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The National Black Church Initiative calls on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to extend the Viewability Rule

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If not extended, the NBCI states, it will harm church-based broadcasters and limit access

 

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a coalition of 34,000 churches spanning 15 denominations and representing 15.7 million African Americans, expressed their concerns that the expiration of the “viewability” rule could have a serious negative impact on viewers of faith-based programming throughout the country. Much of this programming is viewed on must-carry television stations.

 

“We would like to ensure that our content reaches everyone who would like to see it – including those consumers that cannot afford, or are not aware that they need, a new cable box,” said the NBCI.

 

The Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, “we strongly believe that it is the job of the FCC to assure that minority church-based broadcasters should receive the same consideration as large cable operators. We strongly urge the Federal Communications Commission to extend the rule because many of our 15.7 million members will be directly and adversely affected by the FCC not extending the viewability rule. We plan to fight for our right to have comprehensive access to all cable systems whether it is analog, digital or hybrid systems. We plan to let our congressional representative know our position. We will use the full force of the Black Church to be heard on this issue.”

 

“As we understand it, the Commission is considering letting the rule that now makes sure must-carry stations be viewable by all cable viewers expire. We fear that this could have a devastating impact on our viewers, because many of them rely on analog cable service. Currently, roughly 22 percent of cable subscribers rely on analog service and many more use analog service on second and third TVs.

 

“The end of the viewability rule would allow cable providers to basically cut off must-carry stations from those viewers. In order to access our content, these consumers would be forced to go through the hassle and expense of purchasing and installing a new converter box.   Ending the viewability rule would transfer the burden of complying with these requirements from cable providers to consumers.

 

Rev. Mark McCleary, Chair of NBCI Minister Alliance, is leading an all out effort to notify NBCI members about this possible rule change. “We have notified over11,000 of our churches who plan to make phone calls and write the FCC on this issue. We want to send a clear message to the FCC. Please do not cast us aside in order to cater to big cable businesses over the objection of minority church-based broadcasters. Our tax dollars built and continues to sustain the public airwaves and we deserve just as much access as any other broadcasters regardless of its size and we will fight to be heard.”

 

The end of the rule also will reduce programming diversity. Our broadcasters offer unique faith-based programming targeting often underserved audiences. The stations that carry our programs are generally independent and cannot afford the lost viewership that is likely to result from allowing the current viewability rule to expire.

 

Today,  broadcast television is also making great strides in offering new opportunities for African-American voices, and now is the wrong time to take a step backward. NBCI members are not asking for a special rule or favor. We believe that cable providers should not have the ability to discriminate against small local broadcast stations that serve audiences who desire faith-based programming.

 

To the extent that a cable provider continues to offer some analog programming to its subscribers, we believe they should continue to provide must-carry signals in analog as well.

While our content may not compete with sports or entertainment programming, to the viewers who rely on us, it is no less important. We ask that the Commission carefully consider our viewers as it deliberates on whether to extend this rule.

 

About NBCI

 

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and

Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education,

housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all

of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative’s

methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative’s

purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce

racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and

cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by

credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.

Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

Only 47% of Black males graduate from high school is unacceptable!

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CHICAGO, IL – The social net for high school dropouts is gone forever. When the manufacturing base in the U.S. was strong, a young man could drop out of high school and safely land at a factory with an $18 an hour job. Today, young African American males are dropping out of high school at the highest rate of any group with only a net of barbed wire to catch them.

 

According to Jawanza Kunjufu, national education consultant and author of Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate, ninth grade is the critical year for making the decision to physically drop out, but the seeds were planted much earlier and nurtured by academic failure.

 

The dropout rate for African American females is 30 percent, but for African American males it’s 53 percent. According to Education Week and the Schott Foundation. ach year, more than half of the 1.2 million students who fail to graduate from high school are Black and Latino. The Schott Foundation reports that 2,000 high schools in 20 cities are contributing to almost 80 percent of the dropout rate.

