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Rev. Addie L. Wyatt, Labor Leader and Icon, Dead at 88

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By Chinta Strausberg

Known as a trailblazer and one of the nation’s first African American union leaders, the Rev. Addie L. Wyatt, 88, died Wednesday at Advocate Trinity Hospital two-days after she was admitted, according to one of her nursing assistants, Connie Ivy-Jones.

Reached at the home of Rev. Wyatt late last night, Ivy-Jones said Rev. Wyatt went to the hospital this past Monday and had been ill “on and off but still able to go to functions.”

One of Rev. Wyatt’s best friends, Rev. Willie Taplin Barrow, was with her at the hospital, according to Ivy-Jones. The two were inseparable and together worked on both labor and civil rights issues for decades.

Ironically, Rev. Wyatt’s husband, the late Rev. Dr. Claude Wyatt whom she married on May 12, 1940, passed in April of 2010. They had founded and both were co-pastors of the Vernon Park Church of God, 9011 South Stony Island Avenue in Chicago. They were married for 69-years and had two sons, Claude S. Wyatt and Renaldo Wyatt.

Like her husband, Rev. Wyatt, who was born on March 28, 1924 in Brookhaven, MS to Ambrose and Maggie Cameron, was a personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and. Rev. Addie Wyatt came to Chicago in 1930 when she was 6-years-old. When her mother died, Rev. Wyatt raised her siblings. Years ago, she told this writer it was an honor to raise her siblings she felt were more like her own children.

Wyatt had told this writer that she first tried out for a typist job but that she was told she failed the test; so she began working at a meat packing company in 1941 to 1953. However, once there, Rev. Wyatt was elected vice president of Local 56. She was the first African American to hold such a high labor union position.

She went on to become the director of the Women’s Affairs and Human Rights Departments of the Amalgamated Meat Cutters and in the 1960’s, Eleanor Roosevelt honored her leadership skills by appointing her to a position on the Labor Legislation Committee of the United States Commission on the Status of Women, according to Wikipedia.

But, Wyatt didn’t stop there. In the 1970’s she held a powerful position in the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and in 1974 she founded the Coalition of Labor Union Women. Wyatt became the international vice president of the United Food and Commercial Workers in 1976. Again she was the first African American woman to hold a high union leadership position in an international union.

She and her husband always took time to give back to the community especially with their civil rights work. Dr. Addie Wyatt was ordained in 1955 as a Church of God minister. Her husband was also ordained in the same faith. Together they worked with Dr King including marching with him in the March on Washington, the march from Selma to Montgomery and other civil rights events.

Like her husband, Rev. Wyatt was one of the founders of Operation Breadbasket and a board member. She also worked very closely with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) as an adviser. Wyatt and her husband founded the Wyatt Choral Ensemble in 1944.

Rev. Wyatt is survived by her son, Claude, and numerous grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending.

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.

A Call to Men says “No More”: Calls for end to domestic violence and sexual assault

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“Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault”  

(From A Call to Men) 


Today we became part of something amazing!

We want you to know about a new overarching symbol to unify all people, organizations, companies and communities around bringing an end to domestic violence and sexual assault.

It’s called NO MORE, and we’re using the new symbol to unleash national attention on an issue that impacts 12.7 million of us every year.

That’s 24 people every minute; men and women that are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners. That is approximately the number of people in New York City and Los Angeles combined.

Many people think that domestic violence and sexual assault don’t affect them, but they’re wrong.

These are people that we know. They’re our mothers, girlfriends, brothers, sisters, children, co-workers and friends. These issues are massive but they’re still very hidden and misunderstood.   

It’s time to change that.

Like the peace sign, the yellow “support our troops” ribbon or the red AIDS ribbon, the goal of NO MORE is to raise visibility for these issues, challenging the stigma that surrounds them, and taking the first step toward broader social change.

