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Saturday, October 25, 2008

For those that feel that racism no longer exists in America.

A young man went to ‘Journey’s’ (shoe store) in Kansas City, MO. He bought a pair of shoes and then saw an identical pair at a different store for less. As such, he bought the identical shoes from the cheaper store and took back the original more pricey pair to Journey’s. Later on that night, as we has reviewing the receipt, he noticed that the reason for the return was ‘Dumb Nigger’. When he took the receipt back to the store, they didn’t even apologize but did admit that said ‘reason’ was in the system

http://www.kmbc.com/video/17768384/

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Please take the time to see “Earthlings”.

As we contemplate our future while discussing the merits of differing fuel sources, let’s also discuss how we treat the least among us, the animals we live with.  This is a very disturbing, but extremely important documentary.

I watched this 80 minute documentary last night and had difficulty going to sleep.  The images were too striking for me to dismiss as isolated events.  Understand that what is presented here is just the trailer.  I’ve read that the video is on Google Videos.  I haven’t checked so I don’t know for sure.

If you are strong enough to watch this video in its entirety, take the time to talk about it to the people in your life that you care about.

“OF ALL THE FILMS I HAVE EVER MADE, THIS IS THE ONETHAT GETS PEOPLE TALKING
THE MOST. FOR EVERY ONE PERSON WHO SEES EARTHLINGS,THEY WILL TELL THREE.”
-Joaquin Phoenix, actor/narrator

“IF I COULD MAKE EVERYONE IN THE WORLD SEE ONE FILM,I’D MAKE THEM SEE EARTHLINGS.”
-Peter Singer, author Animal Liberation

“EARTHLINGS IS THE DEFINITIVE FILM OF ALL TIME THATAMERICANS DON’T WANT TO SEE.”
-Gretchen Wyler, The Humane
Society of the United States

“EARTHLINGS IS THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST OF ANIMALRIGHTS FILMS.”
-Aint It Cool News

“FOR THOSE WHO WATCH EARTHLINGS, THE WORLD WILLNEVER BE THE SAME.”
-Tom Regan, author A Case
for Animal Rights

“EARTHLINGS MAY BE THE MOST POWERFUL FILMEXPERIENCE I HAVE EVER KNOWN!”
-Brent Emery, Senior VP, Maverick Films
“EARTHLINGS IS NOTHING SHORT OF A MASTERPIECE!”
-Lionel Friedberg, producer Animal Planet

“PROVOCATIVE AND DEFIANT. THIS IS A DEFINITIVE MILESTONE!”
-Edmund Stone, In Defense of Animals

“WATCHING EARTHLINGS IS THE GREATEST GIFTI HAVE EVER RECEIVED.
I CANNOT BELIEVE HOW IGNORANT I HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST.”
-Bryce Dallas Howard, actress

“IT IS A RARE EXPERIENCE TO BE CHANGED BY A FILM.  EARTHLINGS HAS THAT POWER.”
-Persia White, actress/activist

“THE MOST POWERFUL MOVIE I HAVE EVER KNOWN."-Robert Cohen, NotMilk.com

“THE CITIZEN KANE OF DOCUMENTARY FILMS.”
-Linda Blair, actress/activist

“A REAL TESTAMENT TO THE QUALITY OF A FILM.EARTHLINGS IS AMAZING!”
-Professor Cristina Gibson, UC Irvine

“ONE OF THE MOST PERSUASIVE MOTION PICTURES EVER MADE!”
-Ron Lipshultz, director
Green Reel Film Festival

“VIEWERS WILL NEVER BE THE SAME."-Carly Harrill, 944 Magazine

“BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM OF THE YEAR!”
-Progressive Awards, PETA

“ABSOLUTELY EPIC!”
-John Feldmann, musician Goldfinger

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Someone to be proud of.

I love this girl.

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Monday, August 04, 2008

I apologize if you’ve already seen this, but…

I felt that you needed to see it again.  If for no other reason, the reasons outlined in the video should be enough to bring our troops home where they belong.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Genocide in Sudan continues daily.

