PARIS, France (AP) -- The body of Katoucha Niane, one of the first African women to attain international stardom as a model and a vocal opponent of female genital mutilation, was found in the Seine River, police said Friday.
2 of 4 Known simply as Katoucha, the former top model for Yves Saint Laurent and other top designers was found Thursday near the Garigliano bridge in Paris, judicial police in Paris said.
An autopsy showed no signs of foul play, pointing to the possibility that the 47-year-old may have fallen accidentally into the river, they said.
She had been missing since January and was last seen returning home from a party. She lived in a houseboat near Paris' Alexandre III bridge, and her handbag was later found on the boat.
The Guinean-born model told The Associated Press in 1994 that she ran away to Europe at 17 aiming to be a model. Her big break came when Jules-Francois Crahay, then the designer at Lanvin, spotted her in a line-up. The label hired her as a fitting model. Her first catwalk modeling was for Thierry Mugler at the start of the 1980s.
After quitting the runway, she turned to speaking out actively against female circumcision, describing her own experience at age 9 in a book, "Katoucha, In My Flesh," which was published last year.
"I will never get the incomparable pain out of my head," she wrote in the book, which she dedicated to her three children. (Continue Reading)
Feb 29, 2008
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- Brooklyn residents pressure "superdelegates" to switch
- Bill Cosby talks Barack Obama
- Farrakhan statement: Stick with Obama
- Judith Jamison to retire in 2011
- Gwinnett Deputy, 2 Daughters Killed; Son Arrested
The Gwinnett Co. Sherriff deputy that was gunned down was Joy Deleston, 39, and her two daughters Micaiah, 11, and Jelani, 4. Jelani was the daughter of rapper Juvenile.
Feb 28, 2008
I know a lot of you might be wondering why I would have a man join The Savvy Sista, especially since the site is about empowering women, but the answer is actually quite simple. I have a lot of guys that read this site and they are always asking me to include a male point-of-view. So I pondered (yes, I said pondered) their request and decided that the best way I can please my male readers without alienating my female readers is to have a brother on the site that gives advice to the sistas from a male perspective. I wanted a real brother who is deep off in the Game and someone who's not just talking about it but actually living it. So that is why I asked this brother to join the family.
So if there is anything you want to know or need a male perspective on just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment.
Would O'Reilly ever in a million years use this phrase with reference to Elizabeth Edwards, Cindy McCain or Judi Nathan? I mean, in all of the statements and criticisms that were made about Judi Nathan, the one-time mistress turned missus, of former presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, I never heard any talk of forming a lynch party because of something she said or did.
So why is it that when you're referring to someone who's African-American you must dig to a historical place of pain, agony and death to symbolize your feelings? Lynching is not a joke to off-handedly throw around and it is not a metaphor that has a place in political commentary; provocative or otherwise. I admit that I come from a place of personal outrage here having buried my 90 year-old grandfather last year. This proud, amazing African-American man raised his family and lived through the time when he had to use separate water fountains, ride in the back of a bus, take his wife on a date to the 'colored section' of a movie theater, and avert his eyes when a white woman walked down the street for fear of what a white man and his cronies might do if they felt the urge to 'party'; don't tell me that the phrase you chose, Mr. O'Reilly, was taken out of context.
To add insult to injury, O'Reilly tried to 'clarify' his statements, by using the excuse that his comments were reminiscent of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' use of the term 'high-tech lynching' during his confirmation hearing. I reject that analogy. You see Justice Thomas did mean to bring up the image of lynching in its racist context. He was saying that politics and the media were using a new technology to do to him what had been done to black men for many years -- hang him. Regardless of if you agreed with Justice Thomas' premise or not, if in fact -- Bill O'Reilly was referencing it -- the context becomes even clearer.
What annoys me more than anything is that I get the feeling that one of the reasons Bill O'Reilly made this statement, thinking he could get away with it in the first place, and then followed it up with a lame apology in a half-hearted attempt to smooth any ruffled feathers, is because he doesn't think that black women will come out and go after him when he goes after us. Well, he's dead wrong. Be clear Bill O'Reilly: there will be no lynch party for that black woman. And this black woman assures you that if you come for her, you come for all of us." -- Star Jones Reynolds (Please click here to read the letter in it's entirety)
Well said Mrs. Jones-Reynolds. Well said.
Feb 27, 2008
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (CNN) -- White students at a South African university tricked black residence hall workers into eating stew containing urine, prompting a march Wednesday in which five people were arrested, university officials said.
Students protest against a racist video on the campus of Free State University in Bloemfontein, South Africa.
The white students made a video of the incident, which they staged in reaction to the university's efforts to integrate its residences, according to a statement from the University of Free State.
The protesters on Wednesday included black and white students who later marched to the residence where the video was made and demanded that it be shut down, witnesses said.
The video surfaced on Tuesday but was made in September, the university said.
In the video, white male students at Reitz Residence are seen encouraging at least three black female housekeepers to participate in what the students call the "Reitz Fear Factor," an apparent reference to the television show in which contestants eat live worms or compete in other feats. Watch excerpts of video that sparked outrage »
In one scene from the video, a student mixes what looks like a beef stew in a plastic bowl and adds garlic and other items. Then he tells the camera he will add the "special ingredient."
The student then urinates into the mixture, which he later stirs up and puts in a microwave. Other students can be heard laughing on the tape.
