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SECTIONS MONEY ...................................15 EDUCATION............................39 HEALTH............................53 CULTURE .................................64

Features Black Veterans Celebrate Memorial Day..........12 Milennial Women on the Move.......................15 125th Street Bid Makes Connections..............18 Rev. E.L. Chamblee’s Incredible Life...............22


Higher Ground..................................................24 Rev. Timothy Jones..........................................28 Terri Seeny Rises at Panasonic.........................29


Justice for All Ball..........................................30


Mother’s Day Brunch.......................................31

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Publisher’s Desk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 My View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Wealth Building . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Guest Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

National Day of Prayer.....................................32 Denise Nelson Joins FWPA...........................33 Hooray for the Graduates!............................39 Dr. Wyatt T. Walker Receives Award............42 Magnolia Brown Honored...............................52 Celebration of Hope Concert...........................53 UHC Hosts Senior Fashion Show..................56

Fitness Doctor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Beth Israel Unveils Farmers’ Market..............58 Gospel Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 McDonalds Gospelfest 2016...........................64 The Way Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Pastor Renee Gardner Celebrates Birthday....66 The Last Word . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70 Prayer Walk from Harlem to Chicago..............67 4

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New Jerusalem Worship Center, Jamaica, NY Rev. Shonda Townsend-Browne, Pastor

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Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, NY Rev. A.R. Barnard, Pastor

It Is Well Living Ministries, Clark, NJ Rev. Kahlil Carmichael, Pastor

Ruth Fellowship Ministries, Plainfield, NJ Rev. Tracey Brown, Pastor

Christian Love B.C., Irvington, NJ Rev. Dr. Ronald Christian, Pastor

Lagree Baptist Church, New York, NY Rev. Wayland Williams, Jr., Pastor

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Messiah Baptist Church, Bridgeport, CT Rev. James Logan, Pastor

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Messiah Baptist Church, East Orange, NJ Rev. Dana Owens, Pastor

St. Anthony Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY Rev. Dr. Duane E. Cooper

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Mount Zion Baptist Church, Westwood, NJ Rev. Barry R. Miller, Pastor Mt. Olivet B.C, Newark, NJ Rev. André W. Milteer, Pastor Mt. Zion AME Church, Trenton, NJ Rev. J. Stanley Justice, Pastor New Hope Baptist Church, Metuchen, NJ Rev. Dr. Ronald L. Owens, Pastor New Hope Baptist Church of Hackensack, Hackensack, NJ Rev. Dr. Frances Mannin-Fontaine, Pastor

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“. . . By honoring the timeless sounds that define our past and help transform our future, we celebrate not only the musicians who move us, but also the spirit of resilience and renewal they embody. This month, let us remember the essential role music plays in breaking the barriers of our time and guiding us toward a more inclusive and more equal tomorrow . . .”— President Barak Obama



hank you for your support! As tradition would have it, June is our annual business/ finance/Black Music Month edition. Here we explore our collective blessings—gifts, talents and opportunities for business and the creative arts— our music. Since 2012, The Positive Community has engaged our readers in a much-needed conversation about the future: hope for tomorrow, opportunity for today; the health, prosperity and happiness of future generations. The theme of our 2016 commemorative calendar is Positive Music Matters! We never tire of reminding our readers about our people’s challenging and triumphant history. Today, we are just beyond the the 150th anniversary season of the Great Emancipation (1862–1865)—the Civil War and the end of slavery in the USA. Nor, do we grow weary of telling our story and celebrating our collective achievements and mighty contributions to America and world popular culture. And let us always remember the life-giving, soul-saving power of music and song! Culture and Commerce Over the years, The Positive Community has placed a heavy emphasis on promoting the value of economic interdependence and financial freedom based on the unique, inherent advantages of ethnic culture and teamwork. Examples of the “economics of culture” can be found everywhere: Chinatown, Little Italy, the Portuguese community of the Ironbound district in Newark, NJ, among most ethnic groups, especially newly arriving immigrants. It’s all about community sustainability, values, traditions, industry, commerce and culture. The values of cultural economics are reflected in TPC’s Great Roll Call to Progress (partial listing, pg. 7). Each month dozens and dozens of congregations, from Bridgeport, Conn. to Bridgetown, NJ, subscribe for

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direct-delivery, bulk purchases of our magazines at $1.00 per copy. In return, we provide a quality product that reflects the very best of Black life—spiritually and culturally—while affirming the dignity of our humanity with good-will toward all! The Positive Community Corporation is an AfricanAmerican owned media company wholly devoted to a future of progress, peace and excellence in service. We specialize in delivering a qualitative experience for our community of readers, their leadership and forwardthinking businesses, institutions and corporations that advertise in our publication and online—community partners! The community-building ideals of self-acceptance, self-reliance and self-respect are founded upon a basic principle—economics of culture . . .Think about it! Positive Music Matters Yes, it is official; June, Black Music Month is now officially African-American Music Appreciation Month. Bills have passed, decrees ordered; presidential proclamations have been signed. An excerpt from President Obama’s 2015 proclamation reads as follows: . . . For centuries, African-American musicians have shaped our Nation and helped tell our story. By melding enduring truths with new sounds, they have pioneered entire genres and contributed to the foundation of our musical landscape—capturing an essential part of who we are as Americans.

Imagine through the mind’s eye, a vision of the year 2063; 100 years after the March on Washington (1963), 200 years after the Emancipation Proclamation (1863). By then many of us reading this message will have passed on. In that year, my two year-old grandson will turn 50. Our legacy will be our contributions to a conversation about the future of Black Music in America and the destiny of the African American people.

Will the generations, yet unborn, remember the struggles and sacrifices of those who came before them? Will they know of a time when our musicians and writers recorded songs that celebrate life, love, liberty, unity and progress? Say It Loud? Will they know of a music that inspired freedom movements around the world? Will they know the Negro Spirituals, jazz, the blues, gospel music, Soul Music, R&B, Spoken Word and Hip Hop at its very best? What will the music and the songs of that far distant day sound like? Future Generations What is and will be the responsibility of the creative artist as representative of our most precious cultural gifts to the world—music, drama/theater, dance, literature? Our art tells our story: If it’s negative, so will be the consequences; if it’s positive, so will be the rewards. Our music and our art determine the true character of our collective soul. Future generations will measure and judge the success or failure of this present generation not by a standard of living, but rather by the quality of our thinking—Positive Music Matters!

Does the contemporary music soundtrack and images of today take us forward or move us backward? Just because something is old, it should not be despised; neither should something new or novel be unconditionally embraced. The wisdom, experience and leadership of those conversant in such matters will help us determine which values to carry forward or those to be left behind. And this we must do for ourselves; on our own terms— Positive Music Matters! The progress of our children and the integrity of our African American culture mean everything! Market forces notwithstanding, in such matters, we the people, liberated sons and daughters of the Most High God, descendants the Great Emancipation, are sovereign. It is therefore, our God-given right and patriotic duty that we encourage one another to do all we can to preserve, protect and promote our very best, America’s best. The salvation and prosperity of future generations warrants that we muster the will and courage to go forth, in claim of our divine inheritance—now. For therein lies the real power of Soul!

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Rev. Nance is pastor of The Church by the Side of the Road in Passaic, NJ. She is also a radio talk show host and documentary filmmaker.


Celebrating Five Years and Praying for Many, Many More


ccording to biblical scholars, the number “5” symbolizes God’s grace, goodness, and favor toward humans. If this is so, then I must conclude that the Rev. Dr. William F. Baskerville, Jr., senior pastor of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in the city of Passaic, is inundated with all of the above. Pastor Baskerville celebrated his fifth pastoral anniversary after coming into the city like a whirlwind when the beloved pastor, the Rev. Boston Thomas, passed away. Both Pastor Baskerville and first lady Sabrina Baskerville celebrated this festive occasion with their seven children: William III, Tiffany, Kimberly, Tanisha, Jennifer, Jonathan, and Isaiah, as well as congregants, area pastors, and friends from nearby communities. The banquet, held at the Appian Way in Orange, was well attended. There were those on the dais who spoke about Dr. Baskerville’s commitment to both the church and his academic assignment. His scholarship is impeccable as he not only leads one of the oldest Baptist churches in the city, but also serves in another leadership capacity as principal of Grandview School in the Piscataway School District. I had the honor of not only being seated on the dais, but also being able to recall the many kindnesses the good reverend has bestowed upon yours truly. At his behest, I have preached at his church on more than one occasion. Some occasions when he was in attendance, and others when he was not. Since his arrival at the church, which sits inconspicuously on Tulip Street, there has been an ongoing massive reconstruction project, i.e., beautiful, red wall-to-wall carpet; upgrading of bathroom facilities; and under his tutelage, the facade may be due for refurbishing. He is a graduate of New York Theological Seminary and currently is the site director for a NYTS Certificate Program at Mt. Moriah. He can preach, pray, sing, and is an extraordinary musician.

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That night, the Rev. Kenneth Darryl Ray Clayton was the keynote speaker. Rev. Clayton reminded the audience that they must not lose their voice. And the senior pastor of the St. Luke Baptist Church in Paterson began to weave a profound message regarding commitment and stick-to-it-tiveness concerning black people, church people, all people. Bishop Jethro James, Dr. Baskerville’s spiritual father, beamed when he spoke about the “son” who was making him proud. Both Dr. Baskerville and Lady Baskerville graciously thanked all those who came to help them celebrate. And, as the old adage goes, a grand time was had by all. Editor’s Note: The Baskerville’s daughter, Tiffany, a college student, is an intern at The Positive Community, and we love her.

WE’RE HEATING THINGS UP! Jill Scott • 8/11

Earthquake’s Father’s Day Celebration

Aretha Franklin Musical Moments for MS The “Queen of Soul” and 19-time Grammy winner performs in a gala benefit presented by the National MS Society. Performance tickets only $49 *Tier 3 & 4 only

Earthquake hosts a hilarious night of comedy, with performances by Lavell Crawford, Michael Blackson, Deon Cole and Pat Brown! A great Father’s Day gift

Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias Everyone’s favorite “Fluffy” comedian returns with a highoctane show that mixes parody with personal experiences. Thursday, July 7 at 8pm Friday, July 8 at 8pm

Sunday, June 19 at 6pm

Beres Hammond, Marcia Griffiths & Luciano

Boyz II Men & En Vogue

Reggae royalty! Three of Jamaica’s most influential singers (“Electric Boogie Song,” “See You Again” and more) team up in concert.

Red-hot R&B from the hitmakers of “I’ll Make Love to You,” “End of the Road,” “Don’t Let Go (Love)” and “Free Your Mind” Sunday, July 24 at 7pm

Saturday, July 9 at 8pm

Thursday, June 16 at 7:30pm


Don’t miss the fun this Summer at NJPAC!

FREE! Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City Chris Tucker Live

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Savion Glover’s Chronology of a HooFer

Hilarious stand-up from the comedian-actor of the “Rush Hour” movies, “Silver Linings Playbook” and “Money Talks”

Fans get a chance to be part of the action when Miss D and her Dancing Dolls perform never-seen routines live on stage!

