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LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND JOURNALIST
ANNOUNCES BID FOR COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE SEAT

 

Jasmyne Cannick To Run for 47th Assembly District Delegate Seat
in June 3rd State Primary

LOS ANGELES - Local community activist and journalist Jasmyne Cannick has announced her bid to represent the 47th Assembly District as a delegate on the County Central Committee in California's June 3rd State Primary election.  Primarily responsible for recruiting and working for the election of Democratic Party candidates throughout their county,  Democrats will go to the polls on June 3rd to elect seven members from their respective Assembly districts to the County Central Committee.  This is Jasmyne's first run for public office.  For more information on her campaign, please visit www.Vote4Jasmyne.com.

"Committee members play a vital role in helping to elect fair-minded Democratic candidates to office," commented Cannick.  "I just felt that this was one way that I could play an even more active role in the community and continue to be an instrument for change.  This year, unlike in years past that have seen presidential elections, has shown me personally that anything is possible.  California has its first Black female Speaker and there is a female and an African-American running for President.   I, along with millions of American voters have been inspired to take on an active role in making sure that the American dream becomes a reality for all of us and not just some of us."

Registered Democrats living in the 47th Assembly District will be able to cast their votes for candidates on June 3rd.  The 47th Assembly District includes the Los Angeles communities of Westwood (including UCLA), West Los Angeles, Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills, Mid City, Palms, Crenshaw, West Adams, Leimert Park and Hyde Park; the unincorporated communities of View Park-Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights and Baldwin Hills; and all of Culver City.  The last day to register to vote in the June 3rd election is May 19th

For more information on Jasmyne's campaign, please visit www.Vote4Jasmyne.com


About Jasmyne Cannick

Jasmyne Cannick, a longtime resident of the West Adams community of Los Angeles is a devoted community member known for both her political activism and commentary.

Currently, at 30, Jasmyne Cannick is a critic and commentator who writes about the worlds of pop culture, race, class, and politics as played out in the African-American community.  An award-winning journalist, Jasmyne was selected as one of ESSENCE Magazine's 25 Women Shaping the World and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "News and Notes."  

Previously she served as the press secretary to the California Legislative Black Caucus and Assemblymember Mervyn M. Dymally, and more recently in the United States House of Representatives. 

She co-founded the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation's Black gay civil rights group and served as co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus.  Locally, Jasmyne continues to make time to volunteer with Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and the Pan African Film and Arts Festival.

CONTACT:
Jasmyne Cannick
jcannick@sbcglobal.net or
info@vote4Jasmyne.com


Jakira Public Relations

Glenys Javier will star in Vagina Monologue inspired play VLOVE running in March for Women’s Month. 

This Year’s Beneficiary is SAYSO! (Sexual Assault Yearly Speak Out)

Contact: Jakira Torres 646-942-4944

JTorres@jakirapr.com
 

New York, NY, February 21, 2008—Performer Glenys Javier will star in The Vagina Monologues inspired play running in March for Women’s Month.  VLOVE is produced by Mighty Little Productions following the journey of 6 women and their personal experiences.  The tour kicks off March 1st at The Bowery Poetry Cafe at 8pm and also performing at BAAD Women’s Festival at 7pm on March 14th continuing throughout the month in other venues. 

In VLOVE, Glenys plays London, a smart, funny, fast on her feet woman with big dreams of opening her own Internet Cafe.  Not a care in the world and strong addictions to sex and drugs, have blocked her from achieving her dream.  Reality sets in when London realizes she is the only obstacle in fulfilling her dream.  

Glenys Javier got her start on stage with the comedy troupe “Lose Control” performing at the NY Comedy Club, Bowery Cafe and The Nuyorican Poets Cafe.  Glenys was recently on the regional/national tour of the Off-Broadway and college version “Yo Soy Latina,” a play about the Latina experience.  

VLOVE was influenced by last year’s first all queer Vagina Monologues in Union Square.  The show was a sold out hit with a line around the block.  They donated to The NYC Anti-Violence Project in keeping the activism that Eve Ensler’s Vday (author of The Vagina Monologues) started.  The unexpected success of the show led producers and director Scout Durwood to continue the legacy, but change the script.  This year the cast is made up of dancers, writers, singers and actresses who all collaborated in writing VLOVE.  Through various workshops the script came to life.  

VLOVE kept 3 important themes:  Women’s Issues, Stopping violence against women, and an all female cast.  The story of VLOVE will continue to explore love, body image and sex, but will also delve into untouched topics of friendship, transgender issues and rejection with more cynicism and humor. 

