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Comedian Dick Gregory Receives Hollywood Star
Gregory, comedian and civil
rights activist, was presented
with the 2,542nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday.
Born Richard Claxton
Gregory in St. Louis, he began
his career as a comedian while
serving in the military after being
drafted in 1954 while attending
Southern Illinois University at
Carbondale. He moved to Chicago to perform comedy professionally after being discharged in
1956. He attributes the launch of
his career to famed Playboy
Magazine founder Hugh Hefner,
who hired Gregory to work at the
Chicago Playboy Club. By 1963,
Gregory was one of the highest
paid entertainers in the world.
Among his countless
career highlights include being
honored with special tributes by
Coretta Scott King, Stevie Wonder, Isaac Hayes and Cicely Tyson at the Kennedy Center in
Washington D.C in 2000, appearing in numerous films, writing 14
books and completing 15 comedy
albums featuring his stand up
acts and political commentary.
Gregory is listed as No. 82 on the
Comedy Central network's list of
"The 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of
All Time."
Days before his star
ceremony — which happens to
fall on his 56th wedding anniversary with longtime wife Lillian
Gregory, mother to their 10 children — the outspoken entertainer
talked to NBC News about the
honor, the movie "Selma," the
Bill Cosby rape allegations and
how the Civil Rights movement
helped unattractive flight attendants.
Wow, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. How does
that make you feel? Jarvee
Hutcherson, President of the
Multicultural Motion Picture
Association along with Actor/
Comedian Chirs Tucker.
I feel real good [about
it]. You always feel better about
[an honor] when it comes from
your peers because they know
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Comedian Dick Gregory Receives Hollywood Star Jarvee Hutcherson, President of the Multicultural MoGoes High Tech with Global
tion Picture Association and Actor/Comedian Chris Tucker Join in to participated in the celebration.
Congresswoman Maxine Waters Commemorates 25th Systemics and St. Mary’s Academy
Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s Release from Prison
– Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Ranking Member of Financial Services Committee, released
the following statement today,
commemorating the 25th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release
from Victor Verster Prison in
South Africa.
“It’s hard to believe it
has been exactly 25 years since
Nelson Mandela was released
from his nearly three decade
prison sentence to become the
founding father of democracy in
South Africa. I am heartened
whenever the nation reflects on
Nelson Mandela’s legacy, and I
continue to mourn the passing of
my dear friend and legendary
“Few leaders can measure up to the cultural significance
of our beloved Nelson Mandela.
In 1994 he became one of the
most influential global leaders of
the last 100 years when he captivated the world’s attention by
becoming the first black President
of South Africa. Nelson entrenched his legacy and became a
transcending figure, when he
chose to forgive his transgressors
and directly take on the tough
tasks of dismantling Apartheid’s
legacy and healing a damaged
nation through racial reconciliation.
“For many years to come
Mandela will remain an inspiration to millions of people in South
Africa and the world, as new leaders will emerge to follow in his
giant footsteps. I keep in my office a framed copy of the 1994
South African presidential ballot;
it serves as a daily reminder of the
power of perseverance. When I
reflect on my own career in public
service, President Mandela’s
memory is ever present and continually reminds me to fight for
justice on behalf of all people of
all races.”
Congresswoman Maxine
Waters had the distinct honor and
privilege to know and call Nelson
Mandela friend. In 1990, Congresswoman Waters chaired the
welcome committee for the Los
Angeles stop on his eight-city
U.S. tour, and helped organize a
concert and rally attended by
90,000 people. In 1991, she traveled to Durban to attend the first
ANC conference since Mandela’s
release from prison. In 1994 she
traveled with the official American delegation to attend the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as
President of the Republic of South
Africa, and welcomed President
Mandela to the United States to
receive the Congressional Gold
For Mandela’s 95th
birthday, Congresswoman Waters
led the Congressional Black Cau-
cus and Members of Congress in
organizing a bipartisan celebration
of his life and legacy. The hourlong event filled Emancipation
Hall to capacity and included most
of the congressional leadership,
including House Speaker John
Boehner (R-OH), Democratic
Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA),
Senate Majority Leader Harry
Reid (D-NV) and Senate Minority
Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
These leaders were joined by a
large group of civil rights leaders,
members of the African Diplomatic Corps and the U.S. Ambassador to South Africa. Upon Mandela’s death, Rep. Waters traveled
to South African to attend his memorial service.
As a California State
Assemblywoman, Rep. Waters
was responsible for A.B. 134,
legislation that enabled California
to divest $12 billion in state pension funds tied to the Apartheid
regime in South Africa. She was
also the Los Angeles Chair of the
Free South Africa Movement. In
2008, Waters received the Republic of South Africa’s “Order of the
Companions of O.R. Tambo Silver Award”, for “dedicating her
life to the upliftment” of the poor
and her outstanding contribution
to the struggle against Apartheid
and the attainment of a democratic, non-racial and a non-sexist
South Africa.
By Gloria Zuurveen
Dixon, an 8th grader who attends
Grace Hopper STEM Academy
(GHSA), a public charter middle school located at 601 Grace
Avenue, Inglewood, CA, said
she loves the virtual reality and
game design class she is enrolled in at GHSA. The Advance Education Initiative for
Inner City Youth conceived by
Gary Costner, Chairman and
something other than playing
games. Costner said, "To that
end we're teaching young girls
how to develop games which
translates into virtual reality."
Dixon said she is learning a lot about math by playing
the game in virtual reality. She
said she has learned that with
STEM, that is, science, technology, engineering and math, you
find out that math has to do
with all of them. She says she
likes the program because al-
Gary Costner, of Global Systems teaching girls virtual reality and game
design at Grace Hopper STEM Academy. Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
CEO, of Global Systemics is a
program being taught at GHSA
to repurpose technology to
though she is playing a game
she is also learning how to do
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Did NBC’s Brian Williams Also Lie about Hurricane Katrina?
“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams has
finally admitted that he had incorrectly asserted that a
helicopter he traveled aboard in 2002 while reporting
on the Iraq War in 2003 was hit by a rocket-propelled
grenade, forcing an emergency landing.
“This was a bungled attempt by me to thank one special veteran and by extension our brave military men
and women veterans everywhere…” he said on air.
Williams’ admission came on the heels of a story
published in the military publication Stars & Stripes that challenged
his retelling of events.
“NBC News anchor Brian Williams has told a war story over
the years since the 2003 invasion of Iraq. It grew to where he was
claiming to be on a Chinook helicopter that was forced down after
taking rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire,” the newspaper
reported. “In his on-air apology Wednesday, he backed off that, but
said that he ‘was instead in a following aircraft.’ Soldiers who were in
two Chinook companies say he was not in, nor ever near, a helicopter
that was being fired upon.”
Williams, who makes $13 million a year, has drastically altered his story over the years, according to a timeline published by
Lt. Col. Jerry Pearman, the mission commander when one of
the three Chinooks took fire, told Stars & Stripes, “I can say with 100
percent certainty that no NBC reporters were on any of the aircrafts.”
Following his public admission, Williams said that he would
forgo his anchoring duties at the top-rated network news program “for
the next several days.”, describing what it called “a sign
of deepening trouble,” reported on Sunday that Williams cancelled an
appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” that had been
scheduled for Thursday.
It was on an earlier Letterman show that Williams also gave
his now-discredited account.
The New York Times reported, “In 2013, Mr. Williams told
David Letterman that he had actually been on the helicopter that got
shot down, adding that a crew member had been injured and received a
medal. ‘We figured out how to land safely,’ he said, ‘we landed very
quickly and hard. We were stuck, four birds in the desert and we were
north out ahead of the other Americans.’”
Of course, none of that was true.
Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), the media watchdog group, said, “Now that he’s cleared that up, there are some other
tall tales that Williams might want to take back. Take his recounting of
the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans (Dateline NBC,
8/22/10; Extra!, 10/10):
“You know, I’ve been around a lot of guns and a lot of dead
bodies, and a lot of people shooting at people to make dead bodies. But
you put them all together and you put it in the United States of America, and boy, it gets your attention….
“It was clear already there weren’t going to be enough cops….
Everywhere we went, every satellite shot, every camera shot, we were
at the height of the violence and the looting and the—all the reports of
gunplay downtown. Well, who’s bathed in the only lights in town? It
was us….
“We had to ask Federal Protection Service guys with automatic weapons to just form a ring and watch our backs while we were
doing Dateline NBC one night…. State troopers had to cover us by
aiming at the men in the street just to tell them, ‘Don’t think of doing a
smash and grab and killing this guy for the car.’”
FAIR stated, “As long as he’s in a confessional mood, Williams might as well admit that he didn’t see ‘a lot of people shooting at
people to make dead bodies,’ nor would people have killed him for his
car if he hadn’t been surrounded by feds – none of which appeared in
his original reporting.”