We’re saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault by using this symbol and sharing it with everyone we know. We hope you will too. If you have any questions please contact nomoreproject@gmail.com. 

We encourage you to check out NO MORE online at www.nomore.org and also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/NOMORE.org) and Twitter (@NOMOREorg). There are many  ways you can start spreading the word – adding your photo to the “We Say NO MORE Photo Gallery” at www.nomore.org, adding NO MORE to your website and e-mail signature, making NO MORE a part of your program materials and fliers, talking about NO MORE on Facebook and Twitter, purchasing products with the symbol from Shop NO MORE, or  making your own.

Together we can end domestic violence and sexual assault.  


Illinois Atty. General Madigan: Senate unanimously passes Bill cracking down on Tax Refund Loans

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Attorney General Lisa Madigan today commended Senate lawmakers for unanimously passing a bill to better protect consumers from the exceedingly high costs of tax refund anticipation loans and refund anticipation checks.

These products are billed as a faster way to receive a refund around tax time, but they’re anything but that. They’re simply a way to siphon excessive fees from what taxpayers are actually owed per their annual tax filings.

“The only thing taxpayers should anticipate with these so-called ‘refund’ products are costly fees and smaller tax returns,” Madigan said. “This legislation will limit a refund anticipation loan’s excessive costs and better protect consumers in communities where these products are heavily marketed.”

Senate Bill 3523 would crack down on the costs and fees of tax refund anticipation products – called refund anticipation loans and refund anticipation checks. It would also strengthen disclosure of fees and other costs and provide for additional protections for consumers who obtain refund anticipation loans from non-bank lenders, including payday lenders.

Refund anticipation loans have interest rates running as high as 150 percent that can reduce a taxpayer’s refund by as much as 20 percent before they receive it. Refund anticipation checks often are offered to taxpayers who do not qualify for a loan and simply allow the taxpayer to cash a refund – using a check or a pre-loaded debit card – after the IRS deposits it in a temporary bank account. These products are similarly riddled with high costs.

“Every year during tax season some tax preparers and lenders take advantage of low-income individuals by charging them exorbitant fees, on top of high interest rates, to get their refunds early,” said Sen. Jacqueline Collins, Senate bill sponsor. “This legislation will cap interest rates, prohibit fees charged in addition to interest and give borrowers a chance to use their tax refunds as intended – to pay for needs like food, housing, clothing and medicine. Last year we passed an increase in the state Earned Income Tax Credit and put money back in the pockets of the working poor. I want those eligible for the EITC to be able to keep and spend the full amount of their refunds in our communities, not have to give it to exploitative payday lenders or tax preparers.”

Madigan urged consumers to be aware of the high cost of refund anticipation products this tax season, particularly Illinoisans eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit, a federal and state anti-poverty program for working families, to ensure they maximize their returns. 

Rep. Michael Zalewski will sponsor the measure in the House.

State Senator Collins Protects Homeowners from Prepayment Fees, Balloon Payments; Legislation would ban the practices for high-risk loans

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Legislation regulating high-risk residential mortgages and sponsored by State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) passed the Senate with unanimous support. Senate Bill 3522 would prohibit lenders from charging prepayment penalties on high-risk loans or
requiring “balloon payments” – payments twice as large as the average of previous payments.

“Prepayment penalties and balloon payments punish homeowners who are trying to meet their obligations,” said Sen. Collins, who chairs the Financial Institutions Committee. “We should be making it easier, not harder, for people to stay in their homes,” added Collins, who is known
for her work protecting consumers from financial exploitation.

The proposed legislation brings Illinois law into conformity with the federal Dodd-Frank Act, which prohibits prepayment penalties and changed the definition of “high-risk” to include a wider range of home loans.

“Neighborhoods are suffering real harm from the high rate of foreclosures, which flood the housing market and drive down property values when foreclosed properties are not maintained,” Sen. Collins said. “It is time for states and the federal government together to tell lenders they cannot continue to push consumers into high-risk loans and impose terms that make repayment difficult or impossible.”

Prepayment penalties can be assessed when borrowers pay off the balance of the mortgage and usually only apply within the first five years. However, the terms of some loans impose the penalty when borrowers refinance or when the home is sold – not just if the owner pays off the
debt with cash. The penalties can thus trap homeowners in disadvantageous loans or keep them from relocating.

Senate Bill 3522 will now move to the House for consideration.

State Senator Raoul sponsors innovative “Offender Initiative Program”

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Good behavior, staying drug-free could lead to expunged records for non-violent crimes


SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Senate passed, by a bipartisan vote of 52-1, State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13th)’s plan to allow first-time, non-violent offenders to have their records expunged immediately upon the successful completion of a two-year diversion program similar to probation. The Offender Initiative Program would apply to arrestees convicted or indicted on charges of burglary, theft, forgery, possession of a stolen vehicle, or possession of an illegal drug.

“The Offender Initiative Program will open up opportunities for gainful employment to individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to changing their lives and atoning for past mistakes,” Sen. Raoul said. “It will give offenders a powerful incentive to make restitution, seek treatment for substance abuse problems, and avoid reentering the criminal justice system.”

The state’s attorney and a judge must consent to allow the offender to enter the program. The Offender Initiative Program requires minimum conditions for the two-year period, including holding a job or performing community service, passing drug tests, making full restitution to the victim, and not owning a firearm. A judge could also require the offender to complete a drug treatment program. Both minors and adults would be eligible, but a person would be eligible for the program only once.

Once the court determined that the offender had successfully completed the program, the proceedings would be dismissed and a judgment would not be entered. If, however, the individual is convicted of any offense within five years after the dismissal, the previous encounter with the law would be admissible as evidence in the new trial.

“Our communities need ways to make crime pay and protect the public while preventing recidivism by giving offenders the tools they need to live within the law in the future,” Sen. Raoul said. “The Offender Initiative Program is an innovative blend of these priorities, and I
expect to see less crowded prisons and more individuals getting the help they need because of this legislation.”

Sen. Raoul thanks Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for her work on this legislation.

Lt. Gov. Simon-supported math bill approved by Senate Committee

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Statewide curriculum aims to increase college completion 


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois middle and high schools could use a state recommended math curriculum come 2013, if a bill that passed a state Senate committee today with Lt. Governor Sheila Simon’s support is adopted.

SB 3244, sponsored by Sen. Michael Frerichs (D-Champaign), authorizes the Illinois State Board of Education to design curriculum models that illustrate how to teach state standards in middle and high school math. Schools could opt to follow the state-recommended scope and sequence of study for math and math equivalent courses through a student’s final year of high school, or continue to follow local curricula.

Within four years of the bill’s effective date, the state board and P-20 Council will measure the effectiveness of the statewide curriculum based on test scores and math remediation needs at colleges. The aim is to recommend a standard curriculum that is proven to boost college readiness and reduce the expensive and time-consuming remedial math needs at colleges and universities.

“Students learn locally, but they compete globally,” Simon said. “Colleges and employers are telling us that too many of our students are not competing in math. Our goal is to recommend math content and teaching techniques that educators across the state, in all zip codes, can build on so that more of their students graduate from high school ready for college and careers.” 

In 2011, 42 percent of high school graduates met the math college readiness benchmark, according to ACT. More than one-third of recent high school graduates who transitioned as full-time community college freshmen between 2006-08 enrolled in at least one remedial math course (17,527 out of 48,328 students), according to the Illinois Community College Board. Students who enroll in remedial courses are more likely to drop out or graduate late.

Simon said the optional statewide curriculum moves away from simply requiring “seat time” to promoting use of that time wisely. It could be most helpful to teachers in districts that cannot afford curriculum directors or curriculum committees. It will also provide guidance to districts that otherwise rely on textbook manufacturers that claim their materials are aligned with state standards.