This year’s beneficiary is SAYSO! (Sexual Assault Yearly Speak).  SAYSO! is held on Union Square where open mics are available for women to speak out against Sexual Violence.  SAYSO! include performances, lectures and more.  Their next event will be in late spring 2008. 

For tour dates and information, please go to www.myspace.com/vlovenyc.

 

ACTIVISTS LAUNCH NATIONAL CAMPAIGN TO
BAN RACIST BLACKFACE MINSTREL SHOWS
WHICH DEGRADE BLACK WOMEN


Charles Knipp performing his character Shirley Q. Liquor
in San Francisco's Castro District


National Black Radio Show "The Bev Smith" Dedicates
Three-Hour Broadcast to Raise Awareness of Shirley Q. Liquor

(Los Angeles, CA) - Today, in honor of Women's History Month and African-American women, activists launched BanShirleyQLiquor.com in an attempt to call attention to Charles Knipp, a self-described forty-five-year-old, fat, gay white man that performs nationwide as his alter ego character Shirley Q. Liquor.  Knipp describes Liquor as being "an illiterate welfare mother with nineteen kids who guzzles malt liquor and drives a Caddy."  The character is favorite among his core audience whom Knipp described in Rolling Stone Magazine as being "gay men, their moms, and rednecks."  While in blackface as Liquor, Knipp speaks in Ebonics and makes comments like "axe your mamma how she durrin" and misuses words like "ignunt." 

Knipp is also known for mocking the Black American holiday Kwanzaa and uses Black faces to make fun of stereotypical sounding Black names in a music video entitled, "Who Is My Baby's Daddy" where his character Shirley Q. Liquor tries to recollect the names of her "chirrun," "---Cheeto, Orangello, Chlamydia, and Kmartina--"

"Imus may have called Black women 'nappy-headed ho's,' but it's Knipp who routinely tries to bring that image to life onstage as Shirley Q. Liquor," commented journalist Jasmyne Cannick.  "The hypocrisy is sickening.  Isaiah Washington was unable to escape the wrath of gay America, but Charles Knipp, a white gay man, can perform a blackface minstrel and be rewarded by gay Americans to the tune of $90k annually.  Someone has some explaining to do.  This has gone on for far too long under the radar." 

National Black talk radio "The Bev Smith Show" on American Urban Radio Networks (AURN) will dedicate its entire Monday, March 3 (7p-10p ET) broadcast to the campaign to ban Shirley Q. Liquor and spread the word about his upcoming performances.  "The Bev Smith Show" can be heard in Sacramento, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Augusta, Chicago, and more.  AURN is the only African-American owned network radio company in the United States.  It is the largest network reaching urban America, with more than 200 weekly shows, AURN reaches an estimated 20 million listeners.

"We believe that if Mr. Knipp is a true talent, he can find plenty of folks who look just like him to present in 3-dimensional caricature," read a statement from Smith's camp. "If he really is funny, then he can find more than enough insulting and stereotypical elements of his own group, their background, and their culture, to mock. HE DOES NOT NEED OURS. As it is said, we have enough problems.

"As if injury could further be added to this insult, a recent posting to his website allegedly included the headshot of well-respected journalist/activist Jasmyne Cannick--a woman who daily responds to and fights for the rights and dignity of persons of color and the LGBT communities--edited atop the body of a naked and hefty-breasted woman.

Understand this, please: One of our journalists has been insulted. Would Charles Knipp have done this to an AP journalist? Would the head of Mike Wallace or Cokie Roberts or Jorge Ramos be used this way without response from their respective communities? We think not."

Knipp is scheduled to perform in Miami Beach at EXXXOTICA Miami Beach April 17th and 18th, San Jose Gay Pride Week June 14th and 15th, Memphis, Tennessee, at gay nightclub Backstreet Memphis and in New Orleans Labor Day Weekend, just blocks from where displaced African-Americans are still living in trailers.  With the exception of the Miami Beach show, all are gay venues.

For more information, please visit www.banshirleyqliquor.com.

Virtual Pressroom


MEDIA ADVISORY
 

WHAT:
Protest & Candlelight Vigil Against R. "14 Counts of Child Pornography" Kelly and Black America's Continued Support and Denial of those 14 Counts of Child Pornography

WHEN:
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2007
5 P.M.

WHERE:
The Forum
3900 Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, CA
Corner of Prarie and Manchester

WHO:
People who give a damn about grown men being videotaped urinating on underage  females and whose cases have been conveniently postponed for almost 6 years, victims of child molestation, and parents of daughters.

WHY/MORE INFORMATION:

Pedophilia is the primary or exclusive sexual attraction by adults to prepubescent youths. A person with this attraction is called a pedophile. The term pedophile is used to denote an adult who is sexually attracted to adolescents or youths below the local age of consent, as well as those accused or convicted of child sexual abuse or child pornography related offenses.

