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Tuesday show – “The Gaia Bocelli Show”, feature artist this week show is “Envogue”, and OJays. Join me on Spreaker.com at 5pm to 7pm PST.
Chat room is always open. Plan to have lots of fun.
When Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) returned home from a trip to the Middle East in October, he offered a reflection on the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, to the Bangor Daily News:
“My characterization of ISIS is that they have 14th century ethics and 21st century weapons,” he said.
King and others who have reached into the Middle Ages for an apt Islamic State comparison may be going back further than they need to. The 19th and 20th centuries work just as well.
For David Pilgrim, the founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, the actions of ISIS and other extremist groups are familiar — no better, no worse than the historic stateside violence against African-Americans.
“There’s nothing you’re going to see today that’s not going to have already occurred in the U.S.,” he said. “If you think of these groups that behead now — first of all, beheading is barbaric but it’s no more or less barbaric than some of the lynchings that occurred in the U.S.”
The Ku Klux Klan was a domestic terror organization from its beginning, said Pilgrim, who finds it offensive when, after 9/11, some Americans would bemoan that terrorism had finally breached U.S. borders.
“That is ignoring and trivializing — if not just summarily dismissing — all the people, especially the peoples of color in this country, who were lynched in this country; who had their homes bombed in this country; who were victims of race riots,” he said.
Victims of lynching were often burned, castrated, shot, stabbed and, in some cases, beheaded. Bodies were then hung or dragged through towns for display.
Most of these atrocities occurred during the eras of slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow — but not all.
It was 116 years after slavery and 40 years after Jim Crow when 19-year-old Michael Donald’s body was found swinging gently from a Mobile, Alabama, camphor tree in 1981. A perfect hangman’s knot containing 13 loops held the noose wrapped around his neck, and a squad of Klansmen stood on a porch across the street, looking on as the police gathered evidence.
Lynchings like Donald’s exemplify the terrorist methods that have always been the “stock and trade” of the KKK, according to Mark Potok, a senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“Michael Donald was sort of a classic case,” he said. “It was real terrorism in the sense that Michael Donald was a completely random victim. He was completely unknown to his Klan murderers. He was simply abducted off the street and murdered in order to frighten black people.”
Donald’s lynching is often referred to as “America’s last.” His death falls outside the terror lynchings that ran rampant during the Jim Crow era, according to a report released by Alabama’s Equal Justice Initiative earlier this month.
The study found almost 3,960 African-Americans were lynched from 1877 to 1950 — a number that supersedes previous estimates by at least 700. It looked at lynchings in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
An “Instant Nigger” is 50 percent tar, 45 percent ignorance and 5 percent water, according to a flier thrown on the campus of Murphy High School in Mobile by Klansmen in the early 1970s.
“I’ll never forget it,” said Ada Fields, a black Mobile resident who attended the school. “It was a paper with a jar and a black body — totally black — with big bug eyes looking out the jar.”
Alabama has a peculiar history with racially motivated terrorism — arguably more so than other states in the Deep South — and the state’s Klan history complicates things a bit more. Since each cell of the Ku Klux Klan has a different history, Potok said, it is difficult to discuss the Klan as a single, monolithic group.
There were four eras of the Klan — and the first and third eras were, arguably, the most characteristic of a terrorist organization.
Initial incarnations of the Klan used intimidation and violence to oppose the extension of civil liberties to blacks, maintain authority over black laborers and enforce their beliefs of white supremacy during Reconstruction, the years after the Civil War when the North occupied the South and briefly attempted to introduce more equitable practices.
Third-era Klan groups arose in response to the Brown v. Board of Education verdict, with membership peaking at about 40,000 around 1965. These individual Klans were more autonomous and often used the same terrorist methods as the first incarnation in an attempt to impede the civil rights movement.
Henry Hays and James Knowles, Donald’s murderers, belonged to the United Klans of America, a third-era KKK organization based in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, that, at its height, was considered the strongest and most violent in the nation.
“The United Klans of America absolutely gloried in violence. That was their main, and perhaps their only, political tool,” Potok said. “Violence and terrorism was a way of life for the United Klans of America. The group thought that these tactics would make it possible to reinstitute white supremacy.”
Not only was the UKA linked to Donald’s killing, members were also held responsible for the Mother’s Day attack on Freedom Riders and the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing — an attack resulting in the deaths of four young black girls. Both attacks occurred around Birmingham, Alabama, in 1961 and 1963, respectively.
