Sunday, February 28, 2016

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY REBUKES MSNBC FOR WORKPLACE RACISM


No matter how educated, accomplished and intelligent we Black professionals are, we all get our n*gg* moment where our Caucasian bosses and colleagues let us know that our accomplishments mean nothing as a result of our skin complexions.

I had mine in 2009.  Like Harris-Perry, I was hurt and very very angry.  

In fact, it took about 3 years for me to process and release my anger resulting from being unfairly discriminated against.  

My discriminatory experience, along with a host of other life events, changed me forever.  It is safe to say that my racial rose colored glasses were knocked off my face, but my vision is much more clearer today.

This past week, the popular MSNBC Nerdland television host, whose rose colored glasses appeared to have been knocked off her face for awhile, sent an internal company email rebuking the network's managing executives for their racist and unfair treatment of her as a political journalist during this Presidential election season.

Jamil Smith, one of the original producers of Nerdland, posted a copy of Perry's email at her request:
Dearest Nerds,
As you know by now, my name appears on the weekend schedule for MSNBC programming from South Carolina this Saturday and Sunday. I appreciate that many of you responded to this development with relief and enthusiasm. To know that you have missed working with me even a fraction of how much I’ve missed working with all of you is deeply moving. However, as of this morning, I do not have any intention of hosting this weekend. Because this is a decision that affects all of you, I wanted to take a moment to explain my reasoning. 
Some unknown decision-maker, presumably Andy Lack or Phil Griffin, has added my name to this spreadsheet, but nothing has changed in the posture of the MSNBC leadership team toward me or toward our show. Putting me on air seems to be a decision being made solely to save face because there is a growing chorus of questions from our viewers about my notable absence from MSNBC coverage. Social media has noted the dramatic change in editorial tone and racial composition of MSNBC’s on-air coverage. In addition, Dylan Byers of CNN has made repeated inquiries with MSNBC’s leadership and with me about the show and what appears to be its cancellation. I have not responded to reporters or social media inquiries. However, I am not willing to appear on air in order to quell concerns about the disappearance of our show and our voice.
Here is the reality: our show was taken — without comment or discussion or notice — in the midst of an election season. After four years of building an audience, developing a brand, and developing trust with our viewers, we were effectively and utterly silenced. Now, MSNBC would like me to appear for four inconsequential hours to read news that they deem relevant without returning to our team any of the editorial control and authority that makes MHP Show distinctive.
The purpose of this decision seems to be to provide cover for MSNBC, not to provide voice for MHP Show. I will not be used as a tool for their purposes. I am not a token, mammy, or little brown bobble head. I am not owned by Lack, Griffin, or MSNBC. I love our show. I want it back. I have wept more tears than I can count and I find this deeply painful, but I don’t want back on air at any cost. I am only willing to return when that return happens under certain terms.
Undoubtedly, television nurtures the egos of those of us who find ourselves in front of bright lights and big cameras. I am sure ego is informing my own pain in this moment, but there is a level of professional decency, respect, and communication that has been denied this show for years. And the utter insulting absurdity of the past few weeks exceeds anything I can countenance.
I have stayed in the same hotels where MSNBC has been broadcasting in Iowa, in New Hampshire, and in South Carolina, yet I have been shut out from coverage. I have a PhD in political science and have taught American voting and elections at some of the nation’s top universities for nearly two decades, yet I have been deemed less worthy to weigh in than relative novices and certified liars. I have hosted a weekly program on this network for four years and contributed to election coverage on this network for nearly eight years, but no one on the third floor has even returned an email, called me, or initiated or responded to any communication of any kind from me for nearly a month. It is profoundly hurtful to realize that I work for people who find my considerable expertise and editorial judgment valueless to the coverage they are creating.
While MSNBC may believe that I am worthless, I know better. I know who I am. I know why MHP Show is unique and valuable. I will not sell short myself or this show. I am not hungry for empty airtime. I care only about substantive, meaningful, and autonomous work. When we can do that, I will return — not a moment earlier. I am deeply sorry for the ways that this decision makes life harder for all of you. You mean more to me than you can imagine. 
Yours always,
Melissa  
(Source)
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Dr. Boyce Watkins from YourBlackWorld.net and Yvette Carnell from BreakingBrown.com had some pretty harsh criticims for the former Nerdland host:



