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Stop The Presses! Disco Queen Donna Summer Dead At Age 63 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wendy Geller   
Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:24

Donna Summer, whom millions of fans revered as "the Queen of Disco," has died at the age of 63 in Florida after a battle with cancer, the Associated Press confirmed with the singer's family Thursday morning.

Summer performing in October 2011

The news comes as a surprise to those who were not aware that she was ill. The legendary superstar was publicly active as recently as last June, when she appeared as a guest panelist on Bravo's music reality show Platinum Hit.

However, a report by TMZ, which initially broke the story, notes that those close to the singer--known for mega-hits including "Last Dance" and "Bad Girls"--revealed she had been trying to hide how sick she was. A source said that Summer did not seem to be in that bad of shape two weeks ago.

She is survived by her adult daughters Mimi (by her first husband, actor Helmuth Sommer), Brooklyn and Amanda (by second husband Bruce Sudano).

In addition to her status as a pioneer in the dance music genre, Summer was a five-time Grammy Award winner, the first artist ever to score three back-to-back No. 1 double albums, and was nominated--but not chosen--for induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2010. She is credited with influencing stars ranging from Madonna and Michael Jackson, to Beyonce and Rihanna. Her last album, Crayons, was released in 2008

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 May 2012 09:26
Top Hollywood Stand Ups Unite for Fellow Comedian Rick Najera PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank M. Miranda from Chicano Radio Network U.S.A. Blog - CRNLive.com   
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 10:16

Rick Najera & the ICU (Intensive Comedy Unit) Comedy Benefit

Friday May 18, 8pm @ The Montalban Theatre

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2012)

This Friday, May 18th, friends of award-winning writer/comedian Rick Nájera will come together to celebrate ‘familia’ with a special live comedy benefit. The show stars Hollywood’s top comedic performers including Johnny Sanchez (MADtv, Happy Feet), Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911, Comedy Central), Jill-Michele Melean (Nickelodeon, Comedy Central) and Rudy Moreno (Showtime). Special guests Fernando Carrillo and Rafael Agustín will introduce and host the show.

On March 3rd, Nájera was critically injured in an accident and suffered head trauma that left him two weeks in the ICU. As Hollywood held its breath, an enormous outpouring of love and support from family and friends in the industry and community emerged. Nájera’s recovery was nothing short of a miracle. Even his doctors were surprised, especially as his humor began to shine through from the dim halls of the ICU.

Najera is one of the most well-known sketch comedy writers in Hollywood and honored as 100 Most Influential Latinos in America. He has written for TV shows such as MADtv and In Living Color and directs CBS’ Annual Sketch Comedy Showcase each year. He penned the feature film, Nothing Like the Holidays starring Debra Messing and John Leguizamo, and is best known for his award-winning comedy franchise, Latinologues, which ran on Broadway and has showcased more than 150 actors.

To give thanks and to celebrate the recovery, friends of Rick Nájera cordially invite you to experience a special evening of comedy as we celebrate a second chance for Rick Nájera and a chance to celebrate our community through comedy, the best medicine of all.

Special invited guests include actors Tony Plana, Lupe Ontiveros, José Yenque, Marco Antonio Regil, Kiki Melendez, Yvette Yates, Yvonne de la Rosa, Karina Nuvo and many more.

Rick Nájera & the ICU (Intensive Comedy Unit) Comedy Benefit will be held Friday, May 18 at 8:00 pm at The Ricardo Montalbán Theatre,1615 Vine Street Los Angeles, CA 90028. The show is produced by Rafael Agustín and Juan Rafael Hernández, with the support of the Montalbán Foundation. Tickets are available for $30 presale or $35 at the door and can be purchased at Tix.com under “Rick Nájera& the ICU.”

Secure tickets online: http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=465297

Facebook Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/240189892745752/
For more information, visit www.ricknajera.com.

