Prisoners Of Conscience Committee

Prisoners Of Conscience Committee
The Prisoners of Conscience Committee Founded by Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr. during the nine years he spent in prison in the 1990's.

Friday, February 24, 2012

"The Grio's Incendiary Chaka Khan Headline" by Marpessa Kupendua

"The Grio's Incendiary Chaka Khan Headline" by Marpessa Kupendua

·by Marpessa Kupendua

Rhyanne Green and The Grio owe Chaka Khan and their readers an apology for the intentionally misleading headline on their 2/14 article entitled "Chaka Khan's favorite memory of Whitney Houston: 'Getting high together'".  The Grio, whose contributors include well-known MSNBC pundits, is alleged to have been created to "satisf(y) the desire of African Americans to stay informed and connected with their community."  However, far too often these high-minded offshoots of mainstream media feed from the same trough as Black internet sites best known for photos of massively obese women in disappearing thongs and belly shirts.

Chaka Khan appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan broadcast on 2/13, two days after the death of her 'little sister', Whitney Houston.  This was a privileged and rare moment as she spoke vividly, yet calmly, with the soul that we know her all too well for, despite Piers' acting out his shtick of 'hard-hitting' rudeness.  Tales of Chaka's past no-shows and hazy performances are legendary and she, obviously pained and weary, frankly discussed being a recovering addict.  She also anecdotally talked about 'getting high' with Whitney and Bobby, although the humor they shared was the primary focus of her remarks and not the drugs.  In fact, Chaka spoke on her dismay that Whitney hadn't been better sheltered from temptations and shared her own coping mechanism of avoiding parties, drugs and alcohol by arriving at celebrity-laden events just prior to their commencement so that she wouldn't fall victim to her own demons.

Chaka also discussed the macabre Clive Davis pre-Grammy party where gussied-up celebrities red-carpeted and guzzled champagne after only learning of Whitney's death a few short hours before, her corpse a few floors above them and Whitney's devastated daughter fighting to get in to see her at the full-fledged police scene, in one of the most bizarre and unseemly displays of narcissim and arrogance ever recorded.  "I thought that was complete insanity," Chaka Khan told Morgan. "I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on." Even after Piers' defense of Davis and the insensitive 'mourners' (who partied long into the night), Chaka stood firm and continued that, "A more honest tribute, in my opinion, would have been, maybe, call everybody together, say a prayer, let's eat dinner, and go home."

The next day (2/14) The Grio's tawdry and sensationalist headline burst forth onto Facebook (and is still quoted as fact to this day):  "Chaka Khan's favorite memory of Whitney Houston: 'Getting high together'," complete with a garish photo as the cherry on top.  Like a tattling child,The Grio demonized Chaka by purposely inflaming her remarks for a heightened reaction of righteous indignation. The pay-off?  Hundreds of Facebook comments where at least 90% of respondents were livid, sickened, name-calling and even threatening to boycott Chaka. Others in the Black internet press also created false intrigue instead of standing with and even applauding Chaka for not towing the corporate line and embracing the boldness with which she outed the callousness of the industry and her peers. This is what we get from having 'our own' spaces fronted by white mainstream media on the web. Neo-Black press in 'post-racial' America.

 "I think we all, as artists, because we're highly sensitive people, and this machine around us, this so-called 'music industry,' is such a demonic thing. It sacrifices people's lives and their essences at the drop of a dime...I had a manager once say to me, ' You know you're worth more money dead than alive.'" Chaka Khan.  

As we condemn celebrities for their excesses and an industry rife with corruption, exploitation and drug dealing of every sort, can't we handle the truth when they tell it? The deletion of 31 categories of mostly ethnic music from the Grammy's is impetus enough to put Hollyweird on full blast instead of piling on in condemnation of one among them who dares to speak out.

