January Special!
New Documentary Alleges Michael Jackson Was Child Predator
1/17/2019 11:01:33 PM

By Stacy M. Brown   First R. Kelly. Now it’s the late King of Pop. After the scathing and gut-wrenching Lifetime Television documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” shed more light on the alleged crimes of the R&B crooner, a new film about Michael Jackson threatens to do the same to the late “Thriller” singer. The Wrap reports that the 2019 Sundance Film Festival has added a documentary that will focus on two men: (presumably) choreographer Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say they were sexually abused by Michael Jackson. Following...

To Ovations, Hamilton's Star Reprises Role in Puerto Rico
1/17/2019 11:00:51 PM

By Danica Coto   SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP)—Lin-Manuel Miranda reprised his lead role in the hit musical “Hamilton” to start a two-week run in Puerto Rico expected to raise millions of dollars for artists and cultural groups struggling in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The audience giggled, hooted, clapped and tapped their feet throughout Friday's night's performance as Miranda took the stage for the first time since his last appearance in the Broadway version in July 2016, when he played the role of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton. “I...

Streaming TV may never again be as simple, or as affordable, as it is now.
1/17/2019 10:59:37 PM

Disney and WarnerMedia are each launching their own streaming services in 2019 in a challenge to Netflix's dominance. Netflix viewers will no longer be able to watch hit movies such as “Black Panther” or “Moana,” which will soon reside on Disney's subscription service. WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, will also soon have its own service to showcase its library of blockbuster films and HBO series. Families will have to decide between paying more each month or losing access to some of their favorite dramas, comedies, musicals and action...

Remembering Dr. King and “The Other America”
1/17/2019 10:58:05 PM

By Charlene Crowell   Once again on the third Monday in January, much of the nation will mark the anniversary of the death of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Countless programs and events will no doubt recall several of his famous speeches from the 1963 March on Washington’s “I Have A Dream to his “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” delivered in Memphis during the 1968 sanitation workers’ strike. In a life of only 39 years, Dr. King captured global attention in his valiant, nonviolent fight for the values of freedom, justice and equality....

Shame and Shade in Birmingham: In Praise of Angela Davis
1/17/2019 10:56:47 PM

By Julianne Malveaux   If anyone deserves a civil rights award, Angela Davis certainly does. The activist and scholar has been on the front lines of the civil rights movement all of her life. She has been especially active in prison reform matters, but she has also been involved in other civil and human rights issues. When I learned back in October that she would get the Fred Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, I was absolutely delighted. I imagined the wide smile the daughter of Birmingham must have flashed when she learned that she would...

Lucy Durr Hackney . . .
1/17/2019 10:55:24 PM

By Staff Reports   When Lucy Durr married Sheldon Hackney in 1957, the custom alterations to her beautiful gown were done for her by a family friend—Mrs. Rosa Parks. This wonderful detail opens a small window into my dear friend and former Children’s Defense Fund board and volunteer staff member Lucy Durr Hackney’s extraordinary life. Lucy, who passed away last October at age 81, was the daughter of civil rights activists Virginia and Clifford Durr and niece of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black. She followed her family’s staunch commitment to social...

California Congresswoman Maxine Waters Makes History
1/17/2019 10:54:19 PM

By Charlene Crowell   As 2019 begins, there is a new Congress with leadership in the House of Representatives that makes history for people of color and women alike. Long-time California Representative Nancy Pelosi returns as Speaker of the House—the first time in 50 years that a Member of Congress has achieved this feat. On a gender note, Speaker Pelosi becomes the most powerful woman on Capitol Hill and the only female in the nation’s history to do so. There’s also another key woman and legislator that is making history. Congresswoman Maxine Waters is now...

Unhampered by Rain, L.A. Teachers Begin First Strike in 30 Years
1/17/2019 10:53:12 PM

LOS ANGELES (CNS)— Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District teachers returned to the picket lines Tuesday on the second day of the district's first teachers strike in 30 years, asking for increased pay, smaller class sizes and the hiring of more support staff, such as nurses, counselors and librarians. Teachers at The Accelerated Schools charter school in South Los Angeles also went on strike Tuesday, calling for increased teachers' salaries and health benefits in order to bolster teacher rentention. Those teachers are represented by the same union that represents...

Fourteen Motorists Arrested During Checkpoint in Compton
1/17/2019 10:52:16 PM

COMPTON (CNS)—An eight-hour DUI/driver's license checkpoint in Compton netted 14 arrests, authorities said Monday. The operation was conducted between 6 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday on Santa Fe Avenue at Auto Drive South, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One motorist was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, and two others were arrested on felony warrants, the sheriff's department reported. Also, nine motorists were arrested for operating a vehicle without a license or with a suspended/revoked license, and one was arrested on...

Black Caucus Members Hammer Trump After Speech to the Nation on Immigration
1/17/2019 10:50:02 PM

By Lauren Victoria Burke   On January 8, day eighteen of a government shutdown, President Donald Trump addressed the nation on the issue of a wall at the Mexican border. Speaking directly to the base of the Republican Party and using the major networks as a megaphone, Trump repeated many of the same themes he used during the 2016 campaign. "The wall will also be paid for indirectly by the great new trade deal we have made with Mexico,” Trump said. It has become increasingly clear that any border wall that may be constructed will not be paid for by the Mexican...