Thursday, June 27, 2013

ANCESTRAL RETURN: The Life And Times Of Madiba - Official Says Nelson Mandela Is On Life Support!

June 27, 2013 - SOUTH AFRICA -  South Africans lit candles outside the hospital where anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela lay Wednesday night amid a report that the former president was on life support.

An official briefed on his condition said he was on life support, but government spokesman Mac Maharaj declined to comment on the report, citing doctor-patient confidentiality.

Mandela, 94, considered the founding father of South Africa's multiracial democracy, has been hospitalized since June 8 for a recurring lung infection.

Authorities have described his condition as critical since Sunday, and after visiting him late Wednesday night, President Jacob Zuma canceled his visit to Mozambique where he was supposed to attend a summit Thursday on infrastructure investment.

As the nation remained on edge, police barricaded the street leading to the hospital's main entrance. Well-wishers hung balloons, stuffed animals and messages of support along the wall, and crowds hovering nearby sang "Where is Mandela?"

"We need you!," one sign read. "We love you tata, get well soon!" said another, referring to Mandela by the Xhosa word for father.

Several relatives came out to collect some of those items Wednesday.

"He's going to feel a lot better when he sees these signs," said David Manaway, Mandela's grandson-in-law.

His former physician and the nation's ex-surgeon general, Dr. Vejay Ramlakan, also visited the hospital Wednesday, said the national news agency, South African Press Association.

Mandela became an international figure while enduring 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid, the country's system of racial segregation. He was elected the nation's first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed.

"He is our hero. He is my mentor, my father. He is everything to me," said Kuda Nyahumzvi, 36. "But when it is his time, we wish his soul could just rest. He spent so long in jail and struggling."

Even as he has faded from the spotlight, he remains popular and is considered a hero of democracy worldwide.

As South Africans steeled themselves for the worst, details emerged about the family's meeting in his boyhood home of Qunu on Tuesday. An archbishop also stopped by the hospital and conducted prayers, calling for "a quiet night and a peaceful, perfect end" for the former president.

WATCH: Nelson Mandela now on life support.

Archbishop Thabo Makgoba joined the family at the hospital where Mandela remained in critical condition, the South African Press Association reported.

"Fill them with your holy courage and the gift of trusting faith, and take away their fears so that they may dare to face their grief," he said, according to a copy of the prayer posted on the bishop's website.

"And uphold all of us with your steadfast love so that we may be filled with gratitude for all the good that he has done for us and for our nation, and may honor his legacy through our lives."

During the meeting in Qunu, funeral arrangements were not part of the talks, family friend Bantu Holomisa said, according to SAPA.

As a former head of state, plans for Mandela's funeral are spearheaded by the government, according to Holomisa.

Mandela turns 95 in July. - CNN.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ELECTRIC BODY: The Electric Food For The People Of The Sun - Introducing NATURE'S BIO-ORGANIC FARM, Shaping The Future Of Organic Agriculture With Wild, Indigenous, Pre-Heirloom And Heirloom Plant Species!

June 26, 2013 - FOOD & HEALTH - The paradigm of the Community Supported Farm is a direct marketing principle that empowers the farmer and community utilizing sustainable practices of agriculture. This concept was born out of the Bio-dynamic farming association in the early 80’s; It has grown immensely as the only paradigm that truly empowers the farmer while offering a diverse variety of heirloom food to its members the same day of harvest at wholesale price.

The CSA principle has become so instrumental in the resurgence of small family farms; its structure assures the farmer has a consistent market over the duration of each harvest period, and a source of funding for all or most up-front operational expenses. The CSA requires that its members subscribe in advance, one to three months prior to planting season. The membership requirements request full or partial payment; the most profound approach in farming that came about at a most critical moment.

The future of agriculture is predicated on the substance of seeds; the most significant aspect of radiant food. The USDA, amateur plant breeders and organic seed companies collaborated in 2005 for large scale production of de-hybridized heirlooms (hybrid species breeded into an open-pollinated over a 5 year period) of cataloged varieties that would negate the organic authentication and production of pre- heirloom, heirloom, indigenous and wild species.

This is the most pivotal set of sequences that have and will continue to shape the future of organic agriculture; this compels us to introduce the sustainable principles of Bio-organic farming which entails wild, indigenous, pre-heirloom and heirloom plant species, with special emphasis on the wild and indigenous species; those that carry the most ancient lineage and vital genetic substance of all cultivated vegetation.

These are the future foods of the next millennium; those that posses the single paired (monoploid) chromosome DNA arrangement, which are the only cultivated vegetables that activate embryonic stem cells (master cells that specialize into the adult stem cells that  rebuild tissue, organ, bone, cartilage, tendon and blood).

Reflecting the footsteps of Oneness, a path in alignment with progressive transformation; transcending the idealism and concepts that manifest mutation. We observe each life form as one symbiotic family, forming cohesiveness and compassion, observing the divine purpose of each specie within the eco- system.

The plant kingdom is sustenance for each specie directly or indirectly; each environment is a Eco-system; the study of this arrangement is called Ecology.

In order for Agricultural endeavors to be in sequence with sustainable progression, they must be Ecological in essence; therefore we have engage in Ecological Agriculture (Eco-Ag).

To read more on the services, crops, seeds, and farming principle behind Nature's Bio-Organic Farm, click HERE.

THE MOTHERLAND: Diasporal Connections - President Obama Heads To Africa To Promote Investment And Democracy!

June 26, 2013 - AFRICA - President Barack Obama flies across the Atlantic on Wednesday for a trip that takes him to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania, his second visit to sub-Saharan Africa since taking office.

President Barack Obama speaks with Ghanaian President John Atta-Mills at Osu Castle, the government headquarters
and a former slave trading fort, in Accra, Ghana, on July 11, 2009.

The trip aims to bolster investment opportunities for U.S. businesses, address development issues such as food security and health, and promote democracy.

It comes as China aggressively engages the continent. The Asian nation is pouring billions of dollars into Africa, running oil and mining firms, and replaced the United States in 2009 as the largest trading partner.

Obama's predecessor, George W. Bush, will be in Africa at the same time.

Bush has made multiple visits to Africa since leaving office, and will be in Zambia next week, where he's working with his global health initiative to renovate a cervical cancer screening and treatment center.

While the 44th and 43rd president are not scheduled to meet, first lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor, Laura Bush, will attend the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania on July 2.
Obama's trip is being overshadowed by the declining health of South Africa's revered former president, Nelson Mandela, who is in critical condition at a Pretoria hospital.

Mandela, who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of its dark days of apartheid, is considered the father of modern day South Africa.

Obama will be in Senegal Thursday and Friday. He arrives in South Africa on Saturday, where he will spend the weekend taking part in a host of activities, including meeting with the nation's leaders and visiting Robben Island, where Mandela spent a majority of his prison term.

