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Kirk, Coons introduce Bill to boost American manufacturing competitiveness

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American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act spurs job growth, improves global competitiveness of US manufacturers

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) today introduced the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013, a bill that would bolster the competitiveness of the manufacturing industry in the United States. The bill would require the development of a national manufacturing strategy, boosting traditional and high-tech manufacturers that employ nearly 12 million Americans.

“The United States is a worldwide leader in manufacturing, and keeping this industry competitive is crucial to maintaining our economic edge in the global marketplace,” Senator Kirk said. “Manufacturers in Illinois employ more than half a million workers with quality jobs and account for 13.3 percent of the total state economic output. Our bill will ensure that the United States manufacturing industry remains competitive and creates new high quality jobs for generations to come.”

“Manufacturing has enormous power to create jobs and drive America’s economic recovery,” Senator Coons said. “Right now, the federal government does not have a coordinated strategy for supporting America’s manufacturers. We need a national strategy that looks at skills training, R&D, trade, and the wealth of factors that contribute to our manufacturers’ success. This is a common-sense, bipartisan bill that will ensure the federal government is doing everything it can to create the conditions necessary to help America’s manufacturers grow and create jobs.”

Senators Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) are also cosponsors of the bill. Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.-3) introduced companion legislation in the House (HR 2447) earlier this year.

“Our Manufacturing Competitiveness Act has always been about bringing all sides together, from both sides of the aisle, as well as the public and private sectors, to develop a set of coordinated policies that will boost American manufacturing and help create good-paying, middle-class jobs here at home,” Rep. Lipinski said. “This legislation will help give our manufacturers a fairer shot at competing in the global marketplace and provide American workers with the opportunity to thrive in the 21st century. I thank Sens. Kirk and Coons for their leadership on this bill and their commitment to manufacturing.”

The manufacturing industry contributes $1.8 trillion to the US economy each year, and on its own would rank as the world’s tenth largest economy. Current federal programs and incentives support conditions for growth in the industry, yet there is no overarching national strategy. The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act sets goals for a US manufacturing strategy and requires the Administration to analyze every four years what impacts manufacturing competitiveness.

The bipartisan legislation does not increase government spending or create new programs. Last year, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 5865, legislation similar to the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act, by a vote of 339-77. The bill is supported by the following organizations:

Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM)
American Iron and Steel Institute
American Small Manufacturers Coalition
AMT – The Association for Manufacturing Technology
The Dow Chemical Company
International Association of Machinists
NACFAM – National Council for Advanced Manufacturing
National Defense Industry Association
National Tooling and Machining Association
North American Die Casting Association
Precision Machined Products Association
Precision Metalforming Association
United Steelworkers
United Auto Workers

Madigan: Be wary of scams tied to relief efforts in Philippines

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Illinois Attorney General urges contributors to research charities before donating

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged Illinois residents who plan to donate to typhoon relief efforts underway in the Philippines to be on the lookout for fundraising scams by con artists seeking to exploit the natural disaster for their personal profit.

“In the wake of such massive destruction, people understandably want to do what they can to help others in need,” Madigan said. “Unfortunately, scam artists try to take advantage of this goodwill. I urge Illinois residents who want to make charitable contributions to research organizations before making a donation to ensure it will directly benefit the victims in the Philippines.”

The Attorney General’s office advised that donors who are seeking to give to relief efforts should be wary of requests for clothing, food or other questionable in-kind donations. Unless the charitable organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid, the donations may be more of a burden than a help. Ask the charity about their transportation and distribution plans. Be wary of those who are not experienced in disaster relief assistance.

In addition, potential donors should find out if the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. Donors may want to avoid the intermediary and give directly to charities that have a presence in the region. The Attorney General advised that donors may want to ask questions to determine the ultimate recipients of the donations to ensure that the organizations are equipped to effectively provide aid.

Under Illinois law, fundraisers and charitable organizations are required to register each year with the Attorney General’s office. To assist potential donors in making wise giving decisions, the Attorney General’s office provides important financial information about charitable organizations such as income, expenditures, and programs.

