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Alderman Harris City Business Deal With a Restaurant Chain Sued by the EEOC For Racial Harassment Has Come Under Mass Criticism and Anger From 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Alderman Harris City Business Deal With a Restaurant Chain Sued by the EEOC For Racial Harassment Has Come Under Mass Criticism and Anger From 8th Ward ResidentsBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

When 8th Ward residents learned that the EEOC had filed a lawsuit against Huddle House, a restaurant chain that subjected a black employee to “racially offensive language” and already in a business deal with 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris, they were dumbfounded, angry and wondered why the alderman would make a city deal with the restaurant chain to bring in a restaurant to the Pill Hill and Calumet Heights area at 9329 to 9429 S. Stony Island Ave., which is about 90 or 95 percent Black residents.

The lawsuit charged that managers of the Huddle House Pine Bluff Restaurant subjected Angela Whitfield, a Black Employee, to a racially hostile work environment, and that the management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as “ghetto,” “hood,” “hood rat,” “Huddle ho’s” and used the “N-word” when they visited the restaurant.

Further, the EEOC charged in the lawsuit that the restaurant was in violation of a federal law by subjecting a black employee to racially offensive language.

The EEOC sued Huddle House for racial harassment, filing a discrimination lawsuit against H2H Enterprises, Inc., dba Huddle House Pine Bluff restaurant, stating that Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, a black employee who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to a hostile environment and used racially offensive language because of her race.

The EEOC stated that “Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC. v. H2H Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Huddle House Store #670, Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00362) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Huddle House from engaging in racial harassment in the future, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Whitfield.” The lawsuit was filed in October 2014.

The issue came up when 8th Ward residents started protest meetings against Alderman Harris because she supports the Montclare Senior Low Income, Section 8  Housing Project and is pushing hard to bring the 134 Unit, 7 Story building into the 8th Ward Pill Hill and Calumet Heights area, an area where middle and upper middle class residents live.

One of the protesters, yours truly, Dr. Juanita Bratcher, publisher of CopyLine Magazine and a longtime resident of the Pill Hill area, in an interview told a reporter that more than 200 people attended a meeting to oppose the building; however, Harris said it was more like 20. Untrue.

Dr. Bratcher dismissed the alderman’s untruth and misinformation, stating that she was at the meeting and saw the people that attended. Alderman Harris did not attend the meeting and has shunned two invitations from 8th Ward residents to attend their meetings so they can ask questions of her and the proposed project scheduled for their area, residents that would be mostly affected by its coming.

The alderman claimed that 99% of the ward supported her to bring the housing project into the ward. Not so. A Survey Poll of the ward by Urban Media Strategies found that 55% of the people polled were not aware of the project.

Two restaurants will be part of the proposed Low Income, Section 8 Housing site, according to plans. One of them is Huddle House. However, residents do not want the housing or the restaurants to come into the area.

In an interview with a news reporter, Harris said she thinks Huddle House will be up and running before the senior residences are complete. Harris told another reporter: “I don’t know anything about an EEOC complaint, but how would I know about a national problem. I suspect an EEOC complaint may have been filed against McDonald restaurants,” she stated.

 

Herewith is EEOC Press Release About the Lawsuit Against Huddle House:

 

PRESS RELEASE
10-1-14

Huddle House Sued by EEOC for Racial Harassment

Managers of Pine Bluff Restaurant Subjected Black Employee to Racially Hostile Work Environment, Federal Agency Charges

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – H2H Enterprises, Inc., dba Huddle House, violated federal law by subjecting a black employee to a hostile work environment because of her race, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed today.

According to the EEOC’s suit, Huddle House subjected Angela Whitfield, who worked as a shift leader at its Pine Bluff restaurant, to racially offensive language. Among other things, members of Huddle House’s management team regularly referred to Whitfield and other black employees as “ghetto,” “hood,” “hood rat,” “Huddle ho’s” and used the “N-word” when they visited the restaurant.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC. v. H2H Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a/ Huddle House Store #670, Civil Action No. 5:14-cv-00362) in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas, Pine Bluff Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. The EEOC is seeking injunctive relief prohibiting Huddle House from engaging in racial harassment in the future, as well as compensatory and punitive damages for Whitfield.

