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Beleaguered Broward Elections Supervisor

Brenda Snipes Resigns

By Nancy Smith Brenda Snipes has resigned from her post as supervisor of elections for Broward County, effective Jan. 4, 2019. “Although I have enjoyed this work tremendously over these many election cycles, both large and small, I am ready to pass the torch,” Snipes wrote Sunday

in a resignation letter addressed to Rick Scott, a governor she infuriated with her election mistakes, whether unintentional or deliberate. The Sun-Sentinel was first to report the news of Snipes’ resignation. Republicans jumped on Snipes, a Democrat, who oversaw the hapless vote counting effort in

Broward County, for committing fraud by not following the letter of the law within her constitutional office. She dismissed all criticism as politically motivated. She was quoted by network television as saying, “I can’t wait for this to be over.” (Cont’d on page 3)

Mississippi Campaign Heats Up After ‘Lynching’ Remark


National Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump Launches Federal Lawsuit Exposing Anti-Minority Tactics of Gilead Sciences

TALLAHASSEE, FL — A new federal lawsuit against Gilead Sciences exposes how the pharmaceutical giant is putting profits over people, especially oppressed groups including black and LGBT communities, said renowned civil rights attorney Ben Crump. Crump, along with co-counsel at the Hilliard Martinez Gonzales, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, and Morgan & Morgan law firms, announced the lawsuit against Gilead Sciences, accusing the company of intentionally withholding a safer HIV drug from hundreds of thousands of patients in order to extend the profitability of the patent it held on an older, riskier drug. The tactic, Crump said, unjustly affected patients in the Black, minority, and LGBT communities.

In the lawsuit, Crump and co-counsel Bob Hilliard and Steve Berman, assert that Gilead withheld a second-generation HIV drug that was safer and produced fewer side effects and complications, in order to prevent competition with its harmful first-generation drug until its patent expires in 2021. Gilead’s firstgeneration drug, known as TDF, can cause life-threatening side effects such as bone demineralization and kidney toxicity. For a person already living with HIV/AIDS, these side effects and toxicities turn a manageable condition into one that is potentially life-threatening. The HIV epidemic is characterized by extraordinary disparity regarding minority groups. Despite representing (Cont’d on page 8)

Broward County Commission unanimously approves Holness’ item to name Courthouse Wing after TJ Reddick Judge Reddick, it is fitting BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The Broward County Commission unanimously approved Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness’ item to name the north wing of the Seventeenth Judicial Court of Florida after the late Thomas J. (TJ) Reddick, Jr., prominent attorney, and namesake of the TJ Reddick Bar Association, established in 1982 at the Wednesday, November 14 commission meeting. “I’ve been working with the TJ Reddick Bar Association for a couple years on getting the courthouse to memorialize

to name the north wing after him because that is where the public defender’s office is housed, and Judge Reddick was once a public defender” said Commissioner Holness. Judge Reddick passed away on July 28, 1993, but his legacy lives on with the TJ Reddick Bar Association which works to increase the enrollment of minority students in college and law school, promote the professional excellence of Black lawyers in Broward County, and provide economic scholarships to students at local law schools. The TJ Reddick Bar Association was formed on November 12, 1982

Mike Espy Could Become First Black Senator from the Delta

Hyde-Smith. As stunning as Espy’s rise in one of the classic “Good Ole Boys” states, Hyde-Smith, perhaps in a fit of desperation or a time lapse, helped to shine

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent

The Lord said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them. 1 Samuel 8:7 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

It’s a campaign that flew quietly under the radar – though the outcome could not only make history but change the dynamics in the United States Senate. Down in the Delta – where the public lynching of African Americans was the rule and not the exception and the Ku Klux Klan was usually law enforcement, judge, jury and executioner – Mike Espy, a black man, has forced a runoff against Republican Sen. Cindy

MIKE EPSY USDA photo by Robert Nichols

the spotlight on the race that had taken a back seat to the historic runs for governor in two other southern states, Florida and Georgia. “If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row,” Hyde-Smith said as (Cont’d on page 10)

National Civil Rights Group responds to conclusion of

Florida and Georgia Electoral Races As dust Settles, Congress must make Restoration of Voting Rights Act a Top Priority

Be careful of what, why and who you vote for

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, released the following statement in response to the conclusion of electoral races in Florida and Georgia: “The scars and battle wounds (Cont’d on page 10)


In the electoral process just when you thought you’ve heard and seen it all as it pertains to the contenders running, those who have been elected and those sitting in office, you really haven’t seen nothing yet. Aside from the hidden motives (which are not so hidden) like an elephant hiding behind a palm tree- the name calling, dog whistles and blatant lieswhich all appear to be the norm for elections nowadays here in America, election nights linger like the smell of cheap cologne. What ever happen to the election nights when tabulations were done and within the same night we knew who the winners were? Be that as it may, there’s no call for us to perform a “chicken little” exploit, running around telling everyone that the sky is falling when, in actuality, things are happening as it is written to be. We will have to, with the exactness of a clinical microbiologists preparing for innumerable examinations

City of Miramar Mayor welcomes Kingston, Jamaica Delegation for presentation on Disaster And Emergency Operations Best Practices

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MIRAMAR, FL --Mayor Wayne M. Messam of the City of Miramar is pleased to welcome His Worship, The Honorable Mayor of Kingston [Jamaica], Senator and Councillor, Delroy H. Williams; Chief Executive Officer of Kingston &

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In wake of professor’s comments, Katherine Johnson is still celebrated in Physics By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent

The recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Freedom who was also recognized by People Magazine in 2016 as one of the 25 Women Changing the World, Johnson enjoyed a brilliant 33-year career at NASA.

For many, the words of a senior scientist who said physics “was invented and built by men,” stung. The words earlier this month of Professor Alessandro Strumia, who was suspended from working with the European nuclear research center, Cern, served as a reminder of the great accomplishments of Katherine Johnson, who recently turned 100. Celebrate indeed. Strumia also claimed in his controversial comments that physics is “becoming sexist against men.” “Let’s celebrate our sister leader, Katherine Johnson,” NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis, Jr., said this week. “We’re reminded,” Chavis said, “of Johnson, who hand-crunched the numbers for America’s first manned space flight – a feat that finally got its

Big Screen acknowledgement just two years ago. Katherine Johnson’s historic contributions to the evolution of applied mathematics and aerospace science epitomizes her genius to overcome the scientific challenges of her generation.” “Today, African American women in particular should be inspired by the example of Katherine Johnson in STEM career fields,” Chavis said. “The NNPA salutes Johnson’s transformative legacy that is no longer hidden.” The recipient of the 2015 National Medal of Freedom who was also recognized by People Magazine in 2016 as one of the 25 Women Changing the World, Johnson enjoyed a brilliant 33year career at NASA. That portion of her life story was featured on the big screen in “Hidden Figures,” the award-winning movie starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and

Katherine Johnson’s work at NASA’s Langley Research Center spanned 1953 to 1986 and included calculating the trajectory of the early space launches. (Photo: NASA Sean Smith / Wikimedia Commons)

Janelle Monáe. In an earlier interview, she told NNPA Newswire that she missed working. “I’d go back now,” she said. After leaving her teaching job in 1953, Johnson began working for NASA, “hand” calculating the trajectories for several space missions, including for the famed space flight of Alan Shephard, the first American in space, and the trajectory for the famed 1968 Apollo 11 flight to the Moon. “I’d do them over if I had to. I’d do anything for anyone,” she said. At an early age, Johnson developed enviable math skills that are recounted on the NASA website in featured piece titled, “The girl who loved to count.” “I counted everything. I counted the steps to the road, the steps up to church, the number of dishes and silverware I washed …

JOHNSON anything that could be counted, I did,” Johnson said. “I entered college, I was 15. I was going to be a math teacher because that was it. You could be a math teacher or a nurse, but I was told I would make a good research mathematician and they had me take all of the courses in the catalogue,” she said. (Read full story at:

rust r aises o ver $1 Trust raises ov $10 0 Million Cortland’s Kyle Richard named latest 2018 Capital National T eserv e Hist oric Black Sites preserv eserve Historic One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award Nominee to pr

MIAMI LAKES, FL ( — Cortland’s Kyle Richard is this week’s nominee for the 2018 Capital One Orange BowlFWAA Courage Award. Ri-

chard, a senior linebacker, was shot twice in the summer of 2017 after interrupting a sexual assault. “I realize that people do want to hear my voice,” Richard said

during a dating violence awareness event in the spring. “I have support from my whole football team. I have 100 guys supporting me through this, so that’s made it easy for me. But it’s still not an easy topic to talk about. It is a tough topic, but we need somebody to talk about it, especially from a male perspective.” Richard, along with a friend, pursued an assailant outside of a party on Long Island in July of 2017. The assailant pulled out a gun and shot at Richard three times, hitting him once in each leg. The 6-foot, 230-pound Lakeview, N.Y., native underwent intensive physical therapy

The National TTrrust for Historic Pr eser vation announced that one Preser eservation year after the launch of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund ,the organization has hit a funding milestone, raising more than $10M dollars for this $25M initiative.

