Monthly Archives: August 2013

Stop the Violence! One yr. old Girl Shot While in the Arms of Her Babysitter

This is has got to stop. An 18-yr-old babysitter and the one-year-old little girl, Londyn Samuels, she was carrying in her arms were both shot while going for a walk in Central City, New Orleans. Little Londyn was killed after the bullet continued through the back of her babysitter leaving her nanny wounded, but in stable condition. How many innocent lives have to be lost before something changes? Our thoughts and prayers go out to the parents and family of Londyn Samuels.
Family and friends gather around and show their support for Andrea Samuels, center, the mother of Londyn Samuels, 1, ahead of a press conference.

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Family and friends gather around and show their support for Andrea Samuels, center, the mother of Londyn Samuels, 1, ahead of a press conference.

The two had been on a stroll through Central City, when shots rang out around 8:20pm. NBC News reports that there were two shots fired, both passing through the babysitter’s torso and into baby Londyn.

She was able to frantically call Londyn’s father, 20-year-old Keion Reed, alerting him that his little daughter was shot. Her mother, Andrea Samuels, 22, broke down crying when she heard the news, family members told WWLTV.

Keion Reed, 20, the father of Londyn Samuels, speaks to Mayor Mitch Landrieu during a candlelight vigil for the child in Central City.

Keion Reed, 20, the father of Londyn Samuels, speaks to Mayor Mitch Landrieu during a candlelight vigil for the child in Central City.

“She was my world, she was everything, she was my reason for getting up in the morning,” the grief-stricken father later told the station.

 Family members told the Times-Picayune that Londyn was just learning how to walk. “She used to stand on her feet and try to wiggle,” her aunt, Euneka McGee, 20, told the paper.
In the hours following Thursday’s shooting, the New Orleans Police Department rushed to find the shooting suspects, releasing grainy surveillance video showing a shadowy figure climbing over a fence and making a run for it.

Witnesses told police that they saw two men running from the scene of the shooting, though authorities do not believe that the two were caught in crossfire.

NOPD releases surveillance photos of baby shooting suspects, showing a shadowy figure running off after the murder.

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NOPD releases surveillance photos of baby shooting suspects, showing a shadowy figure running off after the murder.

According to the Times-Picayune, the NOPD has taken in a man and a woman for questioning, and are searching for a second man in regard to the shooting.

The city’s mayor, Mitch Landrieu, told NBC News that the violence must be quashed. “When a young man kills a child in the arms of an 18-year-old, we have to take it to a new level,” he said.

While date from the NOPD shows that murder rates fell between 2012 and 2013, other crimes like rape are on the rise.

Activists and supporters of the family are crying out for peace, and for justice. Reed told NBC News: “My daughter didn’t do anything to him. Why did she have to die?”

Alicia Keys Shows Off Dramatic New Cut – Hit or Miss?

Looks like Beyonce may have inspired some women with her recent haircut as Alicia Keys showed off her brand new hairdo. We caught a couple of humorous twitter reactions below but what do you think of Alicia’s new cut? Hit or miss?
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Drake Finally Responds to “Control” Verse: “Kendrick’s Not Murdering Me, At All, In Any Platform”

Drake has finally responded to the controversial “Control” verse by Kendrick Lamar that took the hip hop world by storm last week. According to Drake, he ain’t worried about nothin’! With the exception of J. Cole, Drake is considered one of the few artists that Kendrick named that would even give Kendrick a real problem lyrically. Who do you think would win in a one-on-one lyrical battle between Kendrick and Drake?

Drake: “I didn’t really have anything to say about it,” Drake says of the verse, which has so far inspired responses from A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson and too many others to count. “It just sounded like an ambitious thought to me. That’s all it was. I know good and well that Kendrick’s not murdering me, at all, in any platform. So when that day presents itself, I guess we can revisit the topic.”

