The American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona and local Reverend Jarrett Maupin have both asked that ASU not punish the students who attended an "MLK Black Party" hosted last week by fraternity members.The ACLU has chimed in saying the students' actions are protected under the First Amendment, while ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
Amid all the outrage over ASU fraternity brothers having an "MLK Black Party," in which white students mocked black people to go along with the party's theme, there is one person who's defending the students who hosted the party.Michael Meyers, who's black, and the head of the New York Civil Rights ... More >>
The Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a local black activist, called for the Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity to be permanently banned from ASU after it apparently held an "MLK Black Party" on Monday."TKE has a problem with African-American students," Maupin said at a press conference he called Tuesday at ... More >>
Photos posted to social-media websites show white Arizona State University students dressed up in basketball jerseys and bandanas, throwing up gang signs, and drinking out of a watermelon cup, as part of an "MLK party.""Just a day after the nation celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther ... More >>
There is precious little time to convince District 8 residents who haven't voted to cast their ballot on November 5 in favor of diversity -- that is, to vote for Pastor Warren Stewart over Kate Widland Gallego in Phoenix's council race. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the Phoenix City Counci ... More >>
Black leaders are holding a press conference today to urge voters to cast ballots on November 5 and to speak out against what they say are attempts to "turn back the clock on political representative equality." Standing on the steps of the Calvin C. Goode Municipal Building, representatives are pla ... More >>
Witnesses claim a black church groundskeeper in South Phoenix was roughed up by Phoenix police officers, who just left him there.The man, Frank Morrison, suffered a stroke during his run-in with police, and has been hospitalized since early Monday morning.
The legislature's not in session at the moment, but that apparently doesn't mean the nutty legislators go back to normal during this off-season.Take Republican Representative Bob Thorpe, who seems very concerned about issues involving black people in this country -- and not in a good way.
Former NFL player and current East Valley activist John Goodie led a march of around 150 people last night in Downtown Phoenix, protesting the Trayvon Martin ruling. "We're having this peaceful rally for Trayvon, and for all the young men and women who might be killed next week or next month," Goo ... More >>
That guy who thought politics makes strange bedfellows was really on to something.Especially in the case of Phoenix African-American activist Jarrett Maupin, who sent New Times a copy of a letter he sent to Republican State Representative Steve Smith, asking him not to apologize for his recent retal ... More >>
Phoenix PD released a report that rules the shooting death of 16-year-old Alexander Wilson by a still unnamed DPS officer was justifiable. The police report states that the officer feared for his life when Wilson tried to flee in an SUV and was therefore justified in the shooting. But the repo ... More >>
The Amy's Baking Company shit show is drawing out Phoenix's cast of characters like moths to the flame. It's probably only a matter of time until Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Russell Pearce get involved. After the ABC Kitchen Nightmares disaster (or could it actually be a blessing in disguise?), Valley ... More >>
Phoenix civil-rights leader Reverend Jarrett Maupin is moving forward with a complaint to the Department of Education about Queen Creek High School's "Redneck Day."Maupin has shared with New Times some of the correspdonance he's had with the Department of Education, and the department's Office of Ci ... More >>
The family of Alexander Wilson, the 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head by a DPS officer, was buried yesterday at a packed service that was as much a sermon on police killings in poor neighborhoods as it was a funeral. Family members say Wilson aspired to be a football player and was known ... More >>
Gee, what could possibly go wrong with Queen Creek High School having a "Redneck Day," including one student draped in a Confederate flag?It turns out that African-American students, parents, and community leaders, as well as people of any race with cultural sensitivities have figured out exactly wh ... More >>
The race for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- has been further complicated for those who are determined to keep that streak alive.Phoenix School of Law professor and Roosevelt school district board member Lawrence ... More >>
Although the election for the Phoenix City Council seat in District 8 -- a seat that has been held by African-Americans for the past 46 years -- is still months away, race is definitely going to be an issue.Several people, including leaders in Phoenix's African-American community, already have publi ... More >>
The Arizona Democratic Party has sent out a couple of mailers targeting the Republican candidate in CD9, Vernon Parker, and they're bright any colorful ads -- except for Parker's picture.Not only has Parker made it known that he thinks the ad is an offensive shot at his race, it also has self-descri ... More >>
For the second straight election, African-American civil-rights activist Reverend Jarrett Maupin has endorsed Republican Congressman Ben Quayle.Yes, politics aside, the Phoenix Democrat wants Quayle to stay in office -- mostly because he's a cool, young guy."He's my nigga," Maupin tells New Times.