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A Message From Our Publisher (Cont'd from FP) to distinguish disease-causing organisms, assess the situation as dire as it may seem and face it with Hope. The leader, if we can ascertain his capabilities as such, of this country has decided to do things as he sees fit through obscured vision as an ostrich with his head buried in the sand even though he appears to be from his point of view, “making America great again.” Then the question must be: “making America great again for whom?” He has chosen to discredit people of authority that have much more sense and credibility to access situations than he does, and it appears he would never have that ability. The platform of the person who sits in the White House as the president has discredited the office, embarrassed the military and is trying to make us believe that our Veterans of the armed forces are like the good-natured unintelligent, socially awkward Gomer Pyle led by Looney Toon’s Elmer Fudd, who habitually ends up seriously hurting himself and others. In elections after elections across this country, they have been beleaguered with disen-

franchisement, including voter suppression, fraudulent voting systems coupled with inside sabotage from those who masked their incompetence with ignorance and willful deceit while outside sources point fingers and blame people in leadership of maladroitness because their skin color is filled with more melanin than yours and their hair is not orange. To add insult to injury, those who appear to have a greater understanding for the need of inclusion of all people regardless of skin color, sexual preference, financial position, religion or any other factor except political party affiliation, have been left out in the cold. Perhaps there is one other connection to this moral decline of humanity – than the hidden suppressive nature of racism. How is it that when a Party has created a slate that has a White candidate, for the purpose of conversation let’s say the Florida Senate, and a Black candidate, for the purpose of conversation let’s say Florida Governor, on the same ticket and the emphasis is placed on “voting down Party lines”. Now, the White candidate gets 47,000 more votes than the Black candidate. It’s more than Party Politricks; it’s about a Race issue and not the race.

People in leadership positions talk about liberation, yet they do not include participation of all the people. The casualties of these types of behaviors that have come from the top down is already taking its toll. Word is that people have been told to step down or risk the possibilities of losing pensions and livelihoods. Once these vacancies have been established, let’s watch who is being placed in their position. Will it be those who have masked themselves as supporters of the communities in which they once served and under the auspices of a community leader only to be a community opportunist? Frustrated and somewhat confused, I find solace and peace in God’s Word: For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline. (NASV) Wanting to know “Why” I read Psalm 73: Why does God allow the wicked to prosper? Dear God in the name of Jesus. Help us to remember that You are a sovereign God and beside You there is no other. It is Your will that must be done. In Jesus’ name. Amen. WHERE GOD LEADS I WILL FOLLOW

The historic home of John and Alice Coltrane/National Trust for Historic Preservation By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent

The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced that one year after the launch of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund the organization has hit a funding milestone, raising more than $10M dollars for this $25M initiative. The Action Fund aims to uplift stories of African American achievement, activism, and community, crafting a narrative that expands a view of history, and that helps to reconstruct our national identity while inspiring a new generation of activists to advocate for diverse historic places, according to the announcement. “We are proud of how over this past year we’ve helped to broaden the conversation about the places that matter,” Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, said in a news release. “Since the launch of the Action Fund, we have seen overwhelming support across the country in saving spaces that tell the full American story.” Launched in partnership with national foundations, and with support from a National Advisory Council, including cochairs Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, and actress and director Phylicia Rashad, the Action Fund has changed the landscape of African American preservation. In year one, the Action Fund empowered youth through a hands-on preservation experience, modeled innovative approaches to interpreting and preserving African American cultural heritage at historic sites, continued on-the-ground

work protecting significant historic places, and launched a national grant program. “The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund has seen remarkable grassroots engagement, in the more than 800 grant applications asking for help protecting African American historic places, and in the tremendous community support at newly-launched National Treasures like the John and Alice Coltrane Home,” said Brent Leggs, director of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. “As we embark on year two of the Action Fund, we will continue working to foster a national landscape where every person can see themselves, their history, and their potential in our collective story,” Leggs said. In this inaugural year, the Action Fund was able to award 16 grants, totaling more than $1M, to preservation organizations across the country, with funding going to support the preservation of sites and stories of Black History. The grants, presented at Essence Festival this July, covered work in communities from Birmingham to the South Side of Chicago, including sites of struggle and strength, according to the announcement. “The Action Fund grant enabled us to move forward with the goal of transforming the August Wilson House into a community space, a hub of art, memory, and interpretation that will support young artists in Pittsburgh and across the country, and celebrate August Wilson’s legacy,” said Paul A. Ellis, Jr., Executive Director of the August Wilson House, an inaugural grant recipient. Ellis, an attorney, is also Wilson’s nephew and the founder

of the Daisy Wilson Artist Community, named after Wilson’s mother, Daisy. “This house and this community are more than just a place where August lived – they are the inspiration for his plays, and the physical representation of what he was able to accomplish,” he said. In addition to grant funding, the National Trust through its Action Fund has supported four new National Treasure designations, including the childhood home of singer Nina Simone, and Memphis-based Clayborn Temple, famed for its role in the Sanitation Workers’ Strike of 1968. In the coming year, the National Trust has pledged to continue work on key preservation efforts, including conducting research exploring the impact that preservation has on contemporary urban issues that disproportionately affect communities of color – equity, displacement and affordability. Additionally, support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) will continue, from celebrating their history to advocating for the reauthorization of the HBCU Historic Preservation Program which ensures that their histories and legacies are preserved. “The Action Fund draws support from a renowned group of leaders in academic, business, government, arts, and philanthropy, as well as the continued support of first-year lead funders Ford Foundation, The JPB Foundation, and others,” Leggs said.

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The New Mount Olive Baptist Church celebrates 100 years of community, service, and fellowship pastorates include the Calvary Baptist Church of Ocala, Florida from 1966 to 1970 and the Watula Baptist Church of Ocala, Florida from 1967 to 1970. He also pastored the New Saint John Baptist Church of Ocala, Florida from 1970 to 1974. Upon being led by the Spirit to relocate to Louisville, Kentucky to complete his theological education, Dr. Carter became the pastor of the Green

Dr. Marcus D. Davidson

East Africa. Reverend Wayne Lomax joined the ministerial staff in 1985 and served 12 years under the leadership of Dr. Mack King Carter. “Those years eclipsed any ministry experience that I’ve had, including serving as pastor of The Fountain for more than 20 years.” “Every great preacher in America visited Mount Olive under Dr. Carter’s tenure including the late Gardner C. Taylor, Dr. William Augustus Jones, Dr. Leon Sullivan, Dr. Joseph Jackson, Dr. Fred Shuttlesworth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Sr.,” said Reverend Lo-

By Charles Moseley PART II Beginning on November 25, 1918 and to this day the congregations of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, have opened their arms and their hearts to all those in search of a spiritual home. The church has been led by 11 pastors since its inception: Rev. G.T. Green, Rev. G.S.

Edwin Hamilton McClover, Rev. Walter Bryant and Rev. S. T. Stafford- 19181922; V. Henry P. Bragdon 1923-1930; Rev. C. H. Williams- 1933-1937; Rev. Oscar Warren Wells- 1937-1950; Rev. Robert Henry Lee- 1951-1961; Rev. George Edward Weaver1962-1982; Dr. Mack King Carter- 1982-2009; and Dr. Marcus D. Davidson- 2010Present. The following is a biographical account of the late Dr. Mack King Carter. Dr. Carter was anointed as a pastor/teacher in 1966. His

Rev. Wayne Lomax Castle Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky where he served from 1975 to 1981. After being led by the Holy Spirit to relocate to Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 1981, he became copastor with Dr. George E. Weaver for 16 months and in June 1982, he was voted, unanimously, to become the successor of Dr. George E. Weaver. Dr. Carter was the pastor/ teacher of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church from 1982 – 2009. Upon his retirement, he was named Pastor Emeritus. During his tenure at the New Mount Olive Baptist Church, many changes and improvements that are too numerous to mention have occurred. Many souls have been saved and many people have been taught the mystery of the Gospel. During his tenure, the mortgage on the current facility was burned in 1989. In addition, under his leadership, the New Mount Olive Baptist Church supported a full-time Missionary in Kenya,

Earl Thomas max. “Now begins the second century! I am confident that you will soar higher, dig deeper, stretch wider, and stand fast on the Firm Foundation,” added Reverend Wayne Lomax. The New Mount Olive Baptist Church is presently led by Reverend Dr. Marcus D.

