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Archive for December 2nd, 2011

U.S. Senator Mark Kirk's response on Payroll Tax Cut Extension Votes

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WASHINGTON, DC – United States Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) released the following statement after votes on the payroll tax cut extension:

 

“There are 55 million Social Security beneficiaries that will see little or no extra cash from this 2012 tax holiday; instead, the dedicated payroll contributions meant to pay for future benefits are being diverted from the Trust Fund and replaced with Treasury debt that does not even have a AAA credit rating.  Social Security was designed to be independent and free from the danger of Congressional manipulation, and maintaining the firewall between the Social Security Trust Fund and general government funding is the best way to maintain the solvency of this important program. Neither bill protects the Social Security Trust Fund so I voted no. “

 

Widow of Bishop Michael Carter in need of Van to keep school/church going

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

Mrs. Gerri Carter, the widow of Bishop Michael Carter, is in need of immediate transportation. She has a small school and church and is in a financial bind due to the state of Illinois’ backlog in releasing her school funding.

Carter is doing her best to keep both the school, Reach Christian Academy, 7400 S. Michigan, a pre-school to high school facility, located in Ald. Roderick Sawyer’s (6th) Ward and Senator James T. Meek’s district, and the church up and running.

Her immediate need is to borrow a van to transport her students, family and herself from church to school including bible study.

Her state funding has been held up until around December 20, 2011.  That is when she is hoping and praying her state funds will come in so she can keep both the school and the church operating.

If you have a van she can use until her state funding comes in, please call her at: 773- 994 4640, or e-mail her at: reachchristianacademy@yahoo.com. Ultimately, Mrs. Carter wants to own her own van.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Three young Black Entrepreneurs honored at the White House for Global Entrepreneurship Week as Empact100 Leaders

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Miami, FL (BlackNews.com) — Three African American entrepreneurs were recently among the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country. James Taylor, 28, CEO of Taylored Athletes, and Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson, both 28, owners of Popsicles of Feverish Ice Cream were honored at the White House on November 17th 2011.

The three entrepreneurs have been named to the Empact100 List, which recognizes the top 100 entrepreneurs under 30 in the United States for their accomplishments and positive influence on the American economy by giving back to the community and inspiring others to join the movement to revitalize our economy by starting a business of their own. The young entrepreneurs from 100 companies contribute over 2,500 jobs and $374 million to the U.S. Economy.

Empact100 Honorees took part in a recognition event on the afternoon of Thursday, November 17 from 2pm-5pm at the White House with senior administration officials. This year marks the 2nd year that the White House is recognizing Global Entrepreneurship Week. President Barack Obama signed the presidential proclamation declaring November as National Entrepreneurship Month back in 2010. The recognition event is held in partnerships with Startup America, The Kaufman Foundation, The Future of Entrepreneurship Education, Entrepreneurship International, and the White House. The event was broadcasted live online at WhiteHouse.gov.

To celebrate their success and to share their knowledge, the three honorees have launched a national speaking tour, traveling around the country speaking to kids and young adults about entrepreneurship. “We are on a mission to show kids that no matter where you are or where you come from you can achieve your dreams. It’s not easy but with the right motivation kids and young adults will gain the tools to a prosperous future as an entrepreneur,” says James Taylor. For more information about the speaking tour, contact Katie Caldwell at katie@feleciahatcher.com
About Taylored Athletes

James Taylor is the CEO and President of Taylored Athletes Sports, a South Florida based sports and educational leadership training company. James Taylors is a former professional basketball player and college hall of fame inductee. Taylor is committed to helping kids live healthier lives through his Pro At Your Door program that brings former professional athletes and college athletes into the home and gets kids off the couch focused on fitness. Taylored Athletes has trained more than 5,000 athletes to date and are well known for their One On One Pro At Your Door Basketball Training Concierge Service, Next Level Basketball Camps, and Leadership and Character Building After-School Programs which provides at risk youth access to positive role models to teach them self-discovery of inner greatness through sports. “Entrepreneurship is the key to revitalizing our nation’s economy. I’m honored to be recognized by the White House, The Kauffman Foundation, Empact100, and StartUp America. For more information about Taylored Athletes Sports, visit www.tayloredathletes.com or email info@tayloredathletes.com.
 

