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After 23 Years, Mayor Emanuel Unveils Plaque for Harold Washington Library

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After 23-years, Mayor Emanuel unveils plaque for Harold Washington Library Says, “I am standing on his shoulders today’

By Chinta Strausberg

After hearing complaints from activists like Josie Child, who heads the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday unveiled a plaque in memory of Mayor Harold Washington that will be prominently placed on the library that was built 23-years ago.

In dedicating a plaque in memory of Mayor Harold Washington, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday said it was long overdue to have av isible name placed on the Harold Washington Library named after the first African American mayor of Chicago.

Friday’s gathering was like taking a walk down memory lane where Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a plaque of Mayor Washington at the Harold Washington Library. WVON’s Matt McGill was the MC.

Many of Mayor Washington’s most loyal soldiers present were Cook County Clerk David Orr, Josie Childs, who heads the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, Rev. B. Herbert Martin, Jane Ramsey, Senator Jacqueline Collins, Aldermen Walter Burnett, Michelle Harris, Jason Irving, Dr.Conrad W. Worrill, who heads the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, 700 East Oakwood, professor emeritus Robert Starks, Bennett Johnson, Father George Clements, George O’Hare, Rev. Stan Davis, Henry English, Jacky Grimshaw, Ed Hamb, several of Mayor Washington’s body guards including Wilbourne Woods, Dave M. Rozell; Clarence Jenkins, and many others.

In addressing the audience, Childs referred to Washington who was known as an avid reader “who used to send the press”scurrying to the dictionary after she spoke. Naming this library after him, she said, “was a perfect setting.”

Childs said in February of last year, her committee was planning a tribute to Washington but quickly realized young people did not know who the first black mayor was. Childs said she was told that Washington’s name was not on the library. After driving around the building twice, Childs confirmed the absence of the mayor’s name and began inquiring.

She thanked Mayor Emanuel for the plaque but quickly suggested that he put a “bust or a portrait in the lobby for Harold….”  Childs described the spirit of Mayor Washington as being, “Chicago is one city. We should work together as one people for our common goal and our common good.”

Dr. Worrill said in 1983 when he first met with Mayor Washington, he asked the new mayor for an indoor track in Chicago and requested that it be built next to his school. Washington told him,“Conrad, I just got in office. Would you give me a break”?

While Washington was working on that project, Worrill said, “Thirty-years later I end up in a meeting with Rahm Emanuel, and something magical happened. I guess it was the creative force of the universe that put me in the room with Elzie Higginbottom, who I ran track against in high school and who use to terribly whip me.”

When the meeting ended, Worrill recalled Mayor Emanuel saying, “I got it.” Thanking the leadership of Emanuel and Ald. Harris, Worrill said, “It appears that for the first time in the history of Chicago there are plans underfoot to build a state-of-the-art indoor track facility that will be world class and will be sanctioned by USA Track and Field so that we can have international track meets in Chicago.”

Revealing that his father was a “track man” who once ran with Jackie Robinson’s brother, Mack Robinson, who got second in the 200-meters to Jesse Owen in Berlin in 1936, Worrill said, “The spirit of track and field and the spirit of athletes and its relationship to academic achievement and development is very important.

“Everybody can’t play basketball and they are not going to the NBA and they are not signing a contract…. It’s not happening,” Worrill said.

When he was meeting with the mayor, Mayor Emanuel asked him what more did he want? Worrill told him that DuSable used to dominate swimming in the late 1930’s and 1940’s. The mayor asked him, “Where did you get that from”? Worrill quipped, “Hey, man, don’t challenge me on any research. What’s wrong with you”?

As proof, Worrill found an article proving that DuSable once dominated in swimming.  So, at the press conference held by the mayor to announce the $22 million needed to build that track, Worrill said, “I handed it (the article) to him and said, man don’t ever challenge me on any research on any subject related to history,” he said as both the mayor and the audience laughed.

