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Cop resigns after dragging 65-year-old Black grandmother during traffic stop

Congratulations are in order to Dillard High School of the Arts’ Jazz Ensemble! The band, under the direction of Christopher Dorsey, won 1st place at the Essentially Ellington Jazz Competition in New York City. (Israel Charles, Performing Arts Magnet Director at Dillard, also pictured). (Photo via Facebook: R. Honyghan)

An ‘unqualified’ traffic cop has resigned from duty after harassing and attacking a Black 65-yearold grandmother without any cause. The incident took place May 5 at Alpharetta, Georgia, a majority White suburb outside of Atlanta. Officer Michael Swerdlove stopped Rose Campbell for allegedly failing to maintain her lane. Swerdlove issued a ticket, but Campbell did ROSE CAMPBELL not sign because she thought that her signature was admitting guilt. The woman instead decided to put an “X” as her signature. Campbell asked to speak to Swerdlove’s supervisor, and soon Swerdlove called for back-up, and several officers arrived at the scene. (Cont’d on page 7)

Educators from

Title I Schools

Meet in Philadelphia

Principal Salome Thomas-EL takes a photo with members of the award-winning Thomas Edison Charter School chess team. (Thomas Edison Charter School)

Black Educators Share Success Stories at the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia By Lynette Monroe, Program Assistant, NNPA ESSA Public Awareness Campaign Salome Thomas-EL, a charter school principal and award-winning national education expert, captivated an audience of over 500 educators with his keynote address on overcoming

barriers to success at the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. Title I schools are characterized by the additional funds they receive to meet the needs of their most vulnerable students. Title I funding provisions are designed to improve the academic achievement of the disadvantaged and to ensure that all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education. The National Title I Conference engaged educators at all levels around the relationship between cultural competence and best academic practices. (Cont’d on page 10)

Community held demonstration for Keeven Robinson who died after struggle with Sheriff’s Deputies in Louisiana By Susan Johnes On Monday, May 14, more than 100 demonstrators in Louisiana marched in remembrance of Keeven Robinson who died last week from injuries he received during a struggle with Jefferson Parish Narcotics Detectives. Monday night, New Orleans media videos

on social media showed marchers carrying signs. One read “Enough is Enough.” Another said, “Justice for Keeven.” Some marchers were heard singing “Amazing Grace.” The 22-year-old man’s death occurred after a struggle with sheriff’s deputies in what has been classified as a homicide. WWL-TV reports that four agents have been (Cont’d on page 7)

Remembering Catherine ‘Shang’ Bradwell Pratt

Fort Lauderdale pioneer and longtime educator Catherine “Shang” Bradwell Pratt, 95, peacefully transitioned to her heavenly home on Friday, May 11, 2018. Catherine was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on September 17, 1922. She was the beloved daughter of proud parents, John and Henrietta Bradwell. Catherine was reared in a Christian home, where she learned to have faith in a higher power at an early age. She believed that Jesus Christ died for her sins and, as she matured, made Jesus the center of her life. Catherine joined Mt. Hermon AME Church in Fort (Cont’d on page 6)


One way to get your voice heard is to run for office By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Two parents of the Parkland, Florida, massacre proclaimed their candidacies for the Broward County School Board on the platform that no mother or father should ever experience losing a child to a school shooter. What platform should parents of any child whose life is taken away to the violence of a system gone haywire…. should it not be the same? Why, then, is there any difference to this? Abby Freeman of District 4 will be challenged by 43year old Lori Alhadeff while Ryan Petty, 48, declared his run for the at-large countywide District 8 seat held by Donna Korn. Alaina Petty and Alyssa Alhadeff were among 17 people slaughtered when a gunman went on an assassination spree February 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. “But I never could’ve envisioned what happened Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland when my daughter, Alyssa Alhadeff, and 16 others were murdered and so many others injured,” said Alhadeff, who has two sons in Broward County Public Schools and who founded the nonprofit, Make Schools Safe. Count the lives of those whom the system failed, and (Cont’d on page 9)


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Black American Bishop will give the address at royal wedding

The Reverend Curry gives a thumbs up as he arrives for his Installation ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral, in Washington in 2015.

The first African American Bishop in the American Episcopal Church will give an address at the royal wedding in Windsor on Saturday, May 19, 2018. Kensington Palace confirmed recently, on Twitter, that “Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle have asked that The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, the 27th Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, give the address at their wedding.” Curry, 65, from Chicago, is one of the most senior ministers in the US and was elected as Bishop of North Carolina in 2015. He will join the dean of Windsor, Reverend David Con-

ner, who will conduct the service, and Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, who will officiate as the couple make their marriage vows. Prince Harry and Markle have yet to meet the highenergy, evangelical preacher, who has been credited with shaking up the face of Epis-

copalianism, the US-based branch of the global Anglican communion. He presides over 1.8 million members of a Christian community that has historically been home to the nation’s business and political elite. Curry said: “The love that has brought and will bind

Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle together has its source and origin in God and is the key to life and happiness.” In his 2015 autobiography, Songs My Grandma Sang, Curry reveals that his family are descended from slaves and sharecroppers in North Carolina and Alabama.

GREATER FORT LAUDERDALE CELEBRATES NATIONAL TOURISM DAY AND SUNSATIONAL SERVICE COURTESY AWARDS FOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY WORKERS — On Thursday, May 10, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau commemorated National Travel & Tourism Week at an annual luncheon at the Broward County Convention Center by celebrating the value of travel and tourism in the destination.Recipients of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s SUNsational Service Courtesy Awards, from l to r : Andrew Slegel, William Lanzziano, Heather Punko, Alexis Underhill, Viveen Persuad, Stacy Ritter (Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB President and CEO), Alourde Lambert, Charlotte Phynes Garcia, Michael Bernstein, Janice Hall, and Etienne Polycarpe.

Congratulations to The Westside Gazette's World’s Greatest Mom Contest winners and our Sponsors We all know that every Mother is a First PlaceWinner and we love each and every one of you. Pictured clockwise is our 2nd Place Winner, Betty Colson, 3rd Place Winner, Leslie Larimore and our 1st Place Winner, Carrie Harris. The smiles and heartfelt 'thank yous' could not have been possible without the generous contributions from our sponsors.Thank you so very much for the smiles you put on the faces of all our Mothers. Our sponsors are: Broward Meats & Fish; Children Service Council; Not Your Average Girl Apparel; Beats By Chanel Make Up/ Make-Over; Chanel Diana Lace Style Agency; Glasshouse Custom Creations; Sonia's Unique Designs; Goldson Spine; James C. Boyd Funeral Home; Tom Jenkins Bar B-Q; New World Entertainment for the Pattie LaBelle concert tickets; Nicole Hair Salon and Norman Photoland.