Saturday, July 30 at 8pm

Thursday, August 4 at 8pm

The tap master of Broadway’s “Shuffle Along” and Tony Award winner chronicles his performance history through photos, words, stories and rhythmic percussion. Friday, September 23 at 8pm

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Waverly Sound steel band

Grand Marshal Rev. Herbert Daughtry leads the parade

Black Veterans for Social Justice 5th Memorial Day Parade PHOTO AND TEXT BY EULENE INNISS


emorial Day was celebrated across the country with much fanfare. But the solemn and poignant celebration given by Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ) in Bedford-Stuyvesant shed light on the role of black veterans and their struggles at home after their tour of duty, as they fight to prove that black lives do matter. African Americans served in the Civil War on both the Union and Confederate sides. Racial discrimination was widespread and segregation within the ranks legal. Black troops played significant roles in battles such as the Battle of the Crater during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia, and more. When Memorial Day was first celebrated in 1868, it was to commemorate the sacrifices of the Civil war. Black Veterans for Social Justice (BVSJ), founded in 1979 as a non-profit community based organization, serves veterans, their families, and community members and now counts over 12,000 clients. They believe all persons can be productive contributors to society, regardless of age, sex, race or military labels and that all humans seek to do the right thing, but do not always get the chance or opportunity. BVSJ offers a myriad of services to help black veterans adjust to civilian life. The ceremony at the Restoration Plaza Amphitheatre was attended by many elected officials including U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who thanked the veterans “…who have done so much to secure the country, fighting all over the world for liberty and justice for others, only to come home 12

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to fight for liberty and justice for themselves.” In his remarks, Assemblyman Walter Mosley said, “Too often in our daily lives we take for granted what the veterans have done.” City Councilman Robert Cornegy saluted BSVJ for their foresight in recognizing the need to honor black veterans organizations. “Conversations about finances to cover resources for veteran’s needs never include black vets,” he said. “The struggle still continues with the unequal way resources are being distributed. It is our job to find vets to let them know how much we support them and care about them.” The parade Grand Marshal, Reverend Dr. Herbert Daughtry, senior pastor of the House of the Lord Church, led the parade down Marcy Avenue (Rev. Dr. Gardner Taylor Blvd.). Elders and community residents lined the sidewalks to show support and appreciation for these veterans of African ancestry. The NYPD and the NYFD marched side by side. The parade terminated at the BVSJ Headquarters at 665 Willoughby Avenue. In this building, surrounded by portraits of black leaders and freedom fighters, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams reminded the crowd that, “Many law enforcement officers retire and go home and their service allows them to continue to show their value and worth to society. Vets do not enjoy the same, although they are good and are experts on a variety of levels. It is difficult to defend soil that you cannot enjoy life on,” he said, as a check in the amount of $5.000 was presented to BVSJ staff

L-R: Assemblyman Walter Mosley; Jelani Mashariki; Rev. Herbert Daughtry; U.S. Representative Hakim Jeffries; and Herbert Sweat, president Veterans Action Group

member Jelani Mashariki in support of the organization’s goals. Entertainment was provided by: PS 156 Waverly Steel Pan Band children, Kan Corbra Martial Arts Academy, Berean Community Drumline, and other community based groups. Community Board 3 President Charmaine Wright expressed what “…an honor it is to recognize those who served and take time to reflect on those serving.” While others across the country celebrated under the glare of cameras and national media outlets, BVSJ brought their veterans to the community that shares in their struggle.

Corrections!!! Charlie Rangel Tribute

Photo caption ran in error on page 48 in the May issue: The Council Family

May Issue, Community Baptist Church First Lady Birthday story on page 73. The sermon title should have read as stated below.

Pastor May Searight of Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, NJ preached a soulful sermon, “ A Life Worth Remembering” based on Mathhew 26:6-13.

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…A glorious day! This event was an absolutely phenomenal experience. The moderator and panelists were selfless in “sharing their experiences with each bringing their unique perspectives and marketing strategies to the table.

The event was educational, engaging, and empowering. This generation of women has created a paradigm shift by redefining self-worth, creating employment strategies, and forging new paths of economic empowerment. I left feeling uplifted and encouraged knowing that our future is bright. I was in awe as I witnessed their business acumen, poise, commitment, dedication, and fortitude. These young women are definitely shattering glass ceilings. I applaud The Positive Community for their foresight in hosting this forum.

Rev. Marilyn Monroe- Harris Pastor First Baptist Church in Teaneck, NJ Photos: Karen Water and Vincent Bryant

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Business Roundtable: Millennial Women on the Move

Panelist – Kamari Aykes, Time Inc. Software Development Engineer

Panelist – Amanda A. Ebokosia, founder/CEO, The Gem Project, Inc.

Panelist – Tiffany Hardin, Founder, She Knows Now

Panelist – Damaris Hicks, Global Marketing Executive, Chemetall

Panelist – Tiffany Aliche, “The Budgetnista”

Panelist – Nikkia McClain, CEO/founder, Tene` Nicole

well-executed and enlightening event! The panelists were informative, inspirational, and fabulously fierce! “…A Great forum to meet and mingle with highly accomplished, success driven millennials! Love it!!! Thanks much Positive Community and Wells Fargo! ” Corby Ellis-Mare Creative Marketing Consultant in Harlem, NY

a wonderful experience at the Millennial Women on the Move event. It can be lonely working as an entrepreneur. “INothadeveryone understands the desire to work for oneself. But the event motivated me to begin networking with other women business owners who have the same dreams. I had a great day! ” Trustee, Dorothy Handfield Financial Secretary Bethany B.C. in Newark, NJ

Stephanie Ahenkora and Sherkera Green, Wells Fargo

L-R; Kay Lucas, Stephanie Ahenkora, Amy Curcio, LaToya Shambo, and Sherkera Green

Nikkia McClain and Host Liz Black


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Dr. Ursula Parrish Daniels, executive assistant to the President, Bergen Community College

Panelist – Rhonesha Byng, founder,

Workshop moderator LaToya Shambo, founder, Brooklyn Brand Lab

Sherkera Green, North Jersey District Manager, Wells Fargo

“Millennial Women on the Move was by far the PINNACLE of our College collaboration and partnership with The Positive Community and Wells Fargo. Wise beyond their years, the young women scored an A++ in the category of Lessons to be Learned ” Dr. Ursula Daniels Assistant the President, Bergen Community College


Thanks to our moderator, emcee, and panelists without whom this event would not have been possible.

Tiffany Baskerville; OT Wells, Jr.; his wife Angela Wells; and Keynote speaker Jean Nash Wells

Bergen Community College team

Corby Ellis-Mare

A very sincere thank you to Wells Fargo, the lead sponsor of our Financial Literacy, Entrepreneurial, and Women’s Roundtables and all the people at Wells Fargo who work with us to make certain we provide a memorable experience for all who participate in these events. Special thanks to our partner Bergen Community College and especially Dr. Ursula Parrish Daniels, executive assistant to President B. Kaye Walter, Ph.D. Over the years, Dr. Daniels has been unwavering in her support of The Positive Community and in her commitment to excellence in education and the advancement of business and entrepreneurship as we struggle to make a way for those who seek it, to achieve the American dream. In her inimitable style, event coordinator Kay Lucas of Media sense has done a superlative job.

Newark Leadership Roundtable Series (NLRS) In an effort to find solutions to some of the most pressing problems in our community, The Positive Community inaugurated a series of roundtables that are presented quarterly each year (Education, Business, and Health). The roundtables bring together thought leaders, professionals, educators, and the best and brightest minds to share their successes and inspire others.

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Banana Republic Team and guests

L-R: Arva Rice, CEO New York Urban League addresses the audience

125th Street BID


he 125th Street BID (Business Improvement District) and the Banana Republic Factory Store of Harlem hosted a networking event on April 5, 2016. The theme, “Make the Right Connections,” afforded an opportunity for business owners on the street to exchange ideas with their neighbors as well as learn

more about using data to drive traffic. The event was supported by 125th St. businesses property owners, community leaders, elected officials, and government agencies. Co-sponsors for this occasion were Health first and The Harlem Brewing Company. The Banana Republic Factory Store is located at 261 West 125th Street.

L-R: Clinton Squire, owner Cohen Fashion Optical and Barbara Askins, CEO 125th Street BID

L-R: Ruth Rivera, Healthfirst; Inez Dickens; and Isabel Gomez, Healthfirst

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L-R: The Positive Community’s Marc Williams and Adrian Council, Jr. with Councilwoman Inez Dickens (center)












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Meditations for Financial Freedom EXCERPTED FROM MEDITATIONS FOR FINANCIAL FREEDOM VOL. 1 Verse “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-inlaw, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.” Exodus 3:1 (NIV) Thought One way to look at our lives is by making sure our list of failures and missed opportunities is kept up to date. This approach motivates us to repeat phrases such as, “If I only knew” or “If I knew then what I know now . . .” It is advisable to remain aware of mistakes that we have made in the past. But we cannot be hostages of our pasts even if we have a long list of misses and ill-advised undertakings. The other way to look at life is to assume that everything we have done, including the mistakes we have made, has prepared us for who we are and what we will do next in life. Whatever mistakes we made obviously did not kill us. Your past experiences give you such tremendous knowledge that you become an expert in something valuable. Moses learned that. You should too. Moses was born under politically hostile circumstances. As a result, while just a baby, he was hidden for three months and then ended up being floated down a river in a basket. But God was preparing him even then for his dynamic destiny that would change all of history. Moses was able to lead the liberation movement of God’s people against the Egyptian king precisely because he was rescued and raised by the king’s daughter. He was familiar with the king and his background prepared him to deal with the king. Experiences that we believe are our low points can actually be preparation for future achievements if we allow ourselves to appreciate their value. Moses was 80 years-old taking care of sheep in the wilderness. He must have hated living in the wilderness after having been raised in a palace. It had to look and feel like he had become a complete failure. But God was able to use Moses when it was time to lead people through the wilderness surely because he learned how to lead sheep in the wilderness. Perhaps God is preparing you for a great opportunity. Do what you are doing so well that it prepares you for

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your next assignment—even if you must do it in the wilderness. Prayer “God, I am not thrilled about every aspect of my life. But help me to appreciate this season as preparation for my next season. Amen.” Decision What have you decided to do today in preparation for your next season?

Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. He is the author of dfree™ Breaking Free from Financial Slavery, which was published in February 2011 by Zondervan. dfree®: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery is based on Dr. Soaries’ dfree® strategy, which uses a four-prong approach to teach people how to be debt free.

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E.L. Chamblee Faith and work made a life and a man TEXT BY g.r. mattox By me knowing, and trusting, and working toward the scriptures, what you want may not come today or tomorrow, but it will come if you work toward it long and hard enough. God will give you the answers. You can’t really be successful with the little you have unless you exercise your faith in Him.

