Important Message From The DCN About My Work

Folk you need to understand that I video and take photos everywhere I go and I don’t video or take photos to sell copies so that is why I don’t advertise. I do what I do to capture history and to be able to go back and look at the event at home.

Although I video and take photos for myself, I share the videos and photos on The DCN News Blog Online TV and The Anderson Chapel MBC TV while you can watch the video for around 30 days and then it is deleted.

I don’t go around recording events that are not at a public location, private events such as funerals and etc. and if and when I do, you best believe I get permission from the folk in charge of the event.

Folk don’t even think you are going to get my videos/photos and sell them to make a profit when it is my property. If you want to make a profit then you are going to pay me for my video/photos and then I will give you the rights to sell them however otherwise no one has permission to sell my videos/photos.

Beginning August 26, 2015 any and all of my videos/photos that I release recorded on or before August 26, I  will have who the copyright belongs to printed on each copy because I put labels on my videos/photos.

Local and surrounding media outlets, tv, radio and newspapers have watched my videos to do their stories because the majority of the time they can see it first on The DCN News Blog Online TV. For these sources, I am requesting that you name The DCN News Blog Online TV as the source. When I share other sources information, I make the source known. The difference in the sources and myself, I don’t get paid and do what I do out of pocket.

If anyone should have any questions about any videos/photos then you need to contact me via phone (252) 314-5484 or email thedcn@embarqmail.com .

Cam Newton & The Carolina Panthers

President Obama Didn't Divide UsIt didn’t start with Cam Newton and it ain’t going to end with him. Just a bunch of ignant racist white folk and ignant safe negroes who as Bernie Mac put it, “You Just Don’t Understand!”

I normally don’t get all into games vocally and publicly but I could not be silent when they made it all about Cam.

Damn they mad because Cam celebrated during the games and called him arrogant.Hater Who Is Irrelevant Responding To Them Make Them Relevant Damn they mad because they learned he was black during the celebrations by dabbing and when he gave footballs away to little white boys, black boys and other. Damn they mad because he made it to the Super Bowl. Damn they love it that he lost but they mad because he is not responding to the lost as they want him to.

Damn get over it!

I remember some years ago when the saying was little black boys were at-risk especially in the school system and I always would respond that all black men were at-risk I don’t care how old they are.

What I don’t understand though is how folk who live in North Carolina and was not a Denver fan could choose them over Carolina especially black folk. But I ain’t mad with them just tickles the hell out of me.

Well I am so glad I ain’t ignant to what is going on around me.

Now run and tell that!

#KeepPounding

Cam Newton…I Wonder? Published by Patricia Ferguson

The Watch Dog response: This is my longtime friend a very intelligent, strong powerful woman.

Published by Patricia Ferguson on February 6, 2016

PDFFor days now I have endured a smorgasbord of outlets reporting negatively on Cam Newton, a young African American quarterback for the Carolina Panthers who works hard and competes even harder, leading his team to Super Bowl 50. Imagine that. Here we have a young, 26-year-old African American male living his dream-navigating the politics of first the collegiate culture, and then the professional football culture to emerge as a highly competitive, spirited, strategic super threat of an athlete; one of the best on the planet. And, instead of him being celebrated for his accomplishments, critics speak of Cam Newton in ways that are perplexing and less than complimentary. Meanwhile, invisible young black boys are watching, listening and wondering.

These comments are being made while school systems and systems of incarceration in North Carolina and across the nation struggle to keep young black males in school and out of jail. We preach to them about dreaming big and living the American dream. We inspire them with stories of courage and endurance… of hard work and sacrifice. At the same time, they hear us throw disparaging remarks at a young man trying to learn his way in a highly competitive world where millions of dollars are in play. The pressure to be a super performer is palpable – have you seen his super hero commercials? It is almost more than a 26-year-old can carry.

He needs a full community of supporters across lines of race and culture and ethnicity to help. Whoever said words don’t hurt and don’t have power? That is wrong, very wrong. In fact, the truth about words is that they have a strong creative power. Words can create. Words to young children can change lives. Millions of dollars are being spent on low wealth schools (average of about $1500 per child locally) and after school programs (some say nationwide up to 1.2. billion) with hopes that teachers and mentors and community leaders will speak words of encouragement and inspire greatness.

