CASH IN THE APPLE – 1-30-2014
By Cash Michaels
PREMIERE FOR “PARDONS OF INNOCENCE” - Saturday morning, Feb. 15, 2014, at the Burney Center on the campus of UNC – Wilmington, tentatively scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Admission free to the public. That’s what you need to know to attend the world premiere of the NNPA – CashWorks HD Productions documentary presentation of “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten.”
More information as it comes.
SAN JUAN – I must say that if the people I met last week during my trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico are any indication, that is a lovely place to live and work. I flew there, at the invitation of the National Newspaper Publishers Association to screen a preview first draft of “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten.”
The screening was scheduled for 8:30 p.m. on the evening of January 23rd, which concerned me because it was the last event at the end of long day. And yet, despite the fact that the draft ran two hours, not a person left during the screening.
In fact, when it was over, the dinner audience of black publishers from around the country stood and gave the film a hearty, prolonged round of applause.
George Curry, the executive editor-in-chief of the NNPA, was the first to come over and congratulate me. That meant a lot coming from a veteran journalist like him.
So see for yourself on Feb. 15th in Wilmington.
SHARK TANK – It’s weird what they show you for an in-cabin movie or show on a flight. But one of the shows they displayed on way back from San Juan is the ABC-TV reality program, “Shark Tank,” where entrepreneurs go before a power panel of successful businesspeople, and pitch their ideas for a great business, in return for anywhere from $50,000 to $200,000 in investment money, which buys the investor a certain percentage of the business, and profits.
The show is produced by Mark Burnett of “Survivor” fame, and from what I saw of it, it’s pretty good. Indeed, the show is shown all over the world, and reruns on CNBC cable to high ratings.
Gee, for once, television does something right. Imagine that.
GOVERNOR PULLS FOR BRONCOS – I understand that Gov. Pat McCrory is pulling for the Denver Broncos, primarily because their coach John Fox spent nine years as coach of the Carolina Panthers when McCrory was mayor of Charlotte.
So I got that.
But the quarterback of the opposing Seattle Seahawks is Russell Wilson, a former NC State quarterback who was forced to leave for Wisconsin because the Wolfpack football coach then (he’s a former now) decided Wilson was either going to play for him, or play college baseball, but not both.
Wilson decided he was the master of his own universe, not Coach what’s-his-name.
And that’s why, despite the fact the Bronco QB Peyton Manning is perhaps one of the greatest quarterbacks ever to lace up for a game, I’m pulling for Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks. If a young, talented QB like Wilson were to beat Manning and the Broncos, THAT would be news, indeed.
So I’m pulling for the underdog…Russ and the Seahawks, against Gov. McCrory and the Broncos.
Let’s see who’s lucky Sunday night.
GRAMMY MESS – Looks like when it comes to the last frontier of traditional respect, black music artists have lost significant ground.
The Grammy Awards last Sunday weren’t very inspiring as to where tomorrow’s next generation of black music phenoms are coming from. No less than one of our finest singers, India Arie, had something to say about this on her blog:
Though it’s called “Music industries biggest night” the #Grammys are NOT about the music, it’s a popularity contest. The voting process allows people, to vote on name recognition alone - the music industry politics is a whole NUTHER conversation. Too much to go into here.
If the hip hop community voted on hip hop - r&b COMMUNITY the same - same for each category - we’d see winners that reflect the MUSIC ITSELF. We all know that’s just not the way it goes.
NOW the BIGGER losers, are ALL of black music. Where was the black music community represented in last nights #Grammy show? Performers and Winners (or not) … Where were the black artists?
And this isn’t the first time the #Grammy’s has had a show all but excluding young black America and black artists in general, although we set the worlds musical trends. Why NOT televise the lifetime achievement awards of the Isley Brothers? SURELY they deserved to be on televised stage LAST NIGHT! While other artists were on stage TWICE?
The truth is in a perfect world diversity would matter, and respect would be rampant, but the TRUTH is, The #Grammys is a television show, and in THAT world ratings reign supreme. So, in general, bigger names take the stage, and sadly the biggest names often times ARE BIGGER drawn along racial lines from the release of an album. i.e. marketing dollars, and just general support. It’s unfortunate.
Yes it is.
Given the mess with Robin Thicke allegedly stealing parts of legend Marvin Gaye’s music to make super hits for himself, black music today is in bad shape, and in deep trouble.
Make sure you tune in every Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. for my talk radio show, ''Make It Happen'' on Power 750 WAUG-AM, or online at www.myWAUG.com. And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (http://thecashroc.blogspot.com/2011/01/cash-roc-begins.html). I promise it will be interesting.
Cash in the Apple - honored as the Best Column Writing of 2006 by the National Newspaper Publishers Association. Columnist Cash Michaels was also honored by the NNPA for Best Feature Story Journalist of 2009, and was the recipient of the Raleigh-Apex NAACP’s President’s Award for Media Excellence in Sept. 2011.
