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Undocumented parents of U.S. born children wary of Obamacare

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Undocumented Parents of U.S. Born Children Wary of Obamacare

New America Media

By Anthony Advincula

NEW YORK — R. Ng and his wife, both from the Philippines, have overstayed their visas since 2003. They have a nine-year-old son who is a U.S-born citizen.

As the nation prepares for the new health care system under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Ngs have found themselves in an immigration and health care bind: how do they enroll their child in a health care exchange without disclosing their immigration status?

“That would not be an easy thing to do,” said Ng, who is ethnic Chinese. “That’s scary, actually.”

It’s a dilemma faced by thousands of mixed-immigration-status families like the Ng’s here and around the country. Afraid of coming into contact with a government agency, many immigrant families are wary that mandatory ACA enrollment for documented members of the household may put those who are here illegally in harm’s way.

“It’s a no-brainer, because we’re going to enroll our child but not ourselves,” Ng added. “It’s almost an admission to the government that our child has undocumented parents.”

The ACA does not extend to undocumented immigrants.

Under the law, individual states will offer health care exchanges that serve as an online marketplace for individuals — including those who have never had insurance, as is the case with many immigrants — to purchase an affordable health plan. Those individuals who are currently uninsured are required to apply for coverage through the exchanges or face a penalty.

Still, many undocumented parents of U.S. born children remain reluctant to seek health care and public assistance. U.S-born children of undocumented immigrants are in fact twice as likely as children born to citizens to lack insurance, according to a 2012 study by the Hastings Center.

Another study by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends project noted there are now about 11.7 million undocumented immigrants in the United States and, after the number bottomed out due to the Great Recession, that figure may be rising again.

Health reform advocates are concerned that fear and mistrust of government among undocumented parents may deter families like the Ngs from enrolling their U.S-born children in a qualified health plan. Open enrollment in health exchanges starts Oct. 1.

“This is the biggest challenge that we see in the enrollment process,” Noilyn Abesamis-Mendoza, health policy director with the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, said at a press briefing earlier this month with ethnic media in Manhattan. “There have definitely been some fears going around.”

Emergency room visit

Ng, who works in a retail store in Queens, says he feels fortunate that his family has remained relatively healthy, though the thought that one of them might fall ill frightens him. “I pray every day that won’t happen,” he says.

When one of them does get sick, Ng says the family typically self medicates. But in 2009, during the H1N1 scare, Ng’s son developed a high fever, prompting a trip to the emergency room. “It [the fever] was very high,” Ng recalled,” and I didn’t want to wait until it was too late.”

Since 2009, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has enforced executive ordinances — EO 34 and 41 — that ensure all New Yorkers, regardless of immigration status, have access to city services, including health clinics and city hospitals.

These ordinances also require city workers to protect the confidentiality of a person’s immigration status.

Still, Ng admits he is uncomfortable going to the emergency room because “our information gets recorded” and it may be detrimental when they eventually apply to legalize their immigration status.

But experts say such fears are misplaced.

Guarantee of confidentiality

Sara Rothstein is assistant director of policy and training for the New York Health Benefit Exchange.

“When enrolling in the exchanges for their U.S-born children,” she explained, “parents who are undocumented only need information such as proof of citizenship and Social Security numbers for their children, not themselves.”

While an applicant’s information is sent to a federal agency for verification purposes, she continued, that information is not used for immigration purposes. “It goes through a series of verifications. When the confirmation for each application gets back to us, it only says ‘residence confirmed’ or ‘residence unknown’,” she said.

According to Rothstein, when undocumented parents apply for the exchange, every member of the family, regardless of immigration status, is assessed. For example, she said, a family with two undocumented parents and one U.S. citizen child would be considered as a family of three and not one, which could make coverage for the child more affordable or qualify them for financial assistance.

And while undocumented parents are prohibited from purchasing health coverage through ACA exchanges and receiving tax credits, they are still qualified for services from safety-net providers such as community health clinics and public hospitals. Treatment in an emergency room also remains available for their care. All these programs, notably, have been in place even prior to the passage of the ACA.

“We will separately consider each person in a household and provide the most benefits for the whole family” based on the person’s eligibility and set criteria, including household income and number of members in the household, Rothstein said. “We will figure out how each member of the family gets covered.”

