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Archive for April 25th, 2017

Trump Trashes Protections for Students and Taxpayers

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Changes to Student Loan Repayment Plans Benefit Multi-Million Dollar Companies and Hurt Taxpayers, Students

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Private companies that service college loans will profit at the expense of students because the Trump administration killed commonsense changes to reduce the default rate among college borrowers, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs said today.

“Let’s be clear about what President Trump’s changes mean. These service centers, when speaking with college graduates who want to work out a payment plan, will not have to tell the truth,” Frerichs said. “It will needlessly result in more college defaults for individuals and higher profits for corporations at the expense of every-day taxpayers.”

For years, college borrowers received poor service and inaccurate information when they called loan servicing centers with questions about their loans, including how to change repayment plans to lower monthly payments until their earnings improved. These service centers act as middlemen between lenders and borrowers. The poor service led to students paying higher fees and an increase in default rates.

Higher fees needlessly burden students, causing them to pay more than is necessary. This reduces discretionary spending when we know consumer spending makes up nearly two-thirds of our economy. Further, defaulting on these college loans hurts all taxpayers because the loans are federally funded. Current estimates peg $137.4 billion in federal student loans are in default.

 

Trump’s education secretary, Betsy DeVos, scrapped the reforms initiated by the Obama administration before they could be fully implemented. In doing so, DeVos did not indicate what would be done to address the poor service and inaccurate information that led to some defaults.

The information gap is significant. A 2015 study by the General Accountability Office (GAO) concluded half of those making student loan payments could have paid less under government rules that consider income when formulating payment plans. Only 13 percent of borrowers, however, knew to ask for lower payments. The GAO is an independent, non-partisan agency that works for Congress.

 Trump’s changes mean higher profits for loan servicing companies that manage $1.2 trillion in government-funded loans. The Trump administration is issuing new contracts to these middlemen charged with helping borrowers find the best repayment plan and avoiding default. The Obama administration’s contracts included customer service requirements. Companies balked at the demands and called them unnecessary, time consuming and, therefore, expensive. As a result, Trump dropped them.

 

For example, gone now are provisions that would tie compensation to promptly answering telephone calls, providing accurate information, completing applications for income-driven repayment plans, and payment processing times.

 

“Their profit-margins just increased because they do not have to take the time to make sure that they are providing accurate information that would keep an honest individual in payment status rather than default,” Frerichs said. “These are federal loans. By writing a memo to rescind a commonsense rule, DeVos and Trump just ripped money from taxpayers’ pockets and handed it to the executives managing these multi-million dollar companies.”

The issue is important to Frerichs in his role as a champion of college savings in Illinois. Bright Start and Bright Directions are private-sector college savings investment tools managed by the state treasurer’s office. Together, there is more than $8 billion in 450,000 active accounts. This money is completely separate from Illinois’ other investments and cannot be used by the state to pay any other obligations.

Nation’s Oldest African American Greek-Lettered Fraternity Announces New Strategic Alliance and $20,000 Donation To The NAACP

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BALTIMORE –During its April executive committee meeting in Baltimore, the Grand Boule of the Sigma Pi Phi Fraternityannounced a new strategic alliance to increase its support of NAACP’s work in protecting civil rights

The agreement encourages members of the Grand Boule, the nation’s oldest African American Greek lettered fraternity to promote lifetime NAACP memberships among its group, increase organizational participation in civic engagement and get out the vote effortsas well as expanded engagement in activities in support of the NAACP’s strategic plan. 

Additionally, the Northern, Virginia based Beta Nu and Epsilon Zeta-member Boulespresentedthe Legacy Award, a monetary donation of $20,000to NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks in support of the organization’s continued fight for equality and justice.

“The NAACP applauds the Grand Boule and the Beta Nu and Epsilon Zeta-member Boules for its gracious donation and continued support of our work as the nation’s leading defender of civil rights for all people. Their commitment to serve as an influential and engaged ally, sets a powerful example for all organizations within our community,” said NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks, also a member of the Boule.

