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Archive for December 9th, 2013

Urban renewal plan for Black America

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The Bledsoe Companies present Redemption 2019 and the Urban Renewal Plan for Black America

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – Many have heard about the need for a Marshall Plan similar to what was done to rebuild parts of Europe after World War II be targeted for the urban centers of America. Despite sound rationale, one group, the Bledsoe Companies, claim that the government has constantly turned a deaf ear to initiate a so-called Marshall Plan. According to them, this neglect of action has allowed many cities to rot from within and thus become filled with crime, violence and despair.

Because of this, they have launched Redemption 2019 (TM) – a comprehensive program to develop the Kingdom Marketplace (TM) which will consist of super stores that can compete with Walmart, Target, dollar, grocery stores and other merchants. According to the Bledsoe Companies, the Black community spends nearly all of its disposable income on goods purchased from non-Black owned businesses and with merchants that are outside of Black communities. The goal of the super stores will be to lock-in Black spending power, while at the same time become an investment vehicle that spread wealth, create a massive number of jobs and initiate economic development to traditionally under-served communities.

The concept of the Kingdom Marketplace (TM) is to provide major retail stores within the urban core of major cities in which ownership is open to the general public through a stock offering that will share profits and wealth to those that invest in the company.

The creators of Redemption 2019 (TM) say that it is an aggressive program designed to be “in tune with scripture and fulfill prophecy.” The principals of Redemption 2019 (TM) understand the magnitude of this program and seek the assistance, wisdom and guidance from those with a desire to help make this a reality.

For more information, visit www.redemption2019.com

NAACP calls on Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act

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NAACP statement on increasing the minimum wage of employees of federal contractors

In July of 2013, delegates to the NAACP annual convention overwhelmingly approved of a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Fair Minimum Wage Act to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 by 2015. The NAACP also strongly supports and encourages President Barack Obama to issue an Executive Order increasing the minimum wage for all employees of federal contractors to not less than $10.10 per hour, and then tying future annual increases to the federal cost of living index.

From NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller:

“We at the NAACP believe that every American worker deserves a fair and livable wage. That is why we strongly support a Presidential Executive Order that increases the minimum wage all federal contractors must pay their employees,” said NAACP Interim President and CEO Lorraine C. Miller. “The federal government should be a shining example of fair and just treatment by increasing the minimum wage for all employees of federal contractors.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Sr. VP of Policy and Advocacy:

“The NAACP fully supports a Presidential Executive Order increasing the minimum wage, by which all federal contractors must pay their employees,” stated Hilary O. Shelton, NAACP Washington Bureau Director and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy. “Studies have shown that when American workers have higher incomes and more income security, they are more likely to invest in and invigorate our economy, creating more jobs. An executive order increasing the minimum wage federal contractors must pay their employees would provide the type of determined and persistent leadership our country’s workers deserve.”

Hanover Park man charged with indecent solicitation

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A Hanover Park man appeared in bond court today to face felony charges for posting an ad for sex on a classified advertisement website, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Bond was set at $250,000 for Andrew Kozar, 27, of Hanover Park, who has been charged with Indecent Solicitation of an Adult, a Class X felony, following a hearing today at the Cook County Circuit Courthouse in Maywood.

According to prosecutors, on Nov. 26, 2013, Kozar placed an advertisement on the website craigslist offering to have sex with any female family member of a respondent’s family, while the respondent watched. Kozar specified that he was open to engaging in sex with an individual of any age. On the same date, an investigator with the Cook County Sheriff’s Police Child Exploitation Unit responded to Kozar’s ad, posing as a step-father with an 8-year-old daughter. Over the course of a week, Kozar and the investigator exchanged more than 75 emails and text messages where Kozar described different sex acts he would engage in with the 8-year-old girl while the “step-father” watched.

According to prosecutors, Kozar agreed to meet the “step-father” at a location in Forest Park. After Kozar arrived at the location and exited his vehicle, he was arrested by Sheriff’s Police investigators.

Kozar appeared before Judge Stanley Hill at the Maywood Court House. His next court date is December 26, 2013.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Illinois schools implement new Math Standards

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As schools across the state implement the new Illinois Learning Standards, incorporating the Common Core, schools are leading math instruction that provides a deeper understanding of major concepts and emphasizes the ability to apply math to real life.

