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Why Cornel West’s Obama Slur made headlines

Posted by Admin On May - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

(From New America Media)

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

 

Princeton University professor Cornel West’s silly, shoot-from-the-lip slur against President Obama as a “black puppet” predictably got the headline that he knew it would for two reasons.

The first is that the slur didn’t originate from the usual suspects of professional Obama baiters. It didn’t come from Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, and Michelle Bachman — Tea Party leaders and activists and the shrill pack of right-wing talk show jocks, bloggers and websites. It came from West, a mediagenic, leftist black academic. Though, even that might not have drawn mention since West has repeatedly hectored and harangued Obama as a sell-out to corporate interests and for allegedly saying and doing nothing to alleviate black suffering.

The strong language West used in calling Obama a “black puppet” could have easily guaranteed the momentary tantalizing headline, but West’s slur got traction for another reason. It came close on the heels of a recent Gallup poll that showed that Obama’s approval rating had taken a dip among blacks.

It’s still high, but a dip nonetheless. The question then is whether the President’s approval ratings dropped among blacks because of the disaffection, unease, and impatience that an increasing number of blacks feel toward Obama. Probably. The chill toward Obama is perhaps based on a grossly inflated, wildly unrealistic expectation of what Obama could and can do in the White House.

The Congressional Black Caucus was the first to signal impatience with Obama last year after they publicly demanded that he spend more money and initiate special programs to reduce the nearly Great Depression levels of joblessness in poor black communities. There was even some talk that Caucus members would vote against his financial reform bill if he didn’t kick in more funds for job programs for blacks.

It was just talk. But the empty threat got some attention, and was the first sign that the nearly solid black support Obama had enjoyed during and after his election win was fraying at the edges.

But Obama has never deviated from the line that he virtually set in stone the first day of his presidential campaign. In his candidate declaration speech in Springfield, Illinois in February 2007, he made only the barest mention of race. He had little choice. Obama would have had no hope of winning the Democratic presidential nomination, let alone the presidency, if there had been any hint that he embraced the race-tinged politics of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. His campaign would have been marginalized and compartmentalized as merely the politics of racial symbolism.

Even afterwards the choice was apparent. The month after he got in the White House, Obama mildly chided the first black Attorney General, Eric Holder, for calling Americans cowards for not candidly talking about race.
 
However, this was not to cold-shoulder talk of race, the plight of the poor, the crisis of unemployment, education, criminal justice reform, and the staggering health care crisis that slams poor blacks. It’s just a matter of style, timing and nuance. The string of Obama initiatives on health care reform, increased funding for education, a tough consumer protection agency, a nod toward drug law reform, and the appointments of legions of African-Americans to agency and sub-cabinet posts have been Obama’s way of dealing with the special needs and chronic problems that confront blacks.

At the same time he walks a fine line. He knows that he’s being watched like a hawk by his powerful political foes for even the faintest sign that he’s tilting toward blacks. This would be ammunition to turn the low intensity war they wage against his initiatives into a full blown racial counter attack against him.
This would fatally typecast him and his administration as anything but a race-neutral president and ensure that his legislation and initiatives would be twisted, tied-up, and straight-jacketed.

It would also stir a push-back among some within his party. His administration would be hopelessly hamstrung. His 2012 re-election bid would instantly be transformed from a tough but eminently winnable race, into a hard, time consuming uphill war.

Then there’s the nature of what the presidency is and entails.

Obama, as all presidents, is tugged hard by corporate and defense industry lobbyists, the oil and nuclear power industry, government regulators, environmental watchdog groups, conservative family values groups, conservative GOP senators and house members, foreign diplomats and leaders. They all have their priorities and agendas and all vie hard to get White House support for their pet legislation, or to kill or cripple legislation that threatens their interests.  

The presidency by definition is a series of deft political compromises, conciliations, give and takes, trade-offs, quid-pro-quos, and straight-out horse trading. Presidents must navigate through the treacherous shoals of the myriad special interests that routinely dominate beltway politics. This is the price that all presidents must pay to achieve pragmatic, effective White House governance.