“The nation’s oldest civil right organization and oldest fraternity are developing a strategic alliance to more effectively address issues of people of color. The NAACP stands on the vanguard of issues ranging from discrimination, criminal justice, education, and economic parity, just to mention a few,” said Royce West Chair of the Grand Boule’s Public Policy Committee.Sigma Pi Phi has men with considerable expertise, experience and influence in many of these areas. The alliance of these organizations will facilitate cooperation on the national, state and local level,” he added.

The Grand Boule, also known as the Boule, is the nation’s first Greek-letter fraternity founded by African American men. The Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity is best known as the Boule, a Greek term meaning “council of noblemen.” Founded in 1904, Sigma Pi Phi is the oldest Greek-letter organization comprised primarily of African-American men. 

The Boule has more than 5,000 members and 119 chapters throughout the United States and the Caribbean. Its membership consists of some of the most accomplished, affluent, and influential men-leaders who are making lasting contributions to their communities, our society, and the world.

For more information, contact: NAACP Communications Department: R.farley@naacpnet.org 

Men Sentenced to Federal Prison and Ordered to Pay Over $6 Million Restitution for Tax Fraud at Hope Hospital

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Texarkana, Arkansas – Kenneth Elser, United States Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, announced that two men were sentenced this week on one count each of Failure to Collect or Pay Over Tax.  James R. Cheek, age 68, of Waleska, Georgia and Herschel J. Breig, Sr., age 69, of Nixa, Missouri were each sentenced to 36 months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.  Restitution of $6,000,000 is ordered jointly and severally between the two defendants.  Judge Susan O. Hickey presided over the sentencing hearings in the United States District court in Texarkana.

According to court records, as principals of Hope Medical Park Hospital, both Cheek and Breig were responsible to collect, truthfully account for, and pay over the hospital’s payroll taxes to the Internal Revenue Service during the calendar years 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012.  They failed to pay approximately $6,000,000 in payroll taxes as was required.

Both men were indicted by a federal grand jury in July, 2015 and both pleaded guilty in September, 2016.

“Corporate executives have a responsibility to withhold federal income taxes for their employees and then remit those taxes to the IRS on their behalf. Employment tax evasion not only results in the loss of tax revenue to the United States government, employees also lose future social security or Medicare benefits” stated Tracey D. Montaño, Special Agent in Charge. “Failure to pay over withheld taxes is a serious offense, and continues to be an investigative priority for IRS Criminal Investigation.”

This case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation Division and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorneys Candace Taylor and Jonathan D. Ross prosecuted the case for the United States.

Source: FBI

Madigan & 20 Attorneys General Oppose U.S Department of Education’s Rollback of Student Loan Servicing Reforms

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Reforms Informed by Madigan’s Investigation Into Student Loan Giant Navient Revoked by U.S. Department of Education

 

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined with 20 attorneys general and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii calling out the U.S. Department of Education for abdicating its responsibility to millions of student loan borrowers and their families by revoking critical reforms designed to help borrowers avoid default and curtail loan servicer misconduct.

 

Madigan along with the other attorneys general and the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos opposing the Department’s rescission of guidance to protect student loan borrowers and reform the student loan servicing industry.

 

“These reforms were a result of my investigation into one of the largest student loan companies in the country that showed the industry has repeatedly put borrowers into more expensive repayment options,” Madigan said. “The U.S. Department of Education must take action to protect student loan borrowers and reform the industry to put their needs ahead of private companies’ profits.”

 

Last year, in the wake of Attorney General Madigan’s investigation of Navient, the Department of Education issued guidance for the student loan servicing industry. The guidance required student loan servicers to inform struggling student borrowers about the availability of affordable income-based repayment plans. Madigan has since filed a lawsuit against Navient and its predecessor Sallie Mae for the companies’ widespread failures and mistreatment of student loan borrowers.

 

The Department of Education’s reforms addressed many of the findings of Madigan’s investigation into Navient by ensuring that student loan borrowers got accurate information about their loans and repayment options. The reforms also ensured consistency of service, increased servicer accountability, and enhanced transparency by student loan servicers. Critically, these reforms aimed to improve borrowers’ access to affordable loan repayment plans designed to help borrowers in distress avoid default. Now the Department’s action will instead leave student loan borrowers vulnerable to poor practices and abuses that the servicing reforms were designed to stop.

