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19/10/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Victims of Russell “Rush Card” Simmons Barred From Filing Lawsuits Over Missing Money?

Victims of Russell “Rush Card” Simmons Barred From Filing Lawsuits Over Missing Money?

Russell “Rush Card” Simmons was present at the Million Man March where several thousand black people gathered to discuss empowerment. Only days later, thousands of Rush Card users were reporting not being able to withdraw money from the cards backed by Simmons. Apparently, the problem was due to a “glitch” in the software. Now it turns out that the disaffected customers don’t even have the right to sue.

From KMOV:

Rush Card customers told Eyewitness News they are angry after losing access to their money over the last few days.


Some are unable to pay bills while others said they’re racking up late fees. It’s because of a technology glitch.


Rush cards are essentially a pre-paid card used as a tool to rebuild credit history. People can have their paychecks sent right to the card and can also pay their bills online.

And from  Channel 2 Action News:

“I think they deserved to be sued, but apparently, we don’t have that right,” said J.L. Worrford, of Gainesville.


He told consumer investigator Jim Strickland his family had not eaten in two days because all their money was tied up in the RushCard debit system; the system crashed over the weekend during a computer upgrade.


The contract says in case of a dispute, neither party will have the right to a jury trial, and it forbids class action lawsuits.

“I want to personally reassure you that your funds are safe and that we are addressing every issue as quickly as possible,” Simmons said in a video on his Facebook page. “I deeply apologize for the hardship this is causing and give you my solemn commitment that we will fix these problems.”

He also tweeted that he was “praying” for the people who had been negatively impacted by the Rush Card. Those people would probably appreciate a check for whatever late fees and inconvenience they incurred.


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15/10/15 Black Media , Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

White People Use “Next Door” Website to Report “Suspicious” Black Neighbors Making U-Turns, Walking

White People Use “Next Door” Website to Report “Suspicious” Black Neighbors Making U-Turns, Walking

An investigative report by East Bay Express found that white residents of an Oakland community were using a website to broadcast “suspicious activity” about their black neighbors.

At issue is how the website, intended as a private social network, is being used to warn white neighborhood residents about blacks doing ordinary things.

From Express:

Over the last two years, their neighborhood has become overrun with racial profiling — but not by police, rather by mostly white residents incorrectly assuming that people of color who are walking, driving, hanging out, or living in the neighborhood are criminal suspects. These residents often don’t recognize that they may have long held racial prejudices or unconscious biases, but recently, they’ve been able to instantly broadcast their unsubstantiated suspicions to thousands of their neighbors with the click of a mouse.

White residents have used the website to organize against blacks in the community and target them for police harassment. They have deemed people of color suspicious for minor things such as walking and making U-turns in the street.

“These posts cast such a wide net on our young Black men,”  Shikira Porter, an Upper Dimond resident, told Express. “You start seeing this over and over again, and you understand quickly that, oh, it’s the Black body that they’re afraid of.”

Now co-founder and CEO Nirav Tolia is planning to make some changes to the website to combat the rampant racial harassment of black and brown people.

“We are incredibly saddened that some neighbors have used Nextdoor in this way. Simply stated: we consider profiling of any kind to be unacceptable,” he said.

He continued: “Moving forward, we are creating ways to remind members of these Guidelines when they post in the Crime and Safety section. We are investigating better techniques for keeping divisive discussions productive, and we are partnering with conflict resolution experts for training and product feedback. This is an important cause for us and we won’t let up.”

Watch the report below:


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08/10/15 Black Media , Black News , Black Politics , ybw #

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Latest Defense of Obama: Clinton Was Worse

Rev. Al Sharpton’s Latest Defense of Obama: Clinton Was Worse

by Yvette Carnell

The preacher who was handpicked to become President Obama’s ambassador to the African-American community is now grasping at straws in a last ditch effort to defend the first black president.

During an interview with New York magazine on whether President Obama had done enough for the African-American community, Sharpton mentioned Obamacare, then quickly pivoted to the harm inflicted upon the black community by Bill Clinton:

Al Sharpton, one of Obama’s staunchest defenders and a sometime adviser, argues that there is much to be grateful for in this presidency. “You know how many black people tell me, ‘I didn’t have health insurance until now’?” The Affordable Care Act is projected to give an estimated 2.9 million more African-Americans coverage by 2016, significantly narrowing the coverage gap between blacks and whites. “It’s extremely strange to hear people question President Obama who never questioned Bill Clinton,” he continues. “Under Bill Clinton, we got the crime bill that gave us three strikes and you’re out, and the welfare-reform bill. I too would have liked to see the Obama years do more. I agree with that. But Barack Obama never gave us a bill that hurt us.”

Actually, we saw a flurry of critical articles on Bill Clinton’s role in mass incarceration after the former president’s recent apology. But casting a critical gaze at Obama’s predecessor is certainly not a glowing appraisal of this president’s tenure. Saying the white guy is much worse than my guy isn’t the stuff pristine presidential legacies are made of.

