Category: News Briefs Written by Tim Skubick, WWJ
According to WWJ Former Governor Jennifer Granholm could be headed to the White House.
WWJ’s Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said there are rumors surrounding a possible appointment of Jennifer Granholm.
“We’ve seen this movie before, the only question is whether it will have a different ending. Granholm, the state’s former governor, has been on the list before for joining the Obama administration. The popular wisdom is that if indeed this is going to happen, and we have no idea if it will, but the Energy Secretary position will be open and she was up for that before, but she didn’t get it,” Skubick said.
Some published reports say if Attorney General Eric Holder steps down, Granholm may be considered for that position. Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa Jackson has already announced she’s leaving soon, and Granholm could be considered for that position as well.
“There are two schools of thought. If they wanted her in the administration, she already would have been there, that’s one school of thought. The other school is ‘Look, she’s been doing other stuff, she’s available, she’s looking for work, why not pick her?’” Skubick said.
Granholm most recently said she would be leaving her job at Current TV, where she has hosted “The War Room,” a public affairs program, for the past year. She said she plans to go back to “teaching, speaking and other things.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:20
Category: News Briefs Written by Alexis Taylor, AFRO.com
A new reality television show in the works for the Oxygen cable network, home of the “Bad Girls Club” and “I’m Having Their Baby” programs, has spawned outrage in the African-American community.
The program, “All My Babies’ Mamas,” is set to follow Carlos Walker, better known by his G-Unit rap moniker “Shawty Lo,” as cameras film the day-to-day activities surrounding him, his eleven children and their ten different mothers.
Petitions protesting the show, which is set for a spring 2013 debut, have already drawn more than 18,000 thousand signatures against the hour-long series produced by DiGa Vision, a production company funded by former producers from MTV.
“It’s an abomination and it is designed to demoralize and exploit our children,” said Sabrina Lamb, author and founding chief executive officer of the youth financial education organization, WorldofMoney.org.
Lamb said the children who have no choice in having their “pain and humiliation up for sale” are the main reason why the more than 14,000 supporters of her petition are putting more focus on this program than on what she called other “minstrel shows” such as VH1’s “Love and Hip Hop.”
“These images are going around the world- and the international community is watching,” Lamb told the AFRO, angered that the antics and aggressive attitudes of the African-American women on shows like “Real Housewives of Atlanta” are often automatically speaking for the entire demographic.
In an open letter posted on the web site My Brown Baby Jan. 3 to Oxygen Media CEO Jason Klarman, Lamb said, “By all accounts, Oxygen Media wants young women to be self-hating, violent and catty while using their considerable spending power to support your advertisers.”
Lamb said she is outraged because the show is propagating a lifestyle of unprotected sex and abusive relationships. She also added that televisions shows like the proposed “All My Babies’ Mamas” are an act of desperation from a Black community “starved” to see themselves glorified on the tube, regardless of the image they are propagating to the masses.
“Is this how far we’ve come?” Lamb asked, adding that Walker “doesn’t need a reality television show- he needs therapy and a few boxes of condoms.”
The Lamb petition is one of four entreaties on Change.org to protest the show.
Along with Lambs petition letter, petitions by four other people opposed to the show have also been posted to the Change.org website, all in favor of cancelling the show Oxygen Media unveiled Dec. 26.
In a press release Oxygen Media said it is hoping to draw viewers in by broadcasting the “highs and lows of this extreme 'blended family' that is anything but ordinary.”
“Oxygen will give fans an intimate look at unconventional families with larger than life personalities and real emotional stakes,” said Cori Abraham, senior vice president of development for Oxygen Media, in the statement. “‘All My Babies’ Mamas’ will be filled with outrageous and authentic over-the–top moments that our young, diverse female audience can tweet and gossip about.”
Still, not everyone is interested in seeing the company prosper by capturing the family as it grows in number and “dysfunction.”
“It degrades society and sets a bad immoral example for our younger generation along with eroding the value of commitment in a family setting,” said Harriette Watkins one petitioner from Decatur, Ga.
