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Archive for December 4th, 2015

President Obama on the Shooting in San Bernardino, California: “We do not yet know why this terrible event occurred…”

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Oval Office

President Barack Obama’s Statement:  Yesterday, a tragedy occurred in San Bernardino, and as I said in the immediate aftermath, our first order of business is to send our thoughts and prayers to the families of those who have been killed and to pray for a speedy recovery for those who were injured during this terrible attack.

I had a chance to speak with Mayor Davis of San Bernardino and I thanked law enforcement in that city for their timely and professional response.  I indicated to Mayor Davis that the entire country is thinking about that community, and thanked him and his office for the way that they’ve been able to manage an extraordinarily difficult situation with calm and clarity, and very much appreciated the coordination that’s been taking place between local law enforcement and the FBI investigators.

At this stage, we do not yet know why this terrible event occurred.  We do know that the two individuals who were killed were equipped with weapons and appeared to have access to additional weaponry at their homes.  But we don’t know why they did it.  We don’t know at this point the extent of their plans.  We do not know their motivations.

And I just received a briefing from FBI Director Comey, as well as Attorney General Lynch, indicating the course of their investigation.  At this point, this is now a FBI investigation. That’s been done in cooperation and consultation with local law enforcement.  It is possible that this was terrorist-related, but we don’t know.  It’s also possible that this was workplace-related.  And until the FBI has been able to conduct what are going to be a large number of interviews, until we understand the nature of the workplace relationship between the individual and his superiors — because he worked with the organization where this terrible shooting took place — until all the social media and electronic information has been exploited, we’re just not going to be able to answer those questions.

But what I can assure the American people is we’re going to get to the bottom of this and that we are going to be vigilant, as we always are, in getting the facts before we issue any decisive judgments in terms of how this occurred.

More broadly, as I said yesterday, we see the prevalence of these kinds of mass shootings in this country and I think so many Americans sometimes feel as if there’s nothing we can do about it.  We are fortunate to have an extraordinary combination of law enforcement and intelligence and military that work every single day to keep us safe.  But we can’t just leave it to our professionals to deal with the problem of these kinds of horrible killings.  We all have a part to play.

And I do think that, as the investigation moves forward, it’s going to be important for all of us — including our legislatures — to see what we can do to make sure that when individuals decide that they want to do somebody harm, we’re making it a little harder for them to do it.  Because right now it’s just too easy.  And we’re going to have to, I think, search ourselves as a society to make sure that we can take basic steps that would make it harder — not impossible, but harder — for individuals to get access to weapons.

So there will be, I think, a press conference later today led by the Attorney General.  Director Comey will continue to brief not only the press but also members of Congress about the course of the investigation.  Our expectation is, is that this may take some time before we’re able to sort it all through.  There may be mixed motives involved in this, which makes the investigation more complicated.  But rest assured that we will get to the bottom of this.

And in the meantime, once again, I want to offer our deepest condolences to those who’ve been affected by this terrible tragedy.  And for those who’ve been injured, we hope that they get well quickly and that they’re able to be back together with their families.

Thank you very much, everybody.

More FIFA Officials Charged in Ongoing Corruption Case

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Federal officials announced new charges unsealed today in New York against 16 additional high-ranking officials from FIFA, the organization responsible for the regulation and promotion of soccer worldwide.

The charges, which include racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering conspiracies, are part of a large-scale investigation that alleges a 24-year corruption scheme involving FIFA officials and corporate executives.

During a press conference this afternoon at Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Washington, D.C., Attorney General Loretta Lynch expressed commitment to putting a stop to the corruption. “The message from this announcement should be clear to every culpable individual who remains in the shadows, hoping to evade our investigation: You will not wait us out. You will not escape our focus,” said Lynch.

Six months ago, DOJ announced a 47-count indictment charging nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives for their roles in a long-running scheme to corrupt the sport, which included bribes and kickbacks totaling more than $150 million that were paid or agreed to be paid to obtain media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments.

