If you recall awhile ago, I posted some information about a dear soul who was gunned down in Detroit, leaving behind a wife, children and a community who relied heavily on his rare spirit of positivity and action.
Recently, my girl Jessica Care Moore-Poole hosted a tribute to Yale in Detroit and from the looks of the video, this was indeed the only kind of tribute to a remarkable life that one could have. I hope when I go, they dance with this kind of fervor.
Somebody better hide Assata. The idea that Cuba is off limits because of some beef many of us weren’t born to entertain while folks can run over to the Middle East and come back, MAYBE, without an arm or whatever is just beyond crazy. We act like we’re not able to have beef and party hard somewhere. Obviously a whole bunch of other countries let their folks in Buena Vista Social Club.
Cuba expels elderly US fugitive
By Stephen Gibbs BBC News, Havana
A man who fled to Cuba after being convicted of mail fraud in the United States has been expelled from the island after 42 years.
His expulsion from Cuba is highly unusual. Both the US and Cuba accuse each other of harbouring fugitives from each other’s justice systems.
Joseph Adjmi, now 70, has returned to the US after spending more than half his life on the run from US justice.
The US and Cuba do not have diplomatic relations, or an extradition treaty.
In 1964 Mr Adjmi was convicted in Florida of mail fraud, and sentenced to 10 years in prison. But he failed to turn up to his final court appearance and fled to Cuba.
Mr Adjmi spent several years living quietly in Cuba, until he got on the wrong side of the law here.
In early 2006 a message was sent to American officials at the US Interests Section in Havana that he was in a Cuban prison and would be expelled from the country when he had served his term.
On Wednesday, he was put on a regular charter flight to Miami. He was taken into custody on arrival by agents of the US diplomatic security services.
Several other fugitives from US justice remain in Cuba. They include hijackers and convicted murderers.
The financier Robert Vesco, accused of embezzling $220m by the US securities and exchange commission, is understood to be still in Cuba, although he also fell afoul of the Cuban authorities.
He is currently believed to be under house arrest in Havana.
For its part, Cuba says that the US is harbouring a far more serious fugitive from justice.
The exiled Cuban militant Luis Posada Carriles, whom Cuba accuses of bombing a Cuban airliner in the 1970s, is currently free on bail in Miami awaiting trial on immigration charges.
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/6595731.stm
Published: 2007/04/26 13:20:10 GMT
Peep: Mail Fraud. I got cousins running around the hood out for less.
I’ve decided to add a segment to my blog that actually brings to light some stories that often go unnoticed between verbiage about what actress is wearing coke on her dress and what short sighted message Bush Junior is spewing…
There’s no rocket science here but you will be reading some things that put the world in contect hopefully and will stretch your thought process beyond the “Chicken Noodle Soup” dance. I’m specifically interested in black people for a bunch of reasons. One, cause I’m black. Two, because I believe the news we read is often only geared towards us which, in some instances is excellent since nobody else cares unless there’s a captial slant, but mostly it’s just down right ignorant. Three, there’s a lot of information out there and if you can contemplate rims and Tims, you can digest global context. You can. I promise.
The first installment of our News You Don’t Know Can Hurt You comes from the BBC and is about some shenanigans that happened on our own soil (at this point you should know that you can’t trust our news sources over here completely….I mean come on).
False fax allows US prison escape
A prisoner in the US state of Kentucky was mistakenly freed after a phoney fax ordering his release was sent from a nearby grocery store.
Timothy Rouse, 19, was being held on charges of assault and robbery.
The fax ordering his release claimed to be from the state supreme court, but was riddled with spelling errors and had no letterhead.
Police found Rouse two weeks later at his mother’s house after prison authorities realised their mistake.
“It’s outrageous that it happened,” said Fulton County attorney Rick Major. “I’m just glad nobody got hurt, because he’s dangerous.”
‘No routine check’
Rouse was being held at the Kentucky Correctional and Psychiatric Center near Louisville for mental evaluation when he was released on 6 April.
Prison officials said the fax was received from a nearby grocery store. Police are investigating who faxed the document.
The prison’s director said their policies do not require them to check the source of faxes.
“It’s not part of a routine check,” said Greg Taylor, “but certainly, in hindsight, that would perhaps have caused somebody to ask a question.”
Mr Taylor said spelling mistakes are common on court documents.
Story from BBC NEWS:http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/americas/6583043.stm
Published: 2007/04/23 10:00:26 GMT
Peep: “Mr. Taylor said spelling mistakes are common on court documents.” Somebody needs to reach out to the Akeelahs chilling in the Bees so they can fix that shit.