Worrill reminded the audience that he had not “actually been in the mayor’s office since I met with Harold Washington…. I ain’t been fooling with the mayors of Chicago for a long time…. ‘This is a great day because any time we can use the resources of government to assist in a program to help young people in this city and broaden the scope…” around sports, athletes, arts and music that have gone away” that’s a good thing. Worrill added, “It’s time to bring them back.”

“I’ve been working on this for 30-years,”said Worrill. “Who would have ever thought I would be coalescing with the mayor of the city of Chicago to build a state-of-the-art indoor track facility that would be qualified to have international track meets….” He said this project will “spurn economic growth.”

Worrill then looked at Mayor Emanuel and said, “We got to have a hotel out here. We got to have some restaurants out there,” he said as the audience and the mayor laughed. “If you are going to have a track meet, the people need to have a place to stay…. It needs an infusion of economic development.” The mayor laughed and said, “Somebody get him off there….” Worrill agreed with Josie Childs and said there needs to be a statute of Washington then told the mayor, “Go get the money and build the statute.”

While Washington was working on getting a track,  Worrill said, “Thirty-years later I end up in a meeting with Rahm Emanuel, and something magical happened. I guess it was the creative force of the universe that put me in the room with Elzie Higginbottom, who I ran track against in high school and who use to terribly whip me.”

When the meeting ended, Worrill said Mayor Emanuel said, “I got it.” Thanking the leadership of Emanuel and Ald. Harris, Worrill said, “It appears that for the first time in the history of Chicago there are plans underfoot to build a state-of-the-art indoor track facility that will be world class and will be sanctioned by USA Track and Field so that we can have international track meets in Chicago.”

In looking at the audience, Mayor Emanuel said,“I would not be standing here today if I had not been standing on the shoulders of Harold Washington and Jane Byrne because they collectively broke the glass ceiling…,.” When Washington took office in 1983, Emanuel said, “He changed the way we saw what was possible become a reality.”

The mayor likened that to his maternal grandfather who came to Chicago in 1917 at the age of 13 at a time when Jews were fleeing the wrath of the Eastern European pogroms. “They put him on a boat to meet somebody, didn’t speak a word of English, never passed history, education, came to what we called the old country, North Lawndale, before he moved North to Albany Park but that his grandson would be the mayor of the city of Chicago within two generations. It was only possible because Harold Washington and Jane Byrne made us think about that office in a total different way of what was possible. I would not be here if it were not for Harold Washington’s legacy” he said is about one city. Emanuel is the first Jewish mayor of Chicago.

Referring to Josie Child’s blue T-shirt bearing a stripe, Mayor Emanuel said, “lt’s about the sun always rising and the sun will always rise on Harold’s legacy. It’s alive. It’s well. I guess we have to teach it to our kids, but it is about weaving that fabric of 77 neighborhoods, 140 different nationalities into one and that is what he showed all of us in his big personality, big smile and total thirst and love for life.”

Having just met with Michelle T. Boone, the city’s Cultural Affairs and Special Events Commissioner, Emanuel said she rewrote the city’s cultural plan. “The last cultural plan the city had was the one Harold wrote. When you look at that plan…, a theater district in downtown Chicago. It’s now a reality. The first idea and concept was in his cultural plan,” he said explaining that concept is being moved into the neighborhoods, parks and schools.

Rev. Martin, Mayor Washington’s pastor, led an inter-active tribute entitled “You Are Remembered.”

In ending the ceremony, Martin said, “Bless those who will use this library so they like Harold Washington will be prolific readers, gifted orators, to do justly, love, compassion, serve the common good and find joy in contributing to the progress of this city, the windy city, the city of broad shoulders, the city that works together as we build a new Chicago our kind of town.

“I now dedicate this building and all the equipment herein to the glory of God and to the benefit of all humanity may this unique architecture finds its place among the iconology of this great city. May the sovereign God who operates on the outer limits of human intelligence and who commands us to love and help one another as sisters and brothers bless us and all to be looked upon kindly as they enter this place….

