Today, August 14th, 2019, CALIFORNIA IS ME® features Queen Monica Gray for speaking out against injustice in support of her former boyfriend, Ricky Kidd, serving 23 years (and counting), unjustly for a double murder he did not commit.
According to Kansas City, Missouri station KCTV-5 report, “Ricky Kidd has spent more than 20 years behind bars for a murder that another man confessed to. Wednesday, a judge ruled Kidd needs to be re-tried or let go, the prosecutor has 30 days to decide.” See original KCTV-5 video (here). Another Ricky Kidd’s support is: Former Kansas City Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks, of (Ad Hoc Group Against Crime).
Innocent is innocent. Truth is the cornerstone of justice. An innocent man should NEVER commit a second of precious time longer than necessary for a crime he did not commit. Time’s up for Central Park Fives/Exonerated Fives.
“I’m just really disappointed in the judicial system. I really am. Amy McGowan and the former prosecutor. Very upset. Jean Peters Baker. They’ve known he’s been innocent. And they could have let him go a long time ago. And it’s wasting tax payers money as well. So very disappointed in the system that’s supposed to protect and serve. You kept an innocent man in prison.” - Monica Gray, Former Girlfriend of Ricki Kidd as told to KCTV-5.
Today, Queen Monica Gray was interviewed also by CALIFORNIA IS ME® and said concerning the lack of evidence proffered by Missouri former prosecutor Amy McGowan and current prosecutor Jena Peters Baker against Mr. Kidd,
“They build a case that’s not even there just to save face. Amy McGowan especially is a fraud.”
We concur with the State of Missouri’s mission statement of “fighting for openness and justice, especially for those who have no voice.” Indeed, exonerate Ricky Kidd, now. The truth is Calafia California golden and freedom is embedded in its path. There should be no retrying, only to release. If the prosecutor won’t block Mr. Kidd’s release, then the attorney general should follow suit. Anything less is injustice.
When asked what most was stolen from Ms. Gray’s relationship with Mr. Kidd because of his wrongful conviction, Queen Monica said,
“The special love we had, the beautiful family we could have had.”
Thank you to Alvin Brook’s Adhoc Group Against Crime and the Midwest Innocence Project. See letter to Missouri Governor Nixon (here). See judgement granting relief to Mr. Kidd (here). In the judgment, facts found include:
Mr. Kidd’s Second Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus presented ten claims for relief. On August 27, 2018, the Honorable Thomas N. Chapman granted, in part, Respondent’s Motion for Summary Judgment on Kidd’s Claims 1-8. This matter proceeded to an evidentiary hearing on April 23 through April 26, 2019, on Kidd’s Claim 9, that he is actually innocent of the crimes for which he is imprisoned, and Claim 10, that the prosecution withheld material, exculpatory evidence (first time in any court). See page 1.
Petitioner’s Exhibits 1 through 196, and Respondent’s Exhibits 1 through 9. Respondent presented no witnesses. Based on a careful consideration of the record and these proceedings, this Court finds that the evidence is clear and convincing that Kidd is innocent of the murders of George Bryant and Oscar Bridges, that the prosecution did not disclose exculpatory evidence that was material to the outcome of Kidd’s case, that Kidd can show cause-and-prejudice for not having discovered his Brady v. Maryland claim earlier, and that Kidd has established a gateway claim of innocence that overcomes any alleged procedural default. Kidd is therefore entitled to the writ of habeas corpus. See page 2.
Trial evidence revealed that Kidd became a suspect because he was one of ten men named in anonymous calls to police. He was arrested on February 14, 1996, in the company of his girlfriend, Monica Gray. They were transported to police headquarters and questioned. In separate interrogations, Kidd and Gray told police that they were together all day on February 6, 1996, and they had gone to the Sheriff’s Office at Lake Jacomo to apply for a gun permit. Kidd agreed to participate in a video-taped line-up and signed multiple consents to search his car and belongings. See page 7. Footnotes removed.
