“Bookshops being put out of business by Amazon, music artists seeing falling album sales thanks to illegal downloading and pay-per-month services such as Spotify, encyclopedia sales decimated by Wikipedia; if the internet does it quicker and cheap, you’re out of business.”
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Global Post(Feb. 3, 2015 – 8:38 am CST)…Right now, billions of people across the world are accessing the internet. Researching, conducting business, reading articles, watching movies, playing games; the internet has gone from a slow, rarely used, somewhat technologically inferior thing to one that influences the vast majority of activities conducted on the planet. This has, naturally, been a great thing. People are more informed, business is conducted in a near instantaneous manner and accessing entertainment has never been more free or egalitarian. Are all of these aspects positive however, and how much influence does the internet and it’s inherent capabilities have over our actions and tastes?
Google and Facebook- two giants of the internet industry that saw the potential of the innovation early, outmaneuvered their competitors and established themselves in a dominant position traditional companies could only dream of possessing. How did these companies get to their current point though? The answer is advertising. These two companies have a near monopoly on advertising via the internet, and though they rarely appear like evil, faceless corporations, their dominance is a cause for concern. Google’s search engine has been known to priorities results and hand top results to the highest bidder, dictating rules on internet marketing that were once set by governments. Facebook uses algorithms to analyze one’s preferences, showing up results that match these preferences. And then there’s the mood-altering fiasco.
The internet doesn’t just have the power to alter our thought processes, however it can straight out destroy industries (and cause entirely new ones to pop up in the losers’ place). Bookshops being put out of business by Amazon, music artists seeing falling album sales thanks to illegal downloading and pay-per-month services such as Spotify, encyclopedia sales decimated by Wikipedia; if the internet does it quicker and cheap, you’re out of business.
Industries aren’t just being destroyed, however, they’re changing to fit the requirements of our internet-savvy society. The online gaming industry, for instance, has shot to prominence recently, mainly due to the pressures a few start-ups such as JackpotCityCasino.com had on the traditional gambling industry. Casinos are cottoning on to the merits of providing their services via the internet, and are releasing their own tailor-made apps and websites in droves.
For many, politics is still a realm relatively untouched by the internet, thanks in part to the glacial pace change within national legislation takes, however such a narrow understanding belies the truth of the matter. Individuals now can read about political issues via the plethora of different political or general news sources on the web, digest the information, post it on social media and invite debate from friends, family and strangers. In a way, thanks to the internet our political discourse is more open and fluid than ever before; when once talk of politics would be deemed uncouth, now it is accepted and enjoyed. Perhaps there’s hope for the internet yet.
Editors note: IBNN in its efforts to support citizen journalism have selected several very interesting letters to the editor to publish (unedited) during Black History Month. You can email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration.
By Tamara Clark, Guest Columnist – IBNN NEWS
Before I start, let me thank Mr. Allen (Donny) for giving me the opportunity to do my thing on IBNN. I have been a fan of this news organization since 2008. If you folks who sneak and read the information here have not figured out it is real, then you’re just as stupid as the “Niggers next door.”
Hi…my name is Tamara. That’s not my real name, but a name I use to present my story for today. I live in Minneapolis; I’m a single mother who works fulltime in downtown Minneapolis for a major consulting firm. Let me start out by saying, “I’m not one of the niggers next door.”
My child’s father was one of them club promoters that played like big ballers on the local club scene. I met him at an event in downtown Minneapolis; dressed to the nine’s, high-heels, short skirt and the sexiest blouse on the planet. We met, talked – he brought me a drink; I brought one for him. I wanted to be clear; I was not one of the niggers next door. Yeah, I laid down with him for a wonderful moment; he moved into my apartment; ate my food and decided this was a good life. He lost track that I was not one of the niggers next door.
In 2008 I received a settlement from a car accident that put me in the hospital for over a month. I brought a house. I moved back in the area of Minneapolis I grew up in. Mr. Man moved right in with me. His handsome smile, his deep voice, his caring demeanor was a misdirection for me asking the important questions of when you going to get a job? Do you want to go half with me on the mortgage and groceries? What plans do you have for the future? When you going to by a car? (This was a rhetorical question because you have to have a job and make money to afford a car.)
It was my fault…blinded by lust – there wasn’t any love for a black man who sat on the couch day-in-and-day-out in his wife-beater t-shirt waiting for me to get paid, so he could go downtown and party like a big baller. Of course he didn’t take me anymore; no SEVEN, EIGHT OR NINE for me, I was three-months pregnant with his baby.
