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our mentorship program with Infinite Scholars, the Moline Acres Police Department wishes to the hopes and dreams of families in our community wishing to send their children to college. te Scholars program uses it extensive nationwide network of 500+ colleges and universities to ege scholarship for students who achieve the criteria above. The Moline Acres Police ent is committed to helping our students accomplish these criteria. The motto for this program dges Create Scholars.�

cres is located in North St. Louis County, Missouri. To learn more, contact the Moline Acres partment at 314-868-2433 or Infinite Scholars at 314-499-6997.

FOR BROTHER ERNEST MOTHLE (Upon Hearing of his Departing) LIVE / WORK / PLAY NATE JOHNSON

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FEATURED ILLUSTRATOR ELTON LEONARD

the gospel of hedonism

FEATURED POET TWASANGRE NAMANE

We ignore and take ...Listen people... Life for is agranted giant, invisible scale with two sides; them Good and bad You and your beliefs Knowing fully well Are the weights The things you do each day that if push comes to shove Determine the balance Your conscience is a flawless they will produce anyway Judge and jury; It only questions you when you're wrong... And we will claim after all

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what "You comes blood and Hell Right Here on Earth" Makefrom Your their Own Heaven (Regarding the last line of this quote from "You Make Your Own Heaven and Hell Right Here on Earth": "It only questions you when you're wrong" Sang by The Temptations on the recording. "The only question is what you want" Written by: BARRETT STRONG, NORMAN WHITFIELD, NORMAN J. WHITFIELD)

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IN THE NEWS

Export Opportunities in the Americas: Brazil, Canada & Mexico TIME | DATE | PLACE 8:00 am registration 8:30-10:00 am program Thursday, December 7, 2017 Please note NEW ADDRESS: World Trade Center St. Louis 120 South Central Ave. Suite 1200 St. Louis, MO 63105 REGISTRATION $20 REGISTRATION One-on-one appointments available following the program.

Learn about export opportunities in three major markets in the Americas region. Brazil is recovering from recent political and economic upheaval and reforms have seen growth in the energy and agricultural sectors in particular. Canada's economy has enjoyed greater than expected growth, outpacing all other members of the G7. Mexico continues to offer a wide range of opportunities for US exporters from industrial equipment and inputs to agricultural products. Speakers: Mr. Fabio Yukio Yamada Director, Missouri International Trade & Investment Office - Brazil Mr. Ludovic Ortuno Director, Missouri International Trade & Investment Office - Canada Ms. Gloria Garcia Director, Missouri International Trade & Investment Office - Mexico Click here to view speaker bios and learn more.

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old grabbing her and conducting himself in a sexually crude manner toward her “that part is not true.”

The Department of Justice is reopening the investigation into the murder of Emmett Till. Till was abducted and killed in August 1955 by two white men for allegedly making an inappropriate remark to a white woman. The case is considered one of the most vicious examples of racism in America and marked a turning point in the nation’s attitude toward racial injustice when Till’s mother, Mamie Till , allowed his mutilated body to be viewed in an open coffin at his funeral. “This one really caught me off-guard, and it’s caught a lot of people off guard,” says, Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State .

Rev. Dr. William Barber, social justice activist and national co-chair of the Poor People’s Campaign, says, “63 years ago, Emmett Till was snatched from his mother by the human predators of white supremacy. He was killed brutally by some who were connected to the supposed law enforcement in Mississippi. If there is any new evidence to bring forth full justice and penalties for the crimes, the case should be reopened.”

“If the punishment

points to Donham, I think she should be punished.

Donham has remained hidden from public view for decades, and at this point, she is in her eighties. Dr. Winbush says, “If the punishment points to Donham, I think she should be punished.”

“If we believe what Dr. King says about the arc of the moral universe, sometimes, it’s short…sometimes, it’s long. His mother has died, and he died at 14, but justice is still due.”

As the news circulated of a reopened investigation, skeptics questioned the timing and the motives of the DOJ with Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the helm.

Two white men were acquitted of killing Till and later confessed to having committed the crime. Both are now dead.

“I think there’s an attempt by the Trump administration to win African Americans’ votes,” says Dr. Winbush. “They’re talking about pardoning Marcus Garvey and posthumously pardoned Jack Johnson . Those three figures are deeply embedded in our community. I think there is more going on here than meets the eye, and it’s ironic that it’s happening under one of the most racist presidents in recent memory.”

According to a report the Justice Department submitted to Congress in March, the decision to revisit the case was “based upon the discovery of new information.” In what is believed to be her only interview, the woman whose allegations led to Till’s death spoke with a Duke University professor who wrote the book “The Blood of Emmett Till” released in 2017. Carolyn Bryant Donham told the author that what she alleged about the 14-yearpg.

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MISSOURI JUDGES GET “WOKE” By educating themselves on Racism & Unconscious Bias in the Court System Missouri Associate Circuit Judge, the Honorable Judy Preddy Draper takes the lead along with President Benes Aldana, National Judicial College in presenting a Symposium on Reconciliation and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts. Nearly 200 gathered at Logan University on Monday, JULY 16, 2018 ; included were Missouri Judges (Supreme, Appellate & Trial courts) throughout the State of Missouri, judges from around the country, lawyers, lawyer associations, community leaders and some activists to sit down together in this all day ( 9:00 – 4:30) Symposium and discuss how the courts could address their own implicit biases in court administration to ensure a fair and just system within the judiciary. The Symposium had an all star cast: •

The Sons & Daughters of Reconciliation along with the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation. The panel members were the Descendants of :

Dred Scott, Ms. Lynne Jackson, Founder & President of the Dred Scott Heritage Foundation and great-great -granddaughter of Dred Scott.

Peter Blow, (Mr. Scott’s original owner) Mr. John LeBourgeous, the great-great-great grandson of Peter Blow.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Actress, play right, Kate Taney Billingsley, great-great-great granddaughter of Chief Justice Taney.

President Thomas Jefferson, TV Host, actor, author, Shannon LaNier, Sixth great-grandson of President Thomas Jefferson and progeny of Sally Hemmings (Jefferson’s slave).

Confederate President Jefferson Davis, Leader and Advocate, Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great-grandson of President Jefferson Davis.

Lynne Jackson spoke about the history of her relatives , Dred & Harriet Scott and their daughters and how these five families got together to form the Sons & Daughters of Reconciliation. Kate Taney Billingsley told a story of how her great ancestor, Judge Taney, as a young lawyer long before he wrote the Dred Scott Decision in his 80’s, that; he actually represented an “abolitionist” and at that time in his life, believed that slavery was a vile idea. This news was quite shocking to the audience at the Symposium. Bertram HayesDavis talked about his ancestor, Jefferson Davis and the regrets the family has had with his positions in history, however, that in the spirit of reconciliation, he has taken a lead to talk about this legacy and how it affects all of us.

