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Willie Wilson Takes Off Gloves, Rips Mayor’s Voting Record

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Voting against the CBC 128 times ‘disrespectful’

By Chinta Strausberg

Addressing the City Club of Chicago, mayoral hopeful Willie Wilson Thursday threw down the gauntlet and blasted Mayor Rahm Emanuel for allegedly voting against the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) 128 times and using the “b” word during a heated meeting with CTU president Karen Lewis.

Wilson, who had a number of black ministers present including Rev. Stephen Thurston, Rev. Dr. R.L. Patterson, Pastor Ira Acree, discarded his printed speech opting instead to “speak from the heart.” He was particularly upset with Emanuel for having a record of voting against the CBC. “Oh, he didn’t think I was smart enough to pull that (record) did he,” Wilson said smiling. “Well, I did.”

Wilson was referring to the time when Emanuel was in congress when he voted against the CBC Emanuel allegedly said, “F” the Congressional Black Caucus.

According to congressional records obtained by this reporter, Emanuel voted against the CBC’s efforts to secure adequate funding for education and affordable housing. H.R. 95-H Con. Res. 393-H. Con. Res. 99.

Emanuel voted against the CBC’s effort to send $5 million in 2004 for access to water during the drought in Sub-Sahara Africa. H.R. 4818.

He voted against the CBC’s efforts to save job and training programs for federal prisoners in 2006. H.R. 4818.

Emanuel voted against the CBC’s attempt to fund the National Center on Minority health to fight cancer, diabetes, AIDS, heart diseases and infant mortality in minority communities, 2004. H.R. 5006.

He voted against funding for a pharmacy school for Chicago State University. 2003. H.R. 2673.

The then congressman voted against the amendment which would have stopped credit companies from raising their introductory rates because of payment records on other credit cards. (HR 2622, 9/10/2003).

He voted against allowing sellers of “downed” animal meat-(meat from animals that are unable to stand or walk unassisted-thus probably sick) from being sued. (The Ackerman amendment to HR 339, March 11, 2004).

Emanuel voted against holding gas prices down. (Stupak amendment to HR 2419; 5/25/2005).

Referring to Emanuel, Wilson said, “He called the CBC then have the nerve” to seek support from black voters. Several African American preachers shouted “call the roll.” “It ain’t right no matter what color you are. It was disrespectful.”

Wilson also wanted to clear up his misunderstanding of the word panhandle that was used during Wednesday night’s first televised debate on WTTW. Admitting he didn’t know the definition of the word, Wilson said, “I give $300,000 to $400,000 a year to the people on the street…out of my pocket because it could be me tomorrow.”

Wilson also said he would like to put a trade school in the prisons so when they are discharged, they can find viable work. This, he said, could “stop all of the killing out there.”

Once again he took a shot at Emanuel for closing down 50 schools that were mostly in black and Hispanic areas “He does not get it…. If you close a school, the kids have to cross gang territories and you can lose a life, but he doesn’t get it…. I lost a kid, 20-years-old, who was shot in the head.

Wilson vowed to fire the top cop replacing him with four superintendents who would get close to the community. He would also integrate the police department saying it was too segregated. Wilson wants to see a more diverse city.

He also laid out his platform of improving economic development; contracts and jobs he said would be open to all Chicagoans.  Referring to construction jobs and contracts, Wilson said he would make sure minorities get their fair share.

He cast a number of key votes that eroded American citizens’ civil liberties and privacy rights often while helping his top campaign contributions. Warrant-less wiretaps and surveillance. (HR 3199-12/14/2005; HR 2050, 4/27/2006; HR 6304, The FISA Amendments Act of 2006, Roll 6/21/2008).

Emanuel rejected giving teachers the right to strike when they have no other negotiation tools left. Chicago Sun-Times, January 10, 2011.

He rejected increases in pay for our hard working teachers. Chicago Sun-Times, January 10, 2011.

Shrugging off some critics who poke fun of the way he talks and for his lack of education, Wilson Thursday addressed the City  Club of Chicago saying he doesn’t want to change because he likes being able to talk to all people especially those at the bottom rung of the socio-economic ladder.