“Why can we never show a Black man as a positive role model?'All My Babies’ Mamas’ is a slap to the face of men taking care of their responsibilities,” said Tiffany Austin, of Spanaway, Wash., another petitioner. “It is glorifying all the wrong things.”
According to the Huffington Post, the network has pulled the 13-minute preview that was previously posted on its website, but has not announced plans to the cancel the program.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 10:01
Category: News Briefs Written by Jarrett L. Carter, The Root
According to Jarrett L. Carter at the Huffington Post, leaders at historically black colleges and universities are at the forefront of the national discussion around gun control and violence.
… the vestiges of desegregation and the accompanying suburban black flight, a failed war on drugs, and the death of the industrial era counter the affluence with social ills that, for many, not only justify getting a gun, but pulling the trigger and going to prison as a result.
Newtown, Tucson, Blacksburg and other communities where gun violence has claimed innocent lives have recently advanced the national discussion on how to curb gun violence, but black colleges have long been the unseen, unheard advocacy institutions working to end the same blight in predominantly black metropolitan areas for generations. HBCUs have dedicated curriculum and sponsored research for entrepreneurial development, secondary educational reform, domestic violence reduction, gang intervention and serving under-represented populations in mental and public health access -- the key social elements that can lead to an awareness and conquering of gun violence.
Black colleges work to identify and end most circumstances that can push a fragile mind or heart to a weapon as a last resort, often with the smallest federal and state allocations assisting in the fight to save the most maligned racial groups. And if the work of HBCUs can make a dent in ending gun violence in black communities, imagine this blueprint in action in communities nationwide where "this kind of thing doesn't happen."
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 09:32
Category: News Briefs Written by Rebecca Adams, thehuffingtonpost
Sorry folks, the holidays are officially over -- for the Obamas, at least. After celebrating Christmas in sunny Hawaii (Michelle even personally called children about Santa!), the first family made their way back to the White House yesterday, marking the end of their annual trip to the president's hometown.
Of course, the always-thrifty Michelle Obama knew just what to wear for the occasion: the same exact dress she wore while stepping off the plane in Honolulu in December. This time, she opted to pair the geometric printed number with a black cropped cardigan and chunky sandals.
The art of packing light is not one that we can say we've mastered (just ask all of the airport check-in personnel that have scoffed off our pleadings to forget about the whole over 50 lbs. rule just this once). But Mrs. O's ability to effortlessly switch things up with one single travel dress is definitely convincing us that this tactic could be worth a try. Plus, maybe we'd look as fresh as the first lady does if we had a few less garments to lug around the airport...
What do you think of Michelle Obama's go-to travel dress? See pictures of the first couple departing on Air Force One below and tell us: do you pack as well as FLOTUS does when you go on vacation?
Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/06/michelle-obama-dress-hawaii-holiday-photos-pictures_n_2420153.html?ir=style&utm_campaign=010613&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Alert-style&utm_content=Title
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 09:18
Category: News Briefs Written by thehuffingtonpost
Does wearing a hat keep you warm if you're dancing naked?
That's the question University of Michigan professor Andrew Maynard answered in a YouTube video posted on the school's Risk Science Center account. The video explains that the widely held assumption that 70 percent of a person's body heat escapes through the head is just a myth, which started when a military manual gave the cap too much credit. It's not essential to wear a hat when it's cold, Maynard argues.
"You look at the scientific literature and you realize that it's just not true," Maynard told WJBK. "You lose as much heat through your head as you do through any other exposed part of your body."
Maynard admits he has told his own family members to wear a hat outside, and he says doing so does help you keep cozy in the cold.
The point he makes in the video is simply that you should not expect a hat by itself to do the majority of the work to keep your body warm. He also notes that if you wear thermal underwear, it's even more important to wear a hat, because the head is then the only point where heat can escape.
You need not wear a hat in the winter just because you're bald either, Maynard says. It's yet another myth that bald people are at a disadvantage because hair can keep the body warm.
"Actually, it doesn't do that much," Maynard said. "You'd need a heck of a lot of hair to keep all that heat in."
