Daily Archive: July 14, 2010


Metro Beat

Church anniversary Central Baptist Church in the Hill District will celebrate its 119th Church Anniversary July 14-15 and July 18 and is asking for past…


Somali clerics work to denounce radical al-Shabab

by M. M. Muhumed NAIROBI, Kenya (AP)—Somali clerics who are worried that their country could become a launching pad for global jihad are stepping up efforts around the globe to stop young men from joining a feared al-Qaida-linked group. The clerics are spreading their message in Somalia and to diaspora communities of Somalis in Kenya, Europe and the United States. And they’re using the same text the militants cite to back up their argument: the Quran. WARNING ISSUED—Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister, Moses Wetangula, in an interview with the Associated Press in Nairobi, Kenya, on July 8, said that Kenya’s intelligence reports show that Afghans, Pakistanis and other fighters from Middle Eastern countries have joined Somali militants. “As Islamic scholars, we should warn people, especially the youth, against al-Shabab’s destructive ideology,” said Sheik Abdi Mahad, a cleric who preaches in Somali mosques in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. “What we are telling our people is al-Shabab is wrong and its members are extremists who don’t represent the peaceful nature of the Islamic religion.”


‘Purple drank’ moves from rap lyrics to sports pages

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)—A concoction known as “purple drank” has gone from rap lyrics to the sports pages with the arrest of former NFL No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell. He was charged in Alabama with possession of codeine syrup, a key ingredient in the drink. EX-RAIDERS QB ARRESTED—Photo released by Mobile County Sheriff’s Office shows JaMarcus Russell on July 5, in Mobile, Ala. It typically includes codeine and the antihistamine promethazine, mixed with Sprite or 7Up, along with Jolly Ranchers or other hard candy. It has been growing in popularity over the past decade even if the average suburbanite hasn’t necessarily heard of it. Russell is charged in Mobile with possession of a controlled substance. His attorney says the ex-Oakland Raiders quarterback will plead not guilty at his arraignment on July 20.


Ex-Detroit schools official faces obscenity charge

by Corey Williams DETROIT (AP)—The former president of the Detroit School Board appeared in court July 6 to face charges he fondled himself in front of the woman who was then the district’s superintendent. Otis Mathis, 55, was released on $50,000 bond and ordered not to have contact with children at any school. His defense attorney, Odie Uddyback III, described the charges as political and objected to the no contact order as misleading since the allegations involve no children. ARRAIGNED—Otis Mathis, former Detroit Public Schools board president, leaves the 36th District Court after his arraignment July 6. “I don’t want that broadcast across the country that this man is messing with children,” Uddyback said. “It’s unfair. He’s already getting ambushed. A political ambush today.”


Uncle of shooting victim Grant rejects cop’s apology

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)—The uncle of Oscar Grant, the unarmed Black man fatally shot by Johannes Mehserle, has harsh words to describe a letter of apology written by the former transit police officer. Speaking outside Oakland’s True Vine Baptist church Saturday night, Cephus Johnson, rejected the letter released July 9 terming it a “ploy.” OSCAR GRANT Johnson said he and the Grant family didn’t believe the words in Mehserle’s handwritten note, claiming that it was nothing more than an attempt to gain sympathy from the judge before sentencing. “He can write the letter after he spends 14 years in prison,” Johnson said.


In first speech to NAACP convention, Brock debunks post-racial myth

(NNPA)—In her first speech as chair of the largest and oldest civil rights organization in the U.S., Roslyn M. Brock, the youngest ever chair of the NAACP, envisioned the “browning of America” this week while debunking persistent myths of a so-called “post-racial” society. FIRST LADY INTRODUCED—Michelle Obama, right, is introduced by NAACP Chair Roslyn Brock, before delivering remarks at the 101st annual NAACP convention, July 12, in Kansas City, Mo. “We are proud to have an American of African descent in the White House. However, the historic election of President Barack Obama did not miraculously transform race relations, end racial profiling, hate crimes or intolerance in America,” Brock told a packed audience in Kansas City Sunday evening. “Contrary to popular belief, we do not live in a post- racial society. America must be commended for significant race progress, but we are not there yet. When you consider rising hate crimes and insurgence of the Tea Party movement along with conservative ideologues who seek to turn back the clock on civil rights gains, there is still much more work to be done.”



This Week in Black History

For the Week of July16-29 July 16 1862—Crusading journalist and anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells Barnett is born in Holly Springs, Miss. Wells-Barnett was a true militant activist. Her editorials so angered Whites in the Memphis, Tenn., area that a mob burned down the building that housed her newspaper. She was also one of the original founders of the NAACP and in 1884 she committed a “Rosa Parks” type act when she refused an order to give up her seat on a train to a White man. It took the conductor and two other men to remove her from the seat and throw her off the train.


Editorial…Robert R. Lavelle, we will miss you

Back when I was just starting out, I wanted to buy a home. I was in my late 20s, not a long time on the job, wasn’t making a lot of money and had very little credit. The big banks all but laughed when I applied, but at Dwelling House Savings and Loan, even though I was reminded of all these things I had going against me, they also looked at what I had going for me. I had a college degree, I had a full time job I had been at since graduating from college and I wanted to own my own house instead of being content to rent. ROBERT R. LAVELLE Instead of just looking at the numbers, they looked at the person. I got the loan not only for the house but also a separate home improvement loan. Even though it was a struggle at times I paid both off in advance.



We must address our problems

I had intended to write a column about professional athletes and how superstars like Barry Bonds and most recently LeBron James are hounded by those with no athletic talent. Some make a living daily criticizing these gifted individuals. Is it jealousy or racism? Nonetheless, as much as it distresses me to write about negative acts, those that occurred in East Hills where a woman was killed, four teenagers were shot sitting on a bench on the North side and shots were fired at the wading pool, I am compelled to discuss what we must do beside wringing our hands saying, “Have we lost it?” We are more detrimental to ourselves than the Ku Klux Klan ever was.



LeBron James, the 40 million dollar slave breaks free

(REAL TIMES MEDIA)—One of my favorite books is “40 Million Dollar Slaves” by William C. Rhoden, a sports columnist for The New York Times. The book lays out the long and sordid history of the African-American in sports and how, despite being increasingly well known and well paid, the Black professional athlete’s relationship with team ownership and leagues is still disturbingly similar to the old slave and share cropping relationships of the past. His essential argument was that despite the restrictions both racially and financially placed on African-American athletes in this country many of them can and SHOULD be doing more, if not socially and culturally, certainly by asserting themselves more in the very business that benefits from their bodies 10 times more than it pays them. So I must tell you, in the face of the public and social outcry against NBA star LeBron James last week I think Rhoden’s argument has been made manifest and I couldn’t be happier.