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Archive for December 13th, 2011

The Faith Community of St. Sabina partners to launch 2nd Annual “Operation Hope: Feeding the Community”

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 13 - 2011 Comments Off on The Faith Community of St. Sabina partners to launch 2nd Annual “Operation Hope: Feeding the Community”

By Chinta Strausberg


Chicago, IL – Father Michael L. Pfleger of The Faith Community of St. Sabina has partnered with community organizations and business leaders to give back this holiday season with “Operation Hope: Feeding the Community” on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at BJ’s Market and Bakery, 1156 W. 79th Street (79th & Racine) in Chicago.

This outreach initiative will provide 2,000 free dinners for the public and residents of the Auburn-Gresham community. Operation Hope will feature musical entertainment.

“Hunger is a very real issue in the African-American community and across the city, and it is my hope that we can continue to make a difference collectively in the lives of those in need by sharing and caring,” said Father Pfleger.

Other sponsors include: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc., BJ”s Market and Bakery, Rush University Medical Center, Terry Peterson and WVON.

“I am delighted to work with Operation Hope and Father Michael Pfleger again to provide meals for so many people. A commitment to servicing our community is at the core of Johnson Publishing Company’s mission and I am honored to give back in such a meaningful way,” said Linda Johnson Rice, chairman of Johnson Publishing Company, home of Ebony and JET magazines.

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.

NATO/G8 Protesters to challenge denial of Permits to assemble at Daley Plaza

Posted by Admin On December - 13 - 2011 Comments Off on NATO/G8 Protesters to challenge denial of Permits to assemble at Daley Plaza

(Letter to Editor)


Chicago, IL – Organizers with the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) will attend the Public Building Commission (PBC) of Chicago meeting on Tuesday, December 13.

 CANG8 members have applied to speak during the public comment section of the commission meeting being held in the 2nd floor Board Room in the Daley Center. Before the start of the PBC meeting, CANG8 and leaders of local unions, faith based groups and other supporters will gather for a press conference to demand their First Amendment right to have a permit to assemble and protest the NATO and G8 summits in May 2012.

The press conference will be held today, Tuesday, December 13, at 2:00 p.m., at the Daley Center, Randolph Street entrance, Chicago.

Back in June, one day after President Obama announced the NATO/G8 summits for next year, Joe Iosbaker of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC), an affiliate of CANG8, submitted permit applications to assemble at Daley Plaza for two dates of family friendly rallies in May.  After not communicating to Iosbaker for 20 weeks, MB Real Estate Services, which manages Daley Plaza, sent an email that stated that they are not approving any permits for Daley Plaza for the publicized dates of the NATO/G8 meetings.

MB Real Estate is a contractor working for the PBC, which controls Daley Plaza.  The Chairman of PBC is Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The blanket denial of permits for Daley Plaza – one of the few public spaces in downtown Chicago that can accommodate large gatherings – illustrates a
pattern of actions demonstrating contempt for First Amendment rights by the Emanuel administration and its allies.The press conference and public comments will deliver a message to the PBC that a “no permits restriction” for Daley Plaza during the NATO/G8 summits is unreasonable and a violation of their own regulations. Further, they will demand that the city respect the right to protest against war & austerity. Demonstration organizers will be also available for comment immediately after the meeting with the PBC. For more information,
email cangate2012@gmail.com or visit cang8.org

Ofield Dukes, Dead at 79, Remembered as Champion for the Black Press

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On December - 13 - 2011 Comments Off on Ofield Dukes, Dead at 79, Remembered as Champion for the Black Press

By Hazel Trice Edney


(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Ofield Dukes, the public relations mogul known as a powerful mover and shaker in Washington political circles, is remembered this week – not only as a national PR giant – but as a champion for the Black Press.

“He was a remarkable, extraordinary individual whose presence will be missed beyond measure. He was probably the leading advocate of the Black Press and was one of the great pioneers,” said Danny Bakewell Sr., immediate past chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, the Black Press of America, which Dukes served faithfully for decades. “He was always there when we asked him to do something. His legacy will be a light of truth and courage and undaunting pursuit of equality for Black people measured through the eyes of the Black Press.”

Dukes died Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he started his career as an award-winning columnist and editorial writer for the Michigan Chronicle from 1958 to 1964. He had returned to his home of Detroit in the latter part of this year, suffering with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that affects the bones. He was 79.

“While Ofield’s accomplishments and accolades are varied and plentiful over the past four decades, the best adjective I can bestow upon him is true and loyal friend who was like a brother to me,” said John B. Smith Sr., publisher of the Atlanta Inquirer and two-term NNPA Chairman, a fete that he attributes to Dukes’ support. “I will never be able to recount the many times we discussed various issues pertaining to the Black Press of America and his foresight and aptitude was always on point…Ofield was among the premiere communications strategists you could ever find.”

