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Page April 14, 2007 New Orleans Data News Weekly www.ladatanews.com COVER STORY Data News Exclusive: New Orleans District Attorney Eddie Jordan Speaks Out
By Edwin Buggage Photos by Glenn Summers
As the roar of the people reaches a fever pitch in the Crescent City concerning the recent crime wave in New Orleans many of the city’s law enforcement’s top brass specifically Police Superintendent Warren Riley and Orleans Parish District Attorney Eddie Jordan find themselves in the crosshairs of firestorm of criticism about a criminal justice system that citizens feel are not keeping criminals off the streets. A recent agreement between these two agencies which includes a ten-point plan to help cut through much of the bureaucratic wrangling that has impeded these two agencies from working more effectively together in the past hopes to quell the furor over what citizens are calling an inadequate and inefficient criminal justice system in the city New Orleans.
D.A. Jordan speaks of how this monumental agreement came about, “Our agreement came about over several months, and actually we’ve had discussions with the previous administration prior to the storm.” Talking about one of the plans he says, “One of these solutions like expedited screening that’s something that predates the storm by several years, but we were not able to come up with a more like a hotel for lawbreakers where predators at our disposal we are still doing a better job than my comprehensive set of solutions to our problems continue to prey on the citizens of the city and predecessor.” until the last several months.” “Myself and Chief arresting a suspect doesn’t always equal a conviction. Riley have agreed to work together to try to deal Jordan says his office has done a much better in As the year began with several high profile with a problem that far predates any of our tenures this area than his predecessor, “My conviction rate murders causing outrage among the citizenry, in office; these problems are decades old and are is higher; in Mr. Connick last year which was 2002 people from all corners of the Crescent City took systematic but we are determined to work together he had a 36% conviction rate in jury trials while in siege upon the steps of city hall voicing their outrage to try to remedy some of the problems so citizens 2005 we had a percentage of 52.4% and for judge about the escalation of crime in the city. D.A. Jordan can feel safe and know that if someone commits a trials he had a conviction rate of 47.8% and in 2005 sympathizes with the citizens and understands their crime they will be prosecuted to the full extent the we had a conviction rate of 61.8% percent also in frustration. “I think people are understandably upset law allows.” that same period we accepted 70% of cases where about the crime problem. Crime is the number one he accepted 54%.” Speaking of the loss of much of problem for citizens of New Orleans; we all hate the Having received much criticism of a seemingly his staff since the storm; he lauds the performance crime, and want to do more about it.” A mission he revolving door of justice where the intersection of of his office given their lack of resources, “Since and Police Superintendent Riley are determined to Tulane and South Broad Avenues where the courts Hurricane Katrina we have lost 40% of our attorneys, accomplish according to D.A. Jordan, “Chief Riley and prison are housed there’s the perception by but many of those retained are more experienced and I were meeting before the march, so I think many concerned New Orleanians that it functions prosecutors, so given our present situation with less we both fully understand the magnitude of the
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By Avrey Brewton The Dean of Howard‘s Rankin Chapel, Bernard Richardson, New Orleans, LA-- Since the spearheaded their alternative beginning of the spring break spring break initiative last year season, thousands of students with 250 students. This year they from across the globe have were able to raise an impressive poured into the city to assist in the $100,000 to send the students recovery and rebuilding efforts down to help. Jabari Smith, the throughout the most ravaged only student trustee on Howard’s neighborhoods in New Orleans. Board of Trustees says, “Howard Many students just wanted to see University is committed to the city and the progress that has service and civic engagement, been made in the last year and a and is challenging all historically half. Despite news coverage, many black colleges and universities to still do not know why and how give of their time and effort to the this disaster occurred. In addition rebuilding of New Orleans!” to gutting homes and cleaning Smith gave tips to students who up neighborhoods, students are trying to organize a volunteer have come to check up on the initiative to New Orleans “Get your people here and to spend money community involved, even those in the city. “I thought with all of who can’t go, can help in some the volunteers and help coming other way. Devise a logistical plan. into this city, it would be back to Habitat for Humanity, NAACP, normal in no time!” says, Jonathon and churches are excellent Sellers, a Florida A& M Alumni resources to use for lodging, who spent a week volunteering Florida A&M, Wilberforce, and you wouldn’t know it by watching into neighborhoods such as the food, community partners, and two weeks ago on his alternative Morgan State are among the the news. News about residents seventh and ninth ward to assist transportation provisions.” spring break trip with his alma many colleges and universities coming home, finding jobs, and in gutting homes, clearing debris, It is important for tomorrow’s mater. “The stories that I have enabling their students to come helping each other is beneficial tutoring in schools, and working leaders to experience first hand heard working side by side with work in New Orleans. to the morale of the city and race on legal and medical teams. Some the recovery efforts. Jonathan the locals are incredible, and I will Since the Hurricane Katrina relations. students also did community Sellers agrees, “I feel like I have never forget.” Seller says he left disaster, the media has portrayed New Orleans native, Jabari outreach talks about community a much better perspective on how
this city with a story of his own to the African American populace of Smith, a senior broadcast organizing. The law students politics, culture, and development share, a sense of accomplishment New Orleans as violent, destitute, journalism student at Howard worked in clinics on cases dealing can profoundly affect our and commitment to the people of dependent, and helpless. On University, says that the influx with prisoners’ rights, building communities.” The two year “The Big Easy.” the other hand, volunteers and of engaged college students are houses, and supporting class anniversary of Katrina and the This is a far cry from the wild supporters have been portrayed a positive reflection of the Black action lawsuits on behalf of public breached levees is approaching, and crazy escapades many college as mostly Caucasian, wholesome, community and young people. housing residents. By teaming and the city still has a long way students engage in on a typical dedicated, forgiving, and This is why he has teamed up with up with dedicated organizations to go. No one knows how long spring break vacation. Volunteer understanding. Locals say that all the Washington Post and various such as Common Ground, The it’s going to take to build a better work is anything but nice. It can the support that has come into this media outlets to get the word out People’s Organizing Committee, and stronger New Orleans, but it be dirty, dangerous, tedious, and city is much appreciated. However, about their contributions to New Acorn and Habitat for Humanity, is certain it will not be possible sometimes thankless. However, there is much to be said about Orleans. students were trying to ensure without the help of volunteers, it is needed. HBCU’s and their the lack of positive images in the Howard University has a that they were helping where and the media has to do a better students from around the country media about Blacks. Residents of lot to talk about, sponsoring assistance was needed the most. job of making sure the public are joining the effort to keep New Orleans have come together a whopping 700 students to Like many universities around knows of their good works. New Orleans on the minds and to help each other rebuild their come to New Orleans with the country, Howard University hearts of this nation, especially homes, and Black organizations heir sleeved rolled and ready accepted may Katrina evacuees the national Black community. from around the country have to work. 500 undergraduates and now has a New Orleans HBCU’s including Howard, come to lend a helping hand. But and 200 law students poured population of approximately 300. www.ladatanews.com New Orleans Data News Weekly March 10, 2007 Page NATIONAL NEWS Even After Imus Suspension, Sharpton and Others Say He Should Be Fired
