Monday, January 18, 2016



CASH IN THE APPLE for 01-21-16
By Cash Michaels

            WRAL DROPS CBS, GOES NBC – Something historic is happening in the Raleigh-Durham market, and it may take a while to sort out after it happens on Feb. 29th. That’s when WRAL-TV will switch network affiliations, leaving CBS, and joining NBC. This is all timed to allow WRAL-TV to take advantage of broadcasting Super Bowl 50 on Sunday, Feb. 7th.
            CBS and WRAL have been joined at the hip for 30 years, and it’s safe to say that folks have literally grown up watching CBS on the station, so this will be a change many will have to adjust to. Each station’s news operation has it’s own personality, and so does each network. WRAL and CBS seemed to fit each other perfectly, each bringing a certain degree of seriousness to the table with shows like ‘60 minutes’ and WRAL’s local documentaries.
            NBC is a network that is currently in the midst of strong primetime success, though its news operation is still recovering  from the demotion of anchor Brian Williams, who admitted that he’s been lying about his experience in recent years. Lester Holt has been doing yeoman’s work, however.
            Shows on NBC are gaining audience, which is good. Its close association with cable mate left-leaning MSNBC earns NBC News the liberal moniker at times, making it a target of the right-wing. “The Today Show,” The Winter and Summer Olympics, and the Super Bowl also make NBC a desirable partner. Question is will the show biz persona it brings to the table fit the more reserved-North Carolina-through-and-through WRAL has.
            Guess we’ll  find out of Feb. 29th.
            Meanwhile WNCN-TV, the current home of NBC, will now play host to the CBS network. Untouched in all of this Fox 50 and WTVD, which is owned by the ABC television network.
            Don’ worry, we’ll get used to all of by May.
            NEW “24” TO FEATURE BLACK HERO – Well, it’s absolutely official now. When the series “24” returns, it will not feature the exploits of agent Jack Bauer any longer. Kiefer Sutherland has left the series for another show on ABC, and he’s made it clear he’s not coming back.
            But the same producers are in place, and they’ve come up with a new scenario featuring a new hero who must effectively save the world (or at least a significant portion of it) by the time the clock ticks the 24th hour. Fox has given the green light for “23:Legacy”, featuring an all-new cast (what, no Zoey?). Plotwise, a military hero comes home to discover that he’s key to stopping a terrorist attack (what else?) and must enlist the aid of CTU to stop it. So lots of action and intrigue, and maybe the new black guy will get more lucky than Jack Bauer did with the women, who knows?
            The pilot will begin shooting shortly, so we should hear something more about who is starring and when it will air in a few weeks.
            It just better be good, because Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer is a hard act to follow.
            NO BLACK OSCAR NOMINEES AGAIN – It is getting to be a tired old record when the Academy Award nominations are announced, and once again this year, there are no black nominees in any of the major acting categories. There was the strong possibility that Will Smith was going to be tapped for his reportedly great performance in “Concussion” about an African doctor who discovers the brain injury associated with NFL football injuries, but nothing.
            Popular British actor Idris Alba was also highly touted for his role in “Beast of No Nation,” but alas no nomination for him as well.
            Jada Pinkett Smith, Will’s wife, is suggesting that African-Americans in Hollywood should boycott the upcoming Oscars ceremony in protest (acclaimed director Spike Lee says that he’ll join her), and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the African-American president of the Academy, said that once again she was embarrassed, and would try harder to recruit more blacks into membership.
            David Oyelowo, who was crazily overlooked last year for his extraordinary performance as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in "Selma," has also joined the bandwagon, blasting the Academy Monday night during a special ceremony for its intolerance.
            Of course, someone has to be different, and that honor now falls to actress Janet Hubert, the actress you'll recall who got fired from the NBC sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" because she couldn't get along with Will Smith. She cut a video essentially saying Smith needs to get over not being nominated, and ragging him just because his wife, Jada, spoke out.
            This is no time for pettiness, but for Hubert, apparently it is.
            Bottomline is that Hollywood may be liberal, but it looks after its own, based on who runs the place. Black people do not run Hollywood, not even a small sliver of it. Until that changes, we will never see good work consistently recognized for maintaining the highest standards of the industry.
            By the way, black comedian Chris Rock is hosting the Oscars telecast this year, and he’s already called them the white BET Awards. So I’m sure we can expect more from him on this.
            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 And read more about my thoughts and opinions exclusively at my blog, ‘The Cash Roc” (
           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.

