Sunday, November 22, 2015

JUDGE OLU STEVENS: Court Rules Judges Responsible for Searching Out Biased Jurors

Blob by +Wanda Dorn 


Question:  Should Black influencers, media, groups or organizations support Judge Olu Stevens  
My opinion is a resounding "YES"

Judges have done this before.  I have seen Judges send one panel of jurors back to the jury assembly room, then call the assembly room for a new panel of jurors for this same or similar reason. The opposing attorney and the courts where Judge Stevens presides know this. Because of their actions, this ruling will probably be used more often.

Attorneys get a certain number of peremptory challenges. Often they dismiss jurors because there is a race factor - in their opinion. "Jury nullification" sometimes comes into play whereby jurors, by law, have the right to find a verdict of guilt or innocence even though the evidence overtly does not support their findings.

The article below substantiates this is not new - not widely used - but not new.

This Article appeared in the Los Angeles Times May 21, 1997 from the Associated Press 

Court Rules Judges Responsible for Searching Out Biased Jurors
"NEW YORK — Judges must root out jurors who use personal beliefs about race, ethnicity or anything else to disregard the law in deciding a case, a federal appeals court said. The U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that judges have a duty to stop jurors from ignoring the law by issuing firm instructions or even dismissing jurors. (Notice they said jurors - plural).
'A presiding judge possesses both the responsibility and the authority to dismiss a juror whose refusal or unwillingness to follow the applicable law becomes known to the judge,' the ruling said.
The three-judge panel said the 'rule we adopt applies with equal force whether the juror's refusal to follow the court's instructions results from a desire to nullify the applicable law or . . . from a perceived physical threat or from a relationship with one of the parties'."  (To read full article, click here)
There have been numerous studies on the jury/race factor. The Tennessee Law Review gives one of the best explanations I have read on the subject.  

(Tennessee Law Review Excerpt) by Douglas O. Linder
Juror Empathy and Race 
"Racial bias in trial outcomes may have its roots in empathy.  It is not surprising, given the relevance of race to empathy that the race of a defendant or a victim may influence trial outcomes. 
People empathize most readily with those who are most like themselves in appearance and social condition, empathy is seen by some researchers as the source of racism and other forms of discrimination. The favorable treatment that empathy induces toward similarly situated individuals is not likely to be as intense toward those who are different. Empathy may even produce hostility to persons outside one's own group"... (To read full review, click here)
Judge and Mrs. Olu Stevens

Saturday, November 21, 2015


Blog by +Wanda Dorn 

I saw this post somewhere.  

Beating and chastising are two different things. When Blacks refer to the "law we feared", I think we are referring more to the respect we had for the Black female mothers and matriarchs than sparing the rod.

Back then, in Black culture we knew if you didn't disciplined your own child, that child could become a statistic.That's what these ladies represented.They not only raised their children, but they raised the extended family's and communities' children as well.  

It was not until we became so acculturated, and is now required by law not to spank our children, that's when we began to have discipline problems with our children. In those days,  children knew not only their parents would stop them from being mischievous, the neighbor's mother, or another relative, or "Sister (whoever)" who lives down the street would do so. 

I remember being mischievous once - my cousin and I dressing up in my Aunt's (her mother's) best clothes.  We got spanked by my Grandmother first when she saw us strolling down the street to her house dressed in big dresses, hats and gloves (not my Aunts old clothes, but her very best. Then my when Aunt arrived, she spanked us,  and when my mother found out, she came over and --- I got it again! I never went into anyone else's house and disrespected it again - not even today!

A client in one of my Personality Development classes said, when she was young, her brother had been harassed by a gang to join their gang. This gang, she said. was not even part of her neighborhood, they were spreading out from another neighborhood. One day when several gang members approached their house, their mother and grandmother went out and confronted the gang, and told them to stay out of their neighborhood. Back then, the women were feared. The gang members never returned! 

