Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Chappell’

You are ONLINE – Forget about PRIVACY

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Technology on August 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

Do you Facebook?

Remember that old MJ jam, “I always feel like somebody’s watching me“? Well, if you’re online, the chances are highly likely that someone is watching you. Even if its just the cookie snatchers. Cookies are all that are needed to identify you and your habits, where you shop, what you eat, what kind of illnesses you’ve been battling, (because you researched symptoms & remedies online), your fashion tastes are known, as well as your fondness for HIGH TIMES Magazine. YES. Ye ol’ PRIVACY as you knew it back in the ’80’s [and before] is virtually inexistent.

Recently I was reading one of Kevin Chappell’s RADAR reports on The Fight To Guard Your Privacy Online and thought this would be the perfect topic to share with you. I know you wonder about it [your privacy], especially now that you have Facebook. Right? Well it just means your intuition is awake. So read on and check out what Kevin has to say about it. He offers great tips on how to TAKE ACTION with Search Engines and GPS tracking, (you know, that little “location” feature that often shares your geographical position in the world, when you post a comment or something). Ha! What privacy.


The more ou do online, the more information you leave behind. And nowadays, since most Americans do quite a bit on the Internet – from social networking and e-mailing to booking flights and banking – we’re all leaving digital footprints tha allow our most personal information to be accessed by strangers.

“Our privacy laws have not kept up as technology has changed the way we hold information.”

That’s why a coalition of privacy advocates and businesses is urging Congress to update electronic privacy laws, many of which were written before the Internet even existed. The movement is called dotRights, a catchy term that speaks to developing a clear national standard for protecting an individual’s personal electronic information.

“The Founding Fathers recognized that citizens in a democracy need privacy for their ‘persons, papers and effects’,” the ACLU said in a statement given to a Judiciary subcommittee. “That remains as true as ever. But our privacy laws have not kept up as technology has changed the way we hold information.” While opponents of more stringent privacy laws cite access to electronic information as a way to guard against national security threats, privacy advocates say we should limit the government’s power to tap into civilian lives. Following 9/11, unprecedented power was given to the federal government when the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), signed into law in 1986, was weakened by provisions in the Patriot Act (which grants the government a nearly limitless right to examine your affairs if it feels you might threaten national security.)

The Obama administration recently proposed the Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights which provides extra protection on top of the current ECPA laws. If enacted, the privacy bill of rights would give Internet users the right, among other things, to control what data is collected, and how it is used and shared. Studies have shown that African-Americans tend to be more concerned about Internet privacy issues than Whites.


Search Engines

[THE ISSUE]: Most engines record your searches, keeping record on you and your searches for months, or even years. They use this information to create a profile about you. While they say the profile is used mainly to customize your search experience and provide you with relevant advertising, some sell the info to companies and give it to the government. In 2009, Google released data after having received more than 3,500 requests from law enforcement.

[THE ACTION]: Put pressure on the search engines to institute policies and legislators to pass laws — including The Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights –that allow users to use search engines without compromising personal information.


GPS Tracking

[THE ISSUE]: The prevalence of mobile phones with GPS technology means every Ameican is, in essence carrying a portable tracking device that can be used to reveal his or her current and past locations. The Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act was introduced in the House and Senate to protect location privacy. The bill requires law enforcement to get a warrant based on a probate cause before accessing location information, and also regulates the use of this information by businesses.

[THE ACTION]: With location-tracking cases increasing, the legislation would provide a clear national standard for law enforcement. At present, the bill is stalled in Congress. Supporters of the legislation should write their congressperson and encourage passage.

Kevin Chappell is a literal reporter for EBONY magazine,
and between search engines and social sites – your identity has been seen.

Privacy doesn’t exist, and can unmask you at anytime.
I’m Qui
and I’ve embraced bigger brothers power online.
He’s nosey.


In Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, News, Science, TV Shows on July 27, 2012 at 11:48 am


LaTanya calls him Sam.

LaTanya calls him Sam.

Samuel L. Jackson is a bad mother — and he will never shut his mouth. The multibillion dollar man takes aim at President Obama and Hollywood, and dares you to say something. Kevin Powell reports:

Samuel L. Jackson barks at me, sternly, his almond-colored deep set eyes weighted with history, mythology and Black folktales, scanning me quickly, methodically, as I respond, feebly, “Uh, my friend, the visual artist Radcliffe Bailey said to call…”

“Say, man, my wife said you called her. What’s up with that?”

Before I could finish, Jackson strips the tension with a devilish smile, shakes my hand and returns to posing for the photo shoot.