Fifteenth Ann ual Bright Star Annual Scholarship Gala The Sistrunk Historical Organization, a cultural organization that celebrates the accomplishments of people of African descent, is proud to announce its 15th Annual Scholarship Gala and Fundraiser, which provides two years of financial support to two, college-bound students from Broward County public schools each year. The highly anticipated scholarship gala, a combination fundraiser dinner, entertainment, and dancing event, raises funds for the Sistrunk Scholarship program. The event also recognizes leaders of the community who make a positive difference. Every year, attendees have fun supporting students of Broward County and dress according to a fun-filled, theme-based event. This year’s theme is Harlem

Nights, and attendees are encouraged to wear attire to depict the Harlem Nights era—black suits and smooth hats for the fellas and feather headpieces, long string pearls, tassel dresses, and boas for the ladies. Supporters should be ready to finger-pop to the jazzy sounds of Deep Fried Funk band as they salute the future of two college scholarship recipients. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, June 30 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Urban League of Broward County Empowerment Center, 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The gala’s $75 ticket price includes a buffet dinner and open bar, entertainment, and recognition program. Honorees at this year’s gala are Rev. Dr. Derrick J. Hughes, Pastor (First Baptist Church

Piney Grove, Inc.), Charles Israel, Magnet Coordinator (Dillard High School 6-12), Mount Olive Development Corporation (MODCO), Karen Smith, and Vice Mayor Beverly Williams (City of Lauderdale Lakes). Those unable to attend the gala may still contribute to the scholarship program by e m a i l i n g Sponsorship opportunities for the scholarship gala and dinner are available at the following levels: $5,000, $3,500 and $1,000. Sponsorship and Commemorative Souvenir booklet ads can also be purchased by visiting

ORCHESTRA NOIR, THE ATLANTA AFRICAN-AMERICAN ORCHESTRA’S CONCERT TO BE HELD SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2018 IS WHAT THE COMMUNITY NEEDS RIGHT NOW — Orchestra Noir, celebrates the Black Woman with “QUEEN” and exposes children to orchestral music with the “Black-Tie Children’s Concert”.

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Listening Tour: Your Business Matters dates: -Business: Alpha1 Staf-fing & Search Firm, LLC on Monday, May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., at 3350 S.W. 148 Ave., Suite 110, Miramar, Fla.

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African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderale, Fla. For more info call (954) 357-6210. * Genealogy 101 have little or no knowledge in tracing your ancestry? This class is for you, come learn effective ways of searching to trace your family history on Wednesday, May 16 from 6 to 7 p.m. For more info call (954) 3576227. *2018 South Florida Book Festival on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21. Learn more at

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Dania Beach CRA announces the Sixth Annual Arts and Seafood Celebration on Saturday, May 19 and 20, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at Frost Park, 300 N.E. Second St., Dania, Fla. For additional info call (954) 924-6801. The Sixth Annual Dania Beach Arts and Seafood Celebration is seeking volunteers on Saturday, May 19 and 20, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Frost Park, 300 N.E. Second St., Dania, Fla. For additional info call (954) 924-6801. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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Haitian Heritage Museum Month of May & Miami Museum Month Calendar of events held at Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Design District, Fla. - Arts IT (Arts Innovation Talk) with Genji Jacques & Friends on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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The community is cordially invited to attend The Encounter at Judah Worship Word Ministries on Wednesday, May 30 thru Thursday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m., at 4441 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, Fla. For more info call (954) 7912999 Apostle W. L. Mitchell, senior pastor.

Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness community events: - 2018 Synergy Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism on Wednesday, May 16-18 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Register today #chatsummit2018 - Broward College Women’s Success Summit 2018 on Friday, May 18 from 1 to 5 p.m., at North Campus, Omni Auditorium, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, Fla. Register today at https:// - Michael J. Satz State Attorney. Sealing & Expungement One Stop Shop on Thursday, May 17 g from 3 to 7 p.m., at First Baptist Church Piney Grove, 4699 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Lauderdale Lakes, Fla. (Doors close promptly at 7 p.m.) Pictued ID Requird. For additional info (954) 831-6955.*Only cases that occurred inBroward County in State Court will be reviewed. - Florida Healthy Start 10th Annual Shower2Empower on Friday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Urban League of Broward County, 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RSVP is required. For more info contact Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Inc., at (954) 3285262. - 3 Day Event Unifest 2018 on Sunday, May 20 from 3 to 11 p.m., at Lauderdale Lakes Vincent Torres Park, 4331 N.W. 36 St., Lauderdale, Fla. For more info (954) 326-2399. - Let's Meet In Florida, come join Western Union and GraceKennedy Money Services at the Caribbean Townhall on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m.. at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center, 3800 N.W. 11 Pl., Lauderhill, Fla. Free townhall event. For additional info call (305) 608-6325. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Miramar Today events ·United Neighbors Of East Miramar on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m., at Multi-Services Complex, 6700 Miramar Pkway. ·Mayor Mayne Messam, Commissioner Darline B. Riggs and Consul General Stepahne Gilles cordially invite you to celebrate Haitian Flag Day on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m., at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Fla. This event is free. · Same Day Permitting Available Community and Economic Development Department; all applications must be completed. Applications are available on the city's website under the Building Section of the Comm-unity and Economic Development Department Every Tuesday, from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Cut-off time for the Quick Service list will be at 9:50 a.m., at 2200 Civic Center Plaza, Miramar, Fla. · Beyond Boundaries with Dr. Fleming Tuesday & Thursday at 10 a.m., at Miramar Multi-Service Complex & S. Central/SE Focai Point Adult Day Care. ·Come out & Conquer the World! Miramar Day on Saturday, May 19 from 5 to10 p.m., at The Miramar AMP at Mira-mar Regional Park, 16801 Mira-mar Pkway. Free event. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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EDUCATION MATTERS -Every Child Deserves A Chance

It's that time of Year: Join the GOD SQUAD The God Squad is a faith base group that assist the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in keeping the peace on Fort Lauderdale Beach on Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, from 2 to 8 p.m. We need volunteer for two shifts 1) from 2 to 5 p.m. shift 2 ) from 5 to 8 p.m. Volunteers are required to arrive at the Church by the Sea, 2700 Mayan Fort Lauderdale, Fl. 30 minutes prior to their shift. A transportion vehicle will transport volunteers to the beach to serve and back to their cars at the of the the shifts. Please Sign up at the S Desk at New Mount Olive or RSVP to by 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 23. Send Name of Organization, Name of Volunteers from your group and T'Shirt size. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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The 6th Bi-Annual MarciaJane neighborhood reunion on Saturday, May 26 from 5 to 11 p.m., at Southwest 118 Ct. and 223 St., in the Marcia-Jane neighborhood. Marcia-Jane is a subdivision within the city of Miami, FL. For more info call Brenda at (786) 229-0647. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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Winners For Life Intl Inc., invites the community to our Annual Student Achievement Ceremony on Sunday, May 27 at 3 p.m., at Christian Fellowship, MBC, 8100 N.W. 17 Ave., Miami, Fla. For additional info call Pastor Pauline Sutton at (786) 413-7322. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Balm in Gilead Outreach Ministry presents Keys To Empowerment A Christian Community event Community Outreach on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m., at Jim Ward Community Center, 301 N.W. 46 Ave., Plantation, Fla. For more info call (954) 245-2437.

