JAMES CLINGMAN (NNPA)—Will the largest city in history to file bankruptcy receive a death certificate, or will this action result in a new birth certificate for the Motor City? Of course, a city as large and as well situated as Detroit is will not die. Already there are plans for a $400 million hockey stadium, despite all the tales of woe and danger put forth by various media. All things considered, will Detroit’s majority population remain Black and will Black people play a significant role in its economic rebirth?
Daily Archive: August 15, 2013
by Karanja A. Ajanaku According to the Associated Press, Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons is apologizing for a parody video of Harriet Tubman in a sex tape that appeared on his All Def Digital YouTube channel.
Lester Chambers HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) — A woman faces felony charges in an attack last month on 73-year-old R&B singer Lester Chambers at a San Francisco Bay Area blues festival, where he had just dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin, authorities said Wednesday.
Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., and his wife Sandra, leaves federal court in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to two and a half years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to scheming to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on TV’s, restaurant dinners, an expensive watch and other costly personal items. His wife received a sentence of one year.
In a Friday, Aug. 15, 2003, file photo, customers line up outside of the Dallas Food Market to buy goods, in Detroit. Ten years after a blackout cascading from Ohio affected 50 million people, utilities and analysts say changes made in the aftermath make a similar outage unlikely today, though shifts in where and how power is generated raise new reliability concerns for the U.S. electric grid system. (AP Photo/Paul Warner, File) About 50 million people lost power Aug. 14, 2003, when a tree branch in Ohio started an outage that cascaded across a broad swath from Michigan to New England and Canada. Commuters in New York City and elsewhere had to sleep on steps, hitchhike or walk home as trains were rendered powerless and gas pumps stopped working; food spoiled as refrigerators and freezers thawed; jugs of water sold out as supply plants lost their ability to supply consumers; minds were set to wandering about terrorism fears less than two years after 9/11. Ten years later, The Associated Press asked several people: Where were you during the blackout of 2003?
WASHINGTON (AP) – A gospel singer who says God delivered him from being gay did not perform at a concert at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington after gay rights activists complained.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) – The Ku Klux Klan has weighed in on the NAACP’s request to remove a portrait of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Florida county building.
PITTSBURGH FOR TRAYVON—Bekezela Mguni reads part of her organization’s letter to the URA. (Photo by J.L. Martello) Last week, the organization Pittsburgh for Trayvon moved forward with their efforts to improve conditions in the Black community with a visit to the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority board on Aug. 8. “We love Pittsburgh, and we are here to demand that the URA stop its campaign of economic violence against Black neighborhoods,” said Bekezela Mguni, one of the group’s members. “This is our home. Long after your contractors and developers have finished their projects, we remain.”
All the ladies came out to see Eddie Drummond and Rolla Tha Man at Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. This week I visited Schenley Park in Oakland, Robert E. Hill Memorial Park in the Hill District, and Savoy Restaurant in the Strip District. My first stop was at Schenley Park where the Community Empowerment Association’s 10th Annual Black Family Reunion & Cultural Arts Weekend was held featuring music legends Roy Ayers and the Chi-Lites. Everyone came out to enjoy the great concert and reunite with family and friends.