Our neighbors on the North side of my house were no good, lazy and partied every night. On the first, they camped out by the mailbox probably waiting for that government cheese $$.
While I was pregnant I managed to finish at the local community college and earn my degree. A week later a company that was ranked number one in customer satisfaction as worldwide consultants hired me. My position paid six-figures and I guess If I wanted to I could support a stay-at-home-big-baller, but hell…I didn’t. I moved my car to my girlfriend’s garage telling him it needed work so he wouldn’t ask me to use it. He started
I started to notice the neighbor girls would be out in the front talking to Mr. Man as I walked down the street getting off the bus from work. He stopped meeting me at the bus stop and walking me home. When we walked into the house I asked him what was going on…what was the importance of talking to the girls next door and not meeting me at the bus stop. He flew into a tangent about how I wasn’t doing enough for him and his dreams of being a promoter in Minneapolis were being crushed by me having his baby. He said he was not ready for this.
My mother didn’t raise any fools; it was time for him to go. I went to the front door opened wide, told him to pack his clothes (a garbage bag full of junk) and dialed 911…
But before he left, I needed to tell him something that might help him in the future so he would know I was not naïve about him, or any of his secret actions. I stood on the porch in the hot summer humidity and told him this before his immediate departure:
“I am a proud black woman who would have done anything for you…but yet you choose to be a nobody, a club promoter. I’ve watched these sorry Negroes in the Twin Cities for the last 20-years have packed events, make money and yet don’t none of them own a club or have a liquor license. I watched the white club owners drive away in their luxury cars when you caught the bus or called me to give you and your baller friends a ride home. You have not figured it out. I knew you’ve been fucking around with them hoes next door and I let it continue. You see, as a black woman, even after all your bullshit, lies and sleeping around, I want you to become a better black man. Hell, a white girl wouldn’t want you. If you were better, you would know, “I’m not one of the niggers next door.”
News from I Love Black People
Parents are furious after a black middle school principal has fired teachers for teaching Black History in her school.
Howard University Middle School is a school that I guess you wouldn’t expect this type of thing to happen. This is especially true given that the school has an African American principal.
Parents were asking questions regarding why there were so many teachers being fired or quitting in the middle of the school year.
“As parents we just want to get some answers,” said Dorothy Lowery. “We deserve to know what’s going on.”
In the past week, there have been three Social Studies teachers that handed in their two week notices. Parents say that the new principal, Angelique Blackmon, confronted the teachers a day prior with pink slips. According to parents, the pink slips were handed to the teachers right in front of the students.
“While students are still present in the classroom? How unprofessional,” said parent Delrica Battle. “These children are crying. They said they couldn’t say goodbye. The teachers are upset, the students are upset.”
Another parent, Michelle Payne said, “They were given to them in front of our children and I think that our children do not deserve to see that type of behavior.”
This middle school is a public charter school on the campus of Howard University. Some parents described the new Principal as an abrasive woman from Atlanta, GA.
Parents found it strange that the new principal would want the teachers to stop teaching African American History, given that they are on the campus of an HBCU. Many also stated that the students needed to know their culture, with the school being 90% African American.
By Noel Williams, Guest Columnist – IBNN NEWS
Columbus, Ohio – Hello my name is Noel Williams. I was the president of the Columbus Ohio NAACP until Gil Ford (National NAACP Director of Unit Administration) and Sybill Edwards McNabb (Ohio NAACP State President) engineered a removal which was approved by the National Board of Directors. I am currently fighting that issue in the courts, so that is not the reason for my email. (Quiet as its kept, Sybill Edward McNabb plays a big part in what has occurred in Cincinnati, Ohio) My email is being sent to discuss who actually owns the National NAACP.
I have been reading your stories and blogs. Especially the latest story about Ms. Dudley’s being recently elected as local unit president and her challenges (which does not surprise me). Congrads to her!! What I read in the story and other stories are people saying the national board of directors must remove, clean up, and re-organize the national office. However, what my research and investigation has revealed is that the National NAACP Office is staff thus their authority is granted through board approval. In addition, many people, including the local unit’s leadership and members, believe they own the NAACP. They believe that contacting the national office or reaching out to select board members matter! They believe the constitution and By-Laws are honored and adhere to. However, facts show neither matters nor does the National NAACP Board of Directors care–at least not yet!
