Sunday, October 23, 2016

Special honor: Stretch of Indiana Highway renamed to recognize Tuskegee Airmen

Those who drive on Interstate 65 through Jackson County (Indiana) will be reminded that America’s first African-American aviators and their support staff prepared for war here, while fighting for equality at home.

Beginning Friday, highway signs designated the stretch of the interstate from Seymour to the Bartholomew County/Johnson County line as the Tuskegee Airmen Highway in honor of the aviators, some who trained during World War II at Freeman Field in Seymour and Atterbury Air Force Base in Columbus.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Singer kneels while singing national anthem before NBA game

Denasia Lawrence performed the national anthem before an NBA preseason game between the 76ers and Heat on Friday night while kneeling at midcourt. She then opened her jacket to show a shirt bearing the phrase "Black Lives Matter." Lawrence explained her actions in a Facebook post:

When I took the opportunity to sing the national anthem at the Heat game, it was bigger than me. Right now, we’re seeing a war on Black & Brown bodies— we’re being unjustly killed and overly criminalized. I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel; to show that we belong in this country AND that we have the right to respectfully protest injustices against us. I took the opportunity to sing AND kneel to show that, I too, am America. As a social worker, I’ve worked with youth, families and veterans, and everyday they all teach me the value of fighting against injustice— that all are treated equally no matter their race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical abilities.

I didn’t get paid to sing the national anthem; nor was this moment about any sort of fame. Black Lives Matter is far larger than a hashtag, it’s a rallying cry. And until our cry is rightfully heard, protests will still happen and demands will still be made!

Watch her performance below.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Donald Glover cast as young Lando Calrissian

Lucasfilm announced today that Donald Glover, an acclaimed actor, award-winning writer, and Grammy-nominated artist, will be playing the part of Lando Calrissian in the still-untitled Han Solo Star Wars film, helmed by directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Glover will join Alden Ehrenreich — previously cast as Han Solo — in bringing two iconic Star Wars characters back to the big screen, but at a time in their lives previously unexplored. This new film depicts Lando in his formative years as a scoundrel on the rise in the galaxy’s underworld — years before the events involving Han, Leia, and Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back and his rise to Rebel hero in Return of the Jedi.

“We’re so lucky to have an artist as talented as Donald join us,” said Lord and Miller. “These are big shoes to fill, and an even bigger cape, and this one fits him perfectly, which will save us money on alterations. Also, we’d like to publicly apologize to Donald for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.”

Glover is best known for creating and starring in the critically acclaimed FX series Atlanta (which had the highest premiere numbers for any basic cable comedy show since 2013), as well as for starring in four seasons of the show Community, and for his Grammy-nominated album Because the Internet, performed under the name Childish Gambino. In addition, Glover appeared in the Academy Award-nominated The Martian, and will be seen in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The untitled Han Solo movie is set for release in 2018.


Free screening of "13th" in Hillside NJ

On November 4, 2016 there will be a free screening of Ava DuVernay's acclaimed documentary "13th" at Hillside High School, 1085 Liberty Avenue in Hillside NJ. The screening begins at 6:30 PM and will be followed by a panel discussing the film. Admission is free.

This event is sponsored by Supreme Strategies Inc, The First Baptist Church of Hillside, the Hillside Board of Education, and the Hillside Democratic County Committee. Any inquires can be directed to Anthony Salters at

SYNOPSIS: Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the United States, focusing on the fact that the nation's prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

If Kaepernick upset you, Trump's lack of patriotism should have you furious

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmerican Reports.Com

During the NFL's preseason so called "patriots" were apoplectic that SanFrancisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the national anthem out of respect to black men who have been gunned down by police.

Kaepernick's actions were just the worst thing ever. These people thought that Kaepernick was disrespecting our fallen soldiers and those serving right now. Kaepernick's stance was an insult to our nation's police officers and would lead to more disrespect for police. There were calls for the 49ers to punish or fine him, some threatened to stop watching NFL games if no action was taken although they were no legal reason to do so.

Worst of all he was unpatriotic in a country where he made millions, you know like Donald Trump. Trump though gets a pass from his supporters for being unpatriotic.

That's right trump is unpatriotic. What else would you call a man who refuses to say that he will acknowledge and accept Clinton as President of the United States WHEN she wins the election. How can a Trump claim to want to make American great again when he doesn't follow our time-honored traditions when it comes to a peaceful transition of power? That tradition is what makes America's democracy great and not a banana republic.

If you were mad at Kaepernick you should be furious with Trump. Kaepernick's actions haven't hurt anyone or anything other than some people's feelings. Trump's stance could hurt a whole lot more and put a permanent stain of this great experiment we call democracy.

By George L. Cook III AfricanAmerican Reports.Com