Thursday, July 17, 2014





            “UNSUNG” RETURNS JULY 30TH – The popular TV One black music documentary series “Unsung” returns with brand new biographies starting Wednesday, July 30th at 8 p.m.. The acts the show will showcase include Montell Jordan (who we understand is a minister now), Hi Five, The Emotions, Martha Wash, Troop, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Wilson Pickett, The Chi-Lites, Peaches and Herb, and Rick James.
            Watching some of these personal biography shows are fun, entertaining and interesting, and this summer season’s “Unsung” promises to be no less, so check it out.
            CAPTAIN AFRICAN-AMERICA – The Marvel Comics Group had already stunned me with the announcement that in t6heoir comic books, they were going to turn Thor, the god of thunder, into a woman. I still don’t get why, though I understand the need to push female superheroes. But just make one up, why replace a male superhero?
            But then last week came the announcement that Steve Rogers would no longer be Captain America in the comics, and that Sam Wilson, alias the Falcon, would take over the red, white and blue shield. Apparently, in the comics, Rogers had that super serum which gave him his super strength, sucked out of him, and he immediately became older and weaker. So Sam, who is Cap’s African-American colleague, takes over.
            As best as I can tell, none of these changes in the comics are scheduled to hit the ever popular Marvel movies yet. The upcoming film “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” in 2015 will still have Thor as a man, and Steve Rogers as Captain America.
            Just not sure how traditional comic book fans will take to all of these changes of their favorite comic book characters. Just recently, Archie of Archie Comics was shot dead by an assassin who was targeting his gay friend.
            I confess that I do miss the days when comic books were pure fantasy. That was a relief. But in those days, all of the major superheroes were white.
            Guess reality had to see through sooner or later.
TWO DESERVING OF NOTE – Earlier this month, two very important people of note passed on into history. Two giants who should forever be remembered for their historic contributions to us all.
Olympic champion Alice Coachman was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, by capturing the high jump in the 1948 London games. She died at the age of 90 two weeks ago in Albany, Ga..
Coachman’s victory was interesting because even though she was congratulated by President Harry Truman, given a party by Count Basie, and was celebrated in a motorcade back home in Georgia, she was still treated as a second-class citizen when she got back to Albany, where blacks and white were separated, and the white mayor refused to shake her hand.
Coachman was also forced to leave the auditorium through a side door.
Alice Coachman paved the way for future black female sports champions like Wilma Rudolph, Florence Griffith Joyner and Jackie Joyner-Kersee.
And then there was Bishop Harold Ivory Williams, the senior prelate of Mt. Calvary Holy Church of America, and the husband of 31 years to award-winning gospel singer Shirley Caesar, who pastors the 1500-member Mt. Calvary Word of Faith Church in Raleigh.
Bishop Williams was a kind, decent and godly man, soft-spoken, but strong in the Lord. The very first, and I mean THE very first video project I ever did, was a wedding video at Mt. Calvary where Bishop Williams presided.
Thank you for your service in the Lord, Bishop Williams. You are missed.
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Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.


STANDING UNDER HISTORY - First Lady Michelle Obama stands under a vintage "colored" sign, listening to a tour guide, during a recent visit to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Ks. This year various historic civil rights events celebrated their 50th anniversary [White House photo]