In case you missed Kendrick’s verse that started all the drama, here it is:

“I’m usually homeboys with the same niggas I’m rhymin’ with
But this is hip-hop and them niggas should know what time it is
And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big KRIT, Wale
Pusha T, Meek Millz, A$AP Rocky, Drake
Big Sean, Jay Electron’, Tyler, Mac Miller
I got love for you all but I’m tryna murder you niggas
Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you niggas
They don’t wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you niggas”

Beyonce Challenges Brooklyn Street Dancers to Dance Off

Beyonce was in Coney Island yesterday filming her new music video and things definitely got turnt up when Beyonce bumped into a group of street dancers in the crowd and challenged two of them to a dance off! Check out a few pics below:

Dressed casually in a pair of jeans, white vest and bikini top, the ‘Single Ladies’ diva waved around a large baseball bat while showing off her best moves before stepping aside to allow some other female fans to join in on the battle.

While it is unknown what song will accompany the video, Beyonce is currently recording her fifth studio album which has apparently been pushed back several times but is expected to feature the songs ‘Grown Woman,’ ‘Bow Down’ and ‘Standing On The Sun.’

Beyonce is currently on a lengthy hiatus from her ‘Mrs. Carter Show’ world tour which resumes on September 8 at the Estadio Placido Aderaldo Castelao in Fortaleza, Brazil, but fans can catch her at the Made In America Festival in Philadelphia tomorrow, an event organised by her husband Jay Z. – Via EntertainmentWise

NY Apartment Building Says No Black Renters Allowed

If you’re familiar with Nassau County, this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise but a secret study using actors was conducted proving that building superintendents were doing everything in their power to prevent qualified black people from moving in the area. A lawsuit has now been filed in federal district court by the group ERASE Racism and the Fair Housing Justice Center.

Both groups jointly funded a 2012 investigation that included sending several teams of comparably qualified African-American and white testers posing as prospective renters to inquire about apartments at the 74-unit Town House Apartments in the Village of Mineola, a predominately white community in Nassau County. The lawsuit alleges that an “Apartment for Rent” sign appeared at the building’s entrance, but the building superintendent discouraged black renters from applying by not showing available apartments, quoting higher rents, or suggesting that black applicants would have to be added to a non-existent waiting list.

Sound illegal? That’s exactly the point. The suit alleges that the apartment building’s actions constitute racial discrimination, and that’s in violation of the federal Fair Housing Act.

“This lawsuit is about more than just people being kept out of a suburban apartment building,” says Kimiki Hibson, executtive director of the Fair Housing Justice Center.” It is about African Americans being shut out of a community with high-performing schools, good jobs, and many other amenities. It’s an injustice that serves as a painful reminder, on the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, that much work must still be done to ensure equal treatment and fair housing.”

Lamar Odom Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

Lamar Odom is having the worst year ever. As if the rampant accusations of infidelity and drug use weren’t enough, now Lamar has a D.U.I. to deal with. Lamar was spotted driving erratically on the 101 Freeway in San Fernanddo Valley and quickly got pulled over:
Odom, a free agent who has played for the Lakers and most recently the Clippers, was arrested at 3:54 a.m. and booked into jail in Van Nuys at 5:01 a.m., according to jail records.CHP officials said they spotted Odom driving a white Mercedes sports utility vehicle eastbound on the 101 Freeway near Sepulveda Boulevard. The driver was driving in a “serpentine manner” at speeds of about 50 mph.

Authorities tried to pull over Odom, but he continued driving eastbound, passing Van Nuys Boulevard and Woodman Avenue. He exited at Coldwater Canyon Boulevard and came to a stop, CHP officials said.

Odom showed “objective signs of intoxication and was unable to perform field sobriety tests as explained and demonstrated,” according to a CHP report.

Odom was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and possibly drugs.

At the Van Nuys jail, Odom refused all chemical tests and was booked without incident, CHP officials said.

Odom has made headlines in recent weeks for alleged drug use, including reports last weekend that he was missing after a fight with his wife, Khloe Kardashian Odom.

His agent told ESPN that the basketball player was “not missing,” and a source told the outlet that Odom was at a Los Angeles hotel as friends tried to help him with a drug problem.