And, when the mayor criticized him, Wilson said, “I’m open for anything he’s got to throw out. Once he attacks me, I got some more ammunition for him.” Wilson said he’s got more stuff on the mayor.  “Maybe he is uncomfortable around Blacks.” “His record speaks for itself,” Wilson said.

Asked if he could get along with Springfield and Gov. Bruce Rauner, Wilson said he could and while he doesn’t go along with some of Rauner’s policies, he could work with him. Wilson said it clear that he’s “not for sale” which is why he uses his own money to run for office.

If elected, Wilson said he would accept a paycheck but that he would give it away to the churches and community groups. “I am not for sale. This is a moral issue,” he said. “I am not for sale.

Wilson said he never forgets that he is two generations form slavery and how when he was in Louisiana, he worked for 25-cents an hour. When he came to Chicago, he had 20-cents in his pocket. He remembers having to go to washrooms marked “colored,” and having to go to back doors.

Asked if he thinks he would win, Wilson said he plans to win the Feb. 24th election and prevent a runoff.

But, Wilson also took a shot at some black aldermen who are supporting the mayor. He criticized them for voting 100 percent with the mayor.

“I would be the friendly mayor,” he said urging reporters to come and see him without an appointment.

Efforts to reach the mayor’s spokesperson failed.

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.

Congressional Black Caucus Criticizes Senator Rand Paul For His Intent to Block Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) today issued a direct rebuke to Senator Rand Paul for his unfounded objection to the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General of the United States.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said, “Senator Paul is using the issue of civil forfeitures to block a well-qualified federal prosecutor from heading the Department of Justice. Senator Paul also has the audacity to suggest that Loretta Lynch should have more concern for people living in poverty.

“The Congressional Black Caucus recognizes Senator Paul’s unfounded argument as nothing but an excuse to keep an African American legal scholar from holding this high position, and we directly call on him and Republicans to allow the nomination of Loretta Lynch to proceed to an up or down vote in the Senate.”

www.TheCongressionalBlackCaucus.com

Measles Statement from Public Health Officials in Illinois and Cook County

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The following is a joint statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Cook County Department of Public Health:

Public health officials are currently investigating a cluster of measles in a KinderCare Learning Center located at 929 E. Palatine Rd., Palatine, IL. At this time, the cluster includes five children under the age of one. Laboratory testing has confirmed a measles diagnosis for two of the children.  Test results for the three remaining cases are still pending, but have been diagnosed based on clinical and epidemiological criteria.  At this time, the source of infection for the children is not known.  Health officials have taken extra precautions to limit the spread.  All students, staff and faculty at this facility have been notified and anyone who has not received the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine has been instructed to remain at home and away from unvaccinated individuals for the next 21 days.

While these measles cases seem to be focused on the northwest suburban Cook County region, any resident who is unvaccinated and experiences symptoms of a high fever and a rash should call their local health department as well as their healthcare provider. These individuals should notify their doctor or emergency department before seeking care so that staff are able to take appropriate precautions to prevent others from being infected.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that causes fever, red and sore eyes, runny nose, cough and a characteristic rash. The disease can cause severe health complications, including pneumonia, encephalitis and death. Measles is transmitted by contact with an infected person through coughing or sneezing and can remain in the air and on surfaces for up to two hours. Infected people are contagious from 4 days before their rash starts through 4 days afterwards.

This situation continues to underscore the importance of getting vaccinated. Vaccinations are the safest, most effective way to protect individuals from measles and other potentially dangerous communicable diseases. Individuals who are under the age of one or with certain clinical conditions cannot be vaccinated and are therefore at highest risk for measles. Residents are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated to protect themselves and the most vulnerable members of the community.

At this time, it is not clear if these cases are linked to the previously confirmed case in suburban Cook County or the outbreak associated with Disneyland.

Having San Francisco as the Host City for Super Bowl 50 Deserves a Penalty Flag for “Racial” Taunting

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Superbowl 50

By Allen Jones

San Francisco, CA (BlackNews.com) — The record 114 million viewers that watched Super Bowl 49 are still scratching their heads on what many called the worst play-call in National Football League history. The play in question, ended the chance of the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks to repeat as champs. Truth is, it was not close to being the worst play-call in NFL history.