He will spend Monday and Tuesday in Tanzania, and is expected back in Washington on July 3.

The president made a brief trip to Ghana during his first term in July 2009. - CNN.

THE AGE OF OBAMA & RACIAL ENTITLEMENT: Is The Voting Rights Act Outdated - The U.S. Supreme Court Invalidates Key Part of Voting Rights Act?!

June 26, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The Supreme Court on Tuesday effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.

The court divided along ideological lines, and the two sides drew sharply different lessons from the history of the civil rights movement and the nation’s progress in rooting out racial discrimination in voting. At the core of the disagreement was whether racial minorities continued to face barriers to voting in states with a history of discrimination.

Voting Rights Act supporters listen to the Supreme Court's ruling on Tuesday. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“Our country has changed,” Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. “While any racial discrimination in voting is too much, Congress must ensure that the legislation it passes to remedy that problem speaks to current conditions.”

The decision will have immediate practical consequences. Texas announced shortly after the decision that a voter identification law that had been blocked would go into effect immediately, and that redistricting maps there would no longer need federal approval. Changes in voting procedures in the places that had been covered by the law, including ones concerning restrictions on early voting, will now be subject only to after-the-fact litigation.

President Obama, whose election as the nation’s first black president was cited by critics of the law as evidence that it was no longer needed, said he was “deeply disappointed” by the ruling.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg summarized her dissent from the bench, an unusual move and a sign of deep disagreement. She cited the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and said his legacy and the nation’s commitment to justice had been “disserved by today’s decision.”

She said the focus of the Voting Rights Act had properly changed from “first-generation barriers to ballot access” to “second-generation barriers” like racial gerrymandering and laws requiring at-large voting in places with a sizable black minority. She said the law had been effective in thwarting such efforts.

The law had applied to nine states — Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia — and to scores of counties and municipalities in other states, including Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx.

Chief Justice Roberts wrote that Congress remained free to try to impose federal oversight on states where voting rights were at risk, but must do so based on contemporary data. But the chances that the current Congress could reach agreement on where federal oversight is required are small, most analysts say.

Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. joined the majority opinion. Justice Ginsburg was joined in dissent by Justices Stephen G. Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.

The majority held that the coverage formula in Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act, originally passed in 1965 and most recently updated by Congress in 1975, was unconstitutional. The section determined which states must receive clearance from the Justice Department or a federal court in Washington before they made minor changes to voting procedures, like moving a polling place, or major ones, like redrawing electoral districts.
Section 5, which sets out the preclearance requirement, was originally scheduled to expire in five years.

Congress repeatedly extended it: for five years in 1970, seven years in 1975, and 25 years in 1982.

Congress renewed the act in 2006 after holding extensive hearings on the persistence of racial discrimination at the polls, again extending the preclearance requirement for 25 years. But it relied on data from the 1975 reauthorization to decide which states and localities were covered.

The current coverage system, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, is “based on 40-year-old facts having no logical relationship to the present day.”

“Congress — if it is to divide the states — must identify those jurisdictions to be singled out on a basis that makes sense in light of current conditions,” he wrote. “It cannot simply rely on the past.”

The decision did not strike down Section 5, but without Section 4, the later section is without significance — unless Congress passes a new bill for determining which states would be covered.

It was hardly clear, at any rate, that the court’s conservative majority would uphold Section 5 if the question returned to the court in the unlikely event that Congress enacted a new coverage formula. In a concurrence, Justice Thomas called for striking down Section 5 immediately, saying that the majority opinion had provided the reasons and had merely left “the inevitable conclusion unstated.”

Wade Henderson, president and C.E.O. of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights,
criticized the decision on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court had repeatedly upheld the law in earlier decisions, saying that the preclearance requirement was an effective tool to combat the legacy of lawless conduct by Southern officials bent on denying voting rights to blacks.

Critics of Section 5 say it is a unique federal intrusion on state sovereignty and a badge of shame for the affected jurisdictions that is no longer justified.

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the towering legislative achievements of the civil rights movement, and Chief Justice Roberts said its “strong medicine” was the right response to “entrenched racial discrimination.” When it was first enacted, he said, black voter registration stood at 6.4 percent in Mississippi, and the gap between black and white registration rates was more than 60 percentage points.

In the 2004 election, the last before the law was reauthorized, the black registration rate in Mississippi was 76 percent, almost four percentage points higher than the white rate. In the 2012 election, Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “African-American voter turnout exceeded white voter turnout in five of the six states originally covered by Section 5.”

The chief justice recalled the Freedom Summer of 1964, when the civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered near Philadelphia, Miss., while seeking to register black voters. He mentioned Bloody Sunday in 1965, when police officers beat marchers in Selma, Ala.

“Today,” Chief Justice Roberts wrote, “both of those towns are governed by African-American mayors. Problems remain in these states and others, but there is no denying that, due to the Voting Rights Act, our nation has made great strides.”

Justice Ginsburg, in her dissent from the bench, drew a different lesson from those events, drawing on the words of Dr. King.

“The great man who led the march from Selma to Montgomery and there called for the passage of the Voting Rights Act foresaw progress, even in Alabama,” she said. “ ‘The arc of the moral universe is long,’ he said, but ‘it bends toward justice,’ if there is a steadfast commitment to see the task through to completion.”

In her written dissent, Justice Ginsburg said that Congress was the right body to decide whether the law was still needed and where. Congress reauthorized the law in 2006 by large majorities; the vote was 390 to 33 in the House and unanimous in the Senate. President George W. Bush, a Republican, signed the bill into law, saying it was “an example of our continued commitment to a united America where every person is valued and treated with dignity and respect.”

WATCH: Civil Rights Advocate John Lewis - Supreme Court 'Put A Dagger In The Heart' Of The Law.

The Supreme Court considered the constitutionality of the 2006 extension of the law in a 2009 decision, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District Number One v. Holder. But it avoided answering the central question, and it seemed to give Congress an opportunity to make adjustments. Congress, Chief Justice Roberts noted on Tuesday, did not respond.

Justice Ginsburg suggested in her dissent that an era had drawn to a close with the court’s decision on the Voting Rights Act, in Shelby County v. Holder, No. 12-96.

“Beyond question, the V.R.A. is no ordinary legislation,” she wrote. “It is extraordinary because Congress embarked on a mission long delayed and of extraordinary importance: to realize the purpose and promise of the Fifteenth Amendment,” the Reconstruction-era amendment that barred racial discrimination in voting and authorized Congress to enforce it.

“For a half century,” she wrote, “a concerted effort has been made to end racial discrimination in voting. Thanks to the Voting Rights Act, progress once the subject of a dream has been achieved and continues to be made.”