Hazel Trice Edney best this nation has to offer and Rutgers in the NCAA women’s NNPA Washington we are so very fortunate to have basketball championship, as “The Correspondent them at Rutgers University... Jigaboos verses the Wannabes”, They are young ladies of class, apparently a take from Spike Lee’s WASHINGTON (NNPA) - distinction. They are articulate. movie, “Do the Right Thing.” Activist Al Sharpton joins civil They are brilliant. They are Following a firestorm of rights leaders around the country gifted,’’ Stringer adds, ‘’They are criticism, Imus has apologized in calling for radio and television God’s representatives in every for the remark and MSNBC has talk show host Don Imus to be fired sense of the word.’’ distanced itself from the remark for calling the Rutgers University Among the players who spoke by issuing a disclaimer. But, women’s basketball team ,“nappy- out, sophomore Heather Zurich, Sharpton and others say none of headed hos”. But, Sharpton, who said although the team did not that is good enough. has also spoken against gangsta win, they were joyful at having John Smith, publisher of the rap lyrics that denigrate Black made the championship. ‘’We Atlanta Inquirer and chair of the women says Blacks should also were stripped of this moment by a National Newspaper Publishers be held accountable for allowing degrading comment made by Mr. Association, says he agrees with it to happen. On the April 4 edition of MSNBC’s Imus in the Morning, Imus referred to the Imus,’’ Zurich said. Sharpton that ‘’part of it’s our fault Rutgers University women’s basketball team, which is comprised of eight Rutgers’ coach C. Vivian African-American and two white players, as ‘’nappy-headed hos’’ immediately On April 4 on his syndicated for allowing our people to say it.’’ Stringer, this week called the after the show’s executive producer, Bernard McGuirk, called the team ‘’hard- radio show ‘’Imus in the Morning,’’ But, Smith says, MSNBC must core hos.’’ Imus comments, ‘’racist and sexist which airs live on MSNBC, Imus take greater responsibility for remarks that are deplorable, be held accountable for degrading Even as pickets and protests referred to the Rutgers women’s what’s happened by releasing despicable and unconscionable.’’ slurs of Black women. escalated and the Rutgers team basketball team as ‘’some nappy- a statement denouncing the Says Sharpton, “I’ve called for “That’s the reason why I has now spoken out, MSNBC has headed ‘hos’’, which in gangsta comment. his termination and announced thought someone like me could not fired, but suspended Imus rap lyrics is commonly used for Smith says the ‘’’hos’’ comment that we’re going to start picketing take this on because I’ve been for two weeks. Imus has also the term whore. by Imus is just indicative of a the station...This is blatant critical of that,” says Sharpton. appeared on Sharpton’s radio Imus’ slur came in response to racist mentality among much of racism...The FCC [Federal “I took on the rappers on that…I talk show repeatedly saying he his executive producer Bernard American media, which often Communications Commission] said many people are not going to is sorry for the offense, but the McGuirk, who called the team, treats Blacks with a double ought to take him off the air” and like me jumping on the gangsta anger over the remarks continued which has eight African-American standard. added that he was writing a letter rappers. I said then, we’re going to rise this week. players, ‘’some hard-core ‘hos.’’ ‘’Anna Nicole Smith, with all requesting that the agency does to give license to Whites to do In a press conference this week, McGuirk then took it a step that she’s done, they’re praising just that. But, Sharpton says Black further, describing the teams this. Now that they do it, we don’t Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer Continued on page XX. musicians and rappers should also like it.” said ‘’These young ladies are the in which Tennessee defeated Shaquanda Cotton Free, Yet The Movement is Just Beginning
By. Gordon Jackson Cotton later told The Dallas on the palm of her hand and a Special to the NNPA from the Examiner: “If it wasn’t for our strained neck. And we have the Dallas Examiner people making this public, I would medical records to prove it. She still be there.” was pushed into a metal door DALLAS (NNPA) - Four days Cotton’s release was made and that was when she hurt her after a spirited but peaceful possible by a collaborative effort head.” rally, 15-year-old Shaquanda between State Representative Shaquanda often received Cotton was freed from a Texas Harold Dutton (D-Houston), written reprimands on trivial Youth Commission facility in Chair of the House Juvenile matters Creola said regarding Brownwood. Justice Committee and Jay reports that she was constantly Although it ended her one-year Kimbrough, the newly appointed getting in trouble in school. “After sentence for allegedly shoving a TYC conservator, appointed by they arrested her, they started hall monitor at her high school, Governor Perry to investigate writing her up five times a day,” it has not ended the controversy the scandal within the agency of Ms. Cotton said. “Then when it and momentum of what nationally several inmates being sexually was time for her trial, that was her renowned comedian Rickey and physically abused. criminal record, those write-ups. Smiley calls steps toward a second Cotton’s sentencing was first She got written up once for civil rights movement. reported by The Chicago Tribune of details placed accountability freeshaquandacotton.blogspot. raising her hand to tell the teacher “A fire cannot start without a on March 12 and rapidly spread and responsibility not only on com) stating that she shoved she was cold, for pouring too spark,” Smiley, the leader behind among the African American Paris’ alleged racially charged a hall monitor, Creola and her much paint in a cup…for turning the rally, said. “You’ve all started internet blogging community. environment, but also on the daughter both claimed it was the her head toward the window, she a whole movement. This is not Upon learning of the story, Smiley strength of Black leadership. other way around. got write-ups.” the end.” used his radio show to campaign Shaquanda’s mother Creola, “They charged her with Creola Cotton denied there Two days after Cotton’s release, for her release. refuted several segments of pushing a hall monitor. She was ever an offer of probation for she celebrated with Smiley on his Smiley’s studio at KBFB previous reports, including didn’t,” Creola told The Dallas Shaquanda that she reportedly Dallas morning radio show. 97.9 The Beat was packed with whether Shaquanda even shoved Examiner. “Shaquanda was the refused, causing Judge Chuck “I feel like I have a second Cotton’s friends, family and the hall monitor. “She did not one that was injured. They didn’t Superville to sentence her. chance,” Cotton told The Chicago supporters as they spoke of what do what she’s accused of doing. assist her with any medical needs Tribune. “I think I’m a good her story means to the status I don’t care what they put in or anything. They just let her sit person, but I’m going to be a of African Americans and the the newspaper,” Creola said. there. She had a contusion on Continued on page XX. better person. judicial system. The unraveling Despite Shaquanda’s blog (www. her forehead, a small laceration Page April 14, 2007 New Orleans Data News Weekly www.ladatanews.com STATE & LOCAL NEWS Local Legislators Respond to Blanco’s Road Home Applicants Withdrawal From Gubernatorial Race will Receive Lump Sum
