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NAACP Summer Quarterly Meeting Makes History with

Gillum & Shaw

By Roger Caldwell


On June 9, 2018, in Orlando, Fla., at The Rosen Centre, members of the Florida NAACP focused their attention on back-to-back discussions from two African American candidates, Mayor Andrew Gillum and Representative Sean Shaw as each laid out their respective platforms and answered questions from the audience. This was an historic occasion because this is the

first time in the history of the state of Florida where a Black man is running for the highest position of governor. This is not the first time that a Black man has run for the position of Attorney General, but to have two Black men running for the two highest positions in the state is both unprecedented, and powerful. The optics of two Black men changing the political landscape in Florida are exciting, (Cont’d on page 5)


Lawsuit Filed to Block Obama Presidential Center in Chicago built in Jackson Park. The 500-acre park is located in Chicago’s predominately Black Woodlawn and South Shore neighborhoods, where former First Lady Crusader Staff Report Michelle Obama, rapper (The Chicago Crusader/ Kanye West and some of the nation’s most NNPA Member) prominent Blacks once Days before the Chicago lived. On Thursday, May Plan Commission approved 17, the Chicago Plan plans for the Obama Commission unanimously Presidential Center, a approved the blueprints the Obama federal lawsuit was filed for Center, to block the proposed $500 Presidential million facility that will be despite emotional appeals from protestors who are concerned that the library will eventually drive up (Cont’d on page 3)

Now, the promises made up of Slogans, Hopes, Inspirations and Talks are about to hit the fan For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20 ESV

Chicago’s Jackson Park will be the site of the Obama Presidential Center, but a new lawsuit threatens its future. (The Obama Foundation)


STUDENT DEBT continues to become a setback for many BLACK STUDENTS

By Kathrina Tiangco

Aaron Coleman, a New York University graduate ,reveals how he experienced living in poverty while he was studying at NYU. Shortly after moving to New York to study, he started running out of options when it came to his

finances. He already had bad credit to begin with and did not find any luck in NYU’s graduate housing. At this point, he wasn’t sure what to do next. Uncertainty plagues many Black college students across the U.S. They are more likely to experience

insecurities in housing and food compared to other races based on research. 47% of black students enrolled in four-year courses struggle to gain access to healthy food in comparison to 30% of their white peers. The racial inequality (Cont’d on page 7)

Black defendants worry about harsher sentences from Trump’s appointed judges By Kathrina Tiangco  It’s very evident that living under the Trump administration poses a challenge for black defendants. There is a trend among judges that are

nominated by Republican presidents that result in longer and harsher sentences. Based on a study from Harvard, there is a huge gap between Democrat and Republican-appointed judges and how they impose sentences on black offenders. Even though it still appears too early to say how the judges appointed by President Donald Trump will impact the sentencing gap. However, based on his appointees’ records, some are known for being a racist while others have extreme

views when it comes to retribution. According to activists, the results of Harvard’s study only adds to their long list of concerns about how black people are treated in the Trump administration. Todd Cox, who is an acting director at NAACP’s Legal Defense group, is saying that Trump’s nominees are already showing opposition to equal rights in the court. Michael Brennan, who was recently appointed by Republicans, can’t confirm if racial bias is still in existence in the U.S. criminal justice system.

Graham: I’ll demand every building built with state fundsis built with solar panels on the roof.

Democrats were shocked when Brennan, who has been a trial judge for almost a decade, refused to answer the question if racial bias still exists in court. Meanwhile, other Republicanappointed judges are clearly choosing tougher measures on criminal justice. U.S. Court of Appeals’ Judge Stephanos Bibas once pushed for electric shocks as corporal punishment while Judge Kevin Newsom argued that executing minors is not in violation of the constitution. The way the Alliance for Justice’s (Cont’d on page 10)

Gillum: We should be very clear...I don’t know anyone who wants to earn minimum wage. We need to do better. (Cont’d on page 10)


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Localicious Jax Ice Cream: Broward’s Only Black Owned Ice Cream Parlor By Nichole Richards South Florida’s first Blackowned ice cream company is successfully and rapidly expanding, with plans to open stores beyond the state of Florida. Within three months, the family owned and operated ice cream parlor has grown beyond its cozy Lauderhill, Florida location, opening its signature colorfully decorated stores in

West Park, Gainesville, and, very soon, in Fort Lauderdale on the 17th Street Causeway. A beloved community favorite, Localicious Jax Ice Cream’s sweet treats speak for themselves, receiving numerous accolades and the loyalty of a growing fan base representing all parts of Broward county. “I have no regrets.” stated owner, Cleveland Smith. With nearly 40 years of experience,

Smith is a master ice cream artisan with much to be proud of. After falling into ice cream making by chance, he quickly learned the rare skill and worked as the sole ice-cream maker at the famous Jaxson’s Ice Cream Parlor and Restaurant in Dania Beach, FL. “I worked by myself in the back making everything, ice cream and sodas,” he said, “I worked behind the scenes for

Hear Something, Say Something Teen Summit A youth-led conversation about school and community violence FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale, in partnership with the 100 Black Men of America, is hosting a Community Empowerment Project during the 100 Black Men of America 32nd Annual Conference being held June 13 – 17 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Fla. The theme for this year’s conference is America at the Crossroads: Developing the Blueprint for Our Future. The 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale recognizes the impact that violence is having in our communities and in the lives of our youth. The goal of the Hear Something, Say Something Teen Summit is to give our youth the opportunity to

voice their opinions and ideas on changes that can be made to positively affect safety in their communities and schools. Following the teen summit, the free Community Empowerment Project continues with festivities and information for the entire family. Participants are sure to be educated while being entertained by master scientist and television personality, Grand Hank, through his hip hop STEM (Science,

Technology, Engineering and Math) Edutainment presentation. There will be a healthy cooking demonstration by Celebrity Chef G. Garvin. Additionally, there will be health screenings, voter registration, a celebrity author, fresh fruit and vegetables, school supplies and great door prizes and giveaways! 100 Black Men of America and the 100 Black Men of Greater Fort Lauderdale Community Empowerment Project Hear Something, Say Something Teen Summit will be held Saturday, June 16, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 N.W. Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 33311.

30 years until I hired somebody.” After 37 years with Jaxson’s, Smith felt it was time to branch off on his own, opening the first Localicious Jax Ice Cream Parlor in Lauderhill months later. “I hope by next year this time we might have 10 or maybe more.” Smith said. Localicious Jax is only one of few Black owned ice cream parlors in the United States, making the company’s success even more celebratory. The Smith family sells an excellent product and their expertise is

Educating people about Buddhism: Tibet Buddhist Monks come to South Florida Eight Tibet Buddhist Monks recently came to South Florida to share and display traditions of their culture. This was a part of the Sacred Art Tour, Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery taking a nationwide excursion of educating people about Tibet Buddhism. “We have a purpose and a message we need to share. We want to make a contribution to healing and peace by teaching unique Tibet Buddhism healing and meditation,” said Geshe Monlam, head monk of the tour. The monks visited the Coral Springs Museum of Art in Coral Gables on June 5. They spent the week here in South Florida hosting activities that locals were able to participate in. mandala Construction and painting Mani stones are just some of the activities that were offered, “The mandala is a peace offering to deities. The creation of a mandala is very meditative. If you were looking at a 3D

rendering of the mandala it would be a temple.” said Julia Andrews, Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. The mandala was a large painting made out of Sand. Three of the Monks laid the sand in a way where color and shapes were formed. The meaning behind this piece of art is to encourage everyone to generate a compassionate heart for the benefit of all sentient beings. Mani Stones are prayer rocks painted with symbols of peace in Sanskrit, the original language of the Monks. Previously the monks went to Pensacola, FL. The other Florida cities they have to travel to are Stuart and Panama City. The Monks only come to the United States once a year. “The purpose of their trip is to spread understanding of their culture,” said Andrews. Buddhism is the fourth largest religion in the world. It has over 300 million people following it. This religion is about

Tibetan monks built a sand mandala on the floor of Coral Springs Museum of Art on Jan. 20, 2016 By Clayton Gutzmore Tibet was taken over by the a spiritual tradition that focuses Chinese. This version of Buddon the personal spiritual deve- hism involves mantras and lopment and the attainment of yogic techniques along with a deep insight into the true na- exploring the relationship beture of life. Tibet Buddhism is tween life and death. (Read full story at: slightly different. It was exiled in the Eighth Century when

apparent with each bite. “You rarely find a Black person serving their own ice cream,” Smith explained. “It is a rare trade.” The ice cream parlor’s success is testament to the importance of supporting Black owned businesses. A socially aware man, Smith also understands the importance of giving back and is very involved in the communities where the ice cream parlors are located, particularly Lauderhill. “I’m not afraid of putting a business up anywhere,” Smith states, “We need to fill up our own communities [with businesses] and hire within the neighborhood.” And that he does. Although a family owned and operated business, Localicious employs from the local communities they serve, giving some the opportunity to work their first jobs. “Some of the employees, this is the first time they have worked, their first job,” Smith proudly stated, “I hire teenagers, too. We all got to start somewhere.” Although the business is currently focused on expansion, Smith hopes to get more involved in community initiatives as he has noticed the ice cream parlor making a positive social impact, quickly becoming a community staple and a local favorite. Smith has plans to expand to an even greater market, already searching for additional opportunities outside of Florida. While the business plans to open 50 retail stores in the near future, Localicious Jax Ice Cream can be ordered online and for wholesale. The Smith family also has plans to have ice cream available in grocery stores across the United States. Smith aims to build an even more successful business in

hopes of giving it to future generations. He is currently teaching his wife and daughter how to make his famous ice cream. “It’s not really easy but he makes it look so easy because he has done it for so long. He knows it like the back of his hand.” Sonia Smith, Cleveland Smith’s wife, stated as she is in the throes of ice-cream making training. In the meantime, Smith admits he is happily enjoying the success of his business and the day to day challenges and thrills of owning and operating his own ice cream parlor. Working around ice cream, it is hard not to be happy. “It’s a happy business. I see this place bringing families together. Seeing families say, ‘Hey, let’s go have some fun and get ice cream’. I see it every day. Ice cream really brings people together.” Says Smith.

