Monthly Archives: September 2007

BREAKING NEWS: BOND POSTED FOR MYCHAL BELL OF JENA 6!

JENA 6 LATEST INFORMATION – BELL RELEASED ON BOND!

According to KSLA in Shreveport, bond has been posted for 17-year-old Mychal Bell, the teenager at the center of the ‘Jena 6’ case.

Cut-Rate Bail Bonding Service says bond was set at $45,000.

Sources say Bell is on his way right now to the LaSalle Parish Courthouse from a juvenile facility in Alexandria.

IS ‘PICK A BALE OF COTTON’ OFFENSIVE TO YOU?

OH MAMMY, PICK A BALE OF COTTON, OH MAMMY, PICK A BALE A DAY!


For years I simply didn’t know what the big deal was until some co-workers who weren’t born in the south said it was horrible. As a kid at South Boulevard Elementary school in Baton Rouge our music teacher taught us a song entitled “Pick A Bale of Cotton.” The lyrics went something like this: ‘I had a little woman who could pick a bale of cotton, I had a little woman who could pick a bale a day – Oh mammy – pick a bale of cotton – Oh mammy – pick a bale a day’…Some of my African American co-workers believed the song was downright offensive and shouldn’t have been taught to little African American kids in school. Back then when we would sing the song and if we did a particularly good job – our music teacher would put on deep red lip stick and kiss us on the jaw leaving her mark. She would also place a gold star on our forehead. Some of those co-workers also called that lip stick thing border line sexual harassment. How can you sexually harass a kid with a kiss on the jaw? Well anyway – wanted to know what the Insite readers felt about the song and the kiss!

RAPPER WANT TO BE ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AND NOW THE COPS ARE AFTER HIM!

HE GOES BY THE STAGE NAME ‘VILLAIN’!

Investigators in the Houston Police Juvenile Division Sex Crimes Unit are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect wanted in the sexual assault of a juvenile at the suspect’s apartment at 8600 Theta on May 18.

The suspect, Gabriel Aguilar (H/m, DOB 3-29-76), is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in the 174th State District Court. He is not in custody.

Family members and Aguilar’s children live in the southeast side of Houston and believe he is still in the area. Aguilar, who has a street name of “Villain,” is a rap music artist. He is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 165 pounds, and has tattoos on his back and arms. A photo of Aguilar is attached to this news release.

Aguilar is wanted for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl who told her parents he forcefully grabbed her into his apartment where she was then sexually assaulted. The female victim said she saw Aguilar handing out his music compact disc to underage girls in his apartment complex at 8600 Theta and complimenting the girls on how they looked. Two days before the assault, the female said she received a CD from Aguilar and was flattered by comments he made to her.

During the investigation, Aguilar’s neighbors advised investigators that other females might have been lured to Aguilar’s apartment and sexually assaulted by him.

Aguilar has been seen at various nightclubs in southeast Houston, promoting his music and his page on MySpace. He is known to carry a weapon and is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone victimized by or with information on Gabriel Aguilar’s whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Juvenile Division Sex Crimes Unit at 713-731-5335 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

$20,000 A MONTH AND SLADE’S BANK ACCOUNT WAS STILL IN THE RED!

THERE WERE A LOT OF NSF CHARGES ON HER PERSONAL ACCOUNT!

County prosecutors continue to put on their case against former Texas Southern University President Dr. Priscilla Slade this morning. On the stand is the Harris County investigator who went through all her financial records. George Jordan testified while Dr. Slade had a monthly income of over $20,000 from her TSU contract – in the months of November and December her Amegy Bank account still ended up in the red. In November banking records show Slade’s negative balance went as high as -$7,000 and in December the total got as high as -$3,000. Prosecutors say to keep her personal check account in the black Slade pulled funds from her Charles Schwaab account as well as took out a personal like of credit from a local bank for $75,000. Jordan is expected to be the last witness for the prosecution in the ongoing case against Dr. Slade!

Note: Through the proceeding disclosure prosecutors want to establish for jurors that Slade couldn’t have possibly paid a $138,000 landscaping bill that she said went to TSU in error!

SLADE TRIAL WATCH FROM HOUSTON CHRONICLE!

THE LATEST ON THE SLADE TRIAL!

BY: BRIAN ROGERS

Former TSU President Priscilla Slade’s predecessor testified against her Wednesday as prosecutors tried to contrast his frugal administration with the alleged excesses under Slade’s regime.

Slade is accused of spending more than $500,000 of Texas Southern University’s money on personal expenses, including more than $100,000 in bar tabs, during her six-year tenure. She faces up to life in prison if convicted.

James Douglas, currently a law professor at TSU, was president from 1996 to 1999 but was fired after they lost faith in his abilities as an administrator, earlier testimony from regents showed. Regents then tapped Slade, who was dean of the business school at TSU, for the job. They fired her in May 2006 because of her spending habits.

Assistant District Attorney Donna Goode made a point to show that Douglas lived comfortably on his TSU salary, was happy with a housing allowance that was half of Slade’s and ran his own errands instead of using a personal assistant provided by the university.

