Open letter to singer Mr. John Legend on Twitter – All “Lanes” are open, Celebrities pick and chose (Update)
By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network and Black Politics in Minneapolis
Update: I just got a glimpse of some Twitter followers of a popular singer. No wonder he’s not doing too many commercial endorsements.
Related story: Why Black America gets bad news coverage
Dr. Gates will have a beer with the president of the Unites States. Celebrities will get active on social media websites; the black community will still not have jobs or economic stimulus. We are portrayed as crabs in a barrel by the mainstream media. Nine victims gunned down in a night club in Minneapolis; the only nationally reported piece was about the Minnesota Viking who was hit by a bullet. One Asian female and one African American female will be paralyzed, (Shot in the neck and throat). None of the community “freelancers,” (NAACP or Minneapolis Urban League) have called a press conference, nor have they visited the victims. This also goes for the mayor, who cannot be reached for comments. The shooting that took place over the weekend was Minnesota’s largest mass shooting in history, according to historian Ronald A. Edwards. There are 50 eyewitnesses, but so far, from what we know, there has been no arrests.
Minneapolis, Minn. – Police officers, security guards, or self-appointed vigilantes extra judicially killed at least 313 African-Americans in 2012, according to a recent study. This means a security officer killed a black person every 28 hours. The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, an antiracist grassroots activist organization, conducted the report, entitled “Operation Ghetto Storm,” (PDF).
The report notes that its possible that the real number could be much higher.
The organization has chapters in Atlanta, Detroit, Fort Worth-Dallas, Jackson, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. It has a history of organizing campaigns against police brutality and state repression in black and brown communities. Their study’s sources included police and media reports along with other publicly available information. Last year, the organization published a similar study showing that security forces kill a black person every 36 hours. However, this study did not tell the whole story, as it only looked at shootings from January to June 2012. Their latest study is an update of this.
On Wednesday night, IBNNNEWS responded to a Tweet by the legendary crooner John Legend about the Ferguson, MO killing of Michael Brown from the music maker. This led me to respond, “@John Legend, stay in your lane – music.” Mr. Legend’s response (unedited), “ @IBNNNEWS human. citizen. taxpayer. i’m in my lane, homie.” The backlash from my tweet started a stream of Tweets in support of Mr. Legend response, declining to investigate the genesis of my Tweet. But hey, in the age of social media, it’s easy for folks to be spineless keyboard hacks with no responsibility whatsoever to become social media vigilantes in support of something they do not understand. Contempt prior to investigation is the norm in social media.
Here’s the issue: Celebrities, for the most part get their news from the mainstream media. Very few make the news unless they get picked up for drunk driving, or have to fight off attacks on someone they are dating, which is hardly newsworthy. The above-mentioned study says that in 2012, “A security officer killed a black person every 28 hours.” If this is the case, we (including me), are being reactive versus being proactive in the case of many young black men being wrongfully killed in the United States by law enforcement. Lets not ride the backs of white-owned mainstream media who will tell us a piece of what’s really happening. Black Americans have little to no media presence. I mean really, I will never let my children watch the Black Entertainment Network (BET) for the simple fact of their content, which is not favorable to the education of black people in America and perpetrates black men as deadbeats and black women as a rappers dancing hoe.
@IBNNNEWS has been taking a flogging by supporters of Mr. Legend’s stance, “human. citizen. taxpayer,” and that’s understandable. But if Mr. Legend lived in a state like Minnesota he would see that black men are beat and killed by police on a regular basis; it is more likely for a black youth to be shot and killed than graduate from high school. Minneapolis, Minnesota has one of the widest wealth gaps between blacks and whites in the United States. These disparities just didn’t “pop up” over night; or when black men are beat and killed in New York, Ferguson and Minneapolis.
Even more dismaying, is a black youth can tell you more about the wedding of a celebrity and what dress she (or he) wore rather than being able to name their local state representative or the mayor of the city they live in.
If celebrities want to use their social media platforms to protest against the inequities done to black Americans, that’s fine. But remember, the marginalization and the death of the black body are ongoing and when the mainstream media tells you to move on to the “new thing,” you move on. Case in point, no more tweets about Trayvon Martin.
In conclusion, I am happy celebrities show their support for national news incidents that show how the black body is neglected and disregarded. Jim Crow has evolved into a meticulous monster that has the ability to derail us from what the real story is. If we as black people do not come together and destroy the ills set upon us by Mr. Crow and the assistance of the mainstream media, we might as well, “Stay in our lanes.”
