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Saturday, January 27, 2007

Tonye Allen Ann Brown New Hearing Date February 16, 2007

The situation with Tonye Allen and Ann Brown,

the two American journalists on an extended stay in Toronto, Ontario, Canada has not been resolved. Just in case you thought they have resumed their lives, we want you to know, they have not. Thanks to the Canadian (in)justice system they continue to deal with this matter.

Bureaucratic scheduling results in court dates with no other effect than to add more stress as the "defendant" and his family wait; while his circle of support grows more weary of the wait; with more hours added to the invoice for the private attorney's services; We believe this is done in hopes the alleged perpetrators will give up or acquiesce to the system and not fight to prove their innocence. It is also done as a form of socially sanctioned pre-trial abuse and punishment. What is the point of court appearances every 3 weeks when the court is not ready to proceed? Generally, their lives have been totally disrupted. Allen's and Brown's every waking hour is spent dealing with every aspect associated with this ordeal.

Currently there is available an online petition to be signed and presented to the Canadian government to bring pressure to bear for the speedy resolution of this case for Allen and Brown.

The Canadian government is very much like Tina Turner, who said about herself, Ike Turner and the Ikettes on the recording of "Rolling on the River"--"We never do anything nice and easy...", and so Allen and Brown supporters, in response to the government of Canada's disapportionment of justice, are proposing a boycott of Canadian tourism if this incident is not resolved in the prescribed manner as stated in The Petition.

Here is the latest in Tonye Allen's case:

  • The January 22, 2007 hearing was held and adjourned until Friday, February 16, 2007

  • This is what has happened in the past:(This story came to our attention in December 2006. YTW is committed to continuing coverage of Tonye Allen and Ann Brown's plight until it is satisfactorily concluded.)
  • On Thursday, January 4, 2007 another hearing was held and adjourned until Monday, January 22, 2007.
  • (You will notice the hearings in which the prosecution is not ready to proceed are being scheduled approximately every 3 weeks. This, an informed Toronto source tells us, is what the Toronto courts do: have the accused appear every 3-4 weeks for nine months to a year before the court is ready to proceed. Should the accused be late once he could end up in jail, should his lawyer fail to appear, or ask for an adjournment on the accused's behalf the accused will be further berated for allegedly wasting the court's time.)
  • Allen has been charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer in an unprovoked October attack by Toronto police. (Apparently Allen beat himself up in a battle with the police)
  • Allen sustained more than a dozen serious injuries despite being unarmed and providing no resistance to the arresting officers. He merely inquired why he was being arrested. When his fiance, Ann Brown asked where Allen was being taken she was threatened with arrest. (The officers in question were deeply injured and wounded by his words.)
  • Tonye Allen has hired Canadian attorney Jason Bogle to represent him in this matter. (Jason Bogle, a respected Toronto lawyer was, himself, previously arrested by Toronto police "mind bogglingly" for resembling a black man; Attorney Bogle is after all black, who was detained under the guise of being a suspect in the shooting murder of a 15 year old; a killing that took place just moments before he was surrounded by numerous plain clothes detectives. Bogle was allegedly accused of being a "lawyer and a drug dealer".)
  • In a December hearing in Toronto, Ontario the court issued an order returning Tonye Allen's passport. With that order also came a change of bail requirements. He and Ann Brown can travel outside of Canada but they must return for court dates and the trial. (Every 3 weeks.)
  • Allen and Brown are raising funds from donations made by the public to cover legal costs and other expenses.

    If you wish to contribute go to
    Tonye Allen's Defense Fund for more information on how to donate.