And coming on February 15, 2014, the NNPA-CashWorks HD Productions documentary presentation of, “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten.”
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.
TRIANGLE NEWS BRIEFS FOR 1-27-2014
WAKE SCHOOLS INCLEMENT WEATHER MAKEUP DAYS
Makeup days for the inclement weather day Tuesday, January 28 are:
- Traditional and Modified – calendar schools – Monday, February 17
- Leadership Academies/Early Colleges – Thursday, May 29
- Multi-Track Year-Round (Tracks 1, 2 & 4) – Saturday, February 1
- Single – Track Year-Round Schools – Saturday, February 1
Please note: The make-up day for year-round schools is this Saturday. For make-up days scheduled on Saturdays, bus pick-up times will follow the regular weekday schedule. The instructional day will be 3.5 hours. Breakfast and lunch will NOT be served, but students may bring snacks to school. There will be no recess or clubs—all time will be used on core instruction. For more information, please go to http://www.wcpss.net.
DURHAM D.A. LOOKING INTO TIP IN JESUS HUERTA SUICIDE
Apparently the alleged suicide of Jesus Huerta is not closed. After saying that there will be no criminal charges in the shooting death of the 17-year-old teenager, who allegedly shot himself in the head while handcuffed in the backseat of a Durham police vehicle Nov. 19th, the Durham District Attorney’s Office has now decided to follow-up on a tip about the case, and has reopened the investigation. Huerta’s family, who has also called for a civil rights investigation into the matter, provided the tip. "We have agreed to look into the material to the extent that it is reasonable and productive and has a probability of relating to a crime," the Durham D.A.’s office said in a statement. Officials say the arresting officer apparently missed the gun on Huerta during a routine frisk before he was handcuffed.
RHA BOARD ELIMINATES PERK FOR DIRECTOR BEAM
The board of the Raleigh Housing Authority has ratified a new contract for director Steve Beam which does away with compensatory time for prolonged work days. Published reports revealed that Beam was taking eleven weeks paid leave annually, much of which he used to pursue his love of magic. Instead, Beam will get days off for “administrative time” taken traveling on business trips, approved by the board, during the weekend. Board members are appointed by Raleigh’s mayor. The RHA is a federally-funded agency.
STATE NEWS BRIEFS FOR 1-30-2014
STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE CONTINUES TO DROP
[RALEIGH] With employers adding 10,600 new jobs in December, North Carolina’s jobless rate continued to drop in December to 6.9 percent, according to the NC Dept. of Commerce, from 7.4 in November. Though Gov. McCrory issued a statement called the dip “great news,” analysts at the NC Justice Center say, “this is due almost entirely to a historic collapse in the state’s labor force, not to genuine gains in employment.” With the labor force shrinking by 110,930 workers over the past year – 2.5 percent – the Justice Center says, whenever the labor force goes down, so will the unemployment rate, meaning that thousands have just dropped out of looking for jobs.
SECOND GRAND JURY INDICTS CHARLOTTE POLICE OFFICER WHO KILLED UNARMED MAN
[CHARLOTTE] Over the protests of attorneys for Charlotte Police Officer Randall Kerrick, a second grand jury has indicted Kerrick on a charge of voluntary manslaughter in the September 2013 slaying of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed former Florida A&M University football player who had wrecked his car in the early morning hours, and was seeking help. The first grand jury, with just 12 of 18 members, refused to indict the officer. A judge had to rule to allow the second grand jury to again hear the case, saying there was nothing in state law that prevented it. The charge carries a prison sentence up to 11 years. Ferrell’s family has also filed a lawsuit against the Charlotte Police Dept. and Officer Kerrick.
FEDERAL FOOD STAMP FUNDING WILL CEASE IN MARCH IF NC DOESN’T CLEAR WAITING LIST, WARNS USDA
[RALEIGH] If North Carolina doesn’t clear its food stamp waiting list in the next two weeks, the US Dept. of Agriculture will cut off $88 million federal funding by March 12th, warned the federal agency in a Jan. 23rd letter to the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services. Feb. 10th is the deadline date for NCDHHS to show improvement. In its letter, USDA stated that it is, “…alarmed by the persistent problems despite our extensive technical assistance and repeated communications concerning the severity of the situation. Citizens of North Carolina that need help putting food on the table are not receiving the basic level of responsiveness and quality of service that they deserve from their government.” DHHS says it is working to clear up the matter.
NC NAACP LIST DEMANDS
TOWARDS FEB. 8 MORAL MARCH
Special to The Carolinian Newspaper
Editor’s Note – The NCNAACP and the Forward Together Movement present the “Moral March on Raleigh – Historic Thousands on Jones Street Rally and People’s Assembly” Saturday, Feb. 8th. Participants are to meet that morning at 9:30 a.m. on South Street in front of Shaw University, to march through downtown Raleigh to the Legislative Building on Jones Street at 10:30 a.m. for the rally.