A college student shot by Sudanese security forces because the color of his hair and skin resembled that of Darfuri rebels.

Paramilitary and security forces going from house to house, arresting men and boys, throwing them in trucks and speedingthem off to unknown destinations.

These are fragments of daily life in Sudan. This is more than a crime scene. This is genocide.

We cannot stand idly by as genocide continues. Nearly a year has passed since the U.N. resolved to send peacekeepers to Darfur - we need your support to make sure they don’t forget their promise.

We have only 5 days left to raise $200,000. Please make a secure online donation today.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/protect_darfur/nydMjcwpqHjqJ?

There are hopeful signs, and your activism has made a profound difference. The recent joint statement on Darfur from Senators Clinton, McCain and Obama was historic - the first time since World War II that presidential rivals have come together on a foreign policy issue.

But the people of Darfur shouldn’t have to weather seven more months of unspeakable atrocities until a new U.S. president takes office. We will continue to demand accountability from the current president, from those who want to be president, and from everyone with the power to address this humanitarian crisis.

But we can’t do any of that without your support.

We are still $165,000 away from our $200,000 goal for this critical campaign. Send a gift before the end of the month and help chart the path to peace for Darfur.
https://donate.savedarfur.org/08/protect_darfur/nydMjcwpqHjqJ?

Our common humanity demands action. There isn’t a moment to lose.

Best regards,

Colleen Connors
Save Darfur Coalition
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Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this
urgent campaign.

http://action.savedarfur.org/join-forward.html?domain=savedarfur&r=ydMjcwpqHjqJ

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Chandra Leigh Brown is a guest on hyhradio.com

Hear a portion of her story and why she was recognized as the “International Chairperson for the Disabled 2006” for her hard work since her brain injury in 2002.

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Monday, March 24, 2008

I’m on display at the Ocean County Library.

For more information about these and other photos, please view and visit the following slideshow.

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Monday, March 03, 2008

My daughter is a champion.

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She entered her first dance competition and came away with;

1. One First prize trophy
2. Two gold ribbons
3. Two first place ribbons
4.  A future Star award.
6.  One Gold medal

I have no idea how she did all of this seeing that she competed in only two dances.  She was in a solo dance and a trio.  For some reason the judges felt she was awesome.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

I’m not saying Barack Obama is the “perfect” candidate

The other day I was listening to Joe Madison on satellite radio and a caller and he were talking about Obama’s campaign.  Madison often talks about how black people are undervalued, underestimated and marginalized in politics and within American culture.  On this particular day, I heard both of them saying how if Barack Obama were to become president that we would no longer be undervalued, underestimated and marginalized.  While I heard this, I didn’t really listen (at the time).  Today, it really hit me. And I realized how powerful that statement was.  While I don’t believe things will change overnight, can you imagine the paradigm shift, if the most powerful leader in the world were a black man?  Our kids and grandkids would have a completely different mindset about what black people can and cannot attain. 

No longer would it seem so abstract or elusive for them to want to grow up and be president.  I think we can all agree that black men are the most undervalued, underestimated and marginalized members of our society.  Could society start to view them differently if the most powerful man in the world was a black man?  How differently would America be viewed in the eyes of the billions of people of color around the world?  Do you think a black man could have more success with the countries in the Middle East?  Would a black president (unlike the last 2 presidents) be more likely to step in when genocide is happening in Africa?  Would al Queda pause their violent campaign against American forces if a brother asked to meet with them?  Maybe my insight is long in coming or I’m naive but for some reason today I really thought long and hard about how it would affect our world today and the affect upon young kids growing up today.  Children of all colors would see that all people have value and that no one should be undervalued, underestimated and marginalized solely based upon color.  That idea is powerful to me.

