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Attorney General Madigan urges consumers to protect their Internet identity

Posted by Admin On January - 31 - 2011 Comments Off on Attorney General Madigan urges consumers to protect their Internet identity

Madigan Advises Google, Facebook Users to Protect Personal Information Online


Chicago, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recognized Data Privacy Day and encouraged Illinoisans to take steps to protect personal information and communication online. Madigan said many computer users are unknowingly vulnerable to financial fraud and privacy invasions online, and they need to stay vigilant to protect their Internet identities.

In light of her investigation into Google, Attorney General Madigan together with her counterparts in states around the country are recognizing today as Data Privacy Day to prevent consumers from falling victim to online identity theft.

In May 2010, Google announced it had been collecting data over wireless networks. Street View, a Google feature that photographs homes, buildings, streets and other landmarks, also was equipped to capture data that was being transmitted over public networks. This data included user emails, passwords and web surfing activity. Madigan and the attorneys general continue to investigate Google’s collection of this data. 

“Google’s collection of personal information demonstrates how easily someone can follow your Internet activity,” Madigan said. “Consumers should take this opportunity to follow the necessary steps to ensure protection of their personal information online.”

Madigan said it is important for consumers to know that the wireless routers they purchase are not automatically encrypted to protect their privacy online. Consumers must change their wireless settings to protect their data by consulting the instructions for their wireless router or visiting the router manufacturer’s website.

Also in recognition of Data Privacy Day, Madigan and several other attorneys general worked with Facebook, the online social networking site, to post a message to users to remind them to review their privacy settings on the site. The message sent today by Facebook will reach more than 32 million of its users. It will link Facebook users to the steps necessary to ensure appropriate privacy of their profiles on the site, and to control the information that strangers and friends can access and share from a user’s site. 

In addition, OnGuard Online, a consortium of federal government agencies and technology industry experts, recommends additional precautionary steps to secure your wireless network and ensure safe web browsing. The steps below are provided by OnGuard Online:

  1. Use anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a firewall: Install anti-virus and anti-spyware software. Keep them up-to-date and check to ensure that your firewall is turned on.
  2. Turn off identifier broadcasting. Most wireless routers broadcast a signal to any device in the vicinity announcing their presence. You don’t need to broadcast this information if the person using the network already knows it is there. Disable the identifier broadcasting mechanism if your wireless router allows it.
  3. Change the identifier on your router from the default. The identifier (SSID) for your router is likely to be a standard, default ID assigned by the manufacturer to all hardware of that model. Change your identifier to something only you know, and remember to configure the same unique ID into your wireless router and your computer so they can communicate. 
  4. Change your router’s pre-set password for administration: The manufacturer assigned the router a standard default password. Those default passwords are available to anyone, including hackers, so change it to something only you know. When choosing a password, make sure to choose one of sufficient length and complexity to prevent it from being hacked.
  5. Turn off your wireless network when you know you won’t use it: If you turn the router off when you’re not using it, you limit the amount of time that it is susceptible to a hack.
  6. Don’t assume public “hot spots” are secure: Café, hotel and airport “hot spots” are convenient, but they are not secure.
  7. Be careful about the information you access or send from a public wireless network: Consumers should assume other people can see anything you see or send over a public wireless network.

Data Privacy Day, internationally recognized on January 28, brings necessary awareness to an individual’s right to protect his or her most sensitive and personal data. The day unites businesses, individuals, government agencies, non-profit groups and academics in a dialogue about how personal data should be collected, used and stored. 

Consumers who believe they may be victims of identity theft are encouraged to contact Attorney General Madigan’s Theft Hotline at 1-866-999-5630. Consumers can also contact Madigan’s Consumer Fraud Hotline:

Chicago 1-800-386-5438

Springfield 1-800-243-0618

Carbondale 1-800-243-0607

Physicians Medical Forum hosts “Doctors on Board Program” to recruit and retain African American physicians to practice in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area

Posted by Admin On January - 31 - 2011 Comments Off on Physicians Medical Forum hosts “Doctors on Board Program” to recruit and retain African American physicians to practice in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area

Pre-med students, college students, and high school seniors invited to take part


(Distributed through BlackNews.com) 

