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NAAAOM and Entertainment Studios to Amend $10 Billion Lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV

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AT&T Executives at the Highest Level, Including the Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, Attempt to Cover-up President, Aaron Slator's, Horrendous Racist Acts

LOS ANGELES -- Knoyme King, an African-American female and a 30-year employee of AT&T, through her attorney Louis "Skip" Miller of Miller Barondess, has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against AT&T, Randall Stephenson (Chairman/CEO), Aaron Slator (President), Joyce Roche (Board Member), and current and former executives, John Stankey, Daniel York, Jeff Weber, and Ryan Smith. Ms. King's lawsuit also states that she reserves the right to name Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, NAACP, the National Urban League and other so-called civil rights organizations as additional defendants in Ms. King's suit for their part in taking donations from AT&T in return for giving AT&T bogus diversity awards, although these so-called civil rights organizations never surveyed AT&T's African American employees to see if they were happy or being mistreated. These endorsements helped to cover up AT&T's pervasive racism.

The suit states that Ms. King, who works for AT&T President, Aaron Slator, suffered continuous racial discrimination throughout her employment with AT&T, along with the only other African-American female executive assistant (who no longer works for AT&T) who also worked in Mr. Slator's department; both were already employed by AT&T before Mr. Slator was moved from AT&T corporate headquarters in Dallas to Los Angeles and became their boss.

Per the lawsuit, the former assistant complained to AT&T's upper management about Mr. Slator's harassment, even presenting the racist photos and texts Slator had instructed her to copy (including one with young African children smiling and dancing, captioned "It's Friday 'N' Word"), AT&T paid the former assistant a substantial sum of money to keep quiet and allowed AT&T to cover-up Slator's horrendous racist acts, let Slator keep his job, promoted Slator and paid Slator more money.

AT&T Hit with Major Racial Discrimination Lawsuit- The President of AT&T, Aaron Slator, Sent Racist Texts Using Explicit Photos and the "N" Word

AT&T Executives at the Highest Level, Including the Chairman and CEO, Randall Stephenson, Attempt to Cover-up President, Aaron Slator's, Horrendous Racist Acts

Ms. King has included Slator's racist texts and photos in her lawsuit as irrefutable evidence of institutionalized racism within the top management of AT&T. This confirms and corroborates the December 3, 2014 $10 billion racial discrimination lawsuit filed against AT&T and DirecTV, by the National Association of African American-Owned Media ("NAAAOM") and Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios. That suit also named Slator as the executive who refused to meet with Mr. Allen, an African-American, or take or return his phone calls for close to two years while Mr. Slator took Mr. Allen's white counterparts out to breakfast, lunch, dinner and golf outings at Mr. Slator's country club.

"This is one of the worst moments in American corporate history," said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. "It's deplorable that AT&T would treat anyone with such disrespect and racism, let alone, try and cover it up. All of this occurred at the highest levels of AT&T, and all of these executives must immediately resign. Further, President Obama and FCC Chairman Wheeler should not let AT&T acquire DirecTV. All Americans need to stand-up to AT&T and stop this racism. What these companies don't understand, is that with the power of the internet, we're getting an overwhelming amount of information against them and the other media companies we are suing. Unfortunately for them, they likely will be facing similar lawsuits almost every day. Until they give us the respect we deserve, we will continue to give the public, the courts, and government regulators the truth."

NAAAOM and Entertainment Studios also filed a similar, $20 billion racial discrimination lawsuit against Comcast Corporation and Time Warner Cable on February 20, 2015. "The longer these companies turn their heads and continue to discriminate against 100% African American-owned media, the more we will expose them and their deeply embedded racism to the public and government regulators," said Mark DeVitre, President of NAAAOM. "The evidence in Ms. King's complaint against the entire upper management of AT&T absolutely confirms the racism stated in our complaint against AT&T. After looking at the photos Ms. King brought forward, Randall Stephenson, Aaron Slator and the other related executives at AT&T, as well as DirecTV's Dan York, should be ashamed of themselves and the racism they cover-up, stand for and continue to perpetuate. Everyone should join us at www.naaaom.com so we can keep you informed and stop the racism. With this kind of evidence, President Obama, the FCC and Chairman Wheeler must stop the AT&T-DirecTV merger – inherent, institutionalized racism must not be allowed to grow bigger with these companies coming together."

NAAAOM and Entertainment Studios are seeking to amend their $10 billion lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV for racial discrimination in contracting with the racist evidence brought forward by Ms. King's lawsuit. AT&T also lost its motion to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission's illegal throttling lawsuit against AT&T, which details how AT&T substantially cheated its customers by slowing their internet bandwidth.

You can see the racist pictures and text, review Ms. King's lawsuit, as well as NAAAOM and Entertainment Studios' lawsuits, at www.naaaom.com. #DROPATT #STOPATTRACISM #STOPTHERACISM

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National Association of African American Owned Media Plans to Hold Sony Fully Accountable for their Racist Emails

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LOS ANGELES -- The National Association of African American Owned Media (NAAAOM) recently sued AT&T and DirecTV for $10 billion for racial discrimination in contracting with 100% African American owned media.

