American Univeristy takes on the Florida Atlantic Owls

17 11 2011

Tonight the Eagles soared above the owls in their opening basketball season game. Between each quarter the eagles were in over drive with their starting five players making baskets after baskets with a lead of ten points. After creaming Florida Atlantic, American Mens’ Basketball team looks forward to more fierce games, in the season to come.

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Occupy the Glory

10 11 2011

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The infamous occupy movement has become a household discussion for many in the District, since the beginning of October when the movement officially set up shop.
The movement has been at McPherson Square since October 1st with protests starting every evening at 6pm sharp. Hundreds have turned out from college students to laid off union workers. Activists discuss two main objectives, equality, and justice for main street America.
The movement has been compared to the civil rights era, where in almost every major city, citizens have protested for the takedown of corporations. These activists have expressed the takedown of major corporations being that they have alleged ruined the middle class to continue to give to the wealthy.
The chant, “We are the 99%” related to the 1 percent remaining being the wealthier Americans who receive large tax breaks and large payoffs to business leaders.
The movement does not have an official spokesperson to run each city movements but by the “Teamster” organization is behind each campaign planning where to set up and how to obtain legal ordinances.
These non-violent protesters also have created a circulating newspaper to keep insiders and outsiders aware of national and local occurrences of each cities movements.
Throughout the march the activists held above their heads a plastic pipeline that represented unity of past activists.
“We are a family, we are a union made of all different types of Americans, who have seen the corruption in our government, and we are fed up with it”, Grant Collier said.
Drew Vesey an American University alum expressed the differences between other “Occupy” movements compared to the movement here in the District.
“The movement here in the District is the only setting that has not drafted a constitution to resolve any of the grievances at hand”, Vesey said.
The activists have been permitted to stay stationed at McPherson Square throughout the remainder of the year.





Occupy DC

10 11 2011

By Michael Harris Jr

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/37284133/occupy%20DC.mp3]

Occupy of Glory

TRT: 45

Harris

OCCUPY ACTIVISTS INVADED 12TH AND MASSACHUSETTS AVE IN PROTEST OF CORPORATE TAKEOVER.  ACTIVISTS CAME IN DRAWLS FROM MCPHERSON SQUARE WITH POLICE ESCORT.

MICHAEL HARRIS REPORTS ON HOW THE ONE DAY EVENT GIVES LOCALS A CHANCE TO WITNESS THE COMPASSION OF THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT AND WHAT IT REALLY STANDS FOR, EQUALITY AND JUSTICE.

NATSOT Full Up (:03 crowd noise)

IN THE SPIRIT OF EQUALITY, PROTESTERS BEAT DRUMS THAT CAN BE HEARD FOR BLOCKS LONG AS THEY CHANT AND MARCH.

NATSOT Full up: 04 drums beating

MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED PROTESTERS FLED THE STREETS IN SEARCH FOR PROSPERITY DEMANDING EQUALITY, JUSTICE AND GOVERNMENT SUPPORT FOR MAIN STREET AMERICA. AS THE UNEMPLOYMENT RISES AT AN ALL TIME HIGH OF 9-POINT-1 PERCENT, GRANT COLLIER FROM GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY STRESSED HIS VIEWS ABOUT THE MARCH.

SOT: (05 “When I found out that I have a little bit of Native American in, and when I heard their land water was threatened , I feel personally connected to this issue.”)

NATSOT Full up:04 crowd noise

WITH POLICE ESCORTS KEEPING ORDER, THE ACTIVISTS WERE ABLE TO DEFEND THEIR POSITION REGARDING THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT.

I’M MICHAEL HARRIS, WASHINGTON.





The Queens Descend Upon Washington, D. C.

3 11 2011

DRAG RACE
On the Tuesday before Halloween, just as they have done for a quarter of a century, drag queens gathered on the streets of Dupont Circle in D.C. for the 25th Annual High Heel Drag Queen Race. The race has evolved over the years, and the 2011 race was deemed to be the largest and most highly anticipated ever held in the D. C. area.
The executive director of Historic Dupont Circle Main Street, Paul Williams, indicated that when the first race was held in 1986, the event “…was guys running from JR’s to Annie’s, doing a shot, and running back to JR’s. Williams explained, “It’s grown from a few dozen watchers to an expected 100,000 people this year.”
While the first contest was an impromptu dash down Main Street just to have a bit of fun, more recent contestants have turned the event into an extravaganza with elaborate costumes and towering heels. Many of the participants also choose pseudonyms that reflect either their personality or their costume.
One racer, Curella DeVil, said, “We can’t wear flats…At least a two-inch heel is mandatory, but where’s the fun in that? Most of us think that the heel has to be three inches or higher.”
Another racer, the Queen of Cards, commented on her feet encased in her Lady Gaga-like heels, “Numb. Just numb. That’s all I can say. I’m just going to try to make it to the finish line without falling over.”
This year the approximately 70 creatively adored runners registered for the race beginning at 6 p.m. and spent the time after registration parading around to show off their costumes to the appreciative spectators. The runners assembled at one end of 17th Street and ran, hobbled, strutted, and tripped down the three blocks, straight course from Church Street to Q Street. Most agreed that it was not about the prize, which this year is a brandy-filled, hand-blown glass slipper and a bar tab at JR’s.
Each contestant had their own reasons for joining in this year’s festivities. No matter what the reason, everyone seemed to be having a good time.
Miss Bubbles said, “It’s all about the fabulousness and dressing up.” Upon hearing this, Cupcake Lady snapped her fingers and commented, “And don’t forget the attitude, honey.”
Other participants who enjoyed the event were Skylar White, Momma Mia, and Ala Fox. White revealed that, “This is not my first time attending an event like this. I came last year with my girlfriend, and it’s an overall great time, coming together as a community to support one another.”