According to an article published in the Journal of the National Medical Association, African Americans comprise 13% of America’s population but only 4% of U.S. physicians. The publication’s study concluded that financial constraints, insufficient exposure to medicine as a career, little encouragement at home and in schools, lack of role models, and negative peer pressure may contribute to racial disparities in the physician workforce for African Americans. Exposure at a young age to role models and to medicine as a profession might increase the number of African American physicians. Oakland, CA-based Physicians Medical Forum addresses these issues as it recruits African American physicians to practice in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area (BlackNews.com) — The Physicians Medical Forum (PMF) vies to increase the number of African American physicians, residents and medical students in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties, while helping to eliminate health disparities and improving the quality of life and medical care for Bay Area patients. To that end, on February 12th, the non-profit organization will host its “Doctors on Board Program,” a day-long, information-filled series of seminars, workshops and case study lectures to encourage recruitment and retention of African American physicians. Several of the Bay Area’s most prominent medical professionals will provide students with an innovative and exciting opportunity to explore varied facets of medicine and provide information about medical school preparation, medical specialties, and life as a physician. PMF’s “Doctors on Board Program” is funded in large part by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and Wells Fargo. Student Application deadline is Feb. 3, 2011.

WHO: Physicians Medical Forum (PMF)
WHAT: “Doctors on Board Program” (Physician Recruitment Conference)
WHEN: Saturday, February 12, 2011 | 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration/breakfast (7-8 a.m.) | networking social (5-7 p.m.)
WHERE: Oakland Marriott City Center | 10th and Broadway

“I am excited that Physicians’ Medical Forum is addressing the need for more physicians of color to practice in Bay Area inner-city communities,” said PMF Board President Dr. Kathryn E. Malone. “We certainly expect our “Doctors on Board Program” will succeed in convincing young students to consider becoming doctors, and medical students and residents to come to or remain in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area.”

Keynote, presenting, and moderating participants will include: Kathryn E. Malone, M.D., PMF Board President and Sutter East Bay Foundation; Chuck Prosper, C.O.O., Alta Bates Summit Medical Center; Willie Natt, Senior Vice- President & Regional Sales Manager, Wells Fargo; Renee Chapman Navarro, PharmD., M.D., Vice-provost, UCSF Diversity and Outreach; Glenda F. Newell, M.D., Newell & Spriggs Consulting, LLC.; Warren J. Strudwick, M.D., M.B.A., Bay Area Orthopaedic Sports & Spine and Oakland Raiders team physician; Albert L. Brooks, M.D., Washington Hospital; Michelle Shute, M.D., F.A.C.P, Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation; Sandra Weatherby, M.D., Kaiser Permanente; and numerous other prominent medical professionals, faculty, residents, medical students, administrators, and business professionals – all with whom students will network during pre- and post-program activities.

PMF Executive Director Stalfana Bello said, “PMF understands that an active, viable, diverse and thriving medical community is key to retaining physicians. The “Doctors On Board Program” is vital in the effort to encourage students to pursue careers in medicine, which is imperative to maintaining healthy inner-city communities.”

The “Doctors on Board Program” is supported by Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Wells Fargo, Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions, and the Safeway Foundation.

The Physicians Medical Forum is an Oakland, CA-based non-profit 501(c)(3) public benefit corporation supported by a grant from Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. The organization strives to partner with medical schools and universities to develop and maintain sustainability initiatives, programs, events, mentoring, and organizational support that serves to encourage residents and medical students to pursue their careers in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. PMF endeavors to provide information on policy, research, legislation and knowledgeable speakers on myriad of healthcare initiatives, programs, and related topics.

The Physicians Medical Forum mission is to recruit and retain African American Physicians to eliminate health disparities; improve access to care; and maintain diversity within the profession, thereby improving the quality of life for people of color in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay Area. PMF programs and initiatives include: Physicians Database Directory, Physicians Retention and Recruitment Studies, Continuing Medical Education & Training, Physician Professional and Economic Development, and community outreach programs for medical students and residents.

PMF has also received grants from California Healthcare Foundation and SGC Financial and Insurance Services.

