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A New Liver, a New Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

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Greater Allen Cathedral, Queens, NY Revs. Floyd and Elaine Flake, Co-Pastors

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Evening Star B.C., Brooklyn, NY Rev. Washington Lundy, Pastor

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The Good News . . . About the Business of Our Future!

es, it was a very good and pleasant experience on Saturday morning, September 24, at The Newark Club, scene of the 2nd installment of The Positive Community’s Newark Leadership Roundtable Series. The business roundtable’s theme “From Striving to Thriving”, gathered together some of our most intelligent, creative minds—leaders in business, finance, technology, education and clergy—to inspire a vision of greatness and to chart a roadmap to progress (see page 19). It was an extraordinary event, an awesome affair! With the excellence of Moderator Richard Roper leading the conversation, it was enjoyable, engaging, positive and profitable to all (see www.thepositivecommunity.com and visit our new website www. newark lrs .com)!


The Business Roundtable After the Invocation by Rev. Elizabeth Campbell, president of the Baptist Ministers Conference of Greater Newark and Vicinity, the program started with a presentation by Al Koeppe, president of the Newark Alliance and chairman of the Economic Development Authority of NJ (EDA). His talk set the tone of the meeting by explaining the relevance of EDA to business, the economy of our communities and our state. Next, there was Rutgers University economist, Dr. Henry Coleman. He provided an overview of the current state of the economy— national, state and local. Then the panel discussion began. Here’s a sampling of some of the questions addressed: • How do we inspire job creating ventures among ourselves? • The concept of a business or corporation is to provide a product or service at a profit. Beyond that, what is the ideal relationship between a business and its local community? • What must we do to inspire and prepare our young people to see entrepreneurship or the vocation of sales as viable pathways to economic independence and lasting success? • What do we mean by the term “Social Entrepreneur?” • In an expanding global economy, where do you see growth opportunities for the African American entrepreneur? • What is the difference between equity capital and working capital when seeking business financing? • The Black Church has played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement. Can this great institution that embodies so much tradition, culture and spiritual guidance also inspire, encourage and support a vision of economic advancement (interdependence) grounded in cooperation within community that www.thepositivecommunity.com

can foster what we might call a comprehensive community ideal, a true brotherhood? • What will it take to move communities like Newark forward economically, socially, and culturally in this century? Hope and Opportunity People came away from this event inspired, encouraged and motivated by the down-to-earth, practical, communitybuilding essentials; business and job creating solutions and stories offered by the expert panel. Even in the face of very difficult economic challenges, people are beginning to see a halffilled glass of hope and opportunity. Eyes are being opened to the inherent potentials and possibilities for business growth, lasting success and future prosperity! Like the education roundtable we hosted in April, the topics at the business roundtable elevated the discussion to a level of values and ideals. Rather than focusing on what’s wrong, we concentrated on what is possible. How do we begin to leverage our own individual and collective talents and gifts to the mutual benefit of all? Countdown to Freedom In 2012, our magazine will embark upon a yearlong promotion- a study and celebration to honor the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation (January 1, 2013)-the single most important date in African American history! The Positive Community’s Great Countdown to Freedom: The Grand Jubilee, is a cultural narrative (see inside back cover), about the business of our future— family, community, education, culture; enterprise, finance and wealth; health, healing and happiness; intelligent patriotism, values and ideals! Now is the Time While the Emancipation Proclamation is indeed a historical fact, it can also be argued that it too, was a sacred event, very much like the biblical narrative in the Book of Exodus-of Pharaoh, Egypt, Moses, the parting of the Red Sea and seeking the Promised Land. At this present time, we are about to come out of our “wilderness” experience. Now is the time for the people of God to go forth and claim their inheritance!! And finally, it is my most sincere hope and prayer that 150 years into the future, long after this present generation has been counted among the ancestors, our descendants will reflect back upon the quality of our thoughts and ideas; the decisions and the sacrifices we are making at such time as this. On the eve of counting 300 years of freedom, they will be glad and rejoice, singing the words to a song; the popular, life affirming, Negro Spiritual and Civil Rights anthem…“We’ve Come This Far by Faith!” October 2011 The Positive Community



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

Heal Thyself! t’s almost like an unmentionable disease that nobody wants to discuss. I’m referring to bleeding leaders. Translated: Leaders, both secular and non-secular, who are stressed out, bowled over and weary to boot. Some in the church community appear to believe that discussing burn-out when it comes to pastors and others in leadership positions is somehow taboo at best, scurrilous at worst. But the truth of the matter is that these people are just flawed human beings with personal troubles and challenges like anybody else. Surprised? Well, you shouldn’t be. For too long the church-at-large has placed ministers in general, pastors in particular, on some ridiculous pedestal when all of us have feet of clay like most folks. The tragedy regarding the death of Pastor Zachary Tims, the Florida pastor who was found dead in a New York hotel room last summer, is doubly painful because few saw it coming and perhaps he himself was too embarrassed to cry out for help. Recently, the Rev. Kenneth Clayton, pastor of the St. Luke Baptist Church in the city of Paterson, joined me on my radio program, The Positive Community Hour on Harvest Radio, to discuss this very subject. Rev. Clayton indicated that parishioners sometimes cannot accept the fact that leaders go through periods of trouble and grief. And, some pastors, he noted, are reluctant to share such information with others for fear of being seen as weak and/or faithless. Pity. The adage, “physician, heal thyself” should be modified to say, “pastors/leaders, practice what you preach and take a respite from the rigors of trying to assist others in becoming whole.” In the book of Romans 15:1, the Apostle Paul reminds us that the strong must bear the infirmities of the weak. One cannot adhere to that declaration if one is sick himself/herself. Even Jesus got away from the rough and tumble demands of ministry. So who are we to erroneously believe that we are invincible?



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The tragedy regarding the death of Pastor Zachary Tims is doubly painful because few saw it coming and perhaps he himself was too embarrassed to cry out for help

Sometimes you have to take the bull by the horns and say, “The problems, the mess, the confusion, the trouble, will always be with us.” Therefore, when the great God gives the green light, go ‘head. Go ahead and understand that ministry—like anything else—must be balanced with wisdom and prudence. After all, we all want to be out and about for the long haul.


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Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Annual Legislative Conference


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Queens Congressman Greg Meeks, NYC Councilmember Inez Dickens

President Obama

L–R: NJ Congressman Donald Payne, unknown, and CBC Foundation President/CEO Dr. Elise Scott

rom September 21-24, thousands of Americans, elected officials, business and industry leaders, and media gathered in Washington, D.C. for the 41st Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) 2011 Annual Legislative Conference (ALC). This year’s theme of the four-day event was “iLead | iServe,” highlighting the value and impact of leadership and services within the community.

The conference featured more than 80 workshops, seminars and forums covering a range of topics including health and wellness, civic engagement, education, and entrepreneurship to name a few. The highlight event of the week was the Phoenix Awards Dinner at which President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker. Recipients of the prestigious Phoenix Award during the fundraiser dinner were: EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson; Athlete, Entrepreneur & Humanitarian George Edward Foreman, Sr.; Civil Rights Activist The Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery; and

L–R: Congressman Edolphus Towns, Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Dr. Suzan D. Johnson Cook and Mrs. Gwen Towns

U.S. Representative and Civil Rights Activist John Lewis. Each of the honorees was chosen for the tenacity and leadership they have shown in improving the human condition for African Americans.  Visit www.thepositivecommunity to see the President’s speech in its entirety.

L–R: Ingrid Saunders Jones, Sr. vice president, Global Community Connections, The CocaCola Company and Hon. Diane Watson, former California State Representative

L–R: Karne Wilkes of Wilkes Asscoiates; Teri Coaxum, SBA Regional Advocate for NY, NJ, PR & USV; Ambassador Susan Johnson Cook and Rev. Dr. Gloria Mitchell.


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Social Security and Medicare Cuts Could Have Deep on Impact African Americans By PHyllIS HIll SlAter, AArP New york exeCutIve CouNCIl


fter a lifetime of hard work and paying into the system, older Americans have a right to expect their Medicare and Social Security benefits. In short, they’ve earned it.

yet, the congressional “supercommittee” is considering proposals behind closed doors that would shift health care costs onto seniors and cut their Social Security checks. Instead of cutting waste and tax loopholes, seniors are being viewed as just another budget line-item that can be cut. that’s why a bus full of AArP members from Co-op City in the Bronx travelled to Capitol Hill on october 12 to tell the “supercommittee” and all members of Congress first-hand that seniors are not pushovers. And

thousands more New yorkers are signing petitions and calling their Congressional representatives. we have spent our lives working for our Medicare and Social Security benefits, and we are standing up and raising our voices until they stop threatening to cut our Medicare and Social Security benefits. the more than 420,000 African American Social Security beneficiaries in New york State will be more affected by Social Security cuts than other groups. In fact, without Social Security income, the poverty rate for older African Americans would more than double to 53%. Nearly half of African Americans rely on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income and almost three-quarters of African American beneficiaries receive at least half of their income from Social Security.

without Social Security income, the poverty rate for older African Americans would more than double to 53%. Nearly half of African Americans rely on Social Security for 90 percent or more of their income and almost three-quarters of African American beneficiaries receive at least half of their income from Social Security.

AARP New York has held a series of “Get the Facts” community conversations throughout New york City in communities of color because we believe that it is important for African Americans and Hispanics to understand how these

cuts will affect our communities and our families. this is part of AArP’s ongoing nationwide effort to convince the congressional “supercommitee” to take Medicare and Social Security benefits off of the table for deficit reduction.

Here is an example of what the committee is considering: Cutting Social Security by $112 billion, which could cost seniors thousands of dollars over their lifetime. Raising the Medicare eligibility age, which would: • Cut benefits for younger retirees • Increase out-of-pocket spending for 65 and 66-year-olds by an average of $2,000 per year – at a time when many people are already struggling to make ends meet. If Congress really wants to look at seniors and numbers, they should be looking at these: over 3.2 million New york State residents rely on Social Security and over three million rely on Medicare. those are the numbers of people who could be harmed if Congress makes these cuts.

• Increase premiums for people already in Medicare because it would leave older, more costly people in the system. • Increase health care costs for businesses because workers would stay on employer plans longer.

And let’s get real. It isn’t as if the benefits of these programs are lavish. even with these benefits, half of those aged 65 and older have an annual income of less than $18,500 per year. today's Medicare beneficiaries already must pay an average of $3,000 each year out of their own

pockets for their medical expenses – and their out-of-pocket share is rising every single year. Let’s allow seniors to have the peace of mind they have earned after decades of paying into the system.

To learn more about AARP’s campaign and make your voice heard, visit www.aarp.org/protectseniors.

Scenes from National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. 131st Annual Session September 5-9, 2011 Orlando, FL General Baptist Convention NJ Rev. Keith Marshall, pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church, Trenton, NJ gave the message on the theme at NBC USA Inc.

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NBC USA, Inc. President William Scruggs

Dr. Hugh Dell Gatewood, president Women’s Auxiliary NBCUSA, Inc. with Nellie Suggs, administrator GBCNJ

Rev. Dr. Calvin McKinney, general secretary NBCUSA, Inc., pastor Calvary B.C., Garfield NJ

Darryl Koon of Aenon Baptist Church, Vaux Hall, NJ crowned King of the National Baptist Laymen by Deacon Harold Simmons, Laymen president

Deacon Johnny Thomas, president, NBCNJ Ushers

Rev. Dr. Guy Campbell Jr., president General Baptist Convention of NJ and his wife First Lady Dorothy lead the NJ Women’s march

L–R: Rev. Jerry Sanders, Fountain B.C., Summit, NJ with Rev. D. J. Wendell Mapson Jr., Monumental B.C. Philadelphia, PA Wyngia Felder, first vice president Nurses Auxiliary NBCUSA, Inc leads the procession of nurses.


