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Ron DeSantis’ Choice of a Latina Running

mate is a pathetic pandering attempt

NIA FRANKLIN WINS MISS AMERICA By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contrib. @StacyBrownMedia

The genius, intelligence, beauty and spirit of Black women, which continues to transform the world, shined brightly again Sunday as Nia Franklin became the first Miss America in the post-swimsuit era. “It took a lot of

perseverance to get here,” Franklin, the freshly crowned beauty queen, said after her win. “I want to thank my beautiful family, my mom and my dad, who is a survivor of cancer.” An opera singer, Franklin is a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and earned her master’s degree in music composition from UNC (Cont’d on page 2)

— “I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.” (Twitter Photo courtesy Miss America Pageant)

Washington, D.C. -In his latest column for HuffPost, America’s Voice Communications Manager and DACA-recipient Juan Escalante calls Ron DeSantis’ decision to pick Jeanette Nuñez as his number two in the Florida gubernatorial race “a favorite and familiar tactic of Republicans to deceive voters on the cruelty of their agenda and distract them from their extremist positions.” In the wake of Andrew Gillum’s historic victory in Florida’s Democratic primary last month, Ron DeSantis (President Donald Trump’s hand-picked successor to Republican Rick Scott) is pandering to weary Latino voters by recruiting State Rep. Jeanette Nuñez as his running mate in his bid to become Florida’s 46th governor. This tactic ― putting a Latino candidate on the ticket ― is a favorite and familiar tactic of

DeSantis Republicans to deceive voters on the cruelty of their agenda and distract them from their extremist positions. Nuñez is a CubanAmerican and Miami native who has served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives. Throughout her time in public service as a state legislator, Nuñez, a Republican, has repeatedly been a reasonable voice among the extremists of her party. She consistently stood up to her

Nuñez colleagues whenever attempts to pass legislation targeting immigrant communities came before the state house, and her thorough understanding of how Florida’s diverse population contributes to the state’s economy has earned her a rapport with immigration advocates. One of Nuñez’s most significant accomplishments, however, took place in 2014 ― when she spearheaded a (Cont’d on page 10)

NNPA TO SALUTE TRANSFORMATION LEADERS

WASHINGTON (NNPA) – The NNPA National Leadership Awards will be presented at a reception September 12-14, 2018 during the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Week held at the Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel. The awards are given to those who have demonstrated leadership in the Black community and support of the Black Press.

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With Voting Rights Act weakened,

Black church networks seek more voters

The Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner speaks during a demonstration by Christian leaders opposing President Trump’s proposed budget at the U.S. Capitol on March 29, 2017. RNS (photo by Lauren Markoe)

(RNS) — The months ahead of midterm elections, often a time of lower turnout among African-Americans and others, have become a focus of passionate activity by Black Christian leaders. “The attacks on the Voting Rights Act and other setbacks in civil rights have alerted the faith community that we need to take action,” said the Rev. Barbara Williams-Skinner, co-chair of the National African American Clergy Network. “We need to be proactive and not reactive.” It’s been five years since the Supreme Court (Cont’d on page 7)

Chris King is “Deeply Troubled” STATEMENT:

by DeSantis Attendance at Offensive Conferences

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Andrew Gillum for Governor Campaign released the following statement this morning from Chris King, the Lieutenant Governor nominee: “I’m deeply troubled by Ron DeSantis’ attendance at these offensive conferences. Ron DeSantis has serious questions to answer to Floridians about why he repeatedly chose to attend these events. Rep. DeSantis has begun this campaign with a very divisive tone while the Gillum-King ticket believes in an inclusive Florida.” “By attending these conferences, Congressman DeSantis gave credence to fringe leaders who peddle in discrimination. Now it’s time for the Congressman to come clean about his involvement with this group.” According to: Naples Daily News, June 2018: (Cont’d on page 9)

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11-Year Old JD McCrary, Star of the Upcoming 2019 remake of “The Lion King,” signs ma jor record deal major which would amount from $400,000 to $1.6 million. McCrary started his acting career at the age of 8 when he appeared on two episodes of Disney Channel‘s K.C. Undercover. He began gaining more attention when he showed his vocal prowess on his guest performance with Grammywinner Childish Gambino, aka Donald Grover, of the song Terrified last January at the 60th Grammy Awards. The talented young boy doesn’t only

sing and act, he also dances and has made live performances on The Ellen Show and Little Big Shots. Disney must have really foreseen a big career for McCrary whose vocals are being compared by many to the legendary Michael Jackson. He was also cast as the young Simba in Disney’s remake of The Lion King which is scheduled to pre-miere in 2019. He will be acting along-side Glover, who is adult Simba, and Beyonce, who will play Nyla.

Ser ena: Winning While Losing Serena:

and people of color face on a regular basis. Serena may have been docked a game, costing her the match and title, but she showed her true colors once the fit of pique passed. In a gracious and generous display of humanity, she congratulated her opponent and begged the crowd to stop booing. Tennis is more than a game for her, it’s a political stance. She plays for the non-aristocrats among us, and suffers the insults so that future generations might avoid them. This incident served to expose the inequalities, big as life, to an audience of thousands in the stands and on national TV. THAT is how you win while losing!

From BlackNews.com NATIONWIDE — JayDon “JD” McCrary, a superstar-inthe-making at just 11-yearsold, has definitely had his bright future lined up after an album deal with Disney’s Hollywood Records which made him the youngest male solo artist signed. The young boy is also set to play the character of young Simba in the live-action remake of The Lion King in 2019. McCrary’s recently signed contract with Disney’s Holly-

wood Records states that he will be receiving a cash advance of $80,000 for 12 master recordings, which can either be released as a whole album or separate songs, reports The Blast. Additionally, the record label agreed to compensate up to $175,000 budget for the production of his album as well as $15,000 for every music video he wants to make. Disney also laid up a table of minimum/ maximum payments McCrary will receive once he decided to do more albums with them,

sportsmanship (sportswomanship?) in challenging the umpire this weekend at the US Open, hark back a few decades to John McEnroe. A good player with anger management issues, prone to histrionics on the court, McEnroe routinely got away with his numerous dramas. A wink and a nod, and White male privilege manages to duck the rules. Playing with decorum is obviously desirable, but don’t expect any rulebending or special dispensations for the peasantry. This is one more example of the double standard that women

By Nicole Nutting This is not a sports story, it’s a morality play. The game of tennis is less about a racquet and a ball than it is about classism, racism, and patriarchy. Derived from the recreational pursuits of kings, Louis X of France and later Henry VIII of England, tennis now represents American society in a microcosm. It still carries with it the cachet and pompous self-importance of it’s aristocratic roots, although the

game enjoys popularity across the board. Not rich? Not White? Not male? Good luck to you in the snooty world of professional tennis. How many doors has Ms. Williams had to kick down, which would have been held open in welcome to a White male player? Her success, in reality, is two-fold. Her athletic skill is just one, perhaps even the lesser, component. Sheer perseverance should be the trophy sport. For those who characterize Serena’s outburst as poor

Another Black Girl Rocks (Cont'd from FP) School of the Arts, according to her biography as reported by CNN. She moved to New York after being accepted at the Kenan Fellow program at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan. During the competition, Franklin described how music helped her find her identity. “I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and

there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.” Her win set Twitter and all of social media ablaze. “Congratulations to our new Miss America,” famed radio and television personality Donnie Simpson said. “Nia Franklin represented New York and won the crown last night. She’s obviously very smart, very talented and absolutely stunning. I’m so proud.” Another popular radio show host, Michael Lyle, Jr., also couldn’t contain his joy for Franklin. “Huge congratulations. Well-deserved and another reason why Black Girls Rock,” Lyle said. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association – the trade organi-