After hearing complaints from activists like Josie Child, who heads the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday unveiled a plaque in memory of Mayor Washington that will be prominently displaced on the library that was built 23-years ago.(All photos by Chinta Strausberg

After hearing complaints from activists like Josie Child, who heads the Harold Washington Legacy Committee, Mayor Rahm Emanuel Friday unveiled a plaque in memory of Mayor Washington that will be prominently displaced on the library that was built 23-years ago. Photo by Chinta Strausberg

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

President Obama Reminds Americans of ACA Open Enrollment

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WASHINGTON, DC — In his Weekly Address, President Barack Obama reminded Americans that Affordable Care Act open enrollment begins this weekend.

In the past year more than 10 million people have gained health insurance, including more than seven million who enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplace coverage.  They are proof that the Affordable Care Act is working, making health care more affordable, accessible, and of higher quality for millions of people.  The President encouraged all Americans to take advantage of open enrollment, and remind their friends and families to do so as well.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, November 15, 2014.

Remarks of President Barack Obama

Hi, everybody.  Over the past year, more than 10 million Americans have gained the financial security and peace of mind that comes with health insurance.

More than seven million people enrolled in affordable coverage by visiting HealthCare.gov, or going to the marketplace in their state.  On average, they’re paying just $82 a month for coverage.  For a lot of people, that’s less than a cell phone bill or a cable bill.  Insurance companies can no longer deny you coverage just because you have a preexisting condition, and they now have to cover free preventive care like checkups and mammograms.

If you missed your chance to get covered last year, here’s the good news.  Starting November 15th, today, you can go online or call 1-800-318-2596 and get covered for 2015.  And we’ve spent the last year improving and upgrading HealthCare.gov, to make it faster and easier to use.

If you already buy insurance through the online marketplace, now is the time to take a look at some new options for next year.  You might be able to save more money, or find a plan that fits your family’s needs even better than the one you’ve got now.  If you haven’t signed up for insurance yet, this is your chance.  Odds are, you’ll qualify for tax credits to help you afford it.

But this window won’t stay open forever.  You only have three months to shop for plans, so it’s worth starting right away.  And it might make a big difference for your family’s bottom line.

Last year, I got an email from a woman named Amy Williams, in Augusta, Georgia.  She and her husband are self-employed in the trucking business.  For years, they paid about $1,200 a month for their health insurance.  Then they checked out HealthCare.gov.  They found a plan with coverage they liked, and it was way less expensive.  She says that they’ve saved around $13,000 on their premiums this year alone.

Stories like Amy’s are why we fought so hard to pass the Affordable Care Act.  To help more families breathe a little easier.  In part because this law is working, health care prices have grown at their slowest rate in nearly 50 years.  And this year, insurance premiums for families who are covered through an employer grew at a rate tied for the lowest on record.

So spread the word.  Tell your friends and family members to get covered.  Talk to folks in your church or your classroom.  Tell them to take a few minutes to check out Healthcare.gov, CuidadoDeSalud.gov, or call 1-800-318-2596 – it can make a big difference in their lives.  Let them know that it’s easy, it’s affordable, and that they have just three months, starting today, November 15th, to sign up.  Together, we can make sure that even more of America gets covered in the year ahead.

Thanks, and have a great weekend.

NAACP Strongly Supports the Final Rules to Define a Qualified Residential Mortgage

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Baltimore, MD — After thorough review, the NAACP issued a statement today in strong support of the new Qualified Residential Mortgage rule. The new rules, which require several federal agencies to define a Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM) were mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.  They are one of the key elements of the law intended to stop predatory lending while ensuring the availability of sustainable, affordable credit to qualified home buyers.

