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Archive for January 7th, 2014

NAACP calls on Congress to swiftly pass extension of Federal long-term Unemployment Benefits

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Washington, DC – The NAACP released the following statement calling on Congress to extend long-term unemployment benefits.

From Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO:

“In our recovering economy, it is critical that we do not abandon the over 1.3 million Americans who need support while they desperately seek employment,” stated Lorraine C. Miller, NAACP Interim President and CEO.  “While we know long term unemployment benefits won’t solve all problems, they are an essential measure to keep families afloat while we work to implement meaningful job creation policies.”

From Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Sr. Vice President for Policy & Advocacy:

“We are urging Congress to move swiftly to pass this unemployment benefit extension,” stated Hilary Shelton, Washington Bureau Director and Sr. Vice President for Policy & Advocacy. “This issue is particularly critical for our community.  Although African Americans make up fewer than 13% of the national population, we represent more than 22.6% of the long-term unemployed.”

From Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department:

“With long-term unemployment at its highest level since World War II, I urge Congress to work together and restore unemployment insurance,” stated Dedrick Muhammad, Sr. Director of NAACP Economic Department. “We need to strengthen those Americans who are facing difficult times and a challenging job market not weaken them.”

The NAACP has received several stories from people who have lost their benefits including a woman from in New York who served as Director of Social Services for a shelter in her neighborhood and, last year, lost her job after 30 years of service.  Despite her constant efforts, she is having no luck in the job market and is at risk of living in the very shelter she once managed.

Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.

President Obama, Senator Kirk respond to Confirmation of Dr. Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Barack Obama and U.S. Senator Mark Kirk applauded the confirmation of Dr. Janet Yellen as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

Yellen was confirmed by the Senate yesterday by a 56-26 vote. She will replace Ben Bernanke, who steps down January 31 after eight years in the job.

In a press statement, Obama said: “With the bipartisan confirmation of Janet Yellen as the next Chair of the Federal Reserve, the American people will have a fierce champion who understands that the ultimate goal of economic and financial policymaking is to improve the lives, jobs and standard of living of American workers and their families. As one of our nation’s most respected economists and a leading voice at the Fed for more than a decade – and Vice Chair for the past three years – Janet helped pull our economy out of recession and put us on the path of steady growth. Janet is committed to the Fed’s dual mandate of keeping inflation in check while also addressing our most important economic challenge by reducing unemployment and creating jobs. And she understands that fostering a stable financial system will help the overall economy and protect consumers. I am confident that Janet will stand up for American workers, protect consumers, foster the stability of our financial system, and help keep our economy growing for years to come.”

Said Kirk on Yellen’s appointment as chair: “I continue to be concerned and disappointed with the Fed’s monetary policy of ‘easy money,’ which still exists several years after the financial crisis. I strongly support an end to quantitative easing and believe that Janet Yellen has the experience and commitment to bring an end to these policies. Dr. Yellen has over 40 years of financial knowledge and expertise, which will be necessary in the fight to put an end to quantitative easing and our nation’s stimulus programs. She is extremely qualified and I have faith that her dedication to our financial system will help bring stability to the markets as we work to get our nation’s spending under control.”

One week left to apply for Bill Gates’ 2014 Scholarship Program for Minorities

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Scholarships available up to $20,000; Deadline is January 15, 2014

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The deadline is fast approaching for the 2014 Gates Millennium Scholars (GMS) Program. Every year, the program selects 1,000 talented minority students to receive a good-through-graduation scholarship to use at any college or university of their choice. The program provides scholars with personal and professional development through our leadership programs along with academic support throughout their college career.

Administered by the United Negro College Fund, the program was initially funded by a $1 billion grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Since 1999, it has funded the education of more than 16,000 students, awarding them more than $614 million dollars to pay for tuition, fees, books and housing.

Individuals selected as Gates Scholars will receive funds in an amount to be determined based on their financial need. The amount determined will be based on the cost of tuition, fees, books and living expenses for the 2013-2014 academic year, as well as the availability of grants and other scholarships reported on the financial aid award letter. The average scholarship award in the 2000-2010 academic years was $11,000 per student.

