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James Baldwin, who went to Paris in 1948 with $100 and a duffel bag for his belongings to become a writer, was born on this day in Harlem
Poll delivers early birthday gift
President Barack Obama, the nation’s 44th President and the first African American to hold the office, celebrates his 51st birthday Aug. 4, with some good news to help him blow out the candles.
The president is leading in the swing states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to a poll by Quinnipac, CBS News, and The New York Times.
President Obama leads Mitt Romney, his presumed Republican opponent, in Ohio and in Florida by six points. He has a double-digit lead over Romney in Pennsylvania, according to the polls (see stories in this issue about voting rights in Pennsylvania).
President Obama was born Aug. 4, 1951, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Black Entertainment Television host T. J. Holmes tweeted on Monday that he was angry that two Georgia sheriff’s deputies pulled him over for no reason a mile from his home in the Atlanta suburbs.
“I’m still pissed beyond words right now, but Lord knows I’m not the only one this happened to today,” Holmes tweeted on
Payroll-check processor Automatic Data Processing (ADP) announced on Wednesday that the nation's nonfarm private businesses added 163,000 jobs in July, compared with 172,000 jobs in June.
Employment in the private, service-providing sector expanded by 148,000 jobs in July after increasing by 151,000 jobs in June. The private, goods-producing sector added 15,000 jobs in July, and manufacturing employment rose by 6,000 jobs in July.
Employment in the construction industry rose by 5,000 jobs, the second-consecutive monthly increase. The financial-services sector added 9,000 jobs in June, marking the 12th consecutive monthly gain.
by Frederick H. Lowe
Plaintiffs are seeking a preliminary injunction to block Pennsylvania from implementing one of the nation’s most-restrictive voting laws. Pennsylvania is an important swing state with 20 electoral votes in November’s presidential election.
Elected Republican Official said the Stricter Rules Would Deliver the State to Romney
(World News Service) -- In an effort to determine whether Pennsylvania’s new voter-identification law discriminates against non-whites, the U.S. Department of Justice has launched an investigation requiring the state to hand over information on individual voters by late August.
In a letter sent July 23 to Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, the Justice Department said it needs the
(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Nigeria’s Supreme Court has ruled against one of the most powerful industries in Russia, promising what could be a very nasty fight.
Moscow-based Rusal, the world’s biggest aluminum producer, claims to have bought the former state-owned Alscon aluminum-processing
(TriceEdneyWire.com) –Ghana’s President John Evans Atta Mills died of throat cancer despite repeated visits to the United States to consult with specialists who were unable to prevent the spread of the disease.
President Mills apparently realized the finality of his condition,
– Israel is deporting African refugees from the Ivory Coast as
anti-immigrant fever sweeps the Middle East country that once welcomed
asylum seekers fleeing wars abroad.
June 7, a Jerusalem court overturned a long-standing policy, ruling
that Ivory Coast citizens were no
By Frederick H. Lowe
the wake of Trayvon Martin's shooting death by Florida neighborhood
watch captain George Zimmerman, the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, a
human-rights organization for Afrikans based in Washington, D.C.,
published a report that revealed that police, security guards and
self-appointed law enforcers killed 110 black men and women from Jan,
1, 2012 to June 30, 2012. One hundred and five of the murder victims
were men. Five were women.
40 hours another black woman, man, child is killed by police or
security guards and self-appointed law enforcers," the report said.
study, which is titled "Report on the Extrajudicial Killings of 110
Black People," noted that the killings are not accidental, the result of
random acts of violence or the work of rogue cops.
organization defines extrajudicial killings in which the killers act
with impunity and are often rewarded and promoted for murder," the
lists 24 states and the District of Columbia as locations where African
Americans have been killed in extrajudicial shootings by police. New
York, Texas and Florida reported the highest numbers of shooting deaths
of black people with 11 each.
use of deadly force against black people is standard practice in the
United States and woven into the very into the very fabric of the
society," the report says. "Nowhere is a black man or woman safe from
racial profiling, invasive policing, constant surveillance and
overriding suspicion. All black people --- regardless of education,
class, occupation, behavior or dress --- are subject to the whims of the
police whose institutionalized racist policies and procedures require
them to arbitrarily stop, frisk, arrest, brutalize and even execute
22-page report names each individual who was either shot and killed by
the police, a security guard, or a self-appointed law enforcer during
the six months covered in the report. Organization officials studied
each of the 110 deaths, including inconsistent police claims and
witnesses' reports that contradict police reports.
