This blog will be about whatever suits my fancy. Chances are, it will concentrate on media misrepresentations of the American "Black community", Black politics, politics in general, and whatever else I want to mentally masturbate about.
Kasandra Perkins, the mother of a 3 month old girl, was killed by her "boyfriend," who happened to be a football player. Kasandra Perkins, and her daughter, are victims of domestic violence. In this case, the weapon used wasn't her boyfriend's fists, nor a knife, nor a car, but a gun.
I mention the weapon here only for one reason: it doesn't matter what means her boyfriend used to kill her. Kasandra Perkins is dead and her baby no longer has a living mother. And, as I write this, what is now being reported is the murderer has a history of domestic violence against other women.
The killer's occupation is not an issue. The means the killer used to kill Kasandra Perkins is not an issue. The rate of violence for people who have the killer's occupation is not an issue. Domestic violence is the issue and Kasandra Perkins is dead.
For the leaders of a minority trade organization with some extra office space in downtown D.C., it seemed like the Rev. Al Sharpton was the perfect tenant.
But a year and a half after the activist/MSNBC host signed a lease for his National Action Network to sublet from the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, the two groups are feuding over past-due rent.
Julie Cunningham, COMTO’s president and chief executive, told us that with the lease about to expire Friday, NAN was seven months behind in its payments, a total debt of more than $28,000
Didn't he just have an issue over the summer concerning the non-payment of car insurance?
A Northeast Baltimore clinic that once pitched on-demand methadone to desperate addicts during the late-night hours is focusing on a new idea — paying addicts to come in for treatment.
"We are targeting a non-traditional population of addicts that isn't so interested in treatment," said the Rev. Milton Williams, who runs Turning Point Clinic, housed in his New Life Evangelical Baptist Church. "This will be an incentive."
The state has yet to approve the original on-demand, or "open access" idea, citing federal rules that require, for example, a lengthy examination of anyone getting methadone, a Schedule 2 narcotic. The incentive, $20 supplied by a private foundation or other group yet to be named, is a "Plan B," one Williams believes doesn't need any special approvals because the program would be run as a traditional clinic, just at night with no appointments.
Yes, I'm sure they get money from the government. Regardless, it's a dumb idea. First off, methadone "treatment" isn't treatment at all, it's just substituting one drug for another. Next, PAYING addicts to come in off the street and do methadone treatments? When the "treatment" requires recurring doses?
Is there ANY common sense with ANYONE who works in that program?
I went to, and graduated from, the University of Virginia which has an honor code. I promised not to cheat on tests as a requirement to attend the school. If I did cheat, and was reported and I was found guilty in honor court, I would be kicked out of the school.
The story of the homeless man with the radio voice, Ted Williams, is all over the Internet and news channels. It really shows promise as a story about failure because of alcohol and drugs and a rise because of prayer and a drive to show his mother, before she passes, he is back on track. He appears to be successful in marketing himself, even though he is down. But I have to ask, why was he still homeless?
Many people are homeless because they have mental health problems. Many people are homeless because they have substance abuse problems, and that can be a result of the mental health problems. Many people are poor because their financial situation, not due to drugs and alcohol, became dire.
Ted Williams said he fell to the demons of alcohol and drugs. But is that situation "solved" or to put another way, is he in recovery? Before businesses offer him compensation for Williams' vocal talents, they should make sure his demons are under his heel. They need to ask, "Are your demons conquered"? And they need to verify.
Why the hate on Tyler Perry for bringing a play done in the 70s to the big screen? Perry did the screen play, with collaboration of the original author and, he claims, he couldn't do the movie without putting in "one good man."
And I'm not even going to get into how he has built wealth AND entertainment power by catering to "us folks." I don't get into the male bashing, but I'm just saying I think it's over the top. Don't blame Perry, blame the author of the play and book.
About 85 percent of men report that their partner had an orgasm at the most recent sexual event; this compares to the 64 percent of women who report having had an orgasm at their most recent sexual event. (A difference that is too large to be accounted for by some of the men having had male partners at their most recent event.)
I just heard the interview of one of the men who claimed Eddie Long used his position to coerce them to engage in sexual activities. In the interview the man said he always longed for a father in his life.
fort collins, colo. -- The story that a little boy had floated away in
a giant balloon was a hoax concocted to land a reality television show,
authorities said Sunday, and the boy's parents probably will face
The stunt two weeks in the planning was a marketing ploy by Richard
and Mayumi Heene, who met in acting school in Hollywood and have
appeared on the ABC reality show "Wife Swap," Larimer County Sheriff
Jim Alderden said. The Heenes have reportedly been working on a reality
TV deal in Los Angeles.
