THE FAMOUS HOUSTONIAN WHO SAYS HE GETS SO MUCH JOY FROM MY FOOLISHNESS ON THE INTERNET!
From Mary Benton’s Facebook page: The actor Isaiah Washington at the exact moment he realized that reporter Isiah Carey is the same person on the infamous YouTube “bug video” BTW, Washington did not deny or confirm reports that he is returning to Grey’s Anatomy in the fall.
Note: This photo was taken at the Hyatt in San Diego during the NABJ annual convention!
STEELE SICK: WAS IT A PLOT OR JUST SOME BAD POTATO SALAD!
A highly anticipated appearance by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has been cancelled. The outspoken Repub was scheduled to speak to the National Association of Black Journalists in San Diego on Friday. However, Steele’s people called the convention organizers to say he couldn’t make it because of food poisoning. Not sure if it’s some calculated plot to take down the Chairman or just some bad potato salad!
THE BIG HEADLINER: SHIRLEY SHERROD’S APPEARANCE!
Hundreds of journalists from all over the country have arrived in San Diego this week. They’re in town for the annual National Association of Black Journalist Convention.
It’s an opportunity for journalists to hone their craft, learn new skills, network, and find future job opportunities.
The biggest draw this year was an appearance by former USDA employee Shirley Sherrod. She spoke frank and openly with journalists at a open discussion early Thursday morning. Sherrod also accepted the apology from CNN commentator Roland Martin. He publicly criticized Sherrod when only a portion of her NAACP speech was leaked by a Conservative blogger.
The convention will continue through Sunday with a long list of panels including one that will include the Insite as a speaker.
Reports indicate the attendance is far better than 2009. The host hotel, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, is acutally sold out which is good news for the organization.
Note: Sherrod photo courtesy of NABJ.org
HOW SWEET IT IS!
Yates High School, national champions in basketball for the 2009-2010 season, will visit the White House in September as President Obama celebrates the Lions’ great accomplishments.
“It will be a moment the kids and I will never forget,” said Greg Wise, Yates coach in an interview Thursday with FOX 26 Sports.
Yates was declared national champions in high school basketball last season by every poll that matters including USA Today and Max Preps.
Wise said the exact date of the visit has not been established yet.
“It will be in September,” Wise said. “I am meeting with our principal Monday to get an update.”
Wise said it took him a few minutes to get his arms around the invitation after learning of the news from Yates principal Ronald Mumphery.
“I called him back five minutes later and I asked him, ‘did you really say that?’”, said Wise.
Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee helped facilitate the White House invitation.
The Lions were 34-0 last season in winning their second consecutive Texas Class 4-A State Basketball Championship.
“This is going to be unbelievable and we are very excited,” Wise said.
The Yates Lions head into the next school year riding a 58-game winning streak and Wise said getting the opportunity to meet President Obama is a great way to start the season.
“This will give us a boost in basketball and academics,” Wise said.
Just what the Lions opponents need to hear.
THE BRAVO AWARD WINNER IS…
Carl ‘The New Hammer’ Davis has hit the nail on the head by receiving the City of Houston’s Bravo Award. The Bravo Award is given to a City of Houston employee who shows dedication and commitment to his position at the City. Carl has worked for the City since 2002 and has worked for City Council and has been with the Planning Dept since 2008.He is a dedicated Community Servant and no one is more deserving than Carl!
INTRODUCING THE MYTH BUSTER!
It was on July 23 when the Houston Independent School District began taking on any entity out there that may circulate what they call rumors or lies…via the internet that is.
Officials at HISD
approved and sanctioned the ‘Myth Busters’ page on the district’s website.
The question is how does the public know when the district is not being completely honest with their set of facts? After all, it’s in the districts best interest to put on its best face.
‘Myth Busters’ was reportedly designed to clear the air from any false rumor or news report out in the community. Already, HISD has taken on the Houston Federation of Teachers’ Union. The district says information disseminated by the group about the special education program wasn’t quite true.
Gayle Fallon, president of the union, takes issue with the web page. She calls it a” propaganda” machine for the district.
One University of Houston college professor says the district has already established what they put on the page from others is a myth. Assistant Professor Brian Smith says, “they’re not putting any information on there where people can come back and give feedback and say I heard this…there’s no back and forth.”
Essentially, some believe this could lead to only HISD’s side of the story.
However, the district fires back in a written statement. Chief Communications Officer Aggie Alvez writes: “As any large company knows, rumors can spread quickly….The purpose of the new ‘Myth Busters’ page on our website is to help clarify misinformation and dispel rumors.”
Professor Smith says there’s a correct way of using social media and that would be a conversation rather than a one way street.