March , 2019

Please Lend Your Support to this Much-Needed Organization with a Passion for Helping Troubled ...
BACP Urges Families to Be on the Lookout for Outdated Inventory and Inflated Prices Purchasing school ...
  WASHINGTON, D.C. - To tackle the serious issue of hunger faced by millions of older ...
By Chinta Strausberg When former Cook County Board President went before the Cook County Democratic endorsement ...
Indivisible Chicago released the following statement in response to firing of controversial FBI Director by ...
SPRINGFIELD, IL —  Legislation sponsored by State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) providing additional protections ...
CHICAGO, IL - Another phone scam has resurfaced in northern Illinois. Consumers ...
A Chicago man convicted of the 2012 early morning sexual assault of a pregnant woman ...
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus ...
WASHINGTON, DC – President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals ...

Archive for September 29th, 2011

New book claims that U.S. churches have failed African Americans; compelling black men to convert to Islam

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on New book claims that U.S. churches have failed African Americans; compelling black men to convert to Islam

Nearly two million African Americans are Muslims, with at least 90% of these individuals identifying themselves as former Christians (Pew Research).


What’s happening and how should the church respond?


Raleigh, NC (BlackNews.com) — “Radical Islam is pursuing the souls of African American men,” according to Carl Ellis, Jr., author of S.O.S Saving Our Sons: Confronting the Lure of Islam with Truth, Faith and Courage (Imani Books). In his new book, he urges the African American community to “wake up and take action now”.

Consider these facts:

* Whether in their neighborhoods or prisons, African-American men are 150% more likely to convert to Islam than other Americans.
* One-third of African American men in prison convert to Islam during their incarceration.

According to Ellis, there are five pivotal questions African American Christians should ask and answer:

* What is Islam?
* Why has Islam developed so successfully in the African American community?
* How to protect our churches and communities from Islam’s pursuit?
* How should the Christian community respond to Islam?
* What should be the Christian community’s long-term goals?

S.O.S Saving Our Sons: Confronting the Lure of Islam with Truth, Faith and Courage is a direct examination of the issues and responds to these and other critical questions with facts, suggestions and ideas that will help readers begin to address Islam’s ever-growing challenge to African American congregations and communities.

Daniel Pipes, the well-known expert on Islam, writes, “Increasingly since 1980, African American converts to Islam have been engaged in Islamist terrorism. With its sound information and insights about the Nation of Islam and other Muslim groups serving as a conduit to such violence, Saving Our Sons can help those urban communities that stand between their young men and the dangers of radical Islam.”
About The Book:
Saving Our Sons
Carl Ellis, Jr.
$17.95, 132 pages
6 x 9, Hardcover w/ dust jacket
ISBN: 978-1-934056-74-5

For more information,  contact Vicki Frye at 919-576-4061 or vicki@fryedayeveryday.com.

Illinois Lt. Governor Simon to speak at downstate economic summit, volunteerism conference

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Illinois Lt. Governor Simon to speak at downstate economic summit, volunteerism conference


Simon will voice her support for President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act


Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will speak at the East Central Development Corporation’s Downstate Economic Summit in Effingham today (September 29th) to voice her support for President Barack Obama’s American Jobs Act and discuss her role as chair of the Governor’s Rural Affairs Council (GRAC).

The event, Downstate Economic Summit: Creating a Common Downstate Voice, will be held at the Keller Convention Center, 1202 North Keller Drive, Effingham, at 9:30 a.m.

The American Jobs Act would support up to 14,500 educator and first responder jobs in Illinois and could provide nearly $1.1 billion to modernize the state’s public schools and over $200 million to modernize Illinois community college facilities. These investments will provide students the resources necessary to train for the high-skilled jobs of the future, while making schools more energy efficient and saving taxpayers money. The plan could also support a minimum of 20,700 jobs modernizing highway, transit, rail, and aviation infrastructure in Illinois.

Under Simon’s leadership the 25-member GRAC is focused on developing markets for local foods, improving emergency services in rural areas and monitoring other emerging rural issues. Simon is working to expand LINK usage at farmers market and has created an EMS subcommittee that will focus on identifying ways to improve response times and retention among other pressing issues.

Later in the day Simon will speak in Mt. Vernon at the Southern Illinois Volunteerism Conference sponsored by the Serve Illinois Commission. That event will be held at the Mt. Vernon Holiday Inn, 222 Potomac Boulevard, Mt. Vern, at 11:30 a.m.

Simon will urge conference attendees to remain engaged in their communities and discuss her involvement with volunteers across the state.