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he sometimes uses a cane to get around. A native of North Carolina, Chamblee has no knowledge of his parents. He took Chamblee as his surname from the people with whom he lived on a sharecropping t 3 a.m., when many of us are in the middle of farm. With no real family and even less encouragea good night’s sleep, Reverend E.L. (Ernest ment to succeed at anything growing up, life was Lee) Chamblee is starting his day with a peri- hard. Nevertheless, around 1959, he headed to New od of prayer and contemplation. He says he gets his York to experience life up north, and found himself best ideas during that time, when all around him is in Newark. “Because I didn’t know anybody here, I still and quiet. Then he sets out to work as executive basically lived outside,” he recalled. He slept behind chef at the restaurant that bares his name on a street an abandoned building on South Orange Avenue corner also named for him. At Chamblee Square and Newton Street. Rising very early in the morning Restaurant, assisted by a small staff, he prepares so people would not know he was there, he ate the some of the most flavorful food in the city of Newdiscarded food from the Father Devine Peace Misark, cooked with skill and love, and served in a warm sion, eventually landing in what was then Newark’s atmosphere that can be casual for the drop-in diner, City Hospital, laid low with food poisoning. That led or formal for larger groups in the separate banquet to his first job in the city, working at the hospital for rooms. room and board until he found his first paying at a Rev. Chamblee is also pastor of Promised Land company in Nutley, NJ. Missionary Baptist Church. Both the pastor and the This marked the beginning of a long, slow climb restaurant receive rave reviews. “Pastor Chamblee is toward ministry and a varied and impressive record a man who loves God and people, which he express- of entrepreneurship and work experience. Chames to the public through his food... Love that Mac blee has been a licensed plumber, owned a meat & Cheese!” said one patron. market, a deli, a furniture store, and a top-of-theAnother diner raved, “This line charter bus fleet of eight. A thirst for learning little place has some of the led him to study at various seminaries and Hampton best soul food in Newark. The Institute in Virginia, as well as perfecting his cooking workers here are polite and skills by gathering whatever he could from people friendly.” Some say it’s one of willing to teach him. Newark’s best kept secrets. In 1966 he began a small mission on 16th Avenue Simple, modest, and with five members including himself, his wife Delosoft-spoken, Pastor ase, his two daughters, Stephanie and Alicia, and his Chamblee is a quiet organist, the late Mrs. Francinner Stokes Moorer. and forceful presence A year later it became Promised Land Missionary even though, at 76 Baptist Church, Inc. A move to Watson Avenue came before they settled at their current location on the corner of Hunterdon Street and Madison Ave. From five members, the church has grown to the current church roll of 900. Many still remember Pastor Chamblee’s radio programs, most notably on the now silent WNJR/

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WNSW 1430AM and on WLIB/1190AM. Beginning in the early ‘70s, his programs served radio listeners for over 30 years. He preached, marketed his various businesses, and made announcements for his church activities. “We also opened the mic to other ministers in the area at no charge to announce their activDaughter Stephanie ities or even preach to the listening audience,” he said. One listener, Charlene Carter, who now ministers at True Holiness Pentecostal Church in the city, remembers him as a young preacher when the church was still small. She lived on the same block as the church and Chamblee officiated at the wedding of her sister in 1978. “He was one of the first of what I would call a ‘community pastor,’” she recalled. “He gave away food baskets before any of the other churches were doing that kind of thing, and he was especially open to helping homeless teenagers in the area. He was very handson in the neighborhood.” Among his legions of friends and colleagues, two stand out prominently: Bishop L.N. Forbes and Rev. Dr. John T. Teabout, Sr. Chamblee and Forbes, now the pastor emeritus of Faith Temple Original Freewill Baptist Church in East Orange, got along so famously over the years that a corner booth in the restaurant is reserved in Forbes’ honor. Bishop Forbes’ nephew, Elder Eric Dickerson, said the two share a special bond. “They are like brothers; they’ve known each other since 1966,” he explained. “Bishop was especially impressed with Pastor Chamblee during the Newark riots. When the public buses weren’t running, Pastor used his buses to transport people, free of charge.” A prepared statement from Bishop Forbes said: “Pastor Chamblee is one of the nicest, cleanest, and most faithful men I have ever known.” Reverend Chamblee took the death of Rev. Teabout, two years ago, especially hard. Taking him under his wing when Teabout was just a boy, Chamblee considered him a son. He encouraged the young man to finish school, go to college and seminary, “I wanted him to do the things I was unable to do,” Chamblee reflected. As pastor of Greater Friendship Baptist Church, Teabout went on to become one of Newark’s outstanding preachers. His daughter, Stephanie, says planning has already begun for his 50th pastoral anniversary in the fall. Many say his staff is running things, but make no mistake. Those who work in the business and all

who really know agree that “Reverend runs this place, all decisions are made by him.” But what does the pastor himself say about his life’s journey? “Faith to me plays a great part in my life, because I feel that If I could develop the confidence and faith in what I believe, it will prove itself in what it says in the scriptures (Hebrews 11:1),” he explained. “By me knowing, and trusting, and working toward the scriptures, what you want may not come today or tomorrow, but it will come if you work toward it long and hard enough. God will give you the answers. You can’t really be successful with the little you have unless you exercise your faith in Him.” So if you’re ever in Newark’s Central Ward, near the corner of Hunterdon and Madison, you can in no way go wrong if you stop at Chamblee Square Restaurant. The freshly-swept exterior beckons you in for a plate of delicious grits and eggs, or oxtails and rice with that cabbage/collard mix, or their signature chicken and dumplings. Most likely, if it’s early in the day, Pastor Chamblee will greet you personally, top hat on, white chef’s apron neatly tied, and in comfortable running shoes. Newark has done a lot for E.L. Chamblee, but he’s given as much as he’s received, and made a way seemingly out of thin air because of his faith in God, his love of people, and his service to the City of Newark.

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Higher Ground


he Newark Alliance, a nonprofit organization founded by leaders from some of New Jersey’s major corporations, works to advance Newark’s growth, prosperity and success. Kimberly Baxter McLain has been named chief executive officer and Dennis Bone as the new chair of its Board of Trustees effective July 2016. Sharon Taylor, chair Kimberly McLain of the Newark Alliance Board of Trustees and senior vice president, Human Resources at Prudential Financial expressed her delight in welcoming the new CEO and board chair. “With the leadership of Kimberly and Dennis, the Newark Alliance is well-positioned to build upon its history of success to advance Newark’s continuing renaissance,” she said. McLain has served as president and chief executive officer of the Foundation for Newark’s Future (FNF) for the past four years. Established as part of a $200 million campaign, FNF focused on improving educational outcomes for Newark’s children. McLain succeeds Alfred C. Koeppe, who retired after leading the organization for 10 years. “Great things are happening in Newark, and we can only continue to reach new heights if we bring everyone to the table to construct an integrated, collaborative, and aligned plan for the city’s long-term economic prosperity that leaves no one behind,” said Ms. McLain. “I am humbled to follow those that came before me as I lead the organization into its next phase of impact for the entire Newark community.” Dennis Bone, director of the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship at Montclair State University School of Business, brings years of experience to the Newark Alliance as one of New Jersey’s most visionary business and telecommunications technology leaders. Formerly president and CEO of Verizon New Jersey, he helped transform the company from a voice-driven telecommunications company into a robust voice, data, and video company. “Newark’s gritty determination has overcome 24 The Positive Community June 2016

significant challenges in the past and Newark is now poised to become one of America’s most dynamic cities of the 21st century,” Bone said. “I’m thrilled for the opportunity to become chair of the Newark Alliance Board of Trustees at this moment in history.” Nancy Cantor, chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark and a member of the Newark Alliance Board of Trustees gave high praise for the new appointees. “Kim brings a strong history of partnership and collaboration in the City and we are excited for her to continue that spirit of collaboration and partnership with the Newark Alliance,” Cantor said. “We are confident that with Kim as CEO and Dennis as board chair the Alliance is poised to reach great heights.” Dennis Bone

Philip D. Murphy: “The Real Progressive Leader” BY QUINITA GOOD


hilip D. Murphy, the only declared Democratic gubernatorial candidate for New Jersey’s 2017 election, deems himself “the real progressive leader.” He doesn’t see himself as a political insider and is not beholden to anyone except his eventual constituents. Instead, Murphy says that championing the causes of justice and fairness, he will work for the comeback of New Jersey’s shrinking middle class, has sensible proposals that will encourage gun safety and lower levels of violence while preserving Second Amendment rights for law-abiding residents, will work toward ending long-term unemployment in the state and raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour. New Jersey has the third highest long-term unemployment rate in the nation and Murphy has already begun to tackle this issue through the New Start Career Network, which provides free, personalized career services to long-term unemployed individuals over the age of 45. As Governor, Murphy says he will develop partnerships with the private sector to expand job training and placement for individuals who are out of work in New Jersey. And, he promises to work toward decreasing New Jersey’s $43 billion pension deficit, work to ensure that everyone has the right to earned sick leave, and push toward equal pay for women. Currently, women in New Jersey earn $0.79 to every dollar that men make. Describing his family growing up as “middle-class on a good day,” he said they lived paycheck to paycheck. His mom was a secretary and his dad worked several jobs to make ends meet even taking stints as a paid pallbearer. However, determined to succeed, Phil put himself through Harvard and Wharton with loans and parttime jobs. He started his career at the bottom, working his way up at Goldman Sachs, a major international financial business, by learning how economies grow and how to create jobs. Murphy was also the United States Ambassador to Germany in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2013. In addition, he served as finance chair for the Democratic National Committee under Howard Dean. Phil Murphy is on several charitable boards including the NAACP, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Center for American Progress, 180

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St. James A.M.E. Pastor, Rev. Ronald Slaughter and the congregation pray for Tammy and Philip Murphy

Turning Lives Around, and several programs of the University of Pennsylvania, among other entities. He has helped lead local charities to support troubled teens and domestic abuse survivors. Murphy and his wife founded 2nd Floor, a teen helpline in New Jersey. Additionally, Murphy co-chaired a national task force on 21st century public education. In 2005 he was named by Governor Richard Codey to Chair the New Jersey Benefits Task Force on New Jersey’s public sector employee benefits, in response to the New Jersey pension crisis. Murphy has served on the boards of the U.S. Soccer Foundation and the U.S. Soccer Federation World Cup Bid Committee. He owns a stake in the professional New Jersey women’s soccer club Sky Blue FC. Along with his wife, Tammy, Murphy created New Start New Jersey in 2014, a non-profit progressive policy think tank that held a number of events around New Jersey. In 2015, Murphy founded New Way for New Jersey, an explicitly political organization. At a town hall meeting in South Orange, NJ in March, Murphy declared that, “New Jersey is the single most under-managed asset I’ve ever seen.” But as a self-described, “huge optimist,” he believes that New Jersey can take an example from California, which went from a huge deficit to a surplus. Recently, the Murphys attended the weekly Wednesday noonday prayer service at St. James A.M.E. Church in Newark. Senior Pastor Rev. Ronald Slaughter welcomed the couple and asked the congregation to join him in offering a prayer for them and their family. Phil and Tammy live in Monmouth County, NJ and are the proud parents of Josh, Emma, Charlie, and Sam. As one of the reasons for deciding to run for governor of New Jersey, Murphy states, “As parents and as good neighbors, we saw our state falling behind...we couldn’t sit by and watch hard working families struggling to stay even, much less get ahead.” Murphy says his experience, his values, his understanding that insider politics has failed us, and his commitment to building a better New Jersey for everyone have led to a campaign for governor that starts with the residents of New Jersey.












Myani Lawson: A Teacher with a Dream


ith the 5th Annual Start Something Challenge just around the corner, Rising Tide Capital caught up with Myani Lawson, owner of Bergen-Lafayette Montessori School, who won third place and $5000 in last year’s competition. How has the Start Something Challenge helped your business? With the money we earned in The Start Something Challenge we were able to purchase a dishwasher, which has been such a lifesaver for me as I’ve been able to devote more time to marketing and growing my school. We have 11 new students already enrolled for the coming Fall, and we’re adding

two new staff members to our team as well.

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We’ve also started receiving applications for the 2017 – 2018 school year, and that is just a great sign of where we are. People are seeing the high-quality education we provide here and they want to ensure their children are able to take part, securing spaces for them over a year in advance. We also put money aside for our playground. The grant money was a nice start and we are currently working on a few other fundraisers to raise the additional funds, with hopes that our playground will be fully funded by July and installed in August, before the children return to school.

