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Trying to “browbeat” President Barack Obama out of office?

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On November - 7 - 2011 Comments Off on Trying to “browbeat” President Barack Obama out of office?

By Juanita Bratcher

Early on in President Barack Obama’s Administration, Republican Senator Mitch McConnell said that “the single most important thing (he) wants to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term President.” Certainly, he hasn’t backed away from the statement since he’s repeated it several times after making it.

South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint said the Republican Party would make President Obama’s health care legislation “his waterloo.”

McConnell is not alone in his effort to make Obama a one-term president, the eight Republican presidential contenders have all echoed the same declaration during their many presidential debates.

If the Minority Leader and other Republicans want to reach that goal of making President Obama a one-term president, they better hope a stronger presidential contender enters the race because the eight major candidates that have tossed their hats into the ring already and have participated in Republican debates might not be able to make that declaration come true.

When taking a look at the Republican presidential candidates, most of them are unelectable and some of them come across like a circus in many of their views, saying some of the most outrageous things imaginable. Even polls have shown that a large number of Republican voters are not that enamored with their candidates and would like to see a stronger candidate in the race that would have a better chance at ousting Obama.

The one-term president issue is a clarion call for presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann. When Bachmann threw her hat into the Presidential ring she bellowed that President Barack Obama would be a one-term president. She has consistently taken that same message with her when speaking to crowds at political rallies or forums. Nonetheless, Bachmann will end up being a “no-term” president. She must know that she is not qualified to even be in the running for president.

Bachmann’s motive all along was to use her candidacy as a platform to say “in your face” remarks about the president, the same as her Republican colleague, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. I don’t believe that Palin ever had intentions of running for president even though she led her supporters and the media along. Why? Because she knew she wasn’t qualified and doesn’t have the capability to be president. Likewise, she also knew that she couldn’t win even if she had tossed her hat into the ring.

It would be hard pressed for many of the Republican presidential contenders to extend their support beyond their own conservative base and the Tea Partiers, those likely to be in their column, but they would have a hard time trying to get the support of independent voters or a cross-over vote from frustrated Democrat voters. And it takes more than Tea Party voters to elect a president.

Taking a look at the Republican presidential candidates:

  • Mitt Romney: Flip Flopper (plays both sides of the fence), animated, can’t move his numbers up
  • Ron Paul: Dire-hard perennial candidate
  • Rick Santorum: Trying to find his way through the political maze but no one is listening
  • Michele Bachmann: Totally out of her league
  • Herman Cain: Don’t take me serious, a lightning rod
  • Rick Perry: Not ready for national prime time, inarticulate
  • Newt Gingrich: Still stuck in the “political wreck” of the past when Speaker of the House
  • Jon Huntsman: Needs a following, he’s left behind in the political shuffle, according to polls

Making Obama a one-term president is certainly their prerogative, no one is questioning that, but there are so many other priority issues that are being left on the back burner. Certainly, that energy can be used elsewhere like dealing with many of the pressing problems that are facing this country and in special need of attention – a lagging economy, a debt crisis years-down-the-road-long, an outcry for jobs, housing foreclosures. Those are issues that need to be dealt with – along with goals to move this country forward – creating jobs to put people back to work, and not of wrecking the country and running it in a ditch just to make Obama a one-term president. And for those who want to defeat the president, deal with that in 2012. There’s a lot that can happen between now and the 2012 election.

There are 14 million Americans without jobs. On another note, there are 25 million unemployed and underemployed (including the 14 million unemployed) Americans. Why not make it a priority to put Americans back to work and get this economy moving in the right direction?

President Obama introduced the American Jobs Act, legislation that would create about 1.7 million jobs, but Republicans in Washington have voted ‘no’ on the measure, even when it was chopped up into pieces (voted on each one individually). Those jobs entailed rebuilding the infrastructure, jobs for teachers, firemen and policemen – and they were all voted against by the Republican majority in the House. Yet, Republicans have stood steadfast on no tax increase for the rich in this country.

Obviously, Washington Republicans are trying to browbeat President Obama out of office. And certainly, this is one of their key strategies to try and make Obama a one-term president. And, it is a continuation in their efforts to try and make Obama’s “waterloo” a reality.

U.S. Senator Kirk to lead bipartisan effort to Collapse the Central Bank of Iran

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92 Senators back the Effort                                                                                                         

 Upcoming Kirk Amendment as IAEA Reports Iran Closing in on a Bomb 

(Update to a previous article) 

 

Chicago, IL – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk announced he will lead a bipartisan effort to collapse the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).  Building on the consensus built by the August Kirk-Schumer (D-NY) letter to the President cosigned by 92 Senators, Kirk will offer a Senate amendment to enact such sanctions against Iran’s central bank into law.

According to recent reporting by the New York Times, the Obama Administration is considering action against Iran’s Central Bank to increase diplomatic pressure on the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.  Senator Kirk’s amendment will be offered during this week’s expected opening of the Senate’s debate of the Fiscal Year 2012 Foreign Operations Appropriations bill.  The debate comes as the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to issue a damning report this week on Iran’s progress towards a nuclear weapon.

“Soon after an Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps plot was foiled to blow up a Washington restaurant, the IAEA will report that Iran violated U.N. resolutions by coming close to building nuclear weapons.  We have to use the strongest non-military means available to reduce the coming danger to America, Saudi Arabia and Israel,” said Kirk.  “Following the bomb plot and IAEA report on Iranian atomic developments, it is time for President Obama to join 92 Senators to who back the plan to collapse the Central Bank of Iran.”

 

 

 Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved two bills strengthening sanctions against Iran:  The Iran Threat Reduction Act (H.R. 1905) and the Iran, North Korea, and Syria Nonproliferation Reform and Modernization Act (H.R. 2105).  As part of H.R. 1905, the House Committee approved the Berman (D-CA) amendment to collapse Iran’s Central Bank.

