Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 10:13
Benjamin Solomon Carson was born in Detroit on September 18, 1951, where he and his big brother, Curtis, were raised by a single-mom. Dr. Carson, who realized his childhood ream of becoming a physician, recently retired as the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a groundbreaking career of over 35 years.
Now a Washington Times columnist and Fox News contributor, he is also the author of numerous New York Times best-sellers, including “Gifted Hands,” an autobiography which was made into a feature-length film starring Cuba Gooding, Jr. More recently, he co-wrote “America the Beautiful” and now “One Nation” with his wife Candy.
A former member of the President’s Council on Bioethics, Dr. Carson is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He and his wife founded the Carson Scholars Fund, an organization dedicated to recognizing the academic achievements of deserving young people.
Created on Tuesday, 03 June 2014 09:34
After a successful two-year capital campaign that resulted in $4.2M raised from over 200 sources, Hattiloo, a black repertory founded in 2006, is set to open its newly constructed theatre in Overton Square.
The free – first come/first-serve – Community Grand Opening will unfold from 8 a.m. to midnight on June 28th at the theatre at 37 South Cooper.
A 150-seat flexible theatre, 56-seat black box theatre, lobby that can accommodate up to 100 people, and a well-outfitted backstage and office amenities make up the new 10,000-plus square foot building. The Community Grand Opening, sponsored by FedEx and The Mustang Fund, includes free performances from various groups, including Ballet Memphis and Cazateatro and will reflect the theatre’s diverse history. There are also private tours for Hattiloo subscribers and donors.
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 10:16
“Let me issue and control a nation’s money and I care not who writes the laws.”
– Mayer Amschel Rothschild.
I often wonder if most black people in America really understand the across-the-board impact economics has on our daily lives. Or, have we just been beaten down so badly that we have fallen into a state of apathy when it comes to our collective pursuit of economic empowerment?
The above quote by Rothschild always reminds me of the kind of nation and world in which we reside. It also makes me even more aware of black folks’ economic position in this country, and our lack of emphasis on what’s really important vis-à-vis real power.
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 10:00
DETROIT – About two years ago, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation made a gutsy call to convene its 2014 food and nutrition conference in Detroit. Even then, declining economic fortunes and subsequent social disruptions dominated most of the narratives about the city’s future.
Yet, the wisdom of selecting the Motor City as the host site for this May’s Harvesting Change Food and Community Gathering was borne out last week as more than 650 food advocates from Hawaii, Alaska, and the lower 48 gathered to share knowledge and information about the “good food” movement.
“I’m a give you compost the only way a poet and emcee can give it to you,” boasted Detroit-born spoken-word artist Kidiri Sennefer, one of conference’s first speakers. He then launched into a rap that examined the politics of America’s eating habits, fast-food addictions and corporate food-systems dominance.
Created on Monday, 02 June 2014 09:50
Chris Brown is now a free man. The troubled R&B singer has been released from jail, according to TMZ. Brown was sentenced to 131 days on May 9 after he admitted that he violated probation last year.
Brown was originally sentenced to a year, but he was given credit for the 116 days he had already served in jail and rehab. Brown was thrown back into jail after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin ruled he violated probation in the Rihanna case. Brown could have received the maximum penalty of four years.
But all is not clear in Brown’s legal battles. Within the next couple of months, Brown still has to answer to a Washington, D.C., judge when his assault trial begins. Brown faces a misdemeanor assault charge after being accused of hitting a man outside a hotel in March.