I would definitely encourage other entrepreneurs to participate. Whenever I meet another entrepreneur, I tell them about my experience with the SSC. I tell them about my transformation from being a teacher with a dream to an actual small-business owner. Having the passion for something will get you started, but I really needed the “know-how” to keep this whole thing going. I got that “know-how” from my experience with Rising Tide Capital and The Start Something Challenge Interested in Start Something Challenge? Learn more: http:// star tsomething.risingtidecapital. org.

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Rev. Timothy L. Jones Senior Pastor at Bethany Baptist Church


fter an extensive search, Bethany Baptist Church in Newark has chosen its new pastor. Rev. Timothy L. Jones assumed the position of senior pastor on June 1, 2016 and will be welcomed at an installation service on October 9, 2016, kicking off Bethany’s 145th anniversary celebration. It was important for the congregation to find the person who could seamlessly succeed the beloved Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, Jr., who retired on December 31, 2015 after leading the


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church for 15 years and leaving a significant impact on the church, the community of Newark, and beyond. Chair of the Deacon Board Richard Roper remarked, “Rev. Jones’ youth, energy and determination to confront the realities of life that today’s church must confront suggests that Bethany will continue to be a source of both spiritual enlightenment and civic engagement.” Rev. Jones comes to Bethany from Community Baptist Church in New Haven, CT. This young, dynamic preacher is an adjunct professor of homiletics and polity at Yale Divinity School. He received his Master of Divinity from Boston

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University School of Theology, and is a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Practical Theology degree from Boston University, as well. Familiar with the work of progressing communities, Rev. Jones has served on non-partisan, interfaith organizations working toward social and economic change and plans to bring that same activist spirit to his work at Bethany. “Christ calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves,” says Rev. Jones, “and we plan on displaying that love in tangible and life-changing ways. We are here to listen, to allow the community to let us know how we can best serve.”—JNW

TERRI SEENEY Director of Community Relations & Outreach Programs Panasonic Corporation of North America


erri Seeney has been appointed director of Community Relations & Outreach Programs at Panasonic Corporation of North America, headquartered in Newark, NJ. In her new position, Seeney is responsible for the day-to-day management, coordination, and implementation of Panasonic’s annual corporate outreach efforts throughout North America. Terri also manages three of Panasonic’s signature outreach programs – Panasonic Kid Witness News, a global video education program; the Panasonic Creative Design Challenge – a robotics competition for NJ high school students; and the Panasonic Student Eco Citizenship Project – a statewide project that teaches students about the environment. She also coordinates external outreach activities that

support various national and local organizations. In addition, Ms. Seeney oversees corporate-wide employee fundraising activities that support the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, and Toys for Kids, to name a few, as well as Panasonic’s national disaster relief efforts through the American Red Cross. Previously she held positions as manager of Marketing Communications at Tyco Submarine Systems in Morristown, NJ; assistant publisher at the Daily Challenge Newspaper in Brooklyn, and executive assistant at Inner City Broadcasting where she also provided voice overs for on-air promotions and commercials. Terri has served as a board member for community based organizations including Aspira Inc. of New Jersey, York Street Project, and the

Central Region Advisory Council for Youth Consultation Service where she also volunteered her time. She currently serves as a board member for the Union Montclair Housing Corporation and graduated from LEAD NJ class of 2015. She recently received a Women’s Leadership Council award from the United Way of Essex and West Hudson. Born and raised in Montclair Terri is a 1986 graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA and a member of the National Alumnae Association of Spelman College. She attends New Hope Baptist Church in East Orange.

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Justice For All Ball

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t their 2016 Justice for All Ball, the Black Institute and the Black Leadership Action Coalition celebrated six years of shaping intellectual discourse from a uniquely black perspective. The event, which was held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 1199 SEIU’s Penthouse, honored individuals whose work is in sync with the mission of the organization. They are:

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New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, who received the Knowledge award; Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Person of the Year award; Frank Garcia, chairman of the New York Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce, the Community Award; Jacqui Williams, founder and owner, 99 Solutions, LLC- Leadership Award (Politics); Michelle Gadsden Williams, co-founder/COO Ceiling Breakers LLC, Leadership Award (Entrepreneur); and Tiffany R. Warren, SVP and chief diversity officer, Omnicom Group & founder of ADCOLOR, Leadership Award (Media). Dominic Carter, correspondent for Verizon Fios/ RNN News served as the host for the event.

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Two Fish Five Loaves Mother’s Day Brunch


n Mother’s Day 2016, Clinton Banquets in Union, NJ was the place to be as hundreds came out to dine, dance, and celebrate family. Two Fish and Five Loaves renowned owner/chef Min. Kevin Smallwood and his staff hosted their annual Mother’s Day Brunch featuring a spectacular soul food buffet. WBLS/ WLIB radio personality Liz Black was emcee, and music was provided by DJ Mitch the People Plezzer. Photos: Karen Waters

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National Day of Prayer


he Congress, by Public Law 100-307, as amended, calls on the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a “National Day of Prayer,” on which people of all faiths in the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals and pray for our country and its leaders. A portion of President Barack Obama’s proclamation follows below. The full text is available at

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On Thursday May 5, 2016, Pillar College in Newark marked the National Day of Prayer with a prayer assembly at 7:00am. David Bryant, author and former president of Concerts of Prayer and chairman of America’s National Prayer Committee, gave the devotional speech. --AAC



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offers strength in the face of hardship, and redemption when we falter. Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom, and we have long upheld the belief that how we pray and whether we pray are matters reserved for an individual’s own conscience. On National Day of Prayer, we rededicate ourselves to extending this freedom to all people.

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In times of steady calm and extraordinary change alike, Americans of all walks of life have long turned to prayer to seek refuge, demonstrate gratitude, and discover peace. Sustaining us through great uncertainty and moments of sorrow, prayer allows us an outlet for introspection, and for expressing our hopes, desires, and fears. It

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DENISE NELSON JOINS FPWA Chief Devlopment and Communications Officer Nelson is an alumna of Rutgers University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science, and has par ticipated in the Har vard University Business School Social Enterprise Program.


ennifer Jones Austin, executive director and CEO of the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA), has announced the hiring of Denise Nelson as Chief Development and Communications Officer to assist with the organization’s mission to help New York

City’s most vulnerable. A longtime advocate in the non-profit sector with a career spanning nineteen years, Denise comes to FPWA with a wealth of experience in securing vital resources and will help increase the visibility and reach of the organization’s work and mission. Prior to joining FPWA, Nelson led the development efforts for two leading educational organizations, Eagle Academy Foundation and PENCIL, and served as Associate Vice President of Major Gifts at United Way of New York City. There, she developed and managed a women’s leadership initiative, as well as launched an annual fundraiser and celebration of women leaders. She

also served at Habitat for Humanity in New York City, managing corporate relations by strengthening partnerships with firms throughout a variety of business sectors and developing new volunteer programs for women, as well as for legal and real estate industries. Nelson is an alumna of Rutgers University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science, and has participated in the Harvard University Business School Social Enterprise Program.

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Called to Lead Leah Daughtry Heads Democratic National Convention BY R.L. WITTER


s July is quickly approaching and thoughts turn to cookouts, beach days, and summer relaxation for many, Rev. Leah Daughtry is preparing for what might arguably be her busiest month of this year. As CEO of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), Daughtry is responsible for everything from the artwork on the press credentials to the fleet of buses that will shuttle delegates and journalists from one venue to another. Who will speak on the first night? Who will speak on the last? What about signage and security? Rev. Leah Daughtry’s years of experience in strategic planning and event management will serve her well as she undertakes this Herculean task.

The Second Time Around I’d be remiss not to tell you this is actually Daughtry’s second go-round as CEO of the DNC. This first time was in 2008 when then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the party’s nomination for President and—well, you know how that turned out. But what you might not know is that Leah Daughtry did double duty that year serving as chief of staff of the Democratic National Committee, in addition to being CEO. She is also the first person ever to serve as CEO twice, and while some might crack

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under pressure, Daughtry is taking things in stride, “I think there’s a bit more pressure,” she said calmly on a June Monday afternoon. “Even if it’s only my own pressure to meet or exceed the standard of excellence that we had in 2008, although I think that’s more internal to me than anything else.” Her grace under pressure comes through as she combines technology with tools others might view as antiquated. “If I’m running out the door I have my phone, a piece of paper, and a pen,” she explained. “Old-fashioned still works best sometimes and it’s sometimes easier to jot down a thought or a note with pen and paper than it is to pull out the phone. Plus, I like the feel of pen on paper.” Growing Up Raised in Brooklyn and educated at Dartmouth, Daughtry is the daughter of Reverend Doctors Karen and Herbert Daughtry. Activists and spiritual leaders, the Daughtry family comes by their titles honestly. Leah and her sister, Dawnique, represent the fifth generation of ministers in their family. That’s right, their family’s Pentecostal roots stretch back to their great-great-grandparents and the days of slavery. Her father, Rev. Herbert Daughtry, known as “The People’s Pastor,” is National Presiding Minister of The House of the Lord Churches.

Rev. Leah Daughtry’s years of experience in strategic planning and event management will serve her well as she undertakes this Herculean task. Despite that long tradition, Ms. Daughtry never felt burdened by it to follow in the footsteps of her forebears. “Because our definition of ministry includes service, we were all already working in ministry—my sisters, my brother,” she reflected. “There was never any pressure from my dad to do anything other than participate in the life of the church in the way we felt called to. Each of us is totally different in the way that we serve and how we minister. But there was never any pressure to do any of that.” Growing up in a religious tradition isn’t always easy for young people, and many hit speed bumps or even crash and burn when they go away to college, but not

Daughtry. Being away from home gave her an opportunity to look inside and make decisions about her faith. “When I got to college and away from the community that had raised and nurtured me and I was on my own in New Hampshire . . . there were no Pentecostal churches and there wasn’t even a church I could go to,” she recalled. “‘What do I do? What do people do on Sundays when they don’t go to church?’ I don’t think I had ever been out of church on Sunday in my life. I had never missed a Sunday —we just didn’t do that.” But as the scriptures say, “train up a child…” That’s what the Daughtry family did and Leah, as well as others, recognized it, “When it’s in you, it’s in you. The other religious kids on campus found me, because you know, we’ve got a look about us —it’s the way that we move in the world, I don’t exactly know what it is. But they found me and said, ‘Mmhmm, you’re a church girl, aren’t you?’ she chuckled. “They invited me to Bible study…and I didn’t go consistently, but I got involved with the choir. So I didn’t stray that far and I eventually became the choir director. But even then, that was the doing of faith.” She continued on next page

I’d be remiss not to tell you this is actually Daughtry’s second go-round as CEO of the DNC. This first time was in 2008 when then-Senator Barack Obama accepted the party’s nomination for President and—well, you know how that turned out.

