Tuesday, February 17, 2015






By Cash Michaels

            “PARDONS” SCREENING THIS SATURDAY – If you haven’t had a chance to see the NNPA – CashWorks HD Productions documentary, “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten,” you’ll have another chance this Saturday, February 21st at 11 a.m. at Watts Chapel Baptist Church, 3703 Tryon Road in Raleigh. Get off at the I-40 Gorman Street exit, and turn towards Cary, not NCSU. Admission is free.
            Folks attending this screening are in for a different version of the film than has ever previously been shown.
            As you’ll recall last week, this newspaper broke the story upon news of the death of UNC Tar Heel basketball Coach Dean Smith that in 1977, Smith wrote then NC Gov. Jim Hunt a letter on UNC letterhead, asking him to pardon the Wilmington Ten, calling their false convictions an “injustice.” 
            The reaction to the exclusive story was tremendous, with readers saying on Facebook that the new revelation further proved how committed Coach Smith was to equal rights and social justice. That convinced us to re-edit the film so that Coach Smith’s letter is visually referenced.
            We also added the name of Katherine Jervay Tate to the “In memory of…” list at the end of the film.  Mrs. Tate was a daughter of Wilmington Journal founder/publisher Thomas C. Jervay Sr.. She passed on January 27th, and we wanted her memory acknowledged in the film from this point forward.
            So audiences will see that new version this Saturday at Watts Chapel Baptist at 11 a.m.
            Also, right before we went to press, the Raleigh-Apex Chapter of the NAACP contacted us and asked if we could do a presentation on the Wilmington Ten at their Black History program for this Sunday, Feb. 22nd at 4 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh. We’ll show the 26 minute condensed version of the film that we used two weeks ago at the NC Museum of History, and then answer questions for the remainder of the hour.
            So we’re looking forward to being with you both Saturday at Watts Chapel at 11 a.m., and Sunday at the Raleigh-Apex NAACP Black History program at 4 p.m.. It’s always good to be in the community to share, and learn.
            THANK YOU – So much happening of late, and so many people to thank for their kindness and assistance.
            First, many, many thanks to Marian Fragola of NCSU Libraries and Prof. Sheila Smith McKoy, director of NCSU’s Africana Studies Program, for their invaluable leadership in producing last week’s “WLLE Remembered” program at the Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial campus. Along with the mini-documentary that CashWorks HD Productions produced and extraordinary panel discussion conducted afterwards with former WLLE personality Jimmy “JJ” Johnson, former WLLE listener Thad Woodard, and former WLLE newsman Rick High, all of us had a great time indeed with a tremendous audience on hand.
            I hope that we can bring the same program to somewhere in Southeast Raleigh in the near future. That was the proud home of WLLE, and I know that many people who could not make it to the program last week would love to remember the old “Wonderful WiLLiE” radio station again. I’ll let you know when that is planned.
            And by the way, many, many thanks to The Carolinian staff, and especially Kelvin Jervay, or all of the help with stories and pictures. Couldn’t have done it without you.
            Special thanks to filmmaker Rebecca Cerese and NCSU English Prof. W. Jason Miller, producers of a new documentary about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and poet Langston Hughes titled “Origins of the Dream,” based on Prof. Miller’s just released book, for their support and attendance
            Next, a special thanks to everyone who came out to support “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten” during the Hayti Heritage Film Festival in Durham last Saturday. We had a good turnout, and a great discussion afterwards.
            Special thanks to two of the most talented artists on the scene today, Anita Morgan Woodley and Demetrius Hunter, for coming out in support of both events. I absolutely appreciate it.
            In March and April, we’re hoping to hear that our film will be featured during the NC Black Film Festival in Wilmington, and the Full Frame Documentary Festival in Durham.  They’ve been entered, so wish us luck.
 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.waug-network.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).
           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.
Until next week, keep a smile on your face, GOD in your heart, and The Carolinian in your life. Bye, bye.


            [GREENSBORO]  Foreclosures in North Carolina during 2014 drooped to their lowest levels since 2001, say realty experts. According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, there were 32,775 foreclosure filings in 2014, compared to 2010, when there were 66,277 at the peak of the housing crisis. There are also several older foreclosure cases still in the system that were delayed because of government-sponsored programs designed to help people from losing their homes.

            [RALEIGH] Among the thousands of marchers during the Ninth Annual HK on J March and People’s Assembly last weekend was Cornell Brooks, the new national NAACP president. Brooks told the gathering in front of the State Capitol that the civil rights organization would continue to fight all efforts at voter suppression. March leader NCNAACP Pres. Rev. William Barber, assured demonstrators that the Moral Monday movement would continue to put pressure on the Republican-led NC General Assembly on the issues of economic justice, education and health care for the poor.

            [RALEIGH] There will be $271 million less revenue for state lawmakers to work with in the 2014-15  $21 billion state budget, according to state analysts. The Fiscal Research Division reports that revenues only grew by 2.9 percent, rather than the projected percent. The rate of personal income tax revenues has fallen 3.8 percent short of projections. Part of the blame is being placed on “slower than expected wage growth.”