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Memo to Republicans: I Was Kanye, Before Kanye By Raynard Jackson (NNPA Newswire Columnist)

Raynard Jackson says that the Republican leaders in Washington have shown how lazy they tend to be when it comes to the Black community. (BAFBF)

Why do Republicans continue to be obsessed with shiny new objects when it comes to the Black community as opposed to being willing to keep their eyes on the prize with the “hard” work of coalition building? I have had enough of the Kanye West-Donald Trump “bromance.” KANYE WEST IS NOT A REPUBLICAN NOR IS HE A CONSERVATIVE! In my almost twenty years of being a columnist, I have said ad nauseum what Kanye has said, but my words seem to fall on deaf ears; whereas Kanye’s words are celebrated like he’s the second coming of Christ.

Call to Arms for John McCain By Don Valentine Among the many debatable lines the Trump administration may have crossed, this one is indisputable! No moral person would make a joke about a man dying of brain cancer. Senator McCain or any human should not be subjected to that type of incivility. The N.Y. Times reported “the White House declined on Friday to renounce FOUNDED IN 1971


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or apologize for an aide whose joke at a meeting that Senator John McCain was irrelevant because he would soon die.” In addition to being a long time member of the most exclusive fraternity in the world (U.S. Senate), he spent 5 years in a P.O.W. camp refusing to leave until all of his comrades were released! M.S.N.B.C. correspondent and 20 year Navy Chief Malcolm Nance said “I would have fired anyone on the spot that dared to say that about an American hero, even in a joking manner.” We only know about this because according to N.B.C. five White House staffers had the courage to leak this out to the press. Readers do you have the same courage to spend 1 minute to email one of our Senators? Express your view about this insult on Presidential protocol. Trump needs to respect the office of the Presidency. If we don’t speak up….then in the words of Alexander Hamilton, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything!” 1.Senator Marco Rubio [R] Email: Phone: (305) 418-8553 2. Senator Bill Nelson [D] Email: Phone: (954) 693-4851

I have written columns, made speeches, appeared on TV all over the world, and discussed how Blacks are not monolithic in their political views; that Blacks are open to the Republican Party and the conservative message; and that Blacks are not opposed to Trump’s policies, just his drama. I have criticized Obama vociferously over his neglect of the Black community during his eight years in the White House, especially in regard to the murder rate in his hometown of Chicago. The Republican Party reminds me of the child who can’t wait to get his new toys every Christmas, only to find them boring and unattractive within a week, because he is now looking for

a new, shiny toy to keep his attention. This is repeated every year. Every year the party unofficially designates someone as their flavor of the month. People like former party chairman, Michael Steele (before he became the powerhouse that he now is), former congressman J.C. Watts, conservative pundit Armstrong Williams, and Starr Parker. Unlike the more recent flavors of the month, at least those listed above, one could argue, have some connections with the Black community. I don’t mean in terms of them all being Black, but in terms of their ability to stand before the Black community with some modicum of gravitas and credibility. (Read full story at

Blacks can’t afford to ignore dental health A Smile for Every Child: “Sharing Smiles Day” and the Importance of Dental Health By Julianne Malveaux (NNPA Newswire Columnist) While Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provide a safety net, access to dental care is a big issue, especially for children of color. According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, “tooth decay is the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, five times as prevalent as asthma, and dental care is one of the nation’s greatest unmet children’s health needs.” Why? Sometimes children’s parents simply did not arrange for them to see a dentist. Sometimes, dental services were not available in particular areas, for example, dental needs are sometimes more likely to be addressed in emergency rooms than dental clinics. And, a 2016 report from the Depart-


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We are in the year 2018 I don’t understand why STILL our Black and Latino communities relent lessly stigmatize the L.G.B.T.Q (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender…?). For those that are not sure what the Q is well, according to Fred Sainz, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, Q can mean either ‘questioning’ or ‘queer’ and either interpretation is accepted is what he told USA TODAY Network. “People use the term queer because it’s not specific to sexual orientation or to gender identity,” said Saiz. I’d like to discuss the “W” …What will it take, Why can’t we all just get along?, When will it end?! Is it too much of a high expectation to say that one day WE will all be treated as human beings? To be fair, the gay community has come a long way in respect to gay marriage. According to Reuters Court Orders, in 2003 Massachusetts became the first state to allow gay marriage after its highest court ruled the state’s ban violated the constitutional rights of same-sex couples. Hoorah! Truth be told, everyone should able to love and be with whomever they wish. Let me throw out the “J” word for a second here. The Bible says, John book 13 verse 34. “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one a-nother,” It is straightforward people! Whether you believe in Jesus, God, Allah, it is not fair to judge someone for whom they choose to love and make them feel less of a person. God gave every human free will. Jesus preached as documented in Matthew book 22 verse 39 “And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” I can’t speak for your opinion, but to me Jesus is a good mentor to follow. Maybe we should read our scripture and follow his teachings. Love is the footpath to the Pearly Gates!

Julianne Malveaux says that children pay a big price when their dental needs are unmet. ment of Health and Human Services said that dental provider shortages were at least part of the reason some children, especially low-income Black and Hispanic children, lack dental care. (Read full story at

Golfing While Black Is Not a Crime Golfing While Black: Grandview Golf Club Asks Five Black Women to Leave the Club for Golfing Too Slow

Sandra Thompson, the president of the York County, Pa. branch of the NAACP, says that police must enforce laws against these businesses and their owners who file false complaints. From left, Carolyn Dow, Sandra Harrison, Karen Crosby, Sandra Thompson and Myneca Ojo. The five women were golfing at Grandview Golf Club in York County, Pa., when they were asked to leave. By Sandra Thompson, Esq. (President, NAACP York County, Pa. Branch) On Saturday, April 21, 2018, I woke up excited, anticipating a round of golf at Grandview Golf Club in York, Pa. I was going to play with four ladies from “Sisters in the Fairway” (SITF), a group of about 15 professional, predominantly African American women in York County, Pa., who golf.

Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the NNPA, says that the Black Press welcomes the news and inspirations from the writings, videos and social media postings of our young aspiring journalists. By Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr. (President and CEO, NNPA) There is an old African proverb that says, “What you seek, you will surely find.” We live in a world where the news cycle continues to decrease, because of innovations in communications technology. Yes, we are living in the fast-paced digital age. The highvelocity delivery and transmission of news and information, however, may or may not produce authentic or accurate facts or simply the truth. Yet, for more than 47 million Black Americans the reality of life’s multiple challenges and opportunities are not the primary concerns and focus of what is popularly known as “mainstream media.” Thus, the value and mission of the Black Press of America today is more strategically important than ever before, for Black Americans and others who embrace the trendsetting cultural, academic, technological, and game-changing achievements that are accomplished daily in Black America. (Read full story at


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Fear and Opportunity in Immigration Politics By Andrew Moss With each passing week, the battle of words over immigration intensifies, as Trump administration officials continue honing their favorite rhetorical weapon: fear. This past week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that people crossing the border illegally will be charged for criminal offenses instead of facing civil deportation proceedings, and that they will be separated from their children. As he asserted, “we’re here to send a message that we are not going to let the country be overwhelmed. People are not going to caravan or otherwise stampede our border.” In making this statement, Sessions alluded to the migrant caravans that have traveled to the U.S. border from Mexico and Central America each spring, bringing asylum seekers fleeing the violence threatening their own lives and the lives of their family members. (Read full story at

