Million Verdict in Racial and Sexual Harassment Lawsuit -- NEW YORK, Dec. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Last night, after a two week-long race and gender discrimination trial in Manhattan Federal Court before United States District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, a jury returned a $1.2 million dollar verdict in favor of Sydney Nurse, the current Controller of Manhattan-based Concepts in Staffing

Never Forget- A Night with Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley” -- Media personality Tavis Smiley to host a listening experience in honor of Dr. Cornel West’s first infusion album on Hidden Beach Recordings, Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations. Los Angeles, Dec. 11, 2007 — Tavis Smiley, Allstate, and Hidden Beach Recordings will host a black carpet affair featuring renowned professor

Black Youth Vote! National Civic Education Training Tour Promotes Voting In Iowa -- Des Moines, IA - As part of ongoing efforts to motivate young people to engage in the political process, the League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF) recently teamed up with the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Youth Vote! (BYV!) for an innovative civic participation training at

Sentencing Commission votes in favor of crack cocaine retroactivity -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation's leading sentencing reform organization with 13,000 members -- many of whom are incarcerated people and their families -- praises the U.S. Sentencing Commission for its courage and leadership on improving crack cocaine sentencing policies for future defendants and current prisoners

How Can We Stop Young Black Males from Killing One Another – A Few Ideas! - by Robert N. Taylor -- The recent tragic shooting death of 24-year-old Washington Redskins football star Sean Taylor in his Florida home once again forces us to confront a distressing fact of modern Black life in the United States of America. After surviving slavery, the Ku Klux Klan, lynching, Jim Crow, Black codes, family destruction

Beast Bank Mortgage Crisis - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - There’s a number that you can call if you are in the midst of a mortgage crisis. The number, I’m told, is 1-888-995-HOPE, a government sponsored telephone number. The government, as usual, makes the people hurt by mortgage bandits look like the criminals and the wicked

Hard Headed Hip-hop - by Joseph C. Phillips -- It is often jarring when the cleanliness of theory meets the messiness of reality. Such was the source of the recent smack in the face I received when I purchased one of my sons a MP3 player for his birthday. All of my neat theories about keeping the evil rap

Purvis Young Opens New Art Studio In Miami’s Wynwood Art District -- MIAMI – Purvis Young, America’s most prolific contemporary artist has opened a new art studio in the Wynwood Art District in Miami, Florida. Now that my health issues are under control, I plan to paint masterpieces every day that I can,” said Young, the “Director’s Choice” at Art Miami 2007

I Know How The Dog Feels - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I’m sorry to say but I had a “Dog The Bounty Hunter” moment! If you’ve been keeping up with it “Dog” was tape recorded using the “N” word. His excuse, he said, was the word was just casually used sometimes in his business and his home

Old Fashioned Marriage Part 10: Marriage for Children - Joseph C. Phillips -- I am always amused to hear baby boomers applaud themselves for being so much more in touch with their sexuality than were their parents. For them, prior generations were uptight prudes that just didn’t know how to get their groove on. Seemingly lost on these free spirits is that the

Essence Magazine Presents 25 Most Influential of 2007 in December Issue -- Senator Barack Obama Recognized as Readers' Choice for "African-American of the Year" NEW YORK - ESSENCE magazine reflects back on 2007 and recognizes 25 distinguished African-Americans who have made a difference. From triumphs on the playing field to victories in the court of public opinion, from groundbreaking moments in politics

Would deracializing current events help fight abuse of power epidemic? - by Edrea Davis -- America is in a state of chaos and the problem is bigger than racism. In addition to the enduring wars in the Middle East and on our city streets, recently publicized incidents reveal widespread violence against citizens perpetrated by officials under the cloak of authority. The myriad of videos circulating

Susan L. Taylor hosts inaugural Unity Circle house party to raise money for UNITY: The Black Campaign -- Black Leaders Put Their Money Where Their Mouth Is The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is once again, Claiming the Victory, after a successful fundraiser held recently at the New York home of Essence magazine’s editorial director, Susan L. Taylor. With a guest list that reads like a

New Controversial Song "Sometimes I Wish I Was White" Stimulates Discussion About Blacks Frustrated With Injustice -- Washington, DC ( - Independent singer Allen Watty has just taken controversy to another level. Watty is best known as the singer of the "Hurricane Song", which won rave national reviews from ABC News,, and CNN. Now, he's back with another tune called "Sometimes I Wish I Was White"

Yellow Fever - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Call 911! Get the Life Flight Helicopter airborne because many of the country’s most prominent African Americans are sick! If they are not quarantined, the whole community will be sick as a dog! Why? Necessary steps must be taken because large numbers of so-called Black leaders

Old Fashioned Marriage Part 9: A Testing - Joseph C. Phillips -- My buddy is raising his two daughters to be perfect ladies. He is teaching them to demand not that they be treated as delicate flowers that must be handled with care less they crumble, but strong women that delight in their femininity. To that end he has instructed his girls

Thanksgiving Soul - by Joseph C. Phillips -- When a meal is especially enjoyable, diners will often comment that the chef put his foot into a meal. It is a way of saying that in addition to the herbs and spices, the chef added a bit of his soul. Thanksgiving dinner is like that for me. I have

Black Political Puppets - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - “Pinocchio”, “Lamb Chops” and “Howdy Doody” would be proud! Every time members of the Democratic and Republican Parties claim to be seeking support from Black voters, they roll out their crews of political puppets! To generate support from other groups of voters, the political parties have

2007 American Black Film Festival Announces Festival Award Winners "I'm Through with White Girls wins the Audience Award" -- "The independent films we screen each year at the festival are our anchor. We are so pleased to have had such a great line up and a good cross section of stories and themes," said Jeff Friday, founder/CEO of Film Life, Inc. "Our partnership with the American Black Film Festival

Black History Tour in Paris Remembers and Honors Four African-American Writers who Died in November -- Paris-based black writers Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Chester Himes and William Gardner Smith all died during the month of November and Walking The Spirit Tours honors their Paris experience with in-depth, lively tours through their neighborhoods. Paris, France (PRWEB) November 19, 2007 -- Walking The Spirit Tours is walking visitors

Barack Obama: Whites’ Great Hope? - Commentary by George E. Curry -- Usually, I don’t write columns about stories that appear in a single publication, but one that appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 10 really got my attention. The story about Barak Obama was headlined, “Whites’ Great Hope? Barack Obama and the Dream of a

Why Is Bad News about African Americans so Popular? – Three Reasons & Two Solutions! - by Robert Taylor -- Last year the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta issued a report showing that the steady increase in the HIV/AIDS infection rate for African Americans had actually declined. This was very good news! It suggested that at least in the area of slowing down the spread

Fourth African Ambassadors Interactive Forum With the African Diaspora And Africa Business & Investment Showcase London, 28-29 November 2007 -- The fourth Annual African Ambassadors Interactive Forum (4th AAIF) incorporating the Africa Business & Investment showcase will take place at the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8, on Wednesday and Thursday, the 28th – 29th of November 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Georgia Nonprofit Receives Grant to Produce Environmental Justice Documentary -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today awarded $50,000 to the Hyde & Aragon Park Improvement Committee, Inc., a non-profit organization in Richmond, Ga., to create a documentary and host a town hall forum on environmental issues that the Hyde Park community faces. The award is part of EPA’s Environmental Justice

Capitol City Bank & Trust Company Opens New Branch Office South of 5 Points in Downtown Atlanta -- by Bunnie Jackson-Ransom On October 26, 2007 African American owned Capitol City Bank & Trust Company [CCBT] opened the doors of its newest branch office at 94 Peachtree Street, SW, south of five points in downtown Atlanta (GA). The ribbon-cutting ceremony brought out dignitaries including Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin; Georgia

Bumpy Johnson's Widow Refutes Frank Lucas' "American Gangster" Tales -- Harlem, New York - November 2007 - At age 93, Mayme Johnson has done a lot of living. But as the widow of Ellsworth "Bumpy" Johnson, the original American gangster, who ruled Harlem in the early 20th century, Mayme Johnson has done more living than most! In "Harlem Godfather: The

FAMM urges Sentencing Commission to make crack cocaine guideline amendment retroactive -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM), the nation's leading sentencing reform organization with 13,000 members, today calls on the U.S. Sentencing Commission to make retroactive the crack cocaine guideline amendment that went into effect on November 1. FAMM has spearheaded the effort to make the crack cocaine guideline change apply to

Getting Serious About Global Warming - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I am concerned about global warming. I have heard and read repeatedly that we are in the midst of a planetary emergency and I am distressed that we may not be doing enough to address the current environmental crisis. I am distressed about the legacy this generation may be leaving

IBSA Partners with Gatlin Education Services to Provide Online Training -- KANSAS CITY, KANSAS - November 6, 2007 -- IBSA, Inc. today announced that it now has two new workforce training program approved by the Workforce Partnership which provides online access to training for eligible persons in Leavenworth, Wyandotte and Johnson County. The Workforce Partnership is a private nonprofit organization that

FCC Commissioner To Talk About Decency, Minority Ownership, Payola and Other Issues Surrounding Urban Radio -- Miami, FL, November 2, 2007 - Sizzle Productions announced that FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein will be in attendance at this year's I Rock The Mic Conference & Awards (IRTM). Commissioner Adelstein will participate in two scheduled events on December 1. Commissioner Adelstein will first participate in an invitation only, closed-door

Afro European Sisters Network and Black Women in Europe websites team up to empower Black Women around the world -- November 2007 (Rotterdam, Netherlands, Halmstad, Sweden) The Afro European Sisters Network ( founded by Sandra Rafaela has joined forces with the Black Women in Europe ( social network and award winning blog authored by Adrianne George to launch the Women in the African Diaspora social network and the AESN/BWIE website

7th Annual Black Youth Vote Civic Leadership Training Conference -- Registration slots still available! WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Black Youth Vote 7th Annual Leadership Conference still has slots available for this year's conference; Launching the Countdown to Election '08: 360 Days to Mobilize the Masses. The conference will take place on November 8-10, 2007

Democratic Backbone - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Kudos to Bill Clinton. At a recent fundraiser for his wife presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Bill confronted a couple of hecklers in the audience shouting that the terrorist attacks of 9/11 were an inside job. When the hecklers persisted the former president responded with a forceful, “Inside job? How dare

Fashion Rocks in New Orleans -- New Orleans, LA- Wendy Wiltz is proud to present “Fashion Rocks Friday” on Friday November 2nd, 2007. The event will bring together local politicians, business professionals and entertainers for a fashion filled event. The event featuring exquisite New Orleans cuisine begins with black carpet arrivals at 7pm located at Ray’s

Hating on Cosby - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The release of Bill Cosby’s new book “Come On, People: On the Path from Victims to Victors,” has revived charges from progressive corners that he is just a big, rich “meany-pants” picking on the poor and down trodden. Contrary to this critique, Cosby and those that agree with him are

Kevin Bond, Grammy Award-Winning Producer, Releases New Book -- Lithonia, GA ( - The Word is fulfilling itself in that the harvest is truly ripe but the laborers are few. Those few laborers must be properly equipped for service. Otherwise, they will be ineffective. With that in mind, Kevin Bond has prepared a book that details what to look

Black Voter Empowerment Sundays: Bringing It Home and Claiming the Victory -- Washington, DC. ( - Following the recent release of a video "call to participate" featuring Grammy Award winner, Dr. Bobby Jones, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), along with a host of national Black organizations, officially launched the first in a series of Black Voter Empowerment Sundays. The

Producer Tracey Edmonds will be featured at the new Lincoln "Off the Red Carpet" series during the 2007 American Black Film Festival -- Award-winning producer and president/COO of the new Our Stories Films, Tracey Edmonds will be one of many industry insiders featured at the new Lincoln "Off the Red Carpet" series at the 2007 American Black Film Festival. The luxury automaker will embark on its eighth consecutive year of partnership with ABFF

Reducing Harmful Diesel Emissions in Georgia: The Georgia Clean Diesel Campaign -- Mothers & Others for Clean Air and the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy are collaborating on a comprehensive campaign—the Georgia Clean Diesel Campaign-- to reduce harmful diesel emissions in Georgia. The good news about diesel pollution is that the Environmental Protection Agency passed a federal rule last year that imposes

High Incarceration Rates for Black Men Impact Minority Communities and Health Problems Mount -- By Dr. Henrie M. Treadwell - Each year, when 650,000 ex-prisoners return to communities all across the United States, many suffer from deteriorating health conditions and must confront a hostile environment where their rehabilitation will be difficult to achieve. What's more, the families and communities they are rejoining may have

New York Protesters to March in Harlem to Stop Police Brutality and Support the Jena 6 -- New York, NY-- The October 22nd Coalition Against Police Brutality is holding its 12th annual National Day of Protest against police brutality, repression, and the criminalization of a generation this Monday in Harlem, New York. Protesters will march from Marcus Garvey Memorial Park to the Harlem State Office Building, and

Reconciling Faith - Commentary Joseph C. Phillips -- Why do bad things happen to good people? It is the eternal philosophical question. Why is there sadness and suffering in the world and heartbreak and frustration in our lives, though we fall on our knees in prayer? The answers to these questions are not easy and in fact are

Panama Injustice - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Don’t act surprised. The Panama City jury that found boot camp law enforcers not guilty in the brutal death of 14-year-old Martin Anderson is not the first jury to acquit police officers of obvious misconduct. In a society where Black youth and adults are seen as

The Living Legacy of Malcolm X -- The Shabazz Family, the Board of Directors, the administrators and staff of the Malcolm X & Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center, Inc. proudly join the Malcolm X Commemoration Committee in announcing a competitive essay contest on the Living Legacy of Malcolm X -- its Meaning and its Message

Criminal Charges Against Coca-Cola Likely in India -- Thiruvananthapuram (October 15, 2007): The state government of Kerala has initiated the process of filing criminal charges against the Coca-Cola company for pollution. In a notice to the Coca-Cola company on Friday, October 12, the Kerala State Pollution Control Board has asked the company to show cause as to why

The Values Dance - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- I watched Antonio Villaraigosa do a dance that has alas become all too familiar. After it was revealed that the mayor of Los Angeles had been involved in an extra marital affair, he held a news conference to “take full responsibility for his actions,” reaffirm his commitment to the people

The NACCP's New White Hope - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - News reports indicate that the Florida State Branch of the NAACP is jumping on the Charlie Crist bandwagon. Crist, if you don’t know, is the Republican Governor of the State of Florida. Crist spoke at the recent NAACP’s Freedom Fund dinner and commented on his role

Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership Conference -- BLACK YOUTH VOTE! 2007 Civic Leadership Conference Black Youth Vote! is a program of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation. Contact Person: Jordan Thierry (202) 659-4929 T (202) 659-5025 F jmthierry (at) Hotel Accomodations The Residence Inn Marriott Hotel 1199 Vermont Avenue, N.W. Washington, DC 20005 (202) 898-1100

Acknowledging, Understanding, and Healing the Skin/Hair “Thang” Between Black Women -- Good hair, bad hair, redbone, high-yellow, dusty-brown, midnight blue--all are loaded terms that have been used by and about African-Americans to describe the texture of our hair and our various shades of blackness. These centuries-old negative descriptions still evoke the pain and division of a post-slavery caste system within our

Kirk Franklin to release new single "Declaration (This Is It!)" late October -- New York, NY - Zomba Gospel recording artist KIRK FRANKLIN, the biggest-selling Contemporary Gospel artist in Soundscan history, will release the first single, "Declaration (This Is It!)" from his seventh CD, THE FIGHT OF MY LIFE, another tour de force in his vast collection. Franklin, who is credited with revolutionizing

Deaf to Race - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- For several years now, we have been hearing about the renewed efforts on the part of the Republican Party to bring black voters back into the fold. If the GOP is to be successful in that endeavor, I am of the opinion that they must take every opportunity presented to

Graffitipink.Com Celebrates Its One Year Anniversary With Launch Of Signature Line,The Graffiti Pink Collection -- West Hollywood, CA - October 2007 - In just a year's time, has positioned itself as the premier destination for intimate apparel alongside bath and beauty products, loungewear, swimwear and the trendiest hard-to-find under things! Proving "it's what underneath that counts," the site's savvy, sexy and distinctive flavor has

‘Billary’ Clinton is Condescending to Blacks By George E. Curry -- Clinton is condescending to African-Americans. Which one? Billary. Translation: Both of them – Bill and Hillary. I am sick of it and even sicker over how Blacks respond to what should be perceived as a slap-in-the face. I suspect much of this nonsense began with Toni Morrison proclaiming that Bill

The Living Legends Foundation Honors Clarence Avant and Others November 15 in NYC -- New York, NY - October 1, 2007 -- The Living Legends Foundation(LLF) has announced the music industry stalwarts to be recognized this year at their 14th Annual Living Legends Dinner Gala to be held on Thursday, November 15, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at The Supper Club, 240 West 47th

A Thank You to Black People From All Other Americans - By James Clingman -- Dear Black Americans, After all of these years and all we have been through, we think it's appropriate for us to show our gratitude for all you have done for us. We have chastised you, criticized you, punished you, and in some cases even apologized to you, but we have

Sensationnel Hair Idol 2007: Recognizing the winner in every woman -- (Miami) – With much success in its first destination – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Sensationnel Hair – “The Hair You Love to Wear” presents Sensationnel Hair Idol 2007 is lands in Atlanta. An array of women will showcase their winning looks when this spectacular tour continues in the “A” on September 30th

Kirk Franklin to Host New BET Show, Sunday Best -- New York, NY - BET has tapped gospel superstars Kirk Franklin, Mary Mary and BeBe Winans to help find the next great gospel artist in the new original series SUNDAY BEST. From one of the producers of the hit series "American Idol," SUNDAY BEST premieres on BET Tuesday, October 2

New Jack Affirmative Action - by Joseph C. Phillips -- Fifty years ago one thousand armed national guardsmen escorted 9 Black Little Rock, Arkansas teenagers through an angry mob to the doors of Central High School. No doubt Ernest Green, Melba Beals and the rest of the Little Rock 9 did not face a mob screaming for their blood in

The NACCP's New White Hope - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - News reports indicate that the Florida State Branch of the NAACP is jumping on the Charlie Crist bandwagon. Crist, if you don’t know, is the Republican Governor of the State of Florida. Crist spoke at the recent NAACP’s Freedom Fund dinner and commented on his role

Old Fashioned Marriage Part 8: Walking Together - by Joseph C. Phillips -- Women tend to get a bit disagreeable surrounding issues of communication, selfishness and finance. As much as I love the fairer sex, there is little to like about a woman with a funky attitude. Of course, they say the same thing about men. Married life may be the best life

Michael Vick - by Joseph C. Phillips -- January 4th 2000. The date stands out in my memory because it was the first time I saw Michael Vick play football. Despite being a red shirt freshman, it was clear that Vick was a man playing a sport with boys. He dazzled! Virginia Tech was overrun by a much

How to Keep Jena-type Protests Going - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - It was good to see all of the old folks at the recent protests in Jena, Louisiana about the malicious and racially motivated prosecution of six teenagers. However, it was better to see the throngs of youth voice their opinions and show their faces at the

Juice Justice - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - About 500 years ago millions of Black people complained that they were kidnapped and stolen from the shores of Africa and brought to America to serve as slaves for white slave masters. In 2007, no one has been arrested or has spent any time in jail

America's Conservative Negro Opinion Columnists - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I was talking with one of my friends recently about how scholarly studies indicate that most American newspapers seek to publish opinions by conservative writers. Editorial pages are some of the least read sections of newspapers but editorials are a gauge of community perspectives. If it

Rolle-ing to the Top of Pro Tennis - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report-You can’t keep a good Black woman down! African American Miami native Ahsha Rolle stepped up to the plate recently in the world class US Open Tennis Tournament and did her thing beating the 17th-ranked and the 57th-ranked women tennis players in the world in the first and

Don't Blame Vick, Blame Vick Haters - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - After pleading guilty to dog fighting recently in a federal courthouse, football player Michael Vick gave a heartfelt apology to everyone hurt by his involvement in illegal activities. Minutes after Vick pleaded guilty, the Atlanta Falcons football team owner Arthur Blank couldn’t wait to call a

Jena Six Mirrors American Justice -- The Gantt Report - Los Angeles police Officers Wynn, Koon and others did not brutally beat Rodney King in the early 1990s. New Orleans Police Officers also didn’t brutally beat a Black man in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. Videos were taken of police misconduct and the officers still said

Coalition makes urgent call for volunteers to aid in gulf coast rebuilding efforts -- In an effort to trigger a new wave of volunteerism in the Gulf Coast region, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is making an urgent call for local and national groups to join them Tuesday, August 28, for A Day of Service to help rebuild hurricane damaged communities

Coalition Mobilizing Nationwide for Massive Demonstration in New Orleans -- NEW ORLEANS-Appalled by the lack of progress in the Gulf, a group of prominent business, civic and entertainment organizations have joined forces to mobilize Americans to converge upon New Orleans on August 29, the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The event, "8/29, A Day of Presence," will take place on

James Earl Jones and Verizon’s Michelle Robinson will be on hand to help nine-year-old author perform ‘Literary Improv’ to showcase technology’s impact on education -- ATLANTA, GA – With only a laptop and the assistance of legendary actor James Earl Jones, Verizon Senior Vice President Michelle Robinson, information provided by and suggestions from a crowd of 250, an author will create a short story within minutes. The literary improvisation will be part of the

Rev. Joseph Lowery to speak at grand opening of youth center -- Center aims to shine a positive light on a troubled community The timing could not be better for civil rights leader and non-violence activist, Dr. Joseph Lowery to visit Clayton County to speak to community members during the grand-opening of a new after school/summer-camp youth activity center in Forest Park

Spiritual and Health Concerns of Black Men -- BROOKLYN – May 21st, On Saturday, June 30th, 2007 , the Ausar Auset Society invites you to Spiritual and Health Concerns of Black Men from 12 noon – 6:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Services such as traditional Chinese acupuncture, full body massage, reflexology, and Qi Gong healing will be available

Thousands to Attend First Ever U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta -- Grassroots bringing solutions and innovation to Social Forum Movement ATLANTA, GA – As the nation grapples with issues of war, immigration, housing and more, thousands of community organizers, activists, youth, and community leaders representing hundreds of national, and international organizations will participate in the first ever U.S. Social Forum. Gathering

“I’m Still Hot…It Just Comes in Flashes Now!” Summer Book Tour Gets Underway -- Baby Boomer Author Beverly Mahone is gearing up for what she calls the hottest summer she’s ever experienced! That’s because not only will she join the fabulous fifties club on the first day of summer---June 21---but the author of the best selling book, “Whatever! A Baby Boomer’s Journey Into Middle

Liberty Bank to host Business Networking Golf Tournament during Essence Festival Weekend -- NEW ORLEANS, LA -- Liberty Bank & Trust Company and Alden J. McDonald, President & CEO will serve as host of the Annual Liberty Bank Business Networking Golf Tournament which will take place on Saturday, July 7, 2007, from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm, at the TPC Louisiana golf course

Real Men Cook Atlanta Selects Ray Ray Mcelrathbey as "Host Of The Year" -- The Clemson University Running Back and his brother Fahmarr will be on hand for the premiere Father’s Day celebration Real Men Cook® (RMC) For Charity, a day long event celebrating men and family, could not have found a “Host of the Year” that exemplifies the mission of the organization more

FCC Blame Game - by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Protests are flying at the Federal Communications Commission about the lack of ownership by Blacks and women of American radio and television stations. “Women and people of color have been left off the dial because the FCC has pursued policies that are far off the mark,

Jail Is No Joke - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I got arrested a couple of days ago so I called a few of my friends to let them know. When I reported what happened to me, many of my friends acted as if my detention was a joke. Their response regarding my circumstance was not

"A Prayer 4 Hip Hop" Concert Series Takes a Stand for This Generation -- New York, NY - "A Prayer 4 Hip Hop", in the making for two years, is poised to address the issues facing the Hip Hop generation today. "A Prayer 4 Hip Hop" is being produced by Life Media along with its national media partners Vibe Magazine and GospelCity.Com. In addition

Historical Reflection, Relaxation and Celebration by the Sea on Sapelo Island -- Sapelo Island, GA – The Sapelo Island Cultural and Revitalization Society, Inc. (SICARS) of Sapelo Island, GA will kickoff its first Diaspora - Reflection, Relaxation and Celebration by the Sea on Sapelo Island, GA on Saturday, June 23, 2007 from 9:30 am until 5:00 p.m. The 2007 Diaspora: Reflection, Relaxation

Master P promotes clean, responsible lyrics -- The hip-hop industry has come a long way. Today, it continues to generate billions of dollars in which corporate America is the main beneficiary. Hip-hop artists have been able to use their talents in this industry and make a better life for themselves and their families. Personally, I have profited

Prices: The True Friend of The Environment- Joseph C. Phillips -- Given the current concern about man-made global warming, I fully expected that the rising price of gasoline would be greeted with celebration. Environmentalists and politicians currying their favor have warned us of the need to reduce our carbon footprint. Higher gasoline prices will curb the use of gasoline, encourage consumers

Bonds-Vick Haters - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - After I graduated from Journalism graduate school, my first job was as a sports reporter for The Associated Press in New York and Atlanta. There were Black sports writers before me that covered one or two sports but I was the first writer for an international

Zimbabwe American Style - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- During my recent visit to Zimbabwe, I had the privilege of visiting a vocational school for at risk kids located in Chitungwiza, a large city neighboring the capital city of Harare. I traveled to Harare to perform in a production of the new play, “The Blue Door.” The play, by

BREAKING: 4 US Reps for Cheney Impeachment -- By Matthew Cardinale, News Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA – US Rep. Albert Russell Wynn (D-MD) has become the fourth total co-sponsor of US Rep. Dennis Kucinich’s (D-OH) bill to impeach Vice President of the United States Dick Cheney, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. In addition to Kucinich, the

Propaganda, Pimping or Sloppy Journalism: (part 2) -- Go to Part I - "The Message" Commentary by Edrea Davis PART 2: WE KILLED THE MESSENGER Assuming the stop snitching movement, as mainstream media reports it, is a hoax; the question would be, why do black people passively embrace and accept any message sent by a mainstream messenger? Too

Propaganda, Pimping or Sloppy Journalism: (part 1) -- “60 Minutes” story on snitching reinforces the need to support the black press Commentary by Edrea Davis PART 1: THE MESSAGE For the past few months mainstream media has hyped the “stop snitchin” slogan, giving it a life – and definition – of it’s own. A recent story on CBS

Morehouse to introduce the Director of the Journalism and Sports program -- ATLANTA - On Monday, May 7th, Morehouse Alumnus and award-winning director Spike Lee ‘79 will host an explosive forum on the black athlete. The forum, which will feature some of the biggest names in sports, will focus on the under representation of African Americans in the sports arena. The forum

State Hires First Digital Entertainment Guru Asante Bradford -- Atlanta– The Georgia Film, Video and Music Office, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, is leading the way in the thriving and powerful video game development industry in Georgia. In April, Asante Bradford was hired as a Digital Entertainment Liaison to focus on business development and identifying

Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference and Freedom Festival -- Rochester, NY - Leadership of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio and the Rochester/Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission in Rochester, New York today announced the program and speakers for the Frederick Douglass International Underground Railroad Conference and Freedom Festival to be held in Rochester, NY September 28-30

Real Men Cook Atlanta - 18th Anniversary Celebration -- Real Men Cook Atlanta

Over 500 Educators and Students Attend Creating Balance in an Unjust World -- Brooklyn, NY - Over 500 educators and students from around the nation gathered over the course of the weekend, April 27-29, 2007 to discuss the ties between math education and social justice at the Creating Balance in an Unjust World conference—the first educator event of its kind. Participants from 28

A Promiscuous Duck- Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report-Weeks have past since shock jock Don Imus used the term “ho” on his canceled radio program. However the haters of rap music continue to blame rappers for the use of colorful adjectives. Russell Simmons, a Hip Hop pioneer, says he thinks three words, “nigger, bitch and ho”

