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What’s race got to do with it - 2 Ongoing 10k ‘Bakeaway’- 3 ‘Cabinet of bigotry’ - 8 Holiday sugar advice - 14

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EYPC gives back to the community it services Empowering Youth for Positive Change (EYPC), an agency that provides intensive in-home and therapeutic day treatment services, as well as mental health skill building, outpatient therapy and mentoring recently held its first ‘CEO Mommy Makeover’ where the mental health agency gave back to the mothers they service. Twelve moms from Richmond and the Northern Neck received a

makeover that included hair, makeup, a new outfit and a night on the town with EYPC CEO Towanda Darden. “It’s hard being a single mom,” said Darden. “I know when I was a single mom of one if was hard so I can only imagine what it feels like to have four, five, six, seven or even eight kids to provide for.” Darden says she was excited to “love on” the moms that receive

services from EYPC. “When I came up with the idea, I was thinking of women that are single and raising children alone. The reality is if you are a single mom when do you have time to love on yourself? I wanted these moms to feel like a CEO because in actuality, every mom is the CEO of her family,” said Darden. After a photo shoot with celebrity photographer Virgil Odell, the

moms were escorted to a limo and chauffeured to Morton’s Steakhouse where they shared dinner and conversation with Darden. Mothers shared the adversities they experienced raising their children, how they overcame those challenges and what motherhood means to them. Mia Johnson, one of the moms that participated in the event, has four

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What’s the role of race in Oceanfront development? STAFF & WIRE Commercial real estate developer and pro football Hall of Famer Bruce Smith has started a dialogue about implicit exclusion at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront by questioning race in role of development. In a recent letter sent to Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms and several council members, Smith accuses the city of refusing his development proposals, possibly because of his race. Smith, a commercial real estate developer, said in the letter that his proposals have been shot down by the city on several occasions and he thinks a lot of it has to do with his race. “Despite my unflagging efforts and the inherent merits of these projects that would generate thousands of jobs and revenue for the city, I have been met with unwarranted opposition and refusals,” Smith said in the letter. “I would ponder the possibility I am being unfairly marginalized and excluded on the basis of race.” Smith charges the city with having a racist culture that excludes minority projects at the Oceanfront. ‘It is certainly not unfounded that I would ponder the possibility that I am being unfairly marginalized and excluded on the basis of race,” he wrote. “I am left to question whether we are still operating under the implicit mandate of the Old South, which would require that economic empowerment and enfranchisement be reserved for whites only.” Sessoms, in a televised interview, said that he welcomes Smith with “open arms to bring forward proposals to Virginia Beach and to do business”. Among Smith’s supporters is the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, a group of black lawmakers. Led by state Sen. Mamie E. Locke, the caucus called Sessoms response a

“deflection”. “The response a deflection and claim that Virginia Beach is open and welcoming to diversity and receptive to minority businesses,” noted the caucus in a statement. “Yet, the City of Virginia Beach chooses not to do a disparity study which would demonstrate just how welcoming the city the really is.” In 2005, Smith wanted to develop 10 acres at Rudee Loop. Mayor Sessoms said this the most prime piece of property on the East Coast, and not ready for development now — by anyone. In order to develop it, there must be a heavy financial investment, and a grand, unique plan that so far, has not surfaced. Sessoms said he spoke with Smith about it. “I told him, if you want to move forward, I would be guarded, because I don’t think it would make the cut for the development we are looking at,” the mayor said. Smith and his partners were rejected in 2008 in their bid to develop the 11-acre Dome site at 19th and Pacific Avenue. Then in 2014, only the Peterson Companies out of Northern Virginia submitted a Dome site request for proposal. Smith and his partners were nowhere to be found. “No one else bid on it, and the Petersons were the only ones,” Sessoms said. “I wish [Smith] had, and I told him I wish he had bid on it again.” City records indicate that in last fiscal year, minority-owned expenditures from the city totaled $17.4 million, up 23 percent over the previous year. Sessoms said that Smith and his partners, including Hampton University, are investors in the Hyatt Place Hotel at 27th and Atlantic Avenue, which is under construction and on the Oceanfront. They are also investors in the Cosmopolitan Apartments at Town Center.

Bruce Smith Smith said there is a difference between being an investor and being the developer who deals with the city. The VLBC notes that Virginia Beach has fallen below its own established goal of 10 percent in awarding minority owned business contracts in fiscal year 2016. “Thus, Bruce Smith is right to

(from page 1) children and has been a client with EYPC for almost a year. Her children range in age from nine to 16 years old. “My kids are my life,” she said. “Everyday is a challenge but God gets me through.” EYPC does other outreach services to the community, including hosting an annual back to school rally, a holiday food drive to ensure families in need have a nice meal to share with their families and toy drives during Christmas. The agency

raise questions regarding the fairness and equitable distribution of contractual opportunities in the city, especially given his own attempts over the years to do business with the city,” according to the caucus. “The VLBC recognizes Mr. Smith’s business acumen and appreciates and supports his efforts to bring this matter to the attention of the public.” also hosts professional networking events to encourage collaborations in the business community and feed the homeless. This year the company will not only feed the homeless, but also coordinate a coat drive to provide warmth to those in a daily battle with winter’s cold temperatures. “All individuals serve the opportunity to succeed in society, no matter what walk of life,” said Darden. “It’s about empowering one family at a time. With support from EYPC positive change is not only possible but expected.”

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What’s in a “black” name? ODU premieres doc. ‘Searching for Shaniqua’ NJG - Students, faculty and guests were on hand at Old Dominion University recently for the Hampton Roads screening of the award-winning documentary film, “Searching for Shaniqua.” The hour-long film created by writer, educator and filmmaker Phill Branch examines the impact on persons with unique and nontraditional names such as “Shaniqua” and how these these names and those who have them may be viewed by others. The film was produced by ODU alumna Eleanor Earl, who along with Branch, attended the screening and fielded questions afterward. Earl currently is on the faculty of Hampton University. Co-producers

Joseph R. Walters and Stephanie L. Sutton were in attendance, as well. Branch told the audience he wrote the film to explore why some African American parents, in particular, choose to give their children unusual names such as “Shaniqua” and the impact of such names on their acceptance and interaction inside and outside of the black community. The film spotlights several women named Shaniqua (spelled different ways) and other nontraditional names and tells how they feel about their names. While some women value the attention and responses their name may create, others do not. In a printed interview, Branch said he began filming in May 2013