Simon’s office worked with volunteers from the American Red Cross to coordinate emergency response efforts in the aftermath of devastating flooding that swept through Southern Illinois last spring. Simon is also exploring ways to expand pro-bono legal services to domestic violence victims and is working with volunteer legal experts to draft a new Statement of Economic Interest to make public officials more accountable.

Jesse White encourages parents to get child safety seats properly installed— Message kicks-off National Child Passenger Safety Week

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Jesse White encourages parents to get child safety seats properly installed— Message kicks-off National Child Passenger Safety Week

jessebuttonIllinois Secretary of State Jesse White encouraged parents and caregivers to make sure children are properly secured in appropriate child safety seats, including booster seats, as studies show the vast majority are improperly installed.  White made the announcement during National Child Passenger Safety Week at the Chicago Police Department’s 1st District Station. White joined police, health and safety officials as well as parents and children.

The Secretary of State’s office, through its Keep Me In A Safe Seat program, has seven fitting stations in Illinois where motorists can set up appointments or be referred to technicians in their area who can show them how to install their child safety seats properly.

To make an appointment or get more information, please call 866-247-0213 or visit www.cyberdriveillinois.com.

Always avoid fraudulent lenders who demand advance fees: Better Business Bureau

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Always avoid fraudulent lenders who demand advance fees: Better Business Bureau


(A Message from the Better Business Bureau)    


Chicago, IL – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois (BBB) is warning consumers and business owners to avoid loan companies that require or request money upfront to pay service charges for a loan. Charging an advance fee for a loan is a scam that takes money from individuals or businesses that, many times, do not have extra money to lose.  

These scams target individuals who are having trouble obtaining cash or credit. Customers may be lured by advertisements and direct mail pieces promising “guaranteed” loans or credit cards, regardless of credit history. BBB data shows over the past 12 months that Advance Fee Lending complaints have gone down, but inquiries have gone up which is a key component of people checking on a company before doing business with them.

“In desperate times people are willing to go to lenders for fast cash to pay off their debts or mortgages,” said Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and northern Illinois. “It’s important to know that you are dealing with a reputable lender so you don’t end up losing money. The advance fee loan scams could be solved if consumers stopped paying these fees which are illegal in Illinois.”

Carlos Valiente of Chicago states, “They told me that they could reduce my mortgage by around $700 a month with no fee. Then they asked for $5000. I asked about their promise of no fee. They asked me if I expected to get something for nothing and said that was their fee that would go to the bank. I have asked for a refund and have not gotten the loan or my money back.”

The following are signs that you may be dealing with a fraudulent lender:

  • Legitimate lenders never ask you to pay for processing your application in advance. One exception is real estate; it is accepted and normal practice for lenders to request payment for a credit report or appraisal.
  • Legitimate lenders never “guarantee” to get you a loan or credit card before you apply, especially if you have bad credit, no credit or have declared bankruptcy in the past.
  • Never give your credit card number, bank account information or Social Security number out over the phone or Internet unless you know with whom you are doing business. If you do not have the offer confirmed in writing and are asked to pay, DO NOT DO IT!
  • Remember, if you cannot obtain money or credit from conventional, local sources such as banks and credit unions, it is unlikely that a classified advertisement, telemarketer or 800 number from a non-local business can provide you a legitimate offer.
  • The lender asks for premium, insurance, or collateral payments, frequently saying that this is due to consumer having low credit score.
  • The lender asks for the payment to be wired via Western Union or Money Gram to locations in Canada.
  • Just because a company advertises in a recognized media outlet does not mean the company is 100% legitimate.

For more information on how to avoid scams, visit www.bbb.org

Thousands expected to rollerskate, break-dance and bike on State Street

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Thousands expected to rollerskate, break-dance and bike on State Street

State Street will be closed to traffic for Open Streets on State Street, Saturday, October 1


Chicago, IL – Thousands of pedestrians — families, shoppers and students — are expected to flood State Street, joining Alderman Brendan Reilly, Windy City Rollers, Brickheadz break-dancing crew, CorePower yoga instructors and members of The Joffrey Ballet…

This will kick off the first-ever Open Streets on State Street. For one-day-only, Chicago Loop Alliance, in partnership with the Active Transportation Alliance, will close State Street to vehicular traffic, transforming the Loop into the ultimate urban playground. Participants will enjoy a mobile skate park, roller rink, yoga classes, martial arts demonstrations, live music and performances. Visit openstreetsonstatestreet.org to get all the details on this exciting event.

The event will take place Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. — 3 p.m., State Street from Lake to Van Buren St.

Alderman Reilly will commence Open Streets on State Street with opening remarks at 10:45 a.m. at the “Get Active Zone,” located on the corner of State and Washington St.

