Friday, September 30, 2011

Harlem Shooting Suspect Caught on Tape

Harlem Shooting Suspect Caught on Tape

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Aaron Henry of Harlem invents TsuRag

Aaron Henry of Harlem invents TsuRag, a traditional 'do-rag made with Velcro to avoid forehead marks


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Fw: [TheBlackList-2] MAA REPORT: THE DEATH OF MARV TARPLIN (Miracles former guitar player)


Motown Alumni Association
MAA Special Report: The Death Of Marv Tarplin
A hero passed... Friday September 30, 2011

Motown's "secret weapon" Marv Tarplin dead at 70

Marvin "Marv" Tarplin (born 13 June 1941, in Atlanta, Georgia) today at the age of 70.You can't express how much this one man meant to those of  us dreaming to make it in the music business. His quiet mystique and unconcerned demeanor would make you believe he was just an ordinary guy. But his creative back beat rhythms on guitar allowed the powers that be to find the creative juices to formulate what would become major classic hits for Motown.
Referred to as The Miracles' "secret weapon",Tarplin began his career accompanying a teenage Detroit, Michigan girl group known as The Primettes (later The Supremes). The Primettes sought an audition with Motown Records, and Tarplin played guitar as they performed for Miracles lead singer Smokey Robinson. Robinson was impressed by Tarplin's guitar playing, and asked the primettes if they could borrow him for some shows. Gradually luring him away from the Primettes to join The Miracles. Tarplin joined The Miracles in 1958.
Tarplin's playing technique along with Smokey Robinson's lyrical flair became the inspiration for most of the Miracles hit songs.
While Tarplin remained with the Miracles for as long as Robinson was their lead singer, he is only present on the cover of three classic Miracles albums: Cookin' with The Miracles (1962), I'll Try Something New (1962), and The Fabulous Miracles (1963). He is mentioned, though not pictured, on the back cover of the group's very first album, Hi... We're The Miracles (1961), and listed as an original group member. As a songwriter, Tarplin helped co-compose many of the Miracles' hit singles, amongst them the million-selling Grammy Hall of Fame winner "The Tracks of My Tears for which he received the ASCAP Award Of Merit (1965), "My Girl Has Gone (1965), "I Like It Like That, (1964), "Going to a Go-Go (1965), "The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage (1967), and Point It Out (1968).
In addition, Tarplin co-wrote several Robinson produced hits by Marvin Gaye, including the Top 10 million selling hits, "Ain't That Peculiar and "I'll Be Doggone. His guitar work is featured prominently on Gaye's Top 40 hit, "One More Heartache, which he also co-wrote,and another of Gaye's chart hits, 1965's "Take This Heart of Mine. He also played on The Four Tops 1970 Top 20 hit, Still Water (Love),co-written by fellow Miracle Smokey Robinson. He also appeared with the group on The Ed Sullivan Show, the 1964 motion picture The T.A.M.I. Show, THE 1965 CBS television special, Murray The K - It's What's Happening, Baby, and virtually all of the group's personal appearance concerts worldwide, including the legendary Motortown Revue shows in the early 1960s.[citation needed]
Tarplin left the Miracles in 1973, shortly after Smokey Robinson and his wife Claudette left the group. His replacement in The Miracles was Donald Griffin, brother of Billy Griffin, Robinson's replacement in the group.
Robinson and Tarplin continued to collaborate as writers on Robinson's solo recordings, including the Top 10 hits "Cruisin' (1978) and "Being with You (1981). Tarplin also continued to play guitar on record and in concert for Robinson, and, until 2008, continued to tour with Robinson. In 2007, Milwaukee, Wisconsin musician, Paul Cebar, paid homage to Tarplin with his song "Marv's Fluttering Guitar (For Marv Tarplin)" from the album Tomorrow Sound Now For Yes Music People.
Tarplin's phenomenal skills as a guitarist and songwriter were demonstrated on many hits of The Miracles, as well as many studio recordings and concert appearances. He served in The Miracles for well over a decade until joining Smokey Robinson after Smokey departed from The Miracles to pursue a solo career. Tarplin is also pictured on the cover of the 2009 Motown CD release, The Miracles-Depend On Me:The Early Albums (2009) .His guitar riffs at the intro of The Miracles' million-seller "The Tracks of My Tears" , are among the most famous in Pop music history.
Tarplin retired from touring in 2008.
Marv was preseded in death by his wife, Sylvia, (who died in 2004) They have a daughter named Talese
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East Harlem: Three Injured in Shooting Incident