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lightness, tenderness, texture, moisture content, flavor and smell, consistency, pie crust flavor, pie crust flakiness, originality, ingredients usage and creativity. The first prize with the highest score will receive $10,000. 2nd place will receive $7,500 and 3rd place will win $5,000. How to enter: Visit and complete the registration form no later than Dec. 7, at 11:59 p.m. There is no charge to enter. All entrants are required to submit three baked items: a home-made chocolate German cake; a home-made three-tiered carrot cake, and a fruity pie. Each item must include step-bystep recipe instructions and product costs. All baked goods must be at the Founders Inn Ballroom no later than 9 a.m. on Dec. 10 for judging. You must be 18 years of age and must enter individually, not as a corporation or other business entity. Be sure to read the official rules and regulations to make sure you do not get disqualified for any reason.

and completed the film in May 2016, along the way meeting men and women who spoke candidly about their names, their experiences and why they think some hold onto the stereotypes. A rose by any other name is just as sweet. TraNequa (left) says in the documentary that her name “doesn’t define” her. The documentary has won praise from audiences everywhere, and earned the 2016 HBO Best Documentary at Martha’s Vineyard African-American Film Festival. When asked how he plans to distribute the film, Branch said he is currently maintaining personal ownership and is traveling to select locations for screenings such as the one on the ODU campus. This, he said, allows him to engage with audiences on messages such as ethnic name stereotyping and other topics of interest elicited by the film. At a later time, he will consider mass production to make the film available to larger markets and for individual purchase.

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DoD launches new peer-support service The Defense Department is encouraging active duty service members, National Guardsmen, reservists and family members to make use of a new call and outreach center that offers confidential peer support to through 24/7 chat, phone and text. The DoD “BeThere” peer support call and outreach center is staffed by peers who are veteran service members and family members of veterans, and aims to provide support for everyday problem-solving of career and general life challenges. “We are honored to support our service members and their families as they get connected to needed resources through the support of those who have also served our country. This new initiative recognizes the unique challenges faced within the military community, promotes awareness, reduces the stigma and provides solutions for breaking through barriers when it comes to seeking help,” said Wendy Lakso, the Defense Suicide

Prevention Office’s director for outreach and education. TriWest Healthcare Alliance administers the BeThere Call and Outreach Center in 50 states and four U.S. territories and provides worldwide service through live chat to the 1.3 million active duty military and more than 800,000 reserve forces as of 2016, according to Defense Department data. Virginia is home to 117,084 active duty personel. TriWest Healthcare Alliance notes that it has supported the TRICARE program for active duty service members and their families, and currently administers the Veterans Choice Program for former service members within 28 states. “It is a privilege to again serve alongside the Department of Defense in providing quality services to support those who wear the cloth of the nation and their families,” said Dave McIntyre, president and CEO of TriWest. “This unique population deserves and will receive our full focus in offering high-quality, easily

Pritchett elected as chair of VSBA’s Southside Region Petersburg School Board Chair Kenneth Pritchett was elected as one of the Virginia School Boards Association’s regional chairs for 2016-17. He will serve as chair of the Southside Region. The Virginia School Boards Association has nine regional groups. The Southside Region includes 19 entities: Amelia County, Brunswick County, Charles City County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, Correctional Education Board, Cumberland County, Dinwiddie County, Goochland County, Greensville/ Emporia County, Hanover County, Henrico County, Hopewell, New Kent County, Nottoway County, Petersburg, Powhatan County, Prince George County and Richmond. Pritchett has served on the Petersburg School Board for 10

Kenneth Pritchett years and has served as chair of the Petersburg School Board for nine of those years.

accessible assistance. We thank DoD and their Suicide Prevention Office Team for the confidence in allowing us to come to their side to contribute to their efforts through

this important new initiative.” Interested personnel can visit betherepeersupport.comto learn more about the BeThere Call and Outreach Center or call 844-357-PEER (7337).

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Op/Ed & Letters


Trump’s cabinet nominations are a calculated insult REV. JESSE JACKSON, SR. TEWire - Donald Trump protests that he isn’t really the racist, sexist, anti-immigrant Islamaphobe that his rhetorical excesses in the presidential campaign suggested he was. Then he appoints as his “chief strategist” a firebrand who published white supremacist, anti-Semitic and misogynist provocations on his media platform. He appoints as national security adviser a retired general who calls Islam an ideology rather than a religion. And now he seems intent on nominating Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama to be attorney general, despite racist views that led Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject him for a federal judicial appointment during the Reagan years. The appointment of Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III can only be a calculated insult to people of color and people of conscience. It shows that Trump is itching for a fight with the civil rights community. During his Senate hearing in 1986 it was revealed that Sessions told a Civil Rights Division attorney that he thought the Ku Klux Klan was “OK” until he learned they smoked pot. Sessions said he was joking. Sessions also called a black assistant U.S. attorney — the only black The LEGACY NEWSPAPER Vol. 2 No. 48 Mailing Address 409 E. Main Street 4 Office Address 105 1/2 E. Clay St. Richmond, VA 23219 Call 804-644-1550 Online

assistant A.G. in his office — “boy.” He dismissed the NAACP, Martin Luther King’s SCLC and PUSH as “un-American” and “communist inspired.” After his rejection, Sessions curbed his tongue a bit. He voted to confirm Eric Holder as the country’s first black attorney general. He co-sponsored the Fair Sentencing Act that aims at reducing the stark disparities in sentencing for black and white drug offenders. Yet Sessions continues to stand in the doorway against progress toward equal rights. He dismissed the Voting Rights Act as a “piece of intrusive The LEGACY welcomes all signed letters and all respectful opinions. Letter writers and columnists opinions are their own and endorsements of their views by The LEGACY should be inferred. The LEGACY assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material. Annual Subscription Rates Virginia - $50 U.S. states - $75 Outside U.S.- $100 The Virginia Legacy © 2016

legislation.” As senator, he peddled nonsense about voter fraud and voter intimidation. He’s defended state voter ID laws, part of the voter suppression package that Republican governors have pushed in states across the country. He opposed hate-crime laws and supported the effort to end affirmative action programs. Even after the murder of nine parishioners at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., led to removal of the Confederate flag across much of the South, Sessions called the criticism of this symbol of slavery and secession an effort by the “left” to “delegitimize the fabulous accomplishments of our country.” Sessions has also been — no surprise — a venomous advocate for a crackdown on undocumented workers. He opposes any easing of immigration laws, denounces President Barack Obama’s decision to defer deportation of the families of children who have been born here, and even opposed the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court This appointment comes with the Trump administration threatening a rollback of basic rights — women’s right to control their bodies, gay rights, voting rights, immigration enforcement, drug legalization and

the escalating effort to challenge systemic racism in our criminal justice system. Sessions would lead a reactionary assault seeking to reverse or weaken all of these rights. “If you have nostalgia for the days when blacks kept quiet, gays were in the closet, immigrants were invisible and women stayed in the kitchen, Sen. Jefferson Beauregard Sessions is your man,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez said in a news release. But Trump is about to discover this country has changed. We aren’t going back. African Americans won’t accept a criminal justice system that puts the lives of their children at risk. Latinos and Asian-Americans won’t huddle, frightened that ICE agents may invade their homes. Women and the LGBT community won’t give up their push for equal rights. If Trump goes ahead with the Sessions nomination, the Senate Judiciary Committee should hold extensive public hearings on his views and his record. His nomination is more than a disgrace. It is a provocation, a declaration that the Trump administration wants to rollback rights that were won after decades of struggle. The president isn’t picking a fight with minorities. He is picking a fight with the vast majority of America — and we won’t go back.