 

The causes are many, but academic failure, social promotions, grade padding, poor teacher quality, low parental involvement, and post traumatic slavery disorder lead the way, says Dr. Kunjufu.

 

Eighty-nine percent of African American eighth graders compute below grade level. Many of these students are socially promoted to ninth grade, despite the fact that they are not ready. In low-income high schools, half of African American students read below the sixth grade level. When these students find themselves in high school, unequipped to meet the rigors of algebra, biology, literature, and other first year subjects, they begin to seriously consider dropping out.

 

It is at this critical moment that Dr. Kunjufu seeks to save them.

 

Who’s To Blame

There is no shortage of finger pointing in the media regarding the Black male dropout crisis. Dr. Kunjufu relates one study where school staff blamed parents and students-and parents and students blamed school staff.

 

Dr. Kunjufu takes all stakeholders to task-schools, the community, parents, and students. “There is plenty of blame to go around, plenty of responsibility that must be shared if we are to reduce the dropout rate,” says Dr. Kunjufu. “It’s all too easy to blame schools, but schools only have children nine percent of the time. It’s also easy to blame the victims in this crisis, Black males. But they desperately need our help.”

 

What We Can Do

 

Dr. Kunjufu lays out a comprehensive blueprint, and challenge, to schools, communities, parents, and students. The following highlights the major changes that must take place to get Black male students up to speed academically and to prevent them from dropping out:

 

Schools

  • Reduce principal and teacher turnover
  • Improve teacher quality
  • Implement a right brain Africentric curriculum and consider single gender classrooms
  • Implement a school improvement plan with higher graduation and GPA targets
  • Make schools safe

 

Communities

  • Implement Saturday Academies
  • Churches adopt schools
  • Make communities safe
  • Increase the number of Black male mentors

 

Parents

  • Single mothers, keep the boyfriend out of the house
  • Fathers, be a consistent, strong presence in your son’s life
  • Adopt an authoritative style of parenting

 

Students

  • Choose friends wisely
  • Allocate necessary time each day for reading, study, homework
  • Develop a winner’s psychology
  • Learn to manage thoughts, emotions, and actions

 

Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate is a book of hope. Dr. Kunjufu challenges Black males to take responsibility for their own lives. Schools, communities, and parents can do a lot, but ultimately change will occur only when African American male students begin to feel empowered and self-confident that they can master the school environment.

  

Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate

Author: Jawanza Kunjufu

Publisher: African American Images

Trade Paperback

Publication Date: February 2010

Price: 15.95

Size: 6 x 9

10-Digit ISBN #: 1934155217

13-Digit ISBN #: 9781934155226

Available from IPG/Lushena/Baker & Taylor/Ingram/Amazon

 

About the Author

National best selling author of over 30 books and consultant to most urban school districts. He has been a guest twice on Oprah and a frequent guest on the Baisden and Sharpton radio show.

 

About the Publisher

Founded in 1980 by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu, African American Images publishes and distributes books of an Africentric nature that promote self-esteem, collective values, liberation, and skill development.

 

For additional information on Reducing the Black Male Dropout Rate contact 1-800-552-1991, Fax# (708) 672-0466, P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412, Website: Http://www.africanamericanimages.com, Email: customer@africanamericanimages.com.

 

Prominent author challenges Black religious leaders to support gay marriage

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Through his books controversial writer Terry E. Hill is challenging ministers of color around the country to step forward and publicly declare their support for Gay marriage. Even though some have paid a high price for supporting gay marriage, their convictions and faith have outweighed the fear of challenging the status-quo.

Hill is the author of the popular and controversial Sunday Morning Trilogy. The first novel in the series, Come Sunday Morning, was released in 2011. The book caused an uproar in the Black faith community by publically tackling the topic of homophobia in a fictional mega-church based in Los Angeles, California.

“I was raised in the church so I speak from experience.” Hill said. “I am amazed, and embarrassed, that in 2012 gays and lesbians are still marginalized in the Black church and, on a regular basis, subjected to derogatory comments from the very pulpits they support with their tithes, talents and prayers.”