About Feverish Ice Cream

The married owners of the Miami based Feverish Ice Cream, Felecia Hatcher and Derick Pearson, started their gourmet popsicle company in 2008 after losing their marketing jobs. They run a fleet of eco-friendly carts and a mini ice cream truck mixing social media, unique marketing partnerships and social awareness with gourmet treats. With wild flavors like Chocolate Banana Sea Salt, Spiked Apple Martini, and Coconut Lemongrass they have attracted a large following, and boast clients like Capitol Records, Maker’s Mark, Adidas, Biltmore Hotel, Whole Foods, Universal Music and Tom Cruise. The couple also runs a youth entrepreneurship program called PopPreneurs where they teach kids about entrepreneurship through ice cream carts. The company  was recently featured on the Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets also donates a portion of each popsicle they sell to charity and travels the country speaking to students about college prep and youth entrepreneurship. “This demonstrates that America is, and will always be a place of unlimited opportunity for all who dream. As a kid growing up in Bainbridge, Georgia I would not have imaged that I would one day be honored at the White House. This honor serves as motivation to continue to help the people in our community and around the world. We are living examples that dreams do come true,” says Derick Pearson. For more information about Feverish Ice Cream, visit www.feverishicecream.com or email mango@feverishicecream.com.
For more information about the Empact100 list, visit www.empact100.com or email Sheena Lindahl at sheena@iempact.com.

Photo Caption: Derick Pearson and James Taylor at the White House accepting their award.

Better Business Bureau announces 2012 Torch Award Honorees for Marketplace Ethics

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Chicago, IL – The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago & Northern Illinois (BBB) announced the 2012 honorees of the fifteenth annual Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics, which spotlights companies that exemplify ethical business practices. This awards luncheon ceremony will be hosted today at the Hilton Rosemont Chicago O’Hare in Rosemont, IL, and emceed by Hosea Sanders, co-anchor of ABC 7 News This Morning. Winning awards will be presented to: AT&T; Hyatt Regency Chicago; West Suburban Bank; Clune Construction Company; Vintage Tech Recyclers, Inc;  Luna Chicago, LLC; and LaPelusa Home Improvement Inc. Honorable Mentions will be awarded to: XSport Fitness; Varco Windows & Doors; and Seal Chicago, LLC.

 

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

 

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

 

“This year’s award recipients came from the largest field of nominations and entries ever with over 2,060 nominations from a wide variety of businesses,” explained Bernas.

 

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

 

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

 

This year’s event has been made possible through the generosity of the following sponsors: AAA Chicago; ABC 7 Chicago; Abt Electronics & Appliances; Access One, Inc.; ADP; The Apartment People Ltd; AT&T; CDW Corporation; Champion Windows;Clune Construction Company; Combined Insurance Co. of America;Cray, Kaiser Ltd.; Delaware Place Bank; DeVry Inc; Dex One Corporation; Discover;Empire Today, LLC; Firestone Complete Auto Care; Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning; Grant’s Appliances Electronics & More; Hallberg Commercial Insuror’s Inc.; Hanson Material Service;Hilton Chicago Hotel;  The Inland Real Estate Group, Inc.; Integrated Project Management Co. Inc.; Luna Chicago, LLC; Midas International Corp.;NBC Universal; The Pampered Chef,Ltd.;Plumbing Council of Chicagoland; Sears Holdings Corporation;Sun-Times Media; Tiffany & Company;Total Merchant Systems;Tribune Media Group; Urban Imaging Group, Inc; U.S. Cellular; Walgreens; West Suburban Bank; Vintage Tech Recyclers, Inc; and XSport Fitness.

 

Consumers can nominate an ethical business for the 2013 Torch Awards on our Web site at http://chicago.bbb.org/torchnomination

 

Illinois Comptroller Topinka: Proposed spending needs revenue source

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Comptroller warns of state’s growing expenses

 

Springfield, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement in response to General Assembly discussion of a tax package aimed at assisting employers and residents in need:

“As members of the General Assembly consider moving forward with a proposed tax package for employers and low-income residents, I encourage them to add an item to the discussion: revenue. At minimum, any tax package being considered would total $250 million annually, and that’s on top of already-growing state liabilities. Those escalating costs cannot just be ignored.

“Today our state has unpaid bills totaling more than $8 billion in my office and at the state agencies, dating back to July 8 here and even earlier in the case of some healthcare bills. Businesses, schools, hospitals, social service and not-for-profit agencies are waiting months at a time for payments they are owed. Already underfunded, Medicaid costs are expected to rise another $800 million next fiscal year, and our pension payment in 2013 will be $950 million more than the current year’s total. Clearly, this is not the time for increased spending.

“If lawmakers determine that a new tax package is necessary, they must also identify a way to address these growing costs. To that end, I have consistently supported gambling legislation that allows for a casino in Chicago because it will bring-in much-needed revenue without raising fees or taxes. I still believe that is the best option. If the General Assembly and Governor disagree but want to proceed with new spending, then they must identify another way to pay it.

“One thing is clear: the ‘spend now, pay later’ culture of state government must change – and the time is now.”

Menendez, Kirk Amendment for stronger sanctions against Iran passes in the Senate

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Washington, DC – The US Senate approved an amendment authored by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) unanimously by a vote of 100-0, to require sanctions on financial institutions that do business with the Central Bank of Iran.  The sanctions would prohibit financial institutions that do business with the bank of Iran from opening or maintaining correspondent banking accounts in the United States. In the case of foreign central banks, the legislation would only apply to transactions for the sale or purchase of petroleum products and only after determining that the country with jurisdiction over the institution 1) has sufficient alternative petroleum supplies and 2)  where the country has not taken steps to significantly reduce its purchases of Iranian petroleum or petroleum products.  The amendment also exempts from sanctions transactions for food, medicine and medical devices.  The amendment seeks to deny Iran the resources for its nuclear weapons program.

 

“The United States cannot accept an Iran with nuclear weapons,” Senator Kirk said.  “As the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, it’s quite likely that the Iranian regime would transfer nuclear weapons to terrorist organizations like Hezbollah and Hamas.  We can be sure that an Iranian bomb would set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East – from Saudi Arabia to Egypt.  The Central Bank of Iran is the primary bankroller of Iran’s global terror network, its nuclear program and other illicit activities.  The time has come to impose crippling sanctions on this terrorist and nuclear-financing institution.”

 

“Iran’s nuclear ambitions threaten the national security of the United States and its allies”, said Senator Menendez.  “The Central Bank of Iran is complicit in Iran’s nuclear venture, financing the Iranian effort to acquire the knowledge, materials and facilities to enrich uranium and to ultimately develop weapons of mass destruction; assisting the Iranian government in the evasion of multilateral sanctions; and engaging in deceptive financial practices and illicit transactions.  If we are serious about stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, we must be willing to follow the money that feeds its nuclear ambitions and to take real action against the Central Bank of Iran, starving the regime of the resources it needs to advance its terrorist agenda.”

 

“There is proof beyond a shadow of a doubt that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, and we must cut off those nuclear ambitions at the source by sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran,” said Senator Schumer. “Iran could be on the cusp of having at least one workable nuclear weapon within a year and another deadly bomb six months after that. The extreme and dangerous government of Ahmadinejad must be held accountable. I have long been a supporter of sanctioning the Central Bank of Iran, and am grateful the Senate has taken the next critical step to require sanctions on financial institutions that do business with the Central Bank of Iran.”

 

In addition to Senators Menendez and Kirk, the amendment was co-sponsored by 52 additional Senators: Senator Ayotte (R-NH), Barrasso (R-WY), Bennet (D-CO), Blumenthal (D-CT), Blunt (R-MO), Boozman (R-AR), Boxer (D-CA), Brown (R-MA), Brown (D-OH), Cardin (D-MD), Casey (D-PA), Collins (R-ME), Coons (D-DE), Cornyn (R-TX), Crapo (R – ID), Feinstein (D-CA), Franken (D-MN), Gillibrand (D-NY), Graham (R-SC), Grassley (R-IA), Hatch (R-UT), Heller (R-NV), Johanns (R-NE), Klobuchar (D-MN), Kyl (R-AZ), Lautenberg (D-NJ), Lee (R-UT), Lieberman (D-CT), Manchin (D-W.Va), Merkley (D-OR), Mikulski (D-MD), Moran (R-KS),Murkowski (R-AK),Nelson (D-FL),Nelson (D-NE), Portman (R-OH), Pryor (D-AR), Risch (R-IO), Roberts (R-KS), Schumer (D-NY), Snowe (D-ME), Stabenow (D-MI), Tester (D-MT), Thune (R-SD), Toomey (R-PA), Udall (D-CO), Udall (D-NM), Vitter (R-LA), Warner (R-VA), Whitehouse (D-RI), Wicker (R-MS), Wyden (D-OR).

