Al Sharpton, Carl Redding, Failed Relationships, Law and order, Politics

Many are “pissed” with Al Sharpton


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And one of them is his former Chief of Staff, Mr. Carl S. Redding (pictured with him above). In another article written by Redding and circling the internet, the man who was once considered a mentor; is now being chastised and blasted by Redding for failing to uphold his loyalty to ‘the cause’ he was once so passionate about.

In Redding’s article, he mentions the lawsuit Sharpton is named in by media mogul Byron Allen. He also recalls when Obama ran in 2008, how Sharpton failed to endorse the democratic candidate in favor of Hilary Clinton instead. Yet Sharpton has managed to rise in Obama’s good graces with access to the oval office.

Redding’s article is entitled “The Epic Failure of Al Sharpton towards the African American Community” By Carl Redding…If you recall Redding penned an “open letter” to Sharpton a couple of months back.

The recent lawsuit filed by media mogul Byron Allen against Comcast and the Reverend Al Sharpton, is telling for a number of critical reasons. Allen correctly asserts that Sharpton has done very little to use his visible platform as host of the MSNBC prime-time show Politics Nation, to advocate for African-Americans as a whole. Nor has Sharpton advocated for the hiring of other African-American hosts to join him on the popular network. This was the main criticism of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) in 2011, who publicly protested when it was announced that Sharpton had taken the job that a respected Black journalist should have gotten in the first place.

That’s a shame, because for years, Sharpton has argued that more Blacks should have access to the public airwaves. I believe that Allen’s lawsuit will finally expose Sharpton for the whole world to see.

As mainstream media continues to hail Sharpton’s rise to prominence as a metamorphosis or reinvention, it’s clear that he operates as a one-man show whose focus is squarely on Al Sharpton. I should know. I spent eight plus years as the chief of staff for National Action Network, the organization that I helped him to create in 1991. I traveled the country and the world with him and was a trusted advisor. In the beginning, I was a believer who was firmly committed to his cause and the cause for civil rights. But over time, it became obviously clear to me that Sharpton was no Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who used his public platform to advocate for a change in the laws.

Just name one case over the past two decades where Sharpton’s activism has brought about systemic change? In fact, on most of the police brutality cases in recent years where African Americans were senselessly gunned down by overzealous officers, Sharpton’s involvement has resulted in a grand jury refusing to indict the officers.

In the case of Akai Gurley in New York, where the family deliberately requested that Sharpton stay away, a grand jury swiftly indicted the police officer who shot the young, unarmed Black man. It appears that Sharpton’s absence brought about a victory for this grieving family. This example alone shows that among Black folks, Sharpton’s support, which was once strong in the 1980s and 1990s, has since diminished greatly.

Though his public persona has been strengthened by his access to President Obama and the White House, he has not properly leveraged this relationship to benefit Blacks as a whole. Can you imagine Dr. King gloating over visiting Lyndon B. Johnson in the White House? Or rejoicing over the opportunity to be invited to the White House to watch a Super bowl game? Absolutely not! King went to the White House with one focus in mind: to push Johnson to pass the Civil Rights Bill and the Voting Rights Act.

That’s why we march in Selma on the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and it’s why Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay rightly produced Selma, which accurately chronicles King’s fight for racial equality. Sharpton, who claims to be in the King tradition, has been grossly ineffective in helping to groom a generation of activists who will come after he and the likes of Reverend Jesse Jackson, to continue the long and important fight for social justice.

With Obama in the White House and Eric Holder in the Justice Department, Sharpton has squandered the opportunity to push the White House and Congress to enact any meaningful legislation. In fact, I recall that during the 2008 election, his support for the President came during the last days of the campaign. Although I and a number of prominent politicians backed Obama, Sharpton refused to endorse him and suggested that his chances for winning the White House were slim to none. “Rev, I’m going with Obama,” I explicitly told Sharpton in 2008. His response was deeply frustrating. “You gotta be out of your fucking mind if you think Black folks and people in America are going to vote for a nigger with a Muslim name Barack Obama. You need to support Hillary Clinton, who is your sitting U.S. Senator from New York because you’ve got to work with her when she becomes President.”

