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Archive for December 27th, 2013

President Obama signs into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014

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Legislation will provide pay and bonuses for service members, enhance counterterrorism initiatives abroad, among other things

President Obama’s Statement on H.R. 3304

Today I have signed into law H.R. 3304, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014.” I have signed this annual defense authorization legislation because it will provide pay and bonuses for our service members, enhance counterterrorism initiatives abroad, build the security capacity of key partners, and expand efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthen protections for victims.

Since taking office, I have repeatedly called upon the Congress to work with my Administration to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The continued operation of the facility weakens our national security by draining resources, damaging our relationships with key allies and partners, and emboldening violent extremists.

For the past several years, the Congress has enacted unwarranted and burdensome restrictions that have impeded my ability to transfer detainees from Guantanamo. Earlier this year I again called upon the Congress to lift these restrictions and, in this bill, the Congress has taken a positive step in that direction. Section 1035 of this Act gives the Administration additional flexibility to transfer detainees abroad by easing rigid restrictions that have hindered negotiations with foreign countries and interfered with executive branch determinations about how and where to transfer detainees. Section 1035 does not, however, eliminate all of the unwarranted limitations on foreign transfers and, in certain circumstances, would violate constitutional separation of powers principles. The executive branch must have the flexibility, among other things, to act swiftly in conducting negotiations with foreign countries regarding the circumstances of detainee transfers. Of course, even in the absence of any statutory restrictions, my Administration would transfer a detainee only if the threat the detainee may pose can be sufficiently mitigated and only when consistent with our humane treatment policy. Section 1035 nevertheless represents an improvement over current law and is a welcome step toward closing the facility.

In contrast, sections 1033 and 1034 continue unwise funding restrictions that curtail options available to the executive branch. Section 1033 renews the bar against using appropriated funds to construct or modify any facility in the United States, its territories, or possessions to house any Guantanamo detainee in the custody or under the control of the Department of Defense unless authorized by the Congress. Section 1034 renews the bar against using appropriated funds to transfer Guantanamo detainees into the United States for any purpose. I oppose these provisions, as I have in years past, and will continue to work with the Congress to remove these restrictions. The executive branch must have the authority to determine when and where to prosecute Guantanamo detainees, based on the facts and circumstances of each case and our national security interests. For decades, Republican and Democratic administrations have successfully prosecuted hundreds of terrorists in Federal court. Those prosecutions are a legitimate, effective, and powerful tool in our efforts to protect the Nation. Removing that tool from the executive branch does not serve our national security interests. Moreover, section 1034 would, under certain circumstances, violate constitutional separation of powers principles.

The detention facility at Guantanamo continues to impose significant costs on the American people. I am encouraged that this Act provides the Executive greater flexibility to transfer Guantanamo detainees abroad, and look forward to working with the Congress to take the additional steps needed to close the facility. In the event that the restrictions on the transfer of Guantanamo detainees in sections 1034 and 1035 operate in a manner that violates constitutional separation of powers principles, my Administration will implement them in a manner that avoids the constitutional conflict.

2013: A diabolical political mess with more political rankling in 2014

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President of Probation Challenge and the PCConnection Network

Honestly speaking, aren’t you tired of the 2013 foolishness? Just when you thought things were getting better … another diabolical trick from the political arena pops up!

Each day in 2013, depressing news releases came from the national level, while many local outlets emphasized murders, drugs and Chicago’s escalating crime rate.

Local media seem to have winked at crucial matters coming from the Fifth Floor of City Hall, with little regard for reporting aldermen/women who have supported the mayor’s projects that are contrary to the community’s welfare.

Nationally, there was enough news to go around for elders to choke on regarding the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)! The massive war against the president’s initiatives was enough to cause elders and others to suffer a daily dose of heart burns, brain strokes, and a visit to the local hospital emergency room.

Is there any good news coming from our governmental camps to end the 2013 Year? Well, the only good news is … 2013 is almost over! We should give thanks to God to even be alive – in spite of the many obstacles that were placed by those who would desire the demise of the poor and seniors.

What do we look forward to in the year 2014? Well, President Barack Obama will continue to fight for his political campaign promises, as fractions of Republicans and the Tea-Party will continue to battle for coverage on the nightly news!