Getting ice cream with family is a favorite past time and the family friendly atmosphere ushers in that type of cheerful outing. Drawing over 200-250 people a day, local favorites vary, but the most popular remain rum raisin, butter pecan, praline, cotton candy, bubblegum, and birthday cake. There are even nondairy, low calorie selections available. Despite the many options, each one is perfected by Smith and tastes just as good. Tierra and her four-yearold daughter, Taylor, agree. Tierra learned about the ice cream through word of mouth. “We were going to go somewhere else, but somebody told us about it and we decided to come here instead,” Tierra said, “I’m glad we came. The ice cream is really good and everyone here is very nice.” There’s much to celebrate as Taylor is headed to kindergarten this upcoming school year. Cleveland Smith has much to be proud of as an impactful, favorite local business. With a great product, the sky’s the limit. Localicious Jax Ice Cream is located at 4220 N.W. 12 St., Lauderhill, Fla., 33313, open every day from 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Papa Keith announces free People Matter Summer Music Fest as initiative to cease gun violence in Liberty City

MIAMI, FL – Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Papa Keith, in conjunction with 103.5 The Beat and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime, are proud to announce the return of Liberty City’s first historic music festival, People Matter Fest— a day celebrating life, unity, music, and non-violence within the community. The festival will take place on Saturday, June 16. The fest is free and open to the public. The event, in its entirety, will offer a day of fun, food, peace, and unity in the community. “This is a great opportunity for residents to get together to celebrate non-violence,” Commissioner Monestime said.

People Matter Fest is a vehicle from Papa Keith’s Papa Keith 4 People Matter or #PK4PM millennial movement and social media campaign. The fest will feature a multitalented artist lineup with Miami’s top musical geniuses including Platinum Recording Artist Rick Ross, in addition to Sam Sneek, Kent Jones, Zoey Dollaz, City Girls, Mike Smiff, Baby Soulja, Billy Blue, Kiddo Marv, Brianna Perry, Young Breed, Quise, Scrilla, Shifta, Ray Anderson, Young Dred, Y.D., Hood Brat, Ferrari Fred and We Dem Zoes. Attendees can also expect The Village, free haircuts, kids zone with water slides and bounce houses, battle of the

DJs, South Florida’s most savory food vendors/food trucks, flag football with Bryan McKinney from the Miami Dolphins and father & son threeon-three basketball tournaments with Udonis Haslem from the Miami Heat. A county-wide 24 Hour Cease Fire Campaign will commence at 3:45 p.m. and end the following day at 3:45 p.m. on June 17. The Cease Fire Campaign aims to challenge MiamiDade County residents to put the guns down for 24 hours. The campaign will kick off with Junkanoo bands. “Last year we only focused on Liberty City,” said Papa Keith. “Not only did we accomplish our Ceasefire, but the police informed us that it lasted for weeks after and was their slowest reports on shot spotter for any summer. This year we are taking it a step further and calling for a Miami-Dade county-wide cease fire.”

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NWFWC-DHS Alumni scholarship award ceremony By Janice Hayes Northwest Federated Woman’s Club of Broward County, Inc. (NWFWC) hosted its annual scholarship awards ceremony on June 10, 2018. The scholarship awards program was started by the NWFWC many decades ago. Scholarship presentation in the early years were given to winners of pageants featuring youth from the local community. The NWFWC official scholarship presentation programs began in 2013. Later, in 2016, the Dillard High School (DHS)

Alumni members of the Class of 1964 and 1968 joined in cosponsoring the first annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony held at the NWFWC. The joint efforts of the NWFWC and the DHS Alumni members have provided over 30 high school seniors with scholarships totaling over $25,000. In addition, they have continued to provide supplemental support to the students while attending college until graduation. “I know the value of scholarships. I would not have been able to go to college without the scholarships I received in 1962

from the Deltas for $250 and from the UNCF for $300 toward my tuition at Johnson C. Smith University,” said Mary Lesesne, the NWFWC scholarship chairperson. Currently, the NWFWC solicits applications from the six High Schools within the closest proximity to the club’s location: Boyd Anderson, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Piper, Plantation and Stranahan. This year the NWFWC awarded six scholarships and the DHS Alumni awarded six scholarships. “I know that in America, Black youth are perceived and

stereotyped as uneducated, unmotivated and unlikely to succeed. They say it’s because we don’t have a positive male role model in our homes. I reject that negative stereotypical dialog being promulgated by those who know so little of about us. My father has been actively involved in my life since birth. I strive for knowledge and I value education. I am going to finish college. And, I will be a successful role model for other Black youth,” declared Anthony Dohman, one of the scholarship recipients. Anthony will be attending Howard University.

Angela Davis’ papers acquir ed by Harvar d’ acquired Harvard’ d’ss Schlesinger Library By Ryan Velez Angela Davis is one of the great names in both counterculture activism and feminism, and Good Black News reports that her life will now be memorialized at Harvard University, which recently acquired a treasure trove of her documents, letters, papers, photos. The items will be in Radcliffe College’s Schlesinger Library, having been secured with support from Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African & African American Research. The collection of images and papers chronicle Davis’ growth as an educator, activist, scholar, and author. “My papers reflect 50 years of involvement in activist and scholarly collaborations seeking to expand the reach of justice in the world,” Davis said in a statement. “I am very happy that at the Schlesinger Library they will join those of June Jordan, Patricia Williams, Pat Parker, and so many other

women who have been advocates of social transformation.” Jane Kamensky, Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director of the Schlesinger Library, has high hopes for the collection and its impact, including yielding “prize-winning books for decades as people reckon with this legacy and put [Davis] in conversation with other collections here and elsewhere.” She adds that the goal of the library is to seek out collections “that will change the way that fields know what they know.” Highlights of the collection include a painting done for Davis by a California deathrow inmate, as well as a manuscript of her autobiography, complete with edits by author and Davis’sToni Morrison. The collection will also feature many photos of Davis’ younger days, including a shot of her posing with Fidel Castro. Also, part of the archive will be reels of her radio show, “Angela Speaks,”

DAVIS along with material related to her 1970 arrest. Kamensky understands the controversial figure Davis still casts to some, but thinks her life is still of essential value, representing the radical mindset where “people with big ideas

move the conversation by drawing fire. And she has taken that role as a lightning-rod thinker from a really tender age.” By pursuing her papers Schlesinger is not asking the researchers to agree with her,” added Kamensky. “Archives do not prescribe a party line … [but] to tell histories true we need to see a full spectrum.”

Lawsuit Filed to Block Obama Center (Cont'd from FP) rents in the neighborhoods and force out longtime, low-income residents. The plans now go before the city’s 50-member city council. While those plans are expected to pass that stage, the Obama Foundation faces a lawsuit that may be its biggest hurdle yet. The lawsuit was filed on Monday, May 14 by “Protect Our Parks,” a nonprofit organization that seeks a court order to “bar the Park District and the City from approving the building of the Presidential Center and from conveying any interest in or control of the Jackson Park site to the Foundation.” In its complaint, Protect Our Parks accuses the Chicago Park District of an “institutional bait and switch.” The organization said the park district transferred public land to the Obama Foundation to house an official federal Obama Federal Library. But that purpose changed when Obama decided his center will not be his official library. Instead, the federal National Records and Archives Administration will run it in another location. In the lawsuit, Protect Our Parks called Chicago’s plan to lease public park space an “illegal land grab.” The organization also said the transfer of park land to a non-governmental private entity violates the park district code. In addition, Protect Our Parks said the park district and the city will receive only token rent for the land and the Park District Act law “does not authorize the Park District itself to transfer valuable public trust land for virtually no compensatory return.” Protect Our Parks says that city officials are “prohibited by law” from turning over public (Read full story at