Today’s superseding indictment brings the total number of individuals and organizations charged to date to 41. Of those, 12 individuals and two sports marketing companies have already been convicted.

The investigation is being conducted by the FBI’s New York Field Office in partnership with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and a variety of international partners.

“The most recent wave of charges announced today is but one more step forward in our effort to level the playing field of soccer,” said FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge Diego Rodriguez. “When criminals bring their corrupt activity to our shores by using U.S. banks and U.S. companies to pay bribes and otherwise further their criminal objectives, they will play by our rules.”


Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Kirk and Illinois Manufacturers Celebrate Reauthorization of Export-Import Bank

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Bank’s Charter Lapsed in June; Kirk-Heitkamp Legislation Heads to President’s Desk 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) celebrated the passage of his bipartisan Export-Import Bank legislation, which reauthorizes the Bank’s charter until September 30, 2019, increases small business lending, supports American jobs and minimizes risk to taxpayers by enhancing bank oversight. Since the Bank’s charter expired in June, Senator Kirk has worked tirelessly with his colleagues in the Senate and House to pass his reauthorization legislation. The Senator’s bipartisan bill, which he introduced with Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), was included in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

More than 244 Illinois small businesses rely on the Ex-Im Bank, and more than 200,000 American jobs are supported through the Bank.

“We brought the Export-Import Bank back to life, so American manufacturers and workers can compete against our foreign competitors on a level playing field,” Senator Kirk said. “We should ship goods, not jobs, overseas. Thanks to Senators Heitkamp, Blunt, Graham and Ayotte for working with me for over a year on this legislation to save American jobs.”

“On behalf of the thousands of Boeing employees and the suppliers who support us throughout the state of Illinois, we applaud Senator Kirk’s leadership on this critical issue. The legislation he and Senator Heitkamp spearheaded several months ago and that has now passed both Chambers of Congress with a supermajority will ensure American exporters and the skilled workers they employ can compete successfully in tough global markets. Congress did the right thing for workers at companies large and small across the nation, including the 1.5 million workers at nearly 15,000 U.S. companies that help Boeing design, make and support America’s aerospace exports,” said The Boeing Company.

“Today’s vote reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is great news for U.S. workers and businesses of all sizes. Thanks to Senator Kirk’s leadership, they can once again compete and win deals around the world. On behalf of our employees and suppliers, we join thousands of other Illinois businesses and exporters nationwide in recognizing his work to support American manufacturing,” said GE Transportation President and CEO Jamie Miller.

“Senator Kirk’s principled leadership was instrumental in overcoming the obstacles to the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. The final passage of reauthorization is a victory for manufacturers and working Americans. It will help manufacturers in the U.S. compete in the global economy and create jobs. The previous lapse of the bank’s authorization and the series of delays that followed were disappointing, but leaders like Senator Kirk brought together a bipartisan coalition to do the right thing for jobs and the economy, said Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers

“Caterpillar commends Senator Kirk’s leadership and dedication to preserve and grow jobs in Illinois and the United States through reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank. Our economy can only benefit when companies have the tools to compete on a level playing field with our global competitors. The Ex-Im Bank is important, not just to Caterpillar, but to our suppliers, customers, dealers and employees,” said Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman. 

“Thanks to the efforts of Sen. Kirk and others, more than 140 Illinois companies can once again compete on a level playing field with businesses in other countries that take advantage of the 78 foreign versions of the Ex-Im bank. The reauthorization provides new opportunities for Illinois to be a stronger part of the global economy,” said Todd Maisch, president and CEO of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Timeline of Events:

March 19, 2015: Senators Kirk and Heitkamp introduce the Export-Import Bank Reform and Reauthorization Act (S. 819). 

June 10, 2015: A test vote on Ex-Im in the Senate passes 65-31.

June 30, 2015: Ex-Im charter expires, no new loans are made and companies consider moving jobs overseas.  

July 27, 2015: Senate passes Kirk-Heitkamp Ex-Im legislation as an amendment to the highway will (the DRIVE Act) by a vote of 64-29.