A viewing was set for 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the James H. Cole Funeral Home Northwest Chapel at 16100 Schaefer Highway in Detroit. The funeral was set for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2080 W. Grand Blvd. in Detroit with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, 19975 Woodward Ave. For more information on arrangements: Naomi R. Patton, 313-223-4485 or npatton@freepress.com.

A Washington, D.C. memorial service is being planned for Wednesday, January 11.

Richmond Free Press Editor/Publisher Raymond H. Boone Sr., who has known Dukes for 50 years, remained in touch with him during his final months.

“We remained in constant touch until the last weeks before his death. In our last telephone conversation, he remained courageously upbeat while cherishing the blessings of his life as he faced the reality of his future,” Boone said.

Boone met Dukes as a member of the Johnson-Humphrey Administration, which Boone was covering as a reporter for the Washington Afro American. “We immediately struck a lasting friendship in 1964,” Boone recalled.

After Humphrey lost his presidential bid against Richard M. Nixon in 1968, Dukes established Ofield Dukes & Associates, beginning a stellar PR career. The first African-American recipient of both the Gold and Silver Anvils, the highest awards of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Dukes was among the most highly sought after public relations executives in Washington. Motown was his first client.

Yet, he remained grounded, never forsaking his passion for the progress of Black people.

“As a standout in politics, education and business, his foremost concern was how he could help others and advance the cause of human rights,” Boone said. “He knew the importance of the Black Press and was a strong advocate for its mission to give a strong voice to the voiceless.”

Dukes organized the first Congressional Black Caucus Dinner in 1971 and worked tediously in his final years to keep the CBC and Black Press connected.

“He will be sorely missed for his many years of service to the Democratic party, the Congressional Black Caucus and The Black Press of America,” says Dorothy Leavell, former NNPA president and former chair of the NNPA Foundation of which Dukes served as a board member for six years. “He loved the Black Press and he served it faithfully throughout his career. We shall all miss his service to the Fourth Estate.”

Leavell specifically recalled Dukes’ working for Black Press inclusion in briefings with President Clinton as well as the inclusion of the Black Press on advertising buys with the Democratic National Committee. Dukes was the architect of the collaboration between CBC members and NNPAF’s Wire Service to syndicate CBC op-editorials to NNPA’s 200-plus member newspapers.

Among CBC stalwarts, Dukes was especially close to U. S. Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.).

“As a Member of Congress, I have been blessed to call many wonderful people my friend, but none more than Ofield Dukes. I am extremely saddened by the passing of such a great man who had significant impact in not only my life, but that of my colleagues in the Congressional Black Caucus, dating back to its founding,” Rangel said in a statement. “Aside from his many accomplishments in business, politics and his personal life, Ofield was simply a true and kind person who sought to make our country a better place for all. I will forever miss his virtue, justness and sincerity.”

Dukes’ accomplishments are extensive:

He was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Rutledge, Ala., served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954, earned a journalism degree at Wayne State University in 1958 and got a job at the Chronicle the same year.He left the Chronicle for Washington, D.C. in 1964 to serve as deputy director of information for the President’s Committee on Equal Employment Opportunity under President Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1966, he joined the staff of Vice President Hubert Humphrey as a consultant and continued as a consultant to every Democratic presidential campaign since then.

In 2002, Radio One founder Cathy Hughes named the building that houses three of her Detroit stations the Ofield Dukes Communications Center because of his sustaining impact on her career.  

Known to spout wisdom and encouragement, Dukes taught as an adjunct professor at Howard University for l7 years and at the American University School of Communications for eight years.

He is founder of the Black Public Relations Society of Washington and was a member of the Washington, DC/National Capital Public Relations Society of America Hall of Fame and the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame.  

The PRSA Detroit, which will hold its first diversity summit in February, has named the summit after Dukes and is also providing a scholarship in his name, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dukes is survived by his beloved daughter Roxi Victorian, a performing arts graduate from Howard University; a grandson; and three sisters, Anne Harris, Betty Hayden, and Lou Brock.  

“His kind, like that, there ain’t no more Ofield Dukeses,” said Sam Logan, publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press. The Chronicle honored Dukes upon its 75th anniversary in November. “There will not be another,” Logan said.

Concludes Ray Boone: “We can best pay tribute to Ofield by emulating his high level of expertise and unswerving commitment to justice.”

W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Dr. Gail Christopher wins distinguished award from the Schott Foundation for Public Education

Posted by Admin On December - 13 - 2011 Comments Off on W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Dr. Gail Christopher wins distinguished award from the Schott Foundation for Public Education


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Gail C. Christopher, vice president for program strategy for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, today was awarded the 2011 “Change Agent Award” by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Dr. Christopher was honored for her work in addressing structural racism in America, including efforts to improve education and reduce health inequities for children of color.

