Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Another Angle 8 - March - 2006

News others won't tell you


Nation of Islam officials offer reply
Brother Leonard Muhammad, said on the radio Tuesday that the Nation of Islam forgave the people who left the commission because “you left out of confusion. You misunderstand what the commission is all about. Come back to the commission and debate your point.” He later issued a stronger challenge to them to return. “They need to come back or shut up,” Leonard Muhammad said. “And leave me alone,” Claudette Muhammad chimed in.

Spike Lee To Secratary Of State: 'Condi That Stop Smokin' Crack'
"People say, 'She's so successful' and 'Look at her position as a black woman.' She is a black woman who grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, and said that she never experienced a day of racism in her life." "Condi, stop smoking that crack!

Cosby's Lawyers See No Flattery in an Imitation
The "House of Cosbys" cartoon tells the story of Mitchell Reynolds, an obsessed Bill Cosby fan who builds a machine that clones Cosbys, each of whom has a special power (like data analysis). It had been the No. 1 rated show on for three consecutive months.

How black music became urban
Over the years the dynamics of black music have been aptly demonstrated by the way in which: “From blues, jazz, rock n roll, R&B, to reggae, it's had to redefine itself after it's been co-opted by the mainstream in order to maintain its relevance to its black core fan-base.”

Obituary: Gordon Parks, chronicled African-American life
Gordon Parks, 93, the photographer, filmmaker, writer and composer who used his prodigious, largely self-taught talents to chronicle the African-American experience and to retell his own personal history, died Tuesday at his home in New York. As a photographer, Parks combined a devotion to documentary realism with a knack for making his own feelings self-evident. The style he favored was derived from the Depression-era photography project of the Farm Security Administration, which he joined in 1942 at the age of 30. Perhaps his best-known photograph, which he titled "American Gothic," was taken during his brief time with the agency; it shows a black cleaning woman named Ella Watson standing stiffly in front of an American flag, a mop in one hand and a broom in the other. Parks wanted the picture to speak to the existence of racial bigotry and inequality in the U.S. capital.

Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett Dies at 45
The youngest of nine children born into poverty in a Chicago housing project, Puckett was drafted by the Twins in 1982 and became a regular just two years later. He got four hits in his first major league start and finished with 2,304 in only 12 seasons. "There are a lot of great players in this game, but only one Kirby,"


Israel slaps the U.S. - and slaps again
Israel has in recent days delivered not one but two slaps to its closest ally. The first came in remarks by ex-Shin Bet chief and senior Kadima candidate Avi Dichter, speaking of negating the road map and moving on to a policy of unilateralism - in contrast to statements by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in her joint news conference with Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni. The second was delivered via a USAID report, which corroborated the claims of Palestinians that Israel was failing to keep promises it had made to Rice, a situation which according to the study could bring about economic catastrophe, beginning with the destruction of the Gaza hothouses project, which Washington had so strongly supported.

Aborigine singer 'left for dead'
An investigation has been launched after a prominent Aboriginal woman in Australia was left for dead after collapsing at a busy city bus stop.


Iraqi farmers forbidden to have non-genetic modified seed
A new report [1] by GRAIN and Focus on the Global South has found that new legislation in Iraq has been carefully put in place by the US that prevents farmers from saving their seeds and effectively hands over the seed market to transnational corporations. This is a disastrous turn of events for Iraqi farmers, biodiversity and the country's food security.


Poll: Cheney Less Popular Than OJ

Iran will be stopped, Cheney vows to Israeli lobbyists
Cheney made it clear Iran would not be allowed to have a nuclear weapon, described the Iranian regime as "irresponsible," and warned the United States had "all options on the table."

Neocon raps to RAW on Iran Contra, Iraq

Finding a Way: Peachy French Toast in Winter
Sure, the calendar says it's almost spring, but around here we won't be seeing local peaches until, at the earliest, mid-summer. Plus, I knew that any "fresh" peaches I'd find this time of year would be stone-hard and flown in from faraway lands, and that this would render the whole point of the recipe obsolete. And yet, I wanted that French toast. Badly.


Stepin Fetchit, Hollywood's First Black Film Star
"The lazy man character that [Perry] played was based on something that had come from slavery," Watkins says. "It was called 'putting on old massa' -- break the tools, break the hoe, do anything to postpone the work that was to be done."
Finally, the white characters would become exasperated and do the work themselves.

Singer Bettye Lavette, Still Raising Hell
Bettye LaVette grew up in the same Detroit neighborhood as Smoky Robinson, Jackie Wilson and Aretha Franklin. But she didn't make it to the heights that they did. After a Top 10 R&B hit in 1962, her follow-up singles failed, and she bounced from record label to record label, never quite breaking through to stardom. LaVette is currently celebrating her 60th birthday, and her latest album, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise.


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