Dillard High School (DHS) Alumni members of the Class of 1964 and 1968 scholarship winners.. Barika Williams, the BRACE Advisor for Plantation High School, gave remarks, encouraging the students to continue to apply for scholarship while they’re in college. She has worked diligently with the students to ensure that they had assistance in completing financial aid and scholarship applications. The DHS Alumni class of 1964 awarded three scholarships presented by their class president Verdis Howard. The DHS Alumni class of 1968 also awarded three scholarships. A few students received dual scholarships from both the DHS Alumni and the NWFWC. All the students expressed their gratitude and appreciation for the scholarships they received. Scholarship recipients: Kiara Archer, Arbreonnia Boyd, Kimberly Civil, Alexis Dixon, Anthony Dohman, Josianne JeanBaptiste, Nadia Patterson, Teanna Reese, Kayla Sajous, Kye Sims and Keithoro Smith. The parents and other family members of the students were in attendance as the students received their awards. The NWFWC Scholarship Committee and members of the club in attendance included Addie

Owens, immediate past president, Marguerite Austin, Towana Bonaparte, Pat Casterlow, Patricia Jones, current president, Mary Lesesne, Julia McElvy, Laurie Morgan, Almena Roberts, Mary Russ-Milligan, Olivia Vans and Annette Walters. Members and officers of the DHS Alumni class of 1964 and 1968 were also in attendance for the awards ceremony. “I am happy that we were able to help these young people on their journey to achieving their dreams. I know they will make a valuable contribution to society someday,” said Joyce McIntyre, the historian for the DHS Alumni class of 1964. The NWFWC and the DHS Alumni class of 1964 and 1968 plan to continue to provide scholarship and assistance to deserving students to help them further their education. The cost of attending college can be daunting for most families. Scholarships are crucial for bridging the gap between the increasing cost of tuition and what a family can afford to pay out of pocket. For more information contact the NWFWC a t or (954) 730-3442.

Mee 18’ s Meett 20 2018’ 18’s Black En terprise’ s Enterprise’ terprise’s Teenpr eneur o eenpreneur off the Y ear N ominees Year Nominees By Kathrina Tiangco This year’s roster of Black Enterprise’s Teenpreneurs includes the younger Black generation dabbling into entrepreneurship at an early age. Here are the three nominees that definitely has made their momma proud. Christon Jones (Return on Investment) Christon Jones is recognized as one of the world’s best young motivational speakers. Jones shares that being nominated makes him feel grateful and humbled. He is particularly thankful for having the opportunity to have a bigger platform, so he can teach others about investing. This comes at a very crucial time for Black families as the unemployment rate for black men continue to rise. People can hugely benefit from learning about economy and finance. If he won the award, it would help change the misconception that kids are too early to start investing. Jones continues to create a sustainable network, so he can also reach out to other business professionals. Gabrielle Goodwin (GaBBY Bows) In 2014, Gabrielle Goodwin launched an online store called GaBBY Bows where she sells barrettes. After three short years, GaBBY is receiving orders from 50 states across the U.S. as well as eight countries. Her barrettes are also available at beauty supply shops in U.S., Canada, and South Africa. Being nominated in this category is a huge encouragement for the teenpreneur. She is honored to be able to inspire young girls and continues to

JONES look forward to learning new things. Victor “Beau” Shell (Lil’ Ice Cream Dude) In 2012, Beau told his mom that he didn’t want any presents on his eighth birthday. Instead, he asked for an ice cream cart. He continued to ask his mom to give him one and eventually she finally gave in. Soon after getting his first ice cream cart, he opened Lil’ Ice Cream Dude. Beau recognizes the fact that other entrepreneurs like him also understand the challenges an entrepreneur goes through. They know what it takes to hustle daily. Now, he is currently in the works on opening his first ice cream shop. If he wins the award, it will open doors for investors to give him a chance to present his business plan. Beau looks forward to meeting other entrepreneurs at the Entrepreneur’s Summit. He hopes they might give him advice as he opens his ice cream shop.

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Nationally Syndicated Radio Host Papa Keith in conjunction with 103.5 The Beat and MiamiDade County Commissioner Jena Monestime, are proud to announce the return of Liberty City first historic music festival, People Matter Fest on Saturday, June 16 from 12 to 7 p.m., at Gwen Cherry Park, 7090 N.W. 22 Ave., Miami, Fla., this is a free event. For additional info call (305) 744-5758.

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Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County will open the area's first LGBT+ Visitor Center to showcase attractions of interest to LGBT+ visitors on Thursday, June 14, at 5:15 p.m., and Ribbon cutting at 5:30 p.m. at 2300 N.E. Seventh Ave., Wilton Manors, Fla. For more call Maureen Gonzalez at (954) 368-9890. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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Health Service Planning Community join us for a speical presentation on the Dismantling Racism Initiative, on Friday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Broward Regional Health Planning Council, 200 Oakwood Lane, Suite 100, Hollywood, Fla.



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Forth Fashion & Home Design Expo on Saturday, June 24 from 12 to 6 p.m., at ArtServe, 1530 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Vendors Needed. Free admission & convenient parking and free gifts bags for the first 50 guests. For more info call Veronica at (754) 422-0304. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Commissioner Dale Holness Community Events * Summer Employment Fair on Thursday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Urban League of Broward County, 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 5840777. * Free Summer Recreation Program FunNFit, June 18 thru Aug. 10 Closed Fourth of July. Featuring Free lunch and snack Program - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early Dropoff- from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Late Pickup from 5 to 6 p.m., * Boulevard Gardens Community Center, (ages 6-10), 313 N.W. 28 Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-6867 * Franklin Park, (ages 617), 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale,Fla. Fore more info call (954) 357-7080. * Lafayette Hart Park (ages 6-17), 2851 N.W. Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-7970 * Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park (ages 6-17), 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-8801 * Roosevelt Gardens Park (ages 6-17), 2841 N.W. 11 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-8700 * Sunview Park (ages 1317), 1500 S.W. 42 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-6520 * Juneteenth on Tuesday, June 19 from 5:30 to 9 p.m., at African-American Research Library & Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. * The Third Annual Protect The Children Gala Dinner on Thursday, June 28, at 7:30 p.m., cocktail at 6:30, at The Venue Ft. Lauderdale, 2345 Wilton Dr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For cost and additional info call (754) 715-3223.

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All events will be held at West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, Fla. For more info call (954) 765-1560. - Tuesday at 2 p.m. – Tune In Tuesday, Live musical performances. - Tuesday at 6 pm. -Board Game Night -Tuesday at 6 p.m. – Karaoke Nights for ages 16 and up -Wednesday at 12 p.m. – Summer Lecture Series. Preregistration required by June 27 -Wednesday at 6 p.m. – Color Chameleons, adult coloring club -Thursday at 12 p.m. – Chair Yoga -Fridays at 2 p.m. – Brain Games on Fridays, June 22-29 -Monday, June 13 at 2 p.m. – Wednesday at West Sense of Cinema -Wednesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. – What is PrEP? Discussion -Friday, June 15 at 10:30 a.m. – Non-Fiction Book Club -Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 a.m. – Insanity Live training exercise class for all ages -Monday, June 18 at 6 p.m. – South Florida Amateur Astronomy Assoc. Telescopes observation -Thursday, June 21 at 1:30 p.m. – Salsa Dance is a conversation I for ages 18 and up -Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m. – West Regional Book Club -Tuesday, June 26 at 2 p.m. – Jennifer McClain: Memory Lane Songs -Thursday, June 28 at 2 p.m., West Regional presents Classic Film ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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-Fearless Caregiver Conference on Wednesday, June 20 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Cooper City Church of God, 9191 Stirling Rd., Cooper City, Fla. There are limited Free tickets for Family Caregivers. Register today at Stop by the BRHPC booth to see if you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period. - “You” Matter Youth Rally on Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Megaphone, 808 N.W. 13 Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Broward County Opportunity Zones Community Convening on Thursday, June 21 from 9 to 11 a.m., at Community Empowerment Center, 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Learn about new incentives for investing in lowincome communities.

Florida College Tour July 9, 2018 - July 12, 2018 Campuses To Be Tour Total cost $500.00 Include Transportation, Hotel Accommodations, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and admission into Universal Studios Monday, July 9 Florida Gulf Coast University University of Florida Tuesday, July 10 Florida State University Florida A&M University Wednesday, July 11 University of Central Florida Universal of Studios For more info call Sam Monroe at (954) 544-9900.

