Thursday, April 30, 2015

ANCESTRAL RETURN: Golf Legend Calvin Peete Transcends To The Spirit Realm At 71 - Taught Himself How To Play Golf At Age 24; Won 12 PGA Tour Events; The Most Successful Black Player Before Tiger Woods!

Calvin Peete after winning the Georgia Pacific-Atlanta Classic golf tournament in Atlanta in 1983. American golfer who came late
to the game and overcame physical limitations to become a top player. Photo: AP

April 30, 2015 - GEORGIA, UNITED STATES
- Calvin Peete, who taught himself how to play golf at 24 and became the most successful black player on the PGA Tour before the arrival of Tiger Woods, died Wednesday morning, the PGA Tour said. He was 71.

The tour did not have a cause of death. Murray Brothers Funeral Home confirmed it was handling the arrangements but did not release additional information.

Peete won 12 times on the PGA Tour, mainly on the strength of his uncanny accuracy off the tee. Peete led the PGA Tour in driving accuracy for 10 straight years starting in 1981, and he captured the Vardon Trophy over Jack Nicklaus in 1984. He also played on two Ryder Cup teams.

More impressive than his record, however, was the journey to compete - and beat - the best in golf.

Born July 18, 1943, in Detroit, Peete used to pick beans and corn in the fields in Florida to make money for his family. He eventually financed a station wagon from which he sold vegetables and other goods to migrants. He wasn't interested in golf, even at the prodding of friends. Peete had spent enough time in the hot sun.

According to a 1983 profile in The New York Times, Peete became interested when he saw how much money golfers were making. He first took up the game in Rochester, New York, when he was 24. Within six months he was breaking 80, and a year later he was breaking par.


Even more remarkable is that Peete had a left arm he couldn't fully extend. He had fallen from a tree and broken his elbow as a kid, and it was never properly set. That didn't keep him from developing a repeatable swing that always seemed to find the fairway.

''Some of the players still drive farther than I do,'' Peete told The Times in the 1983 profile. ''But I'm always in the fairway, and they're sometimes in the trees.''

Peete became the fourth black player to win on the PGA Tour, joining pioneers like Pete Brown, Charlie Sifford and Lee Elder.

Four years after finally earning a card, he won the Greater Milwaukee Open in 1979 by five shots over Lee Trevino, Victor Regalado and Jim Simons. He finished 27th on the money list that year and cracked the $100,000 mark ($122,481) for the first time.

Peete won four times in 1982, tied for the most titles on the PGA Tour that year with Tom Watson and Craig Stadler. He won the Vardon Trophy for the lowest stroke average in 1984, and his biggest victory was a year later when he captured The Players Championship.

''I can still remember watching Calvin hit drive after drive, straight down the middle of the fairway, an amazing display of talent he possessed despite some of his physical limitations,'' PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said. ''Calvin will always be remembered as a great champion and an individual who consistently gave back to the game. We will dearly miss him.''

Peete finished his career with over $3.2 million in earnings from the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.

He was inducted into the African-American Ethnic Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. He also had a degree. A few years after his first PGA Tour victory, he returned to Detroit to take the General Equivalency Diploma test.



WATCH: PGA Tour's Profile of Calvin Peete.




''I love this game,'' Peete said in the Times profile. ''You're out in the fresh air and you can meet good people, like the President of the United States - I once played a round with President Ford - and you have a chance to make $400,000 a year.''

Two years later, the season he won The Players Championship and the Phoenix Open, he earned $384,489 to finish fourth on the money list.

Peete is survived by his wife, Pepper, and seven children. - Yahoo Sports.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

EUROPEAN RACISM: The Systematic War On Black People - In Milwaukee County, More Than Half Of African-American Men In Their Thirties Have Been Locked Up!


April 29, 2015 - MILWAUKEE, UNITED STATES
- In Wisconsin, African-Americans make up only six percent of the population, but thirty seven percent of inmates at the state’s prison, according to a New Yorker article on mass incarceration.

For young African-American men, the data is particularly disturbing:

“According to a study from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, as of 2010 thirteen per cent of the state’s African-American men of working age were behind bars—nearly double the national average, of 6.7 per cent. The figures were especially stark for Milwaukee County, where more than half of African-American men in their thirties had served time in state prison.” 


John Chisholm, the District Attorney in Milwaukee County, allowed his staff to be interviewed and his office to be studied in an effort to determine how they use prosecutorial discretion. The results of the study, conducted by the Vera Institute of Justice, were worrisome:

According to the Vera study, prosecutors in Milwaukee declined to prosecute forty-one per cent of whites arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia, compared with twenty-seven per cent of blacks; in cases involving prostitution, black female defendants were likelier to be charged than white defendants; in cases that involved resisting or obstructing an officer, most of the defendants charged were black (seventy-seven per cent), male (seventy-nine per cent), and already in custody (eighty per cent of blacks versus sixty-six per cent of whites).

Chisholm used the results to try and implement new reforms.

“For a long time, prosecutors have defined themselves through conviction rates and winning the big cases with the big sentences,” Nicholas Turner, the president of the Vera Institute, told the New Yorker’s Jeffrey Toobin. “But the evidence is certainly tipping that the attainment of safety and justice requires more than just putting people in prison for a long time. Prosecutors have to redefine their proper role in a new era. Chisholm stuck his neck out there and started saying that prosecutors should also be judged by their success in reducing mass incarceration and achieving racial equality.”

Even when whites were charged at a higher rate than blacks, it still evidenced a discriminatory process.

“When I first saw the data, I thought, Here is some good news,” Chisholm said. “It said that we charge white offenders for property crimes at a higher rate than we do black offenders for those kinds of cases. So I thought, Good, here is a disparity the other way. That must balance things out. But a deputy of mine pointed out that what the data really meant was that we devalue property crimes in the center city. We don’t charge a car theft, because we think it’s just some junker car that’s broken down anyway. It meant that we were devaluing our African-American victims of property crimes—so that was another thing to address.”

Because of this, Chisholm has moved toward an “evidence-driven public-health model”, which includes placing prosecutors in neighborhoods around Milwaukee. This process, he says, goes beyond just seeking convictions for the sake of it. It includes an early intervention program. The results of a test given after the arrest can lead to a diversion program or a “post-arrest supervision program.”

What do you think of Chisholm’s reforms? Would you support these initiatives in your state?  - Your Black World.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DR. ALI MUHAMMAD: Indigenous Government - Our Business, Economic, Legal And National Status!



April 28, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- In the following videos, Dr. Ali Muhammad of the Aboriginal Republic of North America examines the economic, legal and national status of the indigenous peoples.


WATCH: Nationality & Economic Discussion.



WATCH: Law Business & Economic Infrastructure.





Monday, April 27, 2015

BLACK ENTREPRENEURS: Powerful Black Stories - In A Single Year, This Arkansas Woman Helped 2,000 Ex-Felons Find Full-Time Jobs!



April 27, 2015 - ARKANSAS, UNITED STATES
- Finding employment after being in prison can be next to impossible.

Not only do these people have to battle the stigma of a criminal record, they are also barred from some types of jobs entirely, including those in the childcare, education and healthcare fields.

It’s no wonder that so many ex-felons turn back to a life of crime just to get by; two-thirds are re-arrested within three years of their release.

