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Archive for November 5th, 2013

Attorney General Madigan: Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $1.6 billion to resolve health care fraud allegations

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Agreement resolves unlawful marketing of Antipsychotic Drugs Risperdal & Invega

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a $1.6 billion joint state and federal settlement with Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals over its illegal marketing of antipsychotic drugs Risperdal and Invega. Illinois will receive $23.6 million under the agreement.

Madigan, her state counterparts and the federal government alleged that from 1999 to 2005, the companies unlawfully marketed Risperdal for “off-label uses,” or uses not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and made false and misleading statements about the safety and efficacy of the drug. Further, they allege the company engaged in a kickback scheme with health care professionals and pharmacists to promote the use of Risperdal among children, adolescents and older patients, for whom the drug’s usage was not approved by the FDA.

The states further contend that from 2007 through 2009, the companies promoted Invega for off-label uses and made false and misleading statements about the safety and efficacy of Invega.  The companies’ alleged unlawful conduct caused false and fraudulent claims to be submitted to or caused purchases by government funded health care programs, including Illinois’ Medicaid program.
“Janssen illegally marketed its drugs to vulnerable patients, including children and seniors, and fraudulently billed the state’s Medicaid program for these drugs at taxpayers’ expense,” Madigan said.

The investigation resulted from four qui tam actions filed in the U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania under the federal False Claims Act and related state statutes. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. additionally will plead guilty in federal court to a criminal misdemeanor charge of misbranding Risperdal in violation of the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. As part of the criminal plea, Janssen has agreed to pay an additional $400 million in criminal fines and forfeitures.
As part of the resolution of these matters, the companies also will enter into a Corporate Integrity Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General, which will closely monitor the company’s future marketing practices.

This case was handled by Madigan’s Medicaid Fraud Bureau working with the National Association of Medicaid Fraud Control Units.

Pastor Mitty Collier makes public appeal to find missing son

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Pastor Collier is praying for his safe return

By Chinta Strausberg

An internationally known gospel singer, Pastor Mitty Collier Friday called on the public to help locate her son, ElJess Joseph, 52, a Markham, Illinois resident, who has been missing for two-weeks.

Joseph, a driver for the SCR Medical Transportation Paratransit Services, was last heard from by company officials 13-days ago. His cell goes unanswered, according to Pastor Collier who is desperately trying to locate her son.

Known for her recording, “I Had a Talk With God Last Night,” Pastor Collier is praying that police find her son and that nothing has happened to him. She said it is not like him not to call and to just disappear without contacting her.

“The last time I saw my son was three-weeks ago just before I went to bible study,” recalled Pastor Collier. “He came by my house to see his daughter who lives with me. He did talk to his job on Saturday, but no one has heard from him since.

“I miss my son, and I would like to know where he is,” she said appealing to the public for help. “This is not a common behavior for him, and I want him to come home.”

Anyone who has seen or heard from Mr. Joseph, please call his mother, Pastor Collier, at: 708.868.2091.

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.

Photo Caption: ElJess Joseph

Is the Room at the top of Civil Rights Organizations for men only?

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Is the Room at the top of Civil Rights Organizations for Men Only?

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By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

In a petition circulated online, Change.org minces no words–“NAACP: Hire the First Woman President in the NAACP’s 104 year History.”

Seventy percent of the respondents agreed it is time that NAACP (the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) elect the first permanent woman president in its history.

The petition and the clamor for a woman to lead the organization came almost within moments after current NAACP President Ben Jealous announced he was stepping down at the end of the year. This is hardly the first time there’s been a clamor and an even louder criticism of the dearth of female leaders at the top of the nation’s major civil rights organizations.

Two things have marked the litany of civil rights organizations past and present. One is that throughout the history of the best-known major civil rights groups–the Urban League, Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and of course the NAACP–no woman has occupied the top spot any of them.

The sole exception was in 2009, when the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), which in its declining years finally elected the first woman head, Bernice King, Dr. Martin Luther King’s daughter. But that breakthrough was short-lived when King could not reach agreement with the SCLC’s male-dominated board regarding the terms of her presidency.

