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NAACP President Cornell Brooks voted out

By Carma Henry NAACP President Cornell Brooks voted out NAACP national board makes dramatic move to regain relevance By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) Why did the NAACP’s national board vote to part ways with their president, Cornell William Brooks? Several longtime members contacted by the NNPA Newswire were shocked to hear the news. Brooks, 56, has served in the position since May 2014. Some NAACP insiders said that there was a lack of communication between the NAACP’s large board of directors and Brooks. Others say that a lack of fundraising prowess was the reason. On the day the board voted to end Brooks’ tenure as president (his current contract expires on June 30), NAACP Board Chairman Leon Russell announced that the 108-year-old organization is “retooling” and embarking on “an organization-wide refresh” in response to the “audacious challenges” in “today’s volatile political, media and social climates.” During an interview with American Urban Radio Networks, Brooks was asked why he was being let go. He responded: “I can’t point to any substantive reason. What I can point to is this: the NAACP over the course of less than three years, is more visible, more vocal, growing in members, donors, presence in the …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Rescue me PLEASE!

By Carma Henry Rescue me PLEASE! Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions, my darling from the lions. Psalm 35:17 By Bobby R. Henry, Sr. How difficult it must be to tread water weight down in an armored suit made of iron. Struggling sometimes just to survive from our own self-imprisonments, let alone; the woes of this economy and under the current president can feel just as suffocating and the fight just as futile. Being a minority business owner in general and a Black newspaper business owner in particular, we know firsthand the severity of wondering “which way to go.” I feel for those who would succumb and throw in the towel after reading many of the newspaper articles and news programs following the antics of 45, seeing our world unravel on television reporting adversity after adversity. How devastating it must be to lose your job, then your home and stumble into the emergency room to find out what you thought was a stomach ache in actually is a cancerous tumor the size of a baseball, coupled with ‘no insurance’. It is believed and stated that desperate times bring about desperate measures. I need help to understand what kind …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Congratulations to the Westside Gazette Newspaper Salutes “The Greatest Mom in the World 2017” contest winners

By Carma Henry Congratulations to the Westside Gazette Newspaper Salutes “The Greatest Mom in the World 2017” contest winners: Mrs. Judy Ellie, First Place Winner (l) and Mrs. Pearlie Nichols, Second Place Winner. Thank you to our sponsors: Betty’s Soul Food Restaurant, Broward Meats, Cal’s For Hair, Children’s Services Council, McWhites’ Funeral Home, Nicole’s Beauty Salon, Royal Bloom Florist, Tom Jenkins Bar-B-Q and Norman’s Photoland. …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Understanding the fundraising process will decrease your stress

By Carma Henry Pearl and Mel Shaw Fundraising Good Times Understanding the fundraising process will decrease your stress Pressure and stress can be the name of the game when it comes to nonprofit fundraising. That’s to be expected. But you don’t need to raise the stress level unnecessarily. Here is one way to decrease your stress. We recently had the opportunity to speak with a nonprofit leader who was concerned about how her development director was spending his time. She didn’t understand why the money wasn’t coming in. She was doing her part: she accompanied him to meetings and shared the organization’s mission, strategies, funding needs and impact. He wrote thank you notes to follow up on these meetings. But no checks arrived. “Perhaps he isn’t focusing on the right things,” she asked. “He’s great in the meetings, but I feel he just doesn’t have a sense of urgency. Maybe I need to keep looking for the right person.” She paused and then lamented, “I could have saved a lot of money if I hadn’t hired him.” We knew she was looking for answers, so we started with a few questions. “Is there a pool of qualified current and prospective donors …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Fifth Annual South Florida Youth Summit kicks off with guests Roland Martin & Angela Rye

By Carma Henry Fifth Annual South Florida Youth Summit kicks off with guests Roland Martin & Angela Rye Angela Rye, CNN Political Correspondent and Roland Martin, host of TV One’s Daily Morning Show, discuss freely with audience the need for Black leadership. (Photos credit: Adrian Freeman) By Nichole Richards The 5th Annual South Florida Youth Summit, held May 18-20, kicked off with the adult only Cocktails & Conversations event with special guests Roland Martin, host of TV One’s Daily Morning Show, and CNN Political Commentator and CEO of IMPACT strategies, Angela Rye. The event encouraged interactive discussion between community leaders, educators, civic leaders, and parents on tactics to empower youth to assume positions of leadership and to become effective change agents in our community. The dynamic event was the first of many to take place that weekend, which included the L.I.T. Youth Rally (Leaders in Training), Blue Jeans & Blazers, and a day of seminars, workshops, and panel discussions on positive social change. The shift from vertical leadership in the Black community (a remnant of the 1960s Civil Rights Era) to a more horizontal structure emphasized by Black Lives Matter grassroots organizing has ignited conversations on who shoulders the responsibility to advocate for Black interests and how …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Broward property values soar to highest level