One of the most prominent ministers to publically support gay marriage is Reverend Amos C. Brown, pastor of Third Baptist Church in San Francisco. Rev. Brown, a Baptist minister and board member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People stated it would be hypocritical for the 103 year old civil-rights organizations not to pass its recent resolution supporting marriage equality, reports APB News.

In Come Sunday Morning, Samantha Cleaveland arranges the assassination of her husband Pastor Hezekiah Cleaveland after learning of his homosexual affair. After his death Samantha is installed as pastor of New Testament Cathedral and the head of the international television ministry.

According to Hill, he wrote the book to shine a national spotlight on the hypocrisy that he has witnessed in the black church. “There would be no national or international gospel music industry if it were not for the talent of gays and lesbians. Usher boards would shrink, choirs would dwindle and the weekly donations would suffer significantly without the generosity, love and support of gays and lesbian.”

Another minister who has made national headlines on the subject of gays and religion is the Reverend Carlton Pearson. Rev. Pearson was ousted from his mega-church in Tulsa, Oklahoma for teaching that Muslims, Buddhists, and homosexuals go to heaven. The larger faith community has however rallied around Pearson and many are now embracing his teaching of inclusion.

Although Hill’s books are fiction they contain enough truth and realism that they have resonated with many who are aware of the double standard in many churches and are supportive of a more evolved and inclusive approach to homosexuality. The second installment in the Sunday Morning Trilogy is scheduled for release in June 2012. In When Sunday Comes Again, Samantha out maneuvers all who challenge her and expands the ministry into one of the largest in the country.

Hill comments, “Even though the books are fiction my intent in writing them was to spark a national dialog on this very important issue. We can’t continue to pretend that gays and lesbians are not important and valuable members of the faith community. We need to acknowledge they are entitled to the same rights and privileges, and to be treated with the same dignity, as all other members. I am proud of pastors like Reverend Brown and Reverend Pearson. They are the forward looking thinkers of our time and are quickly emerging as the new leaders of the Black Church.”

More about Terry E. Hill can be found at www.terryehill.com

Photo Caption: Author Terry E. Hill

Media must carefully scrutinize abuses by U.S. Border Patrol

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By Nadra Kareem Nittle

Contributing Writer

Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism

 

Victims of police brutality typically remain in the public consciousness long after cases that made them famous fade from the airwaves and headlines. Rodney King, Oscar Grant and Sean Bell will forever be remembered as symbols of police abuse. Rarely, however, does the public hear about men, women and children who have been abused or killed by U.S. Border Patrol agents.

 

Human rights activists contend that these agents aren’t held accountable for their actions because they are part of the Department of Homeland Security, a designation that seems to give them a license to operate outside the law. Some agents administer a brand of frontier justice that would not be tolerated in metropolitan areas or if their victims were white, rather than usually Latino.

 

Many victims are undocumented immigrants, who may be unwilling to tell their stories because they fear reprisal. Still, immigrant rights advocates say it’s critical that the mainstream media chronicle border violence so Border Patrol agents are held accountable for their actions. The media also must humanize people who have life-altering encounters with the agents.

 

“In the Latino community, a lot of us know children who wake up in the morning and have shotguns placed in their faces by one of President Obama’s ICE agents,” says Roberto Lovato, cofounder of presente.org, a Latino advocacy group. He was referring to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Lovato notes that a record number of deportations, about 400,000, have occurred since Obama took office in 2009, double the number during George W. Bush’s administration.

 

Furthermore, the Los Angeles Times recently reported that the number of ICE agents assigned to spot and deport undocumented immigrants has jumped by 25 percent. Aggressive efforts to deport undocumented immigrants result in more frequent encounters between people in border regions and ICE agents. Some of these encounters have been deadly.

 

Presente.org is raising awareness about the death of Anastasio Hernández-Rojas, 42, near San Diego, Calif., in 2010. The undocumented immigrant died after being detained by Border Patrol agents in the United States near San Diego, where had lived since he was a teenager. He was beaten and shocked with a stun gun.