For press inquiries, interview requests or to be added to the press list, contact:
Dawn Page 310-896-1555, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog/index.php/2012/05/top-hollywood-stand-ups-unite-for-fellow-comedian/

Death Row Records Unleashes "Rap Rivals" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Robert   
Sunday, 06 May 2012 06:51

Players around the world will be able to download the new RAP Rivals app, now and could be on their way to a record deal. Players will enter the RAP Rivals Studio where they will be allowed access to Death Row beats" and record a 30 second demo moving them closer to the next level. You can also play for a chance to win Death Row merch items throughout the competition. The demos will be judged by players and fans from around the world and a finalist will be chosen from each participating country for the final shot at the ultimate prize.
Download RAP Rivals, now and get noticed!

Arizona Caravan for Family Unity shows up to I.C.E.’s Front Door! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Frank M. Miranda from Chicano Radio Network U.S.A. Blog - CRNLive.com   
Friday, 11 May 2012 11:36

Phoenix, Arizona  – Arizona Families traveled to Phoenix from Tucson to urge Arizona I.C.E officials and the Obama Administration to keep their promise and prevent Families from being torn apart. In June of 2011, the Obama Administration announced new guidelines shifting enforcement away from “Low-priority” cases. The Department of Homeland Security has instructed its agents to conduct case-by-case reviews-considering a number of factors including length of time in the Country, family ties, and educational background.-and to close cases deemed “Low-priority” while this is not to automatically grant legal status, it can provide immediate and badly needed relief for those that qualify.


On May 10, 2012, Immigration Attorney Mary Margaret Cowan was accompanied by children being impacted by I.C.E and the Obama’s administrations failure to act on their promise made last year. Included in the group traveling from Tucson, Arizona for this event were clear examples of individuals that contribute not only to their own communities, but as tax paying residents to the country as a whole. Some include, community organizers, business owners, and construction professionals, etc. With the economy the way it is, we can benefit greatly by keeping these assets here in Arizona.

Here a representative of I.C.E. Is collecting the letter requesting fulfillment of their promise.

Professionalism is always appreciated when dealing with personnel you provided funding for as a tax payers. However, sometimes perception is everything. What is your perception? Do you think they will comply?

Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog/index.php/2012/05/arizona-caravan-for-family-unity-shows-up-to-i-c-e-s-front-door/

Last Updated on Saturday, 12 May 2012 00:20
White Supremacist And Friend Of SB 1070 Godfather Commits Mass Murder/Suicide PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amy McMullen   
Saturday, 05 May 2012 02:46


A peaceful early May afternoon in a Phoenix suburb was violently shattered when a notorious white nationalist opened fire on his girlfriend and her family, killing four including an 15 month old baby before turning the gun on himself.

The details are still emerging but at this time it appears that on May 2nd, border vigilante and candidate for Pinal County sheriff,  J.T. Ready, dressed himself in body armor and entered his girlfriend, Lisa Medero’s home in Gilbert where he had been living. He then shot Lisa, her daughter Amber, Amber’s fiancé Jim Hoitt, and Amber’s 15 month old daughter Lilly before killing himself.  Lisa’s other daughter was either in the home or arrived after the event but, in any case, was unharmed. The baby was still alive at the scene when police arrived but died shortly thereafter at the hospital.  Numerous weapons, including anti-tank grenades were found at the house I find this difficult to write about because I’ve followed Ready with a kind of disgusted fascination over the past three years and have seen him on several occasions at different rallies I’ve attended. The first was at a Nazi rally in November of 2010 when all hell broke loose as black bloc protesters and police clashed and more recently in October when he and his buddies showed up with their weapons to Occupy Phoenix .

J.T. was never shy about his white supremacy leanings. There are numerous videos online where he goes on at great length describing his hatred of blacks, Mexicans, Jews and anyone else not of pure white European blood. He envisioned a continent where whites had their own homeland and where people of color were repelled by any means, including violence. While he oozed white supremacy at every pore, he also denied he was a supremacist, instead calling himself a white nationalist, as if this was somehow less racist and more acceptable. He was an active member of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) for several years, showing up at their neo-Nazi rallies with swastikas, flags and Hitler salutes. He always described Hitler as an “excellent white civil rights leader.”

Here is a video of one of their NSM anti-immigrant rallies.

