Monthly Archives: July 2007

PRAIRIE VIEW ARTIST GETS HIGH PROFILE EXPOSURE!

CLARENCE TALLEY AND HIS WORK ARE HEADED TO ATLANTA!

The work of three Prairie View A&M University faculty artists, Clarence Talley, Sr., Ann Johnson and Tracey Moore, will be featured in a ground breaking multi-media exhibit titled “Coming By Force: Overcoming By Choice” during the upcoming 2007 National Black Arts Festival.
The exhibit will be on display in Atlanta’s Apex Museum in partnership with the National Alliance of Artists from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (NAAHBCU) and will run through December 2007.
“Coming by Force,” is a dynamic visual portrayal of art and artifacts that characterizes the suffering and torment that Africans experienced prior to, during and after The Middle Passage to the Americas.
Featuring a full scale replica of a slave vessel, the exhibit includes works by several noted artists and craftsmen from around the U.S.
The exhibit opening and artist reception for “Coming By Force” will be held Sat. July 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Jazz recording artist Jean Carne is set to provide a musical score for the exhibit.
Clarence Talley, PVAMU director of art and professor, contributed two works entitled “Door of No Return” and “Door of Return”. He states “Our fore parents had no idea as to what awaited them on the other side of the infamous Door of No Return. The immediate environment where these doors still hang was one of dread, suffering and uncertainty.”
In “Aspects of Negro Life: The Remix,” also featured in the exhibit, artist Ann Johnson, visiting assistant professor reinterprets the work of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglass by using the Egyptian technique of encaustic, a method of painting with hot wax. By using beads, symbols, pictures and cowries shells, Johnson graphically retells the story of the “negro”.
Visiting assistant professor, Tracey Moore, photographically captures a slave’s view from the bowel of the slave ship in “Journey to America”. “The viewer,” Moore states “Becomes the enslaved African and although not chained, imagines themselves with others on the long journey to America.”

For more information “Coming By Force” and the Apex Museum, please contact: Michelle Mitchell at (404) 523-APEX or visit www.apexmuseum.org.

GETTING FIT WITH THE CLOWNS!

RINGLING BROTHERS – BARNUM AND BAILEY TEAMS UP WITH CITY COUNCIL MEMBER!



Dozens of children crowded into the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center Tuesday for the Get Fit program. It was put on by Councilman Jarvis Johnson and Ringling Brothers Circus. The focus of the program was teaching the youngsters in the community how to stay in shape. In other words, getting from in front of the computer and getting active. All of the kids were given goody bags as they were entertained by a team of clowns from the circus. The circus says the Get Fit program is part of their commitment and outreach to the community!

COME ON HOUSTON, TURN THE AIR CONDITIONING ON!

CAN SOMEONE DOWNTOWN PLEASE COOL THIS BUILDING?

I could not stand the heat that slapped me in the face as I walked into the Acres Homes Multi Service Center on Tuesday. I was there for FOX 26 to cover a program that had been planned for the facility for at least a week. Those at the event say the thermostat wasn’t set at a cool enough temperature to handle the crowd. So, dozens of children who were in attendance had sweat rolling down their faces. Parents inside the auditorium of the center used makeshift fans and constant trips outside to stay cool. I talked with one of the workers who said it wasn’t the crowd, but the building is always just a degree or so away from being hot during the summer months. That employee also said the thermostat was controlled from downtown. About a hour into the program another city employee from Building Services arrived to say the center should be getting cooler soon. But I was there at least 20 minutes after the adjustment and it was still dead dog hot inside. Many say there should be better planning by the city to ensure public events at community centers are comfortable for the residents in the area who attend!

EDDIE LEVERT SELLS OUT IN HOUSTON!

THE SHELVES WERE EMPTY AND EMPLOYEES SAID IT WAS JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS!

R&B legend Eddie Levert spent his day in Houston Tuesday. He was promoting his new book, I Got Your Back, which focuses on the relationship he had with his son the late Gerald Levert. Eddie says he hopes this book serves as a tool for father and sons out there to strengthen their bond. Levert appeared at Border’s bookstore where he sold out 200 copies of his book. He also sold out 25 music cd’s that were placed on shelves for his appearance. One store clerk said it was like Christmas in the store with all the people. There was a long line that snaked around the second floor full of eager fans hoping to get an autograph from the O’Jays member!

IT WILL COST TO GET YOUR GIRLFRIEND PROMOTED!

HOW MUCH DID THESE LAW FIRMS GIVE HIM TO STAY OUT OF TROUBLE?

