Sunday, December 8, 2019

How African Americans are the main target of Predatory lending, redlining, gentrification: WHYY Radio

Guests: Aaron Glantz  Air Date: November 29, 2019 WHYY: Listen Here:

Twenty years ago, about two thirds of the country owned their home. Today it’s more like half. What happened in those intervening years? The financial collapse of 2008 when millions lost their homes. The winners of that crisis, according to our guest AARON GLANTZ, were wealthy and well-connected investors who took advantage of banking and financial regulations and made gobs of risk free money foreclosing on housing loans. Those investors include Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

New condos at 1834 Frankford Ave. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
New condos at 1834 Frankford Ave. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Glantz is a journalist at the documentary series REVEAL and his new book Homewreckers is about the winners and losers when the housing bubble broke.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Efforts underway to pressure Comcast into keeping Starz channels

By Special to the Capital-Star - November 29, 2019

Demonstrators from the #KeepStarz campaign rally earlier this outside of Comcast headquarters in Philadelphia. The demonstration coincided with a rally held outside of Supreme Court in protest of Comcast's case against producer Bryon Allen (Photo courtesy of The Philadelphia Tribune).-SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Ayana Jones

PHILADELPHIA — A grassroots campaign is pressuring Comcast to keep Starz as part of its cable packages. The telecommunications company plans to swap Epix for 17 Starz channels in its lineup starting on Dec. 10, and make 
Starz a $12 per month add-on for its customers.

“A lot of people are upset because they feel like Starz shows a lot of shows that Black people can understand,” 
said Deserie Jones, Philadelphia field director for The Black Institute, the nonprofit that has launched the
#KeepStarz campaign.

Starz is known for diverse programming that appeals to the African-American community, with  Starz in Black and Starz Encore Black (two channels dedicated to Black shows and movies) and original shows such as “Power,” “Survivor’s Remorse” and “Warriors of Liberty City.” The cable network also has distribution rights to “Luther,” “The Bernie Mac Show,” “Diff’rent Strokes” and “Sanford & Son.”

Bertha Lewis, president of The Black Institute and a key architect of the #KeepStarz campaign, said the new charge
for Starz is a “Black tax.” Organizers of the #KeepStarz campaign have been canvassing predominantly Black neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Washington, D.C., collecting signatures on petitions asking 

Comcast to keep Starz on the air. Lewis said some consumers have told TBI organizers that they already cancelled their Comcast service due to rising prices.   Read more here

Monday, December 2, 2019

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

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Director, Financial Aid

Chef, Culinary Operations

Dean, STEM

Electromechanical Technology Teaching Faculty

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Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nobuntu: Tuesday / November 19, 2019 / 8 p.m.

With pure, resonant voices and exquisite harmonization, Nobuntu has become the darling of the world’s festival stages. This radiant a cappella quintet is Zimbabwe’s first all-female professional vocal ensemble, a musical force that stakes their claim as practitioners of mbube, the distinct style of South African singing—historically performed by men—recognizable by its rhythmic unity, complex harmonies, and nuanced textures. In inventive performances of Zimbabwean folk, Afro jazz, gospel, and their own original songs, Nobuntu celebrates the vibrant identity of their culture and the belief that music transcends all boundaries.
Tickets: $25 adults, $6 youth and students
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Sunday, November 17, 2019

Coard: Stakes high for Black folks in Byron Allen's court fight

Image result for Michael Coard Nov 15, 2019
The Civil Rights Act of 1866 came about during the Reconstruction Era following the Civil War for the purpose of making sure that formerly enslaved Black human beings and all other Black human beings would finally receive the same business opportunities that whites have always had.
Michael Coard  Nov 15, 2019

Section 1981(a) of that Act reads, “... [C]itizens... of every race... without regard to any previous condition of slavery... shall have the same right... to make and enforce contracts... as is enjoyed by white citizens....”

A few days ago on November 13, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in connection with Byron Allen’s $20 billion lawsuit, filed four years ago in Los Angeles, alleging racial discrimination by cable television giant Comcast Corporation against Black-owned channels by refusing to carry seven lifestyle cable stations operated by Entertainment Studios, of which Allen is founder and CEO. But the high court isn’t deciding who would be the ultimate winner on the merits. It is simply deciding whether Allen’s case should proceed to trial in a lower federal court or should be dismissed without trial.

Although I am an experienced trial attorney, I don’t use convoluted legal jargon. Instead, I adhere to the sage advice of Malcolm X who would always say, “Make it plain.” And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do.

As a result of the petition filed by Comcast, the Supreme Court has to decide if the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, located in San Francisco, was correct in 2018 when it agreed with the position of Allen and his National Association of African American Owned Media organization that the Civil Rights Act of 1866 allows cases to go to trial by showing that racial discrimination was simply “a motivating” factor as opposed to racial discrimination being the “but-for” factor (which means the only factor) causing a white-owned company to refuse to do business with a Black-owned company.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

TV mogul says Supreme Court case against Comcast is about 'economic inclusion': Lawsuit for Black Media Inclusion to be Heard by US Supreme Court Nov. 13

Max Zahn Yahoo Finance November 1, 2019: 

Read: Lawsuit for Black Media Inclusion to be Heard by US Supreme Court Nov. 13
 NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 29: Byron Allen arrives at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall Of Fame In New York's Historic Ziegfeld Theatre on October 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for Entertainment Studios / Allen Media Group)
Wealth inequality has risen near the top of the agenda just about everywhere — the Democratic presidential race, the Business Roundtable, and even the Supreme Court, where next month justices will hear a $20 billion discrimination lawsuit brought by a television company whose CEO says he seeks no less than “economic opportunity for all Americans.”

Byron Allen, the chief executive of Entertainment Studios Inc., alleges that cable giant Comcast (CMCSA) refused to license his company’s channels — for instance, Cars.TV and Pets.TV — because he is black, claiming Comcast discriminates against minority-owned programming in its licensing agreements.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in San Francisco, ruled earlier this year that the case could proceed, and the Supreme Court announced in June that it would hear the case.

Civil rights lawsuits against Comcast and Charter:

Allen’s company, Entertainment Studios, filed lawsuits against Comcast and Charter Communications (CHTR) in 2015 and 2016, saying both cable companies had violated the Civil Rights Act of 1866, which established the right of African Americans to enter into contracts as white individuals could. Allen points to the cable companies’ repeatedly declining to license his networks, in contrast with other distributors like Direct TV (T), Dish Network (DISH), and Verizon (VZ) that agreed to carry his programming.