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8th Ward Residents Facing Mounting Challenges Head-On

Posted by Admin On April - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Concerned Citizens Organization and 8th Ward residents are facing head-on challenges in the 8th Ward


By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”- MLK

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward

Once again, the Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward and some 8th Ward residents have overcome tactics to thwart their activities when trying to inform the community of unwanted developments that only serve a few, but are being forced on the 8th Ward community overall. The Concerned Citizens scheduled meeting at St. Ailbe Church to inform the community of a development that many in the area don’t want was canceled without notice. Reportedly, an unknown caller had called the church sometime ago to reserve the meeting room and falsely used the name of a person several people at the church was familiar with. When the falsely accused woman called the church and complained the meeting was canceled. When attendees arrived at the meeting, and after standing in the rainy-cold for awhile, they were told by an 8th Ward alderman’s staff person stationed in the parking lot passing out brochures about Montclare, that the meeting had been canceled. It was a full-parking lot of cars and disappointed people due to the meeting being canceled. The proposed 134-unit, 8 story low income Montclare building for senior citizens is defiantly opposed by the community but very much sanctioned by the alderman. The Concerned Citizens of the 8th Ward were disappointed but not discouraged that the meeting had been canceled. They quickly relocated everyone to an alternate location because they felt it was too important to let the mishap obliterate them or stand in the way of getting the word out about what was taking place in the community, including a new seven story 1-2 bedroom low-income senior housing development without input from the community. That was quick thinking on the part of Linda Hudson, a candidate for alderman of the 8th Ward, who understands the importance of not letting a situation that some would have given up on and gone home stop her from informing the community. This instantaneous recovery shows that Hudson thinks on her feet (even in the rainy-cold).  That is why we need Hudson for 8th Ward alderman. She won’t give up on getting the community involved and empowered. Let’s hope St Ailbe learned from this and will develop a fail-safe system to confirm persons who call in to use the meeting room. Perhaps a confirmation number could be issued when a meeting is scheduled, and it would have to be used to cancel the meting or with a follow-up call. Elect Linda Hudson for 8th Ward Alderman  

Black Women’s Roundtable Release its Fifth Annual Report on Status of Black Women, “Time For Power Shift”

Posted by Admin On April - 3 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Report Sites Progress, Accomplishments,  Potential and Challenges for Black Women in 2018

WASHINGTON, DC – On Wednesday, March 28th, the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation’s (NCBCP) Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) will close out Women’s History Month and Black Women’s Week, by hosting a tele-briefing to release its Fifth Annual Black Women in the U.S. Report, which assesses the challenges, triumphs and overall contemporary condition of Black women in the United States in 2018. This year’s report is entitled “Time for a Power Shift” and takes an in-depth look at the issue of power and exactly where Black women fall socially, politically, economically, spiritually and health-wise.
Key findings from this year’s report include:
  • Black Women Shifting Their Power
  • When It Comes to Politics, the Power of Black Women is on the Rise
  • Electoral Successes Prove Black Women Can Win Anywhere
  • In 2018, Black Women Can Make Political History
  • Despite Gains, Black Women are Not Without Political Challenges
  • The Power of Black Women’s Leadership is Significantly Curtailed in the Corporate World
  • Black Women Especially Vulnerable Within the Criminal Justice System
  • Black Women Immigrants and Their Families Have Been Uniquely Targeted in the Trump Era
  • The Power of Black Women’s Push for Social Justice Remains
  • Black Women Are Still the Foundation of Black Family Financial Power
  • Entrepreneurship Seen as the Conduit to Greater Economic Power for Black Women
  • Black Women Venture Capitalists Flex Their Economic Power to Help Close the Venture Capital Funding Gap
  • Black Women Still Lack the Power to Live Free from Violence, Health Challenges and in Full Autonomy of Their Own Bodies
  • Black Women Lean on Spiritual Power to Make Magic Happen
Melanie L. Campbell, President/CEO of the NCBCP and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable, states, “The annual BWR Report provides the NCBCP and Black Women’s Roundtable with a vehicle to actualize our commitment to ensuring Black women and girls’ voices and stories are elevated in the public sphere. This year, the report is laser focused on showcasing Black women’s intergenerational and diverse leadership, expertise and unique perspectives on the issue of building and sustaining power to achieve a higher quality of life for Black women, our families and communities.”
Dr. Avis Jones-DeWeever, the BWR Report’s editor-in-chief, shares, “We find ourselves at a very precarious moment in our nation’s history, and Black women understand what’s at stake. They’ve stepped up in bold and tangible ways to not only be the drivers of change but to wield the levers of power themselves like never before.”
For media outlets interested in hearing a live presentation of the key findings of the 2018 BWR Report and its significance, please join the Black Women’s Roundtable Tele-Press Conference, at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm (EST) on Wednesday, March 28th, by calling the press briefing teleconference phone number at (701) 801-1211 and enter 757553026#.The BWR Report will be presented to the press by Ms. Campbell, Dr. Jones-DeWeever and several contributors to the 2018 BWR Report.
The National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) is one of the most active civil rights and social justice organizations in the nation “dedicated to increasing civic engagement, economic and voter empowerment in Black America.” The Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR) is the women and girls empowerment arm of the NCBCP. At the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women, BWR promotes their health and wellness, economic security & prosperity, education and global empowerment as key elements for success.