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Scenes from National Baptist Convention USA, Inc. 131st Annual Session September 5-9, 2011 Orlando, FL Empire Baptist Convention NY

L–R: First Lady Sis. Helen and Dr. Jerry Young, - vice president at-large NBC USA, Inc.; Rev. Washington Lundy, NY - vice president—northeast region, Dorothy Lundy, Dorothy Campbell and Rev. Guy Campbell, president GBCNJ

L–R: First Lady Dorothy Campbell, Carrie Mobley, director, Faith Based Initiatives, Rev. Lundy and Rev. John Gilmore

Rev. Calvin O. Butts Abbysinian B.C. Harlem

Rev. Dr. Devore Chapman Bethel & BrightLight B.C. Brooklyn

Patricia Arrington, Rev. Arrington and Carrie Mobely

Rev. Reggie Bachus Mt. Ollie B.C. Brooklyn

The Future!

Rev. Ronald Grant, Shiloh B.C., VP at large Empire State Convention; Rev. Wayne Williams, Mt. Hebron, Bronx; Sis. Mae Henry, site committee chair and Rev. Winford Pippin, Empire State Convention official Photos: Vincent Bryant

Rev. Lisa Jenkins, Blessed Trinity B.C. Harlem with Rev. Dr. Johnnie McCann St. Luke B.C. Church

Dr. Carl & Mrs. Benita Washington, president of Congress of Empire State Baptist Churches www.thepositivecommunity.com

Rev. Butts confers with Rev. Curtis Whitney of The Empire State Convension.

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Easily among the most empowering, impacting, engaging and thought provoking, visionary, “Excellent, and enlightening, for generations to generations. “ enriching “shirt sleeve” events I have experienced in the past ten years. “My people perish for lack of vision” Proverbs 29:18.  Don't get weary in well doing. God's speed. Rev. Elizabeth Campbell, Baptist Ministers Conf. of Greater Newark and Vicinity you for providing me the opportunity to “Thank participate in an outstanding program. It is extremely important to our community to hear from people pursuing their dreams and overcoming life’s challenges. William A. Watson, panelist

Your business round table was profound in both scope and scale. The collection of proven men and women in the field of commerce, finance, entrepreneurship, economics, academia and construction each articulated with keen insight a vision, solutions, and opportunities to overcome our economic anemia and certain lack of cultural self esteem. It is my hope and prayer that we will create an economic development reality that will revitalize our neighborhoods and enliven the people. Rev. H. Grady James, First Bethel BC, Newark

a fabulous event “ ThisandwasI think you should repeat it as there is much to discuss and to do. Dr. dt ogilvie, panelist”

Newark Leadership Roundtable Series

Coming Dec. 3rd: Health


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Scenes From The Business Roundtable At The Newark Club BELOW: THE PANELISTS

Preston Pinkett, CEO City National Bank


Levar Riley Entrepreneur

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Gus Heningburg Special Guest Panelist

Bill Parrish, CEO NobelStrategy

Gloria Bryant, CEO The Writing Company

Steve Jones, CEO WebSignia



Dr. E. LaBrent Chrite Dean of Bus. School, MSU

Lyneir Richardson, CEO Brick City Development Corp

Marjorie Perry, CEO MZM Construction

William A. Watson, CEO IBS Comprecore

Deborah Collins Essex County Econ. Dev. Corp.

Hank Williams, CEO Kloudco

Henry A. Coleman Bloustein School at RU

Dr. dt ogilvie Rutgers Business School Photos: Risasi Dais, Vincent Bryant & Wali Amin Muhammad

Acknowledgements: We offer our deepest gratitude to Al Koeppe, president and CEO of the Newark Alliance; Clement A. Price, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and founding director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience at Rutgers Newark; and Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, senior pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, Newark for their vision and wisdom in the development of the NLRS. www.thepositivecommunity.com

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$226,920 To Raise One Child Department Of Agriculture report eport


middle-income family with a child born in 2010 can expect to spend about $226,920 to raise the child to age 18, according to a Department of Agriculture report. The cost grew 2 percent from last year, with the greatest share of the increase coming from transportation, child care, education, and health care. The department has calculated the costs annually since 1960. The first year the report was issued, a middle-income family could have expected to spend $25,230 ($185,856 in 2010 dollars) to raise a child. Then and now, housing was the largest expense. Health care expenses have doubled as a percentage of total child-rearing costs. Some common costs today were insignificant in 1960, such as child care. In 2010, per child annual child-rearing expenses for a middle-income, two-parent family range from $11,880 to $13,830, depending on the age of the child, based on data from the federal government's Consumer Expenditure Survey. The total cost grew almost 40 percent from 2000, according to CNN.Money.com.

BIRTH-TO-AGE-18 COSTS FOR MIDDLE INCOME FAMILIES: • Housing, $69,660. • Food, $36,210. • Transportation, $30,900. • Clothing, $13,200. • Health care, $18,420. • Child care/education, $39,420. • Misc. $19,110.

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ev. Lee Arrington, Moderator for the United Missionary Baptist Association of NY and his wife, First Lady Patricia Arrington of Paradise Baptist Church in Harlem, recently celebrated his 35th pastoral anniversary. The event, at Maestro's in the Bronx, was well-attended by family, church members and a host of friends. www.thepositivecommunity.com

Essex County College Investiture

Dr. Abdullah delivers her Investiture speech after formally assuming the position as the sixth president of Essex County College.

Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Dr. Steven Diner presents Dr. Abdullah with letters and proclamations for other college presidents as Dr. Lawrence Nespoli, President of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges, looks on.


ssex County College President Edythe M. Abdullah’s Investiture ceremony brought together a crowd of 500 faculty, administrators and staff who were joined by legislators and community leaders for the celebration. Speakers included NJ Assembly Speaker Sheila T. Oliver, Assemblyman Thomas Giblin, Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr., and Freeholder and Newark Council President Donald M. Payne Jr.

Essex County College President Edythe M. Abdullah and College Trustee Calvin Souder, followed by Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church, led the processional for the President’s Investiture.

THRIVES LOCALLY We’re committed to helping the community and everyone who lives here achieve more than ever. That’s why we salute The Positive Community for its support of the business arena.

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ADULTS - $125 • CHILDREN 11 and under - $75 • Final payment due Nov. 20th, 2011 Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Ministry of the Beualh Bible Cathedral Church Come out, celebrate with us as we lift the name of Jesus and praise God for what He has done in the life of Pastor Dickson. For more information regarding the Banquet in December please contact the church office at (973) 642-4817


Sunday, Nov. 6th — Bishop Tony McNeill, Praise Temple C.O.G., Linden, NJ Wednesday, Nov 9th — Pastor Tommy D. Miles, Macedonia BC, Neptune, NJ Thursday, Nov 10th — Pastor John Gamble, Smyrna Miss. BC, Newark, NJ Friday, Nov. 11th — Bishop Charles Harris, Bethel Church of Love & Praise, Bloomfield, NJ Friday, Nov. 18th — Pastor Orlando Vick, Greater Providence Miss. BC, Newark,NJ Sunday, Nov. 20th — Pastor J.G. McCann, St. Luke BC, Harlem, NY Sunday, Nov. 27th — Pastor Calvin Singleton Jr., Victory & Triumph Worship Church, Perth Amboy, NJ  All Worships 7:00 p.m. except Sundays, Worship @ 3:00 p.m.,  at The Cathedral, 580 So. 12th Street, Newark, NJ

Chamblee’s Square Restaurant Chamblee’s Famous Peach Cobbler Filling Ingredients 6lbs (#10 can) of Del Monte Yellow Sliced Peaches in Light Syrup (save/reserve 50% of syrup) ¼ pound of Butter 1 Teaspoon of Nutmeg 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon 1 ½ Tablespoons of Vanilla Flavor 1 ½ Tablespoons of Coconut Flavor 1 Tablespoon of Almond Flavor 1 Tablespoon of Vanilla, Butter, Nut Flavor 1 Cup of Sugar (add more for sweeter taste) 4 teaspoons of Carnation Milk Combine above ingredients together including the peach syrup and heat in pot on low for 7 minutes. (Stir occasionally)

Dough Ingredients a pinch of Baking Powder 1 cup of Aunt Jemima Flour 1 Egg ½ cup of Whole Milk ½ Teaspoon of Crisco Knead together. Dust rolling pin with flour. Roll dough very thin. Put half of dough in a baking dish. Bake at 425 degrees for 12 minutes (until brown). Remove from oven and pour filing on. Cut remaining dough into 1 ½ inch wide strips. Placing strips in criss-cross pattern from end to end. (Optional: Sugar & Cinnamon can be sprinkled over dough). Bake in oven until golden brown.

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Community Building and Wealth Creation in Newark dt o gilvie HELPS DEV ELO P EFFEC TIV E TEC HNIQ U ES FO R THE S MA LL BU S INES S AT C U EED By g.r. mattox

ith assets like train stations, an international airport, a major seaport and major arts and sports centers, Newark is a prime field on which commerce can grow. It also has the people ready and willing to till this potentially fertile vineyard. Creating jobs is a major subject in New Jersey’s largest city and putting individuals in meaningful employment situations that can make the city’s economy thrive, its families secure and communities productive, are essential to the further blossoming of the city. Dr. dt ogilvie For many, the ultimate dream is to own one’s own business. Being an entrepreneur requires hard work and a strong sense of direction and dedication, which can yield great personal rewards and satisfaction for those who stay the course. Taking business courses is an effective way to learn the elements of management, organization and planning while forming a philosophy on issues like ethics, politics, diversity and other dynamics that play a role in the daily work environment. The study of business ranks number one among the ten top college majors. For those who look to start their own business, or want to make their existing enterprise grow and be more successful, there are a growing number of courses that teach people how to work for themselves. Recent surveys conducted by the Rutgers University Business School (RBS) show that up to 80 percent of



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their students across all disciplines are interested in becoming entrepreneurs. RBS is recognized as one of the top three business schools in the New York Tri-State Region, and is the highestranked business school in New Jersey. The university’s Center for Urban Entrepreneurship & Economic Development (CUEED), the first center of its kind in the nation, combines research-driven intellectual study with the workings of government, the non-profit sector and private capital to strengthen the skills of the potential or fledging business owner. The Center’s five areas of focus include the study of entrepreneurship in urban areas, technological, social, international and socioeconomic development. Part of its work is developing innovative solutions to real-life business issues and combining those with real world experiences in urban entrepreneurship. “Our mission revolves around creating wealth, and the way you create wealth is to put people into their own businesses that they can grow and develop,” said CUEED founding director and Rutgers professor of Business Strategy & Urban Entrepreneurship, Dr. dt ogilvie. (No that’s not a typo. Like this writer, her name has no upper-case letters.) Of those who take the traditional college business courses, many will earn an MBA and while that will well qualify them to work in a corporation, the science of entrepreneurship requires another level of focus and learning. David Rodrigues, a senior studying Management, said that being in the RBS Entrepreneurship Program helped him to view his major from a different perspective. “It helps me paint a more complete picture of what it takes to attain success in the business world.” “The problem with business in general is that people go into business, but they don’t know about business; they don’t run their business as a business,” ogilvie said during the recently-held Newark Leadership Roundtable series presented by The Positive Community. “Even though someone has been in the corporate sector, they don’t know what it means to be an entrepreneur.” “Becoming an entrepreneur is not for everyone,” said Jerome Williams, CUEED research director. “However, for those who find www.thepositivecommunity.com

