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NASHvillE PuRuiuDuE “The Voice of a Proud Community”

volume XXXiii, Number 42

Nashville, TN

October 18, 2019

People Are Community comes out in support of death row inmate Abu-Ali Abdur’Rahman Talking Mayor Cooper rescinds Briley sanctuary city executive order

Mayor John Cooper Mayor John Cooper has rescinded Mayor Briley’s Executive order No. 11, which directed Metro employees not to assist or cooperate with ICE agents. Mayor Cooper has released the following statement: “I am rescinding Mayor Briley’s Executive Order No. 11. The order, as written, provides insufficient clarity for either immigrant families as well as Metropolitan Government employees, as many have noted, including immigration advocacy groups. “I am taking action on Executive Order No. 11 this week because the state of Tennessee has given Metro Government an extension to address this issue by October 18 or risk losing four grants totaling over $1.1 million. “We will be convening a task force of leaders from across the community and Metro Government to ensure my administration is aware of requests made by federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and knows how to respond appropriately. The task force will be responsible for making recommendations for how Metro employees should interact with federal immigration authorities in a manner that: 1) respects the very separate roles of federal, state, and local governments, 2) complies with state and federal law, and 3) protects the safety and well-being of everyone in our immigrant communities. “Recent activities by ICE in our city, including at a Metro school, demonstrate that neither city agencies nor residents have received sufficient guidance on how to report or respond to requests for assistance from federal agencies like ICE. This task force is intended to address that issue from the ground up, with guidance crafted by this diverse group of Nashville’s leading voices on immigration and local law enforcement policy. “I have said frequently that I want Nashville to be a city for everyone, and that certainly includes immigrants. Our city benefits greatly from the many contributions of our immigrant neighbors. I am deeply aware that our success as a city depends on everyone both feeling safe to participate and having access to opportunities. To get there, we need to make sure that all Nashvillians feel safe when interacting with our city agencies. “It is up to the federal government to both make and enforce our immigration laws. It is my job to Continued on page 5A

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On Friday, October 11, supporters for Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman held a press conference at the Christ Church Cathedral to bring attention to his plight and garner additional support to combat the State Attorney General’s motion to assume jurisdiction over his case with the Tennessee Supreme Court. Abu-Ali Abdur'Rahman has been housed on the State of Tennessee’s death row for over 30 years. His capital murder trial, held in Nashville in 1987, lacked both crime scene evidence and presentation of his history of mental illness due to the violent abuse he endured as a child. State Attorney General Herbert Slatery is seeking to undo the decision of District Attorney General Glenn Funk and Judge Monte Watkins’s agreement with Abdur’Rahman’s defense team to resentence him to life in prison instead of death “Overt racial bias has no place in the justice system,” said Attorney General Funk at Abdur’Rahman’s resentencing hearing. “Further, and most importantly, the pursuit of justice is incompatible with deception. Prosecutors must never be dishonest to or mislead defense counsel, courts or juries.” Judge Watkins agreed with Funk saying, “The Court concludes that the prosecuting office has the authority to remedy a legal injustice under the circumstances such as these before us. After careful consideration, the Court believes the parties reached an equitable and just resolution and, therefore, approves the agreed order.”

Abu Ali Abdur’Rahman’s defense team Brad Maclean (left) and Kelley Henry (right) are joined by Dr. Phyllis Hildreth (center) to outline the details of his case and help activate the community on his behalf. But Attorney General Slatery dis- procedure and lacks any legal justifiagrees. cation which is why we are appealAccording to his office, the fact ing." that Davidson County District This despite the acknowledgement Attorney Glenn Funk relied on the from eight of the twelve trial jurors same issues that Abdur’Rahman has and multiple judges, that had all raised repeatedly over the last 30 aspects and evidence of the case been years, that it leaves no option for presented, Abdur’Rahman would not reopening the case for post-conviction have received the death penalty. proceedings or an amended sentence. Dr. Phyllis Hildreth, who served as "The public has put a special trust the Academic Director for Lipscomb in this Office to help preserve the University’s graduate Institute for integrity of the criminal justice sys- Conflict Management and past chair of tem," said A.G. Slatery. "This order Continued on page 5A uproots decades of established legal

Belmont University is a ‘yes’ to host 2020 presidential debate

Pictured (l to r): Student Government Association President Meghan Hickok, Congressman Jim Cooper, Sen. Marsha Blackburn, University President Dr. Bob Fisher, University Chairman Marty Dickens and Nashville Mayor John Cooper (photo courtesy of Belmont University). The Commission on Presidential 2020. This will be the third and final Debates (CPD) has announced that presidential debate of the 2020 camBelmont University in Nashville, paign season, occurring less than two Tenn. (home of the 2008 Town Hall weeks before Americans go to the Presidential Debate) will again host a polls to vote. presidential debate on Thurs., Oct. 22, Following an intensive application

and site survey process, Belmont was selected as one of four debate sites (three presidential and one vice presidential) nationwide, making the university and Middle Tennessee vital locations in an election that will determine the nation’s direction. Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said: “When opportunity comes knocking, Belmont University eagerly opens the door. This campus is known for swinging at every pitch and embracing big occasions, consistently pursuing ways to defy the status quo in higher education and provide students (and the community at large) with phenomenal learning experiences. Hosting the 2008 Town Hall Presidential Debate put Belmont University at the center of one of the most historic presidential elections in American history. To be selected again is a great honor, and I’m confident that together we will once again exceed expectations in producing this internationally important event.” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said: “It is terrific news that Belmont University Continued on page 5A

Every vote counts; elections have consequences Black Lives Matter rolls out voter registration/turnout initiative for 2020 Presidential Election by Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire contributor The 2020 presidential elections will definitely have consequences and it will be important that every vote is counted and accounted for. Everyone and everything in this country is impacted by someone in a position of political leadership who shapes public policy and who makes decisions regarding the very legislation that we must all adhere to, in one way or another. This includes city council members, mayors, governors, judges, county, state and federal representatives, and even our president. Knowing how important it is to vote is one thing but getting engaged in the process is an entirely different thing altogether. One group that has made a major impact in this country and that has done a great job of engaging and energizing people of color relative to getting involved in social issues and politics has been the Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network. Founded in 2013 by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, what started as a hash

BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors (standing) announcing new 'What Matters 2020' initiative while in Houston for the Democratic Party debate. tag, has now grown into a global chap- tells the NNPA Newswire that BLM ter-based, member-led organization in was invited to attend the third installthe United States, United Kingdom ment of the Democratic Presidential and Canada. The organization’s mis- Debate, which was hosted in Houston, sion has been to mobilize determined Texas, at Texas Southern University activists who are committed to fighting (TSU), which is an HBCU located in anti-Black racism and discriminatory the heart of Houston’s historic Third reforms worldwide. Ward - a place known for its rich Black In an exclusive interview, Cullors Continued on page 5A

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Dallas NAACP calls for independent investigation of Joshua Brown’s murder

The timing and emerging details surrounding Joshua’s premature death are peculiar at best. Botham Jean's neighbor Joshua Brown is overcome with emotion after recounting how he'd heard him singing gospel and Drake songs across the hall. The judge took a recess. Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger faced a murder charge in the 204th District Court at the Frank Crowley Courts Building in Dallas, September 24. (photo courtesy of video screen capture, Dallas Morning News/YouTube) Texas Metro News from the airport to the Reports court. Dallas County has Joshua Brown, a wit- a duty to protect him. ness in the Amber They failed,” wrote Guyger Murder Trial Merritt on social media. was shot dead a week Aubrey C. Hooper, ago. Ms. Guyger, the president, Dallas former police officer, NAACP, issued the folwas found guilty of mur- lowing statement: dering business exec, “The Dallas NAACP Botham Jean, after “mis- is calling for a prompt, takenly” entering his yet full and thorough apartment. According to independent investigaattorney Lee Merritt, tion of the murder of who represents the Jean Joshua Brown by an outfamily and now, Mr. side agency, preferably Brown’s family, Brown the Dallas County was nervous about testi- Sherriff Department or fying. the Dallas County “The state knew District Attorney’s Joshua Brown didn’t Office. want to testify due to “The timing and concerns for his safety. emerging details surHe flew to California rounding Joshua’s prewhen the trial began. mature death are pecuThey threatened him liar at best. I am urging with jail if he didn’t law enforcement to fully return. He went straight evaluate and establish if

any connections exist between his death and his role in the Guyger trial. If such a legitimate connection exists, we are asking that all necessary law enforcement agencies provide appropriate protection for all other parties that might be at risk. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Brown family as they through struggle Joshua’s death and seek answers for his senseless murder. We call upon the community leaders, public officials, faith leaders, and community members to work in solidarity to work to reduce this spike in violent crimes in Dallas. This tragic murder further emphasis that public safety is larger than just law enforcement and the need for a comprehensive and holistic plan. Joshua’s death shows that we must move expeditiously.” At press time, two arrest warrants have been issued. “I am deeply saddened to learn about one of our own, Joshua Brown, passing. We have to allow DPD to do their job and investigate. It is critical that we find out what happened and find who is responsible for the death of Mr. Brown. “My heart again goes out to both Brown and Botham Jean families who have lost sons. I want to assure my constituents I will keep a very close eye on the Brown investigation and all aspects of this terrible crime,” said Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.

legendary Morgan State and New York Knicks Assistant Coach Nat Frazier passes away at 84

(third from left) Morgon State’s award-winning basketball coach Nathaniel Frazier remembered. (photo provided by the Frazier family) by Lauren Poteat, Division II Champion“He was an amazing NNPA Washington ship Coach, ‘Nat’ dad. My dad was always correspondent Frazier was devoted not in my corner. He never Morgan State only to the love of bas- held a grudge and his big University, a historically ketball but also to the thing was ‘people make Black institution located community, hard work mistakes, you’re going in Baltimore, Maryland, and, most importantly, to make mistakes, but recently celebrated the his family. it’s how you bounce life of legendary award“My dad loved the back from that mistake winning basketball game of basketball, he the matters.’” coach Nathaniel Frazier, was a master at it, but it Born in Beaufort, who passed away Sept. was his love for family S.C., Nat grew up in the 22 at Howard County that really made him racially segregated south General Hospital at the great,” Kevin Frazier, of Savannah, Georgia, age of 84. eldest son of Nat Frazier where he graduated from A former NBA New and co-host of CBS’s Alfred E. Beach High York Knicks Assistant Entertainment Tonight, School after leading his Coach and an NCAA said. Continued on page 5A

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October 18, 2019

‘i am still strong, still standing’ Tracie Hunter released early from jail, seeks exoneration

Tracie Hunter is surrounded by relatives and friends immediately after being released and stepping outside the Hamilton County Justice Center at October 5. (photo by Dan Yount/The Cincinnati Herald) by Dan Yount, The and conducted religious ready and committed to Cincinnati Herald services in jail. fight for justice and Former juvenile Cheers went up as equality until truth and court Judge Tracie Hunter moved into righteousness preHunter was released sight as she walked vails,’’ Hunter said. from the Hamilton alone to the jail release “Jail did not destroy my County Justice Center area door. After receiv- resolve to pursue what at 6 am on October 5, to ing a bouquet of roses is right, and that is only waiting family mem- from her sister, Erica my complete exonerabers and friends stand- Hunter, she was escort- tion.” ing for nearly two hours ed toward a SUV The release reprein the cold, having parked on the street, sents a quiet end to served only two full however, stopping mid- almost eight years of months of her original way to read a lengthy drama starting with six-month sentence. statement about her attempts to thwart her Hamilton County journey from juvenile election as juvenile Sheriff Jim Neil said court judge to her judge, her short time as at Faith release from jail and an outspoken judge, a Monday Alliance vowed to fight to over- trial and disputed conChristian meeting where he was turn her conviction and viction, and a lengthy the guest speaker that fully clear her. She was appeals process that he was allowed to and then escorted to the postponed the execuchose to grant her three- vehicle and taken home. tion of the jail sentence. for-one credit for time “I am still strong. I Hunter has mainserved because she had am still here. I am still tained there was resistcounseled other women standing, and I am still Continued on page 5A

Nashville PRIDE Page 3A Local Enjoy the Jefferson Street Art Crawl on October 26 October 18, 2019

By Cass Teague That crisp fall feeling is in the air and a brisk walk down Historic Jefferson Street is in order. Mark your calendars for the Jefferson Street Art Crawl on Saturday, October 26 from 6-9 pm. Start your walk at Woodcuts Gallery, a Nashville staple for over 30 years, with the unique needle crafted work of Ludie Amos! Her work with dolls, fabric, and other media is renowned for its detail and focuses on the black experience and her experience from a one room school to the church choir. Next walk down to One Drop Ink Tattoo for bright and bold art from Lakesha Moore. Moore uses color, size and form to create unique and beautiful pieces commanding attention. Her figurative art draws the eye and use of warm

tones invigorates the viewer. Finally, stroll over to Matthew Walker Health Center next and step into the world of street art. Woke 3 uses traditional media incorporated with the flow of an artist who is comfortable with a spray can to create gripping slice of life work. Lloyd Bonner has an edgy street artist twang seen throughout his work. Colorful characters and strong contrast are seen in his work. June, 2016 saw the first Jefferson Street Art Crawl, a monthly event organized by North Nashville artists and community members that celebrates historic Jefferson Street and features its artists and businesses. In August 2016, Erica Ciccarone profiled Amos for Ludie Nashville Arts Magazine as Amos was one of the first artists to exhibit for

JSAC. In the article Amos noted, “I want people to see the dignity and importance of that person. Don’t look at the conditions. Look at the person. You can extract joy and peace out of almost everything.” Lakesha Moore, who will be exhibiting at One Drop Ink, is an Assistant in Art Professor Education at Tennessee University. State Lakesha earned her M.F.A. with a focus on from the painting University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a B.F.A. from Washington University in St. Louis. She has completed graduate work for education at Lipscomb University and the University of the One Drop Ink featured artist Lakeisha Moore (left) and Michael Mucker Virgin Islands. Her com- (right) hang her art for JSAC. (photo by Elisheba Mrozik) mitment to her faith and artistic practice is a nection when personal on one’s identity and pursuit of culture study melding of music, writ- histories are shared and psyche. At the center of has given her many ing and community embraced. This is fueled her work are ideas of opportunities to study work. The theme that is by a strong interest in the identity, memory, and travel abroad. central to her paintings role that collective and belonging. These are and Besides painting, her is the potential for con- personal memory have Continued on page 5A