I’m not saying Barack Obama is the “perfect” candidate but he’s as fine a candidate as anyone who is running right now.  Originally, I backed another candidate but in the last couple of weeks, I began to change my mind.  The idea of voting for someone solely because they are black was not palatable to me unless there was some compelling reason.  For example, I would never vote for a Clarence Thomas because I see him as a selfish and closed person unwilling to extend a hand to people who look like him.  It appears to me, that he is the kind of black man who likes being the “token” and will do anything and everything to please his white benefactors.  I hear conservatives gush about him but what I also hear is their admiration for his “loyalty”.  He’s like the trusty dog who fetches his master’s slippers and is rewarded for his special tricks for his master’s amusement.  I don’t see Barack like that.  I may not agree with everything he votes for but I believe that he operates based upon conviction.  He appears to me to be his own man and will do the right thing for the right reason.  Of course, Obama may not get the Democratic nomination but for the reasons I explained above, I decided to put my money where my heart is.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

What’s the matter with people?

Why don’t people understand what voting is all about?  I’ve been hearing more and more people say this or a variation of it, “I’m not voting for [insert candidate here] because I don’t think [insert candidate here] will win and I don’t want to waste my vote.”

What’s the matter with people?  Elections aren’t popularity contests!

The problem is that so many people pay too much attention to published polls that they forget the purpose of THEIR individual vote.  They feel that if a poll says that candidate X is ahead, then that candidate is the only viable one running.

NH is an example of the fallacy of that type of faulty thinking.  Obama was ahead in almost every poll yet he lost to Clinton.  This should be proof enough to explain it.

Has anyone else heard this mess?

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Monday, December 31, 2007

Bush’s last day

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Hanging noose found at Columbia University

This is for those of you with innocent souls that continue to deny that racism is alive and well in the US.

Columbia University planned a town hall meeting Wednesday for faculty and students to discuss the discovery of a hangman’s noose on a black professor’s office door, an incident which the university’s president described as an assault on the entire university.

Police are investigating the incident, which was discovered Tuesday night, as a hate crime. The noose, an echo of other recent incidents involving the symbol reviled by many for its association with the lynchings of the Old South, was hung up on the door of a professor at the university’s Teacher’s College.

“This is an assault on African Americans and therefore it is an assault on every one of us. I know I speak on behalf of every member of our communities in condemning this horrible action,” Columbia President Lee Bollinger said Tuesday.

Columbia did not immediately say which professor was targeted, but she was identified in the local media as Madonna Constantine, a professor of psychology and education and author of a book entitled “Addressing Racism: Facilitating Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Educational Settings.”

A noose left hanging on the officer door of a respected African-American professor at Columbia University prompted students to stage a demonstration, chanting: “not in my school”.

University officials are stunned, to say the least. Officials plan a community meeting

to confront the issue. But students were already in action with protests.

Many at the school call the hanging noose—a cowardly act.

The noose was found by another professor, hanging on the office door of Dr. Madonna Constantine shortly before 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

Dr. Constantine is a tenured professor at teachers college her specialties: psychology and multi-culturalism. Her work includes the book, “addressing racism.”

Police are also looking into whether the incident springs from a dispute between Constantine and another faculty member.

Student organizers are calling for a campus-wide student walkout at 2:00 this afternoon.

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

Chandra Leigh Brown says, “Everyday Is A Celebration!”

Read the full story and view the pictures at http://www.femmenoir.net/new/content/view/601/

That is what I do EVERYDAY I wake up—I celebrate!  On May 3, 2002, I was in a horrible car accident.  While driving alone, I was struck by a hit-and-run driver.  The impact was so hard that I was ejected from the passenger’s window and flown airborne over 50 feet.  While on life support for nearly a month, doctors instructed my family that I would NEVER have use of my right arm.  I was told that my right arm saved my life because I used it to break the impact from the fall.  I tell you, “God Is Good!” About two years ago, the pin was removed (see photo holding pin).  Today, my arm is completely healed.  On occasion, I engage in a game of basketball and will soon shoot a game of pool.  Both are my special vices.