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SITF are women of various levels of expertise from beginner to advanced golfers. The group was formed in 2008 as a sisterhood of ladies who golfed with their husbands, many of whom were members of the York County Black Golfers Association. We appreciate the challenge that golf presents and the control that golf (Read full story at

Let the prayer continue By Brian Terrell By Robert C. Koehler . . . may all members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle. May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.” These words freaked out Paul Ryan enough that he tried to get rid of Father Pat Conroy, the House chaplain who uttered this prayer back in November, when the debate on the massive overhaul of the tax system was going on. What stunned me about this relatively small national controversy wasn’t so much the fact that Ryan’s action blew up in his face and he wound up having to “unfire” Father

Conroy, but the fact that the prayer got to him in the first place — that he noticed it and had to defend himself (and his ideology) against it. Moral accountability, ladies and gentlemen! It’s been banned from the halls of government for quite some time, but when it shows up it’s still upset. As Gina Haspel — “Bloody Gina” — Donald Trump’s nominee to head the CIA begins her congressional hearing, let awareness of the wrong of torture seize the powerful. Let remorse and outrage cry out in the hardest of

On May 9, Gina Haspel, Donald Trump’s choice for head of the Central Intelligence Agency, testified at her Senate confirmation hearing in Washington, DC. Some senators questioned her about her tenure, in 2002, as CIA station chief in Thailand. There, the agency ran one of the “black sites” where suspected al-Qaida extremists were interrogated using procedures that included waterboarding. She was also asked about her role in the destruction of videotapes in 2005 that documented the torture of illegally detained suspects. Her evasive answers to these questions, disconcerting and unsatisfying, are also hauntingly familiar.

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Florida State Senator Perry Thurston D-Fort Lauderdale Lucius Gantt and Darryl Rouson, D-Tampa From Brenda Richardson ATLANTA – At last, All World Consultants has come home to Atlanta! Atlanta native Lucius Gantt created the independent and international political consulting firm in 1980. “I’m thrilled to be setting up shop in my hometown,” said Gantt, who worked professionally at WSB-TV, Cox Broadcasting, The Atlanta Journal and at The Associated Press Atlanta office earlier in his career.” All World Consultants is a full service political firm with a winning track record in the United States and in other countries around the globe.” Registered and headquartered in Florida, All World Consultants have provided political services for governors, judges, legislators, Congress per-

sons, City Councilmen, County Commissioners, political action committees, The Democratic Party, The Republican Party, various political associations, and groups and several political initiative and interest groups. Campaign planning, strategy consultation, media relations, political copy writing, political media production and placement, direct mailings, targeting, polling, signage design and printing, political call services, get out the vote services and political training are just of few of the services that All World Consultants can provide. “Local, statewide, national and international lobbying and governmental relations services are also a big part of our business,” explained Gantt. (Read full story at

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

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

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

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

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

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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!”

Rev. Stanley Melek, M.Div 2351 N.W. 26th Street Oakland Park, Florida 33311 Church Telephone: (954) 731-0520

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

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

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 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.

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. SundayEvennigServcie………………………………………. ......................................... 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. YouthFellowship(EveryFriday)…………………………. ................................... 6:30 p.m. Discover GOD Let Us Help You Find The Way To Jesus Christ


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Remembering Catherine ‘Shang’ Bradwell Pratt ior High and Everglades Middle (Cont'd from FP) Lauderdale at the tender age of 12, when the Reverend George Collins was pastor. She grew up serving Mt. Hermon AME and was active in the youth church. She attended Sunday school and the League, where she learned the Lord’s Prayer and many hymns, as well as the Ten Commandments and Beatitudes through the use of the Catechism. Catherine enjoyed singing “What’s a Friend We Have in Jesus” and learned to recite the Apostles’ Creed. Catherine joined Fort Lauderdale’s Harris Chapel United Methodist Church in 1992, where she eagerly involved herself in church activities as a new member and was appointed chairperson of the Higher Education Committee. Catherine matriculated through Broward County Schools, graduating from Fort Lauderdale’s Dillard High School with the class of 1941. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from the Tuskegee Institute and Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling from Indiana University. Catherine’s goal was to serve her area community, so she worked at Florida’s Lanier Junior High in Hallandale, Wingate Jun-

(now William Dandy Middle School), both in Fort Lauderdale. She also served as a guidance counselor at Plantation High School. Catherine retired in 1985; however, after one year, she re-entered the workforce to serve as a BRACE Advisor at Dillard High School. She said, “This particular job gave me a little more latitude to truly conference with students regarding getting serious about life.” Catherine enjoyed working as a BRACE Advisor because she mentored college-bound students and helped them to secure scholarships and financial aid. She also worked with ACT, SAT; and career counseling for seven years. Catherine was passionate about her students’ success, fervently pushing them to achieve academic excellence. She retired from the Broward County School system after 43 years of dedicated service. After retiring, Catherine, whose mind remained sharp and witty, was active in several local civic organizations, such as the Baccalaureate, YMCA, and Northwest Federated Women’s Club. One of Catherine’s fondest lifelong pastimes stemmed from her love of playing basketball while in high school. She was an ardent sports fan and was particularly fond of the Miami

CHAPMAN Funeral services for the late Rev. Dr. Avon Levern Joseph Julian Chapman 71 were held May 12 at New Mount Olive Baptist Church with Dr. Marcus D. Davidson officiating. DAVIS Funeral services for the Princess Zariyah Naomi Davis were held May 12 at McWhite’s Chapel. HARRIS Funeral services for the late Gregory Lionel Harris – 65 were held May 12 at Mount Calvary Baptist Church with Bishop W. Oshea Granger officiating. Interment: Royal Palm Memorial Gardens, West Palm Beach, Fl. LEWIS Funeral services for the late Francis Lewis, Sr – 71 were held May 12 at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Danny L. McKenzie, Sr officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Delight Yourself In The LORD; And He Will Give You The Desires Of Your Heart. Psalm 37:4 Heat, Miami Dolphins and the University of Miami. The Miami Heat’s Chis Bosh and Dwyane Wade were her favorite players. Catherine Bradwell was married to the late Charles William Pratt. And she could not have been prouder of her life’s sweetest blessing: her daughter, Shawn Pratt-Allen, current principal at Lloyd Estates Elementary School, whom she leaves to mourn her passing, along with a host of dear relatives, former students and devoted friends. A wake will be held on Fri-

MARTIN Funeral services for the late BC Martin – 74 were held May12 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Maudy Brown officiating. NEWTON Funeral services for the late John Newton III – 50 were held May 12 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel. WATTS Funeral services for the late Shauntate R. Johnson-Walls – 39 were held May 12 at McWhite’s Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Joey Johnson officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

L.C. Poitier Funeral Home GRISSETT Funeral services for the late Idella Chante Grissett - 39 were held May 12 at New Covenant Deliverance Cathedral with Bishop Clifford Jackson officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Roy Mizell & Kurtz Funeral Home DAVIS Funeral services for the late Mary Elaine Davis - 76 were held May 12 at Community Church Of God with Rev. Dr. James C. Eubanks, Sr officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. day, May 18, from 5-8 p.m. at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church, 2351 NW 26th Street, Oakland Park, Florida. The homegoing service will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at 11 a.m., also at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the H.W. Lewis Scholarship Fund at Harris Chapel United Methodist Church in the name of Catherine Pratt. Arrangements under the direction of Roy Mizell and Kurtz Funeral Service, 1305 NW Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 33311; phone (954)467-3426.