“Did you ask TSU for money for your house?” Goode asked.

“No,” Douglas answered. “Bank of America.”

Slade is accused of having the university finance new flooring, a new roof, landscaping and furniture for her home in Missouri City and other expenses for her $1.3 million Memorial Park home.

Jurors were released at noon to give Slade’s defense team time to review charts that detail her spending. The charts were created by prosecutors who hope to introduce them with their final witness, DA investigator George Jordan.

Testimony this week made it clear that hundreds of thousands of dollars in purchases were made during Slade’s tenure, but Slade’s attorney Mike DeGeurin worked to parse out the spending as either directed by someone else, approved by someone else, or reasonable and necessary for the university.

MORE @ WWW.CHRON.COM

OH NO – CHAMILLIONAIRE’S NEW ALBUM DEBUTS AT #8!

REBA MCENTIRE WAS NUMBER #1 ON THE MUSIC CHARTS!

The news is not good for Houston rapper Chamillionaire. It appears his latest release “Ultimate Victory” came in at No. 8 with 79,000 units. His debut, 2005’s “The Sound of Revenge,” entered at No. 10 with 130,000 and went on to over a million in sells. His ring tones topped the charts with over 4 million in sells. Hopefully Cham will have a resurgence and increase his weekly sales because we’re pulling for him in Houston. Number one on the charts this week was TV and country music star Reba McEntire with sales of 301,000!

BATON ROUGEAN NOW CALLING HOUSTON HOME!


CARL DANIELS IS THE NEW FACE IN HOUSTON!

The Insite would like to welcome old high school and college buddy Carl Daniels to Houston. The Southern University graduate is now working and living here in the Bayou City. Carl has a master’s degree in nursing and works as a Nurse Practitioner (doctors look out) in the medical center area. Daniels says when he visited Houston on several occasions he always thought it was simply too big to call home. But after a sweetheart deal from a medical firm he says he loves the city. He says after driving around town for a while it’s not all that bad. Daniels says this is the place that he will plant roots as long as the city will have him. Hey Carl, thanks for stopping by the Insite!

Note: I even found an old McKinley High School newspaper where Carl made the front page!

DR. JAMES DOUGLAS: I DON’T NEED NO GOFER!

HE SAYS HIS CONTRACT WAS QUITE CLEAR ON WHAT HE COULD AND COULD NOT SPEND AS PRESIDENT OF TSU!

THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY BEFORE DR. PRISCILLA SLADE SAYS HE DIDN’T HAVE A PROBLEM UNDERSTANDING WHAT HE COULD AND COULD NOT SPEND DURING HIS TENURE…DOCTOR JAMES DOUGLAS SAYS HE DIDN’T ACCEPT THE PERKS PROSECUTORS SAY SLADE USED DURING HER TERM AT THE UNIVERSITY LIKE HAVING A GOFER. THAT GOFER WAS IDENTIFIED AS BILLY BURNETT. DOUGLAS SAYS WHEN HE ENCOUNTERED BURNETT BACK IN 1995 HE DIDN’T KNOW WHO HE WAS OR WHAT HE DID. THE FORMER TSU PRESIDENT TESTIFIED BURNETT TOLD HIM HE WAS HIS GOFER. DOUGLAS SAYS HE TOLD BURNETT HE DIDN’T NEED HIM AND GO BACK TO THE SCHOOLS SAFETY DEPARTMENT WHERE HE WAS CLASSIFIED AS AN EMPLOYEE. PROSECUTORS SAY SLADE USED BURNETT LIKE A PERSONAL ASSISTANT. DOUGLAS WAS CALLED BY THE PROSECUTION IN THE ONGOING CRIMINAL TRIAL OF DR. SLADE. MIKE DEGEURIN, SLADE’S ATTORNEY, DIDN’T QUESTION DOUGLAS AT ALL. MEANWHILE, SLADE’S TRIAL ENDED EARLY THIS AFTERNOON TO GIVE HER DEFENSE TEAM A CHANCE TO GO OVER SEVERAL DOCUMENTS THEY COULDN’T AFFORD TO PURCHASE FROM THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE. SLADE FACES PROBATION TO LIFE IF CONVICTED IN THIS CASE.

The Houston Polo Club and David Yurman Host Reception to Kick Off The Stanford International Polo Season and The David Yurman Cup!

KICKING THE POLO SEASON IN HOUSTON!





The Houston Polo Club and David Yurman hosted 150 guests at David Yurman’s Galleria boutique for a cocktail reception on Sept. 18 to kick off Houston’s 12-Goal Polo Season featuring The Stanford International Polo Series and The David Yurman Cup.

A portion of David Yurman’s sales that evening and proceeds from the live auction of 7 polo teams benefit The Children’s Assessment Center. The Children’s Assessment Center (www.CAChouston.org) provides a safe haven to sexually abused children and their families. The CAC is one of the largest advocacy centers of its kind in the United States.

Featured teams who were represented and auctioned at the event were ERG, Lockton, Isla Carroll, Pegasus, Rockin P, Spencer Farms, and Notrees/BTA.