 

The agency has not made public names of agents involved in the attack on Hernández-Rojas or punished them, leading Presente.org to call for a thorough investigation by the U.S. Justice Department. The site says more than 30,000 people have signed its online petition to the department. Presente.org credits PBS for investigating Hernández-Rojas’ killing and finding that the Border Patrol may have covered up pertinent details of his death, a revelation it aired in a documentary last month.

 

John Carlos Frey, a documentary filmmaker, reported on the incident for an investigation produced by the PBS news program “Need to Know” in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute.

 

In the Los Angeles Times, he wrote, “Hernandez lived and worked in San Diego for more than 25 years, raising his five U.S.-born children. In May 2010, in the process of being deported for being undocumented, Hernandez was severely beaten and shocked with a Taser and killed. The segment features new video from witnesses who watched as Hernandez, handcuffed and lying on the ground, was surrounded by about 20 border officials.”

 

The San Diego coroner’s office, Frey wrote, “classified the death as a homicide. As a result of the brutal beating, Hernandez suffered a heart attack. An autopsy also revealed several loose teeth; bruising to his chest, stomach, hips, knees, back, lips, head and eyelids; five broken ribs; and a damaged spine.”

 

While various media outlets reported on Hernández-Rojas’ death at the time, PBS stands out as the one that took the Border Patrol to task and released new footage of the beating.

 

The circumstances of Hernández-Rojas’ death is not an anomaly. “Over the past two years, there have been eight cases of Border Patrol killing people in questionable circumstances,” Lovato says. None of the deceased have become household names, which Lovato blames partly on lack of media interest in such cases.

 

He says that while Spanish-language news outlets consistently cover brutal treatment of migrants, the English-language press “has a history of ignoring Latino pain and suffering.”

 

Lovato says racism and public perceptions about undocumented immigrants are factors.

 

“We kind of have a constant struggle with the media,” says Adam Aguirre, media liaison for No More Deaths, a migrant advocacy group based in Arizona. “The media is complicit in the narrative that Border Patrol is part of Homeland Security, so they should be given a little bit of extra latitude of doing what they have to do.”

 

But Aguirre balks at the idea that such latitude should include abuse of migrants. Last August, No More Deaths released “A Culture of Cruelty,” a report citing “interviews detailing more than 30,000 incidents of abuse and mistreatment” involving the Border Patrol. The group wants the Border Patrol held accountable when agents use excessive or deadly force and to be more transparent with the public about its procedures.

 

Representatives of human rights groups such as the Women’s Refugee Commission in New York say that even when they file Freedom of Information Act requests with the Border Patrol, much of the material they’re given is blacked out.

 

Aguirre says No More Deaths has filed several claims about abuse of migrants in detention only to see agents cited in the claims in the field again or to be told that an agent was transferred rather than disciplined. “That lack of accountability goes hand in hand with the lack of transparency,” Aguirre says.

 

Aguirre says he hopes that the media will take an interest in nonviolent strategies he says Border Patrol agents use to deter migrants from crossing the border, such as allegedly destroying water bottles his organization leaves in the desert for them.

 

“We find human remains, people who are in dire medical condition,” Aguirre says. “For us, a water bottle is a life, and when Border Patrol destroys water bottles, for us that’s tantamount to murder. We’re going to be focusing on that this summer because the media likes to hear stories about being people being denied food and water.”

 

While the mainstream media may not extensively cover cases of alleged Border Patrol abuse, the public does seem to take interest. Like presente.org’s petition, one by No More Deaths on change.org has garnered thousands of signatures.

 

Gabriela Garcia describes herself on change.org as a “global volunteer, immigrant rights advocate and freelance writer . . . blogging” on the site, which allows the public to petition policymakers about issues of concern. “I think there’s a lot of concern around Border Patrol issues,” Garcia says. “I think we’ve seen, and not just this year but last year, a huge rise in petitions around deportations and stopping deportations. We’ve seen a big rise.”

 

Public interest in these matters may not lead to more comprehensive media coverage. Michelle Brané, director of the Detention and Asylum program at the Women’s Refugee Commission, says a major obstacle she has encountered in reaching out to the media is that journalists want faces to go with their stories.