MORE: Open Streets on State Street, presented by the Illinois Center for Broadcasting, is modeled after similar car-free events held in cities around the world from New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles to Bogota, Colombia. It is the culminating celebration of the “GO DO GOOD” campaign, launched by Chicago Loop Alliance in May. The campaign has become a city-wide movement inspiring the public to “do good” in tandem with artist Kay Rosen’s six-story GO DO GOOD mural on State Street, commissioned by CLA this summer.

Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is a member-based business organization that represents Chicago’s most dynamic mixed-use district – the Loop – and advocates for the rapidly growing central business area. CLA is focused on promoting and uniting Loop businesses and organizations to support one another in creating a vibrant, flourishing Loop where people live, work and play. For more information visit www.chicagoloopalliance.com.

The Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans) is an advocate for bicyclists, pedestrians and public transit riders in the Chicago region. Active Trans encourages transportation that promotes health, recreation, social interaction, equity, environmental stewardship and resource conservation. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, please visit www.activetrans.org

First Black Dean at University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on First Black Dean at University of Tennessee College of Pharmacy

Marie Chisholm-Burns, Pharmd, named Dean for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center


Memphis, TN (BlackNews.com) – Steve Schwab, MD, chancellor for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has announced the appointment of Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, MPH, FCCP, FASHP, as the next dean for the College of Pharmacy at UTHSC. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is currently professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science at the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. A nationally known investigator and educator, she built her reputation with expertise in improving health outcomes by novel methods of medication adherence and health care access. Dr. Chisholm-Burns will undertake her duties at the UT College of Pharmacy in spring semester of the 2011-2012 academic year.

In her new role, she will be responsible for all four UTHSC missions – education, research, clinical care, and public service – at the statewide UT College of Pharmacy with campus locations in Memphis and Knoxville, and clinical training sites throughout the state of Tennessee. Dr. Chisholm-Burns is the first African-American to be appointed dean of the 113-year-old UT College of Pharmacy. She is also the second African-American to be named a dean in UTHSC history. .

A native of Long Island, N.Y., she received her undergraduate education at Georgia College. Dr. Chisholm-Burns obtained her BS in pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy degrees at The University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Ga., and her Master of Public Health at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga.

She began her academic career at the University of Georgia College of Pharmacy in Athens, Ga., and Georgia Health Sciences University (Augusta, Ga.), rising to become professor of Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy at UGA and professor of Medicine at Georgia Health Sciences University.

At Georgia, she founded, implemented and managed the statewide Medication Access Program. She was subsequently recruited to the University of Arizona in Tucson as professor and head of the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science where she was also named a professor of Pharmaceutical Science in the College of Pharmacy, professor of Surgery in the College of Medicine, and professor in the College of Public Health.

During her tenure as department head at the University of Arizona, Dr. Chisholm-Burns presided over a three-fold increase in principal investigator grant funding and six-fold increase in grant and contract funding, helping the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Science become one of the foremost Pharmacy Practice departments in the nation in the area of research.

Dr. Chisholm- Burns is a recipient of multiple national awards including the Nicholas Andrew Cummings Award from the National Academies of Practice, the Robert K. Chalmers Distinguished Pharmacy Educator Award from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, the Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award from the American Pharmacists Association, and the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. With more than 240 publications and approximately $8 million in external funding as principal investigator from organizations such as the National Institutes of Health and several foundations, she is a prolific scholar. She also is a certified Black Belt in Six Sigma. Dr. Chisholm- Burns served on the editorial board of several journals including the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.

As the flagship statewide academic health system, the mission of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is to bring the benefits of the health sciences to the achievement and maintenance of human health, with a focus on the citizens of Tennessee and the region, by pursuing an integrated program of education, research, clinical care, and public service. In 2011, UT Health Science Center celebrates its centennial: 100 years advancing the future of health care. Offering a broad range of postgraduate training opportunities, the main UTHSC campus is located in Memphis and includes six colleges: Allied Health Sciences, Dentistry, Graduate Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy. The UTHSC campus in Knoxville includes a College of Medicine, College of Pharmacy, and an Allied Health Sciences unit. In addition, the UTHSC Chattanooga campus includes a College of Medicine and an Allied Health Sciences unit. Since its founding in 1911, UTHSC has educated and trained more than 53,000 health care professionals on campuses and in health care facilities across the state. For more information, visit www.uthsc.edu

Photo Caption: Marie Chisholm-Burns, PharmD, was appointed the next dean for the College of Pharmacy at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC). From the UTHSC main campus in Memphis, Dr. Chisholm-Burns will supervise the college’s statewide presence, supporting the university’s commitments to education, research, clinical care and public service. She is the first African-American to lead the UT College of Pharmacy in its 113-year history and the second African-American to be named a dean at UTHSC.