For more details and/or to apply to the Gates Millennium Scholars Program, visit:

To search hundreds of other 2014 scholarships, visit:

Dangerous weather force road closures statewide; Motorists still urged to stay off roads in some areas

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Black Ice a major concern due to freezing cold temperatures

CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that motorists should be mindful of dangerous road conditions and black ice on roadways in areas throughout Illinois. Motorists are also encouraged to stay home and avoid travel until roads are safe. For those who have to travel, check www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest road closures and road conditions. Currently, dozens of Illinois roads statewide are closed due to snow and ice. The severe weather has also encouraged Amtrak to cancel a number of state supported trains.

To find out if your train was cancelled, visit www.Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL.

IDOT winter weather crews will continue to be on the job as necessary to plow and salt to help ensure roads are clear and passable. The majority of Illinois roads remain snow and ice covered, making travel extremely dangerous.

Preliminary reports show that Winter Storm Ion produced up to a foot of snow in some areas across the state. The National Weather Service forecasts dangerously cold temperatures with strong winds to cause extensive blowing and drifting snow throughout the day. Historic cold temperatures are expected throughout Illinois for the next several days with temperatures ranging from 5 to 16 below zero, wind chills ranging from 40 to 45 degrees below zero and gusty west winds of 20 to 30 mph through Tuesday.

“With the freezing temperatures, black ice is a major concern,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider. “Black ice forms on roads that appear clear and the unseen ice can be treacherous. We encourage motorists, if they must travel, to take it slow when approaching intersections, off-ramps, bridges and shady areas – all are prone to black ice. Motorists should use extreme caution, buckle up, avoid distractions and check www.gettingaroundillinois.com for the latest winter road conditions and road closures.”

Currently, IDOT has 1,755 trucks assigned to snow duty across the state, and nearly 3,700 full- and part-time employees available to help ensure roads are clear and passable. IDOT will continue to monitor the weather and plan accordingly.

Drivers are reminded to exercise caution when snow and ice affect roadways, and IDOT advises travel only when absolutely necessary during winter storms or when temperatures are extremely low. During the severely cold weather expected, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security advises that Illinois residents limit exposure to cold temperatures, dress in layers, check in on others who may need additional assistance, keep vehicles in good repair, and bring pets indoors.

For a list of warming centers in Illinois, visit http://www2.illinois.gov/KeepWarm/Pages/warmingcenter.aspx.

Other safety tips to remember:

Allow extra time for travel during the winter months.

Don’t crowd the plow – a snow plow operator’s field of vision is restricted. You may see them, but they may not see you.

Always keep your gas tank at least two-thirds full to help prevent the vehicle’s fuel line from freezing.

Do not travel during bad weather unless absolutely necessary – if you do have to make a trip, check the forecast and make sure someone is aware of your travel route and schedule.

Always carry an emergency car care kit that contains jumper cables, flares or reflectors, windshield washer fluid, a small ice scraper, traction material, blankets, non-perishable food and a first aid kit.

Carry a few extra blankets in your car, and perhaps an extra coat to ensure protection in case of a breakdown.

Carry a cell phone and dial *999 for roadway assistance in case of emergency (but remember using handheld phones while driving is illegal if it is not an emergency situation).

Always wear a seat belt, front seat or back – it’s the law.

Check travel and road conditions routinely before any trip. You can get road condition information by calling 1-800-452-IDOT (4368), Illinois Tollway information by calling 1-800-TOLL-FYI or online at www.gettingaroundillinois.com and click on the “winter road conditions” icon.

FACT SHEET: Strengthening the Federal Background Check System to keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands

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(From Whitehouse.gov)

The Administration is announcing two new executive actions that will help strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the wrong hands.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) is proposing a regulation to clarify who is prohibited from possessing a firearm under federal law for reasons related to mental health, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing a proposed regulation to address barriers preventing states from submitting limited information on those persons to the federal background check system.

Too many Americans have been severely injured or lost their lives as a result of gun violence.  While the vast majority of Americans who experience a mental illness are not violent, in some cases when persons with a mental illness do not receive the treatment they need, the result can be tragedies such as homicide or suicide.

The Administration takes a comprehensive approach to mental health issues by expanding coverage of mental health services so care is affordable, launching a national conversation on mental health to reduce stigma associated with having a mental illness and getting help, directing funds we have now to improve mental health facilities, and proposing more funds be used for efforts such as training additional mental health professionals.

