Tuesday, September 15, 2015






September 20

The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright, pastor emeritus of Trinity United Church of Christ and former pastor of President Barack Obama, will preach at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, on the morning of September 20.  At the 8:45am service, the United Voices of Praise, an interracial gospel choir will sing and at the 11:00 am service the UNC Gospel Choir will sing.

United Church of Chapel Hill will be hosting a workshop on Saturday, September 19, from 9am until 12noon, with the Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright speaking on “The Marks of an Anti-Racism Church” and “The Journey towards a Just Beloved Community.”  For more information, please contact United Church of Chapel Hill, 919-942-3540 or office@unitedchurch.org.

The Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright is an ordained member of the United Church of Christ.  He served Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago for 36 years.  During his tenure the congregation grew from 90 to 6,000.  In addition the congregation became a focal point for service and advocacy in Chicago.  Trinity UCC affirmed the experience of Black Americans in the inner city.  The motto of the church is “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian.”

United Church of Chapel Hill is a member congregation of the United Church of Christ (UCC), a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  The UCC is “a church of firsts:” first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. The United Church of Christ was in the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement.  In North Carolina, for example, the United Church of Christ stood with the Wilmington 10 as Ben Chavis was serving with the UCC’s Commission for Racial Justice.  The United Church of Christ is also a church that practices inclusion and radical hospitality with its campaign that “God is still speaking.” 

ST. AUG FOOTBALL COACH PLACED ON LEAVE - Falcon Head football Coach Michael Morand has been placed on paid two-week administrative leave by St. Augustine's University this eek, the school announced. No details were revealed for the action, but the school did add that an internal investigation was ongoing, and more action could be taken. Morand took over as coach after the first game of the 2014 season. He is St. Aug's second football coach since the program was restarted in 2002.

By Cash Michaels

APOLOGY TO VANESSA – Many of us are old enough to remember with great pride 31 years ago when a beautiful black woman named Vanessa Williams made history by becoming the very first African-American in history selected to be Miss America in 1984.
And then, of course, many of us recall the shock when the crown was taken from her a short time later after it was discovered that nude pictures she had taken months earlier had been released.
That was supposed to be the end of Vanessa Williams. She was supposed to shrink away into obscurity, never to be seen of or heard from again.
But it didn’t quite work out that way. Through sheer talent and determination, Williams worked her way back into the limelight, doing movies, television and launching a singing career. It wasn’t long before the sex scandal that made her the absolute laughingstock of the world dissipated, and Vanessa Williams was a full-fledged star.
So when the Miss America pageant invited her back to be the lead judge Sunday night for the first time since the 1984 scandal, and the chairman of the board, on live television, apologized to Ms. Williams (and her mother) before the world, it was a rare act of class I can honestly say I’d never seen before (no, I wasn’t watching the live telecast, but did see the clips the morning after).
Can “I’m sorry” wipe away over thirty years of pain? You’ll have to ask Vanessa Williams. But if that beautiful smile on her face immediately after is any indication, there’s no question that it certainly meant something deeply to her.
So hats off to the Miss America organization for growing up, and hats off to Vanessa Williams for showing tremendous grace, but above all, extraordinary talent and courage all of these years in rebuilding her life.
ANOTHER GREAT OLD MOVIE – I know I’ve been filling these pages about old movies of late, but I guess when you each a certain age, it’s apparent that Hollywood just doesn’t make good films like they used to anymore.
But in 2000, Hollywood, and specifically the Walt Disney Studios, made a great one titled, “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington. Based on the true story, Washington portrays high school football coach Herman Boone, who in 1971, is hired to lead a newly integrated team to an undefeated season amid racial tension in Alexandria, Va..
Yes, yes, I’ve seen the movie many times before in the past, but hadn’t seen it in several years. When I heard that my daughter saw it in school, I had to watch it again last weekend, and I’m glad I did. “Remember the Titans” is superior moviemaking, from the writing, acting and direction. It has everything a good movie should have, and it makes you feel good after you’ve seen it.
So keep those old movies coming. Lord knows there isn’t much out there today to pay your money to see that doesn’t involve explosions, lots of cussing, and nudity.
So if quality can only be found in old movies now, then bring ‘em on. I love them.
            HOLOGRAMS, YUCK! – A few years ago, ABC-TV broadcast an awards music show that featured a hologram of deceased superstar Michael Jackson. Now Jackson had been dead for several years by this time, so seeing basically a manufactured “ghost” up on the stage dancing and singing like the Michael of old was a bit weird, and certainly creepy. Everybody in the audience knew that he was dead, and so even though even though the “ghost” was technically quite proficient, folks were caught between “Is this disrespectful?” and “Is this beyond creepy?”
            The reviews afterwards were pretty much thumbs down. Critics decided that the only value a hologram – an electronic representation of a deceased performer – was to remind folks how great the real deal once was. Problem is we have television and videos for that. Why pay fifty bucks to watch that performer’s electronic ghost be a poor imitation?
            Well apparently there are folks who see money in bringing back the dead. Word is that a world concert tour featuring a hologram of the late Whitney Houston is being scheduled. And there are other hologram concerts scheduled with the images of Bing Crosby, Patsy Kline and Buddy Holly.
            No, I don’t see this as a good thing. One day, they’ll come up with a hologram of Donald Trump. But at least, unlike the real one now, you’ll be able to pull the plug to shut him up!
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.


            [CHARLOTTE] Even the officer who fatally shot him was not convicted of his killing, that didn’t stop the family of Jonathan Ferrell from commemorating the second anniversary of the 24-year’old’s Sept. 14th. Ferrell, a former football player with Florida A&M University, was shot ten times by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick after an injured Ferrell, after a car wreck, ran towards the officer, apparently for help. A jury deadlocked 8-4 in favor of acquitting the officer. Ferrell’s mother and brother went to the scene of the shooting Monday to hold a candlelight vigil in his memory. The state Attorney General’s office has declined to re-prosecute the case.