But in Little Rock, Ark., one woman has given thousands of former inmates a second chance to contribute to society, local station THV11 reports.

For the past three decades, Darlene Lewis’s nonprofit organization, the Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders Inc., has helped ex-offenders prepare for interviews, assisted with job placement and provided help with resume writing and GED prep — all at no cost.

Last year alone, the nonprofit aided 2,000 men and women find full-time jobs, reports say. The organization also helps with housing and advocates for offenders in court.

Yes, it costs a lot of money to help a former felon find gainful employment, but reducing the rate of recidivism ultimately saves the country even more.

According to Lewis-Burnett, about $3.6 million in taxpayer money is saved for every 100 ex-offenders who avoid rearrest or living on welfare.

Lewis started her nonprofit in 1987 for very personal reasons. “I had a son go to prison many years ago and when he got out of prison it was so difficult for him to get a job,” she tells the station.

In a touching radio broadcast, former inmate James Taylor (who served seven years for weapons possession and drug charges) describes the “almost impossible” task of finding jobs.

After getting in touch with Lewis, she was able to help him find a job at a local McDonalds as a manager.

Although he lost the job and admits he could have easily found “quick money” by going back on the streets, he went back to Lewis, who was right there to help him back on track.

Taylor now works as a videographer and a youth mentor and also volunteers at the nonprofit.

“She saves people, she need a cape,” Taylor tells THV11. “I’ma get her one, one day.” - PBS.





Sunday, April 26, 2015

BLACK BUSINESS: 5 Black-Owned Companies You Never Heard Of That Make $500 Million Or More A Year!


April 26, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- There are more than 2 million businesses in the United States that are owned by African Americans, but most are small operations with very few employees. However, there are many Black-owned businesses that employ hundreds or thousands of people, and generate annual revenues of $100 million or more - some even generate billions.

Here are 5 of them that you probably never heard of:

#1 - World Wide Technology Inc: Based in Maryland Heights, Missouri, this is a global IT company that serves the technology needs of large public and private organizations. Founded by David L. Steward, this company has long been the largest Black-owned business and has grown to more than $6.7 billion in annual revenue with more than 3,000 employees. Even more, they have more than 2 million square feet of warehousing, distribution and integration space. And yes, they are Black-owned!

#2 - ACT-1 Group: Based in Torrance, California, this company provides staffing, human resources and management solutions to Fortune 500 companies in industries from entertainment to technology, and finance to biotech. Founded by Janice Bryant Howroyd, this company generates more than $2.2 billion a year! Not just Black-owned, also woman-owned!

#3 - The Anderson-Dubose Company: Based in Lordstown, Ohio, this company provides logistics solutions and unparalleled service to the world's most elite corporations in the quick service industry. Founded by Warren E. Anderson, they have more than 400 employees, and generate more than $540 million in annual revenue. Black-owned - check!

#4 - Global Alliance Automotive: Based in Detroit, Michigan, this company is a global automotive parts supplier. As a worldwide group of independent representation companies, they are an adequate contemporary answer to recent major structural changes within the automotive industry. They pull in about $520 million every year in revenue. Black-owned? Yes, indeed!

#5 - Thompson Hospitality: Based in Reston, VA, this company is the largest minority-owned food service management company in the country. Founded by Warren M. Thompson, they were recognized in 2010 as "Company of the Year" by Black Enterprise Magazine. They have more than 4,000 employees, and their annual revenues are just shy of $500 million. Again, Black-owned! - Black Business.





BLACK HISTORY: Jeremiah G. Hamilton, The Black Wolf Of Wall Street - The Ruthless Black Wall Street Broker Who Made Millions Before The Civil War!



April 26, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Dating back to 1852, an intellectual black man, McCune Smith, wrote that Jeremiah G. Hamilton was the “only black millionaire in New York,” to Frederick Douglas. However, modern Americans have chosen to ignore this very successful African-American despite his achievements and pursuit of wealth.

Behind the great story of Jeremiah Hamilton lies tens of thousands of words of newsprint specifically about him, as well as over 50 court cases that have Hamilton listed as either plaintiff or defendant. His story goes to show the limits and possibilities the black community has in one of the nation’s largest cities.
 
In the middle of the 19th century, Hamilton was a broker. He found success in the same place that ran New York at that time, Wall Street. Hamilton wasn’t just a broker trying to get by, either. He was adept to the trade and was viewed as a “skilled and innovative financial manipulator,” according to the New York Times.

However, no statue has ever been put up honoring Hamilton and in fact, that will probably never exist. This is mainly due to the fact that Hamilton wasn’t necessarily a saint. He was ruthless and aggressive with his business endeavors. On the other hand, you can’t exactly blame him. Being a successful black man in those days took courage and a lot of hardball. And hardball is exactly what was brought to Hamilton.


WATCH: The Black Wolf of Wall Street.




Hamilton saw a lot of rough patches in his days. One occurred when a group of white rioters kicked in the basement door of Hamilton’s house, where he lived with his white wife, Eliza Jane Hamilton. After running into Eliza, she told the rioters that he was away. One witness to the incident, a neighbor, had heard the commotion. After stepping outside to see what was going on, he was confronted by a “lookout” that cocked a pistol to his chest. The lookout said, “there is a nigger living here with two white women, and we are going to bring him out, and hang him on the lamp post, and you stop and see the fun.”

At the time of his death in 1875, Hamilton had a fortune of $2 million, being listed as the richest black man in the US by obituaries. His fortune would be worth around $250 million today. He was put through some rough incidents that regarded race, but outlasted all of them while still finding success. - Black Then.



EUROPEAN RACISM: The Systematic War On Black People - Major Unrest In Baltimore As Thousands Protest Freddie Gray's Death!

Police stand guard outside Camden Yards as protesters gather for a rally to protest the death of Freddie Gray who died following
an arrest in Baltimore, Maryland April 25, 2015. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

April 26, 2015 - BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES
- Clashes have broken out in Baltimore’s Camden Yards as demonstrators began throwing bottles at police and smashing cars. Thousands of marchers took to the streets to protest the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who died after being detained by police.

Police in riot gear charged some of the protesters after they smashed police cars and threw objects at the officers. RT’s video agency Ruptly’s Paulina Leonovich says the cops have made several arrests at the scene.

Demonstrators had smashed a garbage can through the rear window of a police vehicle, while other protesters started jumping on top of cars in the vicinity.

The Baltimore Police Department told the public to avoid the area surrounding Howard and Camden Streets, while several roads in the area were closed. They also urged the demonstrators to keep their protests peaceful, though they mentioned on their Twitter feed, “We have isolated pockets of people from out of town causing disturbances downtown.”

The force added, “We are deploying resources to keep everyone safe.”

Baltimore police confirmed on their Twitter feed that a total of 12 people had been arrested during the unrest.


WATCH: Baltimore Police Commissioner - Freddie Gray not given proper medical help.




As the protests were winding down in Baltimore, there was the surreal scene of more than 300 law enforcement officers keeping just 20 demonstrators in check. The cops in riot gear were marching down the street in unison, beating their truncheons against their shields and shouting, “move over” at the bewildered public, who were more interested in taking photographs than causing any trouble.

