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Black Men’s Xchange Celebrates 25 Years with New State-of-the-Art Community Space in Washington D.C.

Author: Black Men's Xchange
Dateline: Washington, District of Columbia (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  | Thu, 16 Jan 2014

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Black Men's Xchange, the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to the empowerment of diverse Black males, recently celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a festive gathering at their new, state-of-the-art community space in Northeast D.C.”



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Black Men's Xchange (BMX), the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to the empowerment of diverse Black males, recently celebrated its 25th year anniversary with a festive gathering at their new, state-of-the-art community space in Northeast D.C.

The event was co-sponsored in partnership with celebrated D.C. staple Al Sura, Inc., a non-profit public charity foundation.

Cleo Manago, BMX founder and CEO, addressed the energetic crowd and noted, "This event is more than just an open house. We are here to reassure the community that BMX is not just firmly planted in D.C., but is fresh, improved and excited about hearing the communities' voice, their concerns and ideas."

In addition to unveiling their beautiful new location, the esteemed organization, which acknowledges diversity in class, philosophy, sexuality and spiritual practice, noted the occasion as one of particular significance. The 25th anniversary marked the beginning of new leadership development; the welcoming back of former returning members; and an introduction to associates eager to learn more about and join the BMX team.

Manago added, "The large crowd here today indicates the importance of BMX to this community. We are 25 years old, yet we still welcome transformation. It creates opportunity for introspection and problem-solving along with new blood and new people to affirm and learn from."

Facilitated by Darryl L C Moch, an Al Sura Inc. board member and local activist, a vigorous dialogue took place between curious community members and the many veterans of BMX in attendance. The interchange was respectful and illuminating. A clear highlight of the afternoon was the debut of the luxurious, new area where BMX's popular Black men's gatherings will take place. Enthused visitors openly commented on the splendor and tranquility of the new space, a sharp contrast to the badly lit library basement where meetings had been held over the past year.

Also introduced was the stunning new website recently launched by the BMX DC chapter at http://www.bmxdc.org/ and the FaceBook fan page which secured close to 900 'likes' in three days at https://www.facebook.com/BMXchangeDC .

The Black Men's Xchange (BMX), a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to promoting healthy self-concept, constructive decision-making, functional relationships between Black men, critical thinking and cultural affirmation (CTCA) and leadership development among diverse African descendant-males and allies. The mission of BMX is to affirm, heal, educate, unify, and advocate social-justice for diverse Black males while providing tools for self-determination, community responsibility, self-actualization, well-being and the prevention of health threats.

Starting Saturday February 1, 2014, the BMX Black Men's gatherings will take place on a bi-monthly basis at 1160 1ST Street, NE, Suite 235 in Washington, DC at First and M Street.

For more BMX information, email BMXNational@gmail.com or call at 888-472-2837, or visit: http://www.bmxdc.org/ .

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Author Howard Feinstein Releases ‘Fire On The Bayou’

Author: Howard Feinstein
Dateline: Tipp City, Ohio (TIPP CITY, Ohio)  | Fri, 10 Jan 2014

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Acclaimed author Howard Feinstein, along with his publisher Foxhead Books, announce the author's emotionally charged memoir entitled: 'Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront' (ISBN: 9781940876009). The new book details Mr. Feinstein's civil rights work prosecuting Ku Klux Klan cases and other prosecutions involving racially-motivated violence.”



ARTICLE:

Acclaimed author Howard Feinstein, along with his publisher Foxhead Books, announce release of the author's emotionally charged memoir entitled: "Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront" (ISBN: 9781940876009). The book details Mr. Feinstein's civil rights work prosecuting Ku Klux Klan cases and other prosecutions involving racially-motivated violence.

In "Fire on the Bayou," a federal hate crimes prosecutor takes the reader inside the grand juries, courtrooms, and killing fields of the Deep South, where, as native son William Faulkner put it, "The past is never dead. It's not even past."

"Fire on the Bayou" is an emotionally-candid, self-effacing and plain-spoken account in which Howard Feinstein tells true tales that harken from a time many would rather forget. Secrets once thought buried forever resurface in this engaging memoir of a young attorney thrust "behind the lines" into a cauldron of hate and violence.

