Category: RTM News Reel Written by News One
Cast members on “The Preachers of L.A.” have been criticized for being flashy and having big, rock star personas. So would the show be better, more realistic, if you threw a storefront preacher into the mix? Roland Martin and Rahiel Tesfamariam, founder of Urban Cusp explored that scenario on “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin. As Tesfamariam noted, a typical church has a congregation of about 70 people. Not that the makers of the Oxygen show are out to reflect reality, she adds. “When you put a show like that on that network,” Tesfamariam said, “I feel we already know what this is going to be about… They’re filling a quota.” Do you agree? Listen to the full exchange below, and tune in to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin weekdays at 10am EST.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 16:43
Category: RTM News Reel Written by NewsOne Staff
Harry Belafonte filed a lawsuit against the estate of Martin Luther King Jr for the rights to sell documents from the late civil rights leader in an auction.
In the suit, filed in a Manhattan federal court this week, the 86-year-old claims he was prepared to auction off the items in 2008 however the King's estate "astonishingly" blocked it. He insists that Coretta Scott King gave him a number of items before she passed in 2006 and he has the right to do with them as he pleases.
According to reports, the documents include "an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King, notes to a speech King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn., and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after the civil rights leader's 1968 assassination."
"For more than a decade, Dr. King and Mr. Belafonte worked at the epicenter of this nation's historic Civil Rights movement, a history that is well documented," states the complaint, citing the close relationship between King and Belafonte. "From Memphis to Birmingham, to Washington, D.C. and beyond, Dr. King and Mr. Belafonte worked on strategies and collaborated on issues that would transform American society."
In the contrary, the King family argues that Belafonte "wrongfully acquired" the collection and refuses to return the items.
Miles Alexander, a lawyer for the King estate, declined to comment on the suit.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:41
Category: RTM News Reel Written by NewsOne Staff
Qwentyn Hunter (pictured), 6, drowned in a pool aboard a Carnival Cruise Line vessel on Sunday while at sea during the last leg of a four-day Caribbean cruise, according to CNN.
The Winter Garden, Fla., boy was reportedly in the pool with his 10-year-old brother and other members of his family when the ship's DJ noticed the child struggling in the water. He immediately stopped the music and beelined towards the pool in an effort to save him.
Fully clothed, the DJ and others dived into the pool to help rescue the drowning boy.
Eyewitness Deshaun Christian, 23, watched the heroic efforts of the men as they tried desperately to save the boy's life. The men's efforts failed, as he could not be resuscitated. According to Christian, a kind of mass hysteria broke out after the child was pronounced dead.
"It was a lot of chaos, people were going crazy, people were praying, they had their hands to the sky. It was a scary scene, seeing a little boy just lifeless," he told CNN.
Now there is talk of whether the cruise ship should have had life guards on duty at the pool. But the cruise line, which has had its fair share of negative press in the not-too-distant past, is defending itself by stating that children should be watched by their caregivers at all times–particularly around pool areas.
In an e-mail to CNN on Monday, Carnival Cruise spokeswoman Joyce Oliva said in a statement:
"Carnival extends its heartfelt sympathy to the family during this very difficult time. The company's CareTeam is providing assistance and support. Parental supervision is required for children under 13. In this case, there was a parent present at the time of the incident."
Earlier this year, a 4-year-old boy nearly drowned in a pool aboard the Disney Fantasy a few hours before it was set to depart on a seven-day Caribbean cruise from Port Canaveral.
Perhaps now is the time for the cruise ship line to revisit its position regarding life guards at their public pools.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:13
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Michael Arceneaux/ NewsOne
For the life of me, I will never understand the kind of Black conservative that longs to be nestled under the bosom of stupid, indignant White conservatives, hoping to get an animal cookie–or better yet, ogled like a baby kangaroo at the National Zoo.
Before you even dare suggest it, I'm not referring to the likes of Colin Powell or even Condoleezza Rice. I'm referring to the type of Black conservative willing to dismiss history and the dignity of their people and other disenfranchised groups in order to have a media career among those who hate them.