report notes whether the victim was armed or unarmed and describes the
circumstances surrounding the person's death. In addition, the report
discusses whether police, security guards or self-appointed law
enforcers eventually were held responsible for the shootings. In most
cases, nothing happened.
one case, Canard Arnold, a 17-year-old Atlanta teenager, was shot in
the back and killed by Christopher Hambrick, a white security guard, on
January 1. Hambrick said he felt threatened because Arnold had been
involved in a gunfight, but several witnesses said the unarmed Arnold
was running away. Despite pleas by family members to have the security
guard arrested, police ruled the shooting as justified.
In other cases, the shooting was so questionable that it led people unrelated to the deceased individual to get involved.
Manuel Loggins, Jr., a 31-year-old former Marine Sergeant, was shot to death by an Orange County,
Calif., deputy sheriff in San Clemente, Calif., as Loggins' two
daughters, 9 and 4, waited for their father inside the family SUV.
the deputy said he feared for his safety, but he later said he feared
for the girls' safety. The shooting, which occurred Feb. 10, 2012,
angered the Marine Corps Commander at Camp Pendleton, who defended
Loggins. The former mayor of San Clemente raised funds for Loggins'
family. Loggins' widow filed a wrongful death suit in federal court and
accused the sheriff's department of false arrest and imprisonment
because deputies detained the two girls for 13 hours in isolation
following their father's murder. As of June 29, the district attorney
office had not completed its investigation.
shootings involving mentally ill black children are also common, the
report found. On Feb. 2, 2012, Calumet City, Ill., police shot and
killed Stephon Watts, a 15-year-old boy who suffered from Asperger's
syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. Stephon's family had called
the police because he was upset, and they were unable to calm him down.
said they shot and killed Stephon when he lunged at them with a knife.
The teenager's mother said he had a harmless pen knife. The Cook County,
Ill., States Attorney refused to charge the cops. The family, however,
sued for damages alleging a wrongful death.
In many cases, the news media quickly accept and publish the justification given by police for deadly shootings of black men.
police shot and killed Rudy Eugene, allegedly for eating the face of
Ronald Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man. The news media reported on
May 26, 2012, that the 31-year-old Eugene was high on the drug "bath
salts" when he attacked Poppo. Police shot Eugene four times, killing
him. Newspaper, television and radio reports called Eugene a 'cannibal.'
autopsy did not find human flesh in Eugene's digestive system, and a
toxicology report did not find "bath salts" or other drugs in his
report notes that mainstream media and the police often march in
lockstep when it comes to reporting negative stories about black men.
all of the mainstream media join in a chorus that sings praises of the
police and read the same script that denounces the alleged 'thuggery' of
the deceased," the report said. "Lurid headlines about cannibalism fuel
demonization of black men."
the majority of shooting deaths that appear, on the surface at least,
to be racially motivated, one involved a black security guard shooting
to death a guest of a Birmingham, Ala., motel during an argument. The
guard, Pierre Myles, 24, is charged with murder in the May 25, 2012
shooting death of 27-year-old David Winston, who was unarmed.
the majority of black shooting deaths, Trayvon Martin was not afforded a
small amount of local news coverage, buried and forgotten.
percent of the black people who were executed in the first half of 2012
seem to have been totally forgotten," the report found. "A careful
internet search could not find their names after an initial flurry of
news about their killings."
shot and killed an unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.
After a worldwide outcry, pushed through social media, Florida
prosecutors charged Zimmerman with second-degree murder 44 days after
The report notes the following statistics of blacks murdered in extrajudicial shootings:
Jesse Jackson, Jr., was admitted to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester,
Minn., where is he is being treated for depression and gastronintestinal
problems, a clinic spokesperson said on Saturday.
information about Jackson, a Democrat who represents Illinois' second
congressional district, will be released when his evaluation proceeds,
the spokesperson added.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., father of the Congressman, said on Saturday there is no timetable for his son's recovery.
took a leave of absence on June 10, but his congressional office did
not disclose it until two weeks later. Under mounting pressure for information, his
office said he was being treated for a mood disorder at a Tucson, Ariz.,
treatment for a gastrointestinal problems adds to the mystery regarding
Jackson's physical and mental health problems. In 2004, Jackson went
under the knife to undergo a weight-loss procedure that involved
removing part of his stomach and rearranging his intestine.
