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Real Housewives of Atlanta nominated for NAACP Image Award

The blogs are a buzzing this week with news that Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” has been nominated for an NAACP Image award.   I agree with Bossip, someone should be fired.  I didn’t believe it a first.  I had to check the facts for myself on the NAACP website.  There it was:

Outstanding Reality Series

  • “American Idol 8” (FOX)
  • “America’s Next Top Model” (CW)
  • “Dancing With the Stars” (ABC)
  • “Extreme Makeover” (ABC)
  • “Real Housewives of Atlanta” (Bravo)

Someone please tell me this is a hoax.  Next they will be giving Kisha Cole’s momma an Image Award.  Hell, I know Mr. Brown is bound to get nominated in the “Step n’ Fetch it” category.  This tops their nomination of R. Kelly…

…well, maybe not.  Where am I?  Someone please tell me this is just a dream.

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McCain meets with Black Republicans

From NBC/NJ’s Matthew E. Berger – MSNBC.MSN.com
PITTSBURGH, Pa. — African-American Republicans told McCain Tuesday not to abandon efforts to court black voters, despite the uphill battle in facing a prominent African-American Democratic challenger, meeting participants told NBC/National Journal.

A small group of black Republican current and former elected officials met with McCain at his Virginia headquarters, carrying a message that McCain and the Republican Party should reach out to black voters through “conversation and engagement” on issues like economic policy and healthcare.

“It’s important, especially with an African American running on the Democratic side, that the party reawaken its relationship (with black voters), no matter how tattered and torn it has been over the years,” Michael Steele, the former Maryland lieutenant governor, said in an interview.

Included in the group were Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams, former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell — who ran lost to Ted Strickland in 2006 for Ohio governor — and former Rep. J.C. Watts, according to the campaign. Lynn Swann, the pro football Hall of Famer who ran for Pennsylvania governor in 2006, participated by conference call. Continue reading

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Warner removes racist cartoons from YouTube

We posted the YouTube link to a posting of these videos a few months ago.  I think it’s a very important thing for people, especially black folk.  They are part of the very racist history of American media and the sterotypical representations of African Americans on TV and film.  We love to post that type of stuff because in the present day people like to act as if racism has been done away with and that it doesn’t exist.  From the posts to the comments on this blog, it’s clearly alive and well.

From NY Times/Photo: Youtube
Among the millions of clips on the video-sharing Web site YouTube are 11 racially offensive Warner Brothers cartoons that have not been shown in an authorized release since 1968.

Despite efforts to suppress them, racist cartoons from the 1940s have been circulating on the Web.

Some of the cartoons were removed on April 16. A message saying the cartoons were no longer available because of a copyright claim by Warner appeared in their place. By evening the messages disappeared, and some of the cartoons were back. Representatives for YouTube and Warner would not confirm whether the companies had tried to remove the cartoons.

The cartoons, known as the “Censored 11,” have been unavailable to the public for 40 years. Postings no longer appear if YouTube is searched for “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs,” a parody of “Snow White” and the most famous of the cartoons. But a search for “Coal Black” does find the cartoon.

These cartoons were controversial when first released; the N.A.A.C.P. unsuccessfully protested “Coal Black” before it was shown in 1943. Richard McIntire, the director of communications for the N.A.A.C.P., wrote in an e-mail message that “the cartoons are despicable. We encourage the films’ owners to maintain them as they are — that is, locked away in their vaults.” Continue reading

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NAACP protests the light sentences of the Barbie Bandits

Do you remember the scene in “Malcolm X” where Denzel and Spike were in court with the 2 white women they were dating and got hella years compared the light sentencing of their co-criminals?  Denzel’s lines went something like this…

The average first offender gets two years for burglary.

We were all first offenders.
That’s what the girls drew.

Two years in the women’s reformatory.

Our crime wasn’t burglary.

It was sleeping with white girls.
They threw the book at us.

For some reason this the sentencing of the Barbie Bandits made me think of that scene.  You know the reason, and obviously the NAACP feels my pain.  The head of the Georgia NAACP called for the state to investigate the sentences given in the so-called “Barbie bandits” bank theft case, saying the two white defendants got less prison time than two black men.  Continue reading

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Julian Bond email is a HOAX

Stop passing that email around!  LOL!  Well, um…maybe you can keep passing it, just take Julian’s name off before you forward it.  The name “Hillary” is misspelled in the email.  That should have been a dead giveaway.

From the NAACP website
NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Julian Bond is not the author of an e-mail currently being distributed entitled, “10 Reasons Not to Vote for Hilary Clinton.”

In refuting the misleading message, Chairman Bond stated:

“I did not write the ‘10 reasons’ and have not and will not support or oppose any candidate or party for President. The NAACP is studiously non-partisan and does not engage in partisan politics. This is a political dirty trick and a fraud, calculated to confuse.”

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Florida: Police shoot several unarmed black men, NAACP reponds

The Dade county NAACP is calling for justice in light of recent police shootings of unarmed African American men. People want answers and lack of response to the shootings by black elected officials and the absence of local political leaders at a recent meeting also became a major focus.

Miami-Dade NAACP President Bishop Victor T. Curry began the meeting on the evening of Nov. 19 by dispelling accusations that he is against the police.

“I’m against police brutality and I believe 99 percent of police officers in their right minds are against police brutality,” he told the crowd of more than 50 people at the New Birth Enterprise Building at 8400 N.E. 2nd Ave. in Miami.

According to Curry, the purpose of the meeting was to determine, “What should our response be as a community?”

Curry questioned whether other communities in Miami-Dade are treated similarly by the police.

“I can guarantee you this…if in the last two months, four unarmed…men from Aventura were shot and killed by African-American police officers, don’t you think the citizens, the residents of Aventura would be meeting like this?” he said.

Michael Knight and Frisco Blackwood, both 21, were killed on Nov. 12 in Little Haiti after police stopped them for running a red light. Details of the events that led to the shootings are in dispute.

A Miami-Dade police officer shot and killed 19-year-old unarmed Haitian immigrant Gracia Beaugris on Oct. 26 after what police said was an altercation, according to published news reports.

Roger Brown, 40, died Nov. 7 after a struggle with police officers outside a tire shop in North Miami-Dade. The owner of the shop, at 1655 NW 95th St., called police just after 7 p.m. after noticing the man’s truck being driven erratically, according to The Miami Herald. Officers immobilized Brown with a stun gun. He was taken to North Shore Medical Center, where he died.

Curry, the popular pastor of the New Birth Baptist Church also took issue with the absence of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez from the meeting.

Curry insisted that the mayor, County Manager George Burgess and Police Chief Robert Parker would have attended meetings in other communities “to hear the concerns of the people.”

He added that their absences represent “just utter disrespect” for the black community.

Source: BrowardTimes.com

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NAACP Doesn’t Support Hate Crime March in W.Va.

The NAACP said Tuesday it does not support a hate crime awareness march that will raise money for a black woman who says she was tortured by six whites.

Local and national NAACP officials said they disapprove of Saturday’s march organizers, a group based in Washington, D.C., called Black Lawyers for Justice that wants hate crime charges brought against the defendants.

Six whites are charged with raping and torturing 20-year-old Megan Williams for days until her Sept. 8 rescue. All could get life prison sentences if convicted, but the prosecutor has not filed hate crime charges, saying they could be difficult to prove.

Williams, her family and black leaders such as the Rev. Al Sharpton plan to participate in the march, which has been endorsed by groups including the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and the National Conference of Black Mayors.

The Rev. Audie Murphy, NAACP branch president for Logan and Boone counties, said his group will continue supporting Williams, “but not within this march.”

“The NAACP is not against hate crimes being charged; we’re just saying we respect the decision of the prosecutor to later on have the freedom to do so. We do believe that some of what the perpetrators (had) against Megan, it was hate crime, but we want them to be prosecuted under the laws.” Continue reading

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