“It’s like they were born to have a genocide or something — a black genocide,” Fields said of the Klan. “They hated blacks. They was gonna get ‘em anyway. You couldn’t walk the street. If they could get you, they would hurt you.”
However, Donald’s lynching wasn’t part of a widespread attempt to make a statement against a large civil rights movement — it was revenge for a particular incident. He was, as Potok said, a random sacrifice — the KKK’s retribution for the death of a local white police officer whose alleged killer, an African-American, had walked free.
It was thought that the African-Americans who sat on the jury in the cop-killing case had altered the verdict, and at a post-trial meeting, Bennie Hays, the “Titan” of the UKA, reportedly said, “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.”
A Klan leader calling for the death of a black person was a retro concept in 1981 — one more aligned with the group’s ideology during the civil rights movement.
“If you go back to the ’60s, the Klan often planned murders and bombings and so on — literally in rooms full of men,” Potok said of the outdated practice. “Now, it was true in the Michael Donald case in the sense that the leader, Hays, essentially organized the killing.”
Hays, the leader’s son, and Knowles took the Titan’s message to heart. On March 21, 1981, they hopped into their car and drove around Mobile with plans to avenge the death of the white police officer.
Eventually, Hays and Knowles spotted Donald as he walked home from buying a pack of cigarettes. After asking him for directions, Hays and Knowles forced Donald into their car at gunpoint and drove to a neighboring county.
According to The New York Times, Donald begged for his life and tried to escape. But the pair chased him down and, when they caught him, hit him with a tree limb more than 100 times. Once his body was still, a noose was slipped over his head, and Hays shoved his boot into Donald’s face. The rope was pulled and Donald’s throat was slit.
His body was left hanging to be discovered the next morning in a black area of Mobile, according to Fields.
“It really touched home when they come and hanged a dead body — a black, young man’s dead body — in a black area. It just really bothered us because they hung him right in our neighborhood,” Fields said. “It took a lot out of us.”
In 1983, Knowles and Hays were convicted of murder and of violating Donald’s civil rights.
Hays received the death penalty and was executed on June 6, 1997.
On June 7, 1998, three white men kidnapped African-American James Byrd, chained him to the back of a pickup truck by his ankles and dragged him almost 4 miles down a road near Jasper, Texas. Byrd died via decapitation after hitting a culvert, though the autopsy report said he was likely conscious for the majority of the ordeal.
Prosecutors, according to CNN, said the attack was “one of the most vicious hate crimes in U.S. history” and was intended to advertise a new white supremacist organization. In 2009, President Barack Obama expanded hate crime legislation due to the deaths of Byrd and Matthew Shepard, a gay man who was kidnapped and beaten to death in Wyoming in 1998.
Pilgrim of the Jim Crow Museum, however, said Byrd’s death was more than a hate crime — it was a lynching.
A lynching, per Pilgrim, involves an extrajudicial killing where the death is used to make a statement against a certain group or individual. Essentially, the killing has a purpose that transcends the actual death of the victim regardless of whether it was executed publicly — a common misconception as to what defines a lynching.
Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center said such crimes are often used as a warning.
“It’s not just that you’re killing this person, for one reason or another. It’s that you’re warning all the rest,” Potok said. “It was message crime. It was supposed to send a message to black people in Alabama, and elsewhere, that if you do things like set black cop killers free, we will kill you.”
While current terror organizations abroad are fighting to upset the existing conditions of their societies, the Klan aimed to maintain the status quo being threatened by a rapidly growing social movement.
The goal of first- and third-era Klan groups was to return to a time when “men were men, women were women, and black people knew their place,” according to Potok.
“The radical right, in general in the United States, was — until the end of the civil rights movement — essentially restorationist,” he said. “The Klan, and most other groups of those years … wanted to turn back the clock.”
Knowles testified in 1984 during a civil rights lawsuit filed against the Klan by Beulah Mae Donald, Michael Donald’s mother, that one of the purposes of the killing was to “show Klan strength in Alabama.”
Mobile’s black community got the message loud and clear.
“They come out and let us know they in full bloom … How do you think that made us feel? It was like they can do anything they wanna do,” she said. “They sent a message to us saying, ‘Y’all think that it’s gone away. [That] we’ve left — we still here.’ Cause we didn’t think they’d do something like that.”
Someone call the Beygency — there’s an unconverted rock star on the run. Actually, it’s not too big a surprise. Kid Rock comes off as a big skeptic of mainstream pop in his Rolling Stone cover story, and Beyoncé isn’t spared. But he didn’t find it in his heart to at least limit his criticism to her music.