Eric Garner’s Death Avenges in New Comic Book Series

Posted by Admin On March - 22 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Nubian Man Avenges Deaths of the Nubian People

By Bryson Bone

Nubian Man

Newark, NJ (BlackNews.com) — Created by Jersey-born writer, Zinc Nguvu, and illustrator Terry Brown of Lexington, Kentucky in response to the unjust killings of African-Americans by police and racists across the country, the Nubian Man series (www.TheNubianMan.com) promises to take the comic book universe by storm but online first.

“I wanted everyone to know the origin of Nubian Man and his mission foremost. It’s because of all of the killings,” Nguvu says. However, he made clear, “Tamir Rice is what really pushed me over the edge from an emotional perspective. I cried because I knew there was going to be no justice, and another black life would have been taken senselessly. That was when the creative juices started flowing. Within twenty four hours later, I wrote the overview of the Nubian Man concept.”

By day, Nubian Man is Director of African-American Studies of Brooklyn’s Harry Jeffries University, a school named in honor of his grandfather located at 1650 Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, New York. At night he’s out avenging the deaths of the Nubian people.

The first edition of the online comic series is titled “R.I.P. Eric Garner,” associated with the 2014 police choking death of unarmed African-American and Staten Island resident, Eric Garner,-whose famous last words “I CAN’T BREATH,” became a national slogan among activists protesting police brutality.

The story can be read for free at www.thenubianman.com. There will be additional releases in May and September which will complete season one. The first physical comic book will release December 1, 2018 which will consist of all three stories from season one. Starting season 2 there will be four stories released then the pattern will follow from then on.

Nguvu resides in Newark, New Jersey, just a mere fifteen miles away from the Staten Island block where Garner took his last breath. He plans to use the Nubian Man series as an empowering tool as well as an informative vehicle.

“I’m really looking to serve the communities. We have an apparel line called Nubian Wear on www.TheNubianMan.com. Any nonprofit organization that is addressing literacy or the arts in the inner city for the youth will be able to benefit from our efforts,” he says. “We believe Nubian Man has the potential to become an inner-city classic, especially with the social ramifications it has. The most important aspect of Nubian Man is that it’d keep the memories alive of all the brothers and sisters who’ve been killed.”

Nguvu gives an extended invitation: “If you stand against any unjust decisions by the court system and racists that have caused a Nubian life to be taken without reciprocity, then you too can be a part of the NUBIAN nation!”

Contact: NubianManCSR@gmail.com to book Zinc Nguvu’s lecture, Introducing Nubian Man, A Hero Spawned from Social Injustice.