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OYEZ ! OYEZ! OYEZ ! HEAR YE !! HEAR YE !! In the Second half of the Symposium, community leaders, both black and white verbalized their lack of confidence in the courts and the judicial system due to the perception of unconscious bias, unfair treatment, and prejudiced decisions, rendered against African Americans, persons of Color and impoverished persons. These conversations were carried on while Ph.D’s, Sociologists, Judges and Lawyers gave instruction to the judges on the subjects of cognitive dissonance; the cerebral function that dictate our emotions and cognitive thinking in our decision making. African American judges and judges of Color discussed the challenges and struggles as minorities on the bench. Some Caucasian judges admitted to their own inner prejudices which were unknown to them before this Symposium. Faculty at the National Judicial college including, Professor Joseph Sawyer, Reno, Nevada, Hon. James M. Redwine, Reno, Nevado and education specialist, Mr. Michael Roosevelt, San Francisco, CA made presentations on Unconscious bias and the next steps and actions plans that Judges could implore to understand and eradicate “Judge bias” on the Bench.

The Symposium was sponsored by: The National Judicial College led by former Military Judge, President Benes Aldana, Logan University President Clay McDonald, The National Center for State Courts, The National Association for Presiding Judges and Court Executive Officers, The Bar Association of Metropolitan St Louis, The American College of Trial Lawyers; Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner; Missouri Association of Probate and Associate Circuit Judges; Thompson Coburn; The National Consortium on Racial & Ethnic Fairness in the Courts; Missouri SupremeCourt Consortium on Racial & Ethnic Fairness; The Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation and The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the 21st Judicial Circuit, Hon. Judy Preddy Draper, Chair.

“National Judicial College, RENO Nevada”.

The 21st Judicial Circuit held the Symposium at Logan University, School of Chiropractic campus at the beautiful & elegant Purser Center, which was a switch from the traditional legal venues and law schools as Logan University has a tremendous outreach for social reform and a Symposium addressing healing from the racial divide in our country seemed an appropriate forum. It is a school of the “healing arts.” Upcoming Chief to the Missouri Supreme Court, Justice George William Draper III in his welcoming remarks stated that Logan was an excellent choice inasmuch as we were in a forum which could “adjust” our attitudes. The carefully selected moderators of the panel presenters were Judge Judy Preddy Draper , Ms. Emily Pitts, Principal leader of inclusion and diversity at the investment firm of Edward Jones and The Honorable Stanley J. Wallach, Circuit Judge of the 21st Judicial Circuit. The Fox-Clark Family Foundation also attended the Symposium and Bob Fox, Principal of the Build -A -Bear and NewSpace, Inc.,donated 5 original oil paintings on canvas depicting the Ancestors alongside their Descendants. The artist, Ms. Montrinaa Hill (Monti) made an appearance and presented the awards personally and presented one to Judge Judy Draper depicting the Judges’ image with Medgar Evers with statement: Freedom is not Free. Ms. Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Gold Medalist was on hand to greet the attendees and give support to the effort of racial justice. Hundreds of photograph from these event were taken by Photo Journalist prize winning photographer: Suzy Gorman Photos, St. Louis. The Law Firm of Thompson Coburn sponsored the elegant Reception at the end of the Symposium forum 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Moline Acres Police Department College Scholarship Program in partnership with Infinite Scholars Program

The Moline Acres Police Department College Scholarship Program wishes to acknowledge some of the students in our city that have accepted the promise of a college scholarship for accomplishing the following criteria: 1. 2. 3. 4.

95 percent school attendance 3.3 or better cumulative grade average 22 or better composite ACT score No major discipline problems

Through our mentorship program with Infinite Scholars, the Moline Acres Police Department wishes to help fulfill the hopes and dreams of families in our community wishing to send their children to college. The Infinite Scholars program uses it extensive nationwide network of 500+ colleges and universities to find a college scholarship for students who achieve the criteria above. The Moline Acres Police Department is committed to helping our students accomplish these criteria. The motto for this program is “Our Badges Create Scholars.� Moline Acres is located in North St. Louis County, Missouri. To learn more, contact the Moline Acres Police Department at 314-868-2433 or Infinite Scholars at 314-499-6997.

Pictured are Moline Acres Chief of Police Colonel Ware, Police Officer Donaldson, and students Charmaine and Charles.

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Editorial Rebeccah Bennett TRUTH: This is not the first time that this country has been run by a bigot. It is not the first time that we have experienced political isolation and social rejection. Founder and principal of Emerging Wisdom LLC.

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nd it is not the first time that we have had to figure out how to metabolize our grief and fear in ways that did not immobilize us, but caused us to actualize our power to change the world.

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and forefathers lived through horrors that were generational in scope and scale. They persisted through times when there was little chance of a better tomorrow, much less a better life – not even for their kids. Yet they responded to their lot in life by creating resistance movements, aid societies, educational and religious institutions, banks and co-ops, art forms, innovations and spiritual practices that continue to make our lives

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better today. Remember that their blood is our blood. Their strength is our strength. They are the ROOTS and we are their FRUITS.

PRAYER:

We call upon our ancestors, those upon whom the sky fell. We call upon our ancestors who experienced all manner of degradation, humiliation, violation and death. We call upon our ancestors, people who swung from trees and were forced to live on their knees. We call upon our ancestors, many of whom persisted, survived and endured without destroying themselves or others. May whatever it is that nourished and sustained them come more fully alive in us. Ashe.

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Shannon Lanier

Descendant of US President Thomas Jefferson

John LeBourgeois Descendant of Peter Blow

Lynne M. Jackson Descendant of Dred Scott

Kate Taney Billingsley Descendant of Justice Roger B. Taney

Bertram Hayes-Davis Descendant of Confederate President Jefferson Davis

Every nation must bear the weight of its own history. The United States continues to grapple with the promise of freedom, enshrined in the nation’s founding documents, and the stain and shame of slavery. During this symposium, we will hear how, from the descendants of Dred Scott, Peter Blow (one of Mr. Scott’s previous owners), Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, President Thomas Jefferson, and Confederate President Jefferson Davis, the weight of history affects five American families. The panel of descendants will discuss the meaning of the Supreme Court decision in Scott v. Sanford, the life of Dred Scott, and Dred Scott’s impact on the nation. Faculty members from The National Judicial College will explore the role of the courts in a culturally responsive democracy. The faculty will explore the judge’s role in safeguarding fairness within the judicial process, and the tools a judge can use to ensure that all people are treated equally in the American justice system.

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SCHLAFLY LIBRARY / 225 North Euclid Ave.

Join us for a screening of the documentary “The Same Difference,” directed by Nneka Onuorah, about lesbians who discriminate against other lesbians based on gender roles. The film takes an in-depth look at the internalized heteronormative gender roles that have become all too familiar within the African-American lesbian and bisexual community. A panel discussion will follow the screening, featuring Kristian Blackmon, Aja La’Starr Owens, Javania Webb and Jessica Jackson.

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BUY GLASS, DRINK & BE MERRY AT THIRD FRIDAY! DISCOVER OUR SELECTION OF AMAZING HANDMADE GLASS BARWARE!

Little known fact: Drinks simply taste better when consumed from a handmade glass. Filling a one-of-a-kind glass with your favorite boozy beverage is the most perfect way to kick off a nice summer evening outdoors. WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON?

Come visit us for “Summer Sips” at Third Friday to find your perfect glass, and all the perfect accessories! From champagne glasses to beer steins, coasters to wine charms, the artists at Third Degree have all the glass goods to make your summer sparkle.

FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018 DOORS OPEN AT 6:00PM | FREE ADMISSION | ALL AGES WELCOME

–Glassblowing Demos at 6:15p, 7:30p, 8:45p. –Flameworking Demos at 6:00p, 7:30p, 8:45p. Show us your creative side with our glass art experiences! $35 per project* –Glassblowing (Ages 10+): Sculpt glowing molten glass into a paperweight –Flameworking (Ages 10+): Melt glass rods through a torch to craft beautiful beads. Add them to a bracelet, keychain or necklace pendant! –Fused Glass: Cut and layer pieces of glass to create jewelry, wine charms, bug magnet, glass tile, or nightlight. *Experiences are first come, first served. No advance registration available. See our Third Friday page for available options. What good is locally made glass without locally made booze? Sample New Haven, Missouri's finest gins and more from Pinckney Bend! Grab a bite to eat from the Go Gyro Go food truck. East Gallery presents a new artwork display by Sandra Griffin. More info on our Third Friday page. 7:00p: The Ann Dueren Trio returns with some swingin’ tunes! 8:30p: The St. Louis Fire Technicians turn up the heat on the patio!

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hope that you are doing well. As George Gershwin Imight wrote, Summertime, and the livin' is easy. Easy be a bit overstated as we are working hard to

help our clients achieve their real estate goals this summer. However, it is easy to do what we love, in both work and play. Speaking of play, there are some amazing things going on in our beloved St. Louis this month, as always. Of course, I have a few suggestions for you to go out and make it a memorable month. I hope that you will join me!

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Start off your month of July with a visit to The Muny where they are showing only the best of the best for their 100th year anniversary. All week long, they will be doing their rendition of Singin’ in the Rain, a classic comedy/romance that is well known for its flashy singing and dancing numbers. The most explosive US holiday is finally here and our city has provided us with plenty of options to choose from for celebrating on the 4th. You could begin the day at America’s Birthday Parade which begins at the Kiener Plaza at 9:30 AM. There will be 17 different floats, a lot of huge inflated characters, and 12 school bands that will compete in the Liberty Drum Challenge. You might not know, but my family has a goal to get to all of the national parks. With the addition of the Arch, there are now 60 National Parks! St. Louis will be having the Gateway Arch National Park Grand Opening for the new museum this week! O’Fallon, Missouri will be hosting the Heritage and Freedom Fest from the 3rd to the 4th which will feature a parade of their own but it has the same starting time as STL’s America’s Birthday Parade so you’ll have to choose between the two. After the parade you could wander the festival grounds to either partake in the carnival rides or maybe listen to the live music provided by several bands includingDaughtry. Fair Saint Louis Independence Day Celebration is a 3 day party on the 4th, 6th, and 7th. The fair begins at noon at Gateway Arch National Park following the America’s Birthday Parade I had mentioned before. You can expect big name performances each day from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on the 4th to Jason Derulo and Andy Grammer on the 6th and Martina McBride will close it out on the 7th! Don’t miss the fireworks at the close of each

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day. Of course, we also have the St. Louis First Friday events at both the Contemporary Art Museum and the Saint Louis Science Center. At the CAM you can expect DJ 18andCounting on the turntables to provide some nice background music while you have a few drinks and look at all of the art pieces. At the SLSC each month has a different theme for their First Friday events and this Friday’s theme is Star Trek. There will be lots of hands­on activities followed by a screening of the movie Star Trek. If that’s not your flavor, you could drop by the Missouri Botanical Garden for their summer exhibit Garden of Glass Evenings by Craig Mitchell Smith. This work of art is said to be one of the largest glass blown exhibits out there. Did I mention there will be drinks, food, and live music? If you haven’t had a chance to check out Jungle Boogie at the Saint Louis Zoo this Friday their band of the night Retro Boogie may persuade you to give it a shot. The talented sisters, Roz Moore & Bev Boyd, play music from way back when to present day top hits! On Friday evening, I’ll be checking out the Dirty Muggs and Andy Grammer at

Fair St. Louis, before heading over to The Ready Room to catch an amazing show by DJ Mark Farina, opened by Alexis Tucci who is sure to get the party started. On Saturday drop by the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum for the Baseball: America’s Game, Art and Objects. I am sure you have heard of St. Louis referred to as a “baseball town” before. In an article from NBC Sports, AuthorCraig Calcaterra, while comparing different cities with MLB teams, referred to St. Louis as “maybe the most ‘baseball town’ of them all.” Baseball plays a heavy part in the history of our city and this exhibit will give you some insight on how. You might find me at the Daychaser, a 12 hour dance party at The Boathouse in Forest Park. It promises to be an amazing time! DJ Kerry, from LA will be on the wheels of steel, along with St. Louis’ own Alexis Tucci & Hal Greens. Later on Saturday, I hope to make it down to Afrosexycool Summer Edition at The

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Ready Room to check out James Biko FKA DJ Nappy Needles for inspired art, and dancing. If I plan it right, I’ll be at RDKE later to join DJ Agile One and her tribute to the 25th anniversary of Bjork’s debut album. Since you asked, my favorite song from the album is Venus as a Boy. It’s an amazing song. Of course this wasn’t the debut of Bjork, as she was lead singer of the Sugarcubes for nearly ten years before. I won’t make it to see Evanescence & Lindsey Stirling as they will be taking the stage at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater on Saturday night at 7 PM. Bring Me To Life by Evanescence is nice and Crystallize is an incredible song by the violinist Lindsey Stirling. This will be the 2nd year in a row that she has come and I will miss her. Perhaps the third time next year will be the charm. Also on Saturday, the John Butler Trio will be jamming out on Saturday night as well starting at 8 PM at The Pageant. JB is an Australian native with past sold out tours and number one albums back in Australia.

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You can get the best view of the Fair Saint Louis fireworks show from the Riverboat Fireworks Cruise on the Mississippi River! The cruise boards at 7 PM and returns to the dock at 9 PM for the 30 minute fireworks show. There will be a buffet dinner with your choice of beef or chicken and an assortment of veggies to choose from. Tickets will be going quickly so make sure to get yours as soon as you can! After a long week of 4th of July celebrations you could make your way to Brunchin’ at The Dark Room on Sunday at The Grandel. They serve brunch from 10:30 AM ­2:30 PM but the live music plays from 11 AM ­1:30 PM. I almost forget to mention to head to Collinsville for the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Festival! There will be games, prizes, and of course...ketchup tasting. On Sunday night, Styx and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts will be commanding the stage at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. Come on out and sing, you know all of the songs!

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Thursday the 12th marks the start of the Ste. Genevieve County Fair which runs until Sunday the 15th. There will be a parade, demolition derby, a volleyball tournament and of course it wouldn’t be a real fair without live music every night as well. Additionally there is going to be good food and drinks along with kids rides and arcade games. Sounds like there should be something for the whole family! The second Friday of each month Tower Grove Park hosts Sauce Magazine’s Food Truck Friday. This event will have over 20 different food trucks and lots of beer and wine to drink as well. Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs so you can eat, drink, and enjoy the live music entertainment. Historic Downtown Maplewood will be hosting their 13th Annual Let Them Eat Art event on Friday the 13th. They do not consider this an art fair, but instead a celebration of making and enjoying art. There will be good eats and drinks provided by local award winning restaurants from the Maplewood area.

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The City of Des Peres is hosting a free summer concert on the second Friday of June, July, and August. The “Hot Summer Nights, Cool Summer Sounds” concert series will be held in Des Peres Park from 7 PM ­9:30 PM and will feature the Midnight Piano Band. There will be a concession stand but feel free to bring your own food and drinks. Downtown Kirkwood is having their Peach Festivalduring their Kirkwood Farmer’s Market on Saturday the 14th. The Farmer’s Market opens at 8 AM but the Best Tasting Peach Contest starts at 10 AM and ends at 11 AM. There will be live music from the Maple Jam Band from 10 AM ­12 PM along with free samples. Get out there and test your peach tasting expertise! Another option for Saturday is the 12th Annual St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festivalthat is taking place at The Foot of the Grand Basin Forest Park. Over 50 different local St. Louis breweries will be participating providing you with more than enough beer to sample. You better believe there is going to be incredible food supplied byFrankly Sausages, Zia’s on the Hill, and Essentially Fries, however, you can bring snacks of your own if you would prefer. How are your wilderness survival skills? If you think you could work on them than you may want to stop by the HealthWorks! Wilderness Day! on Saturday. You’ll learn what is safe to eat and what plant life is poisonous. You will also be taught what to do in emergency situations, for example, getting bit by a snake! It never hurts to be prepared for anything. It’s an honor to serve on the Board for Trailnet, whose mission is to make biking, walking and public transportation a way of life. We are hosting our 4th installment of the Meet, Bike, & Drink series on Saturday. Visit Trailnet for more ride info and learn other ways that this great organization is helping St. Louis get to the next level! If you’re a fan of marching bands than I think I may just have an option for you this Sunday. The DCI Midwestern Championship is beinheat the The Dome at America’s Center on the 15th. Drum Corps International has been around for almost 50 years providing a stage for marching bands to play and compete. The Show Me Reptile & Exotics Show is going down at the District 9 Machinist Hall in St. Charles on Sunday. This is event is not only focused on educating you on different reptiles or exotics but it’s also a place to purchase them! There will be experts and breeders there to answer any questions you may have. Kids 12 and under have free admission so make sure to bring the kids!

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Every third Friday of the month the Magic House in Kirkwood hosts the Emerson Free Family Night. Families with a max of two adults and four children can peruse the 100 or more hands­on exhibits completely for free! If you’re looking to save a buck or two while keeping the kids engaged this is the perfect stop for you. If you haven’t seen the movie Hidden Figures the Saint Louis Art Museum is providing you the opportunity free of charge at the Art Hill Film Series on Saturday starting at 6 PM but the movie doesn’t start until 9PM! You may bring your own food and beverages as well as your pets if you’d like because this is a pet­friendly event. There will be food trucks and booths for drinks as well if you don’t feel like lugging around cooler.Mud Mania is happening at Queeny Park on Friday and Saturday with 6 different time blocks to use the mud obstacle course. This event is for kids 5­15 that like to get their hands dirty and admission is $10 a person. For those who don’t like getting all messy there will be other activities provided as well!

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Saturday the 21st is the anniversary for the return of the Apollo 11 mission back in 1969. The Saint Louis Science Center will be hosting SciFest: One Giant Leap, an event specifically focused on the technologies used for space travel. There will also be local experts on aviation, aerospace, and planetary science to answer any questions you may have. Don’t miss the Gateway Jazz Festival at the Chesterfield Amphitheater starting at 12 PM Saturday afternoon. This is an outdoor event with plenty of food and drinks to go around. You may also bring a small cooler of drinks as long as they are non­ alcoholic. Make for a day of smooth jazz and good conversation. Busch Stadium will be welcoming country legend Kenny Chesney on Saturday the 21st. This guy knows how to entertain a crowd and he sounds great live as well. Tickets are going up everyday so I would advise getting them as soon as you can before they completely sell out. For Sunday you may want to catch the last day of the Whitaker St. LouisFilmmakers Showcase at Washington University. All entries in the showcase will be created by St. Louis locals who are pursuing a career in film. There will be a variety of different film types and Q&A’s to follow directly after each showing. If you still haven’t had a chance to see the Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worldsexhibit at the Saint Louis Art Museum you should make it a point to. The SLAM hasn’t had an egyptian exhibit of this size in over 50 years. Some of these discoveries have only been made in the last 7 years so all the information is relatively new. The Cardboard Catamaran Cup is on Sunday at the The Lodge Des Peresbeginning at 6 PM. Participants are to make a boat completely out of cardboard and duct tape. They then race their boats across the outdoor pool in a single­elimination style race. There will be prizes for the top 3 contenders and it will be completely free for spectators to enjoy. Don’t forget to shop at Whole Foods Market on Thursday , the 26th as Trailnet has been selected for their 5% Day Community Support program. Shop at any of the three locations Brentwood, CWE, and Town & Country and Whole Foods will donate of 5% of your total purchase to Trailnet.

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The classic Cardinals/Cubs rivalry continues as we take on Chicago this weekend. This friendly competition never gets old and always makes for a great series. If you haven’t been to a game yet this season, this would be the series to attend. COCA will be presenting the classic broadway hit West Side Story on Friday and Saturday the 27th and 28th. This will be taking place at the Edison Theater at Washington University and tickets are going on sale for $14­18. The COCA Summer Musical is said to showcase some of St. Louis’ “triple­threat” performers. Eckert’s is hosting Food Truck on the Farm on Friday the 27th from 6 PM ­9 PM. There will be awesome options for food and dessert trucks as well as a fashion truck for anyone who is interested in doing a little shopping. I also have to mention there will also be live music in the background while you enjoy yourselves relaxing on the farm. You can still Golf the Galleries at the Sheldon Art Galleries on Friday if you haven’t given it a shot. This is a unique spin on mini golf and the best part is it’s inside with air conditioning! On Friday the tee times will run from 12 PM ­8 PM and it costs $10 for adults and $6 for children.

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The Loading Dock is hosting the Riverside Flea Market, which is considered to be one of the largest one’s in the region. It is said to be something of a gold mine of a wide variety of antiques and collectibles. This is always held on the fourth Saturday and Sunday of the month from April through October so if you can’t make it you’ll thankfully get plenty more chances. You could also take the family to the Heritage Days Show in Greenville, IL at theAmerican Farm Heritage Museum. There will be antique farming equipment and stations teaching you how they used to get things done around a farm before modern day farming. Additionally, they will have a flea market, live music, and food and drinks for everyone. Everybody loves Elton John and lucky for us Dogs of Society are putting on aTribute to Elton John on Saturday the 28th. This is happening at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, one of the area’s best outdoor venues. Doors open at 6 PM and make sure to get there early enough to get a good spot on the lawn because this one is expected to fill up fast! Don’t miss Beer Geek Fest on iok the 29th at theCraft Beer Cellar. This event is free to enter so take advantage of the opportunity to sample dozens of delicious locally brewed beer along with a few special one­off beers exclusive to the event. It kicks off at 12 PM and runs until 6 PM so make sure to pace yourself to make a day of it!

Yes, another great month in St. Louis! Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything that I can do for you. All the best. ­ ~ Nate Nate K. Johnson ABR,CIPS,CRS,GRI,SRES Real Estate Solutions Group Redkey Realty Leaders 314-575-7352 Direct 314-514-9600 Office nate@livingstl.com www.livingstl.com

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n the words of the great philosopher – Nicholson- The truth, the truth you can’t handle the truth. We really are not in in post-factual era in this country. There are such things as facts and we as a nation must develop our ability to sift through propaganda and know the truth, because the truth really will set you free. When we treat each other as less than human – that is not the truth. When you intentionally demean and discredit someone that is not the truth.

Gandhi introduced us to the concept of – Satyagraha – adherence to truth – where the truth is God. Socrates said it this way: ‘Know Thyself’; Jesus said it this way: ‘Before you eat of this bread and drink of this cup let a man examine himself.’ We know that the golden rule- treat others as you want to be treated is the truth. It is a basic precept that runs through all religions because it is the truth. So as we as people develop nations and nation-states and created societies first run by divide rule of popes, to kings, queens and the evolution of thought that the individual has rights.

t u r T right to vote. When we purposely forget the historical context in America of the pernicious forms of denying certain citizens the right to vote that is not the truth. The Supreme Court just recently played hitman for the republicans by deciding a case in Ohio – to effectively purge the voting rolls just in the nick of time preceding the Mid-term elections. The United States Supreme Court decided that Ohio’s method of purging voting rolls did not violate federal law. Why are republicans implementing laws that purge voting rolls? In Ohio, the state law allows it to send address confirmation notices to voters who have been inactive for two years. If they respond the information is updated, if they do not respond over the next four years they are purged from the voting rolls. The Court decided that the Ohio law did not violate federal law. Therein lies the real truth here about what is being communicated. It is a signal to purge the voting rolls throughout the country prior to the Mid-term elections.

There is a basic principle that underlies the American system that as a nation we are a nation of law and not of men. This principle underlies the organizing documents of the nation, both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Thomas Jefferson articulated in the Declaration of Independence that we must agree on a universality of truths.

Justice Sotomayor points out in her dissent that the Court blatantly chose to ignore the historical context of the federal law in the National Voter Registration Act. It was enacted precisely because states were disenfranchising low-income, elderly and minority voters and purging eligible voters from registration lists because they did not vote in prior elections.

We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, That they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

We are a country that is founded on the basis of our desire to know eternal truths. In fact, these truths are self-evident. The origins can be traced back to ancient Greek philosophers Socrates, Plato and Aristotle holding that truth or falsity is determined by how it relates to actually describing phenomenon. Gandhi said that truth is as old as mountains. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: that we must be able to sift through evidence, discern the True from the false, the real from the unreal and the fact from the fiction.

Jefferson tapped into the universality of being – that all human beings have been given these rights by their Creator and government is created to protect them. When government is involved in developing laws and policies that do not protect those rights then the people must rise up and live out the true meaning of our creed.

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ai Chee Dimock’s editor’s column on “Historicism, Presentism, Futurism” (PMLA 133.2 (2018): 257-263) may have strong impact, minimal impact, or no impact at all upon the thinking of Modern Language Association (MLA) members and others about the utility of humanistic inquiry. The column reminds us of how dangerous it is to assume that 21st century literary scholars share common knowledge, or even value it, in the everyday practices of their lives and work. For many years, the posture of choice among many American humanists has been wimpy and defensive. They lament that our political economy accords greater financial support and esteem to the sciences as it questions the value of literary study and marks it off as an activity for the elite. Yes, the reading of literature is taught in public education, because workers in the United States must possess a degree of literacy. Nevertheless, the majority of our population seems to doubt that more than superficial knowledge of American, British, and world literature that has been translated into English is essential for “success” in our society. The touchstone at present is President Donald Trump. His base believes, no doubt, that anti-intellectualism is a patriotic virtue and that former President Barack Obama’s cultural literacy is a flaw. The base has little sympathy for the so-called “crisis of the humanities.” It is suspicious of efforts to integrate the humanities with STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Despite evidence that the humanities is not an alien presence in the history of the American democratic experiment, the Tribe of Trump is quite willing to deform such history in contemporary images of itself, because at a certain extreme overmuch literacy is a radical threat to national security. Historicism, presentism, and futurism afflict the tribal mind with dread of class and race. It is from this angle that I read Dimock’s comments for what they might say to us about the least examined differences between HBCUs and PWIs. If the Modern Language Association is most representative of what obtains in the sites of PWIs, it is reasonable to note that MLA and those sites possess a poverty of cultural literacy regarding what has characterized learning, teaching, and production of knowledge at HBCUs since their emergence in the nineteenth century. It is matter of fact, which can be validated by research, that praxis at HBCUs values “situated pedagogy” more deeply than do privileged PWIs. To some degree, what Dimock might think is relatively new and exciting about presentism is an ancient and suspect topic at HBCUs. The luxury of trivializing history as temporal process is possible everywhere, but I am convinced that luxury is deemed repulsive at predominantly African American institutions of higher education. My conviction is experiential; it’s neither theoretical nor “representative.”

During my undergraduate years at Tougaloo College (1960-64), I did not embrace presentism as “ a fallacy that deforms the past in our own image” ( 257). Segregation and

struggles for civil and human rights precluded such reckless thinking. And during my teaching career at Tougaloo and Dillard University (1970-2012), I stressed to my students that they should cultivate awareness of being makers of history rather than objects of history or items for speculation. My graduate experiences at Illinois Institute of Technology, the State University of New York at Albany, and the University of Virginia were peppered with a surplus of enactments of presentism and warnings about the bad faith Karl Popper criticized in The Poverty of Historicism (1957). My more recent contention that I am pre-future and always politically incorrect has armed me against the dreadful assaults of historicism, presentism, the fantasy extremes of futurism, and the antics of those who unwittingly provide aid and comfort to the Tribe of Trump . Being armed, however, doesn’t endow one with total immunity. I could make a fatal slip in one direction or another.

A single idea in Dimock’s informative column is the source of my discontent, namely the suggestion that African American Studies is a likely candidate for experiments “with some form of strategic presentism” (261). Achtung! What the hell is strategic about cultural amnesia? Dimock notes that African American Studies is “increasingly anchored by Afrofuturism in its recuperative and reparative engagement with slavery, a past whose afterlives are everywhere observable” and that “Afrofuturism has been at the center of an explosive scholarly conversation. In popular culture ---in music, art, and film…----this not-yet-realized future mediates past and present by making headline news…, a force in the here and now rivaled only by Shakespeare” (261). Mein Gott. It is my personal belief (which may be isolated from what anyone else in the world believes) that African American Studies is foremost a tool for relentless analysis of life and death matters, a tool evolved from the pioneering assertion of David Walker’s Appeal (1829) regarding “situatedness.” If presentism can co-opt African American Studies and transform it into a destructive “deconstructive academic toy “ in PWI sites, I feel obligated to intensify my terms of engagement as weapons in the combat zones where disabling “knowledge” is being forged. I do not play in a Platonic cave. I work in the blistering sun of actuality. ~Jerry W. Ward, Jr.

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Curse this land that has turned its back on its most loyal of children Warriors of Light The true avatars Who stick to the tried and tested ways of the old Thinking with their hearts Heeding the whispers of elders into their souls

In our new ways that are as old as stink the gospel of hedonism We ignore and take them for granted Knowing fully well that if push comes to shove they will produce anyway And we will claim after all what comes from their blood and sweat as our heritage Forgetting that a nation that plays no part in the birth-pangs of great art has no heritage at all pg.

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Like an urchin it is a street-nation

They die by the hundreds keepers of this nation’s memory who paint with their lives its most radiant images who with their last breaths fashion the most poignant songs etch gloriously on their atrophied bodies the tattoos of its endless odysseys

These men and women who with little book-learning stood up to vouch to the world upon the darkest hour of need for the humanity of our people The beauty of their spirit Civilization of their creations

The man who sleeps before us today was a larger-than-life character who stood up to be counted when cudgel fell before him Braved the iciest frontiers of this world Never was daunted by giggle of cynicism He said to the world courageously those who held us in lowest esteem What you all can do and deliver Copyright Š 2017 - All rights reserved.

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In the process he played with Archie Shepp and John Chikai – the gods of Free Consorting with our preeminent spirits The great Dyani, inimitable Pukwana And legendary Chris Mcgregor

Oh such a great pity we failed when he was still with us to build a fire to warm him up give woolly blanket to wrap under offer steaming tea with drops of honey We lost the opportunity to suckle from his treasure trove of experience His humorous anecdotes gone forever

Saga of our music conquests impoverished The memory of our gallant past is fading And so soon those who purport to be its keepers will be our rulers forever

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The Melanin Factor, Perhaps (The Poetry Version) Through the ample window the winter sun bathes  on the small settee  my worn feet  in generous splashes of warmth Its steady blaze pours  bright heat on my soles soothing gently the core of my bones They say this is vitamin D This energy of light that our cells  transform into regenerative power Who said it is only plants that can  change light into the pulp  and substance of life? We are light-processing beings too The blessings of the sun have  now escaped me  and shine at this moment  for the more fortunate behind Evidence of which lurches above over the roof and trees  to dapple the broad shadows that extend into the frontyard I sit still at the window  as if pining for lost glory as if hoping to see the sun again  do upward course of nourishing all Soon the sky across eastern horizon will be painted in colours of dying ember Broad strokes of gold and blood Poising winter to reclaim  its cruel reign over earth And we will await again  with bated breath another dawn Triumphant rays of a resurgent master.

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Working in America takes an intimate look at how we feel about work. Through powerful photographs and honest stories, the exhibit explores the relationships between social, cultural, physical and psychological realities of work that shape everyday life.

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Until his death in 1895, Frederick Douglass was the most important African-American in the United States. He fought for his freedom, civil rights and equal rights for all. Except for the debacle in the last city primary and general election, most African-Americans exercise the right of franchise without the fear of retribution. And when it comes to the term ‘leadership’ in the African-American community, the term is ambiguous.

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r. Carter G. Woodson in his book ‘The Mis-education of the Negro’ quoted Frederick Douglas when wrote ‘If the Negro in the ghetto must eternally be fed by the hand that pushes him into the ghetto, he will never become strong enough to get out of the ghetto. This assumption of Negro leadership in the ghetto, then, must not be confined to matters of religion, education, and social uplift; it must deal with such fundamental forces in life as make these things possible. If the Negro area, however, is to continue as a district supported wholly from without, the inept dwellers therein will merit and will receive only the contempt of those who may occasionally catch a glimpse of them in their plight. As Frederick Douglas said in 1852, “It is vain that we talk of being men, if we do not the work of men’ There have been persons in our past who were considered ‘important leaders and freedom fighters.’ Marcus Garvey, W.E. B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, Carter G. Woodson, Robert S. Abbott, Harriet Tubman, Mary McLeod Bethune, Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver were working to eliminate the political retrogression that was created by reconstruction, and reverse the trend of dependency of the government for public relief. Others became symbols of the potential of the race.

but some of his statements and actions support the theory that he is trying his best to assume the title of the country’s preeminent civil rights leader.’ Actually, I think everyone can see the disruptive and divisive methods the press uses to further divide the African-American community, and it is made easier when our ‘leaders’ provide an antagonist or adversary with ammunition that is negative and harmful. I also ask, does the African-American community have a leader? Rev. Sharpton is now seen regularly on MSNBC and Rev. Jackson has his TV show, and is called on to comment on national issues and because these two receive most of the press and attention, I do not believe the black community considers them ‘our leaders’. The old adage “The more thing change, the more they stay the same” seems more suitable for the African-American community than anyplace else that I know. We seem to face the same problems year after year. ~ Bernie Hayes

Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Bayard Rustin, Bobby Seale, Huey Newton, Dick Gregory, Roy Wilkins, Ralph Bunche, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Floyd McKissick, James Farmer, Angela Davis, Thurgood Marshall, Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph and Andrew Young Norman Seay, Percy Green and Ivory Perry are only a few names associated with efforts to make the quality of life better for people of African ancestry. The list is never-ending. When Kwame Ture, then known as Stokely Carmichael, in 1967 created the phrase ‘Black Power’, out of frustration and despair, I believe he visualized a nation where in the hands of African-Americans, the ballot was preferable to the bullet. I think he wanted African-Americans to become more involved in politics, both nationally and locally, with greater participation in global affairs. He wanted, most of all, as he once told me in an interview, economic independence, justice and self-determination for people of color. How does this impact the current conditions of AfricanAmericans in 2018? I personally think we are a lost tribe. Apparently there is a power struggle between The Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton as the top civil rights advocate in the nation. A Chicago Tribune article in July 2001 asserted ‘The gap appears to be widening between Jackson and Sharpton.-Some of Sharpton’s supporters deny there is a rift between the two political leaders, Copyright © 2017 - All rights reserved.