more gratification in controlling their own destiny economically and not being constrained by someone else’s business strategy, then learning the entrepreneurial side of business is the path to take.” Launched in 2008, CUEED includes two programs that provide the student with comprehensive education and training and Dr. ogilvie (center), Newark address the challenges business and Mayor Cory Booker and Rutgers business owning. One is the Chancellor Steven J. Diner four-year old Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiatives (EPI) funded by grants from PNC Bank and Prudential. Designed for businesses at least two years old owned by first-generation business owners that have four employees and have the potential to grow. The program offers the entrepreneur training, group and one-on-one counseling, mentoring networking opportunities and financial guidance and tools needed to help them grow their business. Classes are taught by multidisciplinary faculty with experience in law, supply chain management, marketing, sociology engineering, economic geography, creativity and business strategy. The Scholars Training and Enrichment Program (STEP), of which Dr. ogilvie is also founding director, is a summer program that assists high school graduates from all over the state who will study at the Rutgers-Newark Business School (RBS). The purpose of STEP is to enhance the success of racial and ethnic minority high school graduates toward getting an RBS undergraduate degree. STEP Scholars spend six weeks in this residential program on campus and attend a variety of non-credit pre-enrollment courses during the summer before they start their official undergraduate courses the following September. “When you look at folks in history that have made a lot of money, nine times out of ten it is because they have either created a business or redesigned an existing business to meet modern-day needs,” said Jeffery Robinson, CUEED co-founder. “Entrepreneurship is a way for not only creating jobs, but creating wealth.” The year after the center started, its proposal for an MBA Entrepreneurship Concentration was approved. Last year a Minor/Concentration in Entrepreneurship was approved by the Rutgers Business School. It is open to any student in the undergrad program. This past June CUEED partnered with several with several organizations including White House Business Council, Startup America, Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Small Business Administration for a day-long summit on the Rutgers-Newark campus to find ways to strengthen urban entrepreneurship. Building on the momentum of the summit, CUEED along with the minority-run early stage venture capital firm H360 Capital and NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center launched a partnership to attract technology companies to Newark. A conference Dr. ogilvie is convening this month seeks to attract African American investors— another novel approach she www.thepositivecommunity.com

is championing. “One of the issues is our access to resources and financing,” she said. It is hoped that the Black Angel Network that will result from the conference will begin to change that. “Angels play a significant role in getting business, particularly technology businesses, started. But minority businesses have a much more difficult time in accessing those resources, so we want to set up a fund so tech companies can get off the ground.” The faith-based community is another sphere through which small business owners can be encouraged and supported ogilvie believes. “If we look at other cultures, they have organizations where they bring the community’s money together in a pool that can be used to start businesses,” she pointed out, noting that faithbased institutions can get parishioners interested in entrepreneurship by promoting it and bringing in people for training as well as providing capital. “If churches can look at themselves as part of that ecosystem and we treat them as part of it and create those mechanisms, it can make a big difference.” Late last year, CUEED, along with The Profeta Urban Investment Foundation, funded the Newark opening of Cravings, a gourmet eatery that is causing a transformation on Halsey Street and moving the city forward in its efforts to create a thriving commercial and residential area bordering the university neighborhood. “We put some money in businesses on Halsey Street and created a critical mass that went into a tipping point that cascaded into other businesses being attracted to the area,” recalled Dr. ogilvie. The Center is putting the finishing touches on a Social Entrepreneurship Summit that will take place next month. Professor Robinson, who co-founded the International Social Entrepreneurship Research Conference said that the summit will inventory and address non-profits creating a social enterprise or business that takes on a social problem and addresses it directly, i.e., a business that hires local residents considered unemployable, or a business that deals with environmental ills. Dr. ogilvie, a native of Harlem, comes from an entrepreneurial background; her father owned several businesses, her mother owned a beauty salon when she was 19, her brother owns a limo service and her sister has her own law firm. As a young girl, she made extra money by selling lemonade and going door-to-door selling encyclopedias and magazines. She earned a BA in sociology from Oberlin College, an MBA in Strategic and International Strategic Management from the Southern Methodist University and a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to her academic career, ogilvie worked at the Southland Corporation for 13 years. She ran multimillion dollar profit centers and eventually became Business Planning Manager/Strategic Planning at that company. Before her turn in the corporate world, she owned a small jewelry manufacturing business. Dr. ogilvie and her CUEED staff have long-range plans to offer programs for students in low-performing schools, Hispanic-speaking business owners, women, veterans and ex-offenders, and they are seeking operating capital to make these ideas come to fruition. “We want to create wealth in Newark,” she said. “By building strong businesses in our American cities, people will spend money here, create jobs here, and revitalize economic development to help entrepreneurs compete in the global economy.” October 2011 The Positive Community


Morgan –Howard go head to head at NYUL Football Classic


he 40th Annual New York Urban League Football Classic took place at the New Meadowlands Stadium on September 24. Classic rivals Morgan State University Bears and Howard University Bison kicked off as sunshine beamed through what had been a grey morning. Fans from many HBCUs, fraternities and sororities tailgated in the parking lot before, greeting former college friends. The rivalry continued on the field at halftime as the marching band of each school showed their stuff. Known for its stellar stereophonic sound, kaleidoscopic precision drills, star-quality vocalists and dazzling dynamic dance routines, the Marching Bison is the mainstay of a diverse and ever expanding population at Howard. Morgan’s Magnificent Marching Machine, comprised of 150 students, has dazzled and RU7499 b.qxd:Layout 1 to 9/20/11 2:23 PM Page 1 NYUL CEOPosComm Arava Ricenew presents winner’s trophy Morgan State excited audiences during performances at who pulled out a 14-9 win over Howard MSU Football Games, National Football League Games, Presidential Inaugurations, World Series, National Playoff Games, and in regional and local television appearances. Since its inception in 1971, proceeds from the game have provided over $20 million in Whitney M. Young, Jr. Scholarships to more than 4,000 deserving students.

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It’s happening at

Columbia in October

Saturday, October 1 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Open House 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, 61 Rte. 9W, Palisades, N.Y. Join thousands of attendees for earth science demonstrations, talks and activities aimed at different ages and educational levels, from elementary school-age children to college students to those well versed in the earth sciences. For directions and more info, visit www.ldeo.columbia.edu/events.

Men’s Soccer vs. Brown 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Columbia Soccer Stadium, Baker Athletics Complex, West 218th Street and Broadway For more info, call (212) 854-2535 or visit www .gocolumbialions.com.

Women’s Soccer vs. Brown 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Columbia Soccer Stadium, Baker Athletics Complex, West 218th Street and Broadway For more info, call (212) 854-2535 or visit www .gocolumbialions.com.

Monday, October 3 Café Columbia: Writing about Abraham Lincoln 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PicNic Café, 2665 Broadway at 102nd Street Speaker: Pulitzer Prize-winner Eric Foner, the Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University. Space is limited; $10 cover. For more info, call (212) 851-7438 or visit www.cafes.columbia.edu.

Tuesday, October 4 Election Panel: Is Change Possible in Cameroon? 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 1501 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., Morningside campus Panelists: Patrice Nganang, Stony Brook University; Dickson Eyoh, University of Toronto; Dominique Malaquais, Panthéon-Sorbonne; Fanny Pigeaud, Agence France Presse; moderated by Etienne Smith, Columbia University. For more info, visit www.ias.columbia.edu.

Thursday, October 6 Pakistan: The Most Dangerous Decade Begins? 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 1501 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., Morningside campus A panel discussion featuring Alfred Stepan, director of Columbia’s Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion, and Christophe Jaffrelot, senior research fellow at Sciences Po. For more info, visit www.sipa .columbia.edu/cdtr/events.

Thursday, October 6 Language and Migration: A Mix of Old and New Questions 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 509 Knox Hall, 606 W. 122nd St., Morningside campus New York University sociologist Guillermina Jasso examines questions on language: family and VISA dynamics in patterns of language acquisition among immigrants, English as an egalitarian and liberating language, and the division of labor between languages. For more info, visit www.iserp.columbia.edu.

Composer Portraits: Tobias Picker 8:00 p.m. Miller Theatre, Morningside campus The music of acclaimed composer Tobias Picker melds the discipline and rigor of his mentors—Charles Wuorinen, Elliott Carter and Milton Babbitt—with an unabashed and impassioned Romantic streak. A discussion with the composer will follow. Tickets $25. For tickets or more info, visit www.millertheatre.com or call (212) 854-7799.

Friday, October 7 Conversations With Algernon Austin 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 758 Schermerhorn Ext., Morningside campus Algernon Austin is a sociologist of racial relations with a specialization on black Americans. Prior to joining the Economic Policy Institute, he was assistant director of research at the Foundation Center and served on the faculty of Wesleyan University. Austin is the author of Getting It Wrong: How Black Public Intellectuals Are Failing Black America. For more info, visit www.iraas.org.

Stargazing and Screening: The City Dark 7:00 p.m. Pupin Hall, Morningside campus The City Dark investigates how the health of urban dwellers is affected by the electric lights required to keep cities illuminated. Film will be followed by stargazing with telescopes, weather-permitting. For directions, weather and more info, visit http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu.

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Monday, October 17 Café Humanities: The ABCs of the Novel 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PicNic Café, 2665 Broadway at 102nd Street

Cafe Science: Over and Out: Augmented Reality and the Future of User Interfaces 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. PicNic Café, 2665 Broadway at 102nd Street Hear computer scientist Steven Feiner discuss the kind of user interface he believes will change our lives and the way we interact with computers: augmented reality. Imagine animated repair instructions overlaid on your broken bicycle chain or an arrow hovering over the street corner, showing you which way to turn. Space is limited; $10 cover. For more info, call (212) 851-7438 or visit www.cafes.columbia.edu.

Climate Change: History, Causes, Economics, and Decisions 6:10 p.m. to 8:10 p.m. 1015 Schermerhorn Ext., Morningside campus

Stargazing and Lecture: Astronomy in Antarctica 7:00 p.m. Pupin Hall, Morningside campus

Columbia’s Center for Environmental Research and Conservation presents Bob Newton, research scientist at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Free and open to the public. Visit www.cerc.columbia.edu or contact Desmond Beirne at djb2104@columbia.edu or (212) 854-0149 for more information.

Saturday, October 15 SONiC Festival: eighth blackbird 7:30 p.m. Miller Theatre, Morningside campus

Muslim American Citizenship: A Decade Since 9/11 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 1501 International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St., Morningside campus Speakers at this all-day conference represent a range of scholars, activists, artists and elected officials, including Congressman Keith Ellison. Open to the public; registration required. For more info and to register, visit www.ircpl.org/events or call (212) 854-7813.

Getting to Columbia The Morningside Heights campus is located at 116th Street and Broadway. By subway: No. 1 train to 116th Street station. By bus: M4, M11, M60 or M104.

All events are open to the public. This is a sampling of them. For additional events or general information, visit www.columbia.edu or call (212) 854-2871. For Columbia sports info, visit www.gocolumbialions.com. Guests in need of disability services should call (212) 854-2284 prior to the event.

Friday, October 21 Conversations With June Cross 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 758 Schermerhorn Ext., Morningside campus Award-winning producer and writer June Cross is an associate professor at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. For more info, visit www.iraas.org.

Thursday, October 13

Tim Munro, flutes; Michael J. Maccaferri, clarinets; Yvonne Lam, violin and viola; Nicholas Photinos, cello; Matthew Duvall, percussion; and Lisa Kaplan, piano. Tickets $25. For tickets or more info, visit www.millertheatre.com or call (212) 854-7799.

Speaker: Jenny Davidson, associate professor, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University. Space is limited; $10 cover. For more info, call (212) 851-7438 or visit www.cafes.columbia.edu.

Speaker: astronomer Ross Williamson, University of Chicago. Lecture will be followed by stargazing with telescopes, weather-permitting. For directions, weather and more info, visit http://outreach.astro.columbia.edu.

Tuesday, October 25 Book Launch: The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Miller Theatre, Morningside campus Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of Columbia’s Earth Institute and special advisor to UN SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon, will discuss his latest book. Free and open to the public; registration required. If you need special accommodations to attend this event, contact Vilma Gallagher at vrg1@columbia. edu at least 10 days in advance. To register, visit www.earth.columbia.edu/events.



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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.