The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported in a Pulitzer Prizewinning story, “Four weeks after the storm, few of the widely reported
atrocities have been backed with evidence. The piles of bodies never
materialized, and soldiers, police officers and rescue personnel on the
front lines say that although anarchy reigned at times and people suffered unimaginable indignities, most of the worst crimes reported at the
time never happened.”
To Williams’ credit he did air a week-long series called “After
the Storm: The Long Road Back” in which the network tackled racial
discrimination, among other issues. He said Katrina was different from
most disasters and that NBC would “keep covering it.”
However, that was not the case.
FAIR observed, “… Katrina’s impoverished victims faded
rapidly away from NBC’s coverage thereafter. By the six-month anniversary in February, NBC had joined its rivals in limiting coverage to a
brief look at the struggles of putting on Mardi Gras in a depopulated
city, then moving on before anyone could accuse them of peering too
deeply into matters of race or class.”
Perhaps it was another ”bungled attempt” by Brian Williams
to portray himself as a hero.
George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine,
is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association
News Service (NNPA.) He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media
coach. Curry can be reached through his Web site, You can also follow him at
currygeorge and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.
Blackonomics: When are we Going to get Tired of Abuse?
By James Clingman
NNPA Columnist
There comes a time in the course of human
events for persons who have been mistreated
to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with those who mistreat them. In
the interest of self-respect and to claim the
respect of others, after a long train of abuses,
such persons have the right and the duty to throw off those who mistreat them and provide new guards for their future security. - The
Declaration of Independence
This country was established on the simple facts that people
were being mistreated, they were tired of it, and they were not going
to take it anymore. One cannot help but admire people who come to
the end of their rope, defiantly proclaim the truth about their condition, and then do something about it.
I long for the day when Black people finally get so tired of
the abuse we suffer all over this country that we will decide to spend
much more of our time, not trying to hurt someone else, but to use
our resources to help ourselves. Our plight is similar to that of the
founders of this country. The big difference: They were fed up and
determined to make a change; we are just fed up. They had to go to
war, as we must do if we want change. Our war must be revolutionary as well, but it must be fought with dollars rather than musket
Our resolve must be the same as the Patriots. We must
“admit” our problem and then “commit” to doing what we have to do
to get what say we want. Why would we continue to hope and wish
for change from people who have demonstrated no indication of their
willingness to do so? Check out how Patrick Henry put it: “I have but
one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. And
judging by the past, I wish to know what there has been in the conduct of the British ministry for the last ten years to justify those
hopes with which gentlemen have been pleased to solace themselves…”
Henry knew he had to fight rather than hope and wish for
change. He asked his compatriots what would make them believe
their captors would change. “Is it that insidious smile with which our
petition has been lately received? Trust it not, sir; it will prove a
snare to your feet.” Patrick Henry continued, “They tell us, sir, that
we are weak; unable to cope with so formidable an adversary. But
when shall we be stronger? Will it be the next week, or the next year?
Will it be when we are totally disarmed… Shall we gather strength
by irresolution and inaction? Shall we acquire the means of effectual
resistance by lying supinely on our backs and hugging the delusive
phantom of hope, until our enemies shall have bound us hand and
Henry reminded the people of their futile petitions, their
arguments against oppression, their entreaties and supplications to the
King. He reminded them of their demonstrations, their protestations,
and their humility, all rejected by the power structure. He told them it
was time to take things into their own hands and stop begging their
oppressors to come to their rescue. He said, “There is no longer any
room for hope. If we wish to be free… we must fight! I repeat it, sir,
we must fight.
Until Black people decide to fight against negative external
forces and our own internal economic recalcitrance, things will not
change. If we do not act upon the historical juxtaposition of David
Walker’s Appeal and Patrick Henry’s words, we are doomed to permanent underclass status. We must leverage our economic capacity
against corporations that treat us like afterthoughts. And, we must
combine our intellectual and financial resources to build our own
political, economic, educational, and social independence. (Join the
One Million Conscious Black Voters and Contributors movement by
sending an email to [email protected])
Having written in this space for 22 years, I figured I’d let a
White man do the talking this time. That way more of our people will
listen and act; because if a White man called for a revolt, it must be
all right for a Black man to call for one.
So I leave you with Patrick Henry’s most famous words:
“Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What
would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I
know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty
or give me death!”
Jim Clingman, founder of the Greater Cincinnati African
American Chamber of Commerce, is the nation’s most prolific writer
on economic empowerment for Black people. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati and can be reached through his
Web site,
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math and it is fun. Dixon is one of
many students enrolled at GHSA
who are showing significant progress in their academic endeavors
since the school opened just over a
year ago.
She is class president and
she said that she looks forward to
being the first graduating class
from Grace Hopper STEM Academy. She is looking forward to
attending St. Mary's High School
Academy, the adjoining campus
which has been established for 126
According to Grace Hopper STEM Academy Education
Director, Adell Walker, GHSA is
fully committed to improve educational outcomes of children in the
foster care system and the low
income communities throughout
south Los Angeles County with a
special emphasis on the Watts
Community. Their academic program is designed around a comprehensive, rigorous Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
(STEM) curriculum. One of the
components of its program focuses
on preparing middle school girls to
beat the odds in the race to STEM.
Costner and his associates are helping in the race to
STEM by providing GHSA students with some of the most sophisticated use of digital technology to date. He said, "We're not
just looking at game design and
virtual reality but what we really
want to do is to teach how to develop learning environments within
these virtual reality systems." He
said in his 30 years of experience
and research that virtual reality or
gaming as we call it increases acuity, heightens awareness, knowledge, retention and it trains the
minds and it is very exciting for
the girls."
That excitement was on
display recently at GHSA during
the "Train the Trainers" virtual
reality and game design class as
Costner is currently teaching a
group so that they can pass it on to
the other students. The trainers are:
Casares, Amante Flores, Itzel Zavala, Lauren Dixon and Tiara
Latham. The enthusiasm was contagious as they expounded on the
details of how much they've
learned about math, science and
engineering in a short period of
Mrs. Nancy H. Portillo, Principal, St. Mary’s Academy
time in the Advance Education
Initiative for Inner City Youth
program. Although many of the
students at GHSA live in low income communities, GHSA leadership refuses to accept the status
quo! They say, "Society has long
tolerated substandard performance
from foster youths, as well as low
income and minority populations.
Instead of demanding high quality
work from all students, teachers
excuse this segment’s inadequate
“disadvantaged.” These low expectations have not only infected
the students but permeated their
parents, the community, and society at large. On a daily basis,
GHSA demonstrates, that by instilling in their students that they
are capable of higher achievement,
they will seek greater responsibilities and expend the efforts needed
to reach their true potential. The
school shows that this concept
works well—because the talent is
Mrs. Nancy H. Portillo is
a testament to the fact that the talent is there. As principal of St.
Mary's Academy, the 126 year old
institution and also one who has
educational experience from all
sectors including public and charter schools, Ms. Portillo said, when
speaking about GHSA, "I think one
of the wonderful thing about this
partnership between the two
schools is that we are working
together collaboratively in terms of
joint curriculum. So if it's our science and technology, our STEM
curriculum they're going to do the
middle school curriculum and we
are going to do the high school
curriculum called PLTW (Project
Lead The Way), which is an engi-
neering program. We are looking
into that." She said they are looking at different collaborations in
terms of being able to support
GHSA students to come to St.
Mary's Academy. Mrs. Portillo
said they are looking at supporting
them with finances and resources
as well because many of the GHSA
population need a lot of support
and resources.
GHSA students
will benefit greatly from the three
career-path programs offered at St.
Mary's Academy. Ms. Portillo said
St. Mary's offers a health, engineering, communications and arts
program. The GHSA students can
go to St. Mary's Academy focusing
on either of those three career
choices or they can complete their
general A-G curriculum.
When Mrs. Portillo was
asked what makes her want to
work with GHSA collaboratively
she said, "Just the girls and their
drive and motivation, their wanting
to be here, their wanting to receive
an education, their wanting to have
an opportunity to change their lives
and their communities and they
have worked so hard in terms of
really pushing themselves academically, behaviorally and so-
Grace Hopper STEM Academy students being trained to teach other
students virtual reality and game design while teachers observe in the
background. Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
cially, emotionally and everything." "So what we've done actually in our collaboration anything
from a field trip or a special assembly, for example, we actually had
Dr. Wanda Austin from Aerospace
here at St. Mary's Academy and we
invited GHSA to join us," she said.
