WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Tuesday issued an unprecedented apology to black Americans for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws. "Today represents a milestone in our nation's efforts to remedy the ills of our past," said Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. The resolution, passed by voice vote, was the work of Tennessee Democrat Steve Cohen, the only white lawmaker to represent a majority black district. Cohen faces a formidable black challenger in a primary face-off next week. Congress has issued apologies before — to Japanese-Americans for their internment during World War II and to native Hawaiians for the overthrow of the Hawaiian kingdom in 1893. In 2005, the Senate apologized for failing to pass anti-lynching laws. Five states have issued apologies for slavery, but past proposals in Congress have stalled, partly over concerns that an apology would lead to demands for reparations — payment for damages. The Cohen resolution does not mention reparations. It does commit the House to rectifying "the lingering consequences of the misdeeds committed against African-Americans under slavery and Jim Crow." It says that Africans forced into slavery "were brutalized, humiliated, dehumanized and subjected to the indignity of being stripped of their names and heritage" and that black Americans today continue to suffer from the consequences of slavery and Jim Crow laws that fostered discrimination and segregation. The House "apologizes to African-Americans on behalf of the people of the United States, for the wrongs committed against them and their ancestors who suffered under slavery and Jim Crow." "Slavery and Jim Crow are stains upon what is the greatest nation on the face of the earth," Cohen said. Part of forming a more perfect union, he said, "is such a resolution as we have before us today where we face up to our mistakes and apologize as anyone should apologize for things that were done in the past that were wrong." Cohen became the first white to represent the 60 percent black district in Memphis in more than three decades when he captured a 2006 primary where a dozen black candidates split the vote. He has sought to reach out to his black constituents, and early in his term showed interest in joining the Congressional Black Caucus until learning that was against caucus rules. Another of his first acts as a freshman congressman in early 2007 was to introduce the slavery apology resolution. His office said that the House resolution was brought to the floor only after learning that the Senate would be unable to join in a joint resolution. More than a dozen of the 42 Congressional Black Caucus members in the House were original co-sponsors of the measure. The caucus has not endorsed either Cohen or his chief rival, attorney Nikki Tinker, in the Memphis primary, although Cohen is backed by several senior members, including Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel, D-N.Y. Tinker is the former campaign manager of Harold Ford, Jr., who held Cohen's seat until he stepped down in an unsuccessful run for the Senate in 2006. The bill is H. Res. 194
Its apparent to the corporate power structure, that there is a good chance that Obama may become the leader of the free world. I just want you to watch how dirty it will get. Mccain comparing Obama to Paris and Britney, now thats funny he is grasping at straws. He is so out of touch. Its time for the good old boys to sit back and let someone else run things for a while. I think we will see all the dirty tricks by the republicans until the last hanging chad is counted.
What's the buzz about bees? Lately there seems to be a lot of talk about bees, honey bees in particular. In recent years, there has been a drastic and mysterious die-off of honey bee colonies. Although not unusual in the bee business, this latest decline in populations has many people talking.
Although there is an increasing demand for pollination services, the number of honey bee colonies has dropped to about 2.5 million from more than 4 million in the 1970's. There are several reasons as to why this may be happening: loss of habitat, pesticide use, unspecified fungal diseases or mite infestations. Scientists now believe that much of the decline is due to Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD, which refers to the unexplained disappearance and dying off of honey bee colonies. Little is known about CCD, and that has many beekeepers, farmers and the general public worried. Recently Congress has taken up this issue as concern grows about what will happen to our bee dependent crops, if these insects continue to disappear.
Read the Congressional Research Service's report to Congress.
Honey Bees: Nature's Greatest Pollinators It cannot be denied that the honey bee is the greatest pollinating machine when it comes to agriculture. Their large perennial colonies can be moved to wherever they are needed and they can communicate direction and distance from the hive to nectar sources. Honey bees also practice flower fidelity which makes them very efficient pollinators. Flower fidelity is the habit of concentrating on one specific specie of flower when gathering and transferring pollen even though the insect is attracted to a large variety of flowers.
