Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
This week has been quite an eventful for R&B singer Faith Evans. Not only did the Grammy Award-winner reveal the release date of her October 2 album, “R&B Divas,” she also made history with her new TV One reality show of the same name.
Today the network announced that the Monday’s debut of the series, which also stars R&B singers Nicci Gilbert-Daniels, Monifah Carter, Syleena Johnson and Keke Wyatt, delivered the most watched original premiere in channel’s history netting nearly 900,000 total viewers.
"We were confident in the quality of production and that the compelling storytelling deriving from the Divas' willingness to present their lives so openly and honestly would result in an entertaining series,” TV One EVP of Programming and Production, Toni Judkins, said in a statement. “We're pleased that the ratings reflect the viewers' interest in and support of the show and TV One."
In addition to serving as the show’s co-producers the New Jersey native is also helming executive producing duties for her forthcoming opus, which is a tribute to her late friend Whitney Houston.“I'm extremely excited about executive producing this Faith Evans R&B Divas album and working beside some of the premiere female R&B vocalists of our generation,” she said in the album’s press release.
“I'm also proud to honor to my dear friend and music Icon, Ms. Whitney Houston and give back to the community in doing my part to help save performing arts in schools. Making this album has been an incredible experience, and every true fan of R&B music will be touched by these beautiful songs of love, hope and triumph!”
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 01:27
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Conventional wisdom in Detroit dictates that The Villages is one of the ripest areas for retail success in the Motor City. A small group of local stakeholders has come up with a plan to help make that happen through a pop-up retail pilot program.
The Villages is a conglomeration of high-end neighborhoods (Indian, Islandview and West Village) on Detroit's East Side near Belle Isle. The new program seeks proposals to create retail and restaurant/bar businesses along Agnes Street between Van Dyke and Parker streets in West Village.
"The Villages are very dense neighborhoods," says Brian Hurttienne, executive director of The Villages Community Development Corp. "We are just lacking a commercial component to make it a very vibrant neighborhood, like bars, coffee shops, ice cream parlors. It's those sorts of things that raise the quality of life."
To make that happen, The Villages Community Development Corp is teaming up with the Detroit Economic Growth Corp, West Village Manor Apartments and Parkstone Apartments to solicit proposals to create full-time and temporary (commonly known as pop-up retail) businesses this fall and winter. The businesses would utilize vacant ground floor retail space in the apartment buildings.
"The pop-ups are expected to be a bit of an infill," Hurttienne says. "They could turn into a long-term tenant or be something quick, like an art gallery."
This pilot project is the first phase of a larger retail initiative for The Villages. The goal is to attract stable, long-term businesses to The Villages and other similar neighborhoods in the city. Participants in the program will have access to help to create innovative marketing and engagement strategies, real estate matchmaking services, and the suite of implementation resources that will be made available.
The DEGC is heading up the pilot program and is working to spread it to other local neighborhoods. For information, email Michael Forsyth here. The deadline for proposals is 10 a.m. on Sept. 10.
Source: Brian Hurttienne, executive director of The Villages Community Development Corp
Writer: Jon Zemke
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Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 01:20
Category: Breaking News Written by Jackie Breg
That’s the message of Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts, who believes that when it comes down to it, that one of the greatest determinants of student success is simply being “present.”
Roberts embarked upon an exhaustive community-wide campaign to make that point earlier this month, beginning with a private reception with faith-based leaders to encourage them to get and stay involved in urban student education.
The campaign, coined “Attendance — First Day, Everyday, All Day!,” is leveraging multiplatform communications vehicles from social and traditional media to targeted events aimed at educating area families about the importance of education, according to Steve Wasko, the Chief Communications Officer and Assistant Superintendent for Community Relations for Detroit Public Schools (DPS).
Many families — who were introduced to the campaign during the more than 200 community “Neighborhood Days” events hosted earlier this month in cooperation with its founder ARISE! Detroit — were on the fence about sending their children to DPS left reported more confidence about the system.
“We weren’t in before today, but we’re in now!,” states Mrs. L. Jackson, a mother of three boys under 10 years of age, who visited the mobile DPS enrollment unit during Neighborhood Days. Roy Roberts has brought welcome organization, efficiency and enthusiasm back to DPS. I really saw a different DPS at the Neighborhood Days event and feel that my local school is better-prepared to provide the education my kids deserve today. That’s why when they go back to school, they will be back to DPS.”
