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BLACK AND PROUD!-NINA SIMONE IS PROUD TO BE BLACK,MARRY BLACK ATI BE NATURALLY BLACK!- FROM KAREN HENRY ON FACEBOOK

June 21, 2015

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EDITORIAL: What We Can Do to Move Forward From Charleston

June 21, 2015

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Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson Via Facebook and Getty Images Nine victims of the Charleston church shooting. Top row: Cynthia Hurd, Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton Middle row: Daniel Simmons, Rev. Depayne Middleton Doctor, Tywanza Sanders Bottom row: Myra Thompson, Ethel Lee Lance, Susie Jackson (Photos via Facebook and Getty Images)

First and foremost, all of us at Good Black News are heartbroken over the loss of the nine precious lives taken this week by senseless, hateful murder at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, and our sympathies and prayers go out to the families and loved ones most acutely affected by this domestic terrorism.  Even though you may already know the names of the unintended martyrs, they bear repeating, and often, so we never forget: Rev. Clementa PinckneyCynthia HurdSusie Jackson, Tywanza SandersSharonda Coleman-SingletonDaniel L. SimmonsEthel Lee LanceMyra Thompson, and Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor

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“He is … Father” by Epiphany

June 21, 2015

African Heritage

Said Abdallah by Cordier, 1848 Said Abdullah of the Mayac – Kingdom of Darfur, by Charles Cordier, 1848

In honor of the upcoming Father’s day, I found this poem “He is … Father” by Epiphany. I loved her poem, and so I dedicate it to my father, and to all the great fathers out there.

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He is … Father 

by Epiphany

…He is​

the shine in a little girl’s eyes

the icon of a son in the mirror

a husband to his woman

a provider & a leader

the endearing traits of a real man

personified in how He lives​

…He is​

the strength of the family unit

the shelter in a raging storm

a patriarch to the ancestral tree

his seed produces legacies

to carry on his dynasty​

…He is​

stability in the midst of adversity

He rules with a gentle hand

teaches his daughter how to be loved

to accept nothing less than a…

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“Could it be that this group is targeting BLACK PEOPLE to degrade their quality of life in an effort to carry-out a domestic covert genocide and the “Affordable Heath Care Act” would ruin their efforts???”

June 21, 2015

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Wow…  As I struggled with the fact that I have been targeted by this Klandish group of white people… Please allow me to say, they aint a racist bone in my body; I say white people because that is the majority of those I see trying to stick it to me…  I have watched them stop a black person usually very poor or opportunist and offer them money to engage me in one way or the other…  I have never seen anyone turn them down…  I heard one older black woman who pushed in front of me at Walmart say  to her husband when he asked her what she was doing pushing in front of me, “If he is paying then so be it…”  Her husband looked at me with bewilderment on his face…  I knew what was going on so I just patiently waited for her to finish…  

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BLACK PEOPLE!-HOMELESS IN HOUSTON CUT TO HALF!-FROM GOODBLACKNEWS.ORG

June 19, 2015

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BLACK HOMELESS IN HOUSTON 60%-HOUSTON CUTS ITS HOMELESS POPULATION NEARLY IN HALF!-FROM GOODBLACKNEWS.ORG


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12Jun2015
Houston Cuts Its Homeless Population Nearly in Half
Posted in News, Community, Adults, U.S., Organizations by goodblacknews
Wendell Johnson readies his bed at the Salvation Army shelter September 23, 2005 in Houston. (Photo: Getty Images)
A new report from Coalition for the Homeless reveals that the number of unsheltered homeless people in the Houston area has dropped by 46 percent since 2011.
The statistics come from a “point-in-time” count of people who were experiencing homelessness on January 29, 2015, in the greater Houston area (Harris County and Fort Bend County) in Texas. The annual canvass found that there were 4,609 people either staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing or safe havens, or unsheltered (living in places not meant for human habitation, such as abandoned buildings or under bridges). In 2011, that number was 8,538. This puts the current homeless rate at 1 out of every 1,130 residents. That number was 1 out of every 450 residents in 2011. Just under 60 percent of those displaced citizens are black.
“It’s incredible,” said Marilyn Brown, president and CEO of Coalition for the Homeless in the Houston Chronicle’s article available behind the newspaper’s paywall. “When we see the result—that the number of homeless has been cut in half—we see we’ve gone from managing homelessness to ending it.” With 58 percent of the total homeless population installed in some type of housing, all signs point to that being true.
The coalition of homeless services providers said their success stems from the The Way Home, a local collaborative model adopted in 2012 with the goal of eradicating homelessness by installing permanent housing units and creating a coordinated intake, needs assessment and triage system that gets people the help they need more efficiently.
article by Kenrya Rankin Naasel via colorlines.com

John Legend Pens All-Too Important Essay: “New York Failed Kalief”

June 19, 2015

BLACK MEN! COME BACK TO AFRICA AND SAVE YOURSELF FROM JAIL/MURDER/DRUGS/JOBLESSNESS/RACISM EVERY SINGLE DAY!