October 27, 2015: House passes Kirk-Heitkamp Ex-Im legislation with over 300 votes and a majority of the majority. The vote was 313-118

December 3, 2015: Highway bill keeps Kirk Ex-Im language intact, passes the House and Senate and is sent to the President’s desk.

Task Force on Police Accountability: New Cover for the Mayor

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Activists announce plans to continue campaign for Community Control of the Police

December 10 delegation of victims to file complaints with U.S. Justice Department

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression will hold a press conference Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. outside the Mayor’s Office in City Hall, to condemn the appointment of the Mayoral Task Force on Police Accountability.

The Task Force is designed to address the challenges to the administration resulting from the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video. The Alliance points out that three of the five members of the task force are former prosecutors, a group with a long established preference for the police. A fourth member is a former deputy superintendent of the CPD.

Frank Chapman, Field Organizer for the Alliance, said, “There is no doubt in our minds that the failed attempt to cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald has precipitated a political crisis in our city that is making it increasingly difficult for the powers that be to continue to rule in the old way.”

Although Emanuel has fired his Superintendent of Police, Garry McCarthy, Chapman continued, “So far there has been a total absence of accountability. The only strand of the people’s movement clearly and unequivocally addressing this reality has been the campaign for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), a campaign organized by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and its allies.”

In this most recent crisis, everyone, from the Mayor to the Attorney General to candidates running to replace State’s Attorney Alvarez, is calling for accountability. Chapman explained, “This gives the very false impression that we are all talking about the same thing.”

The ordinance creating CPAC takes the power of appointment out of the hands of the Mayor and puts it in the hands of the people. CPAC will also replace the Independent Police Review Authority, the Police Board and the Internal Affairs Department, empowering the people to hire and fire, investigate and initiate prosecution against police.

The Alliance will be joined by a representative of the Chicago Teachers Union which voted Wednesday night to endorse the CPAC legislation.
On Thursday, December 10th, dozens of torture victims, their families, and the families of murder victims, together with the Alliance, are filing formal complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division.

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign

State Rep. Ford Advances Legislation to Help Fund Home Heat Program, Grants for HIV/AIDS Prevention

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D- Chicago, and the Illinois House on Wednesday approved legislation to provide funding for a number of state programs, including Illinois State Lottery payouts, home energy assistance for low-income families and grants for HIV and AIDS prevention.

“With the cold-weather months upon us, it is even more important that the state do the right thing and help struggling families keep their homes warm,” Ford said. “I’ve voted a number of times over the last several months to fund this important home heating program, but partisan politics and reckless ideas have prevented the funding from getting to the families that need it. I hope, with Republican legislators finally joining us in support of this bill today, that the politics have ended and that the governor will approve this needed funding.”

Amid strenuous state budget debates, funding for many state assistance programs, such as the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which assists low-income households with utility bill assistance, halted. Senate Bill 2039 would allocate a full year of appropriations, $165 million, to the program to help elderly residents and struggling families heat their homes. The bill also funds the Illinois State Lottery $1 billion for payouts on all lottery games, including $2 million for the Red Ribbon Game scratch-off game. Spearheaded by Ben Montgomery, a resident of Chicago’s west side, the net proceeds from the Red Ribbon game provide funding for HIV and AIDS prevention services throughout the state.

“The best thing the governor could have done was to approve this funding in May when House Democrats first passed a spending plan, but I’m hopeful that progress has been made today on needed dollars for lottery winnings, including games that HIV and AIDS prevention,” Ford said. “More work must be done to implement a budget that avoids disastrous cuts to middle-class and struggling families, but we took an important step forward in making sure state resources are used to benefit our communities.”

Education Secretary Arne Duncan: Finally a fix to No Child Left Behind

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Secretary Arne Duncan, Department of Education

If you’re like me, you probably dread an overdue notice, whether it’s for registering your car or returning a library book. For nearly a decade, our national K-12 education law has been overdue for revision, and parents, teachers, and students across the country have made it clear that it is time for a reboot.