NAAAOM stated in their lawsuit against AT&T and DirecTV that they spend approximately $22 billion per year licensing channels and advertising with less than $3 million per year going to 100% African American owned media.

The co-Chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Amy Pascal, and movie producer, Scott Rudin, exchanged racist emails about "a stupid Jeffery Katzenberg breakfast" with the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama.

The racist emails revealed their belief the President would only want to talk about African American movies such as "Django Unchained," "The Butler," and "12 Years A Slave."

"Let's be 100% clear, the Sony emails are horrendous, very racist and completely unacceptable" said Mark DeVitre, President of NAAAOM, "And we plan to hold Sony fully accountable."  

"We know that institutionalized racism is reflected in the lack of contracting with 100% African American owned media companies.  The numbers are indisputable.  And therefore, we are requesting a meeting with Amy Pascal and CEO, Michael Lynton, and if we come away from that meeting and 100% African American owned media is not participating in a long term, significant agreement with Sony then all options are on the table including pickets, boycotts of all Sony products as well as an examination of our rights under the law," said DeVitre.

"I highly recommend we sit down immediately before we take action about this very serious matter. And let us also be very clear that Reverend Al Sharpton and Reverend Jesse Jackson do not represent or speak for us, in fact no African American person speaks for all African Americans.  The very idea of that is racist, just like no white person speaks for all white people.  THE RACISM MUST STOP TODAY!!!"

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Peter Tosh Estate: Garner, Brown Families to Receive "Equal Rights" Share for the Year

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The Peter Tosh Estate Will Provide Portion of Profits from Activist Artist's Influential Anthem Addressing Racial Injustice and the Criminal Justice System

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- As thousands prepare to gather in Washington, D.C. this Saturday, for the National Action Network's March Against Police Violence, the estate of reggae icon and Grammy-winning musician Peter Tosh today announced that, over the next year, 10% of all net income from streaming and downloads of the Tosh song "Equal Rights" will be donated to the families of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

"Brown and Garner are symbols of an issue that needs to be urgently addressed in America," said Brian Latture, manager of the Peter Tosh brand and CEO of entertainment management firm The MegaSource Group. "These cases of racially-motivated police brutality, and the no-indictment rulings for the cops, set off a movement of all ages and races demanding criminal justice reform. The time has come to re-energize the pursuit of equal rights through music, and I know that if Peter were physically with us he'd want to, in some way, help support the relatives of those that were killed in the line of living."

Released in 1977, "Equal Rights" still accurately voices feelings prevalent in communities today. Tosh pleads, "I don't want peace, I want equal rights and justice." Rolling Stone magazine called the song "unblinking… over deliciously spongy roots grooves."

A founding member of The Wailers, as well as a successful solo artist, Tosh is one of the most outspoken of Jamaica's reggae pioneers. As a musician and writer, Tosh earned the respect of popular music's greatest artists, including the Rolling Stones, who signed him to their label in 1978. He opened for the Stones throughout their 1978 US tour. He would have turned 70 this year.

"Peter was very altruistic and an advocate for justice," said Niambe McIntosh, Tosh's daughter and Administrator of The Peter Tosh Estate. "Eric Garner and Michael Brown are just two examples of rampant injustice in the police system. The time has come to marshall our efforts for equal rights and justice for all".

Additional information about Tosh can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/PeterTosh

"Equal Rights" is available at Pandora and Spotify, as well as the following:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/equal-rights/id190235933?i=190236227

Amazon.com:
http://www.amazon.com/Equal-Rights/dp/B00137RHDC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1418259600&sr=8-4&keywords=peter+tosh+equal+rights+mp3

Google Play:
htps://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=B2462kunuzlvojcb3qh72tu4c64&tid=song-Twp2ipgb6ljgm76zpbt5cefhlqm

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Bob Adelman to Lecture and Consult in Photography at Library of Congress

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The noted civil-rights and arts photographer Bob Adelman will present a series of four lectures at the Library of Congress and serve as a consulting photographer to expand awareness of the Library’s visual collections and advise on potential new acquisitions.

Adelman will kick off his consultancy on Aug. 30 at the Library of Congress National Book Festival with a talk at 1:40 p.m. in the Special Programs Pavilion.  He will discuss his new book “Andy Warhol’s First Fifteen Minutes.” The annual National Book Festival, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 30, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, N.W., Washington, DC.

In this presentation, Adelman will relate his experience of witnessing, and capturing through photographs, the emergent artistic career of Andy Warhol during the early to mid-1960s.  Adelman, known for his passion and wit, will share some of his stories about Warhol, whom he befriended before Warhol became famous.

