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Temia Brinson is the President and CEO of Rejoice Magazine, which is a Faith-based, Christian Lifestyle Magazine. The magazine highlights the latest news, aggregated from multiple sources and attracts visitors daily on its website RejoiceMagazine.net.

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She is a radio personality and host of The Rejoice Magazine Radio Show, heard locally in Orlando, Florida on WOKB 1680AM and globally via rejoicemagazine.net, wokbradio.com, and mobile application Tune In Radio, tunein.com.

Ms. Brinson has interviewed and worked with several notable names such as State Representative Perry Thurston, State Senator Geraldine Thompson, Mayor John Christian, Commissioner Tiffany Moore Russell, Dr. Sheila J. Spencer, Dr. Jamal Bryant, Bishop Willie J. Matheney, Dr. Randolph Bracy, Jr., Dr. Samantha Phillips, Prophet Corvell Brown, Dr. Larry G. Mills, Pastor Derrick McRae, Pastor Alexis Stephens, Javis Mays, and Thomas Ware, just to mention a few. She is a Motivational Speaker and the host of two seminars: “Single, Saved & Satisfied; Are You Really?” and “Reinvention of the Black Woman”. Ms. Brinson attended Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida and served as a member of the Bethune-Cookman Gospel Choir. Now, she currently serves as Minister of Music at Wootson Memorial Church Of God In Christ, where Elder Eullas Brinson, Jr. is the pastor, under the leadership of Western Florida Jurisdictional Prelate, Bishop Willie J. Matheney. In addition to being a voice in the community, Ms. Brinson also has familiarity with corporate America. As a person having worked in the financial sector for the past 12 years, Ms. Brinson has experience in dealing with several government agencies such as State Attorney Generals, Members of Congress, State Regulatory Agencies, and the newly formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She is also a member of the Vote Out Loud committee, which is in partnership with Innovations Middle Charter School. For Bookings & Interviews, email us at editor@rejoicemagazine.net

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Table of Contents INSPIRATIONAL Bryan L. Cobaris: Everything I tell you is a lie... I’m lying to you now….………6 Ex-Central South Exec, Patrick Noble Allen, Reignites Radio Promo Brand…..16

POLITICS SEIU: Immigration Reform...................................................................................10 Temia Brinson: Marches & Rallies Are Good, But………….………....……….11 Jason Henry: Keep Attention On Stand Your Ground, But Shift Focus To ….....13 Temia Brinson: 5 Things You Can Do To Stay Politically Active………….…..14 Rep. Bracy Statement on Gov. Scott's Sluggish Nod to Florida Dreamers…..….18 Rep. Katie Edwards Touts Support For Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reforms….18 Florida Legislators Announce Two New Bills to Protect the Right to Vote….…18

THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE Articles and News Stories in relation to the National Urban League….................4

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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED PEOPLE Articles and News Stories in relation to the NAACP…………..………………8-9

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championed -- that empowerment and prosperity begin with full employment and economic opportunity and equality. The president offered a roadmap that supports those still striving for the dignity of employment at a living wage; invests in high-quality education for every child that prepares them for colleges and careers; and offers peace of mind and security for those with current or future healthcare challenges... Read the full statement here

National Urban League Applauds Introduction Of Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2013 National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial today issued the following statement in response to the introduction of the Voting Rights Amendment Act 2014 by Representatives James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT): “We applaud Representatives James Sensenbrenner (RWI), John Conyers (D-MI), Bobby Scott (D-VA), John Lewis (D-GA), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (DVT) for introducing the Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014. This common-sense measure is an important first step to reaffirm the right to vote for all citizens and strengthen the protection of that right. Further, it underscores the responsibility of elected officials to ensure, promote and support free and fair elections... Read the full statement here Source: National Urban League - nul.iamempowered.com Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 1/21/2014 8:00 AM | Add Comment

National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial Issued The Following Statement In Response to President Obama’s Fifth State Of The Union Address We were encouraged to hear President Obama articulate a vision – and practical proposals – that speak to the hopes and aspirations of all Americans, particularly those who have yet to achieve their American dream.

