: All I can say is Praises for Rosa Parks for not showing up at the
: This is my understanding of the situation.
: At the March 8 NAACP image Awards Ceremony, Cederic The Entertainer
: who made a scurrilous remark -my words- about Ms. Rosa Parks in
: the film “Barbershop” was to give Ms. Park an award honoring her
: civil rights achievements. He was hosting the show. Ms. Parks
: refused to attend.
: Last year at the NAACP Image Awards Ceremony, Aaron McGruder,
: creator of Boondocks, had created brutal characterizations -my
: words again- of Dr. Condoleezza Rice in his cartoons and was
: scheduled for an award presented to him by Julian Bond. During
: the same event, Dr. Rice was to be presented an award by Kwasi
: Mfumi. Harry Balafonte refused to attend the ceremony if Dr.
: Rice was going to be honored. I never heard the end of this
: Mr. Mfumi said the tradition was for him and Julian Bond to each
: present an award of their own choosing at the awards ceremonies.
: I further understand from Joe Madison on Radio One that at the 11th
: hour, Bill Cosby, Ossie Davis and many others asked the
: governing board of the NAACP to re-consider Cederic’s appearance
: but a vote by the board was unanimous that he would go on as
: scheduled. The show was tapped on Saturday and will air on
: Thursday night, March 13th.
: My position on this is simple: If Cederic The Entertainer were
: dis-invited due to public and internal pressures, the next time
: an actor or actress is asked to denigrate our AA icons, they
: would have the tools and backings of a viable institution to be
: able to say “No, no. no!! You will not jeopardize my chances of
: getting an NAACP Image Award. I will not do it.”
: Fighting for the dignity of my Ancestors,
: P.S. Yes. I did E-mail the NAACP expressing my concerns. The CBC
: and NAACP are making me an old grouch. Maybe the Urban League
: can turn me into a handsome Prince. Hmmmmm.
Good for you BB....I also E mailed the NAACP....Joseph