2201 Broadway, Suite 212 | Oakland, CA 94612
510.562-5560 p | 510.874-7701 f | www.pmfmd.com

“The ultimate reason to become a medical doctor is to help people. PMF is in this business.”

Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter Opens January 27-29 at Goodman Theatre

Posted by Admin On January - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter Opens January 27-29 at Goodman Theatre

Limited Chicago Debut Engagement continues at Northwestern University (February 4-6, 11-13) and Chicago Shakespeare Theatre (February 18-20) 


Chicago, IL –  Goodman Theatre announces the performance schedule for Belarus Free Theatre’s Being Harold Pinter, adapted and directed by Vladimir Shcherban, produced by Nikolai Khalezin and Natalia Koliada, at three Chicago venues, January 27 – February 20, 2011. This Chicago premiere is presented by Goodman Theatre in association with Northwestern University, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the League of Chicago Theatres.

Opening Night is Thursday, January 27 at Goodman Theatre. Being Harold Pinter runs 1 hour, 15 minutes and is presented in Belarusian and Russian with English supertitles. Tickets are $20 (some discounts apply); to purchase, contact the box office or visit the website of the respective venue.

January 27-29 at Goodman Theatre (170 N. Dearborn)

312.443.3800 or www.goodmantheatre.org

January 27 at 7:30pm (opening night – sold-out)

January 28 at 8pm

January 29 at 8pm

February 4-6 and 11-13 at the Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University’s Mussetter-Struble Theater (1949 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL) 847.491.7282 or www.tic.northwestern.edu

February 4 at 8pm

February 5 at 8pm

February 6 at 2pm

February 11 at 8pm

February 12 at 8pm

February 13 at 2pm

February 18-20 at Chicago Shakespeare Theater (800 E. Grand on Navy Pier)

312.595.5600 or www.chicagoshakes.com

February 18 at 8pm

February 19 at 8pm

February 20 at 2pm (closing)

For an unprecedented artistic event with potential far-reaching international impact, Goodman Theatre invites Eastern Europe’s Belarus Free Theatre to Chicago for a limited engagement of Being Harold Pinter, January 27 – February 20, 2011. Presented in partnership with Northwestern University, the League of Chicago Theatres and

Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Being Harold Pinter arrives in Chicago on the heels of its sold-out engagement at New York’s Under the Radar Festival—for which the Belarus Free Theatre, facing persecution in their homeland, escaped imprisonment in December 2010. Hailed as “truly passionate, truly political theater (that) isn’t just admirable, it has virtues beyond its relevance and bravery” (The New York Times), Being Harold Pinter.

incorporates transcripts from Belarusian political prisoners with excerpts from Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter’s lifetime of writings. Belarus Free Theatre creates visually striking images with simple means and underscores the fierceness of Pinter’s words with the intense physicality of the actors.

Being Harold Pinter blurs the boundaries between art and reality, delivering a poignant contemporary commentary on violence, oppression, freedom and human dignity.

“We found it imperative to extend this brave, bold theater company’s stay in the United States by offering them the opportunity to perform in Chicago,” said Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. “These are artists struggling against an oppressive state, and their work is both essential and powerful.”

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has experienced unprecedented success over the past 10 years in its downtown facility, welcoming nearly 2 million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—serving students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs) and employing more than 3,000 artists and theater professionals. The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. The Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees is Patricia Cox, and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

“I think I speak for the entire Northwestern theater community—and the broader University community—when I say that we are thrilled to join the Chicago theater community in hosting this valiant and important group of artists and supporting the work that they create and the freedom of expression that they represent,” said Henry Godinez, Theatre and Interpretation Center Artistic Director, Northwestern University Theatre Department Associate Professor and Goodman Resident Artistic Associate.

