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Zuma Asks South Africa To Pray For Nelson Mandela, Who Remains In Critical Condition


Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, has been hospitalized for almost three weeks with a respiratory infection. He is now in critical condition in a hospital in Pretoria after his health deteriorated over the weekend. 

The office of South African President Jacob Zuma said that he and ruling African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa visited Mandela, 94, on Sunday evening and that doctors informed them that Mandela’s condition had turned critical in the past 24 hours.

“The doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and are ensuring that Madiba is well-looked after and is comfortable,” Zuma said in an e-mailed statement, referring to Mandela by his clan name. “He is in good hands.”

For the past 17 days, Mandela has been receiving care at a medical facility in Pretoria, the South African capital — the fourth time he has been hospitalized since December. But there was little indication that his condition had become critical. As of Saturday, the South African government had characterized his condition as “serious but stable.”

The apartheid regime imprisoned Mandela for 27 years, releasing him in 1990. He became the nation’s first black president following South Africa’s first multiracial elections in 1994, won by the African National Congress. Mandela has not been seen in public since the World Cup soccer tournament was held in South Africa in 2010.

Zuma said Monday that as doctors do what they can for Mandela, the rest of the country should pray for him:

“All of us in the country should accept the fact that Madiba is now old,” Zuma told reporters in Johannesburg, referring to Mandela by his clan name. “As he ages, his health will . . . trouble him, and I think what we need to do as a country is to pray for him.”

Zuma described the former South African president as being “asleep” when he visited him Sunday evening, accompanied by ruling African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mandela’s hospitalization, said Zuma, is not expected to affect an official visit on Friday by President Obama, who this week embarks on his first substantial presidential visit to Africa. In addition to South Africa, he will stop in Senegal and Tanzania.


Written by: Sudarsan Raghavan

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King On 34th™ Reality TV Show Casting


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Do you know how to create ready to wear, cutting edge masterpieces?

If so, we encourage you to apply to be a contestant on KING ON 34TH!

KING ON 34TH is a competition based reality show centered around fashion icon and business icon J. Alexander Martin and set in New York City on 34th street.

The show will be built around twelve designers who will work in groups of four to compete in spirited weekly challenges that will lead to dramatic eliminations.

King on 34th Winning Contestant Prize: Launch Your Brand! The winning contestant will be supported in launching their brand and creating their first collection through professional mentoring from J. Alexander Martin.

The runner up contestant will be rewarded with a six month mentorship program directly with J.Alexander Martin and will be welcomed into his company for an amazing “on-the-job” learning experience that will prepare them for their future goals as a designer and entrepreneur.



For all other questions please email

Check out the teaser:

Contestant Application Guidelines:

1. You must be 21 years of age or older.

2. You must be a legal resident and permitted to work in the country.

3. You must have a valid passport and be permitted to travel outside the country.

4. Your gross sales as a fashion designer must not have exceeded $100,000 per year.

5. You may not be in the running for or hold any public office and agree to not run for office within one year after the show airs

6. You must agree to medical and psychological testing should you be selected as a semi-finalist

7. You or your immediate family member may not be employed by Sapphire Blue Entertainment, Élan Entertainment.

8. You or any of your acquaintances may not have a personal relationship with Antonne Jones, Michael Gerald or any others associated with the program.

Video Submission Guidelines

1. Videos must be between three and five minutes in length.

2. Videos may be submitted in digital HD format.

3. Introduce yourself and give an overview of your life.

4. Explain your goals, achievements and why you want to be on the show.

5. Tell producers why you think appearing on King on 34th would be crucial to you reaching your goals.

6. Be creative but genuine.

7. Make sure you can be clearly seen and heard on the video.

Portfolio Submission Guidelines

1. Gather your portfolio by getting together three to 10 photos of recent completed designs, images of detail work you’ve done, images of patterns if you use them and images of your sketches. 2. Take two recent photos of yourself, one a head shot and the second a full-length shot. 3. Upload your completed application, video, portfolio, photos and a copy of your ID

For full application and more information please visit :


Black Celebration 2012 Honoree on ABC 7- Dont Miss It!

