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Crystal Towers residents plead: ‘Save our homes’


The residents of Crystal Towers have called on the City of Winston-Salem to use funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to make repairs to the 11-story public housing development located on West Sixth Street. During a press conference held outside the building last week, residents and members of the local activist organization Housing Justice Now talked about the dreadful conditions inside the building, including rodents, roaches, bedbugs, faulty equipment, and little to no communication with management. In response they are asking the City of Winston-Salem to step in and spend $7 million to make repairs to the building. Crystal Towers is a public housing unit for seniors and those with disabilities and it’s maintained by the Housing Authority of WinstonSalem (HAWS). HAWS announced the sale of the building located at 625 West Sixth Street, citing the need for $7 million in repairs as the reason for the sale. A year later, The Chronicle reported that HAWS had made a decision on a buyer but they were waiting on approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Since then, Mayor Allen Joines and several members of the city council have said they don’t approve of the sale because it would displace 200 people and reduce affordable housing opportuni-

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Last week tenants of Crystal Towers and Housing Justice Now held a press conference to ask the city to step in and make repairs to the 11-story public housing unit for seniors and those with disabilities. ties in the downtown area. earlier this year, to make relocated. Once the sale office) for the new units. conference last week, Phillip Carter, president of the repairs. The city is ex- is approved, HAWS will The space is also expected tenants and members of Housing Justice Now, said pected to receive $51 mil- offer residents the option to include retail space on Housing Justice Now had they received a letter from lion in ARPA funding. of moving into another the ground floor. a meeting with Mayor Councilmember Jeff MaCarter also suggested one-bedroom apartment at HAWS is also consid- Joines in the lobby of cIntosh saying the sale of that the city make the re- another HAWS location ering using a portion of the Crystal Towers. Kathy Crystal Towers was text- pairs over time instead of or a voucher for a one- proceeds from the sale to Holland, who has called book gentrification. spending $7 million at one bedroom apartment, which jumpstart stagnant rede- Crystal Towers home since “We’re hoping that he time. “It all doesn’t have can be privately owned or velopment in the Happy 2018, said she wants to see still feels the same way to be done at one time outside the city or state. Hill community. the mayor take a tour of and that he will join forces and that’s why we believe In February Cheshire No timetable has been the building. with the mayor and other the city should provide said HAWS planned to use set on when HAWS can “I challenge the mayor council members to come the funding to repair this some of the proceeds from expect the sale to be ap- to walk through the buildup with the money need- building so the residents the sale to create about 90 proved. Since there have ing … there’s rats, mold, ed to make repairs to the can continue to live in this mixed-income multifamily been changes in admin- rust, leaks … the elevator is building,” Carter said. community,” Carter said. replacement units in the istration since the origi- full of roaches right now,” Residents and their When discussing the downtown area, includ- nal paperwork was filed Holland said. “Don’t just supporters suggested that sale of Crystal Towers, ing 40 that will be true with HUD, Cheshire said, come into the lobby where the city use funding they Kevin Cheshire, executive replacement units for resi- “Honestly, I don’t know they’ve cleaned everything received from the Ameri- director of HAWS, said dents from Crystal Towers. where HUD is on this now, up, really walk through the can Rescue Plan Act, there will be no transfer of HAWS is expected to re- given the change in admin- building and see the condiwhich was signed into law ownership until every resi- purpose the Lowery Build- istration.” tions we’re being forced to by President Joe Biden dent has been permanently ing (current HAWS central Following the press live in.”

District Attorney’s Office launches DRIVE Program Last week Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neil announced the launch of DRIVE (Driver Restoration Initiative and Vocational Extension), a new program designed to

help residents get their license back. The District Attorney’s Office initially began a driver’s license restoration program in 2015 with the purpose of giving the city’s financially challenged or low-to-moderate income citizens an opportunity to have their driver’s licenses restored. The program helped hundreds of people restore their licenses, until funding for it ended. O’Neil said when the program launched, they had no idea so many people were in need. On the first day the program was offered in 2015, more than 200 people showed up. “When people came back that we helped to

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Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neil (left) fist bumps a participant in the DRIVE Program. The program helps residents get their license back. show us their driver’s license and there’s tears coming out of their eyes it’s a great feeling to know

that you can help somebody improve their way of life,” O’Neal said. The new Forsyth

County DRIVE Program was made possible by a partnership with the City of Winston-Salem. Ac-


cording to O’Neal, about two years ago Councilman James Taylor, who is publisher of The Chronicle, reached out and wanted to help expand the program. To expand the program and help reach more people, last year city officials voted to allocate $275,000 to fund the program. The funds will be used to pay staff for the program and marketing. “I credit Councilman Taylor with understanding that if we had the resources, we could help that many more people in this community,” O’Neal said. “He got everybody on board and everybody could immediately see the benefits of such an opporSee Drive on A8 6 89076 32439 7



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Founder of Black family-owned nonprofit to give away $50,000 twice a month for 100 years Nationwide ( - Niamke Muhammad wants to see more Black entrepreneurs become successful, so he formed The B Network Group. The company is family-owned and yearns to help Black people put their products in the marketplace and make a way to provide for their families. The B Network Group started the company with the core values of contributing to the community and building trust through transparency. Niamke knew that $50,000 alone would NOT get a product into a major grocery store overnight, but he realized it would be the start of the process for a Black entrepreneur into becoming an organic household brand. The B Network Group affirms that if you come up with a solid business plan, they will fund it. They aren’t seeking corporate, celebrity backing, or sponsorships; they want the support to come from us, our people. A mere sacrifice of not hanging out and a donation of $50, The B Network Group feels the company would be on its way to becoming financially independent and in a position to help individuals that are helping the community.

Furthermore, they firmly believe there to be thousands if not hundreds of thousands of African/ African American people who have great ideas that can help and support the whole community, but can’t find the finances to get started. Hence, The B Network Group wanted to fund those ideas. Believing that by funding these ideas, they will encourage millions of people to go after their dreams and live their best life. The $50K allotment will go to anyone who has a business plan that will create jobs and industry in the African/African American communities across the globe. He also plans to choose one company, corporation or nonprofit a year to give $500,000 that aligns with the company’s Niamke Muhammad goals, principles, and ad- start and a true sign of vocations. community maturity.” Niamke comments, Additionally, The B “We are simply asking Network Group has a vifour million people to do- sion to get Black entrenate $50. This small one- preneurs up and running time donation will provide and putting them in their generational wealth and marketplace. As an orgamotivate millions to be- nization, they believe that come entrepreneurs. We when you go to the store, believe if we can show the there should be African or world that by giving up African American choices one night of partying, we on the shelves too. can provide one hundred An example of this years of financial indepen- desire would be to see Kedence, that will be a great nyata’s Kleaning Solutions

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Healing Black birth: Fundraising campaign launches to pair victims of birth trauma with Black mental health therapists Nationwide ( - A new national campaign recently launched to raise funds and awareness for the need to provide professional mental health support to the thousands of Black women and birthing people who have experienced obstetric violence and other traumatic experiences during pregnancy and childbirth. RESTORATION! The Healing Black Birth fund opened with an initial goal to raise $50,000 to offer therapy by trained perinatal mental health

erage of Black maternal health. “I started the Birthright podcast to share positive Black birth stories and to spark more joy in the Black birth space. But I realized that we can’t have true joy without healing. We can’t have restoration without reconciliation and that means acknowledging and supporting those who have already suffered harm within this system and not normalizing their distressing experiences,” says Seals Allers, who is also the founder of Irth, a new

some of it being multigenerational,” says Nneka Symister, a licensed psychotherapist in New York City, specializing in the parenting spectrum and one of the Heal Black Birth therapists. “We have to stop normalizing it. It needs to be acknowledged, addressed, and healed. It’s important for us to show how, and to lead the process,” adds Symister, who has been the lead therapist for Birthright. “Historically, Black women have given more than enough to the ob-

professionals of color to hundreds of Black birthing people. The campaign is a new initiative of the Birthright podcast, hosted by national maternal and infant health advocate and Black maternal tech founder, Kimberly Seals Allers. Birthright features positive Black birth stories as a direct counter-narrative to the doom and gloom approach in mainstream media cov-

Yelp-like app for Black parents to find and leave reviews of OB/GYNS, birthing hospitals, and pediatricians. Birthright’s inaugural season features eight inspiring Black birth stories and two special “restoration” episodes, where victims of Black birth trauma sit with a therapist for a healing session. “There is a lot of birth trauma in our community,

stetrics and gynecology field and it is time they get something in return,” Seals Allers says. For example, Dr. Marion Sims, who was lauded as the “father” of the OB/GYN field, used enslaved Black women for experimentation, often without anesthesia, using their bodies to build his reputation. Today, Black women and birthing people are disproportionally victims

of harassment, disrespectful, neglect, and obstetric violence. Black mothers experience severe maternal morbidity, defined as near deaths during or after