EXHIBIT A

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EXHIBIT B

Marriage

Denial is a defense mechanism in which a person is faced with a fact that is too painful to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether (simple denial), admit the fact but deny its seriousness (minimization) or admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility. The concept of denial is particularly important to the study of addiction.

EXHIBIT A

Omar Thomas, a Kelly fan, voiced the sentiment that sweeps through certain segments of the black community when a high-profile black male is accused of sexual misconduct: Referring to the girl in the sex video, Thomas shouted that "She was promiscuous. She was a little slut." (Chicago Sun-Times)

EXHIBIT B

Wearing T-shirts that said, "R. Kelly, We Love You," and "We are Praying for You!" on the front and "Let he who is without sin cast a stone.--John 8-7," on the back, the women purport to represent Christian love and forgiveness.(Chicago Sun-Times)

Addiction is the recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual's health, mental state or social life.

EXHIBIT A

R. Kelly's Double Up debuted in May as the No. 1 selling album on both Billboard's Top 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop album charts.

EXHIBIT B

Double Up is R. Kelly's eighth top 5 debut and his fifth No. 1 album as a solo artist. It includes the first single "I'm A Flirt" and "Same Girl," a duet with Usher, that reached Top 10 status on urban radio.

EXHIBIT C

And despite his penchant for underage females, Kelly has sold in excess of 36 million albums worldwide.  He's managed several multi-platinum albums, 12 Play - (6x), R. Kelly - (5x), R. - (8x), TP-2.COM - (4x), Chocolate Factory - (2x), Happy People/U Saved Me - (3x). R. Kelly has collected multiple Grammy, American Music, Billboard and Soul Train awards.

EXHIBIT D

Kelly has been nominated for two Grammys this year.


 

NOTED EMPOWERMENT TO APPEAR ON INTERNET RADIO STATION
TO DISCUSS POWER OF MENTORSHIP
 

Empowerment guru, Author, Entrepreneur, and TV host Dr. Letitia Wright to discuss her book and upcoming movie titled the POWER OF MENTORSHIP

(September 2, 2007) – On September 5, 2007, IN THE KNOW with Tony Reeves, Esq., will conduct an interview with Empowerment guru, Entrepreneur, and TV host Dr. Letitia Wright.  

Dr. Wright is the host of Wright Place TV, the fastest growing TV show about women in business on TV.   In addition, Dr. Wright is author of the new book, The Power of Mentorship for the Woman Entrepreneur.  Dr. Wright is currently producing a film to be released this fall titled The Power of Mentorship.  Dr. Wright was awarded the Business Press Top 100 Women owned Business awards in 1996. The Sun newspaper named Dr. Letitia Wright as one of the Business Leaders of the Future. 

Dr. Wright was nominated for Small Business Administration Journalist of the Year award (2002), and was part of Oprah Winfrey’s Los Angeles Book Club for the first book “ East of Eden”.  “Dr. Wright is the true embodiment of progressiveness and empowerment”, said Reeves.  “We’re exited about the opportunity to engage in a dialogue with such a dynamic individual.”  

The interview with Dr. Wright will be aired live on IN THE KNOW with Tony Reeves, Esq. (www.blogtalkradio.com/intheknow).    IN THE KNOW with Tony Reeves, Esq. is aired every Wednesday night at 8:00pm to 9:00pm EST.   

For more information on “IN THE KNOW with Tony Reeves, Esq.”, please e-mail reeves@anthonyreeves.com or visit www.blogtalkradio.com/intheknow.
 


DISCUSSING THE "N" WORD BOOK AVAILABLE JUNE, 2007:             

‘Banning the “N” Word’ from the Mouths of Our Babies!  Children’s Book Discusses and Discourages the Use of the ‘N’ Word!

St. Louis, MO  June 2007  -- Author/ Freelance Writer Zekita Tucker brings you the new and more powerful revised edition of her highly controversial children’s book titled “Don’t Call Me N!gga”.  This daring and critically honest book has kept both children and adults in amazement at the shockingly open display of emotions and the realistic language used by this books’ characters.   

Already, “Don’t Call Me N!gga” has generated an enormous buzz across the country throughout many African American communities.  Since its first publication in March 2006, “Don’t Call Me N!gga” has been featured by ABC World News on the very popular news site ABCnews.com, has made cover stories in African American newspapers and websites.  Zekita Tucker has been interviewed by a Black Enterprise reporter for her courageous work on “Don’t Call Me N!gga” as well as the very popular The Ave. Magazine, and she has also been a guest on the Roland S. Martin Show, who is a CNN News commentator (Chicago) and The  Intersection w/ Rebecca Roberts (DC).   