White America does not know about the killing of Michael Brown: Mainstream Media and the Identity of the Black Body – The Ron and Don Show
Tune in Wednesday, (August 13) at 8:30 p.m. to The Ron and Don Show as we take you on a historical journey of the black body and how the evolution Jim Crow still murders black men and women sometimes without a gun. We will also update you on International, National and Local (Minnesota) news. The phone lines will be open. Black Talk Radio on #BlogTalkRadio. Listen to the program on August 13 at 8:30 p.m. by clicking on the following link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theronanddonshow/2014/08/14/what-white-america-does-not-know-about-the-killing-of-michael#ixzz3AEe2aTKm
Minneapolis, Minn. – So far in 2014 we (Black Americans) have seen it all. Black men beat, shot and killed by law enforcement that has already made the mental note all blacks are dangerous and not to be trusted; with our without a weapon. As American turns its focus to Ferguson, Mo, and the President Obama releases an official statement, it troubles us this kind of gangland killing still goes on in America and nobody seems to be able to fix what is happening. Don’t be fooled by Eric Holder’s and the Justice Department talking about “an investigation.” This is nothing more than a “white-wash” to settle the nerves of the mainstream and has nothing to do with justice for the marginalized black body.
The mainstream media is hard at work turning every black man, woman and child into a demonized figurehead that is dangerous, not to be trusted and must be killed by any means necessary.
So far, it is highly unlikely to separate news sensationalism from a possible normal social construct of how delivery of broadcast news is suppose to work. To even begin to talk about the norm, we would have to start our research well before television existed. The shameful part of the process is that black Americans are strained into a culture that is not our own by simply turning on the television set. Yes, I know there are many forms of black television like BET (Black Entertainment Television), but who watches BET come on, really?
Would the news coverage be different if there was a creditable black owned/operated news organization? (Who watches BET come on, really?)
Black Americans own little to no corporate media. When laid out more specifically, there are 1500 newspapers, 1100 magazines, 9000 radio station, 1500 TV stations, 2400 publishers owned by only three corporations according to Injustice Facts. Fair.Org reports the five largest networks are Time Warner (1997 sales: $24 billion), Disney ($22 billion), Bertelsmann ($15 billion), Viacom ($13 billion), and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation ($11 billion). Yes, then we have OWN, the fledgling network allegedly owned by television talk queen and billionaire Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey, a huge Obama supporter, has walked in the same footsteps of the president, choosing to ignore the need for information distribution to the core of black America.
Just ask ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News or any of the many cable television news outlets: Black news is not important unless it takes part in a despicable act. Corporate news is a monster with many working parts – too many. While some might think CNN’s news series, “Black in America” might cover the news and plight of black America, believe it when I say, “Black in America” is the picture perfect series about the black dilemma made for white America by design. On the flip side, don’t look for any constructive African American news coverage on FOX either. Most news you can use is “white here, white now.”
Still, your young men and women die because of the identity thrust upon them by those who control identity; and it ain’t the NAACP or Urban League.
Remember the words of Malcolm X: “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”
In the case of 19-year old Michael L. Stucky Jr., of Northfield, there is a story within a story that is not being told.
By Don Allen, Founder – The Independent Business News Network
Rosemount, Minn. – The Star Tribune reported how a 19-year old Northfield man was given the easy way out after only serving one-year, or time served for raping two women, 13 and 15-years old. The Strib reported, “He is also forbidden from taking any prescription medications designed to improve sexual functions, unless approved by his probation officer, according to court records.” Incredible, “forbidden from taking any prescription medications designed to improve sexual functions.” They might as well thrown in he cannot look at porn, go to the beach in the summertime or watch Showtime…ridiculous!
I can’t help but think a black kid would have gotten 20 years. This guy should have gotten at least 8. The judge, and the evidence agree he forcibly raped two women.
The Strib also reported, “County Attorney James Backstrom said he is comfortable with the plea agreement, approved by Judge Jerome B. Abrams. The girls’ families, who understand that Stucky would be freed, supported it he said. When it comes down to it, not matter how heinous the crime, like in the 1950s, they (white folks) protect their own.
This goes to show that Minnesota has replaced states like Mississippi, Alabama and other deep southern states has the place not to be black and make a mistake, you will be given the maximum time, no questions; no bargains, just straight to jail in a form of justice that puts black people in prison with “just-us.”