She added, "We had a field trip to
the Women's School of Engineering at USC and we also invited
GHSA. We do a lot of those collaborations by just providing opportunity together
Grace Hopper STEM
Academy vision for success has
been focused and appears to be
meeting all objectives with the
help of qualified staff from Yesmin
Ortiz, the Director of Operations,
to the security supervisor. All of
them, since opening in 2013, have
been working collaboratively, not
only with St. Mary's Academy, an
iconic institution in the community, to ensure the success of all
the students in attendance, but with
many partners who unselfishly
donate their time, talent and money
to assist in preparing the students
to compete at the highest academic
levels for admission to the premier
high schools in the country while
embracing the concept of 'loving to
learn' and creating an innovative,
energetic and enjoyable educational environment. To combine
academic rigor with social responsibility, coupled with the ability to
master the process of scientific
inquiry while developing a strong
sense of self and a moral and ethical character. For additional information on Grace Hopper STEM
Academy contact Yesmin Ortiz at
(310) 910-0237 or for St. Mary's
Academy contact (310) 674-8470
Comedian Dick Gregory
Receives Hollywood Star
You're not known for
being, shall we say, politically
correct. Were you surprised to
receive this honor from Hollywood?
Surprised it took so long
[laughs]. I've been a bad boy. In
this field if you drink or smoke
dope, you're not considered bad.
But when you go against the
grain, they say, 'wait a minute.'
That's the price you pay for
speaking your mind.
You're known as a civil
rights activist, what did you think
about the movie Selma?
I saw it at Oprah's
[Winfrey] house when she had a
screening. She asked me what I
thought and I told her, as a person who'd been there [in the
movement] I thought it was fabulous. I told her, 'they will be
screening this movie 10,000
years from now.' She asked,
'why?' I said, 'because it was that
Put it this way, the next
day Martin [Luther King III] told
me, 'I learned more about my
mother and father from that
movie than I ever knew.'
This was one of the first
movies that you really see history
- it was as much about [infamous
former Birmingham Public
Safety Commissioner] Bull Connor and [former Alabama Governor] George Wallace as it was
about Dr. King and the protestors. It showed the humanity of
the people. I told her thanks to
this movie, other filmmakers will
now know that they can get away
with the truth, they don't have to
cover it up. By the way, my Hollywood star is going to be located
at the corner of Selma [Avenue
in Hollywood]; that's universal
Mark #254 on ballot.
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1 in 3 Americans Worry About Sharia Law Being Applied in America
By Bob Smietana
As President Obama seeks to
ramp up military action against
the terrorist group known as ISIS,
Americans remain uneasy over
the place of Islam in the United
States and in the world.
More than a third (37
percent) say they are worried
about Sharia law—an Islamic
legal and moral code—being applied in America.
One in 4 (27 percent)
believe the terrorist group ISIS
reflects the true nature of Islam,
while 4 in 10 (43 percent) believe
Islam can create a peaceful society.
And most Protestant
senior pastors (76 percent) say
they support military action
against ISIS. Those are among the
results of two surveys of 1,000
Americans each, along with a
survey of 1,000 senior pastors of
Protestant churches, from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.
“ISIS has stirred an odd
religious debate in America today,” said Ed Stetzer, executive
director of LifeWay Research. “In
a nation that has long espoused
religious freedom, Americans are
thinking long and hard about the
kind of society Islam fosters –
especially the more radical groups
that say they are Islamic – and
whether Sharia law would ever be
adopted here.”
A terrorist attack on a
satirical magazine in Paris last
month and the rise of ISIS have
renewed concerns over extremist
versions of Islam. In particular,
ISIS is known for its brutality. Its
fighters executed a number of
prisoners over the past year, most
recently a pilot from Jordan and a
Japanese journalist. A young
American aid worker also died
recently after being kidnapped by
And the group has terrorized civilians in large swaths
of Syria and northern Iraq.
Since last year, the U.S.
military has helped conduct air
strikes against ISIS. President
Obama and other U.S. leaders
have argued the group—also
know as ISIL—is a terrorist organization, not a religious group.
“Now let’s make two
things clear,” the president said in
a Sept. 10, 2014 address to the
nation. “ISIL is not Islamic. No
religion condones the killing of
innocents. And the vast majority
of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim.”
Few Americans accept
that view.
About half (48 percent)
disagree with the statement, “ISIS
is not Islamic.” About 1 in 4 (22
percent) agree, while 3 in 10 are
not sure.
But few Americans believe ISIS reflects what a society
shaped by Islam looks like.
About a quarter (27 percent) agree with the statement,
“ISIS is a true indication of what
Islam looks like when Islam controls a society.” Close to half (47
percent) disagree, and a quarter
(26 percent) are not sure.
Pastors support military
LifeWay Research also
surveyed 1,000 Protestant senior
pastors about Islam and ISIS.
Researchers found widespread
support for military action against
ISIS. Three-quarters of pastors
(76 percent) say, “Air strikes
against ISIS are needed to protect
Christians in Syria and Iraq.”
Only 13 percent disagree.
Support of airstrikes was
similar among white (76 percent),
African-American (75 percent),
evangelicals (79 percent) and
Mainline (71 percent) pastors.
Two-thirds (66 percent) of
younger pastors—those 18 to
44—support the air strikes, as do
nearly all (85 percent) of pastors
over 65.
Stetzer believes the
overwhelming support from Protestant pastors will bolster President Obama’s case for more military action against ISIS.
“Pastors and Americans
are clearly behind greater military
engagement,” he said.
Pastors, researchers
found, are also critical about the
nature of Islam.
Six in 10 (61 percent)
Protestant senior pastors disagree
with the statement, “True Islam
creates a peaceful society.” Less
than a third (30 percent) agree.
African-American pastors (50
percent) are more likely to say
Islam can create a peaceful society than white pastors (30 percent).
Few evangelical pastors
agree (23 percent), but that number jumps to 4 in 10 (42 percent)
for Mainline pastors.
About half of pastors (45
percent) say ISIS gives a true
indication of what an Islamic society looks like. A similar number
(47 percent) disagree.
Evangelical and
mainline pastors are split on this
question as well. About half of
evangelicals (51 percent) agree,
but only a third (36 percent) of
mainliners agree.
Americans have varied
views of Islam
Overall, LifeWay Research found American views
about Islam are split along demographic lines, with older Americans more skeptical of Islam than
younger Americans.
That’s especially true in
the case of Sharia law, the Islamic
legal and religious code.
Overall, more than onethird (37 percent) of Americans
are worried about Sharia law being applied in the United States.
That includes half (47 percent) of
those over 45. Only about a quarter (27 percent) of those 18 to 44
worry about Sharia.
Americans are also divided over how peaceful Islam is
at heart. About 4 in 10 Americans
(43 percent) agree with the state-
ment, “True Islam creates a
peaceful society.” A similar number (39 percent) disagree. One in
5 (18 percent) is unsure. More
than half (52 percent) of younger
Americans, those 18 to 34, say
Islam can create a peaceful society.
By contrast, only 4 in 10
(40 percent) of those 35 and older
say Islam can create a peaceful
LifeWay Research also
found other demographic differences in how Americans see Islam. Women (42 percent) are
more likely to worry about Sharia
law than men (33 percent). They
are also less likely (19 percent) to
agree that ISIS is not Islamic than
men (26 percent).
And while half of evangelicals (51 percent) worry about
Sharia, few Catholics (34 percent)
or Nones—those with no religious
preference—(21 percent) share
their concerns.
Evangelicals are particularly skeptical about Islam’s role
in public life. Only a third (33
percent) agree true Islam creates a
peaceful society. Catholics (49
percent) and Nones (47 percent)
are more likely to see a positive
role for Islam.
“Every religion has a
broad spectrum of groups that fall
under their umbrella,” said Stetzer. “Who is mainstream or extreme, who is orthodox or heretical is often a topic of fierce debate.”
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Clinical Trials May Under Report Side effects of Cancer Drugs
By Shereen Lehman
may not realize how badly new
cancer drugs make patients feel
because physicians don’t always
accurately report side effects,
suggests a new study. The comparison of side effects reported
by patients and their physicians
in three separate cancer drug
trials found that doctors underreported by up to 75 percent how
many patients had six of the
most common chemotherapy
side effects.
Lacking accurate estimates of side effects makes it
difficult for doctors to discuss
the benefits versus risks of new
cancer drugs with their patients,
the study authors say.
“Our findings are consistent with previous research
data and confirm that patient
reported outcomes have to be
integrated into cancer clinical
trials because they are very im-
portant in defining tolerability of
new treatments from the patients’ perspective,” senior study
author Dr. Francesco Perrone
told Reuters Health in an email.
“Patients should be empowered
to directly report subjective side
effects and be active in defining
the tolerability of anticancer
drugs,” said Perrone, director of
the Clinical Trials Unit at the
National Cancer Institute of
Naples, Italy.