By Cash Michaels

            Two weeks ago there were reports from Broadway, NC of recruitment literature from the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan showing up in the front yards of concerned residents. “Save our land, join the Klan” the pamphlets, sealed in plastic sandwich bags, said on the cover.
            Inside, the white supremacist sales pitch displayed an American flag, and urged, “America Wake Up.”
            Underneath, amid messages to “join the white revolution” and “restore America to a white Christian nation,” the KKK pamphlet asked if the reader “Had enough… busing, integration, race-mixing, black welfare, black crime, black job quotas and minority tyranny?” “Have you really had it?” the pamphlet finally asks, before telling the reader how to come to a rally in the town of Welcome in Davidson County on August 9th.
            Reportedly residents in Sanford and Spring Lake received the same Klan notices, which also promised a crossburning at their rally next month.
            If the KKK recruitment drive was limited to just a few small towns in North Carolina, it would get nary a notice. But according to the Southern Poverty Law Center Intelligence Project, it’s part of a nationwide effort to capitalize on a severely divided nation with a weak economy, wayward Congress, black president of the United States, and heightened concerns about illegal immigration.
             Over the past several months, Klan fliers have also shown up in Georgia, southern Illinois, California, Louisiana and even the Northeast.
            In Oconee County, South Carolina, the same Loyal White Knights fliers wer recently being distributed in clear sandwich bags with peppermint candy in them, and a phone number which rings to a recording that says, “ If it ain’t white, it ain’t right. White power!”
            Even though many of the white people who have gotten the KKK fliers have openly rejected the Klan and its white separatist message of hate in the media, observers say they’re seeing a full court press to attract disgruntled whites to the fold.           
            Even though the pamphlet message was decidedly anti-black, Klan leaders. Who boast a membership of at least 8500 nationwide,  say their prime objectives now are really anti-immigration. And the KKK don’t see themselves as a hate group against people of color.
            Instead, they say they are a civil rights organization for whites, led by the Bible.
            “There is a race war against whites,” wrote National Director of the Knights Pastor Thomas Robb on national Ku Klux Klan website. “But our people – my white brothers and sisters – will stay committed to a non-violent resolution. That resolution must consist of solidarity in white communities around the world.”
            ‘The hatred for our children and their future is growing and is being fueled every single day,” Robb continued. “Stay firm ion your convictions. Keep loving your heritage and keep witnessing to others that there is a better way than a war torn, violent , wicked, socialist, new world order.”
            “That is the Christian way – law and order – love of family – love of nation.  These are the principles of western Christian civilization.”
            Since the 2008 election of the nation’s first black president, observers like the Southern Poverty Law Center have tracked a dramatic rise in Klan and right-wing militia activity, not to mention hate crimes, and even white supremacist assassinations, like the murders of two people at the Jewish Community Center in Kansas by well-known North Carolina White Patriots Party leader F. Glenn Miller last April.
            The radical right grew explosively in 2011, the third such dramatic expansion in as many years,” wrote Mark Potok, Senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center in a Spring 2012 report. “The growth was fueled by superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories, the changing racial makeup of America, and the prospect of four more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country.”
            With racial and anti-immigration feelings compounding daily, and white supremacist groups more and more stepping out of the shadows over the past six years to gain both numbers, and momentum, what does this mean for a nation that is increasingly becoming nonwhite?


            [RALEIGH] Darryl Anthony Howard will have to wait to be released on bond pending a retrial in his 22 year-old murder case, thanks to an order by the  NC Supreme Court last week. The High Court blocked a Durham judge from granting bond to Howard in order to review the state Attorney General’s Office’s petition to keep him in prison until retrial. Howard, now 52, was convicted of the 1991 double-murder of a woman and her 13-year-old daughter in their Durham home. However, the recent discovery of exculpatory evidence withheld by former Durham D.A. Mike Nifong and an investigator prompted a petition for a new trial.

            [RALEIGH] As promised, Gov. Pat McCrory has signed a bill that rewrites North Carolina’s Common Core grade school curriculum standards, tailoring them to what Republican state lawmakers believe they should be. Last week the NC House approved a compromise bill from the state Senate that will retain some elements of Common Core for K-12 public schools. The law directs the state Board of Education to develop new educational standards.

            [Duke Energy says it has completed cleanup of its massive Feb. 2nd coal ash spill from the Dan River. The utility company says it removed the 2,500 tons of waste that spilled from its Dan river power plant that became the source of major controversy, and ongoing investigations  earlier this year.  The US Environmental Protection Agency monitored the cleanup.


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