Feinstein's book launch event on the 12th is sponsored by Empowered Women International, an organization who in the author's words is "a wonderful nonprofit which continues the struggle for dignity and equality."

Following Sunday's book launch, Feinstein has scheduled an extensive east coast book tour with stops in New York, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Fans of Feinstein will find these promotional events, "classic Howard" as they embody an eclectic mix of literature, music and poignant conversation.

Copies of "Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront" can be found at online retailers as well as direct from Foxhead Books ( http://foxheadbooks.com/ ).

About Howard Feinstein:

Howard L. Feinstein ( http://www.howardlfeinstein.com/ )is the author of "Developing Issues in the Legal Status of Women: Cases and Commentaries," published by Pearson [Prentice Hall], 1999. A supplement to the first edition was published in 2000. His memoir, "Fire on the Bayou: True Tales from the Civil Rights Battlefront," details Mr. Feinstein's civil rights work prosecuting Ku Klux Klan cases and other prosecutions involving racially-motivated violence.

About Foxhead Books:

Foxhead Books publishes in the traditional, e-book, and fine books markets. Foxhead believes there's a place for genre and pop-fiction-in fact, we'll publish anything we want, without hesitation, when the spirit moves us. Foxhead Books is an independent book publisher and a division of Potemkin Media Omnibus, Ltd. an Ohio Limited Liability Company.

Visit http://foxheadbooks.com/howard-feinstein/ for contact details, photos, and a detailed author bio.

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Beyond Diversity Resource Center Responds to President’s Call for National Conversations on Race

Author: Beyond Diversity Resource Center
Dateline: Mount Laurel, New Jersey (MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.)  | Wed, 18 Sep 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “The Beyond Diversity Resource Center announces publication of a supplement to its book on racial dialogue in America, 'The Anti-Racist Cookbook.' The introduction to the supplement states, 'Today, people of color have less to fear from the overt actions of a Ku-Klux-Klan lynch mob than from the implicit bias of a gun-carrying member of a neighborhood watch.'”



ARTICLE:

The Beyond Diversity Resource Center announces publication of a supplement to its book on racial dialogue in America, "The Anti-Racist Cookbook" (ISBN: 978-0971901766). The introduction to the supplement states, "Today, people of color have less to fear from the overt actions of a Ku-Klux-Klan lynch mob than from the implicit bias of a gun-carrying member of a neighborhood watch. Yet, the result may be the same."

"After George Zimmerman was found not guilty of manslaughter charges in the killing of Trayvon Martin, President Obama asked Americans to have thoughtful conversations about race and its impact on our lives," noted Robin Parker, the executive director of the Beyond Diversity Resource Center.

"In response, the Center thought it was important to offer supplemental questions to our 2005 publication, 'The Anti-Racist Cookbook: A Recipe Guide for Conversations about Race That Goes beyond Covered Dishes and Kum-Bah-Ya.' The questions in the Supplement focus on implicit bias and personal safety, two areas where racial dialogue is especially needed," adds Parker.

In 2005, the Center published "The Anti-Racist Cookbook" to inspire ordinary people in their communities to have conversations about race in America.

But Parker says conversations about race may be even more necessary now than they were when the book was published: "We've made progress on race, but racial issues still fester today. From Imus' shocking comment about the Rutgers women's basketball team to Riley Cooper's and Michael Richards' use of the N-word, we seem to be experiencing a time when individuals feel justified in making negative racial comments and blaming any damage those comments cause on people who are 'too sensitive' or who 'take the comments the wrong way.'"

According to Parker, these acts are examples of what happens when implicit bias-the unconscious bias people have-comes to the surface, often at times of anger, frustration and fear. Implicit bias, if unaddressed, can be as damaging as overt acts of racism.

"We saw implicit bias played out when the 'dangerous-young-black-man-wearing-a-hoodie' stereotype came to national attention after the shooting of Trayvon Martin," Parker remarked. "Studies like the Harvard's 'Project Implicit' show that Americans have implicit biases against blacks and other marginalized groups. Because the Trayvon Martin incident shows how implicit bias can have fatal consequences, many people of color-especially young people of color-feel unsafe. We need to have dialogue among ordinary people to begin to heal these problems."

