Rocky Mount NC – Eve Cornelious at the Imperial Centre


& the Chip Crawford Trio


Friday, August 21

7:00 PM


beer & wine concessions

6:00-7:00 pm & intermission


The Theatre at the Imperial Centre




Tickets are required.  Call 972-1266 for tickets.




Maureen Daly

Cultural Arts Administrator

The Rocky Mount Arts Center at the Imperial Centre

270 Gay Street

Rocky Mount, NC  27804


Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs


252.972.1441 phone

252.972.1563 fax

Baltimore Md. – Visit Richard’s Booths in Baltimore Maryland, 2 Events in 1 City

Please visit Richard’s booths in Baltimore Maryland
2 Events in 1 City

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Inner Harbor Art Festival

August 22-23, 2009

Saturday 10 AM – 7 PM – Sunday 10 AM – 5 PM         

LOCATION: Inner Harbor – Power Plant
   601 East Pratt St.
        Baltimore, MD 21202

Nestled on the Waterfront in downtown Baltimore along the Inner Harbor is the Power Plant area. We will be setting up on the Inner Harbor between the famous National Aquarium in Baltimore and E. Pratt Street

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BIG’s NTC Conference

August 24-28, 2009

Monday, August 24 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
      Tuesday – Thursday, August 25-27 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
           Friday, August 28 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

LOCATION: Baltimore Convention Center
  1 West Pratt Street
             Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Richard Wilson Fine Arts & Graphics Inc.


Speaking Truth to Power – Live and Let Live: Michael Vick Too by William Reed Columnist

Michael Vick’s reinstatement to the NFL and recent signing by the Philadelphia Eagles is a bit of victory for those who tire of seeing American mainstream society make Black American athletes “public enemy number one” when they screw up.  If you are in synch with values and a mindset that accepts as fact: Allen Iverson is ‘edgy”, Michael Irvin is some kind of criminal and Terrell Owens is a malcontent, you are a part of an American tradition of vilifying Black athletes.

Payback is a mother, so it only seems appropriate that Vick signed his contract in a city like Philadelphia.  It is said that Philadelphia sports fans would boo a cancer patient.  During a game in 1998, they threw snowballs at Santa Claus.  And, in 1999, they cheered when the Dallas Cowboys’ Michael Irvin injured his neck and had to be carried off the field.  Though he received offers to other NFL cities, the City of Brotherly Love is where Vick will make his comeback.  And Eagle fans sure as heck aren’t going to pay much attention to animal rights protestors blocking their path to a Super Bowl.  In a city like Philly, where the slogan is: "If you win, we forgive all," Vick should be right at home. 

In 2005 the Atlanta Falcons signed Michael Vick to a 10-year; $130 million contract extension that guaranteed him an NFL-record $37 million in bonuses.  That made Vick a successful and wealthy young Black athlete.  Many Blacks hold the belief that it’s because of this stature, fame and his Blackness, Vick is being made to suffer society’s scorn.  On his signing, it was a humbled Vick that said: "I think everybody deserves a second chance.  You only get one shot at a second chance, and I am conscious of that".

Chances are Mike Vick won’t ever be able to live down events of Bad Newz Kennels, the dog fighting ring that landed him in Leavenworth Federal Penitentiary for 18 months. Despite once being the NFL’s highest-paid player, Vick is now bankrupt.  His deal is one-year for $1.6 million, with a team option for a second year at $5.2 million.  None of the money is guaranteed, so the Eagles face no financial risk if Vick doesn’t make the team.

In 2007 Michael Dwayne Vick, alias “Ookie”, was convicted for strangling dogs that didn’t show enough promise in the ring.  Vick is 29 and an example of American Black men between the ages of 20 – 34; one in nine is incarcerated.  It’s a sad social statement that 10 percent of the Black male population aged 25 to 29 is incarcerated.  Self-righteous Americana is tone-deft to this situation; the number of Black men in prison is the largest of any racial or ethnic group.  More African-American men are in jail than in college.

A sad indictment on society is its ongoing persecution and distain of young Black men like Vick.  Twelve percent of Black men between 16 and 34 are in jail or prison.  Like Vick, they are spending the most productive times of their lives displaced and behind bars.  Out of that genre Vick got a job.  To keep it Vick will give money, raise money and beg money for animal rights.  As part of his employment, Vick is required to meet with inner city kids twice a month to talk about his personal experiences with dog fighting and why it’s wrong.  Russell Simmons, an avid supporter of protection of animals endorsed Vick’s reinstatement.

Vick rushed for 1,039 yards in 2006, the most by a quarterback in a single season in NFL history.  So, don’t be surprised if the “Negro felon’s” return brings the NFL bonanza TV ratings.  In the world of entertainment, and putting butts in seats, the NFL is King.  For league owners, it’s all about Benjamins and Vick’s first game is likely to be on pay-per-view.   It’s a win-win situation: Philadelphia Eagle’s owner Jeffery is going make money, as will owners of other NFL teams, by bringing Michael Vick back on the field of play.

(William Reed –


Progressive activists across the state and nation are still hailing passage of the NC Racial Justice Act, which was signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Beverly Perdue during a packed ceremony in the State Capitol’s Old House Chambers.

”I have always been a supporter of death penalty, but I have always believed it must be carried out fairly,” said Perdue, while members of the NC Legislative Black Caucus, House Speaker Joe Hackney, in addition to other state lawmakers and activists looked on. ”The Racial Justice Act ensures that when North Carolina hands down our state’s harshest punishment to our most heinous criminals – the decision is based on the facts and the law, not racial prejudice.”

See who played a major role in the passage of this bill.

From the Publisher – It Has Never Been About Health Care Reform But About The Black Man

It has never been about Health Care Reform but all about they don’t like our President of these United States, the black man. It is a damn shame that we have had a white President all of these years and now that we have one black out of how many, 44? They have tried to say President Clinton was the first black President. Oh hell no. They have always tried to speak for us, but not.

Another sad part our President has a white mother so they totally ignores that fact. Hell my daddy’s mama, my grandma’s dad, my daddy’s granddad, my great granddad was a white man so what does that make me?


Our President and all Democrats that support him need to put bills on the floor and stop trying to wait on them to vote bi-partisan. It is not going to happen as long as our President stays black. So while the President and those who support him have the power, they need to do what they got to do. What did our past President do while he was in office? He did just what he wanted to do and didn’t give a damn what the Democrats had to say.

I urge all folks who support our President to send a message to him and our representatives to do what they got to do and stop waiting on them be it Health Care Reform or anything that will bring about change in the Black House, oops, I mean White House.

Curmilus Dancy II
DCN Publisher