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Two men served a combined 36 years for a rape that never occurred By Frederick H. Lowe

By Oscar H. Blayton In 1995, a journalist I know was interviewing the First Lady of Virginia, Susan Brown Allen, wife of the new governor at the time, George Allen. As related to me, Susan Allen began talking about her research into her ancestry with the aim of joining the Daughters of the American Revolution. When the reporter asked if the first lady had done any research on the governor’s family, there was a hesitant response. “You see,” the first lady explained, “George’s mother was born in Tunisia.” “In Africa?” the reporter responded, surprised. “No, in Tunisia.” Mrs. Allen answered. “Yes, in Africa,” the reporter said. The reporter’s take away from the conversation was very clear. George Allen’s mother was born in Africa, which made her “African.” And if George Allen’s mother was African, didn’t that make him an “African American?” Racial pedigree for many “white” Americans is extremely problematic. In the 1990s, when I was appointed by the court in Hampton, Va. to take depositions in divorce proceedings and recommend to the court whether a divorce should be granted, racial pedigree was a sticky problem for some “white” people who had to give sworn testimony before me. Even though in 1967, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of Loving v. Vir-

BLAYTON ginia that laws against interracial marriages were unconstitutional, many jurisdictions allowed parties to a divorce proceeding to swear that they were of the same race. This required under the old law to establish that the marriage had been legal in the first place. The logic was that if you had not been legally married, you could not be legally divorced and entitled to the rights that came with that. Keeping the assertion about race in the deposition testimony in the 1990s was legal nonsense because inter-racial marriages had been taking place legally in Virginia for more than three decades, but some die-hard white supremacist lawyers enjoyed having that language entered into the record for their white clients. My way of quashing this foolishness was to ask the person stating that both parties were members of the white race to prove that assertion. I would explain to the person claiming to be white that they had 32 great-great-great-grand-parents, and I would require them to identify all 32 and provide proof of the racial identity of all each of them. (Read full story at:

Two men served a combined 36 years in prison for a 1991 kidnaping and gang rape that never occurred because the woman lied. On Monday, their convictions were vacated. The woman, however, will not be prosecuted for lying under oath because the statute of limitations has expired. Gregory Counts and VanDyke Perry had their con-victions vacated by a New York Supreme Court judge after DNA testing identified another man’s semen in the complainant’s underwear. The semen sample led to a joint reinvestigation of the rape by the Innocence Project, the Office of the Appellate Defender and New York County District Attorney Office’s Conviction Integrity Unit which discovered that law enforcement failed to investigate the case fully. Counts, represented by the Innocence Project, served 26 in prison before he was released in 2017. Perry, represented by the Office of the Appellate De-

fender’s Reinvestigation Project, served 10 years in prison and was released in 2001. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said it’s every prosecutor’s nightmare to convict an innocent person. This case is a tragedy for all involved –two New Yorkers were wrongfully deprived of their liberty during the prime of their lives for a crime they didn’t commit, Vance added. Barry Scheck, co-director of the Innocence Project thanked the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for its assistance. “We are grateful to the New York County District Attorney’s Office for working collaboratively with us and moving quickly to restore justice for Mr. Counts and Mr. Perry,” Scheck said. Seema Saifee, a senior staff attorney with the Innocence Project, said the case paints a very dark picture of the criminal justice system in New York City, especially at that time and continuing today. “Like so many other cases that have come to light in recent years, these

Letter to Editor By James J. Hankins Excerpt from my book — What We Blacks Need To Do – “A small boat with no lifejackets was transporting twelve people on a six-mile trip from the west to the east side of a lake. About half way, the boat was hit by a large log floating in the water. The boat was quickly taking in water and there were no buckets on the boat. The driver ordered the ladies to dump the contents of their pocketbooks in the water, take off their boots and use them as a bucket to throw the water out. He ordered the men to use their hats, caps and shoes to do the same. All pitched in except one man, a stylishly dressed manicured U. S. Representative. When they safely reached the east side, the driver hollered at the politician and asked why you didn’t help us get the water out of the boat. The three term Congressman said “the hole was on the left side of the boat and I was on the right side. “This is the motis operandi of some “well-paid” selfish politicians”. Please register, research the candidates, and issue then VOTE!!!

Community held demonstration for under department policy to use Black Leaders Urge Reduced Police Role Keeven Robinson choke holds. At the same time, in Regulatory Enforcement, Increased Autism Training and Gun Legalization to Improve Community-Police Relations Costs to be Covered by Disarming Federal Agencies Washington, DC – To improve community-police relations, police should get out of the regulation business, be given greater training in identifying and dealing with those with autism and other cognitive disabilities, build stronger bonds with the communities they serve by offering gun safety training and be given greater recognition for the good deeds they do. These innovative policy proposals and more are being offered by the Project 21 Black leadership network as part of its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” Tens of thousands of police officers from across the nation are gathering in Washington, D.C. to commemorate Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 and to celebrate National Police Week. Project 21, which is unveiling its Blueprint in its entirety over the next several weeks, views this week’s events as a perfect time to address and discuss means for promoting stronger bonds between law enforcement and the Black communities it serves. Black confidence in policing has decreased due to a series of high-profile Black fatalities involving officers in recent years. Some of these fatalities occurred while police were enforcing relatively minor infractions. Project 21 contends that involving police in the enforcement of regulations or minor infractions with little relevance to improving public safety needlessly increases the risk mistakes will be made. Its Blueprint suggests defunding federal police powers at regulatory agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Internal Revenue Service. Those dollars can instead help citizens learn more about gun use and safety from local police and fund training about dealing with people with cognitive disabilities. Project 21 also asks for increased community engagement, such as religious institutions highlighting first responders at special services and a new community-re-

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commended presidential award for exemplary police service. “Proposals offered in Project 21’s Blueprint can substantially mend the rift between Black Americans and law enforcement,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Council Nedd II, a Pennsylvania state constable and Anglican archbishop. “Politicians and bureaucrats have inflicted mission creep on officers that hurts their standing in the Black community. Project 21 suggests reining in that overreach, working with communities to highlight the value of good policing and keeping situations from unnecessarily escalating.” Nedd – “America’s Constable” – authored a commentary, to be posted today by the Daily Caller, in which he describes law enforcement careers and the dangerous uncertainties faced regularly by police. Last month, Nedd and other Project 21 leaders began briefing key staff at the White House and with congressional leadership about the 57 policy ideas – spread out over 10 subject areas and covering education, criminal justice, economics and more – that are available in its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America.” There are eight specific proposals to offer a “better deal” in public safety and communitypolice relations: · End police enforcement of regulations such as smoking bans and childrens’ lemonade stands as well as any unnecessary focus on minor infractions that can escalate into major incidents. · Provide officers with special training to identify and handle people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease and other cognitive disabilities, because people with those disabilities can respond unpredictably – and incidents have resulted in inappropriate police responses. · Increase use of body cameras by officers. (Read full story at