RALEIGH - Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II opened the NC NAACP's annual winter conference on Jan. 25 by declaring that its members were prepared to oppose any attempt by government officials to deny an equal voice and fair representation to the people of North Carolina - whether that involves tens of thousands of feet marching in protest through Raleigh on Feb. 8 or legal challenges in the courts.
"We are continuously witnessing last-ditch efforts by those who are in power to block the will of the people," Dr. Barber said. "The North Carolina NAACP, the people of North Carolina, say today that we will never stand by as justice is delayed. Because justice delayed is justice denied."
In the weeks ahead, the NC NAACP will push for expedient and meaningful action to fill the open U.S. district court judgeship in Eastern North Carolina, to move forward the special election to select a new representative for the 12th Congressional district, and to stop the state from delaying the NC NAACP's legal challenge to the voter suppression law passed last summer. On Jan. 24, the state conference's Executive Committee overwhelmingly voted to prioritize these issues.
On Jan. 25, at a press conference held at the Abundant Life Church of God in Christ & Life Center in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Barber publicly announced five critical initiatives aimed at combating the denial of justice in North Carolina:
1. Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has continuously denied attempts to hold a vote on the candidacy of judicial nominee Ms. Jennifer May-Parker for the open U.S. District Court seat in Eastern North Carolina.
President Barack Obama nominated Ms. May-Parker, a well-respected U.S. attorney and an African American, in June for the longest-running judicial opening; the seat has now been vacant for seven years. If approved by Congress, Ms. May-Parker would be the first African American to hold the position in state history.
"The federal court in the eastern district looks like the Civil Rights Movement never happened," Dr. Barber said. "The courts are needed more and more as legislators push continually to violate our constitutional rights. Sen. Burr...stop denying the people of eastern North Carolina their right to have [Ms. May-Parker's candidacy] voted on and their right to integrate the courts, something that should have been done 200 years ago."
The NC NAACP is not demanding that Sen. Burr vote for Ms. May-Parker, merely that he stop his silent veto and allow her candidacy to move forward for a full Congressional vote.
2. The 12th congressional district seat is also vacant and will have remained vacant for over 300 days if Gov. Pat McCrory is able to delay the special election until Nov. 4, 2014.
The average length of time that congressional seats go unfilled nationwide is 127 days. If Gov. McCrory gets his way, residents of the 12th congressional district will not have a voice in the U.S. Congress for more than 300 days. That is nearly a year without democratic representation for 700,000 North Carolinians, for Democrats and Republicans and independents alike.
"We are in the middle of some of the most critical [pieces of legislation like] the farm bill and the Voting Rights Act, and the 12th district will not have a representative at the debate," Dr. Barber said. "This is a travesty of justice."
Last night, the Executive Committee voted to instruct the NC NAACP attorneys to begin drawing together a legal challenge if Gov. McCrory does not change his position.
3. And statewide, the NC NAACP is pushing forward with its challenge to the voter suppression bill passed by the Far-Right extremists in the General Assembly in 2013-a law that has been described as the worst in the nation and stands as the most significant rollback of voter protections since Jim Crow.
The state continues to delay the court proceedings by denying the release of crucial evidence to NC NAACP lawyers during the discovery proceedings, but Dr. Barber stressed that the organization's resolve would not be shaken. Yesterday, the NC NAACP's lawyers filed a motion to compel the state to provide documents, many of which are readily available, from the General Assembly's consideration of the voter suppression law.
According to the state's lawyers, they can't produce anything before the law was passed, anything from the debates on the passage of the law, or anything after the bill was signed.
"We say to the Governor, the people deserve to see why the legislature made this decision to roll back voting rights in our state-many rights that our citizens have already used," Dr. Barber said. "What was done in the darkness will be brought to light."
4. As a lead up to the Moral Mass March in Raleigh on Feb. 8, the Forward Together Movement will host the Moral Mondays' Costs and Loss Policy Briefing where scholars, economists, business people and policy experts will explain how the laws and regulations pushed by Gov. McCrory and the General Assembly leadership have cost the average North Carolinian morally, economically, socially, politically, physically.
This briefing will challenge the governor's and his allies' framing of the past year as a "Carolina comeback" by pointing out empirically the costs and losses of these extremist policies that have instead fostered a "Carolina set-back and catastrophe." It will be held at 3 pm at the Martin St. Baptist Church, located at 1001 E Martin St. in Raleigh, NC.
5. In preparation for Historic Thousands on J Street march, churches, synagogues, and mosques around the state will be hosting their own Moral March services on Sunday, Feb. 2 to rally their congregations and their communities.
"We know justice must be fought for on many fronts, in the court room, at the ballot box, and also in the streets," Dr. Barber said. "The Moral March on Raleigh is only two weeks away and we will mobilize like never before!"
Fifty of these services will be open to members of the media. More information about the location and timing of these Moral March services will be forthcoming.
The Moral March on Raleigh will bring thousands of people of conscience together to stand against the constitutionally unsound, morally reprehensible, and economically insane policies of the Gov. McCrory, Speaker Tillis, Senate Leader Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly.