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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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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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‘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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Donald Trump reports growing income from South Florida businesses

By Andy Reid President Donald Trump’s income from his South Florida clubs has soared since the real estate mogul became commander-in-chief, according to his financial disclosures. Trump’s combined income reported from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach and his golf clubs in Jupiter, West Palm Beach and Doral… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Another leak causes more damage at new Broward courthouse

By Larry Barszewski Broward County’s new courthouse sprung another leak this week, the latest in a series of problems that have beset the $197 million building since it opened in January. One criminal court judge was forced to move to another courtroom while repairs are made after a loose-fitting pipe on the seventh… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Bumper to bumper on I-95 in Delray Beach

By Tonya Alanez Traffic is bumper to bumper on Interstate 95 through Boca Raton and Delray Beach. An overturned truck in the southbound lanes at Congress Avenue has rush-hour traffic backed up to West Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. One left lane is blocked… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Broward doctor illegally prescribed $10M worth of pain pills, feds say

By Paula McMahon An 84-year-old Broward County doctor accused of illegally distributing about $10 million worth of illegal pain pill prescriptions was released Wednesday after nearly a week in jail. Dr. Willem Ouw and his staff at his Pompano Beach medical office illegally issued prescriptions for more than 400,000… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Man, 23, tries to lure girl, 13, to run away with him, cops say

By Tonya Alanez He was 23. She was 13. According to his master plan, he would travel from out of state on a motorcycle to pick her up at her Pembroke Pines home then they would head off to Canada to “start a new life together.” For five months, Joseph Mitchell, of Abilene, Texas, primed the child with sex talk… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Protesters clash over Confederate street names in Hollywood; 5 arrested

By Susannah Bryan A protest over streets named for three Confederate generals turned tense Wednesday as both sides clashed outside City Hall in Hollywood. More than 20 officers kept watch as a crowd of more than 100 people exchanged heated words and insults over whether to rename the streets honoring Robert E. Lee,… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Fort Lauderdale's Wreck Bar unveils underwater burlesque show

By Barbara Corbellini Duarte There’s a new underwater show at The Wreck Bar in Fort Lauderdale. But it’s not a typical mermaid show. It’s underwater burlesque. Performer Marina “MeduSirena” Anderson is the mind behind the show, which is inspired by the classic Esther Williams Hollywood movies of the 1940s and ’50s. MeduSirena… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Margate man's elaborate email con nets $1.4 million, authorities say

By Brian Ballou A man accused of illegally receiving more than $1.4 million in wire transfers wore many hats, but none was legitimate, according to authorities. Colin Ansby, 25, of Margate man is accused of posing as a paralegal, a businessman and a school superintendent, targeting people in Florida and Pennsylvania… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Former Girl Scouts campsite to become new public park in Parkland

By Lisa J. Huriash The days of Girl Scouts roasting s’mores at a Parkland campsite are over, but soon the public will get a new park in northwest Broward. Camp Telogia, the only Girl Scouts campsite in the county, officially closed this month and the county is now scurrying to get control of the prime Parkland location. … …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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