THE POWER OF THE PULPIT
The campaign got its biggest lift this past Sunday, with the support of more than 20 of Detroit’s most prominent pastors, who delivered a unified message from the pulpit in support of the importance of education.
It was a unprecedented effort, that will deliver unprecedented results, according to Rev. Lonnie Peek, President and CEO of eBusiness Strategies, a Detroit based project management consulting company and lead organizer of the event.
“When you give congregants a positive initiative to get behind, they stand-up and stand behind it,” says Peek. “We’re confident that attendance will be up and will stay up in DPS as a result of the campaign.”
Peek is one of the creative minds behind the “First Ladies, First Day Pledge,” a first-of-its-kind pledge to support back to school efforts which range from organized prayer for student, administrator and teacher success to back to school greeters by Detroit’s most prominent thought leaders — its First Ladies. (See First Ladies Leave Lasting Impression story inside this week’s Chronicle)
AN AWESOME AMBASSADOR
For the third year running, the Spirit of Detroit statue on Monday will begin sporting a custom-designed iconic Blue “I’m In” T-shirt made of 300-square feet of fabric as part of Detroit Public Schools’ most expansive Back-to-School enrollment campaign to date.
Such powerful efforts deserve further attention and support. Are you in?
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:48
Category: Breaking News Written by Bankole Thompson, Chronicle Senior Editor
Biden’s remarks overshadow Detroit rally
As Vice President Joe Biden heads to Detroit to campaign at Renaissance High School on Aug. 22, some are wondering what he will say next. I am not.
But if you’ve been following presidential politics closely, because November’s decision will be the most important for the next decade for everyone, you will realize it has been much ado about nothing regarding Biden’s remarks in Danville, Virginia last week. He told a majority African-American audience that Republicans “will put y’all back in chains,” in reference to claims that the GOP will deregulate and “unchain Wall Street” if Gov. Mitt Romney is elected.
Because he was speaking to a predominantly Black audience, Biden has been criticized for pandering to racial politics, and invoking sentiments that remind us of slavery and the bitter days of Jim Crow. As a result, some in the GOP have called for Biden to be dropped from the ticket.
Others have said his remarks only go to exemplify the so-called negative campaign of the Obama camp.
“You know, these are the kinds of things you say when you’re desperate in a campaign. I think you’re going to hear more of these things as we go on because they have a terrible record and can’t run on it so they’re going to kind of sink this campaign to these low levels to distract people,” Paul Ryan, the Republican vice presidential candidate said about Biden’s remarks in an interview with Fox News. “To try and, you know, stoke the emotions of fear and envy, and it’s just not going to work. People are going to see through this. We’ve gone from hope and change to anger and division and blame and attack and I think people are going to see through this.”
Meanwhile, Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s deputy campaign manager, said the campaign has no problem with Biden’s use of the phrase that seemed to anger their opponents so much.
“I think he probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments,” Cutter said about President Obama. “He’s using a metaphor to talk about what’s going to happen. I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. If you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at Mitt Romney’s stump speech where he basically calls the president un-American. The bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments.”
So will Biden repeat those remarks when he stops in Detroit to rally votes for November?
I don’t think so.
But one thing that is amazing about the so-called outrage is that it is coming from individuals who had an opportunity to appear credible in the eyes of the public before but blew it.
If Romney and the entire field of critics who are so upset about Biden’s reference to chains are genuine in their outrage, why didn’t they stop the nonsense from Donald Trump who made a crusade, complete with press conferences, questioning the president’s birthplace and education?
Where were they when Rev. Franklin Graham came out on Eastern Sunday morning last year — the most important day in the Christian calendar — and questioned President Obama’s loyalty to the Christian faith? Graham expressed doubt that Obama is a Christian because his father, who died as an atheist, was once a Muslim.
Where was Paul Ryan, who now seems to be concerned about fear and division when those seeds of fear and division that he’s talking about were first planted by elements within the right wing GOP who in many cases serve as their surrogates?
Where were all these men and women now angry at Biden when certain elements in the Tea Party used racial politics, including the birthers to suggest somehow that President Obama is not one of us, leading to the famous refrain, “We want our country back,” despite the conspicuous silence of such a sentiment during the George W. Bush years?
The double standard is not only ridiculous, it is shameful and embarrassing because some politicians prefer that we have no recollection of recent history. They act as if no one is a student of history, able to remember what happened just 12 months ago.