 

In the letter, Madigan and the attorneys general state the reforms are critical to helping borrowers who are struggling under the weight of their student loan debt, evidenced by an increasing rate of federal student loan defaults. In 2015, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimated that more than 25 percent of student loan borrowers were delinquent or in default on a student loan.

 

“Many such borrowers would benefit greatly from entering income-driven repayment plans but are prevented from doing so by student loan servicer misconduct and misinformation,” the letter states.

 

Joining Madigan in sending today’s letter are the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia, as well as the Executive Director of the Office of Consumer Protection of Hawaii.

 

A copy of the letter can be found here.

 

 

Rep. Stratton Fights to Provide Working Families with Paid Sick Leave

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, is fighting for the health and financial stability of working families by backing legislation to ensure employers offer paid sick leave to all their workers, a benefit that would help lift up workers who live paycheck to paycheck and also must take care of loved ones.

 

“Workers deserve the peace of mind to know that they won’t be fired if they need to stay home due to an illness, to care for a sick kid or visit the doctor,” Stratton said. “All workers deserve paid sick time, but many go without it, especially those who work paycheck to paycheck.”

 

The Stratton-sponsored Healthy Workplace Act, House Bill 2771, would allow workers to use five paid sick days every year, during which employees would receive their normal pay. Employees are eligible to use sick days for a number of common emergencies that often require workers to miss work with little notice, such as having to take a loved one to a doctor’s appointment, or caring for a child whose school closed for the day. Current law does not provide paid sick days for all employees, which hurts working families the most, especially single parents.

 

“Corporations making billions in profits every year benefit from a healthy workforce,” Stratton continued. “This is a matter of putting people over profits.”

 

The Healthy Workplace Act awaits further action in the House.

 

 

 

Rep. Slaughter Advocates for Inmate Program in New Bill Passed Out of Committee

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CHICAGO, IL – Seeking to cut down on recidivism for inmates who are trying to improve their life, Illinois State Rep. Justin Slaughter, D-Chicago, passed legislation out of committee in an attempt to reduce the number of released inmates returning to prison.

 

“Giving people a second chance is important to their personal and professional development,” Slaughter said.  “If we provide them with the opportunity to acquire a skill and have employment, we are doing them and our society a great service. We must make certain that those who are released from prison have a second chance at life and learn from the mistakes previously made.”

 

Slaughter’s House Bill 698 amends the Unified Code of Corrections creating the pre-release Prisoner Entrepreneur Education Program to provide select inmates with practical business skills for use after release from prison. The program establishes a five year pilot project to be instituted within the Illinois Department of Corrections with the goal of providing inmates with practical business skills for use after release from prison. The bill is based on a program from the Texas Department of Corrections that has achieved success.

 

“When someone leaves prison, I want to make sure that they are set up to succeed and contribute back to society,” Slaughter said. “This bill will help to prevent unnecessary parole violations that have no criminal intent.”

 

For more information, contact Slaughter’s constituent service office at 773-445-9700 slaughterj@ilga.gov.

 

Gov. Rauner Donors Get Visit From Upset Residents on Tax Evasion Trolley Tour

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Community Groups Demand Hedge Fund Managers Profiting From Carried Interest Loophole Pay Fair Share to Help Solve State Budget Crisis

CHICAGO, IL – On Thursday, community residents being impacted by the school funding crisis and state budget impasse took part in a Tax Evasion Trolley Tour to the homes of Hedge Fund political donors who have profited off of the carried interest loophole at the expense of schools and vital social services.

The first stop on the trolley tour was the $20 million dollar home of Donald Wilson, founder of DRW Trading Group. Wilson has personally benefited from the carried interest loophole and made significant political contributions to both Governor Rauner and Chicago Mayor Emanuel. Participants were joined by Representative Welch (D-Hillside), lead sponsor of HB 3393, a bill that would generate close to a half billion dollars by placing a privilege tax on people like Wilson.

