Monday, May 31, 2010

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY



Character Corner salutes all the Black soldiers who fought for a country that did not (and still don’t) celebrate their great accomplishments, sacrifices and bravery during times of war. My father was a Vietnam Vet and he came home to no celebration.

I especially want to salute the Tuskegee Airmen who were a group of Black pilots that served during World War II when the military was racially segregated. Despite these adversities, these men flew their fighter planes with distinction - a high level of skill and success - in Europe.

From Tuskegeeairmen.org
The Tuskegee Airmen were dedicated, determined young men who enlisted to become America's first black military airmen, at a time when there were many people who thought that black men lacked intelligence, skill, courage and patriotism. They came from every section of the country, with large numbers coming from New York City, Washington, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit. Each one possessed a strong personal desire to serve the United States of America at the best of his ability.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

RIP GARY COLEMAN

GARY COLEMAN'S DIFF'RENT STROKES CASTMATES REMEMBER HIM

HLN's Mike Galanos talks with "Diff'rent Strokes" stars Shavar Ross (Dudley Ramsey) and Danny Cooksey (Sam McKinney) as they remember Gary Coleman.

You can follow Shavar Ross on Twiter @Shavar and visit his website @ www.shavarross.com.



Gary Coleman and Shavar Ross on Season 6, Episode 12: Where There's Smoke


MOM CONVICTED OF HARASSING SON ON FACEBOOK



A Clark County District Judge found an Arkansas mom guilty of harassing her 17-year old son on Facebook.

Denise New hacked into her son’s Facebook account and posted disparaging remarks about him shortly after a domestic dispute with her son.

Judge Randy Hill read some of the Facebook messages aloud in court. Judge Hill noted the following:
"Check this out, I went to my mom's house, deliberately started an argument with her and called the police on her and she almost went to jail, how funny."

"To me that, of all the things that were said or done is potentially the most serious because what she was doing there was trying to make it look like her son had lied to the police," Judge Hill said.

After a 90 minute trial the judge found Denise New guilty of harassment. But not before calling out another one of her Facebook posts.

"I can not for the life of me fathom how any parent could put out for the child or others to hear 'the biggest mistake I made was having a child'," Judge Hill said. (Source)

New was sentenced to 30 days in jail but the sentence was suspended provided she can meet the terms of her one year probation, which include paying a $435 fine, having no contact with her son and completing anger management and parenting classes.

Friday, May 28, 2010

GARY COLEMAN DIES




From TMZ.com
Gary Coleman has died as the result of injuries he suffered earlier this week, the hospital tells TMZ.

We've learned Gary's wife, Shannon, made the decision to pull life support early this AM.

We're told Coleman died at 12:05 PM Mountain Standard Time. He died of a intracranial hemorrhage.

Family members and close friends were at Coleman's side when life support was pulled.

He was 42.(Source)


Thursday, May 27, 2010

JANET JACKSON ON AMERICAN IDOL SEASON 10

Janet Jackson looks great!! She seems to have embraced her maturity and is wearing 40s with style and grace. (Sidebar: We both are rocking the same short hairstyle. I love my 40s)

My favorite Janet Jackson video is still WHEN I THINK OF YOU. It reminds of a period when life and music were so simple and innocent. But my favorite live performance was her appearance on the 29th Annual Grammy Awards Show (1987).

Character Corner salutes and honors Janet Jackson and the entire Jackson family for giving us quality entertainment for decades.




THROWBACK VIDEO





Wednesday, May 26, 2010

BLACK TEACHER ALLOWS STUDENTS TO WEAR KKK ATTIRE




From Myfoxatlanta.com

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - A teacher in Gwinnett County is also under fire for allowing a KKK re-enactment.

Students in one Sweetwater Middle School class dressed up in white robes during history class.

It was an 8th grade social studies project for students at Sweetwater Middle School.

Teacher Stephanie Hunte told the students to choose a period in history and act it out.

"A student group decided they were going to wear robes and re-enact a KKK scene," said Sloan Roach of Gwinnett County Schools.

School officials say the students who chose to wear the robes hadn't even gotten inside the classroom, when another teacher saw them in the KKK garb and immediately reported them to the assistant principal.

School administrators say while national history is in the 8th grade curriculum, there are approved materials and textbooks on the topic.

Former PTA president Cheryl Stephen calls Hunte a great teacher who knows how to get through to the students.

But not all parents endorse hunt's methods.

School officials are looking into the incident. Officials have not decided if any disciplinary action should be taken against Hunte. (Source)

MAMA ORAL LEE BROWN SENDS NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS TO COLLEGE

ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT THE SUN IS ALWAYS SHINING SOMEWHERE! -- Attorneymom



From GNN.com (Good News Now)

(MAY 18) -- Twenty-three years ago, a real estate agent in Oakland, Calif., made a pledge to a class of neighborhood first-graders: Stay in school and do your homework and I'll send you to college.

The woman known as Mama Brown only made $45,000 at the time. But she saved every extra dollar over the next 12 years to make good on her promise. Of the 23 first-graders offered the gift of a lifetime -- full tuition and room and board -- 19 went on to college. Of the other first-grade class in that same inner-city Oakland school, only four graduated from high school.

Oral Lee Brown, profiled on NBC's "Making a Difference" series on "Nightly News," is a proud mama to the dozens of students she has adopted.

In a city with the highest crime dropout rates in the state, Brown is an educational fairy godmother offering hope to kids for whom college might not be possible otherwise.

Students in Brown's program must maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend study sessions, NBC reports.