The worst play-call by far, in NFL history, was made on May 21, 2013. On that day, the NFL Super Bowl selection committee chose San Francisco to be the host city for the leagues silver anniversary Super Bowl. With 70% of the players in the NFL being Black and hosting a Super Bowl party in a place that is hostile to its Black citizens, this is an insult and a cause for a serious NFL taunting penalty.

The National Football League (NFL) is planning to use the good silver (49er new Stadium in Santa Clara, CA) for its silver anniversary Super Bowl. But all the major Super Bowl events/parties will be hosted by the city of San Francisco.

Twelve thousands Blacks have moved out of San Francisco in the last ten years. Many believe the main reason is that San Francisco is an expensive place to live. I will concede that many Black San Franciscans have stayed because they are too poor to leave, but as a longtime resident of the city (1960), I see the root cause is racism from City Hall and the unwillingness of the main local papers to report on City Hall racism.

There seems to be solid evidence to point to racism; hidden behind the cloak of diversity by City Hall that helped the Super Bowl selection committee pick San Francisco as a place to host the NFLs biggest event ever.

From the mayor of San Francisco who is Asian, declaring in his January 15, 2015 State of the City address that, he wants the city to have more successful Black single mothers, to the president of the citys legislative body, a Black woman, telling Black parents to turn in their kids to law enforcement, in the same Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day event where she also told the crowd not continue to look for help from city government. And the owner of the San Francisco 49ers who discovered poverty after he moved a $1.3 billion stadium project away from a struggling Black community of San Francisco. He promised 25% of the profits from Super Bowl 50 to go towards fighting poverty in the area. Why hold any event in a place with such screwed up logic, let alone the biggest game of the 21st century?

The 11 member legislative body of San Francisco is called the Board of Supervisors. Along with the mayor, they all boast of the citys diversity. Two Black faces, two Hispanic faces, three White faces, four Asian faces and a part of the total, two gay faces make up this elected board. Therefore, it would seem ridiculous to think that racism against Blacks exists in such a diverse city.

San Francisco has a Human Rights Commission, which was formed in 1964 to help Blacks fight discrimination at the time. Today, the commissions executive director is a White woman who cost the city tax payers $210,000 when a former Black male staffer sued her and the city after he proved part of his harassment was based on his race. Two years later, this same White city employee is making $170,000.00 per year in her same position with full support from the mayor who appointed her and the Board of Supervisors who approved of the lawsuit settlement.

Two years ago, San Francisco law makers; thinking of health, passed a law that banned toys from McDonalds Happy Meals. Then, concerned with the environment, they passed a law that instituted a ten cent charge for bags at all stores and restaurants. And in an attempt to clean up the image of the city, they banned people from walking around in the buff. Therefore, one would think they cared about cleaning out the racism that is camouflaged behind the citys diversity image.

So in an attempt to reduce racism in San Francisco, one would think the board would be all for jumping on board with a reasonable first step. If you want to make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change, Michael Jacksons Man in the Mirror.

I proposed a resolution to the entire elected San Francisco Board of Supervisors to dedicate the year 2015 to looking in the mirror. They all rejected/ignored my proposal as if I made up the evidence.

If you would like to view my evidence and proposal to first look in the mirror as well as the years of chronicled disrespect that Blacks have endured in San Francisco, visit http://sf49erfanrevolt.squarespace.com

Allen Jones is a columnist and prison reform activist in San Francisco, California. He can be reached at jones-allen@att.net


Our Road From Selma

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Ted Deutch, Democrat For Congress

Last week, I had the extraordinary privilege of watching the film Selma with my colleague, civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis. I have spent a lot of time reflecting on how far we’ve come since the dramatic marches in Selma fifty years ago. I am so proud of the progress of our country, but also I know that there is so much work left to do both in our nation, and around the world.

This is why I am honored that I was recently named co-chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. Serving in this significant role will give me the opportunity to be on the forefront of eliminating discriminatory laws, confronting hate-motivated violence, and ensuring equality for all – regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

My commitment to overcoming intolerance is also why I spoke at the U.N. General Assembly’s first-ever conference on global anti-Semitism. I was pleased to join over 60 countries and prominent human rights groups who gathered in New York to show support for fighting anti-Semitism and promoting human rights and tolerance. As the only Member of Congress who spoke at the event, I used that opportunity to address the alarming resurgence of anti-Semitism around the world and to urge zero tolerance for this invidious form of hate.