Special guests included Carolyn Farb, Deandra and Todd Thorman, Kim Bartee, Mary Moody, Kim and Dan Moody, Jr., Hart Peoples, Sandra and Keith Chunn, Brooks Deisel, Rebecca and Wayne Bollenbach, Robert Ferguson, Carl Price, Sheri and Grant Roane, Mary Bowman and Joe Wayne Barry.

Bob Boudreaux, announcer for The Houston Polo Club’s Sunday fall and spring matches, served as master of ceremonies. Lauren Granello, manager of the David Yurman Galleria location, welcomed guests. Gittings provided photographic services for The Houston Polo Club.

COUNCILMAN PETER BROWN TAKES STAND ON HISD BOND PROPOSAL!

WHERE DO YOU STAND ON THIS ISSUE?

Architect, urban planner, and At-Large Council Member Peter Brown has joined with a broad community coalition including Bishop James Dixon (NAACP), State Rep. Sylvester Turner, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Rev. Bill Lawson, Pastor James Nash, Pastor David Punch and many other grassroots civic leaders in asking HISD to reschedule the bond referendum for early 2008. The delay is to provide time for meaningful consultation with the community, and to revise the capital improvement package accordingly.

Council Member Brown is particularly concerned over the closing of neighborhood schools, and HISD’s lack of clear policies regarding the consolidation or replacement of existing schools. “We need schools that support the kind of neighborhood life fundamental to a healthy society. HISD should reinforce the City’s efforts to revitalize our neighborhoods. This appears to be a flawed package pulled together by technocrats and bureaucratic administrators focused on the “economies of scale” – not on the fundamentals of education – that magic which happens in a classroom between children and their teachers,” says Brown.

The community coalition, which includes the Greater Houston Partnership, drafted a compromise proposal, which yesterday was rejected by HISD. Peter Brown believes that although the District has made some progress, the results are not good enough for a city where higher graduation rates are critical to our success in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

“HISD doesn’t seem to want to listen to the affected communities,” says Brown. “Their defensive attitude is not productive. If this bond issue fails in November, it will be a referendum on HISD and its leadership – and a mandate for broad educational reform.”


CONGRATULATIONS TO KATHY WILLIAMS FOR HER INSPIRE WOMEN HONOR!

KATHY HONORED AND ALL OF HER FRIENDS SHOW UP!














Congratulations to the Insite’s boss Kathy Williams, who’s vice president of news at KRIV. She was honored by the Inspire Women at their Conference. Kathy has worked along with the organization to make a difference in our community and around the country. Inspire Women’s goal is a simple but important one: To inspire women across ethnic lines, denominations, and economic levels to connect their lives with God’s purpose and to fund biblical resources and scholarships to train women for maximum missions and service. A luncheon was recently held where IW’s founder Anita Carmen made an appearance to honor Williams. Also attending the event were: Linda Lorelle, Melinda Spaulding, Damali Keith, Carolyn Canville, Melissa Wilson, Carolyn Mungo, Pattie Shieh, Aprille Meek, Andrea Watkins, Linda Drummond, Bernadette Brown, Alice Webb, Yolanda Kirk, and the list goes on. Congratulations Kathy – you Inspire all of us!

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE DEMANDS THE RELEASE OF JENA’S MYCHAL BELL!

CONGRESS WILL NOT TOLERATE UNEQUAL JUSTICE!

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee released the following statement today after meeting with House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, the Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King Jr. III, and the parents of Jena Six defendant Mychal Bell.

“I applaud Chairman Conyers for agreeing to my request to hold this meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and the family and the advocates of Mychal Bell, who has already been incarcerated for nearly a year for allegedly committing an offense that is rarely punished by substantial jail time. The Chairman and members made clear to Mychal Bell’s family and supporters that the Congress will not tolerate separate and unequal justice in Jena, Louisiana or elsewhere in the nation. But as we all agreed, justice for all begins in this case with justice for one. And that person is Mychal Bell, who should be released from custody immediately.

“But it is foolish to pretend that the gross abuse of discretion in Jena is only an isolated case. Regrettably, the fair administration of the criminal justice system is still too frequently stained by racially disparate treatment of crime victims and suspects. I am gratified that Chairman Conyers has favorably received my call for a comprehensive and thorough investigation by the Department of Justice into the circumstances surrounding the Jena controversy and for Congress to conduct extensive hearings on the subject of equality of treatment in the criminal justice system.

“As a Senior member of the House Judiciary Committee, I will soon be introducing legislation to identify, measure, and address the ways and means by which justice is meted out unequally by race and class, including measures to limit the opportunity for abuse of those who wield the awesome power to charge and prosecute persons for violations of the criminal law. That is the best and surest way to foster respect for law and to preserve the rights of all persons.

“So I say again: Mychal Bell should be released from custody immediately and the Department of Justice and the Congress must get about the important business of identifying and fixing what went wrong in Jena, Louisiana so that this is unfortunate episode is not repeated again in America.”