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P.T. Hoffsteader, Esq.

The ‘Muslim registry’

[We] resolutely condemn Trump’s proposed plans for a ‘Muslim registry.’ Our nation’s history contains far too many horrific examples of the oppression and demonization of groups based on religion, race, origin or political affiliation, and we refuse to sit by silently and allow for the creation of new ones. The president-elect may have run a campaign based on the faulty assumption that only through a return to the racialized polarization of the past can America be great again, but those of us who know our history and have a memory of that ugly past will fight with every inch of our spirit to not go back. While slavery, genocide, segregation and internment have strained our ideals of democracy and inclusion, those same ideals yet inspire the NAACP’s work in streets, media and courts. For over a century, the NAACP has battled against racism to secure equality for all American citizens. President-elect Trump’s proposed registry – a digital ‘stop and frisk’ for Muslim Americans – is the latest threat to the liberty of all Americans. The NAACP stands with our civil rights organization partners in denouncing any ‘Muslim registry’ and in the ongoing fight against the persecution of any Americans. For democracy to become real for all members of our nation, we all must learn to stand in solidarity with any subjugated groups and embrace the risks of doing so. That is why I, as a proud Christian and card-carrying member of the

NAACP, have joined with my dear Jewish colleague, Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the AntiDefamation League, in vowing that, should Trump’s threat of a ‘Muslim registry’ come to fruition, we will not hesitate to sign up. In the meantime, the NAACP will continue to stand in staunch opposition to any attempt to register and reduce anyone to noncitizen and nonhuman status. Cornell William Brooks President and CEO, NAACP


A debacle equals a complete collapse or failure. For liberals or progressives, the 2016 presidential election is nothing less than a debacle. Since Trump’s victory, political and social uncertainty remain top-trending topics. Trump now holds us in suspense, looking to his cabinet appointments as predictive of his method of governance. Trump has a majority of the nation and a large part of the world holding their collective breaths awaiting his next, unpredictable move. The fear and uncertainty of a Trump presidency engenders a temptation to search for a logical reason as to why we’re in our current situation and finds us listening to analyses as endless as the pundits giving them. Having listened to many well thought out, well-delivered post-mortems, I’ve concluded that some console, some congratulate and others point the finger of guilt. I’ve also concluded that, whether from frustration or lingering disbelief, some wish to debate “Why?” instead of engaging in future-oriented dialogue.

I take pride and consolation in the fact that black women voted overwhelmingly for Secretary Clinton. Whether a pro-Clinton or anti-Trump vote, the effect was that black women’s vote carried the more closely contested states and kept a Clinton victory within striking distance in others. Exit polling showed that 94 percent of black women voted for Clinton. Charles D. Ellison, contributing editor at The Root, said, “If anyone is to blame for Trump’s dastardly white nationalist-driven win, to the dropping jaws of many, clouds can’t be sent over black women... Sisters may have instinctively felt the approaching electoral freight train—perhaps that same way in which worried black mothers, for centuries, have given racial-warning pep talks to black children, bracing for dreams deferred.” Ellison went on, “Whether black women’s votes were, indeed, an honest attempt at sincerely supporting the candidate or whether they were seated in a real belief that she would be the most qualified president since, well, Barack Obama, is beside the point. What’s poignant is the impressive show of electoral force from black women, despite odds historically stacked against them and—frankly—the almost scandalous underestimation of their value at Election Day polls.” Among other things, I’m disgusted by attempts to disavow racism as a major component of Trump’s victory. Although thinly-veiled and less than subtle, appeal to racist leanings was a hallmark of Trump’s campaign. Seen in increasing daily encounters, current incidents of blatant racism

give evidence that Trump’s campaign opened the door to a resurgence of overt racism. As a former educator, most disturbing is that much of the resurgence has shown up in many of our middle and high schools. “If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t know you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him someone to look down on and he’ll empty his pockets for you.” Attributed to President Lyndon Johnson, that quote rings more true now than when first spoken. However rationalized, white privilege is real and expected by those who’re white and those willing to submit. Most white people prefer being white to anything else in the world. The benefits of that privilege are taught from birth and are culturally embedded. For many whites, equality of opportunity and social justice are tantamount to “reverse discrimination.” For that demographic, the last eight years have been comparable to trudging, waterless, through the desert. Although positive prospects for our next four years seem nonexistent, now is not the time to roll-over in dismay. Our response to the challenges of a Trump administration will shape our own and our children’s future. We’ve come too far to relinquish the gains we’ve made since Emancipation and it’s required that all of us activate and mobilize against any attempt to turn-back the clock of Freedom and Justice. Dr. E. Faye Williams National Congress of Black Women


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Faith & Religion

Faith leaders say Trump building a ‘cabinet of bigotry’ BNG - More than 1,500 interfaith leaders charged President-elect Donald Trump with building a “cabinet of bigotry” in an online petition released last week. About 40 of the signers identify as Baptist, with affiliations including the Alliance of Baptists, the American Baptist Churches USA and the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. “White supremacy has no place in the West Wing or any other rung of leadership,” the faith leaders said. The letter addressed to Republican

members of Congress, spearheaded by Faith in Public Life, said Trump’s cabinet picks to date point “to a clear pattern” of elevating voices of bigotry toward religious minorities, immigrants and people of color. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Trump’s choice for attorney general, “has a long history of bigoted comments towards people of color and civil rights organizations,” the faith leaders said, and as a U.S. attorney in 1984 tried to prosecute three Alabama civil rights workers for

their voter registration work. Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, they said, “formerly led the far-right website Breitbart News, which has ceaselessly promoted racist, sexist, anti-Semitic and homophobic rhetoric that degrades the human dignity of millions of Americans.” The letter noted that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a member of Trump’s transition team vying to head the Department of Homeland Security, “has a horrifying

record on civil rights and has advanced policies that disenfranchise people of color and discriminate against immigrants, and has called for a registry that would single out Muslims and other religious minorities.” While respecting his military service, the clergy said Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump’s pick for national security adviser, has called Islam “a cancer” and “used social media to stoke fears of Jews and Muslims.”

