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Refusing to deal with discrimination and a hostile work environment hits differently when  you have to pay out $100K to a Black employee who claimed who work environment became racially insensitive. Her stance stemmed from a probation officer at her job hanging up a “Blue Lives Matter” flag; and management failing to do anything about it despite her reporting it was demeaning to the Black Lives Matter movement and promoted police brutality.

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Karimah Guion-Pledgure decided to sue Multnomah County after months of alleged harassment. The lawsuit claims that the Blue Lives Matter flag “demeans” the Black Lives Matter movement.

A probation officer at the woman’s office hung one above his desk in September 2017 and supervisors would not require the man to remove the flag. Co-workers disagreed with the woman that it was derogatory. She claimed she was harassed because of her stance and faced “discrimination and retaliation” during her time working as a corrections technician for the county.

Supporters of the Blue Lives Matter flag claim it is meant to honor the sacrifices law enforcement officers make and the work they do, but Guion-Pledgure believes otherwise.

A copy of the lawsuit obtained by the Daily News said the Blue Lives Matter movement “co-opts” the Black Lives Matter movement’s slogan and repurposes it to shift focus from black lives to law enforcement, which is “a chosen profession, not a racial identity.”

The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved the settlement on Thursday, the Portland Mercury reported. As part of the settlement, Guion-Pledgure had to resign from her job with the county on Friday.

The lawsuit claimed that the poor workplace environment led the woman to suffer from stress and health problems.

Guion-Pledgure’s attorney Ashlee Albies told the Daily News her client didn’t want to file a lawsuit, but felt there was no other way to bring attention to the issue and stop the workplace harassment she was experiencing.

Albies said Guion-Pledgure is relieved her issue was resolved and hopes the county will be more welcoming to others in the future.

The lawsuit details examples of the discrimination and backlash the woman faced.In July 2018, Guion-Pledgure created her own “equity wall” in response to the Blue Lives Matter flag remaining on the wall. It was made up of visuals of people of color killed by police in the United States and visuals of immigrant children separated from parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

A co-worker complained about the wall the next day and she was told to remove it but refused since the Blue Lives Matter flag has been allowed to stay up for months even though there had been many complaints, the lawsuit said.

In response, the office instituted a policy limiting the size of pictures to smaller than 5-x-7 inches. Co-workers with Blue Lives Matter flags responded by bringing in smaller versions and the day the policy was enacted, two notes were left on Guion-Pledgure’s equity wall. One read “Thanks a lot,” and the other read, “Bitch.”

She reported the incident and went on leave for a few weeks. Even after her return, she said the complaints against her and anxiety stemming from the workplace continued for months and she eventually filed a lawsuit. She originally was seeking $420,000 in the lawsuit, but settled for $100,000.

Blue Lives Matter flags and photo displays like the collage Guion-Pledgure created are no longer allowed under a new policy at the woman’s former workplace, OregonLive reported on Friday.

This only reiterates the point that politics do not belong in the workplace! Shout out to Multnomah County for settling this before it cost them and the State of Oregon millions in the long run.

 

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OutPour LGBTQ Productions Executive Producer Fires Homophobic Slur at U-DO TV Execs

OutPour LGBTQ Productions’ Executive Producer, Antar Bush, finds himself in hot water after using a homophobic slur against the owner of another LGBT owned production company in an e-mailed legal correspondence.

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OutPour LGBTQ Productions’ Executive Producer, Antar Bush, finds himself in hot water after using a homophobic slur against the owner of another LGBT owned production company in an e-mailed legal correspondence.

Antar initially dismissed an e-mail from Maurice D. Ravennah, CEO of Griffin Global Incorporated and President of U DO TV, to cease and desist any production of WebLYFE Atlanta and the use of its name as it has been trademarked and licensed by the series’ creator, Michael Jonvier [Fanning] AKA Hey Mikey ATL,under his media production company, Michael Jonvier Media. He was additionally restricted in using Michael Jonvier’s likeness or image in his past or future work, as Michael Jonvier never authorized this use with the release of a talent release form. OutPour LGBTQ Productions was given until next Thursday, March 25th to comply, or further legal action would be taken. Antar replied to U-DO TV and Michael “LMAO” in one e-mail, and then subsequently followed up with another e-mail saying, “Bye faggot.”

