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Boko Haram video: We’ll exchange Nigerian girls for prisoners The leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram said in a video Monday that he would free more than 200 kidnapped schoolgirls in exchange for the release of militant prisoners. Dozens of the abducted girls were shown wearing full veils and praying in the video, which was obtained by French news agency AFP and which U.S. officials believe is genuine. The recording is the first apparent confirmation that any of the missing students remain alive. Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau appeared in the video, saying the girls had been converted to Islam. “These girls have become Muslims,” Shekau said in the 17-minute recording. “We will never release them until after you release our brethren.” In one part of the recording, the girls recite “Al-Fatiha” — the first chapter of the Quran — in Arabic. “Al-Fatiha,” which comprises seven verses, is one of the first prayers taught to those learning Islam. AFP declined to release a word-for-word translation of the girls’ comments because they were being held as hostages. It also reported that Nigeria’s interior minister Abba Moro quickly rejected the idea of a prisoner release.

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girls, who were seized on April 14 when militants from Boko Haram stormed a secondary school in the northeastern village of Chibok. The militants took 276 girls who were taking exams. Some managed to escape, but around 200 remain missing. The United States and Britain have flown in experts to help the search effort in Nigeria. NBC News counter-terrorism analyst Michael Leiter said Boko Haram had previously demanded the release of imprisoned members. “This is consistent with the group’s goals,” he told TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie, adding that it was “unlikely” Nigeria’s government would meet the demand.

Halfway for the Atlantic Rower New York - At his fourth bid in transatlantic crossing and furthest so far, Victor Mooney, 48, of Queens and *The Spirit of Malabo*, a twenty-four foot Brazilian custom made ocean rowboat, reached the halfway point in a 3,000-mile row to the British Virgin Islands <BVI> this morning. Mooney departed Maspolamas, Gran Canaria, off the coast of Africa on February 19. After a resupply in the <BVI>, Mooney will row another 1,800 miles to New York. Mooney's journey is designed to encourage voluntary HIV Testing and raise funds for AIDS.

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Community Journal a publication of Emerging Business Group, Inc. Š2006 New York all rights reserved The Community Journal is a weekly publication, based in Baldwin, New York, dedicated to sharing news and information among minority businesses and residents which will enable positive action - economically, socially and politically - for the betterment of us all. From our premiere issue, July 1, 1993, we have grown to be one of the leading African heritage news and information sources on Long Island. As a community - based publication, we intend to expand our presence and to encourage greater participation from all members of the community in forging our shared destiny. We are a "for-profit" business and hope to extend that spirit of economic empowerment to many other businesses in our community. We are published each week unless otherwise indicated and are distributed through newsstands, independent sales agents, and subscriptions.

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Coalition Formed to Educate CSEA Court Employees About Unfair Contract All Court Employees Deserve Better NEW YORK, NY (May 12, 2014)—Court Employees Unions from across New York State have joined together in a widespread campaign urging Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Judicial Branch employees throughout New York State to vote down a contract proposal this month. The contract’s new terms would undermine a support system that has been vital to protecting quality of life benefits for CSEA members, and this coalition has rallied to educate CSEA Judicial Branch employees about the adverse and harmful effects the new contract will have on members’ benefits and future earnings. “What CSEA Judicial Branch employees need to understand, is at the most basic level, this contract MINISTER is pulling money directly out of their pockets,” said Dennis W. Quirk, President of New York LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. State Court Officers Association “ PUBLISHER AND CHIEF “No contract is better than a bad contract,” said Joseph C. Walsh, President of New York State COMMUNITY JOURNAL, INC. Court Clerks Association. “The first thought that comes to mind after reviewing the details of this proposal is, why are Judicial Branch CSEA employees being treated differently than Executive Branch CSEA employees? Why are they being asked to sacrifice? We must join together to reject this contract, and demand a fair package that makes sense for ALL members, not just the Executive Branch.” In 1999, CSEA leadership told its membership that a tentative contract proposal should be approved because it contained no givebacks, it provided for percentage increases annually, that all increment and longevity steps would be maintained, and that health insurance coverage would be protected. However, with a public advocacy campaign to educate members of its serious faults including the lack of decent pay raise to adjust for inflation in cost of living, that contract was voted down by 17,194 to 9,251. The current contract proposal contains substantial givebacks, takes zero percentage increases for more than half of the six year contract, as well as eliminates incremental and longevity steps. If history tells us anything, it is that there is no way that members can let this contract get a passing vote. And the coalition, New York

State Employees Coalition for a Just Contract, has united in their campaign to ensure that it doesn’t.

NCDA: Case update (Craigslist dog sale plea) Lisette Tobon, 23, of Central Islip, pleaded guilty today before Nassau District Court Judge Erica Prager to one count of Offering a False Instrument in the 2nd Degree (an A misdemeanor). Tobon is expected to be sentenced to two years probation. She is due back in court on July 15 for sentencing. Tobon was arrested on March 14 for adopting a dog, a Pekinese named “Willow,” from the Town of North Hempstead Animal Shelter in November 2013 and later selling the animal for $200 to a woman responding to a Craigslist ad. Tobon also attempted to adopt another dog from the same shelter, as well as the Town of Babylon animal shelter, but was denied. Assistant District Attorney Brandon Sloane of DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. Tobon is represented by Legal Aid Society. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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PRESIDING OFFICER GREGORY RECOGNIZES AMITYVILLE’S BRAVEST Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory honored members of the Amityville Fire Department at their 109th Annual Installation Dinner, praising the fire department for marking the 100th Anniversary of the founding of Chemical Company #3, the 120th Anniversary of the founding of the Dauntless Company #2 and the 40th Anniversary of the Emergency Squad. “On behalf of the residents of Suffolk County, I am extremely proud of the longstanding dedication of the members of the Amityville Fire Department,” said Presiding Officer Gregory. “The milestones celebrated tonight reflect a tradition of community spirit and concern for the safety and well-being of our residents.” Pictured from left: Babylon Town Councilwoman Jacqueline A. Gordon, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Captain Marc Flores, Hose Company # 2, 1st Lieutenant James T. D’Amato, Hose Company #3, Emergency Squad Captain Wesley S. Powell, Steve Randazzo, Patricia Maher and Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg.

PRESIDING OFFICER GREGORY ATTENDS NY BLOOD CENTER RECOGNITION DINNER Amityville, NY – Suffolk County Legislature Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory showed his support for firefighter Robert Wiedmann and his family and the honorees at NY Blood Center’s Recognition dinner. Donations from the Blood Center helped save his life. NY Blood Center recognized nine blood donors whose gift of life helped firefighter Robert Wiedmann recover from burns he sustained in 2012 while fighting a fire in Brooklyn. Wiedmann and his family had the opportunity to meet and thank the donors. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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OP-ED FROM THE DESK OF DON DURANT The GOP is accusing the President of being too immature and not passionate enough to lead. Senator John McCain is constantly emphasizing the various wars and battles we should engage in. The Tea Party is raving about the birthplace of the President and, many are saying that we hesitated too long to get involved in Nigeria on behalf of the missing girls… all of this on the grounds of finding fault with a man who is a well established leader. The United States is considered the Goliath of the world. It is quite fashionable to demean the American foreign policy, and this comes from within, the Senate, House of representatives, and the Conservative political wing. The arrogant, unilateral foreign policy that was characterized in the Bush Administration, was brought about by so many varying views and approaches, that Cheney was instrumental in implementing most of our war vigor. It is also responsible for much of the world’s negative feeling towards Uncle Sam. It is difficult to fathom how the Bush Administration was able to turn all the empathy and positive feelings about the United States after the September 11, 2001 attacks into the utter disdain we now see so freely expressed. Indeed that disdain has spread to wide swaths of the American People and we are a highly divided people in the American public opinion. The Bush/Cheney Administration was not only wrong in many of their decisions, they were arrogantly wrong. It’s a dynamic combination. There are constant cries for the U.S. to use it’s power. To lead and not lead from behind. To enter Iran and destroy their Nuclear capabilities, to Lead in Libya in a national uprising, and in Syria, to lead and provide weapons of Mass Destruction for the insurgents. Many of the world’s leaders really want America to be that dominant force. We spend more on our Defense Department and war preparation, than any other nation in the world, and more combined than the top eleven countries. Many in the GOP as reported on Fox News wants the U.S. to prevent, and calm a chaotic world. In many ways they expect the United States to act as the world’s government, maintaining norms, reassurance and enforcement through economic and military power. It is not surprising that our political elected leaders are determined to keep America in the forefront. The American role in the world enjoys other countries tacit consent. Many nations have chosen to not mount serious opposition to what the United States does in the world, something that they would do if they considered the United States dangerous, as might be the case with Russia, Iran, Syria, or China. It takes a serious and mature leader to use the nation’s strength cautiously, and not flamboyantly. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Meet the Nigerian lawyer who created #BringBackOurGirls campaign The Nigerian lawyer who started the #BringBackOurGirls viral campaign says he is humbled and overwhelmed by the unprecedented response. “It’s gratifying that because of the popularity of the hashtag the whole world has an interest in the abduction of the girls.” Ibrahim M Abdullahi, a managing partner at an Abujabased law firm, sparked off the social media movement with the poignant words #BringBackOurGirls following a televised talk by Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, vice-president of the World Bank for Africa. In fact, during her speech at a UNESCO event in the Nigerian city of Port Harcourt, Dr. Ezekwesili used the expression “Bring Back Our Daughters” when referring to the brutal kidnapping of 200 plus Nigerian girls. Mr. Abdullahi phrased her words and unwittingly sparked off what may well be one of the biggest worldwide trending campaigns, which has garnished attention from politicians and celebrities alike. So far, #BringBackOurGirls has been tweeted nearly 2 million times, including posts from President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Kerry Washington and even Chris Brown. “I am happy that the world is aware of the situation and the atrocities being committed by Boko Harom,” said Mr. Abdullahi. “The involvement of the international community is also putting pressure on President Goodluck Jonathan to live up to his responsibilities.” Amidst all the attention Mr. Abdullahi is now getting, a Los Angeles-based filmmaker Ramaa Mosley has been criticized for taking the hashtag that was being used already and claiming it as her own. Since Abdullahi’s now famous post on April 23, he has

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Ras Baraka declares victory in Newark mayor’s race

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who died in January, was “in the room tonight.” “We have a great city, an international city,” he said. “Watch out, America, here comes Newark!” Baraka and Jeffries are Democrats, but the election was

NEWARK, New Jersey (AP) — Ras Baraka, son of the late militant poet and activist Amiri Baraka, declared victory Tuesday in the race to succeed Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker as mayor of the state of New Jersey’s largest city. Baraka, who served on Newark’s City Council, was a staunch critic of Booker, who stepped down last year to run for the Senate. He declared victory with nearly all districts counted and with a 54 percent to 46 percent lead over former state assistant attorney general Shavar Jeffries. Baraka inherits a fiscal crisis that has left Newark in danger of being subject to state monitoring. His supporters held a raucous celebration at a downtown hotel after he announced his victory. Speaking to the crowd, Baraka said he knew his father,

KEVAN ABRAHAMS RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM THE DEMOCRATS OF HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY Nassau County – Kevan Abrahams (D- Freeport) the Democratic Leader of the Nassau County Legislature has received the endorsement of The Democrats of Hofstra University in his campaign to represent New York’s 4th Congressional District. This endorsement comes on the heels of Kathleen Rice not responding to the invitation for the organization’s 4th Congressional District primary debate that was scheduled to take place this evening. "The Hofstra University Democrats endorse Kevan Abraham's candidacy to represent New York's 4th Congressional District. By disregarding our candidate’s forum, Kathleen Rice has made it clear that she does not care about the input of millennial voters or the issues they face on Long Island. We endorse Kevan's candidacy for Congress because he believes that we need millennial housing and responsible development in order to grow our communities. Further, both Kevan and the Hofstra Democrats share the belief that Congress and the Obama Administration must do more in order to limit Federal Student loan debt. Kathleen Rice has been silent on these issues.” The Democrats of Hofstra University have approximately 50 registered student members. Along with holding debates each year they host fundraisers for Relay for Life, raise awareness on pertinent local issues and campaign with candidates running for office on Long Island and in New York City. The Hofstra University Democrats were very active in the Presidential Debate held at the University in 2012 and worked at great length with the Obama Administration. "I am pleased to have received the endorsement of The Democrats of Hofstra University,” said Abrahams. “If elected to Congress, I plan to advocate for policies that will keep students here on Long Island. We are facing a major issue with our youth being unable to afford to live here independently. As a Congressman I will fight to find cost-effective ways for our children to be self-sufficient and stay on Long Island.” If elected, Abrahams will be the first African-American ever elected to represent a district wholly located on Long Island. Abrahams, 39, was first elected to the County Legislature in 2002, and has served as Democratic Leader since 2012. He lives in Freeport with his wife Stephanie and his children Kennedy and Carter. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

nonpartisan. Luis Quintana, a municipal council official, has been serving as interim Newark mayor since Booker’s departure. Booker won a special election to replace the late Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg.

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worked tirelessly on Twitter and other social media platforms to keep the story in the spotlight: However, he says until the girls are found, he will not stop. “I will have greater joy when these girls are rescued.” Nigerians are fearful of Boko Haram and resentful their government has not done more, says Mr. Abdullahi. This frustration has spilled over to anger on the streets. “People have been on the streets campaigning every day,” says Mr. Abdullahi. “There have been demonstrations in Abuja and across Nigeria.” He believes one explanation for President Goodluck Jonathan’s initial lackluster response is political maneuvering. “The [northern] states where Boko Haram have strongholds are ruled by the opposition party.” In the run-up to next year’s presidential election, President Jonathan is keen not to whip up hostility in the predominately Muslim Northeastern states. It also may suit Northern governors, most of them in the opposition, for Jonathan to be deemed ineffective. Vivia Armstrong, an Atlanta-based social media strategist, says in some ways the mass popularity of the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag is a defining moment for social media platforms. “I haven’t seen anything like this on a worldwide scale aside from the Middle East uprisings,” says Armstrong. “People have short attention spans, but when they see these powerful images, it strikes a cord. It brings awareness that posts can spark change.” “Most people actively involved on social media usually seek to be in the spotlight, to feel like an insider on trends, and to raise awareness on any given topic,” says Jamie Triplin, a Washington, D.C.-based digital communications consultant. “This is no exception for those individuals who are taking part in the hashtag movements created to help in the fight against Boko Haram in Nigeria,” she adds. “Social media creates a sense of belonging for the user. So, by participating in an online activist campaign, the social media user feels like they are making a difference in their virtual community.” “While critics may argue that this is a form of slacktivism, hashtag movements have the potential of raising immense amounts of public awareness on social justice issues.”

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Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Gadd Guerra An Eagle Scout Court of Honor was held for Gadd Edgar Gurerra, Hempstead Troop 300, at St. Georges Episcopal Church in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman was pleased to present Gadd with a Certificate of Recognition and congratulated him and his family. Gadd’s Eagle project involved creating a music room at St. George’s Episcopal Church for youth and adults. Pictured: Trustee Don Ryan, Antonia Williams-Gurerra, Gadd Edgar Guerra, Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Pacika Guerra, Scoutmaster Steven Lindo Oh No He Didn’t! Donald Sterling Criticized For Taking a Shot at Magic Johnson; Says “What Has He Done? He’s Got AIDS” Nationwide — LA Clippers Owner Donald Sterling is being criticized once again for making some controversial comments. This time, during a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper on his AC 360° show, Sterling repeatedly brought up Magic Johnson’s HIV-positive status and insisted that he was not a good role model for children. At one point, Sterling cut off Cooper while he was talking and loudly ranted, “He’s got AIDS!” He then added, “What has he done, big Magic Johnson, what has he done?” At one point he seem to shift his mood a little bit when by calling him “a good person,” but then the criticism started back again. He added, “He acts so holy. He made love to every girl in every city in America, and he had AIDS, and when he had those AIDS, I NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

went to my synagogue and I prayed for him, I hope he could live and be well. I didn’t criticize him. I could have. Is he an example for children?” Eventually, at one point during the interview, Cooper corrected Sterling, telling him that Johnson was only HIV-positive and did not have “full-blown AIDS.” But apparently, Sterling was trying to make the point that the public has forgiven Magic Johnson for his past mistakes, and they should also forgive him (Sterling) for his mistakes as well. But the public did not receive Sterling’s comments well at all. In fact, almost instantly he ignited a social media fire with fans criticizing his comments on both Facebook and Twitter. Even NBA Commissioner Adam Silver jumped in. He released a statement saying, “I just read a transcript of Donald Sterling’s interview with Anderson Cooper and while Magic Johnson doesn’t need me to, I feel compelled on behalf of the NBA family to apologize to him that he continues to be dragged into this situation and be degraded by such a malicious and personal attack,” Silver said. “The NBA Board of Governors is continuing with its process to remove Mr. Sterling as expeditiously as possible.” Meanwhile, Magic Johnson himself is scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper’s show to respond to Sterling’s remarks.

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From the Desk of Mayor Hall Last Thursday, Deputy Speaker Earlene Hooper and I held a community forum at the Village of Hempstead Public Library on the need for sewer upgrades. I was impressed and encouraged by the turnout; it demonstrated that our residents understand the intrinsic value of staying involved in their community. The state allocated an estimated 1.2 million dollars to the Village of Hempstead for use on our sewer systems. This money is an invaluable resource; many of our pipes are in need of repair. They need to be upgraded in order to provide the high-quality service our residents are entitled to. Without upgrades, there is a potential for stoppages and clogging. The money from the state will go to relining sewers located south of Front Street. This work will be minimally invasive – it will not have a major impact on the quality of the road. This technique ensures that traffic congestion will be kept relatively light, much less so than it would be under largescale road work. Once the work has started, it is estimated that our Department of Public Works will be able to finish the sewer upgrade in approximately three to four months. I am excited for the work to commence on this project, and I am excited that so many residents saw the importance of the last week’s forum and took it upon themselves to attend. In that continued spirit of collaboration, I’d like to remind residents that our Annual Tyree Curry Memorial 5K Run/Walk is on June 7th. Mr. Curry was a valuable and beloved member of the Village of Hempstead community. The annual run/walk is just one small way in which we honor his memory. You can find information on this race on our website, in Village of Hempstead newsletters that you’ve been receiving in your mail, or by calling our offices at 516-4893400. I would love to see you all there. On a separate note, I want to address the senseless acts of violence that occurred in the Village of Hempstead last week. Our Village has made grade strides in our antiviolence initiative, but events such as those last week demonstrate that we still have so much more work to do. We may never be able to totally eradicate violence – no civilization can accomplish that – but we must never tolerate or acNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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cept it. We must remain diligent, focused and committed. Ambitious programs instituted by this administration in recent years have done much to curb violent crime; new programs will arise continually. The wake of crime, especially one that ends in the tragic loss of life, is a difficult time. I ask you all to do what you can to help us put an end to these criminal acts and remember that oft-used but powerful adage: if you see something, say something. Never forget that we are teammates in the fight against violent crime. To learn more about what is going on in the Village of Hempstead, including information about local organizations that serve youth and families, visit www.villageofhempstead.org. To report any non-emergency issues around the Village, remember to use the VillageLine at 516-478-6333. Sincerely,

Wayne Mayor Wayne J. Hall

HEMPSTEAD PUBLIC LIBRARY ADULT WORKSHOP THE JOB SEARCH: HOW TO FIND YOUR DREAM JOB Wednesday, June 4, 2014 7:00pm – 8:30pm For immediate release* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * advance Registration needed * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Contact: Reference* * * * * * * * * * * * *481-6990 Whether you are unemployed or under employed, whether you “see the handwriting on the wall” or are just ready for a change, finding your dream job may be the next step on the road to the life you have always wanted. If it has been a few years since your last job search, you will find the process has been revolutionized by technological innovation. This seminar is designed for job seekers who need updated job placement skills in order to land their dream job. Topics will include resumes, references, networking, classifieds, web searches, internet postings, interviewing and negotiating. The program will be held in the Community Room. Registration is required for this free program.

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RICHELLE PAYNE, CEO BRANDING EXPERT, NAMED PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL BLACK PUBLIC RELATIONS SOCIETY Professional Association for PR & Communication Practitioners of Color Announces New Leadership Team PHILADELPHIA: Richelle Payne has been named president of the National Black Public Relations Society (NBPRS), effective immediately. Payne succeeds outgoing NBPRS President Deborah Hyman, former director of global communications at Verizon. Richelle Payne is partner and senior director of brand management at Ascendant Group (www.ascendantgroupbranding.com), a CEO branding firm that works with Fortune 50 executives, entrepreneurs, and major media personalities and New York Times bestselling authors. Based in Philadelphia, she is an award-winning writer with more than 24 years of experience developing and driving comprehensive PR programs. “Richelle Payne will provide the leadership to continue the growth of NBPRS by bringing a fresh perspective on our everchanging industry, analyzing how those changes impact PR professionals, and creating programs and partnerships that address issues specific to member needs,” said Hyman who will serve on the NBPRS Board of Directors as the Immediate Past President. “Deborah Hyman is an insightful, inspiring leader whose expertise creating win-win partnerships has helped forge and secure relationships with some of the most recognized corporate brands. Her top priority to broaden our national footprint resulted in the formation of the New Jersey chapter and the restart of the South Florida, Los Angeles and New York chapters, for a total of 10 chapters,” said Payne. Payne’s top priority is industry awareness and advocacy. “PR professionals engage complex audiences, convert them to long-time, loyal brand ambassadors and impact the industry in significant ways. W e give voice to worthy causes, we grow companies, and help them avoid or navigate crisis,” said Payne. “W hen played from a place of passion and purpose, PR in this new world will not only take social media, branding and marketing to the next level, NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

but will also elevate the people and products that are changing the world. NBPRS is a network of image makers and game-changers committed to levels of excellence and innovation that help the brands they represent maintain their competitive advantage.”

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Wynona Redmond, president of Wyn-Win Communications in Chicago, will transition from Immediate Past President to the newly created President Emeritus status and advisor to the Board. Additional board shifts and new appointments are as follows: Regina Lewis APR, chief communications officer at The Potter’s House in Dallas, will serve as executive vice president. Phyllis D. Banks, founder and president of P. Banks Communications in Los Angeles, will serve as parliamentarian. Jennifer Johnston APR, senior communications manager for Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, will serve as member-at-large, overseeing membership. Tiffany Young, public relations manager at American Public University System in Washington, D.C., will serve as member-at-large, overseeing chapter development and social media. Continuing in their roles are: Craig T. Muckle, manager, public affairs and government relations for Safeway’s Eastern Division in Washington, D.C., as treasurer. Zing Shaw, U.S. director of diversity and inclusion at Edelman in Atlanta, as secretary; and Imara Canady with the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta as member-at-large, overseeing PR and marketing. For more information on NBPRS, visit www.nbprs.org. About National Black Public Relations Society The National Black Public Relations Society is the foremost organization for professional image- makers and strategists. W e invite you to join our network of 300-plus members comprised of communications professionals in the fields of public relations, marketing, and social media. With the strength of our affiliate chapters throughout the country, NBPRS strives to nurture, enlighten and inform its membership about new technologies and techniques. Our goal is to empower practitioners and entrepreneurs to network and succeed. Visit us at www.nbprs.org, follow us on Twitter @NBPRS and on Facebook at National Black Public Relations Society.

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ASK LISA-ANNE Is Homeschooling a Good Option? Q. Our daughter has a mild learning disability. We are not sure she is getting all she needs at school and are considering homeschooling as an option for her. What do you think? A. As with many education options there are pros and cons to homeschooling. It depends on who you ask. What seems common between the two opposing views is that parents who home school need to be organized, creative, diligent, well read, have high energy and be hands on motivators for their children. By definition, homeschooling is an education option in which parents accept total responsibility for the education of their children. Home, versus school, becomes the center of the child's educational universe. Homeschooling is an accepted alternative for kids of elementary school age through the high school years. In recent years, several styles of homeschooling have evolved, including (among others): faithbased education, self-directed learning, cyber-learning (or online learning), and even an approach called unschooling. This article will focus on the more traditional approach to homeschooling, specifically as it applies to kids with learning and/or attention problems, and their families. The Homeschool.com website has put together a list of the 10 most important things parents need to know about homeschooling. 1. Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You get a chance to re-discover your own special genius, while helping your children to find theirs. 2. You are qualified to home school your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most importantly, love them. 3. Children love to learn. They have an innate desire to explore the world and examine what they find interesting. Children learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. Homeschooling families learn together, making learning a life-long process. 4. Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The three basic categories for homeschooling laws are: home education laws, private school laws, and equivalency laws. The best way to learn about your stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s laws is to contact a local support group in your area. 5. It does not take six to eight hours per day to home school your child. A significant amount of time at school is spent waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to revise it several times or even start over. Don't sacrifice your family's happiness to "school" your children. There are many different ways that families can home school - find what works for you and your family. Think outside of the box, and where necessary, consult with homeschooling/learning specialists.

6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially; it is quite the opposite. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and, most importantly, their parents. 7. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to teach Algebra or high-level math courses! When your child is ready for these courses, there are numerous options to assist you if your knowledge is not up-to-speed. Explore the many resources available to help your child learn high-level math skills: in a community college class, with a tutor, through a textbook, or with a program such as ALEKS. ALEKS is a research-based online math program that provides highly-targeted, individualized assessment and learning for grades 3-12. Explore others as well. 8. You will question yourself a lot. Even professional teachers question themselves sometimes! 9. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need, while also homeschooling their children. Whether you create a family business or dream job, or restructure your current job, your children will learn the most important skill of all - how to create the life of their dreams. (Continued on page 13)

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10. Trust in your children. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn through homeschooling. Overall, it is important to approach homeschooling with the proper knowledge and support system, while providing your children with the information that they need to succeed in college and beyond. A strong curriculum is the vital base for any homeschool, and can provide you with peace of mind that your children’s learning needs are being met. Disadvantages to Homeschooling! People disagree about how much formal education a person needs to be a good teacher. Not all parents and homeschool tutors have gone to school to learn to teach or to learn the subject they are teaching. If a parent is well educated, he or she may understand some subjects really well but others not as well. For instance, a kid's mom may be great at chemistry but not as good at English. To be fair, not all schoolteachers are experts in their fields either. And tutors may be used for subjects the parent isn't skilled in. If a homeschool parent or tutor doesn't know something or can't fully explain it, the instructor and student can always research the issue together. A local library, university, community college, or the Internet may have the answers. A kid who's homeschooled doesn't have the convenience of school facilities, such as a gymnasium, science lab, or art studio. The child may be taught at the kitchen table or at a "school" area in the home. He or she might do science experiments in the kitchen or go outside to work on an art project. Some parents who home school their kids form groups so their kids can go together to take art classes and take part in other group learning activities, like field trips. Effects on social life can be another possible disadvantage for homeschooled kids. All kids need to have friends and be around other children. Some homeschoolers may feel cut off from kids their age or feel like they spend too much time with their families. Parents who home school their kids often make efforts to ensure their son or daughter has a social life. For instance, groups of homeschooled children may get together regularly to learn together or just socialize. And like any child, they may be on sports teams, in dance classes, or take part in other activities outside of school. Why would parents of kids with LD or AD/HD choose to homeschool? Parents of kids with LD and/or AD/HD offer a variety of reasons for homeschooling. Some believe they can do a better job than a public or private school in meeting their children's special needs. Some parents think they can more effectively tailor the curriculum to their children's needs and also protect them from the teasing and stigma associated with being in special education. Some families opt to homeschool on a short-term basis, to help a child finish a difficult year of school or to reach a certain level of maturity and development. Other parents homeschool their kids from elementary school age through high school years. Will my child become socially isolated if she is homeschooled? Kids who have LD or AD/HD often struggle to develop adequate social skills, whether they are homeschooled or NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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not. But, as with all homeschool students, there are several ways to ensure your child has ample opportunity to socialize with others. To expand your child's socialization skills and experiences, consider involving her in:  Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts  Boys and Girls Clubs  4H Clubs  Team sports and other extracurricular activities available through your community recreation department  Groups affiliated with your place of worship  Church activities  Music lessons or dance lessons  Martial Arts Schools A local homeschool networking group may become a rich source of social activities for both you and your child. Whether your gatherings are as formal as a field trip or as casual as a picnic, your child will benefit from learning with - and playing with - other kids. Check with your local school district. Some allow homeschooled children to attend class trips and participate in afterschool activities. Do your homework! There is no magic formula for homeschool success and your decision to homeschool (or not) will be as individual as your child and family. As with any decision concerning your child's education, we encourage you to tap into trustworthy resources and information (such as those mentioned in this article). Talk with parents of other homeschoolers in your community. And, above all, trust your good judgment about the well-being of your child. Lisa-Anne Ray-Byers is a licensed and certified speechlanguage pathologist who has worked in education for over two decades. She holds graduate degrees in speech-language pathology and multicultural education. She also holds certification in educational administration. She is the author of the books, They Say I Have ADHD, I Say Life Sucks! Thought From Nicholas and They S S Say I'm a St St Stutterer, But I S S Say Nothing! Meet Kelly and co-author of 365 Ways to Succeed With ADHD available at www.Amazon.com. She is the Education Editor of the Community Journal newspaper in Long Island, NY and a member of the National Education Writers Association. You may contact her at speechlrb@yahoo.com or by visiting her website at www.AskLisaAnne.com.

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LL Cool J and daughter receive degrees from Northeastern University Hip hop legend and actor LL Cool J never graduated from high school or college after signing with Def Jam Records as a teenager in 1984. But last week, the rapper born James Todd Smith received an honorary doctorate degree from Northeastern University. The moment became even more special because he shared the experience with his daughter, Italia Smith, who also graduated.

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Race, Disability and the School-to-Prison Pipeline Editor’s note: Our series “Life Cycles of Inequity” explores the ways in which inequity impacts the lives of black men. Each month, we focus on a life stage or event in which that impact has been shown to be particularly profound. This article is part of a package focused on implicit bias in schools. Enikia Ford-Morthel speaks of Amo (a pseudonym) with the fondness of an auntie talking about a beloved nephew. She recalls watching Amo at his fifth-grade graduation from Cox Academy in Oakland two years ago. The memory of him walking across the stage still fills her with emotion. “He looked so cute in his little white suit, with his jewelry on,” Ford-Morthel says of his graduation. “I just cried.” Ford-Morthel and Amo are not actually each other’s family. Ford-Morthel was Amo’s principal at Cox Academy, a charter school in a particularly rough section of East Oakland. Nor did they always share such closeness. Amo, an AfricanAmerican boy, arrived at Cox as a fourth-grade terror. “He was hell on wheels,” Ford-Morthel says of those early days. On his very first day Amo was in class for just 10 minutes before he got sent to Ford-Morthel’s office for starting some kind of trouble, and for the month after that he was never in class for longer than half an hour before he started swearing at his teacher or otherwise interrupting instruction. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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He was headed for the discipline track, Ford-Morthel says, and even as a fourth grader, he would easily have been suspended for his behavior in many other schools. “But we sat with him and we had to figure out how to learn him,” she says. It turned out that Amo’s parents had split up and his dad had a new girlfriend with whom Amo’s mom didn’t get along. “Most of his experience with adults was them not working together, so he didn’t respect very many adults,” Ford-Morthel says. “He had huge trust issues, and his academics were horrible—which of course they were, because he was never in class.” So the school assigned Amo a behavior intervention specialist, a coach who stayed nearby, in class all day long. The specialist helped him identify stressors and showed him alternative responses to his violent outbursts, and then helped Amo learn to tap into those more productive stress responses whenever he felt threatened or frustrated. The school bridged these behavioral and emotional interventions with academic ones, and reached out to Amo’s parents to get them on the same page about his schooling. There were multiple home visits involved, and lots of time spent earning his parents’ trust. Ford-Morthel speaks with particular pride about bringing Amo into a meeting one day with ten adults in the room— including his mom and dad—showing a united dedication to Amo and his education that he’d never seen before. Without this huge effort, says Ford-Morthel, Amo was on track to land in special education, suspension or both. Amo was exhibiting the kind of disruptive behavior that, for black boys in particular is often confused for a disability in school settings. Many people believe this diagnostic progression— from frustrated, difficult kid to disabled, segregated student—

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is a primary entry point into what’s been called the school-toprison pipeline. That phrase has come to represent the nebulous mix of forces that join with harsh school discipline policies to drive striking numbers of students of color away from school and into the criminal justice system. In recent years, migration out of classrooms has been increasingly understood as a defining challenge to racial justice in our nation’s schools. “Too many students are unnecessarily removed from class each year due to suspensions, expulsions and other exclusionary discipline

practices,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said earlier this year, when the Education and Justice departments released a joint guidance warning schools about the school-toprison pipeline. Researchers have clearly established the contours of the pipeline. During the 2011 school year, more than 3 million public school students were suspended and over 100,000 expelled. These students were overwhelmingly black. According to the Department of Education, black students are suspended and expelled at three times the rate of white students. Save for American Indians, no other racial group experiences such outsized racial disproportionality in exclusionary discipline. Indeed, the federal government has said that the racial disparity in punishment levels can’t be explained by differences in kids behavior alone. Importantly, just one of those suspension can double the likelihood that students will drop out of school, and increase the likelihood that students end up in prison. A disproportionate number of students of color are even arrested at school as a form of punishment. But while the racial disparity is clear, the reasons for it NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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are not. What institutional forces set a child down this path? At least part of the answer seems to be the inadvertent, perverse incentives of the special education system. Frustrated educators—desperate for help in schools that don’t have the kinds of interventions Ford-Morthel had available at Cox— are instead using inherently subjective and fuzzy disability classifications to gain access to sorely needed resources. Special education classifications open the door to new tools for engaging the most challenging students, but in the process, they may also be putting those children on a path to prison. Disability and Discipline

Ford-Morthel, now the chief of schools at Education for Change, the charter network which runs Cox Academy, says she’s seen educators’ desperation up close. Before she became principal at Cox, she was a teacher and principal in the Hayward Unified School District. She saw firsthand how, absent other classroom supports, teachers turned to the special education system to help fill the gap for their most challenging students. At Cox, she was able to interrupt that process because the school was the testing ground for a federally recognized pilot program designed to reimagine how schools treat challenging students. Dubbed “All In,” the Cox pilot is a partnership spearheaded by Seneca Center, a statewide family services and child welfare organization in California. Seneca won a $3 million grant from the Department of Education in December 2013 to expand its work at Cox to six other schools in the Bay Area. It’s a local plan that’s garnered national attention for taking a novel approach to meeting the needs of its most vulnerable students. Seneca’s pitch: by taking a holistic, commu-

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Promoting, Fairness, Integrity, and Transparency in HEMPSTEAD SCHOOL District Budget Development, Financing, Revenue, & Spending Whereas NYS Commissioner of Education regulation requires school boards in New York State to append to their proposed budgets (1) an administrative salaries statement; (2) the New York State School report card; and (3) a property tax report card to inform residents and voters about the school district's fiscal obligations and responsibilities. in order to increase transparency and accountability in school fiscal operations; and Whereas Real Property Tax Law §485-b from the Laws of New York State requires and allows local school districts to take steps to protect the property tax base that supports its schools. And Whereas Chapter 258 of the Laws of 2008 added Section 495 to the Real Property Tax Law requiring counties. cities. towns. villages and school districts to attach to their tentative/preliminary budgets an exemption report to provide taxpayers. policy makers. media and the general public with greater transparency on property tax exemptions and their effect on overall property taxes. And Whereas the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services acknowledges that "property tax exemptions in general may serve a valid public purpose, they also erode the tax base and shift the tax burden to other property owners within the taxing district. The extent of this impact was largely hidden from view because. Until now. no systematic reporting was done at the local level. Therefore1 while each individual exemption may seem reasonable, the overall impact of all exemptions can often lead to unexpectedly high taxes for the remaining taxpayers who must shoulder the burden." Further. this unintended consequence is more burdensome when the exemption is for residential apartment buildings rather than other business development because the apartment building purposes directly increase the local demand for services commercial development does not.