Politicians with peace on their lips but not in their hearts…

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What evil, hidden-hands peer from the shadows of some Congressional politicians?

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network

As members of Congress continue in their fight over things that severely influence the very existence of citizens of the United States, some pretentious  politicians are standing before microphones spitting in our face and telling us that it’s raining!

Just take a look at the demoralizing and deceptive measures from the pits of hell that are being weaved and orchestrated into the lives of Americans!

Statistics and polls are forever documented in the archives of history as to the last national election that spoke to the hearts of the American voting majority. However, truth is now being tested on all fronts … right before America and the world.

On trial is whether or not the United States of America – which was supposed to be built on honesty and fair politics – will continue in the tradition of the Founding Fathers…with liberty and justice for all.

Matters of injustices are flaring up everywhere as some radical Republicans fight among themselves, insisting that right is wrong and are spitting directly into the faces of people who voted for change at the polls.  This is disrespectful, unlawful, unjustifiable, and unthinkable in this the 21st Century.

With such measures so entrenched with these dissenting Republicans, one has only to revert back to history and note that there were always a radical bunch that defected from positive change. There was always a few that also resisted freeing slaves!

Is this, the hidden-hand, the deep-seated subliminal message in Washington today… is that because an African-American man is President? This young black man was legally voted into office by an overwhelming majority of voters in the United States! But a small fraction was not pleased about the end results and the world knows that – especially now! The world is once again watching the actions of these United States that has a demoralizing history of how it treated its colored, Negroes, blacks and now African American citizens. The more things change, the more they remain the same!

Some politicians in Washington speak of peace as they weep at the drop of a pin, but their actions speak to the contrary. Many from some political camps are merely sin-sick to the core!

Biblical scriptures speak of the latter days when some persons would come in pretense of peace on their lips, but it would not be in their hearts! It also said that their hearts would be far from the heart of God!

From a spiritual prospective: The United States should remember that Satan comes but to rob, steal, and destroy … if we allow him to do so!  We have to fight a ‘good fight’ as Paul states in the scriptures. And we must remember that when we fight, we should put on the whole armor of God so that we can withstand the fiery darts of the enemy.  In Washington the fiery darts consist of deceit and vicious lies! And as you perhaps know – Satan is the Father of not some, but all lies.

We have been commanded to pray for President Barack Obama, as the Lord has stated: Pray for those that have the rule over you!

I also pray for the few deceitful persons in the world of politics that have allowed Satan to consume them! I also pray for those who are honestly wrong and believe that they will get away with these evil deeds of entrapments without giving accountability for their stewardship with God’s people – both respectful Democrats and Republicans. Yes, all workers of politician deviant misbehavior… will answer in Eternity!

As for those Congressional leaders who for whatever reason are lending services less than honorable, they should consider the spiritual consequences for their disobeying the United States Constitution. Any act against the United States that is less than honorable – could or would be considered as treason? There are people that are suffering, and many are subjected to suicide and other acts of self destruction. What act is more on the brink of treason than for a country to come against its very own citizenship?

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is the President of Probation Challenge, Inc.


Written for Copyline Magazine

Secretary of State Offices to Close for Columbus Day Holiday

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White announced that all offices and facilities that are normally open Monday through Friday will be closed Monday, October 14, 2013, in observance of Columbus Day.

Driver Services facilities that are normally open Tuesday through Saturday will be closed on Saturday, October 12, 2013.

All Driver Services facilities will be open for regular business on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.

Individuals can visit the Secretary of State’s website, www.cyberdriveillinois.com, to locate the nearest Driver Services facility and hours of operation, change an address, register to become an organ and tissue donor or renew license plate stickers by mail.

106 Days? Hardly Working

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By William Spriggs

In all the coverage of the shutdown of the federal government forced by House Speaker John Boehner, little has been shared on how things got to this point. Too much of the coverage portrays the budget process as a food fight over one issue. Yet, examining the process that created the brinkmanship of Speaker Boehner and the irresponsible decision making that got us here, this needs to be laid out.

Since receiving the budget proposal from President Barack Obama in early February, the House of Representatives under Boehner was in session 106 out of 171 working days until Sept. 30, when the House should have completed its work on the federal appropriations process. The budget process involves Congress passing 12 appropriations bills to fund the various federal agencies and a reconciliation bill to handle taxes and mandatory expenditures.

