Wendell Pierce Built 75 Homes For His Community

img_20160121_220706.jpg

Native of New Orleans actor and activist Wendell Pierce talks about how insurance companies discouraged poor and black families from returning to New Orleans after Katrina by refusing to honor homeowner policies. Pierce, whose great-grandfather came to New Orleans as a slave in the 1800s, talks about how Allstate gave his parents just $400 after they paid premiums for 50 years. Pierce also writes about his family in his new book, “The Wind in the Reeds: A Storm, a Play, and the City That Would Not Be Broken.”

In 2005, when Katrina shockingly destroyed his old neighborhood, he returned to Pontchartrain Park to revitalize the neighborhood and has built 75 new homes and plans on doubling that number.

WENDELL PIERCE: “I remember the greatest crime that ever happened, I think, was 10 years ago, when none of the large insurance companies honored the homeowner policies. My parents paid Allstate for 50 years, when they moved into Pontchartrain Park in 1955 up to the day we evacuated, and we’re still paying after the flood, because my mother said it can burn down at any time. And for those 50 years of premiums, they received $400. They said, “That’s all we’re going to pay.” There was a lawsuit, a class-action lawsuit, years later that everyone participated in to try to get some sort of mediation, and we lost the class-action suit. So, all of those insurance companies that sold insurance to my parents for years, saying that “You will be made whole. Have some flood insurance, and along with your homeowners’ insurance, when you put them together, you will be made whole,” they only gave them $400 after 50 years of paying premiums.”

“It is the African-American aesthetic: in spite of the challenge, in spite of the oppression, I will survive. And that’s on display in New Orleans, and that’s the reason 10 years after the fact, we are back to where we are.”

Source: BET.com

Advertisements

Lottery Winner Slain In Home Robbery

A Georgia forklift operator was shot to death in a home invasion Thursday just months after winning a almost half-million-dollar lottery jackpot.

Burch struck gold on November 29, 2015 when he hit the lottery. The hardworking young man did not flaunt his earnings in a boastful way, instead he is said to have helped the community.

Craigory Burch Jr., 20, died from gunshot wounds on Stubbs Avenue in Fitzgerald, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Investigators said Burch’s girlfriend was inside the home at the time and immediately ran for help.

No arrests have been made as of yet. 

Burch had just won a $434,272 Fantasy 5 jackpot in November. His friends said he had recently used some of his winnings to buy Christmas presents for people in need, NBC reported.

 

Stacey Dash Is Not Here For The Black Community

In Response To The Oscar’s Lack of Diversity: Stacey Dash Boldly Says There Should Be No BET, NAACP Image Awards or Black History Month

Here is our thoughts on the issue:

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. There is no need to bash one another in order to be heard.
Stacy Dash is a soul lost in corporate America, that tried and almost succeeded in Hollywood.

It is clear that this woman is hurting from god knows what. Maybe a black person did her wrong in her past but to bash your own community is beyond comprehension.

At one point, Dash was a big part of our history and made us all proud, that a beautiful black queen could grace our television screens and take on roles side by side with white America.

Today, Stacey opens her mouth and spits out uneducated coonery every chance she gets.

You don’t have to agree with the struggle but you MUST respect it. We have come much to far as a race for idiotic comments to be made on national TV. Your brain should help you to think before you speak in any situation.

If it were not for the protests and battles we fought and won in history, Stacey would not be able to sit on Fox News today and speak her opinions.

So, Stacey we say to you, if it we’re not for BET, NAACP IMAGE AWARDS OR BLACK HISTORY MONTH, you amongst many black entertainers and leaders would not have had a platform in the first place.

This is what BET Network had to say in response to Dash’s ignorant comments:

R. Kelly Opens Up About, Aaliyah, Bill Cosby And Being Molested In The Past

After dramatically walking off set during a recent interview, one could be forgiven for assuming R. Kelly isn’t interesting in tackling tricky topics.

img_20160121_124841.jpg

However, in a dramatic chat with GQ (presumably to promote new album ‘The Buffet)’, R&B’s Pied Piper sounds off on a number of controversial topics. Including, but not limited to, the Bill Cosby sexual assault scandal, his own childhood abuse, and Aaliyah.The quotes below are likely to shock…