It has been 11 years since Mama Brown's first class of first-graders graduated from college. Now hundreds of students compete for one of 20 full-ride scholarships she offers every three years.

The businesswoman no longer shoulders the financial burden alone. She created the Oral Lee Brown Foundation to make sure every deserving but underprivileged child has the opportunity to make something of his or her life. (Source)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

KWAME KILPATRICK SENTENCED TO 5 YEARS FOR PROBATION VIOLATION

"Does your character exceed or equal your talent and ambition? Character is who you really are in the dark (within your heart) when temptation and evil are present." - Attorneymom



Sadly, Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to one and half to five years by Wayne County (MI) Judge David Groner for violating the terms of his probation.

Before the sentencing, Groner spent more than 20 minutes discussing what led to this court hearing in the first place.

As Kilpatrick stood before him listening, he looked deep in thought. Groner reminded him the court proceedings were taking place because of him. Groner told him, "You lied under oath about your relationship with your then Chief of Staff Christine Beatty." Groner continued to tell Kilpatrick it was the lawsuit that led to him being there and owing the city of Detroit.

"You, Mr. Kilpatrick raised the issue of the ability to pay restitution," Groner said. He said Kilpatrick opened the door to all of this when he said he couldn't pay. "Your continued attempt to thwart the fact-finding function of this court," said Groner.

Groner continued to explain all of the elements that led them to be at this sentencing and told him he continued to violate the law in hiding his assets.

Groner said because Kilpatrick is a public servant, he should be held to higher standards. He said, "You have failed to accept responsibility for your actions."

Groner said probation was no longer an option. He said, "That ship has sailed." (Source)


In the following video from CNN.com, Mr. Kilpatrick apologizes for his wrongdoings prior to being handcuffed and escorted from the courtroom after being sentenced for violating his probation. Please continue to pray for his wife, sons and mother.

JEREAN BLAKE LAID TO REST




From Myfoxdetroit.com

DETROIT - A tearful good-bye for a teenager who had a promising future. Jerean Blake was gunned down outside a Detroit party store. Witnesses say the high school student was murdered simply because he looked at a man the wrong way.

"He should be getting ready for prom and stuff like that," said Calvin Goodwin, who works at Southeastern High School. "Instead, his family and... the city right now is mourning for... a child's loss."

Family, friends and local leaders all turned out to say good-bye to the 17-year-old on Monday. Hundreds remembered the Southeastern High School senior, who was taken too soon by gunfire.

"I couldn't believe it. I didn't think it was true when I heard. It took for me to come here and just actually see like he (was) really gone," said Ken Brown, a cousin. "It still (hasn't) hit me yet."

Chauncey Ownes faces first-degree murder charges for pulling the trigger that killed Blake on May 14 at an east side liquor store parking lot. Investigators found Owens at a home on Lillibridge the following Sunday during a raid. It was there that seven-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones died after being struck by a DPD bullet.

"There's no words that can erase the pain that the family is going through, and I don't think there (are) words that can erase the pain and the concern that our community has. So, we've talked enough, and we've got to get down to doing something," said Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

He says his administration is now working on a plan to stop the violence, violence which took a teen with hopes of enlisting in the military.(Source)



Monday, May 24, 2010

TEACHER LEADS KLAN MARCH AT GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL



From Ajc.com

A history teacher in Dahlonega was placed on administrative leave Monday after she let four students wear Ku Klux Klan outfits in a historical reenactment.

Catherine Ariemma, a five-year veteran with the Lumpkin County school system, teaches an advanced placement history class at Lumpkin County High. Her students were filming reenactments of various historical periods last week, and four donned Klan outfits, superintendent Dewey Moye told the AJC.

Students from other classrooms saw them as they walked through a hallway while wearing the costumes to an outdoor shoot, he said, adding that the parents of an African-American child later complained about it.

"We determined, obviously, that she used extremely poor judgment," Moye said.
Hutchins held the meeting Monday evening at Fortson Memorial Baptist Church. There he told nearly 50 people crowded into the small sanctuary that he has spoken with the school superintendent. During that conversation, Hutchins asked the superintendent that a meeting be convened between the mayor and police chief to address Cody’s safety, as well as planning a diversity sensitivity training for the city, school staff and sheriff deputies.

Hutchins said he wants to make sure Ariemma is dealt with in a fair and just way. And that the situation is not taken out of context, but also not ignored.

“Good common sense should have told her this was not a good idea,” he said.

Rider and others said this is not the first incident of this kind in Lumpkin County.

Some residents believe this is a continuation of problems that have been going on in Dahlonega for sometime. (Source)

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Surviving The Painful Funeral Of Aiyana Jones by Michal Skolnik


SIDEBAR: Forgive me for copyright infringement, but I had to post the words of Michael Skolnik, Political Director and Co-President of GlobalGrind.com, who attended the funeral of 7-year old Aiyana Jones. Aiyana was recklessly killed by a Detroit Police Officer last Sunday while executing a no-knock warrant. The time is now for us to examine ourselves and determine how we can help to ensure that this never happens again.

From GlobalGrind.com
Dressed in a black suit with a pink tie and a pink handkerchief, the favorite color of his daughter, Charles Jones walked with precise focus, as if he didn’t notice the thousands of people staring at him. He appeared from a side door of the crowded Eastside Detroit church, walking straight towards the main floral arrangement, a crown for his princess with the words Aiyana so eloquently weaved into it, which ordained his seven-year-old daughter’s still body. The gorgeous gospel sang from the soloist’s voice as Charles Jones laid his tender hands on the tiny, pure, angelic white casket. Only six days ago, he had put his daughter to sleep on his living room couch, with a kiss good night. Now, he would put to sleep for good.