Momma Mia stated, “I have been participating in this event for the past years to win, but it just hasn’t happened. This is one event that gays and straights have come together to order to share a common bond, celebrating the season of Halloween.”
Ala Fox concurred with Mia and said, “This is my first time attending an event like this. I am straight and haven’t dressed like a woman before, but I think it is hilarious. It’s a crazy pre-Halloween party. I love the costumes and the make-up. It also shows how far we have come as a whole.”
Many faux celebrities attended this year’s race. Among them were Marilynn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth and her family, Madonna, Marie Antoinette, and a group of Roaring Twenties flappers who competed alongside with the Washington Monument and outrageous creatures never before seen. However, it was an Amy Winehouse impersonator who won the trophy and can now claim to be queen of the queens until next year.
After dashing across the finish line with her arms raised over her head, Ms. Winehouse happily accepted the glass slipper.
Momma Mia watched the ceremony and sighed, “Well, there’s always next year.”
According to Williams, the event was better organized this year. He said that in years past dining options before and after the race had been a problem, so accommodations had been made to attempt to solve the problem. Williams explained, “We invited a business to bring their food trucks and assemble in one place so race goers had more options for dining, as the restaurants…along the race route are often so packed they have to turn away diners.” He noted that, “This year, the Washington Blade Food Trucks will be there from 6 to 10 p.m. in the parking lot at 17th and O Street so attendees can get something to eat too.”
For those interested, a $20 commemorative T-shirt was available for sale online at http://www.highheelracedc.com. Also available on the organizer’s website were VIP tickets costing $40. These tickets provided access to the VIP tent by the finish line and included a bar fast pass to skip lines at JR’s, Cobalt, and 30 Degrees. The website says that, “All funds go toward costs for the event and to the event organizer, Historic Dupont Circle Main Street.”
Williams hopes that he and the other organizers can, “Keep making the High Heel Drag Queen Race bigger and better every year with the help of the racers and viewers.”





LADIES START YOUR PUMPS

3 11 2011

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DRAG RACE
TRT :35
MICHAEL R. HARRIS, JR.

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(REPORTER READS, RUN: 20)

THOUSANDS OF WASHINGTONIANS GATHERED ON SEVENTH AND R STREET NORTHWEST FOR THE TWENTY- FIFTH ANNUAL DRAG RACE. THIS FESTIVAL BRIDGES BOTH GAY AND STRAIGHT LOCALS TOGETHER.
MICHAEL HARRIS REPORTS THAT THE ONE NIGHT ONLY AFFAIR GIVES LOCALS A CHANCE TO RUB ELBOWS WITH HOLLYWOOD LOOK ALIKES, DASHING DIVAS AND GREAT FUN.

Natsot Full Up (:02 crowd noise)

(HARRIS READS, RUN: 15)
LOCAL DRAG QUEENS AND TRANSGENDER MALES LET THEIR HAIR DOWN , AS THEY WORE THEIR TALLEST HEELS, PARTICIPATING IN THE ANNUAL DRAG RUN.
THE DRAG RACE TOOK PLACE IN FRONT OF LOCAL HOT SPOT LEVELONE IN THE DUPONT SUBDIVISION, AND FINISHED APPROXIMATELY TWO HUNDRED METERS AWAY.
“MOMMA MIA” A CONTESTANT IN THE RACE EACH YEAR DESCRIBES THE HARDSHIPS OF RUNNING IN HER HEELS.
( Drag Queen Momma Mia Run :10)
SOT: (Momma Mia “: I have been participating in this event for the past years to win, but hunny it just hasn’t happened. This is one event that gays and straights have come together to share a common bond, celebrating the season of Halloween.”)
(HARRIS READS, RUN: 02)
ALA FOX IS A FIRST TIME ONLOOKER TO SUCH A SPIRITED EVENT.
(Ala Fox, Virginian Resident Run: 04)
SOT:( Ala Fox” Shows how far we have came as a whole. I love the costumes and the eye makeup.”)
(HARRIS READS, RUN: 02)
I’M MICHAEL HARRIS WASHINGTON.