 

“They want to talk directly to the victim,” she says. “They want to get the victim on camera, which is really difficult in these cases. That’s because victims and their family members, especially if undocumented, are too fearful to go on camera.”

 

Brané also says the mainstream media may hesitate to cover border concerns more comprehensively because they want to tell stories that generate public sympathy and because many Americans don’t view abuse of migrants as a problem.

 

“I think there is the sense that it’s the border and that they’re ‘illegal,’ ” she says. “There’s this view that they aren’t supposed to be there, and they put themselves in the situation. Whatever happens to them they deserve. It’s hard to get sympathy or garner outrage over some of these cases.”

 

But Brané says the public should be outraged about incidents such as the case of Sergio Hernandez-Guereca, 15, a Mexican national shot to death in June 2010 by Jesus Mesa Jr., a Border Patrol agent. Hernandez-Guereca was in Juarez, Mexico, when he was slain in a spillway of the Rio Grande river after allegedly throwing rocks across the border at Mesa.

 

Last month, the Justice Department said there was insufficient evidence to pursue charges.

“It’s okay to shoot and kill a 15-year old for throwing rocks,” Brané says sarcastically. “They’re very creative about their policies.”

Brané says the fact that Hernandez-Guereca was a Mexican national gives his family no voice or platform to make their outrage known to the general public as, for instance, have the parents of Trayvon Martin, the slain Florida teenager. “His family is in Mexico. They don’t have a lot of resources. They usually don’t have the ability to safely speak out.”

 

Although victims in cases may be relatively voiceless, Brané says concerned citizens can act for them by calling elected officials and asking that investigations be undertaken.

 

“People can demand accountability,” she says. “This is taxpayer money, and people have every right to ask for oversight and accountability.”

 

Nadra Kareem Nittle writes media critiques for the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. Her stories and other media critiques are available at www.mije.org/mmcsi and can be republished free of charge. For more information, please contact Elisabeth Pinio at epinio@mije.org or 510-891-9202.

 

 

Congressman Ed Towns endorses Barron for Congress

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By Amadi Ajamu


Brooklyn, NY (BlackNews.com) — At a press conference, Congressman Edolphus Towns announced his endorsement of NYC Councilman Charles Barron in the race for the right to represent the 8th Congressional District in Brooklyn. The newly drawn district encompasses much of the 10th C.D. which Congressman Towns currently represents. Mr. Towns announced last month that he will not seek re-election.

The Charles Barron for Congress Campaign Headquarters on New Lots Avenue in East New York Brooklyn was filled with news reporters, photographers, and supporters as Congressman Ed Towns solidified his support for Councilman Charles Barron.

“Let me begin by saying, so there is no question; I’m endorsing Councilman Barron for Congressional District 8,” Towns declared. The crowd erupted and began to chant “Charles Barron for Congress!” Towns continued, “One might ask the question why? Well I’m glad you asked the question. We need a strong voice in Washington DC. A person that’s independent, and is going to tell it like it is. I’ve had the opportunity to work on several issues with Councilman Barron.

“When we worked on Starrett City, there is no question about it, if it wasn’t for the Councilman making certain that I was aware of all the information, a lot of people in Starrett City would’ve had to live in fear. But as a result of our actions, the people know that even if Starrett City is sold, they would still be able to remain in Starrett City.”

“We need to have someone that’s going to be involved in a direct fashion. None of this wishy-washy stuff. Talking one thing in this neighborhood and another thing in that one. We need to have somebody that’s going to look at the facts and tell it like it is because that’s the way it is.”

“I’ve come today to join with Councilman Barron who will soon be Congressman Barron. So Councilman, I am here, my entire organization, and everything I have will go into the 8th Congressional District.”

Councilman Barron replied, “I would like to say on behalf of all of us in the 8th Congressional District, having the Congressman’s endorsement, we are honored. We accept it with honor, and what better person can we have, than one who has been around here for thirty years.”

