The family of Emmett Till is applauding Mountain Dew for dropping Lil Wayne as a sponsor and calling the soda makers decision monumental. As recently reported, Weezy was given his walking papers over his lyrics about Till in his verse on the remix of Futures Karate Chop. Last week they threatened to go after the rappers sponsers, prompting Lil Wayne to apologize. But the damage had already been done. Now, in a statement by the familys foundation to AllHipHop, members from Tills camp are commending the decision.
Back in February, when I first heard the lyrics, I was in utter shock, disappointment and sadness, said Airickca Gordon-Taylor, Executive Director of Mamie Till Mobley Foundation. Just as Mamie Till Mobley didnt endure the pain of losing Emmett Till alone, many people have stood in solidarity with our family, even if it wasnt the most popular stand to take.
She added, The road less traveled is surely not the easiest but standing for your principles provides the endurance needed to fight for human and civil rights. This decision was monumental, we commend Mountain Dew for taking action towards better social responsibility, and now I finally feel that we can exhale and focus on our beloved Mamie Till Mobleys charge. Lets get on with the business of positive thinking and living
Simeon Wright who was a witness to Tills kidnapping had this to say about Mountain Dews decision. This is beyond my expectations, Im pleased that it happened and it shouldnt waited for public outcry. Anything that belittles or degrades the memory of Emmett Till shouldnt be in the public square, Wright said. Racism is still out there. Whatever you listen too, whatever you do, get an education. Dont let this system destroy you.
Convicted double murker Willie Jerome Manning, who has been on [rip] row for nearly two decades, is set to be executed Tuesday, after being denied a DNA test that could save him from the execution chamber, the New York Times reports.
In a 5-to-4 decision in April, the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled that there was "conclusive, overwhelming evidence of guilty" and that DNA tests would not "preclude his participation in the crimes," according to the Times.
But in a dissenting opinion Justice James W. Kitchens argued that "whatever potential harm the denial seeks to avert is surely outweighed by the benefits of ensuring justice by the scientific analysis of all the trace evidence."
Dov Fox of the Georgetown University Law Center says that "no physical evidence has ever linked Manning to the crime," in a Huffpost blog.
The 44-year-old black man was convicted in the 1992 kidnapping and murk of Jon Steckler and Tiffany Miller, two white college students.
According to the Jackson Free Press:
One of the victims, Tiffany Miller, was shot twice in the face at close range. One leg was out of her pants and underwear, and her shirt was pulled up. Her boyfriend John Steckler's body had abrasions that occurred before he died, and he was shot once in the back of the head. A set of car tracks had gone through the puddles of blood and over Steckler's body.
Dov points out that a jury convicted Manning based largely on the testimony of a cousin of the defendant and a jailhouse informant, who claimed Manning confessed to him.
"The cousin had accused two other men before Manning, however, and the informant has since recanted altogether," Dov writes.
The Washington Post points out that the justice department admits to flaws in forensic testimony as part of a broad review of the FBI's handling of evidence in the 1980s and 1990s.
In urging Gov. Phil Bryant to issue a stay of execution, [rip] Penalty News pointed out that the tests could provide the identity of a possible second perpetrator who has never been caught and put to rest questions over now-outmoded forensic practices, used at the time of the investigation.
"Since 1994, Manning has been seeking DNA testing of the[..] kit, fingernail scrapings that were recovered from both victims and hairs recovered from the scene," the blog states.
In an Atlantic article entitled, "A Ghost of Mississippi: The Willie Manning Capital Case," Andrew Cohen says the specters of racial bias, a faulty confession and untested scientific evidence have haunted this case.
Linda Fondren, a mayoral candidate in Vicksburg, Miss., not only admits to a past life in prostitution, she says her husband was one of her Johns.
"I was a working girl in a legal brothel over 30 years ago. It's true, my husband was my client. My husband and I have been married for 28 years," Fondren told WLBT-TV.
"I knew it would surface because it was around. I just didn't think it would surface and I would be sitting here doing an interview with you today."
Fondren tried to hold off making that admission for weeks, and she even dismissed reporters who brought up a possible tie with Sagebrush Ranch, a legal Nevada brothel.
“These are rumors, and politics is really a business that people do whatever it takes to get things said about people instead of discussing the issues, what concerns people the most,” Fondren told the Clarion Ledger on March 29.
Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlight Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Carson City, Nev., says a past career in prostitution is no reason to exclude a candidate.
