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Black Talent at White-Owned Urban Stations Must Consider the Economics

Library Director Kelvin Watson named to Book Industry Study Group’s Board

Are you noticing that some of our community’s most influential black on-air personalities are disappearing from Cox Media’s urban radio stations? Tamara G, Michael Baisden, Shelby Rushing, Benji Brown, Rick Party and even Felisha Monet are no longer on air. The attrition rate is undeniable, and as an advocate for the Black agenda, my antennas are up. According to Dexter Bridgemen, the president of the Blacked Owned Media Alliance (BOMA), “with new management comes new formating.” The changing of the guard is normal and typically, local personalities are replaced with syndicated shows where possible to save costs. However, it was in my conversation with South Florida radio pioneer Jerry

Two-year term to begin in July 2018 BROWARD COUNTY, FL Broward County Libraries Director Kelvin Watson has been elected to the Book Industry Study Group’s Board of Directors, with his twoyear term commencing on July 1, 2018.” I am honored to represent Broward County Library and libraries nationwide,” says Watson. “I look forward to serving on the board and advocating on behalf of library customers in the United States.” The Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG), is the leading book trade association for policy, technical standards and research related to books and similar products. The mission of BISG is to simplify logistics for publishers, manufacturers, suppliers, wholesalers, retailers, librarians and others engaged in the business of print and electronic media. Members of BISG’s Board of Directors come from every segment of the book industry (Cont’d on page 9)

The Founders of South Florida Black Business Directory at Hot 105/Cox Media discussing the Black Dollar and its trillion dollar impact.

Rushing, that I realized “Black radio has been changing for years.” In fact, the transition from Black radio to urban radio is more than just schematics; it’s the systematic devaluing of Black on-air talent, minimizing the economic impact

By Mei-Ling Ho-Shing It has been 3 months since my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, came face to face with the devastating reality of gun violence. Nestled in the corner of my Algebra II class on the second floor of the Freshman Building, I can still hear the screams of the students and teachers from the floors above and below. On February 14th, I was catapulted into activism, leaving Spring Break plans behind. I am one of millions who has joined the national debate on the assault weapons ban, prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines and closing the loopholes in background check laws that allow dangerous people who should not be allowed to purchase firearms to slip through the cracks and buy guns online or at gun shows. Today, I stand at the intersection of when

a predominantly white and wealthy community faces gun violence, and when Black and Brown people are shot and killed on a daily basis. Throughout the United States, there has been over 30 cases of shootings that have taken place since February 14th. It has been blaringly obvious that the 17 lives lost in Parkland, Florida have garnered unprecedented support and media attention while the shootings in and/or around inner city schools get swept under the “gang-violence” carpet. Recently, Miami Northwestern Senior High School in Liberty City ,was strongly affected by a shooting that happened a few feet away from their school. Four students were gunned down, two died and two are recovering. The students of Miami Northwestern quickly galvanized, organized a walk-out in their school and called for gun violence

MEI-LING HO-SHING to end. This was a successful studentled movement, yet it did not get the same social coverage as Marjory Stoneman Douglas received. We were eager to get in touch with them. On Saturday, April 14th, TyahAmoy Roberts, Brandon Desent, Kai Koerber and I (Mei-Ling Ho-Shing) (Cont’d on page 3)

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By Artist Yvette Michele, Pompano Beach, FL “African American history and the contributions throughout the years have been many. We have to begin to pay homage to our ancestors who were here before us, and let me tell you why. A wise man told me that if you want to go forward and move ahead you got to to know where you came from. “These are the words from an introductory speech that the late Idella Grissett gave to honor the legacy of ‘The Know Thy Greatness’ exhibit in Pompano Beach. It was all of her greatest love in this moment because the audience was comprised of future leaders (the youth), Pompano Beach community, family members and most cherished her father “Bo” Terry Holloway. She introduced

Come fly with me, literally There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. Deuteronomy 33:26 (KJV) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. Photos by John McCall, Chris Thomas and Bobby R. Henry, Sr.

I am ready to stand up; I’m ready to speak out!

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the Black voice has on the Black listening audience. This is why advertisers are eager to pay what it costs to saturate urban stations, dictate aspects of urban radio programming, and control how and (Cont’d on page 5)


him with pride for his contributions as a cultural artist for the exhibition and because he was also her foundation in her quest for knowledge to embrace her heritage. Her footprints are imprinted on this earth for preservation of African American History, bringing cultures together, and the recognition all of the arts. With honor I was invited to sit with her family and friends to learn more about Grissett’s legacy. As a child she showed no fear - stand up and stand out personality. Her aunt Yolonda shared that, “She gladly performed and MC’d her family re-unions”. Her grandfather Bishop Grissett reflected on her motherhood and value of family. He said, “She meant what she said”, when it comes to discipline and recognition (Cont’d on page 9)

If someone had told me that I would be flying in an airplane that the Historic Tuskegee Airmen trained in, I would’ve probably said something like, “Yeah right and Hell will freeze over and the devil would be wearing ice cream drawers too!” So, I guess somebody better ask what flavor is he wearing today. Thanks to Brenda Little of BBIG Marketing, Public Affairs Agency, the person that open the door or should I say that gave me the lift to get into the rear cockpit seat of a 75 plus year-old World War II-era aircraft, and fly with the Skytypers Air Show Team. I was on yet another experience to see God’s handiwork. The notable roar of the vintage engines filled the space in my helmet between the microphone and my ears as my body trembled from the might of the engines as I hid my nervousness between the vibrations. Maybe if I had spoken with Frank before flying, I could have settled my nerves a bit. Chief of Maintenance, Frank Atria, in his eight (Cont’d on page 11)


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Ten-Year- Old Entrepreneur 'Bosses on Em' with her new footwear company NATIONWIDE — Tween CEO and entertainer Amiya Steed founded her business, AMAK by Amiya footwear, in 2016 as a way of selfexpression and to help combat bullying. She quickly realized that in a world filled with such negativity, that daily positive affirmations and reminders were needed. AMAK by Amiya fulfills that need. People nationwide can step into this world with positivity and confidence wearing AMAK by Amiya, which features a footwear collection called the “Manifesto Collection”. The power of positive affirmations

Amiya Steed, 10-year old tween sensation and CEO of AMAK By Amiya Amiya believes that a person can dictate their day with their words. The Manifesto Collection features positive words that can be read aloud to promote positivity throughout the day. Positive affirmations are used to encourage, promote, and sup-

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port the greatness in us all. Messages like: “I Can,” “I Will,” and “I Am” are wonderful ways to begin your day. AMAK by Amiya footwear is available in tween/adult sizes, size 12 for youth through size 10 for adults.


Congratulation to the Electees of the 2018 Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame

Read their accomplishment for their induction into the Dr. Nan S. Hutchison Broward Senior Hall of Fame at

Meet the talented 19-year old who was just booked to perform at the British Royal Wedding ceremony, and of course I immediately said yes!!! What a privilege. I can’t wait!” He one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene and winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition, is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide. In January 2018, his debut

KANNEH-MASON LONDON, ENGLAND — The Kensington Palace has announced that 19-year old cellist, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, is on the list of artists scheduled to perform at the upcoming May 19 Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Sheku, who is Black British, tweeted, “I’m so excited and honored to perform at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. I was bowled over when Ms. Markle called me to ask if I would play during the

recording for Decca Classics, Inspiration, was released, featuring the Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the city of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gra•inytetyla. The album entered the official UK album charts at number 18 and reached number one in the classical chart. (Read full story at:

Black doll maker teaches other African Americans how to make handmade dolls in free YouTube Tutorials

Dr. Cassandra George Sturges holding her Maggy Rag doll

ANN ARBOR, MI — Black doll maker, Dr. Cassandra George Sturges, shares her love for making handmade dolls by providing free tutorials on her YouTube channel. Her goal is to inspire the African American community to make handmade dolls that reflect and tell their own unique stories of beauty, self-love, and life lessons as a person of color. (Read full story at:

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Broward League of Cities Awards Scholarships to local high school students Scholarships recognize students’ commitment to community and government FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — The Broward League of Cities recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to four outstanding Broward County high school seniors who plan to pursue a major in public administration, political science or another government-related field. In its eighth year, the Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government Studies program has donated a total of $32,000 to students who are preparing for a career in public service and have demonstrated their involvement in work, volunteer service, internships in public, governmental, community, and legislative environments. The four recipients were selected from applicants representing all of Broward County.