See below, the initial e-mail from Mr. Ravennah in the first two screenshots, and Antar’s two responses in the final two:

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This comes as quite the shocker as not only is this no language to be used in legal or business matters, but OutPour purports to pride itself on being a LGBTQ brand and media company that uplifts and tells the stories of LGBTQ people. “I have to say I was shocked that he would use this type of language at all much less that he would put it in writing. Understandably I’m not his favorite person as the removal of my show from the OutPour YouTube platform would be a sizable reduction in views as it is arguably the largest scale and most visible project the production company has worked on.  But for one gay man to use that word against another member of the community in the midst of all the racist, homophobic, transphobic, and xenophobic sentiments our communities are battling is just disheartening, appalling, and disgusting–not to mention completely unprofessional. It does not matter how you try to spin him using the word it is not okay. This latest act by Antar Bush only validates and reinforces my decision to move my show away from his toxicity. “ Michael Jonvier states. 

As you may recall, the web reality series, WebLYFE Atlanta, created and owned by Michael Jonvier Medial LLC., had its first season filmed by OutPour LGBTQ and was subsequently moved to U-DO TV for its second upcoming season after the project became embattled with unprofessional acts and production discrepancies . Since the tumultuous end of season 1, OutPour LGBTQ has been notified of the series’ change in production companies several times.

The first was on March 1st. Since then OutPour LGBTQ and Antar Bush have now been notified twice–once by Michael on March 8th 2021 and then most recently by U-DO TV Exec. Maurice D. Ravennah on March 18th 2021 as a final warning to comply with the above mentioned request or face legal action.

It appears OutPour’s leadership is disregarding business ethics and the law in attempting to steal the series from owner Michael Jonvier Media, LLC. by swiftly moving a new season to production under the same name with a different cast. This apparently has the potential to confuse cast members and fans alike as they may mistakenly assume there are two releases of WebLYFE Atlanta Season 2.  Only one will be legal, and the other will be met with the full extent of the law.

OutPour LGBTQ Executive Producer, Antar Bush ,is mistaking involvement in production with ownership.  This too is surprising as it comes in the wake of various media appearances in which Antar admits to being virtually unknown to Michael Fanning before the series began, admits to the concept being the creation and idea of Micheal Fanning; and admits all casting was also overseen by the owner and creator, Michael Fanning.  Somehow now in an attempt to hold on to YouTube followers, views, and analytics he has mentally elevated himself from his questionable role as Executive Producer, Editor, and Videographer; even in the wake of the onslaught of social media commentary on the subpar execution of all three. See Mr. Bush’s admissions in two separate interviews by clicking the links below:

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This new narrative of confused ownership is both shocking and confusing. “Copyright and Trademark trolling is a real problem that we advise all of our creatives to be watchful for. There are individuals who will watch your rise and success waiting for opportune moments to prey on you and your intellectual property! In light of how all of this is playing out we are all glad our partner, Michael Jonvier Media LLC. heeded our advice in taking the necessary steps to secure the trademark for the WebLYFE franchise.  Hopefully OutPour heeds our warnings and lets this go.  The law and overwhelming documentation speak for themselves.  You have to be careful who you collaborate with and who you try to help and elevate.”  U-DO TV CEO, Maurice D. Ravennah, states.

WebLYFE Atlanta Season 2 begins filming next month under the management of U-DO TV’s Executive Producer, Brand and Project Manager, Ebony Shinelle in a project collaboration with Forever Dope Management Inc. , and sponsorship from Kontrol Magazine. The show is being revived and made over with most of the original cast; Michael Jonvier, Nikia “Freshie” Squire, Carl “K $tarr” Levonzell, Lacie Doll, and Brandon Karson Jordan returning; and a new cast member joining. The second season will premiere in early Fall.

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“Saving Greenbriar!” ATL Councilwoman Hosts Discussion on Greenbriar Mall’s Future

Atlanta Councilwoman, Marci Collier Overstreet, is hosting a virtual discussion on the future of Greenbriar Mall and its surrounding communities in Southwest Atlanta.

Greenbriar Mall opened in 1965, and unbeknownst to most was the birthplace of today’s food court concept. In fact, fast food giant, Chic-Fil-A, opened its first restaurant there in 1967. For nearly sixty years now the mall has manage to withstand multiple economic recessions, rising rates of crime and violence in the surrounding areas, and the withdrawal of multiple anchor stores. Macy’s is now its latest and final anchor to withdraw, leaving the profitability and future of Greenbriar in question.