The irony in King Ricky Kidd’s case is, on the very day he tried to secure physical protection, the prosecutor ignored evidence that freed Ricky stealing his inalienable right to protection, liberty and freedom. The prosecutor:
Turned a blind eye to Kidd’s alibi, Monica Gray, that was in his presence all day; and
Ignored the record of an application for a gun permit for physical protection the very day he was arrested.
Indeed, a “case” was created out of thin air where any black male will do. The essence of racism. Wherever lies and wrongful treatment exist, a skewed situational view can attempt to uproot the truth. When inspired by Queen Calafia’s like Ms. Monica Gray, the light shines through and the truth is freed to breathe justice. King Ricky is California courageous for standing in truth and fighting his battle. Veritas! Justice.
"Truth is truth though never so old, and time cannot make that false, which was once true." - Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604).
Supress and ignore no more! Educate, Celebrate and Act!
Press sign @ www.caliisme.com to restore truth, Queen Calafia, in the California Great Seal. #Justice4QueenCalafia
Author: Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, Founder and Owner, CALIFORNIA IS ME® aka www.caliisme.com
From jail, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King wrote, "
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Who needs to be an astronaut, when you can pretend to be?
My first virtual experience of walking on the Moon compares not to Neil Armstrong’s first grand accomplishment; however, it was surreal today. Curiosity, STEM, and necessity inspires inventions and makes dreams reality, or virtual reality. Thanks to the spark of genius in inventor Nurakhmed Yatypov (US Patent No. 5,846,134 pictured below), we may have a little independence and enjoy the freedom of fun to critically think!
I’m putting one of Yatypov’s Death Star moon patented contraptions in my house! After today’s test of California courage, I’m going to moon walk my dreams like Michael Jackson! Watch out universe! As we celebrate the Apollo-50, let us continue to spark ingenuity, near and far.
Out of the tumultuous humanity issues of the Vietnam and Civil Rights wars of the 60s, a monumental leap for mankind to benefit from is simply immeasurable. Thanks to NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, with the teamwork of Neil Armstrong and Katherine Johnson, we conquered the moon and now our trusty Gravitational Positional Systems (GPS) are a staple in traveling the globe, easily and safely. May we never forget our monumental achievements.
Happy 50th Anniversary Apollo and all of those at NASA who worked to achieve such a majestic moment, from the Moon to Mars! I can’t help thinking that after finding the California courage to virtually moonwalk, just maybe I’ll to become an astronaut. After all a #caliisme girl can only California dream it!
Invent to infinity and beyond!!
#Apollo #HiddenFigures #caliisme
Disclaimer: All expressed herein are not the voice of the Federal Government or USPTO.
The lovely “CROWN” act has freed black hair preventing “blackness” in hair from being discriminated against in the State of California – the first to do so in the USA (and oldest state name). See the bill (here), one author Queen Senator Holly Mitchell: California’s definitely taking Queen Calafia’s lead, true to its name. According to a recent article in the (L.A. Times):
“It's important to me as a black woman,” said Williams, who owns Mahogany Hair Revolution, a hair salon in Beverly Hills. “Our skin color and our hair have been used as ways to continue to keep us disenfranchised.
Identity is everything! Just like our California name. Identity is the crux of who we are. Yet Queen Calafia’s hair is free but not her image and body? Names and seeing oneself in another like image are relatable and drives one’s dreams and ingenuity to do better or beyond those we identify with and idolize.
Take it from recent 15-year-old Wimbledon monumental historical winner Cori “Coco” Geoff against one of the oldest Queens of Tennis, Venus Williams, 39. Both are Queen Calafias finest for sure! According to the (Kansas City Star), the father stated of the #CaliforniaMagic moment on Coco: “I just said to her: This match is really magical. Just enjoy it. Your first Wimbledon main draw and you're on a main court against somebody you looked up to from the beginning.".
The history making event according to the Star further reported:
“Gauff, who is black, idolized Williams and her younger sister, Serena, the first African American women since Althea Gibson in the 1950s to win a Grand Slam singles championship.
