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FAMU Presented with $15,000 for Scholarships at Jazz in the Gardens Music Fest Donation will establish a Scholarship Fund in Memory of FAMU Alumnus Adrian Freeman

Spring is coming and with it new growth

50 years after his death PFC Gregory Carter gets grave marker By Staff Writer His gallant services in Vietnam lasted just three months. A Dillard High School teenager 50 years ago, Pfc. Carter was drafted into the Marines, and on the Fourth of July his tour of duty in Vietnam began. Military records say on October 12, 1969 (family says he died Oct. 6, 1969) Pfc. Gregory Carter, a young father at 19, was killed in action in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam. His body was brought home to Fort Lauderdale, where he is buried near his mother. For nearly fifty years Carter’s body has rested in an unmarked grave. Recently the Vietnam Veterans of America discovered Carter’s anonymous status in the city cemetery and a dedication ceremony later this month will be held, honoring him with a new headstone. In a recent vote city commissioners approved the $395 cost for the bronze marker with a granite base in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery which is owned by the city. Carter’s unmarked graved was discovered when the Vietnam Veterans of America searched the area for a photograph of Carter. The group is undertaking efforts to find pictures of all servicemen and women who were killed in Vietnam so that they can be enshrined on the black, granite Wall of (Cont’d on page 5)

(Top) Gregory Carter’s new marker at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fort Lauderdale, 50 years after he was killed in battle in Quang Ngai Province in South Vietnam. (Bottom) PFC Gregory Carter (Taimy Alvarez / South Florida Sun Sentinel)

Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III; Barnes-Lisbon (Freeman’s sister); Kennedi Freeman (Freeman’s daughter); Niesha Mack-Freeman (Freeman’s wife); Kerrington Freeman; FAMU President, Larry Robinson, Ph.D.; his wife Sharon Robinson; Col. Gregory L. Clark (FAMU National Alumni Association President); Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D. (Vice President of FAMU Office of Advancement). (Photo Credit: Denetra Collins)

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Hunger Strike Nine members of the Circle of Brotherhood will risk their lives in a hunger strike to stop gun violence By Clayton Gutzmore

Brother Lyle Muhammad, Executive Director of the Circle of Brotherhood

Gun violence has been a serious issue in Miami. Many lengths have been taken to stop this issue before more lives are taken. The latest act to solve this problem is an anti-gun violence campaign organized by the Circle of Brotherhood called Operation

Hunger Strike. Nine members of the Circle of Brotherhood will risk their lives in a hunger strike to stop gun violence, “ We want to bring international attention to an issue that is a state of emergency (Cont’d on page 11)

No Charges Filed Against Officers Who Killed Stephon Clark

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert discusses the findings of her department in front of reporters. Ms. Schubert has decided not to file charges against the two officers who killed unarmed Stephon Clark on March 18, 2018. (OBSERVER photo by Antonio R. Harvey)

Sacramento Observer Staff Report SACRAMENTO — Nearly one year after Stephon Clark was shot and killed in his grandmother’s

backyard, Sacramento’s District Attorney has decided not to press charges against the two Sacramento Police Department officers (Cont’d on page 5)

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“Now tell me, Ezekiel, do you think this grapevine will live? Or will the first eagle pull it up by its roots and pluck off the grapes and let its new leaves die? The eagle could easily kill it without the help of a large and powerful army.” Ezekiel 17:9 (CEV)

Senator Kamala Harris and Rep. Yvette Clarke Reintroduce Legislation to Commission Statue Honoring U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-CA) reintroduced a bill directing Congress to commission a statue of former U.S. Representative Shirley Chisholm to be displayed in the United States Capitol. Currently, there are four statues and busts in the United State Capitol representing African(Cont’d on page 12)

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How often do we find ourselves coming face-toface with the newness of anxieties that are birthed because of some positive growth or regressions that have come due to our bad choices? Day Light Saving, Spring forward or Fall back; even the order of time, when man is involved, is confused and fickle. Frustrations abound during seasonal changes so much so that we rely on the predications from groundhogs to tell us what is forecasted for our coming weather. Our inclinations are twisted. Breaking new ground to make it fertile for encouraging growth does not come without rupturing something or someone, including one’s self. After such toiling, whatever the duration, if the consummation is the (Cont’d on page 12)

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In a joint effort to get students involved with the Children Services Council’s 2019 Broward AWARE! Protecting OUR Children campaign: Growing the Voices of Our Future, the Westside Gazette will engage youth in a photovoice (photojournalism) project. The youth will tell their stories through the written word and through the lens of cameras they will operate as photojournalists focusing on but not limited to the Broward AWARE campaign.

Dr. Rosalind Osgood

Women’s Impact on the World Women across the world have had such a huge impact on the world but even they are overlooked in the world to this day. For example, Mary Anderson was the per-son who invented the windshield wiper. Cosey Proctor, III - 14 Another example is Marie van Brittan Brown who invented a closed circuit television security system with her husband Albert Brown. Basically, it is a normal everyday security system with cameras that you have at home or that you see at the mall. Marie Curie was one of the first pioneers when it came to researching radiation. So if it weren’t for her, we wouldn’t know nearly as much as we know today about the causes and effects of radiation. Not all of them are teachers but every last one of them had a huge impact on the world. Women are often and wrongfully neglected in this world, but a big change is on the way.

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This week I would like to recognize Dr. Rosalind Osgood. She is the CEO of New Mount Olive Development Corporation. She is the only African American District 5 School Board Member and is one that loves giving back to her community. She is the Associate Minister at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church and is a mentor to me and many others.

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Brielle Henry, 9 My great grandpa Hollis Douglas turned 90-years-old this month. He is the oldest in my family and he still does lots of things including driving, cooking, fishing and fixing things around the house. We took him on a charter fishing boat to celebrate his birthday, and we all had a great time. It makes me feel happy to see many older African Americans doing these type of things, and I hope my grandpa has the best time being 90.

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Stranahan makes history, winning the school’s first Class 6A state boys basketball title. For the first time in the school’s 62-year history, the Mighty Dragons are state boys basketball champions. Stranahan’s beat St. Petersburg Lakewood at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland 63-54 for the state basketball title.

“ O u r ch i l d r e n a r e o u r g r e a t e s t t r e a s u r e . T h e y a r e o u r f u t u r e . ” - N E L S O N M A N D E L A

The Community’s Principal “A good teacher is like a candle: it consumes itself to light the way for others.” Mustafa Ataturk While studying at Florida A & M, Runette Lamone Hill found that her passion was teaching. She studied hard and learned well as she began a journey that would allow her to positively touch the lives of thousands of children. She was not only a light and a candle for us, she taught others how to shine. After leaving her hometown of Madison, Florida, she married Ola. L. Williams and they both became educators in Broward County. In 1960, she became the first principal of Sanders Park Elementary School in Northwest Pompano Beach. Because of over 17 years at Sanders Park Elementary and time at Markham Elementary, also in Northwest Pompano Beach, she was lovingly called the “community’s principal.” And, because she was so well versed, it became a mantra, that if you wanted something done right, ask Mrs. Runette Williams. Her accomplishments span from awards and recognitions from numerous local, national and civic organizations to be a Diamond Life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. She was HILL very active at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, and she was one of the founding members of The Broward Community Education Foundation, now known as the Community Foundation of Broward. She was an officer in the Broward Association of Elementary School Principals, a Pioneer of Broward County, a coordinator of Reading is Fundamental, Governor’s Conference on Education and she was chairperson of area “A” principals, now called North Area. While naming all of the organizations she was a member of and worked with would be impressive, she took great pride in the accomplishments of her students, teachers and staff. She loved her family and her Golden Girl sisters, Catherine G. Johnson and Barbara P. Rhone. She was loving, yet firm, compassionate and always ready to let elected officials know what needed to be done and why. On February 28, 2019, Runette Williams left earth for her heavenly home. The Westside Gazette sends condolences to the family and loved ones of the “Community’s Principal,” Mrs. Runette Lamone Hill Williams.