As your Representative, I will always stand up against hatred and intolerance, and I will work tirelessly to promote respect for human rights around the world. Thank you for your support of these efforts.

Regards,

Ted Deutch

“African American Family Headed for Extinction,” Says One of the Nation’s Top Counselors

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Dr. Steven Davidson

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – African Americans represent 14% in the nation. They are a growing 38% of the prison system. More than half of the African American males do not graduate from high school. Nearly 80% of those below the poverty level abandon their children. While the rate of African American women having children is in decline, 71% of children are in families headed by a single parent. There are more children born out of wedlock than to wedded couples. According to Dr. Steven DavidSon, one of the nation’s leading counselors, says these and other similar statistics present a dire picture of the African American family for the future.

“Our sisters and daughters struggle to find acceptable mates. Too many of our young men are unemployable and in the pipeline to prison. Single mothers are courageous, but they didn’t conceive themselves. Fifty years after Civil and Voting Rights legislation the evidence indicates we are more homicidal, sociopathic and psychopathic than ever.” When confronted with the African American’s history of abuse in the nation, Dr. DavidSon is revealing. “I was a proponent of that until I did the research. No way! If the broken family was in the 20% range 50 years ago, how can we be in the 70% range today with all of the advances. School is free, and we won’t go. Something different is at work.”

DavidSon alludes to Hispanics and others who come from under-developed nations with families intact generally and a distinguishable work ethic. “What is clear is the level of denial, projection and blame on others, and marginalizing the serious nature of our condition. These will never allow us to heal. There was a time when cancer was unspeakable, and what about AIDS? These are well publicized and confronted illnesses. Public issues must be confronted publicly.”

Dr. DavidSon desires to avoid the talking-head type. “The time for mere talk and 1960’s approaches is not our perspective. Consider 70% of broken African American families with black males absorbing violent and vile music daily. More than 50% do not graduate from high school. They are not employable. Many replicate the condition producing an ever-increasing pipeline of humanity to crime and prison. This is why the African American father-less home and prison rates keep soaring. Their condition is also fertile for potential terrorists. Now, you can understand in-part why local police departments — as witnessed — in Ferguson are equipped with military hardware. We know the root cause. Both history and truth reveals what’s necessary.”

Dr. DavidSon developed a national crisis fact-sheet, and framework to address the challenge. A Return To Him town hall will be held at the New Beginnings Church in Lewisville, Texas the last Wednesday in February. Dr. DavidSon’s national ministry also has a web site to support the initiative with the National Crisis fact sheet, and numerous resources. “Let’s face the facts, and let’s employ what made it possible to survive through slavery, Jim Crow and unabated discrimination. It’s our only hope.”

One of the nation’s top writers on contemporary Christian issues, Dr. Steven B. DavidSon is author of the Christ-based Series, and founder of an organization devoted to Christian counseling and education (A3CEES).

For more details, visit www.cbcentral.info or www.returntohim.info

Photo Caption: Dr. Steven Davidson

Rental Scam Rip-offs Hit Hundreds of Consumers Each Year, Warns Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – Whether it’s a place to live, office space or a vacation destination, scammers like to take advantage of renters. Individuals can lose a few hundred dollars to thousands when they wire money for a security deposit, or send money overseas to a person they don’t know. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning consumers to watch out for the signs of common rental scams and to do careful research on the property before sending landlords money.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the two most popular types of rental scams include hijacked ads and phantom rentals. With hijacked ads, some scammers hijack an actual rental or real estate listing by changing the email address or other contact information, then placing the modified ad on another site. The altered ad may even use the name of the person who posted the original ad. With phantom rentals, rip-off artists make up listings for places that aren’t for rent or don’t exist, and try to lure unsuspecting people in with the promise of low rent or great amenities.

Adrian Wall of Schaumburg, IL says, “I rented the office space and all utilities were supposed to be included. There was no heat in the office, there weren’t even heating vents. They added extra fees and charges every month for copy and fax service and other things that I did not even use. I complained and they threatened to add damages to my bill.”