Leilla Belony – Pompano Beach resident, Blanche Ely High School; she plans to major in Political Science at the University of Florida, pursuing a career as a civil rights attorney. She serves as vice president of the National Honor Society. She is a member of the book club, key club and creative writing club; is on the track and volleyball teams, and volunteers in her community and at church. Ryan Bush - Weston resident, Cypress Bay High School; he plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania where he will major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics with the goal of working with legal counsel and executives at NBC Universal Studios. He is president

of the Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, Debbie’s Dream Stomach Cancer Awareness Foundation, and editor-in-chief of the school’s literary magazine. Ryan is a member of the National Honor Society, the Model United Nation’s team, Spanish Honor Society, and English Honor Society. Stephen Marante - Parkland resident, Coral Springs High School ; he plans to attend Florida State University to major in Political Science with a dual master’s degree in Applied American Politics, after which he plans to attend law school. He serves as the student advisor to the Broward County School Board. He is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and

Beyonce’s Homecoming Scholars Award Program One winner from each school Beyoncé, through her BeyGOOD initiative, has established the Homecoming Scholars Award Program for students attending Xavier University, Wilberforce University, Tuskegee University and Bethune-Cookman University - all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Beyoncé announced the program when she made history at the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival by becoming the first Black woman to headline in the festival’s 19-year run. The show, with its homage to excellence in education, was a celebration of the homecoming weekend experience, the highest display of college pride. The energy-filled production put the

BEYONCE spotlight on art and culture, mixing the ancient and the modern, which resonated masterfully through the marching band, performance art, choir and dance. It was the impetus to mark her second scholarship program.

I am ready to stand up (Cont'd from FP) (S.T.O.R.M) met with students from Miami Northwestern Senior High School: Samuel Athelus, Ricky and Myria Pope, and Jennifer M. at the Urban League of Broward County. Actress Jennifer Lewis ordered us to come close and talk to each other. We pulled our chairs together, eye to eye and knee to knee. We were able to connect and talk about the challenges of being an African-American youth activist. We discussed media coverage, ignorant comments, racial profiling at school and events and exclusion from our white peers. We connected quickly! The Miami Northwestern students were accompanied by a teacher, who was rightfully raw and emotional after losing

2 of her students to gun violence. She assured the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students that they (MNSHD) stand with us in solidarity and support and asked that we work alongside her students. We pledged our support and reassured her that our platform stands firm on “sharing the mic” with communities that are affected by gunviolence on a daily basis. The question becomes, how do we intersect these dynamics and have real dialogue and real solutions around gun violence? There is a difference between the mass shooting at MSDHS and the gang-related shooting of an honor student in Liberty City. What is the same is the pain that is felt when we lose our loved ones senselessly and un- expectedly. Losing, Nicho-

African American female entrepreneur opens phlebotomy wellness center

Last Tuesday marked a historical moment in Fort Lauderdale history, as African American female entrepreneur, Alicia Malone, opened her very own phlebotomy wellness center: A&M Phlebotomy. The center is located at 5800 E Commercial Boulevard, Suite 212 in Fort Lauderdale, just outside of the Lauderdale-by-theSea community. The A&M PHLEBOTOMY WELLNESS CENTER is designed to offer patients a more cozy, intimate alternative to overcrowded, impersonal draw

centers. The center offers blood draws with and without prescriptions, with and without insurance. Affordable cash services are available. The Grand Opening, held last Tuesday evening, treated guests to a tour of the facility, health talks from medical professionals and staff, soothing jazz music, photo opportunities, health raffles, a delicious food and fruit buffet topped off with wine and cupcakes. (Read full story at:

will win a scholarship award for the academic year for study in various fields. The Homecoming Scholars Award Program will expand to all qualifying students at the four universities, regardless of gender. The disciplines will include literature, creative arts, African- American studies, science, education, business, communications, social sciences, computer science and engineering. All applicants must maintain a 3.5 GPA or above. All finalists and winners will be selected by the universities. Winners will be announced in the summer. The deadline for this scholarship is usually in June of each year, and the award amount is usually $25,000.

las Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenburg, Alyssa Alhadeff, Scott Beigel, Meadow Pollack, Christopher Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Carmen Schentrup, Gina Montalto, Alex Schachter, Peter Wang, Alaina Petty, Martin Duque Anguiano. Helena Ramsey, Joaquin Oliver and Cara Loughran hurts just as much as losing honor student, Ricky Dixon. So we ask MNSH and Liberty City to meet us at the intersection of gunviolence. In Three strategic ways: · Framing gun violence as a public health issue, allowing for research and funding towards successful gun violence interruption programs, mental health and community services. · Strict Gun Laws: Prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines, closing the loopholes in our background check laws, and offering an award for those who turn in their guns. · Equal resources and security measures throughout ALL schools—understanding that more police in schools makes black students less safe, not more. There’s no reason that students at MSD need social workers more than students dealing with gun violence in Miami. In conclusion, no students should be living in fear of their safety. Teachers, staff, students, and administrators are there to better our nation’s future. Why should we go to school in fright? If a child can go to church and leave in a body bag, what world do we live in? Why should parents worry about their children’s lives, after kissing them goodbye in the morning? As a nation we need to answer these questions, and not ignore them. I am ready to stand up. I’m ready to speak out. My generation is ready to lead and change the world, and I am asking you to stand up and fight with us.

L to r: Shelley Eichner, Youth Leadership Committee chair; Roly Marante, Stephen Marante (scholarship recipients); Annette Marante; Rose, Lella Belony (scholarship recipients); Villard Belon, Jason Silveria (scholarship recipients); Odanelis Silveria, Manny Silveria; Karen Bush, Shari Bush and Ryan Bush (scholarship recipients); Dan Daley, president, Broward League of Cities. National English Honor Society; member of the track team, swim team, water polo, and tennis team. Stephen was recently named by the Florida Department of Education as the Florida delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program. Jason Silveira - Hollywood resident, McArthur High School; he plans to attend the University of Florida to study International Relations and Business. He is president and founder of LEEO (Linking Education and Employment Out-

comes), which is a business club that has secured more than $10,000 in grants for school programs. He is a member of the Speech and Debate Honor Society, National Speech and Debate Association Academic All American, and a Silver Knight nominee in Business. He is a youth ambassador to the City of Hollywood and acts as a liaison between his peers and local government. “The Broward League of Cities congratulates these young scholars for their hard work

and commitment to become tomorrow’s leaders,” said Dan Daley, President, Broward League of Cities. “Representing elected officials from Broward County’s 31 cities and municipalities, we are so pleased to shine the spotlight on these four highly deserving students and commend them for their dedication to their education, their achievements in the community, and their passion for political science and government.”

The Florida A & M University National Alumni Association – Broward Chapter - invites the community to their 7th Annual Community Unity Day This year’s event will honor Retired Lieutenant Colonel Pearl Ferguson, a Dillard High School and FAMU graduate. Colonel Ferguson joined the army, served with honor from 1953 to 1973, and is a Korean war veteran. After retiring from the army, he worked as a guidance counselor in the Broward County School system. Colonel Ferguson is an avid


and stalwart supporter of FAMU, and, to date, has donated over $500,000 to the University. In 2012, with the aim of raising community awareness about FAMU National Alumni Association Broward Chapter and its role in assisting Broward (Read full story at:

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Haitian Heritage Museum Month of May & Miami Museum Month Calendar of events held at Haitian Heritage Museum, 4141 N.E. Second Ave., Miami Design District, Fla. - Book Signing with Kreyolicios: Haitian History 101 on Tuesday, May 15 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. - Arts IT (Arts Innovation Talk) with Genji Jacques & Friends on Thursday, May 24 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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Listening Tour: Your Business Matters dates: - Business: Socially Buzz on Monday, May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m., at 1730 Main St., Suite 200, Second Floor, Weston, Fla., Business: Alpha1 Staffing & Search Firm, LLC on Monday, May 21 from 6 to 8 p.m., at 3350 S.W. 148 Ave., Suite 110, Miramar, Fla. ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ ○


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

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The Historic Ali Cultural Arts celebrates Haitian Heritage Month with special event DJ Epps’ We Dem Zoes and Sassy Singz headline on Saturday, May 19 from 12 noon to 4 p.m., at 353 Hammondville Rd., Pompano Beach, Fla.

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Broward Health North to host “Spike Out Stoke Day” offering Free health screenings on Wednesday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., at Broward Health North’s Conference Center, 201 E. Sample Rd., Deerfield Beach, Fla.

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Annual Reel Minds Miami Mental Health Film Festival presented by NAMI MiamiDade on Sunday, May 20 at 6 p.m., at the University of Miami’s Donna E. Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom, 1330 Miller Dr., Miami, Fla.

Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness community events: -The Haitian American Chamber of Commerce invites the community to celebrate Mother’s Day and the Haitian Heritage Month will an exceptional concert with Joel & Mushy Widmaier on Sunday, May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m., at Broward Performing Arts Center, 201 S.W. Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For more info call (954) 638-8321. - 2018 Synergy Summit for Cultural & Heritage Tourism on Wednesday, May 16-18 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Register today #chatsummit2018 - Broward College Women’s Success Summit 2018 on Friday, May 18 from 1 to 5 p.m., at North Campus, Omni Auditorium, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, Fla. Register today at https:// - Florida Healthy Start 10th Annual Shower2Empower on Friday, May 25 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Urban League of Broward County, 560 N.W. 27 Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. RSVP is required. For more info contact Broward Healthy Start Coalition, Inc., at (954) 3285262. HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY FROM THE WESTSIDE GAZETTE MANAGEMENT & STAFF


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

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Attention all FAMU NAA Broward Alumni, Friends and Supporters. Our monthly meeting will be held at Tyrone Bryant Library, Saturday, May 12, at 10 a.m., at the Library, 2230 N.W. 21 Ave., (next to Osswald Park) Fort Lauderdale, Fla. We will celebrate our 55th Chapter Anniversary with Congressman Barrington Russell as our special guest speaker. Please mark your calendars and we hope to see you there. Refreshments and a special tribute will be given to all mothers in attendance. Come join us !!!!! For more information please call (954) 714-7861 or (954) 439-3864

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


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


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

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Dr. Brenda C. Snipes Broward County Supervisor of Elections Neighborhood Partnership Committee on Wednesday, May 30 from 3 to 5 p.m., at Cox Media Building, 2741 N. 29 Ave., Hollywood, Fla. Topics include: 2018 Election Dates, Social Media.


Two Sister Connection, Inc., invite you to our Seventh Annual Mother’s Day Brunch celebration on Satur-day, May 12, from at 11 a.m., at Mount Her-mon Family Life Cen-ter, 401 N.W. Seventh Terr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla. There is a $25 do-nation. For more details call (954) 260-7757.

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Miramar Today events ·The Community Health and Empowerment Network and Miramar Commissioner Maxwell B. Chambers invites you to an Enchanting Afternoon The Second Annual PINK Pumps And Pearls Mother's Day Brunch, Saturday, 12 from 12 noon to 5 p.m., at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Fla. For cost and ad-ditional info call (954) 602-3157. . · I AM King the Michael Jackson Experience on Thursday, May 10 at 8 p.m., at Miramar Cultural Center Theater, 2400 Civic Center Plaza Miramar, Fla. For more info call (954) 602-4357. · Free Health Fair for all ages on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Chamberlain University, 2300 S.W. 145 Ave., Miramar. Fla. · Miramar Park Homeowners Group on Tueday, May 15 at 7 p.m., at Fairway Elementary School, 7875 Fiarway Blvd. · ·United Neighbors Of East Miramar on Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m., at Multi-Services Complex, 6700 Miramar Pkway. ·Mayor Mayne Messam, Commissioner Darline B. Riggs and Consul General Stepahne Gilles cordially invite you to celebrate Haitian Flag Day on Thursday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m., at Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, Miramar, Fla. This event is free.

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Wells Fargo commits to $60 billion in lending for Black homebuyers The Black Press is a trusted vehicle for news in the Black community, Wells Fargo says By Stacy M. Brown (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) Wells Fargo’s $60 billion pledge to African American homebuyers is a major part of the company’s dedication to a community that’s grown accustomed to being shut out from having a slice of the American Dream. In addition to the $60 billion in lending for home purchases, the company committed to increasing the diversity of its sales team and providing $15 million toward initiatives focused on homebuyer education and counseling. “Homeownership is vitally important, because homes are the building blocks of the Ameri-

can Dream and a proven, sustainable vehicle for building individual and family wealth that can be passed down from generation to generation,” said Cerita Battles, the senior vice president and head of retail diverse segments for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage. Battles continued: “Homes make up our neighborhoods and our communities and are a stabilizing force for families, making homeownership a key driver of our nation’s economic and cultural well-being.” With that understanding, bank officials know that their commitment and helpful information to those interested in becoming homeowners must be communicated to the African

American community. To that end, sharing news through the Black Press is also important for Wells Fargo, Battles said. “Being present in the communities we serve is one of our key strategies for reaching our goals and African American newspapers are a trusted vehicle for news and information in those communities,” Battles said. “So, having information about being a homeowner and sustaining homeownership is critical to reaching the goals of the commitment and helping more African American families become homeowners.” Housing experts have said that it’s important for aspiring homeowners to have as much

knowledge as possible about the homeownership process; that information helps to dispel myths that many African Americans have about homeownership. “There are many myths that cause a lot of potential African American homebuyers to assume that getting a home mortgage is something beyond their reach. But many times, this is completely untrue, and that message needs to get out,” Battles said. “African Americans need to have the confidence and knowledge to recognize that they can be homeowners, and that a lender, like Wells Fargo, truly wants to help them meet their home-financing needs. The Black Press, and other me-

Restaurant fined $10,000 for asking only Black Customers to prepay for their orders By Victor Ochieng Owners of a Chinese restaurant have been fined $10,000 by the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal after the restaurant racially profiled Emile Wickham and his friends, all black men, by demanding that they pay for their food before placing their order. In an April 2018 decision, Adjudicator Esi Codjoe made a ruling that Hong Shing Chinese Restaurant infringed on the rights of Emile Wickham after their server “presumed [him] to be a potential thief in

waiting despite any evidence to that effect.” The whole incident took place in May 2014 when Wickham visited the restaurant to celebrate his birthday with his friends after class. However, before they could place their order, a server asked them to pay upfront, insisting it’s a policy applied on all their customers. But even after they paid, Wickham and his team were asked to be taken a picture of for “exhibit” just in case some-thing went wrong. The now 31 years old Wickham was a little suspicious of

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ment Group, a marketing consultant firm, he is deeply concerned with the optics at Cox Media’s urban radio stations. He stated that management at the media conglomerate needs more Black representation, and he is currently conceptualizing an action plan where advertisers, media management and community stakeholders can discuss options. The fact is Black people make up 20% of the population yet we have zero representation in sales, programming and management. Bridgeman believes “this is why you need organizations like BOMA, The South Florida Black Business Directory, and every organization that pushes the Black agenda. As individuals and/or employees, we cannot tell a multi-million dollar company what to do. Accordingly, it’s time to start having conversations about ownership” and implementing of a cohesive plan to convey a common message about economics, not race. In conclusion, even with Black faces outfront, the Black listening audience has to become a more conscious consumer of Black media. Equally, Black media influencers must empower and promote Black owned radio and internet stations such as, Excitement Radio, Mature Life Radio, WMBM, and StrongArm Radio. In an interview with RadioFacts, Rick Party is mentioned as “having learned a long time ago about the importance of not just being a broadcaster but also an entrepreneur.” This lesson is in alignment with Nickerson’s conclusion, “we cannot just be an item on the menu but we must be present at the table as a manager, owner and/or stakeholder.” Accordingly, I strongly suggest that we remember the business aspect of the show and make a choice to re-evaluate the economic impact of Black voices on white owned urban stations. Crystal Chanel Press Release Marketing, LLC Event Hosting - Marketing Public Relations @PressReleaseLLC on Instagram

and where the Black Dollar is spent. Yet at one point, Black onair personalities would report more than just the time, temperature and tune. Rushing said they would “report what’s happening in our community inclusive of social, economic and politicals issues.” However, as radio involves, personalities are required to sell more and talk less. Yet, at Excitement Radio, The Final Say internet radio personality Edwin Sheppard believes “Black radio personalities have an obligation to update and uplift the community.” For that reason, I was not surprised when Shelby Rushing said, “Black radio personalities with ties to the community are being removed from air.” My surprise lay in the realization that beyond the mic and local notoriety, Blacks are not being promoted to power positions at most urban stations. This widespread lack of representation that we see across the country and throughout various corporations in a multitude of industries explains this out of touch behavior that is running rampant with companies such as H&M, Starbucks and the Waffle House. “There is no connection, loyalty or empathy towards the Black community or its issues”, says Shelby. In fact, she recalls that upon arrival, new management removed pictures of the station’s history, accolades and the achievements of Blacks (inclusive of the works of her father, Mr. Jerry Rushing) from the walls, and painted the walls white. Additionally, subsequent to Shelby’s dismissal from the station as the mid-day chic, Hits Program Director, Jill Strada, was promoted to Program Director for 99Jamz as well. One may easily conclude that Shelby’s replacement will most likely be a Black voice that can be easily silenced and/or disregarded by the decisions of Cox Media’s all white managerial department. In speaking to Jimmy Nickerson, CEO of JNICK Manage-

WICKHAM the alleged prepay policy and In making the decision, howso he asked at least three other ever, Codjoe said the restaurant customers if they were asked to failed to produce any evidence pay in advance, but all said no. to support their argument that As soon as they realized they the policy had been in effect at were the only customers asked the time. to pay upfront, Wickham and “[Wickham’s] mere presence team immediately confronted as a Black man in a restaurant the server “to explain why they was presumed to be sufficient had to pay and no one else had evidence of his presumed probeen expected to do so,” read pensity to engage in criminal the tribunal’s decision. Instead behavior,” Codjoe wrote in her of giving an explanation, the decision. “At its core racial proserver opted to give them a re- filing is a form of short hand fund. that enables the perpetrator of The owners of the restaurant the behavior to assume certain didn’t show up at the tribunal. facts and ignore others.” However, their representatives Besides being fined $10,000, argued that the said prepay the tribunal also ordered the policy had been in effect for a restaurant to strategically place year before the time of the an Ontario Human Rights ComWickham incident and that mission Code card at the resonly known regulars weren’t taurant to act as a constant reasked to pay in advance. minder to them.

New study r eveals toxic reveals chemicals in Black hair pr oducts products By Kathrina Tiangco Researchers recently discovered that certain Black hair care products contain dozens of hazardous chemicals. The study was conducted by scientists from the Silent Spring Institute. This research study is the first one to test various types of hair products that are targeted to Black women. The research team studied 18 hair products ranging from hot oil treatments, hair lotions, hair relaxers, leave-in conditioners, anti-frizz hair polishes, and root stimulators. Each product was tested for 66 types of endocrine disruptors. These disruptors are linked to various health issues namely cancer asthma, reproductive disorders, and birth defects. The scientists discovered that the products collectively contain 45 out of the 66 endocrine disruptors. Meanwhile, each product has around six to 30 of the chemicals they tested for. All products are made with perfume chemicals while 78 percent of the items had parabens. This is a type of preservative that is often discovered in cosmetic products and is considered as an endocrine disruptor. Other chemicals that were traced in root stimulators, hair relaxers, and hair lotions include diethyl phthalate and nonylphenols. Meanwhile, traces of cyclosiloxanes were also discovered in anti-frizz products. 11 of the products contained at least seven chemicals that were banned in the E.U. The hair relaxers had the highest amount of five chemicals banned in the E.U. which was alarmingly packaged and sold towards children. 84 percent of the chemicals the research team detected were apparently not included in the product label. Unfortunately, consumers cannot argue this with the manufacturers because they aren’t required to declare all ingredients they put into their product. Hence, consumers are left blinded and making informed choices, therefore, becomes harder for them. Some of the chemicals discovered by the research team identified it to be present in other beauty and personal care products. Nevertheless, the levels of chemicals are found higher in Black women’s products. Researchers conclude that this may be one of the reasons why Black women are more exposed to harmful chemicals compared to other races. According to Jessica Helm, the study’s lead author, the chemicals found in hair and beauty products mostly did not undergo tests and are often unregulated. She also adds that conducting their study is the first step in revealing the hazardous ingredients that are present in products that are used by Black women. Knowing the content will help us understand and identify the health conditions Black women are facing.

Cerita Battles, the senior vice president and head of retail diverse segments for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, says that Wells Fargo is committed to doing what it takes to help increase African American homeowners. ( dia for that matter, helps us share these messages to those who desire to obtain and sustain homeownership.” Battles noted that it’s also important to remember that Wells Fargo’s African American homeownership commitment is not a separate loan program, but an effort by the company to increase homeowners in the community. Any of the programs, products, and services that Wells Fargo offers are available to all customers who qualify. She said it’s not really about what the bank is doing differently for African Americans, but more about how Wells Fargo “It’s more about getting the messages to them, meeting them where, when, and how they want to interact with us so that we can leverage all that we have to offer. It’s about education, counseling, and being present in their commu-nities,” Battles said. Wells Fargo’s commitment to the African American community extends beyond the homeownership commitment. In 2016, the company committed to offering $75 million in grants and lending to help diverseowned small businesses access capital and technical as-sistance by the end of 2020. “In fact, by the end of 2016,

the Wells Fargo Works for Small Business: Diverse Community Capital program had distributed $38 million in grants and lending capital to 30 Community Development Financial Institutions serving diverse, small businesses, placing us more than halfway to our goal,” Battles said. Battles said that even though the goals of the homeownership commitment are challenging, Wells Fargo is committed to doing what it takes to help increase African American homeowners. “This commitment is not a sprint, but a long journey that will require the focus of our team and collaboration with industry influencers, nonprofits and other organizations,” Battles said. “If this were just a public relations campaign, we would not have made the goals so lofty.” “Making this commitment holds us accountable to ourselves, our customers, our communities, and the organizations that joined us in this effort; by pushing ourselves, stretching ourselves, and then delivering on our commitments in a responsible manner, we are ensuring true meaningful progress for African American homeownership across America.”

Meet the woman behind the non-profit academy that has helped countless Black children get paid appearances on Nickelodeon, ESPN, and Netflix All heroes do not wear capes; Tyra Hawthorne, founder of Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy, has made a lot of sacrifices to save the youth. SAN DIEGO, CALIF. — Owning a business during this time is a challenge. But owning a non-profit organization is a true test of faith and determination. Each day non-profit business owners are hoping and wishing that they are chosen to receive the next grant or donation. Lack of funds often causes non-profit business owners to close their doors faster than they get them open. But not for this non-profit business owner. Meet Tyra Hawthorne, the owner of Heartbeat Music & Performing Arts Academy located in San Diego, Calif. Ms. Hawthorne is not any different from the others who have experienced financial hardship due to lack of financial support, but when it came to her choice to keep the doors open in 2016, there was nothing that was going to stop her from doing so, even if this meant giving up her life and sacrificing everything she had to fund the organization on her own with her mother right by her side.

Tyra Hawthorne, founder of Heartbeat Music Performing Arts Academy (r) with one of her students and the President of HBCU Alumni San Diego She comments, “I’d had many conversations with my mother about keeping the organization going. I was starting to see financial hardship in my personal life trying to keep the doors open. Even working two jobs wasn’t cutting it. I had been in many of the students’ lives for over five years, and for a lot of them, this was their place to express themselves and release what they had been going through. It was heartbreaking to have to tell them that I was closing the doors, but I didn’t know what else to do. My mother told me, giving up wasn’t an option. That I had a calling on my life, and until I exhausted all of the possibilities I was not allowed to give up.” (Read full story at:

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truly depressing to see how close our countries are related in racial degradation. That most recent incident at the Starbucks is particularly nauseating. We all have some prejudice in our DNA but how we let this influence our daily lives is up to the individual. The needs/ wants of Australians where I live or Americans, are the same employment, housing, education, food, freedom to practice religion, the right to be heard and most of all, be treated with respect. He Said: How bad is it these days in the land down under? Do you typically hear some of the stories that

people of the color in America experience. She Said: Australian news reports frequently on Caucasian police officers in the States shooting first and asking questions later and more often than not the person is Black. Then you read how they are not charged. We don’t read about Caucasians being shot by Black police officers. Do you even have black police officers? He Said: You are too witty. Yes we do and I can’t speak for our allies down under. Even those officers when out of uniform have to endure the additional scrutiny of whether they belong where they are or can be a responsible citizen. Things have improved since my parents and grandparents time, but we still have progress to be made. She Said: Have you heard about the Cronulla racial riots in Sydney in

I can’t believe how big of a wimp Trump really has turned out to be. He is so narcissistic he can’t even withstand a little good natured deprecating humor. He is the only president since President Reagan, who was recovering from an assassination attempt, to miss the gala. To my horror, Trump is the first president since Calvin Coolidge in 1924 to purposely skip the FOUNDED IN 1971


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dinner. This is Trump’s 2nd year evading the tradition. That should tell you something about the character of the man you selected to lead the free world. Now when it comes to the N.R.A. he seems to bow down and kiss the ring. He has not missed an annual convention and this year he brought V.P. Pence. Some speculate Pence came for his own agenda should he get the opportunity to pick up the mantel from an impeached president…. The Daily Kos reported, Trump will not be speaking at this year’s annual NAACP convention. This is the second year in a row that he has declined an invitation to speak at the event. The same invitation has been extended to, and accepted by, his predecessors in previous years— with Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan all speaking at the event. Trump is the first President in 30 years to break tradition. However, in his words “Blacks love me!”. Well then one would say that should be a friendly audience. President Obama had no problems with that audience [Wink]. Trump has been disgusted with this tradition since he was teased by Obama about his “birther” claims. I’m still wondering how anyone took that claim seriously. The F.B.I. is very clear on the rules to be president and being a native born citizen is pretty foremost. Not like they missed that one. Well let’s see if he attends next year.

By Kevin Palmer Poor families are to blame for their poorly educated children, so says a Georgia Budget & Policy Institute (GBPI) website article, Tackle Poverty’s Effects to Improve School Performance. Citing a summer 2017 GBPI school district survey, “Seventy percent of Georgia’s school district leaders say poverty is the most significant out-ofschool issue that limits student learning. Poverty imposes significant barriers to learning on children. Low-income children often are not ready to learn when they enter the classroom, from Kindergarten to twelfth grade.” The article is must reading for white and Black conservatives who love to blame poor Blacks for their lack of academic achievement. District leaders from 124 of Georgia’s 180 districts responded to the survey in such a way as to throw poor black students under the bus. Their responses suggest poor students are responsible for low performing schools, not inexperienced, uninspiring principals and teachers. Even the article stated, “Teachers are the most influential factor in student learning. Principals are second only to teachers in fostering high levels of learning.” The problem

in congressional races. Instead of fostering a sense of openness, the party’s “win-at-all costs” approach to party primaries is undermining its efforts to engage Black Democrats. Take Florida’s 18th Congressional District, which features two qualified candidates hoping to unseat the incumbent Republican, Brian Mast. Lauren Baer is a former corporate litigator and Obama administration official; she’s white. Pam Keith is a former Navy JAG officer and NextEra Energy attorney; she’s Black. The party primary is still under way, but the Democratic Congressional Campaign has made a choice: Baer. (Read full story at

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2005 between Anglo/Saxon youths and Arab Australian youths primarily Lebanese. These shocked the nation at the time but the undercurrent is still there. He Said: All I can say Sue, the real original sin continues for the eons to replay itself. God help us!

With so many political advantages now favoring Democrats, there are still disturbing signs that the party might somehow blow it in 2018. The Democratic Party has yet to fully appreciate the new wave of Black candidates seeking office, particularly

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is inexperienced principals and teachers are assigned to neglected schools with majority disadvantaged students. Furthermore, they lack the skillset to effectively administer and teach. As a result, over 25 percent become frustrated and leave. This has an adverse effect on the school climate and public perception. Moreover, the article mentioned schools earn low scores where lowincome black students comprise the majority of students. The article explains, “Too often these schools are in communities whose members have long faced barriers to well-paying jobs, postsecondary institutions, healthcare, safe and affordable housing, and other resources that build the pathway to economic opportunity.” The barriers are racist policies which ensure the majority of blacks remain low-income and poorly educated. Therefore, to say disadvantaged Black children are responsible for low performing schools is just as ignorant as Kanye West suggesting slavery was a choice.

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By Lucius Gantt You never know who you will fall in love with. You also never know who will become your soul mate. No disrespect to his wife, but ever since Kanye West got married to his internet and reality show bride he seems to be brain damaged! West has been quoted as saying “slavery was a choice”! Well, the American slavery I researched is described as the institution of human chattel enslavement, primarily of Africans and African Americans, that existed in the United States of America in the 18th and 19th centuries. I wasn’t alive at that time but most Black people in America look at slavery days as a time when our ancestors and forefathers were whipped, beaten, lynched, hung and killed by racist slave masters and bigoted overseers! Our parents, grand parents, great grand parents and great great grand parents never chose to be slaves. They didn’t contact the So Dynamite Travel Agency of go to Expedia on the internet and ask for tickets on a slave ship, they didn’t request to be chained, shackled together and packed like sardines and occasionally tossed overboard in the so-called Middle Passage from Africa to the New World. With a kidnapped Black cargo, slave trading and trafficking was the most profitable part of the voyage of slaves to America, at the highest cost in human suffering. More than a few people got rich trading and working Black slaves, The British made money, the Spanish, made money, the Jews made money but no group made more money off of slavery in America than the evil, devilish, decadent and wicked American beasts! As a group, the worst thing you can be in the United States is descendants of American slaves. Russian computer hackers aren’t treated as bad as the offsprings of slaves, farm working immigrants aren’t treated as bad and even Muslim refugees and suspected religious terrorists are not treated nearly as bad as the sons, daughters and grand children of American slaves. Asians that were rounded up and thrown into concentration camps or Native Americans that crossed the United States in the so-called “Trail of Tears” never had their family members separated and sold from slave master to slave master! Perhaps, Kanye West doesn’t have a clue. He might think loving President Donald Trump and his neo-nazi, skin head, white nationalist and Ku Klux Klan supporters is better than loving himself, his ancestors or his African American and African friends and neighbors. There is nothing that Kanye West can do, say or endorse that will make

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By Harry Alford (President and CEO, National Black Chamber of Commerce) and Rep. Mike Conaway (TX-11, Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee) From 2012 to 2015 African American-owned businesses across the U.S. grew from 1.9 million to 2.6 million. As the economy continues growing, these numbers are only expected to increase, but our nation’s Black businesses face a host of challenges, including access to a skilled workforce. Currently, there are more than 6.1 million open jobs in the U.S. This is a significant roadblock for Black employers across the country, who want

to continue expanding and growing their operations. That’s why it’s time for Washington to take a serious look at the skills gap and support policies that create opportunities for our work-capable adults. The House Agriculture Committee is proposing legislation to help provide these opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed using one of our nation’s anti-poverty programs, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). (Read full story at

By Jeffrey L. Boney (NNPA Newswire Contributor) If there ever was a time that Black people needed to fully understand the power of their Black dollar, as well as the need to emphasize the importance of putting their money where their true influence is, that time is now. The upcoming November 2018 elections are by far one of the most important election cycles in the history of the United States. More importantly, it is one that the Black community can’t afford to ignore. African Americans make up roughly 13 percent of the overall population in the U.S. and have a buying power so strong that it can’t be overlooked. While having a strong and consistent buying power is a powerful asset for any group to have, turning that asset into a long-term money maker and wealth generation tool is

the only thing that will strengthen the overall position and status of African Americans in this country, especially in politics. With this November election right around the corner, it is a prime opportunity for Black people to realize their true collective power by joining in with one another to create one of the most important movements of this era. It is time for Black people to “Takeover The Polls” in every local, county, state and federal election in this country. Yes! It is time for Black people to “Takeover The Polls” by any means necessary. This can only be accomplished by championing a concerted effort to register Black non-voters and by encouraging existing, registered Black voters to get out and vote. One of the leading voices in the Black community is aggressively (Read full story at


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Spiritled Ministries You are Perfect for the Job! Have you been hurt or gravely disappointed by someone you love? Have you struggled to “move” beyond the pain, and establish healthy relationships? Do you sometimes feel hopeless? Or maybe, you are the woman who senses that you have more to be unveiled. Perhaps, you know someone who might not believe they can accomplish what they’ve dreamed of for so long. Ablaze 2018 is just what you need to get “over the hump” and out of the vicious cycle of limited success. God has placed you here, not just to go through life, but to fulfill His plan. There is no accident in God. He has a purpose for every detail of your life. We believe you’re perfect for the job. Ablaze 2018 is a clarion call for the “E Woman”! She is ready to Evolve… Empower… and Emerge! Ablaze Experience 2018 scheduled May 17-19, is the perfect opportunity to renew your mind and refresh your spirit. No… definitely not another traditional conference! Ablaze is the perfect tool for women to discover and rediscover who they were miraculously created to be. When the heart of a woman changes, everything in her world is affected. Registration is available online at For more information call us (954) 533-8023 or email us at Our Night sessions are open to everyone and absolutely FREE! Due to the sensitive topics and intimate discussions, the Women’s Intensive Day Sessions require registration. We never want money to be a deterrent, so we have scholarships available. Simply write one paragraph explaining how attending this event can help you Evolve, Empower or Emerge. Email your contact information along with your paragraph to Deadline May 10, 2018. This event is sponsored by Spiritled Ministries.

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JOHNSON Funeral services for the late Ruby Lee Johnson - 95 were held May 5 at Jesus Supernatural Life Center with Pastor Brian Lawson officiating. Interment: Westview Cemetery.

JOHNSON Funeral services for the late Mertie Johnson - 89 were held May 6 at New Life Fellowship Center with Bishop Clinton G. Ruddock officiating. Interment: Westmoreland, Jamaica. TRUMBLIN Funeral services for the late Rhonda Felicia Tumblin - 56 were held May 5 at Mount Zion AME Church with Rev. George A. Hardy officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

MONROE Funeral services for the late Sheradi Collins Monroe – 62 were held May 5 at Greater Mount Zion AME Church with Pastor Michael K. Anderson officiating. Interment: Dania Beach Westlawn Cemetery.

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OLIVER Funeral services for the late Lee Ann Oliver - 80 were held May 5 at Agape Worship Center, Inc., with Pastor George T. Brown officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

CHANCE Funeral services for the late Betty Jean Chance – 76 were held May 5 at Roy Mizell & Kurtz Worship center with Pastor Coretta Chance officiating. Interment: Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens – Central.

SAM Funeral services for the late Wellington Irving Sam, Jr. - 60 were held May 5 at James C. Boyd's Memorial Chapel.

MARTIN Funeral services for the late Willie Mae Lewis Martin – 89 were held May 5 at New Mount Olive Baptist Church with Dr. Marcus D. Davidson officiating. Interment: Sunset Memorial Gardens.

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. -- Psalma 118:24

“A couple of things” By Rasheed Z. Baaith “But where shall wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?” (Job 28:12) One of the things unnoticed by most of us is the destructive influence President Trump’s behavior and verbiage is having on the people of this country. Everywhere we turn there has been a lowering of standards. Not just in preoccupations such as politics, immorality, faith, race, church and misogyny but even in family life and parental expectations of their children. Profanity of some degree is accepted in every media platform and truth has become whatever one says it is. The responsibility for all of this cultural trash is a lot to put on the shoulders of one man but the facts of recent history support the supposition that President Trump has redefined much of what this country once considered of what is acceptable and what is not. (Read full story at

100th Birthday Celebration Service Mother Mae Jo Fulton Saturday, May 12th 2018 11:00am Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church 890 NW 15th Street Pompano Beach, FL 33060 Dr. R.C. Stanley, Senior Pastor Mother Mae Jo Fulton has lived in Pompano for over 90 years. A women of God who is loved by many family, friends and community would love all to come join us to celebrate with us at Hope Well Missionary Baptist Church at 890 N.W. 15 St. Pompano Beach, Fla. On Saturday, May 12, 2018 , from 11 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.

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A ESSA Educator Spotlight: Dr Children’s Services Council of Broward County seeks racial Equity NNP NNPA Dr.. Tiffany G. TTyler yler and CIS Helps in County Services through transformative data project tives for programs and services Last year, the CSC was se- prove the lives of all the resi- Students Succeed supporting children and famil- lected to participate in the Em- dents of Broward County.

LAUDERHILL, FL – The Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC) is taking a proactive role in reversing the effects of racial inequities to help resolve problems involving the County’s families and youth today. As an agency committed to the health, safety, and wellbeing of all children in Broward County, the CSC has implemented a new community-based participatory action research (CPAR) pilot that seeks to liftup the lived experiences of youth and families involved with juvenile justice, child welfare, and behavioral health systems to inform and create more equitable policies and practices. CPAR includes youth and community members in the pilot as co-researchers to help improve community data initia-

ies in Broward. CPAR aims to promote positive outcomes for all recipients while shedding light on racial disparities that exist within the delivery of county services, resources, and opportunities. This initiative compliments the racial equity and implicit bias education workshops, and open dialogue that CSC provides to community partners. CSC’s Chief Innovation Officer Sue Gallagher is among those pushing to ensure that the data collected will be a reallife, real-time reflection of community services delivered in a positive and impactful way to all community members. “I’m very excited to be a part of the CSC’s CPAR project,” says Gallagher. “It has enormous potential to provide the building blocks for a fair and equitable environment where all of our children and families can thrive. That, I believe, is the definition of community in its purest sense.”

powering Families Initiative, a national cohort of communities working to improve outcomes for children and families through the use of shared data and contracts that generate positive results. The contracts’ results and shared information help government leaders evaluate and establish effective programs for the people they serve. The Empowering Families Initiative is funded by the federal 2016 Social Innovation Fund (SIF) grant. As a member of Empowering Families, the CSC is among seven local and state government agencies in the nation to receive funding. The grant allows Third Sector, a 501(c)3 nonprofit advisory firm, to assist CSC in supporting social service agencies to improve program results. The CSC intends to ensure that racial equity is achieved by making CPAR a key component of the decision-making process and ensuring that the results im-

About Children’s Services Council of Broward County The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000, and was reauthorized on November 4, 2014, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care. Follow us on Twitter at @CSCBroward and on Facebook. For more information about the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, please visit

Checking the narrative on Black women's leadership It’s not only time to court Black Women’s Votes, but also support them as candidates

ALLEN By Glynda C. Carr and Kimberly Peeler-Allen In a recently published Rolling Stone article, recording artist Janelle Monae exposes a disconcerting, yet largely universal awareness shared by Black women seeking to exercise power: when we reveal ourselves to be human and inevitably imperfect, we are too often labeled unworthy and incapable of leading. It’s why, Monáe says, she spent the bet-

Her Legacy – Idella Grissett (Cont'd from FP) of elders it was more than recognition but embracing the relationship with love and hugs. Her mother passed away when she was very young and was lovingly raised by her grandparents. This is the root of her foundation as a God Woman and their legacy to instilling life long values that have been reflected in all that knew or came in contact with her. Long time colleague, Lynn Brown, shared that she was ambitious, determined and free- spirited. She was a larger than life personality, the daughter that returned home to uplift her community. The first of many projects they worked on together was the “Festival of Praise” featuring Donnie McClurkin. She wanted to showcase and show Pompano Beach that it was worthy of

ter part of a decade masking herself behind the persona of an android named Cindi Mayweather. Monáe’s unusual response to coping with this awareness may be unique to entertainment, but her acknowledgment speaks broadly to the very harsh, extraneous judgments that women-particularly Black women-face when they attempt to lead. These judgments were on full display in a recent New York Magazine article that ostensibly explored the campaigns of the two women-Stacey Abrams, who is Black, and Stacey Evans, who is White-running to become Georgia’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate. What the article manages to offer, however, is litany of demeaning characterization of Abrams, including suggesting that she is “uppity,” financially ill-equipped, hard to relate to and unmarriageable. In short, the article is a regurgitation of some of the most demeaning and hostile labels that Black headliners and world class performances. She is known as the angel of Pompano because she loved her community and not only wanted Pompano Beach to be on the world map but made it her personal mission to do so. This sentiment was echoed from all that have shared information for this article. Friend and colleague Sharon McCormick, Director of the Pompano Beach CRA, said “She had such BIG ideas!, She could take a nugget and make it into something so beautiful. She treated everyone the samerespecting, embracing all cultures while loving her own, and would make something from nothing.” It is clear that her footsteps were ordered and that she understood them. The following biographical synopsis was shared from her family as a glimpse of her accomplishments to what makes her a pillar in the community: “Successful Business Attraction Marketing and Economic Development initiatives require