Although my life has been spared, it has forever been changed.  You see, I am a 38 year old African-American woman living with a brain injury.  Things that were once second nature have become challenging.  Particularly in the area of employment.  I have over five years of college education (I changed my major a couple of times).  I was in the Who’s Who of America’s High School Students.  I was very active in African-American social and civic organizations.  I exhibit both a leadership and entrepreneurial spirit.  Before my accident, I had planned on becoming a forensic pathologist.  However, today, I now stutter when I get excited, my attention span is not as strong and processing information takes more time than before.  Despite all of these new challenges, my health is better than most and my spirit has not been broken.

I have had many people help me through my recovery.  My best friend Annetter (who is now deceased-breast cancer), visited me everyday when I was on life support.  I was told that she would pray and not engage in talk with others during her entire visit.  Some family and many friends were instrumental in my recovery.  Particularly, my doctors and my partner, Janet.  Janet encouraged me to keep a daily journal.  This journal along with the encouragement of friends has been instrumental in me writing my autobiography.  In 2006, I was named The International Chairperson for Disabled Individuals for the Oprah Winfrey for Nobel Peace Prize Movement.  I will continue to fight for Oprah to win such a deserving award.

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Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Squatters no more

Die-hard camping, road-tripping and concert-going women have long hoped for an invention that would facilitate peeing while standing up. But, few imaged it would be so ... sparkly.  You’ve got to see it!
http://www.shenis.com/about.html

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Taking the ‘Foot’ Out of Football

I’m certainly in agreement with this.  There is no reason, whatsoever, that this game should be called football when feet have hardly anything to do with the game.

Morning Edition, August 29, 2007 ·
By Frank Deford
Now that football season is upon us again, I would like to start off by saying: Let’s get the foot out of football. It’s time to call it, say, passball or smashball. Then we Americans could — like everyone else — call soccer by its proper name, football. Everybody would be much happier this way.

The trouble with our football is that the foot has gotten too prominent. If the feet in soccer were as accomplished as the feet in football, scores would be 9-8 or 12-11 and we’d all be watching Monday Night Soccer. But when I see an American football game now, I’m reminded of the old Fats Waller classic, “Your Feet’s Too Big.” What the football “feets” is doing is too big for the good of the game.

For decades now, the extra point has been called automatic. But no more is that just a hyperbole. In the NFL now, 99 percent of point-afters split — as they say — the uprights. That’s ridiculous. Nothing else in sports is automatic. Nothing in sports should be automatic. For that matter, nothing in life should be automatic.

If football must have the point-after, I say it should be done this way: Have each team that scores a touchdown celebrate in the end zone, and then have people like those awful judges from American Idol determine if the celebration merits an extra point. Certainly, end zone celebrations are much more entertaining than those little one-trick ponies in clean uniforms who come trotting out and kick automatic points.

Field goals have gotten almost as tedious. Now, 80 percent of attempted field goals in the NFL are successful. Good grief, two-thirds of field goals tried from at least 40 yards out split the uprights. Make field goals count only two points. Or, since the goal posts can’t fight back, let the defense jump up on each other’s shoulders and form pyramids, like those walls in soccer. Make those kickers have to learn to bend it like Beckham.

And punts. Aren’t you tired of scaredy-cat coaches with fourth and inches always punting? You got these great running backs churning out yardage down the field, but as soon as it’s close, the coaches punt. You might as well have cleanup hitters in baseball bunt. Kicking makes wimps out of football coaches.

Kickoffs are fun to watch, but they’re automatic, too — automatic mayhem. You got 22 guys averaging about an eighth of a ton each, wearing armor and colliding at full speed. The soldiers at Antietam and Gallipoli had a better chance.

The colleges are moving kickoffs back to the 30-yard line this year in order to create more fun and brutality. Some coaches have already professed deep concern. The Department of Orthopaedics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York is decrying this insane added danger.

What we should do is only allow those squibbly little onside kicks, where the ball bounces around all crazy, and it’s fun and goofy and altogether un-automatic. Or hey, let’s just kick the foot outta football and play the game with the good hands that God gave us red-blooded Americans.

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