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Army New England Recruiting Battalion names first woman, African American as commander Winston-Salem native makes history

PORTSMOUTH, Va.Lt. Col. Natasha Sunday Clarke has received many accolades throughout her military career, and she added another to the list last week, officially becoming both the first woman and African American to lead the New Eng-

thony Barbina, who left his post after two years this spring. Presided over by Col. J. Frederick Dente, commander of the 1st Recruiting Brigade in Ft. George G. Meade, Maryland, the ceremony took place in the city’s Paul A. Doble Unit-

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Lt. Col. Natasha Sunday Clarke land Recruiting Battalion. Clark has previously served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, received a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and is a former staff member of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. With the flag of the Battalion symbolically passed down to her on July 21, Clarke assumed the helm of the Battalion from Major Patrick Moriarity, who served as the interim commander for two months in place of former commander Lt. Col. An-

ed States Army Reserve Center on Cottage Street. Reviewing Army job postings earlier this year, Clarke said Tuesday she had her husband rank different areas in the United States where she could potentially lead an open battalion. Stationed at the time in South Korea as a speechwriter for the commanding general of the United States Forces Korea, Clarke had just completed commanding the 194th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, also in South Korea.


$15 million will be spent on finding and funding health care outlets for the African/African American community, $5 million will be spent on all expenses for running The B Network Group, which includes giving small amounts to various organizations and funding international charities that align with The B Network Group’s vision of an African/African American choice in business. If four million African/ African Americans agree to sacrifice one night of fun, 100 years of financial stability will be created. “Our vision is that the task of putting Black entrepreneurs into business is done.” “For Us, By Us” Daymond John. For more information about The B Network Group, please visit the web site at or email the founder, Niamke Muhammad at

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and 15% will go to The B Network Group. Living by the core value of Building Trust through Transparency, the money will be broken down in the following manner: $120 million will be allocated to giving away $50,000 twice a month, every month for 100 years. $50 million will be allocated to give away $500,000 to a business once a year for 100 years, Thirty million dollars will be allocated to The B Network Group. Once the initial startup money is received, we will instantly begin the process of ensuring there is an African/African American choice in all fields of business in the United States and internationally. Of the $30 million received, $10 million will be spent on finding and funding educational outlets for the African/African American community. Moreover,

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Tito Jackson’s new CD targets civil unrest, features a host of superstars BY STACY M. BROWN

Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Bobby Rush, Kim Fields, Magic Johnson, UB40, and Smokey Robinson are just some of the names featured on Jackson 5 legend Tito Jackson’s latest CD, “Under Your Spell.” In addition to an army of superstars, Jackson also enlisted members of his famous family. The blues-infused record streaming on all download platforms from the SRG ILS label imprint contains the hit single, “Love One Another.” The song features George Benson, Eddie Levert, Bobby Rush, Marlon Jackson, and Stevie Wonder. Brian McKnight, Deborah Cox, Kim Kardashian, Kim Fields, and Chris Tucker join Jackson in the accompanying video that contains cameos. Family members including matriarch Katherine Jackson, sisters Janet and Latoya, brothers Jermaine and Jackie, and a host of nieces and nephews.

“It was to me it was a no-brainer, because at the time there was a lot of unrest in the world, especially in America with [Black Lives Matter] and the storming of the Capital,” Tito Jackson mused. “My partner and I felt that it was a good time to write something to tell the people to come in peace and love each other. We are better than this. That was the basic principle of that song,” Jackson insisted. “Under Your Spell” counts as Jackson’s sophomore blues album. The Jackson Five lead guitarist’s “innate abilities as a singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer, and arranger shine through brilliantly, creating a spectacular record destined for airplay and rave reviews in many formats,” label officials wrote in a news release. Renowned songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff came out of retirement to write “All in The Family Blues” for Jackson, featuring Eddie Levert. Jackson honors his friend BB King on the CD, covering King’s 1964 classic, “Rock Me Baby.” King’s daughter, Claudette King, joins Jackson on the track. Primarily, Jackson highlights the need for world peace. “It’s a thing with the Jacksons that we’ve always tried to go for harmony, peace, and love throughout the world,” Jackson asserts. “This is just another limb on that tree.” Stacy M. Brown is the NNPA Newswire senior national correspondent. Reach him at @StacyBrownMedia.

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The killing of Walter Rodney Oscar H. Blayton

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On the evening of June 13, 1980, a bomb blast shook a neighborhood in Georgetown, Guyana, and took the life of Black scholar, writer and activist Walter Rodney. Few Black people in the United States, or elsewhere around the world, felt the explosion, but it was an event that shook our lives to their very foundations. The assassination of Walter Rodney on that bad luck Friday the 13th silenced a voice that was pressuring bastions of white supremacy to loosen their grip on the formerly enslaved and colonialized people of color around the world. In 1972, Rodney published his brilliant book, “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa,” and stripped away the false narrative of humanistic motives driving European and American interactions with Africa, both before and after most modern African nations gained their independence. This book, described by some as “the 20th century’s most important and influential book on African history,” eloquently sets out the case of how European and American regimes deliberately exploited and underdeveloped Africa. It also called for people of color to understand the capitalist system underpinning European and American economic dominance and to work for its overthrow. Walter Rodney knew that modern Western culture was built upon, and maintained by, a worldwide system of racialized labor exploitation of people of color, coupled with the theft of the natural resources from the lands where those people

lived. He was determined that people of color should come to understand this. And this is why, for some, he had to die. We must understand that Walter Rodney’s death is not a singular instance of European and American regimes shutting down voices calling for the economic freedom of people of color. Economic freedom translates into political power, and the former slave nations and colonial powers cannot allow people of color to gain the type of power that comes with economic independence. For those who would argue that this last statement is an exaggeration, a brief survey of history presents a very clear picture of how white supremacy and Eurocentric dominance has been maintained by violence throughout the centuries. History tells us of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the most prominent figure in the Haitian revolution against France from 1791 until his capture in 1802. But his capture and subsequent death in a French prison in 1803 did not end the Haitians’ thirst for liberty. The fighting continued until the Black and brown population of the former French colony won their freedom in 1804 at a great cost of lives loss. This victory also created the nation of Haiti – the world’s first Black-led republic. However, 21 years later, France sailed warships into Haitian waters and threatened a devastating invasion if its demands for reparations for the loss of its slaves and its slave colony were not met. Haiti was forced to submit to the overwhelming French show of force and, over the years, has paid to France what amounts to $21 billion in today’s dollars. This economic burden severely stunted Haiti’s economic development and has kept the island nation impoverished to this day, as well as making it a source of cheap

labor for more developed economies. Not long after Haiti became a nation, Mexicans began their war of independence against Spain, and after 11 years, threw off the Spanish colonial yoke. But when Vicente Guerrero, the second president of Mexico, issued a decree abolishing slavery in 1829, it sent shockwaves through the Texas region of Mexico, which was being flooded with Americans bringing their slaves and seeking fertile lands to grow cotton. Three months after abolishing slavery, Guerrero, who was an Afro-Mexican, was driven from office and eventually executed by reactionary conservatives who took over the Mexican government. But the prohibition against slavery remained in place. Texas slaveholders eventually rebelled against the Mexican government and its abolitionist policies and declared independence, sparking a war that is famous for its sanitized myth about the Alamo. After gaining independence in 1836, Texans codified white supremacy by, among other things, establishing a constitutional provision banning free Black people from its borders. More than a century after Texas gained its independence, Africans in various European colonies began to agitate for their freedom and, in many instances, fought bloody wars of liberation. Unable to maintain their geopolitical grip on these overseas holdings, European nations devised “post-colonial” strategies to achieve the same economic results they enjoyed during centuries of colonial exploitation. History also documents how African financial independence has been thwarted by Western colonialist and imperialist powers. It is now a part of the public record that President Dwight Eisenhower

ordered the murder of Patrice Lumumba, the first prime minister of the mineral rich Democratic Republic of the Congo, an act that has led to decades of instability in that nation and made its riches easily exploitable by Western interests. From the beginning of their independence in the mid-20th century until 2020, former French colonies in West Africa were forced to deposit half of their foreign exchange reserves with the French Treasury. This economic constraint gave France control over the financial prosperity of those countries. And to this day, France controls the currency of its former central African colonies this way. There are many chains with which global white supremacy and Eurocentric policies have kept people of color in economic bondage and unable to develop the necessary power to control their own wellbeing. And this brings us back to Walter Rodney. Rodney wrote about post-colonial economics and the need for people of color to be aware of those transactional processes that keep us impoverished around the world. And he urged us to do something about it. The least we can do is to educate ourselves about why people of color are in the economic state we are in. Try as they might, we cannot allow white supremacists to silence the voices of people like Walter Rodney who speak truth to power in the face of certain danger. Many people of color have lost their lives speaking against white supremacy. We should not only amplify their voices, we should act upon those truths of which they spoke. Oscar H. Blayton is a former Marine Corps combat pilot and human rights activist who practices law in Virginia.

