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Archive for December 4th, 2014

Why President Obama Should Address Structural Racism and Monopoly in the $737 Billion Dollar Electric Power Industry

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How GE Energy Financial Services, Southern California Edison and Magic Johnson Enterprises have all blocked and undermined my efforts to obtain a Power Purchase Agreement on a large-scale solar project.

By John Quincey Moaning

President Obama Speaking on Energy

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — In no sector is the mal-distribution of wealth and collusive monopoly so evident and blacks totally excluded economically from business ownership participation than the electric power industry, a robust, $737-billion-plus market where African-American headed households spend roughly $30 billion annually on energy consumption. According to statistics provided by the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), 40 percent of the energy consumers are non-white.

For centuries, whites have used their ownership and control to block and impede any efforts by blacks to acquire wealth and businesses. In a nation which claims to be an equal opportunity, color-blind society, structural racism and its monopolies have virtually rendered Black Americans to a permanent underclass, as whites have total control over wealth, power, resources and basic necessities of life.

Following 500 years of Jim Crow and slavery – which led to 20 to 35 million blacks outright killed and another 15 million physically enslaved, psychologically abused, academically impaired and economically impoverished, Black Americas percentage of ownership of the nations wealth remains where it was in the 1860s on the eve of the Civil War. At that time, when nearly every Black person in America was either in full slavery or semi-slavery, Blacks owned one-half of one percent of this nation’s wealth.

As one of only a very few African-American renewable energy project developers, I have spent nearly 15 years doing the off camera, unglamorous work of developing infrastructures necessary for participation in the electric power industry – no African-American owned large scale generating project has ever been awarded a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from any commercial utility company in the United States.

One of our most recent renewable energy developments, The Blue Diamond/GE Energy Financial Services (GE EFS) 250 MW Solar Project (an $800 million solar development project), was intended to be the first African-American owned-large scale generating project in the history of Southern California Edison or any commercial utility company in the United States.

The project sponsors were Blue Diamond Renewables, LLC with a 51 percent ownership and GE EFS with a 49 percent planned equity structure to be compliant with General Order 156, a supervised voluntary program which encourages active participation of the Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) to procure or contract goods and services from Women – Minorities – and Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (WMVBE).

In 2012, the project was destroyed by SCE, GEFS and Magic Johnson Enterprises during bi-lateral negotiations granted by SCE to Blue Diamond Renewables, LLC. GE EFS offered to partner with Blue Diamond Renewables, LLC, after the companys wind power offering was not shortlisted on a previous Request for Proposal (RFP) issued by SCE in 2011.

Saying that MJE had been given ten percent of Blue Diamonds ownership position of the solar project by Southern California Edison, I received a call from Mr. Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. requesting to meet and formalize his companys partnership stake, despite having no prior communication or business relationship with MJE.

Following a series of telephone conference calls with MJE, a dinner meeting, offered by SCE and MJE at Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, ended disastrously with an African-American executive from SCE and members of MJE physically running out of the establishment within five seconds, leaving me to pay a nearly $1,000 tab after resisting their demands to offer MJE ten percent of the proposed solar project, offering only name equity for its contribution.

I was completely taken aback by the groups abrupt behavior, as was the restaurant manager from Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar who threatened to call the police on representatives of SCE and MJE for nonpayment – after eating hefty portions of filet mignon, lobster, jumbo shrimp and consuming expensive wine. The self dealing by the executives resulted in the loss of purchase agreement valued at more than $100 million to Blue Diamond Renewables, LLC.

Discovery has since shown that GE EFS, working with and through the former SCE executive, backed doored Blue Diamond Renewables with Magic John Enterprises, attempting to obtain a power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison, utilizing my trade secrets, business plan, pricing structure models and pro forma financials. A civil complaint (CV 13-04611 RSWL) was filed in the Federal District Court of California in 2013 against GE EFS, SCE and Magic Johnson Enterprises.

The GE EFS representative, who worked in collusion with SCE and Magic Johnson Enterprises to rob Blue Diamond Renewables of this life time opportunity, was recommended to me by LaDoris Harris, also a former GE executive who currently serves as Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity at the United States Department of Energy.

Ms. Harris was nominated to her current position by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012. Prior to her confirmation, Ms. Harris, as then President and CEO of Jabo Industries, sought to manage Blue Diamonds renewable energy opportunities within the United States and Africa.

Through President Obamas Power Africa initiative, GE is now positioned to get billions of American tax payers dollars to offset its investments in Africa. President Obamas initiative calls for 30,000 megawatts of additional capacity and expand access to electricity to 60 million households and businesses.