I'm talking about columnist Star Parker, who stepped out at the Haus of Hatred known as the Value Voters Summit. There, Parker offered opening remarks themed around the "enemies of God" who are purportedly using homosexuality to undermine marriage. In her twisted assessment of events, "homosexuality is now dividing us and bringing hostility into the public square." These same people are also trying to get Christians to smoke weed, get naked in front of strangers, and give up both their God and their guns, she says.
Parker also doled out the following advice to gay people: "Keep it private." Why? To make you comfortable?
Isn't the whole point of America to be as free as you choose to be? Better yet, it's Parker's own fault that she chooses to look at homosexuality solely through the prisms of oral and anal sex. I don't sit around thinking about heterosexuality as only a man and a woman getting drunk and making a baby. If anyone chooses to think of sex in a perverse way and feel all icky about it, that's on them.
Mind your own stroke, sis.
And like any dim-witted conservative who buys into the false narrative that the national media is controlled by a gang of left-wing politicos, Parker whined about being "mistreated" by select members of the press. I don't know what planet this woman lives on, but most things controlled by large media conglomerates rarely, if ever, tilt that far to the left. I could further explain why, but why bother with people who treat the truth like it comes with a case of herpes and irritable bowel syndrome?
I can't confirm if this woman is certifiably stupid, but based on her remarks in this clip, I'm prepared to send her a dunce cap for Christmas. So, comedians make fun of your bigotry, your zealotry, and your delusion. Big damn deal. You're not dying from prejudice and you're certainly not subjected to being immediately fired for your ridiculous beliefs. You're free and clear to be as bullheaded and bigoted as you please.
Unlike you, gays don't have it so lucky.
People like Parker can't even base their biases on scripture as there are a growing number of clergymen better informed on the Bible and spurring meaningful debate in the process. But not Parker.
Her non-nonsensical, religious philosophy is akin to a time in which members of the faith cited scripture to justify slavery, abhor miscegenation and relegate women to second tier status. Thanks to their efforts, Parker now has the opportunity to appear before "Values Voters" who are now repeating their mistakes with gay people.
If you're a victim of similar wrongdoings, why get on that podium with pom-poms and perpetuate a similar form of prejudice? Is the notoriety really worth it? What a waste of melanin.
P.S.: If I sound "hostile," I'm only reciprocating what's been given to me.
Michael Arceneaux is a Houston-bred, Howard-educated writer. You can read more of his work on his site, The Cynical Ones. Follow him on Twitter: @youngsinick
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 11:26
Category: RTM News Reel Written by Ruth Manuel-Logan/Newsone
Semone Adkins (pictured) and Trazjuan "Bubba" Hunter (pictured) are celebrating a regal win in more ways than one by becoming the first couple with Down Syndrome to be crowned homecoming king and queen at Florida's West Orange High School, reports WFTV.
According to the Down Syndrome Association in Central Florida, Adkins and Hunter are the first students with the disorder to receive the prestigious honor in the state of Florida.
The couple made their grand entrance to the school's festivities in high style; She arrived in a pricey black Mazerati roadster and he made an equally impressive splash as he cruised in on a red-hot Italian number, a Mazerati.
The two looked quite spiffy, as Adkins wore a Roman goddess-inspired gown, while Hunter looked dapper in his black tux. The teens, who are reportedly really popular amongst their peers at the school, were elected by the student body to hold the celebrated and highly-coveted spots.
Both Adkins and Hunter handled their roles with grace as they posed for the cameras. The youths donned their crowns and sashes as both of their parents looked on with emotion-filled anticipation and happiness.
"I am so happy," Hunter's mother Janice Morgan exclaimed. "Words cannot express what I am feeling right now. I am so proud of him. We love you guys."
Karen McNeil, Adkin's mother, enthused, "She is a beautiful girl. Not just outside but inside also."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:47
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