Spiritual evils will continue to leech from various corridors of governments, albeit national or local quarters. Many sitting in seats of authority are calling right wrong and wrong right. Without question, there are those who desire to be on the safe-side of history in the fulfillment of God’s will.

President Obama appears to be an advocate for constructive change by reasons of his proposals to the people. In seeking to bring about constructive measures, there are persons warring against his policies that are not bringing any constructive proposals and propositions to the table! Are we to expect more diabolical political rankling in 2014? The more things change – the more they remain the same.

My suggestion to the Christine believers is to look to the hills from whence cometh your help, knowing that all your help comes from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth.

In 2014, I trust to remember that the earth is the Lord’s, and everything and everybody on the planet belongs to Him! As the noted Christmas song says: You better watch out, you better not cry, Santa Claus is coming to town? Well, I spiritually advise that we watch out… and we better cry aloud with concern for especially the elders.

Without pondering or wondering, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, is coming back to render true justice not only to the United States, but to the entire world.

In 2014, be encouraged in the Lord!

Rev. Harold E. Bailey is President of Probation Challenge and The PCConnection Network

WWW.ProbationChallenge.org – The Truth Network

Comics: One of America’s Favorite Past Times Come of Age

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Soap Box Rants

A Weekly Column to CopyLine Magazine

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

If you think that comic books and graphic novels for kids are a waste of time, think again. Kids and adults have enjoyed comics for decades. Now, studies support that graphic novels and comics can improve reading scores and comprehension. Kids, teens and adults appreciate the stories and artwork throughout comic books. Many of the books are not only educational but can teach good judgment, social skills and values. As we turn the pages reading and looking at the characters’ facial expressions and being drawn into a world that takes us away from the stresses of the day, it can be quite enjoyable.

The public library is now recognizing the importance of using comics for literacy. We are starting to see graphic novel sections in most suburban libraries and some of the city libraries. Let’s face it. Comics make reading fun!

Websites like Smarter Comics are taking the lead in entertaining business, historical and strategic education for adult learners. Business people will probably recognize the classic titles like “Think and Grow Rich, Law of Attraction, Master the Art of Selling” and more. These classics are told in a new fresh and entertaining way. The illustrations are captivating and well done. Images with words have been proven to increase retention when reading because people have a mental picture to associate it with. I found them just plain fun to read. You can watch them on your PC or a mobile device anywhere. So next time you are at the hair salon, doctor’s office, or just waiting in the car and bored, download one of these comics and you will expand your knowledge. Believe me, it will be time well spent.

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.
This article was first posted 6/25/13

Rapper Snoop Dogg looking for a new intern

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — Rapper Snoop Dogg has announced that he is searching for a new intern to help out with his non-profit organization, the Snoop Youth Football League.

“I need an intern for a day in LA, who wants to join me? All ya gotta do is help me support the Snoop Youth Football League for inner-city children, and you’ll be entered to win. I’ll fly you and a friend out to my city, the great Los Angeles, and put you up in a nice hotel,” Snoop says.

He continues, “Just donate a lil bit and you’ll be entered to win a day as my intern. You’ll get a look inside the Snoop world and help me get some work done – maybe on the set of my news network GGN Hood News, or backstage with me when I’m DJ Snoopadelic.”

Those who do donate to his organization, but don’t win the internship position will receive a free campaign T-shirt and a thank-you email card.

About The Program
The Snoop Youth Football League is a 501c3 non-profit organization that gives inner-city children between ages 5-13 the chance to participate in youth football and cheer. Through sport, children learn the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline and self-respect, and the importance of academics. Each year we have regular season games, playoffs and our own Super Bowl.

For more details and/or to apply for the internship, visit:

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Pfleger, Saint Sabina fed 550+ homeless families for Christmas

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Gave away 10,000 toys, turkeys in a week

By Chinta Strausberg

Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger Wednesday was busier than ever this Christmas as he accommodated 550 homeless people and families who showed up for a free sit-down hot meal dinner, toy giveaway and home-delivered meals for the shut-in held in Bethune Hall, 7801 South Throop St.

