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Archive for September 18th, 2015

From Pre-School to the Penitentiary: Author Duane Campbell Documents the Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Pipeline

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(A Candid Examination of a Vicious Cycle)

From: African American Images

CHICAGO, IL – A powerful book written by Duane Campbell documents the schoolhouse to jailhouse pipeline.

According to the author, the problem starts in the womb. The largest killer in Black America is abortion, with almost 2000 Black babies killed daily. The crisis continues in pre-school. Large numbers of Black children are expelled from pre-school. How do you get expelled at four years old?

The next challenge for Black children is learning to read. Only 12% of boys and 18% of girls are on grade level by eighth grade. Illiteracy is the first precursor for incarceration. Some governors have decided to expand prisons based on 4th grade reading scores rather than teach these children how to read.

The next challenge for Black youth is being retained in school. If they are retained, there is a 70% chance they will dropout. Some schools retain students and give them the same teacher, curriculum and pedagogy the following year, yet expect a different outcome. Other schools believe in social promotion. They allow students to matriculate to high school with elementary proficiency. The next hurdle is avoiding special education and Ritalin.

The largest drug dealers in America are our schools who give over 7 million children Ritalin daily. Why are African American children only 17% of the students, but 41% of special education students? Why are males 80% of the African American students? Have we designed a female classroom for male students? Why do they call it “special”? What percent of students actually return from special education to the mainstream classroom on grade level?

The next challenge is high school graduation. The dropout rate for females is over 30% and for males it’s over 40%. The second greatest precursor to prison is dropping out of high school. There are over one million Black males incarcerated, and another 2 million involved with the criminal justice system. There are over 100,000 Black females incarcerated, and another 500,000 involved with the system. There are more African Americans under the criminal justice system than there were in 1862 under slavery.

Presently, there are over 1.4 million African Americans who have lost the right to vote. If you want learn more about this subject, you need to read this book. If you want to solve the problems described, you need to read this powerful book.

For additional information, contact (708) 672-4909 x731, P.O. Box 1799, Chicago Heights, IL 60412. Website: http://www.africanamericanimages.com, Email: customersvc@africanamericanimages.com.

Photo: Author Duane Campbell

Opening ReMARCs – Remembering the 4 Little Girls, Reviving Voting Rights

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A Tragic Anniversary Highlights A Moral Imperative To Protect Voting Rights


By Marc H. Morial
President & CEO, National Urban League

 Marc H. Morial

Addie Mae Collins. Carol Denise McNair. Carole Robertson. Cynthia Wesley.

Fifty-two years ago this week, their lives were taken in what Martin Luther King, Jr., called one of the most vicious and tragic crimes ever perpetrated against humanity,” the 16th Street Baptist Church Bombing.

The girls were just 14, except Carol McNair, who was only 11.

Bombings were an almost routine occurrence in Birmingham in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with 21 separate blasts at black institutions and churches over eight years. September 15, 1963 was the first that resulted in death.

Why were the churches of Birmingham – specifically the 16th Street Baptist Church – targeted for this violence? Churches have been the center of black cultural life throughout American history, but in the Civil Rights Era, they often served as the nerve centers for organizing and activism. A few months before the bombing, the 16th Street Baptist Church had been the gathering point for the Children’s Crusade which brought to the world the horrifying images of peacefully demonstrating students being blasted with firehoses and attacked by dogs.

The violence in Birmingham and the appalled reaction of the world drove home the crushing despair of life under Jim Crow, and led to passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

All these decades later, state legislatures across the country are turning back the clock, threatening voting rights with discriminatory restrictions. The Voting Rights Advancement Act, now pending in Congress, would restore those protections As we honor the memory of the four little girls were martyred for our rights, we urge Congress to honor them as well by passing the Act.

Charges Announced in Illegal Out-of-State Alcohol Importation

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 SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) announced that charges have been filed against 10 Chicago area business owners in connection with the illegal importation of alcohol from the state of Indiana.  The charges, filed by Attorney General Lisa Madigan, are the direct result of an investigation that began in June 2013 after the ILCC alerted the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) of alleged interstate alcohol bootlegging. 