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A Vision for Newark Rev. David Jefferson’s family-based ministry is changing lives By Glenda Cadogan rowing up on a 20-acre farm in Doyline, Louisiana is where Rev. Dr. David Jefferson Sr. learned to love, lead and equally important, how to be loved. Together with his 14 siblings and a loving, caring and God-fearing mother and father, Jefferson embraced the greatness of family and family values. Decades later this upbringing has shaped his ministry at Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark and transformed a congregation into a “family.” Known as “Pastor J” to his 6,000



L-R: Top Row - Sons-in-law John Williams and Ronald Kemp II, David Jefferson Jr., Third Row right: Daughters Kimberly (Jefferson) Williams, Lou Ella (Jefferson) Kemp and Jasmine Jefferson; Daughter-in-Law Joni (Bird) Jefferson Second Row: Grandson John David Williams, Rev. Dr. David Jefferson Sr., Esq., First Lady Linda Jefferson and Granddaughter Naiya Jefferson, First Row: Grandsons Joshua Williams and David Jefferson III and Granddaughter Ryann-Simone Jefferson

strong church family, Rev. Jefferson came to Metropolitan in the winter of 1995 and firmly believes that he was sent “to lead the church at such a time as this. When I came to Metropolitan I asked God to give me a vision,” he tells The Positive Community magazine. “And he gave me a vision for family. So the ministry we have at the church is really family based. It is about caring for the family from the time a person comes into the world to the time of celebrating their home going. It is about helping people achieve their dreams, hopes and aspirations.” Metropolitan Baptist Church stands out as an oasis on its Springfield Avenue home in the bustling metropolis that is Newark, NJ. Every member knows and has embraced the teaching that the sky is the limit once they October 2011 The Positive Community



have Christ in their lives. And so they live their church mission which is: To lead families out of crisis to Christ, bring them together around the word of God and restore spiritual morals and values. With this mission as a guiding light, Metropolitan Baptist Church has earned its reputation as “a warm church,” and all around there is tangible evidence that the vision is alive. “Every day I see it right before my eyes in people whose lives have been transformed,” Jefferson affirms. “I’ve seen circumstances and situations that seemed absolutely daunting turn around in ways that will blow the mind. I’ve seen individuals who were on drugs for their entire life gain the strength to quit. The reality is that there is a God and he is changing the lives of people not just in our church but in the entire community.” And in some instances, the proof sits in the pews. Like the young man who confessed at a discipleship class he and some of his friends had previously come to a service with the intention of robbing the church. “But that day as I shared the word of God, this young man was moved and eventually accepted Christ,” Jefferson recalled. “To me this is a manifestation that the vision God has given to me for this ministry is working.” The adage that God never gives a vision without supplying the provision rings true with a look at the life of Rev. David Jefferson and the strength of both his nuclear families. In fact, family, family values and education seem to be a recurrent theme of his life. The first provision was laid down by his father, the late Rev. Ernest Jefferson Sr. and his mother Wrender, now 96-years-old. “I value the fact that my parents really cared for the family,” he said.

L-R: Kimberly Williams and her mother, First Lady Linda Jefferson upon their graduation on the same day from Drew University Seminary

“This had a huge impact on me and so I always wanted a very strong family. It was during the Great Depression that my father bought the 20-acres of land where we all grew up,” he recalls. “My parents grew a lot of food on the farm and they would just give it away to people in the church and community. I remember people stopping by and going to the field and picking peas, corn and potatoes.” And even though the family lived in a small three-bedroom house, his parents, driven by their commitment to God, skillfully managed to make room to let other people stay over. “At every turn my parents, through their actions, instilled a sense of God in our lives,” The other big thing in the Jefferson household was education. “My father finished seventh grade and my mother made it to the eighth grade. But they always told us that there is nothing we could not do. Getting a good education was at the top of this list. They gave us the freedom to discover our own purpose and what God had created us to do. And in so doing, they sacrificed everything to ensure that we had a good education.” Faced with a crisis when the first Jefferson child was college bound, Rev. Ernest made a sacrifice that would forever influence the course of the lives of all the Jefferson children. “I recall that time when my first sister was to go off to college and my parents did not have the money. When the bank turned him down, my father made what was a huge sacrifice for the family and sold one of our three milk cows and sent her college. This had such a huge impact on my sister’s life and in our family that thereafter it was never a question of if you were going to college, but what college you were going to. It is this kind of family love, sacrifice, caring and sharing that have left its mark on me,” he said. In the meantime, Mother Jefferson, a lifelong homemaker, stayed up late and washed, cooked, cleaned and put the needs of her family before her own. “As a little boy I thought that my mother did not sleep,” he said seriously. “When I went to bed at night she was up and by the time I got up in the morning she was already awake and doing chores. I really believe that when Maya Angelou wrote “Phenomenal Woman,” she must have been thinking about my mother.” But then, it seems that the poet could also have been writing about Linda Mouton Jefferson, another phenomenal woman who came into Rev. Jefferson’s life 38 years “ago. Known to the Metropolitan family as “Sister J,” the First Lady of the Church graciously takes on the mantle as spiritual leader and mother of the couple’s four children. In addition, to serving as assistant pastor, Sister J continued on next page


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heads the Women’s Fellowship and Hospitality Ministries. “One of the things that I have been very blessed with is that my whole family is very involved in the ministry at Metropolitan,” said Rev. Jefferson. Eldest daughter, Kimberly Williams leads the Daughters of Christ Ministry, which is dedicated to building and strengthening the spiritual values of women. David Jefferson Jr. is the Youth Minister; LouElla Kemp is a member of the church choir and youngest daughter Jasmine is a church vocalist. Not surprising, education shows up in a primary position in the Jefferson family, so much so that this past June, Sister J and eldest daughter Kimberly both graduated from Drew Seminary. As the first family of Metropolitan Baptist Church, the Jeffersons have built a formidable team as they work together in creating and strengthening the church and its extended community family. The Willing Heart Community Care Center is the major outreach arm of the church that is helping to reshape the social fabric in Newark and transforming families one person at a time. Created five years ago, the Center distributes food to more than 500 people every week on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In addition, every year more than 400 book bags packed with school supplies are given to parents in need of assistance. “These people whom we serve represent our extended family,” Jefferson declared. “We believe that to whom much is given much is required. And a staggering 74 percent of the young people who come to the church are from single-parent households. We take this issue very seriously because we believe that indeed it takes a village to raise a child. So we care for our young people with our major mentoring program called “Straight Talk,” where more than 500 men meet every fourth Saturday of the month to mentor young boys. The girls receive mentorship through our Women’s Fellowship Ministry.” With two MBAs and a law degree to his credit, Rev. David Jefferson has a background that is unique to that of most pastors. (He is also a member of the New Jersey and American Bar Associations). But it is these qualifications that lend to keeping him humble and grateful. “God didn’t have to bless me this way but he did. And he did so even though I was disobedient to his will for many years.” According to Rev. Jefferson, he received his calling to the ministry at the tender age of nine. But because of his warped perception of preachers, he ran from the pulpit for most of his young adult life. He eventually surrendered in 1979 during his final year at law school. “Running had become a burden,” he says. “So one day I just woke up and said: ‘Okay God, I will go. I will preach. I will do whatever you want me to do.’ But despite putting him on the back www.thepositivecommunity.com

The Jefferson family matriarch, Mrs. Wernder Sanders Jefferson

burner for so many years, God did not withhold his blessings from me. This is what humbles me.” And thus, Rev. Dr. David Jefferson Sr., Esq. moves on with a message of hope and faith. “My message is about inspiring and stimulating the spirit. It is a message of self-sufficiency and doing.” It is a message, he believes, that is not just for the Metropolitan Church family, but for the entire Newark community. “I firmly believe that there is a spiritual awakening taking place in Newark,” he says. “People here may be excited about the new buildings that are going up but there is a more powerful thing that is happening—a spiritual renaissance is on the horizon,” proclaims, adding, “I can see it with my own eyes. But the way we are going to turn Newark around,” he stated, “ is not by having more cops on the streets or by funneling more money in the schools— though both are necessary measures. It will be by having Christ in every home. I have a platform that God has given to me and I am going to use it to raise up a generation that honors Christ.” And with his determined efforts, Pastor J and the Metropolitan Baptist Church allow the world an opportunity to see that indeed it is not blood that makes us family, but the ties of love that bind our hearts. October 2011 The Positive Community


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Dionne Warwick Celebrates Fifty Years in Entertainment

1961 seems like such a long time ago, and it was. Fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy was elected, segregation was still practiced in many parts of America, the Berlin Wall was being built, the first man went into space and Dionne Warwick was singing. Fifty years later, we celebrate our first black U.S. president, the Berlin Wall has been gone for more than 20 years, we’ve been to the moon and back, and Dionne Warwick is still singing and is now celebrating her fiftieth year in the entertainment business.


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“I’ve been saying it in my concerts and every time I say that number I think, ‘Wow!’” Ms. Warwick chuckled in a recent interview. “It’s a very exciting year for me.” And if anyone has had an exciting time over the past 50 years, it is definitely Dionne Warwick. One of the most accomplished musical artists in history, Ms. Warwick has been just about everywhere and seen and done just about everything. The East Orange, NJ native takes it all in stride and remains incredibly humble about her talents, accomplishments and her life in general—a feat unto itself—as well as connected to the community. “It’s home,” she said of New Jersey. “It’s everything I grew up knowing and learning. Ninety percent of the people I graduated with from East Orange High are still my friends.” She even still manages to get back to her old church. Warwick comes from a musical family; actually, musical royalty. “The Drinkards was my mother’s group,” she reflected. “My group was The Gospelaires.” The Drinkards was a gospel group made up of several of Warwick’s family members, including her mother, her aunts and uncles. Her aunt, Emily Drinkard, went on to considerable solo success and you most likely know her as gospel legend, Cissy Houston, mother of Warwick’s R&B/Pop-superstar cousin, Whitney Houston. One can only imagine the family reunions… And as if having gospel, pop and R&B divas in the immediate family isn’t enough, they’ve got opera covered too. Soprano diva Leontyne Price is also a cousin. Music has always been a tremendous part of Ms. Warwick’s life. As a young girl she sang at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ and as a teenager, performed at the Apollo with the Gospelaires and even sang back up for artists including Sam “The Man” Taylor, Ben continued on next page www.thepositivecommunity.com

E. King and The Drifters while still in high school. “I always wanted to sing; I love singing. And earning an honest living by doing it—I’ve got the best of both worlds,” Warwick opined. She continued to juggle both music and school when she was awarded a scholarship in Music Education to Connecticut’s Hartt College of Music, where she earned a Doctorate of Music Education. “I’d be teaching,” Ms. Warwick revealed—if her musical career had not taken off as it did. To say that her career took off is an understatement. Ms. Warwick’s accomplishments are literally too many to name, but some highlights include: 5 Grammy Awards, 3 songs in the Grammy Hall of Fame, 2 Recording Industry Association of America “Songs of the Century” and Cashbox Magazine’s #1 or #2 Pop and/or R&B female Vocalist EVERY YEAR from 1964-1971. Warwick was the first African American female performer to appear before the Queen of England at a Royal Command Performance and the first African American female artist to achieve 12 consecutive Top 100 singles. In addition to singing, Warwick has served as both the U.S. Ambassador for Health and a Global Ambassador for the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). She was one of the first public figures to champion HIV/AIDS awareness and research and still devotes much of her time and resources to that cause, as well as many others. “I’m the kid they call all the time,” she joked. “I support several causes, such as heart disease, diabetes and AIDS of course; and many things dealing with children… I’m a real sucker for babies.” As part of her 50th anniversary celebration, Warwick partnered with Harlem United Community AIDS Center to host a Town Hall Meeting on HIV/AIDS, called “That’s What Friends Are For,” titled after Warwick’s groundbreaking song on which she collaborated with Gladys Knight, Elton John and Stevie Wonder to raise millions of dollars for AIDS research. She was honored the following day by Congressman Charles Rangel and Councilwoman Inez with proclamations declaring it “Dionne Warwick Day” in Harlem. Despite so many accomplishments, awards and achievements, Ms. Warwick still has plans and goals for the future. “The Oscar, the Emmy and the Tony— not necessarily in that order,” she said matterwww.thepositivecommunity.com

of-factly. “That is something I definitely want to pursue and God willing, I’ll have the energy and the wherewithal to attain them.” Energy seems to be her forte; in addition to her music and charitable works, she has penned a memoir, a children’s book and a coffee table book and hopes to write more in the future. “I enjoy it,” she said. “And people have accepted me as an author and I have the ability to do it. So why not?” Her music serves as a soundtrack to so many lives with song after song and hit after hit, a collection of recognizable melodies and memorable lyrics accompanied by that silky smooth, unforgettable voice. She has broken barriers, starred on television and in film, tackled the literary world and maintained her humility, family and friendships through it all. I asked if there had ever been something she tried at which she had not been talented or successful. “I don’t think I’m not good at anything,” she replied. “My grandfather gave me my mantra, ‘If I can think it, I can do it’ and I live by it.” She offered a bit of advice for young artists aspiring to success, but really, they were profound words to live by for all of us: “Remember where it comes from; remember that family and friendships are very, very important, and that God is in charge.”

