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Free at last, thank God we are free at last!

By Carma Henry Free at last, thank God we are free at last! By Don Valentine This past Monday June 19th marked the generally acknowledged date for the proclamation abandoning slavery. This date is understood to be June 19th, 1865. That is a little over 2 years after President Lincoln signed the “Emancipation Proclamation. Since we have the internet, lo these 154 years later, we would not have to have suffered 2 more years of vassalage for the proclamation to reach the last slave state. In the words of the “The Root” author Hillary Crossley, “Though President Abraham Lincoln ended slavery with the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves in Texas had no knowledge of their freedom until two and a half years later. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston and declared the end of the Civil War, with General Granger reading aloud a special decree that ordered the freeing of some 200,000 slaves in the state.” Here is a little known fact to for your edification. As you people of color have experienced, decades later, the law of emancipation has yet …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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I’m mad as hell!

By Carma Henry I’m mad as hell! By Jasmen Rogers “I’m mad as hell right now, yes I am.” These words from Valerie Castile, the mother of Philando Castile, rang true for so many Black people after hearing of the verdict in the trial of the officer that killed him. Minnesota police officer, Jeronimo Yanez, was acquitted of the charge of manslaughter after the shooting death of Philando Castile in July of 2016. Yanez pulled Castile over for a “routine” traffic stop (read: driving while Black), while his fiancee and young child were in the car. Castile alerted the officer that he was carrying a weapon that he was licensed to have. The officer then instructed Philando to produce his license and registration. As Philando reached for his documents, as the officer instructed, shots rang out. Officer Yanez shot Philando seven times while his daughter and fiancee looked on. His fiancee began broadcasting the encounter on Facebook Live, giving the world a glimpse into Philando’s final, fleeting moments. In that video, we saw Philando take his last breath. We saw his daughter. We saw a Black woman calm in the middle of the storm, alerting the word about what happened to her partner. We saw a frantic and …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Why does main street media refuse to talk about Black America?

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell Why does main street media refuse to talk about Black America? By Roger Caldwell “This is the press, an irresponsible press. It will make the criminal look like he’s a victim and make the victim look like he’s the criminal. If you aren’t careful, the newspaper will have you hating the people who are oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing,” says Malcolm X. The majority of newsrooms in America are run by Whites, and it is no surprise that only certain kinds of Black stories are being published. Most White people don’t understand that implicit racial bias is part of their DNA, and anything associated with Black skin is considered negative. Systemic racism is practiced everyday in main street newsrooms, and subconsciously, it is never discussed or given a second thought. According to the radio and television news directors association, television newsrooms are 80% White, and radio newsrooms are 92% White. The American Society of News Editors and/or newspaper newsrooms are 85% White. The diversity in these newsrooms has remained the same for over a decade, and in the last few years, more Black and Hispanic members in newsrooms are losing their jobs. In the 1990’s, there were over 400,000 …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Ready for persecution

By Carma Henry The Gantt Report Ready for persecution By Lucius Gantt It’s hard to be a do-gooder. Yes, it’s hard to be a freedom fighter, a freedom writer or a freedom rider! More often than not, it can be difficult, dangerous and somewhat taxing to stand up, speak out and act in a righteous manner. From the very beginning of civilized times, someone somewhere has risked everything they had and everything they may have gotten by choosing to do what they should do. If you have read The Gantt Report columns for any length of time, you are fully aware that I believe that all of my heroes have been imprisoned, locked up at some time and jailed for unjust reasons. I write about that fact at least two or three times a year. But guess what? Incarceration is not the only thing that happens to men and women that work hard to achieve equal rights, justice and progress. The do-gooders in your city, state, nation or country are also persecuted! Do-gooders are talked about, scorned, shunned, stalked, whipped, hung, beaten, shot, stabbed, fired and even nailed to real and proverbial crosses! Sometimes people that try to do right, do what is best and do what they …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Donald Trump in Miami, Florida