By popular demand, Red by John Logan extends through October 30

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on By popular demand, Red by John Logan extends through October 30

Robert Falls’ production hailed an “emotionally fiery” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “superbly Taut and compelling” drama (Chicago Tribune)


Chicago, IL – By popular demand, Goodman Theatre extends the Chicago premiere of Red by John Logan for one additional week: the production now closes Sunday, October 30. Directed by Artistic Director Robert Falls, Red stars Washington, D.C.-based actor Edward Gero as Mark Rothko, and Chicago’s own Patrick Andrews as Rothko’s assistant Ken. Tickets are $25 – $89 (prices are subject to change).

Performances of Red in the extension week include:

Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30pm

Thursday, October 27 at 7:30pm

Friday, October 28 at 8pm

Saturday, October 29 at 2pm and 8pm

Sunday, October 30 at 2pm (closing)

“There is only one thing in life I fear, my friend…one day the black will swallow the red” (Mark Rothko). Red is a snapshot of the enigmatic and conflicted painter (portrayed by Edward Gero) and his personal and generational struggles at a seminal moment in his career: his 1958 commission to create a series of murals for New York’s upscale Four Seasons restaurant in the Seagram Building. While Rothko was exhilarated by the free reign given by his commissioners, he faced a number of challenges—including a prospective audience that he had professed to scorn. This emotionally and creatively charged event is the basis for Red, in which Logan pairs Rothko with Ken (Patrick Andrews), a fictitious young assistant and aspiring artist who must choose between appeasing his mentor and changing the course of art history.

ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor of Red, Katten Muchin Rosenman is the Major Corporate Sponsor, Abbott Fund and BNY Mellon Wealth Management are Corporate Sponsor Partners.

Red is produced in association with Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, where it will transfer following the Chicago engagement (performances begin in January 2012).

Super Principal Kafele lays out plan to save black boys

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Super Principal Kafele lays out plan to save black boys

By Chinta Strausberg


The biggest problem facing black boys in public education is closing the “attitude gap,” said award-winning Principal Baruti Kafele who spoke at Saint Sabina Church.

Closing the attitude gap must be on the front burners of all schools if educators are serious about helping black males excel and become tomorrow’s leaders, he told the congregation. 

The author of five books, Kafele said when an educational system lacks cultural and mentoring programs, it creates a huge crises for these students who need more than courses in math, science and social studies.

 Black male students need a cultural and male mentoring safety net that will provide the guidance they may not receive at home but mentoring that will help turn them into men with a purpose and a strong ethical and behavioral background.

“There’s no greater challenge, no greater crisis than that young man but that young man can soar when the right ingredients are in place,”  said Principal Kafele.  When people look at the education data that may include prison records homicide, suspension, dropout rates or low academic performance and ask him what is wrong with these black boys, Kafele said, “Nothing. We got to look at ourselves a little bit differently” and if we do that, we will be in a better position to make them the young men that we want them to become.”

Kafele said he pursued a childhood dream of flying an airplane but admitted he was initially frightened. Kafele said he signed up and took flying lessons that cost $200 a lesson for an hour.

“My wife wasn’t all that happy,” he said. “I was going up three times a week. I’m not rich. After about 20 flights, the man said something profound to me. The man said, “Principle Kafele, you’re pretty good at what you’re doing now. I’m ready to turn this thing over to you.”

When his flight instructor told him to find a point and fly to it, Kafele received that message as a challenge to the students—“find an honor role and fly to it. Find acceptance into a university and fly to it.

“Find your goal…your dream…your vision…your passion and fly to it. He didn’t say nothing about try hard. He didn’t say it is going to be a struggle .He didn’t say that there would be obstacles in your path. He just said, ‘fly to it.’”

When Principal Kafele got back on the ground, he said,  “God took me up here, and I have no more desire to fly that aircraft because what that man taught me was how to fly without an aircraft.”

He asked the teachers, “Is the goal for our children to soar”? The teachers said, ‘Yes,” but Kafele said, “How are they going to soar and you don’t know how to fly? You don’t know how to teach them how to fly. No wonder they are failing because the teacher can’t fly.”

Flying, he said, is an attitude. “It’s all about the attitude.” When people asked him how he’s doing, he responds. “I’m on fire. I’m blazing. I’m on my way to yet another extraordinary day. This day is not going to be ordinary because it’s an attitude.”

