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Archive for February 8th, 2012

Journalist Chinta Strausberg to be honored during Black History Month Celebration

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 8 - 2012 Comments Off on Journalist Chinta Strausberg to be honored during Black History Month Celebration

         By Juanita Bratcher     


Chicago Heights, IL –  Journalist Chinta Strausberg, a journalist of more than 33 years, a former political reporter, a current PCC Network talk show host, and a Contributing Writer to several publications, including CopyLine Magazine, will be honored “For Outstanding Contribution to the Faith-Base and Community” during Brothers Keeper Outreach Church’s Black History Month Celebration.

Strausberg, an icon in the field of Journalism, will be honored along with other honorees – Dr. Gregory Wright, who will receive the Academic and Community Leadership award; Charles “Chuck” Bowen, For Outstanding Contribution to the Faith-Base and Community; and Angela Greene, For Outstanding Contribution Services to the Community, Adults and Adolescences.

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, “who has shown empathy to the community for hard economic times in signing the Fair Credit Catch 22 Bill,” will be the keynote speaker at the event. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and several others will attend as special guests.

 The event will be held Sunday, February 19, 2012, 3:30 p.m., at the Brothers Keeper Outreach Church, 283 E. 14th Street, Chicago Heights, IL.

 This year’s Black History Month Celebration theme is “Honoring Our Champions of the 21st Century.”

Chief Apostle Dr. William McCoy is the Founder and Overseer of the Brothers Keeper Outreach Church.

For more information, call the church’s office at 708-758-1840.

2012 State of Black America Report: Occupy the Vote to Educate, Employ & Empower!

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 8 - 2012 Comments Off on 2012 State of Black America Report: Occupy the Vote to Educate, Employ & Empower!

With new voter ID laws and voting rights under attack, the 2012 State of Black America report, “Occupy the Vote to Educate, Employ, and Empower”,  to be released at a monumental free Town Hall event on March 7th at Howard University, will urge the nation to “Occupy the Vote” in this important election year.

The report features essays by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, President and CEO of the National Urban League Marc H. Morial, singer John Legend, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, entrepreneur and author Steve Stoute, and a host of other business and civic leaders with prescriptions for the employment and education crisis facing the nation.

The free Town Hall event and Live Webcast will be held March 7, 2012, 7 p.m EST, at Howard University, Cramton Auditorium, in Washington, DC. Doors open at 6:00 pm with DJ Chubb E. Swagg.

The event will feature community and thought leaders, a coalition of Civil Rights organizations, and YOU, as we “Occupy the Vote to Educate, Employ, and Empower!”

For those who are not in the Washington, DC area, the event can be viewed by Live Webcast on www.iamempowered.com and be a part of the national conversation on Facebook and Twitter (#SOBA12). Be sure to TUNE IN and join the conversation!

Those interested can view the LIVE WEBCAST on Sign up today for a chance to submit questions that will be pre-selected for the TOWN HALL and get breaking news on featured panelists.

Black Veterans call the Smithsonian Institute into question

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Oakland, CA – The National Veterans Coalition has called on the Smithsonian Institute to make public the floor plans and answers pertaining to how Black Military History will be presented in the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The museum is scheduled to open in Washington, DC in 2015.

According to Charles Blatcher, III, Chairman of the Coalition, “we are raising questions because we have been made aware that the history is only being allotted three thousand square feet of display space in the museum gallery”

The questions are of the utmost importance, said Blatcher. Black Americans have participated in every war and conflict fought under the colors of this nation from 1770 to present. The history is the “cornerstone” of Black Americans claim for civil rights and equal entitlement. Every concession made in our historic struggle for civil rights, has come on the heels of our participation in the armed forces. The facts calls to question how such a meager space could be expected to provide an adequate presentation for such an extensive part of our national heritage.

The coalition has called on the Congressional Black Caucus to join them in seeking the release of information pertaining to the proposed floor plans for the national facility. Blatcher said, he had requested the information through the architectural firm and was told the plans were classified by the Smithsonian Institute. In a letter sent to the Dr. G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, the coalition has asked for the information. In addition, questions were raised about who and how the allotments of space were made.

According to Blatcher, the coalition embraces the concept of institutionalizing the history into a national facility. When the legislation was passed in 2004 signing into law the creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we welcomed the passage. We understood then as well as now, that the institutionalization of the history is necessary for the subject to gain its rightful place of recognition in the annals of America History. We have advocated the cause for a national facility for thirty-five years. In acknowledgement of our advocacy, the Department of Interior invited us to collaborate in the preliminary planning for the national facility. Beyond that point, we were removed from the process of having a voice in the project.

Blatcher said, “We now understand why we did not hear from anyone about the project for eight years. It is easier to ignore or minimize facts when nobody is present to question one’s understanding of the importance of the information, rationale or intentions.  We are questioning those matters now. We will let the community know the answers when the Smithsonian Institute makes the requested information available.”