When we look at the facts, it becomes clear who owns the National NAACP or what matters. Honestly, the actual owners of the organization really believe the NAACP is doing ‘good in the neighborhoods.’ They do not know that their child is acting out. They do not know that their child is abusing other family members. Even when they question the child about such behaved allegations in the media, the child denies they are abusive, oppressive and disrespectful! For example, here is an analogy, when a teacher or another adult wanted to effect a positive change in my child’s behavior then I was contacted. Because I am the parent or owner and I handled my child!! This same philosophy applies to the National NAACP! Many people have gone public regarding the National NAACP but we have not collective contacted the actual owners/parents! I would love to discuss this view point in more detail.
Thank you for the opportunity,
On Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 8:30 p.m. – Ronald A. Edwards (Black Focus) and Don Allen (IBNN), will be broadcasting LIVE on #BlogTalkRadio. Call in to speak with the host (347) 426-3904.
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Former Cincinnati NAACP branch president Mr. Jim Clingman joins us Wednesday to discuss how the Cincinnati Branch NAACP members win Temporary Restraining Order against NAACP headquarters, director of units, Rev. Gill Ford and more.
Also on tonight’s program:
Dreams of $26 million diminish for north Minneapolis spokespersons…new hustle: Public Safety
It has come to our attention the proposal delivered to Minnesota governor Mark Dayton for $26 million to cure the black communities ills is a thing of the past. Minnesota’s black elected officials must be held accountable for political tomfoolery.
Sen. Jeff Hayden and other black elected officials dismisses Council on Black Minnesotans legislative agenda
In an IBNN News exclusive we learned today that Minnesota senator Jeff Hayden (DFL – and Black), will not be supporting the state Council on Black Minnesotans legislative agenda, but has took up camp with the Minnesota Asian Council to back, support and do whatever he can to make sure the Asian council is successful during this years legislative session. I’ll let you marinade on that.
It has come to our attention the proposal delivered to Minnesota governor Mark Dayton for $26 million to cure the black communities ills is a thing of the past. Minnesota’s black elected officials must be held accountable for political tomfoolery.
By Don Allen, Founder – IBNN NEWS
Minneapolis, Minn. – In an IBNN News exclusive we learned today that Minnesota senator Jeff Hayden (DFL – and Black), will not be supporting the state Council on Black Minnesotans legislative agenda, but has took up camp with the Minnesota Asian Council to back, support and do whatever he can to make sure the Asian council is successful during this years legislative session. I’ll let you marinade on that.
Also, later this week, the Department of Justice will be in Minnesota to meet with a handpicked panel of community stakeholders. This time, it was done correctly and does not include any lose-cannons or poverty-pimps. But the hustle is still on to position a few folks outside the realm of honest intentions to try and get some money. At this point, my best solution for all you folks is to get a square job.
Sources also tell IBNN state representative Rena Moran (DFL- and Black) has chosen a hard line rejecting the COBM, it’s agenda and in retrospect, the black community. This lack of cooperation might cost the state representative her seat come next election, although I have always thought she should run for governor of Minnesota.
Since IBNN News broke the story public and posted the $26 million dollar proposal hand carried to governor Mark Dayton, there has not be so much as a whisper from community insiders about the disposition of the proposal, which lacked integrity in several areas. It has always been IBNN’s position to give the spokespersons the money – but make this the last time. Ultimately, history has shown black Minnesotans, especially those in areas of strong structural violence…not one thing will change for $26 million, nor $26 billon. Someone will get a payday while community members get another day off from meaningful engagement.
Being a “problem solver” in 2015…I came up with a solution to help black Minnesotans and their elected officials.
For state representative Rena Moran, senators Jeff Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion; the “Hope and Change” timeline:
- If 2500 people in your state senate districts do not have gainful employment by October 2015, you must resign. (North and South Minneapolis/St. Paul)
- If there is not a minimum of 100 new black or minority-owned business start-ups in your state senate districts that you officiate over, you must resign by October 2015.
- If the Minnesota Department of Human Rights continues to fail enforcing 43A and their backlog is more than two-years on October 2015, you must resign from public office and not seek re-election.
- If the Minnesota Department of Administration has not corrected faulty hiring practices within state departments while you (Rep. Rena Moran, senators Jeff Hayden and Bobby Joe Champion) are in office, you must resign.