Library Director Kelvin Watson (Cont'd from FP) supply chain including publishing, retailing, manufacturing, libraries, distribution and other related service partners. They use their experience in these roles to guide BISG as it provides information, develops standards and conducts research that serves its membership and the industry as a whole. Watson is the sole representative of libraries currently on the board. Watson was named Director of Broward County Libraries Division in February 2017. Since then he has led ambitious and innovative initiatives that have made the Library a force in bridging the community’s digital divide and

strengthened the Library’s connection to the communities it serves. Throughout Watson’s career he has remained active and involved in professional associations and was recently elected to the Public Library Association’s Board of Directors. He is currently the immediate past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Watson is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus Award for Excellence in Librarianship. He has worked tirelessly to evolve the Library’s role in the community as a welcoming place that “invites the uninvited.”

women come up against whenever they attempt to claim seats of power. Progressives need to pay attention, because these imbalanced judgments are not only unfair, but also defeating in an age when Black women are an indispensible, and perhaps the most critical factor in Democrats prevailing come November. If we don’t check and challenge false narratives about the character and viability of Black women candidates seeking to serve at all levels of government in all types of communities, we will no doubt spend the next two years once again analyzing what went wrong. Politics is inherently a word war between competitors, but the tenor of the criticisms hurled at Abrams reads especially personal and especially coded. Left unchecked, there is a real risk that these immaterial characterizations will over-shadow the strength of her qualifications. Abrams, who served

an interdisciplinary perspective, which is just what Idella brings to the Pompano Beach Community Redevelopment Agency. Idella Grissett is an agent of change. As the Cultural Communications & Business Development Director of Pompano Beach CRA, she stands with the redevelopment agency and community leaders assisting as they chart their way forward in bridging the community and building economic growth. Ms. Grissett specializes in connecting the dots between the community and brands through producing live events as well as interactive empowerment programs with impactful results. She plans and cultivates fundraising campaigns and communication outreach strategies across the cultural arts spectrum. From the trenches to boardrooms, Idella has a rich public/ nonprofit background in developing audience engagement plans that delivers branded entertainment programs for media companies like United Front Media and Freemantle TV. Prior to joining Pompano Beach CRA, Idella began her professional career as a planner in the City of Atlanta where she developed a sound under-

By Lynette Monroe (Program Assistant, NNPA ESSA Public Awareness Campaign) Dr. Tiffany G. Tyler is the president and CEO of Communities in Schools (CIS) Nevada. CIS creates school-based strategies for improving the academic outcomes of students by addressing their basic needs. This work centers on helping school leaders understand the needs of their school populations apart from over-simplified ethnic and income categories. As a former high school dropout, Dr. Tyler used the motivation from the birth of her first son (she said she didn’t want her son to “have a dropout as a mom.”) to propel her to the highest levels of academia, as an educational psychologist. While studying for her dissertation, she happened upon a report detailing circumstances that contribute to student dropouts, as well as preventative practices that retain enrollment. She uses her experiences as a former beneficiary of many of the services she now provides to inform her role as chief Advocate. “Having the benefit of people, over the course of my return to school, who not only encouraged me to continue my education, but helped in many ways, I now have the opportunity to pay it forward every day,” Dr. Tyler said, speaking of her daily motivation to make a difference. Dr. Tyler said that her primary responsibility is to shepherd the vision and mission of the organization: to provide children with the resources and support they need to not only graduate, but to lead a successful life. Communities in Schools operates in South Ne-

Dr. Tiffany G. Tyler, the president and CEO of Communities in Schools, strives to provide children with the resources and support they need to not only graduate, but to lead a successful life. (Communities in Schools) vada, encompassing 50 schools in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, Marshall County and Elko County. An impressive 66,720 K-12 students benefit from the integrated services provided by CIS, yet the need still outweighs access to resources. Dr. Tyler believes in the power of the work, but also in the power of action. In order to really move the needle on reducing dropout rates she believes we need everyone at the table; not only to discuss the challenges faced, but to also develop a course of action for moving forward. Dr. Tyler is consistently looking to partner with stakeholders and other like-minded organizations to bring more assets to schools. She serves as the co-chair of the Juvenile Justice Services Citizens Advisory Committee in Clark County and maintains board memberships on several organizations in the community. (Read full story at:

CARR eight years in the state legislature before stepping down to run for governor, is by far the most accomplished of the candidates vying for the top of Georgia’s Democratic ticket. (Read full story at: standing of business development practices and gained extensive experience crafting unique pop up events for luxury brands, as well as the national civic organization (SCLC) Southern Christian Leadership Conference. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology, with a concentration in Drama and Theater from Morris Brown, a historical Black college located in Atlanta. “ Because Ms. Grissett made her transition young, I asked each person that I spoke with that if she had a time capsule what would be inside of it. Very close and best friend Megan Aderele said these are the things that would be inside. “A notebook, books (she had a thirst for knowledge), Notes for her own personal qualities (listening, being a support by her presence, holding happiness, research, love of children). These are her final words from the introduction speech at the “Know Thy Greatness “ exhibition “Reach from the back and salute the past in our traditions, keep them in your hearts, and carry them onto the next generation.” Idella Grissett’s Home Going celebration services are as follows: Sunrise: July 22, 1978 -Sunset: April 29, 2018. The Viewing on Friday, May 11, from 6 to 9 p.m., at The Celebration of Life Services on Saturday May 12, at 11 a.m., at New Covenant Deliverance Cathedral 2404 Northwest 20 St., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Dr. Ralph Grissett, Pastor.

Federal Court rrejects ejects T rump Trump Administration’s Bid to terminate DACA Pr ogram Program Orders full reinstatement of DACA Program if DHS can’t improve upon explanation for termination BALTIMORE -- The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the country’s original civil rights organization, today celebrates a huge victory for DACA recipients around the nation. A federal court in Washington, D.C. found legally insufficient the memorandum issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) terminating the DACA program and struck down the memorandum unless DHS can offer a stronger basis for ending the program affecting hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants. Federal Judge John Bates said the decision by the Trump administration to rescind DACA was “virtually unexplained” and as such “unlawful.” He gave DHS 90 days to provide a legally sufficient explanation. If DHS fails to provide an explanation that meets legal muster, DACA will be vacated in its entirety and DHS will be required to maintain the program for current enrollees and to accept and process applications from new enrollees who meet the program’s eligibility rules. Decisions from other federal courts have mandated that DHS temporarily continue the DACA program as to current enrollees pending further action in those cases. Judge Bates’s decision represents the first time that any court has vacated DHS’s “Rescission Memorandum,” thus potentially allowing new enrollees to participate in the program for the first time since DACA was terminated. “Dr. King was right when he said that the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. “Our nation made a promise to protect undocumented young immigrant and this administration attempted to renege on that promise, but justice prevailed.” The NAACP and its co-plaintiffs successfully argued that the defendants failed in their efforts to articulate a legally

JOHNSON sufficient justification for reneging on the commitments extended through the DACA program to DACA-eligible undocumented immigrants. Plaintiffs in the case also alleged that the Trump administration violated the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fifth Amendment, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act by terminating the DACA program, but the court’s ruling was confined to the plaintiffs’ Administrative Procedure Act claims. The NAACP filed its case in September of last year against President Trump, Attorney General Jefferson Sessions, DHS Secretary Elaine Duke, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security, in defense of people of color eligible for the DACA program. The NAACP was joined in the case by two of the nation’s largest labor unions- the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW). Later Princeton University and Microsoft Corporation filed a similar case that was joined with the NAACP case. “This is a major win for advocates for justice and a compassionate democracy,” said NAACP General Counsel Bradford M. Berry. (Read full story at:

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Insider look at Miami Dolphins second round draft pick Mike Gesicki

A Proud Paper For A Proud People ball in the air before going up and catching the ball at its high point. He can easily be split out as well in certain formations, and can really do damage if a corner attempts to cover him on his own. Simply put, he’s the

type of tight end who will keep defensive coordinators up at night. The biggest knock against Gesicki is his blocking ability. It’s just something he was never able to do on a consistent basis

at Penn State. The Dolphins coaching staff may need to make a decision to only using him in the passing game, as he may not have the ability to be an effective blocker in the NFL. With that said, he does have the ability to become one of the

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/27723,&.6 Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images By Kevin Nogle The Miami Dolphins used the 2018 NFL Draft to add talented players to positions of need, with a lot of that focused on the tight end position - both stopping opposing tight ends and improving their own production from the position. After using their first-round pick on Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, a player who should help stop opposing tight ends, the Dolphins came back in the second round to add Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki. Earlier today, we got a closer look at Fitzpatrick, thanks to Roll ‘Bama Roll. This afternoon, we get to take another closer look at a Dolphins draft pick, this time looking at Gesicki with some assistance from Jared Slanina over at SB Nation’s Penn State team site, Black Shoe Diaries. Insider look at Miami Dolphins first round draft pick Minkah Fitzpatrick Mike Gesicki played immediately as a true freshman, catching 11 passes as a reserve. While he was still quite raw, his athleticism and potential were obvious right off the bat. However, things took a turn for the worse once he became the starting tight end as a sophomore.

LEGAL NOTICES PUBLICATION OF BID SOLICITATIONS Broward County Board of County Commissioners is soliciting bids for a variety of goods and services, construction and architectural/engineering services. Interested bidders are requested to view and download the notifications of bid documents via the Broward County Purchasing website at: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2018

Gesicki developed a case of the yips, and had a difficult time hanging on to the ball. He regularly dropped passes that were placed right in his hands. He also had a pattern of committing careless penalties and missing blocks, becoming a liability on the field. It appeared as though Gesicki was one of those cases of someone with spectacular athletic ability, but just couldn’t put it all together as a football player. Fortunately, all of that would change during his junior year. The summer before his junior year, Gesicki re-dedicated himself. He went dark on social media, avoided interviews, and just focused on fixing the flaws in his game. This resulted in a totally different player on the field, and ended with the most productive season for a tight end in Penn State history. But it wasn’t just his newfound productivity that was so eye-catching, but rather, his complete transformation in the receiving game. All of a sudden, he was catching everything in site. Trace McSorley would often even just throw it deep in his general direction, and Gesicki would find a way to locate the ball and get to it at its highest point in tight coverage. His penchant for drops became a thing of the past. His senior year was more of the same- while his yards per catch decreased (9.9 yards per catch compared with 14.1 as a junior, although this was more of a symptom of McSorley learning not to rely on the deep ball), he had career highs in receptions (57) and touchdowns (9). Gesicki has the ability to instantly add value to the Dolphins passing game. At 6-6 and 257 lbs., he easily creates mismatches with his rare combination of size and athleticism. He has a ridiculously large catch radius, and really excels at making adjustments with the



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Come fly with me, literally (Cont'd from FP) seasons with the GEICO Skytypers, shared with me that his uncle was a mechanic in World War II working on bombers in England and that he has a photo of him working on the same kind of planes. “I guess you might say that it’s in my blood and an honor to work on planes that are such an important part of U.S. military and aviation history.” Chris Thomas is a Wing Pilot, and he was the pilot that I flew with. Chris grew up surrounded by aviation and developed a passion for flying at a young age, becoming a thirdgeneration pilot. Not only is Chris a great pilot, he is somewhat of a history buff. “The SNJs flown by our team were originally used as training air-

Worshipping with New Mount Olive at Worship Unscripted Service. Back row: Mr. Robert Strong, Dr. Hamilton, Mrs. Margaret Haynie-Birch. Front Row: Mrs. Helen Holmes and Mrs. Maggie Curry (seated). The inception of Relay for Life was conceptualized by Vice President Dr. Edwin Hamilton in 1992. Dr. Hamilton along with other prominent members of the predominantly African American community, presented the concept of Relay for Life to members of the American Cancer Society. The board accepted the concept of Relay for Life in 1992 and the vision was born. Relay for Life became Carter Park’s first fundraising healthcare awareness program to service the predominantly African American Community. Based on 20years of research and information, Dr. Hamilton observed that African Americans are dying of cancer at a

higher rate than any other race. Lack of knowledge, late diagnosis and non-treatment of cancer diagnosis within the African American Community is killing us at an alarming rate. As a community, we should strive to become proactive instead of reactive when it comes to our health care management. Relay for Life’s mission is to seek participation, donations from the communities, and to educate the residents of Ft. Lauderdale for a healthier and sustainable lifestyle. Join us May 18, 2018 at 6 p.m. thru May 19, 2018 6 a.m. at Carter Park (formally Sunland Park) as we continue to strive for a healthier community.

craft for WWII pilots, and the Tuskegee Air Men flew them,” says Chris. Chris was trained by his father, a Naval Aviator, and earned his pilot’s license at the age of 17. Another nugget is that Chris earned an AAS in Fire Science and graduated from Norfolk State University, an HBCU, with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies-Aviation. This was a ride back in time in an open cockpit with worldclass aviators, and flying close formation was a once in a life time experience for me. Lead solo pilot Tom Daly is a no- nonsense, focused person, the kind that you want to give you finial instructions of which he did as I was being strapped into the cockpit back seat. Tom retired from the police department and as the Dean of the College of Aviation, he cur-

MAY 10 - MAY 16, 2018 • PAGE 11 rently serves as a member of the advisory councils for the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Tom was promoted to 9th degree Black Belt in the Chinese Goju Association. So when Tom gave me my commands, I said yes sir with both thumbs up. Skytypers Air Show Team is a civilian squadron based in Long Island, NY. The Team was preparing a new demonstration that was unveiled at the FORD Lauderdale Air Show on last weekend. That performance was the second stop of their 2018 air show season. For this show the Skytypers flew six SNJs powered by 600horsepower engines. As WWII training aircraft, the SNJs were designed to perform all the maneuvers of fighter planes from the same era, but at slower speeds. In addition, the GEICO Skytypers are one of a select few organizations in the world that can generate giant skytyped messages. The Government Employees Insurance Company (GEICO) continues to do remarkable things with and through their relationship with our government and our communities. “GEICO Cares is not just a slogan—it’s who we are, what we stand for and what we do.” Rynthia Rost, Vice President of Public Affairs, explains that GEICO Cares through their hard work of giving back through community efforts. GEICO Cares work with Habitat For Humanity—is where The Work of GEICO interns are “raising the roof” in Virginia Beach and The Presentation

Teamwork makes the dream work when Habitat for Humanity and GEICO presented a newly constructed home and a Recycled Rides vehicle to a military family in Virginia Beach. The Team was preparing a new demonstration that was unveiled at the FORD Lauderdale Air Show on last weekend. That performance was the second stop of their 2018 air show season. For 18-minutes, I experienced what seemed like a full day of serenity with burst of excitement as we went through some of the 20 different new tactical maneuvers used in their routine for the 2018 season. The new performance is supposed to be tighter and more demanding with new enhancements. The routine might highlight the aircraft and pilots’ capabilities but, it almost cost a complete cleanup job for the maintenance crew. One of the highest attendance air shows on the circuit is The FORD Lauderdale Air Show. Needless to say I’m still soaring. I can honestly say that I’m forever changed. So many people have commented on the live video and told me personally that they lived that flight vicariously through me. One comment that I will always remember was from James ‘Boss Hog’ Freeman. Boss asked me this, “When you were up there, could you see the face of God?” So, I am indeed grateful for the many lives that GEICO and the Skytypers have touched. Thank you. And Boss, no, I did not see His face, but I felt His hands as they comforted me and brought me safely back down to His earth. GOD DOESN’T PROMISED A SMOOTH FLIGHT BUT GUARANTE


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