The next scene shows a different student urging at least three housekeepers to drink cups full of the stew, saying, "This is our dorm's 'Fear Factor.' We want to see who has the best 'Fear Factor.'"
On the video, the student does not tell the women that there is urine in the mixture.
The women, on their knees, spit the stew into buckets after tasting it. Some appeared to vomit, but the women also laughed during the incident as the student urged them on.
Next, the women struggle to run in what appears to be a race. The video is put in slow-motion as the theme from "Chariots of Fire" plays.
Finally, one of the students awards a large bottle of whiskey to one of the women, telling her she has won the "Fear Factor."
At the end of the video, a message appears on the screen in Afrikaans saying, "That, at the end of the day, is what we think of integration." (Source)
Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) is definitely switching his support from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama. I don't think a lot of people should find this surprising given the fact that his constituents voted for Obama 3 to 1 in the Georgia Democratic primary. I guess it's better late than never.
John Lewis talked to Monica Pearson (she'll always be Monica Kaufmann to me) about his switch. Here's his reason for switching his support:
Lewis told Pearson he was switching his support because his district voted for Obama and he believes Americans are looking for a great change. He also said he had not spoken to Clinton or Obama about his decision. (Source)
Surely the day will come when color means nothing more than the skin tone, when religion is seen uniquely as a way to speak one's soul; when birth places have the weight of a throw of the dice and all men are born free, when understanding breeds love and brotherhood.
- Josephine Baker
Feb 26, 2008
Check Out the New Video from London import, Estelle. The London pop-soul hip hop artist is the first artist signed to John Legend's new Homeschool Records. This is one of my favorite new songs. Apparently London is sending us some of its best new artist.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Naomi Campbell has been hospitalized in Sao Paulo and is being treated by one of Brazil's top specialists in infectious disease, the hospital's press office said Tuesday.
A publicist for the 37-year-old British supermodel confirmed Campbell was treated at a hospital and had a small cyst removed. There were no other details.
"Naomi Campbell was admitted to hospital ... to have a small cyst removed," her publicist, Jeff Raymond, said in a statement.
"Following the successful procedure, she is now resting and is looking forward to getting back to work. She would like to thank the doctors who have kindly looked after her."
Campbell, a frequent visitor to Brazil, celebrated Carnival earlier this month in the northeastern city of Salvador. She was hospitalized Sunday in Sao Paulo's Sirio Libanes Hospital.
She is under the care of David Uip, a specialist in infectious diseases, and gynecologist Jose Aristodemo Pinotti, the hospital said in a statement.
"The patient and her advisers have determined that the hospital's medical staff will not issue any formal or informal information on her medical condition," the hospital statement said. (Source)
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- Donde West Law to be proposed in California
- Georgia schools to separate kids by gender
- Cops in Sean Bell case called "Trigger-Happy"
- Atty. General tries to change rules that would reduce Crack Offenders' sentences
- Indicted congressman will not resign
- Obama's support grows broader
Feb 25, 2008
Well, I guess we really are in the "silly season of politics". The Drudge Report is reporting that Clinton Staffers are circulating the above picture around of Obama being fitted as a Somali elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya. Here is what the Drudge Report had to say about this:
With a week to go until the Texas and Ohio primaries, stressed Clinton staffers circulated a photo over the weekend of a "dressed" Barack Obama.
The photo, taken in 2006, shows the Democrat frontrunner fitted as a Somali Elder, during his visit to Wajir, a rural area in northeastern Kenya.
The senator was on a five-country tour of Africa.
"Wouldn't we be seeing this on the cover of every magazine if it were HRC?" questioned one campaign staffer, in an email obtained by the DRUDGE REPORT.
In December, the campaign asked one of its volunteer county coordinators in Iowa to step down after the person forwarded an e-mail falsely stating that Barack Obama is a Muslim.
Obama campaign manager David Plouffe quickly accused the Clinton campaign Monday of 'shameful offensive fear-mongering' for circulating the snap.
Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams responds: "If Barack Obama's campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed." (Source)
In his annual address during the Saviour's Day celebration, Min. Louis Farrakhan had nothing but positive things to say about the senator from Illinois at one point even referring to him [Obama] as "...the hope of the entire world..." Farrakhan never came out and endorsed Obama, but his speaking favorably of the presidential candidate could present some issues especially since Obama has been trying desperately to distance himself from internet rumors that he is a muslim.
So in light of possible backlash he knew could follow, Min. Farrakhan has issued a press release about his statements from Sunday's event:
"The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan speaking today in his annual Nation of Islam Saviours' Day address commented extensively on the U.S. presidential race, which included remarks specifically concerning the candidacy of Democratic hopeful Sen. Barack Obama. Min. Farrakhan spoke to an estimated 20,000 people at McCormick Place Convention Center.
Although the Minister did speak complimentary of Sen. Obama, he said he would not tell any one of his followers how to cast their vote, but he did say they should vote "their own self-interest."
Min. Farrakhan went on to say that the litmus test concerning himself given to Sen. Obama should also be given to Sen. Hillary Clinton and other presidential candidates.
The Minister said he did not want the 'mischief makers' to use his words to try to hurt Mr. Obama or himself.
Min. Farrakhan is expected to accept invitations that he has received to talk to certain members of the press in the near future." (Source)
Feb 24, 2008
So who do you think the mystery woman is?
The young lady is in fact Quincy Jones' girlfriend, Heba Elawadi. She is an aspiring designer who was only 19 years old when he met her in 2006. (Source)
Keisha looks absolutely divine. I must say that she was one of my favorites on the red carpet. She could really eat a sandwich or two, but I really can't talk so I'm just going to shut up and say that the chick looked fabulous as usual.
I could not have said this any better. I think Dr. Dyson articulated this in a way that gets to the root of what is really going on. This brother was speaking nothing but truth here.
As promised, Hillary Clinton did speak at Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union. During her remarks she was asked about her husband's comments when he compared Barack Obama's win in South Carolina to that of Jesse Jackson's. Here is what the senator from New York had to say:
"If anyone was offended by anything that was said, whether it was meant or not, whether it was misinterpreted or not, then obviously I regret that," she added. "But I believe our task is to go forward with the agenda that all of us agree upon. That is what I have done my entire life, on behalf of civil rights and women's rights and human rights."
"I believe strongly that there is a shared and common purpose that we all hold very dear, regardless of who you are supporting at this time for the Democratic nominee as president," Clinton continued. "It goes way beyond Barack and me. It goes way beyond politics. And I don't think there is any doubt that I and Bill have been part of that common purpose and that struggle our entire adult lives." (Source)
10. BE SELECTIVE IN FRIENDSHIPS.
Friendship is not charity, it's a give-and-take relationship. Your friends should be people you love, admire and respect. Don't be afraid to expand, or change your circle of friends. As you get older, you may head in a different direction than those you once considered your "best friends forever". As you evolve and mature, you may grow apart from friends who no longer fulfill you - it's ok! Hold this person in your heart, but be true to yourself when devoting time, energy and emotion to anyone you seriously consider a "friend".
9. RE-INVENT YOURSELF WHEN NECESSARY.
Self-reinvention is a way to constantly reflect and assess your goals and priorities in your personal, academic and professional life. The concept of self-reinvention allows you to reconsider your lifestyle and, at any given moment, change a particular course of action. The beauty of this process is that you don't have to beat yourself up about behavior you consider undesirable. You should actually feel great that you have enough sense to realize the error of your ways (whatever they may be), and can spontaneously commit to change. Congratulations - you just solved a problem!
8. PROTECT YOURSELF.
HIV/AIDS is the #1 killer of black women ages 19-27 in America . You are not corny or lame if you insist on an HIV test before having sex with someone. In fact, you're stupid to give up responsibility for your health and put your life in someone else's hands. Please DO NOT FALL FOR the age-old trick: "Look at me - what am I supposed to do now?!" All men masturbate. Politely tell your partner that he should focus on "self- love" until you're certain that he deserves to enter your temple.
7. JEALOUSY IS A WASTED EMOTION.
People who love themselves and recognize their worth are unable to be jealous of others. Why? You should be so preoccupied with loving yourself and changing what you don't like, you have no time to worry about what others are doing. Being jealous of someone is a waste of energy. You cannot control other people and the choices they make, or the luck they have. Weak people let other's circumstances affect their self-love and/or self-worth. Resist the temptation to be envious, as it will get you nowhere. If anything, let other people motivate you to achieve certain goals for yourself.
6 . CARRY YOURSELF LIKE A LADY.
Embrace that which makes you a woman, and by all means, take advantage of the privileges that we have. Force men around you to treat you with the respect they would their mother, aunt or sister. Insist that your doors be opened for you, order your food first in a restaurant, and sit in the front seat if you are the only female in the car. There is nothing wrong with being "pleasantly demanding". Along with the privilege of womanhood comes a certain responsibility. Being a true "lady" means you exhibit manners that would make your grandmother proud, your clothes are tasteful and appropriate for your age, and your hair and nails are always clean. These little things make a big difference in how you are viewed by outsiders, and the quality of men that you attract.
5. KEEP UP WITH CURRENT EVENTS.
Staying in touch with what's going on in the world is very important. Not only is it important to be aware of national and global issues, it makes you a lot more interesting to others because you always have something to talk about. It doesn't take much to watch the news, read the newspaper online, or buy an issue of TIME magazine or Newsweek. Don't forget - parents and teachers are a great source of information on current events, and would love to have a conversation with you about something "serious".
Do you have a passport? If not, get one. Before you are saddled with the responsibilities of a job and a family, take advantage of your freedom and travel. Instead of buying a new outfit, buy a plane ticket. See other parts of the world and observe other cultures. More importantly, have fun! Plan a trip with a friend to a social event in another city, a beach on an island, or a city in a foreign country. Capture your memories with photos or in a diary (or a blog). You will cherish them forever.
3. BE PROUD TO BE BLACK!
Black culture and heritage is based on strength , perseverance, and rich talents. You should have an overwhelming sense of cultural pride - as black people, we are so very special. Don't EVER feel as if you aren't equal to another person simply because you're black. If you have any question as to the importance of black people to our society, or how smart, beautiful, talented, funny and fascinating we are, start reading. Watch old movies. Read plays. Go see plays. Buy tickets for dance and musical performances. Seek opportunities to study academic topics involving, or related to, black people. Talk to your relatives that lived through some of the historical events you've heard about. Get on the Internet and study people with whom you're familiar. Keep in mind, black pride doesn't mean exclusion of others. It is most impressive when you seek to educate other cultures about the beauty and greatness of being black.