“With the cost of housing or leasing consumers are looking for the best deal. It becomes a problem for them when they fail to research the people they are dealing with,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Always check the rental company’s rating with the BBB and remember, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is.”

The BBB offers the following tips when looking for rental properties:

* Check with the state assessor’s office to determine who owns the property.

* Google the address and see if the property shows up on any real estate website for rent or for sale. If a property that was advertised for rent shows up for sale on another site, there may be a serious problem. Contact the real estate company and confirm the listing is legitimate.

* Contact the neighbors of the property you are planning on renting. Ask them about the owner and status of the property. Is it for sale? Or rent? Or in foreclosure?

* Look for BBB Accredited Businesses for these transactions.

* Check out the businesses review and record with the BBB.

* Ensure all assertions and promises are backed up in writing.

* Be cautious of any situation that seems suspicious.

For more information, visit www.bbb.org, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Change the Incentives on Wall St.: Sign The Petition

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From Senator Al Franken

U.S. Senator, Minnesota

When you open a new restaurant, you’re hoping for good reviews. But we don’t just let new restaurants hire their own reviewers — that’s a good way to get some really worthless reviews. Think about it: who’s paying that reviewer anyway?

Paying for ratings is a bad idea for restaurants, and it’s an even worse idea for Wall Street. Today, it’s standard practice for financial firms to pay ratings agencies to rate their products. In economics, this kind of thing is known as a “perverse incentive.” In homes across America, it’s called “a bad idea.”

The perverse incentives of Wall Street’s ratings system need to be cleaned up. Show your support for financial reform by signing our petition.

In theory, ratings agencies are supposed to act as independent voices who give investors honest assessments about complicated financial matters. In practice, however, they have incentives to churn out AAA ratings, collect hefty fees, and promote inaccuracy that could help bring about another financial crisis. It was one of the major factors that contributed to the economic crisis of 2008 — ratings agencies were incentivized to give bad products good ratings.

Right now, when a big bank needs a rating, they can shop around between agencies. Thanks to a provision I got included in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform bill, the SEC has the ability to end that shopping process. It has the authority to encourage ratings agencies to be more honest and accountable by having an independent board direct financial instrument ratings to the agencies that are most accurate. But there’s a bunch of lobbyists fighting us, and I need your help.

We need to finish the job on financial reform, and reforming ratings agencies is an important part of the solution. Sign my petition and help me bring accountability back to Wall Street.

Thanks.

Al

A.Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum Re-Launching Effort to Complete National Registry of all Pullman Porters and Other Blacks in Railroad History

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With DePaul as Partner, Database will be most comprehensive ever

The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum will embark upon a bold and ambitious campaign to collect, compile and create an online depository of all the names of the Pullman Porters and on-board Crew throughout history. This venture is part of the Museum’s ongoing mission to herald and honor the lives and legacies of African Americans in the railroad industry – particularly Pullman Porters.

The official announcement will be made at the Museum’s 20th anniversary gala to be held February 28 from 5-9PM at the Historic Parkway Ballroom, 4455 S. King Drive, Chicago, Illinois.

This thrust represents a continuation of the first outreach effort that was launched in 2001. At that time, the Museum issued a call and fanned the information out worldwide asking for descendants to the names of Pullman Porters as part of an anthology on the history of African Americans who worked on the railroad from early 1900’s to 1969.

By 2008, the Museum received over 4,000 responses. The names were in a stand-alone index included in the book authored by Museum founder, Dr. Lyn Hughes.  Titled, An Anthology of Respect: The Pullman Porters National Historic Registry Of African American Railroad Employees, the book was hailed as one of the most exhaustive and thorough references about the Black Railroad history.

After the publication of the anthology, the Museum was bombarded with requests from thousands of Pullman Porter and other African-American railroad employee descendants who became aware of the publication  — but after the anthology had been published. With a determination to compile the most definitive compendium, Dr. Hughes and Museum principals are reviving the search.

The Museum’s efforts will be strengthened by a recent collaboration with DePaul University. In addition to the power of the Internet and the broad reach of social media, this partnership will also allow the Museum to take advantage of the University’s wealth of online resources and multi-media platforms. Once completed, Dr. Hughes says the Museum will boast the premiere source for accessing the names of all porters and other African Americans who worked and impacted the era when railroad travel was king.