- Homeowners Association Meeting, community discussions. Free event. Thursday, June 14 - Lafayette Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eight Rd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 7 to 9 p.m., f For more info call the park at (954) 357-8700. The park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #11 and #40. - Monday, June 18 at Franklin Park, 2501 Franklin Dr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 6:30 to 8 p.m. For more info call the park at (954) 357-8700. The park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #11 and #36, and #40. - Thursday, June 21 Community Meeting for all ages from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free community business. For more info call (954) 357-8700. The park is accessible from Broward County Transit Route #11, #36 and #40. -After-School Program at Lafayete Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eight Rd., Fort Lauderdale, from 2:30 to 6 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. Free. With parents or guardian permission, children can enroll in an after-school program. Parents/guardians must complete a Registration Form and a Code of Conduct Form. For more info call the park at (954) 357-7970. This park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #11 and #40. oosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-8700. This park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #11 #36 and #40. Daily Events - After-School Program at Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., from 2 to 6 p.m., for all ages - 6 to 12 Free. With parent or guardian permission, children can enroll in an afterschool program. Preregistration is required. Space limited. Parents/guardians must complete a Registration Form and a Code of Conduct Form. For more info call the park at (954) 357-8700. This park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #11 #36 and #40. -After-School Program at Boulevard Gardens Community Center, 313 N.W. 28 Terr., Fort Lauderdale. Fla., from 2 to 6 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. Free. With parents or guardian permission, children can enroll in an after-school program . Space limited! Parents/ guardians must complete a Registration Form and a Code of Conduct Form. For more info call the park at (954) 357-6867. This park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #9 #22 #40 and #81. -After-School Program at Lafayete Hart Park, 2851 N.W. Eight Rd., Fort Lauderdale, from 2:30 to 6 p.m., for ages 6 to 12. Free. With parents or guardian permission, children can enroll in an after-school program. Parents/guardians must complete a Registration Form and a Code of Conduct Form. For more info call the park at (954) 357-7970. This park is accessible from Broward County Transit Routes #11 and #40. - After-School Progam at Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale for ages 6 to 12 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. Free. Supervised after-school activities including homework. Parenrts/ guardian must complete a Registration Form and a Code of Conduct Form. For more info call the park at (954) 357-8801. This park is accessible from Broward County Transit Route #40. Teen Club Free. Supervised after-school. - Sunview Park, 1500 S.W. 42 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for ages 13 to 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. For more info call (954) 3576520. - Rev. Samuel Delevoe Park, 2520 N.W. Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for ages 13 to 17 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. For more info call (954) 357-8801. - Roosevelt Gardens Park, 2841 N.W. 11 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for ages 13 to 17 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. For more info call (954) 357-8700.

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Racist South Carolina man confesses to putting Black man through enslavement, could face up to 20 years in prison By Susan Johnes A SC man pleaded guilty to one count of forced labor Monday and could face up to 20 years in prison. Bobby Paul Edwards, 53, admitted to using violence, threats, isolation, and intimida-

tion to force a man with an intellectual disability to work for more than 100 hours a week without pay. The victim began working at J&J Cafeteria in Conway at age 12. According to court documents, Edwards started to manage the restaurant in 2009, at

which time he increased the victim’s duties to work more than 100 hours per week. A release from the Department of Justice said that Edwards stopped paying the victim and began using violence and threats to compel him to continue working and subjected

him to racial slurs. Edwards denied Smith an opportunity to speak with his relatives by phone or in person at the restaurant and even threatened to have him arrested if he didn’t work. Courts documents say Edwards used abusive language,

Seven Tips for fathers raising daughters in today’s world As Father’s Day (June 17) rolls around, we are mindful that it wasn’t that long ago when a father’s job was to attend his daughter’s pretend tea parties and make her a pretty dollhouse. But today’s fathers must navigate a new world and avoid gender specific roles. “The fathers of today’s girls need to be engaged, creative and flexible,” says Sheri D. Engler, author of The Pearls of Wisdom: A Fairy Tale Guide to Life’s Magic Secrets for All Ages All proceeds go to the Angel Whispers Foundation, which was organized to empower young females.) She says today’s dads should encourage girls at every opportunity. “Women are breaking down many barriers, but there is still a lot of work to be done,” Engler says. “Today’s fathers play a critical role in their daughter’s self-image and can be instrumental in encouraging them to challenge the status quo.” Engler offers the following tips for fathers who want to raise their daughters to be strong, independent women: * Treat women with respect. Your daughter is watching how you treat women, and it will have a lifelong impact on her in ways you can’t imagine. You must be cognizant of your attitude and behavior around women at all times. This includes not saying negative things about her mother if you are divorced. See yourself as a role model of the kind of man you would want your daughter to marry one day, because that frequently influences how women choose their partners. * Give her compliments about things other than her beauty. It is OK to tell your daughter she’s pretty, but that should not be the only compliment you give her. Compliment her intelligence, her resourcefulness, her imagination, her many skills, her hard work, and her strength. Honestly tell her

the unique things you love about her, the things that make her a good and special person. * Teach her the magic of self confidence. Teach her about the power that comes from believing in herself and believing she can achieve greatness in the world, while understanding that there are many girls who simply want to be a “mommy” like their, which is the most important job in the world. In this case, they may fear failing their father’s expectations of greatness. There is a critical difference between encouragement to be who they are and pressure to be who they aren’t. * Teach her about what has traditionally been “guy stuff.” Teach her self-reliance, such as routine car maintenance, or mechanics in general. Teach her how to use tools while building a treehouse. Go fishing together. Take her to see planes at air shows, teach her photography and go birdwatching with her. It matters to spend quality time with her, because it makes her feel she is worth her dad’s time. And it doesn’t have to stop in childhood. What could you be teaching your adult daughter? * Let her get gritty like the boys. Teach her how to play sports from early on. This fosters tremendous social confidence as well as body confidence. Or just let her play in the mud and get dirty if that is what she wants to do. Girls don’t always have to be clean and pretty. * Introduce her to books with girl heroes. There are plenty of books to choose from, so when reading to her let her

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enjoy a variety of adventures including books with strong female leaders like The Pearls of Wisdom or other books that were written to empower girls. This will send the message that you believe in her. Or perhaps help her write a story of her own imagining herself as the hero or lead character. If nothing else this will give you a valuable view of how she sees herself, so you know what’s going on with her. * Share music with her. Play your favorite music and tell her why you like it and let her do the same. Take her to concerts.

If she wants to play an instrument, help her learn how. Music, and the arts in general, can be very bonding experiences. “The most important change for today’s fathers is that they shouldn’t box girls in or out of anything just because they are a girl,” Engler says. “Fathers who respect the women in their lives have a better chance of raising daughters who feel deserving of respect themselves. Confidence, self-respect and family support will help them face any challenges that may come their way.”

Third Annual “Protect The Children” Gala 2018 her between 2016 and 2017 nationally and over 50% higher here in the State Florida; according to The Florida Department of Children and Families. It is important to raise awareness for the general public to become aware of these alarming numbers, names and types of Human Trafficking Statics are listed as follows: #1 Sex Trafficking (3,186) 3,186 #2 Labor Trafficking (689) 689 #3

Dr. Dorothy BendrossMindingall FDWO Humanitarian Award Female Development World Organization (FDWO) presents the 3rd Annual “Protect The Children” Gala 2018. This annual fundraising event seeks to bring awareness to the growing issues of Human Trafficking and Child Abuse Prevention in local, and international communities. “Children who experience the horrific and tragic ordeal of sexual violation or other traumas through trafficking, tend to struggle with fear, substance abuse, and shame. Our aim is to silence the negative voices, help pass comprehensive legislation to protect them, and educate the communities most impacted, to create safe spaces, programs, and supports for those who were abused,” says Lavern Deer, FWDO Founder and CEO. Human Trafficking is on the rise in America. The number of reported cases is over 35% hig-

Maria Sachs, Former FL Senator FDWO Life Time Achievement Award

Roger Dehart, Activist FDWO Protect The Children Award Trafficking Type Not Specified (411) 411 4 Sex and Labor (174) 174 of Cases 4,460. (Read full story at:

racial epithets, threats, and acts of violence that included “beating the victim with a belt and pans, punching him with his fists, and burning his bare neck with hot tongs as punishment or to make him work faster.” John Gore, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, said human trafficking through forced labor could happen on farms, in homes, and in public places, such as restaurants. “Edwards abused an African American man with intellectual disabilities by coercing him to work long hours in a restaurant without pay,” Gore said. “Combatting human trafficking by forced labor is one of the highest priorities of this Justice Department and today’s guilty plea reflects our commitment to seeking justice on behalf of victims of human trafficking.” Documents say the abuse lasted until October 2014 when

EDWARDS authorities removed the victim from the restaurant after receiving complaints. The ordeal emerged publicly a year later when attorneys for Smith filed a federal lawsuit alleging he’d endured years of “slavery.” Edwards faces up to 20 years in prison for forced labor, a $250,000 maximum fine and mandatory restitution to the victim.