(Cont'd from FP) placed on desk duty as the investigation continues. The community had decided to march on Monday after authorities in Jefferson Parish announced preliminary autopsy results indicating Robinson had signs of trauma from pressure on his neck and that he died of asphyxiation. Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said the injuries were “consistent with compressional asphyxia.” Cvitanovich added that he had shared the preliminary findings with Robinson’s mother before a joint news conference with Jefferson Parish Sheriff Joe Lopinto. Hester Hilliard, an attorney for Robinson’s family, said the sheriff and coroner have acted with “professionalism and transparency” but the family desired to see an agency other than the sheriff’s office lead the investigation. Lopinto declined to identify the deputies immediately, but he confirmed they are white while Robinson was Black. “There’s no doubt they used force,” Lopinto said. “It’s whether the force was excessive.” Lopinto said it was too early to tell whether a chokehold was used. But in either case, officers are expressly not forbidden

they aren’t trained in them either. “From a policy standpoint, we don’t train somebody to hit someone with a brick,” Lopinto told reporters. “But if you’re fighting for your life and brick’s there, you hit someone with a brick.” Lopinto added that Robinson was unarmed when he was detained, saying that there was a gun in Robinson’s car and that he had heroin on him. According to WWL-TV, Robinson’s grandmother had simple advice to young Black men. “We want the young Black men to be able to walk the streets, and when the police do frisk them, they should stand and let the police do their job,” Sheryl Robinson said. “They’re afraid of the police killing our children. It’s time to stop! Enough is enough.”

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VanDyke Perry in the foreground with Gregory Counts . young Black men were aggressively prosecuted and given lengthy prison sentences with very little care for finding the truth,” Saifee added. Counts was 19 and Perry was 21 when the woman lied during court testimony that the two men and a third man, Leonard Jones, abducted and raped her at knife point near a Queens subway station. She claimed the men sexually assaulted her in the backseat of their car near Central Park. Police never arrested Jones. The woman claimed the men repeatedly raped her, sodomized her and punched her in the face, but an examining physi-cian did not find any evidence of the alleged acts of violence. The semen found in her underwear was never tested for DNA, and the car where the al-leged sexual assaults took

place was never searched for evi-dence. Based on her testimony, a jury in 1992 convicted the two men of rape, sodomy, kidnapping and criminal possession of a weapon, although they had confirmed alibis. Following the joint investigation, investigators spoke again to the woman who admitted that rape never occurred, that she had engaged in unprotected sex with her then boyfriend on the night of and on the morning after the alleged rape had taken place and that her boyfriend forced her to lie because he had dealt drugs with both men and owed them money. The boyfriend, who is believed to be dead, also had shot Perry in one of his feet.

Cop resigns after dragging 65-year-old Black grandmother sary to complete the arrest by (Cont'd from FP) One officer, James Legg, began grabbing Campbell and dragged her out of the vehicle before putting her in handcuffs. He also yelled profanity at her during the traffic stop. The video of the arrest was captured on the police dash cam and created an outcry once released to the public. Following the backlash, officer Legg resigned. But in his resignation letter, Legg said that he didn’t do anything wrong during the arrest except yell profanities. After review of the video, Alpharetta Department of Public Safety Chief John Robison said he had “major concerns” about how Legg conducted himself. The officer “did not perform in a manner that is reflective of who we are as an organization,” Robison said in a video posted to Facebook. In a resignation letter submitted Friday evening, Legg said he “did what was neces-

raising my voice and using verbal commands using heavy control talk with profanity.” “I do not feel I will get a fair internal affairs investigation from you due to the comments you made on Facebook before interviewing any of the other officers, or even me,” he wrote in the letter addressed to Robison. “I feel my decisions ended a volatile situation quickly with insufficient force and got everyone off the highway and back into service.” The incident is another example of inadequate policing when it comes to Black citizens. There is a nationwide epidemic of Black people who have been mistreated, abused, or killed by police without justification. “Ms. Campbell was complying with our officers, she was stepping out of the vehicle, there was no reason for officer Legg to interject himself verbally or physically,” said Alpharetta Department of Public Safety public information officer Howard Miller. The Alpharetta Police Department and Georgia Bureau of Investigation have opened an investigation into the matter.

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Hastings Commends Broward Resident Roger DeHart on 1,000 Mile Walk from Fort Lauderdale to D.C. to raise awareness about Human Trafficking Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement commending Mr. Roger DeHart, who is currently walking more than 1,000 miles from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to Washington D.C., in order to raise awareness about human trafficking: “I am so truly honored to recognize Mr. Roger DeHart, a devoted public servant who is currently walking from Fort Lauderdale to Washington, in order to raise awareness about human trafficking. Roger is a

"Got to give a big thank you to the Brunswick Sheriff's Office. I was met at the stateline with sirens, Gatorade and protein bars. Words can't express how grateful I am. :)" -- Roger DeHart

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: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018

Deputy Officer at the Broward County Courthouse. He began training for this walk six months ago, and after pooling his vacation time, he set-off from the steps of the Broward County Courthouse to the steps of the U.S. Capitol. Roger’s walk will culminate on May 19th at Union Square in Washington, where he will host a rally with elected officials, his family, friends, and survivors of human trafficking. “Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and the

at schools, where traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control victims and subject them to compelled labor or commercial sex acts. One year ago, I led members of the South Florida Congressional Delegation in urging the Palm Beach County and Broward County Public Schools systems to incorporate human trafficking education into their curriculums in order to push back against this horrific crime.

United States is one of the top destinations in the world for trafficked victims. Centers of tourism, including Florida, are major destinations for human trafficking victims – many of whom come from our own communities and schools. Florida now has the third highest rate of trafficking in the country, and Broward and Palm Beach Counties rank 1st and 4th respectively for in-state incidences. “We are seeing a disturbing trend of victims being targeted

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   LIBRA-You might be looking into the buying or selling of a piece of property, and this week seems to be a favorable week for this type of negotiation. Be careful with the intricacies of the matter. Pay attention to details or it could cost you a great deal later. I care deeply about the feelings of others. 11, 21, 35

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ARIES-The link that you’ve established with your spiritual self will be strengthened by the people who come into your life this week. This week is a week for seriousness about a relationship. Discuss your deepest thoughts with others. They’ll understand and thank you for sharing intimate parts of yourself. Faith keeps me calm in the storms of life. 44, 49, 51

SCORPIO-What a blessed week this will be. Spend it meditating on all that God has given you. This week think hard about some form of worship. Curtis Mayfield wrote a song called “Who Do You Love?� Someone should write one called “How Do You Love?� For your love lesson, the second song would be the one you should sing. New intuitions create new plans and a new cast of characters. 7, 16, 25

