July 30, 2013 at 8:59 am #93780
The President hosts the 2012 World Champion San Francisco Giants at the White House. July 29, 2013.
As you go through your day, don’t forget JJP at TWiB.
Drop those links. Engage in debate. Give us trivia and gossip too.
And always, have a peaceful day.July 30, 2013 at 9:02 am #93781
Good Morning, EveryoneJuly 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm #93787
Employee of 30 Years Fired for Helping Free Innocent Man
by Barry Burch Jr.
A Kansas judge’s assistant of 34 years has been fired for providing a wrongly convicted man with documents to help him gain his freedom. Last month, Sarah Snyder was terminated for violating court rules by inappropriately giving advice and discussing court matters with outsiders.
Robert Nelson, a man attempting to exonerate himself from a r@pe conviction through DNA testing, had been turned down twice because his motions did not meet technical requirements. Luckily for him; however, he had help on the inside. Following the failure of the second motion in 2011, Snyder gave Nelson’s sister, Sea Dunnell, a copy of a motion filed in another case where the judge had sustained a request for DNA testing.
According to Daily Kos’s, Laura Clawson, Nelson used that motion to file for a third time in 2012. Later that year, the judge sustained the motion. He also found Nelson to be indigent, and appointed legal director of the Midwest Innocence Project, Laura O’Sullivan, to serve as his legal representation. Testing showed that Robert Nelson did not commit the r@pe for which he had been convicted.
Although Snyder’s actions led to the release of an innocent man, she was fired. According to Snyder, the reason had to do with her violating numerous court rules, including providing assistance to Nelson and talking specifics of the case, even while under seal, to attorneys who were not involved in the matter.July 30, 2013 at 12:09 pm #93788
Dr. Boyce: Don Lemon is an Angry White Man Who Just Happens to be Black
I think I may have Don Lemon figured out. Don is a relatively well-educated, hard-working, law abiding citizen, as well as a proud gay man. He is the darling of the liberal establishment, and realized long ago that he can get rich and famous by proving to white people that he’s “different from those other people,” meaning loud mouth negroes such as myself.
Don also possesses the arrogance that comes with being a young, light-skinned black man who’s been elevated by the legitimacy granted to leading blacks who are accepted by white American media. CNN, MSNBC and other networks have long been in the business of creating “black thought leaders” by simply giving them a large platform to serve as mouth pieces for an agenda that has typically left us at the back of the bus. Also, we have to face the fact that there are many in the gay and female liberal establishment who think of black men as ignorant, s*exist, homophobic neanderthals. Hardcore feminism and gay rights have never mixed very well with our community.
I don’t hate Don, but I’m a little disappointed in him.
Don’s recent remarks about dressing and speaking appropriately weren’t just disappointing because he found himself taking the advice of a man like Bill O’Reilly. They were also sad because he’s found himself using his platform as a way to join the full-scale verbal assaults that conservative media tends to put on the African American community. In their minds, Trayvon deserved to die for wearing a hoodie, and any black man who isn’t well-versed at acting as white as he possibly can deserves whatever he has coming to him.
If I speak a little slang, wear the wrong outfit, get a tattoo or (God forbid) let my pants sag, then I can only blame myself when a racist lunatic with a thirst for blood profiles, stalks, and chases me down before shooting me dead. Thank God I learned how to make white people feel comfortable; maybe I should have gotten my PhD in “Whiteman-ology” instead of Finance.
This goes deeper than Lemon telling people to dress better and speak well. Yea, yea Don, I’m a professor who grew up around white people, so I understand all of that. What’s most telling about Don’s criticism of the black community is that there is a blatant asymmetry in the manner by which he attacks other black people with the ferocity of a lion, but becomes as meek as a choir boy when asked to speak about the systematic racism being perpetuated by whites. If he were to do that, he’d be like all the other talented black journalists who can’t find a job because they have the audacity to speak for their community.