To best ensure that your donation will be used for its intended purpose, Attorney General Madigan suggested the following tips:
  • Ask how much of your donation will go to the charity and how much will be used to pay fundraising costs. Solicitors must give you this information if you ask.
  • Pay close attention to the name of the charity. Some fraudulent charities use names that sound or look like those of legitimate organizations to mislead you.
  • Ask detailed questions about the charity. Donate only when your questions have been answered and you are certain your money will be used according to your wishes. Ask questions like whether the charity is registered with the Illinois Attorney General’s office and what percentage of the money the charity takes in goes to fundraising, administration and charitable programming.
  • Do not pay in cash. For security and tax record purposes, pay by check. Be sure to write the full official name of the charity on your check—do not abbreviate.
  • Request written information. A legitimate charity will provide you with information outlining its mission, how your donation will be distributed, and proof that your contribution is tax deductible.
  • Do not donate if the solicitor uses high-pressure tactics, asks for cash payment or insists on sending someone to pick up your donation. These are all hallmarks of a scam.
Madigan encouraged donors to report suspicious solicitations to her office’s Charitable Trust Bureau by calling (312) 814-2595. Madigan recommended that, whenever possible, keep notes detailing the date and time of the call, the organization’s name, and the name of the solicitor. She also suggested trying to remember the “pitch” as well as any other pertinent information.

Rainbow PUSH and Lawyers’ Committee hold ‘Business of Sports’ Symposium November 15

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The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Perennial Sports and Entertainment will hold a dynamic discussion regarding “the Business of Sports” and African Americans in sports and media, at the Capital Hilton Hotel, November 15.

This discussion will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 2-3:30 pm, featuring Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Barbara R. Arnwine and other esteemed panelists. The panel will center its conversation on the media images of popular African American Athletes who dominate our culture in the U.S. and globally.

The projected U.S. sports advertising revenue for 2013 is $31.5 billion dollars. This panel will feature prominent journalists, athletes and media specialists and will explore the relationship of African Americans to sports and the media.

How are African American athletes portrayed in the media: the good, the bad and the ugly? Who controls the images of African American athletes? Where are the African American executives in major sports news channels? How can African Americans control their own sports images, programming, and networks? How can athletes use their images to promote positive social change? Should athletes’ lives off the playing field be fair game for news coverage? What have images of African Americans sports figures done to inspire people to become active in promoting civil rights and selecting sports related careers? How can the African American community benefit from the multi-billion dollar sports industry?

Panelists include Moderator Curtis Symonds, CEO HBCU Network; Bob Butler, National Association of Black Journalists; Rock Newman, Host, Rock Newman Show; Barbara Arnwine, President/Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee and Chair, Rainbow/PUSH Sports Board of Directors; Andre Collins, NFLPA Director, former Player Services; Tanya Clayhouse, Director, Public Policy Project, Lawyers’ Committee; and William Strickland, Principal, Strickland Sports & Entertainment Group, in dealing with these pivotal questions.

NNPA Chairman Blasts NFL for ‘Almost a Slave Mentality’

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By Hazel Trice Edney

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – The chairman of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, a federation of more than 200 Black-owned newspapers, says the Washington Redskins’ team – under fire from a Richmond, Va. publisher – is in sync with the entire National Football League in its apparent oppressive treatment of Black businesses and consumers.

“It’s almost a slave mentality. They put us on the field and we entertain the master but we’re not reaping any benefits from the business side of it,” Campbell says. “It’s not just the Redskins. If you look around the country, the NFL as a whole pretty much neglects Black businesses and the Black community,” said Campbell, publisher of the Arizona Informant Newspaper.

He continued, “Here in Arizona, our Arizona Cardinals does zero with the Black community. Every now and then they might show up for a token Black event. But, I don’t see our African-American newspaper here in Phoenix or in Arizona being supported by the Arizona Cardinals. I believe if you called other newspapers that have [teams] in their markets, I don’t believe they’re doing much for them either. I believe the NFL as a whole takes the Black community for granted although we are their major product on the field.”