TAURUS-You’ve done some of your own love homework. Hopefully you’ve had an opportunity to learn a new way of seeing the world and in that way, you’ve found a way of loving that is more natural for you. The combination of sexiness and joyful focus can create you a wonderful love experience. I get joy from giving good things. 11, 17, 37 GEMINI-Share in the glory of your friend who has been recognized for outstanding work. Plan a small get-together to celebrate the occasion. Your time will come, and you will be placed on the pedestal. Your intimacy radar is sensitive. Watch out for a new romance that might come along. Expect the unexpected! You will be pleasantly surprised! Love is easier than breathing. 16, 30, 50

SAGITTARIUS-Your self-discipline helps you to do more this week. People will be watching as you zip around with style and grace! Broaden your cultural horizons by trying new foods and meeting new people. You’ll be pleasantly surprised! I am patient with all that comes my way this week. 3, 4, 14

CANCER-You’ve done a lot of things in life that no one has agreed with at the beginning. Finding agreement this week will be difficult, but it should not deter you from moving forward. Feeling sorry for your loneliness will discolor what you are doing. Be happy that you are alone. I get joy from giving good things. 2, 10, 31

CAPRICORN-The urge to chase off on a tangent may be strong this week. Take a few minutes to study the big picture and make sure any whims serve the bigger purpose. It’s a good week to do what needs to be done. Luck is my best friend this week. 5, 10, 15

LEO-Eternal optimist, eternity is now. Get in touch with your hopefulness and be a beacon to others. Try not to be taken in by promises made by others or promises you’ve made to yourself. Concerning your own affairs, avoid contemplating lofty subjects and seeking long ranged solutions. Time is the greatest peacemaker of them all. 14, 28, 39

AQUARIUS-You’ll be full of good ideas this week, so make sure you write down the ones you don’t have time to put into action. You’ll want to share your thoughts on a grand scale, and your mind will seem truly universal to you. Try to be patient with those who are staggered by your brilliance. Light from my soul shines in many directions. 2, 3, 9

VIRGO-Some say optimism is fantasy. Suppose the good thing you’re optimistic about never comes. This week you’ll know that the joy of anticipating it is joy enough. Just the certainty of coming goodness is present goodness. The joy of tomorrow is available this week. This week is the week the Lord has made. I rejoice in it. 22, 36, 38

PISCES-This week let your gentle spirit shine through. Your rough and tumble side is not appropriate for the relationships that you’ll encounter. Someone will need your understanding and sympathy. Give it with sensitivity. My life itself is my greatest creation. 30, 37, 44

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Negro League Baseball is back with the of h of tthe he N ational offf icial launc launch National Urban Professional Baseball League – opening game is on May 25

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Coach Mike Mayden, director of the National Urban Professional Baseball League. Nationwide — Thanks to the National Urban Professional Baseball League, the rebirth of Negro League Baseball will take place with opening day on May 25, 2018 in Laurel, Miss. at 7 p.m. as the Vickie Pasley All-Stars (the first African American woman to have a professional baseball team named after her) will take on the Josh Gibson All-Stars. On May 31, 2018 the Rube Foster All-Stars will take on the Lester Barclay All-Stars at USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee for its opening day. We are encouraging all that can and will to set their schedule and plan to attend this great event, a blast from the past. Each game day will have a special theme: open mic night, Jazz/Blues night, Senior Citizen Day, Gospel Night, Family & Friends Old School Night and Game Day @ The Park, not to mention the Fish Fry and Fried Chicken Dinners. Mike Mayden, league director, comments, “We want this league to provide affordable family entertainment, promote diversity in the game of baseball, rekindle past memories of African American baseball players and to link this new generation of youth baseball players to the past history of the game.” The season will run from Friday, May 25 2018 though the second week in August. The home fields will be Wooten Legion Field in Laurel, Mississippi and USA Stadium in Millington, Tennessee. Full schedules are posted on the website at “Opening day will be Gospel Night for both openers as we dedicate this league to God,” Mayden says.

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Sergeant Flemmen N.M. Howard (USMC Veteran) served aboard two Naval Ships during the year of 1964. Currently, Naval Ships USS Spiegel Grove and the USS John Mitchell have been De-Commissioned. The ships are being used as an artificial reef off the

coast of our city Fort Lauderdale, Fla. During the Viet Nam era in 1964, Sgt. Howard was transported to Elferro, Spain, and Oporto, Portugal for simulation combat training maneuvers (Steel Spike II). During this time for approximately two

months, Sgt. Howard stayed aboard the USS Spiegel Grove. After the operation Steel Spike II, Sgt. Flemmen Howard was returned by the USS Spiegel Grove to Camp Lejune, N.C., during that same year of 1964 Sgt Howard received orders to report to the Republic of Viet Nam for combat. At this time, he boarded the USS John Mitchel in Quantico, Va., for a oneway trip by ship to Okinawa, Japan. Thirty days later Sgt. Howard was put aboard a C130 Aircraft and flown to Danang, Vietnam for combat duty. After serving one year of combat duty in Vietnam, he returned back to the states for duty with the MACS-9 Air Squadron in Beaufort, S.C. After a year back in the state’s new orders returned Sgt. Howard back to the Republic of Viet Nam. As mentioned before the two Naval Ships are being used as artificial reefs of the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Since being retired Sgt. How-

Time to End Strokes in Our Lifetime with Knowledge and Awareness By Roger Caldwell


May is stroke awareness month and a stroke is an emergency. It can happen to anyone, at any time or any age. There is a huge disparity between African Americans and Hispanics when compared to Caucasians. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the African American community, and medical experts identify lifestyle choices as a leading factor. Obesity and high blood pressure are risk factors that contribute to strokes, and it appears there are not enough voices discussing the problem. High blood pressure is the number one risk factor in the African American community for strokes; however, it is not viewed as a state of emergency in our families. Many doctors acknowledge that over 45% of African Americans have the condition, but the medical profession cannot explain why it is so prevalent in our community. I am a stroke survivor.,,,,, I am a miracle. On March 12, 2004, I was impacted by a stroke, and it changed my life forever. After being in ICU for three days, and no one knowing if I would live or die, I recovered my consciousness, but my right side was entirely paralyzed. Despite the dire circumstances, I dedicated myself to rehabilitation, and I made a miraculous recovery. “My struggle as a stroke survivor is connected in everyone’s struggle everywhere. There is a journey somewhere in everyone’s life. The way we re-

act to that journey tells us more than we want to truly admit. It tells us who we are” from Roger Caldwell’s book “The Inspiring Journey of A Stroke Survivor. “ A stoke will change your perception of yourself, and depending on the severity, you may never recover. No two strokes are the same, and changing your lifestyle is the secret to living a healthy life. Before suffering a stroke, I refused to follow my doctor’s orders and did not take my prescribed medication, and I had a devastating and traumatic stroke. There is a state of emergency in the African American community with high blood pressure, and it is time for more voices to begin talking about our terrible numbers compared to Caucasians. Nearly 63% of African American men are overweight, and that number jumps to just over 77% for African American women. We can make excuses why this is happening in our community, but many men and women do not exercise and we consume unhealthy diets. Almost 28% in the African American community use tobacco and the use of drugs is also a contributing factor. In order to understand why African Americans are three times higher than Caucasians to suffer a stroke, we must study our family history. “There’s a huge campaign from the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association called ‘Power to End Stroke’ focused on trying to in(Read full story at