East Harlem: Three Injured in Shooting Incident

September 30, 2011 8:14am | By Tuan Nguyen, DNAinfo

Investigators searched the scene of the shooting incident in East Harlem. (DNAinfo/David Torres)

EAST HARLEM — A shooting in East Harlem left three people hurt, police said.

Police were called to 212 East 122 Street at 5:38 p.m. Wednesday. One of the injured was taken to Harlem Hospital in critical condition with a wound to his neck.

The other two were in stable condition after being shot in the back and buttocks.

Police are hunting a man described as between 18 and 20-years-old, about six feet tall and 160-170 lbs. He was wearing a black short sleeved T-shirt, gray sweatpants and purple sneakers.

Anyone with information is asked to call CRIME STOPPERS at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submitting tips to or by texting to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.



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New York College of Health Professions Opens Harlem Holistic Medicine Site

New York College of Health Professions Opens Harlem Holistic Medicine Site

September 30, 2011 7:52am | By Jeff Mays, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

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New York College of Health Professions instructor Leslie Brown teaches Ron Thomas about proper breathing techniques. (DNAinfo/Jeff Mays)

HARLEM — As a hospital patient care technician, Ron Thomas, 40, sees the flaws in traditional medicine.

"In America, we are more focused on prescriptions and surgery, which have their place, but it's all we know," he said.

That's why Thomas is one of the first students to enroll in the New York College of Health Professions' new programs at Riverside Church in Harlem. The college has had programs in Syosset, Long Island for decades, but there was a demand for the classes in the city.

Opened this fall, the school offers an associates degree in occupational studies and a bachelor of professional studies in acupuncture. Students study massage, acupuncture and other aspects of holistic medicine such as tai chi.

Holistic medicine is a fast growing field that is becoming more accepted by Americans, experts say. Massage therapy was a $16 to $20 billion industry in 2009 and employment as a massage therapist is expected to jump 19 percent by 2018.

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Jazzmobile Presents First Annual Jazzy Awards Celebration, October 10, (Press Release News From 24-7 Press Re...)
Jazzmobile Presents First Annual Jazzy Awards Celebration: In Honor of Dr. Billy Taylor's 90th Birthday Monday, October 10, 7:00 PM, Hudson Theatre NEW YORK, NY, September 30, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Jazzmobile, Inc., the Harlem-based organization that pioneered the concept of bringing jazz into the community and creating new audiences with ... (more)

Little Haiti (The Big Apple)
Listen to Robert Emmerich introduce The Big Apple , a hit song from 1937. Music written by Bob and performed by Tommy Dorsey's Clambake Seven with Bob on piano.

Harlem - News

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New Yorkers keep it stylin' after Fashion Week
New Yorkers keep it stylin' after Fashion Week (New York Daily News)
The 25-year-old Brooklynite keeps his outfits simple -A dark denim and button-up shirt - but always has on a pair of cool kicks.

Fowl play: Bronx neighbors are staging a coop at urban chicken farm (NY Daily News)
"Today is my first day as a chicken farmer!" crows Lily Kesselman, who is cradling a speckled hen in a lush garden where rows of bell peppers, collard greens and string beans are flourishing on a late Indian summer afternoon.

ADV: New York Neo-Futurist Workshop (Playbill)
The New York Neo-Futurists Fall Basic Training Workshop The New York Neo-Futurists, the writer/performers of the critically-acclaimed long-running show Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind , announce our upcoming workshop.