Today, Sharpton claims to have been with Obama from the beginning, but if you check the record, his criticism of the former Illinois Senator was harsh and demeaning.

Black folks deserve more from those who claim to be public servants. At a time when the prison industrial system continues to incarcerate young Black men, it’s sad that neither Sharpton, Holder nor Obama have addressed this very issue. This crisis is very personal for me because my very own brother currently sits in a Utah prison cell, for up to five years, for a non-violent crime. Sadly, Obama uses Sharpton as his personal pit bull to silence any Black criticism directed his way.

With the lack of Black and Browns on television—as anchors, producers, writers and owners—Allen’s grievance is all the more important because he is speaking truth to power.

In a multi-billion dollar industry, Allen is shedding light on the viciousness of white supremacy, where Blacks are handpicked to remain silent for a few pieces of silver. For Sharpton, this has become a regular trend.

Last October, he sold out the Black community yet again when he published a book with Cash Money Records which promotes senseless violence and misogyny against African Americans in general, and Black women in particular.

At the time, I urged Sharpton to give back the blood money and apologize for his wrongdoing. He didn’t listen to me, but maybe he’s listening now that he has to answer to a lawsuit filed by a credible and respected Black entrepreneur.

What do you think? Is Redding’s gripe legit? Sound off here and feel free to share.

 

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Al Sharpton, Law and order, Lawsuits

The Rev. Al Sharpton Is Not Having a Good Week!


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First Eric Gardner’s daughter Erica, went on camera exposing the founder of NAN (The National Action Network), as “Being all about the money“. Erica, whose father was the chokehold victim by Staten Island police, also complained that the Staten Island director of Sharpton’s National Action Network, Cynthia Davis, scolded her for handing out street fliers about her father’s case that did not include NAN’s logo.

Now in another bombshell revelation about the good right Rev. Al Sharpton, The National Association of African-American Owned Media claims, Comcast paid Sharpton and his National Action Network a cool $3.8 million dollars — so that he wouldn’t complain about the lack of black cable TV programming.

The Cable giant is suing Sharpton siting, that the activist would keep his $750,000-a-year gig as host on MSNBC which it co-owns even as his ratings slump and his ratings are slumping. However Sharpton was paid cash donations in exchange for not screaming about Comcast lack of solely black-owned channels.

The lawsuit — decrying the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner — said that Comcast carries just one completely black-owned channel, The Africa Channel, and that Time Warner is no better.

The group’s allegations of payouts also factor in Sharpton’s TV salary, which he has been receiving since starting to host MSNBC’s “PoliticsNation” in 2011, the suit says.

Sharpton says, “the lawsuit is frivolous at best” but it seems he’s made a lot of enemies on his ride to easy street.

Blog talk radio, Conversations Of A Sistah, Law and order, RESPECT YOURSELF, Tracy L. Bell, Tracy L. Bell - Blog Talk Radio, You Tube Videos

Are teens lacking RESPECT? Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


“Conversations Of A Sistah” is back with a vengeance and ready to tackle a serious subject and conversation at hand; are teenagers lacking respect and reverence for those in authority? Where is the RESPECT that follows an elder in position?

My topic comes as a disturbing video surfaced online of a ninth grade Paterson, New Jersey student who attacked his teacher in the classroom for confiscating his cell phone during class. The attack which was captured on video shown above, has gone viral on Facebook and youtube and shows the student slamming his 62 year old teacher to the floor in an effort to retrieve his cell phone back. The 23-second video shows the 16-year-old with his arms wrapped around the teacher, knocking him into an empty desk.

The district filed a complaint against the student earlier this week, a spokes­woman said, and Paterson police said they arrested him at his home on Friday.

