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Archive for December 2nd, 2010

Operation Shoe Drive for the People of Haiti launched by Strategic Solutions Group, Inc. and Dante G. Dixon Ministries

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“Expressing God’s Love through Community Empowerment Gospel Concert” to be held on Saturday, December 4, 2010, in Miami, Florida at Gamble Memorial C.O.G.I.C.

Dante G. Dixon, CEO of Strategic Solutions Group Incorporated

Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) — Strategic Solutions Group Incorporated and Dante G. Dixon Ministries in a continued commitment to empower those throughout the World community will launch a dynamic community initiative on December 4, 2010. In an effort to assist the families impacted by the recent catastrophes in Haiti, through a collaborative effort with churches, corporations, and community groups, thousands of shoes will be distributed to families living in Haiti through Operation Shoe Drive. These items will be distributed during the Christmas holiday season. Dante G. Dixon is the Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Solutions Group Incorporated, and the founder of Dante G. Dixon Ministries. Committee members include: Lubin Erne, Deacon Reginald Johnson, Missionary Lora Mitchell, Leondra Mitchell, Tavares Morris and Tovakesha Barber. Dixon will be joined by local gospel singers and artists who will donate their talents for this worthy cause. Susan Quintyne of NYC will be the featured guest soloist. Dixon will release his newt book “Reflections of Hope”, an inspiring collection of prayers and meditations, this month. He will donate proceeds from book sales throughout the shoe drive. The concert will take place on December 4, 2010, at the Gamble Memorial COGIC, located at 1898 NW 43rd Street in Miami, Florida at 6 p.m. A press conference will be held on Monday, November 22, 2010 at the church. Additional information can be obtained by contacting SSG at (786) 364-3718. The press conference will begin at 1 pm. The concert is free and open to the general public.

Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc., selected to be a member of the 2011 42nd NAACP Image Awards Literary Sub-Committee for Instructional Literature

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tony_rose_newTony Rose, publisher/CEO of Amber Communications Group, Inc.

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Tony Rose, Publisher/CEO, of Phoenix, AZ based, Amber Communications Group, Inc. The nation’s largest African American Book Publisher of Self-Help Books and Music Biographies, and Co-Founder of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America has been asked to be a member of the 2011 42nd NAACP Image Awards’ Literary sub-committee in the category of Instructional Literature.
Mr. Rose will join other notable individuals from the literary and entertainment fields on the sub-committee, including: Maya Angelou, NAACP Image Awardee, New York Times and Essence Magazine Best-selling Author, poet, educator, historian, and activist; Victoria Rowell, NAACP Image and Emmy Awardee, New York Times Best-selling Author, actress and advocate; Hill Harper, NAACP Image and Emmy Awardee, New York Times and Essence Magazine Best-selling Author, actor and advocate; Victoria Christopher Murray, NAACP Presidents Award, Essence Magazine Best-Selling Author and Gladys Smiley Bell, Past President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and Library Director at Hampton University.
The sub-committee will review, evaluate and vote on submitted literary projects for consideration in their assigned category and will conclude with the top five projects in each category, which will be announced as nominees at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards’ Press Conference in Beverly Hills, CA, January 2011. The entire membership of the NAACP will then get a chance to vote for the winners, which will be announced during the live broadcast of the 42nd NAACP Image Awards Ceremony on March 4, 2011, at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA.
Tony Rose states, “I am honored to be a part of the 2011 42nd NAACP Image Awards. In 1909, the NAACP commenced what has become its historic legacy of fighting legal battles so that all Americans can enjoy the benefits of the United States of America.”
Having been recognized for his social beliefs and diligence to promote literacy to the African American and multi-cultural community, Mr. Rose has received numerous honors and awards since he founded ACGI in 1998, including: The Boston City Council “Official Resolution” for his success in the Music/Recording Industry and the Book Publishing Industry; The Harlem Book Fair “Phillis Wheatley Book Award” For Literary Work That Transcends Culture, Boundary and Perception; The Chicago Black Book Fair and Conference Independent Publisher/Press Award; The BlackBoard Bestseller’s African-American Publisher of the Year Award; The American Library Association “Reluctant Reader” Award and the 2009 top ten “Best African American Book” of the Year for compiling and editing African American History in the United States of America – An Anthlogy – From Africa to President Barack Obama. (Amber Books)
Tony Rose served as a Literary Sub-Committee Member in the Category of Non-Fiction Literature for the 2007 (38th), 2008 (39th) and 2009 (40th) NAACP Image Awards (Show) and as the Executive Director of the African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, the Nation’s Largest Book Publishing Trade Show from 2004-2010.
Mr. Rose also serves as a founding Director of the Harlem Book Fair National, The Harlem Book Fair-Roxbury/Boston, Mass, Co-Founder of The African American Pavilion at BookExpo America, and in 2010 founded the Phoenix Book Fair and Art Festival.