Specifically, the amendment requires the President to make a determination within 30 days whether the Central Bank is involved in supporting Iran’s WMD or missile programs, including proliferation of WMD to other governments; financing Iran’s procurement of advanced conventional weapons; providing financial services for the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), or furthering Iran’s support of international terrorism.  If the President determines that the Central Bank of Iran is involved in any of these activities, then he would be required under this amendment to apply sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act.  This would result in any foreign financial institution involved with the Central Bank of Iran also being blocked from the U.S. economy.

In August, Sen. Kirk, along with Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), sent a letter to President Obama urging increased economic sanctions against Iran, including pressuring Iran’s financial system by toppling the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).  The letter, signed by 92 senators, states, “The time has come to impose crippling sanctions on Iran’s financial system by cutting off the CBI.”

In mid-October, Sen. Kirk questioned Administration officials during a Senate Banking Committee hearing entitled, “Addressing Potential Threats from Iran,” with witnesses including Wendy Sherman (Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs), David Cohen (Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence) and David Mills (Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement). 

The Central Bank of Iran lies at the center of the Iranian financial system.  This institution oversees Iran’s monetary policy, foreign exchange, and the domestic banking system.  According to the Bank’s own website, it also functions as “banker to the government” by holding national accounts and funding state entities.  As such, it is likely that the Bank facilitates payments for numerous entities designated under US law, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Quds Force, a special unit of the IRGC that reports directly to the Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei.  According to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, members of the Quds Force are responsible for the failed plot to murder foreign diplomats and Americans on U.S. soil.

The Treasury Department publicly stated that between 2001 and 2006, Iran’s Central Bank facilitated a $50 million payment for Hezbollah.  In March 2008, Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCen) issued a banking advisory that pointed to the Central Bank as a “money laundering threat involving illicit Iranian activity.”  The Treasury Department designated the Central Bank as a “Specially Designated National” (SDN) in June 2010, but has not taken any action against the Bank or entities that do business with it.

In related news, Iran arrested 70 fashion designers for violations of its law.  This followed Iran’s sentence of actress Marzieh Vafamehr to 90 lashes for appearing uncovered in the Australian-produced film, “My Tehran for Sale.”

Soledad O'Brien chronicles Journeys of Black Tech Entrepreneurs for fourth Black in America

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The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley Debuts Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT

 

 

While much of the country struggles to emerge from a recession, California’s Silicon Valley is booming, and technology companies like Facebook, Skype, and Apple are seeing their valuations soar.  CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien reports that the ownership of this digital bloom is mostly young, white, and male.  For her fourth Black in America documentary, O’Brien asks why, according to industry analyst CB Insights, less than one percent of all venture capital money went to digital startups with African-American founders in 2010 – and she profiles a unique, technology-focused “accelerator” developed to help African-American digital entrepreneurs secure funding to establish their businesses.

Black in America: The New Promised Land – Silicon Valley will debut on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 8:00p.m. ET & PT and replay on Nov. 13 at 11:00p.m. ET & PT.  It will also replay on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 8:00p.m. and 11:00p.m. ET & PT on CNN/U.S.

 The NewMe accelerator program, founded by friends Angela Benton and Wayne Sutton, is a collaborative of African-American start-up founders with Internet-based businesses – the first such business accelerator of its kind.  NewMe’s ultimate mission is to diversify the technology industry by accelerating the participants’ business ventures.  Participants seek venture capital investment and are mentored by prominent people from within the industry.

O’Brien follows the progress of the eight former strangers after they were selected to live together for nine weeks in a modest, three-bedroom house in Mountain View, CA, from June to August of 2011.  The entrepreneurs were provided with free office space and attended regular networking events hosted by NewMe’s sponsors.  The participants come from varied backgrounds and experiences, and include:

  • Tiffani Bell (PencilYou.in) of Fayetteville, NC, a 26-year-old Howard University computer science graduate and computer programmer for a family business;
  • Angela Benton (GetCued) of Charlotte, NC, a 30-year-old single mother of three who co-founded NewMe and publisher of Black Web 2.0, which focuses on African-Americans working in new media industries;
  • Crisson Jno-Charles (fetchmob) of Queens, NY, a 26-year-old former technology sector specialist at a hedge fund who is collaborating with his girlfriend;
  • Hajj Flemings (GoKit) of Detroit, MI, a 39-year-old mechanical engineer laid off from GM and married father of a 1-year-old;
  • Anthony Frasier (Playd) of Montclair, NJ, a 25-year-old former “big box” store clerk and online gaming fanatic;
  • Wayne Sutton (Vouch) of Raleigh, NC, a 36-year-old father and partner at NewMe;
  • Pius Uzamere (becouply) of Washington, DC, a 27-year-old MIT graduate who is also developing his start-up with his girlfriend; and
  • Hank Williams (Kloud.co) of New York, NY, a 46-year-old, Ivy League drop-out who founded a $40 million dollar music-sharing platform, Clickradio, as well as other Internet companies.

The participants have given up family and creature comforts to focus on the pursuit of their dreams, but the official launch of the program was inauspicious.  They gather for what they are told is an informal welcome reception at Google.  In fact, the reception turns out to be a “Dragons’ Den,” a presentation opportunity for their business plans in front of their mentors and sponsors.  It does not go well.

