Your morning jolt: The ATL school board candidate with the booty-shaking Facebook page

Here’s a handy to-do list for would-be politicians embarking on a campaign:

1) Order business cards with campaign web site address;

2) File proper fund-raising paperwork;

3) Buy new wardrobe and dentures for adoring spouse;

4) Scrub the Facebook page of all videos showing booty-shaking women and rappers spouting foul language or inhaling cannabis.

So far as we know, Atlanta school board candidate Byron Amos did all right with Nos.1 and 2. We’re not sure that No. 3 applies. But Lori Geary of Channel 2 Action News says Amos, vice president of a rap music label called UGK Records, definitely failed to grasp the importance of No. 4:

Amos says he didn’t post the videos on his Facebook page, thanked Geary for bringing them to his attention, and promised to remove them.

But CBS Atlanta has also come across a YouTube clip “with Amos giving a birthday wish to a rapper.” The video includes a rap with misogynistic lyrics.

On the bright side, if Amos is elected, a teacher wouldn’t have to worry about that Facebook photo that shows her sipping a glass of wine.

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Speaking of the Atlanta Public Schools system, former superintendent Beverly Hall is the topic of a piece in today’s New York Times:

“The Beverly Hall as they characterize me is foreign to me,” said the Jamaican-born graduate of Fordham University’s doctoral program, who began teaching in some of New York’s toughest classrooms while Atlanta was still battling to desegregate schools. “This thing of me being autocratic and removed from the schools and whatever whatever is just crazy to me.”

Although she acknowledges that she should have given more attention to testing security procedures and to evidence that cheating might be widespread, she bristles at the suggestion that children should not be held to high standards or that she was intimidating and isolated.

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The basic cable TV package in our area of Cobb County includes CNBC, but not MSNBC, which made last night’s Republican presidential debate a true pain to watch. Live Twitter updates were a minute or so ahead of the MSNBC “live” stream.

For those of you who had the same difficulty, here’s the Associated Press video showing the Rick Perry-Mitt Romney exchange on Social Security:

The assessment of Tom Baxter and the Southern Political Report:

And you know what? By the closing minutes of the debate, when he was talking all his plans for reforming government and attacking Obama for his management of the economy, square-jawed old Mitt actually sounded a little front-runnerish. That’s the gestalt of an eight-candidate debate for you.

It wasn’t that Perry gave a bad performance in his first outing. It was probably smart politics not to play too much the frontrunner and to concentrate on defining himself. Whether it will prove to be politically smart to repeat the comment that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” or not, Perry’s comments Wednesday night were all conscious decisions and not unguarded remarks.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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78 comments Add your comment

Jon Lester

September 8th, 2011
10:02 am

I watched the debate by the MSNBC video stream, because the channel is not included with my Dish package. I only had to restart the stream three times.

I thought it was a good showing for Jon Huntsman, although the uncanny similarities of his mannerisms and vocal timbre to Romney’s made them seem like two examples of the same Cylon model.

Raquel Morris

September 8th, 2011
10:35 am

This is not Byron Amos’ first run at office, but is his third. He should know better.

eatmotacos

September 8th, 2011
10:38 am

How about wild eyed Michelle Bachmann with a gallon of hairspray in her hair – she looked like the flying nun. And, her incoherent ramblings in her screeching voice – it’s scary that she could actually have made it to this point in a presidential contest.

Villa Rica DAWG

September 8th, 2011
10:39 am

It’s not like he was smoking it up or rapping “misogynistic lyrics”… And, who cares if he shakes his booty?!!! Get the stick out of your rears America…

V.P. Joe Biden

September 8th, 2011
10:40 am

Forget these clowns, the stimulus is working!
We are doing a great job.

Captain Midnight

September 8th, 2011
10:40 am

Byron Amos is black. His prospective constituents are black. Associating with hoochie mama’s and weed smoking rappers is a non-issue. Think former D.C Mayor (bitc# set me up) Marion Berry.
Re-elected when he got out of prison. The former “hip-hop” Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick.
Accusations of sex and drug indescretions mean nothing to the voters these types of candidates are targeting.

cash money

September 8th, 2011
10:43 am

Byron Amos is now guaranteed to get elected if he is running for office in Atlanta.

Captain Midnight

September 8th, 2011
10:54 am

@ cash money. Let me call you one before someone calls me one..wait for it….Racist! LOL!!!

me-again

September 8th, 2011
11:00 am

AJC LOVES TO OPEN THE BLOG COMMENT SECTION WHEN THERE ARE RACIAL OVERTONES TO A STORY. GREAT JOB WITH CONSISTENCY AJC! IM GOING TO CONSISTENTLY SHRED YOUR OFFERS FOR A HOME SUBSCRIPTION. ;)

….BTW Cpt Midnight is a RACE BAITER..not sure if youre racist or not, but youre hoping someone calls you one. strange indeed.