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trict residents and small business owners. And whereas. four new large apartment buildings are built and almost ready for occupants without any plan for the education of these additional families nor input from the private developers of these buildings contributing to a solution. nor awareness of any property tax breaks and reductions promised or given to these developers; Therefore be it resolved that the undersigned Hempstead School District residents and voters support the GOOD NEIGHBOR REFERENDUM: Promoting Transparency. Integrity. and Fairness in Hempstead School Budget Development. Revenue. and Spending by requiring the district to: 1. By resolution. reduce the per centum of exemption otherwise allowed pursuant to real property tax law; provided. however. that a project in course of construction and exemptions existing prior in time to passage of any such local law or resolution shall not be subject to any such reduction so effected; ~. Further that the school board adopt reasonable regulations for the use of its buildings and grounds including a schedule of fees for the costs of maintaining district facilities and providing instruction and instructional support for the resident children living in apartment buildings of owners of properties granted exemptions and reductions prior to this referendum; 3. Further that exemptions granted for reasons of economic development" be challenged and repealed if not meeting tangible economic development goals and; ~. Investigate if the practice of granting these exemptions undermine or further fair housing mandates. increase concentrations of poverty and increase concentrations of segregation in the Town of Hempstead and in Nassau County Further. in order to do this fairly. the district will report 3dditional annual information in the budget. Specifically: In addition to the number of properties with tax exemptions report:

And whereas a result of these legal requirements is that Hempstead residents and voters are aware of local and regional practices that resulted in nearly 90 percent of the larger multi-family dwellings (Le. Apartment buildings) in the school district approximately 30 apartment buildings pay reduced or no school taxes.

• the address of each apartment building with an exemption and or a reduction

And further that these school tax exemptions have the effect of transferring a basic cost of "doing business" for these apartment building owners to Hempstead school dis-

• the number of children enrolled or eligible for enrollment in Hempstead School District and the percentage of school district students this comprises

• the name of the owner of the property • the number of dwellings in the building • the number of residents

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Adelphi Black Studies Scholastic Awards Adelphi University Center for African, Black & Caribbean Studies hosted their 44th Annual Scholastic Awards Dinner at Adelphiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s University Center. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to each of this year's honorees and congratulated Dr. Marsha Tyson Darling, Director of the program. Pictured: Seated: Jenna Cavuto Cassandra Jean Gerard Lennon Hinda Barlaz Trevena Goulbourne Kia Charles Dr. Marsha Tyson Darling Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Dr. Perry Greene, Assoc. Provost

Uniondale Teachers' Retirement Gala The Uniondale Teacher's Association held their Annual End of the Year Gala, at the Chateau Briand in Carle Place, to honor teachers in the Uniondale School District who are retiring. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby congratulated all of the retiring teachers and Paul Marconi, President of the Uniondale Teachers Association. Seated: Shirley Phillippeaux Diana Neyland Terry Dismore Careen Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connor Ruth Brenner Standing: Paul Marconi Rochelle Holt Linda McNease-Younger Sandra SimonKlein Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby Barbara Waxer Lee Zucker Margaret Spataro

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Retired Police Officer Convicted on 75 Counts of Official Misconduct; Forfeits $195K Termination Package Michael Tedesco sentenced today for spending dozens of hours at two women’s homes while on duty MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a retired Nassau County police officer pleaded guilty and was sentenced on charges that he lied about his work activity to cover up dozens of hours spent at two women’s homes when he was on duty. Michael Tedesco, 45, pleaded guilty today before Nassau County Court Judge William Donnino to 75 counts of Official Misconduct (an A misdemeanor). Tedesco, who was required to forfeit his $194,847.88 termination package, was also sentenced to 100 hours community service and restitution \of $3,739.29 for 67 hours of time theft. “This sentence is a win for Nassau County taxpayers who paid thousands of dollars in wages to a police officer who failed to serve the public he swore to protect,” DA Rice said. “Instead of remaining at his post to respond to any emergency, this defendant deceived his fellow officers

Protesters demand action after police officer shoots 93-year-old woman HEARNE, Texas — The city of Hearne, Texas, is reeling after a police officer shot and killed a 93-year-old woman. Neighbors now wonder what could have happened that caused the well-known woman to be gunned down last night outside her home. “She was a nice elderly lady,” said Andrew Washington, who lives just a few houses down from where the shooting happened. “She didn’t bother nobody.” Washington has lived in Hearne for 25 years; 93-yearold Pearlie Golden was part of his wedding. Now the elderly woman is gone, shot and killed by a Hearne police officer. “I don’t know why did it get to the point to where he felt that he had to come over here and do that type of policing,” said Washington. It happened Tuesday evening around 6:30. Cops were called to Golden’s home for a disturbance. When they got there, they say Golden “brandished a firearm.” Officer Stephen Stem fired at least three shots. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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and the public in order to engage in personal relationships while on duty. I would like to thank the Nassau County Police Department for its efforts to help ensure that Mr. Tedesco be held accountable for this breach of the public’s trust.” DA Rice said from 2010 to 2012, Tedesco would spend a considerable amount of on-duty time at two women’s houses while on duty, according to GPS records. Tedesco intentionally failed to update the NCPD as to his availability through the computer in his police vehicle, as is required. Both women lived a significant distance from Tedesco's patrol sector in the Seaford/Massapequa area, and he would spend up to six hours at their homes during his shift. Tedesco would even linger at their homes for an extended period of time before leaving to respond to calls that included alarms, domestic disturbances, and even a report of a possible cardiac arrest. On other occasions, Tedesco intentionally falsified data in the NCPD communications system to make it appear that he was responding to a call, even though GPS records show that he remained at a woman’s home. This is especially dangerous as other units would not be sent to a call because dispatchers believed that Tedesco was en route, DA Rice said. The Nassau County Police Department Internal Affairs Unit began an investigation into Tedesco’s conduct when a neighbor reported seeing his police cruiser parked in a woman’s driveway for hours on a regular basis. Tedesco retired on April 6, 2012. Assistant District Attorney Jed Painter of DA Rice’s Public Corruption Bureau is prosecuting the case. Tedesco is represented by Bruce Barket, Esq. Golden later died at a hospital in Bryan. “Maybe the answers will come later,” said Charles Toliver, who’s known Golden all his life. “I don’t know, but right now, I can’t believe it. I really can’t.” That’s the feeling all over town. Everyone we talked to is in shock that this could have happened at all. “I used to pass by here with a smile on my face every day, and I used to come over there and feed her dogs for her every day,” said one Hearne resident, who said he also used to mow Golden’s lawn.

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Freeport Man Pleads Guilty to Burglarizing Homes Damaged by Superstorm Sandy Keith Shippey, 24, left cigarette butts with crucial DNA evidence behind at crime scenes MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that a man pleaded guilty today to breaking into three Freeport homes that had suffered damage from Superstorm Sandy, stealing TVs and other valuables, and ruining repairs that had been done. Keith Shippey, 24, of Freeport, pleaded guilty before Nassau County Court Judge Anthony Paradiso to three counts of Burglary in the 2nd Degree (a C felony) and Grand Larceny in the 4th Degree (an E felony). Shippey received a sentencing commitment of 7 years in prison and 3 years post-release supervision. He is due back in court for sentencing on June 26. “These homeowners were victimized twice – first by a powerful and destructive storm, and second by the heartless actions of a man who stole and tore down what they had just rebuilt,” DA Rice said. “Leaving cigarette butts behind in these battered homes turned out to be not only disre-

President of Hicksville Child Modeling Agency Pleads Guilty to Scamming $236K from Families James Muniz, 44, defrauded dozens of clients with promises of lucrative roles and modeling jobs for children MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced that a Suffolk County man and the corporation of which he is president pleaded guilty today to scamming clients of more than $236,000 by promising their children modeling gigs and acting jobs that did not exist. James Muniz, 44, of Smithtown, and New Faces Development Center, Inc. (also known as Model Talent Development Corp.), pleaded guilty today before Nassau County Court Judge William Donnino to two counts of Grand Larceny in the 3rd Degree (a D felony), and one count of Scheme to Defraud in the 1st Degree (an E felony). Muniz also pleaded guilty to one count of Conspiracy in the 5th Degree (an A misdemeanor). Muniz received a sentencing commitment of 2-1/2 to 5 years in prison, and civil judgments totaling $236,000 will be issued on behalf of the victims. They are due back in court on June 20. Muniz admitted to the court that he committed these crimes acting in concert with his co-defendants, Michelle Alperin-Smith, 43, of Nesconset; Jennifer Diaz-Domenech, 31, of Brooklyn; and Jennifer Santiago, 26, of Jamaica. The cases against those defendants are pending. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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spectful, but instrumental to bringing this defendant to justice.” Between April 27 and 29, 2013, Shippey broke into two homes in Freeport that were undergoing repairs due to Sandy damage. He stole TVs and cut and removed copper pipe from both homes that had been newly installed, ruining the repairs that had been done. Shippey smoked cigarettes in both houses and left the cigarette butts behind, leaving DNA to be used in the case against him. On Aug. 27, 2013, the Nassau County Police Department located Shippey and placed him under arrest. When they arrested him they found numerous items of stolen property in his car. Shippey was also wearing a pair of pants with sheetrock dust found to be from a third Freeport home he burglarized hours earlier. Shippey had broken into that home and stole a laptop, Louis Vuitton bags, prescription medication, and jewelry. Shippey was also found in possession of a wallet that had been stolen from another victim’s car on Aug. 11, 2013 in Freeport. Assistant District Attorney Jesse Aviram of DA Rice’s County Court Trial Bureau is prosecuting the case. Shippey is represented by Cornell Bouse, Esq. “This defendant, along with his employees, ran a company that was based solely on preying on the desire of parents to give their children a better life – one filled with money, success, and stardom,” DA Rice said. “Our offices will continue to fight to recover the money owed to these families, and to bring anyone responsible for this despicable scam to justice.” “James Muniz built a business, a fraudulent one, cynically exploiting something all Americans can relate to -- the love and pride parents feel for their children,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “The crimes he admitted to today will send him to prison, where he belongs, and my office will continue to work with our partners to hold fraudsters accountable and recover restitution for victims.” Between Jan. 1, 2011 and Nov. 30, 2012, Muniz, along with his co-defendants, approached adults with children and unaccompanied teenagers in Roosevelt Field Mall, Queens Center, Smithtown Mall and other public places and told them that the children or teenagers had modeling or talent potential. Based on these representations of modeling or talent potential, Muniz and other New Faces employees would persuade clients into purchasing services such as photographs, discs of photographs, and placement of photographs on a website known as Gigacomps. Muniz and his co-defendants then induced some of their clients to enter into multi-year agreements with New Faces by making false representations that the company had agreements with major retailers such as The Children’s Place, Target, Toys R Us, and Macy’s, and falsely representing that the clients’ children had been selected for multi-year contracts with said major retailers. The defendants also told

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clients that if immediate payments were not made, the clients would lose those opportunities. The losses incurred by victims in this case ranged from $500 to $5,100. Muniz and his subordinates were charged in September 2013 after a five-month joint investigation between DA Rice’s office and the New York State Attorney General’s office. The investigation identified approximately 100 victims of the scheme. DA investigators arrested Muniz in October 2013 in Florida, where he fled after being charged in the case. He later waived extradition and returned to New York to face charges. A Nassau County grand jury subsequently indicted Muniz and his co-defendants.

Diane Peress, chief of DA Rice’s Economic Crimes Bureau, Marshall Trager, chief of DA Rice’s Government and Consumer Fraud Bureau, ADA April Montgomery of DA Rice’s Economic Crimes Bureau, and Assistant Attorney General Victoria Safran are prosecuting the New Faces case. Safran is cross-designated as an Assistant District Attorney for the purposes of this prosecution and is also handling any civil matters regarding New Faces for the AG’s Office. Assistant District Attorney D.J. Rosenbaum of DA Rice’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the criminal contempt case. Muniz is represented by Joshua Ketover, Esq.

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Two Dozen Cats Rescued from Apparent Hoarding House in Westbury Owner of cats charged with animal cruelty, and house condemned, after DA investigators execute search warrant with local officials & animal shelters MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said that 24 cats in various states of poor health were rescued from a home in Westbury today, with the structure condemned and the owner of the cats now facing animal cruelty charges in the ongoing investigation. DA Rice’s office spent months reviewing tips made to her Animal Crimes Unit, trying to find a non-criminal resolution to the case in order to protect the animals. After a non-criminal resolution was determined not to be possible, DA investigators along with Village and Town officials and local animal shelters executed a search warrant this morning and arrested the resident, 59-year-old Valerie Varnuska, charging her with misdemeanor animal cruelty under Section 353 of New York State’s Agriculture and Markets Law. Varnuska, appearing before Judge Andrea Phoenix in Nassau County District Court today, was conditionally released to probation and is due back in court on July 15. The rescued cats are in the custody of the North Shore NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Animal League, which is performing physical and behavioral evaluations. The Town of North Hempstead Animal Control, the Village of Westbury, Animal Lovers League of Glen Cove and Posh Pets Rescue have also partnered with DA Rice’s office in this case. “This investigation has rescued two dozen defenseless animals from filthy, dangerous conditions unsuitable for any person or pet,” DA Rice said. “I’m grateful to our partners in this joint operation, without whom we could not enforce the law and protect these animals.” The house was deemed unfit for habitation and condemned by Village of Westbury officials, and humane traps were left in the home in case additional animals remain inside. The rescued cats were in various states of poor physical condition, including many with very poor dental and jaw health, including abscessed teeth. The home was found with no electricity and significantly unsanitary and cluttered living conditions, including furniture and garbage bags strewn throughout, feces and urine on floors and walls, and a powerful stench that required responding officials to wear industrial breathing masks. ssistant District Attorney Matthew Libroia of DA Rice’s Animal Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case. Varnuska is represented by Jennifer Mazzei, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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When AMERICA runs out of VICTIMS like these who do you think MURDERERS like those will come after next? Let JUSTICE prevail... NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Three Men Charged with Illegal Fishing Causing Environmental Damage and Threatening Industry Illegal commercial clamming off Long Island’s South Shore endangered environment and livelihood of other law-abiding fishermen MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced the arraignment today of three Suffolk County men on felony charges stemming from illegal fishing activity that has endangered the environment of Long Island’s South Shore and put the livelihood of other fishermen at risk. Joseph Ferraro, 27, of Brentwood; Rory Engels, 28, of Islip; and Jason Micolo, 28, of Shirley were each arraigned today before Nassau District Court Judge Scott Siller on a felony charge of taking, possessing, selling and otherwise trafficking in baby Surf Clams from the Atlantic Ocean for use as food. Additionally, Engels and Micolo face a misdemeanor charge regarding the lack of a digger permit. Additionally, Ferraro faces a violation for failing to keep a harvest record log. If convicted of the top charge, the defendants each face 1-1/3 to 4 years in prison. They were released on their own recognizance and are due back in court on June 11. “Illegal fishing doesn’t just negatively impact the environment – it also jeopardizes a multi-million dollar industry that supports communities throughout Long Island,” DA Rice said. “The livelihood of the vast majority of fishermen shouldn’t be subject to the greed of a few.” "Shellfishing has been and continues to be an important part of Long Island's economy and tradition," DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. "Regulations are in place to ensure the continuing abundance of surf clams. Individuals who attempt to circumvent these rules put the future sustainability of our shellfishery in jeopardy. DEC law enforcement officers will continue to work to bring those who attempt to abuse our natural resources to justice." NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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DA Rice said that on March 11 and 12, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police Department witnessed Ferraro unloading baby Surf Clams from the boat he worked on, the “Day Star,” in Oceanside. Engels and Micolo were observed by DEC police on March 12 unloading baby clams at the same location. The clams were later Nassau County District found to be taken from the Attorney Kathleen Rice Atlantic Ocean, one mile south of Moriches Inlet in the Town of Brookhaven, and brought to Oceanside. The defendants had taken 20 full cages of Surf Clams holding 32 standard bushels each – with one bushel the equivalent of an eight-gallon container. DEC police observed that the cages contained clams under the legal size of four inches in diameter, and later determined that the percentage of baby clams in each of the cages taken from the Day Star ranged from 44 percent to 84 percent. The clams, with a total value of $8,000, were to be sold to Sea Watch International of Easton, Md. to be processed and entered into the food supply. DEC establishes an annual harvest limit for legal-sized Surf Clams to be taken from the Atlantic Ocean as a fishery management measure to protect and conserve the long-term sustainability of Surf Clam fisheries that generate $2.1 million annually for New York State fishermen and fisherwomen. Surf Clams take four to five years to grow into commercial-sized clams. The harvest of sub-legal sized Surf Clam poses a significant threat to the sustainability of this resource and economic viability of this important industry. Surf Clams, like other clams, are filter organisms that remove microbes from the waters where they reside, and serve as an important part of the marine ecosystem. The matter was investigated by DEC with the assistance of DA Rice’s Animal Crimes and Environmental Crimes Units. The defendants are represented by J. Lee Snead, Esq. The charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.

