*The Coalition of African American Pastors (CAAP) called on President Obama and the NAACP to repudiate a recent ad by same-sex marriage supporters in Maryland urging Black Christians to ignore their own pastors’ teachings and vote for the same-sex marriage ballot initiative.
“The Black church has been the conscience of not only the Black community but of the nation,” said Rev. Williams Owens, Founder and President of CAAP. “It’s bad enough for President Obama to personally support gay marriage, now he and this ad are urging Black Christians to ignore their pastors and are attempting to re-educate the Black Christian community for political gain. This has to stop.
“This ad is the worst attempt at pandering and manipulating the Black community to ignore their own pastors who rightfully uphold the sanctity of traditional marriage. President Obama, whose support for same-sex marriage is used in the ad to explicitly pressure Black listeners to ignore their church’s teachings, must disavow the ad and its message.”
Jerrod Mustaf heads the Take Charge Program and he’s trying to stop the “sag” fad one belt at a t time.
*Sagging pants is a problem for anyone looking all across the nation.
For those who think it’s a fad with swagg, we’re here to tell you it’s not. It looks ridiculous and those who follow behind you cannot be taken seriously.
The Take Charge Program in Prince George’s County, Maryland, is tired of seeing young men shorten their opportunities with the way they wear their clothes.
Jerrod Mustaf is the executive director for the program and his organization will be “collecting new and gently used belts at 13 drop-off points in Prince George’s County,” according to the Huffington Post.
Neil Edwin Prescott, 28, is being mentally evaluated after threats were made to his supervisor and massive arsenal found in his apartment.
*The victims of last week’s Aurora, Colorado, shooting at Century movie theater will never be forgotten and all of the families are experiencing immeasurable grief as we watch their misery from afar.
But, this tragedy could’ve occurred anywhere and security measures have been tightened because copy cats may spring up. It already seems that one man was going to attempt something similar at his job.
Neil Edwin Prescott, 28, of Crofton, Maryland, has been admitted to Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, Maryland, after he allegedly referred to himself as the “Joker” and said he wanted to “blow everybody up.”
So far, authorities believe that Prescott found out that (more…)
April Fabo of Baltimore, MD, can’t believe car thieves legally sold her 2008 Mazda 6, to an auto salvage yard called Crazy Ray’s.
*Who’s writing these laws that are supposed to protect us?
We’ve seen the horrendous flaws of the “Stand Your Ground” law in the Trayvon Martin case.
We’ve also seen children arrested because police call themselves following the law. What law condones this? Now citizens are being victimized by yet another law that allows folks to steal your car?
In Maryland, local NBC affiliate WBAL-Team sent their investigative team to check out a long-running scheme that has allowed car thieves and an auto salvage yard called Crazy Ray’s to profit from stolen cars. (more…)
Julius Henson and former Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich were in collusion to trick African American voters away from the polls in 2010
*The Tom Joyner Morning Show and Michael Baisden and other media outlets all had warnings for the black community about the voter manipulation and violation of voter’s rights during the Presidential campaign.
African American voters called into their shows saying how they were being prevented from voting because of any crazy excuse they could make up at their polling location.
Some reported strange calls telling them that they didn’t need to vote for suspicious reasons.
American Women's Services clinics owner Steve Brigham, 55, and his employee Nicola Irene Riley, 46, are both doctors that allegedly performed illegal late-term abortions in Maryland and New Jersey, and now have been arrested after a 16-month investigation.
*Abortion has been a controversial issue that has always divided the country by Pro-Life and Pro-Choice.
But the issue becomes much more complicated when it comes to state-by-state jurisdiction on how the abortions are performed.
Two doctors are at the beginning of a new case that challenges Maryland’s late-term abortion laws and may set a precedent for the rest of the country. (more…)
*The spirit of 1940’s jazz star Billie Holiday has come to life once more. This time it’s in the energetic performance of actress/singer/writer Bonita Brisker in the critically acclaimed show“Bonita and Billie.” While countless other productions have continued the legacy of the late Lady Day, recently Miss Brisker’s show has grained magical traction before sell-out crowds in Los Angeles, Glendale, Dallas, and at the 2011 National Black Theater Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
What is so unique about Bonita’s Billie? Well ten years ago after being cast in another production to portray Miss Holiday, Bonita began a session of research that unfolded chapters of Billie’s story that had not yet been revealed. She was inspired to expose Billie as an activist, a loving family member and a spunky band mate. This side of Billie is often overshadowed by her tragic drug use. Staging an original show served as the perfect vehicle.
The actress Bonita morphs in and out of Billie Holiday on the stage right before your eyes. A lively and slightly rushed Bonita becomes a quickly collected version of Billie giving orders to her band, enjoying banter with her audience and emitting a gaiety in the singer that we’ve never known. In “Bonita and Billie” the audience also experiences Bonita the chanteuse as she transforms into the voice of Billie Holiday’s chilling renditions of Good Morning Heartache, Strange Fruit and God Bless The Child; among other classics.
Bonita Brisker as Billie Holiday in 'Bonita & Billie'
How was it that Bonita mounted a show in the height of the recession? For starters, the actress possesses a keen business sense, one that entails the knowledge that if you want to succeed in Hollywood, then you must continue to create work for yourself. After years of developing the show, she enlisted Stephan Terry as musical director and brought on other industry colleagues such as director Denise Dowse and noted dramaturge Dr. Vera Katz. She then struck a deal with a local venue in Los Angeles. It fell short of an exact profit share because as producer, Bonita was the last to get paid, if at all. The tide has now turned as other investors are stepping forth to see that this ardent production goes forth.
Bonita is a D.C. native who moved to Los Angeles in the 1990’s. She immersed herself in the LA theater circuit and appeared in over 60 plays. Her Broadway debut came in 2007 opposite Charles Dutton in “Unrefined.” Miss Brisker also performed multiple roles in Dutton’s autobiographical show titled “From Jail to Yale.” Bonita is the winner of two NAACP Theater Awards among a long list of accolades as an actress and producer. One of which was the variety show “Della Reese Presents.” Bonita’s first feature film as producer was “Cuttin’ Da Mustard,” for which she won several independent film awards and The Film Choice Award from the Pan African Film Festival. Bonita has also performed extensively as a singer and she did a prolonged stint with jazz legend Roy Ayers.
The next stop for the Broadway bound “Bonita and Billie” show is Saturday, November 5th 2011 at the Publick Playhousein Cheverly, Maryland (5445 Landover Road). This engagement is extra special because it represents a homecoming for her and is presented by her own company Brisk Entertainment; along with the Maryland National Parks & Planning Commission, and associate producer Herman Knight. Within days news of the show spread rapidly, resulting in thousands of advance tickets and reservations. Many city officials are also expected to attend.
The life and times of Billie Holiday is hardly new and audiences have never worn weary of her lingering sultry music, but it is also evident that audiences are hungry for new talent, new interpretations and hopefully a new regime of stars to join the precious few that have risen to superstar status in the past two decades. Bonita Brisker is seasoned but ever young, talented and ever determined that her Billie will live in its own light and create a new realm of understanding for Miss Holiday as well as a new destiny for herself. A limited amount of tickets are still available for “Bonita and Billie” on line or at the Publick Playhouse box office. For more information go to BonitaBrisker.com.