By Edwin Buggage sacrificed her political career, shown a lack of compassion for Payment Following Closing It was a shock to many across and although I was not one of people in the affected areas of the state as embattled Louisiana her supporters, its admirable she Louisiana, they have blocked Governor Kathleen Blanco sacrificed her bid for reelection pay raises for state workers, New Policy to Take decided she would not seek for the good of the citizens of corrections officers, support reelection Louisiana.” workers, teachers, our firefighters Effect on Wednesday in the fall primary. Over the While she has decided not to and police and that’s just wrong.” last several months she has been seek reelection questions remain He goes on implying this may at the center of controversy and about the Road Home Program be a case of political subterfuge BATON ROUGE, La. (April Avoiding Unscrupulous criticism regarding the slow pace and how her departure may by Republicans at the state level 9, 2007) - Road Home applicants Contractors of the Louisiana Road Home affect it. Juan LaFonta, a State where blocking legislation was who have mortgages on their Because the original policy also Program. Since its inception Representative from District 96 part of an agenda to further the properties will receive a lump helped protect homeowners from 115,000 residents have applied says it will have a minimal impact, cause of their candidate Bobby sum payment for the full amount unscrupulous contractors seeking for aid, with only 3,000 receiving “I don’t think it is going to have Jindal. “Much of what they’re of their Road Home grant via large, upfront payments, state grants thus far. A dwindling much of an impact because we doing is only because they could electronic transfer in the days officials recommend homeowners approval rating and early polls were looking for solutions prior to and it would make Governor following their closing, rather consult with financial advisors, showing her trailing Republican her decision not to run, and a lot Blanco look bad, so it could help than receiving it in disbursements lenders and housing counselors Bobby Jindal by as much as of stuff we accomplished were not their candidate Bobby Jindal.” as repairs are made to their before beginning repairs. twenty percentage points may necessarily with her blessing or According to Rep. Richmond he homes, under a policy change “To date we have received have also cause her to withdraw support.” “I think the solutions to feels many Republican legislators announced today by officials from more than 2,100 contractor fraud from the race. our problems are bigger than one blocked the governor’s initiatives the Louisiana Recovery Authority complaints. As more people are Since the recovery effort began person.” According to LaFonta with the sole intention of using it (LRA) and the state’s Division able to make repairs and more she has found herself at odds with reactions in Baton Rouge were as ammunition in the fall election. of Administration’s Office of people have money to spend, many elected officials from New mixed, “Some of us thought it But he feels that now she is out of Community Development the unfortunate side effect could Orleans in what they feel has would happen so her decision the race that many of the initiatives (OCD). be more unscrupulous people been poor judgment regarding wasn’t a surprise, but those who they fought against may now pass, The LRA advised that trying to take advantage of them,” the implementation of the much held her up and supported her something Richmond thinks is a homeowners with mortgages will said Louisiana Attorney General maligned Louisiana Road Home throughout this process are sad commentary that politicians need to work with their lenders to Charles C. Foti, Jr. “We will do Program. One such critic is concerned about their political would put party affiliation before meet their legal obligations and everything in our power to help Louisiana Legislative Black futures.” people. “Now that Governor get additional loans along with educate the public about contractor Caucus Chair Cedric Richmond, Partisan politics also may Blanco is not running you may see their Road Home grant in case fraud and to protect homeowners. a State Representative from New played a part in creating a public the Republicans fall right in line to they need added resources for Citizens need to report any Orleans. While at times they have case for the Governor’s undoing do some of these things now that their repairs. instance of suspect activity to the been adversaries he was moved according to Rep. Richmond, she is not seeking reelection.” “By providing lump sum Attorney General’s office or the by the selflessness of her decision “The Republican Party have The Gubernatorial primary is payments, homeowners will Louisiana State Licensing Board not to run, “My first reaction was throughout the recovery process scheduled for October 20th 2007. get their full grant amount with for Contractors.” it really took a big person to do seen this as an opportunity for no arrearages deducted by the what she did, because she truly political gain; they clearly have Road Home program,” said LRA Timeline for New Policy Housing Task Force Chairman Officials at the OCD said Walter Leger. “Nonetheless, we beginning April 11, 2007 Road strongly urge homeowners to Home applicants who have Rev. Jackson encourages mass participation in work with their lenders to meet mortgages on their properties their obligations and to get all the will receive a lump sum payment April 28th march to Ninth Ward in New Orleans resources they need to rebuild. for the full amount of their Road In some cases, this may mean Home grant via electronic transfer Just days after closing a to make it to New Orleans. additional borrowing. In addition, in the days following their closing. successful Right to Return we believe that establishing a State officials are discussing with and Reconstruction Summit “The Louisiana legislature voluntary disbursement account lenders ways for the policy to in New Orleans earlier this looks upon New Orleans with with their lender would be a good be applied to homeowners with week, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson a certain amount of contempt, way for homeowners to guard mortgages that have already Sr., founder and president of treating people as if they’re against creditors and fraudulent closed on their awards. the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, not citizens. We have to get contractors.” The policy change follows a reaffirmed his commitment back there and engage in mass In order to accommodate similar announcement two weeks for an April 28 march and action,” Rev. Jackson said. the new policy, the three- year ago for homeowners without rally leading people into New occupancy requirement will be mortgages. Starting April 2, Orleans’ devastated 9th Ward. During the broadcast, Rev. replaced with a revised covenant 2007, the Road Home program Rev. Jackson made the Jackson also spoke to the need requiring homeowners to occupy began issuing lump-sum awards announcement in Chicago during for the federal government to the home at some point during directly to homeowners without the weekly, internationally- assist the millions of families the three-year period after mortgages. televised broadcast Saturday who will be left homeless and closing. Also under the program’s Morning Forum at Rainbow penniless on the heels of the new guidelines, there will be no PUSH headquarters. He sub-prime lending crisis. He subordination of the covenant by encouraged attendance at the discussed Illinois Gov. Rod lenders before closing Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr., founder march, which will highlight Blagojevich’s gross receipts and president of the Rainbow PUSH that more than 18 months tax plan and its potentially Coalition, reaffirmed his commitment for an April 28 march and rally after Hurricane Katrina tore devastating effect on small leading people into New Orleans’ through the city destroying businesses, and also welcomed devastated 9th Ward. levees, there are still more than home the 120 high school 250,000 people living in exile students who returned Saturday as federal dollars are funneled from an 8-day tour of Historically to Baton Rouge but have yet Black Colleges and Universities. MB-07-N-3166 AACM Spring News MEDC Commitments 1/2 pg Vertical 7.6875" x 14"
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Messiah of Hip-Hop… Who Is
As the hip-hop music sound landscape once resembled an innovative creative oasis with endless possibilities; where sound collages were the sonic equivalent of the great MYSELF? works of renown visual artist Romare Bearden in the past decade has been transformed into a staid industry staple where many of the major record labels put out music draped in depravity, bravado, pseudo macho thug posturing, gross materialism, hedonism and misogyny seems the de rigueur. Conversely, artists who have something truly important to say have been left by the wayside; in many instances it seems the business side of the music has done a drive-by shooting of sorts sapping away much of the creativity leaving the genre represented by those whose material leave much to be desired. Hip-hop music is at a crossroads trying to re-discover itself. And one such artist has been through many incarnations in his hip-hop career but his chosen moniker of the moment is simply MYSELF, armed with an international distribution deal through Caroline/EMI affiliate Raptivism is poised to bring back a sense of meaning to the music. Born Marlon Ned he honed his talent in the Big Easy making a name for himself in the 1990’s in the underground hip-hop scene as a member of the Fugitives, soon conquering the New Orleans music scene with his show stopping stage performances he sought out greater opportunities to showcase his talent, so he packed up transporting himself to where hip-hop began, to the rough and tumble, hustling, bustling Big Apple. He says his ascendance to having his music distributed through a major label has not been an overnight thing, but