Snow Days Chicago drifts to Navy Pier

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Chicago, IL – Putting a new twist on snow removal, the City of Chicago announced a partnership with Navy Pier for the 3rd Annual Snow Days Chicago, January 28-30, 2011, moving the festival to the pier’s Gateway Park located just west of the entrance.

Now Snow Days Chicago attendees can view the artistic sculptures, made from 10 ft. blocks of man-made snow, watch dog sled races from Green Valley Dog Drivers, delight in the excitement of the Snowboard competition and enjoy all the inside attractions of Navy Pier.

Once again, teams of artists submitted drawings of their artistic plans and the snow sculpture curator will select those who participate. The artistic portion is curated by Fran Volz of Snow Visions who created the concept after years of creating his own sculptures on his front lawn.

Last year’s winning team came to the competition from Harbin, China. “Chinese Opera” won first place ($1500 cash prize) as well as honors for being the Peoples Choce.

Additionally, the festival will include 12 teams of high school students from the Chicago Public Schools sculpting from smaller six foot blocks of snow.

Snow Days Chicago is presented by the City of Chicago and Navy Pier; the snow sculpting competition is held in collaboration with Snow Visions, Inc.

For more information, visit www.snowdayschicago.us or by calling the Mayor’s Office of Special Events at 312.744.3315.

Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Fest to be held December 18 & 19 at McCormick Place

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Chicago, IL – It’s that time of year again, to run, jump, play and even be competitive at Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Festival. The highly anticipated event kicks off Saturday, December 18 and 19 at McCormick Place in Halls A & B (2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive), presented by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events. Daily hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sports Fest activities include a 40-Yard Dash, Floor Hockey, Martial Arts Demos, Acrobatics, Footbag, Pop-a-Shot, Adult fitness Area, Football, Skate Park, Badminton, Golf Challenge, Table Tennis, Baseball, Gymnastics, Tumbling, Tennis, Boxing, Inflatable Tumbling, , Tots Zone, Climbing Walls, Field Hockey, Jump Rope, Volleyball, Dancing, Kids Golf Challenge, Wrestling, Obstacle Course, Soccer and more.

The Half-Time Stage is the place to be for those who like to be entertained as well as interact with performers and make new friends. Join the After School Matters Hip Hop Culture group, Radio Disney, and B-96. There will be a special “Mascot Mixer” on Sunday at 2 p.m. These lovable characters, representative of many of the professional sports teams, will be at sports fest for meet and greets and to take photos.

Sanctioned tournaments that require pre-registration include volleyball, floor hockey, chess, gymnastics, and basketball. There will also be a badminton tournament hosted by World Sports Chicago.

Visit the Bulls/Sox Training Academy at sports fest. It’s a fun, safe, and invigorating environment that teaches the games of basketball, baseball, and fast pitch softball, maximizing skills and building the self esteem of each boy and girl.

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will host an all-ages chess tournament and there will be instructors on site for beginners. CPS will also host the action-packed Holiday Hoops Basketball boys & girls tournament as well as tennis clinics. The basketball tournament features eight teams and the tennis zone offers mini interactive tennis clincs for kids.