Joining with community members, Representative Welch hand-delivered a large overdue tax bill to Wilson’s front door.

“It’s okay to own a nice home, everyone dreams of being successful and living a good life. But to those who much is given, much is required. What we are saying is if you have the privilege to live in a $20 million dollar house you should pay your fair share in taxes and that means closing the carried interest loophole,” stated Representative Welch to the energetic crowd.   

Alejandro Sanchez, Safe Passage program coordinator with the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council added, “In our community, shootings have increased by 300% between 2013 and 2016. I have a question for Don Wilson and others like him who are profiting off of this loophole. Do you think that skimping on your tax bill is worth students in Brighton Park losing their after school programs and guidance counselors, or domestic violence centers being closed, or more young people dead because of massive disinvestment in anti-violence programs?”

Participants left sidewalk messages outside Wilson’s home, citing the devastation caused by the state’s lack of sufficient revenue. In addition to visiting Donald Wilson, the Tax Evasion Trolley Tour went to the homes of Sam Zell, Ken Griffin, and Dmitry Balyasny, all deep-pocketed political donors who have capitalized on a rigged tax system resulting in the current school and state funding crisis.

“The impacts on our communities are real – increasing violence, students forced to stop their college educations, seniors going without home care and needed programs like meals on meals, immigrant families losing programs that assist them, and the prospect of our schools being closed 3 weeks early, due to lack of revenue. We organized this tour because these impacts feel real to us, but standing here in front of multi-million dollar mansions, it’s hard to imagine they feel real to these Hedge Fund managers. We want them to know that the money they are getting from the carried interest loophole isn’t being pulled from thin air – it is coming from our community programs and schools,” explained Abbie Illenberger, Field Director of Grassroots Collaborative.

Grassroots Collaborative expects HB 3393 to be voted on in the Illinois House next week.

Big Changes in TV One’s Programming

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TV One represents with expanded morning news, current affairs and lifestyle line-up, plus increased commitment to family reality and true crime & justice shows during 2017 upfront presentation
NewsOne Now Becomes Black America Today and Expands to Two-Hour Format Joined by Daily Lifestyle Talker in Late 3Q17; Academy Award Winner Viola Davis EP’s New Investigative Series and Benjamin Crump Hosts Original Series on Wrongful Convictions to Build Out Network’s True Crime & Justice Programming Slate

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – Showcasing its 4Q17-2018 programming line-up to the advertising community, TV One unveiled a very focused slate of originals during its annual Upfront presentation at Current located in Chelsea Piers yesterday. Fulfilling the promise to “REPRESENT the many facets of Black Culture past, present and future,” President Brad Siegel announced the network will present a more focused and targeted programming schedule that reinforces TV One’s commitment to the news and stories that matter in the Black community; authentic, relatable unscripted programming; true crime & justice; as well as original movies that tell bigger and more important stories.

“Our goal is to provide our discerning audience of information-conscious influencers with more of what they are looking for in original films, family reality, true crime and justice content,” said Brad Siegel, TV One’s President. “This will offer advertisers more opportunities to be seen in the positive environment of our popular, quality appointment television offerings.”

Beginning in 3Q17, TV One will enhance its live morning news, current affairs and lifestyle programming by expanding to three hours of live television, beginning with an expanded version of News One Now, hosted by Roland S. Martin, from 7-9 am ET. Later this year, the show will undergo a name and format change to complement the increased time slot to become Black America Today, the only daily news show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community.

“After six consecutive quarters of growth for News One Now, we are excited to announce that Roland Martin will continue to be a voice to the African American community with more time to share the news and stories that matter most to the Black community,” said D’Angela Proctor, TV One’s SVP, Original Programming and Production. “Viewers can look forward to more coverage of the latest headlines in addition to lifestyle stories in the areas of entertainment, business, personal finance, health and inspiration.”

The third hour will become home to a brand new live, multi-platform one-hour daily talk show that is fun, informative, engaging and live. Hosted by a panel of four women who are dynamic, smart, funny and opinionated, they want to empower and inspire African American women to tackle the challenges of their everyday lives. (A show­specific announcement will follow shortly).

