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Florida Legislature expands Stand Your Ground law after Michael Dunn verdict

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell Florida Legislature expands Stand Your Ground law after Michael Dunn verdict By Roger Caldwell Only in Florida, the legislature and the justice department think they are doing a good job when a young Black man is shot to death, and the shooter is charged with attempted murder. It makes no sense to millions of Americans, but to the state justice system, they are doing an exemplary job. Our leaders do admit after giving Marissa Alexander 20 years after firing a gun into a wall, that the “Stand Your Ground Law” needs to be expanded. Florida is turning into the Wild West, and the pervasive sickness in the “Stand Your Gun Law” is giving certain men a license to shoot first and ask questions later. At the Michael Dunn’s trial, he claims that he feared for his life and he saw a shotgun. Even though no gun was found in the car, and Michael Dunn shot 10 times into the car, only one young Black man was hit and died. So the jury was deadlocked on the first-degree murder charge, and a mistrial was declared on that count. Michael Dunn could get 75 years, but it will be interesting to see what the system …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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The call to repeal or amend the Stand Your Ground Law

By Carma Henry Rev. Dr. R.B. Holmes Jr. The call to repeal or amend the Stand Your Ground Law By Rev. Dr. R. B. Holmes, Jr. Enough is enough. This Stand Your Ground Law has called so much confusion, controversy and unrest among some judges, jurors, prosecutors and citizens. This law is divisive and is bringing so much turmoil and disrespect to the good people of this state. It is now time for the legislature and Governor to take a critical assessment on how this law is dividing this state and bringing negative attention to Florida. I think this law needs to be reviewed, amended or simply repealed. No law is perfect; only God’s divine law. A law is bad when it gives people the right to shoot first and ask questions later; this is morally wrong. I am asking our elected officials to not get bogged down in partisan politics and personal agendas and to do what is right for all Floridians and change this law to make it more clear and consistent. The deaths of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis and others truly need justice in our court system. The jurors cannot be confused when persons use this law to …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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That last look

By Carma Henry Lucius Gantt The Gantt Report That last look By Lucius Gantt Some things that look good from afar are far from looking good. And, some people that appear to love you, appear to care about you and claim they will never mistreat you, in the end turn out to be someone that hates your guts! Do you remember the first time you saw what you believed to be that very, very special person? Their hair looked nice, their face looked pretty, their body was banging and they made you feel the best you’ve ever felt. You couldn’t wait to tell your friends and family that you finally found your soulmate! You began to do all you could to show that person some love and pretty soon you started a friendship that may have led to a relationship or, better yet, a long lasting marriage. But oh, when someone else became the apple of your mate’s eye the first sign of changing times was changes in your sex life. You weren’t being held the way you used to be held, you weren’t being kissed the way you used to be kissed and the cat and the snake in the bedroom were not getting along …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Betrayed by the criminal injustice system

By Carma Henry Betrayed by the criminal injustice system By Lee A. Daniels NNPA Columnist It all seems so familiar, doesn’t it? A Black man, or woman, or child is murdered by a white person – and America’s criminal justice system compounds the tragedy. How deep is that particular well of American racial injustice now? How many names of innocents are on that list of sorrow? How many more times will we have to look at the faces of the survivors and see that the pain of the loss of a loved one taken by criminal violence has been etched more deeply by the betrayal of a system that – supposedly – exists to protect them? In fact, until the civil rights victories of the mid-1960s, being betrayed by the nation’s white majority was the only thing Blacks could count on getting from the nation they helped build and support. Today’s “Stand Your Ground” laws more than 20 states have enacted continue the cloaked-purpose dynamic of the post-1960s get-tough-on-crime and crack-cocaine-versus-powder-cocaine laws—and the 19th century vagrancy laws southern legislatures passed after destroying Reconstruction. They look “race-neutral” on the books but their origins and applications were and are shadowed by racial fear, anxiety, and hatred of Black people. Their …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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What the Dunn verdict says about us