It has also been reported that GEs revenues exceeded $5.2 billion across 30 African countries in 2013; and the company has won more than $8.3 billion in orders in Africa in the last 12 months. GEs long-term growth is critically dependent upon Africa.

Black Americans, who voted overwhelmingly for President Obama (at least 95 percent in 2008 and 93 percent in 2012) and were unofficially declared an obsolete workforce nearly 40 years ago, should call for the government to intervene on its behalf and force a White monopoly to divest itself of some of its wealth, resources and power.

Black Americans should also call for economic and political reform. African Americans are also within their rights to demand reparations from such companies as GE, whose wealth foundation is deeply rooted in slavery. Pivotal to the development of shaping the corporate landscape in many industries is John Pierpont Morgan, a famous industrialist. Morgan was the mastermind who engineered many industrial giants, including GE, AT&T, Westinghouse, RCA and U.S. Steel. A major slave trader, whose slave auction that he owned still stands in Alexandria, Virginia, Morgan, in 1892, packaged a number of smaller electrical concerns into the General Electric Company (GE), greatly reducing competition in the electrical industry. Morgan established over 300 monopolies, combinations and trusts.

In such pluralistic society, where one cant be a fully participating citizen without economic means, it is imperative that Black Americans establish a National Empowerment Plan to become competitive and self-sufficient. Otherwise, in the midst of increasing racial conflicts and Black Americans chasing social integration and civil rights, we stand as race soon to become extinct.

John Quincey Moaning is an African-American renewable energy project developer in Houston, Texas. He can be reached at (832) 724-9418 or johnmoaning@yahoo.com.

Photo Caption: President Obama speaking about renewable energy in the summer of 2014

NAACP Deeply Disappointed Grand Jury Decided Not to Indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo

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Baltimore, MD — A grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner.  Medical examiners found that a banned chokehold used by Officer Daniel Pantaleo contributed to the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. In light of this decision, the NAACP has released the following statement:

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:

“We are deeply disappointed in the grand jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for the tragic death of Eric Garner. On July 17th, the life of Eric Garner was stolen by an officer whose first responsibility was to serve and protect. Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who put Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, remains free as the family of Eric Garner will forever mourn. While we are frustrated, we are not defeated.  The grand jury’s decision does not mean a crime was not committed in Staten Island, New York, and it does not mean we are done fighting for Eric Garner.  It is precisely for this reason we are completing our “Journey for Justice March: Ferguson to Jefferson City” because we must bring racial profiling and police brutality to the forefront of our national consciousness. The NAACP and our allies will not stand down until accountability and justice in cases of police misconduct are served for Garner and the countless other men and women who lost their lives to such police discrimination.”

From Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference:

“We are deeply, deeply troubled by the grand jury’s decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo for the tragic death of Eric Garner. We will continue to press, alongside others who care about justice, to have the governor appoint a special prosecutor to re-consider this matter. Additionally, we will ask the Justice Department to press forward with a federal civil rights indictment against the officer and to look at and investigate the policies and practices of the NYPD, in particular the use of choke holds. We understand the anger that will flow from the failure of this City’s criminal justice system. That being said, we urge calm and we remain confident that, even while protests will take place, those protests will be within the bounds of the law and in the best American tradition. At the same time, we urge the NYPD to act appropriately in policing the protests so that there is no provocation on the part of the police to transform, by its actions, what is otherwise peaceful protest into something that no one wishes.”

Contact:

Nicole Kenney (410) 336 – 4559
nkenney@naacpnet.org

Jamiah Adams (443)571-6618
jadams@naacpnet.org

Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge’s Statement on the Staten Island Grand Jury Decision

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WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge  released the following statement on the decision of the Staten Island Grand Jury not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner:

“I am deeply disappointed by the Staten Island Grand Jury’s decision not to indict Officer Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner. Even in the face of video footage, it appears justice will not be served for Mr. Garner or his family.

“In the span of two weeks, this nation seems to have heard one message loud and clear: there will be no accountability for taking Black lives. As an American, it is growing increasingly difficult to believe that there is justice for all.

“I ask for calm yet resolute voices to be heard in our communities. It is imperative that people of good will, those who believe in a just and fair criminal justice system, hear our voices. Black lives do matter and our lives do hold value.

“This is yet another sad day for our county and our democracy.”

