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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has cancelled the Washington Redskins trademark registration, an extremely rare move the office said it made because the name is offensive to Native Americans. Trademarks that disparage or belittle other groups are not permitted under federal law. The ruling Wednesday pertains to six different trademarks containing the word “Redskin.” Native American groups have been fighting the football team, its owners and sponsors for decades, trying to persuade them to change the name.

This is the second time the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has faced a petition to cancel these registrations. The first was in 1992.

This is tremendous blow to the clown and Washington NFL owner Dan Snyder who thinks the name “Redskins” is a term of endearment to Native Americans. Clearly Dan  Snyder is tone deaf as well as NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who is the NFL protector when its convenient. I would really like to see the NFL players rise up and stand together with Native Americans and force the NFL and the Washington franchise to change the team’s name. Offensive language is offensive language period. The original team owner had to be forced to integrate his team with NFL Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell because he didn’t believe in black players being on his team, let that marinate; a league that is 75% black in 2014 had trouble with integration during the 50′s and 60′s.

Native Americans suffered the greatest indignity when the settlers first landed on the shores of America, lets do right by them and eliminate offensive names.

 

 

 

warrior dash chicagoI was hoping that my Father’s Day would be a quiet easy day; no kids screaming, no “honey to do list”, no stress and plenty of beer as I watched the NBA Finals. Well at the last minute my fiancee needed me to help her volunteer at the Warrior Dash 2014 for St. Jude’s Chicago team. Ok not a problem, I’ll go pass out a few shirts and towels and encourage the participants who braved the grueling obstacle course filled; fire, mud, water, hills and the humidity. Never in a million years did I think nor did i prepare for the running of the Warrior Dash. Around 9:30am the full court press hit me; first a few volunteers asked was I gonna challenge the obstacle course? I politely said no, only wanting to focus on my the task of being a good volunteer and help out.

But the competitor inside  me watched wave after wave of runners complete the course; muddy, bruised and cut. But triumphant none the less. My fiancee asked me what was “all the working out for if i didn’t try to challenge myself.” She had a point I have been training for weeks; running hills with a 20 lb weight vest, pushups and pull ups to the point of exhaustion. Yes I would do it, what the hell. As i approached the starting point with the 10:15am wave of runners a nervous energy begun to creep inside me. It was the fear of the unknown that waited for me like a lurking lion. The DJ worked the crowd into a frenzy, various training groups dressed alike in creative uniforms stretched and growled in anticipation of the start of the 10:15am wave.  The runners were of all races, ethnicities, shapes and sizes. No Olympic champions here; just people looking to challenge themselves and have fun. I set the timer on my watch and the DJ barked out “lets go runners”.

I started out great, the first quarter mile was an easy jog on uneven terrain up a modest hill, then down a steep hill into the muddy forest where the footing was less than desirable. No sweat I kept my balance continuing along the path, the herd of runners at the beginning slowly thinned out and the more athletic men and women were running more than lightly jogging. the first mud pit was only 2-3 feet deep but the footing was horrible; some runners slipped into the mud pit others with no athletic ability went face down into the mud. For some it was a badge of courage to be submerged in the mud, but to to others it was more rewarding to not fall or go down face first. One mile in it became less fun and more of a challenge of mental and physical endurance. Army crawling in mud avoiding the barb wire or climbing a steep 20 foot wall with a rope tested my resolve.

Jumping over a fire pit and climbing another wall made with ropes which was 50 feet off the ground tested my sanity. I was determined to not let my fear of heights consume as I reached the end of the grueling 3.5 mile course; the sliding board that put the exclamation point on the run delivered me into a 6 foot deep pool of mud and God knows what else. Nothing prepares a man for a plunge into the murkiness of the mud. It made me think about what a man must feel like when sinking in quick sand, I desperately tried to feel for the bottom with my feet but no luck. I couldn’t stop because there were people coming down that slide behind me, so waded forward and pulled myself out of the mud pool.