The second major earmark of civil rights organizations has been the number of prominent women who played pivotal roles in the fight for justice and equality. They are well-known: Rosa Parks, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ella Baker, Gloria Richardson, Dorothy Cotton, Septima Clark, Dorothy Height, to name a few.
These women had to wage two fights. One was for civil rights and one was against the blatant sexism and male dominance among the rank and file and leadership in the civil rights organizations.

The men frequently denigrated and minimized women’s role and importance, or they pigeon holed them into so called women’s roles—typists, phone answerers, general gofers, and just plain flunkies for the men. In some cases, they sexually exploited and abused women.

The most blatant example of this was Black Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver’s frequent admonition that the only place for women in the movement was “prone.” This ignited a firestorm of criticism and condemnation from female Panther members and among women activists in various other civil rights organizations. Although Cleaver took much deserved heat for his insulting and outlandish digs at women, he reflected the quiet sentiment of far too many men that, aside from their views of women, their positions were some of the most advanced, forward thinking and progressive in their social concepts and activism.

The Achilles’ Heel of the civil rights organizations remained the quiet and destructive sexism within their ranks. This history burst into public in the run-up to the 50th anniversary commemoration of the March on Washington this past August. A number of women took dead aim at the march’s 1963 organizers for what they considered the deliberate exclusion of women from a major role in the planning, organizing and deliverance of any of the keynote speeches at the historic event.

Those women didn’t stop with a nostalgic glancing, over-the-shoulder critique of the events 50 years ago. Instead, they openly wondered how much had really changed within the major civil rights organizations today.

Apart from the towering roles that women played in past civil rights battles as activists and organizers, radical women, such as Kathleen Cleaver, Angela Davis and Hamer showed by their courage and example that they could more than hold their own and even surpass most men, including men who were considered the movement leaders, in terms of vision, passion, energy and steel-like dedication to the fight for economic and social justice.

Yet despite the power of their leadership and example, they still had to struggle against marginalization by male leaders. In spite of their prominence and name recognition, they constantly bumped up against the intrinsic and galling reality that when it came to leadership and decision-making in organizations, the hard edge of traditional and ingrained male domination and female marginalization continued to be the order of the day.

While many applauded an Angela Davis and rallied to her defense, she was still seen by many men as a woman first, second and often last, and not as a black leader. Yet, just as in the past, there were powerful examples of women as activists and leaders in the civil rights movement, there are even more women today who are fully capable of being not only the visible face of a major civil rights organization, but one of its leading decision and policy makers as well.

NAACP has legions of women in local decision- and policy-making roles in their various chapters. Any one of them could step into the top presidential spot. There are also prominent women outside the organization that BlackAmericaweb.com named, who could assume the president’s mantle.

Among them are Stefanie James Brown, former NAACP youth and college director; Aisha Moodie-Mills, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and counsel-director of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Appointing any one of them to head the organization would signal that the NAACP has shattered the glass ceiling. It would send a powerful message that the organization regards the fight for gender equality and against sexism as being equally potent and compelling as the historic and continuing fight for racial justice and equality.

NAACP has a golden opportunity to open the door of its male-only room at the top to women. It’s an opportunity that it and no other civil rights organization purporting to call itself a champion of civil rights should blow.

Community response to SB10, the Marriage Equality Bill

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CHICAGO, IL – A Community Response Rally will be held after the Illinois House votes on the state’s Equal Marriage Rights Bill regardless of the outcome.

With a vote by Illinois’s House on the state’s equal marriage rights bill expected by this Thursday, Nov. 7th, regardless of the result, there will be a community response rally at 7 P.M., Thursday at the corner of Halsted and Roscoe Streets in the heart of Chicago’s LGBT entertainment district.

“If we win, we will celebrate our long-fought victory,” said Gay Liberation Network spokesman Bob Schwartz, one of the organizers of the event. “We will also spread the message that the fight for LGBTQ rights does not end with marriage equality in Illinois. If we lose, we will not take defeat passively.  We will take note of those who stood in the way of our achieving victory this week and promise payback for their failure to promote equality.”

“Just two weeks ago this bill was widely seen as dead in the water for this fall veto session,” said GLN co-founder Andy Thayer. “What changed? It was the people that forced this bill onto the agenda for this Fall Veto session, not the politicians and insiders. It was the explicit threat of political retribution to those in Springfield who stood in our way or only half-heartedly supported equal rights. And make no mistake, simply calling a vote will not be enough to calm our wrath. If the House Democratic caucus does not use it’s super-majority to pass this bill, we will put the failure right at their and House Speaker Mike Madigan’s doorstep.”

The Gay Liberation Network has been organizing numerous rallies, marches and pickets for equal marriage rights for over a decade, long before the issue was popular in Chicago’s LGBT community, let alone in the state at large. Thanks to on-going public events like these and other grass-roots efforts, Illinioisans now support equal marriage rights for same-sex couples by a nearly two-to-one margin.

For more information, contact the Gay Liberation Network at 773.209.1187 or email LGBTliberation@aol.com

Top 2014 African-American, Minority and Diversity Internship Programs

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The new year is fast approaching and many companies and organizations are already announcing that they are accepting applications for their upcoming internship programs.

Here’s a list of the top 2014 internship programs for African Americans:

#1 – The NBA Internship Program offers college students an exciting opportunity to use their skills and classroom learning within a national sports environment.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/nba-internship-program.html

#2 – The NASCAR Diversity Internship Program is a 10-week, full-time, paid summer work opportunity for deserving students with an interest in the NASCAR industry.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/03/nascar-diversity-internship-program.html

#3 – Black Enterprise Internships are designed to provide real-life work experiences for college students interested in a career in the media industry.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/black-enterprise-internships.html

#4 – The NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women’s Internship offers an opportunity for a minority, female college student to be chosen for a unique two-year internship program.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/10/ncaa-ethnic-minority-and-womens.html

#5 – The Minority Access Internship Program offers spring, summer and fall internships for college sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduates and professionals.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/05/minority-access-internship-program.html

#6 – Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Internships are available for college students pursuing undergraduate associates or bachelors degrees.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/09/congressional-black-caucus-foundation.html

#7 – Explore Microsoft Internship Program is for current college undergraduate minority students pursuing a degree in computer science or software engineering.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/04/Explore-Microsoft-Internship-Program.html

#8 – BET Networks Internships provides paid internships for both undergraduate and graduate college students at five different locations.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/09/bet-networks-internships.html

#9 – The UNCF/NAACP Gateway to Leadership Internship Program is a 10-week paid summer internship for undergraduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/04/uncf-naacp-gateway-to-leadership-internship-program.html

#10 – The The White House Initiative’s Year-round Internship Program offers an exciting experience for undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in improving education outcomes for African Americans.
Learn more at www.findinternships.com/2013/04/white-house-initiative-year-round-internship-program.html

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Goodman Theatre welcomes 33 high school juniors from 22 Chicagoland schools to its ‘Free’ “Cindy Bandle Young Critics” Program

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(Chicago, IL) Goodman Theatre welcomes members of 22 area high schools for the “Cindy Bandle Young Critics” (CBYC) program in the 2013/2014 Season. Now in its seventh year, CBYC—a free program for 11th grade girls produced in partnership with the Association for Women Journalists (AWJ) Chicago and named for the Goodman’s longtime press director—increases awareness of and participation in arts journalism. The 33 young critics attend bi-monthly meetings at the Goodman, where AWJ mentors help them to develop their critical voice and learn the mechanics of writing, professional journalism and issues pertinent to women and criticism. CBYC participants review and write feature stories about the productions in the Goodman’s season, as well as interview artists and staff. Alumni of CBYC have a 100% college matriculation rate, and many continue their work with theater and journalism, whether joining the Goodman’s Youth Arts Council, becoming a theater intern or majoring in theater or journalism.

“It’s an exciting time as CBYC enters its seventh season,” said Cheryl Corley, lead mentor and past President of the AWJ-Chicago. “Our goal throughout has been to help these young women sharpen both their writing and critical thinking skills as they learn about theater and journalism. We craft workshops that cover a diverse range of topics—and it’s all done with a sense of fun!”

