Posts Tagged ‘African American’


Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015


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If anyone could tell you one thing about “Ms. TK” is that I LOVE fashion & style. So I stopped in on not only a GREAT friend of mines but where I shop at as well “Princess Beauty Bar & Boutique”, with the one and only Ms. Crystal Flecther. While I was there I felt what better time for me to pick her brain and ask her a few questions about her business. As we always do when I make my visit we have to drink water & chat to see what’s been going on in each other’s lives since our last visit. Today I surprised her when I asked If I could interview her, man if y’all could see the look on her face, I had to laugh myself. She was willing after I finished laughing. I really wanted to know, what made her open a boutique in the first place. “It’s a passion TK, I always loved to shop so I decided to turn my shopping into a business that also helps the women of the community” is what she says to me, so I say “Oh” because she was telling me something that I didn’t know about her. She goes on to say that she love to help every customer look and feel fabulous as well as to help build up their self-esteem but on a low-cost budget. She opened the doors in 2013, with no overhead all by herself. “It makes me feel like a robot sometimes, but I thank GOD that I’m blessed to be able to do it!” she said. In the next 5 yrs, her vision is to be a fashion expert on a tv show, styling celebrities, having her own Brand & some employees so she’ll have time to do what she needs too. Every year for Mother’s Day she does makeovers for mothers which consists of styling them and getting their hair done, with her being a single mother herself is what inspired her to “GIVE BACK” to the community in that form. She also has brought celebrities such as Shekinah(from the T.I. & Tiny show) , and Perez(He’s a celebrity stylist from ATL) to the city and have what we call a “Sip & Shop” event, that’s where women can come mingle, sip & shop all in one place. It’s not easy having a business especially in a city like Columbus, Ga where there is so much of the same things going on all over the city. When your heart is in the right place it does not matter how many of the same things going on opens, as long as GOD is in it, you’ll always win it!!! That’s what she told me in closing, Now those are some GREAT words to live by. If you’re in the city, stop by and give her a visit at 2400 Hamilton Rd, Columbus Ga or you can check her out on her website She she “ALL” styles of fashion from business, church, allnight-fun, & causul attire, I promise you’ll be hooked because I’M GUILTY MYSELF!! My thoughts of the day!!

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Teachers Fired for Teaching Black History

Thursday, February 5th, 2015
School Principal Suspected Of Firing Teachers For Teaching Black History

School Principal Suspected Of Firing Teachers For Teaching Black History

Parents are furious after a black middle school principal has fired teachers for teaching Black History in her school.

Howard University Middle School is a school that I guess you wouldn’t expect this type of thing to happen. This is especially true given that the school has an African American principal.

Parents were asking questions regarding why there were so many teachers being fired or quitting in the middle of the school year.

“As parents we just want to get some answers,” said Dorothy Lowery. “We deserve to know what’s going on.”

In the past week, there have been three Social Studies teachers that handed in their two week notices. Parents say that the new principal, Angelique Blackmon, confronted the teachers a day prior with pink slips. According to parents, the pink slips were handed to the teachers right in front of the students.

“While students are still present in the classroom? How unprofessional,” said parent Delrica Battle. “These children are crying. They said they couldn’t say goodbye. The teachers are upset, the students are upset.”

Another parent, Michelle Payne said, “They were given to them in front of our children and I think that our children do not deserve to see that type of behavior.”

This middle school is a public charter school on the campus of Howard University. Some parents described the new Principal as an abrasive woman from Atlanta, GA.

Freedom Of Speech: Is There A Double-Standard in Texas? White Teacher Keeps Job and Gets Support – Black Teacher Gets Fired

Thursday, November 20th, 2014


Let’s analyze two sets of extremely controversial statements recently released by two female educators here in the state of Texas.

First, in videos that can be found on the Internet, one female educator makes a statement concerning Muslims that goes, “I am so sick of the bacon-haters coming here and demanding that we bend to their culture – no.”

Later, on in the same video, the same female educator tells Muslim leaders to “f— off,” and proceeds to grab her breasts and jiggle them at the camera in jest.

In another video, featuring the very same female educator, she states, “We have to remember, the Democrats own the ghettos. The Democrats own food stamps. The Democrats own Section 8. The Democrats own welfare.”

Now concerning the other female educator, she decided to express herself on Twitter concerning the murder of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, by making the statement, “Who the f— made you dumb a– crackers think I give a squat f— about your opinions re: #Ferguson? Kill yourselves.”

If you are following the story, it is important to note that both educators reside in Texas and both used their First Amendment right to express themselves, although through different means. However, when it came to the response to both teachers, they were treated entirely different.

