Brooklyn’s female gang fight and feedback show lack of direction and dignity

 

Aniah Ferguson is arrested as the ring leader in the fight earlier this week at a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, New York.

A remorseless Aniah Ferguson smirks as she is arrested as the ring leader in the fight earlier this week at a fast food restaurant in Brooklyn, New York. Meanwhile, the victim, Ariana Taylor, basks in her newfound fame on social media, seemingly unclear about the damaging consequences associated with gang culture.

The brutal gang fight that took place at a fast food restaurant in Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York earlier this week garnered international attention after the video of the melee was posted on social media. Without missing a beat, 15-year-old victim Ariana Taylor gleefully posted pictures of herself and boasted about the fame that she feels that she has gained as a result of the fight.

While police arrested the main attacker in the fight, 16-year-old Aniah Ferguson, who has a history of assaults and arrests, and questions  other suspects, the lack of remorse, morality, direction, discipline, dignity and self-respect portrayed by the girls in the video is as appalling as it is heartbreaking. Where is the sense of pride, self-esteem and values that young women often embrace in their teenaged years? Such perspective is sadly missing from the girls involved in the disgraceful display of immodesty.

While attention is focused on the herd mentality that is being blamed for patrons who watched the fight while failing to call police, the central concern about young women showing a callous disregard for their bodies and well-being is overlooked. It is a troubling reality when girls engage in savage conduct that is more commonly associated with primitive times. It is even more disturbing that their conduct is cheered as routine entertainment instead of the pox on society that is really is. What a disgrace!!!-OnPointPress.net.

University of Oklahoma President expels racist students in swift, decisive move

David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former Democratic Sen., speaks at a bipartisan summit at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma and former Democratic Sen., speaks at a bipartisan summit at the University of Oklahoma, in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

By Carmen Glover
As soon as a video clip surfaced on social media on Monday, March 9,depicting  members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at the University of Oklahoma chanting derogatively that blacks will not allowed in the fraternity, the university’s president, David Boren, issued strong, forceful, condemnation:

“You are disgraceful. Real Sooners are not bigots,” The Oklahoman quoted him saying. Taking quick action, Boren ordered the students to leave the fraternity house by midnight on Tuesday, March 10. Television cameras showed the students packing up their belongings and leaving the fraternity house, which was stripped of its letters.

The national office for the fraternity closed the school’s chapter and suspended all of the house members, as Unheard, a black student organization, rallied on campus and spoke to the media. In the mushrooming scandal, offensive lineman Jean Delance, a highly positioned recruit, rescinded his agreement to commit to play at the school.

The offensive clip showed fraternity members on a bus enthusiastically chanting about denying blacks entry to the fraternity and vowing to lynch them instead.

“There will never be a n—-r SAE. You can hang him from a tree but he will never be a n—-r SAE,” they gleefully chanted, without a shred of humanity, embarrassment or decency.

By Tuesday afternoon, OU President Boren had enough, expelling two of the students who were identified in the clip. His statement appears below:–OnPointPress.net.

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Increased carrying charges/garage fees loom in Co-op City for new fiscal year

Co-op City is home to more than 50,000 residents.

Co-op City is home to more than 50,000 residents, who invested a significant amount of money in exchange for an affordable, safe, and comfortable housing environment.

By Carmen Glover

While taking a victory lap for ridding Co-op City of the destructive and corrupt Marion Scott Real Estate Inc. (MSI), the Riverbay Board of Directors, which manages Co-op City, announced in different financial presentations recently that carrying charges and parking garage fees will be increased by 4.5 percent during the upcoming fiscal year.

Aerial shot of Co-op City

Aerial view of Co-op City.

Sandwiched between providing a breakdown of the board’s reasons for settling an employee lawsuit brought against Riverbay Corporation and Marion Scott Real Estate Inc. for unlawful employment practices, board president Cleve Taylor suggested that imposing the increases was the best solution to settle the $8 million agreement and satisfy the cost of cleaning Co-op City’s cooling tower where legionella bacteria, which sickened several residents, was discovered by New York Department of Health.

For many shareholders, the increases add more burden to financially stretched households. However, the 4.5 percent increase will take effect in the fall of 2015, regardless of the disastrous impact shareholders anticipate.  For information about how to voice your concerns about the looming increases, contact Riverbay’s offices at 718-320-3300–OnPointPress.net.

Selma’s Bloody Sunday revisited 50 years later with voting rights imperiled

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President Barack Obama and the First Family join civil rights icons Rep. John Lewis, Amelia Boynton Robinson (in wheelchair), US Attorney General Eric Holder, Former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush, and thousands of marchers in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

On Saturday, March 7, on the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday attacks unleashed on marchers supporting the right of African-Americans to vote in the United States, President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American President, delivered a rousing speech at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named for a Ku Klux Klan leader.

President Obama and Rep. John Lewis embrace in Selma, AL.

President Obama and Rep. John Lewis embrace in Selma, AL.