Honey bees are also excellent at finding the most abundant and sweetest source of nectar near the colony. Scouts communicate information about the source to their brood with what is called “dance language”. Even in the darkness of the hive, the direction in which a bee is dancing can be easily followed by other worker bees and the odor of the nectar that the dancer provides gives the followers a clue as to what kind of flower the dancer has found. This unique language, the societal habits of a colony and their proficiency in pollination has made the honey bee an interesting and popular specimen to study for science and agriculture.
How Bee Pollination Works Pollination is the transfer of pollen grains between the male germ cell of a plant (anther) and the female reproductive system (stigma) in seed plants. It is a vital process for both plants and humans; without it plants would not be able to reproduce and crop bearing plants would not be fertilized enough for necessary food yields.
In many plants, the anther and stigma of a single flower mature at different times, so pollen must be moved from one flower to another. Insects - including bees, wasps and hornets - move the pollen from one flower to another so new fruit can be formed. Pollen can also be spread to plants by the wind but the pollen of alfalfa, almonds, avocados, cotton, and peaches and many other plants, needs to be carried by insects, and bees do this job better then any other specie.
The National Honey Board offers brochure on pollination for more detailed information.
Colony Collapse Disorder It seems that every few years or so there is a large die-off of bees that concerns scientists, agriculturalists and beekeepers. In the late 1980's tracheal and varroa mites infested beehives, decimating bee colony populations. Tracheal mites haven't posed much of a problem in the past several years, however Varroa mites continue to spread viruses which lead to parasitic mite syndrome. In the fall of 2006 a problem was noticed that was first called “fall dwindling” but was later renamed as Colony Collapse Disorder, or CCD. CCD is characterized as sudden die-off of bee colonies brought on by the disappearance of adult bees from their hives.
According to researchers symptoms of CCD are:
In collapsed colonies...
The complete absence of adult bees in colonies, with no or little build up of dead bees in the colonies or in front of those colonies. Capped broods - collective of cells where larvae have spun their cocoon and sister bees have capped their cells as they go into the pupa stage - are present. The presence of honey and bee bread that is not immediately robbed by others Delayed attacks by hive pests - wax moths and hive beetles for example.
In actively collapsing colonies...
An insufficient amount of bees are available to handle the brood. Young adults seem to make up the workforce. The queen bee is still present. The brood is reluctant to consume any feed available in the hive. Although honey bee colony losses are not uncommon, current losses seem to differ from past situations in that: adult bees are not returning to the hive - which is uncharacteristic of bee behavior; losses have occurred rapidly and in large numbers; and, most importantly, the reason why these losses are occurring is unknown.
For additional information on Colony Collapse Disorder, visit the USDA Agricultural Research Service. For information on the spread of CCD in the United States, check out Bee Alert Technologies, Inc. and the data gathered from its recent survey on the disappearing bee phenomenon.
Native Bees: Alternative Pollinators There are 3,500 species of native bees in North America. Also called pollen bees or solitary bees, these species are not widely used in the pollination of agricultural crops. But they could be. In fact, there are advantages in using native bees as pollinators. They show efficiency in pollination because they fly faster, stay in one crop rather than move around from one to another and the males of these species will also pollinate, unlike honey bees.
Unfortunately, many native bees appear to be in decline as well. Ironically, it is the farms that need bees the most that play a large part in this. Farms that destroy habitat and overuse pesticides prevent native bees from sticking around. However, there are solutions. Efforts have been made to restore natural habitat for native bees, and less abrasive ways to control mites are being researched. Another reason to keep native bees near - wild bees may help smaller colonies of honeybees pollinate better. Additional information on native bees as pollinators can be found at The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service publication on alternative pollinators. The Xerces Society - an organization interested in the conservation of invertebrates - also offers literature on "protecting, enhancing or creating habitats for pollinator insects."
What brings out MTV News, AllHipHop.com, Access Hollywood, The Colbert Report and, well, us? A Nas-led protest outside News Corp. today, home of Fox News Channel.
The hip-hop star (left) joined about 50 protesters, (less than another anti-FNC protest in 2004) from two organizations: ColorofChange.org and MoveOn.org who called on the network to, "stop its racist smears against the Obamas and other Black Americans."
Also in attendance — more than 620,000 signed petitions. Andre Banks, deputy director of Color of Change, told TVNewser the plan was to bring the boxes in one by one, but in the end, "They refused to accept the petitions. They just don't want to hear it."
