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“A Noble Fete”

By Carma Henry Hi, I need your help. Please join us for “A Noble Fete”. This gala will pay tribute the late Reverend Dr. Mack King Carter and raise funds to fund MODCO’s programs. At MODCO our aim is to reach individuals recovering from substance abuse, incarceration, poverty and homelessness. We have a proven track record. Since our inception in 1994, we have served over 60,000 individuals. Purchase your ticket today or make a donation online at WWW.MountoliveModco.org or by calling (964) 767-9919 …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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What then, shall we live as commanded?

By Carma Henry Bobby R. Henry, Sr. What then, shall we live as commanded? “In a similar way, urge the younger men to be self-restrained and to behave prudently .” Titus 2:6 (AMP) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. To the men and families and to all of those that we touch throughout our walk with Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., I offer to us a penetrating look into the depths of Psalm 133 as we embark upon our 100th Anniversary. So many times we find ourselves straying away from the principles and foundations of our historic organizations, all in the name of moving up. We simply should realize that we need only to have stayed rooted in what was tried, tested and proven over time. When we find ourselves troubled over the course and directions of our beloved organizations, we need not look any further than the source that guided its founders through what must have seemed like insurmountable odds …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift

By Carma Henry Labor group withdraws UNCF support over Koch gift Lee Saunders rejects UNCF partnership with Koch brothers. Michael Lomax defends UNCF decision to take money from White conservatives. By Freddie Allen NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – Lee Saunders, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (afscme), has discontinued supplying scholarships to the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) be-cause it accepted a $25 million donation from ultra-conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and UNCF President Michael Lomax apparent support for the brothers’ right-wing ideology. Saunders, an African American, said in a stinging letter to Lomax that he was “deeply troubled” when the UNCF accepted the donation from Koch Industries, Inc. and the Charles Koch Foundation in June, but was even more shocked when Lomax later attended the Koch brothers’ event in California. “This was a betrayal of everything the UNCF stands for. The avowed purpose of this private event was to build support — financial and political — for the Koch brothers’ causes. Your appearance at the summit can only be interpreted as a sign of your personal support and the UNCF’s organizational support of the Koch brothers’ ideological program,” Saunders wrote. He explained, “The Koch brothers …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Over $11,000 donated to FAMU Broward Alumni Chapter Endowment

By Carma Henry Over $11,000 donated to FAMU Broward Alumni Chapter Endowment L.T.C. Pearl Ferguson and Dr. Elmira Mangum Florida A&M University Broward County Alumni Chapter hosted its Fifth Annual Unity Day at The DoubleTree by Hilton, on June 28, 2014 where the 11th President, Dr. Elmira Mangum was the speaker. There were over 200 in attendance and over $11,000 given by alumni and community sponsors toward the establishment of an Endowment (permanent funds established for a specific purpose) which will ultimately assist with funding to support educational expenses for students. “The Broward Alumni Chapter has stepped up to the call of our University President, Dr. Elmira Mangum. According to the National Association for College and Universities Business Officers “Top 10 HBCU Endowment”, Florida A&M University is number five with $115 million, as Howard University tops the list with more than $513 million in its endowment. Our President gave a challenge to support our Alma Mater by giving, and Broward is doing just that. Institutions of higher learning around the nation were hit hard by cuts in state support. FAMU could certainly benefit now, not tomorrow, but today, from the support of our alumni, community and everyone who cares …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Two groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks

By Carma Henry Two groups announce plan to boost spending among Blacks Rob Busby seeks to expand spending among Blacks. By Jazelle Hunt NNPA Washington Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (NNPA) – The U.S. Black Chambers (USBC) and the National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators, and Developers (NABHOOD) are formally partnering to make sure that a significant portion of the $40 billion African Americans spend each year on travel and tourism remains in Black hands. The partnership was launched last week at the start of USBC’s professional development conference, held at the Marriott Marquis in the District of Columbia. The newly-opened, four-star hotel, next to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, was jointly financed by Capstone Development, a private, Black-owned development firm. “Today is about more investment in the hotel and travel industry,” Ron Busby Jr., USBC president, said at a press conference. “As African Americans, we have conferences, events, weddings, and vacations, always with white-owned establishments. I think we can bring some that money back to us.” A Nielsen study conducted in cooperation with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) found that African Americans spent 40 billion each year on the travel and tourism industries last year. But Andy Ingraham, president and CEO of …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Newly formed South Florida chapter named for first African American prosecutor in Broward County