By Larry Barszewski Broward County’s property values continued their robust growth this year and are now at their highest level ever, topping the previous record set 10 years ago before the Great Recession collapsed the real estate market. The county’s taxable value dropped 29 percent between 2007 and 2011, but has… …read more Source:: Sun-Sentinel       ...
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Matter of Balance: Do you have concerns about falling? Classes open to Seniors 60+ 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

– Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Meeting Room A MATTER OF BALANCE is an award-winning program that emphasizes practical strategies designed to manage falls and increase activity levels.This program utilizes trained volunteer coaches to teach eight, two hour sessions. There is no charge for the sessions. …read more Source:: Broward County Library       ...
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Lawson introduces first bill aimed to help small business leaders

By Carma Henry Lawson introduces first bill aimed to help small business leaders The Entrepreneurial Education Act would help emerging leaders get the training they need to expand operations and create jobs in underserved communities WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently U.S. Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) introduced his first bill in the 115th Congress. The Entrepreneurial Education Act aims to help train emerging leaders who are running businesses in economically disadvantaged communities. The bill would authorize the Entrepreneurial Education Initiative through the Small Business Administration which would provide resources and assistance to entrepreneurs. The Emerging Leaders Initiative is a federal training program that specifically focuses on executives of businesses ready to expand operations in historically challenged communities. Executives receive intensive training that provides them with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses, create jobs, and promote economic development within urban communities. “This bill will help generate new jobs, attract investment, and provide necessary training to our emerging leaders in Florida’s fifth district and around the country so that we can grow our economy where we need it most,” said Rep. Lawson. “This program has already helped more than 4,000 small business owners in sustaining and growing their businesses and I know we can make that …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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House votes to limit powers of first Black Librarian of Congress

By Carma Henry House votes to limit powers of first Black Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden was appointed the 14th Librarian of Congress by President Barack Obama on Feb. 24, 2016. (Wikimedia Commons) By Lauren Victoria Burke (NNPA Newswire Contributor) In a vote of 378 to 48, the House passed legislation to take power away from the current Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. The legislation, H.R. 1695, was authored by House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (RVa.) and ranking member John Conyers (DMich.), would limit the powers of the librarian. It is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by President Trump. The bill makes the head of the Copyright Office, the Register of Copyrights, a presidential appointment that would have to be confirmed by the Senate, rather than an appointment by the Librarian of Congress, as it has been since 1870. The bill also limits the position of Register of Copyrights to a 10year term. The bill text reads, “This bill amends federal copyright law to require the President, with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint a Register of Copyrights from a list of at least …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Florida Supreme Court Justice – Peggy Quince keynote speaker for ‘A Fathers’ Affair’ luncheon

By Carma Henry Florida Supreme Court Justice – Peggy Quince keynote speaker for ‘A Fathers’ Affair’ luncheon Florida Supreme Court Justice, Peggy Quince. Florida Supreme Court Justice, Peggy Ann Quince, is the keynote speaker for the annual “A Fathers’ Affair” luncheon Saturday, June 3, 2017, 12 noon, at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six. Justice Quince is an associate justice of the seven-member Florida Supreme Court. She was first appointed to the court in the state’s assisted appointment method of judicial selection on Dec. 8, 1998, by the late Governor Lawton Chiles and then Governor-elect Jeb Bush. Justice Quince was retained in 2006 and 2012. Quince served as chief justice of the court from 2008 until 2010. Her current term expires in January, 2019. Quince was the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of the Supreme Court. She is also only the second African American and third female to serve on the court. The PEARLS Foundation in Collaboration with Upsilon Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will honor men who are making an impact daily in the lives of others at the luncheon. They are Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel, Albert Tucker, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The 5th Annual South Florida Youth Summit closes out with call to action

By Carma Henry Students line up to enter the Miramar Cultural Arts Center to attend the L.I.T. Youth Rally. (Photo credit: Gregory F. Reed, MFA) From Jessica Modkins MIAMI, FL — Hundreds of Broward and Dade county students lined up to attend the invitation-only Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) Youth Rally at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center on Friday, May 19, 2017. “Out of the five years that we have provided opportunities for youth enrichment, this year surpasses them all,” said LEAD Nation Executive Director Adrian Freeman on the success of the rally. LEAD Nation Annually provides the South Florida Youth Summit to South Floridian students for free. “The L.I.T. Rally has reached far above …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Celebrating Grandchildren