 

 

SUMMARY OF AMENDMENT TO NDAA

SANCTIONING TRANSACTIONS WITH THE CENTRAL BANK OF IRAN

 

(a)    Section 311, Patriot Act:  This section recognizes the Administration’s actions last week pursuant to Section 311 of the Patriot Act, and re-designates statutorily the entire Iranian Banking sector, including the Central Bank of Iran, as a jurisdiction of primary money laundering concern on account of the threat to government and financial institutions from Iran’s illicit activities, including its pursuit of nuclear weapons, its support for terrorism, and its efforts to deceive responsible financial institutions and evade sanctions

 

(b)    IEEPA: This section requires the President to block and prohibit all transactions in property and interests in property of Iranian financial institutions that touch U.S. financial institutions.  (currently these transactions are “bounced” or rejected if they involve non-designated banks. More than 20 major Iranian banks have been designated, including major state-owned banks).

 

(c)    Imposition of Sanctions:  After 60 days, requires that the President prohibit the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that the President determines has knowingly conducted any significant financial transaction with the Central Bank of Iran AND authorizes, but does not require, imposition of additional sanctions under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. 

 

(d)   Exception for Sales of Food, Medicine and Medical Devices to the people of Iran

 

(e)    Special Rule with respect to foreign central banks and state-owned banks:  This section extends the prohibition on correspondent and payable-through accounts to foreign central banks and foreign state-owned banks only insofar as the financial transactions they conduct or facilitate are for the sale or purchase of petroleum and petroleum products on or after 180 days from enactment.

 

(f)     Petroleum transactions: 

 

a.      Requires that the Energy Information Agency, in consultation with the Department of the Treasury, report 60 days after the date of enactment and every 60 days thereafter on the availability and price of non-Iranian petroleum and petroleum products on the world market.

 

b.      Based on this report, the President must make a determination 90 days after enactment and every 180 days thereafter on whether the price and supply of petroleum and petroleum products from non-Iranian suppliers is sufficient to allow purchasers to significantly reduce their purchases from Iran.

 

c.      Sanctions for Petroleum purchases would not be triggered for 180 days after enactment and would apply only if the President determines that there is sufficient alternative supply on the world market, but would not apply if the country has significantly reduced its oil purchases during that 180-day period, and continues to significantly reduce its purchases in each successive 180-day period thereafter.

 

(g)    Waiver:  Provides for renewable 120 day waiver if the President determines that a waiver is vital to the national security of the United States.

 

(h) Multilateral Diplomacy Initiative: This section requires the President to engage in a  multilateral diplomacy initiative to persuade countries purchasing oil from Iran to limit Iran’s use of revenue from such purchases to non-luxury consumers goods in the country purchasing its oil and to prohibit purchases by Iran of military or dual-use technology (MTCR list, Chemical Weapons Convention list, Nuclear Suppliers Group list, Wassenar) or any other item that may contribute to Iran’s conventional, nuclear, chemical or biological weapons program. It also requires outreach to non-Iranian petroleum-producing countries to persuade their governments to increase their output of crude oil and thus minimize the impact on the price of oil, with reports on the results of such efforts every 180 days.

 

Didier Drogba honored with Beyond Sports Humanitarian in Sport Award

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Didier Drogba, the Chelsea FC and Ivory Coast striker, has been honoured with Beyond Sport’s Humanitarian in Sport Award – supported by Virgin Atlantic, following in the footsteps of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and Congolese ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo and taking receipt of the Award in the week before the Beyond Sport Summit is staged in Africa for the first time.

The Humanitarian in Sport Award – supported by Virgin Atlantic, is a recognition of Drogba’s work with The Didier Drogba Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), as well as his unique place in Ivorian society. The Chelsea star has played a pivotal role in the quest for peace in his home country – not just as a talisman of Ivorian success and cooperation on the sporting field, but by actively participating in the search for reconciliation within the country.