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The greatness of Simone Biles lives on! Dr. James B. Ewers Jr.

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Sometimes, we get accustomed to greatness. We take it for granted. We have been witnesses to it time and time again. Such is the case with Simone Biles. Her greatness has been on display for years now, so we in the public square just expect it. For us, our appetites never get enough. We always want more greatness. We want more excellence. Just give us more! Simone Biles has given the world excel-

lence and she has achieved greatness. The barometer that you use does not matter. She has risen to rarified air, and she has remained there alone. I believe Simone Biles has been a powerful figure for young girls. Her performances in gymnastics have been breathtaking and gravity defying. What she has shown is that if you stick to it and never give up, you may make it to the Olympics. Dreams plus hard work will always pay off, whatever field you pursue. Biles has represented the United States of America with dignity, class and grace. She has been nothing short of superb. Simone Biles has been on top and will forever remain on top. The gymnastics mountaintop has only one occupant and that is Sim-

one Biles. There have been others to achieve great acclaim like Shannon Miller, Gabby Douglas and Kerri Strug. However, none have achieved the status and stature that Simone Biles has. Some in the critic’s corner will point to this year’s Olympics. Simone Biles decided to forego the competition except for the balance beam. She won the bronze medal in that event. The reasoning behind it, according to Biles, was to focus on her mental health. I believe we think that people who achieve greatness are sometimes robotic and without feelings. They just turn on a switch or press a button and presto, here comes the honor or the award. It does not work like

that! Biles said, “It just sucks when you are fighting with your head.” She added, “I was like, I’m not in the right headspace, I’m not going to lose a medal for this country and for these girls because they worked way too hard for me to go out there and have them lose a medal.” These comments came after the vault in her opening rotation. She knew when to stop. This selfawareness is a part of what makes Simone Biles a champion. Her teammates and those who mattered supported her decision to withdraw from the competition. Biles and tennis star Naomi Osaka have been at the forefront to talk about the importance of mental health. Osaka, a multiple

Grand Slam winner, said, “It’s OK to not be OK, and it’s OK to talk about it.” Mental health struggles affect us in all types of jobs. In a survey done last year, 80% of workers said they would consider another job that had better support for mental wellbeing. Michael A. Lindsey, a mental health researcher said, “There’s this overall sort of ethic in our society around grinning and bearing it, taking it on the chin.” This notion is finally coming to an end as more people are speaking up and talking about this important topic. Simone Biles is a decorated champion with four Olympic gold medals and 19 world championship titles. She also has four elements in the Women’s Ar-

tistic Gymnastics Code of Points named in her honor. When asked recently about the next Olympics, she has left the door open. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Whether she competes again will obviously be entirely up to her. Let’s just be happy, be elated that we had the chance to watch her perform. James B. Ewers Jr., Ed.D., is a former tennis champion at Atkins High School in Winston-Salem and played college tennis at Johnson C. Smith University, where he was all-conference for four years. He is a retired college administrator. He can be reached at

To protect democracy, we have to fix the Supreme Court Ben Jealous

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It’s been six months since the Biden-Harris administration began, ushering in an era of hope after four bitter and disheartening years. We have much to celebrate. At the same time, there are ways in which our future is wavering on a knife’s edge: will we fulfill the promise of a more inclusive democracy, or be dragged backwards by the same forces that tried to reverse the presidential election on January 6? Will our federal government step up to protect voting rights, or will more and more states suppress them? Can we protect and expand health care? I am proud of the com-

mitment of advocates who are pushing the BidenHarris administration and the new leadership in Congress to be their best. But there is another critically important step we have to take if we want voting rights, or health care, or workers’ rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, or any of the rights we are fighting for to survive. We have to fix our Supreme Court. For decades now, the same far-right forces that are fighting justice and equal rights for all our citizens have been working to pack our federal courts. Their crowning achievement has been the capture of the Supreme Court, now dominated by ultraconservatives. The Supreme Court has dealt devastating blows to the Voting Rights Act. It has made it easier for companies to violate the rights of working people. It opened our elections to unlimited spending by

corporate interests. And it is undermining health and safety regulations. This matters greatly because even as we welcome the opportunities for change that we voted for in electing the Biden-Harris administration and Democratic leadership in Congress, there is a real risk that laws passed now - for progress that real people want - could be eviscerated by a far-right Supreme Court. We can’t let that happen. Fortunately, there are solutions on the table. President Biden has formed a Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States to study ideas for reforming the Court. They include a first-ever code of ethics for Supreme Court justices – a good idea in any era. They also include proposals that would address the unique moment we are in now, when the Court has

been so politicized and distorted by partisan interests. One idea is to set term limits for justices. Another is to add more seats to the Court, which would have a direct impact in easing the current crisis of a “captured Court.” There will be lively debate over these proposals, including pushback from traditionalists who think we should not mess with the makeup of the Court. But the number of seats on the Court has been changed before – not once, but half a dozen times. It’s also important to remember that we didn’t get here through a traditional or normal course of events. The current Court makeup was achieved by cynical political machinations of Mitch McConnell, the former Senate Majority Leader. McConnell refused to hold hearings for President Obama’s SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland, thereby steal-

ing the seat for Neil Gorsuch. He did this on the flimsy pretext that it was too close to a presidential election. Then, proving conclusively that he has no shame, McConnell forced through Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation for the late Justice Ginsburg’s seat even though voting had already begun in the next presidential election. So there are clear wrongs to be remedied. The Roberts Supreme Court is losing the confidence of the American people, if it hasn’t lost it already. In its current form it is becoming a political body incapable of protecting the rights of all, interested only in those of the privileged and powerful. And that means Supreme Court reform needs to be an integral part of our campaigns for justice and equity on all fronts. We are fighting too hard for justice to see progress

wrecked on the shoals of a rock-solid conservative Court. Let’s raise our voices for term limits and more Supreme Court seats at the same time we’re calling for the For the People Act and John Lewis Voting Rights Act, the Equality Act, immigration reform, reproductive rights, health care and fair pay. Let’s not trust our future to a captured Court. Ben Jealous serves as president of People For the American Way. Jealous has decades of experience as a leader, coalition builder, campaigner for social justice and seasoned nonprofit executive. In 2008, he was chosen as the youngest-ever president and CEO of the NAACP. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and he has taught at Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

Rejection of US Hiroshima myths long overdue John LaForge

Guest Columnist

Hiroshima was “a military base.” The U.S. atomic bombings “ended the war,” and they “prevented an invasion and saved lives.” Our government’s tests of atomic weapons on people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki 76 years ago were rationalized using these myths which transformed indiscriminate destruction into a “good thing.” This mythology stands as a roadblock to the elimination of nuclear weapons. The “good bomb” story is still believed by many in the United States because of decades of deliberate myth-making started by President Truman. He announced after Hiroshima, “The world will note that

the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, a military base. That was because we wished this first attack to avoid, insofar as possible, the killing of civilians.” Some 140,000 people were killed in Hiroshima, another 70,000 in Nagasaki. Almost all were civilians. The bombs were dropped miles from the nearest military base in both cases. The incurious can be excused for accepting this cover-story - even though it was publicly rejected at the time by great thinkers and writers including Albert Camus and Dorothy Day - because documents that prove the president and his administration lied were kept secret for decades. One is the April 1946 U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey, led by Dr. Paul Nitze who would later become Navy Secretary and later still a presidential advisor to Ronald Reagan. Nitze’s extensive official government study demol-

ished Truman’s whitewash, concluding, “Japan would have surrendered even if the atomic bombs had not been dropped, even if Russia had not entered the war, and even if no invasion had been planned or contemplated,” according to The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb and the Architecture of an American Myth by historian Gar Alperovitz. Likewise, the 1946 report of the Intelligence Group of the War Department’s (now Pentagon’s) Military Intelligence Division - only discovered in 1989 - concluded that atomic bombings had not been needed to end the war. The Intelligence Group “judged that it was ‘almost a certainty that the Japanese would have capitulated upon the entry of Russia into the war,’” according to The Decision. The judgment of Major General Curtis LeMay made six weeks after Nagasaki was more emphatic. Gen. LeMay headed the