By Raphaela Carvalho This exemplary production by Spike Lee is a must see movie. This movie received rave reviews at the annual Cannes Movie Conference. It is set in the early nineteen-seventies and based on a true story, in which two officers in Colorado Springs infiltrate the Klu Klux Klan that is planning criminal acts of violence. The lead character, Ron (David Washington), is the first Black officer hired by the Colorado Springs Police Department. He gets involved in this that case due to his dislike of being the “Token Black” hiding behind a desk at the station house. This happens from an ironic set of events. His boss is paranoid about a “Black Panther” a speech at a local college. Ron does surveillance of a speech by Kwame Ture, born Stokely Carmichael, a longtime activist and former Black Panther leader. He becomes infatuated with one of the students. This movie has a romantic side to go with the social commentary. Plus, in classic Spike Lee, adds some comedic “Sugar” to go with the “Vinegar” on what the Klan’s legacy has become. After watching the movie, you will definitely recommend it to friends and family. This movie is so powerful, “Academy Nominations” are being predicted. Enjoy! zation that represents 220 African American-owned newspapers across the country – said Franklin’s win is just another statement on the outstanding achievements of Black women today. “The NNPA Congratulates 2018 Miss America, Nia

Franklin. The genius, intelligence, beauty and spirit of Black women impact and trans form the world,” Chavis tweeted. Franklin, who plans to advocate for the arts during her tenure as Miss America, told reporters that she was also happy that the swimsuit competition – which had been part of the overall contest throughout its 92-year history – had been discontinued. “I’m happy I didn’t have to wear a swimsuit,” she said. “I’m more than just that.”


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The City of Pompano Beach and the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRC) cordially invites the public to participate in our free Breaking Barriers Empowerment and Job Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 to 2 p.m., at the E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 MLK Blvd., Pompano Beach, Fla. For more info call Dahlia Baker at (954) 786-7866. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

The Progressive Fire-fighters Association Charities Inc., is an organization of the African American Firefighters of MiamiDade County that provides scholarships for inner city youth who wish to attend the Miami-Dade Fire Academy: - The Progressive Firefighters Association Charities, Inc. presents its 40th Anniverary Gala & Scholarship Fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 6 to midnight at 8000 N.W. 21 St., Doral, Fla. For cost an additional info contact Keith Bell at (786) 355-3664. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council, 43rd Annual Awards Gala on Friday, Sept. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m., at Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Fla. Black-tie attire: Men Tuxedos and Women Gowns. SUPPORT THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE NEWSPAPER BLACK PRESS. IS THE VOICE IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY. CALL FOR YOUR SUBSCRIPTION TODAY (954) -- 525-1489

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The Broadway Musical, LA Cage Aux Folles, takes the LPAC stage starting Friday, Aug. 31 thru Sunday, Sept. 23, at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11 Pl., Lauderhill, Fla. (located in the Central Broward Regional Park For cost and additional info call (954) 777-2055. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Collier City September events. All events will be at Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. Ninth Ct., Pompano Beach. Fla. For more info call (954) 357-7670. - Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Oasis: Introduction to Computers. Learn basic computer skills including using the mouse and the keyboard, whole working with Microsoft Windows 7 and 10. - Thursday, Sept. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage. - September: Tuesday and Thursdays, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. ESCP Conversation Class: Intermediate English conversation, with individual Rosetta Stone instruction.

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African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-6210. * Simple Steps to Starting a Business - Workshop Series on Saturday, Sept. 15, and 22 from 10:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. * Introduction to Photography on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. * Computer Classes - Meet the computer on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. * Microsoft Word, Level 1 on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 1 to 2 p.m. * BCPA: Property Tax Exemption Filing Assistance on Fridays, Oct. 5, Nov. 9, Dec. 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office (BCPA) will assist with Homestead, Senior and other property tax exemptions. Visit the BCPA website for details on what to bring/other requirements, or call the Appraiser’s Office at (954)3575579.

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The Mays High School Alumni Association meet every third Saturday, at 5 p.m., at Beautiful Zion Temple of God, 21739 S.W. 120 Ave., (except December). For more info call (305) 238-2604. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Supreme Team presents A Community Outreach & Family Funday on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 1 to 6 p.m., at Lincoln Park, 600 N.W. 19 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Free food and drinks all day. For more info call to register for 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at (860) 9227845. NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED WED. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

Sealing & Expungement One Stop Shop adult and juvenile in collaboration with Brenda Forman, Clerk of the Courts Have you ever been arrested in Broward County? Want to know if you qualify to have your record sealed or expunged? On Thursday, Sept. 20, from 3 to 7 p.m., at City of Deerfield Beach, 445 S.W. Second St., Deerfield Beach, Fla. (Door close promptly at 7 p.m.). Pictured ID required. If you were charged with a crime in Broward County and the case did not result in a conviction, you may be eligible to have a single arrest record sealed or expunged.*This event is Free Free; however, please note that when mailing your completed application to FDLE they require a processing fee. For additional info contact the State Attorney’s Office at (954) 831-6955. *Only cases that occurred in Broward County in State Court will be reviewed.*

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* MMC presents Selena: Los Chicos Del 512 on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m., at Miramar Cultural Center ArtPark, 2400 Civic Center Plaza, Miramar, Fla. To purchase tickets: Online: Miramar CulturalCenter.org by phone (954) 602.4500 in person visit our Box Office Tues -Fri- from 12 to 6 p.m. and two hours period to each performance. * Free NCLEX Review on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Miramar Commission Chambers, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. * City of Miramar presents Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 6 to 11 p.m., at The Miramar AMP at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Pkwy, Fla. Food and beverages available for purchae.

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The Caribbean Bar Association Events - Law Student Mentoring Reception on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Carlton Fields, 100 S.E. Second St., Suite 4200, Miami, Fla. For Such A Time as This: A Call to Action on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 7 to 11 p.m., at Weston Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, 321 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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tysMedia events: - We Can… We Shall… We Will… STOP Violence The Concert Across America to end Gun Violence, West Palm Beach on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m., at Greater Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1915 Spruce Ave., West Palm Beach, Fla. For cost and additional info call (561) 273-3873. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15 through Monday, Oct. 15, Americans celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens who have roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Broward County Libraries will be hosting more than 60 free events for children, teens and adults all the event is free and open to the public. For more info (954) 357-7402.

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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Miami-Dade Beacon Council Joint Vendor Workshop on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m., at Miami Beach Adult Education Center, 1424 Drexel Ave., Miami Beach, Fla. For more info call (305) 995-3131. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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America Legion Post 220 will be hosting a Veterans Benefit Seminar on Satur-day, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Christ Deliverance Church, 3150 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. All Veterans are invited to attend. For additional info contact Mark A. Johnson, post service office at (954) 585-6001.

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CHEREHFANT Save Our Boys Inc., along with the City of Pompano Beach, is proud to announce the Haitian Heritage and Cultural Arts Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 4 to 8 p.m., at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, Fla. This event is free and open to the public. For additional info contact Kay Renz at (561) 6548151.

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Breaking Barriers Empowerment & Job Fair on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at E. Pat Larkins Community Center, 520 MLK Jr., Blvd., Pompano Beach, Fla.

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Join Health Services Planning Committee to discuss the health status of Broward County on Friday, Sept. 28 at 10 a.m., at Broward Regional Health Planning Council, 200 Oakwood Lane, Suite 100, Hollywood, Fla. For more info call (954) 561-9681.

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MODCO: A Place Where Everyone Cares! Free Food on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 1530 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Food Giveaway bring bags, bread, dairy, frozen foods, meats, poul-try and produce.

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FLORIDA 2018 ELECTIONS

Teen Open Mic Night. Future Dates: Dates subject to change. Come and share your talents! - Thursday, Sept. 20 - Thursday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m., at Starbucks Miami Gardens, 19401 N.W. 27 Ave., Miami Gardens, Fla.