By Carma Henry Donald Trump in Miami, Florida Eleven Million Cuban Nationals vs 856,000 Cuban Americans The United States embargo against the Cuban government is a commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed in March of 1958. In 1960 the U.S. placed an additional embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalized American-owned Cuban oil refineries without compensation. In 1962 the embargo was extended to include almost all imports. The UN General Assembly has, since 1992, passed a resolution every year condemning the ongoing impact of the embargo and declaring it to be in violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law. In 2016 the U.S. voted with the rest of the UN family to lift the sanctions on Cuba. Subsequently the Obama administration initiated easing of the 58-year-old embargo by announcing that the U.S. would allow individuals to travel to Cuba for “people to people” educational trips and lift limits on the use of American dollars in transactions with Cuba, wiping away stiff restrictions on travel and commerce. President Obama also prepared to make a trip to Havana, the first visit by a sitting American president in 88 years. “We are not seeking to impose regime change on Cuba,” …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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South Sudan has a lot to offer the world

By Carma Henry South Sudan has a lot to offer the world Bona Malwal says that the South Sudanese are a proud people and have much to contribute to the global community. In this photo, Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of the government of Southern Sudan, speaks to news reporters outside the Security Council chamber at United Nations Headquarters in New York, United States of America. (Wikimedia Commons) By Bona Malwal (NNPA Newswire Guest Columnist) I am a native of Sudan and now of South Sudan, and I’ve held several positions inside and outside of the government of Sudan. America has always had a special place in my heart. Let me state clearly, that without the help and support of the United States and especially former president, George W. Bush, there would be no independent South Sudan today. South Sudan split from Sudan and became a sovereign nation on July 9, 2011. We are a proud people and have much to contribute to the global community. My president, Salva Kiir Mayardit, fought for many decades in the bush to help bring about our independence. Whatever you think about …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Respect self, not National Anthem

By Carma Henry Respect self, not National Anthem By Kevin Palmer Black lives did not matter to the author of America’s national anthem. Accordingly, when it comes to national anthem protocol, Black self-respect takes precedence over respecting a disrespectful national anthem. According to Dictionary.com, “In 1814, the poet and lyricist Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Then, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed an executive order designating “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the national anthem. Afterwards, in 1931, the U.S. Congress confirmed the decision.” The problem is Francis Scott Key was a known racist and slave owner. Nevertheless, despite his inhumane treatment of Black people, he is esteemed as a great historical figure. Therefore, it is no surprise America’s national anthem reflects the sentiments of white supremacy. First, “The Star-Spangled Banner” consists of four stanzas. The last line of each stanza says, “O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.” Obviously, this verse is an insult to Black people. In 1814, when Francis Scott Key penned the lyrics, millions of enslaved Africans existed in America. Second, the anthem’s third stanza contains verses which show Key’s utter contempt for the enslaved African. The verses state, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Reading with Grandma: Children, ages 5-10, receive one-on-one help with their reading skills. M-Th, 12-5pm. 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM

– Riverland Youth Services Reading with Grandma: Children, ages 5-10, receive one-on-one help with their reading skills. Mon-Thurs, 12-5pm. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Judge Relents, Mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case

By Carma Henry Judge Relents, Mistrial declared in Cosby sex assault case Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill declared a mistrial in the Bill Cosby sexual assault case. Here Cosby arrives to the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., alongside his wife, Camille on June 13. (Pool photo) By Stacy M. Brown (NNPA Newswire Contributor) NORRISTOWN, PA—Saturday morning, Montgomery County Judge Steven T. O’Neill finally bent to the will of the jury and declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case. “The legacy remains intact,” said Andrew Wyatt, the long-time spokesman for the legendary entertainer. “For Gloria Allred and all those other lawyers, tell them to go back to law school and take another class.” Wyatt continued: “The legacy hasn’t gone anywhere, it’s intact, feels vindicated.” Jurors deliberated for more than 53 hours, several times asking to have testimony re-read, before declaring a second time that they were hopelessly deadlocked. The judge, who seven times previously denied mistrial re-quests made by the defense, finally gave in and declared the mistrial. Cosby, 79, had maintained his innocence even rejecting a friendly plea deal offered by prosecutors just before the trial in early June. “I’m innocent. I’m not going to plea to something I did …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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24-hour news network won’t be housed at FAMU