Muslim Americans are building coalitions to protect themselves from the Trump administration FAIZA PATEL VIEWPOINT This election season has been an anxious time for Muslim Americans. After the election, my Facebook feed was filled with Muslim mothers wondering how to explain to their children that the new president is a man who had proposed requiring them to register with the government, and called for a ban on people of their faith coming to the United States. As we try to absorb what this election means, we must contend with how Muslims have been cast. For the president-elect, we are either terrorists or terrorist sympathizers, who are conflated with the threat of “radical Islam.” For the most part, Democrats too see Muslim Americans through a narrow counterterrorism lens. Hillary Clinton almost always talked about the Muslim community as the country’s eyes and ears, to make sure it rings the alarm on terrorists in its midst. Of course, as studies have shown, Muslims have an exemplary record of helping law enforcement. But the reality is that American Muslims have no specialized knowledge that allows us to spot budding terrorists. We are just ordinary Americans, living normal American lives, worrying about our jobs, our kids, and the potholes on our streets. Our leaders must accept this normalcy, and the burden of always looking out for terrorists must be lifted from our shoulders. The election season was not without its bright spots for Muslim Americans. Like so many other

Americans, we were moved by the strength and conviction of Khizr Khan, the father of a Muslim American soldier killed protecting his unit in Iraq. I’ll be the first to admit that the Clinton campaign ad featuring him brought tears of pride. Muslims also participated in this election as never before. Community leaders and grass-roots groups worked hard for the last two years to make sure that all eligible Muslim Americans were registered to vote; by some estimates 300,000 were added to the rolls. At prayers, and via email campaigns, mosques reminded worshippers of their duty to participate in democracy. People fanned out to call centers nationwide to encourage Muslims to go to the polls. Civil society institutions representing Muslims have been building their strength, too. They have organized their communities and developed the

capacity to fight laws and policies that harm them. They have nurtured alliances with other minority communities focusing on common concerns about discrimination. They have joined with other faith-based organizations, to work on everything from laws that burdened faith communities, to providing support to those affected by mass shootings in Sandy Hook, N.J., and Charleston, S.C., to handing out food and water to those affected by natural disasters. Just last week, two of the nation’s largest Jewish and Muslim advocacy groups launched a national partnership, the Muslim-Jewish Advisory Council, aimed at upholding the constitutional rights of all Americans during the Trump era. And the Muslim American community has robust relationships with many city officials and local police. This infrastructure is critical. As extreme antiMuslim sentiment has been normalized, hate crimes against those wearing traditional Muslim garb, or seen as Middle Eastern, have soared to their highest levels since 9/11. Mosques have also been attacked. This trend shows no signs of abating: Early reports suggest that election results have empowered some of the most racist and intolerant elements of American society. As we wait to see whether the new administration fulfills its campaign promises of exclusion and division, American Muslims are girded to protect themselves. We rely on all Americans who believe in equality and freedom to stand with us if those days come.

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she was in her home with her two-year-old baby when her home was fire-bombed during the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott. Although she never knew if the same hate that killed her husband would also claim her life and those of her children, she refused to step aside even as threats continued long after his assassination in 1963. In her own voice, the book reveals a King, moving on through many lonely days as the architect of her husband's legacy, working tirelessly to found and develop The King Center. This became a quasiinternational West Point of Nonviolence, lobbying for 15 years for the U.S. national holiday in honor of her husband and campaigning for the rights of the disadvantaged around the globe and at home. In this memoir, for the first time King talks candidly about her marriage and the rumored reports of Dr. King’s infidelity; she offers

her thoughts on the reasons behind SCLC co-founder Ralph Abernathy’s unfavorable characterization of Dr. King in his autobiography, as well as some unproductive characteristics within the inner circle of the Civil Rights Movement. Legendary voices provide reflections in the memoir. They include Maya Angelou, former U.N. ambassador and U.S. congressmen Andrew Young; Myrlie EversWilliams, a past chairman of the NAACP, whose civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers was also assassinated; Rep. John Conyers, who played a major role in legislating the King Holiday bill as well as Dr. Bernice King, the King’s daughter. Reynolds, the memoir author, views King as one of the world's most trusted moral leaders, and effective disciples of non-violent direct action, who left a model of selfless, compassionate leadership that is sorely needed today.


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Coretta Scott King, wife of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., toward the end of her life commissioned Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds to write her memoir. It will finally be released on Jan. 17 2017. King, who died in her sleep in 2006, was founder of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change (The King Center). Reynolds, a journalist, ordained minister and author of six books, notes that she first came into contact with King in 1975 when she was assigned to write a magazine article for the Chicago Tribune. From that encounter a 30-year relationship of mentorship and friendship evolved, resulting in King turning to Reynolds to write about her most noteworthy accomplishments but also her deepest pain and setbacks. From the pages of this compelling book, King emerges from the shadows, the margins of history and more importantly from behind the labels of wife of...mother of...and leader of...which - while correct never went deep enough to reveal the

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State Ballet of Virginia returns with a professional production featuring nearly 90 local ballet students Richmond Ballet’s beloved holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker”, is set to come alive in Norfolk for the fourth consecutive year, as Stoner Winslett’s full-length Ballet will be performed Dec. 2-4, at Chrysler Hall in the Hampton Roads area. “In my dream version of America, every state has at least one ‘Nutcracker’ this good,” said Alastair Macaulay, The New York Times. “The Nutcracker” will feature nearly 90 local ballet students representing 33 different Hampton Roads area and North Carolina dance schools, who will have the opportunity to perform alongside the professional dancers of Richmond Ballet. Peter Tchaikovsky’s famous score will be brought to life by the Virginia Symphony Orchestra for all four performances. Early auditions for the touring production saw tremendous interest, with over 100 local dance students vying for a role in the professional show, an increase from the previous three years. “Our Norfolk tour has become a regular part of the Richmond Ballet season,” said Brett Bonda, managing director at Richmond Ballet. “We’re so happy to now feel at home in the Hampton Roads area, and to have been embraced so warmly by this community.” Additionally, a student performance will be held on Friday, Dec. 2 during school hours with over 1,200 students attending from the Tidewater area including Norfolk Public Schools, Virginia Beach, Hampton, Newport News and students traveling

PHOTO: Sarah Ferguson from Chincoteague and North Carolina. This year, the Snow choir will be performed by Norfolk Public School students from the Academy of International Studies at Rosemont. Additionally, the choir will be performing holiday songs in the lobby prior to curtain call on opening night. Richmond Ballet also is partnering again with Todd Rosenlieb Dance for studio space and rehearsal repetiteurs who prepares Norfolk’s student cast for their Chrysler Hall performances. “We are delighted that Richmond Ballet continues to expand our footprint across the Commonwealth of Virginia, particularly in the Hampton Roads community,” said Stoner