For their study in the
Journal of Clinical Oncology,
Perrone and colleagues reviewed
the side effects reported by a
total of 1,090 patients from three
separate cancer drug trials.
One trial was of a secondary treatment for elderly patients with breast cancer and two
trials involved new first-line
treatments for lung cancer.
Almost 2,500 treatment
cycles were included in the
analysis. Trial physicians re-
Financial Support
By Dean L. Jones, CPM
Individual tax season is
upon us and it seems appropriate
to mention how our U.S. taxes
over the past 15 years have significantly subsidized corn farmers to the tune of more than $77
billion! The records reflect that
roughly 75% of all government
sponsored financial farm support
is paid to just 10% of America’s
farmers, all of whom grow corn
for a living.
The processed sugar
connection centers on how for the
past 25 years, the price of fruits
and vegetables have risen 30%50%, while the price for sugary
soda has decreased by 34%. Inexpensive corn syrup is the reason as agricultural corn subsidies
help push demand to more easily
buy 19 Twinkies, since for the
same money will only supply the
purchase of less than ¼ of a fresh
apple! Unfortunately, since corn
is a grain, it breaks down in the
body to sugar very rapidly and
typically increases an insulin
resistance if frequently consumed. Elevated insulin levels in
turn are linked to most chronic
degenerative diseases, including
everything from obesity and diabetes to premature aging.
The larger problem with
our corn corps is that the Monsanto Company has taken control
over the vast majority of American-grown corn through their
genetically engineered patents.
Monsanto and other major corporations have convinced the government that their process of corn
agricultural produces a built-in
pesticide that kills bugs by making the bug's stomach explode.
The kicker is that the toxic elements remain in the corn, which
is then consumed by everyone
who eats the corn and/or its byproducts. With the farmers making a living from growing corn it
is no wonder that the average
American increased their consumption of HFCS, mostly from
sugar sweetened drinks and processed food, to over 60-pounds per
person per year. It is pretty common to hear through the media
Photo by Gloria Zuurveen
Dean L. Jones
messages that recite if you eat in
moderation all is okay. Except,
even in moderation HFCS consumption is a major cause of
heart disease, obesity, cancer,
dementia, liver failure, tooth decay, and more. Globally, our society represents the number one
per capita consumer of corn.
Bear in mind that corn is the nucleus of high-fructose corn syrup
(HFCS) and other cornderivatives that are added to
nearly every kind of processed
food sold on grocery shelves.
Whenever you read a label that
has HFCS be aware that the it is
always found in very poorquality foodstuff that is null and
void of nutrition. In addition, it
is probably filled with all sorts of
other disease promoting compounds, fats, salt, chemicals, and
even mercury.
Corn is so prevalent that
salad dressing has HFCS, just as
toothpaste uses corn, usually contained in sorbitol to create the
flavor and familiar texture that
we have come to appreciate as
tooth paste. Fortified milk includes corn as part of the vitamin
D ingredient, accordingly, live
Dean Jones is an Ethics
Advocate, Southland Partnership
Corporation (a public benefit
organization), contributing his
view on certain aspects of foodstuff.
ported and graded their perceptions of patients’ side effects
afterwards, and the patients
filled out questionnaires following each cycle that assessed the
presence and severity of appetite
loss, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and hair loss.
When the researchers
compared reports from doctors
and patients, they found physicians had under-reported loss of
appetite by about 75 percent,
nausea by about 40 percent,
vomiting by about 47 percent,
constipation by about 70 percent, diarrhea by about 51 percent and hair loss by about 65
percent. When the study team
focused just on severe side effects that patients reported experiencing “very much,” they
found physicians under-reported
appetite loss by about 50 percent, nausea by about 26 percent, vomiting by about 13 percent, constipation by about 44
percent, diarrhea by about 24
percent and hair loss by about
43 percent.
Perrone said the findings show that physicians
should be cautious when reading
and interpreting the results of
clinical trials, particularly if
patient reports of subjective side
effects are not included.
The results should also
push physicians toward spending more time listening to the
patient’s experience of symptoms, he said. “When I tell
somebody what to expect from
the side effects standpoint, I
really rely on the previously
published studies, which are
largely based on other clinical
investigators reporting out the
percentage of things like nausea,
pain, hair loss, fatigue and
knowing that these side effects
may be under-reported, I think
is important,” said Dr. Sam
Lubner, an oncologist with the
University of Wisconsin School
of Medicine and Public Health
in Madison. Lubner, who was
not involved in the study, said
physicians have criteria for assessing subjective complaints
like nausea, pain, and anxiety,
but it’s often difficult for patients to describe their levels of
discomfort. Lubner said patients
should ask for a written list of
the possible side effects before
they begin treatment.
In addition, patients
should keep a diary of their
symptoms so they can bring that
information to office visits, he
said. “One thing I tell patients,
is these are the expected side
effects - if you experience these
with regularity, write them
down and make sure that we
talk about them every time and
see if they’re getting better or
worse,” he said.
Lubner added that it’s
important to tell doctors about
side effects because they can
often be managed and that
sometimes just talking about
them and knowing what is expected can help.
S O U R C E : Journal of Clinical Oncology, online January
26, 2015.
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Publisher and Co-Founder of California Black Media Hardy Brown Honored at State Senate
In recognition of his work in
the community and role in the
California media industry,
Senators Mike Morrell, RRancho Cucamonga, and Connie Leyva, D-Chino, presented Black Voice News
publisher and California
Black Media co-founder
Hardy Brown, Sr. with a Senate resolution on Monday.
“Hardy’s life story is
an inspiring one,” said
Morrell. “The Black Voice
News is an important news
outlet in our region and provides valuable insight to its
readers every week. But as
much as Hardy and his wife
Cheryl are known for their
contributions to the publishing
industry they are also generous philanthropists. They do
incredible work on behalf of
kids and families in neighborhoods across the Inland Empire. We are fortunate to have
them as leaders in our community.”
The son of North
Carolina sharecroppers,
Brown came to California in
the 1960s and held various
positions with Kaiser and the
California Electric Company
(now Southern California Edison). In 1980, he and his wife
Cheryl, now an Assemblymember representing the 47th
District, founded Brown Pub-
Hardy Brown is honored on the floor of the California State Senate. Included in this photo from left to
right: (back row) son-in-law and Stockton City Manager Kurt Wilson, granddaughter Kennedy Wilson,
brother Vince Brown; (middle row) daughter and California Black Media chair Regina Brown Wilson, wife
Assemblymember Cheryl Brown (D-San Bernardino); (front row) Senator Richard Roth (D-Riverside),
Senator Connie Leyva (D-Chino), Hardy Brown, and Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga).
lishing Company to produce
the Black Voice News, a
newspaper focusing on local
news in Riverside and San
Bernardino counties.
Together, they have
the distinction of being the
only living publishers to be
included in the 175th anniversary of the Black Press of
Prudential Commits $13 million
to Support President Obama's
My Brother's Keeper Initiative
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - In a large-scale announcement of corporate support for
President Obama's My
Brother's Keeper (MBK) initiative, Prudential today made
public a commitment of $13
million in support of the My
Brother's Keeper initiative and
for related efforts to improve
education and life outcomes
for boys and young men of
Last September,
President Obama issued a call
to action for communities nationwide to implement evidence-based, cradle-to-college
and career strategies aimed at
improving life outcomes for
young people regardless of
who they are, where they
come from, or the circumstances into which they are
born. To date, more than 150
communities have responded
and developed plans involving
partnerships between local
governments, public- and private-sector partners.
Prudential's commitment includes a $3 million
grant contribution to provide
technical assistance to these
cities, municipalities and
tribal nations.The funds will
support communities in building the collective impact infrastructure and capacity necessary to implement evidencebased programs to improve
the lives of boys and young
men of color.
Lata Reddy, Prudential's vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility,
said that the company's commitment was intended to
maximize communities' ability to enact the comprehensive
plans they developed. "So
many communities have
stepped up to the challenge to
take concrete steps that will
make a positive difference in
the lives of young people.
Through this commitment,
Prudential wants to help ensure that there are resources
available to make those plans
real," Reddy said. "Our commitment is a further extension
of Prudential's legacy of helping individuals and communities achieve financial security
and peace of mind."
Prudential has committed an additional $10 million in impact investments to
* Innovative forprofit and nonprofit social
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Brown is also founding President of California
Black Media, a network of
African-American media
owners across California,
which will meet in Sacramento this week during the
annual conference of the California Newspaper Publishers
Association. “I’m truly hum-
bled to be honored by Senators Mike Morrell and Connie
Leyva during Black History
Month, and am deeply appreciative of the graciousness
displayed by the entire Senate
body,” said Brown.