“I said to myself that they weren’t ready,” says mentor Navarrow Wright to O’Brien, when she asks for his frank assessment of the Dragons’ Den presentations.  Wright told the NewMe participants that their lackluster presentations were not well-received.  His response to Williams, who offers reasons for the poor performances:

“You can make those excuses and at the end of the nine weeks, not be where you need to be.  But you got to recognize, the only person that was in control of that fault was yourself,” Wright told the group.  Wright founded GlobalGrind.com, a successful digital publisher of hip hop industry news and celebrity gossip, and is now the chief technology officer of Interactive One, the digital arm of syndicated, minority-owned radio company, Radio One.

 Among the potential investors is Ron Conway, known as an “angel investor” – a person who provides capital to fledgling start-ups.  Conway’s past Silicon Valley successes include Google, Twitter, and PayPal.  He acknowledges would-be entrepreneurs face an uphill climb to secure the sought-after dollars from his firm.  “We only invest in one out of 30 companies that we see,” he tells O’Brien.  “That’s pretty brutal; I have to admit that a lot of it is who you know,” says Conway.

Digital entrepreneur and investor Michael Arrington, former editor of TechCrunch and founder of CrunchFund, has been previously outspoken in his beliefs that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy, but he acknowledges to O’Brien that it’s not a perfect one.  Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Software Company and Kapor Capital takes that view further – that the tech industry is not immune to cultural biases:

“There is something in the dynamic of the start-up world that is quite meritocratic.  People do start out on the outside and move to the inside by virtue of what, what they do. But is that really true? Is that true for African-Americans?” Kapor asks O’Brien rhetorically.  “I have not been in the room recently when somebody said, ‘Oh, that’s an African-American-led company; I’m not going to invest there,’ but I guarantee you, from personal experience, that’s what people are thinking…The part that is meritocratic is great – and there’s a big part of it that isn’t.  And so, please, let’s not fool ourselves and pretend otherwise in some self-congratulatory kind of way.”

The NewMe program concluded with “Demo Day,” a high-stakes formal presentation by participants before an audience of potential investors.  Viewers will learn late in the documentary which start-up received expansion funding.

Video excerpts and other materials related to The New Promised Land can be found at www.cnn.com/inamerica.    CNN Money co-produced and co-wrote a feature with in-depth articles on the technology sector and the NewMe accelerator, that includes some written by people who appear in the documentary, http://money.cnn.com/technology/newme_incubator.  

Jason Samuels is lead producer for The New Promised Land.  Cameo George is senior producer; Kimberly Arp-Babbit is producer; Dave Matthews is associate producer.  Geraldine Moriba is executive producer for the In America unit.

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ILGOP Straw Poll Tops Ohio, Florida and California

Posted by Admin On November - 7 - 2011 Comments Off on ILGOP Straw Poll Tops Ohio, Florida and California

 Paul wins both online and total votes

Romney wins in-person voting

Republicans energized for congressional and state elections in 2012

 

Chicago, IL –Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady announced that Texas Congressman Ron Paul won today’s Statewide Presidential Straw Poll with 52% of the vote.  Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney carried the state’s in-person voting with 35% of the vote. 

“I congratulate Congressman Paul on his victory,” said Brady. “It is clear Illinois Republicans are gearing up tremendous election year in in 2012.”

The final subtotaled results are:

                   % Online             % In Person

Romney:     7%                        35%

Cain:           15%                      29%

Paul:           66.5%                   8%

At 3,649 votes, the Illinois Presidential Straw Poll surpassed large states like Ohio [428 Votes], Florida [2,647 Votes] and California [811 Votes] that held straw polls earlier this year. 

Illinois was the first state to offer a straw poll of this geographic scope.  Online voting began on October 29th at IllinoisStrawPoll.com while in person voting was held at locations throughout the state today. 

For a contribution of $5 to the Illinois Republican Party, voters in any one of Illinois’ 102 counties could cast a vote for their preferred candidate.  In addition, voters had the opportunity to vote in person at 22 locations.  The $5 fee totaled only 1/6 of the cost charged for the Iowa straw poll.  Proceeds will be split 50/50 between state and county parties.

“Today’s straw poll was an excellent opportunity to showcase our party’s strength one year out of the election,” added Brady. “I am pleased with today’s turnout and look forward to building on our successes from 2010.”

The National Black Church Initiative criticizes Wal-Mart’s health plan to cover workers

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 (From the National Black Church Initiative)              

 

Washington, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans dedicated to the eradication of racial disparities around the world, is urging all religious communities to stand together in solidarity against Wal-Mart’s exploitative labor practices. Most recently, after promising to do otherwise, Wal-Mart has reduced its health care benefits to its already underpaid workforce. Our Black Church leadership partners – 66,000 churches nationwide – are called upon to use the full force of our combined 100,000 churches to draw attention to the imperative of reforming Wal-Mart’s mistreatment of its workers and the need for good wages and good health benefits for all Americans. We intend to use the full weight of our collective wealth and political might both domestically and globally to bring attention to this problem.

After a period of trying to convince the American public that it had changed regarding its treatment of its workers, Wal-Mart has returned to its old ways. Specifically, it has informed its 1.4 million workers that all future part-time employees who work less than 24 hours a week will no longer qualify for any of the company’s health insurance plans. Furthermore, any new employees who average 24 to 33 hours per week will no longer be able to include a spouse as part of their health coverage but children will be eligible for coverage. Following a nationwide trend, premiums for those eligible for coverage will also rise by as much as 40% which will make the health plan too expensive for many employees who already pay high deductibles that pay.

The company argues that these health benefit reductions are necessary due to rising costs but in this time of profound economic distress, this is devastating for Wal-Mart’s employees only half of whom currently qualify for any health benefits.Surely a company that made $15.3 billion in profits last year and whose founding family ranks amongst the wealthiest in America, can afford to provide its employees with decent health care. Moreover, since Wal-Mart is a bellwether employer whose employment practices are emulated by other corporations, the significance of this decision to slash health coverage should not be underestimated.