He’s done that as well as the best presidents. Calling Obama a “black puppet” says more about the name-caller than the President. But it still got the predictable headline.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author, political analyst and associate editor of New America Media. He is host of the weekly Hutchinson Report Newsmaker Hour on KTYM Radio Los Angeles streamed on ktym.com podcast on blogtalkradio.com and internet TV broadcast on thehutchinsonreportnews.com

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Do we believe the word of God as believers ought? Then why are we concerned what man is saying about the end of the world?

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Editor’s Note: Rev. Harold Bailey’s response to Harold Camping’s apocalyptic prophesy that the world would end on May 21. Camping , a California preacher, said he miscalculated his prediction. He now says that the world will come to an end on October 21, 2011.

 

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

 

The scriptures clearly states the path that a believer should travel, and those of us who put our faith in God rather than man ought to know that people (wolves) will come in sheep clothing only but to destroy and scatter the flock.

Signs of the end and the coming of Christ: The scriptures set-forth in Matthew 24; 2, says: And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things?  Verily I say unto you, there shall not be left here one stone upon another that shall not be thrown down.

And as he (Christ) sat upon the Mount of Olives, the disciples same unto Him privately, saying, tell us, when shall these things be? And what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you, for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet!

The 11 Chapter of Matthew: And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. Bailey said that the word of God says that “it is far better to obey God rather than man and that it is also revealed by the scriptures that not even the Son-of-God (Christ) knows the end of time…. but only God-the-Father knows the day or hour.  Question: Why would God only reveal matters of such importance only to His trusted Son and not man… simply because of errors liken unto today’s false prophecies.

Why we have gotten ourselves into much of the world’s problems is because we have not obeyed God, but we choose to put our trust in man who will deceive many of us. The scriptures also said that Satan would deceive the very elect – if possible.  I choose to read, believe the Hold-Scriptures, and that settles it.  It has been said that Christ is coming back as a ‘theft and robber in the night’… And we know that is expected!  There is no way that man nor false ministers can be aware as to the end – nor the 2nd coming of Christ.

My suggestion is that we be prepared to meet and greet Him (Christ) with open arms.

 

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President & Founder of Probation Challenge, the PCC Network, and former Chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections.

 

Illinois GOP’s Ten Questions for Gov. Pat Quinn

Posted by Admin On May - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

(From the Illinois GOP)                                                                                                          

 

1. Do you believe the proposed Illinois House Map, which draws 17 of 54 Republican members into districts with at least one other incumbent Republican, is a “fair and square” map?

 

2. Cindi Canary, the director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, asked the question of the House Map ‘Is this a partisan map, or is this a map about representing the voters of Illinois?’  What is your response?

 

3. The Senate Map was released Thursday, and the House Map on Friday.  Do you believe that holding hearings two days later without access to the demographic information used to create the maps is a fair and transparent process?

 

4. Senate Democrats passed three “shell” bills over to the House for their maps to be added to later.  Do you believe that Senate Republicans will have a chance to amend the maps?

 

5. This will be the fourth consecutive map in which Illinois has lost a Congressional seat.  What can state government do to keep our growth rate similar to states like Texas and Florida?

 

6. There are currently 9 days left in May.  Do you believe that is enough time for the General Assembly to address pension reform, workers’ compensation, expanding gambling to Chicago, the new maps, and the state budget?

 

7. Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford, one of the state’s chief financial officers, says the state is on “the verge of a financial disaster” and that we should avoid creating more debt.  Do you still think it is a good idea to borrow billions of dollars to pay the state’s overdue bills?

 

8. You said that you have made “all of the state’s boards and commissions more honest, transparent, and accessible.”  Do you support State Senator Dan Duffy’s introduced legislation to prohibit family members of legislators from being appointed to your lucrative boards?

 

9. The Herald-Review recently discovered that the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board members are each paid close to $100,000 yearly, for attending a monthly meeting of about 1-2 hours each.  In the midst of the State’s worst financial crisis, do you believe the board members you appoint and oversee should receive a pay decrease?