Speaking after Rep. John Lewis, who was brutally beaten at the same bridge 50 years ago when he lead a group of marchers, President Obama stated:  “Our march is not yet finished but we’re getting closer.” President Obama decried injustice in education, law enforcement, and the attacks on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 stating “If we want to honor this day, let Congress restore the Voting Rights Act this year!” But he also chided residents for the chronic low voter turnout despite the struggles of civil rights activists “who gave their blood” to win the right to vote. Click here for the full transcript of President Obama’s speech as provided by Time magazine.

A rapt crowd listens as President Obama speaks in Selma, AL.

A rapt crowd listens as President Obama speaks in Selma, AL.

After the speech, the President, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, their children, former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush, Rep. John Lewis, US Attorney General Eric Holder, 100 members of Congress and thousands of enthusiastic supporters who came to bear witness to the 50-year commemoration of the march for voting rights, marched across the bridge in a poignant reflection of a journey that began decades ago and achieved numerous goals, with many unfinished ideals left to be realized. Meanwhile, in New York City, hundreds of citizens marched across the Brooklyn Bridge from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Borough Hall in solidarity with the Selma 50 marchers

Peaceful marchers were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

Peaceful marchers, including Rep. John Lewis (center being beaten), were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

The march from Selma, to Montgomery, Alabama took place after three attempts, including Bloody Sunday, which occurred on March 7, 1965 when marchers were beaten with clubs, attacked by dogs and some killed, as they attempted to cross the bridge. After making an appeal for support, Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., was joined by Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Diane Nash, other civil rights activists and a phalanx of religious leaders from different faiths in making the 50-plus mile trek to the State Capital in Montgomery, Alabama. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act later that year but recent changes have destroyed some of the provisions of the Voting Rights Act, leading to an increase in voter suppression incidents aimed at denying or restricting the right of African-Americans to vote.–OnPointPress.net.

OKC’s Russell Westbrook’s popularity soars in wide open NBA MVP race

(l-r) James Harden, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook have made strong cases for NBA MVP this season.

(l-r) James Harden, Stephen Curry, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook have made strong cases for NBA MVP this season.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

There are roughly six weeks left in the current NBA regular season and the race for NBA’s Most Valuable Player is still wide open. As teams finish the last quarter of the regular season, fans will weigh in on their favorite for MVP this year. The MVP race is indicative of an excellent NBA regular season that has about two thirids of the teams jockeying for playoff position at this time.

Karl Malone finished just ahead of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Duncan to win his 2nd MVP in 1998-99.

Karl Malone finished just ahead of Alonzo Mourning and Tim Duncan to win his 2nd MVP in 1998-99.

This MVP race is setting up to be the closest race since the 1998-99 lockout shortened NBA season when Karl Malone won his second MVP award. What makes this season comparable to that one is that there was no strong favorite to win the NBA title for that season which seemed to enhance the importance of the regular season. This season has the same uncertainty about the postseason, which makes playoff seeding and the regular season seem more important than usual. Here is the case for the top MVP candidates:

LeBron James is in the MVP conversation every season and this  year is no different. He might be in line for his 5th MVP this year.

LeBron James is in the MVP conversation every season and this year is no different. He might be in line for his 5th MVP this year.

Four- time regular season MVP-winner LeBron James is helping his Cleveland Cavaliers move up in the standings in the Eastern Conference while having his usual fantastic season. James is currently third in scoring with 26.3 ppg and seventh in assists at 7.3 apg. His value is not only determined simply by his numbers as the Cavaliers had a recent stretch of winning 19 out of 21 games. James can solidify his fifth MVP if his team can continue moving up in the standings because James will continue playing at his current high level.

Stephen Curry has emerged as a top star this year while his team has emerged as a title contender this season.

Stephen Curry has emerged as a top star this year while his team has emerged as a title contender this season.

Stephen Curry has helped the Golden State Warriors  reach the top of the Western Conference at this point of the season. Curry is currently fifth in scoring  with 23.8 ppg sixth in assists at 7.8 apg. Curry has seen his national profile grow in conjunction with the success of his team this season. At this time, the Warriors have the best record in the West at 47 – 12. If they can maintain their lead in the conference, it will greatly help Curry’s MVP case.

James Harden won the 6th man of the Year Award a few years ago while playing for the Thunder. Harden is hoping to add MVP to his mantle in Houston this year.

James Harden won the 6th man of the Year Award a few years ago while playing for the Thunder. Harden is hoping to add MVP to his mantle in Houston this year.

James Harden has been excellent this season for the Houston Rockets. His impact has  has been necessary with Dwight Howard’s many injuries. Harden is currently second in scoring with ppg 26.9 and tenth in assists at 7 apg. His scoring and playmaking have helped the Rockets stay in the hunt for home court advantage in the playoffs this season. If Harden can regain the scoring lead and help the Rockets finish as a top four seed in the West, it will drastically help his case for MVP.

Russell Westbrook's recent hot stretch has helped change perceptions that Westbrook is a selfish player. Westbrook may add regular season MVP to All-Star game MVP if continues playing at his current pace.