Source: National Urban League - nul.iamempowered.com Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 1/30/2014 10:31 AM | Add Comment

President Obama Appoints Marc Morial To Advisory Council Today, President Obama announced the appointment of Marc H. Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League, to a key Administration post: Member, President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. In this capacity, Morial will serve an important role in advising the President and the Secretary of the Treasury on how to promote the financial capability of young people in our country, work toward our future financial stability and increase upward economic mobility. He joins a distinguished list of other appointees announced today as well. In the release from The White House below, President Obama said, “These dedicated and accomplished individuals will be valued additions to my Administration as we tackle the important challenges facing America. I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.” “I am extremely honored by this opportunity to serve on the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans and further serve our nation in helping to confront some of the primary issues of our time,” said Morial. “Whether we refer to them as income inequality, loss of social mobility, the eroding middle class or opportunity inequality, at their core is a great divide that threatens our present and our future. We must work together to ensure that the very essence of 20th Century America – the possibility of upward mobility for all – does not become elusive and distant in the 21st Century.”

Read the full release here Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 2/27/2014 6:54 AM | Add Comment

In clear and unambiguous terms, President Obama expressed the critical point that the Urban League has long

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Everything I tell you is a lie... I’m lying to you now By Bryan Cobaris If a car dealer sold an automobile to you for one price, but sold the exact same type of vehicle to one of your relatives for $10,000 less, would you ever buy from that dealer again? If a childhood friend borrowed money from you every time you received your income tax refund, and never paid you back, would you continue to loan them money? If your doctor told you that you need a small medical procedure that was very routine and had a 100% success rate, how would you react if you woke up after surgery to find that one of your limbs had to be amputated due to negligence on the part of your doctor? Lies come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Lies can come in the form of sociopathic con-artist who can knowingly lie to you for profit, or they come in the form of people who take advantage of your relationship or affection for them. They can even come from people who don’t have the courage to acknowledge that a situation may be beyond their range of abilities. It would be at this point, where you say, “Cobaris…what does any of this have to do with the title?” Well I’m glad you asked. The title was paraphrased from the “I,Mudd” episode of the original Star Trek series where the main characters were attempting to confuse an android by making it overthink. If everything I tell you is a lie, then I tell you that I’m lying, you won’t know what to believe. This is the state that we find ourselves living in here in 2014. As human beings, we have spent so much time lying and being lied to, we don’t know what to believe anymore. Don’t believe me? Stop reading this article for a few seconds, and just look around you. Go ahead. I’ll wait....................welcome back. Do you want to talk about what you saw? More importantly let’s talk about what you don’t see. Even though we’re in a technological age where we can instantaneously connect to more people than ever before, did you see people laughing and talking and enjoying each other’s company or did you see people more focused on their phones. With all of the educational resources available both in school, and on the Internet you should see intelligence as a byproduct of time spent on both within our young people, but you most likely see an outpouring of ignorance and stupidity that reflects carelessness, naivety, that lacks any concern for or awareness of the world in which they live. Did you see Christians using practical applications from the Bible or did you see confirmations of the hypocrisy that the world has claimed that Christianity has become?