When you’re the Black female educator in Texas, you get fired with cause by your school district, even after you have apologized and sought to resign from your position to avoid further conflict. When you’re the White female, you not only get to keep your job, but you refuse to apologize and get unwavering support for your First Amendment rights according to the Constitution from the superintendent and school board of your district.

For clarity’s sake – the White female educator, Angela Box, teaches third-graders at Ray Daily Elementary School in the Houston Independent School District (HISD), and still is on the job. The Black female educator, Vinita Hegwood, taught for 20 years as an English teacher at Duncanville High School, before being fired by the Duncanville ISD school board last Friday.

On November 7th, Hegwood sent her controversial tweet from her personal Twitter account, where she referred to the polarizing issue in Ferguson relative to African American teenager Michael Brown being killed by White police officer Darren Wilson.

After her tweet went viral, she was accused of being racist and the Duncanville Independent School District was made aware of it. Hegwood was immediately suspended without pay and decided to resign. She announced in a statement through the Texas American Federation of Teachers that she was resigning, in addition to sending out a written apology for her tweet.

In spite of her efforts to address the issue personally, the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to fire her and terminate her contract.

Concerning Box, not only is she a third-grade school teacher for HISD, she also appears on a weekly public access conservative talk show called “Tommy’s Garage,” where she is seen on video making extremely prejudicial and bigoted remarks on a regular basis.

Box is a regular contributor on the show, where she freely expresses her dislike for President Barack Obama, people receiving government assistance and her views on the Muslim faith.

Many parents, teachers and community leaders have called on Box to resign from her teaching role at Daily Elementary, because of her role as a teacher and ability to influence children with her way of thinking. She refuses to resign and is adamantly standing up for her right to express herself freely, regardless of who it offends.

“You may not agree with me,” said Box. “That’s cool. That’s your right, but it’s my right to be able to say what I believe.”

Interestingly, unlike the Duncanville ISD Board of Trustees response to Vinita Hegwood, HISD Superintendent Terry Grier and the HISD school board agree with Angela Box and are unwilling to have her removed from the classroom.

“We don’t agree with the video. We don’t agree with her reaction on the video,” said HISD Superintendent Terry Grier. “But attorneys tell us it’s a first amendment right, and as long as it stays out of the schools, we’re going to treat it as such.”

Community activist Quanell X held a press conference at Daily Elementary this past Friday, where he called for Box to be fired from her teaching job immediately because of her rhetoric.

“All you have to do is look at the videos and you will see and hear Angela Box spew her vile and bigoted rhetoric about the very people she is responsible for educating,” says Quanell X. “How can this woman be trusted to properly educate Black children, Hispanic children and Muslim children, when she has such a negative and harsh world-view of them?”

Quanell X expressed his disappointment with HISD Superintendent Grier’s response to the situation and he believes that his failure to take action against Box is not surprising because of Grier’s past actions and dealings with select communities in Houston.

The freedom of speech argument should be applicable for both Box and Hegwood, but Box continues on her job with no repercussions and Hegwood is out of a job completely.

“A person has a right to be offensive, so the first amendment does protect her speech, but it does not protect her actions,” said local attorney and activist Jolanda Jones.

Even if one would argue in support of Box and her ability to express herself the way she does, it would be important to recognize the overall dynamics of who she is responsible for teaching and providing guidance to on a daily basis in her third-grade classroom. Daily Elementary, the HISD where Box is employed, is a minority-majority school. Daily Elementary has a student population made up of roughly 30 percent African American students and 38 percent Hispanic students. Even more telling is the fact that over one-half of the students at the school are economically disadvantaged. These are all students that fall into the demographics that Box has expressed her controversial views about on her weekly T.V. program.

HISD officials have stated that they are aware of the concerns that have been expressed by the parents, teachers and community leaders and have promised to monitor the situation.

“Our focus at Daily Elementary School continues to be making sure students feel safe and maintaining an instructional environment in which they can learn,” HISD said in a statement. “We respect the First Amendment and the rights of employees and community members, and will continue to monitor the situation.”

It is unclear whether Hegwood plans to sue Duncanville ISD, but the Houston Forward Times (HFT) will be paying close attention to how HISD plans to respond to the handling of one of their own controversial White educators in Texas, versus the response rendered by Duncanville ISD officials concerning Hegwood, a Black educator in Texas. Stay tuned!