The Theatre and Interpretation Center at Northwestern University produces and presents as many as 40 productions annually, in four theatres, for the School of Communication, and in partnership with the Departments of Theatre and Performance Studies, and the Dance Program. In addition, the Center produces the annual Waa-Mu Show, an original student written and performed musical, and is home for the American Music Theatre Project (AMTP) that is dedicated to developing and producing new musicals by leading local and national artists. Celebrating its 30th anniversary and currently under the leadership of Artistic Director Henry Godinez and Managing Director Diane Claussen, the Center is a rich laboratory for experimentation for 400 undergraduate and graduate students who create, design, direct and perform in classic and contemporary plays, dance performances and musicals directed by faculty, MFA students and guest professional artists. The Center reflects the academic mission and values of the University, the curricular needs of the Theatre and Performance Studies departments, the educational priorities of Communication students and seeks to engage through performance the campus and greater Metropolitan Chicago area communities in civic dialogue. The Dean of Northwestern University’s School of Communication is Barbara O’Keefe, Rives Collins is Chair of the Department of Theatre and E. Patrick Johnson is Chair of the Department of Performance Studies. President Morton Schapiro and Provost Daniel Linzer lead Northwestern University.

“We are thrilled that the Chicago theatrical community could come together in this way and offer this incredible company more time in the U.S.,” said Deb Clapp, Executive Director of the League of Chicago Theatres. “We know that we can count on our savvy and adventurous Chicago audiences to support this amazing company and further show how they are the best in the world.”

The League of Chicago Theatres is an alliance of theatres which leverages its collective strength to promote, support and advocate for Chicago’s theatre industry locally, nationally and internationally. The League’s membership includes more than 200 theatres, a vast majority of Chicago’s rich theatre community. Membership reaches into all regions of the metropolitan area, and range from storefront theatres with budgets under $10,000 to cultural centers with multi-million dollar shows. The League bridges the gaps between our members with programs and services that directly impact administrative and artistic operations, and promote awareness and visibility for live theatre as an art form.

“It is a rare privilege to speak collectively and directly to our community in support of important work, bringing it and its political context to a public forum,” said Chicago Shakespeare Theater Artistic Director Barbara Gaines. “Chicago Shakespeare’s World’s Stage program has hosted over 20 theater companies from around the globe, and we are honored to join our colleagues in welcoming Belarus Free Theatre to Chicago, thereby increasing the number of performances presented and encouraging more Chicagoans to see their work.”

Recipient of the 2008 Regional Theatre Tony Award, Chicago Shakespeare Theater (CST) offers a broad spectrum of theatrical experiences year-round, engaging and entertaining audiences from all walks of life and from around the world. CST has garnered acclaim under the leadership of Artistic Director Barbara Gaines and Executive Director Criss Henderson, including 55 Joseph Jefferson Awards and three Laurence Olivier Awards. The Theater has experienced record growth since moving to its current, state-of-the-art facility on Navy Pier in 1999, and will celebrate its 25th Anniversary next season. The 38-play canon of William Shakespeare forms the core of CST’s work and Subscription Series, complemented by other dramatic works—from traditional classical theater to new classics that resonate with Shakespeare’s timeless insights into the human condition. Through a 48-week season encompassing more than 600 performances, Chicago Shakespeare leads the community as the largest employer of Chicago actors. CST also contributes to an international community of creative exchange through its World’s Stage Series, which affords Chicago audiences prime opportunities to experience the cultural and artistic traditions of some of the world’s iconic theater troupes as well as sending some of CST’s best works abroad. Chicago Shakespeare is committed to making theater an expansive, ever-changing and lifelong relationship. For family audiences, CST Family presents abridged Shakespeare productions, timeless fables and fairy tales, interactive music concerts and world-premiere musical theater created with families in mind. CST’s education outreach program, Team Shakespeare, has served over 1 million students and teachers throughout the Midwest, introducing the Bard’s legacy to a new generation.

Kirk and Schock introduce legislation to block transfer of Gitmo Detainees to United States

Posted by Admin On January - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Kirk and Schock introduce legislation to block transfer of Gitmo Detainees to United States

Measure intended to plan for orderly trials and incarceration at $400 million facility already paid for by the U.S. taxpayer



Chicago, IL —Determined to plan for the orderly prosecution and incarceration of terrorist detainees currently held at Guantanamo Bay, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) unveiled legislation today that would block the expenditure of federal funds to move the suspected terrorists into the United States.  The legislation also blocks the use of federal dollars for any future transfer of any new foreign detainees onto U.S. soil.