Over the last week excluding Christmas Day, Pfleger and the Family of Saint Sabina, gave out more than 10,000 toys, turkeys including 2,300 hot meals at BJ’s Market & Bakery.

Billed as a “Christmas Feast Fit For A King,” Pfleger thanked the CTA for providing two buses that transported people from shelters. Members of Saint Sabina cooked the meal that included numerous pies, cakes, cookies, turkeys, hams, potato and macaroni salad, greens, many other dishes and beverages.

Pfleger, who also spent a great deal of time with his son, Lamar, told reporters 450 people from shelters across the city were bussed into this Christmas dinner and that “we want them to know they are our family.” That is why he had asked his members to bring home-cooked meals to this program. However, an additional 100 families showed up for the popular annual meal.

Asked to respond to Pope Francis’ call for a “better world” when he called for an end to the “hatred and vengeance” in Syria and to “heal the wounds of the beloved country of Iraq,” Pfleger said, “I am so grateful for the message that Pope Francis is sending not just to the Catholic Church but to the world.

“I think what he is reminding us is that we have abandoned our calling” to help the poor. “We have become obsessed with gay rights and abortion and forgotten the war on poverty, racism, sexism and all the other issues” including unemployment, Pfleger told reporters.  He said there are many people who can’t get a job, can’t eat and have no place to stay. Pfleger said the Pope has “refocused us to let’s look at the poor….”

State Senator Jacqueline Collins (D-16th) said, “We were overjoyed to see the overflow of people. I think next year we may have to move it to another arena possibly the gym or the ARK. It’s wonderful that we have been blessed as the faith community to provide the refreshments, the food, and the family environment Saint Sabina is so well known. Hopefully, we imported something into their spirits today, stirred up their spirit and that they move forward with a sense of hope.”

Betty Richardson, a member of Saint Sabina since 1975, the wife of Leonard Richardson, senior deacon at Saint Sabina, was one of numerous volunteers to baked food and welcomed the guests. “I love doing this…. It is a church event and God gets the glory.”

Before the Christmas dinner began, Pfleger blessed the food and told his guests, “You may be in a difficult situation right now, but you need to understand that this is temporary…just a bump in the road. Don’t get confused. This is not my end. This is an effect of the enemy. I’m getting ready to blow up…. Please don’t let the enemy let you think that a temporary situation is a dead end for you. This is just a bump in the road. I believe in 2014 things are getting ready to turn around….”

“I believe when you come out of 2014, you ain’t going to look like what you went through. People are not going to recognize you because of what’s getting ready to happen,” Pfleger told the crowd.

Asking each to take the hand of the person standing next to them, Pfleger prayed. “Because light came to break darkness, we are reminded that no darkness in the world or in our personal lives can ever turn out the light…that your life, your hope and your love are more powerful than any problem in the world or in our personal lives.

“We don’t get discouraged by a situation, but we just tell the devil take your best shot because the fight is fixed and we win…. We are all family…. You are not alone. We stand together with a God that is with us…,” Pfleger said. “May we be ever reminded that we are going to struggle and work for that day when everybody has food to eat, a place to live, a job to go to and place to share it with.

“We’re excited about 2014 and we know God you’re getting ready to do an awesome thing in every one of our lives. We’re excited now….. We have so much faith in you, God. Your credit is so good we don’t have to wait for the battle to be over. We can shout right now….”

But, first there was Christmas Mass performed by Rev. Thulani Magwaza, pastor at Saint Sabina Church. Father Thulani talked about the birth of Christ he says “reminds us that Christ is living among us and that we should imitate Christ.

“Christ reminds us that we all have an assignment and that is to do the will of God, and if we stick to God’s will then we know that sin will be away from us. God wants us to do his will as Christ did his father’s will,” Father Thulani told the church during a 10 a.m. Christmas service.

After the guests received their food, many volunteers served them a wide assortment of deserts and beverages.—a dinner Pfleger described as being “fit for a king.”

Holding up a baby of one of the members as a symbol of a new born baby, Father Thulani said, “It comes to us in our own flesh, just as human as we are; however, it is a baby born without sin and you can learn from that baby that sin can be avoided if you do God’s will.