In the past, as reflected in a previous press release-“National Black Church Initiative Calls For All Businesses toCover Their Full and Part Time Workers with Health Insurance”–we have supported Wal-Mart’s efforts to reform its employment practices. We lauded Wal-Mart for agreeing to offer part-time employees including those working less than 24 hours per week, health insurance after a year of employment at a cost of $250 per year for family coverage. We thought that Wal-Mart intended to set a good example for other corporations to follow.

However, as Wal-Mart has changed, so too has our position. Rev. Anthony Evans, the President of the NBCI declares: “It is a shameful, immoral act when a corporation continues to lie about the benefits that it gives to its employees. The NBCI supported Wal-Mart in our previous press releases but we now know that we were misled to believe that Wal-Mart is an honorable company. But now we have seen the truth and the truth is that they do not care about any of their employees, especially African-American women and poor women that they continue to exploit.”

Indeed, many other were misled as the New York Times has noted that over the last few years Wal-Mart has been engaged in a deliberate and apparently fraudulent campaign to mollify critics of its employment practices by offering ostensibly better health care benefits to its employers. What makes matters worse for American society as a whole is that Wal-Mart’s refusal to pay good wages and provide decent health benefits is tantamount to cost shifting as the burden for the health and wellbeing of Wal-Mart’s workers must be absorbed by local communities since these workers inevitably must rely upon public assistance to have their basic needs met. This is corporate irresponsibility at its worst.

However, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent decision that makes it much harder for employees to launch class action lawsuits and in period of high unemployment that undermines the power of labor, Wal-Mart has dropped the façade of civility and has returned to its blatantly exceed 20% of their annual exploitative labor practices. We supported the class action lawsuit that was brought by the company’s female employees as part of their effort to address gender discrimination at Wal-Mart. Likewise; we will support efforts to hold Wal-Mart to account for its regressive labor practices and lack of commitment to fairness in dealing with its employees.

About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work. Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

Until death do us part: 8 reasons for marital failure amongst African-Americans

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By Dr. Umar Abdullah-Johnson, Psy.D., NCSP, M.Ed.

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Discussions about the epidemic are everywhere, from the latest best-selling novels to academic discussions on college campuses, to passionate discussions between Frat brothers & Sister circles. The question everyone wants answered is “WHY?” Unfortunately, many of the traditional reasons you have been given for the premature romantic meltdowns amongst Blacks are inaccurate and insufficient. These very same factors were present when successful Black marriages, created 30 or 40 years ago, were forged but yet many a couple managed to stay together.

As a child therapist, who spends much of my time navigating the parental relationship in order to create an atmosphere of normalcy in which our children can function, and as a doctor of clinical psychology, who studies the emotional and psychological conditions that give rise to relationship difficulties that are unique to African-Americans, I have discovered that there are several themes running through failed families that if brought to your consciousness may help you escape a dead end relationship, or be able to help resuscitate a dying one back into new life.

With nearly most Black children being reared in single parent households it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the ADHD diagnosis has been on the rise, which in most cases has nothing to do with any neurologically-based brain dysfunction, but rather a family-based emotional dysfunction that I refer to sarcastically but truthfully as “Absence of Daddy from Home Disorder,” which is the real ADHD. If we want to save the Black community, we have to save the Black family, for if the most essential of institutions is destroyed then almost no other can function effectively.

1) SEARCHING FOR SECURITY: UNMET EMOTIONAL NEEDS FROM CHILDHOOD – Because so many of us either come from families that were dysfunctional, or had relationships with parents that were dysfunctional, it’s not difficult to understand how one’s unconscious conflicts may lead you on a search to find what you never had (i.e., SECURE ATTACHMENT TO A CAREGIVER, ATTENTION, ACCEPTANCE, LOVE/INTIMACY, APPROVAL, TRUST, RECIPROCITY). Because one’s relationship behavior, under such circumstances, is largely under the control of unconscious impulses it should come as no surprise to you that selfishness ranks at the top of the list of reasons for relationship dissatisfaction. When your dating or mating behavior is largely driven by an unmet childhood need, your partner simply becomes a means to an end, but NOT the end itself. Thusly, you end up using and exploiting them, for what they can give to you, without offering anything in return. You must become conscious of how your poor relationships with parents, or siblings, is continuing to play out in your romantic behavior, transforming you into an exploiter or victim of emotional exploitation. Before settling down, you’d being doing yourself a huge favor by having an in-depth discussion with your bride or groom to be, to ensure their reasons for marriage are not based upon attempting to overcome childhood insecurities that have plagued them for most of their lives.

2) SELF-HATRED: LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE YOU – Many people are their own worse enemy but are totally unconscious of this fact. When something goes wrong in your life do you chalk it up to a learning experience, or human error, or are you one of many Blacks who begins to replay old abusive audiotapes from memory, with your parents’ voices (or older siblings) disguised as your own. Do you beat yourself up without mercy, or are you able to comfort yourself when you make mistakes. If your inner voice is that of an abusive and overly punitive parent, chances are you suffer from self-hatred, and it is this self-hatred that is driving you to find a mate who can put out your self-inflicted emotional arson with their cool waters of love and compassion. You can spend a significant portion of your life trying to find love until you come to the realization that you will not be able to reciprocate the love you find if you do not ALREADY love yourself. No matter how much another person loves you, until you love yourself, you will never be able to love them in return appropriately or effectively. In fact, they may choose to walk away from the arrangement after having their emotional forces sucked dry without reciprocity. You don’t need a lover, you need a therapist.