On March 29, the House voted on a budget resolution that started the appropriations process. Ten Republicans voted against the budget resolution, but all the “yeas” for the resolution came from the Republican Caucus; hardly a “bipartisan” document. The House passed eight appropriations bills, but only the legislative branch appropriation, the military construction and the Department of Veteran Affairs could be called bipartisan. The House failed to pass the other four appropriations bills for the departments of Agriculture, Education, Health and Human Services, Interior, Labor, State and Treasury and the Environmental Protection Agency and national security agencies.

So we got to Sept. 30 with Boehner having done only a portion of the job under his responsibility. Far from listening to Democrats in the House, he did force through a budget resolution with no votes from Democrats; and received concurrence from Democrats on only two of the eight appropriations bills that were passed. Objectively, then, Boehner has no evidence to offer that he works in a bipartisan fashion, or that the appropriations process was slowed by the White House after Boehner held Congress in session for only 60% of business days to do its work on the budget. When Congress fails to act in a timely fashion, it must pass a continuing resolution to let the government operate while Congress finishes the appropriations process; giving itself an extension to finish its work.

So, can there be little surprise with Obama’s response when Boehner insists that either the president adopt a Republican budget proposal or shut down the entire government? The Senate Democrats are proposing a continuing resolution based on more severe budget caps than the House worked with. As a result, the proposal from the Senate Democrats is to continue funding the government but with huge cuts in non-defense discretionary spending from President Obama’s budget proposal. The Senate Democrats cap non-defense spending $133 billion below the president’s budget submission. So can there be little surprise with Obama’s response to Boehner’s demands when the president has said he will sign a continuing resolution that slashes his budget proposal?  Clearly, it is Boehner who stands in opposition to a reasonable solution to the situation we are in.

With the timeline in mind, and with the huge compromise the president is indicating he is willing to make on his budget proposal, the current shutdown is clearly the result of Speaker Boehner insisting on the acceptance of his uncompromised position and inability to get done with the appropriations process in a timely fashion.

Now, why is Congress having such a difficult time in doing its job on appropriations? Because five years after the fall of the financial sector, mainstream America is still down several million jobs and families in the middle are still down several thousand dollars in income. Yet, Congress continues to be obsessed with deficit reduction. And, the cuts the House of Representatives gave to maintaining our investment in America’s education and health in the House budget resolution were too big to get passed by the House-even the Republican majority in the House when that specific appropriation bill was brought out of committee.

Clearly, the current collision course is the reckless work of Boehner making political points with a bloc in his caucus and disregarding the needs of the American people. Failing to whip his caucus into slashing investments America needs for the future, he is nonetheless trying to bully the president to take the fall with him. With job growth moderating, Boehner is delaying federal contracting processes and hurting current contracts that many small business owners need to keep their doors open or expand to hire more workers. Risking the economic health of the nation to score political points shows Boehner is disconnected from the realities of Main Street.

Being an obstructionist plays well to the base of the tea party bloc in Speaker Boehner’s caucus. The tea party is convinced we don’t need government anyway.  But to women who need access to child care so they can work, and mothers who need the assistance of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food program to provide food for their babies, it matters if government is working. To the small business owners trying to line up loan assistance from the Small Business Administration to expand and hire more workers, it matters if government is working.

The tragedy for America is that the compromise being offered will lock in place the sequestration that will continue to shrink the investments America needs in schooling, roads and bridges. What we really need is a true alternative-ending the sequestration and protecting our earned Social Security and Medicare benefits. The real voice of America is being locked out of the conversation. We want teachers to return to our children’s classrooms and we need the services we lost because of the Great Recession’s effect on local budgets. Instead, now thanks to Speaker Boehner and his political agenda, we are locked out of our own parks and memorials.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs.

Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142.

CDPH and Chicago Fire’s Gonzalo Segares to Launch City’s New Flu Prevention Campaign Today

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Segares and other local sports celebrities featured in ads citywide

Gonzalo Segares of the Chicago Fire and other prominent Chicago sports figures will appear in CDPH billboard, print and CTA flu shot awareness ads that will be revealed at a press conference on Oct. 7 at 10:30 a.m.

Segares will join CDPH at the press event and will receive his annual flu shot from CDPH Immunization Medical Director Julie Morita, M.D.  CDPH also will administer flu shots at the event for Chicago’s Little Village community members.