By Carma Henry 24-hour news network won’t be housed at FAMU Bob Brillante, a veteran of Florida’s cable news market, is co-manager of The Black Television News Channel. (Photo: Special to the Democrat) Submitted by Byron Dobson, Democrat senior writer Much-hyped plans to house the privately-owned 24-hour Black Television News Channel at Florida A&M University have been shelved. Instead, network partners say the network, envisioned as being tailored for Black viewers, will launch from another location in Tallahassee. The development is the latest in a series of false starts for both network investors and for FAMU’s School of Journalism & Graphic Communication. It also comes just four months after a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce a February 2018 launch date at the school. Tallahassee media veteran Bob Brillante, who is a co-managing partner of the enterprise along with former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, said the leadership remains committed to getting the network off the ground. It also remains committed to providing FAMU’s media students with access to a professional television network where …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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‘All eyes on me’ movie review

By Carma Henry ‘All eyes on me’ movie review By D.Miller (Black Sheep) Now if you didn’t know that 2Pac was a 90s rapper before 2017 movie, then this review is not for you. If you didn’t know TuPac’s step father was a Leader in the Black Panther party in the US, along with his mother who’s roll was activist then thank god for Hollywood. Way to show the reason behind his political thought and conversation this Father’s Day weekend slash TuPac birthday weekend and his 20 year memorial anniversary of his death. The stars in the heavens was aligned for this one. As you can tell from my opener “All Eyes On Me” in my opinion was a great visual re-enactment of the 1995 album All Eyes on Me and of the 90s time and era. As most critics and other movie reviews I have read, I too feel that the movie could never tap into the energy of the late TuPac. Though the actor playing the roll of 2Pac happened to be a good look-alike, it is extremely difficult to embody the soul of a man of Mr. Shakur’s caliber. For movie reviewing purposes, I will refer to the lead actor as …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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It’s a great time to be BLACK in film

By Carma Henry It’s a great time to be BLACK in film Omari Hardwick & Gentleman Jack Celebrate Aspiring African American Filmmakers Competition Winner Janlatae Mullins (center) and the cast of Soul Fire. (Photo by Arri Henry) Omari Hardwick and Anthony Rose on stage at Gentlemen Jack’s Real to Reel event at the Fillmore Theatre on South Beach. (Photo by Arri Henry) @soulfirefilm By Arri Henry Stoic yet passionate, a conglomerate of confidence and humility, Omari Hardwick engages in open dialogue about the future of film while celebrating the winners of the Real to Reel short film contest. Between the Tupac movie buzz, the growing anticipation for Marvel’s Black Panther combined with the increasing number of African American-dominated television shows and Oscar winners… 2017 is a great year to be Black in film. Janlatae Mullins, winner of the $10,000 grand prize and a VIP trip to Miami, stuns event-goers with her short …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Sharing the belief that mentorship breeds great leaders

By Carma Henry Sharing the belief that mentorship breeds great leaders The U.S. Army continues to partner with 100 Black Men of America (Black PR Wire) New Orleans – Recognizing the vital importance of mentorship in the development of our nation’s next generation of leaders, the U.S. Army continues its partnership with 100 Black Men of America. The partnership includes the Army’s participation at the 31st annual 100 Black Men of America National Conference being held recently in New Orleans. Brigadier General Ural Glanville congratulates Marvin Dickerson, the National President of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc., on their 60th National Convention. General Glanville said “We are here (U.S. Army) because the Army shares the same mission as the 100 Black Men of America: preparing our youth to be the next generation of leaders. Personally, I enjoy mentoring young people and what I see here is an organization that cares about the youth and values education.” Marlin N. Gusman, the Sheriff of Orleans Parish, joined in the U.S. Army activities by performing several pushups at the 100 Black Men of America Community Empowerment Day. The activities took place at the Alice M. Harte Charter School at 5300 Berkley Dr., New Orleans, LA. The community engagement …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Reagan Judge Reluctantly Rules Cross Displayed in Florida Park Must Be Removed

By Heather Clark Photo Credit: Freedom From Religion Foundation PENSACOLA, Fla. — A federal judge appointed to the bench by then-President Ronald Reagan has ruled that a 25-foot cross display in a public park in Florida is unconstitutional and must be removed. The American Humanist Association (AHA) and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) had sued the City of… …read more Source:: Christian News Network       ...
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‘Be kind to the unbeliever’

