Monthly Archives: June 2015

Obama Urges Reckoning with Racism’s ‘Uncomfortable Truths’

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Invoking scripture and song, President Barack Obama stood Friday before those grieving the deaths of nine black people slain in church and called on Americans to confront the “uncomfortable truths” of the racial prejudices that still infect American society.

Eulogizing the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Obama said it would be a betrayal of everything the pastor stood for “if we allowed ourselves to slip into a comfortable silence again once the eulogies have been delivered, once the TV cameras move on.”

He pleaded with Americans not “to go back to business as usual.”

Obama, in his 40-minute address, spoke movingly of all that Pinckney had done in his life, then confronted the hard questions raised by his death and the deaths of eight others slain by a white man.

He said it was time to remove the Confederate flag from American flagpoles, saying that action would “not be an insult to the valor of Confederate soldiers” but an acknowledgement that “the cause for which they fought, the cause of slavery, was wrong,” as were the imposition of Jim Crow laws after the Civil War and further resistance to civil rights efforts.

Removing the flag, he said, “would be one step …read more

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Why Century-Old Statues Could Inhibit New Orleans’ Next Century Of Entrepreneurship

By Rob Lalka

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Symbols Matter. Words Matter.

That’s what one local entrepreneur, Frank Scurlock, reminded us of when he paid for skywriting during Jazz Fest. New Orleanians looked heavenward to find clouds shaped as peace symbols, hearts, and uplifting words like “Coexist,” “Honor,” “Forgive,” and “Love.” Scurlock explained that the messages were meant to remind people about the importance of caring for others and inspiring goodness in a world of increasing violence. With Baltimore under a curfew as its citizens rioted, these messages couldn’t have come at a better time.

This week, on behalf of the city that once sold more slaves than anywhere else in America, Mayor Landrieu asked for forgiveness and then called on our community to come together to discuss removing New Orleans’ Confederate monuments. “Symbols should reflect who we really are as a people,” he said. “I think today is the day to start having the conversation about what we should put at Lee Circle for our 300th anniversary, because symbols really do matter.” After the mayor’s announcement, Welcome Table community leader Lloyd Dennis put it best: “Whatever we see is passed through to our souls and helps inform who we are and how we will be.”

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Thousands Expected for President Obama’s Tribute to Charleston Victims

By MEG KINNARD and JONATHAN DREW, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The first black president of the United States is coming to Charleston to eulogize the victims of a mass shooting at a historic African-American church — a tragedy that one civil rights activist said was a sign of “how far yet” the nation has to go to put racial tensions behind it.

Thousands of mourners were expected to gather Friday to hear President Barack Obama pay tribute to the pastor and eight parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The nine were slain at the church during a Bible study session last week in what authorities are investigating as a racially motivated attack.

Friday’s service for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, promised to be another wrenching but cathartic occasion for the community to say goodbye to the victims.

Police planned to close several streets around the college arena in downtown Charleston, and said they expect anyone who wants one of the more than 5,000 seats to be there by 9 a.m. The funeral was scheduled to start two hours after.

The first two funerals, for Ethel Lance and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, were held Thursday, with tight security and emotional responses to the eulogies …read more

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‘Golden Voice’ Ted Williams Enters 2016 Presidential Race

By EURWeb

Ted Williams is looking to go from no house to the White House.

The former homeless man from Ohio became famous overnight after he appeared in a video by The Columbus Dispatch panhandling on a highway ramp with a sign advertising his golden voice. The video’s millions of views led to national television appearances and earned Williams numerous voice-over jobs.

And now, he’s running for President of the United States as an independent, according to The AP.

Williams made the announcement this week on Scott Spears’ “Now” radio program on WWGH-FM in Marion, Ohio.

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Williams says he hasn’t established a campaign staff and won’t elaborate on fundraising efforts. He says he plans to focus on fair housing, veterans’ issues, jobs and improving schools.

He says he’s recently been appearing at corporate events and public speaking engagements.

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New Orleans Scandal Involves Judge, Prominent Lawyer And Businesswoman Facing Federal Charges

By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

A scandal in New Orleans has the city riveted as a prominent lawyer, his wife, a Federal judge and a businesswoman who is head of the one of the city’s popular Black Mardi Gras organization and facing federal charges, are involved in what looks like a love triangle.

Lisa Crinel, a New Orleans businesswoman is suing her former lover, Clarence Roby, who is married to the Federal judge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Karen Wells Roby who signed off on federal search warrants for Crinel, who was represented by Roby in a case alleging that she stole $30 million from Medicare through her business, Abide Home Health Services.