October 7, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. (Updated start time)


Little Village Community Council & Little Village Chamber of Commerce

3610 West 26th Street

Chicago, IL 60623


Gonzalo Segares, Chicago Fire Soccer Club

Dr. Julie Morita, Immunization Medical Director, Chicago Department of Public Health

Anna Esquivel, RN, Chicago Department of Public Health

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) works to make Chicago a safer and healthier place by working with community partners to promote health, prevent disease, reduce environmental hazards and ensure access to health care for all Chicagoans. Visit us at www.cityofchicago.org/health to learn more about how CDPH is transforming the health of our city.

The O’Jays announce 8th Annual Star-Studded Celebrity Scholarship Weekend to be held in Las Vegas October 25th-27th

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Stevie Wonder, Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Mike Epps, Jeffery Osborne, Johnny Gill and Roland S. Martin Among Stars Supporting The O’Jays Weekend

Enter Raffle To Win a 2013 Chrysler 300, Motown Edition, Sponsored by UAW and Chrysler Motor Corporation To Raise Money for Scholarships

LAS VEGAS, NVThe 8th Annual O’Jays Celebrity Scholarship Foundation Weekend will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday, October 25th through Sunday, October 27th. The weekend celebration kicks off with The O’Jays’ members, Eddie Levert, Sr., Walter Williams, Sr. And Eric Nolan Grant hosting an exciting weekend of events including; a Masquerade Ball, All-Star Concert and Celebrity Golf Tournament.

The Masquerade Ball on Friday, October 25th will be held at the TW Theater and Event Center located at 3765 Las Vegas Blvd and hosted by Civil Rights Icon and Entrepreneur Danny Bakewell, and, Author and Fitness Guru, Donna Richardson Joyner with special guests Shirley Murdock and Zapp. The party continues on Saturday, October 26th with The O’Jays Benefit Concert hosted by Earvin “Magic” Johnson and The O’Jays to include celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Jeffery Osborne, Johnny Gill, comedian Mike Epps, Roland S. Martin and more.

The annual O’Jays Scholarship Fund Celebrity Golf Tournament will be played at the Las Vegas National Golf Club on Sunday, October 27th. The weekend will conclude with the Scholarship Awards Banquet immediately following with Keynote Speaker Steve Perry. Tickets are available for all events at www.ojaysfoundation.org. Fans are encouraged to enter into the $5 raffle drawing for a chance to win a 2013 Chrysler 300 Motown Edition (www.ojaysfoundation.org). The winning raffle will be drawn on October 27th and the proceeds will go toward the scholarship fund (you do not have to be present to win). To purchase car raffle tickets, visit; http://www.ojaysfoundation.org/#!chrysler-300

“Education is an issue that impacts all of us,.Educated citizens make better neighbors, responsible community members, parents and employees. We have an obligation to assist every young adult in acquiring the knowledge and skill-set necessary to be well prepared and to reach their full potential” states Eddie Levert, Sr., Co-Founder, The O’Jays.

With tremendous growth of the organization over the past nine years, the goal is to make this weekend the most successful weekend of the foundation’s history. The O’Jays foundation has currently helped to raise approximately one million dollars to date.

This year’s Sponsors include UAW (United Auto Workers), Chrysler Motor Corporation, Southwest Airlines, BET Network, Soul Train Holdings and Beasley Broadcasting.

Tickets or Sponsorships for all events can be purchased at http://www.ojaysfoundation.org or by calling 1-855-866-6994 or email OjaysWeekend@gmail.com

About The O’Jays Foundation:

The O’Jays Foundation

The O’Jays Foundation was founded in 2005 by Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O’Jays.  The goal of the organization is to continue their legacy of helping the community. The purpose of O’Jays Foundation is to strengthen the community and provide opportunities by empowering the youth through education.

For more event information visit; www.OjaysFoundation.org.