Kardashian Odom tweeted about the reports, saying it was “really hard to sit here and listen to people talk … about my family.” – Via LATimes

On the Brink of War Again? The World Waits for President Obama’s Decision on Syria

While most people had their attention on Miley Cyrus’ twerking at the VMA’s s this week, informed citizens are concerned with the ever growing crisis in Syria that the U.S. is currently deciding whether or not  to get involved in. The U.S. has been debating whether to launch a military attack in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack last week in the suburbs of Damascus that killed hundreds of people – an attack Obama said was carried out by the government. Many feel that the war-weary U.S. should mind its business and stay out of any more wars. Others feel that the U.S. has been looking weak lately and the sheer brutality of the chemical attack cannot be ignored. They feel that the U.S. must show a strong, military response to this situation.  The world waits and watches for President Barack Obama’s next move…

President Barack Obama made the case Wednesday for a strike against Syria to send a message and discourage the future use of chemical weapons — but said he had not yet made a decision on whether to take action.

Animal carcasses lie on the ground, killed by what residents said was a chemical weapon attack, in the Khan al-Assal area near the northern city of Aleppo, on March 23.

“We have not yet made a decision but the international norm against the use of chemical weapons needs to be kept in place,” Obama said in an interview with PBS Newshour.

“If we are saying in a clear and decisive but very limited way, we send a shot across the bow saying, ‘Stop doing this,’ this can have a positive impact on our national security over the long term,” he added.

If the US takes action against Syria that causes the current regime to collapse, rebels will be left fighting for control and Assad may resort to using chemical weapons. But if the strikes have no impact, nothing may change at all. NBC’s Richard Engel reports.

An alleged victim of a possible nerve gas attack in Syria

“Nobody disputes — or hardly anybody disputes — that chemical weapons were used on a large scale in Syria against civilian populations,” the president said. “We have looked at all the evidence, and we do not believe the opposition possessed … chemical weapons of that sort.”

But Obama’s taking time to mull the U.S. options for action in Syria is not the only issue causing the delay of a potential strike.

Britain — a key ally for any action on Syria — changed its stance Wednesday, saying the U.N. Security Council should report findings from its inspectors before any military action is taken, and that the British parliament should vote on the matter twice.

Russia and China, which have veto power, have warned the United States not to bypass the U.N. and strike Syria. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said U.N. inspectors need more time to assess whether the forces of Syrian leader Bashar Assad used poison gas on civilians.

The U.S. administration’s view has been that the U.N. investigation comes too late to produce credible results. – Via NBCNews

Women Call for Boycott of Juicy J’s “Twerk for $50,000 College Scholarship Contest”

Rapper Juicy J is facing a lot of criticism for his unique, new contest in which contestants would have a “twerk-off” to decide who would be the recipient of a $50, 000 college scholarship to the college of their choice. Many women feel the contest is degrading and are calling for a boycott of the rapper’s music in protest:

Seeka tha Teacha, head of the Hip Hop Liberation Army along with colleagues Abena Afreeka and Sis Tricey are too pissed off and are calling for a boycott of the rapper’s CD. Appearing on the weekly rap program, “Militant Minded Radio,” they presented a lively discussion on this display of what can be called a byproduct of misogynistic thinking. We ask for your forgiveness in advance as the speaker’s did not identify themselves so we had to play a guessing game.

“There’s no honor in getting a scholarship for shaking your behind….I think its degrading,” says one of the women we think may be Seeka Tha Teacha, a mother. “Why would you want to get a scholarship for that when there’s a lot of intelligent women out here who use their brain. Why don’t you give them some money,” she continues, adding that she would never want her daughter doing anything like that.

“I know Juicy J [is] probably sittin’ back laughing at all the women that’s gonna come and shake they ass for this money. It’s all a game,” she continues.

“As women, for starters, I believe it is imperative for us to come out in strong opposition to the CD, to the message, and begin to actively get in the ears of our young sisteren.”

Do Juicy J critics have a point? Is Juicy J degrading women or is he just trying to help some struggling college students out?

11 yr. Old Carson Huey Becomes the Youngest College Freshman Taking Quantum Physics!

In today’s edition of good news about our youth we so desperately need to hear, an 11 yr. old boy just became the youngest  full-time freshman at TCU college  and as if that wasn’t enough pressure, this young man is studying to be a quantum physicist! Congratulations to this young genius in the making:

He doesn’t live on campus. He can’t even drive there. But an 11-year-old is among the new class of undergrads at Texas Christian University — adjusting to college life, finding the right buildings, settling in for those easy core classes. “I’m taking calculus, physics, history and religion. Those are my four classes,” Carson Huey-You told CBS 11 News. Carson is taking a full load of college courses this semester — and studying to become a quantum physicist. He is the youngest student the university has ever had.