3) MATERIALISM MELTDOWN: BUYING HAPPINESS – Needless to say that in a capitalistic society the corporate-owned media will actually be able to convince some African-Americans that marrying someone with economic potential, and the education to go along with it (i.e., MBA, JD, MD, PhD, PsyD, etc) may actually brainwash you into thinking that to find a person who appears able to help your purchase an upper middle class lifestyle may lead to lasting happiness. Nothing could be further from the truth. Listen to me carefully, “money buys pleasure, it can never buy happiness.” In fact, the pleasures that money buy often lead to addictions that destroy relationships. This is not an invitation to a life of poverty often so well propagated by the religious sector, that many Blacks erroneously find poverty to be a blessings, but rather this is just a dosage of psychological realism that peace of mind cannot be purchased. Many Black marriages simply dissolve when one superficial partner is no longer content with the “financial ceiling” their partner has hit. A high maintenance partner, man or woman, spells disaster. These individuals are self-centered and emotionally distant. They never get the last laugh as sooner or later old age creeps upon them, and the wisdom of contentment begins to haunt them, but not before then with they give up their self-centered capitalistic mindset to begin the search for an intimacy and love that cannot be purchased with a credit card.

4) ESCAPING MISERY: LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT OF YOUR PAIN – Many of us look for relationships not to satisfy our unmet needs, or our economic desires, but rather as a life jacket to save us from dealing with personal challenges that we don’t care to address. All of us have things about ourselves that cause us great discomfort (i.e, problems with relatives, health concerns, dietary issues, professional barriers, unfinished goals, problems on the job, unearned degrees, poor relations with our children, emotional concerns, etc), but yet we don’t have the resolve or discipline to face them. Just as an alcoholic or drug user reaches for substances in times of inner pain and turmoil, you simply reach for a new relationship. As all drugs must ultimately reach a point of tolerance, where more is required to retain the desired effect, as soon as one relationship is no longer sufficient to distract us from our personal emotional issues, we discard it and reach for another. RELATIONSHIP ADDICTS, Blacks who cannot be without a romantic partner, is a very real and prevalent concern in our community. Being addicted to relationships is certain to land one in an ongoing, yet unfulfilling, cycle of relationships that are devoid of true reciprocity and intimacy. The problem with relationship addiction is that the relationship cannot save you from yourself, nor can it ever serve as an effective band-aid for your inner conflicts. It’s better to fix yourself than destroy someone else’s life. Anyone who cannot be alone long enough to develop a relationship with themselves can never build a happy one with another person.

5) POST-TRAUMATIC RELATIONSHIP DISORDER: THE GHOST OF RELATIONSHIPS PAST – In an attempt to acquire happiness, which cannot be obtained from any outside source, including people, many of us do not allow ourselves sufficient time to heal from long-term relationships, or short-term exhausting relationships, that have sapped our emotional, spiritual and psychological energies. Between relationships we all need a period of fasting, where we give our minds and souls the opportunity to heal and rest, before we attempt to “get it right the next time.” We always hear talk about the need for dietary fasting and spiritual fasting, but now is the time for me to introduce the concept of relationship fasting. Yes, a period of NON-DATING, that should last at least a season (3 months) before you infect some innocent person’s life with the negative energy of a past relationship. Just as with all traumas, you need time to re-stabilize your inner self and regain a sense of reality. When you don’t give yourself TIME OFF from forging new romantic attachments you risk spoiling what otherwise would have been a perfectly good relationship with your psychic baggage from your previous love(s). You are not able to trust, love, commit, reciprocate and be emotionally available for fear that he or she may be a rendition of the previous failed partnership. If you are still afraid, that means you are still suffering the aftershocks of post-traumatic relationship disorder, and should not be dating. This is one of the biggest problems with relationships in our community, as too many of us are spiritually infected with the unhealthy energies of past encounters, not to mention still in love with previous partners, thusly wasting the time of an innocent person who has healthy relationship needs that you are not able to fulfill since you are still preoccupied with someone who is no longer in your life, or shouldn’t be. You have to get over your past in order to get on with your life. There is a season for everything, including a time to heal.

6) TYRANNY OF YOUR INNER CHILD: THE PAIN BODY EXPERIENCE – Everyone, regardless of Race, has a pain body. An inner child who has never really grown up, and has been wounded in some way during our earlier years. This inner child usually sleeps and never bothers us until something happens, usually something that causes an intense insecurity, embarrassment or fear, sufficient enough to awake the sleeping inner kid and causes him/her to have a temper tantrum. When we date we are usually selling our conscious better selves to our partner, like a good salesperson we tend to hide, consciously or unconsciously, the negative aspects of our character, which tend to reveal themselves until an experience occurs that lessens our ego’s desire to hide its TRUE SELF. So you’ve been dating for 3 years and now she’s pregnant, or the two of you decide to co-habitate, or get engaged, or get married. Now, finally, the real you will begin to reveal itself. That’s right, not just the positive side of your personality that has been on display the past 3 years, but the negative side of your personality is about to show itself for the very first time, and in full effect. Once your partner’s pain body has been awaken, that tyrannical inner child, you are face-to-face with a person that you never really knew. You have never seen him/her under real stress until now, and you realize you have been sold a false personality picture, and you thusly decide it’s time to end a situation that has been 3 years in the making but only 3 months in duration. This is why most Black divorcees do so within 2 years of jumping the broom – they never saw their partner’s pain body until it’s too late. That is why, as a therapist, I am in full support, despite opposition of religious circles, that pre-marital co-habitation is a must. Only when you actually share 24 hrs a day with your mate-to-be will you truly be able to assess who they really are. It is so very easy to hide one’s negative traits behind a false façade of being the “perfect catch.” Until you have seen his/her pain body, regardless of how many years into the relationship, you are still dating a stranger.

