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I’m Chris Rock and I Approve This Message

With a fractured country over the election, Chris Rock has an interesting message for white voters that should make them comfortable about ‘s Barack Obama re-election. Yes, I said re-election!

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    “THE HELP”: Controversy or Misunderstanding?

    The Help came out the gate in second place at this weekend’s box office. On the heels of Planet Of The Apes, the women driven film grossed 26 million dollars on 2534 screens. Planet of The Apes in week two grossed 27 million dollars on 3691 screens.

    Today’s interview was inspired by Mary Mitchell’s column in the Chicago Sun Times entitled ‘The Help’ Surprises With Dignified Portrayal of Black Maids

    Take a look at the article and listen to the interview with Emma Young, CEO of Emma Young Creative Inc. who has a different take than Mary Mitchell on “The Help”.

    What is it about image of black maids that make Black folks uncomfortable?

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      Posted 3 years, 2 months ago.

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      Post racial my ass! If anyone including Russell Simmons truly believe that we live in a post racial era, take a look at the video above. If you are hearing impaired then read the CNN article Video shows white teens driving over, killing black man, says DA.

      Some say Jim Crow died at the hands of the civil rights movement. Maybe so, but Jim Crow has descendants. Two of those descendants who go by the names of Deryl Dedmon, Jr. and John Aaron Rice drove to Jackson Mississippi just to kill a black man because he was a black man. After the two white teens beat James Craig Anderson, a 49-year-old auto plant worker, while shouting white power, Dedmon ran over a staggering Anderson with his large Ford F250 green pickup truck.

      Racial violene resulting in murder is not new to Jackson, Mississippi. In the early morning of June 12, 1963, just hours after President John F. Kennedy’s speech on national television in support of civil rights, civil rights leader Medger Evers pulled into his driveway just after returning from a meeting with NAACP lawyers. Emerging from his car and carrying NAACP T-shirts that read “Jim Crow Must Go,” Evers was struck in the back with a bullet fired from an Enfield 1917 rifle that ricocheted into his Jackson, Mississippi home. He staggered 9 meters (30 feet) before collapsing. He died at a local hospital 50 minutes later.

      Jim Crow is alive and well through all the Deryl Dedmon, Juniors out in the world. That also includes John Aaron Rice who at this writing has only been charged with simple assault. Can anyone in the Hinds County District Attorney’s office say FELONY MURDER? Where is Nancy Grace when you need her?

      It’s the same OLE’ SCHICKARDY, just different racist butt holes named Deryl Dedmon, Jr. and John Aaron Rice.

      Don’t drop the soap John Aaron Rice and Deryl Dedmon, Jr. , don’t drop the soap!

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        Posted 3 years, 2 months ago.

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        The Dawning Of A New Era At WEDU?

        A few years ago, I awaited the showing of a documentary entitled the Murder Of Emmett Till. The film was to be shown at 9:00 PM on WEDU, a PBS station in Tampa, Florida. I had set the station to come on at 9:00 PM. When that time arrived, I found that WEDU had substituted another program in place of the Emmett Till documentary. WEDU did show the film but not until around 3:00 PM the next morning.

        I inquired about the scheduling and was told that management found the documentary to be too graphic. I supposed that management was referring to Emmett Till’s corpse which was badly mutilated.

        Last week, WEDU held a special screening of the documentary Freedom Riders. The Tampa Theater was packed with a diverse audience, and the program was all inclusive.

        Although not on the same level as Emmett Till’s corpse, Freedom Riders was very graphic. You will not walk away not being aware of the violence the initial riders encountered in Alabama and Mississippi. Those young men and women black and white were beaten unmercifully with bats, chains and whatever else those white supremist savages could find in their effort to prevent U.S. citizens of color from exercising our constitutional rights as citizens. In one instance they even attempted to murder the occupants of a Greyhound bus by fire bombing it and preventing the occupants from exiting the burning bus. Such graphic motivated other students both black and white to get involved in the Freedom Riders movement, thus ridding this country of another shameful Jim Crow law.

        In the political climate we are currently experiencing, the graphics is also a reminder of who and where we were once upon a time in this country and why we need not re-institute those racial policies which represents a sad chapter of our American history.

        The film was well received by the audience who remained for a Q&A session with some Freedom riders living within the the Tampa Bay area. One of the panelist Reverend Dr. Bernard Fayette Jr. grew up in Tampa’s Ybor City.