TV One will also focus on expanding its popular True Crime & Justice programming, which has become a staple for the network on Monday nights. Beginning in August 2017, a second night of true crime shows will premiere, anchored by the proven series For My Man (Season 3).

Additionally, the network will premiere two limited series shows that are both receiving Hollywood support behind and in front of the camera. From the production companies of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon of JuVee Productions and Lemuel Plummer of L. Plummer Media comes the landmark limited series, Two Sides of the Truth, which will focus on four high profile cases that have been watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community. Each episode will dissect and present both points of views of these highly charged cases so the audience can draw their own conclusions after hearing different sides of the story. Davis and Plummer will serve as executive producers. Davis also narrates the limited series.

“Every other week we hear about these horrific incidences and many of them go unsolved and unresolved. We hope that this show can take those headlines and humanize them,” said Davis. “We want to give an unbiased approach to digging into what really happened on those fateful days and in doing so, hopefully shed some light and bring some awareness to such an important issue,” said Tennon.

Currently in production, Evidence of Innocence is slated to premiere in 2018. The four­part event is hosted by acclaimed civil rights attorney and President of the National Bar Association Benjamin Crump, the lead attorney for the families of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Alesia Thomas. The series was created and executive produced by Emmy and NAACP Image award-winner Rushion McDonald of 3815 Media in partnership with Jupiter Entertainment. The limited series will profile the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit, the journey each endured to have their cases overturned, and the challenge to rebuild their lives.

Another TV One True Crime & Justice entry is the unscripted crime docu-drama, Hotlanta. Following the real life stories of homicide detectives Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, these two cops have worked side-by-side for 15 years, and know the gritty streets of Atlanta, and the people on them as well as they know each other.

In keeping with the network brand promise to represent real family, culture and authenticity, TV One will continue to deliver critically-acclaimed scripted series and heartfelt family reality shows, including The Manns, which premiered in early April, and Rickey Smiley For Real, which returns for a fourth season in July 2017.

“TV One will continue to make programming that celebrates and builds up family, recognizing that no two families are alike,” said Siegel. “The Manns and Rickey Smiley For Real are great complements to one another as well as reinforce our goal to produce programming that incorporates family, faith and fun.”

For a complete listing of their shows, see below:
Representing The Community New Series

Black America Today
Beginning in late 3Q17 NewsOne Now will expand to two hours and transition into Black America Today, the only daily news and lifestyle show that covers the issues that matter to the African American community. Hosted by Managing Editor Roland S. Martin, Black America Today will air weekdays on TV One from 7-9 a.m. ET. Each morning, Martin, guest panelists and contributors will cover breaking news, current affairs, entertainment, personal finance, business, health & wellness, and newsmaker profiles. Additionally, Black America Today will feature quarterly primetime specials to inform, inspire and uplift the Black community.
Representing Family Reality New Series

The Manns
The hour-long reality series reveals the often hilarious and sometimes controversial interactions between David and Tamela, their four grown children, eight grandchildren and a slew of friends, extended family and other characters that enrich the lives of the entertainment power couple. With recording careers, touring, filming and managing an outrageous family, The Manns often find themselves negotiating from the conference table to the kitchen table while showing viewers the day-to-day challenges, successes and joy that happen behind the scenes with this beloved couple who has been married for 29 years.

Returning Series

Rickey Smiley For Real (Season 4)
Rickey Smiley For Real takes a humorous look at Rickey Smiley’s hectic life as he juggles his career as a nationally syndicated radio host, stand-up comedian, actor, TV personality and businessman along with his daily duties as a single father of five. Being a mega media mogul is not always as glamorous as it’s cracked up be, Smiley is constantly pulled in different directions between the demands of fatherhood and the needs of his work family. Nonetheless, he keeps them all laughing while they navigate new experiences together!
Representing Celeb-Reality

 

Returning Series

Unsung (Season 11) and Unsung Hollywood
The five-time NAACP Image Award-winning series Unsung dives into the poignant and untold stories of trailblazing legends from R&B, gospel and hip hop. The series celebrates the lives and careers of artists or groups who despite unparalleled talent have been under-recognized. Upcoming icons set to be featured in the eleventh season of Unsung include Wyclef, Marvin Sapp, Jagged Edge, Switch, The Dramatics and lce-T, the music artist.