The final QRM rule is very similar to the “Qualified Mortgage” rule previously put out by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.   The final QRM rule also dropped the proposed, NAACP-opposed, down-payment requirements, thereby recognizing that responsible loan terms and diligent underwriting standards are the most important factors for a safe, sustainable housing market.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:

“We have reviewed the rule and we feel that it is an important first step in the struggle to help communities of color, specifically African Americans and Latinos, obtain sustainable, affordable mortgages. Together, the two rules address the largest abuses in mortgage lending during the lead up to the economic crisis and provide lower income borrowers and lenders alike with much needed consistency.”

From Hilary O. Shelton, Director of the NAACP Washington Bureau and Senior Vice President for Policy and Advocacy:

“We applaud the regulators for coming out with this strong rule, and we likewise thank and celebrate the groups and individuals, including bipartisan members of the U.S. Senate such as Senator Isakson (GA), Senator Landrieu (LA) and Senator Hagan (NC), who urged the regulators to come out with this solid step forward. Across our country, from Louisiana to Maine; from Florida to Oregon and all places in between, this rule will do much to guarantee sustainable, affordable homeownership.”

We Charge Genocide Holds Historic Protest Inside the United Nations During UNCAT Review of US Torture

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Geneva, Switzerland — Chicago youth organizers presented a report this week to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) in Geneva, Switzerland. Questions they wrote on police violence in Chicago were asked by the committee to U.S. representatives. During the U.S. response, We Charge Genocide delegates staged a historic protest, standing with their fists in the air for over a half hour.

Their protest was featured in articles from Newsweek, the Straights Times and Vice.

Public Statement from We Charge Genocide delegates:

“Today when U.S. representatives responded to one of United Nations Committee Against Torture’s questions regarding police use of tasers by claiming police are properly trained to use them and that they aren’t lethal, the eight We Charge Genocide delegates made eye contact with one another and all knew it was the moment for us to stand. We rose silently with our fists in the air, each holding an image of Dominique Franklin— a 23 year old friend who was tased to death by the Chicago Police Department this summer.

There was an immediate energy that shot through the room, and we were joined right away by Monica James, from the Transformative Justice Law Project, and two members from the National Center for Lesbian Rights/#BornPerfect. A UN staffer quickly approached us and demanded we stop, saying that this wasn’t allowed and she would call security. We refused. Staffer Thenjiwe McHarris from USHRN and Crista Noel came to our defense. After contesting the UN security’s demands with the support of Crista, we reached a negotiation that if we were silent we could continue to stand.

After five or ten minutes, we grabbed each other’s hands in the air and held them there for 30 minutes–  in honor and memory of the 30 minutes Rekia Boyd’s body laid in the street after being shot by a Chicago Police off-duty officer. Several fists throughout the room started to rise, including members of the @Ferguson_Geneva delegation, @ChicagoTorture, and students from the NEIU delegation. Most of us didn’t notice how many other people in the room had stood in solidarity with us until we looked up or when we finally sat down. A few people walked over to us with words of support, including an former Black Panther Jihad Abdulmumit who came behind us, whispering “Stay strong. You guys are heroes today.”

By this point, five police officers were stationed in the room and the U.S. Delegation continued to be visibly uncomfortable. Afterwards, the UNCAT committee gave the US reps a 7 minute break to prep and answer questions that the committee felt we’re unanswered in the first half of the session. During the break, UN security asked us and everyone who participated in the silent protest with us for our NGO badges and wrote our names down on a list, stating the reason as protocol “in case anything gets violent.”

The only violence in the room came after the break when the U.S. representatives reappeared with more ambiguous, insufficient, and fraudulent claims that attempted to silence the powerful stories presented before the UNCAT. The U.S. reps closed with no real evidence and left us expecting what we had already knew from the data in our report and our lived experiences, that the U.S. accountability measures are awfully inadequate.

While statistics and data are important to have in many platforms of effecting social change, personal narrative proved today to be what really moved the UNCAT members into grilling the US on their consistent and systematic forms of violence and control of people of color in this country. The U.S. dodged questions and misled committee members but our stories, our lives and our struggles were recognized on an international stage and that is undeniable. Know That.”