The new math standards, based on the Common Core, generate three major instructional shifts in focus, coherence and rigor. Adopted in 2010, these standards focus on the skills that students truly need to master at each grade level in order to succeed in subsequent grades. This means that there are fewer standards, but more teaching time for those standards that do remain. The standards are coherent both within a single grade and across grades. In other words, new concepts build upon previously learned concepts so that math topics are linked to one another. The standards also clearly progress in difficulty from one grade to the next.

Finally, the standards are rigorous because they support conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity. Students with conceptual understanding see mathematics as something more than memorizing multiplication tables or using “tricks” to get a solution. They understand the actual mathematical process behind their work. With procedural skill and fluency, students perform math operations with speed and accuracy. Lastly, the Common Core requires that students apply their math knowledge to real world situations.

Illinois’ transition to the standards incorporating the Common Core has resulted in clearer and more focused learning standards. Under the former state learning standards, adopted in 1997, schools could teach different math topics at different grade levels, so a fourth grade math class in one Illinois school district could cover significantly different material from another school district across the state. Now, the Illinois Learning Standards, based on the Common Core, ensure that all fourth-graders learn the same topics, although teachers within each district have the freedom to determine how to teach those topics to their students. The Common Core’s consistency ensures that all Illinois students receive strong math instruction. It also eases the transition for students who move from one district or one state to another. Schools are expected to cover the same material in each grade level, making it less likely that new students fall behind or repeat material.

There is a chart that lists the major topics covered at each grade level from kindergarten through eighth grade under the Common Core math standards and illustrates the standards’ focus, coherence and rigor (drawn from www.achievethecore.org):

This year’s questions on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) will be 100 percent aligned to the new standards, based on the Common Core, in order to provide meaningful feedback for teachers, students and families about K-8 student progress in mathematics. For the 2014-15 school year, Illinois will debut new online assessments known as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC. The PARCC was specifically designed to work in concert with the Common Core math standards.

For more information about PARCC, visit http://www.isbe.net/assessment/pdfs/parcc/parcc-fact-sheet-0813.pdf.

For those interested in learning more about the Common Core math standards, the following websites offer information and additional resources to aid in implementation:

· Common Core State Standards Initiative (http://www.corestandards.org/Math)

African Americans learning how to earn $1,000,000 or more annually developing their land or packaging Real Estate Development Joint Ventures

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Special Partial Scholarships Now Available for Qualified African American, African, Minority and U.S. Veterans

6-Month Online Real Estate Development Mentoring/Certification from the REDI Foundation

Nationwide — The Founder of The REDI Foundation, non-profit institute, Richard Michael Abraham, announced today at The REDI Foundation’s press conference that the mission to train professionals how to be successful developing their land or packaging joint venture real estate developments is working very well.

“The 6-Month Mentoring ONLINE Real Estate Development Program is teaching professionals (from all walks of life) how to potentially earn $1,000,000+ each annually packaging joint venture real estate developments in their local communities. This is my legacy Course where I mentor each accepted student personally and privately. Since my announcement in November last year, just look at the developments my students are doing. Many are turning their land or property into multi million dollar developments and attracting investors for the capital needed. During the next several years, I’ll keep pushing to help more accepted students. Where doing everything possible to make this 6-Month Program financially accessible to African Americans, including partial scholarships. I consider this final chapter of my life the best that I can leave on this good earth,” Mr. Abraham stated.

The 6-Month Online Real Estate Development Certification and private Mentoring Program is recognized as the world’s most comprehensive Course and in addition to printed instructional materials, assignments, exams, each student is required to package a “real” and feasible real estate development project under the watchful eye of Mr. Abraham. Enrollment is limited and always filled but “standby places” can be made available for exceptional applicants.

“During the last booming decade of real estate development, African Americans were left behind, unable to get into real estate development. No Anymore,” Mr. Abraham added.

The program is more comprehensive and challenging than a Master’s Degree Program but tuition is less.

To apply for a special “standby place”, first carefully review all the details about the program on the Website at www.redii.org and then, if you feel you possess the talent and determination to succeed, call The REDI Foundation at (561) 756-8074 for your interview and to begin the Application process. (Partial scholarships are limited)


For more information, contact:
Jackie Smith, Director
The REDI Foundation
www.redii.org

World-Champion Swimmer Sabir Muhammad offers Triathlon Training for African American women in Atlanta

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Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — World-champion swimmer Sabir Muhammad today announces his organization, the Atlanta Swim School, is providing triathlon training for the Black Tri-Divas, a national group of aspiring Black female triathletes. Muhammad and his team are preparing the triathletes for the Meek and Mighty Triathlon in St. Petersburg, Fla. in April 2014.