NAACP Summer Quarterly (Cont'd from FP) yet extremely challenging. The NAACP was founded February 12, 1909, and is the nation’s oldest and largest African American organization with more than 500,000 members and supporters throughout the United States. It is recognized as the premiere advocate for civil rights in the Black community, leading grassroots campaigns for equal opportunity and conducting voter mobilization. “As a child of the NAACP, someone who has grown up around the organization, I credit so much of my leadership skills to them. Every candidate running for governor must interface with the NAACP because their role in society is so significant it cannot be diminished or reduced” says Mayor Gillum at the Florida NAACP Summer Quarterly Meeting. This event was a phenomenal program where Mayor Gillum called it “Truth Telling.” Representative Sean Shaw has always worked to protect consumers of Florida as a Florida insurance consumer advocate. Representative Shaw has identified his role as the next Attorney General in the state as an “independent watchdog” for the people of Florida. Representative Sean Shaw is an advocate for reforming the criminal justice system. At the meeting, he indicated the he has raised over a million dollars for his campaign, and he is leading in the polls for the Florida Democratic Party nominee. “A lot of our resources are spent dealing with arresting and detaining individuals who are in there for drug possession, and I think we need to reform not only how we deal with the legalization of marijuana, but our sentencing reform holistically,” says Shaw. The Democratic primary in 2018 for governor is wide open, and no one has a commanding lead in the polls. During Mayor

Gillum’s speech, he indicated that he was the most qualified for the position, and that 32% of voters registered in the state of Florida are African Americans. Both races are extremely significant because both candidates have the opportunity to win the primary in the office they are running for. Convincing the African American community to vote in the mid-term election will be hard work, but both men are up to the task. At this time in the primary, both candidates must improve their name recognition, and expand the electorate by building a coalition of African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans, all people of color, millenmials, seniors, and progressive whites. Gillum can win the primary because the other three candidates for governor are fighting for the same traditional base of the Democratic Party. Gillum must be focused on a bold vision grounded on a new winning coalition that is built on the Florida of today, with Black women leading the way. “We’ll raise what we need to raise to be competitive” Shaw said adding he will raise more than $4 million. He’s expected to have the support of Orlando’s personal injury lawyer, John Morgan who possesses the personal wealth and political contacts to raise a lot of money.

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What Will You Do?? By Nicole Nutting and Don Valentine In the words of famed civil rights activist Elderidge Cleaver, “There is no more neutrality in the world. You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.” Westside Gazette readers, we ask what are you willing to do to open at least one person’s mind? Would you talk to a neighbor, coworker, or friend? Are you content to

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be complicit and be part of the problem? Do you have the courage to be part of solution? All of us would like to see a world where people of color are not at a disadvantage. Clearly, no one is going to hand us a Utopian society—not legislators, not the Justice Department, not local police forces. If we want change, we ourselves will have to make it happen. As the expression goes, “If you want something done right, you’ll

have to do it yourself.” This is an uphill battle, but one thing is certain—we are not obligated to accept the ugly agenda this administration espouses. They cannot force us into hating, nor can they prevent us from loving. We implore you to be part of the solution. Let’s brainstorm together. Consider the above question and email us your thoughts. All of your ideas are welcome, large or small, even the seemingly impractical or improbable. No one can know in advance what might inspire lasting change!

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An Open Letter to National Football League (NFL) Players: It’s time to find your courage By Kaia Wright “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”-Martin Luther King, Jr. Dear NFL Players: It’s time to find your courage. National Football League owners have thrown down the gauntlet in their decision to compel standing for the national anthem, leaving you with two options: embrace your power as nearly 70% of the sports league FOUNDED IN 1971


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that is the world’s most profitable as a direct result of your talent and labor; or bow to a provocative display of authoritarianism intended to crush peaceful, powerful opposition to centuries of systemic racism. The NFL’s new national anthem policy reflects not only a complete disregard for the humanity and autonomy of Black people, but the apparent belief the title “owner” conveys literal ownership of your Black bodies. It is also the latest in a long list of similarly abhorrent actions by the NFL in service to racism and white supremacy. From overtly excluding Black players from its ranks to restricting access to positions based upon presumed intellectual inferiority; to maintaining a system of inequity where the overwhelming majority of leadership positions are held by whites while you comprise most of the labor pool. Like our ancestors, your primary value to NFL ownership appears to be the degree to which they may continue to use your body,

with little to no regard for the effects on your physical and personal wellbeing, to make exorbitant profits. Based upon the NFL’s adoption of this dishonorable policy and the associated deliberate exclusion from the league of your brothers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, I respectfully recommend you consider engaging in one or more of the following methods of protest during the 2018 season: 1) Refuse to play football, akin to a holdout (#NationalAnthemHoldout); 2) Refuse to stand for the national anthem (#MyNameIsNotToby); or 3) Raise a “power to the people” fist clad in a black glove during the national anthem (#TooBlackTooStrong) It’s time to find your courage. The core basis for the NFL’s national anthem policy is the contention that failing to stand for the national anthem is disrespectful to veterans and the flag. This argument is illogical. A nation’s anthem and flag’s primary purpose is to represent the en-

Charlene Crowell says that a recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied. (Center for Responsible Lending)

On January 13, 2017 and as one of the last cases brought under the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sued KleinBank, a lender in the Twin Cities’ metropolitan area with violations of both the Fair Housing Act (FHA) and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA). The complaint said in part that from at least 2010 to 2015, “KleinBank’s discriminatory practices as described herein have been intentional and willful, and implemented with reckless disregard for the rights of individuals on the basis of their race and/or national origin.”

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tirety of its citizenry; and participation in the anthem ceremony is a private decision every American is entitled to make. Any other symbology attached to the anthem or flag related to subgroups such as veterans, police, and civil servants must be subordinate or secondary to its primary representation. Further, as veterans take an oath to support and defend the constitution, it is nonsensical to then declare that the actual exercise of those rights is disrespectful to this very group. The military is not a monolith, and our varied opinions on this issue should not be given any more weight than that of any other citizen. (Read full story at

Like many, we are fundamentally opposed to the NFL’s new policy requiring players who are on the field to stand for the national anthem or remain in the tunnel or locker room. Teams can be fined if players or any team personnel do not stand for the anthem, including attempts to sit or kneel, as was the movement started by ex-49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a means of protesting police harassment of people of color. Ironically, Mr. Kaepernick and former teammate/fellow protester Eric Reid, who is only recently getting attention because it has become clear that he is also on the NFL’s enemies list, chose to kneel rather than sit or hide in the locker room as a show of respect. It’s very hard to understand the vitriolic opposition to this modest protest given that Kaepernick’s own explanation of it could only be offensive to a racist: He did not want to honor the symbol of a country (flag) that oppresses Black people and other people of color. Even if you disagree with the content or format of the message, it’s not an anti-American message. It was never about disrespecting the military. That it was ever equated with the military is deeply problematic. (Read full story at

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Honor and Respect Reading, Writing belongs to and Arithmetic all American Excerpt from my book, What We Redlining settlement fails to provide strong penalties Blacks Need To Do. Do you love your Heroes Other Actions Signal More Backward Turns on Fair Housing children enough to help them study

By Charlene Crowell (Deputy Communications Director, Center for Responsible Lending) For as long as many people of color can remember, succeeding generations have called for justice. Despite these age-old pleas, justice is not only elusive, but frustrating since the enactment of a series of civil rights laws. Despite federal guarantees of equal treatment, much of Black America experiences something short of what was promised. A recent settlement of a federal redlining lawsuit is yet another sign that justice is still being denied. Even worse, those entrusted in key federal agencies are willing to accept much less than what is fair or just.

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Trump is a moron, but most Americans don’t know who burned The White House By Oscar Blayton Donald Trump made headlines with his ignorance again when he accused Canada of burning the White House during the War of 1812. Most school children are taught that the British torched the White House during the attack on Washington, D.C. What they often are not taught is that the president’s residence was built mostly by slave labor. Nor are they taught that its destruction was carried out by freed slaves known as the British Colonial Marines. On Aug. 24, 1814, Admiral Sir George Cockburn of the Royal Navy, commander of the raid upon Wash-

ington, entered the abandoned White House accompanied by a few of his officers and a squad of Colonial Marines. The occupiers ate the meal that Dolley Madison had ordered laid out in the dining room in anticipation of her husband, James Madison’s triumphant return after defeating the British at Bladensburg, which lay on the city’s outskirts. (Read full story at

Hey, Elected Officials: No more chicken dinners…wee need Policy Jeffrey Boney says that many of elected officials, who visit the Black community only during the election season, get a pass for doing nothing. (Jeffrey Boney) By Jeffrey L. Boney (NNPA Newswire Contributor) It’s that time again. It occurs every year around the same time clockwork. It’s election season.