“At times you will come across people who will challenge us not to be doing what God is calling us to do. That is why we, as Christians, we ought to be like children and say ‘Get behind me Satan.’  We all have to do the will of God all the time,” Thulani said.

Statement from the President and the First Lady on Kwanzaa

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Michelle and I extend our best wishes to all those celebrating Kwanzaa this holiday season. Today marks the beginning of the week-long celebration of African American culture through family activities and community festivities that bring attention to Kwanzaa’s seven principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Though each principle represents the essence of this holiday, they also represent the shared values that bind us as Americans.

As families and communities across our country come together today to light the Kinara, our family sends our hopes for a prosperous and healthy new year.

Juanita Bratcher, Publisher & CEO of CopyLine Magazine, nominated for inclusion in International Who’s Who of Professionals

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Juanita Bratcher, Author, Publisher & CEO of CopyLine Magazine has been nominated as a candidate for inclusion in the 2013 Anniversary Edition of International WHO’S WHO of Professionals. The 2013 Anniversary Edition commemorates 85 Years of Publishing Excellence!

International WHO’S WHO has over 20,000 members in 200 countries worldwide and has been publishing biographies since 1928.

Bratcher is the Publisher & CEO of CopyLine Magazine, Host of One on One, a cable television show, Host of “Footnotes to the News”, and a former Investigative Reporter for the Chicago Defender. She is listed in many Who’s Who, including Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in Finance & Industry, Who’s Who of International Authors & Writers, Strathmore’s Who’s Who (2003-2004 Edition), Strathmore’s Who’s Who (Millennium Edition), American Biography (2003 Edition), Who’s Who in Executives & Businesses, Who’s Who in the 21st Century, International Who’s Who of Informational Technology, International Who’s Who of Professional & Business Women, Who’s Who Historical Society, Who’s Who in the World (Millennium Edition), Who’s Who in America (Millennium Edition) Who’s Who of American Women (Millennium Edition), Outstanding Women of the 2oth Century, 800 Leaders of Influence (Year 2000), Outstanding People of the 20th Century, 1000 Leaders of World Influence, Outstanding Writers of the 20th Century, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 20th Century, World Who’s Who of Women, 2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century and 2000 Outstanding Scholars of the 20th Century, Who’s Who Historical Society (Certificate of Accomplishment), A Mini View of Black History, Somebody Special, and a 1993 Kool Achiever Nominee.

Books By Author Juanita Bratcher:

· Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders (A Biography of John H. Stroger, first Black President of the Cook County Board)

· Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor ( A Biography of Harold Washington, the first Black Mayor of Chicago

· I Cry For A People: In Their Struggle For Justice & Equality

· Crooked Curves: The Last of the Red Hot Mamas

· A Celebration of Love

· Love Me One More Time

Records by Juanita Bratcher, Released by HillTop Records, Hollywood, California

· “Too Many memories”

· “Everything But Love”

· “I’m Here For You”

· “You’ve Been Gone Too Long” (Three renditions – one instrumental music, two different artists)

· “God Can Ease The Pain”

· “Glorious Day In Heaven”

· ”Freedom, Our Birthright”

· “America, The Land of Freedom”

· Two Songs listed in Songbook, “Hilltop Country” – “You’ve Been Gone too Long”, “I’m Here For You”

· “That Twinkle In Your Eyes”

· “An Overdose of Love”

· “A Toast To Christmas”

· “Chasing The Good Times”

Juanita Bratcher is an Award-Winning Journalist. Her Journalism Career started 38 years ago, after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Columbia College, Chicago. She is the published author of six books, and the author of more than 600 poems, many of which have been published in various anthologies – Best Poems of 1997, Best Poems of 1988, Best Poets of 1998, Poetry’s Elite: The Best Poets of 2000, A Celebration of Poets, The Best Poems and Poets of 2001, The Best Poems & Poets of 2003, The Sound of Poetry, Theatre of the Mind, and Colours of the Heart.

Bratcher is the recipient of many awards:

· The Kizzy Award – Kizzy Foundation

· Portrait of Achievers Award – Probation Challenge

· Black Businesswoman of the Year

· Everyday Hero Award – Illinois Sec’y of State George Ryan

· Par Excellence Journalism

· Outstanding Support of Human Rights – Illinois Department of Human Rights

· Media Award – Black Contractors United

· From Whence We Came Award – Allstate Insurance

· Press Award – Chicago & Northern District Association of Club Women, Inc.

· Excellence in Achievement – Zeta Phi Delta Sorority, Inc.

· Service Award – Boy Scouts of America

· Service Award – U. S. Department of Education, Region 5

· Exemplary Civic Service – Dorcas Center

· Community Service Award – Ada Park Advisory Council

· Dedicated Service to Community – Firefighters for Justice & Equality

· Certificates of Merit – Chicago Public Schools

· Outstanding Service in the Media & Telecommunications – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Bratcher has served as guest, panelist, or guest co-host on numerous television and radio shows, and has participated in many workshops and forums on careers, journalism and politics as a moderator of panelist. She is a former investigative reporter for the Chicago Defender.

California State University, Northridge gives students a chance at an education, a chance to succeed in life and in the world

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(Letters to Editors)

Greetings from CSUN!

With the recent death of the revered statesman Nelson Mandela, I came across many articles on the legacy that he left in this world.  In the midst of my reading I came across this quote from him:

“Lead from the back – and let others believe they are in the front.”

I think about the work we do at California State University, Northridge – making sure that students are given a chance at an education, given a chance to succeed in life and in the world.  Many of our students are given this opportunity by generous individuals who have remembered CSUN in their estate plans.  While these young men and women are pursuing their goals and aspirations on campus, propelling them is the legacy of someone who cared.  Behind those students is a gift that allowed them to take advantage of all that this incredible institution has to offer.

Our Heritage Society members are certainly leading from the back and allowing our students to believe that they are in the front.  If you want to guide the future generation of students to lead in their communities, consider creating your legacy with CSUN.  If you have already made plans for CSUN in your estate plans, contact us so we can make sure your gift is planned according to your wishes.

As we near the completion of this year, we hope you reflect on memories that warm your heart.  And as we look into the new year, we wish you health, happiness and peace to come.


(818) 677-2136

BAM and Scott Rudin to present Acclaimed Goodman Theatre Production of Eugene O’Neill’s Masterwork The Iceman Cometh, February 5 – March 15, 2015

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Directed by Robert Falls, features Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy

Brooklyn. NY – BAM and Scott Rudin will present Goodman Theatre’s renowned revival of Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh from February 5 through March 15, 2015. Directed by Goodman Artistic Director Robert Falls and featuring Tony Award-winning stage and screen actors Nathan Lane (as Theodore “Hickey” Hickman) and Brian Dennehy (as Larry Slade), the production, including its original Chicago cast, is slated for a six-week run in the BAM Harvey Theater. Ticket on-sale dates will be announced in the fall of 2014.

In its spring 2012 premiere at the Goodman—Chicago’s largest and most established not-for-profit theater company—this five-hour, 18-character epic portrait of hope and disillusionment garnered critical acclaim and broke box-office records in an extended run. Its capacity audiences marked the most successful production in Goodman Theatre history. According to the Chicago Tribune, “The Iceman Cometh…will stand tall as one of the most significant productions in Chicago history,” and The New York Times cited “…as many great performances as I’ve seen in a single show for years.”

BAM Executive Producer Joseph V. Melillo said, “We are thrilled to present Robert Falls’ powerful production of O’Neill’s masterpiece and welcome Brian Dennehy and Nathan Lane to our stage. This epic drama will continue our tradition of bringing singular productions of great theater to BAM audiences and will be a highlight of our 2015 winter/spring season.”

Director Robert Falls, whose productions of O’Neill’s works with his longtime artistic collaborator Brian Dennehy have been the hallmark of his 27-year artistic directorship of Goodman Theatre, said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity to revisit Eugene O’Neill’s masterwork with Nathan, Brian, and our brilliant company. Our production in Chicago was one of the highlights of my tenure at the Goodman, and we’re thrilled to share it with New York audiences.”

“The Iceman Cometh is an artistic triumph for the Goodman and Robert Falls, who is arguably the American theater’s leading interpreter of Eugene O’Neill’s work. We are proud to partner with the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Scott Rudin to give his profound and revelatory revival another life,” said Roche Schulfer, Goodman Theatre Executive Director.