Report: Emergency food pantries have become a mainstay in many people's diet
Report: Emergency food pantries have become a mainstay in many people's diet (The Post-Standard)
Stacey Miller , 28, and her sons, Donavan , 11, and Troy, 10, pick up groceries at the Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger food pantry, which serves nearly 10,000 low-income individuals monthly in Brooklyn, N.Y. A report by a Chicago-based hunger-relief group says emergency food banks and pantries are becoming long-term solutions for a lot of hungry ... (more)

Medicaid Redesign Team for Affordable Housing (NY Non-Profit Press)
New York State has announced the formation of a Medicaid Redesign Team Affordable Housing Work Group which will develop a statewide plan for increasing access to affordable housing so that New York State Medicaid beneficiaries are not forced into institutional settings because they cannot access affordable housing.A The work group's mission states ... (more)

Oyster gardens growing under Raritan Bay (SILive)
SOUTH/EAST SHORES - Along the Raritan Bay coast of Staten Island, a number of unusual gardens are growing: They're made up of oysters.

Tasting Rao's: America's Toughest Restaurant Reservation
Tasting Rao's: America's Toughest Restaurant Reservation (Forbes)
I have been traveling the world as a journalist and passionate lover of all things fun for nearly 20 years.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

African-American - News

African-American - News September 29, 2011


City where Civil War began to get King memorial
City where Civil War began to get King memorial (Rome News)
Tourists walk through Liberty Square in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday. The city and the National Park Service are planning a memorial to Dr.

Fire Captain's Racist Text (KLFY-TV Lafayette)
The Morgan City Fire Department is dealing with some community backlash after one of their Captains sent a racist text in which he makes fun of a carload of African Americans being run over by a semi then sends it to the former fire chief who is black.

Cain: Black Community 'Brainwashed' Into Voting For Dems (WAPT-TV Jackson)
The one African-American running for the GOP presidential nomination said Wednesday the black community was 'brainwashed' for traditionally siding with liberal politicians.

Sharpton: Obama critics backed Clinton in 2008
Sharpton: Obama critics backed Clinton in 2008 (MySanAntonio)
The Rev. Al Sharpton says he will lead a march in Washington next month in support of President Barack Obama 's jobs plan - and he dismisses blacks who criticize Obama over high black unemployment.

Gil Noble will not return to 'Like It Is' (New York Daily News)
Two months after he suffered a severe stroke, the family of WABC/Ch. 7 legend says Gil Noble will no longer be able to host the long-running public affairs show "Like It Is." Noble's loved ones, along with his attorney, told WABC/Ch. 7 general manager David Davis last week that Noble would not return to the show.

Diversity on runways always a grey area. (The Sydney Morning Herald)
SIX months ago, Keli Goff, a blogger, political commentator and self-appointed fashion-industry watchdog, chided designers for their near-exclusion of black models on the runways.

Baking Battle: Student Group Under Fire For Its Anti-Affirmative Action Bake Sale
Baking Battle: Student Group Under Fire For Its Anti-Affirmative Action Bake Sale (Time)
On Tuesday, a group of student Republicans will host a bake sale that sells pastries priced by the buyer's gender or race.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Harlem - News

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Union Settlement Honored by Street Naming (NY Non-Profit Press)
New York City has honored Union Settlement Association, East Harlem's oldest and largest social services provider, by adopting legislation officially re-naming East 104th Street between Second and Third Avenues as "Union Settlement Way."A Union Settlement has been located on this same street since 1895, and the block currently includes the agency's ... (more)

NY children's museum plans exhibit in Harlem (The Hour Online)
NEW YORK -- The Children's Museum of Manhattan says it plans to open a permanent exhibition at a Harlem housing project that will focus on health and literacy.The 2,000-square-foot installation at the James Weldon Johnson Houses will be funded by a $565,000 federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Students’ Knowledge of Civil Rights History Has Deteriorated, Study Finds


Ignorance by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Memorial Services for Troy Davis


NYC Memorial for Troy Davis
Saturday, October 1st, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm Riverside Church, Assembly Hall, 490 Riverside Drive (Enter on Claremont Ave @ 122nd Street), New York 

ORGANIZING MEETING to STOP THE NEW JIM CROW follows from 1:00-4:00 pm

In the words of Troy Davis: "I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight.