By Cash Michaels

            Starting Monday, North Carolina’s controversial voter photo identification provision will go to trial in a Winston-Salem federal courtroom.
            At issue - is it constitutional to require that all eligible voters show an official  photo ID before allowing them to cast their ballot in an election, when not all eligible voters - most likely black and Hispanic – have a photo ID?      
According to federal law, one only needs to be at least 18 years of age or older, and be either a natural born or naturalized citizen of the United States, in order to vote. The North Carolina state Constitution does not require a photo ID, despite a 2013 amended state law.
            Republicans in North Carolina maintain that the photo ID requirement is a safeguard against in-person voter fraud at the polls, although they’ve produced scant evidence of any appreciable voter fraud to safeguard against.
            Indeed, attorneys for the plaintiffs in the case assure that the state won’t present any evidence of such now.
Last July, presiding US District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder separated the photo ID aspect of the NCNAACP v McCrory lawsuit against the state’s Voter Information Verification Act before going to trial. Instead, the three-week proceedings dealt with whether the voting restrictions of House Bill 589 – passed by the Republican-led NC General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory in 2013 after the US Supreme Court gutted Section Four of the 1965 Voting Rights Act – violated the constitutional rights of African-American voters by shortening the early voting period, and eliminating same-day registration and provisional voting, among other restrictions.
Despite their defense of the voter law, Republican lawmakers were apparently concerned enough about the constitutionality of the stringent voter ID provision that they, without notice and just prior to the July trial date, moved to soften some of its restrictions in hopes that the judge would accept it.
Instead of requiring a government-issued photo ID, like a driver’s license, for voting purposes, the amended version now allows those without ID to vote due to a “reasonable impediment” after they fill out a form, and then present alternative identification like a utility bill baring their proper name and address.
Judge Schroeder determined that there were still constitutional issues worth considering, and thus delayed hearing arguments on it until now.
At press time, Judge Schroeder had yet to render his decision on the issues dealt with in the first trial, and may wait until after this 4-7-day proceeding to deliver a complete verdict. However, last Friday, Schroeder did deny the NCNAACP’s petition for a preliminary injunction to block the in-person voter ID requirement in the upcoming March 15th North Carolina primaries, saying that the state had undertaken a wide-ranging campaign to educate voters as to the change in the ID law.
The NCNAACP charged last week that that campaign has only confused voters because it is filled with false information about the requirement for a photo ID to vote. They maintained that voters were not being properly educated as to their rights if they didn’t have a photo identification, or being instructed on what to do if they had any reason for not having one when they showed up to vote.
Rev. Barber added that poll workers had not been properly trained yet as to how to instruct voters when they did come to the polls without photo ID.
While attorneys for the state are expected to argue in court starting Monday that the law has now been relaxed enough to pass constitutional muster, as shown in South Carolina when the same “reasonable impediment” was applied to it’s voter ID requirements, attorneys representing the NCNAACP, the US Justice Dept., and the Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project will maintain that any requirement to vote beyond the age of eligibility and citizenship is a violation of constitutional rights, in addition to the 14th and 15th amendment to the US Constitution.
“Our challenge to voter ID is that it is an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote,” Attorney Irving Joyner, chairman of the NC NAACP Legal Redress Committee told reporters last week. “The Constitution is the guiding principle that we have.”
Joyner said the “reasonable impediment” feature may solve some problems, but not all of them, and some people could still be denied the right to vote as a result, which is why even the modified voter ID law is being challenged.
“Real people” are being injured by North Carolina’s voting restrictions, said Denise Lieberman, senior attorney for the Advancement Project. People like plaintiff Rosanell Eaton, a 94-year old black woman who was denied the right to vote 70 years ago when she was forced to take a literacy test. Now, as an eligible voter of seven decades, again she’s having to unconstitutionally prove her citizenship beyond what this required.
Another attorney for the plaintiffs, Michael Glick of the Washington, DC firm Kirkland and Ellis, told reporters Tuesday that “…the state knew that both the photo ID requirement and the need to go through this separate “reasonable impediment” process would burden African-Americans, and further deter them from coming to the polls in the first place in light of that burden.” 
Atty Glick added that unlike in-person voting, there is no photo identification requirement for absentee voting, which is fundamentally unfair because it’s more likely to be used by white voters, whereas black voters demonstrably favor early in-person voting.
NC NAACP Pres. Rev. William Barber says the fact that the state was forced to soften the voter ID law prior to trial is a sign that the Forward Together Movement is winning the battle over voter restrictions in North Carolina. Win or lose, the NCNAACP will still lead the Tenth Annual Moral March on Raleigh/Historic Thousands on Jones Street People’s Assembly Saturday, Feb. 13th , to push for voter registration for the upcoming March 15th primaries and the Nov. 4th general election.
“We still believe that [voter ID] will not ultimately stand up in court,” assured Rev. Barber.