Serena has said Gauff reminds her of Venus.
After Monday's match, Gauff said she thanked Venus "for everything she did."
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for her," said Gauff, who joined the crowd in applauding for Venus as she walked off the court.”
How many California children minds remained untapped? A dream is conquerable. As Coco keeps fighting, so will we. (N.Y. Times) reports, “Coco Gauff was the youngest player to reach the fourth round of the women's singles at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991.” What a colossal California month in July we have had. Independence and freedom aren’t haphazardly thrown together, but are fought for, so let it ring! We are well on our way to equity in America.
Well done California, on freeing Black hair, slay away! Since California freed Hair, let’s free the Seal by pressing sign at www.caliisme.com to restore Queen Calafia, the namesake of California. Educate (book), celebrate (gear), and act (Sign California Censored petition) @ www.caliisme.com
We know Serena. Know Coco. Know Calafia.
Respectfully, CNN reporters, misinformation perpetuates miseducation. @ David Williams and @ Amanda Jackson, on Wed, June 12, 2019 , a recent article titled, “A fake California license plate didn't fool a motorcycle cop, or spell the state's name right” (see CNN original article https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/06/12/us/fake-califas-california-license-plate-trnd/index.html)
is misguided. I’d like to offer a reason from a historical and literary perspective as to just why the CA trucker did not attempt to misspell “California”. Primarily, a reason for the trucker’s decision to “Instead of the state's name, the plate said "CALIFAS," which is Spanish slang for California” as reported by CNN is not because it is Spanish slang but because it is an English translation of the Spanish Black Queen Calafía-the namesake of the State of California. The plural on Califa [sic] is for Calafía’s California to rightfully show ownership of the word. The name Calafía or Califa [sic] is relevant because: 1) Queen Calafía and her California monarchy is derived from the legendary, majestical all Black woman Amazonian golden island called “California” taught in the Spanish book by GARCÍ RODRÍGUEZ DE MONTALVO and incidentally 2) is the direct etymology of the invented and adopted state name, “California”.
Secondarily, it is safe to presume a California citizen knows how to spell “California” as he is a resident and the name is the most popular state, not to mention on practically every food item.
I, Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, am leading an effort to correct this California censored issue in its whitewashed Great Seal to dispel the omission of black women and women of color. For more information on this effort please visit: www.caliisme.com
For further reading please see:
1) Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, Author of "Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman"
2) Ms. Aya Elamroussi, Special to the AFRO article, “Real Meaning of California is #BlackGirlMagic, April. 19, 2018.
“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”. - President James Madison, Father of the Constitution
#CaliforniaIsMe #Justice4QueenCalaifa #RevealTheSeal #California
Thanks to all fathers, especially mine a historian from the Show-Me-State, for giving me the California courage to slay away! Happy Fathers Day!
Disclaimer: all words are not of the federal government nor the USTPO but as a private citizen.
Love is sacrifice, according to the words my mother spoke at my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. How else does one show a love for their family or country than by sacrificing ones own live for the lives of others? Freedom ain’t free. So, we must show appreciation for those who have gallantly displayed California courage that allow us to enjoy the freedoms of democracy.
For instance, many may take for granted the fact that we are allowed to surf the massive information powerhouse called The Internet; however, it came at a cost. In certain parts of China, the citizens are not allowed to even use the World Wide Web. I am grateful for those Union soldiers and the U.S. Colored Troops who fought for the freedom of the enslaved to allow today’s African Americans to thrive. Therefore, let us appreciate our democracy and all those who sacrificed to allows us to be free to live, free to create, and free to invent.
On Thursday, May 23, 2019, I was overjoyed to meet a USPTO and California Superhero, Vint Cerf, known as the architect, co-inventor “Father of the Internet”! As Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist, Dr. Cerf’s passion for the need to simply communicate via data over voice, was a light bulb idea that turned monumental. Putting pen to paper transformed communication, allowing for the ease in which we research information–work to love, ancient to new. What a California concept!
