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National Black Church Initiative identifies race as the culprit for Cleveland Four sluggish rescue

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Racial Indifference Prompted Poor Police Work


Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African American churchgoers, is crying foul on poor police work amiss in the rescue of the Cleveland Four. Calls of concern regarding the Castro residence have been reported repeatedly over the past 12 years, and respondents failed to address these genuine concerns properly. It seems law enforcement can’t be trusted to conduct the basic points of investigation. NBCI believes that if they had given proper attention and care to the case, Ariel Castro’s name would have came up repeatedly directly and indirectly based upon his family relationship to Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI, says “Of course we are elated that these women were found virtually healthy and alive. The black church is even more elated that everyone is giving credit to God, through Christ Jesus, that they have been miraculously found. Praise be to God for his loving kindness. But we are equally disturbed as we hear more information on the investigation. A comedy of errors has occurred alongside a striking lack of concern about the fate of these young Latino women. As you know the mothers of these women never gave up hope in God, but it seems as though there has been a sense of racial laziness concerning the task force to recover the Cleveland Four. Of the 800,000 children and adult that goes missing every year, Blacks and Latino are the less likely to be vigorous investigated from white-controlled law enforcement agencies especially in Cleveland”

One of the most basic points of any investigation is to not only question the immediate relatives of those who have been kidnapped, but every layer of suspicious interactions. We’ve seen this investigative practice work–consider the swift application of justice in the Boston bombing case or after the attacks of 9/11. This is a true and tested investigative tool that the FBI is famous for using. Yet we in the African American and Latino communities know that when our children go missing, that largely white law enforcement agencies all across this country develop “racial laziness” and forgo the most sophisticated investigative tools – Cleveland is no exception. In fact, the entire city is permeated by the vicious air of racial inequality.

Consider the black couple in 2012 killed by a hail of 137 bullets by a mainly white police squad. Or the pair of young black corporate executives who in 2010 were threatened and beaten by Cleveland police during a night out in the Warehouse District. Cleveland Heights’ police chief who assigned police officers to target the Myxx’s African American customers for selective enforcement of the city’s ordinances to discourage them from coming enjoying meals and entertainment in the Cedar & Fairmount business district this year. NBCI condemns this and “all racial laziness” with the utmost conviction.


About NBCI


The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to

eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment.

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churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to

stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical

analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at


Coalition demands that Attorney General Holder drop persecution of Asata Shakur and go after police and vigilantes who terrorize African American and Latino communities

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Open Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder


In a letter sent to U. S. Attorney Eric H. Holder, a coalition of community organizations and civil rights activists have demanded that the Department of Justice remove Asata Shakur from its list of terrorists and allow her to return home as a free woman.  The letter also demands that Holder start prosecuting vigilantes, police officers and their leaders who engage in and condone murders, torture, and other crimes, in violation of U. S. law.. 

The letter was sent certified mail to Holder in Washington, DC, and delivered by hand to the U. S. Attorney’s office at 219 S. Dearborn in Chicago.  It was signed by Frank Chapman, Field Secretary of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, on behalf of over 80 organizations and individuals that have convened two People’s Hearings on Police Crimes in Chicago in recent months.

Speaking on behalf of hundreds of people whose loved ones have been stolen from their families by police murders, torture, and wrongful convictions, the letter noted “with dismay and anger” that labeling Asata Shakur a terrorist “is a capitulation to the most extreme racist and reactionary elements in our society.”  These are the same elements that have targeted Holder and President Barak Obama for destruction, the letter declared.   

Calling Asata Shakur “an icon of the struggle for Black freedom,” the letter declares that “If Asata Shakur is a terrorist then we may all be terrorists.”  Nothing she has done or been charged with fits the definition of terrorism. 

“This effort to smear the Civil Rights Movement is a continuation of ‘COINTELPRO,’ the FBI drive against Black leaders,” the letter continues.  It notes that within a few years in the late 1960s COINTELPRO organized the murder and frame-up of many Black leaders by the FBI and local police. 

The letter warns that CIA or far right-wing terrorist elements could use this malicious designation of Asata Shakur as a pretext for an armed incursion into Cuba or the use of drone aircraft to assassinate her.  “We can’t be indifferent to the fact the U. S. Government has declared that it has the right to execute people, including U. S. citizens, without their ever being charged, tried, or convicted of anything,” the letter states.

It calls on Holder to remove Asata Shakur from any list of terrorists, allow her to return home as a free woman, and start prosecuting vigilantes, police officers and their leaders who engage in and condone police murders, torture, and other crimes.  “We have suffered too long for this outrage to continue, the letter concludes.

For a copy of the letter to Holder or information regarding the Organizing Committee to Stop Police Crimes and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression: 312-939-2750, contact@naarpr.org.

African American businessmen launch first of five stores in the black community

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‘We want to control our own money’


By Chinta Strausberg


Following his dream, Harold Davis, president of the “79th Street Indoor Mall, 1706-08 East 79th Street, Chicago, Illinois, has opened one of several one-stop-shop stores located in the black community he says will give an economic boost, pride and jobs to African American neighborhoods and where you can also pay your bills and buy your Mother’s Day gifts right in the ‘hood.

When you walk in the store, you’ll see a table of brand new shoes, that cost $60.00, and boots for $40.00, both made in Ethiopia. There is another table full of exotic female underwear, shelving full of household goods, clothing for men and women, an array of cell phones, cleaning items, Pampers, car products, body oil, drugstore items with more products on the way including a coffee shop complete with Wi-Fi service.

“We are a Wi-Fi hot spot on 79th Street which means anybody can come here with their computer and hook up and work from the building” just like other popular coffee places, said Davis. “We want to be like the dollar store, but we have many more items.”

On the cell phones, Davis said he carries the brands of 15 different carriers. “You can pay your light bill, your phone bill and your cable bill and 500 other bills at this store.

“We have computers coming in for kids to do their homework, but adults will have to pay for working on the computers,” said Davis.

Included under this one-stop-shop business concept are incubator spaces for those people who want to start up a business but can’t afford a store. “You can come in for $175.00 and share space with somebody, but if you want your own corner, that will cost $300 a month,” said Davis. “That gives you up to ten copies on the copy machine, access to a fax machine and free Wi-Fi. You don’t have to go out and pay $1300 a month to get visibility. It will be your office.”

Davis is in partnership with several African American entrepreneurs including Al Perkins, the vice president, Herbert Hedgeman, Kublai Toure, and Mark Hines.

Al Perkins, who is one of several investors, said, “We intend to expand this one store into one of five or six stores in the black community. We are working on that now. It’s going to be a neighborhood store,” he said explaining that more products are on the way including the popular beauty products, stockings and other items.

When asked why is he one of the investors, Perkins said, “We need to control our economy. We bring millions of dollars into the community every week but it is taken out the same day,” he said referring to other ethnic businessmen and women who operate stores in the African American community and take with them the proceeds to areas where they live. “We don’t control any of that money,” Perkins said.

Some of the proud vendors are Rev. Willie McGee, who has a Wednesday 8 p.m. gospel show on WGBX and on Tuesday’s through Friday’s 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Lonnie Lewis, an author and entrepreneur and Sembend Nathanyahu who is the lead vocalist for the Black Elegance vocal group he began in 1976 and the African Connection Discussion Club.

Former Water Reclamation District Comm. Patricia Horton said, “This is a product of what we’d like to see in our communities and in our neighborhoods—black businesses. I’d like to think of this as being a launching board of many more businesses to come.  Some would think of it as being a community mega ball or an incubator for those launching off their businesses.”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Former Postal worker convicted in rape case

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A former postal worker who has been charged in five sexual assault cases has been found guilty of the 2006 rape of a Chicago teen, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Tommie Naylor, 45, of the 7900 block of South Yale in Chicago, was found guilty by a jury of six counts of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse in the May 2006 attack.

According to prosecutors, on May 10, 2006, the 16-year-old victim was waiting for a bus at 75th Street and Lafayette when Naylor pulled up in a vehicle and began blowing the horn in an attempt to get the victim’s attention.  When the victim did not respond, Naylor got out of the vehicle, threatened the victim with a screwdriver and forced her into the vehicle.  Naylor then drove a few blocks to an alley where he threatened to kill the victim and then sexually assaulted her.  After the attack, Naylor released the victim from the car.

The victim ran to a nearby house and was taken to the hospital where a sexual assault kit was completed.  In 2009, DNA from the rape kit was matched to Naylor and he was subsequently identified by the victim in a physical line-up.

Naylor was arrested July 1, 2009, at a postal sorting facility in Forest Park where he worked.  Naylor was convicted in an additional sexual assault case in May of 2011 and sentenced to 40 years.  Naylor has three more pending sexual assault cases.

Naylor’s sentencing in the 2006 sexual assault case is scheduled for June 4, 2013 at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago, Room 602.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Jackovac and Megan Mulay for their work on this case.

RLJ Entertainment announces launch of YouTube paid channels

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RLJ Entertainment Launching Channels Under the “Acorn TV” and Urban-Focused “OnCue” brands

Bethesda, MD (BlackNews.com) — RLJ Entertainment Inc., (NASDAQ: RLJE), created by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) and The RLJ Companies, today announced the launch of two paid channels on YouTube under the “Acorn TV” and “OnCue” brands. RLJ Entertainment is a leading creator, owner and distributor of media content across digital, broadcast and physical platforms, which leverages its branding expertise, access to content and direct to consumer skills to optimize the value of its programs for distinct audiences. RLJ Entertainment was formed in October 2012 through the business combination of RLJ Acquisition, Inc., Image Entertainment, Inc. and Acorn Media Group, Inc.

As with RLJ Entertainment’s existing Acorn TV digital channel, the YouTube version (www.youtube.com/AcornTV) will provide viewers with access to the best of British TV with a variety of unique, specially-curated content for consumers who have interest in high quality British TV programs. Content will include the ever popular pastoral mystery Midsomer Murders, Iain Glen (Game of Thrones) starring in the new series Jack Taylor, engaging comedy drama Honest with Amanda Redman, David Suchet (Poirot) in the fantasy series Going Postal, the Royal Shakespeare Company’s master acting class starring Judi Dench, Patrick Stewart, and Ben Kingsley in Playing Shakespeare, and many others.

OnCueNetwork is RLJ Entertainment’s newest digital channel, offering selected urban themed programming, to include original content, that features some of today’s most recognized African American and minority talent. OnCueNetwork (www.youtube.com/oncuenetwork) will provide viewers with an alternative to conventional subscription-based channels by showcasing the best digital films and series, in action, drama, romantic comedies, as well as stand-up comedy, documentaries, music and stage plays. Among the programming features will be: 35 & Ticking starring Kevin Hart and Meagan Good, All Things Fall Apart, starring 50 Cent and Lynn Whitfield, The Last Fall featuring Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, and Vanessa Bell Calloway, and I Ain’t Scared of You (stand-up/documentary), featuring the late comedian Bernie Mac.

“We are pleased with today’s launch of these two new subscription-based channels, Acorn and OnCue, that will offer exciting British and urban entertainment across this innovative platform,” said Robert L. Johnson, Chairman of RLJ Entertainment. “This announcement marks the beginning of RLJE’s goal to become a major player in producing targeted digital entertainment to audiences that are underserved by existing outlets. We believe the subscription model presents not only an opportunity to develop original programming but also create further shareholder value,” he concluded.

Miguel Penella, RLJ Entertainment Chief Executive Officer commented on the partnership, “We are thrilled to be in an alliance with Google to bring our unique programming to the over one billion unique users that visit YouTube each month. As the demand for our targeted content continues to grow and we build a following among passionate audiences, YouTube offers a way to diversify the manner in which the content is consumed and another new revenue stream for our business.”

RLJ Entertainment is focused on driving growth through the development of interest-based lifestyle entertainment services for targeted audiences in niche genres including British drama and mystery, stand-up comedy, fitness, faith and urban by using new technologies to deliver that content to consumers.

About RLJ Entertainment

RLJ Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ: RLJE) is a premier independent licensee and distributor of entertainment content and programming in North America, the United Kingdom and Australia with over 5,300 exclusive titles. RLJE is a leader in numerous genres via its owned and distributed brands such as Acorn (British TV), Image (stand-up comedy, feature films), One Village (urban), Acacia (fitness), Slingshot (faith), Athena (educational), Criterion (art films) and Madacy (gift sets). These titles are distributed in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-Ray, digital download, digital streaming, broadcast television (including satellite and cable), theatrical and non-theatrical.

Via its majority-owned subsidiary Agatha Christie Limited (“ACL”), RLJE manages the intellectual property and publishing rights to some of the greatest works of mystery fiction, including stories of the iconic sleuths Miss Marple and Poirot. And through its direct-to-consumer business, RLJE has direct contacts and billing relationships with millions of consumers.

RLJE leverages its management experience to acquire, distribute, and monetize existing and original content for its many distribution channels, including its nascent branded digital subscription channels, and engages distinct audiences with programming that appeals directly to their unique viewing interests. RLJE has proprietary e-commerce web sites for the Acorn and Acacia brands, and owns the recently launched Acorn TV digital subscription service.