* GENERAL ELECTION REGISTRATION - TUESDAY, OCT. 9, 2018 * GENERAL ELECTION DAY THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2018

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Never thought I’d be writing you to say: here’s our reaction to the GOP candidate’s participation in conferences hosted by people who believe there’s a race war…. But here we are. By Elbert Garcia First monkey it up Then the tea party Facebook group administration Now repeat attendance at a hate group’s conferences. There’s no distance for DeSantis when he says things like: “I just want to say what an honor it’s been to be here to speak… David has done such great work and I’ve been an admirer. I’ve been to these conferences in the past, but I’ve been a big admirer of an organization that shoots straight, tells the American people the truth and is standing up for the right thing.” Andrea Cristina Mercado, director of New Florida Majority, reacts:

“DeSantis modeled his campaign off a President who is not fit for office and he’s quickly proving himself to be the same. He shouldn’t just resign from Congress, he should resign from the governor’s campaign as well. Someone who admires the promoters of race war has no place in Florida, let alone running our state government.” Dwight Bullard, the political director of New Florida Majority, adds, “Let’s be clear. Credit card companies cut off processing to the organization DeSantis says he’s honored to participate in because it is widely known as a hate group. As his true colors keep getting clearer, the real question is how anyone can continue to stand with Desantis. If DeSantis can’t know that repeatedly affiliating with hate groups

White House official pens anonymous op-ed; West Wing in turmoil By Kevin Seraaj On September 5, 2018, the New York Times took the extremely rare step of publishing an anonymous op-ed from a White House insider claiming to be part of an internal “resistance movement.” The Times disclosed only that the writer is “a senior official in the Trump administration whose identity is known to us and whose job would be jeopardized by its disclosure.” The article hit a raw nerve inside the White House— although now it is unclear who might be really upset, and who— as the op-ed claims— will be simply throwing off soundbites while they keep their jobs and work towards keeping the nation on track. One intriguing comment in the article states: “[W]e believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic. That is why many Trump appointees have vowed to do what we can to preserve our democratic institutions while thwarting Mr. Trump’s more misguided impulses until he is out of office.” What a bombshell. Trump immediately went on the defensive, (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

Coming apart? Maybe not By Mel Gurtov Day by day the Trump administration is coming apart. Revelations abound about the dysfunctions of the Trump team, about Trump’s ignorance and incompetence, and now about a “resistance” group in the White House that is actively countering Trump’s “amorality” and “erratic” leadership style. Donald Trump surely can’t last much longer. Or can he? We might all be guilty of wishful thinking here. Yes, between Bob Woodward’s Fear and Mr. (or Ms.) Anonymous’ assault on Trump’s character, you would think any normal leader would decide that enough is enough. But Donald Trump isn’t a normal leader with normal emotions. As Woodward reports, he believes in never taking a backward step, never apologizing, never showing weakness. He’s like Hitler in his bunker—except that Trump won’t commit suicide. More importantly, Trump hasn’t been mortally wounded by any of the books about him. Nor has the anonymous op-ed really exposed new and terrible things about Trump’s character that we didn’t already know. In fact, the op-ed supports Trump in two ways. First, the writer claims that some officials are “working diligently from within to frustrate parts of his agenda.” S/he acknowledges that Trump has delivered on key campaign promises beloved to both his base and Republicans in Congress: “effective deregula(Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

is a bad idea, how can anyone believe he’s equipped to lead our state?”

Black Broward Pulse By Torey Alston I am proud to introduce Black Pulse, highlighting on-goBroward Pulse ing political stories impacting Broward County and the Black community. The Sun-Sentinel and Miami-Herald both have an audience that speaks to the general public along with several local “blogs”. This column will focus on issues impacting the Black community and highlighting issues the mainstream media will not discuss. Sometimes, the issues and topics may be controversial, but I encourage you to draw your own opinion. The column will include a mix of news oriented and opinionated coverage. U.S. Senate, Governor and Cabinet Races Take Shape The November general election is all set. Get ready for a slug fest between U.S. Senator Bill Nelson as he seeks re-election being challenged by term-limited Governor Rick Scott. For Governor, Democrats have nominated Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Republicans have nominated Congressman Ron DeSantis. Democratic nominee Gillum selected former rival businessman Chris King of Orange County as his running mate and Republican nominee DeSantis selected State Representative Jeanette Nunez of Miami-Dade County. This race will be tight and expect negative attacks from both sides through Election Day. The cabinet races, which get much less attention, are also critically important, including races for Attorney General, Chief Financial Officer and Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services. For the first time, we have two Black nominees at the same time for statewide office. These races won’t disappoint. My prediction: Independents, Blacks, Hispanics, Women and young voters will determine who wins! Extra Money for Teachers, Police and Programs Coming in Broward and on the Ballot in Miami-Dade In November, voters will be asked to approve additional funds for teacher salaries, school safety, mental health and other initiatives. Broward voters approved its referendum in the August election. Miami-Dade Superintendent Alberto Carvalho will also be on the circuit promoting this effort since Tallahassee has repeatedly cut back on funds for local education. My take: it’s a great ask of voters and I hope we support it! Yes on Amendment 4 Is a Game Changer for Blacks In November, there will be several amendments on the ballot. Although all of them are important, I’d like to highlight why all Blacks and minorities should support Amendment 4. The

Shoe Burners – New School Racists By Kevin Palmer A Timeline.com article titled, Why does the Ku Klux Klan burn crosses? stated, on a chilly Thanksgiving night in 1915, on the summit of Stone Mountain in Georgia, 15 white men led by William Joseph Simmons, burned a cross. “It was the first time a burning cross had been used as a hate symbol in America.” Now, in 2018, a burning Nike sneaker is used to symbolize white hatred for Colin Kaepernick. It appears the smoldering hatred against Blacks who take a public stand against oppression has been reignited by a Nike advertisement. Now, the torch of racist hatred has been passed to a new generation. They prefer to burn Nike sneakers instead of a cross to dramatize their disdain for courageous Blacks who dare to publicly protest America’s mistreatment and injustice.

amendment restores the voting rights of Floridians with felony convictions after they complete all terms of their sentence including parole or probation. The amendment would not apply to those convicted of murder or sexual offenses, who would continue to be permanently barred from voting unless the Governor and Cabinet vote to restore their voting rights on a case by case basis. If this receives 60% of the statewide vote, this would instantly change the political landscape for Blacks and minorities across the state. Vote Yes for Amendment 4, as this will increase the clout of the Black community for a very long time! Do you have a tip or major story impacting the Black community in Broward County? Please share with me via email at toreyalston@gmail.com. Mr. Torey Alston serves as the Economic Equity and Diversity Compliance Officer under MiamiDade Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho. Alston has extensive knowledge in suppler diversity and economic inclusion. He has served as Equal Opportunity Director for the City of Gainesville and Executive Director for Miami-Dade Schools Office of Economic Opportunity. (SEE MORE ABOUT TOREY AUSTIN AT:thewestsidegazette.com)

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Young White Boys By Lucius Gantt It’s 2018 and in November more than a few men and women of color will be seeking election to many national and many statewide political positions. There will be Black candidates, Hispanics, Native Americans, Asian Americans and other men and women of non-European ancestry running for political offices in United States elections. Black candidates are getting significant public recognition, publicity and exposure in their efforts to make political history by becoming African American Governors in Florida, Georgia and Maryland, for instance. In many ways, Ben Jealous in Maryland, Stacey Abrams in Georgia and Andrew Gillum in Florida, who won Democratic Primary elections earlier this year are somewhat different in their ideas, philosophies, strategies and political techniques. However, they are similar in their political affiliations and perhaps their campaign staffing and purchasing transactions. Also, if you look hard enough, in all the African American candidate campaigns, you will almost undoubtedly discover that each campaign has one, two, three or more young white boys in important decision-making campaign positions! For at least 25 or 30 years, I have been writing about the need for all candidates, especially the Black candidates, to consider increased utilization of Black political vendors and Black political professionals. Why? Because I truly believe that there are people that look like the Black candidates that are just as qualified as the Black candidates that you love and desire to participate in the paid political process. I also know that political history is the best teacher and history suggests that no matter how much you volunteer and no matter how much money you contribute and no matter how much or how many times you put Black candidates first, when it comes to patronage and spending money with the so-called “Black base”, Black candidates oftentimes put Black professionals last! Well, who are these young white boys that hold such high and decisionmaking (Read full story at www.thewestsidegazette.com)

