*The National Action Network of Los Angeles calls for a national boycott of the proposed George Zimmerman celebrity boxing match along with any corporate sponsor that advertises and supports this event.
George Zimmerman has been chosen to fight in a televised Celebrity Boxing Match slated for March 1; his opponent is rapper and actor DMX.
The little funny guy’s TV show idea, loosely based on his life and stand up career, is being made into a pilot by ABC for series consideration.
Look for Hart to not star in the series if it’s picked up, but will probably have a recurring role in it.
*In a note to EURweb, community activist Najee Aliinformed us that he’s been diagnosed with cancer:
“The Doctor confirmed this morning that I do have cancer. It hasn’t spread as of yet. I begin my chemotherapy this week. He told me I can beat it. I believe him. So whatever rumors you might hear in the future about my health, just ignore them. I’m going to beat this!”
LA City Councilman Herb Wesson, Civil Rights Activist Najee Ali and La County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
*Friday night in Los Angeles, the Wave Publications hosted it’s Most Influential African American leadership VIP reception.
A who’s who of African American leadership was on hand Friday night for the event at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park. Some of the high profile names included musical icon Stevie Wonder and NBA Hall of famer and business mogul Magic Johnson.
Special honorees of the night we’re L.A City council president Herb Wesson who was the recipient of the Mervyn Dymally award. L.A.County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was the recipient of the Vanguard award and civil rights activist Najee Ali was recipient of the Willis Edwards social justice award. Event guests were treated with guest speakers that included reality television stars Omarosa and Bishop Clarence Mc Clendon of the contriversial new show “Preachers of LA.”
“The honorees we’re selected by a top panel of African American academics, artists civic leaders and organizations to ultimately select those leaders who were making the most impact in the City of Angels,” stated Wave publisher Pluria Marshall jr.
Activist Najee Ali, LA City Councilman Herb Wesson, US Rep. Karen Bass & LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
*“I want to apologize for my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart. To all of you I say, I’m very sorry for my failed attempt at humor surrounding something that’s very sensitive to us: our hair,” Sheryl Underwood stated Wednesday on the “Steve Harvey Morning Show.”
Dang, it’s hard out here for a comedian sometimes. Just ask Sheryl Underwood.
As we all know she’s under serious fire for her now infamous comments about natural black hair that she made on the daily CBS gabfest she co-hosts, “The Talk.” Where ever she meant for her comments to go, they didn’t get there. Where they went were downhill … when she questioned why Heidi Klum, the mother of biracial children, saved clippings of her children’s natural hair.
“Why would you save afro hair?” she asked. “You don’t never see us at the hair place, saying, ‘What I need is this curly, nappy, beady hair.’ That just seems nasty.”
When co-host Sarah Gilbert countered that she has saved her child’s hair clippings, Sheryl said this: “[That’s] probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff.”
That brings us to Sheryl’s very contrite and heartfelt apology which began this story. She told the Steve Harvey audience that she definitely heard from the people:
“You reminded me about the enormous platform that I’m blessed to have and that my words have power, and again, I hear you. I’ve always portrayed myself onstage and on TV and anywhere you see me to be strong enough to take the hit especially when I’m wrong…I was wrong,” she said.
Sheryl says the comment was a huge FAIL as comedy, and she promised to learn from the experience and earn back the trust of her fans.
“I’m grateful for the love that you all have shown me that love enough to pull my coattails and correct me when I’m wrong,” she said. “I made an inappropriate joke and an unfortunate statement that hurt the community that I love and work tirelessly for. I’ve worked over the years to earn your trust and your respect and I’m going to work any harder to get it back,” Sheryl added.
Meanwhile, Project Islamic Hope’s Najee Ali, representing a coalition of activists who demanded an apology from Sheryl, as reported by EURweb, had this response to her apology:
“Our coalition accepts Sheryl Underwood”s apology. And although I don’t know Sheryl personally. Steve Harvey is my brother and friend. Steve is vouching for Sheryl. I trust and respect his call that Sheryl is sincere. So we’re calling off our Sept 9th protests outside CBS Studio’s in Hollywood where the “The Talk” is taped.
*Well, it seems that Sheryl Underwood‘s comments about black hair being essentially worthless has pissed off Najee Ali, along with other black activists, and you know what that means.
Ali, the director of Project Islamic Hope and a coalition of civil rights and community organizations are calling for an immediate public apology from comedienne Sheryl Underwood who is also co-host of “The Talk” which airs nationwide on CBS. On the episode which was aired on Aug 30th Underwood made disparaging comments concerning African American women who wear their hair naturally. Underwood who upon hearing that model Heidi Klum saves her children cut hair responded that “Why would you save Afro hair?” She went on to imply that nobody wants that type of hair, saying that you never hear of a woman in a hair shop asking for that “curly, nappy, beady hair.”
And as we reported, co-host Sarah Gilbert chimed in, saying she sometimes saves her children’s hair. But Underwood interjected, saying that it was “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff,” implying that the type of hair is desirable and worth saving.”
“Oh really. Say what!?” — a flabbergasted Najee Ali probably said to himself. Well, obviously we don’t know exactly what he said to himself, but here’s what he’s saying publicly about the matter:
“Underwood essentially spit in the face of every African American who wears their hair naturally. She unfortunately is obviously filled with self hate. Beauty comes in all shades and hair texture. Our coalition isnt going to allow Underwood or anyone to mock and ridicule African Americans who choose to wear their hair naturally. Were demanding a public apology from Underwood those that we’re offended by her disparaging remarks.”
Also, the Compton NAACP isn’t please with Underwood, either:
“On behalf of the NAACP of Compton Underwood comments were in poor taste .Its difficult enough giving encouragement to African American women who choose to wear their hair naturally , but Underwood comments which were broadcast nationally we’re very painful and hurtful to listen to,” stated Paulette Simpson Gibson President of NAACP of Compton, CA.
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*Civil rights activist Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope, is calling for a boycott of hip hop mogul Russell Simmons‘ business interests in response to Simmons’ production of the so-called “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” comedy skit.
The video appeared on Simmons new “All Def Digital” YouTube channel and depicts Tubman in a sexual encounter with a white slave owner.
“Russell Simmons’ half hearted, and weak apology is not being accepted by many outraged African Americans. To portray Tubman an icon and one of the most bravest women in our nations history in this manner is inexcusable.
“Slavery was not a joke. I doubt very seriously that Simmons would produce a comedy skit depicting a holocaust victim engaging in sexual acts with Hitler or a Nazi guard in order to secure her freedom. The Jewish community would never allow it. The African American community shouldn’t allow anyone to depict Tubman in this manner. Simmons has to be held accountable and just can’t apologize his way out of this. We’re calling for an immediate boycott of all his business products and companies which include DefJam, PhatFarm and RushCard,” stated Najee Ali, director of Project Islamic Hope.
“Simmons has essentially spit in the face of every black woman in the nation by disrespecting the legacy of Tubman. I’m not accepting his apology. African-Americans were outraged by Paula Deen’s racist comments. Yet Simmons, who should have known better, should be held to the same standard. If we’re going to be outraged by white Americans who we feel make racist comments and light of slavery, we should be just as outraged by Simmons’ ridiculing Tubman and the horrors of slavery,” says Khadijah Muhammad of Project Islamic Hope
Date : Aug 16, 2013
Time : 11:00 am
Where: Leimert Park
3415 W.43rd Place
Los Angeles CA 90043
(Crenshaw and Vernon )