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Friday, August 10, 2018
‘Imagine Our Youth’ Keynote Speaker Announced
Big Mama’s Kitchen to be Featured on ‘Eat Across Nebraska’
Omaha Home for Boys is excited to announce that J.R. Martinez will be LINCOLN – Food in Nebraska is as the featured keynote speaker at its annual Imagine Our Youth Fundraising varied as the landscape and as diverse as Celebration taking place at the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol the taste buds of those who live here. District on Sept. 6. “Eat Across Nebraska” takes you on a Martinez is an actor, author, motivational speaker and retired U.S. Army restaurant adventure exploring the unique soldier who sustained devastating injuries and severe burns during his tour places, people and history that makes the of duty in Iraq in 2003. After a grueling recovery, Martinez began his acting beef state rich with history and family career on the Emmy Award winning daytime drama All My Children starring stories. as injured veteran Brot Monroe and is the season 13 champion of Dancing This fun, fast-paced hour-long special with the Stars. He is also the author of the New York Times bestseller Full of premieres at 11:30 a.m. CT Aug. 19 on Heart. Martinez will bring his message of resilience, perseverance and hope NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations. It repeats at 11 p.m. CT Aug. 19, 8:30 p.m. to the 2018 Imagine Our Youth Fundraising Celebration. CT Aug. 22, 11:30 p.m. CT Aug. 24 and The celebration will feature a VIP reception with the opportunity to meet 4:30 p.m. CT Aug. 25. and interact with Martinez as well as live and silent auctions, social hour, Viewers will get a taste of food with dinner and a program. influences from around the globe, enjoy Proceeds from the event will support the more than 300 at-risk youth, beloved recipes passed from generationyoung adults and families served by Omaha Home for Boys annually. to-generation and dabble in the state’s For more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, individual “foodie culture.” tickets or tables, please visit www.OmahaHomeForBoys.org or phone 402.457.7014. Sponsors of the event include Quantum Financial Partners LLC, Warren Distribution, and KMTV 3 News As the 2018-2019 academic year Now. approaches, transportation officials are preparing to transport more than 18,000 About the Omaha students to and from school. Parents and guardians of OPS students have received Home for Boys The Omaha Home letters confirming their transportation for Boys changes and bus stops, as well as pick up and drop saves the lives of at-risk off times. OPS Student Transportation youth by equipping has also held weekly meetings with their partners at Student Transportation and empowering these of America (STA) to initiate further young men and women communication regarding guidelines and with the skills needed code of conduct for drivers and students. to lead independent, Below is a brief outline of those efforts: productive lives. • Phone System - Parents are encouraged J.R. Martinez Through residential to phone the Transportation Hotline for care, transitional living and independent living programs, the Home guides any questions at 531-299-0140. youth in transitioning from a state of crisis to those of safety and growth. • Staffing - The Transportation Department in collaboration with Human www.OmahaHomeForBoys.org.
NET visits restaurants from one end of the state to the other. From pizza and burgers to soul food and sushi, “Eat Across Nebraska” explores how what we eat is changing and how it’s staying just the same. Restaurants visited include: • Glur’s Tavern in Columbus • Mac’s Drive-In in McCook • Ole’s Big Game Steakhouse & Lounge in Paxton • Emporium in Scottsbluff • Big Mama’s Kitchen in Omaha • Round the Bend in South Bend • Blue Sushi Sake Grill in Omaha and Lincoln • The Oven in Lincoln Big Mama - the late Patricia Barron • The Flippin Sweet in Kearney
OPS Student Transportation Prepares for Successful Start to New School Year Resources has actively recruited drivers throughout the summer. • Routing changes - Additional changes are now incorporated for routing efficiency to include: • Consolidation of middle and high school routes in close proximity (such as Bryan High/Bryan Middle and Benson High/Monroe Middle)
• Increasing maximum road time to 1 hour and 20 minutes. • STA and OPS are hosting preliminary bus route dry runs a week before school starts giving drivers the opportunity to become familiar with routes and address any potential issues or concerns. “We’ve been working actively throughout the summer to ensure our readiness for the start of the school year,” said Trevis Sallis, Director of Student Transportation. “We’ve made numerous improvements to our processes these past two years and we are committed to transporting our students to school on-time, safely from the very first day of school and throughout the school year.” Questions regarding student transportation? Visit ops.org.
Few People Know Black Women Face Such a Large Pay Gap PALO ALTO, Calif. /PRNewswire/ – Tuesday was Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, which marks how far Black women had to work into 2018 to catch up with what white men earned in 2017 alone. On average, Black women are paid 38 percent less than white men and 21 percent less than white women. To raise awareness of the pay gap and its negative effect on Black women and families, LeanIn.Org is launching #38PercentCounts, the second of three public awareness efforts this year rooted in the idea that equal pay matters. New research conducted by LeanIn.Org and SurveyMonkey in partnership with the National Urban League shows that there remains a striking lack of awareness around the pay gap Black women face. One in three Americans is not aware of the pay gap between Black women and white men, and half of Americans are not aware of the gap between Black women and white women. “The pay gap facing Black women is an urgent problem,” said Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook and founder of LeanIn.Org. “It has huge financial implications for millions of families. And it signals something deeply wrong in our economy. We need to address the gender and racial inequalities that give rise to this imbalance – and create workplaces where everyone’s labor is valued, everyone is treated with respect, and everyone has an equal shot at success.” For Black women, being paid less is just the tip of the iceberg. Compared
to white women, Asian women and Latinas, Black women receive less support from managers and are promoted more slowly. These unique challenges faced by Black women – and women of color more broadly – are examined in LeanIn.Org & McKinsey & Company’s annual Women in the Workplace study. “Black women deal with double discrimination every day – they face biases for being women and biases for being people of color. One place where we see that double effect is in the 38 percent pay gap,” said Rachel Thomas, president of LeanIn.Org. “That translates to more than $800,000 lost over the course of a career with staggering real-world implications. We’re grateful to our partners and the Lean In community for working to raise awareness of the pay gap Black women face.” LeanIn.Org, SurveyMonkey, and the National Urban League’s recent survey findings also show that even when people know there’s a pay gap, it’s bigger than they realize. Forty percent of people who are aware of the pay gap Black women face underestimate its size. Moreover, the data show significant differences in how Black women see the workplace compared to everyone else. About half of white men think obstacles to advancement for Black women are gone but only 14 percent of Black women agree. Moreover, nearly 70 percent of people who are not Black think that racism, sexism or both are uncommon in
their company – yet 64 percent of Black women say they’ve experienced discrimination at work. “The lack of awareness about the pay gap at their own workplace, particularly among hiring managers –two-thirds of whom say there is none– is an insight we hope drives organizations to take action,” said Sarah Cho, Director of Research at SurveyMonkey. “Conducting a pay equity study is a powerful way to bring this topic into clear terms, but we also hope these data spark curiosity within companies to measure perceptions about inclusion, so they can build broader programs and policies to help drive meaningful change that lasts.” “Our plan is that bringing awareness to this injustice will lead to concrete action,” said Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. “Not only would fair pay for Black women drastically narrow the racial economic gap, but it would go a long way toward stabilizing our national economy. Because Black women disproportionately are heads of households, fair pay would create a ripple effect that could lift entire communities.” LeanIn.Org is releasing a video of Black women and their families – many from Lean In Circles community – explaining what earning less means for them. When asked what 38 percent more would mean in their lives, one woman says she could retire comfortably, another says it would go toward her son’s education, and
a family explains they could use the lost income to buy a house – or “two houses, actually,” says their son. Their sentiments are supported by a large body of research that underscores the benefits of closing the pay gap for Black women. Lower earnings for them means less money for their families, especially since more than 80% of Black mothers are primary breadwinners for their households. If Black women were paid fairly, they would earn on average almost $870,000 more over the course of their career. At leanin.org/38percentcounts visitors will be able to show their support for #38PercentCounts, watch the campaign videos, and see the Black women’s pay gap “by the numbers.” In addition, business leaders and managers will learn what they can do to close the pay gap in their companies, and women will learn expert tips and tricks for negotiating more effectively. With the help of large-scale distribution and advertising partners – including Facebook, Instagram, PayPal, and SoFi – #38PercentCounts is also reaching millions of people online. KEY FINDINGS • Too many people don’t know that Black women are paid less. More than 30 percent of Americans are not aware that, on average, Black women are paid less than white men. • Even when people know there’s a pay gap, it’s bigger than they realize.
On average, Black women are paid 38% less than white men, which amounts to almost $870,000 lost over the course of a typical career. 40% of people who are aware of this gap underestimate its size. • People are overly optimistic about the state of Black women. About half of white men think obstacles to advancement for Black women are gone, but only 14% of Black women agree. Moreover, nearly 70% of people who are not Black think that racism, sexism or both are uncommon in their company – yet 64% of Black women say they’ve experienced discrimination at work. • Almost everyone agrees that earning less is a huge problem. 85% of Americans think it would be a major problem or crisis if they earned 40% less money. Yet compared to white men, Black women face this pay gap every day. • When people know there’s a pay gap, they think it’s unfair. When presented with information that Black women on average are paid 38% less than white men, 72% of Americans think it’s not fair. • The pay gap between Black and white women is even less understood. On average, Black women are paid 21% less than white women. Yet 50% of Americans – as well as 45% of hiring managers – think Black women and white women are paid equally. And 77% of working Americans think no gap exists between Black and white women in their own organizations.
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College Instructor Posts Blackface Photo And Keeps Her Job By Parker Riley How would you feel if your teacher gleefully posted a throwback photo of him or her in blackface to Facebook? Chances are you would be offended and question how an educator could be so clueless. You might be even more disturbed if the college you were paying thousands of dollars to attend – which had the nerve to use Gandhi’s “Be the change you want to see” quote in the “Division of Diversity and Inclusion” section of its website – simply gave the instructor a slap on the wrist and stated, “We do not punish speech,” as a response to the photo. Lisa Stillman, an instructor in the biology department at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., put up an old photo of herself and a friend in blackface back in October of 2016. Allegedly, it was her profile pic (yes, the profile pic). In the offensive photo, they were donning black makeup on their faces, wearing wigs with bones in their hair and one had a pot belly, which looked like she was supposed to be pregnant. “Haha! We would be sooooooo NOT politically correct these days!!” the friend in the photo wrote in the comments. “That was soo much fun dressing up that year!!” Stillman commented back: “Nobody knew who we were!” and added, “as long as we didn’t smile.” One of Stillman’s former students contacted NewsOne to share her story. The student was granted anonymity because of “backlash and threats from students” that may follow. “I found one of my professors made their public Facebook profile
picture them in blackface. I found this appalling and I reported it to Purdue University,” the student said. “Instead of firing Lisa Stillman, the Purdue administration covered it up and told her to simply delete the photo.” The student reported the photo on November 10, 2017. After 20 days, the student was told the investigation was “completed” and “appropriate action has been taken.” To be clear, blackface has its roots firmly planted in American racism, including and especially minstrel shows back in the 19th century that featured white actors who painted their faces black to act like slaves and newly freed Black people. It was these minstrel shows that largely contributed to the many negative, racial stereotypes that have been associated with Black people for well over a century. Purdue University sent the following statement after a phone call seeking comment. “Purdue received an anonymous ‘hotline’ complaint in November 2017 citing two grievances: one about the way an instructor had reprimanded students to enforce lab protocols, and another about a 2016 Facebook post of a 1974 photo showing the same instructor (then age 12) in a ‘blackface’ Halloween costume,” an email from Purdue News Service said. “The university promptly reviewed these complaints, concluding that the instructor had handled the lab incident in a wholly appropriate manner, and that her personal social media post of an old photo was not harassment under Purdue policy. In any event, what we can say firmly is that, at Purdue, we do not punish speech, particularly
when off-campus speech is expressed by an employee speaking as a private citizen.” Wow, who knew proudly posting a racist photo that looks like something from the Jim Crow South was “speech”? The student was outraged at the statement. “Blackface in any form is not free speech, it’s hate speech. How can Purdue advertise itself as a haven for diversity when it protects a staff member who is unable to respect that diversity?” she asked in disbelief. “Instructors are supposed to lead by example, and I don’t think any Purdue student should follow that example.” Purdue’s homepage has an entire section dedicated to diversity, stating it strives to “Increase and retain the number of historically underrepresented and diverse students, faculty and staff at Purdue” and “create and sustain a welcoming campus where all students can excel.” A teacher posting a photo of her in blackface is not creating a welcoming environment. Making matters worse, Purdue’s faculty on its main campus is 81% white and 2.9% Black, according to recent statistics. Maybe if Purdue had more Black faculty it would know that simply telling the instructor to delete the photo was not enough. When a professor at the University of Oregon posted a photo of herself in blackface, ironically also in October 2016, she was suspended for a year. Moreover, no student should ever have to see an educator, let alone anybody, in blackface. Aside from the blackface, the student who contacted NewsOne also recalled
the way Stillman “had reprimanded students to enforce lab protocols” as being problematic. “She pulled me out of class and told me that she would drop my grade, told me her teacher assistants drive her ‘bat-sh*t crazy’ and then said that she would tell all of my future professors about my behavior, telling me that my ‘reputation would precede me,’” the student said. “This was because I filed a complaint about the teacher assistants she managed and she got angry about it and essentially tried to blackmail me to not speak out anymore. This is what prompted me to look on Facebook and I found the blackface photo on her public profile.” Purdue, like many white institutions, has a history with racism. University President Mitch Daniels was accused in October by faculty members of “drawing a false equivalency between neo-Nazis and antifascist activists, and of personally attacking a professor who’s been critical of him in the past. The group says Daniels’s tone recalls President Trump’s initial comment that there was violence “on many sides” of the August protests in Charlottesville, Va.,” according to Inside Higher Ed. Purdue has also had protests from its Black students and allies. “African-American and other minority students and faculty at Purdue University in West Lafayette are fed up at repeated incidents of racial harassment, racial slurs and hate crimes on campus. And they’re speaking out forcefully,” PraiseIndy. com reported in 2016. “Nearly 300 protestors gathered in front of Hovde Hall, Purdue’s administration building,
to protest and demand seven steps to reduce racial incidents and improve diversity at the university.” Reportedly, the racial incidents included defacing an image of a Black professor with the n-word and “a placard left by protesters as part of a display in front of Hovde Hall was defaced with a racial slur and a stick figure drawing of a body hanging from a tree.” The FBI said the number of hate crimes reported by Purdue was the second highest for any university in the country, according to the Indianapolis Recorder in 2013. Consequently, it was not a shocker how they handled a teacher posting a deeply racist photo. A Change.org petition was demanding that Stillman be fired. To date, it has more than 100 signatures. Whether it’s a university or a major corporation like Dove, promoting diversity without working to achieve it is detrimental, especially when faced with situations like this one. It is hurtful for an educator to be so oblivious to post a vintage photo in clearly racist imagery. However, the larger issue was the school dismissing the image as “speech” and believing that simply deleting the photo from Stillman’s social media was enough. Excusing this behavior cosigns racism at an institution, which is an example students could follow. That said, maybe Stillman thought she could get away with this abhorrent behavior while teaching at Purdue, which, again, according to the FBI, has the second highest number of reported hate crimes for any university in the country. A message sent to Stillman for comment was not immediately returned.
