CORE Coalition MOA Signing

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CORE Coalition MOA Signing

imageOn 08/29/17, an event was held for the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between agencies in Edgecombe County. The purpose of the agreement is so all agencies involved can share information on naloxone uses. Naloxone is a quick acting drug that counters an opiate overdose. Many agencies who are first responders in Edgecombe County are using naloxone, but the numbers of usage are not reported to the state. As a result, state resources are not being dedicated to the opiate crisis in Edgecombe County. image

With the MOA signed, the agencies who make up the C.O.R.E. (Coordinated Opiate Recovery Effort) Coalition can now share their data with each other and compile it in a unified database. Members of the C.O.R.E. Coalition include Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, Edgecombe County Health Department, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, Eastpointe, Edgecombe County Rescue Squad, Edgecombe County Emergency Management, Pinetops Police Department, and Tarboro Police Department.

Edgecombe County Manager Eric Evans has been supportive of C.O.R.E. all along and was in attendance for the signing. Special thanks goes out to the Edgecombe County Health Department for hosting the event. image




Shannon Sharpe Says He Is Disappointed In Jim Brown But Not Surprised

Good God Oh Mighty! Shannon Sharpe is the man!

Click On Photo To See What Shannon Had To Say About Jim Brown


I’m a black daughter of the Confederacy, and this is how we should deal with all those General Lees – Los Angeles Times

The Watch Dog response: Good God Oh Mighty! But these trues! #thetruthwillsetyoufree! not #theirversionofhistory!

As monuments to the Confederacy are swept away from public spaces, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the president of the United States have been fretting over the so-called attack on history, presumably their history. Their white history.

Attack, assault, erasure, destruction — well, truth and justice in the face of denial and dissembling can certainly feel like that. But there is no such thing as whites-only history, there never was, not even with regard to the Confederacy.

Like millions of African Americans, I am the descendant of a Confederate soldier. True, we are most likely descendants through coerced sex and rape, but we are descendants all the same. According to, the DNA of the average African American is 29% European. These bronzed southern soldiers are literally our forefathers too.

In the peculiar, perverted institution of slavery, . . . (Los Angeles Times)

“They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: an expert on antifa explains the group – Vox

The Watch Dog response: Have to follow what is going on because eventually the trues will come out. You see “they” been saying all the time that the antifa group is connected to the Democratic Party. But the sad part is some folk believe everything they hear instead of waiting to get information as it is presented. When you error that is okay but then acknowledge the trues when you learn them. It is okay to error but it ain’t okay to not make necessary corrections. Keep on believing everything “they” say those that have a different agenda other than the Democratic Platform. Now don’t get it twisted just because some folk are Democrats those who do not operate per the Democratic Platform they have to be dealt with also.

Then Donald Trump used the phrase “alt-left” to describe the anti-neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville last week, most people had no idea what he meant. I’m actually not sure he knew what he meant.

“What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, the ‘alt-right’? Do they have any assemblage of guilt?” Trump said during a rambling press conference.

If the alt-left exists, it’s probably best represented by “antifa” (short for “anti-fascist”) — a loose network of left-wing activists who physically resist people they consider fascists. These are often the scruffy, bandana-clad people who show up at alt-right rallies or speaking events in order to shut them down before they happen, and they openly embrace violence as a justifiable means to that end.

Antifa is not a monolithic organization, nor does it have anything like a hierarchical leadership structure. It’s an . . .  (Vox)

Confederate Divide

Do the confederate flag have anything to do with slavery?

Do confederate monuments have anything to do with slavery?

Black Folk Have Been Saving White Folk All Of My 54 Years And Long Before

But this is not anything new, black folk have been saving white folk all of my 54 years and long before. Black folk raised their children, cooked for them, did their laundry and more so let’s not forget.

But yes the photo speaks volume but let’s not make it appear the love we have for all folk didn’t just begin now.

not #theirversionofhistory

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This Explains That

Wish the whole world could see this photo. These are the moments that reveal the true face of America.

This hero rescued children at their Cypress, Texas house hit by the historic storm. This is the best of America. We are one.

—> For the news stories that will move your heart, like This Explains That now.

What Do You Think Of A Memorial To Bin Laden In The Middle Of Ground Zero To “Preserve History” John Legend

The Watch Dog response: You see they don’t want to talk about these trues. It ain’t no way they would go for that. Prime example of why these confederate monuments need to go and now! #thetruthwillsetyoufree not #theirversionsofhistory



The Watch Dog response: I have been asking this question all day and now I run across this old post on Facebook just now.

