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Archive for July 6th, 2011

Minister addresses rising murder rate with Gangsta fiction novel

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Reverend Harry Williams, Urban Fiction Author


Oakland, CA (BlackNews.com) — Oakland California’s murder rate has risen 33% since New Year’s Day, and human trafficking is an ever growing epidemic. Oakland minister, Harry Williams addresses both of these issues in his latest urban fiction work, Straight Outta East Oakland 2: Trapped On The Track.

The novel tells the story of Crayon, a 15 year old foster child entrapped in the vicious world of commercial sexual exploitation. Her situation seems hopeless until her grandmother approaches the former gang member who led her own daughter into a life of crime. What follows is a roller coaster ride into a world of mayhem and genocide. The book explains the world of post civil rights urban America. It also challenges church members, politicians and community residents to wage war for their communities.

Critical acclaim has surrounded the book’s release. Community activist, Henry Hitz wrote: “…You breathe humanity into characters the rest of society has discarded and that fills me with hope. The only thing that comes close is the The Wire, the greatest thing ever on TV.”

Harry Louis Williams, is an associate minister of the Allen Temple Baptist Church. He uses the medium of urban fiction as a tool to reach inner city young people. His first novel, Straight Outta East Oakland won the Foreword Magazine award for best multicultural fiction in 2008. Piri Thomas, author the timeless urban classic, Down These Mean Streets, wrote, “…Bravo Brother Harry for letting us into that cutthroat world and showing us the possibility of hope and redemption.”

For more information about Straight Outta East Oakland 2: Trapped On The Track, please contact Harry Williams at (510) 508-4888 or see www.revharrywilliams.com.

Jackson: ‘CPS right to rethink $25 mil on cops in schools’

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8th Million Father March seeks 1 mil dads


By Chinta Strausberg


Spending $25 million a year to assign cops in schools is not a good investment, and it will not result in reduced violence and disruption, Phillip Jackson, founder/executive director of The Black Star Project, said Monday as he announced plans to have 1 million attend his September 6th Million Father March.

Armed with more than 400 members, 600 volunteers and hundreds of churches, Jackson responded to a Chicago Sun-Times report saying CPS officials are reportedly rethinking this anti-violence strategy.

Agreeing with CPS’ change of heart of its current security plan, Jackson said his plan would be much more cheaper and effective than spending $25 million a year for the presence of police in schools.

 “It’s a better investment to connect schools with communities and parents than to provide more police protection,” said Jackson. “They should get more community and parental involvement including faith base involvement. Spending $25 million a year on police alone will not give you best results for reducing violence and disruption in schools.”

The schools are not educating their children. We’ve got to take more control of that process.

Jackson announced the Black Star Project is expecting 700 cities across America to participate in the eighth annual Million Father March, which will be held on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

“This is the first year we are expecting 1 million fathers to take their children to school.” Jackson said the best way to achieve student achievement is by getting parents involved. “It’s the less expensive way,” he said. “We don’t invest in helping parents become the most important people in the education of their children.”

“America is in a global education race and we’re losing bad,” said Jackson.  “Countries from all over the world are doing much better educationally than we are and that is a predictor to the economic status of America in 10-to-20-years,” he explained.

“If we’re in 24th (educational position) this year, we’ll be 24 economically in 10-to-20 years. This is why we have to change this. It’s about whether America is going to be successful in the future.” “The schools are not educating their children. We’ve got to take more control of that process,” he stated.

In holding his eighth Million Father’s March Day, this is the first year he is paring one church with one school. “There are 650 public schools in Chicago and 125 private schools,” he said.

Last year, Jackson said 609 cities participated in the Million Father’s March where more than 800,000 fathers took their children to school.

“On September 6, 2011, we want the men to leave their churches in wrapping their arms of protection, safety and encouragement around the children of their partner schools.”

Jackson said his organization would stand in solidarity with 700 cities on September 6th, which is this year’s official Million Father’s March Day.

To contact Jackson, call: 773-285-9600 or e-mail him at: blackstar1000@Ameritech.net.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host.

Rutgers’ #1 show, “All Politics are Local”, uses Hip Hop culture to bring democracy and politics to youth

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Bashir Akinyele, co-host and co-producer of the show


Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — All Politics Are Local is Rutgers University’s #1 new internet college radio show. The lively, but intellectually critical round table show discusses various Hip Hop, entertainment, and political issues every Friday from 3:00pm to 5:00pm broadcasted live from the school’s Paul Robeson student center in downtown Newark, New Jersey!

This past May, All Politics Are Local took the #1 spot over all the shows on the University’s WRNU.INFO internet radio web site!