Why the Race Battle is so Hard to Win; How Changing Strategy Can Make Hell Become a Paradise

Posted by Admin On March - 15 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Why the Race Battle is So Hard to Win By Julian S. With

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — If you follow the news, or pay attention to the statistics, it’s obvious Black people in the Diaspora today continue to face huge challenges – in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean and elsewhere. The problems surrounding racial discrimination are long-standing and persistent. Less obvious is why these problems are so difficult to solve. A true iconoclast, Dr. Julian With is not afraid to offer hard truths.

As a social psychologist and commentator of many years’ standing, he brings a wide-ranging perspective. He is more interested in trendlines than headlines, and saying what’s right instead of what people want to hear. Some readers may find his arguments chastening, but they are always razor-sharp, drawing on nuanced analyses and evidence.

In Why the Race Battle is So Hard to Win, he demolishes what he sees as the self-limiting dogmas and misguided articles of faith among the Black community internationally. Here, he argues that his fellow Black people continue to waste their energy blaming slavery for their current strife, and that the fight for reparations is futile, only distracting focus from where it should be more usefully directed. But he should not be mistaken for a Black author who writes negatively about the Black struggle to please white readers. Dr. With is a fierce critic of white racism, and strongly supports affirmative action and the liberation of Black people everywhere from oppression, discrimination and social injustice.


Yet because he is pragmatic rather than dogmatic, he also holds Black people responsible for their own fate. In this book, he covers many topics, all in short, easy-to-absorb articles. He looks at patterns of Black voting in the United States, intra-racial discrimination in the Caribbean and elsewhere, the problems with ‘integration’, how other minority groups in Europe and the U.S. approach self-determination, and the psychological effects of living in majority-white societies on Black consciousness, among many more. From each of his critiques flows suggestions for improving the standing of Black people around the world.

Why the Race Battle Is So Hard to Win is his first book to be translated into English.

Dr Julian With is a Dutch social psychologist and commentator. He was born in Surinam. His other books (in Dutch) include Zwart racisme bestaat niet; 1986; Black Racism is a Myth) Waarom wij het niet redden; 2006; Why We Do Not Progress); Het komt nooit meer goed; 2011; It never gets better again); Kritieken, het schoonmaakmiddel van de geest; 2014; Criticisms, the Detergent of the Mind);

Photo Caption: Bookcover


Illinois Celebrates AmeriCorps Week

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

March 11-17, 2018 designated as a week to recognize 2,600 volunteers

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor Bruce Rauner has proclaimed March 11-17, 2018 AmeriCorps Week in Illinois.  Each year, the nation celebrates the service that tens of thousands of Americans perform through AmeriCorps.  The Serve Illinois Commission uses this week to salute the AmeriCorps members and alums for their hard work and thank the community partners that support them.

“Each year, thousands of AmeriCorps members in Illinois take time out of their busy lives to help their neighbors,” said Governor Rauner. “These volunteers work to keep children safe, the environment clean, help people find jobs, and much more.  AmeriCorps Week in Illinois reminds us to thank AmeriCorps members and alums for their service, to thank AmeriCorps’ community partners, and encourage more people to join in service.”

AmeriCorps provides opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups.  From neighborhood cleanups and building homes, to tutoring children and helping the homeless, Illinois’ 2,600 AmeriCorps members are celebrating by doing what they do best – serving their communities.

“When faced with a community need, Illinois’ AmeriCorps members step up,” said Serve Illinois Commission Executive Director Scott McFarland.  “These people from all walks of life come together in the spirit of service, and Illinois owes each of them a great debt.”

Since 1994, more than 39,000 Illinoisans have taken the AmeriCorps pledge to “get things done for America.”  Those members have given back more than 55 million hours to their communities, which equates to more than $1.4 billion in impact.  During the past 24 years, Illinois AmeriCorps members have earned more than $131 million in education awards to pay for college or eliminate student debt.  For every dollar invested by the federal government, Illinois communities receive $3.50 in service.  For every dollar the state invests, AmeriCorps brings in $124 worth of volunteer impact!