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1. (l-r) Lloyd Williams, Chairman HARLEM WEEK, Jackie R. Adams, HARLEM WEEK Board Member, Julie Menin, Chair, Manhattan CB #1, Japan’s Ambassador Hiroki receive HARLEM WEEK Proclamation from Mayor Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion 2. (l-r) Assemblyman Keith Wright, Congressman Charles Rangel, and Former Mayor Hon. David Dinkins are greeted by U.S. Ambassador Suzan Johnson-Cook the Awards luncheon honoree at Columbia University co sponsored by Positive Community 3. Fabulous fashion at “A Great Day in Harlem” “Fashion Flava” Show 4. Gospel great, Bishop Hezekiah Walker performing at “A Great Day” 5. Adrian Council Publisher, Positive Community greets radio legend “Imhotep” Gary Byrd of WBLS.FM / WLIB.AM at Economic Development Day 6. American Airlines Vice President, Art Torno presents AA/HARLEM WEEK 2011 scholarship to deserving college student, Kristin Grant 7. The Honda exhibit at the Upper Manhattan Auto Show 8. Young Dancers performing at the Children’s Festival 9. A fabulous antique auto at the Upper Manhattan Auto Show 10. (l) Hon. Inez Dickens, NY City Council Member & (r) Hon. Yasuhisa Kawamura, Consulate General of Japan Mission present award to honoree Hon. David Paterson, former NY State Governor at the 9/11 Tribute at the Sky Scraper Museum 11. Guests are treated to a spectacular viewing of the 9/11 “Tribute in Light” 12. Voza Rivers, HARLEM WEEK, Vice Chairman introduces vocalist Lady Cantrese at the popular “Joints are Jumpin’” event at Lenox Lounge


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Donna Walker-Kuhne Shares Audience Development Strategies with Russia Bravo Donna Walker-Kuhne! Yes, I say “Bravo!” By Linda Armstrong











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onna Walker–Kuhne has the distinction of being the person selected as our country’s representative for a U.S.-Russian Bilateral Presidential Commission goodwill mission to Russia to teach arts organizations in that country how to develop audiences for the arts. Could they have chosen anyone better? I think not. Donna is the founder and president of Walker International Communications Group, a marketing company that specializes in audience development for the arts, especially theater. “It made me extremely proud,” Donna said reflecting on how it felt when she learned that she had been chosen. “And my family and friends were extremely proud, too. I grew up in a single parent home on the Southside of Chicago and part of my mission in life is to break through barriers and create access to the arts,” she explained. In Russia, Walker-Kuhne conducted workshops with the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts, Russian State Humanities University, The Moscow Art Theatre School, Moscow International House of Music, and the International University. She focused on sharing 10 tools for building audiences. “I made sure my lectures would touch their hearts and leave them with solid tools they could implement,” she recalled. www.thepositivecommunity.com


“They did work groups to create strategies and they would report the strategies. They appreciated that because they said their ideas and I commented on what I heard. There was a real sense of appreciation. I met with theater directors who had been working for 20, 30, and 40 years. They shared their war stories and I shared what we have gone through developing audiences. I felt I accomplished my mission with them. All this was done through a translator. They gave me one that had grown up in America and she had the same energy I had,” Walker-Kuhne recalled. With her credentials, it’s no wonder she was selected to represent the U.S. She holds a BA degree in History from Loyola University and a Juris Doctor degree from Howard University. She says she developed her passion for marketing the arts as a volunteer at the Thelma Hill Performing Arts Center in Brooklyn, where she taught herself arts administration and marketing. After that she took a job as marketing associate at the Dance Theatre of Harlem under artistic director, Arthur Mitchell. She went on to become executive assistant to Mitchell, and finally, the director of marketing. Walker-Kuhne worked for years as the marketing director for the New York Shakespeare Festival at The Public Theatre with George C. Wolfe. She has been an adjunct professor at New York University for 20 years, Columbia University for eight years and Brooklyn College, seven years. She serves on boards including Theater at Riverside Church, Harlem Arts Alliance, Brooklyn Arts Council, Dance USA and International Theater and Literacy Project. She is vice-chair of The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce Arts, Culture and Entertainment Committee and a member of the Broadway League. Her first book, Invitation to the Party: Building Bridges to Arts, Culture and Community, was published in 2005. Ms. Walker-Kuhne is a volunteer with the SGI-USA, a worldwide peace organization serving as Vice Director for New York and a licensed Minister of Ceremonies for New York State. She is co-founder of Impact Broadway, a socially and technology driven audience development initiative serving 150 African American and Latino students throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City. These students have participated in Broadway productions and social networking and participate in seminars and lectures. Wow, that is more than a mouthful! Some of Walker International Communications Group’s clients include: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Apollo Theater, Berklee College of MusicCity Music Program, Boston Black Theater Collective, Casita Maria Educational Center, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Fordham United Methodist Church, LARK Theater, Louis Armstrong House Museum, Midnight Cry, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, President’s Commission on Arts and Humanities Coming Up Taller Awards and Broadway’s own “Stick Fly.” www.thepositivecommunity.com


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Newark Concert Features Gospel Greats

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inning ovation after ovation, many of the greatest names in Newark gospel music history lent their talents to a foot-stomping, handclapping concert September 25 at Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Jason C. Guice as host pastor Among those performing were Robert Banks, whose links to the city’s gospel scene date to the early 1950s and Savoy records; Rev. Charles Banks, who sang his legendary hit, “Lord, I Tried,” and Enoch Franklin, the last living original member of the Gospel Clefs. “This is an historic evening in an historic place,” said Dr. Albert J. Lewis, Jr., the emcee for the evening and founder of the World Gospel Music Association, as Voncecile Morgan of the Morgan Singers recalled the thrill of singing in the same place where she heard the Mighty Clouds of Joy as a teenager. The concert launched sales of a two-year keepsake calendar created by Barbara Kukla, longtime editor of The Star-Ledger’s “Newark This Week” section before her retirement. “My interest in gospel music dates to the 1960s when my friend Viola Wells (Miss Rhapsody) was a

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Rev. Dr. Jason C. Guice, pastor Hopewell Baptist Church

member of the Black Churchmen of Newark and Vicinity’s Crusade Choir and I began going to rehearsals and revivals with her,” Kukla said. “Just about everyone in the calendar has been a friend for many years.” Also on the program were the Rev. Dr. Elton T. Byrd, the Frierson Singers, Jean Cheek, Annette Evans, Vincent Freeman and the Voices of Victory with Minister Bobbie Fewell and Missionary Carrie Holder as soloists. The calendar includes a History of Newark Gospel Music and YouTube links for many artists. Those featured are: Bernice Bass, the Coleman Brothers, Rev. Dr. Lawrence C. Roberts, Alex Bradford, Cissy Houston, Anna Lundy Lewis, Hattie Fields, Dolores Branch, the Hightower Singers, Donald Malloy, Alvin Darling, Francine Finley, Rev. Stef & Jubilation, Rev. Peter Winstead, the Rhodaires, the Back Home Choir, and the Pitts Sisters. Single calendar copies are $15. Bulk rates are available for churches and community groups. For further information, contact Barbara Kukla at (973) 325-3760 or bjkukla@aol.com. Photos: Tony Graves

Barbara Kukla with gospel pioneers Robert Banks, the Rev. Charles Banks and Enoch Franklin


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A Proud Moment in History National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter hosts 25th Founders Day


he National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Bergen/Passaic Chapter (NCBW 100), recently hosted its 25th Founders Day and installation of officers at Community Baptist Church, in Englewood. Assemblywoman Elease Evans delivered the keynote address. Nearly 200 guests shared the special occasion with the organization as Founder Mary Ann Miller was honored and the newly elected and appointed officers were sworn in by Hon. Judge Sandra Ann Robinson. A resolution and certificates of commendation were presented by Englewood Mayor Frank Huttle and Assemblywoman Valerie Huttle, Englewood Councilwoman Lynne Algrant, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Senator Loretta Weinberg and Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan. In a thank you letter to the organization, Mrs. Miller wrote, “This has been another event that I shall never forget. Assemblywoman Evans spoke to me and I heard every word. I felt that she knew me and understood my thoughts and feelings and love for the organization.”

L–R:Bergen County Executive Kathleen A. Donovan, Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Assemblywoman Elease Evans, Senator Loretta Weinberg and Mary Ann Miller

L–R: Assemblywoman Elease Evans, Mary Ann Miller and Newly re-elected chapter president, Deborah Wicher Jackson

Re-elected President Deborah Witcher Jackson later said, “… Mary Ann Miller's presence at the anniversary of our 25th year observance was emotional and reminded the membership of the importance of NCBW’s dedication to continue affecting policy and being a part of the discussion in bringing forth solutions.”

Chapter Members


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NEWARK BRANCH NAACP 97TH Annual Freedom Fund Awards Dinner Donation $75 per person For Tickets and Information Call 973-624-6400

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Thursday, October 20, 2011 • 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm The Terrace Ballroom at Newark Symphony Hall Joyce Simmons Branch President Newark NAACP

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L–R: Rev. Dr. Frank J. Blackshear with retiring Pastors’ Aide League president, Deaconess Cora Davis. L–R: Sis. Lee Alexander and Rev. Dr. Joan J. Brightharp

L–R: Dr. Bob Lee, USA Diner waitress, Denise and Rev. Benjamin Monroe


ev Dr. Benjamin Monroe, founder of the Cold or Hot Food and Music Ministry (COHFAMM) recently awarded scholarships to students at a breakfast held in their honor at the USA Diner in Queens, NY. WBLS radio personality, “Doctor” Bob Lee was also on hand to report the event live, on The Steve Harvey Morning Show!


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The Pastors’ Aide League Supports Pastors


he Pastors’ Aide League of New York and Vicinity hosted their first banquet on September 16th at Harlem’s Alhambra Ballroom. Under the leadership of its new president, Sis. Lee Alexander, the organization honored the tireless efforts of past president Deaconess Cora Davis for 30 years of service.



AN EVENING OF Kenneth INSPIRATION AND PRAISE, Gainey Saturday, October 15, 6:00pm Saint Marks United Methodist Church, 49-55 Edgecombe Ave at 137th &St. Nicholas Avenue, NY NY 10030; Rev. Glyger G. Beach, pastor Kenneth Gainey (pictured) and Friends present this evening with special guests, the Cocolo Japanese Gospel Choir (directed by Greg Hopkins of Convent BC), Requithelia Allen, Kenneth Hanson, Minister Franco Harris, Sonja Price, Akiko Nishimura and Master of Ceremony Brother Bill (DeFossett) of WHCR 90.3 FM. For more information call (347) 255-9413 or (212) 465-3450. 3rd ANNUAL KINGDOM CHOICE AWARDS Saturday, October 29, 7:30pm Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, One University Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11201 Presented by Minister Marcus Hall, “to encourage and acknowledge urban gospel artists who face a lot of opposition and don’t get the support they should get.” The 2011 KCA honorees are Grammy® nominated Gospel Gangstaz (pictured) and New York City trailblazers J.A.Z. and Magellan. Recognized as one of the best award shows in the genre, awards will be presented in 16 categories with live performances by some of the leading urban gospel artists in the country. For more information call (646) 492-4597. JAZZ AT BETHANY Saturday, November 5, 6:00pm Bethany Baptist Church, 275 West Market Street, Newark NJ 07103 Rev. Dr. M. William Howard, pastor In October 2000 a new ministry was born at Bethany, Jazz Vespers, to “Worship the Lord to the Sounds of Jazz” on the first Saturday of every month, from October through June. The first artist of the new and 10th season is trumpeter Marcus Printup (pictured). He has several records as a leader, Song for the Beautiful Woman, Unveiled, Hub www.thepositivecommunity.com

Songs and Nocturnal Traces, to name a few. He is also in demand as an educator. He facilitates master classes/clinics at middle schools, high schools and universities across the U.S. For more on this artist visit MarcusPrintup.net. Jazz Vespers is followed by a meet-and-greet the artist reception with light refreshments. For more information call (973) 623 8161 Admission is FREE.