Lee Mac

September 8th, 2011
11:01 am

So, is this man’s name “Byron Amos” or “Adams?” Your article has given him two different names. Does anyone proofread these items before they are posted?

RGB

September 8th, 2011
11:06 am

I’m shocked that a black political aspirant would engage in this sort of behavior.

This is a first.

I’ll bet the Tea Party made him do it.

NANNY STATE

September 8th, 2011
11:10 am

you know, i kind of miss ole crazy a$$ cynthia

Amazing

September 8th, 2011
11:14 am

Captain Midnight = Ignorance

Eazy

September 8th, 2011
11:17 am

This lady doesn’t know anything im from Decatur and this is exactly the person young black youths need in office. The reason being they might actually feel like he understands them he is v.p. of a major rap label. He knows rappers that will garner respect and I feel like decisions that he makes will effect students in a positive manner. The man is running for office in aps not gwinnett they need an urban man for urban students.

Steve Anderson

September 8th, 2011
11:25 am

Eazy, can you please elaborate how somebody being the v.p. of a rap label, country label, soup label, ANY label makes them any more qualified to be on a school board? He would be there to make decisions to repair a failed system and embetter children….”urban” or not……not make friends with kids, promote an artist, or sell discs.

Captain Midnight

September 8th, 2011
11:26 am

@ Amazing, best you can do? Wow, that was really “Amazing.”

joe in tucker

September 8th, 2011
11:28 am

@ Eazy – I doubt you’re from Decatur but rather unincorporated DeKalb County – here’s a quick test, if the cops come to your home – is it DeKalb or Decatur? …and Decatur students would know how to use proper grammar. Your ignorance is showing.

latentheat

September 8th, 2011
11:33 am

Michelle Bachmann turns my temp.up.Smart and good to look at.

Observer

September 8th, 2011
11:42 am

Captain Midnight is pretty much correct even if there are racial undertones. If Amos were running in a white district obviously this would sink him. But unfortunately the standards for acceptable conduct in a black district are much lower. Marion Barry, Kwame Kilpatrick, and many others prove this point. It is what it is.

Observer

September 8th, 2011
11:45 am

Amazing,

Don’t scream at the messenger. Ignorance would be the people who vote in corrupt, and disgusting politicians like Marion Barry, Kwame Kilpatrick, etc. Both kept getting re-elected over and over despite federal investigations and in Barry’s case a conviction. Do you honestly think the election of thugs like these men regularly happens in a white district? Seriously?

Eric

September 8th, 2011
11:45 am

Dude, are you kidding me? What makes this guy Byron Amos think he can run for a seat on the school board. In my opinion, he’s running to satisfy a personal need instead of helping children.

Tech '10

September 8th, 2011
11:51 am

This seems like a dumb idea. As Mr. Anderson has pointed out, this hardly makes him eligible to run for the position. Maybe he should try for a school counselor spot, or a mentor position, or an urban hip-hop class teacher…

Steve Anderson

September 8th, 2011
11:53 am

Eric, think of all the records he could sell, an endless talent pool to draw from, and a huge new target audience for him to access and promote to. You might be on to something, lol

Captain Midnight

September 8th, 2011
11:59 am

I’ll go one better…Go to a black church and listen to how great Barack Obama is and how we should make him President (Julian Bond), then go across town to a white church and listen to the tax exempt status being snatched away for doing the same thing. Different set of rules folks.

Zelurishinique

September 8th, 2011
12:10 pm

If Atlantans elect this fool to the school board, knowing what’s come to light about him, they deserve the shi##ty school system they now have and will continue to have.

Steve Anderson

September 8th, 2011
12:10 pm

JEEZA SLIM for president!!!!!!! Jeeza got it ALL figured out!

messed up!

September 8th, 2011
12:17 pm

More of the same! Glad I don’t have kids!

Tech '10

September 8th, 2011
12:27 pm

I wonder if Popeye’s will begin catering lunches for the Atl Pub Schools…

Raquel Morris

September 8th, 2011
12:31 pm

@Tech ‘10,

Only if Maynard Jackson’s family owns a Popeye’s franchise.

Captain Midnight

September 8th, 2011
12:32 pm

Tech ‘10…. no you didn’t.

Not Surprised

September 8th, 2011
12:41 pm

The amount of KEY-BOARD courage that people here have is amazing! You sit behind your keyboard and talk so much trash, then walk around like you “don’t have a racist bone” in your body! PLEASE! Yes, it sucks that Mr. Amos does not see how this could cause him to lose his chance at a seat. The issue isn’t always race! How about SOCIETY is the reason behind the moral decay! Regarding the “debate” *sigh* well, it left a lot to be desired. Those of you who continue to play the racist role behind your keyboard, I’m sure you too cannot hold a stick to half the influential African-Americans out here, and THAT is what you fear!