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Whether racially, physically, fiscally, or spiritually: we’re living in a world of lies. The Haitian community is looked down upon by the Black community, which is stereotyped by the White community which is marginalized by China and the more affluent countries around the globe. The cosmetic surgery profession has built a new mansion on Happy Street due to the explosion of implants, injections, and various augmentations which are hysterically priced to make people feel better about the way they look. Our own community have passed on extremely warped values to our young people creating a sense of entitlement that trumps anything else of value. I have worked with young people for over 20 years and have watched them value the price of their hair, brands on their clothes, and functions of their electronic devices over their ability to read and maintain any appropriate social decorum in the public. I have seen the lyrics of their favorite songs/raps become the gospel to the kids, as common sense dies a slow death. Luxury cars, or expensive custom fittings, continue to take precedence over purchasing homes or investing in sound business ventures. Prom, sporting events and baby showers have garnered more attention for our school-aged children then PTA meetings, tutoring and graduations. In the churches, the leaders lie to the congregations, the congregations lie to themselves, and misguided members of the Christian community have lied to the world. Well with all of the lying...whose benefiting the most? If you’re keeping score, the liars are becoming wealthy and commercially successful from the lies that we are willing to believe and adopt. Whose gaining the most? Is it the politicians that quietly design laws to re-establish the Black community as an underclass? Is it the fashion industry, entertainment industry, cosmetic industry, the rental industries, and every other industry that are making billions while we consciously and happily make contributions to our own demise? With all of the lying, we have loss sight of the source: the father of lies. A famous quote has been changed over the years, but one version has never rang truer. It states: “The greatest lie ever told, was when the devil convinced the world that he doesn’t exist”. If you remember the first three questions I asked at the beginning of the article, I’m pretty sure you immediately came up with three answers to them which centered around not allowing that situation never happening to you again. That’s the key. When you know the intentions, agenda, and abilities of one who lies to you, you become that much harder to fall victim to them. The devil wants your gifts, your time, your loved ones, your peace of mind, your potential, your reputation and your soul. God has allowed us this knowledge and our obedience and allegiance to Him generates a shield of wisdom and peace that allows us to prosper in this world of deception. But it’s not enough for you to just know the truth and be set free by yourself. You are appointed to share this knowledge. There are people that God assigned to you that won’t listen to anyone else. That makes you highly important to the Kingdom of God. Don’t quit! Don’t give up! With this brand new surge of empowerment you go out there, help others and become who God made you to be…now’s the time. Stay encouraged! Bryan Cobaris is the Executive Director of Faithful FEW Motivations which provides motivational speaking, youth leader/counselor training, and Master of Ceremony service for events and activities. He has over 20 years of experience in youth ministry, Christian education, youth counseling, mentoring and recreation. His post-secondary education includes a Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice from the renowned Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. For more information call (407) 484-5942 or email faithfulfewmotivations@gmail.com

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(Tallahassee, FL)—The Florida NAACP and more than 20 organizations and groups led the first rally and march of Florida’s Moral Monday Social Justice Campaign at the Florida’s State Capitol.

NAACP Statement of Voting Rights to UN Human Rights Committee (GENEVA, Switzerland) – The NAACP issued the following statement read before a hearing of the United Nations Human Rights Committee ahead of the US ICCPR review: This statement is made on behalf of The ACLU of Florida, The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, The Navajo Nation, FSU Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, and The NAACP. As detailed in the shadow reports submitted by numerous U.S.-based organizations, we are deeply concerned by continuing efforts across the country to restrict access to the ballot. As a result of the 2013 Supreme Court Decision in Shelby County vs. Holder – Today there remains no protection for millions of citizens whose voting rights have come under attack as a result of local and state laws. For example, last month in Ohio, “Golden Week” was eliminated – this was a week during the early voting period when the state permitted same-day voter registration. In local communities across the nation, there have been numerous proposals to change election dates, dilute minority voting power through changes from single member to at large voting, and an increase in the removal of polling locations-- largely in minority populations... Read the full statement here Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 3/12/2014 9:05 PM | Add Comment

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“The assembly here this morning shows not only just Florida, but the country, how important it is for Americans to lift their voices and for those voices to be heard. You are beauticians and barbershop owners, you are state government workers, you are low wage workers looking for better wages, you are Florida, you are America, and you deserve the right to petition your government,” stated Lorraine Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO, during remarks at the State Capitol. The campaign, led by a diverse and non-partisan coalition, targets Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state legislature, calling on them to protect the rights of all Floridians by expanding Medicaid, protecting voting rights, addressing economic inequality and repealing stand your ground practices. “Today we raised our voices to protect our votes and to hold our elected officials accountable if they attempt to suppress them," said Adora Obi Nweze, Florida NAACP State Conference President. “Together we will shine a bright light on the failed policies that have wreaked havoc on Floridians.” ... Read the full statement here Source: NAACP.org Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 3/5/2014 6:40 PM | Add Comment