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continued, “I became more in-tune with my own personal relationship with God and really kind of honed what I understood to be my belief system…And in some places, it was exactly the same as my church upbringing, and in some places it wasn’t. Those were the years when I got clear on my own faith,...where I came to understand that this faith was my faith, and not my father’s, my grandfather’s, my great-grandfather’s, my mom’s or anyone else’s. This is what I believed, my belief about Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, and God is what I believed and what I would hold to and I would express through my work and my life and the way that I interact and move and live in the world. And that has carried me since I got out of college.” Her Faith and Her Politics It also carried her into politics. Daughtry’s Dartmouth days saw her running the New Hampshire presidential campaign of Rev. Jesse Jackson, and later she served as an undersecretary at the Department of Labor. “Those values of the church, values of the faith are what made me a democrat,” she explained. “But among mainline people—meaning Presbyterian, Lutheran, Methodist, etc.— I don’t think the expectation is there that they will talk about their faith. And some of that, I think, is mediacrafted and media-driven… when they’re doing exit polls in Democratic precincts, they don’t ask about your church-going status. They don’t ask those voters if they’re evangelical, but they ask in the Republican district. So the media imposes skewing because their expectation is that Christians are Republican so they ask those questions . . . but they’re not asking that on the Democratic side because they have decided —for whatever reason— that Democrats are not Christians, are not people of faith…It becomes part of the lexicon that all of the Christians are Republicans and all of the secular people are Democrats and that’s not true.” Daughtry said there was never one singular moment or incident that guided her toward a life in ordained ministry. “The moment for me in terms of going into ordained ministry was that I was clear that He wasn’t asking me to go into ministry because I was already in ministry,” she explained. “It was about a dimension of ministry and taking me to a different kind of ministry from what I’d been doing. Because I was clear that being choir director was ministry; teaching Sunday school was ministry; and serving dinners, if that’s what I had to do, was ministry.” Coming from a family of ministers helped prepare Leah for the demands on her time and her heart, and she finds respite in advice from both her mother and

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Daughtry said there was never one singular moment or incident that guided her toward a life in ordained ministry. “The moment for me in terms of going into ordained ministry was that I was clear that He wasn’t asking me to go into ministry because I was already in ministry.” the Bible. “You cannot fulfill the purpose of God in your life if you are sick and you are tired . . . My mother has a quote; she says ‘No is a complete sentence.’ You don’t owe anybody an explanation.” Then Leah’s voice took on an almost maternal tone as she seemed to counsel me directly, “Shonda Rimes just said it in a new way,” she explained. “She [Shonda] said she got through her year of yes and now she’s in her year of no. She tells people, ‘I’m not able to do that.’ She said it doesn’t mean that you don’t want to; it just means you aren’t able… I think we as women and also as people in ministry have to learn those lessons, because it’s okay to say ‘no’ sometimes.” I was ever-so grateful at that moment that Rev. Daughtry had said “yes” to me and taken the time to uplift me with her words of wisdom. As a staff member prodded her to move on to her next task of the day, Rev. Daughtry left me with one more glimpse into her life of action, encouragement, advice, and love. “We have a responsibility to love each other… Because of that foundational belief of the way that the new testament church unfolded, and the values of us all sharing things,” she continued, “making sure that each other has the resources that we need to live whole, fulfilling lives the way that God intended, is what drives me to be a democrat because I believe that’s the party that helps us best get to that embodiment of the Azusa community of the new testament church,” she said. “I mostly want people to know that I want them to pray for me . . . as I am not always surrounded by likeminded people, and so it is important to me to have the people of faith that I know wherever they are, they’re praying for me and lifting me up and keeping me surrounded with their love, their support, and their prayers.”


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Honorary Degree Recipient Rev. Michael L. Sykes with UTS President Hugh Spurgin

Rev. Michael L. Sykes has lived a life of exemplary service to God, most notably as a dedicated pastor who has developed numerous ministries throughout his thirty years of faithful ministry. He has served as the senior pastor of the United Missionary Baptist Church in East Orange, New Jersey for more than twenty-seven years, providing valued pastoral care and guidance to his congregation. His commitment to serving the needs of others has been evident in the diverse ministries and programs that he has developed throughout his enriching ministry.

The College of New Rochelle 109th Annual Commencement


In her address to the graduates, ABC’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts urged CNR’s Class of 2016 to “Dream big and focus small. Identify the problem but focus on the solution.”

Graduates! for the

L-R: Chair of the Board of Trustees Gwen Adolph; honorary degree recipient and speaker Robin Roberts; honorary degree recipient and retiring Chair of the Board of Trustees Elizabeth Bell LeVaca; and President of the College Judith Huntington.

Celebrating CNR Commencement at the Beacon Theatre on May 24, 2016 are proud graduates. L-R: Ana Lopez, Claudia Benitez, and Ja’Nasha King

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Bergen Community College Justin Anderson Hometown: Englewood, N.J. Degree: Associate in Math and Science Future Aspirations: Justin will further his education at William Paterson University with goals of continuing to pursue a career in higher education.

Drew University �oora� Melanie Rachford for the


Degree: Master of Divinity Hometown: North Baldwin, New York Minister Rochford spoke at New Life Cathedral Brooklyn, NY about the injustices of our society and the real threat to our culture.

St. Peter’s University Chelsey Holloway Home: Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands Degree: Biology major with a concentration in forensic science and a minor in French Future Plans: She will be interning in the analytical lab at Diageo USVI, a high capacity rum distillery on St. Croix that supplies all the Captain Morgan branded products that are found in the United States. In the fall, she will begin a master’s program in public health at George Washington University

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Armani Woolridge Hometown: Newark, NJ Degree: Bachelor’s in music with concentrations in voice, school, and community settings Future Plans: Armani hopes to teach music in schools while also composing his own original music. He currently volunteers directing local community church choirs.

Aaliyah Bowen Hometown:Newark Degree: Bachelor of Arts; Sociology Future Plans: Launching her social justice initiative as a “social vocalist” amongst her fellow Newarkers through roundtable discussions, awareness workshops, and mentoring high school scholars

Aaliyah and Bilal attended KIPP NJ High School and were supported at MSU by the KIPP through College program

Bilal Walker Hometown: Newark Degree: Bachelor of Science with a Concentration in Marketing Future Plans: Would like to be a catalyst in the resurgence of the Brick City primarily in the areas of Urban Development, HIV/AIDS Awareness, and Community Activism.


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Felician College became Felician University in November, 2015 following state approval. This year’s commencement exercises were the first for Felician University and the 52nd for the institution.

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DR. WYATT TEE WALKER Charter Schools Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


His pioneering work extended beyond the borders of the United States as Walker worked to fight apartheid in South Africa by organizing the International Freedom Mobilization in 1978. He has been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame.


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r. Wyatt Tee Walker, Pastor Emeritus of Canaan Baptist Church in Harlem, where he served as pastor for 37 years, has been named the recipient of the Charter Schools Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Alliance of Charter Schools. Former chief of staff to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Walker also served as executive director of the Southern Leadership Conference. Out of his concern for educational excellence and as a continuation of his civil rights activism, he co-founded the Sisulu-Walker Charter School of Harlem, the first charter school in New York approved by the State University of New York.

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He helped organize the 1963 “March on Washington,” and the 1963 protests in Birmingham, Alabama, which led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. His pioneering work extended beyond the borders of the United States as Walker worked to fight apartheid in South Africa by organizing the International Freedom Mobilization in 1978. He has been inducted into the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame. Dr. Walker is only the second person to earn the Charter Schools Lifetime Achievement Award since its inception. President Bill Clinton received the award in 2011. —JNW

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Why NYSCAS? Maybe it’s our wide variety of programs, from business to paralegal studies, to human services, to digital multimedia design and more. Maybe it’s because at NYSCAS you instantly become a member of the Touro College family, treated with special concern and care from the moment you enroll to the day you receive your diploma. Maybe it’s our professional staff of advisors who will help you with admissions, program planning, and any concerns you may have during the course of your college education. Maybe it’s our highly skilled financial aid counselors, who will do their utmost to help you get you every dollar you qualify for so that you can afford your education (generous in-house scholarships are also available to those who qualify).


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n a 1996 TIME magazine essay, “Free-Lunch Liberalism,” Charles Krauthammer suggests that in politics the day of the true liberal seems to be over. Increasingly, he says, liberals seem to be afraid to use the word liberal. Thus, we have conservatives and moderates. I’ve always thought that the word moderate was more akin to the ideologies of conservatism than liberalism, and I’d rather be known as a moderate (although not always associated with them.) It seems to me that moderation is a more Christ-like response to the challenges of life than conserving. I say this because I see Jesus as a change agent rather than a maintainer. There was little if anything around Him that He did not want to change. Moderation allows for constructive change, and Christians, of all people, ought to be advocates of that. Catherine Booth, wife of Major William Booth who founded the Salvation Army, was the source of this brilliant quote: If we are to better the future, we must disturb the present. Disturbing the present is for many people, -- well, disturbing. God’s people ought to be experts at disturbing the present. We are the ones who are revolutionaries, committed to another kingdom. We must be 48

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active in our efforts to transform this fallen culture and hasten the day when God’s culture, Christ’s kingdom, will come fully. How we go about doing that, however, will either promote the new culture or betray it, and here’s where we Christians are often working off the wrong page of the agenda. In our conservatism we often rely only on critical rhetoric to champion our cause. This is counter-productive because the attitude perceived to be behind the negativity belies the heart of our kingdom. Sometime ago my wife and I had the good fortune to spend a fortnight in Scotland. Attending a worship service in the village of Aberfeldy, we observed a ceremony honoring long-termed elders of the Church of Scotland. One of them, who had started Boys’ Brigade in his church years ago, made this insightful remark (I wish I could write it in his accent:) Criticism is the poorest substitute for service. Yet it is often criticism in which we excel rather than service. Perhaps this is the key difference between conservatism and proper moderateness; the former responds reactively while the latter seeks to be proactive. As Christ’s true church continues to proclaim a changeless message to a fast-changing

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world, we are confronted by a huge challenge. How may we speak and act prophetically, when so much change is anti-christian, without losing the audience which needs so desperately to hear our message? I fear at times we assume they aren’t listening anyway so we pitch our rhetoric to be politically correct to our own constituency. And this politically correct rhetoric is unchristianly offensive to the world. Maybe it is best if they aren’t listening. And it isn’t the message of Jesus. Elementary Greek students are always surprised when they learn that the word for witness refers not to one who speaks but to one who serves in the most extreme way. The word is martyr. As this election year proceeds, we Christians are properly concerned about who will be given the right to guide our nation for the next few years. And surely we should have our say. But we need to remember that we make our best case not with our words but by our service. Even if our next president is as bad as Claudius or Nero, we are admonished to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands ... so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders (1 Thessalonians 4:11) and to Let your moderation be known to all men (Philippians 4:5).

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CHAD FOUNDATION AWARDS THIRTY THOUSAND IN SCHOLARSHIPS NAMES DISTINGUISHED EDUCATOR AND PUBLIC SERVANT On May 25, 2016, the Chad School Foundation hosted its Fourth Annual Scholars Awards Reception at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel - Crystal Room, where it recognized three academically-gifted young people, honored one of Newark’s most successful educators, and named the Foundation’s first Public Servant honoree. The 2016 Chad Scholars were each awarded a four-year, $10,000 scholarship:

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Oriyomi Adeliyi, a senior at North Star Academy, will attend Middlebury College. Michael Owusu-Baah, a senior at Bard High School Early College, will attend Montclair State University. Nia Pierce, a senior at Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts, will attend The College of New Jersey.

L-R: Project Manager Joshua Gyimah with Chad’s 2016 graduating scholars Ming Weng and Patrice Gamble

Retired Newark Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Anzella K. Nelms.

Hon. Thomas P. Giblin Public Servant Award.