Dominika Stanley would not witness the opening moments of her baby’s home coming. Overwhelmed with sorrow and heartbreak, this young, fragile mother’s body could take no more. She collapsed. She fell to her knees before the pastor could give his opening prayer. Understandably, she wanted out. Whisked away by medical staff on hand, Dominika would later return, wearing Charles’ suit jacket to keep her warm. With strength only a mother can conjure up, Dominika sat by her baby’s side to make sure she didn’t feel alone. There is no proper preparation one could have given this young couple to survive a day like this, but like the King and Queen that they are to their Princess, they sat court with the most beautiful grace and elegance imaginable.

Their daughter, Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed with one single bullet. A bullet delivered from a gun of a man who once took an oath to protect and serve our communities. A bullet that pierced the neck of this Justin Bieber fan, this Hannah Montana lover and this dreamer of one day being a Disney princess. As the teen sensation’s hit single “Baby” played continuously over the loud speakers of the church as the procession entered, I was reminded just how young Aiyana was. She would not get the chance to celebrate her 8th birthday. She would not live to feel her nerves before her date arrived in a stretch limousine to pick her up for her high school prom. She would not live to see the smiles on her parent’s faces when her name was called at her college graduation. A girl taken from this earth far too early, before she could understand her own purpose. A baby we buried today.

Thirty-seven years ago, we waged war on our own people, when President Nixon declared a “War On Drugs.” We created harsh and unjust laws that targeted people of color in this country and developed police tactics that were on par with our military operations on the enemy’s turf. I know the Detroit Police were looking for a suspect in the heinous murder of Jerean Blake (join fb group), the 17 year old that was killed two days before Aiyana, just around the corner from her house, but the tactics they used were same tactics developed from the War On Drugs. This doesn’t happen in the community in which I grew up. Stunt grenades are not thrown through windows of any home, much less homes where there are children present. SWAT teams don’t knock down doors with no-knock search warrants and fingers on the trigger. This does not happen in the community in which I grew up.

Over the thirty-seven years, the war has grown, the devastation has deepened and the tension has escalated. In every war, the aggressor pre-determines a certain number of innocent lives lost. Aiyana Stanley-Jones was one of those calculated losses. And for Charles and Dominika, what is terribly unfair is that they never saw it coming. The last time Charles saw his Yana Momma alive, his princess was sleeping, his sleeping beauty was still, his Aiyana Montana was silent. Now, her death silences us all.

I have a sickening feeling that we will to continue to bury more babies, unless we end the war that we have waged against our very own people. May the death of Aiyana Stanley-Jones wake us all up and realize that now is the time to end this war. May we allow this angel to one day rest in peace. (Source)


Saturday, May 22, 2010

REV. SHARPTON CALLS OUT DETROIT AIYANA'S FUNERAL

AssociatedPress — May 22, 2010 — Civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton gave a rousing eulogy for 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones who was killed in a police raid, challenging mourners to take responsibility and help stop a spiral of violence that has swept the city. (Source)


AIYANA JONES LAID TO REST

"Well I'm disgusted that I have to do a eulogy. I'm disgusted that we keep having to come back. I'm disgusted when I look at 7-year-old in a casket." - Rev. Al Sharpton.



Rev. Horace Sheffield (left) consoles Aiyana's parents, Charles Jones and Dominika Stanley, with Rev. Al Sharpton at the funeral for Aiyana Stanley Jones on Saturday, May 22, 2010 at the Second Ebenezer Church in Detroit. (MANDI WRIGHT/Detroit Free Press)




From Freep.com
Rev. Al Sharpton challenged Detroiters to throw away their dope, put down their guns, quit disrespecting women, "All in Aiyana's name. I promise you Aiyana, we're going to change our ways."

In a spirited eulogy full of emotion, Sharpton said, he wasn't there to cast blame.
"I know what desperation is," he said. "But don't give up. When it gets rougher, you get tougher. Don't rise up and turn on each other. We've got to go and deal with the violence in our community."

He did have questions, though, about the actions of police.

"Do they throw these flash grenades in everybody's neighborhoods? Would you have gone in Bloomfield Hills and did what you did?" he asked. "Have you ever heard of putting on a light and calling people to come out. Are warnings against procedure?"

But he had as many questions for black men who have babies with no intention of raising them. And for people who question why nothing is being done, but won't get involved to solve problems.

He said he didn't come to yell at the police chief or get into an argument with the state's Attorney General, Mike Cox, who said he was disgusted that Sharpton was coming to town for the funeral.

"Well I'm disgusted that I have to do a eulogy. I'm disgusted that we keep having to come back," he said. "I'm disgusted when I look at 7-year-old in a casket."

A steady stream of mourners quietly filed past the small coffin this morning that holds Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old Detroit girl killed early Sunday morning as members of Detroit Police Department’s special response unit raided the house where she slept, looking for a suspected murderer.

Wearing a silky pink skirt and jacket with white socks and sparkly pink shoes, Aiyana held a pink rosary entwined in her fingers and a pair of small glasses.

She was flanked by floral arrangements shaped like a heart from her mother and father and an angel. There was also a collage of notes from friends, a pencil drawing of the young girl and a huge vase of flowers including pink roses from the law firm of Geoffrey Fieger, which is representing Aiyana’s family in a lawsuit against the Detroit Police Department.