Saturday October 1, 11:00am

"Celebration of Life Service"
Jonesville Baptist Church
5201 Montgomery St., Savannah, Georgia

For those of you who cannot make it to Savannah, please wear an "I am Troy Davis" t-shirt or black armband with "Not in my name" written on it.

Those wishing to send cards or donations to the Davis family:

"I am Troy Davis," P.O. Box 2105, Savannah, GA 31407

Contributions to the Davis children's college savings accounts can be made payable to Martina Correia, put "college fund" in the memo.

Flowers and plants can be sent to:
Sidney A. Jones and Campbell Funeral Services
124 West Park Avenue, Savannah, GA 31401-6439
(912) 234-7226

"I AM TROY DAVIS!!! (Video Link):

Please continue to send letters by mail or fax to the State Board of Pardons and Paroles Dr. Musso at Rainbow Medical Associates.

Please download the sample letters, edit to include your name and address at the bottom, then print, sign, and mail or fax it to:

Letter to Parole Board -

Letter to Dr. Musso and Rainbow Medical Associates -

The State Board of Pardons and Paroles

Floyd Veterans Memorial Building

2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, S.E.

Atlanta, GA 30334-4909

Fax: 404-651-6670

Dr. Carlo Musso, President, and Employees
9020 Peridot Parkway
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Fax: 770-692-4754



African-American - News

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Putting on a Black Face
Putting on a Black Face (Auburn Journal)
He enjoyed performing in blackface makeup - a theatrical convention since the mid-19th century.

Judge says Cherokees violate voting rights, extends election (WHNT-TV Huntsville)
A federal judge ruled that the Cherokees violated the voting rights of African-American members of the nation's second-largest Indian tribe, and he ordered an extension to the voting for chief.

A cupcake sellout at 'inherently racist' bake sale by UC Berkeley Republicans (WFMZ-TV Allentown)
A provocative bake sale designed to satirize affirmative action resulted in no fisticuffs Tuesday, but it did prompt a sellout of 300 cupcakes and some heated debate at the University of California at Berkeley, the bake sale organizer said.

Whites no healthier than blacks in Canada: Study (Regina Leader Post)
Black people in Canada are at least as healthy as whites, hints a study that is a stark contrast to U.S. Statistics.

Obama Promotes Jobs Bill, Attacks Republican Policies
Obama Promotes Jobs Bill, Attacks Republican Policies (Voice of America)
President Barack Obama speaks at the 41st Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.

Van Andel Institute researchers join fight against breast cancer that targets black women (MLive)
Van Andel Research Institute is taking part in a team effort targeting an aggressive form of breast cancer that strikes African Americans disproportionately.

Community united at gala (Mississauga)
On stage. Internationally-known jazz diva and Mississauga resident Liberty Silver was part of the entertainment on Saturday during the United Way of Peel Region's Black Community Advisory Council gala dinner.

Inwood Residents Ask Why They Weren't Invited to Latin Grammys Party

Inwood Residents Ask Why They Weren't Invited to Latin Grammys Party

September 27, 2011 6:47am | By Carla Zanoni, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer


INWOOD — To the thousands of concert-goers who attended Sunday’s Latin Grammys Street Party in Inwood Hill Park, it was a party worth waiting for.

But for the many Inwood residents who live near the park, they said it was the party they were never invited to.

Neighborhood locals said they were surprised to see a large stage and speakers, food vendors, trucks and scores of police in the park on Sunday for a televised concert they claim flew under the community’s radar.

Thousands of Latin music fans packed into the park to listen to such artists such as Delexilio, Los Hermanos Rosario and Eddy Herrera, among others.

“I didn’t know anything about it until it was here,” said Gladys Rhodisia, as she walked her dog Sunday morning, adding she would have liked to have known earlier so that she could bring her mother to hear some of the popular performers at the show.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

High-Priced Neighborhoods Less Safe for Property Crime, Report Says

High-Priced Neighborhoods Less Safe for Property Crime, Report Says

September 27, 2011 6:41am | By Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo News Editor

click to see all pictures (3 photos)'s Crime & Safety report revealed some unexpected findings. (

MANHATTAN — Affluent areas of Manhattan can make valuable targets for property crimes, new crime and safety data reveal.

