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City Battles Witness Intimidation, BET Launches New Schedule

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The New York Times: A Little Girl Shot, and a Crowd That Didn't See — "The case [of 7-year-old Tajahnique Lee] stands as a striking example of the way witness intimidation has stymied law enforcement and allowed gangs to tyrannize entire communities."

Ellis Cose of Newsweek: Signs of Progress — "That Obama cannot take the 'minority vote' for granted is a reflection of progress in America's struggle to get beyond race."

The New York Times: Network for Blacks Broadens Its Schedule — "Reginald Hudlin, [BET] entertainment president, was tweaking a new docudrama with his team. It is one of five shows beginning on the BET network this month, as it introduces 16 shows through 2008, the biggest lineup of debuts in its 27-year history."

St. Petersburg Times: For One Father, Not Enough Has
— "Richard Williams: 'What it means to me, from the way I see things, is that blacks are treated the same way here at Wimbledon as when she (Althea Gibson) was coming along in the '50s. I don't see it any different than now. I will always see it that way."

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Talk about today's headlines: What impact is the pervasive anti-snitching sentiment having on your community? Is Richard Williams right? And can BET redeem itself?



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as a member of the Universal Zulu Nation, a great amount of time is spent dealing with gangs. its things like this that are very frustrating to us. When we are having progress in one end of town, something happens on the other end. its tough but we got to save our babies

Sent by Brother Omi | 9:57 PM | 7-9-2007

This article does not come as a surprise to me. I recently moved out of NJ. The demographic has shifted drastically in the last 15 years. In the past North Jersey has been known for high crime however, such violence associated with gang related activity and organized crime have taken over South Jersey. Much of it is centered in cities like Camden, Trenton and Atlantic City but rests comforably in the suburbs in between. Camden ranks among the top 5 most violent cities in the US. Meanwhile, Trenton has become a gang stronghold as it is conveniently located in relative proximity to Phila and NY. Even worse, South Jersey continues to get more and more crowded. Crime rates are up. Everyone is moving out!

Sent by Vince | 1:07 PM | 7-10-2007

Snitching and witness intimidation are 2 different things. For one, a LOT of people have snitching completely misinterpreted and are suckering people into believing that NO ONE should talk to cops. Snitching ONLY applies to criminals and their accomplices; if you were involved in the commission of a crime and got caught, then tell on your cohorts- that [and ONLY that] makes you a 'snitch'. The idea is that if your hands are dirty and you get caught, have some 'decency' to keep your mouth shut and take the time. I do not necessarily agree with that philosophy, but I am not a criminal.

As for BET- they lost me when VIACOM took over. They got rid of the news shows and anything worthy of my attention. Showing re-runs of SoulFood and creating an all-black version of 'Real World' did not strike me as a good look for BET. I think they have taken the entertainment part of their name a little too much to heart and forget to 'edutain'...

Sent by Trent W. | 1:09 PM | 7-10-2007