Political signs infiltrate Black neighborhoods, placed by campaign operatives hoping you remember their respective political candidate come election time. (Read full story at

this summer for their next grade level? As a retired master teacher, I suggest the following: 1. Have your children look up the following words, tell what they mean in their own words and write a paragraph telling how it will affect them and their family. (A)-Disclaimer (B)Gentrification (C)- Gerrymandering (D)- Tracking-in-school (E) Entrepreneur (F)- Unalienable Rights. 2. You can get math worksheets for any grade FREE on the internet. They have an “answer key” at the bottom of the page (smile). Have your child practice math for 45 minutes per day. 3. Have your child pick three books from the suggested reading list from their school and spend 45 minutes per day reading. 4. Science will help them become a complete student. Watch the Science Channel together. 5. The one item you will have to spend any money on is your local Black newspaper. It is my number one source for truthful information. A oneyear subscription costs between $25 to $40. There are other helpful resources in your community. The education department at most churches and some outreach centers have active, retired teachers and other qualified volunteers who can help your children, check their work and guide them in the right direction. Have a safe, enjoyable and progressive summer with your adoring family!!! (If you agree-please make copies and share)

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James J. Hankins-Wilmington, NC

American law enforcers commanded by President Donald Trump and his Attorney General Jeff Sessions are treating darkskinned immigrants like slave masters treated uncooperative slaves! United States citizens and concerned citizens around the world are both angry and upset about how abused, misused and terrified families seeking asylum in “The Land of the Free” are treated at the border. Babies are being snatched out of their mother’s arms, toddlers are being pulled away from their fathers and pre-teens and teenagers are being separated from their families by US Border Agents and sent to unknown locations miles and miles away from relatives that love them, care for them and want a better life for them! Well, I’m not surprised. The white racist idea that it is appropriate to punish people of color by separating children, spouses and relatives from their families has never been truly abandoned and prohibited. (Read full story at

Americans don’t value reading to children By Kevin Palmer Margaret Peters said, “Time has a wonderful way to show us what really matters.” Apparently, literacy does not really matter because little time is spent reading to children. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) chart titled, Average hours per day parents spent caring for and helping household children as their main activity, “Parents spent between 4 to 7 minutes reading to household children.” Moreover, “In activities related to household children’s education, parents spent between 10 and 19 minutes.” (Read full story at

President Trump is not facing reality by feeling that the sports players are disrespecting the American flag. The other heroes are those Black parents who loss their homes and lives due to the consistent practice of discrimination caused by racism with no Police protection even today in 2018. Many Blacks never knew who were their grandparents, and sometimes never got to know their mothers and fathers because they were murdered by KKK or some American citizen or American Police officer who was never held accountable for the killing of a Black person, maybe even a Black child. All American Police officers are not criminals, but those who are committing crimes against Black people are still not being held judicially accountable for their criminal actions. This is the reason for what the kneeling is all about. The kneeling is to observe the loss of the many Blacks from America’s inhumane treatment of the Black race who are also citizens and heroes of this Free American country too, but not in reality for Black people. (Read full story at

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many setbacks. However, not all institutions see it this way. Some colleges such as Georgia State University emphasize the importance of being intentional in promoting racial equality among the students. At the same time, they are supporting Black students to succeed in their education. Georgia State University has programs to help the requirements of students from low-income families. Their programs include micro-grants for balance and tuition due. They also aid in tutoring as well as programs to enhance financial literacy.

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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!

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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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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.

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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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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: SCHEDULE OF SERVICES SUNDAY

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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Sunday Worship Services.....................7:30 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. Church School ............................................................................................. 9:30 a.m. Wednesday Bible Study............................................................... 11 a.m. & 7:00 p.m. Saturday Night Worship Service...............................................6:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. "with God all things are possible" Matthew 19:25b

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2241 Davie Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 Church Telephone: (954) 284-9413 Visit: 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

BURCH Funeral services for the late Jacari Lee Burch, Sr. – 26 were held June 9 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Bishop L.L. Ward officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens (Central). HENRY Funeral services for the late Phyllis Rowena Henry – 65 were held June 11 at Macedonia Baptist Church with Pastor Jimmie Lee Hill officiating.

McWhite's Funeral Home GRANVILLE Funeral services for the late Gizel Virginia “Punkie” Granville were held June 10 at Lauderhill Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Lester Elliott officiating. Interment: Bailey Memorial Gardens. HUIE Funeral services for the late Leopold “Leo” Huie – 79 were

held June 9 at Gateway Church with Bishop Dr. Preston Williams II officiating. Interment: Bailey Memorial. THOMPSON Funeral services for the late Robert Lee Thompson, Sr. – 61 were held June 9 at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church with Bishop T.G., Jr officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Central.

Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home ALLEN Funeral services for the late Rev. Otis Council Allen - 86 were held June 9 at Mount Hermon AME Church with Rev. Joseph Toles officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. BROWN Funeral services for the late Wanda Faye Brown – 53 were held June 9 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center with Minister officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. GIPSON Funeral services for the late Benjamin Gipson, Jr. - 44 were held June 9 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship Center with Pastor Erma Warner officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. The LORD is my Shepherd Psalm 23:1

Bishops-elect reflect on historic votes Davenport and Thomas-Breiteld are first two female African American ELCA bishops

Georgia church expelled from Southern Baptist Convention over racial discrimination charges

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Patricia Davenport (left) and Viviane Thomas-Breitfeld were elected as ELCA synod bishops May 5 and 6, respectively.

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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”

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This Dec. 7, 2011 file photo shows the headquarters of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville, Tenn. The Southern Baptists lost more than 200,000 members in 2015. It’s the ninth straight year of decline for the nation’s largest Protestant denomination, which also saw baptisms drop by more than 10,000 in 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File) DALLAS — A Georgia church was expelled from the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday over charges of racism. The convention’s executive committee voted to withdraw fellowship from Raleigh White Baptist Church during its morning meeting in Dallas, said Roger S. Oldham, the committee’s spokesman. The 80-plus member body, which acts on behalf of the Southern Baptist Convention when it is not in session, followed the recommendation of its officers and severed the evangelical denomination’s relationship with the church for “clear evidence of the church’s intentional discriminatory acts.”

The small white congregation in Albany, Ga., has been accused of discriminating against a growing black congregation that shared its church building. Raleigh White Baptist did not respond Monday to the USA TODAY NETWORK-Tennessee’s request for comment. The executive committee made its decision ahead of the Southern Baptist Convention’s big denominational meeting that starts Tuesday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Georgia church’s status is only one of several matters expected to be addressed this week. (Read full story at

Last weekend, following her election as the ELCA’s first female African-descent synod bishop, Patricia Davenport was reminded of a hymn her congregation sings, “For Everyone Born” by Shirley Erena Murray. “For everyone born, a place at the table,” go the lyrics. “And God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace.” “I am delighted that is no longer for me just a song that we sing,” Davenport said, “but a movement.” Less than 24 hours later, the ELCA would again make history by electing its second female synod bishop of African descent, Viviane ThomasBreitfeld. Davenport was elected May 5 to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod. She succeeds Claire S. Burkat, who has served as synod bishop since 2006 and will retire July 31. A member of the Spirit & Truth Worship Center in Yeardon, Pa., Davenport currently serves as director for evangelical mission and assistant to the bishop for the synod. She will be installed Sept. 22.

Thomas-Breitfeld was elected May 6 to serve a sixyear term as bishop of the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin. She succeeds Mary Stumme Froiland, who has served as synod bishop since 2013 and will retire June 30. Thomas-Breitfeld currently serves as interim pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Beloit, Wis. She will be installed Aug. 18. Lifelong Lutherans Both bishops-elect are lifelong Lutherans. Davenport was raised in a predominately German congregation, and Thomas-Breitfeld grew up in the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church, a majorityScandinavian denomination— “Don’t I look Swedish?” Thomas-Breitfeld joked—that merged into the Lutheran Church in America, an ELCA predecessor body. “Because it was a predominately German church where English was not the primary language spoken, of course there were no people in leadership who looked like me,” Davenport said of her childhood congregation. (Read full story at

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Florida is back in the College World Series after this dramatic walk-off home run however, comes in the power Florida has shown this season. The Gators have hit 96 home runs this season, the third most in program history. In seven NCAA tournament games, Florida has knocked 15 balls

out of the park — and that has been done without Schwarz, who has not played since breaking his right hand in UF’s 12-4 loss to Mississippi State on May 18, a span of 11 games. Schwarz is still listed as day-to-

day heading into the College World Series. UF has five players with at least eight home runs this season: third baseman Jonathan India (20), outfielder Wil Dalton (19), Schwarz (12),

shortstop Deacon Liput (9) and designated hitter Nelson Maldonado (8). The Gators open the College World Series against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. Sunday.


By Jordan McPherson As the ball left his bat and sailed through the humid Gainesville sky Monday night, Austin Langworthy felt optimistic. In the 11th inning of a tense Game 3 of the Gainesville Super Regional against Auburn, a game that would decide which team advanced to the College World Series and which team would see its season end right there, Langworthy watched the ball whiz toward right-center field. Auburn right fielder Steven Williams was in position to make the grab — and rob Langworthy of a hit for the third time that night — but sunk to the ground as the ball bounced off his glove and past the fence. Langworthy’s walk-off home run sealed the top-seeded Gators’ 3-2 win and clinched UF’s fourth consecutive appearance in Omaha, Nebraska. Florida became just the fifth program to make it to the College World Series four consecutive times since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1999, joining the likes of Stanford (19992003), Texas (2002-2005), UNC (2006-2009) and TCU (20142017). It’s also UF’s seventh College World Series appearance under coach Kevin O’Sullivan. “It’s unbelievable. Right when I hit it I knew it had a chance,� Langworthy told reporters after the game. “I wasn’t sure if I quite hit it high enough, but once I hit it over

the fence I was ecstatic for myself and my team to get us back to Omaha for another year.� Now, the Gators stand five wins from defending their title from last season. And while there are some hesitations about Florida winning a second title — most of it revolving around the health of catcher JJ Schwarz — Florida has the potential to make another run. The likely deciding factor: Florida’s offense. The Gators are hitting .278 as a team this season, 19 points higher than the .259 average from their national title run in 2017. The big difference,


