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Exclusive: Former Black Panther Says New Panthers ‘Far Removed’



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Mohammed Mubarak, producer Laurens Grant, Sherwin Forte. Photo by Ny MaGee *filter used on photo*

*In part one of our revealing interview with original Black Panther Party members Mohammed Mubarak and Sherwin Forte, they explained how Huey P. Newton’s “purge” of original members caused a split in the party, an act Sherwin considered a “betrayal.” In part two of our in-depth discussion about Stanley Nelson’s powerful new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,they take us deeper into Newton’s descent into what Sherwin calls “gangsterism.”

Produced by Laurens Grant, Mubarak and Forte are featured in doc, which touches on Huey’s transformation from revolutionary to criminal, and before his purge on original members, the FBI feared he would become a “Black Messiah.”

Mohammed: I think the FBI was happy to see Huey evolve into what he became because they were trying to prevent the rise of a “Black Messiah” – and Huey, to a lot of folk, had become a folk hero. Especially when he was in jail and there was this mass free Huey movement, and everybody chanting “Free Huey!”.  When he finally got out of jail, and those thousands of people came to cheer him, and saw him stand up on top of the car, this was a symbol of a “Black Messiah” to the FBI, and they knew they had to come up with something to destroy this threat. What better thing to come up with but drugs to get a man’s mind altered and destabilize this movement.

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Sherwin: Huey confessed that he liked cocaine during the early days. If all you got to do to a black leader is come up with a good grade of cocaine… Is that all you got to do to change somebody’s politics?

Mohammed: But you know, COINTELPRO is a very powerful apparatus that the FBI was able to execute. The infiltration, putting FBI agents undercover to join the Black Panther Party. Everywhere we went, we were under constant surveillance.

Sherwin: Before I went to jail, part of the party’s political education was (Mao Tse-tung’s) “[Little] Red Book.” While I was in jail, the “Red Book” got tossed aside and Huey started recommending reading “The Godfather.” That was a hell of a switch, and the way he carried on, it seemed as though he thought he was the Godfather. There’s rumors about him taking folks welfare checks, beating up his tailor, shooting prostitutes. He devolved and got into a kind of gangsterism, not for political change.

I never thought that we could overthrow the United States. I thought maybe we could make enough noise to get some recognition and some sympathy and maybe we could push forward with some programs. I was willing to fight for that. Some people kinda fault Elaine Brown for having some influence on Huey, something to the extent of ‘he could make more money if he got into drugs and let this revolution thing go because that really wasn’t going to happen.’

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Black Panthers co-founder, Huey P. Newton

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What’s your opinion on the New Black Panthers? Do you think the tenants of the original movement need to be updated ?

Mohammed: Khalid Mohammed, who was in the Nation of Islam, started the New Black Panthers and they are still coming from a Black Nationalist, separatist ideology. It’s something so far removed from what the Black Panther Party platform, programming and philosophy was all about. We didn’t believe White folks were devils. We didn’t teach others to go out and kill people because they weren’t black. That’s not what the Black Panthers were all about. But that’s what they are all about. They are using the Black Panther logo and the symbolism of the Black Panther party and it’s really an injustice to what we stood for.

Sherwin: If the original Black Panther Party is dead, then I think they have the right to say whatever they want to say. If the original black panther party is not dead, then what they’re doing is sort of infringement and imitation, and I think that should be addressed and straightened out.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution” is playing in select theaters. Visit the website for more details.



  1. I said it.

    October 12, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    That’s not what the new BPP is about.

  2. Stan Mckinney

    October 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I no Bobby Seals said u can’t everything in 2 hours but I would have like to c more bout the party’s programs.

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Making People Laugh About the Hardships of Teaching Keeps Eddie B. Going (EUR Exclusive!)



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*Eddie B. hit the mark when his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” in 2017 played to sold-out audiences. His later show “I’m Already Professionally Developed Tour” was also a huge success.

With funny and telling commentary about what teachers really think has made Eddie B. a hit with educators and comedy fans around the world. While the former teacher is excited about his success, he takes it all in stride.

“People ask me why am I so humble and I don’t know how to answer that,” Eddie B. told the EUR in a recent phone interview. “The only answer I came up with one time is that the more thankful you are you have no choice but to display humbleness. You have to be thankful for what you have. So being humble and thankful go hand in hand.”

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With COVID-19 rendering comedy-tours practically non-existent, the Houston native keeps the jokes coming and his routines fresh by crashing virtual conferences held by, of course, teachers.

“I’m doing a lot of Zooms,” Eddie B. said. “I’m doing everybody’s meetings and convocations. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Thank God.”

The consummate “class clown,” he was always the funny one in the room and began making serious moves as a comedian while attending Texas A&M University (Kingsville).

Although he was earning a local name for himself, Eddie B. was not making the kind of money he had hoped. Continuing the comedy club circuit after graduation and taking odd jobs, he began teaching because it was steady pay. He remained a teacher for 13 years while still doing comedy.

“A lot of teachers say, ‘I’ve been wanting to teach my whole life. I was born this way.’ No, you weren’t.” the single father laughed. “I’m a tell you right now 70% of all teachers didn’t want to teach. I guarantee you that. Teaching is a profession you get stuck in. The only reason you get stuck is because of the kids. You know the money’s not keeping us. It’s our relationships with the kids and other teachers too – the camaraderie of it all.”

Eddie B. retired from teaching for a short while during his tenure but soon had to return to pay the bills.

