New America Media - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:35
TV pioneer and longtime owner of the San Francisco Bay Area television station KTSF Lillian Lincoln Howell died peacefully at her South Bay home on August 31. She was 93 years old.“My mother was a visionary in the broadcasting industry... KTSF http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:39
Move over, Chadwick Boseman. The real Godfather of Soul is taking the stage again, this time in the form of a new documentary called "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," which will premiere on HBO on October 27 at 9 p.m.
From Rolling Stone:
Made with the support and cooperation of Brown's estate, the doc features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photos from throughout the musician's career. The documentary will also include interviews with Jagger, Questlove, Chuck D, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Martha High, Bootsy Collins, Fred Wesley and many more.
"We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown's estate, which Alex Gibney used brilliantly to tell the story of James' career from its inception through its pinnacle," Jagger said in a statement. "We spoke with the extraordinary people who knew James well and worked alongside him throughout his career. By hearing their fascinating stories and memories, we were able to paint the full picture of James as both a musical artist and social activist, whose legacy and impact on the music industry is ever-present."
The new documentary comes on the heels of "Get On Up," the feature film starring Boseman that hit theaters last month.
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:36
Queen Bey turned 33 on September 4, and hubby Jay Z put together an adorable happy birthday video for her. Even better: the video is exactly 33 seconds long.
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:35
Just in time for the Washington, D.C., NFL Team's first game of the season this Sunday, the Native Voice Network has published a video that puts FedEx on the spot for continuing to sponsor a team whose name is a racial slur.
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:21
CeeLo tweeted some really dumb comments about rape, so it only makes sense that the singer would be booted from an upcoming performances at a U.S. military base, an institution that's plagued by systemic sexual violence.
Freedom LIVE, the company that's in charge of programming for the U.S. military's Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) department, announced that they've dropped CeeLo from their September 20 show with Little Big Town at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in D.C. In a strongly worded statement on their Facebook page, Freedom LIVE wrote:
We seek a Department-wide culture of gender dignity and respect where sexual assault is completely eliminated and never tolerated, where sexual assault victims receive compassionate and coordinated support, and where offenders are held appropriately accountable.
Unfortunately, one of the performers we signed for the JBAB Freedom Live show on 20 September recently posted comments on social media that we consider to completely inconsistent with Navy core values. Regardless of intent or context, the lack of sensitivity towards an issue that is one of the great challenges facing our Navy is unacceptable.
As a result, we have made the decision to pull CeeLo Green from the Freedom Live event on 20 September. Little Big Town, the main attraction for the event, will still perform as scheduled. We will announce as soon as possible a replacement opening act of the high quality that you expect and deserve.
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:09
Despite warnings from their union, some New York City teachers this week wore NYPD shirts back to school "as a show of support for cops in the wake of the Eric Garner death and union-backed rally for Al Sharpton," the New York Post reports. At the heart of the ensuing conflict are teachers' union and department of education rules regarding dress code as well as public perception of the teachers' actions by parents and children. "Certain T-shirt messages may appear to be supportive, but individuals (parents, students) may see a different meaning in that message," an e-mail sent by a union official and obtained by the Post says.
One Facebook image shows teachers from Staten Island, the borough in which video shows the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police officers, posing in gray NYPD T-shirts. Another photo, the Post reports, shows "white T's bearing a heart-shaped image of a handshake and the words, "New York's Brightest Supports New York's Finest.""
"Most notably," the Post reports, teachers at IS 72 also defied the union's warning. IS 72 is named after Rocco Laurie, a white 23-year-old police officer slain in 1972 along with his partner, a black officer and fellow Vietnam veteran, Gregory Foster, 22, by members of the Black Liberation Army. Their deaths are still honored today.
Read more and see images at The New York Post.
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 08:09
CeeLo can say goodbye to "The Good Life."
The singer's reality TV show has been canceled, according to Entertainment Weekly:
A network insider said the show was canceled was due to poor ratings. Before news of the cancellation came out, however, a petition from women's rights group UltraViolet had called for TBS to get rid of the show in light of Green's tweets.
The Good Life had a short run earlier this summer and focused on Green's reunion with his hip-hop group Goodie Mob. The TBS webpage for the show has been replaced by an error message.