The 2013 Supplement asks questions about current racial issues that include: (1) how people can address their own racial biases, (2) what organizations can do to combat implicit bias, (3) whether people feel safe in light of recent racial incidents, and (4) how we should craft solutions for racial healing. The supplement is now available to people who order "The Anti-Racist Cookbook" from the publisher, Crandall, Dostie & Douglass Books.

To order "The Anti-Racist Cookbook" with the 2013 Supplement, visit http://www.cddbooks.com/ or call (908) 241-5439.

About The Beyond Diversity Resource Center:

The Beyond Diversity Resource Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to build a society that sincerely honors individuals because of their cultural differences. The Center provides comprehensive training and education for those who work together to improve the quality of interactions among persons who are different from one another. More information: http://www.beyonddiversity.org/ .

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Best Selling Author Sister Souljah Joins Mocha Ochoa and Students in the U.S. and Africa to Promote Global Summer Reading

Author: The Oracle Group
Dateline: Washington, District of Columbia (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  | Tue, 11 Jun 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “New York Times Best Selling Author and Activist Sister Souljah will headline a Global Summer Reading Initiative discussing a highly anticipated follow up to her book 'Coldest Winter Ever.' This new novel, 'A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story' (ISBN: 978-1439165317) will be the central topic of discussion for young people across the globe, as they come together to discuss and encourage the importance of Summer Reading.”



A R T I C L E:

New York Times Best Selling Author and Activist Sister Souljah will headline a Global Summer Reading Initiative discussing a highly anticipated follow up to her book "Coldest Winter Ever." This new novel, "A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story" (Emily Bestler Books/Atria; ISBN: 978-1439165317) will be the central topic of discussion for young people across the globe, as they come together to discuss and encourage the importance of Summer Reading.

The presentation and book signing will be held at the ARC Theater in Washington, D.C. on June 14, 2013 with an interactive real time broadcast to students in attendance at the United States Embassies in Soweto, South Africa, Harare Zimbabwe and Accra Ghana.

The Global Book Talk will begin at 9 a.m. with an interview conducted by event host Mocha Ochoa of The Oracle Group; a Q&A session with students in Washington, D.C., Soweto, Harare and Accra where these students will be afforded an opportunity to interact with the author and each other in real time. A book signing will immediately follow the book talk. This auspicious event is produced by The Oracle Group, an international literary event production company.

Sister Souljah is best known for her work as a political activist and educator of underclass urban youth. A graduate of Rutgers University, she is a beloved personality in her own community. She lives in New York with her husband and son.

The Global Book Talk with Sister Souljah event will take place during the end of the school year when families prepare for summer activities.

According to Mocha Ochoa, Principal of The Oracle Group: "We are excited to expose inspiring cultural icons like Sister Souljah to highly underserved audiences who may not get the everyday opportunity to engage with Best Selling Authors. Further, our intent is to also have student groups actively engage with each other through literary programming on a digital platform in which new and innovative ways encourage young people to continue an interest in literature during their time off from school."

Schools and organizations interested in participation, donating books or general information can visit http://www.theoraclegroup.net/ .

About The Oracle Group:

The Oracle Group, a nationally recognized agency which specializes in producing literary programming, connects authors with events to engage and uplift the local, national and global community. The Oracle Group hosts specialty Author Events, National and Community Book Fairs, Educator Appreciation Series and Literary Campaign Development. It also produces the literary talk show, In the Cafe with Mocha. The Oracle Group produces the Author Pavilion at the NAACP National Annual Convention; has served as the Special Advisor of Diversity Programming for the National Book Festival and is the project founder of the Reading Across Continents Initiative.

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Crime Expert and Author Ron Chepesiuk Exposes Criminal Legend Frank Matthews in New Book Release

Author: Ron Chepesiuk
Dateline: New York City, New York (NEW YORK CITY, N.Y.)  | Tue, 04 Jun 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Award-winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk goes in deep to investigate the unsolved disappearance of the legendary drug kingpin Frank Matthews with his new book, "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" (ISBN: 978-0-9852440-1-9; Strategic Media Books).”