AND THEN CAME LOVE starring Vanessa Williams to Kick-Off 2007 Urban Film & Discussion Series -- Washington, DC - Urban Film Series announced today that And Then Came Love starring Vanessa Williams, Eartha Kitt, Kevin Daniels, Michael Boatman, Stephen Spinella and Ben Vereen, will Kick-Off the 2007 Urban Film and Discussion Series hosted by Landmark Theatre (555 11th Street, NW, WDC). Members of the public, press

National Civil Rights Leader to Keynote Religious Leaders’ Breakfast -- Detroit, MI, — The Freedom Institute for Economics, Social Justice and Political Empowerment is pleased to announce Dr. Martin Luther King’s Executive Staffer and civil rights activist, Rev. C.T. Vivian as the keynote speaker for 2007 Religious Leaders Breakfast during Freedom Weekend VI. Vivian, along with local panelists, Rev. Carlisle

Fall of the Dollar: Are Black People Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse? -- Detroit, MI ( - Even though you hear all of this positive language coming out of Washington and Wall Street, you can feel and see the economy is facing a major crisis. Bro. Bedford founder of has released a new e-book dealing with the current state of the declining

Fall of the Dollar: Are Black People Prepared For The Coming Economic Collapse? -- Detroit, MI ( - Even though you hear all of this positive language coming out of Washington and Wall Street, you can feel and see the economy is facing a major crisis. Bro. Bedford founder of has released a new e-book dealing with the current state of the declining

Colored Project Reflects History, Culture and Innovation in New Line of T-Shirts -- Atlanta, GA ( - In 1968 when James Brown recorded his chart topping hit "Say it Loud-I'm Black and I'm Proud", African-Americans across the nation felt a sense of pride about their heritage. In 2007 Charles Franklin's Colored Project will bring the same buzz across the chests of proud African-Americans

National Urban League President Calls Upon Nation's Leaders to Take Steps to Solve Black Male Crisis -- If the United States does not take immediate steps to address the black male crisis, the nation risks losing its "greatest untapped resource," said National Urban League President Marc H. Morial in presenting the league's annual State of Black America (SOBA) report, which assess conditions within the black community, at

The Power of White Racism - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- When I was a boy, my father charged me with cleaning up a mess in the bathroom. Thoroughly disgusted, I tried every way I knew how to avoid touching anything. The delay angered my father until finally in exasperation, he hollered, “You are going to touch much worse than that

Suicide Is So Not An Option - by Jane Lee Wilson -- Glassboro, NJ ( - Freelance writer and former newspaper reporter, Jane Lee Wilson has published her first book titled Suicide Is So Not An Option: My Motivational Agenda for Living. In the book, Wilson explores some of her situations of unemployment and the emotional journey she endured as she sought

Circus Tigers: America’s Negro leaders - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - I’ve heard people say that the whole world loves a clown. However, I guess the love depends on the location of the circus and the nature of the Big Top! A friend of mine was talking to me recently about circus animals. He compared circus tigers

Het Heru's Chamber Offers the Secret of Scent Sensations With New Additions to Product Line -- As a Master Khamitic Yoga teacher, Het-Heru Maatkeru embodies many ancient teachings and secrets. Her product line "Het-Heru's Chamber," a subsidiary of A'set International, is a manifestation of these gifts, via offerings of a line of sacred oils, soaps, lotions and body products that heal within the realm of the

Russell Simmons and Dr. Benjamin Chavis on Imus - Differentiating between Don Imus and Hip-Hop -- NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The following is a statement from Russell Simmons, Chairman, and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, President of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network: "Hip-hop is a worldwide cultural phenomena that transcends race and doesn’t engage in racial slurs. Don Imus’ racially-motivated diatribe toward the Rutgers' women’s basketball team was in no

100 Black Men of America Statement on Don Imus -- ATLANTA, April 12 - The following statement was issued by 100 Black Men of America, Inc. regarding Don Imus. The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. demands of MSNBC and CBS Radio the immediate dismissal of Don Imus for his racist, demeaning, derogatory, and sexist comments concerning the Rutgers University

Congresswoman Kilpatrick Issues Statement Regarding Imus Comments about the Rutgers University Women’s Basketball Team -- Washington, DC – Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick (D-MI), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, issued the following statement today regarding Don Imus’ comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team: “The comments made by radio personality Don Imus were completely insensitive, inappropriate, and ignorant. Historically, Mr. Imus has made inflammatory

Second Annual Faith - Based Domestic Violence Conference -- La Porte, TX ( - On April 28, 2007, from 1pm to 4pm, The Breaking Free Foundation of Pleasant Hill Church of Deliverance will present its 2nd Annual Faith - Based Domestic Violence Conference. Domestic violence is considered to be a very serious problem. According to the latest national averages

Hate the racist, don't hate the game! - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - Now do you believe there is racism and hatred in the media? The multi-millionaires that own the stations and networks that air radio and TV shows hosted by that broadcasting bigot Don Imus love racist commentary. If the networks didn’t love racist broadcasters, they would have

NABJ appalled by Imus’ racist comments, Calls for boycott of show -- WFAN, MSNBC host calls Black student athletes ‘nappy-headed ho’s’ during show WASHINGTON, D.C. — America and the National Association of Black Journalists are outraged and disgusted by the crude and insulting comments leveled by WFAN radio personality Don Imus against the student athletes of Rutgers University’s women’s basketball team. Imus

Tavis Smiley Moderates Live Broadcast of Presidential Forum from Howard University -- WASHINGTON, April 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Democratic presidential candidates Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Christopher Dodd, John Edwards, Mike Gravel, Dennis Kucinich, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson will participate in the "All-American Presidential Forums on PBS," moderated by Tavis Smiley, on June 28, 2007, from 9:00-10:30 p.m. ET at Howard University in

Who Said Religion and Politics Don’t Mix? -- Religious and social justice experts contribute to a guide on the spiritual and political imagery in the urban novel "SnitchCraft" Atlanta, GA – After generating a buzz on the streets and capturing the attention of prison inmates with the novel “SnitchCraft”, author Edrea Davis is sure to cause a stir

America's Black Leaders - Commentary by By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report Manipulation, exploiting and oppressing Black Americans is so easy a caveman could do it and the descendants of cavemen are doing it right this very minute! Once upon a time, Black people in the world had the highest respect. Our forefathers were kings and queens, warriors and

Folder of 25 Previously Unknown Documents Pertaining To Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., To Be Sold By Gallery 63 -- An unassuming Pendaflex file folder, still green but weathered with age and frayed around the edges, holds a treasure trove of about 25 previously unknown documents pertaining to slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The papers will be offered up as one lot in a sale slated

Independent Black Film Festival Honors 2007 FADE IN Award Winners -- Meagan Good and Ty Hodges host star-studded ceremony at the Carter Center in Atlanta Atlanta – Anderson’s Cross, Pop Foul, and Return, were among the films receiving Independent Black Film Festival (IBFF) FADE IN Awards during a star-studded ceremony hosted by Meagan Good (Stomp the Yard), and Ty Hodges (Material

The Property of God - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- This past weekend, I watched the film “Amazing Grace.” This marvelous film tells the story of the battle abolitionist William Wilberforce waged to end the slave trade in the British Empire. While watching the film, I pondered the fact that our understanding of the origins of our liberty has changed

Obama--Do His Lips Count? -- *"Dig This; this one'll kill ya," is what James Brown says as he introduces the final verse of his 1966 hit, "Ain't That A Groove." The Hardest Working Man In Show Business says this mildly incredulously, sounding as if he is grinning into the microphone. As if, indeed, you

R&B Hip Hop Rockstar offers the perfect prelude -- “E”, one of Washington DC's hottest rising stars has a brand new release to rock the world with. The Prelude Chronicles Mixtape is a delicious taster of what’s to come from this dynamic new talent, an R&B Hip-Hop Rockstar for the 21st century. “E” previews his new sounds at a

Author Denise Turney Shares The Poignant Story Of A Orphan Girl From Africa Who Goes On To Lead A Nation -- Philadelphia, PA --- Denise Turney’s new book tells the story of a remarkable young girl from East Africa who is destined to be a leader of nations. The book, aptly titled Long Walk Up, will be released to the public April 2007. Long Walk Up is a significant contribution to

Local non-profits are taking advantage of a unique online fundraising source, Fresh -- Los Angeles - is the newest phenomenon on the web; an online community empowerment platform that is destined to make a difference. Founded on the principles of networking and social consciousness, Fresh Faces2u will award a $10,000 dollar cash scholarship/grant on April 16th 2007, and local non-profit and grass

National Park Service in Atlanta to Host "Listening Session" on President Bush's Centennial Initiative -- ATLANTA GA - On Tuesday, March 27, the National Park Service will host a public "listening session" in Atlanta to seek suggestions and ideas on President Bush's $3 billion National Park Centennial Initiative. The initiative proposes to reinvigorate and strengthen America's national parks over the next decade. National Park Service

Lewis, Johnson Split on Iraq; McKinney Thinks Green; AJC in Backwards Land -- By Matthew Cardinale, News Editor, Atlanta Progressive News (APN) ATLANTA – US Reps. John Lewis (D-GA) and Hank Johnson (D-GA)–Georgia’s two most leftist Congresspersons–split sharply today on the US Occupation in Iraq, Atlanta Progressive News has learned. Lewis joined 7 other Democratic US Representatives and one Republican in what has

Florida Youth Sought For Academic Research In Space Education And Microgravity -- Cape Canaveral, Fl – Many African-American boys and girls have dreams of hanging out with the stars. Denzel Washington and Halle Berry may not be available but with proper training and preparation, coming close to “The Big Dipper” may not be a problem. Minority students in Florida and across the

Human Rights Group Issues Report on Degrading Treatment and Abusive Discipline in New York City and Los Angeles Public Schools -- Findings Show Many Students Face Discrimination, Excessive Suspensions and Destructive Police Presence that Threaten their Dignity and Right to Education NEW YORK – March 21, 2007. Middle and high school students in New York City (NYC) and Los Angeles (LA) are frequently ignored and mistreated in their classrooms, and subjected

America's Original Gangster Monster Kody to Star In New Film -- Los Angeles, CA - Billy Wright's 1997 debut independent release, "Dead Homiez" was groundbreaking. Former gang member turned filmmaker; Wright presented a riveting fact-based urban drama highlighting the rebound effect of a drive-by shooting in his neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. The production was unprecedented, utilizing actual gang member

America's Original Gangster Monster Kody to Star In New Film -- Los Angeles, CA - Billy Wright's 1997 debut independent release, "Dead Homiez" was groundbreaking. Former gang member turned filmmaker; Wright presented a riveting fact-based urban drama highlighting the rebound effect of a drive-by shooting in his neighborhood of South Central Los Angeles. The production was unprecedented, utilizing actual gang member

Columnist/Author Roland S. Martin Joins CNN -- Roland S. Martin, a nationally syndicated columnist and Chicago-based radio host, will join CNN, it was announced today by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. Martin will serve as a contributor across several programs effective immediately, and, in the coming months, the network will develop various other programming concepts around him

Snitchcraft author among local writers on hand for BYOB's birthday bash -- Atlanta, GA - Atlanta author, Edrea Davis (“SnitchCraft”), will join several local writers for book signings and discussions during Beyond Your Ordinary Bookstore’s (BYOB) Birthday Bash. The event will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Auburn Avenue, between Hilliard and Fort Streets. Released

Beyond Your Ordinary Bookstore’s Anniversary Birthday Bash -- Atlanta, GA- The Washington’s are celebrating their one-year anniversary with a Birthday Bash, which will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007, 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Birthday Bash will take place on Auburn Avenue in the Martin Luther King National Park District, between Hilliard and Fort Streets. The

Détente Through Strength - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The Islamic Republic of Iran is not going to give up its nuclear ambitions, at least not voluntarily. The regional dominance Iran desires is bolstered by nuclear capability and the international respect they have long coveted is dependant upon it. More importantly, Iran will have nuclear weapons because as the

“Stomp The Yard” star, Meagan Good, to host Independent Black Film Festival Awards Show airing on Comcast Digital Cable -- Atlanta, GA — The Independent Black Film Festival (IBFF) and Comcast Digital Cable have joined forces to provide national exposure to independent filmmakers by adding the 2007 IBFF FADE IN Awards Show to Comcast's ON DEMAND programming, IBFF festival director Asante Addae, announced today. Hosted by Meagan Good (Stomp the

Filling Obama - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- It is fascinating to me that one of the descriptions of Illinois Senator and presidential hopeful Barak Obama is that he is an empty vessel. Far from being an insult, it is perhaps one of the greatest compliments in politics. Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King are men

Filling Obama - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- It is fascinating to me that one of the descriptions of Illinois Senator and presidential hopeful Barak Obama is that he is an empty vessel. Far from being an insult, it is perhaps one of the greatest compliments in politics. Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King are men

Concerned Citizen, Witness, or Snitch? -- Providing context for the stop-snitching movement The media play an integral role in the way the world perceives America, especially young black men. It’s been said, if you say something enough times, it will become true. Therefore, it is important to put the media on notice when they start to

AMAG Interns Participates in New Jersey NETS Student Reward Program -- New York, NY- When AMAG's Founder, James Lisbon, gathered 6 neighborhood teens to help out with Awareness Magazine 2 years ago, few would have thought the program would have gained such momentum this rapidly. As this year starts, the interns have already been given their schedule for the first quarter

History Making Audio Bible Participates in Gospel Programming History -- New York, NY – NAACP Image Award nominee Inspired by…The Bible Experience is not only the #1 selling audio Bible in history selling close to ¼ million copies in a few short months, but if you’ve watched the recent airing of BET’s Celebration of Gospel ’07, you saw celebrity participants

Barack Obama Dead or Alive?- The Gantt Report -- By Lucius Gantt Illinois Senator Barack Obama has officially declared himself a candidate for President of the United States. I like Obama a hell of a lot more than any other announced candidate but unlike many Blacks, I’m going to reserve my hip hip hoorays until a later date. From

Black Woman’s Infidelity Awareness Quiz -- Does your lifestyle or your lack of awareness put you at risk for HIV/AIDS? Before you say “no,” take this Black Woman’s Infidelity Awareness quiz designed by infidelity expert Ruth Houston, founder of and author of Is He Cheating on You? – 829 Telltale Signs, and the Down Low

Two Black Head Coaches - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report Back then they didn't want them. Now that two Black head coaches have led their National Football League teams to the Super Bowl, they're all over them! Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy and Chicago Bears Coach Lovie Smith guaranteed that a Black pro football coach would lead

2007 Urban Film Series Tour Schedule Kicks-Off -- Melvin Van Peebles, Yvette Freeman, Roy Ayers, Joseph Marcel, Etan Thomas, National Slam Poets, and Authors to Participate l Regal Cinemas, Arena Stage and Landmark Theatre Host l Spiritual Legacy Award Recipients Announced l August Wilson Play Included l Black Panther Party Joins on Civil Rights Stories Panel l Snoop

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson to Keynote Dr. Carter G. Woodson Black History Month “Harlem Nights Returns” -- On February 10th, 2007, be prepared for Tampa Bay to sizzle with the Harlem Nights Returns rendition of the Annual Dr. Carter G. Woodson Lecture Series, featuring the celebrated and controversial Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as the evening’s keynote speaker from 6 to 9 pm at the Grand Hyatt in

A Letter to MLK - By Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report As the world celebrates the birth date of the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Junior and commemorates his accomplishments and achievements prior to his death in 1968, The Gantt Report would like to suggest that the spirit of Dr. King lives on. In that regard, if I

The Real Cost of Good Intentions Part 2 - Joseph C. Phillips -- In spite of political rhetoric to the contrary, it is an economic fact that the government can set the price of labor, but the government cannot determine the value of that labor. Whenever the price of labor exceeds its value, that job will be eliminated, automated, absorbed by others or

The Real Cost of Good Intentions Part 2 - Joseph C. Phillips -- In spite of political rhetoric to the contrary, it is an economic fact that the government can set the price of labor, but the government cannot determine the value of that labor. Whenever the price of labor exceeds its value, that job will be eliminated, automated, absorbed by others or

The Real Cost of Good Intentions Part 2 - Joseph C. Phillips -- In spite of political rhetoric to the contrary, it is an economic fact that the government can set the price of labor, but the government cannot determine the value of that labor. Whenever the price of labor exceeds its value, that job will be eliminated, automated, absorbed by others or

The Price of Good Intentions - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In her book Open Wide the Freedom Gates, Dorothy Height, one of the doyennes of the civil rights movements of the 50’s and 60’s, describes a meeting wherein women of the Mississippi delta talked openly about the effects of certain federal programs on their lives. Discussing the minimum wage, one

Rosa Parks Leadership Academy, First Of Eighty-Five Independent Schools For Underserved Communities, Opens In Atlanta -- Atlanta, GA - In a day and age where statistics show that the local school systems are failing children, particularly African American children, a leader in the educational arena has risen to the occasion to begin the implementation of eighty-five independent schools, covering a spectrum of 17 states across the

Black Leaders....You're Fired! Commentary by by Min. Paul Scott -- Dear Black Leader, As the unofficial self- appointed representative of the people who you are supposed to work for, I have a bit of bad news effective MLK Day 2007....You're Fired!!! Or as Martin Lawrence used to say "Gets ta steppin!". It's not that we don't appreciate your hard work

Am I bad? by Lucius Gantt -- Readers of The Gantt Report know I write a lot of columns about devils and beasts. I also sometimes write about the Angels of our community and our world. When I write about people, whether the comments are good or bad, in reality it is all relative. I know some

Silent Race Wars: Ground Zero for Federal Abuse - Commentary by Cathy Harris -- By Syndicated Columnist Cathy Harris ( According to psychologists, federal managers and others abuse their employees for two reasons: 1) One is the normative sources, which comes from pressure by other managers to abuse, 2) The other is from the internal source that is an accumulation of past injuries that

BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD, granted tax-exempt status -- Hollywood, California – Founded in May 2005, BReaKiNG iNTo HoLLyWooD (B.i.H.) is a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles County that was recently granted federal 501(c)(3) tax-exemption status to formally execute its mission of assisting professionals nationwide with pursuing their entertainment careers with integrity, creativity and enthusiasm. “Thanks to the

Journalist Djehuti wa Kamau releases unbridled socio-political commentary, Warrior Song -- US-based cultural journalist Djehuti wa Kamau takes the music industry, the international Black community, and all other parties of interest to task in a blazing document of unbridled socio-political commentary: WARRIOR SONG. The question keeps coming up, even in discussions seemingly nowhere similar to the topic: "What's wrong with hip

Trenton, NJ'S Patriots' Week Features Trenton-native, Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins -- Week-Long Celebration in December Commemorates 230th Anniversary of the War for Independence and Features Trenton-native, Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins Trenton, NJ - It has been said that black history is American history. So why wait until February to explore the contributions black Americans have made to the

United Voices for a Common Cause declares use of n-word a treasonable act -- Users of the n-word placed on the Benedict Arnold list Commentary by H. Lewis Smith No longer is it acceptable to trample upon the memories and honor of those who were tarred and feathered, burnt alive, castrated, hung, boiled alive, sodomized and tortured with hot pokers, disemboweled, unmercifully tortured in

Wrestling With the Legacy of Brown - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- In the landmark decision Brown v. the Board of Education, a unanimous Supreme Court condemned segregation as evil. In his opinion of the court, Chief Justice Warren wrote that “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” That language began a revolution in America. Brown made clear that the days of state

November Jobless Rate for African Americans a Staggering 8.6 Percent -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), released the following statement on behalf of the CBC regarding the November unemployment figures announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Labor: "The unemployment numbers released today show that African American unemployment is

African Americans Condemn Biased U.S. Justice System -- National Survey Reports African Americans Hold Mixed Views on State of Race Relations 70% of Respondents Say Racial Profiling Is as Prevalent as 20 Years Ago 74% Have Been Victims of Racial Profiling in Past Year; 37% Within Last 6 Months **76% Believe the Shooting of Sean Bell in

Artist Spotlight - Introducing Dubbs... -- “With witty punch lines like Kanye West, the realness of Tupac and the smooth edge of Bob Marley…Dubbs is sure to be a favorite in the game for years to come.” Dubb's story begins... At 12 years old, Dubbs was homeless. His parents were addicted to drugs and caught up

The Gantt Report- Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of the readers of The Gantt Report. Jesus Christ was born in a manger and he was crucified and died nailed to a cross. But Judas, a "friend" of Jesus that betrayed Him, still lives on today! Where is Judas now? Judas is

Hip hop activists take a stand against police brutality -- Live from a hood near you: the 'organize da hood tour' just announced Los Angeles, California -- The 'Organize Da Hood Tour', featuring performances and lectures by a number of hip hop's socially conscious heavy hitters, will be kicking off in Atlanta, GA early 2007, organizers announced today. Sponsored by

The Gantt Report-Back To The Present - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. If that is the case, you should like The Gantt Report even more! I was burnt out a little bit after the 2006 elections so I took a little break to keep from burning up! I also applied for a government job Proves “It’s What's Underneath That Counts” With Launch Of On-Line Lingerie Site -- Budding Entrepreneur, Jasmine Imani, Is Poised for Success with Launch of On-Line Store “It’s what underneath that counts,” exudes Jasmine Imani, the co-owner of, the newest, hottest, one-stop special destination shop for exclusive American and European intimates. The budding 24 year old entrepreneur is obviously on to something as

Soundtrack Album From Highly Anticipated DreamWorks/Paramount Film, "Dreamgirls," Released Today -- Soundtrack Features An Incredible Line-Up Including Beyoncé, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, Anika Noni Rose And Newcomer Jennifer Hudson Houston, TX - Music World Entertainment announced today that Music World Music/Sony Urban Music/Columbia/Sony Music Soundtrax will release DREAMGIRLS - Music From the Motion Picture, the official soundtrack album for the avidly

Angela Bassett And Courtney B. Vance Share A Real-Life Romance In Friends: A Love Story -- Compelling memoir offers love lessons for relationships…and life. NEW YORK, NY -KIMANI PRESS marks the New Year with the launch of their very first nonfiction romance Friends: A Love Story, a book that spotlights the compelling real-life love story of Hollywood power couple Angela Bassett and Courtney B. Vance. Cowritten

Playing to the Back of the House - Joseph C. Phillips -- Certainly it is a sign of the cynicism of our times that after a faux paux such as that committed by actor Michael Richards at the Laugh Factory a few weeks ago, he has hired a public relations expert to do damage control. Alas, he is being led down the

While Black Leaders Focus On Richards’ Controversy, Najee Ali Aims To Bring Brutalized Black Journalists Ann Brown and Tonye Allen back home -- By DeBorah B. Pryor Who would have thought that a strange looking White Man spewing the “N” word would overshadow the immediacy of returning two Black journalists to safety. Go figure... While Jesse Jackson is busy helping Mike Richards’ work through his issues, community civil rights activist Najee Ali has

Angela Marie Hutchinson Completes a Year Tenure as President of the Scriptwriters Network -- Los Angeles, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2006) – Angela Marie Hutchinson celebrates the completion of her year tenure as president of the Los Angeles-based Scriptwriters Network (SWN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created by writers for writers with over 400 active members. Hutchinson was the first African American president since the volunteer

The Question of Education - Joseph C. Phillips -- The report card for our nation’s schools is in and it doesn’t look good. Half a dozen studies and reports have been released in the last month and all of them concluded that the achievement gap between white and black students was alive and well. Most disturbing was the revelation

The Question of Education - Joseph C. Phillips -- The report card for our nation’s schools is in and it doesn’t look good. Half a dozen studies and reports have been released in the last month and all of them concluded that the achievement gap between white and black students was alive and well. Most disturbing was the revelation

The Question of Education - Joseph C. Phillips -- The report card for our nation’s schools is in and it doesn’t look good. Half a dozen studies and reports have been released in the last month and all of them concluded that the achievement gap between white and black students was alive and well. Most disturbing was the revelation

Sharing Blessings During the Holiday Season - Joseph C. Phillips -- I love this time of year. Even in Los Angeles, there is a bit of chill in the air. The sun hangs low in the sky, leaves are changing and football season is in full swing. Even better, mid-November marks the beginning of the season of feasting. Following Thanksgiving, there

U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield calls for an end to the practice of profiting on poverty -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) called for an end to the practice of profiting on poverty and discussed the need for enforcement against unscrupulous predatory lending practices, payday lending and automobile title loans during the weekly CBC "Message to America" radio address. Representative Butterfield delivered the following

Father Of Gerald Levert, Eddie Levert, Sr. And The O'Jays Release Statement On Son's Passing -- Eddie & son Gerald Levert Photo by: Priscilla Clarke Cleveland, OH -- R&B Superstar singer, writer, producer Gerald Levert departed this life at the age of 40 on Friday, November 10, 2006 at his home in Newbury Township in Ohio. Gerald was born in Canton, Ohio on July 13, 1966

CBC Chair Watt Congratulates New Democratic Leadership -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today congratulated the newly-elected Democratic leaders of the House. "The members of the Congressional Black Caucus congratulate our friends and colleagues on being elected our new Democratic House leaders - U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi

Defining the Christian Right and Left - Joseph C. Phillips -- "We can no longer be misused by some in the Christian right that will not deal with the broader issue of injustice and fairness and inequity in our society." -- Reverend Al Sharpton While it is true the Christian right believes that poverty of the soul is more devastating than

The Biggest Mistakes Made By New Businesses by Syndicated Columnist Cathy Harris -- The biggest mistake made by people who think they are ready to go into business is they often leap into business ventures before they investigate the business. Then they eventually end up experiencing a rude awakening once they realize what they’ve gotten themselves into. Reevaluate before you jump in with

Newly Launched Musicworldringtones.Com Donates Portion of Sales to Charity -- Houston, TX (November 13, 2006) - Record labels Music World Music and Spirit Rising Music, run by music manager Mathew Knowles, have announced that a portion of the sales from the newly launched will be donated to Pastor Rudy Rasmus' (Pastor Rudy) and the St. John's United Methodist Church

African-American Photographer Becomes Latest Victim of Toronto Police Brutality -- TORONTO, CANADA…On October 16, 2006, at about approximately 1:40 pm after checking out of the Econolodge Hotel (335 Jarvis Street) in downtown Toronto, Tonye Allen and his fiancée, Ann Brown, were assaulted by several Toronto policemen from the 51 st Division while in the process of hailing a taxi. Mr

14th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival -- New York, NY – November 2006 - The annual feast of independent cinema celebrating the global Black experience - the African Diaspora Film Festival (ADFF) - will open this year in New York City on Friday, November 24th and run until Sunday, December 10th with a selection of 80 new

Black Groups Respond to Need for New Black Leadership -- Cincinnati ( -- The Open Letter to Black America has gained the attention and support of several groups and individuals across the country. The Letter contends that some prominent Black leaders are mis-leading rather than providing authentic leadership that moves Black people to self-sufficiency and competitiveness. It points out, Leaders

Trenton, NJ's Business District Selects New Leader for Economic Revitalization -- The Trenton Downtown Association (TDA) has appointed Taneshia Nash Laird, of Trenton, N.J., as its new executive director. Laird will direct the TDA and lead its efforts to revitalize Trenton’s downtown area. She is responsible for all of the TDA’s programs and services to strengthen and promote businesses within the

New Novel Sheds Light on SNITCH Culture -- Author aims to pave the way for urban fiction that keeps it real, but keeps it righteous In the name of the “War on Drugs,” and most recently the “War on Terror,” government agencies frequently employ the assistance of crafty informants to catch the bad guy. Many of the snitches

Rejoice in the Lord with RJ Returns to Radio -- Starting Tuesday, October 3, 2006, Every Tuesday - “Rejoice in the Lord with RJ” Internet Radio Broadcast - RJ Jackson brings her love for Jesus Christ, and her professional and personal experience as a professional motivational speaker, author, biblical counselor, mother, sister, and friend to Internet radio! The weekly broadcast

New Organization Takes On Black America Challenges -- SUCCINCTLY, IT IS GLOBAL BLACK FRATRICIDE, MORALLY, MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY H. Lewis Smith, trail blazer and front-runner is the acknowledged and distinguished author of (Bury That Sucka! A Scandalous Love Affair with the N-Word) – again sets his sights on bringing awareness to African American communities nationwide. He is always

