Malcolm X – We Must Never Forget

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER:  JEMADARI KAMARA Jemadari Kamara is the founding director of the Center for African, Caribbean and Community Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). Currently, he is also serving as the acting chairman of the Africana Studies Department. Dr. Kamara served as dean of the College of Public and Community Service (1988-1993) and chairman of the Africana Studies Department (1996-2001, 2007-2008, 2011) at the UMB. He also served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Universite Nationale du Benin (UNB 1985-1987). He has taught at several other universities including the University of Michigan, Brandeis and Dillard Universities. During the 1990’s he helped to found and continues to coordinate the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr./ Amilcar Cabral Commemorative Program. In 2013 he participated in the first commemoration in Cabo Verde focused on “Pathways to Democracy and Social Justice”. A volume entitled, Leadership and Legacy: Martin Luther King, Jr. and Amilcar Cabral, based upon this work will be released for the 20th anniversary edition of this program in January, 2017. Also, Professor Kamara collaborated in developing the Community Action Information Network (CAIN). Funded by Kellogg and Boston Foundation grants, this project assisted community based organizations in applying technology and data-based information to community defined purposes for development. A monograph series, Race, Space and Policy Issues, has documented the work of this project. Dr. Kamara has been involved in educational, environmental, youth leadership and economic development projects both in the United States and West Africa. He serves as an international coordinator... Continue reading →

Black Community Information Center Inc. “Project Water For Flint” Is A Big Success!

It is a well know fact the residents of the City Of Flint, Michigan are living a daily life of trauma due to a contaminated source of water with high lead content. This city of predominantly Afrikan/Black people with a population of approximately 102,000 are victims of criminal negligence due to the administration of Michigan Governor Snyder. Flint had been put into receivership in an alleged “cost saving measure”.  The deadly switch of water sources was made from the Detroit River to the well known to be contaminated Flint River. Talk about a deliberate crime against humanity. The end result has been genocidal in nature and resulting in potential health hazards for the men, women and children of the city. We are looking at possible brain damage, paralysis and already it has been reported that nine people have died from the deadly disease known as Legionnaires Disease. The future is bleak and a national call has been made to assist the residents during this disaster. The Black Community Information Center Inc. of Boston, Massachusetts had responded by calling for a “collaborative effort” to come together to collect as much donated cases of water as possible to be sent to Flint. The response has been excellent with many organizations and too many individuals to mention, stepping up to make the much needed donations. Examples would be Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers Inc.  (MAMLEO), Osiris Group, Muhammad’s Mosque, Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Union Of Minority Neighborhoods, One United Bank, Greater Love Tabernacle... Continue reading →

Ohio Detectives Caught On Tape Calling Trayvon Martin N-Word

Two on-duty Ohio sheriff's detectives who were secretly recorded in 2013 as they joked around and used racist epithets about the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, by George Zimmerman, have been ordered to take sensitivity training.

Of course the deputy who recorded the Hocking County sheriff's department detectives laughing it up at the late teen's expense, former deputy Jeremy Dye — is no longer employed at the department, but his recording reveals the detectives using terms such as “n——-“ and “thug” in reference to Martin, multiple times and one of the detectives even mocked African Americans who called into a radio show to express their anger and sorrow by using an accented voice.

The Logan Daily News was the first to report on this story last month, followed by The Huffington Post, who independently acquired a copy of the audio just this week.

Patrick Allison, 55, is prominent on the tape, and left the department after it was revealed. He is heard joking about starting a business that sells crosses to burn in the yards of black people.

Allison said: ‘That n****r is a good n****r, Lord.

He also said,

‘Wasn't that n****r wearing a hoodie in Florida? It was like 90 degrees.'

And added…

“We should make a little money if they all pay us to burn crosses in negroes' yards. We could sell portable crosses like a wood cross with a base. It could have the fire starter chunks built in it.”

Deep sigh…

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Neighborhood groups join forces

Reclaim Roxbury, a community-led effort to take control over Roxbury development decisions, and the Roxbury Neighborhood Council, Inc., a longstanding advocacy organization, are announcing their intention to work together to address neighborhood impact in the midst of rampant development. ...read more

Job-protected, paid family and medical leave bill advances

A bill advanced in the State House that could guarantee nearly all Massachusetts employees get paid, job-protected time off to care for a new child, injured and seriously ill family members and their own non-work related, serious health conditions. ...read more

Marilyn Mosby Sued By Police In Freddie Gray Case

Two officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are suing Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby for defamation and invasion of privacy, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Sgt. Alicia White and Officer William Porter, both charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old's death last April, filed the lawsuit against Mosby, Baltimore Sheriff's Office Maj. Sam Cogen, and the state of Maryland in Baltimore Circuit Court on May 2, records show.

The officers claim Mosby and Cogen knew the statement of charges filed against the officers and other statements made by Mosby at her May 1, 2015, news conference announcing the charges “were false.”

“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleges.

Mosby, who announced the charges one day after receiving the official police investigation into the incident, said that she had conducted her own independent investigation with the help of the Sheriff's Office. Cogen signed and filed the initial charging documents in the case, outlining the state's probable cause.

Attorneys for the officers have expressed skepticism about that investigation, saying evidence submitted to them through discovery provided little proof that any such investigation occurred.

