TODAY IN HISTORY: The centennial of the NAACP Silent Protest Parade, held on July 28, 1917

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10,000 black men, women, and children wordlessly paraded down NYC’s Fifth Avenue in 1917. Their tactic was silence, but their message resounded: anti-black violence is unjust and un-American.

At the break of summer 1917, racial tension simmered across the nation. In East St. Louis, white residents launched a bloody attack on the rapidly expanding black community. Dozens of black residents were killed and thousands more were left homeless after their neighborhood was burned to ashes. 

The NAACP wasted no time in composing a retort and soon issued a call for a Silent Protest Parade. You must be in line,”  the Association commanded. 


On July 28, nearly 10,000 black men, women, and children wordlessly paraded down New York’s Fifth Avenue. Silently marching to the beat of a drum, the throngs of protesters clutched picket signs declaring their purpose and demanding justice. 

“Make America safe for democracy.

“We march because we deem it a crime to be silent in the face of such barbaric acts.”

“We march because we want our children to live in a better land.”

Their tactic was silence, but their message resounded: anti-black violence is unjust and un-American.

It was the first protest of its kind in New York, and the second instance of African Americans publically demonstrating for civil rights. 

The NAACP has issued marching orders many times in the years since: in 1965, we marched in Selma in pursuit of our right to vote; in 2012, we held a second Silent March in New York to denounce stop-and-frisk policing; in 2015, we marched 1,002 miles from Selma to Washington, D.C. on our Journey for Justice  

At our 108th Annual Convention in Baltimore this week, we marked the Silent Parade’s centennial with an interactive art installationArt Force 5 invited convention attendees to collaborate on a mosaic memorial that will debut today in New York City. 

Activists created the NAACP in 1909 to fight racialized violence. Then, we called it “lynching.” Today, we call it “police brutality.” But the effect is the same, and so is the ferocity of our retort. 

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Washington, D.C. ­– U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released the following statement today on voting “no” on the so-called “skinny repeal” of Obamacare:

 “From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people. The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals. While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens. The Speaker’s statement that the House would be ‘willing’ to go to conference does not ease my concern that this shell of a bill could be taken up and passed at any time.

 “I’ve stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote. We should not make the mistakes of the past that has led to Obamacare’s collapse, including in my home state of Arizona where premiums are skyrocketing and health care providers are fleeing the marketplace. We must now return to the correct way of legislating and send the bill back to committee, hold hearings, receive input from both sides of aisle, heed the recommendations of nation’s governors, and produce a bill that finally delivers affordable health care for the American people. We must do the hard work our citizens expect of us and deserve.”


Trump issues edict: Transgender troops will not serve in U.S. military


President Trump tweeted Wednesday that transgender individuals will not be allowed to serve in the military.

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.

“Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you,” Mr. Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

Vice President Mike Pence and House Republicans have already taken steps to block funding for transgender surgeries provided by the military, saying the defense budget is already strained.

Adding transgender troops to the Armed Forces had been an initiative in the Obama administration.


International Olympic Committee to announce 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The International Olympic Committee announced it will award both the 2024 and 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games when it announces the host cities in September.

This is a proud day for Los Angeles and for the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in America. We’re thrilled with the IOC’s decision today, which is a major step forward in making LA’s Olympic dream a reality. Today, two of the world’s greatest cities, with outstanding but different proposals, stand ready to serve and advance the Olympic and Paralympic movements and their values. We look forward to working with the IOC and Paris in the weeks ahead to turn this golden opportunity into a golden future together.


Punch TV Studios Begins Broadcasting on KILM Channel 64 Los Angeles / Southern California While Gearing Up for IPO 2.0

Punch TV Studios, Inc. CEO Joseph Collins announces launch in Los Angeles, CA, as the company continues raising money in IPO 2.0 at $1.00 per share.


HOLLYWOOD, CA, UNITED STATES, July 10, 2017 / — KILM Los Angeles, CA / Southern California channel 64 welcomes Punch TV to its family August 1, 2017. Fans and investors of Punch TV Studios are thrilled. Between the golden touch of Founder and CEO Joseph Collins and the skills of powerhouse Rachel Ramos as new VP of the network, Punch TV is sure to be a favorite channel for viewers.

“Punch TV is coming to Southern California August 1st. We are happy to be working with KILM. Broadcasting in Southern California has been a goal of mine since the company’s inception. Our supporters, are now able to view the network on their television sets, in their own homes,” says Punch TV Studios CEO Joseph Collins. “Between Punch Animation, Inc. (OTCMKTS:URBT) and the Network, our launch in Southern California allows us to present incredible new content, feature films and animated shows you will only be able to watch on Punch TV.”

With the support of its new investor base Punch TV Studios now brings its network to Southern California. Viewers will be able to watch Punch TV, ‘from the desert to the sea’, everywhere in Southern California, extending its broadcast reach to a wider audience, and placing Punch TV in over 16 million more homes. The network currently broadcasts in Columbus, OH, Pensacola & Jacksonville, FL, Houston & Beaumont, TX, and plans to expand across the country over the next few years.

This historic venture between Punch TV Studios and KILM secures Punch TV as one of the top companies in America to watch. Punch TV will broadcast on all cable providers including AT&T, Comcast, Charter, DIRECTV, Dish Network and Frontier Communications. Punch TV is sure to impress, providing cutting edge and relevant content to the network’s viewers and continuing its dedication and commitment to the community.

Punch TV Studios began offering stock in the company at just $1.00 per share, so that everyone would have an opportunity to be part of the Punch TV Studios movement. To find out more information about Punch TV Studios or to become a stockholder visit their website at Follow us on #PUNCHTVSTUDIOS #IPO2.0 #2017IPO
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Funding intended to help families find and keep their homes


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today awarded more than $50 million in housing counseling grants to hundreds of national, regional and local organizations to help families and individuals with their housing needs and to prevent future foreclosures. HUD’s housing counseling grants and the additional funding they leverage will assist more than 1.4 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices, or keep their current homes. See list of all counseling agencies awarded funding today.

“This is a smart investment in helping families find and keep their homes,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson.  “Quite simply, knowledge is power.  We know that armed with the information they need, those who receive counseling services are far more successful in buying, renting or avoiding foreclosure.”

More than $47 million of the grants announced today will directly support the housing counseling services provided by 31 national and regional organizations, six multi-state organizations, 19 State Housing Finance Agencies (SHFAs) and 199 local housing counseling agencies. In addition, HUD is awarding $3.5 million to four national organizations to train housing counselors who will receive the instruction and certification necessary to effectively assist families with their housing needs.

National and regional agencies distribute much of HUD’s housing counseling grant funding to community-based organizations that assist low- and moderate-income families to improve their housing conditions. In addition, these larger organizations help improve the quality of housing counseling services and enhance coordination among counseling providers. Read a comprehensive summary of each grant. Read a comprehensive summary of each housing counseling grant.

Counseling improves housing outcomes for homebuyers, homeowners, and renters. Last year, HUD published research findings summarizing the impact of housing counseling has on families’ housing options and choices.  In addition, recent research from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Urban Institute continues to find substantial benefits to housing counseling for families who purchase their first homes and those struggling to prevent foreclosure.

Grant recipients address the full range of families’ housing counseling needs. This includes helping homebuyers evaluate their readiness for a home purchase, understand their financing and down payment options, and navigate what can be an extremely confusing and difficult homebuying process. The organization also help households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families struggling to repair credit problems that restrict their housing options.

In addition to providing counseling to homeowners and renters, these organizations assist homeless persons in finding the transitional housing they need to move toward a permanent place to live. Finally, grantees also assist senior citizens seeking reverse mortgages. These agencies provide counseling for the rapidly growing number of elderly homeowners who seek to convert equity in their homes into income that can be used to pay for home improvements, medical costs, and other living expenses.

Housing counseling agencies also support fair housing by assisting borrowers in reviewing their loan documentation, to avoid potential mortgage scams, unreasonably high interest rates, inflated appraisals, unaffordable repayment terms, and other conditions that can result in a loss of equity, increased debt, default, and even foreclosure. Likewise, foreclosure prevention counseling helps homeowners facing delinquency or default employ strategies, including expense reduction, negotiation with lenders and loan servicers, and loss mitigation, to avoid foreclosure.

There are many ways to find a HUD-approved housing counseling agency. Visit HUD’s website or call (800) 569-4287 for our interactive telephone directory. Get the free housing counseling i-phone app from the app store (not yet available for android).  Watch HUD’s video on how housing counseling can help families find (and keep) housing.


Venus Williams Cleared In Fatal Car Accident


Shortly after Venus Williams filed an emergency order in the fatal crash case leveled against her, a video shows that Williams lawfully entered the intersection.

According to USA Todaypolice said that new video surveillance footage showed Williams entering the intersection on June 9 legally before the collision in Palm Beach Gardens, Flordia. Linda Barson’s car collided with Williams’ SUV in an accident that left Linda Barson with multiple injuries and her husband, Jerome Barson, who was critically injured and later died.

This footage reverses the police’s initial belief that Williams was responsible for Barson’s death.

“Based on the evidence obtained in the ongoing investigation, it has been determined the vehicle driven by Venus Williams lawfully entered the intersection on a circular green traffic signal, and attempted to travel north through the intersection to Ballenisles Drive,” the police said in a statement. 

“As Williams was traveling through the intersection, a Nissan Altima entered the intersection traveling south, and made a left turn in front of Williams’ vehicle, causing her to stop advancing through the intersection to avoid a collision.

“The traffic signal then cycled to green, at which time Barson continued westbound and entered the intersection. The front end of Barson’s vehicle collided the right front of Williams’ vehicle.” 

This is a blow to the lawsuit that was filed against Williams on behalf of Barson’s estate.

Malcolm Cunningham, Williams’ lawyer, told USA TODAY that this update proves his client’s innocence.

“As the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department points out, once Ms. Williams entered the intersection lawfully, she had the right to proceed through the intersection and other vehicles including those with a red light changing to green, were obligated to yield the right-of-way to Ms. Williams.”

He added: “Ms. Williams is grateful for the continued diligence and efforts of the Palm Beach Gardens Police Department in its investigation. At the same time, as this process moves forward, she remains deeply saddened by the loss suffered by the Barson family and continues to keep them in her thoughts and prayers.”


Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center’s Summer Fun Camp architecture classes are underway!

Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center’s  volunteer guest mentors and staff kicked it off on Friday with overviews of architectural concepts, careers and design.
Students learned about the engineering design process and how they will use it to complete their projects–drawings and 3-D models of the new Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center (new name to come!). Students will work in teams to produce different floor plans and exterior site plans using
For some hands-on fun on Friday, students used Kaboom’s Imagination Playground blocks to build a curved garden for a taste of the critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creative expression that will be needed to complete their projects.
Thank you to guest mentors and staff who presented the overviews and who will be teaching the two weekly five-week classes for grades 3-9. The classes will culminate in presentations at our Summer Showcase on Fri, July 28, at The Vision Theater in Leimert Park.
Big thanks to our teachers!
* Rick Shlemmer and Joey Ferrer, Shlemmer Algaze Associates Interiors and Architecture ( #ShlemmerAlgaze
* Duane Williams and Lawrence Huley, National Organization of Minority Architects ( #SoCalNOMA
* Youssef Nasry (Cal Poly Pomona) and Cameron Townsend (Art Center College of Design), Wooten staff
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