The rally started with over 1,500 protesters gathering at the spot where Freddie Gray was arrested on April 12.

When the protesters eventually got to City Hall, which was following the planned route of the march, they took down the American flag and replaced it with a black and white flag instead.

The Baltimore PD were out in force and had been keeping a watchful eye over the protesters. Some of the demonstrators had urged law enforcement officers to “stand down,” while they were also holding placards and shouting, “hands up, don’t shoot” at the cops. Chants of “Freddie, Freddie” could also be heard from the sizable number of demonstrators.

Malik Shabazz, an attorney and President of Black Lawyers for Justice was one of the leaders of the march. He shouted, “We’ve got to shut this city down!” and “We don’t fear no police today!” into a microphone.

Law enforcement officer’s initially kept a low profile, as helicopters flew overhead. The police were trying to prevent any repeat of the violent confrontations that marked the Ferguson protests in 2014.

Details are still sketchy regarding how Gray suffered a severed spine while he was being kept in police custody.


WATCH: Protesters smash cars, clash with police.




There is also a dispute about police comments concerning Gray’s arrest being carried out “without force or incident.”

It is also unclear what happened once the suspect, who the police say was carrying an illegal switchblade, was in the van, where he demanded help on several occasions.

The six policemen, who had come in contact with the 25-year-old Gray that day, have been suspended while the investigation is being carried out.  - RT.





BLACK ENTREPRENEUR: Tanisha Robinson - Entrepreneur Mines Trendy Memes For Millions And Social Change!

(Image: Tanisha Robinson)

April 26, 2015 - OHIO, UNITED STATES
- There are tons of ways to make money online these days but turning a profit that actually supports all life’s expense is a difficult return to generate  unless you’re meme master Tanisha Robinson.

CNN Money reports, Robinson’s firm Print Syndicate, based in Columbus, Ohio, makes social media an all out million dollar business.

Its in-house team of 15 artists search for trendy slogans, mantras, nicknames, or anything viral worthy, on sites like Twitter, Buzzfeed, Pinterest and turn them into cheeky T-shirts, posters, mugs, and throw pillows.

She told CNN, her team tries to locate trends that speak to “underserved social groups,” whom she calls “tribes” of the internet.

When millennial supporters of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Ginsburg awarded her the nickname “Notorious RGB”, in homage to her position on controversial issues like gender equality and same-sex marriage, it triggered an endless amount of social memes.

Robinson’s startup jumped on the opportunity and quickly created its best-selling product to date.

“We made a T-shirt which was a mashup of Notorious B.I.G and Ginsburg,” Robinson told CNN. It showed an image of Ginsburg with a tilted crown on her head [the reference being to the late rapper, Notorious B.I.G’s famous pose featuring a tilted crown].

“We sold thousands,” said Robinson.

The startup launched in November 2012 and logged $4 million in revenue in its first year. That jumped to $12 million in 2014 and she expects to double sales this year.

Print Syndicate is profitable, employs 130 people and has raised a total of $4.2 million in funding.

Robinson reveals to CNN, the controversy she’s overcome throughout her life and says she’s now in the business of giving customers a platform for social issues.

“As a hyper-marginalized person, I’m a woman, I’m black and I’m gay, I’m very interested in social change,” she said. “The future for us is to keep paying attention to social identity trends and provide our cultural commentary through our products”. - BE.



EUROPEAN RACISM: The War On Black People - Newly Elected Mayor Locked Out Of City Hall In Struggling St. Louis County Town!


April 26, 2015 - MISSOURI, UNITED STATES
- Just minutes away from Ferguson, its now-famous neighbor, is Kinloch, the first well-established African-American community in St. Louis County. Kinloch was once a flourishing town with some 10,000 residents.

Today, the population is less than 300. They elected a new mayor earlier this month: Betty McCray, 64, a seven-year veteran of the Kinloch Board of Aldermen. She won with 76 percent of the vote -- that is, 63 votes.

But the Board of Aldermen refused to swear her in, and now McCray can't get into city hall.

On Thursday, after she was sworn in by St. Louis County officials in nearby Clayton, McCray showed up at Kinloch's combination city hall and police department. It's in the former elementary school with the boarded-up windows and an overgrown playground. She was denied entry and handed impeachment papers by the city attorney, James Robinson. (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a video of their encounter here.)

McCray told HuffPost that Kinloch officials have just “continued business as usual” since the election. “They don’t want to leave because they know I will find out everything that they’ve been doing,” she claimed.

Two years she resigned from the Board of Aldermen when Mayor Darren Small won office. She told HuffPost it was because “I knew it was going to be horrible.” She called the current regime "crooked."

Those at city hall see it differently, of course. They have alleged to county and state officials that 27 people who don't live in Kinloch were illegally registered to vote, according to the Post-Dispatch.

An official from the city of Kinloch did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment.

As to the claims of voter fraud, McCray said those people still live in Kinloch even if their apartments appear to be in bad shape.

“We citizens of Kinloch have to live in horrible conditions. There is one apartment complex that hasn’t had trash pickup in a year and a half,” she told HuffPost.

She said the people of the town came out in “full force” on voting day because they were tired of “living in a dump.” There has not been an operating public works department for two years, according to McCray.


WATCH: New Kinloch Mayor denied office.



McCray has hired a lawyer and plans to file an injunction against the city.

Wherever the truth lies in the current battle, local government in Kinloch have repeatedly stumbled in recent years. In 2011, a former mayor was sentenced to 21 months in prison for spending tens of thousands of dollars in city money on his own expenses.

This year, the municipal judge was disciplined for a “pattern of misconduct” in his private legal practice -- he was using client funds to pay his own bills. And a former interim mayor was recently cited for resisting arrest -- but she contends she was assaulted by Kinloch police officers.

Kinloch government has not always run smoothly in other ways as well. Prior to the April election, HuffPost tried to attend the town's traffic court, only to be denied access -- even though last summer a presiding county judge had ordered local municipal courts to stop limiting the public's access. - Huffington Post.



Saturday, April 25, 2015

BLACK INVENTORS: Alternate Reality - What If There Was No Black People In The World?!


April 25, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- This is a story of a little boy named Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his Grandfather, "What if there were no Black people in the world?"

Well,Grandfather about that for a moment and then said, "Son, follow me around today and let's just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world. Get dressed and we will get started."

Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. But there were no shoes, and his clothes were all wrinkled. He looked for the iron, but when he reached for the ironing board, it was no longer there. You see Sarah Boone, a Black woman, invented the ironing board and Jan E. Matzelinger, a Black man invented the shoe lasting machine.

Dr. Mark Dean
Theo ran to internet for chat with a friend ,the internet was not working .. Dr Mark Dean - An African American invented many of the Programming for the Internet experiences we enjoy today. 

He looked for his mobile phone ,but it was not there because ,The inventor of the Cellular phone is Black man Henry Sampson.

"Oh well,"Grandfather said, "Go and do your hair." Theo ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You see, Walter Sammons, a Black man, invented the comb. Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see Lydia O. Newman, a Black female invented the brush.

Well, he was a sight, no shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess without the hair care inventions of Madam C. J. Walker, -- well, you get the picture.Grandfather told Theo, "Let's do the chores around the house and then take a trip to the grocery store."