Campbell was responding to questions pertaining to a conflict between NNPA member Ray Boone, editor/publisher of the award-winning Richmond Free Press, and the Richmond-based Washington Redskins Training Camp, which is partially owned by Bon Secours Health System.

In a letter to NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock and CC’d to Campbell, Boone states that the team contracted no business with Black-owned or locally owned businesses at its first Richmond training camp between July 25 and August 16. That includes the failure to advertise in the Black-owned Richmond Free Press while advertising with the White-owned conservative daily, the Richmond Times Dispatch which has a history of pro-segregation leadership. The conflict is steeped in an age-old battle constantly waged by Black newspapers, which are historic targets for advertising discrimination.

While Bon Secours placed paid advertisements for the training camp in the Times Dispatch, the Free Press was sent press releases, Boone said in an interview.

Brock, who has served as NAACP chair since 2010, is vice president for advocacy and government relations for the Bon Secours Health System, Inc., in Marriottsville, Md. Boone believes her corporate position has caused her to compromise her stance for economic justice in the Richmond case.

“Bon Secours, along with Mayor Dwight C. Jones and the Washington team, blatantly denied, contrary to the Mayor’s pledge, black businesses and other local businesses the opportunity to receive vendor contracts inside the training camp,” Boone wrote in a Sept. 27 letter to Brock. “Characteristic of Richmond government and big businesses, this Bon Secours decision disgracefully enhanced Richmond’s shameful reputation as ‘The Capital of Poverty,’ with 25 percent of Richmond’s population suffering in poverty.”

When Brock had not responded to his letter for more than a month, Boone followed up with a Nov. 1 email pointing out, “This raises the unavoidable question of whether Bon Secours is restricting you from living up to your responsibility to honor the NAACP mission?”

He continued, “In the interest of fairness and the image of the NAACP, I respectfully suggest that you break your silence.”

Brock responded to Boone by email that same day, stating, “The matter you reference in your letter is local in nature and should be handled directly by the Richmond Branch NAACP and Salim Khalfani at the Virginia State Conference NAACP.  I have forwarded your correspondence to them and shared the information with the leadership of Bon Secours Health System in Richmond.”

In an email, responding to a question from the Trice Edney News Wire this week, Brock said that she had not publically commented on Boone’s complaint because it is a local issue.

Brock’s email said she had “also discussed the matter in detail with” Campbell, who is serving his second term as NNPA chairman. At a Sept. 17 reception in D.C., Campbell, Boone and other NNPA publishers praised Brock for her leadership and gave her an award for social justice.

While Campbell verbally blistered the NFL, including the Redskins, he balanced his response by saying he agrees with Brock that the issue in Boone’s case is local since the economic decisions appear to have been made by the mayor and Bon Secours’ Richmond entities.

“At the end of the day, I think [the criticism of her] is unfair just because she works for Bon Secours. That’s her day job. We all volunteer at some time with the NAACP,” Campbell says, referring to Brock’s volunteer chairmanship. “While we want to see Mr. Boone and his publication get what it deserves and more so; that is definitely a local issue.”

Boone, who recently announced he has stopped using the term “Redskins” in the Richmond Free Press because it is “racist”, argues that the Redskins’ and Bon Secours’ exclusion of Black businesses underscores and illustrates the team’s mentality under the controversial name, which is receiving growing national pressure for change.

In her email to the Trice Edney News Wire, Brock also clarified that the NAACP has long stood against the Redskins name because of its roots in racism. “The NAACP passed a resolution more than ten years ago against racial slurs being used as mascots. In the last few months the NAACP signed on letters with the Oneida Tribe, based in Washington and the National Coalition on American Tribes especially in support of their efforts to change the Redskins name,” she wrote.

Neither Mayor Dwight C. Jones; nor Virginia NAACP President King Salim Khalfani could be reached for comment by deadline. Bon Secours representatives did not return repeated phone calls.