YWCA receives $350,000 federal grant to support AMEND Together, youth violence prevention programming

YWCA Vice President of External Affairs and AMEND Together Shan Foster leads a discussion at the Margaret Allen Middle School Amend Together Club with Predators players Roman Josi (59) and Nick Bonino (13) looking on. YWCA Nashville & prevention strategies port,” said YWCA Vice Public Schools, the Tennessee addressing Middle sexual President of External Tennessee Secondary recently was awarded a assault, domestic vio- Affairs and AMEND School Athletics $350,000 grant to con- lence, dating violence, Together Shan Foster. Association (TSSAA), its AMEND stalking, or sex traffick- “We are grateful the and 100 Black Men of tinue Together programming. ing. The DOJ’s Office U.S. Department of Middle Tennessee to The U.S. Department of on Violence Against Justice sees value in our engage men and boys as (DOJ)’s Women (OVW) will innovative work of allies in the effort to Justice Consolidated Youth and administer the grant. engaging men and boys reduce and end violence Engaging Men grant “This funding award to break the cycle of against women. The program supports proj- is evidence that abuse in our communi- OVW Engaging Men ects that engage men as AMEND Together is a ty.” grant will enable YWCA role models and key model program, worthy YWCA is partnering and our partners to train influencers in primary of recognition and sup- with Metro Nashville Continued on page 5A

First Jefferson Street Soul in September Festival a success

Yellow B., 92Q, Tony Carpenter, J. Watts, David Thomas (manager for Girl Mel), Jai Ayes and Venita Lewis. by Venita Lewis artists belted out songs “I am honored to be a KEVA, Inc. held the in honor of Aretha part of the first Jefferson first Jefferson Street Franklin, B.B. King, Street Soul in Soul in September in Jimmy Hendrix, Deford September,” said J. Nashville at Hadley Bailey, and Nipsey Watts. “I feel that I owe Park, Saturday, Sept- Hussle. it to these legends to be ember 28, to highlight Each artist received a here today.” J. Watts and honor the history of certificate of participa- received the B.B. King legendary musicians and tion, and five artists Award during the event. singers who performed were selected and “This is an event that on Jefferson Street in the received trophy awards needed to happen in our ‘50s and ‘60s. The honoring Aretha community,” said Festival also provided a Franklin, B.B. King, Washington of the stage for young African Jimmy Hendrix, Deford Jefferson Street Sound American artists who Bailey and Nipsey Museum. are struggling to further Hussle. “The history of the their music careers in Girl Mel, winner of music of Jefferson Street Music City USA to per- The Aretha Franklin is rich, and we need to form. Award, gave thanks to let the younger generaPo Boyz and Poets, KEVA, Inc. for sponsor- tion of artists know this The Nashville Sound ing the event. “This is a great history.” Museum, and J. C. very special entertain“I am glad that Po Productions supported ment platform for me,” Boyz and Poets were a the event. Yellow B of she said. “I am honored part of the Planning 92Q Radio hosted it. to be a part of an event Committee,” said Mo Approximately 20 that recognizes those and T.J. “We will be a artists from Nashville who shoulders I stand on part of making this event and other states graced today. They have carved an even greater success the stage, performing in and paved the way for in 2020.” the blazing record- me in my music career “It is important to breaking heat. The in Nashville. Continued on page 5A

TN Human Rights Comm. releases annual report Tennessee The Human Rights Board Commissioner’s of accepted the annual report for fiscal year 2018-19 for release at the September 13 Commission meeting. The full annual report is available at their website. The Board of Commissioners accepted the annual report during its regularly scheduled meeting. “During the 2019 fiscal year, our agency has connected with millions of Tennesseans through several initiatives,” said Beverly L. Watts, THRC executive director. “The Tennessee Human Rights Commission continues to provide exceptional service to the citizens of this great state.” The report details statistical information, actions and initiatives to safeguard individuals from discrimination

through education and enforcement. The report also provides some case specific information. The Tennessee Human Rights Commission is an independent state agency responsible for enforcing the state’s antidiscrimination laws, which prohibit discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodation and coordinates compliance with Title VI of the Civil rights Act of 1964. The Commission's role is to enforce and prohibit discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age (40 and over in employment), familial status (housing only) and retaliation in employment, housing and public accommodations.

Community Calendar Mondays and Thursdays at Temple Church - FREE Tutoring, and FREEACT Prep Sessions for students of all grades and subjects. Everyone is welcome! Available on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Pre-registration is not required. For the Free ACT Prep sessions for High School students, Pre-registration is required. For further info. contact Mary Cotten at 615-969-4946 or by email: <>.Temple Church, 3810 Kings Lane, Nashville, TN 37218. Office number is 615-8764084. Rev. D. Drumwright, is the Senior Pastor. October 18 & November 8- East Nashville Night Market at 400 Davidson Street. Enjoy a fun outdoor market at night from 5-9pm. Enjoy shopping (50+ vendors) food trucks, beer and live music. Free admission and free parking. 

October 19-Secrets of Nashville Tour: The Path of Illumination from 10am-1:30pm at The Parthenon, Centennial Park, 2500 West End Ave. If you wonder, “Why Nashville?” Join William Henry, author and co producer of the history channel show, Ancient Aliens as he hosts the tour. Check Eventbrite for more information. October 26-Full Moon Market at 100 Taylor Arts Collective, 100 Taylor Street from 4-9pm.  Celebrating magic makers, risk takers and wierdos.  FREE admission.  Kids and dogs welcome!  For more information visit Full Moon Market on FB. October 26 – Nashville Black Chamber of Commerce inaugural Black Tie Gala. Keynote speaker Dr. Randal D. Pinkett, winner of NBC’s hit televeision show, The Apprentice. JW Marr-iott Nashville, 201 8th Ave South, 6 – 11 PM. Tickets are $100. To reserve seats call (615) 513-5638.

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Editorials October 18, 2019 Quid pro quo and politics Trump’s favorite dictator Page 4A

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by William T. Robinson, Jr. In trying to defend his actions, which have lead to an impeachment investigation, the POTUS has argued there was no ‘quid pro quo’ in his conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The term, no ‘quid pro quo,’ seems to have the single become rehearsed rallying mantra among the Republicans, Senate adamantly loyal to the POTUS. During his conversation with the Ukrainian president, the POTUS undeniably used his influence as president for personal gain. He asked Zelensky to do us a favor that is very important. This is evident when he asked the Ukrainian president to investigate his political rival, former Vice President Joe Bidden. Trump further alludes to the United States supplying financial aid to Ukraine. Many see this comment as threatening leverage and pressure on the Ukrainian president to adhere to what is clearly a bribe. Make no mistake, quid pro quo plays as big a part in American politics as apple. It is even described as the fundamental element involved in effectuating deals by politicians. many Basically put, quid pro quo means: I do something for you and in return you do something for me. Many would liken it to a compromise

William T. Robinson, Jr. in which both parties win or get something they want. It is often a basic tool used that could explain politics as a whole. Actually, quid pro quo is used in reaching bipartisan support on many major deals among involving politicians public issues. The use of quid pro quo can be seen as beneficial and productive or detrimental and self-serving according to the end results. But make no mistake, it would be self serving and an abuse of his powers as president to personally threaten or bribe another country to do his personal bidding to try to get defamatory information on a politician rival. While the president is adamant that there was no quid pro quo, actions thereafter indicate otherwise. Money presently allocated to Ukraine was put on hold. Many people associated with the phone call are on the defense and are being subpoenaed. The president is disassociating himself from many of those under national investigation.

He knows they are connected with the allegations of wrongdoing against him. Isn’t it ironic, how all the loyal supporters of the POTUS in the Senate are unified in expressing that no quid pro quo took place in his conversation with the Ukrainian president? Could it be surmised that they all were prepped on the same argument to use in defending the president? This continuing practice to undermine the intelligence of the American public who seek justice and truth never seems to end with this POTUS. Respectfully, quid pro quo has been used to bring about much needed and productive changes among conflicting parties. But by the same token, many unsavory, self-serving and illicit deals have been made under quid pro quo—even criminal in content. Its usage can be compared to a double edge sword that could be used for good or bad. That is why the public should be cognizant and given complete transparency on issues that may be enacted into law—especially issues or decisions involving their communities. But on a positive note, the American public that may not have known much about effective politics before, have been given a thorough exposure to the term ‘quid pro quo,’ which some would eagerly argue is the essence of politics.

Attack issues: My truth by Cheryl Smith, publisher, I Messenger Media L.L.C. I was so looking forward to returning to the highest of seven hills in Tallahassee. It was Homecoming and while many were excited about the football match-up between Florida A&M University and North Central Carolina University. I had so many other things to look forward to. I was going to get a muchneeded break after spending a week and a half covering a murder trial. I would get to celebrate anniversaries with sorority sisters, classmates, alumni and friends. There would be a show of all shows from the baddest band in the land: The Marching 100. I’d get to enjoy some really good cooking, and I’d get to act like I was 21 again! Well, guess what? Folks in Tallahassee wanted to talk about the Amber Guyger Murder Trial in Dallas, Texas. And boy, did I get an earful. I was practically overwhelmed by the conversations at the airport, on the plane, in the Uber, at restaurants, at the tailgates, waiting in line for the ladies’ room, at the game, and even parties, especially when people found out I was from Dallas. This was not what my 21-year-old self was in the mood for. And yes, I received phone calls, emails and text messages to add to the drama of social media platforms. Which brings me to my truth. I was determined to not let the trial or the commentary from the peanut gallery destroy my homecoming. I learned at a young age that your mouth can get you into trouble and you need to know what you are talking about or just shut up! Well, that wasn’t happening, at least not on social media. I know. It was Marcus Mosiah Garvey who said: “Every man has a right to his own opinion. Every race has a right to its own action; therefore, let no man persuade you against your will, let no other race influence you against your own.” Opinions are great. They become profound when backed up by facts, research and substantive analysis. I heard erroneous information from usually credible sources,

Cheryl Smith and I witnessed a lot of people passing along opinion as fact. You also had people miserable with their own lives, armed and ready to attack others. Now you can disagree without all the filth and name-calling. People didn’t speak out as much about all the lynchings and wrongfully incarcerated, nor have many found a cause they would champion. They couldn’t tell you of any improprieties in other cases and couldn’t name the judges in cases that involved the murders of Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, shall I continue? And interestingly those talking about what the judge wouldn’t have done, never heard of the judge until the Amber Guyger case. These graduates of Facebook School of Law, the University of I’m Bad Because I’m on Social Media, and The Who is a Coon University are laughable. The United Negro College Fund says: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” Well, a mind without research, knowledge, information or discernment is a terrible thing. Just as I thought things couldn’t get more incredulous, someone else would opine. So I wondered a few things. For those who admit that we have a broken, unfair justice system; why would you uphold that system by offering the defense: “Never have I heard of a judge doing anything like that!” Well, it’s kind of like punishing your new wife because she is different from the ex-wife who made your life miserable for years. You know the one who was trifling, deceptive, nagging, all of that. Do you remember the feeling you had when you posted, shared or liked something on Facebook that you shouldn't have? Did it make you stop and think and become more responsible? I still remember the day I

shared a post that was actually wishful thinking. Someone posted that Allen Iverson was joining LeBron James in Cleveland. Just a minute of thought and I would have realized the numbers didn't add up. On that day, I said: "Never again! Don't be guilty of false narratives, no matter how much you wish they were true. And check info before you speak and share!" Then there are those who have weighed in on who is a sellout, a coon, Aunt Jemima, et al. Really? Some of those same name callers sit quietly in boardrooms, newsrooms, classrooms, and everywhere in the workplace and allow people to be joked about, mistreated, disenfranchised, marginalized and worse, fired. Would you call them sell-outs and all the other names being used to verbally assault Judge Kemp? Or what about you? Has there ever been a time when you should have spoken up and didn’t, but later you realized you were wrong? Should folks call you names or disparage your character” And what about those who say the judge acted “unprofessionally?” What standard is being used, from the person whose co-workers want to call them out but won’t, for fear of being called a bully? Why is it so easy to turn on people and begin character assassinations, especially when you’re talking about people you don’t know? And then, you have the people who say: “If it was me...” What the heck! It is not you and it’s easy to say what you would do when you are not in a situation. That’s when you’re biggest and baddest! I daresay there will be people who later will admit they spoke out of order while others will die on the sword before any admission. I guess it’s nobler to be wrong and stay wrong, and it’s easier to rationalize your way out of an embarrassing situation by deflecting. Whatever the case, and everyone should know that when you put stuff out there, folks see you for who you are. They will smile in your face, but behind your back they will do just as many do on social media—make punk moves.

by Bill Fletcher, Jr., NNPA Newswire contributor Egypt, which along with Tunisia was at the heart of the 2011-12 ‘Arab Spring,’ is in the midst of a new upsurge. It is premature to call it an uprising, but something is afoot in Egypt in opposition to the repression and corruption of the el-Sisi regime. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power in 2013 in Egypt as a result of a military-led hijacking of a massive protest against the power-grab by the administration of former President Mohamed Morsi. Instead of deepening the process of democratization in Egypt, el-Sisi and his military cohorts reversed course and re-created a strongly authoritarian state. Dissent has been largely crushed, or at

least so it seemed until very recently. When Donald Trump allegedly referred to elSisi as his ‘favorite dictator’ that said a great deal about both el-Sisi and Trump. What it said about el-Sisi was to remind the world that his regime is among the favorite of the United States elite in its policies in the Middle East and North Africa. El-Sisi has no interest in providing assistance to the beleaguered Palestinians, is actively participating in the further destabilization of the internal situation in Libya and has worked to subvert the Sudanese Revolution. What it said about Trump was to remind us that this is an administration that does not even pretend to have scruples. Just as they have covered for the Saudi Arabian monarchy in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi (while he was in Istanbul), going so far as to suggest that a financial relationship between the USA and Saudi Arabia was more important than human rights, the Trump administration has been quite will-

ing to support the repression conducted by elSisi. In fact, Trump applauded el-Sisi, offering the view that el-Sisi had brought order to chaos and that el-Sisi was a great leader. El-Sisi’s regime has clamped down on nongovernmental organizations, independent trade unions, and members of the press. There is nothing in this regime that would suggest an expansion on human rights and political liberties. But the point is that this is irrelevant to the Trump administration. Despite Trump’s applause of el-Sisi, thousands of Egyptians, seemingly out of nowhere, began protests against corruption and human rights abuses by the governing regime. There is no way to anticipate whether this will be a brief episode or whether it will evolve into something that threatens the regime. What can be said, however, is that el-Sisi and Trump appear to be trying to keep a bubble (the Egyptian people) under water. That rarely works.