“The charges brought forth go a long way toward addressing the illegal importation of alcohol from Indiana into Illinois,” said Connie Beard, Illinois Liquor Control Commission Chairwoman.  “I thank the Attorney General’s office for pursuing this very serious matter and applaud the efforts of the ILCC and Revenue’s CID. Today’s charges illustrate the depth and complexity of this two-year investigation and the great effort of all involved in securing these indictments. ”

IDOR’s Criminal Investigations Division, assisted by local law enforcement, executed search warrants on seven Chicago liquor stores operated by the defendants. Madigan charged the 10 defendants today in Cook County Circuit Court with sales tax evasion over $100,000, a Class 1 felony punishable by up to four to 15 years in prison. Between July 2010 and December 2012, Madigan alleged, the defendants defrauded the state out of $3.5 million in sales taxes.

State authorities were initially made aware of the illegal interstate transportation of alcohol through a tip from an Illinois retailer.  The ILCC encourages retailers and individuals to come forward if they have any knowledge of this practice taking place elsewhere.  Complaints may be filed through the Commission’s website: ILCC.Illinois.gov; by email: ILCC@illinois.gov; or via phone: 312-814-2206. 

Draft Biden is Ridin’ to the Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference and N.H. Democratic State Convention

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Draft Biden 2016 is on the road this weekend talking to excited Democrats who want to join in the effort to support the Vice President if he chooses to run for President.

The Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference in Washington, DC is the first stop. If you are at the CBC, come by and say hello at Booth 218. Send your friends over to sign up to help Draft Biden 2016. Executive Director Will Pierce will be talking to attendees and drumming up support.

On Saturday, a Draft Biden 2016 endorser from South Carolina will stop by to talk about our efforts and to recruit more supporters. We are delighted to have Former State Representative James Felder on hand to help out and talk to attendees. We are also happy to make him available to the media to discuss Draft Biden 2016 activities in South Carolina.

This weekend we will also be at the New Hampshire State Democratic Convention in Manchester on Saturday. Draft Biden 2016 officials will be on hand to give New Hampshire Democrats an opportunity to help welcome Vice President Biden in to the race for President.

Chicago Native Bill Rancic to Deliver Keynote Speech at City of Chicago Small Business Expo

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City of Chicago hosts 4th ‘Small Business Center on The Road’ Expo

Chicago Native Bill Rancic to Deliver Keynote Speech

The City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) today announced the fourth ‘Small Business on the Road’ business expo to be held on Saturday, September 19 at 1871, 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, from 10A.M. to 2P.M. Chicago native Bill Rancic will deliver the keynote speech at the expo which offers entrepreneurs and business owners the opportunity to consult, network and gather information from almost 40 government and non-profit agencies including the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, the Better Business Bureau, and the City of Chicago Treasurer’s Office, that will be on hand to provide information to small business owners on topics such as licensing, financing and business planning. To date, more than 1,000 small business owners and entrepreneurs have attended the expo series.

“There’s nothing more tangible for an entrepreneur looking to launch their own business than learning from a local success story. I am always looking for ways to offer Chicago’s entrepreneurs expert advice on mistakes to avoid and tips that actually work.” said BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek.

For the first time in the series, there will be three workshops presented at the expo. Beginning at noon, Accion and Kiva Zip will present “Alternative Small Business/Start Up Financing Options,” Donna Rockin, the Executive Director of the Knapp Entrepreneurship Center at the Illinois Institute of Technology will present “Marketing Basics: What You Need to Know,” and the Founder and CEO, Forward Progress and Social Jack, Dean DeLisle, will present “Creating A Responsive Online Social Media Community.”

Keynote speaker Bill Rancic will take the stage at 10:30 a.m. to talk about his road to business success. Rancic has deep Chicago roots, even opened his first business in Orland Park-a lemonade stand.  His hard work is peppered throughout Chicago; he was the project manager of the Trump Hotel, as the winner of the first season of “The Apprentice”. He is the leader of a multi-million dollar real estate enterprise in several City neighborhoods and owns two Chicago culinary hotspots; RPM Italian and RPM Steak, both are just blocks away from the Merchandise Mart.

The Small Business Center on the Road is a series of five free expos in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. The series is a partnership between the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP), the Office of New Americans (ONA) and Western Union.

Business consultants from the City of Chicago Small Business Center (SBC) will be on hand to help attendees apply or renew for a business license and make an appointment for additional counseling at City Hall. In addition, the Center for Economic Progress will provide a free tax clinic and The Law Project will provide a free legal clinic with representatives offering 20-minute consultations. A professional photographer will be on hand to take free headshots for attendees to use on their social media sites and marketing materials.

The final Small Business on the Road expo for 2015 will be held on Saturday, November 14 at Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett Ave. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information about the City of Chicago’s SBC and the Small Business on the Road expo series, visit www.cityofchicago.org/sbc.

Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys by Mark Stein, Music and Lyrics by Harley White, Jr.

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September 16 – November 14, 2015 at the Raven Theatre

Midwest premiere will open Raven’s 2015-16 season

CHICAGO, IL – Playwright Mark Stein’s play with music and dance, a satirical retelling of the true story of nine African-American teenagers falsely accused in 1931 of raping two white women on a train in Alabama, will be performed by an all-African-American cast of nine actors. Raven Theatre Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director Michael Menendian directs, with Frederick Harris providing musical direction for the score by Harley White Jr. Kat Dennis is choreographer. Previews Wednesday, September 16 – Monday, September 21, 2015 and the press opening will be Tuesday, September 22. The regular run will be September 25 – November 14, 2015. Tickets are on sale now at www.raventheatre.com or by calling 773-338-2177.

The cast of six men and three women boasts extensive credits from companies throughout the Chicago theatre community and all but one of the performers play multiple roles. Kevin Patterson plays Haywood Patterson and Andrew Malone plays the defendant Charlie Weems as well as the attorney Sam Liebowitz. Breon Arzell, who was in The Hypocrites’ All Our Tragic this summer, plays the accused Willie Roberson and also attorney Joe Brodsky. Semaj Miller, producing director of Dream Fierce Productions, is both the “Scottsboro Boy” Olen Montgomery and General Knight. Brandon Greenhouse, an actor with credits at American Players Theatre who also appeared in Eclipse Theatre Company’s Intimate Apparel, is Andy Wright and NAACP leader Walter White. Tamarus Harvell, who performed in 2014’s The Trials of Moses Fleetwod Walker at Black Ensemble Theatre and was also seen in Raven’s A Soldier’s Play, plays the accused Clarence Norris as well as Judge Horton and the Prosecutor.

Scottsboro 1
Scottsboro 1 – Full cast
Scottsboro - Patterson
Scottsboro 2 – Kevin Patterson
Scottsboro 4
Scottsboro 3 – L-R: Katrina D. Richard, Charli Williams, Kevin Patterson, Semaj Miller
Scottsboro 4
Scottsboro 4 – Full cast
Scottsboro 5
Scottsboro 5 – L-R: Anna Dauzvardis, Semaj Miller, Brandon Greenhouse, Breon Arzell, Charli Williams, Kevin Patterson
Scottsboro 6
Scottsboro 6 – L-R: Katrina D. Richard, Charli Williams, Brandon Greenhouse
Scottsboro 7
Scottsboro 7 – Foreground L-R: Charli Williams, Anna Dauzvardis, Katrina D. Richard;  Background L-R: Brandon Greenhouse, Kevin Patterson, Andrew Malone
Scottsboro 8
Scottsboro 8 – L-R: Katrina D. Richard, Anna Dauzvardis

The women in the cast play the youngest three “boys,” the women they were accused of attacking and some of the boys’ mothers. They include Katrina D. Richard, who appeared in Black Ensemble Theater’s Chicago’s Golden Soul is playing Eugene Williams, Victoria, Old Victoria and a mother. Charli Williams, whose Chicago stage credits include El Stories and whose film credits include Grindhouse and Stop-Loss is Leroy Wright and a mother. Anna Dauzvardis, a 2014 graduate of Loyola University’s theatre program, plays Ozie Powell, Ruby Bates and a mother.

Longtime Raven designer Ray Toler, who on June 8th won a Jeff Award for his scenic design of Raven’s Vieux Carré, has designed the set for Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys, with properties design and set dressing by Mary O’Dowd. Sarah Jo White has created the costumes and masks have been designed by David Knezz. Diane D. Fairchild is Lighting Designer and Joe Court is Sound Designer.

Not to be confused with the musical The Scottsboro Boys, which ran on Broadway in late 2010, Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys is a play by Mark Stein with songs by Harley White Jr. that premiered at River Stage in Sacramento, California and enjoyed a subsequent production at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles in fall of 2002.

Raven Theatre is located at 6157 N. Clark St., Chicago. There are a limited number of free parking spaces available in the parking lot adjacent to the theatre, and free on-street parking is available nearby.


Direct from Death Row The Scottsboro Boys
(An Evening of Vaudeville and Sorrow)
By Mark Stein, Music and Lyrics by Harley White Jr.
Directed by Michael Menendian
Music Direction by Frederick Harris, Choreography by Kathleen Dennis
All performances on Raven’s East Stage
6157 N. Clark St. (at Granville), Chicago

Nearest El station Granville Red Line, Buses: #21 (Clark), #36 (Broadway), #151 (Sheridan), #155 (Devon), #64 (Peterson).

Previews Wednesday, September 16 – Saturday, September 19 at 7:30 pm, Sunday, September 20 at 3:00 pm. and Monday, September 21 at 7:30 pm. Preview ticket prices are $28.00 ($3.00 discount if ordered online in advance). Students with a valid ID are $18 ($1.00 discount if ordered online in advance)

Opening Night Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 7:30 pm

Regular run September 25 – November 14, 2015
Thursdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Sundays at 3:00 pm.
No performance Thursday, September 24
General admission $42.00, seniors $37.00 ($3.00 discount if ordered online in advance), students, teachers and military $18.00 ($1.00 discount if ordered online in advance)
Groups of 10 or more are $21.00 for Thursday and Friday performances and $25.00 for Saturday and Sunday performances. Call 773-338-2177 to inquire about groups. Daytime performances for school groups are available on request.

August Jobs in Illinois Decrease by 900 While Unemployment Rate Declines to 5.6 Percent

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Illinois Jobs Decline Three Consecutive Months


CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES) announced that Illinois’ unemployment rate in August declined to 5.6 percent and nonfarm payroll employment shed -900 jobs, based on preliminary data released by the Department and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The state’s job numbers dropped for a third consecutive month, keeping Illinois below the national average and further delaying Illinois’ economic recovery from the 2007-2009 recession.

“The declining unemployment rate reflects the national trend of people leaving the workforce, not necessarily the number of unemployed finding employment, which masks the underlying weakness in our labor market,” said Jeff Mays, Director, IDES. “From January through June of this year, Illinois’ employment grew at a rate of 0.3 percent — half the average growth rate of all the other Midwestern states combined.  Had Illinois grown at the average rate of its neighbors, employers would have added 34,000 jobs, more than doubling the actual new jobs reported in that timeframe?.”

The state’s unemployment rate is higher than the national unemployment rate reported for August, which decreased 0.2 percentage points over-the-month to 5.1 percent.  The BLS revised July data, which showed a small drop (-800) in Illinois rather than the preliminary estimate of a small increase (+1,900).  In August, the three industry sectors with the largest gains in employment were: Financial Activities (+2,600), Education and Health Services (+2,400) and Other Services (+1,800).  The three industry sectors with the largest declines in employment were Manufacturing (-2,200); Trade, Transportation and Utilities (-2,100); and Construction (-1,900).

Over the year, nonfarm payroll employment increased by +41,200 jobs with the largest gains in Professional and Business Services (+14,500); Education and Health Services (+13,500); and Trade, Transportation and Utilities (+10,100).  Several sectors posted over-the-year declines in August: Manufacturing (-7,100); Information Services (-2,100); Mining (-900); Government (-800); and Other Services (-700).


The unemployment rate identifies those individuals who are out of work and seeking employment.  An individual who exhausts or is ineligible for benefits is still reflected in the unemployment rate if they actively seek work.  IDES’ IllinoisJoblink.com (IJL) program, which helps jobseekers connect with hiring companies, recently showed that 174,121 help wanted ads were available and 61,674 resumes were posted.  As many positions continue to remain unfilled, the Department continues its efforts to connect jobseekers to employers looking for qualified candidates.


In August, the unemployment rate stood 0.9 percentage points below the unemployment rate a year ago when it was 6.5 percent.  The number of unemployed workers decreased -3.0 percent from the prior month to 362,500 and was down -14.6 percent over the same month for the prior year.

“Decreasing unemployment as a result of Illinoisans leaving the workforce is a hollow victory,” Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Director Jim Schultz said. “We need meaningful structural reform to overhaul our business climate and put Illinois on a path to real growth in order to bring businesses and jobs back to our state.”

Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Illinois Seasonally Adjusted Nonfarm Jobs – by Major Industry


  • Monthly 1976-2014 labor force data for Illinois, and all other states, have been revised using new, fourth generation state time-series models, as required by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  The monthly historical revisions to state labor force estimates reflect new national benchmark controls, state working-age population controls, seasonal factors, as well as updated total nonfarm jobs and unemployment benefits claims inputs.  Illinois labor force data were also smoothed to eliminate large monthly changes as a result of volatility in the monthly Census Population Survey (CPS) and national benchmarking.  For these reasons, comments and tables citing unemployment rates in previous state news releases/materials might no longer be valid.

  • Monthly seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for Illinois and the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metropolitan Division are available at: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Illinois_Chicago_Metropolitan_Area_Unemployment_Rates.aspx
  • Not seasonally adjusted jobs data with industry detail are available at http://www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/CES.aspx  “Other Services” include activities in three broad categories: Personal and laundry; repair and maintenance; and religious, grant making, civic and professional organizations.  Seasonally adjusted employment data for subsectors within industries are not available.

About IDES – IDES connects employers and jobseekers, provides unemployment insurance to eligible individuals, produces labor market data and protects taxpayers from unemployment insurance fraud.  Visit the Department’s website at www.ides.illinois.gov for more information and join IDES on Facebook.


Legendary Bluegrass Bash Slated for September 23-26 in Brown County

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Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival still going strong after more than four decades
NASHVILLE, Ind. – Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival returns to Brown County for a 41st year, September 23-26. Taking place at the “home of bluegrass music” itself, this festival will feature four full days of entertainment, including over 33 bands, music and instrument workshops, around the clock jam sessions, camping, food, and the induction of Raymond Fairchild into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame on September 26.

Named after bluegrass trailblazer and legend, Bill Monroe, this festival will honor Monroe’s unprecedented talent and impact on the history of the genre, as well as will showcase top bluegrass performers of today. Held at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground, this festival’s unique venue is unlike any other around. With its relaxed atmosphere and rustic surroundings, Monroe’s “Mecca of Bluegrass,” provides the perfect locale for the festival and for celebrating some of the best in bluegrass.

A stellar lineup of performers will take the stage throughout the bluegrass bonanza, including Jesse McReynolds & Virginia Boys, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, Dr. Ralph Stanley & Ralph Stanley II, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top X Press, Ronnie Reno & Reno Tradition, and many more.

On Saturday, September 26, Raymond Fairchild also will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame, which was established in 1984 by the “Father of Bluegrass” himself. Hand-picked by Monroe, inductees began to be added to the hall of fame for their substantial and enduring contributions to bluegrass music, a tradition that continues to this day despite Monroe’s death in 1996.

This year, Raymond Fairchild will be the esteemed inductee. Touted as the fastest banjo player in the world, Fairchild has dedicated 38 years of his life to making music. His one-of-a-kind blend of old-time mountain, country-western, and bluegrass music, has led him to develop a sound that is all his own. Known for his fancy and intricate picking abilities, Fairchild has won five consecutive Master of the Banjo Championships, earned two gold records, created his own line of banjos, and still can be found dazzling crowds on his home turf at the Maggie Valley Opry House in North Carolina.

Fairchild will join the ranks among other bluegrass greats in Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame, which is located on the festival’s grounds.

In addition to outstanding performances, the festival also will feature music and instrument workshops, food, vendors, camping, and more. Not to mention ongoing jam sessions, a guaranteed bonus that always can be found at Bill Monroe’s Music Park & Campground. Emcees for the 41st annual Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival will be the legendary Tommy Lamb and infamous Sam Jackson, with sound for the event provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions.

Tickets for the festival range from $25 -$35 for daily tickets or $105 for full festival access all four days. Individuals 13-16 years old receive $5 off per day and children 12 and under are free. Each festival ticket includes admission to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Country Star Museum, a tour of Uncle Pen’s cabin, plus all music and instrument workshops. Camping and ticket reservations can be made by calling 812-988-6422.

Honor music legend Bill Monroe as you enjoy world-class bluegrass in Brown County, September 23-26. For more information on the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame & Uncle Pen Days Festival, including tickets and a complete lineup of performers, please visit www.billmonroemusicpark.com or call 812-988-6422.

About Brown County, Ind.: No matter what you’re looking for, escape comes naturally in Brown County. Eclectic boutiques and galleries, breathtaking scenery, welcoming accommodations, and endless outdoor adventures await in one of America’s original artists’ colonies. From art to the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, and for most, it’s only a short drive away. Unplug from daily life and reconnect with one another as you experience the rustic beauty and artisanal charm of Brown County. Plan your escape today…you’ll be glad you did.

Brown/Byrd Foundation Annual Reminder – September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month
New York, NY (BlackNews.com) – When Kevin Byrd and Blossom Brown were asked about the ultimate goal for the BrownByrd Foundation, their immediate response was clear, crisp and to the point: To raise awareness and funds to end prostate cancer. Kevin and Blossom have been longtime advocates and an active voice for the millions of men affected by prostate cancer. In recognition of National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, they encourage all men over 40 to examine their family medical history and get checked for prostate cancer.

