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NAACP joins in Connecting Civil Rights legacies of the past and present with ‘I AM’ Campaign, while saluting Memphis Sanitation Workers on MLK 50th Anniversary

By Carma Henry NAACP joins in Connecting Civil Rights legacies of the past and present with ‘I AM’ Campaign, while saluting Memphis Sanitation Workers on MLK 50th Anniversary Series of events successfully hosted, paying fitting tribute to Dr. King sacrifice, while empowering next generation of activists NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson addresses the audience at the “The Dream Lives” event, co-hosted by Hyundai, on the critical importance of African Americans voting in the upcoming midterm elections, the 2020 election and participation in the 2020 Census. “African Americans have always been the conscience of this country,” Johnson said. (Photo by Steven Easley/Courtesy NAACP) NAACP Youth and College Division Director Tiffany Dena Loftin speaks to young marchers, activists, and attendees gathered at a panel discussion, challenging and encouraging them to stand and become leaders of their communities, instead of looking outside themselves. (Photo by Steven Easley/Courtesy NAACP) Nearly a thousand NAACP members, staff, and volunteers march from the I AM rally to the Mason Temple chanting the statement “Our Vote, Our Voice,” to signify the need of African Americans to continue Dr. King’s work by using their votes to bring about change. (Photo by Steven Easley/Courtesy NAACP) BALTIMORE — They came by the thousands—upwards of 10,000, to be exact. NAACP …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Toss the romaine lettuce or risk E. coli, officials warn

By Geoffrey Mohan An unusually virulent strain of E. coli bacteria on romaine lettuce has sent 31 people to hospitals in 16 states, and health officials are urging consumers to throw out any of the lettuce they may have bought recently. No grower or distributor has been identified as the source of the outbreak,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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NNPA NATIONAL BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE BEGINS IN N.C.

By Carma Henry NNPA NATIONAL BLACK VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE BEGINS IN N.C. NNPA President and CEO Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr. said that Democrats and Republicans must advertise in the Black Press to reach that crucial voting bloc. (NNPA) By Cash Michaels (NNPA Newswire Contributor) DURHAM, N.C.—Ten-member newspapers of the North Carolina Black Publishers Association (NCBPA) and Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Jr., the president and CEO of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) have agreed to mount a statewide campaign to maximize the African American vote for the 2018 midterm elections. The NNPA is a trade group that represents over 200 Black-owned media companies that reach more than 20 million readers, combined, in print and online, every week. The campaign will focus on an aggressive voter registration drive, community-level education on important issues, and a mobilization effort—all designed to reach young, Black eligible voters. North Carolina, Texas and Florida are important states that could change the makeup of the United States Congress, if the Black vote flexes its muscle. The Black Press is considered essential in those states to mobilize that electoral strength. Primaries in North Carolina are scheduled for May 8. The Black Press in North Carolina and in other states will play a powerful role in …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Where do we go from here? We must get on the BUS!

By Carma Henry A Message From Our Publisher Where do we go from here? We must get on the BUS! But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? John 3:17 (NASB) By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. “Feeble reactions are destructive and are problematic emotional states that destabilize effective functioning. When we are at that point, devastation is at the door knocking, waiting to come in. In a society that is ruled by and on the principle of THE almighty dollar, SEPARATELY we are seen as broke, busted and definitely can’t be trusted; open to being used and abused, calculated and tossed aside as refuse. Dr. King recognized that and offered a plan to address those putrid probabilities. He offered that we come together obviously, but how it would be done was deeper. We would have to accept crossing of color lines, political parties, ecclesiastical differences, economic status and anything else that could be used to create a crack in the armor of hope.” —Bobby R. Henry, Sr. It’s ironic that the same apparatus used as a tool in the breaking of a great link …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The 2018 DBCF Conference moving forward in solidarity

By Carma Henry Blake The 2018 DBCF Conference moving forward in solidarity The Democratic Black Caucus of Florida (DBCF) is an organization which represents a collective voice of over 1.3 million Democrats in the Great State of Florida. Next weekend from April 20-22, 2018 the DBCF will hold its 36th State Conference in Orlando at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Drive, Orlando, Fla. We are very excited about this being an election year, and with collaboration and hard work, we can impact the ballot and public policy by building a Florida that respects the rights of all residents, access to quality healthcare, protect voting rights, address poverty, and help to create jobs. Hudson Under the new leadership of President Lydia Hudson, and a committed Executive Committee, the theme of the conference is “Elevating Black Voices for Equity, and a Better Florida.” This year the goal is to be a physical advocate for the issues that affect African Americans, and hold accountable those who are detrimental to our children, women, and community. Friday, April 20, will be a day of registration, education, workshops, mobilization, and sharing some time for fun, and meet/greet in the evening Saturday, April 21 is an exciting work day, which starts …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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NNPA Chairman Celebrates 50 years as Crusader Publisher