“[Legal prostitutes] go on to careers in medicine, law, and education, and they fund those educations with the money that they earn here at [brothels like] The Bunny Ranch” Hof said. “I couldn’t be prouder of their accomplishments, and I sincerely believe that Linda Fondren’s time working as a legal prostitute in Nevada has given her the necessary business acumen to be a very successful mayor.”
Fondren isn't nostalgic about her time spent as a prostitute, saying she only did it to support herself after she got pregnant at age 14 and after her mom died of cancer.
She told the[..]ociated Press: “I hated it. I hated it.” She also said that she would not support legal prostitution if elected.
Since leaving the brothel business and moving to Vicksburg, Fondren has earned a national reputation for her efforts at fighting obesity. In 2010, she was declared a CNN Hero for creating Shape Up Vicksburg, a 17-week weight loss challenge that later evolved into a walking club.
Source: Linda Fondren, Mayoral Candidate, Admits To Past Life As A Prostitute (VIDEO)
we petition the obama administration to:
Peacefully grant the State of Texas to withdraw from the United States of America and create its own NEW government.
The US continues to suffer economic difficulties stemming from the federal government's neglect to reform domestic and foreign spending. The citizens of the US suffer from blatant abuses of their rights such as the NDAA, the TSA, etc. Given that the state of Texas maintains a balanced budget and is the 15th largest economy in the world, it is practically feasible for Texas to withdraw from the union, and to do so would protect it's citizens' standard of living and re-secure their rights and liberties in accordance with the original ideas and beliefs of our founding fathers which are no longer being reflected by the federal government.
Dr Cornel WestIn an interview with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now,” our dear brother, Dr. Cornel West, said that while he’s happy that Mitt Romney didn’t win the presidential election, our foreign policy is still imperialistic, politicians should be ashamed of spending billions on campaigns while people are living in poverty, and that President Barack Obama is nothing but a “Rockefeller Republican in blackface.”
"I think that it’s morally obscene and spiritually profane to spend $6 billion on an election, $2 billion on a presidential election, and not have any serious discussion—poverty, trade unions being pushed against the wall dealing with stagnating and declining wages when profits are still up and the 1 percent are doing very well, no talk about drones dropping b0mbs on innocent people. So we end up with such a narrow, truncated political discourse, as the major problems—ecological catastrophe, climate change, global warming. So it’s very sad. I mean, I’m glad there was not a right-wing takeover, but we end up with a Republican, a Rockefeller Republican in blackface, with Barack Obama, so that our struggle with regard to poverty intensifies."
But that’s not all.
He had some choice words for Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson and Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry, as well. While the aforementioned scholars have been extremely vocal in their support of the Obama Administration, Tavis Smiley, who was interviewed along with Dr. West, said their support comes at the expense of critical thinking and a legitimate push for a Black agenda:
"…Lincoln isn’t Lincoln if Frederick Douglass isn’t pushing him. FDR isn’t FDR if A. Philip Randolph and Eleanor Roosevelt aren’t pushing him. LBJ isn’t LBJ if MLK isn’t pushing him.
“We don’t believe in making excuses. We believe that if [Obama] is not pushed, he’s going to be a transactional president and not a transformational president. And we believe that the time is now for action and no longer accommodation. But that doesn’t happen unless you’re pushed.”
Dr. West said that Smiley was just being “very kind,” and gave his opinion to Goodman, straight no chaser:
"I love Brother Mike Dyson… but we’re living in a society where everybody is up for sale. Everything is up for sale. And he and Brother Sharpton and Sister Melissa and others, they have sold their souls for a mess of Obama pottage. And we invite them back to the black prophetic tradition after Obama leaves. But at the moment, they want insider access, and they want to tell those kind of lies. They want to turn their back to poor and working people."
Responding to Dyson’s statement that President Obama was “progressive,” Both Smiley and West said that President Obama is not, because to be progressive means taking risks, something that the president has not done.
"In the president’s forward motion in the second term to est@blish a legacy—and I don’t think that being president ought to be about a legacy; it ought to be about advancing the best for the American people. But in this conversation about his legacy, I want to see what risk he’s going to take. Is he going to put himself on the line for poor people? Is he going have an honest conversation about drones? As Doc said earlier, you know, is he ever going to say the word prison—the phrase, “prison-industrial complex”? Reagan wouldn’t say “AIDS.” Bush wouldn’t say “climate change.” Will Obama say “prison-industrial complex”? I mean, I want to know where the risk is that equates to being the most progressive president ever. That’s the—I don’t get that.”