by Danica Coto, The Associated Press
San Juan, Puerto Rico (AP) — Famed Puerto Rican boxer Hector ”Macho” Camacho is clinically brain dead, doctors said Thursday, though they said family members were disagreeing on whether to take him off life support.
Dr. Ernesto Torres said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face Tuesday night.
”We have done everything we could,” said Torres, who is the director of the Centro Medico trauma center in San Juan. ”We have to tell the people of Puerto Rico and the entire world that Macho Camacho has died, he is brain dead.”
He said at a news conference that the family expects to say by Friday if Camacho should remain on life support.
Torres said Camacho’s father has already indicated that he wants the boxer taken off life support and his organs donated, but one of his sisters opposes the idea.
”This is a very difficult moment,” he said.
Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager, told reporters that Camacho’s mother also is wavering on taking her son off life support and would like more time with him. He said the family is waiting for Camacho’s oldest son to arrive Thursday night before having a family reunion and making a decision.
”Let’s remember him as a good man,” Leandry said. ”He was a good father, a good son.”
Steve Tannenbaum, a friend and a former boxing agent for Camacho, said in a phone interview that he idolized Camacho as a boxer.
”He is one of the greatest small fighters that I have ever seen,” he said. ”Hector Camacho had a legendary status.”
Tannenbaum said he initially believed Camacho would survive. ”He was almost like the indestructible man. He had so many troubles with the law, so many altercations in his life. It’s a great shame.”
The 50-year-old Camacho was shot as he and a friend sat in a Ford Mustang parked outside a bar Tuesday night. Police spokesman Alex Diaz said officers found nine small bags of cocaine in the friend’s pocket, and a 10th bag open inside the car. Camacho’s friend, identified as 49-year-old Adrian Mojica Moreno, was killed in the attack.
Doctors had initially said Camacho was expected to survive, but his condition worsened and his heart stopped briefly overnight Tuesday, Torres said. The bullet entered his jaw and lodged in his shoulder after tearing through three of four main arteries in his neck, affecting blood flow through his brain, doctors said.
”That lack of oxygen greatly damaged Macho Camacho’s brain,” Torres said.
Torres had said late Wednesday that Camacho was still showing irregular and intermittent brain activity.
Camacho was born in Bayamon, a city within the San Juan metropolitan area, but he grew up mostly in New York’s Harlem neighborhood, earning the nickname ”the Harlem Heckler.”
He won super lightweight, lightweight and junior welterweight world titles in the 1980s and fought high-profile bouts against Felix Trinidad, Julio Cesar Chavez and Sugar Ray Leonard. Camacho knocked out Leonard in 1997, ending the former champ’s final comeback attempt.
Camacho has a career record of 79-6-3.
In recent years, he divided his time between Puerto Rico and Florida, appearing regularly on Spanish-language television as well as on a reality show called ”Es Macho Time!” on YouTube. In San Juan, he had been living in the beach community of Isla Verde, where he would readily pose for photos with tourists who recognized him on the street, said former pro boxer Victor ”Luvi” Callejas, a neighbor and friend.
Camacho battled drugs, alcohol and other problems throughout his life. He was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for the burglary of a computer store in Mississippi. While arresting him on the burglary charge in January 2005, police also found the drug ecstasy.
A judge eventually suspended all but one year of the sentence and gave Camacho probation. He wound up serving two weeks in jail, though, after violating that probation.
His wife also filed domestic abuse complaints against him twice before their divorce several years ago.
Sherrilyn Ifill, the new President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc. (Photo: Maximillian Franz)
by Ugonna Okpalaoka
The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund announced today that it has named Sherrilyn Ifill its new president and director-counsel.
Ifill, who will start her new position in January, is a law professor and the author of On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century. She has also made regular television and radio appearances to discuss politics, not much unlike her older cousin PBS correspondent Gwen Ifill.
According to its website, the LDF, which was founded by Thurgood Marshall in 1940, seeks to “expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans.”
Ifill is not new to the organization, having served as assistant counsel in its New York office early in her career. During her time there, she worked on the landmark Voting Rights Act case Houston Lawyers’ Association vs. Attorney General of Texas.