By Carma Henry Balm and Dorothy Leavell are welcomed to dinner with the ship’s captain during a cruise to the Bahamas. The NNPA had concluded its annual workshop in Miami and members continued on to the Bahamas where Lynden Pindling joined publishers aboard ship. Pindling had just been elected as the country’s first Black Prime Minister in 1967. (Chicago Crusader) NNPA Chairman Celebrates 50 years as Crusader Publisher By Erick Johnson (Chicago Crusader/NNPA Member) The year 1968 was one of the worst years in the short history of the United States. Major cities were on fire, following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4 in Memphis, Tenn. Robert F. Kennedy was killed two months later in California as he came closer to winning the Democratic nomination for president. That August thousands of protesters were roughed up outside the Conrad Hilton Hotel in Chicago, where the Democratic National Convention was held. Two months later, Balm L. Leavell, Jr., the man who co-founded the Chicago Crusader in the Ida …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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“They Came Before Columbus”

By Carma Henry Ivan Van Sertima Lesser Known Black History Figure “They Came Before Columbus” * Guyaneseborn literary critic, linguist, and anthropologist. * Associate professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey. * In 1976, published the book, “They Came Before Columbus”, that features his arguments for an African origin of Mesoamerican culture in the Western Hemisphere. * Achieved widespread attention within the African-American community for his claims of prehistoric African contact and diffusion of culture in Central and South America. * In 1983, authored “The Lost Sciences of Africa: An Overview,” that discusses early African advances in metallurgy, astronomy, mathematics, architecture, engineering, agriculture, navigation, medicine, and writing. The post “They Came Before Columbus” appeared first on The Westside Gazette. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Broward Health Imperial Point family is growing

By Carma Henry Broward Health Imperial Point family is growing Broward Health Imperial Point (BHIP) family is growing! This week we welcomed our new Chief Operating Officer/Chief Nursing Officer as well as our new Associate Chief Financial Officer. They are both joining us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are looking forward to the continued success they will bring. On April 16, Netonua Reyes, she goes by Toni, joined BHIP in a dual role as chief operating officer and chief nursing officer. She has 22 years of nursing experience in the acute care setting with specialties in both adult and pediatric medicine. Prior to joining Broward Health, she served as director of nursing at Jackson Health North in Miami, where she oversaw a staff of 120 in the hospital’s Emergency Department and managed daily operations to ensure patient safety and quality according to regulatory standards. Toni has both a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Nova Southeastern University. On Wednesday, April 18, Romaine Layne will be joining BHIP as associate chief financial officer, where she will manage financial operations, contracting and expense management. Prior to joining Broward Health, Romaine served as controller at North Shore Medical Center, where …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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April is National Minority Health Month

By Carma Henry April is National Minority Health Month From Bernadette Morris Did you know that the month of April is officially recognized as National Minority Health Month? Numerous health providers work tirelessly each day to raise awareness about the health disparities that continue to affect racial and ethnic minorities. They also work to increase awareness about the health care law’s groundbreaking policies to reduce these disparities and achieve health equity. This year’s theme, Partnering for Health Equity, emphasizes the critical role of prevention in reducing health disparities. It is a call to action; a charge for all of us to unite towards a common goal of improving the health of our com-munities. “For five decades the Jessie Trice Community Health System (JTCHS) has been committed to ensuring that residents of our community have access to quality, yet affordable healthcare,” says Annie Neasman, President and CEO of JTCHS. “We join the many partners who recognize and celebrate National Minority Health Month each year.” Partnerships at the national, state, tribal, and local levels are vital to the work of reducing health disparities and advancing health equity. This month, the Office of Minority Health, will join with partners, health advocates, and organizations to highlight …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Before hurricane season hits, have a plan for shoreline restoration | Opinion

By Brian Fischer As hurricane season approaches, many community associations, golf courses, and municipalities are still reeling from the flooding and dangerous shoreline erosion that resulted from last year’s vicious storms throughout Florida, the Gulf Coast states, and Texas. It appears as though this erosion… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH

By Carma Henry MAY IS NATIONAL FOSTER CARE MONTH By Dawn Seay COCONUT CREEK, FL – SOS Children’s Villages Florida, a foster care community in Broward County. SOS, the largest foster care provider in Broward County serving an average of 70 children on any given day, is celebrating their 25th anniversary. The children ages two to 18 years, all have a history of abuse, neglect, or abandonment. SOS has served over 600 children over the past 25 years since opening in 1993, and provides the unique feature of keeping siblings together once they are placed in foster care. The 13 family-style homes around a cul-de-sac in Coconut Creek are each staffed by a full time live-in house parent and SOS offers an array of support services and enrichment opportunities, allowing the children to have a special childhood where they can heal and grow into productive adults. May is National Foster Care Month and SOS Children’s Villages Florida is at the forefront of this movement. It is a time to recognize how we can each play a part in enhancing the lives and focus on increasing the visibility of the needs of children and youth in foster care. There …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Why is an unlicensed abortion facility still open in Broward?

By Carma Henry Why is an unlicensed abortion facility still open in Broward? By Tom Walker Despite losing its license on March 27, the Fort Lauderdale Women’s Center remains open and has committed at least 38 abortions since that date, according to Broward Right to Life, which maintains a daily presence outside the facility. Tom Walker, a Broward Right to Life director who offers prolife options to women who visit the facility, said he has been unable to learn why the abortion business remains open, even after losing its license and despite the fact that the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) lists the facility as closed. “We reported them to AHCA by telephone on April 3 and submitted formal complaints on April 4 for each of the days beginning March 27, detailing the number of abortions each day and identifying Dr. Harvey C. Roth as the abortionist,” Walker said. “We have tried to notify other agencies, and have had conversations with the Attorney General’s office, the State Attorney’s Office, Department of Professional Regulation, and the Department of Health but keeping getting referred back to AHCA.” On April 5, Rhonda Shapiro, an AHCA Health Facility Evaluator, came to the abortion business located at 2001 W. Oakland Park Blvd. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Israel is failing at Racial Politics

By Carma Henry Bill Fletcher said that Israeli forces have sent a clear message: Palestinians have no rights that the Israeli establishment is bound to respect. Israel is failing at Racial Politics In the Aftermath of “Bloody Friday,” It’s Clear that Israeli Forces Don’t See Palestinians as Human By Bill Fletcher, Jr., (NNPA Newswire Columnist) Two developments in Israel present a teachable moment in terms of the racial politics of the Israeli state. The first development was the slaughter of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on March 30. The second development, to be discussed in my next column, was the April 3 reneging by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on an agreement to send African migrants to Western Europe and North America rather than back to their countries of origin. The brutal crackdown by the Israelis on the Palestinian protestors is noteworthy, not only because of the criminality of the act, but that it also captured the attention of the world. The Palestinian protesters were embarking on a non-violent campaign to raise attention on the outstanding demand of Palestinians for their recognized right of return to their homeland. The Israeli establishment has continuously refused to recognize the international law governing the right of return of refugees following an …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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DISTRICT 1 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DR. STEVE GALLON III CONGRATULATES MR. DEREK NEGRON OF CAROL CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED 2018 M-DCPS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

By Carma Henry District 1 School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III and Derek Negron. DISTRICT 1 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DR. STEVE GALLON III CONGRATULATES MR. DEREK NEGRON OF CAROL CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED 2018 M-DCPS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR — Dr. Steve Gallon III would like to extend congratulations to Derek Negron of Carol City Middle School on being named Assistant Principal of the Year at the DASA 2018 Principal & Assistant Principal of the Year Recognition Ceremony. Negron has proven himself as a highly competent, committed, compassionate and caring instructional leader who has distinguished himself among the educators throughout the District, state, and the nation. These qualities and many more make him truly deserving of this honor and recognition. The post DISTRICT 1 SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DR. STEVE GALLON III CONGRATULATES MR. DEREK NEGRON OF CAROL CITY MIDDLE SCHOOL FOR BEING NAMED 2018 M-DCPS ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR appeared first on The Westside Gazette. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Tingling Spy Thriller ‘Beirut’