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LIBRA-You can be discreet and cut down on some of the envious comments you are attracting. Or you can continue to flaunt it since you’ve got it. Your choice this week! Watch for a pleasant change in a romantic partner’s attitude. The winner is me. I smile for the cameras. 23, 39, 43 SCORPIO-Center yourself at every opportunity during this busy week and keep your quest for emotional and spiritual balance in the forefront. Make an effort to take your time; that way you’ll recognize opportunity from impulse-control problems immediately. My spirit gives me limitless possibilities. 10, 20, 31

TAURUS-At work, some matters have been on hold but now you will get the green light. Continue to work as diligently as you have been in the pass to ensure success. Have faith that your plans are on target. Anticipation of a beautiful immediate future lights up my week. 14, 53, 54

SAGITTARIUS-Lucky! Your natural ability to shine is magnified this week. You’ll be garnering positive attention on a project you recently completed. Bask in the glow of public admiration! This week I forgive myself for everything that has happened. 11, 13, 29

CAPRICORN-A celebration is in store and you are the guest of honor! You’ve achieved something wonderful and you need to take some time to enjoy it. Let yourself enjoy the applause then move onward and upward. I entertain wild ideas about making money this week. 19, 24, 36

CANCER-Keep all your ducks in a row this week. No mixing work with fun or business with pleasure. Save your affection for the home front and stay focused on the work in front of you on the job. Things are working out perfectly. This week I find joy in the gifts that life has already given me. 1, 8, 14

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this week and let the future take care of itself. Worry admire the view as it goes by. I enjoy living in my dream. 19, will only create more worry. I stop all worry. 32, 50, 43, 50 51

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he pardoned a 63 year old grandmother who was serving a life sentence for a non-violent drug offense. This follows Kim

Kardashian’s persistent effort towards helping the 63-yearold, Alice Marie Johnson. To advocate for the release of Johnson, Kardashian met the President to personally talk about the pardon. And when the pardon finally came, Kardashian gave the grand-mother a call-in prison to break the good news. This news that is now making headlines has attracted different sentiments, with some people appreciating what the President did and others crediting Kardashian for the clemency. One very notable comment came from Professor Michael Eric Dyson, who while speaking in an interview with

NAACP statement on marking 55 years since the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy BALTIMORE –Yesterday marked a sad day in the nation’s history. On June 6, 1968, the nation mourned the death of one of its leaders. A family—a wife, 10 children, parents, and a host of siblings, nieces, nephews, and others—had to mourn the loss of a promising life cut short. Just two months after informing an Indianapolis crowd that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had been assassinated, Robert Kennedy’s life was tragically cut short.. Today, we pause to mark fifty years since the assassination of Senator and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, Sr. As the 64th Attorney General of the United States, Robert F. Kennedy used his power to ensure that Black students were able to safely enter formerly all-white University of Mississippi. When an angry white mob firebombed the Freedom Riders’ bus and mercilessly beat them, Mr. Kennedy sent federal troops to Alabama to escort those activists to relative

KENNEDY safety. After the death of his brother, Jack, Attorney General Kennedy remained in office to champion President Kennedy’s vision—the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Upon his election to the Senate, Mr. Kennedy advocated for the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and thus had a hand in

passing the two most significant laws of the twentieth century. As Attorney General, he evolved as a civil and human rights champion as a Senator and continued this work until his untimely death. As we reflect on the life and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy, we should recommit ourselves to a cause that he worked for his entire adult life—the strengthening of this American republic. During this all-important election year, we should demand that Congress work to restore Section 4(b) of the legislation he voted for—the Voting Rights Act. Let us continue the work of Senator Kennedy to secure a living wage for all persons in this nation; to protect our military from fighting unnecessary wars; and to bring people from all walks of life together to perfect our union. The NAACP sends its deepest condolences to Mrs. Kennedy and the family of Robert F. Kennedy on this most somber of anniversaries.

TheGrio, said, “I love Kim Kardashian, she’s a wonderful woman, and the woman she’s speaking on behalf is great. But is [Johnson] getting out of jail worth– in terms of the PR that Donald Trump might be able to get from her visit– the kind of photo op that suggests that even people of color are attracted to him? Or women married to people of color are attracted to him?” The professor advised that anyone planning to meet with the president shout take the opportunity to talk straight with him. He vehemently insists that the Black community shouldn’t be fooled by the President. He pointed out that President Trump is not for the Black Americans. He further explained that, “He’s trying to manipulate Black sentiment in his favor. Before Donald Trump became president, he was being

cited in rap lyrics and it was cool to be with the Donald. Space” Dyson spoke about President Trump’s recent public statement, where he boasted of having an increased number of “Black Vote” as a result of support from the West family. He publicly boasted of the increasing number of boast when the actual figures did not represent the whole African American community. He said at the National Rifle Association that, “Kanye West must have some power because you probably saw I doubled my African American poll numbers. We went from 11 to 22 in one week.” However, an analysis by CNN brought to question how a sample size of 200 people can be used to determine the views of the African Americans. These statements from the President did not please pro-

fessor Dyson either. He clarified that he was not suggesting that no African American should visit Trump; only that people should not shy away from telling him the truth. “I’m not saying you can’t meet with Donald Trump. If you want to meet with Donald Trump tell him the truth though. Understand that you are becoming complicit in a white supremacist ideology that has been perpetuated… You can be a white supremacist in brown skin or Black skin.” Dyson said that Trump is no longer the man that used to be featured in rap music, and that his facade should not be taken to heart. In his interview, he said, “Now he’s the president. This am not your homeboy. This is a guy who is doing public policy that is hurting your people.”

Black defendants worry about harsher sentences

NEWSOM (Cont'd from FP) president, Nan Aron, sees it, Trump is appointing judges with the clear intent of impos-

BRENNAN ing harsher sentences on criminal defendants. She also pointed out that Trump has never chosen any defense lawyer or public defender to be a judge. These

people are qualified and have a better grasp of the criminal justice system. Instead, he is choosing people who have ties to conservative groups, she adds. Trump has, in fact, confirmed 21 circuit court judges, 18 district judges, and one Supreme Court justice which is the most a president has ever appointed. According to law professor at the University of Richmond, Carl Tobias, it’s hard to judge how Trump’s appointees will fare in terms of manifesting racial inequality in the court. He emphasizes how Trump has been focusing on recruiting conservative circuit court judges while his district court judges are not as extreme. Nonetheless, a lot of people especially African Americans are still worried about the sentencing gaps. At the same time, at least one-third of his appointees are also known for being anti-LGBTQ.

A Message From Our Publisher (Cont'd from FP)

King: The question is how to come up with new income. We need to reduce mass incarceration.

Levine: As high as we can get it. I’d love to see the highest we can get it [minimum wage]. By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. “It will be extremely difficult to almost impossible for candidates whose platforms show any empathy towards the “common” person to win without the Black vote. Experts say there must be better outreach efforts to encourage Black voters because they, especially Black wo-men, hold the power to elect. –Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Publisher Former U.S. Representative Gwen Graham, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Orlando entrepreneur Chris King partook in the supposed Florida Freedom Forum debate; billionaire

Jeff Greene, a candidate for governor as well, could not participate because he declared his candidacy too late. Florida Governor Democratic candidates may have varied platforms on some issues; nevertheless, on Monday night, they were in agreeance on the instantaneous resignation of Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam for his office’s lackadaisical implication of background checks for concealed weapon permits, salary increase for teachers, more provision for Puerto Ricans in the aftermath of the storms and moving to the state and the environmental push to take action on sea-level rise. The winner of the democratic primary will face the republican gubernatorial nominee. It will be a hard-fought battle and a scrapping fight to the finish line. Gwen Graham is the only female in the democratic race for the next Florida Governor. Gwen Graham is the daughter of former Governor Bob Graham. She is also a former U.S. Representative for Florida’s 2nd congressional district. She will need to show resilience and strength to battle the fierce attacks launched during a race of this magnitude. She will also have to demonstrate her compassion and empathy for the millions of Floridians who are looking for a governor who cares about their issues: violence and gun control, the environment, wages, housing, jobs and more. Candidates comments on Gun control Gwen Graham: It’s not enough but I am glad it was something ... I propose an Executive Order, there’s a statute in Florida that allows the governor, whoever she is, to ban the sale of high capacity magazines and investment in mental health resources and schools. Andrew Gillum: Tomorrow we will commemorate the people who died at the Pulse Club shooting. Laws like Stand Your Ground have no place in Florida. Chris King: This is one of the toughest issues we have in our state ... I have an ambitious plan that includes a tax on bullets that would fund programs that prevent gun violence. Philip Levine: We’ll ban assault rifles in the state of Florida, we’ll make sure we have

better background checks and those with mental health issues aren’t able to buy weapons in the state of Florida. We’ll create an Education Security administration because no one should go to school afraid. A Candidate’s message will have to be more than just antiTrump to ensure turnout in record numbers for elections. Black voters need to feel respected. They need to see their community’s issues and concerns being paid attention to and their businesses invested in. “It’s my belief that the way we’re going to win this race — not just the primary, but the general — is by giving more of our voters a reason to turn out,” said Gillum in a previous interview. It appears that both candidates Levine and Green understand the need to court Black voters since they both have well known Black athletes in their camps. Levine has Ray Allen, a hall of fame shooting guard, and Palm Beach billionaire Jeff Greene has former boxer Mike Tyson who was the best man at his wedding. In that same interview Gillum cited his legal fight with the National Rifle Association over an ordinance banning guns in city parks; his city’s growth of solar power; his support of early education; and the school system’s programs to train more students for skilled jobs that allowed half of the graduating high school class to already have job offers. “Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in his book Why We Can’t Wait. Gillum said that, “mental health care shouldn’t only be brought up following mass shootings.” He is for full legalization of marijuana, and he would veto any budget that took money out of the affordable housing fund for other uses. This election is going to be very interesting to say the least; however, the question is what will your role be in determining the outcome? More than three hundred years later, the voice of the Black community, once a whisper, has become a thunderous roar through the power of voting.