(Cont'd from FP) Florida’s recount ended Sunday when all the state’s 67 counties — including Broward — submitted their final vote totals to Secretary of State Ken Detzner. During the recount, Snipes publicly talked about stepping down. “It is time to move on, to let someone else (do the job)” Snipes said. When a reporter asked whether she would resign, she said, “Well, I haven’t finalized that. I’ll just check with my family. They’ll tell me what I’m doing,” she said. Snipes had a history of legal issues during her time as supervisor of elections for the county. A judge ruled that she violated state and federal laws when she destroyed ballots too soon after the 2016 election, despite Tim Canova, a Democratic candidate in a primary race, taking her to court to preserve the ballots and a federal requirement that mandates ballots be kept for 22 months after an election. She was also named in a 2016 lawsuit over the John Morgan-inspired medical marijuana amendment that was missing from some absentee ballots, and other suit in 2018 regarding when and how her staff could open absentee ballots. Snipes was appointed to her position in 2003 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush after he removed her

predecessor, Miriam Oliphant, for gross negligence. Snipes went on to win re-election four times, most recently in 2016. Scott, the Republican Senate candidate, put Snipes at the center of his recount effort, suing her shortly before the recount began, and calling her out by name — along with Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Susan Bucher — during a televised statement on the steps of the governor’s mansion. Bush, the governor who appointed Snipes, perhaps sealed her fate. “There is no question that Broward County Supervisor of Elections Brenda Snipes failed to comply with Florida law on multiple counts, undermining Floridians’ confidence in our electoral process,” Bush wrote on Twitter last Monday. “Supervisor Snipes should be removed from her office following the recounts.” Reach Nancy Smith at or at (228) 282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith. CNN provided much of information for this story.

Dr. Mack King Carter pastor? “My initial perception of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church was quite positive. I saw a church that was open to new leadership, amenable to change, and ready to move progressively forward with ministry that would impact the lives of those within the church and community.” What would you consider your biggest challenge during your tenure at New Mt. Olive as well as your proudest moment during your ministry there? “My biggest challenge has been shifting the misconceived perception of the New Mount Olive Baptist Church within the community. A number of people that I encountered within the community felt the church did not welcome all people from the community to the church. Some even suggested that one had to be one of the “who’s who” within the community to be a part of the church. Needless to say, that is certainly not who we are

as a church. Also, I have seen the church embraced by the community in the most phenomenal way over the past several years.” “The proudest moment was a few years ago when we had a day of honoring the men of our community. I saw the morale and pride of black men shine so bright on that day. It is a day that I will never forget.” What impact has New

Mount Olive had on your life and more significantly, it’s historic impact on the community it has served, through ministry? “The church has helped me grow spiritually as well as socially from a personal perspective. The historic impact of the church in the community has been its unwavering determination to continue to ensure the people within our community are never forgotten in an ever-changing society.”

Levi Henry, Jr. and Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

NAACP Strongly urges Senate Rejection of Farr Nomination

Rosa Marie Saulsby

Brenda Snipes Resigns

Rev. George E. Weaver

Davidson, Senior Pastor. Reverend Dr. Marcus Demond Davidson is a native of Tuscumbia, Alabama. He is the son of Rev. Dr. Green Davidson, III and Mrs. Barbara BostickDavidson. He has four siblings: Vanessa Batten, Latresha Davidson-Woods, Rev. Green Davidson, IV, and LaBradford Davidson. He is married to Mrs. Yvokia Jones-Davidson; they have one child, Layla Alexandria. He is the Senior Pastor of New Mount Olive Baptist Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and President and CEO of PMD Ministries, Inc., offering seminars, lectures, workshops, and curricula focusing on leadership. Rev. Davidson is a graduate of Deshler High School in Tuscumbia, Alabama. In further studies, he received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in Normal, Alabama; Master of Divinity from Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama; and a Doctor of Ministry with an emphasis in Black Church Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has studied at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas and abroad at the Caribbean Graduate School of Theology, Kingston, Jamaica, West In-dies. What was your perception of the New Mt. Olive Baptist Church upon your initial arrival during the vetting process leading up to your appointment as Sr.

BALTIMORE — The NAACP strongly condemns Thomas Farr’s nomination and the Senate’s scheduling of his vote. The nation just experienced national elections which are not yet over, and which were tainted by egregious voting rights violations. That Majority Leader McConnell chooses this moment in time to vote on a judicial nominee known as the vote-suppressor-in-chief is not lost on anyone. It is a slap in the face to communities of color everywhere. Thomas Farr poses a serious threat to civil rights, especially

since he would preside over a jurisdiction with a large African American population. Even among dangerous Trump nominees, Farr stands out for his Thomas Farr (Photo Scree MSNBC) decades-long crusade to disenfranchise African Americans. He learned how to intimidate Black voters from segregationist Senator Jesse Helms and helped turn North Carolina into ground zero for voter suppression tactics. His nomination is a travesty. His confirmation would be heresy. We believe the American people want tolerance and unity, rather than hate and divisiveness, and that applies to the federal courts, too. We urge each and every Senator to reject this judicial throwback to white supremacy and segregation. The people of North Carolina and our entire country deserve better than this.

Attorney’s Complaint on Behalf of Bill Cosby is Rejected

Bill Cosby with publicists Andrew Wyatt and Ebonee Benson. (Photo provided by Ebonee Benson) By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent While comedian Bill Cosby continues to languish inside the walls of a Pennsylvania prison, the comedian is receiving unexpected support from the outside. A group of lawyers and individuals, who are not party to Cosby’s criminal trials, filed misconduct allegations against Montgomery County, Pa. Judge Steven T. O’Neill and District Attorney Kevin Steele. The complaint, filed with the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, accused both O’Neill and

Steele of prejudice against Cosby. It is the same body that received a complaint from Cosby’s wife, Camille, in September. The board rejected the new complaint because it noted that its jurisdiction and authority is limited to enforcement of the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct – a set of minimum ethical standards with which all attorneys must abide. “While the Rules are quite broad in their scope, they simply do not prohibit all conduct by an attorney which might be considered as unprofessional, inappropriate, or unethical,” Alan

J. Davis, the disciplinary counsel with the board wrote in his findings. The group which filed the allegations is led by Baton Rouge, La., Attorney Gavin Richard who also participated in an online petition decrying the conduct of O’Neill and Steele. Richard and the group alleged ethical and constitutional violations they said took place as a result of the prosecution of Cosby, who is now serving a three to 10-year prison term after being convicted of aggravated indecent assault. The actions of Steele and his assistants were “prejudiced and overzealous,” the group said. They have previously pointed to numerous actions by O’Neill and Steele, including at least two racially-charged remarks made during jury selection by both of Steele’s assistants and O’Neill’s failure to sanction them for it. Additionally, they’ve noted that O’Neill pushed for a guilty verdict by, among numerous other actions, failing to instruct the jury to properly consider that Cosby’s team appeared to have proven in court that the statute of limitations had expired – making the case an illegal prosecution. (Read full story at:

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The Spirit of Unity, Winter Festival of Faith 2018, Saturday, Nov. 24 & 25 at The Rev. Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park, 2520 W. Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., admission is free. For more info (954) 2143632.Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Fla. For cost and additional info go to

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City of Lauderhill Vice Mayor Howard Berger to receive public service award at the Hope Awards & Benefit Gala, Saturday, Nov. 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the Inverrary Country Club, 3501 Inverrary Blvd., Lauderhill, Fla. To purchase tickets log onto Eventbrite or for more info call (786) 3564986. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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All Events will be held at Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library, 2800 N.W. Ninth Ct., Pompano Beach, Fla. For additional info call (954) 3577670. *Basic Computer Instruction on Mondays and Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn the ins and out of the desktop computer including hardware, softwear, and the internet. No prior experience is necessary. * Collier City Photo Shoot, Monday, Dec. 3, 10, and 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come and take photo of yourself, your family, and friends as a way to celebrate the holiday season. * Itch to Stitch, Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 10 and 12 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to crochet holiday gifts. Some supplies will be provided.

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Join us in celebrating the portraits of Artist Yvette Michele Wednesday, Dec. 5-9 at Mana Wynwood Convention Center, 318 N.W. 23 St., Miami, Fla. artblend. Artist Agency Booth 105 & 108 Spectrum Miami art show. 13th annual Ribbons for the Children Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m., at RIVA Residences Fort Lauderdale Luxury Owners' Lounge, 1180 N. Federal Hwy., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○

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Republicans: The Party of Whiteness in 2018 By Roger Caldwell In 2018, all Americans would like to believe that racism is over, and the society is moving toward equality and certain inalienable rights for everyone. Both parties, the Democrats and Republicans, should respect every American based on the content of their character, as opposed to the color of their skin. But with the election in 2016, President Donald Trump is the leader of the Republican Party, and it is going in the wrong direction. Instead of the Republican Party working to be more diverse and reflecting the rainbows of the different cultures and races in the society, the party has become primarily, exclusively white. This has created a division in the country, which appears to be growing.