Oriyomi Adeliyi (center) with Reginald Lewis, (right) Chad Foundation executive director and Bill Parrish, trustee and chairman of the Foundation’s Real Estate Committee.

Chad also presented its fourth Distinguished Educator Award, bestowing this year’s honor on retired Newark Public Schools Deputy Superintendent Anzella K. Nelms. The Hon. Thomas P. Giblin, NJ State Assemblyman, District 34, received the Foundation’s first Public Servant Award. 2012 Chad Scholars, Ming Ding Weng and Patrice Gamble, were also honored as the second cohort of graduates of the Chad Scholars Program. Established in 1991 to initially fundraise for the former Chad Schools, the Foundation now champions promising efforts to create high-quality public schools and expand college access. Through its Policy Roundtable, the Foundation commissions research and white papers, and convenes key policy makers in support of strategies to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students. Chad also seeks to enhance the life-chances of lowincome, high-achieving students with four-year scholarships coupled with an array of social supports structured to ensure the successful completion of a college degree. “We’re honored that one hundred and fifty people were on hand to help the foundation celebrate academic excellence in our community”, said Dr. Kia Calhoun-Grundy, Chairwoman of the Chad Board of Trustees.

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he Willing Workers for Christ of The Seacoast Missionary Baptist Association held its fifth annual Appreciation Luncheon at Good Hope Baptist Church in Asbury Park, NJ, Rev David Harrington, pastor. Magnolia Brown, first lady of St. Paul Baptist Church in Red Bank, NJ, received this year’s award for her endless work and dedication to the mission of Willing Workers, to aid and help the church whereever possible. The dynamic First Lady Brown is a native of Indianola, Mississippi and a graduate of Jackson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology and


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Shayna Ginn with First Lady Magnolia Brown

Masters degree in Special Education. She also holds a Masters in Education Administration from Grand Canyon University. Ms. Brown is an educator in the Trenton, NJ school system; active in all areas of her church; past president of the Seacoast Association of Minister Wives and Widows Union; and the immediate past first anti-basileus for the Pi Chapter of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. She is married to Rev. Alexander Brown, pastor of St. Paul Baptist Church in Red Bank. First Lady Brown declares that she is a servant that lives out her favorite scripture: Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” —JNW

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Celebration of Hope Concert Churches Raise over $92,500 for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital


ith a goal of raising $100,000 to benefit the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, the Celebration of Hope Fellowship Concert on Friday, April 29, presented by Light & Salt NJ and Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick was a huge success. By night’s end, $92,500 was raised with more donations still coming. Honorary chair of the event, Bishop George Searight, pastor of Abundant Life Family Worship Church delighted with the outcome. The proceeds with be used to help defeat childhood cancers, through treatment and research at St Jude, which founded in 1962, is a pediatric treatment and research facility focused on children’s catastrophic diseases. Caring artists, Richard Smallwood & Vision, Jason Nelson, Brother Hahz and The Newark Boys Choir gladly and gracefully donated their talents staging wonderful performances

for the cause. The New Jersey partnering churches are Abundant Life Family Worship Church, New Brunswick; Agape Family Worship Center, Rahway; Shiloh Baptist Church, Plainfield; Cathedral International, Perth Amboy; First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Somerset; Lighthouse Family Worship Center, Somerset; Mount Zion Ministries, New Brunswick; Bethlehem Judah Christian Fellowship, Elizabeth; The Greater Glory Church, Newark; Zion Hill Baptist Church, Newark; True Vine Church of Jesus, Jersey City; St. Mark UFW Baptist Church, Newark; and Visions of God Family Worship Center, Plainfield. US Coachways donated transportation service for the performers. Bishop George Searight and Tina Marshall of Light & Salt NJ concurred on a special message to all who have donated. “To every individual, business, organizaJune 2016 The Positive Community 53

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To Help Cure Childhood Catastrophic Diseases A special thank you to the campaign participants: Light and Salt NJ, Tina Marshall - Chairperson Honorary Pastor Chairperson, Bishop George Searight Abundant Life Family Worship Center, Bishop George and Pastor Mary Searight Agape Family Worship Center, Pastor Lawrence Powell and Dr. Odessa McNeil Bethlehem Judah Christian Fellowship, Pastor Anthony W. Gilyard Cathedral International, Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr. First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens, Pastor Deforest Soaries Fountain Baptist Church, Pastor J. Michael Sanders Greater Glory Church, Pastor Fondrea Lewis Lighthouse Family Worship Center, Pastor Dennis McNulty Mount Zion Ministries, Pastor Eric McMillan Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Pastor Vincent Rouse Shiloh Baptist Church, Assistant Pastor Sheila L. Thorpe We look forward to working with you on the 2017 Light and Salt Campaign

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United Healthcare Sponsors Newark Senior Citizen’s Fashion Show and Cultural Extravaganza

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on. Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Council President Hon. Mildred C. Crump, and the Newark Municipal Council hosted the 27th Annual Senior Citizen’s Fashion Show and Cultural Extravaganza at the

ballroom at the Best Western Robert Treat Hotel, on May 19th. Approximately 1,000 senior citizens gathered for the fun and fellowship. United Healthcare sponsored the extravangza, planned and hosted by the City of Newark Senior Citizen’s Committee chaired by President Crump. The mayor, council members, and department directors participated as guest models. Members of the Newark Fire Department, as they do each year, participated as escorts for the excited senior citizen models, strutting their stuff on the runway for the enjoyment the friends and family.

L-R: Municipal Council President Mildred Crump, Odesser Prindle, and Rev. Louise Scott-Roundtree

A model escorting Council Member John Sharpe James down the runway

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Newark Council Members Eddie Osborne and Joseph A. McCallum, Jr.

L-R: Amiri (Mitti) Baraka, Jr. City of Newark Chief of Staff and Deloris Lewis, recipient of Phil Orlando award

L-R Judges: Kathleen Marchetti, deputy Newark city clerk; Karen Waters, TPC photographer; Phil Orlando, and Bessie Walker

Members of the Newark Fire Department, as they do each year, participated as escorts for the excited senior citizen models, strutting their stuff on the runway for the enjoyment of friends and family.

L-R: Hon. Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins; Mayor Ras. J. Baraka; and Hon. Mildred Crump

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hanks to the folks at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC), fresh produce grown in Newark is now available to residents at a weekly Farmers’ Market held from each Thursday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. On May 27, hospital staff cut the ribbon for the Beth Greenhouse, located at the corner of Osborne Terrace and Lehigh Avenue. An impressive array of vegetables grows hydroponically in the 72 x 26 foot space. Estimates are that the greenhouse will produce more than 20,000 pounds of high quality, nutritious, lettuce, herbs, and greens annually, to be sold to residents at affordable prices. The Greenhouse is a unique way to educate community residents, provide year-round needed access to healthy foods, and offer job training opportunities to residents who are disabled, veterans, or ex-offenders. It is also a move toward the mandate of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act to concentrate on wellness and disease prevention rather than treatment. —JNW

Chelsea Pegram and Jabril Johnson, volunteers from the Structured Learning Experience Program, a unique academic and vocational partnership between NBIMC and Newark Public Schools

Chief Policy Advisor in the Baraka administration, Tai Cooper with Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and CEO, RWJBarnabas Health

Inside the Beth Greenhouse

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Let’s be healthy together. With 32,000 medical professionals, 11 acute care hospitals, 4 children’s hospitals, 5 fitness and wellness centers, numerous community gardens, a multitude of dedicated researchers, and partnerships with medical schools all focused on the communities we serve, RWJBarnabas Health is transforming health care for the millions of people we serve throughout New Jersey.

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KAHLIL CARMICHAEL THE FITNESS DOCTOR Kahlil Carmichael is the spiritual director and founder of It Is Well Wellness and Worship Center in Somerset, New Jersey. He is a spiritual leader and the owner of The Fitness Doctor; a fitness and wellness consulting company. He writes a monthly column for The Positive Community Magazine and is the author of 50 Tips for a Better You! To grow spiritually and improve physically, or have Pastor Carmichael present his wellness seminar to your church or group you can email Kahlil at or call 732-921-3746.

A Father’s Voice Matters


here is nothing more powerful than the voice of a responsible father. I believe in this so much that I have started an organization called A Father’s Voice Matters. This organization was birthed to help reclaim the voice of responsible fathers within their faith, family, finances, physical fitness, and health (Facebook @, and use the hashtag #afathersvoiccematters on social media). Despite popular opinion, there are some really good fathers out there. These dedicated but sometimes imperfect dads love their wives or significant others, take care of, and spend quality time with their children. Even fathers who are not with their children as much as they would like because of custodial arrangements, try their best to maintain relationships with their sons or daughters, but one thing is missing; a father’s voice— the God-given, authoritative voice of love, correction, and guidance. I believe “voiceless” dads are the primary reason our children, community, and culture are lost and almost extinct. But there is hope. Men are becoming more aware that the voice of a father matters. There are many examples of men who are married to beautiful, strong, and intelligent women, yet realize God has ordained their voice to lead. This is especially true in the areas of faith, family, physical fitness, and health. While I admit, women tend to lead their husbands and significant others to my fitness practice and church, something powerful happens when the man adheres to the advice of his woman. He overcomes his ego and realizes the favor factor of having a wife. I will take one of my clients and friends, Obi, for example. Obi was introduced to me through his lovely wife, Hester. She is an attorney and active member of First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens. Hester, who attended our Wednesday Word and Workout, signed on as a Fitness Doctor client and immediately got her husband involved. I started training the two of them and immediately noticed what a great team they made. As this power couple continued to improve body, mind, and spirit, I noticed a slight shift. Although Hester was the impetus for the beginning of Obi’s fitness journey, it was Obi who now often encouraged Hester to keep her 5 AM appointments!

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Obi Agudosi is a great example of a man with a God voice. This entrepreneur, who is the owner of OCA Architects in beautiful Downtown Newark in partnership with NJIT, leads his family well. When I asked Obi about his ability to lead his family, he cited his Nigerian roots and upbringing. He shared that Nigeria is a male-dominant culture, which has taught him the importance of the patriarchal voice. Obi admits he had to make an adjustment coming to America. Although he admits his wife is a natural born leader and their marriage is a true partnership, he understands that a father’s voice matters. His voice has been used to speak faith into the life of his children, financial abundance and prosperity into his family, and a 5 AM workout into the life of his wife. Here are some things every father should be speaking into the life of his family: • Faith—“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” —Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) • Finances—“Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” —Luke 6:38 (NKJV) • Physical Fitness and Health—“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?” —1 Corinthians 6:19 (NKJV) Someone once said, “The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Moms, you have a done an amazing job! Thank you for all that you did and continue to do. But let not the world forget, a father’s voice matters. Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all dads everywhere! You are appreciated.