Black representation and appearance in Japanese pop culture By Noah Washington, NNPA Newswire Pop Culture Contributor With the release of “Cannon Netflix’s Busters,” we go back to the age-old conversation of representation of African Americans in anime. The most wellknown characters in Japanese pop culture have often been represented with European features and fairer skin tones such as Naruto, Ichigo, Luffy, or Spike Spiegel. Even in liveaction adaptations, some of these characters have played by been Caucasian actors. Even when there is a Black character written into a storyline, their features are often exaggerated or they are made into a stereotype, most infamously with Mr. Popo of “Dragon Ball” fame; his dark as night skin and big red lips reminiscent of Blackface. This issue extends outside of classic cartoon anime. Japanese video games are also guilty of unequal and stereotypical representation. There are many different types of representation and all of these entertainment companies are missing the mark on all of them. The closest thing we have gotten to a fair and entertaining anime representation is in Aaron Mcgruder’s “The Boondocks.” Yes, I know that The Boondocks is not considered an anime, but it has anime influences, and development by Madhouse Studios made it the closest thing we have gotten to an enjoyable anime with a predominantly Blackfilled cast. Unfortunately though, as much as I enjoyed “The Boondocks” and how it cleverly portrays stereotypes, they are stereotypes nonetheless. “Cannon Busters,” which is a part of Netflix’s anime initiative to bring about more original content was recently released, and I have to say the quality of it and the writing are outstanding. “Cannon Busters,” has all the qualities of a traditional anime, giant mecha’s, over the top protagonists, and a dramatic impossible plot, but I am disappointed with “Cannon Busters” in one aspect. In Episode two of the series, we are introduced to the Gearbolt Empire. “Cannon Buster’s” has Black Warriors, a Black Prince, a Black King and most importantly a Black hero named Odin. I see Odin as a double-edged sword. This presented a chance to show off pow-

erful deities with African origins. There are plenty of gods to choose from in the Yoruba and Egyptian pantheon such as Ogun, Sango, or Horus. On the other side of this problem is the fact that a Black man is depicted as a powerful larger than life figure named Odin who has traditionally looked like a grizzled caucasian male with an eye patch. Video games also have their own role in this dilemma. Kingdom Hearts and Final Fantasy are two of the most popular video game series and have cemented themselves in American pop culture. Kingdom Hearts is a joint venture with Disney Interactive and Square Enix. Kingdom Hearts combines the worlds of Final Fantasy and Disney films. The third entry in the Kingdom Hearts series was released early in 2019 and the game overall is good, but yet again another missed opportunity. Several Disney worlds were featured in the game, but the easy slam dunk world that is missing is “The Princess and the Frog.” For some fans of the series, this was a disappointment. Kingdom Hearts is overflowing with the themes of dark vs light, love conquers all, magic (good and bad), and whimsically simpleminded villains such as Dr. Facilier. Even the Bayou would have made a great location for the main characters of Sora, Donald Duck, and Goofy to play around in, you could have even turned them into frogs like the design mechanic that was done when the characters went to see Simba from the Lion King in Kingdom Hearts II which visualized them as Lions. Final Fantasy faces a different issue. More than thirteen plus games make up the Final Fantasy series and there has barely been a handful of memorable characters. Barret Wallace and Sazh Katzroy are practically the same characters. They both use guns as their main style of fighting and have operated as comic relief at various points in the main story. Sazh is a mild-mannered character who represents a big problem. Sazh himself isn’t a bad character, but it’s what he is carrying around with him constantly: A Chocobo. Chocobo’s are like horses in the Final Fantasy series and to any uninformed viewer, kind

of cute, but to the informed it carries the stereotype that Black people love chicken which is an insulting character choice. Barret Wallace, on the other hand, is made to look like a stereotype, a muscled up Black man with a gun (as I previously stated). I hope they treat Barrett a cut above his old self in the Final Fantasy VII remake set to release March 3, 2020. I just want a Black Final Fantasy character that has a slim muscular build who carries around an awe-inspiring sword that one day my kids would want to dress up as for Halloween. Is this an issue of the Japanese studios not interacting enough with people of African heritage or is it a matter of malevolence? We notice the trend of African American stereotypes even outside of Japanese anime and video game culture. In Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed movie “Get Out.” There is a scene where the main character Chris, played by Daniel Kaluuya is attending a “get together’’ for his girlfriend's family which is filled with nothing but Caucasian Americans with the exception of a man played by the Japanese actor, Yasuhiko Oyama. On IMDB the character is listed as Hiroki Tanaka, a Japanese name. Is this a commentary on how Asian Americans are allowed opportunities that African Americans are not? Is this a way for Jordan Peele to say that the Japanese see African people the same way Caucasians do? Or is this a way of saying that the Japanese identify with Caucasian Americans more than the other marginalized and oppressed groups due to their colonization by the English? We as Black nerds are entitled to characters that we can identify with and can show to children for them to take pride in. Growing up I loved Goku, Cloud, and Sora. But it would have been nice to have a stalwart and cool character that I was a kid could look up to that I could identify with that looked like me. The good news is that the release of Marvel’s “Black Panther” brings in a new era of representation that does not have the word “stereotype” anywhere around it. The bad news is that there is not a character of color that stands out in the world of anime like Goku or Naruto.

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vote counts... from page 1A Community... from page 1A history and culture. The debate marked the first presidential campaign debate at an HBCU since 2007. While in Houston for the debate, Cullors announced that BLM was rolling out a new nationwide initiative to help increase voter registration and turnout. Cullors, along with cofounder of the Los Angeles chapter of BLM Melina Abdullah and Director Managing Kailee Scales, introduced the new nationwide initiative entitled ‘What Matters 2020 -Issues That Impact Minority Communities,’ with a dedicated focus on getting the vote out for the 2020 presidential election. Cullors said that BLM’s goal is to hit all major cities where Black folks live and engage Generation Z to increase registration, voter turnout and overall engagement. “Black voters have traditionally been the Democratic Party’s most loyal constituency and younger voters represent the future of the party,” Cullors. “We said thought it was important that we use this platform to ensure that our conhas the stituency resources to be informed when tuned into the debate and that the candidates know just how impactful our vote will be to this election.” Working in conjunction with a cross-section of partners from all sectors, BLM leaders are seeking to directly impact the 2020 election cycle by ensuring candidates are held accountable for the issues that systematically and disproportionately impact minority communities across the nation. “‘What Matters 2020 – Issues that Impact Minority Communities’ will increase voter registration and turnout by

deploying technology applications, establishing candidate accountability and employing grassroots strategies to access, inform and empower minority communities during the 2020 election cycle,” Cullors told the NNPA Newswire. Issues this initiative will mobilize around include: • Racial Injustice • Police Brutality • Criminal Justice Reform • Black Immigration Environmental Conditions • Voting Rights & Suppression • Economic Injustice • Healthcare • Education • Commonsense Gun Laws • LGBTQAI • Human Rights In addition to introducing this initiative, BLM plans to directly interact with candidates and students, and will be launching technology applications aimed at increasing voter registration and turnout in 2020. “We will engage and empower all Black folks, our allies, and underserved communities to use their collective voices and votes to achieve the outcomes we want, need and deserve in 2020,” Cullors told the NNPA Newswire. “We will educate BLM constituents about candidates and the issues that impact Black voters most, and promote voter registration and voter turnout among the Black community, our allies, and Generation Z. This initiative will inspire and motivate people to ask themselves and their candidates are you really addressing ‘What Matters in 2020?’” In measuring the success of the initiative, Cullors states that they will be monitoring the results based off of the outcomes that come

prior to the 2020 election. “We will know that we are successful when each candidate has an acceptable and tangible comprehensive plan that specifically addresses racial injustice, criminal justice reform, police brutality and reparations, among other issues that impact the community,” Black Cullors said. Since the organization’s inception in 2013, BLM has been on the frontline of many issues impacting minority comincluding munities police brutality, criminal justice reform, education, Black immigration, public policy and more. For these efforts, they have been widely recognized, received and in many instances, criticized. They continue with the work, however, and hope this effort will galvanize marginalized and minority communities all across this country. Perhaps more importantly, BLM has reminded the Black community of its own power and collective strength. To find out more about this effort and initiative, people can visit < what-matters-2020>, to learn about key issues and candidates, register to vote, pledge to vote and join the ongoing conversation by engaging them on social media platforms using #WhatMatters2020. (Jeffrey Boney is a political analyst and frequent contributor for the NNPA Newswire and <> and the associate editor for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is an awardwinning journalist, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur and business development strategist. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @realtalk junkies.)

Belmont... from page 1A has been chosen to host a presidential debate in 2020. Belmont has been a proven leader in our state and in our nation, and it is an honor to have another chance to showcase this outstanding university and our state to the world next fall.” Mayor of Nashville and Davidson County John Cooper said: “I congratulate Belmont University on their successful bid to host a 2020 Presidential debate. This is an exciting moment for Belmont and for Nashville. In hosting mayoral debates earlier this year, Belmont played a vital role in shaping the conversation around moving our city forward. We look forward to hosting this conversation on the national stage.” The 2020 Presidential Debate at Belmont University will be held in the Curb Event Center, home of the NCAA Division-I Belmont Bruins basketball and volleyball teams. The debate is expected to attract huge numbers of national and international media to Nashville, along with the candidates’ campaigns and supporters, and will be viewed by millions worldwide. According to Nielsen Media Ratings, more than 63.2 million homes nationwide tuned in to view the Town Hall Presidential Debate held on Oct. 7, 2008, the largest television audi-

ence of the three presidential debates held that fall. USA Today political writer Chuck Raasch noted at the time, “Belmont University in Nashville proved that small places with big ambitions could be world-class stages.” In addition to hosting the Town Hall Presidential Debate, Belmont planned and offered a slate of more than 100 debate-related programs during the 2008-09 academic year, including appearances by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and New York Times bestselling author and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough. Numerous speaker series were scheduled along with visual and performing arts events and special voter engagement activities, all centered on the theme ‘The Art of Being Free.’ Belmont Provost Dr. Thomas Burns anticipates hosting a 2020 debate to provide another banner year of educational opportunities for Belmont students and the broader community. “It’s rare to have such an opportunity to be on the front lines of all of the critical issues facing our nation and the world, and we intend to take full advantage of this debate by promoting exceptional educational experiences to benefit our students and all of Middle

Tennessee,” said Burns. Civic organizations along with state and local government officials have endorsed Belmont’s bid for the presidential debate with Gov. Bill Lee, former Mayor David Briley, Senators Marsha Blackburn and Lamar Alexander, and Congressman Jim Cooper, among others, all contributing letters of support. Newly elected Nashville Mayor John Cooper has also pledged his support. The past 18 months alone demonstrate Belmont’s unique ability to host major events as the University was home to the international Davis Cup tennis competition, taping in 2018 and 2019 of the nationally broadcast CMA Country Christmas special, a visit from Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and the Nashville premiere of new Ken Burns’ documentary, Country Music. Moreover, Bel-mont has long been known for its commitment to civic discourse and citizen education, as a frequent host of mayoral and gubernatorial debates and forums. Belmont University also launched its Debate 2020 website at <> and will be using the #BelmontDebate2020 hashtag throughout the next year in celebration of all of the events that will surround this historic season.

Soul in September.... from page 3A keep our history alive and motivate the next generation of artists that they can achieve their dreams in Music City USA,” said T.J. of Po Boyz and Poets. “We are already making plans for this

event to be bigger and better next year,” said Ronae Briley, junior spokesperson for KEVA, Inc. “I gained a lot of knowledge by participating in this event. This is historical.” “I hope to see 92Q

becoming a part of the planning of this event for next year, as it is important that we share the rich history of the music, and to help build this event for 2020,” according to Yellow B of 92Q Radio.

the Metro Human Relations Commission spoke on behalf of Abdur’Rahman. Thanks to Dr. Hildreth, Abdur’Rahman has earned a Lipscomb University Rule 31 mediator degree while on death row. “I am here to say that Mr. Abdur’Rahman is a peacemaker within the prison. Largely because

of his efforts, Unit 2 at the prison, which houses death row inmates, is the safest Unit in the entire Tennessee Prison system.” We are arguing that the A.G. lacks standing to appeal,” said Abdur’Rahman’s attorney Brad Maclean. “The State, acting through D.A. Funk, has bound itself to the agreed order.

We also feel that the A.G. is essentially trying to disenfranchise the people of Davidson County who elected both Judge Watkins and Glenn Funk. By contrast, the A.G. is appointed by the Tennessee Supreme Court; he is not an elected official.” Abdur’Rahman has an execution date of April 16, 2020.

Executive order... from page 1A make sure that our city runs well. Our city agencies have limited resources and cannot be expected to do the work of the federal government.” Cooper is also form-

ing a 10 person task force to provide recommendations within the next 60 days that includes: Juliana Ospina Cano, executive director Conexion Americas;

Hank Clay, MNPS chief of staff; Ana Escobar, General Sessions Judge; Daron Hall, Davidson County Sheriff; and Zulfat Suara, Metro Councilwoman AtLarge.

Nat Frazier passes... from page 2A team to the Georgia State High School basketball title in 1953 and being named to the AllTourney team in 1954. Nat, who attended Tuskegee Institute, and became an All-SIAC pick twice, went on to play semi-pro basketball in the New York State Basketball Industrial League before receiving a Master’s in Health Counseling from City College of New York and completing a postMaster’s studies at New York University and University of the Illinois in Educational Administration. Dedicated to the importance and strength of education, not only did Nat obtain his own multiple degrees, but he also helped to make sure that all of his siblings attended and graduated from college as well. When Nat initially coaching at began Morgan State in 1972 (where he remained until 1977), he introduced a style of basketball that would emphasize intricate offenses and hardnosed defense. Through these techniques, the Bears would go on to play a form of triangle offenses, popularized by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s. Those same techniques would go on to secure unprecedented success for Morgan State University, including the team’s 1974 NCAA Division II Championship (which has never been won since) and an Associated Press National ‘Coach of the Year,’ given to the passionate leader for his exceptional coaching. During his seven seasons with Morgan State, Frazier was the 10th winningest coach in Division II history—a very proud moment for his son.

