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Saturday January 31st 2015
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Prince and other artists plan tribute for singer Rosie Gaines

For more details on how you can donate to Ms. Rosie Gaines, contact Vaughn at or call (510) 839-4644. (As always, do your research and make sure Ms. Gaines will be the direct recipient of your kind gifts). 

Originally posted by EurWeb Electronic Urban Report

Ms. Rosie Gaines and Prince (photo: Facebook - Fair Use)

Ms. Rosie Gaines and Prince (photo: Facebook – Fair Use)

On Saturday, January 31, entertainers from the Bay Area in California and beyond will be  uniting to help one of their own in a fundraiser for former Prince protégé Rosie Gaines.

Gaines’ daughter, Latoya Gaines, revealed in a press release that her mother has been suffering from diabetes in addition to other illnesses. In early December, the singer was admitted to a Bay Area hospital for a major infection of both her legs.

Gaines’ medical situation has motivated Sistuh to Sistuh (STS) founder and vocalist Brenda Vaughn to organize a tribute to Gaines. The event, hosted by comedienne/actress Luenell (“Raising Whitley,” “Real Husbands of Hollywood”) and KBLX radio personality Nikki Thomas will take place at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle, 410 14th Street, Oakland with doors opening at 8:00 p.m.

Confirmed performers include: singer-guitarist D’Wayne Wiggins (Tony! Toni! Toné!), guitarist Levi Seacer (NPG), guitarist Tony Dwayne, keyboardist Eugene Blacknell (Con Funk Shun and The Whispers), singer -guitarist Wilton Raab (Graham Central Station) and drummer Joey Truso. Vocalists slated to appear are Tiffany Austin, Rhonda Benin (Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir), Karen Brewington, Faye Carol, Melvin Carter, Darlene Coleman, Latoya Gaines, Nikita Germaine (Train), Eleanor Harvey, Lucille Hurd, Maxine Jones (En Vogue) Michelle Jordan, Tara Kemp, Amar Khalil (Tony! Toni! Toné!), Ladee Bianca, Ms. Monét (Boz Scaggs), Charlene Moore, Terrie Odabi, Otis Redding III, Sakai Smith (Train), Sangin’ Sara (Ledisi), Brenda Vaughn, and Robin Williams.

Other artists will be announced as the date of the benefit grows closer, according to the release.

Read more here. 

22 year-old UMD student wins Duluth branch NAACP presidency. Ousted president refuses to step down

Ms. Classie Dudley with civil rights icon Julian Bond. (photo: Facebook - Fair Use)

Ms. Classie Dudley with civil rights icon Julian Bond. (photo: Facebook – Fair Use)

IBNN NEWS and the OurBlackNews Network has been following the corrupt exploits of the NAACP in the matter of a newly elected president who has not been able to serve because of the antiquated people in the shadows of the old NAACP.

By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network

Duluth, Minn – In breaking news, the Duluth, Minn. branch of the NAACP has elected a new president for its branch of the NAACP. University of Minnesota Duluth senior and community activist Classie Dudley easily defeated Claudie Washington in a landslide vote.

Dudley fought back tears when the election results were announced.

Harrison Dudley – the father of the new Duluth NAACP president elect said, “It’s a sign of the times. The young people are seeing the need for solid new, young leadership in the NAACP. With today’s social media, we (members of flagship organizations) must be able use the new technology to reach the masses on behalf of the black community – the young and the old. I am proud of her.”

The celebration for the UMD senior Classie Dudley was cut short when NAACP operatives in Minnesota decided to pull out their bags of dirty tricks.

Ousted president Mr. Claudie Washington, a long-time resident of Duluth t was asked to resign in a 2014 Duluth NAACP meeting. Current members took a vote that showed 18-branch members in favor of the resignation of Washington out of 21 current branch members. The Duluth NAACP secretary told members, “There has not been an election for president in over 15-years.”

This statement alone shows the malfeasance of adherence to the NAACP unit bylaws. Also, local candidates complained that Washington would not share current membership lists per election bylaw procedures.

Subsequently, members who voted for Dudley were surreptitiously disqualified based on membership status, which is an old trick by the NAACP. Dudley was not recognized as president the director of branches for the national NAACP in Baltimore, MD Rev. Gil Ford did not return emails or phone calls to IBNN NEWS.

Mr. Ronald A. Edwards, one of the few black Americans “expelled” from the NAACP for life tells IBNN, “This is an old game they play – like the one that’s being played out in the Minneapolis branch of the NAACP. Life long powerbrokers rather go down with the ship than to let new and organized people become leaders. This only happens in our community.”