FILM REVIEW:

Black Mother By Dwight Brown, NNPA News Wire Film Critic Think of this non-fiction film as a meditation and it makes perfect sense. Try and squeeze it into a standard documentary frame and it just doesn’t conform. At the helm is Khalik Allah, whose most commercial endeavor was his work as a cinematographer and second unit director for Beyonce’s famed Lemonade video (2016). His first documentary, Field Niggas (2015), chronicled the lives of folks on 125th Street and Lexington Avenue in Harlem, NY. It was a string of snippets that were more like kinetic photographs. Which makes sense because Allah was a photographer before he turned his lens to motion pictures. The location for Black Mother is Allah’s ancestral homeland of Jamaica. The format is a string of images and scenes that tourists don’t see on perfectly curated sightseeing trips. The first two

The location for Black Mother is Allah’s ancestral homeland of Jamaica. The format is a string of images and scenes that tourists don’t see on perfectly curated sightseeing trips. parts of this trinary, 77-minute collage require great patience. The focus is on sex workers, their potential johns, street vendors and impoverished people—some with grotesque deformities (a neck cyst the size of a basketball; a bare arm missing a hand; a hole in the middle of a face with the depth of a crater). The visuals are often sobering, if not shocking. Mixed in are clips

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Conagra Brands, Inc. Recalls Chicken and Rice Products Due To Misbranding And Undeclared Allergens By Autumn Canaday

Dear Friends, On Friday, March 8th, House Democrats passed H.R.1, the For the People Act. This historic bill is one of the most sweeping reform packages to pass the U.S. House of Representatives in the past half century. H.R.1 will return the American political system to the people by ensuring that every eligible American can cast a ballot, while pushing back against the corrupting influence of big money in politics. For too long, our country has lurched increasingly towards the interests of the privileged and the powerful. I was proud to cast my vote in favor of this bill and will continue to prioritize reforms that strengthen our democracy, so that all American voices can be heard. Passage of H.R.1 comes on the heels of last month’s passage of H.R. 8, the Bipartisan Backgrounds Checks Act of 2019 – the most significant gun control reform legislation to pass the House of Representatives in more than a decade. H.R.8 would close the loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to bypass a background check, ensuring that individuals prohibited from owning firearms are unable to obtain them. Make no mistake: this bill will save American lives. It is imperative that we continue to do all that we can to end gun violence. I will continue to champion common sense reforms like this one. One life lost to gun violence is one too many. Addressing Florida’s Water Quality As Dean and Co-Chairman of the Florida Congressional delegation, I hosted the first meeting of the 116th Congress on February 27th focusing on water quality issues facing our state. Along with my distinguished Co-Chair, Representative Vern Buchanan (R-FL), the meeting addressed pressing concerns such as red tide, oil drilling and harmful algal blooms in our state. Panelists included a diverse range of experts from the Department of the Interior, Army Corps of Engineers, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, and the Nature Conservancy. Water quality affects all Floridians regardless of political affiliation, and our delegation is committed to finding bipartisan solutions to safeguard coastal communities, ensure access to clean water, and sustain tourism, wildlife, recreation, and fishing throughout our state. Legislation in Focus: The Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 2019 In February, I introduced H.R.1345, the Restoring the Partnership for County Health Care Costs Act of 2019. This bill would prohibit the federal government from stripping pre-trial individuals in county jails of their Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, and SSI benefits, before an inmate has been convicted of a crime. The U.S. Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution’s 8th Amendment requires government entities to provide medical care to all inmates. With current law allowing the federal government to cut off important safety net resources, local governments are burdened with the expense of providing health care to thousands of men, women, and juveniles currently awaiting trial, while also trying to manage widespread budget deficits and cuts to essential services. We must remember that although these inmates are incarcerated, some for over a year, they are innocent until proven guilty and the termination of their benefits could very well undermine this cardinal presumption, while disproportionately affecting lowincome and minority populations. There is no question that the denial of access to fundamental programs and the erosion of the presumption of innocence are an affront to our sense of justice and our stated commitment to the rule of law. For more information on the various issues that I am working on, visit my official website at www.alceehastings.house.gov

WASHINGTON, March 9, 2019 – Conagra Brands, Inc., a Milton, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,871 pounds of chicken and rice products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The products may contain milk and wheat, known allergens, which are not declared on the product label. The products are labeled as chicken and rice products but contain beef ravioli products. The products were produced and packaged on Jan. 16, 2019. The following products are subject to recall: • 7.5 oz. canned microwavable bowls of “Chef BOYARDEE rice with chicken & vegetables” on the label, and a package code of 210090151050045L, and ‘BEST BY’ date of Jul082020 on the bottom of the bowl. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 794” on the bottom of the bowl. These items were shipped to retail locations in Florida, Kentucky and New York. The problem was discovered by the firm after receiving consumer complaints that bowls of microwave beef ravioli were mislabeled as “chicken with rice & vegetables.” FSIS was notified on March 8, 2019. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms are notifying their customers of the

recall and that actions are being taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/ recalls. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Danielle Richardson, Conagra’s manager of quality, at 1-(800) 921-7404. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Michael Cummins, Conagra’s vice president of communications, at (312) 549-5257. Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem. USDA RECALL CLASSIFICATIONS Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. • Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product. • Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences. •

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This Isn’t Your Grandparent’s Election SERIES PART 1 OF 4

By Perry Busby In 1968, three years after President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act (VRA) ensuring the right to vote for millions of AfricanAmericans, my parents, like many others in our community, made their way to the local school near our house to cast their ballots. Buoyed by the recent assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, and riots at the Democratic National Convention, voting had become the hot button topic that permeated discussions at home, church, school, and the barbershop. Once inside the school, I waited in a cordoned off area of the hallway with other kids whose parents had hauled them along, either willingly or unwillingly. Under the watchful eye of Mother Simmons, a grandmotherly-type woman who was quite charming but didn’t take any crap from unruly youngsters, we watched and debated what

our parents were doing behind those drawn curtains. Notwithstanding recently released tapes revealing Richard Nixon conspired with the North Vietnamese government to prolong the Vietnam War in order to secure his presidential victory, and Donald Trump’s alleged collusion (Cont’d on page 11)

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EVENTS The Westside Gazette Celebration Women History Month

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S.P.E.A.K. Women’s Empowerment Conferene 2019, Saturday, March 16 at 9 a.m., at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood, Fla.

Broward County Library eNews -#DestinationFridays South: Experience the Renaissance with Society for Creative Anachronism, Friday, March 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at South Regional/Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, Fla. -March/April Title - The Rooster Bar by John Grisham, dates: Tuesday, March 5 at 1 p.m. at North Regional/ Broward College Library Tuesday, March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Riverland Library. Tell Your Story. It’s Your Write: * Free Literary Expo, Saturday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at North Regional/ Broward College Library MERGE Goggle Headsets now aviliable for check out at Broward County Libarys Friday Night at the Library - DestinationFridays - South Experience in Renaissance with the Society for Creative Anachronism, Friday, March 29 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at South Regional/Broward College Library. Adult + only. For tickets Fridays.Broward. org

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World AIDS Museum and Educational Center upcoming events and support opportunities. All events will be held at World AIDS Museum, 1201 N.E. 26 St., Suite 111, Wilton Manors, Fla. - Art Auction Fundraiser/ Cocktail Party, Thursday, March 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., supporting our Florida AIDS Walk Team - BINGO Fundraiser, Friday, March 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., at 3635 N. Andrews Ave., Oakland Park, Fla. - Florida AIDS Walk, Saturday, March 23 on Fort Lauderdale Beach. - WAM Movie Night – Life Support, Friday, March 29 from 7 to 9 p.m. For more info call (954) 390-0550.