Falcon Heene, 6, may not have even been hiding in the rafters of his
family's garage during the intense five-hour search for him Thursday,
The stunt temporarily shut down Denver International Airport and
caused the National Guard to scramble two helicopters in an attempt to
rescue the boy, who was believed to be inside the homemade balloon that
floated more than 50 miles across two counties.
Charging them with filing a false report is not enough. Make them pay 300% of the cost for responding to the hoax.
D.C. Council member Marion Barry found himself mired in more political,
legal and personal drama yesterday after his arrest late Saturday on
charges that he was stalking a female companion.
Barry's latest run-in with the law centers on his relationship with
political consultant Donna Watts-Brighthaupt, who alleges that he
continues to approach her even though they split up a few months ago.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Shot twice in the head and two more times in the
chest, former NFL quarterback Steve McNair was the victim of a
homicide, police declared Sunday. But authorities wouldn't say it was a
murder-suicide - even with his 20-year-old girlfriend dead at his feet
from a single bullet.
McNair had been dating Saleh Kazemi for several months, and
Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said Sunday that a semiautomatic
pistol was found under her body. She was shot in the head.
People need to understand that women do crazy as well, and the numbers indicate they do far more deadly damage.
Palin, who backed an abstinence-only sex education program when she ran
for governor in 2006, told Van Susteren to expect abstinence from all
teenagers was "not realistic."
"Get beyond the ideal of abstinence," the 44 year old, new grandmother said. "Hey, life happens."
"Not the most ideal situation, certainly you make the most of it," said the governor.
Bristol Palin said she is getting help from many members of her
family with raising the infant while continuing her studies. She told
Van Susteren she has no immediate plans to marry Levi Johnson, who she
described as a 'hands on Dad." Last year, there were reports that the
couple would marry in the coming year.
"Eventually we'd like to get married," the young mother said.
"We're focusing on getting through school though, getting a career
Orchard Park police are investigating a particularly gruesome
killing, the beheading of a woman, after her husband — an influential
member of the local Muslim community — reported her death to police
Police identified the victim as Aasiya Z. Hassan, 37.
Detectives have charged her husband, Muzzammil Hassan, 44, with
Muzzammil Hassan is the founder and chief executive officer of Bridges
TV, which he launched in 2004, amid hopes that it would help portray
Muslims in a more positive light.
Having written that, is a riot appropriate? I think it isn't. Is a demonstration appropriate? I think it may be depending on the circumstances of the situation involved. Basically it hinges on accountability and the full visibility into the process of holding people accountable.
Some people ask, where is the similar outrage over things like crime in "urban areas" as the outrage over police shootings? I admit I have some agreement with the reason behind why the question is asked, but I don't fully agree the question is appliciable.
Some may say the appropriate outrage is the "demonstration" held in Philadelphia when Bill Cosby walked streets with residents upset about the homicide rate and crime in the city * and the attempt to organize men to "walk the streets" ** to help lower crime. I would, and do, respond by asking, why a "Cosby-like" person leading a demonstration is showing appropriate outrage, but not the vigils, and mini-marches that occur in areas where a particular "horrendous" crime has occurred?
HBO's The Wire came out of left field and captured the attention of hundreds of thousands of devoted viewers in Black communities throughout the country. The question is, "Why?" On one level, the show gave numerous Black actors the opportunity to showcase their talents and to breathe life into nuanced, three-dimensional roles. "Stringer Bell" and "Michael Lee" are two of the most compelling characters in the history of American television. Another reason
for the show's tremendous popularity amongst Black audiences is that we love to see ourselves excel, and The Wire gave us five seasons of stellar performances, a mirror in which to gaze and appreciate what we saw.
Yet, as excellent as those characters and performances were, The Wire did not always reflect back images black folks wanted to embrace. Many of the show's best characters were drug dealers. Filmed on location in the most blighted sections of Baltimore, Maryland, the show's storylines tackled the maladies of urban America head-on. The Wire's success was definitely not rooted in the feel-good, uplifting mode of The Cosby Show. Instead, The Wire appealed to Black people because it chose to tell the truth, warts and all, about urban life,
and it did so deliberately, but rhythmically, like an extended blues song.
