though there are lots more important issues to discuss I thought
I should mention the following because of its crucial matter,
and what is being done to remedy the problem.
of you may recall all the controversy that arose after Ex Talk
Show Host Don Imus made some negative remarks/comments on the
air about some African American female athletes, as well as the
gutter words used by actor Michael Richards during his comedy
act in Hollywood. You may also recall as a result of all
the discussions and controversies, rap lyrics were scrutinized,
targeted and partially blamed for lots of the problems regarding
the disrespecting of black females.
learned recently that a major movement has been taking place
around the country headed up by the Reverend Al Sharpton through
his National Action Network (NAN) regarding eliminating the use
of three derogatory words in music and media (1) the
"N" word, the "B" word and the "H"
word, which blatantly disrespects women and the African American
National Action Network (NAN) is one of the leading civil rights
organizations in the nation and works extensively to promote a
modern civil rights agenda which includes a standard of decency
for all people regardless of race, sex, social justice for all
communities, and improvement of race relations. Through
(NAN) Rev. Sharpton has established "The Decency Initiative
of the National Action Network", which is led by Ms. Tamika
Mallory, and which was established in order to address standards
in the media and entertainment industries, and whose goal
is to eliminate the use of those three words in music and media
("N"; "B" and "H").
couple days ago (8/7/07) Rev. Al Sharpton, Ms. Malloy and their
team organized and led rallies, along with dozens of activists
across the nation for "A National Woman's Day of
Outrage" in more than 20 cities across the US,
demanding that rappers cease use of the "N-word" and
degrading lyrics in their music. The rallies/protests were
held outside of major music distributors to (1) stimulate the
public to stand united in defense of decency in music; (2)
to mount public pressure on the music industry to adapt a
universal standard of respect for all people, and (3) to send a
strong signal to the music industry that the people will no
longer stand by idly while public airwaves are used to promote
disrespect. These rallies/protests were held in several
cities including New York City-NY, Newark-NJ, Los Angeles- CA,
Detroit-MI, Atlanta-GA, Miami-FL, Washington DC; Dallas-TX,
Jacksonville-FL, Chicago-IL, Las Vegas-NV, Kansas City-MO,
Phoenix-AZ, Stamford-CT, Pennsylvania, PA, Columbia-SC,
Houston-TX, Richmond-VA, Baltimore-MD, Augusta-GA".
Sharpton, Ms. Malloy and the many activists around the country
have demanded that the music industry eliminate the use of the
offensive words "nigga", "bitch" and
"ho" in recordings. NAN stated "No other
ethnic group is subjected to denigration for profit by the music
industry and the Decency Initiative will continue to demand a
universal standard of respect, particularly for all women and
the day of the rallies/protests Rev. Sharpton led a
demonstration at the Motown Museum in Detroit, and during his
speech he stated "I'm here at Motown in Detroit as a symbol
of when music was not denigrating and was
entertaining" He further asked for the
withdrawal of government-run public pension funds from
entertainment companies such as Viacom, Time Warner and Vivendi
that "won't clean up their act", he further stated
"The opposition has tried to use the argument of free
speech, but they don't have the freedom to use peoples' pension
funds against their own will and interest".
the issue against the use of derogatory words in music and media
is certainly alive and well, so If any of you are interested in
joining and/or finding out more about these rallies check out
the following sites for more details: www.nationalactionnetwork.net
week we featured beautiful young Ms. Mai Lania who is a
part of our on-line family, and has entered the “Baby,
You’re a Star!” Photo Contest, sponsored by Evenflo Company,
Lovely Star Baby Mai Lania entered the contest in hopes
that she wins $10,000 prize package (college scholarship), and
becoming a face for Evenflo Products.
Please vote for young Ms. Mai Lania. I have placed
her little personal message below to everyone asking for your
My name is Mai Lania and I am a
contestant in the Evenflo “Baby, You’re a Star!”
am one of the contestants for the month of July.