- If the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) continues to overlook CFR 49-Part 26 and cannot prove their outreach efforts are working, you must immediately resign in June 2015.
- Please provide the legislative audit for the money used MDHR to travel around Minnesota to talk about closing the ethnic councils. If not provided by March 1, please resign.
Hope and change now has a timeline.
Cincinnati Branch NAACP members win Temporary Restraining Order against NAACP headquarters (See the actual court order at the bottom of this post)
NAACP branches around the Unites States will have to make some important decisions in the next month. Some branches plan on taking a membership vote in favor of withholding all monies from the national branch. Other branches locked in chaos like Minneapolis and Duluth just want the snakes, charlatans and hypocrites to step aside.
By Don Allen, Founder – OurBlackNews.com
Minneapolis, Minn. – Last week on The Ron and Don Show on BlogTalkRadio we had the opportunity to interview Duluth NAACP branch president-elect Classie Dudley and her father Harrison Dudley. Mr. Dudley revealed to us he had printed over eleven pages of information found on the Internet about different NAACP branches around the United State who have become engulfed in everything from mismanagement of funds to shady elections and NAACP membership scams based on when membership money is sent to local branch from the national headquarters.
Now black America’s attention must be turned towards the NAACP and organizations treatment of the Cincinnati Branch. Jim Clingman, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio and former president of the branch turned local news and information point person wrote, “The Cincinnati Branch has won numerous national awards, established and funded six scholarship endowments, adopted two schools to provide mentors and tutors, done work that resulted in tens of millions of dollars for Black contractors and workers, successfully obtained the early release of two prisoners and kept another one from being executed. The Branch has opened doors to political empowerment by writing initiatives, collecting tens of thousands of signatures, and placing our initiatives on the ballot for a public vote. We won on three of the initiatives, which prevented red light cameras from being installed in our city, our water system from being privatized, and preventing the building of a $200 million jail.
Despite all of that good work, and much more, our Branch is once again fighting against national representative, Gill Ford, in his effort to determine the outcome of our local election. He tried it in 2012, and he and his local cronies are at it again; but this time he is using even more dirty tactics. The same candidates who lost by an overwhelming margin in 2012 are back again, with the help of Gill Ford, to take over the branch for their own personal benefit via their union ties. (Get the full details on the NAACP’s actions here.)
Gill Ford’s actions have lead to the branch filing and winning a temporary restraining order against the NAACP’s director of branches Gill Ford (See actual decision below).
On August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri, 18-year-old unarmed African-American Michael Brown was shot and killed by officer Darren Wilson after an altercation with Wilson as he sat in his police cruiser. Witness accounts vary, but what is known is that before encountering Wilson, Brown reportedly stole some cigarillos from a local store, As Brown and a friend walked down the middle of the street towards home, they were told to get on the sidewalk by Wilson which eventually led to a scuffle in which Brown was shot once by Wilson, Brown then began quickly walking away. Wilson left his cruiser and fired his weapon eleven more times, hitting Brown who had turned towards the officer, five more times and killing him.
Some witnesses report that the unarmed Brown has his hands up in surrender as officer Wilson shot him.
Less than one month later, 19-year-old Sarah Culhane of Princeton, New Jersey crashed her blue BMW into another car in Bensalem, Pa. When police attempted to pull her over she took off and police eventually abandoned following her in a high speed chase on the city streets. Culhane later hit another car with her BMW — injuring a woman — before fleeing once again only to hit a third car. Culhane then abandoned her car and fled on foot, before being arrested by police. As police took her into custody, the Amherst College student and field hockey athlete resisted arrest, kicking one police officer in the head before being subdued.
Culhane was charged with aggravated assault, accidents involving injury, resisting arrest, red light violation, driving at unsafe speed, and reckless driving. A judge felt her charges were serious enough that he set her bail at $750,000.
On Nov. 24, a grand jury in St. Louis County declined to charge officer Darren Wilson with any crimes after shooting the unarmed Michael Brown whom he claimed attacked him. St Louis prosecutor Bob McCulloch later admitted that he allowed perjured testimony during the grand jury proceedings by people who claimed to be witnesses but were not at the scene of the shooting.