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Ron Stallworth, Police Sergeant, Chronicles His Experience As Undercover KKK Member Despite the Ku Klux Klan's haunting history, one black police sergeant risked his life to go undercover as a "Black Klansman." In 1979, Colorado Springs police investigator Ron Stallworth called the number from KKK newspaper ad on a whim in the hopes of gathering information. What he didn't expect was to be offered a membership, and eventually an invitation to lead the local KKK chapter for being perceived as a "loyal and dedicated" member of the notorious organization. Throughout his year operating as an undercover member, Stallworth corresponded with the Klan leadership regularly on the phone -- which included speaking with former grand wizard, David Duke. When his physical presence was required, he would send a fellow detective in his place, a friend and narcotic detective Stallworth said he liked to call "the white Ron Stallworth."

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Although his primary goal was intelligence gathering, Stallworth also managed to stop crimes over the course of

Read more about in Stallworth's experience in his book "Black Klansman."

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"One of the things I'm most proud of is the fact that no black child -- no child period -- ever had to wake up to the sight of a burning cross," he said.

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nity-wide approach to dealing with the trauma kids confront outside of school, educators can better meet the academic challenges students face once they step inside the classroom. And by disentangling the threads of race, disability and school discipline, educators hope to keep kids on track and out of the school-to-prison pipeline. “The goal is to understand the difference between disability and disadvantage,” says Lihi Rosenthal, Division Director for Seneca Center. There are over a dozen ways to be classified as a special education student under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or IDEA. Enacted by Congress in 1974, IDEA spelled out for the first time that students with disabilities had a right to a “free, appropriate public education.” Nearly 50 years later it’s easy to take such protections for granted, but prior to 1975 states and school districts were under no obligation to provide an education for students with disabilities. By some estimates nearly half of the roughly four million students with disabilities at the time were not served by public schools and when students did receive an education, it was one often isolated from their peers and subpar in academic rigor. Advocates fought for the development of special education programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities that general education clearly wasn’t. If that sounds analogous to desegregation efforts for African-American children, that’s because IDEA was made possible by the Supreme Court’s landmark 1954 desegregation ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, which marks its 60th anniversary this month. Brown v. Board of Education paved the way for IDEA by providing a legal basis to challenge the defacto segregation of children with disabilities from their peers. If “separate but equal” was no longer sufficient justification for the educational segregation of African-American children from their white peers, advocates argued, it wasn’t going to work for children based on disability status either. Today, 6.4 million students in the U.S. are classified as needing special education. They make up 13 percent of the nation’s K-12 enrollment. For many children with disabilities, classification as an IDEA-eligible student opens up access to extra services and supports that can make the difference between graduating and dropping out. But because of strict IDEA funding streams, acquiring a special education label also becomes the vehicle for students and educators to get help for challenging classroom situations, help that may ironically be worsening those challenges for the students. Among the myriad special education classifications are disabilities that can be medically diagnosed—like hearing and visual impairments, or traumatic brain injury. Racial disproportionality in these categories is just about nonexistent. With many of these disabilities, parents are already aware of them when they enroll their children in school. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Other designations, like “emotional and behavioral disturbance” or “specific learning disabilities,” tend not to come until students arrive in the classroom. These so-called “soft disabilities” are catchalls for broad classes of learning challenges and anti-social behaviors, and the assessment and labeling process for them is open to much more subjectivity. Perhaps not surprisingly, they have come to be defined by deep racial disparities. For example, white students are more likely to be labeled “autistic” than are students of color, while African-American students are at the highest risk of all races for being labeled with the broad term “specific learning disabilities.” In the 2011-2012 school year, black students were twice as likely as Latinos, four times as likely as Asians and 1.4 times as likely as whites to receive special education services for emotional disturbance, according to federal data. Emotional and behavioral disturbance, according to federal law, is marked by an “inability to learn which cannot be explained by intellectual, sensory, or health factors.” The law defines some of the warning signs as anti-social behavior, a child’s inability to build positive relationships with teachers and students, inappropriate behavior or even “a general, pervasive mood of unhappiness or depression.” Experts, parents and advocates have been sounding the alarm about racial disproportionality in these highly subjective classifications for decades. Documented evidence of the disparities date back to the 1960s. In the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA, Congress acknowledged the deep racial disproportionality that has come to characterize disability categories like “emotional disturbance” and “specific learning disabilities” or “intellectual disability,” the new name for what used to be known as “mental retardation.” Still, the disparities persist. While the disproportionality in identification is welldocumented—black students have been overrepresented in special education programs since the U.S. Office of Civil Rights started keeping data on the topic in 1968—there isn’t one clean answer to explain its causes. Experts have identified a host of possible explanations, ranging from unchecked implicit bias on the part of inadequately prepared teachers to explicit racial bias on the part of educators who want to circumvent federal mandates to integrate schools. The U.S. public school teaching force is overwhelmingly white and female, and may have less understanding about black students and boys, some have offered. Cultural stereotypes about African Americans being inherently criminal or suspect can condition a teacher to react more harshly to a student who’s acting out. And while the use of IQ tests is controversial and waning, they are still deployed in some states as part of special education assessments, even though critics have long said IQ tests are biased against kids of color.

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JAY JACOBS: KATHLEEN RICE ACTED INAPPROPRIATELY http://www.lipolitics.com/ blog/2014/05/15/jay-jacobs-kathleenrice-acted-in-appropriately-audio/ In January, Congresswomen McCarthy, who is battling lung cancer, announced she would not seek re-election in NY’s 4th congressional district. . With that announcement, Nassau County Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs announced that he would not take a position in the 4th CD should there be a primary. However, this week, on the John Gomez Radio Show – Jay Jacobs expressed his belief that Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice allowed political power brokers to influence her decision in a criminal case rather than following the law. Jay Jacobs, Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman, called in Tuesday, May 13, 2014 on the John Gomez Show for LI News Radio 103.9 FM, in order to offer his insight into the recent incident that occurred with a man named Randy White and a decision made by Nassau County DisNASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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trict Attorney Kathleen Rice.. Jay Jacobs called into the John Gomez show on 103.9 LI News Radio, and discussed a “poor decision” that was made by Nassau County District Attorney, Kathleen Rice. When talking to John Gomez about an incident that occurred with a man named Randy White – ¨where he was pulled off a bus by police under the request of an informal leader of a political party… which led to a process that forced the Nassau County Police commissioner to resign, but the district attorney in Nassau County decided not to prosecute due to ¨political pressure¨ GomezIn this particular case, under this circumstance, I think she did not act correctly¨ Jacobs told Gomez ¨prosecutors that I talk to in other counties, cannot understand how there wasn’t any other action taken.” When Gomez asked Jacobs ¨do you believe because she has some ties with this political party she did not act, or did that cloud herJudgment?” Jay response with ¨I would say it clouds a lot of elected officials judgment¨ he continues.. it weighed into it and it would have been wiser for her to ask for a special prosecutor…there comes a time when there is right and wrong and you got to stand up and do something…she made a mistake¨ Kevan AbrahamsRice, a Nassau Democrat, is running against Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams in a Democratic primary for Carolyn McCarthy’s old congressional seat. Recently, Abrahams said of his opponent, “We need a representative who will fight for public integrity, create jobs, and protect working families. Kathleen Rice has never proven she can accomplish any of these things.”

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Black women's hair tangles up their workout A government study shows that African American women are 70% more likely to be obese than white women. As intriguing as this statistic seems, the reasons for it are equally as interesting. Factors including time, money and even hair contribute to keeping some black women out of the gym. Nikki Kimbrough is a celebrity fitness expert who says, “The number one excuse is ‘what am I going to do with my hair,’ and I can relate because I’m a black woman myself and I have the same issue”. In Nikki’s fitness class, the women are of a variety of races and have a range of hair textures. Three black women from her class battle with issues about their hair, but make a consistent effort to get to the gym. Adrienne Lynch, one of Nikki’s clients, is a black woman that, in the past, let her hair keep her from going to the gym. “When I come and work out, my hair would shrink down and get all ratty so I didn’t want to come work out, I got some extensions because I can come in, sweat, throw it up in a pony tail and it doesn’t matter, it dries right out,” claims Lynch.

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braids. “I don’t have the patience for the sitting … I just structure my wash-and-sets around my exercise classes”, she says. Teresa DaLuze, who is biracial, finds her hair is less of an obstacle. “I have a wash and go type of hairdo,” she states. DaLuze says when she is working out her hair is “puffy” but once she washes it, it looks fine. But even with the “wash and go” hairdo she still encounters problems, when she wants to wear her hair straight. For a lot of black women, getting your hair done is not cheap. “Even doing my natural hair it’s eighty-five dollars to put in some corn rolls or put in a curly fro,” says Lynch. Blakely feels that more white women work out because she feels white men are more attracted to thin frames and black men tend to prefer women with a little more curves. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, four out of five African American women are overweight or obese which increases the risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many other aliments. In addition to hair and money, a big roadblock to hitting the gym is time. With the economic downturn, many African American women have more responsibilities and finding time to work out is difficult, but as these four African American women have shown, you don’t have to put your beauty second to have your health come first.

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Drugs that might make you fat Almost everyone you know probably takes some type of prescription; after all they can be lifesavers. Unfortunately, one of the most frustrating side effects can be weight gain, and some of the most common prescriptions are the worst for your figure. “Medicines for blood pressure cause swelling, or medications for diabetes can cause weight gain,” said pharmacist Lindsey Marshall. She has heard plenty of complaints about prescriptions that people say make them fat. In addition to the expected complaints about medicines for blood pressure and diabetes, some people are surprised when they pack on the pounds after starting a commonly prescribed drug.

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Marshall advises that one doesn’t live with the misery. There is usually an alternative prescription. “Most of the time there is an alternative; sometimes even drugs within the same class can cause less weight gain than what was prescribed for you. So it’s always a good idea to speak to your doctor and say this isn’t really working for me.” If you were thinking of taking a dietary supplement to help lose the weight, mixing the two is not a good idea. “The FDA does not monitor all the dietary supplements that on the market, so they could cause complications, could increase your blood pressure, increase your risk of bleeding,” says Marshall. And always let your physician know about every overthe-counter medication you’re taking, even if it is just aspirin. The best way to prevent gaining weight with a new medication is to ask your doctor some questions up front.

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In the wake of Brown v. Board of Education, some states, particularly Southern ones, also used special education classifications as a way to give the illusion of compliance with the law. By slapping black children with special education designations, schools could move them to classrooms separate from their white, general education classmates and still technically be running integrated schools. Roslyn Mickelson, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, has called this kind of academic tracking “secondgeneration segregation.” What is clear, says UCLA’s Civil Rights Project Director Dan Losen, is that disproportionality in special education highlights the many places where “bias can seep in.” Once students are labeled as special education, they’re placed on an accelerated path toward the school-to-prison pipeline. Students designated as having disabilities are two times as likely as their peers to be punished with suspension and expulsion, and researchers have found that even one suspension in ninth grade doubles the likelihood that students will drop out eventually. In essence, a disability classification heightens the risk that a student will drop out eventually. The pipeline works most ruthlessly if that student who’s been labeled as disabled happens to also be an AfricanAmerican boy. More than one in every four black boys identified as having disabilities was suspended in the 2011-2012 school year, according to the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (PDF). The same can be said for American Indian, Pacific Islander and multiracial boys classified with disabilities. Meanwhile, 12 percent of white boys classified with disabilities and 10 percent of Asian boys were suspended. Having been over-identified as disabled and far disproportionately suspended from school, black students are also subjected to some of the highest rates of school-based arrests. This is the final step along the school-to-prison pipeline. Students of color who are already vulnerable academically and emotionally, and who are most likely to go to under resourced schools, are also met with the highest levels of punishment. Ultimately, they are pushed out of the classroom and too often into the back of a police car. Black students are 16 percent of the nation’s student population but 31 percent of those who are arrested at school, while white students at 51 percent of the student population and 39 percent of those arrested at school. The basic inefficiency of all of this, particularly of suspensions as a sanction for bad behavior, is part of what informs Seneca’s alternative approach. “When was the last time you heard, ‘Well, this kid got suspended and all of a sudden his behavior just turned around?’” Seneca’s CEO Ken Berrick says. “If I thought suspensions worked as an intervention, I’m not sure I’d be against it, but they just don’t.” In Lihi Rosenthal’s experience, exclusionary discipline doesn’t get at the root problem. A kid’s bad behavior, she says, often masks other troubles. “When you’re a fifth grader, it’s always better to look bad than to look stupid,” she says. Being disruptive can be a great coping skill to get out of doing something you’re afraid to do, especially if a teacher’s standard response is to send you out of the room. “Of course you’re going to flip over a desk every time math work comes,” Rosenthal says. “It’s actually a brilliant intervention.” The End of Segregation NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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Cox Academy is located in a particularly rough part of East Oakland. “If you know anything about East Oakland you know there’s a lot of crime, and there’s a lot of poverty,” says Ford-Morthel. Lockdowns triggered by shootings near the school are a regular occurrence. Three days before Thanksgiving last year, seven men were shot across the street from Cox Academy, in what the Contra Costa Times reported as “a hail of gunfire.” Five months earlier, two 14-year-olds were shot within a one-block radius of Cox. In 2011, 16-year-old Najon Jackson was shot and killed on the front steps of his grandmother’s home one block north of the school. It’s not uncommon for a student at Cox Academy to be directly affected by all of this community and police violence just outside the schoolhouse doors, says Ford-Morthel. Elmhurst Park, where Cox is located, is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Oakland. More than 90 percent of the students at Education for Change schools qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to Ford-Morthel. Students come to school hungry because they haven’t eaten breakfast, or even hungrier because they didn’t eat dinner the night before. Some students move around from night to night, with no fixed place that they call home. “All-In” was informed by research which has found that dealing with sustained trauma affects kids’ ability to form positive relationships, adjust their emotions and tell the difference between threatening and nonthreatening relationships, all of which affects how well they’re able to do in school. “If you’re worried about your mom and whether she’s safe at home while you’re in math class and you’re fidgety and not getting your math work done, that makes sense,” says Rosenthal. “That’s basic survival.” Given the racial disparities in special education identification and school discipline, it’s easy to assume that it’s the adults who are failing students facing these kinds of challenges. And yet, Seneca’s insistence on reimagining an entire school ecosystem suggests that it’s broader than that—that the school-to-prison pipeline stems from fundamental flaws in the structural design of schools. It’s not simply that adults are failing kids. It’s that the system is failing everyone. Amo’s teacher was far from an easy caricature of a clueless, prejudiced educator intent on shoving black kids out of her classroom. She was a young Latina with a social justice background who Ford-Morthel praised as one of the school’s best-performing teachers. Still, she felt defeated dealing with Amo every day. She sent Amo out of the classroom not out of spite but out of desperation. “Teachers, our job is to get results,” Ford-Morthel says. “We’re experts in instruction. Most teachers just don’t have the tools.” “All-In” pairs a general education teacher with a special education teacher, and places two additional counselors in the classroom to provide behavioral support for students for a full year. In a second-grade classroom I visited, that meant there were four adults in a classroom of 24 students. The team works in tandem for the entire year, during which the counselors and special education teacher are helping to build the capacity of the general education teacher to better identify and intervene when students are having difficulties in class. And then the team of counselors and special ed teacher moves on to work in another teacher’s classroom. A team of psychologists, counselors, social workers, special education teachers and learning specialists are also on hand at the school to support teachers and students in smaller settings. Instead of

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merely asking, “What do we need to do to fix these kids?” “All-In” provides school-wide training and support for teachers and other educators to rethink their roles as well. This is the opposite of what happens in a typical school. There, a teacher’s classroom is their kingdom, but it can also be an isolating island, says Seneca’s Rosenthal. Typically, a general education teacher is best equipped to handle their general education students, and special education interverventions are handled away from the general education environment. The more serious the need, the further special education students are pulled away from the general education setting. School districts end up paying large sums of money to educate children outside of school, which means general education teachers never get training they need to identify and help future students with disabilities. Additionally, a student must gain an Individualized Education Plan (an IEP) that comes with a special education designation in order to be eligible for extra academic and behavioral support. So a special education designation becomes a student’s ticket to more supports and services, even though special education is an educational ghetto that’s extremely difficult to leave. The difference with “All-In” is that the model doesn’t concern itself so deeply with the line between students with disabilities and students without. Ninety-seven percent of Cox students are MediCal-eligible, which means that they’re also entitled to mental health services at their school. So, by pulling together special education and mental health funds, the school can make its broadest level of services available to just about every single student, while saving its most intense interventions for those with the most serious needs. “It’s an extraordinarily artificial distinction,” Berrick says. “Special education is a continuum. It’s not, ‘I have no disability, I have no disability, I have no disability. Oh, I have a disability.’” This is especially true for the kinds of emotional and behavioral disabilities which most disproportionately affect the population of students “All-In” is aimed at. Amo, for example, did not have an IEP. “Left unchecked though,” says FordMorthel, “I can very easily see him being [labeled emotionally disturbed].” The pilot program allowed the adults in the school to in-

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terrupt that journey. “There was violence and separation in his life that he was working out,” she says. “And so him talking back wasn’t him being like, ‘I’m being disrespectful as an African-American boy.’ It was about: this is what my life has taught me I need to do.’” The obvious question, though, is how replicable is AllIn’s approach? Placing four adults in one classroom and providing a phalanx of social workers and counselors on-site sounds like extremely expensive, posh schooling. But Seneca CEO Berrick turns the question around on itself: How sustainable is the current approach? Eighty-one percent of Oakland Unified School District’s $64.2 million special education budget goes to educating kids in separate classes and in offsite, non-public schools. It costs a district $75,000 per child to educate a kid in a specialized school for students with behavioral and learning disabilities. At that rate, says Rosenthal, “you could get that one student their very own teacher.” Oakland Unified School District spends an average of $1,794 per special education student, and the “All-In” model costs $1,052 per student. The funds are there to sustain a reimagined school community. Oakland Unified’s Associate Superintendent Sheilagh Andujar calls All-In “very timely.” The racial disparities in special education identification and school discipline are not lost on Andujar, who was appointed to lead the district’s special education services last summer. “We’re looking into possibilities with this new model,” Andujar said, with an emphasis on taking a “system-wide” approach. The ultimate hope is to to intervene as soon as possible so “we see a decline in the number of students who are referred for special ed, and those who are labeled in that ‘emotionally disturbed’ category.” Today, Amo is in seventh grade, and Ford-Morthel still checks in on him. He’s hanging on, attending class every day and keeping up decent grades. “He’s a stronger kid,” says Ford-Morthel, but she knows it’ll be all too easy for Amo to fall apart in a system that isn’t prepared to acknowledge everything that’s going on in his life outside of school. “This is only a start.”

