Daily Archives: 10/26/2013

Who Really Ran the Underground Railroad? – by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Who Really Ran the Underground Railroad?


Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

One of the genuine pleasures of teaching African-American Studies today is the satisfaction of being able to restore to the historical record “lost” events and the individuals whose sacrifices and bravery created those events, never to be lost again. Few institutions from the black past have attracted more attention recently from teachers, students, museum curators and the tourism industry than the Underground Railroad, one of the most venerable and philanthropic innovations in our ancestors’ long and dreadful history in human bondage.

But in the zeal to tell the story of this great institution, legend and lore have sometimes overwhelmed historical facts. Separating fact from fiction — always an essential part of telling it like it really was — has required a great deal of effort from a number of scholars. Doing so only makes the sacrifices and heroism of our ancestors and their allies all the more noble, heroic and impressive.   Continue reading

Medical: The Ugly side of Statins – Dr Mercola

Medical: The Ugly side of Statins – Dr Mercola

Story at-a-glance

  • A review of the published statin research revealed a categorical lack of evidence to support the use of statin therapy in primary prevention of heart attacks
  • Statins may actually increase cardiovascular risk in women, the young and people with diabetes
  • The cholesterol-lowering drugs are also linked to an increased risk of cataracts, memory impairment, diabetes, erectile dysfunction and over 300 adverse health effects
  • Lifestyle changes were far more effective, and safer, for primary heart attack prevention than statin drugs.

By Dr. Mercola

Statin cholesterol-lowering drugs are among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market, bringing in $20 billion a year.1 They are a top profit-maker for the pharmaceutical industry, in part due to relentless and highly successful direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns.   Continue reading

USVI moving toward visa-free travel for CARICOM nationals

USVI moving toward visa-free travel for CARICOM nationals

FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique, Monday October 21, 2013, CMC United States Virgin Islands (USVI) Governor John de Jongh said he would seek to encourage visitors from the English speaking Caribbean to his country and is moving to get Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals to enter the country without the necessary United States visa.

De Jongh, who was meeting with regional tourism officials on the final day of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) sponsored State of the Industry Conference (STOIC 2013), told reporters that he had made a proposal this year to the Senate and the House that as part of the Immigration Bill that “CARICOM nationals could come into the US Virgin Islands without having to go through those visa requirements.

“We spoke to the Committee in the House and the Senate and we spoke to US Department of Homeland Security to come up with a regime which they would feel comfortable with for countries within CARICOM and they agreed with it…  Continue reading

R. KELLY – “The King of R&B” – 50 videos – autoplay

R. KELLY  –  From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This article is about the singer. For his self-titled 1995 album, see R. Kelly (album

File:Ballasyrkellypic.jpgRobert Sylvester Kelly (born January 8, 1967),[1] known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. A native of ChicagoIllinois, often referred to as King of R&B,[2] Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album12 Play. He is known for a collection of major hit singles including “Bump n’ Grind“, “Your Body’s Callin’“, “I Believe I Can Fly“, “Gotham City“, “Ignition (Remix)“, “If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time“, “The World’s Greatest“, “I’m a Flirt“, and the hip-hoperaTrapped in the Closet“. In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for “I Believe I Can Fly“.   Continue reading