Kafele told the church, “If we want these young people to soar, we got to look at these other gaps” with the first being the attitude gap.” “It asks the question, ‘Do I believe in him’?” Kafele said, “There are teachers and leaders in building who do not believe in the children in those classrooms. “How can I inspire you, excite you, if I do not believe in you,” he asked.

Kafele’s second gap is called “the relationship gap” that asks the questions “do I know him”? “There are young people who are going through all sorts of trials and tribulations.” Principle Kafele said there are some teachers who don’t know what is going on in the heads of their students.

“How can I teach you if I don’t know you? How can I ever connect with you if we have no relationship with you? How can you connect with me, if we do not have a relationship? There has to relationship within that classroom.”

The next gap in Principal Kafele’s formula is the compassion gap which ask the question, ‘Do I care about him”? Kafele said students often say their teachers don’t care about them.

Leading by example, Kafele said, “There’s got to be love for those kids. It’s got to be all about them.” Kafele has given his students his cell number so they can have access to him. Students, he said, must have access to their teachers.

The fourth gap is the relevance gap which ask the question “Do I realize who he is”?

And, then there is the empowerment gap ‘that asks the question do I teach him how to fly. Do I teach him how to fend on his own once he leaves me”?

Saying each day is precious, Principle Kafele said, “We got to go to that mirror–put that mirror in your classroom, in your office. “I ask myself three questions every single day. I ask Principle Kafele who are you?”

“The response should be the same. You are not ordinary in what you do. You are extraordinary at what you do? Translated, he explained, “How can I see myself as anything less than extraordinary and build extraordinary children.”

“We’re talking about an attitude that transforms young people so they can soar, so they can strive to achieve noting less than excellence. Referring to leadership, Kafele said “Everybody in that building has a role to play. Everybody in that building is a leader.”

Referring to President Obama, Kafele said, he was offered to work with some teachers in Montgomery, Alabama and to the principal who invited him, Kafele said, “When I’m done, I want you to drive me to Selma, Alabama.”

After the presentation, he and three teachers piled into a car and drove down the road to Montgomery. He appreciated the history of that road that was once traveled by his ancestors and those civil rights activists who marched for freedom and equal rights for African Americans.

While driving about 60 miles per hour, he finally saw a bridge on the horizon. Kafele wanted to walked alone on the Edmund Pettis Bridge and meditated thinking to himself,  “Kafele, you mean to tell me that you can’t take a mind and transform it in comparison to what happened on this bridge”?

He said referring to March 7, 1965 commonly referred to as “Bloody Sunday” where 600 marchers, headed by John Lewis, now a congressman, and Hosea Williams, were beaten by police.

Reflecting on that historic day, Kafele said the marchers walked with their heads held high. The opposition was on the other side. He described the scene as the challenges and the obstacles.

“For us in education, the challenges and the obstacles…,we face them every day, but the question is what are we going to do? Every day, 8 a.m. in the morning, there is some kind of challenge, some kind of obstacles. What are you going to do, turn around and go home, back down”?

Bloody Sunday, Kafele said, became an example of what true leadership is. “For all of us as teachers, as leaders, what ever capacity we serve, we must be able to teach like this…and if we find in our teaching practice” saying “straighten up” “something’s wrong because if we keep saying that, those kids don’t have the focus that is required for them to one day soar. This has got to be the march. This has got to be the walk each and every day.”

Principle Kafele told his teachers and staff “we got to lead that way, teach that way” and he said the test scores began to soar.

“We’re going to teach them math. We’re going to teach them science, social studies…but at the end of the day we didn’t teach them how to be men. We think that because they’re boys, they should just naturally evolve into men. That’s not going to happen,” Kafele said.

He said if a person wants to excel in a sport they have to look, watch and observe the best. He told his sons, “The best lives in their house and they are going to watch me. They are not going to find that man outside in the street somewhere.”

Principle Kafele told his staff  “at some point we have to teach manhood” and pointed to current statistics that claims 70 percent of the boys go home where there is no male present. “Then, they come to elementary school and it’s all women. Then they turn on the iPod and they’re listening to males. When they go back home, they’re home with their mother or grandmothers, very few with a man.”

Kafele wondered at what point are boys learning about manhood and why are people surprised when they gravitate to the 75 percent prediction.

Principle Kafele asked for a class where he could teach manhood to boys. His request was approved and is called Young Men’s Empowerment Program which mentors the boys from men in the community. Kafele credited this mentorship and a sense of purpose to the rise in their test scores.

Asking two young boys join him, Principle Kafele put a book in each of their hands. “That is the image we have to project throughout this country. Look at the weapons in their hands,” he said referring to the books. “You don’t need a gun, don’t need a knife, don’t need a blade. They got a book.”