Freeport student honored for “outstanding” achievement GARDEN CITY, N.Y., May 9, 2014 — Tyriq Maynor is one of seventeen exceptional students to be honored recently with the George Farber Outstanding Student Award. He earned the award for his passion, perseverance, enthusiasm, outstanding character and academic achievement, as well as his willingness to help others. Tyriq received the award during a ceremony at the Nassau BOCES Long Island High School for the Arts in Syosset. Tyriq Maynor, a Freeport UFSD student attending Nassau BOCES Career Preparatory High School, is motivated, focused and determined to achieve his goals. He consistently earns high levels of achievement and enjoys participating in school. Tyriq exemplifies good moral character. He is respectful of his peers and always seeks to compromise when there is an issue. He is diplomatic and honest, and encourages others to do the right thing.

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What Donald Sterling got right about blacks In life, much like in the NBA, playing a reactionary defense can often result in overplaying your position and ultimately losing the game itself. As we continue to wonder at the media train wreck that Donald Sterling’s life has become, too many will lose sight of the possibility that some truth may be buried in the morass of his most recent comments and his direct attack on Magic Johnson. To be clear, Donald Sterling is, by multiple definitions, a racist. He talks about black people (including his players) as if they were inherently subordinate to him. But more importantly, he has carried out discriminatory practices in his business as a landlord in Los Angeles. This second version of American racism is what matters most. That is, what Sterling thinks or says about people of color is of less consequence than what he does to people of color, even if his actions are a result of what he may or may not think of people. Earvin “Magic” Johnson is without a doubt one of our truly great American athletes. He, Julius Erving and Larry Bird helped to usher in the modern era of the National Basketball Association. He helped make the NBA playoffs must-see television. When he was diagnosed with HIV, Johnson responded by retiring from basketball and then establishing the Magic Johnson Foundation. The MJ Foundation has done extraordinary work in raising awareness about HIV and AIDs and continues this mission in conjunction with new efforts NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

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to economically revitalize urban communities and provide opportunities for access to college for underprivileged youth. That said, who determines what constitutes the appropriate metric for giving back to (in this case) the Black community? Sterling suggested that while those successful in the Jewish community regularly give back to their own communities, those who are successful in the Black community do not match their Jewish counterparts in these terms or in the ways in which they contribute and give back to the communities from which they come. To be honest, and only in this instance, Sterling has only said what I have heard so many more experienced older Black folks say in private contexts. Now, maybe Magic Johnson has passed some unknown litmus test for what exceptional, successful black folks must do in order to be considered “good” with how much they have given back to the Black community, but the issues of social justice and community engagement do not begin and end with Magic. TheGrio | Sorry, Donald Sterling: ‘I’m not racist’ interviews don’t work (VIDEO) Sterling’s comparison of Jewish and Black giving likely offended many people watching and/or listening to his latest and hopefully his last interview. But before we rush into a reactionary defense, we must first survey the terrain of successful Black people in business, athletics and entertainment and have an honest assessment of whether or not their contributions to our community are sufficient. Clearly, for many of the challenges in the African American community in the 21st century, there are only substantive policy-oriented solutions. However, given the enormous wealth of the most successful Black athletes, entertainers and business moguls, it seems apropos to demand

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WORKING OUT ON THE FIELD...AND IN THE CLASSROOM You walk past school grounds these days and you see boys and girls hard at work at lacrosse practice, as well as softball and baseball practice, but you wonder if they are putting the same kind of time and commitment to academic workouts. For young people, participating in athletics is a joy, a fun release from the rigors of the classroom and, although some times this gets lost, it's a privilege to represent your school on the court, the field or the gridiron. But, it comes down to that point that the old school types like to bring up ad naseum, student-athletes are students first and athletes second. Hopefully the coaches who are calling out practice plays and setting up scrimmages are also reminding the players to get homework done, attend after school help sessions and keep those grades on the up and up. This can’t be stressed enough – especially to the current young generation that likes to spend all their extra time playing the newest version of NBA 2K rather than be caught dead reading a good old fashioned young adult classic or a sports bio or a magazine – it doesn't matter what they read, really, as long as they read. When your intention is to go to college, the academic piece comes more fully into focus; the better the grades are, the better the student-athlete’s chances of securing a scholarship or solid financial package. A coach who focuses only on the athlete’s part of the student-athlete equation is not looking out for the student's best interest. Coaches don't have to nag their athletes but they should, at the very least, be giving them gentle reminders of the importance of the academic component. Young players tend to look up to their coaches and emulate them. If a coach stresses the importance of grades, there’s more of a chance that the student will take it more seriously than when parents do because we parents are considered the nags of the world when you’re a teen. So if these coaches care about the “total” student, it should be evident on….and off….the field…Hempstead High’s spring sports season has wrapped up but the ABGS Middle School season still has games to go…detailed update coming next week. -B.J. Robinson

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that they do more – including Magic Johnson. In fact, the challenges of the Black community – eroded public school systems, mass incarceration, and persistent institutional racism – require a concerted effort on the part of policy makers, activists, organizers, educators, etc. But when we compare our current crop of Black athletes to those from Civil Rights era – Muhammad Ali, Althea Gibson, Bill Russell, etc., wide is the the schism between their activism and the activism of those who today have many more resources and platforms at their disposal. NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

The truth is we need Magic to do even more than what he has done; we need African-American athletes to take more stands on issues that matter to our community – not just the ones that directly affect them or their families. And although it may be difficult to do so in this defensive moment, we have to demand more from our most economically successful, because their contributions and their voices are sorely needed in these times.

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BETHEA ON NATIONAL LEAGUE COMMENTARY FOR THE CHEAP SEATS

Hello Sports Fans, the New York Mets and the New York Yankees are playing the first subway series of the 2014 MLB season and the Mets are riding a win streak of six in a row against the Bronx Bombers. The Mets (National League) are starting the season with all-star David Wright leading a solid group of players looking to turn the team into a contender in the National League. The Yankees (American League) expectations are always high and this year is Hall of Fame bound Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter’s last season in Pinstripes. The Yankees are built each year mentally and physically to win the World Series and anything short of that achievement is a letdown to franchise owners and fans. The word from the “cheap seats” is the New York Mets are going to make a difference in the National League this year and compete for a spot in the post season. The most promising look forward on the Mets future is the pitching staff, and the optimistic view of starters such as: Dillon Gee (3 wins 1loss), Jenrry Mejia (4 wins 0 loses) and Jonathan Niese (2 wins 2 loses) which may provide the club with good solid games. David Wright has consistently provided the Mets with all-star performances that New York fans respect and admire about the terrific third baseman. David Wright made his Major League debut in the 2004 MLB season and has played every game with professionalism and skill that landed him great on field accolades. Wright is a member of the thirty home runs and thirty stolen bases list (30/30 club) with two Golden NASSAU COUNTY EDITION

Glove Awards (2007/08), two-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2007/08) and the seven times National League All-star has also been a contributor to various charities in the community. Wright has a lifetime batting average of .301 and is currently batting in the .300 areas to help the Mets lineup establish a decent on base percentage. Wright also was selected to the American team that participated in the World Baseball Classic in 2009 and 2013, which earned him the nickname captain America. This year the Mets have added Curtis Granderson to the line-up and the right fielder has displayed the skills that made him a standout last year with the Yankees. The challenge for Granderson will be to remain healthy and provide the Mets lineup with some timely hitting to help Wright and Murphy establish a strong batting order. Daniel Murphy currently is batting .320 and is playing in a lineup that pitches to career successful hitters such as Wright and Granderson, which slow opposing pitchers from throwing hard strikes to him. Also note that Murphy has earned every hit and he is a terrific hitter, which the Mets fans are fortunate to have him in our lineup. Combined with a strong pitching staff the Amazing Mets potentially may establish the team as a true contender in the National League and give Mets fans some great summer days.

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a publication of Emerging Business Group, Inc. ©2009 New York all rights reserved The Gospel News Journal is a monthly publication, based in Hempstead, New York, dedicated to sharing news and information among minority residents which will enable positive action - economically, socially and politically - for the betterment of us all. From our premiere issue, February 1, 2009, we plan to grow to be one of the leading African heritage gospel news and information sources on Long Island. As a community - based publication, we intend to expand our presence and to encourage greater participation from all members of the community in forging our shared destiny. We are a "for-profit" business and hope to extend that spirit of economic empowerment to many other businesses in our community. We are published each month unless otherwise indicated and are distributed through newsstands, independent sales agents, and subscriptions. Publisher: Larry Montgomery Mailing Address: 456 New York Avenue Baldwin, New York 11510 MAIN ADVERTISING SALES NUMBER: NUMBER: (516) 516) 280280-5494 Fax (516) 280280-5496 ADVERTISING AND SALES COMPANY: Make all checks out to: EMERGING BUSINESS GROUP, INC. E-mail: Montgomerybusiness@hotmail.com NEWS NUMBER:

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Our mission of The Gospel News Journal as the publisher, which is both our editor’s and writer’s, is to publish the uncompromised true and living word of God. So that we may enlighten, instruct, and inform all of our readers about the good news, which is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. “And the gospel must be first published among all nations.” Mark 13:10 KJV. With that said, it is an honor and a privilege to this work. I only hope that somehow and someway the Lord will touch and Bless each of you who look through these pages with clarity LARRY MONTGOMERY, SR. and understanding of what he has to PUBLISHER AND CHIEF say to you personally. Gospel News Journal We hope that whether you are a mature Christian or one under construction, that whether you attend a large house of worship or a store front, that you find our articles interesting and informative. And should you have a word for those of us in the pews, feel free to contact our Editor about having it published here. So here it is, the Good News and a little local church news as well. May God continue to Bless you and yours... Minister Larry Montgomery, Sr. Publisher

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Life Changing Words “Gods Plan for your Life” Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” When we look at the way the world has become today sometimes it makes you wonder and ask these questions. Where in the world is God? Has God forgotten about me? What happened to all the promises that He has spoken over my life? Well let me help you out with those questions. God has not forgotten about you and a promise from God is still a guarantee of its manifestation. However above all God is still on the Throne and is always in control no matter what it looks like. His greatest attributes still exist today. He is forever omnipotent (allpowerful), omniscience (allknowing) and omnipresent (everywhere at the same time). Sometimes we may not understand how God works and a lot of times we as people completely forget that God has an adversary, which is satan or the devil. Satan’s goal as the Bible says is to seek, kill and destroy Gods greatest creation, which is man. God’s goal however is totally different and so much more complete and yet not complex. His plans and thoughts are simple, easy and in reach of every man. All we have to do is pick up a Bible and we can find out everything we need to know about life. There is nothing that is happening right now in this world that has not been address by God at the Cross and in His word. Every problem and every solution to the problem is in His word all we have to MAY 16, 2014

do is read it, learn it and follow it. See God is not move by the world’s crisis or by the cares of this world but He is moved by our faith. It is our faith in His word that will give us hope during our times of distress or discouragement and it is His peace that surpasses all understanding that can keep you from losing your mind in the middle of your storms (personal crisis). So I go back to my original scripture and I remind you straight from the mouth of God through His prophet Jeremiah that Gods thought for you and His plans for you are good and peaceful and not of evil and it will and shall give you Gods expected end. And for all of us who don’t know what the expected end is let me remind you of Gods words to His people. (John 10:10 KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. So let us remember that the thief is busy right now in this world but GOD has the final say… Dr. Karen Deadwyler is a new author inspired by God. Her first book titled “His Miraculous Way” speaks of her victory through Jesus Christ. This book can be purchased at her website www.godlypleasures.org She is the Visionary and Co-founder along with her husband Ronnie Deadwyler of Glory Temple Ministries. PAGE 5


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Khalifa also sentenced her to 100 lashes for "adultery". Ishag, who rights activists say is pregnant and 27 years old, reacted without emotion when Abbas delivered the verdict at a court in the Khartoum district of Haj Yousef. Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes. Then she calmly told the judge: "I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy." Sudan's Islamist regime introduced sharia law in 1983 but extreme punishments other than flogging are rare. After the verdict about 50 people demonstrated against the decision. "No to executing Meriam," said one of their signs while another proclaimed: "Religious rights are a constitutional right." In a speech, one demonstrator said they would continue their activism with sit-ins and protests until she is freed. A smaller group supporting the verdict also arrived but there was no violence. "This is a decision of the law. Why are you gathered here?" one supporter asked, prompting an activist to retort: "Why do you want to execute Meriam? Why don't you bring corruptors to the court?" PAGE 6


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ABBA Mother's Day Celebration ABBA, the Able Bodied of Believers Alliance, hosted their Sixth Annual Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Celebration at Bethlehem of Judea Church in Hempstead. Town of Hempstead Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby presented a Certificate of Recognition to performer Jodi-Ann Sarjou and congratulated Evangelist Reginald Benjamin and all of the volunteers who helped serve the wonderful Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day dinner to those who attended. MAY 16, 2014

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New Digital Magazine Designed to Help Ministers and Churches By Bishop Andy C. Lewter, D. Min.

When I look over my schedule and consider the many things that I am called upon to do from day to day and week to week, one of the last things that I need is something else to do, especially if that something else is going to add an additional burden to an already congested calendar. However, on May 11, 2014, I turned 60 years old and took a moment to reflect upon a life filled with an assortment of experiences. I am grateful that the Lord has allowed me to attain my educational goals and I am thankful for a great family, grandchildren and two congregations that I am privileged to serve both on Long Island and in New York City. But At age 60, I now find myself more and more concerned about what I can leave behind that will outlive my own physical life. The church I pastor will continue to operate, my children will go on to have children of their own and one day others will live in the house that I now occupy. So, the question becomes, what are you doing to leave a legacy to those whom God has blessed you to impact. It is for that reason that I have chosen to launch a monthly periodical that seeks to assist people in ministry with material and resources that will positively impact the way that they do ministry. “The Bishop” magazine was started a few months ago and it is dedicated to providing “how to” strategies to churches and ministers who are attempting to reach their potential and maximize their resources for the work of the kingdom of God. The magazine curates articles and essays from a variety of leading authors and successful pastors so that the reader can have a practical and effective tool for how they do ministry on a regular basis. When I think of the over 40 ministers that I have been able to lead into ministry over the last thirty years and think about what I am leaving them behind, I could not avoid the obligation that I have to deposit in them more than rhetoric. We are hopeful MAY 16, 2014

that the publication will prove to be an invaluable resource for those who are serious about ministry. Currently, the publication is free and is available on the “issuu.com” platform, which has a mobil app available for both apple devices and android devices. The current issue of the magazine reflects upon my last 60 years of life while also discussing current theological trends, a new way to do Bible Study, mistakes that can hurt your ministry and preaching without notes. You can read the current issue by visiting http://issuu.com/bishopacl/docs/ bishop_may_magazine__1_ For those who are interested in previous issues of the magazine or some of the other publications that we produce on a regular basis, please visit us at http://issuu.com/bishopacl

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16 Questions Every Pastor and Church Leader Should Ask By Larry Poole

If you want your church to be more effective in reaching people for Jesus, it’s important to constantly improve. Learn what works. Learn what doesn’t. Make changes. Here are 16 smart questions that all pastors and church leaders must ask. 1. Is the church as hungry as it used to be? Reaching the lost is tough business. It’s easy to become comfortable and let your foot off the gas. But complacency is the enemy of growth. Make sure you’re always moving forward. 2. What small changes can I make today that will help me become a more effective leader? This could be as simple as waking up one hour earlier to pray and study, making it a habit to exercise MAY 16, 2014

daily, or spending more time with you spouse. 3. Does the church have an engaging online presence? Let’s be honest, many people will find your church via Google and then decide whether or not to visit based solely on the “vibe” of your website. Is your website easy-to-navigate and appealing to guests? If not, it’s time to step-up and make that investment. Here are three churches in Raleigh, N.C., that get it right! Northpark Church Focus Church Bridgepointe Church 4. How likely is it that a firsttime visitor would recommend your church to a friend? Is your church trying to keep the people you already have or reach new people? The latter is much more important. Does your Sunday-morning experience communicate, “We were expecting you and are excited that you are here?“ 5. Does core leadership intimately understand the mission of your church? Do your members? Your mission should become part of your church’s DNA. At Northpark Church, we say this phrase each and every service: “We exist to build life-long followers of Christ.”

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Why the Sterling Story Matters By Bishop Andy C. Lewter, D. Min.

