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Rev. Jesse Jackson Calls For Mass Demonstrations to Protest Detroit’s Emergency Manager

Rev. Jesse Jackson is calling for mass demonstrations to protest the appointment of Detroit’s emergency manager. The civil rights leader told the Associated Press that the appointment of emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr represents a “constitutional crisis” for the city. Jackson wants to see the Justice Department get involved and plans to meet with city leaders and clergy this week. ...

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Fox News Pundit: Gun Background Checks Will Allow KKK to Control Black People

A Fox News pundit asserted on Tuesday that a Democratic plan to expand gun background checks would allow the Ku Klux Klan to control black people and keep guns out of the hands of women who’d had abortions. Conservative pundit Star Parker told Fox host Sean Hannity that she had created a web video which explains the connections between lynchings ...

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Chicago: 7 People Shot During Rap Video Release Party at Local Nightclub

Seven people were injured when at least three gunmen opened fire at a Chicago nightclub early Thursday morning. Accord to police, three men pulled out guns both outside and inside  of Mr. G’s Supper Club and Entertainment Center on the South Side  and opened fire.  The shooting took place shortly after 1:00 AM. Officer Hector Alfaro confirmed that the shooting ...

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Your Black World Spotlight: Dr. Michael O. Chapman

    1)   What is your name and what do you do? I am Dr. Michael O. Chapman an educator and executive in the education and religious services industries with over three decades of diverse professional experience, I have enjoyed a successful career filled with several significant accomplishments, leading to my recognition in the distinguished network of prominent professionals ...

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Federal Warden In Colorado Denies In-Person Interview Of IRP 6 With Your Black World

By Victor Trammell Beginning in October of 2012, I began investigating the federal convictions of the so-called IRP 6 on behalf of YourBlackWorld.net. The IRP 6 are a group of men (five black and one white) who were convicted in October 2011 on multiple federal counts of  fraud. One of the men, Gary Walker is the founder of the company that the six men ran called IRP Solutions. IRP Solutions was a software development company, which opened its doors for business in 2003 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The primary goal of the company was to develop software that would help law enforcement agencies engage in more effective processes of investigative resource planning. On November 5, 2012, I wrote an article, which was published on BlackBlueDog.com ( also affiliated with YourBlackWorld.net). The article gave a summary of the events (which transpired from 2002 to 2011) surrounding IRP Solutions and its senior management team. A portion of my orignal article on this case reads as follows: “In 2005, IRP Solutions’ offices in Colorado Springs were raided by the F.B.I.  They confiscated software codes and other sensitive information. For reasons unclear, the agency also probed into the bank records of the  executives’ family members. Agents then probed into the personal records of members of the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church, which is where the IRP executives attended service regularly. Why would such an extreme action be carried out by what most people believe is a responsible federal law enforcement agency? In 2009, all six executives were indicted on multiple federal counts of fraud. In October 2011, Gary Walker and his business partners were found guilty. They are all serving sentences around 10 years and are working on appealing their convictions.” (BlackBlueDog.com) The IRP 6 were accused of defrauding some staffing companies, who claimed IRP Solutions owed them money for labor they performed to build the designed software. IRP Solutions never denied owing the staffing companies money. IRP simply told the staffing companies that they needed additional time to sell the software. It is worth noting that these kinds disputes are usually litigated in civil court, not in a criminal proceeding. Since my original article on the IRP 6 was published, I have been regularly corresponding with members of a social advocacy group called A Just Cause, which is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. A Just Cause has been instrumental in helping the IRP 6 gain the legal representation needed to appeal their convictions. Sam Thurman, the president of A Just Cause is one of the chief representatives that I have been in contact with since last October. For the purpose of gaining a better understanding of the case, I told Mr. Thurman and members of A Just Cause that I was interested in conducting an in-person prison interview with Mr. Walker and other members of the IRP 6. The purpose of my interview was to question the IRP 6 separately (with their attorneys present) about details surrounding their appeals. I was also interested in hearing an explanation about the alleged violation of their 5th Amendment rights during the trials. A Just Cause reassured me that if I could get permission from the Federal Bureau of Prisons to conduct the interview, they would make any travel and hotel accommodations I would need to make the trip to the Federal Prison Camp FPC) in Florence, Colorado. The IRP 6 are being held at FPC and have maintained their innocence throughout the course of this case. In December of 2012, I reached out to Randall Mitchell, the Public Administration Officer of FPC in Florence, Colorado. Mr. Mitchell instructed me to submit my request in writing with a company letterhead stating the purpose of my visit and the proper verification of my credentials as a correspondent of the media. By January 2013, I submitted my response in the form of an email with the company letter attached to it. After the letter was sent, I received a call from Ed Ross, a public relations official with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Mr. Ross told me that his agency needed an additional letter from one of my superiors at YourBlackWorld.net. In the letter, Mr. Ross asked that one of my superiors verify I was a paid correspondent for YourBlackWorld.net. The verification was needed to ensure that I was indeed a member of the media because media members get a security clearance that is different than traditional inmate visitors. The Federal Bureau of Prisons also wanted to be sure that I was not a random free-lance writer or journalist. I thought the requests were understandable. Mr. Ross also told me that he did not see why my request for an in-person interview would be denied once his agency received the letter from one of my superiors at YourBlackWorld.net. The letter from my designated superior was sent by the beginning of  February 2013. I was eager to visit with Mr. Walker and the other IRP 6 members in person to give them a chance to tell their story to the public. It is their personal and God given right to be able to do so. Once the letter from my superior was received by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, I was told by Mr. Ross that I would get a response from the Warden of FPC. Mr. Ross told me that “everything looked good” but that the final decision on the interview would rest with the Warden. I finally received a letter (dated on February 28, 2013) from Mr. D. Berkebile, the Warden of FPC in Florence, Colorado. Mr. Berkebile denied my request for an interview of the IRP 6 citing “concerns over institution safety and security.” I am continuing to work with A Just Cause and Pastor Rose Banks of the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church to gain a better explanation from the prison over their denial of the exclusive interview. After visiting the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church and meeting with various members of the A Just Cause Organization this past weekend, I have been able to gain more critical information. This new information has convinced me that the IRP 6 definitely need a new trial. Stay tuned in to BlackBlueDog.com for additional information about this case. Justice for the IRP 6 must be served. To read the original Your Black World article written about the IRP 6, click on the following link: http://www.blackbluedog.com/2012/11/commentary/fraud-or-injustice-black-owned-software-company-brought-down-by-federal-government/                      