I would also object to the notion that Obama has not harmed the black community. There’s a lot to be corrected here. It was under Obama that the heads of HBCUs threatened to sue the White House after its student loan policies forced an estimated 28,000 students to drop out and cost schools $150 million dollars in revenue. It was under this president that the Education Department’s “Race to the Top” policy caused a massive number of public school closures, especially in Obama’s hometown of Chicago. Recently, Obama defied his own fellow Democrats to ensure passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which arguably grants corporations more power than they’ve had at any other time in modern history.

As African-Americans are increasingly gunned down by police, Obama signed a bill to help protect police from threats. In the new BLS job numbers, the drop in the labor participation rate was sharpest among African-Americans. It’s not necessary that Obama sign a bill to hurt African-Americans for the president to do damage. Inaction and unilateral action are adequate bludgeoning tools.

Even the one success Sharpton imagines as being squarely in Obama’s win column isn’t as snug as he believes. In 2014 Bloomberg observed that Obamacare was helping everyone except black people:

When the Commonwealth Fund conducted a survey from July to September last year, 21 percent of blacks reported being uninsured. This year, in a similar survey conducted from April to June, that level was effectively unchanged, at 20 percent.

The truth about the Obama presidency is captured perfectly in one quote from the aforementioned article.

“That’s one of the fundamental paradoxes of Obama’s presidency — that we have the Black Lives Matter movement under a black president,” says Fredrick Harris, a political scientist at Columbia University. “Your man is in office, and you have this whole movement around criminal-justice reform asserting black people’s humanity?”

After researching the data, no one can, with a straight face, make the case that Obama has been good for the black community. You can, however, make the case that the white guy before him was worse. That’s the case Sharpton is making. It’s the only card he has left to play.

My video commentary below:

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01/09/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Low Budget Snitch Al Sharpton Allegedly Took $20-150k from Donald Trump

Low Budget Snitch Al Sharpton Allegedly Took $20-150k from Donald Trump

by Yvette Carnell

The man who the first black president chose to be his representative to the black community is also a favorite of the current republican frontrunner for president.

Don King told the conservative National Review that he connected Sharpton with Trump because he knew the reverend needed “white allies.”

King explains that he and Trump became business associates when Trump was trying to build up Atlantic City and lure tourists away from Nevada. King was in a perfect position to produce fighters for matches in Atlantic City.

“We did business together, and we revolutionized Atlantic City, bringing in the biggest events that could be put forth,” King told NR.

King goes on to explain why he connected Sharpton with Trump:

“I was the one who subsidized [Sharpton], to give him that ‘F-you money,’ so that you don’t have to worry about going out there.” He continues: “I wanted Sharpton to meet this guy because he was a giant in the business community and a giant in the human community.” King says he thought highly of Trump then, just as he does now, and he realized that Sharpton needed white allies. “Trump was a white ally — and he was one of distinction and renown in the business world,” King says.

“Trump, I think, saw Sharpton as a hustler, and a hustler who could deliver the people he needed,” a source told NR. “He is a businessman, after all, so why wouldn’t he do a deal with Sharpton . . . if he could get Don King or James Brown or Mike Tyson?”

In a 1989 Washington Post story, Trump was listed as a donor to Sharpton’s National Youth Movement. And in 1990, a Philadelphia Inquirer story reportedly alleged that Sharpton had again accepted donations from Trump during a fundraiser.

In total, a source told NR that Sharpton collected anywhere from $20,000–$150,000 from Trump. Not a lot of money in the scheme of things, but consider that Byron Allen claimed in February of this year that Sharpton was willing to sellout for cheap.

“Al Sharpton should be ashamed of himself for defending Comcast for a simple chicken-dinner payoff,” said Allen, referring to Sharpton’s sweetheart deal with Comcast. Although Allen’s lawsuit against the cable giant was dismissed, he claimed that Sharpton took cash donations in exchange for not protesting against the lack of black programming.

When Trump was asked about Sharpton during a Fox News interview, after admitting he liked Sharpton, Trump asserted that everyone knew he was a con-man.

“I know [Sharpton] very well, and I’ve always gotten along with him, to be honest with you,” Trump said at the time. “There are those who say [Sharpton] likes Trump a lot. . . . Al’s a con man. He knows it. I know it. Don King knows it, his friend, who I go to with fights with — with Al. And they all know it.”


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19/08/15 Black Media , Black News , ybw #

Here Are 2 Questions Shaun King Should’ve Immediately Answered After Being Attacked by the Right Wing

Here Are 2 Questions Shaun King Should’ve Immediately Answered After Being Attacked by the Right Wing

by Yvette Carnell

Black Lives Matter organizer Shaun King is being attacked by the right wing–The Daily Caller and Breitbart–over his racial identity. According to reports, both of King’s parents are listed as white on his birth certificate.

As King explained in a series of tweets, his family, like many, is messy and has its own share of skeletons. King declined to explain his biracial racial identity as a way of shielding his family from hurt and/or embarrassment.

It is obvious why King, a longtime anti-police brutality activist, is being attacked. The questions that remain center on how King should’ve handled the attack and how much race matters in the fight against police brutality, racial profiling and mass incarceration.

In the following video, Benjamin Dixon and I discuss the Shaun King ‘controversy’. Keep in mind that the video was recorded prior to King addressing the attacks in his Twitter feed.


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