Theo's job was to sweep the floor. He swept and swept and swept. When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there. You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a Black man, invented the dustpan. So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W. Stewart, a Black man, invented the mop.

Theo thought to himself, "I'm not having any luck." "Well, son," Grandfather said. "We should wash the clothes and prepare a list for the grocery store." When he was finished, Theo went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was not there. You see, George T. Samon, a Black man, invented the clothes dryer. Theo got a pencil and some paper to prepare the list for the market, but noticed that the pencil lead was broken, as well he was out of luck because John Love, a black man, invented the pencil sharpener. He reached for a pen, but it was not there because William Purvis, a Black man, invented the fountain pen. As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge invented the type writing machine, and W. A. Lavette, the printing press.

So they decided to head out to the market. Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed the grass was as high as he was tall. You see the lawnmower was invented by John Burr, a Black man.

They made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn't go. You see, Robert Spikes, a Black man, invented the automatic gear shift and Joseph Gammel invented the supercharge system for internal combustion engines.

They noticed that the few cars that were moving were running into each other and having wrecks because there were no traffic signals. You see, Garrett A. Morgan, a Black man invented the traffic light.

Elijah J. McCoy
Elijah J. McCoy, another Africa-America Inventor holds 57 U.S. Patents for Lubrication Steam Engines. 

Well, it was getting late, so they walked to the market, got their groceries and returned home. Just when they were about to put away the milk, eggs and butter, they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see, John Standard, a Black man, invented the refrigerator. So they put the food on the counter.

By this time, they noticed it was getting mighty cold. Theo went to turn up the heat and what do you know, Alive Parker, a Black female, invented the heating furnace. Even in the summer time they would have been out of luck because Frederick Jones, a Black man, invented the air conditioner.

It was almost time for Theo's father to arrive home. He usually took the bus, but there was no bus because its precursor was the electric trolley, invented by another Black man, Elbert T. Robinson. He usually took the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but there was no elevator because Alexander Miles, a Black man, invented the elevator. He usually dropped off the office mail at a nearby mailbox, but it was no longer there because Phillip Downing, a Black man, invented the letter drop mailbox and William Barry invented the postmarking and canceling machine.

Theo sat at the kitchen table with his head in his hands. When his father arrived he asked, " Why are you sitting in the dark?" Why?? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a Black man, invented the filament within the light bulb.
 

Benjamin Montgomery
Africa America George Carruthers developed ways to use ultraviolet imaging in order to view images in deep space that were previously impossible to see. In 1972, Carruthers invented the "Far Ultraviolet Camera/Spectograph," the first moon-based observatory. It was used in the Apollo 16 mission. Then, in 1986, one of his inventions captured an image of Hailey's Comet—the first time a comet had ever been pictured from space.

Benjamin Montgomery
- born into slavery in 1819 in Loudon County, Virginia. Benjamin invented a special propeller which allowed steamboats to navigate in shallow water. 

A Slave Bradley Helped Set Up Scientific Experiments.In The 1840s He Developed a Steam Engine For a War Ship.

Theo quickly learned what it would be like if there were no Black people in the world.

Not to mention if he were ever sick and needed blood. Charles Drew, a Black scientist, found a way to preserve and store blood which led to his starting the world's first blood bank.

And what if a family member had to have surgery. This would not have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams.

So if you ever wonder, like Theo, where we would be without Blacks? Well, it's pretty plain to see, we could very well still be in the dark! - RBF.





Friday, April 24, 2015

EUROPEAN RACISM: The Systematic War On Black People - Dash-Cam Video Shows Cop Pursuing And Shooting Florida Man Armed With A CELLPHONE; Dontrell Stephens Left PARALYZED After Being Shot Multiple Times!

Footage of Dontrell Stephens moments before he was shot multiple times (Still from Youtube video)

April 24, 2015 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- An unarmed black man paralyzed by a Florida sheriff’s deputy is suing the police department over the shooting. Newly released dash-cam footage of the incident appears to back up the victim’s claim that the officer lied about how events unfolded.

Dontrell Stephens, who was 20 in September 2013, was talking on a cell phone while riding his bike through West Palm Beach, Florida. His actions were captured on the dash-cam of Deputy Adams Lin's patrol car. Lin is a member of the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office.

Stephens was shot in the left hand, twice in the elbow and once in the chest, according to the lawsuit filed by attorney Jack Scarola. He was in possession of marijuana, but was otherwise unarmed.


WATCH: DASH-CAM VIDEO - Cop pursues, shoots black man armed with cellphone.




Stephens was left paralyzed from the waist down.

PBSO Sheriff Ric Bradshaw defended Lin. Both are named in the lawsuit, which Scarola filed on Stephens’ behalf.

“If they don’t (comply) and they have something in their hands and they’re going to make a move towards the deputy, they’re going to defend themselves,” Bradshaw told reporters the day of the shooting, according to the Palm Beach Post.

"Stop what you're doing and comply with us,” he added. “There’s nothing in the rules of engagement that says we have to put our lives in jeopardy to wait and find out what this is and get killed.”

An internal investigation cleared Lin of wrongdoing after four days, calling the shooting justified.

But Scarola told WPTV he discovered issues with the deputy’s statements after requesting and viewing all the video and audio recordings from the incident.

"There are no records of any commands ever made to Dontrell Stephens," he said. "The deputy's recorded statements following the shooting were absolutely false. Internal affairs completely ignored that evidence.”

Lin was on patrol as part of a community policing initiative in the area, which is known for drug deals, prostitution and shootings, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Moments after the dash-cam video begins, Stephens realizes he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with the cell phone in his right hand and walks toward the deputy. He disappears for four seconds.

When he reappears, he is in the process of being shot four times by Lin.

Stephens, who has a criminal record for possessing cocaine, then ran from the bullets before dropping to the ground.

Lin and another deputy are then heard talking about the incident.

"He starts backing away," Lin explains. "I said, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground'.”


Stephens paralyzed from the waist down.


“I got your back man,” the unnamed deputy replied. “I got your back. Hey, you hear me?”

Deputy Lin responds, “Yeah, I know.”

Along with his accusations that responding officers were complicit in clearing Lin of any wrongdoing, Scarola claims Lin used police brutality during the arrest.

“Not only was Stephens’ stop without cause, his arrest was secured with excessive force,” Scarola wrote of the shooting in his filing.

He also accuses Bradshaw of encouraging the use of stop-and-frisk, a controversial law-enforcement technique that has been used in other areas, most prominently in New York City.

The sheriff’s office, he claims, “has encouraged the use of ‘stop and frisk’ tactics in any area they deem to be ‘high crime'.” That policy, combined with inadequate training of deputies, he wrote, has contributed to a “deliberate indifference” to the constitutional rights of Palm Beach County residents.

The Stephens shooting was the sixth deputy-involved incident involving gunfire in West Palm Beach in 2013, according to the newspaper.

Lin’s dash-cam video was obtained by the Palm Beach Postand WPTV, a local NBC affiliate, as part of a joint investigation into police shootings. It was released in conjunction with a federal wrongful death lawsuit filed against PBSO. - RT.





BLACK IMAGE: Nigerian "Queens Of Africa" Dolls To Surpass "Barbie" In Sales - Taofick Okoya Uses Black Dolls To Keep The Ancestral Heritage Alive And Fight Against European Brainwashing!



