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Two Legends Meet: George Martin NFL great and Willie O’Ree first African American in National Hockey League Photo courtesy of Stars Helping Kids

Sections Money . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Health . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

Features Affluent Blacks More Charitable . . . . . . . . . . 16 Circle of Sisters Returns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Golden Krust Supports Education . . . . . . . . . 29 Determined to Persevere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

&also inside From the Publisher’s Desk . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Guest Editorial . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Back to School Jam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Brothers Reconnect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Young Professionals Unite. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Founder’s Day at Medgar Evers. . . . . . . . . . . 42 George Martin: MVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

Gospel Train . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68

Billy Hunter: Success with the NBA . . . . . . . . 48

The Way Ahead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 89

On Thin Ice: Diversity in the NHL . . . . . . . . . . 51

Selah! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Reginald Jackson Anniversary . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

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More Good News from Haiti . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

Ask Doctor Palmer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Patti LaBelle Stars in Fela! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64

In the Spirit and Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 The Last Word. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90

Riverside Theater 50th Anniversary . . . . . . . . 65 Englewood Hospital Celebrates Heart and Soul . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 Cover photo courtesy of NFL Alumni Association

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salute you for ten years of dedicated service to our Convention as well as to our community through your magazine

The Positive Community. Our prayers are with you as you continue to seek to lift Him up in word and deeds God’s continued blessings for future Success and Prosperity And may you have many successful years to come “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good work and glorify your Father which is in heaven” Rev. Dr. Washington L. Lundy – President

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The North East Region Congratulates Publishers and Staff of The Positive Community Magazine We the North East Region extend our best wishes on this most auspicious occasion as you celebrate ten years of dedicated and loyal service to our North East Region also for having established a distinguished record of excellence working diligently to provide insight and vital information to our convention and being a conduit to help bring cohesiveness to our various communities.

May God continue to bestow his bountiful blessings upon you and your wondrous work.

We remain yours in Christ the North East Region States New York, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Vermont, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland and Rhode Island.

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Celebrating 10 Years! Friendship, Leadership Teamwork: The Real Power of Soul othing illustrates the evolution and journey of The Positive Community better than a sermon I recently heard. Rev. Guy Campbell Jr. senior pastor of Evergreen Baptist Church in Palmyra, NJ and president of the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey addressed the denomination’s leadership in his state. President Campbell preached from the scripture Mark 1 2:1-6 about the faith and dogged determination of four friends to see their paralyzed friend made whole. Rev. Campbell went on to say “blessed is he or she who has friends.” He contrasted mere acquaintances, associates, and people who are friendly to you, with the meaning of real, true friendship. Indeed, miracles happen when friends come together, willing to go the extra mile for the good of a friend. At The Positive Community, we are grateful to many, many friends—encouragers—who 10 years ago saw hope and opportunity in a community-building vision of progress and goodwill; a culturally and spiritually grounded ideal. Dr. Campbell’s address focused on the real value of loyalty, teamwork and unity of purpose. His message was about love— the Fatherhood of God, and unselfish service to our fellows—the Brotherhood of Man. To me, it was a celebration of enduring values: self-acceptance, self-reliance and self-respect. This month, as we celebrate our 10th anniversary, we introduce our 1st Annual Sports and Entertainment issue. Sports—organized, competitive, team sports, have always functioned as a socializing, character-building institution for young people, especially, young men. In this issue we will introduce you to three men at the top of their game in professional sports leadership and management: George Martin of the NFL; Billy Hunter of the NBA and Ken Martin, Jr. of the NHL. The big news in regional pro sports is the New Jersey Nets move into Newark’s Prudential Arena. The Nets are awaiting the completion of a new arena in downtown Brooklyn. So, for the next 2-3 seasons, first time, ever, Newark is home to an NBA franchise! We’ll explore the implications and impact of such a move next month, in our Annual Newark Issue.


Shout-out to our special friends, the subscribers, members of The Positive Community’s Great Roll Call to Progress (see pg. 7) and our forward thinking sponsors—corporations, small businesses and community institutions—advertisers that value healthy, qualitative, out-reach and mutually beneficial relations with our community of consumers. Visit us online: for more stories, photos, videos and music. Link your church, school, organization or business website to ours. Sign-in on our Facebook page. Missed your copy at church? The entire issue is now published online. Share this “good news” with out-of-town friends and family, especially when your house of worship or community organization is highlighted in the pages of The Positive Community magazine. In a civilized society much, very much, depends on an enthusiastic and effective load-pulling spirit. Ten men are of little more value than one in lifting a great load unless they lift together at the same moment. And such teamwork (social cooperation) is dependent on leadership—wise, vigorous and progressive leadership. Over the past ten years, The Positive Community has strived to be a leader in the black community and a beacon for other people and organizations that share the desire for and vision of a community where we each take pride in and contribute to the well-being of ourselves and others. In a world where the majority of society seems to deify wealth and fame, and tries to convince others that celebrities and multimillionaires are the movers, shakers and trendsetters who make all things happen, we give you rock solid proof to the contrary every month. We take great pride and joy in sharing with you the stories and ideas of everyday people in our community who are making a difference. It may be a professional athlete, rapper or actor who inspires a child to aspire to such an illustrious career, but it is the people on the pages of this magazine who actually mentor, support and assist that child and others to become gainfully employed and productive members of society, honorable men and women and caring parents. For therein lies the real power of Soul! October 2010 The Positive Community


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Reverend Dr. Jesse T. Williams, Jr. is Senior Pastor of Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Harlem, New York

A Living Wage is Right and Fair for New York City

s a pastor in Harlem, I am regularly in contact with parishioners and members of this community who are suffering serious economic hardship because of inadequate poverty-level wages. I hear their stories, pray with them, serve them and try to find the financial and material resources that they need in order to make ends meet. Our church family does all that we can to help those who are in need because we see it as a calling and a mission that God has set before us. You see, these people are not just statistics or numbers on a report to me. They are real people with families, children, bills and all of the other challenges of living life in this city. As I listen to their stories of trying to make their income stretch in seemingly impossible ways, it often occurs to me that the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is just not enough for people to live on in this city. That equates to just over $15,000 per year. We all know how expensive it is to live in this great city. And how can we expect people to survive on a poverty-level minimum wage when they are trying to maintain a home, feed a family, pay for health and dental care, and provide clothing for their children?


For this and many other reasons, I am voicing my support for a Living Wage in New York City and urging our City Council and elected leaders to pass the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act. This legislation would guarantee that workers in large development projects that receive taxpayer-funded subsidies will be paid at least the New York Living Wage of $10 an hour plus benefits or $11.50 an hour without benefits. This Living Wage would also be indexed to inflation so that it will keep pace with the current cost of living. If developers are going to benefit from the subsidies funded by our tax dollars, then they should pay a wage that is above the poverty level to the workers who will be employed in the resulting businesses. This is only fair, and it will help the people of our city earn a living with dignity and less economic hardship. Living Wage legislation has been passed in other major cities in the USA, and has had positive results. When wages are above the poverty level, the overall economic climate of the city will be improved, and the quality of life for families, citizens and taxpayers is noticeably enhanced in a positive way. There are some who contend that the marketplace should be allowed to set wage levels, and that there is no need for Living Wage Legislation. However, we must always remember that the marketplace is driven by capitalism, not fairness; and that it is motivated by greed, not love. Therefore, the marketplace will always seek to pay people the least amount of wages possible with the intention of preserving profit at all costs, even at the expense of the quality of life for people and families. As a pastor, I have a calling and mandate to stand in solidarity with those who are oppressed, marginalized and often have no voice in this culture. Quality of life, dignity and fairness mean something to me because these people are not just statistics on a report; they are real people to me with real families. Won’t you stand with us? Support the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act today. Go to for more information.

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ffluent Black Americans are more likely to give to charitable causes and feel responsible for providing financial support to adult family members than affluent non-Blacks, according to a Northern Trust survey of “Wealth in Black America.” Northern Trust’s unique survey, the second since 2008, provides insights into the financial attitudes and preferences of wealthy Black Americans, with household incomes of at least $250,000 or a minimum of $1 million in investable assets. The study covered 361 affluent Blacks and 256 affluent non-Blacks to compare their attitudes and behaviors on key measures. The findings were unveiled at the Northern Trust DreamMakers’ forum, held in Washington, D.C. Sept. 10 through 21. DreamMakers’ is a biannual conference for affluent Blacks to discuss creating, preserving and transferring wealth. The study found affluent Blacks as a group are very charitable. Fifty-two percent of Black respondents give to educational institutions, compared to 39 percent for non-Blacks, while 47 percent of Blacks give to humanservices organizations vs. 38 percent for non-Blacks. Blacks were found to be less likely to donate to environmental or animal organizations than non-Blacks, with 36 percent of non-Black respondents giving to such organizations compared to 29 percent for Blacks. The study found generational differences as well. Older affluent Blacks (55+), are more likely to donate to religious and human-services organizations (57 percent


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and 55 percent) while younger affluent Blacks tend to donate to educational institutions (37 percent). Responsibility to provide for adult family members Affluent Blacks, more than non-Blacks, feel responsible for family members and expect to provide them with consistent financial support over the next ten years, according to the survey. Currently, 50 percent of affluent Blacks said they provide financial support to adult children; 32 percent to siblings; 21 percent to nieces or nephews; and 18 percent to cousins. In particular, financial support of adult children has risen dramatically in the financial crisis, up from 24 percent in 2008. When asked what needs would be met by their financial support of those family members, general living expenses was the No. 1 response, displacing long-term care and disability, which was the top response in 2008. This year, 59 percent cited general living expenses compared with only 42 percent in 2008. “Among affluent Black families, there are strong cultural expectations to provide for others,” said Mark Welch, director of Global Diversity & Inclusion at Northern Trust. “High unemployment and home foreclosures due to the recession, along with other factors such as increasing health-care costs and longer life spans, add to the feeling that affluent Blacks need to do even more to take care of their families.” Continued on page 85

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We Care Foundation Raises Funds for Haiti Relief

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he WeCare Charitable Foundation, Inc. held a “Back InThe Day” Garden Dance Party fundraiser for Haiti Relief on Saturday August 7, 2010 at Tree Lawn Estates in Plainfield, NJ. WeCare founders Malcolm Dunn and Bill Oliver as well as the planning committee are all members of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit NJ, where the pastor is Rev. Dr. Jerry Michael Sanders. The idea for the foundation was born while Malcolm and Bill were on a mission trip to South Africa on behalf of the church, which maintains a strong mission commitment there. Proceeds from their previous fundraiser benefited their South African commitment and Hurricane Katrina disaster relief.