2. HAVE A CAUSE.
As long as you're here, it is your duty as a human being to help make the world a better place. Let your natural talents and passion lead you to an issue that keeps your attention, and to which you can commit your time and money. Get involved with groups that already exist. If your particular cause is new or unique, start your own group and make your friends join. Helping others is an easy way to feel good about yourself, and invest in the future of your community. (Trineka's Note - give your time, talent, and treasure until it hurts. Odds are you aren't doing enough right now. So sit down and figure out what you can do to help the human race even more in 2008. Heads up, you can have way more than one cause!)
1. LOVE YOURSELF.
This is #1 and most important, yet challenging, mission to accomplish. Self-love is critical to survival at any age, and may be quite a personal journey. Loving yourself means recognizing, developing and honoring a sense of self-worth. Loving yourself means you have zero tolerance for anyone or anything that doesn't love you and respect you. Loving yourself also means you must treat yourself well, simply because no one else will do it for you.
Feb 22, 2008
Feb 21, 2008
Feb 20, 2008
What we have learned over this year is that hope is making a comeback. It is making a comeback. And let me tell you something --- for the first time in my adult lifetime, I am really proud of my country. And not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change. And I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustation and disappointment. I've seen people who are hungry to be unified around some basic common issues, and it's made me proud.
Now can someone please tell me what is so 'unpatriotic' about Mrs. Obama's comments. Please tell me because I feel I need to be schooled on what makes one a true patriot.
Feb 19, 2008
Judge Priest (1934)
Imitation of Life (1934)
God's Step Children (1938)
The Duke Is Tops (1938)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
The Blood of Jesus (1941)
The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
Native Son (1951)
Carmen Jones (1954)
The Defiant Ones (1958)
In the Heat of the Night (1967)
Sweet Sweetback's Baad Asssss Song (1971)
Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Cooley High (1975)
Killer of Sheep (1977)
Richard Pryor Live in Concert (1979)
A Soldier's Story (1984)
Do the Right Thing (1989)
Boyz N the Hood (1991)
Eve's Bayou (1997)
Madea's Family Reunion (2002)
I Am Legend (2007)
Feb 18, 2008
SAVANNAH, Ga. -- Authorities in the Savannah area have issued an abduction alert for a 14-year-old girl they believe has been taken by three males.
A Garden City police detective says Michelle Smith has not been seen since she and another girl were forced into a black car around 4 p.m. Sunday.
The other girl, a 12-year-old, tells police they were driven into Savannah and that she was sexually assaulted but managed to get out of the car and run away. The 12-year-old says Smith was also able to get out but the suspects chased her.
Police say Smith hasn't been heard from since.
Police believe Smith and the suspects may still be in the Savannah area. (Source)
Feb 17, 2008
Tom Joyner Morning Show
Thursday, February 14, 2008
By now many, if not most of you, have either read or heard about the letter faxed to me by Senator Barack Obama yesterday to officially inform me that he would not be attending the State of the Black Union symposium next Saturday, February 23, in New Orleans, live on C-SPAN. The letter was apparently made public on the Internet by the Obama campaign.
This morning a few thoughts now about the letter, about Senator Obama and for that matter, about Michelle Obama. First, I want to thank Senator Obama for his letter, although I regret his decision. I said on Tuesday and I reiterate today, that I believe that this is a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity. Having said that, I also feel that should Senator McCain or Governor Huckabee, like Mr. Obama, end up denying our invitation to appear at this annual Black think tank, it would also be for them as well, in the long run, a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity. Particularly for Senator John McCain, who appears to now be the presumptive Republican nominee and who decided, as you recall, not to appear last year before Black America in Baltimore. Indeed, I personally expressed that sentiment to Senator McCain earlier this week. Don’t think that in the general election, should he be the nominee, that he ain’t going to get reminded frequently that he kept passing on opportunities to speak to Black and Brown audiences. That’s pretty much Political Science 101. That’s going to happen, trust me.
Two. For the record, with regard to this letter and the statements made therein, my office was never contacted by the Obama campaign offering Michelle Obama as a proxy speaker. It never happened. No letter. No fax. No e-mail. No phone call. No document whatsoever from the Obama camp to my office, ever, regarding Michelle Obama. She was never offered, it was never discussed.
Three. While I have great admiration and affection for Michelle Obama, had she been offered to us I would have respectfully declined. Just as we would have declined had Hillary Clinton offered Bill Clinton; had John McCain offered Cindy McCain; had Mike Huckabee suggested Janet Huckabee.
By any measure, by any measure, Michelle Obama’s personal story is empowering and inspiring. I am moved by her personal story, as I have been, since I first met her. From the South side of Chicago to Princeton, to Harvard Law, it is a quintessential American story of overcoming. That said, last year at Howard, live on PBS, we spoke to candidates only. And that’s what we intend to do next Saturday, February 23, in New Orleans, live on C-SPAN, speak to candidates only, with all due respect.
