Breaking: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson escapes indictment in murder of Black teen

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Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson walks free after grand jury declines to indict him in the murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

By Carmen Glover

Basking in the glow of a captive media and international attention, Robert McCulloch, St Louis County prosecutor, chided journalists for doing their jobs, then he read a lengthy soliloquy that stated Officer Darren Wilson, who is White, will not face charges in the murder of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by police.

Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was executed by Police Officer Darren Wilson. On Monday, Nov. 24, the grand jury declined to charge Wilson with a crime.

According to McCulloch, the grand jury came to the conclusion that “there was no probable cause,” to indict Wilson. “They are the only people who have heard and examined ever witness and every piece of evidence,” he said of the grand jury, which was comprised of nine Whites and three Blacks. Only nine votes are needed to render a decision. It seemed unlikely that a decision would have been made to indict Wilson from last week when Missouri Governor Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to be deployed, announced a state of emergency, requested FBI presence and created a fortress of armed officials around the city of Ferguson.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, parents of unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, who was killed by police officer Darren Wilson, asked for peaceful protests after grand jury declines to indict Wilson.

Angry supporters of Brown, who have been protesting since his August 9 murder, would have had no reason to protest an announcement of an indictment, therefore the drawn-out preparation days in advance of the announcement and the dramatic presentation by McCullouch was long on theatrics and short on substance. However, in his presentation, McCullouch delivered what could be described as a rousing defense of Wilson and his actions, while snidely denigrating the many witnesses who came forward to recount their versions of what transpired on that fateful day when Brown was killed by Wilson. In  a statement released by their lawyers, Brown’s parents expressed their disappointment and made a call to action, stating:

President Obama speaking after the grand jury result, asks for calm.

President Obama, speaking after the grand jury result, asks for calm, while stating that the situation in Ferguson is not just about Ferguson, it’s about America.

“We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions. While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen. Join us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this county wears a body camera. We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering with violence is not the appropriate reaction. Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.”

Speaking out from the White House, President Obama described a “deep distrust” that exists “in many parts of the country” between law enforcement and communities of color. He said “this is not just about Ferguson,” and said that race relations need to change. –OnPointPress.net.

 

Did Bill Cosby prey on, sexually assault, vulnerable females as alleged?

Bill Cosby scolds AP reporter who dared to do his job and ask him about mounting allegations of sexual abuse levied by more than 15 women.

Bill Cosby scolds AP reporter who dared to do his job and ask him about mounting allegations of sexual abuse levied by more than 15 women.

As an avalanche of accusations rain down on outspoken comedian Bill Cosby, his silence, though legally justified, serves to fan the flames even further, making it more difficult for objective individuals to feel that he is totally innocent of the charges.

According to numerous reports, neatly laid out by the New York Daily News and The Washington Post, especially, more than 15 women have accused Cosby of sexual exploitation. The accusations are similar in nature, describing a ritual of Cosby inviting them to his home, dressing room or studio, plying them with alcohol and pills, though he did not partake himself, and then sexually assaulting them to varying degrees ranging from groping, kissing, to rape and forced oral sex. It is certainly difficult for many people familiar with Cosby’s wholesome image on “The Cosby Show” “Fat Albert” and the pitchman for various products to reconcile that background with the sickening allegations that have even his lawyers asking “When will they end?”

As allegations against Bill Cosby mushroom, the comedian has maintained his silence.

As allegations against Bill Cosby mushroom, the comedian has maintained his silence.

Some of the women describe receiving money from the comedian. Many of the alleged assaults are said to have occurred over a period of time ranging from 50 years ago to as recently as nine years ago. While Cosby has said he does “not respond to innuendo” and that journalists should “fact-check” he did himself no favors when he tried to handle a reporter from the Associated Press by questioning the reporter’s integrity because the reporter rightly asked him about the flood of allegations. Cosby asked the reporter to “scuttle” the portion of the interview which showed him vehemently stating “We don’t respond to that,” with his wife, Camille, seated next to him, as the reporter raised the subject.

