It appears that the Reverends Al Sharpton and Eugene Rivers have a lot in common as they both have made headlines locally and nationally, respectively. Unfortunately those headlines have been of a very negative nature for both. Rev. Sharpton has been exposed as a former FBI informant/snitch, while it seems to appear that Rev. Rivers has been involved in some sort of an extortion scheme. Lets start with Rev. Sharpton and his dilemma. The news blog “Smoking Gun” recently disclosed in one of their articles that in the 1980′s, Sharpton was an FBI informant/snitch and spied on the Italian mafia. I was surprised at this revelation as although aware of his being a “snitch” in the Black Liberation Struggle trying to help entrap and capture “Sister” Assata Shakur as an example, had no clue about his mafia involvement. apparently Sharpton tried to negotiate a drug deal with what he believed to be a South American drug king pin who was actually an undercover FBI agent. Rev. Sharpton, in a state of panic, had no other choice but to be “flipped (snitch)’ or face the possibility of some lengthy prison time. Sharpton then proceeded to wear a “wire” to gather information to be used against members of the mafia. Now on to Rev. Eugene “riverboat gambler” Rivers. He has been wheeling and dealing in the City Of Boston for the last few decades. His name has often popped up in questionable situations and in most instances they revolved around financial transactions that were beneficial to his personal bank account. ... Continue reading →
Blink twice if you're not surprised that a university named after the commander of the Confederate army in the state of Virginia is not necessarily bending over backwards to welcome black students.
Nevertheless, a group of these students attending Washington and Lee University is urging administrators to change up their Confederate heritage and the “dishonorable conduct” of namesake Robert E. Lee to reflect a better environment for minority students.
Washington and Lee University is located in Lexington, Va., and black students make up about 3.5 percent of the total student population.
According to The Washington Post, third-year law student Dominik Taylor, a descendent of slaves on his father's side, said he felt betrayed by admissions representatives who touted the school's diversity.
“They assured me it was a welcoming environment where everyone sticks together as a community,” Taylor said. “Then I came here and felt ostracized and alienated.”
Taylor, along with a group of students, have urged the board of trustees to make the university more welcoming for minority students. Known collectively as the Committee, the students wrote a letter to the trustees with a list of “demands,” and promise acts of civil disobedience if they see no action before Sept. 1.
The list of demands ...read more
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the involuntary manslaughter conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor, rejecting his lawyer's petition without comment.
The decision by the state's highest court was the latest stop on Dr. Conrad Murray's legal odyssey. A state appeals court upheld his conviction earlier this year and then refused to reconsider its decision.
Attorney Valerie Wass said Murray will take his fight to federal court. “We're greatly disappointed, but we intend to pursue this in federal court,” Wass said.
She said she telephoned Murray with the news and, “He said, ‘The fight is not over.' “
Authorities said Murray gave Jackson a lethal dose of the anesthetic propofol in 2009 while the singer prepared for a series of comeback concerts.
Murray was convicted in 2011 and served two years in jail. He was released in October because of a change in California law requiring nonviolent offenders to serve their sentences in county jails and as a result of credits for good behavior....read more
The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: How to Be Your Own Hero and Other Actions You Can Take This Week [The Lookout]
1. Detroit Teen Takes Affirmative Action
Talk about not taking no for an answer! High school senior Brooke Kimbrough is literally this week's poster child for higher education. When the University of Michigan recently rejected her application, did the Detroit native slink quietly off into the night? Heck no!
According to the Huffington Post, she called the admissions board out on their potential discrimination, going so far as to hold a news conference and rally to protest their decision with two other students.
Kimbrough says her rejection doesn't make sense when you look at her record, and she has a point. Kimbrough had a 3.6 GPA, scored a 23 out of 36 on the ACT standardized test, was the president of her school's National Honor Society chapter, and was a member of its award-winning debate team. It seems there may be some other factors in play.
Promising to reveal more rejection letters from other minority students until she is admitted by the university — which has a Black population ...read more
According to the Rev Al Sharpton, front page headlines that described him as a ‘snitch' and a ‘rat' only helped to make this year's NAN Convention the largest ever.
His response to the news reports: ‘Are y'all going to accuse me of bringing down the mob? I've had worse headlines, now.'...read more
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is known around the world for its history of violence and brutality, particularly against underserved communities of color. So it is little wonder that the Twitter hashtag #myNYPD, presumably created by the NYPD to show positive images of its officers, did not go precisely as they planned it.