It's interesting to note that after these traditions were castrated by the system by taking the discipline control from these thy women,  jails became full of Black children.

These are my thoughts.  On my blog comment section: 


Sunday, November 15, 2015


Blog by +Wanda Dorn 
Hillary Clinton
Carly Fiornia


This Question appeared on Facebook:
Why does Hillary always wear pants?

I'll Tell you why!

As most of my followers know I owned a modeling school and agency.  I created a class and seminar called "FASHIONALITY", which is part of a two-day seminar, or semester class curriculum.

I will not present the on-line seminar now, but will in an upcoming training blog.  I just wanted to quickly address the above question of why the variations in wardrobe styles of women public figures.  Some say it's to seem more powerful, some say it's for comfort, still others say it's because some have no fashion sense.

Wanda Dorn

Taken from the 

"Fashionality" Wardrobe and Fashion seminar/class

Here's what "fashionality", "fashion styles",  or "fashion personalities" mean:

Have you gone shopping with friends, and all saw the same dress and loved it, but only one of you could carry off that style? That's where fashion styles and personalities come into play. I have seen a particular fashion in magazines, and no matter how I try to accessorize or work that look - I finally determine, it's just not me; it's just not my fashion style. 

We all have a fashion style. There are several of them, and we all fit into one of them. There are some women who can wear jeans and a mink to a high-fashion event, while other women would wear pastels, pearls, silk and flowers as their comfort style.  You can call it style, personality, or others trainers may choose other terms for it, but I coined the phrase "Fashionality"

When the feminist evolution first found a threshold, powerful women did tend to dress in a more man-tailored look - most likely in a pant suit, or a man-tailored/man-fabric business suit ... but now --- WE ARE FREE TO CHOOSE OUR OWN POWER-FASHION STATEMENT!

The two women in question discussed on Facebook:  Hillary Clinton is one fashion personality, more casual. Carly Fiorina's fashion personality is more conservative, but interestingly enough after you complete the classes, you will see these two figures have more fashionality in common than you think.

What do you think those similarities are?  

In the comment section of this post, tell me what you think, and stay tuned to a blog "Fashionality Seminar" coming soon.

To catch the upcoming Fashionality Seminar Blog, go to my Blogger site, press the "Follow" button

Thursday, November 12, 2015


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The Comedy Short Film

The Bathroom Attendant is a multi-award-winning short film Written and Directed, I'm proud to say, by my son Deon H. Hayman, starring Shay Roundtree, Hrach Titizian, J. Michael Briggs, Anne Judson-Yager, Trinecia Moore-Pernell, James Babbin, and Matt Kohler.

The film will be aired locally in the San Francisco Bay Area on Saturday, November 14, 2015 @ 2:00 pm, on KOFY TV. 
So everyone in the Bay Area - set your DVD's!

TBA has aired around the nation recently receiving nothing but rave reviews!  So, record, sit back and enjoy.

Monday, November 2, 2015


Blog by +Wanda Dorn 


424323927765718  (in response to a FB post - link to the FB Post)

I know many parents of relatives, friends and acquaintances who raise their children well.  I take exception to anyone deciding that all parents are bad, all children are bad, and mostly those accusations are directed to Black people.  

Did you know that the schools are targeting Black boys to fill up our private jails?   I have also witnessed their unfortunate experience or racial profiling.  

My son, on his graduation day from UCLA, we were dressing to go to graduation and got a call that several of his friends had been stopped because the police officer said they had two new high-priced cars they were riding in.  These young men were all college graduates and one was a millionaire.  They were simply heading to the mall a few blocks away so the ladies could get dressed. 

Fortunately, I was a District School Board Candidate and knew the Police Chief and the Police Department Public Relations Officer.  The officers in the station phoned the PR officer, he came immediately and the young men were released immediately.  The Chief of Police made certain that that behavior would never happen again in his City.  But most young Black people are not so fortunate.  