And speaking of Howard, point number four. When we invited Senator Obama last year to Howard, with all of the other announced Democratic candidates at the time, so many people, so many people, said publicly, that Tavis is stacking the deck in Obama’s favor. Black college. Black book. Black audience. Black journalists. Black moderator. “Smiley is stacking the deck for Obama,” they said. The Washington Post Editorial Board said that to me to my face. “Aren’t you stacking the deck for
Mr. Obama?” Now, eight months later, another simple invitation, along with all the other remaining viable candidates, and now he’s being boxed in by me? Respectfully, that dog just won’t hunt. Because by that logic, at this point in the campaign, any gathering of Black thought-leaders, opinion-makers and influencers who invite Senator Obama to appear on stage at a nationally televised event, that invitation --- in and of itself, given that logic --- would be tantamount to “boxing him in.” This was simply an invitation, nothing more. There has not been, there is not now, nor will there be, any effort on my part to snap on the Obama campaign, or the McCain campaign or the Huckabee campaign, if they choose not to attend. It was just an invitation to him and every other candidate. Accept or reject. An invitation, nothing more, nothing less. I’ve lost count now of how many debates the Democrats have had to address other issues that, in fact, do matter to us. But I can tell you exactly how many times they’ve gathered to specifically address our issues. There is no comparison.
Point number five. Senator Obama is on a mission. As he suggested in his letter, his mission is to become the next President of the United States. And I ain’t mad at him. As I’ve said before, and I’ll say it again, I revel in his historic run for the White House. As a Black man, I celebrate his past accomplishments. I celebrate his future aspirations. Respectfully, I knew Barack Obama long before most of us learned to pronounce his name correctly. So long ago, in fact, that years ago Barack Obama was working with the kids in my Foundation, speaking to them about leadership development way back when. I have no personal animus toward Barack Obama. To quote that great philosopher, George Wallace, “I love him and there ain’t nothing he can do about it!” That said, I love Black people, too. And I have a vocation. I have a calling. I have a purpose. And since this ain’t just about me, you have a purpose too. You have a calling, you have a vocation as well.
And I would hope, this morning, that at the center of our collective calling, is an unconditional love for Black people. His job right now is to get elected. Our job is to do our part to ensure that whoever gets elected will be held accountable to the issues that matter most to Black people. And in that regard, all that I have ever tried to do, with the media platforms, including this one, that I have been blessed to have access to, is to attempt to speak a love language, to ask critical questions, to engage in sober assessment and to counsel wise enthusiasm. If Barack Obama is your candidate, I ain’t mad at you! If Hillary Clinton is your candidate, I ain’t mad at you! I am not personally in the endorsement business. My small part is to engage in Socratic questioning. As a Black person, a member of the media, I’ve said many times on this program, my job is to ask questions, raise issues, address topics, and profile people that otherwise wouldn’t get that kind of air play.
Now, as the old folk used to say, “I done spoke my piece.”
Senator Clinton has decided to join us. Senator Obama has decided not to. Senator McCain and Governor Huckabee, we shall see. But once again, it has never, ever been about them. It has always been about us. We cannot confuse candidates with the cause. The cause of suffering Black people who are catching hell every day. So, I personally; I can only speak for Tavis, I personally have no intention, no interest in discussing this matter beyond this commentary no matter what’s said about me. Except to promote the Symposium, which I’ve done every year for almost 10 years now. I’m told by the folk in the Lt. Governor’s office in Louisiana that it looks like we will have the largest gathering of volunteers for a single day next Friday on our Day of Service, since Katrina hit back in 2005. That’s what matters. Loving and serving everyday Black people. Our conversation next Saturday promises to be spirited, soulful and inspiring.
Finally this morning, as I always say...today, more than ever...love wins. Love wins. Love wins.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
All I can say is wow. I saw her perform this song in The Color Purple and she gave me goosebumps then too.
Feb 16, 2008
We have finally launched our myspace page (hey, better late than never). So do me a favor and please add us so you can keep up-to-date on what is going on with the site.
Oh, and if you're a new artist with some new material that you want showcased please let us know and we might do a feature on you if we like the music!!!
Feb 15, 2008
It would appear that someone is definitely lying. I don't know if it is the Obama camp or Tavis Smiley that is doing the lying, but all i know is that some untruthiness (if that's a word) is in the air. Two different stories have been told about Tavis Smiley's refusal to have Michelle Obama come and speak on her husband's behalf at the State of the Black Union.
Tavis Smiley told BlackAmericaWeb.com that he never received any request for Michelle to come in Sen. Obama's place. But he did go on to say had he received said request he would have still denied it because there's a "precedent."
Smiley defended his position saying the purpose of the symposium is "to speak with candidates," not surrogates, and he said he feels strongly that Obama should participate.
"That people are suggesting that I am boxing [Obama] in or threatening him, is nonsense," Smiley told BlackAmericaWeb.com. "I’m catching hell just for inviting Mr. Obama to the event."
"I love Michelle Obama, and I have a great respect and admiration for her, but we have a precedent," he said. "This is about the candidates. If Hillary Clinton had offered me Bill Clinton, I would have said no." (Source)
Feb 14, 2008
Well, well, well what do we have here. Looks like our man Rep. Lewis is a little conflicted about hedging his bet with the Clinton machine. I'm not sure exactly what is causing Rep. Lewis to be so torn. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that his constituency went for Obama 3 to 1. Well, whatever it is, it is causing the man some inner turmoil. Rep. David Scott (Ga) got out of his endorsement of Clinton while the getting was good so we will see what Rep. Lewis does. Is he going to keep his word to Sen. Clinton or is he going to represent his "employers" properly and reflect what they voiced when they went out to the polls and voted for Obama?