The university ranks it’s shows by using a numeric 1 through 11 system to judge the listenership of their radio shows. On a monthly basis, most shows receive a rating between 1 through 11. All Politics Are Local received a 27 rating, meaning that over 100,000 online listeners tune in every week to hear the show. The show has been on the air for only three months.

Since it’s inception, the show has been able to book a variety Hip Hop artists, community activists, clergy members, intellectuals, and political leaders, such as Vinny of Naughty By Nature, Conrad Tillard, Freekey Zekey of the Dip set, the former executive director of CHHANGE (Conscious Hip Hop Activism Necessary for Global Empowerment and the current Senior Pastor of Nazarene Congregational United Church of Christ in Brooklyn, New York City, Pastor David Jefferson, the Chairman of Rev Sharpton’s National Action Network in Newark, New Jersey, Donny Nuri Wilson, member and organizer of the Newark Anti-Violence Coalition, Monika Boyd of Parents of murdered Children and VOCAL (Voices of Change and Liberation) Coalition member, James Mtume, world renowned producer, artist, community activist, and co-host of the popular 98.7 KISS FM’s Open line radio talk show in New York City’s tri-state area, and Mitzi Miller, the new Editor -and-Chief of Jet magazine!

This week, Luther Campbell of the multi-platinum Hip Hop group 2 live Crew plans to be a guest of the show to discuss Hip Hop and electoral politics. Just recently, Mr. Campbell ran for Mayor of Miami, Florida, he lost, but he received over 20,000 votes!

The show is led by Ed Riley, the creator, co-producer, and co-host of All Politics Are Local, who is also a Rutgers student. The other co-hosts of the show are the following: Bashir Akinyele-community activist and educator, John Alston-Newark, New Jersey educator, Marcus Reeves- BET.com entertainment journalist and social critic, Allen S. Gordon- Hip Hop journalist and Oakland, California educator, and Bailey and D. Armani -entertainment journalist!

Damien Connors, college youth director of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) says, “The show is content rich and I believe its’ the kind of discourse that will keep us balanced.”

Ed Riley, Rutgers student, creator, and co-host of Rutgers’ All Politics Are Local, says, “I think there is a reason why the show resonates with African Americans, Latino Americans and listeners of all walks of life. We combine Hip Hop culture and politics to make democracy relevant to the youth.”

Callers worldwide can chime into the show’s call-in number at (973) 353-5746! The show can be heard from it’s broadcasted internet web address at www.wrnu.info.

Jonathan Kissam to discuss the movement toward and passing of Vermont’s Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare Bill

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As part of his speaking tour on Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign, Jonathan Kissam will discuss the movement toward and passing of H. 202 on Thursday, July 7, 2011 from 1:00-3:30pm at the Hemophilia Foundation, 210 S. Des Plaines, in Chicago.

Kissam, head of the Vermont Workers Center, is a leader in the movement to get H. 202 passed in Vermont

Kissam will discuss Vermont’s recently-enacted universal healthcare law. His presentation will also focus on how Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign, a grassroots movement of thousands of Vermonters, made that legislation possible.

Kissam will be available for questions following his presentation.

 About Campaign for Better Health Care

We believe that accessible, affordable, quality health care is a basic human right for all people. The Campaign for Better Health Care is the state’s largest coalition representing over 300 diverse organizations, organizing to help create and advocate for an accessible, quality health care system for all. For more information, visit www.cbhconline.org.

“Going Natural” Tops Bestseller List

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Popular guidebook on natural hair care now No. 1 title in category

Brooklyn, NY (BlackNews.com) — Lushena Books has announced that Going-Natural: How to Fall in Love with Nappy Hair has become the best-selling book in the US on hair care.

According to the leading distributor of African-American publications, the book written by Mireille Liong-A-Kong has become increasingly popular among Black women since it was picked up by stores nationwide last year. Going Natural is a guide that supports women on their journey to transition from taking care of chemically straightened hair to grooming and growing natural hair.

The bestselling writer relates, “Like so many nappy-haired girls, I started to relax my hair when I was 14…I was caught in a vicious cycle of braiding my hair, growing lovely healthy naps, then relaxing again only to have my kinks break down to my scalp, again.” Her moment of truth came soon after she noticed a nearly bald spot in the middle of her permed and damaged strands. “I desperately wanted my healthy hair back, nappy and all. I was determined not to become depended on weaves to camouflage bald spots”.