U.S. Representative Albert Wynn recently discussed the upcoming November 7 elections and encourages all eligible voters to vote. -- U.S. Representative Albert Wynn Delivered the following weekly CBC "Message To America." The CBC "Message to America" is distributed nationwide to the American Urban Radio Network's (AURN) affiliate stations. "Hello, this is Congressman Albert Wynn from Maryland's 4th Congressional District, right outside of Washington, DC. One of the most important

Fighting For Our Children - Joseph C. Phillips -- The month of October saw a rash of school shootings in towns across the country. The most shocking of course was the massacre of five Amish girls in a Pennsylvania school house. This slaughter of innocence ignited outrage, as it should have. Responses ranged from calls from gun control advocates

Gospel Legend Shirley Caesar and R&B Hall of Fame O’Jays Help College Students Stay in School -- HBCU Educators Hall of Fame Established ORLANDO, FL - (October 27, 2006)- Legendary Gospel Singer Pastor Shirley Caesar Concert will be held at the Malone Memorial Church of God and Christ, 401 Ivey Lane, Orlando, FL on Friday night, November 17 at 8:00-11:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $35.00

The Football Bridge - by Joseph C. Phillips -- I love football. Football is one of God’s greatest creations, right up there with pepperoni pizza and my wife’s freckles. As a boy, I played football every waking moment. I played football with anyone willing to play and when I couldn’t find a friend to play with me, I played

17-Year-Old Wins Competition To Produce Black Youth Vote! Theme Song Encouraging Voter Participation -- Click here to hear "The Movement" by Alana Clark Hip-hop song available as a national public service announcement She is not old enough to vote in the November 7 Election, but 17-year-old Alana Clark (aka RisQue) is well aware of the issues important to Black youth. Clark was selected from

A Good Sword is Hard to Find - Joseph C Phillips -- Fifth century Japanese warriors called it Hari Kari or Seppuku. When a samurai failed in his duty or disgraced himself or his benefactor, he was expected to atone for his dishonor by slicing his belly open and spilling his intestines. Roman and European nobles practiced a similar form of atonement

Beyoncé Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit -- Priscilla Clarke ( pclarkepr AT Houston, TX (October 2, 2006) – On September 21, 2006 a United States District Court in Houston dismissed a copyright infringement case brought against Beyoncé and the co-authors of the Grammy® Award-winning, number one hit song “Baby Boy.” Judge Nancy Atlas ruled that Beyonc

Sickle Cell Affects the Whole Family - Joseph C. Phillips -- Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder of the hemoglobin in red blood cells that causes the normally smooth, round cells to become hard and misshapen – sickle-shaped. The sickle- shaped cells clog blood vessels, depriving the body’s vital organs of oxygen and causing pain. Approximately one in 500 African

The Professional Domino Association (Pda) Announces 2007 Pda Ranking Tourney In Conjunction With 2007 Multi-City Tour -- Makeda Smith (makeda AT Get Ready To Shake ‘Em ! Best in the World – Professional Domino Association (PDA) Tournament winner Jerome Wooten celebrates his $150,000 prize with PDA founder, Jay King in Las Vegas. Music veteran and gaming professional Jay King saw the successful launch of his Professional

New School Activists Say they Want Less Talk and More Action From Elected Officials -- Click here for hi resolution photo Left to right: Rebecca Thompson, Jordan Thierry, Irene Schwoeffermann, BYV! Volunteer, Darwin Goodwin, Tinia McKoy. The game is on. The blame game, that is. However, as national elected officials continue spinning their wheels hurling well-crafted sound bites at each other, a group of young

Radical Christianity - Joseph C. Phillips -- Last week on the daytime talk show “The View”, co-host Rosie O’Donnell pronounced, “radical Christianity is just as threatening as radical Islam..." The Christian right in America is seen as too certain of their righteousness and folks like Rosie find that offensive. Her assertion was predictable. However, the response of

-- For those who knew him, songwriter / musician Oji Pierce was more than a chart-topping composer. Co-penning platinum-selling hits like “This Is How We Do It,” working with music’s greats like Stevie Wonder and Quincy Jones, and producing acts like Ruff Endz didn’t make him a big headed or boastful

Second Annual Bed-Stuy Alive! Celebration -- Brooklyn, NY -Taste- Bring your appetite and savor the cusine of the local eateries; Strut- visit the Bedford-Stuyvesant Artists Association in the studios and local shops; Tour- visit the magnificent brownstones at the 28th Annual Brownstone Housing Tour (10/21 only. You will experience all of this and more when you

Gospel Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar and R&B Legend O’Jays Headline National HBCU Scholarship Fund Benefit during the 27th Florida Classic Weekend in Orlando, Florida -- ORLANDO, FL - Legendary Gospel Singer Pastor Shirley Caesar Concert will be held at the Malone Memorial Church of God and Christ, 401 Ivey Lane, Orlando, FL on Friday, November 17th at 8:00-11:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $35.00 - $45.00 (preferred seating)...Call 1-877-947-6877. . The O’Jays performance will be

Sinbad’s HBO Comedy Special “Afros And Bellbottoms” Coming to DVD -- Veteran comedian set to release the first of three classic stand-up comedy DVDs with label partner CodeBlack Entertainment. Los Angeles, CA (September 18, 2006) - Codeblack Entertainment is proud to present the DVD debut of veteran comedian Sinbad’s Afros and Bellbottoms--the hit HBO stand up comedy special that takes audience

Most mortgage lenders are are predatory lenders - Commentary by L. Gantt -- The Gantt Report-By Lucius Gantt How can an African-American seeking to purchase a home or refinance a mortgage tell when a mortgage lender is lying to them? Perhaps they are lying when they move their lips! Don’t take my word for it. Listen to what they say. You choose the

Education: It’s Not Rocket Science - Joseph C. Phillips -- The California state superintendent of public education recently released the latest results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR). STAR is composed of four tests designed to measure the proficiency of students in math and English. The good news is that 50 percent of English learners – those for

Sharing the GOSPEL with the World through the Art of PR, Marketing and Branding -- New York - If it has ever been your desire to introduce and gain exposure for yourself, your product, your service or your project to a stable and thriving audience; the Christian audience, then Affinity Public Relations, New York’s Exclusive Christian Urban Entertainment PR, Marketing and Branding Firm is the

Couple Blends Jazz and Gospel Styles for a Divine Listening Experience -- New York – Music is a vital element to the Christian faith. King David, famous for his soul-stirring Psalms in the Bible, wrote of singing new songs to the Lord using popular instruments during his lifetime, the harp and lyre. Taking the same approach in the expression of their faith

Internationally Renowned Interior Designer Courtney Sloane Featured On “Material World” -- "Material World” Aired In Over 48 Countries – Show Is An International Hit! Courtney Sloane, President and Founder of Courtney Sloane, Inc. and Alternative Design, Inc., has gained international attention as a cast member on the reality television show “Material World” airing on the Discovery Home Channel in U.S. and

Get the Free Down Low Dozen Tip Sheet Mentioned in Heart and Soul Magazine -- The August/September issue of Heart and Soul magazine ran an article about gay married men entitled Brokeback Marriages--The Down Low on Loving A Gay Man. The article incorrectly referred to the Down Low Dozen tip sheet by infidelity expert Ruth Houston as the Down Low Dozens tip sheet ( with

Arrogance in Public Education - Joseph C. Phillips -- It had been the habit of our neighborhood elementary school to post the class rosters on the school’s front door the weekend prior to the first day of class. Two years ago, an estranged parent used the information to show up at the school and take his child. The school

Tyler Perry to Host Film Life’s 2006 Black Movie Awards -- Tyler Perry – who has wowed audiences with such blockbuster movies as Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion, as well as the popular syndicated series Tyler Perry’s House of Payne – has signed on to host Film Life’s 2006 BLACK MOVIE AWARDS – A Celebration of

Black Theatre Marketing & Publishing Firm Finds Niche -- Miami-Dade County (FL)-JEBA Media Group Inc. officially released the first edition of the Urban Theatre and Entertainment Group Sales Manual Inc., The Art of Developing Your Own Audience by Julia E. Brown. Theater companies, presenters and playwrights consistently seek insight into the development of the Urban theater audience. Anyone with

Fighting The Sickle Cell Anemia Stigma by J. R. Perry III -- Cure Every Cell –A Sickle Cell Support Group There’s quite a lot of stigma toward the whole subject of sickle cell anemia. People can feel guilty because they carry a gene and they choose not to talk about it. So they need to talk about it to start breaking down

Cincinnati Black Theatre Company Presents Homecoming Reunion -- Cincinnati Black Theatre Company Is Excited to Present The Homecoming Reunion Of The Greater Cincinnati African and African-American Drum & Dance Companies For the first time in over 20 years! The African-American Drum and Dance Companies of Greater Cincinnati will bring to the stage an electrifying, dramatic staging, of rhythms

Old Fashioned Marriage Part 4 – Marriage as Duty - Joseph C. Phillips -- The mother of a good friend of mine used to preach that marriage was the best life. “With the right person,” she used to say, “There is no better life. But you must put God at the head of your home.” It sounded good to me though I have long

The Gantt Report - Laugh at the Losers -- Commentary by Lucius Gantt Whatever city you live in, in whatever state, a lot of African-Americans sought victory in the 2006 political primary elections. Without looking at the results, I know most Black candidates lost! They’ll say, "Negroes didn’t turn out to vote for me" or "Black folks don’t like

Black Women Survivors Along Gulf Coast Speak Out On Hopes and Fears One Year After Katrina Disaster -- National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s Gulf South Tour Uncovers Unmet Needs of Black Women during “Hear Me Now!” Listening Sessions Baton Rouge – August 28, 2006 – Concluding their Gulf Coast Listening Sessions, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP), sponsor of the three-state Gulf Listening Sessions, has

Safe and Secure - Joseph C. Phillips -- Wouldn't you know it? The second I passed through airport security, my lips got dry. I needed Carmex. Of course, following revelations that 20 Muslim men from Great Britain planned to blow up planes using liquid explosives hidden in carry on luggage regulations now prohibit carrying any liquids or gels

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to Address Energy Crisis and Other Major Policy Concerns at 36th Annual Legislative Conference -- Washington, DC – The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) will present a national Town Hall Meeting on the state of the U.S. energy crisis at its 36th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). The ALC will be held September 6-9, 2006, at the Washington Convention Center. The National Town Hall Meeting, Confronting

An African-American Supernatural/Horror Novelist Rises -- CHICAGO, IL.--HORROR/SUSPENSE AUTHOR, DEON C. SANDERS is proud to announce the E-book release of his second Horror/Suspense novel titled “I,AM”, taking a different direction from his first print horror/suspense novel "Miss Mary Weather: A Southern Nightmare." We all know how the story begins: God is completing Heaven and Earth. Heaven

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus Remember Survivors of Hurricane Katrina One Year after the Storm -- CBC Again Calls on Bush Administration to Present a Plan to Restore Region and Make Survivors Whole Washington, D.C. - "Housing, health care and unemployment issues still plague residents of the Gulf Coast region, one year after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and parts of Mississippi and Alabama," noted U.S

Gospel Legend Pastor Shirley Caesar and R&B Legend O’Jays Headline National HBCU Scholarship Fund Benefit -- ORLANDO, FL - Legendary Gospel Singer Pastor Shirley Caesar Concert will be held at the Malone Memorial Church of God and Christ, 401 Ivey Lane, Orlando, FL on Friday, November 17th at 8:00-11:00 pm. Ticket prices range from $35.00 - $45.00 (preferred seating). . The O’Jays performance will be held

A Defeat in the War on Terror - Joseph C. Phillips -- There was a huge public outcry last December when it was revealed that President Bush had authorized the National Security Agency to intercept international communications of citizens with known connections to terrorist organizations. Oddly enough, the public has been relatively mum on a recent decision by the 2nd U.S. Circuit

Radio One's 25th Anniversary Star-Studded Celebration -- Celebrities from the Worlds of Entertainment, Corporate, Politics and Community Leaders Turn Out to Honor 25-Year Journey of Radio Broadcasting Giant Radio One, Inc., the seventh largest radio broadcasting company in the U.S., celebrated the culmination of its 25th anniversary with an exclusive, star-studded awards gala on August 17 at

Unheard Voices Of Black Women Survivors Focus Of Gulf South Listening Tour -- Nationally-syndicated radio personality, Ms. Dupree, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation CEO, Melanie L. Campbell, and Black women of Gulf South to participate in New Orleans press conference launching 7-city bus tour. Washington, DC - The rising voiceless desperation of the Black women survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita over

The Price Of Peace In The Middle East - Joseph C. Phillips -- The purveyors of death and destruction are very often quite honest about their intentions. Hutu extremists talked of a final solution for their Tutsi brethren for years before the slaughter began. In the weeks leading up to the genocide, Colonel Theoneste Bagasora, one of the organizers of the Hutu death

BMW Takes Urban Entertainment to the Next Level -- The 2006 BMW Pop-Jazz Live Tour will get off to a rousing start with a special debut show in the birthplace of jazz at the historic jazz venue Tipitina’s French Quarter, 8/18 at 8pm. The New Orleans show—conceived as a “tribute” to the Big Easy in recognition of New Orleans

Calling Contestants for the Mr. Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant -- Nashville, TN-July 27, 2006-Diavontti Productions is presenting the 1st annual Mr. Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant 2007. The pageant will be held June 2, 2007 at 6 pm in Nashville, TN. This year’s theme will be “O Brother Where Art Thou.” The idea of the Mr. Black Tennessee Scholarship Pageant was

Members of the CBC Attend White House Signing Ceremony of the Voting Rights Act -- Washington, D.C. - Today, members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) attended the White House signing ceremony of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) where President George Bush signed the bill into law. In Congress, members of the CBC and the civil rights community, including the National Association for the Advancement

Black Women's Health and Healing Conference and Festival 2006 -- Oakland, Ca September 29 – October 1, 2006 What does the high incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease in the Black community have to do with who runs and gets elected to office? What does drinking at least eight glasses of water a day have to do

Racial Convolutions - Joseph C. Phillips -- Don’t let Amy’s blond hair, blue eyes and fair complexion fool you. She grew up on the ethnic streets of Chicago’s south side, is fluent in Spanish and as it happens has a black husband and infant baby boy. Amy swears she is going to write a book entitled, “I’m

Exchange Traded Fund Basics - by Patrick A. Lyons -- In my previous newsletters I have talked about exchange-traded funds to consider adding to your portfolio, but I decided to take a step back and explain what they are and the benefits and drawbacks. Definition An exchange-traded fund is like a mutual fund since it is a basket of securities

U.S. Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI) speaks on the need for a New Direction for America -- "Hello, I'm Congresswoman Gwen Moore and I represent Wisconsin's Fourth Congressional District. I serve on the House Financial Services Committee and Small Business Committee, and I am so pleased to speak to you today on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus. "With a little more than three months before the

Voting Rights Amendment - Melanie L. Campbell -- Washington, DC – July 20, 2006 – Today marks one of the most important milestones in the history of our nation. The bipartisan passage of the Fannie Lou Hamer, Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King Voting Rights Act Reauthorization and Amendments Act of 2006 (VRA) by both houses of Congress

Old Fashioned Marriage Part 3: A Community Project - Joseph C. Phillips -- In the midst of writing about the need to re-establish traditional marriage as an American institution, I received a frantic phone call from one of my wife’s girlfriends. She knew my wife was out of town, but wanted to know if it was okay to come to the house. It

Ausar Auset Society - Kamit Fest 2006 -- Brooklyn, NY – The Ausar Auset Society invites you to Kamit Fest 2006. The annual celebration of African culture will take place on Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th – doors open at 10am both days. There will be scheduled activities for the whole family including workshops, spiritual readings

Souls Are Sacrificed – Not Saved When Pastors Lead Double Lives -- In “The Church House” by Makasha Dorsey only God knows what will happen when the secrets of prominent pastors, famous athletes, and new converts are revealed. Atlanta, Georgia - The June release of “The Church House”, a novel by Makasha Dorsey, has proven to be timely to say the least

The Writing Tutor Announces Open Registration for the First eCourse in its Back to Basics Series -- Good writing skills are required of anyone who wishes to communicate effectively in an academic or business setting. Despite the importance of good writing skills, many American schools teach little or no grammar. As a result, many American students and young adults do not possess the skills necessary to communicate

Old Fashioned Marriage Part 2. The New Counter Culture - Joseph C. Phillips -- One of the drawbacks of discussing old fashioned marriage – the notion that marriage is an ennobling institution and the best environment in which to raise children– is the discussion invariably centers on what is wrong in the black family. From Bill Cosby and his call outs to conservative and

From Gangsta Rapper To Gospel Music Messenger, Samantha Coleman To Release Debut Gospel/Rap CD “For Such A Time As This” -- Former gangsta rapper Samantha Coleman is excited about her forthcoming gospel/rap CD, For Such A Time As This, set for release on September 12 via the music label, Glory With Volume Records based in Atlanta. After years of performing in the world of hardcore rap music, the Atlanta-based artist is

Congress Passes Voting Rights Act by Vote of 390 to 33 -- Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), issued the following statement about passage of the Voting Rights Act today on the House floor by a vote of 390 to 33: "I applaud members of the United States House for voting

Urban Cartoonist Uses Satire to Highlight Society's Excesses -- The success of Aaron McGruder's "The Boondocks" has shown that there is a growing market for comic strips from the African American point of view. Manny Otiko, creator of the urban satire "Ghetto Fabulous," says that he is often compared to McGruder. "When people look at my comic, they often

Proud Poppa Publication Launched to Elevate Black Fathers -- 300 Black men and supporters will gather to celebrate the launch of the publication at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13th at Dunlevy Milbank Center in Harlem Harlem, NY - 300 Black men and supporters of Proud Poppa, a ground-breaking community empowerment newspaper created to celebrate, elevate and replicate fatherhood

Mali, West Africa Adventure Tour Includes Nights in Dogon Country -- MALI, WEST AFRICA ADVENTURE TOUR June 10, 2006, Boston based Spector Travel's 10 day adventure tour to Mali departs November 23, 2006. The tour includes three nights in Dogon Country, one night in the towns of Bamako, Timbuktu, Mopti and Djenne. Sightseeing includes the mythic city of Timbuktu with a

What's Up With Voting Rights Reauthorization? -- cCongressman Mel Watt Chair, Congressional Black Caucus On May 2, 2006 a broad array of members and all the leaders of the House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats alike, gathered at a press conference on the East steps of the U.S. Capitol to announce, with great fanfare, the bipartisan and

An Old Fashioned Picture of Marriage Part One -- I have a rather iconic picture of the American family ideal. Some might even call it old fashioned. It is a picture of a man standing on the porch of his home. His wife and children stand just behind his shoulder. The man is steadfast and resolute. With shotgun in

Revisiting Hope - Joseph C. Phillips -- In the four years I have been writing this column, I have been taken to the woodshed on more than one occasion. I suppose I’ve grown used to it. Honestly, though, I never expected to be scolded for believing in hope. A few weeks ago, I told the story of

O'Jays Announce Second Annual O'Jays Celebration Weekend -- Samuel Jackson, Steve Harvey, Gerald Levert, Omarosa and Charles Oakley among Stars Scheduled for O'Jays Weekend Celebration for Ohio Community Canton, OH —The dream began in Canton, OH and now Eddie Levert, Walter Williams, Sr., and Eric Nolan Grant, known collectively as The O’Jays, return to their hometown of Canton

Free ebook of poetry addressing problems in the African American Community -- George Cook the owner of the African American web site Let's Talk Honestly and the host of the weekly online talk show LTH WEEKLY recently released his second ebook of poetry, Let's Talk Honestly Volume 2. This ebook is the first to be released by Mr. Cooks publication arm of

Members of the CBC Meet With United Nations Officials to Discuss Peacekeeping Efforts in Sudan and the UN Budget Crisis -- Washington, D.C. - Peacekeeping efforts in Sudan and the United Nations (UN) budget crisis were the focus of discussion this morning at meetings with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and UN officials at the UN Headquarters in New York City. CBC Members participating in the meeting included U.S

Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Local Clergy Lead Protest Against British Petroleum -- Los Angeles, CA— Picketing at an ARCO/BP station in Los Angeles, the Rev. Jesse L. Jackson and Rainbow PUSH Coalition turned up the heat on British Petroleum (BP). Cars, trucks and buses honked their horns to express their support of Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s campaign to drive down the price of

Cosmic Justice in Durham - Joseph C. Phillips -- Kim Roberts, the stripper who accompanied the alleged victim in the Duke Rape case, initially described the accuser’s story as “a Crock!” For what it’s worth, as more information from police and medical documents is released, many of us are beginning to agree. A recent article in Newsweek magazine proclaimed

Original Comedy King, Dolemite, Hospitalized -- Los Angeles - Rudy Ray Moore, aka Dolemite, aka Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-in-Law, has been hospitalized in Inglewood, CA. Suffering from a serious undisclosed illness, the 80-year old original comedy king is in good spirits in the Intensive Care Unit. He is requesting the good thoughts and prayers of

Grass-Cutting Days - by Patrick A. Lyons -- This is a special edition to pay tribute to my father, Charlie James Lyons, Sr. whom passed away January 8, 2006. The pastor called me to come forward. I walked to the pulpit confident and proud. I looked out at my family. Some wore somber expressions. Others had faces still

Blacks Support Congress Bill for Fairness in Television Opportunities -- WASHINGTON, DC – The United States House of Representatives voted to pass the Communications Opportunity Promotion and Enhancement ACT of 2006, also known as the Barton-Rush Bill. Julia Johnson, a Florida African-American businesswoman and Chairman of the group called the Video Access Alliance, was a central figure and leading proponent

Celebrating Soul - Joseph C. Phillips -- June is National Soul Food Month and I am throwing a party. I am not sure who decides these things, but as an amateur chef and lover of food- my hat is off to whoever decided to finally give this uniquely American Cuisine some much-deserved recognition. Soul Food has been

New Orleans' Hal Clark's new book Chummy's Spirit now available -- Book Description - Chummy’s Spirit tells the inspirational story of Cordelia “Chummy” Johnson, who learns that the remains of her son, James, have been found in Vietnam 32 years after he was reported missing in action. Chummy has never left Louisiana, but is determined to visit the site where her

Nothing to Crow About Part 2 - Joseph C. Phillips -- There is little debate that our current immigration policy is in need of reform. There is even relative agreement that such reform should be comprehensive or cover all of the policies dysfunctional elements. What is unclear is why such reform must take the form of one sweeping piece of legislation

Uncut Mike Epps’ HBO Comedy Special "Inappropriate Behavior" DVD -- Urban Works Entertainment Releases Full Length, Uncut Mike Epps’ HBO Comedy Special "Inappropriate Behavior" DVD On June 6, 2006 As Part Of The Platinum Comedy Series, Deluxe Edition Los Angeles, CA - On June 6, 2006, UrbanWorks Entertainment will release the full-length, uncut DVD "Inappropriate Behavior" as part of the

Nothing to Crow About - Joseph C. Phillips -- Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) hailed the immigration reform bill recently passed by the United States Senate as "the most far-reaching immigration reform in our history." Whether it is good public policy or reform that is good for America is, of course, a question for another time and for other folk

CBC Members Arrested During Protest at Sudanese Embassy Say Its Time to Raise the Ante on Sudan -- Washington, D.C. - "It's time for the members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the world community to raise the ante on Sudan," U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), CBC Chair, said today at a press conference and demonstration in front of the Sudanese Embassy to dramatize the urgency

Mac and cheese: Just the Beginning - Joseph C. Phillips -- My wife has corrupted our children! She took our boys to a local fried chicken restaurant where they were served a gooey, processed version of macaroni and cheese. They loved it and now they ask for this processed dish in place of my homemade version. I can't help but feel

The Immigrant Zone - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- Two weeks ago, I found myself in Orange County staring into the window of a Cingular phone store. Something seemed a bit off. It took me a moment before I realized the problem I was having was that I couldn’t read any of the signage. It was all printed in

Publicist Makeda Smith and Director Foster Corder Sue Dog Whisperer for $5 Million -- Publicist Makeda Smith and Director Foster Corder exclaim,“Our Case “Makes You Wanna Holla !” Los Angeles, CA - World renowned Mexican dog psychologist, Cesar Millan, may utilize “whispering” as a technique when handling canines, but his original publicist, Makeda Smith, of Jazzmyne Public Relations and her partner, Foster Corder, of

The Artistry of Stephen A. Webber -- U*Space Gallery continues its 2006 season with what promises to be one of Atlanta’s most spiritually moving art exhibits. Atlanta painter, Stephen A. Webber continues his extraordinary documentation of African American culture with more than 30 new emotionally charged works that speak directly to the heart in all of us

Earth Wind & Fire - Maranatha 26th Anniversary -- Los Angeles - "From 8-Tracks To iPods", Earth Wind & Fire (EWF) has done it all; last Saturday, they did it all Maranatha Community Church's 26th Anniversary Celebration. The reason for the meeting, was to celebrate the good work and faithful service, Dr. Billy G. Ingram (Founder/Pastor), and the

CBC's Watt, Conyers, Lewis and Obama Join Bipartisan, Bicameral Group to Announce the Introduction of Legislation to Extend the Voting Rights Act -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today joined U.S. Representatives John Lewis (D-GA), John Conyers (D-MI), Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), and members of the Senate and House leadership and Judiciary Committees to introduce bipartisan, bicameral legislation to reauthorize the 1965

Upcoming Internet Christian Radio Network Aims to Inspire the African American Community -- Atlanta, GA. - is an upcoming radio station that will broadcast religious and political issues, The Carla P. Jewel Hour, gospel music, easy listening and jazz, world news updates and 100 politicians join WDR Founder President and Host, Carla P. Jewel to encourage more African American Christian Politicians.