“It was a dream come true to serve as a lawyer at LDF years ago, and it is a high honor to return to this premiere institution as President and Director-Counsel,” Ifill said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with the LDF team, allies and partners to advance an innovative 21 century civil rights practice that confronts the barriers to equality and justice in the lives of the most marginalized members of our community.”
“Sherrilyn Ifill brings to this position her visionary leadership, keen intellect, an unwavering commitment to social justice and a deep understanding of LDF’s legacy,” said David W. Mills, Co-Chair of LDF’s Board of Directors.
Gerald Adolph, also Co-Chair of LDF’s Board of Directors, said of Ifill, “With Sherrilyn at the helm, LDF will be stronger as the fight for racial justice in the 21st Century continues.”
Ifill will take a leave of absence at the University of Maryland’s Francis King Carey School of Law, where she’s taught since 1993.
The dean of the school, Phoebe A. Haddon, called Ifill an “extraordinary member of our faculty.”
“We are deeply proud that she has been called upon to lead this storied national organization at a critical time,” Haddon said. “Her intellect, vision and life-long dedication to advancing justice will improve the rights of all.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks at a combination fundraiser and birthday party for Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, on November 17, 2012 in Altoona, Iowa. (Photo by Steve Pope/Getty Images)
Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio has rapidly become the subject of speculation about a 2016 run for the presidency, especially after a recent visit he made to the early caucus state of Iowa.
And if a new interview in GQ magazine is any indication, Rubio is even making overtures to African-American voters too.
The 41-year-old senator professes his love for hip-hop artists like Afrika Bambaataa, N.W.A., Tupac Shakur, and most surprisingly, because of his conservative politics, Public Enemy.
“People forget how dominant Public Enemy became in the mid 80s. No one talks about how transformative they were. And then that led to the 90s and the sort of East Coast v. West Coast stuff, which is kinda when I came of age,” said Rubio.
Rubio is a big fan of the Tupac documentary Resurrection and he’s apparently more and old school guy because he doesn’t consider the work of Nicki Minaj and Kanye West “pure rap.”
And what and the GOP rising star’s favorite hip-hop songs?
“Straight Outta Compton” by N.W.A. “Killuminati” by Tupac. Eminem’s “Lose Yourself.”
by Oretha Winston, Lead Editor, Elev8
Shortly after arriving in Bangkok, Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, toured the Viharn of the Reclining Buddha, one of the most famous sites in Thailand, and the Eastern Viharn Phra.
Obama and Clinton talked softly with the robed monk as they walked, shoe-less, through the holy temple.
Article courtesy of Seattle Post-Intelligencer
It’s that wonderful time of the year where friends and family gather to consume large quantities of food, socialize, watch football, kids play, teenagers text and dogs hope the aroma from the kitchen is a hint of a bounty for them.
Many well meaning dog lovers can’t resist the soulful eyes of the family dog begging for food so offer up some goodies. Some dogs are experienced beggars as they have learned tenacity works.
This time of year emergency Vets unfortunately see an increase of animal related medical conditions at the clinic.
General Safety Tips for your Pets
1. Plain turkey in small quantities may be ok for a pet. Most pets do not tolerate spicy seasonings very well or large quantity of food. So giving the dog a sampling of everything on the human menu should be avoided.
2. Food high in fat such as the skin of the bird can cause inflammation in our dogs
3. Make sure to dispose of turkey bones where the pet cannot get to it. These bones will splinter when chewed. Bones can get caught in a pet’s esophagus or intestinal track. Could be life threatening
4.Rancid food is full of bacteria and can make a pet very sick, so make sure garbage is not accessible to the pet
5. Turkey stuffing may contain onions, garlic or raisons all toxic to dogs. Included on the list, bread dough, grapes and chocolate, avocados
6. Remind guests not to offer table scraps or appetizers to the dog
7. Manage children and pets. The excitement of the holiday can get the best of anyone.
‘Sexy Little Liar: The Misadventures of Mink LaRue’ by Noire
c.2012, Dafina Books $15.00 / $16.95 Canada 320 pages
There’s one thing about you that people need to know: when you want something, you go for it.
You’ve known most of your life that things don’t get handed to you. You have to hustle and work to get what you want, so you set your eyes on the prize and never look away. You want it. You go for it. You get it.
What Mink LaRue wants is money, pure and simple, and she won’t let anything keep her from it. But in the new book “Sexy Little Liar” by Noire, there’s one thing that might slow her down…
The girl on the milk carton couldn’t possibly be Mink LaRue.
That’s what Bunni Baines thought because she’d just seen her girl Mink, who was alive and well and living in the projects in Harlem. No, the child in the age-projected photo wasn’t Mink, but Mink was a dead-ringer for little Sable Dominion.
Mink wasn’t Sable. But Mink knew a possibility when she saw one.
She figured she could “borrow” from the cash-stash her boy, Gutta, left her before he went to prison. Then she and Bunni could fly to Texas and pull off the con-mami job in time to replace Gutta’s money before he came home, and spend the rest.
And the scam worked!
Mama Selah took to Mink like the long-lost daughter Mink pretended to be. “Brother” Barron took one look and decided that Mink was no Dominion, and she was getting no money. Uncle Suge, knowing the score, took Mink to bed with him.
The problem was that $100,000 didn’t last long. Mink was soon broke and dipping into Gutta’s money again. She also borrowed from the local pusher, knowing that both of them could (and would) kill her in a minute for it.
Back in Houston, Viceroy Dominion, Mink’s fake “papa” was dying and Barron Dominion couldn’t wait for his father’s last breath to send that ghetto-rat Mink packing. He had paper that proved she was a scammer. He even knew her DNA test was faked because another test came back positive: a girl in Philly showed up with Dominion blood in her veins.
There couldn’t be two Sables. Mink LaRue was all La-Wrong.
No doubt about it: when it comes to jumping from book cover to big action, author Noire doesn’t waste time. No, her novel grabs you by the eyeballs and throws you into the streets, right from the start.
Like a Girl’s Night Out that never stops, “Sexy Little Liar” takes readers from bar to bed to billionaires and back, all in the same breathless minute. Noire’s main character, Mink, has everything figured out with her scams and schemes, and when you add a few fog-up-the-mirror bedroom scenes (that don’t always happen in a bedroom), you’ve got a book that’ll make you holler.
I think if you’re looking for something steaming-hot and wild, you’re going to like meeting Miss Mink LaRue. She’ll take you for a ride in “Sexy Little Liar” and if you’re up for that – go for it.
Washington, DC – On Friday, a group of House Democratic women Members, led by Reps. Gwen Moore (WI-4), Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11), Karen Bass (CA-33), Eleanor Holmes Norton (Del-District of Columbia) and Terri Sewell (AL-7), held a press conference in support of U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice following what they deemed unfair attacks from various Senate and House Republicans.
“The baseless ad hominem attacks on Ambassador Rice by several members of the Senate – most notably Sen. John McCain – calling into question her very character, basic level of intelligence, trustworthiness, and qualifications is not only disingenuous but at odds with the actions and stances they have taken in the past, with other potential nominees,” said Rep. Gwen Moore. “Ambassador Rice is enormously talented, highly educated, and capable, with a depth of experience that makes her a qualified candidate for a variety of high-level positions. These unwarranted attacks only serve to deter other qualified women from seeking similar high profile positions for which they are eminently qualified -and it is our nation that loses.”
“There is no legitimacy to the notion that Ambassador Rice would deliberately mislead the nation,” said Rep. Karen Bass. “What our Republican colleagues are accusing her of is completely inconsistent with her more than 20 year history as a diplomat. This is clearly petty politics and today we are standing behind Ambassador Rice to highlight her impeccable academic and professional record.”