“We recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, yet employees continue to fight for dignity and respect in the workplace,” said Katharine W. Kores, director of the EEOC’s Memphis District Office, which has jurisdiction over Arkansas, Tennessee and portions of Mississippi. “Employees should not have to endure a racially hostile work environment to earn a living. The EEOC remains committed to eradicating discrimination in the workplace.”

H2H Enterprises, Inc., is a management consulting services company and a franchise partner of Huddle House, Inc. H2H Enterprises owns three Huddle House restaurants in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and El Dorado, Ark.

The EEOC enforces federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. Further information about the EEOC is available on its web site at

City Red Light Tickets Forcing Drivers Into Bankruptcy

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Chicagoans have experienced a recent increase in auto-related tickets thanks to a cascade of new red light cameras, speed cameras and a push for greater accountability for parking violations. For some drivers, these tickets amount to annoying added expenses that are unexpected, but at the end of the day affordable.

For others, though, these penalties amount to more than nuisances: In recent years, over 40,000 Chicago drivers have filed for bankruptcy due to ticket debt. On average, their debt amounts to about $3,900. Recent studies show that a disproportionate number of drivers facing this debt are black. Plus, the Northern Illinois court district, which includes Chicago, had the most consumer bankruptcy filings of any district in the US in 2015. (Pro Publica)

Chris Scott, Founder and Chairman of the city’s sole MBE certified credit repair company Opulent Credit Builders, is helping tackle this community problem by offering credit repair expertise to local residents whose credit scores, jobs, housing and more have been seriously jeopardized by mounting debt from red light and other auto tickets. These individuals are bringing light to this important city matter by sharing unique stories about why they had to file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy and what it meant for their families.

Tickets bring in massive revenue for the city: Tickets raked in almost $264 million in 2016, which is about 7 percent of Chicago’s $3.6 billion operating budget. Investigative reports by Pro Publica have shined a light on what’s behind this recent rise in Chapter 13 bankruptcy filings:

“[…] the rise in Chapter 13 filings has mainly been driven by black, low-income debtors unable to pay tickets owed to the City of Chicago. By filing under Chapter 13, these people are trying to keep their cars or licenses. Chapter 13 stops seizures and suspensions as long as debtors can keep up payments, but the data shows that most can’t.”

Chapter 13 filings tarnish credit records, not to mention cause stress for the debtors. Chris receives phone calls from individuals in this situation daily and is passionate about solving this community problem.

Potential Interviews

Chris Scott, African-American, Founder of Opulent Credit Builders

Clients of Opulent Credit Builders impacted by red light tickets

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Rappers Ludacris, Flo Rida Added To 2018 Grandstand Concert Series at Illinois State Fair

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Tickets will go on sale Saturday, May 5th via Ticketmaster

 

SPRINGFIELD, IL – One of the music industry’s premier entertainers is headed to the Illinois State Fair this summer. Grammy award winning recording artist, songwriter, actor, and philanthropist Ludacris will perform on the Grandstand stage on Saturday, August 18.

Countless hits including “Stand Up,” “Get Back,” and “Money Maker,” have solidified Ludacris as one of music’s best entertainers with more than 20 million albums sold domestically.  In fact, in 2010, Ludacris was named one of the most effective influencers on American culture.

In addition to his dynamic stage performances, Ludacris is a well-known actor.  Ludacris has a recurring role in The Fast & The Furious film franchise, and has also appear in the movies Crash, Hustle & Flow, and No Strings Attached.  Ludacris is also no stranger to the small screen with appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, hosting duties on the Billboard Music Awards, and former judge on the reality television show, Rising Star.

Joining Ludacris at the Illinois State Fair will be Flo Rida.  The Florida native rose to fame at the age of 18 as the hype man for Fresh Kid Ice from 2 Live Crew.  Flo Rida comes from a long line of family musicians, including his father and sisters, with a variety of gospel and R&B influences.  His 2008 breakout single, “Low,” was number one on the U.S. charts for ten weeks and broke digital download sales at the time of its release.  Other Flo Rida hits include, “Club Can’t Handle Me,” “Right Round,” and “Wild Ones.”