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Mind, Body and Soul WBLS/WLIB host Circle of Sisters: an expo designed for women of color By R.L. WItteR t’s that time of year once again; Circle of Sisters (COS) is back! WBLS/WLIB’s annual expo at the Jacob Javits Center returns for a weekend centered around the black woman and family. Sure, there will be vendors selling clothing, food and beauty supplies, but COS offers so much more to the New York area’s woman of color. Now in its sixth year, COS offers something for every aspect of a woman’s life. The first COS event celebrated “Health, Self and Wealth” and this year’s theme of “Renew Restore Rebuild” continues the mission of addressing all of a sister’s needs in an upbeat and entertaining atmosphere. With Deon Levingston over 150 vendors and more than 30,000 visitors expected, it is sure to be another incredible event. COS is an expo designed for women of color based upon what they have said is important to them, explained Deon Levingston, vice-president and general manager of Inner City Broadcasting (the parent company of WBLS and WLIB). “We did a survey and found that our audience really cares about their health,” Levingston remarked. “They also wanted motivational tips and speakers as well.” The topic that women overwhelmingly want to have covered is finance and business. Explained Levingston, “When we polled women they said ‘I want to know about owning my own business, starting my own business and I want to know about managing my finances.’” Acknowledging that family is of great importance to women of color, COS has always been a great place to bring children. This year, however, the kids will be happier than ever! “We get numerous calls annually during this season, especially at WLIB with people asking ‘where is someplace that I can take my kids that is safe and is going to be positive?’” recalled Levingston. This year, COS has addressed that issue and will be “New York’s largest Safe Treat.” Not only will vendors offer Halloween themed goods and services, but there will also be a costume contest for kids 12 and under, as well as candies and healthy snacks for children wearing costumes. “It’s trick-or-treating for both kids and adults,” exclaimed Malaika Walls, a businesswomen and mother who looks forward to COS each year. It seems more like Christmas in October to many. Participants can not only get business and health information and motivation, but also spiritual and relationship help too. With speakers including Rev. Al Sharpton and Newark Mayor Cory Booker addressing the state of black America, and author Terry McMillan on hand, COS truly provides programs and


activities to fulfill women’s needs on multiple levels. To keep energized and hydrated, visitors can also check out the Grace Foods Cooking Pavilion and not only sample various cuisines, but be entertained and educated by several of the country’s best chefs! After a day of motivation and information, attendees can then sway and groove to the sounds of musical artists Tank, Fantasia and Eric Benet on Saturday night and something altogether different on Sunday. So that people are not forced to choose between hearing the Word or attending Circle of Sisters, Levingston and his team have arranged for Bishop Hezekiah Walker to kick the day off with a worship service. “Everyone who attends the church service gets into the event for free,” explained Levingston… How is that for getting your blessing right away? Bishop Afterward, a health panel featuring Hezekiah Walker Montell Williams, a relationship panel featuring Susan Taylor and Tye and Shanté Tribett, and a gospel show hosted by Steve Harvey will round out the day at Circle of Sisters and lead up to a fashion show. There is never a dull moment at the COS expo and there is always something unexpected. Levingston recalled one particularly amusing moment from a previous COS expo. “Kirk Franklin was the host of the gospel concert and he came on stage and was singing a Donnie McClurkin song. He sounded just like Donnie McClurkin and the audience was going crazy because he was doing all of Donnie’s moves and he sounded just like Donnie. As the song went on, the crowd got louder and Kirk gestured harder, but the crowd was actually clapping because Donnie had walked out on stage behind Kirk and Kirk didn’t know it! It turned out that Donnie had been singing from backstage and Kirk was lip-synching the entire time—which was pretty hilarious!” I guess it just goes to show that while you never know exactly what is going to happen at the Circle of Sisters event, you know it is always going to be a great time. Admission is only $10.00 for adults, and children 10 and under are free with adult admission. You know you’ve paid much more to receive far less, so there is no excuse not to attend. Feed your mind, body and soul and have a great time doing it. For tickets and more information visit See you there! October 2010 The Positive Community



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10th anniversary “longevity is a good thing� Rev. Charles a. Curtis, ed.d. chairman of the board / senior pastor, mt. olivet baptist church


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National Baptist Convention USA Inc. Annual Session

Rev. William Gilison

L–R: Sis. Mae Henry, site coordinator, EMBC; Juanita Copes-Taylor


ver 30,000 delegates and visitors descended on the “Show Me State” for the 130th Annual Session of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (NBCUSA) in Kansas City, Missouri, making this one of the largest gatherings ever for the NBCUSA, the largest and oldest African American denomination. Emphasizing this year’s theme, “Solidarity with the Savior,” NBCUSA President Rev. Dr Julius Scruggs delivered a fiery sermon urging delegates to “spread the good news about Jesus Christ.” His followers are “called to serve,” he reminded them, and gave some vivid examples: “Help in Haiti. Build medical missions. Serve those who are well and those who are sick, including people sick with HIV/AIDS. Serve at-risk children. Serve narrow-minded Tea Party members and blue-

L–R: Rev. Ronald Grant VP, EMBC; First Lady and Rev. Jerry Young, VP, NBCUSA and First Lady and Rev. Jesse Bottoms, VP Congress of NBCUSA

collar bigots,” he said. He quoted Martin Luther King Jr. stating that we have inherited a large house and all have to learn how to live together in peace.“King said we either live as brothers or we will perish as fools,” Scruggs said, calling upon members to join him in increasing their prayer lives, their concern for evangelism and to exalt Jesus Christ. “We have a divine mandate to work in Christian ministry,” he said. “God is in charge. We are to listen to his orders and follow him. The ministry of the church is all about God and not about us.” Rev. Ronald Grant, vice president hosted the Empire Missionary Baptist Convention(EMBC) contingent, representing President Rev. Dr. Washington Lundy. President Guy Campbell led the delegation from the General Baptist Convention of New Jersey (GBCNJ). Photos: Vincent Bryant

L–R: Rev. Dr. Winfred Pippen, chief of staff, EMBC; Dr. Eligin Taylor, director of music EMBC

Empire Missionary Baptist Convention Luncheon


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Rev. Calvin McKinney, general secretary NBCUSA, Julius Scruggs and Rev. Dr. Henry P. Davis

Rev. Dr. Julius Scruggs, president of the National Baptist Convention delivers keynote address.

NAACP President Ben Jealous

Deacons Richard Stanard and Darryl Koons of New Jersey

Sister Jackie Carter with Wilbert Nobles

First Lady Elaine Griffin-Simmons and Rev. Dr. Perry Simmons, president emeritus GBCNJ

Thelma Scott, president, Women's NJ Auxilliary & NJ President Dr Guy Campbell lead the women’s march

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Rev. Lee A. Arrington Moderator Rev.L.Lee A. Arrington Rev. Dr. Carl Washington, Jr. Moderator 1st Vice Rev. Moderator Lee A. Arrington


Moderator Rev. Lee Arrington Rev. Lee A. A. Arrington Rev.Lowe Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr. Rev. Anthony Moderator Moderator st 1 Dr. Vice Moderator Carl L. Washington, Jr. 2nd ViceRev. Moderator 1st Vice Moderator Rev. Dr. Carl L. Washington, Jr. Rev. L. Washington, Jr. 1stDr. ViceCarl Moderator Rev. Anthony Lowe Rev. Jimmie Howell st ndAnthony Rev. Lowe 1Vice Vice Moderator 2 Moderator Recording Secretary 2nd Vice Moderator Rev. Anthony Lowe 2ndAnthony ViceHowell Moderator Rev. Lowe Rev. Jimmie Rev. Frank Rev.Pelzer Jimmie Howell nd Recording Secretary 2 Vice Moderator Assistant Recording Secretary Recording Secretary Rev. Jimmie Howell Recording Secretary Rev. Frank Pelzer Rev. Rev. Keith A Bolden, Sr. Howell Rev. Frank Jimmie Pelzer Assistant Recording Secretary Recording Secretary Assistant Recording Secretary Financial Secretary Rev. Frank Pelzer Assistant Recording Secretary Rev. Keith A Bolden, Rev. Keith A Bolden, Sr. Sr. Rev. Floyd Hollington Rev. Frank Pelzer Financial Secretary Financial Secretary Assistant Financial Secretary Assistant Recording Secretary Rev. Keith A Bolden, Sr. Financial Secretary Rev. Floyd Hollington Rev. Hollington Rev. Patricia A.Floyd Morris Rev. Keith ASecretary Bolden, Sr. Assistant Financial Assistant Financial Secretary Corresponding Secretary Financial Secretary Rev. Floyd Hollington Assistant Financial Secretary Rev. Patricia A. Morris Rev. Patricia A. Morris Rev. Dr.Corresponding SeanRev. P. Gardner, Sr. Secretary Floyd Hollington Corresponding Secretary Treasurer Assistant Rev. Patricia A. Morris Financial Secretary Corresponding Secretary Rev. Dr. Sean P. Gardner, Sr. Rev. Sean P. Gardner, Sr. Treasurer Rev. Wayne A.Dr. Williams Rev.Rev. Patricia A. Morris Treasurer Assistant Treasurer Dr. Sean P. Gardner, Sr. Corresponding Treasurer Secretary Rev. Wayne A. Williams Rev. Wayne A. Williams Assistant Treasurer Rev. Willie L. Hairston AssistantDr. Treasurer Wayne A.Gardner, Williams Sr. Sean P. Chief of StaffRev.Rev. Assistant Treasurer Treasurer Rev. Willie L. Hairston Chief of Willie Staff L. Hairston Rev. Rev. Dr. Renee F. Gardner Rev. Willie L. Hairston Chief of Staff Rev. Wayne A. Williams Program Chair Chief of Staff Assistant Treasurer Rev. Dr. Renee F. Gardner Program Chair Rev. Dr. Renee F. Gardner Rev. Dr. Renee F. Gardner Program Chair Rev.Program Willie L. Hairston Chair




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Education Teaching, Learning, Making a Difference

Golden Krust Not Scaling Back on Education

L–R: Lowell Hawthorne makes scholarship presentation to Oladoyin Oladapo


utting back on education is equal to ripping hope and opportunity from our nation’s youths.” That was the sentiment expressed by Lowell, Hawthorne the president and CEO of Golden Krust Bakery & Grill, Inc., the nation’s largest Caribbean franchise chain at the company’s annual scholarship awards event. Hawthorne addressed the audience at the Bronx Bethany Church of the Nazarene as he made presentations to seven college bound students— Oladoyin Oladapo of Brooklyn, Otega Esegine of Brooklyn, Shantel Beckford of White Plains, Kristian Aspinall of Rockland, Audrey Morris of Bronx, Shabraj Miller of Bronx and Tatiana Flowers of White Plains, NY—each of whom received $2,000 and a gift basket of Golden Krust products and school supplies. For the fifth year in a row, Golden Krust has granted scholarships to aspiring young people from the communities in which the company operates. The scholarships are provided through the Mavis & Ephraim Hawthorne

Shabraj Miller accepts her scholarship award

Golden Krust Scholarship Foundation, named in honor of the parents of the founders of Golden Krust. The foundation carries out the company’s philanthropic mission of putting people before profit and since its inception in 2005 has assisted over 100 students both in the United States and in Jamaica, West Indies, helping them achieve a firm educational foundation. In January of this year Golden Krust pledged $100,000 to the University of the West Indies in Jamaica to cover the cost of tuition for five students for the duration of their tenure at the university. In 2006 the company established an endowment fund for needy students at Bronx Community College. “A mind is a terrible thing to waste,” said Hawthorne, borrowing the popular slogan of UNCF, the United Negro College Fund. “Therefore,” he concluded, “in the face of a difficult global business environment, which has resulted in many companies being forced to cut spending on philanthropic activities, Golden Krust has remained committed to investing in education. October 2010 The Positive Community


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Rev. Dr. Shirley B. Cathie and Dr. Leonard Bethel