Meanwhile, Boone, a recipient of the State NAACP’s Oliver W. Hill Freedom Fighter Award, remains focused on his quest for economic justice, promising Brock “fairness and balance” in upcoming coverage of her leadership positions with the NAACP and Bon Secours.

Such economic battles have been hard fought in Richmond and in Black and grassroots communities across the nation. Former Richmond City Councilman Chuck Richardson, known for his historic advocacy for Black businesses and contractors, recalls researching Washington Redskins’ racism as far back as 1961. That’s when he wrote a research paper in junior high school about the team and how the Redskins was “the last professional football team to allow Blacks to play for them,” he said in an interview. “This harkens back to that painful time. It hurt then and I would have thought that a greater degree of change might have occurred, but the mentality still exists. It seems so much has changed and yet so much remains the same.”

Illinois’ housing value at $179,900 and homeownership rate at 67.3 percent post-recession, latest American Community Survey Shows

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The U.S. Census Bureau today released the latest statistics from the American Community Survey, which cover a three-year period from 2010-2012 and are available for areas with a population of 20,000 or more. The statistics show the median home value for Illinois was $179,900 during the post-recession period of 2010-2012, a decrease from $207,300 during the recession period of 2007-2009.

According to the survey, the post-recession median home ownership rate in Illinois was 67.3 percent, a decrease from 68.8 percent during the recession.

The findings about home valuations are based on survey responses, not reported sales, and provide a snapshot of the housing market from recent years. Current data from the Illinois Association of Realtors have indicated the market is rebounding, with median prices statewide registering gains since 2012.

Nevertheless, the American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about all communities in the country. The survey gives communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Retailers, homebuilders, police departments and town and city planners are among the many private- and public-sector decision makers who count on these annual results. Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation’s people.

Other selected highlights for Illinois:

Housing Units

  • In Illinois, 58.5 percent of housing units post-recession were single-family detached homes, an increase from 58.1 percent in 2007-2009.
  • Additionally, 2.6 percent of Illinois’ housing units were mobile homes, a decrease from 2.8 percent in the 2007-2009 statistics.

Mortgage Status

  • About 68.4 percent of owner-occupied homes had a mortgage in 2010-2012, a decrease from 69.9 percent in 2007-2009.


  • In 2010-2012, the median gross rent was $877, which was not statistically different from $873 in 2007-2009.
  • In Illinois, 43.2 percent of renters spent 35 percent or more of their household incomes on gross rent, an increase from 41.4 percent during the recession period.

Monthly Owner Costs

  • According to 2010-2012 statistics, the median selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage was $1,681 a decrease from $1,791 in 2007-2009. Some examples of owner costs include mortgages, real estate taxes, various insurances, utilities, fuels, mobile home costs and condominium fees.
  • Meanwhile, the post-recession median selected monthly owner costs for housing units without a mortgage was $555, which was not statistically different from $557 in 2007-2009.
  • In 2010-2012, 29.0 percent of homeowners (with a mortgage) spent 35 percent or more of their household incomes on selected monthly owner costs (a standard indicator of unaffordable housing), which was not statistically different from 29.4 percent in 2007-2009.

For More Information

The Census Bureau has also released a brief titled Home Value and Homeownership Rates: Recession and Post-Recession Comparisons From 2007-2009 to 2010-2012. This brief uses the 2010-2012 American Community Survey statistics to focus on small areas’ homeownership rates and median housing values.

In addition to these housing statistics, more than 40 topics about Illinois are available with today’s release through the American Community Survey. The topics include educational attainment, employment, commuting, language spoken at home, nativity and ancestry. For the first time, comparison profiles are available for the three-year statistics, allowing smaller communities to see how their social, economic and housing characteristics have changed over time.

The 2010-2012 American Community Survey statistics are available for the nation, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, every congressional district, every metro area, and all counties and places with populations of 20,000 or more. Statistics for areas with smaller populations will be available on Dec. 17.