“It’s fun because it’s basically just like high school, but in a big campus…with a lot more people,” says Carson of his college experience.

Carson was co-valedictorian of his senior class, scored a 1770 on his SAT, speaks Mandarin Chinese and plays the piano, according to the campus newspaper.

His mom, Claretta, says her son had intense focus as an infant. By the age of one, he could read. By five, he was doing pre-algebra. Calculus, he says, relaxes him. “Whenever you are like ‘Oh, that makes sense now,’ just kind of after going at it, going at it, it’s just kind of like that one moment of thought,” Carson explains.

Though he’s much younger than his classmates, his professors say when Carson is in the classroom, he’s just another student.

“He’s definitely very talented and also he’s very serious about his work and he really enjoys it. And that’s the best that a professor can hope for his students, right?” says associate math professor Qiao Zhang.

If he graduates as his parents expect, in four to five years, Carson will have a college diploma before or at the same time he gets his driver’s license.

Rep. Joe Walsh: “I Have a Dream That Young Unmarried Black Women Will Say “No” to Young Black Men Who Want to Have Sex.”

Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) stirred up controversy when he invoked his own version of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” to make his point about black men being deadbeat dads..even though he himself owes more than $100,000 in unpaid child support:

According to Mother Jones, Walsh, who was sued in 2011 for owing more than $100,000 in child support, accused leaders in the African-American community of avoiding responsibility for their own problems and placing the blame on larger institutions.

“I have a dream that young black men won’t become fathers until after they’re married and they have a job,” Walsh said at one point. “I have a dream that young unmarried black women will say “no” to young black men who want to have sex. I have a dream that today’s black leadership will quit blaming racism and “the system” for what ails black America.” Taking a page out of Bill O’Reilly’s playbook, Walsh singled out MSNBC host Al Sharpton, playing a clip of an interview where Sharpton discussed the need for activists to challenge the Supreme Court decision that effectively gutted the Voting Rights Act.

“Once again, it’s ‘somebody did something,’” Walsh said dismissively. “You’ve got the Black community 50 years later, and for guys like Sharpton, somebody’s doing something to the community. It’s the racist society. It’s the George Zimmermans of the world. It’s the Supreme Court, right? It’s the government, right? It’s always somebody else. That’s the message that Blacks hear every time they hear Reverend Al speak.” – Via RawStory

Do you agree or disagree with Rep. Joe Walsh? Is the black community always looking for someone to blame instead of  taking personal responsiblity?

Kris Jenner’s Talk Show Cancelled Due to Poor Ratings

One Kardashian down, a few more to go. Wordondastreet is that Kris Jenner’s new talk show has been cancelled due to poor ratings, which everyone sort of expected. Don’t we have enough Kardashians on TV already anyway?! The interesting part of this story is that the Kardashian clan has so much power in the entertainment industry, Fox News is delaying the announcement of her cancellation for weeks out of respect for the current controversy over Lamar Odom’s alleged drug use. Now that’s power! SMH…

Kris Jenner has been told by FOX executives that her six-week trial run at being a talk show host will be just that — it’s not coming back for a second run.

The mother-of-six turned manager was recently told, “There is no chance the talk show is going to get a green light from FOX. The ratings were averaging an abysmal 0.8 and advertisers were less than enthusiastic about it.”

“Kris did get a ratings bump for her last show when Kanye West revealed the first baby pic of daughter, North West, with Kim, but that was a one time shot in the arm and it wouldn’t be indicative of what the ratings trend would be,” the source close to the production told RadarOnline.com.

The revelation about Jenner’s demise leaves few standing in the crowded field of daytime talkers, including Katie Couric, Steve Harvey, as well as fall hopefuls Queen Latifah and Bethenny Frankel.

Jeff Probst and Ricki Lake were also cancelled after one season.

“It’s a very crowded market and Kris didn’t do anything to set herself apart from the field. Believe it or not, most of America doesn’t want to hear about the Kardashian’s for an hour everyday,” the source revealed.

FOX’s panel-format talk show The Real — which, like Kris, launched its test run on July 15 — is “expected to be picked up” after it edged out Kris in the key female demographics.

