Sunday, January 31, 2016

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF POTOMAC: COLORISM AND CLASSISM



Did you watch ‘Real Housewives of Potomac‘ last night? Bravo TV is catching heat for tackling controversial colorism issues (light skin vs dark skin) on the eighth installment of the ‘Real Housewives‘ franchise.
The show focuses on six professional women who live and work in Potomac, Maryland.
Apparently biracial cast member Gizelle Bryant is being cast as this season’s antagonist and instigator on the show.
Bryant stirs the pot by spewing stereotypical racist cookery accompanied by her cartoonish depiction of black women.
“Gizelle is the only reason why most of us black folks are watching,” said blogger Attorneymom in a scathing video review on her Youtube.com channel.
“A lot of stuff she says is very condescending towards black women,” said Attorneymom. “I can not support this show. This show is sad.”

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Detention Staff Used Martial Arts On Teen Gynnya McMillen Hours Before Mystery Death

New details have been added in the case of Gynnya McMillen, a Kentucky teen in police custody who died with no cause earlier this month. On January 10, McMillen was booked for a domestic dispute and refused to take off her sweat shirt. According to WDRB, that’s when police used a Martial arts technique called Aikido to restrain her. Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for the Department of Juvenile Justice said “The youth’s repeated refusal to cooperate with staff and remove her outer garment prompted the restraint” and described the martial arts move as “immobilizing”.
The spokeswoman also said they approached Gynnya’s cell three separate times and she didn’t respond. Staff checked once to see if she wanted breakfast and twice to see if she wanted to accept a phone call all before 9 a.m., the day after she as booked. Finally staff members who were supposed to take her to her court appearance at 9:55 a.m. discovered the teen wasn’t breathing.
The details about using a martial arts restraint on the teen weren’t included in the investigation until after her family started a campaign for justice. SMH, we hope they get closure. (Source)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

AMERICA'S INSUFFICIENT FUNDS TO THE AMERICAN NEGRO




But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we've come to our nation's capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the "unalienable Rights" of "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked "insufficient funds."  
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. And so, we've come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice. (Source)

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

EMAIL MAY DERAIL CRIMINAL CHARGE AGAINST BILL COSBY

According to RadarOnline.com:
Back in 2005, a former Pennsylvania District Attorney  Bruce Castor allegedly made a verbal agreement with Dr. Bill Cosby that he would not face criminal charges for any revelations made in the course of deposition testimony given in relation to the civil lawsuit that Andrea Constand brought against him after their encounter. 
The Daily Mail reports that former D.A. Castor explained the deal to his successor, Risa Vetri Ferman via email, saying that his intent in making the agreement was to help Constand’s civil case by eliminating the possibility of Cosby invoking his Fifth Amendment Right Against Self-Incrimination during deposition testimony.
“I can see no possibility that Cosby’s deposition could be used in a state criminal case, because I would have to testify as to what happened, and the deposition would be subject to suppression,” the email read. “I cannot believe any state court judge would allow that deposition into evidence… Knowing this, unless you can make out a case without that deposition and without anything the deposition led you to, I think Cosby would have an action against the County and maybe even against you personally.” (Source)
This is a crucial development in the Cosby criminal case.  Cosby's attorneys will definitely move to dismiss his criminal charge in the near future.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

KENYA MOORE AND HER MAMA DRAMA

Photo from RealityWives.net
Last week's episode of Bravo's Real Housewives of Atlanta ended with sneak peak of next week's episode showing Kenya Moore walking towards the home of her estranged mother (who is allegedly pictured in the above photo) during a trip to her hometown of Detroit, Michigan.

Like many RHOA fans, I have always been curious as to what is the real reason for the estrange relationship between mother and beauty queen daughter.  

Well my Google search came across an article giving us a few more details about Moore's twist familiar relationship with her mother.


Patricia Moore and boyfriend Ronald Grant [who has made several appearances on RHOA] were both 16 when Patricia became pregnant. It was a stigma in the 70s for teenagers to be having children out of wedlock.  

Patricia wanted to put Kenya up for adoption, Kenya was then subsequently, sent to live with Patricia’s elder sister Lori who was in university at the time. Ronald wanted to keep the baby but had no means to look after her. Ronald asked his mother Doris Grant to raise Kenya, which she agreed. Kenya’s aunt Lori, even named her because she was “dark and beautiful”, like the country, Kenya. He mother didn’t want anything to do with the baby, once she gave birth. 

When Kenya Moore first won Miss USA in 1993, her mother called her to congratulate her:

“She said she just wanted to congratulate me. But I didn’t want to talk to her. I’m a very forgiving person. But I’ll only forgive her if she asks for my forgiveness,” Kenya recalls. “I can honestly say I don’t love her. I don’t even know her.”

Kenya even wrote a poem, “I Didn’t Ask to Be Your Mistake,” about her issues with her mother’s abandonment.

In 1993 Patricia claimed, “the door for communication has been and always will remain open”, she has not apologized as Kenya demands. Apparently there were problems before Kenya was born.

Patricia declines to discuss the details of the estrangement. “I’m a very private person. It doesn’t matter how dim Kenya portrays me, because I know exactly who I am.”

Kenya claims that when she saw her mother as a child at family gatherings, she tried unsuccessfully to make contact.
“She would treat me like I was invisible.”

Kenya decided when she was 12 to stop trying to communicate with her mother.

Sidebar:  It appears that Kenya made a lot of adult decisions at the age of 12.  We learned in last week's episode that she ran away from her father's Texas home to Detroit at the age of 12. Now we are learning that she also decided to cut off all communications with her birth mother.  Who were the adults in her life?  Why did allow her to call the shots at such a young age?  No wonder she is such a narcissist. I digress. 

“I decided never to let her hurt me again,” she explains. Her pain, she admits, turned to anger, most of which she directed at her grandmother. Though she lived for a few years with Patricia’s well-off family, Kenya was raised primarily by Doris, who lived with her husband, Virgil, and their five children in an impoverished neighborhood in west Detroit, Doris, caretaker of an elderly couple, scraped together money to buy a gown forKenya’s first pageant at 14. “I was bitter. I hurt her feelings, saying, ‘You’re not my mother.'”

Patricia Moore is a special education teacher in Detroit, Michigan and has been a teacher for almost 35 years. (Source)
Thumbs up to LipstickAlley for the information.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Former New York Prosecutor Explains Grand Jury Process In Tamir Rice Case

Photo from Popularresistance.org
Former Manhhattan Prosecutor turned Defense Attorney Ikiesha Al-Shabazz Whittaker took to Facebook to express her disappointment with an Ohio grand jury's failure to indict the two officers involved in the shooting death of 12-year old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.  

From Popularresistance.org

In her video posted on Facebook, Attorney Whittaker stated in part:


“I want to share it with you because my level of outrage and frustration is at an all-time high. I don’t want to be in this fucking country no more. I just want to fucking leave.” 
“The entire presentation is controlled, is orchestrated by the prosecutor. The evidence that goes in, the witnesses that go in, how the evidence is presented — the spin — prosecutors control the grand jury.”
[Attorney Whittaker] points to the lack of judicial oversight and the prosecutorial power that plays into the grand jury process, recalling the expression of former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals Sol Wachtler, who famously said that prosecutors can get grand juries to “indict a ham sandwich.” (SOURCE)
As an Attorney and Mom, I also share her sentiments and frustration about lack of transparency of the grand jury process and the lack of prosecution of police brutality cases by by both state and federal Prosecutors throughout America. Click here for my video rant.