BSO Deputies required to carry less-lethal weapon By Sheriff Scott Israel Recently, I instituted a new policy at the Broward S h e r i f f ’ s Office that requires all law enforcement deputies to carry at least one less-lethal weapon in addition to their firearm while on duty. Less-lethal weapons are explicitly designed and primarily employed to induce a subject to submit or comply with directions while minimizing fatalities, permanent injuries and unnecessary damage to property and the environment. In my nearly 40 years in law enforcement, I know firsthand that there is no one right response to any given situation. In many instances, deputies have only a matter of seconds — sometimes fractions of a second — to respond to a potentially life-threatening situation. It is up to each trained deputy on the street to assess any imminent threat rapidly and decide whether a firearm or less-lethal weapon is the most appropriate tool to use. That is why this new policy is so important. When your only tool is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. As a result of this new policy, deputies are afforded more options to deescalate an incident while ensuring their safety, the safety of those around them and the safety of those individuals involved. In addition to their firearm, deputies now must carry at least one of the following: Impact Weapon (baton): These devices can be used in situations where there is an up-close encounter. Chemical Agent (pepper spray): This irritates the eyes and temporarily restricts vision. It can be used from a farther distance than impact weapons to incapacitate and gain compliance over the perpetrator.

Conducted Electrical Weapons (commonly called “Taser”): This device provides an electrical discharge. It is more effective at a greater distance and, when effective, results in the total loss of control of voluntary muscles. I also approved a tool, a Less Lethal Launcher, which is issued to speciallytrained qualified deputies. Although it looks like a 12-gauge shotgun, it fires less-lethal bean bag-like projectiles designed to in-capacitate an individual up to 50 yards away. The impact of one of these rounds can be compared to getting hit by a major league fastball in the upper thigh or lower abdomen. In addition, the menacing appearance and sound it produces often leads to quicker and greater compliance. Not only are all deputies required to carry at least one less-lethal tool, but they also receive training and must demonstrate proficiency with that tool on a continuous basis. Although police use-of-force incidents resulting in death by firearm decreased nationally in recent years, they still regularly make headlines. The requirement to carry a less-lethal weapon is the right decision not only for our deputies, but for the individual involved in the incident — and without question, it’s good for our community. Most importantly, it will save lives.


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Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 2211 N.W. 7th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33061 Church: (954) 583-9368 Email: bethelmbchurchfl@att.net

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New Mount Olive Baptist Church 400 N.W. 9th Ave., Ft. Lauderdale 33311 (954) 463-5126 ● Fax: (954) 525-9454 CHURCH OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 8:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Marcus D. Davidson, Senior Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES & BIBLE STUDY Sunday .................................................... 7:15 a.m. 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ............................................................................ 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Noonday Service .................................. 12:00-12:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ............................................ 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study ................................................... 7:00 p.m. Where the kingdom of God is increased through Fellowship. Leadership, Ownership and Worship F.L.O.W. To Greatness!

Pentecostal Temple Revival Center 2050 N. W. 27 St., Oakland, Fla. 33311 Church: (954) 733-0727 Email: @bishopwill.brantley

PASTOR WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday Worship ............................................................. 8 a.m. & 11 a.m. Sunday School ........................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Wednesday (Prayer Service & Bible Study) ............................... 7:30 a.m. Saturday (Women Bible Study) ............................................................ 8 a.m. "Baptized Believers working together to do the will of God"

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Bishop Will Brantley WORSHIP SERVICES Sunday Worship ............................................................... 8 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Sunday School ..................................................................................... 10:00 a.m. Tuesday (Prayer Service) ............................................................................ 7:30 p.m. Thursday (Bible Study) ................................................................................ 7:30 p.m. Friday (Alter Prayer) .................................................................................... 6:00 p.m. "But the hour cometh, and now is when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him." "God is spirit; and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." John: 4-23-24

Shaw Temple A.M.E. Zion Church 522 N.W. Ninth Avenue Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Church: (954) 462-1413 or (954) 647-8254 Email: AMEZ522@yahoo.com

Rev. Dr. William Calvin Haralson, Pastor SERVICES Sunday School .................................................................................. 10:15 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................................ 11:00 a.m. Bible Study (Wednesday) ............................................................... 7:30 p.m.

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James C. Boyd Funeral Home ANDERSON Funeral services for the late Rosanna Anderson - 67 were held September 8 at First Baptist Church Piney Grove with Rev. Johnny Williams officiating. Interment: Westview Cemetery. BLACK Funeral services for the late Randolph Black, Sr. – 65 were held September 8 at Community Church of God with Apostle Janice L. Dillard officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. FRAZIER Funeral services for the late Connie Casandra Frazier - 51 were held September 8 at Community Church of God with Elder Dewayne Jackson officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

McWhite's Funeral Home Harris Chapel United Methodist Church Rev. Stanley Melek, M.Div E-MAIL:stanley.melek@flumc.org 2351 N.W. 26th Street Oakland Park, Florida 33311 Church Telephone: (954) 731-0520

SERVICES Sunday Worship ................................................. 7:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Sunday School .............................................................................. 9:00 a.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ........................................... 11a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church 800 N.W. 8th Avenue Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 Church Telephone: (954) 943-2422 Church Fax: (954) 943-2186 E-mail Address: Mtcalvarypompano@bellsouth.net

Williams Memorial CME “PRAYER IS THE ANSWER” 644-646 NW 13th Terrace Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 (954) 462-5711(Ministry Office Line) (954) 462-8222(Pastor’s Direct Line) Email: wm_cme@bellsouth.net (Church} pastorCal50@yahoo.com (Pastor)

New Member Orientation ........................... 9:30 a.m. Sunday School ................................................ 9:30 a.m. Worship Service ........................................ 11:00 a.m. WEDNESDAY Prayer Meeting ............................................... 6:00 p.m. Bible Study ..................................................... 7:00 p.m.

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Mount Hermon A.M.E. Church Rev Henry E. Green, Jr. PASTOR 401 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 Phone: (954) 463-6309 - FAX 954 522-4113 Office Hours: Tues. - Fri. 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Email: infor@mthermonftl.com

SUNDAY CHURCH SERVICES Worship Service ................................................................................... 10 a.m. Church School ..................................................................................... 9:15 a.m. BIBLE STUDY: Wednesday ................................................................... 10 a.m. Gems & Jewels Ministry Senior Wednesday Wednesday (Bible Study) ............................................... 12 Noon & 7- 8 p.m. Daily Prayer Line ...................................................................................... 6 a.m. (712) 432-1500- Access Code296233#

Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church 1161 NW 29th Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311 (954) 581-0455 ● Fax: (954) 581-4350 www.mtzionmbc1161.com

Dr. James B. Darling, Jr., Pastor/Teacher WORSHIP SERVICES Worship Service ............................................................................................................ 10:15 a.m. Sunday School ................................................................................................................ 9:00 a.m. Communion Service (1st Sunday) ........................................................................... 10:15 a.m. Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting ........................................................................... 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study ................................................................................... 7:00 p.m. Saturday (2nd & 4th) Christian Growth & Orientation ................................... 8:30 a.m. But be doers of the Word - James 1:22 nkjv - “A Safe Haven, and you can get to Heaven from here”

New Birth Baptist Church The Cathedral of Faith International Bishop Victor T. Curry, M.Min., D.Div. Senior Pastor/Teacher 2300 N.W. 135th Street Miami, Florida 33167

ORDER OF SERVICES Sunday Worship ........................................................ 7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Sunday School ....................................................................................................... 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (Bible Study) ......................................................................................... 6:45 p.m. Wednesday (Bible Study) ............................................................................... 10:45 a.m.