IBNN NEWS is asking its readers to support Ms. Dudley as the new president and will launch a social media and telephone campaign for concerned citizens to call the national NAACP and request a public hearing in this matter.

Stay tuned.


The Email March – Minnesota’s Educational challenges have been solved

A solution has been found to stop the eliminate the generational disparities of children of color before they hit the public school system. Now, will the school system be ready?

A solution has been found to stop the eliminate the generational disparities of children of color before they hit the public school system. Now, will the school system be ready?

Make certain your child is ready to read, count and understand positive expectations. Prove to yourself that you understand positive expectations for your child by agreeing to the Nation’s Pain Statement here.– Our Nation’s Pain — Make a comment if you agree. You will want to register to make the comment.

by Tom Wolfgram, Guest Columnist – IBNN NEWS

St. Paul, Minn. – It dawned on me that nobody knows how close USA VALUES, LLC is to leveraging the grassroots against the powers in early child development and k-12 school systems.  The leveraging system is to create an “email march” that has the local poor and minority populations demanding the school district delivery of early reading skills, counting skills and positive expectations by using present budgeted monies of the district and other cash flows.

This page  call for grassroots citizens to sign up to become the email march that makes the citizen position urgent for those in power.  Those in the march do not need to believe past the common sense points outlined in this website.  Really, they do not need to believe past the concept of first things first.  AND THERE IS A BLIND SPOT TO SEE.

USA VALUES can use anyone’s email list to gain citizens who want to sign up.  We can advertise for the owner of the list on via a button or a coupon.  We can mail everyone in the USA with this request.   It is relevant to all.

Those in the march do not have to be district savvy.  They do not have to be location savvy.  We can use any source for the email list (even vacationers as an example). The concept is St Paul or Minneapolis gets 5,000 to 10,000 emails all saying the same thing because it was drafted using as its core thought.  It flows into the news.  The common sense is put forth.  It stalls.  The email march shows up again next week until the districts and those in power decide to remove their blind spot.  We can get them all the help they need to remove it.

All we want is the school district to do its job and deliver best practice under the laws of the state.  All we want is the kids to be delivered via best practice so the gap is gone at kindergarten, just like in the improving suburbs. This get powerful because the state citizen base can sort of gang up on the urban systems.  This is a gang up on the worst spenders for result by the citizens of the best spenders for a result.  The best spenders use outcome requirements for early childhood developments of those on the top of the scale.  The worst spenders generally spend the money without significant outcome requirements.

The information an effective citizen needs to uncover includes the district in a separate and new light via the details of this coupon.  This implies the citizen sees it, including the new money, as the grassroots up to the district and state.  An approach for the federal, state and district to new money and a new approach to the culture’s tail is defined in this coupon.

We use a coupon called the Declaration of Independence to support the public service message, promotion and advertising process that sustains the site with parents and teachers.

All of this will be explained as we move forward.  Prospecting clarity through Twitter and Facebook will also be explained.  It also has the potential to leverage others who have friends, followers and likes in a similar way to using another email list.

Early Reading Skills Delivered – Ringing Advantages 

Thomas Wolfgram – President- USA VALUES, LLC


Council on Black Minnesotans – DAY ON THE HILL (Thursday 1.15)


The Council on Black Minnesotans have released their 2015 Legislative Agenda for ALL community members to review, critique and make comments.

The Council on Black Minnesotans invites you to take part in one of the most significant political movements of 2015. Join members of the community as we rally on capital hill to kick off the start of the new legislative session. This event is free and open to the public. Please invite friends, family and co-workers. The event takes place Jan. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 105 University Avenue West in St. Paul, MN. To review the schedule for the day, see below. Join the RSVP here, and don’t forget to follow the COBM on Facebook.  Please “tweet” #COBM vision.

COBM Day on the Hill ScheduleThe following is the COBM’s Legislative Agenda:

Did Liberals Put Black America Behind Bars?

Photo posted by IBNN NEWS. (Credits: - Fair Use).

Photo posted by IBNN NEWS. (Credits: – Fair Use).

BY    1/6/15 AT 3:10 PM – Originally posted on NEWSWEEK

The United States is the undisputed world champion of incarceration. According to the latest accounting by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, close to 2.3 million adults are held in federal and state prisons and county jails in the United States, which is roughly 1 percent of the country’s adult population and 25 percent of the world’s prisoners.

