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Wright continues fight to remain on the ballot for City of Miami Gardens mayor

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James B. Wright continues his fight to remain on the ballot for City of Miami Gardens mayor.

There is a saying that you can't fight city hall. As quietly as it is being kept, James Wright, disqualified by the City of Miami Gardens in its mayoral race, is having none of that. Wright continues his fight today as he seeks to remain on the ballot. 

Initial discussion, on social media, of Wright's disqualification due to his returned check  led many to believe the check for his qualifying fee was returned due to insufficient funds. According to correspondence from the City to Wright, the check was returned because the account number could not be found. According to Wright’s bank, the check was never submitted for deposit.

City of Miami Gardens Clerk Ronetta Taylor notified Wright on June 20, 2016 that his check was returned and since it was after the qualifying period, he was disqualified. Wright submitted the check on the afternoon of June 1, 2016. Qualifying closed on the following day, June 2. 

Wright takes issue with the lapse in time between the date of submission of his qualifying documentation, including his check, and the notification of disqualification. Wright also asserts that City procedures were not followed when he submitted his qualifying documents. The City typically escorts a candidate to its finance area where the availability of funds in a candidate's account is determined on the spot. Wright notes a candidate for one of the council seats was notified that funds were not available in his account. That candidate opened his campaign account and filed his qualifying documents on the same day, the funds would not be available until the next day. That individual was not disqualified by the City Clerk. 

Well-known elections law attorney, J.C. Planas, has been hired to defend the City of Miami Gardens. Should the City prevail, there is evidence of change needed in the elections qualifying period, process and procedures. Should Wright prevail, this situation also warrants investigation of possible violation of established procedures. The City of Miami Gardens did not respond to requests for comment for this article. Stay tuned.

Watch the videos of Wright’s guest appearances on the Chief Jimmie Brown Show. 

June 26, 2016  - Chief Jimmie Brown Show on WMBM guest hosted by Eric Pettus

 

July 3, 2016 - Chief Jimmie Brown Show on WMBM

 

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McDonald's Challenges You To Create 90-Second Film Illustrating Mantra: "Deeply Rooted in Your Community"

 

 McDonald's "My Community" Video Competition 

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McDonald's ABFF and Barbershop: The Next Cut film director, Malcolm D. Lee are excited to return with this national video competition for rising filmmakers for the second year! McDonald's challenges you to create a 90-second film that illustrates McDonald's 365Black mantra, "Deeply Rooted in Your Community." Submissions will be critiqued on creativity, implementation of concept and quality.

Three finalists will be selected to attend the festival, screen their story before the festival audience, where one winner will be selected. In addition, finalists will have an exclusive opportunity to experience a mentor session with critically-acclaimed film director Malcolm D. Lee (Barbershop: The Next Cut, The Best Man Holiday and The Best Man).

The following provides general submission information for the McDonald's Lovin' Video Competition:

  • Video must not exceed 90 seconds in length.
  • Video must not contain material that violates or infringes another's rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity or intellectual property rights, or constitute copyright infringement.
  • Video content must be family friendly in line with the image of McDonald's.
  • Video must not contain third-party brand names, trademarks, photos, artwork or music.
  • Video must not be exhibited publicly at any time prior to the close of the 2016 American Black Film Festival/ June 19, 2016 and will be disqualified if in breach.
  • Video must be submitted via a private online URL link (for example an unlisted YouTube video, a password protected Vimeo, etc.), along with password if applicable and your completed submission form, to be emailed to: submissions@abffventures.com by no later than 11:59 p.m. EST, April 15, 2016. Email subject to read: McDonald's Video Entry. Deadline: April 15, 2016

 

CLICK HERE TO APPLY!   For more information on the 2016 ABFF visit abff.com.

 


Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Dr. Dre and more A-List Celebs attend 'Miles Ahead' Premiere in LA sponsored by Maestro Dobel Tequila

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Last night's premiere of Miles Ahead at the Writers Guild Theater in Los Angeles, sponsored by Maestro Dobel Tequila, brought out celeb supporters of Don Cheadle who wrote, starred and directed the Miles Davis Biopic.

Along with co-star Ewan McGregor, Don chatted with attendees till the very end of the event over Dobel Tequila cocktails including Lenny Kravitz who was seen greeting Frances Davis, the real first wife of Miles Davis. Dr. Dre who showed up in a tricked out SUV that had to be parked right outside the theater. Following the screening before the Q and A session,  Dre slipped out to throngs of NWA supporters that seemed to show up out of nowhere.

Also spotted at the A- List Communications produced event were Empire's Jussie Smollett, Alfre WoodardDavid Alan GrierGarcelle BeauvaisAloe BlaccRegina King, and ever so handsome Michael Ealy to name a very few.

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Malcolm-Jamal Warner ‘Disappointed’ By Ebony Cover; Compares Bill Cosby To Woody Allen & Roman Polanski

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Actor and artist Malcolm-Jamal Warner stopped by HuffPost Live and shared his thoughts on the recent controversial Ebony cover displaying a shattered picture of ‘The Cosby Show’ cast.