About a half hour before the funeral was scheduled to start, Rev. Horace Sheffield of the Second Ebenezer Church quietly recited Psalm 23:

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for You are with me.”

Already in the church are U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Rev. Al Sharpton and Fieger.

Detroit City Council members, Pro Tem Gary Brown, JoAnn Watson, Andre Spivey and James Tate were among elected officials who stood when Sheffield announced them.
The family arrived just before 10:30 a.m. Sharpton, Sheffield, Conyers, Fieger and Ficano met them at the door.

Many of the family members wore pink to honor Aiyana. Pictures of Aiyana that were printed in the funeral program were shown in a montage on monitors outside the church sanctuary as mourners entered.

"Princess Aiyana" as an infant and toddler.

"Princess Yana" in pair of light pink framed glasses.

"Yana Momma" in a Hannah Montana shirt.

Aiyana's kindergarten graduation certificate.

After the family spent a few minutes with Aiyana, Sheffield closed the white casket and asked God to help the congregation to lift up the good in each other.

“We know how to deal with death, but help us learn how to live today,” he said. “There will be peace on earth when young folk will work together.”

He also said there is a role for the government to come in help the city heal.

“If they can spend money in Iraq, than the government should spend some money on Mack,” Sheffield said, referring to the Detroit road that runs through the city. “I’m asking President Obama to come here and help us rebuild our city … and then let us figure out how to handle each other and respond in peaceful ways.

“We’ve got to stop killing each other.”

Fieger, who is representing Aiyana’s family, told the 1,000 or so people attending the funeral that they need to seek justice for Aiyana.

“Aiyana has paid for a justice that will save the lives of other children,” he said. “She has paid that price and now we must pledge to get justice for her so she can rest in peace.”

He said it’s normal for the mourners to be filled with fear because of the rampant violence in the city.

“But it’s a fear that can cause us to become bitter and vengeful. And that can lead to more violence unless we are vigilant. It’s a fear compounded by the sense of betrayal by the very people we trust to protect us,” he said.

“But fear and anger are a poison that kills the soul,” he added. “We must rebuke fear and violence. Faith is the only antidote.”

Fieger mentioned Dr. Martin Luther King at the beginning his remarks, and then borrowed from the eulogy King gave at the funeral of the four little girls killed in the Birmingham bombing when he repeatedly told mourners Aiyana "would have something to say to all of us," and, specifically, to Chief Warren Evans and federal officials monitoring the Detroit Police Department.

Then Fieger told mourners the girls would "have something to say to each of us . . . would have something to say to every politician who has fed his constituents with the stale bread of hatred and the spoiled meat of racism."

Ron Scott, with the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, was at the funeral, and said he was there to be supportive to the family and to the city "long after the great sermons have been done and long after the rhetoric has ended."

"This is part of our continuing struggle . . . to deal with the policies that lead to this death," Scott said. "We're going after a fundamental change in this policy." (Source)


Friday, May 21, 2010

RAPPER DOLLA'S SHOOTER FOUND NOT GUILTY

RELATED ARTICLE: RIP DOLLA


SOLVEJ SCHOU
The Associated Press
updated 5/21/2010 5:35:21 PM
LOS ANGELES — A jury acquitted a man Friday of killing up-and-coming Atlanta rapper Dolla during a shooting last year at a crowded, upscale Los Angeles mall.

Jurors rejected prosecutors' contentions that the killing of Dolla, whose real name was Roderick Anthony Burton II, was a callous act of apparent revenge.

Burton and his accused shooter, Aubrey Louis Berry, had been involved in a fight at an Atlanta club less than two weeks before the shooting last May.

Berry's attorney had contended the shooting was an act of self-defense, emphasizing that Burton — a protege of hip-hop artist Akon — glorified a violent gangster lifestyle in his rap lyrics and online videos.

Berry, who has remained jailed since the May 18, 2009, shooting, hugged his attorney but was otherwise unemotional after the verdict. (Source)

AIYANA JONES: LET IT RIP ON FOX DETROIT

From Myfoxdetroit.com

This week on "Let It Rip" tears and anger. A beautiful, innocent, seven-year-old girl was accidentally shot and killed by a Detroit Police officer. However, the cycle of tragedy began two days before when 17-year-old Jerean Blake was murdered outside a party store, allegedly killed by Chauncey Owens. Police were looking for Owens when they raided the home where little Aiyana Stanley-Jones was killed.

On our panel is Ron Scott, the outspoken leader of the Coalition Against Police Brutality, Detroit Free Press Columnist Rochelle Riley, retired Detroit Police Officer Marty Gaynor and FOX 2 Legal Analyst Charlie Langton.

Click on the video player to watch this week's discussion. (Source)


AIYANA JONES' FAMILY PRESS CONFERENCE

Click here to join little Aiyanna Jones' Facebook page.







From Democracynow.org

In Detroit, a funeral will be held on Saturday for Aiyana Jones, the seven-year-old girl who was shot dead by police while she was sleeping in her own home. On Tuesday, a lawyer for the Jones family filed a pair of lawsuits against the Detroit police for the killing that has sparked outrage in the Motor City. The attorney, Geoffrey Fieger, says video of the incident shows police opened fire before they had entered the house. (Source)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

AIYANA JONES' FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS




From Freep.com

Swanson Funeral Homes Boulevard Chapel located 806 E. Grand Blvd, Detroit, Michigan 48207, Phone:(313) 923-1122, is handling arrangements for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, the 7-year-old girl accidentally shot Sunday during a police raid at a home on Detroit's east side.