“When I go to Washington he can help me navigate the waters of Washington. He knows the needs of our seniors, of our youth, of our working families in this district.Whenever Barron and Towns come together powerful things are going to happen.”

“This is a great boost following the District Council 37 endorsement. From DC 37 to Congressman Towns to Washington DC.”

Councilman Barron has represented the 40th Councilmanic District for the past 12 years, and is New York City’s number one Councilmember in building affordable housing, new schools, and new parks.

For more details about his campaign, visit www.charlesbarronforcongress.com

Photo Caption: Congressman Ed Towns and Candidate Charles Barron

 

Three Northwestern Alumni granted Graduate Fellowships by the Alumnae of Northwestern University

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EVANSTON, IL –  The Alumnae of Northwestern University has selected three recipients to receive 2012 Graduate Fellowships for graduate-level tuition. The fellowships are awarded to full-time students in terminal Master’s degree programs who show promise of achieving distinction in careers that will serve the public good. Criteria for selection include quality of scholarship, leadership, community service, professional experience and financial need.

Alice Zhao, from Aurora, IL, received her BS in Electrical Engineering from McCormick School of Engineering, and, as a member of the inaugural class, will receive her Masters in Analytics from McCormick in December 2012. As an undergraduate, Alice was a research assistant in the Image and Video Processing laboratory and a TB tracker for Global Healthcare Technologies her senior year. She was involved in several mentoring and teaching programs and played the cymbals for the university marching band. A systems integration and technology analyst for Accenture, she is described as a “go-to resource when something needs to get done.”

Natalie Friend, from Sandy Springs, GA, received her BA in Philosophy and Linguistics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 2011, and will receive her Master of Science in Speech and Language Pathology. She is enrolled in The Graduate School, but her program is part of the School of Communication, in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014. As an undergraduate, Natalie worked as a research assistant and a teaching assistant for the Center for Talent Development at the university. She is currently a research assistant in the Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Laboratory, studying language impairment in individuals with autism and Fragile X Syndrome. As part of the speech-language pathology program, she works with clients at Northwestern’s Speech and Language Clinic on the Evanston campus. She is described as “an outstanding student who has tremendous potential as a future clinician-scientist in the field of developmental disabilities.”

Kenneth Hutchinson, currently residing in Park Forest, IL, received his BS in Education, School of Education and Social Policy, in March 2004, and is expected to receive his Master of Science in Speech, Language & Learning, School of Communication, in 2014. After graduation, Kenneth worked as coordinator of African-American Recruitment and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Northwestern. He is currently the Director of College Counseling for Chicago Urban Prep, where he created and led the efforts that resulted in 100% college admission for its young men, an achievement recognized in the Chicago Tribune. He has developed partnerships with educational institutions and organizations both nationally and abroad and secured millions of dollars in grants and scholarships. He has designed Urban Prep’s summer enrichment program, its Life Skills/College Prep Track and several other initiatives. Kenneth has been lauded by his colleagues “for the daily contributions he makes in the lives of young men and for his exceptional skills in program development and design.”

According to The Alumnae of Northwestern University president, Dee Hanlon, “our Fellowship Committee had a difficult time choosing recipients from an extraordinary group of applicants.  Our organization is pleased to support NU outstanding graduates of Northwestern by awarding these fellowships.”

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds for a wide range of projects to benefit the University and showcases the University’s academic resources with the community through its Continuing Education program. Founded in 1916, it has given more than $6 million in gifts and grants to the school, including more than $250,000 given in 2011. For more information, visit the Alumnae website (www.nualumnae.org).

Jabari Parker to Saint Sabina youth: “Education first, then sports”

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

Dubbed “The Best Basketball player Since LeBron James” by Sports Illustrated, Jabari Parker, a 17-year-old senior at Simeon High School, keynoted the 2012 graduation class of Saint Sabina Academy where he told the students to always put education first because basketball is short-lived.

Parker, who is the son of former NBA star Sonny Parker, is of the Mormon faith. While a junior, Parker was named the national boys’ basketball Gatorade Player of the Year and was ESPN High School Player of the year along with numerous other awards.