“After learning of Administration plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to Illinois, Congressman Schock, myself and the other members of the Illinois congressional delegation joined to protect Illinois from this action,” Senator Kirk said.


“Just last month after the Administration attempted to insert a last-minute provision into the Defense Authorization bill giving the Administration power to transfer terrorists to the heartland, we realized the fight to protect Illinois from hosting terrorists is not over.”


While Congressman Schock, Senator Kirk and other Illinois lawmakers successfully protected Illinois from the proposed transfer, Administration officials remain committed to bringing detainees into America.


“This isn’t the first time Senator Kirk and I have teamed up to ensure terrorist detainees are not transferred to Illinois or the United States,” Congressman Schock said.  “The big issue for me is the total lack of transparency from the White House on their intentions regarding potential transfers of terrorists located in Guantanamo, or abroad, to the U.S. There seems to be a complete disregard for sharing this information with the American public or the safety of the communities they put at risk by housing these terrorists in our back yard.


“The United States has a multi millions dollar, state-of-the art facility, including court rooms, in Guantanamo Bay, and that should be where enemy combatants captured on the battlefield are held, tried and brought to justice.”


Senator Kirk and Congressman Schock said the Administration’s long-term goal raises the possibility that Thomson Prison in Illinois or another facility on the mainland could be viewed as a potential site to house the terrorist detainees.  Plans for the State of Illinois to sell Thomson to the Federal Bureau of Prisons hit a snag last December when federal officials unexpectedly failed to submit a bid for the $219 million facility.  But federal officials reportedly remain interested in buying the prison to house non-Gitmo U.S. federal prisoners.


Closing Guantanamo raises questions about whether the detainees ultimately would face trial for their alleged crimes in a civilian court or in front of a military tribunal.  Congressman Schock and Senator Kirk both favor providing stability to the trial and detention of terrorists by holding military tribunals and incarceration at Gitmo.


“Since the federal government spent over $400 million to build courtrooms and a terrorist detention facility at the 45-square-mile Guantanamo Bay facility, we should use it and not waste money on a new facility during this time of fiscal austerity,” Senator Kirk said.


Following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Congress passed the Authorization to Use Military Force, which granted the President the authority to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those…(who) planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks” against the United States.  Subsequently, non-uniformed combatants captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere were transferred to Guantanamo.


While approximately 800 combatants were transferred to Guantanamo for prosecution, a substantial majority of detainees were re-transferred or released.  Unfortunately, many of those released resumed jihad against the United States or her allies.  Defense Department officials classified the remaining 174 detainees into three categories: 1) detainees in preventative detention to prevent them from rejoining enemy forces; 2) detainees expected to face criminal charges; and 3) detainees cleared for release.


Both Senator Kirk and Congressman Schock favor justice for the detainees through military tribunals. 


“We should follow the legal precedents of Presidents Lincoln and Roosevelt by bringing the detainees before military tribunals for final justice,” Senator Kirk said.  “For the greatest mass murderer in U.S. history, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, I would hope the prosecution in his military tribunal would seek the death penalty.”


Illinois Civil War events website launches February 1

Posted by Admin On January - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Illinois Civil War events website launches February 1
On-line calendar lists Illinois Civil War 150th anniversary events across the state, continually updated
Springfield, IL – A new website that lists events from 2011 to 2015 in Illinois to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War will launch February 1.
The comprehensive events calendar may be accessed starting February 1 at www.illinoiscivilwar150.org, and includes all events submitted to date.  Other events may be added over the next four years by following the instructions on the website.
“Illinois supplied some of the Civil War’s greatest leaders and many of its soldiers, and people have events planned the next four years to commemorate the state’s contributions to the war,” said Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Director Jan Grimes.  “We hope this website and events calendar will serve as an official guide to all that’s going on in Illinois to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.”  
In addition to the calendar of statewide Civil War related events, the website includes a time line of Illinois and the Civil War with illustrations, images and documents; downloadable PDFs of articles related to the Civil War; curriculum materials for teacher; suggestions for further reading; and a monthly feature highlighting a particular historic event or person.
One of the first events listed is the February 11 re-enactment of Abraham Lincoln’s Farewell Address as he departed Springfield, Illinois for Washington, DC as president-elect.  The calendar will end with the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s internment in Springfield’s Oak Ridge Cemetery in May 2015.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which operates all state-owned historic sites and memorials as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, developed the on-line calendar in cooperation with Save Illinois History.  The Agency’s list of Civil War-related sites includes the Presidential Library and Museum; Ulysses S. Grant Home and Elihu Washburne House in Galena; the Stephen A. Douglas Tomb in Chicago; the David Davis Mansion in Bloomington; the Old State Capitol and Lincoln Tomb in Springfield; and Metamora Courthouse.  For more information, visit www.illinois-history.gov.