Healing through Cultural Fashion and Beauty

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(Letters to Editor)

This is a time of awakening for African-American self-preservation and beautification, and a natural hair care guru is leading by example.

Isis Brantley of Dallas, Texas is a style influencer and the recent recipient of the “Nzuri 100 Carat Diamond Award” for pioneering natural hair care; and being a trailblazer for over 20 years in the natural hair care industry. Isis was recently awarded during the Nzuri Natural Hair, Health & Beauty Festival’s 100 Carat Diamond Award Gala event.

Isis Brantley has been a practitioner of natural hair care in the African-American community for 30 years. She is also the brainchild of the annual Naturally Isis Hair Parade and Festival with celebrity songstress Erykah Badu as the Grand Marshall. According to Isis, braiding natural hair has been a career endeavor that has been challenged by ideologies that insist on denouncing cultural expression, economic liberty and civil rights.

Isis’s most dramatic encounter was a highly publicized airport security alert when her afro set off a panic response by TSA officials in Atlanta, Georgia who were concerned that Isis was concealing a weapon in her hair. The incident was an embarrassing spectacle for Isis and made national news headlines. Currently, Isis has been challenged by the state of Texas for illegally operating her Institute of Ancestral Braiding College without becoming a licensed barber instructor. Isis has opened a federal suit against the state of Texas challenging the economic liberty and due process of the law in order to continue to operate her school. Isis seeks certification that will be recognized by the state and allow her students to be able to operate legally as braiding professionals.

This is a natural hair care and braiding business. We don’t barber, heat hair or use harmful chemicals; and there exist no licensed school that trains and certifies for braiding natural hair. This is a practice that is apart of indigenous African culture, and I’m offended by ignorant outsiders attempting to regulate a cultural practice that is a civil right, a human right, a God given right!” explains Isis. “What I do is important to people of the African diaspora because we offer healing through the hair and the expression of culture. African-Americans need to be re-educated about the beauty standards for black hair care. Many of the popular products and practices in the market cause damage to their hair.” say’s Isis.

As a natural hair care guru, Isis keeps her focus on the nexus of cultural beauty and ethnic style by wearing elaborate ethnic fashions. At the December 6th Nzuri Diamond Awards event, Isis Brantley wore a TeKay Designs gown with bronze, gold embroidery that was hand made in Ghana, Africa. The gown has a mermaid silhouette with a sexy opening on the dress skirt with embroidered scalloped edges. The fabric is cotton jacquard, a high quality embossed cotton fabric. The gown has a modern fit and the embroidered African fabric makes a significant cultural statement. Isis’s fight for preserving cultural identity for people of the African diaspora is represented from head to toe. Isis uses ethnic fashions and beauty to heal the community by promoting cultural style. According to Isis, self-expression through cultural fashions is a part of a healing process.

Isis explains,”There is healing through cultural expression. This is a culturally related industry, so ethnic fashions complements my identity. This is how I represent! My wardrobe is styled by Tekay Designs because I love the bold colors, soft fabrics and Afrique Chic styles. For me it’s important to support other creatives from the African diaspora. Africans are trendsetters and influencers of style. Other ethnic groups have fashioned products to the African-American consumer’s demand; we need to also patron black owned businesses that offer African cultural products. Patronizing is apart of the healing process for the black community. This is a time of awakening for African-American self-preservation and beautification. And I’m leading by example. By changing suppressive policies and social conformity, while promoting cultural awareness and wellness through my profession.

According to a popular belief of those who practice cosmetology formally and informally, the mindset is that, hair relaxers can be both a blessing and a curse for many African-American women. African-American woman are targeted with marketing by the chemical industry that offers hair-straightening products that provide for easy, time saving preparations for getting ready each day. However, when not applied professionally, the harsh chemicals can result in hair loss, breakage and even scalp burns. Isis explains:

“The time we take grooming ourselves is a labor of love, and we should not regress into a mindset that we don’t have the time to take care of our natural hair.

Through her teachings, Isis Brantley re-establishes wellness, cultural identity, and reinforces the love of black beauty in the community one kinky curl strand at a time.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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