Hawaii Committee Calls for Obama Statue In His Birth State

Barack Obama
President Barack Obama greets people on the tarmac before boarding Air Force One at Honolulu Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Honolulu as he travels back to Washington after his annual family vacation.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, file)

HONOLULU (AP) — A state Senate committee in Hawaii on Tuesday called for a statue of former President Barack Obama to be erected in the state where he was born.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted unanimously for a resolution requesting that the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts commission the statue.

Obama was born in Honolulu in 1961 and graduated from Punahou School.

The resolution will be referred to the Hawaii Senate’s Ways and Means committee for consideration.

The resolution called for an art advisory committee to be formed that would select a location for the statue, review design proposals and select an artist.

It did not specify how the statue would be funded.

The resolution said the U.S. thrived under Obama’s presidency, noting that the national deficit shrank by two-thirds and 16 million Americans were able to obtain health care through the Affordable Care Act adopted during his administration.

It noted Obama was only the third African-American to hold a U.S. Senate seat since Reconstruction after he was elected from Illinois.

Statues of several prominent Hawaii historical figures populate the area around the Hawaii State Capitol in downtown Honolulu.

A statue of King Kamehameha the Great, who unified the Hawaiian Islands under his rule in the early 1800s, stands in front of the Hawaii Supreme Court.

Statues of Queen Liliuokalani, Hawaii’s last monarch, and Saint Damien, a Catholic priest who cared for leprosy patients, stand outside the State Capitol building.

Source: Black info

NBA Star Damian Lillard’s Brother Shot Multiple Times In Oregon

Damian Lillard Brother Shot

NBA star Damian Lillard’s 20-year-old half brother Jahrell Lillard was shot multiple times in Oregon on Thursday (March 29) and is now being treated in the hospital.

As TMZ reports, Jahrell was shot by two men in a parking lot, and police believe it was a setup. Witnesses who were close to the scene said they heard several shots in the area, and a lot of people were nearby.

“We heard 10 to 12 shots,” said Khristine Snyder, one of the witnesses. “They were very quick and very loud.”

After the men committed the heinous act, Jahrell ran into a Macy’s Home Furnishing store where he collapsed slightly beyond the doorway. The gunmen fled the scene and have yet to be found.

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Jahrell underwent surgery and is expected to survive. So far Damian hasn’t commented on his brother’s shooting but some people went on his Instagram page to lend their support and send well wishes.

“Prayers to your bro,” one person wrote. “Hope Jahrell’s okay,” wrote another.

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Stacey Dash Drops Out of Congressional Race and Offers This Excuse

Quit Congress Dash Race

Earlier this month, Stacey Dash announced that she was running for Congress in California’s 44th district to make a real impact. More specifically, she wanted “to change the system” and make it “real and accessible to everyone who wants answers,” stated the former actress.

But now, just a few weeks later, Dash said she won’t be running, mainly because of the cutthroat political process and concern for her family.

“My goal was and remains, to improve the lives of people who have been forgotten for decades by the Democratic Party,” she wrote in a statement. “At this point, I believe that the overall bitterness surrounding our political process, participating in the rigors of campaigning and holding elected office would be detrimental to the health and well-being of my family.”

The 44th district includes Compton, as well as Watts, and the economic challenges in both of those communities have been well-documented. However, Dash said the leaders in the district haven’t done anything besides provide false hope, and she wants to change that, despite pulling out of the race.

“I started this run with the intention to address the pressing issues in the district where I live,” she wrote. “I hope, and remain hopeful, that I can assist people living here on the national level.”

“I believe we live under a system of plantation politics, which offers people on the lower end of the economic spectrum little more than symbolic gestures instead of true political empowerment and improvement,” Dash continued. “The high crime rate, unacceptable high school dropout rate and decaying infrastructure are all problems that could receive federal attention and funds. But not if we focus on distractions and partisanship instead.”

It’s not clear where Dash will pop up next to spew her political rhetoric. Last January she was booted from Fox News as a commentator since her contract wasn’t renewed. 

During her time at the network, the “Clueless” star ruffled many a feather, especially when she criticized the #OscarsSoWhite hashtag and said that BET perpetuated racism.

But Dash has never taken her words back or tried to soften them any, which she addressed in her recent statement about dropping out of the congressional race.

“My political positions have often been labeled as controversial,” she stated. “But the real controversy is how decades of government corruption and political disempowerment have created a system where skyrocketing home prices, dirty needles in the streets and long bus trips to other districts for jobs are somehow considered acceptable by the government officials representing the 44th district.”

“The people living here deserve better,” added Dash. “I will continue to speak out about these and other problems facing this district, as well as the distractions that take the place of real change.”

Dash didn’t reveal what she’ll do from here but seems to have it worked out already. [“I’m going] where I feel God is leading me,” she wrote.

Source: Black info

Sacramento Kings Teaming Up with BLM and Local Group in Response to Stephon Clark Tragedy

by Jazzi Johnson via thegrio.com A week after pledging to be a vocal player in awareness efforts surrounding the police shooting death of Stephon Clark,…
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