Teaching your children about the affects of language is a great way to help them conquer some unforeseen battles in their lives.  “Don’t Call Me Nigga” now published and reprinted by Zeniam Publications, written by Zekita  and illustrated by Matthew Schultz, is a perfect tool for parents who want to combat the use of the ‘N’ word with their children but may not have other effective tools or resources. It is a perfect tool for children of all ages and is recommended for 8 years old and up.  

The story focuses on the history of the so called ‘N’ word, its negative connotations, and its impact on the African American community.  In this book the two main characters are faced with two very common dilemmas- conflict and self respect. This is the first children’s book that has ever addressed such a powerful issue in the African American community. Your children will be able to enjoy and learn from a story about children who look like them, use the same language codes, and may have similar viewpoints on the world.  This book is a must read for all!  It tackles responsibility for actions and the power of language.  Zekita Tucker serves the community as an author and freelance writer.  She is the Founder and CEO of Zeniam Publications, a company that offers literary services to both independent authors/ writers as well as businesses.

She has written many controversial articles about the problems in African American communities for newspapers across the country.  Some of her many insightful works have appeared in the ABCnews.com Website, Award Winning St. Louis American Newspaper, Black Star News, Emerging Minds, Westside Gazette, The Indianapolis Recorder, The Black Suburban Journal (NJ Ed.), Gambia.net, The Jackson Advocate, Black Britain Magazine, and the very popular black British website Tytecurl.com and Timbooktu

 “Don’t Call Me N!gga” will be available for order in June 21, 2007 through publisher/ author, by call in order through Barnes& Noble (if it is not already on local shelf), and available at  Amazon.com. 

Don’t Call Me N!gga (Revised Edition)  -  ISBN#  978-1-60402-249-0

For more information or for interviews with author contact: 

Zekita Tucker
Zeniam Publications
PO Box 142446
St. Louis, MO 63114

zekita@zeniampublications.com

www.zeniampublications.com

 

 

 

For Immediate Release
Friday, March 14, 2008


LOCAL COMMUNITY ACTIVIST AND JOURNALIST
ANNOUNCES BID FOR COUNTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE SEAT

 

Jasmyne Cannick To Run for 47th Assembly District Delegate Seat
in June 3rd State Primary

LOS ANGELES - Local community activist and journalist Jasmyne Cannick has announced her bid to represent the 47th Assembly District as a delegate on the County Central Committee in California's June 3rd State Primary election.  Primarily responsible for recruiting and working for the election of Democratic Party candidates throughout their county,  Democrats will go to the polls on June 3rd to elect seven members from their respective Assembly districts to the County Central Committee.  This is Jasmyne's first run for public office.  For more information on her campaign, please visit www.Vote4Jasmyne.com.

"Committee members play a vital role in helping to elect fair-minded Democratic candidates to office," commented Cannick.  "I just felt that this was one way that I could play an even more active role in the community and continue to be an instrument for change.  This year, unlike in years past that have seen presidential elections, has shown me personally that anything is possible.  California has its first Black female Speaker and there is a female and an African-American running for President.   I, along with millions of American voters have been inspired to take on an active role in making sure that the American dream becomes a reality for all of us and not just some of us."

Registered Democrats living in the 47th Assembly District will be able to cast their votes for candidates on June 3rd.  The 47th Assembly District includes the Los Angeles communities of Westwood (including UCLA), West Los Angeles, Rancho Park, Cheviot Hills, Mid City, Palms, Crenshaw, West Adams, Leimert Park and Hyde Park; the unincorporated communities of View Park-Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights and Baldwin Hills; and all of Culver City.  The last day to register to vote in the June 3rd election is May 19th

For more information on Jasmyne's campaign, please visit www.Vote4Jasmyne.com

About Jasmyne Cannick

Jasmyne Cannick, a longtime resident of the West Adams community of Los Angeles is a devoted community member known for both her political activism and commentary.

Currently, at 30, Jasmyne Cannick is a critic and commentator who writes about the worlds of pop culture, race, class, and politics as played out in the African-American community.  An award-winning journalist, Jasmyne was selected as one of ESSENCE Magazine's 25 Women Shaping the World and is a regular contributor to National Public Radio's "News and Notes."  

Previously she served as the press secretary to the California Legislative Black Caucus and Assemblymember Mervyn M. Dymally, and more recently in the United States House of Representatives. 

She co-founded the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation's Black gay civil rights group and served as co-chair of the National Stonewall Democrats Black Caucus.  Locally, Jasmyne continues to make time to volunteer with Earl Ofari Hutchinson's Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable and the Pan African Film and Arts Festival.

 

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