Here’s a look at African-American people and issues making headlines throughout the country.
Tony Rose, publisher/CEO of Phoenix-based Amber Communications Group Inc., the nation’s largest African-American publisher of self-help books, has been asked to be a member of the 2011 NAACP Image Awards literary subcommittee in the category of Instructional Literature. The committee is responsible for the review, evaluation and vote on submitted literary projects for consideration in their assigned category. The top five nominees will be announced at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards press conference in January. The entire membership of the NAACP will then get a chance to vote for the winners, who will be announced at the ceremony in March.
Joseph Jackson, father of pop icon Michael Jackson, has refiled a wrongful death lawsuit in state court against the Conrad Murray, the doctor charged in his son’s death, and added Applied Pharmacy Services, Las Vegas company, as a defendant. Joseph Jackson originally filed the suit in federal court, but a judge declined to hear the case and said it should be handled in Los Angeles Superior Court. The case accuses Murray of negligence in administering the anesthetic propofol to Jackson. Court records show the pharmacy sold the drug to Murray nearly a month before the singer’s death in June 2009.
District of Columbia
Nearly 40 percent of the 17,000 households in Washington, D.C., that receive welfare have been in the system for much longer than five years, and Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry recently teamed up with Ward 7 Councilwoman Yvette Alexander to change that. The two hope to introduce a bill that would remove recipients from the welfare roll after the five-year period. If passe, the legislation would quickly eliminate 8,000 recipients. Barry said that although the bill is “imperfect and incomplete,” the intent is to launch “serious dialogue on how to break the cycle of generational poverty, government dependency and economic disparity in the city.”
Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell, former leader of Miami Rap group 2 Live Crew, is now an assistant football coach at Miami Central High School. He also coaches in his home neighborhood of Liberty City, where he founded the “Optimist League” for inner-city youth. Once criticized for his sexually explicit lyrics, Campbell, 49, looks to move forward on a clean slate. “I’m happy and proud of what we accomplished, but that part of my life is over,” he told Miami Herald’s Linda Robertson. “The entertainer – I left him on stage.”