U. S. Holds Confab in Nigerian Capital While Attacks Escalate in North
(TriceEdney) As Assistant Secretary of State Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Bureau of African Affairs, makes her third trip to Nigeria since assuming her post in August, a bloodbath is occurring in northern Nigeria where a state of emergency was imposed almost nine months ago.
Ms. Thomas Greenfield is leading the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission meeting Feb. 17-18 in Abuja. read more
Who should be afraid?
In the years after enslavement ended, Southern Whites did all they could to return to a manner of slavery. No White person owned a Black person, but many behaved as if they did. Theoretically Blacks were free to come and go as they pleased, but if they went to the wrong store, sat in the wrong part of the bus, or failed to yield narrow sidewalks to Whites, they could practically expect a physical confrontation. All a White woman had to do was cry rape and a Black man (and usually the wrong man) was beaten or lynched. Whites expected deference from Black people, and when they didnt get it, they demanded it with physical threats or worse. read more
U. S. Spending Extraordinary Amounts on Guard Labor
By Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr.
(TriceEdney) - Americas gun culture costs lives and feeds our fears. Consider the most recent injustice in Florida, the verdict in the Michael Dunn case, and the most recent news about Americas guard labor.
In Jacksonville, Fla., Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, was aggravated by the loud rap music coming from an SUV filled with four black teenagers in a convenience store parking lot. An exchange of insults ensued. Dunn, who was armed and clearly dangerous, claimed that he was threatened by Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old high school senior, and later claimed he saw the barrel of a shotgun coming from the SUV. There was no shotgun; no other witness saw anything that might resemble a shotgun. Dunn opened his door and fired 10 shots into the SUV as it drove away, killing Jordan Davis. Dunn then drove away without calling the cops, and without ever mentioning that the boys had a shotgun. read more
Nagin - Guilty of Corruption - to be Sentenced June 11
(TriceEdney) - Former New Orleans Mayor C. Ray Nagin has made history by becoming the first mayor in New Orleans nearly 300-year history to be tried and convicted for a crime committed while in office.
Nagin, a New Orleans businessman and Democrat who famously vowed to root out corruption once elected, was found guilty on 20 of 21 counts in a federal court. He was convicted on one count of conspiracy, five counts of bribery, nine counts of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and four counts of filing a false tax return. read more
Between the Lines of the State of the Union
by Dr. Wilmer J. Leon, III
(Trice Edney) - Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled. The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by let alone get ahead. And too many still arent working at all. President Barack Obama - State of the Union 2014. read more
Do Americans Still Believe in President Obama?
by Kelly-Ann Brown
(TriceEdney) - In the wake of President Obamas State of the Union Address, it remains unclear whether or not US voters are receptive to his plans for the nations future.
The President addressed the United States Congress with passionate plan for the future, promising a year of action. However his fifth State of the Union address was unable to capture the hearts of the American people as it had in the past. read more
Grand Jury Indicts Cop in Shooting Death of an Unarmed Black Motorist Seeking Help
By Frederick H. Lowe
(TriceEdney) - A North Carolina grand jury has indicted a police officer in the shooting death of an African-American motorist, who was seeking help following a traffic accident, Roy Cooper, North Carolina Attorney General, said in a statement to The NorthStar News & Analysis. read more
Rights Activist Enters Race for South African Presidency
By Rush Perez
(TriceEdney/Global Information Network) - The largest opposition party in South Africa, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has announced that anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele will be their Presidential candidate for this years elections which take place in April. Helen Zille, the president of the DA, stated that there was no better person for the Presidential nomination. read more
State of the Union Promises 'Year of Action'; But Did Speech Say Enough?