So let's call a spade a spade:  There are good cops and there are bad cops; there are good kids and bad kids;  there are good parents and bad parents.  Bad cops are unacceptable in any situation no matter what!  They are supposed to be the good guys, trained and expected to behave as such.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

My Heartfelt Message to: BLACK LIVES MATTER --- Learn to know Who - What - Where - When - And How To Pick Your Fights!

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I agree with the Clergy demanding an apology from Black Lives Matter disrupting speeches of people who came to say that they want to help.  Hear them out first ...

Go disrupt the Republican candidates, the Congress, the Senate and the police department's diversity meetings, etc. That's where your fights are.  

Unfortunately, often newly found recognition leads to excitement in being noticed. There's a time to talk and a time to demonstrate. Disrupting meetings is not the time to demonstrate. It's the time to, as said in Malcolm X movie, "look", "listen", "hear", "learn" and "understand", what the speaker has to say.  Also from the Malcolm X film:  "be careful of 'dem camras".  Even Malcolm himself fell prey to his notoreity and "dem camras".

As many young people would say, "put the older civil rights leaders out".  But young leaders could look, listen, hear, learn and most importantly understand what your role is from the older civil rights leaders who strategically and successfully picked their fights.  

From reading the article in the LASentinel, you didn't know what to do with the fact that Garcetti (and Hillary Clinton) has a right to speak to other groups without disruption and without your permission. Your group does not speak for everyone. 

How would you like it if others disrupted your events for their own agenda, or because they weren't consulted first. This is especially true about a meeting where the group is asking the persons in power and/or going to be in power where they stand.  If they didn't stand in the right place before, are they going to change their stance? You don't know because you didn't  stop, look, listen, hear and understand nor ask where that speaker will be coming from in the future. If they aren't going to come from where you believe they should in the future, then offer your demands in their discussion - don't try to take it over.

More often you get more by not being seen, but by strategizing a way to be heard without confrontation. 

Confrontation only leads to Blacks against Blacks, and that is a position you should not be creating. You should be creating dialog and peace among the community; resorting to marches and protests only when all our voices (not just yours) have not been heard, and after we all find that there is no other recourse but to stage more drastic actions. 

Believe it or not the people who came to hear the speakers should be respected too. 

Those guests, churches, groups and organizations have a right to invite people they feel they want to hear from so they can answer the questions their group or organization members want. If you have problems with a church group or organization inviting someone to speak, take it up with them. Even then, they don't have to answer to any other group as to whom they want to hear speak.

Believe me, there will be many such events as we continue the fight, and if you disrupt each one of them, people will begin to not take you seriously.

BLACK LIVES MATTER group, this is a heartfelt message because I support the work you're doing, but, please learn to  ---  know who, what, where, when, and how to pick your fights for the purpose of results and not for posturing‬‪...

... And continue doing good works!  

By the way, Mr. Moriah is a wonderful church!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015


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We often don't give credit where credit is due.  

Bayard Rustin was the architect of the "March 

on Washington" along with A. Philip Randolph.  

He was the mastermind behind 

Martin Luther King Jr's "NON-VIOLENT 


See the original post by: Black Then - click  

I thought it was important that we set the record straight in terms of what this man did in his wisdom by teaching and training others like Martin Luther King.