Referrring to Carter G. Woodson who in 1933 wrote the Mis-Education of the Negro, Kafele quoted Woodson saying, “When you control a man’s thinking, you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not have to tell them to stand here or yonder. He will find his ‘proper place’ and he will stay in it. You do not have to send him to the back door. He will go without being told.  In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary.

“When we teach them with the right education and teach them who they are so when they look into the mirror they recognize who that (person) is looking back,” Kafele said they must see more than their name on the birth certificate. “ He said this teaches young black men their role and responsibility as a young black man.

Looking at the two boys, Kafele said they have to “love, respect, have appreciation for and responsibility for himself first.

“He can’t love somebody else and he can’t love himself,” said Kafele. “If I got issues with myself, I can’t love you.” Kafele said black boys have to be taught this.  Distractions, he said, sometimes keep young black boys from learning how to love themselves. When they love and respect themselves, Kafele said “they are living with a purpose. They are purpose-driven.”

“He’s got a mission orientation.  Never is he going to be one of those job guys…job…. He’s on a mission because you can stop a man on a job. That’s why they couldn’t stop me back with that superintendant. They didn’t realize I didn’t have a job. I was unemployed. I was on a mission. You can’t stop a man on a mission….”

Looking over at Father Pfleger, Principal Kafele said, “They’ve been trying to quiet him down for 30-years. You can’t stop a man on a mission. It ain’t going to happen.”

Then pointing to his belt, Principal Kafele said “You can’t call yourself a man with your pants falling off. You can’t do it. Men hold their pants up.” In watching young boys and older men who have their pants hanging half-way their behinds,  Kafele mocked how some men wear baggy pants.

He said they can’t even walk right because their pants are falling down. “A man understands that folks are watching and he’s representing all of us.”

He then told a story about  his sons, who are 18 and 21. “When you walk out the house, you are representing me. You are my representative. If you mess up, you are making me look bad and I work too hard for you to go out and make me look like a fool. That is what men teach these younger men so he loves himself. He appreciates himself. He respects himself but he’s responsible for himself. He makes no excuses.”

Principal Kafele recited an African proverb: “He who can not dance will say the drum is bad.” “There are no excuses. These kids are going to soar because the attitude must be” changed. “They will soar because I am the teacher. They will soar because I am the principal. You will soar because I am your parent….”

He then asked three young girls to join the two boys by the altar. Looking at them, Principal Kafele said, “A man has a love, respect, appreciation for and a responsibility for women, young women, young ladies and ultimately his woman.”

Principal Kafele added, “A lot of times it’s so easy for a young man to take another young man out because if I can define myself as the ‘N’ word, and I look into the mirror and that is who I see looking back, the ‘N’ word, well you see, an ‘N’ word and a mind can’t occupy the same space.

“If I am standing in this space right here, I’m either a man or a ‘N’ word, but I can’t be both. The ‘N’ word is over here and the man is over here, but we can’t occupy the same space. That’s a contradiction, but on the other hand, if that is who he sees, then when he sees his brother, he sees the same thing…I’m worthless and you’re worthless.

“We both ain’t nothing. So, it’s easy to take you out because I ain’t nothing. You ain’t nothing. So I’ll take you out and I’ll be gone next week on the retaliation.

“However, on the other hand, if I teach you manhood, and I teach you that you are not a ‘N’ word, but you are a king, you are an intellectual, you are a scientist….”

Principal Kafele turned to the three young ladies calling them “queens.” “Ain’t no ‘B’ word standing up here. Ain’t no ‘H’ word standing up here, but that has to be taught, because by the time they get into grade school, some of these girls think that is their name because they hear it so much.

“It has to be taught. If he’s going to go far, then he’s going to need that partner and if she’s going to go far, she’s going to need that partner.”

With 70 percent of youth going home to a fatherless house, Principal Kafele said, “The conversation has to occur. Where is the conversation going to occur if it’s not happening in school or in church”?

Kafele went to the superintendant and told him he had to engage the students in this conversation and that he had to be a part of the solution. “If I can’t have that conversation and we just hammer them down with math, science, language, arts and social students, at the end of the day, they’re still grappling with issues of identity and manhood. I want to be able to teach them that, too,” he told the superintendant.

“A young man has to love, respect, appreciation and responsibility for his children. If that relationship goes south, those children are still there…. Once you have that child I don’t care happens in that relationship,” said Kafele.

“Once you have that child that child is your responsibility, and if you make the decision that I am not going to be a father to my child, then you’ve made the decision that I am not going to see you as a man anymore. You are a boy trapped in a man’s body.”