Aiyana's body has been moved to the funeral home, where final arrangements were still pending Tuesday night.

A fund to pay for funeral expenses has been set up at Fifth Third Bank. Donations may be made to the Aiyana Stanley-Jones Fund through any branch. (Source)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MALCOLM X

I am not a racist. I am against every form of racism and segregation, every form of discrimination.

Today would have been Malcolm X aka El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz's 85th birthday. Character Corner remembers a man of great faith, courage and character.

Thanks to Councilman-Elect Benjie Wimberly for reminding us that today is Malcolm X's birthday.

Visits Malcolmxfiles.blogspot.com for copies of Malcolm X's speeches.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AIYANA JONES KILLED DURING FILMING "THE FIRST 48"



From Newsone.com:

Detroit — An attorney representing the family of a 7-year-old girl shot to death during a Sunday morning raid says the family knows the Detroit police officer who fired the fatal shot is “not a monster” but said the police operation was flawed and influenced by TV production concerns.

The police “were excited; they were on TV,” said Oak Park attorney Karri Mitchell, who is representing the family of Aiyana Jones. “They didn’t have to throw a grenade through the front window when they knew there were children in there.”


The attempted arrest of a murder suspect at a two-unit house on Lillibridge on the city’s east side was videotaped for an episode of “The First 48,” a reality crime show on the Arts & Entertainment Network, said Detroit police spokesman John Roach. (Source)

SIDEBAR: Jesus, please take the wheel. The officer threw a grenade in a home that had children living in it? The officers raided the home at 1:00 o'clock in the morning?? All during filming a reality show?? Triple blank stare.

Monday, May 17, 2010

GIVE ME $2.00 DOLLARS!



Sidebar: An aggressive panhandler approached a local politician and told him to keep his mouth closed and then asked him for two dollars. Blank stare. When Shelby County (TN) Commissioner Steve Mulroy refused to give money to him, the panhandler demanded that the politician have two dollars for him every time he sees him. Blank stare. In response, Commissioner Mulroy asked the panhandler if he would be at that location tomorrow. Blank stare.

Initially, the politician had a cocky attitude towards the panhandler until the panhandler got in his face.

This video is pure comedy. I am only laughing because no one was hurt.

**Thanks to Mediatakeout.com for this story.



From Wmctv.com
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Shelby County Commissioner Steve Mulroy kept his cool during a verbal assault Wednesday in the middle of an on-camera interview in Overton Park.

"You got two dollars?" asked a panhandler.

"I don't, sorry," said Mulroy.

"I told you to keep your ____ mouth closed," said the panhandler.

"OK," answered Mulroy.

"Every time I see you, you better have two dollars," said the panhandler.

The panhandler told Action News 5 his name was Michael Rudd when we tracked him down near Methodist University Hospital hours after his encounter with the commissioner. He appeared to ask others for money.

He told us he apologizes to Mulroy and should not be seen as a threat. He said he has a dependence on alcohol and a mental disability.

"We've got a lot of people out there with substance abuse issues," says Brad Watkins with the Mid-South Peace & Justice Center. "Mental health issues."

Watkins considers many panhandling laws unfair.

"And we've got a judicial system that doesn't give these people the help they need," said Watkins.

"Some of these guys have significant criminal histories," said Larry Bloom with the Center City Commission.

He recently pushed for tougher restrictions downtown and across the city. Bloom said Commissioner Mulroy could have easily been hurt.

"The more people are around, generally the safer you are," said Bloom. "If it had been a one-on-one situation, you need to be calling 911."

A Michael Rudd was listed in the Shelby County Criminal Court database. He has been charged in the past with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, and assault & battery.

Copyright 2010 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

JEFFRERY JONES WINS PATERSON (NJ) MAYORAL RACE

SIDEBAR: My heart is overjoyed at the major political victory by Mayor-Elect Jeffery Jones, Councilmen-At-Large-Elect, Benjie Wimberly and Kenneth McDaniel Jr.


From Northjersey.com
PATERSON — In a stunning upset, Jeffery Jones toppled incumbent Joey Torres to capture the mayoral seat in Tuesday’s election.
Torres had amassed $906,360 for his reelection, outpacing Jones more than 17-to-1.

Yet Jones pulled in 8,399 ballots, or 43 percent of the vote, defeating Torres’ 7,801by a margin of 598, according to unofficial results. Andre Sayegh came in third place with 3,277 votes.

Flanked by police, a jubilant Jones, with his wife, Marcia, shook supporters’ hands on Tuesday night as more than 100 people crowded into his campaign’s storefront headquarters downtown on Market Street to celebrate his victory.

“It still hasn’t sunk in,” Jones said. “We worked hard and did the best we could. We didn’t have a whole lot of money. We’re going to fight hard and work for the people.”

Outside, police on motorcycles and in cruisers dominated Market Street from City Hall to the candidates’ headquarters.

Jones trounced Torres in the 3rd Ward, where he lives on Wall Street, gaining 2,096 votes, nearly double Torres’ 1,089 votes. Likewise, in the 1st Ward, Jones handily defeated Torres by 856 votes. Jones drew support from a large number of working-class black voters in those wards.

Of the 67,862 registered voters in Paterson, roughly 29 percent of the electorate, or 19,477 voters turned out Tuesday, about 1,500 more than the mayoral race of 2006.