NFL Legend Randy Moss Makes Huge Statement About Police Brutality Without Using Words By Keka Araujo The NFL has been criticized and even boycotted for its hands-off approach toward injustice against Blacks in this country. The organization has even blackballed superstar quarterback Colin Kaepernick for his refusal to stand during the national anthem before games. Many of the speeches at Saturday’s 2018 Pro-Football Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony in Canton, Ohio, gave lighthearted accounts of former players’ careers as well as praise to former coaches, teammates and teams while others reminisced about their time on the field. But Randy Moss’ silent statement spoke volumes. Moss’s 17-minute passionate speech was no different. His admirable career spanned over 14-seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, the San Francisco 49ers and Tennessee Titans. CBS Sports reported Moss racked up 982 catches, 15,292 receiving yards and 156 touchdowns within that time adding him to the ranks of superstars like Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin. However, the legendary wide receiver wore a tie with the names of African American men, women and children who have been killed in police shootings or died in custody. Without negating the accomplishments of his esteemed colleagues, he offered a poignant remembrance of what was also still very important. Moss wore a tie with 13 names on it. Those names were: Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, Tamir Rice, Greg Gunn, Akiel Denkins, Alton Sterling, Michael Brown, Walter Scott, Brendon Glenn, Eric Garner, Paul O’Neal, and Akai Gurley. He told fellow inductees, including Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, that he wanted to make a statement to the victims’ families. “We all have kids,” Moss said. “We’ve watched Spiderman before. Uncle Ben told Peter Parker, ‘With great powers, comes great responsibility.’ So, you asked me about my tie. “We all know what’s going on. You see the names on my tie. Being able to use a big platform like this here at the Hall of Fame ... What I wanted to be able to express with my tie is to let these families know that they’re not alone. I’m not here voicing; but by these names on my tie, at a big platform – it’s the Pro Football Hall of Fame – there’s a lot of stuff going on in our country. I just wanted to let these family members know that they’re not alone.”
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“We are pleased The Partnership to bring a city For community volunteer leader and tireless non-profit organization Our Kids, a Schools.” to campus,” Newland, M.D., that provides disadvantaged director of UNMC’s said Myrna “The Partnership The mission of students For Our Kids Staples Foundation and coordinator of Equity Office academic enrichment with positive works to for Learning Inc. the Martin Luther provide Commemoration is to teach, train King Day received a $10,000 experiences, has mentary school disadvantaged ele- inspire. Committee. “I and Founded in 2002, grant from Staples students with positive believe our campus Foundation for the founda- can look forward to an Learning, a private academic enrichment experiences,” tion has contributed inspiring and speech.” foundation created relevant said Briana Curran, million to national more than $17 manager, Staples The and Funding from SFFL by Staples Inc. Foundation that provide educational local charities best annual address is regularly for Learning. will support the one attended events “Staples and opportunities Winners Circle Foundation for on Martin Luther of the city’s job skills for all program, which Learning supports King Jr. Day. people, with a This year, the event starts pro- Winners vides underserved the special Circle program, at noon, is free which cre- youth. emphasis on disadvantaged to the public. Guests dents with access elementary stu- ates an environment and open can park in Lot to rigorous math, Staples Foundation the visitor parking where youth are 15V, which is reading and citizenship recognized for for area located on Learning has also their achievements the south side developed lasting the Student Life Center increase their academic activities to teachers, peers, by relationships of at the corner of parents and the achievement. 40th & Jones com- of America, with Boys & Girls Clubs Streets. “The Winners munity.” Circle program Earth Force, Hispanic Gray is a first-time ensures disadvantaged Winners Circle students have for the 2nd District. elected city council member and All Our Kids Heritage Foundation, and the the resources and Initiative joined forces in for a Competitive support needed 2007 to form Prior to his election, Inner City. In addiOmaha City Councilman to Partnership develop an enthusiasm The tion, Staples Gray had a 30-year For Our Kids, to Ben Gray Foundation for a television for learning,” help dis- supports said Beth Smith, career as Learning photojournalist nered with Executive Director, advantaged students. The Partnership Ashoka, an organization “Kaleidoscope” and the emergency host of Winners Circle on Omaha’s ABC’s that develops and supports department at Program of The creates a community of caring affiliate station, Nebraska Medical Center social entrepre- KETV NewsWatch 7. Partnership For dents from pre-kindergarten for stu- neurs around to use intervention The The show featured gies to decrease Our Kids. “With discussions about the world, in nine stratesup- high school youth violence, passionate through tries: port from Staples a variety of such as immediate Argentina, Belgium, coun- Gray has to help Foundation for community issues. engagement after violent won multiple Learning we can Brazil, taged youth graduate more disadvan- Canada, incidents to reduce local, regional tion attempts. continue France, Germany, awards as a reporter, and pursue highretaliaand national grades and standardized to increase er education the photojournalist In 1998, Gray to become employable Netherlands, Spain and test scores for Gray dedicates and host. and his wife, youth throughout the productive citizens United much States. For more Freddie, began of his time ing with the African-American Omaha Public lives of severely who give back information about workto foundation their community. at-risk youth and to improving the to close the Achievement or how to apply gang members. the achievement Council for a grant, is the emergency team He Omaha gaps of children visit www. staplesfoundation.org. Community Connection, director for Impact Public School in the (OPS) District. Inc. — a non-profit, One A sought lence prevention vio- his Martin after motivational speaker, organization. Its members Gray titled Luther King Jr. part- Love,” Day speech, “Strength after one of Dr. to King’s most read books.
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hardly can I of the people that no good money and invest it now doing, save your “Dedicated to the service believe that the bonds that you and that evil shall not go wisely. Buy more Savings cause shall lack a champion Omaha Star has if and when things may be comfortable unopposed.” been in existence for change. seventy-two years a former pastor of the newspaper, Mildred Reverend Joseph Forbes, In an introduction to and I have been the said, “Mildred was St. John A. M. E. Church Gilbert wrote: publisher for the It is with profound pleashe made her paper To the Citizens of Omaha: a friend of the pastors ... last twenty years. It a platform. She Publishing Co., and [sic] available anytime we needed sure that the Omaha Star seems like yesterday well trained journalistic ministry. She believed that organization of energetic, by saw her work as a that I started after my One entire page day a paper of the people, God had given her a calling. minds, give to you this aunt Mildred Brown We here and now wish devoted to the work of the people and for the people. its was per edition was expired. Some of the Omaha Star dedicates community, submitted by to have you know that in the churches in the you have been supserving the general public the pastors. existence to the task of porters almost from It shall be our policy the struggle for Among her concerns was every way humanly possible. Others of the start. Brown’s primary path of duty in the behalf racial equality. Mildred to move in an unerring became supporters it already had. She worked bringing to you the local Star was in selling Many others became supportfoothold in Omaha than early role in the Omaha Black America in Omaha, for equalas the years went by. sincere it, as well as the national many organizations to work only an excellent salesperyou I want to give my news of the city as we find of tirelessly with of ads. She was not the National ers recently. To all of backing for the welfare could use the ads as a tool She was a member of son; she found that she highlights, promoting and to ity and peace. Colored People thanks. to sell newspaper ads Black America in general. for the Advancement of is fascinating. The Omaha her activism. She refused the citizens of Omaha and She Association Association, the Working at a newspaper sea of journalistic adventhe Black Publishers did not employ black workers. that because this is our paper. (NAACP), As we launch out into the of companies her readers to proStar is especially fascinating can the support of the general League, the Urban League Anyone who is interested also used editorials to encourage and she challenged National Business ture, we sincerely request Black museum. This paper is about us. in when we as a group must military and the Great Plains and issues. Where else test the segregation of the public. The time is at hand plant Nebraska, active, she was submit their story, events Omaha Star a firm foundathat the Martin Bomber time during which it was Since the recent recession, them to apply for jobs begin to build. Give the She During the De Porres Club, and also this State can this happen? and reading support and rollerBase in Bellevue, Nebraska. the spokeswoman for the tion by way of subscribing an emotional, financial enter- at Offutt Air Force building after the paper has also been who is widely rememwe in turn will build an meet in the Omaha Star hired Charles Washington, we will assure you that are determined to persevere. and allowed it to a mouthpiece and a to support their own facility. coaster at times but we civil rights, as a reporter the club ran out of funds to contact us concerning bered for his work for prise worthy of consideration, working in the commuI encourage the public who was the executive She spent countless hours or even if you want to columnist. Whitney Young, force for the people of Omaha. commucomplaints, recommendations are certainly apprecithe Star as a mouthpiece Urban League before eventu- nity, receiving over one hundred and fifty In addition to offering the secretary of the Omaha the “Unsung Heroine director of the National compliment us. Your comments community in Omaha, nity service awards, including the NAACP, one of ally becoming the executive for the African-American in behalf of the community by editorials. the community to realize ated. The staff is working Award” for service awarded Urban League, contributed Gilberts also encouraged a better and more enlighten honored be to Africanattention call 16,000 power boycotts to and trying to always have people in the country The paper supported the positive effect the buying was small, and is an outstanding cater often only thirty-five time of her death. She paper. Our staff is very if they would carefully she and her staff were with this award by the to discrimination, and Americans could have working to satisfy you. Lyndon B. Johnson as a businesses that employed team and they are always to also appointed by President their purchases only to support base and I wish well. East Germany to investigate We have a large religious treated the community goodwill ambassador to African-Americans and for the support of the churches following the conissue of the paper, Edward express sincere thanks, alleged human rights violations worked to improve Specifically, in the second leaders. clergy Omaha the North and the also of She members in the community our struction of the Berlin Gilbert pointed out that least, I want to thank carriers and her office an ice cream shop Last but certainly not the lives of the newspaper black community were patronizing which would be there would not be that someone did not have Ice Cream, advertisers. Without advertising, workers. If she learned of at 24th and Lake, Reed’s published. Advertisements hiring practices over she would buy them bags an Omaha Star Newspaper enough food at home, targeted for their discriminatory an the printing of the publicalarded The newspaper carriPorres Club. Gilbert spent and retail sales pay for groceries to supply their a decade later by the De at least or Easter party advertisers have stuck with counted older Christmas and our of shop special a Many cream tions. us. ers often received hour outside the ice Newer ones have joined work, when they might approving of their us throughout the years. adverin gratitude for their hard one hundred African-Americans that they don’t have to were given all year. their purchasing power. Others have the feeling them receive the only gifts they hiring practices through Americans we will give in 1989, the Omaha Star divorced in 1943, and tise because as African At the time of her death Mildred and Edward Gilbert in Star readers look at the a circulation of 30,685 her maiden name, Brown. our business anyway. Omaha and had a staff of twenty, and Mildred resumed using for those who support us Mildred Brown wrote, Omaha Star, the longest advertising in the paper thirty-nine states. In 1969, As the publisher of the from those advertisers. persist? The answer newspaper run by a woman, we encourage them to purchase or think our readers “Why then do Negro publishers of his press, all of operating black-owned refuse deprived neighborhood news and For those advertisers, who is clear. If the Negro is Mildred Brown provided to market to, we encourage through the years since than fifty years. The paper are not important enough the tortuous gains achieved commentary for more shop to ask those merchants lost, and tomorrow’s Negro by calling attention to our readers when they his emancipation will be served an important function continue forces, Why they don’t? If they people in the black commuthe mercy of the powerful of at advertise be not will do that youth accomplishments our the man the ramparts of bigthe Omaha Star, I urge values. The newspaper North and South that still to refuse to advertise in $$ nity and emphasizing positive got Mildred Brown their products. Remember who received awards, or otry, prejudice and discrimination.” to do so. From readers to stop buying recognized individuals compelled had previously been closed persisted because she felt speak. new jobs in industries that civic she had established readers, supporters, merIt announced acts of the first edition of her newspaper, Thanks again to my staff, to African-Americans. good writers and all others They highlighted one She guided the newspa- a challenge to herself and her staff, “that no chants advertisers, contributing labeled “troublemakers.” pride and community charity. not of the continued existence eras of the Civil Rights cause shall lack a champion and that evil shall week in order to continue through the tumultuous who lend support to making neighborhood family per staff were On the occasion per to the demonstrations Your help is greatly appreciMildred Brown and her in to foster a sense of community. Ms. Brown again Movement, from segregation the Omaha Star possible. for late go unopposed.” of their community, Brown to the racial unrest of the bright and continued future of the 1950s and 1960s, of the Star’s ninth anniversary, ated. I look forward to a the certainly champions outspoken voice in the wildercommunity, congratulated The Omaha Star reported She was an 1960s and early 1970s. pledged her support to the the Star in the Omaha community.. both locally particular. tortuous gains of their emancipation not of its businesses and that the and the tragedies that occurred ness triumphs North Omaha on the growth end. not her that for was toward up this advice tirelessly Mildred Brown are lost, and she worked fast development, and offered and throughout the nation. get any further a neighbors. interested in letting discrimination wishes to urge that you The Star on its anniversary