At the same time, the Administration is committed to making sure that anyone who may pose a danger to themselves or others does not have access to a gun.  The federal background check system is the most effective way to assure that such individuals are not able to purchase a firearm from a licensed gun dealer.  To date, background checks have prevented over two million guns from falling into the wrong hands.

The Administration’s two new executive actions will help ensure that better and more reliable information makes its way into the background check system.  The Administration also continues to call on Congress to pass common-sense gun safety legislation and to expand funding to increase access to mental health services.

Progress to Strengthen the Federal Background Check System

Over the past year, the Administration has taken several steps to strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), which is used to run background checks on those who buy guns from federally licensed gun dealers to make sure they are not prohibited by law from owning a firearm.  For example:

  • The President directed federal agencies to make all relevant records, including criminal history records and information related to persons prohibited from having guns for mental health reasons, available to the federal background check system.  This effort is beginning to bear fruit.  In the first nine months after the President’s directive, federal agencies have made available to the NICS over 1.2 million additional records identifying persons prohibited from possessing firearms, nearly a 23% increase from the number of records federal agencies had made available by the end of January.
  • The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives published a letter to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
  • States are one of the key sources of data on persons prohibited from having guns, including felons and those prohibited for mental health reasons.  That’s why the President took action to invest an additional $20 million this year to improve incentives for states to share this information with the federal background check system.  In September 2013, DOJ awarded $27.5 million to 42 states and one territory to strengthen the firearms background check system by improving their abilities to share information with the NICS.  In addition, the Administration is proposing $50 million for this purpose in FY2014, and Congress should act to provide these critical resources.

Two New Actions to Further Strengthen the Federal Background Check System

Some states have reported that certain barriers under current law make it difficult for them to identify and submit appropriate information to the federal background check system regarding individuals prohibited under federal law from having a gun for mental health reasons.  Today, DOJ and HHS are taking steps that will help address these barriers.

  • Some states have noted that the terminology used by federal law to prohibit people from purchasing a firearm for certain mental health reasons is ambiguous.  Today, DOJ is issuing a proposed rule to make several clarifications.  For example, DOJ is proposing to clarify that the statutory term “committed to a mental institution” includes involuntary inpatient as well as outpatient commitments. In addition to providing general guidance on federal law, these clarifications will help states determine what information should be made accessible to the federal background check system, which will, in turn, strengthen the system’s reliability and effectiveness.
  • Some states have also said that the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act’s (HIPAA) privacy provisions may be preventing them from making relevant information available to the background check system regarding individuals prohibited from purchasing a firearm for mental health reasons.  In April 2013, HHS began to identify the scope and extent of the problem, and based on public comments is now issuing a proposed rule to eliminate this barrier by giving certain HIPAA covered entities an express permission to submit to the background check system the limited information necessary to help keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands.  The proposed rule will not change the fact that seeking help for mental health problems or getting treatment does not make someone legally prohibited from having a firearm.  Furthermore, nothing in the proposed rule would require reporting on general mental health visits or other routine mental health care, or would exempt providers solely performing these treatment services from existing privacy rules.

Calling on Congress to Act

  • While the President and the Vice President continue to do everything they can to reduce gun violence, Congress must also act.  Passing common-sense gun safety legislation – including expanding background checks and making gun trafficking a federal crime – remains the most important step we can take to reduce gun violence.  The vast majority of Americans support these critical measures, which would protect our children and our communities without infringing on anyone’s Second Amendment rights.

In addition, the President’s FY 2014 Budget proposes a new $130 million initiative to address several barriers that may prevent people – especially youth and young adults – from getting help for mental health problems.  The President and the Vice President continue to call on Congress to appropriate funds for these important purposes.

Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is hosting general auditions for it’s 13th season of Art & Activism

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Chicago Danztheatre Ensemble is hosting general auditions for it’s 13th season of Art & Activism. Seeking performers of all ages/races/body types, especially those with movement and/or dance experience. Specific needs for casting this spring are listed below, but we encourage all to audition as we have other projects to cast for later this year.

Auditions are on January 19th from 12-6pm at Fulton Street Collective (2000 W. Fulton Avenue). Please prepare a 1-2 minute monologue; we especially encourage experimental and classical texts. We will gladly watch any dance/choreography that can be done in a small space, though we also have a movement portion during callbacks.