Russell Westbrook’s recent hot stretch has helped change perceptions that Westbrook is a selfish player. Westbrook may add regular season MVP to All-Star game MVP if continues playing at his current pace.

Russell Westbrook has helped keep the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff hopes alive with the prolonged absence of last season’s MVP Kevin Durant. Westbrook’s recent stretch of four consecutive triple-doubles has helped move him to the top of the NBA in scoring with 27 ppg and fourth in assists at 8.2 apg. The Thunder are still battling with the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot in a tough Western Conference. If Westbrook can maintain his high level of play and help the Thunder move up from the 8th seed, it would help his MVP case.

This season will be remembered for many things: James’ reunification in Cleveland, injuries to top stars, and the disappointment of some the NBA’s most esteemed franchises. However, the playoffs and MVP race will likely make this season remembered fondly for years to come.–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and a training/benefits consultant. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twiiter.com. For business inquiries contact (646)309-1938.

Reggae singer Etana performed at UN to promote Ebola fight

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Reggae singer Etana  received a standing ovation after her performance at the UN on 3/2/15.

By Tiffany Mea

On Monday, March 2, 2015 at the United Nations General Assembly Hall, reggae singer Etana and her band took the stage at the private concert “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future,” led by United African Congress, Give Them A Hand Foundation and the Friendship Ambassadors Foundation.

Etana  delivered a breathtaking set – performing songs off her latest album I Rise as well as her single “Better Tomorrow,” which has been chosen as the campaign’s official anthem. After final remarks from the National Chairman of UAC Dr. Mohammed Nurhussein, Etana returned to close the show with a grand finale performance of “Better Tomorrow” featuring Independent Artists United, where she brought the crowd to their feet for a standing ovation. Starting this week, fans can buy “Better Tomorrow” and all the proceeds go towards children orphaned by Ebola and rebuilding the communities affected in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Reggae singer Etana wowed the audience at the UN on Monday, March 2, 2015.

The song is currently featured on the iTunes. The “Stop Ebola and Build For the Future” event was hosted by NY1 News anchor Cheryl Wills with remarks from the Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon, United States Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, Sierra Leone Ambassador to the United Nations Vandi Minah, Italy Ambassador to the United Nations Sebastiano Cardi, TV personality and humanitarian Lisa Vanderpump, Dr. Howard Zucker (Acting Commissioner of Health for New York State) and former head of the NAACP Dr. Benjamin Chavis. The evening featured additional performances by Chieck Hamala Diabate and Band and Artists With One Voice, a collaboration of singers from Senegal, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Cameroon and Mali.

The concert was made possible through a partnership between the UAC, GTAH, the Permanent Mission of São Tomé and Principe, the Permanent Missions to the UN of Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea and the Observer Mission of the African Union as well as numerous nonprofit and community organizations, health professionals and faith-based groups. The Friendship Ambassadors Foundation will act as the 501(c) 3 nonprofit fiscal conduit. A series of online video shorts highlighting the issues and featuring the song “Better Tomorrow” was presented at the event.

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Reggae singer Etana sang at the UN to stop Ebola.

“When I wrote the song ‘Better Tomorrow’ I thought of Africa and how rich and beautiful the continent is yet there are so many struggling and suffering people and only a handful of very wealthy people,” Etana said. “I also had similar thoughts of people in America, South America, Jamaica, Haiti and India. I wanted the world to feel like I feel, that there must be a better tomorrow. When I heard that someone was so moved by the song that they wanted to use the song to help people affected by Ebola I was overwhelmed with emotions. I am so happy to see the song doing exactly what I wanted it to do – help, heal and strengthen humanity. I am grateful to everyone participating in the mission to help make it a very successful one. One perfect love to each and everyone.”

“We are honored to be asked to support this noble effort. Etana is the right artist to represent and ‘Better Tomorrow’ is the perfect song,” said Richard Lue, director of business development at VP Records.–OnPointPress.net.

Financial summit set for Atlanta, Georgia, with focus on empowerment

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Atlanta, GA: Urban Financial Services Coalition (UFSC) will host its 41st Annual Summit  in Atlanta, GA, from June 4 to 6.  The event will be hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and promises to be one of organization’s most strategic and powerful events of the year. The summit will provide attendees with information and tools that will allow them to be more strategic and profitable with their businesses, employers and communities.

The event will include information sessions and workshops that will focus on topics such as business development; career planning and management; information technology, cybersecurity, regulatory and economic updates; servant leadership; and wealth management. Additionally, the Mark 1 Emerging Leaders Program and Oratorical Competition will be offered to youth desiring to be future members of the financial services industry and a Community Empowerment Day will be offered free of charge to the Atlanta community. The Summit will culminate with an awards reception at which the UFSC will recognize its corporate sponsors and outstanding chapters, members and youth program participants. It goes without being said that Atlanta will be a wonderful location to have fun and build lasting personal and professional relationships.

Call (404) 443-1234 for hotel registrations and use the code UFSC or visit www.ufscnet.org for additional information about the Summit and check back often for updates regarding events and speakers. —OnPointPress.net.