NAACP Statement on the Michael Dunn Verdict: There Are No Winners in this Case (BALTIMORE)—On Saturday, the jury in the trial of Michael Dunn, a Florida man who shot a teenager to death in a parking lot, found Dunn guilty of second-degree attempted murder for getting out of his car and firing 10 times at the Dodge Durango sport utility vehicle in which Jordan Davis was killed. The judge declared a mistrial on the count of first-degree murder; which applied in the death of Jordan Davis. The NAACP released the following statements in response to the verdict: Adora Obi Nweze, President of the Florida State NAACP: “The State of Florida has spoken and 47-year old Michael Dunn will have to answer for some of his crimes relating to having opened fire on an SUV filled with unarmed black teenagers. Today a jury convicted Dunn on three counts for the attempted murder of Tevin Thompson, Leland Brunson, and Tommy Storns, the three teens in the car with Jordan.

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The judge declared mistrial on the count of first-degree murder that applied to the death of Jordan Davis. While prosecutors have stated they will retry Michael Dunn for the murder of Jordan Davis, there are no winners in this case. Two parents will forever remain without their only son; three other young men had their lives changed forever and the State of Florida and the country as a whole is left to deal with yet another senseless murder of an innocent young man whose life was cut short for no other reason than the color of his skin. Young, black men are not thugs or suspicious by definition; and this important verdict reconfirms that those who commit crimes based on those misplaced preconceptions will not go unpunished. The NAACP will continue to push for a change in the laws that make these types of crimes more prevalent and the punishment for their commission, less likely. Stand Your Ground laws create an environment that places far too many people, especially young African-American men, at risk of losing their lives as a result of nothing more than the perception that someone "feels" threatened. The only possible result of assigning life and death decision-making authority to anyone with a gun is the unnecessary loss of innocent lives. The NAACP will continue to work with the State of Florida and the other 33 states across the country who currently maintain some form of stand your ground law to repeal these inherently discriminatory laws. People should be allowed to live without constant fear that their lives are at risk just because of someone's offensive- often racebased—perception. Inappropriate stereotyping should not carry a penalty of death for black youth.” Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director: "This case is a perfect example of how stand your ground laws are illogical and often lead to tragic outcomes, especially to people of color who often end up on the wrong side of the weapon,” stated Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director. "To help prevent future tragedies such as the death of Jordan Davis, we must repeal stand your grounds laws and bring back common sense selfdefense policies in every state across this country.” Kevin Myles, NAACP Region 5 Director: “I'm happy that Michael Dunn will now be off the streets, but my heart is heavy for that fact that he was not held accountable for the young life he stole,” stated Kevin Myles, NAACP Region 5 Director. “That said, I applaud the prosecutors decision to retry the 1st degree murder charge and look forward to justice being served.” Read the full statement here Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 2/22/2014 9:00 AM | Add Comment

NAACP Applauds Attorney General Holder for Speaking Out Against Felony Disenfranchisement (Washington, DC)-- The NAACP commends Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder for speaking out against laws prohibiting people with felony convictions from voting even after they have served the terms of their sentences. The NAACP has been actively engaged in campaigns in Florida, Iowa, Virginia, Delaware and other states to bring the practice to an end. "By perpetuating the stigma and isolation imposed on formerly incarcerated individuals, these laws increase the likelihood they will commit future crimes," Holder said at a Washington, DC, symposium on sentencing laws. Florida, Iowa, and Kentucky are the only states that continue to disenfranchise persons convicted of felonies even after they have completed all of the terms of their sentences. There are an estimated 1.5 million disenfranchised citizens in Florida alone.… Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 2/11/2014 8:00 PM | Add Comment

NAACP Releases New Report On Diversity In Banking Industry; Finds Much Room For Improvement Baltimore, MD (January 14, 2014) - Today, the NAACP released findings from its Opportunities & Diversity Report Card: Consumer Banking Industry. Details in the report highlight key areas where the banking industry can improve to ensure their workforce, leadership and suppliers adequately reflect the demographics of the United States. Read the report here. “Equal opportunity for people of color in the United States remains an unrealized goal,” stated Interim NAACP President and CEO Lorraine Miller. “The banking industry will add nearly 1 million jobs with a living wage and wealth generating opportunities over the next decade and more people of color are graduating with degrees in accounting, finance, IT, MBAs than ever before. We look forward to working with leading banks in strengthening their diversity and inclusion efforts and connecting more members of our communities to these opportunities.” Read the full article here Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 1/15/2014 10:00 AM | Add Comment