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The WITNESS of “The WILL” Sunday Worship Experiences ................................................................ 7:45 and 11:00 a.m. Sunday School ................................................................................................................. 9:30 a.m. Tuesday Night Triumph {Prayer, Praise and Power} Prayer Meeting ................................................................................................................ 7:00 p.m. Bible Study ........................................................................................................................ 7:30 p.m. We STRIVE to PROVIDE Ministries that matter TODAY to Whole Body of Christ, not only the Believers, but also for those stranded on the “Jericho Road”! “Celebrating over 85 Years of FAITH and FAVOR! Come to the WILL ... We’ll show You the WAY: Jesus the Christ!”

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Pastor Keith Cunningham 2241 Davie Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Church Telephone: (954) 284-9413 Visit: www.victoryweb.org Sunday School ...................................................................................... 9:45 a.m. Worship Service Sunday Morning……………………… ................................. 11:00 a.m. SundayEvenn igServcie………………………………………. ......................................... 6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Bible Study & Prayer…………………. ..................... 7:00 p.m. Saturday Morning Soul Winning/Visitation………………… .................... 10:00 a.m. Men’s Fellowship (Every 2nd & last Tuesdays)……………………… ............. 6:00 p.m. Ladies Fellowship (the last Saturday of each month)…………………………. 5:00 p.m. Youth Fellowship (Every Friday)…………………………. ................................... 6:30 p.m. Discover GOD Let Us Help You Find The Way To Jesus Christ

Good Morning Lord… By Douglas Hilton

Good morning Lord. Thank you for such a beautiful day. Even though it’s just beginning I’m speaking in faith. Confessing how you shed your blood. Redeeming us from sin. How we should humble ourselves to the holy ghost. So, your peace can come in. A multitude of unbelievers. Give me the power to change their minds. Remember, we’re all created from dirt. For some it’s going to take some time. But, with you Lord all things are possible. That did fuel my faith. Speaking very boldly. How we should change our wicked ways. And, do the things that is pleasing to Christ. In all the work we do. Thank you Lord for this beautiful day. All of my praises go to you. So, though I close these words. I’ll never close my heart. To the greatest love of all. I thank you Lord for shedding your blood. I’m glad you answered my call

BEE Funeral services for the late Anthony Mose Bee - 69 were held September 8 at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Stanley Edwards officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

I Know The Lord Is Always With Me. Psalm 16:8

GARCIA Funeral services for the late Francison Eusebio Garcia - 65 were held September 10 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fla. O’BRYANT Funeral services for the late Sharrell Fatima Bassett-O’-Bryant - 59 were held September 8 Engrafted Word Worship Center with Min. Craig Mitchell officiating. PALMER Funeral services for the late Ansel E. Parker - 72 were held September 8 at McWhite’s Funeral Home chapel with Elder Everett officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central. VERCILUS Funeral services for the late Willy Vercilus 24 were held September 8 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Westview Cemetery.

Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home BLAIR Funeral services for the late Hattie Ruth Blair - 74 were held September 8 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center with Min. Henry Ward officiating.

Enid Carole Meadows Allen August 24, 1935 – September 10, 2018 Enid was born on August 24, 1935, in Birmingham, Alabama to Ceclie Billips Meadows and Warner E. Meadows, Sr., and passed away September 10, 2018. Enid was a resident of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Everglades City, Florida and Vineyard Haven, Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. Enid was educated in the public schools of Birmingham, Alabama, including Washington Elementary School before graduating from A.H. Parker High School. She matriculated to Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama, but later transferred to Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing in 1959. Enid passed the California Board of Nursing Exam and became a registered Nurse in Oakland, California. Enid had three sibling: Warner Earl Meadows, Jr deceased; Bettie Gene Meadows, deceased ;and Emma Lucille Meadows Malloy of Manhattan, New York. While attending FAMU, Enid met W. George Allen, and they were wed in Tallahassee on December 18, 1958. Enid and George had a blended family of four children: Reginald, who predeceased her, Timothy, Frederick and Amy Carole. Enid is survived by her husband W. George; sons: Timothy and Frederick (Brenda), daughter, Amy; sister, Erma Meadows Malloy; grand-

daughter, Cydney Carole; and a large extended family of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. The family will hold a Celebration of Life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society in her name. Arrangements by Scurry Funeral & Cremation Services.

MY FLESH AND MY HEART MA AIL MAYY FFAIL AIL,, BUT GOD IS THE STRENG TH OF STRENGTH MY HEART AND MY PORTION FOREVER FOREVER.. Psalm 13:26


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Cosby recording could prove comedian innocent By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Contributor Newswire @StacyBrownMedia A source who can only be identified as a ‘neutral’ Montgomery County Court official claims a tape played in court that helped convict Bill Cosby was either doctored or partly erased and the original recording contained information that would exonerate the comedian. “No one in the media, no one on the defense really has either asked me or pressed me or, to my knowledge, anyone else about the tape,” said the individual, who has requested anonymity because identification could lead to employment loss and other sanctions. The recording in question aired during Cosby’s trial in April before a jury found him guilty of three counts of

aggravated indecent assault for providing Benadryl tablets to former Temple University employee Andrea Constand and then engaging in foreplay where he touched her under her pants and she touched his penis. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

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Former GOP Chair Steele says he knows identity of Op-Ed W riter Writer Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Former Republican Party National Chairman Michael Steele goes on the record with NNPA Newswire and it turns out there are more resisters inside the White House – a highlevel group of Republican resisters to President Donald Trump, not a single individual, but a large and still growing group. In an NNPA Newswire exclusive, Steele said the damning New York Times op-ed by a senior Trump administration official was likely written by a team of the president’s trusted hierarchy and it’s a clear signal that America is now witnessing a White House in utter chaos. Steele, who served as party chair from 2009 to 2011, said Trump has devastated the party and has led Republicans to the brink of a midterm that could see a blue wave from sea to shining sea.

Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson’s response to recording of President Trump joking about Niger Ambush

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, (D-FL) By NNPA WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson issued the following statement in response to an audio tape of President Donald J. Trump making jokes during

a discussion about the deadly ambush in Niger: “I wish I could say that I’m surprised by President Trump’s attempt to make light of a tragic event that led to the deaths of four American heroes, but I am not. It is appalling, but this is

the same man, after all, who told the widow of my constituent, Sgt. La David Johnson, during his so-called condolence call that her husband knew what he was signing up for. The recording is yet another example of how unfit Mr. Trump is to serve as our nation’s commander-in-chief and how he cannot resist any opportunity to massage his insatiable ego by taking false credit. Unlike the four men who lost their lives much too soon, hero is a word that will never be used to describe him. “Sgt. Johnson’s family is still waiting for answers about how La David got separated from his unit during the deadly ambush in Niger. I am more determined than ever to push for an investigation into what happened and will not stop until all of our questions have been answered.”