Rape, sexual assault, of any kind, is a horrific crime of power, control, intimidation and dominance. Rendering women and naïve girls incapacitated with drugs and alcohol in order to defile their bodies is appalling, regardless of the identity, clout and acclaim of the alleged perpetrator. However, it is also very important that accusations, no matter how credible they sound, be backed up by facts because that is the legal standard that is required to bring a case to prosecution. Accusations, no matter how plentiful, do not equal fact but they present a compelling narrative that should lead, correctly, to pointed questions and thorough investigation.

Bill Cosby's reputation as a jovial comedian is in ruins amid multiple allegations of him sexually assaulting women after giving them drugs and alcohol but the comedian has remained silent, while his lawyers call the allegations "old and discredited."

Bill Cosby’s reputation as a jovial comedian is in ruins amid multiple allegations of him sexually assaulting women after giving them drugs and alcohol but the comedian has remained silent, while his lawyers call the allegations “old and discredited.”

It seems unlikely that all of Cosby’s accusers are lying but by refusing to defend himself other than having disingenuous lawyers call the accusations “old and discredited” Cosby has no one but himself to blame as his carefully crafted reputation as American’s Dad goes down in flames and networks flee all association with him. It’s almost like the ‘yo mama’ battles from the past, where children would come to blows if a peer said something derogatory about their mother: If your reputation is being called into question wouldn’t you defend your name instead of have lawyers parrot weak, ineffective, blanket denials, interspersed with specific statements that some of the women are lying?

If your former friend gave an expose stating that he guarded the door while you met with a string of under-aged girls in your dressing room, while warning the friend not to let anyone in, wouldn’t you deny it if the incidents didn’t happen?  If that friend said he had receipts of money orders he wrote to those women on your behalf wouldn’t you refute those claims, if they were false? In the absence of iron-clad documents to refute the allegations it is impossible to dismiss the accusers. And as Cosby’s once impenetrable façade of support crumbles amid his silence, questions of his guilt mount. It will not be surprising if even more alleged victims come forward to share their stories.-OnPointPress.net.

Diverse line-up for NYC’s African Diaspora International Film Festival

Danny Glover stars in the upcoming film, "Supremacy."

Danny Glover  and Lela Rochon star in the upcoming film, “Supremacy,” which will debut at the ADIFF between Nov 28-Dec 14, 3014.

New York, November 22, 2014 – For its 22nd edition to be held in Manhattan between November 28 and December 14, 2014, the New York African Diaspora International Film Festival (ADIFF) will showcase 89 films spanning 43 countries including 47 US and NY Premieres.

Among the films set to have their New York premiere in ADIFF 2014 are films featured in international film festivals such as Toronto, Montreal, Durban, Rotterdam, Palm Spring and Los Angeles Film Fests. The offerings include opening night film Supremacy, by the producers of Django Unchained with Danny Glover, Derek Luke and Lela Rochon.

Trailer from the upcoming film "Supremacy."

Trailer from the upcoming film “Supremacy.”

Presented at the Toronto International Film Festival are the gripping and provocative Finish dramedy Heart of a Lion by Dome Karukosi, a film with “a lot of heart and warmth” (Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times). Finish describes a Neo-Nazi who falls for a woman with a black son from a previous marriage and 2014 New Zealand’s foreign-language Oscar submission White Lies by Dana Rotberg is a period drama based on a novella by “Whale Rider” author Witi Ihimaera that explores deep inner and societal conflicts between a wealthy woman, her servant and the Moari healer they seek out for assistance.

First presented at the Montreal World Film Festival is the impressive epic drama based on a true story, Ninga Queen of Angola by Sergio Graciano, about a 17th century Queen who fought for freedom against Portuguese colonialism. Kajarya by Madhureeeta Anand, a compelling and disturbing women centered drama that decries the social hypocrisy around the practice of killing baby girls in India and the national award- winning film Names Unknown by Charu Ahuja, which takes a critical look at the life of marginalized people in the Kerala region of India are part of a selection of films about Indian people in and out of India.