(TRT: 35)





NPR: Marvel Comic Diversity

27 10 2011

Throughout the past years Marvel Comics has created minority superheroes, to entice a more diverse crowd. National Public Radio (NPR), narrated by John Ridley expressed the grave concerns whether society is ready for a minority super hero, on the big screen. The narration began with the death of “Spiderman”, better known as Peter Parker, being replaced by a urban minority teenager. John discusses the differences between the movie and comics, using the Green Lantern as an example. Ridley discusses the comic book that had an African American as the Green Lantern named John Stewart, yet in movie theatres the character was played as a white male.
John Ridley stresses the point that Hollywood lacks a diverse look at what society would like to see on the big screen. He compares one of the newest animation, the “Smirfs” as racially balanced to minority cartoon characters. Ridley uses examples of modern day super heroes, to persuade the viewer of
the perfect opportunities that Hollywood missed when not casting a minority superhero in their summer action films. John also, sources expert opinions by film producers that they are reluctant to cast minority actors in fear of not attracting a white audience.
The narration in this radio clip was very clear and concise. I, as the listener was able to understand everything that was presented. John Ridley was able to paint a picture in the listeners head as he describes the way Hollywood seems to allow certain genre of films to become more acceptable to African American actors. The narration also, allowed the listener to learn about comics and the steps the literary world has taken and not the mainstream liberal Hollywood, that’s self righteous.
After a few minutes had passed, the narration then placed ambient sound into the clip. The ambient sound played was the Marvel Comic theme song, which many little boys could relate to on early Saturday morning’s cartoons. The ambient sound also was placed in a specific area of his narration to sum up the conveyed point.
Overall the narration in this radio package was very clear and precise. It taught the listener history on comic books. The narrator identified the only African American superhero, which many believed was non-existent. Ridley also expertise facts that could back up what was being said. Attribution is one instrument the clip did not lack, all that taught me to do the same when pursuing audio recording. The narrator brought me back to the years of my youth, streaming a personal connection to the story.





A Continue Fight for Slavery

26 10 2011

WASHINGTON- Today the symposium held a hearing acknowledging the importance of human trafficking and why it must stop at all costs.
Thirty million women and children worldwide are victims of human trafficking. Human trafficking and its effects on our growing society is an ever growing .
Benjamin Asfaw a native of Ethiopia expressed his concerns regarding the issue of human trafficking and his story as a survivor. Asfaw had to flee his nation because he worked for an opposition political party that went against the core of the government. He paid traffickers to help him escape torture.
Asfaw expressed the suffering that he had to encounter, being beat with hammers and being sodomized with apparatuses. These crimes happened, he was taken away and not returned home for months. “Every day I fear what might happen next to me, looking over my shoulder and always being alert, I feel as if they are after me and I am still scared even though I am in the United States,” Asfaw said.
“I was in custody from November 25, 2006 to January 20, 2010, for believing something that was looked upon as wrong,” Asfaw said. Asfaw is not a United States citizen and fears facing deportation in the next few months to Ethiopia to only face persecution and potentially death, upon return.
Human Rights in Prisons
Across the globe prisoners are treated differently in hopes to change their ways post conviction. However, in Rwanda prisoners are forced into the sex trade, experts at the conference told the audience at the student union at Catholic University America. These women are part of the thirty million citizens across the globe from Russia, Germany, Belarus, the Czech Republic and even here in the United States.
In order to correct this matter, the National Prison Project similar to the American Civil Liberty Union (ACLU) created a project for prisoners from oppressive conditions that they could potentially suffer if rights are not given to them.
Knowing YOUR Rights
Experts on the panel said, victims of traffickers still have human rights despite their past crimes. Director Reverend Father Michael Lackey opened doors to the St. Francis House to take in needy trafficked victims that are unable to support themselves.
“12.3 million women and children in Singapore are forced to work against their will in modern day form of slavery” which makes up of seventy percent of women and underage girls, Father Lackey said.
Lackey stressed the importance, that without this safe haven there would be no other place for the refuges to go. They would be sent back into the world of trafficking they would classified as a failed asylum seekers who would be sent back into harmful conditions.
“Learn more, do more…trafficking concerns all of us,” said Father Lackey. Agreeing with the priest would be Ambassador Luis CdeBaca. CdeBaca is the Director of the State Department office for combating human trafficking.
Ambassador CdeBaca identified trafficking persons as the modern day slave trade, all that people have fought for against for 3,500 years ago, when the Jews marched for a “walk for freedom.” One- fourth of the world’s population are hindered due to human trafficking. “In punishing these criminals we find evidence and apply them to the roles , we can decide the faith of these criminals, but we need your help.”
“We must live our lives as if we are free today, unlike the millions..slavery wasn’t just 3,500 years ago but still is happening today,” said CdeBaca.