a gradual climb. “What people don’t know is that I’m not a new artist, I’ve put out several projects independently, and throughout those times I have grown not just as an emcee, but as a singer/songwriter and I also produced this whole project with my DJ Moosaka.” He says of his music, “I see MYSELF as a chameleon that changes with my environment, but not somebody who changes with trends, I’ve always been one to go against the grain, and do things that’s not considered mainstream.” Having shared the stage with many artists include: New Orleans music legend Dr. John, Wynton Marsalis, Rebirth Brass Band, the Roots, and it is the only side that is being marketed and distributed Grammy Award winning blues musician Chris Thomas King, MYSELF for the mass consumption.” Talking about how much became immersed in the world of many different styles of music infusing of the industry has taken an assembly line approach to them with hip-hop and inspiring him to expand his musical palette. His promoting music he says, “I can remember when records music has broadened as he has matured into an artist that music is were broken regionally, but now on commercial radio boundless. But he is distressed by what he sees happening in the world of whether you’re in, New York, New Orleans, Houston or contemporary hip-hop, which he feels lacks a sense of consciousness, and any other city you hear the same twenty records, that I purpose. “I feel much of the commercial hip-hop is more detrimental than feel has taken much of the beauty and creativity away progressive, but I am aware that there has always been a side of hip-hop from the music.” that has showcased the more commercial side, but what my concern is that
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before you judge him based on media that would be more appropriate. we don’t own, and that tends to attempt to Initially, Imus refused to apologize for discredit black men in public service. the comments, saying people should relax Vincent Sylvain has been a leader in the and not worry about “some idiot comment use of email technology to keep the new meant to be amusing.’’ On April 6, the idiot Diaspora informed on an almost daily basis, finally apologized for “an insensitive and ill- but there is nothing like sound and video conceived remark.” to engage and inspire people to action, and George C. Curry McCord, the show’s co-host, was evidently The Love Dr. action is what we need, right now, and by NNPA referring to Spike Lee’s 1988 film, “School Data Columnist everyone affected. Its time for people to Daze,” not “Do the Right Thing.” In “School realize that we must cooperate and work Daze,” there was a rivalry between the dark- with one another and use what we have to get skinned “Jigaboos” and the light-skinned what we need even though for some of you Every time you think radio broadcaster “Wannabees.” One of the things that has hampered our all you have may be you, but “you” can be a Don Imus and one of his long-time sidekicks, Rosenberg has been “fired” a couple of new Louisiana Diaspora’s ability to address powerful tool if you spread the word when Sid Rosenberg, have sunk as low as possible, times from the Imus program, but keeps “return home” or compensation issues is ever you get one. they find yet another way to dish even more making guest appearances. The monitoring our lack of communications. We own no Yes, you may not have a newsletter, slime. Imus’ latest offense involves referring group, Media Matters for America (www. television or radio networks, so even when newspaper, TV show or web site, but you to Black women on the Rutgers basketball mediamatters.org), observed: we get “air time” it is local, whether we be in have ways to communicate to a circle of team as “nappy-headed ho’s.” The team, “Rosenberg’s comparison of the Rutgers Atlanta, New Orleans, Houston, Memphis, friends and relatives, old neighbors and co- which has eight African-Americans and two women’s basketball team to the Raptors Dallas, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, workers, new friends and allies, and that Whites, lost to Tennessee last week in the recalled comments he made in June 2001 Houma. This situation means that we all feel makes you an essential part of the solution women’s championship game. about Venus and Serena Williams, two isolated and struggling as individuals against to our communication limits. Please tell, call, The April 4 “Imus in the Morning” African-American female professional tennis a large system that is insensitive and too slow email or write everyone you know who has program, simulcast on MSNBC, contained players. According to a November 20, 2001, in addressing our needs. an interest in New Orleans and encourage this exchange: Newsday article, Rosenberg said on the air: Paul Beaulieu and I have talked to so many them to please check out NOLA.TV, and Paul DON IMUS: So, I watched the basketball ‘’One time, a friend, he says to me, ‘Listen, people who upon visiting in their own home and myself on “Between The Lines”, now an game last night between -- a little bit of Rutgers one of these days you’re gonna see Venus and town have confessed how much they miss online TV show. and Tennessee, the women’s final. Serena Williams in Playboy.’ I said, ‘You’ve being able to tune into our “Between The I can’t help but recognize that the four SID ROSENBERG [Fired Imus sports got a better shot at National Geographic.’ ‘’ Lines” cable access TV show. We’ve been black men involved in making “Between announcer filling in for sportscaster Chris Imus’ belated apology notwithstanding, troubled that so many past viewers, even The Lines” available to anyone anywhere Carlin] : Yeah, Tennessee won last night -- his program is a cesspool for racist and sexist those who are in New Orleans but using in the world are all independent business seventh championship for [Tennessee coach] remarks. Imus once referred to PBS anchor satellite TV, are cut of from the information people. Terry Jones of DATA enabled me Pat Summitt, I-Man. They beat Rutgers by 13 Gwen Ifill as “a cleaning lady” and McGuirk and perspectives we share every week. You to become the “Love Doctor”, a courageous points. referred to Barack Obama as “this young can cry and complain about a situation or you move considering people knew me as “only IMUS: That’s some rough girls from colored fellah.” can get creative and busy and find or create a photographer“ (read free black man). Rutgers. Man, they got tattoos and -- According to mediamatters.org, “On another way. Then Paul and I cooperated on “Between BERNARD McGUIRK [The program’s the March 6 edition of MSNBC’s Imus in Lawrence Martin is a product of the “lower the Lines”, even though we don’t agree executive producer] : Some hard-core hos. the Morning, executive producer Bernard nine”, along with myself, as well as Terry all the time. Then two producers of video, IMUS: That’s some nappy-headed hos McGuirk said that Sen. Hillary Rodham Jones, the publisher of DATA. We all grew myself and Lawrence Martin choose to see there. I’m gonna tell you that now, man, that’s Clinton (D-NY) was ‘trying to sound black up around one another, went to St. David’s one another as collaborators rather than some -- woo. And the girls from Tennessee, in front of a black audience’ when she gave elementary together and now find ourselves as competitors. The end result of all this they all look cute, you know, so, like -- kinda a speech on March 4 in Selma, Alabama, to all involved in communications and media. unheard of cooperation is that you get a like -- I don’t know. commemorate the 1965 ‘Bloody Sunday’ civil All that adds up to something, and what it chance to do your part and spread the word McGUIRK: A Spike Lee thing. rights march. McGuirk added that Clinton adds up to today is that I can get the word out that we can and do make things happen when IMUS: Yeah. ‘’will have cornrows and gold teeth before in this column about a web site that can get we cooperate and find common cause. McGUIRK: The Jigaboos vs. the Wannabes this fight with [Sen. Barack] Obama [D-IL] Paul and my “Between The Lines” show out It is time for all of us, “to light a candle -- that movie that he had. is over.’’ Earlier in the program, in reference beyond cable TV and the city limits. rather than curse the darkness”, a time to IMUS: Yeah, it was a tough -- to Clinton’s speech, McGuirk had said, ‘Bitch You, also, have a part in all this. Each use what we have to get what we want and CHARLES McCORD [co-host]: Do The is gonna be wearing cornrows.’ McGuirk person who now knows from reading this a time for you to see yourself as a tool in Right Thing. also said that Clinton will be ‘giving Crips in DATA is part of the plan and the process the hand of God, and do your thing, even if McGUIRK: Yeah, yeah, yeah. signs during speeches.’ The Crips are a Los getting the word out about New Orleans right now all you can do is spread the word IMUS: I don’t know if I’d have wanted to Angeles-based street gang. people being able to watch “Between The about the show being on NOLA.TV and that beat Rutgers or not, but they did, right? “Later, host Don Imus brought up Lines” and other “TV” news that is based on it happened based on the cooperation of free ROSENBERG: It was a tough watch. The McGuirk’s prior impersonations of African- our needs and perspectives. black men. more I look at Rutgers, they look exactly like American poet Maya Angelou asking, ‘’[W]ho www.nola.tv is Lawrence Martin’s web site Now any place in the world you go you the Toronto Raptors. was that woman you used to do, the poet? ... where you can see Paul and me on a “Between can see and hear Paul and me speaking our IMUS: Well, I guess, yeah. We used to get in all that trouble every time The Lines” show anytime (24/7). Just go to minds about what’s going on in New Orleans LOU RUFFINO [engineer]: Only you’d do her.’’ As McGuirk launched into NOLA.TV and click on the photo of me and from a black perspective. We did our part… tougher. the impersonation, Imus said, ‘I don’t need Paul and the show will start immediately. now you do yours! McGUIRK: The [Memphis] Grizzlies While you are there you can also view a story on DA Eddie Jordan that you ought to view Continued on page 14. www.ladatanews.com New Orleans Data News Weekly April 14, 2007 Page 11 COMMENTARY MySpace is everyone’s space: That’s the problem
in public. Unfortunately African-American This is where adults can be most useful. youth have joined the social networking Kimberly Byas-Dilosa is the executive site craze with few personal limitations. director of the YOUTHanasia Foundation, Williams says, “Actually the black students and deals with teens on a consistent basis. have been just as guilty of shameless posting Dilosa takes an immense amount of pride in as other students. We live in an age where her work as a youth advocate and she also computers, cell phones with cameras and takes pride in serving as a big sister to her Internet access are not hard to come by.” In young organizational associates. In helping Williams’ case, he has a double dose of social her youth develop she has taken on the networking sites. Facebook, which boasts task of monitoring her kids’ personal web Eddie Francis approximately 16 million users, is popular pages. Data Columnist primarily among college students but also “I let them know that they are representing has its share of high school students. (YOUTHanasia),” says Dilosa. Not only The problem is that a teen or a young adult does she monitor her kids’ pages to make having an objectionable personal web page sure that they have respectable pictures by Eddie Francis could have long-term effects. The National and writing but she even insists that they Social networking web sites are nothing Association of Colleges and Employers upload the clean versions of their favorite new. Many belong to sites such as Black (NACE) published an article (“The Issues songs. If she hears or sees something she Planet, Classmates, Reunion and countless Surrounding College Recruiting and Social does not like, she immediately contacts the others. The explosion of MySpace, Networking Web Site”, 6/22/06) about user to let him/her know that Big Sister is however, has taken some adults’ anxiety to a the gamble that students take when their watching. Big Sister, by the way, has her new high. Its presence in teens’ and young personal web pages contain questionable own personal web page. adults’ lives is solid as a rock. Ask any teen content. The article tells the story of an Dilosa has such a good rapport with in any community about MySpace and he or internship candidate who has a page on her kids that they respect her wishes. she is likely to have a page on the site. Facebook. When asked about her younger brothers For the record, MySpace is not the only Although the student had posted his and sisters’ misrepresenting themselves social networking web site that is accessible page at the age of 18, it came back to on their pages she shoots back, “Oh, they to teens. The popular web site, Wikipedia, haunt him two years later. Realizing that a know better than that! Some of the boys lists a wealth of social networking sites potential employer would object to some of try to say that they’re older than they are including one called Amiworthit.com for the content of his page, the student wisely but I make them change that right away.” “mutually good looking students.” Even limited access to his page to his friends. Dilosa’s weapon is that she posts messages though most of these sites are designed However when he went in for his internship to her kids for the world to see. for adult networking, many have open interview, the interviewer asked specific The news is not all bad about kids’ registration. MySpace has the lion’s share of questions about the content of his page. To behavior on social networking sites. One users at well over 162 million. That number his surprise the interviewer gained access of Dilosa’s YOUTHanasia members uses may be music to the MySpace managers’ to his profile because the organization for her page as a resume, of sorts. Her page ears but not always to its users. which he was interviewing was a state contains a headshot, a list of activities that “Check here if you have a personal web agency. The recruiters were able to access she participates in and other resume-worthy page.” his page under the Patriot Act even though elements. “She has an age-appropriate page,” Nowadays colleges and employers are it was private. says Dilosa. “I would like for employers to using social networking sites as recruitment Discretion in cyberspace see accomplishments (on kids’ pages).” tools. Personal web pages have become What teens and young adults do not Some students even use social networking a part of college admissions criteria with realize is that their pages are public domain sites to prospect their peers. According to some students getting everything from whether they like it or not. MySpace insists Delta Sky magazine (“Oops! Did I Really rejected by certain colleges to getting their that it will “always keep your personal Do THAT?”, 3/07) some college housing scholarships taken away. Leonard Williams, information private and confidential.” At the offices across the nation found out that the director of the University of New same time the site warns that “your profile students were checking out their soon-to-be Orleans’ Office of Career Development, and MySpace forums are public spaces” roommates’ personal web pages. In some sees students compromise their career under its safety tips. It is up to the user, most cases the students asked to switch rooms. opportunities frequently. He says that often a young and impressionable person, In another case an athlete backed out of her employers have been “quite amused and a to recognize the risk factor. Young users, commitment to a Big 10 Conference school little frightened at the sort of information as it turns out, have problems separating when she saw her future teammates’ pages (students) have posted.” their intensions from the availability of their on Facebook. “It’s one thing for a celebrity or someone pages. Still, young people’s use of social in the public eye to have an unflattering and Cincinnati-based Making It Count networking is clearly a cause for concern. quite honestly revealing photo show up on Programs, a division of Monster Worldwide, Williams says that he has spoken to some the Internet but it is another for a college has included a warning about personal of his UNO students about their pages. The graduate to feel comfortable in that level of pages on social networking sites in two of response has not been that good. He says ‘nude-oriety’,” he says. Williams says that their in-school presentations. “Making that students stand by their personal web personal web pages provide a look into Your College Search Count” for juniors and pages in an effort to say “let me be me”, but students’ character and “free time” choices. “Making College and Career Count” for they soon learn when they are faced with He does not feel that those activities should seniors both state, “If you wouldn’t put it on the reality of the job recruitment process. not influence an employer’s decision to your resume, don’t put it on your personal Says Williams, “They only think that the hire but they subconsciously affect the web page. The senior presentation even ‘man is trying to hold’ them down.” employer’s decision. goes so far as to stage an interview exercise African-Americans have always taken a where the winning candidate is picked certain amount of pride in using a better because the runner-up has an objectionable moral compass in how we portray ourselves personal web page. Page 12 April 14, 2007 New Orleans Data News Weekly www.ladatanews.com IN THE SPIRIT NEWS The Resurrection N.O. Sanitation Goes High Tech with Richard’s Disposal of Christ pt. 2 and Metro Disposal
