Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why aren't Black folks discussing this? SB

(NECN: Josh Brogadir, Milton, Mass.) - WARNING: Graphic details included in both the text and video of this report.

Milton Police held a news conference Saturday afternoon to explain more about the killings of three Milton, Massachusetts siblings that unfolded at around 5 p.m. On Saturday.

According to police, Kerby Revelus, 23, first went at his sister Samantha, 17, stabbing her with a kitchen knife.

Police said that she called 911, and then another sister, 9-year-old Sarafina, got on the phone with the dispatcher.

Kerby killed Samantha, according to police, before a police officer responding to the call broke down the door. That is when Kerby decapitated his 5-year-old sister Bianca in front of the police officer, Chief Richard Wells said.

"The assailant had the 5-year-old daughter in his arms and was holding her hostage," Chief Wells said. "The assailant was armed with a knife and had the 5-year-old by the neck and severed her head immediately."

All that occurred with Bianca's birthday cake resting on the table. Sarafina was also stabbed, but was taken to the hospital and survived.

Kerby had a prior arrest from 2004 on domestic abuse charges against one of his siblings.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew: 6:34

Slow me down, God. I use my energy each morning troubleshooting for the days ahead. I completely bypass the gift of today, the gift of now. Calm my spirit, expand my breaths, fill me with Your peace so that my spinning thoughts settle. I serve no greater good by thinking ahead, wringing my hands, and wondering what might happen.

Save me from my need to control every situation or possible situation. Lead me back to trusting You with all that will happen. I know that You do no ask me to handle everything on my own. You will be there with me, for me. So today, this moment is only about this moment. May I rest in it and experience it as You intended.

Monday, March 30, 2009

I Need Your Assistance

I Need Your Assistance to help me find sponsorships for our high school students. It costs $1000 to sponsor a student but due to hard economic times we will take what we can get.

During the past three years, the ACAP Chicago has grown from 13 students in 2005 to 40 students in 2008. Each year we receive over 100 applications. However due to funding constraints, we have only been able to accommodate 40 students. Each year we have successfully recruited and encouraged a significant number of students to pursue careers in the accounting and business professions. All students attending the programs have graduated from their respective high schools. Additionally, each year, we have awarded three (3) $1,000 academic scholarships to the participants to aid them with their college expenses.

There is a substantial cost associated in providing this educational program, which includes but is not limited to meals, housing, transportation and program materials. Your corporation or company can contribute to the success of the program by supporting an ACAP student. (See Attachments)

If you have any questions feel free to contact me at 773-457-2078

Tommie L. Williams, Comptroller

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Jackie, Stephen B & Joe responds....

Hello beautiful,

I worked at WGCI for years as a announcer, and I started as Tom's afternoon producer. I know radio well, that's why I left it. Derrick Brown is right. Steve Harvey actually has more appeal in Chicago than Tom does. His radio career started in Chicago also. Combine that with his TV shows, movies and books, he has more face/name recognition with the demographic of WVAZ (35-54). Radio listeners aren't loyal. They won't fight for you, or switch the dial to a new station. Everything in radio has a shelf life, Tom's just expired. He had a great run. Stephen B


You know I like to stay silent on a few issues but this Tom Joyner hoopla makes me want to vent a little. Every now and then I would listen to the music on his show but soon as his talk portion came on I would turn. He and Anthony J Brown would talk "Playa this" and "Playa that" and spew anti family values to an audience where 70% of black children are born into single family households. Is that what we as a community need to solve our problems or was he merely reflecting (mocking) the current trend. I believe he should've projected something more positive that would have inspired us to reach higher rather than laughing at our sad current state of affairs. Also that stereotypical soap opera was like a step and fetch it program to me. Tom and his crew basically performed to the delight of his listeners and of course "The Man" and besides his college donations he showed no social responsibility to me.

History shows there has always been some people that can profit from our misery by making light/fun of us and our situations but in the end those who sacrifice their character and dignity for money will eventually lose. Until we learn to own our mediums (WVON) so we can decide the information we want to disperse we will be toys and pawns for those in power to use to amuse those who should be changing or mislead others and when they are done with them they will be thrown away also!

Joe Thanks Joe!!!!


What's up sweetie! Thx!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tom Joyner calls firing from Clear Channel's WVAZ-FM 102.7 in Chicago different from the others

Thanks Jackie! Tommie some insight please.....
Radio host Tom Joyner is based in Dallas but roots are in Chicago
Phil Rosenthal | Media
March 27, 2009
Monday's edition of "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" was typical, as far as Joyner was concerned. There were laughs, some solid information and encouragement. "And I talked a little bit about people who get laid off," he said. "Because every day there's a story about people getting laid off."

Four hours or so after he got off the air, he got the call. One of that day's stories would be his: Clear Channel pulled the plug on his show in Chicago, where his radio roots reach back to 1972.

