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“It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama, “African-Americans in America” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Lyle Russworm   
Monday, 26 March 2012 10:59

“It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama, “African-Americans in America”

Before there was a Civil Rights Movement God gave us Rev. Vernon Johns, who preceded Rev. Martin L. King Jr. as the pastor of Alabama Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.

He gave a historic speech titled “It’s Safe to Murder Negroes” in Alabama at his church before the Deacons of the church was forced to fire him.  The police chief and the White community framed him as being radical, but fear was the driving point for the Deacons.  During his sermon he was removed from the church by the local police officers.  He had been warned not to give the sermon that Sunday, yet, he had the courage to follow his heart.  During the sermon, he told his congregation why Black men are killed and nothing happens. He said it’s because the Blacks just stand by without saying anything against it. It’s like they stood by while Christ was being crucified. Is it fear?”(Johns, 1994) During the sermon he berated the Black community for cooperating with the racist system. (Johns, 1994)



Decades later we are still fearful, yet Black men are killed and in so many cases no justice for the victim's family. Our community institutions should look at each murder that happens in our community to determine if the local law enforcement teams are investigating them with due diligence.

How many African-Americans males must die before we say enough is enough! I have been telling whoever would listen to me for a decade that it is safer for an African-American male to walk the streets of Bagdad than for us to walk on any street in America!

We have failed our children; it starts with fathers, then mothers, then the family, and then community leaders.  It takes a village to raise a child and how many more Trayvon Martin’s must be killed before we take control of our children and our communities.  Perhaps the greatest responsible we have as parents and community leaders is to protect our children and if we cannot do that, it is a clear sign that we are losing the war for the lives and soul of our children. We should be mad as hell that our children are attacked on day one in our educational systems especially our male children, that police officers profile our youth daily, that judges legislate from the bench by always providing sentencing higher for Blacks than Whites, that our legislative branch of government mandate laws that are discriminatory and greatly affect our people, that voting district are drawn to minimize our voting power, that lenders always charge our people a higher interest rate on loans, that grocery stores in our communities charge higher prices, and that there are more liquor stores than grocery stores in most of our communities.  I say what does it take, how many new prisons must be built before you and all our leaders say that we need to begin protesting these not so random act of racism across this country. What does this type of internalized racism say to our children when they see no future and we, as caregiver or so called protectors of the community, say or do nothing to protect or help them!

What will it take before we realize that we are at war and that our children are the targets of millions of gatekeepers determined to marginalize their existence. We may as well call our children collateral damage. If that is the case, I ask you what is the risk analysis?  How many must die each day before enough is enough, is the number 3, 4 or 10. How many must be imprisoned before enough is enough perhaps 1.5 million, 2.5 million or 3 million. What is the acceptable number for Black male dropout rate, 50%, 67% or 80%? How many Black men need to be unemployed or not in the workforce before enough is enough, 12 million, 16 million or 20 million. Does anyone give a damn?

What did Gandhi do? What did Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. do?  What did Nelson Mandela do? Protest!!!!

I call for a National Day of Solidarity for change, a day of community action, a day of community service. My recommendation is that June 19, 2012 be selected for this purpose. I have planted a seed of hope and now what will you and all the community leaders do? My hope is cultivate this seed to rebuild our community and to protect our future which is our children!!!

If you agree in part or in whole in what you just read, please let me know and become active in your community.  Please forward this letter to your local, regional, and state leaders, plus Black radio stations and Black newspapers. I will personally call, email, mail and fax 1000 community leaders in America. At this time I will not pass judgment about who will support this project or who will not, I will allow God and history to judge them!!!!!

Sincerely,

Lyle G. Russworm,

Founder of African-Americans For A Better Society (AAFABS) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story (1994). http://www.vernonjohns.org/snuffy1186/vernjohn.html

Additional Sites to learn more about Internalized Racism:

http://www.rc.org/uer/InternalizedRacism.html

http://www.rc.org/publications/journals/black_reemergence/br2/br2_5_sl.html

http://www.thewtc.org/Internalized_Racism.pdf

http://racerelations.about.com/od/understandingrac1/a/internalizedracism.htm

 
Macy Gray Returns with "COVERED" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Monday, 26 March 2012 05:51

Macy Gray, newly signed with 429 Records, is ready for the release of her stunning new album "COVERED"-- a collection of all new recordings of handpicked songs she's chosen to reinterpret in her own inimitable fashion. With a buzz kicked off by an announcement in Billboard and Rolling Stone, Macy is already confirmed to appear on prime media outlets including Howard Stern, Conan, Late Show with David Letterman, Tavis Smiley and more. Produced by Hal Willner (Lou Reed, Metallica), Zoux and Macy Gray "COVERED" tackles material largely drawn from indie rock songs from the last decade--interpretations her fans will be familiar with as she's been performing them live over the years. The album contains biting, dark signature tracks such as Arcade Fire's "Wake Up" or My Chemical Romance's "Teenagers" which Gray subversively overhauls into something wholly her own. Also included are short skits featuring J.B. Smoove, Nicole Scherzinger and a guest appearance by Idris Elba. The first single "Sail" was #1 Most Added at AC radio for the 3rd week in a row with 5 more add. "COVERED" will be released worldwide on 429 Records TODAY with a special iTunes edition available which contains exclusive remixes of "Sail" and "Here Comes The Rain Again." In addition, Macy is on the verge of announcing a worldwide tour and has just completed the first video from the project. Helmed by famed director Robert DeVico (Pink, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliott), the wildly colorful, party-inspired video for "Smoke Two Joints" premiered on both Perez Hilton.com and Aol in the first week.