There is no doubt that we are losing our African American males to a life of incarceration and ultimately poverty. According to the Census Bureau American Community Survey, the poverty rate for all African Americans in 2012 was 28.1%. Black families with children under 18 headed by a single mother had the highest rate of poverty at 47.5. In addition, the Criminal Justice Fact Sheet: Racial Disparities in Incarceration reports that:
• African Americans now constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population
• African Americans are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of whites
• Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58% of all prisoners in 2008, even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the US population
• One in six black men had been incarcerated as of 2001. If current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime
• Nationwide, African-Americans represent 26% of juvenile arrests, 44% of youth who are detained, 46% of the youth who are judicially waived to criminal court, and 58% of the youth admitted to state prisons (Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice).

Yes. I would say the statistics above move beyond Langston Hughes dreams deferred. It is in fact, my retitlement- the death of dreamers and their dreams. So then, how do we reconcile the temperament adults cast toward this young man? How do we explain to a cadre of young black boys a justifiable cause for acts of continual chastisement when, to them, they see greatness? They see miracles and the “dare to believe the unbelievable” preached about in Sunday School and pulpits? Here we have an opportunity to exchange a few things. Would you not agree that taking issue with Cam Newton’s end zone demeanor that is fueled by his youth and love of the game, pales in comparison to a much larger presence he makes?

I wonder what Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music, had in mind when they commissioned Pharrell Williams to write a theme song for the movie Despicable Me and he titled it “Happy”. Could it be that this generation, super athletes included, interprets the world differently from the protocols and practices “we” see as befitting of a representative of the super star class? Could it be that Cam’s “happy” dance propels and energizes him after running and passing and yes, then celebrating in the end zone, and igniting young fans by giving them the football?

Imagine that! He hands over a football that will transform a child forever and, even with this, he is scolded as being “fake”, unreal and anything but genuine. Could it be that Cam Newton simply wants to have fun and enjoy what his athletic gifts have afforded him? Isn’t this what we have forgotten to do in pursuit of our dreams… have fun?

Cam Newton, I’m so very, very proud of you! Here’s to an amazing kickoff-just do what you do and make us proud!

About: Patricia Ferguson is an accomplished writer, community leader and renowned speaker, teacher and expert facilitator. She draws on more than 30 years of public and community service. She has spent a number of years refocusing her efforts designing strategies to help women thrive. She has spent much of that time working on behalf of empowering and enabling women with a passion for self-sufficiency and entrepreneurism.

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Federal court strikes down NC congressional district maps – WRAL

The Watch Dog response: This is fabuloustastic. This is why I am a proud Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP because they fight for what is fair and just for all folk. This should put me and others in Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back where we belong. Thank you!

The ruling throws the March 15 primary into chaos, as the judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the maps within two weeks and not to hold any elections for U.S. House until the maps are in place. A special session of the legislature would have to be called to approve new maps, and they might have to pass federal muster again.

Mail-in absentee voting started last week, and more than 8,000 ballots have already been requested, according to the State Board of Elections. It was unclear late Friday how many ballots have already been filled out and sent back in.

The three-judge panel ruled that the 1st Congressional District, which spreads like an octopus across northeast North Carolina and has a tentacle that dips into Durham County, and the 12th Congressional District, which snakes along Interstate 85 between Greensboro and Charlotte, were drawn specifically so that the majority of voters in each were black. (Source: Read more)

Breaking News: Judges Strike Down 2 North Carolina Congressional Districts – ABC News

The Watch Dog response: Fabuloustastic! This should put me and others back in the 1st Congressional District where we belong. This should put all of Edgecombe and Nash Counties to name a few back in the 1st CD. I am going to a meeting in the AM and I should learn more about how this ruling will affect the March 15th Primary.

Federal judges struck down late Friday two majority black congressional districts in North Carolina, saying race was the predominant factor in drawing those lines but state legislators lacked justification in using that practice.