Please submit your headshot/resume to info@danztheatre.org and specify if you have a time preference so we can accommodate your needs. Audition slots will be scheduled in 5-minute blocks.

For our upcoming spring projects, we need the following:

Still Small Voices: Seeking 4-6 Palestinian/Middle Eastern performers, especially great if you speak Arabic. All ages welcome and we prefer performers comfortable with some movement. This show is a collection of stories told by and about Palestinians in the West Bank. Performs in April as part of our month of Art & Activism.

Waste Land: Seeking 2 male actors of any race in their late 20s/30s who can move and also have a strong grasp of classical language. This is a remount of CDE’s first show based on T.S. Elliott’s The Waste Land. This show performs in April as part of our month of Art & Activism.

Unraveling Veterans: Seeking male actors who move/dancers who act of all ages/races to join the ensemble of this devised project that is an expansion of CDE’s Unraveling Bill. This show performs in May/June at the National Veterans Art Museum.

Celebrate winter bike commuting in Chicago on Jan. 21, and get ready for the biking event of the summer

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Meet others who turn their pedals all year long before and after work

CHICAGO, IL — Celebrate Winter Bike to Work Day at Daley Plaza in Chicago’s Loop on Jan. 21 for the annual celebration of cyclists who don’t let low temperatures or snow stop them from pedaling to work. Warm up with free Dark Matter coffee and slices of Eli’s Cheesecake from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Daley Plaza, located at Washington and Dearborn Streets. Hot chocolate and tea will also be available. And new this year, join Active Trans after work at Monk’s Pub 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. 205 W. Lake Street with Revolution Brewing for post-work refreshments.

Get a jump on your summer when online registration opens at 6:30 a.m., also on January 21, for this year’s MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive to be held on Sunday, May 25, 2014. Save $7 registering online at www.bikethedrive.org through Sunday, Feb 2. Get an additional $2 off and a free CamelBak(TM) water bottle when you stop by an MB Banking Center for an online promotion code good through Feb 2 (http://www.mbfinancial.com/branch-locator/index/branch-listing.aspx ).

Morning rally attendees will receive a raffle ticket for several great prizes, including a $100 MB Financial bank gift card, a WXRT-FM Studio X voucher good for access to one Studio X show in 2014, a $100 REI gift card, a case of CLIF Bars and a VIP MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive registration.

The fun continues after work on Winter Bike to Work Day from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at with Revolution Brewing at Monk’s Pub 205 W. Lake Street. Winter bicycle commuters can enjoy a $1.50 special on sliders (order in any multiples of two) by showing your helmet or bike key. Delicious Rev Brew beer will be on special, and Active Trans will pull raffle winners from our morning Winter Bike to Work Day rally. Hang out with other winter bike commuting people and enjoy a post-work Rev brew with Active Trans.

Winter Bike to Work Day, organized by the Active Transportation Alliance, commemorates the coldest day in Chicago history—Jan. 20, 1985—when the official temperature at O’Hare International Airport was 27 degrees below zero.

MB Financial Bank Bike the Drive allows cyclists to enjoy the city skyline and stellar views of Lake Michigan on the only day of the year when Lake Shore Drive is open to cyclists and closed to car traffic.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. The Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff. For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

MB Financial Bank is a locally-operated financial institution that has been delivering competitive personalized service for over 100 years to businesses and individuals who live and work in the Chicago metropolitan area. MB has locations throughout the Chicagoland area. MB Financial Bank’s holding company, MB Financial, Inc., a financial services holding company which is traded on the NASDAQ as “MBFI.” MB Financial, based in Chicago, has approximately $9.5 billion in assets. Information about MB Financial can be found at www.mbfinancial.com .

CVS Pharmacy and Educating Young Minds celebrate cultural diversity and pays tribute to Nestle’ retiring executives Kenneth Bentley & Deborah Collins at its 27th Annual Holiday Celebration

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Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) —CVS Pharmacy and Educating Young Minds celebrated its Annual Holiday Celebration with food, toys and gifts for inner city students and their parents and paid tribute to retiring Nestle Executives, USA Vice President, Kenneth Bentley & Deborah Collins, Project Coordinator of Educational Programs for Nestle’ USA. For more than 14 years, under the leadership of Mr. Bentley, Nestle USA has supported EYM Programs and its graduating high school seniors with collegiate scholarships. This is an amazing testimony of support and dedication. CVS Pharmacy and Nestle are committed to education, empowering inner-city youth with the skills to succeed and to Educating Young Minds founder, Ms. Angeles Echols-Brown, which she started more than 27 years ago.