Movie Memorializes 45th Anniversary of the December 4th Raid on the Chicago Black Panthers

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(The Assassination of Fred Hampton and Murder of Mark Clark)

Black Messiah Murders

Dallas, TX (BlackNews.com) — Mockingbird Films has announced the launch of pre-production of The Black Messiah Murders, a drama/action/suspense whose starring roles are partially cast or presently being cast or negotiated. The film is directed by Lance Flores (U.S.) and Steve OBrien (24/25 Films, New Castle, England). The film has completed development and has launched a crowd funding campaign to reduce their dependence on traditional film business interests and secure bank funding.

Howard Bridges, “We’ve completed the development of The Black Messiah Murders and are now initiating pre-production of the largest independent feature film of this type, subject matter and genre.”

The Black Messiah Murders is a story based on the actual events of J. Edgar Hoover’s “COINTELPRO” operations and the assistant federal attorney that exposed the detail of a government conspiracy. The Counter Intelligence Program mostly targeted groups and individuals deemed by Hoover to be “subversives.” This included individuals associated with Civil Rights Movement, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others associated with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and the Congress of Racial Equality and other civil rights organizations; black nationalist groups and Fred Hamptons Rainbow Coalition. The Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King Jr., stories have been told; this story awaits its moment for the silver screen.

Bridges continues, “This story is told through a breakthrough screenplay written by Lance Flores, who had known Fred Hampton and had been with him, having driven from San Antonio to Chicago only a couple of months before Fred was murdered.”

Fred Hampton was assassinated during the pre-dawn raid at 2337 W. Monroe St. in west Chicago on December 4th in 1969.

“Lance had been introduced to Fred by the founder of AIM (the American Indian Movement), Russell Means, actor and Native American rights advocate whose organization had joined with Hamptons Rainbow Coalition. Later in life, Lance would work on Russells bid in the Libertarian Party for Presidential nomination,” said Bridges.

“Years later, he (Flores) would meet Shelly Waxman, the Assistant Federal Attorney in Chicago that was assigned to defend the FBI and William ONeal (the FBI informant that provided information for the raid) in a civil suit against the government. Waxman uncovered the details of the government plot by the FBI, Illinios State Attorney for Cook County, and the Chicago Police during the discovery process in a lawsuit and refused to cover up the criminal activities of those government officials,” Bridges said.

For more details, visit http://bmm.mockingbirdfilms.com

To help fund the project, visit their IndieGoGo page at http://igg.me/p/919662/

Speaking Icons Dr. George C. Fraser and Les Brown Collaborate for the First Time in New Book With 31 Inspiring Leaders

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Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings

Mission Unstoppable by George Fraser and Les Brown

Cleveland, OH (BlackNews.com)Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings is a collaboration of stories that depicts the struggles of 31 inspiring leaders and the challenges they faced while traversing their personal and professional road to success. Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings reveals these inspiring leaders desire to reach their goals and reasons for not giving up. “Failures and mistakes are the precursors of success. If you are not doing both, you are not taking any risks and success will elude you,” says Dr. George C. Fraser, America’s Top Networking Guru.

Inspired by Dr. George C. Fraser, author of 5 best-selling books including Click and Success Runs in our Race, and recently inducted into the Minority Business Hall of Fame and Museum, with America’s number one motivational speaker, Les Brown, this book will fill you with inspiration and passion to achieve your own dreams and be unstoppable.

Dr. George C. Fraser is Chairman and CEO of FraserNet, Inc., a company he founded some 28 years ago, to lead a global networking movement for people of African descent. Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was an orphan and foster child for 15 years. Hes written 5 best-selling books to include: Success Runs in Our Race, Click and most recently, Mission Unstoppable: Extraordinary Stories of Failure’s Blessings, a book he co-authored with Les Brown.

Upscale Magazine named him one of the “Top 50 Power Brokers in Black America,” and Black Enterprise magazine called him “Black America’s #1 Networker”. He’s been featured on 7 national magazine covers, and has received 350 awards and citations to include 2 honorary Doctorate Degrees and an Ambassadorship. He’s been married to Nora Jean for 42 years and has 2 sons. Dr. Fraser is most proud of the 2 African-centered charter schools he helped found which educate nearly 300 inner city Black children, of which 70% are boys.

Nationally, for interviews or more information, national spokespersons are: Dr. George C. Fraser (Cleveland, OH; 216-496-1287), Lanre M. Lee (Detroit, MI; 313-926-7000 ), Haki Ammi (Baltimore, MD; 410-209-9687 ), James J. Williams (DC metro/Prince Georges County, MD; 301-806-8614), Dr. Antione Moss (Cleveland, OH; 216-220-7252), and Jessica Robinson (New York, NY; 929-800-1184)

Books can be purchased on Amazon.com and selected local book stores. Published by Yinspire Media, San Francisco, CA.