“When Thomas Jefferson wrote that ‘all men are created equal,’ he did not mean that all men were equal in all respects. In other places he wrote with conviction about the existence of a natural aristocracy among men, based upon virtue and talent,” says John Van Til, writer at Foundation for Economic Education. It was very easy for our founders to extol the virtues of equality on one hand, and on the other hand, own slaves and whip a human being into submission. Based on wealth, power, and violence, our great founders massacred an entire nation, as if they did not exist, justifing their actions through religious, economic and political liberty. Hypocrisy has always been a reality in America, saying one thing and doing another. Once White men in

America realized they could abuse and enslave people of color around the world, and no one would challenge their authority, the great society was born. America has always been a racist society, but with civil rights, voter rights, political and economic rights, people of color believed that equality and Democratic principles were just around the corner. There have been tremendous strides in equality, in every aspect of the society, and with the election of the first Black president, there was change in the air. But in 2016, a new ideology of racisms and xenophobia took over American politics, and Donald Trump became president. “Trump’s victory was regarded as the elevation to the highest office of a political misfit, when it was actually a return to normalcy. The

Another Wake Up call for native Black Americans By Kevin Palmer A May 3, 2018 Intelligencer article titled, America Will Only Remain ‘Majority White’ If Blacks Remain an Underclass, is another wake up call for African Americans. The article states, in order to increase their numbers Whites developed a more inclusive definition “for whiteness.” “This meant if Latinos and Asians “become White,” European Americans’ claim to racial dominance is secured. Whites feared their dominant position in the American racial hierarchy would end if African Americans, Asians, Latinos, and Arabs embraced a unifying “nonwhite” identity.” Expectedly, this expanded definition for whiteness assured African-American isolation in the smaller subordinate racial category. In his book titled, A Black History Reader, Dr. Claud Anderson summarized the racial situation in America. He wrote, “The founding fathers purposely constructed the societal position of Blacks and Whites. Blacks were to be property that served Whites. The Constitution assured the mal-distribution of nearly 100 percent of the nation’s wealth and resources into the hands of Whites, who subsequently bequeathed their unearned wealth, power, rights, privileges and resources into the hands of succeeding generations. Contrarily, the descendants of slaves were left impoverished.” Continuing, “It is fundamental to the founding of America that Blacks would always be pressed to the bottom and that Whites would always retain the superiority over Blacks. That relationship endures today. A few Blacks have become visible as public officials, athletes, entertainers and media personalities, but there is little connection between their elevated public images and the low socioeconomic status of the Black masses.” Show me an African American who says race no longer matters, and I’ll show you a delusional house Negro.

Trump, the Republicans and the Neo-Confederate Objective Bill Fletcher, Jr. is the former president of TransAfrica Forum By Bill Fletcher, Jr. It became very clear to anyone who was watching that in the lead up to the November 6th elections, Trump and his allies focused on two things: putting their hands on your wallets and, in order to do that, reinforce the idea that the USA is a white republic (and keep white people thinking about that and only that). To put it another way, they want to restore the Confederacy. Trump had many tactical options in the weeks prior to the election as a way of inspiring his base. He could have played to the economy which has continued to grow, largely as a result of decisions made during the Obama era but claimed by Trump. The problem is that the results of the economic improvements have been very uneven and working-class people have largely stagnated. Despite that, he could have made the argument. Trump regularly fudges the truth. Trump and his Republican acolytes chose a different route, one with a long history in US politics. They first used the Justice Kavanaugh hearings to reaffirm male supremacy, making it appear that men are under attack in the USA and that women’s concerns about sexual assault are misplaced. This rally the white men challenge was followed by an equally nefarious tactic: a call for an all-out mobilization against a mythical, so-called immigrant invasion coming from Central America. Facts to the contrary, Trump—and repeated by some of his key allies—argued that the several thousand REFUGEES in Central America were threatening the US way of life. The response was truly remarkable and clarified that Trump’s messages are not for the US electorate but for the white American electorate. When he and his followers suggest that their way of life is being threatened, they mean that the privileged status of whites and men—compared with people of color and women, respectively—has been called into ques-

tion by those of us who believe in democracy and justice. Thus, Trump plays not to an abstract fear but a specific fear among large numbers of whites, a fear of the future. What do Trump and his supporters want? The critical image that is now materializing is that of the Confederate States of America. Right-wing populists have for decades seen in the Confederacy the iconic moment when white supremacy and male supre-macy held sway and when forces of dissent— forces for justice—were literally and figuratively chained. The right-wing fear of the future is a fear of not only the demographic changes in the USA, which will render white majority rule moot by the middle of the 21st century, but there is a broader fear that successes on the road toward a consistent democracy will mean a change in the relations between men and women, but also changes in the economy as wealth polarization along with the environmental catastrophe will necessitate a different set of economic priorities. Trump and his allies have played to fears that have existed in the white (Read full story at

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permanence of the Trumpian discourse, and the heyday of white nationalism under a president prone to stoking the flame of division and prejudice,” explains Professor Serge Ricard, writer of the Trump Phenomenon. Trump has connected with White voters who are anti-immigration and racially conservative, and the Republican Party has made the president a mouthpiece for White nationalism. There are times that Trump represents almost 45% of Americans who are White, and many of these residents are motivated by racial resentment. The rule of law under Trump is about what you are able to get away with, and between 6.7 million and 9.2 million primary White voters switched their allegiance and vote from Obama to Trump, according to writer Zack Beauchamp of the Vox. The reality of racism is deeply entrenched in the alt-right, and the redneck mindset of White America. White racial prejudice and bigotry has raised its ugly head again, and the Republican Party is following their hero, leader, and mouthpiece, President Trump. When the president says something ridiculous and racist, the White Republican Party acts as if the statement never existed like slavery, or the destruction of the Indian nation. The challenge for the Democratic Party in 2018 is to speak the truth, and address lies for what they are, when they are spoken. America must be elevated to include the diversity of the entire country, with all its colors and cultures. How long will it take prejudice, bigotry and White nationalism to be erased from the Republican Party, with leaders like Trump, and replaced with progressive ideas and healing?

Hillar y Clinton Hillary Clinton’’s Defeat Became a Pink Wave

The New Abnormal By Robert C. Koehler Thousand Oaks, California: a city torn apart by wildfire and gunfire. Both are unnatural disasters. “This is the new abnormal,” Gov. Jerry Brown said this week at a press conference, talking about global warming and the three voracious fires that are tearing up his state, one of them — the Camp Fire, in Northern California — the deadliest and most destructive in the state’s history. “Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they’re going to intensify,” Brown said. In Thousand Oaks, northwest of Los Angeles, the new abnormal met the new abnormal. On Nov. 7, a gunman entered the Borderline Bar and Grill in that city and started shooting, killing 11 patrons and a police officer. He then shot himself. Several of the patrons, including one of the victims, had survived the mass shooting a year earlier at a Las Vegas concert. There was no time to grieve. A day later, as the Washington Post reported, “catastrophic twin blazes had formed a ring of fire around this Southern California community. The second tragedy of the week had somehow dwarfed the first.” Thousands of people were forced to evacuate their homes. Gunfire and wildfire. This is a country at war with itself in multiple ways. The shooter, Ian David Long — described, of course, as a troubled loner — was a former Marine who had been deployed in Afghanistan. Is there a relationship between the shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill and the fact that Long had been trained as a machine-gunner? The American mainstream media are far more willing, it seems, to acknowledge a relationship between human activity and climate change, including the increasing intensity of natural disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires, than they are willing to acknowledge a relationship between killing abroad, which is called war, (Read full story at

Look to the right for corruption By Tom H. Hastings

This year Cambridge Scholar Publishers issued a book edited by Barry University professor Laura Finley and me, Trumpism: The Politics of Gender in a Post-Propitious America. The inspiration for the book was the bizarre and troubling fact that more than 50 percent of white women who went to the polls in 2016 voted for President Trump. If this fact and white women’s support for the confirmation of now-Justice Kavanaugh taught liberals anything, it is that political views are not so sharply divided along gender lines — even when the issue is sexual assault — as stereotypes might dictate. This lesson was encapsulated by a conversation I had in November 2016 while door-knocking for the Democratic ticket in Pennsylvania, a major swing state. A 50-something white woman who said she was a bus driver expressed skepticism toward voting blue because she thought (Hillary Clinton’s running mate) Tim Kaine was a “pussy.” I couldn’t help but think about Trump’s then-recent Access Hollywood “grab them by the pussy” remark, which I, along with many others, mistakenly thought would be his death knell. Unlike me, this woman was unfazed by Trump’s brazen sexism. Once I realized this I stressed Clinton’s hawkish foreign policy record as a counterweight to Kaine’s perceived lack of masculinity. I did this out of desperation: what moved me in November 2016 was not love for Hillary but disdain for Donald. This midterm, 2018, is a different year. The other half of white women in 2016, nearly 70 percent of Latinas, and more than 90 percent of black women who voted blue were not denied this November. While they failed to elect the first female president, almost 4,000 women ran for public office in the 2018 midterm elections. Only a handful of states fielded fewer female candidates than in past elections. More women ran for governor than ever before, and, on the national level, a