Illinois AmeriCorps by the Numbers

• 2,628 AmeriCorps Members Currently Serving
• 209,286 Youth Serviced Last Year
• 39,744 Veterans and Military Family Members Served Last Year
• 18,219 Additional Volunteers Recruited Last Year
• 39,000 Illinoisans Served in AmeriCorps since 1994
• 55,000,000 AmeriCorps Hours Contributed since 1994
• $131,000,000 Earned in Education Awards since 1994
• $1,427,250,000 Impact to Illinois Communities since 1994

The Serve Illinois Commission is a 40-member (25 voting and 15 non-voting), bi-partisan board appointed by the Governor and administered by the Illinois Department of Public Health.  Its mission is to improve Illinois communities by enhancing volunteerism and instilling an ethic of service throughout the state.

For a full listing of AmeriCorps programs and information on how to find a volunteer opportunity any time of the year, please visit www.Serve.Illinois.gov.

Black Media Experts to Teach at Powerful Seminar in Washington, DC

Posted by Admin On March - 12 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Terri Tolliver and Dante Lee

Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — Having the right marketing and public relations strategies is the key to the success of any business, and two long-time African American industry experts will be featured speakers at a master-class seminar in Washington, DC to share their secrets.

Dante Lee, who has been running his online marketing company for 18 years and Terri Tolliver, who is an executive for Fox News 5, are just two of the headlining presenters for the upcoming event that is themed: ARE YOU READY FOR PRIMETIME: When Opportunity Knocks, Are You Ready to Answer?

Event Details:
Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 9am to 3pm
Hamilton Live
600 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Dante Lee will teach the following:
* How to sell without selling.
* How to get your story to go viral on social media.
* How to maximize results using a press release.
* How to get sales and leads from content marketing.
* How to write, publish, and sell your e-books.
* How to get more speaking engagements.

Terri Tolliver will teach the following:

How to be featured on a TV news program.
How to be considered an expert.
* What the media is looking for.
* What the news is absolutely NOT looking for.
* How NOT to be a nuisance.
* What common mistakes should be avoided.
* How to make your pitches sing.
* Top 5 things you need to do as soon you walk out the door.

Attendees to the seminar will also benefit from multi-faceted businesswoman and entrepreneur Cynthia de Lorenzi, and Joy Rahat, an international visual branding strategist.

The event, produced by Events USA, is especially designed for established entrepreneurs, business professionals and authors who want to elevate their brand.

For more details, and/or to register online for the seminar, visit:

Photo Caption:Terri Tolliver, Fox 5 News executive; and Dante Lee, best-selling author and online marketing guru

Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and the Poetry Foundation partner to remount Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, one-weekend-only, March 30 and 31 at the Studebaker

Posted by Admin On March - 8 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