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What do I do? I help the college bound teens of busy parents write extraordinary college entrance essays. And, I provide perceptive leaders with trustworthy diversity & inclusion facilitation. My book, Chop: A Collection of Kwansabas for Fannie Lou Hamer, is available at www.femininepronoun.com

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“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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THINGS WE DO IN TIMBUKTU

The second children's book by the creators of The Black History Boy and Black Archaeologist animated black history webseries. BlackArchaeologist.com / YouTube, TechNubian1

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ust recently I had the priveledge to go to Paris Fashion week and participate in training Models and that was absolutely the best it changed my whole direction and what I want in life as far as my career I returned to work with Macys department store in Chesterfield Mall for the M o t h e r ’ s Day fashion show and the Father’s Day fashion shows which were both a success. I really enjoy Fashion and how it transcends, but I want to do major shows with a budget so it can be all I know it can be. I know I’m a very creative person, with the right budget I can make your wildest dreams come true with the fashion show of your dreams. I have one wish for all Designers photographers and any other person that think putting on a fashion show is easy work. I wish they hire a coordinator and see just what it could be with the right person coordinating.

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The traveling exhibit on display in the Scott and Dianne McCuaig Family Gallery is “Expressions of the Blues", by curator Carol Boss. The exhibit is on display June 2nd – September 29, 2018

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CALL FOR ART “All Colors” OVERVIEW: “All Colors” is an invitational and juried arts exhibit featuring the art of approximately 100 artists and 200 pieces of art. The show takes place January 13 through February 28, 2018 at the St. Louis Artist Guild, 12 Jackson Avenue, Clayton, Missouri 63105. We expect strong attendance, as the “All Colors” exhibit is a fund raiser with art and related funds to benefit artist of all disciplines, small not for profit 501C3 organizations and community/neighborhood organizations. Clayton, and the surrounding region have long been supporters of the arts and Portfolio Gallery and the “All Colors” sponsors are committed to make this exhibit a successful fund raiser and to introduce the St. Louis Metropolitan region to artist that mainstream publications have overlooked. HOW TO APPLY: Online applications may be completed though Portfolio’s website at www.portfoliogallerystl.org Click the Call for Art link that will take you to the sign-up, upload and payment. Each application must include the requested uploaded images and an artist’s statement of 100 words or less explaining the artist’s creative process including specific information about technique and materials.

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ART OF FOOD


Love I Fell in

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I am a sucker for a really good flavorful salad. This summer Wendy’s decided to be amazing & produce one of the most delicious salads I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. Their Strawberry Mango Chicken Salad is officially my 2nd favorite salad of all time. It definitely doesn’t help that I have to drive by a Wendy’s every time on my way home from the gym. So of course, it has become a necessary stop before I head back home. Chopped romaine lettuce, juicy sliced strawberries, ripe chunks of mango, tangy crumbled feta cheese, well-seasoned chicken, honey roasted sunflower seeds all under a simple Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette. Every component of this salad is necessary to the full flavor you should want to experience. It is the perfect fresh summer salad. Now because strawberries and mangoes are seasonal fruits, this isn’t the salad you can eat year-round. However, you could use frozen mango & strawberries, to tie you over until they come back in season. With this salad, you can use your favorites or opt to try something new. I wish I could tell you where you could find Honey-Roasted Sunflower Seeds already ready for you, however the sliced Honey-Roasted Almonds at Trader Joe’s might be the best substitution. Grill or bake chicken tenders in your favorite seasoning mix. Or you can buy some chicken strips that are already cooked, just chop them up & toss it in the salad. Take out and replace whichever items you don’t like and add ingredients that you love. Make this recipe your own and enjoy! to put together. You'll even be impressed with yourself when you're done. ~Léna O. A. Jackson To contact me, get more recipes, find out about events I’m apart of, or to even order some of my food: www.facebook.com/gspDore www.instagram.com/gspDore gspDoreinfo@gmail.com

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ART OF FOOD... cont.

Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette 2/3 C Orange Juice 1/3 C Olive Oil 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard 2 Tbsp Lime Juice ½ tsp Salt ¼ tsp Black or White Pepper 3 Tbsp Honey ½ Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar 1 Tbsp Brown Suagr 1 ½ Tbsp Lemon Juice *2 tsp Orange Extract, optional

Put all ingredients into a mason jar and shake until it is well combined. Or place all ingredients, except the Extra Virgin Olive Oil, in a blender or food processor. Slowly pour olive oil in while machine is blending the other ingredients. Store in an airtight container and chill until ready for use. *Olive oil may solidify, so let it sit out at room temperature and shake once again, before serving.

Strawberry Mango Salad 4 C ¼ C ¼ C 4 Tb ¼ C ¼ C a.n.

Romaine Lettuce or Mixed Greens Sliced Strawberries Crumbled Feta Cheese Honey Roasted Sunflower Seeds or Honey Roasted Sliced Almonds Diced Mango Chicken, sliced or chopped Honey-Citrus Vinaigrette

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“Acting White”

Share your Story Dear friends: I have been asked to write a chapter in a book that will address colorism in education. My chapter will focus on “acting white.” Specifically, when I was growing up, I was a “smart” student. My top performance in school, doing homework, raising my hand to answer questions, etc. often drew the accusation from my African American classmates and friends that I was “acting white.” Now, I know there are psychologists out there who say this is not true and does not exist. But alas, it was absolutely true for me. I have written about this in past works. I will do so again for this new book. I do know that many young folks today who continue to have such allegations hurled at them so feel free to share this email with whoever and have folks email me directly. I did a survey on this very question about 7 years ago and the results were consistent with my experiences decades ago. I’d like to update my earlier survey. I would love to hear from anyone out there who has a similar/related story either involving yourself or someone you know. I would like to include your story in the chapter. I will conceal your identity if you request. Do you have a story to share? If so, please email to me at: norwood@wulaw.wustl.edu. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead Kimberly Norwood , Professor of Law | Washington University School of Law pg.

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Walking the Blue Line: A Police Officer Turned Community Activist Provides Solutions for the Racial Divide By Terrell Carter Bettie Youngs Book Publishers

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“As I recall my experiences, I find it incredulous that people in law enforcement honestly believe and say that a racial divide and racial profiling don’t exist. An officer’s mind is divided: first, between the police and the general public and second, between the police and minorities.”~ Terrell Carter Walking the Blue Line follows the author’s experiences growing up as a black child in St. Louis, MO, a racially charged city still trying to overcome its divided past, and his five year journey as a law enforcement officer which led him to reevaluate his views on citizens and police alike. Readers are taken on a compelling journey as he details personal stories of the challenges of navigating this new world, including how he had to testify against a former partner for falsifying a major drug arrest. Terrell details the thoughts and tactics of police officers based on their training in the police academy and lessons they learn on the streets and how this information can help citizens better understand why officers do what they do while still holding them accountable for protecting and serving their communities. Walking the Blue Line can be ordered from www.terrellcarter.net, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and traditional booksellers.

