Tuesday, February 4, 2014



            [WILMINGTON] The Feb. 15th world premiere of the Wilmington Ten documentary, “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten,” has been postponed tentatively until April, promoters said. The two-hour film traces the case of eight black New Hanover County students, a white community organizer, and civil rights activist Rev. Ben Chavis, when they are falsely tried and convicted of burning down a grocery store amid 1971 school protests, and how the Black Press led the way in 2012 to clear their names. A new date will shortly be announced.

By Cash Michaels

            On the eve of perhaps the largest Historic Thousands on Jones Street (HK on J) gathering in its over seven years of existence, hundreds are expected to gather this Friday evening at Abundant Life Christian Center (7 p.m. at 4400 Old Poole Road in Raleigh) to take part in a “pre-Moral March” mass meeting and worship service.
            The mission – to spiritually prepare to march on the NC Legislative Building, demanding that the Republican-led General Assembly, and GOP Gov. Pat McCrory, stop what the NCNAACP has called their “repressive” public policies that have hurt the poor of North Carolina, and have “turned the clock back” on civil rights achievements.
            Traditionally during the Civil Rights Movement, mass meetings and worship services were held every evening during a struggle and especially on the nights before marches,” says Rev. Dr. William Barber, president of the NCNAACP, and convener of the HK on J/Moral March on Raleigh Saturday. “The mass meetings served to inspire the participants, undergird the moral center of the Movement and give marchers the courage to continue the struggle.”
            “The Pre-Moral March Mass Meeting and Worship Service is open to people of all faiths and people not of faith,” Rev. Barber continued. “This service is designed to prepare us for the Moral March on Raleigh by spiritually invoking enthusiasm, fellowship, confidence, strength, unity, love, peace, and a source of power beyond what can be seen with our eyes or calculated with our minds. This is a call for humility, prayer, redemption, solidarity, endurance, and spiritual connectivity as part of the moral civil/human rights tradition, and prophetic journey toward justice.”
            On Saturday, Feb. 8th, thousands from across the state are expected to gather in front of Shaw University on Wilmington Street between South Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd at 9 a.m. in downtown Raleigh. After gathering, they will march through downtown to the State Capitol.
            Since 2006 when the HK on J Peoples’ Assemblies began, over 150 coalition partners have joined in coalition with the NC NAACP to demand legislative justice, regardless of which party was in power at the time, and push its 14-point agenda.
            According to the HK on J website, “This year's annual people's assembly will be held in the wake of a powerful push back to the immoral and unconstitutional policies supported and passed by Governor Pat McCrory, Speaker Thom Tillis, Senate Leader Phil Berger, Budget Director Art Pope and other extremists in the NC General Assembly during the 2013 Session. After 13 Moral Mondays in Raleigh leading to almost 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience and 24 local Moral Mondays spanning the entire state, the Forward Together Moral Movement and the HKonJ coalition will join together once again for the Moral March on Raleigh HKonJ People's Assembly.
            “Rev. Barber says, “If you believe that an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere, if you understand that what happens in North Carolina has implications for the future of the nation, if you believe that we can build a moral movement together to save the soul of our state and country, then join us as we tell Governor McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly, "Forward Together, Not One Step Back!" We are calling on all people of conscience and concern to join us as we stand against the extreme and regressive agenda being pushed in North Carolina. This agenda is a reflection of what is happening across the United States.”
            For more information about the HK on J/Moral March and Rally this Saturday, go to http://www.hkonj.com/moral_march_on_raleigh for more information.



            Citing growing student populations, the Wake School Board Tuesday released a list of 20 schools proposed to be enrollment capped in the 2014-15 school year. Most are elementary schools, including Leesville Road, Walnut Creek and Holly Grove. The board is expected to vote on the caps Feb. 18th.

            Durham Mayor Bill Bell says in order to reduce crime and increase opportunity in the Bull City, poverty must be addressed.  And that means building trust between local government and the community. Bell, however, did not address how the suicide of 17-year-old Jesus Huerta in the back of Durham patrol car has fractured that trust thus far.  The Durham District Attorney’s Office has now reopened the case after determining that there was no criminality when the handcuffed Huerta allegedly produced a gun to kill himself.