The EYM annual holiday celebration under the direction of Ms. Veda Curry and EYM Board President, Mr. Darrell Smith, was hosted by actor, director and producer, Bill Duke and Karen A. Clark of City National Bank. The event had various international culinary treats and booths. The booths included a photo booth, an African American booth, a Hispanic booth, an Asian booth, an Ethiopian booth and a health and wellness booth, all dedicated to the diversity of students and the EYM Community. There were performances by current EYM & Alumni students. Toys and Gifts included clothing, mini toy cars, dolls, bikes and gift cards for needy children and parents.

Proclamations and acknowledgements were also given to individuals who went beyond their call of duty to support EYM and its various programs in 2013. They were awarded to Adrienne Johnson, CVS Human Resources Regional Business Partner, Karen A. Clark of City National Bank, Quentin Strode of Strode & Associates, Celeste Alleyne of Microsoft, Shikha Dutt, CVS Colleague Trainer and Tony Davis, CVS Store Manager from the offices of Los Angeles Councilman, Curren Price and Board of Supervisors, Mark Ridley Thomas.

There are no words that can express the gratitude and appreciation that the EYM students, EYM staff and EYM parents feel for Nestle, Mr. Kenneth Bentley and Ms. Deborah Collins for 14 years of commitment and dedication, they will truly be missed. EYM is also appreciative of the partnership and support of CVS Pharmacy whose dedication to the community it serves empowers all of us!

The Educating Young Minds Team lead by Ms. Angeles Echols Brown and Mr. Terrence Budd, Chief Educational Officer, believe that given love, patience, grace, support, structure, consistency, accountability, encouragement and a strong academic teaching foundation, students believe in themselves and their abilities. EDUCATING YOUNG MINDS has more than a 90% 4 year collegiate graduating rate based on the above formula.

For more information on Educating Young Minds program please visit www.educatingyoungminds.org or email us at aechols@educatingyoungminds.org or contact our office at (213) 487-2310.

About CVS
CVS is one of the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains, with 7,458 stores located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. With more than 40 years in the retail pharmacy industry, CVS/pharmacy generates over 68% of its revenue from the pharmacy business. CVS/pharmacy fills more than one of every seven retail prescriptions in America and one of every five in their own markets. Their ExtraCare program boasts over 65 million cardholders, making it the largest retail loyalty program in the country.

About Kenneth Bentley
Mr. Kenneth Bentley has served as Vice President of Nestlé USA, for over 25 years and in this position he has been responsible for Community Affairs, Educational Programs, the Nestlé USA Foundation and the Nestle’ Workforce Diversity. Mr. Bentley began his career at Nestle’ USA in 1982 and has since been Community Relations Manager, Ethnic Marketing Manager and Director of Community Affairs before becoming VP of Community Affairs in 1994. An accomplished writer, Mr. Bentley has written over 14 books. His book ‘Men of Courage’ was made into an hour-long television documentary and was called by the Los Angeles Times, “a book every junior and senior high library should have.” Bentley has also authored a number of articles for national magazines and hosted a weekly radio commentary show on KJLH-FM in Los Angeles. He was a contributor to the bestselling book “Tennis Strokes and Strategies and Black Fathers… An Invisible Presence in America”, which is used as a textbook in college psychology classes throughout the United States. Among his many professional awards are six Bronze Quill Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators, Five Prism Awards from the Public Relations Society of America and seven CEBA Awards of Excellence from the World Institute of Black Communications. Bentley was named by Dollars and Sense magazine as one of America’s Best and Brightest Business and Professional men. Bentley has received the NAACP’s coveted Verna M. Canson ACT-SO Award, UCI Distinguished Alumni Award, NPCL “Spirit of Fatherhood Award”, Turning Point magazine “Living History Maker Award and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Black Public Relations Society of California and the PTA. He has also received commendations from the California State Assembly, City of Inglewood (California), Los Angeles City School Board, Los Angeles County Supervisor Yvonne Burke and Congresswoman Maxine Waters. In 2001, former California Governor Gray Davis appointed Bentley to the Board of the Baldwin Hills Conservancy. Then California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger reappointed Bentley to the board in 2007 where he served until 2009. He has also served on the board of Governors of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and the California African American Museum. In 2006 Bentley was elected to the Board of Governors of Farmers Insurance Truck Exchange where he continues to serve.