By Hazel Trice Edney
(TriceEdney) Finally. That was the general sentiment expressed by Black economic activists in response to President Barack Obamas State of the Union (SOU) speech a speech that surpassed previous SOU's in dealing with economic woes that disparately affect African-Americans and other people of color. read more
Post-Katrina New Orleans: Fired Teachers Win Appeal
By Fritz Esker
(TriceEdney/Louisiana Weekly) -The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal has unanimously ruled that approximately 7,000 teachers and school employees were wrongfully terminated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Teachers filed suit against the Orleans Parish School Board and the Louisiana Department of Education after they lost their jobs post-Katrina and then were not given first crack at new job opportunities that arose once schools began reopening. A bench verdict from Civil District Court Judge Ethel Simms Julien ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in 2012 and on Wednesday, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal mostly confirmed the ruling. Certain deductions were made related to plaintiffs lost wages, but the overall result was a victory for the plaintiffs. read more
Woman President to Lead Embattled Central African Republic
(TriceEdney/Global Information Network) To the sound of cheers from the National Assembly building, the Transitional National Council of the Central African Republic on Monday tapped Catherine Samba-Panza, mayor of the capital city of Bangui, to be the countrys interim President and first woman to hold the post. read more
National NAACP Chair Sticks With Her Boss' Racism
By Joey Matthews
(TriceEdney) - The chair of the national NAACP had a grand opportunity to publicly denounce discrimination issues related to Bon Secours. Instead, Roslyn M. Brock embraced Bon Secours at a Richmond, Va. event honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Bon Secours vice president called the health care giant my family. Brock has come under fire for supporting Bon Secours racist practices related to the Washington professional football team and its discriminatory training camp deal in Richmond. Bon Secours paid $6.4 million to sponsor the training camp that carries the racist and derogatory nickname of the D.C. team. read more
Africa Was a Point of Pride for Dr. King
By Rush Perez
(TriceEdney) At a speaking engagement at Western Michigan University on Dec. 18, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. recalled his first trip to Africa with his wife Coretta to attend the independence day celebration of the new nation of Ghana. The couple was invited by the new President, Kwame Nkrumah.
We were very happy about the fact there were now eight independent countries in Africa, he said. But since that night in March, 1957, some twenty-seven new independent nations have come into being in Africa. This reveals to us that the old order of colonialism is passing away, and the new order of freedom and human dignity is coming into being. read more
A Domestic Crisis on the Worlds Stage
By Marc H. Morial
(TriceEdney) - We live in a world where the 85 richest people own the wealth of half of the worlds population. In the United States, the increase in the income share of the top one percent is at its highest level since the eve of the Great Depression. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, Oxfam International
Income inequality has become the political buzzword of 2014. President Obama, most recently in this weeks State of the Union Address, has made it a central theme of his second term. Both progressive Democrats and conservative Republicans in Congress are making it a focus of this years mid-term elections, and leading voices for human rights have called on government and business leaders to take immediate action to close the income gap for the sake of long-term economic and social stability. read more
The Next Generation
By William Spriggs
(TriceEdney) - My "day" job is to train the next generation at Howard University and students who hopefully can fulfill the legacy of the likes of David Dinkins, Elijah Cummings and Kamala Harris. February is normally a month to look back at because it is Black History Month. But I like to think of it as a time to look ahead, especially to the next generation of black leadership.
Last week, during his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said it was time to give America a raise. He announced he was doing his part, requiring new federal contractors to pay workers a minimum of $10.10 an hour. He called on Congress to follow the lead of local communities like SeaTac, Wash., and states like California that took big steps last year to raise the wages of America's workers. read more
The Historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the Village of Harlem: MICHELLE ALEXANDER is a longtime civil rights advocate and litigator. She won a 2005 Soros Justice Fellowship and now holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Mortiz College of Law at Ohio State University. Alexander served for several years as director of the Racial Justice Project at the ACLU of Northern California, and subsequently directed the Civil Rights Clinics at Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor. Alexander is a former law clerk for Justice Harry Blackmun on the U.S. Supreme Court, and has appeared as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is her first book.Support SamLee TV for their efforts in bringing you this powerful presentation