“As the son of a poorsharecropper from North
Carolina, I never imagined
that I’d be here today in front
of you all, partaking in the
American Dream. Words cannot fully express my appreciation. Thank you to my family,
friends, community and employers who all believed in
me and supported me over the
past 50 years. I’ve dedicated
my life to community service.
This honor is a strong testament to the power of God and
what he can do with someone
who believes in Him.”
Over a decade ago,
Hardy was diagnosed with
Lou Gehrig’s disease, also
known as ALS, but the disease has not defined his life at
He has fought it courageously and continues to
write a regular column or
Black Voice News on today’s
issues of importance.
Ribbon Cutting & Dedication Ceremony of the
Leo Branton, Jr. Library at Rosa Parks Villas
Ward Economic Development
Corp., the Residents of Rosa
Parks Villas, Family of Leo
Branton, Jr., and TELACU
Property Management, Inc.
with special guest Councilman
Herb J. Wesson, Jr. are hosting the Ribbon Cutting and
Dedication Ceremony of The
Leo Branton, Jr. Library at
Rosa Parks Villas on the birthdate of its namesake on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
“Mr. Branton was the
visionary for what is now
Rosa Parks Villas (RPV) –
home for 60 elder families
living in one and two bedrooms apartments. It was to be
the retirement community for
his family and for Rosa Parks
who he hosted in the winters
for over 10 years. She blessed
the site during a winter visit to
Los Angeles,” said WEDC
president “Jackie” DupontWalker.
Leo Branton,
recognized both as a litigator
and as an entertainment attorney. His first clients in the
entertainment industry were
Nat King Cole and Dorothy
Branton represented
Nat King Cole from 1958 until
his death in 1965. He also represented other entertainers,
including the Platters, Inger
Stevens, and Dalton Trumbo.
“He was a great dad teaching
us to think analytically to de-
fend our choices,” said Tony
Nicholas – director of the Tom
Bradley Center and Leo’s son.
“My brothers Leo “Chip” ,
Paul,, and Brandon along with
the five grandchildren and
four great grandchildren are
excited about this honor.”
Another important
part of Branton's diverse career was his involvement in
the Civil Rights Movement.
Branton made several trips to
the South during the 1960's,
lending his legal skills and
know how.
He defended thirteen
members of the Los Angeles
chapter of the Black Panther
Party against an unlawful attack by the Los Angeles Police Department. His most
celebrated case, however, was
the successful defense and
acquittal of celebrated Civil
Rights activist Angela Davis.
Angela Davis' case lasted several months and in 1972,
Davis was acquitted of all
charges against her.
Branton practiced law
for a total of 52 years. For his
work, he has received awards
from the City of Los Angeles,
the ACLU, the Los Angeles
Tribune, the California State
Senate, and the NAACP Legal
Education and Defense Fund.
Leo, as he was known
by most, partnered with Nat
King Cole and J. T. Graves to
promote a vision for the intersection of Adams and
Crenshaw Boulervards. Their
vision to create an economic
engine was featured in the all
local press and forecasted
what is now only becoming a
reality with the completion in
2010, of phase I – Rosa Parks
Villas by Ward Economic Development Corp (WEDC).
WEDC hopes to complete
phase II to includes additional
affordable housing. Wellness
Center, and other community
Leo Branton’s family,
elected officials, community
and faith leaders and
neighbors are invited to celebrate with WEDC and the
residents of Rosa Parks Villas
as the Branton Legacy is honored. Then Assembly Speaker
Herb Wesson presided over
the naming of the adjacent
section of the I-10 freeway in
honor or Rosa Parks and Leo
was there to speak for his
friend. Now Council President Wesson will lead in cutting the ribbon for Leo’s library.
“I am honored to be a
part of protecting the legacy of
two incons in the African
American struggle who I have
been honored to represent during my terms in public service,” says Coouncilman Wesson. “ Leo Branton passed
away April 19, 2013.
The community is
invited. For more information
and to RSVP please call 323737-2555 or send email to [email protected]
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Get Covered and Stay Covered Don't Let Time Run Out
PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Open enrollment under the
Affordable Care Act closes
February 15th. That date is
coming fast. To help increase
awareness about the importance of having health care
coverage, Fredette West, the
head of the African American
Health Alliance (AAHA) and
Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Coalition (REHDC)
spoke by phone with former
U.S. Surgeon Dr. M. Joycelyn
Elders to discuss the significance of getting covered and
staying covered.
REHDC has also issued Public
Service Announcements
(PSA) to help increase awareness.
During the candid and
informative conversation, Surgeon General Elders and West
covered a number of concerns
that people may have including signing up, staying covered, paying for coverage, preventive services and more.
Surgeons General
serve as "the nation's doctor"
providing the best scientific
information available for improving public health and reducing the risk of illness and
injury. Dr. Elders is the nation's 15th Surgeon General;
she served during the Clinton
Since then, she has
continued to be a vocal and
steadfast leader in public
health and a strong supporter
of preventive health care. The
get covered stay covered conversation reinforces the importance of having ongoing access to quality affordable primary preventive health care.
Dr. Elders' overriding message
is "I want everybody to know
that everyone needs health
insurance coverage. Nothing
is more important than your
health." Dr. Elders credits and
applauds the health care law
saying, "In fact, during the last
open enrollment, millions of
people who never before had
health care coverage signed up
and got the coverage they
needed. In the past, most people who had to go without
health insurance did so primarily because it was too expensive and/or they were denied coverage because of preexisting health conditions.
The Affordable Care Act law
fixed that, making financial
assistance available for those
who qualify. In addition, people with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied
…. Thanks to the ACA law,
there is no reason for people to
put their health at risk by going without the health care
coverage they need."
According to the Department of Health and Human Services' latest nationwide enrollment report
(through the second month of
2015 Open Enrollment), 9.5
million consumers selected or
were automatically reenrolled
in quality, affordable health
insurance coverage from the
Health Insurance Marketplace.
Of those, more than 7.1 million were in states using the platform and
2.4 million were in the 14
states (including Washington,
DC) using their own Marketplace platforms.
Given her emphasis
on prevention, Dr. Elders says
it is critical to have coverage
that includes real access to
prevention services. She
stresses the importance of
screenings, early detection and
mammograms, lung cancer
screening, Hemoglobin A1c
for diabetes, HIV/AIDS testing and the many others are all
very important. She says "No
one knows when illness will
strike or when an accident will
happen." No one is too young
for coverage. "Sign up now
….Don't let time run
out…..Get covered and stay
covered. Remember, the enrollment deadline is February
15, 2015. There are four ways
to apply: by mail, in person,
by phone or online. Go to
The African American
Health Alliance is a nonprofit
organization. Both AAHA and
REHDC are committed to
helping eliminate racial and
ethnic disparities in an effort
to improve overall quality of
life for all. Access to quality
affordable care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate is critical to that goal.
AAHA is co-chaired
by Dr. Joycelyn Elders and
Dr. Lucille Perez. AAHA's
Fredette West says "The get
covered, stay covered advice
provided by Dr. Elders is a
wake-up call to all." West, a
breast cancer survivor, continues to urge people to sign up
for coverage, reenroll in coverage each year, spread the
word, encourage and help others to sign up by the February
15th deadline. She also reminds those who need financial help that assistance is
available to those who qualify.
For information on the Health
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Afro Latino Festival Celebrated at MOLAA
By Ricky Richardson
Long Beach-February
is designated as Black History
Month. During this time, communities all across the nation,
celebrates the accomplishments,
achievements and contributions
of African Americans to the fabric of our awesome nation.
Sunday, February 8th,
the Museum of Latin American
Art (MOLAA), held its annual
Afro Latino Festival. This popular annual event, celebrates African heritage in the diaspora, with
an emphasis on Latin America.
The celebration was part of Tar-
Erica Zuniga, Cheryl Noralez,
Artesha Welch, Roy Da Drummer, D-Bone, Rony Figueroa and
Flavio Dixon Alvarez, took the
crowd and I on a musical journey
through the vibrant Garifuna
community. Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble showcases the
culture through traditional songs,
drumming (on the primero and
Segundo drum), and dance
(folkloric and Punta). We were
thoroughly entertained as they
sing and dance to the following
tunes “Yelifu”-(Hungu Hungu),
“Mayahantina,” “Chumba,”
“Wanaragua,” and “Punta.” The
Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble
Photo by Ricky Richardson
Karen Menacho
Photo by Ricky Richardson
get Free Sundays at MOLAA.
Several hundred people
were in attendance to partake in
the day-long festival featured
many inter-active festivities designed for the entire family,
workshops, face paintings, plus
live music and dance performances.