More information about the National Veterans Coalition can be found at web-address: www.colonelcyoung.org …twitter address: @Colyoungproject or e-mail address: cnmmmf@aol.com –Tel#510-467-9242.

Amtrak showcases The Great Migration Exhibit in honor of Black History Month

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Exhibit featured on MyBlackJourney.com website


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — In celebration of Black History Month, Amtrak is featuring the Great Migration of African Americans exhibit on their MyBlackJourney.com (MBJ.com) microsite. The Great Migration exhibit chronicles the exodus of thousands of African Americans from the rural South aboard America’s passenger trains to the Northeast and other regions of the country in search of better wages and job opportunities.

“America’s passenger trains played a pivotal role in transporting African Americans from the Deep South to the Northeast, West and Midwest during the Great Migration of the early 1900s,” said, Emmet H. Fremaux, Amtrak Vice President of Marketing and Product Development. “As we celebrate Black History Month, Amtrak is pleased to bring this historical exhibit to a broader audience while educating and introducing train travel to a new generation of passengers.”

The exhibit includes audio commentary from noted author, historian and Professor Dr. Allen Ballard of the State University of New York at Albany (SUNY – Albany). Dr. Ballard’s commentary includes his insights and personal knowledge of the Great Migration and excerpts from his book, One More Days Journey, The Story of a Family and A People which chronicles one family’s journey during the Great Migration. Additionally, actor and playwright Lamman Rucker, star of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne shares his family’s Great Migration train journey from Lynchburg, Virginia and Aberdeen, Maryland to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and various cities in New Jersey Both Rucker and Dr. Ballard encourage visitors to the site to share their Great Migration stories on the MyBlackJourney.com interactive microsite as well as answer trivia questions for a chance to win a prize package including free Amtrak travel vouchers, tickets to Layon Gray’s Off-Broadway play, Black Angels Over Tuskegee, an autographed copy of Dr. Ballard’s book and other exciting prizes.

The Great Migration exhibit was first unveiled last year during National Train Day at Amtrak’s historic 30th Street Station located in Philadelphia. The exhibit has also been on display in Washington, DC’s Union Station. To view the Great Migration exhibit online or to participate in the trivia sweepstakes, log-on to www.MyBlackJourney.com microsite.

MyBlackJourney.com is a microsite that was developed by Amtrak to house information regarding popular African American cultural destinations.

About Amtrak®:
Celebrating 40 years of dedicated service as America’s Railroad®, Amtrak is the nation’s intercity passenger rail provider and its only high-speed rail operator. A record 30.2 million passengers traveled on Amtrak in FY 2011 on more than 300 daily trains – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – that connect 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Amtrak operates trains in partnership with 15 states and four commuter rail agencies. Enjoy the journey(SM) at www.Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information. Join them on facebook.com/Amtrak and follow them at twitter.com/Amtrak.

Whittier Street Health Center unveils state-of-the-art 79,000 square foot community health facility

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New facility to support 220,000 annual patient visits; 43% of their patients are African American or of African descent, and 92% of their patients are low-income with 60% living below the poverty line

Boston, MA (BlackNews.com) — Today, Whittier Street Health Center (Whittier) publicly unveils its new six-story, 79,000 square foot green building in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The new health and wellness facility provides expanded capacity for the Center to continue its mission of providing high quality and cost effective healthcare.

The $37 million building will house a variety of medical, social and wellness services to improve the health of a community facing significant disparities in healthcare access and outcomes. In addition to primary care, the new facility will provide a holistic array of services, all in one location including, dental and eye care, behavioral health and substance abuse services, a pharmacy, a physical therapy clinic, and community space. It will also feature the new Dana-Farber Mammography Suite and medical oncology consultation through a partnership with Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care to address high mortality rates from cancer in the community. The health center’s design incorporates many “green” features and is seeking certification as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver building. These features underscore Whittier’s commitment to creating a “healthy” building and environment with its new facility.

The new building is funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding (ARRA). In 2010, Whittier received a $12 million grant through an ARRA, a funding opportunity supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services. “Massachusetts is a national leader in access to health care, thanks to organizations like the Whittier Street Health Center,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “Whittier’s new facility has created jobs and opportunities for hundreds of Massachusetts residents. I thank the Obama Administration and all of the committed partners for supporting this innovative health center.”

Roxbury, the primary service area of the new building, consistently ranks low for health outcomes and health behaviors among Boston’s 16 neighborhoods. According to the Boston Public Health Commission’s 2011 Health of Boston Report, among Boston’s 16 neighborhoods, Roxbury has the highest infant mortality rate, the highest rate of hospitalizations due to heart disease and the second highest diabetes hospitalization rate.