Black Twitter flooded the hashtag with triggering images of the NYPD's violence throughout the years, from Stop & Frisk to Occupy Wall Street, and commentary on the contentious relationship between the NYPD and the Black community began to emerge among the images.
Check out some of the most honest depictions of New York's finest at work below.
TRIGGER WARNING: Police Brutality
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) April 22, 2014
Queens, N.Y., Supreme Court Judge Richard L. Buchter (pictured above) broke down in tears after sentencing a former housing court officer and assistant girls basketball coach Kerbet Dixon (pictured) to at least 25 1/3 years behind bars for sexually abusing two young relatives in 2008 and 2009, according to the New York Daily News.
Dixon was convicted in March on felony charges of hoarding hundreds of child pornography images and sexually assaulting his wife's nieces, ages 10 and 14, in the home that he shared with his spouse of 25 years and their three children.
The 50-year-old Dixon, who was touted in court by his defense attorney as being a highly respected Father, foster parent, and court officer with more than 20 years of duty under his belt, was then brought down to the lowest depths by Buchter as he sat on the bench passing judgement on the defendant whose vile acts moved him to tears.
“In 27 years on the bench, I have not seen a more repulsive ...read more
High Court Tosses $3.4M Award To Child Porn Victim
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday said a federal law limits how much money victims of child pornography can recover from people who viewed their images online, throwing out a nearly $3.4 million judgment in favor of a woman whose childhood rape has been widely seen on the Internet. Two dissenting justices called on Congress to change the law to benefit victims.
The justices said in a 5-4 ruling that courts can order people convicted of child pornography to pay restitution to their victims, but only to the extent that there is a strong tie between the victim's losses and the convicts' actions. In this case, Doyle Randall Paroline was held liable by a federal appeals court for the entire amount of the woman's losses, though his computer contained just two images of her, among more than 150 illicit photographs.
The case involved a woman known in court papers by the pseudonym “Amy.” Her losses have been pegged at nearly $3.4 million, based on the ongoing Internet trade and viewing of images of her being raped by her uncle when she was 8 and 9 years old.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said for the ...read more
NEW YORK (AP) — Forget schlepping to Jones Beach or down the Jersey Shore. A Brooklyn design team said Tuesday that New York's East River could be the next great place for a summer swim. The backers of the floating Plus Pool — an Olympic-sized structure with cruise-like decking — said they're on course to drop anchor in mid-2016 if they win approval from the city, the U.S. Coast Guard and other government entities.
Project co-founder Archie Coates pitched the pool as be clean, safe and good for the environment and public perception. The goal, he said, is to “change the way New Yorkers see the river by giving them a chance to swim in it.” A city spokesman did not respond to questions Tuesday about the permitting process and the city's approach to privately built works intended for public use.
The pool's backers said it would be different from all other floating pools — the city has had one at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx since 2007 — because it is designed to filter river water into safe, swimmable water. The Plus Pool would be anchored to the river bed and have a walkway to shore, but a permanent location ...read more
GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man charged with first-degree murder is afraid the tattooed mirror-image letters spelling out the word “murder” across his neck might prejudice a jury, so he is asking for a professional tattoo artist to remove or cover it up.
Prosecutors say they aren't opposed to Jeffrey Chapman covering his tattoo, but Barton County's sheriff says he's against transporting Chapman to a licensed tattoo facility — the only places tattoo artists are allowed to practice under Kansas law.
The Great Bend Tribune reports Chapman's trial is scheduled to start Monday in the November 2011 killing of Damon Galliart, whose body was found by hunters in a roadside ditch southwest of Great Bend....read more
The John Roberts' (pictured) court did not completely pull out the rug from under affirmative action. Yet one could argue that it tripped Michigan's Affirmative Action program to its knees and then proceeded to kick it to the ground in order for it to chew on at least part of the very rug it's kneeled on.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld Michigan's Affirmative Action ban on using race as a factor in college admissions. The 6-2 ruling states that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking race in to account for admissions decisions. And as the AP reports, the justices also concluded that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as “discriminatory.”
Yet, the court did not tackle the constitutionality of affirmative action altogether.
As Justice Anthony Kennedy explains in the decision:
This case is not about the constitutionality or the merits of race-conscious admissions policies in higher education. Here, the principle that the consideration of race in admissions is permissible when certain conditions are met is not being challenged. Rather, the question concerns whether, and in what manner, voters in the States ...read more