Of this year’s 33 participants from Chicago and the neighboring Oak Forest, Algonquin, Cicero, Hillside, Wilmette, Mundelein, Hinsdale, Grayslake and Maywood areas, 19 attend public school (eight of which are Chicago Public Schools), 13 attend private schools and one is home schooled. Participating high schools include Chicago High School for the Arts, Chicago Waldorf School, De La Salle Institute, Hinsdale Central High School, Holy Trinity High School, Infinity Math, Science and Technology High School, Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy, Johnson College Prep, Lincoln Park High School, Loyola Academy, Marian Central Catholic High School, Mundelein High School, New Trier High School, Northside College Preparatory High School, Perspectives Charter School Rodney D. Joslin Campus, Providence St. Mel School, Proviso West High School, Tinley Park High School, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Walter Payton College Prep and Whitney M. Young Magnet High School.

Mentors from the Association for Women Journalists include Cheryl Corley (lead mentor), National Public Radio; Nancy Day, Columbia College Chicago; Carla K. Johnson, Associated Press; Nneka McGuire, Krames StayWell; Elizabeth Neukirch, The Silverman Group, Inc.; Dawn Raftery, hibu; Kerry Reid, freelance journalist; Susy Schultz, The Daily Journal; Catey Sullivan, Chicago magazine;  and Joanne von Alroth, Reuters.

Cindy Bandle, whose tenure at the Goodman spanned two decades, served as the theater’s press director until her death in 2005. During her time at the Goodman, the theater became one of the most important and respected not-for-profit resident theaters in the country. Bandle was the public face of the theater for multiple triumphant Goodman productions, including transfers to New York and abroad, the 1992 Tony Award for outstanding regional theater, the Goodman’s 75th anniversary season, the campaign for the new Goodman and four Ebenezer Scrooges. She passed away in 2005, after a battle with breast cancer.

The Dr. Scholl Foundation is the Foundation Supporter of the Cindy Bandle Young Critics Program.

Humanitarian Dr. Michael K. Obeng joins Vanessa Williams, Loretta Devine, Peter Wise and Dr. Maxine Anderson as awards recipients at The NAACP Evening of Excellence

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Dr. Michael K. Obeng, a Board Certified Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, is being recognized for his philanthropic contributions, with the NAACP Humanitarian Award on November 11, 2013 in Los Angeles. Dr. Obeng was born into poverty in Ghana, Africa, persevered over unimaginable obstacles to become Chief of Plastic Surgery at St. Elizabeth Health Center before coming to Los Angeles and joining the staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital. His Beverly Hills practice specializes in cosmetic surgery of the aging face, neck, breast, body, trunk, extremities and genitalia. He was named among “America’s Top Plastic Surgeons” by the Consumer’s Research Council of America in 2011, and is among the few surgeons in the world to successfully reattach a limb, and he is an expert in complex reconstructive surgery, hand, and microneurovascular surgery.

What he is most proud of, however, are the efforts of RESTORE, a charitable organization he founded in 2008. He began giving back by donating his surgical skills, traveling at his own expense, to his own native country, and has now expanded his mission to include several third world countries. The charity provides free reconstructive surgery to abused and battered women and children, and people with congenital and accidental deformities. He also advocates for the underprivileged in the U.S., educating them about the post-reconstructive surgery options that are available after breast cancer treatment.

He has garnered many prestigious awards, including a research grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), and the coveted Herman B. Barnett award in Surgery and Anesthesia; however the NAACP Humanitarian Award is very special to him. “I am humbled and honored to be recognized by the NAACP for this award that has been shared in the past by the likes of Magic Johnson. My work has just begun, and I look forward to doing this on a full time basis in the foreseeable future.”

Dr. Obeng has also published extensively, and lectures on breast aesthetics, augmentation and reconstruction to international audiences. When he is not speaking on plastic surgery, he can be found traveling around the nation giving his award-winning motivational speech, Perseverance. Clearly, he is the personification of that message. It is through his own perseverance, tenacity and passion that he has chosen to share his much sought after skills with those who would otherwise not be able to benefit from life-changing procedures.