“The court errs egregiously,” she concluded, “by overriding Congress’s decision.” - NY Times.

EUROPEAN RACISM: Spiraling Antennas Of Black Hair - Ohio School Apologizes After Attempting To Ban 'Afro-Puffs' And 'Twisted Braids'!

June 26, 2013 -  UNITED STATES - In the wake of an outcry over an Ohio charter school's attempt to ban "afro-puffs and small twisted braids," the institution’s dean has apologized and said the policy was taken out of context.

On June 14, officials at Horizon Science Academy in Lorian sent a letter to parents, outlining the school’s new dress code for the upcoming school year. Among other rules regarding hats and tattoos, the updated regulations said that "afro-puffs and small twisted braids, with or without rubber bands are NOT permitted,” according to a copy of the letter obtained by the blog Black Girl with Long Hair.

A swift backlash against the policy –- which many perceived as racist -- prompted school’s administration sent out a letter of apology on Saturday, explaining that the ban would not be included in a final version of the school’s new dress code. The letter, which can be found in its entirety on Black Girl with Long Hair, explained that the administration for the K – 10 school did not have “any intention of creating bias towards any of our students.”

Black Girl with Long Hair notes that “afro-puffs are essentially the black version of the ponytail.”

Approximately 26 percect of the school's K – 7 students are African-American, per its 2011 - 2012 annual report.

The school’s dean of students, Jayson Bendik, told the Morning Journal that the ban was the result of an “oversight.”

“We made a mistake and we fixed that mistake immediately," he said.

James Knight, an advisory board member for the school, told HuffPost Live that the proposed policy was “a misunderstanding.” Knight, who has four African-American sons, said that the policy was specifically directed at the school’s male students.

“It had nothing to do with young ladies, young African-American ladies. It was really more so addressing young African-American men here at this school,” said Knight. “We want to maintain a certain type of college prep culture here, and we just want the young men to be well-groomed.”

Leila Noelliste, creator and editor of Black Girl with Long Hair, told HuffPost Live that the problem lies with the idea that natural African-American hair is not automatically considered well-groomed.

“It’s an issue black people face within the black community and outside, that our naturally occurring features are characterized as unruly, undisciplined, unkempt," Noelliste said.

The school said in its apology letter that it will take steps to make sure such an incident does not occur again. - Huffington Post.

INSIDE AFRICA: Three-Way Country Agreement For Economic Cooperation - South Sudan Moves Closer To Oil Pipeline To The South; Supplies Would Run Across Uganda, Kenya And Rwanda!

June 26, 2013 - SOUTH SUDAN - South Sudan has moved closer to its target of gaining access to a pipeline to export its oil to the south.

Oil exports from South Sudan are regularly interrupted.

The presidents of Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda have agreed to build two pipelines across East Africa.

One would run from South Sudan to the Kenyan port city of Lamu and the other would stretch from Rwanda to Mombasa.

Currently, South Sudan exports its oil through Sudan and supplies are often disrupted as the two countries disagree over pricing and security issues.

The three-way agreement between the presidents was confirmed by Uganda's foreign minister, Sam Kutesa.

Last week, Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir threatened again to stop oil flows across its border with South Sudan, unless South Sudan stops supporting rebels operating across the shared frontier.

South Sudan denies supporting rebels and, in turn, accuses Khartoum of backing insurgents on its soil.

When South Sudan became independent nearly two years ago, it took 75% of the oil reserves of Sudan.

However, Sudan retained the pipeline infrastructure, as well as the refineries and export terminal at Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

East Africa is experiencing an energy boom at the moment, after oil and gas discoveries in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

New railway

Mr Kutesa said the three countries had also agreed to build a railway line from Kenya through Uganda to Rwanda.

"It was agreed to revamp the existing railway network and also construct a standard gauge railway line in Kenya and Uganda and also extend it to Rwanda," he said. - BBC.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ELECTRIC BODY: The Electric Food For The People Of The Sun - Introducing SO-IONIC, Ionised Cellular Salts!

"You are the salt of the Earth... But, if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?"

June 25, 2013 - FOOD & HEALTH - The Sun is the giver of life. We receive powerful vibrant rays of vitality propelling us through the human experience. The same way we use thought to manifest, so does the plant in producing food. Fruit is nothing more than loving information from the Creator by way of the Sun coalesced in an edible form.

When we eat fruits and vegetables, we participate in the Circle of Life by extracting and assimilating the life giving properties enveloped in food. These properties consist of macro and micro nutrients.

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He absorbed all of the research, developed from the African herbal healing modalities and witness Sebi's usage of natural and non-pharmaceutical remedies to cure AIDS, blindness, cancer and various other diseases. Later, Tait, would expand on this knowledge by doing in-depth studies into microbiology, biochemistry and physiology.

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AFROCENTRICITY vs. HOMOSEXUALITY: The White Supremacy Paradigm Of Using Effeminization As Black Oppression - Europe Continues To Indoctrinate And Perpetuate Homosexuality On Black People, As Amnesty International Condemns "Homophobia" In Africa?!

"Homosexual patterns of behavior are simply expressions of male self-submission to other males in the area of "sex," as well as in other areas - economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, and war. Oppression is defined as forced submission, homosexuality as a sign of weakness. 'Primary effeminacy' and 'secondary effeminacy' are definitions used to distinguish white causes of homosexuality from black ones. 'Primary effeminacy' is a self-derived response by whites to their genetic insufficiency, causing a negation of self-reproduction due to disgust with their own genetic weaknesses. 'Secondary effeminacy' (black male homosexuality) is consciously imposed on the black man by the white man for the purpose of destroying the black family." - Dr. Frances Cress Welsing.

June 25, 2013 - AFRICA - Homophobic attacks have reached dangerous levels in sub-Saharan Africa and must stop, Amnesty International has said in a report.

Homosexual acts are outlawed in most African countries.

Governments are increasingly criminalising "homosexual acts" by seeking to impose new laws and draconian penalties, it adds. This sends the "toxic message" that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, the report says.

Some of the continent's leaders say homosexuality is un-African.

In 2011, the US and UK hinted that they could withdraw from countries which did not respect homosexual rights on the socially conservative continent. However, Amnesty said US religious groups "actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa", while many of the laws were inherited from the colonial era.

'Inflaming hostility'

Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 African countries, it said in a report titled "Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa".

There is no specific legislation outlawing homosexual acts in 12 African countries, mostly former French colonies, while gay rights are formally recognised in South Africa.

In the last five years, South Sudan and Burundi have introduced new laws criminalising same-sex relations, it says.  The parliaments of Uganda, Liberia and Nigeria have draft laws before them, seeking to increase penalties.

"These poisonous laws must be repealed and the human rights of all Africans upheld," Amnesty said. "In some African countries political leaders target sexual orientation issues to distract attention from their overall human rights records, often marked by rampant discrimination and violence against women, corruption and lack of media freedoms," it added.