April 24, 2015 - NIGERIA
- Taofick Okoya was trying to find a doll for his niece a few years ago.

He lives in Nigeria and was appalled at the fact that he couldn’t find a black doll.

Barbie has produced dolls of other races but there aren’t many and they are not anywhere near as readily available as the white dolls.

So Okoya decided to take matters into his own hands and start up a doll company of his own.

Taofick Okoya
He got a third party company in China to manufacture the doll parts and then when they were shipped to him he would put them together. He then made clothes for the dolls that looked like traditional Nigerian clothing.

This made the dolls very unique and business grew very quickly. He sells them in a shop in a shopping mall in Lagos.

Each year Okoya sells between 6,000 and 9,000 dolls. He thinks that he has a pretty good chunk of the doll market worldwide and estimates that he holds at least 10-15% of it.

The economy in Nigeria is one of the fastest growing in the world so it is no surprise that the dolls are selling like hot cakes.

Little girls who see them in the shopping mall are excited because there is finally a doll that they can have that looks like them.

Okoya says that the key is appealing to the demographic in the area that you are selling in.

Having the dolls dressed in traditional Nigerian garb makes them very authentic to the area and the culture which makes them more desirable. It allows little girls to be proud of their heritage and show it off with their new toy.

Mattel and other companies like them have not tapped into this growing market but the longer they wait the better Okoya does with his business. By the time they get into the market it will already be ruled by Okoya’s “Queens of Africa” dolls.

The dolls sell for amounts up to $22 (3,500 naira which is the Nigerian currency). These make them very affordable to the people who live in the area. - The Black Home School.





Thursday, April 23, 2015

EUROPEAN RACISM: The Systematic War On Black People - Police Arrest Louisiana Man For "Sagging Pants"; Tase Him, Leave Him Face Down In Cell Until He Died!

A still from YouTube video

April 23, 2015 - LOUISIANA, UNITED STATES
- Ervin Leon Edwards, 38, died face down in a jail cell after a half-dozen officers held him down and tasered him, then left him for dead.

His crime? Police were questioning him about an argument with his girlfriend and then began harassing him over his “sagging pants,” according to the lawsuit. He was arrested moments later and brought to the West Baton Rouge jail.

As Edwards was being arrested, for seemingly no reason, he began to voice his discontent. Nonetheless, officers still managed to restrain him and bring him to jail.

During the arrest, police threatened to taser Edwards at which point his girlfriend begged them not to because of Edward’s high blood pressure, according to the lawsuit.

What happens next can only be described as gross criminal negligence on behalf of Port Allen Police.

This incident happened in November of 2013, but video of the incident has only recently been released to the public. What it shows is disturbing.

The video starts as Edwards is dragged into an isolation cell by a half-dozen officers. He appears to have his hands restrained behind his back at this time.

As police were apparently attempting to restrain him further, Edwards can be seen struggling. However, at no point, does he appear to pose a threat to the myriad of cop boots on and around his body.

At this point, we can see that one officer applies his taser to the buttocks of Edwards, and the man goes completely limp.

Instead of checking on the man, who is now obviously unconscious, the officers slowly backed away from the body and left the cell. One officer is seen pulling the pants from Edwards limp body before closing the door.

Several minutes pass before anyone even looks into the isolation cell, Edwards never moved.

More time passes; a second person looks into the cell, says nothing. Edwards body remains in the same position.


WATCH: Man arrested for sagging pants tased, left to die in prison cell.




A third glance into the cell finally results in officers checking on Edwards. Unfortunately, any emergency life-saving techniques at this point were futile.

“The fact that the subject appeared unresponsive, perhaps unconscious on the floor as the officers withdrew from the cell, should have resulted in an immediate request for medical intervention and a quick determination of whether there was a pulse or breathing,” said Greg Meyer, who retired several years ago as a captain with the Los Angeles Police Department and is recognized nationally as a use of force expert. “If not, CPR should have been started immediately.”

The cause of death was classified as “undetermined” by death investigators. “Acute cocaine and phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication in association with restraint by law enforcement,” was listed on his autopsy report.

After the incident in 2013, an internal review was conducted surrounding the events of Edwards’ death. Predictably, the officers found themselves to have committed no wrongdoing.

According to The Advocate, the Sheriff’s Office has since turned over the findings of its investigation to the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Edwards’ only son has since filed a wrongful death suit in federal court.  - The Free Thought Project.




ASEER, THE DUKE OF TIERS: Moor Men - The Moors And True History Of Mormonism!



April 23, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Aseer, the Duke Of Tiers discusses Mormonism, and its roots in Moorish History.

The truth of Brigham Young and John Smith, and how racism is used to brainwash the indigenous peoples into worshiping false Gods. The moral "know the truth of yourself, because others who learned from you or your People, will make you think your people learned form them" 


WATCH: Aseer - Moor than Mormon.





EUROPEAN RACISM: Baltimore Protests The Killing Of Freddie Gray - Two Arrested As Maryland Governor Sends In State Troopers; Former U.S. Marshall Says Gray's Death Highlights "Real Law Enforcement Problems"!

Reuters/Jose Luis Magana

April 23, 2015 - BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES
- Baltimore residents and police clashed as people marched downtown to protest the mysterious death of Freddie Gray in police custody. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) said he will send 32 state troopers to the city in order to oversee demonstrations.

No concrete numbers are in, but hundreds of protesters took to the streets of downtown Baltimore, rallying in front of City Hall and the US Courthouse while calling for justice in Gray’s death. The 25-year-old African-American man died as a result of a severe spinal cord injury, though it’s unclear exactly how or when he was hurt. His funeral is set for Monday.

As demonstrators marched through the streets, they chanted phrases such as, "All night, all day – we’re going to fight for Freddie Gray” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!”

At one point, protesters and police became involved in a scuffle, with reports on the ground saying that some people threw objects at officers.

Two people were arrested for disorderly conduct and destruction of property, police said.

At another point in the protest, demonstrators surrounded a police vehicle and climbed on top of it, according to WNEW News.

Otherwise, the day was largely peaceful. In some instances, people pushed into the streets, interrupting traffic as they spread their message. Some simply chanted "Freddie, Freddie!"while others called for the six officers involved in Gray's death to be indicted.


A few hundred protesters looping the plaza, "all night all day we want justice for #FreddieGray."

#Baltimore is now chanting "Indict, Indict!" and #Freddie, Freddie!" #FreddieGray

Protests chanting "we want all 6" and #nojusticenopeace in Baltimore

Gray was detained after making eye contact with police and running away. Officers gave chase and claimed he possessed a knife, but this account is disputed by Gray's family.

Speaking with the Baltimore Sun, Hogan said he had sent 32 state troopers to the city following a request for assistance from the Baltimore Police Department. The troopers reportedly have “expertise” in crowd control.

"There's raw emotions. People legitimately have concerns, and the community is out in force protesting," Hogan told the paper. "I want to thank the folks involved in that. So far it has been peaceful. We want to try to keep things under control. The last thing we need is more violence in Baltimore City."

While state troopers will be present in Baltimore, Hogan said city police will continue to bear most of the responsibility.