By Carma Henry Q & A: What does Reverend Deal say this week! ‘Be kind to the unbeliever’ Question: Sister G. Hanna wants to know: what does it mean to be “unequally yoked”? Answer: To be ‘unequally yoked’ is a phrase that comes from 2nd Corinthians 6:14: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness?” This verse is focusing on the spiritual relationship that the saved has with the unsaved. Scripture has shown us that thru-out time God has put forth an enormous effort to separate the righteous from the unrighteous and to divide the good from the bad. To be ‘unequally yoked’ characterizes many phases in our daily lives. Marriages, friendships, businesses, and even our churches display the negative effects of being ‘unequally yoked’. If you are not doing the things of God you’re doing the things of the devil. Stay strong for righteousness. Stop justifying the fact that the unbelievers are not saved. Sayings such as: (a) well, it’s alright to get drunk now and then, he deserves it; (b) the reason why she cheated because he wasn’t being …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Spiritually Speaking: Are you a card-carrying Christian?

By Carma Henry Spiritually Speaking: Are you a card-carrying Christian? James Washington says that being a Christian is empowering, enlightening, and eternal, but it is not easy. By James Washington (The Dallas Weekly/NNPA Member) Just how hard is it to be a card carrying Christian these days? Republicans, Democrats, the NAACP, the ACLU all carry cards and encourage like-minded people to become card-carrying members. You can get a car for just about any group or organization. Now when it comes to being a spiritual card-carrying man or woman of faith, the results can be devastating; some-one scream, “Incoming!” for there is indeed an artillery barrage headed our way. Scripture suggests that, historically, life was no easy task for those early practitioners of the Christian faith. Crucifixion, becoming lion food for fun and games, beheadings and, at a minimum, being labeled an outcast, were normal expectations for those who believed and then lived according to the Word of God. Is today so different? Once one takes up the standard of this revolutionary thinking, once you commit, once you decide to live humbly and merci-fully in love and forgiveness, isn’t it interesting the kind of attention you attract? “Be alert and of sober …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Campus facilities named for three friends

By Carma Henry Campus facilities named for three friends Bridgewater Interiors LLC founder Ron Hall (top), former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer (middle) and Global Automotive Alliance LLC Chairman and CEO William Pickard (bottom). By The Western News More than 50 years of friendship are being honored with the naming of three WMU facilities for a trio of men who met on campus as students and went on to become WMU trustees, Detroit business and civic leaders, and champions of young people. Acting at its April 27 meeting, the WMU Board of Trustees approved the action for: • Ronald E. Hall, a 1965 alumnus, Detroit civic and business leader, and automotive executive who died June 1, 2016, half way into his eight-year term as a WMU Trustee; Dennis W. Archer, a 1965 alumnus, former Detroit mayor, former member of the Michigan Supreme Court and past president of the American Bar Association as well as a former trustee; William F. Pickard, a 1964 alumnus who is a current WMU trustee, longtime Detroit entrepreneur, and founder and chairman of the Global Automotive Alliance. The trustees’ action recognizes a $3,050,000 gift recently made by Pickard to the University and celebrates the three friends’ lifelong bonds and ties to WMU. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Ozone Wireless coming

By Carma Henry Ozone Wireless coming SDB Media From left, device expert Davis Brathwaite, director of network operations Glenn Thorpe, brand and communications manager Dianne Squires, and product manager Erma Clarke going over several details at media briefing on the pending launch of Ozone Wireless (Barbados) Inc. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.) Ozone Wireless (Barbados) Inc., a new mobile company with 4G LTE technology and 700 MHz bandwidth range, will be launched on July 17. The announcement was made at a media briefing at Manor Lodge, Green Hill, in St Michael. Ozone Wireless was founded by French Canadian Pierre McMaster, who has been resident in Barbados since 2003. It was said that he formed the company because while doing business here in Barbados, one of his major challenges was telecommunications, so in 2014 he secured a mobile telecoms license. (SDB Media) See more at: http://www.nationnews.com/nationnews/news/97711/ozone-wireless-coming#sthash.vyvuPUIs.dpuf …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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