In South Africa, at least seven people, five of them lesbians, were murdered between June and November 2012 in what appears to have been targeted violence related to their sexual orientation or gender identity, the report says. This is despite the fact that homosexual acts are not illegal in South Africa and the country boasts one of the most progressive constitutions in the world, it adds.

In many instances, media reports also inflame hostility towards people not conforming to heterosexual norms, Amnesty says. In 2010, Uganda's Rolling Stone magazine published a photograph of gay rights activist David Kato next to a headline reading "Hang Them", it says.

Just a month later, he was killed in his home, although the police have denied it was a hate crime. In Sierra Leone last month, a gay activist was beaten up and whipped by attackers after a local newspaper printed his photo and an article he had written for a foreign magazine in 2012 about his sexuality.

"There was a note which was left inside the car which said: 'We know you people, we're coming after you, you bloody homosexuals,'" George Freeman, who runs Pride Equality group, told the BBC's Focus on Africa radio programme.

The BBC's Umaru Fofana in Freetown says it was not the first time gays and lesbians have been attacked in the small West Africa nation. Seven years ago, a lesbian, FannyAnn Eddy, was killed allegedly because of her sexuality, he says.

"We must be very careful when it comes to dealing with the issue of gays and lesbians because these are very strange phenomena in our society and we do not have any special protection for them because they are not recognised by the laws of Sierra Leone," Francis Munu, Sierra Leone's inspector general of police, told the BBC after the attack on Mr Freeman.

In Cameroon, people are regularly arrested after being denounced as being gay or lesbian because of their "appearance or conjecture, rather than evidence", Amnesty says. Some individuals accused of same sex conduct in Cameroon have been imprisoned for three years without trial or charge, it adds. Former detainees from Cameroon told Amnesty that they were subjected to "invasive procedures such as forced anal exams" while in custody, the report says.

In Kenya, people told Amnesty that sometimes the police threaten to arrest them under provisions in the penal code related to same-sex relations in order to obtain a bribe, the report adds. "Extortionists also use the existence of these laws to demand money or goods in exchange for not revealing real or even made-up private details to the media, community or police," Amnesty said. - BBC.

BLACK EVENTS: March On Washington Anniversary - Events Planned To Mark 50 Years Since Historic March!

June 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Just as they were announcing plans for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, black and civil rights leaders learned the Supreme Court had kicked back to a lower court a case challenging the use of race in college admissions.

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: (FILES) US civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., waves to supporters from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
28 August, 1963, on The Mall in Washington, DC, during the 'March on Washington' where King delivered his famous 'I Have a Dream' speech.

That and other key cases before the Supreme Court connected to race and civil rights, the leaders said Monday, is why the five days of events marking the historic march this August will not simply be a commemoration.

One of the events, Aug. 24, will be a march from the Lincoln Memorial to the King Memorial in Washington and a rally by civil and human rights organizations.

"It is the intent of those that come together to make it clear that this is not just a nostalgia visit, that this is not a commemoration but a continuation and a call to action," said the Rev. Al Sharpton, who head the National Action Network. "We are in a climate that is threatening too much of what was achieved 50 years ago."

The Supreme Court ruled 7-1 that a court should approve the use of race as a factor in admissions only after it concludes "that no workable race-neutral alternatives would produce the educational benefits of diversity."

In addition to the case challenging University of Texas' admission practices, the court is expected to rule this week on a challenge to Section 5 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act protection against discrimination.

The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom drew hundreds of thousands of predominantly black, but also white people from around the country to the National Mall to protest segregation and other discriminatory laws. It also was intended to bring attention to the joblessness and economic condition of African Americans.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his "I Have A Dream" speech at the Aug. 28, 1963, rally that also was intended to pressure then President John F. Kennedy to move a federal civil rights bill through Congress.

"We have not achieved that dream," Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of King, said at the news conference.

Sharpton pointed out that black women were not highly visible in the 1963 march and rally. Entertainer Josephine Baker spoke and gospel legend Mahalia Jackson sang.

He said women would play a much larger role in this year's event.

"In many ways, we show how far even the civil rights community had to rise, from misogyny and other things and we continue to grow, praying we continue to get better and not bitter," Sharpton said.

He said Bernice King, of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, is organizing the activities surrounding the five-day anniversary celebration beyond the march. Bernice King said the activities will include a festival, a children's tribute and a bell ringing. - ABC News.

EUROPEAN RACISM: The Revenge Of The N-Word - Paula Deen's Smithfield Endorsement Deal Is Over, Company Drops Her In Wake Of Racist Remarks!

"The ancestors ain't playing,... There will be a cleansing, you ain't seen nothing yet,...". - Nicky Love.

June 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Paula Deen lost another part of her empire on Monday: Smithfield Foods said it is dropping her as a spokeswoman.

Smithfield Foods, the largest pork producer in the world, said Monday that it is dropping Paula Deen as a spokeswoman
following her admission that she made racist comments in the past.

The announcement came days after the Food Network said it would not renew the celebrity cook's contract in the wake of revelations that she used racial slurs in the past.

Smithfield sold Paula Deen-branded hams in addition to using her as a spokeswoman. In a statement, the company said it "condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen."

QVC also said it was reviewing its deal with Paula Deen Enterprises to sell the star's cookbooks and cookware.

"QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," QVC said in a statement. "We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC."

Several retailers, which sell Paula Deen cookware, were taking a wait-and-see approach.

Sears Holdings Corp. said it "is currently exploring next steps as they pertain to Ms. Deen's products." Target Corp. said it is "evaluating the situation." Meyer Corp., which produces the cookware under the Paula Deen brand, declined to comment.

Marty Brochstein, senior vice president of The Licensing Industry Merchandisers' Association, a trade group, said stores may have a tougher time determining whether to cut ties with Deen than Smithfield and the Food Network, where she has a public role.

"Once you take the wrapper off, her name isn't necessarily on every piece of merchandise," Brochstein said. "As a retailer or as a licensee, you have to evaluate. But you're probably not going to gain anything by overreacting."

Brochstein said that stores are likely closely watching sales of the merchandise and monitoring social media as they gauge how consumers are responding.

"We're in the midst of this. It hasn't played out," he added.

Deen's rapid fall from favor came after the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted in a deposition in a discrimination lawsuit that she used racial slurs in the past. Deen was asked under oath if she had ever used the N-word. "Yes, of course," Deen said, though she added, "It's been a very long time."

Deen insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice, and in a videotaped apology, she asked fans and critics for forgiveness. It had been posted online for about an hour when the Food Network released a terse statement that it "will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month." The network declined to comment further.

Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corp., which has Deen's restaurants in some of its casinos, said Friday that it "will continue to monitor the situation." Publisher Ballantine, which has a new Deen book scheduled to roll out this fall, used similar words.

Earlier Monday, NBC's Matt Lauer said Deen would appear Wednesday on "Today." Last week she abruptly canceled on the morning show before posting her videotaped apologies. - Huffington Post.

ANCESTRAL RETURN: "The Lion Of The Blues" - Blues Legend Bobby "Blue" Bland Remembered By Friends, After Dying In Memphis At Age 83!

June 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Full, sweet and melodious at one moment, powerful and primal in another, the iconic singing voice of the late Bobby "Blue" Bland was remembered by fans, friends and colleagues on Monday.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson told The Associated Press on Monday that he and his wife went to a Bland concert on the day they were married in 1962. Jackson called Bland a dear friend who was a "legendary, smooth balladeer."

"He found sweetness in bitter roots," Jackson said by telephone from Chicago. "He found good news in the blues and was the interpreter of pain. He turned pain and sorrow into joy."

Bland died Sunday in Memphis due to complications from an ongoing illness, according to his son. He was 83.

Described by friends and relatives as classy and compassionate, the tall, wide-shouldered Bland is in the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He blended Southern blues and soul in songs such as "Turn on Your Love Light" and "Further On Up the Road," notching more than 20 R&B hits in a career that lasted more than a half-century.

Though not as well-known as Ray Charles or B.B. King, he was an influence of scores of rock n' rollers, including Gregg Allman, David Bowie and Eric Clapton. Bland was one of the last of the living connections to the roots of the blues genre.

King was too saddened by Bland's death to comment publicly on Monday, spokeswoman Laverne Toney said.

"He's taking it very hard," she said

Bland was friends with King, having served as the blues guitarist's valet and chauffer at one point. They started the Beale Streeters, named after the thoroughfare and cradle of blues music in downtown Memphis. Upon his induction, the Rock Hall of Fame noted Bland was "second in stature only to B.B. King as a product of Memphis' Beale Street blues scene."

Bland scored his first No. 1 on the R&B charts with "Further On Up the Road" in 1957 and it was around this time he got his nickname, taken from his song "Little Boy Blue" because his repertoire focused so closely on lovelorn subject matter. He also had the nicknames "the Lion of the Blues" and "the Sinatra of the blues."

Beginning with "I'll Take Care of You" in early 1960, Bland released a dozen R&B hits. That string included "Turn On Your Love Light" in 1961.

Some of his best-known songs included "Call on Me" and "That's the Way Love Is," both released in 1963, and "Ain't Nothing You Can Do" in 1964.

Al Bell, the former producer and executive at the seminal Stax Records, said Bland's voice was versatile enough to handle non-blues classics such as "Somewhere over the Rainbow." Bell produced albums for Bland after his Stax days.

"Bobby Bland, I never heard another voice like his," said Bell, who has worked with singers like Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes, Wilson Pickett, Sam & Dave and the Staple Sisters. "You're talking about one of a kind."

LISTEN: Bobby "Blue" Bland - Turn On Your Love Light.

Jackson, who said he spoke with Bland last week by telephone, cited "Cry, cry, cry," as one of his favourites. In that song, Bland's voice emphatically makes a point: "I want you to cry, cry me a river/I want you to, yes I want you to cry me a sea/Yes, I know someone's going to hurt you/Just like you've been hurting me."

Bland's performance of "Stormy Monday Blues" was the highlight of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony last November.

In a written statement, The Recording Academy said the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner "seamlessly blended a mix of blues, country, gospel, jazz and pop music to create his unique sound."

"He was a stylistic pioneer who influenced countless musicians across many genres, with a career spanning nearly eight decades," said Neil Portnow, president and CEO of The Recording Academy.

Bland's funeral is scheduled Thursday in Memphis. - Ottawa Citizen.

BLACK EDUCATION: Charter Schools In America - New Study Show Benefits To Minorities And Poor Families Surpasses Traditional Public Schools!

June 25, 2013 - UNITED STATES - Charter schools benefit students from poor families, black students and Hispanic English-language learners more than their peers in other groups, a study shows.

Overall, charter school students are faring better than they were four years ago, surpassing those in traditional public schools in reading gains and keeping pace in math, according to the National Charter School Study by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes at Stanford University.

The study, released Tuesday, updated and expanded upon 2009 findings comparing student performance on standardized reading and math tests. The 2013 study included 25 states, the District of Columbia and New York City, the nation's biggest city, which was considered separately from upstate New York because of its huge number of students. Together, the studied places enroll 95 percent of the nation's 2.3 million charter school students.

"The results reveal that the charter school sector is getting better on average and that charter schools are benefiting low-income, disadvantaged and special-education students," CREDO Director Margaret Raymond said.

Researchers did not look into why specific groups benefited more, but charter schools' greater freedom to direct resources toward specific needs was seen as a factor.

The average charter school student showed reading gains equivalent to those that would be expected from an extra eight days of school compared to traditional school students, the study said. Math gains were about equal among the two groups. The results were much improved from the 2009 study, when charter students lost the equivalent of seven days of learning in English and 22 days in math.

"We think that the level of improvement is really noteworthy given that it's only been a few years," Raymond said.

The gains were helped by the closure of 8 percent of the schools included in the 2009 analysis because they were underperforming, she said.

The report calls closing low-performing schools "the strongest tool available to ensure quality across the sector."

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten said the findings show that charter schools have failed to live up to "the leaps and bounds that were promised" in student performance.

"We should use the CREDO findings as an opportunity to pause and ask ourselves why we keep pitting charter schools against neighborhood public schools – a strategy that has created little more than a disruptive churn," Weingarten said.

When broken down into groups, the study showed that black students gained the equivalent of 14 days of learning by attending charter schools but that black students living in poverty saw even greater benefits, the equivalent of 29 days in reading and 36 days in math. Hispanic English-language learners saw even higher gains, though Hispanics in general scored similarly to Hispanics in traditional public schools.

White charter school students posted lower growth scores in reading and math than traditional public school peers, the study found. But noting a trend toward specialty charter schools in affluent white communities, the reading and math scores alone may not paint a full picture of the schools' performance, researchers said. Students may have started out above average and showed smaller gains in those subjects while gaining in other areas such as language or arts, they said.

The study analyzed student data from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, New York City, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas and Utah. - Huffington Post.

ANCESTRAL RETURN: The Life And Times Of Madiba - Nelson Mandela Still Remains In Critical Condition, Just Days Before Obama Visit!

June 25, 2013 - SOUTH AFRICA - Throughout the night, crowds of people stood outside the hospital where former South African President Nelson Mandela is being treated, and among the balloons, posters and cards early Tuesday were dozens of news crews and broadcast vans.