The Desire to Persevere

Linda Pace

When it comes to getting an education, dedication is what matters most By g.r. mattox “...the worst of our institutions, in its worst aspect, cannot keep down energy, truthfulness, and earnest struggle for the right.” __James McCune Smith. “It will also be necessary for New Jersey educators to realize that feelings of intolerance and prejudice are disintegrative forces acting upon those who are subject to them as well as upon those against whom they are directed.” — Marion Thompson Wright


he history of Black America is one of a people who have come very far on very little. “Making a way out of no way” meant doing without and/or finding creative substitutions to arrive at solutions. When the doors to education were shut tight against African Americans, they made the most of the slimmest of opportunities, and there are innumerable examples of individuals who did just that and accomplished much. While slavery prevented blacks from virtually any kind


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of formal schooling in the pre-Civil War south, blacks in antebellum New York City were offered an elementary education through the New York Manumission Society. They established the African Free Schools in 1787. Even though many of the members of the Society were slaveholders themselves, the Free Schools they established, which grew from a one-room school house to seven schools around the city, educated thousands of black children through the upper elementary grades who went on to become historic black figures in history. Their alumni included James McCune Smith, the first African American physician and pharmacist; Ira Aldridge, the most famous black actor of the 19th century, and Henry Highland Garnet, an abolitionist and minister who was the first black man to give a sermon in the United States House of Representatives. Some of these individuals faced daunting challenges that often took them far away from home after completing the Free School. Smith could not get into any college in the United States, so with the help of a mentor he raised money to attend the University of Glasgow in Scotland, where he graduated at the top of his class. Aldridge got his early education in theater by viewing plays from the high balcony of New York’s Park Theatre, and later at the African Grove, a theater founded and operated by blacks in New York City in 1821. Although he was gaining success as an actor during this time, his father, a minister, said he would rather see him dead than working as an actor. Aldridge left America for England when he was 17 and never returned because he would not be able to play before integrated audiences. This was a period of time where some children worked as hard and long during the week as adults and there was no time to go to school. Others were severely neglected, abandoned and had absolutely no opportunity for learning. Another conduit through which some of these children received classroom instruction during this period was through the establishment of Sabbath Schools. The Sunday School movement swept across the nation, teaching people the three “R’s” as well as religion and becoming their only means of basic education. A former slave named Catherine “Katy” Ferguson founded the first Sabbath School in New York City. Illiterate herself, Ferguson took care of poor and neglected black and white children in her neighborhood. Every Sunday, she brought these children to her home in order to provide them with religious education. In 1814 the school moved to a lecture room in a basement of a church and became known as the Murray Street Sabbath School. In the early 20th Century, a little-known figure in African American education made a significant contribution to New Jersey history through writing about the way it educated its black children. Marion Thompson Wright, the first black woman to receive a Ph.D. in the United States from Columbia University, completed her disserta-

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tion titled “The Education of Negroes in New Jersey,” which was published in 1941. “She looked at the subject from the colonial period right up to the cusp of the Civil Rights movement,” said Rutgers Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Clement Price. “In this respect, her study was not only of Negro history, but American history.” Wright, in whose name Price has dedicated a Black History Month lecture series for the past 30 years, ultimately paid a high price for her contributions. An East Orange native born in 1902, she was one of two AfricanAmerican students at Barringer High School—at that time one of the best high schools in America—who emerged first in her class. She married at 16 and had two children before she became a student at Howard University. When she returned to Howard to teach, she had to declare herself unmarried and childless; she could not otherwise become a member of the faculty. She eventually became estranged from her children, fell into depression and loneliness and died by her own hand in 1962. These are examples of the desire for learning, and the perseverance in gaining an education that African Americans have demonstrated from the beginning of their history. This tradition continues to this day. It should be said here that money was the least of the problems any of these people faced in gaining and making an education available — most didn’t have any money and they didn’t necessarily get rich because of their education. “Looking at it from a historical perspective, (not having money) is just an excuse,” said Dr. Leonard Bethel, associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers-

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Livingston. “If anyone has a high motivation to attend college or anything past high school, they will find a way to do it.” His mother earned her Ph.D. attending Temple University and Penn State; his father went to night school and later became a dental technician. Before coming to Rutgers in 1969, Bethel was the director of the student center, director of counseling and assistant chaplain at historically black Lincoln University. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he worked his way through theology school by taking a job in the school’s maintenance department. “I raked leaves; I dumped trash. I wanted to study and I wanted a theological education,” Bethel said. “I didn’t put money first; my priority was getting my work done and then doing what I had to do to pay the bills.” Having a support system is an important factor in doing well in school. When someone is successful, it’s usually because a parent, family member or guardian is positively encouraging and constructively enabling. Rev. Dr. Shirley B. Cathie came from a family that believed in education; nevertheless she dropped out of high school to get married. She had two daughters and then decided she would to go back to get her GED. “I took the children with me when I could go, and when I couldn’t take them my husband took care of them,” she said. “He wanted what I wanted as bad as I wanted it, and told me, ‘whatever you want to do, go on and do it.’” Cathie was and is able to indulge her passion for learning to the fullest. She went on to receive a BA from Rutgers; two Masters degrees, one in Education from Montclair State and the other in Theology from Drew University, and a PhD in Education from Rutgers. She, in turn, was an encouragement to her late husband Rev. Burton Cathie, helping him to establish the Community Church of God in Plainfield, NJ, and acting as its co-pastor until his retirement in 1994 when she was elevated to senior pastor. Now Pastor Emeritus, with one of her grandsons leading the church, Dr. Cathie’s lifelong love of teaching and learning has not lessened. As she was putting together a sermon for the Sunday following our interview, she said, “I’m 84 years-old and there’re still some things I can do and I will do. Self motivation is more powerful than anything else. When you decide you want an education—or anything else—you can get it, and if you want to do it well you can get a whole lot of help.” Dr. Bethel and Dr. Cathie have each encouraged hundreds of others to persevere and beat the odds, and they stand as role models to many. “There have been instances where children have grown up in negative atmospheres, but they have had someone positive in their lives that they could look up to,” Bethel said. “There are so many choices in life, but with the right planning, support and guidance, success is within reach.”

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Columbia University salutes

The Positive Community on its tenth Anniversary.

We’re positively proud to be part of this community.

DeForest B. Soaries, Jr. Senior Pastor First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens

With magazines folding all over the United States, there is cause for celebration when a magazine that reports good news about the black church is still publishing. Congratulations on 10 years in the publishing business and thank you for spreading the word about the positive programs and people in the black church. I wish you continued success in the future. Your mission and vision are to be admired.


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Back to School Jam Thirst For Knowledge, LLC. Presented its 32nd Annual "Back To School Jam" World Tour


hirst for Knowledge LLC, a Plainfield-based company, raises money to help provide free school supplies for children throughout New Jersey. Working with local businesses, corporations and residents they collect monetary and product donations, which are then distributed to students at a “Back to School Jam.” Founder Martin P. Cox, said his company distributed more than 3.5 million supplies statewide this year. “Our program will have helped over 120,000 school teachers in over 1,600 schools,” he declared. “And we expect to expand to other cities from Baltimore to Philadelphia, New York City, and Hartford, CT next year, reaching over one million school children including those in parochial and private schools. I would never choose one kid over another, so 100 percent of the students get something, whether they need it or not,” he continued. Among the cities Thirst for Knowledge visited just prior to schools opening for the fall semester this year was Plainfield at Mt. Zion AME Church. This year's event was dedicated to the memory of Shawn Cox, Martin Cox's younger brother who passed away in June. Preparations are already under way for the 33rd Annual Plainfield “Back To School Jam” on the fourth Saturday in August 2011. Shoppers World Back To School Jam Fashion Show

4th Home Depot Children's Workshop (Loretta 6 year Volunteer)

Dewey Does Members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Cox Family

Adrian Council and Martin Cox

Nestle Waters' Stephanie and Ron distributing free backpacks


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“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” - Maya Angelou

Read with – and to – the child in your life and cultivate a love of learning that will last a lifetime. Working at home and at school, we are proud to be your partners in ensuring every child has the opportunities and encouragement they need to succeed.

New Jersey Education Association Barbara Keshishian, President Wendell Steinhauer, Vice President Marie Blistan, Secretary-Treasurer Vincent Giordano, Executive Director Richard Gray, Assistant Executive Director/ Research Director

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Brothers Connect and Form Lasting Bonds

ICB Beatz Lounge Night Performers L-R: Mack Fuller, Jesus Ferrer, Terry Thomas, David “D. Apostle” Finn, Master of Ceremonies Tony Mitchell, Bryant “Blackgyver” Pressley, Marty Grace, Rodney “Bomani” Paterson; Alain Joseph, host and Sylvester Henry.

International Christian Brotherhood 2010 Re-Connect Conference



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Immediately following the opening ceremony, ICB’s creative collective ICB Beatz hit the stage serving up a rap-infused-head-bopping flurry of high praise and spiritual “floetry.” There were rap performances by brothers Rodney “Bomani” Paterson, Bryant “Blackgyver” Pressley, David “D. Apostle” Finn, Mack Fuller and Marty Grace. Brothers Thurston Daniel and Sylvester Henry added a few R&B-infused gospel tunes and brother Chris Daniels shared inspiring songs from his education ministry. Wordsmiths Terry Thomas and Jesus Ferrer Photos: LaVell Finerson

he ICB 2010 Re-Connect Conference brought over 200 metro area men of all ages together for an extended weekend of spiritual renewal and re-connection. The inaugural event, which also featured golf, indoor swimming, basketball, horseback riding, bowling, hiking and plenty of sunshine, took place at picturesque Honor’s Haven Resort located in New York State’s Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains. “Not only did I have a great time, stated ICB group leader Lamont Jones. “My two sons and [one of their] best friends [fully] received the love of our brotherhood.” The event kicked off with a word in season from Christian Cultural Center’s Elder William Pointer who shared scriptural passages from his book Moving from Pain to Power. The anointing of his ministry was so powerful that it ushered brothers into a healing prayer session. Award winning actor, writer and poet Daniel Beaty also shared his moving testimony and excerpts from his one-man show Through the Night. In Through the Night, Mr. Beaty portrays an entire community of people who each experience an epiphany on the same evening, changing their lives forever. The play, which addresses numerous issues in communities of color, is a timely and inspiring story of possibility and hope that weaves together a unique blend of humor, poetry, music, and drama. Through the Night is currently in performance at the Union Square Theatre in Manhattan.