Thank God the finish line is in sight but for good measure there was another 5 foot pool of mud that was laced with barb wire were you needed to wade underneath only your head just inches above the surface of the grimy pool of dark mud. But i emerged from the pool undaunted and crossed the finish line to cheers and hoots. A young lady placed the medal around my neck as i trudged to the wash off area were people by the 10′s rinsed off with hoses and smiled at each other approvingly of what we all accomplished. One hour and 12 minutes after setting my stop watch I made it! Bruised, cut and sore from the sheer brutality of what it takes to complete a course like the Warrior Dash gave me a better appreciation for all the brave men and women who go through basic training to serve in our Nations military. It gave me an appreciation of what my father sacrificed when he served in the Army during the Vietnam War.  This was the best Father’s Day I can remember in a long time and it was topped off with a cold beer for my trouble!

I have always hated the way African-Americans have been portrayed or at least allowed themselves to be portrayed on reality tv shows. I constantly argue with my friends about the merits of these shows and how it hurts everyone. The cat fights, name calling, over sexed themes and downright stupidity, do the participants get paid? Of course they do but at what  expense? And the creator of these shows are black! So are the creators of the reality shows in question any different than your local drug dealer, pimp or street hustler? I say “hell no”! Now Mona Scott-Young is in the cross hairs of  the black community, as she set her sights on the black fraternities and sororities. The “Black Greek Life”  has done more for the education and maturation of  black students than just about any institution. Thats why I was ecstatic to hear the frat brothers and  sisters joined together to tell her “no we aren’t interested in your bullshit”.

For years, Mona Scott-Young has been behind the scenes effortlessly crafting the careers of Busta Rhymes, Missy Elliott and 50 Cent, to name a few.

And in recent years, through her Monami Entertainment company, she has teamed with VH1 for various franchises including ‘Love and Hip Hop,’ which uncovers the lives of the women behind some of the most famous rap stars out.

However the producer’s latest developing project, “Sorority Sisters,” has drawn a widespread backlash amongst black fraternity and sorority members due to its misrepresentation of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho members highlighted in the show’s trailer, which has since been removed from the web due to the uproar.

Following the negative reaction to the “Sorority Sisters” preview clip, Reynoir Lewis launched a MoveOn.Org petition in an effort to axe the series from airing on television:

Stop the spread of ignorance and stereotyping of our beloved Black Greek letter organizations. Our founders amongst EVERY organization worked extremely hard to allow us to unite and flourish not only on college campuses, but as a people well beyond our college days, and Mona Scott-Young now threatens to demolish those aims and goals we all abide by. If this show airs, we will boycott any and all advertisers affiliated with the show through commercial advertising, product placement and/or location use.

*I, Reynoir Lewis, will be personally delivering these signatures to the President Philippe Dauman and the Executive Chairman Sumner M. Redstone.* Thank you for your support.

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Ladies before you give your body and heart to a man, make sure you know all there is know about him. HIV is still a deadly disease but people within the African-American women and men act as if the disease no longer exists.  Now I’m not saying don’t fall in love, but however make sure you do your due diligence.  According to a report in the Chicago Suntimes:

A South Side man is accused of failing to tell his girlfriend he was HIV positive, admitting it only after the woman went to a doctor eight months after their relationship ended and was told she had tested positive.Johanson Little, 31, has been charged with criminal transmission of HIV, a Class 2 felony, and was ordered held on $750,000 bail during a bond hearing Thursday.Little, of the 4400 block of South State Street, had dated the woman between June 1, 2012 and June 1, 2013, according to Steve Campbell, a spokesman for the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.  

This is a sad case of taking advantage of a woman’s heart, this monster knew he was infected with the virus but rather than do the right thing he chose to put his partner’s life in danger essentially giving her a death sentence.  Lets all get tested, know your status and be honest with your partner.

 

 

A marketing stunt for the upcoming Ubisoft game “Watch Dogs” is inadvertently allowing users to check how well they’ve set up their Facebook privacy settings.

The campaign called “Digital Shadow”, which currently is available only in the US, requests permission to access a user’s account and then pulls information to build a comprehensive dossier of the user as if he or she were an assassin’s target. And we do mean comprehensive.