The U.S. incarcerates a greater percentage of its total population than any other country in the world, including Cuba, Russia, Iran and, according to some estimates, North Korea. In addition, 4.8 million Americans are on probation or parole, which means that more than 7 million are under correctional control—some 3 percent of the adult population in the United States.

Nearly 60 percent of prisoners are black or Latino, and roughly half of all prisoners are serving sentences for nonviolent offenses.

Conventional wisdom holds that mass incarceration of American blacks and Latinos is a result of the “scientific racism” that was established as the dominant racial ideology in the 19th and early 20th centuries, and underlaid the Republican “law and order” policies of the 1970s that brought us to our present condition.

But in her new book, The First Civil RightNaomi Murakawa upends that narrative, locating the roots of America’s “prison state” instead in the progressive reformism that gained ascendancy during World War II. Progressive thinkers overthrew scientific racism as a respectable belief system and replaced it with a set of ideas that were modern and sophisticated but also a more effective rationale for locking up large portions of the population.

What Murakawa calls “racial liberalism” was born out of the discourse on ethnic and racial “tolerance” and “equality,” which promised liberation but contained a carceral logic.

In prewar America, it was entirely respectable to believe that black people were biologically inferior and inherently prone to criminal behavior. Students in elite universities were assigned Ulrich Bonnell Phillips’s American Negro Slavery, the leading scholarly text on the subject through the first half of the 20th century. It argued that the plantations were “the best schools yet invented for the mass training of that sort of inert and backward people which the bulk of the American negroes represented.”

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Fall in Oil Prices Threatens Africa’s Economic Growth? Really? You have to be sh****’ me

So what happens when the price of oil goes up? Famine, Disease, Hunger?

So what happens when the price of oil goes up? Famine, Disease, Hunger?

IBNN – Editors note: The Wall Street Journal publish this garbage. Africa is the wealthiest continent  in the world as it pertains to precious minerals. If you let China and the U.S. screw you on economic deals, that’s your fault. 

By PATRICK MCGROARTY in Joannesburg,  DREW HINSHAW in Abuja, Nigeria, and  MATINA STEVIS in Nairobi, Kenya

Plunging oil prices are threatening Africa’s economic ascent.

Recent oil and gas discoveries were hailed as a godsend for African nations aspiring to middle-income status. But billions of investment dollars are moving into projects just as crude prices have tumbled, raising fears that some may be put on hold.

Total SA, Exxon Mobil Corp. and other companies are at work on a $16-billion oil project in Angola that will be profitable only if oil prices average more than $70 a barrel, Citigroup analysts estimate. The price of Brent crude closed at a new five-year low on Thursday, falling nearly 1%, or 56 cents, to $63.68 a barrel.

If you really want to read the rest of this story, click here. 

Ferguson Juror Sues Prosecutor, Says Evidence Was Manipulated to Implicate Michael Brown


$20 billion spent on Christmas decorations in America. Enough money to end homelessness for school children, veterans and college students

Homeless children, veterans and college students in America. Something is terribly wrong with the way we function.

Homeless children, veterans and college students in America. Something is terribly wrong with the way we function.

America must focus all it’s aid on America before looking across the pond to fund conflict.

By Don Allen

Let’s start with some staggering facts:

Titled “America’s Youngest Outcasts,” the report by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Education’s latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by estimates of homeless pre-school children not counted by the DOE.

I still find it hard to believe that a county like the United States would have an overwhelming homeless population. This population consists of many people from many cultures and different walks of life. This shameful statistic about homelessness in America also includes America’s veterans; the 2014 Point-in-Time (PIT) count revealed that there were approximately 49,933 homeless Veterans on a single night in January 2014 in the United States (Non-scientific reports say Minnesota may have as much as 3000 homeless veterans at any given night). This is a staggering figure for the United States – who supplies cash, military supplies and medical aid for other countries with dollar amounts rising into the billions – but for some reason, we cannot take care of “U.S.”

Let’s just blacken both eyes; America has over 58,000 homeless college students according to Free Application for Federal Student Aid data from the 2012-2013 academic years. The figure — which does not account for students who either do not realize they qualify as homeless (i.e., couch-surfers) or those who choose not to report their cases out of fear or shame — marks a more than 75 percent increase over the previous three years.

Now let’s take a deeper look at the K-12 educational system…it gets worse. In the 2012-2013 school year, there were 1,258,182 homeless students, according to newly released data from the National Center for Homeless Education. That’s an 8 percent increase from the 2011-2012 school year, when the 1,168,354 homeless students marked a record high. The number of homeless students has increased 85 percent since the beginning of the recession.

