Daily Archive: January 7, 2010


Feds probe Obama effigy in Jimmy Carter’s hometown

PLAINS, Ga. (AP)—The mayor of former President Jimmy Carter’s hometown says the city acted immediately to remove an effigy of President Barack Obama that was found hanging from a building. Mayor L.E. Godwin III said Jan. 5 he was shocked when the large Black doll was found Saturday morning on Main Street in the small Georgia town. GRIM REMINDER—In this image released by WALB-TV News, Jan. 4, an effigy of President Barack Obama is seen hanging by a noose from a building in Plains, Ga.


Notable deaths in the arts world in 2009

(AP)—It was only a rehearsal, and he was twice the age of the dancers accompanying him. But the video doesn’t lie: Michael Jackson was looking ahead to a smash opening in London—and giving it his all. And then he was gone. MICHAEL JACKSON, NAOMI SIMS and KOKO TAYLOR With his thrilling music and dance, enigmatic personality and worldwide reach, Jackson led the list of notables in the worlds of art, entertainment and popular culture who died in 2009. Here, a roll call of some of the notable people in art, entertainment and popular culture who died in 2009. (Cause of death cited for younger people if available.)


Eunice Johnson, who ran Ebony Fashion Fair, dies

by Sophia Tareen CHICAGO—(AP) Eunice Johnson, the widow of Ebony magazine founder John Johnson and a fashion maven who ran thousands of traveling runway shows aimed at Black audiences, has died. She was 93. EUNICE JOHNSON Johnson died Sunday of renal failure at her Chicago home, said Wendy Parks, a spokeswoman for the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company Inc., on Monday.


This Week In Black History

Week of Jan. 8-14 January 8 1811—The largest slave revolt in American history took place on this day in 1811. Charles Deslandes led an estimated 500 slaves in an uprising in St. Charles and St. James parishes in Louisiana. After burning crops, plantations and killing several Whites, the slaves marched on New Orleans. But federal troops, aided by a militia of plantation owners, turned them back, killing 63 Blacks. Deslandes and 20 other slaves were sentenced to death and beheaded. FIVE FISK GRADUATES 1836—Fannie Mae Jackson is born. She became the first Black female college graduate.


Guest editorial…Minority entrepreneurs speak truth to empower

In this season of taking stock, minority entrepreneurs, advocates and concerned citizens must resolve to make some noise to ensure that minority business enterprises have a fair chance to compete for procurement opportunities funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more commonly referred to as the stimulus package. Pennsylvania is expected to receive $26 billion under ARRA, of which at least $6 billion will be spent by state agencies. Additionally, hundreds of millions of dollars will be disbursed by cities, counties and non-governmental agencies.



Now that he’s the winner, Obama decides to change the rules of the game

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—One of the best things about being the winner is you often get to re-write the rules of the game. Mind you, when you are re-writing the rules the temptation is the make sure they work in your favor, and not necessarily in the best interest of anyone else who wants to compete. The fact that Barack Obama is now trying to re-write the rules of the Democratic primary almost two years after winning the nomination tells us that he is not only interested in staying in power, but that he’s failed to understand part of magic that got him into office in the first place.



Wish list for 2010 and beyond

(NNPA)—Now that we have ushered in not only a new year, but a new decade, I want to share my new decade’s wish list. I hope: PRESIDENT OBAMA stops gutting his domestic programs in an effort to appease Republicans who have no intention of supporting him on anything. GOP leaders are lower than a snake’s belly and it is useless to try to satisfy them or their No. 1 ally, Joe-the-Traitor Lieberman. President Obama correctly states that he is the president of all of the people. And that includes African-Americans. We’re not asking him to be a Black president, just a president who realizes the needs of Blacks should be targeted just as he targeted the needs of Wall Street, banks and the automotive industry.



Next political position for Blacks?

Across the nation Black men and women—Christians and Muslims alike—have run and gotten elected to political positions. In other cities Blacks have run and been victorious by getting elected as district attorneys, sheriff, commissioners, U.S. senators, congressmen, with the pinnacle of success being the election of President Obama. However, in Allegheny County remnants of Willie Lynch’s philosophy still remains in effect.


Agent Orange horror and the U.S.

(NNPA)—You may not notice a victim of Agent Orange. They may look healthy on the outside, full of life and vigor. Yet inside them there is a time-bomb, a time-bomb set during the U.S. war against Vietnam more than 35 years ago. In over three million people, including U.S. troops who were involved in that war, this bomb has been going off over the years creating an ongoing catastrophe. On a recent visit to Vietnam I had the opportunity to meet with leaders and activists in the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA). Formed in 2003 by physicians, Vietnamese war veterans and other activists, this mass organization spread throughout the country amounting to more than 60,000 members in chapters in most provinces. VAVA came together to remind both Vietnam, but also the world, of the continuing impact of the human-made plague that served as an instrument of war by the U.S. against Vietnam.


Happy new decade

(NNPA)—As we say goodbye to 2009, one thing is clear: The first 10 years of the 21st century have been as tumultuous and noteworthy as any in American history. The decade began with a presidential election in which the man with the most votes lost, and the horror of 9/11, when nearly 3,000 people died in the worst terrorist attack ever on American soil.