21st Bomber Command and directed the firebombing of Osaka, Tokyo and 58 other Japanese cities. LeMay said Sept. 20, 1945, at a New York press conference reported in The New York Herald Tribune, “The war would have been over in two weeks without the Russians entering and without the atomic bomb.” A surprised reporter asked, “Had they not surrendered because of the atomic bomb?” and LeMay answered, “The atomic bomb had nothing to do with the end of the war at all.” So for 76 years debate has raged about whether the incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was ethical. Truman’s shrewd deception that mass destruction “saved lives” has long obscured the (previously classified) historical record, as well as the voices of high-level critics who rejected the big lie. In 1945, Brig. General Bonnie Feller wrote, “Neither the atomic bombing nor the entry of the Soviet

Union into the war forced Japan’s unconditional surrender.” President Eisenhower said, “First, the Japanese were ready to surrender and it wasn’t necessary to hit them with that awful thing.” Admiral William Leahy, Truman’s Chief of Staff, said later in life, “It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapons at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan.” Returning to Paul Nitze, after 43 years in government spent promoting nuclear weapons, he went from the Strategic Bombing Survey’s crushing of Truman’s Hiroshima myth in 1946, to obliterating all the remaining excuses for nuclear weapons in 1999. He wrote in The New York Times: “I see no compelling reason why we should not unilaterally get rid of our nuclear weapons. To maintain them … adds nothing to our security.

… I can think of no circumstances under which it would be wise for the U.S. to use nuclear weapons, even in retaliation for their prior use against us.” Today, the global clamor for abolition is invigorated by the entry-intoforce of the 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. With it, we have a new opportunity to renounce fairytales about the atrocities of August 6 and 9, to eliminate the needless costs of perpetual nuclear threats (“deterrence”), to cease our radioactive terrorism, and to finally scrap our nuclear arsenal. John LaForge, syndicated by PeaceVoice, is co-director of Nukewatch, a peace and environmental justice group in Wisconsin, and is co-editor with Arianne Peterson of Nuclear Heartland, Revised: A Guide to the 450 LandBased Missiles of the United States.

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The 8th annual Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo is coming! BY BUSTA BROWN FOR THE CHRONICLE

Well connected, confident, brilliant, creative, caring, hilarious and humble, are just a few words to describe my Person of the Week. If you want to get the word out and grow your business, then Reginald McCaskill is your man. For seven years he’s helped hundreds of the top minority businesses in the Triad become extremely successful. So, if you’re looking to grow your business, Reginald has already done the groundwork for you. The 8th annual Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo is where you need to be. Every year thousands of people from all over the Triad and surrounding areas attend the Expo. Due to its great success, there’s a lot of repeat attendees, vendors and businesses, so call now to lock in your spot, at 336764-6909, 336-448-417 or visit Due to COVID restrictions, there will be the necessary precautions in place to keep everyone safe. There are plenty of business expos, but not on the level of satisfied businesses and attendees of those that attend the Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo. I asked founder and director Reginald McCaskill to share the magic to its success.

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Reginald D. McCaskill, president and CEO of Maximum Enterprises Inc. and founder and director of Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo. “Eight years! Can you believe it! The magic is the connection we create with the people and businesses. Also, the creativity that we have to maximize individuals’ relationships through business opportunities and the learning of how to grow and build your business,” shared Reginald. What I admire most

about Reginald is his passion to see local businesses thriving, build better families and communities. Those are some of the motivations that sparked the vision for the Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo. “I was tired of seeing so many minority businesses struggle in the form of advertising, marketing,

and just getting the word out about their businesses,” explained Reginald. “So, I began to look at the major companies and how they did successful marketing and advertisement with billboards, TV, radio, newspapers and all of that. Well, most minority businesses can’t afford that, so I decided we had to create our own space. We have to create our own narrative, so it can’t be defined by anyone else. So, my wife and I started this. Believe it or not Busta, we started out with 20 to 25 businesses. Two years ago, we had 135 businesses that day,” said Reginald. McCaskill is very active in the Winston-Salem community, so the support for the Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo is always great. But like anything else, it can always be better. “I think people look forward to it. Every year at this time, people are asking about the Expo, and we appreciate it when they come out to patronize the businesses, because if they don’t, all of the grand stuff we do will mean absolutely nothing. So, we definitely look forward to the community coming out each year. “One of things that excites me is when I see and hear so many people and corporate sponsors wanting to see this product succeed. Because at the end of the day, the Expo is a product,” said Reginald.

The excitement about the Expo grows more each year, so this time it’ll be held in Winston-Salem, High Point and Greensboro on the same day, at the same time - August 28 from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at The Khalif Center in Greensboro on 2000 East Wendover Ave, The Enterprise Conference Center in Winston-Salem on 1922 South Martin Luther King Dr., and in High Point at The Gallery on 100 South Main St. “The idea for this is that the businesses are in their communities where their people will actually be,” said Reginald. There’s something else new and exciting this year. “We do a mixer before the Expo and this year we’re doing it in Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem. We’re having a mixer today in Downtown Greensboro at The Elm Street Lounge, with a live band, door prizes, speed talks, speed introductions, and tell us about your company. It’s going to be on and popping in downtown Greensboro today from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The next mixer will be August 19 in Winston-Salem at The Taste of the Triad from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as well. We picked minority businesses to host these mixers, and it’s a fantastic way to network,” said the president and CEO of Maximum Enterprises Inc. Reginald’s company provides general services in

all areas of nonprofit business consulting. When I asked Reginald what is the expected outcome for Triad Minority and Women’s Business Expo, he said that’s when he gets emotional. “Busta, for me, at the end of the day, if I have a vendor say, ‘Hey, I’ve made tons of connections or my business grew as a result of the Expo.’ That’s when I get emotional, because I feel like the passion that we put into this product is producing something. The passion, the product, and the production is serving its purpose. And that is the ultimate goal for us. At the end of the day, whether you were an attendee or business, you walked away with something that they did not have when you started the day off. The response thus far has been great, so if you’re a vendor, we’re going to be closing down the vending opportunity on August 21, so call us now at 336-4484177 or visit our website at “This year’s special celebrity guest is Jovan Johnson from Tyler Perry’s hit TV show ‘The Oval.’ He’s very excited about coming to the Triad. Even though we have a registration, both the Expo and mixers are free and open to the public.” My phenomenal Person of the Week is Reginald McCaskill.

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T.U.R.N.’s Freedom School empowers youth through theatre BY JOHN RAILEY

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Royal Curtain Drama Guild’s director, Stephanie Hurt, and her son, guild choreographer Joel Hurt, work with youth in the Freedom School at Calvary Hill Church of Greater Deliverance. up so my future can see the best that I can be,” they chanted as they marched around the big room. In preparation for that musical number, Stephanie Hurt had asked the youth what they wanted to be when they grow up. The choices ranged from one boy first saying he wanted to be a basketball player, then changing his choice to math teacher, to a girl saying she wanted to be an architect. Taking a cue from Whoopie Goldberg in “Sister Act 2,” Hurt then told the youth they needed “to wake up because now is the time to start seeing what it is you want to be.” Hurt said it was a great way to get the youth focused on working hard in school to achieve their dreams. “They get to tell their dreams to their parents,” she said. “Some of them have never told their parents what they want to be.” In the musical program, the students sang their individual career choices, saying they wanted to be the best at them. Hurt said this helps the students “with their skill of memory, their understanding. If they can sing it, they can embed it. You get to learn the lines, you get to put a feeling with the lines. It makes it more believable for them. Standing before

people is not an easy task for a lot of individuals. The beautiful thing about Freedom School is they’re all doing it together, drawing strength from each other.” Carrie Woods, the founder and executive director of T.U.R.N, said one young scholar was very shy, most comfortable reading alone. “Performing helped pull that inner strength out of her,” she said. Freedom School is for K-8th grade students. Woods said RCDG fits with T.U.R.N’s work. “If we can come together as a community, reform has to happen,” she said. RCDG had worked with youth in the T.U.R.N. program a few years ago, but this was its first venture with the Freedom School. It plans to return next summer. Meanwhile, some of the youth from this summer’s program plan to take part in RCDG’s plays. “We lean into the community to bring in the players of all ages that can bring the plays to life,” Hurt said. “We introduce those who have never done performing to the arts.” John Railey ( is the writer-in-residence for CSEM, csem.




The sanctuary abounded with energy, the smiling youth dancing and chanting as one: “I can make a difference in myself, in my family, in my community, in my country, in my world with hope, education and action.” They were the 40 students taking part in a Freedom School, a culturally based literacy program sponsored by T.U.R.N. (Through Unity Reformation is N-Evitable) at Calvary Hill Church of Greater Deliverance in Winston-Salem. The effort has helped youth retain their progress in reading during the summer break from school. This summer, the Royal Curtain Drama Guild (RCDG) took part, bringing the fun power of the arts. RCDG, led by founding director Stephanie Hurt and supported by Winston-Salem State University’s Center for the Study of Economic Mobility (CSEM), draws from the abundance of talent in East Winston and other areas of the city, employing residents of all ages as actors and crew on a contract basis and putting on plays as an economic development effort. CSEM Associate Director Alvin Atkinson said, “The arts can play an important role in the development of protective factors such as self-confidence and self-esteem that help youth navigate pathways to overcome the conditions of poverty for themselves and their families, who can support and take pride in their accomplishments.” On a recent day in the church sanctuary, Stephanie Hurt and her son, Joel, RCDG’s choreographer, led the students as they rehearsed for a musical, the finale of the Freedom School. “I have to wake



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childbirth, at a 66% higher rate than white women, according to the most recent Listening to Mothers national survey. “We cannot yet prevent all the harm, but we can help people heal,” notes Seals Allers, who is also the co-founder of Black Breastfeeding Week, which takes place August 25-31. “The time is now.” Donations to RESTORATION!: The Healing Black Birth Fund can be made at BirthrightPodcast. com and via CashApp: $HealBlackBirth. All funds will be used to directly pay therapists.

program will help get folks to those jobs and opportunities and not only to their jobs, it allows them to be able to have opportunities in entrepreneurship, whether that’s trucking, ride sharing … to be able to get out of their communities and work inside of their communities to provide for their families.” The new DRIVE program officially launched on Wednesday, Aug. 4. Chief Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Martin said helping people get their license back is a nice change from the murder cases she usually handles. “It lifts my spirit up,” Martin said “It feels so good to see a positive event happen in our office because we handle the most serious things where people have had terrible things happen, so it’s nice for us to be on the other side.” After having tickets dismissed and receiving the next steps to have their

license reinstated, several participants in the program talked about how having their license would help them find better employment. One participant who is a CNA, said she had plans to become a traveling nurse and another said he plans to get his CDL through the program offered by Goodwill Industries of Northwest N.C. “I appreciate this opportunity. I was a lot younger when I was getting all those tickets,” he said. “I have plans to get my CDL license so this program really helped me out a lot.” The DRIVE Program will not address charges that involve violence, DWI, school bus traffic violations, hit and run violations, and/or sex offenders. For more information or to apply for the DRIVE program, visit or visit the Forsyth County District Attorney’s Office, 200 North Main Street.

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NBA free agency frenzy Teams in the NBA are not wasting any time retooling for next season. With another shortened off season, teams are signing free agents left and right in an attempt to dethrone the Milwaukee Bucks as NBA champions. I was shocked at how teams were gobbling up free agents quicker than Pac-Man eats power pellets. There has been a lot of player movement and it will be interesting to see how these players fit in with their new teams. Last week I wrote about the Lakers acquiring Russell Westbrook in a trade with the Washington Wizards. That was before free agency opened and the Lakers had a lot of holes to fill. The Lakers did not have a lot of money to spend on role players to surround their Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, so Laker general manager Rob Pelinka chose to add several aging veterans and a couple of competent shooters to the Lakers’ roster. Wayne Ellington (33), Kent Bazemore (32), Trevor Ariza (36), Dwight Howard (35) and Carmelo Anthony (37) are the aging veterans the Lakers chose to sign. They also signed guards Kendrick Nunn and Malik Monk. Do these moves help the Lakers? I think yes and no. The Lakers needed to add shooters around their star players, and they have that now. On the other hand, with all of these veterans added that are over the age of 32, how many games are they expected to play during the regular season to ensure they have enough left in the tank for the playoffs? I didn’t think the addition of Westbrook was going to be enough to get the Lakers over the hump and I’m sorry to say that I don’t think the moves they made in free agency will be enough to win the championship either. The Western Conference is very tough and the experience teams like the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets gained this past postseason will prove to be very valuable. Those teams will not be scared of the Lakers. James got a little defensive about the age talk surrounding his new teammates. Even though the Lakers will be the oldest team in the league next season, James seems confident that they will have enough to contend. James took to Twitter to defend his teammates saying, “Keep talking about my squad, our personnel See NBA on B2

Bobcats name new wrestling head coach BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

Glenn High School has found their new leader of the boys wrestling team. Larry Barron, a former state champion at Parkland High School, will lead the Bobcats on the mat moving forward. Barron wrestled under legendary coach Maurice Atwood at Parkland High School and has taken that knowledge with him following graduation. He has coached in the private sector for several years and this is his first head coaching position in a school setting, so he is ready to get to work. “Having an athletic director that is a wrestling coach and understands the sport of wrestling, that probably was my number one seller, if I’m going to be honest,” Barron said about why he chose to take the position. “Having an AD that I know has my back and understands what it takes to really build a legacy level program, because I am not here to just win it once or twice, that’s not how I operate.” The previous year, Barron had been an assistant wrestling coach at Reynolds under Tim Pittman. Barron had initially applied for the head coaching position with the Demons but was not selected.

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The new wrestling coaching staff at Glenn High School. “Coming in, I didn’t have any high school coaching experience per se, even though I had been coaching for several years, I didn’t have any high school experience, so they gave me the assistant coaching job,” said Barron. “We took that program and we turned that entire program around by establishing a culture within the school around wrestling.” The opportunity for the position from Glenn came

Larry Barron is the new wrestling head coach at Glenn High School.

about for Barron when he received a call from Athletics Director Joe McCormick. McCormick asked if Barron was interested in taking over as head coach, but because he had been building a program at Reynolds with Pittman, Barron was hesitant about leaving. “It sounded very appealing, but I had been building with my wrestlers over here at Reynolds and I have a great relationship with Coach Pittman, and I needed some time to think about it,” he said. “I am not the type that has an opportunity present itself and I just say yes and leave everybody I had been working with.” Barron comes in with an established record as a wrestler, as well as a coach. He won multiple state championships with the Mustangs and once he began coaching, he built some great programs at various gyms. His first program was Warrior One Wrestling back in 2011. He now works with K Vegas Elite Wrestling out of Kernersville. He wanted to start a youth wrestling program to give the younger kids an opportunity to begin wrestling before they get to high school, because Forsyth County does not have any wrestling programs inside of elementary or middle schools. Barron did not wait long to fill out his coaching staff. His assistant coaches

will consist of Jesse Leonard, Drew Turner, Jamal Brannon and Lamont Atwater. He feels his coaching staff is one of the best around and will give his wrestlers a leg up on their competition. Barron has also reached out to his wrestlers and has given them the option to work out during the offseason to obtain some additional work before the season starts. “I want to train all of my wrestlers to become elite,” he said. “I want to build a culture and I want to turn Kernersville into a wrestling town. I am going to paint it orange. I have fundraising ideas to raise funds for summer camps, seminars and to travel to different states to hit tough tournaments to get real competition, so when we come back here, we know what it looks like.” Once he made the decision that he was going to take the job at Glenn, Barron had the tough job of informing the wrestlers and members of the staff at Reynolds that he was leaving. He says that was one of the toughest things he has ever had to do, because he is a loyal person and didn’t want it to seem as though he was giving up on a commitment. Barron says he did not take the decision lightly. He says he pondered over his decision for nearly a week before he decided to take the position. One of the things that swayed

his decision was several wrestlers from his K Vegas Elite program attend Glenn, so there was some familiarity there. “I felt like a boy that just lost his puppy or his best friend,” Barron said about how he felt leaving the team at Reynolds. “It was tough to be happy, because I was sad. I didn’t want to be that coach that sells you a dream and then disappears when an opportunity comes my way.” Barron says he is a dreamer, so he has some lofty goals for next season. He wants his starting lineup to have a winning record, a deep run in the playoffs, be the top team in the conference, and earn conference coach of the year. “I would honestly say, a winning record for my starting lineup, winning record for the team as a whole, and getting my seniors into college to wrestle, that’s a successful season for me,” he says. “I can say all of the dreamy stuff, because that’s how I am. You’re not going to tell me that I am not going to win the state championship this year.” Barron says he knows wrestling is not an attractive sport to many African American kids nowadays, but one of his goals is to make the sport more appealing to them and bring them into wrestling.

