Monthly Archives: January 2016

Civil Rights Marches on in Greensboro Through Gala – TWC News

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GREENSBORO- 56 years ago 4 African American men sat down in Woolworth’s in Greensboro and refused to get up. Many followed suit after news spread of the men’s protest. Like, Augusta Thomas who drove all the way from Kentucky because she wanted …
Civil rights museum annual galaGreensboro News & Record
Civil Rights Museum Gala Marks 56th AnniversaryWFMY News 2

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Let’s understand, not misrepresent, Bernie Sanders’ call for democratic socialism – Bangor Daily News

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Bangor Daily News
A socialist economy may include a mix of those three possibilities but would always emphasize grass-roots democracy and economic justice. “Democratic socialism” also is what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Orwell argued for, and it is how Democratic …
Bernie Sanders’ all-American socialismNew York Daily News
Conservatives need to remember the Constitution in 2016American Thinker
My Critique of Bernie Sanders’ CampaignRasmussen Reports

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FCC and Charter Face $10 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

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Actor/director/producer Robert Townsend is suing for alleged racial discrimination

According to reports, both the Federal Communications Commission and Charter Communications are being sued for $10 billion in federal court by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) for “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage.”

“President Obama and the Democratic Party have completely excluded the African-American community when it comes to economic inclusion,” Allen said in a statement Wednesday. “Everyone talks about diversity, but diversity in Hollywood and the media starts with ownership. African-Americans don’t need handouts and donations; we can hire ourselves if white corporate America does business with us in a fair and equitable way.”

The suit continues with allegations of civil rights violations and is the second such suit that Allen and NAAAOM have in the courts against the telecommunications giants right now.

“A driving purpose of the Federal Communications Act and the First Amendment is to ensure the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse sources,” the lawsuit indicates. “Yet the FCC has done nothing to protect the voices of African-American-owned media companies in the face of increased media consolidation,” it adds. “Instead, the FCC works hand-in-hand with these …read more      

NAACP secures changes to California Marijuana Initiative

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After successfully voicing their concerns about how a marijuana legalization measure could negatively impact African American and Latino urban communities in California, the state’s NAACP chapter endorsed the ballot initiative. With California voters likely to decide by ballot initiative this year whether to become the fifth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana, the state chapter of the NAACP saw an opportunity to address related civil rights issues it has been concerned with for years.

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FCC and Charter Face $10 Billion Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

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Actor/director/producer Robert Townsend is suing for alleged racial discrimination

According to reports, both the Federal Communications Commission and Charter Communications are being sued for $10 billion in federal court by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) for “racial discrimination in contracting for television channel carriage.”

“President Obama and the Democratic Party have completely excluded the African-American community when it comes to economic inclusion,” Allen said in a statement Wednesday. “Everyone talks about diversity, but diversity in Hollywood and the media starts with ownership. African-Americans don’t need handouts and donations; we can hire ourselves if white corporate America does business with us in a fair and equitable way.”

The suit continues with allegations of civil rights violations and is the second such suit that Allen and NAAAOM have in the courts against the telecommunications giants right now.

“A driving purpose of the Federal Communications Act and the First Amendment is to ensure the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse sources,” the lawsuit indicates. “Yet the FCC has done nothing to protect the voices of African-American-owned media companies in the face of increased media consolidation,” it adds. “Instead, the FCC works hand-in-hand with these …read more      

Idris Elba Makes History With 2 SAG Awards, Uzo Aduba, Queen Latifah And Viola Davis Also Winners [VIDEO]

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If you were watching the Screen Actors Guild/SAG Awards Saturday night, you saw something Oscars viewers won’t be seeing; Actors of color giving acceptance speeches. It was a serious contrast to #OscarsSoWhite.

One of the actors of color who won last, Idris Elba, picked up two awards. One for TV (“Luther”) for the BBC and one for Film (“Beasts of No Nation”) for Netflix.

It’s interesting to note that Elba being passed over for an Oscar nomination helped ignite this year’s backlash against the Oscars organization, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which for the second year in a row did not nominate any people of color for its 20 acting nominations.

When Elba won his award for the TV crime drama “Luther,” he deftly summed up the tone of the evening onstage with this play on words: “Welcome to diverse TV.”

In addition to Elba, other black winners included Queen Latifah who played blues singer Bessie Smith in HBO’s “Bessie,” Viola Davis for her lead turn on ABC’s “How to Get Away With Murder” and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Uzo Aduba.

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Boko Haram Bombs Nigerian Village, 86 Dead

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DALORI, Nigeria (AP) — A survivor hidden in a tree says he watched Boko Haram extremists firebomb huts and heard the screams of children burning to death, among 86 people officials say died in the latest attack by Nigeria’s homegrown Islamic extremists.

Scores of charred corpses and bodies with bullet wounds littered the streets from Saturday night’s attack on Dalori village and two nearby camps housing 25,000 refugees, according to survivors and soldiers at the scene just 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram and the biggest city in Nigeria’s northeast.

The shooting, burning and explosions from three suicide bombers continued for nearly four hours in the unprotected area, survivor Alamin Bakura said, weeping on a telephone call to The Associated Press. He said several of his family members were killed or wounded.

The violence continued as three female suicide bombers blew up among people who managed to flee to neighboring Gamori village, killing many people, according to a soldier at the scene who insisted on anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists.

Troops arrived at Dalori around 8:40 p.m. Saturday but were unable to overcome the attackers, who were better armed, said soldiers who spoke on …read more      

Young African Americans, Hispanics fare worse when faced with Hodgkin lymphoma

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African American and Hispanic adolescents and young adults fare far worse than their white counterparts when faced with a mostly curable type of cancer, Hodgkin lymphoma, a study by a UC Davis epidemiologist has found. Insurance coverage, neighborhood socio-economic status and the types of treatment provided patients all played a role in survival, the study found.

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