Performances, workshops part of The Catapult intensive
for professional puppeteers and poets; Student residency
follows April 3-6 at Pilsen’s Benito Juarez High School
CHICAGO, IL –  The Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and the Poetry Foundation are partnering to present Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, one-weekend-only, March 30 and 31 at Chicago’s historic Studebaker Theater, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building.
Performances of Manual Cinema’s unforgettable multi-media retelling of Brooks’s life and work are Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 31 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $25; $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased in advance online at chicagopuppetfest.org. Tickets will also be on sale in person prior to each show, pending availability.
No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks combines poetry, puppetry and live jazz to bring to life the story of one of Chicago’s most beloved figures. Gwendolyn Brooks was an icon, a poet laureate, and a Pulitzer Prize winner—but she was also a treasured educator and mentor to the countless writers and children who knew her as their very own “Miss Brooks.” Weaving poetry, storytelling, sound design, original live music, and striking visuals, No Blue Memories is an exploration of Brooks’s beloved city and a story of how she navigated identity, craft, and politics over the course of one of the most remarkable careers in American literary history.
More about No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
The Poetry Foundation commissioned Manual Cinema in 2016 to visually represent the life and work of Gwendolyn Brooks in a way that would be accessible for new fans and enticing for Brooks appreciators alike. The resulting production, No Blue Memories, received its world premiere in November 2017, what would have been Brooks’s hundredth year.
The 70-minute show combines intricate paper puppetry, live actors working in shadow, and an original score played live on stage. The script was co-written by Chicago poets Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall. The music was commissioned from Jamila Woods and Ayanna Woods, who were granted permission from the Brooks estate for the first time to write a song using Brooks’s famous poem “We Real Cool.” The production also samples many of Brooks’s most memorable poems including “Eventide,” Beverly Hills, Chicago,” “Speech to the Young, Speech to the Progress Toward,” and “Chicago Picasso.”
“Manual Cinema turns Gwendolyn Brooks into poetry magic,” wrote the Chicago Reader when No Blue Memories premiered last September at the Harold Washington Library Center. Chicago Magazine promised “You’ve never seen Gwendolyn Brooks like this before.”
“Whether you’re a diehard Brooks fan or someone who is new to her work, we want everyone to walk away with a new favorite poem,” says co-author and poet Eve Ewing. “Her work continues to be relevant, and will always be relevant, because it will always be important for regular people to tell stories about where they’re from.”
“It was an honor to take Eve Ewing’s and Nate Marshall’s nuanced, detailed vision of Brooks’s life and realize it in paper and acetate,” said Manual Cinema Director Sarah Fornace. “We cannot wait to get our incredible team of actors together again and perform this epic live cinematic show bursting with poetry, puppetry, and live music in Chicago’s historic Studebaker Theater.”
Watch a video preview of Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Live of Gwendolyn Brooks
The Catapult: Puppetry and Poetry – Artists Intensive, March 28-31, to foster future poets and puppeteers
Another component of this new partnership between the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and the Poetry Foundation is The Catapult: Shadow Image in Puppetry and Poetry, running Wednesday, March 28 through Saturday, March 31.
This is a four-day professional training workshop, presented in conjunction with Manual Cinema’s No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks, focusing on the dynamic relationship and shared language of poetry and puppetry. Lead by Festival Director and puppeteer Blair Thomas and poet avery r. young from the Poetry Foundation, participants will explore the traditions of shadow theater, written and spoken word poetry and their contemporary intersection. Artistic Directors Sarah Fornace and Drew Dir will be the featured artists from Manual Cinema leading puppet technique workshops.
(from left) Blair Thomas, director of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival,
and poet avery r. young from the Poetry Foundation will lead
The Catapult: Shadow Image in Puppetry and Poetry
The Catapult will take place on stage at the historic Studebaker Theater in the Fine Arts Building. The program fee is $440, and covers select meals and tickets to all workshops, a performance of No Blue Memories, a backstage tour/demo with Manual Cinema, and an ongoing puppetry workshop with Manual Cinema culminating in a final presentation among members of the program. A $730 package is also available for the full program plus three nights of hotel accommodation.
Space is limited. To apply, visit chicagopuppetfest.org/catapult. Note: Full or partial program fee scholarships are offered by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival for artists in financial need who show a commitment to advancing the art with puppetry and/or poetry. There is no financial support for travel to Chicago. To apply for a scholarship, send a Statement of Need to catapult@chicagopuppetfest.org.
Introducing Gwendolyn Brooks to a new generation of readers
Immediately following its weekend run at the Studebaker, No Blue Memories: The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks travels to Benito Juarez High School, 1450-1510 W. Cermak Avenue in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, for a four-day residency, April 3-6.
Presented by the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and the Poetry Foundation, the No Blue Memories in-school residency program is designed to introduce Chicago’s newest generation of readers to the life and works of Gwendolyn Brooks. High schoolers will be given the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops lead by artists and puppeteers from Manual Cinema. The residency also includes four free matinee performances exclusively for students from Benito Juarez and other Chicago-area high schools.
For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org, follow the Poetry Foundation and Poetry on Facebook at facebook.com/poetryfoundation, on Instagram at instagram.com/poetryfoundation or on Twitter @PoetryFound.
For more, visit manualcinema.com, follow the company on Facebook at facebook.com/manualcinema, on Instagram at instagram.com/manual_cinema and on Twitter @ManualCinema.

