Edgecombe County – County commissioners study 3 tax rates

The debate over how much property tax to levy in Nash County will begin in earnest Monday, as commissioners meet to discuss next year’s spending plan. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Speaking Truth to Power – BEYOND THE RHETORIC, THE IDEAL COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION

Now this is what I am talking about. Just think how powerful we would be as a black people if this was going on in every community. Can you name a pastor that is doing something in your community? C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher 

I recently had lunch with a city councilman from a large mid-western city and we were discussing what might be a good vehicle to use to promote economic diversity in his city as well work as a recruiting tool for new political leadership.

His interest reminded me of a small network of community activists we had in Indianapolis back in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. We had a small but very “tough” group known, for lack of any other name, the Concerned Clergy. (Wilmington Journal)

Raleigh NC – Live or Let Die: Should We Save Black Radio?

If it was not for black radio, oh what would we do? This is the only place that we really get the whole story because other folks don’t always tell it all. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Paul Scott

– “I can’t explain why Hip Hop died or the fact that it did and no one cried. “  – Big Swagg (local artist)

Funerals are funny things, sometimes. Never mind that the dearly departed cheated on his wife, borrowed a small fortune of unpaid loans from friends and habitually kicked his neighbor’s dog, according to the pastor during the eulogy, the man was a saint.

I thought about that scenario when I heard folks mourning over the impending doom of black radio. (Black Politics on the Web)

Florida – The Rosewood massacre: A nearly forgotten hate crime

Most people don’t know that for at least one hundred years in America the ambiguous term “race riot” actually meant mob attacks by whites against African American people and communities. The long term, national pattern of white violence against blacks is a powerful argument for reparations. Some individual state governments seem to agree. (Black Politics on the Web)

Raleigh NC – Democrats lose Burr challenger

Burr has to go bottomline. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

With Attorney General Roy Cooper’s announcement Friday that he will not run for the U.S. Senate next year, North Carolina Democrats now must find a Plan B.

From the White House to state Democratic headquarters in Raleigh, Cooper, the three-term attorney general, had been the consensus choice to challenge Republican Sen. Richard Burr next year. (News & Observer)

Raleigh NC – Shaw president ‘lost his credibility’

It is sad when a person see they are not productive but continues to hold people right where they are. Why in the hell didn’t he resign? Maybe there is a reason why. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

Under President Clarence Newsome, Shaw University saw ballooning debt, decaying dormitories, everyday expenses paid on credit, and a graduation rate that hovers around 36 percent.

Conditions at the private school so disturbed alumni that in March, the Greensboro chapter stopped donating or raising money for their alma mater. (News & Observer)

Raleigh NC – NC State Chair resigns

What a damn shame. It tickles the hell out of me when racist white folks talk about black folks abusing the welfare system as if white folks do not. But damn the welfare abuse do not equal to other abuse such as the former Governor Mike Easley’s wife salary and the others who have received this type of royal treatment. C. Dancy II – DCN Publisher

UNC President Erskine Bowles said N.C. State board chairman McQueen Campbell told him he had mentioned to N.C. State’s chancellor that Mary Easley wanted to change jobs, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday.

Former first lady Mary Easley received a three-year contract at $80,000 a year in 2005 and later got a five-year, $850,000 contract. She runs a campus speaker series and a public safety center. (WRAL TV 5)