October 15 - October 28, 2009


Feeling the Hate for Obama in Jerusalem - Video

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and blogger whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a senior writer for The Daily Beast and a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party, is in stores now. Order a copy here.

Watch Blumenthal's Video: Feeling the Hate for Obama




U.S. Navy Names Ship After Medgar Evers

At 12:40 a.m., June 12, 1963, White supremeist shot Civil Rights activist Medgar Evers in the back in the driveway of his home in Jackson. MS. The army veteran, who had survived fights in France and Germany during World War II, died less than an hour later at a hospital near his Jackson home.

Last week, the U.S. Navy announced that Medgar Evers is being built by General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego. As a combat logistics force ship, Medgar Evers will help the Navy maintain a worldwide forward presence by delivering ammunition, food, fuel, and other dry cargo to U.S. and allied ships at sea.

There is also a college name for Evers in New York City as well as the airport in Jackson. The Jackson-Evers International Airport features a short bio on Evers’ life on its site.



Afro-Mexican Film Festival - Washington

Director Rafael Rebollar Corona screens and discusses his films on the Afro-Mexican presence Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. To make reservations call 202-633-4640. The showing is free.

Friday 7p - La Raiz Olvidada (The Forgotten Root) - 50 minutes

Illuminates the Africans who escaped American enslavement and those who brought there by the enslavers.

Saturday 1p -La Tercera Raiz (The Third Root) and Africanias - 30 minutes each

The first focus on the daily life of some Afro-Mexicans and the second on traditional African-based traditions.

Spike to Produce Film

on the late MJ

Director Spike Lee is creating a short film on Michael Jackson's life that Lee will likely release in mid-October. Lee recently spent a day shooting scenes for the project at the Jackson family home, 2300 Jackson Blvd., Gary. "This ... is where it all happened! Right here -- 2300 Jackson Street ... the greatest entertainer in the world," Lee said during a brief break between filming.

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Click her for specific times and dates that the protective shots are available. Grubbs Pharmacy is on the corner of 4th and East Capital Streets. Free street parking available on all streets surrounding the store.


Inner Light Celebrates

New Church Home

Rev. CheeksWith their new church nearly packed, Inner Light Ministries celebrated their 8th church home. “We have been nomads,” preached Bishop Rainey Cheeks. “As in the Bible 8 is the number of prosperity,” continued Cheeks, whose sermonette, “Understanding the Radical Inclusiveness
of Jesus” appeared in a recent Port of Harlem print issue. Inner Light purchased the new property after finding that its former home on H Street, NE tripled in rental cost.

The celebration included the blessing of several babies including Ta’ Mar, the son of Russell Waters, who grew up in the church, and Janicquea Harold.



DC Poised to Legalize

Marriage Equality -

JOP Says No to Interracial Marriage

Washington, D.C. is poised to become the next jurisdiction to legalize same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, a justice of the peace (JOP) refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple.

After the expected passage of a law making same-sex marriage the law in D.C., Congress has 30 days to reject it or it will become law.   (The District is the only jurisdiction subject to such Congressional oversight.) The passage will leave New York as the last state/district headed by a Black person that does not recognize same sex marriage and it is expected to follow suit soon. (South Africa is the only majority- Black country where same-sex marriage is legal.)

According to USA Today, a JOP in Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana says that he is not racist but that he doesn’t “want to put children in a situation they didn’t bring upon themselves. I think the children will suffer,” says Keith Bardwell. The U.S. Supreme Court made laws that made interracial marriages illegal in 1967.

Meanwhile, the U.S. House passed a bill to expand the definition of hate crimes to include attacks based on sexual orientation and gender identity. If the bill passes the Senate, President Obama says he will sign it.

Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, who passed away this August, and Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, who is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, originally introduced legislation to expand hate-crimes protections in both chambers of Congress in 2001. House GOP minority leader John Boehner calls the bill “offensive.”


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