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Screened at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, Diego Star by Frederick Pelletier, a drama about Traore, a mechanic from the Ivory Coast who is forced to spend the winter in a small town in Quebec after an accident on board his ship is “a stark, touching tale about the common humanity that connects people from alien backgrounds, and the institutionalized inhumanity that drives them apart,” (Peter Keough Boston Globe).

Other noteworthy premieres in ADIFF 2014 include Scorsese’s Marrakech International Film Festival Jury Winner for best Actor Fevers by Hicham Ayouch about a 13-year-old boy at war with life, adults and himself and the South African drama with a distinctly local flavor The Two of Us by first time filmmaker Ernest Nkosi – which made its world premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in August – about a very turbulent sibling relationship between Thulas and Zanele and their lives in the Alexandra township.

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The Two of Us is one of the highlights of the ADIFF 2014 South Africa: 20 Years of Democracy program presented in collaboration with the South African Department of Arts and Culture, the NFVF and the Kwazulu-Natal Film Commission. Four other outstanding films in this program are the entertaining South African hit dramedy Between Friends by Zuko Nodada to screen as the festival centerpiece, the hit comedy Material by Craig Friemond about a Muslim comedian and his rigid father, Letters to Zorha by Saskia Vredeveld about the untold story of Ahmed Kathrada, a freedom fighter who spent 26 years in prison in Robben island with Nelson Mandela, and the revealing documentary I, Afrikaner by Analet Steenkamp which documents four generations of the director’s family in post-apartheid South Africa.

Also premiering in the festival this year are closing night film Obama Mama, a documentary about Stanley Ann Dunham, mother of the nation’s first black president, Gala Screening Bound: Africans vs. African-Americans, a documentary about the tensions between these two groups, and the U.S. premiere of Steps to Liberty, a documentary by Rokhaya Diallo that describes the 1984 March for Equality and Against Racism in France and its repercussion today. Steps to Liberty will close a full day of screenings around the theme France and the Race Issue.

The program Blacks in Latin America, sponsored in part by the Academy of Motion Picture and Science, will feature 20 films including the two documentaries Oggun: An Eternal Presence and Reshipment and the three-part series 1912, Breaking the Silence by award-winning Afro-Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolando who will complete her acclaimed US wide tour with ADIFF 2014.

For more information about the 22nd Annual African Diaspora International Film Festival, to receive the complete line up, screeners and high-resolution images please contact Diarah N’Daw-Spech at (212) 864-1760/ fax (212) 316-6020 or e-mail pr@nyadiff.org. Festival web site: www.nyadiff.org.-OnPointPress.net.

Breaking: President Obama takes a stand, issues executive order on immigration

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has deported large numbers of immigrants during his tenure but has taken up the cause of immigrants with the executive order he issued on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

By Carmen Glover
On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m., amid threats by Republicans to block all upcoming presidential nominations and chatter of shutting down the government again like they did October 2013, or explore impeachment actions, President Barack Obama finally kept his word by acting decisively on immigration.
Entering the East Room of the White House with his trademark swagger  President Obama issued an executive order that will grant legal status to five million undocumented immigrants. For the families that are affected by this sweeping measure, the action is long overdue. Addressing the nation from the East Room of the White House President Obama said:
“My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk to you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities.”
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. Conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with President Barack Obama over his planned executive action on immigration, inviting comparisons to last year’s shutdown showdown over the health care law. In the Senate, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah are among those arguing to use an upcoming must-pass spending bill _ either in December or next year _ to try to block Obama from taking unilateral action to protect millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. Conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The President spoke about a broken immigration system that features employers exploiting undocumented immigrants but he also chided anyone who “reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America.” He spoke of the bipartisan immigration bill that 68 Democrats, Republicans and Independents prepared last year as a compromise measure, which was thwarted by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives who refused to bring the bill to a vote.
President Obama outlined steps he is taking, by executive order, to fix the broken immigration system. Among those are: strengthening the border, make it “easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute” to the economy and third, taking proactive steps to usher undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows.’ He emphasized the criminals will continue to be deported in large numbers, while efforts will be made to keep families together. The deal that the President is offering undocumented immigrants is iron-clad:
Immigrant father gets his toddler son to help him voice his support for immigration relief.