NOLA.com reports:

Crinel’s lawsuit restates facts that Crinel’s current lawyers have used to try and suppress evidence obtained in a March 2014 search of the headquarters of her Abide Home Health Services in eastern New Orleans.

Crinel and Roby carried on “an intimate, romantic relationship” for about 12 months, starting in September 2013, according to her lawsuit. In January, she also hired him to serve as her lawyer as she negotiated the purchase of another business.

On March 24, 2014, the couple were together at Crinel’s house “until late in the evening as their romantic relationship continued,” the …read more

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MLB Player Darryl Hamilton’s Girlfriend Had Previous Conviction For Arson

By Tonya Pendleton, BlackAmericaWeb.com

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In a sad story reported earlier this week, former Major League Baseball player Darryl Hamilton, 50, who was an on-air personality for the MLB Network, was shot and killed by his girlfriend Monica Jordan (pictured) in her Houston home. She then turned the gun on herself.

Their 13-month-old son was at the scene but was unharmed. A University of Houston Law School graduate who had worked for both Merrill Lynch and Enron. According The New York Daily News, Hamilton did not live in the home and had broken it off with Jordan months before. The two had amicably worked out a custody arrangement for their child in court just two days before.

Both had two other children apiece by previous spouses.

While there has not yet been a motive revealed in the murder/suicide, it has been uncovered that Jordan had faced some serious charges related to relationship issues in the past.

Blacklegalissues.com reports:

The Pearland woman who police said shot and killed former Major League Baseball player and MLB Network analyst Darryl Hamilton before killing herself had burned down a Brazoria County house in a case in which she believed her then-husband was cheating on her, officials said.

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The Latest: Mourners Gather For 2nd Church Shooting Funeral

By Associated Press

1:15 p.m.

Hundreds of mourners are filing past the casket of Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, the second Charleston church shooting victim to be laid to rest.

Those attending at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church were screened by officers who searched each bag at the door. Police officers were posted on the road and at various entry points around the large church complex along one of the major thoroughfares in North Charleston.

Coleman-Singleton, 45, was a track coach at Goose Creek High School and a minister at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church. She and eight others were shot to death June 17 while attending a Bible study at the church.

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11:40 a.m.

College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell, a former South Carolina senator and Civil War buff, says he supports removing the Confederate battle flag from Statehouse grounds.

But he doesn’t want people to go after Confederate monuments, cemeteries, historic street and building names.

McConnell, as the state Senate’s former leader, was instrumental in forging the 2000 compromise that took the flag off the Statehouse dome and put a square version at the Confederate Soldiers Monument out front.

McConnell hoped to avoid commenting until after the funerals of his former colleague, Sen. Clementa Pinckney, and the “eight other Christian martyrs killed …read more

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Firefighter Accused of Reporting Fake Fire to Earn Paycheck

By Associated Press

SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio auxiliary firefighter reported a fake fire so he could head to the scene and earn a paycheck, but a different department was dispatched instead and he is now facing charges.

Twenty-seven-year old Dean Evans, of Lorain, is charged with inducing panic and making false alarms.

Lorain County sheriff’s deputies tell The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria that Evans said he made the fake report in April so he could respond and earn $500. But the South Amherst Fire Department where Evans worked wasn’t one of the two departments dispatched to the scene.

Police reports say investigators traced the 911 call to a number that Evans had listed on his auxiliary firefighter application.

Evans pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Court records show no attorney for him.

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Church Resumes Bible Study as Slain Pastor’s Body Returned

By JESSE J. HOLLAND, Associated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — The site of a massacre a week ago, the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is being reclaimed by parishioners who are pledging to remember the loved ones they lost in a shooting rampage while carrying on the work of the beloved pastor who was slain beside them.

Only hours before the body of state senator and pastor Clementa Pinckney was to be returned to the historic black church one last time for his wake, members of his flock and non-church members alike packed into the church’s basement to attend Wednesday night Bible study. It was the very same thing that was taking place a week ago before Pinckney and eight parishioners were gunned down in what authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

“Because of our faith, we’ve shown up once more again to declare that Jesus lives and because he lives, we can face tomorrow,” interim pastor Norvel Goff told a multiracial crowd that swayed, clapped and sang in the same room where the shooting occurred. Among the worshippers were several family members of one of the victims, Myra Thompson.

“It is a powerful testimony that they are able to come,” Goff said of Thompson’s relatives, who were …read more

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