The cancellation comes amid backlash after the singer tried to defend rape. Last week, he pleaded guilty to giving a woman ecstasy that she claims led her to black out for hours before waking up naked in CeeLo's bed. There wasn't enough evidence to bring rape charges, but the singer foolishly tried to argue on Twitter over the weekend that an unconscious woman can't be raped.
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 07:35
Lifelong activists Grace Lee Boggs, 99, and Rosa Clemente, 42, came together on MSNBC's Reid Report for an intergenerational discussion on how they became activists--and what sustains them today. In Clemente I hear echoes of Ta-Nehisi Coates' recent essay on the value of "true education." She also offers an accessible entry point for folks searching for ways to contribute, now:
Activism can happen with 5,000 people or it can happen when you're walking home and you see police putting three black kids against the wall. Are you gonna keep walking home? Or are you gonna stand there? Are you gonna watch? Are you gonna at least be a witness to what's happening?
Boggs, a living memorial to many of the 20th century's defining chapters, believes she is witnessing a second American revolution as powerful as the first.
Watch these two women, one Asian-American and the other Afro-Latina, above on Reid Report. How did you become an activist?
Colorlines - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 06:58
Here's what I'm reading up on this morning:
- Separatist rebels appear poised to take a strategic Ukraine port city.
- At its summit, NATO approves the deployment of thousands of troops in Eastern Europe.
- The U.S. missionary doctor infected with Ebola has been brought back and is being treated in Nebraska.
- Virginia former first couple, Bob and Maureen McDonnell are found guilty of corruption.
- Vice Media gets an additional $500 million investment, bringing its worth to about $2.5 billion.
- Twitpic is shutting down and is saying it's all Twitter's fault.
- This video is part of the way Jay wished Bey a happy birthday.
- According to a new study, wearing a bra doesn't cause breast cancer.
- Meet dreadnoughtus, the 65 ton dinosaur.
New America Media - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:22
The murders of the U.S. journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff by their Islamist captors were trivial horrors in the spiraling calamity that has engulfed Syria and Iraq. Still, to me they were uniquely painful for reasons unrelated to the... Edward Wasserman http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
New America Media - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:13
Comedienne Joan Rivers died in New York on Thursday, a week after her heart stopped during a medical procedure. She was 81. "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," said her daughter Melissa. "Although that is... Heeb Magazine http://publisher.namx.org/mt-cp.cgi?__mode=view&blog_id=19&id=103
Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:44
Here's where we left things off last season in the NFL: Richard Sherman, in a moment of unhinged, post-game adrenaline, turned to national news cameras during a post-game interview and yelled about his hatred of San Francisco 49er Michael Crabtree. Reaction to Sherman's interview was swift: He was compared to a monkey, called a monster, a thug and worse. He was headed to football's biggest stage, and that platform did nothing but amplify all of America's deeply held racist caricatures.
The new season, which kicks off on Thursday when the Green Bay Packers take on Sherman's Seahawks, is already aflame in its own race-based controversies. Here's what to watch for this season.
Really racist team names: Mark your calendar for November 2, 2014. That's when the Washington, D.C. NFL team will take on the Minnesota Vikings at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium. They're playing there while their new multimillion dollar stadium is under construction. If the Minneapolis-based National Coalition on Racism and Sports in Media and university activists get their way, the "Redskins" name will be blocked from the stadium. The coalition has threatened to sue and, at the very least, protesters will be present at the game.
On-field protests: Speaking of D.C.'s team, its players made quite a statement in the aftermath of this summer's Ferguson protests. Before a pre-season game against the Cleveland Browns, several players walked out onto the field with their hands up, the symbolic gesture that's become one of the lasting images of the uprisings.
Those alleged gang ties: Despite having one of the more productive careers as a wide receiver in the league, DeSean Jackson was cut from the Philadelphia Eagles during the off-season. The reason? Gang affiliations, according to his former club. Jackson, who was raised in the same South Central Los Angeles community that produced Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman, has strongly denied being a member of any gang, but that's almost beside the point. The power imbalance between the league's (mostly) black players and its (mostly) white coaches and owners was on display when, as Jackson put it, his reputation was slandered during a bitter contract dispute. The accusations proved just how unfair it is to paint black players with such a broad brush. Meanwhile, Jackson's former teammate, Riley Cooper -- who was caught on camera screaming a racial slur -- will suit up for Philly this season.