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Friday, August 11, 2017 NAACP Names Johnson Interim Derrick President The
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By Lauren Victoria Burke “You can’t rain NNPA Newswire Contributor Stepping Saints, on our parade,” said one of lining up for the as the drill team gathered to the Salem The NAACP has pray before 21st named Derrick Members laughed biennial Native Omahans their board of directors, Johnson, Day parade. as they recalled soaked uniforms the organization’s vice chairman of performing in The unanimous interim president. raindecision was the Saints have over the years, 50 to be exact. committee of For 50 years thrilled crowds the board of directorsmade by the executive stepping and with their precision during the that Association’s stories and much always-on-beat rhythm section. high 108th annual convention Many in Baltimore. The the parade when laughter were shared the NAACP is the night before close to 100 largest team staffers rights organization and oldest civil gathered for their former members and drill celebration. 50th anniversary executive committeein the U.S. The reunion of the board is Saturday morning comprised of 14 during the parade, people. wore name tags the alumni members On May 19, with their dates their participation of service. They announced that the NAACP board consider ministry of Salemservice because they were Cornell William the contract of an outreach Baptist Church. Brooks, the outgoing team co-founder president, would According Salem’s pastor, Phyllis Hicks, it was in August to drill Brooks’ contract not be renewed. the Rev. J.C. ended on June holding a parade Wade Sr., had 1966 that Brooks began 30. the idea of his Wanting to shineto celebrate Salem’s annual President in May tenure as NAACP Derrick Johnson youth a spotlight on of 2014. (NAACP) of the church, all of the youth month. “I am thrilled a quickly began drill team was formed. The Derrick Johnson to announce that my friend girls choreographing and colleague has been appointed while the boys marching routines, CEO. I could interim president developed beats not think of a routines. Many to accompany more qualified better, more battle-testedand the of the young people individual to guide or transition period,” found their the said Leon Russell, NAACP through this niche and after board of the NAACP. their the chairman of the first performance, “Derrick’s longtime encouraged him to take decisive service with the Association Rev. will allow action to deal Wade to make will also serve with daily challenges. as the primary the drill He spokesman for have every confidence team the NAACP. I in Derrick permanent. new endeavor every step of the and will support him in this As the rain way.” In a statement came is truly an honor released on July 22, Johnson down said and a privilege Saturday morning, president and to be named the that it CEO of an organization interim aboard Ollie decades. the that he’s served Trolley, for “There’s a lot Hicks of work that needs and several of waste any time the getting to it. We to be done and we won’t original members threats to our are facing unprecedented democracy and marveled at the we will not be sea sidelined while of blue created See NAACP by continued on t-shirts worn by the Carolina blue Although page 2 current and alumni illness members as Jeanpierre and keeps Hicks on the sideline, they filled the Jeffrey co-directors Synceree street. as they carry on the Riggs look to her for guidance legacy. and leadership
Omaha Section Salutes 2017 Award , NCNW, Recipients
The Omaha Section - National Council Negro Women of Inc. recognizes individuals community for outstanding achievement. in the year individuals Each are recognized in medicine, education, for excellence involvement, embodimentleadership, community of the Mary Bethune Legacy and youth in excellence.McLeod Awards will be McLeod Bethune presented at the annual Mary Award Luncheon at 11 a.m. at on Aug. 26 the DC Centre, 11830 Stonegate Dr. The community is invited to important event. attend this The keynote speaker Esq., Human Resources is Shawntal M. Smith, and Talent Development Leader for Omaha Precious Davis Home for Boys. also a social Field of Medicine Smith is justice attorney. Award “Extraordinary The theme is Women: Breaking Barriers, Rising above Lives.” Omaha Challenges, Transforming Section, NCNW women of African advocates for descent as they families and communities. support their It fulfills its mission through research, community based advocacy and national and health, education, services and programs on Omaha Section, and economic empowerment. NCNW is a 501c3 organization. non-profit Omaha Section Davis, Field of 2017 Award recipients: Precious Rone, Field of Medicine Award; Beverly A. Education Award; Julia D. Anderson Willa Visionary Award; Midder, Theola M. Cooper Cooper, Community Theola M. Community Supporter Award; Supporter Cannon, Bethune Briana Concept Award Book Award; Wasmoen, Bethune Lara Concept Book Denise Lee, Award; Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award; Aariona Hagler, Youth Award in Excellence For more information or to obtain contact Perlie tickets, Whitley at 402-320-0375. tickets on-line, For go 2017 Mary McLeodto Eventbrite.com and enter under Search Events Bethune Awards Luncheon or Category. Please like them on Facebook: Section-NCNW, Omaha @OmahaNCNW Inc., follow them on Twitter: and visit their omahasectionncnw.w website: http:// eebly.com/ NOT PICTURED: Aariona Hagler Youth in Excellence
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“Family is not an important thing, How important it’s everything.” is always been, very family to us? The answer is, and has important. Indulge moment. After me for a brief the overwhelmed by Civil War, Union military officershistory ex-slaves who were were on the roads, for family members searching Agents of the Bureau from whom they had been separated. Lands, commonly of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned known as the were hired after Freedmen’s Bureau, the war to provide who and ex-slaves, relief to refugees received hundreds requesting assistance of letters from freedmen wrote to the Bureau in locating lost relatives. One ex-slave from Texas with in locating “my a request for assistance own dearest relatives” list of sisters, and included nieces, nephews, whom he had uncles, and in-lawsa long been from twenty-four years separated when he was sold in Virginia before. Others in local newspapers, took out advertisements offering rewards for lost family members (Wilma A. Dunaway, the return of American Family The Africanin England: Cambridge Slavery and Emancipation (Cambridge, University Press, Reconstruction, 20013), 257. 33 82.) Foner, The African-American roots of the family Derived from our are spiritual. African heritage, maintained by shared experiences the Black family has been bond and circumstances, and a common historical despite what would lead you mainstream media to believe, Black remained strong. families triumphed Our spiritual and orientation helped See Deep Roots create a continued on page 3
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Complete the Nebraska State Historical Society Archives On June 2 representatives of the Nebraska State Historical Society took bound copies of some of the Omaha Star’s earliest issues with them to Lincoln. The ﬁve bound books will complete issues missing from the state archives for the past sixty years, ranging from September 17, 1938 through October 26, 1951. The Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center (MDBMSC) Board is working with the Nebraska Historical Society to create a complete Library Archive of the past and current issues of the Omaha Star. Although many years of newspapers have been microﬁlmed by the Omaha Public Library and the Nebraska Historical Society, many issues are missing. We are asking readers, who may have copies of the issues that are listed, to please bring them to the Omaha Star to be microﬁlmed. The issues will be returned to you. The MDBMSC was formed to continue the legacy of Mildred Brown the founder and publisher of the Omaha Star. The purpose of the Study Center is to provide area students with scholarship support and opportunities to envision career possibilities in journalism and communications through educational programs, ﬁeld trips, tutoring and mentoring. They are also provided access to resources and inspirational archive materials. The Omaha Star and its afﬁliated foundation, the Mildred D. Brown Memorial Study Center, are seeking any copies of the following issues:
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Omaha City Councilman Ben Gray will commemorative 2 Omaha, Nebraska deliver a address on the Monday, Jan. UNMC campus Thursday, January 18, to on Rev. Martin Luther honor slain civil rights leader, 7, 2010 50 cents King Jr. Gray’s speech, which is sponsored The Nebraska Medical Center, by UNMC and Truhlsen Campus will be in the Events Center Center. in the Sorrell “We are pleased The Partnership to bring a city For community volunteer leader and tireless non-profit organization Our Kids, a Schools.” to campus,” Newland, M.D., that provides disadvantaged director of UNMC’s said Myrna “The Partnership The mission of students For Our Kids Staples Foundation and coordinator of Equity Office academic enrichment with positive works to for the Learning provide Martin Luther Inc. is to teach, Commemoration King Day received a $10,000 experiences, has mentary school disadvantaged ele- inspire. train and Committee. “I Founded in 2002, grant from Staples students with positive believe our campus Foundation for the founda- can look forward to an Learning, a private academic enrichment experiences,” tion has contributed inspiring and more than $17 speech.” foundation created relevant said Briana Curran, million to national and manager, Staples The Funding from SFFL by Staples Inc. Foundation that provide educational local charities best annual address is regularly for Learning. will support the one attended events “Staples and opportunities Winners Circle Foundation for on Martin Luther of the city’s job skills for all program, which Learning supports King Jr. Day. people, with a This year, the event starts pro- Winners vides underserved the special Circle program, at noon, is free which cre- youth. emphasis on disadvantaged to the public. Guests dents with access elementary stu- ates an environment and open can park in Lot to rigorous math, Staples Foundation the visitor parking where youth are 15V, which is reading and citizenship recognized for for area located on Learning has also their achievements the south side developed lasting the Student Life Center increase their academic activities to teachers, peers, by relationships of at the corner of parents and the achievement. 40th & Jones com- of America, with Boys & Girls Clubs Streets. “The Winners munity.” Circle program Earth Force, Hispanic Gray is a first-time ensures disadvantaged Winners Circle students have for the 2nd District. elected city council member and All Our Kids Heritage Foundation, and the the resources and Initiative joined forces in for a Competitive support needed 2007 to form Prior to his election, Inner City. In addiOmaha City Councilman to Partnership develop an enthusiasm The tion, Staples Nebraska Gray had a 30-year For Our Kids, to Ben Gray Foundation for a television for learning,” Vol. 72 - No. 28 Omaha, help dissaid Beth Smith, career as Learning photojourna list nered with Executive Director, advantaged students. The Partnership supports Ashoka, an organization “Kaleidoscop and host the emergency Winners Circle e” on Omaha’s of Nebraska that develops and supports department at Program of The creates a community of caring ABC’s KETV Medical Center affiliate NewsWatch social entreprefor stu- neurs Partnership For station, dents from pre-kindergart to use intervention The Our Kids. “With around the world, discussions about 7. The show featured passionate gies to decrease youth strateen through sup- high school in nine port from Staples violence, such a variety of to help more disadvan- tries: Argentina, Belgium, coun- Gray has Foundation for as immediate community issues. engagement after violent won multiple Learning we can Brazil, incidents to reduce Canada, France, local, regional tion attempts. continue to increase taged youth graduate and pursue awards retaliaGermany, and as a reporter, photojournal grades and standardized national higher education to the In 1998, Gray become employable Netherlands, Spain and the test scores for ist Gray dedicates and his wife, youth throughout productive citizens United much of his time and host. States. For more Freddie, began ing with the African-Ame Omaha Public lives of severely who give back information about to foundation their community. at-risk youth and to improving the to close rican Achievement workthe or how to apply gang members. the achievement Council for a grant, is the emergency team He Omaha gaps of children visit www. staplesfoundat Community Connection, director for Impact Public School in the ion.org. (OPS) District. Inc. — a non-profit, One A sought lence prevention vio- his Martin after motivational speaker, organization. Its members Gray titled Luther King part- Love,” Jr. Day speech, after one of Dr. “Strength to King’s most read books.