FOX isn’t expected to make a formal announcement for a few weeks, out of respect to current situation engulfing the family — the marital crisis of Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom.

“It will be announced in a low key fashion, probably on a Friday afternoon so it won’t generate a ton of negative press for Kris,” the insider added.

A source close to Jenner said: “There have been absolutely no discussions about this and FOX and Kris will not know for at least another month whether or not the show is coming back.” – Via RadarOnline

Kendrick Lamar On Hot 97 Speaks About “Control” Verse

Kendrick Lamar called in to Hot 97 radio station this morning for his first interview with a New York radio station since he released his controversial “Control” verse. Kendrick explained his motivation behind the verse and explained that his “King of New York” line was taken out of context.  Kendrick says he’s just a “black man trying to uplift the culture” and he meant no disrespect. Kendrick also said he liked Joe Budden and Joell Ortiz’ “Control” responses and he thought Papoose’s response was comical. Kendrick said he felt the best response was one that most people overlooked and that was from an up-and-coming artist by the name of King Los. Check  out the full interview below:

The Word “Twerk” Officially Makes It Into the Dictionary?

Even though twerking has been going on for decades, it’s popularity has reached a whole new level now that mainstream America has finally caught on to it due in part to Miley Cyrus’ performance at MTV Video Music Awards. Yes, the word “twerk” has now officially twerked its way into the English dictionary:

Oxford Dictionaries’ Katherine Connor Martin said “twerk” originated about two decades ago and is used widely enough to warrant an entry.

“There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure,” she told The Associated Press. “We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”

The dictionary defines the word as a “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.”

Compilers of the dictionary’s online database have identified 1,000 new words that will be considered for the next paper edition of the dictionary if they prove to be more than passing fads.

They include “selfie” which means photographing oneself, usually on a telephone camera held at arm’s length, or a having a “food baby” which refers to a swelling of the gut caused by overindulgence rather than pregnancy. – Via NBCNews

J. Cole: “I Wouldn’t Be As Successful If I Had Dark Skin”, Kid Capri Disagrees

J. Cole ruffled some feathers the other day when he suggested that some of his success might be due to his skin color:

“That brainwashing that tells us that light skin is better, it’s subconsciously in us, whether we know it or not… still pursuing light skin women. There are some women out there that are like, ‘I don’t even like light skin men’ and that’s fine,” said the Born Sinner rapper. “But Barack Obama would not be President if he were dark skin. You know what I mean? That’s just the truth. I might not be as successful as I am now if I was dark skin. I’m not saying that for sure, I’m still as talented as I am and Obama is still as smart as he is, but it’s just a sad truth.”

Kid Capri disagreed:

In a recent interview with BET, J. Cole also went on to say that being half-Caucasian made it acceptable for him to represent both races in his music:

There are artists who have talked about the struggles they’ve faced being biracial in the music industry. In hip hop, have you experienced any pushback for your background?
“Not at all. Just questions, I think people are curious to know. I get those questions a lot. ‘How has it affected you? Did you have identity issues growing up?’ I get those questions a lot but I feel like I represent both sides. The perspective that I’m bringing is a side that’s aware of both. I’ve seen both sides. I wouldn’t be able to say the things I say had I not seen another side. I don’t think I’d be aware of the inequalities if I wasn’t in these classes with all white kids, but then all my friends outside of class are not in these classes — and I see what happens in their classes or right down the street at the school that was my district, the school I was supposed to go to. They don’t even have books to take home. But why my school, which is 60 percent white, why does it have more than enough? I don’t think I [would have] been aware of that had I not been brought up with a white mother.”

Does J. Cole have a point about his skin color being an asset or is Kid Capri right?