New Documentary Highlights Music’s Impact on Corruption and Politics in Uganda

Posted by Admin On March - 6 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

The Confused African documentary

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — On March 6, Netflix award-winning director Jonny Von Wallström is premiering his new documentary series The Confused African exclusively on YouTube. It is a story about identity, music and corruption in Uganda. Featuring Ugandan artist and TV personality Ken Daniels and well-known rapper Navio who uses music to speak about the countries issues.

Trailer: www.youtube.com/watch? v=9nNR1gzVKmE&t=2s

In 2017, Ugandan was ranked among the top 25 countries with escalating corruption by the Transparency International Uganda (TIU) report. Ken and Navio are two creative artists who care deeply about what’s happening in the country. In the series, they explore culture, talks politics, and are using music to help make a change.

Ken Daniels is a nomad who has lived his whole life in western countries such as The United States and Sweden. He is a well-known Ugandan Hip Hop/ R&B musician and music critic who has for a long time sung under the music act ‘Swahili Nation’.

It started out in 1992 when he joined Swahili Nation that was formed in the 90’s by Kenyan brothers called Muturi. A couple of years ago, he decided to move back to Uganda because he felt responsible and wanted to ba a part of the change that was happening in the country.

What it is like to leave your mother country?

“It is tough to come to a new country, whether it is Sweden, Uganda or The United States. You have to learn the language and adapt to the society. For me, it was tough to move to The U.S and Sweden, but it was also tough to move back to Uganda after all those years away,” he says.

He has not been living in the country for a long time, and now he share his story of what it is like to come back.

“I think that my political view and world view have changed since I left Uganda. There is a difference between The United States and Uganda in many ways. Good and bad.”

“What I have realised is that Uganda is not what it used to be. Today, Uganda is in a very good place, the Infrastructure and the whole society is improving. In 5 years, I think it will be a big difference if you compare to now. I also feel like many more people are willing to fight for the right to speak up and change things. It was in a different way before. Back in the days, people did not do that.”

Navio is using his music to make a change

As a side story to Ken, we also get to follow Daniel Lubwana Kigozi, known as Navio. He is a well-known Ugandan rapper who started his career when being a part of the award-winning group Klear Kut. Today, he is best known for his hits “Ngalo”, “One & Only” and “Bugumo”.

Navio are using music for his freedom of speech. He has written songs about corruption, and in the documentary he talks about his point of view on the economically situation and the fact that Uganda is suffering very badly. We get to follow him in Uganda, but also in a studio in Sweden where to records a new single. The whole documentary series will be available for free on YouTube, starting March 6, on www.youtube.com/creativenorthtv

Publishing Date – March 6
Release Episode 1 at 10am EST on http://youtube.com/creativenorthtv

Link to YouTube trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nNR1gzVKmE&t=2s

Whole series for Preview Watch
Password: documentaryuganda

WeTransfer Link to 1 minute trailer (works for Facebook/Instagram, Web)
Available for download – https://we.tl/Bei9NBoo7p

Link to Press Photos

For more information and interviews, contact Producer Andre Wallstrom, andre@roughstudios.com

For more information about production company, visit www.roughstudios.com

Book Debunks Myths Around African Talent

Posted by Admin On March - 2 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS


Rudy Massamba, author of Debunking Myths Around African Talent

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Black people tend to think that their “present” is chaotic, because their “past” was not glorious. Without, supposedly, a bright past, as well as a bright present, most people from the African continent, but not only, are convinced that they have no future unless they are guided by other races, mainly the White race.

Debunking Myths Around African Talent by Rudy L. Massamba brings much needed truths about the role and importance of African inventors, and ties the historical role and accomplishments of Ancient African innovators and inventors to contemporary African inventions.