So tell me what this means right here when it mentions slave. You see when you learn the truths you ought to acknowledge and deal with it. But folk want to get mad with you when you learn the truths and speak out about it. And for the record challenging the star spangled banner has been going on for years and didn’t just start now for those who say why now? I say why not now.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Read or sing your entire lyrics of spangled banner for yourself.


BEFORE A PRESEASON GAME on Friday, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand for the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” When he explained why, he only spoke about the present: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. … There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Twitter then went predictably nuts, with at least one 49ers fan burning Kaepernick’s jersey.

Almost no one seems to be aware that even if the U.S. were a perfect country today, it would be bizarre to expect African-American players to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Why? Because it literally celebrates the murder of African-Americans. (The Intercept)

The Star Spangled Banner But This Verse Right Here Though!

So tell me what this means right here when it mentions slave. You see when you learn the truths you ought to acknowledge and deal with it. But folk want to get mad with you when you learn the truths and speak out about it. And for the record challenging the star spangled banner has been going on for years and didn’t just start now for those who say why now? I say why not now.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore, That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a Country should leave us no more? Their blood has wash’d out their foul footstep’s pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Read or sing your entire lyrics of spangled banner for yourself.


Heard It 1st – The Battle of Confederate Statues Congressman G.K. Butterfield NC 01

HE bATTt      

The Battle Over Confederate Statues

Click on the image above to watch the clip “Confederate statues in the US Capitol? Your Lawmakers Weigh In” as reported by WAVY-TV.

Last week, in Charlottesville, Virginia, a domestic terror attack was carried out by white supremacist groups.  Following the attack, protestors in Durham and across the country spoke out against the attack, the continued racial disparities in our communities, and President Donald Trump’s reluctance to take a firm stand against hateful ideologies.

There is no doubt that our country has a long and painful history with race, and the presence of confederate statues are part of this history. 

The American people, including the president, must stand up and confront the scourge of racism, bigotry, and domestic terror in our country.  That is why I am calling for the immediate removal of all confederate statues and monuments that are displayed on government property, including the United States Capitol.  These monuments depict a history that must be taught to future generations, but not celebrated.

You can read my full statement following the domestic terror attack in Charlottesville and the demonstrations that followed in Durham here.


In The News

The Wilson Times: Wilson joins national public housing internet access project

Former U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro applauds the city of Wilson’s initiative in offering low-cost internet access through the Greenlight broadband network to residents in Wilson public housing communities. Castro visited Wilson in October 2016. Seated behind him, from left, are City Manager Grant Goings and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-Wilson.


The agency found that just five percent of the $4.3 billion available for advertising campaigns went to minority-owned businesses. Thirty-one of Norton’s colleagues in Congress signed the letter, including CBC Chair Cedric Richmond (D-La.) and legendary congressmen John Lewis (D-Ga.), Charles Rangel

The Huffington Post: What Does it Take to Unify Congress? Ask Children with Cancer…

As August’s days are about to fade, September brings renewed hope. Children head back to school, parents find a sense of routine and order, and temperatures begin to cool for most of the United States. For those of us in the childhood cancer community, September also brings the frenzy of activities surrounding National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

The Roanoke-Chowan News Herald: Congressman Butterfield honored

It was a surprise, but a pleasant one. Having wrapped up his Jobs and Justice Tour – which included a stop in Bertie County for a town hall-style roundtable with his constituents – 1st District U.S. Congressman G.K. Butterfield was back in the county this week to receive some special recognition.

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Can you guess where these Confederate monuments were built? – Washington Post

After a white supremacist-led rally to keep a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville spun into deadly violence on Aug. 12, municipalities around the country began taking a closer look at Confederate monuments in their own backyards. Most of the country’s 700 or so of these memorials are in the South, but some are in places you wouldn’t expect. Click the state where you think each of these monuments is located.

Where is this monument?

Even has a Confederate monument, despite gaining statehood 24 years after the Civil War ended. The granite fountain in a park was commissioned in 1916 as a tribute to fallen Confederate soldiers by a group of Southerners who had moved west. The fountain was renovated in 2008; on Aug. 16, the city commission ordered its removal in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville. (Washington Post)

House Negroes stand up! Herman Cain

What tickles me is how folk make it appear that folk can’t work on more than one thing at a time. To say that, “current waste of time and distractions about statues, and who owned slaves 200 years ago” tickles the hell out of me.” Waste of who time? Distractions from what?

Obviously in NC the Republican General Assembly must knew this day was coming because the made it a law that if someone wanted to remove statues they would have to go through the NCGA.

What tickles me is that the young generation is the one in the movement so therefore that tell me that the movement is going to continue to go downward instead the lead coming from the top the older adults.