A Place Called Home - Joseph C. Phillips -- It was midnight and I was looking at a two-hour drive. The theatre where I was working had given me keys to a condominium so I wouldn’t have to make the long trip, but something was calling me home. Traveling is hard and I miss my family. When I am

Guest Workers? Or Guests That Don’t Go Home? Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- In 1952, the United States passed the immigration and nationality act. The act created various categories for non-immigrants entry into the country. One of these was the H-2 program for temporary workers. In the 1950’s, the U.S. Virgin Islands used the H-2 program to allow unskilled workers from various neighboring

Guest Workers? Or Guests That Don’t Go Home? Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- In 1952, the United States passed the immigration and nationality act. The act created various categories for non-immigrants entry into the country. One of these was the H-2 program for temporary workers. In the 1950’s, the U.S. Virgin Islands used the H-2 program to allow unskilled workers from various neighboring

Immigration Debate Parte Dos - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- Speaking before a throng of illegal immigration supporters, Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) proclaimed that the current immigration debate “goes to the heart of who we are as Americans.” His words were immediately translated into Spanish. No doubt the irony was lost on the senator, as I am certain it is

African American Woman Writes of Her Homless Experience -- He Gave Me Shelter is an inspirational and poignant story of a young woman whose dreams were derailed when circumstances forced her into a homeless shelter. Faced with the challenges of getting her life back on track, La Trina finds herself negotiating with the colorful and troubled personalities of the

Gospel and Hip-Hop Music’s Largest Event on the East Coast Welcomes Kurt Carr, Dottie Peoples, Shirley Caesar, Dr. Bobby Jones -- The Urban IMPACT Summit featuring Dr. Bobby Jones will convene June 25-27, 2006 for the second time in New England at the Foxwoods Resort Casino. The world's largest resort, the Foxwoods complex sits on the historic Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation reservation about 90 minutes outside of New York in southern

COPE ’06 Soul and Blues Summit -- In tribute to the works of COPE founding board member, the late Barbara Thomas, COPE ’06 will include a ‘conference within a conference’ with its one day “Soul and Blues Summit”. The Summit, which convenes Wednesday, June 28th, will offer opportunity for soul and blues artists to network with entertainment

Author Joseph C. Phillips releases new book "He Talk Like A White Boy" -- Reflections on Faith, Family, Politics and Authenticity by Joseph C. Phillips In the six years since George W. Bush became America’s 43rd president, the battle lines between our two major political parties have hardened into predictable wars of words between well-known combatants, with both sides less receptive to debate and

Candace Allen Will Represent the Nation's Capital at the Miss USA Pageant -- The "2006 Miss USA Pageant" Will Broadcast Live on NBC from Baltimore, MD. On April 21, 2006 at 9:00 - 11:00pm (EST) Washington, DC ( April 10, 2006)— Candace Allen (Miss District of Columbia USA) will compete for the title of Miss USA® in the 55th Annual Miss USA® Competition

Hello NAACP! Is Anybody Home? - Joseph C. Phillips -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has finally released a statement concerning the issue of illegal immigration. It is a rather anemic outline of certain principles the organization feels should guide immigration policy. These principles include “Support of protections for agricultural workers and a path to legal

US premiere and private screening of Beat the Drum the movie on April 25 -- The much anticipated US premiere and private screening of Beat the Drum the movie on April 25 is quickly approaching! Tickets are ONLY $35 and benefit Heart for Africa efforts with orphans in Africa. Order NOW by visiting The Rialto Theatre website With tickets reduced to $35 from $100 we

Hear Audio PSA’s of Sheryl Lee Ralph and Marc Morial Urging Katrina Victims Across the Country to Vote -- As part of the RebuildHopeNow Campaign, Actress Sheryl Lee Ralph and National Urban League President and former New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial have voiced public services announcements urging displaced Katrina victims to vote in the April 22 elections. With one of the most critical city elections in history in mind

Harvard University Black Policy Conference -- Join us for the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government's Second Annual Black Policy Conference April 21-23, 2006 in Cambridge, MA. Register on-line at This conference is the leading policy-driven forum to address the issues affecting communities within the African Diaspora. This year our theme, entitled "Bridging the Gap

NCBCP Atlanta Katrina Empowerment Expo to Provide Food, Fun, Facts and Forums -- Coalition working to protect right to vote for displaced Katrina survivors ATLANTA, - In an effort to reach displaced Louisiana residents, The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) has joined forces with the National Urban League (NUL) and other prominent national and local Atlanta minority organizations to hold the

Does God Buy Off The Rack? - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- The pastor at a church I was visiting made his pitch to the congregation: The expensive car he drives and the fancy clothing he wears are necessary to convince the weak of faith of the lord’s power and presence. How, he wondered, could he preach the goodness of the lord

“Thursday Night at Cecil’s” Sponsored by The Black Telephone Workers for Justice -- New Jersey’s Premier Jazz Club presents Salim Washington and the Harlem Arts Ensemble We’re back! The Black Telephone Workers for Justice are back with a new season of “The Black Workers Pub” at Cecil’s. And what a way to come back…back on the case with Salim Washington and the “Harlem

New book offers money management tips to help teens-and-twenties map their financial future -- JOURNEY TO FINANCIAL SECURITY STARTS EARLY IN A CHANGING AMERICAN ECONOMY Raleigh, NC - As the government debates the future of social security, employers eliminate pension plans and health benefits, and credit history increasingly becomes a hiring factor, it is critical for young people to take charge of their financial

Spelman College (Atlanta) Celebrates 125 Years of Women Who Changed the World. Rolls Out a Blue Carpet for its 125th Anniversary Signature Event -- Atlanta, GA - Since 1881, Spelman College has educated women who have been agents of change, women who have challenged the status quo — women who have worked to make a difference in their communities. This 125-year legacy will be celebrated from April 1-11 with a series of programs, including

Release of New Book ‘How To Take Control of Your Own Life: -- A Self Help Guide to Moving Forward’ by Cathy Harris Cathy Harris is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to moving forward. Known for her guerrilla marketing style by means of forums, radio interviews, e-broadcasts, web postings and newsletters, Cathy comes full circle with the release of this book

Historic SouthView Cemetery Celebrates 120 Years of Caring for African-American -- Atlanta, GA - One of the oldest African American business organizations in the country, Atlanta’s South-View Cemetery, will celebrate 120 years of service to this city and the African American community. This major milestone will be celebrated with a fitting CHARTER DAY AT SOUTH-VIEW tribute to the legacy of South-View

Black Authors & Published Writers Directory -- Edited by Grace Adams First-of-its-kind internationally, a unique and innovative, indexed listing of the Black Literary Market Place. Easy-to-read chapters features Black authors, writers, song, film, and playwrights, publishers, producers, agents, bookstores, critics/reviewers, advertising, marketing and publicity sources - all alphabetized and categorized under author's name or service company, and

How to Find Out if Your Man is On the Down Low -- BET’s documentary, The Down Low Exposed, has many Black women asking: How can I tell if my man is on the down low? Infidelity Expert Ruth Houston Has the Answer As a public service to Black women who want specific guidelines on how to tell if their husbands or boyfriends

Street Author Relentless Aaron Signs 10-Book Deal with St. Martin's Press -- New Yorker Relentless Aaron impacted the book industry head-first in a very unconventional way. Writing 30 riveting novels including Push, Platinum Dolls, The Last Kingpin, To Live and Die in Harlem, Topless, Sugar Daddy, and Rappers R in Danger , while serving time in a federal prison, the head strong

How to Get an Agent or Manager with Mathew Knowles -- Create your own Destiny! Beyoncé Knowles’ Manager Tells You: How to Get an Agent or Manager with Mathew Knowles If you are trying to break into the music business, you need representation! Once you've got the right agent or manager behind you, you'll be climbing the charts in no time

It Really Is Hard Out Here For A Pimp - Joseph C. Phillips -- Last week, the New York Times reported on the deepening plight of African-American men, detailing a list of afflictions including lack of employment, education, and high incarceration rates. “Black men in the United States face a far more dire situation than is portrayed by common employment and education statistics” The

The Ear and Voice of the People - Joseph C. Phillips -- Questions remain surrounding the recent decision by Dubai Ports World to abandon its bid to operate six terminals at U.S. Ports in New York, New Jersey, Baltimore, New Orleans, Miami and Philadelphia. Will DPW fully transfer all its U.S. operations or just a portion of them? Will they find a

Boot Camp Murder -- The Gantt Report, By Lucius Gantt Years ago when The Gantt Report said that brutality by authorities was coupled with a "code of silence" policy, many people said I was crazy. Now, when news report after news report details how a North Florida teenager was "beaten" to death at a

Business of Education - Joseph C. Phillips -- The parents sat quietly listening as the third grade teacher explained in detail the course work our children would be assigned and how it complied with all of the state and federal regulations. A mother raised her hand and asked what the teacher was doing outside of the government curriculum

CBC Executive Director Brathwaite Receives Ethnic Understanding Award -- Washington, D.C. - The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU) today awarded the first annual Brenda Pillors Congressional Staff Award to Paul Brathwaite, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Executive Director, at a ceremony on Capitol Hill. The award recognizes the work Mr. Brathwaite is doing to build relationships between ethnic members of

Gospel Music Association Urban Music Connection -- During Gospel Music Association (GMA) week in Nashville April 1-5, the Urban Music Connection series will present “Public Relations Essentials,” lead by Gwendolyn Quinn, founder and president of New York City-based GQ Media & Public Relations, Inc. and the founder and editorial director of the African-American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC

Cleo Manago and the Black Men's Xchange Partner with Reverend Al Sharpton to Combat Homophobia -- In a historic move, Reverend Al Sharpton recently sat down and broke bread with Cleo Manago and the Black Men's Xchange (BMX) along with their heterosexual allies. The Black Men's Xchange (BMX) is a national empowerment organization of same-gender-loving (SGL) and bisexual Black males. The meeting was held at the

Defying the “One Drop” Rule -- My DNA tests shed light on why I could never Electric Slide or jump rope Double Dutch By Regina Lynch-Hudson I come from a diverse dichotomy of people ¯a combination of the oppressed and the oppressor ¯a complex tapestry of red, brown, white faces. From the Middle Passage to the

Soulful crooner Felton Pilate releases debut CD“Nothing But Love Spoken Here” -- Soulful crooner Felton Pilate ( ) has been wowing audiences for decades as the lead vocalist for R&B funksters, ConFunkShun. His silky falsetto highlights quiet storm slow jams the likes of “Straight From The Heart,”“ “(Let me Put) Love On Your Mind,” “All Up To You,” and “Baby I’m Hooked

Coretta Scott's Service -- The Gantt Report, By Lucius Gantt You know, the "bigger" you are, the more people will show up at your funeral services and lie about how well they knew you and how much they loved you! I watched a great deal of the services for Coretta Scott King on television

Slavery Politics 2006 -- The Gantt Report By Lucius Gantt Will America’s major political parties and various statewide political candidates be playing Slavery Politics in 2006? What is Slavery Politics? Slavery Politics occur when a vote is not a vote and the value of votes is measured by the color of the voter’s skin

Jonesing For Chocolate - Joseph C. Phillips -- I used to roll my eyes at parents that forced health food onto children at school functions. I used to think they were nothing but a bunch of meddlesome, party pooping Killjoys. Well, as I look around at the overweight kids waddling around my sons’ schools I now count myself

The Seven R’s - Joseph C Phillips -- I lured my sons into the garage to help me look for some long lost document with the promise of buried treasure. We never found the document I was looking for. However, while sorting through some of my father’s old papers that were mixed up with mine, I came across

Real Sports Don’t Have Sequins - Joseph C. Phillips -- I don’t want to bring the party down, but I will not be tuning in to watch coverage of the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. I enjoy seeing Americans excel in international competition as much as anyone. However, the winter games have just never held my interest. Sure they have

The Knicks Dropped the Ball - Joseph C. Phillips -- Because I sit on the board of directors of a state agency, California law requires me to take a sexual harassment seminar. What I learned during a very informative couple of hours is that the harassment line is not always clearly defined. Very often what is alleged as harassment has

Mourning and Celebration - Joseph C. Phillips -- Last Tuesday began with mourning and grief over the death of a civil rights icon and ended with the celebration of American virtue and leadership. The day began with the sad news that Coretta Scott King, widow of the late Martin Luther King Jr., had passed in her sleep at

Rev. E. Randel T Osburn Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Icon, Coretta Scott King -- ATLANTA, GA- Rev. E. Randel T Osburn, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation (SCLF) and 40-year veteran of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, issued the following statement on the death of Mrs. Coretta Scott King: “We are genuinely saddened by the epic loss of the first lady of

The Healing Power of Children's Laughter - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- I lay in bed floating on an antihistamine high. I felt a presence at the side of my bed so I opened my eyes and stared into the face of innocence. Barely able to see into the bed, my four-year-old son stood on his toes watching me. “Daddy, are you

A Wake-up Call for Black Women about the Down Low -- As National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day approaches, (February 7) Black women need to become aware of 3 important facts: •Black Women are the highest risk category for HIV/AIDS •Record numbers of Black women are contracting HIV/AIDS through heterosexual contact – mainly from husbands and boyfriends on the down low •Because

Destructive social behavior and attitudes is playing the devil with our children -- The headline in the Seattle Post Intelligencer caught my eye: “Race Gap in school discipline persists in Seattle.” The article appeared on the heels of a report released by the Children's Defense Fund entitled, “Educational Apartheid in The U.S.” Both the CDF report and the article conclude that, “Compared with

Detroit’s Own National Treasure Aretha Franklin To Sing National Anthem at Super Bowl XL -- Aretha Franklin will sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XL being held in the Motor City on Sunday, February 5 at 6 pm at Ford Field. “The Queen of Soul” will be joined by one of New Orleans’ “favorite sons,” Aaron Neville. The Grammy-Award winning twosome will team up

Cutting-Edge Documentary “THE N-WORD” Hits Stores January 24th -- A-List Movie Stars, Hip Hop Artists, Celebrities And Sociologists Weigh-In On The Controversy That Still Surrounds Use Of The Explosive “N Word” (Los Angeles, California – January 12, 2006) – Urbanworks Entertainment will release the hard-hitting documentary THE N-WORD in stores nationwide on DVD beginning Tuesday, January 24TH, 2006. Written

Constructing A Memorial. Deconstructing Race - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Not too long ago, I wrote about the ongoing effort to build a memorial for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the mall in Washington D.C. Since that writing quite a bit of progress has been made. The senate recently approved $10 million to begin groundbreaking for the memorial, the

Gospel Ambassador Kirk Franklin and the Children's Defense Fund Join Forces for Children and the Poor -- WASHINGTON, DC – Top-selling Gospel artist Kirk Franklin and the Children's Defense Fund are pleased to announce a new coast-to-coast partnership to shine a light on 37 million people, including 13 million children, living in poverty in the richest nation on earth. This new collaboration will spark service opportunities and

The Illumination of My Soul" is a collection of powerful poems about struggle -- How many times have you driven through or past the inner city? Maybe, you just scuttled past the dilapidated buildings at a hurried pace not giving much thought about the people who reside in them. Poet and community advocate Samantha T. Roden-Levy sheds light on the plight of those who

Muhsana Center for Health and Healing call for papers, presenters, performers and practitioners -- Muhsana Center for Health and Healing (Muhsana) is pleased to invite you to submit proposals for presentations, special sessions and immersion tours for the 2nd Black Women’s Health and Healing Conference and Festival The Festival will be an opportunity for different sectors within and outside the San Francisco Bay Area

Two Gospel Music Living Legends To Provide Opportunities for Teenage Artists Through Gospel Music -- VY HIGGINSEN AND DR. CISSY HOUSTON JOIN FORCES IN SUPPORT OF GOSPEL FOR TEENS ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM Spring Semester Auditions Scheduled for January 21, 28 and February 4 in New York City In an effort to share their vast wealth of experiences and to enlighten teenagers about the importance of

Music Veteran Jay King Unleashes His Domino Theory In The Gaming Industry -- King’s Professional Domino Association Launches 12-City Tour Sponsors include Fundex Games, PitBull Energy Drink and Boss Productions Inc. Photo Caption: Jay King & #10 Ranked Player on PDA tour and actor Anthony Anderson’s Mom, Doris Bowman Los Angeles, CA - It was Jay King who created a new chapter in

John Levy Debuts at World's Largest Jazz Conference on January 14th In NYC -- Pasadena, CA - January in New York will be jumping when the 33rd Annual IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) returns to New York January (11-14) to host the world’s largest gathering of the global jazz community, with representatives expected from over 35 countries. “This is the perfect place to

CBC Message to America -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), delivered the following CBC "Message to America" radio address on the CBC's accomplishments over the last year and what the CBC plans to do moving into 2006. Chairman Watt is delivered the following remarks

Keeping the Year Free of Clutter - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- I don’t know about everyone else, but I have big plans for the New Year. There is a counter in our home that accumulates mail, children's artwork, rocks, half-finished books, action figures, keys, and all manner of papers. When walking into other homes in our neighborhood I have noticed that

Atlanta City Council Member Felicia A. Moore Sworn in as President of The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials -- ATLANTA -The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials has sworn-in Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia A. Moore as its new President. Moore, a native of Indianapolis, was officially sworn-in ceremony at the National League of Cities 2005 Congress of Cities Convention, December 6 thru 10 in Charlotte. "I am humbled

Sharpton and Flunder to Headline Black Church Summit on Gay Rights Focus on Homophobia and Exclusionary Divisiveness -- Washington, DC - National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) will convene a major discussion on lesbian and gay rights among black faith leaders. The two day Summit is to be hosted by First Iconium Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia and is scheduled for January 20-21, 2006. Former Democratic Presidential candidate Rev

African American Web Mistress Shares Pieces of her Heart -- Web Mistress Kay Durden owner of one of the top African American Entertainment websites shares pieces of her heart by authoring her first book “Reflections of the Heart”. Her new book consists of poetry, prose and short stories about her life with excerpts from her upcoming autobiography Always Between the

African American Web Mistress Shares Pieces of her Heart -- Web Mistress Kay Durden owner of one of the top African American Entertainment websites shares pieces of her heart by authoring her first book “Reflections of the Heart”. Her new book consists of poetry, prose and short stories about her life with excerpts from her upcoming autobiography Always Between the

Gospel Teen Sensation Kierra “KiKi” Sheard Tops Japanese Radio Charts -- College freshman Kierra “KiKi” Sheard is doing what most college students are doing this time of year – giving thanks for having made it through the first semester and readying for the start of the new semester following the holiday break. However, KiKi is anything but “typical,” having a #1

100 Black Santas -- President Luther R. Gatling and the Board of Directors of the One Hundred Black Men, Inc. presented Rev. James Pullings, Jr., Pastor of Leviticus Church of God In Christ with a check for $5,000 for Katrina evacuees living in New York in honor of the organization’s 42nd Anniversary and Founders

Making Book on Daniel - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- I received an email petition urging me to contact my local NBC affiliate and ask them not to air their new hour long religious drama, “The Book of Daniel.” The series, set to begin airing on Jan. 6, depicts the life and family of an Episcopal priest named Daniel Webster

Reel Sisters Film Festival to Honor Award Winning Director Julie Dash -- Brooklyn, NY - African Voices magazine and Long Island University´s Media Arts Department (LIU) announce the 9th Annual Reel Sisters of the Diaspora Film Festival & Lecture Series will take place March 10-12, 2006 at the Brooklyn Campus of LIU´s newly renovated Kumble Theater (located at corner of DeKalb and

Hot Markets for Young Entrepreneurs, Building Rapid Home Equity, and Smart Money Moves for 2006 -- New York - Whether in the business of car customization or preparing candidates for college admission, young black entrepreneurs are turning trends into profits. "Hot Opportunities for Young Entrepreneurs," is the January cover story of Black Enterprise (be) magazine. It profiles a number of dynamic young professionals who are creating

Creating Understanding of Kwanzaa's Seven Principles -- New York, NY - People are learning about the seven principles of Kwanzaa in a visually exciting way through the Kwanzaa Gallery Box E-Cards and Kwanzaa Music Gallery Box E-Cards African American Branding Coach and Graphic Designer, Everaldo Gallimore of Gallimore Design, professionally designs the Kwanzaa Gallery Box and

Creating Understanding of Kwanzaa's Seven Principles -- New York, NY - People are learning about the seven principles of Kwanzaa in a visually exciting way through the Kwanzaa Gallery Box E-Cards and Kwanzaa Music Gallery Box E-Cards African American Branding Coach and Graphic Designer, Everaldo Gallimore of Gallimore Design, professionally designs the Kwanzaa Gallery Box and

Listening In On Americans - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- Following the revelation that President Bush authorized the National Security Agency to tap the international communications of certain people suspected of ties to Al Qaeda without first obtaining a federal warrant a funny thing happened: his approval ratings jumped. According to a recent ABC/Washington Post poll, the president’s overall approval

Dr. Randal Pinkett, 2002 MOBE IT Awardee is "The Apprentice" Winner!! -- Congratulations to Dr. Randal Pinkett the newest winner and first Black winner of The Apprentice. Randal is a newlywed, and consistently represented the positive image of a man in relationship to his family (which is in alignment with the Real Men Cook Crusade). Dr. Pinkett is also founder, president and

Americans Are Winners - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- In fairness to Congressman John Murtha (D-PA), a great many things he said during his recent press conference were on point. The administration has made mistakes in the planning and conduct of the war in Iraq and their errors should not be immune from criticism. However, it is not criticism

Black Star Project to educate Black children and to rebuild the Black village -- The Racial Academic Achievement Gap is growing in most cities and states with no sign of progress or closure. The failing Black school children of today are the government dependent, unemployed, homeless and incarcerated Black adults of tomorrow. Our government and the Black community are not working together to fix

Brooklyn Church Helps Three Families of Katrina Evacuees with Housing and Hope -- The Emmanuel Baptist Church, in the Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn, has adopted three families of Hurricane Katrina evacuees who are currently living in the Radisson Hotel at the John F. Kennedy Airport in Queens. These families are among the several hundred people being housed in hotels throughout New York

CBC Wants Meeting On Alito With Gang Of 14 This Week - Major Race Cases Likely to be Overturned -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman, today released a letter addressed individually to each of the "Gang of 14" senators who may hold the confirmation of Judge Samuel Alito in their hands, urgently requesting a meeting with the bipartisan group this week. The

Wendy Raquel Robinson and Dorien Wilson star in "Peaches," Directed by Tommy Ford -- Every QUEEN who has a KING has a Good Thing, Take care of your KING sista; Cause if you don’t…some “PEACH” will! (Los Angeles, CA) 3600 Entertainment proudly presents Wendy Raquel Robinson and Dorien Wilson in Kenneth B. Davis’ stage play "PEACHES." Tommy Ford directs this original romantic comedy which

Join the A-List on "Sojourn to South Africa" -- ATLANTA - Atlanta Tribune: the Magazine, the city’s leading source for business, careers, technology and wealth-building has teamed with top tour provider Advantage International LLC, to bring a group travel experience that promises to be spiritually invigorating and mentally rejuvenating. Slated for March 24- April 3, 2006, Soulful Sojourn to

CBC Weekly Message to America -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS) emphasized the need to immediately begin work to restore and rebuild the Gulf Coast region destroyed by Hurricane Katrina during the CBC "Message to America," distributed nationwide to the American Urban Radio Network's (AURN) affiliate stations. Representative Thompson delivered the following remarks

Christmas Magic - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- When our children were born, my wife and I decided that Christmas in our home would emphasize the story of our savior’s birth rather than the tale of Kris Kringle. As much fun as Santa might be, it was more important to us that our children understand that all good

93 And Not Ready To Rest On His Laurels -- LEGENDARY TALENT MANAGER JOHN LEVY DEBUTS NEW PROJECT IN 2006 Pasadena, CA – By age 93 most people would have retired, but this jazz bassist turned talent manager is not most people. For the past 50 years, jazz luminaries have looked to John Levy for management and career guidance

African American Author Lalisse's New Southern Heroine Finds Love beyond the Color Line -- PARIS - African American author, Priscilla Lalisse announced today the release of STOCKDALE, her first novel. During the 1980s in the small southern town of Stockdale, Alabama, where almost every remnant of segregation has been erased, the barrier that matters most, freedom to love regardless of color, still remains. For

African American Leaders Meet with President Bush to Discuss Critical Issues Facing the Nation -- BALTIMORE, MD - A group of nine African American leaders met with President George W. Bush at the White House today to discuss a wide range of critical issues facing the African American communities in the Gulf Region and across the Country. The meeting was an outgrowth of a private

“Fairgame” DVD Hits Stores January 10th -- Los Angeles, California – Ventura Entertainment will release the romantic comedy FAIRGAME in stores nationwide beginning Tuesday, January 10TH, 2006. FAIRGAME stars Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), Christopher B. Duncan (The Jamie Foxx Show, Soul Food,), Gina Torres (The Matrix Reloaded), Terri Vaughn (The Steve Harvey Show, All of

November Jobless Rate for African Americans a Miserable 10.6 Percent -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today released the following statement on behalf of the CBC on the November unemployment rate among African Americans: "Jobless figures for African Americans totaled a staggering 10.6 percent in November, compared to 4.3 percent

Domino’s Pizza Race Discrimination Case To Be Considered By U.S. Supreme Court -- Black Businessman Claims Pizza Giant Rep Told Him Domino’s ‘Didn’t Like Dealing With You People Anyway’ By Doris Lester WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a racial discrimination case the week of December 5th involving Domino’s Pizza, Inc. that will decide whether a Las Vegas Black businessman who claims Domino’s

Honest debate about the war - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Perhaps no one current topic is as polarizing as the war in Iraq. On this topic, passions run deep and opinions are strong. That is as it should be. When the security of our nation is involved and the lives of our young people are at risk, it is only

Seeking Comedians, Reggae and Reggaeton Artists and DJs to showcase on New Radio Show -- Las Vegas, NV - Xradio host, Lady Leo, is looking for independent Reggae and Reggaeton artists and djs to spotlight on a new and upcoming independent Reggae/Reggaeton formatted radio show, "Morning Mix". The music will be showcased on "Much Luv Fridays". Appropiately titled, because Lady Leo is giving independent artists

Spiritual Drama A Big Hit During Independent Black Film Association Mini-Fest -- Atlanta radio personality Sasha the Diva Atlanta, GA – Even the most zealous skeptics would have to believe that faith heals after witnessing the audience’s moving response to “Living with Faith,” an independently produced film screened last week during the Independent Black Film Association (IBFA) mini-fest, held as part of

National Urban League Honors Farrah Gray With The Whitney M. Young Jr. Entrepreneurship Award -- New York, NY - America's Reallionaire, Farrah Gray, 21-year-old entrepreneurial icon, social entrepreneur and author, (Reallionaire: Nine Steps to Becoming Rich from the Inside Out: The Essential Lessons That Took Me from Public Assistance to a Millionaire by the Age of 14) has received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Entrepreneurship

Black WW II Veteran Recounts Poignant Tales of Life In A Segregated Army and Survival In New York City -- Washington, DC ( - In the Shadow of the Statue of Liberty: A Memoir of a Black American by Cleve Overton is a true story, part memoir, part historical commentary -- a Black man's voice over seven decades. This story is told in great, vignettic gulps of time from childhood

Keep the Promise: President and Congress Should Fully Fund Domestic and Global AIDS Initiative -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today released the following statement on behalf of the CBC commemorating World AIDS Day 2005: "Today, as we commemorate World AIDS Day 2005, the global community will come together in a spirit of remembrance

Dr. Michael Granberry Gets Shorty -- Bodyguard to Beyonce, "Shorty" Sheds Glasses After Successful LASIK Surgery Dr. Michael E. Granberry is changing the face of Hollywood, performing successful LASIK eye vision surgery on the industry's most notable celebrities. Having performed over 45,000 operations to date, his The Lasik Spa center, located in Los Angeles, combines massage

Authors Herb Boyd, asha bandele and Sharon Robinson Share Success Stories at African Voices Writers Conference in Harlem -- On Sunday, December 4, from 11:30 am-5:30 pm, African Voices will present a forum on writing memoirs and biographies at the 6th Annual Cultural Circle Conference. The Circle's theme "Telling Your Story to the World: Memoir Writing & Self Portraits in Art" will offer writers a chance to explore the

Oakland, CA's Youngblood Timepieces Wow Celebrities at 2005 American Music Awards -- Ashanti, BabyFace, Cedric the Entertainer, Hillary Duff, Serena Williams, Chingy, Los Lonely Boys, Sean Paul, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith were among celebrities presented with Youngblood Timepieces at the AMA Awards. Oakland, CA - Lights, cameras, and music industry icon were all over the place at the 2005 American Music

Why a “Tookie” Williams? By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Columnist -- In a candid, and revealing moment, Stanley “Tookie” Williams told a visitor at San Quentin prison that he helped found the notorious Crips street gang because he wanted to smash everyone, make a rep, get respect and dignity, and that he wanted his name to be known everywhere. He got

What Would Jesus Do For World Aids Day? -- Twinbiz in association with Theatre of The Riverside Church, is pleased to present What Would Jesus Do? a new play about HIV/AIDS and the African American community set in the black church, written and directed by grant-winning Harlem playwright, Yvette Heyliger. Performances in observance of World AIDS Day 2005 are

NAACP Steps Up Efforts to Save Stanley Tookie Williams -- Bruce S. Gordon, President & CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said today that California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger should spare the life of Stanley Tookie Williams, who is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection on December 13. Williams, who maintains his innocence, has been nominated

Tookie Goes Hollywood - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- Standing outside the walls of San Quentin prison, the rapper Snoop Dogg urged California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to grant clemency to convicted murderer Stan “Tookie” Williams. Williams, the co founder of the notorious street gang the Crips, was convicted and sentenced to death for the 1979 slayings of Albert Owens

Urbanworks Entertainment Announces The Release Of Sheryl Underwood's Debut Comedy Dvd, Too Much Information -- Los Angeles, CA - Sheryl Underwood is one of the funniest and topical standup comics working on the road today. On November 21, Urbanworks Entertainment will release her debut comedy DVD Sheryl Underwood: Too Much Information from the prestigious Platinum Comedy Series Deluxe Editions. The DVD showcases Sheryl's down-to-earth nature