When I first heard that the owners of the Los Angeles Clippers had been caught on tape making negative remarks about people of color it did not impress me as an item that was worthy of my attention. In the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and Los Angeles, it seemed to me to be just another example of mis-placed values and priorities. Over time however, the story began to gain traction. When I heard excerpts of the tape itself and subsequent remarks by Mr. Sterling himself, I was convinced that as a man of conscious and conviction, I needed to re-examine my reaction to the entire affair. What I find difficult is that we are living in the second decade of the 21st century and our society MAY 16, 2014

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still appears not to have evolved to the point where race is a non-issue. I am extraordinarily proud of the fact that we have elected a man of color, not once but twice, to the highest office in the land and that the first family has so much in common with my heritage and background. That is perhaps why I am so struck by expressions of racism that continue to raise its head amidst the sophistication of the post modern world in which we now live. For the last several days, I have been reading the recent portrayal of the life of Malcolm X in the pages of “Malcolm x, A Life of Reinvention” by Manning Marable. Malcolm X’s birthday is next week (May 19th) and reading something on his life around this time of the year has become somewhat of a ritual for me. What I was struck by in the book was the early “ministerial (Muslim)” career of Malcolm X prior to him having become recognized as one of the new leading voices of civil rights in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. I was not aware that well before Malcolm X was heralded as a spokesman for urban Blacks, he was consumed with pastoral duties that included the massive growth and development of the (Continued on page 13)

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Nation of Islam in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia and finally New York City’s Harlem, USA. According to Marable, Malcolm X spent his early years in Muslim ministry holding local members of his mosque accountable for their personal moral behavior. He quickly acquired a reputation for “sitting down and silencing” even critical members of his congregation for domestic abuse and moral failures, such as fornication and adultery. Marable reports that it was not until Malcolm X reached Harlem, NY where he had to compete for the general public’s attention against the likes of an Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the rising star Martin Luther King, Jr. and the assortment of other Black Nationalist figures in Harlem that saw themselves as the continuation of the Garvey Movement, that Malcolm recognized that his voice needed to be lent to the cause of liberation and civil rights. The conclusion that Malcolm X arrived at in the late 1950’s is the same lesson that I find myself wrestling with today. On the one hand I am quite content visiting people in the hospital comforting MAY 16, 2014

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people during the death of their loved ones and celebrating the birth of the children or the marriage of their relatives. But at some point, I like Malcolm recognize that our voices can not be silent in the face of such apparent and obvious acts and attitudes of racism. The lesson to be learned is that no matter how far the road we have traveled down the pathway of progress, there still needs to be vigilance and wariness on the part of ourselves and our community. I will not deny that we are not where we were 40 years ago and I would be naive to think that amazing strides of advancement have not been reached in recent decades. But just as I applaud where we have come from, the incident with Donald Sterling is a stark reminder that there lurks in the shadows of this society yet an element of disdain and disparagement over who and what we are as an African American community. The remarks of Mr. Sterling demonstrates that even people who are the financial beneficiaries of the work and labor of Black people still regard them with contempt and an attitude that they, (Continued on page 14)

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Northpark Church recently created an “Online Connections Card” in order to more effectively communicate with our first-time guests. We got the idea from The Creative Pastor. Do your church a favor and read this awesome article that can help your church improve: 7 Innovative Ideas for the 21st-Century Church 10. Do I have the right people on the bus? Is there someone you need to hire or fire? The right decisions aren’t always the easiest ones. 11. Is church leadership adequately appreciating and recognizing our volunteers? The church couldn’t function without faithful volunteers. Our sister church, Bridgepointe, does a great job of recognizing volunteers. 12. If your church closed its doors tomorrow, would the community notice? Are you serving “the least of these” in your city? Are you truly making an eternal impact? Is the church being generous toward people and organizations that have little to offer in return? 13. Do I have a Paul, Timothy and Barnabas in my life? Who are you learning from on a regular basis? Who are you are investing in? Who serves as your accountability partner and encourager? (Continued from page 13)

the Blacks who they benefit from, are not their equals. I think that Spike Lee may have said it best on a recent news interview where he reminded the audience that the comments by Donald Sterling hearkens back to a time where plantation owners prided themselves on how well they treated their slaves, but would not entertain the idea that those slaves were entitled to opportunities that would lead them away from the plantation and onward to live independent lives. The Sterling story matters because, in spite of the great gains that we have been able to see in our lifetime, there are still those, who if they could have it their way, would keep people of color in compartmentalized sections of the American society. Let us remain conscious and mindful that, in some sections of American society, we still live in an hostile environment where our best interest is not always at the top of other people’s priorities or agenda.

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I wrote an entire post on this topic, which you can check out by clicking here. 14. Am I asking for constructive criticism from people I trust? It’s impossible to get better unless you’re actively “seeking” constructive criticism. Don’t be afraid to ask the question: “What could be improved?“ 15. Is the church providing enough avenues for people to give? Your church will never be fully-funded if the only time people can give is when the offering plates are passed during Sunday services. Online giving, mobile giving, kiosk giving and even text-to-give should become part of your financial strategy. 16. Does my church have clear “next steps” to help new Christians grow in their walk? Do you have a discipleship plan in place that transcends your Sunday-morning worship experience? Do you have a system to help new believers grow their faith?

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Question: "How can it be said that we have everlasting life when we still die?" Answer: The Word of God assures us that all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ will have everlasting life (John 3:16; 6:47; 1 John 5:13). The Greek word translated “everlasting” means “perpetual, eternal, forever.” Perhaps the word perpetual best explains the biblical concept of everlasting life; it is life that, once begun, continues perpetually into eternity. This speaks to the idea that man’s life is not merely physical. Rather, the true life of human beings is spiritual, and while the physical life ends, the spiritual continues throughout eternity. It is perpetual. When God created Adam and Eve, He put them in the Garden with the tree of life, intending that they would live joyously forever, both physically and spiritually, but they sinned and brought physical and spiritual death to themselves and to all subsequent generations (Romans 5:12–14). God then sent Adam and Eve from the Garden and stationed cherubim to guard the way to the tree of life, and He did so because in His mercy He did not want man to live forever under the weight of sin. But sin must be punished and the only acceptable punishment to a holy God is everlasting punishment (Mark 9:43–44). However, our merciful God sent His Son as a perfect sacrifice to suffer, once for all time, the punishment due mankind for sin, thereby providing a perfect way to the tree of life for anyone and everyone who believes in Him (1 John 5:12; Revelation 22:14). We receive everlasting life by dying to our own efforts and receiving Christ Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Savior, and, when we do, we are instantly reborn and made alive in Christ. We may not feel any immediate change, but there has in fact been MAY 16, 2014

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a rebirth in the heart (John 3:6–7), and we are now free of the fear of death; we have the promise of God that we will never die spiritually, but instead will live forever with our Lord Jesus (1 Thessalonians 5:9– 10). Later, when we die physically, our soul will immediately be with the Lord, and still later, when He returns, the Lord will resurrect our bodies to meet Him in the air. As for those Christians who are alive at His return, their bodies will be changed “in the twinkle of an eye,” and they will not experience even physical death (1 Corinthians 15:51–52). Jesus Christ instructed the Apostle John to write the last book of the Bible, and therein we again read about the tree of life: “To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God'” (Revelation 2:7b). The tree of life in Revelation is symbolic of Jesus Christ. It is in Christ that all Christians trust, and it is in God’s power that we rest, assured of our everlasting life (1 Peter 1:3–5). The one true God who created all things, including life and death and rebirth, will keep His Word. Our God is all-powerful and full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and He wants us to know that our eternal state is assured: Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25).

Question: "What was the meaning and importance of the baptism of John the Baptist?" Answer: Though today the word baptism generally evokes thoughts of identifying with Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, baptism did not begin with Christians. For years before Christ, the Jews had used baptism in ritual cleansing ceremonies of Gentile proselytes. John the Baptist took baptism and (Continued on page 16)

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Kindness and Goodness TODAY’S SCRIPTURE “See that none of you repays another with evil for evil, but always aim to show kindness and seek to do good to one another and to everybody.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15. AMP) TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria In Galatians chapter five, the Bible talks about nine fruits of the Spirit. These fruits are spiritual qualities that manifest in our lives when we allow Him to work in us. The more we invite God to move in our hearts and follow His Word, the more those characteristics will manifest in us. Kindness and goodness are two of those fruit of the Spirit. The Bible tells us that His Kindness leads people to repentance. In other words, kindness advances the Kingdom of God. The more kindness and goodness we show other people, the more we are acting like God. The Bible also tells us that what we sow, we shall reap. When we seek to do good to others, we will reap goodness in our own lives in return. Today, look for ways to show kindness and goodness to the people around you even when they aren’t kind to you. Don’t repay evil for evil. Take the high road. Bless those who wrongfully use you. Seek to do good, show kindness, and you will see it come back as a blessing in your own life in return! A PRAYER FOR TODAY Heavenly Father, thank You for displaying Your character through me. I choose to show kindness and goodness so that I can honor You with my thoughts, words and actions all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen. — Joel & Victoria Osteen (Continued from page 15)

applied it to the Jews themselves—it wasn’t just the Gentiles who needed cleansing. Many believed John’s message and were baptized by him (Matthew 3:5–6). The baptisms John performed had a specific purpose. In Matthew 3:11, John the Baptist mentions the purpose of his baptisms: “I baptize you with water for repentance.” Paul affirms this in Acts 19:4: “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after MAY 16, 2014

him, that is, in Jesus.” John’s baptism had to do with repentance—it was a symbolic representation of changing one’s mind and going a new direction. “Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River” (Matthew 3:6). Being baptized by John demonstrated a recognition of one’s sin, a desire for spiritual cleansing, and a commitment to follow God’s law in anticipation of the Messiah’s arrival. There were some, like the Pharisees, who came to (Continued on page 17)

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the Jordan to observe John’s ministry but who had no desire to step into the water themselves. John rebuked them sternly: “When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance’” (Matthew 3:7–8). Even the religious leaders needed to repent of their sin, although they saw no need of it. Christian baptism today also symbolizes repentance, cleansing, and commitment, but Jesus has given it a different emphasis. Christian baptism is a mark of one’s identification with the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. It is representative of a cleansing that is complete and a commitment that is the natural response of one who has been made new. Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross completely washes away our sins, and we are raised to new life empowered by the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 5:17–21; Romans 6:1– MAY 16, 2014

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11). With John’s baptism, a person repented of sin and was therefore ready to place his faith in Jesus Christ. John’s baptism foreshadowed what Jesus would accomplish, much as the Old Testament sacrificial system did. John prepared the way for Christ by calling people to acknowledge their sin and their need for salvation. His baptism was a purification ceremony meant to ready the peoples’ hearts to receive their Savior.

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Reactions to Solange’s attack on Jay Z reveal huge double standard Video was released Monday of a violent altercation allegedly between rapper Jay Z and his sister-in-law Solange Knowles. By now, most people with access to WiFi have already seen it and maybe even joked about the way Solange launched herself at Jay Z, punching and kicking. The response elicited by the footage begs the question, however: is female to male violence really a laughing matter? The hashtag #whatJayZsaidtoSolange is a trending topic on Twitter, garnering hundreds of thousands of tweets in a few hours. Users made attempts to one-up each other with speculation over what the rapper could have said to his sister-in-law to provoke such a sudden and vicious attack. Even some corporations saw fit to capitalize on the moment. Fast food chain Whataburger sent out, “I’m not sharing my Whataburger with you #WhatJayZsaidtoSolange.” “#WhatJayZsaidtoSolange It’s not DiGiorno, It’s Delivery,” tweeted the pizza maker. The tweet has since been deleted. “Our society, certainly our media, treats attacks on men by women as a laughing matter,” says Phillip W. Cook, author of “Abused Men: The Hidden Side of Domestic Violence.” Cook, who studies and writes on intimate-partner and ONLINE EDITION

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” With a little help from L.A. Reid and Timbaland, fans were treated to a brand new Michael Jackson album, Xscape, this week. Now, the album’s lead single, “Love Never Felt So Good,” has a video. The new video was released Wednesday morning and features Justin Timberlake, dancers of all ages and some classic shots of MJ’s most famous videos. Grio fam, wach the “Love Never Felt So Good” video below and let us know if you think it did the King of Pop justice.

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Beyoncé posts pictures of her and Solange on Instagram Beyoncé has her sister Solange’s back. In the first semblance of a “response” to the elevator video, Beyoncé posted a series of photos on Instagram Wednesday morning of her and Solange together. This week, Solange has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Monday, TMZ.com released footage appearing to show Bey’s younger sister violently attacking Jay Z. Beyoncé’s photos didn’t include any captions other than “Good Morning” on the first post. family violence against men points to high-profile examples like a 2011 Super Bowl commercial from Pepsi. In the ad, a man is repeatedly assaulted by his female partner. She kicks him and pushes his head into a pie, among other things. The commercial ends with her violently hurling a can of Pepsi at his head but accidentally hitting another woman. The commercial was titled, “Love Hurts.” “Do you think there wouldn’t be howls of protest if a man was doing that to a woman,” asks Cook of the commercial. “Those kinds of images, and there are more than we realize, diminish the seriousness of violence against men and make violence by women seem acceptable and funny. That ultimately has an effect on how we view all violence,” he says. “We need to be accurate about the information being supplied and treat it seriously.” Family violence against men, perpetrated by women, is not near the epidemic that violence against women is, but it’s still frequent and significant, say experts. According to Cook, meta-analyses of domestic violence data have revealed that nearly half of all incidents are classified as “mutual combat.” More than a quarter of domestic violence incidents, he says however, are perpetrated by ONLINE EDITION

women against their male partners. “Those attacks can be brutal,” says Cook. “Women often make up for the size and weight deferential by using objects and weapons, throwing things, attacking when a man is asleep. As the TMZ video shows, even though the bodyguard was there restraining [Solange,] she was still kicking — seemingly aiming for his groin. That’s not at all uncommon.” Ultimately, Cooks says there is very little difference in the physical and psychological effects of violence whether women or men perpetrate it. “It looks and operates the same,” he says. “One big difference, however, is that there is very little consideration for violence against men and less resources.” “If you want to look at how we view family violence against men, consider this: My research has shown there are more shelters that have a prohibition against women bringing their teenage sons into shelters than there are shelters for men who have been abused,” Cook says.

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No disrespect to Oprah but the NBA should give someone else a chance Donald Sterling is still the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise, but not for long. With the weight of the NBA and its commissioner Adam Silver coming down on Sterling — who is now banned from the league for life and could be forced to sell the team — others are scrambling to pick up the pieces in an effort to buy the Clippers.

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team. There are suggestions that the Clippers players themselves, even the fans, should band together and buy the team. Now that’s something you don’t see every day. Yet it is fitting, given the way the Clippers, other NBA teams, and supporters across the nation came together in a display of unity against Sterling’s record of racial discrimination these recent days. Why not make the Clippers truly America’s team, where members of the public can become part owners? A number of fans have started crowdsourcing campaigns to purchase the Los Angeles team on sites such as Crowdtilt and Indiegogo. How would it work? One African-American has come up with an idea. Rob Wilson, who has been called “Hip Hop’s Financial Advisor” due to his work with entertainers and professional athletes, just created a crowdsourcing project to buy the Clippers. Those who support the project would become part

Media powerhouse Oprah Winfrey, who slammed Sterling for maintaining a “plantation mentality” and for making racist comments, is reportedly interested in buying the team. And she is in talks with Oracle chief Larry Ellison media mogul David Geffen to make that happen. She also reportedly wants to own the Clippers without actually running the team. Other celebrities, entertainers and athletes such as boxers Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya, Magic Johnson, Sean Combs, and Matt Damon have reportedly expressed an interest in ownership or partownership. Certainly, Oprah could pull it off, and it would be a potent symbol to have an African-American own the Clippers, given the sad and troubling legacy of Donald Sterling. But why is it that whenever we hear about black folks who are interested in buying a team or some other big business move, they usually come from the entertainment world? In contrast, white owners typically are relative unknowns, obscure and anonymous people who made it rich in other ways. For example, Sterling is a real estate magnate and a former attorney, and in any case, no one was coming to the Staples Center to see him. This is not to disrespect Ms. Winfrey — or other big name celebrities who would likely receive a lot of backing from financial institutions without the need to put much of their own money into this. But there are many black millionaires, entrepreneurs, business leaders and finance people out there who would fit the bill. And frankly, these anonymous individuals could use a break, while highprofile figures often are given the first shot.

owners of the team with voting power, similar to buying shares in a publicly trading company on the stock market. Moreover, Wilson believes that his plan would enable the public to benefit financially from a popular sport while also making a statement about how people should be treated. Could this represent a new trend in business practices? “The world is much different than it was in 1981 when Mr. Sterling purchased the team,” said Wilson on his site, noting 1 million people could each give $500 to make this happen. “Major sports teams no longer need to be in the hands of a few wealthy individuals whose values are detached from those of its fans.” Meanwhile, theGrio attempted to contact Mr. Wilson for comment. Spread the wealth and share the opportunity. Sorry Oprah, but multi-billionaires, celebrities and the usual suspects are not the only ones capable of buying a team. As for the fans, if you don’t like the way an awful NBA owner is running a team, why not band together and buy it yourself? It’s definitely worth a shot.