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ICB Founder Pastor A.R. Bernard engages members during closing leadership meeting

L–R: CCC Elder & author William Pointer; actor & star of Through the Night Daniel Beaty; ICB Director Minister Onorio Chaparro

L–R: Dwayne Sykes, Courtney Watson and Melvin Turner enjoyed a day of golfing. Financial planner Keith B. Banks

added some poetic justice to the evening with a selecThe International Christian Brotherhood (ICB) tion of their own spiritually uplifting poems. is a fraternal organization that seeks to train men in The three-day event included a variety of members-led Christ-likeness as the standard for manhood. With its workshops and group activities. ICB Director Minister motto, “We Train Men,” ICB is dedicated to establishOnorio Chaparro and author Thurston O’Neal tackled ing a global network of Christian men, who—regardfamily and matrimony. Author Gerald Davis shared lesless of race, denomination or nationality—commit sons on coaching, from his book Coaching with the Scriptheir knowledge, influence and affluence to affecting tures. Brothers Keith Banks and Al Lewis tackled financial positive change in their society. ICB's mission is to planning. Brother Lloyd Cambridge hosted an entrepreestablish local chapters in cities and churches around neur workshop sharing key strategies on getting started the world.9/2/10 10:34 AM Page 1 10AUG ATS PosComDMin:Nyack and creating a business plan. “This course rivaled my MBA studies,” was the review by Mack Fuller, an alumnus of Columbia School of Business. A handful of brothers were brave enough to take on the challenge of brother Ed Williams’ two-day boot The D.Min. Program in Christian Leadership camp. The former pro athlete and certified fitness expert engaged in the Global Context: brothers in strenuous physical • seeks integration of a disciplined reflective practice of activities and provided nutritional ministry with a theological and biblical base offering a information, stating, “We wouldn’t practical approach. put cheap gas into an expensive car, • provides a multi-denominational and multi-cultural adult yet we continue to put junk into learning experience. our bodies.” • is a 36-credit in-service program, allowing students to ICB founder and pastor of Christian Cultural Center Dr. A.R. complete the degree while remaining in ministry. Bernard closed out the conference. During an enlightening exchange, For more information, contact 800.541.6891 he urged attendees to bring others or go to out of the darkness into the light. “The conference was awesome,” stated brother Rodney Paterson. “[Pastor Bernard] reminded us that ICB has been called to open [men’s] eyes. Men are indeed trapped by ignorance, but behold, it is the truth 350 North Highland Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960 800.541.6891 • that can set them free.”

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Young Professionals United Working to benefit young people


eturning to school this fall was a little brighter for many kids in our community thanks to the United Way of Essex and West Hudson’s (UWEWH) Back-to-School program. Through collaborations with Councilman Quinzell McKenzie of Irvington and the Irvington Community Collaborative, Team Academy Charter School, Boys and Girls Club of Newark and EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. (which donated majority of the back packs and school supplies), the UWEWH-Young Professionals United (YPU) helped to ensure that over 100 students returned to school not only looking their best but equipped with basic school supplies. In August YPU hosted “Back to School Cuts” which included a barbecue at Peoples Choice Barbershop in Newark. Free haircuts, backpacks and school supplies were provided for all children in attendance. The program continued on Sunday, September 5, at Bob’s Barber Shop in Irvington. One parent at the event remarked, “In times like these where it seems everyone is struggling, assistance at any level can and does make a difference.”


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Seeking donations from local businesses and corporations, YPU had hoped to distribute for 60 children. However, thanks to a tremendous outpouring of generosity from EverBank Commercial Finance, Inc. and the community they were able to stuff and distribute over 100 bags in Irvington and Newark. “Programs like the Back-to-School drive are how United Way advances the common good in our community,” said George Xuereb, director of Resource Development at United Way. “We work to create opportunities for a better life for all. YPU is a volunteer group of UWEWH, which throughout the year, YPU hosts a variety of programs and events to benefit the youth of Essex and West Hudson communities, including "Hats & Horses,” an awareness event to help end violence among youth, etiquette workshops, holiday toy drives and professional speed networking. Their goal is to promote awareness of social issues that disproportionately affect urban communities, specifically violence among youth and to encourage other young professionals to do the same.

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n Tuesday, September 28, 2010, Medgar Evers College of The City University of New York hosted its Founders, Visionaries and Alumni Dinner. The event, which also celebrated the college’s 40th anniversary, featured world renowned activist, humanitarian, actor and singer, Harry Belafonte, as keynote speaker. Among the founders are the late Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Congressman Ed Towns, New York City Councilman Al Vann, Educator Dr. Marcella Maxwell, Civil Rights Activist Elsie Richardson, and Judge William Thompson Sr. The dinner was held in the college’s new $247 million, state-of-the-art School of Science, Health and Technology building at 1638 Bedford Avenue.

President Pollard greets Harry Belafonte

MEC Development Manager Michael Flanigan; CUNY Trustee Frieda Foster, and Richard Jones, executive dean of Quality and Assurance, MEC* L-R: Jay Hershenson, senior vice chancellor CUNY; MEC President William L. Pollard, NYC Councilman Albert Vann and Phillip Berry

Rev. Conrad B. Tillard, pastor Nazarene Congregational United Method Church, Brooklyn*

L-R: Dr. Brenda Greene, professor of English and executive director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers and Ruth Morrison, executive director of the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center at Medgar Evers*

L-R: President Pollard and NYC Councilman Mathieu Eugene *Photos: Conrad B. Tillard Jr.


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onday, October 4, 2010 marked the official opening of Academic Building 1, the School of Science, Heath and Technology at 1638 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. The joyous celebration kicked off with a stirring performance by the Medgar Evers Preparatory High School Marching Band. There were laudatory words from several in attendance. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke said, “From here, the nations’ engineers, who will build the 21st century infrastructure for their children and grandchildren, will be prepared to meet the challenges— not just for the United States—but for the world we live in—the global village that we are all a part of.” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz presented a proclamation declaring “Medgar Evers College School of Science, Health & Technology Ribbon Cutting Celebration Day” in the ‘Republic’ of Brooklyn. In his remarks, CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein delared, “This building is going to be the enabler for students studying at this great institution to participate in a rapidly changing economy.” “This is not only a powerful symbol of progress for our community; it is a harbinger of things to come for The City University of New York in this Decade of the Sciences,” affirmed MEC President William L. Pollard in his remarks. The program closed with a message from Dr. Myrlie Evers–Williams, the widow of Medgar Wiley Evers (after whom the school is named) read by Dr. Pollard, which said in part, “Within the walls of this building knowledge will be shared, created and studied. Scholars and researchers will be born. The possibilities for what will be forthcoming are endless.”


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GEORGE MARTIN: MVP NFL great continues to build his legacy off the field BY R.L. WITTER

Photos: Vincent Bryant

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eorge Martin is a team player. He was a defensive end for the New York Giants from 1975-1988 where his work ethic and dedication earned him a Super Bowl ring and the record for most touchdowns scored by a defensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL). He also completed fourteen seasons in the NFL and only missed six games (not including the players strike). Martin is known as a friendly and personable man and his warmth is conveyed in his voice and his smile. Where did he learn this work ethic? How were his dedication and tenacity formed? The answer to both might be surprising. Martin spent the first seven years of his life on a farm in South Carolina. “I was a farmer’s son so unfortunately, playing sports with my father was never an option,” he remarked. “My earliest recollection of sports was attempting to play softball and not being very good at it, so I crossed it off my list very early on.” He recalls quickly and vividly that the South Carolina of his youth was quite different from what we know now, calling it a “rural and segregated environment.” At the age of seven, he moved to California and while he was accustomed to sunshine, warm weather and access to beaches, there was something new and notable to be found in his new surroundings—integration. Integration exposed Martin to new people and new experiences. It opened his eyes to a new standard of education and impressed upon him how important it was to get an education. It also showed him that athletic ability could open the door for him to education. “For me sports was more a means to an end,” he explained. “I was an All-American basketball player and an All-State football player and received many scholarship offers, so I


accepted one to the University of Oregon to secure my higher education.” He entertained ideas of being a journalist, writing a novel and even being an artist with his own gallery and studio. He loved sketching and charcoals and even painting with oils, but that was not his destiny. “A funny thing happened on the way to being an artist,” he recalled. “It was nothing I had planned, but people saw that I had talent and took an interest in me and the rest, as they say, is history.” Martin is thankful for the opportunities that sports have afforded him, but he seemingly values the character and discipline more than the fame and status. He speaks passionately about the life lessons that team sports have taught him. “The ability to follow instructions is very important. The ability to realize that you are part of an intricate assembly of parts as part of team— and to recognize that the more efficiently you can operate in your particular area, the better the entire organization or team operates. I also learned that there’s a hierarchy that has to be respected. I understand the concept of winning and losing, the discipline that it takes to be an athlete, the ability to retain and improve one’s skills and the pride that it generates when you go out and you accomplish something extraordinary.” As if setting records and winning a Super Bowl aren’t extraordinary enough, in 2007, Martin set out to walk across the United States to raise money for the medical care of 9/11’s first responders. “One of the items on my bucket list was to see this great country up close and personal. One of the desires I always had a child was that I wanted to see what the other parts of the country looked like and experience it.” Rather than fly to various cities and make personal appearances or even drive to different places, Martin decided to walk from the continued on next page

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George Washington Bridge in New York to San Diego, California in what was called “The Journey for 9/11.” “I wanted to have a cause associated with it that really warranted such an accomplishment and being a transplanted New Yorker, it was fairly evident to me that when you look at what real heroes are and what real heroism means, it’s people who are willing to sacrifice their health, their skills and in some cases their very life for a cause…. I wanted to show my gratitude and appreciation for real heroes,” Martin reflected. He began his journey on September 11, 2007 and completed it on June 21, 2008. In between those dates, he went through 27 pairs of running shoes and met countless people whose effect on him was as profound as his on them. “As we were walking through Tennessee one day, we had this white van pulled over to the side of the road and this lady got out with four children and three of them were young boys. So I asked my entourage to bring out some photos to autograph for them. As I approached the woman and extended my hand to introduce myself, she was very apologetic and said ‘Mr. Martin, I really hate to bother you and I don’t want to deter you from your mission... These are my grandchildren and I wanted them to see what a real American hero looks like and I wanted them to be a part of history.’ With that, she opened her purse; she wasn’t a woman of means, and she had about $10 or $12 in her purse and pulled out a $10 bill and said, ‘I want to make a contribution to your Journey for 9/11.’ I was so moved,but I didn’t want to accept her money because I knew it would represent a hardship or sacrifice on her part. Then my road manager whispered to me that I had to accept it because she was teaching her grandchildren a much more valuable lesson than the $10 she was giving. I’ll never forget that as long as I live,” he proudly reminisced. That woman’s $10 donation contributed to the more than $3 million he raised for his cause. Continuing to give back, Martin now serves as the executive director of the NFL Alumni Association, a charitable organization that has 501c3 status and works to raise money to help children across the country. They also work on behalf of the labor union “to secure better quality of life issues such as medical benefits and pensions for former professional athletes that need that care,” Martin explained. He pointed out that things have changed drastically in the world of professional sports and that the athletes who played prior to the 1980s didn’t reap the financial rewards that current players do. “We now offer many programs that assist former professional athletes—continuing education programs, medical assistance, health and obesity, resume writing… we


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Continuing to give back, Martin now serves as the executive director of the NFL Alumni Association, a charitable organization that has 501c3 status and works to raise money to help children across the country. They also work on behalf of the labor union “to secure better quality of life issues such as medical benefits and pensions for former professional athletes that need that care,” are trying to help not only the former players, but their spouses and children as well.” Martin also is one of the founders of Minority Athletes Networking (MAN), which offers activities and scholarships for disadvantaged young people in the New York/New Jersey area. To add to the fullness of his professional and charitable efforts, Martin enjoys an idyllic family life. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Dianne for 37 years and has three sons, one daughter and four grandchildren. “I’m proud to say that Dianne is still my best friend and the apple of my eye. We’re still in love and I don’t blink an eye when I say that,” he said. Martin will chronicle his life experiences in an upcoming book and his family will likely figure prominently, and hopefully serve as inspiration for others. Reflecting upon his life and accomplishments, he seems truly content, comfortable with his accomplishments and decisions. “I would not change a thing in my life because I think that I am the luckiest person in the world,” he said. “I think that as you grow older, you realize that life is really a tremendously precious gift, and that if you had the ability to look back on your life and there was something that you wanted to do, were capable of doing and did not do, I think that would lead to regret.” George Martin has no regrets and we are fortunate to have him on our team as a leader, a philanthropist and an example of what a team player really is.

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Success Has Not Spoiled Billy Hunter “I am the beneficiary of my grandmother’s prayers.” By Glenda CadoGan


eople who say that it’s impossible to both “soar with eagles and run with hounds” have never met William “Billy” Hunter. Coming from a spartan background in South Jersey where he grew up with his grandparents, Hunter soared to heights as a professional footballer, baseball player and entertainment lawyer, and was appointed U.S. Attorney for Northern California by President Jimmy Carter. Now the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), Hunter yields great influence in the on and off-court lives of the 450 players in the NBA. He took the helm of the NBPA—the labor union that provides exclusive representation to the professional players on the NBA’s 30 teams—at a tumultuous time in the organization’s history. In fact, he inherited a virtual ‘dead ball’ created by a rift that resulted in the termination of his immediate predecessor. The internal turmoil was so great that the association suffered turnovers of four executive direc-


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tors in an 18-month period and was $5 million in debt. Hunter has been the NBPA’s ‘point guard’ since 1996 and is credited for bringing great stability and continuity to the union. (In addition to negotiating the collective bargaining agreement for its members, the NBPA is also entrusted with the responsibility of licensing, regulating and certifying individual agents). The NBPA began in 1954 at a time when playing conditions in the NBA were horrific. However, it was not until 1964 at the first televised All-Star Game that the union was recognized. This, after a protest from players the likes of Basketball Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlin and Oscar Robertson who refused to come out of the locker room until the owners agreed to acknowledge and negotiate with the union over an $8.00 per diem. The other unfavorable conditions giving rise to the protest included no medical care or doctors, no trainers and haphazard travel and living conditions. The 1954 per diem averaged $4 and the highest paid player earned $7,000 - $8,000. In the past 15 years Hunter has taken the NBPA on a full court press making his players the highest income-generating group of professional athletes in the globe and the most visible in the world. His influence on the off-court lives of his players is equally valued. “My aim has always been to do whatever I can to enhance, not just the playing career, but the lifestyles of these players,” said Hunter. “Though the number of African American males in the NBA continually varies, what is constant is that most of them come from single mother homes. What I try to do his wear a multitude of hats so I can have an impact on their lives, not just as players, but as men. I try to be a role model to help them get through some of the rough periods in their lives. Far too often what we hear are the negative stories of guys who were exploited and are bankrupt after their playing careers are over.” To remedy this situation Hunter designed and implemented a series of programs to educate players about financial management and post career development. “We have courses that train our players to be coaches, general managers and trainers,” he said. To this end mini MBA

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courses exclusive to members of the NBPA are offered at Stanford, Northwestern and Duke Universities and University of Virginia. At Syracuse University, a special sports commentator program has been developed that has trained some of the top names in the NBA, including Shaquille O’Neal and Malik Rose. “I am proud that there is a litany of players in the league who are now working as sportscasters on ESPN and other networks who are graduates of this program,” says Hunter. Taking a holistic approach to his players’ well-being, Hunter and his team have also designed courses focusing on health issues, in particular HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted diseases. Using his background as a teaching tool, Hunter often recalls that during his formative years growing up with his grandparents there were those dog days when there was no heat, no electricity and no money. “But there was always an abundance of love. My grandfather was a laborer and my grandmother was a domestic worker. They had 18 children of their own, but from the day I was born, they raised me and endowed me with a sense of responsibility and appreciation. And though I often saw my grandmother cry when there seemed to be no way out, I also heard her pray. So when guys tell me, ‘oh, I had to grow up with mama,’ I tell them I grew up with my grandmama, because my mother couldn’t take me with her. So I know all about this pain and hurt. But today, I am the beneficiary of my grandmother’s prayers.” According to Hunter, not only were his grandparents bible–bearing, “bring down the rain” praying people, they

also taught him to pray. Therein he feels lies his best three point shot in times of trouble. “I always carry my bible with me,” he says adding, “And I do not hesitate in any required moment to get down on my knees and pray. Daily, I cry out for mercy because I know that I have been blessed.” A member of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, Billy—as he is affectionately called—has earned the respect of his players and so continues to soar with eagles. But he forgets not his days of running with hounds. As his guidepost, he has hidden the words of the Psalmist David in his heart, and in so doing has embraced the shepherd’s psalm as his own by remembering always that goodness and mercy shall follow him all the days of his life and ever praying for the privilege of dwelling in the house of the Lord—forever.

Rangel Wins Primary




ong-time Congressman Charlie Rangel celebrated his primary victory with popular restaurateur, Ami Kiros, owner of the Gran Piatto D'Oro in Harlem.

&B superstar John Legend performed his new socially conscious single, “Wake Up Everybody” during HARLEM WEEK’s “Great Day in Harlem,” at Grant’s Tomb. The song, originally recorded by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, is one of the tracks on the Wake Up! The new collaboration between Legend and Hip Hop super group, The Roots. All of the songs are timeless classics from the 60s and 70s that still address the struggles of the black community, but with a sense of hope and the confidence that our community can achieve great things. October 2010 The Positive Community


HARLEM WEEK Sports in Pictures

Basketball Legend Michael Jordan poses with young campers from his Breakfast Club camp at Rucker Park during HARLEM WEEK. HARLEM WEEK’S Tri-State Junior Tennis Classic participant

HARLEM WEEK’S Tri-State Junior Tennis Classic’s Girls Champions with L-R: HARLEM WEEK Board Member Michael Flanigan, and Dante Brown, executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program and Winston Majette, membership director, HARLEM WEEK

NBA basketball superstar Kobe Bryant shares knowledge by teaching youth at Rucker Park during HARLEM WEEK. L–R: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, New York Road Runners’ President Mary Wittenberg, Vice Chairman HARLEM WEEK Voza Rivers, and Vice President of The City College of New York Karen Witherspoon pictured at the start of the Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run.

Brazil and Puerto Rico showcase in an exhibition game at the remodeled Harlem Rucker Park for the World Basketball Festival. L–R: Michael Jordan and NBA superstars Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul speak with the young campers at Rucker Park during HARLEM WEEK.

Runners in the Percy Sutton Harlem 5k Run prepare and line up for the start of the run.


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On Thin Ice Diversity in Ice Hockey a MUST says NHL Executive By Glenn Townes Photo: Hubert Willians

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f senior executive Kenneth Martin has his way, Soul on Ice (the title of the autobiography of Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver) will have a whole different meaning in the near future. Martin is on a mission to dramatically increase the number of African American men and women in the wide world of professional sports. Vice president of Community Affairs and Diversity Programming for the National Hockey League (NHL), he has launched a grassroots campaign to bring an eclectic mix to the game. The “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative is an NHL backed program that promotes diversity in a sport that has been absent of a substantial number of people of color for decades. According to various sources, the reasons African Americans are lukewarm to ice hockey range from discrimination in the sport to having weak ankles and being unable to ice skate. In a recent interview with The Positive Community, Martin shares his vision about how the NHL is taking a proactive approach to promoting a multi-chromatic landscape in hockey. The median salary for a professional hockey player is between $800,000 and $2.5 million, with players for the New Jersey Devils and the Carolina Hurricanes ranking at or near the top of the pay scale. “The biggest drawback to all minorities participating in any sport is access,” Martin said. “Through increased participation, we can help eliminate the cultural perception of various sports and provide access beyond the sport.” Martin added that there is a perception among African Americans that becoming a professional athlete is the only opportunity available in sports. Martin said it is up to organizations such as the NHL, NFL and others to reverse that notion. During the past year or so, he has taken his message of diversity on ice to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) such as Morehouse College, Spelman and Clark. Talking with administrators and students alike, his focus is on education, best business practices and avenues through which one can pursue a lucrative career in sports—both in front of and behind the scenes. “We all know the chances of any young man or woman becoming a professional athlete are slim,” he said. “But the ability to learn the sport and establish a

Herb Carnegie

business career within sports {is also a viable option.}” A 1999 documentary, On Thin Ice, looks at hockey’s surprisingly colorful past. In 1900, the Colored Hockey League was formed in Nova Scotia—the organization paralleled the Negro Baseball League in the U.S and provided an opportunity for blacks to participate in the sport. It wasn’t until 1948, when the New York Rangers offered a deal to a highly skilled black Canadian player named Herb Carnegie. However, there were several stipulations attached to the deal by the Rangers, including that Carnegie spend at least a year playing in the minor leagues before joining the team. Carnegie rejected the offer. It wasn’t until 1958 when black Canadian-born Willie O’Ree joined the Boston Bruins and became the first black to play in the NHL. Carnegie played in the league for only a few years and it would be more than 15 years before another black athlete would play in the NHL—Mike Marson for the Washington Capitals in 1974. Fast forward 30 years and today there are less than 100 or so African American professional hockey players in the NHL. “We must involve our clubs, players, alumni, fans and grass roots hockey programs with the goal of raising awareness and celebrating the growth of the game for everyone,” Martin said. “The rewards a sport brings in social interaction, teamwork and personal goals can have a positive impact on the family unit.” Finally, in a related matter and maintaining the overall “Hockey is for Everyone” theme, Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs received the inaugural Stay Close Sports Leadership Award from PFLAG NYC in October. Among other things, the award recognizes individuals whose civic leadership and cultural awareness initiatives inspire and encourage young people. Burke’s son, Brendan was an avid hockey fan who died in a car crash earlier this year, months after disclosing publicly that he was gay. Upon accepting the award, Brian Burke said, “Sports are an important part of growing up for so many kids. There will come a day when a gay athlete is not a story, but that’s not today. It’s tragic that a child not be able to participate, much less be made to suffer because they are gay.” October 2010 The Positive Community


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Professor Joanne J. Noel, B.A., M.A., M. DIV., DMIN is Assistant Professor of English and Director, Instructional Resource Center at Somerset Christian College

Trick or Treat? hen the big bad wolf in Charles Perrault’s Little Red Riding Hood sets out to deceive Little Red Riding Hood, he disguises himself as her grandmother and positions himself in her home—a place of familiarity and comfort. Such a disguise allows him to overpower and trick her. The sad tale of Little Red Riding Hood reminds me of the way in which the Christian Adversary finds creative ways to ensnare Christians. Some tricks are so cleverly disguised that many Christians become easy prey. That is to say that while our heightened awareness of the threats of the adversary outside the church warrants admiration, the ease with which some of us succumb to internal threats is dumb-founding. For example, most Christians I know deplore Halloween as a day of witches and warlocks. Nevertheless, we seem oblivious to the strategies the adversary uses within the church to cause it to implode. Several of these tricks include but are not limited to the following: Trick or Treat: gossiping about other Christians Trick or Treat: maligning the character of leaders Trick or Treat: hating other Christians Trick or Treat: coveting someone else’s spouse Trick or Treat: being jealous of others Trick or Treat: manipulating a situation or others Trick or Treat: giving gifts so as to coerce ourselves into someone’s favor Trick or Treat: being territorial Trick or Treat: discouraging others with our negativity Trick or Treat: not respecting order and authority Trick or Treat: allowing the devil to steal our joy by holding grudges Trick or Treat: lying to one another Trick or Treat: claiming to love God but not being able to ‘stand’ a brother or sister The above “trick or treat” list represents an inexhaustive catalog of the not-so-visible tricks of the church’s ‘big bad wolf.’ Some of these tricks are camouflaged as appealing treats to which many of us have a proclivity. However, when a Christian surrenders to these tricks, inadvertently s/he disdains the Word of God and undermines his/her affinity with YHWH, our Creator.