criminals. The person was often whipped first, like in Christ’s case. Next, he was tied to a nailed to a cross and left to die. Christ’s Dr. Aaron E. Harold enemies, which were some of the Data Columnist rebellious leaders and the Roman Government, felt threatened by change. They were convinced In one of my previous that the death of Christ would article, I talked about the stop his movement. However, it resurrection of Christ and what was ordained by God that Christ it meant to those who practice would defeat his enemies, and Satan, and that mankind would L to R, G. Howard “Glenn” Woods, Brown Marks and Alvin Richards, Jr. are the owners of Richard’s the Christian Faith. However, to Disposal and Metro Disposal, two African-American owned sanitation companies who have both those who have been born again be delivered by his death and serviced the Greater New Orleans Area for years. it simply means to have a new resurrection. spiritual birth in Jesus Christ. Christ looked like he was By Renetta Burrell Perry the 3rd generation company was years that this is like second The Resurrection of Christ and defeated at Calvary, to those Photos by Glenn Jones started in the early 1970s with nature. The areas are better the spiritual new birth are related that hated him, but they were N.O. Sanitation Goes High private contracts with restaurants served than they’ve ever been. to one another. In the Bible, one all dead wrong. Even those who Tech with Richard’s Disposal and and bars. We take much pride in what we do of God’s greatest preachers and loved him turned their backs Metro Disposal For Alvin Richard, Jr., owner of and we are both hands-on people ministers talks about the spiritual on him except a faithful few. His Garbage collection in New Richard’s Disposal, Inc., the reality who go out and handle our daily new birth. love for all mankind allowed him Orleans Post Katrina has gone of facing a hurricane damaged business. There are no corporate In the second book of to accept death with open arms. high tech in the wake of an business as well as a hurricane entities or conglomerates that are Corinthians chapter 5 Verse 17, These were the words that Christ innovative and groundbreaking damaged home, coupled with the outside the city of New Orleans. Paul speaks to the believers in spoke before he died; “Father, joint venture between Richard’s idea of resurrecting his business All of our workers and players are Christ at Corinth, and he says to forgive them, because they no not Disposal and Metro Disposal, operations was a daunting task here in the City of New Orleans. them, “Therefore if any man be what they do.” To those followers two African-American owned to put it lightly. Pre-Katrina, in Christ, he is a new creature who knew him, his resurrection sanitation companies who have Richard’s, along with Waste High-Tech in N.O. or creation or person.” Then he brought understanding to them, both serviced the Greater Management jointly collected In order to compete with talks about the old man or the old as it relates to the Old Testament New Orleans Area for years. waste in the city, but after the sanitation companies nationwide sinful nature that we all had. He scriptures about coming into the After Katrina, the companies storm, Waste Management bailed as well as internationally, change also goes on to say, “Because of world (Luke 24:25). bided independently and were out leaving Richard’s and Metro has come in the way trash is the death burial and resurrection Today God and man are back awarded contracts to service the opportunity to bid for the collected on the streets of New of Christ, we accept him as our together again. People of God, the crippled metropolitan area contracts. As did Woods, Richard Orleans. Thus, the gradual savior and God, we have a new we should thank God that his son - Metro Disposal, North of I-10 faced bonding issues. “I had to and effective transition from nature, a new mind, a new heart, rose from death and the grave. and Richard’s Disposal, South exercise my option either to stay old trash cans to standardized and a new way of life in him.” We the believers in him can also of I-10. Though both companies in business doing municipalities garbage collection via state-of- Andin these troubled times we rise from any dead situation that were tremendously affected by or just do commercial type work. the-art collection carts that are must understand and accept is trying to keep us bound. It the hurricane, they both have And one of the obstacles that we assured to promote a cleaner, Christ and acknowledge that doesn’t matter what it is. It may hit the ground running and the were looking at was can I get healthier and more uniformed the Resurrection of Christ was be a dead marriage, a dead end results have been unprecedented financing to support the amount environment for citizens of New surely a supernatural event that job, dysfunctional families, or in a city that measures successful of trucks that we needed. The Orleans. Though somewhat took place so that we could have dead relationships. It may even events in pounds of trash. major obstacle with any minority resistant to change, citizens are eternal life. be sickness and diseases, poverty After Katrina, the nature of the company is bonding. And that enjoying the new carts which God’s love is truly ever present, or face any situation that comes trash business inevitably needed was still a major issue all the boast the capacity to hold 250 redemptive and unconditional for your way, remember if you accept to change. The companies saw way through until we bid on the pounds of household garbage instance when Adam disobeyed Jesus Christ as your personal this as a challenge, but these contract,” says Richard adding and are issued free of charge. God in the book of Genesis savior you will have the strength minority business overcame that another major obstacle for his The carts are also armed with bar Chapter 2 Verse 17, he brought to overcome any situation. And obstacles that may have landed business and for Metro Disposal code which can be retrieved by spiritual and physical death to the finally I ask you, take the time other businesses in the can. is perception. “Obstacles that we the vendor using a sophisticated world, but God loved everyone of out to watch the sun go down in G. Howard Woods of Metro still face is the perception that tracking system. All of this in us so much that he demonstrated the evenings. Does that same sun Disposal, Inc. says bonding we are minority companies, but the name of bettering the City of his love by sending his son Jesus come up again in the morning? issues as well as capital were what the people don’t realize is New Orleans. Christ to die on the cross so that Yes. I believe Christ did rise, so challenges for his company. that Richard’s Disposal has been Richard’s and Metro encourage we could be restored back to him. that we can all live a happy and “The waste business is so capital collecting garbage for over 29 all residents who have not yet His resurrection demonstrated more abundant life. Have a Happy intensive. After you meet the years. But this is how the people received their new carts to call or the power and authority that Easter. bonding specifications, the perceive us to be because we’re email them for more information. the father gave him. His death Dr. Aaron E. 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(New Orleans, LA)- The House Gentilly Boulevard. Subcommittee Scott. “The Subcommittee will President, Dillard University. Panel IV: U.S. Attorney Jim Letten Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Chairman Robert “Bobby” Scott (D- determine whether additional Panel II: Orleans Parish District and representatives from the local Terrorism and Homeland Security VA) hopes to find policy solutions federal assistance is needed to Attorney Eddie Jordan; New Federal Bureau of Investigation will hold a field hearing on Tuesday, for the problems the city’s criminal address the problems caused by Orleans Police Superintendent (FBI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, April 10, 2007 in New Orleans titled, justice system has faced. the devastation.” Warren Riley; and Orleans Parish and Firearms (ATF), the Drug “Katrina’s Impact on Crime and the “The flooding after Hurricane Panel I: Mayor C. Ray Nagin; Criminal Sheriff Marlin Gusman. Enforcement Administration Criminal Justice System in New Katrina had a devastating impact Honorable Oliver Thomas, City Panel III: Professor Peter Scharf, (DEA) and US Marshal Service Orleans.” The hearing will be held on all aspects of life in New Council President; Rep. William University of New Orleans ; Dr. Howard (USMS) offices. at 10:00 am at Dillard University’s Orleans, including its criminal Jefferson (D-LA); Rep. Bobby Jindal Osofsky, psychiatrist; and Juvenile Lawless Memorial Chapel, 2601 justice operations,” said Chairman (D-LA); and Dr. Marvalene Hughes, Court Judge Ernestine Gray.
Shaquanda Cotton, Continued from page 7.