By Carma Henry Celebrating Grandchildren By James Hill Part II of III Part Story Bianca discovered the dinning voice she has, which seemed to improve and get stronger each year. Mr. Sheppard, her music teacher at Our Savior Lutheran School, took notice of her voice and created a special arrangement of the Psalm “America the Beautiful” for her to perform at the annual school talent show. Bianca drew a standing ovation from the audience. It was at this stage of her development that she no longer feared speaking or singing before an audience. Two major events occurred when Bianca entered the fifth grade. First, her family moved from Plantation to accommodate her sister Kayla’s growing interest in the game of golf. Second, Bianca was transferred to the NSU University School at Nova Southeastern University to start fifth grade. At this juncture of her education, she had begun to take note of Kayla’s developing talent in golf. Kayla had won the Broward County Jr. Golf Championship in 2008. It had a positive effect on Bianca’s life. Matured by both of those occurrences, Bianca began to search deeper and broader to determine where her talent might lie and what she had to do in …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Broward elders elected to Hall Of Fame

By Carma Henry Broward elders elected to Hall Of Fame The new electees posed for a commemorative photo. Seated (from l): Barbara Gordon, Roberta Nazimovitz, Edith Lederberg, ADRC Executive Director Antoinette Galleta, Vera Chuck, Gwen Major and Dorothy Ruffin. Standing (from l): Barbara Beasley Williamson, Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, Sharon Saphier Grad, Norman Grad, Karen Caputo, Patricia Crowley, Addie Sanders Owens and John Ruffin, Jr. By Denise Jones On Friday morning, May 19, thirteen outstanding men and women were honored by induction into the Broward Senior Hall of Fame. Over 325 community advocates, elected and appointed officials joined the Aging and Disability Resource Center in celebrating the achievements of the group whose exceptional local volunteer efforts merited their selection for the unique recognition. Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief joined Master of Ceremonies, Manuel Synalovski, AIA, and Aging and Disability Resource Center Executive Director, Edith Lederberg, in welcoming the new Hall of Famers whose names are inscribed on a commemorative plaque, which hangs in the Broward County Government Building. The new electees include: Karen Caputo, Hollywood; Vera Chuck, Miramar; Patricia Crowley, Oakland Park; Antoinette Galleta, Pompano Beach; Barbara Gordon, Pompano Beach; Norman & Sharon Saphier Grad, Margate; Gwen Major, Deerfield Beach; Roberta Nazimovitz, Pembroke …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Lydia Hudson elected president of Democratic Black Caucus

By Carma Henry Lydia Hudson elected president of Democratic Black Caucus Newly elected DBCF officers: Cornell Maxfield, Hazel Gillis, Lydia Hudson, Russell Drake and Glenda and Alford Atkins. By Louis C. Ward Lydia Hudson was elected president of the Democratic Black Caucus, Florida (DBCF) at its 35th Annual Conference May 20 at the Rosen Centre in Orlando, Fla. Expressing his support for the DBCF, United States Senator Bill Nelson showed up at the President’s Kickoff Reception Friday evening, May 19, and the Honorable Congresswoman Val Demings led a host of prominent speakers at the “Excellence in our Economic and Political Progress” Gala Saturday evening, May 20. Newly elected President Hudson, the former administration’s fist vice, under the leadership of outgoing President Henry Crespo, Sr., was practically given a mandate to lead the organization and its more than 20 county chapters, as she carried more than 70 percent of the vote. “We must expect to win as a party and a people,” emphasized President Hudson, a resident of Tampa, Fla. President Hudson believes with her leadership the DBCF will create a youth division and reach out to colleges and HBCUs, build partnerships with faith leaders to commit to civic engagement and voter …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Rep. Scott urges parents to stay vigilant on ESSA

By Carma Henry Rep. Scott urges parents to stay vigilant on ESSA Rep. Scott warns about GOP attacks on Obama’s Education Law Rep. Bobby Scott said that ESSA presents an opportunity to focus on equity in education by working to replace strategies that didn’t work with research-based interventions that do work. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) By Stacy M. Brown, (NNPA Newswire Contributor) There’s no doubt that No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) had its share of problems, according to Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat who’s the ranking member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Among those problems, many school districts grouped all disadvantaged students together in a way that could mask underperformance, especially the underperformance of minority students. That was a major concern for Scott, one of the architects of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2015. “I believe that free, public education is a cornerstone of our democracy,” Scott said. “The No Child Left Behind Act recognized that we needed more than just money. We also had to look at results and, more importantly, act to close achievement gaps.” But the prescription for NCLB missed the mark. It was wrong, said Scott. “That’s why I worked across the aisle …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Democracy on fire with President Trump striking the match

By Carma Henry Roger Caldwell Democracy on fire with President Trump striking the match By Roger Caldwell Democracy is being challenged in America, and it appears the rule of law does not apply to President Trump and his administration. Every day brings a new attack on American Democracy and its institutions, and it centers around the president’s policies, his tweets, and his cronies. The Republican leadership refuses to admit there is smoke swirling around Trump’s latest revelations. According to the media, the president obstructed justice by asking James Comey, former head of the FBI, to end an ongoing investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s ties to Russia. Everyone in the media or in politics has an opinion, but there are leaks that Comey wrote memos after every encounter or meeting with President Trump, and different members within the FBI have a record of these memos. This information is not just smoke but the beginning of a real fire. Trump was under the impression that both Republicans and Democrats would applaud his decision to fire Comey, but his assessment was wrong. Instead of approving his decision, the president’s Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, appointed an independent special prosecutor to determine if there was …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Public opinion still mixed on rape allegations against Cosby

