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John Ridley New Television Drama American Crime Premiering THURSDAY MARCH 5 on ABC PDF Print E-mail
Written by DD   
Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:07

With writing, timing is everything. Being in the right place at the right time.

-- John Ridley


Above:  Benito Martinez -- photo credit American Crime.

This powerful sneak peek trailer for a new television drama American Crime was heart wrenching for me to see. American Crime will be premiering this upcoming THURSDAY MARCH 5 10|9c on ABC.

3 things came across my thoughts while watching the impassioned performance from both Johnny Ortiz and Benito Martinez in the trailer:

1)     I put myself in the shoes of the parent (Benito Martinez) whose kid was being detained for the allegation of murder. The young man (Johnny Ortiz) was complaining about his father being overbearing -- but the  patriarch made no apologies for his strict parenting.

2)     As the authorities were separating the child from his father in light of the allegation, I thought of the immigrants who were and are separated from relatives because of a clearly broken immigration system the Republicans have stalled and refused to fix. The broken immigration system criminalizes hard working immigrant fathers and mothers who were forced to be torn apart from their children until the Obama administration used his executive powers to give some relief to these families.

3)     Lastly, I thought about a friend of mine – Joaquin, who was falsely accused of a crime. My childhood friend had not yet even met the “victim” who was living in another state during the time of the allegation. I watched Joaquin’s mom and dad go through a living personal hell and watched them stand by the side of their only son.

In this American Crime Podcast hosted by film critic and radio personality Elvis Mitchell, you get to hear a 30 minute interview of the show creator John Ridley and Executive Producer Michael McDonald who discuss the series. American Crime centers around the brutal attack of a young couple in Modesto, California. Matt Skokie, a war vet, is murdered, and his wife, Gwen, is left unconscious, barely hanging on. The crime sends shock waves throughout the community stirring up tensions across socioeconomic and racial lines in this gritty new drama — from the points of view of all those involved. "It's not about the police. It's not about the prosecutors. It's really about the family," creator John Ridley says.

Essentially Ridley stated this drama was about familia and how a 3 a.m. phone call in the middle of the night can happen to anyone.

The sneak peek managed to capture a patriarch caring father chastising his son who was being detained -- yet while they were taking his son away to jail after being charged for murder, you saw the hard ass of a dad turn into a very different emotional state.  No matter what, the dad was going to be there for his boy to ensure he received a fair trial. You could see it in Benito's eyes and his acting was moving.

Through the lens of a Chicana, I believe American Crime will captivate the tough love we see in ourselves an what we would do for the protection of our kids, family or friends. Often times in our culture, I see tough love displayed through discipline and/or the sheer defense of those we love in order for them to survive.  Kids are our livelihood and many of us know we would die for our children no matter what.

Joseph JT Campos (playing Bruno the immigrant border jumper in the American Crime series) is an actor who made me aware of this new television drama and I’m glad he did because the sneak peak is powerfully irresistible.

I encourage my readers to watch American Crime this upcoming Thursday on ABC.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 March 2015 18:52
Whitney Houston's daughter revived after being rushed to hospital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Fiona Ortiz   
Saturday, 31 January 2015 12:14


(Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of late pop star Whitney Houston and singer Bobby Brown, was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home on Saturday, but she was revived after being rushed to a hospital, police said.

The incident comes three years after Houston, a superstar who battled substance abuse issues, drowned in a bathtub in Beverly Hills, California, in February 2012. Authorities have said cocaine use and heart disease contributed to her death.

Brown, 21, was found at about 10:20 a.m. (1520 GMT) in the bathtub at her suburban Atlanta home by her husband and a friend, said Lisa Holland, public information officer for the Roswell Police Department.

Brown's husband, Nick Gordon, started CPR and police continued life-saving measures until an ambulance arrived and took her to the hospital.

"She's alive at the hospital," Holland said. She gave no other details.