“Swimming is the cornerstone of triathlon competition and is the weakest leg of the event for most competitors,” said Muhammad. “Our goal is to prepare our athletes by helping improve their fitness and developing their versatility in the water. We also provide nutritional support as well as weight management guidance. To prepare for the Meek and Mighty, we have developed a special training program to support African-American women getting ready for the triathlon, making our program one of the most unique triathlon programs in the country.”

“The group of African-American women training for the triathlon provide each other with incredible emotional and social support which is vital to the training process,” added Drellie Bashir, the group’s lead instructor, an experienced triathlete, and a certified USA Swimming coach. “The work is tough and the support they give each other improves everyone’s chance of success.”

To sign up for or learn more about the triathlon training visit www.atlantaswimschool.com or call 678-310-4261 or email info@madsportsgroup.com. Training sessions include swimming workouts, fitness and strength training, running and biking sessions. There are also optional nutrition sessions and a weight management program.

About Sabir Muhammad
Sabir Muhammad is a champion swimmer whose accomplishments include becoming a world championship medal winner, a U.S. Open Champion, a five-time World Cup swimming champion, a 10-time American record recipient, an NCAA Champion and an All-American at Stanford University. In 1998, Muhammad became the first African American to hold an individual American swimming record. Muhammad is also the author of Born to Swim, a children’s book about learning to swim.

About the Black Tri-Divas
Black Tri-Divas’ goal is to encourage the diversification of the sport of Triathlon and positively impact the health of African Americans by educating, training and serving as a resource to African American women, their families and all comers in swimming, cycling and running. The Black Tri Divas is in development as a nationwide organization. They partner with local organizations to encourage access to quality triathlon instruction for our target community.

Photo Caption: Sabir Muhammad, world-champion swimmer

U.S. Dream Academy among organizations recognized for their important work in education by America’s FOCUS Act of 2013 Legislation

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Washington, D.C. -  The U.S. Dream Academy was excited to be recognized in new legislation recently introduced by Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02), who unveiled America’s FOCUS (Fund for Future Opportunities and Outcomes in the United States) Act, that directs billions of dollars towards programs that will improve health, education and development, and public safety outcomes for all Americans. The U.S. Dream Academy was recognized in the bill along with 13 other nonprofits and national groups doing great work in the youth mentoring and STEM fields. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Fattah at the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia during a press conference at which U.S. Dream Academy founder and President, Wintley Phipps, introduced Congressman Fattah.

Without using taxpayer money or increasing government spending, the bill will offer an opportunity to intentionally and significantly boost grant support to three areas that will increase the United States’ economic competitiveness: youth mentoring and STEM education; medical research and innovation; and justice reinvestment.

The specific goals of the America’s FOCUS (Fund for Future Opportunities and Outcomes in the United States) Act of 2013 legislation are to authorize the Secretary of the Treasury to deposit all fines, penalties, and settlements into a special fund called the America’s FOCUS Fund, including;

Reserves 33% of revenue in the America’s FOCUS Fund for investments in each of the following areas: STEM education and youth mentoring; justice reinvestment efforts; and innovations in medical research and development.

Uses the remaining revenue to reduce the national debt.

Through these investments, the United States will ensure that our young people receive the skills and development they need to compete on the international stage and succeed in American public life, that our citizens live longer, more productive lives, and that our communities are safer through cost-effective, evidence-based criminal justice reform efforts.

About the U.S. Dream Academy

The mission of the U.S. Dream Academy is to empower children who are at risk of future incarceration to maximize their potential by providing them with academic, social and values enrichment through supportive mentoring and the use of technology. The vision is to create an army of young men and women with positive dreams for their lives, equipped with the tools to make those dreams a reality with the core values of Faith, Freedom, Inspiration and Integrity.

The U.S. DreamAcademy focuses on impacting the lives of children with incarcerated parents and children falling behind in school.  The program, founded by renowned gospel singer Wintley Phipps, is currently operating in 10 cities nationwide.  Its research-based initiatives challenge over 600 young people daily and engage them in active learning through one-to-one mentoring, strong academics, and technology-driven activities and curricula. www.usdreamacademy.org .