 

Warner: “Actually, I [still] need to read the article. I have not read the article because just the cover, I didn’t really feel like dealing with it yet. But... I had so many social media comments from the Black audience, from Ebony’s target audience, who are very disappointed with that cover, and very disappointed in Ebony as one of the voices of the Black community to put that cover out there.”

 

When asked if he is disappointed in Ebony for the cover, Warner replied:

 

Warner: “Yes, I am… It’s contributing to the stereotypical image that society has of the broken Black family, the shattered Black family. And to take something that for 20, 30 years has been what we have held up as the Black family that we all want to aspire to, in terms of the love that we don’t see when we see Black families in the media, to take that image and to shatter it, it’s disappointing to a lot of us.”

 

 

 

Host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani also asked Warner if there can be a divorce between Cosby, the man, and Cosby’s character on the sitcom.

 

Warner: “I say yes to your question because based on the social media comments that I get and I see, a lot of the audience has been able to do that and are doing that… I would [also] love to think so because when we talk about Woody Allen, we don’t talk about his controversy. When we talk about Roman Polanski now, it’s like that’s no longer part of the conversation. So if that’s how it goes, then I hope the same can come of ‘The Cosby Show.’”

 
 
 
 

Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with actor and musician Malcolm-Jamal Warner here.

 

Photo: Ebony

Video: HuffPost Live


Miami Northwestern Celebrates 60 Years

Congratulations to the Miami Northwestern Bulls Family on celebrating 60 years. They started in a mighty way on August 9 with Miami Northwestern Sunday at New Birth Baptist Cathedral of Faith International. Other activities included alumni, some from the Class of 1956, gathering at the school to kick off the first day of school to instill a sense of history and to encourage students to have a successful school year.

 

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 Sunday, 8/9/15 - Miami Northwestern Sunday @ New Birth

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Are you ready for some HBCU football?

It's that time of year again and if it's HBCU football time then it's time for trash-talking and bragging rights. While the winner of the game is determined by the final score, the half-time competition between marching bands is a serious matter. Check out this video of one of Ricky Smiley's most hilarious comedy routines.

 

To help you get your travel plans in order, check out HBCU Buzz for the list of this year's Homecoming games. I'll save some of you the trouble, FAMU's Homecoming game is October 17 and BCU is October 24. Who are their opponents? It doesn't matter, it's Homecoming! 

Check out page 59 of the September 2015 issue of Ebony magazine for tips on attending your college's Homecoming. The print and digital versions of the magazine feature a picture of a Florida A&M University Marching 100 drummer. Get the HBCU Homecoming spirit!

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‘OITNB’ Star Uzo Aduba: State Of U.S. Race Relations Creates ‘Opportunity To Stand On The Right Side Of History’

Orange Is The New Black” star Uzo Aduba, also known as her character Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, joined HuffPost Live and commented on the current state of race relations in the U.S.

Aduba: “We’re living in a time right now where the challenging and the hard conversation needs to be had. We’re watching the country, the face of this country and the ideas of this country, change and move into a place where we have the opportunity to stand on the right side of history. And I think people are wanting to be made part of the conversation that is our American history. And I feel that it is our responsibility as human beings and members of the human family to use our voice to ignite that change. I do think that is important. I think we are living in a very fragile time where we have the opportunity to be the people we say we are. Not just stand by and watch anything and everything happen in ways that will be disastrous for our future.”

 

 

 


Back to School Video for Your Mind, Body and Spirit! Before the Bell Rings.

Just in time for school. Parents, friends, family and folks I don't even know: Do check out this video by a poet from the Houston, TX area who goes by the name, SE7EN. Take it all in and do share this message. TOGETHER, we can do things and believe me, other folks know that! Peace. 

BEFORE THE BELL RINGS FINAL from marlon hall on Vimeo.

 Have an awesome, safe and productive school year. Remember that applied knowledge is power.

 

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Police officer accused of making porn movies while serving as a cop

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Channel 10's Bob Norman reported on City of Miami police officer Sabine Raymonvil who is the subject of an internal investigation for performing in porn movies while serving as a cop. After dodging Norman, Officer Raymonvil contacted him and said she would answer his questions after the investigations were concluded.

In dispute is the timing of Raymonvil's involvement in porn movies. She indicates the movies were made before she became a police officer. The person(s) who disclosed her porn past, said her involvement in porn continued years after she became a police officer.  

In the clips submitted to Norman, Raymonvil is shown performing sex acts with Emerson Callum, a pornographer and porn star known as "Jah-T" who is serving a life sentence in federal prison after being convicted of drugging and raping women who auditioned for his company. Former Miami Beach police officer, Lavont Flanders, Callum's partner and cameraman was also convicted in that case. Flanders was also a City of Opa-Locka police officer. The stories of the women violated by these two men are quite disgusting.


No doubt Raymonvil, who must be humiliated and angry, did not think her porn past would ever be disclosed in such a public manner. She might have family, even children, who will be forced to deal with the aftermath. She must have ticked off a friend who chose to send the video and information to the media. Raymonvil might be penalized with suspension from her job or she could be terminated.

So, Blogging Black Miami readers...what do You think about this situation? Some readers on the Channel 10 site think Officer Raymonvil should not be bothered with this if she is performing police duties satisfactorily. Others think what she did before becoming a police officer shouldn't matter if her actions were not illegal. What say you?

 

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