I was a senior at Cornell University when I was arrested for heroin possession. As an addict — a condition that began during a deep depression — I was muddling my way through classes and doing many things I would come to regret, including selling drugs to pay for my own habit. I even began dating a man with big-time drug connections that put me around large amounts of heroin. When police arrested me in 2010, I was carrying six ounces, an amount they valued at $50,000 — enough to put me in prison for up to 10 years. Cornell suspended me indefinitely and banned me from campus. I had descended from a Dean’s List student to a felon.
But instead of a decade behind bars and a life grasping for the puny opportunities America affords some ex-convicts, I got a second chance. In a plea deal, I received a sentence of 2½ years. After leaving prison, I soon got a job as a reporter at a local newspaper. Then Cornell allowed me to start taking classes again, and I graduated last month. What made my quick rebound possible?
I am white.
Second chances don’t come easily to people of color in the United States. But when you are white, society offers routes to rebuild your life. When found guilty of a drug crime, white people receive shorter sentences than black people. And even after prison, white men fare better in the job market than black men with identical criminal records.
It was prison that clued me in to just how much I benefit from systemic racism in our society. Until then, I hadn’t thought much about white privilege, which is exactly how privilege works – as a white person, I could ignore it. But sitting behind bars, I saw how privilege touches almost everything, especially the penal system.
Read the full story here on the Washington Post.
“Ignorance of how we are shaped racially is the first sign of privilege. In other words, it is a privilege to ignore the consequences of race in America.” ― Tim Wise
by Don Allen, Founder – OurBlackNews.com
I watched president Obama’s state of the union address. I was impressed with the number of accomplishment he alleges and his vision for education, economic recovery and the protection of Americans from global threats of terrorism. I was a little set back being a veteran as he talked about the VA. What I know is that millions of by brother and sisters who served in the military are homeless, jobless and hopeless. I also know that millions of dollars have been allocated to a bunch of stuffed shirts who sit in an office and ponder meaningless jabber while men and women who honorable served this country sleep and live out in the streets.
The thing that distressed me the most was the POTUS unconventionality as he blindly gave shout outs to people, places and things in Minnesota. President Obama has not been told the truth about Minnesota or the current state of the union in the Twin Cites. It was great for the president to feature a Caucasian couple from Minneapolis who worked hard, built up their business and is on the road to the American Dream – but what the president misses, not just in Minnesota but all around the United States are the many people of color struggling to stay in school, get a job, raise a family or start a business. Why does our first black president ignore strong evidence of structural violence and institutionalize racism that continues to grip this country each and everyday?
Then you have to ask when will America have a real day of reckoning? How about a Black, Brown, White, Red and Yellow History Month?
For blacks Americans, Black History Month as it stands all too often entails a series of empty remembrances. What is celebrated are sanitized events, stripped of their political and historical significance. Yet we sit collectively in an America troubled by both its racist past and present. The past troubles us in part through the inaccurate and partial accounting’s of history that we receive. Via the erasure, or marginalization, of non-white, working-class and poor voices from the annals of Great Men (not to mention women).
I am person who gets it.
I understand why President Obama could never feature a “black American couple” living the dream; the president would be attacked from liberals (who voted for him) and those right wing zealots to include member of race-hate groups and the many arm-chair trolls who comment on stories about black deaths or successes. The mainstream media both liberal and conservative would have positioned the question, “Was the presidents showing of ‘black-ish’ the right thing to do?”
It would have been a disaster for not only the featured black American couple, but also because of the mainstream media x-ray machine that would have found a distant cousin “Boo-boo” that was charge with selling drugs over ten-years ago.
The horror of showing a racial collaborative – one that extends from black body to black body is fine at certain levels and acceptable within their particular silos. The argument begins when the president is inoperative as a collaborator within the race of his own people, unless those people are the one-percent. It gets more difficult to measure and define because Barack Obama is the first and only black president of the United States; there is no data or records to confirm or deny this argument. My argument is strictly from personal observation.
One thing the president does great is surround himself and the First Lady with “safe” black people, athletes, actors, musicians and others who could be perceived as “acceptable” to the mainstream. If any of these super-rich people had a history, the media does not care, in the case of Jay-Z who admitted the road he took to success was not always a road that followed law…and we will leave it at that.
If the POTUS meant to reach the one-percent of black America, he has done it.
History can be a cruel teacher – we know 99 percent of Americas black population wants a president, in this case – a black president to be black-ish. Its safe to say that Barack Obama won the United States presidency twice not because he was Al Sharpton black-ish, or Jesse Jackson black-ish– he was simply what the mainstream desires a black man to be: invisible black-ish.