He told Rolling Stone he is “flabbergasted” by Beyoncé worship, saying, “Beyoncé, to me, doesn’t have a f—— ‘Purple Rain,’ but she’s the biggest thing on Earth. How can you be that big without at least one ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ or ‘Old Time Rock & Roll’? People are like, ‘Beyoncé’s hot. Got a nice f—— a–.’ I’m like, ‘Cool, I like skinny white chicks with big t–s.’ Doesn’t really f—— do much for me.”
Perhaps Rock doesn’t hang around with many fans of “Crazy in Love” or “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” or “Drunk in Love.”
He has been hanging around with the likes of Hank Williams, Jr. and Bob Seger, the latter of which wrote “F.O.A.D.” (aka, F— Off and Die) for Rock’s new album First Kiss. He also bought his 500-acre property in Troy, Alabama from a tip from Williams — sight unseen — to go along with his houses in Michigan, Malibu and Nashville
Bill Cosby’s lawyers asked a federal judge on Friday to throw out a defamation lawsuit filed by three women accusing the comedian of decades-old sexual offenses.
The women, all of whom have stepped forward in recent years, say Cosby’s representatives publicly branded them as liars while trying to defend Cosby’s innocence.
But Cosby’s lawyers say the famous actor was merely acting in self-defense as his character was under attack.
“The law does not require that one stand idly by while he is publicly attacked,” the lawyers argue in their 38-page filing. “Instead the law entitles an individual who is accused of serious wrongdoing to rebut the allegations without facing defamation claims.”
The lawyers say Cosby denies all of the allegations of sexual misconduct. They also say the three accusers have failed to state a claim for which the courts can grant relief. The three women seek an unspecified amount of money for compensatory and punitive damages.
Tamara Green, a California lawyer, says Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in the 1970s. Therese Serignese says Cosby drugged and raped her in 1976. And Linda Traitz alleges he tried to drug her and then sexually groped her in 1970.
Cosby, who famously starred as Dr. Cliff Huxtable on the beloved sitcom “The Cosby Show” from 1984 to 1992, hasn’t been charged with any crime despite.
At least 15 women have stepped forward in recent years to level various assault accusations. Many of the accusations exceed the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution.
But the scandal has taken its toll on the 77-year-old actor and comedian as he has sought to revive his career with a national stand-up comedy tour.
Cosby has canceled or postponed more than a dozen performances as more accusers have come forward, and women’s groups have protested or threatened to rally at many of his public appearances.
Lawyers for the three accusers did not immediately respond to requests for comment. They have until March 20 to file a reply to Cosby’s motion to dismiss the suit.
Green originally filed the defamation lawsuit in December 2014 and Serignese and Traitz joined later. The suit is filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, in western Massachusetts. Cosby has a home in Shelburne Falls, Mass.
Khloe has vented her anger on Twitter after Amber dissed her two sisters in a recent radio interview, posting, ‘Please don’t worry about my sister who has a career and her s**t together at ONLY 17.’
Khloe Kardashian and Amber Rose are feuding on Twitter after Amber dissed Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner in a recent radio interview. Amber previously called Kim “fake” and slammed Tyga for dating 17-year-old Kylie.
Khloe began, ” ‘I was a stripper since I was 15 years old,’ Amber Rose told Foxx. Please don’t worry about my sister who has a career & her s**t together at ONLY 17. people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. Please stop talking about us in interviews mama. None of us talk about you.”
A user then replied to Khloe, ” ‘@khloekardashian: ‘I was a stripper since I was 15 years old,’ Amber Rose told Foxx.’ to provide for her family ….wyd.” Khloe then responded, “Not mad she was a stripper. But dont say my sister should be in bed by 7 when she wasn’t.”
The “Kourtney & Khloe Take the Hamptons” star went on, “We get asked questions about people all the time and my sisters and I always take the high road and don’t answer. Truth is we don’t know these people. I don’t know Amber so why would I comment on her. I’m not going to comment on someone I don’t know.”
“That’s unfair. We all hear things via social media or blogs but I would only want to comment on someone if I actually knew them and or had my own personal history with them. I would think others would want the same respect. 3 sides to EVERY story. His, hers and the truth. I’m not passing judgment but I wish others would do the same until they have FACTS,” she added.
Amber then responded to Khloe, calling Kim “a whore.” “@khloekardashian I’m happy u brought up the fact that I was a stripper at 15….,” she wrote, “I’ll be that lil whore to support my family like ur older sister is a whore 2 support hers. We’re even #MuvaGivesFacts. #DontPanic.”