For more information, contact Dave Roeder at 312-814-6015 or the U.S. Census Bureau Regional Office in Chicago at 630-288-9288 or 1-800-865-6384

President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative Fatherhood Buzz encourages fathers to “Take Time to be a Healthy Dad Today”

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Select local barbershops to host events and provide fathers with parenting resources

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — As part of President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative, The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance will team up with community agencies and barbershops across the country as part of Fatherhood Buzz to provide fathers with key tips, information and strategies that focus on men’s health. Barbershops, which serve as unofficial outlets for peer education in many communities, were chosen as the trusted hub to share information about fatherhood and the essential role that fathers play in society. Events will include national and local resources for fathers, including handouts on health and wellness, parenting tips, networking, and positive conversations.

On average, men live five years less than women – with heart disease as the leading cause of death. Fatherhood Buzz events will encourage fathers to treat their health as part of their commitment to being a responsible father. Fathers who model a healthy lifestyle can have a powerful and positive impact on the development and health of their children. In fact, studies have found that children who have actively engaged fathers are more likely to have good physical and emotional health, to achieve academically, and avoid drugs, violence, and delinquent behavior.

“The three ways you can be a responsible father and man is by eating right, getting exercise and getting regular preventive health screenings,” says Kenneth Braswell, Director, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC). “We are doing this outreach through barbershops to ensure that men, especially fathers, know about the importance of their health for themselves and their families.”

Encouraging health among fathers through conversations is just one topic in a series of topics sponsored by NRFC being used to strengthen fathers and families through barbershops across the country.

President Obama’s Fatherhood Initiative’s Fatherhood Buzz is a pilot program of The National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) – an established, national and international resource for fathers, practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. A service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Family Assistance, NRFC develops and collects information about policies, priorities, trends, research findings, and promising fatherhood practices. The NRFC disseminates that knowledge to practitioners and the fatherhood field to support well-being and economic self-sufficiency outcomes for fathers, children, families, and communities.

For more information, call 1(877) 4DAD-411 or visit www.fatherhood.gov.

For the listing of the community partners and barbershops, visit http://1.usa.gov/1gHhvyU

The truth about Black males – “The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity”

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Announcing a new book for anyone interested in learning the truth about Black males – “The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity”

Lansing, MI (BlackNews.com) — Theodore S. Ransaw Ph.D., professor of Education and Black Masculinity releases book to help separate the myths from reality about Black male students. Addressing the challenges facing adolescent Black males, The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity analyzes and stresses the importance of identity development. It helps educators and parents understand the importance of cultivating a positive Black male identity and how this overlooked aspect of childhood development impacts young adults. Also provided are solutions for finding a balance between academics and social activities.

Here’s what others are saying:

“Dr. Ransaw’s provocative analysis of the contemporary Black male is a must-read for those interested in the field of education, African American Studies, gender studies and anyone else vested in discussing the truth about Black men.” — Dr. Pierre W. Orelus.

“Ransaw believes African American masculinity has been misinterpreted if at all, and Black men require the filters of social and physical capital to succeed in a world largely determined to ignore or objectify them-this book supplies practical tips to reinforce African American males’ capacity to exercise the art of being truly and substantively cool. As Ransaw asserts, ‘Masculinity is a pursuit, not a destination.'” — Copy Line Magazine

“Ransaw accustomed himself early on to being the ‘other’ kid, a stance which empowered his ability to transform his uniqueness into an identity that suited him best. Ransaw recognized that having mentors in his life was critical to his growth and development. He brought these experiences and his academic knowledge to bear upon ‘The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity’, articulating means and outcomes by which Black males have shaped their masculinity, both in the United States and elsewhere-in the present and the past.” — The Literary Network

About Dr. Ransaw

Inspired by students in his Afro American Masculinity class, Dr. Ransaw – K-12 Outreach Specialist for the College of Education at Michigan State University, wrote this book as a resource for anyone involved in the schooling of Black males. In addition to helping close the achievement/relationship gap for males of color, Dr. Ransaw also conducts professional development workshops regarding Black males and literacy and has taught classes on Communication, Diversity, Hip-Hop Music and Culture as well as Black Masculinity.