Fred

September 8th, 2011
1:02 pm

Observer

September 8th, 2011
11:45 am

Amazing,

Don’t scream at the messenger. Ignorance would be the people who vote in corrupt, and disgusting politicians like Marion Barry, Kwame Kilpatrick, etc. Both kept getting re-elected over and over despite federal investigations and in Barry’s case a conviction. Do you honestly think the election of thugs like these men regularly happens in a white district? Seriously?
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
LOL I can blow that out of the water with two words: Nathan Deal

DownLouis

September 8th, 2011
1:04 pm

with the ignorance that already sits on the ASB – i don’t think electing this joker will really make a difference.

that’s why my kids went to school in the burbs.

Smoke

September 8th, 2011
1:06 pm

Now Dixiecrats understand that when Fox News touts their ratings over MSNBC, they should take it with a grain of salt.

@Smoke

September 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

I hate Fox News & Repukelicans. They both make me want to puke on top of your head. SMH!!

Hollywould

September 8th, 2011
1:11 pm

Not Surprised, Who are the influential I should be afraid of?

Just My Opinion

September 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

Don’t know why ANYONE in their right mind, ok maybe it was just his crackhead friends would have voted Marion Barry back in office & Kwame Kilpatrick is a joke. I’m black & I would not vote for either. And let’s do away with calling anyone a racist that doesn’t think like or look like you even if the shoe does fit some, the Tea Party is doing enough division in this Country.

Atlien

September 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

It would be nice if we could disqualify anyone who actually wants to hold public office. Our democratic system sucks. We have all these idiots voting for people like Nathan Deal and Cynthia McKinney. Think about it…we had a choice between George Bush and Al Gore for president. Someone shoot me!

HR Pufnstuf

September 8th, 2011
1:15 pm

If Byron Amos didn’t post those videos, then who hacked his account and posted them? That is some hot ghetto mess right there. How low can you go?

left, right? i care

September 8th, 2011
1:16 pm

first, @jim– you have combined three subjects into one blog, when any of them could stand alone as a column. second–i only have one question: why are you people invoking the name of maynard jackson??? what in the wide blue world would he and his family have to do with this article? and i agree, you guys are all such “upstanding, church going christian people who shuck and bow to your AA bosses and then are racists behind closed doors. whateva dudes and dudettes.

gman

September 8th, 2011
1:17 pm

Observer, don’t forget Nathan Deal and Sonny Purdue! The crooks in Georgia will vote for crooks?

Stacey Hopkins

September 8th, 2011
1:17 pm

Okay, this isn’t Amos’ first time at the rodeo and should have known better. He’s going to have to decide which of the two worlds he wants to inhabit, as he can’t occupy both simultaneously — they aren’t compatible with each other.

Anything worth having in life, comes with a bit of sacrifice. Amos needs to decide which ones he needs to make if the school board position and his goals of improving education is truly what he desires.

me-again

September 8th, 2011
1:18 pm

political scandals occur with candidates of all races, colors, religions, parties etc. Trying to compare whose inappropriate behavior was worse is an exercise for idiots.

@CaptMidnight, dont you have anything else to do but sit down in this post and go word-for-word with posters?

NANNY STATE

September 8th, 2011
1:19 pm

smoke= marta train prophet

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September 8th, 2011
1:21 pm

a/a bosses … thats a hoot!

Tech '10

September 8th, 2011
1:30 pm

Raquel Morris: lol

Captain Midnight: LOL, I did sir.

Not Surprised: I assume that you are talking to me and a few others. I however, did not hide behind a keyboard while LIVING off of Perry Blvd, really really close to Benjamin Mayes High School. I did not hide behind a keyboard while an 8 yr old called me vanilla face in the neighborhood i lived in (which I thought was rather humerous). I also did not hide behind behind a keyboard when our house was getting broken into ( I hid behind a 12 ga w/ 00 buck shot and a bad temper). My parents did not hide behind their “keyboards” when College Park became a ghetto. My grandparents did not hide behind their “keyboards” when Ben Hill was turned into a ghetto. I can’t speak for others on here, but I walk my talk and type and sleep quite comfortably with a 12 ga at the bed side. AS for the black influentials in the area, they didn’t/don’t exist.. unless of course you are speaking about Soulja Boy and his lyrics about F### the FBI and F### the Army Troops…..

j

September 8th, 2011
1:34 pm

no surprise, you get what you put into office …

left, right? i care

September 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

tech 10, i will pray for you, you have so much anger in you that you cannot see the writing that is on the wall…oh, but it is in black ink–so it is i n v i s i b l e to you and yours, oops, sorry.

bryon rule

September 8th, 2011
1:36 pm

ok for byron to party down with the chicks and drugs on his facebook video—that free expression baby!!! but don’t let no teacher be caught with a glass of wine—that send a “bad message”! party on byron—you higher ups get special rules!!!!!!!!!

Tech '10

September 8th, 2011
1:41 pm

left,right: thanks. Appreciated. I am not angry, I am a realist. I never said black people were invisible. That would be you reading between lines that weren’t there but if you try blue ink it might be a little easier to read ;)