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Five Year Prison Sentence for Unemployment Fraud

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Restitution of $234,000 Ordered After IDES Investigation

CHICAGO, IL – A Blue Island man was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $234,000 to the Illinois Department of Employment Security for defrauding the unemployment insurance program. IDES’ anti-fraud efforts initiated the investigation that led to the federal conviction.

“Actions speak louder than words. This is another example that shows that when we talk about fighting fraud and abuse, we really mean it,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “This is not a victimless crime. Stealing from the unemployment program is no different than had the criminals reached directly into the pockets of every worker and employer in Illinois.”

According to federal records, Durand Osborne, 40, led three others in a fictitious employer scheme. A fake company was created so that fake employees could be paid unemployment insurance. Once identified by IDES, and working with federal officials from the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the fraud was allowed to continue and tracked so that a criminal case strong enough to secure a conviction could be built. Had IDES not detected the fraud, Osborne and his crew could have bilked taxpayers out of approximately $880,000.

U.S. Northern District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer sentenced Osborne this week after a guilty plea to mail fraud. The fraud occurred between 2009 and 2011. The U.S. Department of Justice case number is 13CR561.

Unemployment insurance taxes pay for benefits that workers receive when they are laid off through no fault of their own. In Illinois, the taxes support 26 weeks of unemployment benefits. Operational funding for IDES – dollars used to pay salaries and utilities, for example – come from federal funds through the U.S. Department of Labor, not from unemployment insurance taxes nor from the state’s general revenue budget in Springfield.

IDES is committed to fighting fraud. It pursues fraud cases in criminal and civil courts at the local, state and federal level. The Department cooperates with outside prosecutors and has an anti-fraud unit with attorneys from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.

National Urban League Welcomes New Board Chair

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New York, NY – At the National Urban League’s 58th Annual Equal Opportunity Dinner on November 12, 2014, in New York City, National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial welcomed the new chairman of the National Urban League, Michael F. Neidorff. Neidorff currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of Centene Corporation.

“Michael Neidorff has been a committed, passionate and valuable member of the board over the past four years, and we could not be more excited for him to now take the helm and usher in a new era of leadership for the National Urban League,” said Morial. “We appreciate and applaud our outgoing chair, John Hofmeister, for his tireless efforts to ensure that the Urban League reached new heights during his tenure – and I am ever confident that Michael’s dedication to the community and to the people we serve will build upon these accomplishments to continue making an extraordinary impact on the lives of millions of Americans.”

Neidorff, who will immediately begin his term as the 21st National Urban League chairman, has served as chairman, president and CEO of Centene Corporation since 1996. Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a leading healthcare enterprise that provides programs and related services to the rising number of under-insured and uninsured individuals.

“We must be diligent and we must be resourceful in tackling the issues that confront our communities and our nation,” Neidorff said. “If we are successful – and we will succeed – our communities and our families benefit, our children benefit; and we create a stronger America for generations to come.”

Neidorff has also served as a trustee of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and as a member of the boards of trustees for Webster University, the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Science Center, Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the National Children’s Cancer Society.

Cook County Commissioners Approve Cook County 2015 Budget

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County Board President Preckwinkle commends Commissioners on Passage of Budget

“I commend the Board of Commissioners for approving the 2015 Cook County budget today,” said Preckwinkle.

“For the second consecutive year we have passed a balanced budget with no new taxes, fines, fees or layoffs.  This budget makes important infrastructure investments, carefully reorganizes our approach to real estate management, holds the line on positions and works to improve public safety.

“This budget will help provide essential County services in 2015 while also addressing our long-term fiscal challenges. I am proud to note that the County will have less bond and self-insurance debt at the end of FY 2015 than when I took office four years ago.

“We are making significant improvement throughout the County but we have more work to do. In the coming year, we will focus on implementing criminal justice reforms to reduce costs and create a more just system, leading regional economic development efforts to produce jobs and opportunities for residents and businesses, and securing pension reform legislation to protect the retirement security of our workers and the interests of taxpayers.