            The assistant town manager for Apex has retired after 35 years, after he was arrested last Saturday and charged with driving while impaired. Michael Wilson, 59, has a March 11th court date for the charge. Town Manager Bruce Raeford says Wilson, “…has been instrumental in guiding and directing the positive growth and prosperity of Apex. His commitment to the Town is unparalleled, and Apex is a better place today because of his many contributions. He has been the epitome of a dedicated public servant.” Wilson retirement was effective immediately.



            [WILMINGTON]  A Wilmington police officer who last November shoved a K-9 attack dog through a suspect’s car window after the suspect surrendered with his hands up, was cleared by a grand jury of any criminal charges, but has been relieved of his K-9 unit duty and returned to standard patrol. Police Chief Ralph Evangelous announced that WPD Officer Stafford Brister. The suspect, Johnnie Williams, says the dog bit him in the face and arm while he was in the driver’s seat after a brief police chase. Williams allegedly ran a police checkpoint. The K-9 dog has been suspended.

            [WINSTON-SALEM] A report by Virginia State University into the fracas involving several of their football players and a Winston-Salem State University football player on the eve of their CIAA championship, says that the WSSU player, quarterback Rudy Johnson started trash-talking, leading to a one-on-one fight with VSU running back Lamont Britt. Both teams were at a luncheon together at WSSU the day before the game when the fight in the bathroom broke out. Johnson was injured, and police arrested Britt. Eight VSU football players were there. Two WSSU players were also present. The report says the VSU player struck Johnson in the face first, according to witnesses, amid “lighthearted bantering.”

          [RALEIGH] As has been rumored for weeks, singer Clay Aiken has announced that he will run  in the Democratic primary for the Second Congressional District to ultimately challenge incumbent Republican Congresswoman Renee Elmers in November. Most remembered as a finalist in "American Idol," Aikens has spoken out on a variety of public policy issues throughout the years, particularly in education, being a former teacher. Aiken says he's not a politician, but wants to be  "voice for the powerless." he will face former state Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco, and Toni Morris of Fayetteville, a licensed counselor.