Aaron Hernandez's trial: Get ready. Once this NFL season is over, one of the game's biggest murder trials will begin on May 28. Hernandez was once one of the most promising and high-profile Latino professional athletes in the country, but he's now sitting in a Boston-area jail awaiting two trials for three different counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Odin Lloyd, Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. It's an unbelievably sad story, one that's been made even worse by all of the highly racialized commentary that's been floating around since his arrest last summer. From his tattoos to his single-parent upbringing in working-class Bristol, Connecticut, every detail of Hernandez's life leading up to the alleged crimes is being scrutinized.
Domestic violence:The league let down at least half of its fans, who are women, when it handed down a paltry three-game suspension to Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, who was caught on tape brutally assaulting his then-fiance. "It's a joke, and a bad one,"wroteespnW's Jane McManus. "Worse, it leaves the door open for people to think that Janay Rice bears a lot of the responsibility for eliciting the punch that seemingly knocked her out."In fact, that sentiment was backed up by ESPN's Steven Smith, whose tone-deaf rant about women needing to learn not to "provoke" their attackers earned him a week-long suspension from the network. Recently, 49ers player Ray McDonald was arrested for domestic violence charges. Let's hope the league learns its lesson this time around.
Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:28
This summer, Minnesota passed a first-of-its-kind law improving the treatment of pregnant incarcerated women. In addition to extending an existing ban on the use of restraints during childbirth for up to three days postpartum, the law also allows incarcerated women to have a doula.
Doulas are trained birth attendants who provide physical and psychological support during pregnancy and birth. Doulas have gained popularity in recent years. Doulas of North America (DONA), just one of a handful of training organizations, now boasts 6,500 members; in 1994, there were only 750. As the community and movement has grown, doulas have worked to bring their model of care to many different arenas. As a trained doula, I've participated in groups such as the Doula Project in New York City, which brings doula support to people having miscarriages and abortions. Other groups focus on providing low-income women with this kind of care, and a number have also tailored their work to support incarcerated women.
Giving birth while incarcerated is not easy, says Rae Baker, a project coordinator with Project Isis* Rising, a Minnesota group that has been providing doula support to pregnant women in the state's only women's prison since 2011. Imprisoned women labor without the support of family or friends--they are not allowed to join them at the hospital. New mothers are separated from their babies when they return to prison--usually within three days after the birth.
Because Project Isis Rising has an established presence in the prison, the new law doesn't change much about the way they practice. But it does provide a potential opening for two changes. One is possible state funding. Project Isis Rising, which is supported by foundations and donors, currently pays the doulas $1,000 per birth out of its budget. Second, the law may extend doula care to women giving birth in Minnesota jails.
Project Isis Rising isn't the only prison doula program in the country. I wrote about the Prison Birth Project, based in Western Massachusetts, for Colorlines in 2011 while reporting on the movement to ban shackling of pregnant women. For groups operating in states without laws like the new Minnesota one, their ability to provide doula services to women inside is wholly reliant on their relationship with prison officials, who could at any time decide to end their program. Baker's group has a good relationship with the prison staff, but she's happy that the new law means their program can't be cancelled. The law also paves the way for future initiatives to get started without the years of proposals and lobbying officials that the original Isis Rising program required to get off the ground.
This new law is just another element of the wave of attention and momentum we've been seeing for state-level legislation protecting the rights of pregnant women in prison. When I wrote about the anti-shackling movement in 2011, only 14 states had banned the practice. In the three years since, six more states have followed suit. Issues that impact jail and prison populations have a disproportionate impact on women of color, who are incarcerated at much higher rates than white women. According to the Correctional Association of New York, African-American women are incarcerated at three times the rate for white women. Latinas are locked up at almost 1.6 times the rate for white women.
In Minnesota, the current racial breakdown of the prison population at Shakopee, the one state women's prison, is 62 percent white, 18 percent American Indian/Alaska Native, 17 percent black and 2 percent Asian Pacific Islander (4 percent of those above also identify as Hispanic). The overall population of women is 86 percent white, 5.7 percent black and 1.3 percent American Indian or Alaska Native. These numbers show a high level of overrepresentation, particularly for American Indian/Alaska Native women.