“I’m hearing Steve Harvey and ‘em say, ‘You gotta jump. Take the leap,’ That’s cute,” he added. “But what the hell do you do when you take the jump and you get pulled back? I jumped as high as I could and got snatched back down, which led me to believe that it’s got more to do with timing then jumping.”

Down but not out, Eddie B., who showed off his craft on YouTube, said a voice inside his head told him, “’Hey, why don’t you do a video about (teaching)?’ So, I shot it before the kids got in my (school) room and put it out by lunch time. But I was like I don’t even have teaching in my comedy.”

“A couple of days later on my Instagram I got about 100,000 views,” he continued. “I thought something was wrong. I thought it was a glitch. It was just teachers bouncing it off and that was the magic of it. It kept growing and growing. Millions of views and the video was only sixty seconds. It was called ‘What Teachers Really Want to Say’ and I was like man if they like this I’ve got 13 years of this.”

Now that he was getting traction, he had to figure out a way to keep the momentum going with the newer audience.

“What they (the teachers who liked his videos) didn’t know was that I’m a comedian,” Eddie B. said. “They just thought I’m a funny teacher. I had to take what I knew about teaching and put it in a (comedy) set now.”

But could he do that without alienating those who had supported his regular comedy for so long?

“My comedy wasn’t always clean. I used to curse with every other word. I’m from the neighborhood and a large percent of my audience is Caucasian (white women teachers). They don’t want to hear that language. But I’ve been on tour for almost 4 years now and I’ve toned it down. I had to grow with it and learn on the job. It was like teaching.”

For more on Eddie B., and to find out where he may be next virtually and otherwise, go to his official website here.

You can also buy his book, “I’m Already Professionally Developed: Straight from the Teacher’s Desk,” released last year.

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Eddie B. (Courtesy of Eddie B.)

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Apple News’s Review: 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited



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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (Photo Credit:

Highlight:  This year’s model includes a solar control fixed glass roof.

Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $37,070 (Base Model: $28,725)

Seating Capacity: 5

Standard Safety Features: airbags; side airbags; ABS; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot collision avoidance assist system; a rear cross traffic alert system; a forward collision alert system; a high beam assist system;  tire pressure monitoring system; a traction control system; a stability control system; a tire repair kit; and a rearview camera

Standard Equipment (Blue): 16-inch wheels; a 6-speed automatic transmission; front-wheel drive; LED headlights; LED Daytime Running Lights; LED taillamps; a push button ignition starter; a keyless lock/unlock system; a hands free trunk; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; dual power folding mirrors; a solar control glass a chrome tip single exhaust; cloth seats; manual control front seats; rear split folding seat with a center armrest; a push button gear control system; an automatic climate control system; steering wheel mounted paddle shifters; and an 8-inch infotainment screen

Standard Equipment (Limited): 17-inch wheels; full LED taillamps; side mirror LED turn signal indicators; dual power heated folding mirrors;  heated body color side mirrors; a rear bumper with parking sensors; laminated front glass; solar glass roof panel; leather seats; power front seats; heated and ventilated front seats; a wireless device charging system; dual charging USB ports; front console mounted rear vents; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a heated steering wheel; a 10-inch infotainment screen; a 12-speaker Bose audio system; a heads up display (HUD); a highway driving assist system; a Hyundai digital key; an electronic automatic rearview mirror; a 360-degree camera; an electronic blindspot monitor; ambient lighting; and front and rear parking sensors.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited (Photo Credit:

Optional Features On Test Vehicle: None

Other Trim Levels:

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Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM

Apple CarPlay/Android: Yes

Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes

USB Connectivity: Yes                

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid System Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Hybrid Battery Warranty: Lifetime

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder/192-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 45-city/51-hwy

What’s New: The eighth-generation Sonata has evolved from a vanilla looking ugly duckling to more like a swan, taking more styling cues from the sixth- generation breakout design, which was a game changer for both the midsize car market as well as the Korean brand.

To continue reading the review, click here.


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About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard on your mobile and stationary audio devices, clicking here.

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Richard Sherman Tackles ‘Adulting’ The Right Way In New Digital Series / EUR Exclusive – WATCH



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*Known for being frugal, NFL star Richard Sherman is handing out financial advice to young people in a new digital series.

Launched in August 2020, “Adulting With Richard Sherman” is a 12-part digital show produced by Million Stories Media. The new media company, a project from the Singleton Foundation for Financial Literacy and Entrepreneurship, offers programming focusing on career, money, and budgeting matters for millennials and young families.

“Richard Sherman is the perfect choice to headline ‘Adulting,’” said Shelley Miles, CEO of the Singleton Foundation, in a press release. “His personality, personal story and likability will draw in viewers and his passion for financial matters will help get young people interested in their own financial futures. He connects with our foundation mission on so many levels and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board.”

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Richard Sherman is #25 for the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo:

Available at no-cost on, viewers can expect no-nonsense talk from the San Francisco 49ers cornerback, who reportedly drove a $30,000 Dodge Challenger until as late as 2018. Topics include handling student loans and staying away from payday loans (see episode here).


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Additionally, Sherman tackles other topics such as building credit and having an emergency fund, which is great advice especially during the pandemic. (See episode here.)

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Richard Sherman in scene from “Having an Emergency Fund” episode. (Photo: Million Stories)

“Adulting With Richard Sherman” is now streaming on New episodes are expected to launch soon. For more on Sherman, go here. For more on the Singleton Foundation, go here.

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