Martin Had a TEAM! – The “Big Six” of the Civil Rights Movement

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, Rolling Out paid tribute to the six men who played the most pivotal roles in the civil rights movement. Some names you may have heard of before, others you may have not. Rest assured that without the sacrifices and courage of these six men, the civil rights struggle would not have been the ground-breaking movement that it turned out to be. Wordondastreet.com salutes the achievements of the “Big Six” and hope that their legacies can serve as inspiration to today’s youth and society as a whole.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) was a Baptist minister, activist, and the most famous leader of the Civil Rights Movement. King won the Nobel Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom before his assassination in 1968. For his promotion of nonviolence and racial equality, King was considered a peacemaker by many people around the world.  (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968)

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was the chairman of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) a Baptist minister, activist, and the most famous leader of the Civil Rights Movement. King won the Nobel Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom before his assassination in 1968. For his promotion of nonviolence and racial equality, King was considered a peacemaker by many people around the world. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968

Farmer founded the Congress of Racial Equality or CORE in 1942. Within a year, CORE had a national membership, and within a few years a roster of more than 60,000 members in more than 70 chapters, coast to coast. Farmer himself risked his life in several demonstrations. He was the initiator and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Ride, which eventually led to the desegregation of inter-state transportation in the United States. Former President  Clinton awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 1998 shortly before his death in 1999. (January 12, 1920 – July 9, 1999)

James Farmer founded the Congress of Racial Equality or CORE in 1942. Within a year, CORE had a national membership, and within a few years a roster of more than 60,000 members in more than 70 chapters, coast to coast. Farmer himself risked his life in several demonstrations. He was the initiator and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Ride, which eventually led to the desegregation of inter-state transportation in the United States. Former President Clinton awarded him a Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 1998 shortly before his death in 1999. (January 12, 1920 – July 9, 1999)

In 1925, Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Serving as its president, he sought to gain the union's official inclusion in the American Federation of Labor, the affiliates of which, at that time, frequently barred African Americans from membership. Randolph battled on, and in 1937, won membership in the AFL, making the BSCP the first African-American union in the United States.  Following the United States' entrance into World War II, he organized the March on Washington to protest discrimination in the war industry workforce. Randolph called off the march after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order that banned racial discrimination on government defense factories and established the first Fair Employment Practices Committee. In the 1950s, Randolph served as a principal member of various labor boards, but also began to devote his time to civil rights work. In 1957, he organized a prayer pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to civil rights issues in the South, and began organizing the first Youth March for Integrated Schools. In 1963, Randolph was a main organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he would speak to a crowd of nearly 250,000 supporters. He shared the podium that day with Martin Luther King Jr., who would deliver his famous "I Have a Dream" speech during the event. Randolph and King were among the handful of civil rights leaders to meet with President John F. Kennedy after the march.(April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)

In 1925, Philip Randolph founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Serving as its president, he sought to gain the union’s official inclusion in the American Federation of Labor, the affiliates of which, at that time, frequently barred African Americans from membership. Randolph battled on, and in 1937, won membership in the AFL, making the BSCP the first African-American union in the United States. Following the United States’ entrance into World War II, he organized the March on Washington to protest discrimination in the war industry workforce. Randolph called off the march after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an executive order that banned racial discrimination on government defense factories and established the first Fair Employment Practices Committee. In the 1950s, Randolph served as a principal member of various labor boards, but also began to devote his time to civil rights work. In 1957, he organized a prayer pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to draw attention to civil rights issues in the South, and began organizing the first Youth March for Integrated Schools. In 1963, Randolph was a main organizer of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, during which he would speak to a crowd of nearly 250,000 supporters. He shared the podium that day with Martin Luther King Jr., who would deliver his famous “I Have a Dream” speech during the event. Randolph and King were among the handful of civil rights leaders to meet with President John F. Kennedy after the march.(April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979)

Congressman John Lewis is the only living member of the "Big Six." He represented SNCC with a speech at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington. Lewis has represented the 5th District of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives since 1987, a district which includes almost all of Atlanta. Lewis is still fighting today for the dream of Dr. King. to be fulfilled.

Congressman John Lewis is the only living member of the “Big Six.” He represented SNCC with a speech at the August 28, 1963 March on Washington. Lewis has represented the 5th District of Georgia in the United States House of Representatives since 1987, a district which includes almost all of Atlanta. Lewis is still fighting today for the dream of Dr. King. to be fulfilled.