Adults and children alike can visit the Fitness Area presented by the Mayor’s Fitness Council. Certified fitness instructors will lead classes in cardio kickboxing, salsa aerobics, pilates, yoga and more!

World Sports Chicago returns with archery, badminton, fencing, team handball, rowing, judo and wrestling, just some of the expected activities that kids can try! Sports Fest 2010 marks the 2-year anniversary of the Chicago Paralympic Development Program as a partnership with USA Paralympics and over 13 other partner organizations.

Mayor Daley’s Chicago Sports Festival is presented by the City of Chicago and produced by the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, McCormick Place, and the Chicago Park District. This event is sponsored in part by Athletico, Pepsi Cola, B-96, Brookfield Zoo, 104.3 Jack FM, Communications Direct, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Hinckley Springs, Xfinity by Comcast and Radio Disney AM1300 Chicago. For great hotel rates at the Hyatt McCormick Chicago call reservations: (888) 421-1442 or visit https://resweb.passkey.com/go/chicagosportsfest2010

Prosecutor takes me to court for my dual responsibilities: Trustee and Teacher (Part Two)

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(Distributed through BlackNews.com)

By Mary Barr

On November 3, 2009, I was elected to the Pontiac School Board. February 17, 2010, Judge Shalina Kumar ruled that I could not work as both a teacher and school board trustee and ordered me to choose between the two positions. Although I elected to serve the people, the ruling is still a constructive discharge. I want to thank all the people who prayed for me across the United States, because this was a step of faith for me. My mother, the late Reverend Patricia Barr, taught me how to step out on faith.

During the closing remarks at Monday’s Board Meeting, November 15, 2010, I decided to share with the public how long I had been trying to find clear answers regarding the Pontiac School District’s scholarship funds. The Pontiac School District received an endowment from my grandfather and my step grandmother, Luther and Gertrude Strickland. The funds from the sale of the Strickland’s house (76Ks) were supposed to go to students’ scholarships. The Pontiac School District turned over the funds to Pontiac Alumni Foundation shortly after cashing the realtor check. Between 2003 and 2006, the public was told that Pontiac Alumni Foundation provided the scholarships. The alumni were told that scholarships were being distributed from the interest while the principal was not being touched. After several inquiries among the Pontiac School District, Michigan Department of Education, and Michigan’s Attorney General, I confirmed several discrepancies. Moving forward, I am still waiting for the adequate financial documentation that will show the financial history of the scholarship funds for the Pontiac School District.

What I have discovered so far is that, although the Stricklands had a will, Michigan law allows educational institutions to transfer funds to non-profit organizations with the suggestion that an administrator should serve on the board of that organization. Educational institutions can also enter into a fiduciary agreement with other organizations, which warrants the power to charge fees. If the attorney handling the case does not register the endowment with the Attorney General, then the funds easily can be lost because the funds are considered as private funds. Often people will not be aware that the funds exist. The Department of Education does not oversee private funds even though school districts are supposed to include the financial information in their annual reports. Hopefully, Michiganders will push legislators to enact legislation that will require all endowments to be registered at the state and local levels before turning over the funds to educational institutions and impose heavy penalties for non-compliance.

A few years ago, I gave this same information to a Detroit newspaper. After the reporter sat on the article for a long time, I retrieved the information because I feared my employer would retaliate against me for going to the newspapers. I even reached out to President Barack Obama about the issue. He corresponded with me and encouraged me to contact Senator Levin. However, I was unsuccessful with getting an appointment with Senator Levin.

Currently, I am waiting for an appeal date from Michigan Court of Appeals (Oakland County Prosecutors Office V Mary Barr, Case 296743). I strongly believe that it is important for the voices of educators to be heard at the school board level. Government officials like Rod Paige, former Secretary of Education and founder of Chartwell Group, can go into business after leaving office and profit from legislations that officials helped to enact, providing the officials waited six months after leaving office before going into business. Pontiac paid Chartwell Group nearly a half a million dollars to tell them what was wrong with the district. Yet, there was a campaign to force me to give up my seat or take a constructive discharge. America’s education system has become a billion dollar industry. We need legislation that will provide more regulation and accountability on the management of finances for all of America’s public schools.