Born in Suriname, Liong-A-Kong’s title “Kroeshaar” was published in 2003. Written in Dutch while she was living in Amsterdam, the first book on African Hair was sold out within two months of its release. Inspired by this initial success, the author soon followed up with an English version, which now tops the list for the hair care category. In the book, she lists the best ways to go natural, the reasons behind hair breakage, the basics of natural hair styling, and the many ways to grow and groom natural hair. Most importantly, she shares her own experience, in order to inspire and help the many other women dealing with similar hair issues.

Liong-A-Kong is also the Founder and Owner of Going-Natural.com. Launched together with the highly popular book, the website-turned-interactive magazine has a social networking feature, blog, and offers products to support natural hair care. The site gives the fans of the book and other readers all the latest resources on caring for African hair, from up-to-date hairstyles and products to expert tips and trends.

Both the publication – which is widely popular on Amazon.com, as well – and website have been well-received by numerous African-American women. Many laud the Twist Out Hairstyle of Liong-A-Kong, wherein strands are first twisted then taken out to a create full head of crinkles. In fact, readers of the Going Natural book have christened it the “hair bible” and the “the best little book on natural hair care”.

Going-Natural Inc. is a social business that promotes the beauty of natural African hair. With the pageant named “America’s Next Natural Model”, an exhibition called “Bad Hair at its Best” and a growing social community (www.Going-Natural.com), the company strives to change the perception of black natural hair. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of black women’s hair and scalp.

Monthly Employment Report 2011 – This week in Urban Jobs News

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(News from the National Urban League)


May employment gains were a disappointment, reflecting slower economic growth during the first quarter of 2011 and expiration of funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  Two years after the “official” end of the recession, nearly 14 million workers remain unemployed and 6.2 million of them have been out of work for six months or longer.  Has the time come for another stimulus?

Don’t miss two great opportunities to join the national jobs dialogue:

Thursday, July 7
Please join U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis for a national conversation via conference call as she unveils highlights from the recent report “The African American Labor Force in the Recovery”, a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Labor, this Thursday, July 7th, at 1:30 PM (EDT). To receive the call-in phone number, please RSVP at http://s.dol.gov/GF

Note to participants: If you have questions, please e-mail A’shanti Gholar, Special Assistant to the Secretary at Gholar.Ashanti.F@dol.gov.

Friday, July 8
Join us Friday, July 8, 2011 from 2-3pm, EST for a live online chat hosted by Dr. Valerie Rawlston Wilson, economist at the National Urban League, to discuss the newly released June employment statistics and her latest report, “A Long Road Back to Work: The Realities of Unemployment since the Great Recession”.

Archaia Entertainment takes readers on a journey through the hidden truths behind mankind’s past present and future

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 Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus explores the origins of the Earth’s timeless defender, the steward


Hollywood, Calif. The ongoing journey of the mysterious hero, The Steward, will continue this summer with the release of Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus from Archaia Entertainment and Roddenberry Productions. Eisner-award winning author Phil Hester returns for this second volume which promises to expand upon The Steward’s intriguing origins and what his existence means for mankind’s destiny. Fans of the series, who’ve been waiting patiently since last year’s exciting conclusion of volume 1, will finally get their answers when Volume 2 is released in stores on July 15.

Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus continues the saga of The Steward, a mysterious being whose ability to “fold” days of time has resulted in critical human events being absent from our historical record. Their existence is not remembered… but the occurrences of these days have forever changed the course of our evolution. Since humanity’s birth, The Steward has stood as a guiding force for our species. But now, he is not alone! The emergence of the ancient being, Kestus, may put everything he knows in question, and the future of those he means to protect in jeopardy. Illustrated by Russ Manning award winner David Marquez, Days Missing: Kestus spans the ages, featuring adventures about ancient China, the burning of Egypt’s Alexandria, the 1969 moon launch, Y2K, and the Large Hadron Collider.

For more information on Days Missing Volume 2: Kestus or other Archaia titles, please visit http://www.archaia.com

About Archaia Entertainment

Archaia is a multi-award-winning graphic novel publisher with more than 50 renowned publishing brands, including such domestic and international hits as Mouse Guard, Return of the Dapper Men, Gunnerkrigg Court, Awakening, The Killer, Days Missing, Tumor, Syndrome, Artesia, Engineer, and an entire line of The Jim Henson Company graphic novels. Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds, building one of the industry’s most visually stunning and eclectic slates of graphic novels. Archaia was named Graphic Novel Publisher of the Year according to Ain’t it Cool News, Graphic Policy, and Comic Related, and was honored with nine 2011 Eisner Awards nominations. Archaia has also successfully emerged as a prolific storyteller in all facets of the entertainment industry, extending their popular brands into film, television, gaming, and branded digital media.

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