Photo: Bookcover


73rd Remembrance of Pearl Harbor Attack and 10th Anniversary of the Dedication of the WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial

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The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Club, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, and the WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Board will hold their annual ceremony to mark and remember the heroism, service, and sacrifice of the men and women who were at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on on Dec. 7, 1941.

The annual ceremony will be held Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014,   11 a.m. – Noon, at the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Hall – Chapter 1525 Club Area, Lake Springfield, Springfield, IL

This year’s Remembrance includes honors to the 10th Anniversary of the Dedication of the WWII Illinois Veterans’ Memorial.

Keynote Speaker invited is  Maj. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei, Adjutant General, Illinois National Guard.

This ceremony is free and open to the public and includes the presentation of a proclamation signed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, a Wreath Laying in the waters of Lake Springfield, Honor Guard presentation, the playing of Taps, and closes with a World War II Veteran’s Prayer.  The Invocation and World War II Veteran’s Prayer are to be offered by Kathy Smith, a WWII U.S. Navy veteran and WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Board member.

Informational Booth Presentations will include:

  • Building & Dedication of the WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial on December 4, 2004
  • WWII Illinois Veterans Memorial Scholarship
  • Illinois Veterans & Community Classroom Project

Media are welcome to attend.  All events are subject to change without notice.  For IDVA interviews in advance of the event, please contact Ryan Yantis, communication manager, IDVA, ryan.yantis@illinois.gov or 312-814-0778.

Neighborhood Residents Laud City Minimum Wage Increase, Call on Mayor Emanuel to Do Better for Chicago Working Families

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Grassroots Illinois Action will Continue to Fight for $15 Minimum Wage and Real Investment in Chicago Neighborhoods

CHICAGO, IL – Grassroots Illinois Action celebrates with the hundreds of thousands of Chicago’s working families who will be receiving a raise next June.

Restaurant, retail and business groups, along with large corporations like Walmart and McDonald’s, fought hard against this minimum wage increase, and gave aldermen and the mayor over $200,000 in campaign contributions in the last few years. But this time, the power of money wasn’t enough to beat the power of people.

As a response to the bold fight waged by Chicago’s low wage workers and their allies, the Chicago City Council took action today, passing an ordinance raising the city’s minimum wage to $10 beginning June  2015 and going up to $13 in 2019.   In response to community pressure, the original proposal was significantly changed to include Domestic Workers, an important victory for thousands of families. For the Chicago families who will finally get a raise, this is undeniably a step forward.

However, Chicagoans also know that an increase to $13 over 5 years is not enough.  Last March, 86% of voters showed overwhelming support for a $15 minimum wage in Chicago.  In the spring and summer, Chicago residents turned out to all of the Minimum Wage Commission’s hearings, demanding $15.  The Council’s ordinance also leaves tipped workers behind, to continue to struggle with poverty wages.   Chicago can do better.  We will continue to organize and fight for a living wage for all Chicagoans.

“Today, we celebrate with everyone who fought hard for this victory.  In the past 7 days, the Mayor has shown us what is possible when he has the political will to make things happen.  He could have given Chicago a raise years ago.  Chicago families need progress every year, not just during election year,” said Amisha Patel, Executive Director of Grassroots Illinois Action.

Grassroots Illinois Action applauds those Aldermen who weren’t afraid to stand against the mayor, serve as real champions for a $15 minimum wage, and negotiate for a real living wage for Chicago.  The lead sponsors for $15 – Alderman Joe Moreno (1st), Alderman Rod Sawyer (6th), and Alderman John Arena (45th)- showed the type of independent leadership that Chicago needs and deserves.

“Chicago needs independent leaders who have the courage to make the hard decisions – on behalf of working families, not corporate giants,” said Abbie Illenberger, Field Director of Grassroots Illinois Action.   “We will continue organizing with Chicago’s working families to see that same political will in action on other issues that matter to Chicago’s working families – issues like reinstating an Elected Representative School Board, opening up CHA vacant housing, and ending the criminalization of communities of color.”

Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves

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Shopping Tips Can Help Parents Shop Safe

CHICAGO, IL – Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America’s store shelves, according to Illinois Public Interest Research Group’s 29th annual Trouble in Toyland report. The survey of hazardous toys found that, despite recent progress, consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season.