Read More: https://celebrity.yahoo.com/news/whitney-houstons-daughter-hospitalized-found-unresponsive-182008386.html

Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 03:11
POLITICAL SALSA Y MÁS with Salomon Baldenegro “CHICANO HISTORY WEEK?” PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:05

Sal Baldenegro – Political Salsa Y Mas

January 18, 2015 by salomon


Members of a Listserv I subscribe to were recently asked to lobby their respective legislatures to designate the week of February 2-8 as “Chicano History Week.” That week was chosen because the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed on February 2, 1848, ending the Mexican-American War. With all due respect to those arguing for it, I don’t believe that there should be a “Chicano History Week” because in a very real sense that would ghettoize our very rich history.

First and foremost, we should not be asking anyone for permission to celebrate our history. Secondly, Chicano History should be taught every day in our schools. The Tucson Unified School District (TUSD) was doing exactly that until the tea-party racists who run Arizona deemed that teaching our history is illegal. Last week we witnessed history in the making: the Ninth Circuit Court heard arguments of TUSD Mexican American Studies teachers, parents, and students who sued, challenging the constitutionality of that discriminatory law.

Chicano history is American history…


Latinos built America through their hard work.


The indisputable truth is that the history of the United States of America cannot be taught without substantial and substantive discussion of the role of the Chicano-Mexican American community in shaping that history.


Hector Longoria won the Congressional Medal of Honor in WWII.


For example, military service is a popular rendition of American patriotism. In a previous blog I noted that it is beyond ironic that teaching young people about the patriotism of the Mexican American community—e.g., that Mexican Americans have played key roles in WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War and have earned more Congressional Medals of Honor in proportion to their numbers than any other ethnic group in the U.S. is considered “un-American” and is illegal to teach in Arizona.


“Rosita the RIverter” contributed to the war effort in WWII.


And it wasn’t just men on the battlefields. Mexican American women played a crucial role in winning WW II as they—along with women all over the country—took over the factories and manufactured materiel for the troops during WW II. Groups such as Tucson’s Asociación de Madres y Esposas (Association of Mothers and Wives) went throughout the barrios, selling millions of dollars’ worth of war bonds. Asociación members also collected scrap metal to sell—and they picked cotton in the fields outside of Tucson—and donated the proceeds to the war effort.


Documenting our history.

That is just one sliver of our history. Rodolfo “Rudy” Acuña, Christine Marín and other historians have amply documented our community’s history, achievements, and contributions. These run the gamut of human activity—labor, art, literature, science, commerce, ranching, etc. The history of our community is not a history of victimization, of victimhood. Our history is a rich tapestry of struggle, of standing up against what is wrong and for what is right, of flourishing in the face of all manner of attack on our culture, our language, our very existence.

Let’s not ghettoize our history…

To reduce our history to a single week would be impossible. To even try would be a gross injustice and insult to our ancestors. I’m not objective about this. My generation created much history that should not be trivialized by ghettoizing it into a “Chicano History Week.”


Baby Boomers of the WWII Generation.


I am of the Chicano Generation, the children of the Mexican American Generation (MAG), also known as the G.I. Generation in that its members distinguished themselves during WW II. Although the MAG made many civil-rights advances, society still treated us as foreigners and tried to “de-Mexicanize” us and instill an inferiority complex in us. We were beaten at school for speaking Spanish, teachers arbitrarily changed our names, and we were tracked into vocational and out of college prep courses.

The Chicano Generation had two choices. We could acquiesce and shuffle through life, hat in hand, picking up society’s crumbs. Or we could resist and assert our humanity. We resisted.


The author on the front lines.


We weren’t coffeehouse philosophers, sitting around debating theories and ideologies. We were doers. We took risks and got things done. Some of us quit college to become full-time organizers. We marched. We picketed. We rallied. We confronted policy makers. We stood up for workers and organized unions. Many of us were arrested doing these things. We were some folks’ worst nightmare: assertive Mexicans not only refusing to believe they were inferior but openly expressing pride in their heritage and being pushy about their rights.

