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Black Lobbyists, Black Legislators Leverage Their “Brands” For Banksters, Military Contractors, Corporate Interests | Black Agenda Report

Ever wondered what the staffers of Congressional Black Caucus members do after their stints on Capitol Hill? The answer, according to a Huffington Post article by Ryan Grim and Zach Carter, is they do the same thing most of their white colleagues do. They go to work for the big corporations which fund the careers of their former bosses. They become lobbyists for giant telecoms, for greedy banksters, for military contractors, for agribusiness, Big Oil, Big Pharma, big gentrifiers and the rest, all of which are finding their black faces and their ties to the Congressional Black Caucus, and the CBC itself especially useful these days.

via Black Lobbyists, Black Legislators Leverage Their “Brands” For Banksters, Military Contractors, Corporate Interests | Black Agenda Report.

This Week in Poverty: The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom | The Nation

“[African-Americans] must march from the rat-infested, overcrowded ghettos to decent, wholesome, unrestricted residential areas disbursed throughout our cities…. They must march from the play areas in crowded and unsafe streets to the newly opened areas in the parks and recreational centers,” said Whitney Young Jr., executive director of the National Urban League.

When I read those words this week, I thought it sounded like a good recommendation for residents of my hometown, Washington, DC, which has in essence been two separate and unequal cities since my great grandparents came here in the 1920s—and it remains so today.

via This Week in Poverty: The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom | The Nation.

 

Rand Paul’s speech at Howard U: Students call him, Tea Party, and capitalism racist

Two students who interrupted Senator Rand Paul‘s speech at Howard University with accusations of racism told Campus Reform that they also consider the Tea Party, opponents to national health care, and capitalism to be discrimination against minorities.

 

Lupe Fiasco Kicked Off Stage at Obama Inauguration – Lupe Fiasco Obama Slander LIVE

Lupe Fiasco continues to stir up controversy. During his performance at an inaugural concert on Sunday, the outspoken rapper was kicked off stage after performing anti-Obama lyrics.

Lupe was the headliner at the StartUp RockOn concert in celebration of Obama’s second term in Washington, D.C. But instead of celebrating the president’s re-election, he took the opportunity to bash him. After performing his anti-war single “Words I Never Said” for over 30 minutes, he was asked to move on to the next song. When he didn’t comply, security told him to leave the stage.

“Things going terribly wrong at @lupefiasco performance during #SURO. Kicked off stage, bashing obama,” tweeted CNN’s Matt Dornic. “#SURO slammed by @lupefiasco’s nonstop, anti-obama rap. Corporate sponsors scurrying.”

Hypervocal, which co-founded StartUp RockOn, denied that Lupe was asked to leave for his anti-Obama rant. “This was not about his opinions,” said the organization in a statement. “Instead, after a bizarrely repetitive, jarring performance that left the crowd vocally dissatisfied, organizers decided to move on to the next act.”

This is not the first time Lupe has spoken out against the president. In an interview from 2011, he called Obama a terrorist. “In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America,” he said.

credit: http://www.nowthisnews.com/

 

Obama Cool Breeze

Obama Cool Breeze

This is the president we have been waiting for… Cool as heck!

 

Illustrated Version Of ’12 Years A Slave’ Issued To Honor 160th Anniversary Of Northup’s Freedom | Shadow and Act

Illustrated Version Of ’12 Years A Slave’ Issued To Honor 160th Anniversary Of Northup’s Freedom | Shadow and Act.

I’m sure everyone knows that the upcoming Steve McQueen film, Twelve Years A Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, is based on a book of the same name, co-written by Solomon Northup, detailing his 12 years in captivity. 

I don’t think I’m spoiling the story by saying that Northup was eventually a free man again, which officially happened on January 41853 – 160 years ago, almost exactly. Today is the 12th of January, so we missed this by 8 days. But close enough.

Mariachi Aztlán to wow fans locally and at D.C. inaugural festivities – UTPA News

Mariachi Aztlán to wow fans locally and at D.C. inaugural festivities – UTPA News.

UT Mariachi Band

How does The University of Texas-Pan American’s award-winning Mariachi Aztlán top their 2010 performance in Washington, D.C., for a U.S. President?