Urbanworks Entertainment Announces The Release Of Sheryl Underwood's Debut Comedy Dvd, Too Much Information -- Los Angeles, CA - Sheryl Underwood is one of the funniest and topical standup comics working on the road today. On November 21, Urbanworks Entertainment will release her debut comedy DVD Sheryl Underwood: Too Much Information from the prestigious Platinum Comedy Series Deluxe Editions. The DVD showcases Sheryl's down-to-earth nature

Representative Robert C. Scott addresses Republican "deficit reduction plan" -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Robert C. Scott (D-Va.) will deliver the weekly CBC "Message to America" radio address this Saturday, November 26, 2005. Representative Scott will detail how the Republican so-called "deficit reduction plan" will cut vital programs that are needed to assist Hurricanes Katrina and Rita survivors. The

Black Friday set to be the biggest online shopping day for Black buyers and sellers -- Columbus, Ohio - Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the biggest shopping day of the year. Black online shoppers now have a new place to shop on Black Friday and throughout the entire holiday season. iZania Market is designed to be the biggest online destination for Black merchants

Statements Issued by San Quentin's Vernell Crittenden Regarding Stanley 'Tookie' Williams Are Contradicted by San Quentin's Own Official Documents -- NEW YORK, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent statements by San Quentin's Vernell Crittendon accusing Stanley Williams of "orchestrating gangland crimes from his cell" are flatly contradicted by official San Quentin documents to which Mr. Crittenden certainly has complete access. An official San Quentin ICC Summary dated August 5, 2004, reported

Club Owners, Entertainment Executives, Event Promoters And Entrepreneurs Come Together For Sixth National Conference -- Atlanta, GA_The National Club Owners, Promoters & Entertainment Executives & Entrepreneurs Conference (COPE) will convene its sixth national conference – COPE ’06 - during Black Music Month, from June 25 – 29, 2006. Nightclub and event facilities owners, their DJs, managers and buyers; performing artists, agents and managers; entertainment producers

2006 Olympic Games marks 5th commission for Atlanta’s “International Artist of Brotherhood -- (ATLANTA)- Steve R. Allen fancies himself as much diplomat as artist. Traveling in an official capacity, he’s met with everyone from President Clinton to Prince Albert II of Monaco, and is commonly escorted into government sites as part of a VIP entourage. His international images of brotherhood now hang in

Putting My Foot Into The Thanksgiving Prayer - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The last thing I am concerned about is the meal. I can roast a turkey in my sleep. My stuffing is sublime. I will put my mac and cheese up against any in the world and my cranberry relish has received standing ovations! I am not worried about the meal

CBC Chairman Calls Action by FEMA to End Housing Assistance to Thousands of Hurricane Katrina Evacuees Irresponsible -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today released the following statement on behalf of the CBC about the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) decision to end housing assistance to Hurricane Katrina evacuees: "The recent announcement by the Federal Emergency Management

UpSouth, a youth multimedia art exhibit features work of 20 teenage artists -- Featuring the photography and video work of 20 teenage artists, UpSouth is a unique multimedia exhibit documenting the similarities and differences in the landscape, culture, and people of Central Brooklyn and rural Marvell, Arkansas. Though very different on the surface, these two locations are linked by migration patterns of the

Tyson Beckford, Michelle Visage, Wendy Williams to Host Move Against AIDS Dance-a-thon -- New York, NY - Supermodel Tyson Beckford, Mix 102.7 FM morning DJ Michelle Visage, and WBLS 107.5 FM DJ Wendy Williams are among the special guest hosts of Move Against AIDS, which will take place at the Manhattan Center on December 3, 2005. The Dance-a-thon will benefit Gay Men’s Health

Black Author's Debut Novel Combines Family, Faith and Desire -- Wellesley, MA - A Walk Among Blue Slate Markers, Edith M. S. Ingram's debut historical novel, set in England and rural Virginia is a psychological narrative that explores with a laser like precision the complex and shattered lives of slaveholders and those they enslaved. When Arrianna visits an old family

African-American Business Leader Makes Historical Headway as Co-Chair of 2005 Michigan Republican Gala in Detroit -- DETROIT - African-American business leader Robert S. Shumake made historical headway as co-chair of the 2005 Michigan Republican Gala in Detroit which raised over $1 million. Although the appointment was a nod toward increased diversity within the organization, Saul Anuzis, Chairman of the Michigan Republican State Committee says it was

Does The Church Limit Black Progress? -- Stone Mountain, GA ( - More than half of all Black people in the United States attend church on a regular basis and nearly 82% are members of churches. Currently, there are approximately 85,000 predominantly Black churches in the United States. Blacks could have 1,700 churches in every state. The

Does The Church Limit Black Progress? -- Stone Mountain, GA ( - More than half of all Black people in the United States attend church on a regular basis and nearly 82% are members of churches. Currently, there are approximately 85,000 predominantly Black churches in the United States. Blacks could have 1,700 churches in every state. The

New Hip-Hop Film Gets Standing Ovation -- A standing ovation for the hip-hop film "Beyond Beats and Rhymes" was just one highlight of the recent Black Man Film Festival in Atlanta. Other highlights included attendance by famed Hollywood producer Reuben Cannon ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman", "Get on the Bus"). The Oscar-nominated film "Hardwood" was also

Corny, But Wholesome - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- If you have seen one Gene Autry film, you have seen them all. The films begin with Gene singing around the campfire or while riding the range. At some point, he is going to give some villain a punch in the nose, save a pretty girl from a runaway horse-drawn

First All Video-on-Demand Channel Devoted to Urban and Hip-Hop to Debut on November 11 -- LOS ANGELES - DoD(TM), the first-ever all video-on-demand virtual channel targeting the hip-hop and urban market, will launch as a free service on Comcast's ON DEMAND service on November 11, 2005. DoD(TM) is the new grassroots brand and VOD subsidiary of Simmons Lathan Media Group, founded by Media Entrepreneur Will

Hip-Hop Video Impresario Turns Civil War Experience Into Critically Acclaimed Documentary -- Charlotte, NC - As a kid growing up in Liberia, West Africa, Gerald "Gee-Bee" Barclay was fascinated with television images. At the age of twelve, his family moved from Africa to America settling in Staten Island, NY. He attended the City University of New York, majoring in television/film production. His

Pop Culture Personality Touré Headed To BET News -- BET Network Adding Trio of Brooklyn-Based Intellectuals and Trend-Setters As Producers, Writers and Talent to Expanded News Production Team Washington, DC ( - Each one has carved a noteworthy reputation as an intellectual trend-setter and cultural expert, and they're now bringing that expertise to BET. Today BET News announced the

Thru My Eyes: Thoughts On Tupac Amaru Shakur In Pictures and Words -- By Gobi - Foreword by Afeni Shakur Davis This book is Gobi's way of honoring my son and sharing his experience. I thank you, Gobi, for being my son's friend. -- From the Foreword by Afeni Shakur Davis New York, NY ( - The world has been without him for

Controversial E-book Claims Child Welfare Almost As Damaging As Slavery -- Miami Gardens, FL ( - Renee Michelle Harris created quite a buzz several months ago when she declared that the child welfare/foster care system is almost as damaging as slavery to black families. "I've received an enormous amount of feedback since releasing the article over the summer." "The overwhelming majority

Black Chameleon Memoirs by Montez DeCarlo exposes the notorious secrets behind one of the most successful Black businessmen in America -- Detroit, MI - The Native Experience, publisher of a new line of urban centric genre books announced today its scheduled release of Black Chameleon Memoirs on December 23, 2005, a book that chronicles the notorious life of one of the most successful Black businessmen in America. Most corporate executives follow

The Next Rap Stars May Emerge From DC Underground Hip Hop With "Welcome To DC" -- DC and Maryland's underground Hip Hop fans have already been buzzing about the new CD "Distribution Deal" by Tree Gotti, the first solo act from local rap group, Da Committee. "I can't keep a copy," says Gotti. "People have been buying and bootlegging the jont like crazy. But we'll have

CBC Chair Requests Meeting with Judge Alito -- Burden of Proof regarding Opinions on Race and Equality rest with Judge Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today said that he and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Chair of the CBC Judicial Nominations Task Force, will request a meeting

Straight Thuggin’at The University of Chicago -- While strolling through our neighborhood, my wife happened upon a group of young white girls, ages 8 or 9, playing in front of their home. The girls were singing in full throat: “I ain’t sayin’ she a gold digga/but she ain’t lookin’ for no broke ------!” My wife said her

Las Vegas Radio Show Spotlights Reggae Rock Acts -- Las Vegas, NV - Xradio host, Lady Leo, is looking for independent Reggae Rock groups/artists and Reggae DJs to spotlight on new and upcoming independent Reggae/Reggaeton formatted radio show, Morning Mix. Lady Leo is giving independent artists a chance to showcase their music daily. Friday is “Mad love to California

Statement of Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney On The Upcoming March to Gretna on November 7th -- Capitol Hill Press Conference with the Hip Hop Caucus Wednesday, November 2, 2005 The Greatest Civil Rights Tragedy Ushering in the 21st Century: American racism exposed on a Louisiana bridge First of all I’d like to acknowledge the life and death of Rosa Parks, a pioneer with courage, who will

Amtrak and African-American Passenger Settle Civil Rights Suit -- WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs, and the law firm of Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis, PLLC, are pleased to announce the settlement of an important race discrimination lawsuit against AMTRAK (National Railroad Passenger Corporation), the only nationwide passenger railroad in the U.S

CBC Introduces Hurricane Katrina Relief Legislation to Help Gulf Coast Residents -- Washington, D.C. - All 42 House members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) today introduced HR 4197, the Hurricane Katrina Recovery, Reclamation, Restoration, Reconstruction and Reunion Act of 2005. The bill is designed to provide for the recovery of the Gulf Coast region and for the reunion of families devastated

David Townsend, Member of Soul Trio SURFACE Found Dead -- David Townsend from the 80's soft soul vocal trio SURFACE known for such lush ballads as "Happy", "Closer Than Friends", "Shower Me With Your Love" and the "The First Time" was found dead inside his Northridge, CA home Wednesday night (October 26) by a close friend. The cause of death

LisaRaye Engaged To Become 1st Lady In The Caribbean -- By Jim Neusom (staff writer for (Los Angeles) Last night at the filming of the BET 25 Anniversary celebration, Ms. LisaRaye McCoy was looking stunning as she walked the red carpet. Then it dawned on me...left hand, ring finger, Bling Bling! She later confirmed her engagement to The Honorable

American Idealism - Commentary by Joseph C Phillips -- An e-mail chain currently making the rounds asks the question: “What do you love about America?” There are some terrific answers. Among my favorites are: The Grambling State University Marching Band, Times Square, overpriced coffee, 7th Avenue Park Slope, Thelonius Monk, Johnny Cash, Sandra Bullock and (of course) The Cosby

13th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival In New York City -- ArtMattan Productions presents the 13th Annual African Diaspora Film Festival 2005. More than 80 films from around the globe have been selected to be screened over a 17-day period in several New York City theaters. Opening on Friday, November 25 at the Anthology Film Archives (2nd Avenue & 2nd Street

Students at Michigan Universities Support Affirmative Action -- LANSING, Mich., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- College students across the nation and in Mic higan have taken the lead to vocally and visibly support affirmativeaction on National Take Affirmative Action Day -- Thursday, October 27th, 2005. Activities in Michigan will take place at Central Michigan University, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan

BET Marks 25 Years as Top African-American Network With Star-Studded Extravaganza -- LOS ANGELES - The world's most celebrated performers of yesterday and today will gather at Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium to celebrate a quarter century of ground-breaking, African-American programming from BET when the network hosts 25 STRONG: THE BET SILVER ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL on Wednesday, October 26 at 8 p.m. PT. A

CBC Chair Melvin L. Watt Comments on the Death of Civil Rights Legend Rosa Parks -- Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), released the following statement regarding the death of Rosa Parks: "The Congressional Black Caucus extends its sincere condolences to the family of civil rights icon Rosa Parks. Ms. Parks, whose refusal to give

Rev. E. Randel T Osburn Statement on the Passing of Civil Rights Legend, Rosa Parks -- ATLANTA GA- U.S. Rev. E. Randel T Osburn, executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Foundation (SCLF) and Chaplain of the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development since its founding in 1987, issued the following statement on the death of Rosa Parks: “We are deeply saddened by the

1ST Annual Faith Based Marketing Summit to be Held in Dallas -- (NASHVILLE, TENN.) -- In recent years, the faith based community has played a major role in the success of numerous films such as The Passion of the Christ and the Left Behind series, and books like The Prayer of Jabez and Rick Warren's best-seller Purpose-Driven Life. The 1st Annual Faith

Six African American Studio Photographers in the South, 1900-1950 -- Pictures from Home examines the creation and use of photography by and for African American individuals, families and groups during a fifty year periods when Jim Crow and negative racial stereotyping still prevailed in the South. The exhibition features 120 images by six gifted studio photographers and self-made entrepreneurs, each

Four DC African-American Women with Diabetes Highlighted on Educational CD-ROM -- Diabetes: Living My Best Life™, an educational CD-ROM, combines a technology-based interface with culturally engaging content for African American women working to manage type 2 diabetes. Today there are 60,000 people in the District of Columbia with type 2 diabetes. "The result of those tests after exercising was really rewarding


Searching For Joy - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- It was one of those days. The children were getting on my nerves and I was in the doghouse with my wife. Nothing seemed to be going my way. I was staring at a stack of bills on the desk and yet hadn’t heard from my agent in what seemed

5th Annual C. Bernard Jackson Day Celebration Presents Tribute to August Wilson & Nipsey Russell -- (Los Angeles, CA) The Inner City Cultural Center Alumni pay tribute to August Wilson, Playwright and Icon to Black Theatre, and Nipsey Russell, Comedic Actor and Trailblazer, Hosted by Ted Lange at the 5th Annual C. Bernard Jackson Day Celebration, Friday, November 4th, 2005. Happy Hour, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Longtime "Gay" Activist, Cleo Manago Embraced at Historic Millions More Movement -- For the past two decades Cleo Manago has campaigned on behalf of the same-gender-loving (SGL), gay/lesbian-identified and bisexual members of the Black community and community at-large. As founder and CEO of the Los Angeles based AmASSI Health & Cultural Centers in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta and South Africa, and

Message to my Thinking Brother & Sisters! - by Dick Gregory -- As we move forward in year two thousand, we must begin to put black dollars through black hands. We as a race spend nearly $700,000,000,000 (7 hundred billion dollars) annually. African American spend billions on entertainment, but those dollars spent does not yield a return to the community. How can

Hurricane Katrina/Hurricane Rita Demands Joint Effort of African-American Churches, Others -- Portsmouth, VA ( - Urban America USA, a leading organization pulling together African American faith-based groups, the Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP), a group representing several thousand African American pastors, and other leading organizations, consultants, and faith-based groups are uniting to help rebuild lives and communities after the destruction

The power of millions more: Still Rising - Speech by Reverend Jesse L. Jackson at Million More March -- October 15, 2005 – Washington, DC We thank God for enabling us to make another stop on this journey. It is not a ten year journey. It is a daily struggle – a 386 year journey. This journey from slavery to freedom to equality is a daunting journey. We know

Whither the Republican Party? - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court has set off a bit of a family squabble within the Republican Party. President Bush is used to battling senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), but suddenly he is going toe to toe with the likes of William Kristol

The Real Effects Related to a Few Opportunities - by Wesley M. Jarmon, Jr. -- Centuries ago, before there were modern harbors, ships had to wait for the flood tide to provide the momentum needed before a large vessel could make it to port. The term for that situation in those days was called op portu. And during those days, boating and fishing were always

Pimpin Ain't Easy: The New Face of the Black Church -- "We're not just a church, we're an international corporation. We're not just a bumbling bunch of preachers who can't talk and all we're doing is baptizing babies. I deal with the White House. I deal with Tony Blair. I deal with presidents around this world. I pastor a multimillion-dollar congregation

Bennett Doesn’t Get it. Do We? - Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- Bill Bennett doesn’t get it. The former drug czar and secretary of education has been roundly and appropriately criticized for remarks he made last week during a discussion of the economic effects of abortion on his radio program. Bennett responded to a caller: “It's true that if you wanted to

Harlem Republicans on Defensive - by Gary James -- In the wake of a controversial and confusing Republican Party primary in Harlem's 70th Assembly District, some Harlem Republicans are still facing unresolved allegations and an unresolved primary election. The controversy associated with the Republican Party primary is based on the efforts of competing candidates for district leader in the

Triple Crown Publications Owner Vickie Stringer to Keynote Self-Published Authors -- Vickie Stringer, Author/Owner, Triple Crown Publications, often dubbed, the Queen of Urban Fiction, will share her expertise with attendees at the upcoming Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success! October 22, 2005 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY. Stringer who harbors a profound passion for helping others contacted Renee Flagler of Aspicomm

Gospel Legend Kirk Franklin to Release New CD, “HERO” on October 4 -- Fo Yo Soul Entertainment/Zomba recording artist Kirk Franklin, the biggest selling gospel artist in the SoundScan era, will release his sixth CD, HERO, in-stores on October 4! The gospel music innovator has, once again, raised the bar with this new album. HERO, the first release on Franklin's new Fo Yo

Documentary on Roy Jones Jr to Stream Trailer Online Before the Third Tarver-Jones Rematch -- New York, NY - Atlanta-based Digital Soul Inc.(, will be streaming a trailer of their acclaimed film, "Heart of A Champion: A Documentary on Roy Jones Jr.," for boxing fans everywhere as a prequel to the third match-up between longtime opponents Antonio Tarver and Roy Jones Jr. on Saturday, October

Heart Seizure at the Pump- Joseph C. Phillips Commentary -- Gas is expensive! Here in my neighborhood, the price of regular unleaded is hovering around $3.50 per gallon. Yesterday, I spent almost $60 filling the tank of my minivan. All the more reason I am amazed that General Motors is currently advertising a brand new Hummer 3. In addition to

Interior Designer Courtney Sloane has Harlem on Her Mind -- Sloane Brings Her New, Experiential Design to Harlem with Essence Homecoming 35th Birthday Showhouse and Carol's Daughter Flagship Store Courtney Sloane, the award-winning international interior designer, whose extraordinary sense of style and aesthetics have cast her influence in the worlds of entertainment, media and popular culture, transforming her into a

Chairman of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. Responds to William Bennett Comments -- The 100 Black Men of America, Inc. mentors hundreds of thousands of youth all over the world annually. These young people are productive, loving, law abiding youth from diverse backgrounds. Many of the 100 members have raised productive, loving, law abiding children of their own. As an organization, we find

Filmcaptive Productions Premiers on ABC Network -- Atlanta, GA.- Atlanta based production company Film Captive Productions, Inc. will have some of it's work showcased on the new weekly "Tom Joyner Show", which premiers on the ABC network on Sunday October 2, 2005. Tom Joyner has become the #1 syndicated morning radio host with over 8 million listeners

Congressional Black Caucus Expresses Deep Regret on Confirmation of John Roberts as Supreme Court Chief Justice -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Chair of the CBC's Judicial Task Force, issued the following statement on behalf of the CBC on the confirmation of Judge John Roberts, Jr. as Chief Justice of the

EAC Releases 2004 Election Day Survey Results -- WASHINGTON - The U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) today released the 2004 Election Day Survey, the largest and most comprehensive survey on election administration ever conducted by a U.S. governmental organization. The survey is available at "The 2004 Election Day Survey tells us a great deal about voting and

Massage Therapy Meets Lasik Surgery, at Dr. Michael Granberry's the Lasik Spa -- In a world of extreme makeovers, LASIK surgery is one of the quickest (performed in 10 minutes) procedures on the path to enhanced beauty and health. Yet, like any surgery, it is still a procedure accompanied with anxiety, trepidation and even fear. Imagine then, a doctor's office where the patient's

Bishop T.D. Jakes Leads 300 African-Americans on Humanitarian Mission Trip to Africa -- DALLAS, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- With the recent initiative set into motion by worldwide organizations and socioeconomic groups, Bishop T.D. Jakes, globally recognized as the leader of The Potter's House, an international church of 30,000 members located in Dallas, Texas, is launching an extensive outreach in Kenya September 26

The Black Star Project’s Barbara A. Sizemore Forum for Educational Excellence -- Saturday, October 1, 2005 at 12:00 noon St. Paul and the Redeemer Church, Chicago. Featuring the Honorable Michael W. Stuttley, Presiding Judge, Juvenile Court, 6th District Municipal Court In Chicago, 8,539 public school students were arrested in 2003—43 percent for simple assault involving no injuries or weapons and often for

VH1's Second Annual 'Hip Hop Honors' Hosted by Russell Simmons and Reverend Run -- NEW YORK - After months of anticipation and the promise of great expectations, The Second Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors, taped in New York's Hammerstein Ballroom on Thursday night for air on Monday, September 26 at *9:00 PM/ET, more than lived up to its hype. The annual broadcast, hosted this

Should The Friends and Families of Prisoners Also Be Punished? -- Should the friends and families of prisoners also be punished? Well, that’s precisely what is happening in New York, where the loved ones of prisoners are charged up to 600% more to accept a collect call. The monopoly contract of MCI with the New York Department of Corrections arbitrarily inflates

Vickie Stringer of Triple Crown Publications set to be featured at Self-Published Authors Symposium October 2005 -- Hempstead, New York - Vickie Stringer of Triple Crown Publications set to be featured at Self-Published Authors Symposium October 22, 2005. Triple Crown Publications was started in 2001, with the self-publishing of Author Vickie Stringer’s debut novel, Let That Be The Reason. T.C.P. the symbols had a history and great

Government That Cares Part 2 - Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- The good book instructs us “To obey is better than sacrifice…” (1 Samuel: 22). The lesson not only speaks to God’s expectations in our relationship with Him, but is also instructive of the expectations we have -- or should have -- of government. I would much rather a government that

Heal a Woman Heal A Nation Fall 2005 Retreat -- Taui International Enterprises and Queen Mother Ur Aua-t Merisa Amm Amen of the Ausar Auset Society invite all African American women to the Heal a Woman, Heal a Nation Retreat, October 7-10, 2005. This unique retreat offers African American women four days of healing, rejuvenation, spiritual upliftment and pampering. Ur-t

National Black Public Relations Society 7th Annual Conference & Career Fair -- Image makers from around the country and abroad will attend the 7th Annual Conference and Career Fair for the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), at Fitzgeralds Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada Oct 6-9, 2005. The conference theme is 'Taking Care of Business in PR: The Profitability of

Turning Point Magazine Publishes September/October 2005 Diversity Themed Issue -- Turning Point Magazine, the most widely read small business magazine for African Americans in the United States, today released its diversity themed September/October 2005 issue. Led by its special advertorial section, Corporate Champions of Diversity, this issue is primed to be one of the most valuable magazines this year for

Of Race & Nature's Wrath - by Mumia Abu-Jamal -- In the aftermath of the horror of Hurricane Katrina, voices of anger and outrage are heard throughout the land, and just as quickly, comes the chastisement of the media censors, who rush to the fore to criticize and condemn those who dare to speak truth to the Naked Emperor. Indeed

Black Star Project’s Student Motivation Program with Principle Sponsorship by ComEd -- Dear Potential Mentor or Motivator of Students, The Black Star Project has 100 Chicago area schools with students who are waiting for classroom mentors and motivators. We need 1,000 mentors and motivators for these students and schools. Many of these students need heroes and role models like you. Many of

A plea on behalf of the Black middle class in New Orleans -- I had expected to write an upbeat note about how life was moving forward for my family in Houston. Instead, I am pleading on behalf its black middle class that lives largely in the section of the city known as New Orleans East. They live in the neighborhoods you have

Cong. John Lewis to Speak on Environment -- Gala dinner will highlight importance of conserving Georgia’s endangered natural areas for long term environmental health The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast is a tragic reminder of the power of nature and its effects on our living environment. In the coming months we're sure to hear

A Government that Cares - Commentary by Joseph C. Phillips -- The government’s sluggish response in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina has led some to declare that there is an “empathy deficit” in the Bush administration. Or in the more plain language of Kanye West: “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Of course the veracity of West’s accusation depends on

The aftermath of Katrina could be worse than the hurricane - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report - If Black people on the Gulf Coast are not careful, the aftermath of Katrina will be worse than the Hurricane! President George Bush is responsible for the slow federal response to help hurricane victims and to save lives of citizens in Louisiana and Mississippi. Now, leave

The Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success announces panel of speakers for symposium -- Hempstead, Long Island - The Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success announces panel of speakers for symposium. A variety of great speakers have been selected to speak to self-published authors at the upcoming Self-Published Symposium. Participants will be able to Learn from the experts at The Self-Publishing Symposium: Strategies for Success!