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    79th Annual Oscar Nominations with Clark Dark

    Clark Dark with the names of the nominees for the 79th Annaul Oscar Awards. They are:
    • Leonardo DiCaprio in "Blood Diamond" (Warner Bros.)
    • Ryan Gosling in "Half Nelson" (THINKFilm)
    • Peter O’Toole in "Venus" (Miramax, Filmfour and UK Council)
    • Will Smith in "The Pursuit of Happyness" (Sony Pictures Releasing)
    • Forest Whitaker in "The Last King of Scotland" (Fox Searchlight)
    • Penélope Cruz in "Volver" (Sony Pictures Classics)
    • Judi Dench in "Notes on a Scandal" (Fox Searchlight)
    • Helen Mirren in "The Queen" (Miramax, Pathé and Granada)
    • Meryl Streep in "The Devil Wears Prada" (20th Century Fox)
    • Kate Winslet in "Little Children" (New Line)
      BEST Supporting ACTOR:
    • Alan Arkin in "Little Miss Sunshine" (Fox Searchlight)
    • Jackie Earle Haley in "Little Children" (New Line)
    • Djimon Hounsou in "Blood Diamond" (Warner Bros.)
    • Eddie Murphy in "Dreamgirls" (DreamWorks and Paramount)
    • Mark Wahlberg in "The Departed" (Warner Bros.)
      BEST Supporting ACTRESS:
    • Adriana Barraza in "Babel" (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
    • Cate Blanchett in "Notes on a Scandal" (Fox Searchlight)
    • Abigail Breslin in "Little MissSunshine"(Fox Searchlight)
    • Jennifer Hudson in "Dreamgirls" (DreamWorks and Paramount)
    • Rinko Kikuchi in "Babel" (Paramount and Paramount Vantage)
    Will everybody's favorite good guy actor, Will Smith win over the gited actor and director Forest Whitaker for the coveted award for Best Actor? Will Forest Whitaker take home the statuette for his portrayal of the bad guy everyone one loves to hate, the late Idi Amin? Will Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy win Best Supporting Oscars, one each, for their performances in the the hit musical "DreamGirls"? Will Djimon Hounsou win the title Best Supporting Actor award for his role in "Blood Diamond"
    The American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Awards, the Oscars for outstanding film achievements of 2006 will be presented on Sunday, February 25, 2007, at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles.

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    Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, America Ferrera, Forrest Whitaker, Terrell Owens, Kim Etheridge

    Clark Dark here with news from Hollywood about the winners of this year's GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS.

    Winners in the 2007 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS
    ceremony on Monday, January 15, 2007 heralded the achievements of some newcomers in the industry. Among them Jennifer Hudson, late of American Idol last season, but currently featured in the starstudded musical film production of the Broadawy hot, "DreamGirls" is the winner of the Best Supporting Actress award. Hudson along with veterean comic actor and comedian Eddie Murphy who won the Best Supporting Actor award for his first dramtic role on film, gave stellar performances in the story of three young women from Detroit in the 1960s who find fame,fortune and misfortune. The story is loosely based on the true story of the most popular of all girl groups from the era, The Supremes.
    are given by the foreign press to film and television productions and actors from around the world every year at this time in Hollywood. The winners of the GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS often go on to win the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (Oscar) Awards in their category.

    Another newcomer to win this year is favorite
    America Ferrera. Ferrera won top honors in the category Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Musical Or Comedy. America Ferrera is the actress who portrays the title character in the television program "Ugly Betty" which won Best Television Series - Musical Or Comedy.

    Other winners at the ceremony this year were: Forest Whitaker, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama for his role in "The Last King of Scotland". Whitaker plays the part of the late Ugandan presidential dictator Idi Amin. Martin Scorsese – The Departed, won Best Director - Motion Picture.

    Best Original Song - Motion Picture honors went to His Purpleness, PRINCE for "The Song Of The Heart" from the film "Happy Feet".

    Helen Mirren, received dual honors... Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama – "The Queen", and Best Performance by an Actress In A Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her role in "Elizabeth I". Seems Mirren has the lock on playing both QEI and QEII in television and motion picture productions.

    The Cecil B. DeMille Award for Lifetime Achievement went to Warren Beatty.

    Revisiting the continuing saga of Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys...seems Kim Etheridge,
    formerly publicist for T.O., aka, Owens' "fancy little football person", as described by the head of the Dallas Police Officers union, has acquiesced to the union official's demand for an apology. In a recent news story in a Dallas newspaper Etheridge in fact apologized for maligning the law enforcement personnel of the Dallas PD who were involved in the alleged "possible suicide attempt" by Owens last fall.

    I'm Clark Dark I'll have more.....

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