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K AESNDOLYN S! E GW N I BA MY STEPMOTHER MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Dear Gwendolyn: I am 17 years old and I noticed that most of the people who write to you are adults. However, I hope you will take time to help me with my problem. This is it: When I was two years old my parents divorced. My father won full child custody. He soon remarried and they had a son. Our ages are three years apart. Last year I wanted to get my driver’s license, but my stepmother convinced my father to tell me no. When my half brother turned 13, they gave him an off-road dirk bike. Also, they gave him a cell phone. When I asked for a cell phone, I was told to get a part-time job and buy my own. Gwendolyn, please help me. I don’t want to grow into one of those evil bitter unhappy men who do harm saying “I didn’t have a happy childhood.” Jim
Dear Jim: And you don’t have to turn into one of those bitter men who put all blame on their failures saying ‘I didn’t have a happy childhood.’ That excuse is getting old and jurors in our Courts of Law are no longer being sympathetic about the issue. Let me tell you this: Do not make the mistake as many young people do - that is to seek a roommate and move from an unhappy home. Two small salaries cannot pay the rent. This is your best option: Get a good education. Aim for a career that pays six figures. This is where campus life is a blessing. Seek the assistance of your high school counselor to see what funding is available for you. Jim, I hate to inform you but the situation with your stepmother will probably remain the same. Your father does not appear to be ‘man enough’ to speak up in your behalf. Men claim to be so macho but when it comes to a woman, they are nothing but a jelly fish - just naturally weak. Think about it. I’m sure you read or heard how Eve persuaded Adam --- to eat that apple.
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AFRICAN-AMERICANS WIELD CONSIDERABLE CONSUMER POWER WASHINGTON, D.C.- African-Americans’ buying power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion by 2015, according to The State of the African-American Consumer Report, released recently, collaboratively by Nielsen, a leading global provider of insights and analytics into what consumers watch and buy, and The National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), a federation of more than 200 Black community newspapers across the U.S. This growing economic potential presents an opportunity for Fortune 500 companies to examine and further understand this important, flourishing market segment. Likewise, when consumers are more aware of their buying power, it can help them make informed decisions about the companies they choose to support. “Too often, companies don’t realize the inherent differences of our community, are not aware of the market size impact and have not optimized efforts to develop messages beyond those that coincide with Black History Month,” said Cloves Campbell, chairman, NNPA. “It is our hope that by collaborating with Nielsen, we’ll be able to tell the African-American consumer story in a manner in which businesses will understand,” he said, “and, that this understanding will propel those in the C-Suite to develop stronger, more inclusive strategies that optimize their market growth in Black communities, which would be a win-win for all of us.” The report, the first of annual installments in a three year alliance between Nielsen and NNPA, showcases the buying and media habits and consumer trends of AfricanAmericans. The 41st Annual Legislative Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference week’s activities set the backdrop for the announcement. Flanked by civic, business and legislative leaders, Nielsen and NNPA executives spoke about the relevance and importance of the informa-
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tion shared in the report and the fact that it will be distributed in NNPA’s 200+ publications, reaching millions of readers and online viewers. “We see this alliance with NNPA as an opportunity to share valuable insights, unique consumer behavior patterns and purchasing trends with the African-American community,” said Susan Whiting, vice chair, Nielsen. “By sharing, for example, that African-Americans over-index in several key areas, including television viewing and mobile phone usage, we’ve provided a better picture of where the African-American community can leverage that buying power to help their communities,” she said. “Likewise, the information points businesses in the right direction for growing market share and developing long range strategies for reaching this important demographic group.”
Consumer trends in the report include facts such as: · With a buying power of nearly $1 trillion annually, if AfricanAmericans were a country, they’d be the 16th largest country in the world. · The number of African-American households earning $75,000 or higher grew by almost 64%, a rate close to 12% greater than the change in the overall population’s earning between 2000 and 2009. This continued growth in affluence, social influence and household income will continue to impact the community’s economic power. · African-Americans make more shopping trips than all other groups, but spend less money per trip. African-Americans in higher income brackets, also spend 300% more in higher-end retail grocers more than any other high income household. · There were 23.9 million active African-American Internet users in July 2011 - 76% of whom visited a social networking/blog site. · 33% of all African-Americans own a smart phone. · African-Americans use more than double the amount of mobile phone voice minutes compared to Whites - 1,298 minutes a month vs. 606. · The percentage of African-Americans attending college or earning a degree has increased to 44% for men and 53% for women.
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TRIUMPHANT RETURN FOR OLYMPIAN
John Carlos (far rt.) qualified for the 1968 Olympic games and placed third in the 200-meter dash, where his protest against African-American poverty in the United States with gold medalist teammate Tommie Smith and silver medalist Peter Norman from Australia has become one of the most iconic sports moments in history. Will HOBDY GARLAND JOURNAL NEWS
John Carlos, 1968 Summer Olympic bronze medalist and former Texas A&M Commerce track star returned “home” to the uni-
versity and a near capacity filled Ferguson Social Sciences Building auditorium last week. He came there to discuss and promote his new book The John Carlos Story: The Sports Moment That Changed the World.