A R T I C L E:

Award-winning crime author Ron Chepesiuk goes in deep to investigate the unsolved disappearance of the legendary drug kingpin Frank Matthews with his new book, "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" (ISBN: 978-0-9852440-1-9; Strategic Media Books). With an undercover reporting style that leaves no stone unturned, Chepesiuk's determined crack at unraveling one of the underworld's biggest unsolved mysteries makes for a fascinating and intriguing read.

It was July 2, 1973, when Frank Matthews, history's first African American drug kingpin, jumped bail in New York City with $15 to $20 million - the equivalent of $80 million to $90 million in today's money. It is believed he took his beautiful mistress, Cheryl Brown with him.

Interestingly, though Matthews is undisputedly the longest missing fugitive in DEA history, another figure from the '70's, Assata Shakur, just recently made headlines by being placed on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list. A 66-year old Black woman, Shakur's reward is set for two million dollars. The reward for 69-year old Frank Matthews, the target of one of the largest manhunts in U.S. law enforcement history, is a mere $20,000. He remains at large and his disappearance is a complete mystery. He has never made any "Most Wanted" list.

Many believe Shakur was erroneously convicted for the murder of a state trooper. But there is no mistaking the fact that the narcotics Matthews helped funnel into African American communities across America continues to leave a trail of devastation, betrayal, death and despair. In each case it has been forty years. And so goes the continued urban legend of Frank Matthews, perhaps the most authentic American Gangster of them all.

Matthews' literally dominated the heroin market in the '70's. A country boy from North Carolina, Matthew operated out of New York with a drug empire that spanned 21 states with overseas contacts for heroin and cocaine. A boss of bosses, the DEA ranks him as one of the Top Ten drug traffickers in United States history. A young man in his twenties at the time, Matthews was one of the first major independents who challenged the La Cosa Nostra for supremacy in the criminal underworld. The streets deemed him, "Black Caesar" as he was the first Black man bold, astute and confident enough to control an interstate organization of its size, independent of the Mob that ruled all.

Chepesiuk follows the trail left cold, retracing Matthew's criminal path with the nose of a bloodhound. His interviews with DEA agents, Federal Marshals, aging ex-drug kingpins, friends, families and associates are perhaps the most in-depth gathering of details about this nefariously historic figure ever compiled. The book explores a host of nagging questions. How was Matthews able to operate for several years without being detected? What was his relationship with La Cosa Nostra? Why did the CIA get involved in the Matthews investigation? What happened to Cheryl Brown? Why has the mystery of his disappearance been so difficult to solve? And while the questions are explored and answered, "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin" colorfully captures the vivid imagery, drama and intrigue of the era, entangling the reader in a real life thriller.

"Ron Chepesiuk is to true crime books what Nas is to the hip-hop world," offers Seth Ferranti author of "Gorilla Convict: The Prison Writings of Seth Ferranti," who provides the gripping foreword for the book. "He writes like a lyrical poet examining issues in popular culture in both a historical and scholastic context."

A two-time Fulbright Scholar, film producer and author of several true crime books, including "Drug Lords," "Sergeant Smack" and "Queenpins," Ron Chepesiuk ( www.ronchepesiuk.com ) is also a consultant to the History Channel's "Gangland" documentary series and the executive producer and co-host of popular radio show "Crime Beat" ( http://www.artistfirst.com/crimebeat.htm ). An authoritative crime historian, Chepesiuk is a native of Thunder Bay, Canada currently based in South Carolina. He brings a wealth of insight and observation to the account of the missing Frank Matthews. He has also written a screenplay based on the Frank Matthews story.

Dead or alive, we may never know the ultimate truth about Matthews, but thanks to Chepesiuk, every speculation in between is resolved in "Black Caesar: The Rise and Disappearance of Frank Matthews, Kingpin." The FBI may be targeting Assata Shakur, but Frank Matthews is the true gangster Most Wanted!