Apparently, this young man is the poster boy for the white privilege and a white-male patriarchal system of checks and balances that gives out second chances for those who look like the judges, juries, prosecutors and the neighborhoods they come from. It’s hard for me to swallow this one because with the recent beating and murders of sometimes innocent black men by law enforcement, it seems Jim Crow is alive and well in Minnesota.
So what; you’ve been door knocking for Rebecca Gagnon. What has that done for your children in the Minneapolis Public Schools? You talk a good game as a Facebook activist, slinging insults about who and where people get their money. It’s time some of you (black folks) look in the mirror and know that people are sick of your boogieman bullshit.
By Don Allen, Founder – Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn. – Doug Mann went to bat for the voters of Minneapolis challenging the ethics of a city council pushing a vote away from it’s residents to build the new Minnesota Vikings stadium, inappropriately called the “People’s Stadium.” For that alone, on his own dime, the residents of Minneapolis should come out in leagues and put him into office on the school board.
Doug Mann, who as ran for school board every time an opening was available, has yet to secure a seat. He has served on education advocacy committees of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and as a director of the Minneapolis Parents Union. Mann was the plaintiff in a lawsuit that was merged with the NAACP’s lawsuit against the State of Minnesota, “alleging failure to see that the Minneapolis Public Schools provided an adequate educate to all students, regardless of race and income.” He (Mann) has ran for election to the Minneapolis School Board eight times, and advanced to the general election in four of the past six election cycles. “I have talked to many people throughout the city of Minneapolis as a candidate for the School Board,” he said.
Mann said he believes that the school district has gone out of its way to segregate students by race and income, both through decisions that affect school assignment and though curriculum tracking.
With the 2007 North High School crisis behind him, former Minneapolis city councilman Don Samuels has an opportunity to step up and prove to the citizens of North Minneapolis that he does actually breath air and is concerned about the outcomes in the Minneapolis Public Schools.
Community members cleverly disguised as the Boogieman have been against Don Samuels since day one. It seems comprehension levels run low when a meaning is taken out of context and turned into a hate campaign designed by black people for a black man. (Welcome to the club Don.) North Minneapolis clergyman and president of the now defunct Minneapolis NAACP Reverend Jerry McAfee said, “He’s made the right moves for the white community, but he hasn’t courted the black community in masse in the same way. When you make the statements that you make—dang! Whether you meant it or not, it’s insulting. You tell that to some people like my grandmother, who was born on a plantation. Her twin brother was killed by one of the overseers. Talk about some big house and stuff, that ain’t appealing to them.” Of course Reverend “Jerry” would never come clean about his gay bashing and his conflict of interest in Salem, LLC when attempting to present his firm over the community in acquiring contracts on the stadium, but that’s another story.
Then State Representative Bobby Joe Champion (58B), now state senatoralso got into some Samuels bashing:“There was a statement made by the Ward 5 Councilman about North High. But no one came to the rescue of the North High; there weren’t any marketing campaigns to change the perception of North High School. North High and the community felt disrespected.” Samuels has a chance to put Minneapolis Public Schools back on the map.
If you recall the February 2007 article in the Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine titled, “The Great Black Hope? – Samuels said, “My children will not darken the door of a Minneapolis public school in this city… I’ve said burn North High School down! I can’t be paying as a taxpayer for the education of my neighbors and 72 percent of them are failing — meaning Black boys.”
Right here is where community members need to pay close attention to the meaning behind Samuels’s statement. If the Minneapolis Public Schools are failing 72 percent of black boys in its school district, “burn it down.” If black boys at North High School are not graduating, “burn it down.” If a high school campus that once had over 1500 students and can now barely keep 300 students in the school, it serves no purpose…burn it down. Samuels “Burn it down” statement shows he actually cares about successful measurable outcomes and understands the logic, process and people involved in the miseducation of black youth and he is willing to roll up his sleeves and fix it.
Now is the time for community members to put aside their petty political agendas and put both Doug Mann and Don Samuels on the MPS board. Any other candidate would be a waste of skin; this includes DFL incumbent Rebecca Gagnon.
This fall director, Justin Simien will make his feature directorial debut with the release of his comedy-drama, “Dear White People.” The much talked about flick, which stars Dennis Haysbert, Tyler James Williams, and Tessa Thompson, has already generated a significant amount of buzz after winning the prestigious title of Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent and its hilarious trailers that have gone viral.
