LAFD Firefighter Jabari Jumaane
*Los Angeles, CA – A Los Angeles jury today concluded that Jabari Jumaane, an African-American firefighter who has been with the Los Angeles City Fire Department for 27-years had been the victim of racial discrimination, retaliation, and a hostile workplace and awarded him $1.1M.
The verdict came after 16 days of deliberations and a 7 weeklong trial in LAFD firefighter Jumaane’s racial discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuit against the city.
Jumaane, who is Black, said that his captain falsified performance evaluations under the direction of his then battalion chief which set him up to be subjected to serious discipline which included excessive and unreasonable reprimands and two suspensions.
“We are grateful to the jury for this historic verdict which clearly indicts the Department and the City for its systemic discrimination and retaliation against Black fire members which it has condoned and perpetuated for decades,” said Jumaane’s attorney Nana Gyamfi.
“I am grateful that the jury was willing to look at the evidence presented during this case and render the only reasonable verdict,” said firefighter Jabari Jumaane. “This verdict will allow us to further address institutional racism within the Los Angeles City Fire Department.
In February, Jumaane will celebrate 28 years with the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Morgan State University and University of Maryland College Park have combined forces in an archaeological dig that may find the oldest free African American society.
*When we saw John Singleton’s “Rosewood,” for a lot of us, it was the first time the nation was privy to the information that there were free African Americans at the turn of the century, who had an organized, wealthy community that flourished.
Now Baltimore, Maryland’s Morgan State University in association with University of Maryland College Park are researching an area of the Eastern Shore that is historically rich with African-American history, in an effort to find a society the researchers believe pre-dates New Orleans’ Treme neighborhood, which is presently recorded as the oldest free African American community, according to Madame Noire.
Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.
*Henry Louis Gates’ show African American Lives has revealed to a lot of African American celebrities, with the exception of Oprah, that they have family roots that are directly connected to white slave masters, abolitionists, as well as native americans.
In the new version of the Lone Ranger that is presently in theaters, Johnny Depp portrays the dynamic native american sidekick, Tonto.
But, ironically, Depp, who has claimed native american heritage in the past, found through Ancestry.com, that he does not have native american roots, but notable African American ancestry, according to the Afro.
*Celebrities’ fame and influence often run amuck when fans believe they know them and what they represent when they are merely building an image or persona they use to entertain.
Toby Keith is a country singer who is vocal about his patriotism and his support of the U.S. military.
But, it is obvious that his fans are of the redneck persuasion and one Darren Walp, 33, thought he’d leave the concert and have some redneck type of fun.
He left the Toby Keith concert at Susquehanna Bank Center in New Jersey, climbed the fence of the, predominantly African American, Royal Court residential complex and began yelling racial slurs and waving the confederate flag, according to the Daily Mail.
*Los Angeles, CA – On Sunday, June 2, Reverend’s Russell Thornhill and Leslie Butke cut the ribbon officially opening the doors of the new home of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ (UFC) in South Los Angeles.
Founded in 1982 by Archbishop Carl Bean during the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the UFC Movement through the years has grown into a national ministry with the distinction of being known as a spiritual home for the Black same-gender loving and transgender community.
While all are welcome, the UFC has made a point of being the Black church where Black gays can find solace andworship as all of who they are regardless of what they look like or who they love.
Services will be held every Sunday at 11 a.m. at 9608 South Figueroa Street in Los Angeles. For more information, please visit unityfellowshipchurch.org or call (323) 938-8322.
*As the Supreme Court is deciding the fate of same sex marriage federal marriage benefits and state marriage recognition, a discovery has been made that dates the issue of same sex marriage as far back as the 70s.
The Queer Museum features a photo from circa 1970 of two African American women posed together in a wedding photo after their wedding. The couple were married in Chicago, but a marriage license does not accompany the picture.
The picture features Edna Knowles and Peaches Stevens who were married, not in a chapel, but at a gay bar on the South Side of Chicago called Liz’s Mark III Lounge.
The picture was featured in Jet Magazine’s October 15, 1970 issue and said that the wedding took place “before a host of friends and well wishers.”