Whether it was the appropriate terms for Vice President Biden to use to describe economic policies under a Romney presidency is up for debate and has its merits and faults.
What we can’t do is sit here and act as if his critics have a clean record on calling out either gaffes and deliberate, carefully chosen words intended to hurt the subject in question or take away their legitimacy.
The subtlety of phrases that speak to the founding fathers and injecting anecdotes of how the nation was founded and the value system carries deep political and geographical overtones. And its been done mostly by GOP lawmakers upset at the president, seeking to play to a certain element in the extreme right wing who see President Obama as anti-American or un-American.
These are interesting and historical times, to watch what some men and women will do to win an election. That is why it is important that we do not allow dust to be thrown into our eyes.
No matter what Biden said and what he will say in Detroit on Wednesday, the fact remains that his GOP critics are no better.
Where was Paul Ryan when Republican Congressman Joe Wilson called President Obama a liar in the halls of Congress as he delivered the State of the Union Address?
To watch a congressman hurl such an insult at a sitting U.S. president inside the chambers of Congress was not only unprecedented, but one that spoke to the division that Ryan ironically suggested in responding to Biden’s remarks.
This is why the GOP will have to work hard to convince the majority of African-Americans that they are the party of the future. Some in the GOP are working tirelessly to show that it’s the party of inclusion but recent actions by some of its leaders betray any outreach efforts that are been made.
Don’t scapegoat the “chains” remarks. Move on to the bigger issues and how the 2012 election has now changed to what the role of government must become in an era of austerity, and the fight to preserve Medicare and Social Security.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:22
Category: Breaking News Written by WDIV
Jury selection begins Tuesday in Kilpatrick federal trial. Jury selection in trial against Kwame Kilpatrick, Bobby Ferguson, Bernard Kilpatrick, Victor Mercado continues Tuesday.
Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will be back in court Tuesday as the jury selection process continues in the federal corruption trial against him.
Kilpatrick, his father, Bernard Kilpatrick, contractor Bobby Ferguson and former Detroit water department director Victor Mercado all face charges in the case which accuses the men of participating in a criminal enterprise.
A pool of 400 prospective jurors will be reduced to 80 based on answers to questionnaires which were filled out this past week.
Traditional questioning will select the final jury members who will hear testimony beginning Sept. 6.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 10:01
Category: Breaking News Written by WWJ.com
DETROIT (WWJ) - Several Michigan cities have enacted laws on dealing with panhandlers and now, Detroit will be on the list.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s Rob Sanford reports the new ordinance, which takes effect next month, puts restrictions on what a person can and can’t do when asking for money.
The Detroit City Council approved the law last month after a request from the Police Department.
The law is the first regarding begging since 1998, and is meant to prevent panhandlers from becoming aggressive toward passersby. Penalties can include fines or jail time.
City Attorney Tanya Long said the ordinance doesn’t prohibit begging, but forbids it in certain areas.
“They’re enumerated specifically as part of the ordinance, and include places like waiting in line, food establishments, ATMs, bus and train stations,” she said. “(They’re places) where a person is held really to be in one location and can’t move.”
The upgraded law is supported by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which last year sued over a longstanding statewide law that prohibits begging. A judge’s ruling is pending.
ACLU staff attorney Dan Korobkin told The Detroit News that the city should be commended for improving their code to protect constitutional rights.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:55
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Several workers who believe they were fired unjustly from GM's Bogotá, Colombia, Colmotores plant say they are willing to starve to death if the company doesn't meet their demands, according to reports.
Their mouths sewn shut in a hunger strike that began Aug. 1, the workers are calling on the auto giant to compensate them for serious injuries incurred on the job and to place them back in the workforce.
"We are all totally prepared to die," Jorge Parra, a former GM worker and union activist, mumbled in Spanish through needle-and-thread-stitched lips, according to the Toronto Star.
Those who have publicly joined the strike in front of the U.S. embassy in Bogotá are in danger beyond the prospect of starvation; according to the Wall Street Journal, "several dozen" union activists are killed in Colombia each year. The Journal added that the Colmotores protests began a year ago, but received little attention until the hunger strike. A representative told the paper the U.S. embassy was "monitoring the situation."