So after reading this article I had to check it out myself, and yes the shit is scary. It might be just  a video game but it goes way beyond the realm of digital characters pretending to be Jason Bourne. Every picture, password or person I may have interacted with inadvertently or other wise was data mined. It only took the program less than 15 seconds to create my profile; “hot tempered and most likely to kill”. All because I referenced a quote from the “Godfather 2″ when Hyman Roth expressed his displeasure about the death of Moe Green. But this type of invasion of privacy is what Eric Snowden was talking about and how the NSA goes to far. So always know that Big Brother is watching!

Click the link to find out what Facebook knows about you: Facebook knows everything about you!

carla olgesbyWhen a public employee gets arrested for stealing taxpayers money, the first question we ask “was it worth it?” Well Ms. Ogelsby was it worth it? I hope she reflects on her miscalculation of getting caught  and being stupid. Political patronage is the “Chicago Way”, friends hire friends or the kids of friends or the great uncle of friends or the baby sitter of friends. This systematic style of hiring practices never ends and the public confidence of politicians is close to a big fat fucking zero! When I’m in the barbershop I always hear brothers complain that its hard to get a city or county job because “the process is political”. The sad saga of Carla Oglesby, who wasn’t qualified for the job in the first place was clearly given the job because of her relationship with Todd Stroger.  Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Podlasek said “Let’s not make any mistakes. This was a crime of clear intent. From the time Ogelsby contacted Stroger’s office to offer her professional services until she maneuvered the last of the money through convoluted accounts and sources to hide it, this has been about Olgesby intentionally raiding money from the community chest.” What makes Carla different from Jesse Jr or Sandy? Not a fucking thing other than being lower on the food chain and not having enough money to buy herself a lighter sentence.  The residents of Cook County are the real losers, victims of a system that rewards losers like Carla Olgesby. So Ms. Olgesby enjoy your 6 and 1/2 year sentence, read plenty of books and get some exercise.

 harolds   The daughter of the founder of Harold’s Chicken Shack is asking for the city’s help in her fight to stop people from ripping off the iconic brand.

Kristen Pierce-Sherrod and her husband, Vincent Sherrod, say they are the legal owners of the Harold’s Chicken name, but a half-dozen “rogue” stores have popped up in recent years.

“We want to take back control over what’s rightfully ours, which is the name,” she said.

More illegal stores may exist, but Pierce-Sherrod said she relies on word-of-mouth, Facebook and disgruntled customers to tip her off.

The complaint came to light this week when a property owner complained that a Harold’s Chicken was not able to get a business license to move into the 4500 block of South Indiana because Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) rezoned the address from mixed-use to residential.

That prospective owner, however, claimed to have rights to open an eatery.

“Actually the alderman did us a favor when they denied the business license. We didn’t know anything about it,” Pierce-Sherrod said.

Harold Pierce migrated from Alabama and opened his first chicken shack in 1950 near 45th and Greenwood.

The business was basically family-owned, and has remained that way for 65 years.

Four of Pierce-Sherrod’s children work in the corporate-owned Harold’s located at 2341 W. 95th in the Beverly neighborhood, she said.

“With my dad, it was just a basic license agreement that allowed a person to use his name, his recipe and his logo,” Pierce-Sherrod said.

 

To  read the entire article click the link: Daughter of Harold’s Chicken founder fights to preserve legacy

“Illmatic” 20 years later…still dope as hell!

Posted: April 15, 2014 by O.M. CALDWELL in BLOG, URBAN CULTURE

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20 years ago listening to WHPK Chicago’s first real all hip hop station at least once a week from 7p -12a, I heard the first verse of Live at BBQ by “Main Source” which featured this young cat named “Nasty Nas”. He wasnt out yet or signed but I called my cousin in Lefrak City, Queens and asked him about who was the dude that blazed on that track. He told me NY was going crazy over NAS, my cuz sent me a Ron G mixtape and the rest is history. I waited and waited for his joint to droop and finaly it did. I drove to “Jew Town”  and went to the record store and paid my $10 for Illmatic. I played it on the drive home, stopped at the weed spot and got quarter ounce and called my guy and blazed and listened to Illmatic over and over. The first MC to get 5 mics in The Source, yeah  son was nice.