The BrownByrd Foundation, established in 2008, is a Christian organization and is a registered 501 (c) (3) nonprofit. It was founded by Kevin Byrd and Blossom Brown to increase awareness and prevention of prostate cancer through early detection and screening. Mr. Byrd and Mrs. Brown had a heightened awareness of prostate cancer at the age of 24 when both of their grandfathers lost their battle to prostate cancer. They were motivated by the desire to keep their grandfathers legacy alive and at the same time save lives through advocacy by providing an even stronger voice for prostate cancer awareness. Kevin Byrd and Blossom Brown collectively produced and wrote a short film titled The Last Dayz which illustrates the life of a young man who is diagnosed with prostate cancer, and who learns how to cope with the realization of having this insidious disease. The film The Last Dayz is stilled being used as a tool to bring awareness to men about the importance of being tested for prostate cancer regularly, and even for women to urge the men that they love to be tested.

The BrownByrd Foundation has received many accolades for their fight against prostate cancer has led to the lighting of Niagara Falls and a featured segment on Fios1 Heroes on our Island. In 2013, they received the Long Island, Health Care Heroes Award. In February 2012, their work was honored and entered into the Congressional Record Library of Congress by House of Representative Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke. The foundation has also received numerous proclamations from world leaders, U.S. Presidents and the Common Council of Utica, NY recognized their commitment to prostate cancer by honoring the foundation with a street named Brown Byrd Lane.

The founders of the BrownByrd Foundation are not content to rest on their laurels for they understands and know that much work needs to be done to find a cure and end prostate cancer. Early detection is key to receiving appropriate treatment, therefore, all men over the age of 40 are asked to take action by scheduling an appointment to get tested today! For free prostate cancer screening in your state, click on the following link: www.zerocancer.org/testing/testing-map
What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer:

* More than 220,000 men will be told they have prostate cancer this year. It is the second most common cancer in men in the United States.
* Aside from age, risk factors for prostate cancer include family history and race.
+ One in seven men will develop prostate cancer.
+ One in five African American men will develop prostate cancer.
+ One in three men with a family history will develop prostate cancer.
* Talk to your doctor about prostate cancer screening if you are 40 to 54 years old and:
+ are African-American
+ have a father, brother or son who has had prostate cancer
+ Prostate cancer, if caught early, has over a 90 percent survival rate.
+ Early detection can save your life!
To support and/or make a donation to the BrownByrd Foundation, please contact the following: Brown Byrd Foundation, 30 Wall Street 8th Floor, New York, New York 10005. Contact Number: (212) 709-8335. You can also check out the Brown/Byrd online store at www.cafepress.com/kevbyrd.


Englewood Jazz Festival Celebrates AACM at ’50’, Saturday, Sept. 19 in Hamilton Park

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Corey Wilkes, Tammy McCann, Makaya McCraven, Young Masters Among Headliners
Dr. Conrad Worrill, Tom Tom Washington, Kidd Jordan and Hamiet Bluiett Honored

 In a community often described by its negatives, Englewood can boast one of the most positive, dynamic events in the city.  For 16 years Live the Spirit Residency has brought top tier musicians and young, emerging talent into the community for the Englewood Jazz Festival.  This year’s festival is dedicated to 50 years of the AACM,

Deeply rooted in and reflective of the rich cultural heritage of the Englewood community, since its inception the Festival has showcased up and coming young musicians and commissioned new works in celebration of the spirit of Englewood.  This year’s festival is no exception.  The Young Masters featuring teen brother phenoms Isaiah and Jeremiah Collier and James Wenzel will perform.  Plus, new compositions by Adegoke Steve Colson and Ernest Dawkins will be debuted by the festival’s resident band Live the Spirit Residency Big Band.

The 16th annual Englewood Jazz Festival will be held Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Hamilton Park & Cultural Center, 513 W. 72nd Street, 11:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Celebrated trumpet player Corey Wilkes, critically acclaimed vocalist Tammy McCann, and multi-dimensional drummer Makaya McCraven will bring their unique talents to the Festival along with Ernest Dawkins’ New Horizons Quartet featuring special guests Jeff Parker and Kidd Jordan.  Jordan will receive the 2015 Live the Spirit Award along with educator/activist Dr. Conrad Worrill, arranger/producer Tom Tom Washington and jazz saxophonist/composer Hamiet Bluiett.  For more information, call 773-800-2738 or visit www.englewoodjazzfest.org

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