We took the MAG advances to another level and flung open the doors of opportunity the MAG opened even further. But our generation’s greatest contribution was that it instilled a deep and irrevocable sense of pride in our community, especially our youth.

Honor our history by continuing to make it…


Chicano history must be more than symbolic marches.


However, we should not be lulled into thinking that we “have arrived,” that our work is done. I fear that a “Chicano History Week” would devolve to what MLK and Cesar Chavez days have too often become: an occasion to have symbolic marches, breakfasts, and bloviating speeches by folks, many of these elected officials and others who in real life should not, could not, would not ever, be mistaken for genuine civil-rights activists or leaders.


Chicanos and all Latinos are a part of American history.


The best way to honor our history is to continue making it by beating back the reactionary forces that have coalesced to pass SB 1070-type laws and its clones. The achievements of the MAG and the Chicano Generation, and the demographic dynamics that we are experiencing, i.e., the “Browning of America,” have made us too visible and threatening to these reactionaries. So they have set out to erase our community’s legacy by nullifying our advances and trying to make us invisible. I’m sure the reactionaries would gladly throw us a bone of “allowing” us a “Chicano History Week” to pacify us and keep us from fighting them.

Our history spans centuries and like all peoples’ histories, it is complex and nuanced. A “Chicano History Week” would not even serve as preface to our story. c/s


Copyright 2015 by Salomon Baldenegro. To contact Sal write: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Source: http://www.crnlive.com/CRNBlog/index.php/2015/01/political-salsa-y-mas-with-sal-baldenegro-01-18-15-chicano-history-week/


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Last Updated on Sunday, 01 March 2015 03:17
Lawyer says Suge Knight was behind wheel in deadly crash PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 29 January 2015 20:36

Report: Suge Knight Runs Over, Kills Man Following Argument

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) — A lawyer for Marion "Suge" Knight says the Death Row Records founder was at the wheel of a car that struck two men, killing one, in a Los Angeles suburb.

The accident in Compton occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday.

James Blatt tells KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/1CEZg6W ) that Knight says he was attacked by two people and tried to escape in the car.

Blatt says Knight struck and killed a friend named Terry and slightly injured Cle Sloan, an actor who appeared in the movie "Training Day." He did not give the friend's last name.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department says two men were taken to a hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other's condition is unknown.

Another Knight lawyer, Joseph Low, declined to say whether Knight was involved in the accident but said he will cooperate with investigators.

Tupac Shakur exhibit to open Feb. 2 at Grammy Museum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Lewis   
Friday, 16 January 2015 12:40

Anyone longing to get an up-close-and-personal look at the Versace suit that rapper Tupac Shakur wore to the 1996 Grammy Awards ceremony, or to inspect the tape box and studio notes from the first recording session that Shakur did after being released from prison, will get the chance at “All Eyez on Me: The Writings of Tupac Shakur,” a new exhibition on the rapper’s life and music opening Feb. 2 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles.

“Tupac Shakur was one of the most original and important of all hip hop artists. His writings are both powerful and provocative,” Grammy Museum Executive Director Robert Santelli said in a statement. “It is an honor to be the first music museum to acknowledge Tupac's legacy and to bring context to what was an incredible career.”

The exhibit also will include Shakur’s handwritten notes, lyrics and poems, along with interview and performance footage, and other outfits he wore. All these items were supplied by the Tupac Shakur estate overseen by his mother, Afeni Shakur.


“It means a lot to me that Bob Santelli and the Grammy Museum have chosen to honor my son with their upcoming exhibit of his works,” she said in the same statement. “Tupac's writings are an honest reflection of his passions for, and about life.  His timeless messages have instilled hope for those who have little, and for others, they serve as a catalyst for change. His words continue to motivate and inspire new generations.”

The show, which takes its title from Shakur's 1996 album, is slated to run through April 22 and will examine both his solo career and his work with the hip hop collective Digital Underground.


Source: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-tupac-shakur-exhibit-grammy-museum-20150115-story.html

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 January 2015 04:08
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