 

10. Do you support Senate Bill 2467, which includes a 47% pay increase for House Committee leaders?

Archaia Entertainment signs with PGW

Posted by Admin On May - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

 

Rising Graphic Novel Publishing Star finds new home for Book Trade Market and Beyond

 

Berkeley, CA – Archaia Entertainment, LLC and Publishers Group West (“PGW”), a Perseus Books Group company, announced today that PGW will begin distributing Archaia titles in the US and Canada beginning June 20, 2010. The deal encompasses Archaia’s backlist titles, which include fan-favorites: Mouse Guard, Dapper Men, and The Killer. Plus, over an impressive 40 front list titles for the second half of 2011, which include two major media tie-in release, the illustrated prose edition of The Conspiracy of the Planet of the Apes in July and an original graphic novel anthology to Relativity Media’s Immortals in September.

PJ Bickett, Archaia’s CEO, said, “We are proud to be forging powerful partnerships with industry leaders in all aspects of our business, underscoring Archaia’s arrival as a substantial player within the publishing world.  PGW represents our newest prestigious partner, a world-class distributor that has the unique ability to expand our company’s titles across the book trade, educational, library and international markets.”

“Archaia is a publisher to be reckoned with that is consistently developing some of the most beautifully illustrated and masterfully written titles across all genres,” said Kevin Votel, PGW’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “In a short time, they’ve become a leading brand and we’re thrilled to be working with their list.”

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels.  Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels.  Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

About PGW

PGW, a member of the Perseus Books Group, is a one-stop solution for world English language sales and marketing for independent publishers.  Established in 1976, PGW is headquartered in Berkeley, CA, with a national sales office in New York City and a distribution center located in Jackson, TN.

One of the top ten book vendors in the country, PGW represents more than 100 independent publishers, who together are publishing some of the most topical, innovative, literary, and award-winning books available today. Major national and international bestsellers from PGW client publishers include The Gathering (Grove Press/Black Cat), The Power of Now (New World Library), Strengthsfinder 2.0 (Gallup Press), and the Rick Steves Guidebooks series (Avalon Travel Publishing).

About the Perseus Books Group

The Perseus Books Group is an independent company committed to enabling independent publishers to reach their potential whether those publishers are Perseus-owned, joint ventures or owned by third parties.  Member publishing programs include Avalon Travel, Basic Books, Basic Civitas, Da Capo Press, Da Capo Lifelong Books, Running Press, Seal Press, Vanguard Press and Westview Press, as well as partnerships with PublicAffairs and with Nation Books.  Through Consortium, Perseus Distribution and Publishers Group West, the Perseus Books Group is the leading provider of sales, marketing, distribution, and digital services to independent publishers.  For more information, visit our websites at www.perseusbooks.com, www.perseusdigital.com/constellation.

Jazz Vocalist, Composer Carmen Lundy makes Inaugural appearance at Scullers Jazz Club

Posted by Admin On May - 24 - 2011 ADD COMMENTS

Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — Boston, Massachusetts (and its sister city across the Charles River, Cambridge) boasts the largest concentration of higher education students in the United States. Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T), and Emerson College mingle with smaller schools such as Simmons College and Wheelock College to make Boston truly a stronghold of education and knowledge on the East Coast. Representing the arts in education are The Institute Of Contemporary Art, the Berklee College Of Music and the New England Conservatory Of Music. Jazz vocalist/composer Carmen Lundy – long a proponent of, and contributor to, the educational process – brings her magic, her show, her trio, to Boston’s pre-eminent jazz venue – Scullers Jazz Club – on Thursday June 23rd, 2011.

Appearing with Ms. Lundy at Scullers will be Anthony Wonsey on piano, Kenny Davis on bass, and Jamison Ross on drums, Lundy’s seasoned trio of accompanists. This trio has traveled far and wide to spread Lundy’s jazz message; appearing with her at the Artists Collective in Hartford, Connecticut; Detroit, Michigan’s Institute Of Art; and the legendary Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Lundy’s trio has become a vibrant live unit, particularly in their role supporting Ms. Lundy on the Solamente material. Unlike her earlier releases like 2008’s Come Home or 2003’s Something To Believe In, Solamente, Lundy’s latest project and her eleventh CD release, found Ms. Lundy not only writing and producing the album, but also playing every note of music on the project. Layering her at times languorous, at times defiant, at virtually all times sublime vocals over her own accompaniment on piano, bass and drums, Solamente was, in every sense of the word, a solo project. Now Wonsey, Davis, Ross and Lundy combine their talents to expand and refine the ideas and themes presented on Solamente, as well as material from the Live At The Madrid CD and DVD and Lundy’s other early work.

