STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) REGARDING THE CITY OF NEW YORK’S DECISION TO END LAWSUIT CHALLENGING RACIAL PROFILING LAW
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 (New York, NY)—Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network applauds the City of New York’s decision to drop the lawsuit challenging Local Law 71 which bans “biased-based” profiling in law enforcement. The law enacted last year by the City Council over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto was a step forward in community safety and in providing confidence to city resident’s that complaints about racial profiling can be pursued. In dropping the lawsuit, the city is demonstrating their commitment to bettering relations with police and communities.
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CENTRIC TO AIR BEING: BEING REVEREND AL SHARPTON
FEBRUARY 22ND AT 9/8C
Centric’s ‘BEING’: An original biography docu-series highlighting seminal actors, musicians, television icons and political change agents. The BEING: Reverend Al Sharpton episode will air February 22nd at 9/8C and chronicles his early life as the “boy preacher” to becoming one of our Nation’s leading civil rights leaders. Tune in for an intimate first-hand account of his journey while he discusses his success, struggles and triumphs. Rev. Sharpton’s BEING episode follows him as he visits his childhood home, shares memories of his mentor, James Brown, running for President, launching the National Action Network and much more. Read more…
STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON, PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) ON ACCESS TO EQUAL EDUCATION AND UPKNYC
REVEREND AL SHARPTON’S BOOK THE REJECTED STONE: AL SHARPTON AND THE PATH TO AMERICAN LEADERSHIP MAKES NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
Exclusive book excerpts from Reverend Al Sharpton’s forthcoming book The Rejected Stone in The New York Daily News
Al Sharpton exclusive book excerpt: From boy preacher to Tawana Brawley to the White House Super Bowl party
Let ‘emotions control me’ in famous rape-charge case; thought cops were ‘killing me’ when stabbed at Yusuf Hawkins rally
BY REV. AL SHARPTON / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2013, 12:01 AM
Classic poster advertises the 11-year-old boy preacher, Alfred Sharpton. Read more…
SHARPTON ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. PRESENTS THE 8TH ANNUAL “ESSENCE OF EBONY “FASHION SHOW HOSTED BY R&B SUPERSTAR MONIFAH TONIGHT AT THE HARLEM STATE OFFICE BUILDING
Monifah – R&B Recording Artist ; Ashley Sharpton, CEO of Sharpton Entertainment, LLC.; Dominique Sharpton, Vice President of Sharpton Entertainment, LLC.; Leading Urban Fashion Designers
“ESSENCE OF EBONY “FASHION SHOW
Harlem State Office Building – 125th Street & Adam Clayton Powell Blvd.
Monday, August 12 – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
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NEW YORK CITY DEMOCRATIC MAYORAL CANDIDATES TO JOIN REV. AL SHARPTON & NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK ON SATURDAY TO ANNOUNCE THAT IN A SHOW OF UNITY, THEY ARE MARCHING WITH NAN ON AUGUST 24 IN WASHINGTON, DC 50-YEARS AFTER THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON—
PARENTS OF RAMARLEY GRAHAM TO ATTEND NAN’S LIVE RADIO BROADCAST & RALLY
STATEMENT BY REV. AL SHARPTON AFTER MEETING WITH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA & ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER REGARDING VOTING RIGHTS
“Today the United States President and Attorney General met with a broad coalition of civil rights and voting rights leaders to assure us that they will continue to work with us to protect every American’s right to vote. We had great alarm when the Supreme Court ruled against Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act but after meeting with the President and the Attorney General we were assured that the Voting Rights Act may be wounded but it is not dead. It is not even critically wounded; it can and will be revived. The President said his Administration will do whatever is necessary to protect the rights of the American people to vote. I made it clear that one of the things that National Action Network and our partners will do at the 50thanniversary March on Washington on Saturday, August 24th is to attack and name those states that have engaged, since the court decision, in changing voter qualifications, and that have made efforts to suppress the votes. We will go into those states and register specific numbers of voters, and organize a national resistance as we did in 2012. The President spent about forty minutes with us and the Attorney General an hour and a half.” Read more…
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS SET TO HOST WVON’S IMPACT 50 GALA, FEATURING A PERFORMANCE BY SIX TIME GRAMMY AWARD WINNING RECORDING ARTIST, TONI BRAXTON
Hosting a weekend of festivities, one of the only African-American owned radio stations in the country, pauses to commemorate five decades of representing the Voice of the Negro and a Nation.