Chicago, IL - Due to anticipated severe weather conditions, Goodman Theatre will cancel its Wednesday, February 2 performance of The Trinity River Plays at 7:30pm. All ticket holders will be contacted by the theater in order to exchange tickets for another date. Subscribers only can exchange online: visit www.GoodmanTheatre.org. Patrons can also contact the box office at 312.443.3800 with any questions or concerns.


Atlanta-based Music, Film & Television Producer enters $8.1 million default judgment against Byron Allen’s companies

Posted by Admin On January - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on Atlanta-based Music, Film & Television Producer enters $8.1 million default judgment against Byron Allen’s companies

 Allen’s companies include CF Entertainment, Inc., Entertainment Studios Home Entertainment, Inc. and their distributor Anchor Bay Entertainment, LLC


Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) – Plaintiff, Mark Skeete, has filed an $8.1 million default judgment against defendants CF Entertainment, Inc., EntertainmentStudios Home Entertainment, Inc. and their distributor, Anchor Bay Entertainment LLC, (a Starz company), for failing to answer a lawsuit filed against them in a timely manner.

The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in August 2010, also names Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, LLC as a defendant. All defendants are represented by the law firms of Loeb & Loeb and Friedman, Dever & Merlin. The suit alleges three counts of copyright infringement, fraud, violations of the Federal RICO and Georgia RICO. The ongoing legal dispute originated from the distribution of Skeete’s 2006 documentary and soundtrack, “Crunk Kings DVD The Movie”.

This is the second round of legal proceedings regarding this dispute, as a result of his former attorneys (Cary Ichter, Patricia Roy and Ronald Scott Griffin) from the law firm of Adorno & Yoss, acting on their own volition and dismissing the first case. In Skeete’s attempt to reinstate the first case, Skeete retained, new attorney, Cheryl Brazil, a former engineer, with the Army Corps of Engineers, who was later joined by attorney John Woodham. After five judges recused themselves, the Court finally made the finding that the contract was indeed unsigned (“…stating that the defendants have not presented a signed contract to the court…”) found the defendants’ argument to be highly ‘unusual’, denied defendants’ motion for attorney’s fees and ruled that Skeete was, however, bound by the actions of Ichter, Roy & Griffin, his former attorneys.

“The signature page of the agreement doesn’t have a drop of ink on it, much less my signature. The defendants in the original action, had the nerve to infringe on my copyrights and then sue me for attorney’s fees, after my former attorneys (Ichter, Roy & Griffin) mysteriously dismissed my case. I guess they ran out of lies to tell the Court this time and that’s why their response was filed almost 20 days late – and only after I filed the default motions. This happened on three separate occasions. Although my former attorneys’ actions helped the defendants in the first case, my new attorneys, Woodham & Brazil were superb. I felt like I won because the Court finally saw through the original fraudulent argument,” stated Skeete.

“I feel like I just defeated the defendants again- this time without a lawyer. However there’s some strange happenings going on again… it’s been almost three months and the Clerk of the Court has yet to place the defendants in default. I’m going to assemble a legal ‘dream team’ to enforce the default and collect the judgment. I am asking for the maximum judgment allowed by law because the infringement was deliberate and intentional. The law is the law, a default is a default and I will go to the Supreme Court of the United States in my quest for justice. I hope that Byron Allen and Deborah Mitchell have learned that they aren’t as slick as they think they are; they can’t just go around hijacking the works of others for their own monetary gain,” added Skeete.