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Atlanta Councilwoman, Marci Collier Overstreet, is hosting a virtual discussion on the future of Greenbriar Mall and its surrounding communities in Southwest Atlanta.

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Councilwoman Marci Collier Overstreet

Greenbriar Mall opened in 1965, and unbeknownst to most was the birthplace of today’s food court concept. In fact, fast food giant, Chic-Fil-A, opened its first restaurant there in 1967. For nearly sixty years now the mall has manage to withstand multiple economic recessions, rising rates of crime and violence in the surrounding areas, and the withdrawal of multiple anchor stores. Macy’s is now its latest and final anchor to withdraw, leaving the profitability and future of Greenbriar in question.

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The virtual discussion, “Saving Greenbriar,” will feature the aforementioned councilwoman who represents the area, along with Eloisa Klementich, the president and CEO of Invest Atlanta, who functioning essentially as the city’s developmental force.

We spoke with one of the business owners at Greenbriar, to gauge what they think the future of the mall is. Most of the owners we spoke to declined to make a statement. The owner who did speak with us asked to remain anonymous. “I think the mall is going to go the way of most historically minority or lower income areas in Atlanta. It’ll be gentrified. They’ll let big investors come in and gut the community, shit on the business owners that are already here and bring in big name companies. We will have to relocate and the communities who need this revenue, products, and jobs will suffer more as they’re pushed further and further out of the city. With COVID happening people can barely work as is and that’s exactly what they’re going to do. Take stuff from the people. Just think about it, most kids get their first jobs at malls and stuff. How are they gonna learn how to work when there are less places for them to work and then the jobs for them are now covered by adults because of the times…”

The unnamed business owner is correct in his discussion of employment for youth. In recent years the unemployment rates for youth in the state has dropped from 44% in 2009 and is now only at 31% in 2020, after bottoming out 29% in 2016. Malls, like Greenbriar, and fast food restaurants have traditionally been training grounds for youth first entering the workforce.

“Saving Greenbriar” takes place this afternoon at 3:00 PM EST. Residents who would like to participate in the discussion can do so via Eventbrite by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Atlanta Receives Outside Help w/ Strategies to Combat High HIV Rates

The city of Atlanta is now receiving outside help with strategies to curve its HIV rates via a year of assistance from a non-profit organization know as FUSE.

FUSE’s reach is nationwide collaborating with local governments on urban boards’ greatest issues; together with climate change, healthcare, economic and workforce development,  public safety, and education. The organization has had over 160 executive fellows in over 100 government agencies since 2012, their website boasts.

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The city of Atlanta is now receiving outside help with strategies to curve its HIV rates via a year of assistance from a non-profit organization know as FUSE.

FUSE’s reach is nationwide collaborating with local governments on urban boards’ greatest issues; together with climate change, healthcare, economic and workforce development,  public safety, and education. The organization has had over 160 executive fellows in over 100 government agencies since 2012, their website boasts.

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Atlanta has some of the highest rates of HIV in the country. In fact, some zip codes’ rate of infection is six to eight times the national average, according to a recent study done by Emory University. The city also has one of the highest per capita populations of those living with HIV in the nation. A 2018 report from Emory reads “By the time patients in Atlanta are diagnosed as HIV positive, about a quarter have AIDS, which means they have likely been living with the virus for eight to 10 years.”

In a press release from Atlanta mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms’ office, FUSE has provided the city with a fellow, Dr. Karterria Finkley, to “establish data gathering processes and expand opportunities for preventive programs and policies.”

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“The HIV/AIDS epidemic has long plagued the people of Atlanta and disproportionately affects people of color and members of the LGBTQ community,” Bottoms said in the press release. “I sincerely thank the team at FUSE Corps for their generous support on this effort.”

We are glad to see the city is recommitting itself to combat HIV. COVID-19 has taken center stage in the last year, but we are now 40 years into the fight against HIV/AIDS epidemic and as of present day there is no cure for HIV/AIDS. 37.9 million people globally are living with HIV. Please practice safe sex and get tested often.

For more information on FUSE visit their website, www.fusecorps.org.

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