Living Out an Authentic Faith One very visible external threat to Church that subverts a Christian’s intimacy with God is his/her tendency to adapt to the world’s culture instead of being salt and light and effectuating change. Rather than functioning as salt and light—an interpretive community consisting of an interactive group of people who come to insightful, realistic conclusions about the world as text—the church instead tends to gravitate toward social conformity. Furthermore, this propensity to adapt to cultural ideologies impedes the effectiveness of living out an authentic faith. However, the enemy’s ruse to wreak havoc in the places where Christians congregate to worship YHWH remains equally insidious but concealed. Part of the danger lies in the fact that the ploy can’t be discerned with natural eyes, and thus it requires spiritual sensitivity—or discernment. Scripture repeatedly reminds the Church that the battle in which it is engaged is not with physical beings (Ephesians 6.12). These supernatural forces actively wrestle against God’s plan for humankind in order to obstruct the Shalom-bringing reign and will of God on earth. Inherent in God’s will is that the believer in Christ reaches his/her highest potential in God. Human resistance to these tricks requires supernatural effort. Supernatural exertion necessitates employing of supernatural weapons, for human weapons are ineffective in such a battle. The Word of God— Our Daily Subsistence One effective counter-offensive stratagem against the subterfuge of the enemy would be to utilize the Word of God as a weapon to keep oneself from falling victim to these tricks. In fact, if a Christian faithfully reads the Word of God, s/he should spontaneously know how to treat the devil when evil comes disguised as a treat—be ready with God-talk. Little Red Riding Hood talked to the wolf, but it was not God-talk. In fact, the conflict that drives the plot is that she got continued on next page


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in bed with the wolf and noticed the wolf’s big hairy arms, big eyes, big legs, and big teeth but she was still deceived into thinking it was her grand-mother because he was in her grandmother’s house, lying in her grandmother’s bed, and wearing her grandmother’s nightclothes. Similarly, many who are deeply entrenched in Church life and culture can’t differentiate the enemy’s tricks, and so fall prey (get in bed with) to the devil’s schemes. According to C.S. Lewis, Christians ought to be the ‘physical organism through which Christ acts.” However, when we are tricked by the church’s ‘big, bad wolf,’ it suggests that he has managed to ‘eat up’ our spiritual perception and use us to act in anti-Christian ways. Some of these anti-Christian behaviors may include willfully hurting, discouraging, denigrating, sabotaging, obstructing, demeaning, and ostracizing those who are part of our own church community, thereby becoming stumbling blocks to a brother’s or sister’s pursuit of purpose in God. Church—the Most Dangerous Place? In order not to become stumbling blocks to other Christians, Christians need to discern who the real enemy is. A lack of discernment is caused by an anemic prayer life and a dietary absence of the Bread of Life – the Word of God. In fact, if the Word of God were our daily subsistence, we would be equipping ourselves with the weapon that will

empower us to both fight against and resist the tricks of the enemy. The Christian’s nemesis is the devil—not another believing and practicing Christian, and so victorious resistance to the devil involves skillful use of the Word of God. Dr. J. Vernon McGee once noted that sometimes the most dangerous place in which a person can be is the church because “the spiritual battle is being fought wherever a [person] is giving out the Word of God, where a church is standing for the Word of God (Ephesians 173). So ironically, just as the grandmother’s house is the setting for the entrapment of Little Red, the devil cleverly seeks to set traps inside the church. Properly speaking, Christians need to take responsibility for our own unholy behavior instead of ‘blaming’ the devil. In addition, we also need to come to a level of maturity in Christ which leads to some level of discernment of spiritual forces in operation so that we can recognize the tricks of the enemy in the Church and actively resist them—in that way we play our part in ensuring that the ‘gates of hell will not prevail’ against the community called into being by Christ. Finally, in Perrault’s story, the fate of Little Red Riding Hood was sealed when she climbed into bed with her devourer because of his convincing disguise. With spiritual discernment, however, the Christian should be able to subvert the heinous intent of the devil by seeing under his disguise and using the Word of God to actively resist his tricks.

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amily, congregants, friends and associates gathered at the Atrium in West Orange, NJ to pay tribute to Rev. Reginald T. Jackson on the occasion of his 30th anniversary in ministry. Rev. Jackson has been pastor of St. Matthew A.M.E. Church in Orange, NJ. since 1981. Under his leadership the congregation has grown numerically and spiritually, from 150 to 2,000—requiring the erection of a new edifice in 1985, expansion of that sanctuary and construction of a community life center in 2002. Memorial Hall, the former rectory, houses the church school and is the church's Christian Education Center. NIDA (Neighborhood Improvement Development Association,) the church’s community development corporation, was founded by Rev. Jackson. Known as "The Servant Church of the Oranges,” St. Matthew provides more than 20 ministries that serve both church and community, focusing especially on children and their education. Social justice, and political and economic empowerment are advocated. Jackson a native of Dover, Delaware holds a Bachelors degree in History from Delaware State University and a Masters of Divinity from the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta Georgia. He is well-known throughout the state as president of the Black Ministers’ Council of New Jersey.

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More Good News From Haiti

My subject is Haiti, the Black Republic; the only self-made Black Republic in the world. I am to speak to you of her character, her history, her importance and her struggle from slavery to freedom and to statehood. I am to speak to you of her progress in the line of civilization; of her relation with the United States; of her past and present; of her probable destiny; and of the bearing of her example as a free and independent Republic, upon what may be the destiny of the African race in our Frederick Douglass, the first US

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t has been my pleasure over the past three years to write about what I call “Good News From Haiti”—a variety of programs I have encountered that are making a difference in that country. The following are two enviable examples I encountered on my most recent visit. Both are connected with Bethlehem Ministry (, an Athens, Georgia-based charity working exclusively in Haiti. These days however, it is impossible to discuss Haiti without commenting on redevelopment since the January 12th earthquake. Frequently, I am asked, “Why hasn’t more progress been made?” The reasons are many. Here are a few. The devastation was on an unprecedented scale, claiming untold thousands of lives and leaving some three million people homeless, yet this was only the most recent setback. The poorest country in the western hemisphere, Haiti is at constant risk from natural disasters.


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Dr. Robert Gore, EMEDEX (standing)

Dr. Christina Bloem, EMEDEX (center)

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Its location in the Caribbean Sea directly over a fault line gives rise to the double threat of frequent hurricanes and deadly earthquakes. In the summer of 2008, four hurricanes hit the island in the span of four weeks leaving up to one million people homeless. Beyond the ravages of nature, Haiti has endured decades of corrupt governments, an inadequate national budget and the meddling of super powers in its domestic affairs. Today, the main obstacle to further recovery is the lack of international support. According to the Associated Press, although the U.S. has already spent more than $1.1 billion on post-quake relief, an additional $1.15 billion targeted for rebuilding has not arrived. Some 50 other nations and organizations pledged a total of $8.75 billion for reconstruction, but just $686 million of that has reached Haiti so far — less than 15 percent of the total promised for 2010-11. Father Jean Monique Bruno Now back to the good news. In the days following the earthquake Father Jean Monique Bruno, an Episcopal priest who oversees Bethlehem Ministry’s Haiti operations, made two food deliveries to the needy in Port-auPrince. He and a few volunteers loaded their pickup truck and drove eight hours to the quake zone. With no security, they distributed food in places where other relief organizations had not gone. It was while making these deliveries that Father Bruno met Acelie Bastien, a ninety-five year old woman living in a plywood hut. Her home had collapsed during the earthquake. On the spot, Father Bruno decided that Acelie Bastion would get a new home and six months later, all but the final touches are completed. Madame Bastien thanks God for her longevity and good fortune. Her speech and graceful energy belie her age and she continues to work, creating dolls for sale in the craft market. Medical Volunteers from Brooklyn USA The second project is a first aid and basic life support workshop conducted by EMEDEX International

Dr. Louima Bendson, Caracol Haiti (2nd left)

(, an organization of emergency physicians, affiliated with SUNY Downstate/ Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, NY, who volunteer around the world. Healthcare professionals came from six hospitals and clinics in the region. School teachers, business people and tap-tap drivers who operate the small busses and pickup trucks that are the most prevalent means of public transportation in Haiti, were anxious to receive the training. According to EMEDEX president Dr. Christina Bloem, “The courses were a great success. We trained one hundred people over three days, of which ten were trained to be instructors so that the teaching will continue after we leave Haiti.” For some attendees the pay off was immediate. Dr. Louima Bendson, the only physician in the rural community of Caracol—population 15,000—was one of several doctors who attended the workshop. Offering his endorsement Dr. Bendson remarked, “This experience has been very valuable. I plan to conduct my own training seminar tomorrow at our clinic.” From my perspective this is an important benefit in resource sharing among clinic in the area. Rev. Berry Rice, Bethlehem Ministry’s Director put it this way, “This first initiative in regional cooperation has great potential for collaboration in other areas of training, facilities planning, sharing of diagnostic resources and staff. In this environment of extremely scarce means working together supports improved care while maximizing resources.” October 2010 The Positive Community


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John M. Palmer, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with a practice in New York City and is presently the Executive Director of Harlem Hospital Center and the Renaissance Health Care Network

The Placebo Effect Dear Dr. Palmer: Recently, I have been hearing a lot about the “Placebo Effect.” What exactly is the “Placebo Effect?” How can it help me improve my own health or improve the wellness of my family? Signed, I Want To Believe. Dear “I Want To Believe:” he placebo effect can be explained very simply. Expectation is a powerful thing and the more we believe we are going to benefit from a treatment, the more likely it is that we will experience a benefit. We can feel better when we believe a treatment is going to make us feel better. Placebos help us understand that the mind has the ability to influence our physical wellness and health. A placebo (pluh-see-bow) is a substance or other kind of treatment that looks just like a regular treatment or medicine but is not actually an active medicine. The placebo effect is an improvement in health or behavior that is not the result of medication or an invasive treatment, but nevertheless, can be felt, measured, or seen. For example, a patient is given an inactive substance, told that it may improve his or her condition, but not told that it is a salt or sugar solution or pill. Receiving the inactive medication may cause the patient to believe the treatment will change his/her condition. Because the person believes the treatment will encourage their healing, it causes them to feel their condition has improved. One example of this was a study done on people who suffer from asthma. Forty asthmatics were given a placebo twice and told each time that it was a different drug. The first time they were told that the substance would irritate and constrict their airways. The second time, they were told that it would heal and open their airways. Of the 40 participants who were given the placebo irritant, 12 experienced extreme asthma attacks, and seven experienced a significant increase in airway resistance. When the same patients were told they were being given a healing medication, although it was a placebo, their airways opened up. Their perceptions caused them to physically experience either relief or an attack.