While Baker says that the biggest benefit to having a doula for incarcerated pregnant women is the additional emotional support, her group has been working with the University of Minnesota to track how having a doula might impact the medical outcomes. That research shows that before the doulas worked with women at Shakopee Prison, 63 percent of those giving birth C-section deliveries. With doula support in place, that percentage has dropped to 3 percent. These statistics played a key role in the passage of the law the first time it was brought forward.
Prison doulas also provide support to the mothers when they are leaving the hospital and being separated from their child. One doula shared this perspective from such a separation in a study by professor Rebecca Shafer titled "Doulas' Perspectives about Providing Support to Incarcerated Women": "It was time to say goodbye. By then the baby was back [from being taken to the visiting room to meet relatives] and was being held by my client. She started sobbing, she covered her face with her blanket. She got dressed and the shackles were placed on her wrists, feet and a chain around her waist...she was wheeled out of the hospital and back to the facility. She cried all the way until she got in the van and I could not be a witness to her tears anymore."
The law passed unanimously through the Minnesota legislature in July and could signal a new pathway for improving the experiences of incarcerated pregnant women. Funding could definitely pose a challenge for other states without independently funded programs like Project Isis Rising. But considering that the majority of states still allow shackling of incarcerated pregnant women during labor, a doula for every birth in prison may still be a long way off.
*Post has been updated to reflect that the "Isis" in "Project Isis Rising" isn't in all capital letters.
Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:21
Fast food workers are showing resolve. Today's strikes and protests in more than 100 cities are seeing arrests as workers stage sit-ins in front of McDonald's, Burger King and other fast food restaurants and refuse to move. The addition of civil disobedience to the two-year-old fight for a $15-an-hour minimum wage is new and a follow-through on an idea discussed at a first-ever workers convention this July. Also new: an invitation to home care workers to join their fight for a higher minimum wage and the right to unionize without retaliation. Below, some of what's happening in cities around the country from Nevada to Minneapolis to San Diego. And check this USAToday map for a status update on the states responding to minimum wage increase demands.
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New America Media - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:00
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New America Media - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:09
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Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:49
Daniel Holtzclaw, the 27-year-old Oklahoma City police officer charged with sexually assaulting eight black women, is also a defendant in a wrongful death suit filed earlier this year.
According to court documents, on the evening of May 1, 2013, Clifton Armstrong, a 39-year-old black man who suffered from paranoia and schizophrenia, called 911 for medical assistance. Holtzclaw, along with three fellow officers, arrived to his home. When given the option, Armstrong declined to enter a squad car in order to be taken to the hospital because he only wanted to travel in his grandmother's vehicle. The officers then proceeded to hogtie Armstrong into submission using belts. He was declared dead shortly afterward, as alleged in a lawsuit filed by Armstrong's mother, Velencia Maiden:
Upon information and belief, in attempting to subdue Mr Armstrong, the officers used force to restrain and subdue him, by placing him in handcuffs, and using belts to restrain his leg movement, which is famously referred to as the "maximum restraint hobble system" with malicious intent and without justification, pursuant to Oklahoma City Police Department's policy, practice or custom, I reckless disregard for the welfare of Clifton Armstrong.
As a result of this altercation, Mr Armstrong collapsed, and paramedics where summoned who transported Mr Armstrong to the emergency room at the Baptist Hospital where Armstrong was pronounced dead.
Court documents indicate that the police department opened an internal investigation into the incident and exonerated all four officers involved: Jeffery Dutton, Gregory Franklin, Mohammed Tabaia and Daniel Holtzclaw.
Oklahoma's medical examiner ruled Armstrong's death an accident, citing "excited delirium syndrome." Many medical practitioners don't recognize excited delirium syndrome as a legitimate medical condition--and civil rights groups point to the fact it is often used to justify excessive force. Armstrong was also under the influence of methamphetamines at the time of his death. The medical examiner's report did add that his physical altercation with the police was an aggravating factor that caused his death.
Maiden's lawsuit seeks damages totaling $75,000 for her son's wrongful death, as well as pain and suffering, medical expenses, funeral expenses and more costs related to Armstrong's death at the hands of Oklahoma cops.
