Daily Archive: December 19, 2012

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    White Blogger Calls Chief Keef’s New Album a ‘Primitive Minstrel Show’

    Writing for NBC, veteran Chicago political journalist and author, Edward McClelland, described “Don’t Like” rapper Chief Keef‘s debut album on Interscope Records, Finally Rich, as a “minstrel show.” According to McClelland, author of the books “Young Mr. Obama: Chicago and the Making of a Black President” and “Nothin’ But Blue Skies: The Heyday, Har …

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    Big Boi’s Big Kidz Foundation Names Clifton L. Camp, Esq., Member of 2013 Board of Directors

    Atlanta businessman and community leader Clifton L. Camp, Esq., CEO of MarketingCamp, LLC, will join the 2013 Board of Directors for Antwan “Big Boi” Patton’s Big Kidz Foundation. As an Atlanta influencer, Camp has been named to the board of directors for the Atlanta-based Big Kidz Foundation, Inc. The appointment will be announced Dec. 19, during the Big Kidz Foundation Holiday Mixer, which happens from 6:30p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Stankonia Studios, 677 Antone St., Atlanta, Ga. 30318.

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    President Obama Taps VP Biden to Lead Gun Laws Task Force

    (CNN) — President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the National Rifle Association, which leads the pro-gun lobby in the United States, “has members who are mothers and fathers” likely impacted by the Connecticut school shooting that killed 20 young children. The nation will have a set of recommendations to address widespread gun violence within weeks, President Obama announced Wednesday. Vice President Joe Obama will lead an inter-agency group to come up with “concrete proposals no later than January — proposals that I then intend to push without delay,” the president said.

    Kids Get Free Meals and Toys at Butler Street YMCA

    The Butler Street YMCA hosted a free food forum for children on Tuesday afternoon. The Y has been closed for some time, but a few local chefs and volunteers opened it up to provide children with some holiday cheer (and a meal). Shane McIntosh, the Executive Chef and Owner of Ocean Catering Company, was one of a number of chefs who stepped in to give local kids in the community a balanced meal for free.

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    Hawks Dusted By Speedy Guard (Again) But Manage to Pick Up the Win

    Jordan Crawford couldn’t be stopped on Tuesday night. Thankfully for the Atlanta Hawks, he ran out of gas. Crawford, the speedy guard for the Washington Wizards, torched Atlanta for a triple double that included 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists, but his final shot in overtime was an air ball and the Hawks were able to eek out a win, 100-95. It was the second career trip-dub for Crawford and he became the sixth player in franchise history to register a triple-double against the Hawks. He joined Si Green (1964 against the St. Louis Hawks), Gus Johnson (1969), Wes Unseld (1970), Darrell Walker (1991) and Gilbert Arenas (2004). Only Crawford and Unseld did it in losses, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    ‘Lincoln’ – A Great Piece of History

    My family went to see “Lincoln,” the much advertised and critically-acclaimed new film by Steven Spielberg. The plot centered on one particular phase of the president’s legacy. That was the abolition of slavery and how he got it done. All of us were taught the Emancipation Proclamation was the vehicle that abolished slavery in America. That just is not true and Spielberg brilliantly showed us the real story. That’s right it was not the Emancipation Proclamation.

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    President Barack Obama Named Time Magazine Person of the Year

    (CNN) — President Barack Obama is Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2012. “We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Barack Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America,” Time said in announcing its choice. “In 2012, he found and forged a new majority, turned weakness into opportunity and sought, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union.”

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    Predatory Lending Practices Continue to Weaken Blacks and Hispanics

    In the first report of its kind, the Center for Responsible Lending has examined consumer lending markets across-the-board and found that despite recent regulatory reforms predatory lending continues to undermine American households trying to rebuild their finances after the recession. The State of Lending in America and its Impact on U.S. Households (State of Lending, http://rspnsb.li/stateoflending) paints a picture of working families struggling to manage debt while coping with stagnant incomes and a substantial decrease in wealth. In fact, the housing crisis has produced the largest documented wealth gap ever between White households and families of color.

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    Behind the Hymn: Silent Night

    It was written by the priest Father Joseph Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. In 1859, John Freeman Young (second Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of Florida) published the English translation that is most frequently sung today. The version of the melody that is generally sung today differs slightly (particularly in the final strain) from Gruber’s original, which was a sprightly, dance-like tune in 6/8 time, as opposed to the slow, meditative lullaby version generally sung today. Today, the lyrics and melody are in the public domain.

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    The Next Einstein is Black

    Amidst a sea of smiles and tears, Southern University-Baton Rouge graduated more than 500 new alumni on Friday, sending them off into hopeful futures as professionals and soon-to-be graduate students. Among them: Polite Stewart, a cum laude graduate out of the university’s Department of Physics, who would love nothing more than to have most people regard him for who he is — a rising star in the physics research field.

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    Passionate About the Wrong Things

    I was in a cab just the other day when the driver chided me for not knowing football. He was a big Redskins (I call them the Deadskins because they need to change their name) fan, and was obsessed with RG III. I must confess that I did not know who RG3 III was until the driver informed me and told me that I was culturally deficient because I lived in Washington, D.C. and did not follow football.

    One Week, Two Sides of Obama

    Over the span of one week, two different sides of President Obama emerged in different yet unforgettable terms. This first was political, involving Susan Rice’s decision to withdraw her name as a candidate for Secretary of State. The second was deeply personal in the wake of mass murders in a Newtown, Conn. elementary school. In a column explaining her decision to withdraw her name, Rice said: ” …As it became clear that my potential nomination would spark an enduring partisan battle, I concluded that it would be wrong to allow this debate to continue distracting from urgent national priorities — creating jobs, growing our economy, addressing our deficit, reforming our immigration system and protecting our national security.”