Earlier in the day, Jones said he was encouraged by the large voter turnout. He primarily campaigned on a slate with black City Council candidates Benjie Wimberly and Kenneth McDaniel Jr. (Source)

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

DANIELLE WILLIAMS: FROM PORN TO THE CHURCH

SIDEBAR: If you have been following my blog, you know that I have been extreme disturbed by the behavior of Kat Stacks – the rising train wreck internet star. I found this story a porn star turned Christian on Mediatakeout.com . Listen to this young woman talk about the dark side of being a porn star.

Within the next few months, some major individuals in the entertainment industry will infected with the HIV or AIDS virus. It is going to be so widespread it is going to boggle the mind.

RELATED ARTICLES:
KAT STACKS: THE MESSAGE FROM ATTORNEYMOM
KAT STACKS IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

From P4cm.com
Pastor Justin (Passion for Christ Movment) interviews EX-Porn Star Danielle Williams who uncovers the true light in the Porn Industry! She'll take you through how much money porn stars make, the STDs in the industry, and the abuse she suffered by being in the porn industry. She also unveil some of her CELEBRITY clients...We won't name them here, you'll have to watch the video for that. Watch as Pastor Justin interviews Danielle and asks her questions like, "How would you witness to the highest paid Porn Star Pinky?" and "Did you believe yourself to be saved and going to heaven while you were in the Porn Industry?" You won't imagine her answers!!!


DEB ANTNEY REPRESENTING THE ARTISTS

I never knew what a Real Boss B**** (Sidebar: I don't like using this word to describe any female, but I lack a better term to use at this time) was until I saw this Youtube video of Waka Flocka's Manager Mama, Deb Antney, who is the owner of Mizay Entertainment.

Waka Flocka Flame is the new O LET'S DO IT rap sensation; and yes, that his Mama. She takes Stage Mom/Manager to entirely different level. See for yourself.

Follow Deb Antney on Twitter @debrantney or visit her website at www.mizayentertainment.com.


THE MAMA

THE SON

Monday, May 10, 2010

RIP LENA HORNE



From Washingtonpost.com

Lena Horne, 92, an electrifying performer who shattered racial boundaries by changing the way Hollywood presented black women and who enjoyed a six-decade singing career on stage, television and in films, died Sunday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Ms. Horne, considered one of the most beautiful women in the world, came to the attention of Hollywood in 1942. She was the first black woman to sign a meaningful long-term contract with a major studio, a contract that said she would never have to play a maid.

"What people tend not to fully comprehend today is what Lena Horne did to transform the image of the African American woman in Hollywood," said Donald Bogle, a film historian.

"Movies are a powerful medium and always depicted African American women before Lena Horne as hefty, mammy-like maids who were ditzy and giggling," Bogle said. "Lena Horne becomes the first one the studios begin to look at differently. . . . Really just by being there, being composed and onscreen with her dignity intact paved the way for a new day" for black actresses. (Source)






Saturday, May 08, 2010

KAIYA CASTILLO IS IN COMA -UPDATE

UPDATE: From Kaiya stopped breathing this morning. She is back in ICU and in a coma. It is uncertain if she suffered any brain damage. Please pray for Kaiya and her mom. Both have been fighting to save Kaiya life. Kaiya recently received a double lung transplant, but experienced some complications with her new lungs. At five months of age, she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

Click here to send your well wishes to her and her mother. You may visit her website at www.cotaforkaiyac.com.

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KAT STACKS IS SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

I don't know why I care about a person who obviously does not care about herself, but I do. In her latest video, the obviously inebriated Kat Stack is fondled by several ignorant males. The fools continue to fondle her even after she clearly tells them to stop. Blank stare. Yes, they have committed the crime of sexual assault or battery against Kat Stacks. Stop means stop.

Thanks to Mediatakeout.com for bringing this issue to the public attention.

Prayer Warriors: Please continue to pray for this young woman and all the young women who have chosen this path of self-destruction. The devil is a liar.




Thursday, May 06, 2010

KAREN BROWN APPOINTED MUNICIPAL JUDGE IN PATERSON



From Northjersey.com

PATERSON — Mayor Jose “Joey” Torres has appointed former Passaic County Clerk Karen Brown as a municipal court judge.

Brown, whose term as county clerk expired in January, is scheduled to be sworn in on Monday. The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. at the Paterson Public Safety Complex.

Torres, who is in the final stages of his reelection campaign, said Brown was selected to fill a vacancy in the court. She joins five judges currently on the bench and is being hired to help clear a backlog of cases, Torres said.

He said Brown is both an accomplished attorney and a Paterson resident who cares about the city — “Karen is an excellent attorney,” Torres said. “She’s also a local girl who made good.”

Torres said the appointment is for one year, but would likely be extended.
Brown could not be reached for comment. A Democrat, she was elected county clerk in 2004, becoming the first African-American woman to hold the post. She completed her five-year term, declining to run for reelection in 2009.

After she completed her term, the Passaic County Freeholders returned Brown to her former, a $90,000-a-year position as assistant counsel for Passaic County. Her boss in the county counsel’s office, Bill Pascrell III, said Brown will be missed.

“She was a real asset to the county counsel’s office,” Pascrell III said.
(Source)

SIDEBAR: Judge Karen Brown Rutgers holds a Criminal Justice degree from Seton Hall University and a Juris Doctorate from Rutgers Law School. She was born and raised in Paterson, NJ.