The day got under way
with welcome greetings from
Stuart Ashman, President and
CEO of the Museum of Latin
American Art. Rebecca Horta
introduced each dance performance and band.
Geno Gamboa and Julio
Cesar Batuarte demonstrated the
Cajon, cajito; djembe drum and
bongos, before inviting people on
stage for a descarga (jam section).
Karen Menacho, Director of Matalache Danzas del Peru
welcomed the crowd and stated
that their program would feature
Afro and Festivo (lively dances)
during their in the spotlight.
The Garifuna culture
was on full display during the
next segment of the program.
Lidereibugu Garifuna Ensemble,
crowd got a little workout as the
group combined Zumba, Punta,
Calypso and meringue for a potent exercise section. Los Angeles is home to the second largest
Garifuna community in the
United States, behind New York.
Garifuna’s reside in Honduras,
Guatemala and Belize.
The afternoon celebration continued in an upbeat, exciting mode. Boogaloo Assassins
tuned up the heat with a set of
pulsating, infectious and soulful
boogaloo sounds. It didn’t take
long for the dance flow to overflow with salseros gracefully
moving to the popular Latin
rhythms from Cuba, Puerto Rico
and New York.
The Boogaloo Assassins
kept people on the dance floor
throughout their tight hour long
set on the following tunes “Mi
Jeva,” “No Te Vuelvo Querer,”
“Right On,” “Que Pelota,” and
“Bomba” just to name a few.
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Senate Introduces Legislation to Ease Reentry Process for Returning Citizens
Washington, D.C. —
The Senate recently introduced legislation that could
help ease the reentry process
for the formerly incarcerated.
Mass incarceration is a hunger
issue. For many returning citizens, the prospect of integrating themselves back into their
communities is daunting,
leading some to fall into poverty.
The Corrections
Oversight, Recidivism Reduction, and Elimination Costs
for Taxpayers in Our National
System (Corrections) Act
aims to reduce the prison
population and offer a better
integration process for returning citizens through the use of
existing programs such as recidivism reduction, risk-based
time credits, and drug treatment and mental health services.
“We agree with the
senators that when inmates are
better prepared to re-enter
communities, they are less
likely to commit crimes after
they are released. This is an
important step in addressing
the mass incarceration problem that perpetuates cycle of
hunger and poverty,” said
Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.
The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Sheldon
Whitehouse (D-RI) and John
Cornyn (R-TX), would allow
for certain low-risk offenders
with exemplary behavior to
spend the end of their earnedtime credit under community
supervision. Other provisions
encourage those in prison to
participate in recidivism reduction programs and other
activities, like prison jobs,
which can lead to the awarding of earned credit.
Still, many states still
enforce life-time bans on nonviolent drug offenders for
safety-net programs, such as
SNAP, (formerly food
stamps) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF), programs that are
vital to many returning citizens as they look for work and
Black Women to Gather in Los Angeles For a
Conference on Opening Beauty Supply Stores
Los Angeles, CA —
The ethnic beauty supply business is a $15 billion business
with approximately 13,000 retail
outlets across America. According to Beauty Business magazine, the industry has seen a 12%
growth during the toughest recession years for retailers between
2007 and 2009. A study conducted by Alberto Culver
showed, the beauty customer
visits an OTC (over-the-counter)
store on average, 22 times per
year. These statistics are what
contribute to the beauty retail
business being such a strong sec-
natural hair clientele too. Manufacturers have expanded product
lines to meet this growing customer base and those purchases
are largely being made in stores;
stores that are predominantly
owned by Asians (and Arabs in
the state of Florida).
In recent years, this imbalance has prompted black
women to take an interest in becoming owners themselves. Princess Hill and Kelli Williams,
Detroit store owners, stated, “We
are not quite sure how we got
here, but we are willing to be part
of the solution to take the indus-
you can’t see until you’re deep in
Its founder, Professor
Devin Robinson, a 3-time store
owner, opened his first store in
2005 after being threatened by a
Korean store owner holding a
golf club while Robinson was
shopping for supplies for his barber shop and salon. Robinson
said, “It was my first time shopping at that store so the owner
didn’t know me and I was browsing the aisles for a while seeking
out a large amount of items. He
didn’t like it. It spooked him. He
became suspicious, then volatile
try to rebuild their lives. Part
of Bread’s work includes getting these bans lifted and ensuring people who qualify for
these vital programs have access to them. “While this bill
is a good step, Congress must
also address the larger issue of
sentencing reform,” Beckmann said.
“In addition to ensuring that prisoners have access
to the skills they need to properly re-enter society, we must
reexamine lengthy and inflexible mandatory sentences
imposed on low-level, nonviolent offenders, and imple-
ment alternatives to imprisonment where appropriate.” The
federal prison population has
increased from approximately
25,000 in 1980 to nearly
216,000 today.
“African Americans
and Hispanics are disproportionately incarcerated and
tend to receive longer sentences than white defendants
convicted of the same crime.
A reform of our prison system
must be guided by our moral
obligation to truly give those
who want a second chance an
opportunity to succeed.”
Beckmann added.
Family Member Says Bobbi Kristina
Brown is “Doing Better” — and They
Hope Nick Gordon Will Be Charged Soon
Atlanta, GA — Although Bobbi Kristina Brown,
daughter of singer Bobby
Brown and the late Whitney
Houston, remained in a medically-induced coma, one family member is saying that she
is “doing better”.
Her aunt, Leolah
Brown (the sister of Bobby
Brown), told a local Atlanta
news station that Bobbi is
“opening her eyes” and
and rumors about their family
would stop. “Let’s be hopeful…. I’m asking people to
What about Nick?
Leola said that Nick
Gordon, Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend and supposed husband,
has not been a good influence
in her life.
“I have my reasons,”
she said. And when asked if
she think he will be arrested
(L-R) Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown
Entrepreneur Amanda Mickens and her son getting ready to pen their store.
The business has generated significant wealth for manufacturers, distributors and retailers. However, a documentary
produced by Jewish filmmaker,
Aron Ranen, revealed that
roughly only 3% of the retail
outlets are owned by Blacks,
though Blacks make up 96% of
the customer base. Dawn Sealey,
a black Canadian store owner
stated, “The collusion also exists
in Canada, which prompted me
to become an owner too.”
Though there is an increase for natural haired women,
beauty supply stores still see
massive revenues by serving the
try back.” Sealey, Hill and Williams attended the Beauty Supply
Ownership Conference, a conference developed by in 2010 by,
Atlanta-based, Beauty Supply
Institute, a company who helps
aspiring store owners get into the
beauty supply business.
Since 2007, the company has opened over 70 stores
and generated over $10,000,000
in revenues. Amanda Mickens,
an Alabama store owner stated,
“My son and I decided to open a
store after having put in many
years in at Corporate America. I
couldn’t have done this without
the help of Beauty Supply Institute. There are so many traps that
and then straight violent. I left in
peace but that day developed a
plan to start my own.” Since
2010, many of the conference
attendees have gone on to becoming store owners. The conference trains aspiring owners on
what to expect in the business
and how to avoid the pitfalls that
are in place against new owners.
In 2013, the conference
took place at the Westin Airport
Hotel and this year will take
place at the Renaissance Los
Angeles Airport Hotel in Los
Angeles, CA on March 28-29,
2015. There is a limited amount
of seats available.
For registration infor-
“doing well right now” although she remains on life
She went on to say
how difficult it was when she
first visited her niece in the
hospital. “I was very numb
when I saw her,” she said. She
adds that its been a difficult
time for the family, especially
her dad, Bobby. She said, “It’s
been very, very painful for
everybody. Mainly Bobby,
because that’s his baby.”
But she reiterated that
the family is very hopeful and
optimistic. “There are so
many signs showing us that
she will be okay,” she said.
“Krissi is fine.” She does,
however, wish the negativity
and charged, she replied: “Oh
yes, 110 percent… I hope that
he will be charged soon!”
Could it have been a
suicide attempt?
She says absolutely
not. “Krissi would never do
anything to herself,” she said.
“Everybody in the family
knows that. There’s no doubt
in my mind. Krissi loved life
too much!”
Are the Browns fighting with the Houstons?
Responding to reports
about a brawl and arguments
at the hospital, Leolah said,
“There is no tension between
the Browns and Houstons.
Everybody is trying to stay
strong and deal with this.”
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1857—The Dred Scott case holds that
Congress does not have the right to ban
slavery in states and, furthermore, that
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Waters: GOP Budget Ignores Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap
D.C. – In a highly charged
meeting of the Financial Services Committee to consider
the fiscal year 2016 “Budget
Views and Estimates” Congresswoman Maxine Waters
(D-CA), Ranking Member of
the Financial Services Committee, chastised Committee
Republicans for putting forth
a budget that fails to provide
real solutions that will address
the problems of income inequality, the racial wealth gap,
slow wage growth, unemployment and a secure social
safety net.