My photo has been posted to www.evenflo.com
for the “Baby, You’re a Star!” contest.
You can click the following sign below which is
linked to my photo
and vote: Click Here to vote
Voting for me as one of the
“Baby, You’re A Star!” July contestants begins on
August 1st, 2007 and will last until August
15th, so please help me get to the
also ask your family and friends to vote for me, and
please do add my link to your blogs, websites, and
forums so that everyone can vote for me.
You can vote once a day!
All you have to do is click on my photo! If the link is off just type my name: Mai Lania in the sites
search box or you can also search via my Photo ID
Number, which is 14502.
I am hoping everyone will vote15
times for me (once per day from now until August 15th).
My goal is to get 1 million votes, especially
since I really want to win the $10,000 scholarship.
So ask everyone, even your co-workers to vote for
Mee-Mee. Remember you can vote once per day, so stop back often,
actually bookmark the site so you don’t forget!!!!
voting ends on the 15th of August, so vote everyday until
then. There are a few steps to completing the voting
process for Mia Lania on the Evenflo site. So once
you click the button I placed above or Mai Lania picture, or
even by going directly on to the site and looking for Mai's
picture ID # 14502, go ahead and
vote, you will have to enter your e-mail address to
submit. Then the Evenflo web registration will send you an
e-mail to the address you submitted with the subject
"One more Step To Confirm your vote for the "Baby,
You're A Star!" contest, once you open the e-mail it will
simply ask you to Click the link they have included in their
e-mail to confirm your vote. So go ahead and click the
link. Remember you can vote once per day, so now there are
only 6 more days left to vote for Mai Lania. On behalf of
Mai Lania's parents and Mai thank you for voting everyday until
continue supporting the Read Across Jamaica Foundation, Inc.
with their Literacy
Ms. Ja’nice Wisdom indicated that some books were purchased
this week, but not enough. Their goal is to have 1000
books purchased during for the Children’s book drive, which
takes place until September 8th (International
Please support this very important project.
Below are the details about the book drive. For
more details log on to their site at www.readacrossja.com
or you can reach Ms. Wisdom at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Across Jamaica Foundation, a non-profit
organization in Maryland is reaching out to the
community asking for your help with our book drive.
The Read Across Jamaica Literacy Project provides
children in rural Jamaica with books that encourage,
motivate and challenges them to dream.
From August 1 - Sept 8, 2007, visit
our Wish List of Books and donate a book to the cause
of literacy. Books will be shipped to Jamaica as a
gift to the children and their school libraries as
they recognize "International
Literacy Day - Sept 8th".
Help make a difference by donating a new book today or
contact us for your donation of gently used books.
Across Jamaica Foundation, Inc.'s Wish List includes:
entire Wish List
entire Wish List
to the Jamaican Embassy and the Jamaican Nationals Association
of Washington DC, they really planned and executed a host of
events in celebration of Jamaica's 45th Independence! The
weekend was full of great performances by Jamaican artists,
wonderful galas and balls, and many special events and
concerts. The most exciting was the great performance by
Reggae superstar Shaggy who closed out the weekend
celebrations. A full day of fun, food, drinks and music
was held at the Organization of States huge back porch/yard last
Sunday. Of course, we didn't make it to catch the full day
of performances, but when we arrived what we experienced was
very nice. A few minor issues came up while greeting and
talking with folks from the community regarding DJs of Jamaican
decent and bands that primarily play reggae music not being
hired to be a part of these celebrations (especially since it
was Jamaica's Independence). After giving it some serious
thought we wondered ...if one was celebrating America's
independence would one hire a Chinese DJ or band to perform at
the celebrations? I think not!!! Therefore, this is a valid
issue that should be addressed and rectified for next years'
event. All in all what we experienced was great, which was
really nice for the 2nd year. Look out for this exciting
event again in 2008, I know it will be just as nice!!!!
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- August 19, 2007:
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- August 22, 2007: Symposium-Contributors to
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