CAMELIA M. VALDES IS PASSAIC COUNTY PROSECUTOR



From Pcponj.org
On May 16, 2009, Governor Jon S. Corzine made history in the State of New Jersey when he nominated Camelia M. Valdes as the Passaic County Prosecutor. When Ms. Valdes was confirmed by the Legislature on June 26, 2009, she became the first Latina county prosecutor in the State of New Jersey, the first woman prosecutor in Passaic County, and the first lead prosecutor of Dominican ancestry in the United States.

Ms. Valdes has dedicated her professional career to government service. She served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Newark Office of the United States Attorney’s Office where, during the course of her tenure, she served in the Government Frauds, Terrorism, and Violent Crimes Units. Her federal prosecutorial experience ranged from the prosecution of white collar crimes and financial fraud against the government to the investigation and successful prosecution of federal criminal matters involving counter-terrorism, human trafficking, immigration offenses, drug and firearm related offenses and health care fraud crimes.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey, Ms. Valdes served as an Assistant Counsel in the Governor’s Counsel’s Office under Governor Christine Todd Whitman and Acting Governor Donald T. DiFrancesco. During that time, she handled all aspects of criminal legislation and initiatives. She also had the opportunity to serve as a Deputy Attorney General in the Division of Criminal Justice where she served in the Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor. Ms. Valdes began her legal career as a municipal prosecutor for the City of Newark and as a staff attorney at the Newark Teachers Union, where she represented Newark public school teachers, aides and clerks in a variety of labor law matters.

Ms. Valdes is active in community service and development. She is a Past President of the Hispanic Bar Association, a former trustee of the New Jersey State Bar and the Rutgers Law School Alumni Advisory Board. She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a community service sorority and a former Project Leadership Fellow of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. She participated in the Law School Admission Council’s Hispanic Lawyers recruitment video that featured prominent Latina lawyers and their success stories.

Born to proud Dominican parents in the Bronx, New York and raised in Newark, New Jersey, Ms. Valdes is a product of the Newark Public Schools. She received her undergraduate degree in sociology and criminal justice from Seton Hall University in 1993. She graduated from Rutgers Law School in 1996 and received her LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University in May 2001. Ms. Valdes credits the Equal Opportunity Program at Seton Hall University and the Council on Legal Education with providing her the necessary educational support and financial assistance to complete her education. She is married to Francisco Valdes and has two beautiful daughters. Ms. Valdes has resided in Passaic County since 1998. The Valdes family currently resides in Wayne, New Jersey.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

HAPPY: Simple Steps To Get The Most Out of Life by DR. IAN



Dear Happiness Seekers:
I'm really pleased to let you know that I have completed the final phases on my new book--HAPPY. I know that you will find this book extremely helpful and refreshing. This book is not about weight loss, rather it's about the bigger journey of life and happiness (which incorporates weight loss). This book will simply explain to you the true science behind achieving and maintaining happiness. I think you will be so excited to read HAPPY as you will be able to relate to the discoveries I reveal in the book as well as exercises that can help you achieve what has become elusive for so many people. I decided to write this book now because so many people are struggling in this world given the tough economy, multiple wars we're fighting, and the national political upheaval. HAPPY is about finding what in life really matters and what can make you feel grounded, optimistic, and content.

Nearly everyone today is under stress. We went from working 24/7 to being worried about losing our jobs, managing a cascade of consumer purchases to foreclosures and bankruptcies. But I have found through research and anecdotal evidence that the true secret of happiness isn’t found in material measures of success. The secret is simpler, closer to home, and achievable to all once your priorities are reoriented. Happiness is found in:

family

community

getting outside of oneself

being a part of something larger

helping others

simple pleasures

HAPPY really can be a life-changing book for you as it was for me when I wrote it. It's not slated to come out until April 27th, but the good news is that you can be one of the first to get a copy simply by pre-ordering it now at a really big discount by just clicking one of the following links Amazon.com or Barnesandnoble.com. I hope the insights in this book will give you a better perspective on what really matters in life.

Wishing you tremendous happiness as always,

Dr. Ian

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

KAT STACKS: THE MESSAGE FROM ATTORNEYMOM

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. - Matthew 7:6




KAT STACKS


NELLY CONFRONTS KAT STACKS ABOUT HER LIES

WALK LIKE YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO by Lucille O'Neal


While watching the Mo'Nique show last night, I learned that Lucille O'Neal, Shaquille O'Neal's mother has written a book entitled, WALK LIKE YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE TO GO.

From Amazon.com
Lucille O'Neal shares her public battles and personal struggles as a young, single mother of NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal.

Lucille O'Neal would one day have it all, but not before fighting the public battles and personal demons that would threaten to shatter the very foundation of her life while taking their devastating toll along the way.

Over the past 16 years, Lucille O'Neal has become one of the best-known mothers of a celebrity athlete. But behind the scenes, the mother of four has her own story, at once heartbreakingly familiar in its pain and yet wonderfully inspirational in its outcome.

In this memoir, O'Neal candidly describes the pain of being an outcast and the stigma of becoming an unwed, teenage mother. Most interestingly, she candidly shares another side of fame and fortune-a side rarely revealed or admitted in public: her unexpected feelings of anger and resentment towards her son's blinding success.


Pick up your copy today.

Monday, May 03, 2010

MISSING BLOG: SANDRAROSE.COM - UPDATE

UPDATE: There has been a Sandra Rose sighting on Twitter. Sandra Rose tweeted at approximately at 4:12 pm, "My website designer just said "it's crazy when u can't even launch your new site because everybody's hitting it so hard. LOL." She later tweeted, "I'll open the blog back up at 5 when traffic slows down to a crawl. I never knew you guys loved me so much! *sniff* :*)"

So it seems that President Obama's operatives did not take down Sandrarose.com after all. At least, that is what she is telling us. :-)



Earlier today, I went to one of my favorite blogs and received the following message:

Sorry for the inconvenience.
Our website is currently undergoing scheduled maintenance.
Please try back in 2 hours
Thank you for your understanding.