Throughout the coming year, Adelman will work with curators in the Library’s Prints and Photographs Division to review the collections, assist in identifying under-represented areas and advise on potential acquisitions.

In addition to his talk at the National Book Festival, Adelman will make presentations in conjunction with three upcoming exhibitions at the Library: “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom,” “Magna Carta: Muse and Mentor” and the photography of pioneering documentary photographer and social activist Jacob Riis.

“Through his lectures and consultancy, Bob Adelman will help the Library generate greater public attention to documentary photography as a crucial source of historical and cultural knowledge about the United States, especially depictions of the lives and contributions of its citizens,” said Helena Zinkham, chief of the Prints and Photographs Division.

For more than 60 years, Adelman has been an engaged presence in the world of documentary photography.  Born in New York City in 1930, Adelman grew up on Long Island.  He earned a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s philosophy from Columbia University, and studied law at Harvard.

Adelman studied photography under Alexey Brodovitch, the famed art director of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.  As a working photographer and producer of photographic books, Adelman has pursued an avid interest in social and political events.  This interest began with coverage of events related to civil rights, such as sit-ins by students across the American South and demonstrations by the Congress of Racial Equality (C.O.R.E.) in the early 1960s.  His engagement with issues of social justice continues to the present time.

Adelman has said of his photography, “My life’s work, in addition to being about race relations, is about the many and diverse social concerns in the great tradition of American documentary photography:  poverty, mental illness, alcoholism, inadequate housing, the immigrant experience, prostitution, delinquency, illiteracy and on and on.”

His mentor, Ralph Ellison, once said, “Adelman has moved beyond the familiar clichés of most documentary photography into that rare sphere wherein technical ability and social vision combine to create a work of art.”

Verna Curtis, curator of photography in the Prints and Photographs Division, said, “Adelman has immersed himself in key events of our time and known many of the great individuals who made them happen, from the inspirational Martin Luther King, Jr. and pop pioneers Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to fiction writer Raymond Carver.  At a time when photographic documentation was becoming personal, Adelman delved deeply into the documentary tradition as Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange, two of his heroes, had before him. He found important issues—such as poverty, education, war and women’s rights—and became involved in changing and improving what he had witnessed.  Adelman’s photographs were used in many venues: classrooms, court cases and fundraising campaigns.”

Adelman said in a recent interview, “When I photographed, I was intent on telling the truth as best I saw it and then to help in doing something about it.  It was a constant effort not only to document in as honest a way as I could, and to make what I was seeing vivid, but to figure out how to change things.”

Adelman has received many honors in recognition of his work, including a Guggenheim fellowship, Art Directors Club awards (New York, Washington and San Francisco), American Institute of Graphic Arts 50 Books awards and the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism Award.  He has taught at the International Center for Photography, the New School, the School of Visual Arts, Columbia University, Stanford University, Union College, the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) and the Steamboat Falls Workshop.

The Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division holds approximately 14.4 million photographs, drawings and prints from the 15th century to the present day.  International in scope, these visual collections represent a uniquely rich array of human experience, knowledge, creativity and achievement, touching on almost every realm of endeavor: science, art, invention, government and political struggle, and the recording of history.  For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/.

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Civil Rights Act of 1964 Exhibition to Open Sept. 10 at Library of Congress

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More Than 200 Items Featured in Library of Congress Exhibition “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom”

The Library of Congress will open “The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” on Wednesday, Sept. 10.  The exhibition will highlight the legal and legislative challenges and victories leading to its passage, shedding light on the individuals—both prominent leaders and private citizens—who participated in the decades-long campaign for equality.

Located in the Southwest Gallery on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St. S.E., Washington, D.C., the year-long exhibition will be free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  It closes on Sept. 12, 2015.

The exhibition will feature some of the most important materials in the Library’s collection documenting the events that led to the passage of this historic legislation and its legacy.  More than 200 items, including correspondence and documents from civil-rights leaders and organizations, photographs, newspapers, legal briefs, drawings and posters will be on view.

In addition, audio-visual stations throughout the gallery will feature 70 clips showing dramatic events such as protests, sit-ins, boycotts and other public actions against segregation and discrimination.  Eyewitness testimony of activists and from participants who helped craft the law will be included.

The exhibition will include two videos co-produced with HISTORY®.  An introductory film narrated by Julian Bond, a political and civil-rights leader and professor at American University and the University of Virginia, will focus on the significance of the Civil Rights Act.  The second film will explore the impact of the Civil Rights Act and will feature interviews with Taylor Branch, author and historian; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a leader in the Civil Rights Movement; and Risa Goluboff, professor of law at the University of Virginia.

“The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom” is made possible by a generous grant from Newman’s Own Foundation, with additional support from HISTORY® for both audio-visual and educational content and outreach.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution and the largest library in the world, holds more than 158 million items in various languages, disciplines and formats.  The Library serves the U.S. Congress and the nation both on-site in its reading rooms on Capitol Hill and through its award-winning website at www.loc.gov.

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