Down to The Wire will be a collection of essays exploring the cultural
significance of The Wire, particularly to Black folks and our communities. The collection will explain why, contrary to popular belief, The Wire is indeed the greatest TV show ever produced by HBO.
The editor welcomes submissions from emerging and established Black writers, entertainers, cultural critics, and other observers. We seek well-constructed critical essays and creative nonfiction which address such topics as:
Getting Out of the Life: The vision of Stringer Bell
Gay Thugs: Omar and Snoop
The White Perspective Still Comes Through: The death of Proposition Joe and the skewering of Black Baltimore history
Crying Foul: White Characters and the Race Card
Just a Gangster, I Suppose: Avon Barksdale, Marlo Stanfield and the New Day Co-op
Playing with the Boys: Snoop Pearson, Kima Greggs, Marla Daniels and Nerese Campbell
Real-Life Drama: How
The Wire changed the lives of individual viewers and their contributions to the communities in which they live
The Wire as scholarship: What did the show teach us about American society, culture, racism, classism, economics, and public policy? Can these lessons translate into meaningful social change and exchange?
Why was The Wire so popular with black viewers, but less so with white viewers?
Does The Wire glorify drugs and violence? If so, why do we give it a pass?
Hopeful or Hopeless: Bubbles and Duquan
This is not, of course, an exhaustive list of possibilities. Generally speaking, we are interested in original, provocative musings and analyses which address what The Wire means to Black folks.
Take a position and defend it. Tell a well-crafted story. Make us laugh, cry, think, shout.
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Length: Up to 6,000 words
We will only consider submissions of previously unpublished works and those for which the author hold rights allowing for re-printing.
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Down to The Wire c/o Roland Laird Posro Media LLC PO Box 585 Trenton, NJ 08604
Unfortunately, we cannot acknowledge every submission.
Authors of those essays selected for inclusion in the anthology will be notified via email by February 26, 2009.
About the Editor: Roland
Laird is both an author and entrepreneur. His book Still I Rise: A Cartoon History of African Americans was named "One of the Best Books in Print" by the New York Review of Books Readers Catalog when it was published by W.W. Norton in 1997. He recently completed an update of Still I Rise for a February 2009 release by Sterling Publishing. He is also the founder of Posro Media an entertainment company specializing in producing compelling African American images. Roland and Posro have been the
subject of numerous media stories including in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on NBC's Sunday Today Show and on MTV. In 2004, the US Mission to the United Nations recognized him as a global ambassador for his tireless devotion to his world community and heritage.
A cop was killed when a person chose to escape from a crime in progress by running the cop over. The suspected killer was killed while in jail. He was in solitary confinement and under watch. It turns out that he was strangled to death.
It wasn't clear why the correctional officers reportedly declined to answer questions. Sgt. Curtis Knowles, president of the county's correctional officers union, said the union's position is that its members can be interviewed only during work hours and with a union representative or attorney present, unless a criminal investigation is underway.
However, a state police spokesman said the agency considers its efforts a "criminal investigation."
And the police are mad the policeman's death is not getting the attention it deserves.
County police expressed frustration yesterday that the controversy over White's death seemed to be overshadowing the death of Findley, whose funeral is scheduled for tomorrow.
Well, they can thank the person/people who killed the cop-killer suspect.
Supreme Court 2nd Amendment Ruling - I like the ruling, especially them striking down the requirement for trigger locks. I think trigger locks on guns in a home with children make sense and I think keeping guns loaded with kids around is foolish. But don't mandate, as does Maryland, that if the gun doesn't have integrated trigger locks, they can't be sold. The next stage of the fight will be to define what are "good gun regulations."
And I still wonder how Black people can be against gun ownership when many Blacks live in neighborhoods where police response is DOCUMENTED to be slower than in other areas.
Mugabe - Gangsta. Straight. Gangsta.
Bush Tax Cuts - Why should I be for the repeal, or should I say, supportive of letting the tax cuts sunset when, as the head of a family which a child, the tax cuts get to "allow" me to keep more of my money?
Mortgage Issues - I say again, let the people who got mortgage loans they couldn't afford in the long run, sink or swim. The current relief plans being discussed bail out the companies who made the loans based on bad business decisions, and puts the bad debt on the backs of U.S. taxpayers. There is no incentive to force change on the people getting the loans nor those making the loans. If big daddy government is going to bail out these businesses, what is going to stop them from doing it again? (Isn't that the same rationale used against welfare?)