Bayard Rustin's public recognition and ability to claim his contributions was thwarted by the fact he was reported to be homosexual during those mis-educated times. 
"Known as the “Architect of the March on Washington,” Bayard Rustin was a tireless crusader for civil rights in the nonviolent tradition of Mohandas Gandhi. Rustin initiated the Freedom Ride movement by leading 1947&;s Journey of Reconciliation, and played an instrumental role in the organization of 1963’s Great March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. After the great legislative civil rights victories of the mid-1960s, he began to focus specifically on the financial problems of unemployed African Americans and working- class Americans in general. His later work with the A. Philip Randolph Institute tackled both racial and economic injustices, and he fought tirelessly for the civil rights of members of the gay community.
Upbringing and Early Civil Rights Activities
Bayard Rustin was raised in the town of West Chester, Pennsylvania, by his maternal grandparents. Because of his grandmother’s active involvement with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Rustin grew up in the company of American civil rights leaders such as James Weldon Johnson and W.E.B. Du Bois
Rustin’s interest in political activism began at an early age. As a high school student, he rallied his fellow students to combat segregationist policies at the local YMCA and West Chester’s Warner Theater. He also organized protests at segregated department stores, restaurants, and soda fountains throughout the region. In addition to his talent for leading and inspiring others, young Rustin was widely regarded as a gifted athlete, singer, writer, and involved student. In 1932, he was awarded a vocal scholarship to Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio. His musical abilities supported subsequent studies at Cheyney State Teachers College in Cheyney, Pennsylvania.
Shortly after relocating to New York City in 1937, Rustin began working for the Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), an interfaith religious group that continues to fight for social justice using tenets of nonviolent action and passive resistance. While serving as youth secretary at FOR. he helped fellow civil rights activists George Houser, Bernice Fisher, and James L. Farmer, Jr., as they were forming the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Although he isn&;t recognized as an official founder of CORE. Rustin was instrumental in establishing the organization’s fundamental nonviolent principles.
Rustin’s dedication to pacifism was more than purely philosophical. Rather than accept induction into the military as a result of the World War II draft, he served two years in the Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary. While imprisoned, Rustin organized and implemented FOR’s Free India Committee. Several years later, he made a personal trip to India in order to learn strategies of nonviolent resistance from key members of the Gandhi-led civil rights movement. Over the course of his career as a political activist, Rustin was arrested on several occasions for attending protests against British colonialism in India and elsewhere.
A Giant of the American Civil Rights Movement
In 1947, Rustin and fellow FOR staff member George Houser organized the historic Journey of Reconciliation, a protest against segregated public transportation that predated the famous Freedom Rides of the 1960s by well over a decade. For a period of two weeks, Rustin and 13 other  and white protesters rode interstate busses throughout the southern United States, refusing to take their places within the established segregated seating system. As a consequence of this radical act, Rustin was arrested and sentenced to hard labor on a prison chain gang.
Rustin&8217;s association with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., began in 1956 when he was recruited to provide key advice in the field of nonviolent Gandhian tactics. The very next year, he helped Dr. King establish the powerful and influential Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).
Bayard Rustin is perhaps most remembered as a principal organizer of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Coordinating and supervising logistics for this monumental event, he scheduled speeches, oversaw security, directed transportation, and even procured 80,000 sandwiches to feed hungry marchers. Packing more than 250,000 people into Washington’s National Mall, the event was an enormous success. A week later, Rustin and fellow organizer A. Philip Randolph were featured on the cover of Life magazine.
In 1965, Rustin and A. Philip Randolph collaborated once again as cofounders of the A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI). Connecting civil rights issues to a general struggle for safe and fair working conditions, the APRI continues to operate today as a division of the AFL-CIO.
Over the remainder of the 1960s, Rustin traveled throughout the United States and the world to organize demonstrations and speak out against a wide range of social, political, and economic injustices. He also returned to his hometown of West Chester to lead fair housing protests and address racial disparities in the local school system.
For much of his later career, Rustin monitored human rights and international election procedures for the Washington, DC-based non­governmental organization Freedom House. He also lent considerable support to a critical New York State gay rights bill.
Suffering from a perforated appendix, Rustin passed away on August 24, 1987. He is remembered as a champion of the little man with strong pacifist beliefs and an abiding respect for the ideals of democracy and humanism. Over the years, a number of buildings have been named in his honor including the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex in Manhattan; the Bayard Rustin Social Justice Center in Conway, Arkansas; and Bayard Rustin High School in his hometown of West Chester, Pennsylvania.
The post Bayard Rustin appeared first on Black Heritage Commemorative Society."