BET and Centric celebrate Black History Month with a lineup of exciting programming showcasing the depth and diversity of the African-American experience

Posted by Admin On January - 28 - 2011 Comments Off on BET and Centric celebrate Black History Month with a lineup of exciting programming showcasing the depth and diversity of the African-American experience

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — This Black History Month BET and CENTRIC will pay tribute to the range and richness of the African American experience with a lineup of programming celebrating the cultural contributions of black America.

The carefully curated lineup of thought-provoking black films, BET News specials and compelling original programming include: the 4th Annual BET HONORS; the Network movie premiere of Tyler Perry’s “Daddy’s Little Girls,” “Cadillac Records,” “Mr. 3000” and “Sounder”; and, new 106 & PARK and BET NEWS joint project MODERN BLACK HISTORY HEROES.

On CENTRIC-BET’s adult-focused channel-programming will include: a new series of interstitials LEGENDS OF BLACK MUSIC (featuring Quincy Jones); OBAMA IN GHANA, the remarkable documentary that chronicles President Obama’s historic trip to the Republic of Ghana; THE COSBY SHOW: A LOOK BACK, a retrospective on the first family of black television; the esteemed mini-series SHAKA ZULU; and, Valentine’s Day movie marathon celebrating “black love” and much more.

Additionally, BET will premiere all-new episodes of hit series THE GAME and LET’S STAY TOGETHER while BET.COM pays homage to the remarkable accomplishments of African-American civil rights leaders with daily online video vignettes, BLACK IN TIME.
BET and CENTRIC Highlights:

BET HONORS – Premieres Monday, February 21 at 9:00 p.m.* on BET. Hosted by actress Gabrielle Union, this year’s show recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding African Americans by honoring legendary actress Cicely Tyson (Theatrical Arts), Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Jamie Foxx (Entertainer), supermodel/entrepreneur Iman (Service), publishing mogul Linda Johnson Rice (Media), world renowned musician/composer Herbie Hancock (Musical Arts) and accomplished historian/educator Lonnie G. Bunch (Education).

The show’s star-studded lineup includes performances by Trey Songz, Ne-Yo, Lalah Hathaway, Yolanda Adams, Keyshia Cole, Guy, Tank, Angelique Kidjo, Naturally 7, Chick Corea Quartet and appearances by Tyler Perry, Cedric the Entertainer, Anika Noni Rose, Hill Harper, Nicole Ari Parker, Boris Kodjoe, Jimmy Jam and Noah Gray Cabey.

MODERN BLACK HISTORY HEROES – Premieres Tuesday, February 1 at 6:00 p.m.* on BET. BET NEWS, in partnership with 106 & PARK, brings us MODERN BLACK HISTORY HEROES, a conversation with four African-Americans leaders from various walks of life making black history today. Each week 106 & PARK will introduce viewers to one of our modern day heroes and invite the audience to submit their own modern black history hero and acknowledge African-Americans making a difference in local communities.

BET.COM PRESENTS BLACK IN TIME – Every day during the month of February, BET.COM will post video narratives of civil rights leaders. From Medgar Evers and the march on Washington to the legendary Tuskegee Airmen, BET will pay tribute to 28 moments that pushed the civil rights movement forward and redefined our nation.

OBAMA IN GHANA – Premieres Sunday, February 20 at 10:00 p.m.* on CENTRIC. This engaging documentary chronicles the first family’s historic trip to the Republic of Ghana, Africa’s first nation to gain independence from colonial rule. Viewers see the first family’s emotional visit to Ghana’s slave dungeons on the cape coast, as well as a special pageant of traditional chiefs in honor of President Obama.

TYLER PERRY’S “DADDY LITTLE GIRLS” – Premieres Monday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m.* on BET. Gabrielle Union co-stars as a successful attorney who falls in love with a financially challenged mechanic (Idris Elba) who is a single father of three children. The relationship is challenged when the mechanic’s ex-wife comes back into his life and threatens to take away their kids. The romantic drama also stars Tasha Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross and Tyler Perry.

“CADILLAC RECORDS” – Premieres Sunday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m.* on BET. The story chronicles the rise and fall of Chess Records, the great Chicago blues label of the 1950’s and 1960’s. With appearances by Beyoncé Knowles as troubled singer Etta James, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters , Columbus Short as Little Walter; Cedric the Entertainer as songwriter Willie Dixon and Mos Def as Chuck Berry.