He said the teacher apparently confiscated the phone — which belonged to the assailant — from another student. The principal said students are allowed to use cellphones in class for academic purposes, but staff may take the devices and return them at the end of the day if students use them for other reasons.

Many questions have been raised since this incident such as; who are the boys parents? Why is a lack of disrespect evident in the teens behavior? And should the parents be held accountable?

Join me tonight at 6:30 p.m. on “Conversations Of A Sistah” via Blog Talk Radio.com for this much needed discussion.

I will be taking your phone calls on the subject at 1-917-889-7872. Please press “1” to speak with me the host.

All “Conversation” links in this post will access the show…see you on the air!

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Hands Up – Don’t Shoot!!! Tonight on “Conversations Of A Sistah”


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On Tuesday evening a Ferguson Missouri special grand jury, hand picked by the County Prosecutor, Robert McCulloch failed to indict policeman Darren Wilson for the killing of an unarmed black teen. The announcement of “no indictment” came after 8:00 PM and sparked outrage in the streets of Ferguson and throughout cities across the U.S.

Michael Brown was killed by Wilson on August 9 with his hands raised in the universal symbol of surrender and retreat. It was later revealed that Brown yelled “Don’t shoot!” before he was gunned down in a hail of 10 bullets.

Join me tonight at 6:30 PM on “Conversations Of A Sistah” via Blog Talk Radio.com as my guest, hip-hop lyricist K.Y.D. Works (Hassan Barrow), return to the show to talk about his organization’s crusade to help end an epidemic of gun violence that is killing our people and prevalent in our communities. And to discuss with me, how the lost lives of black males in this country have been on the rise.

All “Conversation links” in this post make it possible to access the online show.

See you on the air!

Comedian, Law and order, Lawsuits, Rape

Comedian Bill Cosby…is really a rapist?


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Bill Cosby…is a rapist

Bill Cosby is best remembered for The Cosby Show, Fat Albert and those Jell-O pudding pop commercials but lately, the comedian who has that ‘father figure’ image is being accused of sexual assault. An image that is contradictory to this voice and message he sends to the black community.

Comedian Hannibal Buress jogged our memory in a stand up routine he did last weekend and reminded us all that Bill Cosby is an accused rapist. Buress homed in during his set Thursday at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia (Cosby’s home town).

“And it’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fucking smuggest old black man public persona that I hate,” Buress said.  “Pull your pants up, black people. I was on TV in the ’80s. I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom. Yeah, but you raped women, Bill Cosby. So, brings you down a couple of notches. … I’ve done this bit onstage, and people don’t believe. People think I’m making it up. …That shit is upsetting. If you didn’t know about it, trust me. You leave here and google ‘Bill Cosby rape.’ It’s not funny. That shit has more results than Hannibal Buress.” 

Burress is correct!

The myriad allegations leveled against Bill Cosby over the years are no joke. In 2004, Andrea Constand brought a civil lawsuit against Cosby that grew to include 13 other women, all of whom reported being drugged and raped by one of America’s most beloved entertainers. Cosby settled with her under undisclosed terms in 2006. 

Notably, two other women — who presumably had nothing to gain financially, as the statute of limitations had run out on their cases — also shared their stories with major media outlets. Their accounts included  similar details: Cosby took them under his wing and, on multiple occasions, fed them alcohol laced with drugs and assaulted them.

And yet, despite the multiple victims and reports of a decades-long streak of rape, America seems to have chosen to forgive and forget. Completing the circle of denial, Cosby’s new biography conspicuously omits his sexual assault allegations, as if they never happened. Cosby and his lawyers are slick, they prove that with money and power, incidents like this can be swept and kept under a rug.

So there it is people, Dr. Huxtable — America’s dad — isn’t that lovable television character “in real life” who visited your living rooms week after week. The man is a slick accused rapist. His time is up though and I believe his season of exposure has come. Why? Because in time, God reveals all things.