Unsung Hollywood tells the full behind-the-scenes stories of the actors, actresses, shows and movies that you never get anywhere else. Previous icons featured include Sammy Davis, Jr., Pam Grier, Bernie Mac, Dick Gregory, Vivica A. Fox, Flip Wilson, Redd Foxx, Eartha Kitt, Meagan Good, Charlie Murphy, Hill Harper, Rudy Ray Moore, Joe Morton and Tim Reid. This season, the series will profile The Jeffersons and lce-T, the actor.
Representing True Crime & Justice

 

New Series

Two Sides of the Truth Two Sides of the Truth will generate controversy – but not for controversy’s sake. Executive produced by Viola Davis and Lemuel Plummer, with narration by Davis, the purpose of the show is to get people to look twice; to question what they’re sure they know; to entertain the idea that while they might be right, that doesn’t mean the other perspective isn’t also right. Two Sides of the Truth will take viewers on a can’t­look-away, thought-provoking, and emotional journey that will resonate with them the next time they see an unjust shooting. Because of Two Sides of the Truth, viewers across the country may think twice before drawing conclusions.

Evidence of Innocence
Hosted by famed civil rights attorney, Benjamin Crump, Evidence of Innocence profiles the unbelievable true stories of individuals who were convicted of crimes they didn’t commit. But, these real-life heroes successfully fought to have their guilty verdicts thrown out and win back their freedom. Post-incarceration, these men now must re­enter society to lead lives as husbands, fathers, business leaders and ultimately, champions of those who remain falsely imprisoned.

Hotlanta
Hot/onto follows the real life stories of homicide detectives, Vincent Velazquez and David Quinn, two cops who have worked side-by-side for 15 years and know the city of Atlanta and the people on the streets as well as they know each other. “Vinny” and “Quinn” are the ultimate crime solving odd couple; Quinn’s voice starts rising as soon as he gets excited, while Vinny stays cool, calm and collected in any situation. Despite their obvious differences, they have one thing in common: their commitment to solve every murder and bring justice to their victims. Together they’re a force to be reckoned with.

#Murder
Crime goes viral in this cutting-edge investigative series that examines crime with a deadly connection to technology and social media. Whether the killer met the victim online, posted incriminating details on his Facebook page, or the cops used social media to hunt down the perpetrator, each episode of #Murder examines how homicide – like everything else in this day and age – has gone digital.

Thou Shalt Not
Thou Shall Not is a one-hour true crime series that pulls back the curtain on individuals who commit the gravest of sins: breaking The Holy Bible’s Ten Commandments. Murders, scandals, cover-ups, and affairs are just a few of the unholy crimes featured in each episode’s portrayal of Godless behavior. Full of shocking reveals and heart-stopping twists, these sinners don’t just break the laws of man … they break the laws of God.

Returning Series

Justice By Any Means (Season 3)
Hosted by Malik Yoba, Justice By Any Means plunges viewers into amazing true stories of brave African-American men and women who suffered unimaginable loss and then went toe-to-toe with the bad guys – and girls. The show delves not only into real crimes, but real people who fought to bring these crimes to light by any means necessary.

Fatal Attraction (Season 6)
Fatal Attraction dives into real-life stories of criminal acts committed under the guise of love that lead to consequences of deadly proportions. Recounting stories of love­gone-wrong, each episode consists of first-person interviews from loved ones, accounts from investigating officials, interrogation footage, and recreations with haunting cinematography.

For My Man (Season 3)
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, more than 200,000 women in the United States are living behind bars, making women the fastest growing population in the penal system. For My Man is a true crime series featuring the shocking stories of women who have been arrested for crimes they committed in the name of love. From committing a killing spree across the Midwest to acting as an inside informant at the DEA, these women have no limits in terms of how far they will go to support their men.