When I was growing up a long time ago there was a presumption of prudential integrity for politicians. Yes, I suppose I was naïve, but as a boy from Minnesota I came to think of politics as a clean game in my formative years. This may explain why I am nonplussed now with the acceptance of such low standards by so many, and frankly, at this time most of them with the lowest standards seem to be aligned with Trump out on the right. The voters rejected Trump for the most part in our midterms, but this is normal, and he lost less than Obama did in 2010, so my question is really for the voters, not the buck-naked corrupt Trump wing controlling the Republican party and the base. Why do you accept, tolerate, and even identify with the dishonesty, the cheating, and the incivility of the leadership of your party? What is wrong with you? Can you help me understand why dirty tricks and robbing people of voting rights is fine by you? Yes, I’d love to excuse them. Oh, they are working class and ignorant fools, how can they be expected to keep up? How can we hope that they will have decent values? They are all undereducated redneck fools. Hogwash. When I finally finished my single parenthood and was able to contemplate college, I knew I’d have to focus. I did. I graduated top of my class, summa cum laude, tied with no one. First. I got all A grades with a C brain plus pure obdurate working-class discipline. And here is the thing I knew. My journeyman when I was an apprentice in the carpenter’s union (1544 in Minneapolis) was far smarter than I ever was. His memory outdid mine every single day. Working people are exactly as smart, and often smarter, than scholars. I’m an academic with a doctorate, and they don’t give those things out on box tops. It is tough. But most working people never get a shot at it. In my case, I was given a chance. Some get loans, some get scholarships, and in my case, my father took early retirement for a big bonus. He then paid for my bachelor’s degree. Yes, I still had to work, to pay for my cabin, my truck, gas, and my food and everything else, but I got tuition paid. Damn lucky. I never got my first college degree until I was 43-years-old, but I got that

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eric S. George Funeral Home ASSAM Funeral services for the late Monica Salazar – Assam, 79 were held at Nativity Catholic Church Hollywood, Fla. Interment: Fred Hunters Hollywood Memorial Gardens. BAKER Funeral services for the late Clarence Baker, 85 were held on Friday November 16 at the Eric S. George Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, Fla.

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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ROBINSON Funeral services for the late Walter Bernard Robinson, 67 were held Saturday, November 10 at New Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Fla., officiating Rev. D.L Powell Pastor.

Harris Chapel United Methodist Church 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.

Mount Calvary Baptist Church 800 N.W. 8th Avenue Pompano Beach, Florida 33060 Church Telephone: (954) 943-2422 Church Fax: (954) 943-2186 E-mail Address: SCHEDULE OF SERVICES SUNDAY

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

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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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GRAY Funeral services for the late Charles Gray, 73 were held on Wednesday, November 14 at the Eric S. George Funeral Home Chapel. Interment: Caballero-Rivero Dade North Cemetery.

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!”

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


SIMMONS Funeral services for the late Gail Simmons, 64 were held November 10 at Friendship Baptist Church in Hallandale, officiating Rev. Robert Ingram Pastor. Interment: Hallandale Beach Cemetery.

WANZA Funeral services for the late Charles Wanza, Jr. “Bubba”, 63 were held November 16 at at Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tallahassee, Fla.

James C. Boyd Funeral Home HAMP Funeral services for the late Dorothy Hamp82 were held November17 at James C. Boyd’s Memorial Chapel with Rev. Dr. W.M. Ramsey officiating Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens. HOLLOWAY Funeral services for the late Priscilla Gale Holloway – 64 were held November 17 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness with Brother Scan Tucker officiating.

McWhite's Funeral Home SPENCER Funeral services for the late Gloria Jean Parker Spencer - 67 were held November 17.

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Home Going Celebration for Fannie Kennedy Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 viewing from 6 - 8 p.m., at James C. Boyd Funeral Home, 2324 Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Family & Friends Fish Fry from 8 to 10 p.m., at the Home of Ronnie & Janice Hayes, 3248 N.W. 43 Pl. Okld Park, Fla. Saturday, Nov. 24, Funeral Services at 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church Piney Grove 4699 W. Okld Park Blvd., Fla.

Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens, 3201 N.W. 19 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Repast: First Baptist Church Piney Grove Family & Friends Repast, from 1 to 6 p.m., at the Home of Ronnie & Janice Hayes, 3248 N.W. 43 Pl., Okl Park, Fla.


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12th Annual “E at S mar t, M or e, M aintain D on ain H oliday Challenge ” “Eat Smar mart, Moove M Mor ore, Maintain Don on’’t G Gain Holiday Challenge” By Bob LaMendola Florida Department of Health in Broward Would you like an activity that helped 91 percent of participants maintain their weight – or even lose pounds – during the holiday feasting season? If you said yes, join the 12th Annual “Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge,” a seven-week, email-based event that helps

Broward County Commission unanimously approves Holness’ item to name Courthouse Wing after TJ Reddick (Cont'd from FP) by a group of attorneys because minorities were not being afforded equal access into law firms as attorneys, partners, court appointments in civil or criminal cases, appointments to judgeships, and did not receive respect as attorneys in Broward County, Florida. The attorneys named the Association after Thomas J. (TJ) Reddick, Jr., the first Black attorney to open an office and practice law in Broward County, the first Black attor-

ney appointed to the Broward County Court of Record, and the first Black person elected to serve as Circuit Court Judge in the State of Florida. Also, in attendance at Tuesday’s commission meeting in support of Commissioner Holness’ item were members of the TJ Reddick Bar Association, President Elect Christopher Saunders, and Immediate Past President Harold F. Pryor Jr. “I think it is fitting for Judge Reddick to be honored, the TJ Reddick Bar Association is the only African American Associa-

tion in Broward County. His name is one of those few names a lot of African American attorneys encounter when they cone to Broward County. The commission placing a symbol that young African-American attorneys and the clients they represent could see as they walk through the courtroom acknowledges the struggles and the successes of being an African American attorney in Broward County and would mean a lot to the TJ Reddick Bar Association,” said Saunders.

people avoid the bulge of holiday overindulging. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County encourages everyone to sign up. It’s free. You do it in the privacy of your home. And it works. Surveys show that many people gain one to five pounds over the holidays and may never lose it. Sounds small but it adds up over time. But suppose you didn’t gain it? The point of the Holiday Challenge is not necessarily to lose weight (although who would complain). The point is to maintain your weight amid all the temptations, feasts, family parties, soirees and endless bowls of sweets that we all encounter over the holidays. Last year, of those who reported their results after the Challenge, 64 percent maintained their weight, 18 percent lost three to five pounds and 9 percent lost over five pounds.

The motto of the challenge is: “This year, the only thing that should be stuffed for the holidays is the turkey.” Think of the Challenge as a friend encouraging you to be strong. Until December 31, your “friend” will email you daily tips, a weekly newsletter, a weekly challenge, recipes, social media posts and logs for you to track your food, weight and activities. With balance and moderation, you can enjoy the holiday festivities and remain healthy. Choose fresh fruit instead of candy. Limit fat, salt and sweet foods. Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music or going for a brisk walk after holiday meals. Make it a goal to be active for at least 30 minutes a day. The Challenge gives you tips on how to: · Survive a holiday party;

· Manage holiday stress; · Be a healthy host; · Fit physical activity into your day; · Prepare quick and healthy meals; and · Serve healthy holiday recipes. Last year, 28,618 people participated nationwide – 56 percent more than the previous year. That includes 3,471 Floridians through Healthiest Weight Florida (second largest state behind North Carolina). More than 85 percent of the participants reported they were confident they could keep off the weight or lose more after the holidays were over, using the tips they learned from the Challenge. Get more information and enroll: activities/holiday.html or holiday-challenge-live.