On Being Abused As A Child By A Female Relative:
“[It happened] every other day, every other week” for multiple years growing up: As far as I can remember, about [age] 7 or 8 to maybe 14, 15. Something like that.At first, I couldn’t judge it. I remember it feeling weird. I remember feeling ashamed. I remember closing my eyes or keeping my hands over my eyes. I remember those things, but couldn’t judge it one way or the other fully.” [Over time, as I got older] I remember actually, after a couple of years, looking forward to it sometimes. You know, acting like I didn’t, but did… It teaches you to definitely be sexual earlier than you should have, than you’re supposed to. You know, no different than putting a loaded gun in a kid’s hand––he gonna grow up being a shooter, probably. I think it affects you tremendously when that happens at an early age. As I’m older, I’ve only learned to forgive it. Was it wrong? Absolutely. But it’s a family member that I love so I would definitely say no to that one. To be honest, even if my mom, I saw her kill somebody, I’m not gonna say, ‘Well, yeah, she definitely should go to jail.’ It’s just something I wouldn’t do.[Editor’s note:Part of Kelly’s forgiveness comes from his belief that the abuse stemmed from “a generational curse, so to speak, going down through the family. Not just started with her doing that to me.”

On Bill Cosby Allegations:
“Well, my opinion on that is, I don’t know what happened. I’m a fan of Bill Cosby’s from the Bill Cosby show, of course––who’s not?––and for me to give my opinion on something that I have no idea if it’s true or not, all I can say is that it was a long time ago. And when I look on TV and I see the 70-, 80-, 90-year-old ladies talking about what happened when they were 17, 18, 19, there’s something strange about it… If God showed me that they were telling the truth, I would say that’s wrong. I don’t care if it was a zillion years ago. But God would have to do that, because God is the only one can show me that. No man can tell me that. No woman can tell me that. And when you wait 70 years, 50 years, 40 years, to say something that simple, it’s strange. You know why I say that is because it happened to me, and it wasn’t true.”

On Aaliyah:
Kelly speaks at length about his relationship with Aaliyah but when pressed further to talk about their alleged marriage he simply responds, “I did the best I could by writing my book and putting it out there for whoever wants to read about Robert.” (As the interviewer Chris Heath notes: Aaliyah is not mentioned in R. Kelly’s book).

On Being Found Not Guilty:
Regarding the June 2002 trial in which Kelly was indicted for making child pornography (a jury found him not guilty), Kelly gets upset: “When a person is found not guilty, they’re found not guilty. And it doesn’t matter if it’s a murder case, it doesn’t matter what case it is, when they’re found not guilty, they’re not guilty. And I think that a lot of haters out there wanted to see me go down.” So when asked, point blank, if that was him in the video for which he was on trial for child pornography, Kelly pauses. “Because of my lawyers, to this day I cannot have those kind of conversations. Being advised by my lawyers in this.” Even though the trial period is over…. Heath pushes. “Because they could come back to haunt me,” says Kelly. “Things could come back and they can just restart all over again. And I have to protect myself.” {Source}

Read more: http://thatgrapejuice.net/2016/01/ke…#ixzz3xnaPEwZw

http://gq.com

What Happened To 16 Yr. Old Gynnya Mcmillen

 

textgram_1453062707.png

This news was brought to us by The Hush Report- Gynnya McMillen, a 16 y/o child was found dead in police custody earlier this week. Police say they have no explanation for her death.

Gynnya McMillen died in a juvenile detention center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
Officials are not releasing any information. All they’re saying is that she was found unresponsive Jan 11, 2016 at the Lincoln Village Regional Center earlier that day. They’re not saying where she was found.

So Kentucky cops seem to have a thing against Black females. They allegedly beat Antwynetta Houston and killed McMillen.

If I search Gynnya Mcmillen and look under news, there is nothing. Nothing. How is there nothing?!?

Mainstream media didn’t cover this death. We demand answers.

img_20160117_143220.jpg

Not only are our black adults coming up dead but our children are falling victim in police custody.

 

Serena Williams Gives Dating Advice

img_20160116_184659.jpg

In the February 2016 issue of Harper Bazaars Magazine, Tennis Champion, Serena Williams gives her best dating advice.

The Q&A special features readers getting questions answered by the athlete.

Relationship Dilemmas 101:

DEAR SERENA: What’s the best way to dress for a date? I always end up looking too casual, or overdoing it. I need help! —Clueless in the Closet

SW: It’s really important to be yourself, since your true colors will show through in the end. And always add heels!

DEAR SERENA: Sometimes when I begin dating a new guy, I start doubt
ing myself and feel my initial confidence 
 (which helped snag him in the first place!) slip 
away. How do I keep up my self- esteem? —Doubtful Debbie

SW: First you need to identify where the self-doubt is coming from. I think that goes back to always being yourself from the beginning. Be confident of your inner strength and beauty, and that will be reflected on the outside. My mom always taught my sisters and me to be ourselves and to stay true to who we are.

 

DEAR SERENA: I’m really sporty, and my boyfriend’s just…not. Any ideas on how we can bridge the gap and get active? —Track Star

Read more:

http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/features/a13594/serena-williams-on-love-0216/