By Cash Michaels

            POSTPONEMENT – Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must announce that the Saturday, Feb. 15th activities surrounding the world premiere of the NNPA – CashWorks HD Productions documentary, “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten” have been postponed. A tentative date for April is being identified, but we’re awaiting confirmation from various participants before officially announcing, which we hope will be soon.
            We apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused with the postponement, thank our many supporters across the state who intended to be in Wilmington next week with us, and invite them to stay tuned for when we announce the confirmed date for sometime in April.
            We promise you the delay will be worth it.
            And no, I’m not happy about having to delay the premiere of this film we’ve worked so hard for all of you to see, but I promise, when you finally do see it, the wait will have been worth it!
            RUSSELL WILSON – Last Sunday, during the most watched television program in history, a young man who once played quarterback for NC State University showed us what true greatness and leadership is. We mean no disrespect to Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who is perhaps one of the greatest ever to play the game, but Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was simply outstanding, as he has been all season.
            Wilson is only the second African-American QB to win a Super Bowl in history, but look at the extraordinary way he did it, with a 43 – 8 score. The Seattle Seahawk defense proved to indeed be the best, as it was all season long.
            Wilson, a former standout quarterback for the NC State Wolfpack, and the Seahawks, taught us all a simple lesson – believe in yourself, and trust in GOD, to take on all obstacles in life. Trust me, it won’t be as easy as the lopsided blowout victory the Seahawks obviously had, but it works.
            And as for Russell Wilson, well what can we say, except that we are so proud of this intelligent, gracious young man and leader. His skills are among the best in the game, and his name will always be spoken among the greatest in football, especially if he returns for another Super Bowl Sunday.
            Yes, the last Super Bowl Sunday was a proud one, indeed.
            O’REILLY VS OBAMA  - Did you see that foolish bullying match between Fox News Channel blowhard Bill O’Reilly and President Obama right before the Super Bowl Game Sunday?
            Keep in mind that it’s important to rabid right-wing elements like Fox News to be seen as punishing the black Democratic “socialist…militant…Muslim” president who is allegedly “changing” the very foundation of this nation through healthcare reform, equal pay for women, and …just being black.
            So O’Reilly, the biggest mouth this side of Chris Christie, deems it his duty to march into the White House Sunday afternoon, lean forward into Pres. Obama’s face, rhetorically point a finger into the Commander-in-chief’s face, and give him what for.
            And given that behavior, O’Reilly considers himself a ‘journalist.”
            No, Bill O’Reilly is a clown.
            A true journalist, with legitimately tough questions for the president of the United States, would have done what a Peter Jennings of ABC News, or Tim Russert of NBC News, or even Mike Wallace of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” would have done – craft their tough questions properly, put them to the president in a firm, but absolutely respectful manner, and then shut up until the opportunity to either follow-up or move on appeared.
            O’Reilly’s manner is to show that HE is the boss, and everybody else bows down to him. That’s not journalism, and anyone pulling that kind of nonsense with that kind of attitude can’t help but to be disrespectful
            Now I’m sure that many of Fox’s conservative audience liked the way O’Reilly tried to handle the president. They liked it so much, they probably didn’t notice that Pres. Obama was very well prepared, and quite frankly, handled the darn fool back.
            At one point the president even chided “Billo,” telling him, ”Well if you’d listen, Bill, I’m trying to explain.”
            Obama even told O’Reilly that the main reason why controversies like Benghazi, the Obamacare rollout and the IRS monitoring conservative groups scandal made so much noise is because Fox News kept milking them for all they were worth, even though each one had extensive Congressional hearings with no smoking guns of deliberate wrongdoing.
            “I know you think [Fox News] treats you unfairly,” a supposedly chastened Bill O’Reilly says to Obama afterwards.
            Well DUHHHHH, Bill!
            You know, it took the election, and the re-election of Barack Obama as president, for the true feelings of a certain group of people in this country to come out from under the sheets. These people are supremacists, the kind who get insulted when Coca Cola airs a Super Bowl commercial celebrating the diversity of America, or when Cheerios dares to show an American family comprised of a Black father, a white mother, and a mixed-race child who loves them both.
            This group is using every means necessary to hold onto power. They are in the minority, but they’ve already proven that they are willing to even bring this nation down to its knees, with millions suffering, just to get their way, and impose their will.
            I, for one, am glad that we have a strong president who is willing to stand up to the likes of a Bill O’Reilly. And that should be a signal to the rest of us that we, too, should stand strong against those who are actively, and quite frankly successfully, working hard to deny the rest of us the equal rights our forefathers and foremothers fought and died for us to have.
            Maybe one day, bullies like Bill O’Reilly, will wake up and realize this. I think he did when the president of the United States refused to lick his shoes.
ZIMMERMAN WANTS TO FIGHT - If it wasn’t for my poor health, I would sign up right now to climb into the ring to do the beatdown on George Zimmerman, the person (I refuse to use the term “man”) who killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin, and got away with it in court. But instead, a promoter who promises to donate the proceeds to charity is fronting a supposed match between Zimmerman and a still-to-be-chosen opponent. 
Published reports say Zimmerman wants to fight rapper Kanye West because he gets into fights with “defenseless people.” Not quite sure what that means. Yes, West has had some altercations with a press photographer, an a teenager who allegedly used the n-word towards West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, but that’s far from picking on anybody since, in both cases, the rapper’s privacy was being invaded.
It has been widely reported that Zimmerman has a disdain for certain black people, so I, for one, would like to see his ultimate opponent (if this bizarre ‘fight’ ever takes place) represent, if you know what I mean.
And whoever it is, I hope they have junkyard attitude about the match. Don’t end it too fast, but DO end it. Make sure, when George stumbles up off the mat, that he realizes that he has just gotten only a taste of what most of right-minded America truly thinks of him.
Like I said…if only I were in good health…I’d pay them for the chance!
JOHNSON’S HYPOCRISY – The issue isn’t whether Bob Johnson’s daughter married a white man. In my opinion, if you truly love someone, and they are not only good to you, but good for you, then it’s nobody’s business what color they or you are.
The issue is that Bob Johnson, the black father of Black Entertainment Television, was more than willing to push “poison” by way of nasty, filthy and disgusting music videos featuring black youth as thugs, and young black girls his daughter’s age and younger, as “b’s” and “hoes”, but never allowed his precious daughter to watch any of that.
I find that to be a disgrace, and I find it even more troubling that we allowed Bob Johnson to get away it. And don’t forget, this is the man who tried to destroy Barack Obama’s chances to become president in 2008 by suggesting that Obama had a drug habit beyond what Obama had already revealed in his book.
This kind of hypocrisy sickens me, especially when it involves our community. I wish his daughter no ill will, to be clear. I just wish her daddy didn’t see the black community solely as a moneymaking machine to which you could peddle poison you wouldn’t touch yourself.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH – Take your child to a library this month (it should be every month), and discover the riches of your history together. It’s fun, and rewarding!
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.

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