LOCAL HAPPENINGS IN BROWARD - MIAMI-DADE AND PALM BEACH COUNITIES Event

Yard Sale

Girls and young women ages 6 to 17-years-old are invited to have a Girls Day Out, Friday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Tree Tops Park, 3900 S.W. 100 Ave., Davie 33328; (954) 357-5130). The free event’s theme is Keys to Success. Lunch is included. For more info call Roosevelt Gardens Park, at (954) 357-87

Yard Sale, Saturday, March 23 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Northwest Federated Woman’s Club, 2161 N.W. 19 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Rain or shine $10 to rent a space, $15 if you’ll need a table. (Secure your space by Saturday, March 16, contact Latoya or Towanna at (954) 730-3442 for inquires. * Renter is responsible for providing own tent. The NWFWC will not be responsible for damaged/lost items.

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American Craft Endeavors return to Coconut Creek for handmade-in-the-USA Craft Festival Saturday, March 3031 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Promenda at Coconut Creek, 4443 Lyons Rd., Coconut Creek, Fla. Free and open to the community. For more info call (561) 746-66

“Challenges make you discover things about yourself that you never really knew. ” --

Cicely Tyson

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Chi Chapter, Fort Lauderdale, Florida will host its annual Talent Hunt Program on Saturday, April 6, from 12 noon to 3 p.m., at Joseph C. Carter Park (formerly Sunland Park), in the Kathleen C. Wright Multipurpose Center, 1450 W. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event will feature local middle and high school students from the surrounding communities. For additional info please call (954)809-8844.

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AARLCC, 2650 Historic Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -AARLCC Movie Matinee Black History Month: Black Hollywood: - Free Wellness Workshop for Seniors/Caregivers through May 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more info call (954) 357-6282. - Thursday, March 14, 21, 28; Thursday, April 4, 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - AARLCC’s Social Dance Club, Monday thru Thursday, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. - Getting My Groove Back, Learning my self: health adn wealth, Saturday, March 23 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. WIN prizes including beauty treatment and more. - A Peer Into the AARLCC Vault -Dorothy Porter Wesley Collection’s Afro- Brazilian Culture now thru March 31. - AARLCC Gallery Display, Saint’s and Orisha’s by Myron Ferguson aka Linx now thru March 30. Meet the Artist Fri #DestinationFridays Seminoles & Saturday, March 23 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. at Getting My Groove Back. - On Display in Special Collections - Moorish Spain:al Andalusian Afrikan Aesthetics. * Adult Programs - Monday & Wednesday in March Adult Literacy Class from 5 to 8 p.m. - Adulting 101: Mock Interviews from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Computer Training Center - Wednesday, March 13 Star Gazing: “The Spring, from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Front NE parking lot equinox” - Friday, March 15 - 100th birthday commemoration of Nat King Cole, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., refreshment will be served. - Saturday, March 16 - Dr. Mary Howery leads us in Wellness Talk, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. * Youth Programs - Free homework help, every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. - Tuesday, March 19 -Women’s History Month Stort time from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. - Saturday, March 16 - To Infinity and Beyond: Vision Board for Teens, from 3 to 5 p.m., for ages 13 and up. - Saturday, March 20 Make & Take a Wind Chime, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. -Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, March 25-27 Spring Break Tech Day from 3 to 5 p.m., Robotics ages 8 and up. - Thursday, March 28 Spring Break Game Day, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. *Computer Classes Wednesday, March 13 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Women and Genealogy - Saturday, March 20 from 6 to 7:30 in the Meet the Computer - Saturday, March 23 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Meet the Computer - Wednesday, March 27 from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in the Meet the Computer - Saturday, March 30 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., in the Meet the Computer

St. James MBC will begin our CHOICES Elderly Arts & Crafts Activities Program for you to invite or become apart of the fun now thru Monday, March 25 (Mon, Tues & Wed)., from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at St. James Missionary Baptist Church, 500 N.W. 21 Ave., Pompano Beach, Fla. There is limited seating starting with 10 and up to 15 participants that require their ability to be independent.

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•Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers hosts Game Night Party & Play on the Plaza, Friday, March 15 from 7 to 11 p.m. at Miramar Town Center Plaza, 2300 Civic Center Pl. •Miramar Library Local Craft Vendors Sale, Saturday, March 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Let Food Be Thy Medicine, Saturday, Mar. 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, Friday, March 22, from noon to 2:30 p.m., at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place. For more info call (954) 602-3143 • Florida Grand Opera presents, Frida at MCC, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. •It’s A Grand Slam for Miramar Residents. Resident receive special tickets at Hard Rock Stadium. Wednesday, Mar. 20; Sunday, Mar. 24 •Kids Play, Teacher Plan. Register Now!, Friday, March 22 and Wednesday, June 5 • Miramar Library hosts: Local Author Forum with an female panel, Saturday, March 23 from 12 to 2 p.m. •MCC presents, Maxi Priest, Saturday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. •Commissione Maxwell B. Chambers hosts Puppy Palooze, Saturday, March 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Pl. For more info call (954) 602-3178. • I Love Freestyle Music Tour, Saturday, Mar. 23 at Miramar Regional Park, Amphitheater. • MCC Spring Camp registration is open, Sunday, March 25-29. • City of Miramar Spring Camp, space is still available,Saturday, March 23-29. •Fire Station 100 Open House, Wednesday, March 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. • Movie Night at Shirley Branca Park, Saturday, March 30 from 7 to 10 p.m. •iEN Concierto! El Gran Combo De Puerto Rico,Saturday, Mar. 30, at Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater. • Dance Yourself Into Shape at Miramar Free Zumba Classes, Thursdays, at 6 p.m. • Historical Miramar Infrastructure Improvements Phase 3, stay informed on the City of Miramar Capital Improvement Projects. • The City of Miramar presents Game Night Party & Play on the Plaza, Friday, March 15 from 7 to 11 p.m., at Miramar Town Center Plaza, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954) 602-3178 • Attention Miramar Residents – are you a furloughed federal employee? We’re Here to Help! For more info call (954) 602-HELP (4357). • It’s a Grand Slam for Miramar residents! City of Miramar residents night, Wednesday, Mar. 20, Sunday, Mar. 24. For more info call (954) 602-4357 •Money Management & Homeowner’s Symposium, Sunday, March 31, at 2:30 p.m., at 2300 Civic Center Pl. Miramar, Fla. Miramar City Hall. (Workshop is Free, but you Must regis-

ter: eventbrite: tinyurl.com/ miramarhomeworkshop For more info call (954) 602-3154 or (954) 998-7500.

• Register Now! City of Miramar Spring Camp, from 7a.m. to 6 p.m., at: Vernon E. Hargray Youth Enrichment Center, 7000 Miramar Pkwy. (954) 602-4780 - Regional Park Aquatics Complex, 16801 MiramarPkwy. (954) 883-6955 - Vizcaya Park, 14200 S.W. 55 St. (954) 883-6800 - Ansin Sports Complex, 10801 Miramar Blvd. (954) 602-4990 - Sunset Lakes Community Center, 2801 S.W. 186 Ave. (954) 602-3340. • Miramar Women’s Empowerment Luncheon, Friday, Mar. 22, at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. • Miramar Fire-Recue offers CPR and AHA Healthcare provider classes, the last Monday of every month. • Mayor Wayne Messam innvites you to join My Brother’s Keeper - Young Men in High School, at Miramar Town Center, 2300 Civic Center Pl., Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954( 602-3198 •The City of Miramar is Hiring, check out Miramar’s recruitment website to view opening and to complete an application online.


