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In memory of three great men

By Charles Hallman
Staff writer

 

We lost three individuals this April; I personally didn’t know each of them, but came close to meeting one of them. Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone, Jr. died April 6 of congestive heart failure at an assisted-living facility in North Carolina at the age of 89. Born in 1924 in St. Louis, he was a Tuskegee Airman in World War II. Then, instead of attending Harvard — who accepted him, he instead went to and graduated from Wesleyan University in 1948, and later earned his master’s from the University of Chicago. Continue Reading →

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Zimmerman trial watch

 

 

 

 

 

Below is a series of commentaries written by MSR staff writer Charles Hallman exclusively for the MSR Online regarding the George Zimmerman trial. They are being posted several times per week. Charles Hallman welcomes reader responses to challman@spokesman-recorder.com

 

 
Zimmerman update #16 (July 23, 2013)
 

It’s been over a week since the George Zimmerman not-guilty verdict was handed down. Marches, vigils, and other such events have taken place in its aftermath. “There’s going to be a lot of arguments about the legal issues in the case,” admitted President Obama in his unexpected address to the press last week. Continue Reading →

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Being ‘the Only One’ can render one invisible

 

 

 

The little boy in the 1974 movie Claudine told James Earl Jones’ character that he wanted to be invisible. When asked why, the frustrated youngest son of Diahann Carroll’s character simply replied that since his older siblings regularly ignore him, he might just as well be invisible. This reporter can easily relate to that boy, because I too am invisible — but not because I want to be. When I became a reporter in the mid-1970s, I reluctantly accepted the experience of being snubbed as some so-called rite of passage, of paying my media dues. However, five decades-plus later, I am still getting cold shoulders too often from persons who aren’t half my age or experience and who couldn’t spell “journalist” without help from a computerized spell check. Continue Reading →

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‘No Black talent on the air’

White perspectives dominate local mainstream media
 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

Black voices are barely heard on local mainstream radio. It’s even worse in local sports radio. “There is no Black talent on the air in the Twin Cities except at KMOJ,” claims KTWN-FM’s Brandon Wright, a nine-year veteran. KFAN “is too White for me,” proclaims St. Paul African American Leadership Council’s Tyrone Terrill, speaking of the Clear Channel station that has only two Black on-air talents, Henry Lake and Trent Tucker, heard only on weekends, and none on weekdays. Continue Reading →

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Report examines coverage of LGBT issues in Black, Latino media

 

FIRST OF A TWO-PART STORY

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

 

A new report from The Opportunity Agenda points out that favorable public opinion about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of color is slowly growing among Blacks. The national communications, research and advocacy organization released “Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race” in September. It examined Black and Latino newspapers, Black magazines and Black online media over a two-year period (2009-2011), and found several common themes. Among them:

• Black newspapers and online news sites consider LGBT issues newsworthy. • The six main storylines found in Black newspapers, with HIV/AIDS receiving the most attention, include: homophobia, bullying and discrimination, culture, tension between gay rights and civil rights, religion and same-sex marriage. Continue Reading →

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Acclaimed journalist on civil rights and politics, past and present

 

 

 

By Elizabeth Ellis

Contributing Writer

 

Eugene Robinson, a Pulitzer Prize winner for his Washington Post newspaper election coverage of President Obama and a National Association of Black Journalists member, spoke at House of Hope Church in St. Paul this past January, courtesy of the Weyerhaeuser Foundation. If Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were still alive today Robinson believes King would “still agitate, still fight;” that King was a “moral force who changed a nation forever, who represented the conscience of the nation; that King would say, “Push on,” and that even advanced age “would not prevent him from holding feet to the fire, from holding folk accountable. “

He also believed that King (“Absolutely!”) would still have been an activist for economic justice. “After all, jobs and freedom was what the March on Washington, D.C., 1963, was all about. Continue Reading →

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Red Tails: Theatrical movie tells the tale of the Tuskegee Airmen

 

 

By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer

 

Red Tails isn’t the first movie about the all-Black U.S. combat unit who served in World War II, but it might be the best done thus far. The PG-13 film is scheduled for release January 20. “It is a movie of courage and honor,” stated Charles Floyd Johnson, the film’s co-executive producer along with George Lucas, the famed producer of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies. Johnson, whose works include NCIS, JAG, Magnum P.I. and The Rockford Files, added that it took Lucas nearly 20 years to make the film because he wanted to make sure that the Tuskegee Airmen story was told right. “The reason why it took so long is that we had to get the script right. Continue Reading →

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Respect the Black Press

 

 

Is the local Black Press getting its due respect? All the local sports teams know about the MSR,but I often wonder if they really understand our presence in the Twin Cities sports scene. Do the local Black athletes know our history? Are they aware of the Black Press’ historical role for Black inclusion in American sports? It’s a shame if they don’t. Continue Reading →

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