Over that period of time, America’s fourth graders became today’s high school seniors — ready to graduate and embrace a bright future. The students who come behind them deserve a better law focused on one clear goal of fully preparing them for success in college and future careers.

The Bipartisan Bill to Fix No Child Left Behind

Although well-intended, the No Child Left Behind Act — the most recent version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act — has long been broken. We can no longer afford that law’s one-size-fits-all approach, uneven standards, and low expectations for our educational system. That’s why, early on, President Obama and I joined educators and families calling on Congress to fix its flaws.

When Congress didn’t act, we did — providing relief from the most onerous elements of the law for states and school districts willing to embrace reform.

But yesterday, the U.S. House of Representatives finally answered the overdue notice and took action to revise and replace No Child Left Behind. This bipartisan plan — the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) — is good news for our nation’s schools. It is a compromise that builds on the work already underway in states to raise expectations for students and to help them graduate college and career-ready. The bill reflects many of the priorities we’ve put forward over the last six and a half years.

See how far we’ve come since 2009.

Today, high school graduation rates are at all-time highs. Dropout rates are at historic lows. And more students are going to college than ever before. That’s thanks to educators across the country.

ESSA will help cement that progress. All students will be taught to high learning standards that will prepare them for success in college and career. More children will have access to high-quality preschool, delivering educational opportunity earlier for our nation’s youngest learners.

Educators will have more flexibility and support to develop their own systems for improving schools. However, ESSA maintains critical guardrails, especially for the schools and groups of students that are furthest behind.

And with new resources for states to review and reduce the burden of standardized testing, ESSA will enable a smarter approach to eliminating unnecessary tests so that teachers can spend more time ensuring that all students are learning, while still following their progress each academic year and providing critical information for parents about their child’s performance.

As the President has said, education is the civil rights issue of our time. Every American deserves an equal opportunity to succeed, so every child in America — regardless of zip code — deserves a fair shot at a great education. I hope the Senate acts swiftly, so we can all move forward on behalf of our nation’s children.

Arne Duncan
Secretary of Education

Russian Taliban Fighter Sentenced to Life in Prison in Terrorism Case

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Led Attack on U.S. and Afghan Forces in Afghanistan in 2009
WASHINGTON—Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, 55, a Russian national and former Russian army tank commander, was sentenced today to life plus 30 years in prison for conspiring to shoot down American helicopters and to kill U.S. and Afghan soldiers, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and several other charges relating to an attack that he led against U.S. and Afghan forces in Afghanistan in November 2009.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Paul Abbate of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., Field Office made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Eastern District of Virginia.

“Irek Hamidullin has been sentenced to life in prison for his role in orchestrating and conducting a violent attack on Afghan and U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2009, and conspiring to kill members of the U.S. military,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Hamidullin was captured and detained by the U.S. military in Afghanistan and brought to the United States for trial. This case once again demonstrates our resolve to find and bring to justice, using all available tools, those who target U.S. citizens and interests around the world.”

“Few crimes could be more serious than this one,” said U.S. Attorney Boente. “In a well-planned, deliberate, and premeditated attack, Hamidullin led an assault upon an Afghan outpost by a group of insurgents, many of whom he recruited and trained, with the intent to kill Afghan Border Police and responding American forces. Hamidullin is a charismatic proselytizer of the radical views that animate Islamist violence such as that perpetrated by the Taliban and the Haqqani Network upon Americans and Afghans—civilian and military targets alike—especially in 2009 when this attack took place. He not only has the will to do violence himself, but perhaps more dangerously, has the ability and the desire to enlist others to engage in violence. Today’s sentence of life in prison will fulfill our need to protect the public, and will hopefully serve as a deterrent to others contemplating engaging in such actions. I want to commend our trial team and investigating partners for their terrific work in this case.”

“The sentence imposed today on the defendant Hamidullin for masterminding an attack on U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan serves as a reminder of the global reach and determination of the FBI to exact justice through the American legal system,” said Assistant Director in Charge Abbate. “The FBI, together with our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the U.S. Department of Defense, will continue to relentlessly pursue any person who commits acts of terrorism or supports terrorist organizations targeting American troops, citizens, or interests.”