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NABJ’s Call for Diversity as CNN Grows

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Color of Change, NNPA, Alphas, Jesse Jackson Sr., Rep. Ayanna Pressley Join Call for Action WASHINGTON, D.C. – Color of Change, a national online force driven by more than 1.4 million members, is joining the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) call for a civil rights audit at CNN and more Black representation among its news leadership. “When there’s more of us in the room fighting for our stories to be told, and raising awareness about the issues impacting our

communities, we have an even better chance of creating change and ending the practices that unfairly hold us back,” said Color of Change in a statement released on Twitter. “We support @NABJ as they call for a civil rights audit and put pressure on @CNN President Jeff Zucker to make diversity and inclusion improvements at the network.” Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., with more than 120,000

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FAMU and Duke Energy Partner to Soak in Florida’s Sunshine Through Solar Energy TALLAHASSEE, FL – Today, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Board of Trustees approved a partnership with Duke Energy Florida (DEF) to build a solar facility in Central Florida that will benefit students, faculty, utility customers and Floridians. The Board approved a 25-year lease agreement with DEF. The partnership will provide a new, long-term revenue source at FAMU’s Brooksville Agricultural and Environmental Research Station (BAERS) for the University along with training and educational L-r: Larry Robinson, Ph.D., FAMU President; Kelvin opportunities for students and members of the local community. Duke Energy’s Rattler Solar Power Plant could add 74.9 megawatts Lawson, FAMU Board Chair. of clean, renewable power to the grid at BAERS and help further the development and research of solar technologies, plant operations and workforce expansion. “FAMU strives to be a good neighbor at all times, and like residents of Brooksville and Hernando County, we are concerned about the sustainability of the planet,” said Fred Gainous, Ed.D., who leads the FAMU Brooksville project. “This initiative allows us to use the natural energy source of the sun to power homes, instead of using resources that can be depleted.” The solar facility would occupy between 600 and 800 acres of property and feature approximately 270,000 tracking solar panels that will follow the sun’s movement throughout the day, maximizing energy production for customers. “Making this land available to Duke Energy allows FAMU to accomplish two central objectives: generating revenue for student education and offering the county an alternative source of clean energy,”

who gunned down the unarmed 22-year-old. At a press conference, Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said the officers were justified in unloading 20 shots at Clark while they were chasing a suspect in the Meadowview neighborhood in south Sacramento March 18, 2018. Ms. Schubert outlined several reasons as to why her office felt officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet were justified in their killing of the father of two. Spending about an hour and a half laying out information like a courtroom case, Ms. Schubert said Clark was in, what she called, “a shooting stance” and said officers saw a “flash of light” giving them the impression that Clark had fired a weapon at the officers. Clark was unarmed with only a cellphone on his person. She also detailed other information concerning things she believed that “weighed heavily” on Clark’s mind such as text messages with the mother of his children, and internet searches about suicide. “We ask our question that we started out with again, and that question is: was there a crime committed?” Ms. Schubert said in front of many members of the media at the District Attorney’s headquarters. “When we look at the facts and the law, and when we follow our ethical responsibilities, the answer to that question is, no.” The District Attorney’s office has been under scrutiny over the last few years following several officer-

involved shootings in the County resulting in the death of several African Americans. However, the DA’s office has yet to charge any law enforcement officer related to any of the killings. The decision to not press charges, while expected by most, has drawn outrage in the African American community, and protests are expected over the coming days and weeks ahead. “The DA’s office should have sent a message to law enforcement that these senseless killings will result in prosecution to the full extent of the law,” the Greater Sacramento NAACP said in a statement released immediately following the press conference. Members of the Clark family held a press conference at the home where Clark was killed. “We’ve been sitting for a year patiently allowing her an opportunity to do right and she has failed us,” said Stephon Clark’s mother, Sequette. “I’m praying that the Attorney General will pick up where she failed.” The highly publicized Clark shooting sparked weeks of protests and disturbances last year by area residents of all backgrounds. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra was brought into the investigation at the request of Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn last year. Chief Hahn and the Sacramento Police Department handed over results of its investigation to the District Attorney in October 2018.

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PFC Gregory Carter gets grave marker from Front Page Faces in Washington, D.C. Lt. Col. (Ret.) James Davies of The Villages, wrote in an email to the city cemetery. “I did not feel that any U.S. Serviceman or woman who died for their country should lie in an unmarked grave,” Davies is the Marine who lead the charge. “But, this has been remedied.” Mike Owens, one of Carter’s brothers, said other men and women in the family served in the military. Carter was one of 15 children, he said. Carter played baseball at Dillard High, he was the son of Wesley Carter and Annie Carter Owens, residents of Fort Lauderdale. When Carter left for Vietnam, his son Lester Jones Sr., who owns the Neighborhood Unisex Barbershop on Sistrunk Boulevard, was almost two years old. Carter and Jones’ mother were engaged to be married, Jones said, “but he never made it back home.” When Jones’ mother saw him last, she was pregnant, with a daughter who would never meet him as he never returned from Vietnam alive. Jones live his memories of his daddy through family conversations, “just filled with joy by my family telling me about him,” he said. In Vietnam, he was part of a squad of 13, and was killed in battle with North Vietnamese Army forces in Quang Ngai Province in South Vietnam, according to the veterans’ group. Davies said Carter’s Combined Action Platoon had a “dangerous duty because you were working in small hamlets away from the main battalion,” which in Carter’s case was the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Davies said he couldn’t find a living family member and was pleased they came forward Thursday after reading about Carter on the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s website. The quest was personal to Davies. “This is all poignant for me since I walked the same ground with the Marines in 1967,” he said in an email. The vets couldn’t even find a photograph, at first. After multiple trips to the area, one of the group’s genealogists, Beth Braun, paged through a Dillard High yearbook and spotted Carter in the baseball team photo. His image is now on the Wall of Faces in D.C., on Panel 17W, Line 70. More than 58,000 service members died in the Vietnam War, and nearly all of them now have photographs on the wall. Braun wrote a note on the Wall of Faces

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LETTER TO THE NATION Part One

On August 20, 1619 the first enslaved Africans arrived in the United States of America by ship and were unloaded in Jamestown, Virginia. There is a debate regarding the number of slaves on the ship that day; however, what cannot be disputed is that Africans and decedents of those enslaved Africans have been victims of racism and systemic oppression since that time. This period of exploitation represents more than 146,000 thousand days or 400 YEARS of subjugation. This cruelty, harassment, and persecution manifest itself in our daily lives from conception to the expulsion of our last breath. White privilege, which is enjoyed by most other Americans, has allowed the infliction of myriad punishments on African descendants simply because of the melanin of our skin. There are historical moments in time that demand action, and the time is now

for unity within the African American Diaspora. On August 20, 2019 we should take to the streets by the millions to celebrate our accomplishments and speak out against injustice. Institutional racism is not only codified in our Constitution, but it is also embedded in the very fabric of our entire

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social system. It is deeply entrenched in the minds of every citizen and in the soul of the entire country. As a country, we are aware, conscious and complicit in the plight of African American people. However, the degree of racism on individuals can be seen daily on different levels. There are two factors

present in each instance: (1) the lack of a moral compass of white America and (2) learned behavior. For African Americans to say nothing or do nothing on August 20, 2019 dishonors our ancestors. However, our remembrance must begin with the Africans who were captured by those Europeans in central Africa. Forced to travel to the seaports, the long and treacherous journey was filled with rape and murder by the captors. Those who did not escape the journey embarked at the doors-of-noreturn at ports like Elmina and Ghana. Millions of Africans died during the Middle Passage and therefore it would be disgraceful of African Americans to forget about the millions of Africans who survived the Middle Passage and were enslaved from birth to the grave. It would be shameful to forget about those who were raped, lynched, and treated like animals; stripped of their humanity, dignity, and their culture. Once freed from physical enslavement,

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they were victimized during emancipation and placed into internment camps where they died by the thousands after the Civil War at places like Natchez, Mississippi (Devil’s Punchbowl). How can we not honor those who have been forgotten in time and from our history books? They were leaders and freedom fighters who were murdered for slave rebellions and uprising in a neverending pursuit of freedom. How can we not honor and mourn those who lost their lives in white riots that destroyed communities like Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921? How can we not honor the thousands of African Americans who died fighting in every war that this country has had, yet we continue to be treated as second class citizens on a daily basis? Continue reading online at: www.thewestsidegzette.com