CNN analyst blames black teen for being assaulted by South Carolina cop: ‘She had no respect’

Blog by Wanda Dorn 
CNN analyst Harry Houck - (CNN/Screencap)

View video for full details of incident

CNN analyst blames black teen for being assaulted by South Carolina cop: ‘She had no respect'

"Firstly, Sir, people don't always respect teachers, don't always respect store clerks, don't always respect their ministers, don't always respect their elders, some people don't respect anybody, but the disrespected people do not beat down the people for their  "DISRESPECT". 

Police officers need to be severely punished if they go into "beat down" mode each time they are disrespected.  

Disrespect used to mean to Black people, "you'd better not look me in the eye", or "you'd better step down off the sidewalk when I am walking down the street".  

That is a terrible thing for you to teach officers, that they should be so weak yet feel so powerful that they can beat down people whom they "believe" disrespected them.  "Disrespect" means different things to different people, and who's life can be taken because of one police officer's interpretation of "disrespect".  

I am pro-police having worked with them indirectly for many years.  My company's publishing division published an author's book in the early '90's that all police departments should use for sensitivity training and diversity.  I know most police departments teach their police better than the example you are using here.  

Sir, go back and re-examine what you said.  If George Bush's daughter disrespected this officer, would he beat  her down like he did this reportedly handicapped child?

If you believe what you're saying, you need sensitivity and probably diversity training before you offer up another opinion

Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Blog by +Wanda Dorn 

Mr. Cosby Seeks Court Sanctions Against an Accuser over deposition leaks 

If someone signs a "confidentially agreement" before a judge in a court of law and, if represented by an attorney, their attorney is present, that agreement is legally binding to all parties involved.  It is a violation of said agreement if one party breaches and divulge information contained therein.  Courts in any subsequent action, barring unusual circumstances, cannot use the information.   This according to Reuters.

The party, who violates this agreement, can be "sanctioned" or "monetarily" penalized for violating that agreement.  Which is Mr. Cosby's right to ask for.  She agreed to seal the information in exchange for "money".   She never filed a criminal charge against him -- she went for the money, which is her right if that's the way she wanted to handle it.

I have sealed more than two hundred court documents.  The courtroom is (normally) closed to spectators when these agreements are made so that the information contained in the agreement is between the parties in question only.  The way I sealed a document, it cannot be opened without detection. That is how important it is for the documents to remain confidential.

This is how most divorce; custody, property, corporate, and other legal disputes are resolved.  I would hate to see all the wealthy people find that a legal precedence has been set and all sealed agreements are released because the public says that the injured party is automatically the plaintiff --  or the guilty party is the person or company they don't like, and they just "want" to know, but do not have a "legal right" to know what's contained in a sealed agreement. 

Like the case in question, it was not an admission of guilt or a criminal-trial-judge-or-jury conviction, it was a "nuisance" settlement.   Most of us have been in a car accident where we filed a claim, and the insurance company, not admitting responsibility, often offers a minimal settlement rather than engage in a long costly drawn out trial.  That is what in the legal system is referred to as a nuisance settlement.  That's what this amounted to -- a settlement rather than fight and make a public scandal of it -- which the media eventually did anyway.  There was no trial, we don't know whether she is telling the truth, lying or wanting money.  We were not there at the time of the alleged act.  What we do know is that she agreed not to go to trial and accepted money instead, and further signed a legal and binding agreement not to divulge the contents of the agreement.

