St Louis Rams releases Michael Sam

Michael Sam at Sun Life Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Michael Sam at Sun Life Stadium on August 28, 2014 in Miami Gardens, Florida.

(CNN) — The St. Louis Rams announced Saturday that Michael Sam, who made history as the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL, has been waived and did not make the team’s final 53-man roster.

Sam, an All-American defensive end who played for the University of Missouri, made history when he was picked by the Rams in the seventh and final round. He was the 249th of 256 players selected.

Sam, at 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, starred in college football last season. Besides being first team All-American, he was named the top defensive player in the Southeastern Conference, considered the nation’s best league. Teammates named him the team’s most valuable player.

The Rams’ move does not necessarily mean the end of Sam’s professional career. He could still be picked up by another team

Source CNN.com

A Taste of 1494 West Indian Style

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My special engagement dining at Chef Omar’s 1494 Supper Club was a delightful experience.  His preparation of culinary masterpieces, enhanced by his wine pairings, allowed guests to taste the distinct flavors of his Caribbean influenced meals.  It was a welcomed opportunity to taste the future of Caribbean Cuisine, which is influenced by the many countries and cultures that came and stayed in the Caribbean

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The intimate setting that the 1494 Supper Club provided was a memorable experience for all of his guests.  Chef Omar’s culinary philosophy displays a refined sensibility, while still including traditional Caribbean ingredients such as Avocado, Mango, Coconut, Red Snapper, Callaloo, etc. Chef Omar’s 1494 Supper Club features a five course meal, each course paired  with a wine that compliments the meal. This style of culinary mastery is a welcome sight for the Atlanta restaurant  industry. Chef Omar offers a stylish, unique, and refined reinterpretation of Caribbean influenced meals, with a global  approach to his dishes.  The Supper Club was attended by a select clientele, and guests from all industries, who promises to be  happy patrons of Chef Omar’s future endeavors.

Read More: Caribbean Media Network 

Legal Observers Arrested in Ferguson

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Four local Atlanta attorneys in Ferguson, Missouri to act as legal observers for the ongoing protests involving the death of Michael Brown where one attorney videos the unlawful arrest of a National Lawyers Guild Attorney.  Activist Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis organized the trip to Ferguson in response to the National Conference of Black Lawyers request to lawyers from around the country go to Ferguson to work with the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) to observe and ensure protesters’ constitutional rights are not being infringed on by the militarized police forces and national guard. While the team, attorneys Mawuli Mel Davis, Jessica Robinson, Ecleynne Mercy and Shawn McCullers were observing demonstrations, Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis video records the unlawful arrest of a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

“This is a video of a National Lawyers Guild lawyer being arrested is the very reason we are here in Ferguson. He did nothing.  He was standing next to us filming an arrest and was suddenly pointed out, pushed, then arrested. The human and civil rights violations here in Ferguson are deeply disturbing.”, states Activist Attorney Mawuli Mel Davis of the Davis Bozeman law firm and member of the National Conference of Black Lawyers

 The team of attorneys volunteered to be legal observers.  Their hope is to inspire other attorneys to go to Ferguson to be trained as legal observers by the NLG and to observe at least one night and day of demonstrations.

Attorney Davis has routinely organized lawyers in the Atlanta area to represent nonviolent protesters involved in civil disobedience, including organizing nearly 30 lawyers after the mass arrests of members of the Occupy Atlanta Movement. Recently, Attorney Davis, along with three other attorneys represented housing justice movement activists pro bono, in a 3-day trial that ended in a hung jury in DeKalb State court.

To schedule an interview with attorney Davis in Ferguson please email aparris@davisbozemanlaw.com or call 404-244-2004.

 

Revolt TV Heats Up Miami

This year’s REVOLT Music Conference will be the premier music conference of the next generation where technology meets influencers, music executives, songwriters, producers, bloggers and music artists. It is a must-attend, one-of-a-kind forum that is designed to help guests do one thing… understand and navigate the evolution of the music business.

From keynote speakers to nightlife events, diverse panels to artist showcases, the three-day series of events is engineered to enable networking among leaders and artists in an organic and exclusive setting. Join the conversation by using the hashtag #RMC2014.

The 2014 Panelists include some for the industries tastemaker, including Russell Simmonds, LA Reid, Blogger Necole Bitchie, Rodney Jerkins, Dallas Austin, Jim Platt, and many more.

For more information, visit: http://www.revoltmusicconference.com/

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VIACOM being sued because of TI

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Viacom is being sued by a Georgia family for showing the dead body of their loved one during an episode of T.I.’s MTV show “Road To Redemption.”

In 2009, MTV aired an episode in which T.I. accompanied a young man to the Haugabrooks Funeral Home in downtown Atlanta to pay respects to his recently deceased friend, Joseph Williams. It appears that no one cleared the filming with Williams’ family and shortly thereafter a suit was filed with a number of claims including violation of likeness, negligent misrepresentations of the deceased, and invasion of privacy.

After being stuck in red tape and years of litigation, the case has finally come to see the light of day.

On June 29, Viacom rejected a settlement that called “for an amount that, even after deducting from the $5 million policy limit the extensive defense costs incurred during more than three years of litigation, was within the $5 million policy limit of the Insurance Policy,” according to a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.

Though having an insurance policy in place to cover up to $3 million for “Each Loss,” Viacom says that the Williams’ family filed multiple charges and the company in turn suffered repeated losses, with each having high costs.

Ironically, T.I. and his affiliated companies were not mentioned in the suit despite starring in the show and serving as an executive producer.