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Marches & Rallies Are Good, But… By Temia Brinson On Monday, March 10, 2014, hundreds came to a march and rally held by Rev. Al Sharpton in an effort to protest against Florida's 'Stand Your Ground' laws. In attendance were radio host Tom Joyner, Attorney Benjamin Crump, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, State Rep. Alan Williams, State Sen. Chris Smith, State Sen. Geraldine Thompson, Rev. Jamal Bryant, the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, and family members of Emmett Till. There were several speakers at the rally, including Rev. Al Sharpton. "To have laws that tell people that they can shoot first and then ask questions later is a violation of our civil rights," said Sharpton. Rev. Jamal Bryant stated he was giving a 'warning shot' to companies such as Tropicana and Disney. Bryant provided a telephone number for both companies and instructed the audience to call and ask the companies to support a repeal of Florida's stand your ground law. I honestly don’t think this was a wise decision on the part of Rev. Bryant, as it would have been more fruitful to allow corporations an opportunity to weighin on a conversation prior to any negotiations or any kind of public “outing”. Rev. Bryant and those who support him, shouldn’t expect a check from these companies any time soon. And speaking of “checks”, it is also worth noting that Rev. Bryant failed to disclose which organization he’d like these corporations to send contributions – his church, Crump, or Sharpton’s, but I digress... I find it interesting that after Rev. Bryant spoke, Rev. Sharpton didn’t say anything in regards to this plan, so I’m not sure if Sharpton is a fan on this master plan. If he is, then he’s being unusually quiet about it. The rally came weeks after Michael Dunn was convicted of attempted murder after killing Jordan www.rejoicemagazine.net

Davis for a dispute over loud music. However, Michael Dunn was not convicted of first degree murder, as it was a hung jury on the charge. Since the verdict, the outcry from several organizations has grown against the stand your ground law. Congresswoman Corrine Brown encouraged people to become more involved in the process and attend the Senate Criminal Justice Committee meeting after the rally. It seems her advice was taken, as the committee room was at capacity and two additional rooms were opened for people to watch on closed circuit tv. However, the number of people that could testify was limited, as stand your ground was not on the agenda. The parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis testified, as they were invited by State Sen. Chris Smith. Sen. Smith is the Vice Chair of the committee and is currently working on a fix to the stand your ground law. Rev. Jamal Bryant stated during his speech at the rally, that he was advised if he was allowed to speak before the committee, they would have to let the NRA speak as well. Although Rev. Bryant did not testify before the committee, he was in attendance along with Congresswoman Corrine Brown, Attorney Benjamin Crump and others who traveled to participate in the rally. Rev. Al Sharpton was not in attendance. Maybe he had to get back to New York, but I find it quite interesting to have the time to organize a march and a rally, but there’s no time or effort to put forth real work with the legislatures and organizations to make an amendment or repeal of the stand your ground law possible. Significant changes to the stand your ground law doesn't seem likely when looking at the recent happenings from the Florida legislative body. Recently, a bill to repeal the law, sponsored by State Rep. Alan Williams, was defeated. State Sen. Jeff Brandes filed a bill to give immunity to those who carry a concealed weapon or firearm during a declared state of emergency. State Rep. Matt Gaetz, Chair of the Criminal Justice Subcommittee, previously stated that he will not change "one dam- comma" of the stand your ground law. It is evident that the Republicans will not budge easily. Congresswoman Corrine Brown is the voice of reason when encouraging people to become more involved. Although marches and rallies are excellent tools to bring awareness to problems, change will never happen without real work. 11


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Keep Attention On Stand Your Ground, But Shift Focus To Other Bills By Jason Henry

Since the unfortunate death of Trayvon Martin, many have trained their focus on repealing Florida’s selfdefense law labeled ‘stand your ground.’ From Reverend Al Sharpton to radio host Tom Joyner, there have been marches, rallies, protests, boycotts and everything in between to bring attention to Florida’s backwards way of defining self-defense. This past Monday in Tallahassee, Sharpton and Reverend Jamal Bryant led a march and rally to, once again, bring attention to ‘stand your ground.’ They continued to call for its repeal and talked of Florida lawmakers facing consequences at the polls if their demands were not met. That type of rhetoric may be good in spirit, it’s just wrong in execution. I can appreciate those who want to change a law that looks as if it disproportionately impacts AfricanAmericans. Working together to change anything for the greater good should be celebrated and not demonized, but that’s where my line ends. Many lawmakers who are in favor of SYG, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, has already committed to protecting ‘stand your ground.’