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June 7, 2013 – BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The “ African-American man” in the eyes of recent news, and in the eyes of the community carries various stereotypes and generalizations of negativity; headlines and words such as; “ jobless”; “killer”; “prisoner; “drug dealer”, the list goes on. The perception of the “typical” black man must continue to change towards the positive. Together, we must strive to paint a brighter picture and shine the light on those who make a memorable impact that can change a community, and be a role model to the youth.

With his most recent project, and success of his first book, “Do Right, Do Good”, Jean Alerte has partnered with the founder of Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund; Tutan Reyes, to help administer scholarship awards of up to $2,000 per year, renewable over four years to deserving students currently in college or high school seniors. Beyond the Boroughs is a 501c3 public charity that awards “last dollars in” scholarships to students across the country.

Due to his tireless efforts to become that brighter picture, and his “Do Right, Do Good “ deeds, Jean will share his story with the world on June 9th at 12pm as a guest on the inspiring Ch. 7 ABC show, Here and Now with host, Sandra Bookman. Here and Now is dedicated to covering the latest issues, news stories and trends that are impacting the local black community.

With the accomplishments of Alerte, Carter & Associates, which Jean is CEO of; and owner of Bedford-Stuyvesant’s favorite frozen yogurt shop, Brooklyn Swirl; Jean’s fuel to aspire to rise to new heights continues to increase. His positive actions bring more blessings of further business ventures. The goal is to bring business owners, fellow entrepreneurs, and anyone who shares the passion to give back, to assist in what Jean calls the “Do Right, Do Good Movement.” Every individual shares in the role of being a role model for the next generation. What better way to enhance that stature, than by supporting this initiative, not just with the scholarship, or in business, but with each step a person takes in life?

Striving to escape mediocrity can only be accomplished by taking an educated risk; the risks that Jean Alerte has taken have been a blessing to him and those who surround him. Jean is a son, brother, entrepreneur, husband, author and philanthropist; at just 31 years old, a young man with a bright spirit and old soul just wishes to leave a legacy for his future children to remember and be proud of for years to come.


Jennifer Cadet





Paris Jackson ‘Safe and Doing Fine,’ Say Family Members

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Paris Jackson, the teenage daughter of the late Michael Jackson, is “physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention” after an unspecified emergency at her Calabasas, Calif., home.

Several entertainment websites reported emergency responders were called to the home after a Paris Jackson possible suicide attempt, but that could not be confirmed by ABC News. Entertainment Tonight cited Debbie Rowe, Paris Jackson’s mother, as a source.

A Jackson family lawyer, Perry Sanders, did not specify the nature of the emergency in a written statement.

“Being a sensitive 15-year-old is difficult no matter who you are,” the statement said. “It is especially difficult when you lose the person closest to you [her father]. Paris is physically fine and is getting appropriate medical attention. Please respect her privacy and the family’s privacy.”

Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson — Michael Jackson’s brothers and Paris Jackson’s uncles — echoed the sentiment.

“Thank you for the outpouring of concern and support for Paris. She is safe and doing fine,” they said in a statement. “We truly appreciate you respecting our family’s privacy at this time.”

Rowe also released a statement: “We appreciate everyone’s thoughts for Paris at this time and their respect for the family’s privacy.”

The L.A. Fire Department responded to a 911 call from Paris Jackson’s Calabasas, Calif. home at 1:27 a.m., KABC in Los Angeles reported.

An emergency at the same time at an unspecified home on Jackson’s street also included Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station deputies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the sheriff’s department said in a prepared statement, and, “as a result, medical treatment was provided to a patient, who was transported to a hospital.”

Since the death of their father in 2009, Paris and her two brothers have been living much more public lives. 

Late Tuesday night PT, just before the emergency, Jackson tweeted, “i wonder why tears are salty?” and in a tweet an hour later she quoted the Beatles, writing, “yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away now it looks as though they’re here to stay”

According to People magazine, Paris Jackson has been seen spending more time with her biological mother, Rowe. The magazine reported that Rowe came to watch Paris Jackson in her school play, and Jackson has spent time at Rowe’s horse ranch in Palmdale, Calif.

“Paris has been going through a lot of teenage angst and feels a little bit unloved,” a source told the magazine in April. “Three months ago Paris reached out to her mother and told her she wanted to establish a relationship with her. Debbie was open to it and [Jackson’s guardian and grandmother] Katherine Jackson is supportive.”