By Carma Henry Marc H. Morial To Be Equal What the Dunn verdict says about us By Marc H. Morial NNPA Columnist “Jordan had no guns. He had no drugs. There was no alcohol. They were coming from the mall. They were being kids.” -Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis Another mother’s anguish. Another unarmed Black teenager in Florida shot dead for no good reason. Another indefensible instance of Stand Your Ground rearing its ugly head. Eight months after the stunning acquittal of George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, justice again has been compromised in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Jordan Davis. On November 23, 2012, Michael Dunn, a 47-year-old white man, fired 10 rounds into a SUV after arguing over loud rap music coming from the vehicle with Jordan and three other unarmed African American teenagers. Three of the bullets struck and killed Jordan Davis. Like George Zimmer-man, Michael Dunn claimed self-defense and used Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law to bolster his justification of the killing, as his lawyer stated in his closing argument, “His honor will further tell you that if Michael Dunn was in a public place where he had a legal right to be, he had no duty to retreat and had …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Blacks have more reasons to be fearful than whites

By Carma Henry Blacks have more reasons to be fearful than whites By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist In the years after enslavement, Southern Whites did all they could to return to a manner of slavery. No white “owned” a Black person, but many whites behaved as if they did. Theoretically, Blacks were free to come and go as they pleased, but if they went to the wrong store, sat in the wrong part of the bus, or failed to yield narrow sidewalks to Whites, they could expect a physical confrontation. All a white woman had to do was cry “rape” for a Black man (and usually the wrong man) was beaten or lynched. Whites expected deference from Black people, and when they didn’t get it, they demanded it with physical threats or worse. In the months after World War II, 12 million soldiers returned home. Seven percent of them – nearly 800,000 Black soldiers – got something less than a hero’s welcome. Indeed, thousands of Black World II veterans were beaten, often because these men wanted the same rights at home that they fought for abroad. Their sense of dignity and equality seemed to embolden the Ku Klux Klan, which was responsible for …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Civil Rights Movement and Hip-Hop

By Carma Henry Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. Civil Rights Movement and Hip-Hop By Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. NNPA Columnist Part II The best way to recognize and celebrate African American History Month is make more history. I am writing this series on the Civil Rights Movement and Hip-Hop is to encourage a new generation of young, committed and talented freedom fighters to take their rightful place in creating African American history. There are valid and urgent reasons why we need both a revitalized Civil Rights Movement as well as a vibrant cadre of skillful and productive hip-hop artists who are utilizing their God-given gifts and talents to arouse the consciousness of millions of young people to take action in the interests of freedom, justice, equality and empowerment. With the systematic right-wing attack on voting rights, growing income inequality, persistent poverty and un-employment and the critical need to rebuild and refortify a sustainable economic development of the African American community, we must advance and support an inter-generational freedom and economic equality struggle that will be effective in meeting the challenges of the next century. No one should be exempt from being an active supporter and participant in today’s ongoing freedom and empowerment movement. In the wake of the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Killed by a gun

By Carma Henry Marian Wright Edelman Child Watch Killed by a gun By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist The headlines in the case were sadly familiar. An angry adult armed with a gun used it to shoot and kill an unarmed Black teenager he thought seemed “bad.” This time because the teenager and his friends were sitting in a car listening to loud music the grownup didn’t like. In this outrageous Florida case a middle-aged white man, Michael Dunn, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of shooting a gun into an occupied car. Jurors agreed he faced no threat after he was annoyed by loud music—coming from a car he had deliberately chosen to park next to—and then started an argument, pulled a gun on the car’s Black teens, and fired three shots at the young men inside the car as they tried to drive away. But the jury could not agree on the most serious charge of first-degree murder for shooting the first seven bullets at the stationary car and hitting 17-year-old Jordan Davis in his lung, liver, and aorta. Florida’s notorious “Stand Your Ground” law which gives gun owners a license to kill if they feel threatened was reportedly enough for …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Century Village resident chases after burglary suspect he caught inside home