TCP/IP protocols are the foundation of The Internet, which without it, we would still be living in the Stone Age of widespread ignorance and using snail mail. The Internet has simply made research like mine in the California name become easier and now I can connect what was lost pre-slavery. Duces card catalog! Also, I remember how I felt the first time I was allowed to communicate faster with my parents during my loansome freshman year using Hotmail (Yes, I’m old) from Tuskegee, Alabama (after I could convince them to use it after months of trying). I personally thanked Dr. Cerf for this feeling. Cerf continues to extend the Internet to go where no man has gone before! Thanks to all that made the decision to bring us the power of information from Vint Cerf, Bob Khan, and Al Gore and those that defend our country. Special thanks, forever, to all those veterans who have become California Amazons. Did you know Harriet Tubman is the first female to serve in the U.S. Military?
This Memorial Day, hug our U.S. Military, a California Amazon, and your cellular phones a little tighter 😉.
“Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.“
– Dr. George Washington Carver, Tuskegee Institute
Q: How does a spider communicate? A: The World Wide Web
For further reading:
Lifting the veil of ignorance on veritas – TRUTH to social engineer JUSTICE in the end.
I met THE professor of Negro studies, Colored studies, Black studies, and African American studies – Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Georgetown Law in Washington D.C., Tuesday, May 14th. I am slowly, still, coming down off of this emotional high. The KING of the phenomenal PBS shows “Finding Your Roots” and “African Civilizations” debuted for a Georgetown Law audience, his next PBS series on the Reconstruction Era to highlight the rise and return of white supremacy. Professor Gates made our Black history relevant, once again, in American history and worthy to celebrate nationwide for the strength of future generations. We ARE somebody.
I, Ms. Tamra L. Dicus, was overjoyed and thrilled to experience Professor Dr. Henry Gate’s acknowledgement of my own body of work! I will always cherish his words to me concerning my book on the miseducation and misrepresentation of California’s unknown Black history. Professor King Henry Gates understands the aftermath of Slavery and has stood on the shoulders of giants to bring us to the light. How many times have we cried watching his interviews? Professor Gates referenced several times in his speech Booker T. Washington’s and W.E.B. DuBois’ notable quotes on Reconstruction to the audience. To remember and uplift these golden Black men of Tuskegee and Harvard Universities help solidify the teachings in Up From Slavery and Black Reconstruction of perseverance and black excellence! King Henry Gates quoted Booker T. Washington on “taking two steps off the plantation” only to take those two steps back to return. I was ecstatic to know Professor Gates referenced W.E.B. DuBois’ very chapter title (“Propaganda of History”) that I put in my book! Personally, to hear Professor Gates uplift HBCU Tuskegee University’s Booker T. Washington made me so proud of my alma mater, Mother Tuskegee, and the legacies of today’s African American. Perhaps, Harvard University’s slave plantation profits from the island of Antigua of 91% Blacks makes its law school suited for truth.
We take for granted that things that exist today just do. For instance, I was shocked to realize the mere study of Black history as a course like English or Mathematics was fought for (as in we will burn the library down if we don’t get a black studies course) by Black students at Ivy League universities just to get the teaching of the Black experience in America. We have militant students to thank for bringing to light the likes of Gates. What is the crime in knowing oneself? (That is part of the reason why I chose to attend Tuskegee University so I could learn what was devoid in my Kansan high school.) Another shocker was the drop in voting after the Ku Klux Klan rose to commence to rapings and hangings to diminish the voting power of Black men from approximately 800,000 to approximately 1500. Gates shared personal stories on how he even became interested to become this master of Black history. Once he entered Yale law school for one year, he started grabbing people who would listen to tell them Black history.
On this journey for highlighting the truth, I learned more than ever that it is paramount to have high self-esteem, crucial to one’s foundational building blocks in life; therefore, we parents, we students, and we teachers must require Black history to be taught amongst each other and in schools to recognize greatness in oneself on the stony roads in American life. I thank my own father for being a historian and instilling that principle in me. Had I not understood the value of history, I may have never recognized the problem nor attempted to solve California’s heritage issue. Law Professor Maurice Dyson stated in the book “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman”, “IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHO YOU ARE, YOU DON'T KNOW YOUR FUTURE, AND YOU WON'T KNOW THE FULL NATURE OF YOUR ENEMY."