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You have probably heard the term "content marketing." Content marketing is a fancy way of describing information you share via your social network. At the risk of getting too basic, this blog post is an example of content marketing. After all, it does contain information (content) that serves to draw in readers and hopefully spur those readers to share it with their own circles of family, friends and followers. The more content you provide on a consistent basis, the greater your potential for growing your community. The larger your community, the more books you will sell. The content that has the most value for you is original content. If the content you create is shared, it gives your brand greater outreach. One of your areas of expertise is writing and selling books. You should be creating content that outlines your ONLINE EDITION

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After 22 Years, "A Black Parent's Handbook" Is Still Empowering Black Parents Across America Nationwide (October 15, 2013) -- Back in 1990, after only two years of teaching in Brooklyn, NY and East Orange, NJ respectively, renowned educator, Baruti Kafele had the audacity to write a handbook for Black parents to assist them with educating their children. He entitled the book, A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children (Outside of the Classroom). He consequently left the classroom temporarily after his first two years of teaching to devote his life to getting A Black Parent's Handbook into the hands of thousands of parents throughout the U.S. In 1992, he returned to the classroom but continued to devote a substantial amount of energy to promoting A Black Parent's Handbook and it eventually became an Essence Magazine number one best seller in 2002. It is now in its 22nd year of empowering a whole new generation of Black parents. Kafele says that the motivation for writing this book was that he was meeting and working with so many wellintentioned parents who wanted to assist their children through the educational process but simply didn't know what to do or where to start. He frowns upon the notion that parents are not involved or don't want to be involved in their children's lives, educationally speaking. He instead asserts that parents absolutely want to be involved but are simply in need of strategies that they can easily and readily implement during the time that their children are at home. A Black Parent's Handbook is comprised of the following topics: * Preparation for Success * Reading for Success * Setting Goals for Success * Studying and Testing for Success * Communicating for Success * Collaborating for Success * Distractions for Success A Black Parent's Handbook is not a long book – it's only 74 pages. It's not a difficult read either. Instead, it is a guide providing strategies and suggestions for parents to utilize toward the educational growth and development of their children and should be referred to regularly. Over the past 22 years, parents have shared with Kafele that they literally raised their children on the contents of this book.

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that addresses reading for success. Kafele has argued for the past 22 years that in education, we can have the best schools, best curriculum, best teachers and best teaching strategies, but if Black children are not being exposed to who they are, both historically and culturally, then we are spinning our wheels at best. He argues that when Black children are exposed to "who they are," we increase the probability exponentially that they will have the will to strive for excellence because by exposing them to "their story," we are essentially helping them to develop a purpose for learning, rooted in the greatness of who they are historically. Kafele says, "I want them to see and understand where they stand along the continuum of history to help them to better understand their roles in life moving forward." About The Author Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as "Principal Kafele," excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a lowperforming school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. He is now a full-time national / international educational consultant. He is also the author of the books, Closing the Attitude Gap: How to Fire Up Your Students to Strive for Success, Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life, and A Handbook for Teachers of African American Children. About The Book A Black Parent's Handbook to Educating Your Children 
 / Price: $5.00 / ISBN: 0-9629369-0-1 / 74 pgs. / paperback / Baruti Publishing. For more details, visit www.principalkafele.com Social Media www.facebook.com/principalkafele www.twitter.com/principalkafele

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Dilemma U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey the case of the Murderous I.D. Thief

Authored by Min Larry Montgomery Sr. ABOUT THIS BOOK Dilemma: di-lem-ma: noun: 1. A situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, esp. equally undesirable ones. This book is another case in the ongoing series based on the life and times of the fictional character, U.S. Marshal Harry Bailey, entitled: Dilemma--The case of the Murderous Identity Theft. An identity theft steals the identity of a serial killer whose M.O. is to steal the identity of her victims and then kill them when she is ready to move on. The penalty for Identity theft as a Class D Felony is 7 years in prison with restitution and reparations. The Penalty for Murder or conspiracy to murder can be http://www.amazon.com/ dp/B00F8NJH7Q Death or life in prison without the possibility for parole. This story centers around a young African American immigrant who will do anything to live the high life, engage in sex for money, sale and use drugs, anything to be considered a lady of leisure. In furtherance of keeping this lifestyle our villainess preys on married men, steals their wife's identity sleeps with and uses the husband letting him think he is lavishly courting her until the money runs out. Then she blackmails them using theirs or their wife's money to pay her bills. Until one day she stole the identity of a serial killer whose m.o. was to steal identities just as she does but when the money runs out she savagely kills the victim and attaches herself to the victims loved ones until the inheritance has been spent and then she moves on to a new opportunity. Marshal Bailey catches the case of an identity theft victim; a woman whose husband was black mailed by the serial killer after a failed trisk and then wound up dead. The investigation is hampered by the activities of a second identity thief, who by all accounts is a serial liar. Finally the serial killer turns her attention to our lead suspect and it is only a matter of time before the two collide in this deadly game of identity cat and mouse. The serial killer makes two failed attempts to finish off the identity thief but not until the third attempt does Marshal Bailey intervene... The question is does our main suspect survive, or does the serial killer win out? Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General

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One of America’s oldest black-owned bookstore closes its doors SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — One of the oldest blackowned bookstores in the nation has been evicted from its longtime home in a historic San Francisco neighborhood. The co-owners of Marcus Book Stores in the city’s Fillmore District said in an open letter this week that the property owner changed the locks to the door after they fell behind on rent payments. The store has been shuttered since Tuesday. The bookstore, which quickly emerged as a pillar in the city’s black community since its opening in the area once nicknamed “The Harlem of the West,” celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2010. It was named after noted early 20th century black nationalist Marcus Garvey and has been at its current location since the early 1980s. The bookstore also outlasted the uprooting of numerous black-owned businesses in the area in the 1970s because of eminent domain, and it served as host to celebrity authors who included Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou. Co-owners Tamiko, Greg and Karen Johnson have spent a year and half fundraising to buy back the Victorian building where the store is located. Last year, they reached an agreement with the building’s owners to raise $2.6 million to buy the property. The family still fell about $750,000 short at a February deadline. “Though by any standards that would have been more than enough for a down payment, the (owners) refused the $1.85 million start and filed for eviction,” the family wrote. They also thought they would get a reprieve after city leaders designated the bookstore’slocation a historic landmark earlier this year. “Maybe that support is around the next bend? Well the locks have been changed, the cavalry is not in sight and it’s time to pack up the books and store them till we find another space,” the family wrote. Upset black community leaders say the city, which has seen nearly a 40 percent decrease in its African American population between 1990 and 2010, should offer the bookstore more help. The Rev. Amos Brown, chapter president of the San Francisco National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, told the San Francisco Examiner (http://bit.ly/1uHPjl3 ) on Friday that it’s another example of how blacks are treated in the city. “You can’t deal with this bookstore without dealing with the bigger sickness,” Brown said. “So, you can’t deal with Marcus alone without looking at the conditions, the public policy that created the conditions for the black community to be torn asunder.” ONLINE EDITION

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THE SUFFOLK THEATER ANNOUNCES SUMMER 2014 CALENDAR FEATURING ROCK + SOUL LEGENDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD NOMINEES, COMEDY GREATS, MORE Season Includes Robert Hunter, Ben E. King, Southside Johnny, Joan Osborne, the LGBT Comedy Festival, and more Riverhead, NY-- (April 24, 2014) The historic Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, NY announces a calendar of summer programming for 2014 featuring Grammy Winners, CMAnominated country artists, soul, R&B, and comedy legends, big band, and more - with a schedule running from Memorial Day to Labor Day (more shows to be added in the coming weeks). * Complete schedule and descriptions at end. Tickets are available at www.suffolktheater.com, or at 631727-4343. Highlights include: The Grateful Dead's key songwriter Robert Hunter (Ripple, Friend of the Devil, Truckin) will perform an exclusive Long Island engagement at the Suffolk Theater on July 27. Some of rock's greatest voices including Joan Osborne (What if God Were One of Us, Right Hand Man, and others), 50-60s soul legend Ben E. King (Stand by Me, Up on the Roof, Save the Last Dance for Me, Rose in Spanish Harlem), and Dar Williams (Cry, Cry, Cry) will bring their talents to the stage. And of course, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes (Fever, I Don't Wanna Go Home) will bring the sounds of Jersey to the Island! You won't wanna go home... The spirit of country and southern rock will be in the house as The Suffolk presents Ashley Monroe, 2013 Country Music Award (CMA) nominee, Billboard and Rolling Stone’s #1 Country Album of the Year, and member of the group the Pistol Annies with partners Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley (#2 peak on the Billboard Country Music Charts). Ashley Monroe will bring her wit and southern charm to the stage with one of country's greatest songwriting talents and voices. Songs such as “(Give me) Weed Instead of Roses)” and “Two Weeks Late” demonstrate honesty, sass, and pure country grit. The Grand Ole Opry tradition will continue at the Suffolk Theater with a two-day run of the off-Broadway musical “Always... Patsy Cline” and southern rock legends the Georgia Satellites performing their hits such as “(Don't Hand Me No Lines and) Keep Your Hands to Yourself” and “Battleship Chains”. A first annual Hamptons LGBT Comedy Festival will be presented from July 18- 20 featuring comedy greats Sandra Bernhard (Roseanne, King of Comedy) and Scott Thompson from Kids in the Hall as well as a special festival performance by Coney Island Burlesque (more acts to be announced). A new, regular effort to bring inexpensive, high-quality dancing to the area will kick off on Thursday nights, called “Dance Thursdays,” and will feature groups including the big band “New Millennium Jazz Orchestra” performing hits of Tony Bennett and more, the Bee Gees super-tribute group You Should Be Dancing, local favorites Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks, Mambo Loco, and more. The dance floor will also be open for The Earth Wind & Fire Tribute band. Jazz and blues will be represented at the Suffolk with

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For nearly two decades now, Kirk Franklin has been a multi-platinum-selling purveyor of majestic fusions of gospel and contemporary music, and a mirror of Christian humanity boldly reflecting what one faith walking man can accomplish when he focuses on God and taps deep into the gifts He gives. Franklin is a pioneer in gap-bridging musicianship, uniting audiences across gospel, hip hop, pop and R&B. His irresistible rhythms and rhapsodies have resulted in albums that consistently top both Billboard's Gospel and Christian charts, as well as ascend triumphantly into the Top 10 of the R&B/Hip Hop chart. His unprecedented penetration into the mainstream has fortified him to also become a New York Times bestseller author for The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms (Gotham/Penguin). Franklin is also the host and executive producer of the gospel talent show "Sunday Best," the highest-rated gospel program in BETBET network history now heading into its fourth season. To date, the musical trendsetter has garnered nine GRAMMY® Awards; an American Music Award; 39 Stellar Awards (gospel); 16 Dove Awards (CCM); eight NAACP Image Awards; two BETBET Music Awards, a Soul Train Award and numerous others. And yet, with all of his success and acclaim - his overflow of awards and accolades - Kirk Franklin remains, at heart, a man who comes from shaky circumstances that could have paralyzed his spiritual growth within his humble familial beginnings. He is never far from that frightened and forlorn young man who didn't always know which way to turn, which is what makes Franklin one of the most relatable and respected messengers in his field. It is in that humble spirit that he presents his timely 12th album, Hello Fear, (in stores March 22, 2011, on FoYo Soul Entertainment/ Verity Records). Hello Fear (produced by Kirk Franklin with incomparable longtime friend and co-producer Shaun Martin) is a 15song stylistic tour de force that Franklin is delivering to a society reeling from toxic levels of unprecedented pain. It is a time of seasonal natural disasters, global financial distress and American mortgagemortgage collapse. It is a time of international civil uprising and community educational system failings and domestic violence has escalated into the most horrific incidents of parental manslaughter ever to splatter across the evening news. Franklin recognizes these soul-trying times as "moments" to seek God and ONLINE EDITION

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go inward to excise the cancer of trepidation. "As a kid," Kirk witnesses, "I struggled with always feeling as if I was living under a cloud of fear. I was often displaced by my family and never feeling settled...always harboring a sense of uncertainty. This album is my emancipation proclamation." The title track, "Hello Fear," is a brilliant confessional composition that opens with the intimate scenario of a man so joined with fear it is as if he has embraced it in his heart. However, Franklin is having a heart-to-heart with pain this blessed day, invoking a dismissal of life-altering proportions the moment he decides to start his morning with the words "Hello Grace." The second half of the chorus definitively pins fear to the mat to declare, "Never again will I trust you/I’m tired of fighting it’s been way too long/ No longer your prisoner—today I remember/ Who I was then now is gone (they’re gone)." It represents a long road taken to reach this divine arrival yet a hard-earned liberation that Franklin believes is possible for every hurting soul on the planet because it came to him from a very personalvery personal place. "One day I was in the middle of a very bad situation," he shares. "I was walking through the front of my house with this problem weighing heavy on my spirit when God literally just dropped the first lines of this song, along with a melody, on my heart. I sat down at the piano and out came, 'Hello fear/Before you sit down there's something I'd like to explain.’ That's all I had for a couple of months. What's funny, though, is that from just that idea, I knew I wanted to call my next album Hello Fear." In Kirk Franklin's singular manifestation of music ministry, the album unfolds from that epic and penetrating prelude into a deliciously eclectic buffet of pieces that moves from the rope-a-dope cadences of the spoken word piece "The Story of Fear" to the angelic vocalizations of The Texas Boys Choir on the Heavenly interlude "Never Alone;" from the infectious D.C. Go-Go groove of "Before I Die" to the heartwarming, cello-kissed missive of blessed reassurance "But the Blood." From the “Glee” like energy of "Today," to the bouncy feel-good soul minuet "No God Like You," all the way to the purifying and unifying "Everybody Hurts." The fourth verse of the latter states, "Everyone hurts - but not for long / That weight you bare will make you strong / Your guilty stains - can be erased / The final price - paid by His life - Amazing Grace

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“The Parables of Life Serial Series” Author Larry Montgomery, Sr. Persistent Widow a woman has an ought with a neighbor and goes to a judge to adjudicate the problem and the judge puts her off. An unscrupulous landlord is trying to illegally evict a young pregnant Iraqi War soldiers widow and her mother –in-law from their apartment. Marshal Harry Bailey, who recently returned from a Reservist unit tour in Iraq while on medical leave, rents a room in the same apartment house. During this young woman’s tribulation Marshal Bailey realizes he has much more in common with this woman then he ever imagined and he is compiled to help her, even at the risk of losing his job. Available at AMAZON.COM www.usmarshalharrybailey.com ONLINE EDITION

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DR. BERND WOLLSCHLAEGER, MD COMES TO LONG ISLAND FOR HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE CONFERENCE SUNDAY, JUNE 8TH 2014 at HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY FROM THE SON OF A NAZI OFFICER TO A PROUD MEMBER OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY ROSLYN, NY – The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove is honored to host Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger as a guest speaker for Generations: An event honoring Holocaust Survivors, Liberators, Righteous Among the Nations, and their descendants – A full day conference at Hofstra University on Sunday, June 8th 2014. Dr. Wollschlaeger grew up in Germany during the Holocaust in the shadow of his father, a highly-decorated WWII tank commander and Nazi officer, and is now a proud member of the Jewish community. In the midst of receiving his medical education in Germany, he emigrated to Israel converted to Judiasm, and served in the Israel Defense Forces as a Medical Officer. He completed his residency training in Miami, and now serves as a private practice physician in Aventura, Florida. He is the author of multiple books and a world-renown public speaker. “We are thrilled to be hosting Dr. Wollschlaeger as a guest speaker at this unprecedented Long Island event this summer,” says Brad Gerstman, Esq., board member and spokesman for the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center, “Religious and cultural tolerance is more important than ever. Having Dr. Wollschlaeger here to educate others is more than we could ask for—a first-hand account of his experience, and for us all to learn how we can build a solid future going forward as a society.” Additional details for the conference to be announced. Visit www.hmtcli.org for more information.