            [RALEIGH] Now that both the state House and Senate finally reached agreement on a $21.7 billion state budget this week, albeit two months past the original July 1st deadline for the new fiscal year, both chambers are begun voting on the package so that it can be sent to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk. There is funding for teachers’ assistants and driver education programs in the public schools. State employees and teachers will get a one-time $750 bonus, and first-time teachers will start at $35,000, instead of $33,000 annually. Personal income tax rates will fall in 2017, but sales taxes will now be added to services like car repairs.  Democrats have criticized the budget plan hammered out by the Republican leadership of both chambers, saying that after being put together in secret, it is being passed too quickly before public scrutiny and debate.

            [SURF CITY] Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead was forced into immediate retirement this week after the town board held an emergency meeting about an inflammatory “open letter” Facebook post by Halstead calling the Black Lives Matter movement “…nothing more than an American born terrorist group brought on by the lie of the hands up don’t shoot during the criminal thug Michael Brown incident…,” referring to the police killing in Ferguson, MO. in August 2014. Halstead accused Pres. Obama, civil rights activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, “Jessi” Jackson and others for “…the race problem in this country.” Major Ron Shanahan will now serve as interim police chief.



            With violent crime in the Bull City continuing to rise, and relations between the police department and the citizens at bad shape, Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez will be retiring at the end of this year, says Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield, adding that he decided months ago that a change in leadership was required at the DPD. Chief Lopez took over the force in September 2007. Bonfield says DPD employee dissatisfaction is at a “fairly high level” according to department surveys. Chief Lopez has not commented on his departure.

            After leading the state’s Capital City for ten years, former Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker says that experience is what best qualifies him to be North Carolina’s next labor commissioner. Meeker is seeking to unseat incumbent Commissioner Cherie Berry, who is seeking her fifth four-year term. Meeker says if elected, he wants to improve worker safety.

            A man who was reportedly acting “erratically” at his home on Slippery Elm Drive this week had to be restrained by Raleigh police officers and EMS personnel before he died at the scene, published reports say. Carl Devince King, 52, was reportedly swinging a lamp and acting violently as police officers arrived. A woman living at his address had called 911 saying how frightened she was that he may hurt her or himself. EMS  reportedly administered CPR on King she his condition changed, but he soon died. Why King was acting erratically has still not been determined and is under investigation.


1995's HISTORIC MILLION MAN MARCH REVISITED - Local Organizing Committees in cities across North Carolina are reaching out to the community in preparation to attend the 20th anniversary commemoration of the Million Man March on Oct. 10, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

By Cash Michaels

            On Oct. 16th, 1995, it was known as “the Day of Atonement, Reconciliation and Responsibility” where black men from across the nation gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C in peace, unity, and recommitment to improving their families and communities. When those men returned home, more black children were adopted, local organizations like NAACP chapters grew in ranks, and there was a feeling of accomplishment.
            The world remembers that historic day as “the Million Man March.”
            Now, 20 years later on Oct. 10, 2015, Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan is once again calling on millions to come back to Washington – 20 million to be exact, and this time not just black men, but women, whites and anyone who believes in “Justice or Else.”
            That’s the theme for the upcoming 20th anniversary commemoration of the Million Man March scheduled again for the National Mall, and there is every expectation that it will have much of the same historic impact as the first. Already, high-profile celebrities like Will Smith and his wife, Jada, have contributed $150,000 to the fundraising cause.
            The widespread death, rising racism, mob attacks and police brutality on Blacks coupled with economic deprivation and stark poverty, requires that something must be immediately done to address and correct the condition,” said Min. Farrakhan in a statement on the www.justiceorelse.com event website. “The failure of the U.S. Government to give justice to its former slaves require that we present ourselves in unity to make the demand for Justice or Else!”
            Many in North Carolina are once again hearing the cry, and preparing to attend. There are local organizing committees (LOCs) in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, Greensboro and Wilmington, among other cities across the state, that have been meeting and planning for weeks. Buses have been secured for the one-day round-trip to Washington, tickets are being sold, and a special outreach is being made to college students to ensure that their voices are represented.
            “We want to take as many people there to the mall in Washington as possible,” Bro. Alan X, local spokesman for the Nation of Islam told The Carolinian earlier this week, adding that thus far, “…the response has been excellent.”
            Bro. Alan X says students at Shaw University, St. Augustine’s University and North Carolina State University, thus far, have been engaged in preparations to attend. Student bus ride tickets are $30.00 (half the regular price), and local businesses and other sponsors are encouraged to donate so that as many students as possible could attend from their area.
            There are also those alumni of the 1995 Million Man March who believe that the positive work started directly afterwards must continue, so they will be attending as well.
            Dennis Spivey, chairman of the Raleigh LOC, reiterates that this year’s Million Man March 20th anniversary event is open to the whole family to attend. He also says that with the current Black Lives Matter movement and other black youth efforts to hold government accountable for the actions of abusive police, the march hopes to partner with young people, many of whom have no fear, to help them better channel their efforts effectively.
            “And it’s not just going to be black people at this march,” Spivey added. “There are a lot of Native American tribes that will be there; Mexican-Americans…people from different walks of life. [We’ve] even reached out to poor white people, people who are at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to finances who are looking for justice.”
            [Min. Farrakhan] is crossing lines that have not been crossed before,” Spivey said.
            To connect with the LOC in your area for the 20th Anniversary Commemoration of the Million Man March on Oct. 10th in Washington, D.C, go to www.justiceorelse.com, or contact your nearest NOI Mosque in your area.

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