7) WE DON’T HAVE ANYTHING IN COMMON: THE CLASH OF VALUES – One of the biggest misconceptions regarding Black marriage is the need to have things in common. This is so not true, you don’t need to have anything in common (i.e, careers, hobbies, interests, etc) EXCEPT VALUES. Two people may appears to be twins on the outside, coming from the same types of homes, same religious backgrounds, same careers, same hobbies and interests but yet be total opposites INTERNALLY. Non-identical values are destroying Black families faster than fire consumes wood. At the top of the list is finances. You may love to spend money, and live paycheck to paycheck, but your mate values saving over the long term, and not being a spendthrift. Such a clash of values is likely to erode the foundation upon which the marriage stands. Another is GOD. You love going to worship service, and it’s a regular part of your weekly routine. However, your mate, who is of the same religion and claims to value God as much as you do, doesn’t see the need to attend bible study or Friday/Sunday worship at the Masjid/Church. This is going to cause a major conflict because it heightens the true values gap that exists between the two of you. Some of the others include intimacy, in-laws & friends. You may like to spend more time with your friends that your family, or you mother may like to play a bigger role in your marriage than she should, or you think that physical intimacy one night a week should be sufficient while your partner values regular intimacy as a foundational aspect to his/her marriage. Clashes over values can be easily avoided by making sure they are discussed during the dating/courting process. When you clash over values it’s because you really didn’t take sufficient time to get to know your mate. You were so busy focusing on your own values that you didn’t bother to study his/hers.

8) BLENDING THE UNBLENDABLE FAMILY: YOUR CHILDREN OR OUR CHILDREN – Co-Raising children, even if the children are biologically your own, can be a very difficult issue to tackle in marriage. However, when you have children and your mate has children of his/her own, brining all of those personalities under the same family governmental system can be quite a challenge. Sometimes, we never prepare ourselves for the fact that marriage truly means “what is yours is also mine.” Thusly, it becomes difficult for us to allow someone else to chastise our children. When partners feel that you don’t want them raising your children they begin to question the commitment your have for them overall. Think about it, what better way to show trust and true reciprocity than to allow him/her the opportunity to share in the decision-making duties of their non-biological children. When you are not able to do this it creates a trust gap in the relationship that can only widen with time. Still further, when you differ over how the children should be raised and discipline techniques, or even just the need for discipline itself, things can begin to get really rocky in that once peaceful household. As a therapist, I have seen the Black mothers’ traditional over-protection of her son lead to standoffs with her new husband, who refuses to share power, nor should he, with a spoiled teenage boy. I have also seen where a biological father’s love for his daughter has prevented him from making it clear that his wife is not one of her girlfriends. When these small fires are not stamped out of existence, they threaten to burn down the entire marriage. Before settling down, spend some time with your mate’s children, get to know them, and ask yourself if you can tolerate those particular personalities for the rest of YOUR life. Study how different your discipline approaches are, and whether or not you can find common ground, especially when you don’t share the role of biological parent. Most importantly, check your own possessiveness, and readiness for having another person treat your children like their own. If you are not ready for this, then you are not ready for marriage.

These are just a few major issues that can threaten, add oftentimes destroy, what could have otherwise been a happy marriage in the Black community. Certainly, a book can be written about each of the above-mentioned issues, and I plan to follow-up by doing just that. Nonetheless, we should want what’s best for our children, and that is a safe and happy home with their biological parents. None of us are perfect, and there is nothing wrong with moving past a terrible situation, as staying in an emotionally unfulfilling relationship, just for the sake of the kids, can end up hurting the children more than you. Let’s face it, we live in a psychologically unhealthy society, where the pursuit of material, economic & professional accomplishment has reduced the importance of family and children to being nothing more than social assets we use to given the impression that we are psychologically healthy, when in all actuality we are rotting from the stench of American Capitalism. Just take a look at the suicide and homicide rates in the Black community, and you will see that we are a people in crisis. Still further, just take a look at the rates of depression, bipolar & borderline personality disorders in our community, and you will see that our people, a historically faithful people, are now dying from spiritual hunger. Domestic violence and child molestation are two taboo topics that neither the Black Masjid or Black Church is willing to discuss openly and honestly, which leaves it to crusading Black behavioral specialists, like myself, to set the record straight as to why so many of us are living as “functional depressives.” The Black family is facing extinction because the spiritually-grounded non-materialistic African-American personality is facing extinction. Two spiritually unhealthy individuals cannot build a healthy family. The point of intervention should not be the family, but the individuals who created it. Stop putting the cart before the horse, career before family, and money before GOD.

Umar Abdullah-Johnson is a Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Nationally Certified School Psychologist, Certified K-12 School Principal, and political scientist. He is an expert independent special education evaluator. He trains educators, principals and mental health technicians on various psycho-educational topics, including ADHD & disruptive behavior disorders. He is an outspoken opponent against the mass psychiatric drugging of Black boys in public schools, and the mass diagnosing of Black children as mildly mentally retarded and learning disabled. He has appeared on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, the Bev Smith Show, and countless radio and talk shows across the country, in Africa and in the Caribbean. He will be speaking at Arcadia University’s Black Male Development Symposium in Philadelphia on May 12th, 2012, HBCU Charles Drew University, Keck Lecture Hall, in Los Angeles on December 2nd 2012 & the 12th Annual Central Texas African-American Family Conference in Austin on February 16th 2012, discussing the topic of his highly anticipated upcoming debut book, “The Psycho-Academic War Against Black Boys: From Grade School to the Grave Yard.” He is Founder/President of the National Movement to Save Black Boys (NMSBB), and a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the 19th century Abolitionist & Orator. He can be reached for consultation or lecture scheduling at DrUmarJohnson@yahoo.com or (215) 989-9858.