‘The League’ summer league set to crown champion BY TIMOTHY RAMSEY THE CHRONICLE

The League, presented by the Josh Howard Foundation, is winding down with yet another successful summer campaign. Every season they continue to surpass what they did the previous season. After a grueling summer session, Lee Gang Hoopers and Laabwork will battle it out this Saturday at 5:15 p.m. at CP3 Academy for the summer championship. During this summer league, NBA pros like Harry Giles, high profile college players, and overseas professionals have all laced them up to play in The League. Fielding some of the toughest competition in the area, the summer league had 15 total teams that battled week in and week out for supremacy. League commissioner Steve Nivens was anticipating this season to be

the best yet and the teams did not let him down. “We came in with 15 teams and 10 of them were very solid with heavy competition every week,” said Nivens. “There were a few slack games, but I think by it being the first time on this scale, it’s set to take off. I think we are on the runway and we are just ready for the pilot to get in and take off and put it on autopilot.” The League was initially held at the W.R. Anderson Recreation Center, along with the Sprague Street Center, while the court at W.R. Anderson was under construction. For the summer league, Nivens brought it over to the courts at CP3 Academy and the crowds and play of the league has been elevated. “It was a plus to have guys like Harry (Giles) come out and play, because it speaks to the caliber of where I want the league,” Nivens continued. “By

those guys just wanting to compete is great. We have some top college guys like Rob Colon, Caleb Burgess and John Newman III. “We have also had some tough guys coming from overseas; it definitely puts us on a higher level of competition, which is what I am trying to get, especially when I am competing with the Raleigh and Charlotte pro-ams. I need these names to come in.” Nivens says this is more than likely the best collection of talent he has had since beginning the league several years ago. “We had guys from all over,” he said. “We had guys travel from Greensboro, from Raleigh, from Charlotte. I think this was the one that put us on the map and as long as we continue doing what we are doing, it’s going to take off.” With so many good teams, it was tough for Nivens to discern early on

which teams would separate from the pack. The play throughout the summer league was so good, no team was able to show that they are head and shoulders above everyone else. Out of the 15 total teams, eight made it to the playoffs. Nivens says he was very pleased with the play of all the squads during the playoffs. He thinks the championship game between Lee Gang Hoopers and Laabwork will be a good one with two quality teams. “I think it’s going to be a tough game,” said Nivens about the championship game. “I think the matchup is going to be intense; I don’t even know who to take. I think everybody is going to go with Laabwork as being the favorite, but I think the sleepers with Lee Gang Hoopers is going to surprise everybody. “This is actually a rematch from the first game

and Lee Gang Hoopers were up 10 and H Gizzle (Giles) and Walt Bax just took over the game and it was over from there and Laabwork wound up winning by three points.” Nivens says he wants to continue bringing quality adult men’s basketball action to the area. His goal is to continue being innovative and bringing in the best players in the area to ensure his league is the best around. He gives a lot of credit to his team of workers that make sure they get the word out about the league. “I built a team around it where it wasn’t just me and I didn’t feel all the pressure myself,” he said. “Bringing different minds to the table kind of elevated it to where we needed to go. It wasn’t just all me, it was my guys helping me.”


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ages, the way he plays, he stays injured, we’re past our time in this league, etc etc etc, Do me one fave PLEASE!!!! And I mean PLEASE!!!! Keep that same narrative ENERGY whit it begins! That’s all I ask, thank you.” James has since deleted the tweet, but it’s clear that he is tired of hearing the negative talk about the Lakers. The Lakers were not the only team that has been busy during the free agency period. The Chicago Bulls made a couple of moves that should put them in a good position to compete for one of the top spots in the east next season. The Bulls acquired point guard Lonzo Ball from the New Orleans Pelicans in a sign-andtrade deal. Ball signed a four-year, $85 million contract with the Bulls. The Bulls sent Tomas Satoransky, Garrett Temple and a second-round pick to the Pelicans in the deal. Ball is still only 23 years old and his career has been kind of a roller coaster ride. Ball was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. His career did not pan out in LA, but was better once he joined the Pelicans. He has improved his shooting in New Orleans and the Bulls are hoping he

can continue his progression in Chicago. He should be a good fit for Chicago as they make their push toward the top of the Eastern Conference. Along with Ball, the Bulls also acquired former San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan in another sign-and-trade deal. I have seen several analysts questioning this move due to DeRozan’s skillset being so similar to star guard Zach LaVine’s. I for one think it is a good move because I feel DeRozan and LaVine will play well together. DeRozan recently turned 32 years old, but he did average 21.6 points per game last season for the Spurs. That will take some of the scoring load off of LaVine as well. The Bulls also signed former Lakers guard Alex Caruso to a contract. On paper, the Bulls look like a team that will compete for one of the top spots in the east next season. The Brooklyn Nets simply needed to get healthy and they are going to contend next year. Instead of just being content with their team, the Nets made a quietly good move by adding guard Patty Mills. Fresh off of helping his home nation of Australia to a bronze medal in basketball during the Olympics, Mills will be a great addition off the bench for Brooklyn.

The C hronicle Mills will provide added championship experience from his time with the Spurs and is scoring off the bench will be a plus, especially if one of their Big 3 get injured at any point during the season. The Miami Heat made an aggressive move in free agency as well. Two years removed from their NBA Finals appearance, the Heat traded for former Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry in exchange for Goran Dragić and Precious Achiuwa. They signed forward P.J. Tucker to a deal as well. Lowry is an upgrade at the point guard position for Miami. He has championship experience and is a tough and gritty defender, perfect for what the Heat likes to do defensively. “Kyle Lowry is a great leader and an exceptional defender,” said Heat President Pat Riley. “As a point guard, he will bring important skills to run the offense, score the ball and defend with the very best.” Several other players were re-signed to their current teams like Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Kawhi Leonard. Everyone is attempting to dethrone the Bucks as the current champion. It will be interesting to see how these storylines play out for the top teams in each conference this season.

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A Persevering Faith Scriptures: Hebrews 10:23-36 By the end of this lesson, we will: *Explore the stories of early believers who suffered for the sake of their faith; *Long for the courage to endure suffering as a result of our faithful witness; *Share in the suffering of Christians around the world. Background: The Book of Hebrews is thought to be addressed to Jews because of the many references to Hebrew history and religion. Of course, the audience would be converts to Christ and are faced with the possibility of increased persecution, which in many cases resulted in apostasy. Apostates are defined as those who move toward Christ, hear and understand the Gospel, are almost persuaded, but rebel and turn away. Chapter ten is a warning and an encouragement to the Christian community with references of Old Testament consequences for rejection of God’s law. Leading up to perseverance, the chapter deals with animal sacrifice and its insufficiency, Christ’s death and His fulfillment of God’s will, how Christ’s death perfected forever those who are sanctified, and the need to hold fast to confessions of faith. Lesson: The writer of Hebrews encourages the importance of knowing that God will do what He has promised. Holding fast then, being determined, exercising perseverance is evidence of salvation that keeps the believer grounded in the integrity of Christ (verse 23). Believers are urged to “provoke unto love and to good works” because believers impact one another by loving and doing good deeds for one another and that love for one another is what identifies the believer. “Not forsaking our own assembling together … “ (verse 25). The fellowship of believers is a source of encouragement, accountability, worship and prayer; it is the opportunity to share faith and grow stronger. Being very intentional, Hebrews’ author informs the believer that if they “sin willfully,” they deliberately reject Christ, who is the hope for the believer, and they consciously reject God and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. They reject the “knowledge of the truth,” which has been revealed to them, which is Christ’s offer of salvation (verse 26). The consequences of rejecting God are “judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries,” The adversaries are those who become opposition toward God’s plan for salvation (verse 27). Mosaic Law said that “two or three witnesses” were sufficient to enforce the penalty of death to those who despised the law. (See Deuteronomy 17:2-7). In comparison, Hebrews says that the judgement for those who reject the “Son of God,” who grieves the “Spirit of Grace, which is The Holy Spirit,” will receive a punishment greater than physical death (verses 28-29). “Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord…” Judgement and repayment are left up to God See Faith on B6

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One religion says its bridging the racial divide by overcoming the challenges of an interracial marriage When Greg Watson began dating the woman of his dreams 30 years ago, he barely noticed the contrast in their skin colors. “It wasn’t an issue,” he recalls after three decades with his wife, Jody. “We weren’t brought up to see people that way.” Not everyone in his rural community agreed, however. Greg remembers the first times he noticed heads

the cultural complexities. Greg and Jody grew up worshipping and associating with a diverse group of people in their congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. So, neither their families nor their fellow congregants were surprised when they began to date and later married. The experience was similar for Monifa and Isaac Homza’s multiracial, multi-generational clan. Monifa’s Nigerian-Caribbean father and Korean mother were often a cu-