Don should remember that a half-truth is very close to being a lie. If a man says, “Officer, that guy punched me,” then it would be less than genuine to “forget” that the first man r@ped the other man’s daughter and pulled a gun out on his mother. That’s what often happens when people do fourth-grader analysis on the race problem in America: People love to discuss the last 20 years of history while forgetting about the 400 years that preceded it.July 30, 2013 at 12:11 pm #93789
Dr. Christopher Emdin: Dissecting the Venom of Don Lemon
by Dr. Christopher Emdin, Columbia University
Earlier this morning, I was sent a video clip of CNN anchor Don Lemon’s usually thoughtful and increasingly controversial news segment “No Talking Points.” I was expecting some interesting commentary but instead watched him dive head first into a self-righteous tirade about the lack of responsibility Blacks have for the ills that plague their community. As I watched the diatribe, I was shocked by Lemons endorsement of Bill O’Reilly’s off handed and grossly inaccurate criticism of the Black Community. O’Reilly states, “… raised without much structure, young black men often reject education and gravitate towards the street culture, drugs, hustling, gangs.”
Soon I realized that Lemon not only endorses O’Reilly’s words, but uses them as the guiding theme of his tirade. He quickly transformed the session on “No Talking Points” into an opportunity to talk, point, and critique people of color and hip-hop culture. Lemons entire segment was from a standpoint of obscene elitism that “progressive liberals” feel they have a license to spew by virtue of aligning themselves to a particular underserved group. The reality is that Don Lemons self -identification as being Black, gay or from any other marginalized group does not give him license to speak disparagingly about a groups culture because he obviously experiences this culture from a standpoint of privilege that has blinded him from reality.
What was most problematic about the segment was Lemon’s judging of Blackness from an ideal that neither considers the complexities of Blackness nor identifies the fact that there are counter examples to each point that he raises to critique the community.
The notion that the urban poor lack structure, reject education, or gravitate towards drugs, hustling and gangs is so deeply flawed that deconstructing it fully would take a book. However, for the sake of brevity, consider the following points.
In response to the” absence of structure” in the Black community
1) I argue that that Black culture (particularly hip-hop culture) has a more complex structure than the white middle class ideal that Lemon judges it by. A lack of understanding of this more complex structure positions all who observe it without knowing it as outsiders. Outsiders who perceive their worldview as the norm and others as less than the norm naturally misperceive the value of the culture they are observing. To quote Einstein, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Lemon is obviously unaware of the complex structures of hip-hop and the rules of engagement of hip-hop culture. I certainly do not expect him to be fully knowledge able of the culture, but do expect some respect for the culture – I equate his Blackness in the context of his understanding of hip-hop culture to a group of mathematics students. One (Lemon) is an expert in basic arithmetic. The others (the hip-hop generation) are experts at advanced calculus. The basic arithmetic student has no choice but to view calculus as lacking structure. He simply doesn’t understand that without the structures of calculus, his basic arithmetic would have no meaning.July 30, 2013 at 12:18 pm #93790
Bankrupt Toni Braxton loses the copyright to 27 of her songs including You’re Making Me High
By Ed Tahaney
PUBLISHED: 13:11 EST, 29 July 2013 | UPDATED: 02:43 EST, 30 July 2013
A recently single and broke Toni Braxton has lost the copyright to 27 of her favorite songs.
The six-time Grammy Award winner has filed for bankruptcy not once but twice.
The 45-year old R& B singer was given the opportunity to purchase the copyright of some of her best hits from her music catalog for $20,000 when they were put up for sale on July 15.
But Toni was unsuccessful in her bid to buy back ownership of some of her most famous hits – including You’re Making Me High and was outbid by another buyer TMZ reports.
Ross M. Klein doubled the low offer Braxton made and now he now owns the rights and can profit from hits like How Many Ways and Always.
Toni made a deal with the bankruptcy court to resolve her financial woes which included settling a whopping $150,000 debt last month.