“Thank you, Mr.
Today, this Committee gathers to consider the
majority’s Budget Views and
Estimates for fiscal year 2016.
Mr. Chairman, most
economists will tell you that
at present, the American economy is experiencing a period
of robust growth. In fact, over
the past three months, the U.S.
economy has created more
than 1 million jobs – the best
stretch of hiring in 17 years.
There is no denying
that the policies put into place
by President Obama and Congressional Democrats in the
aftermath of the crisis not
only prevented a depression,
but helped lay the foundation
for the thriving economy that
many Americans are benefiting from today.
However, we should
not pretend that all is well for
all Americans. Many of us
still have not recovered from
the devastating losses of the
Great Recession. Broadbased, generational and systemic inequities continue to
distort progress and opportunity for tens of millions of
Americans – most especially
low and middle-income
Americans and communities
of color.
The Budget Views
and Estimates offered by the
Republican majority overlooks this problem. But more
concerning – it fundamentally
misdiagnoses how we can
begin to solve it.
Income inequality, the
racial wealth gap, slow wage
growth, unemployment and a
secure social safety net cannot
be solved by the free market,
limiting government’s involvement or privatization.
Complex social problems require thoughtful, proven and
pragmatic policy strategies –
not slogans or simple ideology.
The Recession wiped
out two decades of growth in
family wealth and income.
Although many of our highest
earners – including those in
the top one percent – have
fully recovered, AfricanAmerican, Latino, Native
American and other historically disadvantaged populations – who have a much larger proportion of their wealth
in homeownership –are still
The racial wealth gap
is widening. According to the
Federal Reserve Bank of St.
Louis, the average wealth
Maxine Waters
level for whites is $134,000 –
as compared to $91,000 for
Asians, and – astonishingly –
only $14,000 for Latinos and
$11,000 for AfricanAmericans. These appalling
numbers only get worse upon
deeper analysis.
Though only one in
nine whites has less than
$1,000 in assets, that ratio is
one-in-four for Latinos and
one-in-every three for African-Americans.
What’s more is that
between 1989 and 2013, the
share of net worth for the top
third of the US population
increased from 47 percent to
67 percent of overall wealth in
the country.
Meanwhile, during
that same span, the bottom
two-thirds of the population
saw their percentage decrease
from 55 percent to 33 percent.
A rising tide does not lift all
Too often, only the
wealthiest among us – and not
the workers themselves –
benefit from the tremendous
gains in productivity we’ve
seen in recent decades. And
despite Republicans’ claims to
the contrary, a free market run
wild cannot solve these
grossly uneven and unstable
social disparities.
In the areas of housing, consumer protection, income security, and community development – there is an
indispensable and integral role
for the federal government to
ameliorate the structural disadvantages that persist along
class, racial and ethnic lines in
this country.
That’s why Democrats on this Committee support budget decisions that will
address these disadvantages,
in addition to a strong and
stable financial system focused on protecting consumers and safeguarding the savings of working Americans.
This means full funding for Department of Housing and Urban Development
programs that provide public
housing, work to end homelessness and preserve access
to affordable rental housing
targeted to low-income families.
It means focusing on
sensible housing finance reform, not the PATH Act,
which would put homeownership even further out of reach
for many families.
And, it means bolstering protections for the investing public, thereby rebuilding
confidence in our equity markets and lowering the cost of
capital for all American businesses. Unfortunately, the
Budget Views and Estimates
presented by the Republican
majority would take us in exactly the wrong direction.
Thank you, and I
yield back.”
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Schott Foundation Report: Gap Between
Black and White Male High School
Graduation Rates Still Widening
Mass., —PRNewswire/ -- A
new report released today by
the Schott Foundation for
Public Education finds that
the latest estimates for national public high school
graduation rates are 59 percent for Black males, 65 percent for Latino males, and 80
percent for White, non-Latino
males. Since the Schott Foundation's 2012 report, the gap
between Black and White
males has increased from 19
percentage points (school year
2009-2010) to an estimated 21
percentage points (20122013).
Black Lives Matter:
The Schott 50 State Report on
Public Education and Black
Males details graduation rates
of Black, White and Latino
males nationally, by state, and
in major urban districts. According to the report, a systemic lack of equity in the
quality of educational supports and resources for Black
and Latino students creates an
"opportunity gap" that results
in barriers to all students having an opportunity to learn
and succeed.
"On the heels of several recent tragedies and acts
of violence that have brought
increased attention to the
alarming racial divide in our
nation, the report reveals a
quieter destructive force related to racial injustice: educational inequality," said Schott
Foundation President and
CEO John H. Jackson.
"Investing in young Black
males produces results that are
an asset to our society. There
are currently over 2 million
Black males who are college
graduates and over 1 million
enrolled in college. Positioning young people to graduate
from high school with a solid
foundation creates a pathway
out of poverty and toward social mobility."
A video produced by
the Schott Foundation highlights the achievements of
Black males and their contributions as military veterans,
entrepreneurs, and philanthropists.
Key graduation findings from the report include:
The majority of the
states with the largest gaps
between Black and White
male graduation rates are in
the Midwest.
New Jersey and Tennessee are the only two states
with significant Black male
enrollments to have Black
male graduation rates higher
than 70 percent.
Maine has the highest
graduation rate in the nation
for Black males (90%).
Nevada has the lowest
graduation rate in the nation
for both Black males (40%)
and Latino males (44%).
Alaska has the highest
graduation rate for Latino
males (82%).
Other disparities:
Higher out-of-school
suspension rates - Black students are consistently disciplined at a higher rate than
their White peers, despite no
evidence of higher rates of
school misbehavior.
Lower Advanced
Placement enrollment - There
is less access to AP courses in
schools that serve more Black
Lower reading and
math proficiency scores –
Gaps between Black and
White males nationally are 26
percentage points for 8th
grade reading proficiency and
32 percentage points for 8th
grade mathematics (2013).
The report proposes
specific action steps and outlines needs, including:
Consistent state and
local data collection and reporting of graduation rates,
disaggregated by race and
Student-centered educational programs that align
academic, social, and health
support systems.
A moratorium on outof-school suspensions, which
disproportionately target
Black and Latino students.
Private sector programs and community networks that provide role models and supports to help young
people in low-income communities prepare for professional success.
Dr. Pedro Noguera,
the Peter L. Agnew Professor
of Education at New York
University and the lead researcher on the report, said,
"Systemic reforms must be
made at all levels to address
educational disparities that are
consigning many Black and
Latino males to lives of poverty and perpetuating an inequality of economic and social
status—something that both
weakens our country and
threatens our democracy."
In her foreword to the
report, Michelle Alexander,
associate professor of law at
Ohio State University and
author of The New Jim Crow:
Mass Incarceration in the Age
of Colorblindness, says,
"Because Black lives matter,
what we chose to do about
educational inequity matters."
For the full report,
v i s i t
h t t p : / /
F a c e b o o k :
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* Real assets in local
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and provide job opportunities to
improve the lives of boys and
young men of color.
Joe Echevarria, retired
CEO of Deloitte, who co-chairs
My Brother's Keeper and recently called on the business
community to lend its expertise
and resources in support of the
initiative, lauded Prudential's
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'strategic investment," Echevarria said. "Prudential understands that strengthening ladders to success will put the
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(Specifications and Conditions
Governing Bid Award)
FY 2014-15”
The City of Inglewood invites and will receive bids duly filed as provided herein for
the furnishing of labor and materials and/or
the completion of the above-designated
A mandatory informational meeting for
interested bidders will be conducted on
Wednesday, February 4, 2015, at 11:30
A.M. at the Public Works Department,
located on the Third Floor of Inglewood
City Hall, One West Manchester Boulevard,
CA, 90301.
Please call the Project Manager, Seung
Yang, at (310) 412-5333, or email at
([email protected]), should you
require further information.
Each bid, to be considered, must be delivered to and received by the City Clerk no
later than 11:30 A.M. on February 11,
2015, at the Office of the City Clerk, First
Floor of Inglewood City Hall, One West
Manchester Boulevard, Inglewood, CA,
Each bid shall be submitted and completed
in all particulars using the form entitled,
"Bidder's Proposal and Statement", attached hereto and must be enclosed, together with the requisite bid security, in a
sealed envelope addressed to the City
Clerk with the designation of the project
appearing thereon.
Each bid shall state the unit price of each
item if called for on the Bidder's Proposal
and Statement form. In the event alternative bids are called for in said form, each
alternative bid shall be completed.