HEAT MUSIC ANALYSIS FEATURE: Mystikal Pays Homage To The Godfather of Soul with single, Hit Me

Friday, August 15th, 2014

Mystikal Pays Homage To The Godfather of Soul with single, Hit Me

Elements of hip hop represent a synthesis at its best. The way of life we love to bask in is a scaffold starting with archetypical musicians that were born in the 19th and 20th century. Although naysayers sometimes attempt to shun the foundational fathers of African American urban music, it’s merely an impossibility to separate the model embedded within us from the earliest soul and funk records.
James Brown, an American icon and trendsetter truly earned his moniker, “The Godfather Of Soul”.
Years later below the Mason-Dixon Line, New Orleans gave birth to “The Black Prince Of The South”.
So what’s the point?
The energy level first seen in our legendary superstar Brown manifested within “the man right chea”: Mystikal. His unique voice accompanied by New Orleans heavyweight producers Cise (Precise) and KLC fused smoothly with his repetitive ability to leave listeners and audiences in awe with catchy, comical tongue-twisting lyrics.
After years of success starting with Big Boy Records and No Limit Records, Mystikal is back on the scene.
So what’s this article about?
Mystikal’s ability to not only indirectly emulate the “Godfather of Soul” while still maintaining his uniqueness and originality, but his accountability as a creative. If one is really a hip hop connoisseur, then he will always pay homage to the roots of his craft.
Mystikal does a great job in representing and honoring the late James Brown with a KLC produced single, “Hit Me,” earning him a spot on the Rolling Stone Top 100 songs list of 2013.
The Heat Magazine wanted to point out this foreshadowing single as the world gets a closer look at the life of James Brown in the newly released blockbuster film, Get On Up. Be sure to check out the film and educate yourself on Brown who was a gem in American Music.
Check out Mystikal on Hit Me with the link below:
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Is this James Brown reincarnated? Well James Brown did say he can “Dig Rappin'”

Pine Bluff Man Arrested in Texas Triple Murder

Monday, August 4th, 2014


DALLAS, TX (NBC DFW) – A Pine Bluff man has been arrested in a Texas triple murder.

Dallas Police say Justin Pharez Smith, 21, came to North Texas often and add that he is a current or recent student at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. They say Smith is also associated with the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity, according the organization’s website.

In video posted on Youtube in May, Smith talks with a faculty member of UAPB about African American men going to prison.

“What are some of the reasons you think we have some many young African American males going to prison?” asks Rev. Dr. Anthony Hobbs Sr. in the video.

Smith responded, “I would say a lack of immediate and direct guide.”

NBC DFW reports that North Texas U.S. Marshals arrested Smith in Grand Prairie Sunday morning in connection to a triple homicide in east Oak Cliff.

Police said Smith admitted to police to participating in the shooting.

“We were certainly concerned that Smith’s actions were an imminent danger to this community and he would probably take other lives if we did not get him into custody,” said Major Jeff Cotner with the Dallas Police Department.

Three people were shot and killed Saturday morning inside a home in the 5100 block of Wynell Street. They have been identified as Demarcus Walton Black, Tyteanna Lyahanee Brown, and Kimberly Montgomery. A fourth person was also shot, but she survived.

“He [Smith] kicked the female witness to determine if she was still alive,” said Maj. Cotner. “She played possum and fortunately survived the incident.”

“It was bad,” said David Galvan, who lives next door to the shooting. “All her [the fourth victim] face was bloody. All this was bloody and her legs. Everything was bloody.”

Police say Smith got into a confrontation with two other witnesses outside the home. He allegedly hit one of them intentionally with a car as he was driving away from the murder scene.

Police found evidence that drugs were being sold from the home and they believe the shooting might be drug related.

Witnesses were able to identify Smith and police found a gun and clothes that he hid at his mother’s home in Arlington. They say after he left his mother’s home, he went to get a haircut and then took refuge at the home of someone he knew in Grand Prairie where he was arrested Sunday morning.

Happy Founders Day to all the Ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha

Thursday, January 16th, 2014


On January 15, 1908 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

If you are on social media and not a member I am sure some are wondering what is the big deal. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the FIRST sorority created for African American women. Our history through the past 106 years is rich and runs deep in the organizations mission to be of “Service to all Mankind” From the Great Migration to the civil rights movement to the issues plaguing our communities today Alpha Kappa Alpha women have been and will continue to work in the trenches of our communities educating and making life better for all mankind.

To have the desire, go through the process, and have the privilege of joining the sisterhood is something to be proud of. So just let the AKAs have this day!!

Happy Founders Day Sorors!!