Smiley said Shaquanda’s “To me, the NAACP should behavior record is academic; the work as a well-oiled machine punishment still didn’t meet the and all should work together. crime. You can’t have the local NAACP “This girl was assaulted and fighting against her then the they would not even allow the Texas NAACP helping her. It mother to press charges against doesn’t make any sense.” the school official that assaulted Thomas said he couldn’t speak her,” he said.” I don’t give a damn for the Paris officers, but: “I stand what they found on her school behind any movement of justice record. She was 14, I bet she irregardless of how anybody wasn’t badder than me. You ought else feels about it, if the facts are to see my school record. I was there.” crazy as hell.” Cherry stated denial of racist School board trustee Ron Price practices in the northeast Texas expressed disappointment at the city of 26,000 by many of the 5,000 Black leadership in North Texas. Blacks, as one obstacle for change “We come up with too many in the city. lame excuses as a race to fight It’s like living in a different for justice until we’re in trouble,” time period, Cherry said. “Until Price said. “Then we have the we stand up and stand together, audacity - but don’t have the it’s not going to get any better. intestinal fortitude - to stand up Black people need to stop being for our right as a people.” afraid. Those few Black people Casey Thomas, president of who say there is no racism, if they the Dallas NAACP branch, called feel there’s none, then God bless in on Smiley’s show stating that them. But they should not try the state NAACP office has been to stop the others who do have on the case. issues and are speaking out.” “The NAACP on the state level Bobbie Edmonds is part of a has been working this case for team of attorneys that will look over a year. I don’t know how into the racial climate in Paris. may people were aware of that “My contribution would be information or not,” Thomas to make sure that there were said. “Back in March 2006, when violations to civil rights, violations the verdict was first given, then of school district policies, to see if the sentence, the NAACP began there needs to be any monitoring working on this case.” of the disciplinary tactics that Cherry, however said the were used,” Edmonds said. representation for the Paris “There needs to be a move to branch took an opposite position. make our school board members “Shaquanda sat in prison for and elected officials accountable over a year. We went down to the to the safety of our school and local NAACP, Creola asked for the children in the school system. assistance and she was denied The tax dollars that pay for the that,” Cherry said. “It was only in-house counsels of the school when it was time for Shaquanda district, it’s our tax dollars that to get out, then they put an article help pay for it.” in the local paper saying that they wanted her released. You don’t help until it’s all over. Page 14 April 14, 2007 New Orleans Data News Weekly www.ladatanews.com NEWS Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson Memorialized at State Capitol
Brett Martel Friends and family said she was Gramblingite of all-time.” seemed too busy or self-important Kostelka wondered aloud what GRAMBLING, La. -- It was the not feeling well but still planned to Robinson had no paid assistants to chat with them. Athletes who kind of salary Robinson might kind of gathering of former NFL attend the funeral on Wednesday. when he took what would be his played sports other than football have had a chance to earn were he stars that might draw a crowd in Still, the wake was so crowded first and only college coaching job at Grambling still cited Robinson in his prime in this day of seven- any other small town. Here, they that former NFL defensive back in 1941. He went on to coach for 57 as a major influence in their lives. figure salaries for top college were part of the crowd, just a Everson Walls, who won a Super seasons, winning 408 games and “I would go to football practice coaches. handful of men among thousands Bowl with the New York Giants, sending more than 200 players almost every day just to hear “He didn’t move from spent part of the from the small school in rural something legendary from coach university to university. He service standing north Louisiana to the NFL. Rob,” Wright recalled. “You had didn’t live in a palace. He lived in the aisle of the Former players have to get some of his touch. He dealt in the same sleepy little town church balcony. remembered Robinson as a man with everybody. Every time he’d and produced All-Americans and Nearby sat who not only taught them hard see you, it was: ‘Hey, Cat, how Hall-of-Famers,” Kostelka said. Doug Williams, work and perseverance on the you doing?’ And you knew that it “He gained something more than the former NFL football field, but also stressed was genuine. They don’t come no what you can buy with money. He quarterback who education, humility, generosity, better than coach Robinson.” gained immortality ... and there is became the Super and loyalty. Longtime residents Addressing the crowd, only one coach Rob.” Bowl MVP with of this town say Robinson never Republican state Sen. Bob the Washington Redskins in 1988. After the Imus, Continued from page 5. service, Harris chatted with Hall her every day, raising her up with NAACP Chairman Julian young women,” Sharpton says. of Fame defensive all that she’s done for the world to Bond says because of Imus’ past “I’ve got two young daughters,” back Willie see. She’s been on TV every day. offensive statements, this time is says Sharpton. “And even though Brown, who was Janet Jackson, all that happened inexcusable. we’ve got some blame to bear. I’m famous for his 75- was one of her breasts came out. “As long as an audience is certainly not going to sit there and yard touchdown And they tried to crucify her.’’ attracted to his bigotry and act like Imus doesn’t have enough return of a Fran The National Association of politicians and pundits tolerate sense to know better. He wouldn’t Tarkenton pass Black Journalists (NABJ) has also his racism and chauvinism do that to any other community in the Oakland called for his firing. to promote themselves, Don no matter what they did.” Legendary Coach Eddie Robinson Raiders’ Super NABJ President Bryan Imus will continue to be a serial Bowl victory over Monroe, who joined Sharpton apologist for prejudice. It is past of people honoring the late the Minnesota Vikings in 1977. on the radio show with Imus, has time his employers took him off coaching legend Eddie Robinson. Hall of Fame receiver Charlie said the suspension was ‘’a good the air,” Bond said in a statement. “He’s as great a person, or Joiner was expected to attend the first step’’, but not enough. The recent outrage over mentor or coach as America has burial on Wednesday, Harris said. ‘’Now it is time for them to Imus’ comments harkens to C. Curry, ever had,” said James Harris, the They all played at one time or finish the job and let him go. DeLores Tucker, the late chair of Continued from page 10. former Grambling State University another for the man so many here NABJ remains outraged after the National Political Congress any more columns. Come on.’ But quarterback who became one of call “Coach Rob.” the racially inflammatory insults of Black Women, Inc., who was the first black quarterbacks in the “He established a tradition. He Imus did not stop McGuirk, who made by radio personality Don a strong critic of hip-hop culture delivered his impression in verse: NFL when he joined O.J. Simpson put Grambling on the map. He Imus,’’ says a statement on the for more than a decade, citing its in the Buffalo Bills’ backfield. touched football on every level. McGUIRK: Whitey plucked you organizations website. denigration of Black women and from the jungle for too many years “There are so many things to be But even more important, he Angela Burt-Murray, editor-in- its negative influence on youth. thankful for and proud of that you touched the lives of so many other Took away your pride, your chief of ESSENCE magazine has ‘’The glorification of dignity, and your spears… just had an opportunity in life to be Americans,” Harris said after called for a tougher reprimand of pornography, wanton disregard touched by such an outstanding the service. “Everybody here With freedom came new woes Imus. for civil authority, misogynistic Into whitey’s world you was person.” at Grambling, when you travel “Disparaging comments about disrespect for women and a Robinson’s burial rudely cast African-American women are penchant for violence are the So wake up now and go to on Wednesday was unacceptable.” says Burt-Murray. unintended impact of hip-hop to mark the end of work? “MSNBC and WFAN must take culture on today’s youth,’’ she You can kiss my big black three days of events a stronger stance. It needs to told JET. ‘’I say unintended, to honor the longtime [butt]” be made clear that this type of because hip hop ... was intended It’s time to wake up and insist Grambling coach, who behavior is offensive and will to celebrate the revival of the age- died last week at age that MSNBC, which claims to be not be tolerated without severe old rhymed recitations of life’s a reputable television network, and 88. On Monday, he consequences.” problems and aspirations set to joined only a handful CBS, the program’s distributer, Black women should be music.” remove such raving idiots from of other figures in outraged, says San Francisco Sharpton says this is an Louisiana history, the airwaves. If company officials psychologist Julia Hare, co- opportunity to deal with it all. refuse, we should refuse to watch including political titan founder of the Black Think Tank. “The FCC has got to put in a Huey Long, who have their network or support their ‘’Until the Black woman says standard and enforce it across sponsors. You can e-mail MSNBC lain in repose inside Former players carried Coach Eddie Robinson that we are organized and we the board. And I think that our the state Capitol in casket up the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol. at [email protected]msnbc.com or outnumber Black men. And when community has got to take a real write them at: MSNBC TV, One Baton Rouge. we find that anyone in media or in appraisal of what we’ve aloud to On Tuesday night, cars filled a around the country, there’s such MSNBC Plaza, Secaucus, N.J. high position are calling us names happen. Here you have some 07094. Telephone 201/583-5000. church parking lot and more lined a strong camaraderie that was - because we notice that you don’t young ladies who did the right Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue as kind of built through the work of By allowing Imus to pollute the call your blond mothers this or thing. They’re in school, they’re airwaves, MSNBC and CBS Radio an overflow crowd crammed into coach. He’s a rare, rare person.” your sisters or your daughter this - excelling in athletics. And then a Baptist church for Robinson’s Grambling basketball coach are the entities acting like ho’s. then we must move to remove you to be called a ‘ho, largely because George E. Curry, former editor- wake. and former NBA player Larry from that particular position.’’ some elements in the music Robinson’s wife, Doris, who Wright, speaking at the wake, in-chief of Emerge magazine and Hare says the fact that Imus industry allowed that to happen. the NNPA News Service, is a had attended a memorial service drew applause from the crowd might have picked up the term And I’m not going to sit by and for her late husband in the Capitol when he called Robinson “larger keynote speaker, moderator, and from rappers is no excuse. ‘’He is allow the rap industry or Imus media coach. a day earlier, was not at the wake. than life” and “the greatest truly just an old guard racist.’’ sit around and denigrate our www.ladatanews.com New Orleans Data News Weekly April 14, 2007 Page 15 DATA ZONE SPORTS
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With many rap artists from New Orleans gaining national acclaim, there are certain stereotyped images of what artists from the Crescent City are supposed to be, but MYSELF feels there are many different types of hip-hop artists that have always existed Ron Geared up to Revise Orleans in New Orleans and have represented the different genres and faces of hip-hop. Regarding his own music he says there is an eternal and internal connection to New Orleans that is integral Parish Athletic Department in his music although he now resides in New York City. “New Orleans is me, its how I talk, its how I walk it’s a part of me, so obviously it’s going to transcend into my music.” As he explains his present project, ‘Protest In Disguise’ he says, “On this project I competing for bragging rights. am in-depth about how I talk about different neighborhoods. And This season, Gearing turned musically I incorporate some of the funk and jazz elements that it up a notch soliciting a major the city is known for but it also has a rock edge to it mixed with sponsor in the U.S. Army and hip-hop.” “I feel New Orleans have contributed a lot to the world turned to long time friend and in terms of music and I am part of the tradition and this album is mentor Walter Tillman, the new my contribution to that legacy.” Athletic Director for the Recovery As to the question of what exactly is the New Orleans hip-hop School District. The two worked sound he says, “I think New Orleans hip-hop is misunderstood, I in perfect harmony bring think a lot of people think it all started with Master P and the Cash together Charter, Independent, Money Millionaires, but that’s not necessarily true and I want to Recovery, even Acadian Parish show another face of New Orleans Hip-Hop and although I may district Schools into play for an not use some of the slang that New Orleans is known for you All-Star match-up featuring a host feel the spirit and it has an energy that jumps out and is unique of talented boys and girls who all because of my New Orleans experience and that’s evident in a lot have potential to exceed at major of the music coming from here because there is no other city in college level. the United States like it.” “This has been a long time dream of mind to expand and Although he has lived in the Big Apple for several years his invite those schools outside the roots are firmly planted in the soil of the Big Easy, and when parishes, said Gearing. The talent Hurricane Katrina decimated much of the city he was worried is out there and it’s our duty to offer for the welfare of his family and friends, “My family was affected them the opportunity to play as by the storm, my mother’s house caught fire and burned down, an All-Star.” The expansion is not my family experienced the whole debacle of the Superdome and expected to stop on the basketball was forced to live in Texas for about a year, and they just recently court, as Gearing and Tillman are moved back to Louisiana.” On the anniversary of Hurricane planning events in Track and field Katrina he re-entered the city and he once knew seemed distant that should bring diversity among and unfamiliar as his home was no more, the city where he honed both departments in the middle of his talent was no more. While in New Orleans he took part in a Ron Gearing April. While Tillman, who actually documentary film focusing on art and politics entitled ‘Pocket had Gearing as a student while at Change’ which also features Academy Award Winning director By Ty Green his department fills the needs of Dillard University continues teach and screenwriter Oliver Stone. During this time of reflection on Photos by Kevin Blakes the student athletes by touching him even today, both are teaching his life and the purpose of his art he also filmed the video for his basics with various organizations others the lesson of providing and breakout double-sided digital single ‘God Is So Funky/Where We It’s been nearly two years and corporate leaders to see the leading the way for the student Goin’. While witnessing the wreckage of New Orleans he says of since the Orleans Parish Schools necessities of the schools even athletes. his song and its prophetic message, “Where We’re Goin is a song Athletic Department ran a normal before they hit the field or court. “Trying to get the kids support that shadowed what was going on, not just where we’re going as course. Running at normal But before you can move and their participation in the a people, but where we’re going after the destruction of the city, capacity has been virtually a forward you have to back up various activities as they compete and now that this disaster has affected so many people and the hard course to run without facing and realize, you must have the has been a priority for all of us question is what do we do, and because its affected so many people obstacles its path. For starters, athletes in place and the facilities in the Athletic Department, said I know this song has taken on a greater significance to me.” you need student athletes and the adequate and safe enough for Tillman. Katrina gave us no other No stranger to being in front of the camera he has also delved facilities that come along with it them to play in and to play on. option but to expand.” into acting; where he was recently cast in an upcoming film staring to make for a smooth transition. The 2006-2007 basketball seasons Gearing is expected to shift into Busta Rhymes, Sticky Fingaz and Academy Award Nominee Just like the many displaced saw only four schools have league a higher gear heading into next Tom Berenger, called ‘Order of Redemption.’ MYSELF recounts students in wake of Hurricane play in Orleans Parish and only season, as more Orleans Parish how this came about, “The producer of the film heard some of Katrina, the department is taking one gym to play in. Meanwhile, Schools are expected to re-open my music and she fell in love with it and thought that it would be on the challenge with a new OP didn’t have a lot of teams to and additional teams will field to great not only to have my music incorporated in the film, but also attitude along with a renewed field a complete football season the vacant district spots. At the to have me in the film.” As he speaks pondering his future in the leader. Ron Gearing has returned as well. One of Gearing’s major rate of speed he’s going, it’s not entertainment industry he says, “I feel that the direction I want at the helm and faced with the events, is the annual Orleans likely he will stop until the kids to go in is definitely more multimedia, I have been in front the task of restoring the department’s versus Jefferson Parish All- have what it takes to bring his camera, and recently I was part of an ad campaign with MTV Jams. quality and leadership needed for Star Basketball Extravaganza, department back in stride again! And I am working on developing a fashion line called Couture.” the student athletes. Gearing has featuring some of the top quality In an industry where artists come and go, and where the fame been very active in making sure athletes from both Parishes game is an illusive, illusion, deceiving some to believe popularity equals talent. MYSELF is an artist that through perseverance has proven that making music from his soul in an uncompromising way can bear fruit, as he has positioned himself and is ready to present another face of New Orleans hip-hop to the world, and perhaps charting and changing the course of a genre that has lost its soul as a musical messiah of the new millennium. “...there are real people and real money at” the end of this tunnel. It’s worth the wait. “We saw a Road Home advertisement on TV and it was so easy to apply online. We had everything we needed in our little Katrina ﬁ le and the process went smoothly. And when the Road Home appraisers came out, they saw things the insurance company didn’t cover. It surprised us, really. We tell our friends and family that there are real people and l real money at the end of this tunnel. Orlando and ebbieD from Slidel It’s worth the wait.”
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