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We are also offering [sic] a friend of the pastors a platform. She FREE transportatio& sure that the Omaha Star Publishing Co., and available anytime we needed In order to qualify in the Omaha metro area n (please well trained journalistic ministry. She believed that a paid program for this special service all Club call for a listing). organization of energetic, by saw her work as a One entire page membership fee members this day a paper of the people, had given her a calling. God Spring program and a valid membership must have minds, give to you wish now and We here fee is $30.00 devoted to the work of card. Our the people and for the people. that will be valid Club hours are its was per edition was submitted by from 3-8 p.m. Jan. 4 - May the Omaha Star dedicates For more Club the churches in the community, 7. Our to have you know that and ask for Mr. the general public in information call Dave pastors. 342-2300 existence to the task of serving the Happy New Year Felici, Unit Director. policy our be It shall the struggle for and we hope to Among her concerns was every way humanly possible. of see you at the Brown’s primary path of duty in the behalf Club! racial equality. Mildred to move in an unerring bringing to you the local Star was in selling early role in the Omaha Black America in Omaha, it, as well as the national an excellent salespernews of the city as we find of of ads. She was not only The African American backing for the welfare could use the ads as a tool son; she found that she highlights, promoting and to Career and Scholarship Achievement Council to sell newspaper ads Black America in general. will have its 4th Fair on Saturday her activism. She refused the citizens of Omaha and Annual advenHigh Magnet journalistic from of sea 9 A.M. to 3 P.M. School, 4410 As we launch out into the com N. 36th at North St. Those seeking the support of the general employment should ture, we sincerely request and dressed for come prepared when we as a group must success. Lunch with a resume public. The time is at hand will be provided. information call foundafirm a Star Congratulations Omaha 557-4470. To RSVP or for to...the King begin to build. Give the more Science & Technology Science Fair. and reading support and Students wrote tion by way of subscribing Magnet students school congratulate detailed in turn will build an enterwho won awards we will assure you that we d the eight Award reports, conducted experiments for emony. Pictured a mouthpiece and a of Excellence and presented their projects in the annual are the Awards prise worthy of consideration, winners and 7th & 8th grade a display board Alec Williams; 25 first place Luke Armitage; of Excellence winners (l to at least two force for the people of Omaha. winners with to r): Emily Beck; the Star as a mouthpiece and Katie Cramer. Nick Schultz; Ian Brummel; a Breakfast of Champions judges. The In addition to offering in Omaha, the awards cerMadeleine Dangerfield community for the African-American ; Martha Winterer; the community to realize Gilberts also encouraged power 16,000 AfricanThe country’s the positive effect the buying cater largest film if they would carefully festival for children and Americans could have including traditional, teens will be businesses that employed making stop in Omaha their purchases only to CGI, collage well. beginning in January a tour stop-motion styles. and Live Action. treated the community Film Streams African-Americans and More than when tries are In English. Australia; presents the Best issue of the paper, Edward represented, including ten coun- Recommend 95 min. Specifically, in the second of the New York Internationa ed ages: 9 to adult. works from Australia, members of the North Omaha l Gilbert pointed out that (NYICFF). From Children’s Film Festival Germany, Denmark, Finland, an ice cream shop France, Jan. 9 to March Latvia, Sweden, black community were patronizing which would be Streams’ Ruth 18, Film U.K. Switzerland, the Feb. 6-7, 11, 13-14, 18 — Ice Cream, Sokolof Theater, and at 24th and Lake, Reed’s nonprofit cinema, Omaha’s within the U.S. Tickets for all screenings Azur & Asmar Directed hiring practices over will screen five Best targeted for their discriminatory an by Michel Ocelot. best programs of the for seniors, of NYICFF are $9 general, Porres Club. Gilbert spent from a decade later by the De $7 at least students, teachers A dazzling animated series continues the 2009 NYICFF. The dren, cream shop and counted ice the outside and hour Film Streams’ feature about chiland $4.50 approving of their Young family two Forever Members. for Film Streams boys raised as brothers, one hundred African-Americans and children’s who set off on dangerous quest their purchasing power. which is made program, Streams’ All screenings will occur a through faraway hiring practices through and possible in part at Film find Ruth Sokolof lands to Gilbert divorced in 1943, and free the port from Lincoln with sup- the Edward and Theater, Mildred located at Animation. Fairy of the corner of 14th Financial Group. her maiden name, Brown. Djinns. and Mike Fahey Founded in 1997, Mildred resumed using (for- Recommend In English. France; 99 min. NYICFF is dedicated merly Webster) Streets, Omaha Star, the longest to promoting As the publisher of the one block south ed ages: 6 to adult. Cuming Street. intelligent, of newspaper run by a woman, passionate, provocative cinematic operating black-owned More information neighborhood news and works for audiences Mildred Brown provided ages 3-18 and on all five programs Feb. 20-21, 25, 27-28, within Best helping to define than fifty years. The paper March 4 — NYICFF Kids of NYICFF commentary for more compelling f a more online can Flix by calling attention to ilm experience at www.f ilmstreams.be found served an important function A kaleidoscop Juried by such for kids. www.gkids. commuic collection people in the black well-known filmmakers tv/tour. For questions,org or animated short the accomplishments of of the John Turturro, values. The newspaper as contact Casey films from around best Susan Sarandon, nity and emphasizing positive got Logan at 933-0259 please world, featuring Schamus, Matthew the James email who received awards, or traditional x11 or CGI, at casey@film recognized individuals collage, and stop-motion animation, Sant, the festival Modine and Gus Van streams.org. had previously been closed The schedule: new jobs in industries that has been described civic . In English. 65 min. Recommend The New York It announced acts of by ed ages: 3 to 8. Times as being to African-Americans. They highlighted one “devoted to the kind of fare pride and community charity. Jan. 9-10, 14, that may be found March 6-7, 11, 16-17, 21 — week in order to continue Academy Awards at the Razzle 13-14, 18 — neighborhood family per but not at the Dazzle Directed On the occasion tiplex.” local mulby Darren Ashton. NYICFF Party Mix to foster a sense of community. Ms. Brown again A mockument An all-animated ary skewering Best of NYICFF of the Star’s ninth anniversary, the absurdiprogram featuring features one live-action ties of competition community, congratulated ious, hilarcomedy and pledged her support to the youth dance troupe between kids on the vokingvisually stunning, and thought-pro four animated of its businesses and programs, involved circuit – and the North Omaha on the growth shorts, specifically up this advice for her hyper- older parents who intended for fast development, and offered audiences. In live through Seniors English them. titles. Alexis Page and neighbors. 75 min. Recommend or English subAyomide Adekunle and queen at wishes to urge that you ed ages: 9 to 16. Central High were crowned The Star on its anniversary Homecoming on Sept. 12, 2009. king
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Community Outreach Celebration at Pleasant Green Pleasant Green Baptist church, 5555 Larimore Ave, will host its annual community outreach celebration on Aug. 18 on the church grounds from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. There will be games, food, fellowship and fun. The celebration is open to the community. Rev. Brian Page is the pastor. If you have questions, contact the church at 402-346-8427.
Back To School Blessing Dear Heavenly Father, For all the children returning to school, send your Holy Spirit as their guide and protector. Keep them free from danger and unnecessary harm. Put our sons and daughters in the right place, at the right time, to receive your grace. Let them learn and grow strong. May the presence of your Spirit fill their hearts. Help us to mature as parents and caregivers. Bless every family, oh Lord. We entrust our children to you, dear God. Since from the beginning, they are yours to keep. In the name of the greatest Son of all, Jesus Christ. Amen. prayerforanxiety.com
Deaths & Funerals Claude A. Bradley Mr. Claude A. Bradley, age 72, passed away Thursday, July 26, at his residence. Cremation Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. *** Annie C. Fisher Mrs. Annie C. Fisher, age 81, passed away Wednesday, July 25, at a local hospital. Survived by daughters: Sharon Walker, Frisco, TX, Denita (Douglas) Johnson, Omaha; sister: Tommie Jones, Tyler,
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I’ve had my share of attacks from individuals who declare I am insane for accepting the God of the Bible as a legitimate source of spiritual truth. I’m also amazed at how some people refuse to exhibit their disagreements with civility but instead choose to unleash their perspectives with aggressive hostility. So, what is the right way to handle these offensive and slandering encounters? Jesus Christ as the greatest role model of grace and humility in the history of the world, demonstrated that meekness is not weakness but strength under control. There are many men and women who have faced incredible persecution and we can admire how they also embraced the attitude of Jesus in their life. Jackie Robinson is one of those individuals. He was a sports megastar known as the first African American to break the color barrier as a major league baseball player. He won rookie of the year in 1947 and went on to become a baseball legend. There is not enough room on this page to describe his talents and abilities but what I want to emphasize is the type of person he was. It’s difficult to imagine everything Jackie Robinson endured when he stepped into the spotlight of a world that was filled with prejudice. The horrific name-calling, the nasty and hate-filled insults and people spitting on him were all intended to hurt him and cause him to quit. But instead of railing against them with bitterness and hostility, he displayed a remarkable presence of grace and integrity. An important part of this story that
Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. *** Charles E. Lewis Mr. Charles E. Lewis, age 78, passed away Tuesday, July 31, at a local hospital. Survived by wife: Beulah M. Lewis; sons: Richard (Sharon) Jr., Raymond, Omaha, Roderick Duff, Washington, D.C.; daughters: Dorothy Duff, Omaha, Deanna Norris, Bowie, MD; 12 grandchildren, 18 greatgrand, 1 great-great-
BROOKLYN, N.Y. (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) – While gun control continues to be a talked about topic, Unique Messengers is not only joining the conversation, but singing about it. This musical group is on a mission to deliver “music with a message” and their latest single, “Give up That Gun,” is no exception to the rule. Officially released in August, the song contains a pertinent message they hope would inspire listeners to make positive changes in their lives and support gun reform. “Give up That Gun” was written by Winfield Craig, produced by Albert Henry and mixed by Micangelo at the Mix Palace on New York’s Long Island. “I had many sleepless nights while producing this song, but I was determined to expedite getting it finished. The message in this song is very important and one that everyone should hear. I pray that God touches your heart as you listen to this song,” Henry says. Craig says that he was actually inspired for the melody in a dream he had many years ago. “It was God who inspired me and
then later helped me to write the lyrics,” he says. “It’s my hope that those who are moved by the song will support us by downloading it, because when they do, they will be playing a significant role in helping us increase awareness on the importance of gun control.” Craig and Henry were recently invited to preview their song at TOP Civic Center in Brooklyn during the Fourth Annual Evening of Remembrance and Reflection Reception to End Gun Violence. The event was to support families who lost children to gun violence and to raise awareness and money for the Public Safety Coalition pilot program - the first of its kind in New York City. The song was well received and garnered positive feedback. The event was well attended by clergy, police, politicians, and families of gun victims, gun control activists and their guests. “Give up That Gun” can be described as relevant, thought provoking and inspiring. “With an unexpected melody and powerful lyrics, the song grasps your attention from the start and leaves you with a desire to
Dominic A. Valentine, Darius D. Biggs; 2 daughters: Cachet V. Irvin, Azzuree D. Mitchell; 4 stepchildren; mother: Juanita Mitchell, Omaha; 6 brothers, 5 sisters, 18 grandchildren, 3 great-grand, nieces, nephews, other relatives. Funeral Service: 11 am Monday, August 13, Salem Baptist Church, Rev. A.J. Wagstaff, officiating. Interment: Mt. Hope Cemetery Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home.
listen to it again and again,” Craig says. “Give up That Gun” is available for download on all major digital distribution outlets including iTunes, Google Play, Amazon.com and CD Baby.