“Ambassador Rice has carried out her duties with diligence, integrity and skill,” said Rep. Marcia Fudge. “Partisan claims that the Ambassador would intentionally mislead Americans about the unfolding situation in Benghazi are not only baseless but suspect. This highly capable public servant has done nothing to deserve the vicious mischaracterizations of her fitness to serve in any capacity the President believes is appropriate. I have full confidence in Susan Rice to serve this nation well. She has earned that confidence, not based on race or gender but on ability.”
“One of my committees had a rare hearing in the middle of recess on Benghazi. Despite the documented intelligence from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, on which Ambassador Susan Rice relied on as the source of her statements, and the testimony of Ambassador Patrick Kennedy that he, too, relied on the same information, Republicans then and Republicans now shun evidence in favor of partisanship,” Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said. “Susan Rice is not a part of the problems in Benghazi and should need no defense, but she should get the most vigorous defense from fair-minded colleagues, especially women.”
“I have known Ambassador Rice for over 25 years, long before her political appointments and outside the glare of Washington politics,” said Rep. Terri Sewell. “I can personally speak to her integrity, professionalism and character. Ambassador Rice is a brilliant scholar, an outstanding American Diplomat and has served our nation with great honor, dedication and leadership. These recent attempts to discredit and smear the reputation and extraordinary diplomatic work of Ambassador Rice are simply outrageous. To suggest that she would knowingly and purposefully mislead the American people is merely not true. This tragic incident should not be fodder for partisan politics at a time when we should be working together to apprehend the real culprits. Ambassador Rice acted in good faith in reporting what she had been told by CIA intelligence. I am offended that some Republican senators would even suggest that this administration and one of its chief diplomat would be complicitous,” added Sewell.
Rev. Al Sharpton and NAACP President was among those who met with President Obama on Friday (11-16-12) regarding the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ crisis
“If negotiations cannot stop the spending cuts across-the-board, African-Americans, Latinos and poor people are the ones who will go over a cliff. The wealthy will only have a downward slide on an exalted slope. The difference between the fiscal cliff and the exalted slope arises from how one is defined by class, income, and race in this country. We intend to rally through radio, television, our chapters around the country, thousands of churches starting this Sunday, and in any other public conduit we have, to communicate to Congress the need to make an agreement that protects our community and serves the Nation. This is why people stood in line for hours all over America to vote for a change, and we are confident that President Obama will stand with them. The Congress must join with them across party lines.”
by Latha Sarathy/NewsOne
Now that the dust has settled, the euphoria or shock cooled, one thing stands out about the re-election of President Barack Obama.
History was made once again. Yes, it was the first time a Black man was re-elected to a second term in office, it was the first time that a sitting president was re-elected when economic growth was sluggish and unemployment numbers high, but it was also the first time when a coalition of minorities cast the deciding vote.
According to one analysis in Time Magazine, ‘The Nov. 6 election signaled a demographic tipping point: A record number of Latino and Asian voters, the country’s fastest-growing voting bloc, formed a coalition with Black and white Democratic voters to re-elect the country’s first African-American President.
A new American majority – a multiethnic majority – has not only arrived but is infact reordering the political landscape.’
The power of this new minority majority or multiethnic majority played out in several key states.
In Ohio where African Americans make up 12% of the Ohio population they gave President Obama the leading edge by turning out in greater numbers than in 2008 growing from 11% to 15% of voters.
In Virginia, a state that not too long ago exemplified the Jim Crow South, exit polls showed that Obama won 93% of black voters, 65% of Latino voters and 66% of Asian voters. While Obama’s support among white Virginians was only 38%.
Mr. Obama’s victories in Colorado, Nevada and Virginia came in part because Hispanics turned out in droves and voted Democratic.
In Colorado, 14 percent of the voters were Hispanic, and Mr. Obama won three-fourths of them.
In Florida, Hispanic voters were almost one-fifth of the electorate, and Mr. Obama won about three-fifths of them.
The rise of the minority majority has been happening for some time, but the power of its impact has been particularly felt in the last two elections.
“We are a much more diverse country than we were just a generation or two ago”, said Paul Taylor, who oversees the Pew Social and Demographic Trends project and the Pew Hispanic Center.
The Minority Majority is the new America and they are the New Deciders.