                                                            LINDA COLEMAN

By Cash Michaels

            Editor’s note – There are a large number of African-American candidates running for office in North Carolina during the 2016 election, certainly one of the largest ever. During this campaign season, we will focus on several of the campaigns so that our readers know more about them.

            For Linda Coleman, it’s about the issues, and whether North Carolina families are being treated fairly by this economy, and their government. With a life steeped in public service, Coleman believes as lt. governor, she can make a difference for those families, which is why she vying again this fall for the office.
            “Public service is what I love,” Coleman once told a questioner while campaigning in Greensboro in 2012.
            First Ms. Coleman has to win the March 15th primary against Democratic opponents Holly Jones, Ron Newton, and Robert Wilson. If she wins that, Coleman will be on the November ballot, along with Libertarian J.J. Summerell, seeking to unseat first-term Lt. Governor Dan Forest, who defeated Coleman by a slim margin in 2012.
            She wants that rematch.
            “The Republican majority running things in Raleigh continues to unravel so much of what built our great state…,” Coleman says on her campaign website, “… and all the while they’ve had a cheering partner in our lieutenant governor. It’s time for a different approach.”
            Lt. governor is an elected position separate from governor in North Carolina, meaning theoretically Republican Gov. Pat McCrory could win re-election, and Coleman, a Democrat, could be elected as Lt. Governor.
            Beyond being the next in line constitutionally in case, for some reason, the elected governor is unable to fulfill his duties, or presiding over important events in the governor’s absence, the NC lt. governor also presides over the NC Senate, voting there only to break a tie. The lt. governor also chairs various state boards and commissions, including the state Board of Education and board of Community Colleges.
            “Of course education is very key to our future and our children’s future,” Coleman told the African-American Caucus of the NC Democratic Party last November in Chapel Hill. “And community colleges are important because they connect businesses to the workforce training that’s done for this state.”
            Beyond all that, service as lt. governor can be a springboard for possible run for governor in the future, political observers say. Indeed, Gov. Beverly Perdue first served as a state lawmaker, then as a lt. governor before finally winning the top seat in 2008, making history as the first woman governor in North Carolina history.
If Coleman indeed wins in November, she would be only the second African-American in the history of the state to be a member of the NC Council of State – a constitutional panel of the state’s nine top elected officials, chaired by the governor, who make important decisions about the borrowing of money, the sale of state property, and other matters.
            When both governors Perdue and Pat McCrory wanted approval of the Dorothea Dix property in Raleigh, they both brought the matter to the NC Council of State, where the governor, lt. governor, secretary of state, attorney general, commissioner of Agriculture, commissioner of Insurance, commissioner of Labor, supt. of Public Instruction, state treasurer and state auditor then voted on it.
            The only African-American ever to serve on it was the late Ralph Campbell Jr., the state auditor from 1993 to 2005.
Coleman is the mother of two, a grandmother of two, and “a proud product of the public school system of this state.”
            She was born and raised in Greenville, earning her B.A. from NC A&T University on Greensboro. She later earned a masters in public administration from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
            In her public life and after teaching in the classroom, Coleman was elected to the Wake Board of Commissioners, chairing that body.  She was then elected to the NC House, serving three terms, helping to past the Earned Income Tax Credit “which helped put money back into the pockets of working families,” she says.
            As a state lawmaker, Coleman also helped to pass the Racial Justice Act, which helped correct racial-biased death penalty sentences. Both laws have since been repealed by the Republican-led NC General Assembly.
            Coleman is also proud of what Democrats accomplished in giving women access to affordable health care in the state, tax incentives to small businesses, in addition to more funding for education.
            Indeed Coleman has blasted Lt. Gov. Forest for suggesting that public education in the state can be funded through the sale of license plates, like the special one he has on his car.
            “It is the General assembly’s job to fund education, and that’s what we need to do,” Coleman said recently.
Coleman then went on to lead as the director of the Office of State Personnel from 2009 to 2012. She left that post in 2012 to first run for lt. governor. She lost by a razor-thin 6,800-vote margin to Dan Forest with 2.1 million votes cast for her statewide.
“Raleigh is just not working for us anymore. We are working for Raleigh to fund the wealthiest among us,” Coleman told the AAC-NCDP in November, noting how Republican tax reform has shifted the tax burden from the rich to working families, and eliminated the childcare tax credit.
“We need somebody to go to Raleigh and say, “Listen, let’s start working for the people of North Carolina,” Linda Coleman says about her candidacy for lt. governor. “Let’s bring North Carolina back.”