The registry will be housed and accessed at the Museum at 10406 S. Maryland in Chicago’s Pullman community. With the registry as part of its many offerings, the compendium strengthens the Museum’s iconic position as the only cultural institution devoted to showcasing the history of the Black union movement, the era of the Pullman Porters and A. Philip Randolph’s trailblazing leadership.

Dr. Hughes projects that the database will be completed and accessible by June 2015. She said the updated registry will be a “treasure trove” of information for researchers, teachers, union members, students, the curious and all wishing to enhance and grow their knowledge of this era and these pioneers.

Dr. Hughes says this registry is an extension of the Museum’s mission and stature within the Museum community worldwide. “The A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum is the only Museum worldwide exclusively dedicated to showcasing the lives and legacies of the Pullman Porter, the black union movement and A. Philip Randolph. Their breakthrough achievements will be given added exposure through this registry. This will be the database of record for those seeking the most authentic and comprehensive information on this historic struggle and monumental era.”
For more information on the Registry and on the Museum’s 20th anniversary gala, log on to www.aprpullmanportermuseum.org

Filmmaker of ‘Booty Juice’ Fame Publishes Career Advisement Book

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“The Art of The Flip: How to Creatively Succeed In Job Interviews”

Kevin Parkinson

By Kevin Parkinson

Phoenix, AZ (BlackNews.com) –­ Young, African-­American filmmaker Kevin Parkinson, who has been nominated for several awards from such notables as The National Broadcast Society(TM) and The Annual Bronze Lens Film Festival(TM), has published his first book, entitled The Art of the Flip: How to Creatively Succeed In Job Interviews.

Parkinson, a MFA Graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BA from HBCU Shaw University has been featured on both MTV and BET. In 2012, after a string of life-altering circumstances, including the death of a close cousin mixed with the grind of breaking into the film industry, Parkinson made a fateful decision to give back to his community and become a career advisor.

I remember being at Sony studios in California and being told in an interview that my credentials were great, but I had too little experience in Los Angeles, Parkinson recalls. By faith he would soon discover a career advisement program offered at a local Goodwill(TM). There, Kevin impressed the advisors so much, that they offered him a job, ironically in Hollywood, California. I would walk Hollywood Boulevard and offer young homeless and heroine addicts food to come into my career center and get help finding work. Then come back at night and have those same kids help me shoot short films.

Not long after, the California office lost funding and Parkinson was offered a position with Goodwill Arizona. There Kevin saw the same issues and was able to meet the same needs as he did in Los Angeles. My father is Jamaican and he instilled a lot of black pride in me at a very early age. He would always tell me to never be selfish and look out for my fellow man, especially if he looked like me. With this book, I get to do just that.

In his role, Parkinson noted the gaping disparities between equitable programs and resources for Blacks and other groups and was motivated to do something about it, so he wrote and published The Art of the Flip.

The book is based on the experiences I’ve had as a filmmaker and career advisor and provides practical advice on gaining favor in the workplace, on job-sites and in interviews. Parkinson provides lectures and dedicates a weekly PodCast to the book. You can follow Kevin on Tumblr at http://artoftheflip.tumblr.com.

Parkinson will be shooting his second feature this year, College Orientation, a film about the realities of life as a college freshman. Again, regarding equity, there are very few films relaying the Black College experience. With College Orientation, Ill get to paint a realistic picture, a manual even, of what to expect when transitioning into college. Kevin owns and operates Vinark Motion Pictures(TM) and Cinemaboyz.com, an online resource to aspiring filmmakers. The Art of The Flip book can be purchased as a paperback and e-book on Amazon, Kindle or at http://artoftheflip.tumblr.com. The website also hosts the free podcast.
About Cinemaboyz.com
CinemaBoyz.com is dedicated to informing others about film-making and the film industry as a whole, from a Black perspective. Writers Gregory Moore and Kevin Parkinson, have 10+ years in mass communications and film-making.
About Vinark Motion Pictures
Founded by Kevin Parkinson, Vinark Motion Pictures creates and supports positive black images, as well as thoughtful, entertaining subject matter.

Photo Caption: Kevin Parkinson, author of The Art of the Flip


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