The protesters stood quietly for about an hour until Nas appeared, most holding pre-made or hand-made signs. Many Fox News employees came to check out the scene, including Red Eye host Greg Gutfeld and some of the show's staff. "This is quite possibly the most boring protest ever," he told us.
But that was before Nas arrived. The hip-hop star emerged from an SUV to a flutter of cameras, made his way to the front of the protesters and gave a short speech, before heading back into the SUV.
A Fox News spokesperson tells TVNewser, "Fox News believes in all protesters exercising their right to free speech, including Nas, who has an album to promote."
About 15 minutes after leaving, Nas returned, and he had something to say.
"They messed with the wrong person," said Nas. "They know what time it is."
He said he was disappointed the petitions weren't able to be delivered, but "we're going to work on it." Banks tells TVNewser the next step will be to compile the petitions in a spreadsheet and email it to Fox News.
The protesters' grievances include the terrorist fist jab comment, Liz Trotta's Obama-Osama mix-up and Bill O'Reilly's lynching comment.
Nas and Fox News have a history going back to last fall. It led Nas to produce the song "Sly Fox" on his new album. John Gibson took on the rapper in October over his purported album title. Gibson may address the protest today on his radio show — a staffer was on hand to get audio for a possible segment.
But Nas vs. O'Reilly has been the biggest story. Last August, O'Reilly questioned the decision to have the rapper at a Virginia Tech tribute show, and Nas fired back, including challenging O'Reilly to a debate. Today on The Radio Factor, O'Reilly talked about the protest.
We asked Banks how he thinks FNC handled the Rev. Jesse Jackson off-air comments. He said it was, "good to see Fox exercise restraint in how they cover things."
As for any bias against Barack Obama, FNC announced yesterday that Bill Hemmer will interview Obama in London on Saturday, and Fox News has two seats on the press plane during the presumptive nominee's overseas trip.
Yo i really tried to lay off this one, funny shit is this is real old too me(Everyday im Hustilin... old). I didnt beieve it when my man told me. (Yo Marly you were on point) but i guess a nigga got to make a buck. Like Consequence said "dont quit your day job". I see it like this if he was a C.O hopefully he was dirty, sneaking something in and making some tax free cash. (Yeah i root for the villian) but it looks like the gig is up homeboy, cop to it, go get rehab, hey go get shot or arrested, but for real aint nothing wrong with being a citizen, not everyone is a solidier.
(jacked from Allhiphop) By Roman Wolfe The questions over Rick Ross’ previous employment status has seemingly been answered by website TheSmokingGun.com, which released records showing the Miami rapper was at one time a corrections officer.
Ross, born William Roberts, is known for his gritty tales of drug dealing and the street life, but he also apparently graduated from the Florida Department of Corrections (DoC) training academy.
The rapper's social security number matches that of a William Roberts, who was assigned to the South Florida Reception Center in Dade County.
The 32-year-old rapper was appointed a prison guard in December of 1995 at the tender age of 19. He left the job in 1997.
In a previous statement Ross denied the allegations and labeled pictures of him in a correctional officer’s uniform were fraudulent.
"My life is 100% real," Ross told AllHipHop.com in a previous statement regarding the photo. "These online hackers putting a picture of my face when I was a teenager in high school on other peoples' body. If this s**t was real don't you think they would have more specifics, like dates and everything? I'm in the entertainment business and a lot of people who like to hate because I'm on top of my game. Like I said before my life is 100% real. I live by this die by this. Fake pictures are created by the fake, meant to entertain the fake."
The woman identified in the pictures shaking hands with Ross is Marta Villacort, who was head of the South Florida Reception Center.
At press time, Rick Ross was unavailable for a comment on the prison report.
Obama ‘slave’ shirt sparks lawsuit threat Designer claims unhappy customer got assaulted, now wants to sue by metro / metro new york
JUL 17, 2008 When a 25-year-old Manhattan graduate student who was assaulted Tuesday night got dressed that morning, she probably didn’t anticipate that her T-shirt would provoke four teens into shoving her, pulling out her earphones and spitting in her face.