For My Woman (Season 2)
Coming off the hit For My Man, For My Woman explores the dramatic and often deadly decisions made by men who are blinded by love, abused – physically or mentally – or get the unequivocal thrill that comes with pleasing their woman, often ending in long-lasting consequences they never imagined.
For more information about TV One’s upcoming programming, visit the network’s companion website at www.tvone.tv. TV One viewers can also join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, lnstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using the hash tag #Represent and catch clips and promos on TV One’s YouTube Channel.
About TV One:
Launched in January 2004, TV One serves more than 60 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult black viewers. The network represents the best in black culture and entertainment with fan favorite shows Unsung, Rickey Smiley For Real, Fatal Attraction, Hollywood Divas and The NAACP Image Awards. In addition, TV One is the cable home of blockbuster drama Empire, and NewsOne Now, the only live daily news program dedicated to black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV One High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV One is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest African-American owned multi-media company primarily targeting Black and urban audiences.

 

 

Six Emerging National and Milwaukee Bands Announced for Radio Milwaukee’s Free “88Nine Block Party” Concert and Celebration on June 24

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National Acts Noname, Strand of Oaks, Field Report to Headline All-Day Celebration of Non-Commercial Station’s 10th Year in Community

Milwaukee – Nationally acclaimed rapper Noname and rockers Strand of Oaks and Field Report will headline Radio Milwaukee’s “88Nine Block Party, Presented by Educators Credit Union,” a free, all-day concert and celebration on June 24 outside the non-commercial station’s studios in Walker’s Point, the station announced Monday.

 

In addition to the three emerging national groups, the block party will feature leading Milwaukee artists REYNA, D’Amato and Abby Jeanne.

 

The 88Nine Block Party is being held to mark Radio Milwaukee’s 10th year on-air, online and in the community. The station (WYMS 88.9-FM, www.radiomilwaukee.org) launched Feb. 26, 2007.

 

The event is being presented by Educators Credit Union, celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, and is in partnership with the Pabst Theater Group.

 

The block party is free and open to the public. The event runs from 1:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. It takes place outside Radio Milwaukee’s home at E. Pittsburgh Ave. and S. Barclay St.

 

In addition to enjoying on-stage entertainment, attendees can spend time in Workshop Architects’ recently renovated Studio 1, where they can contribute to the 88Nine Block Party playlist, play a round of Milwaukee-themed games and get to know their neighbors.

 

Several interactive art installations, designed by Workshop, will take place throughout the festival grounds, and local food vendors will offer a variety of items.

 

A limited number of VIP tickets will be available for the event, with sales to the general public starting at noon next Monday (May 1). 88Nine and Educators members can buy pre-sale VIP tickets at noon Tuesday (April 25).  VIP tickets are $88.90 for Educators and 88Nine Members and $100 for the public. VIP tickets are available at bit.ly/88nineParty.

 

The VIP experience will include two complimentary food servings, access to two private indoor bars, special sessions and interviews with headliners and admission to the VIP After Party in the 88Nine building and on the roof from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m.

 

88Nine encourages attendees to bike or use public transportation or ride-sharing to get to the event. A pop up Bublr Bikes bike-share kiosk will be located on Barclay St.

 

The tentative music schedule:

3 p.m.       –          Abby Jeanne

4:15 p.m.  –          D’Amato

5:30 p.m.  –          REYNA

6:45 p.m.  –          Field Report

8 p.m.       –          Strand of Oaks

9:15 p.m.  –          Noname

 

Over its 10 years, Radio Milwaukee has become recognized for its unique mix of new and Milwaukee music, its Community Stories features and for fostering community engagement and positive change. Since it began broadcasting, Radio Milwaukee:

 