African American faces in the media – it’s time for a change

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By Charles R. Gray

 

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — It never ceases to amaze me that characters that portray hookers, pimps, drug dealers, prisoners or any other type of criminal are readily accepted as African Americans by the entertainment industry. It would seem that any role or character that denigrates African Americans whether it is in print or on the big screen is the call of the day. On the other hand if a script or manuscript comes across the desk of an executive that portrays an African American in a positive light these roles and characters are discarded.

Where are the characters with brown faces who are Kings, Princess, Princesses, those who can fly, ride winged horses, or those who carry a magic sword and slay dragons? Of course these characters and roles seemed to be for the most part reserved for those who are of the white persuasion. Is there any wonder that pound for pound white children walk with a greater sense of pride and do better in school than African American children? There is a passage in the Bible that reads as a man thinketh so is he. This would lead one to think what exactly are our children thinking? Maybe, just maybe, they think the way they do because they see themselves and African American adults portrayed in such a negative light. The problem seems to lie in the fact that we leave it up to the powers that be as to how we are portrayed in the media.

The history of Black colleges and universities dates back to 1837 to counter the prevailing practice of limiting or prohibiting the education of Blacks. Even then African Americans knew as a people that if we were to be properly educated we had to do it ourselves. In the years to come between 1837 and 1944 some sixteen Black colleges would rise out of the ground. Because of this factor, even before the turn of the century, Blacks were able to get a quality education. I submit that we as African Americans dictate how we are portrayed in the media, not just in America, but to the world. I don’t mean to preach hate. However, why should we leave it up to a people who have a history of telling our story their way? It is often said that if you want something done right you must do it yourself. The Hispanic community has a watch dog committee whose soul purpose is to make sure they are portrayed in a positive light by the media. We as African Americans should make it our duty to see to it that when it comes to heroes and sheroes in stories and fairytales that our children see the images of themselves.

ATuskegeeAudio.com was founded for this very purpose. As an independent publishing company, its sole purpose is to write, publish and produce books, stories, and fairytales for, by, and about African Americans. All of which show characters with moral fiber and a strong sense of responsibility to family and community. To date there are some eighteen finished books in the genre of fiction and adventure for children and young adults. ATuskegeeAudio.Com’s flagship book is titled The Mushroom People. It has been said that they are the next Cabbage Patch kids.

Charles R. Gray is the founder and CEO of ATuskeegeeAudio.com, a Black-owned publishing company that is donating 50% of all their profits to HBCU scholarships. For more info, email ceo@atuskegeeaudio.com or visit www.atuskegeeaudio.com

Director Steve Scott brings new magic to Chicago’s favorite holiday tradition, A Christmas Carol, November 18 – December 31

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Larry Yando returns as Scrooge, leads a cast of 28 – including 13 newcomers

 

Chicago, IL – Magic is in the making as rehearsals begin for Goodman Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, “a joyous present for the entire family” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “ideal family fare, both heartwarming and spectacular in its familiar tale” (Chicago Tribune). Goodman Theatre Associate Producer Steve Scott, who last directed A Christmas Carol in 1992, returns to helm the 34th annual production featuring 13 new cast members, brand new special effects, additional music and choreography. Acclaimed Chicago actor Larry Yando revives his “stellar!” (Chicago Tribune) performance of Ebenezer Scrooge, his fourth turn since 2007. A Christmas Carol runs November 18 – December 31,

2011 in the Goodman’s Albert Theatre. Tickets are $25 – $92 and can be purchased at GoodmanTheatre.org, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Ticket discount and luxury package information appears on page 2. BMO Harris Bank is the Major Corporate Sponsor, and Aon Corporation and KPMG are Corporate Sponsor Partners of A Christmas Carol.

“Dickens’ tale is more than just one of the greatest ghost stories of our cultural canon; it’s a powerful tale of redemption, family and forgiveness that continues to resonate year after year,” said director Steve Scott, whose nearly 200 credits in Chicago theater include Rabbit Hole, Dinner With Friends and Wit at the Goodman. “With this incredible cast, I hope to make this year’s production happier, scarier, funnier and more celebratory than ever.”

The young performers in A Christmas Carol, cast from hundreds of Chicagoland children who auditioned, include: nineyear- old Roni Akurati (Lake Zurich) as Tiny Tim Cratchit; 13-year-old Shanequa Beal (Blue Island) as Belinda Cratchit; 13-year-old Ryan Byrne (Western Springs) as Peter Cratchit; nine-year-old Emma Gordon (Clarendon Hills) as Emily Cratchit; and nine-year-old Oscar Vasquez (Chicago) as Turkey Boy. Newcomers to the Goodman’s production include: Nora Fiffer (Evanston) as Belle; Emjoy Gavino as Martha Cratchit; Ted Hoerl as the Undertaker; Nathan Hosner as Jacob Marley; Elizabeth Ledo as the Ghost of Christmas Past; Ross Lehman as Mr. Fezziwig; Joe Minoso as Fred; Jon Odom (Glen Ellyn) as Dick Wilkins; and Jarrod Zimmerman as Young Scrooge.

Cast members returning to the production include Sandra Delgado as Abby; Tim Gittings as Topper; Ora Jones as Mrs. Fezziwig; Michael Perez as Mr. Ortle; Ron Rains as Bob Cratchit; Lisa Tejero as Miss Crumb; Penelope Walker as the Ghost of Christmas Present; and Karen Jane Woditsch (Evanston) as Mrs. Cratchit. The musicians include Justin Amolsch, Ben Chang, Greg Hirte and Malcolm Ruhl (Evanston).