The Art of Being Cool: The Pursuit of Black Masculinity is available at Amazon.com and www.africanamericanimages.com.

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author Theodore S. Ransaw Ph.D

Gene Siskel Film Center to premiere critically acclaimed documentaries American Promise, November 22-27 and Lenny Cooke, November 29 – December 5

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Filmmaker appearances scheduled for both movies; Lenny Cooke executive-produced by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah who is tentatively scheduled to appear at one of the screenings in the run

American Promise

“Yielding belly laughs, big salty tears, and cultural critique in

equal measure…an intimate American docu-epic unlike anything that’s

come before it.”–Jordan M. Smith, IonCinema.com

American Promise is a bold, unflinching 12-year movie diary of two African American families seeking to give their kids their best shot at the American dream, and is an intimate look at growing up under unique pressure. Offering diverging takes on the multicultural experience, the film follows the families starting with the enrollment of their five-year-old sons in an elite Manhattan prep school and continuing through high school graduation. The enormous hopes of eager parents weigh on young Idris and Seun, complicating a childhood already impacted by racism, classism, and the cultural disconnect of schooling in a largely white milieu. 2013, Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson, USA, 132 min., DCP digital.

Co-directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson will be present for audience discussion at all shows on Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, and at the 2:00 pm show on Sunday, November 24.

One week only, Friday, November 22-Wednesday, November 27

Friday (11/22) at 5:00 and 8:00 pm;

Saturday (11/23) at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 pm;

Sunday (11/24) at 2:00 and 5:00 pm;

Monday (11/25) at 6:30 pm;

Tuesday (11/26) at 6:00 and 8:30 pm;

Wednesday (11/27) at 6:00 and 8:30 pm.

Lenny Cooke: “A penetrating and ultimately heartbreaking inventory of

hard lessons learned on and off the court.”–Scott Foundas, Variety

“Sadly real-life basketball version of ‘Friday Night Lights’ crossed

with ‘Blind Side.’”–Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com

In 2001, Lenny Cooke was one young basketball prodigy seemed destined

for NBA greatness, but his career crashed and burned before it even started, due to bad advice, bad timing, and youthful arrogance. The star-crossed history of Lenny Cooke, who was ranked the number-one high school basketball player in the U.S. (ahead of LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony), but who fumbled his shot at the 2002 draft, plays out as a gripping human-interest story that critics have likened to HOOP DREAMS in its pathos. Fans will be delighted by on-court footage of Cooke, James, Anthony, and other up-and-coming hoopsters as teen novices. 2012, Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie, USA, 88 min., DCP digital.

Co-directors Ben and Joshua Safdie and producer Adam Shopkorn will be present for audience discussion on Friday, November 29.  Executive producer Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls team member and 2013 NBA All-Star, will be present for discussion at one screening: check for updates at www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

One week only, Friday, November 29-Thursday, December 5

Friday (11/29) at 7:45 pm;

Saturday (11/30) at 8:00 pm;

Sunday (12/1) at 7:15 pm;

Monday (12/2) at 8:00 pm;

Tuesday (12/3) at 8:30 pm;

Wednesday (12/4) at 6:15 pm;

Thursday, (12/5) at 8:30 pm.

All screenings and events are at the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, located at 164 N. State St.

Tickets to each screening–unless stated otherwise–are $11/general admission, $7/students, and $6/Film Center members. All tickets may be purchased at the Film Center Box Office. Both general admission and Film Center member tickets are available through Ticketmaster, 800-982-2787, www.ticketmaster.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. The Film Center and its box office are open 5:00 to 8:30 pm, Monday through Friday; 2:00 to 8:30 pm Saturday; and 2:00 to 5:30 pm Sunday.

Tickets for groups of 20+ are available at $8 each. Call 312-846-2600 for more information.