The releases noted above, as well as many others, comprise Carmen Lundy’s New Jazz Songbook, a collection of 60 of her self-penned compositions. One of those compositions, “One More River To Cross” was composed by Ms. Lundy using words from the famous Langston Hughes poem “I’ve Known Rivers,” and was first presented on Lundy’s 2001 release This Is Carmen Lundy. Carmen has also toured extensively as a soloist with Mary Lou’s Mass, a work composed by Mary Lou Williams with arrangements by Lundy often performed with the brilliant jazz pianist, Gerri Allen.

This show will mark Ms. Lundy’s inaugural appearance at Scullers Jazz Club. Scullers – founded in 1989 by noted jazz impresario Fred Taylor, whose previous ventures include the legendary Boston venues Paul’s Mall and the Jazz Workshop – has been voted “Boston’s # 1 Jazz Club” by Boston Magazine as well as “Best Live Music Venue.” Jazz legends Bobby Short, Marian McPartland and Wynton Marsalis have all graced the Scullers stage. Newer artists following in the footsteps of those jazz giants at Scullers have included Harry Connick Jr., Diana Krall, and Chris Botti.

About Carmen Lundy
A Miami native, Ms. Lundy brings a highly regarded sense of professionalism, musicality and unparalleled talent to this music. Her knowledge of music is only surpassed by her intimate relationship with jazz and jazz musicians around the world, and Lundy remains a consummate vocalist, composer and teacher with strong improvising chops , hailed by critics and musicians alike the world over. Ms. Lundy has served as Resident Vocal Staff member at the Kennedy Center in D.C. for the past 13 years for the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program, nurturing young professional jazz artists from around the globe. Lundy continues to be an Ambassador of Arts throughout the world, including Angola , the Ukraine , Australia , South Africa , Japan , Brazil, and Europe.

More info can be found at www.scullersjazz.com. Phone: 617-562-4111 More info on Carmen Lundy is always available at www.carmenlundy.com. Tickets: $25.00 / Show – – $63.00 / Dinner & Show

Florida A&M and Tennessee State partner with Tom Joyner’s HBCUSONLINE.COM to offer online degree programs

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Colleges join Texas Southern and major effort to increase enrollment in undergraduate, graduate programs

 

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Florida A & M University and Tennessee State University are partnering with Tom Joyner’s HBCUsOnline as part of a new national initiative to enroll students in undergraduate and graduate online degree programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

FAMU and Tennessee State join Texas Southern University to become part of Joyner’s education services company that has been well-received by tens of thousands of potential students since it launched nine-months ago. In addition to offering new degree choices, HBCUsOnline is offering a wide range of professional certificates, from basic business skills to advanced certifications for information technology (IT) professionals.

HBCUsOnline is a marketing, enrollment services and online student support vehicle to help students apply to black colleges and achieve career success after graduation. Joyner is creating the most comprehensive educational services company for black colleges in the world. Since last September, more than 150,000 adult student prospects visited HBCUsOnline.com

“Adding FAMU and Tennessee State as part of HBCUsOnline is very exciting because we are now partnering with three of the largest HBCUs in the nation,” said Tom Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and founder of the company. “I want to make sure that African Americans know that getting an online degree from an HBCU is a better choice. Students take classes from experienced professors and graduates become part of the schools’ proud legacy of alumni!”

Enrollment for the fall courses is now open. Students can go to HBCUsOnline.com to learn more about popular degree programs and easily apply. HBCUsOnline provides program specialists to facilitate the entire application and enrollment process as well as provide online-focused student support from registration through graduation. Upon completion of all the required coursework, a student will receive a degree from the participating universities – an accredited, credible, high quality and nationally recognized black college or university.

