Monthly Archives: November 2017

Libya’s Slave Trade Is A Human Rights Issue. Here’s Why You Should Care.

By Charise Frazier

African migrants escaping war-torn countries in pursuit of a better life are now being sold in Libyan slave markets, according to a report by CNN.

The news comes as a troublesome CNN video report uncovered a group of African male migrants being sold as farm workers in a Tripoli market. Some of the migrants have been sold for as little as $400, CNN reports.

Human rights group have responded in outrage in the days following the report, calling on world leaders to intervene in Libya’s affairs. The nation has been without a leader since the 2011 outing of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who was later killed by NATO forces. On Tuesday, Libyan officials vowed to investigate the matter and urged the African Union to intervene.

The crisis is compounded by the influx of smugglers lawlessly operating in Libya. The country is a prime destination for migrants because of its location near the Mediterranean sea, easily accessible to southern Europe. Thousands of people have made the exodus from Nigeria, Eritrea, Guinea, Ivory Coast,, Gambia, Senegal, Sudan and Somalia.

“I abhor these appalling acts and call upon all competent authorities to investigate these activities without delay and to bring …read more

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Obama Re-emerges On Global Stage With Trip To Asia, France

By Josh Lederman, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is re-emerging on the global stage with a three-country tour that includes meetings with the leaders of China and India.

Obama’s office says he arrived in Shanghai on Tuesday to speak at a business conference. He’ll also address an education conference in Beijing before meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping. Then in India, Obama will speak at a leadership meeting in New

Delhi and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He’ll also hold a town hall meeting for young people hosted by his foundation.

Obama’s trip finishes in Paris, where he’ll speak at another conference and have private meetings.

The tour comes as President Donald Trump is courting the leaders of China and India, as he did during a visit to Beijing earlier this month.

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Former Conyers Staffer Accuses Him Of Inappropriate Touching

By Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former staffer to Rep. John Conyers says he made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and touched her inappropriately twice in the late 1990s, the Detroit News reported Tuesday, in the latest sexual misconduct allegations against the veteran lawmaker.

Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that there were three instances of inappropriate conduct.

Maher said the first instance of harassment happened shortly after Conyers hired her in 1997, during an event with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington.

“I didn’t have a room and he had me put in his hotel suite,” said Maher, adding that she rejected his offer to share his room at the Grand Hyatt in Washington and have sex.

The other incidents involved unwanted touching in a car in 1998 and unwanted touching of her legs under her dress in 1999, she said.

On Tuesday, a spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus said the group has no additional comments about the allegations against Conyers beyond a statement released last week that condemned the alleged behavior and called for an Ethics Committee investigation. The statement stopped short of suggesting that the lawmaker should step down …read more

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Rev. Al Sharpton Says Meek Mill Represents Victims Of Justice System

By By ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE, Associated Press

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Rev. Al Sharpton said a broken criminal justice system is responsible for Meek Mill’s imprisonment and called Monday for the judge who sentenced the rapper to reconsider or step aside.

Sharpton said he met with the 30-year-old musician in a Pennsylvania prison and told reporters outside the facility that Mill has become a symbol for the thousands of people who have been “victimized by abusive probationary and parole systems.”

“He’s representative of many people in institutions like this that do little or nothing, they’re violated and their lives, their businesses are ruined,” Sharpton said.

Mill was sentenced this month to two to four years in prison for violating probation on a roughly decade-old gun and drug case. The ruling came after both Mill’s probation officer and a prosecutor recommended that the Philadelphia-native not be jailed.

Before sentencing Mill, Common Pleas Judge Genece Brinkley said he wasted several chances to clean up his act after his original conviction. She cited a failed drug test, his failure to comply with a court order restricting his travel and two unrelated arrests before giving her ruling.

“You basically thumbed your nose at me,” she said.

The decision to imprison Mill has been …read more

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Pennsylvania Supreme Court Takes On Rap Lyrics Case

By By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court will decide whether a Pittsburgh man’s anti-police rap lyrics are protected free expression or amount to witness intimidation and making terroristic threats.

The state Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Tuesday in the case of Jamal Knox, who served state prison time for the song he recorded after being arrested on drug charges.

Knox was charged after an officer found the YouTube video, performed by Knox under the name Mayhem Mal of the Ghetto Superstar Committee.

The video taunts by name two officers involved in the drug arrest and mentions Richard Poplawski, who’s on death row for killing three Pittsburgh police officers in 2009.

Knox’s lawyer, Al Burke told CBS Pittsburgh in 2014 that Knox wasn’t trying to intimidate the officers and didn’t intend the video to be posted online.

“He had no intention of making this song, in the format that it was, in public. He had no intentions of bringing harm to the police, but certainly the lyrics reflect his attention to things that have happened in the community. In addition, the court was pointing out that there were other charges that Mr. Knox was convicted of and that that’s what the sentence was reflecting …read more

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Can Democrats Energize HBCU Students?