Credit to: Lesley Messer




Black 14-year-old Carrying a Puppy Tackled and Choked by Police for Giving Them a “Dehumanizing Stare”

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May 30, 2013 |New cell phone footage shows Miami-Dade Police officers aggressively pinning an unarmed teen to the ground while choking him. His alleged crime: giving the officers “dehumanizing stares” and “clenching his fists.”

Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillan says he was feeding his puppy and playing on the beach with some friends when cops riding ATVs approached him and asked what he was doing. The “peacekeeping” officers say they saw McMillan roughhousing with another teenager, told him it was “unacceptable behavior,” and asked where his mother was. When McMillan walked away, they chased him on ATVs, jumped out, pinned him to the ground and arrested him. According to police reports, McMillan “attempted to pull his arm away, stating, ‘Man, don’t touch me like I did something.'” See footage of the incident, captured by McMillan’s mother at end of article.

McMillan says he obeyed orders, and was leading the officers towards his mother when they jumped him. The teen adds that he was holding and feeding his puppy at the time, who got injured during the encounter.

“I don’t like it. I feel sad. He got in front of me on the ATC and he slammed my hand,” McMillan said. “Then he started choking me. Then my 6-week old Pit Bull mix named Polo got hurt and bruised his front paw when the police grabbed me and slammed me down. It makes me feel sad.”

Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta justified the use of force, saying McMillan was exhibiting threatening “body language,” which includes “clenched fists.” McMillan adamantly denies this charge because, well, he was holding a puppy.

“Of course we have to neutralize the threat in front of us,” said Zabaleta. “And when you have somebody that is being resistant, somebody that is pulling away from you, somebody that’s clenching their fist, somebody that’s flaring their arms, that’s the immediate threat.”

McMillan’s mother, Maurissa Holmes saw the incident and recorded it on her cell phone. She told WSVN-TV, “I ran over there and said, ‘That’s my son, that’s my son. Can you get off of him? He can’t breathe.’

Police charged McMillan with resisting arrest, a felony, and disorderly conduct. The teen’s attorney entered a plea of not guilty for his client and asked the court to reconsider the charges. The judge did not grant him his request.

McMillan’s 6-week old puppy, who suffers an injured front paw, did not make the police report.

“At this point we are not concerned with a puppy,” said Zabaleta.


Credit to: AlterNet / By Steven Hsieh


NYC police: Notes to Obama, mayor had gun threats

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A suspicious letter mailed to the White House and intercepted this week was similar to two threatening, poison-laced letters on the gun law debate sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most potent gun-control advocates, officials said Thursday.

Yet another letter became known publicly on Thursday, one tainted with the poison ricin and mailed to President Barack Obama from Spokane, Wash., the FBI said. Authorities have arrested a man in Spokane in connection with that letter, which was intercepted May 22.

The Secret Service said the White House-bound letter similar to the ones Bloomberg was sent was intercepted by a White House mail screening facility. Two similar letters postmarked in Louisiana and sent to Bloomberg in New York and his gun control group in Washington contained traces of the deadly poison ricin.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the letter sent to Obama contained ricin. It was turned over to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.

The two Bloomberg letters, opened Friday in New York and Sunday in Washington, contained an oily pinkish-orange substance.

New York Police Department Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Thursday the same machine or computer had produced the two letters to Bloomberg and the similar one to Obama and that they may be identical. He referred specific questions to the FBI.

The FBI said in a statement that field tests on the letters were consistent with the presence of a biological agent, and the letters were turned over to an accredited laboratory for the kind of thorough analysis that is needed to verify a tentative finding. “More letters may be received,” the statement said, without elaboration.

The body of the letter mailed to New York was addressed to “you” and referenced the gun control debate. Kelly said the unsigned letter says, in so many words: “Anyone who comes for my guns will be shot in the face.” He refused to quote directly from the letter, saying he didn’t want to do the author’s bidding.

Bloomberg has emerged as one of the country’s most important gun-control advocates, able to press his case with both his public position and his private money.