About Unique Messengers: Unique Messengers is comprised of two men who are passionate about their desire to inspire and motivate others through the messages in their music. Craig is the founder of Unique Messengers, the writer of most of their spirituallyinspirational lyrics and he also performs with the group (lead and background vocals). He moved to the U.S. from Trinidad after having a powerful and inspiring dream about Jesus Christ’s return. Henry, also a native of Trinidad and Tobago is the producer for Unique Messengers. He is a lead and background vocalist as well as a songwriter who helps with writing original music for the group. For more information, visit: https:// uniquemessengers.com/
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is often not mentioned is that Mr. Robinson and Branch Rickey the man who signed him with the Brooklyn Dodgers were both devout Christians. It was no secret this was a huge step toward desegregating the sports world and they were also fully aware of what a strong resistance they were going to face. Their strategy was to maintain self-control and refuse to retaliate no matter how fierce the persecution. This mindset would eventually become the standard for the civil rights movement and by the way this historic moment in time was also 17 years before the civil rights act of 1964. It is told that Mr. Rickey encouraged Robinson and said this will require a person with deep faith and the character of Christ. They both discussed the need for a fervent commitment to the scriptures in Matthew 5:38-41 that Christ himself exhibited when he went to the cross. “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” Rickey issued Robinson this pointed challenge: “I’m looking for a ballplayer with guts enough to not fight back” and with the grace of heaven, Robinson was used as an instrument to accomplish God’s will. Let us be reminded today that we are not called to fight against those who hate us but to demonstrate love, integrity, humility, and self-control. (Read more at billyhollandministries.com.)
“It is real important to be brave so you are not afraid to fight boys,” says Chelsea, age 6. Well, before you battle boys, you’ll have to battle Rebecca, 5, because she defines courage as: “You don’t want to hit anybody.” Courage can be standing up to a bully or restraining an urge to punch out somebody’s lights. Real courage requires wisdom. Courage is important because “we all have to do things we don’t like sometimes,” says Eric, 5. “Courage is when you are brave about something you fear,” says Amanda, 9. Everyone is afraid of something or someone. The difference is how you deal with your fear. “If you’re afraid to smoke, and you decide to do it, that’s not being courageous,” says Sarah, 9. “That’s just acting goofy!” Never confuse goofiness with real acts of courage. Lowering your standards to go along with the crowd should never pass for courage. “When you are courageous, you do something hard like a fireman,” says Michael, 9. “It is important to be courageous because you can save someone.” Yes, we should all be grateful for the courage of firefighters, policemen and soldiers who risk their lives to protect us. “Courage means to be brave, not to be scared, just like Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego,” says Peter, 11. “They were courageous because they stood up to King Nebuchadnezzar.” When you know God as these three did, you’re not afraid of anyone, not even a king. You live your life before an audience of one. For the complete story, read Daniel 3. These men were cool under fire, as well as in the fire. They told the king they knew God could deliver them from the fire, but even if he didn’t,
they weren’t about to worship a golden idol. In the face of a burning fire, the three dared to trust God. Their courageous faith helped the king learn something about the true God. He learned that his golden idol couldn’t match the power of the true God. He issued a decree forbidding talk against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and AbedNego. Without courage, “You won’t have as much fun because you will always be scared of almost everything,” says Alex, 7. Winston Churchill once said, “Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.” God has called his people to live as heroes and heroines. Knowing which battles to fight requires wisdom. No one in his right mind goes looking for Goliath. But when your Goliath appears, you don’t want to back down. “The battle is the Lord’s,” David shouted, as he took up his slingshot to face the taunting giant. “We’re all scared sometimes,” says Kirsten, 10. “If you really need courage, don’t ask your neighbor; ask the Lord!” Young David couldn’t rely on the scared Israeli army. David was so confident in the Lord, he asked, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” When the bullies come your way, remember the most courageous act of all time, says Laci, 10: “It took courage for God to allow the soldiers to beat Jesus and to hang him on the cross. It took courage for Jesus to die on the cross.” Think about this: If you fear or respect God, you will not fear people. Memorize this truth: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (II Timothy 1:7). Ask this question: Have you asked God for courage and boldness?
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Op Ed Who Is The Brother In The Boat Democrats Are Losing Culture War With George Washington? By Terrance Woodbury
By Oscar H. Blayton We’ve all seen the painting. Gen. George Washington strikes a heroic pose, standing in a boat being rowed through an icy river on his way to win the Battle of Trenton during the Revolutionary War. But take a close look at Emanuel Leutze’s iconic painting of Washington crossing the Delaware and you might wonder who is the Black man in the boat? He is third from the left, just to the left of Washington’s right knee, and seemingly straining at an oar. For years, people have speculated that this “Brother in the Boat” may have been Washington’s slave, Billy Lee, or that he was Prince Whipple, the well-known slave of Gen. William Whipple of the New Hampshire militia. The typical assumption is that the Black man in the boat had to be someone’s slave, the property of some noted white person. But American history is like a jigsaw puzzle – there are many seemingly unrelated and disjointed pieces lying about and it is hard to make sense of them unless you look below the surface. The mystery of the “Brother in the Boat” can be solved if we pull some of the seemingly disassociated pieces of this historical puzzle together. “Washington’s Crossing,” a 2009 book by David Hackett Fischer, helps with this. Working backwards from Christmas evening 1776 when Washington made his famous river crossing, we learn that the military unit in charge of manning the boats was the 14th Continental Regiment. It’s often identified as Glover’s Regiment, or the Marblehead Regiment because most of its men hailed from the Atlantic coastal area around Marblehead, Massachusetts. The majority of the men in this regiment, including their commander, John Glover, were also sailors. Because of this, the “Marbleheaders,” as they were called, were competent boatmen. What we are rarely taught when we learn about the “Father of our Country” crossing the Delaware is that the Marblehead Regiment was a racially integrated regiment with many African Americans. The New England Historical Society reports in an online article, “The Red, Black and White Men of Glover’s Regiment Take Washington Across the Delaware,” that “a Pennsylvania general was shocked by the ‘number of negroes’ “ in Glover’s Regiment who were “treated as equals.” Black and white seamen from Marblehead worked closely together when they went to sea. This ability to work together persisted as they
enlisted in the Continental Army. However, this comradeship did not extend to the rest of Washington’s army. In 1775, the Marbleheaders were embroiled in a bitter brawl with newly arrived white soldiers from Virginia, some of whom were slaveholders. It is said that Washington himself had to intervene to stop the fighting. But do not think that the slaveholding Washington was a champion of racial equality. A U.S. Army website reports that at the start of the Revolutionary War, “Washington had been a vocal opponent of recruiting black men…” and “shortly after his appointment as commander in chief, Washington signed an order forbidding the [further] recruitment of all blacks.” However, despite Washington’s order, Black soldiers, like the Marbleheaders, continued to serve. And on more than one occasion, this turned out to be very fortunate for Washington. Not only did Glover’s Regiment ferry him and his army across the Delaware to attack the enemy on the day after Christmas in 1776, but they saved Washington’s army from annihilation on Long Island, New York, four months earlier. On Aug. 27, the American forces had been defeated in the Battle of Long Island by the numerically superior British. In this, the first major battle of the war, Washington had allowed his forces to be trapped by the British at Brooklyn Heights. With their backs to New York’s East River, his defeated army was facing extinction. On the night of Aug. 29-30, the Marbleheaders silently and safely ferried Washington and 9,500 Continental soldiers, along with “all their baggage, nearly all their artillery, stores, horses and provisions,” across the East River, landing them safely on Manhattan Island. There is no heroic painting of a defeated George Washington fleeing from Brooklyn Heights. But had it not been for the Marbleheaders, Washington likely would have been captured by the British and hanged. In Fischer’s book, he states that while Prince Whipple and Billy Lee have been suggested as accompanying Washington across the Delaware, “a more likely model for the figure, given his dress and demeanor, would have been one of several seamen in Glover’s 14th Massachusetts Regiment.” Fischer’s book has been hailed for its comprehensive research, but it is a shame that it takes such a great research effort to unearth the truth about who we are and what we have done, instead of learning about it in elementary school. (Oscar H. Blayton is a former Marine Corps combat pilot and human rights activist who practices law in Virginia.)
3 Steps To Help You Prepare For Retirement If looking ahead to retirement makes you a little nervous, you’re not alone. Nearly half of Americans (46 percent) who haven’t reached retirement predict that they won’t be financially comfortable once they get there, according to a Gallup survey. For some, those potentially uncomfortable retirement years are decades away. But for the Baby Boom generation, retirement either already arrived or will in the next decade or so, prompting many Boomers to wonder whether they are prepared for their looming date with destiny. And that raises a question: Just what does it take to be prepared? “Many Baby Boomers measure their preparedness in terms of assets,” says Ryan Eaglin, founder and chief advisor of America’s Annuity (www.americasannuity.com). “They’re trying to hit a certain number or account balance. Asset accumulation is an important part of retirement planning, but it’s not the only component. There are a few other steps you need to take to make sure you’re ready to leave work behind and enjoy a stable and comfortable retirement.” Eaglin suggests three planning steps that can help Baby Boomers – or anyone else – be better prepared for retirement: • Prepare not just one, but two budgets. Most Americans don’t use a budget, even though it’s a handy tool – especially in retirement. “It helps you see where you’re spending your money, how much money you can afford to spend and what adjustment you should make,” Eaglin says. He recommends creating two budgets. One would be for your remaining years before retirement so you can look for ways to cut spending and save more. The other would be for after you retire. “Think of ways to live the retirement you’ve dreamed of while also staying within you income,” Eaglin says. “It may be
difficult but just the act of preparing a budget can help you get a better understanding of your financial situation.” • Project your income. While your budget will help you understand how you are spending your money, you also need to have a good grip on what your potential retirement income will be. For most people, that’s a combination of Social Security, personal savings and possibly employer pensions. Social Security has an income estimator tool on its website, and an employer should be able to provide a pensionbenefit projection. “Your financial professional should be able to help you project how much you should be able to take from your savings each year,” Eaglin says. Once you compare your projected income to your spending budget, he says, you’ll know whether you need to save more or rethink retirement spending. You also might want to look for ways to increase your guaranteed income, such as through an annuity, he says. • Plan for long-term care. As much as people don’t want to hear this, the average 65-yearold has a 70 percent chance of needing longterm care in retirement, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “That means it’s very possible you or your spouse may need care either in your home or in a facility at some point,” Eaglin says. “That care can be expensive. Unfortunately, it’s usually not covered by Medicare, and it’s covered by Medicaid only after you’ve depleted much of your assets.” “If all this tells you that you’re behind on where you want to be with preparation and your savings, the good news is it’s never too late to get started,” Eaglin says. “You may have to adjust your plans, but with focus and discipline, you can still put yourself in a position to have a comfortable and enjoyable retirement.”