Witnesses with volunteers worldwide. Monifa was immediately drawn to Isaac’s piercing blue eyes. As for Isaac, there was no question: “I thought she was beautiful.” A similar sense of humor and willingness to expand their cultural horizons helped too. The couple might never have come to be if the prior generation hadn’t overcome their own cultural biases. Monifa’s father made significant changes once he started

conducted by the University of Utah, married couples who had shared values reported higher levels of marital happiness and individual well-being than those who did not. The Watsons agree that love, loyalty, and faith are among the shared values on which they base their marriage and family life. They credit daily Bible reading and prayer with helping them to communicate on a deeper level with one another, especially when differences of opin-

shaking in disapproval as a Black man with a white woman. Suddenly, he couldn’t get the issue off his mind. “When we would go out, Jody would caution me, ‘Why do you keep looking over your shoulder?’” said Greg. “I would say, ‘You just never know.’” According to the Pew Research Center, one in six new marriages is now interracial. However, while statistics suggest that interracial marriages in America have gained greater acceptance, not all couples have that experience. Still, they have found ways to cope. Shared religious faith, along with a community of fellow believers, has been invaluable in navigating

riosity in their New York City neighborhood. But at home, the children could see their peaceful and loving relationship, Monifa said. “They took care of each other despite what was happening around them.” Meanwhile, Isaac grew up in rural Virginia, where he observed the racial divide daily on his bus ride to school. As he passed two churches that shared a parking lot, he noticed that the lot divided attendees by race. “It seemed strange to me because, at our congregation, we all met together,” Isaac said. The couple eventually met through a mutual friend when Isaac moved to New York to work at the headquarters of Jehovah’s

studying the Bible and saw that all races are equal in God’s sight. He widened his circle of friends, met Monifa’s mother, and later welcomed his white sonin-law into the family. “It was heartwarming to me because I knew the background my dad had and the prejudices he held,” said Monifa. “It’s not the way you look. It’s what you are on the inside.” Now living in Maui, the Homzas are working to impart the same qualities to their three children as part of a Hawaiian-language congregation. “One of the Bible principles we try to teach them is a love of neighbor,” Monifa added. “We don’t categorize people. We love people of all races.” According to a study

ion come into play. “When you have differences,” said Jody, “you have a base to go back to - God’s standards.” Greg agreed: “Our cohesiveness has been our faith and applying principles. In the Bible, it said that God made the two one, and we take that very seriously.” Now retired and with no children at home, the Watsons hike, bike, and spend time in a volunteer ministry with each other. “We spend all of our time together,” Greg said. “Things just seem to be getting better and better.” More information on the activities of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including resources for happy family life, can be found on their official website, http://



Thursdays and Saturdays Free Meals Christ Rescue Temple Church, 1500 North Dunleith Ave., will serve hot meals as part of the People Helping People Feeding Program. Meals will be served every Thursday and Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. at the church’s location. For more information, call 336-7229841.

Each Sunday Worship services Green Street United Methodist Church, 639 S. Green St., Winston-Salem, invites you to join online worship services on Sundays at 11 a.m., or in-person services at 8:45 a.m. The 11 a.m. service, which is available via Facebook and YouTube, is a celebration of the diversity of the human family, a no-frills service that is thoughtful, personal, and deeply spiritual. The 8:45 a.m. service is a quiet, contemplative space including prayer, scripture, preaching, and communion; masks and social distancing will be in effect in the sanctuary. Join us at www., on YouTube, or on Facebook.

NOW Zoom services New Birth Worship Center (NBWC) in East Bend has gone virtual. Please join Dr. James L. E. Hunt, Senior Pastor on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. on Zoom webinar. The link is or Dial-In: 1 301 715 8592 ID Mtg. #: 84789021891. In addition, Sunday School is taught by Deacon James Henry at 9 a.m. via telephone conference call #: 1 917 900 1022 ID#: 868433#. All are welcome to join us for Zoom (virtual) Bible Study on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Our Pastor, Dr. Hunt, will be the teacher. The Zoom Link: https://us02web. or Dial-In Mtg #: 1 301 715 8592 ID#: 89195349778#.For additional information, please call 336-699-3583 or or visit our Facebook page.

Aug. 15 First Waughtown Baptist Church (FWBC) Livestream Senior Pastor Dr. Dennis W. Bishop will deliver the

morning message on the continuing series, The Vivid Covenant, at 10 a.m. Sunday, August 15. The base scriptures are Genesis 1:28 (The Cultural Mandate) and Matthew 28:19-20 (The Great Commission). Psalm 72 will be a focal scripture for this week’s sermon. The service can be found on YouTube, com (First Waughtown); Facebook Live, https://www.; and the First Waughtown website, How to submit items to the Religion calendar: The deadline is Sunday at 11:59 p.m. to have all calendar items submitted for that week’s paper. Send your calendar items to You can also drop them off, Monday through Friday before 5 p.m., or mail your items to Winston-Salem Chronicle, 1300 E. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27101; or send them via our website,


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Community Calendar Each Wednesday Marketing outside of the box HUSTLE WinstonSalem is hosting an August session of Marketing Outside the Box: SEO like a CEO. Search Engine Optimization has been evolving in 2021. SEO is constantly changing, and the top experts are on the pulse to see what is fact or fiction. Join this series and get evergreen advice that any entrepreneur can implement today. Every Wednesday from 12:301:30 p.m. Register by going to events-programs. Contact NOW – Oct. 15 Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market Open The Liberty Street Urban Farmers Market, 1551 N. Liberty St., is now open from 4 to 6 p.m. every first and third Fridays of the month through October 15. The market accepts SNAP EBT cards for purchases. Applications to sell at the market are still being accepted, and there is no cost to apply. Urban farmers and community gardeners are encouraged to apply. Prospective sellers can pick up an application at the market or find the application online at Sellers who are growing within five miles of the market will have priority, but growers outside of this area are welcome too. Aug. 14 Outdoor Movie Night Experiment in Self-Reliance (ESR) is partnered with Forsyth County Public Library to host three movie nights throughout the summer as part of the fifth year of their Outdoor Movie Series. The movie series is family-friendly and offers free admission. On August 14, the movie will be with “Raya and the Last Dragon” (rain date is August 21). Aug. 16 Application deadline Time is running out

for local K-12 teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from EnergyUnited through the Bright Ideas Education Grant Program. Educators with creative project ideas who submit their application by August 16 will be entered to win one of five $100 Visa gift cards in a statewide drawing. Interested teachers can find the application, along with grantwriting tips and program information, on the Bright Ideas website at

state! Parking and admission are FREE! The sale will be held in the Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Entrance for parking is through Gate 5 from Deacon Blvd. There is no admission and there will be thousands of used books and other items on hand at exceptional prices. For more information contact the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217 or visit

Aug. 17 School supply giveaway Psi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. will host a back-toschool drive up school supply giveaway. It will take place on August 17 at Omega Friendship Center, 2336 Patterson Avenue, from 6-8 p.m. or until supplies last.

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Aug. 20-21 10 Minute Play Festival Winston-Salem Writers and 40+ Stage Company are pleased to announce the tenth anniversary presentation of the 10 Minute Play Festival with performances 7:30 p.m. on Friday, August 20, and Saturday, August 21, at the Hanesbrands Theater, 209 North Spruce St. The festival features works by six 2021 finalists in the annual 10 Minute Play Contest. Admission is $15.00 which can be paid at the door and purchased online at https://ci.ovationtix. com/36386/production/1068453/ Sept. 2-4 Used book sale The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will hold its 34th Annual Used Book Sale on Thursday, September 2 and Friday, September 3, from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., and on Saturday, September 4, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (1/2 Price on all items!). The book sale is one of the largest in our

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Fiduciary of the Estate of Sudie Hanes Clayton (21 E 1542), also known as Sudie H. Clayton, Sudie Martha Clayton deceased April 28, 2021, Forsyth County, North Carolina, this is to Notify all persons, firms, and corporation having claims against the Estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before November 2, 2021 this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons indebted to the said decedent or estate shall please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 19th day of July, 2021. Ernest V. Logemann Fiduciary for Sudie Hanes Clayton, deceased 1514 Cloverdale Ave. Winston-Salem, NC 27104 The Chronicle July 29, and August 5, 12, 19, 2021 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Fiduciary of the Estate of Ranson L. Brown, Jr. (20 E 765), also known as Ranson Leroy Brown, Jr. deceased April 13, 2020 Forsyth County, North Carolina, this is to Notify all persons, firms, and corporation having claims against the Estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before November 5, 2021 this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons indebted to the said decedent or estate shall please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 15th day of April, 2021.