Microsoft launches 2013 Summer Internship Program for women and minorities

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Explore Microsoft Internship Program is a 12-week summer internship program that is specifically designed for college underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores) and offers the opportunity to experience working at Microsoft. This program is designed to expose students to the field of software development and encourage students to pursue degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or related technical disciplines through hands-on training and group project experience.

Candidates must be a freshman or sophomore enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program with a demonstrated interest in majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or related technical major. Students must have completed an Introduction to Computer Science course (or equivalent class) as well as one semester of calculus (or equivalent) by the start of the program. Finalists will be selected on the basis of eligibility and demonstrated interest in the software industry.

All candidates who meet the above criteria may apply, but they especially encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented in the field of computer science – women, minorities (African American, American Indian, Hispanic), and individuals with disabilities.

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Bridal Shop inquiries to Better Business Bureau up 12% as Summer Wedding Season begins

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(From the Better Business Bureau)                                                                                                                                                          


CHICAGO, IL – Wedding season is just around the corner. When planning a wedding, couples often miss important details that may increase their expenses or result in a loss of money. As with any major expenditure, the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois always advises checking out a business’ reputation first, rather than filing a complaint later.


Bridal shop inquiries are up and complaints are down in northern Illinois. The BBB received 8,466 inquiries compared to 7,524 in the previous 12-month period for an increase of 12 percent. In contrast, for the same periods, we received 147 complaints compared to 202 for a decrease of 27 percent.


“It appears more and more couples are using the BBB as a referral resource and following our advice to check out a business before using it,” said Steve Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.


He noted that other wedding services receiving significant numbers of complaints include wedding planners, car or limousine rentals, DJs, wedding photographers, florists, and jewelers.


“Many complaints center on the unwillingness of a business to honor cancellation and refund policies after a deposit has been paid,” the BBB president noted. “Doing research and asking for referrals can make all the difference in helping the special day go as smoothly as possible.”


The BBB recommends that couples consider the following when planning their wedding:

  • Research all vendors. When choosing a wedding service vendor, whether it is done face-to-face or online, research the company. If you decide to shop online, start with a trusted site rather than just using a search engine. Also, look for the BBB seal on retail websites. Click on the seal to confirm that it is valid. Confirm that your online purchase is secure; look for the “s” after “http” in the URL or the lock symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.  
  • Review all terms and conditions. Whether you’re dealing with a company online or in-person, review all terms and conditions carefully.  What is the company’s refund and exchange policy? What is their cancellation policy?  What happens if the company can’t hold up their end of the bargain?  Who will perform the service on your special day? Be sure you understand your rights as a consumer before doing business with any company.
  • Keep documentation of your order. For online orders, save a copy of the confirmation page or e-mails confirming the order until you receive the item or service and are satisfied. If you’re dealing with a company face-to-face, be sure to get all details in writing, including specific dates, products, prices, cancellation and deposit policies and signatures from both parties.
  • Pay with a credit card. Credit cards offer consumers the added protection of disputing any charge over $50 within 60 days of the purchase. Most established businesses accept major credit cards, so use them whenever possible, including payment for deposits.
  • Consider purchasing wedding insurance. Wedding insurance may cover a range of prospective problems including vendor no-shows, cancellations, inclement weather, military deployment, medical emergencies, travel delays and more. Many policies start at $200 and can potentially save you thousands of dollars.


For more information on finding businesses and consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org

Illinois State Board of Education seeking applicants for Student Advisory Council

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High schoolers from across the state will represent student interests


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education is taking applications from eligible high school students interested in serving on the state agency’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) for the 2013-14 school year.

“Not only is serving on the Student Advisory Council a great opportunity for these teens, it is a great opportunity for our board to be able to work with these talented students,” said State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “The council brings important student perspectives from all over the state to Springfield.”

The Student Advisory Council, which was established in 1975, represents a diverse group of students from across Illinois who have demonstrated a strong work ethic, the ability to think creatively and work well in groups. Eligibility for the Student Advisory Council is open to students attending a public high school in Illinois who are entering the fall semester as a sophomore, junior or senior.

“Being a part of this group has prepared me for life beyond high school in a hands-on way unavailable anywhere else,” said Kristin Ishmael, a graduating member of the 2012-13 Student Advisory Council. After graduating from Litchfield High School, Kristin plans to study biology and pre-medicine at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

The SAC members represent student concerns and can provide thoughts on ISBE’s existing and proposed programs, policies and regulations. The student members also choose a special project to research and present before the board at the end of the school year.