The state’s top law firms and their attorneys donated $447,000 to help Texas Supreme Court Justice Nathan Hecht defend himself against charges that he abused his judicial office
to promote Harriet Miers, his onetime girlfriend, for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The biggest donors were the firm Vinson & Elkins and its attorneys at $30,000. Baker Botts and its employees, including former Texas Supreme Court Justice Tom Phillips, kicked in another $26,000, according to Texas Ethics Commission reports filed Sunday
by Hecht.
Both Houston-based law firms routinely practice in front of the Texas Supreme Court, the state’s highest civil court.
Locke Liddell & Sapp, the Dallas law firm that Miers returned to this year after serving as President Bush’s White House counsel, contributed $25,100 to Hecht’s legal defense fund.
Hecht successfully fought a State Commission on Judicial Conduct sanction alleging he improperly used his official position to promote Miers.
Texas Watch, a consumer advocacy group, criticized Hecht for waiting to reveal his contributors, adding that the senior justice should recuse himself from cases involving those who bankrolled his legal defense. Hecht was not legally required to report who donated
until Monday.

HOUSTONIAN ISAIAH WASHINGTON JOINS THE NEW CAST OF THE BIONIC WOMAN!

HE GETS A SECOND CHANCE ON A NEW TELEVISION SHOW!


Isaiah Washington has gotten the second chance he has been looking for. Except it isn’t with the network that recently cut him loose. The former star of “Grey’s Anatomy” has been hired by N-B-C to be in its new series, “Bionic Woman.” Washington will be on the series for a five-episode stint. In addition, N-B-C’s production arm and Washington will work together
on developing an action series. A pretty big turnaround for Washington who was kicked to the curb by A-B-C after the current season of “Grey’s” ended. Washington tells The Associated Press
he’s “humbled” by the opportunity” and is eager to move past the controversy over his use of an anti-gay slur while employed at A-B-C.

POLITICAL BENEFITS FOR ATTACKING LOUISIANA’S ALLEGED DOCTOR DEATH!

DID THIS WOMAN REALLY KILL KATRINA PATIENTS DURING THE BIG EVACUATION?

Dr. Anna Pou – the physician arrested in the deaths of four patients at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina – filed suit against the Louisiana Attorney General on Monday, accusing him of using her arrest to fuel his re-election bid.

The suit, filed in state court in Baton Rouge, also seeks to force the state to provide a legal defense for Pou against civil lawsuits filed by families of three of the patients.

Last year, State Attorney General Charles Foti claimed Pou and two nurses killed four people with a “lethal cocktail” at Memorial Medical Center during the chaotic conditions after the August 2005 storm. The four were among at least 34 who died at the sweltering, flooded hospital in the days following Katrina. Pou, who is free on bond, has not been formally charged. A New Orleans grand jury is looking into the case.

Foti had Pou arrested, “called an international press conference the next day to announce the arrest, made extra judicial comments totally contrary to the Rules of Professional Responsibility, and culminated the week’s activity with an attorney general fund raiser to showcase his `achievements’ in the arrest of Dr. Pou and the two nurses,” the suit says.

Foti was not immediately available for comment when telephoned Monday afternoon.

The lawsuit says that Foti, although he turned the case over to the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office, has an assistant acting as a prosecutor before the New Orleans grand jury investigating Pou. The lawsuit says that is a conflict of interest.

Pou and nurses, Lori Budo and Cheri Landry, were arrested and booked with second-degree murder after Foti’s office investigated the case. Foti said the women put desperately ill patients to death using a lethal injection of drugs, after determining that the patients were either too ill or too incapacitated to be moved following Katrina.

The cases against Budo and Landry were dropped after they were compelled to testify before the grand jury last month.

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FAME, FASHION, AND FOOTBALL WITH THE PARTY KING!

THE PARTY KING MEETS CHRIS ROCK’S BROTHER – TONY ROCK!











By: Kalele ‘Party King’ Thumbutu

Pure Sundays at club Status hosted another extravaganza. This week Candy Shaw of Project Zero entertainment’s event included Fame, Fashion, and Football. Tony Rock (star of the hit TV show All of Us, and brother of comedian Chris Rock) graced Pure Sundays with his presence and even entertained the crowd once on the microphone. Pure Sundays also held a two for one fashion show that exhibited both fashion from local designer Jeremy Phillips and fashion available from Latonya Robinson at her local clothing boutique Major Closet (5221 B Alameda Rd). First up on the runway were models sporting the various trend setting lines available at Major Closet while during the second portion of the show local models graced the runway while wearing the self described Kool Kouture of C.R.O.S.S (Creative Resurrection of Style Success) clothing. Several NFL Players were also in attendance including former University of Houston stand out and current Oakland Raider Stanford Routt! Also in attendance were Darleen and Charles Thompson, the ladies of Lady Isis Inc. Dana, Michelle, Amber St. Mary and Tenisha Durham, R & B singer Reggie Jamz, Danielle the Birthday girl.