By Carma Henry Public opinion still mixed on rape allegations against Cosby Bill Cosby’s supporters, detractors argue his case in the Court of Public Opinion Cosby’s fans question the motives of his accusers, while others just want him to have his day in court. (The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia/Wikimedia Commons) By Stacy M. Brown, (The Washington Informer/NNPA Member) The arguments go back and forth. Detractors of comedian Bill Cosby say he made his bed and should suffer the consequences. Supporters argue that greed, extortion and a campaign to distort his legacy, by alleged racists, have destroyed Cosby’s career. At the center of the controversy are the dozens of accusers; some of the women, who sued Cosby and his legal team for defamation, as the comedian defended himself publicly, lost those lawsuits. The extortion, his supporters say, comes courtesy of Gloria Allred, a celebrity attorney who, in 2014, called on Cosby to put $100 million in a fund for the alleged victims and to let a panel of retired judges determine the truth about their claims, many of which allegedly happened in the 1960s and 1970s. And claims of racism have mostly been directed at Hollywood and its tolerance for individuals like Roman Polanski and Woody Allen and Judd Apatow, who has …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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The Governor must Veto HB 7069 on behalf of our public schools

By Carma Henry The Governor must Veto HB 7069 on behalf of our public schools From State Representative Bobby DuBose One of the great joys of serving as an elected state Representative is the opportunity it provides me to interact with the people of our community and act as a voice on their behalf in Tallahassee. That’s why I’m excited to have been afforded the chance to write an occasional column to fill you in on my view on pending legislation, changes in state law that may affect you or your family, and to share my opinion on issues that may be making waves in the media. There’s been a lot of talk about a bill, HB 7069, that was passed this session that will be greatly detrimental to the future of public education in the state. I voted against this bill on the floor and I am urging Governor Scott to veto it. There are many problems with HB 7069, both from a policy and a process standpoint. Most importantly, I disagree with the idea of creating a $140 million slush fund to give to private, for-profit charter management companies at the expense of our public schools. In a year when per-pupil funding only increased by $24, …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Senator Bill Nelson joins DBCF President Henry Crespo at president’s kickoff reception

By Carma Henry Senator Bill Nelson joins DBCF President Henry Crespo at president’s kickoff reception Crespo and Senator Nelson Florida United States Senator Bill Nelson showed up at the Democratic Black Caucus Florida President’s Kickoff Reception for Henry Crespo, Jr., the soon to be outgoing president of the organization, Friday evening, May 19 at the 35th Annual Democratic Black Caucus of Florida State Conference at the Rosen Centre, and he was the talk of the event. Very cordial and willing to take selfies with almost everyone, Senator Nelson was warmly greeted with respect, love and honor for his involvement in improving the quality of life for all individuals in the sunshine state he has represented since 1972 Commenting on the prayer delivered by Rev. Leon Belton, President of Bay County chapter of the Black Caucus, the three term U.S. Senator said, “That prayer got me wanting to preach.” Senator Nelson plans to run for re-election. My wife and I have made the decision to run for re-election, said Nelson to a thundering and receptive applause. “I need to stay in the playing field.” “The Republicans’ health care bill has wracked Medicaid. They want to reverse the Affordable Care Act only because it was under Obama,” Nelson remarked. “They want …read more Source:: The Westside Gazette       ...
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Gleanings: June 2017

By CT Staff Important developments in the church and the world (as they appeared in our June issue). Christian hospitals could face crushing pensions The US Supreme Court will decide this month whether Christian hospitals have to meet federal rules on funding pensions. Since 1980, the government has allowed the hospitals—and other church-affiliated groups like daycares and schools—to claim the same ERISA pension exemptions as churches. But lower courts ruled that three major religiously affiliated health care systems aren’t exempt, because their benefit plans weren’t established by a church. That precedent leaves the courts in the position of making “sensitive determinations” about what constitutes a “church,” argued the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in an amicus brief. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty noted that if the hospitals are ordered to make the billion-dollar back payments, they will have to cut programs for the poor or shut down altogether. Evangelicals protest Trump cuts to foreign aid More than 100 prominent Christians, including two who prayed at President Donald Trump’s inauguration, urged Congress to reject Trump’s proposed budget cuts to foreign aid. National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference president Samuel Rodriguez and Cardinal Timothy Dolan were among the humanitarian experts, denominational leaders, seminary presidents, …read more Source:: Christianity Today       ...
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