Dark Shadow of “Busing” Hatred Still Lingers Over The City of Boston

  June 21, 2014 was the 40th anniversary of the Morgan vs Hennigan ruling that was a legal case here in Boston in the 1970′s.  It was at that time that Judge W. Arthur Garrity made a finding that institutional acts of racism were pervasive in the Boston Public Schools.  Therefore he implemented the “forced busing” mandate.  There was a court order to bus primarily Afrikan/Black children/students into hostile white areas like South Boston, Charlestown, Hyde Park, East Boston, etc. Boston had already been established as a racist city, but the Klu Klux Klan line mentality pot that had been boiling for many years was brought to overflow status by the busing plan.  This was a time of extreme and severe violence as whitesyoung and old laid in wait for the buses filled with young Afrikan/Black children who were in elementary through high school and proceeded to bombard them with racist, poisoned language and throwing bricks and bottles with the intent to do physical harm in any way they could. In fact, an Afrikan/Black man named Ted Landsmark was speared with the U.S. flag in downtown Boston and a 15 year old Afrikan/Black Charlestown High School student was shot and crippled for the remainder of his life. Who can forget the South Boston Marshals, a racist group who organized the violence with now deceased former Boston City Councilor Jim Kelly who led the organization. There was Boston School Committee member Louise Day Hicks and then State Representative Ray Flynn among the ranks of the violent demonstrators. ... Continue reading →

27th Annual Malcolm X Memorial and Awards Breakfast…A Great Success!!

27th Annual “Malcolm X Memorial and Awards Breakfast A Great Success!! On Saturday, May 17, 2014, the Black Community Information Center Inc. (B.C.I.C.) sponsored the 27th Annual “Malcolm X Memorial and Awards Breakfast at the Roxbury Community College Student Center Dining Complex in Roxbury Massachusetts.  It was an excellent event that was very well attended by members of the community from all sectors of our daily spectrum who enjoyed the informal “family reunion,” renewed old acquaintances along with a great program and good food. The theme of the “Malcolm X Breakfast” was “Afrikan People Strong”.  Our featured guest speaker, Minister Akbar Muhammad the international representative for Minister Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam present an inspirational message. His message revolved around the theme of the day and put special emphasis on our history as an Afrikan people. He went on to discuss the need for our people (Afrikan/Black) to come together in the name of unity (Umoja) and the critical importance of our linking up with our Brothers and Sisters on the Continent of Afrika. The awardee segment was very special in that the recipients were quite deserving of the “Malcolm X Achievers Award for Community Service.”  The awardees were William Murrell, recipient of the award representing to an “Elder” of our community; “I Too Am Harvard representing the “Youth” of our community; Allan’s Formal Wear representing a “Business” in our community; Ericka Florence representing “Women” of our community and “Tim Pitts” representing Men of our community; Roxbury Center for... Continue reading →

Atlantic City Casino Robbers Caught

The police have captured five men in connection to an Atlantic City casino heist in which $181,000 was stolen.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

Police have recovered much of the stolen cash, along with clothes used in the robbery, the New Jersey State Police said in a statement.

Authorities said two masked men entered Caesars Atlantic City in the morning hours of July 21, then pulled out a gun and robbed security personnel of two plastic boxes full of cash. The men fled the scene in a dark sedan, police said.

Police identified the suspects under arrest as Dwayne Morgan, Izyiah Plummer, Monique Kelly, Aaron Evans and Lance Rogers. The suspects range in age from 19 and 23 and were arrested over a number of days in various locations.

New Jersey Casino Licensing records show Plummer was a licensed security guard at Caesars, while Morgan and Kelly worked for nearby gambling clubs.

The five face charges including robbery, aggravated assault, weapons offenses and receiving stolen property, police said.

Detectives, led by the New Jersey State Police Casino Gaming Bureau, said they were looking to identify additional accomplices.

Casinos present lucrative, if risky, targets for robbers, who often lack the finesse seen in such films as “Ocean's Eleven.”