Follow the Frank Matthew's trail at http://www.FrankMatthewsBook.com/ .

For more exciting true crime book by Strategic Media Books, go to http://www.strategicmediabooks.com .

Chepesiuk will be conducting a two-month blog tour this coming July and August via Partners in Crime Tours ( http://www.partnersincrimetours.net/) . Follow Ron Chepesiuk at www.ronchepesiuk.com .

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It’s Official: Blacks Voted at Higher Rate than Whites in 2012 Election and Black Women Surpassed Everyone

Author: National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Dateline: Washington, District of Columbia (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  | Thu, 09 May 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener of Black Women's Roundtable issued the following statement in response to a U.S. Census Bureau report released yesterday finding that about two in three eligible blacks (66.2 percent) voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites who did so.”



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Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO of The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (The National Coalition) and convener of Black Women's Roundtable issued the following statement in response to a U.S. Census Bureau report released yesterday finding that about two in three eligible blacks (66.2 percent) voted in the 2012 presidential election, higher than the 64.1 percent of non-Hispanic whites who did so.

This marks the first time that blacks have voted at a higher rate than whites since the Census Bureau started publishing statistics on voting.

Campbell said, "Let me first say it's a great day in America for Black People - especially Black women. It is extremely gratifying to see Census data that reinforces what we already knew: despite rigorous systematic efforts to suppress our vote, Blacks voted at higher rates than whites in 2012. Black women outdistanced every demographic in America and made a difference in the outcome of the election.

"Given the enormous challenges facing our community, The National Coalition's Board of directors, members and affiliates are proud to have played an integral role in a historic turnout. Working in partnership with A. Philip Randolph Institute and other coalition members, our Black Women's Roundtable unified women in our communities to help us organize, educate, mobilize and protect the Black vote in 2012. Black women delivered in a powerful way.

"Fifty years after the historic March on Washington - when the Black vote was suppressed across the country - there is no better tribute to the leadership of A. Philip Randolph, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Dorothy I. Height and other civil rights leaders.

"So, today we celebrate the power of the sister vote as we continue to organize and mobilize to push our elected officials to act in our best interest."

View Census Report:
http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/voting/cb13-84.html .

About The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation:

The National Coalition (www.ncbcp.org) is dedicated to increasing Black civic engagement, women and girls empowerment, youth civic leadership and voter empowerment through its 60-member national organization base, 12 state-based affiliates and networks.

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‘Soul Music Week’ is February 15-24, 2013 – Music Fans to Support America’s Great Musical Form

Author: SoulTracks
Dateline: Detroit, Michigan (DETROIT, Mich.)  | Thu, 14 Feb 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Online magazine SoulTracks and soul music fans around the world are taking action to support soul music, one of the most revered forms of music in the world. From Motown to Memphis, from James Brown to Jill Scott, 'soul music' is the sound of our lifetime.”



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Online magazine SoulTracks and soul music fans around the world are taking action to support soul music, one of the most revered forms of music in the world. From Motown to Memphis, from James Brown to Jill Scott, "soul music" is the sound of our lifetime.

And while today broadcast radio focuses more on electronic pop and rap, "soul" continues to thrive in large halls, small clubs, family parties and on popular internet destinations like SoulTracks (www.Soultracks.com), America's most popular soul music online magazine.

"We ran a string of articles highlighting the great soul music being made by both young and old artists around the world and the challenge those artists have in getting the attention of broadcast radio and mass media," says SoulTracks Publisher Chris Rizik. "We were then inundated with comments from readers - readers who are passionate about soul music and who want to make a difference in supporting the music and the artists making it."

The result is Soul Music Week 2013. Soul Music Week, which goes from February 15-24, 2013, is designed, according to Rizik, as "a week of discovery, connecting music fans with the great artists who continue to drive soul music forward."

The concept for Soul Music Week is simple. Each music fan is being asked to do three things:
1. Buy a new Soul Music CD, either online or at a physical retailer;
2. Place a comment at SoulTracks' Soul Music Week page, telling what you bought and how you like it; and
3. Spread the word to friends on Facebook, Twitter and other social media.

