*Rev. Al Sharpton, host of MSNBC “Politics Nation” and founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN) will join with African American and Latino community leaders at the grand opening of The National Action Network Western Regional and Los Angeles Chapter Headquarters to announce his organization in Los Angeles is forming a committee on Latino and African American race relations in the aftermath of the hate crimes that occurred in Compton, CA.
An African -American family was recently confronted with violence at their home in Compton, by Latino gang members forcing the African-American family to move.
“The Los Angeles Chapter of NAN welcomes Rev Sharpton to Los Angeles. Rev Sharpton’s bold and courageous leadership where he’s a uniter in solving problems. This is the leadership our community needs right now. Especially in L.A. County where there has been an increase in recent years of racial violence between Latino and African-Americans,” Stated Rev. K.W. Tulloss, President of the L.A. chapter of the National Network (NAN)
Rev Al Sharpton host of MSNBC “PoliticsNation.
Rev. K.W. Tulloss President of the L.A. chapter of the National Network (NAN)
Najee Ali, civil rights activist director of Project Islamic HOPE
Blanca Zavala of The National Action Network
And a host of Latino and African-American leaders.
Press conference info:
Date: Tuesday February 5, 2013
Location: National Action Network
2828 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90016
*The properties owned by residents of every city are required to maintain their property.
When they do not, neighbors complain because all properties depreciate when the property is not maintained.
In most cases, homeowners have a sense of pride about their property and the community it’s in, so most owners take care of their property.
The banks don’t have any sense of community though. And it appears that when they confiscate their properties from those who cannot pay them, they let the property sit…if it’s in an African American or Latino neighborhood.
But one nonprofit group that supports fair housing has filed a lawsuit against Bank of America for neither marketing nor maintaining those specific properties is calling them on their lack of action and have filed a lawsuit against the banking behemoth.
He then posted his apology on Facebook, which appeared to be a non-apology. It read:
“I apologize to anyone offended by what one prominent black conservative called my, “very practical and potentially life-saving campaign urging black and Hispanic parents not to let their children go around wearing hoodies.”
Critics contest that his “advice” takes the attention and responsibility off of how people react to young people, particularly minority boys.
Rivera’s so called apology didn’t settle well with Hip Hop mogul Russell Simmons who has called him a long time friend.
“Geraldo, your apology is bull—-!” Simmons wrote on GlobalGrind.com “Your apology is nothing but a defense of a racist, backward thing you already said. And I am a yogi, and I generally don’t speak like this, but I have to say it like it is. It is a non-apology apology that continues to blame the victim for their appearance.”
He continued saying that him (Geraldo) attempting to justify his apology by stating a black conservative commended his advice is not acceptable and again distracts from his harmful and unwise words.
“It’s like telling women not to wear skirts because they could get raped. That’s what you just did. It’s freaking horrible. It’s inexcusable. And you’re my friend, my friend for many years. I have a great amount of respect for you, but zero respect for your apology and for what you said.”
*I ran into director Rashaad Ernesto Greene at a New York City gathering quite some time ago and he was kind enough to grant EURweb.com an interview, but I sat on the story and continually passed over publishing it in favor of other stories I felt were more pressing. Not my best idea. A week ago I watched his Sundance Film Festival selection “Gun Hill Road” at the Angelika Theater in New York City and was floored. Urban artistic representations have always carried realism as a business card of sorts.
Harmony Santana plays the role of Michael/Vanessa in "Gun Hill Road"
The term keep it real is spewed out so often that the line between reality and fantasy intermingle amid the syllables. But the thing about reality is it varies from person to person. “Gun Hill Road” tells the story of an ex-con who has been and out of prison nearly his entire adult life and is released after a 3 year bid to find his beloved son in the midst of a transformation from which there is no return. Starring Esai Morales, Judy Reyes, Vincent Laresca, Franky G, Harmony Santana and Isiah Whitlock Jr, “Gun Hill Road” is as real as it gets. No wonder Sundance snatched it up. This film is a welcome and much needed addition to the urban film genre. Yes, I say urban because it tells the story of city folks, dealing with city situations.