Chicago, IL (March 14, 2013) – On April 6, 2013, WVON will celebrate 50 successful years of unwavering airtime and historical commentating that will take place at The Chicago Theatre at 7:00pm. From 1963 to 2013, WVON has evolved from the Voice of the Negro to the Voice of a Nation. Lead by the efforts of President & Chairman, Melody Spann Cooper, WVON has planned a historic weekend that will showcase how they have IMPACTED the nation. The weekend festivities will begin on Friday, April 5th, with a kickoff party and a performance by legendary artist, Roy Ayers at Alhambra Palace. Saturday, April 6th, WVON will host their “IMPACT 50” Grand Gala, gold carpet event, which will commence with a VIP pre-reception for special invited guests. Read more…
|HEED MAGAZINE GETS POLITICAL WITH REVEREND AL SHARPTON
Issue features Reverend Al Sharpton, Romeo Miller, Israel Houghton, Brian White, Omari Hardwick and many more.New York, NY (October 22, 2012)— As America steps on the heels of what promises to be one of the most significant elections of this country’s history, Heed Magazine joins in on the political conquest enlisting one of the nation’s most influential voices of our day. Succeeding its sizzling Summer 2012 Issue with the always-entertaining Raven Symone, Heed switches gears and shifts into politics with the outspoken and opinionated community leader, activist, and host of MSNBC’s Politics Nation, Reverend Al Sharpton! Read more…
The Apollo Theater will present the second event in its newly launched Apollo Uptown Hall series with a FREE viewing party of the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30pm. Prior to screening the presidential debate, there will be a panel discussion with several respected political analysts, who will discuss issues important to the community, followed by a Q&A with the audience. The panel includes Esther Armah (WBAI-FM), Herb Boyd (The New York Amsterdam News), Michael Brendan Dougherty (The American Conservative), Mark Riley (WWRL 1600 AM), William Tucker [The American Spectator], and Armstrong Williams (SiriusXM’s The Power). The panel will be moderated by Christina Greer (Fordham University, Political Science Assistant Professor). Those interested can register in advance at apollotheater.org.
Following the panel discussion, Shannon LaNier (Black Enterprise Business Report) will lead the Q&A session, inviting the audience to participate in the dialogue. Preceding the event, there will be live entertainment from soul jazz violinist/vocalist, Charisa the Violin Diva, as well as music provided by RhythmAndSoulRadio.com’s DJ, The Legendary Chris Washington.
Gloria Fisher Articulates “No Justice No Peace”
with Reverend Al Sharpton – National Action Network
|HARLEM NY…Listen to Brandon Jackson’s mother, Gloria Fisher as she shares her ambitious fight for justice. Brandon Jackson has been caught up in a web of prosecutorial misconduct, legal incompetence, cover-ups and blithe indifferences. This family has experienced the type of nightmare one would think had transpired in the deep-south in the sixties.Brandon Jackson is a New Jersey native and is currently incarcerated in Jackson, New Jersey. In March of 2012, a jury consisting of 11 whites and one black female unjustly deemed him “guilty” – he is serving a 12-year consecutive sentence. This is a self-defense case that occurred in October 2006, which unfortunately became racial. Brandon was 21 years old and was attacked by a group of white individuals who yelled “kill the nigger” and other racial comments, in which no other person was charged. Read more…|
Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, celebrated her 70th birthday in royal style on Saturday, March 24, in New York City. About 80 friends and colleagues gathered at The Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan for the celebration, which included a four course meal and outstanding entertainment.
The guest list spanned the worlds of entertainment, publishing, media, business, and academia, and included: music mogul Clive Davis, Diane Sawyer, Rev. Al Sharpton, opera mega star Kathleen Battle, author and professor of sociology Michael Eric Dyson, BET President and CEO Debra Lee, ESSENCE Communications President Michelle Ebanks, entertainment attorney L. Londell McMillan, Tony Award-winning choreographer George Faison, Harlem musical theater great Vy Higginsen, music great Nona Hendryx, and numerous others.
By NICK CHILES
UPDATE: the case in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, a Neighborhood Watch captain in the child’s Sanford, FL, community, has been handed over to the state attorney. Details, along with a petition demanding justice in Trayvon’s death, are at the end of this post.