To see more about Soul Music Week, including music recommendations and a Facebook interface for comments, visit http://www.soulmusicweek.com/ .

SoulTracks has also created links to online stores as well as a directory of independent music retailers around the world at: http://www.soultracks.com/store_directory.htm .

Soul Music Week will not only show tangible support for the artists who are bringing great soul music to the world in 2013, it will also remind radio programmers, record companies and major media of the continued popularity of this unique form of music to millions of music lovers in the US and around the world.

About SoulTracks:

SoulTracks (www.soultracks.com) is America's #1 online magazine dedicated to classic and modern "soul music." SoulTracks features hundreds of biographies of classic and modern soul artists as well as news, CD reviews, free music downloads, listening rooms and "Where Are They Now?" features. It is also the creator of the annual SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards, the leading awards in the world celebrating independent soul music.

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The NAACP and Minority Media Community Collaborative are OUTRAGED at Time Warner Cable in Columbus!

Author: Columbus NAACP
Dateline: Columbus, Ohio (COLUMBUS, Ohio)  | Fri, 18 Jan 2013

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “A major press conference held Nov. 28, 2012 revealed that the Columbus NAACP and the Minority Media Community Collaborative (MMCC) are both outraged at Time Warner Cable's continuous refusal to provide local minority programming. Evidence of this blatant disregard is Time Warner Cable's refusal to carry Bounce 23 TV and Azteca Columbus TV, two broadcasters dedicated to serving the African American and Hispanic populations.”



A R T I C L E:

A major press conference held Nov. 28, 2012 revealed that both the Columbus NAACP and the Minority Media Community Collaborative (MMCC) are outraged at Time Warner Cable's continuous refusal to provide local minority programming. Evidence of this blatant disregard is Time Warner Cable's refusal to carry Bounce 23 TV and Azteca Columbus TV, two broadcasters dedicated to serving the African American and Hispanic populations in Columbus, Ohio.

Reverend Joel King, cousin of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said, "Time Warner Cable has hundreds of cable channels available and yet has refused to sign an agreement to carry local minority broadcasters. And to add insult to injury Time Warner Cable has snubbed our repeated requests for a meeting to discuss these minority community concerns."

Noel Williams President of the Columbus NAACP states, "Time Warner Cable says that they believe in the power of community and value diversity in hiring, but with no space allocated to local minority channels, they do not apply these beliefs to their programming."

The 2010 U.S. Census reports that nearly 40 percent of Columbus' population is minority (28 percent African American, 6 percent Hispanic and 5 percent other) and they spend approximately $72 million dollars per year in cable service fees. Yet they are completely denied local minority programming. Time Warner Cable, which controls 60 percent of the Columbus cable market, recently merged with Insight Communications (30 percent of the market) and now has a virtual monopoly with 90 percent of the television cable services in Columbus, Ohio.

The Columbus NAACP and the MMCC says, "Time Warner's mission statement says they are committed to serving the community. Yet they have no local minority programming channels available and have refused to meet with the NAACP and the MMCC! This kind of blatant disregard displayed by Time Warner Cable has the uncanny feeling of 1954 in the year 2013."

More information: http://www.columbusnaacp.org/ or contact Noel Williams, President; president@columbusnaacp.org.

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In Time Warner Cable/Insight Merger, Minority Community in an Uproar, says the Columbus NAACP

Author: The Columbus NAACP
Dateline: Columbus, Ohio (COLUMBUS, Ohio)  | Mon, 26 Nov 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Cable giant Time Warner, with the recent acquisition of Insight Communications, now controls 90 percent of the cable viewing market in Columbus, Ohio. However, according to the Minority Media Community Collaborative (MMCC) it lacks local African American and other minority media programming. The MMCC consists of The Columbus NAACP, The Baptist Ministerial Alliance, The Haitian Catholic Coalition of Ohio, The Asian Chamber of Commerce and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.”