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The Gantt Report supports Congresswoman Omar.    Ilhan Abdullahi Omar is a Somali-American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district since 2019. The district includes all of Minneapolis and some of its suburbs.      US House of Representative Omar has been roundly criticized for comments deemed anti-Semitic and hateful of Jews. Well, if Omar truly hated Semites, she may be hating her own kind.      You see, many people think Black Egyptians, or Sumerians, later called Semites, were the forefathers of Hebrews. Today, it is not unusual to hear talk about Hebrew Israelites, Black Jews and so forth.     Anyway, Rep. Omar’s internet post that mentioned “All about the Benjamins” when posting about government lobbying and political contributions by Jewish PACs (political action comities) was followed by clap backs from Democrat and Republican elected officials that may have gotten campaign Continue reading online at: www.thewestsidegazette.com

By Sharonica Nelson, Ed.D. Once students reach middle school, parents often become less engaged with their child’s academic environment. They don’t walk them in the school’s doors anymore, they don’t communicate as often with teachers, and they are less like to visit the school unless there is a special program or sporting event after hours. This is especially true for African American parents. As a former classroom teacher in an urban, predominantly Black school, I have first-hand knowledge of this. During middle school, school becomes more or less a mystery to parents. However, under Every Student Succeeds Act, there is a push for parents to be more involved with academic environment of their child. Studies show that when parents are more actively involved in their child’s schools, the child tends to perform better academically. Therefore, parental engagement is an important concept of discussion in terms of African American children’s performance. Although parental engagement has a strong correlation to student academic performance and achievement, why is it that African American parents appear disproportionately less engaged than parents of other races? Studies have shown that there are many factors that may hinder Black parents from being active in their child’s Continue reading online at: www.thewestsidegazette.com

The Republican Party and C-PAC’s continued infatuation with Minstrel Shows House Chair Waters leads charge to By Raynard Jackson, founder and chairman of Black return consumer protection to CFPB Americans for a Better Future (BAFBF)

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Judging U.S. War Crimes By Kathy Kelly By Armstrong

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Former Trump attorney and disgraced convicted felon Michael Cohen recently gave testimony before Congress focused upon negative allegations against his former boss. Those who spent their time watching the sordid political theater came away with two unavoidable, tired, previously known conclusions: Cohen is a proven liar and President Donald Trump, like each of us, is an imperfect person. Continue reading online at: www.thewestsidegzette.com

Chelsea Manning, who bravely exposed atrocities committed by the U.S. military, is again imprisoned in a U.S. jail. On International Women’s Day, March 8, 2019, she was incarcerated in the Alexandria, VA federal detention center for refusing to testify in front of a secretive Grand Jury. Her imprisonment can extend through the term of the Grand Jury, possibly 18 months, and the U.S. courts could allow formation of future Grand Juries, potentially jailing her again. Chelsea Manning has already paid an extraordinarily high price for educating the U.S. public about atrocities committed in the wars of choice the U.S. waged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Chelsea Manning was a U.S. Army soldier and former U.S. intelligence analyst. She already testified, in court, how she downloaded and disseminated Continue reading online at: www.thewestsidegazette.com

Payday loan regulation supported by lawmakers and more than 50 advocates By Charlene Crowell, Deputy Director, The Center for Responsible Lending On March 7, the House Financial Services Committee, chaired by Congresswoman Maxine Waters marked the first time that the new Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) appeared for a hearing in this capacity. Entitled, Putting Consumers First? A SemiAnnual Review of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau,” the session is the first of two mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Financial Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Twice a year, CFPB’s Director must report to each chamber of Congress. But before the hearing, other actions signaled that Director Kathy Kraninger would likely be forced to defend both the Bureau’s actions and inactions that occurred at the hands of Continue reading online at: www.thewestsidegazette.com

By Kevin Palmer Barack Obama epitomized the Black leader illusion. “At the end of his presidency, Black people were in the same state they were before he was elevated to the highest office in the land,” observed Dr. Claud Anderson in his book, A Black History Reader. Moreover, “Most visible Blacks do not equate to Black leaders. They are double agents who intentionally represent everyone” as an excuse to ignore the Black masses. According to Anderson, “In politics, the detachment of Black elected officials gives them latitude to promise nothing and deliver nothing to the Black electorate which continually votes for them as a bloc. Electing Blacks to public office therefore has made no measurable difference in the quality of life for Black Americans or the status quo in racial disparities. Blacks have received no tangible benefits for their vote, such as increased business ownership, improved housing, functional schools, wealth, income and political power.” He continued, “Most Blacks recognized by the general public as leaders are simply tools [gatekeepers] that the White over class uses to keep the Black masses placated and Black neighborhoods under control – noncompetitive and powerless. Whites will allow them to appear in [mainstream] print and electronic media to support or discuss non-Black issues. They will boast about racial progress and minority political alliances to justify their appeal to White society for financial support. Sadly, at the same time, the Black masses will sink further in-to a permanent underclass stat-

Let’s clamp down on Tobacco and vaping Product access for young people By Julianne Malveaux, NNPA Newswire Contributor Nearly half a million people die every year from complications from smoking. About a tenth of them never put a cigarette to their lips – they die from exposure to second-hand smoke. Death from tobacco is, according to the Centers for Disease Control, the leading

us.” cause of preventable death. But too many people, enticed by advertising, think that smoking is so “cool” that they embrace it. And the tobacco industry spent more than $9 billion on smoking advertising, or about a million dollars an hour. For too many, cigarettes are a desperate addiction, encouraged by pernicious advertising. The

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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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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent Members of the New York Democratic delegation, led by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and U.S. Representative Jerrold Nadler, joined Representatives Gregory Meeks, Yvette Clarke, and Adriano Espaillat, this week in announcing the reintroduction of the African Burial Ground International Memorial Museum and Education Act. The legislation would establish a museum and education center at the African Burial Ground in Manhattan, a site that currently holds the remains of an estimated 15,000 free and enslaved Africans and early-generation African Americans from the colonial era, according to a news release from Schumer’s office. The museum would be managed by the National Park Service in consultation with the African Burial Ground Advisory Council, which would be established by

Photo Courtesy National Parks Service new legislation. “The African Burial Ground is culturally and historically significant to New York and the nation,” Schumer said. “The establishment of a museum and an education center at this cemetery will illuminate the plight, courage and humanity of the free and enslaved Africans who helped

create New York,” he said. The African Burial Ground is a cemetery in Manhattan that’s considered the oldest and largest known burial ground in North America for free and enslaved Africans. It serves great historical, cultural, archaeological and anthropological significance. The burial ground includes DNA samples from the

FAMU Presented with $15,000 from Front Page By Kathy Y. Times and Keith Miles Tallahassee, Fla. – Just before the last star appeared on stage Sunday at the 2019 Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III recognized another star, dedicated festival photographer Adrian Freeman, who passed away last November. Mayor Gilbert presented representatives from Freeman’s alma mater, Florida A&M University (FAMU), with a $15,000 check that will establish a scholarship fund in Freeman’s name at the University. The mayor was joined on stage by Freeman’s family, including his wife, Niesha Mack-Freeman, FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., FAMU National Alumni Association (NAA) President Col. Gregory Clark and Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Ph.D., vice president of University Advancement and dean of the School of Business and Industry. Freeman was a 1995 graduate of the business school and served as scholarship chair of the Miami-Dade County FAMU National Alumni Association Chapter. “He was an amazing man with an amazing spirit,” said Gilbert, as he paid tribute to his friend before a crowd of tens of thousands. “For years

he (Adrian) would sit in the bay and take pictures of this festival and a lot of you. He didn’t just take pictures of people on stage. He took pictures of people enjoying themselves.” After the check presentation, Mayor Gilbert, an alumnus of FAMU, surprised the audience by announcing that Miami Gardens will host the FAMU football team in a Labor Day matchup in 2020. Clark also presented the mayor with the NAA’s Presidential Medal of Service. Every year, the city donates a portion of the festival’s proceeds to a charitable organization. This year, Freeman’s family and friends, gathered under the FAMU tent at the Hard Rock Stadium to celebrate the continuation of his work. “What this scholarship means is other students, besides students in MiamiDade County, are able to go to FAMU, and not only go to FAMU, but go in the name of Adrian D. Freeman,” said Mack-Freeman. “So this is something that is amazing for me and my family.” The Freemans met when they were students at FAMU. Kerrington Freeman plans to follow in her parents’