“I remember Morgan State winning the national championship. I was there with him,” Kevin recounted. “I basically grew up going everywhere with him. I always felt like I was his life sidekick—living with him was always a huge adventure.” While at Morgan State, Nat took his teams on several overseas trips and traveled to Africa to help spread the game and train coaches in the Western part of the continent. Nat also spent a decade of summers coaching overseas in the Special Venezuelan League, Basketball where his Carabobo team won the league title in 1973. Following Frazier’s first tenure at Morgan in 1977, Frazier went to the NBA as an assistant coach for the New York Knicks. He then became a part of the ownership team and was the general manager in the Wogroundbreaking men’s Basketball League that would pave the way for what is now known as the ‘WNBA.’ “My dad was a bigger believer in good basketball. Basketball was basketball to him, and I think he recognized early the impact that women could make, before a lot of other people did,” Kevin said. “He loved and appreciated the contributions that women could make in basketball and even though his particular franchise didn’t exactly work out, he was still so supportive of the WNBA.” In 1986 Nat returned back to Morgan State where he remained until 1989, where his son Kevin said was home for him. “He played at college level, the NBA and overseas but Morgan

was his home,” Kevin laughed. “And you know, I know people got mad at Jemele Hill for saying this, but I really don’t understand why more Black athletes aren’t going to more Black colleges.” “I think people have forgotten why these colleges are important and I am old enough to remember when Black colleges were still the powerhouses for so many great players, like Doug Williams from State Grambling University. HBCUs are an experience where you’re not only in your comfort zone, but you learn about yourself.” Nat was inducted into the Athletic Halls of Fame for A.E. Beach High School (1996), University Tuskegee (2001), and Morgan State University (2004). Nathaniel Frazier is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice Frazier; his eldest son, Kevin, daughter-in-law, Yasmin, and grandsons, Tony, Shane, and Reece; youngest son, his Kenneth, daughter-inlaw, Rona, and grandchildren, Kennedy and Ava; two brothers, James (Al) Frazier and Timothy (Neil) Frazier; and a host of nieces, nephews, close friends, and former students and basketball players who became like family to him. “It was always remarkable to see the impact that he had on so many people. I still meet people today, all over the states, who come up to me and tell me what an impact my father had on their lives,” Kevin said. “I think it makes you understand the effect that he had on so many lives. He raised a lot of young Black men and women, too. It is beautiful to see that and to talk to everybody.”

Tracie Hunter... from page 2A ance to accepting a Black Democrat as a judge and embracing the changes she had attempted to make in the court system. She is the first African American to serve during the court’s 100 plus year history. Hunter was convicted of only one crime, which was improper interest in a public contract, for giving her brother access to confidential documents in order to prepare for a hearing. Judge Norbert Nadel sentenced her to six months in jail. When Judge Patrick

Dinkelacker two months ago ruled to execute the sentence, the courtroom erupted in shouts from her supporters, many of whom argued she was punished harshly because of her race. Hunter went limp and had to be dragged from the room. Hunter was greeted by members and guests as she returned to the pulpit at her church, Brethren in Christ US, in Westwood, Sunday. Lynn Thrush, D.Min., who is bishop of the church’s Great Lakes Conference, attended, saying that Hunter’s law

license, her position on the court and her back pay should be restored, and the county justice system should be held accountable. Hunter is the only African American pastor in Brethren in Christ in the nation. When her sentence was executed, Thrush elevated her to assistant moderator in the church’s Great Lakes Conference. Hunter thanked her supporters. “I could not have made it through jail without my faith and the support I received from the people of God,’’ she said.

Art Crawl... from page 3A inseparable and undeniable in shaping who we are. We are moved by our dreams yet confronted by our realities. Through figurative work and layered landscapes of color and form, we confront ourselves, what we perceive and what is unknown. This is Life in Color.

Woke3 was introduced to graffiti art while a student at Hillwood High School. Growing up in the 37208 zip code informs his work. He says his new series, tentatively titled “37208” is all about his observations of life growing up and living in the neighborhood. He says he frames his

inquiry through the questions, “Who are you? Who am I?” He thanks his fellow NORF artist, Keep 3, for exposing him to lyrical music and graffiti, helping him focus on thoughful, reflective expressive art and helping him grow as as artist. Portions of his work will be on display at JSAC.

Pastor, Pew & Public October 18, 2019 How can i find favor with God? Faith of a mustard seed by B. Bethel with all your heart you many lives. Page 6A

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Finding favor with God can only come through his son Jesus. Jesus is our bridge and connector to God. Jesus told his disciples he was going to prepare a place for them, and that he would come back and take them to be with him. Phillip said: “Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way? Jesus answered, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.’” John 14:3-6. There is no other way. It is through our faith in Jesus that we have access to the life that is eternal for all who believe John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Those unbelievers will be condemned. Read for yourself John 3:16-21 and see what God says. Jesus is the only way to the Father (God). Seek him now. One day soon, this earth will end and Jesus will come back to take all believers to be with him in heaven. For there is no other name or person given to man, which can save (Acts 4:12). Jesus urges us in Isaiah 55:6 to seek him now, while He may be found. You must be certain where you will spend eternity. The Lord says if you seek Him,

will find him (Deuteronomy 4:29). It is through the word of God and through our belief in Jesus’ shed blood that we are saved and receive healing to our entire body. This includes healing for not just the physical body but for our spirit and our soul. We cannot survive on self-reliance. We need to rest in the knowledge that it is grace that will meet all our needs. You must cling to the vine (Jesus). We are the branches and without the vine, it is difficult for the branches to survive. God is looking for committed individuals who will surrender their hearts to him, so that he can pour out his favor to them. “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to him,” 2 Chronicles 16:9. God does not have favorites. There is no partiality with Him. There are the lives of many that are recorded in the Bible that are great role models for us to follow. In Genesis 5:22, Enoch walked with God, and God was pleased with him. He did not let Enoch die. He took him home to be with him. Abraham is another example in Genesis 1:29, he obeyed God and through his obedience he saved

God desires us to be meek and humble. The life of David is an example. Exodus 33 tells us that David was called by God: “A man after his own heart. Despite David’s flaws, he repented and he relied and trusted in Gods’ mercy, grace and forgiveness.” As you study and read the Psalms in the Bible, you get a good view of David’s heart towards God. God wants us to seek his Godly wisdom and to be humble. The life of Solomon in 1 Kings 3:515 is a great example of seeking wisdom. Instead of asking for riches, Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead the people. God granted his request. God also wants us to surrender our lives to him and to stay close to him. An example of being close to Jesus is John. He stayed at the foot of the cross and later refused to renounce Jesus (John 13:21-25). Eventually John was exiled to a secluded island because of his faith in Jesus (Revelation 1). Stay close to God, even though you may not understand what’s happening around you. Stay near him when others may walk away from him. God is your anchor. He is your life. He will never leave you nor will he forsake you. Rely on Jesus and trust him to meet all of your needs.

Expressions of Faith Power source by Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr. Power results from obtaining energy from natural resources. Such power comes from the production of convenalternative, tional, restoring, and renewable sources of energy. The recovery and reuse of power that would otherwise be wasted is now in full function. The Bible is a textbook on the power of God. Spiritual power begins with God and generates light. This illumination is the spontaneous effect of divine love and action—the true manifestation of the presence of the one and only God. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill that cannot be hidden,” Matthew 5:14. The sources of power are known as kinetic, potential, expert, referent, legitimate, reward, coercive, and informational. Kinetic, potential, and expert energy deals with how much knowledge and motion you have in your life. Referent deals with relationships, and charisma within building others. Legitimate

energy deals with the title, and position description. Reward power is demonstrative of the ability to offer benefits and incentives to the Body of Christ. Coercive energy is given through forcible consequences. Lastly, informational energy is demonstrative of giving information through influence for positive implementation. “Stay awake at all times, praying that you may have strength (power) to escape all these things that are going to take place, and to stand before the Son of Man,” Luke 21:36. There are two sources of power recommended to be very effective in the believer: referent, and informational. Referent power will empower the believer with positive atmosphere and environment. People want to be around others that create positive environments that are welcoming and enjoyable. Believers who have this charisma are very effective in their Christian walk. This creates the opportunity for informational power. In informational power,

Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr. the person brings in influence that has been persuaded by the logic of kinetic power provided in the believer, not by his or her perceived expertise. This is a built relationship through charisma that creates the opportunity to influence others with Godly advice and information with positive reinforcements. These two sources are a great example of power to use for effective Christian relationship. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). The Celebration Christian Center is located at 1215 9th Ave North, Nashville, Tenn. 37208. For more information, go to their website at <www.celebration>.

Church Calendar Mondays and Thursdays at Temple Church - Free tutoring! Free ACT prep sessions! Everyone is welcome! For students of all grades and subjects. Available on Mondays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm. Preregistration not required. Free ACT prep sessions for high school students. Pre-registration required. For further information, contact Mary Cotten at 615-969-4946 or email Temple Church, 3810 Kings Lane, Nashville, Tenn. 37218. Office number: 615-876-4084. Rev. D. Drumwright, senior pastor. October 23-Free Cyntoia Brown at Christ Church Cathedral, 900 Broadway at 6:15. First public appearance since her release from prison in August.  Brown will discuss her memoir and a book signing will be held following the program.  For details check Salon 615 with Cyntoia Brown. October 27 - Interfaith Forum on Gun Violence and Hate, hosted by The Interfaith Forum on Gun Violence and Hate is to be a faith and community based discussion on public hatred we are seeing now, and gun violence. We are hoping to shift the dialogue around these urgent issues toward a spiritual perspective, and address how this work is aligned with

our practice of walking in faith, love and tolerance. First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville, 1808 Woodmont Blvd. Hours TBA. For more information, please contact Amy Jackson at 571-266-9012 or October 26 - The Victory Church of Nashville will be celebrating their annual Breast Cancer Event on Saturday October 26, 2019 @ 9:00 a.m. This event is held every year in observance of those who are faced with the challenges of breast cancer. This event will consist of a catered breakfast, music entertainment, a silent auction and vendors on site. The event will be held at the Victory Church, 705 Rivergate Parkway, Goodletsville, Tennessee 37072. Ticket price is $35.00 per person or you can purchase a table of 10 for $350.00. Please contact the Victory church at 615-226-9927 for more information. November 16-Distribution of Thanksgiving Family Food Boxes from 11am-12 noon. Please send in the first and last name, address and phone number with the number of family members to Almeda Christian Church, 4006 Ashland City Highway.  Send in information as soon as possible as boxes are limited.

by Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div. "I always had an excessive desire to learn to distinguish the true from the false, in order to see clearly in my actions and to walk with confidence in this life." (R. Descartes) "The passion for truth is silenced by answers which have the weight of undisputed authority." (P. Tillich) Charlie Brown was on the pitcher's mound and said to his catcher, "We're getting slaughtered again, Schroeder... I don't know what to do... Why do we have to suffer like this?" Shroeder descends the mound to return to his position saying "Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward." "What?" Charlie says. By now Linus approaches the mound saying, "He's quoting from the 'Book of Job' Charlie Brown, seventh verse, fifth chapter." Linus continues, "actually the problem of suffering is a very profound one, and..." Up comes Lucy, "If a person has bad luck, it's because he's done something wrong, that's what I always say!" Shroeder responds, "That's what Job's friends told him, but I doubt if..." Lucy then says, "What about Job's Wife? I don't think she gets enough credit!" Shroeder continues, "I

Barbara A. Woods Washington, M. Div. think a person who never suffers, never matures... suffering is actually very important." Lucy adds, "Who wants to suffer? Don't be ridiculous!" Shermy joins them, "But pain is a part of life, and..." Linus adds, "A person who speaks only of the 'patience of Job' reveals that he knows very little of the book. Now, the way I see it..." Charlie exasperated Brown says, "I don't have a Ball Team... I have a Theological Seminary!" (C. Schulz) "The world we have made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems we cannot solve at the same level at which we created them." (A. Einstein) "I became aware of my destiny: to belong to the critical minority as opposed to the unquestioning majority." (S. Freud) "Men of Athens, I know and love you, but

I shall obey God rather than you, and while I have life and strength I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of Philosophy... I tell you that to do as you say would be a disobedience to God, and therefore I cannot hold my tongue. Daily to discourse about virtue, and about those other things about which you hear me examining myself and others is the greatest good of man. The unexamined life is not worth living... In another world I shall be able to continue my search into true and false knowledge... In another world they do not put a man to death for asking questions: assuredly not." (Plato) "To lose one's life is a little thing and I shall have the courage to do so if it is necessary; but to see the meaning of this life dissipated, to see our reason for existing disappear, that is what is unbearable. One cannot live without meaning." (A. Camus) "I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live." (Socrates) "What is truth but to live for an idea?... It is a question of discovering a truth for me, of finding the idea for which I am willing to live and die for." (S. Kierkegaard) by email: myfathers

Nashville PRiDE Directory of Churches 40th Avenue Church of Christ 616 40th Avenue North Nashville TN, 37209 Sunday School 9:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. & 6:00 p.m. Bible Study:Wed. 7:00 p.m. & Thurs 11:00 a.m. (615) 329-2325 Min. Dr. Charles A Beaman Church of Scientology & Celebrity Centre Nashville 1130 8th Ave S Nashville, TN 37203 615-687-4600 7 days a week with Service every Sunday at 11AM Senior Pastor: Rev. Brian Fesler Clark Memorial United Methodist Church 1014 14th Ave. North Nashville, TN 37208 Ph: (615) 329-4464 FAX: (615) 321-0975 Sunday Worship: 8:00 a.m./10:45 a.m. Herbert Lester, Jr., pastor Cleveland Street MBC 608 Cleveland Street Nashville, TN 37207 615-227-1149 Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m./9:15 Church School clevelandstreetbaptist@ www.clevelandstreet Dr. Donald Snead, pastor Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church 819 33rd Avenue North Nashville, TN 37209 (615) 977-6855 Sunday School 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship11:00 a.m. Wed. Worship: 7:30 PM Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor Ezra Emmanuel Ministries 2606 Union Hall Rd. Clarksville, TN 37040 9 a.m. Sunday worship  6 p.m. Wednesday Hr of Empowerment 931-378-1092 Overseer Danelle M. Stephens Gospel United Missionary Baptist Church 3700 Fairview Dr. Nashville, TN 37218 615-876-7022 9:30 Sunday School Sunday Worship: 11:00 a.m. Pastor Carlos A. Jones

