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The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Friday, September 11, 2015.  (Amos Commentary On Danger To Black Community On Judge Election Court Ruling Starts At 4:39 Mark On PODCAST Media Player). Earlier in the week the a Federal Appeals Court in Chicago upheld a local Federal court ruling that Marion County’s system of electing Superior Court Judges is Unconstitutional. The three judge appeals panel said that the county’s election of judges where each party nominates an equal number of judicial candidates in a system where in the general election each all the candidates are elected violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.  The court also held that the system of the Democratic and Republican parties forcing judicial candidates to pay a “slating or endorsement fee” to be considered endorsed candidates to Judge has the effect of denying opportunities for judges to be elected of the voters choice.  Unless the ruling is appealed and overturned by the United States Supreme Court, the state legislature will have to change how Marion County judges are selected.  In a strong Afternoons with Amos commentary, Amos Brown pointed out the dangers for the African-American community because of the court rulings.  Despite the arguments of “do-good organizations” like Common Cause and the ACLU of Indiana, judge candidates who were major part judge candidates have been elected who were not endorsed by the party.  Nearly all of those have been African-Americans who became Marion County judges by voters “breaking the slate” winning in Democratic primaries over without receiving the party’s endorsement.  One option the Republican controlled legislature and Gov. Mike Pence could decide is “merit selection” of judges.

Lawyer in a Courtroom

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This would be an unelected committee of attorneys and lay persons who interview and select candidates for the Governor to appoint to the local bench.  Brown warned of the dangers in this process as the Indianapolis Bar Association has traditionally rated African-American attorneys, even the most qualified, as being less worthy of being judges than there white counterparts. In his commentary Brown said outstanding Black judges like now Federal Judge Tanya Walton Pratt and pioneering Black judges Taylor Baker, David Shaheed, Webster Brewer and Z. Mae Jimison would’ve never had become judges if there had been Bar Association influenced merit selection.  How judges will be picked in this county is co going to be a MAJOR issues for the Black community to grapple with in the next couple of years.

Circle City Classic 2013

Circle City Classic Game

(Interview About Major Changes In The Circle City Classic This Year Starts At 1:07:36 Mark On Media Player). The date has changed from the traditional first Saturday in October.  I’m talking about the 32nd Circle City Classic which has moved to a new date, the fourth Saturday in September starting this year and for the foreseeable future.  The date change has meant changes in the line up of Classic events.  Explaining the change and talking about the events leading up to the game between Central and a new the creation of a new every year Midwest rivalry between Central State Kentucky State Universities was Indiana Black Expo President Tanya Bell and Expo’s entertainment coordinator Amp Harris. The two explained in the Afternoons with Amos interview the various Classic events from the Game and the Parade on Saturday September 26th, to the day before events of the Coaches Luncheon and Classic Cabaret and other events like the annual Classic princess Pageant (now Sunday, September 20th) and the Classic Praise and Worship Service, Wednesday, September 23rd at a new location New Beginnings Fellowship Church at 21st and German Church on the city’s far east side.  Click the Link to Get More Information on this year’s Circle City Classic and to Buy Tickets.  CIRCLE CITY CLASSIC WEBSITE  (Interview On State Conference For Minority-Owned Businesses Starts At 49:50 Mark On Media Player).  The State of Indiana’s Office of Minority and Women Owned Business wants every minority-owned, women and veteran owned business to attend a special conference September 23 and 24th at the State Government Center South Downtown.  Terrie Daniel, Assistant Commissioner of the State’s Department of Administration and head the state’s minority business efforts appeared on Afternoons with Amos to talk about the conference. The Conference sponsored by the State’s Division of Supplier Diversity is designed to share information and expertise on how to grow and strengthen minority owned businesses in the area.  There will not only be representatives of state government agencies represented, but the state universities like Ivy Tech, Vincennes, IU, Purdue, Ball State and Indiana State will be on hand.  Along with the state’s casinos and the conference sponsor Comcast and co-sponsor Wal-Mart. In the interview Daniel also talked about the how racial minority, women and businesses owned by racial minorities, women and veterans can be certified by state government, which is a major key to doing business not just with state and local government, but private businesses are looking for certified minority businesses as well.  To Register for the Conference and for more Information Click this Link. INDIANA DIV MINORITY WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES

September 11 Retrospective

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(Remembering 9/11 Starts At 1:28:31 Mark On Media Player). And at the end of the broadcast, since it was on a Day that Americans and the World Should always remember – September 11th, Amos had some special comments and reflections.



The Afternoons with Amos PODCAST For Friday, September 11th Runs 92 Minutes. ©2015 WTLC/Radio One. PODCAST Starts After Brief Video Ad.