“As a nation, we must always remember the tremendous burdens and afflictions experienced by those who were brought here in bondage, and who fought – for generations – against impossible odds to achieve the full measure of dignity and

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Circle of Brotherhood: Operation Hunger Strike for us. We want to create a dialogue within our community that has never been done before. We also want to plead with the projectors of the gun violence to put the guns down,” said Brother Lyle Muhammad, Executive Director of the Circle of Brotherhood. Operation Hunger Strike was announced on Saturday, March 9 at the Dr. Dorothy Bendross Mindingall Social and Economic Institute in Miami. The idea was thought of at the begging of 2019 as an effort to stop gun violence, “This Hunger Strike came to fruition in January while some of our members attended a candlelight vigil for parents of slain children. It has crystalized over the last two months. In all honesty, it is an extension of our love and the work that the Circle of Brotherhood is already on the ground doing,” said Muhamad. The Circle of Brotherhood is a Nonprofit Organization of primarily Black men dedicated to community service, crime prevention, and

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youth mentorship. Operation Hunger Strike aims to make an impact on both members of the community and those who commit gun violence, “We want to have the dialogue with perpetrators of gun violence, youth groups, community leaders and people outside of the community. We encourage them to visit the Hunger 9,” said Muhamad. The group of men participating in the strike is being called the Hunger 9. Edward Haynes, Albert Campbell, Anthony Durden, Phillip Muhammad, Leroy Jones, Anthony Blackman, George Jackson, Melvin El, McArthur Richard Sr. are the men committed to being apart of the Hunger 9. The group is protesting at NW 62nd Street and 12th Avenue. The participants are able to receive only water during the duration of the strike. People are able to visit and give support to the Hunger 9. Updates are currently being broadcasted through Facebook. “More information is coming”

ADRIAN FREEMAN footsteps and enroll at the University in the fall. “Adrian Freeman was a great Rattler, and this scholarship in his name will help to ensure that others at Florida A&M University get to know about him,” said President Robinson. “We want to thank Mayor Gilbert and all those involved with Jazz in the Gardens for allowing FAMU to benefit from this electrifying event.” The FAMU National Alumni Association’s application period for scholarships begins April 1, 2019. Students who are interested in applying for the Adrian Freeman scholarship should visit the association’s web site at FAMUNAA.org for information.

This Isn’t Your Grandparent’s Election with Russia to win the presidency, many would argue that voting has pretty much remained the same over the last fifty years, albeit with a few minor changes here and there. On the surface it would be foolish to disagree with such logic. However, if we look past the thin veneer, we see a voting process struggling to keep up with an ever-growing diverse population and a fast-paced, unyielding technology that is transforming our lives daily. Voting is under a three-pronged frontal assault: (1) the ongoing attempts by Republicans to disenfranchise voters — specifically minority and low-income voters who are predisposed to vote for Democrats; (2) voting machines that lack necessary detailed system testing and whose vulnerability to attacks are well documented; and (3) the weaponization of social media platforms and email systems to influence elections. Voter Suppression Since its inception, Republican leadership at the state and federal level have made numerous attempts to circumvent key

remarkably well-preserved human remains that will enable researchers to trace the home roots in Africa of those individuals buried there. The site became a National Historic Landmark in 1993 and was designated as a national monument in 2006.

equality and justice that they were due,” Schumer said. “I am proud to cosponsor this legislation and I urge my colleagues to pass this bill and for the president to sign it into law,” he said. “The burial ground serves as a tribute to the enslaved and free African men and women who lived in and helped build New York,” said Gillibrand. “Establishing a museum and an education center at this location would memorialize their stories and protect their legacies.” “This is an important part of New York’s history that deserves to be recognized. I am proud to work with my colleagues in the New York delegation to introduce this legislation and urge my colleagues in Congress to pass this bill,” Gillibrand continued. Nadler added that, “on the site of the African Burial Ground lie the remains of thousands of free and enslaved

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provisions of the VRA or dismantle it entirely. President Johnson was a highly skilled politician who knew the inner workings of Dixiecrats and Republicans desire for power. According to several historical accounts, after signing the bill, Johnson was said to have prophesied that his action had guaranteed the defection of hard lined Southern Dixiecrats from the party and a 40-year Republican rule. Republicans show no signs in tamping down their pursuit to make voting an exclusive right instead of a Constitutional right. GOP controlled states have ramped up efforts to disenfranchise voters through a combination of tactics. The first, obstruction through the form of Voter ID laws. Beginning in 2005, many of these states passed Voter ID laws, under the guise that such measures are necessary to prevent voter fraud. Although the number of recorded voter fraud cases have repeatedly shown to be close to nonexistent, and the majority of those that have been adjudicated were efforts to aid Republican candidates, the GOP show no signs of relenting on the issue.

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NAACP 110th Convention Mobilizing in Detroit 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Leadership Installation Luncheon 2019

Thousands Expected to Join in Setting NAACP 2020 Agenda

Fighting Racism and Defending the Vote, Among Key Issues to be Discussed By Roger Caldwell Last week, over 500 members, supporters, and sponsors of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando packed the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel with an amazing show of pride and partnership. The Chairmen of the board Paul Roldan stated,” Success is normal and it will be expected in the country, and in this community.” The Hispanic community is constantly growing and at the luncheon, it was stated by President Gaby Ortigoni in the last 2 decades, the community has grown by 180%. The leaders of the Hispanic community are committed that they will surpass all other groups, to become one of the major economic forces in this nation. With over 1,700 members, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando is the largest chamber of commerce in Central Florida providing an array of services and opportunities for economic development to its members. Their numbers are impressive, and in the federal Congress this year, there are 46 Hispanic members, and they plan to increase these numbers in the future. Times are changing and major companies are focusing their marketing plans on the Hispanic community. They are the largest and fastest growing population in Central Florida, and the chamber’s goal is to be a driver of the social, business, and political culture in Florida. “We have to be looking at not only 2019, but also 2020 and beyond. So right now, we are focusing on what we are going to do in 2019.

Making sure we stay strong, our businesses are more profitable, and keep growing in a sustainable way,” says Gaby Ortigoni to the Florida National News. The Hispanic community is vibrant, and the numbers will continue to grow. Politically and economically, the African American and the Hispanic community must begin to build bridges and work together. There are more registered Hispanic voters on the Florida polls than African Americans, and together we must help and support each other on issues that we agree on. There was very little discussion in the room about the “White Elephant” which is racism, which impacts both the African American and Hispanic community. Everyone would like to believe that every corporation and industry practices diversity and inclusion, but discrimination is a reality that very few want to talk about. When the president calls Hispanic’s criminals, and drug dealers, we have a long way to go in America in terms of respect. Divide and conquer is the reason many minorities do not reach their full potential and are successful. The Hispanic community is learning to work together, and accept each other no matter what country you were born in. African Americans must also learn to work together, build coalitions, and collaborate with Hispanics. Congratulation to all the new leaders in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando, and please reach out to the African American community.

Senator Kamala Harris and Rep. Yvette Clarke from Front Page Americans, including Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sojourner Truth. Companion legislation will also be introduced today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY). “For the first time in history, there are more than 20 Black women serving in the United State Congress—and we all stand on the shoulders of Shirley Chisholm,” said Senator Harris. “Shirley’s legacy inspires us to continue our fight to give a voice to the voiceless and pursue justice and equality for every American. Her legacy deserves to stand tall in the United States Capitol.” “Shirley Chisholm used the authority

of her experience to create nutrition assistance programs, expand health care services for parents and children, increase the minimum wage, support the veterans of our Armed Forces, and provide opportunities for women in college, graduate school, and collegiate and professional sports with the enactment of Title IX,” said Congresswoman Clarke. “For this and countless other reasons, Congress should honor Chisholm’s life and living legacy and her contribution to advancing civil and human rights by among other defining figures in our nation’s history.” A native of New York, Chisholm served in the New York State Assembly before she was the first Black woman to

BALTIMORE (March 8, 2019) – The nation’s foremost civil rights organization will kick off its 110th national convention on July 20-24, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. “In a country  shaped by race relations, pollution and polarizing political struggles, Detroit stands out as the epitome of the urgent need and struggle for change,” said Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO. “Coming to this city represents a moment where we begin to actualize these necessary changes, and to  ensure the NAACP’s position as the key protector of the Black vote and protector of the Black community.” “This is a time for strategic reflection of the progress made and a pragmatic analysis of the challenges we face in  this  growing climate  of racism and hate  that  threatens our communities in ways we haven’t seen in YOU AND A GUEST ARE W. INVITED generations,” said Leon Russell, Chairman TO A SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING OF of the NAACP National Board of Directors.

This year’s event will highlight  the 400th  year recognition  of the first enslaved Africans brought to the shores of Virginia in 1619. It’s a seminal moment for the 110-yearold organization that seeks to honor the gains won in the past four centuries by the ancestors of enslaved Africans,  while  determining  a powerful 2020 agenda where those gains will be threatened like never before. Thousands are expected to convene in Detroit, the home of one of NAACP’s strongest branches with  more than  10,000 members. Among the key topics will be panel discussions bringing together some of the brightest minds in the African American community to help hone strategies for moving forward in the face of  growing racism  and an  all-out  assault  on civil rights. NAACP also proudly announces that next year in 2020, Boston, MA will host the NAACP’s 111th  national convention.  Boston is home  to one of the association’s earliest conferences in  1911  and the Boston Branch remains one of the strongest branches in the nation. 

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Remembering Bob Marley

LEGAL NOTICES PUBLICATION OF BID SOLICITATIONS Broward County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting bids for a variety of goods and services, construction and architectural/ engineering services. Interested bidders are requested to view and download the notifications of bid documents via the Broward County Purchasing website at: www.broward.org/purchasing. March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2019

By Melissa Martin, Ph.D., The footprints of Bob Marley appear on the sand in Jamaica and across the earth wherever freedom is held hostage. Likened to Martin Luther King, Jr., Marley desired peace for his people. And for all humanity. Music was the vehicle for his message. His passionate personality was his vehicle for harmony in a chaotic world of violence. I am remembering Bob Marley with my words in this column. “Bob, you are missed. But your legend of light shines on and on and on.” Nesta Robert Marley was born in 1945. Being biracial, Marley was bullied as a child, but declared, “I’m not on the white man’s side, or the black man’s side. I’m on God’s side.” Marley died of cancer in 1981 in Miami at the age of 36 years. He was laid to rest in Jamaica. According to a 2014 article in the Jamaican Observer, “The lives of many people all over the world have been profoundly influenced by Jamaicans such as Ms Mary Seacole, Messrs Marcus Garvey, Bob Marley, Claude McKay and Usain Bolt. Some who were revolutionary political activists destined to change the world spent an important interval in Jamaica. The most famous was the liberator of Latin America, Simon Bolivar, who penned the famous ‘Jamaica Letter’ from these environs.” www. jamaicaobserver.com/. Marley received The United Nations Peace Medal of the Third World in 1978. On April 22, 1978, the One Love Peace Concert was held at Kingston’s National Stadium where Marley asked two opposing politicians to join hands. “You entertain people who are satisfied. Hungry people can’t be entertained – or people who are afraid. You can’t entertain a man who has no food,” is a quote by Marley.

National Park Service and Partner Organizations Commemorate the 155th Birthday of Colonel Charles Young By Robert Stewart WILBERFORCE, OH. — The National Park Service (NPS), the National Afro- American Museum and Cultural Center (NAAMCC) and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will celebrate the 155th birthday of Colonel Charles Young on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free public event will take place at the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center located at 1350 Brush Row Rd, Wilberforce, OH 45384. Dr. David E. Marion, 41st Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be our Keynote speaker for this event. We will also present the Trailblazer Awards which is given to individuals to recognize their outstanding service and commitment to our community, leadership, and youth. This award will be given to Dr. David E. Marion, Attorney D. Michael Lyles, Retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Kenneth Hubbard, and Sports Agent Dr. Mark Edwards Stevens. A special music presentation by Wilberforce University’s Gospel Choir will highlight this event. Additional remarks will be shared by Dr. Cynthia Jackson – Hammond President of Central State University, Dr. Elfred Pinkard President of Wilberforce University, Dr. Charles Wash, Director of the National Afro- American Museum and Cultural Center, Mrs. Clara Wooden, Acting Deputy Regional Director; Midwest Region, Mr. George McDonald Chief of NPS Youth Programs, Mr. Reginald Chapple Chief of NPS Partnerships and Philanthropic Stewardship, Mr. Samuel Bain Southwest Ohio Outreach Representative in the office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman, Mrs. Marty Heide District Outreach and Director of Special Events in the office of Congressman Mike Turner, Dr. Joy Kinard Superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument, and other area community leaders. A reception will follow the program. Charles Young was a soldier, diplomat, and civil rights leader. He overcame stifling inequality to become a leading figure in the years after the Civil War when the United States emerged as a world power. His work ethic, academic leadership, and devotion to duty provided a strong base for his

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The 74th birthday of Marley, the reggae legend, was celebrated at the Bob Marley Museum on Hope Road in Jamaica in February 2019, according to The Gleaner. www.jamaica-gleaner.com/. The Bob Marley museum is situated on the site of the legendary musician’s home. “Bob’s home is filled with rich memories and treasured mementos, which seek to preserve the life and

accomplishment of this great Jamaican and outstanding musician.” www.bobmarleymuseum.com. The Bob Marley Foundation implements social intervention projects that aim to preserve the spiritual, cultural, social and musical ideals that guided and

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Florida Memorial University Applauds Release of First UNCF HBCU Congressional Honor New UNCF Congressional Honor Roll Recognizes Members of Congress for their Support of HBCUs By Opal Comfort Tuesday, March 5, 2019 (Miami Gardens) Today, UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) released the first HBCU Congressional Honor Roll, recognizing 59 members of Congress for their efforts on behalf

of HBCUs and their students. The honor roll will be released annually and highlight members of Congress who have served as true champions and strong advocates for HBCUs and their students beyond their voting records. Congressional support of HBCUs is vital to the continued success and sustainability of these institutions. Recognizing this, as well as the social and economic impact of HBCUs on this country and this state, each of the members recognized has taken strong steps to support these institutions by doing things such as

joining the Bipartisan HBCU Caucus or sponsoring legislation beneficial to HBCUs and the students they serve. “HBCUs like Florida Memorial University are engines of immense social and economic impact in the South Florida community,” said Dr. Jaffus Hardrick, interim president of FMU.  “But we cannot carry out this work without federal support.  The new UNCF honor roll list enables institutional leaders, faculty and students to gauge the support of their elected officials and give them another tool with which to advocate. 

We look forward to our senators and representatives joining with us and UNCF to support the HBCU agenda and advance our priorities. We also appreciate the support and leadership of U.S. Representatives Frederica Wilson and Alcee Hastings.” “This new HBCU honor roll empowers the work our institutions began more than 150 years ago and hopefully helps us build on the gains we made during the last Congress,” said UNCF’s President and CEO Dr. Michael Lomax. “These gains included more than $100 million

in additional support for HBCUs. However, our institutions still need significant investment in their infrastructure and innovation goals. In addition to releasing this honor roll, today I delivered the first ever ‘State of the HBCU Address.’ I called on all lawmakers to renew and increase their commitment to HBCUs, the students and the communities they serve by providing additional funding for the Title III Strengthening Institutions Program and setting aside $1 billion for HBCU capital improvement.”