Immigrant children have been ripped from the arms of their parents and detained in cages at our borders. Muslims from certain countries have been effectively banned from entering America. Businesses have been given autonomy to determine if they want to serve LGBTQ couples. NFL players have been villainized as unpatriotic “sons of bitches” for peacefully and silently protesting police injustice. And black bodies continue to be abused and discarded by those meant to protect us. Make no mistake about it, Republicans are engaged in a dangerously divisive culture war, and Democrats are (possibly too) late to the battlefield. The culture war is going to be amplified in the upcoming Supreme Court confirmation challenge for Brett Kavanaugh who, if confirmed, could tip the scales of justice on each the aforementioned issues. And the culture war will be a central theme of the upcoming midterm election, in fact it could determine the outcome of the election. Both Democrats and Republicans have made strategic calculations to determine their positions in this ongoing culture war. Republicans have determined that the benefit of uniting their base toward victory is worth the cost of dividing the country into chaos. Subsequently, Democrats have made the calculation that they have a better chance attracting swing voters back into their coalition, if they avoid identity politics in exchange for exclusively focusing on economic issues. There are just a few problems with such a fool-hearted and coldly calculated decision for Democrats to avoid the culture war: There are more of us than there are of them. Demographics are destiny, and they tell us two things about our political future – millennials are officially the biggest voting bloc in America, and this country will be majority-minority in the next 20 years. The battleground states, where elections are won and lost, are significantly younger and diversifying astronomically faster. These two emerging electorates create tremendous strategic opportunity for Democrats, if they get this pivotal moment right. Recent national opinion surveys have concluded that the top three qualities that voters are seeking in candidates this cycle are someone they can trust, someone that will fight for what they believe in, and someone who will do the right thing. If Democrats could increase the turnout of younger and minority voters by fighting for us, then they actualize the blue wave that they are hoping for in November. Recommendation: Democrats should take a bold moral stand when the values, issues, and the very identity of their most critical voters are under attack. It undermines Democrats’ most cohesive message in the midterm … they should have control of Congress in order to check Trump’s power. Last week, I conducted a series of battleground focus groups with millennials and minority voters that all had low-to-mid vote likelihood in the upcoming midterm election. The most shocking discovery: these voters do not believe that Democrats would (and to varying degrees could) check Trump’s erratic and divisive behavior, even with the majority. Many Democrats, myself included, had taken it as forgone conclusion that the check and balance power of a Democratic-controlled Congress would be a compelling reason to attract voters in November. But if Democrats have not been seen aggressively fighting back against Trump’s most dangerous and divisive actions now, then why should voters trust them to do it with a majority in Congress?
Recommendation: Democrats should take a note from our allies in the parliamentary system where the role of the minority party is to oppose, not merely campaign to become the majority. Opposition requires action. White swing voters hate racism, too. Standing up to racism and intolerance is popular amongst the majority of Americans, even white Americans. Seventy six percent of Americans support a pathway to citizenship. Sixty seven percent believe separating parents and children at the border is unacceptable. Sixty seven percent support marriage equality for LGBTQ couples. Sixty one percent believe African Americans are more likely to be mistreated by law enforcement. Taking a stand on these issues affecting minorities who are under constant attack is not only the right thing to do, it is the politically prudent thing to do. A political messaging project, which I recently conducted with Demos, found that language that boldly addresses racial inequalities in an attempt to unite us is more effective than racially agnostic language that is tone deaf to social context. The project concluded that Democrats discussing economic issues absent of race and class leads to less votes than confronting the issues head on. Recommendation: Democrats should employ the weapons of unity and inclusion as aggressively as Republicans have employed the weapons of division and animosity. No reason to be bashful about it, they certainly are not. At some point, political expediency must concede to just doing the right thing. Even if it was not the most strategic political decision, although I think we have proven that it is, standing against bigotry and racism is just the right thing to do. Political power in this country swings back and forth like a pendulum. We win some and we lose some. However, despite our overwhelming shortcomings, America has strived to become a moral compass to guide the world. If Democrats concede this culture war by choosing not to engage, then we risk losing something far more important than an election. This is a fight for the conscience of America, and that is one we cannot afford to lose. Recommendation: Democrats, do the right thing. To be fair, this is not the beginning, and unfortunately likely not the end, of the culture war forged through our two-party political system. In fact, Donald Trump’s Make America Great Again campaign shares the exact same tenets of Senator Barry Goldwater’s Southern Strategy of the 1950s - mobilize white voters against the progress made by minorities. The biggest difference between Republican efforts in the 1950s and their efforts today is that Democrats took a moral stand, and won. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1965 he famously declared “there goes the South for a generation,” an acknowledgment of the millions of votes he had conceded in the pursuit of civil rights and justice. Today, America is being faced with the same moral crisis. Demographic shifts and advancements of minorities are once again pressure testing the cohesion of our diverse society. Democrats have an opportunity to defend the morals and values of this country from those who wish to oppose them, both domestic and abroad. This time it might also be their only chance of winning the next election. Terrance Woodbury is an Analyst at Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies where he conducts market research, including focus groups and public polling, that help candidates and companies target and communicate with diverse audiences. (Editor’s Note: The views expressed do not necessarily reflect the policies and position of the staff and management of the Omaha Star newspaper.)
Mentoring Matters By Debra L. Shaw Mentors have their own style and approach when developing mentor/mentee relationships. This website link - https://hbr. org/2018/01/the-best-mentorsthink-like-michelangelo introduces the idea that the best mentors think like Michelangelo. The authors W. Brad Johnson and David G. Smith give a reflective view point of a mentor’s thought process to his or her approach to mentoring. There are some pros and cons to their insight. “Michelangelo approached the craft of sculpting with the humble conviction that a unique and beautiful piece of art already existed within the stone, and his job was only to release it. We think the best mentors approach their art in the same way. How exactly does a mentor develop a vision of the mentee’s ideal self? As it turns out, it’s all about the art of affirmation. Evidence reveals that two distinct components of mentor affirmation come into play. First comes perceptual affirmation. Excellent mentors are intentional about taking the time to truly “see” their mentees, understanding – and accepting – both their authentic real selves and their ideal selves and imagined career destinations. This takes time and patience. A mentor must earn trust, be accessible, and listen generously. Here is the key: once a mentee’s ideal self becomes clear, the mentor must consistently endorse the mentee’s vision. The second element involves behavioral affirmation, helping mentees to engage in
behaviors aligned with their ideal selves. Having gained a window into whom a mentee dreams of becoming, a mentor opens doors and conjures the opportunities the mentee will require to get there. For example, when Franklin’s perceptions of and behavior toward Shawna are congruent with Shawna’s ideal, Franklin will sculpt toward her ideal: He will elicit behaviors and dispositions that are consistent with Shawna’s ideal self. Over the course of frequent interactions during which Franklin elicits her ideal self, Shawna will flourish, moving closer to what she would like to be. Research on cross-gender mentoring reveals that women face more barriers in finding a mentor, and that even when they do, they may reap a narrower range of professional and psychological benefits. One reason for this may be that when it comes to key interpersonal skills such as listening, men sometimes struggle with the sort of active listening required to help a mentee gradually unearth her ideal self. True, mentoring is a form of art. What is art? It is the skill that is acquired by experience, study or observation. The art of mentoring is attained by stepping up to become a mentor. Many agencies such as TeamMates; Big Brothers, Big Sisters; Partnership4Kids; -YOUTurn Omaha; 100 Black Men and Girls Inc. are always seeking mentors to volunteer in their mentoring programs. Google their websites. Everyone cannot become a sculptor like Michelangelo; however, everyone can identify a method to mentor others to reach their greatest potential. Mentoring Matters!
LIFE & STYLE/HEALTH & WELLNESS THE OMAHA STAR Page Seven Entrepreneur Creates Doll Former Omahan Pens First Novel Douglas Ware, a native of Omaha, announces the release of his debut Collection to Help Black Girls novel, “Only Begotten.” Doug is a graduate of Central High School’s class of ’62. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he retired Overcome Depression as a psychotherapist and was employed by the Los Angeles County
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TiffanyJ, an artist and entrepreneur, suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts when she was young. So, in hopes of helping young Black girls that are battling depression, she has created an avenue to boost their confidence and self-esteem through a new superhero doll called “Super Beauty”. At 12 years old, TiffanyJ started to experience depression that is considered common to young Black girls. At 14 years old, she realized that she can share her feelings through songwriting. But by the age of 24, she became self-employed and became the author of her first published book titled It All Starts with Me: An Interactive Guide to Discovering Self and Loving. Through her book, she shared her own experiences and gave some advice to those who have been battling depression like how she did. She also held an annual Beauty, You Are Boot Camp. It was such a great advocacy and she saw that she can do more to reach more. “For a while, I had been on a mission with self-esteem advocacy, but that book did not reach the audience and mentees I had that were young girls,” she told Black Enterprise. Now, she has created Super Beauty Pep Talker, a speaking doll that says positive and inspiring messages such as “Nobody do me better than me.” She hopes to let young Black girls know that they are unique and beautiful. TiffanyJ hopes to sell the Super Beauty Pep Talker in Wal-Mart and other retail store chains. For more information about her doll collection and/or to pre-order online, visit www. iamsuperbeauty.com
Department of Mental Health. Ware said that retirement afforded him the time and permission to write on a professional basis. He describes “Only Begotten” as an intriguing three-day saga based on actual events, especially a 1963 disaster in Los Angeles. It is a gut wrenching read from the first page to the last. In “Only Begotten,” readers will follow Marlon Lakestone, a talented jazz pianist, during his battle to define and live his life unoccupied by debilitating dreams and night terrors. He experiences unusual delusions and psychosis threatening his sanity. During the struggle, he learns the significance of his family history and factors that influence his personality. “Only Begotten,” by Douglas Ware is available at Amazon Books.
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Want Your Dog Photos To Be A Hit On Social Media? Like proud parents showing off pictures of their kids, dog owners love sharing photos and videos of their furry friends on social media. A BarkBox study reflects this fun American obsession: Dog owners post a photo and/or comment about their dog an average of six times per week on social media. Also, the survey showed dog parents view dog photos or videos three times a week, and that 20 percent of the photos that dog owners keep in their phones are of their dog. Besides the “awww!” factor that adorable dogs attract, all the posting about your lovable four-legged animal can create more awareness of you and expand your social network. “Having a dog gives you something
in common with many people, and posting pictures of them is a way to connect while breaking free from negative, often nasty discussion of the world’s problems or politics,” says Kris Rotonda, who with Robert Otillar is co-founder and co-CEO of PetSmooch (www.pet-smooch.com), a social media network app for animal lovers. “The dog pictures, with or without you, provide a positive reflection of you and create good engagement on social media. That can start fun conversation, friendships, and bring opportunities.” The trick, says Rotonda, is how to take even better photos and videos of your pets that will generate more responses on social media sites.
“It’s human nature to be competitive,” Rotonda says. “This is no different, but in a much friendlier and positive, creative sense – ‘Look at my pup!’ It can be a challenge to photograph your dog exactly at the right time in a funny or cute moment.” Rotonda shares five ways you can take better quality pictures of your dogs that will generate comments on social media: • Pay attention to background. Simple backgrounds, like a white sandy beach or green trees, make your dog stand out. “Whether you’re using a phone or a point-and-shoot camera, have your dog at least a dozen feet in front of the background so he’ll be more in focus than whatever is behind him,” Rotonda says. “Pay attention to
color, too: No black backgrounds for black dogs, brown backgrounds for brown dogs, and so on.” • Get creative and playful. Lots of full-body shots taken from 10 feet away can get mighty dull. “Get up close so your dog fills the entire frame,” Rotonda says. “Get even closer so you get the full effect of that long, wet nose. Photograph your dog head on, in profile, at 45-degree angles. And don’t get hung up on perfection. The best shots are often the spontaneous ones.” • Think fashion. Dressing up your dog or having them donning a hat often enhances the humor or visual appeal. “It adds personality to your dog,” Rotonda says, “if you can get them to sit still long enough.” • Be in burst mode. This means
Health and Spirituality Perfect … A Mistake By Mark Darby, RN APRN, FNP-C Director of North Omaha Academy of Healthy Living There is a chapter in the book of Corinthians which, famously, talks about Love. Perfect love. Perfect love is patient, kind, never boastful and a whole bunch of wonderful things. Perfect. Then there is all of us. Imperfect. Minds full of boasting and symbol clanging. We are about as far from perfect love as we can get. Yet it is the imperfections that make us perfect. Let me explain. Psychologist and theologians talk of a False Self. We look at the standards of perfection and are keenly aware we don’t meet these standards. To deal with this anxiety we create a False Self, essentially a series of beliefs about what we must do to become perfect. The False Self is “externally derived.” We look outside ourselves for our sense of who we are. If we have the right number of people
telling us how good we are, we feel perfect. So, we pursue people and causes that will provide us with this kind of feedback. We work hard to get the recognition we crave. No matter how much praise we get from outside ourselves we are never quite able to satisfy the False Self. Even though the False Self does not ever provide us the self esteem we need, we deny this and continue pursing the externally driven False Self even if it kills us. Some of us create a False Self that is full of condemnation. We ridicule and judge ourselves when we don’t measure up to perfection. It is as if we say, “if I feel bad enough about myself, I will eventually become get better.” Shame and guilt replace perfect love. We become a victim. This is indeed one of the most pervasive and powerful ways to deal with our imperfections which may require a whole column unto itself. Rather than relying on the False Self, we must rely on our True Self. Our True Self
accepts our mistakes. We are imperfect, and these imperfections are a cause for celebration. You see Perfect Love exists. It does not depend on us. Corinthians says that Love IS… not Love needs. Perfect love does not need me to be perfect. Perfect Love just is. Perfect Love is not us, it is in relationship to us. Our True Self exists to be in relationship with Perfect Love regardless of our imperfections. Imperfections are keys to change. Perfect Loves uses our mistakes to teach, to motivate us to change, to create empathy for others and foster patience. None of which we can do if we consider ourselves perfect. Imperfection is what the world needs to be better. If we can become aware of our failures without recrimination, then we can be in relationship with Perfect Love. We can rejoice that we are imperfect. So today, go out into the streets and yell at the top of your lungs, I made a mistake. It’s perfect.