More than 40 vehicles crowded the parking spaces outside the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria, the South African Press Association reported. Generators hummed and the area was brightly lit for the news organizations doing regular live broadcasts.

Mandela's daughter Makaziwe Mandela left the hospital Monday night, SAPA reported. Other family members, including ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and daughters Zindzi Mandela-Motlhajwa and Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, left earlier in the day.
Government officials paid visits as well.

Mandela's wife, Graca Machel, spends every night at the hospital, where the former president has been since June 8 for a recurring lung infection. Previously, authorities had described his condition as serious but stable.
But over the weekend, his health took a turn for the worse, with the South African president's office saying he was in critical condition.
"The doctors are doing everything possible to ensure his well-being and comfort," President Jacob Zuma told the nation Monday.

Mandela remains in critical condtion.

The former president's health will not affect U.S. President Barack Obama's planned visit to the country this week, Zuma said, according to the press association.

Mandela, 94, has become increasingly frail over the years and has not appeared in public since South Africa hosted the World Cup in 2010.

Outside the hospital Monday, a security wall was awash with get-well cards, balloons, flowers, cards and paintings, the press association reported.

Ready for the spiritual realm

For Mandela's family, these are very personal times -- times to be cherished as the end nears.

"I believe he is at peace," said Makaziwe Mandela, who was born in 1953 to Mandela's first wife, Evelyn.

WATCH: Daughter - He remains at peace.


"All we do every day is take one day at a time and pray to the good Lord," Makaziwe told CNN's Robyn Curnow.

"All I pray for as a daughter is that the transition is smooth. ... He is at peace with himself. He has given so much to the world."

In and out of hospital

The anti-apartheid hero has been in and out of the hospital in recent years.

His history of lung problems dates to when he was a political prisoner on Robben Island during the apartheid era, and he has battled respiratory infections since.

WATCH: Mandela's relatives lay claim to him.

Considered the founding father of South Africa's democracy, Mandela became an international figure while enduring 27 years in prison for fighting against apartheid, the country's system of racial segregation.

South Africa's governing African National Congress noted "with concern" Sunday the change in Mandela's health.

"The African National Congress joins the presidency in calling upon all of us to keep President Mandela, his family and his medical team in our thoughts and prayers during this trying time," it said.

A Nobel laureate

In 1993, Mandela and then-South African President F.W. de Klerk jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The iconic leader was elected the nation's first black president a year later, serving only one term, as he had promised.

Even as he has faded from the spotlight, he remains popular and is considered a hero of democracy in the nation. Last year, South Africa launched a new batch of banknotes with a picture of a smiling Mandela on the front.

WATCH: The whole world prays for one man.

His impact extends far beyond South Africa. After he left office, he mediated conflicts in Africa and the Middle East.

Word of his worsening health drew global expressions of concern.

"We have seen the latest reports from the South African government that former President Mandela is in critical condition," Caitlin Hayden, a U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman, said in a statement Sunday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with him, his family and the people of South Africa." - CNN.

INSIDE AFRICA: Central African Republic Gold-Mine Collapse - 40 Miners Killed, Many Others Injured!

June 25, 2013 - CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - A gold-mining pit collapsed in the Central African Republic, killing at least 40 small-scale miners, the presidency said.

An unspecified number of people were injured in the accident, which followed heavy rains, President Michel Djotodia’s office said in a statement read on state state radio in the capital, Bangui. The death told may rise further, it said.

“The president extends his condolences to the victims’ families,” the presidency said, announcing that three days of mourning will start today.

Most gold production in Central African Republic, which is about the size of Texas, is artisanal, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The country produced 53 kilograms (117 pounds) of the metal in 2011, according to the agency’s website.

The country is the world’s 11th biggest producer of rough diamonds by volume, according to the USGS. - Bloomberg.

Monday, June 24, 2013

THE AGE OF OBAMA: The Rise Of The Moors And The Precursors To The Complete And Total Detachment From Failed European Vampirism And Christian Dominionism - Catholic Media Are Up In Arms Over President Obama's Perfect Call For An End To Catholic Education!

June 24, 2013 - UNITED KINGDOM - The Catholic media is up in arms over comments President Obama made during a speech while in Northern Ireland for the G8 summit. Obama made what is described as “an alarming call for an end to Catholic education,” in spite of the fact that it is considered “a critical component of the Church.”

Obama Offends Catholics In The UK, Says Religious Schools Are Divisive.
In front of an audience of about 2,000 young people, including many Catholics, Obama claimed that Catholic education divides people and blocks peace, according to the Scottish Catholic Observer.

“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” Obama said.

Catholic World News noted:
Ironically, President Obama made his comments just as Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told a crowd in Scotland that religious education upholds the dignity of the human person. Archbishop Müller said that Catholic schools should promote “all that is good in the philosophies of societies and human culture.”
Fr. John Zuhlsdorf quoted the Observer’s article on Fr. Z’s blog and added:
Another example of what this man wants: total isolation of any religious values in the private sphere alone. Pres. Obama is working either to intimidate or legislate or even TAX religious freedom out of the public square.

Off the top of my head, I can’t think of a foreign visit to a Islamic nation where he told people on his arrival that they shouldn’t have madrasas.  Can you?

Did he when visiting, say, Israel, say “You Jews shouldn’t have synagogue schools and you muslims shouldn’t have mosque schools.”  I can’t remember.  Did he?
Each of the articles drew numerous public comments, most suggesting that Obama be more concerned about the public schools in the United States than their parochial schools, which are working just fine. - BizPac Review.

WATCH: Obama disses Catholic schools in Northern Ireland.

US President Undermines Catholic Schools After Vatican Prefect Praised Them.
The US President has made an alarming call for an end to Catholic education in Northern Ireland in spite of the fact that Archbishop Gerhard Müller told Scots that Catholic education was 'a critical component of the Church.’

President Barack Obama (above), repeated the oft disproved claim that Catholic education increases division in front of an audience of 2000 young people, including many Catholics, at Belfast’s Waterfront hall when he arrived in the country this morning.

“If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation,” the US president said.

The US politician made the unfounded claim despite a top Vatican official spelling out the undeniable good done by Catholic education in a speech in Glasgow on Saturday and in his homily at Mass on Friday.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (below), prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, told an audience in Scotland that Catholic education provided a rare place where ‘intellectual training, moral discipline and religious commitment would come together’ while giving the presitigous Cardinal Winning Lecture on Saturday to officially launch the St Andrews Foundation for Catholic teacher education at Glasgow University. During Mass at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow, on Friday night he said that ‘the Catholic school is vitally important … a critical component of the Church,’ adding that Catholic education provides young people with a wonderful opportunity to ‘grow up with Jesus.’

Mr Obama was in Northern Ireland to take part in the two day G8 Summit at the Lough Erne resort in Enneskillen. - SCO News.