HOWARD ard has many hobbies such as spending time with his grand children and family. Sgt. Howard is the big brother of Percy Howard, Dillard Alumni and Professional football player of the Dallas Cowboys. Sgt. Howard is a proud member of the American Legion Post #220 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

One way to get your voice heard is to run for office (Cont'd from FP) in many instances where the system was the perpetrator of death. Where are the voices? They’re there! Can’t you hear them? Why not? Does sound have color? Petty said his and Alhadeff’s worlds flipped that day, and they became dedicated to changing a system that allowed the school gunman “to fall through the cracks.” And so did a lot of other people, yet these two parents have chosen to get totally immersed into change. Did not other parents, brothers, sisters, and a whole lot of other people stop traffic, closed down businesses , questioned the Supreme Court and bring the world to attention on Black Lives Matter? At a news conference in Fort Lauderdale Petty said, “I can represent parents all over the district who deserve to have their children come home to them every afternoon after school.” Petty and Alhadeff said their priorities will include transparency, accountability and ensuring tax dollars are spent effectively in the classroom along with school safety. Where is the transparency, accountability and where are the tax dollars for the others…? Not satisfied with answers she’s received from NRA and law enforcement officials and others, Alhadeff states, “I’m still not satisfied with the answers to the questions that I asked back then,” and I’m extremely frustrated at the lack of progress that has been made to fix the problems that we all know exist.” Petty, too, who is not thrilled by the answers received from authorities states: “Our message is simple: We must be the last families to lose loved ones to mass murder in school,” he said. “This time must be different and we demand action.” We must stand and say no more voting as usual, no more just because, no more… It is a sin not to love. If we can learn anything from these parents, let it be, let it be that if we want change, we have to get involved ALL the way to make an effort to change it. We can begin to make a change. Primary elections for the school board will be held August 28, 2018, and the general election is scheduled for November 6, 2018. RIGHTEOUSNESS EXALTETH A NATION: BUT SIN [IS] A REPROACH TO AN

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Childish Gambino’s ‘this is America’ reveals our epidemic with distractions and ask, now what?

Admittedly almost two weeks after the release of “This is America” by Childish Gambino, aka Danny Glover, I am still fascinated by Gambino’s lyric “Damn, I’m so pretty.” Like our society, I to struggle with concepts of beauty, vanity and the relevance of it all. However, I have come to learn that even our personal issues can be dis-

tractions impeding our ability to move the Black agenda forward. And so, the question continues to remain, NOW WHAT? With Black Panther dust still thick and permeating the atmosphere, the “This is America” video was timed perfectly for instant viral success depicting the irony in America’s obsession with entertainment amidst real issues inclusive of our numbness towards gun violence and our cultural escapism. According to, amassing “more than 110 million views, Gambino bumped Drake’s “Nice for What” chart topper from the number 1 spot where it had been “firmly planted for the last 15 weeks.” Not only is Gambino’s intense in your face content worthy of our attention, it demands solutions. The video opens with a live guitarist who resembles Tracy Martin, Trayvon Martin’s father, and an unseen vocalist singing, “We just wanna party…party just because.” And although I realize this is a set up, I am deeply engulfed by the shirtless dancer. In fact, I begin

to critique him from head to toe analyzing his hair, his physique and even the simplicity of his attire. Even sadder, distracted by my own unnecessary opinions, I watched the video several more times before being able to focus on the real issues happening beyond the facade. The execution style shooting, the killing spree, and even the careful handling of guns affected me for only seconds before I am pulled back in by the swag of Gambino. Oo, he so pretty . The truth is we are living in distracted times. We Americans are bombarded with millions of outlets vying for our attention and our dollars. Everyone is blogging, but no one is discussing, NOW WHAT. In the video, we see Jim Crow murder stances, the ignoring of mental health issues, and even a blind next generation. It is as obvious as the pale horse galloping in the video’s background, that we can no longer afford to miss the opportunity to be a part of social change. Personal issues aside, our activists, socialpre-

Educators from Title I Schools Meet in Philadelphia

Dr. Robert Kirton, the CEO for DNA Educational Solutions and Support delivers remarks during the 2018 National Title I Conference in Philadelphia, Penn. (Travis Riddick/NNPA) (Cont'd from FP)

Principal EL leads Thomas Edison Charter School, a tuition-free, public charter school in Wilmington, Del. According to the school’s website, more than 95 percent of students that attend Thomas Edison live at, or below the poverty level. Principal EL shared the story of the Thomas Edison Charter School chess team that competed and won the United States Chess Federation (USCF) National Elementary Chess Championship in Dallas, Texas on Sunday, May 11, 2014. Edison was the only school from Delaware competing in the National Tournament, but persevered to bring home Delaware’s first National Scholastic

Chess Championship, the school’s website said.0 “Thomas Edison is the home of one of the most-fierce, allfemale chess teams in the nation,” the school’s website said. “They have won the Mid-Atlantic All-Girls Chess Championship three of the past four years.” Principal EL left the crowd with four C’s (Crazy, Curious, Consistent and Culture of Love) that he has used to overcome barriers to success in the classroom: 1. Crazy—Every child deserves to have at least one person be crazy about them. 2. Curious—It is not enough for educators to care about their students; they must be curious

nuers and philanthropists require our support. According to, “Interior and exterior impressions of the United States and how it is portrayed and perceived can impact everything from foreign trade to cultural exchange. This video shines a light on perceptions and realities and invites people to discuss it.” I understand answering the barrage of NOW WHAT commentary can be challenging as solutions will require cohesive messaging and patience. Case in point, in my last On The Scene article, I addressed the notation that Black radio personalities working for White owned urban stations must address the economics of it all. Meanwhile, as Black Media, Community Influencers, and Stakeholders meet to discuss solutions, Black audiences must raise their level of consciousness to support Black owned media outlets like never. No matter how we pretty them up, distraction tactics are real, so let’s not miss the message. Accordingly, I am enabout their lives outside of school, as well. 3. Consistent—Often times vulnerable youth grow accustomed to inconsistencies from adults in their lives. Principle EL challenges educators to stay consistent, despite the challenges that may occur. 4. Culture of Love—Sometimes the children who need love the most, ask in the most unloving ways. Principal EL also challenges educators to create a culture of love for all students. Similar stories of triumph were shared from educators from all over the country, highlighting why diversity and representation in teaching is so important. (Read full story at


Trayvon and Tracy Martin couraging forward thinkers to move these conversations beyond their circles of influence and allow opportunities to listen to other perspectives while serving as boots on the ground to push the Black agenda forward. On Saturday, June 2, I am hosting the Second Annual Parents of Murdered Kids Prayer Breakfast. Details are posted here and on my social media. It

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