Monthly Archives: September 2015

U.S. Senate Committee on Finance investigation silent on prescription opioid epidemic. Why?

Do we continue to lose a generation of our young people because pharma and their billions of dollars funds the campaigns of our elected officials?

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   In 2012 the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance launched an investigation into the prescription opioid epidemic and the pharmaceutical industry financial ties that have fueled this out of control holocaust.  Below are a few of the articles I have written for Global News Centre and regarding the Committee’s indifference to the deaths and addictions now leading to an upsurge in heroin deaths.  A letter which is attached to this article from various organizations calls for action by the Finance Committee.  Hopefully, the letter will accomplish something to shake up this stalled investigation.  It’s a crime that we continue to lose a generation of young people to prescription opioids/heroin in record numbers.  I ask again — where has the outrage been that three years has lapsed and no one has been beating the doors of the U.S. Senate for accountability?

See the recent letter Senate Finance document here:

Artist Sheena Robinson

Global News Centre

Submitted by  Victoria Ogunyemi

Sheena Robinson is a versatile artist, working in fashion, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and airbrush. She has already staged several exhibits of her art, all of which have been well-received by critics and the public. She says you should follow your passions in life, “The peace experienced in doing what you love may lead to your purpose in life. If so, it is worth all the time you have invested.”

I love Black Art and I am pleased to share my pleasure in Sheena’s accomplishments with our readers. Ace Knight

DJ Straxger & Star L. - Beautiful People (Official Music Video)

Star L.


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Submitted by Ace Knight

Produced by DJ Straxger for Funk Blaster Productions
Lyrics written and performed by Star L.
Scratches performed by DJ Straxger

Comedy Central’s Emmy Award nominee Keegan-Michael Key wearing men’s couture by Designer Mark Roscoe

pics of mark roscoe and keeganComedy Central’s Keegan-Michael Key of ‘Key & Peele’ to walk the red carpet at 67th Prime Time Emmy Award Show in Mark Roscoe Design.

(LOS ANGELES)  Prime Time Emmy Award Nominee Keegan Michael Key, best known for his work on Comedy Central’s ‘Key and Peele Show’ and his six seasons on MadTV, will be sporting couture men’s fashion by Chicago Designer Mark Roscoe at the Technical Emmy’s as well as the Prime Time Emmy Award shows to be aired September 19 on FXX at 8 pm EST, and September 20, 2015 on Fox respectively.

LBGT civil rights: there’s still work to be done


Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduces introduction of the Equality Act of 2015 with Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, right, and Rep. David Cicilline. (D-R.I.), (Kevin Wolf/AP Photo)

In 1993, Bill Clinton signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) that “ensures that interests in religious freedom are protected.”

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  In Obergefell v. Hodges, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.  Thus, the same-sex marriage issue has been won.

Artist Toni Taylor



Submitted by Ace Knight

A transplant from New York to Orlando, FL, Toni L. Taylor is a visionary artist whose work travels through the realms of fantasy and mysticism. She feels a special kinship with the mysteries of Ancient Egypt as well as the spirit of Native America. Goddess imagery is represented powerfully in her collection.

U.S. Senators are Outraged by FDA approving OxyContin for Children!

One of the quotes in the Aljazeera America TV piece delivered by Webster to a now deceased patient’s family was “A chronic pain sufferer could not become an addict.” 

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH)   I have written articles for Global News Centre and regarding the FDA’s approval of OxyContin for children.  In 2009 and 2011, I warned that the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma was positioning to have their killer opioid marketed for pain in children as well as something they called “pregnancy pain.”  (See links below to my articles).  After I made a complaint to the FDA, Purdue Pharma was advised by officials from the “watchdogs of America” (FDA) via conference call to cease and desist any and all marketing of OxyContin for “pregnancy pain.”

Bernie Sanders: drawing massive crowds yet still considered a “long shot?”

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders

Sanders favors, among other things, universal healthcare, free public college education, a $15 minimum wage, keep and expand social security, is pro women’s rights, is pro gay rights, and is an advocate for climate change.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an unabashed democratic socialist, is making quite a splash in the media and on the campaign trail, drawing massive crowds wherever he goes.  The question is, can an independent, democratic socialist win the Democratic nomination for president?  What follows is my view of the Sanders’ campaign to date.

“Pope Francis” to curtail his American visit after catholic child trafficking event is targeted for disruption

ninth-circle-pope“World Meeting of the Family” in Philadelphia is a clearing house for in-house child rapists and killers. (Tune in for a special broadcast on this expose on Sunday September 13 at 6 pm eastern on

Global News Centre

(PHILADELPHIA)  A planned disruption of a notorious child trafficking event in Philadelphia on September 26 has forced Jorge Bergoglio, “Pope Francis”, to cut short his upcoming “diplomatic visit” to the United States, according to sources in the Vatican.

Finding peace in post-war Sri Lanka

Tamil casualties in Sri Lanka, 2009

Tamil casualties in Sri Lanka, 2009

What’s being done to achieve reconciliation after war?

(AL JAZEERA)  Between 1972 and 2009, at least 100,000 people were killed in conflicts between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and Sri Lankan military. In 1983, clashes between the two groups escalated into war following a period known as Black July. The Tamil fight for a state independent of Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese majority fueled a war that lasted nearly three decades.

Credit card changes benefit consumers

unnamedA CARD Act change ensures that extra sums are applied to the balance with the highest interest rate first. This is good for consumers because they end up paying less in interest on their total card debt over the long term.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO) The Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility and Disclosure (CARD Act) changed how credit card issuers must apply your credit card payments.

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