In Washington, D.C., the DreamAcademy Learning Center is co-located at the Turner Elementary School, where students have access to after-school academic support, character building and dream building activities along with weekly mentoring by positive adult volunteers.

Important Statistics

One in 40 children in the United States has an incarcerated parent.

More than 10 million children in the U.S. have had a parent in prison.

Each year about 400,000 mothers and fathers finish serving prison or jails sentences, and return home.

Media Contact: Priscilla Clarke at Clarke PR, Tel. (202) 723-2200, Cell: (240) 476-9643, Email: pclarkepr@gmail.com.

A Shot in the Arm – The Gift of Health for the Holidays

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Get a flu shot during Vaccinate Illinois Week

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department of Public Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck is encouraging everyone 6 months and older to get a flu shot during Vaccinate Illinois Week, December 8-14, 2013. Vaccinate Illinois Week coincides with National Influenza Vaccination Week, a national observance established to highlight the importance of continuing influenza vaccination and encourage more people to be vaccinated during the holiday season and into the new year.

“The flu vaccine is the best protection against influenza, a potentially serious disease,” said Dr. Hasbrouck. “Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, missed work due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations and deaths. Flu activity usually peaks around January or later so it’s not too late to get vaccinated.”

It is important to get a flu shot each year as flu viruses are constantly changing and new vaccine is made each year to target the circulating strains.

Flu symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, but it is not typically associated with respiratory flu. People with flu symptoms should stay home 24 hours after the fever is gone (without the use of a fever-reducing medicine). Antiviral drugs can make illness milder, shorten the length of illness and may prevent serious complications. Complications of the flu can include bacterial pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, dehydration and worsening of chronic medical conditions. Pregnant women, young children, people 65 years and older, and anyone with underlying health conditions like asthma, diabetes, or a weakened immune system are at greater risk of complications from infection.

One of the biggest myths about the flu is a person gets the flu from a flu shot. The influenza vaccine cannot give you the flu. Why? Because the flu shot contains killed viruses, and the nasal spray has weakened viruses that cannot cause illness. If you get flu-like symptoms soon after being vaccinated, it can mean you may have been exposed to the flu before getting vaccinated, or during the two-week period it takes the body to build up protection after vaccination. It might also mean you are sick with another illness that causes symptoms similar to the flu.Vaccination is important for health care workers and others who live with or care for high-risk people to keep from spreading flu to high risk people. For example, children younger than six months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated.

Flu shots and the nasal spray are available in many doctor’s offices, local health departments, health clinics, pharmacies and other health care providers. For additional information about flu vaccinations and availability in your area, contact your local health department.

Currently we are seeing sporadic flu activity in Illinois.

To reduce the spread of flu, it is also important to practice the 3 C’s –

  • Clean – properly wash your hands frequently
  • Cover – cover your cough and sneeze
  • Contain – contain your germs by staying home if you are sick

More information about influenza can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/flu/index.htm.

Providing health guidance and information to the public aligns the Illinois Department of Public Health with its strategic plan to become the state’s trusted public health authority, a place where Illinoisans can turn for health information and education. For a copy of the strategic plan, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/StrategicPlan_Final_2014-2018.pdf.

Author/Playwright Shywanee L. Manson to debut “When You Cry, I Cry” – A stage play attributable to ‘Sexy’ old school R&B

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Playing in Chicago, IL at the Harold Washington Cultural Center on January 25, 2014 at 7pm.

CHICAGO, IL (BlackNews.com) – All are all invited to enjoy great entertainment on January 25, 2014 with Coming To The Stage Live Productions and playwright/director Shywanee L. Manson as she debuts her newest stage production, “When You Cry, I Cry”. Showtime: 7:00 P.M. at the Harold Washington Cultural Center, 4701 S. Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago, IL – Advanced Tickets: $25.00 (www.ComingToTheStageLive.com).

Come on out and laugh, cry and sing with Gary “Lil G” Jenkins from the R&B Group, SILK, Edgar “Gemini” Porter from the R&B Group, Men at Large, and Comedian Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith. This stage play is dedicated to the sexy R&B love songs of the late 80’s and 90’s (i.e., Silk, Freddie Jackson, Tony Terry, Keith Washington, Dru Hill, R Kelly, Miki Howard, Anita Baker, After 7 and more) and will have you swaying in your seats.