SHAKA ZULU – Premieres Saturday, February 5 at 12:00 p.m.* on CENTRIC. This sweeping 1986 miniseries captures the rise and fall of an African emperor with brilliant detail. Prophecy is mixed with recorded fact regarding Shaka’s birth, exile, innovations in warfare, assumption of the throne, building of the Zulu Empire, first contact with Europe and the events that led to his downfall. Powerful performances by Cele and Dudu Mikhize (as Shaka’s iron-willed mother, Nandi) give this sprawling epic the drive and emotional scope of a Shakespearean drama. It was a pop culture phenomena when originally aired in 1986.

THE COSBY SHOW: A LOOK BACK – Premieres Saturday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m.* on CENTRIC. Honoring the first family of black television, the Cosbys, our retrospective of the phenomenally popular 1984-1992 family comedy, THE COSBY SHOW comes complete with memorable clips, bloopers and comments from series stars, producers and Bill Cosby himself.

*All times are ET/PT.

For more information, please visit www.bet.com and www.centrictv.com.

Chicagoans to picket Egyptian Consulate today in solidarity with historic democracy movement

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Protest at Chicago’s Egyptian consulate expected to draw hundreds to support Egyptian grassroots movement for democratic change


Chicago, IL – Local activists will rally in solidarity with Egyptians protesting to overthrow the Mubarak dictatorship at 2PM on Saturday, January 29 in front of Chicago’s Egyptian consulate, located at 500 North Michigan Ave. on Chicago’s Gold Coast. 

The protest call, which went out locally last night by social media, has already drawn hundreds of confirmations of participation, including from a growing number of local Muslim and Arab advocacy groups. The action was convened by a loose group of peace activists, youth and Egyptian Americans, in response to appeals from Egypt for solidarity actions at Egyptian consulates across the world to support mass protests in Egypt against the Mubarak regime and its abuses.

Protesters are also calling for a halt to U.S. military aid to the Mubarak dictatorship, which totals more than $1.3 billion annually, and for the regime to end its shutdown of internet and cell phone communications and widespread attacks on news reporters. 

Reporters, photographers and television crews from news agencies including the BBC, AP, the UK’s Guardian newspaper and Al Jazeera have been attacked or arrested by government security forces in recent days. On Friday, the Mubarak regime moved to shut down all internet access and cell phone networks and to derail communications via Twitter and Facebook as a way to suppress word of the popular uprising. 

Inspired by the successful popular ouster of the Tunisian dictatorship and the continued mobilizations in that country for justice, the Egyptian people have organized massive marches and rallies throughout their country for the past four days, fighting off vicious police attacks and mass arrests to call for the ouster of the hated Mubarak regime. Local activists say this move to end yet another repressive regime in the Middle East and North Africa demands support from democracy advocates across the world. 

Groups mobilizing for Saturday’s protest now include American Muslims for Palestine-Chicago, Amnesty International, the ANSWER Coalition, the Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, the International Socialist Organization, MAS Freedom Foundation – Chicago, United States Palestinian Community Network.

Better Business Bureau sees major spike in consumer contacts

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CHICAGO, ILThe Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Chicago and Northern Illinois reports a 51-percent increase in the number of people contacting the BBB in 2010, topping 13 million people.


“The Chicago BBB continues its growth as a significant resource for consumers who are following our advice to review a business before signing a contract or making a purchase,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “More and more people are using our database as shown by over 12.3 million internet visits alone to the Chicago BBB.”


By utilizing the BBB’s resources consumers have reduced the need to file a complaint; that number was down 8.7-percent.


Bernas added, “One reason for the varied increases is the intensive educational campaign the BBB has sponsored using billboards, print and online advertising, speakers and publicity.”


Last year the 10 most asked about businesses in northern Illinois were: Roofing Contractors, Contractors-General, Construction & Remodeling Services, Attorneys, Heating & Air Conditioning, New Car Dealers, Movers, Insurance Companies, Windows-Installation & Service and Financial Services.


Consumers seeking Free BBB Business Reviews can visit, www.bbb.org

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