Greater St. John Baptist Church 2200 26th Ave, No. Nashville, TN 37208 (615) 263-9450       Sunday Worship: 10:45 a.m. Herbert T. Brown, pastor Gordon Memorial United Methodist Church 2334 Herman Street Nashville, TN 3728 615-329-2779 Sunday School @ 8:45am Sunday Worship @ 10:00am Bible Studies: Monday Thursday @ 6pm; Wednesdays @ 12 noon Rev. Dr. Paula B. Smith, Pastor Jefferson Street MBC 2708 Jefferson Street Nashville TN 37208 615-329-2990 Morning Worship: 10 a.m.  Rev. Aaron X. Marble, pastor John Wesley UMC 901 Benton Avenue 615-298-2019 Sunday worship 8am/11am Daniel M. Hayes, Sr. pastor

Sunday Service: 10:00am Tues. Bible Study: 6:30pm New Salem A.M.E. Church 1800 4th Ave. N. Nashville, TN 37208 615-964-7246 Sunday Worship 11 a.m. Pastor Eddie L. Sneed Payne Chapel AME Church 212 Neil Avenue (615) 262-3675 Sunday Worship: 10:00 am Rev. W. Antoni Sinkfield Schrader Lane Church of Christ 1234 Schrader Lane Nashville, TN 37208 (615) 329-0950           Sunday Worship: 7:45/10:15 a.m./5:00 p.m. Robert Gardenhire, Pastor Spruce Street Baptist Church 504 Spruce Street Nashville, TN  37203 Worship at 11 a.m. (615) 329-4105 Pastor Raymond Bowman

Lake Providence MBC 5891 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211 (615) 833-5539 Sunday worship: 8am/11am Rev. H. Bruce Maxwell, pastor

St. John A.M.E. Church 1822 Formosa Street Nashville, TN. 37208 (615) 320-1026 Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. Rev. Lisa Hammonds

The Living Word International Church 5100 Wyoming Ave. Nashville, TN 37209 615-297-7437 Worship Times: 11:00 a.m. 7 p.m. (1st & 2nd Sun.) Bishop Adebanjo

St. Luke A.M.E. Church 355 Blythe Ave. Gallatin, Tenn. 37066 615-452-3137 Sunday School 9:15 am Sunday Worship 10:30 am Rev. Dr. Barbara J. Crawford

Mt. Lebanon MBC 222 Franklin Lime Stone Rd. 11:00 a.m. worship service 615-596-0456 Rev. James J. Green, pastor

St. Matthew MBC 2412 Osage Street (615) 329-0173 Sunday Worship 11:00 a.m. Rev. W.B. Armstrong, pastor

Mt. Vernon MBC 1022 New Providence Pass Madison, TN 37115 Sunday Worship 11 a.m. 615-860-0213 Bishop Willie Joy, pastor

St. Paul A.M.E. Church 3340 West Hamilton Ave. Nashville, TN 37218 (615) 876-7219 Rev. Harold Moses Love, Jr.

Nehemiah Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Thomas E. Hunter, Sr. 916 16th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37208 615-942-5261 Sunday School: 9:00am

Word of Life Christian Center International 4100 Clarksville Pike Nashville, TN 37218 (615) 876-3086 Sunday Worship: 11:00 am Rev. Alexander Arthur

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Habitat for Humanity’s 36th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project ing units. THDA is a primary administrator for numerous federal and state housing programs and is authorized to issue tax-exempt Mortgage Revenue Bonds opening doors for first-time homebuyers and veterans. The Tennessee Housing Development Agency also provided support to the 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project in Memphis. The Barnes Housing Trust Fund, overseen by the Nashville mayor’s office, provides grants for renovation or construction of affordable housing units. The

raise awareness of the critical need for affordhomeownership able the world. around millions, Inspiring President and Mrs. Carter have been champions and strong voices for affordable, decent housing for all, donating their time and leadership each year to build and improve homes. To donate or learn more about the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project, visit <>.

fund’s support of Habitat aligns with its overarching mission to increase housing affordable options in Nashville. To date, the fund has invested more than $37 million in affordable housing development and rehabilitation and has leveraged more than $183 million of federal and private funding for the construction of more than 1,700 housing units. For more than 35 years, President and Mrs. Carter have traveled around the world with Habitat to build and improve homes. Their time and effort help to


During a break in construction, one child got to see her future bedroom for the first time. Last weekend, the Agency (THDA) and the 39 million households 2019 Carter Work Barnes Housing Trust are paying more than Project came to Fund. Each committed at they can afford for their Tennessee where former least $1 million to sup- homes,” said Heron. President Jimmy Carter port the construction of “The national and local and former first lady 21 new single-family need for affordable Rosalynn Carter worked homes Oct. 6-11 in housing is staggering, alongside future home- Nashville to help build which is why it’s inspirowners and volunteers to strength, stability and ing to see organizations build homes in independence through like the Barnes Housing Nashville. shelter. In total, funds Trust Fund and the “It is such an honor raised through the 2019 Tennessee Housing to host a former presi- Carter Work Project will Development Agency dent of the United States serve a total of 59 rally to help families in and his wife, especially Nashville families. need of affordable such a notable couple Each year, the Carter homes here in who have done so much Work Project focuses on Nashville.” humanitarian work on an area in need of affordThe Tennessee behalf of affordable able housing options. Housing Development homeownership, not just Since 1984, President Agency is a leading in the United States but and Mrs. Carter have voice for affordable around the world,” said worked alongside housing opportunities in Danny Herron, presi- 103,000 volunteers in 14 the state. Its support of dent/CEO of Habitat for countries to build, reno- the Carter Work Project Humanity of Greater vate and repair 4,331 builds on a long legacy Nashville. homes. of bringing stability to The build was made “In Nashville alone, the residential construcpossible by presenting home prices have tion and related indussponsors Tennessee increased 74% since tries in order to drive the Housing Development 2012. Nationally, nearly production of new hous-

Burn permits now required for open air outdoor fires With hot and dry weather leading into our fall fire season, Tennessee’s State Forester is requiring a burn permit for all openair outdoor fires beginning Sept. 23. Typically, burn permits are required statewide Oct. 15-May 15. While Tennessee has not seen an increase in the number of wildfires, and indices right now don’t suggest a high fire danger, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is putting burn permits in place early as a precaution. If current weather conditions continue as leaf fall begins, fire danger may escalate. “This precautionary measure will be beneficial as we continue to monitor fire risk,” State Forester David Arnold said. “The burn permit system focuses attention on safety, and it’s important for citizens to know when, where, and how to safely burn debris. Caution and conservative judgment should always be used when working with fire.” Obtaining a burn permit is free, fast, and simple. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is

smaller than 8’x8’ feet in size, our online system provides a quick and efficient way to apply. For a larger burn, call your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Mon. through Fri., 8 am-4:30 pm The online system and phone numbers can be found at <www.>. More than 300,000 permits are issued each year, and they are only issued when conditions are conducive to safe burning. If you live inside city limits, there may be additional restrictions. Check with your municipality before you burn. For a list of materials that may not be burned, check the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s open burning guidelines at <>. Burning without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine. Wildfires caused by arson are a class C felony punishable by three to 15 years

in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Anyone with information about suspected arson activity should call the state Fire Marshal’s Arson Hotline at 1-800762-3017. The hotline is answered 24 hours a day, and you may remain anonymous when providing information. Cash awards are offered for information leading to an arrest or conviction. To report illegal burning, call 1-888-891TDEC. The Division of Forestry promotes the responsible use of forest resources by assisting landowners, fighting wildfires, providing quality seedlings, monitoring insects and diseases, improving urban forests, managing state forests, protecting water quality, and collecting forest inventory data. The Division also works to promote primary and secondary forest industries to stimulate the state’s economy. Visit <> for more information. Visit <www.Burn> for additional tips to burn safely and to protect your community.

AMEND Together... from page 3A and educate 30,000 MNPS personnel, students, parents, and mentors in the AMEND Together curriculum over the next three years. YWCA will also identify, recruit, and train at least 10 MNPS staff to launch 10 AMEND Together Clubs in the 2020-21 school year. Currently, YWCA offers AMEND Together programming in 24

MNPS middle and high schools, reaching more than 500 boys. Extensive work by experts in gender violence prevention reveals that through education and mobilization, ‘good men’ must play a critical role in creating a community where all women and girls are valued and safe. From this highly actionable finding came AMEND Together, a

primary prevention strategy based on the concept that the end of violence against women and girls begins with men. The YWCA program has grown rapidly over the last five years, and it recently joined with Vanderbilt Sports and Society Initiative to host a national conference on ending gender-based violence and promoting healthy masculinity.

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Ethnic Dishes to Celebrate Diversity

(FAMILY FEATURES) Incorporating the tastes and traditions of Hispanic-style cuisine into athome meals is as simple as choosing your favorites, preparing with quality, authentic ingredients and watching your family devour them. If you're looking to elevate your dishes with new flavors, now is a perfect time to experiment with recipes celebrating and inspired by classics, like Cuban Sandwiches or creamy Rajas con Crema. Made with dairy products from California, the nation's leading producer of Hispanic-style cheeses and crema, these easy-to-make meals provide loved ones with a cultural dinner experience. Visit for more ways to add ethnic inspiration to your family meals and to find a variety of products with the Real California Milk seal at a supermarket near you.

Cuban Sandwiches Prep time: 30 minutes Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 4 4 teaspoons Real California butter, softened, divided 4 telera breads or French rolls, split 8 teaspoons mustard 24 thin slices smoked ham 3 large dill pickles, thinly sliced 1 1/2 pounds roast pork, sliced 4 slices (6 ounces) Real California Hispanic-Style Manchego cheese Spread 1/2 teaspoon butter on outside of bottom halves of each roll, arranging buttered side down on work surface. Top each with mustard, ham, pickles, pork and one slice cheese. Spread 1/2 teaspoon butter on outside of top halves of rolls and arrange buttered side up on top of sandwiches. Heat skillet over medium-low heat. One or two at a time, place sandwiches in skillet, place heavy skillet on top and cook until browned, about 3 minutes per side. Wipe out skillet as necessary. Cut each sandwich in half and serve. Note: Panini maker can be used to

cook sandwiches. Rajas con Crema Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Servings: 4-6 5 poblano or pasilla peppers 1/4 cup, plus 1 tablespoon, vegetable oil, divided 2 cups thinly sliced white onion 1/2 teaspoon salt, to taste, plus additional (optional) 1 cup Real California Mexican crema agria or sour cream 1 cup white corn (fresh, frozen or canned and drained)

Cuban Sandwiches 1/2 cup chicken or vegetable broth 3 cups shredded Real California Oaxaca cheese corn tortillas Rub peppers with 1 tablespoon oil. In medium saucepan, cook peppers, turning occasionally, until well charred, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to bowl, cover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Rub charred skin from peppers. Remove stems and seeds. Cut peppers into 1/4-inch strips. Set aside. In large saucepan over medium heat, warm remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until

tender, 5-6 minutes. Add peppers and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until peppers and onion are tender, 5-6 minutes. Add crema, corn and broth; bring to simmer. Reduce heat to maintain simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid is thickened and saucy, about 20 minutes. Add cheese, stirring until melted, and additional salt, to taste, if desired. Serve with tortillas. Substitution: Canned roasted poblano strips (2 3/4 cups, drained) can be used in place of fresh peppers. Source: Real California Milk

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Talk of reparations for slavery moves to state capitols (part 2) by Teresa Wiltz Stateline -- State bills seem designed to ignite conversation about systemic racial injustices at a time when the nation is sharply divided over issues of race. Like the federal bill currently being considered in the U.S. House, the state measures would create commissions to study reparations and propose solutions. For example, New York Democrats

in January introduced bills in both the General Assembly and the state Senate that would create a commission to study reparations and racial and economic discrimination against African Americans. The bills would also acknowledge “the fundamental injustice, cruelty, brutality, and inhumanity of slavery in the city of New York and the state of New York.” New York state Sen. James Sanders,

Jr., the lead sponsor of the Senate bill, declined Stateline’s request for comment. State Assemblyman Charles Barron, who introduced that chamber’s bill, did not respond. California Democrats introduced two measures this year. One, which both the state Assembly and Senate approved overwhelmingly, was a resolution acknowledging California’s role in chattel slavery and recognizing

“the need to pursue avenues to implement proposed reparations for the descendants of African slaves in the United States.” A second resolution, introduced in June, would formally apologize for California’s “past complicity in slavery” and encourage Congress to enact the federal reparations bill. That Continued on page 7B

Environmental justice advocates say climate change isn’t a ‘White thing’ by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire correspondent The climate crisis is real. From the devastating of extreme weather events made worse by climate change to the public health implications of increased pollution like heightened asthma attacks, communities are feeling the impacts of this crisis first and worst. Experts said real solutions to the climate crisis are needed now to protect the long-term well being of and for future communities, generations. "With the Trump administration rolling back environmental and public health safeguards, I am deeply concerned that we are running out of time to do something about this crisis," said Dana Swinney, a New York-based public relations expert who works with several green organizations across the country. Information provided by Swinney's firm noted additional climate crisis health impacts on African Americans, including: Number of African Americans • that report having asthma: 2.6 million • Black children are 4.5 times more likely to be hospitalized for asthma than White children • Black children are 10 times more likely to die from asthma than White children. • The increased health burden

It is critical that African Americans, if they aren't already, become aware of all of the ways climate change shows up in their lives. of particulate air pollution on African "There is a familiar phrase that "Far too often it is our communities Americans compared to the American goes something like this: if you're not (Black and Brown communities) that population overall: 54% at the table then you're on the menu," are not prepared enough, resilient • Sixty-eight percent of African said Michelle Mabson, a staff scientist enough, or adaptive enough when Americans live within 30 miles of a for the Healthy Communities Program climate disasters hit," Mabson said. coal-fired power plant. at Earthjustice. "We look at the devastating • 6.7 million African Americans Mabson is also a volunteer chief impacts from Hurricane Katrina, and live within a county that is home to a advocacy officer for Black Millennials Continued on page 7B refinery. for Flint.

