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‘They Killed A King’

WillieMitchell 600(BLACK PR WIRE) – Grammy-winning Sam Moore – best known for lending his unmistakable lead vocals to the historic soul duo Sam & Dave – hailed from Miami but found fame tied to the Memphis-based Stax Records. His latest work has him returning to Memphis to record a piece of history.

"They Killed A King," is Sam's latest musical endeavor. It was recorded at Willie Mitchell's Royal Studios, where Anne Peebles and Al Green cut their hit records back in the day, during the 2014 MLK Holiday weekend. It was released officially on Friday, April 4th, the 46th anniversary of Dr. King's assassination in Memphis at the Lorraine Motel.

Moore knew and traveled with Dr. King, performing with duo partner Dave at many of Dr. King's speeches and rallies in both the north and south. "Sam and Dave" actually served as an opening act, setting the crowds up for Dr. King to take the pulpit or stage and preach his message.

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Ella Baker: My civil rights heroine

ellebaker 600"Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's son – we who believe in freedom cannot rest until this happens."
– Ella Baker

The quote above is from Ella Baker 50 years ago, and like so much about this visionary civil rights leader it is still just as relevant today. She was talking about the murders of Civil Rights Movement workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, who disappeared together in Mississippi in June 1964. Chaney was black, and Goodman and Schwerner were white.

Ella Baker was an outspoken warrior against injustice and inequality her entire life, and always, always unwilling to rest. Her words continue to be a rallying cry for all of us who believe our nation still does not see and value black and white children's lives the same way.

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Catching up with Spike

spikelee 600At the premiere of the Broadway revival of "A Raisin in the Sun" Spike Lee showed up to support the play's star, Denzel Washington, who he's previously collaborated with on four films.

Lee candidly expressed his desire for his fifth film with Washington to be a sequel to 1998's "He Got Game."

"He Got Game 2 (should be my fifth film with Washington). I hope so." Lee said. "I want to do it, Rosario (Dawson) wants to do it, Ray Allen wants to do it..."

 

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‘Buy Black’ – an economic empowerment strategy

buyblack 600Margarita "Maggie" Anderson wants to transform "Buy Black" from a leftover 1960s slogan to a modern economic empowerment strategy. And because she has lived it, there is no person better qualified to lead the charge.

Anderson and her family spent all of 2009 purchasing goods and services exclusively from black merchants. She is author of a book cataloguing her experience titled, "Our Black Year." She also authored an essay in the State of Black America report issued Thursday by the National Urban League titled, "Facts vs. Fiction: Buying Black as an Economic Empowerment Strategy."

Like the farmer trying to get his mule's attention, Anderson whacks us across the head in the National Urban League report with two disturbing facts.

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‘One Nation Underemployed’

onenation 600WASHINGTON – The wealth gap between African Americans and whites has expanded in recent years and is not likely to narrow without significant reductions in black unemployment and changes in a system that favors the wealthy over poor and middle class Americans, according the National Urban League's 38th annual State of Black America report titled, "One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America."

The report was to be released Thursday (April 3rd) at a news conference at the National Press Club in the nation's capital.

In a statement accompanying the report, Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, said: "The 2014 State of Black America and corresponding Equality Index indicate that while each state and city has its own economic recovery story to tell, the consistent refrain is that there is an urgent and growing disparity between the few who are reaping the rewards of economic recovery and the majority who are still reeling from aftershocks of the Great Recession."

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