A Century Village man in his undergarments chased after one of three burglary suspects he caught at his home, police said. Pembroke Pines police Capt. Al Xiques said resident Ernesto Grimaldi saw a man, later identified as Sergio Ramirez-Rodriguez, inside his home Wednesday night. Xiques said that, upon seeing the resident, Ramirez-Rodriguez ran out of the home, but the resident chased after him. Xiques said the resident pursued Ramirez-Rodriguez as he ran across a golf course, following him until the suspect escaped Century Village through a hole in the fence. The resident told police he watched Ramirez-Rodriguez get away in a waiting green minivan, which was stopped a short time later. Bennett Bowen and Heriberto Ramos, who were also in the minivan, were arrested on loitering or prowling charges. Xiques said Ramirez-Rodriguez is believed to have been responsible for several other burglaries at Century Village. He said Ramirez-Rodriguez is a serial burglar who has been arrested on numerous burglary charges since 1986. …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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U.S. seeks to destabilize Venezuela

By Carma Henry U.S. seeks to destabilize Venezuela By Bill Fletcher, Jr. NNPA Columnist Whether under Bush or Obama the U.S. appears determined to destabilize the Bolivarian government of Venezuela. The U.S. political establishment, including these two administrations, regularly provoke the Venezuelan government, make false allegations, and demonstrate their support for the opposition forces in Venezuela irrespective of the strategies and tactics which the opposition pursues. Enough! This must end. The current clashes in Venezuela between pro-government and anti-government forces should be an internal matter of the Venezuelan people. The U.S. political establishment, including but not limited to the Obama administration, insists on caricaturing the administration of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, portraying it as authoritarian. Yet this was a democratically-elected government in a bitterly divided country. The Obama administration should know a bit about bitterly divided countries and about those who insist on the illegitimacy of a democratically elected president. The Obama administration continues to fish in troubled waters when it comes to Latin America. In 2009, while at first orally opposing the coup in Honduras, the Obama administration undermined all efforts to return the legitimate president to office. With regard to Venezuela, despite the late President Hugo Chavez’s interests in a …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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The F. Malcom, Sr., Bar Association hosted its Annual Black History Month – The 13th Annual William Holland Scholarship luncheon

By Carma Henry The F. Malcom, Sr., Bar Association hosted its Annual Black History Month – The 13th Annual William Holland Scholarship luncheon was held Feb. 21, at the Palm Beach County Kravis Performing Arts Center, West Palm Beach, Fla. Charlie Crist, Esq., former governor of the State of Florida was the keynote speaker. He empowered the audience to work together in unity and challenged the third year honoree law students to continue to excel in “Excellence” as they are preparing for the Florida Bar examination. In attendance from Broward County, pictured, l to r: Former Governor, Charlie Crist; Bishop Douglas Russell, Jr., Historic Royal Assembly Church of the Living God., Inc.; Marissa C. Brown, Former Florida State Senate Page; and (c) Rev. Edrena Houston Brown, M.A.C.E., National Alumni Association of the Florida A&M University Broward County Alumni Association. Prayer before the luncheon with Former Governor Charlie Crist pictured, from l to r: Bishop Douglas Russell, Jr., (c) Charlie Crist and Lt. Col. Thaddeus “Thad” Hamilton (U.S. Army Retired). …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Announcing the Homegoing for Dr. Gwendolyn L. Hankerson

By Carma Henry Announcing the Homegoing for Dr. Gwendolyn L. Hankerson — Oct. 10, 1931 – Feb. 13, 2014. The Funeral will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Mt. Hermon AME Church, at 11 a.m., 401 N.W. Seventh Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The wake is from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 at Mt. Hermon AME., where she was a lifetime member. …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Miami Dade College’s Miami Culinary Institute and Gambero Rosso of Italy team up

The Miami Culinary Institute at Miami Dade College and Gambero Rosso, a leading food and wine publisher and educator in Italy, have agreed to launch a new partnership that will allow students access to Gambero Rosso’s “Città del Gusto” (City of Taste) cooking schools in Rome, Catania, Palermo, Turin, Naples, and Milan. The Miami Culinary Institute will be the exclusive educational partner of Gambero Rosso in the Eastern United States, Miami Dade College said. …read more Source: Miami Herald...
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Why did Jesus say we must enter his kingdom with childlike faith?