"The Baltimore Police Department, as a matter of past practice, asks for the assistance of local and state law enforcement partners for any large-scale event, festival and other occasions that draw large crowds," the police said in a statement, adding that it "will continue to do everything possible to ensure the safety of those engaged in the expression of their constitutional rights."

Meanwhile, the circumstances surrounding Gray's death continue to be hazy. Michael Davey, an attorney for the police union who is representing at least one of the six officers currently under investigation, said that officers did not secure Gray with a seatbelt after arresting him and placing him in a police van. If true, that would be a violation of Baltimore PD policy.


WATCH: Protests in Baltimore over the murder of Freddie Gray.










"It is not always possible or safe for officers to enter the rear of those transport vans that are very small, and this one was very small," Davey said.

The Baltimore PD confirmed that it "has a policy requiring all prisoners to be properly seatbelted during transport," but did not clarify whether or not Gray was secured. It added that photographs of the van could not be shared with the media because they are currently part of an investigation.

Police have said that Gray was conscious when he was placed in the van but unconscious when taken out. They have acknowledged that Gray – who appeared injured as police attempt to get him inside the van, according to footage recorded by a bystander – asked for an inhaler, but a request for medical assistance was not made for another 40 minutes or so.

Due to all of these unanswered questions, Hogan told the Baltimore Sun that he will sign a recently passed bill that would let police departments outfit officers with body cameras.

"We're getting bits and pieces of information from bystanders that may or may not show the whole story, so we don't know what happened before the incident or after the incident that we have on tape," he said. "Having the real evidence of exactly what happened, having everything videotaped, is a step in the right direction."


Freddie Gray death highlights ‘real law enforcement problems’ – former US Marshal

The area where Gray was arrested had a reputation for drug use, however Fogg added that this did not grant the police officers probable cause.

Swann also asked how it’s possible that police detained Gray “without force or incident,” as Officer Garrett Miller wrote in the charging documents. Footage recorded by a bystander showed Gray was “clearly injured.”

According to the documents, Gray “suffered a medical emergency” while inside the police vehicle and was “immediately transported to Shock Trauma via medic.”

To Fogg, the story doesn’t seem to add up.

“We’re sitting right there watching the video,” he told RT. “We can see the man is injured. We can see he’s in pain. He can hardly use his legs. They’re saying, well, when he got up on the police wagon he appeared to be standing – we’re not medical doctors, we don’t know. His back could’ve been severely damaged then.”

He added that police should have sought medical help earlier, saying Gray was “yelling, screaming, hollering” and “obviously in pain.”

“The key here is once the guy was injured – whatever it was – they should have called for emergency equipment to come in and look at this man,” Fogg said.

Officials have acknowledged that Gray did ask for an inhaler while he was in custody, but calls for medical assistance were not made until 42 minutes later.


WATCH: ‘There are real law enforcement problems’ with Freddie Gray incident - US Marshal.




Gray, 25, was originally arrested on April 12 after making eye contact with one of several police officers in the area and running away. Sometime during the incident, he suffered a severe neck injury that damaged his spinal cord. When he was taken to a hospital, he slipped into a coma and died on April 19.

Baltimore police have claimed that they found a knife on Gray, adding he was detained for this reason. However, the attorney for Gray’s family argues that police didn’t even know Gray had a knife on him until they had arrested him.

Gray’s death has sparked outrage in Baltimore. Demonstrators are calling for the six officers involved in the arrest to be disciplined. The officers have been identified by the police department and have been suspended with pay while the investigation continues.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department announced it has opened a probe of its own to determine whether Gray’s civil rights were violated.


- RT.



BLACK ACHIEVEMENTS: Loretta Lynch Becomes United States Attorney General In Historic Vote - The First Black Woman In The Post!



April 24, 2015 - UNITED STATES
-  The US Senate confirmed Loretta Lynch as the nation's first black female attorney general Thursday, installing an aggressive counter-terrorism prosecutor as the top law enforcement official for President Barack Obama's final 21 months in office.

Lynch was confirmed in a 56-43 vote -- with 10 Republicans crossing the political aisle to lend their support -- following weeks of gridlock after her confirmation process was dragged into a bitter partisan battle over abortion.

WATCH: Loretta Lynch Confirmed As Next Attorney General.




She takes over from outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, whom Republicans had criticized as being a rubber stamp for Obama's policies.

Lynch's confirmation brought to an end a months-long process that Democrats noted took longer than the confirmation of the seven previous attorneys general combined.

"Today, the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch to be America's next attorney general -– and America will be better off for it," Obama said in a statement.


Loretta Lynch listens during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

"Loretta has spent her life fighting for the fair and equal justice that is the foundation of our democracy."

Lynch, 55, has served twice as US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she thrived as a relentless federal prosecutor putting mobsters and terror suspects behind bars.

Her office has prosecuted more terrorism cases since the 9/11 attacks of 2001 than any other office, noted Democratic Senator Amy Klobuchar, who described Lynch as "exactly the type of tough and tested leader" Americans need in the job.

With her confirmation dragging on, Lynch dived into her work as US attorney. Just this Monday, she announced a 25-year prison sentence for an American from New York who admitted he tried to join an Al-Qaeda group.


Democratic legislators hold a news conference to discuss the confirmation vote for Loretta Lynch to become the next US attorney general on
Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on April 23, 2015 (AFP Photo/Alex Wong)

Senate Majority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R) watches as Congressional Black Caucus members pose for a photo after a vote in
the Senate on Capitol Hill April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski)

In previous years, she successfully prosecuted the terrorists who plotted to bomb the Federal Reserve Bank and the New York subway.

She also went after corrupt public servants and politicians in both parties, and won billions of dollars in settlements in fraud cases involving major banks.

And she oversaw the civil rights prosecution of several New York Police Department officers involved in the brutal 1997 assault of Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, which could provide key perspective as she investigates a series of recent cases involving the use of deadly police force against Americans.

With Republicans seething over what they argue is White House overreach, many expressed hope that Lynch, who would be only the second woman to hold the post after Janet Reno (1993-2001), would strike a less overtly political and combative tone than Holder.

- 'Embodiment of American Dream' -

At her confirmation hearing in January, Lynch said she would act independently and aimed to build a "new and improved relationship" with Congress, where Republicans who control both chambers are incensed with Obama's unilateral actions last year on immigration.

Hours before the vote, Senator Ted Cruz attacked Lynch as unfit for the position and "unwilling to impose any limits whatsoever on the authority of the president of the United States."

Despite urging colleagues to stop Lynch, Cruz, a candidate for president in 2016, was the lone senator not to vote on Lynch's confirmation.


WATCH: Obama - U.S. Better Off With Loretta Lynch.




Lynch is the daughter of a North Carolina Baptist minister father and a librarian mother. Fascinated with the legal system since she was a child, Lynch attended Harvard College and then Harvard Law School.

"This woman is the embodiment of the American Dream in action," Senator Claire McCaskill said.

Lynch's father was seen in the Senate gallery and several House members in the Congressional Black Caucus were invited to the Senate floor for the historic vote. - Yahoo.



BLACK HAIR: "The Adventures of Moxie Girl" - 7-Year-Old Natalie McGriff Wins $16,000 For Comic Book About Natural Hair!