Whitney Young Jr. helped bridge the gap between white political and business leaders and poor blacks and militants after becoming Executive Director of the National Urban League. Young served as President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), from 1969-71.Young had a particularly close relationship with President Johnson, and in 1969, Johnson honored Young with the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.(July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971)

Whitney Young Jr. helped bridge the gap between white political and business leaders and poor blacks and militants after becoming Executive Director of the National Urban League. Young served as President of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), from 1969-71.Young had a particularly close relationship with President Johnson, and in 1969, Johnson honored Young with the highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.(July 31, 1921 – March 11, 1971)

In 1955, Wilkins was named executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During his tenure, the NAACP played a pivotal role in leading the nation into the Civil Rights movement and spearheaded the efforts that led to significant civil rights victories, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He participated in the March on Washington (1963), the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and the March Against Fear in 196).(August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981)

In 1955, Roy Wilkins was named executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). During his tenure, the NAACP played a pivotal role in leading the nation into the Civil Rights movement and spearheaded the efforts that led to significant civil rights victories, including Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He participated in the March on Washington (1963), the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965 and the March Against Fear in 196).(August 30, 1901 – September 8, 1981)

Via RollingOut

Don’t Miss the “Wave Yuh Flag” Pre-Labor Day Bash August 30, 2013!!

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Matthew Knowles’ Mistress Apologizes to Tina Knowles & Exposes Details of Their Affair

It’s been nearly four years since Beyonce’s father Mathew Knowles got caught in an affair that shook the Knowles family and eventually ended his 31-year marriage to Tina Knowles. Now, four years and lots of court dates later, Matthew Knowles’ dirty laundry is getting exposed again…in the worst way!

His sidechick turned babymama, Alexsandra Wright, has issued a public statement putting Matthew on full blast for being a deadbeat dad to their 3 yr. old son. She even details how the affair began and expresses sorrow to Matthew’s wife Tina for destroying their marriage of 30 yrs. Are you buying this women’s public apology or does she deserve a “ho sit down somewhere”?

ALEXSANDRA WRIGHT
RELEASES STATEMENT REGARDING LATEST
CHILD SUPPORT HEARINGS AGAINST MATHEW KNOWLES

“It is with a heavy heart we must head back to Superior Court to continue the fight for the rights of my son Nixon Knowles, who has proven to be Mathew Knowles’ biological son. My family and I have exhausted every non-legal avenue to urge Mathew to be a responsible father and to follow the stipulated judgment we reached together, which was approved by California’s Superior Court. The official judgment was filed and dated September 10, 2010. Every detail was covered and agreed to by Mr Knowles after a year of private negotiation.

“We have attempted to appeal to him and his team to adhere to that agreement and the court’s stipulated judgment in regard to our son’s education, outstanding medical expenses and other issues, with the hopes of keeping this situation private, considering all parties involved. Unfortunately, we have been unsuccessful with any sort of private negotiation.

“I am deeply saddened that our personal business is being aired in such a public forum. As a result of false statements made by sources very close to our situation, rumors and innuendos are openly being spread about my son and me. Naturally the negative words affect both of our families, children and careers. Therefore, I find it unavoidable to remain silent. Those close to me know that my primary concern is my son Nixon’s welfare and well-being; both now and in the future. I feel that it is important for him to know, when he comes of age, that he wasn’t a mistake and that he was a product of love!

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“In the beginning, Mathew and I had a working relationship that encompassed mutual respect and professional admiration. When I met him I already had a very successful and financially viable professional career. He positioned himself as a mentor to me and someone that I could turn to for business advice. As time passed, our relationship turned into a very close personal one. I never wanted or intended to hurt anyone in the process. I regret the pain that I have contributed to his family and to my own family. I have the utmost respect and admiration for both of his daughters – they are both lovely women. I also regret the pain that this situation has caused his ex-wife, Tina, and very much wish one day I will get the opportunity to tell her personally.

“My son, my family, and I thank you for your prayers and hope you will understand our need for whatever little privacy we have left during this period. We are extremely appreciative of the family and friends that are standing by us; we are overwhelmed by their generous outpouring of love, concern and support.

“I’m fighting for every single parent and child as I fight for my own.” – Via Sandra Rose

Love & Hip Hop ATL’s Rasheeda Gives Birth, Says Kirk Frost is a Great Father

Its been a rough ride for Rasheeda from Love & Hip Hop Atlanta after her husband publicly embarrassed her on national television by telling her to get an abortion while cheating on her with multiple women. It looks like the two of them have worked out their differences as they were spotted leaving the hospital with their newborn son Karter earlier this week. Rasheeda gave HipHop Weekly an update on the birth and she says that despite what Kirk may have said and done on the show, he’s a great father. Do you think Rasheeda was right in taking Kirk back?