Hospitals, Doctors Can Sue Patients For Giving Negative Reviews By Keka Araujo A patient entered a plea deal to end charges after a negative online review violated his civil stalking protection order. Retired Air Force Col. David Antoon agreed to pay $100 to settle after facing felony charges for emailing his former Cleveland Clinic surgeon articles that the doctor found threatening, even though Antoon was, allegedly, left incontinent and impotent a decade ago following his surgery. A judge ordered him to not contact the doctor or the doctor’s family. Antoon instead left a negative Yelp review, which brought him back into court. He was facing up to a year in prison. Antoon is white. Whites, typically, receive better treatment in the health care system and he was well within his rights to leave the negative comments. According to the judicial system, that was irrelevant. But in a system with rising evidence of racial bias and discrimination, this could
be detrimental for Blacks and Latinos. Evidence indicated that healthcare professionals exhibit the same levels of implicit bias as the wider population. The interactions between multiple patients of different races and healthcare professionals revealed the complexity of the phenomenon of implicit bias and its influence on clinician-patient interaction. A patient should not receive a lower standard of care due to race but it is clearly happening. Tené T. Lewis, an associate professor of epidemiology at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health in Atlanta, explained: “The overwhelming body of research on discrimination and health indicates that self-reported experiences of discrimination are an important risk factor for poor mental and physical health.” “If you are African-American or Latino and you present to the emergency room with a broken leg or a kidney stone, for example, you’re less likely to be given analgesics at the recommended level,” Lewis says, regarding the administration of medicines that relieve pain. “It doesn’t
matter what part of the country you’re in, it doesn’t matter what type of place you’d present to, that we’ve seen fairly consistently.” In addition, she said, there have been similar racial differences found in cardiac care and some studies showing delays in kidney transplantation rates. So are Blacks at greater risk of litigation even though their care is subpar with reference to industry standards and care given to whites? The ramifications are inconceivable given the fact that white physicians would have the means to bog down the Black patient in legal red tape. Should Blacks not voice concerns over substandard care and risk further injury – even possible death – just to not be sued for doing so? None of this would remedy the past and ongoing disparities in treatments for Blacks. This is an act of censorship and creates a never-ending cycle and further distrust of medical professionals among Blacks. Possible litigation would be just one more way to silence Black patients who receive low-standard care.
putting a phone camera on “burst” to capture as many pictures sequentially as possible. “You know how difficult it can be to keep your dog’s attention and pose them,” Rotonda says. “So just start shooting while you’re trying to get their attention. In burst mode you’re more likely to capture the moment you want.” • Zoom in. Rather than get up close to your dog’s face – they’ll quickly get distracted – Rotonda suggests a zoom from a distance to catch expressions when they’re not always aware you’re looking. “Social media is all about connecting,” Rotonda says, “and really, nobody connects humans better than dogs.”
The Wellness Feed Summer Fun By Taylor White-Welchen, MPH Although summer break is quickly coming to an end, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to enjoy the beautiful summer weather! Lately, I noticed myself becoming less and less motivated and excited about going to the gym. I would always find some sort of excuse to avoid exercising. But one day, I realized the summer is an awesome opportunity to be active outdoors! Find a nearby trail or park, and go for a walk, run, or bike ride. Visit one of those ‘adult’ jungle gyms. My new favorite summer workout is biking to places I would typically drive to. Last week, I needed to pick up a few things from the grocery store. So, instead of driving 5 miles or about 10 minutes, I decided to bike! Not only was the bike ride a great way to get exercise, but it was also a great way to get outdoors and be productive all at the same time. Now, I’m not going to lie, biking up hills is much more difficult than driving, and it was a bit of a struggle at times, but all in all, it was well worth it. Plus, walking, running, and biking are so much better for the environment than driving. If you’ve become a bit tired of the same ole gym workout, I encourage you to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather, and to exercise outdoors. You can do what I did, and bike places instead of driving. You could go for a walk, run, or hike. Or maybe even grab some friends and do a HIIT style workout at a local stadium. The opportunities are truly endless. Happy training!
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Aug. 10-12 – BBQ, music, games and rides are the ingredients for a fun event for the whole family at Riverfront Ribfest at Tom Hanafan River’s Edge Park in Council Bluffs. The rib teams include: Aussom Aussie BBQ, Blazin’ Bronco, Desperado’s BBQ & Rib Co., Cowboys BBQ, Johnson’s BBQ, and Just North of Memphis. Come early as the music begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Riverfront Ribfest hours are 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Sunday, rain or shine. Tickets are on sale at riverfrontribfest. com. Aug. 10 – North Omaha Summer Arts – Arts Crawl 7 from 6-9 p.m. Attend the opening reception at Washington Branch Library, 2868 Ames Ave, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. then visit various venues along the North 30th Street corridor. Begin at Metro Community College, bldg. 21 and travel north, with stops along the way to Trinity Lutheran church. Aug. 10 – Hurry to Bayliss Park in Council Bluffs at dusk (around 9 p.m.) for a FREE family movie. The feature movie is The Sandlot (1993 PG). This is the final movie of the summer. Aug. 11 – Afresh Anointing Church hosts the 21st Community Block Party at 10 a.m. at Fontenelle Park. This party is free and the community is invited. Aug. 11 – The Prevention Services Freshen Up for School Back-to-School event, hosted by PromiseShip, is free for all Prevention Services families to help get ready for the new school year. The event includes free skating, a meal and haircuts on site to families participating in Prevention Services. The children who attend will receive personal hygiene products, new socks, underwear, and new books (both English and Spanish will be available). The event will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Hope Skate, 2200 N. 20th St. Aug. 12 – Omaha United for Youth hosts Back to School Bash from 12-5 p.m. at Benson Park Pavilion. Free backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, braiding, food, games and more. Aug. 13 – The Union and Omaha Small Business Network are seeking community input for the design of a new mural to be created on N. 24th and Ohio Street. This is the first of three community meetings to be held at The Union, 2423 North 24th St., to share your ideas! Meet Lead Artist Reggie LeFlore and Assistant Artist, Barber. Hear from the building owner about the vision for the wall, and share your ideas and input for what you’d like to see embodied in the mural. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 – Final family-friendly movie night in Turner Park! Grab your blanket, enjoy some popcorn, sit back and relax. The final feature is the movie blockbuster of the year – Black Panther. Come early to get your space. Movie starts at dusk. Aug. 14 – Inclusive Communities presents Lozier Omaha Table Talk – Sick Care: Health Care. The presentation will be held at UNO’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Room 201, from 6-7:30 p.m. Register at Inclusive-Communities.org. For more info, phone 402-391-4460. Aug. 14 – Amy Nordness, Ph.D., director of speech-language pathology at the MunroeMeyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, and Shannon Todd, M.S.W., a care services specialist with The ALS Association MidAmerica Chapter, will discuss “The Eyes Have It – How the Eyes Keep People with ALS Connected to the World” at the next Omaha Science Café at 7 p.m. at the Slowdown, 729 N. 14th St. Pizza will be provided for the first 50 people. For more info, go to www.unmc.edu/ sciencecafe. Aug. 15 – Nonprofit Association of the Midlands (NAM) hosts an overview workshop to answer common questions and get individual help on the Guidelines & Principles Program for Nonprofit Excellence in Nebraska and Iowa. Bring your questions and your laptop if you wish to work on your assessments with NAM staff on hand to provide assistance. The workshop will be held at the NAM conference room,
11205 Wright Circle, #210. To register, contact Rosey Higgs at 402-557-5800 x4 or rosey@ nonprofitam.org. Aug. 18 – Love’s Jazz & Arts Center, 2510 N. 24th St., & Kathy Tyree Productions present a Summer Artists Share Workshop from 9 a.m. - 4 pm. Youth 13-18 will have an opportunity to work with dedicated facilitators and experienced area arts programs. To register, contact 402.575-1971, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.kathytyreeproductions.com Aug. 18 – Musicfest Omaha presents Jazz and R&B Festival live at Levi Carter park. Gates open at 11a.m. Music begins at 12:30 p.m. Help welcome former Omahan Laurnea Wilkerson to the stage at 4 p.m. For a full lineup, see the ad in this issue. Aug. 18 – There will be games, food, fellowship and fun at Pleasant Green’s annual community outreach celebration on the church grounds, 5555 Larimore Ave, from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. The celebration is open to the community. Aug. 18 – AARP Nebraska and the Omaha Mid-City and Florence AARP Chapters will hold an ice cream social along with a conversation about the importance of age 50-plus voters in the mid-term elections this November, from 2-4 p.m. at the Venue at Highlander Accelerator, 2112 North 30th St. To register, phone 402-3989568. Aug. 23 – United Way of the Midlands’ Campaign Kickoff, 4-7 p.m., in The Capitol District, 1022 Capitol Ave, features a community concert with Tim Burke, President of OPPD, and The Shenanigans. Aug. 24 – Join the Staff of OEDC, the StepUp Students (artist crew), and FLYIE Arts as the Historic Tribute to the North Omaha Tuskegee Airmen: “Black Skies” Mural is unveiled in the OEDC parking lot, 2221 N. 24th St., from 5:308:00 p.m. The evening includes a brief program, the unveiling, and light refreshments. For more info, contact Terri Sanders at: tsanders@oedc. info or 402-216-3852. Aug. 25 – The Union and Omaha Small Business Network are seeking community input for the design of a new mural to be created on N. 24th and Ohio Street. This is the second of three community meetings to be held at The Union, 2423 North 24th St., to share your ideas! Lead Artist Reggie LeFlore will present his ideas for the direction of the mural content and present drafted design ideas based on the first community meeting’s input. Give the artist feedback on the direction of his design. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. Aug. 25 – Playing with Fire free Blues Concert featuring Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Matt Cox, Blues Ed/Us & Them at Turner Park in Midtown Crossing. Gate opens at 3:30 and music begins at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 – The Metro Area Youth Foundation, Inc. (MAYF) hosts their annual “Summer Bash for Childhood Cancer” at Embassy Suites La Vista. The theme is “Evening in Paris” and the event will feature a program, dinner, live, silent and dessert auctions. For info, visit www. SummerBashforCCC.org, or contact 402-7340270 / email@example.com. Aug. 28 – The Union for Contemporary Arts’ Plays Out Loud summer reading series concludes with A Man A Fish. A Man A Fish was inspired by real-life events in Burundi and is a part of Donna-Michelle St. Bernard’s 54ology project, which seeks to provide artistic responses to contemporary and historical events in Africa. The Union is located at 2423 N. 24th St. The play begins at 7 p.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. Register at eventbrite.com. Aug. 31 – The Forum is back! Black City Hall Live Forum will feature speaker Spencer Danner, candidate for Nebraska Secretary of State, and other black candidates including sheriff candidate Michael Hughes. The location is Emery’s Café, 2218 N. 24th St. The Forum begins at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 31 – It’s an eclectic mash-up of trendy vendors, food and entertainment at Turner Park Night Market from 6-10 p.m.
RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM The Omaha Housing Authority (OHA) will take appointments to process applications for eligibility for the Section 8 Program waiting list by phone only on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 If you have a disability that restricts or substantially aﬀects your ability to apply by phone, you may be eligible for a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Section 8 Oﬃce immediately at 402-444-4200, Ext 249, (TTY 711 (relay service)) for a Reasonable Accommodation form. The reasonable accommodation form is available for pick up at the Omaha Housing Authority Oﬃce located at 1805 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102. This form for a reasonable accommodation must be returned by August 17, 2018 and may only be completed by a doctor or other third-party qualiﬁed to verify disability. The forms must be returned to 1805 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102. You will be notiﬁed in writing of the results of your reasonable accommodation request by August 30, 2018. Beginning at 8:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 11, 2018 please call 1-877-225-1849 to schedule an appointment. Appointments for Applications are made by telephone only. After one thousand (1000) appointments are scheduled the waiting list will close and no further calls will be accepted. At the time of their appointment, applicants must be 18 years of age or older, meet other standards for eligibility and provide the following: ● Social Security Card or proof of Social Security numbers for all members of the household. ● Proof of age of all household members such as birth certiﬁcate. ● Household members 18 years of age or older must attend the appointment and have a valid driver’s license and/or a current photo identiﬁcation issued by a Federal or State agency. Household Members who are 18 years or older must be able to pass an OHA criminal background check and other standards for eligibility. Applicants who are deemed eligible will be placed on the waiting list in accordance with the OHA’s Section 8 Administrative plan.
LOCAL NEWS THE OMAHA STAR Drug Overdose Awareness Week Focuses On Medication Disposal
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At a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol on Monday, Gov. Pete Ricketts declared Aug. 27-Sept. 2 as Nebraska Drug Overdose Awareness Week. Each year, over 289 million prescriptions for painkillers are written in the United States. The widespread use of prescription painkillers has resulted in an increase in addiction, emergency room visits, and overdose deaths throughout the country. In Nebraska, drug overdoses have tripled since 1999, with 81% of all poisoning deaths caused by drugs and medications. Unused medications can fall into the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning or misuse, making it vital to safely and properly dispose of medications. “Every day is Take-Back Day in Nebraska,” said Hallie Schimenti, Project Coordinator for the Nebraska MEDS Initiative. She says that Aug. 31 was established as International
Drug Overdose Awareness Day to increase public knowledge about the severity of drug misuse, and “Nebraska Drug Overdose Awareness Week is aimed at making the public aware that they can take unused and expired medications back to the pharmacy any day of the year.” “We hope that this proclamation will elevate the message and encourage each of us to do what we can to play an active role to raise awareness about drug overdoses in Nebraska.” Over 330 pharmacies across Nebraska participate in the Nebraska MEDS Initiative and will take back medications free of charge and no questions asked. These pharmacies accept medications for safe and legal disposal, giving consumers an easy and safe method of keeping medications out of the environment and from falling into the wrong hands. Find a
participating pharmacy near you at www.leftovermeds.com. In the signed proclamation, Governor Pete Ricketts urges citizens to visit a Nebraska MEDS participating pharmacy and dispose of any leftover or expired medications in their home, as it protects the citizens and community from accidental poisoning and overdose. When flushed, put down the drain, or thrown in the trash, overthe-counter and prescription medications can contaminate water supplies. Most water treatment facilities do not have the capacity to remove these emerging contaminants. Instead of flushing or trashing those old medications, take them to a Nebraska MEDS Initiative pharmacy – find one online at www.leftovermeds.com. “Since the MEDS initiative went statewide in 2016, over 61,000 pounds of medications have been returned to pharmacies
hutchFEST Returns to Bring 250+ Artisans to Downtown Omaha hutchFEST is set to mark the annual festival’s third year by more than tripling the number of participating vendors, by hosting over 250 vendors on Aug. 26 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hosted by local furniture shop hutch, hutchFEST is a one-day community and artisan celebration in North Downtown’s New North Makerhood (11th & Nicholas), complete with more than 250 highly curated vendors from across the Midwest. The vibrant gathering cultivates and showcases the freshest talent from the best in modern maker design, quality handmade goods and relevant found objects. Attendees are encouraged to get inspired, harness their creativity and experience a lively marketplace surrounded by local food trucks, beer gardens and music lineup by MAHA.
Owners Nick Huff and Brandon Beed strive to support makers from across the Midwest and create unique experiences in Omaha. “We currently sell from more than 40 local makers at hutch, and are always looking for other opportunities to support our larger Midwest community of makers,” said hutch co-owner Nick Huff. “hutchFEST is our opportunity and continued commitment to finding and providing a marketplace for talented artisans across the Midwest.” Additional attractions include: • Local, live music acts by MAHA which will include: local celebrity singer-songwriter Jocleyn Muhammad, DJ Très Johnson & more. • Heartland United for Animals will be at the event, and attendees will have the
opportunity to pet and adopt dogs from the no-kill animal shelter. • There will be a collection of 8-10 local food trucks. • Brunch-themed food and alcohol including waffles, mimosas and bloody mary’s. • Oversized lawn games for #sundayfunday • Over 250 local artisans selling their one-of-a-kind handmade goods. • Beer gardens and alcohol by 5168 Brewing & Maven Social. • Pop-Up Dog Park Bar. • Omaha CRUSH Wine + Chocolate Festival after-party at the Omaha Design Center until 8 p.m. Kids and leashed pets are welcome. Tickets and a complete list of vendors are available online at http://www.hutchfest. co/.
across the state,” Schimenti said. “The Coalition is a great mix of state, local, and community organizations representing a variety of stakeholders in the medication disposal issue.” The Nebraska MEDS initiative is funded by the Nebraska Environmental Trust and the Nebraska Legislature. The Nebraska Medication Education on Disposal Strategies (MEDS)
Coalition educates Nebraskans about drug disposal and provides safe ways to dispose of them to better safeguard the environment and protect public health. The Coalition includes the Nebraska Pharmacists Association, The Groundwater Foundation, Lincoln/Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln Police Department, Coalition Rx, Lincoln Public School Nurses,
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YOUTH/EDUCATION NEWS Scott Family Foundation Launches Rhodell J. Fields III Scholarship Fund Asthma In-Home
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NEW YORK (PRNewswire) – In honor of its late Chairman-Emeritus, Rhodell J. Fields III, the Scott Family Foundation Intl. has announced that it has launched the Rhodell J. Fields III Memorial Scholarship Fund. “It is the goal of The Scott Family Fields Foundation Intl. to give away $100,000 in scholarships annually, through this fund, to college bound African American students in the United States,” said its Chairman, Fredrick D. Scott. Rhodell J. Fields III was a husband, a father and a grandfather. Beyond that, he was a Professor-Emeritus at Saint Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL and an Adjunct Professor at Nova Southeastern University where he taught International Relations, Economics, American Government and Politics. He was a mentor to his students. As quoted by one of his students: “I had the pleasure of meeting you in 1996 while taking your American National Government class. The first day of class as I sat in the last row, you walked in and proclaimed that the people in the first row would get A’s, B’s for the second row, C’s for the third row and the rest of us may as well leave now. Being the stubborn person that I am, as well as the fact that I was a straight-A student, I vowed to prove you wrong. Each week as I sat in the back of the classroom, and received my quizzes with large F’s on them, my anger and determination rose. You made me realize that the A’s I had previously achieved were through recollection and rote memory – not the process of learning through understanding. I struggled day and night to understand government (which I had not had any previous understanding of, let alone know that there were 3 branches of government), how it functioned, and the necessity for it. I achieved my goal of finishing your class with an A thus not having to endure taking your final exam but I learned much more than American Government that semester. I learned that knowledge is something to be understood before it could be truly learned. Thank you so much for taking the time to help me understand and learn. You are highly appreciated.” – Charlene Demers-McDonough Aside from being a professor of the first rate, Mr. Fields was also a State Certified Long-Term
Care Ombudsman in Florida and served as the Chairman of the Board for the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Council. In addition, Mr. Fields served on the Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of Clearwater East, The Executive Council for the Florida Political Science Association, Vice President St. Petersburg College Faculty Senate, Chairman Clearwater Campus, St. Petersburg Jr. College Faculty Council, Founding President of The Johnnie Ruth Clark Chapter – St. Petersburg College, National Council of Black American Affairs, Council of Presidents, Southeastern Regional National Council of Black American Affairs, Board of Directors Pinellas County Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, and Board of Directors Suncoast Tiger Bay Club. Mr. Fields was also a Campaign Manager at the State Level and a Campaign Consultant at the Federal, State and Local level. A Military Veteran, Mr. Fields served honorably in the United States Army for 23 years achieving the rank of Sergeant First Class. He received his undergraduate degree and a graduate degree from Kansas State University, he received another graduate degree from Florida State University and was “All But Dissertation” (ABD) in the PHD program at Florida State University. “My grandfather was a great man, he was my mentor from birth…” said Scott. “A lot of people assume (before they talk to me that is) that because I don’t have a college degree, I have not been educated to the highest level of academic standards. What most don’t know is that everything I know about Economics, Government and International Relations, I learned from my grandfather, who was a lot harder on me than any of his students. He pushed me to be the best man I could be every day and never settled for less than my best. He loved me with his all and supported me through my ups and my downs. I am the man I am today, in large part, because I had the privilege of my grandfather’s tough love and the honor to sit at the feet of such a great man and receive tutelage and wisdom that is unmatched. I only hope that at the end of my life, I will have become half the man that he was and accomplished at least a fraction of what he did! “It is the deepest honor of The Scott Family Foundation Intl. to pay homage to such a great and inspirational man by helping ensure that Mr. Fields’ passion for education and his legacy lives on through the lives that will be touched by the scholarships we provide in Mr. Fields’ name.” More information on The Scott Family Foundation Intl. can be found at: www. scottfamilyfoundationintl.org.
The ‘Next Mark Zuckerberg’ Is Developing A.I. And Drone Technology By Selena Hill
Tishauna Wilson was one of the youngest and brightest stars in a room filled with notable community leaders, celebrities and black excellence. At just 20 years old, Wilson was recognized among a group of distinguished black women at the recent McDonald’s 365Black Awards for developing technologybased programs at Florida A&M University (FAMU). Each year, the awards ceremony honors outstanding individuals for making positive contributions to the African American community. In July, it was held in New Orleans in conjunction with the Essence Festival, where Wilson was presented with a $10,000 McDonald’s HBCU Forward Scholarship, facilitated by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. She also shared the spotlight with a lineup of dynamic honorees that included political commentator Symone D. Sanders, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph, and Black Girls CODE CEO Kimberly Bryant. The rising FAMU junior said the prestigious recognition is confirmation that she’s on the right path. “It’s a verification for me that I’m doing the right thing and [becoming] a role model for younger generations,” she told Black Enterprise. “It feels great.” But that’s just the start of the many accolades ahead for the promising computer science major. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Computer Science, become a distinguished engineer and researcher, launch an autonomous automotive manufacturing company, and run a Fortune 500 tech company. As if that wasn’t ambitious enough, ultimately, she aspires is to be “the next black female Mark Zuckerberg.” Wilson discovered an affinity for STEM early on in
her childhood. She was first introduced to computers around the age of 5 by a relative. She then fell in love with CPUs in ninth grade when she was placed in a four-year computer information system and engineering program in high school. “We had the chance to repair computers. I remember we developed a lie detector and that’s where I first got exposed to computer programming,” she told BE. Not only did she learn how to code, but she also graduated from high school at the top of her class. Yet, despite her aptitude for technology, she initially considered pursuing a collegiate and professional career in entertainment. She also considered majoring in recording engineering and film. But when that didn’t work out, she decided to pursue computer science, realizing that a career in STEM comes with lucrative rewards. In the pursuit of her ambitions to outdo Zuckerberg, she’s revived the computer science research program at FAMU, where she is working on four artificial intelligence projects. The research projects consist of detecting fraud through conversations, identifying credit card fraud, as well as developing a voice-activated, self-driving drone, and a basketball referee system. Of this impressive roster of projects, she says developing drone technology excites her most. “I’m most passionate about developing the voiceactivated self-driving drones only because I’ve now added a new feature to it, which will involve VR glasses.” Meanwhile, over the summer, she says, “I will be a Summer Technology Analyst at JPMorgan Chase in Tampa, Florida, a participant in Google’s CodeU 12-week immersive engineering program, taking my first graduate course in Advanced Data Structures (COP
5536), and working on my research project which entails a combination of Artificial Intelligence, Natural Language Processing/Understanding, Machine Learning, and CyberSecurity.” This will certainly equip her for her remaining semesters at FAMU and a promising career in tech, but it may not prepare her for the glass ceilings she will likely face working in an industry notoriously dominated by white men. Yet, when asked about the lack of diversity in tech, her optimism remains the same. “I see the challenges, but if you don’t try to go against it, you already lose. I always say that there is nothing that can really stop me, but me. I just trust in Jesus and in my [own] ability and hard work.”
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