Crump Launches Federal Lawsuit

said. “As long as Gilead continues to cravenly value profits over people, people living with HIV/AIDS will suffer from a lower quality of life. This must stop.” For more information about the lawsuit, visit http://

(Cont'd from FP) less than 13% of the U.S. population, in 2017 Black and African American residents made up 44% of those who were newly diagnosed with HIV. Similarly, while Hispanics and Latino Americans made up 17% of the U.S. population in 2015, they made up 22% of people living with HIV. African Americans have the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses compared to other races and ethnicities. More than seventy percent of all new HIV diagnoses in 2017 were in gay and bisexual men, as well as transgender women, of all races. “Gilead’s chosen path of inaction is causing tremendous harm to persons with HIV, par-

ticularly Black and LGBT minorities, by keeping drugs that would reduce deadly symptoms off the market and unavailable to those who need them the most,” said Crump. “This lawsuit is a major step in the right direction toward racial equity in communities unevenly affected by HIV and exploited by pharmaceutical Goliaths like Gilead.” Because Gilead willfully grips the market with its monopoly, it can charge exorbitant prices – more than $3,700 a month – at the expense of the populations who need it most. “This new lawsuit seeks justice for underrepresented communities, providing a voice to those who may not have ever received one otherwise,” Crump

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Dwyane Wade returns to Miami Heat after birth of child

FILE – In this Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018 file photo, Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade acknowledge the cheers from the crowd during the second half of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the Chicago Bears in Miami Gardens, Fla. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade have a baby. The couple on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 announced they’ve welcomed a baby girl into the world. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach, File)

A Proud Paper For A Proud People tion level his team was going through during their current slide, and he tried to keep in touch via texts and phone calls. Wade kept up conditioning while in Los Angeles, but knows it’ll take a little time to get back to the level of a few weeks ago. “I was so excited for my daughter to come, but I was like, ‘Baby, you know, your dad was playing in a rhythm. You could have waited a little while,'� Wade said. “I was just getting my legs under me, but great things happened to make me miss time, and now I’m back.� The baby was born via a

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retirement during the offseason because of the baby’s arrival, not making the decision to return until just before training camp in September. He questioned whether it was fair to his wife and their family to still be playing and traveling while raising a baby. He also wondered if he could handle being away from his daughter for long stretches. “We went through a lot to get here,� Wade said. “My family had to come first right now.�


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MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade is back with the Miami Heat after missing nearly two weeks for the birth of his daughter. Wade went through Miami’s gameday shootaround and will play Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets. He said his wife and their daughter are doing well, which allowed him to feel comfortable to resume his season. “I’m going to obviously miss them,� Wade said. “It was tough leaving my little girl and my wife, but I’ve got to get back to work and I’ll see them again soon.� Wade was away from the team for about two weeks because of the birth of his daughter. Wade and his wife Gabrielle Union-Wade welcomed Kaavia James Union Wade into the world on Nov. 7. Wade had been in Los Angeles with them since then, and flew back to Miami on Monday. His return is most certainly welcome in Miami. The Heat went 2-5 in his time away, falling to 6-10 this season. They’ll play Tuesday without guards Goran Dragic (knee), Tyler Johnson (hamstring) and Dion Waiters (ankle recovery from last season). “There’s a human element to this business and to the game and it is the most important thing,� Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “The connection, your spirit, your emotions, everybody getting on the same page, and just seeing Dwyane back here with the guys there was a tangible boost in the energy today in the shootaround.� Wade is Miami’s third-leading scorer this season at 14.3 points per game. He was in his best stretch of the season when he got the call that his daughter was coming a few weeks earlier than planned. He said he felt the frustra-

Union-Wade — who revealed she had nine miscarriages in her 2017 book “We’re Going to Need More Wine� — has taken time off work to bond with the new arrival. She’s been filming an upcoming project in Los Angeles, and when she’s back on the set, Kaavia James will be close by. “She was working right up until we got the call,� Wade said. “When she goes back, my daughter will be going back to the set with her. Her trailer is fit for everything, the baby’s safety, everything. So our baby will be there with her when she’s at work.� Wade strongly considered



surrogate, which is one of the reasons why Wade felt taking a brief paternity leave was necessary. Parents of surrogate-carried babies are told the first few days after the birth are critical to forging deep bonds with their child. Lots of skin-to-skin contact and talking to the baby helps with the bonding. So Wade needed time, and the Heat supported the plan. “So much of this league is mood of the team and confidence,� Heat guard Josh Richardson said. “With him back, we’re definitely a lot more confident moving forward.�

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ARIES-Hardly anyone alive learns new skills in an instant so cut yourself some slack if you feel you’ve made a beginner’s mistake somewhere. Mistakes are part of the learning process that is called Life so selfcorrect and proceed with happiness. This week family is the source of my joy. 32, 37, 55

SCORPIO-Communications flow smoothly this week and your intuition is high. A wild idea for money making could come to you, but you should let it walk on by. Stick to your current plan and use your imagination for ways to streamline your work. I seek to understand but not to judge. 4, 31, 53

TAURUS-A happy week is in store for sociable souls. Lots of friends and a party or two or three will keep your energy bright. Use caution while driving and watch for a pleasant surprise or two this week. 4, 38, 41

SAGITTARIUS-The companionship of a dear friend or partner is special this week. You’ll be deeply grateful that you have this person in your life. Friendship like this is a blessing, and you are truly blessed with many people who love and care for you. Letting them know how much you care will warm and charm the hearts near to you. Facing down challenges makes me feel good about myself. 3, 24, 54 CAPRICORN-You continue in your togetherness cycle. Communications between partners are tender and cooperative. You who are single are attracting new admirers every week. The feeling that you share the thoughts of another will be very strong this week. Call this person and validate your intuition. A new invitation arrives in the mail this week. I know that enjoyment is a state of mind this week. 40, 47, 49

CANCER-Busy week as the energy around you seems super-charged. With everyone rushing about you will wonder how you’ll get anything done much less the things you feel you must get done. Not to worry. Stay calm and flexible and a way will be found. The truth is in me. I bring it forth. 6, 19, 20

AQUARIUS-What’s this –a fly in your personal soup? Fish it out, and don’t sweat the small stuff this week. Keep your optimism revved up by remembering how unstoppably brilliant and wonderful you are. You can handle any situation with poise and grace. This week, practice your grace under a little pressure. You’ll be amazed and proud of yourself by how well you manage! The true path is mapped out by my impulses. VIRGO-A new version of an old project lands on 6, 22, 35 your desk this week, and you are not happy about the PISCES-Phone calls or letters come in from friends you added responsibility. Recognize it as an opportunity haven’t seen lately, and you’ll feel very happy with all their to find the good in all situations. Think of ways to news. You continue to feel very close to a partner, and enjoy this task and you’ll feel happier at the end of the romantic chat touches on deep subjects this week. Continue to explore your levels of intimacy. “How deep is your love?� week. 1, 39, 48 and “Ain’t no mountain high enough�! 16, 49, 51

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Is the FBI underreporting the surge in Hate Crimes? By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent

“Anti-Black or African American” bias accounted for nearly half of all crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, which rose 18 percent according to the FBI data, while “Anti-American Indian or Alaska Native,” “Anti-Multiple Races, Group,” and “Anti-Hispanic or Latino” hate crimes all increased over 20 percent (251, 180, and 427 incidents, respectively). (Photo: iStockphoto / NNPA)

The FBI has released it’s 2017 hate crimes statistics which revealed a 17 percent increase in incidents since 2016. In 2017 there were 8,493 victims and 6,307 known offenders. By comparison there were 7,509 victims and 5,727 known offenders in 2016, according to the data. “This report is a call to action – and we will heed that call,” Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a statement. “The Department of Justice’s top priority is to reduce violent crime in America, and hate crimes are violent crimes.”

The report contrasts with the prior year when there were 6,036 single-bias incidents, or occurrences where the perpetrator has one bias against a community or group. By comparison, in 2017, there were 7,106 single-bias incidents reported. According to the FBI, “58.1 percent were motivated by a race/ethnicity/ancestry bias, 22.0 percent were prompted by religious bias, 15.9 percent resulted from sexual-orientation bias and 1.7 percent were motivated by gender-identity bias.” “This [report] is shocking and requires Congress’s full attention,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said

The ‘Roots’ of Slavery and its lasting effects By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent This is Part 6 in a Series on Slavery in America Kunta Kinte: What’s snow, Fiddler? Fiddler: Never you mind, boy, never you mind. Let’s get on back to home. I got enough trouble teaching you the difference between manure and massa. ‘Course there ain’t all that much difference when you gets right down to it. “The first time he had taken the massa to one of these “highfalutin’ to-dos,” as Bell called them, Kunta had been all but overwhelmed by conflicting emotions: awe, indignation, envy, contempt, fascination, revulsion—but most of all a deep loneliness and melancholy from which it took him almost a week to recover. He couldn’t believe that such incredible wealth actually existed, that people really lived that way. It took him a long time, and a great many more parties, to realize that they didn’t live that way, that it was all strangely unreal, a kind of beautiful dream the white folks were having, a lie they were telling themselves: that goodness can come from badness, that it’s possible to be civilized with one another without treating as human beings those whose blood, sweat, and mother’s milk made possible the life of privilege they led.” -- Alex Haley, “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.” “I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this na-

they remain dissatisfied with the response from this administration. Of 34 reportable bias motivation categories, all but five reported an increase in 2017. With 2,013 incidents reported, “Anti-Black or African American” bias accounted for nearly half of all crimes motivated by race or ethnicity, which rose 18 percent according to the FBI data, while “AntiAmerican Indian or Alaska Native,” “Anti-Multiple Races, Group,” and “Anti-Hispanic or Latino” hate crimes all increased over 20 percent (251, 180, and 427 incidents, respectively). “Anti-Arab” hate crime, which was reintroduced into the data collections in 201 after the category became “invalid” in 1996 and was eliminated in 2001, increased 100 percent last year, with 102 incidents reported. (Read full story at:

Mississippi Campaign Heats Up (Cont'd from FP)

Slave quarters at the McLeod Plantation, which has been turned into a museum on the outskirts of Charleston, S.C. (Photo by Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission) tion will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, sons of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character…” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

The year was 1976 and America was still feeling the aftershocks of the Civil Rights Movement, the murder, some eight years earlier, of Martin Luther King Jr., and the end of the Vietnam War. King’s death along with the murders of President John F. Kennedy and his brother, Sen. Robert Kennedy – both of whom were proponents of civil rights and equal opportunity for African Americans and other minorities – were reminders to many that America still had not come close to achieving the slain leader’s “Dream.” What’s more, in 1976, author Alex Haley released his family’s autobiography, “Roots.” It would not only go on to become a best-selling book, but

a much-watched and talked about ABC Television miniseries that re-awakened everyone to the darkness, horrors and inhumanity of the transatlantic slave trade. “Alex Haley tapped into something very special, the idea that Black Americans have been, are, and will always be compelled to understand their history,” said Dr. Kellie Jackson, an assistant professor of Africana Studies at Wellesley University. Jackson’s research focuses on slavery, abolitionists, violence as a political discourse, historical film, and Black Women’s History. (Read full story at:

Florida and Georgia Electoral Races City of Miramar Mayor welcomes (Cont'd from FP) voter protection program. By Kingston, Jamaican Delegation from this election season make clear that voter suppression is rampant and unchecked. At every turn, we encountered voter suppression across Georgia and Florida aimed squarely at African Americans, Latinos and other voters of color. While contested races end, we know that there are many who were disenfranchised and locked out because of malfeasance in some communities and gross negligence in others. In Georgia, we fought officials who found reasons to reject ballots of minority voters at higher rates, purged the registration rolls, consolidated polling sites and took other action directed at the state’s voters of color. In Florida, we fought racist robo calls, discriminatory signature match verification procedures, unprocessed mail ballots and other rules intended to silence Black and Latino voters. “As the dust settles, Congress must make restoration of the Voting Rights Act and election reform its highest priority in the new year. This election season stands as powerful evidence of the corrosive effect of voter suppression in our democracy today.” The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law leads Election Protection, the nation’s largest and longest-running

in a statement. “Shouldn’t this urgent crisis be the subject of the first postrecess Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today, instead of ramming through more Trump judges? Our lives are at stake,” Johnson said. Also, some organizations are skeptical of the FBI statistics and say underreporting remains a significant problem in its annual survey. In a statement, the Arab American Institute (AAI) expressed concern and disappointment with the release of the 2017 hate crime statistics. The organization claims that the data contained some glaring omissions, including three of the most severe acts of biasmotivated violence committed last year. And while career officials at the Department of Justice continue to demonstrate a commitment to serving communities and preventing hate crime, officials at the AAI said

way of its 866-OUR-VOTE hotline, more than 31,000 voters registered complaints on Election and more than 5,000 voters sought help between November 7 and November 16. Most calls received since Election Day came from voters in Florida and Georgia. About the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. Now in its 55th year, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is continuing its quest to “Move America Toward Justice.” The principal mission of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice for all, particularly in the areas of criminal justice, fair housing and community development, economic justice, educational opportunities, and voting rights. Contact Derrick Robinson, Lawyers’ C o m m i t t e e ,, (202) 662-8317

(Cont'd from FP) St. Andrew Municipal Corporation, Mr. Robert Hill; and the honorable mayor’s delegation from Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday, November 20th, for an Disaster and Emergency Management Best Practices presentation at the Miramar Police Department’s new Emergency Operations Center. Miramar City Manager Vernon E. Hargray and his staff will provide a comprehensive overview of the City’s response procedures during emergency situations. City staff will present on the following topics: 1. Prevention: Preventing human hazards, primarily from potential natural disasters or terrorist attacks (both physical and biological). 2. Preparedness: Emergency operating procedures of the Field Operations Center (FOC) and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). 3. Response: Roles, responsibilities, and measures taken for life, property, and environmental safety. 4. Recovery: Restoration of City operations. 5. Mitigation: Preventing or minimizing the impact of future emergencies.

Mayor Wayne M. Messam stated, “We are delighted to host The Honorable Mayor Delroy Williams and his delegation from Kingston, Jamaica, as we demonstrate our City’s preparedness for disaster and emergency situations. We are continuously working on improving our efforts to protect our City, and we are glad we can share this knowledge with our Sister City [Kingston] so that they may implement these safeguards in their community. “This is an opportunity for Miramar to provide emergency preparedness procedures on an international scale. South Florida and Caribbean islands face similar threats from hurricanes and the entire region must be prepared. We only hope that we can assist Kingston, Jamaica in preparing their operations for any unfortunate occurrences which may force them to put these plans into action.” The visit will culminate with a tour of the Miramar Cultural Center | ArtsPark, an indoor/ outdoor destination featuring an 800-seat state-of-the-art performing arts theater, Banquet Hall, Botanical Garden, versatile meeting spaces and Ansin Art Gallery.

she was surrounded by cattle rancher Colin Hutchinson and other supporters at a gathering in Tupelo. Hyde-Smith later tried to walk back the inflammatory com-ent, saying “In a comment on Nov. 2, I referred to accepting an invitation to a speaking engagement. In referencing the one who invited me, I used an exaggerated expression of regard, and any attempt to turn this into a negative connotation is ridiculous.” If the comment was an exaggerated expression of regard, many in the one-time civil rights hotbed — and many more from across the nation — didn’t see it that way. It not only ignited interest in the under-the-radar Senate race, it galvanized Espy’s supporters. “Senator Cindy HydeSmith’s shameful remarks prove once again how [President Donald] Trump has created a social and political climate that normalizes hateful and racist rhetoric. We’ve seen this in Florida from Ron DeSantis and others during this election season and denounce it,” NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson said in a statement. Trump has endorsed the incumbent senator. “Hyde-Smith’s decision to joke about ‘hanging,’ in a state known for its violent and terroristic history toward African Americans is sick. To envision this brutal and degenerate type of frame during a time when Black people, Jewish People and immigrants are still being targeted for violence by White nationalists and racists is hateful and hurtful,” Johnson said. According to the NAACP, Mississippi had 581 lynchings between 1882 and 1968, more than any other state. The state’s population has the highest percentage of African-Americans of any state, 37 percent according to the last census. “Any politician seeking to serve as the national voice of the people of Mississippi should know better. Her choice of words serves as an indictment of not only her lack of judgement, but her lack of empathy, and most of all lack of character,” Johnson said. Senator Hyde-Smith’s remark that she would “be on the front row” of a “public hanging” is repulsive and her flippant disregard for our state’s deep history of inhumanity tied to lynching is incensing,” said Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba. “What is worse is her tonedeaf justification for the comment,” said Lumumba, who’s African American. Activist Shaun King expressed his disbelief in the comment. “A sitting United States Senator. In Mississippi just said, ‘If he invited me to a public hanging, I’d be on the front row.’ Really? She just said this in the heart of lynching country. She’s running against a Black man. Unthinkable,” King said. The ACLU of Mississippi released a statement calling Hy-

de-Smith’s comments “Despicable and abhorrent.” “We expect and demand that Mississippi leaders represent and remain committed to inclusion and diversity. Sitting senators should not be referencing public hangings unless they are condemning them,” The ACLU’s statement said. Espy himself weighed in. “Cindy Hyde-Smith’s comments are reprehensible. They have no place in our political discourse, in Mississippi, or our country,” Espy said. “We need leaders, not dividers, and her words show that she lacks the understanding and judgment to represent the people of our state.” The race for the Senate out of Mississippi has grown in its importance since election day. With the Democrats taking control of the House, the party has continued to narrow the majority in the Senate. After a stunning victory in Arizona by Democrat Kyrsten Sinema, Republicans hold a narrow majority of 51 to 47, with two other Senate races still unresolved – in Florida between GOP Gov. Rick Scott and Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and the Mississippi contest. Espy once served as agriculture secretary under Democratic President Bill Clinton and, in 1986, he became the first African American from Mississippi elected to Congress since Reconstruction. Born in Yazoo City, Mississippi, Espy received a B.A. from Howard University in 1975 and then attended law school at the University of Santa Clara where he received his J.D. degree in 1978. Espy returned to Mississippi after law school and worked as an attorney for Central Mississippi Legal Services from 1978 to 1980, according to Between 1980 and 1984 Espy served as assistant secretary of the Public Lands Division for the State of Mississippi and then took the post of assistant State Attorney General for Consumer Protection, a position he held until 1985. The following year Mike Espy won the 2nd Congressional District seat which included much of the Mississippi Delta, becoming the only Black Congressman to represent a predominately rural district. Now, Espy is trying to unseat Hyde-Smith, whose comments have those outside of Mississippi rallying for him as the runoff approaches on Nov. 27. “North Mississippi and Memphis are connected at the hip,” said Corey Strong, the Shelby County Democratic Party Chair in Memphis. “We are looking at potentially having a day of action for members of Shelby County and a concerted effort to go down and support Mike Espy in that race,” Strong said. At the 2012 Agricultural Outlook Forum, “Moving Agriculture Forward” in Arlington, VA, held on Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7 former Secretaries of Agriculture sat on the plenary panel “Visions of the Future” hosted by current Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Congressman Mike Espy (MS) speaks out during the panel discussions. USDA photo by Robert Nichols.

