Enough Is Enough! Rocky Mount City Council Meetings

Another prime example of how Special Cs that think it is about White Privilege attended the council meeting attacking Andre and Reuben and then when they respond, these folk play victim.

These Special Cs come to meeting after meeting in the attack mode trying to discredit Andre and Reuben trying to get black folk to vote them out. They want to tell black folk who to vote for on those pages that they got me blocked from but they are talking about me there as well. Why? Because I am calling them out on my page and in the Telegram.
But then I have to respond to some black folk like
Grandmaz House, Gwen Wilkins and some others who come for me because I do what I do. Hell I do I what I do and you do what you do. I am going to continue to do what I do.

When are black folk going to say enough is enough and go to the meetings and speak like the Special Cs showing support for Andre and Reuben and then the entire council.
I understand some black folk are scared that they will be retaliated against in their workplace and some going after their children but I just don’t understand why black retired and folk that own their own businesses are silent.

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‘Grown and Sexy’ is all about marketing by Patsy Pridgen – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Help me to understand. How do you get to pick and choose the week someone want to have an event at the Event Center? Wow! started out with a good message but for me ended up on a negative note to still justify why don’t want to even have it anytime. If that week was really the issue, then why say, “Maybe the new Event Center manager can determine the suitability of events to come.” I just don’t get it black folk can’t do anything without white folk approval. You worried about the wrong thing it ain’t the name of the event that you one need to be concerned about.

BY PATSY PRIDGEN
Life Columnist

Sunday, April 21, 2019

As a Rocky Mount resident, I was more than a little disturbed to see the name of the party booked for Good Friday at the Rocky Mount Event Center: Grown and Sexy.

Grown and Sexy? This didn’t sound like a wholesome sporting event or a family-friendly concert. Were my city tax dollars helping to fund a venue for an R-rated party better suited for a nightclub?

I decided to find out more about this gig and Googled “Grown and Sexy.” I found the advertisement for the Good Friday party —more about that in a minute — but I also learned that the phrase “Grown and Sexy” was not coined for this particular happening at the Rocky Mount Event Center.

To begin with, according to Urban Dictionary, Grown and Sexy is a dress code meaning “don’t even think of showing up at my function in baggy jeans, Air Jordans, platinum chains, bandanas and XXX white T-shirts.”

I’ve heard of dressy casual and country club casual, semi-formal and formal. I guess I can now add Grown and Sexy to my list. (Read more)

City Council to consider repairs – Rocky Mount Telegram

BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, April 20, 2019

The Rocky Mount City Council is set to discuss roof repairs among other topics Monday afternoon.

The council is scheduled to hold a public hearing relative to application to the Local Government Commission for approval of an installment purchase contract for fiscal year 2019 construction projects.

The city is seeking arrangement with PNC Bank, National Association for $833,000 with a fixed interest rate of 2.36 percent for a 59-month term; $1.2 million with a fixed interest rate of 2.96 percent for a 59-month term; and $1 million with a fixed interest rate of 2.60 percent for an 84-month term with a total cost of $3.1 million.

The planned work includes: (Read more)

Buried HUD report cited fiscal woes – Rocky Mount Telegram

BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Sunday, April 21, 2019

A 2016 HUD consultant report swept under the rug by local officials at the time details how the city has been propping up the Rocky Mount-Edgecombe Community Development Corp.

Commissioned by the city, the report is a bleak assessment of the city’s Community Housing Development Organization funds known as CHDO. Conducted by the Minnesota Housing Partnership, the report was handed over to then-City Manager Charles Penny and the City Council.

After that, the report never saw the light of day.

The Telegram obtained the report from a whistleblower who also turned it over to State Auditor Beth Wood.

CDC Executive Director Joyce Dickens — recently appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to the state’s Rural Infrastructure Authority — said she wasn’t given the report in 2016 and when the Telegram provided it to her last week, it was the first time she saw it. (Read more)

Councilman backs housing over parking – Rocky Mount Telegram

BY LINDELL JOHN KAY
Staff Writer

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Rocky Mount Councilman Reuben Blackwell said he supports housing development on Tarboro Street and if he misspoke about knowledge of parking plans at the site, he’s only human.