Saying he is not “beating up” on any adult in the church, Kafele said, “I’m planting seeds for young people. That’s what I do…. When I talk to young men about having the utmost respect for these queens, sometimes when it’s just us together,” he said the boys claim the girls don’t act right at parties.

And, that is when Principal Kafele tells them, “That’s not the opening for you to exploit them. If you see something that is not right, then you have to correct it. If you are going to exploit that girl, then it no wonder that someone exploits your own mother.

“You have to make sure that you respect them and if you see things are not right, then you help to elevate them but you don’t take advantage.” Kafele gave the same message to the young ladies.

“We as parents, we as fathers have to understand that we have to be parents to our children,” he said.

Kafele said at 4:30 a.m. Sunday he couldn’t sleep so he clicked on the Saint Sabina website (www.saintsabina.org) and listened to Father Pfleger’s September 4, 2011 message concerning ‘Wait on it. You may be right there ready for your breakthrough and you’re going to quit because it’s not coming quick because it’s not coming quick enough for you. There’s the confirmation,” said Kafele.

“A lot of times with these young people you gotta wait on them. We got to be persistent and move out of a sense of urgency, but we got to exhibit patience at the same time,” he said.

He gave his 14-year-old son as an example. “He came to me. He’s 18 now. He was 14 then.  The 21-year-old never came to me with this question. The 18-year-old…someone told him when he was around 13 that he was cute. The 21-year-old lives in books; so I don’t know if he got that same message.

“He said, ‘dad, can I get an earring,’?  I’m not mad at anybody,” said Kafele. He told his son, “No sir.” When his son asked why not, he shot back, “because I said so. Anything else you want to talk about because this conversation is over.”

The next week, Kafele said this same son asked if he could get a tattoo. He denied his request but this time he made a deal with his son telling him, “Pay half my mortgage and I will allow you to pierce your body from the toe all the way to the top of your head and you can paint your whole body just give me half that mortgage every month.” Kafele said this son is now 18 and doesn’t ask him questions like this anymore.

“In my house, I am in charge, along with my wife,” said Kafele referring to parenting skills and the fact that his speech was live on the Internet and he said his wife was watching.

“We call the shots. I have three kids. I don’t have three little friends. I can find friends in the street. Those are my three children; so I am raising them.”

Kafele said that same son wanted to stay out late on the weekend. He explained to him why he couldn’t do as his friends did—stay out late. Kafele’s words were few. “Because your friends are the ones who run their households; so don’t you ever compare me to a child.

“We have to be in control…be in charge. We are the ones running the show whether it be at home, in the classroom, in the school or even in the community.”

Kafele said young men must have “the love, respect, appreciation and responsibility for his brother.” Kafele asked the two boys to face each other and shake hands. “That is what this is about. No beef, but too many of us bump into each other…. We don’t have beef because we are brothers, but somebody has to teach them that.” He said men must reinforce this brotherhood.

“It’s not going to happen on day one or day two. It takes time. It took 400-years to get to this point so we are not going to fix this thing tomorrow. It’s going to take some time, but when we persevere, we get that much closer to the goal.”

Principle Kafele said the young men must have a love, respect, appreciation and responsibility for his community.

Kafele then asked four adult men to come near the altar where he was speaking. He asked them to lock arms and make a circle around the two boys. They were inside of a wall of men. “They can teach manhood all they want but the one thing they cannot do is model it. “Right now, those two young men are locked in and if they tried to get out, I know they can’t get out….

“If we take men and perform a wall around these young boys and stay around these young boys and don’t let them out…we think at some point we got to let them fly. I ain’t letting my 18-year-old fly or let the 21-year old fly because I still have some raising to do.

“We got to keep the wall around them and when we are serious about keeping the wall around these young men, we bring about change. The beauty is this can be done in school.”

Kafele said there are many men who want to be a role model to the students.  “When you establish in that school a climate for young men to learn manhood and a culture for young men to learn manhood, those young men will listen to anybody because the culture dictates what they do. It dictates their behavior so the boys will listen.”

He told a story of one school where there were 700 students at 10:30 a.m. but two-hours later, they have lost 200 students. They had simply walked out the door.

Kafele began to investigate to find out how a school could lose 200 students in two-hours. He found out there was one principal at the school and nine vice principals for a school of 900 students.  When he asked why so many, he was told because it was needed. He learned there were also nine armed policemen.

When he went to the auditorium to speak to the students, there were teachers lined up all around the room. “I felt like I was in jail,” he said. He told the students to look at the teachers. “Something’s not right with that picture. They are all looking at me and they can’t look at me for fear that you’ll act up.”