As Pandora spits a soul medley of James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, The Isley Brothers and Sly and the Family Stone, there is Sam, forever in his beloved Armani, firing up smoke, flames dancing from the cigar and the match thisclose to burning his finger. There is Sam tossing hats at the photographer’s lens, his bald head bobbing and weaving with each flick. click here to continue reading about SAM



Hey-Hey-Hey! Remember the old WHAT’S HAPPENING series from the late seventies? If you’ve never known it, get familiar: via AMAZON. Remember Rogers little sister Dee? I do. There was one line in particular that I remember [that still cracks me up to this day], it was in an episode where the high school teen Roger was tasked with baby sitting his little sister Dee, (Mom – played by MABLE KING worked the night shift), but Roger wanted to go to a party with Rerun and Dwayne, so he called Millie (the aging babysitter) over to watch Dee instead. Once Dee found out Roger was going out anyway, she threatened to run away, by saying to Roger,
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Yes – I used to do PUFF ‘N STUFF

Were you into it to? You can tell me. I won’t tell anyone. …click here to rehash it all


In Communication, Griot, News, Politics, Self Improvement on May 3, 2012 at 11:04 am

Politics – Film – Television – Music – Books – Art – Technology

The Advocate

I subscribe to EBONY Magazine because… well… I’m EBONY and the information in their publications are highly relatable. While reading the HOLLYWOOD ISSUE I came up on page 29 and an awesome column titled::

Occupy The Hood is gaining steam among Blacks

Kevin Chappell reports
As the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow across the country, African-Americans are increasingly showing their disapproval with a protest movement of their own.

It’s called Occupy the Hood. it started online and has already spread from New York City across the country. It now has some 15,000 followers on Twitter and chapters in cities including Detroit, Pittsburgh, Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Dallas, New Orleans, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Cleveland, Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

The Occupy the Hood motto: “We are the most affected of the 99 percent.” It’s a spin-off of Occupy Wall Street’s “99 percent” mantra against America’s increasing wealth gap, where Occupiers state that one percent of the population has the majority of the nation’s wealth. Occupy the Hood protesters believe Blacks should be even angrier than Whites in the 99 percent because people of color, particularly in low income areas, have been disproportionately affected by high unemployment, incarceration and fallout from the housing bust.

The facts support their claims: According to an analysis of new U.S. Census data, the wealth gap between Whites and minorities has grown to its widest level in a quarter-century. In 2010, 27 percent of Blacks were living in poverty, compared to 10 percent of Whites. The recession and uneven recovery — which have left nearly twice as many Blacks out of work as Whites — have also erased decades of gains, leaving Whites on average with 20 times the net worth of Blacks.

In recent protests in Dudley Square in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston some 400 protesters gathered for an Occupy the Hood rally. All ages and socio-economic levels got in on the activism. Preteens spoke about wanting to feel safe at school while university professors spoke out about unjust laws aimed at keeping minorities disheartened and disenfranchised. They marched from the square to Boston’s Financial District, many chanting

“Occupy the Hood!
We’re spreading something good!”

While focused on problems facing African-Americans, Occupy the Hood has the clear goal of bringing more Blacks into the larger Occupy Wall Street movement, a faction that, to date, has been mostly White. Movement leaders hope to galvanize more Blacks by bringing up issues including the heartless ways some big banks have foreclosed on homes after tricking Blacks into getting subprime mortgages. They also want to clearly connect the effects of capitalism with the advent of racism.

Leaders promise that the protest tactics will be nonviolent and similar to other movements including the Civil Rights Movement, Black Power Movement, Poor Peoples Campaign, March on Washington, Million Man March and even Arab Spring.

Organization will be key to Occupy the Hood’s future success. Right now, local groups take part in national organizing calls to plan rallies and protests. They reportedly have been given advice from Black leaders such as Cornel West, and may have received a phone call of support from U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California’s 35th District.

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Wow and okay – We understand the 411 but all is not to-the-good.
We don’t like the percentages so we’ll “OCCUPY THE HOOD”.

Now if we’re going to occupy the hood, let’s do a better job
than running off franchises and mimicking the mob.

Let’s raise our standards, pull together and support our own.
Be a customer to that small business down the street from your home.

Patronize the quaint farmers market. They’ve got big plans.
Eat like a warrior while supporting the brown man.

In doing so you won’t hurt Wal Mart or cause big grocery stores to stall.
In fact so many others support big grocery chains – that they won’t miss you & I at all.

Occupy Wall Street if you want then Occupy the Hood,
I’m Qui
concerned about our percentages – and how to make them favor our good.

LIVE Well and PLAY Hard
while keeping your eye on The RADAR.