Blackwell said in a meeting last week that he was unaware of plans to break a proposed agreement with Edgecombe Community College on downtown parking versus a housing project; but the real issue is the need for such housing.

“I stand by my position, my vote and my constituents on that location as the best site for this affordable, workforce housing development to help build the momentum of a beautiful, vibrant, diverse and economically beneficial downtown Rocky Mount that everyone can enjoy,” said Blackwell, who answered Telegram questions on the matter from Thursday on Friday morning after presstime for a report in today’s edition. (Read more)

Letter to the Editor: Dancy won’t be silenced – Rocky Mount Telegram

Sunday, April 21, 2019

There has been a lot of talk about my appointment on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. I was appointed by the NAACP.

Lindell John Kay asked me to talk to him about my appointment because I am not a citizen of Rocky Mount. I told him to talk to the NAACP and the Rocky Mount City Council about that. Councilman Andre Knight is also the president of the NAACP. Lindell got mad because I would not talk to him and did an open letter to me on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page.

On Monday, April 1, during the Rocky Mount City Council meeting, the council discussed boards and commissions appointments. After the boards and commissions appointments had been completed that were on the agenda, the mayor pro-tem brought up the issue with my appointment. Pam Casey, city clerk, explained what happened and that some appointments such as the NAACP’s and chamber’s has been done differently, not actually coming before the council for years. However, the problem here was because I don’t live in Rocky Mount.

I was removed from the commission due to a technicality. Councilman Knight responded to Councilman Rogers when he brought up the issue and said he had spoken to me and said I had no problem with whatever they did. But like I told Lindell, that was a council and NAACP issue because I didn’t appoint myself.

The problem is beyond the residency issue but more because I have been very vocal during the Human Relations Commission meetings, especially challenging a member Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson, and he didn’t like it and took it personal. I have also been very vocal in the Telegram, responding to Lindell’s articles about the Rocky Mount City Council members Andre Knight, especially, and the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

Lindell has been trying to paint a negative picture of me because I talk about racial issues and because of how I respond to folk on social media pages that attack me. Because I say “Ignant Whte Folk,” “Ignant Safe Black Folk” and “Special Cs,” Lindell and his followers have just gone crazy. Is it really that serious?

Now the NAACP will appoint another person, however, I am going to still attend all the meetings and report on them like I do other meetings across the county.

Curmilus (Butch) Dancy II

Pinetops

Letter to Editor: I Did Not Step Down

There has been a lot of talk about my appointment on the Rocky Mount Human Relations Commission. I was appointed by the NAACP.

Lindell John Kay asked me to talk to him about my appointment because I am not a citizen of Rocky Mount. I told him to talk to the NAACP and the Rocky Mount City Council about that. Councilman Andre Knight is also the President of the NAACP. Lindell got mad because I would not talk to him and did an open letter to me on the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page.

On Monday April 1 during the Rocky Mount City Council meeting the council discussed boards and commissions appointments. After the boards and commissions appointments had been completed that were on the agenda, Councilman/Mayor Pro-tem brought up the issue with my appointment. Pam Casey City Clerk explained what happened and that some appointments such as the NAACP and Chamber has been done differently not actually coming before the council for years. However the problem here was because I don’t live in Rocky Mount.

I was removed from the commission due to a technicality. Councilman Knight responded to Councilman Rogers when he brought up the issue and said he had spoken to me and said I had no problem with whatever they did. But like I told Lindell, that was a council and NAACP issue because I didn’t appoint myself.

The problem is beyond the residency issue but more because I have been very vocal during the Human Relations Commission meetings especially challenging a member Attorney Ralph Steve Stevenson and he didn’t like it and took it personal. I have also been very vocal in the Telegram responding to Lindell’s articles about the Rocky Mount City Council members Andre Knight especially and the City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney.

Lindell has been trying to paint a negative picture of me because I talk about racial issues and because of how I respond to folk on social media pages that attack me. Because I say Ignant Whte Folk, Ignant Safe Black Folk and Special Cs Lindell and his followers have just gone crazy. Is it really that serious?

Now the NAACP will appoint another person however I am going to still attend all the meetings and report on them like I do other meetings across the county.