In an unrelated case, Daniel Holtzclaw is currently charged with 16 felony sex crime counts: burglary, stalking, two counts of rape, four counts of indecent exposure, four counts of sexual battery, four counts of forcible oral sodomy--all allegedly committed against black women. Prosecutors say Holtzclaw threatened his victims with arrest or physical punishment in order to get away with sexual assault.
But Daniel Holtzclaw has his supporters. His sister, Jenny Holtzclaw, set up a GofundMe.com page that raised more than $7,000 for her brother before it was abruptly shut down by the online fundraising service. A "Justice for Daniel Holtzclaw" Facebook page, meanwhile, has garnered more than 600 likes. Holtzclaw's bond, originally set at $5 million, has been lowered to $500,000, and he's expected to leave jail to live with his father, Eric--who's a lieutenant in a nearby police department--while he prepares for trial.
Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:59
As the Packers take on the Seahawks tonight in the NFL's debut game, pressure is building for Washington, D.C. team owner Dan Snyder to change his franchise's racist name. This week, Change the Mascot, a national campaign launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, released a letter signed by more than 100 partner organizations (including Colorlines' publisher Race Forward) protesting the team's name. They also released a letter to broadcasters to stop using the derogatory slur. In part it reads:
...We are writing to ask you to join other media organizations in refusing to broadcast the Washington team's name on the public airwaves. The team's name is a dictionary-defined racial slur. As of 2014's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruling, it is also a government-defined racial slur. Those definitions are correct. Throughout history, this term has been used to disparage Native Americans. It is the term used by bounty hunters to describe bloody Native scalps, and it was the epithet screamed at Native Americans as they were dragged at gunpoint off their lands. No doubt, the bigotry of this word is why the team was originally given the name by its longtime owner, avowed segregationist George Preston Marshall.
The group, along with the National Congress of American Indians, are also leading a social media campaign that coincides with the start of the season. They're asking users to use the hashtags #ProudtoBe and #SacktheRWord to join the discussion.
As Yahoo! Sports has noted, the campaign is making an impact:
Some mainstream media broadcasters who will call and report on NFL games this season -- such as NBC's Tony Dungy and ESPN's Lisa Salters -- have said they might not say "Redskins" on air. CBS has said it will leave it up to its broadcasters to make individual calls on whether they choose to, and Phil Simms is one who has said he might not.
t's clear that some people's opinions on this story are changing. Not long ago, support for keeping the Redskins nickname -- depending on the survey cited -- hovered in the 80-to-90-percent range. But recently, other surveys, such as ESPN's recent poll of 286 NFL players shows that the number has come down.
For now, they're still the Redskins. But for how long? The league has been quite quiet on the issue largely, and there are marketing and promotional considerations that likely will keep things status quo for this season, and perhaps beyond. But if that support continues to dwindle and the Native American groups involved in this plea have their voice heard, we could see even more action and impetus for chance.
Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:29
"Even as Nelson Mandela always insisted that his accomplishments were collective--also achieved by the men and women who were his comrades--the media attempted to sanctify him as a heroic individual." Guarding against the overwhelming "depiction of history as the work of heroic individuals," says Angela Davis in a new interview, is part of the work.
Read more in The Nation's special racial justice issue.
Colorlines - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 08:28
HBO Latino is launching an original series this fall that's based on the lives of Brazil's high-end sex workers. From their press release:
This fall we are promoting a new and exciting series from Brazil named El Negocio and our team is looking for influencers to support our promotional efforts. ...
The series tells the story of Karin, Luna and Magali, three beautiful and intelligent women who come together with the idea of revolutionizing their profession, high-end escorts. Given the limited prospects for professional growth they face, they have a vision: if behind every product there is a marketing strategy, why not apply the same techniques to the oldest profession in the world. Karin, Luna and Magali are ladies of a luxury company, ready to become true business women.
It's hard to tell at this point if the show will be a worthwhile look into Brazil's sex trade or just another way to exploit women's bodies. But the trailer (NSFW) is in line with a study that found that Latinas are more likely than women of any other ethnicity to appear on camera naked.
The topic of sex work in Brazil has gotten a lot of attention lately as the country played host to the 2014 World Cup. Curiously, this new show doesn't appear to include any sex workers of African descent, though race and poverty often play a big role in who enters the industry.
(h/t Latino Rebels)
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