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, said: “Didier has taken an active role in the search for peace in his home country not through obligation, but through choice. In a day and age when we are searching more than ever for real heroes in sport, it is an honour to present Didier with this Award. Didier clearly understands his position in the world and the opportunity he has to go beyond sport.”

Didier Drogba said: “I’m really happy to receive this Award. It means a lot, because we have been trying to help people in my country. Everybody knows the war in Ivory Coast has been devastating, and I’m really proud because I’ve been fighting for peace in Africa, and especially in Ivory Coast, where the conflict has been in place for more than ten years.

“If I was a politician my words would touch a part of the people. Because I am a sportsman and I am neutral, my message can touch more people. Sports, and football, is really fantastic because you can use your voice to send messages and go beyond sport.”

Drogba added: “To have an event like Beyond Sport happening in South Africa – and in Africa for the first time – is a good step, because a lot of conflicts are happening in Africa. It’s important to host these kind of events and spread the message in the continent.”

Drogba has been an influential figure in the Ivorian peace process for more than five years. His appeal to combatants to lay down their arms, made in the aftermath of the country’s qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, inspired a ceasefire after half a decade of civil war. His actions at the time, and in the years that followed, led to him being named in 2010 as one of the TIME 100, TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

This year, after violence which erupted in the aftermath of elections in Ivory Coast left more than 3,000 people dead over four months of fighting, Drogba agreed to join an 11-man Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission, inspired by the body that helped South Africa move forward after the end of apartheid, in an effort to secure a lasting peace in Ivory Coast.

The Didier Drogba Foundation, meanwhile, was created in 2007 to provide financial and material support in both health and education to the African people. It has provided help and funding for such structures as the Red Cross throughout Africa and the Page Blanche Institution. Through Drogba’s contribution of 100% of the money he receives from his sponsors and the creation of an annual charity ball, The Didier Drogba Foundation is currently funding the building of a much-needed hospital in Abidjan.

In 2008 he was named a United Nations Development Programme Goodwill Ambassador, working to spur action at all levels of society in pursuit of the Millennium Development Goals.

The other winners of the Beyond Sport Awards will be revealed on Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th December, during the Beyond Sport Summit in Cape Town. 35 projects have been shortlisted, covering 18 countries and 22 different sports. They were chosen from close to 400 entries from more than 125 countries that submitted applications to this year’s Awards. The Beyond Sport Award winners will receive a substantial package of business support to help them grow and become sustainable in the future.

Beyond Sport is a global initiative that seeks to celebrate and support any organisation or individual with the goal to drive positive social change through sport. Its global partners are Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME Inc and UNICEF.

For the full programme of the Beyond Sport Summit and Awards 2011, or for more information on Beyond Sport, visit www.beyondsport.org.

To see Didier Drogba discussing the Beyond Sport Humanitarian in Sport Award – supported by Virgin Atlantic, visit the Beyond Sport YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7UrqhvK3yrI

Author, Entrepreneur Donald Payne releases new music for motivated individuals

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Donald Payne’s new release  is “Payneless Advice Motivational Mix”. He is also the creator of “Payneless Advice – Whole Life Success” –

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Author, entrepreneur and creator of “Payneless Advice – Whole Life Success”, Donald Payne, reveals how to maximize one’s success and increase one’s possibilities through high energy music and positive words. The “Payneless Advice Motivational Mix” will inspire, motivate and energize. Donald has successfully blended these two worlds together creating music that everyone will love and will last throughout the ages.

To accompany the release of his new book “No Longer Bound”, Payne decided to embark in unexplored territory. His initial goal was to create an audio book to accompany his new offering. However, he wanted to bring a fresh concept to his successful audience. He wanted to express his passion and love for music without abandoning his message and his purpose. The end result is the Payneless Advice Motivational Mix.

It is innovative, it is creative and it is what the music industry has been missing. Payne understands that the world has drastically changed and that the opportunities that once were are no longer. He has taken the initiative, stepping forward to help others become motivated and inspired to do more and become more. Taking advantage of what life has to offer. The message expressed in his music is: “Life is what you make it.”