There are many things floating around the Florida Legislature that deserve our attention besides a bill that will die in committee. Florida may change the cost of a higher education; allow residents to carry weapons during a state-ofemergency, and give individuals the ability to fire warning shots without the fear of going to prison for 20 years. Why not shift to something that has a chance of working? For those who work and live in Florida, pick out the battles that matter most to you. Don’t allow a fluid movement; one that may pick-up and move to the next spotlighted tragedy, the ability to takeover your focus. While fighting against SYG isn’t a bad thing, it shouldn’t be a singular focus. When the day arrives that the political environment is more inviting to change SYG, your focus may pivot back to that issue. Until then, find something else to proactively change so that we aren’t reacting to a bad law five years down the road. Vision should be the guiding principle, not blind emotion. Jason Henry is a political analyst for varied media entities in Orlando. He has appeared locally on Fox 35, Central Florida News 13, WFTV Orlando, as well as political and sports radio shows including The Kevin Sutton Show, The Don Miller Show, Real Family Talk, and many more. Jason has served as a reporter for the West Orlando News. He has tackled unfair political practices within Orange County, voter suppression tactics by politicians in Tallahassee, and economic reinvestment within our local communities. He hosts his own podcast titled “The Jason Henry Project” and runs a blog by the same name.

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Former Central South Exec, Patrick Noble Allen, Reignites Radio Promotions Brand (Atlanta, GA) – March 14, 2014 - Many know Patrick Noble Allen as an exceptional radio promoter. He’s the force behind hits for some of Gospel music’s most popular acts. For two years, he exclusively worked records for Central South Distribution. Always an independent radio promoter, he’s broken records for some of the top names in Gospel including Beverly Crawford, Da’ Truth, The Murrills, Dottie Peoples, William McDowell, Mali Music, Monique Walker, The Nevels Sisters, Jennifer Holliday, Norman Hutchins, Stephen Hurd, Patrick Dopson, Tim Rogers & The Fellas, Lecrae, The Williams Brothers, Monica Lisa Stevenson, Ethan Kent, Earnest Pugh and Chanel from Trin-i-tee 5:7.

“Patrick Noble Allen is very dependable, trustworthy, a fun guy to work with and will absolutely get the job done!” Monica Lisa Stevenson, National Recording Artist “Noble is not just his company’s name; being ‘Noble’ is what Patrick Noble lives by.” – Alvin Williams, Prominent Music Industry Executive “Patrick is one of the hardest working individuals I know. His work ethic, professionalism and attention to detail are unmatched in the industry.” - Marica Chisolm, Tyscot Recording Artist For more information on the Noble Promotions Group, log on to www.NoblePromoGroup.com. Locate Patrick Noble Allen on social media on Facebook, Twitter (@PNobleAllen) and Instagram.

An Atlanta, GA native and Morehouse College graduate, Patrick Noble Allen got his start in the industry working with Tawanda Shamley of Joyful Noise Promotions. In 2007, Allen started the Noble Promotions Group, a national radio promotions company committed to “Setting The Standard In Airplay Security”. The Noble Promotions Group provides national and regional radio promotions campaigns, radio tour scheduling, radio single research, and strategic brand development. Cognizant of his personal and company brand, Patrick Noble Allen believes there are three qualities that allow his company to stand apart from the rest. Patrick Noble Allen says, “In 2013, I did a personal brand assessment of myself and after collecting all the information, there were three things I noticed that characterized me. I am Passionate, Noble and Assertive. In business, it’s no different. I am Passionate (about my client’s music); I am Noble (in my dealings with clients and radio stations) and I am Assertive (determined to get my clients airplay). I feel that if people trust my personal brand and those positive attributes, they can trust me when it comes to my company brand.” A Rhythm of Gospel Nominee for Radio Promotions & Marketing Group of the Year, the Noble Promotions Group has been commended for the excellent service it has provided. Here’s what a few of Patrick Noble Allen’s clients have said: “If you want to get your music played on radio, then Patrick Noble Allen is the person who you want on your team.” Beverly Crawford, Stellar Award Winner