Catholics Fire Back At Obama Over School Comments.
Speaking in Ireland this week, President Obama stated that Catholic schools were divisive: “If towns remain divided—if Catholics have their schools and buildings and Protestants have theirs, if we can’t see ourselves in one another and fear or resentment are allowed to harden—that too encourages division and discourages cooperation.”

On Thursday, the American Catholics for Religious Freedom fired back on President Obama’s words to 2,000 young people at the G8 Summit, stating, “President Obama’s anti-faith, secular agenda was shamefully on full display yesterday when he told the young people of Northern Ireland that Catholic education and other faith-based schools were divisive and an obstacle to peace. All Americans of faith should be outraged by these comments which clearly telegraph the President’s belief system and are in fact at their core even anti-American.”

American Catholics for Religious Freedom points out that the media has completely ignored the story, and adds, “Secular progressives like President Obama ignore the truth that faith-based education is a component of the Religious Freedom guaranteed by the Constitution. He can’t bear the thought that Catholic and parochial schools not only teach important values but consistently produce better educational results at lower cost than America’s failing public schools. The President’s troubling values are showing here in a way that demonstrate just how dangerous this Administration is and how committed it is to eroding the rights of all people of faith.”

And, they note, this is the same President who has attempted to cram down anti-Catholic doctrine via Obamacare. “It’s time Americans stood up for Religious Freedom, for the U.S. Constitution and against President Obama’s radical views about the place of faith in American life,” the group concludes. - Brietbart.

BLACK BOOKS: Jay Allred - Dark Plasma And The Cosmic Molecular Melanin Of The Akashic Records!

June 24, 2013 - BLACK BOOKS - This book is a must have for the devout Moorish Scientist seeking greater knowledge on the Subject of Cosmic Molecular Melanin.

Every year for years now, a select group of scientists have been attending a world wide conference on melanin. The fact that no so-called black people, can go or have gone to this conference, should tell you that the proverbial "they" are studying you on a sub-atomic level, seeking ways into your genetics to find evidence of the "Dark Soul".

We are the Original People of Earth, The True Inheritors of the Almighty God's Kadem (Kingdom) on Earth as it is in Heaven.

The truth of Dark Plasma as a basis of all reality is fast becoming public knowledge, therefore those who wish to be ahead of the curve should get this ASAP. This book is by a scientist named Jay Allred, who went to the conference and has since written credible books on the subject.

This is priceless info for the True Moorish Scientist. 

Click HERE to purchase the book.

BLACK HAIR: Spiraling Antennas - New, Super Summertime, Deep Impact, Moisturizing Natural Hair Products!

June 24, 2013 - HAIR - Here are several moisturizing natural hair products for the summertime, courtesy of Patrice Yursik of Afrobella:

When I lived in the Caribbean and in hot, humid Miami, I had no idea how seasonal my hair would turn out to be. I didn’t understand how my hair’s needs would change depending on the weather, and I had no clue that my curl pattern would shift with the seasons. It turns out my hair loves spring and fall, and turns to frizz in summer. This is my season to switch it up and try out new, lighter products that still give my hair the moisture it needs.

Summer moisture is about nourishment. I find my hair needs more oil treatments for shine. Because my hair is growing out a color treatment, I need to condition it more deeply, and more often. I’ve been trying out a bunch of new stuff, and here are some of my latest favorite moisturizing products, conditioners, styling products, and cleansers. Let’s go!

Cantu Argan Oil Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream
– This product is brand spanking new – so new, it isn’t on the Cantu website yet! It’s available for sale at Walmart, and I’ve been lucky enough to try it. Like Cantu’s other hair styling products, this is a white, creamy product with a clean, light fragrance. Unlike Cantu’s shea butter or coconut oil products, this is light to the touch. For my hair’s needs, the ideal texture for summer moisture. It’s making this wash n’ go girl very happy so far.

Hairveda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioner
 – I discovered this light yet deep conditioner via the awesome We Are ONYX beauty box subscription – if you aren’t yet up on this beauty box, bellas you need to check them out! I discovered SO many incredible hair, beauty and lifestyle products via We Are ONYX. Hairveda is all about moisture, but it didn’t weigh my hair down or have a ton of slip like other deep conditioners do. It made my detangling more manageable, but rinsed out quickly – almost like a cleansing conditioner in texture and feel. It left my hair so soft and fluffy – such a happy little cloud. It’s infused with coconut oil and castor oil, two oils my hair adores. Win win.

Wen Seasonal Scents
I’m a big fan of Chaz Dean’s wen hair products in general, his cleansing conditioners give my hair the gentle moisturizing cleansing it needs, with the detangling power of a good regular conditioner to boot. For anyone who bores of the typical fig, cucumber aloe or sweet almond mintiness of it all, there are wen seasonal scents available on I’m partial to the Spring Gardenia Green Tea, but right now Summer Mango Coconut is available as a cleansing conditioner and Treatment Oil. It’s delicious!

Beautiful Textures Curl Definer Styling Custard
– You already realize I’m a fan of this brand, otherwise I wouldn’t have repped them in London, but I’m here to tell you that this product worked great for me. When I posted the details on Instagram, some people mentioned they had flaking issues but that hasn’t been my experience. This is a lightweight, aloe based gel that would work great for twists or fingerstyling if you’re looking for a more creative natural style.

Ojon Damage Reverse Hair Serum
– Ojon’s products and my hair just GO together, for the most part. I adore their restorative hair treatment and hair conditioner, and of their hair oils, the Damage Reverse Hair Serum is my FAVE. It’s both weightless and penetrating, and it’s ideal for adding shine to my dry looking natural hair in the summer. I love a product that looks like it’s working because it IS working. Know what I mean?

Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave In
– I love a good leave in! I was new to Alikay Naturals, but they generously provided gift bag samples for Blogging While Brown in Austin, and so they came into my life and I’m so happy for the experience! This is a lightweight leave in that works as a lovely curl refresher on hot wilted frizzy days. It’s got such a light, pleasant fragrance and effect on my hair! I’m in love. Next I’ll be trying Alikay’s Caribbean Coconut Milk Shampoo. I’m excited already!

Those are my latest summer hair loves. See anything you like, or would like to try? - Afrobella.

ANCESTRAL RETURN: Rena Price - The Woman Whose Arrest Triggered The 1965 Watts Riots Dies!

June 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - On a hot August evening nearly 48 years ago, Rena Price was at home in South Los Angeles when she was summoned with alarming news: A few blocks away, one of her sons, Marquette Frye, had been stopped by California Highway Patrol officers after driving erratically down Avalon Boulevard, near 116th Street. Price hurried to the scene.