In their 26-page lawsuit, White and Porter ask for more than $75,000 in damages for each of four counts — two of defamation and two of invasion of privacy and casting them in a false light. They outline in 141 numbered points what they say their roles in the incident were, and the ways in which they allege Mosby and Cogen violated their rights.

Meanwhile, Monday's acquittal of Officer Edward Nero drew sharp criticism of Mosby from New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton.

“The charges occurred within several days of her coming into the case,” ...read more

Three White Football Players Charged With Using Coat Hanger To Rape Black Teammate

Details are so gruesome that the presiding judge sealed documents until they were released after an April 22 preliminary hearing, writes the MagicValley.com.

The case in question revolves around a Black disabled football player with learning disabilities who was allegedly sexually assaulted on October 23, 2015 by three of his White teammates in a high school locker room in Dietrich, Idaho.

In his testimony, the victim said he was reaching in for a hug when three of his teammates charged him and stuck a coat hanger in his rectum. One player kicked the coat hanger three times, inflicting further rectal injuries, a criminal complaint obtained by the Washington Post says.

“I screamed,” the victim testified. “I was pretty upset. I felt really bad. A little bit betrayed and confused at the same time. It was terrible — a pain I've never felt, “ the victim said in court.

The state attorney has filed sexual assault charges against the three alleged attackers after months of investigation, writes the Post.

White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hangerhttps://t.co/WgfjjdITYi

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 25, 2016

John R.K. Howard, 18, was identified by the victim's family as the ringleader of the attacks. He, along with teammate Tanner Ward, 17, will be tried as adults and charged with one count of forcible penetration by use of force or a foreign object. The third alleged attacker, 16, will face trial in juvenile court.

In early May, the victim's family filed a $10 million suit in Idaho's U.S. District court, saying the boy experienced repeated attacks of abuse and harassment. The Washington Post has obtained the civil suit, but will not release the victim's name because he is a minor.

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Three White Football Players Charged With Using Coat Hanger To Rape Black Teammate

Details are so gruesome that the presiding judge sealed documents until they were released after an April 22 preliminary hearing, writes the MagicValley.com.

The case in question revolves around a Black disabled football player with learning disabilities who was allegedly sexually assaulted on October 23, 2015 by three of his White teammates in a high school locker room in Dietrich, Idaho.

In his testimony, the victim said he was reaching in for a hug when three of his teammates charged him and stuck a coat hanger in his rectum. One player kicked the coat hanger three times, inflicting further rectal injuries, a criminal complaint obtained by the Washington Post says.

“I screamed,” the victim testified. “I was pretty upset. I felt really bad. A little bit betrayed and confused at the same time. It was terrible — a pain I've never felt, “ the victim said in court.

The state attorney has filed sexual assault charges against the three alleged attackers after months of investigation, writes the Post.

White high school football players in Idaho charged with raping black, disabled teammate with a coat hangerhttps://t.co/WgfjjdITYi

— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 25, 2016

John R.K. Howard, 18, was identified by the victim's family as the ringleader of the attacks. He, along with teammate Tanner Ward, 17, will be tried as adults and charged with one count of forcible penetration by use of force or a foreign object. The third alleged attacker, 16, will face trial in juvenile court.

In early May, the victim's family filed a $10 million suit in Idaho's U.S. District court, saying the boy experienced repeated attacks of abuse and harassment. The Washington Post has obtained the civil suit, but will not release the victim's name because he is a minor.

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Obamas To Move To DC’s Kalorama Neighborhood

The Obama Family has settled on new digs in Kalorama, a Northwest Washington, D.C. neighborhood, according to The National Journal.

Here's the Obamas' new neighborhood https://t.co/I3csJPaUot pic.twitter.com/oNgWar5e5a

— Ben Pershing (@benpershing) May 24, 2016

It's no secret that the First Family will reside in the nation's capital until youngest daughter Sasha completes her last two years of high school at Sidwell.

In January, a White House spokesperson said the family was deciding between renting a home in Kalorama or Embassy Row, according to DCist. Their new neighborhood is in walking distance to several embassies.

President Obama will be the first president to stay in D.C. since Woodrow Wilson in 1921.

SOURCES: National Journal, DCist, The Hill | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter

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Former NBA Player Accused Of Using Charity For Personal Gain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former NBA player Kermit Washington is accused of using donations intended to help needy people in Africa for his own gain, including paying for vacations, jewelry and entertainment.

U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson on Wednesday announced a federal indictment against Washington, who is best known for punching Houston Rockets player Rudy Tomjanovich during a game in 1977.

The 64-year-old Washington is charged with interfering with internal revenue laws, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, obstruction of justice and aggravated identity theft. He was arrested Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Dickinson says Washington used his celebrity status to exploit those who donated to his charity, Project Contact Africa. She says he diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars that were supposed to benefit a clinic in Africa for needy families and children.

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Batter up! The BASE launches girls’ baseball program

A Boston nonprofit known for combining baseball training and competition with academic and life skills support for boys has launched a new girls' baseball program. The BASE, headquartered in Roxbury, started with a focus on boys. Founded in 2013 by Robert Lewis Jr. as an evolution of the longstanding Boston Astros team, The BASE's vision statement includes “combining sports and academic opportunities to transform the lives of black and Latino boys.” In late 2014, a girls' softball program was added, growing quickly to 200 participants. But The BASE's core program remains baseball — and now baseball is for girls, too. ...read more