            As the city of Raleigh grows, so does the number of police officers on the street needs to , says Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown. Chief Deck-Brown told The News & Observer this week that the city’s population is far outpacing the number of police officers available to adequately keep it safe. That could result in slower response times to crime and other emergencies. City officials say that while they concur, the budget is now so tight, it will be difficult to hire more police personnel in the near future.

            A Durham grand jury has indicted Craig Hicks, the Chapel Hill who allegedly shot three Muslim students to death execution-style over what he says was a dispute over parking spaces in the same housing complex. Hicks was indicted on three counts of murder and one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling in the deaths of Deah Barakat, 23; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister Razan Abu-Salha, 19. Thousands of students from both NCSU and UNC came together in prayer vigils, as the murders were condemned in Middle Eastern nations. The FBI is investigating  whether the victims’ religion played a role in their murders.

            Saying that a Raleigh charter school for disabled children has serious financial management problems that may not see relief, The NC Charter School Advisory Board has voted to begin the process of revoking the Dynamic Community Charter School’s charter, in effect putting it out of business. The school opened last year, and is the only charter school for middle and high school students with learning disabilities. The school is already $250,000 in debt, which state officials say could double by June.


Special to The Carolinian Newspaper

            Linda Coleman announced Wednesday that she will once again make a bid for NC Lieutenant Governor during the 2016 elections.
       “I'm running for Lieutenant Governor because we need a new approach in Raleigh. North Carolinians know that I am battle tested and ready to go to bat for the middle class and to create jobs for our future,” Coleman said. 
“I cannot sit by silently while we watch years of North Carolina’s progress upended by the Lieutenant Governor and the Republican General Assembly. My opponent has eagerly cheered on an ideological agenda that has hurt middle class families, rendered public education unrecognizable, and gutted women’s access to health care. I look forward to reconnecting with our 2 million supporters from 2012 and reaching new voters to build the campaign that leads to victory in 2016,” Coleman continued.
  As the former Director of the Office of State Personnel, former N.C. House Representative, Chair of the Wake County Board of Commissioners and classroom teacher, Linda has always fought for middle class families and that’s what she’ll do as Lieutenant Governor.
          In 2012, Coleman waged one of the most competitive statewide races as the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, capturing over 2.1 million votes and outperforming both the Democratic nominee for president and governor that year. Just over 6,800 votes separated Coleman from her opponent in the official vote count.


By Cash Michaels

            A year from now, assuming that the city of Raleigh completes the $2 million sale of the Stone’s Warehouse property on East Davie Street to developers Transfer Co. LLC, where will the 1700 elderly patients who current get treatment at the adjacent Rex Senior Health Center go?
            That’s the question veteran Southeast Raleigh residents want an answer to, but may not get for a while. Neither the city nor Transfer have an answer, except to say that they are “working” to come up with a viable location for the Senior Health Center to move to. Sources at the city say there has been a lot of back-and-forth behind the scenes since the City Council agreed to sell the two-acre abandoned warehouse property to Transfer Co. several weeks ago.
            And while that sale is being finalized, as of Wednesday morning of this week, there was still no public hearing scheduled for concerned citizens, or even supporters of the project, to express themselves before council.
            Transfer Co. has made it clear that its vision for the Stone’s Warehouse site will be tailor-made for the new upper-income condominium residents of downtown Raleigh, featuring “…a neighborhood grocery store and cafĂ©, a community hall and space for a handful of small food producers”…among which would select names like Videri Chocolate Factory, Locals Seafood, Jubala Coffee, Boulted Bread and an “incubator kitchen” run by HQ Raleigh.
            Unlike the other two competing plans, Transfer Co.’s bid for the property included no affordable housing – which is what the city had originally hoped to have built on the site – and did not allow the Rex Senior Health Center, which has been at its Chavis Way location since 1997,  to remain.
            Red flags were raised by several Southeast Raleigh community leaders when The Carolinian first reported on this story in January.  Frances L. Williams , chair of the Central Citizens Advisory Council, expressed concern, as did Danny Coleman, chair of the South Central CAC, about residents being locked out of the process. Coleman said that SE Raleigh was being “gentrified” because community leaders were not aggressive in insisting on inclusion in any planning for future development.
            Transfer Co., in its winning proposal to the city, maintains that “at a minimum, we will assist Rex Senior Center in relocating,” but so far, based on published reports as recent as this week, Dr. Leroy Darkes, director of the Rex Senior Health Center, seemed not that impressed with their effort.
            A Rex Hospital system spokesperson was also quoted as saying that Transfer Co.  has “…expressed interest in helping us, but we have no idea what that might be.”
            Relocating will be expensive, which is why some of the $2 million proceeds to the city from the property sale will be used to help offset some of those costs, District C City Councilman Eugene Weeks is quoted as saying. Several city-owned locations are being considered as well. Transfer Co. is also expected to pick up some of the costs, since the center is being forced to move because of its plans.
            With this being a municipal election year, what happens to the Rex Senior Health Center, and how it happens, may become more of an issue than planned.


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