A R T I C L E:

Cable giant Time Warner, with the recent acquisition of Insight Communications, now controls 90 percent of the cable viewing market in Columbus, Ohio. However, according to the Minority Media Community Collaborative (MMCC) it lacks local African American and other minority media programming. The MMCC consists of The Columbus NAACP, The Baptist Ministerial Alliance, The Haitian Catholic Coalition of Ohio, The Asian Chamber of Commerce and The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The MMCC says that despite repeated requests Time Warner Cable has steadfastly refused to meet with them to discuss the disparity of local African American and other minority programming.

Noel Williams, President of the Columbus branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP - www.columbusnaacp.org) says, "This kind of snubbing represents the worst example of corporate arrogance and cultural insensitivity. The issue of equal media participation is of paramount importance to all of our communities."

Joy Kouns, the Asian Chamber of Commerce adds, "Time Warner Cable has a responsibility to provide local programming that meets the needs of a highly diversified Columbus community."

The Reverend Joel King, cousin of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. concludes, "Blatant disregard is not acceptable. We will not be snubbed, disrespected, shut out or ignored. Our voices will be heard."

The Minority Media Community Collaborative has scheduled a press conference to address this issue:
DATE: Wednesday, November 28, 2012.
TIME: from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: Family Missionary Baptist Church, 996 Oakwood Ave.

Please contact for further information: 614-218-8200 or columbusnaacp1@juno.com.

About NAACP:

The real story of the nation's most significant civil rights organization lies in the hearts and minds of the people who would not stand idly by while the rights of America's darker citizens were denied. From bold investigations of mob brutality, protests of mass murders, segregation and discrimination, to testimony before congressional committees on the vicious tactics used to bar African Americans from the ballot box, it was the talent and tenacity of NAACP members that saved lives and changed many negative aspects of American society. While much of NAACP history is chronicled in books, articles, pamphlets and magazines, the true movement lies in the faces - black, white, yellow, red, and brown - united to awaken the consciousness of a people and a nation. The NAACP will remain vigilant in its mission until the promise of America is made real for all Americans More information: www.columbusnaacp.org .

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Inmates Are Now Able to Apologize to Their Victims Online at The Apology Project

Author: Joe Baker
Dateline: Springfield, Tennessee (SPRINGFIELD, Tenn.)  | Mon, 12 Nov 2012

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “Joe Baker, a Tennessee inmate, has been incarcerated for 24+ years. With the help of his family, Joe has developed a website where offenders can apologize to their victims online in a non-intrusive way. In his quest to make amends for his crime, Joe created the website The Apology Project and continues to give back for his wrongdoing and encourages other inmates to do the same.”



A R T I C L E:

Joe Baker, a Tennessee inmate, has been incarcerated for 24+ years. With the help of his family, Joe has developed a website where offenders can apologize to their victims online in a non-intrusive way. In his quest to make amends for his crime, Joe created the website The Apology Project (theapologyproject.com) and continues to give back for his wrongdoing and encourages other inmates to do the same.

Offenders can post their apology on the website, and victims have the ability to read the apology and offer a response if they so choose.

Baker has also written two books. "Thinking Outside the Fence: A Guide to help your incarcerated loved one in their quest for rehabilitation and reconciliation" is a guide for family members and friends of offenders. The book is a compilation of lessons learned by Joe Baker. During his years of incarceration, he has "learned valuable lessons that led to him transforming his life from behind bars and making amends to his victims."

He has also written "Thinking Outside the Fence: Workbook for Offenders" which is a program he created for inmates. "This program is a guide to help offenders transform their lives. The lessons in the workbook promote a strong relationship with God, apologizing and making amends to their victims, and helping the offender to become a positive and responsible member of society once they are released," adds Baker.

For more information on the two books (ISBNs pending) and how to order, visit: http://www.theapologyproject.com/products.html .

Joe is an inspiration in showing that inmates can change. They do not have to continue to be what they were once convicted of and continue to live a life of crime. He is proof that you can become part of the solution, instead of continuing to be part of the problem. Society should be interested in this, because it displays there can be true change in the world, no matter who you are or what your circumstance. That is what we ALL strive for, and we as a society, need to recognize that we must be proactive in the rehabilitation of inmates if we ever want to see true change.

More information: http://www.theapologyproject.com/ .

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