The report reveals the results of laboratory testing on toys for toxic chemicals, including lead, chromium and phthalates, all of which can have serious, adverse health impacts on a child’s development. The survey also found examples of small toys that pose a choking hazard, extremely loud toys that threaten children’s hearing, and powerful toy magnets that can cause serious injury if swallowed.

“We should be able to trust that the toys we buy are safe. However, until that’s the case, parents need to watch out for common hazards when shopping for toys,” said Dev Gowda, Advocate with Illinois PIRG.

For 29 years, the Illinois PIRG Trouble in Toyland report has offered safety guidelines for purchasing toys for small children, and provided examples of toys currently on store shelves that pose potential safety hazards.

“In the years we have worked on this issue together, it is gratifying to see more testing and evaluation of toys and children’s products, along with a more effective recall process in place,” said Attorney General Lisa Madigan. “But unfortunately, as this report shows, hazardous children’s products are still far too readily accessible. This report remains an important resource in identifying dangerous products to ensure a safe holiday season of giving.”

“As the holiday shopping season continues, this report gives parents and loved ones valuable information about the safety of children’s products,” said Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-9). “Since the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in 2008, toys and other consumer products have become much safer, but the Trouble in Toyland report shows that there is more to do.”

“Choking is a leading cause of injury and death among children aged 3 years or younger. Food, coins, and toys are the primary causes of choking-related injury and death,” said Elizabeth Powell, MD, MPH, Emergency Medicine, Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Toys with high levels of toxic substances are still on store shelves. We found toys containing phthalates well over legal limits, as well as toys with lead or chromium content above limits. For example, we found Hello Kitty toy hair clips from JoAnn Fabrics that had 5 times the limit of the phthalate DEHP, and a toy tambourine and sheriff’s badges from Dollar Tree that exceeded the limits for chromium and lead, respectively.
  • Despite a ban on small parts in toys for children under the age of three, we found toys available in stores that still pose choking hazards. For example, we found party favors from Dollar Tree which contains small parts and was unlabeled as a choking hazard.
  • We also found toys that are potentially harmful to children’s ears and hearing. For example, we found the Leap Frog Chat and Count Smart Phone and Dora the Explorer Lights & Sounds Trike from Walmart that were extremely loud and could potentially harm a child’s ears.
  • We continued to find small, powerful magnets that pose a dangerous threat to children if swallowed. For example, we found Sizzlers noise magnets from Toys “R” Us that are small enough to be swallowed and can cause severe internal damage.

Over the past six years, stronger rules have helped get some of the most dangerous toys and children’s products off the market. Rules put in place by the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act tightened lead limits and phased out dangerous phthalates. The Consumer Product Safety Commission’s September ban on small, powerful toy magnet sets is also an important step forward. However, not all toys comply with the law, and holes in the toy safety net remain.

“Each year, parents get vital safety information from the Trouble in Toyland report that helps them choose toys wisely at the holidays and throughout the year,” said Nancy Cowles, Executive Director of Kids In Danger, a non-profit organization.

“Parents should avoid shopping at stores that have not adopted a publicly available corporate policy on toxics in their products, such as Walgreens,” added Gowda. “Without such a policy, Walgreens does not play an active role in ensuring the safety of the products it sells. Instead, Walgreens leaves it up to manufacturers and suppliers to ensure the safety of products.”

“I thank PIRG for this report and for its decades of leadership on this issue,” added Congresswoman Schakowsky.  “I will continue to work with PIRG and other consumer advocates to make sure unsafe products are kept off of store shelves.”

“Finally, Monday was Cyber Monday. We also urge parents to watch for hazards when shopping for toys on the web,” concluded Gowda. “Our report includes unsafe toys found in dollar stores, big box stores and online.”

To download our full Trouble in Toyland report, click here or go to our website at www.illinoispirg.org. Parents can find our list of unsafe toys, as well as tips for safe toy shopping this holiday season, at toysafetytips.org.

Illinois PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) is a statewide non-profit, non-partisan organization that takes on powerful interests on behalf of its members, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. www.illinoispirg.org

National Press Club and Capital Press Club (CPC) to Make Historic Acknowledgement During CPC 70th Anniversary Gala This Week

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Joint forum to discuss media coverage of Ferguson and race in America slated for early 2015

The Capital Press Club, founded in 1944 during the 47 years in which the National Press Club refused to accept Black members, will honor nine legendary Black journalists Thursday Dec. 4, during its 70th Anniversary gala reception at the National Press Club.