On Aug. 7, 2015, a federal jury convicted Hamidullin of all 15 counts of the second superseding indictment, which included charges of material support to terrorists, attempted murder of U.S. military personnel, conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and possession of a firearm in connection with a crime of violence. According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Hamidullin had contact with high-level Taliban and Haqqani Network personnel. On Nov. 28, 2009, Hamidullin led a group of fighters in an attack on a border outpost known as Camp Leyza, located in the Khost Province of Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan. He had planned the attack for months; received approval from the Taliban and Haqqani Network; recruited other fighters; and acquired weapons for the attack, including IED’s, heavy machine guns and a shoulder-fired rocket, with the intent of shooting down U.S. helicopters responding to the attack.

According to evidence presented at trial, on the night of Nov. 28, 2009, Hamidullin and his fighters initiated their attack with an assault on Camp Leyza. Soon after the attack began, two U.S. Army helicopters responded to Camp Leyza, just as Hamidullin anticipated from his months of planning and reconnaissance. Military witnesses testified at trial that it was a common tactic for insurgents at the time to attack an Afghan position intending to draw in and ambush their real target, the responding U.S. forces.

Hamidullin positioned himself on a nearby hill, away from his fighters, where he had a clear view of the battlefield and could radio orders to his fighters. As the helicopters approached, he ordered his fighters to fire the anti-aircraft weapons he had strategically placed in the area. Both weapons malfunctioned and the helicopters were not fired upon. After the heavy weapons failed to fire, Hamidullin ordered his fighters to pack up their weapons and other gear and return to Pakistan. U.S. military helicopters in the area observed the insurgents “bounding back” in an organized military fashion. Thereafter, a U.S. aircraft spotted the insurgents attempting to set an ambush for the approaching U.S. and Afghan forces. Once the aircraft confirmed that the insurgents were carrying Kalashnikov machine guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers, the U.S. helicopters were given approval to engage the insurgents. U.S. forces ultimately identified and eliminated approximately 20 of Hamidullin’s fighters.

The next morning, as U.S. and Afghan forces were conducting a battle damage assessment, Hamidullin was found hiding on the battlefield. Hamidullin opened fire on the U.S. forces with a Kalashnikov machine gun, but was wounded and captured after a brief firefight. U.S. military personnel testified during the trial that the insurgents were remarkably well-equipped and in addition to the heavy weapons, they were also carrying, for example, GPS devices and $400 military-style watches. During the battle damage assessment, U.S. military personnel found, among other weapons carried by the insurgents, three 50 caliber anti-aircraft machine guns, 82 millimeter recoilless rifles and scores of smaller weapons and grenades. The insurgents were also carrying all the materials necessary to construct three different kinds of improvised explosive devices, which were all of the kind that had been used by insurgents against U.S. forces operating at that time in Khowst Province.

This case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington, D.C., Field Office. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James P. Gillis and former U.S. Attorney Michael Gill of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Jennifer E. Levy of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

U.S. Department of Justice December 03, 2015
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IEMA Highlights Holiday Safety in December

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Tips offered for preparedness gifts, holiday decorating

SPRINGFIELD, IL – With the holiday season in full swing, the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) and local emergency management agencies are offering tips to help people stay safe now and into the new year.

“December can be a fun but hectic time of year,” said IEMA Director James K. Joseph. “Throughout the month, we’ll be offering tips to help people stay safe, as well as provide ideas on gifts that can help friends and family stay safe during all types of emergencies.”

Joseph offered several ideas for preparedness gifts including:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather alert radio with battery backup, a tone-alert feature and Specific Area Message Encoding (SAME) technology Flashlight with extra batteries. First aid kit with sterile bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes; antiseptic; latex gloves; tweezers; scissors; soap and moistened towelettes; and thermometer. Home emergency preparedness kit stocked with a three-day supply of bottled water and non-perishable food; battery-powered radio, weather radio and flashlights with extra batteries; first aid kit; shut-off wrench (to turn off household gas and water); manual can opener; and fire extinguisher. Vehicle preparedness kit stocked with a flashlight with extra batteries; first aid kit; water and non-perishable snacks; blankets; windshield scraper and brush; booster cables; sack of sand or kitty litter; tool kit; and shovel.