A Gene Siskel Film Center membership is a year-round ticket to great movies for only $6 per screening. Memberships are $50 (Individual) and $80 (Dual). For more information, call 312-846-2600 or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org/content/membership.

Discounted parking is available for $16 for 10 hours at the InterPark SELF-PARK at 20 E. Randolph St. A rebate ticket can be obtained from the Film Center Box Office.

The Film Center is located near CTA trains and buses. Nearest CTA L stations are Lake (Red line); State/Lake (Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple lines); and Washington (Blue line). CTA bus lines serving State St.: 2, 6, 10, 29, 36, 62, 144, and 146.

For more information about the Film Center, call 312-846-2800 (24-hour movie hotline) or 312-846-2600 (general information, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday), or visit www.siskelfilmcenter.org.

The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrates 41 years of presenting cutting edge programs, independent and international cinema, premieres, retrospectives, and classic films. Internationally recognized for its original film programming, the Film Center is a vibrant cultural destination in Chicago that attracts a diverse and creative annual audience of over 80,000. www.siskelfilmcenter.org

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate, graduate, and post-baccalaureate programs to nearly 3,200 students from around the globe. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit www.saic.edu

Why I Became an AfroFuturist

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By Stafford L. Battle

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — When I tell people I am an AFROFuturist, I usually get a blank stare. Then, there is the polite question: “What is AFROFuturism?” I explain that AFROFuturism is not a religion nor a dangerous cult whose members seek to violently oust the existing world order. There will be no race riots or flaming torches. Yet, AFROFuturism can be very radical. It is revolutionary. People of African descent can play a major role in the future of humankind. Once you become an AFROFuturist, you will have made the decision to perceive the world in a different way and help improve the human condition by utilizing technology and the arts. AFROFuturism combines artistic design, video, music, writing and philosophical dialogue into a collaborative endeavor. AFROFuturism tell us: Let’s restructure the way the world operates economically. Let’s mold a global society that embraces all people and cultures. Let’s redefine the human animal and evolve it into a higher creature.

For me, becoming an AFROFuturist was reminiscent of joining a populist organization like the original Black Panther Party (if I had been old enough, I might have enrolled). You take the pledge. Don the black leather jacket. Hide behind ultra dark sunglasses and step into the glare of a turbulent urban scene. We all have seen images of the 1970s Panther Party – the clinched fists and newspaper headlines. For the most part, AFROFuturism is similar to the revolutionary Black Panther Party except in several very important aspects.

Like the “Occupy Movement”, AFROFuturism has no centralized leadership. There is no head committee to imprison or torture. There are no mantras nor mission statements that we have to memorize and repeat upon demand. There is not even a secret handshake. We will not see AFROFuturists parading down Independence Avenue in Washington, DC, to pay homage to the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial. AFROFuturists will not be meeting in North Carolina barns at midnight, plotting to storm the local police kiosk and hack their computers. AFROFuturism is a spontaneous crusade involving a variety of individuals and activities. It is more of a “happening” occurring in big cities and small towns and around the world. There are AFROFuturistic fashion shows with champagne as well as structured academic study for PhD candidates.

Throughout American history, there have been organizations and movements that Black people have supported openly and clandestinely. During the 1960s, the Deacons for Defense and Justice scared white people in the South into believing that a catastrophic race war was imminent. Even after his demise, Nat Turner was an AFROFuturist of merit attracting thousands of followers over the years. Harriet Tubman, Frederic Douglas and Martin Delany likewise had visions of a proper future for Black people. Their legacy is alive. We don’t always have to agree completely with the methods of these groups and their leadership, but the goal remains clear — Do whatever is necessary, violently or peacefully or through compromise, to raise people of African descent out of second class citizenship in a world that they helped to build and make prosperous.

