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Joe “The Black Eagle” Madison does 52 straight hours of talk radio!

28 Feb

SIRIUSXM’s JOE MADISON achieved the historic goal of a 52-hour marathon broadcast, which raised more than $150,000 for the construction of the SMITHSONIAN’s NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY AND CULTURE – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/02/joe-black-eagle-madison-does-52.html

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Country’s black-owned banks are in a fight for their survival

22 Feb

bankThe Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. counted 25 black-owned banks remaining in the country last year, down from 48 in 2001. Read more: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/02/countrys-black-owned-banks-are-in-fight.html

The walking Dead’s add a black guy, kill a black guy rule

10 Feb

TyreseNow let me first state that I love AMC’s The Walking Dead, it’s my favorite TV show. It’s also one of the most diverse shows on television But I have noticed one troublesome trend, being the old black male character when a new black male character shows up is the equivalent of being a “red shirt” on Star Trek. I like to call it the add a black man kill a black man rule. – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2015/02/the-walking-deads-add-one-black-man.html

It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.

2 Jan

It’s time to stop preaching to the choir when it comes to “black on black” crime.

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My wife I had the privilege to attend a prayer service for black men gunned down by police on Monday Night (12/29/2014). There were many clergy and some elected officials from Roselle, Elizabeth, Hillside, and Plainfield at this service. At that prayer service in Roselle NJ put together by the Rev. David Ford at the St. Matthew Baptist Church, I heard many great speakers discuss issues in the African American community.

Because it was an open and honest dialogue black on black crime was mentioned, and our responsibility to address and deal with it were discussed. Roselle Mayor Jamel Holley gave a great speech about the need for parents to step up instill values in their kids and to value education. Myrtle Counts the head of the Roselle NAACP gave an impassioned speech about that yes black lives matter but that they must also value to us as African Americans. Rev. Ford mentioned not wanting to live in a world without police but wanting to have good and respectful police. I heard councilwoman Tracey Brown of Plainfield lament the fact that she had done over a hundred eulogy in 2014 and most of those were young people.

As I looked around I saw the nodded heads and heard the Amens and shouts of yes. But I also noticed something else as I looked around, as great as the speakers were the message they were delivering didn’t need to be given to the fifty or so people in the church. They were preaching to the choir.

What good is a great and possibly life-saving message if the people that need to hear it don’t hear it?

We as elected officials, clergy, and community leaders need to take the message that yes black lives matter, but they have to matter to us too from the churches and meeting halls to the streets. Delivering that message won’t be easy but nothing worth doing ever is. I don’t pretend to have all the answers on how to do that but if we all work together, I’m sure that many do.

It’s imperative that we get out there and deliver that message. As an elected official, I’m ready to do my part and hope that others will do the same. Our children’s lives depend on it.

George L. Cook III, president Hillside Board of Education. Email georgelcookiii@gmail.com

Alice Coachman Davis, First black Olympic gold medalist dies

16 Jul

Alice Coachman Davis, the first black female to win Olympic gold, died Monday. She was 90 years old. – See more at: http://www.africanamericanreports.com/2014/07/alice-coachman-davis-first-black.html 

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Serial rapist targeting sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta

26 Oct

Serial rapist targeting sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta

Police in the Dallas area are hunting a suspected serial rapist who appears to be targeting alumnae members of one sorority ( Delta Sigma Theta ), and each of the victims told investigators the assailant seemed to have personal knowledge about them. Read more : Serial rapist targeting sorority sisters of Delta Sigma Theta

Has Obama failed African Americans?

26 Jun

Has Obama failed African Americans?

I am posting this because of recent comments by two noted experts on African American opinion, Michelle Bachmann and Newt Gingrich. They believe that President Obama has failed African Americans. Do you agree with them and if so or if not, why?

Give your answer here: http://aareports.com/2011/06/has-president-obama-failed-african.html