Media Take-Out.Com, touting itself as "The Most Visited Urban Website in the World" and whose founder has no problem admitting that "we get 90% of our stories from insiders looking to spill the beans like hairstylists, bodyguards or bitter ex-girlfriends" headlined:  "Chaka Khan REFUSED To Perform A WHITNEY TRIBUTE At The Grammys!!!" even though her widely circulated tweet stated: “As I grieve the loss of my friend and 'little sister,' I don’t feel it appropriate to perform at this time. Continue to pray for the family.”  She also told Piers Morgan that she was not willing to perform “I’m Every Woman,” because she  "felt it was ridiculous and very inappropriate."   Is this the same dirty mattress on which The Grio wants to lie?

The Grio should reflect upon our great Black divas such as Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Esther Phillips, Phyllis Hyman, and carefully consider on what side of history their published offerings to the international community will fall when students and researchers read reports of the tumult surrounding the death of Whitney Houston in years to come.  Mimicking the lowest common denominator and caring not the cost to the spirit of a grieving woman telling her very personal story is certainly not anything remotely resembling a true griot (keeper of history).  

As the Black internet press regurgitates what the tabloid press puts out to lure in readers they are just as scurrilous as any rag on the supermarket shelves.  Not a mind-blowing revelation, to be sure, but during momentous times like these it would behoove all of our writers to take out the trash more often.   

Chaka Khan's favorite memory of Whitney Houston: 'Getting high together' at

Chaka Khan reflects on Whitney Houston during Piers Morgan interview 2/13/2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

Chicago woman post on Black Planet-Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. is a hero in her community

Subject: Chicago woman post on Black Planet-Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. is a hero in her community

Female, 41, Chicago, IL
Posted 20 hours ago

I am from Chicago and the one person I know that is changing the game in my community is Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. The name speaks for itself. He comes in the spirit of his father, Chairman Fred, but he understands that he cannot fight the battles of the 60's and 70's. He acknowledges the conditions that exist right now in the community and tend to those needs of the people. He is not local, his work carries him all over the states where blacks are victims of police brutality and the injustice system. He does not search for fame in the media but the people in the community show him respect and support because of his never ending work to bring these issues to light.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. P.O.C.C./ B.P.P.C. speaks to Occupy the Hood

Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. visited the Occupy the Hood LA California prison strike teach in to speak with the people about their role in rescuing our wrongly incarcerated brothers and sisters from the the bondage of the American concentration camps.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Dave Chappelle Takes A Stand: Hollywood Emasculates Men

"The capitalists will have the colonized within our community so caught up in the paper chase and the rat race. That from the thoughts we think to the songs we sing shall be replete with the words and beats of 'give me the loot... give me the loot". While the ruling class may relinquish some cash. Their plan whether it be orchestrated via  Viacom, "educational"/training institutions, welfare/social programs, Hollywood or hypnosis. Will be amongst other things, not limited to sexually. But emphasis on politically speaking... Give me your nuts...  give me your nuts"! 
~Chairman Fred H.A.M.pton Jr. POCC/BPPC

Thursday, February 2, 2012

"Do something nigger!...If you don't do nothing but spit!" -Alprentice 'Bunchy" Carter Def. Capt. Black Panther Party

POCC/BPPC Free 'em All!
Call...We need warm bodies and those that can video/document today out at 7:00 pm the Calumet City police dept..Thur.,Feb.2,2011.

In response to the murder of fifteen yr. old Steven E. Watts by the Calumet City pigs.

Furthermore we will mobilizing for the upcoming Feb.21 sentencing date at Cook County Court house of Howard Morgan whom was shot 28x,yes 28x! by the Chicago pigs. We can't afford the luxury of sitting back sanging slave songs and commemorating Michael Jordan,Thur No-Good Marshall and what ever other safe slave that the state provides for us to honor during Black History month.

Or thinking if we put forward some funds to support monkey tails or whatever slave show the ruling class decides to depict in flick in order to show how we can fight and/or whom we can fight for.In fact the Panther Cubs position is that Black folks are on the verge of becoming history!-Chairman Fred H.A.M.pton Jr. POCC/BPPC WE RIDE!

 Autistic Teen Shooting Calumet City, Illinois