“I had hoped we would get into Sundance,” said Green of his aspirations for the film. “I had a short film that got in Sundance in 2005 called ‘Traces.’ When I made this feature I had definitely hoped it would premiere at Sundance, it would get sold, and we would have a theatrical release. These are just hopes of an artist. I feel like many artists have that same hope. Now that it has become a reality, it’s a blessing. I count my blessings and I thank my lucky stars that I have the opportunity to do what I’m able to do.”
“Every step for the film thus far has been all about getting it to more people. So, Sundance is great because that’s 50,000 people right there. My ultimate hope is that it’s how many people can I reach? I have been to Singapore, Poland and Italy with this film and it has played well out there. We know that it’s potential is good. I’m still at the very beginning of that journey but this provides us some insight as to what it can be.”
The film opened in New York on August 8th to packed houses and rave reviews. The cast in this film is awfully good by any measure. I asked Green how he was able to put it all together.
“Esai, I’ve been a fan of for many, many years, since I was 8 years old,” explained Rashaad. “I saw him in ‘LaBamba.’ So, although he didn’t know me, I felt like I had known him my entire life. He co-founded an organization called the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts with Jimmy Smits, Sandra Barajas and Felix Sanchez in Washington, DC. That organization awarded me a modest scholarship three years in a row. I got to attend a annual gala in Washington DC where I got to meet Esai Morales three years in a row.”
“The last years I had a script and I didn’t give it to him straight away, but I told him about it,” he continued. “He said to send it to his people. The script had to be good, but when I sent it to him he had to know who it was that wrote it. He remembered me as a result of that organization.”
Until Green mentioned it I didn’t realize that Esai had never truly played the lead in a feature film, but I always remembered him being a pretty darn good actor. Rashaad says the character of Enrique was designed specifically for Esai.
“The script was written with him in mind. It was a character that I thought he, at this point in his career, would love to play. He’s never gotten to play the lead in a feature before. He’s playing a Puerto Rican man from the Bronx and it’s a meaty role that he could really sink his teeth in to because he’s very talented. He just hasn’t gotten the due that he deserves. We’ve seen him do a lot of TV, but when is the last time you really saw him sink his teeth into something? I know the performances this man is capable of so I said I would write something this man would be interested in playing, and I was right.”
Judy Reyes is recognized as the actress who plays the somewhat moody, yet very Dominican, Carla on “Scrubs.” My personal crush aside, she exudes the Bronx. .
“Judy Reyes, she’s a fiesty woman from the Bronx. It was another calculation and I was right. Has she ever gotten the chance to be a lead in a feature before? She’s got a very recognizble face coming off of “Scrubs” but that was a comedy. She probably wanted to be seen in a different light, where people could see her range, and I was right!” said Green.
“Gun Hill Road” seems to be the culmination of a bunch gambles that paid off. If only my time at the local c-low dice game could be as fruitful. Green’s is yet another voice that need to be heard and a vision that needs to be seen. They say an artist pulls inspiration from his own background and projects upon the world using him or herself as the lens. Rashaad’s unique parentage is one that offers him a unique perspective upon the world.
“I am both African American and Puerto Rican,” said Green. “There are not many Puerto Rican directors out there. Franc Reyes, but he’s showed us how to do it on the studio level. He had very marketable films (“Empire,” “Illegal Tender”) but as far as independent there’s not a lot out there. I feel like Latinos are one of the largest populations of moviegoers out here. An independent Latino film can be marketed successful. If you get that Latino support then it will be easier to make and market independent films to Latinos in the future.”
“Gun Hill Road” is currently playing at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Los Angeles, the AMC Loews 84th Street in New York City and other theaters across the nation. for more info, go to www.gunhillroad.com.
*The Ivy league institutions have been taking some cruicial hits since the recent report of Yale having a “sexually hostile environment” occurred. Maybe that is why they are trying to make good with admitting more Blacks and Hispanics.
The important element of the Yale story is the title IX money the institution receives which is governed by the laws that protect every student and give them an equal opportunity to attend school. (more…)