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Obama Lawsuit Moves Forward

WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharply divided House approved a Republican plan Wednesday to launch a campaign-season lawsuit against President Barack Obama, accusing him of exceeding the bounds of his constitutional authority. Obama and other Democrats derided the effort as a stunt aimed at tossing political red meat to conservative voters.

Just a day before lawmakers were to begin a five-week summer recess, debate over the proposed lawsuit underscored the harshly partisan tone that has dominated the current Congress almost from its start in January 2013.

The vote to sue Obama was 225 to 201. Five conservative Republicans voted with Democrats in opposing the lawsuit. No Democrats voted for it.

Republicans said the legal action, focusing on Obama's implementation of his prized health care overhaul, was designed to prevent a further presidential power grab and his deciding unilaterally how to enforce laws.

“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?” asked House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.

The Republicans also scoffed at Democratic claims that the lawsuit would be a waste of taxpayers' money.

“What price do you place on the continuation of our system of checks and balances? What price do you put on the Constitution ...read more

First Lady Asks Leaders to Change Gender Attitudes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Michelle Obama called on young African leaders to change traditional attitudes and beliefs that harm girls and women, adding that educating and making women financially literate is not enough.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half of its citizens,” Mrs. Obama said.

The first lady spoke Wednesday to the inaugural class of young African fellows who are getting six weeks of leadership training in the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship.

“Leadership is about creating new traditions that honor the dignity and humanity of every individual. Leadership is about empowering all of our people— men, women, boys and girls,” she said. “When we commit to that kind of leadership across the globe, that is when we truly start making progress on girls' education.”

Mrs. Obama said Africa has made great strides such as more girls attending school, women starting businesses and more women serving in parliaments. But she said serious work remains when female genital mutilation, forced child marriage and domestic violence against women continue in some countries.

She said these “are not legitimate cultural practices,” but “serious human rights violations.”

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Michelle Obama Promotes Girls’ Education At YALI Summit

Michelle Obama

Focusing on the importance of having a substantive conversation about girls' education in Africa Wednesday afternoon, First Lady Michelle Obama (pictured) spoke with an audience of 500 participants in President Barack Obama's Mandela Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) summit before meeting with a select group during a roundtable.

RELATED: Empowering Africa's Next Generation of Leaders

Wearing a green and white dress, Mrs. Obama entered the Regency Ballroom to a standing ovation, after youth leader John Ilima of Uganda introduced her with a message that pushed the issue of girls' education to the fore.

Just before picking up from where Ilima left off, the First Lady praised the attending group, saying, “Many of you are barely half my age, yet you have already founded businesses and NGOs. You've served as leaders in your government. You've earned countless degrees. You know dozens of languages, so you all represent the talent, energy, and diversity that is Africa's life blood, and it is an honor to host you here.”

From the outset, the First Lady set the stage on the predicament of millions of girls around the world, “One of the issues I care deeply about is girls' education, and across the globe, ...read more

Boys & Girls Clubs Launches Campaign For After School Programs

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will launch a campaign on July 31st to offer safe and affordable after school programs to ethnic and low income students. Rep. Chaka Fattah, Zaki Scott, BGC-DC Youth of the year and Damon Williams, Ph.D joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to discuss the BGCA'sGreat Futures” initiative. Listen to their conversation below.

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FedEx Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ To Drug Trafficking Charges

FedEx Corp. may be the largest drug dealer in the United States, according to a 27-page indictment handed down by the United States District Court on July 17.

Today (July 29), the corporation, which faces fines of at least twice the $820 million profits it gained for transporting illegal drugs, pleaded not guilty on 15 counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs and drug trafficking.

“We are a transportation company, not a pharmacy, not a website, not a doctor,” Cris Arguedas, a lawyer for FedEx.

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Alleged Carjacker’s Mother Turns Him In, Refuses To Accept $110K Reward [VIDEO]

After turning in her son to police, the mother of alleged carjacker Jonathan Rosa, 19, turned down a reward offered to anyone who could provide information leading to an arrest in a heinous series of crimes that left 3 children dead, reports NBCPhiladelphia.com.