The thought-provoking satire follows a collective group of college students on a fictional ivy league campus, as they navigate various racially charged experiences. Simien was on hand last weekend for the 39th annual National Association of Black Journalists Convention, where he showcased the film during an advanced screening.
Among the film’s many layered messages, the Los Angeles-based producer and writer explained how he made an attempt to convey the younger generation’s struggle with racism.
“I think it is difficult for the millennial generation to talk about racism, because racism is not as overt as it once was. There really aren’t lynch mobs. Racism, more or less, comes in the form of these little micro-aggressions,” he admitted during a Q&A session immediately following the private screening. “These little suspicions that black people have to carry around with them wherever they go…the people wanting to touch your hair, the people demanding that you defend something that Obama did. And so, racism sort of appears in these subtly, kind of, embedded ways that are harder to detect.”
He also discussed how social media has changed the amount of attention and scrutiny placed on events that have been taking place on college campuses for years.
“I think there’s a sense of paranoia about calling them out at all, because things are much better than there were in ‘Roots.’ And so, it is sort of harder to broach the top. And I think we are in the social media age, and so now these sort-of black face, ghetto themed parties that have been happening forever on college campuses, now they’re starting to hit Facebook. But that wasn’t really happening before. And you really walk away wondering, ‘Was that racist? Am I crazy for thinking that was racist?’ So I do think that it’s challenging.”
Simien continued to explain his creative process during the conversation and revealed the real reason why the film is simply titled, “Dear White People.”
“We can talk about the myth of reverse racism all day, but I think ultimately I’m a black filmmaker making an independent black film. If I called my movie, ‘Ruminations On Race,’ or whatever, nobody would care who I am, or what I have to say or what I’m doing. So yeah, you have to get butts in seats,” he said.
“That is the title’s job, first and foremost. But also think for me, thematically, the title really resonates, because I think a lot of the characters are part of the identity crisis that I’ve had as a person of color like, ‘is all of my identity just a response to mainstream white culture.’ Like is it whether or not I wear my hair straight, kinking, or curly? Isn’t that in some way a ‘Dear White People’? Aren’t I in some way rebelling against or being accused of absorbing too much of white mainstream culture?”
“And to me, I think they’re all sort of struggling with that…and before you see the film, at least you’re talking about it. Because most independent black films don’t have the advantage of other independent films.”
“Dear White People” hits theaters Oct. 17th.
More sick secrets out of incumbent governor Mark Dayton’s office. Why would the governor put himself at risk by actually meeting with a small faction in the Negro community about education? Basically, this is what’s known as a “shakedown.”
By IBNN Community Alert
Saint Paul, Minn. – If you are an educator concerned about the education of students of color make sure you show up and let you voice be heard. There will be no more “secret funding” of unproven programs in Minnesota from this point on. You can bet your NAACP on that!
There is a meeting on Monday, August 11 coordinated by Katie Troyer in the governor’s office at 1:30-3:00 p.m. at 116 Veterans Service Building, 20 West 12th Street, in Saint Paul – meeting room: “Governor’s Office. ”
Sources allege that Superintendent Johnson, Louis King, William “Bill” English, Jerry McAfee and Spike Moss will present a plan to get over 500 GED’s to poor, uneducated minorities across Minnesota – of course with a concentration in the Twin Cities. This “meeting” with “GOV-D” becomes problematic because none of these folks have not shown any, I repeat, ANY success within their current ventures. Originally, Mr. Alfred Flowers was a part of this group. This week he was asked to leave and meeting and do not come back. (Some of the same people who sat at the TABLE OF HIS PRESS CONFERENCE asked him to leave their building. By the way, there is no Minneapolis NAACP.)
Please contact this person and tell her the African American voice is much broader with more ideas then this antiquated group of people.
Contact: Kathryn.email@example.com (651) 201-3412
By Dr. Sinclair Grey III, Guest Contributor - IBNN NEWS
There was a time when Black Civil Rights organizations were relevant in the struggle for freedom, justice, and equality. Just the mention of the NAACP, SCLC, and the National Urban League just to name a few brought about such reverence and respect that people had to take notice of their positive and progressive stance against injustice. Black organizations helped with housing, education, voting rights, and economic empowerment for those disenfranchised. We remember their works of the past, but I’m worried if they are still relevant today? What I mean by relevant has to do with their power.