Kirk on if he was on hand for the birth of his son
Yes. I was there from the very beginning.  Rasheeda  woke  up  one morning and said, “Oh, it’s time.” She just knew.   She was cramping, etc.  and she said, “it’s time to go.”  I wasn’t nervous.  It’s  just that the baby came ahead of the due date, September 6,  so we weren’t totally ready.  We still had to put the bed together, etc. and get organized, but now, I’m excited.

Rasheeda & Kirk Frost Leave Hospital with Baby Karter 8

Kirk on their issues being played out on television
A lot of people try to hide things and we chose not to do it. We were 100 percent real with it and let it be what it is. I think that people have to see me as a husband and a manager and a lot of them only see the relationship side. I did say the things and they were outrageous but at the end of the day it’s in God’s hands and He  knows what’s best.

Rasheeda & Kirk Frost Leave Hospital with Baby Karter 5

Rasheeda on working things out with Kirk
It’s an everyday thing. It’s a work in progress. When the child comes into play, it’s a feeling you can’t explain.  Although a lot of things had been shown and seen, I already knew that when it comes to be a father,  this would  be a role that he’s always known to play. Things were put into perspective on television  that he was not a good father but he’s a great father and  my older son Kai is extremely happy to have this little brother.  It’s a good time for us and I don’t want anything to get on my nerves.

Will the State of Florida Cut George Zimmerman a Check?

Wordondastreet.com has a message for George Zimmerman!!! DON’T WRITE A CHECK THAT YO ASS CAN’T CASH!!!!!!

In other words do not add insult to injury by asking the state to reimburse you for lawyer fees when YOU KNOW you got away with murder, because you’re testing the patience and resolve of Trayvon Martin’s father and mother, as well as the patience of the black community, and everyone who know you got away with murder.

Yes people, George Zimmerman is asking the state of Florida to payback approximately 300K in legal fees, and under Florida statute is entitled to pursue it. My problem IS more with the state as oppose to George Zimmerman because this should ONLY apply to those who were wrongfully accused, and not for those who managed to beat the system. In America we have hundreds and thousands of people who were wrongfully accused, later found innocent and have been compensated for being wrongfully accused and incarcerated, so why would Florida legislation pass a bill to become law when it has so many loop holes??

I’m getting sick and tired personally of this state dropping the ball on almost every issue concerning black people and people of color. The need for federal regulation for this state’s legislation is very very necessary, but back to the murderer, be careful what you ask for, because if you ask for that money,an show no contrition to the Martin family, that will be your demise when the civil lawsuit takes place. I also feel that the state of Florida should place those fees in escroll account if awarded in case he’s found guilty in a civil or federal lawsuit, and forced to pay negligent and/or punitive damages.

Diddy & J. Cole Respond to Rumors Their Fight Started Over Cassie

Sources have confirmed that there definitely was an some sort of altercation between J. Cole and Diddy at a VMA after-party the other night and according to the NYPost (keep in mind this is the Post so take it with a grain of salt), the altercation between Diddy and J. Cole started over an inappropriate comment J. Cole made to Diddy’s girlfriend Cassie:

A witness at the PH-D rooftop lounge at the Dream Downtown told us, “J. Cole was saying inappropriate things to Sean Combs and his girlfriend, Cassie. Sean immediately pounced. Some pushing and shoving happened. No punches were thrown, but it was a visible disturbance. A few bottles splashed to the floor and some partygoers were knocked over, falling on top of Renee Graziano from ‘Mob Wives.’ ”

Other witnesses described it as a 3 a.m. “dust-up” that started after multiple bottles of Diddy’s Ciroc had been downed. Combs walked out of the melee and seemed untroubled, immediately making his way to the mike to welcome everyone to the VMA bash, and wished Cassie a happy birthday. – Via NYPost
Both Diddy and J. Cole took to twitter to address the rumors and this is what they had to say…
Diddy: I usually don’t address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL #Fam,” yesterday.
J. Cole: “people will believe anything.”
Well…I guess there are three sides to this story..J. Cole’s story, Diddy’s story and somewhere in between there lies the truth.