Email: OjaysWeekend@gmail.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/@ojaysweekend

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ojays.weekend

Top 2014 Black Magazine Internships

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — There are hundreds of publications that target African-American readers including newspapers, magazines, blogs and more. Such publications are often career-starters for many students studying journalism, photography, business, public relations, advertising, marketing, sales, management and more.
Here’s the top 5 Black magazine internship programs to get you started:
#1 – Essence Communications Internship Program. This program is open to undergraduate, graduate students, or recent college graduates interested in a career in the media industry. Applicants must have a strong interest in issues pertaining to African American women. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/essence-communications-internship.html
#2 – Black Enterprise Internships. This program is designed to provide real-life work experiences for college students interested in a career in the media industry. College students who are juniors, seniors or in graduate school may apply. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/black-enterprise-internships.html
#3 – The Source Magazine Internships. This program offers internships for many different skills, including writers, photographers, videographers, stylists, make-up artists, photo editors, sales and advertising.The company also has a sister magazine called Jones Magazine that offers internships for talented fashion and beauty writers, as well as photographers, videographers, stylists, make-up artists, photo editors, sales and advertising. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/the-source-magazine-internships.html
#4 – Upscale Magazine Internship. This program offers a college credit for students with interest in website and print design. Current or recent design students may apply. The position includes maintaining the Upscale Magazine website, creating online newsletters, surveys and forms, and print projects. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/upscale-magazine-internship.html
#5 – Giant Life Internships. This program offers work experiences for college students interested in the media and publishing industry. Internships are available in editorial, advertising and marketing, art, production, fashion and multimedia. They offer college credit for completing the internship and also give students real-world experience in a professional environment. Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/giant-life-internships.html

An internship is a paid or unpaid opportunity for students to work at a major company in order to gain skills and experience. To search hundreds of 2013-2014 internships, visit www.FindInternships.com

49th Chicago International Film Festival dedicates Opening Night to Roger Ebert

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CHICAGO, IL — Roger Ebert didn’t just write about the movies — he was the movies. Roger Ebert didn’t just live in Chicago — he was Chicago. The 49th Chicago International Film Festival is proud to dedicate this year’s Opening Night, Thursday October 10 at The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.), to the man who, for more than 40 years, was the beloved face (and the thumb) of film criticism.

The event will include a short video tribute to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning movie critic and will precede the screening of the Festival’s Opening Night Film, The Immigrant, directed by James Gray and starring Academy Award®-winning actress Marion Cotillard (in her first English-language lead role), Joaquin Phoenix and Jeremy Renner. The event starts at 7 p.m. preceded by red carpet arrivals.  Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert and director James Gray are scheduled to attend.

Considering the Festival “an adornment to our city,” Roger Ebert credited the event for introducing him to the work of Martin Scorsese, Werner Herzog, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Gregory Nava. Over the years he collaborated with the Festival on such projects as the special appearance of Kim Novak during a presentation of the restored Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, and discussions with luminaries including George Cukor, Sydney Pollack and Alan Parker.

“Roger has been an integral part of the Chicago International Film Festival from its earliest days,” said Festival Founder and Artistic Director Michael Kutza. “He long supported our mission of introducing Chicago moviegoers to the newest and brightest filmmakers from around the world. He leaves a strong legacy not only through his website, RogerEbert.com, where a large roster of top critics continue in his footsteps, but in the works of many filmmakers who fell in love with the movies through his reviews.”

“Roger admired how Michael Kutza kept the film festival going all these years and I thank him for honoring Roger once more,” said Chaz Ebert, Roger’s wife and publisher of Rogerebert.com, the website she co-founded with her husband. “I would also like to thank the Festival for their support.”

Opening Night Ticket Information
Tickets for Opening Night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.thechicagotheatre.com or in person at The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.) box office (Monday to Friday, 12-6 pm). Film-only tickets are: Balcony, $25 for Cinema/Chicago members and $30 for non-members; Main Floor, $30 for Cinema/Chicago members and $35 for non-members.

VIP Ticket packages including a main floor seat and admission to the after-party at The Preston Bradley Hall of The Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington St.) are priced at $150 per ticket and can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com or by calling the Festival Hotline at 312-332-3456 (FILM).

Opening Night Sponsors
Opening Night of the 49th Chicago International Film Festival is sponsored by Lead Partner Columbia College Chicago; Official Airline – American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel – JW Marriott Chicago and evening partners Casale del Giglio, Effen Vodka, Gibsons Restaurant Group, RL Restaurant, Michigan Avenue Magazine, ShutterBox Photobooth, Stella Artois, Tres Generaciones®, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM and Lavazza Espression;  evening patrons: Jeanne Randall Malkin, John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum, Paul and Ellen Gignilliat, and Penelope and Robert Stein.

Ticket, Festival Passes and Theater Information
Festival Passes are on sale through October 9. Pass options include:
Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non-members.
Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members
Passes can be purchased online at www.chicagofilmfestival.com.

Tickets can be purchased online via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) or at the Cinema/Chicago office (30 E. Adams, Suite 800).

Apart from the opening night, all festival screenings will be held at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.).

Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner Columbia College Chicago, the 49th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Official Airline – American Airlines; Headquarters Hotel – JW Marriott Chicago; Official Vehicle – Mercedes-Benz; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites; Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Effen Vodka, WBBM Newsradio 780 and 105.9FM, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: State Farm, AARP, Tres Generaciones®, Comcast, Allstate, Spotlight Cinema Networks, Casale del Giglio, Second City Computers, Shutterbox Entertainment, Gibson’s Restaurant Group, RL Restaurant, Creative Technology and Lavazza Espression.

About Cinema/Chicago
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.
For images go to http://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/press/

“The Things That Make Men Cry” Set For Stage Debut

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) – Psychologist and author Dr. Gloria Morrow’s most recent release The Things That Make Men Cry is set for a November debut in Los Angeles, California. Published in 2008, the book focuses on extensive research conducted by Dr. Morrow into the emotions men experience and what ‘makes them cry’ internally and externally. Through Morrow’s research, effective strategies are presented to help men bandage these wounds and learn to effectively communicate.

Based on the strong response to these strategies, Dr. Morrow, who is known as Dr. Gloria, launched a campaign on fundraising platform, Indiegogo, to bring her teachings to the stage. Directed by Dino Shorté, the play will have its Los Angeles preview at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater on November 1, 2013. Produced by Dr. Morrow and Carl Gilliard, who together with Jeannine Austin Fisher cast Lou Beatty, Jr., Gregory Niebel, Derek Shaun, Tony Grant, Dorien Wilson, Salvador Yanez-Ruiz, Jimmy Walker, Jr., Philip Cates, and Rhonda Morman as the ensemble story-tellers. Music direction will be provided by Steven Wayne and Donn Wyatt.

“I couldn’t be more proud that my book will offer an entirely new perspective via the stage,” states Dr. Gloria. “These learnings have changed lives and given liberty not just to men, but to the women who love them. Speaking to a live audience in this format provides a safe environment for men’s voices to be heard.”

The Things That Make Men Cry will have its preview opening November 1 with an official red carpet premiere on November 2, and a matinee performance on November 3. For ticket availability and further information, please visit www.itsmyseat.com or call 909-985-3773. For information on contributing to this much anticipated stage play, please visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-things-that-make-men-cry-part-2. The Things That Make Men Cry is being hosted by All American Families United, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3).

About Dr. Gloria Morrow
Dr. Gloria Morrow is one of the nation’s leading clinical psychologists, who devoted her early career to teaching students in undergraduate and graduate psychology programs. As an academician, clinician and author, her teaching, counseling and books have helped thousands of people find true inner healing. Morrow has been cited in critically acclaimed national publications such as Psychology Today, Jet, Heart and Soul, Essence, and Woman’s Day, and appeared as an expert guest on numerous radio and television shows including CNN. Well known in the faith community due to her willingness to address mental illness in the church and the role of pastors and church leaders granting permission for parishioners to seek mental health services outside the church when appropriate. Dr. Morrow is a Master Trainer for the CBMCS (California Brief Multicultural Competency Scale) Training Program, and she helped develop the training curriculum. This program focuses on the four major ethnic groups: African American, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Hispanic/Latino/Mexican American, and American Indian/Native American.

In addition to Things That Make Men Cry, Dr. Morrow has authored several books entitled Too Broken to be Fixed? A Spiritual Guide to Inner Healing, Strengthening the Ties that Bind: A Guide to a Healthy Marriage, Keeping it Real! 7 Steps Toward a Healthier You, Create Your Blueprint for Good Success and its companion A Life Plan Portfolio.   She has also developed a DVD entitled Suffer in Silence No More addressing the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of depression within the African American community. Dr. Morrow holds an earned PhD in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA; a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA; and a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from the University of La Verne, La Verne, CA. For more information please visit www.gloriamorrow.com.