www.yourblackworld.comKatt Williams: go back to Mexico, "nigga."If you're unfamiliar with the ongoing Katt Williams saga, allow us to get you up to speed...For starters, let's just clarify who Katt Williams is: he's not Eddie Griffin. He's a D (maybe C-)-list celebrity comedian. He's the type of ... More >>
Katt Williams: not sorry.Remember last week when a publicist for comedian Katt Williams issued a statement saying how sorry the comedian was for an anti-Hispanic tirade he went on during a performance in Phoenix last month? About that...Williams was on CNN over the weekend where he not only didn' ... More >>
www.inquisitor.comKatt Williams is sorry for telling a Hispanic guy to go back to Mexico, "nigga."After pressure from Valley civil rights leaders, comedian Katt Williams has apologized for the anti-Hispanic rant he spewed during a performance in Phoenix last week."My remarks were not to be offens ... More >>
Griselda NevarezEducators or politicians?It isn't just undocumented students upset with the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board anymore. State politicians and business leaders showed up at last night's board meeting to condemn Maricopa Community Colleges' recent tuition hike targetin ... More >>
www.phoenix.govPhoenix Police Chief Jack Harris says changes will be made at the South Mountain Precinct.In wake of several incidents that have strained the relationship between the Phoenix Police Department and the community, the department announced today that several changes will be made in on ... More >>
Rev. Jarrett MaupinOur holy-shit-ometer kicked in around 8:30 last night when we got an email from Reverend Jarrett Maupin, an African-American civil rights leader here in Phoenix (he's basically a young version of Al Sharpton -- check the hair). Maupin leads the Inner-City Democracy Empowerment ... More >>
Rev. Jarrett Maupin thinks Ben Quayle owes black people and apology.Straight from the you-gotta-be-kidding-me files, a Valley civil rights advocate is calling on Congressional candidate Ben Quayle to apologize -- or at least explain -- his comment that one of his opponents, Vernon Parker, a ... More >>
Jarret Maupin II, in an impassioned phone call to New Times and in a comment posted today on our blog, now says that he "unequivocally" believes the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office commits racial profiling. Maupin claims his quotes to the contrary that turned up in a deputy's report were "complet ... More >>
Jarrett Maupin, a former candidate for Phoenix mayor, was arrested and booked into jail today by deputies from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. Details are scant at this point, but a news release (reprinted below) put out by the Sheriff's Office says Maupin is accused of lying to sheriff's i ... More >>
The cleated tweeter tackles O.J. Simpson, The PHX's hip-hop Klan war, and Police Chief Harris' second helpings of salary pie
The querulous quail decries the deportation of an 18-year-old Hispanic student and sings the praises of good graffiti
The choleric crow uncovers Rusty Childress' anti-avian plots, and kicks it with First Amendment hero/porn mogul Larry Flynt
The belligerent buzzard performs a postmortem on the latest immigration battles, denounces attorney Dennis Wilenchik's hypocrisy, and chases after Mayor Phil "Goober" Gordon
This dastardly dodo dogs Phil "Goober" Gordon, lambastes Gilbert mayor Steve Berman, and assigns guilt for the Suns' Game 6 loss
The Bird kicks it with Jarrett Maupin, infiltrates Rusty Childress prejudice parties and explains why Don Imus shouldve said "Eff you!"
Letters from the week of February 17, 2005
Jarret Maupin is the reverend Al's handpicked protégé. Is Phoenix City Hall ready?