Wearing the $69 T-shirt that sparked the alleged assault, designer Apollo Braun flashes a peace sign. (Photo: ) Then again, with a shirt sporting the slogan, “Obama is my slave,” it may have been wise to consider the possibility. Now she’s suing the $69 shirt’s designer, Apollo Braun, for “all he’s got,” the designer claims. But the Israeli-born Braun — born Doron Braunshtein — says what allegedly happened to his now-disgruntled customer isn’t his fault — and that his outrageous design reflects not his views but those of “ordinary WASPs.” “For a lot of people, when they see Obama, they see a slave. People think America is not ready for a black president,” Braun told Metro from his five-year-old Orchard Street boutique. Braun claims that after the customer — who did not return repeated calls from Metro — threatened to sue, he contacted his own lawyer, who assured him he was shielded by the First Amendment from any legal action. The ugly incident over the ugly shirt took place at 8:30 p.m. in Union Square, Braun told Metro, when four African-American female teenagers accosted the student, cursed at her for her shirt and pushed her. According to the designer, the student walked away, but the girls followed her, one pulling the earphones out of her ears, another spitting in her face. This isn’t Braun’s first sartorial criticism of the Democratic presidential presumptive nominee. He has also sold shirts with slogans such as “Jews Against Obama,” “Obama = Hitler” and “Who Killed Obama?” — which he claims was so popular, he moved 1,200 pieces. “I can’t stand Obama,” Braun says, adding that it’s not because the Illinois senator is black. “That’s the only thing I like about him. He opens the door for other minorities.” “He reminds me of Adolf Hitler,” Braun explained, adding he does not like Obama because “he is a Muslim” — a thoroughly debunked myth. by s. spencer scott
Love him or hate him, he sure hits the nail on the head with this! Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school. He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.
Life is not fair – get use to it! The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself. You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school. You won’t be a vise-president with a car phone until you earn both. If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity. If you mess up, it’s not your parents’-fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them. Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now. They got that way from paying your bills, cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in own room. Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. This doesn’t bear slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life. Life is not divided into semesters. You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. Do that on your own time… Television is NOT real life. In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you’ll end up working for one.
Defend Queens people!! just thought I would get that off of my chest. How many heads remember The Rink or Skate Key or Empire Skate ring? The one that is the closest to my heart is the one that isn’t around anymore USA Skate ring, it was in Woodside, Queens under the 7 train. I seen some of the best shows there Stetsasonic, Ultra Magnetic, Just-Ice, Krs-1, Kool G R, and Roxanne Shante with her warm up man or man-child Nasty Nas. Im talking hip hop people, you know the days when wind breakers was in fashion with Cazals and fat laces, wait I think I just seen a young me on the train today, every thing goes in circles especially fashion and music. And today we bring you the back to real music Nas and his untitled album. I have had many a discussion with Nas appreciators and haters, long discussions on why isn’t he rhyming like he use to. Where are all of the brilliant street poetry, the demonic electronic emcee, some of my friends haven’t given Nas any props since he went commercial and made songs with Genuine, with this album I hope your happy, this guy is a musician, he has made such an assortment of music with so many feels that you have to compare him with jazz greats to really get what he has meant to hip hop. No im not a #1 fan. To me he only has three classics everything else was filler. But I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time here is a little gem I blew the dust off of for you as a gift….
Now down to business the Untitled album is a classic to me. Not just that each song stands out as a club banger but as a complete album its FIRE. It like if someone in the early 70 made the album today. It’s a Black power album it’s a concept album and you don’t see quality concept albums anymore not like “It takes a nation of millions to hold us back” by P.E. It is as if I was listening to the son of P.E spiting fire to the youth. What an appropriate time to drop an album like N***R, especially with Jesse (Im going to cut that N****R nuts off”) Jackson showing what a hypocrite is. These old fools want the youth to “Kiss their anointing ring” but truth be told, they never were our leaders, they never represented the Hip Hop generation. Thank you Nas for making a thought proving album……………
I like to welcome you to the cherry popping of pinkys (not the Porn s tar) quest to take over the world. Allow me the pleasure of introducing myself and my armies' eventual attack on all things bad and good in Hip Hop. Whats up Im known to the world as Guds aka gudtyme I rep with a crew called The Officials. I know Hip Hop, I am Hip Hop!! I read allot of blogs some i find informative (DallasPenn.com, NahRight, MissInfo.tv) top 3 on the net these are written by people with HipHop in their dna. Its funny how the internet has changed, and shaped the availability of Hip Hop in the Afro-Punk age. We are very Max Headroom these days with Vlogs popping up like pimples on Moniques ass. We dont need if ever there was a need for T.V, its all at our fingertips, at a click of a button I can watch every episode of lost to find the hidden Dharma symbol on Bens Jacket, or catching up with the Ice-T vs Soulja Boy drama, or CNN where i can see old ass Jesse Jackson embarrassing his bitter and old ass (what a shame out with the old in with the new)
So lets start this party off the way it should really go down in my book. I am going to start with a brilliant clip by THE INTERNET CELEBRITIES my Fam-a-lam Dallas and Rafi. This is how you get your ghetto brunch on....