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Designed to worship – Created to leave a legacy

Over the weekend, the arts and entertainment community buried who we know as the face of Systemic Sclerosis Scleroderma, Demetria Williams

(Sunrise October 28, 1971 Sunset June 2, 2018). Also known to her community as a host, a fashion model, an activist, and a prayer warrior, Williams used her platforms of social media, radio, television, church and even runways to bring awareness to Systemic Scleroderma. According to, “Scleroderma or systemic sclerosis (SSc) is a connective tissue disease of unknown etiology, complex genetics, substantial mortality, and no cure. The disease has worldwide distribution, with 150,000 to 300,000 persons affected in the United States.” SSc attacked Demetria’s body without warning bringing the disease into the forefront of public awareness.

At her homegoing celebration, one could hear light sobs, but essentially time stood still

at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church funeral attendees inclusive of South

Health, Diversity and Inclusion Leader Sheila Thorne will receive the New Jersey State Association IBPOEW’s Civil Liberties 2018 Community Service Award MOUNT LAUREL, N.J— Sheila Thorne, the President of Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, will receive the 2018 Community Service Award at the New Jersey State Association of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World (IBPOEW) Civil Liberties Luncheon, honoring her advocacy, service and commitment to public responsibility. The IBPOEW Civil Service Liberties Award recognizes public service, innovation, and leadership. The theme for this year’s program is “Community Responsibility and Partnership” and will take place on Friday, June 8, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. at the ML Hotel, 915 Route 73 (Exit 4 off NJ Turnpike), Mt Laurel, N.J. As President and CEO, Sheila L. Thorne has built the

Multicultural Healthcare Marketing Group, LLC (MHMG) into a thriving and growing fullservice market research, crosscultural educational, marketing communications company. Thorne is committed to reducing racial and ethnic health disparities and promoting health. She has spent almost three decades designing health education programs, Diversity and Inclusion, cultural competency training programs, and marketing campaigns for racially and linguistically diverse populations throughout the United States, Western Europe and Latin America. Her deep understanding of the challenges and roots of injustice and the connections between individual health outcomes and social determinants has led to collaborative part-

nerships with National Medical Association, Interamerican College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum among many other professional health advocacy organizations and numerous communitybased organizations throughout the country. Among her many affiliations, from 2011 through 2014, she served as a member of Region II Health Equity Council and co-chair of the Cultural and Linguistic Competency Committee, part of the Federal Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health National Partnership to End Health Disparities representing New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Read full story at:

Sheila L. Thorne will receive the 2018 Community Service Award at the New Jersey State Association of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World (IBPOEW) Civil Liberties Luncheon. (Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the World)

Florida’s most talented reflected on their personal lives, its impact and their legacies. Ironically, I entered the building feeling less than alive, feeling routine and sinking in my own sorrow. I was going through my own storm but was determined to pay my respect. And the selfish part of me was hoping the Lord would meet me there with a divine message concerning my growth and direction. God used Demetria’s homegoing celebration to remind me that his messages were directly tied to my praise. When the anointing fell on male singer, Kenyatta Scott, within seconds, the entire church was in complete worship mode. The atmosphere was set, and our collective worship was resurrecting dreams and ideas. It was invoking passion and creativity. It was inspiring methods and purpose. Guests were rising up out of their seats and throwing up hands in total surrender. Amongst a multitude of worshippers, the spirit of gratitude put freshness in the air. It was evident that Demetria was orchestrating one last earthly show called Worship Anyway. Then faith rose up as Demetria’s twin sister, Davica, went into action. She ascended to the pulpit, dressed like a Queen in an emerald green gown, grabbed the mic, and repeatedly said “It is well with my soul!” Subsequently, she squared off with the audience and said, “For those of you sitting on your calling, it is time to rise up and do the work! God has fashioned it this way…” Truth be told, together these sisters acquired notoriety through their social platforms, and when Demetria was diagnosed with Scleroderma, they didn’t bury their talent. They rose to the occasion using those same platforms to bring

awareness to a disease that is killing hundreds of thousands. Even in death, Demetria William’s legacy will continue as she leaves behind a lengthy resume of work and impact. And her twin sister, her son and her daughter will no doubt carry on the mission. But now, let our truth also be told, that as we build our legacies that we worship God for what is and what’s to come. “God has fashioned it this way.” Crystal Chanel - Press Release Marketing, LLC Event Hosting - Marketing - Public Relations @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram

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By Lieutenant Colonel Dennis O. Freytes USA (Ret.) Florida Chairman, Vets4Energy

Plays Vital Role in U.S. Security No one understands the connection between energy security and national security better than the military, and veterans like me strongly support expanding oil and natural gas production, both onshore and offshore. It is a rather easy choice when the options are (1) safely produce oil and natural gas here at home, or (2) defer to hostile and despotic regimes outside the U.S.

than 1 million barrels of oil per day for

and 327 trillion cubic feet of natural gas between oil and gas activities and

the past 20 years, offshore energy is

could be awaiting discovery on the U.S. other ocean uses, including military

the backbone of a domestic energy

outer continental shelf (OCS). Opening

revolution that has shaken up global

additional areas to development could recreational fishing – all of which thrive

energy markets and helped to drive

generate hundreds of thousands of

training, tourism, and commercial and cooperatively in the Gulf.”

down prices for homes and businesses. jobs and lead to production gains of more than a million barrels of oil

The key word when it comes to military

While we’ve been producing oil

equivalent per day – further reducing

compatibility is “cooperatively.” Under

and natural gas in the western and

dependence on overseas energy.

longstanding practice, military leaders control the location and conditions of

central Gulf of Mexico for decades,

energy development near its bases,

94 percent of federally controlled

State officials from Alabama,

offshore acreage remains off limits

Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas – where and a long history of coordination

to production. It is vital to our military

offshore energy exploration actually

with the Department of the Interior

There’s no question that U.S. oil and

and national interests that we

is allowed – are onboard. These

ensures that energy activities follow any

natural gas production plays

expand opportunities for exploration

policymakers and their constituents

necessary stipulations. In the central

a vital role in enhancing the national

and production.

have experienced firsthand the

Gulf of Mexico, in close proximity

economic growth that energy

to Texas and Louisiana ports and

security interests of our nation and our allies around the world. The rise of the

That’s just what a proposal from the

development brings to communities,

military bases, 36 percent of leases

U.S. as the world’s leading producer

Interior Department would do. The

and they know that energy operations

are located in military use areas, and

of oil and natural gas has effectively

department’s draft proposed leasing

safely coexist with other industries –

military activities have been carried out

curtailed the power of countries like

program for 2019-2024 opens the door

and with military activity. As more than successfully and without conflict.

Russia and Iran, who heavily rely upon

to responsible energy exploration in the

20 members of Congress wrote to the

energy as a geopolitical tool. And

Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, Interior Department, “[The] experience In a recent letter, Deputy Secretary

offshore energy resources are a big

Pacific and Arctic. Government

part of our success. Providing more

estimates indicate 90 billion barrels of oil clearly demonstrates the compatibility

in the Gulf of Mexico over decades

of Defense Patrick M Shanahan recognized that an expanded offshore energy strategy “is intent on increasing domestic energy production to fortify national security objectives and reduce our dependency on imported energy” adding that the Defense Department “supports the development of national domestic energy resources in concert with



enabling military operations, training and testing.” Not only is offshore development compatible with other critical industries and military activity, it is safer than ever. Through joint efforts from industry experts and government regulators, more than 100 industry safety and environmental standards have been created or strengthened since 2010, and the industry launched the Center for Offshore Safety to ensure continual safety improvements. Our nation has come a long way in advancing our national security interests through the development of U.S. oil and natural gas resources, especially our offshore energy resources. Given the long lead time necessary in offshore development,

The natural gas and oil industry provides a bright future for all Americans. The innovative technologies pioneered by America’s natural gas and oil industry are meeting our country’s energy needs and producing

decisions we make today will

cleaner energy and reducing industry’s environmental footprint. Our air is cleaner than it’s been in decades and emissions are at 25-year lows, thanks to increased use of natural gas. That’s how we are powering past impossible and soaring toward a cleaner, better tomorrow.

years into the future, and beyond. It

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