Winslett, the artistic director. “As part of this on-going commitment, we also recently hired a local resident, Jennifer Chapman, to serve as the company’s Hampton Roads regional coordinator, and she has been working full time these past months from a Norfolk-based office in preparation for the four Chrysler Hall performances.” From the opening notes of Tchaikovsky’s overture, audiences are whisked into the warm, candlelit drawing room of the Silberhaus family, buzzing with celebrations of Christmas. To the delight of the family’s young daughter, Clara, Dr. Drosselmeyer, the mysterious toymaker, and his handsome nephew arrive with a special gift – a wooden nutcracker doll – that captures the girl’s imagination. As darkness falls, Dr. Drosselmeyer’s magic begins to work, setting in motion fantastical events that will fill Clara’s dreams: a battle beneath the branches of an enchanted Christmas tree, the transformation of the nutcracker doll into the young Nutcracker Prince, and a journey from a snow-covered forest to the far-off land of the Kingdom of Sweets.

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Ron Glass, actor from TV’s ‘Barney Miller’ & ‘Firefly,’ dies Ron Glass, a prolific television actor best known for roles in the ’70s police sitcom “Barney Miller” and Joss Whedon’s “Firefly,” has died. He was 71. His death of respiratory failure was confirmed on Saturday by one of his representatives. Born on July 10, 1945, in Evansville, Ind., where he eventually attended the University of Evansville, Glass began to rise to prominence as a comic actor in the 1970s, appearing in the sitcoms “Sanford and Son,” “All in the Family” and “Good Times.” He was later cast as the thoughtful, stylishly dressed Det. Ron Harris on the groundbreaking half-hour comedy series “Barney Miller,” which aired for eight seasons on ABC from 1974. The series was a standout in its time by offering a diverse, often darkly funny look at life in the

squad room of an NYPD precinct. With characters including a Polish American and an Asian American, it frequently touched on issues of racial and ethnic stereotypes. In 1982, Glass earned an Emmy nomination in the supporting actor category for his work as Harris. After the end of “Barney Miller,” Glass was a regular TV presence, appearing on a 1982 reboot of “The Odd Couple” as well as a memorable turn as a fast-talking devil in a 1985 episode of “The Twilight Zone.” He also appeared on episodes of “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Practice” and “Friends,” where he portrayed a divorce lawyer, along with recurring roles on “Amen” and “Mr. Rhodes.” In 2002, Glass joined the cast of Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western “Firefly,” where he played the

Ron Glass, shown here at the 2005 premiere of “Serenity” and known for his work on “Barney Miller” and “Firefly”. PHOTO:Frazer Harrison mysterious, spiritually inclined figure Shepherd Book. In 2005, he also appeared in “Serenity,” the series’ move to the big screen. Remembrances of Glass flowed through Twitter on Saturday. “Ron Glass was one of the greatest actors to work with,” wrote his “Firefly”

costar Alan Tudyk. “His laugh was beyond infectious and his generosity was ever present.” “He got there with grace, humor & enormous heart,” wrote series creator Joss Whedon. “He was, among so many other things, my Shepherd. Raise, appropriately, a glass. Rest, Ron.”

Common threads How do a university president, a basketball coach and a business student up their fashion game? With help from VCU fashion students! LEILA UGINCIUS Virginia Commonwealth University President Michael Rao, Ph.D., is not afraid to go out of his comfort zone for the sake of students. So when VCU fashion students wanted to outfit him for various work events as part of a special department project, it didn’t take long for him to say yes, despite feeling nervous about being in the fashion spotlight. “It obviously makes you a little self-conscious … because it’s not your regular role,” he said. “But I do think it’s good for me to have this engagement, this involvement with the students.” The project stemmed from a conversation that Rao had about a year ago with Patricia Brown, who had just become chair of the Department of Fashion Design and Merchandising in the School of the Arts, about selecting clothes to fit different occasions. “My wheels started turning after that conversation and I started thinking about how much that is a part of somebody’s job when they’re working within the [fashion] industry,” Brown said. “They’re trying to solve a problem, and they’re trying to offer goods that work together in a way … that is appropriate for various occasions.” At the time, Brown and other fashion professors had already been thinking about increasing the department’s focus on menswear, an area that has seen faster growth in the past five years than womenswear. “Most design and fashion merchandising programs focus more on womenswear,” Brown said. “I thought that [menswear] was an area that deserved more attention, with this being a good way to start.” The department is also always looking for ways to bring together the design and merchandising tracks, which work together closely within the industry. Brown thought it would be a great experience for the students to work together across both tracks to find

Nov. 30, 2016 • 11 real-life solutions for men who need to hit the right fashion notes in different career settings. Once she had that idea, she didn’t hesitate to ask Rao to participate. It never even occurred to her that he might decline. “I thought he would [do it] just because of the interest he seemed to have in both the whole idea of what we and our program do and the interest he has in the students and what they’re learning,” Brown said. Rao’s wife, an artist, encouraged him. “She says anything to help the students is a good thing,” Rao said. “So she said, ‘Go have fun but make sure that you really let them do what they need to do so they can learn and be as creative as possible.’ I think she probably knew that I would tend to be a little more conservative.” In addition to Rao, Brown recruited men’s basketball coach Will Wade and Curtis Holloway, a senior accounting/human resources student in the VCU School of Business. Wade was shocked when asked to be part of the project because he does not think of himself as the most fashionable guy. “But I probably need it,” he said of the makeover. “I was just surprised. It was a unique idea. There’s not a lot of schools that have fashion design that could pull all these pieces together. I was surprised, one, that they asked, and, two, that we had all the infrastructure to do this, which was exciting. … I thought it was a great idea and it just showed collaboration across the university, which is what you want.” Brown, with Kim Guthrie, associate chair of the fashion and merchandising department, and Tammy Davis, professor of merchandising, chose students for the extracurricular project who were interested in menswear and in working in both design and merchandising. They also had to be at the top of their game as far as grades and classwork. The six students chosen were seniors Noa Bell, Collette Ward and Mason Shuck and sophomore Katherine Manson from the merchandising track and senior Katie Gwynn and sophomore Alexander Sausen from the design side. None were nervous about working with the head of the university or the Rams coach. “It was like working with your everyday person,” Sausen said. “They’re very down-to-earth and very easy to talk to. It was a pleasure to work with them.” While designers have the eye