NYC and State Agencies to Host Conference to Help Women and Minority Business Owners Gain Access to $30 Billion in Contracting Opportunities -- New York, NY- - The New York State Dormitory Authority joined in collaboration with more than 25 public and private agencies to announce their sponsorship of the two-day 12th Annual Competitive Edge Conference at Manhattan’s Museum of Jewish Heritage located at 36 Battery Place at Battery Park City. Themed “The

Executive Director of Project Islamic HOPE executive director urges Minister Louis Farrakhan to postpone march in D.C. and focus on helping hurricane victims -- An Open Letter to Minister Louis Farrakhan, By Najee Ali As Salaam Alaikum, (Peace be unto you) Minister Farrakhan. I pray to almighty God that you are and continue to be in the best of health. You are in my thoughts because we are soon approaching the 10 year anniversary

The Other Story of Katrina - Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- As the floodwaters begin to recede and the nation begins the arduous task of assessing the economic and human toll of Hurricane Katrina, the finger pointing begins in earnest. I suppose it’s to be expected. Americans are not used to witnessing the suffering of their fellow citizens nor are they

John Roberts Rejects Meeting with Congressional Black Caucus Leaders -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), expressed regret that the Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts rejected a request to meet with representatives of the CBC. In a letter to Judge Roberts dated August 25, 2005, Chairman Watt and

Katrina ripped cover off poverty by Jesse Jackson -- Katrina hit with nature's fury. But the suffering in the storm's wake should spark American fury. Nature did its worst, but the suffering and human toll have been greatly magnified by an unconscionable failure of leadership. I was in New Orleans on Thursday night with state Sen. Cleo Fields. Fields

Residents of the Gulf need help not a commission -- Only the poor man feels it. While rich people play the blame game about what went wrong in New Orleans, only the poor are hungry, homeless and separated from their families! At least, that’s the way it seems to me. Everybody that was hit by the hurricane suffered. However, in

Rep. John Lewis Lewis Says New Orleans Reminds Him of Somalia in 1992 -- NEW YORK, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- In a guest essay, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) says that this week's images from New Orleans remind him of his 1992 trip to Somalia. "I've cried a lot of tears the past few days as I watched television -- to see somebody lying dead

Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad and Muhammad's Mosque #27's Official Statement In Rebuttal to 'Jihad' Flyer -- September 7, 2005 -- It has come to the attention of Nation of Islam Minister Tony Muhammad and Muhammad's Mosque #27 of Los Angeles California, that a flyer is circulating in and around the Los Angeles area requesting that the Crips and the Bloods join the Nation of Islam in

Volunteer, donations, etc. for Hurricane Katrina victims -- Other pages for information on Katrina: general info , information for college students , relief fund VOLUNTEER information will be updated as we get it. ----The Federal Emergency Management Agency has a list of organizations accepting cash donations and or volunteers. To see the list, visit and click

Info for College students displaced by Hurricane Katrina -- ALABAMA TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY, AL ? (September 1, 2005) ? Tuskegee University announced today its plan to be of assistance to students and families by enrolling currently registered students from colleges and universities that are closed as a result of the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina. Interested students should contact the

Help Centers for Independent Living in Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans -- As you may know, the Centers for Independent Living in Biloxi, Mississippi and New Orleans have been gravely affected by the hurricane. In fact the Biloxi, MS center was totally destroyed. Many of you are asking how you can help. Here is what we have learned from colleagues in those

Rap artist Nelly Helps Hurricane Relief Effort -- Rap artist Nelly as most of you know has a foundation called 4 Sho 4 Kids and once again is here to help his fellow brethren the victims (children) of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. As of this weekend his foundation will be going to New Orleans to help children Relief Fund -- The Relief Fund is a Section 501(C) (3) non-profit organization formed to operate as a charitable service to benefit individuals and families determined to be victims of publicly declared disasters. The Relief Fund has received temporary tax exemption status to immediately expedite its ability to begin soliciting and

An American Hotel Rwanda - Desperate victims of Hurricane Katrina - -- Dear Black America, There is a woman in Tucker, Georgia housing 52 victims of Katrina in a small house. Her sister-in-law has 40 people at her home in Decatur, GA. I'm sure there are numerous people across the country in the same situation. When I told the woman I had

Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Concerned About the Health Repercussions From Hurricane Katrina -- Washington, D.C. - U. S. Rep. Donna M. Christensen (D-VI), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, joined with U.S. Reps. Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.), Chair, Congressional Black Caucus; William Jefferson (D-La.); Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.); Artur Davis (D-Ala.); Barbara Lee (D-Calif.); members of the CBC and representatives of the states affected

Texas Southern University opens its doors to college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina -- HOUSTON-Texas Southern University is opening its doors to help bring comfort and relief to college students from Louisiana who were affected by Hurricane Katrina. TSU will admit any student currently enrolled at the institutions affected by the hurricane for the fall 2005 semester. Application fees will be waived and a

Katrina relief information - -- We will add to this list as we get information. For information about what roads are passable in Louisiana, you can call the State Police Road Closure Hot Line at 1-800-469-4828 or click on To find out about conditions in your home parish, you can find a listing of

BET and National Urban League plan Telethon to benefit Hurrican Katrina victims -- NEW YORK (August 31, 2005) - In the aftermath of this week's devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, BET is partnering with the National Urban League, American Red Cross, Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Chairman Russell Simmons, Kevin Liles and the Warner Music Group, Essence Communications and

Cosby and Breaking the Cycle - Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- According to Canton, Ohio health statistics, 65 of the 490 female students at Timken High School are pregnant and 104 of the 586 babies born to Canton residents had mothers between the ages of 11 and 19. And so the cycle of poverty and victimhood begins. Or perhaps it is

Pat Robertson's call to assasinate Hugo Chavez - by Lucius Gantt -- Don’t be surprised about how Pat Robertson, a well know Christian preacher, was alleged to have called for the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the political leader of Venezuela. You have to believe in God. You cannot put your trust in a preacher that encourages his flock to violate one of

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Proposes to Provide Low-cost Heating Oil to US communities during meeting with Jesse Jackson -- CHICAGO - The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, issued the following statement today, following his personal meeting with President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela. Following conservative Christian Coalition leader Pat Robertson's recent call to assassinate the Venezuelan President, the two leaders discussed Venezuelas

ACLU Condemns U.S. Justice Department Decision to Approve Georgia Photo ID Law -- Decision Will Discriminate Against Minority Voters and is Called “Highly Partisan” ATLANTA – The American Civil Liberties Union sharply criticized today’s decision by the U.S. Department of Justice to approve a new Georgia law that voting rights advocates say will discriminate against minority voters. The measure, H.B. 244, which was

Terrorism--At Home! by Mumia Abu-Jamal -- For many people in this country, for millions, in fact, when they think about terrorism, their minds do not drift to the tortured trauma of the Middle East. Their dreams aren't peopled with swarthy Arabs, or whispering groups plotting bombings in major American, or European, cities. They think of lives

Using the Hip-Hop Culture to Evangelize commentary by Tim Cunningham -- I am concerned that using “rap and hip-hop” music, as a tool to bring young people to Christ could be nothing more than fool’s gold. We assume they are attracted to Christ, His ways, and His word because they come to church, meetings, and “parties” where hip-hop and rap music

Latin Nations Call for Punishment of Pat Robertson -- Foreign Ministers of the Latin American countries belonging to the Rio Group expressed confidence that U.S. authorities will set in motion the "appropiate legal processes" to punish the call of evangelical telepreacher Pat Robertson to assassinate Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. The declaration, signed by diplomats of 19 Latin American and

The 16th Annual 2005 Chrysler Financial African Festival of the Arts: A Cultural Tapestry -- Music for everyone! Pete Escovedo featuring Shelia E!, Angelique Kidjo, Ahmad Jamal, Abram Wilson , MC Lyte, Special Ed, Michael Henderson, Sir Nose, Cherrelle, Johnny Clegg, and Roberta Flack! Special appearance by Vickie Winans! Chicago - The 16th Annual Chrysler Financial African Festival of the Arts illuminates and celebrates the

The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, QBR, the Black Book Review presents third Annual Harlem Book Fair -- The African Atlantic Genealogical Society, QBR, the Black Book Review will present the third annual Harlem Book Fair on Long Island on Saturday, September 17, 2005, from 12 noon until 6:00 p.m., at the Freeport Recreation Center, 130 East Merrick Road, in Freeport. The book fair was established in Harlem

Act Now to Stop War and End Racism -- Activists from several U.S. and Mexican organizations will hold a protest on Monday, August 29, starting at 7:00 am, in front of the U.S. Immigration detention center, 8915 Montana Rd., El Paso, Texas, to demand the immediate extradition of the terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. Arguing that an extradition request from

African American Leaders Call Project 21's Comparison of John Roberts to Martin Luther King, Jr. 'Outrageous' -- Several prominent figures in the African American community today strongly rebuked Mychal Massie and other right-wing African Americans for comparing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts, who has a record of opposition to civil rights, to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In a press release from the right-wing front group

South Central Youth Center Celebrates Success of Past Members -- A Place Called Home open in 1993 with 12 children ages 9 -20 years old, in gang infested area of South Central Los Angeles. Today APCH has over 4000 members and has become the most successful anti-gang program in the United States. On August 26 a reunion of early members

Toyota Announces National Sponsorship Support to the United Negro College Fund for 27th Annual An Evening of Stars(R) Tribute to Stevie Wonder -- FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Negro College Fund (UNCF) today announced that Toyota Motor Sales, has agreed to sponsor UNCF's 27th annual televised fund-raiser, An Evening of Stars(R). This year, An Evening of Stars(R) will feature a star-studded tribute to legendary entertainer, Stevie Wonder for his lifetime

Post Office Named in Honor of Music Legend Ray Charles -- Two Landmark Recording Projects Will Commemorate Music Genius' 75th Birthday in September LOS ANGELES - Kicking off a month long celebration, the legendary Ray Charles, who would have been 75 years-old on Sept. 23, today had a post office named in his honor, at 4960 W. Washington Blvd., near the

National Summit on Diversity in the Environmental Field -- The Minority Environmental Leadership Devlopment Initiative at the University of Michigan will hold a National Summit on Diversity in the Environmental Field to discuss the state of diversity in the environmental field and strategize about how to enhance it in the future. The Minority Environmental Leadership Initiative at the University

Questions for Judge Roberts - Joseph C Phillips commentary -- California Senator Diane Feinstein has been quoted as saying that the pending Senate confirmation hearings for Judge John Roberts were a “big big deal.” Feinstein worries that the Roberts nomination could move the court in a very conservative direction and announced her intention to press the judge on his views

Congresswoman Waters says that Ambassador Foley was right about the interim government of Haiti -- Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-35) released a statement in response to Ambassador James B. Foley's comments regarding the interim government of Haiti. The Congresswoman's statement follows: I commend Ambassador James B. Foley for taking a courageous stand in support of justice and the rule of law in

LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, and Grandmaster Flash among VH-1 Hip Hop Honorees -- Hip-hop pioneers who transformed the genre into a true cultural phenomenon will be honored by VH-1 with the second annual 'VH-1 Hip-Hop Honors.' Hosted by Russell Simmons and Reverend Run, this year's celebration will honor hip-hop and rap artists LL Cool J, Big Daddy Kane, Grandmaster Flash and The Furious

Anti-violence Rally in response to increased violence in the community surrounding Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) -- After a recent epidemic of senseless violence immediately surrounding the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts (TASCA) in Stone Mountain, GA., the newly-opened performing arts Center, dedicated to the legacy of west coast hip-hop rap icon Tupac Shakur; is no longer able to stand idly by amidst this pointless

African made apparel lines MIA and Butta to debut at Magic Convention in Las Vegas -- Inglewood, CA - Dr. Bill Releford, CEO of Butta, Inc. intends to ignite the fashion industry when he debuts his urban apparel lines, MIA - Made In Africa and Butta (Bringing U The Treasures of Africa) from August 28th- 30th at the MAGIC Convention at the MGM Grand Hotel in

Dreamworks Pictures seeking musical talent in St. Louis, Chicago, and Detroit for Dreamgirls -- Los Angeles, CA - The producer of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Dreamgirls is bringing the legendary project to the big screen. "Dreamgirls," starring Jamie Foxx, Beyonce Knowles and Eddie Murphy, will be filming in Los Angeles in early 2006. The film, directed by Oscar winner Bill Condon, is set

Athletes, Celebrities, Corporations Launch 'Kids for King' to Mark 1963 March on Washington and 'I Have A Dream' Speech -- Bill Russell (Hall of Fame basketball player) (left), Harry E. Johnson, Sr. (President of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation), and youth from the Washington, D.C. Boys and Girls Club launched the Kids for King program August 22 in Washington D.C. to commemorate the 1963 March on Washington

Spiritual Life Skills Program -- Brooklyn, NY., Aug. 15th – Ausar Auset Society - located in 30 cities worldwide - is proud to announce that after thirty-two years of providing spiritual services and instructions in the Black Community in America, United Kingdom, Canada, Bermuda, Trinidad and St. Thomas, they will now offer “Life Coaching” and

Series of works commemorate 50th anniversary of Emmett Till lynching -- "The Murder of Emmett Till—50 years later" (a performance series) & "EMMETT" (a visual installation) opens at HIGHWAYS Performance Space on August 26, 2005 Kevin Spicer, creator/performer of "The Baby with Emmett Till's Eyes," curates a series of works commemorating the 50th anniversary of the lynching of fourteen year-old Emmett

Women in NAACP Complete First Phase of School Project in Africa -- Republic of Benin schools become the foundation for re-building communities The Women in the NAACP (WIN), a division of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), traveled to Africa to officially open a new grade school in the Republic of Benin. The school represents the first phase

A view from London - A Black British take on Jesse Jackson -- The following article was written for GlobalEyes, a featured column in the London based Caribbean Times newspaper and GlobalEyes Online. Jessie Jackson and Operation "Black" Vote Last night (9th March 2005), I went to listen to Jesse Jackson and some other Political Pimps and Prostitutes parading as "grass roots" activists

Racist Tactics Against NC Protestors - Minister Paul Scott -- On Thursday night, in Durham NC, a racially divided city still suffering from the aftermath of three recent cross burnings that happened in one evening, the Durham County Sherif's Department used tactics simular to those used by Bull Connor in racist Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement to violate the

Representative Cynthia McKinney Responds to AJC Disinformation -- I am responding to a call you made to Richard Searcy of my staff concerning the response I submitted to the Atlanta Journal Constitution's article by Bob Kemper and your offer to run a different item that is not responsive to our concerns, but that would cover the event and

Texas Prison System Bans Black Guard's Book For Second Time -- Tampa, FL - Former Texas and Florida Prison Guard Tim Hampton, 30, who wrote the book entitled 'Holding My Own' received news from Texas Prison officials on August 4, 2005 that his book was again no longer welcomed inside any of the states 200+ prison units. Hampton, who is the

Author Waymon Lefall Brings Missing Piece of African American History to Light in Children's Book, 'The Legend Of Jocko' By Aria C. Munro -- BALTIMORE, MD - August 16 -- In his new book, 'The Legend Of Jocko, Hero Of The American Revolution,' Baltimore barber turned author Waymon Lefall shares the little known, inspirational story of a 12-year-old, African American boy named Jocko who sacrificed his life for our country. According to LeFall, young

'Read & Rise: A Tribute to Bessie Coleman' to Feature Dr. Maya Angelou and Ms. Oprah Winfrey -- DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Tickets are now available for "Read & Rise: A Tribute to Bessie Coleman." This epic event sponsored by the Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Education and Public Improvement Foundation in conjunction with the air carriers that serve the Dayton International Airport and presented by

Affirmative Action Group Issues Blistering Rebuttal to "Civil Rights Report" -- Washington, DC - Today Americans for a Fair Chance, a project of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Education Fund (LCCREF), issued a blistering rebuttal to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (USCCR) "report" Federal Procurement After Adarand. The report claims to recommend methods by which government agencies can enforce

Calling Out Cosby - Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- Last year during the NAACP celebration of the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. the Board of Education, Bill Cosby delivered some very blunt talk about the state of black America. In the intervening months, he has been traveling the country taking his message of personal responsibility directly to the people

Author tackles HIV on black college campuses in her debut novel Shameless -- Philadelphia PA - Author Vonetta C. Pierce tackles the topic of HIV on black college campuses in her debut novel “Shameless”(Q-Boro Books ISBN:0-9753066-6-9 $14.95 Everyday African American students are putting themselves at risk by engaging in unprotected sex. The HIV statistics on black college campuses are shocking and on

"Middle Passage" dramatizes Transatlantic Slave Trade -- Author Matthew Warner has released a free audio book of himself reading "Middle Passage," a short story dramatizing conditions aboard an 18th-century slave ship bringing Africans to the New World. It’s available as a downloadable .mp3 at (PRWEB) August 16, 2005 -- “The slaves are to blame for their

Stop the execution of Frances Newton! -- The mobilization to stop the execution of Frances Newton is in high gear and growing by the day. Her execution is set for 6 p.m. on Sept. 14. Frances Newton would be the first African American woman executed in the state of Texas in over 100 years. Although Texas leads

African American Golfer's Digest To Tour Kenya For Historic Golf Safari -- African American Golfer"s Digest, the nation"s leading publication for avid black golfers and The Whitfield Foundation are conducting a unique travel opportunity to experience golf on some of Kenya"s finest golf courses with PGA/LPGA Legend and First Lady of Golf Renee Powell. Renee Powell is Head Golf Professional at the

2nd Annual Atlanta HipHop Film Festival Returns - Accepting Submissions for Film -- ATLANTA, GA. Creative Circle Entertainment announces the 2nd Atlanta HipHop Film Festival taking place in the month of April 2006. The three-day festival grants awards to films influenced by HipHop culture as well as prominent HipHop musicians who have transitioned from music to film. Creative Circle Entertainment welcomes filmmakers from

African Fundamentalism by The Hon. Marcus Mosiah Garvey -- - The time has come for the Blackman to forget and cast behind him his hero worship and adoration of other races, and to start out immediately to create and emulate heroes of his own. We must canonize our own martyrs and elevate to positions of fame and honor

Hater-ation in the African American community - commentary by Lucius Gantt -- There is at least one thing that African-Americans do better than any other ethnic group. Too many African-Americans hate Black people! If you are Black, you’re hated when you’re successful. You’re hated when you accomplish your goals. You’re hated when you get a new man. You’re hated when you get

Dept of Justice to hold Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Symposium to focus on election fraud, voting rights -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice announced today that the 4th annual Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Symposium will be held in Washington, D.C. on Oct. 4 and 5, 2005. The annual training conference is part of the Ballot Access and Voting Integrity Initiative, which was established in October

Independent filmmaker tackles the darker reality of relationships -- LOS ANGELES – Crowds coming out of Raleigh Studios, have been raving about the new Michael Holland film, “Before The Fact”. Michael J. Holland is a raw, reality based filmmaker, and playwright, who dares to take you on a cinematic journey into the subtle and frightening elements of relationships. The

Is rap legend Tupac Shakur truly dead- the Hard Evidence Group presents reasonable doubt -- Alive theorist of the late great hip-hop rap icon Tupac Shakur have been adding numbers to get their ‘7‘s’ and have been dissecting every word ever recorded by Tupac Shakur ever since his death in 1996. There are many who feel the late hip-hop rap icon is still with us

US Pastors Travel to West Africa to Ensure a Fair Election at the request of President Laurent Gbagbo -- Non-denominational pastors from the United States travel to Ivory Coast at the request of President Laurent Gbagbo to ensure a fair and balanced election. Washington, DC - Upon request by Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo for the United States to send support to ensure a fair and balanced election, the

J Records to Release So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross -- Alicia Keys, Usher, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and Others Join Star-Studded Tribute to a Quintessential Singer of Our Time NEW YORK, - Many of today's most talented and world-renown music superstars, from Alicia Keys and Celine Dion, to Usher and Elton John, have

Statement of facts in the NJ trial of Assata Shakur - by Evelyn A. Williams -- As a member of Assata’s New Jersey trial legal defense team, and her appeal lawyer, I think a correct statement of the circumstances of New Jersey Trooper Werner Foerster’s death as established by exhibits, trial testimony and forensic evidence and that conclusively repudiate the revisionist lies now being advanced by

Lawsuit alleges segregated work areas and 'Whites Only' sign at Tyson Foods -- ASHLAND, Ala. - A lawsuit filed today alleges that Tyson Foods Inc. is responsible for maintaining a segregated bathroom and break room, reminiscent of the Jim Crow era, in its Ashland, Ala. chicken processing plant. Twelve African-American employees filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Northern

Being Liberal Now Means Being African American - By Phil Reiff and Jason Alderman -- If American liberals had four legs and fur, they would have been put on the Endangered Species List following last year’s Presidential election. Defining who is liberal has become a national sport among politicians, as Democrats frantically run from the moniker, while Republicans hurl the invective blindly at everyone on

Being Liberal Now Means Being African American - By Phil Reiff and Jason Alderman -- If American liberals had four legs and fur, they would have been put on the Endangered Species List following last year’s Presidential election. Defining who is liberal has become a national sport among politicians, as Democrats frantically run from the moniker, while Republicans hurl the invective blindly at everyone on

Chicago Radio Personality, Nikki Woods, Talks About Her Upcoming Novel and How to Gain Exposure as a Newcomer -- Memphis, TN - Nikki Woods, Chicago morning show personality and freshman novelist, talks to blogger, Makasha Dorsey, about her upcoming book, “Easier Said Than Done”, and gives advice to those needing to utilize free media to promote their projects. When asked about her most difficult challenges in life, like a

Impact of uterine fibroid disease on the African American community -- U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D-OH) today delivered the following remarks during the CBC "Message to America," distributed nationwide to the American Urban Radio Network's (AURN) affiliate stations: "Hello, this is Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones of the 11th Congressional District of Ohio. "As the Congressional Black Caucus continues its focus

Afro-American Newspapers to launch lifestyle magazine -- Baltimore, MD - The candles are still freshly lit from celebration of the Afro's 113th year anniversary; however more festivities are called for as the newspaper unveils its newest publication - Trends Magazine. With an initial quarterly publication schedule, Trends Magazine is the AFRO's full color, glossy window to the

Award-Winning Interior Designer Courtney Sloane in new TLC Series “MATERIAL WORLD” -- On Friday, August 12 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, you can tune in to see the launch of TLC’s new 12-episode series titled MATERIAL WORLD featuring internationally-known and award-winning interior designer Courtney Sloane. The series features a team of designers from the Hamptons to the Hollywood Hills, including Jason Bell, Martyn

An Inexcusable Gap - TV show to focus on the skill gap between black and white students in Chicago Public Schools -- Presented by ABC 7 Chicagp Saturday, August 13th, 6-6:30 p.m. with an encore presentation Sunday, August 14th “People, Places & Things,” the Emmy Award winning series hosted by ABC 7 Chicago’s Harry Porterfield, presents a compelling half-hour special, “An Inexcusable Gap,” on Saturday, August 13th, at 6:00 p.m. Produced by

Hip-Hop Caucus Supreme Justice National Bus Tour -- On August 21, 2005, the Hip Hop Caucus will launch a Hip-Hop Caucus Supreme Justice National Bus Tour, to bring awareness to the upcoming Supreme Court nomination as well as other key issues that currently affect the Hip Hop Community. The Hip-Hop Caucus Supreme Justice National Bus Tour will invite

4th Annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival in Atlanta -- The 4th Annual Urban Mediamakers Film Festival (UMFF) 2005 is seeking quality films and music videos for UMFF 2005 Music Video and Film Competitions for cash and prizes. Deadline for submission is September 15, 2005. UMFF 2005 takes place October 14-16, 2005 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Sheraton Buckhead Hotel

Oscar Winner Jamie Foxx Named Ambassador of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference -- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee and Rep. Danny K. Davis have been named co-chairs, and Oscar winner Jamie Foxx was named ambassador of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 35th Annual Legislative Conference. Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 10, 2005 -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation has announced that Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Outspoken Federal Whistleblower Who Exposed Racial Profiling in the Department of Homeland Security Finds Closure in Her Retirement -- Cathy Harris, an outspoken critic against the Department of Homeland Security was terminated from Customs on May 1, 2005 for filing discrimination complaints. Ms. Harris says her July 27, 2005 retirement from the agency has finally given her closure. As a 19 year Customs employee, 27 years total with the

Texas Becomes Nation's Newest 'Majority-Minority' State -- WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 - Texas has now joined Hawaii, New Mexico and California as a majority-minority state, along with the District of Columbia, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. Five states Maryland, Mississippi, Georgia, New York and Arizona are next in line with minority populations of about 40 percent. (The

Africast Launches America's First Pan-African Movie Channel -- Internet Marketing Consortium backs Africast with $1.5 million of marketing services NEW YORK - Africast Television Network has launched America's first Pan-African movie channel offering popular African movies, dramas and documentaries as subscription video on demand at its Website, Internet Marketing Consortium, an international marketing company, is investing $1.5

CBC Chair Comments on the Death of Publishing Giant John H. Johnson -- Washington, D.C. - Today, U.S. Representative Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), released the following statement regarding the death of John H. Johnson: "The Congressional Black Caucus extends its sincere condolences to the family of American publishing legend, John H. Johnson. During his tremendous career

Ebony/Jet/Fashion Fair Cosmetics Founder Leaves Historic Legacy -- Chicago, IL ( - John H. Johnson, founder, publisher and chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., died today in Chicago at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He was 87. Johnson was the founder of a major international media and cosmetics empire that includes EBONY and JET magazines, Fashion Fair Cosmetics and EBONY

The Legacy of the 1965 Voting Rights Act - By Jim Neusom -- This weekend marked the 40th year of the Voting Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on August 6, 1965. In celebration (or patronization) of this historic event, you will be seeing a lot of specials and features, by the mainstream media. Community activist all across this country

The Healing Power of Theatre - by Joseph C. Phillips -- It is good for Americans to recall that we have not always lived up to the promise of this great land. There is darkness in our past that many are tempted to forget. “Why dredge up that old stuff?” they are wont to ask. The answer is that shedding light

Cynthia McKinney: Speech at Voting Rights Act Rally -- We are here to celebrate one of the most important pieces of fruit shaken down from America's tree of opportunity. But what do you do when you have no more tree shakers and all your fruit is gone? If we are to avoid the strange fruit of powerlessness, we have

Learn how Spiritual Life-Skills Program can help you realize your goals -- Brooklyn, NY., Aug. 6th – Ausar Auset Society presents “Open House – Introductory Overview and Meditation.” Learn how the various workshops in the Spiritual Life-Skills Program can expeditiously assist you in realizing your goals. Through meditation you can begin to mobilize your spirit to begin making positive changes in your

Panel Discussion on Racial Violence Free -- CHICAGO - Fifty years from the day that Chicago youth Emmett Till was abducted and brutally lynched, the Chicago Historical Society (CHS) takes a look at racial violence in America on Sunday, August 28, 2005, in a panel discussion titled, "Remembering Emmett Till: The Murder that Changed America". The panel

Stevie Wonder to Perform on 2 Special Nights to ''Secure the Right Forever -- Educate and Legislate'' -- On Saturday, August 6, Stevie Wonder will bring his energy, spirit and artistry to the effort to ensure the renewal of the Voting Rights Act. With key provisions set to expire in 2007, the Voting Rights Act was signed into law forty years ago on August 6. Now, on the

MOVING BEYOND THE HYPE: National Coalition to host Symposium on Voting Rights Act -- Washington, DC -- Over the next week the public will be inundated with stories about the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act (VRA). In an effort to move beyond the hype of “just another anniversary celebration” and ensure that leaders and the public understand and act on the reauthorization

Cox Enterprises and NABJ Celebrate 30 Years of Partnership at 30th Annual NABJ Convention in Atlanta -- Cox Enterprises announced yesterday that it will be providing more than $250,000 in monetary and in-kind donations for the National Association of Black Journalists' (NABJ) 30th Anniversary Convention and Career Fair in Atlanta August 3-7, 2005. As part of the platinum sponsorship, Cox will be nurturing the next generation of

Pimping is easy for some women - by Lucius Gantt -- When you’re young, you fall in love with your heart. However, when you get a certain age, it would behoove you to fall in love with your head! As you get older, when it comes to love, you have to be smarter. You have to learn from your mistakes. You

There Is No Village to Raise Black Children - by Phillip Jackson -- Either you have a basic knowledge about the world, the skills necessary to navigate in the world and ability to learn and adapt to change, or you cannot compete in the new global human ecology. And if you cannot compete, there is no longer a place for you in the

The Liberian Community Of Atlanta Welcomes the Standard Bearer of the Unity Party, Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf -- On August 7th, 2005, Ms. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf,-Standard Bearer of the Unity Party, Monrovia , Liberia West Africa, will be in Atlanta, Georgia for a Town Hall meeting and Fundraiser. The location of this event will be on the campus of Georgia Tech, 219 North Avenue, The Bill Moore Student Success

Justus League's Edgar Allen Floe delivers True Links EP featuring 9th Wonder, Khrysis, Median and others -- With the Justus League maintaining a healthy buzz, it is only righteous that the next member of the budding conglomerate take his appropriate place amongst the others. Edgar Allen Floe (best known for his remarkable "Righteous Way To Go" off of Justus League's "NC State of Mind" compilation) will be

Burrell Communications Wins Allstate African-American Account -- CHICAGO - Burrell Communications, one of the leading communications agencies in the nation targeting the African-American market, has been named the African-American agency of record for Allstate. Burrell Communications will provide Allstate with integrated communications services to increase its brand preference among African-American consumers in the very competitive auto insurance

Diversity Symposium to be held in Atlanta -- PROVIDENCE, R.I. -On October 6, executives, entrepreneurs and community leaders from across .S. will convene in Atlanta for a frank conversation about the challenges and opportunities that face diversity and inclusion in the restaurant, foodservice and lodging industries. The Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA) hosts Straight Talk: Lessons Learned

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute Comment -- This week, Attorney General Gonzales delivered a major speech on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the signing of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. While Attorney General Gonzalez made clear reference to enforcement of the Voting Rights Act, he ignored reference Georgia’s voter identification legislation recently approved by its

Youngest of the talented De Barge family to release debut album in September -- OCF/BAI has announced the September 14th release of “The Hunt,” the highly anticipated debut album from Young De Barge of the renowned De Barge family. The tracks on his debut have a unique fusion of hip-hop beats, sensuous melodies and timeless lyrics. Darrell “Young” De Barge has preserved the legendary

Black Enterprise Own Your First Home Contest will award $10,000 to a qualified first-time home buyer -- NEW YORK - With its August 2005 issue, BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) begins its 35th year as the nation's premier business and investment resource for African Americans. In the process, the publication has championed its Declaration of Financial Empowerment (DOFE), 10 principles guaranteed to build wealth and increase net worth. With

African American Tour to Senegal and The Gambia, West Africa -- Boston, Massachusetts USA -- Spector Travel of Boston is offering their annual African American Roots and Culture Tour to Senegal and The Gambia. The program is being offered to those who have an interest in exploring their black heritage. This eight-day tour includes two nights in Banjul, The Gambia and

Dellums Commission Begins Work on Public Policy Reforms to Expand the Life Paths of Young Men of Color -- WASHINGTON - George Flaggs Jr. shudders to think what might have happened if he hadn't been given a second chance after he got into trouble as a Mississippi teenager. He was following a likely path to jail, but the juvenile justice system in the 1970s did not give up on