Tickets to see Ludacris and Flo Rida at the Illinois State Fair will go on sale on Saturday, May 5th via Ticketmaster.com, and sales for that concert will begin at the Emmerson Building on Monday, May 7th.   Tickets for six other concerts are on sale now.  Ticket prices are as follows:

Friday, August 10:  Boy George and Culture Club with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey
Tier 3 – $22 / Tier 2 – $27 / Tier 1 – $32 / Track – $32 / VIP – $42

Saturday, August 11:  Halestorm & Mastodon
Tier 3 – $28 / Tier 2 – $33 / Tier 1 – $38 / Track $38 / VIP – $48

Sunday, August 12:  Foreigner with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Tier 3 – $25 / Tier 2 – $30 / Tier 1 – $35 / Track $35 / VIP – $45

Monday, August 13: Dueling Pianos International
Free Concert

Wednesday, August 15:  311 & The Offspring with Gym Class Heroes
Tier 3 – $34 / Tier 2 – $39 / Tier 1 – $44 / Track $44 / VIP – $54

Friday, August 17:  Brett Eldredge
Tier 3 – $29 / Tier 2 – $34 / Tier 1 – $39 / Track $39 / VIP – $49

Saturday, August 18:  Flo Rida & Ludacris with Childish Major
Tier 3 – $27 / Tier 2 – $32 / Tier 1 – $37 / Track $37 / VIP – $47

Sunday, August 19:  Brantley Gilbert
Tier 3 – $35 / Tier 2 – $40 / Tier 1 – $45 / Track $45 / VIP – $55

The Illinois State Fair will once again offer Stage Side Parties for each of the Grandstand concerts. An additional $30 ticket will provide fairgoers access to an exclusive pre-show party that includes a food provided by the Illinois Pork Producers Association, entertainment, giveaways and early entry into the concert.  New this year, the fair will provide each stage side ticket holder with a parking pass for that night’s concert if the tickets are purchased prior to July 31st.  The Stage Side Party is only available to those who have purchased a concert ticket to attend that night’s concert – BOTH concert & party ticket will be required to enter the party tent.   These tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster once tickets go on-sale.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 Illinois State Fair, August 9th – 19th, in Springfield, IL.

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Police Issue Community Alert on Strong-Arm Robberies

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From: Alderman Joe Moore

 

The Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Detectives issued a “Community Alert” regarding three strong-arm robberies, which have occurred in our neighborhood in recent weeks.

According to police, in each incident, two offenders approached the victims, surrounded them, demanded or took their belongings and fled from the scene.

The incidents occurred at the following locations and times:

  • 7100 block of N. Glenwood, Tuesday, April 10, 11:30 p.m.
  • 1500 block of W. Jarvis, Sunday, April 15, 2:20 a.m.
  • 1700 block of W. Jarvis, Sunday, April 29, 12:20 a.m.

The victims were unable to provide detailed physical descriptions of the offenders.

Here’s what you should do:

  • Always be aware of your surroundings.
  • Pay special attention to any suspicious people or vehicles loitering in the area.
  • If you are confronted by the assailants, remain calm.
  • Remember any unique physical characteristics of the offenders (e.g., scars, limp, acne, tattoos).
  • Never pursue a fleeing assailant.
  • Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of the offenders, including any vehicle description and license plate information.

If you have any information, regarding these incidents, please contact the Bureau of Detectives–Area North at 312-744-8263.

I will update you if I receive any additional information.

Sincerely,

Joe Moore

State Senator Raoul Measure Bans Bump Stocks, Trigger Cranks

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) passed legislation making it illegal to sell, manufacture, purchase or possess bump stocks and trigger cranks.

Bump stocks and trigger cranks are both attachments that modify firearms to fire at a faster rate, close to that of a machine gun. Twelve of the rifles recovered from a hotel room after a gunman killed 58 people and injured 546 in Las Vegas were equipped with bump stocks.

“There are a lot of passionate voices on this issue, but one thing I hope we are all passionate about as lawmakers is keeping the people of Illinois safe,” Raoul said. “This is a simple step, but one that has the potential to save lives.”

The measure drew bipartisan support as calls continue to grow nationwide for tighter gun laws.

Senate Bill 2343 passed the Senate 38-10 and heads to the House for consideration.

Attorney General Madigan Files Brief in Support of Misclassified Employees’ Right to Organize

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, along with 11 other attorneys general, filed an amicus brief with the National Labor Relations Board in support of a decision against Velox Express Inc. that concluded its misclassification of employees as independent contractors constituted an unfair labor practice in violation of the National Labor Relations Act.