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In other words, if we expect some type of intervention, activity, or supplement to improve or cure an ailment, our belief in the effectiveness of the treatment can produce an improvement. This change in our symptoms as a result of getting a placebo is very much dependent upon our motivation, perception and expectation. Sometimes, our beliefs, attitudes, and faith can create physical responses in our bodies that promote healing. The power of the placebo effect has been well documented in medical literature. Many studies have shown that a person’s hopeful attitude and beliefs may be very important to their physical well-being and recovery from injury or illness. Even though placebos are not real medicine or real treatments, studies have shown that they have an effect in about one out of three patients. Studies have shown that a placebo described as a muscle relaxant has actually caused the participant’s muscles to relax, and when described as the opposite, caused muscles tense. A placebo presented as a stimulant will increase heart beat and blood flow, but when presented as a depressant, will decrease heart beat and blood flow. When it comes to our health, the connection between the mind and body is powerful. There is significant evidence that when we unleash the inherent, yet not always known healing power of the mind, the body experiences marked improvement. Some people believe that a healthy body begins with a healthy mind. When our minds are highly motivated to be healthy, we involve our bodies in the practice of healthy behaviors, which include eating nutritious food in reasonable amounts, exercising four or more days a weeks, drinking eight glasses of water daily, getting enough rest, and living a moderate lifestyle. These behaviors help us perceive ourselves to be healthy and create in us the expectation that we are going to be healthy. This expectation of good health often results in good health and wellness. The placebo effect helps us understand that the mind is very powerful when it comes to healing and maintaining the body. When we expect something to produce improvement or cure an ailment, sometimes it does.

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Kahlil Carmichael is the Pastor and Founder of It Is Well Living Church located in Clark, New Jersey. He is the CEO of the Fitness Doctor Inc., a Fitness Rehabilitation and Wellness Consultation company. To contact Kahlil to become spiritually and physically fit visit or call 732-921-3746

A Balance Driven Life iving a balanced life is easier said than done. As a husband, father, pastor, student and entrepreneur, I find it hard to prioritize (just as many of you) when the totality of life requires consistent focus on all of these different areas. Turning toward our faith in God and allowing His word to provide structure concerning our lives can still leave even the most faithful disciple feeling overwhelmed and out of balance. The definition of balance is a state of equilibrium. Balance may also be defined as equality of distribution. When we talk about a balanced life we are referring to the equal distribution of our focused attention on diverse areas of our lives. There is a tendency to focus on the areas we deem important, family, faith and finances; but what about our physical health and fitness? Of course we try to adhere to the divine order of faith, family, and finances but I would dare voice the importance of our attention toward an area most often put on the back burner; physical fitness and health. As a pastor, I understand that without God I can do nothing (John 15:5). My family is everything to me and my first ministry. The bible even tells us in Ecclesiastes 10:19 that “money answers all things.” But did you know that the bible also admonishes us to take good care of the temple of God; our bodies? (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) Well, how do we incorporate a fitness plan in our already busy lives? I have been facilitating a series of workshops at houses of worship for The American Heart Association throughout the tri-state area. The workshops have focused upon hypertension and stroke; two diseases that are wreaking havoc within the community. A new concept initiated by the American Heart Association to assist individuals in the preventative steps that are necessary for a healthy life is the “Life’s Simple 7™” campaign. The campaign is built around seven tips that all of us can incorporate in our lives immediately to maintain proper health. One of Life’s Simple 7™ is to incorporate at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity(or a combination) each week. That comes out to about thirty minutes of exercise or physical activity each day. You can even divide the thirty minutes into 10 minute intervals throughout



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the day as time permits. I never believed this was effective but we are in such an extreme state of physical inactivity and poor health I have adjusted my thinking and methodology to utilize this simple concept. Remember to check with your physician before you start any exercise program and please adhere to all three components of fitness: aerobic, strength training, and flexibility instruction. Next month I will discuss these three components in detail and give a workout inclusive of all three components. I am concerned with our physical fitness and health. With the passing of some very key figures in our community, I believe it is time for all of us to make exercise and proper nutrition a priority in our life. On a positive note, I am hopeful that a shift in our thinking regarding fitness is in effect. There are some who have started exercising and eating healthier, but I will not be satisfied until our entire community adheres to the divine order which I preach Faith, family, finances, and physical fitness! Be Blessed, Stay healthy and know that It Is Well! A FIVE-DAY 30 MINUTE EXERCISE PLAN THAT YOU CAN DO ANYWHERE AND ANYTIME.

• Day 1—Walking for 20 minutes, arm raises 3 sets 21 repetitions each set

• Day 2—Walking for 15 minutes, crunches on the floor or in a chair (Yes, crunches in a chair) 3 sets of 21

• Day 3—Thirty minutes of walking • Day 4—Participate in a fun activity you enjoy (bike riding, dancing, gardening or bowling)

• Day 5—Walking for 15 minutes, light weights bicep and triceps curls 3 sets of 21.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this column is of a general nature. You should consult your physician or health care professional before beginning any exercise program or changing your dietary regimen.

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atti LaBelle’s incomparable voice is legendary. She has thrilled audiences worldwide for decades in sold out concerts and multi-platinum recordings. In September, Ms. LaBelle stepped onto the Broadway stage joining the cast of Fela! The Tony Award–winning musical depicts the life of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, the revolutionary and rebellious Nigerian musician and bandleader who defied the oppression and corruption of Nigerian military government.  LaBelle plays Fela’s mother, Funmilayo RansomeKuti, an internationally recognized feminist leader active in the anti-colonial Nigerian women’s movement during that country’s struggle for independence. Funmilayo encouraged and motivated her son to dedicate his life and fantastic musical abilities to the struggle for freedom and human dignity. Despite her own international fame going back to her days with Patti LaBelle and The BlueBelles, or later as solo recording artist, or her last year’s successful tour of LaBelle with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, Ms. LaBelle says that playing Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, is a humbling experience and she is always conscious that she is portraying the powerful, spiritual and loving life of a great African woman. Ms. LaBelle recalled that when she initially saw the play several months ago she was awed. Then about three weeks later she received a phone call from the director, Bill T. Jones and the producers asking her if she would play Funmilayo. Immediately she agreed, “As long as my performance in the play does not conflict with my regular scheduled concerts and that everything can remain the same in the play and that I can still be me.” The producers have remained true to their word and have not changed anything in the hit play. However, from the moment the spotlight shines on Patti LaBelle and she starts to sing, the vocalizing is definitely the Patti we know and love. The audience responds, clapping their hands and stomping their feet giving praise to her electrifying singing. Dressed in a white African dress with matching white gele and eyeglasses, Patti transforms into Funmilayo. Ms. LaBelle’s incomparable singing enriches this dynamic Broadway musical and theater patrons are returning again and again to be thrilled by her magnificent performance.


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The Riverside Theatre 50th Anniversary Season: From LEGACY to PROMISE


Legendary former classical dancer Arthur Mitchell poses with Jewel Kinch-Thomas, Executive & Artistic Director of Riverside Theatre and legendary dancer Carmen Delavallade. Singer Patti Austin Photos: Risasi Dais

riginally named the Cloister Theatre and then The Theatre of the Riverside Church. The Riverside Theatre, founded in 1960, is a 250-seat proscenium theatre, located adjacent to The Riverside Church at 120th Street and Claremont Avenue. Such plays as Miguel Pinero's Short Eyes, winner of the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award for the Best New American Play in 1974 and the Pulitzer prize-winning No Place to be Somebody by Charles Gordone were performed there. Many established artists have recounted how the Theatre was the cite of their first performances or seasons in New York. The Theatre hosted Riverside Dance Festival from 1964 to 1984, showcasing innovators Bill T. Jones, Chuck Davis, Elisa Monte, George Faison, and companies, Dance Theater of Harlem, AileyII, DanceBrazil and Sachiyo Ito. In the 1981 season alone 60 groups, from Alvin Ailey to DanceBrazil performed reaching audiences totaling approximately 30,000. Riverside Theatre has fulfilled its mission and made




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a major impact over the past 50 years by serving as a change agent or 'catalyst' by providing people access to compelling, high quality arts programming that reflects the cultural diversity in our neighborhoods. Believing that the arts can be a unifying force; that communities are strengthened through participation in cultural events; and that quality of life is heightened when people are exposed to artists and their work, Riverside Theatre provides a shared cultural experience of innovative performances, workshops and events. The Riverside Theatre celebrated its 50 year Legacy with a series of events throught the year including a Legacy Breakfast, a Women of Excellence in the Arts Evening in March and the NY Premier of Daniel Beaty's Through the Night in May. The celebratory season culminated in and the 50th Anniversary Legacy Gala Celebration on September 13, 2010 honoring Ashford & Simpson; Arthur Mitchell, founder of Dance Theater in Harlem; legendary dancer and choreographer Carmen deLavallade and playwright and actor Daniel Beaty with special guest, Bill Cosby. Entertainment was provided by singer Patti Austin and Ray Chew and His AllStar Band. October 2010 The Positive Community


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Grace & Peace! hen I think of the title of the 2009 BET Sunday Best winner’s CD, I can’t help but think of the scripture: “For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJ). Ms. Y’Anna Crawley has waited a long time for her dream to be a reality and undeniably she has what it takes to convey a song with the conviction and love that one should when singing gospel music. Y’Anna did not just stumble onto a dream, but started this journey at a very young age (singing since she could talk). With maturity, this Washington, D.C. native delivers her interpretation of how to sang (you all know what that means) as she belts out an unbelievable range of notes with passion and soul. Keeping


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her dream alive, Y’Anna developed in the music industry by singing background vocals for artists like Glenn Jones, Raheem DeVaughn, Angie Stone, Chrisette Michelle, Stephen Hurd, and Jennifer Lopez to name a few. Always being heard and not seen as an artist in her own right, coupled with the lack of a steady income to raise her two sons was the motivation Crawley needed to hold God to His word when she auditioned for the second season for Sunday Best. However, it was when she sang a Bill Wither’s classic, “Grandma’s Hands” (#6 track on her CD), that viewers knew her eyes were set for victory. And by the end of the season, “The Promise,” her victory song, which was already written and produced by

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Buster & Shavonni, went forth as a tribute and a selah moment that our Father had promised her long ago. “ I can’t help but to be ecstatic about what God is going to do next!” she declares and rightfully so. Her complete CD is out and in stores right now with 10 tracks filled with praise and thanksgiving in her own inhibited style and sound. Uptempo hard-hitting tracks that make you want to celebrate God with her and a worship song that will inspire you to bow down and surrender all for His glory. Whichever song you listen to, you will feel her emotional display of gratitude to the Master for all that He has done. I can assure you that more than one song will be your favorite. The Promise is not only a sign of what’s to come, but words in action, too. Y’Anna recently began a non-profit organization called THE PROMISE Foundation to provide single mothers in both the African American and Latino Communities with health and wellness information, fitness, self esteem building, social services and scholarships to empower and give them hope for their futures. A confident, beautiful mother, singer and entrepreneur is resting on all that her faith has shown and is humbled for all the opportunities and struggle that led up to a total yes so that her promise could be fulfilled in her life. What you make happen for others, God will make happen for you—that’s a promise!