Negative influence of hip hop in Africa - by David Sylvester -- My name is David Sylvester and I recently completed a charitable bicycle trip in Africa, riding over 7000 miles from Cairo, Egypt to Cape Town, South Africa. The trip made me the first and only African American to cross two continents on a bicycle. I have plenty of great and

Gay Bullies - Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- Last week, gay activist Mike Rogers, the editor of, reported that Robert Traynham, Deputy Chief of Staff for conservative senator Rick Santorum, confirmed that he was in fact a homosexual. Santorum, the third ranking Republican in the senate, is known for his staunch pro-family views. Rogers defended his actions

Diversity Study of Network Talk Shows Reveals "Sunday Morning Apartheid" African Americans Excluded From Sunday Morning Talk -- WASHINGTON - The National Urban League today released the following study on the diversity of network talk shows: A DIVERSITY STUDY OF NETWORK SUNDAY TALK SHOWS In 1958, Martin Luther King wrote: "It is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is eleven o'clock on Sunday morning."(see note

Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid Blasts Bush Admin. in Interview: 'This Administration is Drunk with Power' -- CHICAGO - In an interview with to be posted on Aug. 1, Sen. Harry Reid, Democratic minority leader of the Senate, blasted the pending recess appointment of John Bolton to become U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, BuzzFlash said today. "John Bolton is a person who, in his personal

Free to Be Me Children’s Network, Inc sponsors community Workshop & Forum, featuring “RJ Jackson” -- Rialto, California- August 1, 2005 – Free To Be Me, Children’s Network and Steppin Into Success have teamed up to host a community workshop and forum in the efforts to empower the community by teaching individuals how to organize their life. The guest speaker for the workshop will be “RJ

Everybody gotta have a dream - Florida Boy Finds his Dreams in Writing and God -- Miami, FL -- Growing up as a foster child until the wee age of nine, nineteen year old Michael Beckford was striving to find himself, his family and his dreams. He was once a prodigy of the state, a statistic of his impoverished community and a kid who grew up

St. Augustine and TLC Ministries Sponsors a Family Workshop & Forum -- Buffalo, NY – St Augustine Center and TCL Ministries have teamed up to host a family workshop and forum in the efforts to take back the community by empowering the teens and their parents. The guest speaker for the workshop will be former Buffalonian RJ Jackson of Bloomington, California. The

National Urban League, ExxonMobil Join Forces to Identify and Attract More Minority Retailers -- WASHINGTON - The National Urban League and ExxonMobil today announced a new collaborative effort to help identify and attract minority dealers and distributors to own and operate Exxon and Mobil service stations. "A key objective of the National Urban League is to expand economic empowerment," said Marc H. Morial, president

New Youth Campaign Seeks To Change African Stigma -- In the spirit of last year’s “VOTE OR DIE” movement, youth lifestyle marketing company GenerationNAIJA has unveiled “I AM THE FUTURE!”, a campaign empowering African youth to become concerned and proactive for the continent’s future. “Its’ main mission is to dispel the stereotypical ‘Dark Continent’ stigma attached to Africans, particularly

The Game Earns Best New Artist and Best Rap Video Nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards -- SANTA MONICA, Calif. -The Game has rocketed straight outta Compton and onto the MTV Video Music Awards, earning a pair of 2005 VMA nominations, it was announced this week. The Game was nominated as Best New Artist for "Dreams" and for Best Rap Video for "Hate It Or Love It

Miami City Commissioner Arthur Teele - Commentary by Lucius Gantt -- The Gantt Report sympathizes with the family of former Miami City Commissioner Arthur Teele who passed away recently. Don’t take my word for it, but history indicates that Arthur Teele campaigned for, voted for and spoke out strongly for African-American participation in Miami and Dade County purchasing contracts and transactions

Attorney Willie E. Gary Takes on State of New York in Class Action Discrimination Lawsuit on Behalf of Hispanics and African Americans -- NEW YORK - Prominent attorney Willie E. Gary announced today that he will spearhead the legal team in a class action discrimination lawsuit against the State of New York, on behalf of members of African American and Hispanic civil servants. Merton Simpson, one of the class representatives and president of

Wachovia partners in support of African-Americans with $10 million in new funding -- CHARLOTTE, NC – Wachovia Corp. today announced new and enhanced community partnerships to benefit African-Americans. These groundbreaking national partnerships focus on three key areas: preserving and promoting African-American history and culture; enhancing educational opportunities for African-Americans; and fostering economic opportunity for African-Americans. “Our partnerships reflect feedback and ideas that we

Black men across the country will march children to school on the first day -- CHICAGO - One million fathers and other men will take children to school on the first day of the 2005 - 2006 school year. Last year, men from 25 cities participated in the Million Father March. This year, scores of men from 100 cities nationwide -- including Chicago, New York

Public School Prisons -— What Crimes Have Our Children Committed? -- In his new book,"Public Schools, Public Menace," author Joel Turtel says that we have put our children into education prisons called public schools. Turtel also shows parents how to rescue their kids from public-school prisons with new, low-cost education options such as Internet private schools. Why have we put our

Pro-Democracy March and Rally in Atlanta hosted by Rainbow PUSH -- The Rainbow PUSH Coalition will sponsor Keep the Vote Alive! Pro-Democracy March and Rally in Atlanta on August 6, 2005. The event commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and is aimed at educating citizens about the significance of voting and other democratic institutions. According to Jesse L

Wrap-up of President's meeting with African American leaders -- Via Telephone Jim Towey, Director, Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives MR. TOWEY: Hi, this is Jim Towey. The President had a 40-minute meeting today with 20 African American leaders of the faith community and civic and other corporate leaders to discuss a range of issues of interest to them

24-year old Dante Lee's new book tells "How To Think Big...When You're Small " -- Publication will hit bookstores nationwide in September 2005. Long Beach, CA ( - Motivation, inspiration, insight and plain ole common sense are all featured in Dante Lee's new book to be released in September 2005. The book, How To Think Big...When You're Small, offers a comprehensive set of 24 keys

The Journey of a Lonely Heart -- 'The Journey of a Lonely Heart' is about an older Christian womans use of her Faith , in dealing with her emotional dilemnas. By Laura Overton

Lip Service is a Disservice To Us All - by Jasmyne Cannick -- Recently, the Reverend Willie Wilson of Union Temple Church in Southeast D.C. and national executive director of the Millions More Movement warned, “lesbianism is about to take over our community.” Imagine that, lesbianism. Apparently, Reverend Wilson’s son couldn’t find a date to the prom and told Dad that all the

Son of Ebonics - Joseph C Phillips Commentary -- Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… The San Bernardino County Sun recently reported that the San Bernardino school district would begin implementation of a pilot program of cultural enrichment that will incorporate Ebonics. The pilot curriculum, known as Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing

SCLC brings A-list crowd to Birmingham for National Convention -- Atlanta, Georgia — For the first time in 15 years, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) is holding its national convention in Birmingham, Alabama– the city and state often called the “birthplace of the civil rights movement.” With the theme Remembering Our Past… Forging Our Future, the SCLC is pleased

SEIU disaffiliates from National AFL-CIO to concentrate on strategies to unite millions more working people -- The Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which with 1.8 million members was the largest and fastest growing union in the AFL-CIO, has officially disaffiliated from the national federation, effective today. The disaffiliation letter from SEIU President Andrew L. Stern noted that SEIU has in the past nine years “developed new

There are devils at your level - The Gantt Report by Lucius Gantt -- There are devils at your level. No matter how low you are or how you get, there are devils at your level. If you are poor, there are devils trying to keep you poor. If you are rich, there are devils trying to take away your riches. However, if you

UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken witnesses atrocities in Northern Uganda where children seek refuge to avoid being killed and raped -- NEW YORK -In an effort to bring attention to the plight of children in northern Uganda, UNICEF Ambassador Clay Aiken traveled to the conflict affected region to witness the phenomenon of "night commuters," children who trek from the countryside into slightly more secure towns and UNICEF supported shelters every night

A delegation of Americans join in a pilgrimage to Benin, West Africa for 4th International Gospel and Roots Convention to receive official Presidential apology for Slave Trade -- July 23, 2005 - When the G-8 Forum in Scotland ended abruptly due to murderous bombings in England, the critical decisions on African debt release and redevelopment were left in the air. However, from July 31st - August, 7, 2005, an important reunion will occur in Benin, West Africa, between

Verizon Signs Distribution Deal With Black Family Channel -- NEW YORK - Verizon today announced a programming-distribution agreement with Black Family Channel, which delivers entertainment, sports, informational and inspirational programming for African-American and urban families 24 hours a day. Under the agreement, Verizon will carry the channel on Verizon Fios TV when it launches later this year. Black Family

Campaign seeks to encouage minorities to learn about homeownership -- Birmingham, AL – In an effort to enable more African Americans and Latinos to take the important steps toward homeownership, Freddie Mac (NYSE: FRE), the Birmingham Urban League and AmSouth (NYSE: ASO) today announced a new awareness and outreach campaign in Birmingham called "Homeownership: Let the TRUTH Move You" or

First annual Urban IMPACT Summit to address urban empowerment & revitalization in the African-American community -- Susan Bysiewicz, Connecticut Secretary of the State, Connecticut State Representative Clemons as well as Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy and Bridgeport Mayor John Fabrizi among state political leaders to attend MASHANTUCKET, Conn - The first annual Urban IMPACT Summit featuring Dr. Bobby Jones will convene August 7-10, 2005 at the world's

African-Americans Deserve More from Social Security - by Malcolm Moore -- I recently learned about an African-American male who died of lupus at the age of 40. He is survived by a wife and four children - with the youngest only two years old. Although the cause of his death is somewhat rare, the story in its essence is quite common

Black newspaper editor says mainstream media reports on Sudan and Darfur "misleading" -- "Too often African-American perspectives on Africa are fashioned by mainstream (white) media" Rahiel Tesfamariam told a meeting of the Pan-African Informational Series on Sudan and Darfur. Ms. Tesfamariam, former editor of the Washington Informer Newspaper, said "American citizens, particularly African Americans, need to focus more on Africa as an important

Internationally acclaimed film producer/director chosen to lead National Black Programming Consortium -- NEW YORK, NY. — Jacquie Jones, a Peabody Award-winning Producer and public television administrator, succeeds Mable Haddock as the National Black Programming Consortium’s (NBPC) new President/CEO. Jones brings with her not only a unique mix of creative and administrative experience, but also an impressive educational background that includes a BA

Indie Label Scores Podcasting Hit on iTunes -- Alpha Pup Records, a Los Angeles-based independent record label, has become one of the first true underdog success stories in the podcasting phenomenon. Since the launch of iTunes 4.9 on June 28, podcasting has caught on like wildfire, with iTunes users racking up over a million subscriptions within the first

In defense of Bill Cosby by Star Parker -- To point out that poor African Americans need to take personal responsibility does not imply that others have no responsibility in trying to help If we gave ratings to books like we give to films, I would urge that Michael Eric Dyson's new book, "Is Bill Cosby Right? Or Has

Hollywood Veteran, Robert Townsend receives Honorary Doctorate Degree from Columbia College -- Photo caption: Mark Stratton (left), Director of Administration at Columbia College and Patrick W. Zilliacus (right) on the Board of Trusties at Columbia College recently presented acclaimed writer, actor, director, producer and President & CEO of Production for The Black Family Channel, Dr. Robert Townsend (center) with an Honorary Doctorate

7.5 million Americans are still unemployed- author offers career strategies that work -- “Give Me 100 minutes and I’ll Give You Career Strategies that Work!” Virginia Beach, VA — According to the Department of Labor, there were 146,000 job gains last month, however, 7.5 million Americans are still unemployed. The American worker is faced with finding the “American dream”, in the mist of

John G. Roberts, No Friend to Civil Rights Says Jesse Jackson -- Rev. Jesse Jackson Opposes President Bush’s Nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. CHICAGO – (July 19, 2005) – The Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, issued the following statement concerning President Bush’s nomination of John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court. “With President

Got talent? Poster design competition to showcase emerging artists and develop theme art for the CBCF's 35th Annual Legislative Conference -- The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) has just announced plans to host a commemorative poster design competition to showcase emerging artists and develop theme art for its 35th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), set for September 21-24, 2005, in Washington, D.C. The ALC (ALC) is a national forum concerning issues facing

Lions Gate Films Inks Producing Deal with LL Cool J -- Lions Gate Films, the motion picture acquisition, production and distribution arm of Lions Gate Entertainment (NYSE: LGF; Toronto), has signed a multi-year, multi-picture development and production deal with LL Cool J aka James Todd Smith, it was announced today by Michael Paseornek, President of Production, Lions Gate Films. LL Cool

Award Winning Songwriter-Turned-Performer Gordon Chambers Performs at the Legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City -- Eight-time ASCAP Award winning songwriter Gordon Chambers continues to ride the swell of success from his debut album, Introducing Gordon Chambers. The multi-talented recording artist has given a string of mesmerizing performances this spring/summer and has a busy fall ahead. Chambers will perform at the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club

Live-8 in Perspective - by Randall Robinson -- I am plagued by a cheerless intuition that 10 years from now, we will all look back upon the Live-8 extravaganza as one of the greatest public relations frauds ever perpetrated against the African continent. While it is not yet clear who will be caused to bear the principal responsibility

Hip Hop Journalism Summit Added To Black Press All-Star Awards -- Hundreds of minority media journalism students will get an insider's look at journalism at the newly added Hip Hop Journalism Summit at the Best of the Black Press: Black Press All-Stars Awards Luncheon and On-Site Media Clinic Workshops. The event is scheduled for on September 16-17, 2005 in Chicago, IL

Young professional influencers gather for national summit -- More than 600 emerging leaders from around the country will gather for the 2005 Influencer Summit in Washington, D.C. July 28 - 30, 2005 at the new Washington, D.C. Convention Center as an expansion to the for NULYP "Training Ground" during the Annual Conference of the National Urban League. The

National Legal and Policy Center says Toyota should apologize for sponsoring racially-divisive speaker -- Members of the black leadership network Project 21 are demanding that Toyota executives apologize for subsidizing a speech by the Nation of Islam's Louis Farrakhan at the 2005 annual conference of the Reverend Jesse Jackson's Rainbow/PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund. Project 21 members also ask Toyota to sever any

TV One Series 'Cuttin' Up with Al Sharpton' to Take Viewers Inside Barbershops for Candid Interviews and Conversations -- They are a legendary part of African American life. Hollywood has made hit movies about them. And now TV One has enlisted Rev. Al Sharpton to host a talk and interview series that will take place in those havens of African American culture where no topic is off limits

African Heritage Tour to retrace the footsteps of the enslaved Africans -- The First Annual Roots Recovered Reverse Middle Passage Tour & Forgiveness Ceremony was conceived from the same elements that caused the authors, James White and Jean Gontran Quenum, to write the acclaimed African heritage travel book titled "Roots Recovered The How To Guide For Tracing African-American and West Indian Roots

Dr. Bill Releford Champions Economic Development in Africa -- “Africa Needs Trade Not Aid” Sites Releford Proves it with his “Global Integrated Development Group” Releford Launches Urban Apparel Line, “MIA- Made In Africa” To Debut at MAGIC in Vegas Inglewood, CA - With a simple game of word association for Africa, medical pioneer and business entrepreneur, Dr. Bill Releford

Gullah/Geechee Nation International African Music & Movement Festival -- Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, who is the head-of-state, and the official spokesperson for Gullah/Geechee people announced that September 2-4, 2005 will be the inaugural Gullah/Geechee Nation International African Music & Movement Festival. This year's festival will be held on St. Helena Island in the

The 9/11 Commission Report One Year Later: A Citizens' Response - Did They Get It Right? -- July 22nd Congressional Briefing: On July 22, 2005, Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) will host a full-day briefing, co-sponsored by Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and other sponsors, for Members of Congress and their staffs in the Caucus Room, Cannon House Office Building, Room 345, Independence Ave. & First Street SE, from

What is Right in America - Joseph C Phillips -- Far too often, when one reads about young people it is because they have engaged in some foolish, anti-social behavior. There is a continual cultural loop of vulgar, rump-shaking, misogynist and nihilistic videos playing counterpoint to endless statistics of drug use and teen pregnancy. It is easy to believe this

National Urban League Signs On To Support Voting Rights Act March In Atlanta -- The National Urban League has confirmed that Marc Morial, president of the organization, is encouraging Urban League affiliates throughout the nation to participate in the Keep the Vote Alive! March and Rally in Atlanta on August 6th. Keep the Vote Alive! is sponsored by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and commemorates

Sudan's most successful novelist sets the record straight with a revealing Internet video documentary -- (PRWEB) July 1, 2005 -- Kola Boof has debuted an online guerrilla-style video documentary, "Nile River Woman," which seeks to introduce the noted African novelist-poet and Queen of Sudan's SPLA to a wider audience. The video features rare footage of Osama Bin Laden, who, in 1996, forced Boof to become

Activist Vows to Appeal Dismissed Slavery Lawsuit -- On July 6, 2005 nine slavery reparations class action lawsuits against corporations being heard in the Northern District Federal Court of Illinois were dismissed by Judge Charles R. Norgle -- In Re: African American Slave Descendants, CV-02-7764(CRN). The lawsuits, filed between March 2002 and January 2003, targeted 18 corporations for

Nation's Report Card Shows Progress In Educating Our Children, Achievement Gap Is Narrowing -- From the Office of the Press Secretary -- Yesterday, President Bush Delivered Remarks In Indianapolis At The Indiana Black Expo Where He Discussed The Administration's Policies To Ensure The Promise Of Opportunity And Prosperity Reaches All Americans. The President believes every child should receive a quality education, every citizen should

Bishop T.D. Jakes To Address Impact of Mega Churches During NABJ Convention -- Washington, DC - Bishop T.D. Jakes, one of America's most influential religious leaders, will be a featured speaker at the National Association of Black Journalists' 30th Anniversary Convention and Career Fair in Atlanta, NABJ President Herbert Lowe announced today. Bishop Jakes, a best-selling author and Grammy award-winning gospel music producer

Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan Aboard Air Force One En Route to Indianapolis, Indiana -- MR. McCLELLAN: All right. The President had his usual briefings before we left. We are going to Indiana, for the Black Corporate Expo. And in his remarks, the President -- I touched on this a little bit -- will focus on making sure all Americans can realize the promise of

Civil Rights Attorney Attacked, -- Removed

Wal-Mart Sponsors 9th Annual American Black Film Festival -- ABFF Sponsorship Launches Retailer's Voices of Color(TM) Program Celebrating Films That Give Voice to the Experiences and Hopes of African Americans BENTONVILLE, Ark.- Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT - News) today announced it will sponsor the 2005 American Black Film Festival (ABFF), July 13th through July 17th in Miami, Florida

African-American Clergy, Religious Leaders Gather in Washington D.C. for 'Breaking the Silence: Restoring Sacred Relationships' -- More than 700 African American clergy, laity, educators, and youth from African American and mainstream Christian denominations are meeting in Washington DC for the celebrated National Black Religious Summit on Sexuality. The Summit is a program of the National Black Church Initiative of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC)

Top young African-American scholars in science and engineering to meet in Monterey, Calif. -- More than 50 young African-American scholars in science and engineering will convene in Monterey beginning Thursday evening for a conference that will focus not only on their research, but on the challenges they confront in seeking doctoral degrees and jobs. The scholars are studying at some of the nation's best

Response to Cynthia Tucker’s column criticizing Robert Mugabe - The Gantt Report -- By Lucius Gantt Atlanta Journal Black columnist Cynthia Tucker’s column criticizing Robert Mugabe is a perfect example of why so called major American newspapers need alternative writers. Tucker has gone overboard in trying please her supervisors and publishers so much that she has distorted the current and past African history

Report finds that Black equality trails all other ethnic groups in LA -- LOS ANGELES -United Way of Greater Los Angeles and the Urban League of Los Angles today released an extensive study detailing "The State of Black Los Angeles." The findings indicate striking disparities in conditions for Blacks in Los Angeles compared to other major ethnic groups. Among the four major ethnic

Best companies for Blacks in technology recognized -- The National BDPA and , the source for diversity talent, announced Allstate Insurance, Blackwell Consulting Services, Compuware, HSBC-North America, Lockheed Martin EIS, Marriott International, Merck & Co and Texas Instruments as the winners of the 3rd Annual Best Companies for Blacks in Technology Award. One of these companies will

Noted Hollywood Filmmaker Reginald Hudlin Joining BET as New President of Entertainment -- WASHINGTON -- BET President and CEO Debra L. Lee has made a strategic addition to her senior executive team, today announcing filmmaker Reginald Hudlin as President of Entertainment for BET. Hudlin joins the network immediately, and will divide time between BET programming and production hubs in Los Angeles and New

Social Security and Immigration by Joseph C Phillips -- In a recent speech before a group of Hispanic leaders, former president Bill Clinton claimed the Social Security system could be made financially sound by simply increasing immigration. The additional taxes paid by a quarter million new workers would address the solvency of Social Security for the next hundred years

Dallas Austin to Lead Campaign Music Collaboration on All Fronts -- ATLANTA - The Brand Atlanta Campaign announced today that producer/songwriter Dallas Austin has agreed to write, produce and record The Brand Atlanta Campaign anthem. Austin, known for his work with TLC, Boyz II Men, Madonna and Gwen Stefani, has a thriving independent recording company, D.A.R.P Music Inc. in Atlanta. He

Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Calls for Bipartisan Approach to Civil Rights Issues at NAACP Convention -- Sensenbrenner To Introduce 25-Year Voting Rights Extension Legislation, Delivers Remarks Today at the NAACP’s 96th Annual Convention WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) today is announcing he will introduce legislation to extend the Voting Rights Act for 25 years and is calling for a

Mos Def headliner for Black August Concert sponsored by Viacom & Kaiser's “KNOW HIV/AIDS” Initiative -- New York, NY - Known for its youth targeted HIV/AIDS media campaign featuring Grammy Award winning artist Common, Viacom and the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation’s KNOW HIV/AIDS Initiative has signed on to support the 8th Annual Black August Hip Hop Benefit Concert as a media sponsor. Emmy nominated actor/Hip Hop

U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings to address access to affordable and quality health care -- U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings to Deliver Weekly CBC "Message To America" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Alcee Hastings (D-FL) will deliver the weekly CBC "Message to America" radio address this Saturday, July 9, 2005. Representative Hastings' remarks will address the continuing disparities facing the African American community, particularly access to

Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment partners to distribute movies over the Internet -- SUN VALLEY, Idaho, – Revelations Entertainment and Intel Corporation today announced the formation of a new digital entertainment company focused on distributing premium movies directly to consumers over the Internet, connecting filmmakers to film fans worldwide. Revelations, a partnership between actor Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCreary, has formed ClickStar

Legendary O’JAYS to be honored by City of Canton, Ohio -- Canton, OH - (July 8, 2005) - The Legendary O’JAYS will be honored for over 40 successful years in the music industry in their hometown of Canton, Ohio during a homecoming celebration weekend, July 8-10, 2005 that is being sponsored by CAP III Productions, Inc. The 3-day celebration will feature

Luther The Life and Longing of Luther Vandross -- by Craig Seymour - (to be released in paperback soon) On April 16, 2003, Luther Vandross suffered a near-fatal stroke, and the world held its breath. Inside sources said he might never sing again. He was too weak to receive visitors, but cards and good wishes came from Aretha Franklin

Blacks in Nazi Germany by A. Tolbert, III -- Did you know that in the 1920s there were 24,000 blacks living in Germany? Neither did I. Here's how it happened and how many of them were eventually caught unawares by the events of the Holocaust. Like most West European nations, Germany established colonies in Africa in the late 1800s

Racist Sign in Paulding County Ga. -- According to the NAACP, the owner of the Georgia Peach on Buchanna Highway in Paulding County, Patrick Lanzo’s, is displaying a sign outside of his business which states, “Michael Jackson found Not Guilty because is a Nigger or Money?” The civil rights group says the sign is not only racist

BET News Goes Inside The Jackson Family For An Exclusive Look At A Family In Crisis On Verdict Day -- BET News Goes Inside The Jackson Family For An Exclusive Look At A Family In Crisis On Verdict Day Jermaine and Tito Jackson Revisit the Drama, Emotion on July 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT Washington, DC ( - It's a perspective on the Michael Jackson verdict that the public has

Civil Rights movement remembered on US Postage stamps -- Taking their title from the Constitution of the United States, the "To Form A More Perfect Union" stamps recognize the courage and achievements of the men and women who, during the years of the Civil Rights Movement, struggled to bring the vision of our founding fathers closer to reality. These

Army honors first African-American chaplain -- LANDOVER, Md., July 5 - The Army presented an honorable discharge to the family of its first African-American chaplain and dedicated a new headstone July 1 to Capt. Henry Vinton Plummer, more than 110 years after his court-martial in 1894. "Today is a testimony to the truth that 'God's millstone

Ex-con turned author, Redstorm, to appear on HBO's Def Poetry -- CHICAGO, IL - Author, poet and motivational speaker, Redstorm, the winner of Chicago's Best New Poet Award (2004), who was featured on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry (HBO Television) last season, will make a special appearance for the new season. Redstorm's first appearance in on Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry

African-American Unschooling Conducts National Survey of African-American Homeschoolers -- Peoria, AZ July 5, 2005 -African-American Unschooling, a national network of black homeschooling families, begins a nationwide survey of African-American homeschoolers. The first of its kind, the survey is available online at and may be completed by parents, grandparents or guardians of African-American children who are currently homeschooled, may

Bolivia and the Bourgeois Media by Ron Washington -- Latin America: Pregnant With Revolution and the Bankruptcy of the US Media One of the most significant social movements in many years is now playing itself out in Bolivia. Huge daily protests by millions of indigenous, peasant and working class Bolivians, has paralyzed the government, seen the downfall of two

Black Activist: Battling Black Exploitation Begins at Home -- WASHINGTON -- The Mexican government is facing criticism over a series of postage stamps celebrating the cartoon character Memin Pinguin. Created in the 1940s and still beloved in Mexico today, the Pinguin character is drawn to emphasize racist stereotypes about blacks. The Reverend Jesse Jackson calls the stamps an "insult

Remembering Luther Vandross - by Joseph C Phillips -- Friday afternoon I was seated at my computer preparing to pound out a column on the retirement of Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the pending blood letting that will be the fight over her replacement. Suddenly the news of the death of Luther Vandross crossed my computer screen

A New Boycott Forum Goes Live -- Internet entrepreneur Steve Brown establishes The Boycott-NOW! Website. Now anyone and everyone the world over can start a grass roots boycott against any unprincipled company or individual. July 3, 2005 -- When asked why he started the website, founder Steve Brown replied, “Well, a close friend of mine asked

Spike Lee, Morgan Freeman & Scarlett Johansson Join the HEAR ME Project's 2005 National HIV/AIDS Story Writing Competition for At-Risk Youth -- New York, NY, - The HEAR ME Project has teamed up with Think MTV to launch the second annual National HIV/AIDS Story-Writing Competition for youth at-risk, with an impressive celebrity jury. Morgan Freeman is honorary chair of the panel which consists of Spike Lee, Scarlett Johansson, Forest Whitaker, Jesse L

CBC Salutes Supreme Court Justice O'Connor for Her Years of Service and Calls on President Bush to Seek Consensus on Potential Court Nominees -- Washington, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement on the retirement of Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor: "The Congressional Black Caucus applauds Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor for her many years of service on the United States Supreme Court

JOSEPH C. PHILLIPS: U-N-I-T-Y Part 4 – Turning down the Rhetorical Heat -- “Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle.” – Thomas Jefferson Quite by coincidence, the moment I began pondering the question of partisanship a dear friend of mine (who I shall call Barbara) confessed that it would be difficult for her to maintain our 20-year friendship due to

Ten years ago, after the Million Man March - By James Clingman Jr. -- Ten years ago, after the Million Man March (MMM), hundreds of brothers and sisters in Cincinnati started meeting every Saturday morning to work on the things we knew were necessary to uplift our people. We developed social, economic, political, educational, and legal strategies that would help us manifest the pledges