 

The administrative law judge in the case Velox Express Inc. vs. Jeannie Edge determined that Velox Express, an Indiana-based company that performs medical specimen pick-ups, retail deliveries, home infusions and long-term care pharmacy work, misclassified its drivers as independent contractors and, as a result, restrained them from exercising their right to act collectively to improve their wages and working conditions.

 

“Companies that misclassify workers fail to protect them while on the job and prevent them from organizing to use their bargaining power to improve their pay and working conditions,” Madigan said. “The right to unionize is a long-held, basic workplace right.”

 

According to the brief, misclassification is an increasingly common way for employers to avoid their legal obligations to employees and unfairly compete in the marketplace. When employers misclassify their workers as independent contractors, it is often impossible for those employees to assert their workplace rights, including protections from wage theft, harassment and discrimination. Misclassified workers are also denied Occupational Health and Safety Act protections, and are unable to form unions, collectively bargain, or join in concerted efforts to improve conditions in their workplace.

 

Madigan and the other attorneys general said in their brief that employers who misclassify their workers are able to avoid paying unemployment insurance and contributing to the worker’s compensation system, which results in significant costs in terms of lost revenue for state, local, and federal government.

 

Joining Madigan in filing the brief were the attorneys general of Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

 

A copy of the brief can be found here.

Virginia Author Honors Colin Kaepernick and Helps Teens Talk About Race and Policing With Latest Book

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Ritchie Carlyle

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded by Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW is an excellent, award winning children’s book that summarizes the multi-faceted issues surrounding the alarming trend of American police officers and private citizens shooting unarmed Black men. Sidney added responses gathered from a Q and A session at a Youth Conference that took place at the JMU Male Academy for Academic Achievement on July 18, 2018. The data gathered from this meeting is scattered throughout the book to provide readers a glimpse of what it’s like to be a Black or Brown boy today. At the end of the book, Sidney gives solid tips on how to survive encounters with law enforcement in terms most children can understand.

Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded is the story of a young Black boy named Jeremy. Jeremy, like many children in the United States, grew tired of being bullied. What transpired after another run-in with the neighborhood gang is best described as Lemony Snickets: A Series of Unfortunate Events on steroids. Unlike the movie, one of the “unfortunate events” resulted in the unnecessary murder of his older brother Rashawn, who was a college football player home from school.

 

Sidney uses elements from several high-profile police shootings to illustrate the many sides of life in America for Black and Brown boys. Secondly, Sidney gives an authentic account of how the aftermath of these killings play out all over the nation ad nauseum. Moreover, Sidney shows the emotional toll these killings take on the parents, relatives and the community of the victims of police killings and points out the need for increased mental health services when dealing with loss. Sidney delivers a major twist in the story that’s masterful and worth purchasing the book to find out.

 

The cover photo displays Professional football player Colin Kaepernick, among others, kneeling. Mr. Kaepernick has dedicated the last few years of his life to ending police violence against people of color and effecting positive change for all people in America and abroad. During the 2016 NFL Season, Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. His protest was met with widespread criticism from team owners, players, politicians and many others. Many NFL players joined Kaepernick and athletes all over the country began kneeling during the National Anthem to protest the persistent racism experienced by people of color in America.

 

After opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 NFL season, Colin Kaepernick was not signed by any team in the NFL in 2017. There were dozens of quarterbacks signed that year who were not remotely as talented as Kaepernick. The skill disparity was so blatant that Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in November 2017. Players across the league kept the protest going all season, with the most notable being The Cleveland Browns protest. The protest featured Seth DeValve, one of the first white football players to kneel in protest. Players donning the numbers of Seth DeValve, Eric Reid and Michael Bennett are featured alongside RaShawn on the cover of Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded.

 

Despite the criticism, Kaepernick has raised millions for numerous charities and has received many awards and accolades for his philanthropy. Recently, Kaepernick was awarded The GQ Magazine Citizen of the Year Award in 2017 and The Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award in 2018. At the time of this publication, Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent.

 

Speaking of accolades, Rest in Peace ReShawn Reloaded was selected for the Recommended Book List for the 2018 In the Margins Book Award. A committee of librarians who work with marginalized youth decided Ronnie’s book was an outstanding fit to recommend to other groups who work with marginalized youth. Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded is also one of fourteen books written for middle and high school readers nominated for the 2018 Young Adult Virginia Authors (YAVA) award. Please cast your vote for Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded by visiting www.rvalibrary.org/yava/votes/. The YAVA popular voting period will be running through May 15, 2018. The winning author will be recognized and receive a $1,000 cash prize at the YAVA Book and Author Party at the Richmond Public Library on Saturday, October 6, 2018.