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Your Good Health: The Best Father’s Day Gift


s Father’s Day arrives, it’s important to think beyond the new ties and gadgets, the special meals, and the handmade cards. Father’s Day reminds us of the importance of family, and the lifelong bond between a father and his children. For all the fathers out there, it’s our responsibility to support this bond the best way we can: with our continued good health. It’s the best way we can say “thank you” for the wonderful things our families give us all year long. Here are some suggestions on how to make this a great Father’s Day: Plan to Schedule Your Regular Checkup Regular checkups are the cornerstone to good health. Unfortunately, men are much more likely to skip their regular exam than women. Further, many of the health risks men face are not immediately recognizable without an exam. That’s why it’s important to get routine screening

tests from your doctor. This Father’s Day, make a commitment to call your doctor and schedule your checkup. Enjoy Some Time Outside with Your Family Whether you’re throwing a ball around with the kids or going for a daily run, it’s important to keep moving. Exercise can help lower your blood pressure and weight, and it will make you feel better, too. For a Father’s Day treat, share one of your favorite activities with your children. If you like to run, then have your child get his or her shoes on and join you for a mile. If you like to hike, then go for a nature walk with the family. You’ll be staying active and instilling a love of exercise in your children. That’s a great present for everybody. If you have health concerns, talk to your doctor before starting an exercise routine. Make a Commitment to Eat Healthy

If your family has prepared a special Father’s Day breakfast for you, then enjoy the meal. It’s OK to have a pastry or doughnut once in a while, but try to limit your portions. Save room for healthy treats, such as fruit or a Father’s Day smoothie with your favorite fruits and yogurt. During the summer, there’s a bounty of delicious choices, from strawberries and peaches to blueberries and watermelon. Stop Smoking If you smoke, Father’s Day is a great day to stop. If you need help to quit, talk to your doctor about ways that can help you stop for good. The minute you stop smoking, your body will begin to heal from the damage that cigarettes caused. One year after quitting smoking, your risk for a heart attack drops sharply, and 10 years after quitting, your risk for lung cancer drops in half. Being smoke-free is a gift your entire family can enjoy year after year.

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GREAT COUNTDOWN TO FREEDOM—2016 Faith, Freedom and Cultural Revival—Positive Music Matters!


his year, 2016, begins a new chapter of challenge, change and opportunity in our freedom journey. We are now in the final year of President Barack Obama’s 2nd term in the nation’s highest office. Imagine what life must have been like one hundred and fifty years ago. In 1866, Reconstruction came to the South in the wake of the Civil War (to end slavery 1861-1865); a war that cost almost 700,000 American lives. These were also the early days of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). From those troubling times to the present, we are blessed with an enormous opportunity to measure, analyze and define our American story, our collective claim on the American Dream— to proclaim for ourselves a new language of freedom! The fate and destiny of the people—God’s people—is ultimately in the hands of the people! Only through rediscovery and revival of the African American group personality—our music, art and culture; positive values and traditions—can we save our own community and salvage a future for the children, inspiring a great American Renaissance! . . . And, yes, Positive Music Matters! Below is a cultural narrative that every child should learn. Our story—our history—a brief presentation of our deep collective experience that dates back to before this nation’s founding.

The Cultural Narrative African Americans are a unique people with a peculiar history in this land. Brought to these shores in chains, from Africa in the early 1600’s, our people toiled and suffered as captives in brutal bondage for a quarter of a millennium (250 years). On January 1st 1863, two years into the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln became law, signaling an end to slavery. On that day, the African American community of the United States of America was born. One hundred years later, in August, 1963, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, as he led hundreds of thousands to a “ March on Washington” seeking an end to discrimination and 90 years of Jim Crow segregation in the South. It was a demand for full and equal citizenship rights for the people in what has been called “The Second Emancipation’ Forty years after Martin Luther King’s tragic assassination in 1968, America elects its first black president, Barrack Obama (2008). In the 100 years between the first and “second emancipation”, in the mist of bitter persecution, humiliation, lynching and enduring the denial of basic human rights, the resiliency of the African American spirit continued to shine brightly in religion, business, education, medicine, invention, sports and in the creative arts—music, fashion, dance, language, literature and theater. Indeed, original American art forms and a popular culture which has become the envy of the world were founded upon the souls of a forlorn people! That is our story—the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of a loving and gifted race—revealed! An Extraordinary History Ours is an extraordinary history of trial, tribulation and triumph that we must never forget! This is the story that we must tell our children and be ever remembered for all generations. We the people, descendants of The Great Emancipation, must tell our story and sing our songs to each other and the entire world! We must remind ourselves, over and over again of the noble struggle, scarifies and wisdom of our torch-bearing forefathers; of our goodly heritage; our divine inheritance; our great music legacy—Positive Music Matters! This is our story, our cultural narrative, a new language of freedom—a springboard towards a great and prosperous future; a spiritually enlightened ideal. A vision of hope and progress; liberty and happiness; health and wholeness; peace and goodwill! The struggle continues, but victory is certain . . . To God be the Glory, forever and ever . . . Amen!

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McDonald’s Gospelfest 2016


Photos: Karen Waters, Vincent Bryant, & Ardean Sims

raises went up to the Most High God on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the Prudential Center in Newark during McDonald’s Gospelfest, the New York Tri-State area preeminent Mother’s Day gospel event of the year. Over 3,000 contestants shared the stage with some of the greatest in gospel music including Yolanda Adams, Tamela Mann, Bishop Hezekiah Walker & LFC, Shirley Caesar, Tye Tribbett, Karen Clark Sheard, Donnie McClurkin, and the original Dreamgirl, Jennifer Holliday! A. Curtis Farrow, the Emmy Award-winning executive


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producer and director of Gospelfest said that he is continually floored by the event. “Every year I’m in awe of the wonderful talents and gifts that God has so abundantly blessed us with to share with the world. Every year it gets bigger and better.” The show’s opening was one of a kind. George Faison, the first African American to win a Tony Award for choreography for the Broadway smash hit The Wiz, unveiled his original new work, Kingdom Come, captivating the audience. A performance of “Until We Meet Again” by the Dutchess of Gospel, Emily Cissy Houston in memory of Prince stopped the show. To God be the glory! —JNW










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Surprise! Birthday Celebration for Pastor Renee Gardner


appy Birthday! Rev. Dr. Renee F. Washington Gardner celebrated her 60th birthday with family, friends, and congregation members on May 6, at Villa Barone Manor, Bronx, NY. Dr. Gardner is senior pastor at Harlem’s Memorial Baptist Church. Her husband, Rev. Sean Gardner,

is senior pastor of East Ward Missionary Baptist Church. Pastor Renee, as she is affectionately known, is also second vice moderator of the United Missionary Baptist Association, which represents over 163 churches in Manhattan, Bronx and Lower Westchester County.-AAC Photos: Bruce Moore

Rev. Sean Gardner with his wife Rev. Dr. Renee Gardner

First Lady Arrington and Past Moderator Rev. Dr. Lee A. Arrington. Rev. Arrington is pastor of Paradise BC in Harlem

L-R; George Weldon; Rev. Sean Gardner with his wife Rev. Dr. Renee Gardner; Rev. Dr. Johnnie M. Green, Jr., pastor Mt. Nebo BC, Harlem; and George Jason Weldon


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First Lady Bonita Washington and Reverend Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr., Pastor of New Zion BC, Harlem and moderator of United Missionary Baptist Association

Vivian Scott-Chew and Pastor Renee

NYC to Chicago Prayer Walk: IT’S A LOVE THING

By Rev. Cornell A. Edmonds, Interim pastor, The Church of the Covenant, NYC

Rev. Al Taylor Gathering for prayer


t’s A Love Thing, 780 PrayerWalk” from New York City to Chicago is a humanitarian initiative inspired by the Reverend Al Taylor’s work with Man Up In Harlem! The goal of the initiative is to walk the 780 miles from New York City to Chicago to listen, reach out to, and pray with people in need of comfort and liberation, letting them know they matter. “It’s A Love Thing” is the theme of the walk as it seeks to demonstrate —with every step—the dual force of prayer and positive music. “Positive Music Matters,” initiated by The Positive Community magazine, serves as an additional rallying cry of the walk. A playlist of positive music from all genres curated by The Positive Community will accompany Rev. Taylor along the way. In 2006, Rev. Taylor began a prayer walk as a community outreach ministry, modeled after an idea of Pastor Dimas Salaberrios of Infinity Bronx Bible Church in the Bronx River Housing Development. After witnessing the positive change in the Bronx, Rev. Taylor was encouraged to begin a prayer walk in Harlem. The aim of the prayer walk was to inspire residents to intercede on behalf of the community and address issues of violence. The simple prayer walk matured into Rev. Taylor’s central ministry, Man Up in Harlem! This intercessory ministry, which is now in its tenth year, has expanded to other communities with eight locations throughout the city of New York. The prayer walks have also inspired community members to unite with the organizations that serve them, and served as a positive change agent for community/police relations and other civic liaisons. Although, the ministry was birthed as a direct response to urban issues of violence, mortality, and displacement, its focus has expanded to offer prayer as a transformative force in communities through the region. Rev. Taylor notes, “Prayer is as important for the rural corn fields as to the urban housing developments. So I plan to walk and pray from New York City to Chicago and touch the many communities in between.”

Rev. Taylor further reflects, “It is not possible to solve all of humanity’s issues in a day, a month, or even a year. What we’ve seen and experienced with the Man Up movement is an affirmation of the need for cooperative journey. Communities facing individual and collective struggles Rev. Al Taylor have experienced change through the simple act of holding a neighbor’s hand or standing in solidarity at a place of unrest to show we are human, we are humane, and we are here.” He continued, “The ‘Its A Love Thing, 780 PrayerWalk’ is the next step in this journey. The walk is an invitation to reach, touch, and impact the hearts of humanity through the platform of prayer. Our goal is to encourage and inspire hope for peace.” The “Its A Love Thing, 780 PrayerWalk” is contextualized from the heart of a servant leader’s response to the growing struggles of humanity that plague daily headlines with reports of violence, economic and social unrest, climate injustice, and the disintegration of family, faith and community. The 780-mile journey will include gathering for morning prayer, followed by approximately 20-25 miles of walking, then gathering for evening prayer with possible community assemblies, dialogues, and celebrations of hope. The “It’s a Love Thing, 780 PrayerWalk” will begin on Sunday, August 7, 2016 from the steps of the Church of the Covenant at 310 East 42nd Street in Manhattan, located befittingly around the corner from the United Nations. Its route will continue through New Jersey (Newark and Paterson); onto Pennsylvania (Bethlehem, State College); Ohio (Youngstown, Cleveland, Toledo); Michigan (Detroit) and conclude on Friday, September 9, in Chicago, Illinois with a grand celebration of hope. To find out more, visit Follow us on Twitter @ALoveThing247 and on Facebook @itsalovethingalways. June 2016 The Positive Community



Pastor Tim Rogers & The Fellas— “Churchin’”


s we celebrate great things in the month of June like graduations, marriages, and of course Father’s Day, for some reason I had to go back to bring forth classic Gospel quartet music. I know the old school sounds of The 5 Blind Boys, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, The Soul Stirrers and Lee Williams are what we’ve heard down through the years, and it may not be as popular for today’s rotation on the airways. However, social media can be a gem—especially when you, the listening audience, post or record up-and-coming artists who may not necessarily be new, but unsung, so to speak. So I was on Youtube and I saw this group that caught my eye. A young group singing quartet that was energetic, enriched with harmonies and tones that blended better than your favorite smoothie. They sounded so good! I was very impressed for two reasons. First, they took classics and made them their own, but it wasn’t corny. Second, they were not a new group. I later found out they’ve been out since 2005. As I watched these distinguished gentlemen it hit me, I’ve seen them before and it was on BET’s Bobby Jones Gospel show. Lead singer Pastor Tim Rogers, Brien Rogers, Terry Rogers, and Troy (Bilbo) Rogers are otherwise known as the Stellar Awardwining gospel group, Tim Rogers and The Fellas. Pastor Tim Rogers, the founding father of this team from Blytheville, AR (say that 5 times fast), has a powerful, rich voice that can pierce the soul with conviction. When its time to minister, he’s ready with his charismatic presence and a passion that exudes through every word. You may remember him on a song called “The Love of Jesus,” when he teamed up with the legendary Doug Williams in 2008. Pastor Rogers has a way of capturing a gigantic audience with transparency. The husband of Shireta Weatherspoon and proud parent of seven children is a pastor as well. Pastor Rogers received the call from God to preach at the age of 18, and is going strong

