We have to finish the plan you elected me to put in place – President Barack Obama.

The November 2010 Midterm elections will become the most expensive in American history.  Estimated to cost $5 billion or more, the 2010 Midterms will be the biggest test of US public opinion since the 2008 White House race.  In the final stretch of the 2010 congressional elections, President Obama & the Democrats are leaning on the Black vote big time.  Will we be rewarded if we vote in big numbers or just be part of the party’s base that continues being neglected and taken for granted?

If you voted for Obama in 2008, he needs you to vote now for a Congress that will help him “to get through the kinds of legislation” that he promised to push for.  Over the past months, Obama has outreached to African American voters in ways he’d never done before to urge that they participate in these midterms like they did in 2008.  But, shouldn’t Blacks be exercising caution about simply voting Democratic and for President Obama without making any demands of them? 

With stops at Black venues he’s not seen since 2007-2008, the President now labels Blacks “our community”.   Obama needs Black votes because is for his presidency has much at stake during this year’s non-presidential contests: There are 37 Senate races and all 435 seats in the House are up for grabs.

But, Blacks have no collective public policy agenda.  After Black voters fulfilled their “dream” of seeing a Black person in the White House, there seems little else in the process for them.  Black party partisans have succumbed to emotionalism, symbolism, and are so excited to have a Black president in the White House that their only idea about political activism is about how to keep him there.

Fewer Blacks are expected to vote in the 2010 Midterm elections than did in the 2008 elections because they now feel President Obama does nothing for them.  The Obama people are “talking loud and sayin’ nothing" when they claim a “need to finish the plan you elected Obama to put in place”.  Nowhere along his trek to the White House did Obama ever promise to do anything for Blacks.  While other groups tend to agitate and vote for direct benefits, Blacks tend to vote only to exercise that right.

What better time could there be for Blacks to exercise their self-interest and start telling politicians: “no benefits, no votes”?  They’d do better than before by using the Honorable Elijah Muhammad Rule for enlightened self-interest:  “Enter politics, not to be subservient but to go for that which is in our self-interest because it is necessary for us to become politically powerful in order for us to change the reality of our lives”.   “President Obama neglects to explicitly address race-specific issues” says Black activist Dr. Ron Daniels.  He says, “Blacks should mobilize for the midterms but understand that simply voting Democratic and for President Obama without making demands bankrupts our ballots”.

Vice President Joe Biden says the party’s base should "stop whining."   To win November elections Biden reminds the base constituency “to stop whining”.  This is more of a "your results are your own damn fault; get off your butt and go to work” ‘tuff-love’ approach both Biden and Obama have taken toward Blacks.  In further definition of his remarks, Biden says: "Those who … didn’t get everything they wanted in this electoral cycle, it’s time to just buck up here, understand that we can make things better … but not yield the playing field to those folks who are against everything we stand for."

Blacks may need to stop whining, but they definitely need to move against what the Democrat “stand for” .Blacks need to stop being political pawns.  With poverty rates at an all-time high, Black unemployment numbers at daunting levels, and no change on their education, employment nor economics, it’s curious that Black support for Obama is virtually unchanged at 91 percent since his inauguration.

(William Reed is available for speaking/seminar projects via BaileyGroup.org)

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“GHETTOPHYSICS” MOVIE by William Reed Columnist

Do you know who I am?
Good, neither do I.
Got nothing to say, but if you pay me I can play the fool.
You can hate me, after you pay me.
My submission is your addition.

What to learn how to stop getting pimped?  Pimpin’ is a mind game we all engage in.  Everyday, we all are either pimping or being pimped.  “We pimpin all over the world” says Ludacris and that dynamic is prevalent around the planetThat’s why "GhettoPhysics": Will the Real Pimps and Ho’s Stand Up! is a movie deserving to be seen. 

The title is somewhat alarming, but “pulling people on the alert” is what filmmakers William Arnetz and E. Raymond Brown seek to do in the film.  To raise the audience’s conscientiousness the film posits the interplay between Pimps and Ho’s as the simplest expression of how power is used in the world. The documentary takes viewers from the streets to boardrooms, to the Oval Office, to show how the same dynamic repeated across society.  The only difference, the filmmakers say, is that while the street Pimps wear colorful clothes and the Ho’s wear little at all, their corporate/government counterparts “do the exact same thing with marketing slogans and slick double talk to affect the same results”.

“GhettoPhysics” is being released October 8th in Atlanta, Detroit, Oakland, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.  Part “Saturday Night Live” satire, and part narrative story, the basic tenet of “GhettoPhysics” is that the Pimp/Ho dynamic is so multilayered that it’s hard to see “the game”.  Are you a “pimp” of “ho”?   By seeing the film and looking at the world through that dynamic it’s possible that you may see the manipulations that keep society’s Ho’s forever in debt, disempowered and marching off to war.  Filmmaker E. Raymond Brown emphasizes the importance of replacing what most understand the pimp’s and the hoe’s purpose in the sex trade game with the analogy of being “the game” of life, power, and capitalism.