By Carma Henry Tingling Spy Thriller ‘Beirut’ By Don Valentine This tense, fretful C.I.A. spy saga is an Academy Award® worthy production. Written by lauded screenplay writer Tony Gilroy. “Bourne trilogy”, “Devil’s Advocate” and “Michael Clayton” to name a few. This is a period piece set in 1982 amid the chaos of Lebanon’s civil war. It stars Jon Hamm (Mad Men) as a former U.S. diplomat who, 10 years after leaving the country in the wake of personal tragedy, is called back to negotiate for the release of one of his erstwhile colleagues. His pal is a CIA operative who has been taken hostage by one of the area’s myriad and ever-me-tastasizing factions. The movie is riveting, set in the caldron of Beirut Lebanon. Here Christians, Muslims, the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel and Syria — with America and the U.S.S.R. hovering in close range — are engaged in a heavily armed game of cat-and-mouse. Loosely based on the abduction of CIA station chief William Buckley by Hezbollah in 1984, “Beirut” never explicitly invokes the name of that then-emerging group. Rather, it plays like a prequel to the grievous events that would engulf the Middle East during that decade and to this day (see recent …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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API launches new jobs website focused on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry

By Carma Henry The American Petroleum Institute (API), recently launched http:www/oilgasworkforce.com/, a new jobs and resource website to help people learn more about the industry. (Screenshot/oilgasworkforce.com) API launches new jobs website focused on the Oil and Natural Gas Industry —The American Petroleum Institute launchedhttp://www.oilgasworkforce.com/, to provide a platform where users can apply for jobs and learn more about the oil and natural gas industry. —Nearly 40 percent of jobs in the oil & natural gas and petrochemical industries are projected to be filled by African American and Hispanic workers through 2035, according to an API report. —The average annual pay in the oil and natural gas industry is over $100,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. By Freddie Allen (Editor-In-Chief, NNPA Newswire) Rebecca Winkel, an economic advisor for the American Petroleum Institute (API), said that whenever she travels to communities across the country, to give presentations about her research in the oil and natural gas industry, the questions often turn to business and career opportunities. Questions like: Where can I go to learn more about the oil …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Miguel Diaz-Canel becomes Cuba's first leader outside Castro dynasty in nearly six decades

By Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez A 57-year-old bureaucrat replaced Raul Castro as the president of Cuba on Thursday, launching a new political era as a government led by a single family for six decades tries to ensure the long-term survival of one of the world’s last communist states. The National Assembly announced that Miguel… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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God Will Force You to Evolve

By Carma Henry On the Scene with Crystal Chanel God Will Force You to Evolve I am continuously reminded that God has a disdain for comfort zones because He specializes in building our faith by removing them. I would imagine that comfort zones look like whiteheads to God. He lets them sit there for a while, and then one day, they just must go. Pressure is applied, impurities are squeezed out, and the result is clearer skin. Well pressure was applied in my life several weeks ago when my close friend, Nubian, announced that she would be moving to Thailand. I was happy for her knowing that beyond a shadow of a doubt that she could change the world with her poetic gifts and talents. Yet ironically, my initial thoughts were centered around why would she forsake me? That thought process is almost laugh-able now and unfathomable that I allow myself to become consumed with the thoughts of losing yet another relationship. I contemplated never having another close friend again. I even reminded myself of the countless times that I had been abandoned by people, but as Jill Tracey often says on air, “God is in the details.” It was in my pain and selfishness that …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Politicians may have changed their tune, but the public's feelings on marijuana seem set in stone

By Dan Sweeney Given that former House Speaker John Boehner is now working for a marijuana investment company and that threats by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to crack down on legal recreational marijuana were nixed by President Donald Trump, we asked readers whether any of them have changed their minds… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel headlines       ...
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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, celebrated its 63rd anniversary

By Carma Henry Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, recently celebrated its 63rd Anniversary. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, celebrated its 63rd anniversary Submitted by Vickie R. Pearcey, Public Relations Chairman Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Zeta Rho Omega Chapter, recently celebrated its 63rd Anniversary by honoring our charter members and presidents at our March chapter meeting. Additionally, we worshipped with New Mount Olive Baptist Church-Marcus Davidson, Pastor. It was a spiritual time to bond, fellowship, and give praise as sisters. Zeta Rho Omega was the first chapter to be founded on April 16, 1955 in Broward County. Over the 63 years, Zeta Rho Omega made significant contributions in Broward County by awarding thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving high school students. Additionally, the chapter made a difference in the lives of many residents through a plethora of community service projects designated by the international program throughout the years. The chapter has received numerous international, regional, and local awards over the years, but it was most recently awarded the 2017 Cluster I Earlene Striggles Public Relations Award for its outstanding implementation of the international programs and its phenomenal media coverage. The chapter has many active members who serve on boards and …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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