I’m taking a break from my debating with folks about why Wu Tang is allowed to use whatever language they want and Imus is not to post the below. If you’re in Atlanta and you don’t show, you’re probably wack.
Moore Black Press Publishing
Dedicated to Legacy Since 1971…Celebrating A Decade of Publishing
Fulton County’s Southwest Art Center and Moore Black Press Announce
Exhibit Opening of Def Poetry Jam Creator, Visual Artist Danny Simmons
April 20, 2007, ATLANTA, GA (MBP)—Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Atlanta-based Moore Black Press (MBP) will wrap up National Poetry Month [April] with a public exhibit opening and book signing for it newest author, acclaimed visual artist and HBO Def Poetry Jam Co-Creator, Danny Simmons on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the Fulton County Arts Council Southwest Arts Center located at 915 New Hope Rd. in Atlanta, GA from 7-9pm.
Hosted by international award winning poet and Moore Black Press Publisher/CEO, jessica Care moore Poole, “The Poetry and Paintings of Danny Simmons” exhibit will open April 28th and run through May 25th. Along with special guest poet Jon Goode and other Def Poetry Jam stars, the celebrated author will sign and read selections from his new book; I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home($30), released by MBP earlier this year.
One of the most vibrant book publishers of our time, MBP added Simmons to its notable list of authors with the release of his new collection. “I can’t think of a more perfect artist to be working with right now,” said jessica Care moore Poole. “Danny is the 1st recipient of the Moore Black Press Legacy Award. He is a gifted painter, and writer and his connection to our community make him the kind of author that we are proud to represent after a decade of publishing.”
Simmons’ I Dreamed My People Were Calling But I Couldn’t Find My Way Home The Poetry and Paintings of Danny Simmons has garnered laudable reviews. At the heart of this powerful collection of poems and paintings are the stories Simmons tells from his easel with raw, glaring imagery. “The bright colors of his collages provide a contrast to the relentlessly grim portrayals of a society where people are jailed at birth,” proclaims renowned author, Ishmael Reed. “He is able to create beauty from rubbish.”
Committed to supporting and perpetuating a genuine appreciation for the arts, Simmons founded the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, along with his brothers; Russell (Def Jam) and Run DMC’s (Rev Run) Simmons. The accomplished painter is widely exhibited worldwide and in renowned collections including those of Deutsche and Chase banks. An activist and community leader, Simmons serves on the boards of prominent cultural and learning institutions including the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Media Inquiries contact Moore Black Press Public Affairs at 404 752-0450 or 313 334-2738. To learn more or purchase MBP titles visit www.mooreblackpress.com and bookstores nationwide.
If you are like me, your childhood babysitter tended to be the television. One of my favorite shows that I could NOT miss (next to Dukes of Hazard and Miami Vice) was The Muppet Show. I badgered my parents in taking me to EVERY movie those felt folks ever starred in. I distinctly remember going to a fake Muppet show in the mall and talking to the Miss Piggy puppet during their little show. I was trying to show her that I had the doll version of her in my hand but she was not listening.
It is quite possible that I learned my sarcastic assness from those two old geezers in the balcony. I perhaps got my big heart from those plastic round eyes from Kermie. I could use a little bit of Miss Piggy’s confidence. And I still run into people who remind me of Beeker, talking all their nonsense. These Muppets are the bomb, I tell ya. Nobody else except Maude got real humans to dress up in stuff and talk to cloth like they were real. Seasame Street doesn’t count since there were actually PEOPLE in those costumes. We all know Kermie is real. See below.
Yes, I’m still geeked (if you’re from Detroit, you got that in like 3.5 seconds with no time to waste…faster than you can say Henry the Hatter, nah mean?) that I have a short story that I actually like in a journal I actually like. So in honor of that, I’ve decided to take it back to when I felt geeked all the time. Yes, pre-pubescent childhood. Back when it was cute to have a chunky tummy and eat Laffy Taffy’s by the bag. Back when my baby hair was the source of my mother’s pride (can somebody Let’s Jam?). Back when I was not mortified to wear shorts. Back when my dad thought I was funnier than Rudy Huxtable-style Karaoke on a good day. Yes, let’s go back:
Also, for those of you who were emailed my new script, ONE of you has said that you actually like it and I would like to thank you. Weak in Florence - my own version of The Big Chill - is my latest screenplay and I’m pretty proud of it (mostly because the pace is exactly right). Synopsis: Three couples go off to Florence and run straight into their troubles - with themselves and each other. Good times, friends. Good times.