At a state Senate hearing in 1965, Rena Price is flanked by son Marquette Frye, right, whose arrest helped touch off the
Watts riots, and stepson Ronald, left. Behind her are attorneys Stanley R. Malone, left, and A.L. Wirin.
(Los Angeles Times)

Her son, according to the arresting officer, had failed a series of sobriety tests but had been good-humored and cooperative until she arrived. Accounts vary on what set off the ensuing scuffle, but a patrolman hit Frye on the head with a baton and his mother jumped on another officer, tearing his shirt.

With a growing crowd bearing unhappy witness, Price, Frye and his brother Ronald, a passenger in the car, were handcuffed and taken to jail.

Their arrests on Aug. 11, 1965, ignited the Watts riots – six turbulent days that left 34 dead, thousands injured and millions of dollars in property damaged or destroyed.

"I didn't know about any of the rioting until my daughter came and got me out of jail at 7 the next morning," Price told The Times on the 40th anniversary of the riots in 2005. "I was surprised. I had never heard of a riot. There were never any riots before. I went back to my house. Where else was I going to go?"

Price, a reluctant figure in one of the grimmest chapters in the city's history, died of natural causes June 10 in Los Angeles, according to a son, Wendell Price. She was 97.

Born in Oklahoma on May 13, 1916, Price had moved with her family to Los Angeles in 1956 and found work cleaning houses and baby sitting. The neighborhood children she looked after nicknamed her "the Lady."

When Price reached the intersection of Avalon and 116th on the fateful night in 1965, she scolded Frye about drinking and driving, he recalled in a 1985 interview later published in the Orlando Sentinel. The situation quickly escalated: Someone shoved her, Frye was struck, she jumped an officer, another officer pulled out a shotgun.

After rumors spread that the police had roughed her up and kicked a pregnant woman, angry mobs formed, turning a 46-square-mile swath of the city into a combat zone.

After the Fryes' names appeared in news accounts about the riot's inception, most of the family began using the last name of Price, which belonged to the father of one of her children. "When people heard the name Frye, all kinds of red flags went up. We all got hassled," son Wendell recalled in an interview last week.

The post-riot period was especially hard on Marquette, described in news accounts as "the man who started the riots."

A folk hero to some and a pariah to others, he drifted from job to job, struggled with excessive drinking and was arrested dozens of times. After the death of an infant son with heart problems, he tried to kill himself. On Christmas Eve 1986, he died of pneumonia at age 41.

Armed National Guardsmen march toward smoke on the horizon during the street fires of the Watts riots, Los Angeles,
California, August 1965. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Price also struggled. Found guilty of interfering with police officers, a misdemeanor, she was fined $250 and given a 30-day jail term, later reduced to two years' probation. In 1966 an appellate panel reversed her conviction, citing prejudicial remarks the prosecution had made to the jury blaming Price and her sons for causing the deadly riots.

Still, she told The Times decades later, "nobody would hire me after the arrest. … We survived because my husband worked at a paper factory."

Her husband, Wallace James Frye, died in the 1970s. Her survivors include sons Wendell and Charles and a number of grandchildren.

As time caused the sharp emotions of that period to fade, Price eventually was able to find work. In her free time she enjoyed visiting friends and family in Oklahoma and Wyoming and found luck was usually on her side when she patronized her favorite casinos in Las Vegas. "She was very blessed," Wendell Price said, "despite everything."

Price never reclaimed her 1955 Buick, the car her son had been driving the day the riots erupted. By the time she located it at an impound lot, the storage fees had exceeded its value.

She wasn't one to dwell on the events of 1965, especially after they were eclipsed by the far more destructive 1992 riots.

"What was the name of that King guy? Rodney? You hear more about that than the '65 riots," she reflected in 2005. "Oh, it's been years. I'm through with it." - LA Times.

EUROPEAN RACISM: The N-Word - The Food Network Drops Paula Deen Amid Racial Slur Controversy!

June 24, 2013 - UNITED STATES - The Food Network said on Friday it would drop celebrity chef Paula Deen after the Southern food doyenne was sued for racial discrimination and admitted in a legal deposition to using a racial slur in the past.

The impending loss of Deen's broadcast deal represents a potentially huge setback for a television personality who has built an empire on high calorie food, with cookbooks and restaurants in her native Georgia and other states.

The Food Network said in a statement it "will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month."

A spokeswoman declined further comment but the network, which is owned by Scripps Network Interactive Inc, said on Thursday it "does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion."

The network's decision to drop Deen was announced hours after she failed to make a scheduled appearance on the NBC television morning show "Today" to discuss the controversy. She later apologized on video that was posted online.

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done. I want to learn and grow from this," Deen said in one video posted on YouTube and other websites.

The controversy surrounding Deen erupted earlier this week when a deposition was released in transcript form in which Deen, who is white, was asked if she had used the "N-word," and responded, "Yes, of course." The "N-word" is a euphemism for "nigger," an epithet for black people.

Asked about the epithet in the deposition, Deen said she had used the slur when describing, probably to her husband, how a black man robbed a bank where she was working in the 1980s. She said she had used the word since, "but it's been a very long time."

A former employee of Paula Deen Enterprises, Lisa Jackson, is suing Deen and her brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers, in federal court alleging racial and sexual discrimination in the workplace. The deposition was related to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that, while discussing with Jackson plans for Hiers' 2007 wedding, Deen said she wanted a "true southern plantation-style wedding."

"Well, what I would really like is a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around," Deen said, according to the lawsuit.

'Plenty of mistakes'

In one video message posted on Friday to YouTube, Deen apologized to "Today" host Matt Lauer for failing to show up for her interview, as she tried to reach out directly to the public.

"I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are," Deen said in that message.

In another video statement posted on YouTube and other websites, Deen said she had made "plenty of mistakes along the way."

"But I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness," she said.

Deen did not directly mention the lawsuit or her deposition in either of the two widely shared video statements.

A spokeswoman for Deen did not return calls or an e-mail seeking comment.

Howard Bragman, vice chairman of the reputation management service, told Reuters the chef "needs to be honest, emotional and convincing."

"She's never going to come back whole, she's never going to come back to where she once was," Bragman said in a phone interview. "Do I think she can salvage some measure of a career? Yes I do, there's a lot of people who still like her - the butter manufacturers of America. But she's never going to come back whole."

Long before becoming a celebrity chef, in 1989 Deen started out of her home a catering service called The Bag Lady. It later became the critically acclaimed restaurant The Lady and Sons in Savannah, Georgia.

Her show "Paula's Home Cooking" debuted on The Food Network in 2002 and her program "Paula's Best Dishes" premiered in 2008. She had a longstanding love for butter as an ingredient, but after revealing last year that she had Type 2 diabetes, she became a paid spokeswoman for drug maker Novo Nordisk and introduced light recipes. - GMA News.

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