Saturday, June 25, 2011

Charges of Racial Profiling Against U.S. Airways Lodged by NAACP


NAACP Mounts Protest Against Racial Profiling by U.S. AIR

The San Francisco NAACP joins Mrs. Donna Doyle in protesting the mistreatment of her son, Mr. Deshon Marman by U.S. Airways and the San Mateo County Police Department. Mr. Marman, a student and football player at the University of New Mexico was arrested per request of U.S. Airways by the San Mateo Police Department when he did not immediately pull his pants up while boarding the plane.

As President of the San Francisco Branch NAACP, Dr. Amos Brown decries African American youth being subjected to double standards of such imbalanced law enforcement. While we have great concerns with the baggy pants fad and believe that when in public young people should always present themselves in a respectful and dignified manner, it is clear that in this case the punishment doesn’t fit the crime.

This unjust enforcement also represents a double standard as we have the facts that just six days before Mr. Marman’s incident, according to Philip Caulfield of the New York Daily News (website article), U.S. Airways let a “scantily-clad cross dresser” fly free of harassment or discrimination.When asked why a cross-dresser would be allowed to fly without any bother, the airlines has said they have no dress code. It is the contention and concern of the NAACP that if there is no dress code, why was this young man singled out and arrested?

It is around this question and concern that a press conference has been arranged for Friday, June 24th, 2011 @ 10:00a.m. in the lower level of the Administrative Building of Third Baptist Church, 1399 McAllister St. Then, this Sunday, 26th, Mr. Marman’s mother, Ms. Doyle, will appear at Jones Methodist Church, 1975 Post Street, San Francisco, CA @ 3:00p.m.where the NAACP will host a public forum addressing this and other issues regarding the quality of life for African Americans in the City and County of San Francisco.

For any further questions please call (415) 559-2978.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Save the Date - Jill Scott - Sleeptrain Pavillion, Concord, California - Friday, August 12, 2011

Pre-Sale begins 6/23/11

Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, Mint Condition and Others

Sleep Train
2000 Kirker Pass Road
Concord, CA 94521-1642
(925) 676-8742

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Arrested for Sagging Pants?

Okay, I've heard of "driving while black," but what happened at San Francisco Airport this week calls for a "Pants on the Ground" remix.

According to news sources, Kevin Doherty, a football player at the University of New Mexico was boarding a US Airways plane after attending his high school friend's funeral in San Francisco.

Apparently, someone saw a young black man with dreads and sagging pants and panicked. The airline received a report of "indecent exposure," the flight attended asked him to pull his "pants off the ground," and now Mr. Doherty is facing a lot of charges and the possibility of having his college scholarship revoked.

Freedom of Expression is real - but young black men need to know - just because we have a Black President doesn't mean that they're not watching us - closely. And remember, it's summer and there are tourists from all over the country. You just can't be scaring people from middle America like that.

Seriously, I hope the airline will reconsider the charges against this young man and that his academic institution will show him some leniency. We all make bad choices and I think this is one situation that got completely out of hand.

Peace and Blessings

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Star Power! "Satan's Sisters" by Star Jones

I had the pleasure of meeting Star Jones at Barnes and Noble in El Cerrito, California last night as she was promoting her new book, "Satan's Sisters." I was happy that a sister-friend had called me up a couple days before and told me that while shopping in the store, she learned out about the Star Jones event. I'm not sure why the appearance wasn't better publicized because we all know that Star has drawing power. But that's a whole other blog.

Anyhow, I will admit that I was a little skeptical about what to expect. I thought that Star Jones would be this "diva," who would not interact with the audience and would be cold and unapproachable. I have followed her career since her days as a legal analyst for NBC, but had never had the opportunity to see her in person.

I was most pleasantly surprised. Not only was she smart (which we already knew), but she was funny, open, honest, down to earth and it felt like an evening with a group of girlfriends.

If you haven't purchased the book yet, I would encourage you to do so. I haven't read it yet, but I have a feeling that we're going to recognize a lot of the characters from her near-decade on "The View."

"Satan's Sisters" by Star Jones is available in bookstores everywhere. Check it out.

Peace and Blessings

Friday, June 10, 2011


What would you do for five million dollars? In a new novel by national bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray, comes THE DEAL, THE DANCE, AND THE DEVIL: A Novel by Touchstone Books.

Release Date: June 7, 2011

To be entered in a random drawing for a free copy of this book (cover price $15.00), please send me an email:

Contest ends June 17, 2011.
Good luck!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

100 Black Men - 25th Annual Conference - San Francisco

25th Annual Conference
June 9-12, 2011
Marriott Marquis San Francisco
55 4th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Celebrating 25 years of Mentoring Leadership

Hosted by 100 Black Men of Bay Area and 100 Black Men of Silicon Valley

Special Guests-Speakers

Welcoming Reception for 100 Black Men of America's 25th Annual Conference In San Francisco

Thursday, June 9, 2011

6 p.m. until Midnight

West Bay Conference Center (Filmore District)

Admission: $10 to $20