  • Has introduced Milwaukee to an array of national and international artists through the diverse recorded music it plays and the more than 120 “Studio Milwaukee” live, on-air sessions with these musicians in front of audiences. The station is credited with helping break several artists nationally, including Alabama Shakes, Valerie June, Michael Kiwanuka, James Vincent McMorrow and PHOX.
  • Has championed Milwaukee musicians through its annual Milwaukee Music Awards; weekly “414 Live” sessions featuring Milwaukee bands broadcast with a studio audience; playing at least one song on air by a Milwaukee artist every hour; and by promoting Milwaukee’s live music scene on air, its website and its social media outlets.
  • Broadcasts more than 200 original short-form Community Stories a year throughout its weekday on-air schedule and online, including video. The stories feature non-profit organizations and individuals making a difference in Milwaukee.
  • Renovated and outfitted a vacant former foundry in the Walker’s Point neighborhood into its $2.8 million state-of-the-art studios and offices. The complex includes a 99-seat performance space for live broadcasts and sustainable green roof. The station moved to its new home in September 2013. More than 1,700 donors contributed to the project.
  • Has been widely recognized for its on-air music, community affairs features, digital media and new studio complex, winning awards from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, Milwaukee Press Club, Wisconsin Area Music Industry, Shepherd Express newspaper, American Institute of Architects Wisconsin, Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the International Competition for Marketing and Communication Professionals.
  • Created its “Cultural Commons” initiative, which involves more than 20 organizations in an effort designed to break down barriers and bring people together. The station’s mission, its young and diverse staff and new home are enabling it to spearhead an effort by local organizations to create events welcoming all Milwaukeeans.
  • Airs an average of 400 free public service announcements a year for up to 45 organizations; helps collect donations of needed supplies and goods for the community through campaigns with groups such as Milwaukee Public Schools, Hunger Task Force and Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee; and invites the non-profit community to use its new home for events.
  • Receives the great majority of its financial support from its 5,200 contributing members, more than 200 underwriters and 25 foundations.

 

Information on the station’s history and birthday-year plans is posted at www.radiomilwaukee.org/10 and will be updated periodically.

 

ABOUT 88NINE RADIO MILWAUKEE:

A non-profit, community-funded radio station, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has been a part of Milwaukee since 2007. Learn more about 88Nine and stream the station at http://www.radiomilwaukee.org or via the 88Nine mobile app.

 

 

Racial Discrimination at Strayer University

Posted by Admin On April - 25 - 2017 ADD COMMENTS
Strayer University leadership under fire for racial discrimination and abuse of power 
By Sandra Wyckoff
Bryan Jones, President of Strayer University

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – In separate complaints filed in Virginia and Tennessee, employees at Strayer University, one of the largest for-profit college systems in the US, have alleged systematic racial discrimination and sexual harassment by the institutions leadership. The suits further allege that Strayer President Bryan Jones attempted to use bribery and other coercive acts to cover up these activities.The complaints allege among other things that Mr. Dub Taylor, a prominent Professor of Business at Strayer, was offered promotions including the title of Vice President for the expressed purpose of firing another African American employee, Ms. Gina Reed.

He was later fired for refusing to dismiss Ms. Reed. Ms. Reed alleges in her complaint that she was discriminated against because she had filed a sexual harassment claim.

Mark Lazarz, attorney for Mr. Taylor and Ms. Reed, comments, “This may seem like an ordinary story of workplace dysfunction, but the sinister and cynical use of one African American to fire another African American demonstrates a new low in corporate malice. In a week where United Airlines has used jackbooted tactics to remove a passenger from a plane, we must remain vigilante in calling out bad actors and holding their feet to the fire.”

Strayers situation is particularly troubling because over 60% of their student body is African American.

When contacted for comment, Mr. Taylor stated, Over the past year, I trusted Brian Jones with my career and I thought that he would guide me to better my career in higher education. I would never have thought that he would gain my trust and then attempt to get me to do something unethical.

When asked if she was surprised by the actions of Strayer and its president, her response was incredulous, Surprised, shocked, but more than anything, I was disappointed. In specific reference to Mr. President Jones, Ms. Reed stated, I felt like this was the ultimate betrayal… It was a total shocker.

Attorney Mark Lazarz has expressed sincere frustration at the situation. He comments, I am continually surprised by the actions of corporate leadership. Mr. Jones was recently appointed to the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) by Speaker Paul Ryan. I am committed to seeing justice done in this case!”

 

Photo Caption: Bryan Jones, President of Strayer University

 

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