Bids will be opened in public in the City
Clerk's Office and will then and there be
announced to all persons present.
Specifications and other Bid Documents for
the above items are on file in the Public
Works Department and may be obtained
upon request.
Each bid must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of cash, a cashier's or
certified check made payable to the City of
Inglewood, or a bid bond, for an amount of
not less than ten percent (10%) of the
aggregate amount of the bid, as a guarantee that the successful bidder will, within
the time specified, enter into an agreement
as provided in the Bid Document and furnish bonds when required in the Special
Provisions: one for Faithful Performance in
the amount of the Contract Sum, and one
for Contractor's Labor and Materials in the
amount of the Contract Sum.
The City Council reserves the right to reject
any or all bids and to waive any irregularities in any bid, and to take bids under
advisement for a period not to exceed sixty
(60) days from and after the date bids are
opened and announced.
Attention is directed to the provisions of
Sections 1777.5 and 1777.6 of the Labor
Code concerning the employment of apprentices by the Contractor or any subcontractor under them. The Contractor or any
subcontractor shall comply with the requirements of said sections in the employment
of apprentices.
Information relative to
apprenticeship standards and administration of the apprenticeship program may be
obtained from the Director of Industrial
Relations, San Francisco, CA, or the Division of Apprenticeship Standards and its
branch offices.
Notice is hereby given that the City Council
has ascertained the prevailing rates of per
diem wages in the locality in which the
work is to be done for each craft or type of
workman or mechanic needed to execute
the Contract in accordance with the provisions of Section 1770, etc. seq. of the
Labor Code; said prevailing rates are on
file in the Office of the City Clerk and are
incorporated herein by reference. Copies
shall be made available to any interested
party on request.
Attention is directed to the provisions of
Public Contract Code Section 10164 concerning Contractor's licensing laws. This
Contract requires a current and unexpired
Class A Contractor’s License issued by the
State of California Department of Consumer Affairs Contractors State License
Board. In addition, a City of Inglewood
business license will also be required.
The successful bidder must obtain, and
maintain current until completion of the
Project, an Inglewood City Business License.
This Notice is given by order of the City
Administrator of the City of Inglewood,
California, and is dated this _____ day of
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ,
2 0 1 5 .
Artie Fields, City Manager
City of Inglewood, California
Order To Show Cause
For Change of Name
Case No. BS152820
Petition of Valerie Torres and Mia Torres-Castaneda by
their Mother Irma Castaneda, 239 E. 73rd Street, Los
Angeles, CA 90003, Self Represented-Litigant; Superior
Court of California, County of Los Angeles, 111 North Hill
Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012 Central District: Petitioner
Valerie Torres & Mia Torres-Castaneda By their Mother
Irma Castaneda filed a petition with this court for a decree
changing names as follows: Present name: A. Valerie
Torres to Proposed name: Valerie Castaneda b. Mia
Torres-Castaneda to Mia Castaneda The Court Orders
that all persons interested in this matter appear before this
court at the hearing indicated below to show cause, if any,
why the petition for change of name should not be
granted. Any person objecting to the name changes
described above must file a written objection that includes
the reasons for the objection at least two court days
before the matter is scheduled to be heard and must
appears at the hearing to show cause why the petition
should not be granted. If no written objection is timely filed,
the court may grant the petition without a hearing. Notice
of Hearing Date: October 22, 2015 at 10:00am Dept 47,
Room:507 The address of the court is same as noted
above. A copy of this Order to Show Cause shall be
published at least once each week for four successive
weeks prior to the date set for hearing on the petition in
the newspaper of general circulation, printed in this county
(specify newspaper): PACE NEWS LOS ANGELES,
CALIFORNIA; Original Filed on January 08, 2015 in the
Superior Court of California County of Los Angeles,
Sherri R. Carter, Executive Officer/Clerk By Debra Cartier,
Deputy; Kevin C. Brazile, Judge, Judge of the Superior
Court. January 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 2015 PN
File No. 2015012782
The following person (s) is/are doing business as:
1. Heart 2 Heart Transitional Home, 3616 W. 60th
Street LA, CA 90043 Registered Owner(s): 1.
Heart 2 Heart Inc., 3616 W. 60th Street, LA, CA
90043. This business is conducted by a Corporation. The date registrant commenced to transact
business under the fictitious business name or
names listed above on N/A. I declare that all
information in this statement is true and correct. (A
registrant who declares as true information which
he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)
SIGNED:Michelle Burton, Title: CEO This
statement was filed with the County Clerk of Los
Angeles County on January 15, 2015 Expires
January 15, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name
Statement expires five years from date it was filed
in the office of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious
Business Name Statement must be filed prior to
that date. The filing of this statement does not of
itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious
business in violation of the rights of another under
federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411
et seq., Business and Professions Code). (First
Filing) Pub January 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 2015PN
File No. 2015025620
The following person (s) is/are doing business as:
1. T Double K Rocks Catering, 1910 West Piru
St., Compton, CA 90222, Los Angeles Registered
Owner(s): Tushana Antoinette Lyons, 1910 West
Piru St., Compton, CA 90222. This business is
conducted by an Individual. The date registrant
commenced to transact business under the
fictitious business name or names listed above on
NA. I declare that all information in this statement
is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as
true information which he or she knows to be false
is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Tushana Antoinette Lyons Title: Owner This statement was
filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County
on January 30, 2015 Expires January 30, 2020.
Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five
years from date it was filed in the office of the
County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name
Statement must be filed prior to that date. The
filing of this statement does not of itself authorize
the use in this state of a fictitious business in
violation of the rights of another under federal,
state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq.,
Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub
Feb. 13, 20, 27 March 6, 2015 PN
File No. 2015015496
The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1. View Heights Travel, 4016
West 58th Place, Los Angeles, CA 90043
LA AI #ON N/A Registered Owner(s): 1.
Hellene Gale Palmer, 4016 West 58th
Place, Los Angeles, CA 90043. This business is conducted by an Individual. The
date registrant commenced to transact
business under the fictitious business
name or names listed above on N/A. I
declare that all information in this statement
is true and correct. (A registrant who declares as true information which he or she
knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)
SIGNED:Hellene G. Palmer Title: Owner
This statement was filed with the County
Clerk of Los Angeles County on Jan.20,
2015 Expires Jan. 20 2020. Notice-This
fictitious Name Statement expires five
years from date it was filed in the office of
the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior to
that date. The filing of this statement does
not of itself authorize the use in this state of
a fictitious business in violation of the rights
of another under federal, state, or common
law (See Section 14411 et seq., Business
and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub
January 23, 30 Feb. 6, 13, 2015 PN
File No. 20143544459
The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1.
Iglesia Misionera Pentecostes Monte Olivares Uncion Y
Poder, 2858 Leeward Ave. #306, Los Angeles, CA 90005
LA, Registered Owner(s): 1. Nelis Mabel Cornejo, 2858
Leeward Ave., #306, Los Angeles, CA 90005 This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant
commenced to transact business under the fictitious
business name or names listed above on N/A. I declare
that all information in this statement is true and correct. (A
registrant who declares as true information which he or
she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.) SIGNED:Nelis
Mabel Cornejo, Title: Pastor This statement was filed with
the County Clerk of Los Angeles County on Jan. 15, 2015
Expires Jan. 15, 2020. Notice-This fictitious Name Statement expires five years from date it was filed in the office
of the County Clerk. A new Fictitious Business Name
Statement must be filed prior to that date. The filing of this
statement does not of itself authorize the use in this state
of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another
under federal, state, or common law (See Section 14411 et
seq., Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub
January 23, 20, Feb. 6, 13, 2015 PN
File No. 20150031285
The following person (s) is/are doing business as: 1.
Devine Design, 1500 W. 99 St., Los Angeles, CA
90047, LA; 1820 W. Florence Ave #391, Los Angeles,
CA 90047 Registered Owner(s): 1. David James,
1500 W. 99 St., Los Angeles, CA 90047. This business is conducted by an Individual. The date registrant
commenced to transact business under the fictitious
business name or names listed above on N/A. I
declare that all information in this statement is true and
correct. (A registrant who declares as true information
which he or she knows to be false is guilty of a crime.)
SIGNED:David James, Title: Owner This statement
was filed with the County Clerk of Los Angeles County
on February 5, 2015 Expires February 5, 2020. NoticeThis fictitious Name Statement expires five years from
date it was filed in the office of the County Clerk. A new
Fictitious Business Name Statement must be filed prior
to that date. The filing of this statement does not of
itself authorize the use in this state of a fictitious business in violation of the rights of another under federal,
state, or common law (See Section 14411 et seq.,
Business and Professions Code). (First Filing) Pub
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2015PN
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