 

All children and adults will benefit from reading Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded because it brings awareness to key issues of our times. Secondly, it touches on bullying and what trauma and grief can lead to. In the book, Jeremy thinks a replica gun will solve his problem, but in too many schools across America, children are using real guns to harm others in response to being bullied. Millions of youth across America encounter police daily and Rest in Peace Rashawn Reloaded does an excellent job illustrating what can be done to improve relationships between police officers and communities of color.

 

Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW books are available on Amazon.com. For inquiries, please send an email to nelsonbeatstheodds@gmail.com. Visit www.nelsonbeatstheodds.com for more information about Sidney’s books, services, products and more.

 

Photo Caption: Ronnie Sidney, II, LCSW holds a Rest in Peace RaShawn Reloaded poster at the 2018 Ujamaa Book Festival in Alexandria, Virginia

 

Photo Credit: Kris Murray

U.S. Has One Justice System for the Wealthy, and Another for the Poor and People of Color

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From: Marc Mauer
Executive DirectorThe Sentencing ProjectI

 

 

want to bring your attention to some of The Sentencing Project’s newest resources on criminal justice reform:

  • In a new report to the United Nations on racial disparities, we explain how the United States essentially operates two distinct criminal justice systems: one for wealthy people and another for poor people and people of color. By creating and perpetuating policies that allow racial disparities to exist in its criminal justice system, the United States is in violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to ensure that all residents—regardless of race—are treated equally under the law.
  • For nearly 20 years the Justice Department has sponsored a research fellowship program around race and criminal justice in the name of noted sociologist and civil rights leader, WEB Du Bois. In an op-ed for the Guardian, I call attention to the troubling news that Attorney General Jeff Sessions has diverted this program towards issues that would make a student of the Du Bois legacy shudder.
  • More than 5.7 million American kids have experienced parental incarceration at some point during their lives, writes Kara Gotsch, Director of Strategic Initiatives, in the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare’s annual CW360 degrees report. The essay outlines the negative impacts mass parental incarceration has on families and communities, and provides recommendations to reduce our prison population and to support the various needs of children with justice involved families.
  • In the American Constitution Society’s blog, Kara also explains why the Trump Administration should address the urgent opioid crisis by prioritizing investments in treatment over incarceration. Ratcheting up already tough sentences for people with drug convictions will produce little public safety benefit while carrying heavy fiscal, social, and human costs.

We hope these materials will be useful to you in your work.

Sincerely,

Marc Mauer
Executive Director

MTV Reinvents “Yo! MTV Raps” Across Linear and Digital Platforms Kicking Off With 30th Anniversary Live Event at Barclays Center on June 1st

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Network Will Live Stream Event Featuring Eric B & Rakim, KRS ONE, Flavor Flav, EPMD, Big Daddy Kane, Doug E. Fresh, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money, Fab Five Freddy, Fat Joe and more


Yo MTV Raps 30th Anniversary

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — Thirty years after its premiere on MTV, “YO! MTV Raps” legacy continues to have a lasting influence on hip-hop and pop culture. To celebrate this milestone anniversary, MTV will reinvent the franchise for a new generation as a both a linear and digital series across its platforms. To kick things off, show alumni, artists and fans will gather for the “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Friday, June 1st at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, which will be live streamed by MTV.

After its debut on August 6th, 1988, “YO! MTV Raps” became the premiere source for all things hip-hop. The advent of the series was crucial to the rise of hip-hop, and created a worldwide appreciation of the genre, which has since become one of the most influential in mainstream music.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” will bring together an all-star line-up of the series’ alumni and hip-hop legends including Big Daddy Kane and the Juice Crew, Eric B & Rakim, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, Fat Joe, Yo-Yo, Onyx, EPMD, Flavor Flav, YBT Tap the bottle reunion, Black Sheep, DAS EFX, Special Ed, Pharcyde, Brand Nubian, Nice & Smooth, Melle Mel & The Furious Five, Kid Capri, DJ Skribble, Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Fab 5 Freddy, Ed Lover, Doctor Dré, T-Money and others for a night to remember.