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Due to its high popularity, the

Wildwood Art Festival

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Ferguson City Councilman Picks Up Endorsements In Race for Prosecuting Attorney

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ll around the country voters are going to the polls. It seems each contest is analyzed as a referendum on the nation’s overall political direction. In the Republican state of Missouri, a heated Democratic primary for St. Louis County Prosecutor is underway, pitting a longtime policefriendly prosecuting attorney against a Ferguson City Councilman who emerged post-Michael Brown. All around the country voters are going to the polls. It seems each contest is analyzed as a referendum on the nation’s overall political direction. In the Republican state of Missouri, a heated Democratic primary for St. Louis County Prosecutor is underway, pitting a longtime police-friendly prosecuting attorney against a Ferguson City Councilman who emerged post-Michael Brown. Audio Player  

The Starbucks in the suburb where a police officer gunned down Michael Brown during the summer of 2014 is one of the most visible and celebrated signs that Ferguson is making economic headway, attracting new businesses and sustaining others. The indicators of increased trust between community and police are not as easy to identify. But, City Councilman Wesley Bell believes there is progress. “Starting with City Hall itself and the people who run the day-today of the city, we hired our city manager, De’Carlon Seewood, in November 2015. He’s the first African American to ever hold that position,” Bell says. “We’ve hired Chief Delrish Moss from Miami. He is very experienced with community policing of which I’m a big proponent, and his commitment to community engagement and facilitating citizen involvement which is my big issue because nothing goes to the heart of community trust and confidence than your police department. If people feel safe, they tend to feel happier with their city.”

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Diversity, which Bell describes as “America’s superpower”, figures prominently in the leadership at Ferguson City Hall after the Michael Brown killing. But, Bell is clear he does not support diversity for the sake of diversity. “We’ve brought in quality people,” he states. “Diversity of experience, gender, age, race…all are important in the decision-making process.” In the aftermath of the civil unrest, the attorney and criminal justice professor at one of the area’s community colleges felt compelled to participate in the change protestors called for in the streets and from the sidewalks, igniting a national dialogue about police brutality.

“I felt my background in municipal work, my job as a professor and an attorney, and the issues that came out of 2014 circled my areas of expertise,” explains Bell. “Prior to Ferguson, I had no plans to get involved on the City Council.” Voters elected Bell and an African American woman, Ella Jones, to the City Council in April 2015. Jones is running for mayor, and if Bell has other plans for political office, the Councilman is saying little. He is focused on helping build a stronger city which includes working to ensure the city complies with the consent decree, its agreement with the Justice Department to overhaul the city’s police department and courts to ensure citizens’ rights. The City Council approved the deal in 2016 after the DOJ filed a lawsuit. Since then, there have been reports of missed deadlines. “I was on the negotiating team so I worked with the DOJ and there were several late nights and long days,” recalls Bell. “The idea that you have of people locking themselves in the room until they can come out with an agreement…it was along those lines. I think it’s something citizens and the region should rally around. I think there are a lot of good, progressive reforms. And, if we get it right in Ferguson, I think you will see a ripple effect. And, with the world watching us, it’s important

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for us to get it right so we can set the example of what change and progress look like.” Bell calls the consent decree “one of the most important things” he will do in his life. “We still have a ways to go, but I think we’re heading in the right direction.” In six months, Ferguson will mark the three-year remembrance of the global firestorm a police-involved shooting of a Black teenager triggered, cementing its place in history for many as the site of a new chapter in social justice. For Wesley Bell, August 9th redirected his personal narrative and galvanized his politics. He’s all in now and wants citizens invested as well.

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Interview with Lewis DIUGUID: Award-Winning Journalist Uses Example of Father to Encourage Today’s Men

There is much discussion today about ways to stem the downward spiral of young African American men. Veteran journalist, Lewis DIUGUID, mines the past to offer hope for the future. TheVillageCelebration’s Vickie Newton talks with Diuguid about his book, Our Fathers: Making Black Men.

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Lunch and Lecture with Ed Wheatley, author of “The Browns” and his newest book “Incredible Cardinals”. If Ed Wheatley has anything to do with it, St. Louis’ greatest baseball legends won’t soon be forgotten. His new Reedy Press children’s book, Incredible Cardinals, just hit the stands. Alongside Ed Koehler’s vibrant illustrations, Wheatley’s story introduces children to the Cardinals greats immortalized on the left field wall at Busch Stadium and invites them to partake in the decades-long tradition of St. Louis Cardinals fandom. 11:30 am - Arrival/Book Signing 12:00 Noon - Lunch 12:15 pm - Lecture 12:45 pm - Q and A 1:00 pm - Book Signing *$25 Members of IPHF/$35 Non Members

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Kevin Powell Autobiography Greetings! I pray you are well. A heads up that Simon & Schuster, my publisher, has passed along to me about 1800 HARD COVER copies of my autobiography, The Education of Kevin Powell, that are left in stock. I am looking for organizations/

institutions/schools/groups of all kinds to sell these books to immediately. As you know, generally hard cover copies of books disappear fast, and then it is just the paperback for the rest of that book’s life. I will PERSONALLY SIGN each and every book and ship them to folks, and also be willing to do something around the book with your young people, VIA SKYPE, after they have read and studied it, and with them also using this FREE study guide/curriculum created by a couple of education experts, which is for all age and education levels: http://www.kevinpowell.net/education.php

If interested in ordering 25 or 50 or 100 copies or more of the book please email my assistant, Katerina Nunez, and I as soon as you can, as we expect these PERSONALLY SIGNED HARDCOVER BOOKS to go fast: kevin@kevinpowell.net and katerina@kevinpowell.net

Finally, the autobiography deals with: •

race

gender

diversity and multiculturalism

leadership

activism

violence

domestic violence

self-esteem

manhood

parenting

history

hip-hop and pop culture

healing from trauma, both family and community

the transitions from youth to adulthood

forgiveness

self-love and love

And we are working very hard to have The Education of Kevin Powell adapted for the screen, so it remains very important to me that the autobiography is in the hands of as many young people as possible, of all backgrounds, all across America, and globally too.

Sincerely, Kevin Powell

Thank you so much for reading this, and certainly feel free to share with other educators as well in your networks.

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June 26, 2017 PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Robert A. Powell 314-265-0432 Portfoliogallery@att.net,

Portfolio Gallery today issues its call for art, and invites visual artist of all disciplines to enter at:www.portfoliogallerystl.org The “All Colors” Fine Art Show will feature 100 artist and 200 pieces of art, both local and nationally known artists, collectors and educators to the St. Louis Region.

The “All Colors” exhibition will feature the art of invited artist Dean Mitchell, Charles Bibbs, Manuelita Brown, Ed Johnetta Miller, Lonnie Powell, Robert Hale, Sandra Smith, Cbabi Bayoc, Thomas Sleet, Dr. Carolyn Mazloomi, Ronald Johnson and others. Our goal is to create an exciting art event that attracts a national audience. Sells income will support general operations of Portfolio, Inc. a not-for-profit 501C3 arts organization and further be used to provide grants to St. Louis artists, small notfor-profits and community based organizations. Please join the award winning Portfolio Gallery as it presents its 1st Annual “All Colors” Visual Arts Invitational & Juried Exhibition to be held January 13th through February 28, 2018, at the St. Louis Artist Guild, 12 Jackson Avenue, Clayton, Missouri 63105.

Portfolio Gallery is a member of The Alliance of Black Galleries

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