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Remember when black TV programs were angry and unapologetic?

Remember
When I was growing up in a northern-New Jersey ghetto in the early Afro-picked 1970s, my mom used to take me places in her car. Our radio dial was locked to 1430 WNJR, a soul AM station, and in the afternoons I would hear something at the top of the hour called “National Black Network News.” National black newscasters were talking about the condition of black people.
We don’t hear enough of that anymore.
 
I was reminded of that when I heard that William Greaves had passed away on Aug. 25 at the age of 87. Nearly 50 years ago, Greaves was fighting a war in the media world and we were all the beneficiaries. The skirmishes were over black public-affairs television programs – shows that presented undiluted African-American political, social and cultural views on white television during the height of the civil rights movement and black power eras. Greaves was a pioneer of one: “Black Journal.”

The 2014 Middle Passage Commemoration to Focus on the West African Nation of Ghana

 
 
middle passage
The 21st annual Middle Passage Commemoration is next Tuesday (Sept. 9)  
7 p.m. in the Little Theater in the Alma C. Hanson Student Center on the LeMoyne-Owen College campus, 807 Walker Ave.
 
The annual program honors those Africans that were victims of the trans-Atlantic slave trade with a candle-lighting ceremony and by connecting their experiences to present times. 
 
This year the spotlight is on African Americans and the African Diaspora in the west-African country of Ghana. The featured speaker is Dr. Ernestine Jenkins, Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Memphis where she also serves as the graduate coordinator of the concentration in Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora. 

CeeLo Green: People who have really been raped remember

Cee Lo
On Friday, CeeLo Green pleaded no contest to a felony count of providing
Ecstasy to a woman in 2012. The unnamed woman accused the former “The Voice” judge of spiking her drink after meeting at a sushi restaurant. The woman stated that the next thing she realized she had awakened in a bedroom naked, with Green in the room. She stated that she had recordings of Green apologizing and making references to the Ecstasy that was used.
 
According to the Review Journal, prosecutors in the case rejected a rape charge but Green was hit with the felony drug charge instead. Green’s attorney, Blair Berk, stated that the sex was consensual, but that Green did supply the woman with the drug.

Ferguson’s flashpoint sparks national outrage

Ferguson
LOS ANGELES – They were killed in Wisconsin, New York and California. Some were shot on the street. One was killed in a Wal-Mart. Another died after being placed in a chokehold. All died at the hands of police and all have been united by one thing: the killing of Michael Brown.
 
Details may differ, circumstances of their deaths may remain unknown, but the outrage that erupted after the Aug. 9 fatal shooting of the unarmed, black 18-year-old by a white officer in Ferguson, M0., has become a rallying cry in protests over police killings across the U.S.