“Throughout history the game never changes, only the players do” says Brown.  He says his intention is to wake people. “It’s about awareness of ‘the game’ and letting people know it’s up to them to choose the role they elect to play in every situation”.  “GhettoPhysics” begins looking at the evocative world of the Pimp and Ho, and then it moves out to encompass society and power games going down all around us.  While some may be offended at first by being called a “ho”, Brown says “At some point, everyone is exploiting or being exploited.  It is just a matter of learning how to play the ‘game’ and turning the right switch on at the right time”.  Brown says “It’s about awareness and letting people know that it’s up to them to choose the role they play in every situation”. Brown says he hopes people become liberated by his message and find solutions to ‘the game of life’ for themselves”.

Between interviews, dramatic scenes and scathing satire, an interesting thread emerges in “GhettoPhysics” – empowerment and hope.  GhettoPhysics uses principles from metaphysics: the theory that a person plays a major part in creating their own reality; and integrates the conversation of politics, global economics, and psychology to expand the audience’s world-view to help them create breakthroughs in their lives and lifestyles.  The film includes interviews with notable entertainers and thinkers, such as Dr. Cornel West, Ice-T, KRS-One, Too Short, Cynthia McKinney, William H. Arntz and Norman Lear.

“GhettoPhysics” is about self empowerment.  People should demand it in their cities.  It’s an excellent “street-side commentary” on the eternal power struggle between those who perceive that they have power and those who perceive they don’t. “GhettoPhysics” makes many valuable points people need to know.  After getting around any drama about the title, moviegoers will recognize the movie’s positive, thought provoking and inspirational message.  “GhettoPhysics” is a movie that will mess with your head.  You are encouraged to see it.  Particularly for Black Americans, “GhettoPhysics” is powerful treatise.  All of us need to experience it.

(William Reed is available for speaking engagements via BaileyGroup.org)

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Tarboro man drowns on fishing trip – Source: Daily Southerner

TARBORO — An Edgecombe County Board of Education member’s spouse died in a boating accident Tuesday off Morehead City.

Robert Johnson, 65, the husband of Dr. Evelyn Johnson, District 3 school board member, drowned in what a N.C. Wildlife Commission Law Enforcement Division official called an unusual accident around 9 a.m. near the Shackleford and Meadow Marsh Sound area. (Read more)

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Sheriff Debate Calvin Woodard and John Farmer, Woodard Was Awesome (Finally, The Face-Off The Wilson Times)

The DCN was present to capture the debate live at Fike High School and it will be shown soon on the The DCN TV. The debate was well attended however there were several open seats.

The debate was  sponsored by The Wilson Times and I want to commend them for a job well done. The moderator John Pea who lives in the Charlotte imagearea did a marvelous job. Bradley Hearn of The Wilson Times did a professional job of reading the questions.

Calvin Woodard was awesome. It appears that John Farmer was nervous and followed Woodard as he lead and won the debate if it was based on a score. I have stopped by 2 of Woodard’s fundraisers and one being this past Saturday evening whereby there were lots of supporters present, although I missed those who came before and after me.

I was told that Frank Jones of Wilson an older black male had made a comment that it was not Woodard’s time. Woodard defeated longtime Sheriff Wayne Gay during the Primary Election. After Woodard won by a landslide, Farmer decided he would change his party affiliation and run as an unaffiliated candidate. Woodard is black and Farmer is white.

If Jones actually made that comment he reminds me of when Rev. Dr. Thomas L. Walker came to the Rocky Mount NAACP meeting and stated that it was not time for a black mayor in Rocky Mount when Councilman Reuben Blackwell filed to run against longtime mayor Fred Turnage several years ago. Blackwell was defeated but did a good job after getting in the race late in the ballgame.

I say now is the time. Woodard is the man. I was very much impressed with him during the debate. Woodard showed how professional he is and how serious and committed he is to the people of Wilson and those on the outside that he will be in contact with as it relates to the Sheriff Department. It was as if he had rehearsed the questions. He nor Farmer had not seen the questions before the debate so this means that Woodard is very professional and knowledgeable. Is he qualified? Hell yeah. Is he experienced? Hell yeah? Do I believe if Woodard is given a chance to become the next Sheriff of Wilson County that he will do a great job? Hell yeah!!

The DCN endorses Calvin Woodard for Sheriff of Wilson County.

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Man pulled from water – Source: Carteret County New-Times

morehead city — A Tarboro man drowned Tuesday morning after falling from a boat into Back Sound, according to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

WRC Master Officer Ryan Taylor said Robert Johnson, 65, was a passenger on a 17-foot center console Century boat with a 70-horsepower engine being operated by Reginald Willoughby, 45, of Princeville. The two were fishing. (Read more)

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