Members of the 2011-12 Student Advisory Council presented research on the topic of bullying to the State Board of Education. To read this special project and others from previous years, and for more information about SAC, go to http://www.isbe.net/sac/. This year’s Student Advisory Council members will present their project examining education funding at the State Board of Education meeting in June.

“This year’s project has been challenging, but enjoyable because of the far-spread implications of our project on school funding,” said SAC member Cameron Jodlowski, who will be graduating this spring from Olympia High School in Stanford. Cameron plans on attending Iowa State University, where he will study microbiology and animal science/pre-veterinary.

Four SAC members plan to return to the council next year:

  • Sabrina Flohr of Collinsville High School
  • Austin Hansen of Naperville North High School
  • Morgan Rich of Dee-Mack High School in Mackinaw
  • Danielle Segerstrom of LeRoy High School

Those graduating this year after serving on ISBE’s Student Advisory Council are:

  • Tyler Bouslog of Paris Cooperative High School
  • Cristal Cabral of West Chicago Community High School
  • Alex Foster of Highland Park High School
  • Alexander Glowacki of Addison Trail High School
  • Kimberly Liu of Neuqua Valley High School
  • Michael Lotspeich of Bureau Valley High School in Manlius
  • Kashmir McElrath of North Chicago High School
  • Taylor Rossi of PORTA High School in Petersburg
  • Kristen Ishmael of Litchfield High School
  • Cameron Jodlowski of Olympia High School in Stanford
  • Paige Logan of Altamont High School
  • Conor Reilley of Belvidere North High School
  • Jolie-Grace Wareham of Glenbard East High School
  • Daniel Williams of East St. Louis High School

“Serving on the Student Advisory Council is an opportunity to learn how schools work from a different perspective that the one you’ve gotten for years as a student,” said Alex Foster of Highland Park. Alex will be attending the University of Chicago to study economics.

The deadline to submit an application for the 2013-14 Student Advisory Council is 5 p.m. Friday, May 31, 2013. Interviews will be scheduled in July for those applicants chosen as possible members. For questions, contact Mike Hatfill of ISBE at (217) 524-4832 or dhatfill@isbe.net.

“I have met brilliant, caring people, and more importantly have been able to learn from them,” said Conor Reilley, who will be attending Harvard College in Cambridge, Mass., and plans to concentrate his studies on government or history. “I urge anyone even considering applying to the council to do so.” 

Lt. Governor Simon encourages Senate passage of tightly-regulated medical marijuana legislation

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Says strong controls, restrictions provide necessary safeguards


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced her support for House Bill 1, the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. William Haine (D-Alton) awaits a final vote in the Senate.

Simon, a former Jackson County prosecutor, noted that HB1 would establish the most restrictive medical marijuana program in the nation and takes best practices from the 18 other states that have enacted similar legislation in recent years.

“For many patients who are terminally ill, the prescription painkillers currently available do not alleviate their pain. I encourage the Senate to send House Bill 1 to the governor’s desk,” Simon said. “This legislation balances care for those who are suffering with the strong monitoring and regulations that are essential.”

The limited four-year pilot program already passed in the House where sponsor Rep. Lou Lang (D-Skokie) spent years working to draft a bill that would include tight regulations and monitoring. Under HB 1:

* A physician must attest that the patient is suffering from one of 33 specified illnesses or conditions, such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and HIV, and would receive therapeutic benefit with treatment.

* Patients would undergo full background checks conducted by the Illinois State Police, which include finger printing of each patient and caregiver.

* Convicted felons, minors and non-Illinois residents would be prohibited from obtaining an ID card or participating in the program.

* The ID card would allow the patient, or licensed caregiver, to purchase a limited amount per month from one of up to 60 state-licensed dispensaries and grown in one of up to 22 cultivation centers located throughout the state.

* Sales would be tracked to ensure only qualified patients purchase their allowable amount at their designated dispensary.

* Refusing to submit to a field sobriety test would result in the automatic suspension of a license.

* Law enforcement officers would have the ability to investigate for illegal possession or DUI if any odor or other evidence is detected.

The Illinois State Police, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge, Illinois Fraternal Order of Police Labor Council and the Illinois State Attorneys’ Association have officially taken a neutral position on House Bill 1. The legislation passed the Senate Executive Committee and awaits a vote by the full Senate.

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