Before you get all bent out of shape at my question, I want to ask a few questions that needs to be addressed. Are many of these organizations discussing the HIV/AIDS epidemic running rampant in the African-American community? Are many of them challenging the lack of effective leadership in Congress? Do they rally the support of people within their community to clean up street corners, eliminate unattractive landscapes, and promote Black entrepreneurship? Are they taking a stand to make sure that children of color are getting properly educated as well as having all of the necessary resources to compete globally.
My hands-on experience with some of the civil rights organizations I was involved in centered around getting people registered to vote during election time and a conference here and there about HIV/AIDS. While voting is definitely important, other issues must to be discussed. HIV/AIDS is important and yet it remains a silent issue within many organizations. Sadly, I didn’t see many youth and young adults getting involved because leadership was more concerned about being politically correct within their organizational structure than doing something beneficial for the community.
Here’s the challenge for every Black Civil Rights Organization: Read the rest of this entry »
“It ain’t got that thing, if it don’t have no swing.”
By Don Allen, Founder – Black Politics in Minneapolis
Minneapolis, Minn. – Missing an important part of the human anatomy becomes critically important when it ‘s your brain. While using satire to make my point, it seems the leadership in the Minnesota GOP could allegedly be getting paid off by the Minnesota DFL to fumble, bumble and loose major elections simply because they are brainless.
Earlier today (Wednesday 8/6), an event was held called. “Where is the GOP Headed? A Conversation about Policy and Politics in the Republican Party.” This was a panel discussion with Amy Koch, former Majority Leader, Minnesota Senate, Walter Hudson, Contributor, PJ Media, Jack Rogers, Chair-North Metro Tea Party
and Steve Sviggum, former Speaker, Minnesota House. It was obvious at first site; no truth about Minnesota Republican’s would ever come out of this panel, nor would they deliver the “death-blow” of reality to attendees about the lack of strategic communications between Minnesota voters and the Republican Party of Minnesota.
When inquiring about why former MNGOP chairman candidate Don Allen (me), was not asked to be on the panel, KTLK liberal celebrity, Jamar Nelson told panelist Walter Hudson on his Facebook page, “Don [Allen] you’re to real for them, you know that’s why they didn’t invite you! Of course Walter Hudson could’ve ask for you to be apart of it…but they don’t want to hear the truth about their disintegrating party.” (Read “Proposal to study rebranding the Minnesota GOP Congressional District 5”)
The promotion for this event, even more hilarious than the actual event stated, “The presidency of Barack Obama and Republican efforts to set the country’s direction in congressional and state elections have prompted debate among Republicans about the Party’s political strategies and policy positions moving forward. Should the Party change its message or “soften” its positions on immigration reform, health reform, and fiscal issues to broaden its appeal among voters?” Here we go again, the Republican Party of Minnesota aiming way above their pay grade pointing to President Obama.
The Republican Party of Minnesota has always aimed to be the top political party in Minnesota. Minnesota’s 5th congressional district is a geographically small urban and suburban congressional district in Minnesota. GOP candidates are not winning local races in congressional District 5. The state party office is struggling with an overwhelming debt. MNGOP supporters of local candidates must make a choice to support the state party or an individual candidate. Therefore we propose to study rebranding the Minnesota GOP Congressional District 5The state party also must decide if filing bankruptcy is in the best interest of the state party. The start-up of a new Minnesota Republican Party with united factions might be a prime opportunity to get media coverage and distribute real-time information about the MNGOP and Republican endorsed candidates. Read the rest of this entry »
“The United States is certainly not flying any black folks back in separate jets to the U.S. for care…they die.
By Ann Coulter – Guest Columnist, IBNN NEWS, originally posted at Human Events.com
Whatever good Dr. Kent Brantly did in Liberia has now been overwhelmed by the more than $2 million already paid by the Christian charities Samaritan’s Purse and SIM USA just to fly him and his nurse home in separate Gulfstream jets, specially equipped with medical tents, and to care for them at one of America’s premier hospitals. (This trip may be the first real-world demonstration of the economics of Obamacare.)
There’s little danger of an Ebola plague breaking loose from the treatment of these two Americans at the Emory University Hospital. But why do we have to deal with this at all?