“The budget passed today is the product of many months of hard work. I want to thank our Bureau of Finance, commissioners, elected officials, County departments and the public for their involvement and input. I also want to recognize Finance Chairman Daley for his work crafting this budget and hosting public meetings to solicit feedback from County residents.”

Sec’y of State Jesse White Joins First Ladies Health Initiative and Religious Leaders to Show Support for National Donor Sabbath

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Jamell Meeks, Monica Moss and LaTonia Lambert featured in radio PSA

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White joined the First Ladies Health Initiative with some of the city’s leading churches pastors to show support for National Donor Sabbath, a time when faith communities come together in support of organ and tissue donation.

“People often cite religious beliefs as a reason for not signing up for the state’s organ and tissue donor registry,” White said. “Please don’t buy into the myths that discourage donation.  Do something good for someone else by participating in this vital program.”

During the weekend of November 14-16, faith communities in Illinois and across the country recognize National Donor Sabbath.  Faith leaders and congregations participate in events to increase awareness of this vital program.  According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, nearly all major religious groups support organ and tissue donation.

Nationally, more than 120,000 people are waiting for organs. In Illinois, there are approximately 5,000 people on the waiting list. Sadly, about 300 people die each year because organs are not available.

White’s office produced a 60-second public service announcement for Donor Sabbath that was distributed to radio stations statewide. The PSA features three First Ladies Health Initiative members: Jamell Meeks of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, Monica Moss of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago and LaTonia Lambert, of River Oaks Community Church of South Holland.  The three women encourage those in the community to participate in this life-giving act.

White was joined at the press conference which was held at the James R. Thompson Center by First Ladies Health Initiative members Jamell Meeks of Salem Baptist Church of Chicago, LaTonia Lambert of River Oaks Community Church of South Holland, Felicia Clark of World Deliverance Christian Center in Hillside, Karen Smith, Holy Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Chicago, and Cheryl Samuels of Commonwealth Community Church, as well as St. Sabina Pastor Thulani Magwaza.

For more information on organ/tissue donation or to register to become as a donor, visit LifeGoesOn.com, call the Secretary of State Organ/Tissue Donor Program at 1-800-210-2106, or visit a Driver Services facility.

Entertainment Business’ “Official Deal Maker” Helps New Generation of Musicians Avoid Being Broke and Unknown, in Raw & Honest New Book

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Having unknowingly attended what he calls ‘Adversity University’, Robert Terell has excelled from the streets of New York to become the founder of Wealth Nation Entertainment and a world-renowned entertainment business manager coined the “official deal maker”. In his new book, “Broke & Famous: The Music Game” Terell cuts through the rapidly-evolving industry to teach aspiring artists how to not go broke and develop the business acumen  required to succeed where so many others fail.

Broke & Famous By Robert Terell

Atlanta, GA (BlackNews.com) — As a visionary and thought leader in the music industry, Robert Terell has helped hundreds transform from struggling artists into unstoppable entertainment ‘machines’. But he admits that achieving the harmony of fame and riches is now more out of reach than ever, due to an industry that has replaced its willingness to nurture new musicians with a requirement for them to sign their first contract “spotlight ready”.

Thanks to Terell’s new book, the 43 million clueless unsigned artists around the world can develop the vision, focus and discipline they need to execute a profitable career. Broke & Famous: The Music Game pulls no punches when exposing the cold hard truths of making it in today’s competitive music jungle. Those turning down the opportunity to soak up Terell’s wisdom will likely fail to find the limelight forever.