Immigrant father gets his toddler son to help him voice his support for immigration relief.

“If you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.,” he said, while stressing that the law does not apply to recent immigrants or anyone who may come to America illegally in the future. President Obama made it clear that the executive order was not Amnesty and he emphasized his authority, like that of previous Presidents, to take such sweeping action.
President Obama then threw down the gauntlet for Republicans who have taken to the airwaves in droves to threaten all forms of spurious, retaliatory actions.  “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
An angry Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the  Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress is seated in January 2015 ahs issued ominous threats that "Congress will act," if President Obama issues an executive order. Now that the President has issued the order, it remains to be seen what McConnell and his henchmen will do.

An angry Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress is seated in January 2015 ahs issued ominous threats that “Congress will act,” if President Obama issues an executive order. Now that the President has issued the order, it remains to be seen what McConnell and his henchmen will do.

When it is expedient, politicians from all walks of life, regardless of party affiliations, tout the United States as a “nation of immigrants,” while they wax poetic about their families who immigrated to the USA “the right way.” On the flip side are the arguments that “illegal immigrants” weaken the fabric of the American society and they need to be kept with stronger border security measures. As both sides draw lines in the sand, an impasse occurs and no movement takes place. President Obama’s singular action moves the debate about immigration forward, ruffling feathers in some quarters but eliciting cheers in others. While the President’s executive order is limited in scope, for the immigrants who qualify under the guidelines described, it means the world–OnPointPress.net.

Historic election of Jamaican judge, Patrick Lipton Robinson, to ICJ

Jamaica-born Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson.

Jamaica-born Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson was elected judge of the International Court of Justice. His nine-year tenure will start February 2015.

Renowned Jamaican and international jurist, Judge Patrick Lipton Robinson, was  elected to serve as a Judge in the International Court of Justice for a nine-year period beginning in February 2015. Judge Robinson was elected on Monday, November 17.

The elections featured differing results, through the final round, in the United Nations General Assembly and the fifteen-member United Nations Security Council, both of which are required to record a majority vote for the winning candidate. Over the course of the elections, Judge Robinson consistently received more than a two-thirds majority of votes in the General Assembly, while Argentina’s candidate Susana Ruiz Cerutti received the required majority in the Security Council.

The deadlock between the Security Council and the General Assembly was ultimately resolved following the withdrawal of Ms. Cerutti on Wednesday, November 12. Senator the Honorable Arnold J Nicholson, Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, received the news of Argentina’s withdrawal from the Argentine Foreign Minister. This paved the way for the election of Judge Robinson, who received a total of 185 votes in the General Assembly and 15 votes in the Security Council in the elections on Monday, November 17. The results were welcomed by Most Honorable Portia Simpson Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica, who noted:

“Judge Robinson’s elevation to this high office marks a historic moment, not only for Jamaica but for the entire Caribbean. The overwhelming support that he received throughout the rounds of voting from the UN membership is a reflection of the excellence of the Jamaican candidate, and the high regard with which the country is held in the international arena.”

Senator the Honorable Arnold J. Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade also lauded the election results and issued a statement on the event, saying:

“This impressive outcome is an indication of the level of respect that Jamaica enjoys for our principled and balanced foreign policy and the result of an effective and strategic campaign waged by the Foreign Ministry and our overseas Missions, particularly our Mission to the United Nations in New York. I wish to thank Argentina for their very gracious gesture to withdraw from the process in the interest of Latin American and Caribbean unity. I also extend my heartfelt appreciation to the numerous countries that supported Jamaica in the process and to assure them and the entire international community that they will find in Judge Robinson a jurist of highest integrity, professionalism and objectivity.”