Khloe replied, “@DaRealAmberRose lol #DontPanic well damn, I didn’t realize I called you a whore… But at the end of the day. I guess people love to call us all whores. Easiest jab to throw. It is what it is. We still livin though. My point was proven. She can’t even wait 10 mins before mentioning one of our names SMH.” She also posted a meme along with caption, ” ‘When you ask your friends not to be too obvious.
Discussing “Fifty Shades of Gray”, Bobbie Kris, and the NFL Salary Caps for next season.
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Investigators want to know what really happened to Bobbi Kristina Brown. The 21-year old daughter of the late Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was unresponsive after she was found face down in a tub filled with water. At press time, she was in a medically induced coma. This tragedy is so close to the anniversary of the February 11th, 2012 death of Bobbi Kris’ mom Whitney Houston. Bobbi Kriss’ dad Bobby Brown is by her side along with the Houston family. Where is Nick Gordon…. her supposed husband? Well according to lawyers for Bobby Brown, Gordon and Bobbi Kris were never legally married, which would mean Gordon is not her husband. They were apart at the time of the tragedy. Gordon and a friend were the ones who called police after they found Bobbi Kris. The friend, Max Lomas, was arrested a couple of weeks ago and charged with kidnapping a drugging a woman who was trying to get away from him. Investigators are trying to get to the bottom of this and learn exactly how Bobbi Kris wound up in a tub full of water. Who is to blame here? Well, there is finger pointing everywhere. Some blame the airing of that Lifetime unauthorized movie based on the relationship between Whitney and Bobby. Some blame Bobbi Kris’ upbringing because the young girl has been surrounded by drugs all her life. Many blame Gordon saying he was never a good influence and took advantage of Bobbi Kris when she lost her mother. Friends say Bobbi Kris never got over the tragic death of her mother, and she has been in pain ever since. Bobby Brown, who turns 46 this week, has asked for privacy at this time. He has his family close by and friend Tyler Perry. The Houston family: Pat, her husband Gary (Whitney’s brother) and matriarch Cissy Houston are also there. And no, they are not getting along, but right now it’s all about Bobbi Kris getting out of this medical crisis. Is she brain dead? Will she ever recover? Are the machines keeping her alive? The swelling in her brain has decreased, and her oxygen levels have increased. Now that lawyers have confirmed Nick Gordon is not her legal husband, next of kin is her father Bobby Brown. The Browns and Houstons have never gotten along. The Houstons blame Bobby for the troubles of Whitney. Bobby has vowed not to leave his daughter’s side, and says he wants investigators to get to the bottom of this tragedy with his daughter. Meanwhile, publish reports say Brown’s current wife Alicia Etheridge is expecting the couple’s second child together and only close family knew before Bobbi Kris’ health crisis.
The rumors are true…. Bruce Jenner is becoming a woman! Jenner, 65 and the father of six, is best known for his marriage to Kris Jenner and being stepfather to the Kardashian clan. Jenner is taking steps to become a woman, and he is doing an exclusive sit down with Diane Sawyer to talk about it. Plus he is documenting everything for a new reality series on the E Network. I remember Jenner from the 1976 Montreal Olympics where he became an Olympic legend, a huge star and the world’s greatest athlete. In the interview with Sawyer, Jenner will talk about how he will live his life as Kaitlyn as well as life as a woman who has sex with women. Jenner’s ex-wife Kris Jenner is furious with his public revelations, but sources say she’s really upset because she can’t manipulate him, boss him around, or make money off of his ordeal.
Congratulations to Activist and Comedian Dick Gregory. He just got a star on The Hollywood Walk Of Fame. In the 60’s, Gregory halted a stellar career that was on the rise to participate in the civil rights movement. Along the way, the now 82-year old legend became an advocate of healthy eating and non smoking. He’s also a well known conspiracy theorist, and recently spoke his doubts about the accusations of rape aimed at his old friend Bill Cosby. Gregory continues to tour and make appearances on television and radio.
Jennifer Lopez is on a roll! In addition to her hosting duties on American Idol and her current box office hit, The Boy Next Door, she has just launched a new perfume called J-LUXE. Later this year, she returns to the big screen with Oscar Nominee Viola Davis in the movie Lila & Eve. The film is about two grieving mothers who have lost their children to violence.
She hasn’t had an album out in ten years, yet Missy Elliott wound up being the star of the 2015 Superbowl Halftime Show. Elliott, 44, wowed everybody during her performance with Katy Perry. Elliott’s record sales went through the roof, and now she has a new legion of fans. So where has Elliott been? Elliot has been battling Graves’ disease. That’s an autoimmune disease that impacts the thyroid. Elliot says it affected her driving, her writing and she lost her hair. She also lost a lot of weight, and over the past few years Elliott has lost 100 pounds.