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Poll of likely voters shows rising student debt problems Weakened borrower protections, blocked debt relief cited by Charlene Crowell When likely voters across the country were recently asked their opinions about student loan borrowing, 82% agreed that the stillgrowing $1.5 trillion debt is a national crisis. Even when partisan affiliations were included, the solid concern for this unsustainable financial burden held strong: 74% of Republicans, 80% of independents, and 90% of Democrats. When asked further about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)’s reduced efforts to protect students from abusive student loans and student loan services, those most concerned were Blacks, Latinx (73%) consumers earning less than $50,000 per year (72%). Additionally, voters in early Democratic Primary States agreed at 77%, as did both women and military or veterans’ households that polled 70% each. Conducted by Lake Research Partners and Chesapeake Beach Consulting, the poll was jointly commissioned by the Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) and Center for Responsible Lending (CRL). Its student loan results, released on

October 2, found that recent actions by the of Department Education (DOE) and CFPB both the contributed to consumer concerns. Higher penalty fees charged to struggling borrowers, making it harder for state and federal law enforcement agencies to pursue wrongdoing by state loan servicers and blocked debt relief for students who were defrauded by for-profit institutions were the top DOE criticisms cited in survey. “The Department of Education seems to be making it easier for forprofit colleges and servicers to take advantage of students,” said Debbie Goldstein, CRL executive vice president. “We need a Department of Education that holds forprofit institutions accountable for abusive practices and a CFPB with a division that protects borrowers from predatory student loan servicers. Without proactive regulatory action and strong state laws, students of color will continue to carry larger debt burdens, exacerbating the racial wealth gap.” “The student debt crisis in the United

States deserves greater attention and voters know it,” said Alexis Goldstein AFR senior policy counsel. “Borroneed federal wers authorities as allies, not as apologists for the forprofit college industry.” The disproportionate student debt burdens borne by Black and Latino borrowers was the focus of a joint research report by the NAACP, National Urban League, UNIDOS US, Leadership Conference Education Fund and CRL. Initially published this July, QUICKSAND: Borrowers of Color & the Student Debt Crisis, the report examined how unprecedented debt levels weigh heaviest on Black America. Key findings from that report show that: • Today, over half of all families with Black heads of household aged 25-40 have student debt. • Black bachelor’s degree graduates are unable to afford loan repayments at five times the rate of comparable white graduates. These Black grads are also more likely to default than Whites who never completed a degree. • Four years after graduation, nearly half of black graduates owe on their more undergraduate student

“Without proactive regulatory action and strong state laws,” said Debbie Goldstein, CRL executive vice president, “students of color will continue to carry larger debt burdens, exacerbating the racial wealth gap”. (photo courtesy of <iStockphoto/NNPA>) loans than they did when they received their degree. By contrast, only 17% of White graduates face this same dilemma. Similarly findings and concerns were found in a September student loan debt report entitled Stalling Dreams by Brandeis University’s Institute on Assets and Social Policy, a part of its Heller School for Social Policy and Management. Among its key findings: • Twenty years after starting school, the typical Black borrower owed about $17,500 more than their White peers; • The typical Black student loan holder in their 30s, has negative total wealth of $10,700 compared to Whites who

are close to breaking even; and • About half of all Black borrowers and a third of all Latinx borrowers wind up defaulting on their student loans within 20 years. With researchers and consumers agreeing that student debt is at crisis levels, the larger question becomes: What, as a nation, are we prepared to do about it? And if so, when? With 44 million people affected by student loan debt, this $1 trillion issue should not be ignored but rather vigorously debated as part of the 2020 elections in the interest of our collective futures. “We need a racial equity filter for solutions

to reverse the consequences of our current privatized high education financing regime,” said Brandeis’ Stalling Dreams. “We need a return to strong public investment in higher education that acknowledges the societal benefit on an educated public.” In other words, if you’re drowning in student debt, your education is working against you instead of for you. It’s time for a new paradigm in American education. (Charlene Crowell is the Center for Responsible Lending’s Communications deputy director. She can be reached at <Charlene. crowell@responsiblelen>.)

Carper hosts roundtable Kennedy Center hip-hop at DSU to discuss critical teaching artist engages through CECA partnership Federal funding for HBCUs

Kennedy Center teaching artist Bomani Armah leads about 60 Kenwood Middle School students in a hip-hop writing exercise. John F. Kennedy two days, he held several Center for the Perfor- writing workshops for ming Arts teaching artist nearly 350 Kenwood Bomani Armah stood at middle schoolers. the front of Kenwood Austin Peay State Middle School’s library University’s Center of on Oct. 3 with more than Excellence for the 60 students staring at Creative Arts (CECA) him. paid to fly in Armah in “I want to make sure collaboration with you learn these five CMCSS as Kennedy steps of the writing Center Partners in process. I found a real Education. Armah, who easy way to remember lives outside Washingthe five steps,” he said. ton, D.C., in Maryland, “I want to show it to was the first of four you. If you follow these teaching artists who will five steps, I promise you come to Clarksville this everything you write school year. will be better.” Guiding students as Moments later, the they write lyrics for a music started, and the hip-hop song helps to beat drummed out its energize them about crescendo. Armah capt- learning not only a ured the beat and subject but also how to launched into his rap: write, Armah said. “When I want to write “The basic idea is something and my that I help students turn thoughts are all a mess, I any text into a song,” put it all together with Armah said about his the writing process.” student workshops. Then he involved the “This year we’ve written students (the entire songs about the room) in the dance and American Revolution, words that accompanied about the water cycle, the chorus: “I’ve got about where to put the thoughts I must express decimal place, about or issues I must address, classroom rules. the way to do it best is Literally whatever the the writing process— text is, we break it down prewriting, drafting, and turn it into rhyme.” revising, editing, The finished rhyme publishing.” is a pneumatic device As a Kennedy Center that helps students teaching artist, Armah remember a subject: travels the country “But more important showing educators how than the finished product to use hip-hop to teach is the process of getting the creative writing there,” Armah said. process. “Students breaking He led 15 down the text, figuring Clarksville-Montgomery out what the words County School System mean, finding the simile, educators in a teacher- metaphor, rhyme words. training workshop on “That whole activity Oct. 2, and the following of trying to make the

rhyme helps engrain the concept into their brains because they’re forced to look at the concept from a whole bunch of different angles,” he said. “On top of that, it’s fun.” During his workshops with Kenwood eighth-graders, Armah guided the students through the writing process, asking them to find words that rhyme with their names and to describe the places where they’ve lived. The students took those tidbits to start crafting an autobiographical song about themselves, prewriting, drafting, revising and editing along the way. “Just the whole process of having them write words that rhyme with their names expands their vocabulary,” he said. “They start talking to their classmates, and they come up with interesting words.” For educators, the process allows teachers to engage students through pop culture while showing the students they can use their voices (and their bodies through dance) to communicate clearly, whether verbally or in writing. “The students don’t even notice they’re doing the writing process,” Armah said. “I show the students that the beginning process of writing rhymes is also the beginning process of writing absolutely anything else, whether you’re writing a book or an essay.” The next two Kennedy Center teaching artists are Cissy Whipp and Eric Johnson, who both teach arts integration through dance. The teaching artist residencies are supported by CECA and the Heydel Family Foundation, which gave a generous 10-year gift to Austin Peay in honor of June Heydel. The CECA-CMCSS partnership also is supported by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

U.S. Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) joined Delaware State University’s Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Tony Allen, faculty and students to discuss the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education (FUTURE) Act DOVER, Del. – U.S. teacher education investment that will Sen. Tom Carper (D- programs at both the bolster our workforce Del.) joined Delaware undergraduate and and our economy. I want State University’s graduate levels. to thank Senators Jones Executive Vice “There is simply no and Scott for leading the President and Provost question that these funds charge and introducing Dr. Tony Allen, faculty are a good investment. this bipartisan bill, and I and students to discuss The money provided look forward to continue the Fostering through the FUTURE working to make sure Undergraduate Talent by Act helps to train the we renew this smart Unlocking Resources students of today for the funding in short order.” for Education workforce of The FUTURE Act (FUTURE) Act—a tomorrow,” said Sen. would ensure that DSU bipartisan, bicameral Carper. “At a time when would continue to bill that provides critical millions of jobs are receive approximately funding for Historically going unfilled because $890,000 annually, Black Colleges and people do not have the which funds the Universities (HBCUs). necessary skills, this following main The FUTURE Act, funding ensures that programs: introduced by Senators students graduating • $270,000 for the Doug Jones (D-Ala.) from Delaware State Revitalizing Excellence and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) University, and other and Expectations in would renew $255 HBCUs around the Math and Science million in annual country, are ready to Program mandatory funding for step up to the plate and • $264,000 for the all minority-serving build lasting careers. Teacher Education institutions, including From ensuring that we Program Enhancement HBCUs. These funds have more teachers of Program lapsed last month at the color in our elementary • $174,000 for the end of Fiscal Year 2019. school, middle school Improving Library At Delaware State and high school Services and Research University, this federal classrooms to providing Support Program funding helps to the training needed to • $73,000 for Camsupport, among other excel in the fields of pus-Wide Classroom/ things, science, science, math and Laboratories Facilities technology, engineering engineering, this and Tech-nology and math (STEM) and funding is a smart Upgrade Budget

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Nashville General Hospital, Nashville General Hospital Foundation and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (SHFB) received a $100,000 grant from the Amerigroup Foundation (the philanthropic arm of parent Amerigroup’s company) to launch the ‘Food is Medicine’ program. The grant will fund a yearlong initiative Nashville between Hospital General Foundation and Second Harvest to enhance The Food Pharmacy at NGH through program universal food insecurity and screenings interventions. ‘Food is The Medicine’ program, a America Feeding initiative funded by the Amerigroup Foundation, will help Nashville Hospital General program increase Currently, services. nearly 250 NGH patients with food insufficiency have been supported by The Food Pharmacy at NGH. These grant dollars will encourage screening increased across the hospital system and provide for fresh and shelf-stable

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Nashville General Hospital Food Pharmacy food for patients living us to learn the right people receiving cancer with food insecurity. The foods to include, how to treatments confirm the goal is to enhance access read nutrition labels and essential nature of to nutritious foods, most importantly help us providing challenged improve disease self- put fresh vegetables into patients with proper management and our daily diet,” said nutrition in order to increase the future health Diane and John, current maintain body weight of patients. NGH Food Pharmacy and complete chemotpatients participants. New herapy. The program is registered for the Food The Food Pharmacy fully funded by the Pharmacy at Nashville at Nashville General Nashville General General and regular offers fresh produce and Hospital Foundation. attendees to the care shelf-stable foods to According to Feemanagement diabetes supplement the specific ding America’s Map the classes are learning dietary needs of patients Meal Gap study, nearly valuable information. based on a diagnosis of 15% of Davidson county “The diabetes class chronic illness or cancer. residents are food and access to the Food Two years of Food insecure. In identifying Pharmacy have enabled Pharmacy attendance for households of the

patients at Nashville General Hospital and the food deserts mapped by Feeding America, there is a direct correlation. Nearly 100,000 county residents are food insecure, and the lack of access to nutritious food directly affects individual diagnoses of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. insecurity Food to USDA’s refers measure of lack of access, at times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain of availability nutritionally adequate foods. Harvest Second works every day to provide healthy food for people struggling with hunger throughout their 46-county service area in and West Middle Tennessee. It is working with Nashville General to address the unique needs of their patients. This grant will make certain these patients have the foods they need to ensure a more nutritious diet while dealing with tough medical issues. “Access to healthy

food is a critical social determinant of health and fundamental to our goal of building healthier lives and communities in Middle Tennessee,” said Amerigroup Tennessee President Robert Garnett. “We’re working on several fronts to people to connect healthy, affordable food choices and creative community partnerships like ours with Second Harvest and Nashville General Hospital are the key to making that happen.” Food insecurity is strongly associated with poor nutrition and is linked to a negative impact on health across a person’s lifespan. The ‘Food is Medicine’ program introduces a in which platform healthcare providers and hospital essential systems will be able to be a part of the ongoing to identify efforts individuals affected by food insecurity and address their health and nutritional needs. To learn more about The Food Pharmacy, <www. visit ood-pharmacy>.

Nashville Health Care Council presents panel discussion on measuring value in Health Care

Pictured (l to r): Janet Marchibroda, moderator, with panelists Shantu Agrawal, Leah Binder, and Marty Makary. (photo by Donn Jones) The Nashville Health the need to address choose a new health care of data collection. She Care Council recently challenges in the U.S. setting based on additionally noted a hosted the panel health care system. priorities that extend perceived burden of discussion ‘Measuring “Health care billing and beyond medical care. measurement among the Value in Health pricing are a ‘fog’ to M a r c h i b r o d a some in the health care Care,’ featuring three of people. We can have the emphasized the need to industry. the world’s top cure, but if people don’t balance the benefits of “Measurement authorities on quality trust those in charge of individual measures of should not be a burden,” and measurement. More their care, the cure is no data with the challenges Agrawal responded. than 230 Council good. Right now, about a members attended the quarter of the public has event at the Franklin a distrust of the medical Marriott Cool Springs to profession,” said discern the meaning of Makary. value and how to “Inappropriate care, measure it. pricing failures and The panel included other areas can all be Leah Binder, addressed.” president/CEO of The Panelists discussed Leapfrog Group, a key measures for valuenational nonprofit based care focusing on organization focused on p a t i e n t - r e p o r t e d the quality and safety of outcomes. American health care; “My grandmother Marty Makary, M.D., was in a retirement surgeon and New York community which Times best-selling shared the same culture STARTING AS LOW AS author who recently as most other retirement released, The Price We communities, don’t Pay, an analysis of the drive at night and eat financial crisis in our early. When she was health care system; and hospitalized for FOR UPPER OR LOWER Shantanu Agrawal, pneumonia, she found EXTRACTIONS ECONOMY DENTURES M.D., president/CEO of the quality of care to be STARTING AT *regularly $325 - fee shown the National Quality good, which is is with 10% Off Forum, a nonprofit and something Leapfrog data nonpartisan group verifies, but she decided working to measure, to never recommend the standardize and improve hospital,” said Binder. the health care industry. “Why? Because they Janet Marchibroda, served dinner at seven CONSULT & X-RAY senior vice president of o’clock, hours later than FOR NEW DENTURE PATIENTS health policy, moderated seniors typically eat. The the panel for timing of meals is not a government affairs firm quality measure CMS Bockorny Group and a will ever track, but it’s EconomyPlus or Bipartisan Policy Center critical, because it’s Higher Denture fellow. important to patients. The panel quantified That’s how health care 03067-2 the need to improve leaders need to think patient care, defined today.” ANDREW M. BURTON III, DDS GENERAL DENTIST value while addressing An audience member barriers to measurement, asked what would 615.871.9339 and discussed how motivate hospital CEOs health care communities to prioritize consumercan work together to defined measures of make meaningful care, like mealtimes. change. Binder replied: “Losing Makary explained market share,” and noted public distrust and a that it’s becoming more AFFORDABLEDENTURES.COM broad consensus around common for patients to

Reminding the audience not to lose sight of the central issues measurement addresses: quality improvement and transparency. “Solutions should be used to remove the manual effort which can make measurement difficult. And it’s our responsibility to make sure measures are ‘good’ and those are measures that are scientifically sound, have consensus around them, and are useful. We remove measures that are either no longer relevant to delivery programs or have been replaced with better measures.” Marchibroda also

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challenged the panel to anticipate the future, asking how the measurement of health care value will continue to evolve. The panelists agreed transparency would continue to be one of the most important issues around health care value. Agrawal noted the need for industry-wide dedication to quality, rather than competition among providers. Binder and Makary added that younger generations would play an important role in the future of health care value through the consumer-driven health care movement.