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John LegendJohn Legend hasn’t been keeping quiet on police brutality or mass incarceration. Now, he is taking it a step further with his essay for Vulture speaking out on the suicide of Kalief Browder, the young man who spent three years on Rikers Island without a conviction.

Legend is justifiably upset about Browder’s treatment while incarcerated, and he recalls meeting him in 2013 after seeing him in a television interview.

From Vulture:

New York failed Kalief. The list of things that went wrong in his case begins with his first encounter with the NYPD, whose practice of targeting black teens is well documented. The idea that being accused of stealing a backpack would lead to his arrest and detention would be absurd if it weren’t actually tragic. He should not have been tried as an adult, or had prosecutors, defenders, and judges so overwhelmed with cases that he waited three…

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Michelle Obama to Guest Edit “More”, Becomes 1st First Lady to Take Over Entire Magazine Issue

June 19, 2015

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First Lady Michelle Obama (photo via wikipedia.org) First Lady Michelle Obama (photo via wikipedia.org)

According to cnn.com, first lady Michelle Obama will be guest editing the July/August edition of “More” magazine. Not only will this be the magazine’s first guest editor, but Obama will be the first First Lady to guest edit an entire magazine issue, according to a statement released by the publication.  “The First Lady is the ultimate MORE woman,” said More Editor-in-Chief Lesley Jane Seymour.

The magazine also revealed the issue will highlight women Obama said influenced her during her six years in the White House.  The First Lady has previously been featured on the cover of People, Time and Vogue just to name a few. But, the road to the White House wasn’t all glamorous.

It’s been a busy and public week for Obama. She made headlines Tuesday when she gave an emotional commencement speech to a group of students…

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Chicago Student Arianna Alexander Accepted to 26 Universities, Offered More Than $3 Million in Scholarships

June 19, 2015

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“It was a lot to take in. I received emails, letters. It was just like, ‘Come here, come here!’ They were bombarding me with all this information,” Arianna said.

Arianna hails from Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. She graduated with a 5.1 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

She was accepted to 26 universities, including six Ivy League schools. Her scholarship offers total more than $3 million.  “I feel like it means I can afford college and I don’t have to worry about it. I feel like that’s an issue for a lot of people my age,” Arianna said.

Her father encouraged her, after another Kenwood student was offered more than $1 million in scholarships…

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Have You Ever Been In Love?

June 19, 2015

BLACK LOVE OOOO!

Ty'ra Vanadis Herself

Two months ago on the 4th of April, my Uncle was given a second chance at love when he wedded his beautiful bride Ms Valela, my new mommy at her family’s beautiful farm in Kensington, Bulawayo. Their union signified hope and the second chance that love symbolizes. inspired by their obvious love for each other, I wrote a poem to commemorate their beautiful day and with my partner in crime Kudzaishe Chidakwa on keyboard, we surprised them with a recital of the poem at the reception.

Daddy holding His Promise in his arms Daddy holding His Promise in his arms

Have you ever been in love?
Have you heard the rush of angels’ wings?
Have you seen the purity of cherubic beings?
Have you heard the song that the goddess sings?
Not of wealth, diamond rings and cars
But of the joy that loving someone always brings

Now tell me have you ever been in love?
Have…

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San Antonio Elects Ivy Taylor Its 1st Black Mayor

June 19, 2015

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San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (Photo via hellobeautiful.com) Ivy Taylor.

Today, Ivy Taylor began her first official day as the elected mayor of San Antonio, Texas. Taylor is the first African-American to fulfill the role.

This development comes almost a year after Taylor was selected to serve as the interim mayor of the city to finish the term of the previous mayor, Julian Castro. Castro stepped down from his position as mayor of San Antonio when the White House nominated him as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Taylor won in the race against her opponent, former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, with 52 percent of the vote. Taylor was born and bred in Queens, NY. She got her start in city planning, then made her way to city council.  Taylor got her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her master’s from the University of North Carolina at Chapel…

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