What’s going on with Singer Mariah Carey? She is being sued by a former nanny who says Carey fired her for expressing too much affection for her twins. The nanny says she made $7200 a month and was on call 24 hours a day. The nanny also claims she had no breaks, no meals and no sleep. She was required to work 100 hours a week and never got overtime.
Uncle Charlie is back with a new album Forever Charlie. That’s right Charlie Wilson is back, and he’s currently on tour with Singers Kim and Joe. Uncle Charlie is also releasing his memoirs as he details his days as the front man for The Gap Band, his drug addiction, homelessness, recovery and battle with prostate cancer. The book, I Am Charlie Wilson, is due out this summer.
Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are teaming up again. First, they teamed for their movie Selma, now a new TV series on OWN called Queen Sugar, where Oprah will have a recurring role. Check out the cast of Selma on the new issue of Ebony magazine.
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UNITED NATIONS — Sudanese army troops raped at least 221 women and girls in a Darfur village in a series of organized, house-to-house attacks last year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.
The organization’s Africa director, Daniel Bekele, called it “a new low in the catalog of atrocities in Darfur.”
The incident is at the heart of a recent plunge in relations between Sudan and the international community over a region gripped by violent chaos for more than a decade.
Reports of a mass rape in Tabit in late October quickly surfaced via radio broadcasts by Sudanese overseas. A joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping mission at first said it found no evidence, but the U.N. special representative on sexual violence in conflict said a heavy Sudanese military presence during its visit likely affected its findings.
The Security Council demanded that Sudan allow a full investigation. Instead, President Omar al-Bashir ordered the U.N. mission’s human rights office to close and has refused to allow the peacekeeping mission to visit the village again.
Sudan’s government says its own investigation found “there had not been a single case of rape.” Russia, a Security Council permanent member, endorsed that finding.
But the new report, based on more than 130 telephone interviews with survivors, witnesses and army defectors, says girls as young as 10 were raped by Sudanese forces, and that some women and girls were assaulted multiple times and in front of their families.
The report says Human Rights Watch “documented 27 separate incidents of rape and obtained credible information about an additional 194 cases.”
One question is why it happened. Witnesses and survivors said army forces ordered dozens of men to the outskirts of the village while soldiers entered homes and accused residents of killing a soldier or helping rebel groups, then raped the women and girls.
The report found no evidence in the village of rebel forces, which have been fighting the government since 2003 across the vast region of western Sudan. More than 300,000 have been killed in the conflict, and more than 400,000 fled their homes last year alone.
Witnesses said some of the armed, uniformed soldiers in the mass rape were stationed at the army base on the outskirts of town. Army defectors said other troops were from bases near the North Darfur capital of El Fasher and Sudan’s capital, Khartoum.
“Multiple victims and witnesses reported that government officials threatened to imprison or kill anyone who spoke out about the attacks,” Human Rights Watch said. Among those making such threats was local commissioner Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdallah Abdelrahman.
Movement in and out of Tabit is now restricted, with new military checkpoints, and some survivors have said they avoided medical treatment after the rapes because they feared more abuse. “They are still completely vulnerable,” Human Rights Watch researcher Jonathan Loeb told reporters.
The report says the military personnel who ordered, aided or participated in the rapes are responsible for war crimes.
Human Rights Watch is demanding that Sudan allow immediate access to the village, that the U.N. Security Council and the peacekeeping force take “concrete steps” to protect civilians in Darfur and that the International Criminal Court investigate. The ICC prosecutor, however, told the council in frustration late last year that she was “hibernating” the existing case against Sudan because she was getting little help from the council and the international community.
The nearest U.N. peacekeeping presence to the village is less than 40 kilometers (25 miles) away. “This is exactly the sort of place the mission should be able to reach,” Human Rights Watch’s Jehanne Henry told reporters Wednesday.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said the U.N. welcomes the report but needs direct access to the village, which it has requested repeatedly. Ban was meeting the assistant to Sudan’s president later Wednesday, but it wasn’t known if the mass rape would be discussed.
The new report notes the recent U.N. discussions about shrinking the more than 20,000-strong peacekeeping mission and Sudan’s recent insistence on an “exit strategy,” but it warns that “the withdrawal of peacekeepers could undermine what little protection the mission has afforded the people of Darfur.”