TO: Gabriel Santos Serrano And Any Unknown and Unnamed Man who may be the Father of the minor child Iker Alexander Jarquin Castro, a male child born on April 5, 2014 in Forsyth County, North Carolina. TAKE NOTICE that a Motion to Terminate Parental Rights seeking relief against you has been filed in the above-entitled action. The above-mentioned minor child was adjudicated to be a neglected and dependent child on June 12, 2020. The nature of the relief being sought is the permanent and irrevocable termination of your parental rights pursuant to the Motion to Terminate Parental Rights filed by the Forsyth County Department of Social Services on or about July 23, 2021 with respect to the above-referenced the minor child pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1102. YOU ARE REQUIRED to file an answer to the Motion to Terminate Parental Rights within forty (40) days after the first date this notice is published. If you fail to make a defense to the Motion to Terminate Parental Rights by Tuesday, September 7, 2021, or fail to attend the hearing on the Motion for Termination, the Movant (Forsyth County Department of Social Services) will request the Court to terminate your parental rights in and to the minor child Iker Jarquin Castro. If you are indigent and not already represented by an attorney, you may be entitled to a court-appointed attorney. An attorney can be appointed upon a request, subject to the Court’s review, at the termination of parental rights hearing and after this publication notice has run for one day a week for three consecutive weeks in the Winston-Salem Chronicle.

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NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Fiduciary of the Estate of Leo La Vertice Oliver (21 E 727), also known as Leo Lavetrice Oliver, Leo Oliver deceased May 14, 2020, Forsyth County, North Carolina, this is to Notify all persons, firms, and corporation having claims against the Estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before November 16, 2021 this Notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons indebted to the said decedent or estate shall please make immediate payment to the undersigned. This the 29th day of July, 2021. Alecktra Reid Fiduciary for Leo La Vertice Oliver, deceased 1324 Calvert Drive Winston-Salem, NC 27107 The Chronicle August 12, 19, 26 and September 2, 2021


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NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION TO: Herbert Gilbert - Father of the Juveniles Lola Edwards - Mother of the Juveniles TAKE NOTICE that Juvenile Petitions seeking relief against you have been filed in the above-entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is an adjudication of Termination of your Parental Rights with respect to the above-referenced children pursuant to N.C.G.S. 7B-1111. You are required to make a written answer to the Petitions alleging to Terminate Parental Rights within forty (40) days after the date of this notice; and upon your failure to make a defense to the Petitions withing the 40 day period specified herein or to attend the hearing on the said Petitons, the Petitioner will apply to the Court for terminationg your parental rights to the above-referenced juvenile. Any counsel appointed previously to represent you and not released by the Court shall continue to represent you. If you are indigent and not already represented by appointed counsel, you are entitled to appointed counsel and provisional counsel has been appointed upon your request subject to the Courts review at the first hearing after this service. The hearing on the Petition alleging to Terminate Parental Rights is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 in Courtroom 4-J of the Forsyth County Hall of Justice in Winston-Salem, North Carolina or as soon thereafter as the Court can hear the said case. This the 6th day of August, 2021

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and these verses reveal the severity and certainty of God’s judgment (verses 30-31). Verses 32-36 remind the believers that they have persevered under pressure already, “… after ye were illuminated, ye endured great flight and afflictions” (verse 32). They were able to do so because they remembered God’s promises and looked forward to God’s reward. With that knowledge they are encouraged to not turn back now, but to remain faithful – continue in their identification with Christ. “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of

reward” (verse 35). Patience is what is needed for success – waiting, enduring without complaining – trusting in Christ fully by living daily in the will of God. That genuine trust will result in the receipt of all God has promised. (The UMI Annual Commentary 2020-2021, The MacArthur Study Bible, The Jesus Bible, The Modern Life Study Bible, The King James Study Bible and The Oxford Bible Commentary). For Your Consideration: Can a person lose their salvation? How do you understand apostasyespecially with the falling away from church in the faith community today? Application: Our faith is the foundation of who

The C hronicle we are. Strength is gained when we integrate our faith fully into all facets of our life. As a body of believers, we should encourage one another to endure in the midst of persecution – knowing that the persecution we confront today does not compare to that of the Hebrew audience. The reward for perseverance is however the same. Jesus won victory through suffering and is seated at the right hand of God to give us strength to persevere. “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).

Arts Council hires Jawanza Ingram as development manager SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Jawanza Ingram has been named development manager for Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. He began his new role in early July and has been laser focused on developing relationships with individual donors as well as contacts who serve as local workplace campaign chairs. “Jawanza’s upbeat spirit and diverse career background make him an asset to our team,” said Chase Law, president and CEO of Arts Council. “His passion and commitment will help him accomplish great things for the arts in our community.” Ingram is a native of South Florida and recently relocated to North Carolina.

He’s a graduate of Florida International University with a bachelor of arts in marketing. When asked why he joined the Arts Council, Ingram stated that he “cares about the deep impact the arts make on the community and how they evolve in an equitable and inclusive manner.” In middle school, Ingram began training as a classical low brass musician. His musical accomplishments earned him a scholarship to a prestigious high school in South Florida to play the euphonium. In college, he fell in love with music all over again when he began working in producing and audio engineering. His career has been built around his passion for the arts while simultaneously focusing on community organizing.

Carver Alumni Association awards scholarships SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Carver High School Alumni Association, Inc. is an organization that seeks to give financial assistance in the form of a scholarship to deserving students who plan to attend a two-year or four-year college or university. In the spring of 2021 the Alumni Association awarded two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to Carver High School students Chloe Fletcher and Kaytlyn Hunter, who have both demonstrated effort to become high performers in education. These exceptional young ladies have also made contributions by way of volunteering and showing leadership skills in extracurricular activities. Chloe will be moving on to a wonderful journey at Spelman College and Kaytlyn will be gaining an amazing experience at North Carolina A&T University. We are very excited to accept Chloe

and Kaytlyn into the Carver High School Alumni family and encourage them to keep their Yellow Jacket pride as they advance to the next level in excellence and education. To request more information about how to support our students, email info@

Ten for NC event series celebrating 10 NC topics for our 10 years in NC SUBMITTED ARTICLE

Drawing inspiration from the Tar Heel state, a panel of authors and literary experts will discuss North Carolina as a popular setting and literary inspiration, and explore why our state is such a fertile resource for authors. Carolina Public Press virtual events series—Ten for NC—is a series of conversations about issues, topics and debates of interest to North Carolinians. Presenters include: *Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, an enrolled citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians whose debut novel, “Even As We Breathe,” a finalist for the Weatherford Award, was named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. *Jacqueline DeGroot, whose fiction draws inspiration from N.C.’s Brunswick Islands and who spends time keeping the memory of Sunset Beach’s iconic Kindred Spirit mailbox alive through her books and assisting to preserve its notebooks (archived at UNCW’s Randall Library) *Jaki Shelton Green, the first African American and third woman to be ap-

pointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate *Terry L. Kennedy, the author of the poetry collection, “New River Breakdown” and director of the MFA Writing Program at UNC Greensboro and Editor of The Greensboro Review. The events will be virtual, via Zoom. Registration is now open through The events will be held on Thursday, Aug. 19, at 12 noon. The events are free, but space is limited and RSVPs are required. The events are designed to keep North Carolinians informed, engaged and tuned in to the issues that matter most to communities across the state. Upcoming ‘Ten for NC’ events include: (schedule subject to change) *August—Students after shutdown: What parents need to know and what back to school means. *September—Investigative reporting in the South: The good, the bad, the hard Connected Coastlines: The impact of severe weather on North Carolina’s coastline and industri-

al and recreational fishing *October—Game changers: NC leaders making a difference in rural communities Incarceration issues in North Carolina *Mid-November— Let’s get political: A conversation with NC’s top political leaders *Mid-December—2021, that’s a wrap: Ask us anything, special guests and prizes! CPP encourages signing up for free on their mailing list to receive schedule and special guest updates and registration information as it becomes available. Celebrating 10 years of independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan, in-depth, public service journalism for North Carolina, Carolina Public Press focuses on investigative news built upon the facts and context North Carolinians need to know. Our awardwinning, breakthrough journalism dismantles barriers and shines a light on the critical overlooked and under-reported issues facing our state’s 10.2 million residents. Visit

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