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Celebrating Cultural Arts in the Church elcome to the debut of In The Spirit & Image, a column that seeks to serve you with information about what’s going on in our church community in drama, dance, poetry and the spoken word, the fine arts of painting, photography and sculpture, film, and music. From the smallest congregation to the mega church, our arts ministries are using their creative gifts to spread the good news of the Gospel through the arts. This column is here to make sure you know the what, when, where and how that arts and cultural expression are taking place in our church community. The arts have been a vital part of the Black Church experience in this country since the early days of slavery, when church was the central gathering place and song was used to carry messages. Since that time, the Black Church has often served as a launching pad for many who have gone on to professional careers in the arts, as well as those who used the discipline they learned or the joy they felt through a church arts activity to succeed in other areas of their lives. I remember growing up in Shiloh Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas, and my first performances in a Tom Thumb wedding, Christmas pageant and Easter recital. This continued when my family relocated to Oakland, California and we joined The Greater New Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, which actively involved the youth church in arts programs. Now as an adult at Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem, I have taught acting classes and presented Easter and Christmas plays featuring our youth and Christian education ministries since 2000. Once a month, In the Spirit & Image…will present an array of arts and cultural events taking place in churches in The Positive Community world—announcements of commercially produced shows and events that you might want to see as a church group, and occasionally, interviews with the personalities that make these arts come alive for us. November 1st is the deadline if you would like to let me know about what’s going on at your church for December. Please send your information and images to me via email at I look forward to hearing from you and meeting you again on these pages next month.


Flo Wiley is a disciple at Memorial Baptist Church in Harlem, where Rev. Renee Washington Gardner is Senior Pastor. She is a founding member of the arts ministry, an award-winning actress (AUDELCO, 1978) and teaches acting using faith-based principles. She is the president of Wiley PR, a public relations and production company, and hosts Black Beat New York: The Flo Wiley Show on Harlem Community Radio in audio and online broadcast each Thursday from 6 to 7pm at WHCR 90.3 FM &

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est known for her painted story quilts, Faith Ringgold was born and raised in Harlem and educated at City College of the City University of New York. Her painted story quilts blur the line between “high art” and “craft” by combining painting, quilted fabric, and storytelling. Faith Ringgold has written and illustrated 17 children’s books, including Tar Beach, and has exhibited in major museums all over the world. A book signing will follow the lecture. Books by Faith Ringgold can be purchased from the Museum Store. Reserve your tickets today by calling 973-259-5137. 8Professional Development Certificates will be available for educators. Sponsored by The Montclair Community Pre-K, MAM, and MAM’s African American Cultural Committee (AACC), with generous support from Jane and Harvey Susswein. This program is made possible by a grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.

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What is Portraiture? See Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach 2 (below), which is included in this special exhibition. The show explores concepts of portraiture through a variety of historical, modern, and contemporary American and Native American works.

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NAACP MID-MANHATTAN BRANCH JOINS THE ONE NATION WORKING TOGETHER MARCH & RALLY ON THE NATIONAL MALL AT THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL It was a special moment in time. Time seemed to stand still as MMB members waited in anticipation to board the bus at 4 in the morning. one by one we filed into the bus. Bus captain’s eager to maintain order greeted and comforted Freedom Fighters who were excited to join the March on Washington. Members ranging in age from 12 to 91 joined in. We set out under a velvet sky at 4:30 in the morning while most of our nation was still asleep eager Mid-Manhattan Pictured from l-r Marvin Bing, Jr., ONWT New York Regional DirecBranch Freedom Fighters were filled tor; Hannah Kim, Congressman Rangel’s office; Geoffrey E. Eaton, President, Mid-Manhattan Branch; NYC Comptroller John C. Liu; with excitement about the historic moand Seson Adams, Special Assistant to the Comptroller. ment we were about to embark upon. We set sail for our nations capital. Laughter and anticipation filled the air. We exchanged our cell phone numbers and talked about everything from politics to pop culture. As we reached RFK stadium at 9 AM we were surprised to be 1 of about 25 of the first buses to arrive. We all marched eagerly to the DC Metro with our metro cards in hand. As we boarded the train the question was do we go to the Smithsonian Station or Foggy Bottom? Ms. Raine Dorsey our bus captain faithfully followed our Presidents recommendation and we headed to Foggy Bottom. This was a good choice. As we reached Foggy Bottom there we a One Nation shuttle bus waiting to take us to the Washington mall. We heard greetings from religious, political and community leaders from different backgrounds. It was an inspiring afternoon and although we had to depart in order to get back to RFK Stadium in time to board our bus we were proud to have participated in such a historic event. Article submitted by Yolanda J. Payne M.S. EdM, 2nd V. P NAACP Mid Manhattan Branch

“Heart & Soul” A Celebration of Health Tradition & Community

Lamarr Thomas received the Education Excellence Award. Paula-Madison Jenkins was also honored at the event with the Health Advocacy Award.


L–R: Heart & Soul MC, Liz Black of WLIB radio with Phyllis Brown, Englewood Hospital’s manager of Community Outreach

nglewood Hospital and Medical Center held its annual Heart & Soul Music Fest in June to coincide with the celebration of Juneteenth. For the second year in a row, hundreds of people attended to receive health information and screenings, and to enjoy a concert that celebrated the African American experience through gospel, R&B, jazz, and hip hop music. The “Heart” portion of the event featured a Virtual Heart Unit – an educational, interactive exhibit show-

ing the continuum of care following a heart attack – as well as blood pressure and other health screenings. The “Soul” segment featured presentations by health professionals and community leaders as well as a concert hosted by WLIB radio’s Liz Black. Featured performers included Davell Crawford; Like-Minds a fan favorite, also performed at last year’s event; Rev. Leo & the Uplifters, Divine Purpose, Hip Hop Culture Center in Harlem, Curvey Simmons, and RNS.

Davell Crawford, the Piano Prince of New Orleans, provided the audience of Heart & Soul with a rousing R&B and jazz performance.

Like-Minds, the Philadelphia-based inspirational singers performed to a full house.

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Continued from page 16 Concerned about health-care costs in retirement Rapidly rising health-care costs continue to be the leading financial concern during retirement for affluent Blacks, although that concern has significantly declined from 2008. Fifty-one percent listed rapidly rising health care costs as a concern, followed by large increases in taxes (47 percent), health of their self or spouse (47 percent), possibility of stock-market declines (41 percent), inflation eating into savings (40 percent), financial uncertainty of Social Security and Medicare (39 percent), and the possibility of outliving savings (37 percent). In 2008, rapidly rising health-care costs and financial uncertainty of Social Security and Medicare topped the list of concerns with 64 percent of respondents citing both. The Survey Northern Trust’s nationwide survey of affluent Black households seeks to provide insight into their financial attitudes and preferences. The survey was conducted online in the United States by Nia Pulse, the research unit of Nia Enterprises, LLC, between June 14 and July 9, 2010, among 361 affluent Blacks with household incomes of $250,000 or more, or a minimum of $1 million in investable assets. Two hundred fifty-six affluent nonBlacks were also surveyed to compare their attitudes and behaviors on key measures. For more of this story visit — Black Newswire


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“And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord . . .” And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord…” “I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.” —Exodus 6:7, (New International Version) “And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.” —Exodus 7:5, (NIV)

he preceding statements, spoken by God, are repeated frequently throughout early chapters of the Book of Exodus. It was important that ancient world Israelites knew who God was. It was also important that these people of God (P.O.G.), through whom God had chosen to reveal Himself to the ancient world, knew that God was more powerful than powerful people, more powerful than the oppressor, more powerful than the most powerful nation on earth. We 21st century Christians—today’s P.O.G. charged with the Great Commission—must know also. The Egyptians had to be taught God’s power so that they would not seriously attempt to impede the work that God had planned for the P.O.G. in Canaan and beyond. Similarly, it was essential for the Canaanites to see God’s power. Shortly before the conquest of Jericho, the Canaanite prostitute Rahab confessed to the Israelite spies:


We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and

Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below. —Joshua 2:10-11 (NIV)

Over time, those non-Israelites who saw God’s omnipotence might also see His omnipresence, omniscience, and beneficence, and choose to worship Him. Subsequent historical peoples also—ancient Greeks, ancient Romans, 18th and 19th century Europeans, and many blacks of our own time who idolized or idolize ancient Khemet and or its deities—would have available to them the truth of God’s superior power, if they cared to check it out. God summarized this point while instructing Moses on how to quote Him to Pharaoh: “…so that you [the Egyptians] may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you [Egypt] off the earth. But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” —Exodus 9:14-16 (NIV)

Given the blackness of the ancient Egyptians, their intelligence, their civilization that lasted for almost 3,000 years (conservatively estimated), and their dominance of peoples around them economically, politically, and socially, why not glorify these African pyramid-builders, temple-builders, religion-makers, philosophers, mathematicians and master engineers, rather than God? If the Bible appears to cast this great black civilization as the villain, why should we, as conscious black folks, accept the Biblical perspective? The simple answer: Truth is truth. God is God. God was, is, and ever shall be. Ancient Egypt was. God is allgood. Ancient Egypt was human, and therefore fell short of God’s glory. Let’s strive toward our future greatness serving God only, totally God-centered, not in denial, consistent with His value system, building a nation, building His kingdom and giving God the glory.

Joseph Cinquez, liberator of the Amistad Rebllion

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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 Church/Community Affairs Coordinator Faith Jackson Contributing Writers sonja Gracy Dr. Phillip Bonaparte Dr. John Palmer Mwandikaji K. Mwanafunzi g.r. mattox Rosemary sinclair Patricia Baldwin Rev. theresa Nance Rev. Reginald t. Jackson Herb Boyd Glenda Codogan toni Parker Helene Fox Glen townes Rev. Dr. Joanne Noel Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood William Parrish Photographers Bob Gore Wali a. Muhammad seitu Oronde Rev. Dr. William L. Watkins, Jr. Darryl Hall vincent Bryant Donovan Gopie Linda Pace Art Direction & Layout Penguin Design Group Martin Maishman The Positive Community Corp. 133 Glenridge avenue Montclair, NJ 07042 973-233-9200 Fax: 973-233-9201 email: Website: all contents Š 2010 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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agreed to participate in the television documentary series Black in America because CNN seemed to have a genuine interest in providing their viewers with an accurate glimpse into the work of black churches. While the project did give First Baptist Church a unique opportunity to show some of our work, the experience required doing a lot of translating with production staff that had very little knowledge of who were really are. But we believed the effort would be worth it if a positive story could reveal relevant ministry and we think it did. But that was a once in a lifetime occurrence and it was limited to the work of one church. Black churches have been the major institutional resource for our people since slavery. Our spiritual, educational, social and political aspirations and achievements have always been incubated and nurtured in our churches. But we have had two challenges. First, we have been unable to benefit from the good work done in many churches because unless we had personal knowledge of the church, there was no way to know what the churches were doing. Second, when the mainstream media did put the spotlight on our churches it was either scandal or foolishness that was being revealed. It was this back drop that made the emergence of The Positive Community so refreshing. Without any fanfare and I am sure with meager resources, this publication started connecting us with vital information about our churches in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. No other publication has ever had


the impact of The Positive Community as it has become the single most effective connection to good news from and about black churches. Information is power and today more than ever we need information that can inform, inspire and guide us into the future. The resources and activities of black churches are all enhanced every time a new issue of The Positive Community appears at our doors. God has used this publication to fill a big gap in our communities’ lives. We should show our gratitude to God by supporting the success of The Positive Community. Every church should use it as a way to advertise some aspect of our work. We should also use whatever influence we have to get business to advertise in the magazine. If we rally to support Positive Community with subscriptions and advertising, we will actually be strengthening ourselves. I think it is time for us to stop complaining about what we do not have and build something that we do have. We may not be able to change the behavior of the major media organizations that show us no respect, but we can change our own behavior and become supportive of something that values and supports our work. I thank God for The Positive Community magazine and commend the publishers for their ten years of sweat, tears and positive work. I plan to do more to insure that this publication has the resources that it needs as it serves a huge need in our community. I invite all of us to do the same.


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