More recently, Ready headed up a border vigilante group called Ready’s Rangers that conducted heavily armed patrols of the deserts south of Phoenix in search of drug cartels and what he called “narco-terrorists.” He had been trying to redefine himself as more of a mainstream patriotic defender of US sovereignty and had quit the NSM the previous year. He even started a campaign to run for sheriff of Pinal County, ironically as a Democrat, claiming he wanted to bring the democratic party back to the values of George Wallace.

Ready was propelled onto the national spotlight back in 2010 due to his long-standing friendship with Arizona state senator Russell Pearce. After the passage of Pearce’s immigration bill SB1070, all eyes pivoted on Arizona and the nativists in the legislature.

Rachael Maddow’s now-famous expose of the racist roots of SB1070 showed pictures of Pearce and Ready arm-in-arm smiling for the cameras juxtaposed with photos of Ready lined up and smiling with a bunch of Nazis. It was that very same expose that helped motivate me to speak out against the anti-immigrant legislation that Pearce has tirelessly defended and against the national anti-immigrant groups such as the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and pro-prison lobbies including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) that stood to benefit enormously from the detention of immigrants.

Civil rights activists in Arizona had been writing about, videoing and exposing the connections between Pearce and Ready for years of course, but it took a spot on MSNBC before the rest of the country caught on to just how blatantly racist SB1070 was. Later Russell Pearce was recalled from the senate and nobody (except Pearce) is denying that his associations with extremists and his single-minded focus on immigration were factors in his defeat.

Of course Russell Pearce did scramble to distance himself from Ready, a man that he had  baptized and ordained into the LDS church.

J.T. described Pearce as a surrogate father and told of how he and Russell would stand on Pearce’s front porch together and tell Mexican jokes; they were that close. But once J.T. refused to participate in cloaking his racism in the manner nativist Arizona politicians like Pearce have long since mastered, Pearce had to distance himself. First he pretended he didn’t know Ready at all but when it became obvious they had a long standing relationship, Pearce had to backtrack and claim ignorance about Ready’s leanings. In his statement to the press after the shootings, Pearce once again attempted to rewrite history on his close attachment to Ready, something that one can only hope will be seen though as the fabrication it is during Pearce’s new campaign to recapture his senate seat.

As much as Ready loved to pontificate about his love of country devoid of brown folks and as much as he displayed his guns and got together with the boys dressed in camo and gilly suits to run around in the desert playing commando, it was hard to take him very seriously. He talked a good talk but often those who do are all talk. But sadly I, and many others misjudged the man. I figured him for a loudmouth blowhard; more revolting rhetoric than substance.

The violence Ready espoused coming home to roost in so horrific a fashion is like a reality punch to the gut. Speculation is running wild that one of the men in camouflage who shot at a truck full of undocumented migrants, killing two, in the desert not long ago could have been Ready. Whether or not this is true, we’re all faced with the level of violence that Ready was capable of, including turning his gun on a tiny child, one he is purported to have called “half ugly” because of her half Latino heritage.

There is no denying that Arizona is a dangerous state. We rank seventh in the nation for gun deaths and sixth for gun slayings. The violence is real, the guns are real, the hatred is real. Arizona is listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as being the home of seventeen hate groups.  Ready’s followers on Facebook have been spinning conspiracy theories about his murder at the hands of a cartel assassination squad instead of acknowledging his act of mass murder and extreme cowardice.

Sadly, those supporters and other like-minded people are still out there, armed, dangerous and true to their cause, whether they be vigilantes patrolling the desert proclaiming to be patriots or men in political power who speak the language of dog whistle racism while wrapping themselves in the American flag.

Arizona, if ever there was a time for a wake-up call, this is it.

Amy McMullen is an activist for human rights and social, economic and health justice currently residing in Arizona.  Her former incarnations include back-to-the-land counter culturalist, small business entrepreneur, charter boat captain, EMT, and rehabber of distressed homes.  She is currently unemployed except for her writing and  the required care and maintenance of her husband and two dogs.  She also volunteers for the Phoenix Urban Health Collective as a street medic.  Her writings on social justice and other subjects appear in Truthout, Salon, The Tucson Sentinel, The Pragmatic Progressive and on her blog at Open Salon.



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