According to website, Think Progress, “As the number of homeless [K-12] students has been rising, academic achievement may be falling. The share of homeless students testing proficient in reading and math declined each school year between 2010-2011 and 2012-2013, dropping from 52 percent to 47 percent in reading last year and 51 percent to 44 percent in math. It’s possible, however, that these drops are due to changing educational standards.”

The number of homeless children in the U.S. has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence.

Let’s get real about reality:

There is a difference between interested and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permits. When you’re committed to something, accept no excuses, only results. The United States is interested in ending homelessness – but definitely not committed. It would cost about $20 billion for the government to effectively eliminate homelessness in the United States. Someone from the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) told this to government officials in 2012 – but hell, bureaucrats like the paper shuffle and in the annual report to Congress, there seems something wrong with spending just slightly less money than Americans spend on Christmas decorations, according to an analysis from ThinkProgress (Huffington Post).

In America you would never hear the words homeless congressman, homeless mayor, governor, city council person or homeless attorney general. Why is it still acceptable in the world’s greatest county (supposedly) to hear the words homeless students, veterans and children? If America can send billions of dollars to a foreign country, I’m sure the powers that be can keep a billion dollars here to solve a generational embarrassment like homeless children, college students and veterans. Let’s be clear on the people we put in office who give themselves raises every year. Let’s put a “Homeless Clause” on all future raises for our elected officials: Until homelessness in the America is addressed and solved, there will be no raises for members of congress, governors, mayors and city council persons.

Linda Lingle who was the sixth Governor of Hawaii from 2002 until 2010 wrote, “We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.”

Personally, homelessness is something that needs to be addressed and solved in 2015.

Elementary school teachers salary solution

“To encourage more top-caliber students to choose teaching, teachers should be paid a lot more, with starting salaries more in the range of $60,000 and potential earnings of as much as $150,000.” ~Arne Duncan

By Meredith Menden, Guest Columnist  – IBNN NEWS

"...No, I haven't seen any black male teachers in this classroom for years. My jobs always on the line depending on the mood of the principal and superintendent." (photo: stock photo of black female teacher - fair use)

“…No, I haven’t seen any black male teachers in this classroom for years. My jobs always on the line depending on the mood of the principal and superintendent.” (photo: stock photo of black female teacher – fair use)

Are you sick of us highly paid teachers? We suck up your tax money and don’t produce achievement for your students. We complain about being disrespected and devalued, but are not real professionals to be respected. Well you can advocate for this pay schedule and show us a thing or two.

Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work nine or ten months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do — babysit!

We can get that for less than minimum wage.

A friend on facebook shared this with me, and it’s a hoot.

Read on…

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM with 45 min. off for lunch and planning — that equals 6-1/2 hours).

So each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children. Now how many students do they teach in a day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585 a day.

However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.


That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6-1/2 hours X 30 children X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nationwide) is $50,000.

$50,000/180 days = $277.77 per day / 30 students = $9.25 / 6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student — a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)


Make a teacher smile; repost this to show appreciation for all educators.

Rush to Judge Mr. Bill Cosby shows the power of a corrupt mainstream media

The mainstream media makes it easy for black America to have contempt for Mr. Bill Cosby prior to investigation. This is just like mainstream media has you fooled into thinking unemployment is down, black people are being educated and we are better today than in 1961. Do not be fooled by the news coon.” ~Don Allen 1/1/15

Mr. Bill Cosby, accused of rape, but helping the careers of some faded stars. (photo: Fair use)

Mr. Bill Cosby, accused of rape, but helping the careers of some faded stars. (photo: Fair use)

By Black Blue Dog (dot) com 

The revelations, if that’s what they are, have caused some people to revise their opinions of the legendary comedian who – in the years he occupied one of the top spots in the television ratings as star of an eponymous NBC sitcom – achieved a status roughly equivalent to being the nation’s honorary Dad.

Cosby has used his status and his celebrity to create (or at least take advantage of) teachable moments. The admonitions he has delivered of late to young black men regarding their demeanor and deportment have come as a shock to many. Rather than embrace the urban youth culture, he has urged young black men to straighten up, arguing powerfully that people didn’t march and go to jail and die so that others could win the right to walk around with their pants hanging low and their shorts on display for everyone to see.

READ MORE via Rush to Judge Bill Cosby Shows the Power of Intimidation – US News.

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