Kafele told the teachers to turn around, face him and sit down. He challenged the students to change their behavior. He told 25 students to ask each other how they got to their senior year. He said those students led the discussion in that assembly. The administrators admitted they had never seen that before prompting Kafele to say, “Because the culture and the climate won’t allow it.”

Kafele believes men from all walks of like should be brought into the schools and mentor, nurture and teach black boys about manhood.  Life experiences have helped Kafele to mentor black youth.

Principle Kafele said once he had a speaking engagement in New Jersey but he didn’t have enough gas. It was cold in February and he decided to take the risk and began driving without stopping at the gas station.  The gas gauge was OK until he was on top of the bridge because that is when his car stopped accelerating. He coast down the ramp and thought he could pick up some momentum enough to get to the gas station just to the right.

That didn’t happen. His only obstacle was a stop light at the bottom of the ramp, but as soon as he got to the light, it turned red. His stalled car created a traffic jam. Roadside service couldn’t come before two-hours. So, Kafele said he was going to put his car in neutral and push it. “The problem was I was driving a Ford Explorer at the time and it didn’t budge.”

Kafele said he’d walk to the gas station and get a $1.00’s worth of gas but the man said he didn’t have a container. He went back to his car. He thought about the Flintstones. “I don’t have a hole in the floor, but I can do something like what Fred Flintsones did. I’m going to put it in neutral, stick my left leg out the door and let it drag the car. That didn’t work.”

“Out of no where a homeless man appears. He said, ‘get in the car. I got this.’ I follow instructions,” said Kafele. “He said ‘put it in neutral,’” but the car wouldn’t move.

The homeless man whistled and two more homeless men appeared. “Help my friend,” the homeless man told his friends. The car began to move and they pushed him to the gas pumps. Kafele went into his pocket to give them some money. “I was having flashbacks when the homeless brother would come up to the window” and he would ignore them. Referring to the three homeless men, he said, “They didn’t have to help me. All they saw was a guy in need.”

“Those three homeless men who I’ve never seen again taught me something. They said I don’t care how big you think you might be. I don’t care how high your star might rise. At the end of the day, you still need me….”

“As it relates to what we do as educators, the taught me we can’t do this thing alone…. We got to talk to one another. We got to hug on one another. We have to love on one another…. We have to be each other’s support” and understand it’s about the young people and not yourself.

“This thing that we’re seeing in our society we got to end this today. Ain’t nobody flying into these cities to save us for us. We got to do it ourselves. We got to keep these boys from murdering. We’ve got to keep these boys from joining gangs, from making bad decisions, from under achievement. We have to be the ones to make it happen.

“As long as we see a person in our mirrors looking back that is in fact extraordinaire, as long as we see a person looking back who has a purpose, as long as we see someone looking back who does have the evidence that he or she is serious, I can guarantee that youngster will achieve,” said Principal Kafele.

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

Archaia Entertainment Sets a September 28 Release Date for Feeding Ground

Posted by Admin On September - 29 - 2011 Comments Off on Archaia Entertainment Sets a September 28 Release Date for Feeding Ground

Topical Graphic Novel Follows the Story of Illegal Immigrants on the Run from Vicious Werewolves


Hollywood, CA  Award-winning graphic novel publisher, Archaia Entertainment has set a release date of September 28 for Feeding Ground, a stylistic horror graphic novel telling the story of a Mexican family chased by werewolves as they cross the Mexico-U.S. border. Debuting in both English and Spanish, Feeding Ground deals head on with the debate surrounding illegal immigration. 

Feeding Ground (paper-over-board hardcover, 184 pp, $24.95, ISBN English Ed: 978-1-936393-02-2, ISBN Español Ed: 978-1-936393-12-1) begins with a new nightmare plaguing the Mexico-Arizona border. A famine caused by Blackwell Industries drives Diego Busqueda, a noble “coyote,” to lead his family across the unforgiving “Devil’s Highway,” a desert cursed with blistering days and deadly nights. However, an ancient evil that has plagued the region for generations has emerged from the shadows. Pitting real-world border politics against a boldly reimagined werewolf mythology, Feeding Ground questions the very nature of survival.

Written by noted film critic, Swifty Lang and author Chris Mangun (Born to Explore), Feeding Ground is a dramatic human drama heightened by the threat of unimaginable evil. A thoroughly researched graphic novel, Feeding Ground is unafraid to take an honest look at the controversy of illegal immigration.

The graphic novel is brought to life by acclaimed graphic designer, Michael Lapinski, who is acclaimed for his work on several Nickelodeon series and 4Kid’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

For more information on Feeding Ground or other Archaia titles, please visit http://www.archaia.com.

Recent Comments

Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

Recent Posts