“We are celebrating Dr. Christopher’s commitment to ending structural inequities and improving education for our children,” said Dr. John H. Jackson, president and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. “She is dedicated to improving the quality of life for our children and ensuring they have opportunities to succeed. Her work is impacting communities across the country.”

Dr. Christopher is a nationally-recognized leader in health policy, with particular expertise and experience in the issues related to social determinants of health, health disparities and public policy issues of concern to the future of our nation.

“I’m truly honored by this recognition from the Schott Foundation,” said Dr. Christopher. “Their organization is playing a significant role in working to improve education and supporting equitable opportunities so all children receive a quality education.”

At the Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Christopher leads the foundation’s groundbreaking racial equity approach, which includes the America Healing initiative – a $75 million, five-year program that supports racial healing in communities and works to dismantle structural racism. Launched in 2010, more than 120 organizations across the country are leading community-based healing efforts among racial and ethnic groups to address historic burdens and remove barriers to opportunity. Their efforts focus on increasing opportunities for children in education, health and economic security.

“Our mission at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation is to help communities create conditions that propel vulnerable children to success,” said Dr. Christopher. “Because children of color are so disproportionately represented in low-income families and impoverished communities, realizing our mission requires addressing historic and current structural barriers to opportunity, such as exposure to environmental toxins and enrollment in under-resourced schools, which are a direct result of past policies and practices of racialization and privilege.”

Prior to joining the Kellogg Foundation, Dr. Christopher was vice president of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies’ Office of Health, Women and Families in Washington, D.C. Previously, she was guest scholar in the governance studies department at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and executive director of the Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Mass. She has additional experience at the National Academy of Public Administration, Howard University School of Divinity, Americans All National Education Program, and Family Resource Coalition of America. She has also launched, led, and managed three public commissions.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, founded in 1930 by breakfast cereal pioneer Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Based in Battle Creek, Mich., WKKF engages with communities in priority places and across the country, as well as internationally, to create conditions that propel vulnerable children to realize their full potential in school, work and life.

Photo Caption: Dr. Gail C. Christopher

Black criminal defense attorney releases new urban fiction novel – "Reasonable Facsimile"

Posted by Admin On December - 13 - 2011 Comments Off on Black criminal defense attorney releases new urban fiction novel – "Reasonable Facsimile"


Durham, NC (BlackNews.com) — Guys have you ever felt left out when your woman is reading Zane. Gloria Naylor, or Omar Tyree? Finally there is an urban fiction novel for you!

Reasonable Facismile by Chris Shella is the story of Jasper Davis a down and out lawyer in Baltimore Maryland, a 40 something lawyer hanging onto the bottom rung of life. He is the bottom feeding ambulance chasing chronically drunk shyster he always feared that he would be. He was kicked out of his comfy home because his wandering eye and other wandering body parts kept him from being faithful. He is no longer the top flight trial attorney he once was. He spends more time in the strip clubs on the infamous Block than he does in court.

His best friends are the drug addicts, the dealers and the psychopaths he represents. Suddenly one of his psychos is accused of beating a 72 year old man to a pulp, and then shooting that old man to death on the streets of Baltimore. Jasper is in the saddle again and somehow has to figure out how to save his clients.

During this trial, his worst nightmare comes true as his disreputable life comes to light and he goes from being defense counsel to suspect – all while trying to regain his old life, juggle several women, and saving his own hide. Can Jasper Davis save his client ? Can he save himself?

About The Author

Author Chris Shella is a graduate of Morehouse College and the University of Texas Law School and started his legal career in Long Island, New York at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office. He is admitted to the practice of law in New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and North Carolina. Shella is also admitted to the federal court in the Eastern District of North Carolina, the Middle District of North Carolina, U.S. District of Columbia, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of New York. He is currently pending admission to the Bar Of The United States Supreme Court. He and his cases have been covered on Court TV, CNN, and in the New York Times, and other media outlets across the globe. His two most famous cases are the Vegan Baby Case and his defense of the Duke Lacrosse Case accuser for the alleged murder of her boyfriend. Find out more about the author at www.reasonablefacs.com or www.hiredgunlawyer.com.


About The Book

Published by Digisoda Publishing, Reasonable Facismile is available as paperback ($12.99) and ebook ($9.99) at Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and iTunes.

To purchase, visit Amazon (www.amazon.com/Reasonable-Facsimile-3-Chris-Shella/dp/0983360049/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1322939081&sr=1-3) or Barnes & Noble (www.barnesandnoble.com/w/reasonable-facsimile-chris-shella/1105127064?ean=2940013284241)

Photo Caption: Book cover and author, Chris Shella

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