Cyntoia Brown Sits Down with Lester Holt and New Book in Stores Today

Cyntoia Brown’s new book, Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System is available in all stores today. Purchase here Brown has released a series of television interviews including a sit down with NBC’s Lester Holt which aired last night on NBC Nightly News.  “I’m so much more than the worst thing that I’ve done.” , said Brown. She will also be making her first public appearance at a sold out event on Oct. 23rd at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville to talk about her new memoir,…

Black in the Day….Opening and Closing Doors

October 11, 1887: On this day Alexander Miles was awarded U.S. Patent 371,207 for an improved mechanism for opening and closing the doors to the shaft and the elevator. When the elevator was first invented in the mid-19th century, the elevator operator or the passengers themselves had to manually close the doors. The door to the elevator shaft also had to be closed manually. You have probably seen movies where well-groomed elevator operators open and close sliding doors for wealthy patrons. But life in tall buildings was not always that idyllic. Elevator and…

Cyntoia Brown to Host First Public Appearance in Nashville Since Release

Cyntoia Brown will be making her first public appearance at a sold out event on Oct. 23rd at Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville to talk about her new memoir, “Free Cyntoia.” Free Cyntoia: My Search for Redemption in the American Prison System will be released on October 15 Purchase here She will also make a public appearance in New York at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Cyntoia Brown spent 15 years behind bars and was released from prison in August after former Mayor Bill Haslam granted her clemency of…

We Need More Mamie Till’s and Less White Forgiveness

In the case of Botham Jean a court judge not only gave hugs to a convicted murderer, Amber Guyger, she set a precedent and issued a license to kill our people within the justice system. Some may see her act and the brother of Botham’s Jeans willingness to forgive as an act of mercy rooted in Christ centered love, but to use God in the name of oppression of our people is dangerous and irresponsible. Not even God loved like that. If you are a believer you know he vehemently…

Black in the Day…WERD Up!!!

October 3, 1941:   On this day, Jesse B. Blayton Sr. became the first black radio station owner and operator in the United States when he bought Atlanta radio station WERD in 1949. Jesse Blayton was born in Fallis, Oklahoma, on December 6, 1879. He graduated from the University of Chicago (Illinois) in 1922 and then moved to Atlanta, Georgia to establish a private practice as an accountant. Blayton passed the Georgia accounting examination in 1928, becoming the state’s first black Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and only the fourth African American…