Based on Charles Dickens’ classic 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol is the unforgettable tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, a wealthy businessman with no family and a disdain for the holidays and the poor in Victorian London. One Christmas, Scrooge is visited by four ghosts who take him on an incredible journey that offers him a new perspective on everything from his dusty past to his dark future, in an effort to help the irascible miser rediscover life and love. A Christmas Carol features some of Dickens’ most memorable characters, including the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, the ghoulish specter of Scrooge’s old friend Jacob Marley, the festive Fezziwigs and Scrooge’s kind-hearted clerk Bob Cratchit and his family, anchored by the frail Tiny Tim. Throughout its 34-year history at the Goodman, more than 1 million people have experienced A Christmas Carol, and the production has hosted six directors, eight Scrooges, 30 Tiny Tims and nearly 20,000 “Bah, Humbugs!”.

Tickets to A Christmas Carol ($25 – $92) are currently on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org. Tickets and subscriptions can also be purchased at the box office (170 North Dearborn) or by phone at 312.443.3800. Mezztix are half-price mezzanine tickets available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online (promo code MEZZTIX) day of performance; Mezztix are not available by telephone. 10Tix are $10 rear mezzanine tickets for students available at 12 noon at the box office, and at 10am online on the day of performance; 10Tix are not available by telephone; a valid student I.D. must be presented when picking up the tickets; limit four per student with I.D. All tickets are subject to availability and handling fees apply. Discounted Group Tickets for 15 persons or more are available at 312.443.3820. Purchase Goodman Gift Certificates in any amount at GoodmanTheatre.org. The flexibility of Goodman Gift Certificates allows recipients to choose the production, date and time of their performance. Artists, dates and ticket prices are subject to change. Luxury Packages include, with a $250 donation, access to purchase up to eight premium seats, one complimentary parking pass, a production memento and use of the exclusive Patron’s Lounge, including private bar, restrooms and coat check. 

About Goodman Theatre

The 2011/2012 Season includes: New Stages Amplified including Chicago Boys by Kathleen Tolan, directed by Ann Filmer (through November 6) and Ask Aunt Susan by Seth Bockley, directed by Joanie Schultz (November 10 – 20); the 34th annual production of A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31, 2011); Race by David Mamet, directed by Chuck Smith (January 14 – February 19, 2012); The Convert by Danai Gurira, directed by Emily Mann and co-produced with McCarter Theatre (NJ) and Center Theatre Group (CA) (February 25 – March 25, 2012); Camino Real by

Tennessee Williams, directed by Calixto Bieito (March 3 – April 8, 2012); Fish Men by Cándido Tirado, directed by Edward Torres, in partnership with Teatro Vista (April 7 – May 6, 2012); The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Robert Falls (April 21 – June 10, 2012); and Crowns, written and directed by Regina Taylor (June 30 – August 5, 2012).

Goodman Theatre, “the leading regional theater in the nation’s most important theater city” (Time), is a major cultural, educational and economic pillar in Chicago, generating nearly $300 million in economic impact over the past decade in its state-of-the-art two-theater complex on North Dearborn Street. Founded in 1925 and currently under the

leadership of Artistic Director Robert Falls, “Chicago’s most essential director” (Chicago Tribune), and Executive Director Roche Schulfer, Chicago’s oldest and largest not-for-profit resident theater has welcomed nearly two million patrons to productions and events—including 10 festivals celebrating playwrights such as David Mamet, August Wilson and Horton Foote, as well as the biennial Latino Theatre Festival—and served legions of students through its Education and Community Engagement programs (including the FREE Student Subscription Series and other interactive programs). The Goodman has earned more than 90 awards for hundreds of productions, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage—one of 25 new-work Goodman commissions in the last decade. Ruth Ann M. Gillis is the Chairman of Goodman Theatre’s Board of Trustees and Joan Clifford is President of the Women’s Board. American Airlines is the Exclusive Airline of Goodman Theatre.

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AARP joins forces with Experience Corps

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A national leader in pairing adult tutors with K-3 students, Experience Corps builds on AARP’s legacy of service and offers AARP members a new way to give back 

 

Washington, DC-AARP recently announced it is joining forces with Experience Corps, one of the nation’s most highly-regarded service programs, which engages older adult volunteers to help improve K-3 literacy in underserved schools.

Experience Corps’ proven success in African-American neighborhoods and its engagement of diverse volunteers will bolster AARP’s commitment to reaching more multicultural communities across the country.

The new relationship supports the priorities of both organizations: AARP Experience Corps will be able to increase its ability to tap into the experience and dedication of older Americans who want to give back to their communities, and it will offer AARP members a new way to engage in one of their top service priorities – volunteering to tutor or mentor youth.

“AARP Experience Corps fits very naturally into the AARP family, by building upon the principles of service that our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, set out for the organization,” said Barb Quaintance, senior vice president for volunteer and civic engagement at AARP. “The group also has built an incredibly successful model, where kids and older adults thrive in a dynamic intergenerational exchange.”

“Reading levels of young children in America are in crisis,” said Lester Strong, CEO of Experience Corps. “Almost 70 percent of our nation’s children reach the 4th grade unable to read at a proficient level. By joining forces with AARP, Experience Corps will be able to make an even bigger difference for our children, and at the same time, leverage the experience and dedication of AARP’s millions of members.”

Experience Corps has a track record of improving literacy among American youth: according to research from Washington University in St. Louis, students working with Experience Corps tutors gain more than a 60 percent boost in two critical literacy skills-sounding out new words and reading comprehension-over similar students not being served by Experience Corps.

Additionally, 84 percent of its volunteers reported the participation has changed their lives for the better – including increased motivation, knowledge, confidence and skills. Currently, 2,000 Experience Corps volunteers serve 20,000 K-3 students in disadvantaged schools across the country.

For more information, go to www.aarp.org/experiencecorps.

  AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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