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Like a tree… Bearing new fruit in a new season 2018 has been a year, not all amazing, not all awful…just a year, filled with ups and downs, highs and lows. The truth is, no matter what the year has brought into our lives, I think many of us would agree that we are in exciting times. Nothing is exactly as it seems, things are unpredictable, and we are learning to expect the unexpected. But here’s some great news: No matter the season, God is “all God” all the time. He is the same yesterday, today, and

forever. This means that, no matter what it looks like, God is always on His job even when have uncertainty. Times change, and things evolve. Even this platform, ‘On the Scene’ is evolving, embracing me, Audrey Aaron, as a new writer to the team. Personally, not much about my life today looks as it did at the beginning of this year. Some changes I saw coming, others, not so much. At my core, I’m the same, but some things about my life look drastically dif-

ferent, all in just a few months. During those months (and even now), I’ve struggled with the idea of my life’s productivity, success, and significance. But I stand on the truth that although, seasons come and go, God remains consistent. He’s not a seasonal God, and since we are created in His image, by design, we’re built to endure through changing times as well. Ecclesiastes 3 lists the various times and seasons of life. While they are inevitable and un-avoidable, it’s important to know

that you yourself are not seasonal. Here’s more great news: When you stick with God and trust the perfection of His timing, you never lose your ability to be productive, significant, and bear good fruit, no matter what life says now. Psalms 1:3 says that man who delights in the Word of the Lord “shall be like a tree planted by rivers of water, bringing forth his fruit in his season.” Let’s talk about trees for a moment. When God says that

The first annual “I Am My Daughter’s Keeper Brunch” aims to examine, transform and strengthen mother /daughter relationships MIAMI, FL — On Sunday, December 9, 2018, the 1st Annual “I Am My Daughter’s Keeper Brunch” comes to South Florida. Event creators Sommer Walker-Davis, Director of Cultivate Growth, a local nonprofit organization and Tiffany Ellis, CEO of Perennial Resolutions, a nationally recognized professional development company catering to minority talent, will be hosting a transformative brunch and panel discussion. As champions of personal development and enthusiasts for the empowerment of women, they’ve teamed up to create a space for mothers and daughters to partake in meaningful dialogue addressing the importance of their relationship. “My relationship with my daughter made me a better woman, mother, leader and wife. And at the heart of every family is a woman. So, if we can offer support to women who will go on to birth and raise more women, we create a generational impact and that is what we were

put here to do,” says Tiffany, event co-creator on the purpose of the brunch. “This brunch serves as a unique opportunity to bring mothers and daughters together to share experiences, insight and information on nurturing interpersonal relationships, so they know they’re not alone,” she continues. “We’ve all been there at some point. As the mother of 2 young daughters, I’m navigating the hills and valleys of motherhood daily so for me creating this event is personal,” explains Sommer on why this kind of dialogue is important. “I’ve

come in contact with quite a few mothers and daughters who have expressed concern about strained dynamics during adolescence so when my business partner and friend Tiffany came to me with the idea, I knew I wanted to be a part of it,” she continues. Strong parental relationships are at the core of raising well-adjusted children and the catalyst by which strong communities are built. “I Am My Daughters Keeper Brunch” will focus on one of the most transformative relationships a young lady will ever have- that

of the mother and daughter. Tickets will be available for purchase beginning November 1, 2018 and guests will be able to enjoy a spectacular southern style brunch catered by Juanita’s Kitchen. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in candid discussion with Family Counselor and adjunct professor, Alison Davis, along with other special guest speakers. Sommer and Tiffany have also recently written books that aim to inspire and spark dialogue between mothers and daughters which will be available for purchase on the day of the event. The event will be held at Leona’s Palace, 2029 Harrison St., Hollywood, Fla., from 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $20/mother and $15/daughter Contact Sommer ( or Tiffany ( for more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets/tables.

you will be as a tree, there is suc purpose in this analogy, especially when you consider how trees behave throughout the changing seasons. Trees are not seasonal. They have seasons imposed upon them, but they themselves are not seasonal. Their fruit may be seasonal, but the tree itself endures through every season. Trees are not like animals. There are some animals that you don’t see during certain seasons because they cannot withstand the conditions of that season. There are some animals that simply would not survive the cold of a northern winter. So, they either migrate to a warmer, more comfortable climate, or they go into hibernation until the season that would otherwise kill them has passed. But trees don’t hibernate. They don’t move or migrate. They might bend and sway a little bit with the wind or the rain, but whatever season comes and whatever weather it brings, trees just have to stand there and take it. When God says that you’re like a tree, don’t take that comparison lightly. It’s kind of a big deal. God promises that your ability to bear fruit is part of your design. So, don’t let anyone count you as unfruitful just because it’s not your fruitbearing season. And most certainly, don’t count yourself out! You may not have fruit on you right now, but you are the same ole’ tree and still good for fruit. It is truly my pleasure to write for On the Scene with Press Release for the Westside Gazette. From Savannah, Ga., I intend to bring articles that inspire change, reflection, and spiritual truth. It’s part of my

ministry and my purpose. It’s my fruit! Audrey Aaron, Marketing Executive Press Release Marketing, LLC Writer - Editor - Business Development @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram

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Zeta Rho Omega launches the CAP Program

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, successfully launched the International Signature Program 2018 - 2022, College Admissions Process (CAP), on September 29, 2018. Alpha Kappa Alpha’s goal is to assist students as they seek admission to college by educating, guiding, and supporting them with the completion of the application and enrollment process. There were

over 100 students, 30 parents, and 30 sorors at the kickoff, which was held at the Lauderhill 6 -12 School. The students were thoroughly engaged as we discussed the following: how to prepare for the ACT and SAT along with the dates for tests, how to identify scholarships and other financial aid, and how to develop a process for tracking college admission results. Additionally, we shared the importance of both the role that

punctuality plays with regards to all activities and how to exude a positive outlook during the process to help enhance selfconfidence. The CAP applications were distributed, completed, and the information entered into our CAP database after the meeting to ensure we captured all students. Zeta Rho Omega President Jeannie B. Floyd and First VicePresident Tracy LockhartTalley were so excited and proud to see this record number of students and parents come out for this important college initiative. Our goal is to make a difference in the lives of the students and to prepare them for success!

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole selected as Board Chair and seventh president of National Council of Negro Women

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L to r: Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole taking her oath of as the new Board Chair and seventh president of NCNW with Ingrid Saunders Jones, immediate past chair, holding the Bible; and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman, a senior advisor to NCNW, administering the oath of office. (Photo credit: Summerland) WASHINGTON, D.C. ( — The National Council of Negro Women (NCMW) selected Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole as its chair and seventh president during the closing session of their 58th Biennial National Convention in Washington, D.C. Ms. Ingrid Saunders Jones, who served as NCNW’s chair for more than six years, will continue to serve the organization as the immediate past chair. “At this moment when I have the exceptional honor of beginning my service as the chair of our beloved National Council of Negro Women, I am thinking of a proverb from the Swahili Coast of that great continent that is the cradle of humanity: Africa,” said Dr. Cole during her acceptance remarks. “It says, it does no harm to be grateful. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for this honor to serve as the seventh president of this organization that has been a voice of and for Black women since it was founded in 1935 by the amazing and gracefilled Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune and led so brilliantly and soulfully for more than 50 years by the unconquerable Dr. Dorothy Height.” Dr. Cole’s path to becoming NCNW’s new chair began during her childhood when she and her sister had the privilege of being mentored by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, a longtime friend of her great grandfather. Dr. Bethune counseled the young sisters about the importance of education and being of service to others. She heeded Dr. Bethune’s advice as her career and service exemplifies. “When social justice is on the menu, I promise to ensure that NCNW has a seat at the table and I’m committed to preparing the next generation of women leaders so NCNW can continue to be an influential power in the ongoing struggle for equality,” said Dr. Cole. “As a lifetime member of NCNW, Johnnetta is well suited to steward the legacies and promises of Dr. Bethune and Dr. Height,” said Ingrid Saunders Jones. “With more than 650 delegates representing more than 200 sections and affiliates from across the country (Read full story at: