[video] Selma (Trailer #1) Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Oprah Winfrey’s Selma set to debut sometime next year and if you are one of these people who think we are really in a ‘post-racial’ world do not read the comments on Youtube. More history below:

via Black Past

Between 1961 and 1964, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) had led a voting registration campaign in Selma, the seat of Dallas County, Alabama, a small town with a record of consistent resistance to black voting. When SNCC’s efforts were frustrated by stiff resistance from the county law enforcement officials, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) were persuaded by local activists to make Selma’s intransigence to black voting a national concern. SCLC also hoped to use the momentum of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to win federal protection for a voting rights statute.

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Prosecutors : Shanesha Taylor was neither ‘HOMELESS or UNEMPLOYED’ when she LEFT CHILDREN in CAR for JOB INTERVIEW

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I definitely did not side with this chick when this story first broke. Getting a job, while certainly admirable, is no excuse to put a 2 year old and six month old in grave danger. Then she calls a press conference and is a no-show? There is no way children of that age can fend for themselves and I am siding with the law if it turns out she is full of shit.

via WISTV

Her case has some people highly critical, while others are showing support and raising more than $100,000 for her. [View the YouCaring.com fundraiser page set up in her name]

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said the outpouring of support for Shanesha Taylor will not affect his prosecution.

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Plies A No Show For Court Case, Loses Judgement

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A Montgomery, Alabama concert promoter was recently awarded a default judgment in his lawsuit against Atlantic Records rapper Plies for failing to show up for a concert earlier this year.

A default judgment has been issued for Patrick Monifston of P Entertainment Promotions after Plies and his manager David Gay failed to appear in court to face the civil lawsuit. Monifston filed suit against Plies on July 16, after the Florida rapper never showed for a July 8 concert.

According to the lawsuit, Plies never bothered to perform in Montgomery, disappointing some 1,500 fans. After the audience learned Plies would not appear, a melee broke out in the crowd that caused thousands of dollars in damages to the club, according to Montgomery Advertiser.

In addition to levying claims of breach of contract, Monifston also sued Plies for slander, following the rapper’s appearance on radio station WZHT Hot 105 where he reportedly made disparaging comments about the promoter.

The exact terms of the judgment were not announced, however Monifston said it was at least $11,000, which covers the amount he spent to bring Plies to Montgomery, as well as the damages the club sustained.