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Dr. Dre Asked To Help Restore Compton, Mayor Aja Brown Offers Key To City Mayor Aja Brown says she wants to give Dr. Dre a key to Compton and that she hopes he can help restore the city. Compton, California Mayor Aja Brown says she wants to give Dr. Dre, who has represented Compton throughout his career, a key to the city, according to TMZ. Brown also says she wants to involve Dre in the restoration of Compton. Specifically, Brown says she hopes to have Dre's assistance in sponsoring performance arts or music programs in the city, according to the publication. If Dr. Dre were to accept the the key to the city, he wouldn't be the first emcee to do so. The report says DJ Quik has also earned a key for his efforts in charity. In April 2011, Quik spoke with HipHopDX about receiving the key to the city. "I was such a philanthropist I probably gave away $250,000 to the city of Compton, my guy," Quik said at the time. "And who will ever say that? I got the key to the city of Compton when I was 29-years-old. They didn’t give me that for my music. That music was violent. They gave me that because of how I was going back into them schools and raising money for them schools." This Dr. Dre news follows reports of the producer being involved in a deal between Apple and Beats Electronics. According to reports which surfaced last week, Dre stands to make $1 billion if Apple purchases Beats. The rapper appeared to confirm the reports in a video released by Tyrese. "The first billionaire in Hip Hop right here from the motherfucking West Coast," Dre says in the clip. Dr. Dre has referenced Compton in many of his songs. For example, on "Bitch Niggaz" off 2001, Dr. Dre raps the following: "Straight off the streets of chaos and no pity / The aggravated, makin' these punk mothafuckers hate it / Compton is the city I'm from / Can't ever leave the crib without a murder weapo

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Ida B. Wells: Journalist. Teacher. Anti-Lynching Crusader. Women’s Rights Activist. Civil Rights Pioneer. Ida B. Wells was born into slavery on July 16, 1862, in Holly Springs, Mississippi. She was orphaned at 16 after both of her parents and a younger sibling died from a yellow fever epidemic. In order to support and care for her five remaining siblings, she secured a job as a teacher. She eventually moved to Memphis where she became a leading journalist and civil rights activist. When her newspaper office was destroyed in an angry response to her outspoken writings, Ida B. Wells was exiled from Memphis, and stayed away from the South for over 30 years. In 1893 and 1894, she traveled across the United States and throughout the United Kingdom and Great Britain, passionately writing and speaking out against lynching. She eventually moved to Chicago and married Ferdinand L. Barnett in 1895. The widowed Ferdinand was an attorney and editor of The Conservator, one of Chicago’s Black newspapers. In addition to the two children from his first marriage, he and Ida had four children together. Ida B. Wells-Barnett continued her activism while juggling motherhood and her many civil rights commitments. In 1909, she was one of the founders of the NAACP, although she later had conflicts with its leadership because she was perceived as too “radical.” She also worked with Susan B. Anthony as a leader in the movement for women’s suffrage. In Chicago, Ms. Wells worked with Jane Addams to prevent the establishment of segregated public schools, helped to open Chicago’s first kindergarten for Black children, founded the Negro Fellowship League to assist Black men and boys who were excluded from the YMCA, and started the Alpha Suffrage Club – an organization of Black women who worked to obtain the right to vote. Ida B. Wells-Barnett died on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, from a brief illness due to kidney failure. She and her husband, Ferdinand L. Barnett, are interred together in Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery Statements of Support “The Ida B. Wells Monument is a singular opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge Bronzeville’s history while anticipating its future.” Alderman William D. Burns, 4th Ward “I am writing in support of your efforts and to comment the Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee and the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture for developing a monument that will celebrate Ida B. Wells’ legacy and help increase public awarement of her imONLINE EDITION

portant work. The location of the monument in Chicago’s historic Bronzeville community is of great significance and appreciation to the communities and generational admireres who were impacted by her work…As a female leader of the great state of Illinois I can personally appreciate and support eh commemoration of Ms. Wells’ life, work and writings.” – Kimberly du Buclet, State Representative, 26th District As the written history of America finally, albeit slowly, recognizes the role of African Americans, some names emerge as giants from the shadows. One of those is certainly Ida B. Wells, America’s premier anti-lynching campaigner. Born into slavery, she was destined to be one who would help shape post Civil War America as an investigative journalist, newspaper editor and publisher, and leader of the emerging women’s and civil rights movements. We here in Chicago are proud to claim her as our own for the many years of leadership she provided our city. I was delighted to learn of plans for a

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monument to her life and work here in the place she called home for so many years and trust that the project will soon become a reality. – Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-IL 7th District) It is without hesitation that I offer my support for the Ida B. Wells Monument. Sadly, much of the history of Bronzeville is not celebrated as it should be. It is important that people who live or visit our community know about the many contributions some of its residents have made towards social justice…She used her many talents to address inequality wherever she saw it even in the face of threats against her….As residents and tourists alike visit the monument, they will undoubtedly be moved by the courageous dedication exhibited by Ms. Wells and gain a greater appreciation for the historical significance of Bronzeville. I see this as an opportunity to generate community pride while inspiring others to pursue the type of important work that was carried out by Ida B. Wells. - Alderman Pat Dowell, 3rd Ward “It is with hope and pride that I support the movement for an Ida B. Wells Monument in Oakwood Shores. As a journalist and social activist, Wells was a strong voice against racism and sexism. Her advocacy paved the way for generations of African-Americans who followed her, and she should be commemorated with a monument that will invite future generations to learn about her contributions.” – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, 13th District “At a time when women were seen and not heard, Ida B. Wells was a voice for those who had none. Even today her legacy lives on, and she continues to be a role model for young women. Her advocacy for equality for women and African Americans should inspire us all to speak out against injustice.” – Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

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The Monument A monumental sculpture accompanied by supportive art pieces will be located in a park-like setting on the Langley Boulevard median, just south of 37th Street in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. The Langley Boulevard median lies at the heart of the Oakwood Shores community, on the former site of the Ida B. Wells public housing development. The plaza where the Ida B. Wells monument will be erected. The Ida B. Wells Commemorative Art Committee has commissioned the creation of a sculptured monument that will honor the life and times of the historic Ida B. Wells. The sculpture will be created by Richard Hunt, a Chicago native and world-renowned artist. The abstract sculpture capturing the artist’s vision of Ida B. Wells and her legacy will be at least 20 feet tall, and will have a large base upon which an image of Ida B. Wells and excerpts of her writings will be engraved. Upon completion, this monument will be donated to the City of Chicago’s Public Art Collection. As a second phase of the project, smaller, interactive art pieces will be commissioned to allow the public to experience the work of Ida B. Wells in a reflective manner. While a precise description of the project awaits the artist’s conception, additional elements may include a timeline of key events related to Ms. Wells’ causes and accomplishments, occasional seating along the pathway in the Langley median, or boulevard signposts or similar features with a historical narrative and illustrations.

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Summer 2014 Calendar!!! Rock and Soul Legends, Country Music #1 Artists, Comedy Greats, More The Suffolk Theater is proud to announce its 2014 Summer calendar (more to come...) featuring Grammy legends, comedy legends, #1 Billboard Country Music Artists of the Year, Grateful Dead Songwriters and Tributes, big band, musicals and more. Tickets and longer descriptions are all available below these short teasers. Hope to see you at the theater! Season Includes: MUSICAL LEGENDS: Robert Hunter: Legendary songwriter to the Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and more Execlusive Long Island Performance Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes (I Dont Wanna Go Home, Got the Fever for the Girl, and others in the Springsteen tradition) Ben E. King - "Stand by Me", "Rose in Spanish Harlem", "Up on The Roof" - one of music's greatest voices. Period. The Lovin Spoonful - "Do You Believe in Magic..." well you will. Rick Derringer Plays The Blues: One of rock's greatest guitarists with credits alongside Johnny Winter, Steely Dan, Bruce Springsteen COUNTRY & SOUTHERN ROCK: Ashley Monroe of the Pistol Annies Billboard #1 Country Artist of the Year (Give Me Weed Instead of Roses, Two Weeks Late, Like a Rose) Always... Patsy Cline - the Musical: All of Patsy's greatest hits are wrapped together... The Georgia Satellites - "Don't Hand Me No Lines and Keep Your Hands to Yourself" - Southern rock greats MODERN ROCK: Joan Osborne- "What if God Was One of Us" is just the beginning - one of the most soulful gritty voices in rock... Everlast - One of the most memborable voices of the past decades with classic alternative hits such as "What It's Like", "The Ends", and songs with Santana and his group House of Pain ("Jump Around") FOLK ROCK: Dar Williams - Folk Icon with some of our favorites including "Road Buddy" and "Better Days" COMEDY: Hamptons LGBT Comedy Festival: 1st Annual - Featuring: Sandra Bernhard: The legendary - ("Roseanne", "King of Comedy") Scott Thompson of Kids in the Hall: Redefined comedy for a generation. Coney Island Burlesque: Special Festival Show! Long Island Comedy: Top comedians from Long Island, the NYC comedy scene and around the country! ONLINE EDITION

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JAZZ & CROSSOVER: Tuck & Patti: Grammy nominated crossover guitar and vocal master-duo Malletman, Tito Puente Jr., Bernard Purdie: Jazz Summit!: The salsa legend meets Lionel Hampton's vibes protege meets the most recorded drummer in history.. DANCE THURSDAYS: Inexpensive Thursday night dance parties throughout the summer featuring: You Should be Dancing- The Bee Gees Tribute Group, New Millennium Jazz Orchestra (Big Band, Wine & Swing), Earth Wind Fire Tribute, Mambo Loco, Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks

THE EAST END VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL More Info To Come... BURLESQUE Coney Island Burlesque!: The great tradition of burlesque continues - from Brooklyn straight to Long Island! TRIBUTES GREEN DAY MEETS THE CLASH: PUNK TRIBUTE - THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS: Two faithful high-quality tributes start off your Memorial Day Look for more announcements in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you at the theater!

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Philadelphia, PA

Mann Center for the Per-

7/17/14

Sarasota, FL

Van Wezel Performing Arts

7/18/14

Clearwater, FL

Ruth Eckerd Hall

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Broward Center for the Per-

7/20/14

Saint Augustine, FL

Saint Augustine Amphithea-

7/22/14

Greenville, SC

Peace Center Concert Hall

7/24/14 theatre

Alpharetta, GA

Verizon Wireless Amphi-

7/25/14

New Orleans, LA

Saenger Theatre

7/26/14

Birmingham, AL

BJCC Concert Hall

7/28/14

San Antonio, TX

Majestic Theatre

Grand Prairie, TX

Verizon Theatre at Grand

7/30/14

Tulsa, OK

Brady Theater

8/1/14

Kansas City, MO

Midland Theatre

8/2/14

Mulvane, KS

Kansas Star Casino

8/3/14

Council Bluffs, IA

Harrah's Ballroom

Indianapolis, IN

Indiana State Fairgrounds

8/7/14

Mt. Pleasant, MI

Soaring Eagle Casino Re-

8/8/14

Springfield, IL

Illinois State Fair

8/9/14

Prior Lake, MN

Mystic Lake Casino

8/11/14

Broomfield, CO

1STBANK Center

8/13/14

Phoenix, AZ

Comerica Theatre

8/14/14

Los Angeles, CA

Greek Theatre

Hall

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AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! 2014 TOUR

7/29/14 Prairie

COMING TO NASSAU COLISEUM FRIDAY JULY 11TH, 2014 Tickets On Sale Nationwide Beginning Friday, May 9, at AmericanIdol.com/tour $1 From Every Ticket Donated To The Melanoma Research Alliance LOS ANGELES, April 16, 2014 – No other show in TV history has proven to be a force like AMERICAN IDOL®. Fans of the hit series can see this season’s talented Top Ten Finalists live when the AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! tour returns this summer. 19 Entertainment announced today the 41show concert tour launches Tuesday, June 24, in Binghamton, NY, and stops in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles, before wrapping in Redmond, WA, on Saturday, August 23. Tickets go on sale beginning Friday, May 9, via www.AmericanIdol.com/tour. Once again, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! has partnered with The Melanoma Research Alliance (www.curemelanoma.org). For every ticket purchased for the tour, AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! will donate $1 to The Melanoma Research Alliance to help cure melanoma. ®

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! gives fans the unique opportunity to be up close and personal with Season 13 Finalists C.J. Harris, Jena Irene, Caleb Johnson, Jessica Meuse, MK Nobilette, Alex Preston, Dexter Roberts, Majesty Rose, Malaya Watson and Sam Woolf. The AMERICAN IDOL XIII Season Finale will air Tuesday, May 20, (8:00-9:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) and Wednesday, May 21, (8:0010:00 PM live ET/tape-delayed PT) on FOX, before this season’s Top Ten finalists continue on to the 2014 Live! tour this summer. Past tours have featured stars such as Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Adam Lambert, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips, Candice Glover and many more.

8/6/14 Coliseum sort

8/16/14 Indio, CA Events Center 8/17/14

San Jose, CA

City National Civic

8/20/14

Jacksonville, OR

Britt Pavilion

8/21/14 Portland, OR The Moda Center 8/23/14

Redmond, WA

For the latest tour and ticketing information please visit:

DATE

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6/24/14

Binghamton, NY

Broome County Arena

6/25/14

Albany, NY

Times Union Center

6/27/14

Windsor, ON

The Colosseum at Caesars

Orillia, ON

Casino Rama Entertainment

6/29/14

Syracuse, NY

Oncenter Complex

7/1/14

Highland Park, IL

Ravinia Festival

7/3/14

Cincinnati, OH

Horseshoe Cincinnati

7/5/14

Mashantucket, CT

Foxwoods Resort Casino

7/6/14

Vienna, VA

Wolf Trap

West Long Branch, NJ

The MAC at Monmouth Uni-

Boston, MA

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

7/11/14 Coliseum

Uniondale, NY

Nassau Veterans Memorial

7/12/14 Center

Bethlehem, PA

Sands Bethlehem Event

7/13/14 Center

Durham, NC

Durham Performing Arts

7/9/14

Marymoor Park

Event time and date subject to change.

www.americanidol.com/tour

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Theater Of The Clouds at

Tickets are subject to applicable service charges.

AMERICAN IDOL LIVE! 2014 Tour Dates:

6/28/14 Centre

Fantasy Springs Special

AMERICAN IDOL XIII is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. About 19 Entertainment/CORE Media Group Inc. 19 Entertainment is a division of CORE Media Group Inc. and home to iconic and enduring properties like AMERICAN IDOL and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE. CORE Media Group Inc. launched in May 2012 as a newly-branded version of the company formerly known as CKx. For more information about CORE Media Group Inc. and 19 Entertainment, visit www.coremediagroup.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Natasha Desai, PMK*BNC 310-854-4831 Natasha.Desai@pmkbnc.com

Meghan Prophet, PMK*BNC 310-967-7246

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summer performances by musical giants (and Suffolk Theater favorites) Tuck & Patti as well as a jazz summit featuring percussion greats Malletman; Tito Puente, Jr. (salsa legend); and Bernard Purdie (the most recorded drummer in history). Blues rock legend Rick Derringer will do a special program entitled “Rick Derringer Plays the Blues” highlighting his mastery of the guitar. Late August will see a special East End Visual Arts Festival with details to be announced. About The Suffolk Theater Founded in 1933 as a Long Island answer to the great New York City art deco theaters such as Radio City Music Hall, the historic Suffolk Theater in Riverhead was restored and re-opened in 2013 by Bob and Dianne Castaldi. The Suffolk Theater presents a full calendar of music, comedy, and theatrical arts for audiences of all backgrounds. 118 East Main Street, Riverhead, New York. 631-727-4343. www.suffolktheater.com. For more information, contact Daniel Binderman, General and Artistic Director of the Suffolk Theater at 631-727-4343, ext. 103, danielb@suffolktheater.com; or Meryl Pearlstein, Meryl@mdppublicity.com, MDP Publicity, 917-359-3512. # # # SUFFOLK THEATER SUMMER 2014 SHOWS AND DESCRIPTIONS (More to be Announced) Friday, 5/23 Long Island Comedy Showcase The Suffolk Theater proudly presents the return of The Long Island Comedy Showcase! Featuring an all NEW line-up of top comedians from Long Island, the NYC comedy scene, and around the country. Don’t miss this hilarious evening of non-stop laughter and fun! It’s an outrageous night of LIVE stand-up comedy! Hosted by WALK radio's Paul Anthony Tickets $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Door, Bar & Restaurant open at 6:30. Show at 8pm. A la carte menu available for purchase throughout the evening Saturday, 5/24 THE CLASH & GREEN DAY: PUNK TRIBUTE – THE CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS Two great tribute bands recreate a concert that never was—millennial punk greats Green Day (“Sometimes I Give Myself the Creeps”) meet one of their greatest influences, 80s classic punk icons The Clash (“London Calling,” “Should I Stay or Should I Go,” “Rock the Casbah”), represented by two faithful recreation bands: Straight to Hell (The Clash) and Basket Case (Green Day). Between the two – these tribute bands have performed for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s punk rock exhibit, 20,000-seat concert venues, and more. Tickets $20 Door, Bar & Restaurant open at 6:30. Show at 8pm. A la carte menu available for purchase throughout the evening Thursday, 5/29 Dance Thursday: Gene Casey & The Lone Sharks' Rockabilly Dance Party Local roots rock artist Gene Casey has been a prominent force in the Hamptons’ music scene since his arrival in the ONLINE EDITION

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late 1980’s. After the formation of his band THE LONE SHARKS, Casey quickly rose to his title as “a local legend” playing shows at The Mudd Club, CBGB and the prestigious Waldorf Astoria Ballroom. Quoted as being “The best of the best” by Dan’s Paper and Hamptons Magazine, Casey has released six albums independently. Many of his songs have been featured on film and television including the FX Network’s “Justified” and “Sons of Anarchy,” and Jessica Biels’ thriller “The Tall Man”. Tickets are $20 Doors, Restaurant & Bar open at 6:30 Show begins at 8pm. A la carte menu available throughout the evening. Thursday, 6/5 Big Band Wine & Swing: A Tribute to Tony Bennett Dance the night away and enjoy an elegant evening of swing with the New Millennium Big Band. See why the beautiful and historic Suffolk Theater is THE place in Long Island for dancing and candlelight dinners. Tickets $25.00 Door, Bar & Restaurant open at 6:30. Music and Dancing begin at 8pm. A la carte menu available throughout the evening Saturday, 6/7 Ben E. King – The Voice of 50s-60s Soul Hits Join us as we welcome the legendary voice of "The Drifters." Known for summer classics "Under the Boardwalk", "Up On The Roof" & "Stand By Me". The Suffolk Theater is very proud to present this legend and one of the great voices of American music. Tickets are $50 Doors, Restaurant & Bar open at 6:30 Show begins at 8pm. A la carte menu available throughout the evening. Sunday, 6/8 Tuck & Patti Known for their intricate yet soulful Grammy-nominated guitar and vocal interpretations of songs such as Jimi Hendrix's “Little Wing” and Cyndi Lauper's “Time After Time,” this jazz and folk duo have reinvented their instruments. Tuck Andress is one of the most emulated guitarists in jazz, able to create complex and intricate multi-line orchestrations using just one guitar. Patti is one of the most passionate voices in jazz. Join the Suffolk Theater as we present the soulful voice of Patti and the guitar mastership of Tuck in the incomparable Jazz Duo, Tuck & Patti. Tickets are $45 Doors, Restaurant & Bar open at 6:30 Show begins at 8:00pm. A la carte menu available throughout the evening. Thursday, 6/12 “You Should Be Dancing" Bee Gee's Tribute Band: DANCE THURSDAY! Break out your Jump Suits and tube tops and come to the Suffolk Theater where "You Should Be Dancing" to the hits of the Bee Gee's as you catch Disco Fever. This authentic tribute to one of music's most original and most influential groups will have you dancing from the moment you walk through the door. Tickets $30.00 Door, Bar & Restaurant open at 6:30. Music and Dancing begin at 8pm. A la carte menu available throughout the evening.

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