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THE STARS OF NEW YORK DANCE 2011 Friday, November 18, 7:00pm Kumble Theatre for the Performing Arts, One University Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11201 Rev. Dr. Johnny Ray Youngblood, pastor of Brooklyn’s Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, is participating in this dance competition presented by United Way of New York City that helps to raise dance scholarship funds for children. Similar to Dancing with the Stars, The Stars of New York Dance pairs five NYC community leaders (dancing stars) with five principal dancers from local dance organizations (dancing partners) to compete for a $5,000 Dance Access Award for their dance partners’ organization. Susan L. Taylor, editor emeritus of Essence Magazine and founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement, will be honored. Errol Louis of NY 1 News will host and dance the tango. NYC Council Member Letitia James will make a special presentation. Tickets are $50, $100—includes pre-show (5:30PM) reception. For info call (718) 488-1624.

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Dorinda Clark-Cole I Survived Grace & Peace! t’s been three years in the making . . . The newest member of the Light Records family and legendary three-time Grammy™ Award Winner Dorinda Clark-Cole is now telling the world I Survived! “The Rose of Gospel” has released her fifth solo album with familiar, traditional sounds and a HipHop tune, “Back to You,” that is receiving consistent radio rotation as we speak. This powerful woman of God keeps that church music going not only on her CD, but also on TCT Network’s Dorinda Show and in just about everything else she does. She has ministered all over the world, but is presently serving as the assistant to the elect Lady of the Evangelism Department of the C.O.G.I.C. church. She is also a member and administrator at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ under the leadership of Bishop J. Drew Sheard. Dorinda can never be accused of having idle hands as her resume includes numerous accomplishments both in and outside of the music business. In addition to recording and ministering, Clark-Cole is the founder of Harvestime Ministries, the co-host of TCT’s Celebrate on the Road and a guest judge on Verizon’s How Sweet The Sound. Now when you can’t find her on TV, you can hear her on her radio show, Serving Up Soul, on SUS radio. She is also the founder and CEO of Lifeline Productions Inc., which holds an annual Singers and Musicians Conference. Her “Rose Collection” clothing is being distributed by Terra Mina Fashions—but wait you can’t do clothes without accessories—so Dorinda is bringing it with her own jewelry line called “Dorinda Collections.” Wait, did I mention that she’s a wife, a mother of two



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and recently a grandmother of one healthy baby boy? My question is where did she find the time to make another CD? Clark-Cole explains it by saying, “. . . It’s all about being in the right place at the right time, and allowing God to use you and let your gifts flourish. All of my current ventures were the result of being available for God to use me and taking advantage of the right opportunities.” Evangelist Clark-Cole has a powerful testimony; it’s an encouraging one that she’s not ashamed to admit. She went through a dark period and even contemplated suicide at one point, but as the title of her latest offering professes, she survived. Describing a particularly bleak point she said, “. . . I just couldn’t take it anymore and I got into my car and I began to drive to the river. I was about to drive my car off the bridge . . . God spoke to me just as plain as day and said, ‘Dorinda, are you going to let everything that has been invested in you go down the drain?’ And when I heard God’s voice, I began to take my foot off the accelerator and the car started coasting right to the bridge. And the Lord whispered to me and said, ‘Peace be unto you.’ And that’s when I grabbed the steering wheel and I said, ‘Lord I thank you.’ I began to weep and cry. I Survived! is a collection of songs that proves if she can survive, you can too. “If it had not been for God keeping me, right then I would have been doomed and consumed. I want it to reach those who are strung out on drugs. I want them to be able to hand it over to other drug abusers and say listen to it and have it bless their lives.” She gives all the credit back to God, saying “I want to thank the Almighty God, our Father, who gave His Son Jesus Christ so that I would have this message to sing—of this good news to save a dying world and change lives through gospel music.” The woman who told the world “I am still here, it’s by the grace of God” can add to that testimony, I Survived!


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L–R: Transplant recipient Woodly Thelusma with UMDNJ transplant surgeon Dorian Wilson

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A New Liver, A New Life Reprinted in part by permission from the Summer 2011 issue of Pulse, the magazine of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.


mong all of Woodly Thelusma’s strange symptoms, his eyes provided the strongest clue to his serious illness. They had turned a deep yellow. It was 2002, and he was in high school at the time--a typical seventeenyear-old who ran track at Newark’s Science High School, hung out with friends and lived on junk food. But lately he’d been feeling sick. His stomach was distended and he itched everywhere. But strangest of all were the yellow eyes. Woodly’s dad Jean took his son to the doctor, saying, “Check out my son’s eyes.” The doctor did a double-take and sent the teen for tests. A few days later, Woodly learned he had primary sclerosing cholangitis, a serious liver disease. Liver transplant is the only cure. Thus began the young man’s odyssey through recurring waves of illness and seeming recovery—an odyssey that took the teen to the point of liver failure in the fall of 2004. His life was saved by a liver transplant in January 2005. Throughout his ordeal, he lived his life with teenage single-mindedness, going to school, shooting hoops and dreaming of a future, perhaps as a physician. Woodly’s life changed once he received his diagnosis. “My parents restricted my activities,” he says. “I couldn’t play sports and my mom put me on a low-fat diet. No more pizza and cheese steaks—now it was brown rice. But nothing made me feel better. My dad constantly told me to stop itching. Sometimes I would scratch my skin off.” Ironically, Woodly’s father also had PSC, and several years ago had also been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. “My dad was frequently sick, but he kept it under wraps and we didn’t talk about it,” recalls Woodly. “I think perhaps he was in denial about my illness.” Woodly enrolled at Rutgers in the fall of 2003. He went off to live in a dorm and do all the things college students do. Studying was a priority, because he hoped to attend medical school. But his PSC kept getting in the www.thepositivecommunity.com

way. “I was in denial,” he says. “I tried to take care of myself, but when I didn’t eat right or got overtired, my gall bladder swelled like a balloon.” He missed many classes and his schoolwork suffered as a result of his illness. Woodly’s health continued to deteriorate. In September 2004, he saw UMDNJ transplant surgeon Dorian Wilson. At this point, his liver function was so poor that he was placed on the liver transplant list. “I was devastated,” he says. “I’m not one to cry, but I’d seen all the suffering my dad went through. I felt God was testing me to see if I could get through this.” He made the difficult decision to withdraw from school and went home to wait for a donor liver. “My dad and I hung out together, but I felt he was avoiding me. If I walked into a room, he walked out. It was understandable--he was sad.” Late the night of January 24, 2005 came the call. A liver was finally available. “It was the best thing that could’ve happened to me, but I didn’t want it,” he says. His father drove him to the hospital, so anxious that he drove through every red light and stopped at every green one. “At one point, my dad said, ‘If you don’t want to do this, it’s ok.’ But it wasn’t ok at all. I knew I’d die without this liver.” Woodly’s transplant was performed by Baburao Koneru, MD, chief of the Division of Transplantation at New Jersey Medical School. His donor was a 39-yearold woman with two sons. “She saved my life,” he says soberly. Fortunately, his recovery was uneventful. Woodly returned to Rutgers and graduated with honors in spring 2008, going on to get his Master’s in Public Health in a program run jointly by UMDNJ and Rutgers. Now, he’s prepping for the MCATs and plans to apply to NJMS and other medical schools. “I’d like to stay in Newark near my family,” he says. “I have a strong feeling about being here. It’s where my life was saved.” October 2011 The Positive Community



Norma J. Goodwin, M.D. is founder, president and CEO of Health Power for Minorities LLC® (Health Power®) and editor-in-chief of www.healthpowerforminorities.com.

ctober is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and women of color should know about breast cancer every month. But awareness alone, is not enough: Knowledge + Action = Power!® This monthly column will always focus on both, for empowerment. Although breast cancer occurs in 1 out of 8 women, it can often be cured without breast removal if found and treated early. African American women have the highest death rate from breast cancer. Many of these deaths are preventable. Too many women of color who develop breast cancer do not see a doctor at once because of fear of losing a breast, or looking different. With early diagnosis and treatment, physical appearance is often not a problem, and many complications can be avoided.


Good News 1. If breast cancer is found and treated early, 9 out of 10 women can be cured. Men get breast cancer, too, but it’s less than 1%. 2. Although there are no simple ways to prevent breast cancer, women can do a lot to increase early diagnosis and treatment. Remember, although prevention is always better than a cure, early disease detection is the next best thing. Key Risks Women Can Avoid or Control • First pregnancy after age 30 • Having used oral birth control pills (for some) • Hormone treatment after menopause • Drinking alcohol heavily • Being overweight or obese • Not having enough physical activity • By the way, physical activity is also good for preventing and treating diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure (hypertension), and heart disease. How to Detect Breast Cancer Early Women should know key signs and symptoms of possible breast cancer and if they observe any of them, see their doctor at once. If they don’t have a regular doctor, they should go to a community health center or hospital. Here are the key signals: • A breast lump or thickening that feels different from the surrounding tissue, however, a lump often doesn’t mean cancer.


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• Bloody discharge from the nipple • Change in the size or shape of a breast • Changes in the skin over the breast, like redness or dimpling • Peeling, scaling, redness or flaking of the nipple, or skin • Inverted nipple. • Although most breast changes don’t turn out to be cancer, women should still see a doctor for any of the signals above. Recommended Tests for Early Breast Cancer Detection Screening tests before women develop signs of breast cancer often result in earlier diagnosis and treatment, and thus a much greater chance of cure. The three most important screening tests are: (1) breast self-examination at the same time every month, (2) a mammogram (x-ray of the breast) and (3) clinical breast examination—by a physician or other skilled health professional. The American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and Health Power for Minorities (Health Power) all recommend that women 20 to 39 have a mammogram every 3 years, and starting at age 40, every year. In addition, starting at age 40, women should have a clinical breast examination every year. Don’t Let Access to Care Issues Stand in the Way Unfortunately, many minority women don’t have health insurance and therefore, don’t get proper care. Efforts to repeal the federal health reform act that passed last year would make matters worse, which is why they should be actively opposed. Even many minority women who have health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, don’t get the preventive care or treatment they need. Don’t be caught short and risk unnecessary illness and early death. Although access to care is clearly a challenge for some, it should not stand in the way of breast cancer screening and early detection. Think of it this way: Respect Yourself and Protect Yourself. And, if you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for those who love you! Until next month, visit www.healthpowerforminorities.com for much more information for physical, mental and spiritual health. Remember: Knowledge + Action = Power!® www.thepositivecommunity.com

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tart Out Fresh Intervention Advocates (fondly referred to as S.O.F.I.A.) is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, supportive services to “at risk” women and children who have suffered domestic violence. A group of passionate supporters turned out Saturday,

September 10 for a Walk Against Domestic Violence at Canterbury Park in Montclair, NJ. The walk is part of the plan the organization’s founder, Cynthia Walker, has outlined in her efforts to raise funds to establish the S.O.F.I.A. Success Center, which will provide healing and wellness programs

for domestic violence victims and their families.“Our mission is to make each of our domestic violence victim clients become self-sufficient, positive and successful,” declared Walker. A highlight of the event was the “prayer on the hill,” in memory of loved ones. For more information visit www.supportsofia.org

The Rise Up Against Domestic Violence Red Carpet Event LaTonya Blige

L–R: Siblings Ladan, Tenin and Azumi Baba Ndanani


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he Rise Up Against Domestic Violence Red Carpet Event that took place at the Kenilworth Inn in Kenilworth, NJ recently, was designed to raise awareness of domestic violence and its impact on families. Artists featured on the Rise Up Against Domestic Violence music compilation performed and LaTonya Blige inspired the audience with a motivational speech. The YWCA provided domestic violence awareness information and resources. Readers can learn more about domestic violence and support the Rise Up project at riseupworld.com.