Beyond the music, 14 years later, Jazz in the Gardens is still drawing audiences from near and far

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The second weekend in March is circled permanently in red on my calendar because of Jazz in the Gardens. Jazz in the Gardens presented by Miami Gardens is almost a week-long celebration of music, culture and food that is being dubbed as “the fastest growing jazz and R&B festival in the U.S.”. For me, it’s an opportunity to be empowered, network with successful people in my area, enjoy soul music and embrace Black culture. On Jazz in the Gardens weekend, I look forward to breezy Miami weather, sexy sun-kissed people enjoying the open-air concert and the beauty of our culture that permeates the Miami Gardens skyline. It’s all love as Mayor Oliver Gilbert and his team issue social media posts, press release alerts and radio ads announcing every event related to the Jazz in the Gardens festivities. It’s something to look forward to year after year and to be inspired by when you recall the festival’s humble beginnings. Accordingly, we were beyond stoked when Mayor Oliver Gilbert received the Presidential Award from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), and even more excited when

Legendary songstress Dionne Warwick announces, “She’s Back,” first new album in five years In addition to ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). By NNPA Legendary Grammy Award winner DIONNE WARWICK will release her first new album in 5 years, “SHE’S BACK,” on May 10th. Produced by her son Damon Elliot, the album will be released via his Kind Music and Entertainment One (eOne). The lead-off single will be an updated version of the Burt Bacharach/Hal David classic, “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” which Dionne recorded during the 1960s. In addition to ten tracks of new songs as well of remakes of pop/soul gems, “She’s Back” will be packaged with a bonus disc of Ms. Warwick’s 1998 album, “Dionne Sings Dionne,” which features her greatest hits, remastered

for this package. “She’s Back” also includes duets with Kenny Lattimore (“What Color Is Love”), Musiq Soulchild (“Am I Dreaming?”) as well as Bone, Thugs & Harmony’s Krayzie Bone (“Déjà Vu”). “She’s Back” is Ms. Warwick’s 36th fulllength studio recording, and her first dedicated R&B/soul album in fifty years, since the release of Dionne’s stellar 1969 Scepter LP, Soulful, which she co-produced in Memphis with the late Chips Moman (who manned the boards for Dionne’s then-label mate, B.J. Thomas). Ms. Warwick is one of several legends to be chosen to receive one of the Grammy Awards’ highest honors this year – the Lifetime Achievement Award. She joins music greats such as George Clinton & ParliamentFunkadelic, Billy Eckstine, Donny Hathaway, Julio Iglesias as well as Sam & Dave in this bestowed class. The honorees were mentioned in the Grammy Awards live telecast earlier this month. A separate award presentation ceremony and concert celebrating the honorees will be held the day after the release of “She’s Back,” on May 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. Additionally, Dionne will begin a highly anticipated concert residency in Las Vegas on April 4, 2019.

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Gilbert announced the return of the Orange Blossom Classic. Mayor Oliver Gilbert even announced the FAMU scholarship fund where a portion of the proceeds from Jazz in the Gardens ticket sales goes towards the FAMU Alum Adrian Freeman scholarship, with one student receiving a big check for $15,000 at this beautiful celebration of Black excellence. Fourteen years later, beyond the music, Jazz and the Gardens continues to deliver and surpass expectations. Personally, I kicked off #JITG2019 with their 3rd Annual Poetry in the Gardens event, a poetry competition held at the Miami Gardens Starbucks, hosted by poet G.S. Cole. Talented spoken word artists let their words create relatable rhythmic connections with the audience. In doing so, the competition was fierce; nonetheless, local judges were able to award the top prize of $10,000.00 to Analogy; second prize to Barbara Trawick and third prize to Moses West. #JITG2019 day one included epic performances from Stephanie Mills, Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, En Vogue, Doug E. Fresh, Bobby Brown, Guy and Backstreet.

On day two Tye Tribbett, Sherronda Daye, the O’Jays, Brandy, and Lionel Richie hit the stage performing hits, classics and audience favorites. I was even in the media tent when Platinum recording artist, Brandy, had a intimate conversation, followed by Q & A and selfies with media professionals. She spoke in depth about performing, falling on stage, her role in the hits 90s sitcom Moesha. Brandy gave us more than music - she gave us beauty, love and culture, which is what Jazz in Gardens is all about. For that reason, 14 years later, Jazz in the Gardens is drawing audiences near and far. With over 70,000 people in attendance, we continue to salute #JITG organizers on a job well done. They continue to deliver the perfect mix of live music, local eats, creative vendors and the most diverse audience Miami has ever seen. Crystal Chanel Press Release Marketing, LLC Event Hosting - Marketing - Public Relations www.justpressrelease.com @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram


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Congressman Bobby Scott Refused to Be Distracted as he Spearheads Two Important Bills

FINAL CALL FOR DIVERSE SUPPLIERS & BUSINESSES NFL BUSINESS CONNECT March 16, 2019 – This Saturday is the Final Call for businesses to become an approved vendor for Super Bowl 2020 with the NFL Super Bowl Business Connect program. This is an informational networking session by the Superbowl Host Committee. In South Florida, their goal is to curate a robust list of 300+ event-ready businesses in 35 business lines to work with Super Bowl event producers. These businesses will be designated ‘approved’ vendors and will be added to the NFL Super Bowl Business Connect Resource Guide of certified businesses ready to compete for contracting opportunities. This event will take place Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Florida International University Main Campus in the Student Academic Success Center. Event RSVP link is: https://www.miasbliv.com/business-connect/info-networking-session-march-16/ About the Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Program: The Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Program is a partnership between the National Football League (NFL) and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee. The program aims to provide diverse, qualified and certified South Florida area businesses opportunities to compete for special event related contracts connected to the Super Bowl in Miami. The Business Connect Program is focused on creating contract opportunities for certified minority, woman, veteran, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned businesses. Businesses selected for the program will be profiled in the Business Connect Resource Guide. The Business Connect Resource Guide is an online database of approved, registered businesses that helps the NFL, Super Bowl contractors, and event producers to identify and select local businesses to partner with to produce their Super Bowl LIV events. Additionally, Business Connect provides networking, educational and other business development resources to prepare businesses for future contract opportunities.

Distractions lead the media and others to take their eyes off what’s vital to everyday life, particularly for African Americans, said Congressman Bobby Scott, the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor. By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent The controversial Blackface and sexual assault scandals that have rocked the Virginia leadership and the drama that regularly surrounds President Donald Trump simply act as distractions, said Democratic Virginia Rep. Bobby Scott. Those distractions lead the media and others to take their eyes off what’s vital to everyday life, particularly for African Americans, said Scott, the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor. The congressman highlighted two important bills he recently spearheaded that’s received little or no attention. His committee voted last month in favor of the Rebuild America’s School Act that would provide

about $100 billion for school infrastructure and Scott and his colleagues also advanced the Paycheck Fairness Act which toughens penalties that businesses face for genderpay disparities. “The first thing we have to do is focus on the issues. We can’t spend all of our time talking about [the scandals] and not talking about equity in education,” Scott said. “In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be able to succeed in life if denied an opportunity of an education; that such an opportunity is a right that must be equal for all,” he said. The congressman’s comments and the advancement of the Rebuild America’s School Act comes as a new report revealed that white school districts receive $23 billion more in funding than

non-white districts despite serving the same number of students. The report highlighted that despite more than a halfcentury of integration efforts, the majority of America’s school children still attend racially-concentrated school systems. Authors of the study said that’s a reflection of the long history of segregation with policies related to everything from voting to housing that have drawn lines and divided communities. Because the school system relies so heavily on community wealth, the gap reflects both the prosperity divide in America and the fragmented nature of school district borders, designed to exclude outside students and protect Continue reading online at:

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