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New Morehouse President: “the president of the United States and his staff have a lot of respect for me”

By Staff Blogger As a student at Atlanta’s Morehouse College in the 1970s, John S. Wilson, attended a church where the pastor had also graduated from Morehouse College. “I think he preached about Morehouse as much as he preached about Jesus,” Wilson said. “I followed that path.” However, Wilson didn’t like the bureaucracy of the college and during a conversation with Benjamin Mays, the college’s former president, he shared his views. Mays challenged Wilson to stay at Morehouse, graduate, go out and learn a few things, and then return ready to improve the college and that’s just what he did. Wilson returned to Morehouse College as it’s president in January. Morehouse is one of the oldest and most respected historically black colleges in the country. Originally, Wilson had intended to go to college in Pennsylvania but at the last minute he decided he “needed” to go to Morehouse. “From the start, it felt right,” Wilson said. “When my classmates started coming — Martin Luther King III, Spike Lee — we all became friends.” Wilson continued his education at Harvard University for advanced degrees in 1979. Then he went on to occupy various positions at MIT and George Washington University as an associate professor of higher education. Wilson was taken in by President Obama in 2009 as executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. While he was working at the White House, Wilson challenged HBCUs, historically black colleges and universities, to improve graduation rates. He also encouraged more donations to colleges to improve facilities and to hire experienced faculty so that they could expand academic programs in growing areas such as math, science, technology and engineering. “I have a cathedral vision for the future of black colleges,” Wilson said. Discussing the visit of President Obama to Morehouse on May 19, Wilson stated, “I took a phone call from the White House. I didn’t plant that seed,” Wilson said, “That was grace. But it’s safe to say that the president of the United States and his staff have a lot of respect for me and the job that I did there. But his visit here is not about me. It’s about Morehouse College.” However, when Wilson was asked if being president of Morehouse is his “dream job,” he stated, “I do have high ambitions for Morehouse. What I was dreaming of when I was a student here was a great Morehouse,” said Wilson, who envisions being president for seven to 10 years. “But I will not refer to this as my dream job until I’m finished.”