Judge Robinson is the only Jamaican and the second Caribbean national to be afforded the privilege of serving on this esteemed body since its establishment 70 years ago. Judge Robinson will join four other candidates from Australia, Morocco, Russia and the United States of America, who were elected to serve on the Court.-OnPointPress.net.

NBA stars Dwight Howard and Joe Smith clash with their reality TV exes

Houston Rockets center received news today that he will not be facing charges stemming from child abuse allegations made against him.

Houston Rockets center received news today that he will not be facing charges stemming from child abuse allegations made against him.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Dwight Howard may be known for his defense in the NBA but it was his attorneys who provided the assist as he defended himself against allegations of child abuse. In a case that is very similar to allegations against NFL star Adrian Peterson, Howard, former #1 overall draft pick in 2004, and current center for the Houston Rockets, allegedly beat his 6 year-old son with a belt, causing visible marks on the child’s rear end and legs. The allegations were brought to light by the mother of the child, former Basketball Wives cast member Royce Reed.

Howard and his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed have a lengthy record of public disagreements since their break-up. Many of the issues surround their now 6 year-old son.

Howard and his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed have a lengthy record of public disagreements since their break-up. Many of the issues surround their now 6- year-old son.

TMZ Sports initially posted the story about authorities clearing Howard of wrongdoing in this matter on their site this morning. Reed responded to the post on Instagram stating:

“The case is not closed and he is/was not cleared! The investigation is still open as he refuses to speak to the police. So whoever these reps are that are trying to slander me, just know the gloves are off and I’m not the one to play with when it comes to my son. That is all.”

Reed and Howard have completely different views of the matter that led to the allegations of child abuse.

Reed and Howard have completely different views of the matter that led to the allegations of child abuse.

Shortly thereafter, TMZ Sports had the following update: “We now have confirmation that the Florida Dept. of Children and Families closed the investigation, concluding, ‘The investigation is being closed with no substantiated findings of physical injuries.’ The report also states Howard was interviewed by authorities.”

No further comments have been made by Reed on the matter. Howard is yet to comment on this story.

Retired NBA player Joe Smith and his ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter have different views about how $109,000 ended up in the bank account of Slaughter's friend

Retired NBA player Joe Smith and his ex-girlfriend Moniece have different views about how $109,000 ended up in the bank account of Slaughter’s friend, Timothy Clayton Carr.

News outlets also reported on the challenge ex-NBA player Joe Smith is having with his reality star ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter. Smith, former #1 overall draft pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1995, alleges that Slaughter, a cast member of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, swindled him out of $109,000 by writing several phony checks while the two were dating.

Between 0ctober 2011 and March 2012, Smith claims that 9 different checks were written on his behalf to a man named Timothy Clayton Carr, without Smith’s knowledge or consent. Carr is Slaughter’s friend and has explained that he was unaware of the checks being stolen but had cashed them to help Slaughter who did not have a bank account at the time. Whatever the explanation, Smith wants the case to be prosecuted and is ready and willing to press charges.

Joe Smith was the #1 overall draft pick in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors. Smith played 16 seasons in the NBA, his last team being the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Joe Smith was the #1 overall draft pick in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors. Smith played 16 seasons in the NBA, his last team being the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Police reported to TMZ Sports that the case is still open and actively being investigated, which is of little relief to Smith, who is anxious to bring this matter to court after waiting almost three years. Smith tells TMZ Sports that he is “frustrated the case remains unresolved and feels police have been giving him the runaround.”–OnPointPress.net–

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Lifetime’s Aaliyah movie, “Princess of R&B” was a colossal disappointment

The actors who portrayed Aaliyah and Damon Dash bore little resemblance to the actual couple.

The actors who portrayed Aaliyah and Damon Dash bore little resemblance to the actual couple.