The event will also feature special tribute videos from Eminem, Method Man, Redman and more.

For more information about the event, tickets and additional artist announcements, follow “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

For more details about the event, visit www.yomtvrapsexperience.com

Facebook – facebook.com/yomtvrapsexperience
Instagram – instagram.com/yomtvrapsexperience.com
Twitter – twitter.com/yoexperience.com


Tickets to the show go on sale on Friday, April 20 at 10AM ET and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com and barclayscenter.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the American Express Box Office beginning at 12PM ET on Saturday, April 21.

The “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” is the brainchild of Charlie Stettler, who, with his partner Lynda West, managed and developed the careers of the Fat Boys, Ed Lover & Doctor Dré, Leslie “Big Lez” Segar and DJ Skribble, among others. Stettler, along with “YO! MTV Raps: 30th Anniversary Experience” co-producers Blue Williams, Matthew Kemp, Sal Abbatiello and DJ Skribble, helped usher in the hip-hop mainstream revolution. The live stream is Executive Produced by Eric Conte, of Content.23 Media.


About Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment:
Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (BSE) develops and operates state-of-the-art venues and manages premier sports franchises, delivering dynamic content and experiences for audiences. BSE oversees programming, marketing, sales, and operations for Barclays Center; NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum; LIU Brooklyn Paramount Theatre; and Webster Hall. BSE manages and controls the Brooklyn Nets and its NBA G League team, the Long Island Nets, as well as the business operations of the NHL’s New York Islanders. Barclays Center, which opened on September 28, 2012, offers 17,732 seats for basketball, 15,795 for hockey, and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and Parm Italian Restaurant & 40/40 CLUB by Tanduay Rum. NYCB LIVE, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, reopened on April 5, 2017 after undergoing an extensive renovation. The Coliseum offers 14,500 seats for basketball, MMA and boxing, 13,900 for hockey, up to 15,000 for concerts, and 4,500 seats for its theater configuration. With a focus on emerging businesses, BSE identifies and creates alliances, strategic partnerships and other business opportunities to ensure the success of its assets.


About MTV:
MTV is a global youth culture brand inspired by music. For more information, check out mtvpress.com. MTV is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA)

 

Michigan Man Sentenced to 45 Years in Federal Prison for Violently Forcing Children to Engage in Prostitution

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CHICAGO, IL — A Michigan man has been sentenced to 45 years in federal prison for violently forcing two children and a young woman to engage in prostitution.

FABRIEAL DELANEY, 32, brought some of his victims to the Chicago area from Michigan to perform sex acts for money.  He used violence, verbal abuse and drug addiction to maintain control over his victims, all of whom were 16 years old or younger when he befriended them and began grooming them for prostitution.

U.S. District Judge Manish S. Shah on Wednesday imposed the 45-year sentence in federal court in Chicago.  Delaney, of Battle Creek, Mich., and formerly of Palatine, Ill., was previously convicted by a jury on eight sex trafficking counts.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Substantial assistance was provided by the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Department, the Illinois State Police, the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office, the FBI field divisions in Detroit and Kalamazoo, Mich., the Kalamazoo, Mich., Police Department, the Battle Creek, Mich., Police Department, and the Stop-It Program of the Salvation Army Family and Community Services.

“The defendant preyed upon young and vulnerable girls for his own profit,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Rajnath Laud argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.  “Defendant’s crime is incredibly serious, and warrants a sentence of several decades in prison.”

Evidence at trial revealed that Delaney took photographs of the girls and posted them in online advertisements offering commercial sex.  He rented hotel rooms that were used for encounters with individuals who responded to the advertisements.  Delaney at first took half of the money earned by his victims, but eventually he took all of it.

In July 2011, Delaney transported two minor females and a young woman from Michigan to a hotel in Tinley Park, Ill., to engage in prostitution at what Delaney believed was a bachelor party.  Delaney expected the victims to engage in sexual activity with up to 12 men for $150 to $300 per customer.  Unbeknownst to Delaney, the purported bachelor party was a ruse set up by federal law enforcement that had been investigating his sex trafficking crimes.  Delaney was arrested and has remained in custody ever since.

Some of Delaney’s victims testified at trial about their ordeals.  The adult victim testified that Delaney threatened her by holding a hot iron next to her face.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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