After 16 years of blood, sweat, and tears in the music industry! I evolved from struggling intern to a real entertainment executive. Unknowingly, I enrolled and attended classes at Adversity University the unofficial school of the music business. During that point in my career the landscape in the music game was drastically changing and so were the rules for winning. Today’s music business is about a different kind of hustle. With the rapid advancement of technology, social media platforms, and a wide variety of brokering services, you will become as relevant or irrelevant as your level of understanding the game. Your ability to elevate and transform your thinking about the dynamics of the new music game will determine how much money you’ll make, how much you’ll keep, and ultimately how successful you’ll be. In the final synopsis the dream is still real….but the hustle is sold separately. So that means your career will either be a very expensive hobby or a profitable business venture at the end of the day. In today’s music world there are no A&R’s or labels willing to spend money to develop you for the next 2 or 3 years before they make a profit. As of today, the music game, is about manufacturing and producing your own machinery. These self-made machines are designed and created with the sole purpose of the artist winning. Join me as I endeavor to enlighten the blind, quench the thirsty, and reveal the wicked plots of industry predators disguised as legitimate record executives but are worse than your average stick up kid. After reading my book series your career will fit nicely into one of the following categories: “Broke & Famous”, “Broke & Unknown” or “Rich Forever”. You make the choice, or the industry will make it for you!

“The first thing people need to understand is that they have to be in this business for the right reasons,” explains Terell. “That, of course, is for the music but it’s also vital to self-manage’ the business side of your career, and this is where most crash and burn. My book covers these little-told strategies to success, such as surrounding yourself with top people, managing your finances properly and understanding why so many artists go broke and declare bankruptcy. Many existing books only teach how to seek out high-level contracts, but unless you arrive at the doorstep with the correct business acumen, you’ll never have an opportunity to put pen to paper. This book will prepare you holistically; it’s a true game-changer”.

Continuing, “By streamlining your vision and discipline, you can build an instinct for when to accept a deal and sniff out the ones that really are too good to be true. By weeding these bad opportunities out, you can avoid 95% of the reasons artists fail in the first few years of their professional careers. I’ve spent almost two decades making global deals for some of the industry’s biggest names and, after reading this book, you can be next!”

Broke & Famous: The Music Game is available now:
Amazon – http://amzn.to/1uGmuIy
Barnes & Noble – http://bit.ly/1tPCFkK

About the Author:
Born and raised in the streets of New York City by a single parent mother, Robert began his career in the music business as an intern at Calliope studios in New York, NY. As the visionary thought leader of Wealth Nation Entertainment, he has orchestrated major label distribution deals with Universal Music Group Distribution (UMGD) via INgrooves Fontana, and has held several major positions in the industry throughout his career including the following:  V.P. of A&R with IMG recordings, which is distributed via Warner Bros., Sony, EMI, and Universal, E.V.P. of Corporate Affairs/Strategic alliances for HYPE Magazine and THM Media. As Gunplay’s (MMG/DEF JAM) Business Manager, Robert and his team was instrumental in finalizing his deal with Def Jam. After partnering with Def Jam, he successfully landed record placement with BET on the new Wayans Bros. Show “Next Generation Wayans,” for New York based rapper “Computa” which aired in 2013.

Photo Caption: Bookcover

Overturn Citizens United: 1,000,000 Signatures Needed; Sign The Petition

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1,OOO,OOO SIGNATURES NEEDED: Click here to demand campaign finance reform for 2016 >>

The secret money that dominated the 2014 elections was unprecedented. We can’t let this happen again in 2016:

— It’s time to take big money out of politics
— It’s time for sensible campaign finance reform
— It’s time to overturn Citizens United

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Let’s be honest about what just happened: The Koch Brothers and their allies were able to buy this year’s election. It’s time to put an end to unfair campaign finance laws that have allowed the ultra-rich to rig our elections.

1,OOO,OOO Signatures Needed for Overturning Citizens United!
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Democrats in Congress are working to end the insidious influence of money in politics. But they need our help. We need 1,OOO,OOO people to add their name and demand an end to Citizens United so that in 2016, YOU — not the Koch Brothers — control who gets elected.

Ending Citizens United will be an enormous challenge. But America needs campaign finance reform. And that’s why we need your help:

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