            The city of Raleigh is spending $1 million to expand the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens, complete with additional parking, a picnic area, restrooms, and  large grassy area for programs to be held. The bronze statue of Dr. King, and the famous memorial brick wall will remain, along with the water memorial. The gardens were dedicated in 1990, and has been visited by thousands of citizens from across the state and nation. The Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Dept. is overseeing the expansion, which should be completed by 2017.

            Last October, a vandal spray-painted “Kill a Cop, Save a Child” over a mural on the side of the Garner Police Dept. The criminal act outraged the community, and a fundraising campaign was immediately started to repair the damage. This week, the Garner PD unveiled a new police station, and with it, a new outside mural featuring Garner police officers with children, portraying them as protectors of the community.  The new station is located at 912 7th Avenue.

            The North Carolina Central University Eagles men’s basketball team made it clear this week that the school’s chancellor, Debra Saunders-White, is in their collective prayers as she battles kidney cancer. They wore special warm-ups with her name emblazoned on them during Monday night’s game against Hampton University. Ultimately the Eagles lost by one point, but Coach LeVelle Moton told the team that some things are more important than basketball, and honoring their chancellor in her gallant fight against cancer was one of them.



            [ROCKY MOUNT] On what would have been Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual 87th birthday, NCSU Prof. W. Jason Miller, who originally discovered a tape of Dr. King’s Nov. 27th, 1962 first “I Have a Dream” speech in Rocky Mount, unveiled a website where now the whole world can hear the entire 55-minute address. The website address is and features photos and information about Dr. King’s visit to Rocky Mount. Prof. Miller is the author of the book, “Origins of the Dream,” and co-producer of the upcoming film, “Origin of the Dream,” about the intellectual relationship between Dr. King and poet Langston Hughes.

            [RALEIGH] Unless you were in downtown Raleigh Saturday near the state Capitol Building, you wouldn’t have known that the Confederate national  flag was flown there to honor the birthday of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, which was actually Tuesday. Reportedly it was a small flag flown right under the North Carolina state flag, and it was flown Saturday because the Sons of Confederate Generals were having a program on the state Capitol grounds. Gen. Lee’s birthday was actually Tuesday, Jan. 19th. The Confederate national flag looks more like the American flag than the controversial Confederate battle flag.

            [DURHAM] The Wal-Mart Stores chain has announced that its closing 269 stores worldwide, with half of them in the United States. 17 of those shuttering are right here in North Carolina, and while most of them will be smaller Express stores in Four Oaks, Broadway, Red Springs and other smaller Eastern North Carolina communities, the large supercenter in Durham near NCCU is also slated to be shut down. Wal-Mart operates 11,000 stores worldwide. Some 10,000 employees reportedly will be affected by the closings .

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