But, while Parker loves basketball, Father Michael L. Pfleger said he was not selected to be guest speaker because of his All American title but rather because he “is a star person.”  Pfleger said Parker goes to bible study three times a week at 5:30 a.m. Pfleger said Parker’s “faith in God is a foundation on which he stands and the rock in which he lives his life. That is what we teach here at Saint Sabina….”

Pfleger says Parker takes his education seriously. He currently has a 3.7 grade point average.  Pfleger quoted Parker saying, ‘Basketball is what I do, but it’s not who I am.’
“Who he is today says a whole lot about where he came from. The bible says we shall be known by our fruit,” said Pfleger.

Reading remarks from his cell phone, Parker congratulated the 40 graduating students telling them it is the beginning of their career. He told them to put education first on their agenda because it can take them places higher than playing basketball which he says is short-lived.

Quoting his favor scripture, Proverbs 3:5, Parker said, “Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”  He told the students “to be true to yourself” and that “nobody can get you to do what you don’t want to do….”

Sylvester Johnson, an eighth grade teacher at the Saint Sabina Academy, and Mrs. Deborah Martin-Hodo gave out the diplomas and numerous awards, and Father Pfleger and Saint Sabina Academy principal Helen Dumas handed out the diplomas.

At the end of the graduation ceremony, the graduating students sang, “If we Ever Pass This Way Again,” and Father Pfleger prayed for their protection, progress, success and safety.

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.

Dr. Pamela Charity Phoenix hosts Healing Expo for Englewood–June 16th

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 “A Family Festival of Love & Light”
CHICAGO, IL – On Saturday, June 16, 2012, Phoenix Diverse Holistics Collaborative (PHDC) presents a “Family Festival of Love & Light.”  “It is a day of healing for Englewood families,” stated Dr. Pamela C. Phoenix, Executive Director.  “Join us as we send out love, harmony, and positive vibrations toward a fragile community plagued by health and wellness concerns,” she continued.  ‘Family Fest’ will feature African talking drums, Tibetan singing bowls, spoken word, martial arts and an appetizing menu of nutritious foods, as well as healing modalities that include color, aroma, sound and massage therapy.   
PDHC is comprised of educators providing diverse services and promoting physical, mental, and emotional wellness in the community.  Offerings include yoga, fitness & nutrition, chakra balancing, emotional health readings/screenings, and life assessments.  “We support the whole body (emotionally, spiritually and physically), so that it can continue to heal itself naturally,” stated Dr. Phoenix.
‘Family Fest’ will be held from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Phoenix Diverse Holistics Collaborative, 718 W. 69th St., Chicago, IL  60621.  For more information, contact PDHC at 312.437.0796; email:  Dr_phoenix26@yahoo.com; website:  www.phoenixdiverseholistics.com.

Unique program offers much-needed assistance to women in debt

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 The “Debt Help For Women” program offers debt management and counseling services designed to help thousands of women reduce their debt, avoid bankruptcy and rebuild their credit

24/7 Toll-Free Hotline Set Up For Women to Call Anytime at (866) 945-7406

Nationwide – The Debt Help For Women Program is a unique debt management program that specializes in helping women eliminate their debt in months instead of years, thereby saving thousands without filing for bankruptcy. To date, the program has already helped thousands of women, and aims to help thousands more.

The program helps women who are tired of fighting the losing battle of never seeing their debt balances go down, finding it hard just to make the minimum payment, and their desire to take control of their finances. According to them, the main advantage of their program is that interested ones can talk to a live consultant before they make any decisions.

How It Works:

The process starts with a free consultation with a member of their underwriting staff. They will work with you on the phone in total confidence in a completely private conversation to review your current financial picture, and suggest a means of dealing with your debt while still providing for your family. Once this is done, a person can decide whether or not to start the enrollment process.

For more details or to get started, visit www.DebtHelpForWomen.org or call (866) 945-7406 to speak to a live debt consultant. Consultants are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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