“Whittier Street Health Center is a model for how care is best delivered in an urban environment and no one is more dedicated to Boston’s underserved than Whittier Street Health Center’s CEO, Frederica Williams,” said Thomas M. Menino, Mayor of Boston. “It is because of her vision and determination that the new, larger space, will help even more of our city’s residents receive high quality healthcare.”

“The new building allows us to accomplish so much more related to improving the health of our community,” said Frederica Williams, President and CEO of WSHC. “In addition to reaching more patients and increasing our breadth of services, our new building will allow us to address increasing healthcare costs by offering innovative programs that reduce complications from chronic diseases.”

In addition, the new facility will create 50 new full time healthcare jobs, over 30 of which have already been filled. Constructing the building also supported 450 construction jobs.

The new Whittier Street Health Center will increase its capacity from the 70,000 patient visits conducted in the old building in 2011 to a new capacity of 220,000 patient visits. Currently, Whittier’s patients represent 20 different countries with 17 languages spoken by staff at the health center.

Photo Caption: Whittier Street Health Center Opens $35 million 79,000 sq. ft. State-of-the-Art Health Center in Boston. Partially funded by President Obama’s stimulus funding, the new facility is being hailed as a future model of a “one-stop” healthcare delivery system for traditionally underserved urban residents.

State Senator Jacqueline Collins introduces extension of Lottery Game to fund fight against HIV/AIDS

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) has introduced legislation that will allow Illinoisans to continue to play the Quality of Life scratch-off lottery game after the end of 2012. The “Red Ribbon Cash” game has raised over $2.4 million for preventioneducation and treatment. If Senate Bill 2971 becomes law, it will continue to fund the fight against HIV/AIDS for five additional years.

“Four years after the legislature voted to fund organizations on the front lines of HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, the number of new infections has decreased nationwide, but this devastating disease is still ravaging vulnerable communities, particularly minority women,”
Sen. Collins said. “The proceeds from the Quality of Life scratch-off game are helping non-profits save and prolong lives in the populations with the highest risk and we should allow these groups to continue their vital work.”

In Illinois, 53.4 percent of new AIDS diagnoses in 2009 were among African-American residents, although only 14.5 percent of Illinois’ total population is black. More than four times as many African-American women are living with HIV in Illinois as white women, and three out of four women in Illinois diagnosed with HIV in 2009 were black.

Currently, the Illinois Lottery Commission, through its existing vendors, can sell instant scratch-off tickets, the proceeds of which are deposited into the Quality of Life Endowment Fund, which is kept separate from the state’s general revenues. The Quality of Life Board then awards the money in the fund to qualified non-profit organizations. Half of the money earned from the games must go to groups with annual budgets of less than $300,000. Grant recipients must be engaged in prevention education or treatment of HIV/AIDS, and they must serve a
population at a heightened risk of contracting HIV or developing AIDS.

Sen. Collins, Representative Karen Yarbrough (D-7th), Representative Greg Harris (D-13th), Representative Thaddeus Jones (D-29th), and others held a press conference today to commemorate National African American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and to discuss measures, like extending the Quality of Life scratch-off game, that will empower African-Americans
and others in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

World’s largest African American movie retailer website adds 3rd distributor; just in time for Black History Month

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On February - 8 - 2012 Comments Off on World’s largest African American movie retailer website adds 3rd distributor; just in time for Black History Month

With funding for African American Movies Limited; BlackMovieOasis.com aims at closing the gap

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — In light of the recent “turmoil” surrounding the making and release of the “all-black cast” in the movie “Red Tails”, Black Movie Oasis aspires to provide an avenue for independent films to make it through distribution without the bias and racial undertone attached.

CEO/founder Dedric Thomas, comments, “As we (African Americans) become more integrated and diverse in the movie industry, independent filmmakers are finding it difficult to distribute and disseminate movies that focus on our history, culture and [assions. Our company acknowledges the void, and looks to offer alternative methods of distribution for our clientele.”

Founded in 2005, Black Movie Oasis has continued to grow and sustain during the turbulent economy, and focuses to remain dynamic in servicing its target demographic. The website offers the opportunity to reflect on the past through film, and simultaneously acknowledges the contributions from Trendsetters such as: Sammy Davis, Jr., Ozzy Davis, Marvin Van Peebles, Etta James, Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, Richard Pryor, and Sidney Portier just to name a few.

Concentrating on the African American movie industry has really given the company a “niche” in the movie industry, and as the company grows they are truly looking to become a cornerstone for the African American movie voice. For more information, please contact Dedric Thomas at 571-991-4998 or follow them at www.twitter.com/blackmovieoasis or www.facebook.com/blackmovieoasis.

The web site can be accessed at www.BlackMovieOasis.com

Photo Caption: Dedric Thomas, CEO and founder of Black Movie Oasis

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