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Black News Channel (BNC) TV launches in America New 24/7-news network set for November by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire correspondent In a joint teleconference broadcast live from the Four Season’s Hotel in New York’s Financial District, the Black News Channel (BNC) and the National Newspaper Publishers Association announced the official launch date and time for the nation’s first 24-hour, seven-days a week all-news TV channel that will focus on African American news. The new channel promises to inform, educate, and empower 50 million nearly African Americans now living in the United States. The potential for the network appears almost limitless. will BNC immediately have the potential to reach 33 million households daily in all the major media markets across the nation. Combined with the millions of readers who consume information from NNPA’s Blackowned newspapers and media companies each week, the BNC could quickly become the top destination for all who want to consume African American news on TV and on mobile devices.

NNPA President/CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (pictured at r), who participated in the teleconference, said the NNPA’s partnership with the BNC is a profound win-win for Black America. Also pictured are Former Republican U.S. Congressman J.C. Watts, chairman of BNC (l) and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shad Khan, who is a primary investor in the new network (c). which New York City. BNC, join us in this venture. I officially launches at 6 Former Republican bet most people don’t am on Friday, November U.S. Congressman J.C. realize that there are 223 15, has agreements with Watts is chairman of African AmericanCharter Communica- BNC, which is backed owned newspapers in the tions, Comcast and financially by business NNPA, and that’s DISH TV. The network mogul and Jacksonville content for us. already has commit- Jaguars owner Shad “We suffered a big ments for carriage in Khan. blow with the loss of major African American “This platform will Ebony and Jet hubs like Atlanta, New create a venue for the publications I grew up York City, Chicago, New African American reading. But I still read Houston, community to have a the Black Press in Orleans, Philadelphia, Detroit, dialogue to talk about Oklahoma City, growing D.C., news, education and up.” Washington, Baltimore and Los cultural things,” said President/ NNPA Angeles. Watts, who added that CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Tallahassee, Florida, the network has been in Chavis, Jr. (who houses BNC’s head- the planning stage for participated in the and the many years. I had an afro teleconference) said the quarters, network will have news when I started this. NNPA’s partnership with bureaus around the especially the BNC is a profound “It’s including important to have the win-win for Black country, Washington, D.C. and Black Press of America America.

“This year marks the 192nd year of the Black Press of America. Black Americans striving for excellence in all fields of endeavor give life to our culture that attracts and impacts all people. We set trends for ourselves and others,” Chavis said. “We’re not a cursed people, and we are a blessed people. We continue to strive for excellence, and to have Shad Khan announced as a primary investor for the launch and sustainable development of the BNC is of major significance.” Kahn told NNPA Newswire that the decision to back BNC was easy once he looked at the mission and the business model. “I am a big believer in the fact that we have a number of communities, obviously especially the American African community, who are said underserved,” Kahn, a magnate in the auto equipment industry. In addition to the Jaguars, he owns the Fulham Football Club of the English Football League, All Elite Wrestling, and the Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. “I hope that as time goes on, this becomes a bridge to connect all the including cultures, obviously south Asian.

Lower emissions and a cleaner environment: API says ‘We’re on it’

by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire correspondent When it comes to lowering emissions and reducing its environmental footprint in the U.S., the American Petroleum Institute (API) wants the world to know that the natural gas and oil industry is already doing it. A new API advertising campaign highlights the natural gas and oil industry’s leadership in reducing emissions, protecting the environment, making climate progress and serving consumers. While one commercial focuses on the role of industry as problem solvers, a second highlights industry’s

ability to solve complex problems. API has already been vocal throughout the year on the climate role that industry plays in, while providing abundant, reliable, and affordable energy across the world. API President/CEO Mike Sommers notes that the industry is “laserfocused” on tackling the dual challenge of delivering energy globally and protecting the planet. Sommers said that the industry is keeping pace with record demand for affordable fuels while reducing emissions every step of the way. By investing in innovative technologies, developing state-of-the-


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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., the founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition (at the podium), in 2017 at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition Global Automotive Summit in Detroit, Mich. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) Pipeline,’ will illumi“Over the last 20 nate the growing years, Rainbow PUSH disparity in market has built the sociogrowth for African economic case for American and other diversity and inclusion minorities suppliers, in the auto industry," dealers and said Jackson. "We have professionals. changed the mindsets The ongoing mission and culture of several of the Summit is to automakers and the facilitate a dialogue verdict is clear, with the OEMs and inclusion and diversity diverse companies, must be intentional." while delivering mea- The Rainbow PUSH surable outcomes. For will measure the goals two decades, Rainbow and outcomes through PUSH Automotive its Rainbow PUSH Project has been a Automotive Diversity catalyst in creating, Scorecard, which will strengthening and be released during the expanding opportunities press conference at the for African American Summit. and other minorities in Other major highthe auto industry. lights include an awards

reception, scholarship awards and panel discussions featuring vice presidents of global purchasing, advertising and marketing, human resources, auto dealerships and other industry experts. The community will celebrate Rev. Jackson's 78th birthday on October 31 at 6 pm during a reception at Motor City Conference and Hotel Center. The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project encourages and engenders the full and equitable participation of minorities in the growth and well being of the global automotive industry. By creating meaningful awareness, fostering knowledge and understanding, and facilitating functional partnerships and healthy collaborations, the Automotive Project enables minorities to participate fully in employment, procurement, marketing, advertising, dealer development and board membership opportunities in the industry. For more information, visit <automotive>.


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But I do believe there is an undeniable calling for everything the Black News Channel will deliver to African American television audiences, who have historically been underserved in an era where networks have otherwise successfully targeted news to specific demographic groups and interests. My decision to invest is an easy one because we get to answer that calling,” Kahn said. Both Watts and Kahn promised that BNC will give a voice to the varied experiences of African Americans and will not just tell a segment of the story but will tell the entire story. “We will inform, educate, inspire, and empower the African American community,” Watts said. BNC will have three primary anchor teams who will host the evening network’s morning newscast, newscast, and mid-day Today Live D.C. broadcast. In addition to primary anchor teams, BNC also will have expert high-profile contributors who will add commentary and information to each newscast. Continued on page 7B

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Harvey Thompson and Harrison Calloway to be Inducted into Musicians Hall of Fame by Cass Teague An evening with some of the greatest musicians of all time is coming to Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The Musicians Hall of Fame Concert & 2019 Induction Ceremony is a night of music celebration and they are thrilled to honor this year’s inductees on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Hosted by GRAMMY® award winning musician Paul Shaffer, the event will feature special guest performers including Jason Aldean, Mandy Barnett, Garth Brooks, Kix Brooks, Zac Brown, Ronnie Dunn, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Keb’ Mo’, and Paul Simon. This year’s inductees include The Muscle Shoals Horns - Harrison Ronnie Calloway*, Eades, Charles Rose, and Harvey Thompson; Felix Cavaliere of The Rascals - Musician; Wariner Steve Musician Surfaris The Song Instrumental Award for “Wipe Out” Bob Berryhill, Pat Connolly, Jim Fuller*, and Ron Wilson* ; Don Everly - Iconic Riff Award for “Wake Up Little Susie”; Alabama Lifetime MHOF

Harrison Calloway, Harvey Thompson, Charles (photo courtesy Dick Cooper) Achievement Award; R&B and rock records Jeff Cook, Teddy Gentry, between the late 1960s and Randy Owen - the to the present, as well as Original Muscle Shoals making their own Rhythm Section (FAME recordings which Studio); David Briggs, included the 1976 R&B Jerry Carrigan*, Norbert chart hit “Born To Get Terry Down.” The performers Putnam, Thompson* and Friends include Harrison Peanut Montgomery, Calloway Jr. (trumpet), Joe South*, and Reggie Ronnie Eades (baritone Young*;”The Players” - saxophone), Harvey Studio Musicians Award Thompson (saxophone, Eddie Bayers, Paul flute), and Charles Rose Franklin, John Hobbs, (trombone). Calloway, Brent Mason, Michael Eades and Thompson Rhodes; Owen Bradley* met while at Tennessee - Producer; Billy Sherrill State University in - Engineer; and Bob Nashville, and began Taylor, Taylor Guitars – performing with local Industry Icon Award. (* bands and, on one = posthumous) occasion, young guitarist The Muscle Shoals Jimi Hendrix. Together Horns is an American with Rose, they began brass section of session recording together at the musicians who FAME Studios in performed on many Muscle Shoals in the late

Rose and Ronnie Eades 1960s, and performed on albums, by 300 musicians including Bob Dylan, B.B. King, and John, often Elton with the working musicians of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. The Muscle Shoals Horns also achieved commercial success in their own right, releasing three albums under their own name, with four records on the R&B singles chart in 1976-77 – “Born To Get Down (Born To Mess Around)” (#8), “Open Up Your Heart” (#47), “Bump De Bump Yo Boodie” (#63), and “Dance To The Music” (#57). They also released three albums – Born To Get Down (1976), Doin' It To The Bone (1977), and Shine

On (1983) – and were credited on the 1975 DJM album Elton John Band featuring John Lennon and the Muscle Shoals Horns. The four members reunited in 2015 after a 30-year break, with a performance to mark the release of their recordings on CD. Harrison Calloway, seen by the other members as “the father of the group,” died in Jackson, Mississippi on April 30, 2016, aged 75, following a stroke. Achieving his greatest success as a member of the Muscle Shoals Horns, trumpet player Harrison Calloway also doubled on keyboards. His songwriting and arranging skills were in evidence even during his

college years, when he wrote a new fight song for TSU. addition to In recording with the Horns, Calloway wrote and arranged for various soul and blues artists and labels around the South during the '90s and into the new millennium. Harvey Thompson is still a performing and recording saxophonist. As one of the original members of the Muscle Shoals Horns, he contributed to countless legendary recordings at FAME Studios. Thompson has also toured extensively with Lyle Lovett, and has played with a wide variety of other artists, including John Denver, Kim Carnes and Elton John.

Nashville Rep presents Pipeline October 19 - November 3 at TPAC By Cass Teague Nashville Repertory Theatre is following the success of September’s Urinetown The Musical with a riveting family drama by Dominique Morisseau. Nashville Rep presents Pipeline in TPAC’s Johnson Theater from October 19 November 3, 2019. In Pipeline, Nya, an inner-city public high teacher, is school to her committed students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at Omari's upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. Will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away? With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Pipeline is a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give


(top row l-r) Barry Kennedy Jr., Candace Omnira,Gerold Oliver, Jackie Welch Schlicher (bottom row l-r) Joel Diggs, Mary Tanner and Alicia Haymer. her son a future without premiere of Ghost at stars as Omari. turning her back on the Nashville Children’s Rounding out the stellar community that made Theater, Actor’s cast are Joel Diggs him who he is. Bridge’s Citizen: An (Topdog / Underdog, Directing the project American Lyric, and Shakespeare in Love), is Jon Royal, one of Nashville Rep’s Topdog Candace-Omnira, Mary Nashville’s most sought- / Underdog and Smart Tanner, Barry Kennedy after artists with People. Jr., and Jackie Welch directing and teaching Alicia Haymer stars Schlicher. Art and poetry play a credits from around the as Nya, and Gerold country. Royal recently Oliver (seen in the Rep’s Continued on page 7B directed the world Shakespeare in Love)

The Boondocks to return for two reimagined seasons HBO Max is ordering two re-imagined seasons, with 24 episodes of the beloved animated series The Boondocks. The series from creator Aaron McGruder will launch in Fall 2020 with a 50minute special. All 55 episodes of the original The Boondocks series will also be available on the direct-to-consumer offering at launch. Based on the comic strip created by McGruder, The Boondocks both depicted and presaged the nation’s most roiling cultural issues, earning McGruder a Peabody Award, and the devotion of fans who see him as both the voice, and the Nostradamus of his generation. “The Boondocks was a revolutionary series that sparked conversations on hot button issues and brought dark subjects into the light

Two reimagined seasons, a 50-minute special and the complete original Boondocks library will be available on HBO Max. with episodes like ‘The nificent’ comeback on Trial of Robert Kelly,’ HBO Max.” ‘The Fundraiser’ and The new Boondocks ‘The Story of follows the adventures Gangstalicious,’” said of self-proclaimed ‘Civil Kevin Reilly, Chief Rights Legend’ Robert Content Officer, HBO ‘Granddad’ Freeman and Max and president, TBS, his two rambunctious TNT and truTV. “Aaron grandsons, Huey and is a gifted visionary Riley. The family has whose unique style of recently moved to an storytelling is a welcome idyllic community in voice and we are elated suburban Maryland only The Freemans are to see it taken over by making their ‘thug- the tyrannical Uncle

Ruckus and his bizarre neo-fascist regime. Life under Ruckus turns out to be an everyday struggle to survive. According to McGruder: “There’s a unique opportunity to revisit the world of The Boondocks and do it over again for today. It’s crazy how different the times we live in are now (both politically and culturally) more than a decade past the original series and two decades past the original newspaper comic. There’s a lot to say and it should be fun.” McGruder returns as showrunner and will serve as executive producer along with Norm Aladjem for Mainstay Entertainment as well as Seung Kim and Meghann Collins Robertson. Sony Pictures Animation will produce the series in partnership with Sony Pictures Television.