Last Updated on Monday, 07 January 2013 08:59
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
ROYAL OAK (CBS Detroit) – It may not be sandals and T-shirt weather, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego a day strolling at the Detroit Zoo.
The zoo at the intersection of I-696 and I-75 is open all winter, rain, shine, sleet or snow, which means you can experience the magic of the Detroit Zoo in the wintertime and enjoy family-friendly adventures during Wild Winter weekends in January, February and March, 2013. The eighth annual series of winter events feature children’s music, zookeeper talks, games and crafts. All activities are free with regular zoo admission.
Special programs are as follows:
Wild Winter Arctic Adventure – Jan. 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Embrace the arctic chill of winter with arts and crafts and live performances. Watch ice carving demonstrations and learn about the Zoo’s arctic animals with enrichment activities and zookeeper talks.
Wild Winter African Adventure – Feb. 9 and 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with an African drum lesson and listen to stories told by Kenyan naturalist and Detroit Zoo Education Specialist David Gakure. Enjoy live entertainment, arts and crafts, games and educational experiences.
Wild Winter Safari Social – March 9 and 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Escape the winter “blahs” with hot drinks and cool treats. Ice cream and hot cocoa will be available for purchase at a discount. Animal arts and crafts, face painting, animal enrichment activities, zookeeper talks and a winter safari scavenger hunt add to the fun.
The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The zoo is open 362 days a year, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October.
Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61, $12 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $9 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free).
Last Updated on Friday, 04 January 2013 09:16
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) Remember shopping at Parisian stores for your holiday gifts? Those days are gone, disappearing alongside the days people took the trolley to Hudson’s.
Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. announced Wednesday it will convert its Parisian nameplate in its three stores in the Detroit area — to become Carson’s stores.
That means the Parisian stores in Rochester Hills, Livonia and Clinton will now be Carson’s stores.
Why? The company currently uses the Parisian nameplate under a license from Belk, Inc., from whom the Company purchased these stores in 2006. The term of the license expires January 31, 2013, a spokesman explained.
“We believe the conversion will be seamless for our customers, as we are merely changing the store nameplate to Carson’s, said Brendan Hoffman, president and chief executive officer. “Our Parisian customers in the Detroit area will find our outstanding merchandise offerings and our commitment to providing excellent service remain unchanged.”
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 273 department stores, which includes 11 furniture galleries, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates and, in the Detroit area under the Parisian nameplate.
The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The newest Parisian anchors The Mall At Partridge Creek Clinton Township.
Last Updated on Thursday, 03 January 2013 09:03
Category: News Briefs Written by WWJ
DETROIT (CBS Detroit) The U.S. House of Representatives passed a deal late New Year’s Day, 257-167 with both GOP and Democratic support, that averted the so-called “fiscal cliff.”
What does that mean for Michigan?
Congressional approval of legislation that keeps America from going over the fiscal cliff is proof that Democrats and Republicans can work together on behalf of the voters who sent them to Washington, said Oakland County Democrat Gary Peters.
Peters said the legislation combines tax hikes on high-end wage earners with spending cuts to get the budget in line.
“I think one of the most important messages to come out of this debate was that in order for us to deal with the deficit we’ve got to have a combination of revenue, which means tax increases, as well as cuts, and we’re going to continue to see that in the months ahead,” Peters said.
Four Michigan Republicans crossed over and voted with House Dems on the measure, including Candice Miller of Harrison Township and Mike Rogers of Brighton.
Peters said — with this stalemate behind them — there will be a renewed spirit of bipartisanship when the new Congress is sworn in.
“We’ve got a new Congress coming in just on Thursday … We have to continue to make some very difficult choices, some very difficult decisions have to be made, and hopefully we can make those in a balanced way,” Peters said. The deal was cobbled together after marathon talk sessions between Vice President Joe Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
Obama said it ”raises taxes on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into a recession.”