(Image: Facebook)

April 23, 2015 - FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Natalie McGriff is the 7 year old author of The Adventures of Moxie Girl. Her new comic book tells the tale of a little black girl who hates her natural hair texture.

After cleansing her Afro puffs with some magical shampoo, however, her textured coils take on super powers that have the ability to save Jacksonville, Florida’s public libraries from being eaten by monsters.

McGriff presented The Adventures of Moxie Girl at One Spark, the world’s largest crowdfunding festival designed to connect creators with the resources they need to bring their ideas to life. Her comic book was a win, as the young author took home a check for $16,423.69.

Angie Nixon, McGriff’s mother, helped to author the book upon realizing that her daughter suffered with self-esteem issues and hated reading.

“‘She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different word,’” Nixon says.


The Adventures of Moxie Girl

McGriff is the winner of One Spark’s Education category. Over 530 projects reportedly competed at One Spark and 300,000 people attended.

At the Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit in Atlanta, May 13-16, we will host several sessions that further explore the topics of entrepreneurship.

Sessions like Finding Support for Your Business and Suppliers & Millennials Building Brands in the Digital Space may prove to be of benefit if your children have an entrepreneurial spirit like 7-year-old McGriff.

The panels will discuss financing arrangements to jumpstart your business and how successful millennials landed partnerships with the world’s largest retailers, respectively.

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide is set for May 13–16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services you’ll need to stay ahead of the curve. To register and find out more, visit www.blackenterprise.com/es/. Join us at the Entrepreneurs Summit, Where Innovation and Capital Meet.


- BE.



EUROPEAN RACISM: The War On Black People - Family Of Michael Brown To Sue City Of Ferguson!

The mother, Lesley McSpadden (L) and father, Michael Brown Sr., of slain teenager Michael Brown, hold a news conference in Geneva November 12, 2014.
Reuters/Denis Balibouse

April 23, 2015 - MISSOURI, UNITED STATES
- The family of Michael Brown has filed a civil lawsuit against the city of Ferguson under Missouri's "wrongful death statute," family attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement Thursday.

The suit seeks punitive and compensatory damages in excess of $75,000, in addition to attorney fees.

Brown's parents attended a news conference in front of the St. Louis County Courthouse after the suit was filed. His mother, Lesley McSpadden, who wore a red hoodie bearing her son's likeness, and his father, Mike Brown Sr., wearing a St. Louis Cardinals snapback and a hoodie that said, "Mike Brown chosen for change," did not speak, allowing attorneys Anthony Gray and Crump to address reporters.

In addition to the city, the suit also names Officer Darren Wilson, whose fatal shooting of Brown has been ruled justified, and former police Chief Thomas Jackson, who resigned last month.

Wilson "unjustifiably shot and killed (Brown), using an unnecessary and unreasonable amount (of) force in violation of (Brown's) constitutionally guaranteed right to life," the lawsuit states.

The suit further accuses Wilson of "destroying evidence and interfering with the investigation" -- and a former supervisor, his fiancee, of turning a blind eye -- by washing blood off his hands and bagging the gun he used to shoot Brown.

Jackson is included because he "maintained general supervision" of Wilson and "was also responsible for his hiring, training and retention," the lawsuit states.

Ferguson city spokesman Jeff Small declined to comment on the lawsuit beyond saying it had been received, but not yet read in full.

Investigation findings disputed

Many of the allegations in the suit dispute the findings of the shooting investigation. Namely, the suit omits the claim that Brown and Wilson struggled over Wilson's gun, and it states as fact the now disputed claim that Brown had his hands up in surrender when he was killed.

Gray said he does not believe in the local or federal investigations that cleared Wilson, and he took aim at the prosecutor who presented the case to a grand jury, saying that his presentation of evidence was "critical" to Wilson's exoneration.

"The evidence has not changed, but the presentation of that evidence will," Gray said of the civil lawsuit.

Wilson was never cross-examined, and his story changed many times -- "It's been refined; it's been perfected," Gray alleged -- but the attorney directed reporters to a section of the grand jury testimony -- volume 5, page 72 -- that Gray claimed indicated Wilson himself told the grand jury that Brown had his hands up.


The family of Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old killed in Ferguson last summer by a white police officer, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city
on Thursday, seeking unspecified punitive damages, $75,000 in compensation and changes in policing.

In fact, that section of the testimony came from a sergeant who testified that Wilson told him after the shooting that Brown charged him with his hands up.

Crump told reporters that the alleged subterfuge with which investigators handled the Wilson probe is indicative of a national trend. He cited the cases of Eric Garner, Floyd Dent, Tamir Rice and Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

"The standard police narrative is contradicted by the evidence," the attorney said.

Gray promised the lawsuit in early March after grand jury and Justice Department decisions not to charge Wilson in the shooting.

"They have accepted (Wilson's) self-defense," attorney Daryl Parks told reporters at the time. "We do not accept his self-defense."

Word of the lawsuit comes more than six weeks after the Justice Department determined there was not sufficient evidence to charge Wilson in Brown's death but found in a separate investigation that the Ferguson Police Department showed a pattern of racial bias.

'It is our hope that ... true change will come'

The slain teen's parents released a statement in March saying they were disappointed that Wilson would not face charges, but, they added, the federal report on the Police Department could provide a silver lining.

"We are encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color," the statement said. "It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country. If that change happens, our son's death will not have been in vain."

In November, a grand jury cleared Wilson and, in an uncharacteristic move in grand jury proceedings, the prosecutor released all the evidence that was considered.

The jury in the civil lawsuit will be asked to make a determination based on a lower burden of proof -- by a preponderance of evidence, rather than beyond a reasonable doubt.

"There were other alternatives available to (Wilson)," Gray said in summing up the Brown family's case. "He did not have to kill Michael Brown." - CNN.





Wednesday, April 22, 2015

BLACK ENTREPRENEURS: BE 100s - Black Women Owners Discuss How To Build A Million Dollar Business At The Entrepreneurs Summit!


April 22, 2015 - UNITED STATES
- Since 1973, Black Enterprise has published a listing of the nation’s largest black-owned businesses and over the years the BE 100s list has boasted some of the biggest and baddest female entrepreneurs from Ernesta Procope to Eunice Johnson to Oprah Winfrey. Not to mention the richest African American women in business, owning multi-million dollar businesses.

In fact, the number one female BE 100s, Janice Bryant Howroyd , became the first to own and operate a company that generates more than $1 billion dollars in revenues. Her company, Act-1 Group, the Torrance, California-based global staffing firm, holds the No. 2 spot on the 2014 industrial/service ranking, grossing $2.3 billion in 2013.

How did Act-1 get there? When Act-1 became our BE Industrial/Service Company of the Year in 2012, Howroyd said it took meeting the demands of corporate giants like Merck and AT&T; designing customized services that deliver maximum results; and increasing its international presence.

Across the board, women-owned businesses are serious players in this nation’s economy. According to the Center for Women’s Business Research and the National Women’s Business Council, more than 9.1 million firms are owned by women, employing nearly 7.9 million people, and generating $1.4 trillion in sales as of 2014.

About 2.9 million firms are majority-owned by women of color in the U.S. These firms employ 1.4 million people and generate $226 billion in revenues annually.