Biblical is better. At least, that is what people tell me -The Gantt Report by Lucius Gantt -- I imagine when Americans talk about things being faith-based, in most cases they are referring to things that are Christian. I’m pretty confident that “faith-based” has nothing to do with Santería, Buddhism or other such religious practices Anyway, be very careful when endorsing or supporting something just because you’re told

The Lionel Tate Saga Continues By Darryn "Dutch" Martin -- Lionel Tate is back in the news again. Tate is the young black boy from Florida who was convicted of brutally murdering a six-year-old girl when he was only 12 and became the youngest person in American history to be sentenced to life in prison. After serving only three years

Hip-Hop Summit Action Network issues urgent appeal to world youth to take action in support of Live 8 -- NEW YORK - June 29, 2005--Today on the eve of both one of the most important meetings of the Group of 8 world leaders in Scotland scheduled for July 5-8, 2005, and the largest ever internationally-linked group of concerts, Live 8, to be held in Philadelphia, London, Rome, Paris, Tokyo

Aflac donates $1 Million for the Creation of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture -- COLUMBUS, Ga., June 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Aflac Chairman and CEO, Dan Amos presented a check for $1 million dollars today to the Smithsonian Institute for the building of the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture, making the Columbus, Ga.-based insurer the first Fortune 500 company to donate funds

Planned for Philadelphia: A Truer American History - by Mark H. Morial -- Philadelphia's public school system is set to become the first in a major city to require that students take a course in African-American history in order to graduate from high school. The course, which students will take in the tenth grade, was approved in February by a unanimous vote of

Are Social Security Private Accounts a Good Deal or Raw Deal for African Americans? -- How many legs does a dog have if you call the tail a leg? Calling the tail a leg doesn't make it a leg. -- Abraham Lincoln Whew! I almost wrote a really long article about the Social Security System and what it means to Black folks. Fortunately, I fell

Essay by actor/writer Joseph C. Phillips - U-N-I-T-Y Part 3: Partisanship and Black Authenticity -- As I continue to ponder the question of partisanship, I find myself considering principles. Do the principles we hold apply to all men or are they simply preferences that can change with the seasons? It is the difference between objective and subjective morality. One holds forth a standard of behavior

Essay by actor/writer Joseph C. Phillips - U-N-I-T-Y Part 2 -- "We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God." James Madison You will recall that this discussion

Essay by actor/writer Joseph C. Phillips - U-N-I-T-Y Part 1 -- In his farewell address, George Washington warns of being consumed by the fire of partisanship: "…the common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it." A woman emailed me recently and seemed

On the down low – Blacks need to come out the closet to support BET Nightly News and Black media in general -- We messed up. When we err, we have to admit it and move to correct the wrong. Black folks have been complaining about BET programming for ages when, in actuality, they've been checking it out on the "down low." Listening to the negativity over the years, even I was shocked

African American-Themed Shows Are Highly Ranked By Local People Meters In D.C. and Phili -- African Americans Drawn to Themed Programming NEW YORK, June 23 - Nielsen Media Research said that a review of May 2005 viewing in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia showed that African American-themed programming ranks higher among African Americans measured in Local People Meter (LPM) samples than in set meter samples. Local

NAACP Board Selects Bruce S. Gordon Next President, CEO -- The Board of Directors of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) today selected Bruce S. Gordon as its next president and chief executive officer. Gordon, 59, previously served as president of retail markets at Verizon Communications, starting out as a management trainee in 1968 and rising

Congressional Black Caucus to Examine Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) at Congressional Hearing -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - The housing market has experienced a stratospheric boom in the past decade, but how have people of color, particularly African Americans fared? How pervasive are lending disparities in the mortgage industry? Do minorities, women and low- and moderate-income borrowers receive a disproportionate amount of subprime loans relative

Ivy League Hollywood Actor Hill Harper Receives Publishing Deal for Motivational Book Geared Towards Young Men -- New York, June 22 - William Shinker, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Gotham Books, announced on May 19th the acquisition of World Volume rights to Hill Harper's LETTERS TO A YOUNG BROTHER, a motivational book based on Harper's experience as a mentor to young men. The book will be

New Nonfiction Book Examines Civil Rights in Mississippi -- M. Susan Orr-Klopfer’s new book revisits Mississippi’s state government 50 years ago, which fostered a culture of racism and fueled the civil rights movement. (PRWEB via PR Web Direct) June 22, 2005 -- Edgar Ray Killen has been found guilty of manslaughter for slayings in Mississippi that spurred the civil

What Is The Filibuster All About? -- The filibuster has been a tool available to U.S. Senators during Senate floor discussions on legislation and appointments since the U.S. Constitution was ratified. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have valued the filibuster as a means to bring compromise and bipartisanship to bitter and divisive debates. The word, filibuster

Feeling Squeezed by Political Correctness by Terry Mitchell -- I'm starting to feel squeezed by all the political correctness being imposed on us by both the Left and the Right. Both sides are constantly trying to infringe on our freedoms by telling us what we can and cannot say or do. I'm getting sick and tired of it. Below

How Bill Cosby Got it Wrong -- Bill Cosby got it wrong. His many speeches regarding the plight of poor blacks in this country and their lack of personal responsibility were not only off the mark, but completely irresponsible. Cosby failed to take into account many mitigating factors, in what became his regular rants on poor blacks

Why the DEMS. can't stand Tom DeLay & Tim LaHaye -- Tom DeLay may be under attack; however, he is still the most powerful HAMMER/power broker to descend upon the House of Reps. in decades . . . and, a close study of DeLay's is his match among the Christians, Tim LaHaye . . . Politics & Religion--go figure! TOM

The Public Is Enemy Number One by S. Harrell -- There is something egregiously wrong about a government that will not listen to its people especially in, dare I say it, a democracy. Poll after poll warns that people are opposed to the government’s specious solutions for social security, they are opposed to the Medicaid cuts and they are opposed

When Political Correctness in NOT a Virtue by Douglas Bower -- The other day I was sucker punched, hoodwinked, bamboozled, had the wool pulled over my eyes, and generally sidelined by an expert in Political Correctness. In fact, so sidelined did I get that I have been depressed for a week—and I mean really depressed. My second book recently came out

Music business conference raises funds for youth music camp -- Philadelphia, PA, June 21, 2005 - The Good L.U.C.K. (Learning Using Correct Knowledge) Foundation is hosting its Second Annual Music Business Conference (MBC). The event will be held in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Resort, June 29 – July 1, 2005. The Conference will help raise funds

Newsweek Q + A With Bobby Brown -- New York, June 19 - Bobby Brown knows a thing or two about drama. Starting June 30, the R&B star, 36, will take his troubled existence completely public in his own reality show on Bravo. He spoke with Newsweek's Allison Samuels. So why a reality show? Haven't you had enough

Hang with Tina, Snoop, Sam and Boris - Alisa Adona’s celebrity images auctioned to raise monies for Break the Cycle -- June 14, 2005 -- Celebrity images from Alisa Adona’s photographic portraiture series are auctioned to raise monies for Break the Cycle. Definitive images of Tina Turner – Simply the Best, Snoop Dogg – A Haunting Perspective, Samuel L. Jackson – The Hardest Working Man In Show Biz, Christopher Meloni

Black Leaders Call on Geldof and Live 8 Talent for Support in Their Economic Struggle -- PHILADELPHIA, June 20 -- A coalition of predominantly African-American business, civic and community leaders, working with Philadelphia's African-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC), today likened the economic exclusion of blacks in the City of Brotherly Love to the economic hardship suffered by sub-Saharan African nations and have called on the event

NABFEME and the 2005 International Women's Leadership Summit -- Chicago welcomes NABFEME ... DR. JOHNNETTA B. COLE SPEAKS. Known from the White House to your house... the first woman President of Spelman College, currently President of Bennett College, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole joins the stellar lineup at the 2005 NABFEME Summit as an honored Shero and Keynote Speaker for

What do Halle Berry, B.B. King, and Patti Labelle all have in common? They are living with diabetes -- Hilton Publishing Launches First Diabetes Guide for Minority Community "Living with Diabetes" addresses the specific diabetic health needs of minorities. Chicago, IL June 15, 2005 -- Hilton Publishing announces the first diabetes guide of its kind to specifically address the needs, the risks, and the treatments that work for the

NAACP Says Lynching Resolution Long Overdue -- NAACP Interim President and CEO Dennis Courtland Hayes said the U.S. Senate vote to apologize for the lynchings of thousands of people, mostly African Americans, is long overdue, but is a good first step toward reconciliation and the official acknowledgement of a dark period in U.S. history. “The NAACP was

Maryland’s Poor, African-American Communities Suffer Disproportionate Cancer Risk from Air Pollution -- Traffic and Area Sources at Root of Inequities Maryland communities that are poor and predominantly African-American incur a disproportionate cancer risk from ambient exposure to airborne toxins, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Their study revealed that among Maryland census tracts, the poorer the

Free Press announces efforts to shield public broadcasting from partisan meddling -- Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Congress should shield news, cultural and children's programming from partisan interference WASHINGTON — Following the recent vote by the House Appropriations Subcommittee to slash the budget for public television and radio, Free Press, the national, nonpartisan media reform group, announced a renewed effort to shield

ACQUITTED - MICHAEL JACKSON NOT GUILTY OF ALL CHARGES !!!! -- Just leave me alone! Michael acquitted of all charges click here for charges

N'COBRA welcomes Wachovia Apology - A Step in the Right Direction -- The National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA) welcomes Wachovia Corporation's recent admission of their affiliates' role in America's Holocaust of African Enslavement. Wachovia Corporation's admission of guilt, apology and stated willingness to work with community organizations are very important first steps in the atonement and reparation process

Independent Rap Artist, Derrick Battle, aka So Cold releases new CD with help from online advertising company -- Independent Rap Artist, Derrick Battle, aka So Cold launches his new CD with help from, the only print advertising marketplace, and saves 62 Percent on Advertising Costs and receives CD Launch Party Winsted, CT (PRWEB) June 6, 2005 -- Independent Rap Artist, Derrick Battle aka So Cold, came to

Black Music Month is 26 years old. -- It's been over two decades since Dizzy Gillespie and Max Roach made President Jimmy Carter pick up the mic and attempt to sing "Salt Peanuts". Some have jokingly said it was Carter's appearance with two giants of Black Music that helped him recognize one of Africa's many gifts to America

The Oldest Black Insurance Company Celebrates 100 years -- June 9, 2005 - Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc. (ALFG) kicks off its Centennial Celebration with a one-hundred-day countdown and a summer-long series of special events setting the stage for the 100th Anniversary of the founding the company, Atlanta Life Insurance Company. This year, Atlanta Life marks 100 years of

Young Talented Performers Success Fest & Awards -- (Philadelphia-PA) June 7, 2005 - The 2nd Annual Youth Talent Success Fest & Awards will be hosted by J& R Grassroots Teen Artist Development Organization, a small community based organization focused on providing the education and motivation necessary for youth interested in pursuing music-based careers to obtain the necessary tools

CBC applauds Prime Minister Tony Blair for his bold efforts to achieve major debt relief for Africa -- "Africa's debt crisis is the single biggest obstacle to the continent's development, to the fight against HIV/AIDS and represents a crippling load that undermines economic and social progress." WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus commended British Prime Minister Tony Blair, today, for his bold efforts to achieve major debt

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf -- So Colored Productions is cordially inviting you to see this remarkable production. SHE'S 29 YEARS OLD IN 1976 / SHE / graced Broadway and revolutionized theatre. In each word/ syllable/ vowel/ Ntozake Shange resurrected The Black Woman. All the while releasing each murmur/ each cry/ laugh/ giggle/ smile ... AND

NABFEME International Women's Leadership Summit -- The 2005 NABFEME International Women's Leadership Summit at the Renaissance Hotel, August 17 - 21 is proud to announce Warner Bros Records' Sr. Vice President, Cynthia Johnson has joined the Summit as ChairWoman! Known throughout the industry as "CJ" ... Cynthia brings to the Chicago summit a wealth of knowledge

New York City Making History-- Lower Voting Age to be Proposed -- History will be on made on Wednesday June 8th New York City council member Gale Brewer will introduce a bill to lower the voting age to 16 in America's largest city! A news conference on the steps of City Hall is planned for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to announce the bill

Gospel Music Legends, Organic Florist, United Nations Sing for the Environment -- "United Nations, Together We Can” is today’s “We Are the World” San Francisco, CA - Gospel legend Edwin Hawkins and organic entrepreneur Gerald Prolman want the entire planet to sing in perfect harmony, especially when it comes to protecting Mother Nature. “United Nations, Together We Can,” an environmentally-conscious gospel song Announces The Richest People in Hip Hop Rankings ! --, known for its explosive mix of entertainment news, hip hop and pop is turning up the heat again! Editor/ publisher Myra Panache has released the site's " The Richest People In Hip Hop!" rankings. "I think our readers will be surprised, not so much by who made the list

Serving Notice, I Resign by Deya Smith-Starks -- I give up, I can’t do it anymore. If I were on the “Apprentice,” Donald Trump could not fire me fast enough because I quit! I have never been a punk, running away from difficulty. And I think I’m a good actress, but the role of Florence Nightingale is too

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GOP Whispers To Black Voters -- As if America's 'loyal opposition' didn't have enough trouble, another issue is quietly trickling its way into the public eye. An editorial piece in the Philadelphia Enquirer entitled, "Black Voters Warm to GOP," overtly states what, up to now, could only be whispered within Beltway confines: some black voters are

Book showcases hundreds of handmade toy vehicles made in Africa -- Washington, DC ( - Like children everywhere, youngsters in Africa like to play with toy cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats and airplanes. But instead of buying them, they (or their parents) often make these model vehicles out of scraps of wire, wood, aluminum cans and inner tubes. In Creative Recycling: Handmade

May Jobless Rate for African Americans a Dismal 10.1 Percent -- "The prospect of obtaining a job and developing economic security remains out of reach for too many African Americans" WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-NC), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, released the following statement regarding the May unemployment figures announced this morning by the U.S. Department implements emergency hardship loan fund for Ministers of the Gospel -- announced that it is implementing an 'Emergency Hardship Loan Fund' for Ministers of the Gospel. The program is designed to assist those Emcees, Producers or Deejays, advancing the Gospel through unadulterated Street Ministry, who may suddenly experience short-term financial difficulties due to: (1) Illness or (2) Incapacitation. The Funds

Queen of Soul Hits the Great White Way -- Aretha Franklin to perform with Broadway star Hugh Jackman for the 59th Annual Tony Awards As she prepares for the release of her newest album, A Woman In Love, soul legend Aretha Franklin is making a brief foray onto Broadway. At the 59th Annual Tony Awards ceremony on June 5

Debra L. Lee steps to CEO level at BET -- Washington, DC (June 2, 2005) - BET Founder and CEO Robert L. Johnson today formally announced the appointment of Debra L. Lee, currently President and Chief Operating Officer, as his successor as the company's CEO effective immediately. Johnson takes the title of Chairman, with plans to retire from the company

Entertainment Source Guide Changes Name and Enhances Magazine's Features -- Source Guide Becomes Entertainment Insider with June 2005 Issue Terrance Harrington, publisher of Harrington Media Group’s Entertainment Source Guide, announced that the magazine will undertake a new editorial direction and changes its name to Entertainment Insider, effective with the June 2005 issue. The new tagline, “Connecting You to the Entertainment

Eleven-year-old Gospel Phenom Najiyah Joins Lineup for 22nd Annual McDonald's GospelFest -- Nona Hendryx protégé prepares for September release of her debut album, It's Just Me Grade-school gospel powerhouse Najiyah has her sights set on a hot, hot summer recording debut and a series of performances that include the 22nd Annual McDonald's GospelFest. The eleven-year-old Rhythm & Spirit (a division of Rhythmbank

Excuses, excuses: how the right rationalizes racial inequality in America -- -"It's the crime stupid!" Thus read the first line of an e-mail I received a few weeks ago. This particular love note came from someone who had run across an old article of mine in which I had discussed racism in the criminal justice system: specifically the racially disparate

The War Waged Within - Commentary by Alvin Williams -- African American World War II veterans who visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC will share a special recollection unique to their experience in the war. In addition to reminiscing about experiences on the front line facing the enemies without, they will certainly reflect on their experiences with more abstract

The script is being flipped at the BMW film series -- "Flip The Script" a new film starring Miguel A. Nunex, Robin Givens, and Obba Babatunde New York, NY, May 31, 2005 – After a successful series of events in 2004, BMW of North America, LLC and have renewed their partnership to present the second year of the BMW

Help us restore music education to urban schools- Make A Difference Now! -- Teach Music in Baltimore City Share your love of Music with young people and enjoy life in the culturally rich Baltimore/Washington area. The Baltimore City Public School System is seeking FORTY competent, versatile music educators for choral, general (many) and instrumental music positions (a few) at all levels. Good keyboard

Census report confirms record Black voters in 2004 -- The Black youth vote increased more than 10 percent Washington, DC May 27, 2005 - The US Census Bureau released a report yesterday verifying a significant increase in Black voter turnout in 2004, especially among Black youth who cast more votes than ever before. According to the Census report, turnout

NAACP Honors Oliver W Hill with 90th Spingarn Medal -- Association's highest honor bestowed on extraordinary civil rights advocate and litigator The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Board of Directors named lawyer Oliver W. Hill as the 90th recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the NAACP's highest honor. Hill will receive the award during the 96th NAACP

Congressional Black Caucus Condemns Senate Filibuster "Deal" -- Members call on all Senators to Defeat Brown and Pryor Washington, D.C. - After reviewing the Senate filibuster "deal" agreed to by fourteen U.S. Senators, U.S. Rep. Melvin L. Watt (D-N.C.) issued the following statement on behalf of the Congressional Black Caucus: "The Congressional Black Caucus strongly opposes the "deal

How to Fix the Fractured Black Caucus -- - A crack has opened in the historical Black continuum. 2005 will be recorded as the year that the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) came apart at the seams, the victim of an unprecedented rightwing money and media offensive in Black America, rank treachery by a hardcore handful of Caucus

American Airlines Supports 10th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference -- American Is Official Airline and Corporate Sponsor for 10 Years PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- American Airlines announced today it is supporting the 10th Annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. American has supported the conference every year since its inception. This year's event, titled Seasons of Change: Taking Risks, Embracing Opportunities, will be held

African-American Former Foster Child Releases Biography During National Foster Care Appreciation Month -- WASHINGTON, May 17 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Shane Salter, CEO and founder of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) for Children of DC, will release to the public his long awaited biography, Trouble Don't Last Always - When a child becomes a 4-year old parent at a book signing in Washington, DC

No Customer Service -- Everyone I run into has a number of customer service nightmares to tell. I’m going to assume that you have your own so I won’t go through my list of issues with my cell phone provider, home phone service, airlines, and even the doctors office

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings Commends NBA for Proposing Stricter Steroid Policy - Continues to Push for Zero Tolerance -- Washington, D.C.- Today, U.S. Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Maryland), a Member of the House Government Reform Committee that will investigate steroid abuse in the National Basketball Association (NBA) on Thursday, commended the NBA for proposing a stricter drug policy regarding performance-enhancing drugs. The proposal calls for a 10-game suspension for

U.S. Dream Academy, Inc. to Raise $1,000,000 at Fourth Annual ‘Power of a Dream Gala’ to Benefit At-Risk Youth -- Oprah Winfrey, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Dorothy Height and U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee Among Key Figures Slated to Attend Event on May 24 COLUMBIA, Md. (APRIL 29, 2005) – Championing its primary mission to help at-risk youth maximize their potential, the U.S. Dream

EAC Executive Director Selected -- WASHINGTON – The commissioners of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission have unanimously chosen Thomas R. Wilkey of Rensselaer, New York to be its executive director, effective June 20, 2005. “Tom Wilkey has firsthand knowledge of every aspect of election administration,” said EAC Chair Gracia Hillman. “He understands the importance of

Congressional Black Caucus to Meet With Senate Majority Leader Frist to Urge Against Elimination of the Filibuster -- Washington, D.C. - The Congressional Black Caucus will meet with Senator Majority Leader William Frist (R-Tenn.) tomorrow morning, Thursday, May 19, 2005, in which they will deliver a letter to him urging that he not eliminate the use of the filibuster. Immediately following the meeting, the Caucus will hold a

Clarence Smith, Co-Founder of Essence Magazine and now CEO of YOU Entertainment Releases Café Soul All-Stars Debut Album, "Love Pages," -- Featuring George Benson, Peabo Bryson, Glenn Jones, Vesta, Christopher Williams, Jon Lucien, Roy Ayers and many others In stores July 26 "The goal is to bring back quality music. Music that engages people emotionally, intellectually and spiritually" says Clarence Smith, co-founder of Essence Magazine and now CEO of YOU Entertainment

Survivors of Tulsa Race Riots Recount Violence, Explore Strategies for Legal Redress at Briefing on Capitol Hill with Congressional Black Caucus -- Washington, D.C. - Survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots gave a first-hand account of their stories to members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) during a recent briefing on Capitol Hill. The briefing examined the challenges survivors face in their pursuit of legal redress, as well as explored approaches

Gospel Sensation Micah Stampley and Wife Join U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Campaign to Reduce Infant Mortality Among African-Americans -- Stampley's "The Songbook of Micah" remains in the top ten Gospel newcomer Micah Stampley has made a major impact with his record-setting release, The Songbook of Micah. The Dexterity Sounds/EMI Gospel recording artist's debut is the second highest for a male gospel artist in Billboard history. Now, Stampley and his

Choir at Black Youth Vote! Conference having fun -- Youth from Detroit, California, Atlanta and Phili singing at BYV! Conference in Washington, DC To listen to the youth hanging out singing click below. It's best to let it download for a minute, then his rewind so it plays without stopping

DEMANDING ACCOUNTABILITY: Youth visit state representatives to prepare for BYV! Leadership Conference -- In an effort to leverage the historic youth voter turnout in 2004, a cadre of young activists across the country have identified issues important to them and are visiting state representatives to discuss how they will address those issues. The task is a pre-conference assignment for the Fifth Annual Black

J. Anthony Brown Reveals Another Dimension Through Canvas -- HOMES OF COLOR MAGAZINE CAPTURES COMEDIAN AS THE ARTIST Comedian J. Anthony Brown, long time co-host on The Tom Joyner Morning Show and the former host of BET Comic View, caused quite a stir when he displayed yet another side of his creative talents last year in the November/December issue

Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Gordon Chambers Releases Album -- After A Decade of Penning Hits For Others, Grammy Award Winning Songwriter Gordon Chambers Releases His Debut Album - Chambers invited to perform with Patti LaBelle at the Westbury Music Fair on Friday, March 25 Prepares for UK performance series For more than ten years, Gordon Chambers has been the

Celebrities from Film, Television, Sports, Music and Politics to Celebrate at Sister 2 Sister Magazine's Sweet 16 Gala -- Publisher Jamie Foster-Brown celebrates sixteen years of Sister 2 Sister magazine -- one of the country's fastest growing publications -- with star-studded celebration at Manhattan mega-club Crobar Over the past sixteen years, bold-faced names such as Grammy-winner Alicia Keys, super attorney Johnny Cochran, R&B songstresses Patti LaBelle, Ashanti, Floetry, O

President Bush Urged to Stop Misguided Crusade to Privatize Social Security and to Begin Substantive Analysis of System During Congressional Hearing -- U.S. Representative Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), today urged President Bush to stop his misguided public relations campaign to privatize Social Security and to begin a real, substantive analysis of the issue. Congressman Watt's remarks were made during a CBC hearing on Capitol Hill to

-- Aretha Franklin's first release on Aretha Records expected this summer Disc includes duets with Faith Hill, Ollie Wilson, Dennis Edwards and Smokie Norful Franklin to headline Kennedy Center tribute to American music of the 1940s The Queen still reigns. Soul icon Aretha Franklin is thriving these days and preparing for

Black Youth Vote Choir -- Black Youth Vote! Civic Leadership Conference - Choir singing and having fun. To listen to the youth click below. It's best to let it download for a minute, then his rewind so it plays without stopping.The sound is low but you'll get the idea that there was serious talent in

Discussion on Interfaith Organizing during Black Youth Vote! Leadership Conference -- Black Youth Vote! Interfaith Organizing. To hear the session click on the arrow below. It's best to let it download for a minute, click rewind and let it play again without any pauses

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Completes Video for New Single "She's Rich" -- nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnRular Rah's hot new single "She's Rich" describes how a wealthy suburban girl falls in love with a guy from the hood, not your usual hip hop love song. It's a summer banger that will appeal to everyone. This 6'6" Far Rockaway Queens native doesn't play a lick of basketball

Rular Rah Completes Video for New Single "She's Rich" -- Click here to view the video or visit Universal Music Publishing Rular Rah's hot new single "She's Rich" describes how a wealthy suburban girl falls in love with a guy from the hood, not your usual hip hop love song. It's a summer banger that will appeal to everyone. This

AFTRA Names Kim Roberts Hedgpeth National Executive Director -- The National Board of Directors of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today that Kim Roberts Hedgpeth has been named the union's National Executive Director. A joint working group made up of FTRA's Administrative Committee and National Officers forwarded their unanimous support of Ms. Hedgpeth's appointment

The Tonight Show's Kevin Eubanks to Host 27th Annual Playboy Jazz Festival -- Kevin Eubanks is a familiar name to millions of Americans as the musical director and band leader for television’s number one late night talk show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. A prodigy of sorts from a musically gifted family, his reputation as a Jazz guitarist has been well established

Georgia’s most powerful women leaders were on hand for Power of Women Conference -- Georgia’s most powerful women leaders were on hand for the Women’s History Month launch of the Women Flying High Initiative during the Power of Women Conference held at the Carter Center. Secretary of State Cathy Cox and Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin took advantage of the occasion to celebrate the growing

Somali Bantu Refugees Facing Crisis -- Outreach to African Americans Raises Hope for Successful Transition War, slavery, famine and a nomadic refugee sojourn landed more than 800 Somali Bantu in an Atlanta suburb. Provided less than 250 days of financial assistance, the group is expected to learn English, find a job, adjust to life in urban

Black Youth Declare End to Marching and Speeches -- Young activists are ready for action! Revolutionary best describes the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) recent Black Youth Vote! (BYV) Civic Leadership Conference where over 200 youth representing 20 states assembled in Washington to hone their leadership skills and define a new Black youth agenda. The conference kicked-off

Hair Doctor to the Stars Releases Book -- BOOGIESECRETS.COM’S STEP-BY-STEP E-BOOK HAIR GUIDES You may not have heard of the “Boogie” man, but you have definitely seen his work! His creative flair has been the secret ingredient behind more than a few of the entertainment world’s hottest personalities. Best known to those in the know as Dr. Boogie

TV One to air commentaries by Roland S. Martin -- Silver Spring, Md. - TV One today announced plans to air a regular series of 60-second social and political commentaries by award-winning journalist and author Roland Martin on a wide range of topics of interest to African Americans. Executive editor of the Chicago Defender, nationally syndicated columnist and author of

Poetry Cipher -- Black Youth Vote! Poetry Cipher during BYV! Civic Leadership Conference

Victoria Rowell and Clifton Powell Co-host Urban League Gala -- THE GREATER WASHINGTON URBAN LEAGUE, INC. (GWUL) HOLDS 33rd ANNUAL WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR. MEMORIAL GALA HOSTED BY “YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS” STAR VICTORIA ROWELL AND CLIFTON POWELL CO-STAR OF OSCAR NOMINATED MOVIE “RAY” Enterprise Rent-A-Car Regional Vice President Todd Heavner and Altria Corporate Services District Director Dan Colegrove are

New Book Takes Readers on a Daring Journey as Twelve Women Share Stories of Recovery, Healing, and Hope -- We Survived Abuse, Cancer, Depression, Homelessness, Poverty and Other Life-Changing Experiences From whispers of shame to powerful voices of truth, 12 women tell how they survived some of life’s most distressing circumstances in TRIUMPH! The Beautiful Face of Courage, a collection of essays compiled and edited by Trenay Perry Bynum


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