VCU President Michael Rao adjusts student Curtis Holloway’s tie. for styling and measuring, the merchandisers pick which garments will lay properly on the wearer and display well, Shuck said. They also have to consider each individual’s personality and colors that would look best on them, Sausen added. “We had to take into consideration their jobs,” Sausen said. “I think that was the main thing. Just because there’s a certain limit to what you can do with someone’s wardrobe. So like with the president of a university, you can’t be too high fashion, too out there. But you also don’t want to make it boring either.” The students chose attire for three realistic occasions that each model would encounter in his career. They dressed Rao for a formal board meeting, an alumni event and a regular day at the office. Wade was outfitted for a basketball game, a press conference and an alumni barbecue. For Holloway, they chose outfits for a job interview, the regular work environment and casual Friday. It was very much a collaborative effort, aided by the large number of menswear vendors, retailers and creators in the Richmond area, Brown said. Of particular help was Alton Lane, a men’s custom clothing retailer headquartered in Richmond, whose staff showed the students measuring techniques and taught them how custom men’s clothing is made. The retailer also provided many of the suits. The students conducted two fittings of the three models before choosing the final attire. At the first fitting Rao, Wade and Holloway brought

jackets, pants and shirts that they each thought fit well, which the team then “measured flat” on tables. At the second fitting, the students brought garments lent by area clothiers such as Need Supply, Ledbury and Collared Greens to see how they would look while worn. While the project achieved its purpose of teaching students about collaboration between merchandising and design and how menswear differs from womenswear in terms of measuring and fit, Rao, Wade and Holloway also learned what works well on them and how to determine if a garment fits properly. “It’s nice. It’s a little more stylish than I’m used to,” Wade said, when trying on a suit at the second fitting. “I tend to be a little more reserved with everything. … It’s been a great experience. Everybody from fashion design has just been tremendous and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’ll definitely pay more attention to what’s in style and the types of pleats, and all that sort of thing. I’ve learned quite a bit.” Brown particularly wanted to work with local businesses or with people who have worked with the fashion department over the years. Local branches of Dillard’s, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew and Banana Republic also provided materials for the project. “The students and Patricia clearly know what they’re doing,” Rao said. “I have full trust in whatever they do. … I’m incredibly honored that [they] would be interested in working with me, and I hope it’s helpful. I would do anything to help our students.” © VCU

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Roland Martin will be VSU’s commencement speaker Roland S. Martin will be Virginia State University’s fall commencement speaker scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 10. Martin is host and managing editor of TV One’s “News One Now”, the first daily morning news program in history to focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. Martin is also the creator and host of “The Roland Martin Show,” a daily syndicated radio broadcast in 20 markets across the country; a nationally syndicated columnist with Creators Syndicate and the Daily Beast; as well as senior analyst for the “Tom Joyner Morning Show”, where his daily segment is heard on more than 100 stations by eight million people. The award winning journalist is at the top of his game in covering the most impactful stories affecting black Americans.

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Straightforward and to the point, Martin has often said it is black media’s responsibility to provide timely and relevant issues that mainstream media ignores. That’s what he does with “News One Now” by driving the conversation targeting black viewers, on news that matters within, and outside of black viewership. Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview newsmakers ranging from multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world. Honored with the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Journalist of the Year Award, Martin is a two-time winner of the NAACP Image Award and has received more than 40 professional media awards, as well as honors

Spelman graduates plan grand gesture of ‘thank you’ for Pres. Obama’s final White House day ZENITHA PRICE TEWire - Saying “Thank You” can be a simple, yet powerful affirmation. And, Spelman College graduates Bejidé Davis and Amanda Washington Lockett want to shower President Barack Obama with thousands of “Thank Yous” on his last official day in the White House, Jan. 19, 2017, to celebrate his service as the nation’s commander-in-chief. “Before the results of the election, the idea was to stand in front the White house and clap. It’s a very simple idea but it would mean a lot,” said Amanda Washington Lockett, a higher education doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania. The event, “Thanks, Obama” was the brainchild of Davis, a corporate finance attorney in New York City. The political buff said the idea rose during a conversation with her older brother about the then-ongoing contest between Obama’s would-be

successors.“And I said no matter who gets elected, we’ll never get another Barack Obama,” said Davis. “It’s a situation where you never know how good you had it until it’s over.” Davis added that she wants Obama to be remembered as the great president he was. “He’s charismatic. He’s been effective—he got a lot done despite obstruction from Congress. He’s shown that the impossible is possible—that’s what he stands for,” said the Emory University School of Law graduate.Washington Lockett added of President Obama’s impact on her: “Booker T. Washington is my great-grandfather and he was the first African-American to dine in the White House. So to be in a time where an African-American man is commander-in-chief is aweinspiring.” And the president’s historical import goes even further. “He broke the glass ceiling for many young people,” said Washington

Bejidé Davis Lockett who was an elementary, middle and high school teacher for much of Obama’s presidency. “He ran on a platform of hope and he gave a lot of hope and empowerment to young people. That’s not only historical but also something we should applaud him for.” Since Davis posted the idea on social media, the pair said they were surprised by the level of interest, which has ballooned since reality TV star and real estate mogul Donald Trump was elected the American

by numerous organizations for his contributions to the media. Martin spent six years as a CNN Contributor, and as a member of the network’s “Best Political Team on Television” he earned the esteemed Peabody Award (2009) for his 2008 presidential election coverage. Roland has been named three times to Ebony Magazine’s 150 Most Influential African Americans list and was also named one of the Top 50 Political Pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom. Martin is the author of three books: “Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith;” “Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America;” and “The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House” as originally reported by Roland S. Martin. Martin liives in nearby Washington, D.C. with his wife, the Rev. Jacque Hood Martin.

president on Nov. 8. “It meant a lot before but it means so much more now after the election…. It’s become a movement,” said Washington Lockett. “The day after the results of the election we had about 10,000 more people who signed up and to now, about 20,000 more people signed.” The event now has 40,000 persons committed to participating and over 110,000 who have shown interest. With the tidal wave of support, however, the women said they now have to look into securing a larger venue and sponsorship and addressing safety and permitting issues. They are also thinking about expanding from a simple ovation into a festival with additional activities.Despite the challenge of pulling off this event during an already busy inauguration weekend in Washington, D.C., Davis said they are committed to ensuring the tribute happens. “If this is given into the wrong hands, history will be written differently,” she said of President Obama’s legacy. “[So,] I want it to go down in history that tens of thousands of people came and applauded him.”