By Carma Henry Kids Talk About God KIDS TALK ABOUT GOD Why did Jesus say we must enter his kingdom with childlike faith? By Carey Kinsolving and Friends “Children don’t know about sin, and that’s why they go to heaven. Grownups know about sin, so they get a choice,” says Taylor, eight. Taylor, have you ever disobeyed your parents? No further questions. “You can learn more stuff as a child. A child is smarter than an adult,” says Hoss, seven. Most children learn at a faster pace, but this doesn’t make them smarter than adults. Hoss, God gave you parents to guide you. They know more than you do, and that’s a good thing. “I think it means that if you act like an adult, you think you’re too good. But if you act like a child, you would want to go to heaven,” says Grace, 10. An inflated sense of one’s goodness keeps a lot of people out of God’s kingdom. Jesus told religious leaders, “Tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you” (Matthew 21:31). Jesus turned everything upside down. Those who appeared to be the least likely candidates entered God’s kingdom before those who were sure they would be first in line. “I think Jesus meant we have to …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Russell Wendell Simmons: Creative and visionary entrepreneur

By Carma Henry Russell Wendell Simmons Russell Wendell Simmons: Creative and visionary entrepreneur By Malik A. Azeez Russell Simmons established Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation(RPAF), a philanthropic organization, to provide inner city youth in New York City with significant exposure to the arts. Another goal is to offer exhibition opportunities to new artists of color. RPAF provides two galleries that are available for art exhibits and arts education programs, which include: Rush Arts Gallery (N.Y.C.) and Corridor Gallery (Brooklyn). Currently, in 2014, RPAF offers the Rush Toddler, Kids and Teens program for ages 2-18 to cultivate the study and practice of contemporary art. While, in 2013, the Rush Arts Gallery featured two exhibits entitled “Zoetic and Physically Practiced” and “Dimensions Variable”. Also, in July 2014, the 15th Annual Art For Life Gala will occur which is given by RPAF. Last year’s honorees were: Tyler Perry, Samuel Englebardt, William D. Johnson and Anne Pasternak. Mr. Simmons had an entrepreneurial vision, idea and master plan that led to the founding of Rush Communications, LLC. His company is a multi-faceted business that focuses on-entertainment, media, fashion, lifestyles and empowerment. On April 14, 2012, he spoke at Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church in West Palm Beach, Florida. His presentation was on –”Business Karma: Doing …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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The value of HBCUs

By Carma Henry James Clingman Blackonomics The value of HBCUs By James Clingman NNPA Columnist Part II With specific emphasis on Howard University, let’s consider a few solutions to the challenges HBCUs face. There are some who say HBCUs are irrelevant and no longer necessary because we are living in a “post-racial” society, mainly because a Black man was elected President of the U.S. You’ve heard it: He who defines you also controls you; he can set the height of the bar and raise it anytime he wants. The relevancy and necessity of HBCUs, often promoted by those who have no stake in their existence, is a question that constituents of HBCUs should answer. Do we value HBCUs? Have they served us well? Have they played an important role in American history? Should we allow them to fade away because a few critics say they should? Will we define ourselves, or let someone else do it? One look at the list of Howard University graduates made me think about the tremendous void in our society that would exist without their contributions and achievements. There are similar alumni lists for other HBCU’s of Blacks who have contributed to …read more Source: The Westside Gazette...
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Zobeida Gonzalez charged in 3-year-old's drowning at day care

The mother of a day care owner has been arrested in connection with a toddler’s drowning late last year. Zobeida Gonzalez was arrested and charged with aggravated manslaughter Wednesday. Miami-Dade police said Jonathan Feliciano, 3, drowned in the swimming pool at a day care in December. According to a court document obtained by Local 10, the boy’s parents dropped him off at the Mayling Brache Family Day Care Home on a Sunday because they had to work at Miami International Airport. In an interview with Gonzalez, she told detectives that she left the boy, who had attended the day care every weekend since March, to play with some toys outside, leaving him alone for about a minute to turn off the air-conditioning unit in the shed. Detectives said surveillance video from a neighboring establishment contradicted Gonzalez’s statement because it showed that she left the boy unsupervised near the pool “for at least 29 minutes.” Investigators said they determined that the boy was in the care of Gonzalez at the time. They gathered all the evidence and presented it to the state attorney’s office, which filed the charge. Local 10’s Liane Morejon is gathering more information. Watch for a live report on Local 10 News at Noon and …read more Source: WPLG Local News...
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