Not only has George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old Neighborhood Watch captain who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in a gated community in Sanford, Florida, still not been arrested, but the more details that emerge in this crazy case, the more outrageous it gets. The Sanford police chief says that the police don’t have “probable cause” to dispute Zimmerman’s claims of self-defense. Neighbors say there have been complaints in the past about Zimmerman’s aggressive tactics. And, perhaps most disturbingly, when Zimmerman made the call to 911 about a suspicious person in his community, he reportedly told the 911 dispatcher that he wasn’t going to let the black teen get away because “they always get away.” Read more…
by Dr. Boyce Watkins – Scholarship in Action
When I first thought about getting a PhD in Business, I found out about the PhD Project. This ground-breaking initiative had the simple goal of creating more black professors to sit in the front of the classroom. It was established by the KPMG Foundation, and from what I understand, might have been in response to a series of complaints about racism that the organization had received in the past.
Since that time, the group has produced scores of black scholars in the field of business, an area that is in dire need of meaningful diversity. I was the only African American in the world to earn a PhD in Finance during the year 2002, and my university had never hired a black Finance Professor in its entire 130-year history. Business tends to be a very conservative field, where black people are still locked out at every turn (the Business School here at Syracuse, along with many others around the nation, has several departments that have never given tenure to an African American, which is downright racist and shameful). Read more…
by Yvette Carnell
In a meeting with over 100 community leaders at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama urged the mostly African American group to “stay unified”. Unity implies that both Obama and black voters have been on the same page, speaking with one unified voice, up until now. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. Until recently, President Obama had been evading African Americans and our respective surrogates in an effort to prove to the most puritanical segment of the white electorate that he’s no nigger lover, and no nigger favorer, and certainly no nigger indulger. Now, with the 2012 campaign in full swing, he’s trying to pretend that all along, we misunderstood him. Whatever.
Anyway, I’m not going to try to convince you why you should or shouldn’t vote for Obama in 2012 because chances are, your mind is already made up. So, it’s really beside the point now isn’t it? But it is important that African Americans use Obama’s Presidency as an opportunity for learning to interpret the lexicon of power; how it builds, then permeates, and then shows its face. Read more…
By Torrance Stephens
To the first point, I am amazed. It seems as if we as a culture, albeit not monolithic, purport ourselves in a monolithic disposition. Taking the support for our current President alone and his political party, it has been estimated that regardless of affect or effect, African Americans support both at an astonishing 95 percent clip. More astonishing is that the section of our community that used to engage in the politics of what was best for the people as opposed what was best for political accomplishment is no longer in existence. Instead they have returned back to the day prior to Dr. King and are more akin to the black ministers who engaged him to stop his protest and accept the status quo as opposed to stand on the side of right, liberty and justice.
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black World
When I read today about Rev. Al Sharpton taking over as the 6 pm host of “Politics Nation” on MSNBC, my first thought was “Finally, they made a decision.” It took some time, but after a while, the network confirmed the move that has been the source of a tremendous amount of speculation over the past several weeks.
I’ve been on Al Sharpton’s radio show at least 80 times during the last two years. I’ve also sat with him for hours at a time in private conversation. I can confirm that he is an outstanding host, and fully capable of giving MSNBC their money’s worth in nearly every conceivable way. He also personally fills the long-held void of “All white, all night,” that has been the on-going theme for most cable news networks, which have refused to use African American hosts after 6 pm. Read more…
by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Scholarship in Action
I met the rapper Chuck D at the Measuring the Movement forum, hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton. I sat next to Chuck for a good 30 minutes during the panel discussion and got to appreciate his humility and intelligence as it pertains to the plight of black people. What I also noticed was that Chuck stands a far cry away from his peers regarding whether or not they give a damn about the people who are buying their albums.
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
I love Tom Joyner. In case you’re wondering, in “black political speak,” when someone mentions that they love someone, that means that they are about to crack a walnut over their forehead. I remember Tavis Smiley telling Al Sharpton that he loved him right before he proceeded to attack him with the ferocity of an angry baby’s mama looking for additional child support. Read more…
By Dr. Boyce Watkins
The National Newspaper Association took advantage of what some expected to be a major prize fight between Cornel West and Rev. Al Sharpton. The group referred to their gathering at the annual convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association as “The Showdown,” letting the world know that they expected Sharpton and West to draw blood, as they did in the past. Such heated discussion is certainly necessary (I’ve had my battles with Sharpton over a few key issues), but both Sharpton and West are mature enough to realize that vicious language and fighting are simply not the way to get things done. Read more…