The following is tickles me as well, “Maybe the Michigan Chronicle has not noticed that there are a lot of successful black people in prominent positions in America, because some of us have chosen to focus on performance and productive opportunities, rather than on the past.”

I know personally countless black people across the state of NC but not limited to who are in prominent positions in America that focus on performance and productive opportunities while also still fighting for equality and mess that works against black folk and poor white folk. If it was not for these folk we would be going backward because if they allowed the past to be forgotten, folk would not know what 45 and the other racist are talking about when they say they want to make America Great Again. And locally it is written on a statue that need to come down talking about preserving the southern ideas. Really?

All I ask is that when it comes to statues that folk tell the whole story and stop telling half-truths. When folk acknowledge the whole truths about the statue the purpose of why they were erected and etc., then folk who have made it be they black, white and other ought to be on the side of right.

Since I have been actively engaged in the struggle dating back to the late 80’s, I have worked on many things with folk that I say are focused on performance and productivity as it relates to race relations and more.

I am a proud Democrat and a proud Life Fully Paid Member of the NAACP. I don’t agree with all Democrats but I agree with the Democratic platform. I am so glad to know that black folk were of the Republican Party back then but history tell me the parties reversed and today folk act as if the Democratic Party created all of the mess we have today.

Funny how some folk can talk about the past when it is convenient for them but when other folk talk about the past oh it is such a bad thing.


not #theirversionofhistory

House Negroes

They say it to me too, Dr. Ben Carson, because just like you, I refuse to embrace the backward thinking of today’s black identity politics.

Since the Michigan Chronicle, a historically black Detroit-based newspaper, thinks Dr. Ben Carson is a “house Negro”, then I must be one also. Because that’s one of the names you get called by other black people when you are a success at something, and you do not buy into “black group think”, or act and say what they want you to say. (Herman Cain)

Press Release: Edgecombe County Sheriff Office Assisted By The Tarboro Police Department Arrested Jerry Holloman Tarboro NC Solicitation Of A Child


On August 23, 2017 the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Tarboro Police Department, arrested Jerry Holloman of Everette Road, Tarboro, NC 27886. Within the last few weeks the Sheriff’s Office received information that Holloman had been attempting to have a female juvenile, age 14, and her mother come to his residence for sexual purposes. He was arrested in Tarboro when a meeting location was set up for Holloman to meet the juvenile and her mother. When he arrived he was taken into custody by detectives from the Sheriff’s Office and Tarboro Police Department. The juvenile was never in harm’s way. This was an investigation that started as a computer crimes against a child and was reported to us immediately.

Holloman was arrested and charged with the following crimes: Solicitation of a child by computer or other electronic device and Solicitation of child by a computer or other electronic device to commit an unlawful sex act resulting in appearance at meeting location. He was placed into the Edgecombe County Detention center under a $1,000,000 bond.

Rocky Mount NC – Real Talk Discussion Confederate Monuments Town Hall Meeting


NAACP Sponsors Real Talk Discussion about Confederate Monuments






Immediate Release

August 18, 2017                               


Contact:  Rev. Andre’ D. Knight, President, (252) 544-2949



NAACP Sponsors Real Talk Discussion about Confederate Monuments



Rocky Mount, NC – The Rocky Mount Branch of the NAACP will host a discussion about the history, context, challenges and issues of Confederate monuments with noted leaders and the community on Thursday, August 24th from 6 pm to 8 pm in the OIC Auditorium.  “After the recent, brutal violence in Charlottesville VA by members of neo-Nazi and white supremacy groups and ensuing protests and actions around the state and country, the Rocky Mount NAACP leadership feels that it is our obligation and responsibility to have an informed, accurate and educated conversation about real issues surrounding the Confederacy and it’s reminders,” Andre’ Knight, President of the Rocky Mount Branch said. “We will not allow ignorant, deliberately false information about the ‘Southern heritage’ movement go unanswered and unchallenged. We are not afraid to speak truth to power, even when the President of the United States energizes, enflames and empowers destructive racist attitudes and actions locally and around the nation.” 


The Town Hall Meeting will feature Gene Nichol, the Boyd-Tinsley Distinguished Professor of Law of the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law; Dr. Vann Newkirk, Provost and Vice-Chancellor of Elizabeth City State University; and Al McSurely, Esq., Chair of the NC NAACP Legal Redress Committee as guest panelists.  The NAACP was created in 1909 to combat and defeat racism in all of its manifestations and Rocky Mount will continue our tradition and heritage of freedom and equal opportunity,” President Knight added. “We will talk plainly about the lie of white supremacy and what these Confederate monuments to traitorous individuals and their evil practices are really all about.” 


The forum is open to the public. Everyone is encouraged to attend.   




The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of all persons and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.


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