But despite her gloomy predicament she still owns the rights to her most famous hit Unbreak My Heart, which was not included in the auction – for now.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2380923/Bankrupt-Toni-Braxton-loses-copyright-27-songs.html#ixzz2aXu58YxK
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Court: Grant’s dad can sue officer who killed son
Jul. 30 6:24 PM EDT
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court says Oscar Grant’s
father can sue the Northern California transit officer who shot and
killed his son on a train platform.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday rejected former
officer Johannes Mehserle’s claim that he was acting in his official
capacity when he killed the younger Grant during a 2009 New Year’s Day
melee captured on video by several bystanders.July 30, 2013 at 9:21 pm #93812
OWN, Winfrey’s Cable Channel, Turns Around Financially
By BRIAN STELTER
Published: July 30, 2013
After several grueling years, Oprah Winfrey’s cable channel OWN has
turned the corner toward profitability, her business partners at
Discovery Communications said on Tuesday, six months ahead of a
previously stated goal.
In the second quarter, OWN was cash-flow positive for the first time,
said David M. Zaslav, Discovery’s chief executive. He credited investments in programming, including two new shows from Tyler Perry,
and increases in subscriber fees from cable and satellite providers.
OWN, which is a joint venture between Ms. Winfrey and Discovery, is now “starting to pay down the investment Discovery has made in the venture,”Mr. Zaslav said.July 30, 2013 at 10:36 pm #93813
Justice Kennedy Has To Answer For North Carolina
By Andrew Cohen at 3:39PM
To become better citizens “we must know and understand our heritage and our history, its triumphs and its mistakes,” Justice Anthony Kennedy told an audience last Monday at the Chautauqua Institution in Upstate New York in a speech that, sadly, was neither recorded nor transcribed for posterity. Four days later, as if on cue, the governor of the relentlessly regressive state of North Carolina showed the justice who last month helped scuttle the heart of the Voting Rights Act exactly how some intend to interpret his lecture. Pat McCrory, the Republican presiding over the dismantling of the state’s relatively reasoned approach to race and the law, declared Friday that he was eager to sign the state’s restrictive new voting law, the most suppressive of its era, even though he had not read a key part of it. “I don’t know enough, I’m sorry,” the governor told a reporter who asked about a provision in the pending measure that will preclude pre-registration for those under 18 (because, after all, if there is anything this nation needs to do when it comes to encouraging civic participation it is to make it harder for eager young people to vote).
In his confessed ignorance of the details of a discriminatory voting law in a Southern state, McCrory is no outlier. His incurious approach to such vital legislation is yet another form of the willful ignorance that has animated much of the national debate over voting rights over the past half decade or so. There has been the legal and historical ignorance of the purposes of the 15th Amendment and their continuing application to the modern-day ruses designed to suppress minority votes. There has been widespread practical ignorance of the differences (constitutional and otherwise) between being required to show photo identification to purchase allergy medicine and being required to show photo identification to exercise a constitutionally protected right to vote. And of course there is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to modern-day voter suppression — the factually ignorant and quite persistent myth that “voter fraud” in anything more than a negligible problem in any of the states where lawmakers have invoked such “fraud” to make it measurably harder for poor and elderly and ill and young citizens to vote.
In North Carolina, Gov. McCrory might not have read what he was so gleeful to sign. But he sure had memorized his talking points about why the state needed to eliminate same-day voter registration, cut early voting by a week, ban paid voter registration drives, and allow more people to challenge the registration qualifications of other voters, to name just some of the ways in which state lawmakers rushed to stymie the voting rights of their fellow citizens. “Republicans have said the legislation is meant to prevent voter fraud, which they claim is both rampant and undetected,” the Associated Press diplomatically reported in its piece about McCrory and the bill he is expected to sign in the next week or so. Just how something can be known to be “rampant” and yet also be “undetected” is unclear. What is clear is that North Carolina since 2000 has had just 22 reported cases of voter fraud and no reported cases of voter impersonation out of millions upon millions of votes cast.