L–R: Norman Bradley, CEO of BKS with newest songstress Tenin Baba Ndanani www.thepositivecommunity.com

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Englewood Hospital Hosts Free Prostate Screening In Recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month L–R: Jazz Foundation of America members Maurice McIntyre, Chuck Ferrugia, Roy Campbell, Michael Max Fleming, Laurence Ridley, and Craig Haynes take part in Englewood Hospital and Medical Center’s free prostate cancer screening event.


nglewood Hospital and Medical Center (englewoodhospital.com) recently hosted its annual prostate cancer screening event in recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Over 140 men from neighboring communities participated in the free, confidential screening which aims to educate and raise awareness about this disease. The event was held at The Englewood Field Club and in partnership with the Drive Against Prostate Cancer, the nation’s only free mobile prostate cancer program.

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Heart recipients foursome


ore than one hundred participants gathered on September 26th for the NJ Sharing Network Foundation’s 13th Annual Golf and Tennis Classic to further advance the organization’s life-saving mission and it was a foursome— (L-R above) Clement Dunnigan, Dennis Perkins, Richard Weiss and Gerald Reddington —all heart transplant recipients, who posted this year’s best score in the golf tournament. One of the event highlights was the presence of 17-year old Joe DiSanto, a heart recipient, who golfed during the day and addressed the attendees during the evening reception and awards ceremony. NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. For information, contact us at 1-800-SHARE-NJ (1-800-742-7365) or visit www.sharenj.org to register as an organ and tissue donor.  The NJ Sharing Network Foundation supports the work of NJ Sharing Network to increase the number of lives saved through education, research and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of transplantation. www.thepositivecommunity.com

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Kahlil Carmichael is the Pastor and Founder of It Is Well Living Church located in Central, 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 www.livewellfaith.com or call 732-921-3746

Do Not Be Afraid of the Truth his month I made the decision to make some time for me and take a self assessment of my physical, spiritual, and mental well being. I wanted to make sure that after having preached to others, I will not be disqualified in my service to God. In other words I wanted to be certain that I was physically and spiritually fit! First, is an assessment of my spiritual fitness level. Am I reading and studying the word of God daily to increase my spiritual muscles as well as enhance and develop my personal relationship with the Father through the Son? Am I walking in love with my fellow man and more importantly my wife and children so I can run this race and obtain the prize? Now it is time for the physical assessment of my life! Am I exercising within all three components of fitness (aerobic, strength training, and flexibility instruction) so that I can truly benefit from my fitness regimen? The next step was to get some feedback from mentors such as my pastor and other mentors within the faith. What was their assessment you ask? The check up went well. I was spiritually healthy and the Spirit of God was active in my life! Thank God. Finally it was time for a physical check-up. My physician gave me a thorough examination, checked my blood pressure, administered a prostate exam, and took blood to examine. What was the outcome of this physical examination? Well, it wasn’t great… My blood pressure was borderline hypertensive, my AC-1 levels were slightly elevated and my cholesterol levels were high. I was surprised but not disappointed. The bible says “you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you


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free.” I was now free to do the things that the Spirit was calling me to do from within. The Sprit had been prompting me to increase the intensity of my workouts as I was experiencing a plateau. I was now being led to slow down and get some rest to reduce stress and fatigue. The physical examination liberated me to press on past my pride and realize I had to pursue better health habits— healthier habits that were based upon the specificity of my life now and not what worked ten, fifteen, and even twenty years ago. What truth are you not facing about your physical fitness and health? Do you really believe that yoga alone is enough to help you increase your fitness level? Do you really believe that boot camp once per week serves as a realistic replacement for consistent exercise? What about that lie that we all tell ourselves that if we eat right and lose weight we can continue to avoid exercise? My ministry has started a new program called The Fit Care program where you can receive professional fitness help for free! That’s right! Fitness assessments and programs all designed to give you guidance and support for your journey towards optimum physical fitness and health. Now that I know the truth concerning my health due to a physical examination, I am free to pursue my new goal; being in the best shape of my life! My latter shall be greater and so shall yours! Do not be afraid of the truth! Here are some facts about the benefits of exercise! Exercise controls weight - Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores. Exercise combats poor health conditions and diseases - No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic synwww.thepositivecommunity.com

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drome, type 2 diabetes, depression, and certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls. Exercise improves mood - Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem. Exercise boosts energy Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily life. Exercise promotes better sleep Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep. Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise. Exercise can be fun Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new Courtesy of the Mayo Clinic

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. www.thepositivecommunity.com

A CONVERSATION WITH NORMAN K. GOTTWALD AND FRIENDS In Honor of the Grand Opening of the Center at Stony Point Center, New York ALL ARE WELCOME SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2011 7:00-9:00 pm TRINITY AND ST. PHILIP’S CATHEDRAL Corner of Broad and Rector Streets, Newark, NJ

Reverend Norman K. Gottwald, Ph.D., is pastPresident of The Society of Biblical Literature. He is known throughout the world for his pioneering research on the origins of Ancient Israel and his commitment to Social Justice issues. Conversation will focus upon bridging the gap between the academic study of the Bible and ministry in behalf of the poor and marginalized. THE NEWARK SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY Two Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102 www.newarkschooloftheology.org 973-297-0505 • nstnewark@aol.com THE CENTER AND LIBRARY FOR THE BIBLE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE www.clbsj.org • www.stonypointcenter.org October 2011 The Positive Community


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L–R: Marion Scott, president NAHSE; Urana Jones; honorees Percy Allen II and Robert Richards; Georges Leconte; honoree Chris Constantino; June-Delina Parkes; Greg Calliste and honoree, George Hulse. SEATED: Honoree Beverly Fong (Center) with scholarship winners Ramona R. Gonzales (L) and Alissa Jones (R), flank honoree Beverly Fong.


he National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) places its origin as far back as the early 1930’s, when a group of black health executives formed what was then called the National Hospital Association (NHA), an affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA). In 1936, a meeting of all "Negro Hospital Executives" was held at Lincoln Hospital in Durham, NC. At that meeting, the NHA was renamed the National Conference of Hospital Administration (NCHA). Dr. Albert W. Dent was named Chairman and Mr. John Procope was named Secretary-Treasurer. After several changes in leadership, the Conference's activities were limited to one informal meeting held in conjunction with the annual AHA meeting. In 1968, NAHSE was formed and Mr. Everett W. Fox was named the first president. Since its inception, NAHSE has sponsored and participated in local and national programs and projects designed to improve quality, access and availability to health services and to expand educational opportunities in the field of Health Services Administration. The New York Chapter held its annual scholarship and awards dinner at Marina Del Rey in Queens, NY. Denise Brooks-Williams is NAHSE national president, Marion Scott is New York chapter president. www.thepositivecommunity.com

When Shawna had an aneurysm in her brain RWJ’s Gamma Knife was the perfect solution Shawna Scheidt was a typical college student, pursuing a degree in psychology. But two years ago she lost consciousness due to a near fatal AVM – a tangle of blood vessels called an arteriovenous malformation that leaked blood into her brain. Rushed to the hospital, Shawna had emergency surgery to stop the hemorrhage and limit the damage to her brain. When she awakened, she began a challenging recovery to restore her ability to walk and talk again. She was introduced to Dr. Shabbar F. Danish, Director of the Gamma Knife Treatment Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Suspicious that a portion of the AVM was still present, Dr. Danish ordered a cerebral angiogram, and with the results, the neurosurgical team at RWJ recommended a non-surgical procedure to treat the residual lesion. Shawna was treated using the newest generation of the Gamma Knife in the region, Perfexion, available only at RWJ. Using pinpoint accuracy, thousands of beams of radiation were simultaneously delivered to dissolve the malformation while protecting the healthy surrounding tissue. Shawna went home the same afternoon and enjoyed dinner with her family, which would be impossible with conventional treatment. Today, she is back to her normal routine and looks forward to returning to college.

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Developing Your Child’s Passion y favorite quote is by John A. Taylor from Notes on an Unhurried Journey.


When we adults think of children there is a simple truth that we ignore: childhood is not preparation for life; childhood is life. A child isn’t getting ready to live; a child is living. No child will miss the zest and joy of living unless these are denied by adults who have convinced themselves that childhood is a period of preparation. How much heartache we would save ourselves if we would recognize children as partners with adults in the process of living, rather than always viewing them as apprentices. How much we could teach each other; we have the experience and they have the freshness. How full both our lives could be.

As a pediatrician, my job is to ensure my sick young patients get well and my healthy young patients remain well so that they can continue to lead productive, fulfilling lives. My job is also to guide them in making healthy choices that allow them be successful not only in the future but in the present moment. As parents, we often get caught up preparing our children for adulthood as if their lives begin when they reach the magical age of 18. We often forget that children are living life right now and have many contributions to offer. Many parents lay the groundwork for success by having their children take extra academic classes or shuttling them to hectic dance, gymnastics or sports schedules because they want them to be the best they can be. Some parents, however, live their lives through their children without even realizing it. They frequently get caught up in preparing for the future and forget that childhood only comes around once. If you just turn on the television and watch shows like Dance Moms and Toddlers and Tiaras, you get a glimpse of intense parents who sacrifice the present for the future and potential stardom. Parenting is very challenging because a parent has to separate dreams, desires, and interests from those of the child. Children can be very different and have interests that are opposite those of their mother and father. The job of parents is to recognize and cultivate the true spirit and passion of their child. Forcing a child to participate in activities for which he has absolutely no interest may actually cause more harm than good.


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Now I’m not advocating giving in to your child’s every whim. Parents often need to strongly encourage and sometimes demand that their children do things that they don’t want to do. Certain things are not optional and everything is not always up for negotiation. What I am saying is that it’s important for a child to fully experience being a child. Fun, normal play, relationships with peers, dealing with social challenges and trying new activities all help provide young people with the tools and experiences they need to develop into healthy, productive adults. Children who “miss the zest and joy of living” are those whose lives are centered on preparing for something in their future that is not their passion. They may be training to be the prima ballerina when they would rather be in the school play. They may be playing year round soccer when they would rather dance. Young people caught up in this situation may suffer from loss of motivation, anxiety, depression, anger and/or resentment. Their parents may wonder why they aren’t performing up to their full capability or why they seem to be going through the motions. It’s our goal as adults to find our children’s passion and develop their God-given talents so that they thrive and contribute their zest and zeal throughout their lives. A child who loves to write may enjoy and benefit from writing for the school newspaper or submitting their work to online forums for children/teens. A child who loves to dance in the mirror should be encouraged to audition for the school dance team or musical and perhaps take an outside dance class. Parental support and encouragement is important in creating talented, motivated, and successful youth. About Dr. Liz Dr. Elizabeth Robinson Henry (Dr. Liz) has dedicated her life to providing youth with the knowledge and confidence to lead healthy and productive lives. She is the founder of Dr. Liz Consulting, a practice focused on making a difference in the lives of adolescents by addressing their physical, emotional, and mental needs. Teens, tweens and their parents can find resources on how to build self-confidence, manage anger and stress, and overcome issues such as bullying, emotions, fitting-in, and obesity at www.drlizforyouth.com. Disclaimer: The information in this article is solely for educational purposes and should not be relied on for a diagnosis. Always consult your physician for medical advice, treatment, and/or diagnosis.