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Rep. Randolph Bracy Statement on Governor Scott's Sluggish Nod to Florida Dreamers ORLANDO – In response to Governor Rick Scott’s recent remarks earlier this week about legislation to allow in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants, State Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Orlando) issued the following comment: "Governor Rick Scott could care less about Dreamers. Just last year he vetoed a bill to give Dreamers a temporary driver's license while they are here in the United States. Even this year he has ignored my attempts to reconsider signing a Dreamers driver’s license bill that I have sponsored. But with his poll numbers in the gutter, and as the November elections nears, Governor Scott wants us to believe that he now wants to help Dreamers get an affordable education. Really? His motivations for supporting in-state tuition are obviously politically motivated, and I don't think the voters of Florida will be fooled by this stunt.” _____________________________________________________

Orville Lee Wollard, a Davenport father who fired a shot in selfdefense to fend off his daughters abusive boyfriend, was sentenced to 20 years in prison. During the trial, the judge stated that the sentence was “…obviously excessive…” and if not for the mandatory minimums enacted by the legislature, he would have used discretion in sentencing. Invoked in this case was Florida’s 10-20-Life statute, a controversial mandatory minimum sentencing law that requires courts to impose a minimum sentence of 10 years, 20 years, or 25 years to life for certain felony convictions involving the use or attempted use of a firearms or destructive device during the commission of a violent felony. Representative Edwards believes that House Bill 89 will reform 1020-Life to allow necessary judicial discretion in certain cases, and passage of the legislation will create a political climate that could allow for a grant of clemency to people like Orville Wollard. “It is time we fix the flaws in Florida's mandatory minimum sentencing laws,” said Representative Edwards. “For too long, these laws have been costly to Florida taxpayers and are robbing us of the resources we need to address the root causes of violence. I applaud my fellow members of the Democratic caucus who are supporting this common-sense legislation that will protect our citizens, and I look forward to its passage during the upcoming 2014 legislative session.” _____________________________________________________

Florida Legislators Announce Two New Bills to Protect the Right to Vote The Florida Voting Rights Act and the Florida Right to Vote Act Comprehensively Uphold Democracy from Different Angles of Florida Law TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pushing back against repeated state actions to restrict voting, today a group of Florida legislators

Rep. Katie Edwards Touts Support For Bipartisan Criminal Justice Reforms TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State Rep. Katie Edwards (DPlantation) and several members of the House Democratic Caucus are proud to support bipartisan legislation to reform sentencing laws pertaining to crimes involving self-defense.

announced two new bills to comprehensively protect the right to vote: The Florida Voting Rights Act (SB 1246 and HB 1079), cosponsored by Senator Geraldine Thompson (D-Orlando) and Representative Reggie Fullwood (D-Jacksonville), would prohibit any voting procedures that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, income level, sexual orientation, language, religion or disability. It would also allow the Florida Attorney General to petition the Florida Supreme Court to review changes in voting

Representative Edwards is a prime co-sponsor of House Bill 89, a measure that amounts to Florida’s most meaningful gun sentence reform effort in more than a decade. Today, with strong bipartisan support, the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee approved the bill. The need for House Bill 89 is clear in light of recent cases in Florida.

procedure (including but not limited to changes in redistricting plans, early voting, absentee voting, language access, list maintenance and voter registration) before they go into effect, to determine if they have a discriminatory impact. The Florida Right to Vote Act (SB 1132 and HB 1073), cosponsored by Senator Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens) and Representative Victor M. Torres (D-Orlando), would make voting a

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fundamental right in Florida – requiring voting policies to fall under

“For too long, Florida has been the poster child for election

strict scrutiny, the highest standard of judicial review. This would

disasters,” said Rep. Torres. “Some politicians would argue that

require lawmakers and election officials, including Supervisors of

voting should be hard and involve some epic journey to the front of

Elections, to demonstrate a compelling reason before they can

the line. But voting is not a privilege; it is a fundamental right of

enact policies that make it harder to vote, show that the measure

U.S. citizenship. These two bills would finally protect that right,

is narrowly tailored, and prove that it will advance its stated goal.

once and for all, to ensure that our voting system is free, fair and accessible to all Floridians.”