By Nigel Roberts

Students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities—a group that was once on the frontline in the war for voter equality during the Civil Rights Movement—are no longer easy, dependable votes for the Democratic Party, as their low turnout rate in 2016 illustrates, the Miami Herald reported.

“I don’t think there’s any fear of young Democrats leaving and joining the Republican Party. But what you do have to worry about is apathy when you’re taken for granted. Nobody wants to be taken for granted,” said Bakari Sellers of the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics.

Hundreds Of HBCU Students March To Polls For Early Voting

— Deborah Barros-Smith (@projrestoration) November 6, 2016

As with other segments of the African-American population, voter turnout declined sharply in 2016 after two presidential elections that included President Barack Obama. Voter participation from the estimated 300,000 HBCU students plummeted by nearly 11 percent from 2012 to 2016, a national survey from Tufts University found.

The apathy, Democrats fear, will continue for the 2018 midterm and the 2020 presidential election. Some experts predict that turnout among Black voters under age 35 could fall by …read more

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Remember African-American Organizations On #GivingTuesday

By Nigel Roberts

Black nonprofit organizations will be competing among a myriad of groups for generous donors on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 28. It’s a global day of charitable giving, after Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rearview mirror.

“We believe that Black philanthropy is in crisis,” the Give Black Foundation stated. “Though African Americans donate 25 percent more of their income than philanthropists of other races, traditional systems of giving within the Black community are breaking down.”

A joint W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy study, released in 2012, revealed that African Americans donate a larger share of their income to charities than any other group in the nation. Black churches have been the main recipients of the roughly $11 billion a year that about two-thirds of African-American households donate. Upward mobility, however, has enabled droves of Black families to move out of …read more

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Tennessee College Accused Of Profiling Black Students For Drug Tests

By Nigel Roberts

Two African-Americans students at Tennessee’s Trevecca Nazarene University are demanding an apology from school officials after they were allegedly singled out for suspicion of drug use, WSMV-TV reported.

“So they get called out, pulled out of bed after midnight, have to submit to a drug test, threatened with a judicial hearing and no apology. No looking into anyone else to see who else it could have been,” Terrence French, a mentor to one of the students, tweeted about the incident.

Just heard a story from one of my students that made me so angry! She is a student at @Trevecca here in Nashville. I also attended the university but now oversee a mentor program she is involved in. So today at our monthly meeting she tells me of another troubling event…

— Cirvant (@Cirvant) November 15, 2017

comes pulling on her leg waking her up telling her to wake up saying that she smells weed in the room. She then begins to go through her room and her closet looking for the “weed” she smelt. She is asking my student and her roommate. The only two BLACK females …read more

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Trump ‘Afraid And Awed’ By Black People

By Nigel Roberts

In analyzing President Donald Trump‘s ongoing feud with LaVar Ball, Trump’s ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, concluded that the president is in part “awed” and “frightened” by Black people, CNN reported.

“So first of all, his father (LaVar Ball) is a tall Black man, and I think Trump is half awed and half frightened by Black people and his only way of dealing with them is to attack them. On the other hand, I think he has a zero tolerance for any criticism of any kind, that’s why he goes after anybody who says virtually anything about him that’s negative,” Schwartz stated.

Art of the Deal Writer Tony Schwartz on LaVar Ball Feud: Trump’s ‘Frightened Of Black People’ (VIDEO)

— Mediaite (@Mediaite) November 23, 2017

Trump and Ball, the father of LiAngelo Ball, have been in a heated, some would say juvenile, feud over the president’s roll in helping to get LiAngelo Ball and two of his UCLA basketball teammates released from China. The three athletes were arrested in October for shoplifting high-end items from shops in China during their team’s visit for exhibition games. Ball seems …read more

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Justices Reject Appeal Over Mississippi Confederate Emblem

By Emily Wagster Pettus, Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from an African-American attorney who called the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag “an official endorsement of white supremacy.”

The justices did not comment as they ended a lawsuit by lawyer Carlos Moore that sought to have the flag declared an unconstitutional relic of slavery.

Mississippi has used the same flag since 1894. It is the last state banner featuring the Confederate symbol, a red field topped by a blue tilted cross dotted by 13 white stars. Critics say the symbol is racist. Supporters say it represents history.

Moore said Monday that he has received five death threats because of the lawsuit and three death threats because he removed the Mississippi flag from his courtroom after he became a Clarksdale city judge. He said he is disappointed but not surprised that justices chose not to consider the case.

“We always knew it was a long shot,” Moore told The Associated Press.

He said he believes the flag hurts the economy in Mississippi, a state with a 38 percent black population.

“We’re hopeful that one day the flag will come down,” Moore said. “It seems that the public sentiment continues to change, and …read more

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