While several of Manhattan’s highest priced neighborhoods — the Upper East Side, Midtown East (which includes Sutton Place and Turtle Bay) and Downtown (which includes TriBeCa and SoHo) — ranked within the top five safest Manhattan neighborhoods in terms of violent crimes, they didn’t fare as well in terms of safety for property crimes, according to a new report from DNAinfo.

Meanwhile, some neighborhoods that tend to have lower real estate values and were among the five least safe neighborhoods for violent crimes — West Harlem (which includes Hamilton Heights and Sugar Hill) and East Harlem — were among the top five safest for property crimes, according toDNAinfo’s Crime & Safety Report

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Why is New York Called The Big Apple?
Why is New York Called The Big Apple? (Buzzle)
New York City is by far one of the most happening cities in the world. It is the place to be not just for your business, but also to live your life to the fullest.

Touro College Of Pharmacy In Harlem Announces Walgreens Diversity Scholarship To Ludovick Youmbi (Harlem World)
Touro College of Pharmacy in Harlem announced that Ludovick Youmbi, who will be a member of the school's first graduating class in 2012, has been chosen to receive the 2011 Walgreens Diversity Scholarship.A The Walgreens Diversity Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to raise awareness of diversity and community outreach.

United Hispanic Construction Workers Denies Extortion Charges


Prosecutors called the group a baseball-bat-wielding criminal enterprise that threatened and extorted its way onto construction sites across Manhattan and the Bronx.

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Roswell pub accused of racial discrimination (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
A black woman claims she was hired by a Roswell restaurant and bar, but then fired before she started work because of the color of her skin.

State poverty rate up (Charleston Daily Mail)
About 326,000 West Virginians lived in poverty in 2010, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Faison setting the stage to tell Harlem story
Faison setting the stage to tell Harlem story (NY Daily News)
George Faison wants black Harlem to share its story with the world - and possibly save its youth and make some money in the telling.

Pay-By-Race Bake Sale Sparks Firestorm (TurnTo23)
And the controversial "Increase Diversity Bake Sale" hosted by the Berkeley College Republicans is still on, the club's president said, despite "grossly misguided comments" and threats aimed at supporters of the University of California, Berkeley, student group.

African-American network "Bounce TV" debuts Monday (Business Journal)
Atlanta-based Bounce TV, a free broadcast network targeting African-Americans ages 25 to 54, debuts at noon Monday with the airing of the 1970s movie "The Wiz," reports The Associated Press.

Longtime Richmond gadfly now on the other side of the podium but still making trouble
Longtime Richmond gadfly now on the other side of the podium but still making trouble (Contra Costa Times)
Richmond City Council Member Corky Booze listens to comments during a public safety committee meeting in Richmond, Calif., on Wednesday, Sept.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors



Sentencing Shift Gives New Leverage to Prosecutors


Empowered by years of tough sentencing-law changes in state legislatures and Congress, prosecutors have more muscle to extract guilty pleas from defendants and avoid trial.

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Obama tells Blacks to 'stop complainin' and fight
Obama tells Blacks to 'stop complainin' and fight (KYTV Springfield)
In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.

CBC members react to Obama's speech on jobs, the black community (CNN)
In a fiery speech at the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, President Obama challenged Republicans in Congress to show they care about job creation and was roundly cheered for showing he's "going to fight" to fire up his supporters in a battle to "save the country." As he has done frequently in the weeks since he introduced the American Jobs ... (more)

Springfield NAACP President Talbert W. Swan II outlines priorities (Free Republic)
Following the June 28 election that brought new officers into the fold, the Springfield branch of the NAACP is focusing its attention on five key areas to promote its agenda of equality.

Provocative Bakesale Incites Debate over Racism (WLTI-FM Syracuse)
An "Increase Diversity" bake sale planned by a group of students in Berkley, Calif., in which the price of baked goods will depend on the buyer's gender and race is drawing cries of racism, which is just what the organizers say they wanted.

Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans
Controversy erupts over Campus Republicans bake sale plans (CNN)
Campus Republicans at the University of California Berkeley have cooked up a storm of controversy with their plans for a bake sale.