It was good to hear Professor Gates acknowledge further that the Reconstruction to the Jim Crow eras are repeating during this time period after President Obama, which is in part why he wrote his latest book. Fear of Black people’s success is problematic for the white supremist. Indeed, history is repeating itself. I learned earlier that day at the USPTO Women’s Symposium that Harvard University ran a study that reported if more minorities were encouraged in STEM, American ingenuity would quadruple.
May each of us strive to be as close as we can to cherishing our African roots in America and loving every inch of our regal blackness. Black history is American history. Analogously, Californian history is American history. It is imperative we value our history for the contributions we have made, to guide our future and secure our Black family unit. Professor Gates ended his speech with charging the Georgetown law students to press forward with truth and justice! So, forward march CALIFORNIA QUEENS AND KINGS by pressing sign @ caliisme.com and passing the California Censored PSA @ www.caliisme.com/psa.
Slay on! Each 1, teach 1. #Justice4QueenCalafia #RevealTheSeal
Thank you to Dean William M. Treanor and all at Georgetown Law for providing me the opportunity to meet a legend. May California courageous King Henry regin forever! What will be your legacy?
Professor Gates’ “Stony the Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow”, is the bridge that explains the attiudes that persist today to further solidify precisely why the etymology of California that has been left out of the equation of Reconstruction as evidenced by “Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman”. These attitudes are present in the misrepresentation of Blacks and Hispanics in the current college scandals to be admitted into universities now.
For further reading:
“If we don’t love our own history, we will be.” - Tamra L. Dicus from (Who is the Black Queen Calafia of Golden California?: The Real Wonder Woman);
(Stony The Road: Reconstruction, White Supremacy, and the Rise of Jim Crow) by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
(The Status of Black Studies at the Nation’s Highest Ranked Universities) by Milton Moskowiz.
I had the honor of serving with the mothers of California NOW and Califia NOW in San Diego and Los Angeles. It was a joyous occasion for women to speak THE empowering truth. Amongst Oprah’s Spiritual advisor, Marianne Williamson, I felt the California spirit all over again! It is such a joy to experience California love! One day soon they will love California. Special thanks to a few Queen Calafías: Cheryl Branch, Califia NOW Founder, Adria Fox, California NOW, SD, Michelle Price, California NOW President, SD, Kolieka Seigle, Califonria NOW President, Sacramento. For all the wonderous women and mothers out there, this one’s for you…
A mother courageously cares when others don’t dare.
A mother energetically teaches where others can’t reach.
A mother’s beautiful love is endless and true.
A mother’s womb cradles humanity for the enjoyment of me and you.
CALIFORNIA IS ME thanks Queen Calafia’s like you!
Reign your days ahead and command the respect you so royally deserve.
So many people in the audience at the Califia NOW Town Hall were impressed, shocked, and overjoyed to receive their regal, melanated Californian history.
A few notable quotes are below after I gave my speech (see below part 1) and inquired to Dr. Grant what her professional opinion was concerning the educational suppression of California’s meaning.
“That doesn’t surprise me. And it probably should not surprise anyone in terms of the vampirism of the Black community. If you go back fairly recently to the Renaissance, you know, everything got stolen and suppressed…[B]ut here’s what’s wonderful about it, is that the truth is coming to light. See there’s a time for truth. And this is the time for it. So, thank you for exposing it.”
- Dr. Parthenia Grant, Author and Social psychologist
“The African American community is always paving the way for social justice movements.”
- Queen Monique Francisco from Sacramento, California
#BlackGirlMagic transformed to #CaliforniaMagic!
Thanks to King Ivan S. Harris for photography and videography.
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13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Source: Matthew 5 New King James Version (NKJV) BibleGateway.com