“[T]he fraud-upon-the-court doctrine [is] a well-established body of law founded on inherent powers that permits courts to set aside judgments that were procured by fraud. This application is illuminating in two respects. First, it illustrates the value of recognizing a broad form of inherent power. The fraud-upon-the-court doctrine, although not indispensable to the operation of courts, serves the salutary purposes of protecting courts from becoming saddled with ill-gotten judgments, acting as a stick to punish parties who defraud the courts, and furthering general notions of fair play.”

Source: Joseph J. Anclien. Broader Is Better: The Inherent Powers of Federal Courts. 64 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 37, 43. 2008.

“In this Article, I endeavor to provide a comprehensive analysis that will dispel the uncertainty concerning inherent powers. First, I show that — despite the commentators’ misgivings — courts may exercise inherent powers whenever such action possesses a natural relation to the exercise of the judicial power. This conclusion is overwhelmingly supported by an originalist understanding of the Constitution, Supreme Court precedent, and policy considerations. Second, I argue that Congress may abrogate or curtail a rule based on an inherent power as long as doing so will not intrude on the ‘basic function’ or the ‘central prerogative’ of the federal courts. This methodology ensures that courts will maintain an indefeasible authority to conduct their essential business, while also recognizing that the Constitution has vested Congress, and not the courts, with the ability to legislate. The Article’s conclusions regarding these two points have the benefit of harmonizing — rather than laying to waste — the vast majority of federal court precedents, while providing a heretofore lacking justification for those decisions.”

Source: Joseph J. Anclien. Broader Is Better: The Inherent Powers of Federal Courts. 64 NYU Annual Survey of American Law 37, 42-43. 2008

“Much of Hollywood’s failure to fully address its diversity problem has been attributed to white male executives who are in charge of the industry’s talent agencies and movie studios. According to a study released earlier this year by UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, 94 percent of film studio heads — who are in charge of green lighting decisions — were white in 2013, while 92 percent of those in other senior level film studio management roles were white. [Sanaa] Lathan underscored the glaring disparity and said Hollywood should have an accurate representation of all cultures. ‘I think we need to come into the 21st century. And films should represent the world that we live in,’ she said. ‘And right now when you look at Hollywood it’s not an accurate representation of the diversity of the world that we live in.'”

For the last five years, I have presented a pyramid of evidence to prove this point and the district & appellate courts have denied ALL of my claims as “frivolous” and “lacking an arguable basis either in law or in fact,” although the only lawfully appointed arbitrator David L. Gregory concluded in his December 17, 2013 Partial Final Award that Hollywood’s oldest talent agency “William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC discriminated against [me] in violation of pertinent federal, state, and local law prohibiting discrimination in employment on the basis of race.” Smdh. #fraud #conspiracy #unconstitutional #unconscionable #systemicracism #judicialcorruption

Source: Brennan Williams. “Sanaa Lathan On The Marginalization Of Black Actors: ‘Hollywood Has A Ways To Go.'” Huffington Post. August 31, 2015. 

“Another highly imperfect area [actress Sanaa] Lathan touched on is the persistent lack of minority representation in Hollywood and film.Lathan notes the box office success behind films such as “Think Like A Man” and “Straight Outta Compton” as evidence that more people outside of black audiences are interested in stories portrayed by black characters.’I think Hollywood has a ways to go. Certainly in the last couple of years with ‘Think Like A Man’ and even recently with ‘Straight Outta Compton’ doing well,’ she said. ‘But I think the language needs to change, the language about “Oh, this is an Urban film or this is a niche film.” No, these are Hollywood films. And it’s to marginalize us because it’s like some kind of a freak thing that we’ve made all this money off this movie. That’s a problem for me.'” 

Source: Brennan Williams. “Sanaa Lathan On The Marginalization Of Black Actors: ‘Hollywood Has A Ways To Go.'” Huffington Post.  August 31, 2015. 

“MTV snubbing Minaj may not have been ‘on purpose,’ but it could still represent a very real issue — particularly after years of watching white artists like Sam Smith, Macklemore, Iggy Azalea, and [Miley] Cyrus herself become the most visible faces in what was previously considered ‘urban’ music. White audiences gravitate to white artists and white platforms celebrate those artists oftentimes at the expense of their black counterparts. That doesn’t mean no black people become superstars; but it does mean that black artists have to remain vigilant against marginalization. It’s common for black singers and rappers to be relegated to ‘urban’ categories at mainstream awards shows — no matter how much pop culture sway they hold. Some of the biggest black pop stars in the world are still viewed as ‘R&B’ simply because the general public doesn’t typically view black folks as pop stars. Nicki Minaj is as much a pop star as a rapper — but would she be celebrated alongside the Swifts, Cyruses, and Perrys of the world as a peer? There are very few black women who are recognized as innovators in the worlds of rock and pop, specifically.”

Source: Stereo Williams. “Miley Cyrus Whitesplains Race To Nicki Minaj and Misses The Point Entirely.” The Daily Beast. August 28, 2015. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/08/28/miley-cyrus-whitesplains-race-to-nicki-minaj-and-misses-the-point-entirely.html.