There is another phrase in the legal system called "clean hands" where a party's actions should not be called into question.  It looks as if she cannot go into another court on this issue with clean hands.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

MICHAEL JACKSON, BILL COSBY - Media vs. African American Male Public Figures

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The Media vs. African American Male Public Figures

Below is a blog I wrote about Michael Jackson as the media assassination continued even after his death.   This article appeared in the Huffington Post back in July, 2009 

Just wanted to share how similar the Bill Cosby media assassination is as it continues to unfold. Remember, Michael was found "not guilty" even after most had rushed to judgement and persecuted him based on  media frenzy

 Check out my two new Blogs on Cosby 

Subject:      Michael Jackson and African American Public Figures Vs. The Media
Date:      July 8, 2009 10:31:49 PM PDT

Now perhaps Michael can rest in peace from the biased media.  Like in life, breaking down barriers, Michael has introduced the insensitive media to a new thought, African American males are not fair game for insensitive, biased and racially angry style coverage.

Michael has not been proven guilty.  White males have been sued for many things where they pay people off. When you have un-classy persons as the boy and mom whom Michael went to trial against comes forward for money you fight or you pay.  Note that during the trial, their time-line was not on point, something that you wouldn't do if you were telling the truth.  If everyone remembers, the Jackson family was there in force despite the reports that they don't get along, including Father Joe.  They are always there for each other.   Remember, they also filing for malicious prosecution because of the influence of the media's zealous on the prosecution staff.  I understand why they didn't, because it would have given the media pendants more fuel for their "opinions".

As for Michael sleeping with children, Elvis slept in the same bed with a teenaged girl for years, imported her across state and country lines.  No one called him a pedophile, no one wanted him charged and arrested.  Woody Allen admitted not only sleeping with his own teen daughter, but admitted having sex with his underage daughter, and no one wanted him charged and arrested.

As for Michael and drugs:  Elvis died in a drug bed and yet he's called a hero and people run around saying their idol "is still alive".  In movies like "Independence Day" life imitates art where people have banners to aliens "bring back Elvis".  If fans can worship Elvis and disregard his disgraceful history, African Americans and all ethnicities and peoples of the world can love Michael for his excellence and disregard "allegations" of wrongdoings without newscasters trying to tell us how his fans should feel.

As for Michael having a doctor with him at home, I am from the Elvis era, and was in the arts when Michael was, as Brooke Shields said, Michael was five starting his career.  Therefore, I followed the positives and negatives of both Elvis and Michael.  It was reported that Elvis, while in the military, I believe, was found to have spent several days locked up in a room with drugs and a doctor.   Locked up, meaning no one was allowed in.    We all know that Elvis was a drug addict during most all his career.  We are really just now hearing that perhaps Michael allegedly had problems in recent years; certainly he didn't have a drug problem all those years ago when he began to break records and break down barriers.  That is what we celebrate.  Even if the allegations are by a stretch of my imagination true, he's dead now.  My Mother said "If you don't have anything good to say about the dead, don't say anything".

I hope the media and other "holy" persons, will remember since the media is dominated by people who are of one ethnic group, the news commentators don't have dictatorship over to whom we world believes the world's leaders and icons are.  It seems that our African American male public figures are treated as a non-entity, with disregard as to how many and whom it hurts, not just the public figure, but their family, their income, their friends, and very importantly, their professional careers.  White male counterparts seem to be forgiven, protected and/or certainly reported on with more sensitivity.

As regards the soldiers coming home on the same day as Michael's memorial and receiving no coverage.  You have your President Bush to thank for that.  He dictated that there be no coverage of the soldiers returning home, did you get upset and complain about him doing that as a rule, and not just one day that Michael was memorialized.  If those who are so against Michael receiving a little of our time, tell the media and the world to tare down "Graceland" because Elvis was a pedophile, a drug addict and is still worshipped by some just as Michael will continue to be in "all" of our life times.

I can go on with parallels of the media's reporting biased, especially when reporting about African American male figures.  I thank Michael for continuing to do in death what he did in life, care about people by making changes.”   
Let me just add that I saw a documentary on Ike Turner who said it was Elvis Presley and Red Fox who re-introduced him to drugs by having the drugs in a hotel room and almost forcing the drugs on him.