Joyner's Dallas-based syndicated program, while continuing to be heard in dozens of smaller markets around the country as well as online, was replaced immediately on WVAZ-FM 102.7, his outlet here for the past 13 years, by comedian Steve Harvey, whose show has been airing on WGCI-FM 107.5.

"I've been fired a bunch of times, but this was up there," Joyner said by phone. "You know, I worked every radio station in Chicago, including as a cab dispatcher. I didn't walk from one station to the other, I got kicked. But I haven't been kicked in a long time, so this felt a lot different."

Suddenly, Joyner was off the air in the city he still considered home long after he returned to Dallas.

"Tom has been a great partner," said Earl Jones, president and Chicago market manager of Clear Channel. "This wasn't about that. This is about the direction we have to move."

Replacing Joyner, 59, on V103 with Harvey, 53, whose show is syndicated by a Clear Channel subsidiary, opened a slot for a new local WGCI morning program the company plans to launch Wednesday. The thinking is it will pay off long term.

Arbitron's switch from diaries to Portable People Meters to produce the radio audience estimates used to set ad rates has been accompanied by rating declines for almost all urban formats. But it has produced new data on listening habits.

With Tony Sculfield, 42, backed by WGCI evening co-host Leon Rogers and WKSC-FM 103.5 midday personality Nina Chantele, the company believes its new morning show will be more consistent with the rest of WGCI's programming.

"It's business," said Joyner, whose show's biggest markets are now Philadelphia and Detroit, where his syndicator, urban-focused Radio One, owns outlets. "If I were Clear Channel, I'd probably do exactly the same thing because you're in business to stay in business and, strategically, it's what they should have done."

Even if it ticks off listeners?

"Well …," he said, chuckling as his voice trails off. "I can't answer that one."

One need only check the Internet message boards to find resentment. Disgruntled Chicago fans have been pointed to BlackAmerica Web.com, where his show can be heard online. Joyner said there has been a surge in Web traffic, but online ad money simply doesn't match the broadcast numbers.

"I need the commercial-radio Chicago market," Joyner said. "I'm very concerned. Chicago, for all practical purposes, is the flagship. It is the mother ship. It is our largest market.

"Back in the day," he said, "whenever I got fired, there were options. And if there were no options, somebody who was not doing well in their format might flip to the urban format, and then that was an option. Now, [the Portable People Meters format] has made it so no one would think about flipping their signal to an urban station."

Chicago is where Joyner became a star, arriving at WVON-AM from Dallas in 1972. When new ownership cleaned house there six years later, he briefly went to old WBMX-FM. One fan was Johnson Publishing founder John H. Johnson.

"Mr. Johnson called and said he listened to me and he didn't listen to his own station [WJPC], so he wanted me to come there and I did," said Joyner, who eventually went back to Dallas only to make radio history a few years later by simultaneously signing contracts for a morning job in Dallas and afternoon gig here on WGCI without telling either station ahead of time.

For eight years, he was the Fly Jock, jetting back and forth daily. National syndication came later.

All the while, he never forgot what he was taught by Johnson, publisher of Ebony and Jet, who built a media empire by not only appealing to African-American audience but proving its value to marketers. Over and over he has said his philosophy is "to superserve the African-American community."

Little wonder his Chicago listeners feel a void, and that Joyner, ever-grateful for their loyalty, feels one too.

Friday, March 6, 2009


You know I love me some Michelle, and it appears that their relationship is truly balanced, but this was funny.......

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Blacks, whites hear Obama differently

By: Nia-Malika Henderson
March 3, 2009 04:09 AM EST

On his pre-inaugural visit to Ben’s Chili Bowl, a landmark for Washington’s African-American community, President Barack Obama was asked by a cashier if he wanted his change back.

“Nah, we straight,” Obama replied.

The phrase was so subtle some listeners missed it. The reporter on pool duty quoted Obama as saying, “No, we’re straight.”

But many other listeners did not miss it. A video of the exchange became an Internet hit, and there was a clear moment of recognition among many blacks, who got a kick out of their Harvard-educated president sounding, as one commenter wrote on a hip-hop site, “mad cool.”

On matters of racial identity, many observers in the African-American community say he benefits from what's known as “dog-whistle politics." His language, mannerisms and symbols resonate deeply with his black supporters, even as the references largely sail over the heads of white audiences.

This is part of the reason that as a candidate, Obama won intense support among African-Americans while never being branded, in the fashion of a Jesse Jackson, as a candidate defined by race.

In January remarks about the economy, Obama made a reference to “American dreams that are being deferred,” a phrase black audiences understood without a citation as black poet Langston Hughes’. First lady Michelle Obama often cites her upbringing in the “South Side of Chicago.” On Election Night, the winner promised that “we as a people will get there,” an echo of Martin Luther King Jr. made more powerful by not expressly invoking King’s name.