Tuesday, February 23, 2016

GOSPEL SINGER ISRAEL HOUGHTON ADMITS TO CHEATING ON HIS WIFE ON FACEBOOK


One of my favorite Gospel Singer Israel Houghton announced that he and his wife of 20 years, Melease Houghton, have divorced due to his infidelity.

In his Facebook post, Houghton writes:
It is with a collective heavy heart that we announce that after over 20 years of marriage and a long separation, Meleasa and I are officially divorced. Several years ago I failed and sinned in my marriage. Though this is new to many, it is not new to us as we have been working through this for over 5 years. Although we tried, the challenges in our relationship have proven too much to overcome. We have always handled our family and ministry with grace and generosity toward others, discretion, and privacy. So, for the sake of our amazing kids, we are also handling this privately with pastoral oversight and assistance. We choose to remain friendly and kind to each other going forward. I am in the process of restoration and I have repented for my actions. Although I am sincerely sorry, and forgiven, I soberly realize that I will live with the consequences of my failings for the rest of my life. As this has become a public matter I want to apologize to the many who have supported my ministry through the years. I'm sorry for the many who will be hurt to learn of my personal failure. I regret any pain or disappointment that this news may cause you. We thank you for your prayers and for allowing us to handle this privately with those who are set over us in this process. (Source)
I learned about Houghton's public confession from YouTube v-blogger and comedian KevOnStage, who questioned whether the Gospel Singer had to make such an announcement publicly on Facebook.  

Check out Kevin's video and leave your comments below.

Friday, February 19, 2016

INDIA KAGER'S MOM GINA BEST AND JERROLL SANDERS ADDRESS VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE


Gina Best mother of #IndiaKager
Posted by Tracye Prince DeSon on Friday, February 19, 2016

Saturday, February 6, 2016

DETROIT JUDGE VONDA EVANS EXPLAINS PROBLEMS POLICE SYSTEM AT COP'S SENTENCING

"ONLY YOU AND G-D CAN CHANGE YOUR CHARACTER." ~ Judge Vonda Evans


From Mlive.com
DETROIT, MI -- The tongue-lashing delivered this week by a Detroit judge to a fired cop convicted of assaulting a motorist [58-year-old Floyd Dent] has caught the Internet's attention.
Wayne Circuit Judge Vonda Evans spent nearly 20 minutes addressing ex-Inkster Police Officer William Melendez before sentencing him to between 13 months and 10 years in prison for the beating Floyd Dent in January 2015. He could be out as in 10 months with time served.
The police dash-cam showed Melendez pummeling and bloodying Dent with a flurry of punches. He'd committed a minor traffic violation and accused of possessing crack cocaine, although the charges were later dismissed the assistant prosecutor indicated the believe the cocaine was planted. 
Video of Evan's 20-minute scolding has been shared nationally on webistes like Yahoo! News, Jezebel and JetMag.com.
"He was grabbed out thrown to the ground and struck 16 times in the head by the defendant," Evans said. "Mr. Dent was struck, kicked and Tased while he was on the ground by a group" of officers who appeared to celebrate and bump fists afterwards.
She referenced a text message exchange found on the phone of Melendez's partner, and unpaid volunteer officer named John Zieleniewski. It was presented as evidence during trial. 
"At least give me the satisfaction of knowing you were out there beating up n*****s right now," read a text sent to Zieleniewski in 2015 that was read aloud during a hearing. "LOL," Zieleniewski responded months after the Dent arrest, apparently referring to someone else. "Just got done with one." (SOURCE)