Parra, suffering from "terrible pains" in his stomach, has a herniated disc and torn muscles around his spine, according to the Star. Another hunger striker, Manuel Ospina, a father of five, told the paper he can barely walk after falling while carrying heavy equipment. The two men are among at least seven former GM workers with their mouths stitched closed, with more expected to join the protest.
Asotrecol, the union headed by Parra, says the GM Colmotores plant routinely fires employees who suffer debilitating injures common to the job in order to avoid paying medical benefits, the AFL-CIO blog reports. Around 95 percent of claimants lose their wrongful-firing suits, according to AlterNet.
GM, which reportedly walked out of an arbitration session Aug. 6, said in a statement it had never fired employees for medical reasons.
AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka called on both the U.S. and Colombian governments -- both bound by a fair-labor promise in the U.S. Colombia Free Trade Agreement -- to intervene on behalf of the small Colombian union.
“The U.S. and Colombian governments must bring GM Colmotores into dialogue with Asotrecol to help facilitate a swift and fair response to the workers’ grievances,” Trumka said in a release.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:46
Category: Breaking News Written by Huffington Post
Draft language for the 2012 Republican Party platform includes support for a constitutional ban on abortion without specifying exclusions in the cases of rape or incest, according to CNN.
The news comes amid ongoing controversy surrounding Rep. Todd Akin's (R-Mo.) suggestion that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant. The GOP Senate candidate running against Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has faced calls to abandon his campaign from both parties despite attempting to walk back his remarks.
Details on the party's position also come with the Republican National Convention just one week away.
"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the GOP platform states, according to CNN. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."
After Akin's comments landed in the headlines on Sunday, Mitt Romney's campaign moved swiftly to distance itself from the congressman's remarks. HuffPost's Laura Bassett and Sam Stein reported at the time:
"Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Andrea Saul, a Romney spokesperson, told The Huffington Post.
While Saul's statement is consistent with Romney's position on abortion, it's a clear departure from Ryan's position, which is that abortion should only be legal in cases where the life of the mother is at risk. Ryan sponsored a fetal personhood bill, which would effectively criminalize abortion and some forms of birth control without exceptions for rape victims.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 August 2012 09:39
Category: Breaking News Written by Eur Web
Tracee Ellis Ross Leaves BET Show ‘Reed Between the Lines’
Tracee Ellis Ross is tired of pretending she likes the show, “Reed Between the Lines.”
Ok, that’s not what she said, but she is leaving the terribly scripted so-called BET comedy. Her departure comes shortly after joining the cast of NBC’s fall pilot, “Bad Girls,” a show about women in federal prison. The show wasn’t picked up, though.
So what’s the plan?
In a statement Ross said that, “Reed Between the Lines” was a show, “I believe in and care about,” and that there was a “chance,” that she might return at some point.
“Reed Between the Lines” will (unfortunately) continue without her.
Ross played Carla, the wife of Alex Reed (Malcolm Jamal Warner). The busy power couple attempts to manage raising three children while maintaining a loving relationship.
The second season will launch next July, but the couple will be separated as Carla moves away to Los Angeles to pursue her dream job.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 17:37
Category: Breaking News Written by Politics 365
Augusta National Golf Club Admits First Black Female: Condi Rice
Augusta National Golf Club Chairman Billy Payne announced today that former Secretary of State Condi Rice will be a member of the club. She will be their first Black female member in history. Former polices at Augusta mandated that all caddies be Black and that no women could join.
Augusta National Golf Club opened in 1932 and did not admit a Black member until 58 years later in 1990. Augusta National only invited and accepted a Black member following a controversy at another all white country club, Shoal Creek Golf and Country Club, located in Alabama. Tiger Woods has won the club’s tournament, The Masters, 4 times. He won the first time in 1997 only 7 years after the club admitted their first Black member.
Rice will be a member along with South Carolina businesswoman Darla Moore. Rice and Moore will be the first two female members of the club in the 80 year history of Augusta National.
Rice is also the first Black woman to be the provost of Stanford University where she is currently a professor. Other member of Augusta National Golf Club include Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Jack Welch.
Rice was quoted in USA Today as saying, “I am delighted and honored to be a member of Augusta National Golf Club. I have visited Augusta National on several occasions and look forward to playing golf, renewing friendships and forming new ones through this very special opportunity. I have long admired the important role Augusta National has played in the traditions and history of golf. I also have immense respect for the Masters Tournament and its commitment to grow the game of golf, particularly with youth, here in the United States and throughout the world.”
Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 17:24
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