Since her dazzling debut introduced this singular talent to the masses, Macy has forged an uncompromising musical path beholden to her own vision and garnering accolades at every juncture. With "COVERED" Macy has turned the cover album concept on its ear choosing edgy contemporary choices and approaching them in an innovative and uncompromising way. Not surprising considering she's spent her career defying expectations and stretching musical boundaries.

"COVERED" Track Listing:

  1. Here Comes The Rain Again (Eurythmics)
  2. Creep (Radiohead)
  3. You Want Them Nervous (skit featuring J.B. Smoove)
  4. Smoke 2 Joints (The Toyes)
  5. La La La (Teaching The Kids) (featuring Layann Al Saud, Avery Albert, Happy Hinds & Siena Stelber)
  6. Teenagers (My Chemical Romance)
  7. The Power of Love (featuring Hugh Salk)
  8. Nothing Else Matters (Metallica)
  9. Sail (AWOL Nation)
  10. I Try Is Cool And All But…(skit featuring Nicole Scherzinger)
  11. Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
  12. Love Lockdown/Buck (Kanye West/Nina Simone)
  13. Mel Rap (featuring Mel Hinds)
  14. Bubbly (featuring Idris Elba) (Colbie Caillat)
  15. Wake Up (Arcade Fire)
  16. Really? (skit featuring MC Lyte)

For more information visit: www.429records.com

Last Updated on Monday, 26 March 2012 06:00
 
Houston died from drowning, coroner says PDF Print E-mail
Written by By ANTHONY McCARTNEY | Associated Press   
Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:21

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston died from drowning in a hotel bathtub, but coroner's officials said Thursday that heart disease and chronic cocaine use were contributing factors to the singer's death.

The release of the autopsy findings ends weeks of speculation about what killed the Grammy-winning singer on Feb. 11 on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

Houston was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and her death has been ruled as accidental. Several bottles of prescription medications were found in her hotel room, but coroner's officials said they weren't in excessive quantities.

Beverly Hills police said in a statement there was no evidence of wrongdoing in connection with Houston's death.

"We are saddened to learn of the toxicology results, although we are glad to now have closure," said Patricia Houston, the singer's sister-in-law and manager.

Coroner's Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said cocaine and its byproducts were found in Houston's system, and it was listed as a contributing factor in her death. He said the results indicated Houston was a chronic cocaine user.

Toxicology results also showed Houston had marijuana, Xanax, the muscle relaxant Flexeril, and the allergy medication Benadryl in her system. Houston died just hours before she was scheduled to appear at producer Clive Davis' pre-Grammy Awards bash.

The singer also had a heart disease that caused blockages in her arteries.

Houston, 48, was buried in a New Jersey cemetery next to her father after an emotional four-hour funeral service that was attended by friends, family and superstars such as Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Roberta Flack

Houston, a sensation from her first, eponymous album in 1985, was one of the world's best-selling artists from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s, turning out such hits as "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," ''How Will I Know," ''The Greatest Love of All" and "I Will Always Love You." But as she struggled with drugs, her majestic voice became raspy, and she couldn't hit the high notes.

Interest in her music skyrocketed after her death, pushing her songs back on to charts and into heavy rotation on the radio.

A full autopsy report is expected to be released in two weeks.

Anthony McCartney can be reached at http://twitter.com/mccartneyAP

AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York contributed to this report.

http://music.yahoo.com/news/houston-died-drowning-coroner-says-213627189.html

Last Updated on Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:22
 
Pitbull Goes "Back In Time" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Saturday, 24 March 2012 05:38

The theme song to the highly anticipated action adventure comedy Men in Black 3, titled "Back In Time," has been written and recorded by RCA Records/Polo Grounds Music/Mr. 305 recording artist Pitbull, it was announced today by Lia Vollack, President of Worldwide Music for Sony Pictures. The song will be available as a digital single and released to radio on March 26. Men in Black 3 will be released in 3D in theaters nationwide on May 25, 2012.

"Back In Time" was written for the film by Armando C. Perez (Pitbull), Marc Kinchen, Adrian Trejo and Urales Vargas and features a sample of the 1950s hit "Love is Strange," written by Sylvia Robinson, Ellas McDaniel and Mickey Baker, which went to #1 for the R&B duo Mickey & Sylvia.

"It's an incredible honor to be a part of such an amazing franchise as Men in Black and I have so much respect for Will Smith, especially with our similar musical backgrounds," says Pitbull. "Wanting to keep the music fun yet modern, we used the slogan of the movie and flipped it back into the song that 'in order to understand the future, you have to go back in time.'"

 
Singer El DeBarge Arrested On Drug Charges PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wonderwall, Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 9:36am (PDT)   
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:48

The singer, who has long battled substance abuse issues, was arrested at 2 p.m. in the Los Angeles suburb for possession of narcotics with intent to sell, reports E! News and TMZ, the latter of which stated that LAPD officers observed DeBarge participating in an alleged drug deal near the 101 Freeway. Police confirmed to the outlets that he was booked and released on a $30,000 bail and is due in court on April 9.

This isn’t the R&B singer’s first run-in with the law. Since 2001, he’s been arrested three times for drug possession. In the mid-’80s, he was also arrested for domestic violence and vandalism. In 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a drug bust. Back in 2008, he was sentenced to two years in prison for a drug bust.

Following his release, he attempted to get his music career back on track. In 2010, he released a well-reviewed album, titled “Second Chances,” which was nominated for two Grammys including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. He had planned to go on tour in support of the record in 2011 but he checked into rehab and wound up canceling the tour.

El DeBarge comes from a musical family that includes three brothers, all of whom teamed to form the group DeBarge in the late 1970s. Their biggest R&B hits came courtesy of “Rhythm of the Night” and “Love Me in a Special Way.” His brother James was once married to Janet Jackson.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 21 March 2012 12:53
 
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