By Carmen Glover

After enjoying the thoughtful, well-delivered film “Beyond the Lights” at the movie theater on Saturday, November 15, my husband and I ordered in and tuned in to Lifetime’s much-hyped biopic “Aaliyah: Princess of R& B.” It was an exercise in futility, a colossal disappointment on every level imaginable. And irate Aaliyah fans let loose on Twitter, unleashing their wrath as the scenes unfolded to reveal a combination of inferior acting, incomprehensible casting choices and what seemed more like an ode to R. Kelly’s predatory, pedophile-like history, instead of the promised tribute to the beautiful, talented entertainer who died much too soon.

The late Aaliyah and the real Damon Dash.

The late Aaliyah and the real Damon Dash, co-founder with Jay-Z of Rockefella Records and Rockawear clothing.

While Alexandra Shipp did her best dressing like Aaliyah and performing “Let Me Know,” it was impossible for her to fully channel the tragic entertainer. For instance, Shipp covered one eye with her hair a total of one time throughout the two-hour movie, even though that was the way Aaliyah was usually seen in public. Also, as the film began and for close to an hour, the focus was on Aaliyah’s involvement with R. Kelly, who married her secretly at the age of 15, when he was 26.

Aaliyah and Jet Li in "Romeo Must Die." Jet Li was ignored in the Lifetime film.

Aaliyah and Jet Li in “Romeo Must Die.” Jet Li was ignored in the Lifetime film.

Across the US, it is considered statutory rape for anyone to have sexual contact with a child, under the age of 18. Yet the film seemed hell-bent on trying to romanticize what was a predatory relationship, regardless of what spin Lifetime’s and the movie’s executives desperately tried to pretty it up. Kelly’s exploits with under-aged girls are well-known and he has the many court charges and appearances to prove it. Nevertheless, Lifetime, Wendy Williams, Debra Martin Chase and all the other persons associated with this disgraceful material felt comfortable framing half of a so-called Aaliyah movie in the context of a “relationship” with Kelly.

Aaliyah in "Queen of the Damned." which was ignored in the Lifetime movie.

Aaliyah in “Queen of the Damned.” which was ignored in the Lifetime movie.

Then there was the casting, which defied logic entirely. While Shipp is stunningly beautiful and has modest talent as a singer, she was unable to accurately convey Aaliyah’s range, dexterity and passion as a singer, dancer and actress, but she did the best she could. Who thought is was a good idea to cast a Derek Luke look-alike as Aaliyah’s uncle, a Drake look-alike as her brother Rashad, a Joe look-alike as Kelly, a hybrid of a skinny basketball player and a light-skinned person as the much darker, shorter, rounder Damon Dash, a light-skinned, skinny Missy Elliot and a thin, curly-haired Timbaland who looked like a school boy? Who signed off on such an atrocity?  Taking to Instagram, Timbaland dismissed the movie and urged people not to watch it, which was a silly move. How else will you know what it is like unless you watch it to the end?

Light-skinned, slender actors portrayed the dark-skinned, rounder Timbaland and Missy Elliot (inset) in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Light-skinned, slender actors portrayed the dark-skinned, rounder Timbaland and Missy Elliot (inset) in the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic.

Williams promoted the film relentlessly on her show and urged her viewers to watch the film. She should be ashamed of herself for having her name associated with this epic failure. So should Martin Chase. The fact that they lacked the family’s approval to play Aaliyah’s music does not mean that they could not have produced a movie that told her story with respect, addressed the Kelly debacle in ten minutes or so, showed her acting in “Romeo Must Die,” and “Queen of the Damned,” devoted appropriate time, care and attention to her successful alliance with Timbaland and Elliot as well as her relationship with Dash.

After all, the template for the film was provided by the book,”Aaliyah: More than a Woman,” written by a respected journalist, Christopher John Farley, a Jamaica-born industry veteran who worked at Time magazine, the Wall Street Journal and has been interviewed often on television about music matters. The Lifetime movie did not provide solid information for fans who were not born when Aaliyah was alive. Lifetime, Williams and Martin Chase have crossed the line and caused more harm than they could have imagined with this awful movie that elicited enormous feelings of anger, disappointment and shock. Shame on Lifetime! Shame on Wendy Williams! Shame on Debra Martin Chase!–OnPointPress.net.