Wednesday, September 18th, 2013


Friday September 20th in New Orleans at The Howlin’ Wolf, WQUE’s (Q93FM) legendary DJ Ro will kick off his birthday. Ro “DJ Ro” Watts links up with host DJ Slab One while Dj Hektik will accompany him on the wheels of steel.

One might assume a great party is satisfactory but the iconic mixologist has a plethora of great New Orleans hip hop artists scheduled to rock the stage.  Juvenile, Dee-1, Skip, Young Gabe, Crix Green, Shorty, Dank, Merk, Audyo Dope, Demplz, Nino Purp, and more will bless the microphone at this memorable event.

DJ Ro is one of the most influential mixologist in New Orleans. He broke down barriers as he became the first African American deejay to mix urban music on WQUE.  Since then, he has dedicated more than twenty years of service to mix show radio and specialty 5 o’clock mixes.  Being a stakeholder and philanthropist, DJ Ro organizes back to school events and supports needy families and children during the holiday season.

The Heat Magazine is excited about the event and wanted our readers to be aware.  DJ Hektik and DJ Slab One are also well known deejays at WQUE that support the essence of local hip hop in the Crescent City.  Call 504-617-3902 to purchase your tickets.  Be sure to attend and witness a party and concert that will invigorate the hip hop community.  For more information contact Dion Norman or Dream Management at:

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Heat Editorial:Trayvon Martin’s Rights Overlooked in Zimmerman Trial

Monday, July 15th, 2013

After George Zimmerman was found not guilty in the murder of Trayvon Martin, thousands of American citizens displayed their frustration through protests, music creations, social media posts, and by signing a NAACP petition calling for federal intervention and more charges against Zimmerman.  There has been dialogue centered around whether or not this is a “black and white” issue.  Although many would prefer to remain aloof from such a controversial topic, it is clear that race has affected the outcome of this trial.  It is largely hypocritical for legal representation and the court to overlook Trayvon Martin’s right to defend himself.  During the time he was followed by George Zimmerman, Florida law implies it is not illegal to follow someone.  However, it is legal if a citizen believes within their heart and mind that they are at risk of losing their life to stand their ground by using a weapon regardless if the injury or harm inflicted on them is evident.  It does not take Aristotle or Einstein to disprove the fallacious reasoning within this law.  It is a faulty argument because it denies Travyon’s belief of “fear of being in danger” within his heart and mind.  The system clearly overlooked his rights, labeled him as a thug and aggressor.  Regardless of the prosecution’s courtroom actions or effectiveness, Florida discriminated against Trayvon Martin’s rights.  Citizens are wary of “open season” against African American teens in the near future.  In addition, similar cases continue to exhibit injustice as another teen has been reportedly murdered at the hands of a white Floridian recently.  To add insult the injury, Florida mother Marissa Alexander was sentenced 20 years for “warning shots” as she attempted to stand her ground against domestic abuse.  How can we justify and assert that race does not apply in the Zimmerman trial.  The “stand your ground law” and “self defense” argument truly do not apply but yet prevailed in Zimmerman’s trial.  It should not come as a surprise that citizens from multiple cultures are disgruntled. The protests represent a displeasure in the justice system.  The Heat Magazine encourages all citizens to keep the Martin family in your prayers.  Regardless of what you may think personally, it is apparent America has issues that need to be resolved.  That resolution ends and begins with the people that make up “the land of the free.” Sign Petition If You Want Justice For Trayvon Martin:

(NEW VIDEO) Koan in ‘Shell Shocked’

Friday, May 10th, 2013

New Orleans hip hop artist Koan is back, this time with a new video entitled “Shell Shocked”.

This is the official video for the documentary “Shell Shocked”, the title track to the film of the same name. “Shell Shocked” is a documentary about the gun violence that is plaguing African American youth and the organizations that are working to change this cycle of violence. Visit for more information on this most important film.

For more information on the artist Koan, visit

2 Dead, 2 Injured At Funeral

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

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A funeral for a murder victim turns into a deadly shooting Thursday afternoon.

DeKalb Police say after an argument outside the funeral of 19-year-old Ryan Guider, an unknown person opened fire. A gunfight broke out and two people were killed, two others were injured.

Witnesses say they saw Marcus Ventress, at the church, however police have not been able to confirm that he was there.

It happened at the Victory for the World Church on Hairston Road near Central Drive in Stone Mountain.

“This tragedy is another reason why people of all faiths must come together in coalition with public safety officials and elected officials to stem the rising tide of youth violence in the African American community,” says Dr. Samuel, Senior Pastor of Victory For The World Church.

Ventress is accused of killing Guider several weeks ago after Guider was allegedly breaking into his home.