Payne, being born and raised in Detroit, knows and understands music. As a musician himself, his newest release – Payneless Advice Motivational Mix – embraces this heritage. His Payneless Advice is helping people find unlimited possibilities that will help transform and help to create an abundant successful life. The wisdom and knowledge shines through the energetic sounds of his music and through the pages of his books. Starting from the very beginning, the reader and the listener will quickly learn that there are no excuses in the road to success.

Payne’s music is available for download via Amazon MP3, iTunes and other popular media outlets. To learn more about him, visit www.mrdonaldpayne.com

To learn more about his music, visit http://paynelessadvice.com/payneless-advice-audio/

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Great stories from America's earliest Black writers

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Eureka Productions is pleased to announce the release of African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22, the newest volume in the Graphic Classics® series of comics adaptations of great literature.

African-American Classics presents comics adaptations of great stories and poems by America’s earliest black authors, illustrated by contemporary black artists. The volume is co-edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks, a longtime contributing artist to the series. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to expose young readers of all races to a group of brilliant American authors who’ve never been adapted into the comics medium, interpreted by some of our industry’s top talents,” states Lance.

This volume presents stories including “Two Americans” by Florence Lewis Bentley, “The Goophered Grapevine” by Charles W. Chesnutt, “Becky” by Jean Toomer, two short plays by Zora Neale Hurston, and six more tales of humor and tragedy. Also featured are graphic interpretations of eleven poems, including Langston Hughes’ “The Negro,” Claude McKay’s “America,” and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Sympathy.”

The comics adaptations and illustrations are by some of the best black talent in the comics and illustration fields today, including Kyle Baker, Alex Simmons, Christopher Priest, Afua Richardson, Trevor Von Eeden, Jeremy Love and Milton Knight.

The Graphic Classics series presents the works of great authors in comics adaptations and heavily-illustrated text. The adaptations are written at an adult level, and utilize as much of the author’s original language as possible. Our goal is to create books that are enjoyable for adults, yet accessible to children ages twelve and up. Graphic Classics are available in bookstores and comics shops nationally, or direct from the publisher, Eureka Productions at www.graphicclassics.com. Libraries and schools can order from Diamond Book Distributors, Baker & Taylor, Ingram, Follett or other distributors.

Graphic Classics are available in bookstores, comics shops, or direct from the publisher at www.graphicclassics.com.
About The Book:

African-American Classics: Graphic Classics Volume 22
Edited by Tom Pomplun and Lance Tooks
Published December 2011, Eureka Productions
Distributed by Diamond Book Distributors
(ISBN 978-0-9825630-4-5)
144 pgs, 7 x 10″, paperback, full color, $17.95(US)
Other Books In The Series:

GRAPHIC CLASSICS: EDGAR ALLAN POE (978-0-9825630-0-7)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE (978-0-9746648-5-9)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: H.G. WELLS (978-0-9746648-3-5)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: H.P. LOVECRAFT (978-0-9746648-9-7)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: JACK LONDON (978-0-9746648-8-0)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: AMBROSE BIERCE (978-0-9787919-5-7)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: BRAM STOKER (978-0-9787919-1-9)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: MARK TWAIN (978-0-9787919-2-6)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON (978-0-9746648-0-4)
HORROR CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Ten (978-0-9746648-1-1)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: O. HENRY (978-0-9746648-2-8)
ADVENTURE CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Twelve (978-0-9746648-4-2)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: RAFAEL SABATINI (978-0-9746648-6-6)
GOTHIC CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Fourteen (978-0-9787919-0-2)
FANTASY CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Fifteen (978-0-9787919-3-3)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: OSCAR WILDE (978-0-9787919-6-4)
SCIENCE FICTION CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Seventeen (978-0-9787919-7-1)
GRAPHIC CLASSICS: LOUISA MAY ALCOTT (978-0-9787919-8-8)
CHRISTMAS CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Nineteen (978-0-9825630-1-4)
WESTERN CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume Twenty (978-0-9787919-9-5)
EDGAR ALLAN POE’S TALES OF MYSTERY: Graphic Classics Volume 21 (978-0-9825630-2-1)
AFRICAN-AMERICAN CLASSICS: Graphic Classics Volume 22 (978-0-9825630-4-5

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