This is what Rep. David Scott had to say about switching his endorsement over to Obama:
"You've got to represent the wishes of your constituency," Scott said in an interview Wednesday in the Capitol. "My proper position would be to vote the wishes of my constituents." The third-term lawmaker represents a district that gave more than 80 percent of its vote to Obama in the Feb. 5 Georgia primary.(Source)
Rep. Lewis on the possibility of him endorsing Obama:
In an interview, Lewis likened Obama to Robert F. Kennedy in his ability to generate campaign excitement, and left open the possibility he might swing behind the Illinois senator. "It could (happen). There's no question about it. It could happen with a lot of people … we can count and we see the clock," he said. (Source)
Thank you for the invitation to participate in the 2008 State of the Black Union forum in New Orleans, Louisiana February 21-23. The exchange of ideas raised at this annual symposium are invaluable as our nation strives to address the critical issues facing not just African Americans, but Americans of every race, background and political party.
I especially commend you for hosting this dialogue in New Orleans. On the eve of the Louisiana primary, I visited this great city for the fifth time since declaring my candidacy to share policy proposals for rebuilding the Gulf Coast so that we never experience another Hurricane Katrina. On February 9, I was deeply humbled to win the Louisiana primary with 86 percent of the African American vote and a 14 point lead among all voters who said they were adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Uniting our country and creating a national constituency for fundamental change is why I am running for President of the United States. We have come a long way in this race, but we still have a long road ahead. In the final stretch, I will be on the campaign trail everyday in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly with voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum such as affordable healthcare, housing, economic opportunity, civil rights and foreign policy. I am committed to touching every voter, and working to earn their vote.
That is why with regret, I am not able to attend the forum. I understand that you have declined the campaign’s request to have Michelle Obama speak on my behalf. I ask that you reconsider. Michelle is a powerful voice for the type of real change America is hungry for. No one knows my record or my passion for leading America in a new direction more than Michelle Obama.
Tavis, this is our movement and our time. I look forward to working closely with you throughout this election. Thank you for your continued support.
Barack Obama (Source)
So do you think Julian Bond is right about having the Florida and Michigan delegates being seated?
Now I am a fan of all the things Tavis Smiley has done for the community, but I honestly have to say that the brother is wrong on this one. He has really gotten "out of pocket" lately when it comes to issues of Obama. The fact that he mis-scheduled the SOBU this year should not be Obama's problem. If he really wanted all the candidates to show up then he should have scheduled the SOBU right before the Louisiana primaryor had it in Texas (or Ohio for that matter). There is no reason for Obama to come back to Louisiana at this point in time. His focus should be on Texas and Ohio. he has to get out there and meet the voters of these two crucial states. And to all those people that think he needs to come to the SOBU to prove that "Black" issues are his issues, I ask you to go and check out a video of the Congressional Black Caucus sponsored debate right beofre the South Carolina primary and tell me whether or not the brother is concerned with "Black" issues.
Roland had a rough transcript of a conversation involving Michael Baisiden and Michelle Obama. Please check it out below:
You can also listen to the interview by clicking here.
MO: I think that BO and I both have a tremendous amount of respect for Tavis and the work he has done and most people have come to know BO’s life work and advancing the principles and the base of the covenant- and he works to eradicate the opportunity gap and that all kids have education and health care you name it it has been a part of his platform- we believe in what Tavis is doing and people know that we are at a critical juncture – he is in a position that no one could have been anticipated but it is not over- he have spent every minute spending time reaching voters that don’t know him. This race is going to determine the outcome of this entire race and so I am in support of his decision to spend his time trying to reach these voters- I offered to attend the state of the black union- Tavis says that my attendance and participation would be inappropriate and I respect that. But BO has to spend his time becoming the next prez of the US.
BAISDEN: You and I love Tavis for what he has done- what do you need the family to know about the Tavis situation
MO: I think people should know that Tavis has been a friend and his principles are at the heart of who we are- I don’t think anyone can doubt that BO has been working hard at the equity- we are at a point where if BO doesn’t do well in these remaining contests then it will switch right back- we need to make sure that he is spending every second reaching out to voters in texas and ohio. I just got back in town and going back out on Monday and Friday- I haven’t seen BO in a couple weeks but that is what it takes. The fact he has won 8 in a row is a testament to working hard and focused.
BAISDEN: I have known Tavis for years- I am going to try to reach out to him if I can- if you are listening please iron this thing out- I respect you don’t want Michelle to be there- but we have bigger fish to fry.
MO: This is an amazing time in our country’s history and we wouldn’t be here without the work Tavis has done- we have a tremendous amount of respect- I don’t think that anyone would disagree with that, but now that we are here we cant miss this opportunity so what happens in Texas and Ohio and Pennsylvania and Wisconsin will make or break this.
BAISDEN: I believe that everybody understands, I want to thank you for coming on the show.
MO: We love him and respect him- I would love to come to the summit, maybe not this year since it is inappropriate but maybe other years I hope the invitation is open
BAISDEN: Did you realize that you are growing in popularity- you have done a great job in representing this man
MO: Well thank you Michael, I believe in this brother and I believe in us- people have not let us down I am so proud of my country and so proud of my people- we are not there yet look at here, we are almost there. (Source)
Feb 13, 2008
Sometimes I wish that some people would just shut the hell up already. This week Gov. Ed Rendell (who has a habit of inserting foot in mouth) made some very asinine comments to the Pittsburgh-Gazette. I swear people just can't leave this race thing alone. Nevermind the fact that Obama has consistently won some white and I mean lily white states, people still want to say that white folks won't vote for him. Rendell, who is a staunch Clinton supporter, choose to compare Obama's campaign to that of his gubernatorial rival in '06, Lynn Swann. I guess it's easy to compare Obama and Lynn Swann because they are both black and all black people are the same...SMH. Oh and don't let me forget to add that all black people look alike. It's not the voters with the problem; it's Ed Rendell with the problem. Obama's race bothers him.
Can we please stop with all this divisive stuff? let's stop it with race and with gender. Let's focus on these two magnificent candidates' policies and go from there.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — Gov. Ed Rendell, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s most visible supporters, said some white Pennsylvanians are likely to vote against her rival Barack Obama because he is black.
“You’ve got conservative whites here, and I think there are some whites who are probably not ready to vote for an African-American candidate,” Rendell told the editorial board of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in remarks that appeared in Tuesday’s paper.
To buttress his point, Rendell cited his 2006 re-election campaign, in which he defeated Republican challenger Lynn Swann, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, by a margin of more than 60 percent to less than 40 percent.
“I believe, looking at the returns in my election, that had Lynn Swann been the identical candidate that he was — well-spoken, charismatic, good-looking — but white instead of black, instead of winning by 22 points, I would have won by 17 or so,” he said. “And that (attitude) exists. But on the other hand, that is counterbalanced by Obama’s ability to bring new voters into the electoral pool.”
Rendell, chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2000 and previously Philadelphia’s mayor, endorsed Clinton on Jan. 23.
Pennsylvania holds its primary April 22.
This pregnant mom has been missing for 15 days and I am just learing of this story. The sad part about the whole story is the fact that I watch the news everyday. I guess Tierra Adams doesn't warrant Lacy Peterson type coverage. The search for Tierra is in a critical stage because she is due to give birth any day now. Here is all the information I have been able to gather on Tierra so far:
She is nine months pregnant and missing from Houston, Tx.
Adams, 25, was last seen at Bingle Road and Hwy 249 on January 29 around 1 a.m. Her mother said Tierra was with her boyfriend at the time.
Her boyfriend, who is the father of her baby, said he and Adams got in a fight, and he told her to get out of the car. They were a short distance from their home. She hasn’t been seen since.
She was wearing white Capri pants and a black and white top.
Adams is described as a black female, 5 feet, 6 inches tall and 200 pounds.
She has a medium complexion and black hair. (Source)
Feb 12, 2008
Now I will be the first to admit that there aren't a lot of things that I agree with George W. Bush on, but when the man does something right I don't have a problem commending him. This happens to be one of those times (I know write it down because you know it's never going to happen again).
Recently Bush gave a speech for the Black History Month celebration at the White House and he had some pretty strong words about nooses and the threats of lynching. Here is what the President had to say:
Our nation has come a long way toward building a more perfect union. Yet as past injustices have become distant memories, there's a risk that our society may lose sight of the real suffering that took place. One symbol of that suffering is the noose. Recently, there have been a number of media reports about nooses being displayed. These disturbing reports have resulted in heightened racial tensions in many communities. They have revealed that some Americans do not understand why the sight of a noose causes such a visceral reaction among so many people.
For decades, the noose played a central part in a campaign of violence and fear against African Americans. Fathers were dragged from their homes in the dark of the night before the eyes of their terrified children. Summary executions were held by torchlight in front of hateful crowds. In many cases, law enforcement officers responsible for protecting the victims were complicit in their deeds [sic] and their deaths. For generations of African Americans, the noose was more than a tool of murder; it was a tool of intimidation that conveyed a sense of powerlessness to millions.
The era of rampant lynching is a shameful chapter in American history. The noose is not a symbol of prairie justice, but of gross injustice. Displaying one is not a harmless prank. And lynching is not a word to be mentioned in jest. As a civil society, we must understand that noose displays and lynching jokes are deeply offensive. They are wrong. And they have no place in America today.(Source)
Roland Martin wrote a wonderful commentary about whether or not Sen. Barack Obama should attend Tavis Smiley's State of the Black Union this year. In his commentary, Martin states why it is not in Obama's best interest to attend such an event. Martin goes on to say that perhaps Obama should send his wife, Michelle, in his place.
So my question to you is should Obama attend the State of the Black Union event in New Orleans on Feb. 23 or will he be better serve to focus his attention on states like Ohio and Texas which are holding upcoming primaries?
- Looks like Jill Marie Jones got out just in time as 'Girlfriends' is no more
- Man arrested after boy shots himself in the head
- Michael Jackson thanks fans for 'Thriller's' success
- Mortgage crisis spread pass Subprime Loans
- When Women Ruled
In a New York Times article, aides close to Obama reveal that the senator really was hurt by the fact that Rep. John Lewis (Ga) choose Hillary Clinton over him.
“He told John that that he felt like a father was stabbing him in the back,” an aide to Mr. Obama said. “Barack sees himself as an extension of the civil rights movement, and so it hurt him deeply when a leader of that movement told him he wasn’t ready.” (Source)
Feb 11, 2008
This is real Black History here...
Musical diva, Natalie Cole, has decided that it is time to deliver some tough love to Amy Winehouse whom she feels should not have been awarded with any Grammys. And before you go criticizing Ms. Cole realize that she too has battle a substance abuse problem and she has a firsthand experience of which she is talking about.
On why she didn't think Amy should win:
"I don't think she should have won. I think it sends a bad message to our young people who are trying to get into this business, the ones who are trying to do it right and really trying to keep themselves together," said Cole, 58. "We have to stop rewarding bad behavior."
"I'm sorry. I think the girl is talented, gifted, but it's not right for her to be able to have her cake and eat it too. She needs to get herself together."
On the seriousness of Winehouse's troubles:
"I mean, she could die. This isn't something that's cute and fun just to throw around in the press. The girl really has a problem, and I think for those of us who have been in the business long enough, we know the sacrifice it takes. This is about discipline and hard work, and you don't get to just do your drugs and go onstage and get rewarded."
On Amy's Grammy performance:
"Her performance was fine," surmised Cole. "I don't take anything away from her talent, but I just feel like she's stepping into a place that she hasn't earned yet."
On who she thought should have won the Grammys instead of Winehouse:
"Rihanna, even Beyoncé. "I just feel like they're ready to go the long haul. You can tell how hard they work, they're great people, their heart is in the right place. These are the people we should be praising, these are the people we should be encouraging." (Source)
Because I am sick and tired of people saying that the word nigger is only used in reference to ignorant people, I think we need have a real history lesson of this word. So since it is Black History Month I think it's time we learn some real Black History. The word Nigger derived from the Latin word for black which was 'Niger'.
Here is how Wikipedia describes the history of 'Nigger':
Earlier variants (such as neger or negar) derive from the Spanish/Portuguese word negro, meaning "black", and probably also the French nègre, which has also been used pejoratively (but also positively as in Négritude), derived from negro (the ordinary French word for "black" being noir). Both negro and noir (and therefore also nègre and nigger) ultimately come from nigrum, the accusative form of the Latin adjective word niger, meaning "black".
In Colonial America, negars was used in 1619 by John Rolfe, describing slaves shipped to Virginia colony. Neger (sometimes spelled "neggar") also prevailed in northern New York under the Dutch and also in Philadelphia, in its Moravian and Pennsylvania Dutch communities. For example, the African Burial Ground in New York City was originally known as "Begraafplaats van de Neger" (Dutch phrase meaning "Cemetery of the negro" in English).
In the United States, the word nigger was not always considered derogatory, but was instead used by many as merely denotative of black skin, as it was in other parts of the English-speaking world. In nineteenth-century literature, there are many uses of the word nigger with no intended negative connotation. Charles Dickens, and Joseph Conrad (who published The Nigger of the 'Narcissus' in 1897) used the word without racist intent. Mark Twain often put the word into the mouths of his characters, white and black, but did not use the word when writing as himself in his autobiographical Life on the Mississippi.
In the United Kingdom and other parts of the English-speaking world, the word was often used to refer to people of Pakistani or Indian descent, or merely to darker-skinned foreigners in general; in his 1926 Modern English Usage, H. W. Fowler observed that when the word was applied to "others than full or partial negroes," it was "felt as an insult by the person described, & betrays in the speaker, if not deliberate insolence, at least a very arrogant inhumanity." The note was excised from later editions of the book.
In the 1800s, as nigger began to acquire the pejorative connotation it holds today, the term "Colored" gained popularity as a kinder alternative to negro and associated terms. For example, abolitionists in Boston, Massachusetts posted warnings to "Colored People of Boston and vicinity." The name of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People reflects the preference for this term at the time of the NAACP's founding in 1909.
Southern dialect in many parts of the southern United States changes the pronunciation of "Negro" to "nigra" (used most famously by Lyndon B. Johnson, a proponent of civil rights). In North American English, the transition from negro > nigger represented a formerly widespread sound shift. In the early editions of his dictionary, Noah Webster suggested the new spellings of zeber for "zebra", as well as neger for "Negro".(Source)[
I see Nas is really serious about this Nigger album. This is him at last night's Grammys. I am trying to give the brother the benefit of the doubt, but I don't know. So tell me what do you think about Nas coming out with an album called Nigger?
Feb 10, 2008
Well, it would appear that my man, Obama, is definitely on a roll. Today he won the Maine caucuses after sweeping the elections in Louisiana, Washington, Nebraska, and the Virgin Islands. Sen. Obama enters the primaries on Tuesday with sure momentum.
Meanwhile there have been some major shakeups in the Clinton campaign. With the recent sweep of Obama of the past elections, Clinton has removed her campaign manager, Patti Solis Doyle. She relegated Patti to senior campaign adviser and placed longtime adviser, Maggie Williams, in her place.(Source)
This entire campaign season has been interesting. I'm not counting Hillary out because we all know what happens when you count a Clinton out. She may be on the ropes, but trust me this chick still has some fight in her. Obama leads her in pledged votes, but if you add the votes of the Superdelegates then Hillary still has the lead.
I just pray this election doesn't come down to the votes of the Superdelegates because then people will really feel disenfranchised, disenchanted, and just sick and tired of the system. The election should be decided by the people for the people. The Democrats need to do away with this whole superdelegate system because they risk having anarchy in the party.