As a 40 something old head now, I still bump Illmatic just not as loud now that I’m a dad but NAS staying power is undeniable. His words painted a vivid picture of the NY streets and ushered in a new era away from the late 80′s gangster rap. With the garbage that floods the air waves today, its hard not sit in car and turn “it Aint Hard To Tell” all the way up and reminisce about the golden era of rap. The world is yours!

chic nuggetSay What! As a south side kid that attended public school during the crazy 80′s lunchtime was hit or miss. It was more likely to miss if you attended a school that had open campus (students who went off campus for lunch). Juts about every school has  or still does have a version of mystery meat. Well not so much anymore with The First Lady pushing for healthier alternatives in the schools. However lunch time is a crap shoot for students who aren’t lucky enough to have parents that can prepare lunch at home.

Turns out the chicken nuggets being served in one of the nation’s largest public school districts don’t contain much actual chicken at all.

Earlier this month, Chicago-based WBEZ food reporter Monica Eng reported that her attempt — made via a Freedom of Information Act request — to retrieve an ingredient list for the chicken nuggets served in Chicago Public Schools cafeterias was met with a curt response after weeks of delays: The lone ingredient of a chicken nugget was a chicken nugget, the district wrote.

After the Illinois Attorney General’s office intervened, CPS — which reportedly did not “know the ingredients” of the nuggets its caterer Aramark serves to district students — released the list of 28 ingredients making up the processed nuggets, minus their breading.

Among the ingredients, according to NPR: “textured soy protein concentrate, isolated soy protein … brown sugar, salt, onion powder, maltodextrin, silicon dioxide, citric acid, potassium chloride, sodium phosphates and, oh, yes, a little chicken.”

Considering about 84 percent of CPS students qualify for either free or reduced-price lunch and 87 percent of the district’s approximately 400,000 students come from low-income families, it’s likely that far too many CPS students get all their meals for any given weekday at school.

And those meals, Eng reports in a followup published Monday, remain dominated by high-sugar processed food with little to no nutritional value while some caterers say low funding is to blame for the limited options available to students. *

 

Article courtesy of: * HuffPost

Prince Asiel Ben Israel pleads guilty

Posted: April 11, 2014 by O.M. CALDWELL in BLOG, URBAN CULTURE

images  South Side religious leader Prince Asiel Ben Israel admitted Friday that he broke the law when he agreed a $3.4 million deal to lobby Chicago politicians to lift sanctions against the regime of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe.

Prince Asiel Ben Israel, 72, pleaded guilty to failing to register as an agent of the controversial Mugabe, on whose behalf he tried to enlist four Chicago lawmakers to open a “back channel” to President Barack Obama and have the sanctions overturned.

He faces up to five years behind bars but, under the terms of his plea deal with prosecutors, is free to argue for probation at a sentencing hearing later this year.

Despite his guilty plea, the sharp-dressed Ben Israel — whose family runs a well-known vegan soul food restaurant on 75th St — remained defiant later Friday, saying he’d devoted his life to “uplifting the African people” and had done nothing morally wrong.

Together with codefendant, Greg Turner, 71, who continues to maintain his innocence, Ben Israel had hoped to take advantage of the election of the U.S.’s first black president, believing Obama might consider a policy change toward Mugabe’s Southeast African regime, court papers state.

Sanctions against Mugabe, his Zanu-PF party and other leading members of his ruling elite were enacted by the Bush Administration in 2003 as punishment for Mugabe’s human rights abuses and election fraud.

But Ben Israel’s scheme never got off the ground. Before Obama was even sworn in, his staff referred the case to the FBI in December 2008 — leading to Ben Israel’s eventual indictment and guilty plea.

To read the full story click the link: Ben  pleads guilty to fraud

Article courtesy of Chicago Suntimes; Kim Jannsen