According to CBS News, the deal protects existing tax rates for individuals making less than $400,000 a year and couples making $450,000; sets the estate tax rate at 40 percent, up from 35 percent; increases capital gains from 15 to 20 percent; extends current unemployment benefits; continues the milk industry subsidy and freezes the pay of members of Congress.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 January 2013 10:32
Category: News Briefs Written by Dr. Andre Perry , The Root
On the University of New Orleans' WWNO website, Andre Perry writes that America's favorite storyline is one of an underdog who exacts revenge, often in blood. It seems a bit ridiculous, then, when critics call Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained too violent. What happened to peace? he asks.
What is fascinating about Tarantino and his fetish for violence is that he reveals our cultural wants and desires. Tarantino sees our national mores so well because he wears so much of his own on his sleeve. In the United States, to make things right you've got to get even. Getting even means blowing someone's head off.
After one of the most unspeakable acts of mass murder and gun violence ever committed on American soil, the following days saw gun sales go up. Critiquing Tarantino for having too much gun violence is the national pot calling the kettle black.
Just as I paid for and enjoyed Django, we morbidly cheer when someone gets even using violence. As Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out, eye for an eye forms of justice leaves everybody blind. In one of the final scenes after Django exacts revenge, his antagonist Stephen, played by Samuel Jackson screams, "You're going to be the one who's on those wanted posters." The cycle of getting even never ends.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 10:21
Category: News Briefs Written by Ivory Johnson, The Grio
The American public is finally coming to grips with the consequences of going over the fiscal cliff, even as special interest groups fiercely protect territory abducted in previous legislative battles. Nobody should be shocked by this development, except Generation X who came late to the beer party and could be stuck with the entire tab.
Inebriated citizens notwithstanding, the bills are finally coming due. Congress, heaving under the invisible weight of $16 trillion, spent decades ostracizing anyone who would challenge their math. Those who discussed the accumulating debt were caricatured as noble street preachers, scoffed at and dismissed by budget chairmen with a congenial disregard usually reserved for less formal settings.
And yet the fiscal cliff appears before us.
Should the scheduled sequestration go into effect on January 1, 2013, the economy is projected to contract at an annualized rate of 2.9 percent in the first half of 2013 and by 0.5 percent over the entire year. Moreover, the unemployment rate could rise to 9.1 percent at the end of the year from 7.7 percent today. Unfortunately, a sluggish economy would mitigate government revenue required to service the debt, while taking no action at all would increase the nation’s burden by $7.5 trillion.
Throughout this tug of incomplete policies, it’s been understood that out of control government spending led to this inevitable showdown. According to “White House Burning”, however, non-defense discretionary outlays have been four percent of GDP for the last 50 years, suggesting that our demand for government cuts has been largely misdirected. Truth be told, the increasing expenditures are a direct result of the rising cost of entitlement benefits, as people are living longer and health care costs have been skyrocketing for decades.
Meanwhile, social security retirement and disability trust funds would be depleted in 2033 and incoming revenue would only be enough to cover three-quarters of scheduled benefits. Furthermore, the Medicare Trustees now claim that trust fund will be exhausted by 2024. It seems that Generation X has bad timing, born too late to benefit from the profligate spending and still old enough to suffer the consequences.
In fact, one could make the argument that the demographic with the most to lose has yet to consolidate its political power and influence policy. Virtually every proposed solution to the entitlement shortfalls concentrates the sacrifices on a generation with little responsibility, whether it involves raising FICA taxes on younger workers during their peak earning years, delaying full retirement age or lowering the CPI growth assumptions for social security.
The AARP already has a well-deserved seat at the table, defending the interests of Baby Boomers who aggregately voted for low taxes, small government and personal responsibility. In light of the unfunded entitlement liabilities, it’s worth mentioning that seniors receive far more in services than they pay into the system.
Nevertheless, a staunch advocacy group for Generation X is largely absent from the discussion despite having few crumbs from the cookie jar visible on their fingers. If we’re serious about addressing the greatest fiscal dilemma in our nation’s history, the entire populace will have to cut back, pitch in and shoulder the weight of reckless economic policies.
In the absence of all voices being heard and incorporated into viable solutions, subsequent legislation may be to the detriment of future job creators, something that has already been addressed with great volume.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 December 2012 10:02
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