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What’s the low down on digestion: The key to your energy? GLENN ELLIS PERSPECTIVE It’s that time of year! Holiday season. Overeating and holiday stress make for a digestive double whammy! Have you ever enjoyed a large holiday meal with family and friends only to experience digestive issues that left you feeling reclusive? I know you’ve all heard of taking digestive enzymes, and probably have a vague idea that they’re good for you. Now you wonder if you should be taking them. But this is one area where we also see a lot of confusion. Supplementation of any sort without knowing what or why you’re doing what you’re doing can be just as detrimental to your health as doing nothing at all. So before you stock up on them, let’s get the complete low-down on all things digestive enzymes. Here is some info to help keep your digestion aligned during the holidays and throughout the year:

Eating a large meal can put a strain on your digestive system, especially for those already dealing with weak digestion. Your digestive system is uniquely constructed to perform its specialized function of turning food into the energy you need to survive and packaging the residue for waste disposal. Here’s where the problem occurs. Cooked food contains no enzymes because they have been destroyed. If you eat a meal consisting of a salad, a steak and a baked potato, there are likely enough food enzymes contained in the salad to digest it (break it down so your body can use

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its nutrients). But, there are no extra enzymes available to help digest the steak or the baked potato. Because the steak and potato are cooked, there are no FOOD ENZYMES available to digest them, so our body must take over and internally create the needed amount of DIGESTIVE ENZYMES to handle the digestive task. As it turns out, the root of many digestive complaints is enzyme deficiency. To better understand digestive enzymes, we must first understand the role of NUTRITION in our health. Nutrition is the body’s ability to use and metabolize food. There are 45 known essential nutrients that are required in specific amounts for the body to function properly. The term “essential,” as used here, means the body cannot synthesize them internally. Therefore, all “essential” nutrients must come from outside sources. In addition to carbohydrates, fats (lipids), complete proteins, and water, there are at least 13 kinds of vitamins, and at least 20 kinds of minerals required for proper metabolic function. Once consumed, the food containing these nutrients must be digested, meaning they must be broken apart and reduced to a state that the nutrients can be absorbed into and transported by the blood stream to all parts of the body. Our body’s cells are programmed to direct each nutrient to combine and interact with other nutrients and chemicals to create still other chemicals and compounds which, in turn, are used to build and repair the body’s cells, bones, tissue, and organs. The process is called metabolism. Each metabolic reaction is started, controlled, and terminated by enzymes. Proteins, carbohydrates, and fats are the three main food groups that make up the bulk of our daily diet. A “balanced” diet means we consume the proper proportions of these three basic food groups on a daily basis. This balance, when combined with the assurance that

we also get the essential nutrients, can help provide a healthy life – IF we properly process and metabolize these nutrients. To do this we also need an adequate source of the major types of digestive enzymes: Proteases (to digest proteins), Amylases (to digest carbohydrates), and Lipases (to digest fats). Although amylase, protease and lipase are the three main enzymes your body uses to digest food, many other specialized enzymes also help in the process. Cells that line your intestines make enzymes called maltase, sucrase and lactase, each able to convert a specific type of sugar into glucose. Similarly, special cells in your stomach secrete two other enzymes — renin and gelatinase. Renin acts on proteins in milk, converting them into smaller molecules called peptides, which are then fully digested by pepsin. According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, some 30 million to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including up to 75 percent of AfricanAmericans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans. Common symptoms include nausea, cramps, bloating, gas and diarrhea that begin about 30 minutes to two hours after eating or drinking foods containing the milk sugar lactose. The use of lactase enzyme tablets or drops or lactose-reduced milk and similar products can help the lactose intolerant digest dairy products. Digestive trouble is not the only thing to worry about when you are missing enzymes. Often, there is a constellation of symptoms that can involve: Skin rashes, acne, and eczema; Brain fog, headaches, and mood swings; and Joint pain. Digestive enzymes provide a critical benefit to your health since they are designed to unlock nutrients in the food you eat. What are the benefits of digestive enzymes? The answer is simple: Without them, we couldn’t process food! Remember, I’m not a doctor. I just sound like one. Take good care of yourself and live the best life possible!

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Hate crimes are up: But the government isn’t keeping good track of them A.C. THOMPSON & KEN SCHWENCKE ProPublica - In 2015, the authorities in California documented 837 hatecrime incidents, charting a surge in offenses motivated by religious intolerance toward Muslims and Jews, while crimes against Latinos grew by 35 percent. Shortly after Donald J. Trump was elected the country’s next president, the Southern Poverty Law Center put up a form on its website encouraging people to share details about potential hate crimes. By the next day, they’d received about 250 reports – more than they’re used to seeing in six months. Then on Nov. 14, the FBI released its latest national tabulation of hate crimes, data that showed an overall uptick of 6.8 percent from 2014 to 2015. The accounting, drawn from information passed on to the bureau by state and local law enforcement agencies, charted a 67-percent increase in anti-Muslim hate crimes. The mix of information – state level, anecdotal, federally collected, dating from two years ago to last week – is sure to fuel the country’s evolving conversation and concern about the potential for violence in a divided America. Already, those worried about the consequences of Trump’s triumph have seized on some of the reports to stoke worry about emboldened white nationalists. And Trump’s supporters have moved quickly to try and debunk the swirl of alleged incidents of intimidation and violence that have surfaced in social media. But even in the early stages of what promises to be a prolonged focus on crimes colored by prejudice and politics, there appears to be one irrefutable truth: the data is deeply flawed. James Comey, the director of the FBI, said as much even as he announced the bureau’s latest batch of numbers. “We need to do a better job of tracking and reporting hate crimes to

fully understand what is happening in our communities and how to stop it,” Comey said. More than 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies don’t report hate crimes to the FBI as part of its annual national survey of crime in America. Professor Brian Levin, who heads the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, said the entire state of Hawaii fails to file any such reports. And many of the law enforcement agencies that do choose to participate do not appear to be particularly rigorous about documenting hate crimes and passing that information onto the federal authorities. “A lot of agencies just submit a piece of paper saying they had no hate crimes,” added Levin, noting that the vast majority of police and sheriff’s departments reported no hate crimes last year. The data appears particularly spotty in much of the South, a region with a long history of racial strife. Police in Mississippi reported zero hate crimes in 2015. In Arkansas, the number was eight. In Alabama, it was 12. It seems the number of hate crimes on college campuses is also undercounted by the FBI. The most recent statistics gathered by the U.S. Department of Education appear to show at least twice as many offenses occurring at colleges and universities as the FBI data. The FBI “data system is of little help to authorities who investigate and track hate crimes,” wrote Ronald L. Davis, head of the Justice Department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, in an essay published earlier this year. “This is a significant problem

because, if the authorities do not know how many hate crimes are committed, they cannot get an accurate picture of whether hate crime laws are effective, which can lead to fewer resources allocated to combatting hate crimes.” An FBI spokesperson acknowledged that nearly 20 percent of law enforcement agencies don’t participate in the program, but said the bureau was working “to improve

the data collection.” A key problem, said Phyllis Gerstenfeld, author of a well-known book on hate crimes, is that the FBI has no legal mechanism to compel law enforcement agencies to file crime reports or ensure that they submit accurate information. Still, some states are doing an admirable job, noted Gerstenfeld, a criminology professor at California State University, Stanislaus. In California, for example, police officers receive training on hate crimes as part of their initial education at the police academy, which can help officers identify bigotry-driven offenses. California law requires police and sheriff’s deputies to closely monitor hate