Chicago Sun-Times reported in Sunday's editions that the duodenal
bypass surgery involves the removal of 70 percent of the stomach. The
surgery immediately cures type II diabetes, but patients must take
large amounts of vitamins and mineral supplements following the surgery.
The procedure is not reversible because physicians have removed part of
The surgical procedure can cause long-term difficulties, including a disruption of the body's ability to absorb nutrients.
Clinic officials also reported that Jackson and his family were
grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers they have received
throughout his care.
is up for re-election in November. Unless something even more dramatic
occurs, he is expected to be a shoe-in because his district is heavily
The Mayo Clinic is considered a worldwide leader in medical care, research and education.
Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, who has been accused by a co-worker of having a lesbian tryst in her office with an aide, has apologized for the making anti-gay comments when asked about the alleged incident.
President Barack Obama last week signed an Executive Order to improve the academic performance and opportunities for African-American students.
The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science a $5.6 million grant over five years to study novel approaches to treating breast and lung cancer --- two of the leading causes of cancer deaths among African Americans.
The funds will also support the establishment of sustainable organizations through university and community partnerships to reduce health disparities in African-American communities and to train more health-care professionals from neighborhoods that suffer from health disparities.
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities approved the grant, which was announced on Wednesday, July 25.
The grant, which is titled, “Center for Excellence for Cancer Research, Training and Community Service,” was awarded to Dr. Karam Soliman, distinguished professor of basic pharmaceutical sciences at FAMU, which is based in Tallahassee.
In addition, NIH awarded FAMU approximately $1.5 million over five years for the indirect costs of administering the grant.
“I want to thank Dr. Karam Soliman and his research team for securing this grant,” said Dr. Larry Robinson, Florida A&M’s interim president. “This research initiative provides the opportunity to faculty and students to apply their expertise to address health issues that impact citizens in Florida and throughout the nation. It does this by working directly with members of the communities disportionately impacted by breast and lung cancer.”
The American Cancer Society recently reported that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among black men and women and that breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among black women.
The funding will help FAMU work to mitigate cancer in our communities, said Dr. Ken Redda, acting vice president for research and professor of medicinal chemistry at FAMU.
The award will enable Florida A&M to support Ph.D. students’ independent research on populations suffering from large health disparities. In addition, the funds will support forming partnerships with community-based organizations that are concerned with fighting cancer.
The grant will also:
• Support Innovative research to promote minority health and eliminate health disparities;
• Increase the number of individuals from minority and other health-disparity populations engaged in research activities;
• Build research infrastructure and capacity;
• Increase the number of well-trained researchers from health-disparity populations;
• Engage minority and other health-disparity communities in sustainable activities for improving the health of their communities by increasing health literacy and knowledge of health disparities.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi will meet on Friday, Aug. 3, with Anthony Browder and Dr. Elena Pischikova, who have been excavating the 25th dynasty of Karakhamun since 2008.
the celebrity news website and television program, is reporting that
actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., is wanted by New Orleans police.
to TMZ, Gooding, who is in the Big Easy making a film, shoved a
bartender at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street early
By Julianne Malveaux
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - The national support for the victims of the Aurora, Colo., shootings is great. However, if we believe in the equivalency of life, what about the lives of young men in Chicago, where there have been more deaths than in Afghanistan s
By Jesse Jackson
(TriceEdneyWire.com) - Aug. 6 marks the 47th anniversary of the signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Passed by large majorities of both Democrats and Republicans, the act reflected the overwhelming consensus in America that had been finally forged on Alabama’s Edmund Pettus Bridge during the civil-rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
August 2 through August 8
1924 ------ James Baldwin, who flew to Paris in 1948 with $100 and a duffel bag for his belongings to become a writer, was born on this day in Harlem.Read more