Photo Caption: Psychologist and author Dr. Gloria Morrow during a recent book signing

150th Prostate Cancer Patient completes Treatment at Procure Proton Therapy Center in New Jersey

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Local Men Provide Patient-to-Patient Education, Spreading Word about Proton Therapy

Focused Outreach to African American Men, Who Suffer Disproportionately from Prostate Cancer

Somerset, NJ (BlackNews.com) — As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close, ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, NJ today announced that 150 prostate cancer patients have successfully completed proton therapy treatment, a precise radiation treatment for cancer without many of the short- and long-term side effects often experienced with standard X-ray radiation. Since Procure opened the New Jersey facility in March 2012, physicians have noted that a majority of prostate patients have learned about proton therapy through family, friends and independent research rather than via their primary physicians and urologists. Word-of-mouth referrals have been particularly important within the African American community, since men in this group have a higher incidence of prostate cancer, as well as double the mortality rate from the condition than men in other ethnic groups. (i)

Victor Lawson of Elizabeth, NJ, first discovered proton therapy as a potential prostate cancer treatment option while watching cable sports program ESPN 360. During an interview featuring NCAA basketball coach Tyler Jones, Victor happened to hear the coach speak about his successful experience with proton therapy in treating his prostate cancer. Uncomfortable with other treatment options that had been recommended until then, Victor began to research the therapy and facilities that offer the treatment. He was pleased to discover ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, NJ.

Another patient, Monte W. of Queens, NY, learned about proton therapy through his brother-in-law, who had been previously treated with proton therapy in Boston. Monte’s urologist had recommended standard radiation therapy, but his own independent research as well as his brother-in-law’s strong recommendations led him to opt for proton therapy treatment at ProCure.

“What appealed to Victor and Monte, as well as other prostate patients, was that proton therapy would enable them to avoid invasive surgery as well as help minimize risk to surrounding healthy tissue, compared to standard radiation therapy,” explained Dr. Brian Chon, a radiation oncologist and physician at ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, NJ. “For many patients, quality of life issues are extremely important when researching treatment options for prostate cancer. Proton therapy is an attractive option since it results in very few serious side effects and reduces the risk of secondary, radiation-induced cancers.”

Early screening and treatment is especially critical for African American men, a message ProCure hopes will be top of mind all year round, not just during Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. According to recent studies among men who had their prostates surgically removed soon after they were diagnosed with very low-risk prostate cancer, roughly 27 percent of black men (vs. 14 percent of white men) actually had more severe cancers than physicians had originally thought. Additional research also indicated that black men tend to have larger tumors located in areas of the prostate that aren’t easily accessible for biopsy. (ii)

“My own experience taught me how important it is for individuals at risk of prostate cancer to be educated about their treatment options and to be motivated to make informed decisions,” said patient Victor Lawson. “Had I not heard the ESPN interview and learned about proton therapy, I might have missed out on a successful treatment option.”

To help others who may be searching for a better understanding of what treatment options are available, Victor along with other prostate cancer patients treated at ProCure, actively reach out to patients to share their personal experiences. Their stories have appeared in publications and aired on broadcast programs including WCTC-AM, The Prostate Net and MOSAIC Magazine.

About Proton Therapy
Proton therapy is a precise radiation treatment for cancer without many of the short and long-term side effects often experienced with standard X-ray radiation.  The precision allows only the tumor to be irradiated, minimizing harmful effects to surrounding healthy tissue and reducing risk of secondary cancers.  Studies show proton therapy to be effective in treating many types of tumors, including brain, central nervous system, head and neck, gastrointestinal, lung and prostate, as well as sarcomas and many pediatric cancers.

ProCure’s New Jersey facility opened in March 2012 and has since treated over 300 patients. For more information, please visit www.procure.com/nj or call 1-877-967-7628.

About ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc.
ProCure Treatment Centers, Inc. is a privately held health care company dedicated to improving the lives of patients with cancer by increasing access to proton therapy. The company was founded in 2005 in Bloomington, Ind., and is the first to develop a network of proton therapy centers in cities across the United States. The ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Oklahoma City opened in July 2009, ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, N.J., opened in March 2012 and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Proton Therapy, A ProCure Center, opened in Seattle, WA in March 2013. For more information, visit www.procure.com.

(i) National Cancer Institute

(ii) Journal of Clinical Oncology, online June 17, 2013 and The Journal of Urology, online June 14, 2013.

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