Owner of Slaughter & Sons Funeral Home dies at 87

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Funeral set for next week

By Chinta Strausberg

Visitation services for Bernard Slaughter, Sr., owner of the Slaughter & Sons Funeral Home, 2024 E. 75th Street who passed away last Thursday at the age of 87 while hospitalized, will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, in the funeral home’s chapel from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Funeral services for Mr. Slaughter will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Canaan Baptist Church, 6659 South Harvard St. Interment will be at the Oak Wood Cemetery, 1035 East 67th St.

Mr. Slaughter passed on Thursday, October 31, 2013, while hospitalized at the Rush University Medical Center. He has been there for a week, according to his daughter, Benita F. Slaughter, who now runs the funeral home he purchased in 1972 from Lain & Sons Funeral Home. It is located in the South Shore community.

Born in Belzoni, Mississippi to the parents of Augusta Powell and Willie Davis, Mr. Slaughter was an only child, but he had a dream—to own a funeral home.

Initially Mr. Slaughter was inspired to become a mortician by T.V. Johnson, owner of the Johnson Funeral Home in Belzoni, Mississippi. While in Detroit, Mr. Slaughter met M.K. Fritz, a mortician who recommended he pursue a mortuary science career in Chicago. He recommended that Mr. Slaughter work for the Metropolitan Funeral Parlors in Chicago.

After graduating from Worsham College where he earned a Mortuary Science degree, he worked for 25-years at the A.R. Leak & Sons Funeral Home owned by Spencer Leak, Sr. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of owning his own funeral home 1972 and was the first African American mortician in the South Shore community.

Mr. Slaughter became friends with some of the most powerful men in America including former President Bill Clinton, the late Mayor Richard J. Daley, the late Mayor Harold Washington, former U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris and many others.

A father of two, Mr. Slaughter’s wife, Georgia Slaughter, passed in 2002. In 2006, Mr. Slaughter retired turning the reigns of the funeral home over to the second generation, his daughter. Heartbroken over his death, Ms. Slaughter cited her father’s favorite quote, “to God be the glory.”

Mr. Slaughter leaves to mourn a daughter, Benita F. Slaughter and son, Bernard Slaughter, Jr., a daughter-in-law, Charlotte Slaughter and two grandsons, Ashley and Desmond.

For further information, call Ms. Benita F. Slaughter at: 773.643.5355-56.

In celebration of National Adoption Month, Author Missy B. Salick reveals myths surrounding foster care adoption

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New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — As thousands of children wait with baited breath for the opportunity to make it into a home and hundreds of other prospecting parent’s dream of taking those children into their home, it’s the fables and false facts that quickly suffocate the dreams of many.

As National Adoption month approaches in November, Missy B. Salick will expose the red tape and unravel the mystery around foster care adoptions. In an awe-inspiring book, Claiming Jeremiah, Salick tells the story of how two young people preserved and maneuvered their way through the red tape in hopes to secure a baby boy. Salick dispels all of the myths and anxieties associated with bringing a child into foster care in the two hundred and eighty page novel. Salick’s fictional memoir on foster adoption is drawing a hefty buzz online.

The novel is small in size, but contains a powerful message: “Children in foster care need a place to call home.” Salick, a foster care advocate, wrote this book based on her personal journey of foster adopting her four-year-old son. Claiming Jeremiah is the first installment of a three part series.

About Missy Salick
Before self-publishing, Salick spent several years as a freelance writer with entertainment companies and media outlets such as KPMG, Violator, MBK, Village Voice and more. As the founder of J.J. Autumn Publishing, her publishing company is geared towards highlighting urban fiction dedicated to special causes and community awareness projects. Salick a strong foster care advocate, created iJournalNow Project, a program geared towards teaching underprivileged children the importance of goal planning, leadership skills and education through journaling.

To purchase Claiming Jeremiah or to interview Missy B. Salick about her tireless cause to educate others seeking to adopt foster children, contact Val Hardy at 202-207-7768.

For more information about Missy B. Salick, visit www.meetmissy.com.

Photo Caption: Author Missy B. Salick and her book, Claiming Jeremiah

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