“As lawmakers in the world’s greatest democracy, we should make voting easier for our citizens, not harder,” said Sen. Thompson. “Yet over the past few years, Florida politicians have passed and pursued a veritable kitchen sink of measures to restrict access to the ballot, including onerous constraints on registration drives, cuts to the early voting period, and repeated attempts to kick off eligible citizens from the voter rolls. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing comprehensive, multifaceted legislation that will firmly protect the right to vote in Florida.” In light of the Supreme Court decision last year to strike down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), Florida voters are increasingly vulnerable. This ruling ended federal pre-approval of voting changes in jurisdictions with a history of discriminatory voting practices, including five Florida counties. In January, Congress introduced a bill to update the VRA, with a new formula for determining which states require pre-approval of voting changes, but this formula leaves Florida out entirely. “The Florida Voting Rights Act will restore the kind of protection that many Florida voters formerly had under the federal Voting Rights Act, and goes even further by applying that protection to the entire state,” said Rep. Fullwood. “Florida can’t wait on Washington to fix our state’s election problems. It’s up to us. The Florida Voting Rights Act and the Florida Right to Vote Act are what we need to ensure that the most enduring promise of our democracy – our right to vote – is protected.” The Florida Right to Vote Act would enshrine a fundamental right to vote into state law, requiring changes in voting procedure to undergo a higher standard of legal review. With this standard in place, many onerous barriers to the ballot would be defeated. “In the absence of a fundamental right to vote in Florida law, state officials may currently enact new voting policies with no requirement to prove a compelling state interest, or to prove that they are not discriminatory,” said Sen. Braynon. “We would never tolerate this kind of deference to politicians with other rights, like the right of free speech or freedom of religion. We need to protect voting in the same way.”

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Statement from the Parents of Trayvon Martin: "The killing of 17 year old Jordan Davis is yet another reminder that in Florida, racial profiling and stereotypes may serve as the basis for imaginary fear and the shooting and killing of young teenagers. No matter the verdict, the fact that Ron and Lucia will never see their son again will not change; we know that pain all too well. We walk with Jordan in defining his legacy to reflect our hopes by advancing love and tolerance in his memory, and continuing the fight against unjust gun laws." Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 2/15/2014 5:45 PM | Add Comment

Statement From Rev. Al Sharpton Regarding The Verdict In The Michael Dunn Case

Rejoice Magazine Radio Show with Temia Brinson (Orlando City Council D5 & the FL Governor's race)

Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network : “We are deeply disappointed by the verdict in the case of Michael Dunn. Though he was convicted for attempted murder and shooting into the car, the value of Jordan Davis’ life was not addressed in this verdict. The mistrial further sends a chilling effect to parents in the twenty-three states that have the Stand Your Ground law or laws similar. It requires the Civil Rights community to head into Florida, which is now ground zero for a National fight to change that law. From Trayvon Martin to Jordan Davis enough is enough. Our National board member Bishop Rudy Mckissick has been in the court room during the trial, including tonight representing us and supporting the family; sharing with them our prayers as we join them in pursuing justice and the ending the Stand Your Ground law.” Reverend Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network … Posted by Rejoice Magazine at 2/18/2014 8:00 AM | Add Comment

Attorney Benjamin Crump Tweets Statement From Trayvon Martin's Parents Concerning The Dunn Trial 22

Jason Henry from "The Jason Henry Project" & Frank Torres from Orlando-Politics.com discuss the Orlando City Commissioner District 5 election & the state of Florida Governor's race

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Rejoice Magazine March/April 2014  

Features several articles on Florida's Stand Your Ground Law

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