        WEDU is now under new leadership with Susan Howarth at the helm. The local PBS station did an exceptional job in promoting the event, and was awarded by an excellent turn out.

        This year WEDU through PBS is showing documentaries pertaining to Black American in different months of the year. This supports Febone1960.net’s signature introductory saying that “Black History Is American History”. Because it is American history, it should be celebrated not just in February which is known as Black History Month but on any of the 365 days of the year.

        As a result of the Tampa Theater gathering on April 13, 2011, this writer optimistic that the film will be shown by WEDU at the scheduled 9:00 PM time slot on May 16, 2011.

        Hopefully this is the dawning of a new era at WEDU and that the Tampa community will embrace local projects pertaining to not only black Americans, but Latino, Asian and Native Americans as well. This writer is mindful that WEDU has presented some projects such as the history of Central Avenue, but there is more black history to explore within the Tampa bay area. I’m sure this is true in the Latino, Asian and Native American communities as well.

        Above are some video highlights of the Freedom Riders screening at the Tampa Theater. Take a look by clicking the play button above.

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          The protest in Libya is all over the news. The poverish citizens have grown tired of the iron fist ruling of veteran leader Muammar Muhammad al-Gaddafi and his spendthrift sons.

          We are appalled at Gaddafi’s use of force. Defying demands to step down, Muammar Gaddafi ordered air-strikes against the Libyan protesters.

          American citizens now watch in horror as the protesters fight for democracy unfolds. Similar to the civil rights movement in the United States the protesters have taken to the streets demanding democracy.

          Because of our democratic society here, we vote for our government officials. As a result, we are under the impression that such barbaric behavior displayed by the defiant dictator would never be considered here.

          If Americans think that such barbaric behavior couldn’t happen in our country, think again. We are still learning about the horrors of the Jim Crow era where racial etiquette was and still is the rule of the day.

          The latest revelation is the medical crime perpetrated against 5 year old Vertus Hardiman.

          Imagine being a 5 year old black boy who is subjected to a radiation experiment that leaves your head deformed. Imagine that the high volumes emitted also leaves a hole in your skull. That exactly what happened to young Vertus.

          A film has been made of his ordeal. Entitled Hole In the Head: A Life Revealed Vertus Hardiman, it explores the ugly secret of Hardiman’s experience with an unethical medical profession. Vertus was one of ten children, experimented on with radiation by a county hospital in Indiana during 1927. All attended the same elementary school in Lyles Station, Indiana. The experiment was misrepresented as a newly developed cure for the scalp fungus known as ringworm. In reality the ringworm fungus was merely the lure used to gain access to unsuspecting children whose parents signed permission slips for the treatment blindly. No doubt racial etiquette influence their decision to use these children as guinea pigs.

          Vertus Hardiman was the youngest victim and now at age 84, unburdens himself of an incredible story of this stark medical crime. The crime had severe physical complications for Vertus – namely, a harshly irradiated and malformed head, with an actual hole in the skull.

          Remarkably, not one person in Vertus’ community had ever been aware of this situation – because he always wore a wig and woolen beanie right up to the time he made the disclosure.

          During filming Vertus reveals his secret and in his own words says, “For over 80 years only four individuals outside a few medical specialists have ever seen my condition; I hide it because I look like some monster.” Over his life he was criticized, teased and scorned by those who had no idea what the wig hid for 80 years.

          Four additional survivors of this horrific event had astonishing similarities, but none as far-reaching and severe as Vertus.

          This documentary also shows that the Lyles Station experiments were not an isolated event. One such example involved radiation experiments performed against one hundred thousand darker-skinned immigrant children in Israel in 1951, a tragedy financed by the United States Army. Amazingly, many of these victims arrived on U.S. soil in cages for further study, an attempt to determine human reaction to over-exposure to radiation.

          This story should encourage at high levels a hunger for education, especially for an accurate all inclusive account of American history. Never again should the Jim Crow atrocities be permitted to occur in this country.

          Take a look at the trailer above. If you are not a registered voter, after seeing the trailer, you should run out to nearest Supervisor of Elections office and register. Those who are registered should learn about your candidates and vote not by block delivered by some poverty pimp, but judiciously.

          Remember just like Gaddafi, Jim Crow had children, and grandchildren who are now public officials riding the Tea Party Express.

          We should no doubt support the protest in north Africa, but we should also stay vigilant of threats to democracy in this country, cutting them off at the path. Remember, Never Again!

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            Posted 3 years, 7 months ago.

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