In “When You Cry, I Cry”, handsome businessman, Bobby Jenkins, and his beautiful wife, Joyce, once had a marriage full of fire, high energy and tons of loving. However, after suffering a miscarriage, she finds it very difficult to cope with the loss of her child and covers her grief by injecting herself with heroin instead of turning to her loving husband who desperately wants to save their marriage.

Bobby, although still in love with his wife, is now feeling left out of the marriage. His wife ignores him, pushes him away and just doesn’t seem to care anymore, despite Bobby’s numerous attempts at rekindling the flames in their marriage. Bobby is now fed up and finds himself frequently hanging out at the local bar, where he meets Shantell, a beautiful young woman who appear to be in need of the same things of which he longs for – love and attention.

Bobby now has to decide if his craving for such love and attention is worth abandoning his family or if he should stay and fight for the love of his life.

“When You Cry, I Cry” is a tale of love, lies and revenge, mixed in with bunch of Old School Jams!

For Mature Adults Only

For more information, visit www.ComingToTheStageLive.com or call (708) 252-Fox1



Urban Youth, a Philadelphia based non-profit presents “What It Takes 11” – A conversation with the men of the Jordan Brand

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With Special Guests Larry Miller, President and Howard “H” White, Senior Vice President of The JORDAN BRAND

Philadelphia, PA (BlackNews.com) — Hot off the release of their highly successful What It Takes E-Mentoring Lessons Learned Guide, Urban Youth (UY), the Philadelphia-based non-profit dedicated to improving the futures for at-risk youth, brought together the top executives of the Jordan Brand to have a candid conversation with our youth about what it took for them to be successful.

“Talking to young people about hard work and dedication being the path to career achievement and success is one thing,” stated Anthony Martin, founder of Urban Youth. “Showing them by having them meet and interact with strong, successful positive role models like Larry Miller and Howard White is a whole different ball game,” he continued.

On Tuesday December 3rd, the nationally acclaimed What It Takes (WIT) series convened at the African American Museum in Philadelphia for its 11th symposium moderated by Dr. Chuck Williams of Drexel University.

This very special WIT 11 gave over one hundred local students an opportunity to meet and interact with special guests Larry Miller, President and Howard “H” White Senior Vice President of the JORDAN Brand. Together with superstar basketball legend Michael Jordan, this is the team that has built one of the most successful merchandise brands ever!

Larry Miller was excited to be a part of the discussion in his hometown.

“Anytime I get the opportunity to share some insight with young people to help them avoid pitfalls and improve their lives I certainly will,” he said. “Thanks to Anthony Martin’s What It Takes program I was able to let the students know that no matter what hardships you are going through you can persevere and be successful.”

Howard “H” White who is no stranger to the What It Takes symposiums, has been a part of four since 2009. White is also the author of the critically acclaimed book “Believe To Achieve”.

“It was great being a part of this discussion tonight. Because the beauty of life is being able to touch another soul.” White said. “I hope that I was able to inspire, however little, someone else to be who they can truly become.”

The “What It Takes” Symposiums and the E-Mentoring Program are designed to teach youth ages 14-18 in urban areas “what it takes’’ to be successful in work and life via relationships with caring, ethical, well-regarded men. This is a mutually rewarding program with the potential to change lives.

Photo Caption: Larry Miller, President and Howard White SVP of the Jordan Brand address youth at the 11th “What It Takes” Symposium presented by Urban Youth at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Chuck Williams


UY was born out of the highly successful Urban Youth Racing School, established in Philadelphia in 1998 by Anthony Martin. With a 15-year track record of success, UY is helping reverse the plight of urban youth in America by creating opportunities, igniting careers and transforming lives.

The mission of UY is to provide urban youth with exposure to an educational initiatives and mentoring that will engage them in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers in a more holistic way by teaching youth how to think critically and independently and h preparing youth to embrace the depths of all academic subjects for obtaining the skills necessary for successful science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers.

For additional information on Urban Youth, go to the organization’s website at www.uyrs.com. The e-Mentoring Program Guide is now available on the website.

Follow UY on Twitter (@UYRS), Facebook (www.facebook.com/Urbanyouth RacingSchool) and Instagram (@Urbanyouth1).



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