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Warren says homicide detectives interviewed Rosa on Saturday after tracking him through his cell phone. The phone was left at the scene of the crash at Germantown and Allegheny Avenues and found by a witness.

The police questioning came a day after he and 23-year-old Cornelius Crawford allegedly carjacked a realtor, sexually assaulted the woman and then sped off with her inside, authorities say. The men lost control of the SUV at the intersection and plowed through a family selling fruit on the corner, police said. The crash killed three siblings, critically injured their mother and a family friend. The realtor was also hurt after the vehicle slammed into a tree.

However, detectives released Rosa after their initial questioning because he said his phone had been stolen, according to Warren. Police had no reason to hold the teen, who did not have a record, the attorney added.

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Trafficking Bust Reveals Worries Over Missing Kids

WASHINGTON (AP) — When FBI agents and police officers fanned out across the country last month in a weeklong effort to rescue child sex trafficking victims, they pulled minors as young as 11 from hotel rooms, truck stops and homes.

Among the 168 juveniles recovered was a population that child welfare advocates say especially concerns them: children who were never reported missing in the first place.

Advocates say the roundup reinforces the need for a standardized, nationwide approach to report children as missing, especially those absent from state foster care systems who are seen as most vulnerable to abuse. Concerns over unaccounted-for children aren't new, but they're receiving fresh attention amid heightened awareness of child sex trafficking. State and federal efforts are underway to streamline how police are alerted when kids go missing.

“This has been a movement that I would say over the last year has really galvanized,” said John Ryan, president of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Legislation pending in Congress would require child welfare agencies to alert police and the center, which has specialized response teams and other resources, within 24 hours of a child's disappearance.

The current patchwork of state and federal policies has yielded what advocates ...read more

SAY WHAT?! Mom Stabs Teenage Sons Over Missing $20 Bill

A Milwaukee woman is accused of stabbing her two teenage boys over get this…a missing $20 bill.

The NY Daily News reports:

Deniece Luckett, 44, allegedly lashed out violently after the 18-year-old confronted her about $20 that were missing from his dresser in his Brown Deer home, police said.

“One of the boys just knew he had $20 missing. They started arguing over it. Then the mom came into the picture. She got involved and this verbal argument escalated to a physical confrontation,” Lt. Lisa Kumbier of the Brown Deer Police Department told the Daily News.

Luckett hurled a cup at the 16-year-old's head and retrieved a knife from the kitchen while the older brother tended to his younger brother, authorities said.

Then she allegedly charged at the boys and started slashing at them. The 18-year-old required emergency surgery for a severed vein and the 16-year-old needed 15 stitches for two head wounds, reported Milwaukee-based WISN.

Luckett did not have custody of her children and was most recently a resident of Arizona. She just arrived in Wisconsin last month to visit and it was not immediate clear what her future plans were, Kumbier said.

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Black GOP Staffer Fired After Complaining About White Privilege On Facebook

Some things are common knowledge. The sky is mostly blue if you don't live in Los Angeles. Water is wet if you can still find it in Texas. White people — particularly those who espouse conservative beliefs — don't want to be reminded of their White privilege.

I assumed most people who reach a certain arc of adulthood know to carry these truths with them, but in the case Regina V. Ross Roundtree (pictured), that last fun fact is a newly lesson learned following her abrupt firing from the Penny Bacchiochi (pictured above) for lieutenant governor campaign. Roundtree, a paid consultant, was let go of her duties once word got out that she wrote a Facebook post complaining about her employer's opponent, Heather Bond Somers, making jabs about her and essentially exploiting the perks of White privilege.

The post — now deleted — featured Roundtree claiming:

“People think what they think, but help the party out and don't plaster your complete sense of privilege. This is an example of what is sometimes phrased as ‘White privilege.' The way Heather talks. The arrogance and belittlement of Penny's and her family's feelings or any other person who has experienced racism. Our feelings or ...read more