Passings Fred Shuttlesworth March 18, 1922 – October 5, 2011


ev. Fred Shuttlesworth was a driving force in the U.S. Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s. He became pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1953 and in May, Photo: nps.gov 1956, he and Ed Gardner established the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights when the State of Alabama formally outlawed the NAACP from operating within the state. In 1957 Shuttlesworth, along with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rev. Ralph Abernathy, Rev. Joseph Lowery, Rev. T. J. Jemison, Rev. C. K. Steele, Rev. A. L. Davis, Bayard Rustin and Ella Baker founded the Southern Leadership Conference on Transportation and Nonviolent Integration, later renamed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Shuttlesworth participated in sit-ins against segregated lunch counters and took part in the organization and completion of the Freedom Rides in 1961. He took in the Freedom Riders at the Bethel Baptist Church, allowing them to recuperate after the violence that had occurred earlier in the day. Diane Nash, a student activist and major organizer of the later waves of Rides noted his commitment to the Freedom rides, saying, “Fred was practically a legend... He would not back down, and

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you could count on it. He would not sell out, [and] you could count on that.” In St. Augustine, Florida, he took part in marches and beach wade-ins that led directly to the passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. Shuttlesworth was a key figure in the Birmingham campaign that led to the initiation of the law, and the St. Augustine campaign that finally brought it into being. He was also active in Selma, Alabama, and the march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, thus playing an important role in the efforts that led to the passage of the two great legislative accomplishments of the civil rights movement. On January 8, 2001, Rev. Shuttlesworth was presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal by President Bill Clinton and in 2008 the Birmingham, Alabama Airport Authority approved changing the name of the Birmingham airport in his honor. The name was officially changed to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport the following October. Shuttlesworth vowed to “kill segregation or be killed by it.” He survived two bombings, a brutal beating by more than a dozen men and being jailed more than 35 times. After one bombing, when told that he should “get out of town” he replied, “I wasn't saved to run.”

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Award Winning Weight Loss Program Expands in Newark


arry H. Ostrowsky, president and COO of Barnabas Health, John A. Brennan, executive director and Darrell K. Terry, COO of Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey launch the biggest Beth Challenge to date, pitting Newark Mayor Cory Booker and City Hall employees against Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo and County employees. More than 1,000 employees are expected to participate in Newark Beth Israel’s award winning fitness, wellness and weight loss program. This is the second time Mayor Booker and City employees have participated in The Beth Challenge. In the first challenge, city employees lost a total of 890 pounds. Mayor Cory Booker lost nearly 30 pounds. “We are deeply committed to the Newark community and the health and well being of its residents,” said President Ostrowsky. The Beth Challenge is a successful weight loss program and contest designed by NBIMC, and offered to municipal employees to reduce their weight, improve their health, and help them to achieve healthy changes in their lifestyles. The three-part, 12-week weight loss and fitness challenge, which started in 2009, includes education and fitness training under the supervision of a registered dietitian/certified personal trainer. The Beth Challenge began in 2009 as a wellness program for employees. Close to 2,000 employees have participated from Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and

L-R: Councilman Carlos Gonzalez, Senator Teresa Ruiz; President/ COO of Barnabas Health, Barry H. Ostrowsky; AVP of Wellness at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center, Barbara Mintz; County Executive DiVincenzo; Mayor Booker; Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI) Executive Director John A. Brennan, MD; Deputy Mayor Margarita Muniz and NBI COO Darrell K. Terry.

Children’s Hospital of New Jersey. Together they have lost more than 8,000 pounds. Other partners include Philemon Church and Clearview Baptist Church in Newark and The Statehouse in Trenton. Future Beth partners include the Hospital Association and the Newark Museum. Beth’s wellness programs led the NBC show, “The Biggest Loser” to tape a casting call for the Spring show at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center this past summer.

Hospital’s Organic Garden Promotes Wellness and Nutrition


he Beth Garden was launched this past July. The garden is operated by Urban Farms and is located across from the medical center at 201 Lyons Avenue near Osborne Terrace. The garden is open to the general public and sells everything from tomatoes to organic lettuces, herbs and melons. The Garden will remain open until November.

L–R: Nwando Anyaoku, M.D., MPH, director of General Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of New Jersey/Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBI); NJ Health and Senior Services Commissioner Dr. Tina Tan; AVP of Wellness at NBI Barbara Mintz; Carolyn Fefferman, PhD, representing U.S. Senator Robert Menendez; Newark South Ward Councilman Ras Baraka; John A. Brennan, MD, executive director and Darrell K. Terry, COO, of NBI; Assemblywoman Cleopatra Tucker; Lorraine Gibbons of Urban Farms and Newark Council Chair Donald M. Payne.


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Reflections on the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Commemorations n the morning of September 11, 2001, my brother’s friend headed from his Brooklyn townhouse toward the subway, going to a computer consulting assignment at the World Trade Center. Before he reached the subway, a bird dropped its waste on the man’s suit. He returned home, changed clothes, and headed back toward the subway. But before he reached the World Trade Center, the first terrorist plane had already struck. If this man was late for his appointment, he was on time for his life. Saved by a bird? That same morning, my son’s friend in Queens was scheduled to begin working at the Windows on the World restaurant atop of the World Trade Center. For some reason, he decided not to go. We do need to counsel many of our young men regarding work ethic. But did questionable work ethic alone save my son’s friend? Before 9/11, some 50,000 people worked in the World Trade center on a typical day. Yet, fewer than 3,000 were reported killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. What happened? I give God the glory. We should mourn the people killed. We should mourn and honor first responders killed helping others, whether they perished instantly or expired over the ensuing decade from long-term effects of breathing toxic Ground Zero air. But we should also thank God for the many who lived. Commemoration of the 10th anniversary of “9/11” dominated much of September 2011’s media space. Television and radio stations, metropolitan and community newspapers extensively covered ceremonies at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. They retold details of the terrorist attacks and of Americans’ responses. They recapped the 10 years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq that have followed 9/11. I didn’t catch all the coverage. There was so much. But I snatched broad pieces of it by purposely surfing broadcast stations and browsing periodicals. Through it all, I do not recall reading or hearing anyone praising God for the many who escaped death on 9/11. Hopefully, someone did and I missed it. Some media commentary was about “us” vs. “them.” Henry Stern’s mid-September column in a local Queens newspaper was headlined, “Ten Years Later, They Still Want to Kill Us All.”



We should look beyond that self-imprisoning observation to a greater reality, without being naïve. In loving our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48) we should follow Christ’s instruction to the Twelve to “be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves” (Matthew 10:16; New International Version). That shrewdness should include recognizing the enemy, but should also include recognizing that not all Muslims are the enemy. Mass murderers are the enemy, whether they be Al Qaeda or Timothy McVeigh. Not all Muslims supported Osama bin-Laden. Not all Christians support the Christian militias in the United States. Let’s not make new enemies among the Muslims by persecuting them for other Muslims’ crimes. Nor should we equate the Lord of Hosts, with patriotism and American might. God is more capable of saving us than are drones, Navy Seals, or firepersons. Some Christian radio hosts have criticized New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg for resolving to omit prayer from the official Ground Zero 9/11 commemoration. The Apostle Paul advised Christians to “pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). So if a government official bans prayer during any government function, Christians who recognize the necessity of prayer can pray privately (Matthew 6:5-6) or with other believers. I don’t know if that’s Mayor Bloomberg’s thinking, but it’s mine. Jesus Christ said, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 23:21; New Revised Standard Version). I read this as a separation of God and state, not as a command to worship both. Read the verse within its conversational context (Matthew 23:15-22). In and out of prayer, we should “seek … first the kingdom of God” (Matthew 6:33). Official prayers at government functions may not do this. But we who belong to Christ, who are thereby part of God’s “holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9), should seek God’s solution to the problem of terrorism. What He has already done is a taste of what He can do. Most mass media play down His works, but we who believe must see those works and praise God for them.

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The Last Word BY BOB LAW AND THEN WE HEARD THE THUNDER ith the aid and support of most of the country’s media, the ultra-conservative right wing has begun to expand their war on the poor and working class in general and black Americans in particular. As America’s economy continues to struggle, some of the nation’s largest corporations continue to export jobs and industry overseas while outsourcing has cost the United States 2.9 million jobs while creating 2.4 million jobs overseas between 2004 and 2009. In the wake of increased attacks on unions, public schools, health care, and due process, coupled with the removal of essential services, as well as the marginalization of poor and working class Americans by corrupt foreclosure scams, it is apparent that black Americans will have to go beyond protest and begin to organize to affect and influence both public and private policy. There are many righteous people in the black community who have been subdued since the election of Bill Clinton, feeling that having a friend in the White House was sufficient to aid black progress. The Obama presidency has, however, introduced an intriguing challenge for black Americans. Most blacks have agreed to love him and keep our distance so that our legitimate aspirations cannot be used as yet another weapon against the Obama presidency. Black people can no longer afford to remain silent. In fact, it is time for all righteous people to stand against the right wing wickedness and hypocrisy snaking across America. In the absence of a strident black political presence, the right wing becomes emboldened. It was the black movement for justice that has always been America’s moral compass moving this nation from wrong to right. In the face of injustice we have always harkened to the words of that old Negro spiritual: “My lord calls me/ He calls me by the thunder/ I ain’t got long to stay


here.” It was that sentiment that compelled Dr. King to commit to being a drum major for justice Consider the recent debt ceiling debacle. The rightwing says that it is President Obama’s reckless fiscal policy that is hurling the country into astronomical debt. Consider this: since 2001, Bush and the republicans have raised the debt ceiling seven times and each time it was caused by Bush/Republican programs. Twice they cut taxes for the rich costing the government $4.4 trillion since 2001. They launched two wars—the first wars in American history that were not paid for by raising taxes or spending cuts to generate revenue to finance the wars. Instead they put it on the credit card and raised the debt ceiling, the cost to the nation since 2001is $1.7 Trillion. These right wing professional politicians are lying. They oppose President Obama because they are white, and as such feel compelled to destroy the presidency of the nation’s first black president. Somebody ought to stand up and tell the truth. The prophet Isaiah has made it clear that God is displeased when “none calleth for justice, nor any plead for truth” (Isaiah 59:4), for when “justice standeth afar off and truth is fallen in the street, equity cannot enter” (Isaiah 59:4). Sweet Honey In the Rock sings that we who love freedom are still on the journey. This then is an appeal to those who love freedom and justice to get busy and begin pushing back against racism, lies and deceit. We cannot remain silent any longer. Black Americans were settling down preparing to enjoy the new post racial America, and then we heard the thunder! Bob Law is a radio personality and activist. www.thepositivecommunity.com

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n less than two years, America will observe the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation—the sesquicentennial commemoration. From the date of January 1, 1863 through January 1, 2013 we, as a group are blessed with an enormous opportunity to measure, assess and define our American journey, our claim on the American Dream.

Below is a cultural narrative—our story—an oral history, a brief presentation of our deep collective experience that dates back

to before this nation’s founding: African Americans are a unique people with a peculiar history in this land. Brought to these shores in chains from Africa as slaves in the early 1600s, our people toiled and suffered as captives in brutal bondage for a quarter of a millennium (250 years). On January 1st 1863, two years into the Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln, became law, signaling an end to slavery. On that day, the African American community of the United States of America was born. One hundred years later, in August, 1963, at the height of the civil rights movement, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial as he led hundreds of thousands to a “March on Washington” seeking an end to discrimination and Jim Crow segregation in the South. It was a demand for full citizenship rights for the people in what has been called “The Second Emancipation.” Forty years after Martin Luther King’s tragic assassination in 1968, America elected its first black president, Barack Obama (2008). In one hundred years between the first and “second emancipation,” in the midst of bitter persecution, humiliation, lynching and the denial of basic human rights, the resiliency of the African American spirit continued to shine brightly in religion, invention, sports and in the creative arts—music, fashion, dance, language, literature and theater. Indeed, original American art forms and a popular culture which has become the envy of the world were founded upon the souls of a forlorn people! And that is our story-the Truth, Beauty and Goodness of a loving and gifted race revealed! An Extraordinary History Ours is an extraordinary history of trial, tribulation and triumph that we must never forget! This is the story that we must tell our children and be ever remembered by the young and the old. We the people, descendants of the Emancipation Proclamation, must tell our story to each other reminding ourselves, over and over again of the great, noble struggle and scarifies of those who came before us. This is our story, our cultural narrative, our Grand Jubilee and springboard into a great and prosperous future—a vision of hope and progress; health and wholeness; peace and goodwill!! Stay tuned to The Positive Community magazine and online www.thepositivecommunity.com for features and updates on news, church events, concerts, and other activities leading up to January 1, 2013—the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation—our Great Countdown to Freedom: The Grand Jubilee!! To become a Community Partner or Sponsor: Call Today 973-233-9200.


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The Positive Community is the only faith-based lifestyle magazine targeted to the African American market in the New York /New Jersey area....

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The Positive Community is the only faith-based lifestyle magazine targeted to the African American market in the New York /New Jersey area....