I am coming to the end of my term, and it is almost time for me to pass the torch. It is time for other people to start asking questions about the students’ scholarship money. It is important to do what is in the best interest of the children and serve people by helping to empower others through knowledge. Once again, thank you for your support and prayers.

Mary Barr is a teacher and trustee in the Pontiac, Michigan area. Contact her at fuchsia7@comcast.net or 248-636-6279

Better Business Bureau Announces 2011 Torch Award Honorees for Marketplace Ethics

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CHICAGO, IL – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB) announces the 2011 honorees of the fourteenth annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, which spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices.



This awards luncheon ceremony will be hosted today at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza in Chicago, and emceed by Ron Magers, co-anchor at ABC7 News Chicago. Winning awards will be presented to: Sears Holding Corporation; Wilton Brands Inc.; Itasca Bank & Trust Co.; Imagetec L.P.; Cray Kaiser LTD; Music by Design, LTD and John Baethke & Son Plumbing, Inc. Honorable Mentions will be awarded to: Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC; Empire Today, LLC; Access One, Inc. and Mega Home Improvement.

“As the headlines have reflected, ethical business practices have taken a beating on Wall Street, the banking industry, housing and other marketplaces,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “The Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics honors companies that make a demonstrable effort to promote ethical business practices, and we are pleased to see the number of businesses who, in the eyes of their customers and other associates, meet that threshold.”



The award recipients are selected by an independent panel of judges each year. Bernas continued, “This year’s participants and winners have reaped many rewards as a result of their commitment to achieving and maintaining high ethical standards including stronger customer loyalty, enhanced reputation, and greater employee commitment.”



This year’s award recipients came from the largest field of nominations and entries ever with nearly 2,000 nominations from a wide variety of businesses,” explained Bernas.

“This variety in entries and the subsequent winners and honorable mentions reflect an increasing interest by more and more companies in using ethical business practices in their operations as their primary method of self-regulation,” Bernas said. “This belief is the cornerstone of the BBB system.”



Companies are judged in five categories based on their number of employees. Bernas noted that the presentation of awards is just the tip of the iceberg for companies that do it right by working with their customers, suppliers and other organizations in an ethical manner. It remains important for people to inform the BBB when they have done business with a company that did an exemplary job. Many of the nearly 2,000 nominees for this award were the result of consumers alerting the BBB to companies who ‘do it right’.



This year’s event has been made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: AAA Chicago; ABC7 Chicago; Abt Electronics & Appliances; Access One, Inc.; ADP; Alberto-Culver Company; Assurance Agency, Ltd.; AT&T; Bridgestone Retail Operations, LLC;CDW Corporation; Champion Window of Chicago; Charter One; Combined Insurance Co. of America; Cray, Kaiser LTD.; Delaware Place Bank; DeVry Inc.; Dex One Corporation; Discover Financial Services; Empire Today, LLC; Grants Appliances Electronics & More; Hallberg Commercial Insuror’s Inc.; Hilton Chicago; Holiday Inn Mart Plaza; HSBC; Imagetec L.P.; The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc.; Integrated Project Management Co. Inc.; Itasca Bank and Trust; Hanson Material Services; Lifecare Innovations, Inc.; Luna Carpet & Blinds, Inc.; Medley Moving and Storage; Mega Home Improvement; Midas Auto Centers; NBC5 Chicago; The Pampered Chef, Ltd.; Perma-Seal Basement Systems, Inc.; Sears Holding Corporation; Sun-Times Media Group; Tiffany & Company; Total Merchant Systems; Tribune Media Group; Urban Imaging Group, Inc; Walgreens; Wilton Brands and XSport Fitness.

Consumers can nominate an ethical business on our Web site at http://chicago.bbb.org/torchnomination



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