Hundreds waited patiently long after a short film and presentation by coauthor Dave Zirin, a talk by Dr. Shannon Carter and words by Carlos to buy his book, shake his hand, take a picture, or just to thank him. Until recently, his freshman year stay at the then East Texas State University had gone largely unnoticed. A fact attributed to deep lingering institutional racism in the region’s culture. Even more so, after he, Tommie Smith and Australian silver medalist, Peter Norman who wore an Olympic Project for Human Rights badge made headlines and became sports icons around the globe after protesting poverty in the United States with the gloved black power salute on the medals platform at the 1968 Summer Olympics. Still, he says he has
no regrets about how much the protest cost him. Lingering effects of the gestures included death threats against the three and their families. “I loved my flag,” he said to the audience in his presentation. “I just wanted my flag to love me back.” And, 1968 was a turbulent year. The US Mint stopped buying and selling gold, college students across the country were seizing campus buildings, Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, US Senator Robert Kennedy was assassinated, Rev Abernathy lead the “Poor Peoples March” into Washington DC, the Supreme Court banned racial discrimination in the selling and renting of housing, the My Lai massacre took place in Vietnam, Pres. Johnson signed the 1968 Civil
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TURKEYS AND CORNUCOPIAS By Patricia R. McCurdy
During the time when I was a first grade teacher, my students always loved the many art projects we did as a class. Believe me when I say that there were many projects. There were projects for every season and holiday. One project that stands out most in my mind is the making of “Turkeys and Cornucopias” in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. Of course these were paper turkeys and paper cornucopias. They were typically the kind that every proud first grader brings home to show off to his or her parents. They were the kind that loving parents looked beyond all the little imperfections of the artwork, but rather at the meaning behind the artwork. The turkey’s feathers were made with many bright colors of construction paper that represented every color of the rainbow. The cornucopias, representing baskets of plenty, consisted not only of a bountiful harvest, but also included those things that each child was thankful for. The kids paid close attention to every detail of the cornucopia, making sure to show off their neatest coloring and highlighting skills. However with all the attention to detail and the colorful beauty of those paper turkeys and cornucopias, the main idea of the project was a celebration of giving thanks! The kids were very perceptive and basically knew all the things that they were thankful for. These were specific things that included things beyond the obvious such as food, home and family, but included their friends, school, teachers, learning, pets, toys or anything that was special to them. The kids understood the importance of giving thanks. They understood that they should be thankful for all things. Although the “Turkeys and Cornucopias” project was meant for fun, the project provided a thought provoking impact on each student. It was truly learning while having fun. It provided the students an opportunity to show gratitude. Thanksgiving provides a wonderful opportunity for each of us to give thanks, however, unlike six year olds making paper turkeys and cornucopias, we should not wait until the annual celebration of a holiday observance to give thanks, but like these perceptive six year olds we should give thanks to God our Father daily for all things!
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John Carlos (center) and coauthor Dave Zirin signing book for student. Carlos first arrived at the university only two years after it was integrated. From Page 3
Rights Act, anti-war demonstrators clashed with police in Chicago during the Democratic Convention and US law enforcement officers
were gunning down members of the Black Panthers in open warfare. It was also the year Otis Redding posthumously received a gold record for “Sittin’ On the
A&M Commerce Athletic Association president Belford Page and former Commerce Mayor Ivory Moore.
(l-r) A&M- Commerce professor Dr. M. LaVelle Hendricks, coauthor Dave Zirin and A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Carlton Cooper.
Dock of the Bay.” Lost in it all, was the fact that Carlos had competed for East Texas State as a freshman in 1966-67, winning both the 100 and 200-meter dashes.
two years after the university was integrated,” says Carter, associate professor of English. It was Carter’s research that led to the university’s recent public acknowledgements of
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He was also a member of the Lions 4x400-meter relay team that had captured the 1967 Lone Star Conference Championship. “He came here only
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Carlos’ study at the university. The Harlem native says he was lured to the school by a track coach who had never Continued Next Page
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shown an ounce of racism in phone calls and letters to the recruit. That was - until he stepped off the bus in Dallas. He started calling me ‘boy’ Carlos told the audience. “Here I am with my wife and child - getting off the bus to come to school here and he’s calling me boy in front of wife and child. So, I started referring to him as boy - and then he started calling me niggra. I didn’t know what that was.” “When I was coming in, he was headed out,” says Belford Page, an alumni who was familiar with Carlos achievements at A&M Commerce. “Belford took over where I left off, said Carlos. Texas A&M-Commerce was among the last two state universities to finally integrate its student body. “John Carlos was a gifted athlete who made history on the track and in the broader arena of social justice,” said A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones. “We welcome him back to the university and community where he spent a formative time of his life.” Given all that was going on in the world, Carlos’ life after the 1968 Olympics was not exactly lived in exile.
He would go on to tie the world record in the 100-yard dash in 1969 and he helped his transfer school, San Jose State win to the NCAA title. He played a few seasons of football in the NFL and Canadian Football League before a knee injury cut short his career. Following his retirement from football, Carlos worked for Puma, the United States Olympic Committee, the Organising Committee of the 1984 Summer Olympics and the City of Los Angeles. Currently, he is the track and field coach, and an In-school suspension supervisor for Palm Springs High School in Palm Springs, California. “We were excited to have John Carlos back on campus at the place where his track career truly began,” said Athletic Director Carlton Cooper. “This was a great experience for the A&MCommerce student body, our student-athletes, and the Commerce community to have a chance to meet someone who has championed his life fighting for human rights.” The John Carlos Story:The Sports Moment That Changed the World, is co-written by Dave Zirin with a forward by Cornel West. The discussion with Carlos and Zirin was free to the public.
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