SB 3244 passed 10-0 and awaits a vote by the full Senate. Simon’s written testimony can be found here.

African Cinema explodes on the Web; South Africa’s M-Net launches the African Film Library

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As Africa dominates the headlines, South Africa’s M-Net Launches the African Film Library, a Video on Demand (VOD) Service



Centerpiece of Award-Winning African Film Collection is the work of Ousmane Sembène, the “Father of African Cinema”



NEW YORK -As the democratic process in Africa grows momentum and the people express their will, news from the Continent continues to dominate the headlines. The people are increasingly challenging the status quo, their efforts recalling the works and philosophy of the late author and director Ousmane Sembène, known as the “Father of African Cinema.” Sembène’s life work was designed to get Africans to reject deeply embedded colonial views of themselves and to recognize their collective power to solve Africa’s problems. Now his films, and those of other award-winning directors, will be available for rental through digital download as Electronic Media Network (M-Net), the South African-based corporate broadcaster, producer and distributor, launches the largest-ever collection of award-winning African cinema content, the African Film Library. The Video On Demand (VOD) collection at www.africanfilmlibrary.com will provide film lovers around the world with easy and affordable access through digital download to 110 films from some of the most creative minds in the industry, while providing African filmmakers a much-needed global distribution platform.


The African Film Library’s premiere will be marked by the online release of 14 films by or about Sembène. A native of the West African nation of Senegal, Sembène was first a celebrated novelist; the Los Angeles Times called him one of Africa’s greatest authors. At 40, yearning to inspire social change and to reach a wider audience in Africa, he directed the first film by a sub-Saharan African, the 1963 short Borom Sarret (The Wagoner). The auteur went on to direct many feature films, cinematic works meant to help Africans liberate themselves from mental yolks that lingered long after independence from colonial rule and to urge collective action in overcoming societal ills. “Africa must get beyond deriving everything from the European view. Africa must consider itself, recognize its problems, and attempt to resolve them,” said Sembène.


One of the oldest film industries in the world, African cinema-which began with Ain el Ghezel (The Girl of Carthage), the 1924 Tunisian film by Chemama Chikly-has long been overlooked by those outside the continent as being limited to educational, documentary-style productions. The programming available through the African Film Library, however, dispels this myth with a mélange of short and feature films spanning the genres of comedy, drama, musical and sci-fi, both narrative and documentary.


Offerings include such cinematic treasures as Raoul Peck’s acclaimed political drama Lumumba (2000), one of the most incisive African political dramas of all time; andthe films of Senegalese filmmaker Moussa Sene Absa, winner of several prestigious international awards in African cinema for his films Madame Brouette and Tableau Ferraille. The film Hyenas, Djibril Diop Mambéty’s provocative work, acclaimed as one the most visually ravishing African films ever made, as well as Jom: Story of a People and Kodou, both by the great Senegalese cineaste Ababacar Samb, are also among the many films now available online as part of the collection.


M-Net has negotiated the rights to around 700 works. The launch is the culmination of a project which began more than three years ago and has seen the digitization and restoration of the continent’s finest cinematic titles.


Film rentals are $5.00 per movie and can be accessed by registering and purchasing credits at www.africanfilmlibrary.com. Users are then able to watch the film multiple times within a 36-hour period.


 Trice Edney Communications







Kelsey Grammer to be honored with Career Achievement Award at 48th Hugo Television Awards Ceremony

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CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival are pleased to announce that Kelsey Grammer will be presented with the CAREER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the 48th Hugo Television Awards Ceremony on April 19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

Best known for his award-winning role as Dr. Frasier Crane, among countless other roles, the evening’s tribute to actor/producer/director Kelsey Grammer will include highlights from his illustrious television career in addition to the Career Achievement Award presentation to Mr. Grammer in person.