The New York letter was opened at the city’s mail facility in Manhattan in a biochemical containment box, which is a part of the screening process for mayor’s office mail.

“In terms of the processes and procedures that are in place now we think they worked,” Kelly said. “This is sort of an effect of the post-9/11 world that we live in that these checks and facilities are in place and the system worked.”

The second letter was opened Sunday by Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Washington-based nonprofit Bloomberg started.

The letter Glaze opened tested positive for ricin initially. The other letter to Bloomberg at first tested negative but tested positive at a retest Wednesday.

The postal workers union, citing information it got in a Postal Service briefing, said the letters bore a Shreveport, La., postmark. Kelly would not comment on the origin of the letter.

Louisiana State Police spokeswoman Julie Lewis said state authorities have deferred to the FBI and have not opened an investigation. The Shreveport postal center handles mail from Louisiana, Texas and Arkansas, so the letter could have come from any of those states, Lewis said.

The people who initially came into contact with the letters showed no symptoms of exposure to the poison, but three officers who later examined the New York letter experienced minor symptoms that have since abated, police said. The mayor visited the mailroom on Thursday but made no public comments on the topic.

On Wednesday, he said he didn’t know why they were sent.

One of the letters “obviously referred to our anti-gun efforts, but there’s 12,000 people that are going to get killed this year with guns and 19,000 that are going to commit suicide with guns, and we’re not going to walk away from those efforts,” said Bloomberg, adding that he didn’t feel threatened.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, vomiting and redness on the skin depending on how the affected person comes into contact with the poison.

The letters were the latest in a string of toxin-laced missives, but authorities would not say whether the letters to Bloomberg and Obama were believed to be linked to any other recent case.

In Washington state, a 37-year-old was charged last week with threatening to kill a federal judge in a letter that contained ricin. On Thursday, the FBI said a suspicious letter containing ricin was mailed to Obama from Spokane on the same day similar ricin-tainted letters were mailed to the judge and to a post office. A fourth letter, sent to nearby Fairchild Air Force Base, continues to undergo testing, officials said.

About a month earlier, letters containing the substance were addressed to Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi judge. One of the letters postmarked in Memphis, Tenn., was traced back to Tupelo, Miss., and a Mississippi man was arrested.

Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which now counts more than 700 mayors nationwide as members. It lobbies federal and state lawmakers, and it aired a spate of television ads this year urging Congress to expand background checks and pass other gun-control measures after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The background check proposal failed in a Senate vote in April, and other measures gun-control advocates wanted — including a ban on sales of military-style assault weapons — have stalled.

Separately, Bloomberg also has made political donations to candidates who share his desire for tougher gun restrictions. His super PAC, Independence USA, put $2.2 million into a Democratic primary this winter for a congressional seat in Illinois, for example. Bloomberg’s choice, former state lawmaker Robin Kelly, won.


Credit to: Associated Press Writers Jennifer Peltz and Frank Eltman in New York, Holbrook Mohr in Jackson, Miss., and Pete Yost in Washington contributed to this report.


You’re Invited! – My First Loves Exclusive Film Benefit

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Join Award Winning Filmmaker Dominga Martin and Special Guest/Celebrity DJ, Beverly Bond on Monday, June 3, 2013 for a benefit to help support the making of Dominga’s first feature film: My First Loves.

“My First Loves” is a romantic comedy with a dash of drama. The film will be produced by Monty Ross, the producer behind Spike Lee’s first 7 films and will star Vanessa Simmons in her first leading role.

For ONE NIGHT ONLY, friends, family tastemakers, influencers and media will gather at an exclusive party held at NEW New York City Hot Spot EVR, (54 West 39th Street, New York, NY) to help make “My First Loves” happen!


Here’s what you get for your donation:

•$25.00 Minimum: Entry into party, Open Bar (1 hour)

•$50.00: Entry into party. Open Bar (1 Hour) and Exclusive Goodie Bag

•$100.00: A VIP Ticket to the EXCLUSIVE cast table read for the film and VIP ACCESS at the benefit.

•$200.00: A VIP Ticket to the EXCLUSIVE cast table read for the film, with a chance to meet and greet the cast, director, producer at the private cocktail hour prior to the table reading, PLUS VIP ACCESS at the benefit.


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