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today whether with a back-up band and singers or alone on the pulpit witnessing to a dying world that there is hope and life in Jesus. Now those Fellas, are his nephews and they, too, have a distinct style. It’s classic and contemporary, yet they bring a fresh, anointed sound to the music scene and together they do not disappoint. Pastor Tim & The Fellas released We Need To Pray in 2007, but it was their 2009 CD on Blackberry Records, Change that gravitated to those legendary greats like Harvey Watkins and John P. Kee (to name a few), that started taking notice of these young men. Then in 2013, the group released Real, which included songs penned not only by Pastor Tim, but also other industry producers and songwriters like R. Kelly, and won them their first Stellar Award. It also put them in national magazines, on television programs like The Mo’nique Show, TBN and more. Tim Rogers and The Fellas has also worked with and toured with music industry greats like Tye Tribbett, Lisa Knowles, and many more. Now, it is my pleasure to introduce to us who’ve been in the dark, their latest project (out since 2015) Churchin’. This is an updated classic, with all of the songs that the Mother Board and the Deacon Board used to sing in devotional & testimony services. Pastor Tim and the Fellas go in and you are doing exactly what the title says—having church! Churchin’!! With a booked schedule and added dates on the tour as we speak, we believe God will continue granting these young men favor as they work and set examples for an upcoming generation who will not be forgotten! These are some serious Kingdom Building brothers.

Happy Father’s Day to my father, Ervin C. Baldwin, and to my brother—the new father— Ervin L. Baldwin! Love you both!


Harriet Tubman to be on the $20 Bill! “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.” —Luke 6:31 (NASB) “Do not mistreat an alien, or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt.”—Exodus 22:21 (NIV)


he Federal government has announced that the image of Harriet Tubman will replace the image of Andrew Jackson on the $20.00 bill. This is a revolutionary development. The most commonly used dollars and coins in the United States display images of United States presidents and/or “founding fathers.” The charts below identify the persons presently portrayed on the most commonly used United States currency, and their roles in American history.

At least three of these presidents—Washington, Jefferson, and Jackson—were slave owners. Two others participated in the ending of slavery in the United States: Lincoln as the Civil War president and Grant as a Civil War top general. In contrast to the current images on our currency, Harriet Tubman was an enslaved black woman who

escaped from slavery, then repeatedly returned to the south to lead other slaves to freedom. During the Civil War, she served as a scout for the Union army. That Union army ultimately defeated the slaveholding South, thereby paving the way for the abolition of chattel slavery in the United States. Prior to the Civil War, the movement to lead blacks enslaved in southern states to freedom in northern states and Canada was called “The Underground Railroad.” It was not literally a train system. Rather, it was a system of anti-slavery activists, escape routes, and hiding places, by which enslaved blacks were guided to freedom. Harriet Tubman was called a “conductor” in the Underground Railroad. She stated that she “never lost a passenger.” Tubman belonged to the African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church. So did another escaped slave, Frederick Douglass, who was active in the anti-slavery movement. The A.M.E. Church had been organized in the late 1700s when blacks were not permitted to freely worship God in predominantly white churches. It is significant that many anti-slavery activists, black and white, were Christians. Another example is Paul Cuffee, the black Quaker who, years before the Civil War started, provided transportation for African Americans freed from slavery who sought to migrate to Africa. Another example is Granville Sharpe, the white bible scholar in England who campaigned for ending of the transatlantic slave trade. Many folks, black and white, came to Christ during the “Great Awakening” of the 1700s and 1800s. Anti-slavery activism also grew during that period. I suspect that studying the bible led many folks to realize that the “chattel” slavery then practiced in North and South America and the Caribbean, wherein enslaved blacks were treated more like “things” than like human beings, was not in keeping with God’s will. Returning to this year, the 2016 decision to place Harriet Tubman’s image on the $20.00 bill is a major moment in American history. Honoring a slave-holding president is being replaced by honoring an antislavery activist.

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The Last Word


Vol. 16, No. 5

THE SONGS OF SUMMER Publisher Adrian A. Council, Sr.


Editor-in-Chief Jean Nash Wells Associate Editor R. L. Witter

Sales Angela Ridenour Adrian Council, Jr. NGS Communications, Inc. Satori MPR Marc Williams

Contributing Writers Mwandikaji K. Mwanafunzi g.r. mattox Patricia Baldwin Rev. Theresa Nance Glenda Cadogan Helene Fox Rev. Dr. Joanne Noel Photographers Bob Gore Wali A. Muhammad Seitu Oronde Rev. Dr. William L. Watkins, Jr. Darryl Hall Vincent Bryant Hubert Williams Brian Branch Price Karen Waters Art Direction & Layout Penguin Design Group Peter Gillo The Positive Community Corp. 133 Glenridge Avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 973-233-9200 Fax: 973-233-9201 Email: Website: All contents © The Positve Community Corporation. All Rights Reserved. This publication, in whole or in part, may not be reproduced, stored in a computerized or other retrieval system, or transmitted in any form, or by any means whatsoever without the prior written permission of The Positive Community Corporation. Any opinions expressed herein are solely the opinions of the writer(s) and not necessarily those of The Positive CommunityTM, its management or staff. The Positive CommunityTM reserves the right to retain all materials and does not assume reponsibility for unsolicited materials.

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June 2016

t’s June! The weather is warm and fathers everywhere are sporting new ties and hanging handmade cards on refrigerators. Out west, Juneteenth is being celebrated to mark the date 21⁄2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation when slaves in Texas were finally notified of their freedom. It’s a reminder that sometimes you just have to wait and believe. You know it’s true, “He may not come when you want Him, but He’s ALWAYS right on time!” I’m looking forward to those things only summer can bring—sun, sand, cold drinks, cookouts, and relaxation! Any of these things are great on their own or in any combination, but when you put them together and add some music to the mix, great becomes FANTASTIC! Music is and always has been the heart of black culture. From the African drum beats that communicated information to the African American songs that guided slaves to freedom, music is in our souls and part of our beautiful blackness. In celebration of Black Music Month (and to snag a few cookout invitations), I asked The Positive Community staff— which ranges in age from millennials to septuagenarians—to list a few of the songs that make them think of summer. “Summer Madness” by Kool & The Gang was submitted by several people. As Angela Ridenour in Sales explained, it was “THE song of the summer in the bicentennial year, being blasted all over WBLS. More jazzy and slower than their usual style, this is a timeless soul classic.” Interestingly, multiple Gen Xers submitted “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, a song that sampled “Summer Madness.” “Stoned Soul Picnic” by The Fifth Dimension also received multiple mentions. It’s a mellow, groovy song that describes everything about summer— from sunshine to wine and “The Lord and the lightning.” Publisher Adrian Council was reminded of his “youthful, romantic summers.”

Duke Ellington’s “Take The A Train” was the signature tune of the Count Basie Orchestra, and Editor-in-Chief Jean Nash Wells fondly remembers, “I lived in Harlem and took the A train to work daily . . . It was such a wonderful orchestration and spoke to me of the vitality of Harlem and Lenox Terrace— where we lived at the time.” Marc Williams from Sales submitted “Champion” by Buju Banton. “Nothing is more beautiful than a yard of black folk dancing to some reggae,” he said. “Until that one uncle had a few too many and thought that he was King Selassie himself. The entertainment was watching him jumping around, knocking over all the cups and trying to dance with every woman within arm’s reach.” Another staffer submitted “Pleasure Principle” by Janet Jackson and admittedly “tried to learn every step from the video,” on the condition of anonymity. For me, “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan screams summer. I remember my friends Jocelyn & Ralph’s wedding in June 1995 and when this song came on, ERRBODY hit that dancefloor HARD! I have the best photos of old friends jamming, making their “dance faces” while that old school beat thumped. Another song that garnered multiple mentions is “Before I Let Go” by Frankie Beverly & Maze. What summer gathering of beautiful, brown bodies swaying to and fro with paper plates filled with fried chicken, potato salad, watermelon, baked beans, hot dogs, and hamburgers could possibly be complete without it? Only Frankie could make Aunt Cookie stop fussing long enough to dance with Uncle Junior. There were too many great songs to list here, but hopefully we’ve given you a headstart on your summer playlist… Don’t forget to invite me to your cookout, but first I need to know, who made the potato salad?


June 23- July 10

OVER 150 RIDES & ATTRACTIONS! Bargain Nights at the Fair:

Free Live Shows & Events Daily with admission:

PREVIEW NIGHT: Thursday, June 23, 6pm to 12am Admission: $7 (ages 13 & older); $5 (ages 12 & younger) Admission & Unlimited Ride Hand Stamp Combo: $19.86 (all ages) Parking: $5 per vehicle.


DOLLAR NIGHT: Friday, June 24, 5pm to 1am Admission is $10 per person – all ages. Rides: $2 per person | Games: $2 per person Select food & drink items: $2 | Parking: $2 per vehicle.


KIDS GO FREE NIGHT: Wednesday, June 29, 4pm to 12am Any child 12 & younger gets into the fair for free Ride Hand Stamp (all ages): $20 | Admission (13 & older): $10 Combo Ticket (13 & older): $30. PARKING IS FREE!


CHEAP, CHEAP NIGHT: Wednesday, July 6, 4pm to 12am Admission: $5 | Unlimited Ride Hand Stamp: $19 Combo Ticket: $24. PARKING IS FREE!

• June 24, 8pm & 10pm - 90’s R&B sensation RIFF • June 25, 7pm - Sirius XM Presents COUSIN BRUCIE’S PALISADES PARK REUNION IV. Live broadcast on Sirius XM

PATRON APPRECIATION DAY: Sunday, July 10, 4pm to 12am A Pay-One-Price Combo Ticket: $30 per person. If you do not ride the rides – Admission (13 & older): $11 Admission (children 12 & younger): $9 | Parking: $5 per vehicle

• June 28, 8pm - MIKE DELGUIDICE celebrating the music of BILLY JOEL with his band BIG SHOT • June 30, 8pm & 10pm - 80’s tribute band, RUBIX KUBE

Weekend Shuttle Buses**

• July 1, 8pm & 10pm - UNDER A TON • July 2, 8pm & 10pm - EPOCH FAILURE


• July 7, 8pm - NASH FM presents CHASE BRYANT CE N





• July 8, 8pm & 10pm - GOODBYE FRIDAY




from/to Secaucus Junction and Fairgrounds Main Gate **There is NO additional cost to passengers with NJT train ticket to the Meadowlands. Bus runs every 30 minutes: Fridays: 6pm to 12am, Saturdays, Sundays, July 3 and 4: 4pm to 12am

PARKING: Mon, Tues, Wed: FREE | Thurs to Sun: $5 | Holidays: $5 | Dollar Night: $2


Visit NJFAIR.COM for More Promotions & Information | PLEASE NOTE: The fair will be closed to the public on Sunday, June 26. There are no Unlimited Ride Hand Stamps available Friday, June 24. Children 34" and shorter are admitted FREE, must have ticket to ride.

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