ACROSS 1. *Birds of ill omen 6. Comes before flow 9. Hair styling products 13. B on Mendeleev's table 14. Variable, abbr. 15. Lace loop 16. *Cemetery slab 17. Paleozoic or mesozoic 18. Orderly arrangement 19. *Vampire's bed 21. *Trick-or-treating garb 23. Tan purveyor 24. Best ____ secret 25. What highwaymen do 28. Rossini's “La Scala di ____” 30. 1 1/2 calorie breath mint 35. Copycat 37. Rotterdam or Singapore, e.g. 39. Expressing an assertion 40. Wine, to Pliny 41. Hiker's path 43. Ship to Colchis 44. Finish 46. Serengeti antelope 47. Wyatt Earp action? 48. Like Matryoshka inside Matryoshka 50. Bagpiper's tartan 52. Hankering 53. ____ E. Coyote 55. Precedes Sept.. 57. *Full of ghosts 61. *Fearful reaction 64. Acquiesce 65. Metal-bearing rock 67. Observatory observations 69. *Parents' postHalloween nightmare? 70. Epitome of easiness 71. Phrase of explanation 72. House of Lords member 73. Mar. follower 74. Lively DOWN 1. Gayle King’s network 2. Drilling grp. 3. Sandwich cookie

4. CNN’s Blitzer and Accept guitarist Hoffmann 5. Blunders or bloopers 6. Fifty-fifty 7. Fly hangout? 8. Ankle support, e.g. 9. Horizontal wall beam 10. Common hosiery shade 11. Type of rich soil 12. Eye affliction 15. Anise-flavored spirit 20. All thumbs 22. Make a choice 24. James Corden’s kind of singing 25. *“Once upon a midnight dreary” bird 26. Express a thought 27. Gives in 29. Suit material? 31. Republic in Africa 32. Leave slowly 33. Pond buildup 34. *Funny to some, scary to others 36. Overwhelming defeat 38. Cone-shaped quarters 42. Whitman’s famous flower 45. Not silver 49. *Marilyn Manson: “Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna ____ of fright” 51. *Traditional alternative to pumpkin 54. Parkinson’s disease drug 56. Glittery stone 57. Door fastener 58. Malaria symptom 59. Egg on 60. Not far 61. *Palm reader, e.g. 62. Affirm 63. *Fake face 66. *Gravestone wish 68. Chester White’s home Last Week’s Solution

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NBA Legend Michael Jordan pledges $1M to Bahamas by Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire correspondent Michael Jordan was a superstar on the basketball court, and now, as a humanitarian, the six-time NBA World Champion has proven that his legendary status remains worthy. The former Chicago Bulls great has pledged $1 million to help the Bahamas in its efforts to recover from Hurricane Dorian. “I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently,” Jordan said in a statement. “My heart goes out to who is everyone suffering and to those who have lost loved ones,” he said. Jordan, whose Air Jordan Nike sneaker brand has remained as legendary as his talents despite being retired for nearly 20 years, currently is the principal owner of the Charlotte Hornets. Widely considered the greatest ever to play the game, Jordan won five NBA Most Valuable Player Awards and six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Awards. He led the league in

Michael Jordan, former basketball star and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, at the National Basketball Association's board of governors meeting in New York, April 17, 2014. (DOD photo by D. Myles Cullen—public domain from News Photos archive/ Wikimedia Commons>) Dorian scoring 10 times and Hurricane was twice named NBA reportedly has left more Defensive Player of the than 70,000 people Year. homeless in the Jordan also earned Bahamas, and at least 50 14 All-Star game berths people have lost their and, in 2009, was lives. inducted into the “The Bahamian Basketball Hall of Fame. people are strong and Last year, Jordan resilient, and I hope that gave $2 million to my donation will be of support North Carolina help as they work to from this after Hurricane Florence recover devastated the catastrophic storm,” Carolinas. Jordan said.

Reparations... from page 1B resolution is currently in committee. California state Assemblyman James Gallagher, a Republican who voted against the pending resolution, said: “Certainly slavery is a grievous injustice in our country’s history that we absolutely as a country need to recognize and apologize for.” But reparations are the wrong approach, he said. “It’s a typical Democratic solution. Let’s figure out how to allocate more taxpayer dollars and throw more money at something, but it doesn’t necessarily get at the root issues.” State lawmakers' efforts recognize the complexity of slavery’s history and repercussions, said Cornell Brooks, a professor at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and former president of the NAACP. Brooks and a team of researchers at the

Kennedy School have been asked by a New Jersey advocacy organization to craft a reparations bill for that state. If successful, the team hopes to replicate those efforts in other states, Brooks said. “We need a morally ambitious strategy, but on a state and local-sized platform,” Brooks said. “To just relegate the responsibility to Congress ignores the role of state capitols and city halls in slavery.” It makes sense for states, in addition to the federal government, to address reparations because even non-slavestates benefitted from the institution, said Vermont state Rep. Brian Cina, a member of the Progressive Party who sponsored the Vermont bill. “It’s easy for people to say we didn’t have slaves in Vermont, but were you buying cotton from the South?

Tobacco?” said Cina, who identifies as multiracial. Vermont, which is now nearly 95% White, in 1777 became the first state to outlaw adult slavery. The partial ban applied to adults over 21. Cina said he introduced the legislation at the prodding of a local racial justice group. As a Brown-skinned person of color, he says he’s not sure of his ancestry because his mother was adopted. He said he’d been harassed by police, so he felt a kinship with the struggles of African Americans. And Vermont’s tiny Black population still struggles under the legacy of slavery today, he said. His bill, which is in committee, would create a task force to consider a state apology for slavery and develop a proposal for reparations.

API says... from page 5B but it notes that exported liquefied natural gas (LNG) also can help lower global emissions while addressing thirdworld countries’ lack of access to modern energy. API touts the benefits of increased use of natural gas in projections by the U.S. Energy Information Adminis-tration (EIA) that energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will decline this year by 2.5%. Meanwhile anew Department of Energy report on the life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions associated with U.S. LNG exports confirmed the environmental benefits of natural gas vs. coal, which is significant given expanding markets in Asia and Europe for U.S. LNG. EIA’s CO2 projection, along with the projected 4.9% increase in natural gas consumed for power generation relative to 2018, underscores the point that increased use of

natural gas in fueling power generation lowers CO2 emissions, and that the recent trend of the U.S. recording the lowest CO2 levels in a generation will continue. Natural gas’ competitiveness in the marketplace is a key to these national and global opportunities. The abundant, affordable fuel has driven emissions lower and helped the pocketbooks of U.S. consumers, especially low- and fixed-income households. Meanwhile, American liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports are affecting the economics of power generation abroad. While positive developments should affect all citizens, African Americans and other minorities should especially take note. “Our industry certainly recognizes the great opportunity to enlist the talents and skills of more women, African Americans and

Hispanics. A recent study projected nearly 1.9 million direct job opportunities in industry through 2035, with women and minorities accounting for hundreds of thousands of them.” The ‘We’re on It’ campaign underscores the commitment of the natural gas and oil industry to provide reliable and affordable energy, while reducing emissions and its footprint. “Today, the U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are at their lowest in a generation, largely due to the increased use of natural gas, evidence that energy and climate progress can coexist,” Sommers wrote last month. “Through continued development of sustainable energy resources and collective action toward emissions reduction, the natural gas and oil industry will continue leading efforts to improve our environment.”

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Climate change... from page 1B more recently Hurricane's Maria, Harvey, and Dorian, and we see communities that look like ours, nearly destroyed," she said. "It is imperative for us to be at the table when decisions, like rebuilding and increasing adaptive community capacity, are discussed so we can get the resources we need to be prepared for the impacts from the next storm. Make no mistake, the next one is on its way, and we can no longer afford to react once it's here. We've got to be prepared.” African Americans must heavily engage in climate justice and environmental conversation taking place globally, said Heather McTeer Toney, the national field director at Mom Clean Airforce. More than half of the African American population lives in the south, where they're four times more likely to be hit with catastrophic flood, hurricane or other extreme weather-related event, Toney said. "As the impacts of climate change increase, more and more of our communities are devastated. Moreover, an NAACP study found that African American communities are subjected to air that is 40% more polluted than other communities," Toney said. "When combined with the health impacts such as asthma, cancer, and heart disease; addressing the climate crisis is vital to our continued existence and protection of our children's future," she said. Toney added that it's not too late to act. "Climate action is the social justice movement of our time. African Americans should demand action from state, local and federal leaders on climate action now," Toney said. "We must support 100% clean energy and require equity in policy that promotes a clean energy economy. We prepare for extreme weather emergencies by

working with our churches and community organization to develop action plans for severe weather events. “We must talk about ways to become more resilient and sustainable in our home, churches, and schools. We must vote often and always for candidates that talk about climate action now. Our voices are necessary for this movement, and together we can ensure climate safety for generations to come." Kim Noble, the director of operations for Green The Church, said environmental justice touches on many issues, including climate, the economy, health, social, and racial injustices. African Americans learned about racism and injustices at an early age, and some know what being marginalized feels like, Noble said. "We have folks in environmental justice communities that feel that way every day," she said. "When we're having conversations about the environment, climate change, pollution, and climate policy, we have to include the people who are most impacted: our Black and Brown families. For far too long, our communities have been on the receiving end of the devastating impacts of climate change and pollution. For example, our communities tend to live near power plants and other types of polluting plants, which emit toxic air into the environment. These are making our families sick. "It's not that our communities are looking for homes located near power plants, but rather it's a regular practice to place dirty emitters into communities of color and often in neighborhoods where low-income families live. "That's not fair. As a nation, we can do better. We know those clean energy solutions work. We need climate policy that supports 100% clean energy and cleans

up the air so we can breathe. We also need policy that leads to good green jobs in our communities." The current election cycle is crucial for several reasons, said Kerene N. Tayloe, an environmental justice and clean energy solutions advocate for WE ACT. The election presents a great chance to mobilize votes for candidates who are not climate deniers and understand the need to address environmental justice, she said. "We must become active at the local level where so many decisions about land development and water infrastructure, for instance, are decided," Tayloe said. "We should also be keenly aware of how the demand for energy efficiency, renewable and clean energy can create jobs right in our communities. We must lead in the creation of solutions to ensure that the benefits flow creating opportunities for economic development." Tayloe said caring about the climate is not a ‘White thing.’ It is critical that African American, if they aren't already, become aware of all of the ways climate change shows up in their lives, she said. "Those record hurricanes, storms, flooding, extreme heat, and bitterly cold days that we are experiencing are because of climate change. In addition to climate change, for far too long Black and Brown communities have been the sacrifice zones for wealthier and frankly Whiter communities," Tayloe said. "It is not a coincidence that our communities are disproportionately the location of dangerous toxic facilities and are adjacent to the busiest highways. All of these systemic problems impact our health, our property value, and the ability to gain economic independence.”

Black News Channel... from page 5B The network will work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities to ensure that all African Americans have a voice. A BNC correspondent will examine life on the HBCU campuses and explain why the experiences students have at these institutions of learning are so meaningful in the cultural development of many students’ lives. The weekly one-hour program will focus on what is happening at HBCUs that is good, positive, and uplifting.

Additionally, one of the many topics will include Sickle Cell Diseases, the blood disorder that disproportionately affects African Americans. Veteran TV anchor Kelly Wright, who will host a 6 pm show on BNC, said his inaugural program would include a segment on the NNPA’s missing Black girls national series. That series spotlights the more than 424,000 African American women and girls who have gone missing in the United States over the past

half-decade. “We’re not looking to be Republican or Democrat. There will be current affairs, but we are culturally specific to the African American community. MSNBC, Fox News, CNN may have African American faces on their news shows, but they are not necessarily covering the community from a cultural perspective,” Watts stated. “We’re not looking to be left or right. We will be authentic and true to enriched and diverse African American experience.”

Nashville Rep... from page 6B large role in Pipeline, which features the Gwendolyn Brooks poem “We Real Cool” throughout the script. Projections designed by talented local artist Omari Booker are integrated into the scenery of the show. The theater lobby will be filled with projects by student artists, created in a month-long workshop this summer led by Booker and Royal. In the workshop, over a dozen students read and discussed Pipeline before putting their thoughts to paper and canvas to create the art that will welcome audiences to the Johnson Theater lobby. Nashville Rep is hosting a special Talkback following the performance on October 25th titled “School Is _______: Diagnosing the Social and Emotional Disconnect in the Learning Experience.” That

evening, a panel featuring Judge Sheila Calloway, Bishop Marcus A. Campbell, Oasis Center program director Tay McGee, and former NOAH co-chair Linda Robinson, moderated by Barbara Gunn-Lartey, will discuss the ways that systematic structures like the school-to-prison pipeline affect both the social and emotional well-being of our community. Pipeline runs from October 19 - November 3 at TPAC’s Johnson Theater with previews held on October 17 & 18. Performances are at 7:30 pm Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays October 17-19, 24-26 and October 31 November 2, with 2:30 pm matinees on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3. Nashville Repertory Theatre offers many ways to save, from Season Ticket packages

and Vouchers, to rush tickets and Pay What You Can matinees on October 26 and November 2. Details on all ticket options can be found at and tickets for Pipeline and all Nashville Rep shows can be purchased from TPAC’s box office online, in person, or over the phone at 615-7824040. Coming soon from Nashville Rep are: Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe November 8-10, 2019 (Preview November 7); Patrick Barlow’s A Christmas Carol November 30 December 22, 2019 (Preview November 29); A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams February 8-23, 2020 (Previews February 6 & 7); and Mary Poppins Book by Julian FellowesMarch 27 - April 5, 2020 (Preview March 26).

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