The Theme of the evening will be “70 Years in the Black, Telling Our Own Stories, Pleading Our Own Cause”.

Honorees will include Simeon Booker, pioneering editor, JET Magazine; Barbara Reynolds, founding editor, USA Today; JC Hayward, iconic anchorwoman, WUSA; Roy Lewis, photographer, the Black Press; Paul Brock, pioneering journalist; Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher, Washington Informer; April Ryan, White House Correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks; Joe Madison, Radio Talk Show Host, SiriusXM; Richard Prince, columnist, Journal-isms, Maynard Institute.

In addition to the awards, National Press Club President Myron Belkind and Capital Press Club President Hazel Trice Edney will reflect on the impact of the National Press Club’s refusal to accept Black members from its founding in 1908 to 1955 when it accepted its first African-American male member. Historically, it is well-known and publicized that the NPC did not accept Blacks as members until 1955. However, the historicity of this acknowledgement is – in part – that it will be made in the presence of the Capital Press Club, which was formed because of the racial discrimination.

Belkind and Edney will then announce a joint 2015 forum to discuss media coverage of race issues in America, to be held at the National Press Club, using the Ferguson riots as a microcosm.

The event will be held Thursday, Dec. 4: Gala Reception 6:30-10 p.m.; Awards Ceremony and Program, 8-9 p.m., at the National Press Club, 529 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20045.

Service project is to improve student literacy skills.

As the oldest African-American multidisciplinary communications association in the nation, The Capital Press Club has a 70-year commitment to the success of African-American journalists as well as all media professionals. Established in 1944, its founding president was Alfred E. Smith, a columnist for the then Chicago Daily Defender, now the Chicago Defender. The Founders were dedicated to upgrading the status and working conditions of African-American journalists.

New Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel Provides Pictorial and Text Essay of the Inspiring Tuskegee Airmen Story

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Floyd Norman

Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — The Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel, written and illustrated by Floyd Norman and produced by Leo Sullivan Multimedia, is a pictorial and text essay depicting the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. Its about the men and women who rose to the occasion to defend their country during World War II. The graphic novel is available in digital form as an interactive e-book that features touch screen components, video, audio, graphics, and illustrations. This e-book is available in the Apple iBook Store and on Amazon.com for the Kindle. For those who wish to add it to their book collection, it is also available in printed form (from the publisher).

The following are comments from readers:

“The graphic novel was filled with information and facts I never knew about.”

“My kids got some history about their culture as well as they learned about how they can become achievers just like the Tuskegee Airmen…Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel …inspirational.”

“I liked the Red Tails movie! It was exciting. The characters were heroic! But, I never knew who they were, really! I thought, who are these guys?”

“Awesome! In reading this Graphic Novel, I realize we owe a debt to these brothers and sisters.”

Educators, aviation and military enthusiast, and World War II history aficionados will find interesting facts about the Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen story is a perfect guide for today’s youth to gain self- esteem knowing that they too can overcome obstacles if they have the passion for what they want to achieve through hard work and perseverance. Learn about the “Myths” of the Tuskegee Airmen, read how they fought two enemies, and why they are the respected heroes today. This book is a historical compilation and testimonial to a group of true American patriots, the “Tuskegee Airmen”.

Leo Sullivan and Floyd Norman, two longtime friends who are veterans of the television and motion picture industries, teamed up again to bring to you this slick fact filled historical volume.

For more details, visit www.tuskegeeredtails.net and www.tuskegeeredtails.com
About Floyd Norman
Floyd Norman is the writer/illustrator of the Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel. Better known as a storyman for the Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios. Floyd has worked in the animation industry on such shows as The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Richie Rich, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and many more. Floyd’s book, Animated Life: A Lifetime of Tips, Tricks, Techniques and Stories From An Animation Legend is available on Amazon.com.
About Leo Sullivan
Leo Sullivan is President/CEO of Leo Sullivan Multimedia, Inc. which produces visual media products for the consumer and educational markets. The latest publishing ventures in digital media includes game applications and children’s e-books and animated episodes. Leo Sullivan has managed animation studios in the United States, China, and the Philippines. As an animator/writer/producer, Leo worked on such shows as Fat Albert, Scooby-Doo, Fred Flintstone, Richie Rich, Ghost Busters, Captain Caveman, the Transformers, The Incredible Hulk, Tiny Toons, and many more. By the way, Leo and Floyd animated the first train for the Soul Train Show.

Photo Caption: Floyd Norman, a Disney legend, has been working in the animation industry for over 50 years. He illustrated the Tuskegee Redtails Graphic Novel.


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