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Wednesday, February 25th, 2009


by A.man.I

President Barack Obama addressed Congress in his first joint session and said, “We will rebuild. We will recover.” Watch speech [CNN]

BlackPower examines what really caused the financial meltdown.

The basic story line so far is that we are all to blame, including homeowners who bit off more than they could chew, lenders who wrote absurd adjustable-rate mortgages, and greedy investment bankers.

TMZ is reporting that Northern Trust, a Chicago-based bank that received 1.6 billion in bailout funds spent a grip on a lavish Hollywood extravaganza.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


by A.man.I

I have to admit, I haven’t been doing a good job about sharing some of my video production and online media expertise with my web audience.

One of my passions is teaching, and I love to speak about what I know about the news business, media relations, and video production.

So here is my first official video lesson. I discuss two inexpensive video cameras that could be used for you vlog, video podcast, vodcast etc.

The Flip cam retails at about $150, and there area a variety of models, even an HD camera. What I don’t like, is that the Flip camera doesn’t have a mic input, and it can’t zoom. It’s just a basic point and shoot camera.

If you want to step it up a notch, consider the Canon ZR900. It’s a great entry level camcorder, and it has a mic input. That’s a plus if you’re recording audio. The Canon ZR900 retails at around $250.00.

If you’re building a video production kit, don’t forget about buying a tripod. If you’re producing a vlog, you don’t need anything expensive. If you’re going to be taping movement, well that’s another lesson.

If you have any thoughts, comments or questions, please email me achannel [at] visualeyemedia dot com.

Monday, February 23rd, 2009


by A.man.I

I had the chance to hear Dr. Cornel West speak at Georgia Tech during the Black Leadership Conference on Sunday. This brotha is brilliant and inspirational.

I didn’t have a tripod, but did my best to hold a steady shot.

Friday, February 20th, 2009


by A.man.I

Someone leaked this photo of a battered Rihanna to TMZ. Chris Brown’s publicist has a lot on his/her hands… fa sho.


Friday, February 20th, 2009




Dear Editor:

I’m trying to understand what possible motivation you may have had for publishing that vile cartoon depicting the shooting of the chimpanzee that went crazy. I guess you thought it would be funny to suggest that whomever was responsible for writing the Economic Recovery legislation must have the intelligence and judgment of a deranged, violent chimpanzee, and should be shot to protect the larger community. Really? Did it occur to you that this suggestion would imply a connection between President Barack Obama and the deranged chimpanzee? Did it occur to you that our President has been receiving death threats since early in his candidacy? Did it occur to you that blacks have historically been compared to various apes as a way of racist insult and mockery? Did you intend to invoke these painful themes when you printed the cartoon?

If that’s not what you intended, then it was stupid and willfully ignorant of you not to connect these easily connectable dots. If it is what you intended, then you obviously wanted to be grossly provocative, racist and offensive to the sensibilities of most reasonable Americans. Either way, you should not have printed this cartoon, and the fact that you did is truly reprehensible. I can’t imagine what possible justification you have for this. I’ve read your lame statement in response to the outrage you provoked. Shame on you for dodging the real issue and then using the letter as an opportunity to attack Rev. Sharpton. This is not about Rev. Sharpton. It’s about the cartoon being blatantly racist and offensive.

I believe in freedom of speech, and you have every right to print what you want. But freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it. I’m personally boycotting your paper and won’t do any interviews with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their business relationships with you as well.

You should print an apology in your paper acknowledging that this cartoon was ignorant, offensive and racist and should not have been printed.

I’m well aware of our country’s history of racism and violence, but I truly believe we are better than this filth. As we attempt to rise above our difficult past and look toward a better future, we don’t need the New York Post to resurrect the images of Jim Crow to deride the new administration and put black folks in our place. Please feel free to criticize and honestly evaluate our new President, but do so without the incendiary images and rhetoric.

John Legend

Thursday, February 19th, 2009


by A.man.I

This is the kind of new story I like to see.

from NBC

In an era when America traveled by train, one of the best jobs an African-American man could land was working as a Pullman porter. It also was one of the worst. The hours were grueling — 16 hours a day, seven days a week.

The first Pullman porters, hired after the Civil War, were former slaves. Their ranks swelled until they reached 20,000 in the early part of the 20th century, making them the largest group of African-American men employed in the country.

Last Tuesday, Amtrak honored the legacy of Pullman porters, who fought bigotry to form the first-ever black labor union in the country in 1925, achieving better wages and shorter hours. Little is known about the extraordinary accomplishments of these men, who were the foot soldiers in the early civil rights movement. They ushered in a new generation of leaders like Malcolm X and Thurgood Marshall, both porters themselves.

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009


by A.man.I

On Saturday Feb. 28, I’ll be presenting at a Digital Journalism Bootcamp for African-American journalists at Georgia Tech. The whole idea of the day long event is to teach journalists how to leverage social media, and adapt to the digital media landscape.

It’s hard out there on a journalist these days. As traditional media shrinks and advertising dollars shift, journalists in both print and TV are having to learn new skills, which include navigating social media sites, blogging, and in some cases using video.

from DigitalBootcamps

It will provide an opportunity for Atlanta’s journalist to learn about the sites, services and systems that are changing their industry. In four interactive sessions journalists will learn the elements of cross-media reporting, how to build, grow and monetize a blog, the rules of web 2.0 journalism as well as survey the sites, tools and applications critical for success as an African-American journalist.

The Bootcamp is being organized by Siddiq Bello, a media strategist who worked for Vibe Magazine, and Turner. Bello is really sharp, and it is brilliant when it comes to digital media and marketing. My Urban Report, along with Atlanta Daybook, and BlackWeb2.0 are sponsors.

This is going to be a really great event, and I’m excited to be a part of it. In this digital age, journalists need to step up their game and the Digital Journalism Bootcamp will provide key training.

There are limited spaces, so register today. Also, a 10% discount is being offered through MUR. Use murbrep10 for the discount.

Thursday, February 12th, 2009


by A.man.I

One of my Black History Month news stories from Fox 13 – Tampa. A small tribute on the 100-year anniversary of the NAACP.

A lot of folks don’t know about the work of Harry T. Moore and his wife Harriette.

Watch below.

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