Why did Dr. Brantly have to go to Africa? The very first “risk factor” listed by the Mayo Clinic for Ebola — an incurable disease with a 90 percent fatality rate — is: “Travel to Africa.”
Can’t anyone serve Christ in America anymore?
No — because we’re doing just fine. America, the most powerful, influential nation on Earth, is merely in a pitched battle for its soul.
About 15,000 people are murdered in the U.S. every year. More than 38,000 die of drug overdoses, half of them from prescription drugs. More than 40 percent of babies are born out of wedlock. Despite the runaway success of “midnight basketball,” a healthy chunk of those children go on to murder other children, rape grandmothers, bury little girls alive — and then eat a sandwich. A power-mad president has thrown approximately 10 percent of all Americans off their health insurance — the rest of you to come! All our elite cultural institutions laugh at virginity and celebrate promiscuity.
So no, there’s nothing for a Christian to do here.
If Dr. Brantly had practiced at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles and turned one single Hollywood power-broker to Christ, he would have done more good for the entire world than anything he could accomplish in a century spent in Liberia. Ebola kills only the body; the virus of spiritual bankruptcy and moral decadence spread by so many Hollywood movies infects the world.
If he had provided health care for the uninsured editors, writers, videographers and pundits in Gotham and managed to open one set of eyes, he would have done more good than marinating himself in medieval diseases of the Third World.
Of course, if Brantly had evangelized in New York City or Los Angeles, the New York Times would get upset and accuse him of anti-Semitism, until he swore – as the pope did – that you don’t have to be a Christian to go to heaven. Evangelize in Liberia, and the Times‘ Nicholas Kristof will be totally impressed.
Which explains why American Christians go on “mission trips” to disease-ridden cesspools. They’re tired of fighting the culture war in the U.S., tired of being called homophobes, racists, sexists and bigots. So they slink off to Third World countries, away from American culture to do good works, forgetting that the first rule of life on a riverbank is that any good that one attempts downstream is quickly overtaken by what happens upstream.
America is the most consequential nation on Earth, and in desperate need of God at the moment. If America falls, it will be a thousand years of darkness for the entire planet.Not only that, but it’s our country. Your country is like your family. We’re supposed to take care of our own first. The same Bible that commands us to “go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel” also says: ”
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’”
Right there in Texas, near where Dr. Brantly left his wife and children to fly to Liberia and get Ebola, is one of the poorest counties in the nation, Zavala County — where he wouldn’t have risked making his wife a widow and his children fatherless.
But serving the needy in some deadbeat town in Texas wouldn’t have been “heroic.” We wouldn’t hear all the superlatives about Dr. Brantly’s “unusual drive to help the less fortunate” or his membership in the “Gold Humanism Honor Society.” Leaving his family behind in Texas to help the poor 6,000 miles away — that’s the ticket.
Today’s Christians are aces at sacrifice, amazing at serving others, but strangely timid for people who have been given eternal life. They need to buck up, serve their own country, and remind themselves every day of Christ’s words: “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.”
There may be no reason for panic about the Ebola doctor, but there is reason for annoyance at Christian narcissism.
Tune in tonight at 8:30 p.m. to The Ron and Don Show to hear the full story on how a staff member at KMOJ-FM swindled $200.00 from a political candidate with promises of contacted local party leaders and running political ads on KMOJ, which is illegal. To listen to the program, click here.
By The Ron and Don Show on #BlogTalkRadio
Minneapolis, Minn. – Jack Shepard (check out his website by clicking here) is running for Minnesota senate as an Independence candidate. He is running from Rome, Italy. This story is bigger than you know. He (Shepard) is concerned about how members of the minority community are being marginalized and excluded from a fair playing field of economic stimulus. Shepard says, “Blacks in Minnesota’s Hennepin County are 9.1 times more likely to be convicted for marijuana possession than Whites. The long-term collateral costs escalate significantly. Such disparities strip black community wealth and exacerbate equity gaps for individuals and neighborhoods in communities of color. “
Shepard wanted to send a message to the black community of the Twin Cities and called radio station KMOJ-FM. Shepard was promised ads, and time on one of KMOJ-FM’s talk show programs. He never got a call back.
This is where the story begins. KMOJ-FM general manager Kelvin Quarles did not return phone call to his office. KMOJ-FM is a public radio station.
Below: A copy of the Western Union Money Transfer slip. (The KMOJ-FM staff person who received the money has been masked until an official complaint has been filed with the FCC.)