Two of the three judges on the redistricting panel hearing the 2013 lawsuit agreed the size and composition of both the 1st and 12th Districts violated the Constitution’s equal protection provision and must be redrawn.

The judges ordered the General Assembly to come up with new boundaries by Feb. 19, although Republican lawmakers who helped shepherd North Carolina’s congressional map through the legislature in 2011 said a swift appeal was coming. The state could seek a delay at the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

North Carolina congressional primaries are scheduled March 15, with mail-in absentee ballots already being turned in. Other adjoining districts would have to be adjusted, too. (Source: Read more)

Press Release: Rocky Mount Chamber Singers Set to Deliver Valentine’s Concert and Dinner

Rocky Mount, N. C. – The Rocky Mount Chamber Singers (RMCS) will provide musical entertainment for lovers and guests on Saturday, February 13, 2016, at the ballroom of Benvenue Country Club in Rocky Mount at 6:00 p.m.  Music will include songs about love, while dinner will consist of a choice of prime rib or chicken marsala. 

Sharing his sentiments about the group’s debut concert at First Presbyterian Church in June 2015, Director Jim Smith stated that the “audience included not only folks from Rocky Mount, but also Wilson, Tarboro, Raleigh, and Cary.”  At the first and a second performance (given at White Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh in August), the ensemble was rewarded with standing ovations. 

“We want to be known regionally as an excellent small chorus that represents Rocky Mount and the surrounding area,” said Smith.  “We also want to promote a positive image of Rocky Mount and all the good things that it has to offer.” 

The February 13th concert will begin with a half-hour concert of love songs based on the poetry of well-known writers, including Shakespeare, Alexander Pushkin, Emily Dickinson, and Sara Teasdale.

   
“Guests will then be served a three-course dinner prepared and served by the excellent chef and staff of Benvenue Country Club,” explained Smith.  “Following dinner, the singers will perform another half-hour of love songs, beginning with the very appropriate My Funny Valentine.” 

The remaining selections will include arrangements of popular tunes from the last several decades. Instrumental accompaniment for the group will be piano, bass, and percussion.

 
“Tickets are $60 per person and include a meal and a full length concert featuring the area’s finest singers,” shared Smith.
  
Attendants may also dedicate a song to their sweethearts on the evening of the performance. For tickets, visit http://www.rockymountchambersingers.com by February 7th. 

RMCS was formed in March 2015 by Smith and accompanist Virginia Vance.  Comprised of twenty auditioned singers, half of whom are educators, the group also includes attorneys and computer analysts.  In addition to presenting concerts in Rocky Mount, the singers have been invited to perform on 2016-2017 concert series in Raleigh and in Wilmington. 

RMCS will also host its spring concert on Tuesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.

Contact: Kristian A. Herring kristianherring@yahoo.com (252) 314-4522 

U.S. Senate Candidate Chris Rey Has a Stellar Résumé. Why Isn’t Anyone Taking Him Seriously? Indy Weekly

The Watch Dog response: Because there is a problem with the makeup of the NC State Democratic Party but black folk continue to be ignant! They need to go in and make some DEMANDS! I have been waiting for them to say when but until then why attend the state meetings? I refuse to be silent!

On paper, there aren’t many stronger political résumés than Chris Rey’s.

He’s young, smart, energetic, good-looking, a Signal Corps officer who was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, a major in the National Guard, the executive director of a health care nonprofit that assists thousands of uninsured people each year, a cybersecurity expert who spent four years writing policy for the Department of Defense, and a graduate of William & Mary Law School. For the last four years, he’s been the mayor of Spring Lake, a town of just over 13,000 situated right outside the gates of Fort Bragg. He’s also African-American, a constituency Democrats need to prevail in this state.

In person, the 38-year-old has a knack for charming voters; when he filed to run for U.S. Senate in December, Rey was accompanied by his wife and baby daughter, inciting awws from employees at the Board of Elections. Rey also impressed likely voters at a December meet-and-greet at N.C. Central. “I think he has a lot of great ideas and a lot of energy,” one of them told the INDY. “He’s suggesting changes that can be made, and I think a majority of folks in North Carolina agree with.” (Source: Read more)