However, women-owned businesses continue to lag men-owned businesses, and are under-represented in the top revenue categories. Just one in five firms with revenue of $1 million or more is women-owned. Put another way, only 4.2 % of women-owned firms have revenues over $1 million.

Sharing some lessons on how black women can build a million dollar business is the focus of this year’s SistersInc panel at the Entrepreneurs Summit (May 13-16) in Atlanta. On hand for this women of the BE 100s discussion are Rumia Ambrose-Burbank, President of VMS365 and Founder of Sole de Frio, Dr. Krystal Conner, CEO of Enviro AgScience , and Jenell Ross, President of Bob Ross Auto Group.

Troy, Michigan-based VMS365 ranks no. 60 on the industrial/service list with materials and inventory management firm generating $53.7 million in revenues in 2013 and $59.4 million in 2014. The family-owned construction and landscaping firm out of Columbia, South Carolina, Enviro AgScience grossed $28.8 million in 2014, while BE 100s auto dealer, no 24 on the list, grossed 66.7 million in 2013 and in 2014. Alongside her brother, Ross operates the family business founded by their father in 1972, an authorized Buick, GMC, Mercedes-Benz, Alfa Romeo and FIAT Auto dealer, based in Southwestern, Ohio

At the Entrepreneurs Summit, these women of the BE100s will not only share lessons learned but will provide tips on raising capital and building a brand. They will share some insights on how to take calculated risks and to form strategic partnerships to scale the business.

The Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Summit hosted by Nationwide is set for May 13–16, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Expect innovative sessions, high-powered speakers, and an early peek at the products, trends, and services you’ll need to stay ahead of the curve. To register and find out more, visit www.blackenterprise.com/es/. Join us at the Entrepreneurs Summit, Where Innovation and Capital Meet.


- BE.




Tuesday, April 21, 2015

EUROPEAN RACISM: The War On Black People - U.S. Justice Department Investigating Death Of Man Killed While In The Custody Of The Baltimore Police; "March2Justice" Rally Arrives In Washington D.C., Seeking To End Police Brutality!

The Baltimore Police Western District station where Freddie Gray was taken after being arrested in the Sandtown neighborhood
April 21, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

April 21, 2015 - BALTIMORE, UNITED STATES
- The US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that it is opening a federal civil rights investigation into the death of Freddie Gray. The Baltimore man who died after his spine was severed while he was being held in police custody.

Gray was arrested by multiple police officers on April 12 after reportedly making eye contact with the police. Law enforcement officers said the 25-year-old began running away from police in an area known for drug activity. He was detained and placed in a police van, where he suffered a serious spinal cord injury.

After arriving at a hospital for treatment, Gray fell into a coma and died on April 19.

“The Department of Justice (DoJ) has been monitoring the developments in Baltimore, MD, regarding the death of Freddie Gray,” an agency spokesperson told the Guardian in an email.

“Based on preliminary information, the Department of Justice has officially opened this matter and is gathering information to determine whether any prosecutable civil rights violation occurred.”

Gray’s death has resulted in multiple protests in Baltimore, where local police have failed to explain how and why Gray was injured. The Baltimore Police Department is also conducting an investigation into the incident, which is scheduled for completion next week. Results are expected by May 1.


#freddiegray mother and father hold each other and cry at the spot their son was arrested.

“We know the injuries that Mr. Gray sustained. We know the final outcome of Mr. Gray…What we don’t have at this point is how Mr. Gray sustained those injuries,” Baltimore PD Deputy Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said at a media briefing on Monday.

Rodriguez added Gray was able to breath and speak when he was first put into the police van. When he was taken out, he could not do either.

News of the Justice Department investigation arrived only a few minutes after Maryland lawmakers urged the agency to probe the incident.

"Freddie Gray's family and the residents of the City of Baltimore deserve to know what happened to him while he was in police custody. We need answers," Sens. Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin and Reps. Elijah Cummings, Dutch Ruppersberger and John Sarbanes wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, the Baltimore Sun reported.

"While we support the efforts of the ongoing review into the policies and procedures of the Baltimore Police Department by the Community Oriented Policing Services Office, we request that the Department of Justice open a federal criminal and civil rights investigation into the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray."

While supporters will welcome the probe, the Justice Department faces a difficult task if it has to potentially convict the officers of civil rights charges. The DOJ will have to prove beyond reasonable doubt that officers wilfully violated Gray’s civil rights.


WATCH: Baltimore residents reach breaking point - march against police brutality.




The Baltimore PD suspended six officers involved in the incident with pay on Tuesday. They were identified as lieutenant Brian Rice, 41, sergeant Alicia White, 30, and police officers William Porter, 25, Garrett Miller, 26, Edward Nero, 29, and Caesar Goodson, 45.

"During transport to Western District via wagon transport, the defendant suffered a medical emergency and was immediately transported to Shock Trauma via [a] medic,” Garrett Miller, the arresting officer, wrote in the police report.

The attorney representing Gray’s family said the police had no reason to stop Gray, though law enforcement officers said the young man had a switchblade in his pocket.

"They've made concessions on lack of probable cause," attorney William Murphy told AP. "Running while black is not probable cause. Felony running doesn't exist, and you can't arrest someone for looking you in the eye."

Previously, Murphy said that Gray’s spine had been 80 percent severed at his neck.



‘March2Justice’ rally arrives in DC seeking to end police brutality



Activists campaigning against policy brutality and racial profiling have reached Washington DC, having marched more than 200 miles from New York City on foot. They have planned a rally for Tuesday on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building.

Demonstrators departed from New York, NY on April 13 and spent a week trekking 250 miles down the East Coast before arriving at the nation’s capital on Monday. They plan to speak out against police brutality and racial profiling near the steps of Congress.

On Saturday, the activists stopped along the way in Baltimore, Maryland and joined a protest there intended to draw attention to the recent death of Freddie Gray. The 27-year-old black man died over the weekend as a result of spinal injuries suffered days earlier while allegedly in police custody.

Waves of other recent officer-involved incidents have resulted in fatalities across the US, with Gray’s death once again raising concerns about police tactics used against African-Americans.




Online, organizers said the goal of the march was to “change the landscape of this nation and prove once and for all that all men and women are created equal.”

“We March2Justice for Black men and women, including transgender and non-conforming individuals, the incarcerated, undocumented people and all others in the margins and intersections who are all disproportionately impacted by police violence and systemic racism,” the group says on its website.

"I commend and firmly stand behind The Gathering For Justice, Justice League NYC and the partner organizations responsible for the March2Justice," actor and humanitarian Danny Glover said in a statement published by the rally’s organizers. "The time is now for action-based initiatives to supersede wishful thinking, and collectively, their decades of experience in building more conscious communities is inspiring."


WATCH: March2Justice protesters arrive in DC from NYC after 9-day trek.




The march officially began last Monday in Staten Island where Eric Garner died in July 2014 after being placed in a chokehold by an officer with the New York Police Department. One month later, 18-year-old Michael Brown died after being shot in broad daylight by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. In both instances, neither man was armed.

While in DC, the March2Justice movement plans on lobbying Congress for a “Justice Package” of proposed legislation that would install a new federal program for delinquent youths, curb racial profiling and remove militarized weaponry from local law enforcement groups.
- RT News.


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