Earlier this year, Mr. Grammer received the Golden Globe® for Best Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Mayor Tom Kane in the Starz drama, Boss. As Dr. Frasier Crane, Kelsey Grammer played the celebrated character in three television series (Wings, Cheers, and Frasier) for over 20 years, and has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award and has received an unparalleled 16 Emmy nominations, eight Golden Globe nominations, and 16 SAG nominations.

“For decades Kelsey Grammer has entertained us – across genres and media he has proven himself to be a remarkable talent,” states Michael Kutza, Founder and Artistic Director of Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. “From the stage to the screen, from behind the camera to our television, Grammer has provided audiences with some of our most beloved, iconic characters. We are thrilled to honor him for his television work at the Hugos.” 


Presented by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival, the 48th Hugo Television Awards will take place on Thursday, April 19 at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel with hosts Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini of ABC7 “Windy City LIVE”. The evening includes a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, followed by the Awards Ceremony in the main ballroom. Awards will be presented to the year’s winning television commercials and productions, as well as the Career Achievement Award to Kelsey Grammer and the Commitment to Excellence Award to OPTIMUS. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.chicagofilmfestival.com or by calling 312-683-0121.

Major partners of the 48th Hugo Television awards include: American Airlines, Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago, Mini of Chicago, Stella Artois, and evening partners WTTW11, SCREEN, reelchicago.com and ShutterBox Entertainment.


Now in its 48th year, the Hugo Television Awards is an annual international television competition culminating in an Awards Ceremony that honors the best television commercials and productions from around the world. Included in the evening program are the presentations of the Commitment to Excellence Award to individuals or companies that have had a lasting impact on the medium of television.


Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Hugo Television Awards is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the Chicago International Film Festival, CineYouth Festival, Intercom Competition, International Summer Screenings Program, Black Perspectives and Education Outreach.

Entrepreneur seeks advice from Black millionaires and gets it!

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Bro. Bedford shares wisdom, lessons, & strategies from black millionaire entrepreneurs in FREE training at www.howtobeablackentrepreneur.com


Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — With the current crisis of Black unemployment, many African Americans — like other Americans — have turned to entrepreneurship out of necessity where job growth has slowed or disappeared. Many organizations report that this trend is likely to continue for all Americans as we continue to shift to a new, globally competitive economy.

According to data from the Census Bureau, African-American entrepreneurship is on the rise at rates greater than the general population. The challenge has been, starting and sustaining successful businesses.

Brother Bedford, founder of The Association of Black Entrepreneurs, has been on a mission seeking advice from Black Millionaires and thought leaders on what it really takes to start, grow, and sustain a successful business.

“If you ask any black person if they want to be an entrepreneur or have a successful business, the answer is yes. They just don’t know how or they think it is too hard or out of their reach,” says Bedford.

He also states, “The educational system is not set up to teach people how to be an entrepreneur or turn their talents and skills into a business. That’s why I started seeking as much knowledge and advice as I could from those who have built successful 6, 7, and 8 figure businesses.”

Bedford was shocked to see how some of our legendary millionaire entrepreneurs were willing to share their challenges and what they did to succeed.

Business Hall of Famer, George Fraser, Radio One & TV One founder, Icon Cathy Hughes, the world’s #1 Motivational Speaker, Les Brown, NBC’s Donald Trump’s Apprentice Winner, Randal Pinkett, & star of The Secret, Lisa Nichols are just a few of the Millionaire entrepreneurs that Brother Bedford has interviewed.

Bedford shares the golden nuggets that he has learned from these business leaders through his websites and FREE reports.

Bob Johnson, America’s first Black billionaire says, “Bro. Bedford has provided a tremendous service to the African-American community…”

Bro. Bedford is preparing for a national tour titled “You Were Born an Entrepreneur” to further inspire black people to think like entrepreneurs to solve the deepening economic crisis in the black community. For more details about his free training, visit www.howtobeablackentrepreneur.com

Photo Caption: Bro. Bedford, founder of the Association of Black Entrepreneurs


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