Why is there a negative perception about African inventors?

This perception or belief is due to the fact that the Blacks were indoctrinated through the educational system, in Africa and in the Western World. And this perception is what the author refers to as “The Mental Destruction of Black People” that stems from slavery and colonization.

Debunking Myths Around African Talent, available on Amazon, reminds us that Africa’s true history is exceptional; a reality that the Western World has methodically tried to erase or occult in the world’s collective consciousness. The unfortunate consequence of this denial is that claiming lies as truths about black people, using powerful media, made these lies become truth for humanity!

Can this trend be reversed?

According to the author, this perception can be reversed if there is a paradigm shift within the educational system that will bring about a mind shift. This implies that black people in Africa, America, etc. become in charge of their education so as to restore historical facts from Ancient times to present – as no other people can really be expected to do it for them.

Massamba comments, “The grandeur of the Black race rests on the bosom of the African continent – cradle of humanity.” This is, undeniably, the subliminal message conveyed by the author. “Until Africa rises as a Super Power, black people will have to keep on proving, to the world, that they have talent. While this should not be the case, as they have always had talent,” he adds.

In a world of negativity, this book finally attempts to offer positive motivation for the invention of great things that will propel Africa into the industrial and economic arena as a force to be reckoned with – thanks to the plurality of contemporary African inventors, among others. Indeed, some of these inventors and their inventions are portrayed and grouped in 7 industrial sectors. However, most of them are not yet truly appreciated by Africans themselves; thus the author’s attempt to value and celebrate the African genius.

Watch the book trailer and purchase Debunking Myths Around African Talent from www.Amazon.com

About the Author
Rudy L. Massamba is enthusiastic about Africa
’s development and writes in English and French. Thus, a new edition of his first book L’Afrique Noire Industrielle (French only) was released on September 2017. He’s also the founder of KUMATOO which is a platform that enables African inventors (from Africa and the diaspora) to exhibit virtually their inventions and innovations.

Rudy’s official website (www.RudyBooks.com) and blog (www.RudyBooks.com/blog).

Photo Caption: Rudy Massamba, author of Debunking Myths Around African Talent


Black Writer Conference Positions Authorpreneurs to Take From the Page to the Stage

Posted by Admin On March - 1 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Attendees at Red Ink Conference

Detroit, MI (BlackNews.com) — The Red Ink Conference: The Premier Conference for Authors & Editors will empower attendees to write, edit and market their next bestseller – at a fraction of the cost. Many of the attendees will be indie authors who are just starting their publishing journey. They are inviting aspiring bestsellers, as well as those who want to take their writing to the next level by editing for other indie authors, to join us in Troy, MI at the Hilton Garden Inn on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The conference will cap at 100 attendees. Collectively, our conference speakers, Tenita “Bestseller” Johnson, Valerie J. Lewis-Coleman, Vanessa Lynn and Bro. Bedford have over 30 years of industry experience and run successful businesses that support indie authors nationwide. Together, they are determined to make a dent in the book publishing world and have attendees learn new, innovative information that will position them to build a solid platform as an authorpreneur and speaker.

Attendees can expect to glean information on marketing, crafting a solid book synopsis, as well as self-publishing industry secrets that will save them both time and money. In addition, authors and aspiring authors alike will learn how to take their manuscript from the page to the theatre stage. The Red Ink Conference will also debut in Atlanta this year on September 15, 2018 for the first time. Registration for Atlanta will open April 1, 2018.

Early bird admission tickets are $97 through April 1, 2018 for the Detroit conference. Thereafter, general admission tickets are $167. VIP attendees and vendors will receive an on-site professional photo shoot at the event.

How to Register:
To purchase tickets, visit www.theredinkconference.com

For interviews or more information, please contact Tenita Johnson at redinkconference@gmail.com or 313-999-6942

Photo Caption: Attendees at last year’s Red Ink Conference in Detroit, Michigan .

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