AFROFuturists can be found in Tweets, Facebook, Bings and Googles. You can even YAHOO an AFROFuturist. We are netizens who promote our achievements and honor our innovators around the world online. We encourage everyone to jump onboard the Mothership being built by Mae Jamison, the first Black Female astronaut. Jamison is leading an organization to build a space vehicle capable of traveling to the nearest star. We listen to Janelle Monae who tells us to “preach”. We pay homage to the transformational art of Mshindo, an artistic genius, who gives us visions of fantastic new possibilities. We read fast paced action in Black Science Fiction, SteamFunk and Sword & Soul independently published by Milton Davis and a cascade of other writers who create heroic Black characters in short stories and novels.

So, why am I an AFROFuturist?

One of the elements of AFROFuturism that greatly appealed to me is that it is not gender or age specific. AFROFuturists such as Pauline Hopkins and George Schuyler were writing about futuristic Black people more than a hundred years ago. AFROFuturists such as Samuel Delany, Steven Barnes and Ronald Jones may have birthdays that are decades apart yet they are united by common literary themes. Wisdom is not denied to us because of age, gender, sexual preference or religion. This allows AFROFuturists to inflict a devastating impact, daily upon hypocrisy. This could never have happened by an openly armed revolt against injustice. Words, art and music are much more effective than bullets or explosions. Dr. King was an AFROFuturist.

But mostly, I became an AFROFuturist to counter the extreme political right that is staging an attack against common sense. Gun control is common sense. Reproductive rights and private choice for procreation are common sense. Assisting families to escape inhumane poverty is common sense. Healthcare for everyone is common sense. Expanding education opportunities for all ages is common sense. Protecting the environment and acknowledging the human role in global climate change are common sense. We must not allow the clock to be turned back to when Black people were kept in their place by vicious police dogs, irrational legislation and threats of imprisonment. We must not let fanatical religious doctrine trump science. We must stop wasting quadrillions of dollars on bloated military budgets that only benefits the obscenely wealthy. We must not be afraid to speak our minds online, at our churches, temples or mosques, in our schools, at home, after sex or during political elections.

AFROFuturists are promoting common sense for basic humanitarian causes such as education, the arts, medicine and scientific development. We seek to encourage people of African descent to embrace the tools of the modern world to make all our communities more livable and in harmony with our surroundings. We want to stride, eyes wide open, into a future where Black people exist, control their fate and help save the world.

That is why I became an AFROFuturist.

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New Website “Surgical Connect” is major resource for job-seeking medical professionals

Posted by Admin On November - 14 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Free service provides healthcare workers with the opportunity to list their resumes and search for desirable positions across the country

Fort Worth, TX (BlackNews.com) – Surgical Connect announces the launch of its new website that brings together medical professionals seeking jobs and employers seeking qualified professionals.

The site, www.surgicalconnect.com, gives health professionals of all disciplines the opportunity to post their resume free of charge using a quick and straightforward system and also search for medical jobs across the country.

The site allows them to personalize their resume profile and upload a picture, if they wish. Alternatively, they have the option of a privacy posting. Job-seekers can also create their own “Job Alert” email notifying them of the latest listings in their field.

Employers such as hospitals, urgent care facilities, surgery centers, and doctors, as well as professional recruiters posting positions, will find that the fees are very inexpensive compared with other sites.

Surgicalconnect.com caters for every kind of health professional including nursing, lab, radiology, rehab, allied health, pharmacy and executive positions.

A key advantage of Surgicalconnect.com is that when employers or recruiters post their jobs, the positions are also automatically listed on indeed.com, the number one job site in the world with over 100 million unique visitors each month.

Sergio Giles, president of Surgical Connect, who has 20 years of surgical experience, said, “With the recent changes in healthcare and an aging population there is a greater demand than ever before for employees in the medical profession. Our platform enables employers and job seekers to connect in an incredibly effective, fast and simple way. We are very excited about the response we have received to our launch.”

“We are already finding that most employers will search our resume database before posting jobs. For job-seekers it is a perfect tool to help them find the position they want. They can register for free, post their resumes for free and search medical job postings for free.”

For more information, please visit: www.surgicalconnect.com

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