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Study: African-Americans Get Four Times As Many Abortions as Whites

A new study shows that black women are excellent customers for the nation’s abortion clinics.   The abortion rate among African Americans, according to the Guttmacher Institute, is 41 per 1,000 women among the 15-19 year old age group.  This is more than double the national average of 18 per 1,000. The rate is also four times higher than that of non-Hispanic Whites, which stands are 10 per 1,000, and twice as high as Hispanics (20 per 1,000).   The study also shows that black women are the most likely group in America to get an abortion.   The highest state on the list is New York.. Believe it or not, this number is not as bad as it was in 1990, when it stood at 80 per 1,000.   But even though the total number of abortions has declined, the percentage of pregnancies that end in abortion remains the same.   The study also shows that black women, despite representing 13 percent of the female population, get 30 percent of all abortions.  Part of this is due to the placement of abortion clinics in urban communities, making them a bit more accessible to those who desire them. Rachel Jones, a senior research associate at the Guttmacher Institute, said that the study doesn’t explain why black women get so many abortions relative to the rest of the population. “There’s no definitive research that’s actually been able to answer that question. We just do know that African-American women, including African-American teenagers, just have more pregnancies,” Jones said.

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Pres. Obama’s Cabinet Appears to be “Whites Only”

President Obama is getting a bit of a backlash for not appointing any African Americans to his cabinet.  Despite having a bi-racial president, the Obama Administration has kept African Americans out of the picture on high-level appointments by the president. The Congressional Black Caucus isn’t happy with these moves by the administration.  According to   Al Kamen   from The Loop, the denials of black appointees by the administration has led to some degree of disappointment among some of Obama’s most loyal constituents.   A letter to the Washington Post further highlights concerns of rank and file voters on the issue.  Phyllis Blair wrote the following: I have been appalled at the president’s decision not to turn to the best and brightest African Americans, now or in his first term. Attorney General Eric H. Holder remains the only African American to head a Cabinet department. I am so puzzled by this. There are many smart, competent and efficient African American leaders. We Democrats are always putting Republicans down, but even Presidents Bush and Reagan had more black people in their Cabinets than does Mr. Obama. Does Mr. Obama not have faith in us? No one is asking him to line the Cabinet with African Americans, but give us a fair share. After all, he would not be where he is without us.   Rep. Marcia Fudge, the chair of the CBC, sent a letter to the White House on the matter, stating that the president is ignoring the nation’s diversity in its appointments. “You have publicly expressed your commitment to retaining diversity within your cabinet,” she wrote. “However, the people you have chosen to appoint in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country’s diversity.” Since the first time, both black members of the president’s cabinet have resigned, along with both Hispanic members.   Fudge mentions that the president received overwhelming support from African Americans, which is justification for him to consider African Americans for these important posts.  There are also some who wonder why all of the minorities in Obama’s cabinet chose to resign.  Did they not feel empowered in their positions?    

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Reports Claim Rihanna and Chris Brown Slated for “Wild” Summer Wedding

. Reports are buzzing that trouble makers Rihanna and Chris Brown are slated for a “wild” summer wedding this year. A source told Now magazine ” Rihanna doesn’t want a big dress or boring old confetti. She wants to get married in her bikini and have a carnival atmosphere .” The source added: “ They want it to be relaxed and fun, like a ‘playground ,’ and to celebrate with the people who have stood by them .” The source said it’s “ her [Rihanna] ‘F*ck you!’ to the world. ” The unconventional wedding is allegedly slated for July in Rihanna’s home country, Barbados. The news of the summer wedding comes weeks after Rihanna discussed becoming a mom with  Elle UK.  In five years, she sees herself becoming a mother. ” I will probably have a kid ,” she said. “ Right now, that’s just what we want, a great friendship, that’s unbreakable ,” she says of she and Chris Brown’s relationship. “ Now that we’re adults we can do this right. We got a fresh start and we’re thankful for that .” When Rihanna celebrated her 25th birthday this year, she and Chris Brown were seen spending quality time together along the Hawaiian beach. Rihanna shared her birthday bash experience with the world via Instagram and Twitter — posting pictures of her birthday cake, she and Chris Brown, and many other things. Chris Brown, 23, will be celebrating his 24th  birthday in May. Do you believe the lovers will be good parents?  

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