My boy Dj J.Period invited me out to The Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival @ DUMBO on Saturday, and it was refreshing to see Hip Hop was still alive. To tell you the truth I think allot of the new tight jean weird nerdy new wave Hip Hop dudes suck lyrically, but i understand the need for change De La did it so Buck the system with your spandex you cool kids. There definitely was some interesting acts but the finale "stole the show then left without a clue, what does it take to make up K-R-S...." Yes the BlastMaster was in the building and he lived up to his rep as HIP HOP incarnate. I wont lie I was a little thrown when he was making reference to Obama and Dickhead Cheanys' kinship (cousins). No matter if only certain bloodlines are allowed to excel in politics, I thought it was politricks by KRS1 trying to influence peoples view on politics, and sway who they will support. But sometimes people are never happy. He did do a very important thing for hip hop and politics, he brought Kevin Powell out on stage (who by the way has no idea the rules on throwing out cds to a crowd. the one person who got rained on with about 50 cds could not be happy about it. ) I think this day celebrated this small but enourmous step for hip hop. Have you ever heard of Kevin Powell? The short of the long is that he was a writer for Vibe magazine, and he has some of the best interviews with the people that have mattered in Hip Hop. I still have the Tupac issue (out on bail fresh out jail...) that issue was crack. Kevin may incited the whole East coast/ West coast rivalry, but he was at festival with a way better position. He is currently running for Congress. I actually was very impressed by the things he said and his swagger was at level 10 with a low yankee fitted , he kept it brooklyn. I really think he was the most important person at the show. If he makes it to Congress hopefully he will represent Hip Hop culture the voice of change and revolution. Good luck Kevin thanks for the cd.
And now back to the show. KRS1 show was worth every penny i didnt pay to see it(artistic lamenation). He freestyled a good portion of the show, he was on point, it was cool that his back drop was the three bridges it made his material so visceral. First he started to rhyme to the people on the observation deck of the Brooklyn bridge, that was overlooking the show and you could tell they could hear him cause they screamed, then he referenced the bridge that started his careerthe 59th st bridge(Queensbridge) way to surreal. He went in on his extensive catalogue most of the political stuff "black cop" and "Sound of the police" (I had my own silent protest during "the bridge is over" QUEENS NEVER FAKING IT!!!!!!!) For those who have been life long fans of KRS like DJMARKX it was really satisfying to hear New York HIP HOP live and loud.
My favorite part of the show had to have been J.Period(Young Ron) and his special guests (yo.ron Who was the Fly kid in Purple throwing out cd like chinese stars?)First Jeru the Damaja hit the stage and did his set of classics and without pause like a mixtape, the piano drops on LL's "I shot ya" and right on cue Keith Murry touched down and riped like a "mini-mac to your back". There were a few technical difficulties but whats Hip-Hop without a dj or two messing shit up"drop it on the four?".....Thank goodness no one spazzed on thier dj's. Speaking of djs Premo was in the house. That man has made so many real Hip Hop records it's a shame the crowd was so worn out from the opening acts and the heat to really give it up when Preme was on the set. (Was i really in BK? When have you ever been to a concert in BK and Premo plays a biggie record and the response is half ass? Try July 12th. BlackMoon was in the house and Buckshot ripped his set like it was 94 sans the backack. I got to check out the new kids Micky Factz and Blu & Exile its good to see the kids push the envelope overall it was a good day for Hip Hop. Shout out too ShadowPlastic.com for the fly t-shirt.......
Eat your favorite hiphoper!!!!!
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put it (your favorite rapper) in your mouth !!!!!!
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