How can a state justify such drastic voting restrictions based upon so little evidence of voter fraud? Because the United States Supreme Court said so, in 2008, in a case styled Crawford v. Marion County. Today, Crawford seems one part ignorant, one part naïve: yes, the justices said by a vote of 6-3, let’s unleash partisan state lawmakers to restrict voting access without requiring them to justify those restrictions on any discernible evidence. What could possibly go wrong? No wonder John Paul Stevens, the retired justice who authored Crawford, so quickly and passionately excoriated Chief Justice John Roberts and the rest of the Court’s conservatives for their June decision in Shelby County v. Holder, the ruling which gutted Sections 4 and 5 of the federal law and encouraged McCrory and Company to pounce. Perhaps Justice Stevens is mortified about what state officials, in North Carolina and elsewhere, have done with the “good faith” leeway he gave them in Crawford. He sure ought to be.July 30, 2013 at 11:01 pm #93814
Monday, July 29, 2013
Dear Don Lemon, I’m respectable as hell, now what?
It’s one thing when folks outside the race make sweeping and narrow-minded generalizations about what “black people” should do to fix “our” issues. It’s another when one of our own do it.
If nothing else, Don Lemon should know that not all black people face these five issues. And that even the repair of the simplistic issues he spouted won’t repair deeply embedded racial disparity in this country. Mr. Lemon seems to think that if we all just assimilate and be respectable members of society no one will profile us, feel threatened by us, stereotype us, belittle us, talk down to us, deny us basic rights based on the color our skin.
Well sir, not to brag, you don’t get much more respectable than my family. My father was a doctor, my mother an MBA’d accountant. My sister is a Global Director at a Fortune 1000 company. My older brother is a surgeon. I’m an HR consultant and published author of five books. My younger brother is a Director of Software Architecture. We’re all degreed, some of us double. We live in nice neighborhoods, we drive nice cars, we speak “so well” and we’re freaking nice to be around if I may say so myself. Our pants have never sagged and we have an abnormal fixation on clothing that might best be described as “preppy chic.”
What I’m saying here Don… is that we are probably the closest real life approximation to Huxtablism (yes I made it up) as you will find anywhere. We don’t (or shouldn’t) scare people.
And yet, my older brother gets mistaken for a waiter just because folks assume that’s the only reason a person of his color should be in a certain restaurant. My sister and I get goggled at when we show up at four or five star resorts without aprons or vacuum cleaners. My younger brother, who drives a cream colored PT cruiser (the least gangster vehicle in the world), gets pulled over for Driving While Black on the regular. Just yesterday I was followed around a store in Far North Dallas for close to half an hour before I turned with a brittle smile and asked the woman to locate the jeans in a size 10 and meet me at the register. Once there I declared in a loud voice how awesome it was to get such personalized service that out of all the patrons in the store, Kaylie chose to follow me and give me undivided attention the entire time. She turned red, the manager started in our direction, I paid for my jeans and rolled out. (Don’t judge me, those were $125 jeans marked down to $17.99) Back to my point…
Tell me Don, what did my respectability earn me? What should I have done differently to not be treated like a suspect? Get educated? Check. Wear nice clothes? Check. Behave sociably? Check. What else could I do? Walk in with my hands over my head and declare, “I’m not here to steal anything, I promise. I have my passport, birth certificate, credit report, bank statement and college degree in my designer handbag. Feel free to frisk me!” O__o
One thing I can’t stand is when people make generic “black people should” statements. It diminishes the conversation, clouds the actual issues and is so assumptive that it comes across condescending, belittling and naive. I took a Logical Theory class in college. The first thing they teach you is not to make generalizations that will ultimately prove false. The second thing they teach you is to not submit solutions to a problem that don’t really address the baseline issue. If this entire debate sprang up out of the George Zimmerman trial than I’m wondering (as many of us have) what could Trayvon have done differently on that fateful night to save his life? The only answer is for him not to have crossed paths with George Zimmerman. Something that was beyond his control. The Zimmermans of this world only see black. They don’t see any of the five things Mr. Lemon seems to find so intrinsic to outer respectability.July 30, 2013 at 11:04 pm #93815
Sweetie Pie’s’, ‘Where Are They Now’ Premieres Set OWN Records
July 30, 2013 by EURpublisher02
*OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network scored ratings highs in primetime on Saturday and Sunday nights with the premieres of its original series “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” (Saturdays at 10 p.m.) and “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” (Sundays at 10 p.m.) delivering their highest rated episodes in series history.