Boston City Council Member Ayanna Pressley becomes the latest new young candidate to win big

PRESSLEY By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Last week, a stunning political victory came out of Florida with Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum’s unforeseen win in the Democratic

gubernatorial primary. This week, a political surprise arriv-ed out of Boston. At-large Boston City Council member, Ayanna Pressley, 44, has stunned political prognosticators and defeated longtime Congressman Mike Capuano in the Democratic primary for Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district. Congressman Capuano, who is well regarded by colleagues, has been in Congress for 20 years. In less than 60 days, Pressley is to become the first Black U.S. Representative ever elected to Congress from Massachusetts. The seat she will be representing, Massachusetts’ 7th district, was once held by John F. Kennedy. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

Black Political Excellence By Julianne Malveaux Senators Corey Booker (DNJ) and Kamala Harris (D-CA) used their time wisely in their questioning of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kaveaugh, the elusive man whose hidden documents would perhaps disqualify him from the court. Both (along with Senator Dianne Feinstein and others) raised important points in grilling Kavenaugh, and Booker went out on a limb to defy Senate protocol and release so-called confidential emails from Kavenaugh. He earned a warning from one of his colleagues, and praise from embattled Democrats who are likely to lose the fight to keep Kavenaugh off the court because the num-

Jahana Hayes, Recipient Of The 2016 National Teacher Of The Year Award, Is The Democratic Party Candidate For The 5th Congressional District Of The U.S. House Of Representatives. (Photo: Jahana Hayes For Congress Facebook) ugh hard, and left him speechless when she asked him if he knew of any laws “that the government has the power to make over the male body?” I whooped when she asked the question, appreciating the point she was making. Kavenaugh could not answer. He simply mumbled and fumbled. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

MALVEAUX bers just don’t add up. Harris also pushed Kavena-

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“I think the midterms are going to be a correction election. Voters will correct what they see in government not being about the people’s business or government that’s more caught up in Donald Trump,” Steele said. “The voters may take the House from the Republicans in order to wake them up,” he said. On Friday, Trump said he wants Attorney General Jeff Sessions to investigate and uncover the identity of the senior administration official who penned the anonymous op-ed in The New York Times this week. “Yeah, I would say Jeff should be investigating who the author of this piece was because I really believe it’s national

STEELE security,” Trump told reporters Friday aboard Air Force One. Trump has called the author “gutless” and a “coward” and the White House reportedly has a list of 12 people whom they

believe could be the author of the piece which claimed there’s a “resistance” within the administration. Steele said he believes he knows the identity of the author – or, rather he said, authors. “In many senses, it’s a cry for help, an acknowledgment within Trump’s White House that, as the saying goes, ‘Houston, we have a problem,’” Steele said. However, unlike so many others who believe it’s the work of one senior official, Steele said he thinks more than one staffer is behind the damning article. “It’s my take that this isn’t the hand of or the handprint of one individual,” he said. “I’ve read that, and I can hear a lot of different voices that I know personally.” (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

Cosby spokesman salutes Geoffrey Owens; Slams Hollywood By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Contributor Hollywood’s biggest names, including Tyler Perry, Halle Berry and Patton Oswalt, have all joined a growing list of celebrities speaking up for former Cosby Show actor Geoffrey Owens who was shamed on social media for working at a Trader Joe’s in New Jersey. Recently, following Owens’ appearance on Good

Morning America, Bill Cosby’s spokesman Andrew Wyatt exclusively told NNPA Newswire that he and the comedian are both proud of Owens. “There’s nothing wrong with working at Trader Joe’s and I commend him for taking care of his family,” said Wyatt, who noted Cosby was unavailable to comment because he’s (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

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Black church networks seek more voters (Cont'd from FP) invalidated a key provision of the VRA, and voters in almost two dozen states face stricter rules. In response, Black denominations and networks focused on people of color and the poor are gearing up in hopes of getting more people to the ballot box in November: · This week, leaders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church plan to continue their “AME Righteous Vote” initiative with mobilization briefings, Capitol Hill meetings and a “Call to Conscience” vigil at Lafayette Square across from the White House. · Faith in Action, the grassroots organization formerly known as PICO National Network, hopes to reach more than a million people in 150 cities with phone calls and doorto door visits before Election Day on Nov. 6. · A “Lawyers and Collars” program co-led by the Skinner Leadership Institute and Sojourners plans to train clergy on voter protection, hold meetings with state elections officials and spend Election Day at the polls with lawyers to assist voters. Stricter rules at polling places — such as ID laws — could lead to people being turned away on Nov. 6. Pastors and other leaders can serve as advocates on their behalf, said Williams-Skinner, who is also CEO of the Maryland-based institute. “We’re saying that vulnerable voters need to have protection and we believe that the most respected leaders (and) the influential stakeholders should be there,” she said. “As they stand in line with people, people will stay in line no matter what happens.” Before its Washington-area activities this week, the AME Church held an “annual empowerment seminar” in June in Atlanta to encourage its leaders to be involved in educating prospective voters in the upcoming elections. In one announcement, Bishop Frank M. Reid III, chair of the denomination’s Social Action Commission, stressed the need for turnout “in this important spiritual and political season.” In an interview, Reid explained that the call to elective action relates directly to the desire of church members to address social justice issues. “We’re concerned about voter registration and voter turnout because without those things we cannot make America fair for the elderly who need affordable health care, our chil-

dren, especially poor children,” he said, “who in the past received health care and food.” Likewise, Faith in Action is talking with prospective voters about issues they care about, from the alleviation of poverty to mass incarceration. As the midterms near, the network is partnering with historically Black denominations and justice-centered evangelical organizations to focus on minority communities that generally get little attention in get-out-the vote efforts. “Our work is really about making sure that our communities have access to resources, to skills, to tools that can maximize the vote,” said the Rev. Michael McBride, director of Faith in Action’s Live Free campaign. Although pre-election activity is reaching a new volume with the election just two months away, some groups shone attention on the issue earlier in the year. At the annual convention of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s National Action Network in April, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., was among the speakers on a panel about the Black church and voter mobilization. He explained that congregants can’t knock on doors as representatives of their congregation and advocate for a particular candidate. But they can be involved in a range of nonpartisan activities. “If the church is engaged in a get-out-the vote effort, you can use a church van, church bus, church resources as long as it’s not a partisan activity,” said Butterfield, a lifelong Baptist who co-moderated the panel featuring clergy and political action committee leaders. Church of God in Christ Bishop Talbert Swan, who was one of the NAN panelists, said in a recent interview that the changes in voting rules that often affect African American communities — such as reductions in early voting opportunities — have made the initiatives more necessary. “I think there’s a renewed sense of urgency because it seems that the nation is trying to go back to a time prior to voting rights of African Americans,” said Swan, who cited the Supreme Court’s nullification of a key provision of the VRA. “While it’s still on the books, we essentially right now don’t have a Voting Rights Act, which is the reason why states across the nation can opt to put in place voter suppression regulations and laws.” The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas said that in the past, the

Supreme Court was seen as an ally, handing down dramatic civil rights court decisions, such as the Brown v. Board of Education ruling that declared school segregation unconstitutional. Now, she said, with the Supreme Court turning more conservative, congressional races are crucial. “Particularly when we talk about civil rights and people of color and African-Americans, our progress has come because we’ve had the court on our side,” said Douglas, dean of the Episcopal Divinity School and canon theologian of Washington National Cathedral. “We don’t have that. We’ve lost that.” Trump’s 2016 win, which shocked and disappointed many Black faith leaders, has certainly been a galvanizing factor as some voters head to the polls with renewed energy. Black Protestants made up 7 percent of voters in the 2016 election, according to Pew Research. Ninety-six percent voted for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, while only 3 percent voted for Donald Trump. The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of New York’s Episcopal Divinity School and canon theologian of the Washington National Cathedral, at the Poor People’s Campaign rally in Washington on June 23, 2018. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Overall, African Americans made up 10 percent of voters, according to Pew. Ninety-one percent supported Clinton, while 6 percent supported Trump. Pew also reported their turnout was down compared with the 2012 election. But, citing how the Black faith community was credited with helping defeat Roy Moore in his bid to become an Alabama senator, Douglas said it is possible to have successful get-out-the vote campaigns that remain nonpartisan. “You don’t have to tell people who to vote for,” she said. “You don’t have to be partisan. You just have to tell them to vote and you trust your constituency.” This story is available for republication.