By Carma Henry Newly formed South Florida chapter named for first African American prosecutor in Broward County MIAMI, FL –This past week, The National Black Prosecutors Association (NBPA) installed the first executive board of its newly formed South Florida chapter. The South Florida chapter was named for the first African American prosecutor in Broward County, Fla., Charles B. Morton Jr. The ceremony was held on July 9 at Nova Southeastern University Huizenga School of Business. Close to one hundred attendees braved the inclement weather to be at the event. The executive board was sworn in by former prosecutor and Broward County Court Judge Ian Richards. Morton was on hand to accept an award from the organization. Many speakers shared their personal experiences of Charles Morton, including Broward County State Attorney Michael Satz; Peter Weinstein, Chief Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit Court; U.S. District Court Judges William P. Dimitrouleas and James Cohn; Kathleen Cannon, president & CEO, United Way Commission on Sub-stance Abuse; Dr. Marcus Davidson, senior pastor, New Mount Olive Baptist Church; Jeffrey Harris, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; and Kelly Hancock, partner at Krupnick, Campbell Malone. Eugene Pettis, immediate past president of The Florida Bar commented that “it …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Widespread corruption at DOC under Governor Scott’s watch

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell Widespread corruption at DOC under Governor Scott’s watch By Roger Caldwell The Florida Department of Corrections is being investigated for widespread corruption, inmate abuse, mismanagement, and inmate’s death. There is very little information from Scott’s administration, the Department of Corrections Secretary, Mike Crews, and everyone is keeping quiet. There were reports back in September 2010, of inmates being abused, but the problems were sweep under the rug and never investigated. As the issues escalated, there were changes in the DOC secretary, but the problems were never addressed and never investigated. In 2012 an inmate, Darren Rainey was locked in a scalding hot shower by the guards at the Dade Correctional Institution as a punishment for defecating in his cell. He was left in this shower for two hours, and he collapsed and died. Three inmates filed complaints about the death, but the DOC suspended the internal investigations two summers ago. It is obvious that there was a cover up and nobody wanted to know the truth. But the Miami Herald kept digging and in 2014, the police are starting to interview witnesses. There were a string of news reports from the Miami Herald and now DOC Secretary Mike Crews has …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Define a successful Father

By Carma Henry Define a successful Father By Dedrick D. Henry, Sr./ Neighborhood Unisex We all have our own opinion when it comes to being successful or becoming successful, and we also know wealth, knowledge and possessions determine your true success in the eyes of some. In a world where money rules all, who or what determines a fathers’ true success when it comes to his offspring? I can remember reading an article a while back pertaining to four siblings all graduating from an HBCU in their chosen academic fields of higher education. Immediately, I thought to myself, “I bet their mother and father are sincerely proud of them.” A true parents’ success comes when the parents know that they have raised a responsible child who no longer has to depend on them for finance and security. Whether the child chooses to further their education by going to college or joining the working class, a parent just wants their child to succeed. Mother and father both provide love and support, but a mother’s love compared to a father’s love is expressed quite differently. A mother nurtures, pacifies, nourishes and is sometimes submissive, while always sharing their thoughts and concerns intimately. On the …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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Guns cause life to be measured in days, not years

By Carma Henry Walter Fields Guns cause life to be measured in days, not years By Walter Fields NNPA Columnist The body count continues to rise as the nation panders to gun zealots and allows the Constitution to be perverted. The family of 12 year-old Genesis Rincon of Paterson, N.J. made the painful decision recently to remove her from life support as she laid brain dead, the latest victim of gun violence. The young girl was shot in the head while riding her scooter home, another casualty of America’s failure to reign in the possession of firearms. Just miles away in Newark, the family of another young lady, 17-year-old Chayenne Bond is devastated by her killing; accosted while walking with a friend and shot execution style after she was forced to get on her knees. Over the Independence Day weekend in Chicago, a city that has become our nation’s ‘Killing Fields,’ gun violence swept through the city injuring 82 people and leaving 14 dead. Not all, but most, of the victims are Black and Hispanic, and under 30 years old. Many of the dead are children, innocent bystanders who have been cut down while engaged in routine tasks. For many of our children life expectancy is now jeopardized …read more Source: The Westside Gazette     ...
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2 stabbed at Miami apartment; 1 dead

Police are investigating a double stabbing in Miami that left one man dead. According to the Miami Police Department, an elderly man and an elderly woman were stabbed Wednesday morning at 1559 N. River Drive. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the woman was taken to the hospital. She is listed in critical but stable condition. Police said the victims were stabbed inside an apartment unit where they lived. Police have not said whether any suspects were taken into custody. Watch Local 10 News or refresh this page for updates. …read more Source: WPLG Local News     ...
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