Well, that was over four hours ago when I first saw the above message and the site is still not available. I am now really concerned about my blog sister.

Over the weekend, Sandra ran several posts about President Obama's alleged mistress, 35 year-old Vera Baker. National Enquirer also reported about the President alleged affair with Miss Baker. In fact, Nationalenquirer.com confirmed that "an ENQUIRER reporter has confirmed the limo driver's account of the secret 2004 rendezvous and has also learned that on-site hotel surveillance video camera footage could provide indisputable evidence to the investigation." (Source)

Unlike Sandrarose.com, Nationalenquirer.com is still up and running. Blank stare.

DEVELOPING STORY

THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF SUCCESS: LAWS OF LEADERSHIP FOR BLACK WOMEN

"Isn't The Game more than just pleasing white folks?" -- Sheryl Huggins Salomon



As many of you know, I have been on medical leave from the practice of law. I will soon be practicing Corporate Law for another major corporation.

To be honest, I am a little apprehensive about returning to Corporate America and the legal profession. After being devastated emotionally by my experiences with sexism and racism on my last job, I am concerned about how will I respond the next time I am confronted with racism and sexism at my next job? So I prayed to God to give me the tools I need to help me heal from my current pain of disappointment and equipment me to better handle challenges in the workplace going forward.

I always wanted a mentor to help me navigate through my career. That did not happen. So I was left to my own naive thinking and inexperience.

God answered my prayers this morning on Twitter. My brother L. Martin Johnson Pratt (@iluvblackwomen) told me about a group of phenomenal Black women who are empowering Black Women to survive and thrive in their careers and personal lives.

Their names are: Elaine Meryl Brown, Marsha Haygood and Rhonda Joy McLean, Esq.. They are the authors of THE LITTLE BLACK BOOK OF SUCCESS: LAWS OF LEADERSHIP FOR BLACK WOMEN. Here is an excerpt from their much need book:

From the Introduction

Given how much progress women of African descent have made since the civil rights and women's rights movements—especially in the past decade, as companies have grown more diverse—it would be easy to think challenges in the workplace don't exist. Wrong! Nearly 40 percent of Black women report that they don't have other Black women who can serve as role models. Studies show that during the past decade Black women have made the smallest gains with regard to employment and high-level positions. For the few who have achieved success in the workplace, their greatest obstacle has been making their organizations acknowledge the value of their skills and contributions. Today's Black women have jobs and careers, yet many don't realize the inherent leadership potential they possess that can help them grow professionally. Much has been written about leadership, but there are no books specifically for Black women on this topic, one that identifies and addresses issues unique to Black women, the work place obstacles they encounter, and challenges they can overcome.

As women of color, we live in a culture that is part of a larger society—a dominant culture. Each culture has its own set of mores, traditions, and values. These values, attitudes, and ideologies that are inherent in our communities have been passed down through generations and make our culture unique, particularly given our people's historical experiences in this country. This book identifies some things we tend to do that may differ from the dominant culture as we operate in the corporate workplace. Rather than focusing on assimilation, we think it is more important that you understand your own behaviors and how they may work for or against you, so that you can maximize your leadership potential. Let's face it. We're all bicultural—having our own culture within a dominant culture. This handbook provides insights into understanding how you can become more self- aware and achieve your leadership goals. Beginning with the premise that we're all VIPs with differing degrees of awareness, The Little Black Book of Success shares insights into workplace issues, pitfalls, and impediments, and offers applicable solutions for women, no matter at what stage of their career. Each chapter builds on the VIP lessons by elucidating leadership truths coupled with prescriptive examples. We talk about the behaviors we have observed in the workplace that work to our advantage and those that keep us from advancing. The Cultural Code sections include the kinds of things we tend to do from a cultural perspective to sabotage ourselves and then prescribe methods to help us be successful.

Each chapter concludes with "MAMAisms," which bring the lessons home by giving entirely new relevance to aphorisms readers have heard all of their lives from their mother, grandmother, or other family members, presenting them in the context of leadership development. The premise here is that even if Mama was not in the corporate world, she gave us life lessons we can draw upon. MAMAisms are those familiar terms, both practical and spiritual, that we grew up with and can draw upon as we travel the road to leadership success.

We hope that this isn't a book you read once and store on your bookshelf, leaving it to collect dust, but one that you keep on hand and review regularly to help you reach your leadership goals or serve as a reminder of what to do when things get tough. We have been working a long time in many different jobs and industries and have tried to learn from our mistakes as well as our achievements as we advanced in our careers. Our combined experience can help you avoid making some of the mistakes we made as you build a strong foundation of professionalism in your work and develop the tools you will need for leadership success. So, whether you are just starting out in the workplace or already have a leadership role, get ready to change your life! (Source)




Saturday, May 01, 2010

DEAD MAN RIDING

SIDEBAR: I am speechless.

From Circleoflife.gather.com
22-year-old David Morales Colon had one last wish before meeting his final resting place- Riding it out in style on his motorcycle!

Colon's family had the deceased body embalmed and posed on the Honda CBR600 F4 for the funeral in what is called an unusual postmortem display. But it's not the first posed showing for this particular funeral home in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They once had a showing where the deceased young man was standing near some flowers. (Source)

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