Most preparedness gift items can be found in hardware and department stores.

Whether decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or New Year’s Eve, candles and strings of colored lights create a festive atmosphere but it’s important to be careful when using them.  Candles should never be left unattended and should be placed on stable furniture in fire-safe holders that will catch dripping wax.  Holiday lights and electrical decorations should bear the name of an independent testing lab to prove they were safety tested. 

IEMA will be posting holiday safety tips throughout December on the Ready Illinois Facebook (www.Facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (twitter.com/ReadyIllinois) pages. Additional information on emergency preparedness is available on the Ready Illinois website at www.Ready.Illinois.gov.

Royal Comedy Tour 2016 – The Longest Running Urban Comedy Tour Returns for its 5th Year

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Featuring Sommore, Earthquake, Gary Owen and Tony Rock With Special Guests
Royal Comedy Tour

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — After a brief hiatus, the countrys longest-running urban comedy tour, THE ROYAL COMEDY TOUR, will return for its fifth year of standout comedy entertainment. The Royal Comedy Tour brings some of the countrys most side-splitting comedians together on one stage for a 10-city stand-up tour.
Featuring comedy queen Sommore, radio funnyman Earthquake, as well as comedy superstars Gary Owen and Tony Rock (in most markets, please check local lineups), this highly successful tour will again hit stages across America. Special guests in select markets will also include Arnez J., Don DC Curry, Special K, George Willborn and Tony Sculfield. The tour will kick off February 13th, 2016 at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX.

The Royal Comedy Tour will celebrate some of the premiere comedians in the country together on one stage for a night of gut-busting comedy. Night after night, these comedians will explore issues such as politics, race, relationships, and LIFE – and turn them inside out and upside down. This is comedy for grown-ups; nothing will be off limits and the laughter is guaranteed.

Since its first run in 2009, the tour has consistently delivered laughs and an incredible roster of some of the most successful veteran and newer faces of comedy. In the past years, the tour has featured such names as D.L. Hughley, Mark Curry, Bruce Bruce and Damon Williams. The tour has solidified its stamp on the world of urban comedy, and over 500,000 audience members have agreed The Royal Comedy Tour is a comedy show not to be missed.


The undisputed comedy queen, Sommores reign of comedy continues with this new tour. The star of such comedy specials The Reign Continues and Chandelier Status, Sommore has been with The Royal Comedy Tour since show one.

Refreshingly charming and wildly popular, stand up comedian Earthquake gained star status after numerous standup specials and breakout appearances on national TV talk shows. A memorable appearance on The Howard Stern Show led to more success, including his current gig as afternoon radio talk show host on NYs WBLS.

Tony Rock
Stand up comedian, actor, producer, writer, CEO professionally, Tony Rock is a many of many hats. Host of Russell Simmons’ All Def Comedy Live, and the newly revamped legendary talent competition Apollo Live, Tony Rock continues to prove his exceptional star talents.

Gary Owen
Comedian Gary Owen continues his rise to comedy superstardom. With several comedy specials and TV appearances under his belt, Owen is unstoppable. He was recently seen in the films Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, as well as Ride Along, which he hosted with Shaquille ONeal


Select shows on the The Royal Comedy Tour are on sale now. For more information and all tour dates including ticket information, log onto www.royalcomedytour.com.


The Royal Comedy Tour 2016 Dates:
2/13/16 Verizon Theatre Dallas, TX
2/14/16 Arie Crown Theatre Chicago, IL
2/20/16 River Center Baton Rouge, LA
2/26/16 Civic Center Columbus, GA
3/11/16 Civic Center Savannah, GA
3/19/16 Constitution Hall Washington, DC
3/25/16 Memorial Auditorium Chattanooga, TN
4/1/16 Milwaukee Theatre Milwaukee, WI
4/30/16 Fox Theatre Detroit, MI
5/7/16 Royal Farms Arena Baltimore, MD

Trice Edney Communications and Trice Edney News Wire Open Satellite Office in Howard School of Communications

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Hazel Trice Edney in her new Trice Edney Communications and News Wire office at the Howard University School of Communications.