About Deborah Collins
Deborah Collins currently serves as the Coordinator of Educational Programs for Nestlé USA. In her role, she is responsible for championing Nestlé USA’s primary philanthropic effort, the “Very Best Volunteers” Adopt-A-School Program at over 50 adopted schools throughout the country. Deborah joined Nestlé in 1988 as an Administrative Assistant for the Corporate Communications Department. She played a key role in the development and publication of Nestlé’s acclaimed books authored by Kenneth Bentley. In 1994, Deborah was promoted and named Coordinator, Educational Programs where she has helped shape the “Very Best Volunteers” Adopt-A-School program. She has been instrumental in growing the program from the first adopted school in Los Angeles to over 50 schools currently in the program. Deborah also implements the scholarship programs for children of Nestlé employees, as well as managing the relationships of collaborative partners, such as Youth for Understanding, Young Musicians Foundation, Reading Is Fundamental, and Wildlife on Wheels.

About Educating Young Minds
Educating Young Minds, a non-profit learning center, has been helping inner-city school children, ages 5-18, excel at school and at life since 1987. With home-study instruction during the day, after-school tutoring, and basic skills and SAT, ACT, ISEE and standardized test preparation classes on Saturdays, Educating Young Minds programs serve students who are considered under-represented or at high risk in our society.

Other programs that EYM offers include Access No Excuse and the summer program. Educating Young Minds also supports the progressive honor roll student who desires advanced academic support. To date, Educating Young Minds has served over 3,500 students and their families.

For more details on Educating Young Minds program please visit www.educatingyoungminds.org or you can email us at aechols@educatingyoungminds.org or feel free to give us a call at (213) 487-2310.

Photo Caption: Left to Right: Quentin Strode, Kenneth Bentley, LA Councilmember- Curren Price, Deborah Collins, Bill Duke

Photo Credit: Ian Foxx

Actor and Model Kevin Navayne in talks to host new lifestyle TV show

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Who says you can’t go home again? Actor and model Kevin Navayne, is rumored to be in negotiations to co-host a soon to be named show in his home state of Connecticut as the states newest sports network (not named ESPN) takes shape and begins to format their television programming for 2014. The show will focus on golf but will specialize as a lifestyle show featuring interviews not just from leaders in golf, but for all entertainment.

Kevin Navayne is a Jamaican born American model and television/film actor. He has modeled for Ralph Lauren, IZOD, Nautica, and Jay Z’s Roc A Wear line to name just a few. In the acting realm he has starred in Law & Order SVU, CSI:NY, and will star as the controversial civil rights leader Marcus Garvey in the biopic based on his life set to start filming this summer.

The Back 9 Network – based in Hartford, CT is a lifestyle multi-platform television network and media company. Back9Network was developed as a complementary alternative to traditional media’s focus on professional golf tournament coverage. Focused on compelling storytelling, interesting personalities, features and fashions, interviews and instruction, travel gear, and much more, fans of all kinds will want to hang with the Back9Network.

Back9Network.com, the online clubhouse for Back9Network’s leadership includes respected and outspoken executives from the golf and media industries. Clint Eastwood serves as chairman of the Back9Network Creative Committee. Back9Network recently moved into its new Corporate Headquarters and TV/Video Production Studio in Hartford, joining ESPN, NBC Sports and YES Network in Connecticut.

For more information, visit www.Back9Network.com

Photo Caption: Actor and model Kevin Navayne

Winter fundraiser to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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The Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention (ILAACP) will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at its inaugural Winter Fundraiser at the Symphony Center on January 20, 2014.

Enjoy an evening with the Chicago Sinfonietta listening to inspirational gospel music, and a multimedia work inspired by Dr. King’s Mountaintop speech.

Tickets are $50.00 per person. Click here to purchase tickets.

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to support ILAACP’s program activities which will help the organization to realize its vision for safe, healthy, and resilient African American children, families, and communities.

The ILAACP is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3). All tickets purchased are tax-deductible up to an amount allowed by law.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Talithia Redmond via email: tredmond@ilaacp.org or by phone at 312-850-4444 ext. 221.

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