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Meet the First Black Woman to become President of a major Business Aviation Company she served as vice president of sales for the western region of Flexjet and held various executive sales positions with Skyjet. “I am incredibly honored and proud to appoint Stephanie as President of JetSuite, Inc. and know that her expansive aviation knowledge and sales

From Business Women Stephanie Chung has been appointed as the president of JetSuite, the leading innovator in private jet aviation. This new role establishes her as the first African American woman to be at the helm of a major private business aviation company. Her 30 years of experience in the aviation industry is expected to bring more advancement to the company. According to recent studies, women only comprise about 5% of management in private aviation, much so for an African American woman. With JetSuite, Inc.’s appointment of Stephanie Chung as president, she made history as the first

African American woman to hold a title of that level at a major private aviation company. Chung brings with her an extensive three decades of experience in sales, business, development, and executive leadership within the private jet industry. Before accepting the role as President of JetSuite, Inc., she was an outstanding mentor, coach, and advisor to several individuals and businesses across the globe. She started a career in aviation in Piedmont Airlines in Boston before she advanced through several roles at US Airways. She eventually entered private aviation through Bombardier Aerospace where

leadership will be a key asset for the company,� said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuite and JetSuiteX. Chung will be joining JetSuite at the same time the company enters new milestones with the recent investments from JetBlue Airways and

Qatar Airways, a partnership with Zunum Aero, and a codeshare between JetBlue and JetSuiteX. Moreover, she is an active member of several local committees including Elevation Society, Executive Women’s Roundtable, and Texas Com-

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TAURUS-A happy week is in store for sociable souls. Lots of friends and a party or two or three will keep your energy bright. Use caution while driving and watch for a pleasant surprise or two this week. Each week is a give of spirit. 34, 38, 41

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Dolphins win home opener By Byler Henry After two weather delays the Dolphins opening game became the longest game since the 1970 AFL merger. The previous record was in 2013 when the Bears played the Ravens, a game that lasted 5 hours and 16 minutes. Sunday's game was approximately 7 hours and 10 minutes, breaking the previous record. The lightning delay didn't appear to impact the Dolphins' focus. This isn’t the first-time weather caused a delay. Last year because of the hurricane, the Dolphins first game was cancelled, forcing them to play 16 straight games without a bye week. After going 1-4 in the preseason, this was now the time to focus and buckle down for the regular season. The first half the Dolphins outscored the Titans 7 to 3. The defense held them to only three points. There was a moment towards the end of the first quarter where the Titans got the ball in the red zone,but the defense was able to hold the Titans at the goal line. On 4th and goal safety Minkah Fitzpatrick made a crushing tackle to stop them short. When asked about the goal line, Minkah described what happened. “They were three in a bunch, and one of the plays they run is that pick play where they take number one, try and pick the nickel, which I was playing, and take number three and send him to the flat, and I just had to fight through the block, and just make the tackle.” It seems that the Dolphins have found a key player to help with their secondary. Safety Reshad Jones was also able to contribute with two interceptions. This was Ryan Tannehill’s first regular season game since missing last year with a knee injury. He didn’t appear to be rusty, although he threw two interceptions. He also threw two touchdown passes,and 230 passing yards with 20 completions on 28 attempts. It was good to see a healthy Tannehill out there throwing passes. He feels good about the speed that his receivers can bring stating, “We do have a lot of speed, and I think that’s an advantage our offense has. It’s going to create problems for defenses throughout the year. We have probably three, four guys that are burners. It’s a lot of fun to play with them. We can do a lot of things with them. You saw (WR) Kenny Stills stretch the field. Obviously, (WR) Jakeem (Grant) on the kickoff was – who knows how fast he was running, I could barely see the guy. Those were just a couple examples of the ways those guys can use their speed.” With this new speed addition, the secondary will have to bring their running shoes to keep up. Kenny Stills caught both of his touchdown passes with 106 yards on four receptions. Frank Gore had a good rushing game with 61 rushing yards on nine carries. This game was close, a battle from start to finish. Their next game will be a road game against the rival Jets. This will be a challenge to play a rival team on the road, but rivalry games tend to bring out the best. Not only are they going to bring their A game, they do not want to lose in front of their home crowd. Let’s get ready for some football.

CONVICTED ON A LIE By Erick Johnson, Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member Last June, Octavius Morris in Chicago called an attorney in New York and made a shocking confession of a crime that was committed 26 years ago. For the attorneys of Roosevelt Myles, 54, it was the call they had waited for: to speak to a woman who had been so elusive and was the key to a case that put their client behind bars for 60 years. What Morris would tell Myles’ attorneys would give him hope and bring fresh momentum to a case that has languished in the Cook County court system for decades. While the alleged confession threatens to expose the cracks of injustices in a broken court system, it may also be the key to finally convincing a court that Myles is an innocent man who was wrongfully convicted of a crime that happened on a chilly early morning in Chicago on November 16, 1992. In 1994, Chicago’s Octavius Morris signed this affidavit describing how she continued to say no to Chicago police as they repeatedly visited her house asking if Roosevelt Myles killed Shaharian “Tony” Brandon on November 16, 1992. Morris was the only eyewitness to the shooting and prosecutors based their case around her false testimony. The gun used in the shooting was never found and no physical evidence was presented that linked Myles to the crime. Myles was convicted of first-degree murder after Morris testified in court that he killed Shaharian “Tony” Brandon during a robbery attempt in which Morris was present. Stuck in a revolving door of five public defenders, Myles didn’t have a chance to defend his freedom his attorneys say. Some 26 years later, Myles remains locked up in the Illinois River Correctional Center in Canton, IL, where he’s waiting a hearing granted by an Illinois appeals court 18 years ago. On June 29, “out of a clear blue sky,” Myles’ attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, received a call from Morris on her cell phone. Morris said Myles, known as “Blue,” did not fatally shoot Brandon. But in court documents, Morris said she changed her confession after Chicago police officers visited her mother’s house numerous times. One of the officers is Anthony Wojcik, who has been

Chris King is “Deeply Troubled” (Cont'd from FP) Naples Daily News, June 2018: The David Horowitz Freedom Center, established by right-wing provocateur David Horowitz, picked up the $1,218 tab for the three-term congressman’s two-night stay at a luxury beachfront hotel in Palm Beach last November, according to financial disclosure forms. DeSantis, a Palm Coast Republican, was invited to speak on national security issues. Horowitz has emerged as an influential conservative political figure and has publicly shared controversial views on race and immigration, once lamenting the national “melodrama of Black victimization and white oppression.” “If Blacks are oppressed in America, why isn’t there a Black exodus?” Horowitz wrote in a 1999 Salon article. The Washington Post, September 2018: Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), a gubernatorial nominee who recently was accused of using racially tinged language, spoke four times at conferences organized by a conservative activist who has said that African Americans owe their freedom to white people and that the country’s “only serious race war” is against whites.

26 years later, a woman admits she lied to convict a man of murder in Chicago after Public Defenders kept a strong case out of court. Pictured is Roosevelt Myles. accused of coercing confessions and lying to protect Jason Van Dyke the night he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. But there’s much more to this story than simply allegations of a false confession. According to newly-filed court documents, the Morris confession is just the beginning of a story that according to defense attorneys, shows that the state got away with locking up a 28-year-old man who had a strong case, but was represented by a string of five weak public defenders who did little to defend Myles’ innocence despite a bevy of evidence at their disposal, according to court documents. In other words, the state convicted a man based on a lie. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

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Spelman receives largest Single Donation of Books from Henry Louis Gates By Tiffany Pennamon Renowned Harvard University scholar Dr. Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, Jr. has awarded Spelman College with the largest single donation of books given to a historically Black college or university. Spelman received nearly 14,000 volumes from Gates’ personal library. The collection will be housed in the Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library, where Spelman students and faculty can access the collection beginning November 1, 2018. Gates’ gift includes autographed, first editions of several works including James Baldwin’s second play, “Blues for Mister Charlie” and Wole Soyinka’s “The Interpreters,” and a first edition of Walter Mosley’s Devil in a Blue Dress: A Novel.

Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. “Spelman is honored to receive such a treasure from a scholar and luminary in the fields of African and AfricanAmerican studies,” said Spelman President Dr. Mary Schmidt Campbell. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

Billionaire Louis Bacon of KKK heritage and his white “murder of crows” target Black Hip-Hop female artist

BACON and M C KINNEY NATIONWIDE — Attempt by hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon of KKK heritage to end legal effort of an indigent disabled Black woman on social security reveals that unbeknownst to her, his Hollywood superstar lawyer, Marty Singer, was also secretly embedded in her legal camp. Inquiring minds want to know how it is that Bianca McKinney (“McKinney”), an indigent disabled Black woman on social security in the USA, could have survived the herculean attempt by hedge fund billionaire Louis Bacon (“Bacon”) to strike out her California, USA multimillion dollar lawsuit jointly against him and Michael Artan (“Artan”), a California-based Criminal Defense Attorney. In civil case No. BC-624474 initiated by McKinney on June 21, 2016 in the Superior Court of California by her first attorney, Michael Saltz (“Saltz”), she jointly sued Bacon and Artan for (1) Fraudulent Concealment, (2) Invasion of Privacy, (3) Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress tress; and (4) Violations of the Bane Civil Rights Act Act. Although McKinney’s claim had technical defects based on the way it was initially formulated by Saltz, within six months of it having been started, presiding Judge Howard L. Halm allowed McKinney’s then new highfalutin Hollywood attorney, Marty Singer of Lavely & Singer (“Singer”), to fix those defects by amending the claim on three separate occasions over the ensuing one and half years. In December 2017, after Singer had unbelievably failed on the third occasion to reach the very low bar for amending McKinney’s claim, Judge Halm acceded to Bacon’s request to strike out the first two listed causes of action as against Bacon. They were related to attorney-client relationships. Because of Bacon’s arguments against Singer’s inade-

quate rebuttal, those two causes of action seem also to have fallen as against Artan, freeing him from what ought to have been a straight forward lawsuit in professional malpractice for fraudulently filing a lawsuit in McKinney’s name without her knowledge or consent. How is it that Singer, considered to be one of the top litigators in Hollywood, failed on three occasions to properly amend McKinney’s claim such that the low-lying allegations of fraud against Artan could be sustained against any formal objection by Bacon by what is called a “demurrer”? By the demurrer process, Singer was simply required to set out minimal facts showing that McKinney had viable causes of action for her lawsuit. After all, in a demurrer, all material facts are taken as being the truth; nothing to prove. (Read full story at: www.thewestsidegazette.com)

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City of San Francisco falsely accuses successful African American Real Estate Investor and charges her for $2.5 million SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF. (BlackNews.com) — Is cultural lynching still at work in utopic San Francisco? The City of San Francisco has waged a race war against Anna Kihagi, a successful African American real estate investor who has challenged the unjust practices in the properties under her management. So, what is her crime? Does she overcharge or discriminate? The answer is quite simple: her crime is being a successful Black woman. In 1892, Ida B. Wells exposed the mob violence and lynching in the South that targeted successful black business owners. More than a century later, a successful black woman is still facing persecution in the predominantly white city of San Francisco. Kihagi was born in SubSaharan Africa and raised by English nuns in a boarding school from the age of eight. She is a passionate believer in the American dream, working tirelessly and earning admission to the prestigious MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, later even working on Wall Street. She left Wall Street to pursue a career in real estate and has amassed considerable success acquiring and developing properties. Kihagi has made it her mission to improve neighborhoods throughout California and better the lives of inhabitants. One of her first renovations was a dilapidated motel in Richmond, California. A place that was once teeming with drug dealers, prostitution, and criminal activity has become respectable, low-income housing that is enjoyed and admired by tenants and neighbors alike. Kihagi remains fearless in challenging bureaucracy head-on to make improvements to neighborhoods while preserving the unique flavor of the area and its tenants. Despite her proven betterment of residences in San Francisco and beyond, Kihagi has faced enormous adversity from the city, leading her to believe that San Francisco is one of the most racist cities in America and not the “sanctuary city” it claims to be. Many tenants leading the charge against Kihagi were subletting their units for thousands of dollars in profits, as much as $40,000 per year. White privilege has enabled these individuals to violate their leases while villainizing Kihagi in the process. “Lynching is an important aspect of racial history and racial inequality in America,

Anna Kihagi, a real estate investor in San Francisco.

because it was visible, it was so public, it was so dramatic, and it was so violent.” — Bryan Stevenson One would hope that Americans had outgrown the cruelty Stevenson describes, but volatile displays of racism are still prevalent, parti-cularly in Kihagi’s case. Angry white

tenants convinced even uninvolved and uninterested tenants to spread public hatred. One bragged, “My lady wants to punch [Kihagi] in the eye!” The City of San Francisco also participated in this defamation, with one city attorney asking organizing members for meeting notes. Tenants have keyed

Ron DeSantis’ Choice (Cond't from FP) bill that would grant in-state tuition to Dreamers who met specific criteria and enrolled at a state college or university. Her bill earned Nuñez praise from Scott and then-House Speaker Will Weatherford, who congratulated her on her leadership role in securing the legislation’s passage. I know this because I was in the crowd when Nuñez was recognized by Scott the day he signed her bill into law back in 2014. (I too was personally recognized by Scott.) So why, and how, has Nuñez gone from an ally of immigrant and Latino communities to a lieutenant governor candidate on an unapologetically Trump-endorsed ticket? It’s quite simple, actually: Her party needs someone to defend DeSantis’ racism and sell his Trump-inspired policies in Spanish. How else could anyone expect Latinos and immigrants to consider electing a man who has promised to bring Trump’s anti-immigrant a-

genda to one of the nation’s most diverse states? By picking Nuñez as his No. 2, DeSantis is hoping to dilute his image as a Trump enabler and loyalist and instead appear as a reasonable and sensible candidate to minority voters in Florida counties like Broward and Miami-Dade. DeSantis is so close to Trump that it’s unfortunately easy to see that his decision to recruit Nuñez is nothing more than another sad attempt by the Republican Party to cajole Latinos. After all, Nuñez is now the first Cuban-American woman to be chosen as a lieutenant governor candidate in Florida. But even this cannot mask the fact that, if elected governor, DeSantis would take the state of Florida as far right as he and his Trump-loving supporters want. For her part, Nuñez has wasted no time attacking Gillum and Democrats, calling them “socialists” at campaign rallies with DeSantis ¯ a misaligned attack line that might get the ears and eyes of a por-

Kihagi’s car with profanities, etched racist messages onto her buildings, and even trespassed to tamper with work undertaken on the properties. The building inspectors dismissed more than 50% of complaints; some were filed with false names, automatically invalidating them. However, Judge Bradstreet ruled that the tenants never intended any harm, despite the various acts of violence proving the contrary. The question remains: What is Kihagi’s crime? Enforcing contractual agreements with white tenants is no crime, yet tenants have lied, slandered, and waged a campaign of harassment the likes of which have not been seen since the days of the antebellum south. The only thing they have not done is dragged her into the street and tied the rope around her neck.

tion of South Florida’s Venezuelan and Cuban communities. But there’s really no way for her to defend the far-right comments and behavior DeSantis has exhibited over the years. Florida deserves a governor who embraces the state’s dynamic culture and growing diversity ¯ not another soldier in Trump’s army of deplorable cronies. Latinos, immigrants and other minorities must start cross-referencing what Republican candidates say in Spanish and English, because chances are their cruelty and the xenophobic portions of their agenda will be lost in translation.

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