Tennessee State, founded in 1912, has more than 8,800 students, and for 12 consecutive years has been ranked one of the nation’s best colleges by U.S. News and World Reports. The Nashville, TN-based school is offering several options, including two undergraduate degrees and a masters degree program that are specifically designed to help working adults complete their degrees. The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSID) is specifically designed for students who have already earned some prior college credit. It is flexible enough to help them complete remaining coursework and earn a degree. The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) has a concentration in Organizational Leadership or Information Technology. The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) allows students to select a concentration in one of three areas: Human Resources Leadership, Training and Development or Strategic Leadership.

“Tennessee State University has a diverse student population and offers quality programs to suit the academic and professional needs of its constituency,” said President Portia Shields. “Among this population are adult learners who are able to earn degrees online, at night, and on weekends. Through this partnership, we are able to extend the University’s reach and expose the merits of this great Institution to a broader audience.”

FAMU, the nation’s largest HBCU, enrolling 13,274 students, was ranked by the National Academies as the No. 1 institution of origin for African Americans who go on to earn their Ph.D. degrees in the natural science and engineering. FAMU’s College of Law in Orlando is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nation’s most diverse law schools. FAMU is noted for its programs in business, architecture, journalism and the heath profession including pharmacy where it is the nation’s leading producer of African American pharmacists. FAMU is now offering three online graduate-level programs in high-demand job areas: an Executive Masters in Business Administration degree, a Masters in Public Health and a Masters of Science in Nursing.

“We are looking forward to enrolling students from across the country, and around the globe in our online programs so that we can prepare them to pursue their career goals and give them the opportunity to be a part of this great Rattler tradition,” said President James H. Ammons. “FAMU has the programs, faculty and researchers to help students prepare to compete and win in the new economy. We are pleased to partner with HBCUsOnline to bring our programs to the finger tips of a broader audience.”

Texas Southern’s online degree programs include a general Executive MBA, an Executive MBA with an emphasis in Energy Finance, and an Executive Masters in Public Administration. Texas Southern is an 85-year-old institution best known for its Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Jesse H. Jones School of Business, its Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, and its College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, which has produced 27 percent of all African-American pharmacists in the country.

In addition to HBCUsOnline, Joyner also continues to operate the 12-year-old Tom Joyner Foundation, which has raised more than $60 million to help student remain enrolled in HBCUs.

For more information and to register, go to www.hbcusonline.com.

With 25% of flights departing late, the Better Business Bureau issues tips to ensure safe and timely travel

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(News from the Better Business Bureau)
 

Chicago, IL – Many consumers are beginning to plan summervacation getaways and may fail to factor in the uncertainties that come with flying, such as unpredictable weather, aviation system issues, and maintenance or crew problems. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises vacationers to plan ahead when traveling this summer to ensure safety and timeliness. 

 

“To avoid troubles in the sky, it’s important for travelers to be aware of their flight options,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “With the burden and chaos that can come from a delayed or cancelled flight, it’s important for travelers to plan ahead.”

 

Inquiries on airlines to the BBB serving Chicago and northern Illinois increased 104% from 1206 in the last 12 months compared to 590 in the previous 12 months. Complaints are also up with 94 for this 12 month period compared to 61 in the previous 12 months or an increase of 54%. Also, according to Bureau of Transportation’s 2011 Statistics, 25.5 percent of all flights were reported to be not on time.

 

The BBB recommends the following to travelers when booking and securing flights this summer:

 

The early bird gets the flight. When booking your flight, remember that an early departure time may be less likely to be delayed than a later flight, due in part to the “ripple” effects of delays throughout the day. Also, if an early flight does get delayed or canceled, you may have more rerouting options. If you book the last flight of the day and it is canceled, you could get stuck overnight.

 

Know your rights with a canceled flight. If your flight is canceled, most airlines will rebook you, at no charge, on their next flight where a seat is available.If this involves a significant delay, find out if another carrier has seats and ask the first airline to endorse your ticket to that carrier. Unfortunately, compensation is required by law only when you are “bumped” from a flight that is oversold. Airlines may refuse to pay passengers for financial losses resulting from a delayed flight.

 

Secure your payment. Consider paying by credit card, which provides certain protections under Federal credit regulations.

 

For more travel tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

 

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