On Saturday, July 27, the premiere of “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” delivered a series high 1.1 million total viewers. The season premiere was up 15% in total viewers versus its fall season premiere last year (September 15, 2012). The episode was also the #1 show for African-Americans in all of television.
On Sunday, July 28, the premiere of “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” which features updates on some of the most memorable “Oprah” show guests delivered 657,000 total viewers. The season premiere was up 71% in total viewers.
In addition on Saturday, “Iyanla: Fix My Life” (9-10 p.m.), featuring spiritual life coach Iyanla Vanzant with R&B recording artist Syleena Johnson, delivered 814,000 total viewers, up 2% in women 25-54 versus the season average. Iyanla: Fix My Life” ranked #2 behind “Sweetie Pie’s” for African-American women in all of television on Saturday, July 27.
For nine weeks in a row, Tyler Perry’s “The Haves and The Have Nots” has ranked among Tuesday night’s top 10 cable telecasts among women 25-54, and among the week’s top five cable telecasts for African-American women 25-54. In addition, “Love Thy Neighbor” ranked in the top five cable telecasts among women 25-54 in the 9:30 p.m. time period on July 24. The series is averaging 1.1 million total viewers.
http://www.eurweb.com/2013/07/sweetie-pies-where-are-they-now-premieres-set-own-records/?utm_source=contactology&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EUR%20news%3A%20Marcus%20Jordan%2C%20MJ%E2%80%99s%20Son%2C%20Claims%20Twitter%20Penis%20Pic%20Not%20HisJuly 30, 2013 at 11:06 pm #93816
Diahann Carroll Joins Denzel Washington in ‘Raisin in the Sun’ Revival
July 30, 2013 by EURpublisher02
*Diahann Carroll is returning to Broadway for the first time in three decades to portray Denzel Washington’s mother in a revival of A Raisin In The Sun.
Washington, 58, signed on to portray disenchanted limousine driver Walter Lee Younger in a new version of Lorraine Hansberry’s play.
“Diahann Carroll is playing my mother. So this will be her first time back in 30 years… I’m excited,” he said during an appearance this morning on “Live with Kelly & Michael.”
Carroll, 78, last appeared on Broadway in a production of Agnes of God in 1983.
Previews for the revival of A Raisin in the Sun are due to begin in March 2014. Sidney Poitier originated the role of Younger in the original 1959 Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun, and rap mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs took on the role in 2004. Both versions were turned into movies.July 30, 2013 at 11:46 pm #93819
President Obama’s ‘grand bargain’ for the middle-class
By Jamelle Bouie, Published: July 30 at 11:04 am
Today, President Obama will head to an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tenn., to propose a “grand bargain for middle-class jobs,” where he’ll offer corporate tax reform in exchange for new investment in infrastructure and education. The details of the proposal are straightforward: For Republicans, he offers a cut to corporate income taxes, from 35 percent to 28 percent, along with fewer loopholes and a preferred rate for manufacturers. And to gain Democratic support, he includes a series of projects meant to “invest” in the middle-class and boost the economy.
While it’s hard to say how much ordinary Americans would gain from the proposal if it were to become law, what is apparent is the extent to which this “grand bargain” is a boon for business, which wants tax cuts and new investments in infrastructure (which makes it easier to conduct business). Indeed, if Amazon is any indication, the kinds of jobs that might come out of this “better bargain for the middle class” aren’t great. Last year, as investigative journalist Mac McClelland detailed for Mother Jones, warehouses are home to difficult, low-wage jobs, with dangerous conditions, few (if any) benefits, and little security. Here are just a few of the safety concerns:
“Give forklifts that are raised up several stories to access products a wide berth: ‘If a pallet falls on you, you won’t be working with us anymore.’ Watch your fingers around the conveyor belts that run waist-high throughout the entire facility. People lose fingers. Or parts of fingers. And about once a year, they tell us, someone in an Amalgamated warehouse gets caught by the hair, and when a conveyor belt catches you by the hair, it doesn’t just take your hair with it. It rips out a piece of scalp as well.”
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