Black Mayors call for Vanessa Williams resignation; Civil rights symposium planned for SMU; Baruti Kafele closes the 'Attitude Gap'
A majority of the board of directors of the National Conference of Black Mayors (NCBM) has called for the resignation of the organization’s executive director, Vanessa Williams, after receipt of initial findings from a forensic audit report. The audit was ordered by the board, along with creation of a Special Task Force, in May to identify legal, operational, and financial issues of the NCBM. This action followed the election of Mayor Kevin Johnson as president; he has vowed to restore transparency and accountability to the 39-year-old organization. Previously, Williams and former NCBM president Mayor Robert Bowser were found to have not acted in “good faith” by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Christopher Brasher who ordered them to release records they had withheld from the audit and pay attorney’s fees of the new leadership of the NCBM which had to file a lawsuit to obtain the records.
Two members of Xavier University of Louisiana’s board of trustees—Dwight Bush Sr., and Carla Harris—have been nominated by President Barack Obama for positions in his administration. Bush, president of D.L. Bush and Associates, a financial advisory and business consulting firm in Washington, D.C., has been named U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco. The nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Harris, vice chairman of Global Wealth Management, managing director, and senior client advisor at Morgan Stanley, has been appointed chairperson of the National Women’s Business Council, a non-partisan federal government council created to serve as an independent source of advice and counsel to the president, Congress and the U.S. Small Business Administration on economic issues of importance to women entrepreneurs.
Maryland health officials announced this week that they will partner with the Baltimore Ravens football team this fall to help spread the word about Obamacare and the state’s health insurance marketplace that will allow consumers to shop for health insurance starting in October. The Baltimore Ravens have previously been involved in promoting Maryland health efforts including a 2008 expansion of Medicaid. Research conducted for the state suggests 71 percent of uninsured people watched, attended or listened to a Baltimore Ravens game in the past 12 months. About 800,000, or 14 percent of the state’s population of 5.8 million, is uninsured.
A 1-year-old Brooklyn boy was killed by a bullet that police sources say, was intended for his father. Antiq Hennis was riding in his stroller when the shot pierced his head just a block from the family’s Riverdale Ave. home, cops and witnesses said. The child’s father Anthony Hennis — the intended target, according to law enforcement sources and family members — was unharmed. At least four shots rang out. The child was the only person hit. Antiq was rushed to Brookdale University Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The Harlem School of the Arts (HSA) hosts its 2014-14 open house at The Herb Alpert Center, 5 St. Nicholas Ave., on Saturday, Sept. 7 from 12-4 p.m. HSA faculty and students will be on hand to share details about the new school year, and will offer free, 30-minute introductory classes in music, dance, theater, visual arts, and musical theater to give attendees the chance to try something new before enrollment. The free event will also feature performances and other activities.