Or a year ago in South Carolina, when he tried to swat down the persistent rumors that he is Muslim. “They try to bamboozle you, hoodwink you,” Obama said that night, in what many listeners heard as an unmistakable reference to activist Malcolm X, as portrayed in Spike Lee’s movie.

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“All of us knew that he was referencing Malcolm X, and when he said it, the reaction was instantaneous,” said William Jelani Cobb, a professor at Spelman College who specializes in black history and politics.

Dog-whistle politics was hardly invented by Obama. One of its most deft practitioners lately was President George W. Bush. He regularly borrowed the language of evangelical Christianity and the anti-abortion movement to signal he was simpatico with their beliefs, even as he often avoided obvious displays of support that might turn off middle-of-the-road voters.

“The code words matter, how you dress matters, how you speak matters; it’s all subliminal messaging, and all politicians use it,” said Michael Fauntroy, an assistant professor of public policy at George Mason University, who specializes in race and American politics. “Ronald Reagan used to talk about making America the shining city on a hill, which is about America as divinely inspired, and it has a deep vein in the evangelical conservative movement. It goes on all the time, and there are so many circumstances when only the target people get the message.”

But Fauntroy said the stakes were higher for Obama, who had to “deracialize himself.”

John McWhorter, a linguist at the conservative Manhattan Institute, said that he believes that in Obama’s case coded messaging, which can be a matter of words, sound or grammar or all of them, is partly conscious because “he knows it arouses black audiences.”

“Black English, especially the cadence, is becoming America’s youth lingua franca, especially since the mainstreaming of hip-hop. Its sound conveys warmth, authenticity and a touch of seductive danger not only to blacks but many whites, especially ones below about 50,” McWhorter said. “Obama’s tapping into that cadence helped win him the election. Imagine John Kerry or Hillary Clinton saying, ‘Yes, we can!’ It would have sounded phony — only in what I call a ‘black- cent’ can it sound prophetic and arousing.”

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for George W. Bush, said that dog-whistle politics at its best is not really about politics at all.

“The connection that Barack Obama has to the black community and the connection George Bush has to the evangelical community began long before they began running for president. It was a natural and deep connection, politics aside,” Fleischer said. “When they became candidates, it was a powerful, strong bond that created a base for both people. ... But genuine speech with conviction has tremendous power, and there always is a tendency for the base to hear the deeper message and say, ‘That was sweet. He’s talking to me.’”

Bush used phrases lifted from church hymns and the Bible to signal an affinity for like-minded Christians. The phrase “culture of life,” became part of the political lexicon when Bush used it weeks before the 2000 election — it was a less political, more evangelical version of “pro-life.”

Bush also recognized that he had to tread carefully with his evangelism — keeping his most loyal voters satisfied, even if following through on policy initiatives might be difficult.

As for Obama, an aide declined to talk about whether it was a matter of strategy.

Beyond speech, blacks have picked up certain of Obama’s mannerisms, particularly his walk, that signal authenticity. Bush had his cowboy strut, and Obama has a swagger — a rhythmic lope that says cool and confident and undeniably black. It was most noticeable on his first post-election trip to the White House, some said.

“The swagger was out of control, dragging the left foot, it was like, ‘Barack, you have got to calm down,’” said Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a Princeton University professor who teaches courses in politics and black studies. “The swagger thing just got worse and worse during the campaign. ... I am sure David Axelrod told him to stop swaggering. ... I can’t imagine that anyone is telling him to do that.”
“In those circumstances, it is his blackness kind of squishing out of the edges. It’s not the same thing as deploying it like Bush did, but it has the same effect ... solidifying his base of black folks,” she said.

Yet the question remains as to how far style or even swagger can take Obama among black people, without matching policies seen as beneficial to the black community.

“The swagger goes a long way for Barack, a long way,” Harris-Lacewell said, adding that the black support will mean a boost in polls. “Black people were strong supporters of Clinton because of race. ... If it works for someone who is just symbolically for the black president, it will be very powerful for the actual black president.”

Notably, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has used phrases recently like “bling bling” to describe the stimulus package and “off the hook” to describe the new RNC outreach plans, at a time when he is trying to step up the party’s appeal to African-American voters.

Beyond stylistic gestures, Obama has made several overtures to the black press since winning in November. His first print interview as president-elect was given to Ebony and his first print interview as president was given to Black Enterprise. And at his first press conference, journalists from the black press were given prime seating — yet weren’t called on for questions.

Strategy or not, Obama’s efforts will likely continue, some said, and so far have helped.

“I think that the combination of his style and his swagger and his connection to the various currents of culture make him seem like a man who is much younger than he is,” Cobb said. “But the genius with Obama is that he is fluent in it, so it doesn’t come off as a deliberate kind of doling out of references or points. It winds up to being to his benefit politically.”

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