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Trice Edney Communications, LLC and Trice Edney News Wire, founded five years ago by award winning veteran journalist Hazel Trice Edney, has opened a satellite office in the Howard University School of Communications.

The new office is located in the CERRC (Communications Entrepreneurship Research and Resource Center), Room 108, 525 Bryant Street NW. The CERRC program serves as an entrepreneurial training center and incubator for students and emerging business owners.

“With Black media of all genres making pivotal business decisions, I am incredibility grateful to Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders for this opportunity to not only house this firm at the ‘Mecca’, but also to continue enhancing the CERRC program by fortifying the growth of student entrepreneurs and journalists right here on site,” said Trice Edney. “It is an honor and responsibility that I do not take lightly.”

With the slogan, “Provocative, Empowering, Unapologetically Black,” the subscriber-based Trice Edney News Wire is currently the only Black-owned news wire fully credentialed by the U. S. House and Senate Periodicals Press Gallery. In addition to the news wire, Trice Edney Communications also owns the National News Releases e-blast service and BlackPressAds, an advertising placement service.

Since the company’s launch at the National Press Club Nov. 19, 2010, it has served thousands of clients and subscribers. A staple Trice Edney event is the Stateswomen for Justice Luncheon, held annually in March as a free celebration of Women’s History Month and the anniversary of the Black Press.

For the past three years, Hazel Trice Edney has served as the CERRC Center’s entrepreneur in residence for curriculum. Edney also teaches the entrepreneurship course in the School of Communications. Following CERRC’s annual entrepreneurship Boot Camp Nov. 20, the CERRC Center also held a grand re-opening as it moved its new office suite into the School of Communications from a remote campus location.

Dean Gracie Lawson-Borders, said the partnership with Trice Edney Communications and News Wire is a “win-win” relationship.

“Our partnership with a growing, Black-owned and woman-owned firm not only establishes an on-site role model for our students, but Hazel’s teaching skills in the entrepreneurship class and in journalism have been an outstanding service to the School of Communications,” she said.

A recent American Express study on the “State of Women-owned Businesses” reports a 322 percent growth in businesses owned by Black women since 1997. But, at 49 percent of Black business owners, that number still lags slightly behind Black men.

Assistant Dean Robin. E. Thornhill, also the director of the CERRC Center, said, “Since 2009, the CERRC program has assisted students with realizing their dreams of business ownership. For the past six semesters, Hazel Trice Edney has served excellently as our entrepreneur in residence for the CERRC curriculum. Therefore, we are excited to now build and enhance the program with the onsite presence of a satellite office of Trice Edney Communications. Hazel’s business-building acumen, coupled with her passion for teaching our students and facilitation of guest lecturers have attracted national business experts to our classroom and resulted in many winning business plans.”


Assistant Dean Robin Thornhill and Hazel Trice Edney welcome talent manager and businessman Mathew Knowles, father of singer/songwriter Beyoncé.  He dropped in for the grand opening, announcing preparations to promote his new book.

Branding expert Omarosa Manigault assists with the grand opening of the Trice Edney office after conducting a CERRC Boot Camp workshop. Edney, Manigault and Thornhill pose for a photo after cutting the ribbon.

Howard School of Communications Dean Gracie Lawson Borders cuts the ribbon for the CERRC Center office suite where the new Trice Edney office is located. Looking on are: Assistant Dean Robin Thornhill; Cynthia Washingon, president, Washington Concepts; Associate Dean Wilhelmina Wright-Harp and Hazel Trice Edney, president/CEO, Trice Edney communications, LLC and editor-in-chief of the Trice Edney News Wire.
For more information and office hours, please call 202-291-9310 or email Hazel@TriceEdneyWire.com.


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