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Bring the family out for the Grand Illumination event - a free holiday event taking place at One James Center in Richmond. The School of the Performing Arts in the Richmond Community (SPARC) will be Christmas caroling from 5 to 5:45 p.m., VCU's Pep Band, The Peppas, will get the crowd ready for the illumination from 5:30 to 5:50 p.m., and at 5:59 p.m., Santa himself will be joined by Play 103.7 and WRIC 8 to count down the seconds to turn on the downtown office buildings' lights and James Center's Great Tree & Reindeer. From 6 to 7 p.m., two blocks of family entertainment will be available for everyone's enjoyment. This event marks the 32nd annual celebration of the Holiday Season at the James Center.



Choir of orphaned children to tour Va. The Watoto Children’s Choir, a group of 18 orphans from Uganda, continues its six-month U.S. tour in the Norfolk area through Dec. 7 featuring a brand new concert, “Oh, What Love”. The concert will feature worship songs that share the stories of the children and the hope that they have because of God’s love. All performances are free and open to the public. Since 1994, Watoto Children’s Choirs have traveled the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned children. Each child in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents but they have been rescued and now live in a Watoto village. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of the people of Africa. The choir will be performing at the following venues: Norfolk - First Church of Christ Holiness (862 East Princess Anne Rd.) on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. Virginia Beach. - Wave Church (1000 North Great Neck Rd.) on Sunday, Dec. 4 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Chesapeake - Immanuel Baptist Church (1012 N. Battlefield Blvd.) on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. For a complete choir tour schedule, visit For more information, contact Aubrey Hudson at Watoto Child Care Ministry at 813948-4343 or email

12.4, 5 p.m. University of Richmond’s Office of the Chaplaincy, in partnership with the Department of Music, will hold the 43rd annual “Candlelight Festival of Lessons and Carols,” in Cannon Memorial Chapel. Two services will be offered at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. The university’s Schola Cantorum and Women’s Chorale will present new and familiar Christmas carols and anthems in the tradition of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols that was first held at King's College Chapel in Cambridge, England, on Christmas Eve 1918. The services conclude with the lighting of candles by the congregation and the singing of “Silent Night.” Prelude music will begin 30 minutes before each service and will feature the City Singers Youth Choirs. Now in their 20th season, the City Singers Youth Choirs consist of children from 2nd through 12th grades from across the greater Richmond area. For more information, visit the chaplaincy website.

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The Coalition Against Violence and Partnership with Richmond Victim Witness Services in conjuction with the Office of Richmond Commonwealth Attroney, will host The 26th Annual Hoilday Memorial for Survivors of Homicide on at City Hall. Everyone is invited to attend this event; it is open to the general public. Survivors are encouraged to bring pictures of loved ones as the community gathers to embrace during the holiday season, which is a sad time for survivors who may be facing the season alone. Linda Jordan is Memorial and Coalition founder.

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More blacks to serve on Congress than ever before LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE There will be a record number of African Americans in Congress during the time Donald Trump is in the White House. That number will rise from 48 to 52. There have never been more African Americans elected to Congress in American history. Kamala Harris of California will be the second African American woman to serve in the U.S. Senate. Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown will serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Both Republicans in the House, Mia Love (R-Utah) and Will Hurd (R-Texas) won re-election, as did the only black Republican in the Senate, Tim Scott (R-S.C.). Lisa Blunt Rochester was elected to the U.S. House in Delaware. Former Orlando Police Chief Val Demings will also serve in the House. Virginia State Sen. Don McEachin was elected to the House in a newly configured seat in Virginia that covers Richmond. Though there will be more African

(from page 15) crimes and share their findings with both the California Attorney General and the FBI. In total, the FBI documented 5,850 hate-crime incidents in the report it issued last week, most targeting people on the basis of race or ethnicity, religious affiliation or sexual orientation. For some, the surge in crimes against Muslims was not surprising. “It confirms what we’ve been seeing on the ground since late last year – a spike in hate crimes against Muslims,” said Ibrahim Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, an advocacy group. Since Trump claimed the presidency on Nov. 8, social media has been deluged with first-person accounts of racist incidents and attacks on Muslims, prompting BuzzFeed to compile a listicle titled “Here Are 26 Reported Racist Incidents After Donald Trump’s Victory.” This catalog of abuse

Va. State Sen. Don McEachin American members serving in Congress, the dilemma they find themselves in is obvious: All but three are Democrats who will be serving in the minority in the House and Senate. Being a member of the minority party in the House is one of the most powerless positions in Congress. It’s the majority that sets the agenda, the hearing schedules, the floor schedule and when the included graffiti (lots of swastikas, and, in upstate New York, an exhortation to “Make America White Again”); violence (an AfricanAmerican college student assaulted in Ohio); and intimidation in myriad forms (black students receiving online invitations to a lynching in Pennsylvania, a Muslim woman who was told “Your time’s up, girlie” on the New York subway, etc.). Oren Segal, the director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, believes it’s too early to tell if reports are higher than normal because incidents are happening more frequently or because people are simply more aware of them. But he said the direct connection to a single politician is unique. “The fact that so much of it is being linked to our presidential campaign is very, very disturbing,” he said. Heidi Beirich, director of the SPLC’s Intelligence Project, agreed. “This is way out of the norm,” she said of the striking number of reports collected in a single day last week. “People feel emboldened by Trump.”

Congress will be in recess. The Senate is different. The two African American Democrats who will serve next year, Senator-elect Harris and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) could have some opportunities to influence the agenda moving forward. The Senate will be a narrower 52-48, and the rules allow for some disruption from members of the minority party. But it won’t be easy. Currently members of the Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate are in a period stunned silence and are not even harping on the fact that Hillary Clinton won more votes than Trump and therefore no Trump has no real mandate. The Democratic Party in recent years has not been anywhere as

militant as the rightwing, who created the so-called Tea Party movement and the “alt-right” to deal with the growing influence of African Americans and Latinos at the ballot box. Democrats in Congress are primed for a new set of younger leaders to take the place of those who are in their mid-70s and who have failed strategically to win over voters in a country where Democrats are in the majority. That the Democrats had two candidates over the age of 68 running for the presidency as Republicans fielded a candidate in his mid-40s is a sign it’s time for younger and more dynamic leadership on the left side of the aisle. One of those young leaders could come out of the Congressional Black Caucus, who is soon to elect a new caucus chair.


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