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Dr. Walter D. Palmer shown with students from the Walter D. Palmer Leadership Learning page 2 Partners Charter School. See “School is Back in Session”
Power of Partnerships
Alejandra Castillo, national deputy director of the U. S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) delivered the keynote address at the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Delaware Minority Supplier Development Council (PA-NJ-DE MSDC) “Power of Partnerships” Business Opportunity Convention. Hundreds of minority business enterprise (MBE), Fortune 500 company, and government representatives attended this 3-day event held at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. NJ,. With her are (from left): Alfonso Jackson, district officer for MBDA; Wade Colclough, president and CEO of the PA-NJ-DE MSDC; and Heyward Davenport, regional director of the MBDA.
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of everybody we have talked to locally, statewide and nationally that such a proposal even be entertained by Dr. Ackerman and Bob Archie. Our students in the high school come from 17 different zip codes. They are students who come from low-income homes. Seventy percent of their families are headed by a single woman and yet they have a ninety percent daily attendance record, eighty-seven percent are proficient in reading math and science and there were only sixteen suspensions for minor infractions last school year. At the same time, the School District officials are talking about dealing with the issue of Black and Latino males who drop out, fifty percent or more in the city of Philadelphia. We have a school where children are coming to school, beating down the doors to stay in school and performing. So it makes no sense, no logic for anybody inside or outside of education to agree with dismantling our high school. More on this story as developments continue. Meanwhile if you care about your health, come out to the Church of the Advocate Health Fair this Saturday, September 11, 2010 between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 18th and Diamond Streets. WURD will be there and we will broadcast live from 1:15 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Stop by and say hello.
School is back in Session
Philadelphia public and parochial schools and private schools are now all back in session now and that means it’s time for our children to be hitting the books and taking their education seriously. One institution of learning, the Walter D. Palmer Charter School is continuing in its fight to try and regain funding they lost at the end of the 2009-2010 school year when the School Reform Commission deemed it necessary to tell the school that over the next four years, they want to decrease the school a grade each year, until the school only accepts students from K-8th grade. Right now the Walter Palmer Charter School goes up to 12th grade. If the SRC has its way, that will not be the case by 2015. Founder of the Charter school, Dr. Walter D. Palmer said, this week (Tuesday, September 7), we had over 500 students and family members march on the board of education to really confront Bob Archie, Chair of the SRC and Dr. Ackerman to really try to get them to take some leadership and try and resolve the issue of demanding that all our students get to remain at our school. We have 925 students, but the district is only willing to pay us for 675 students, which puts our school in peril. We have petitioned the state to pay us 1.7 million dollars for back pay for the past three years. That's the only way we can make sure that all these students stay in our configuration going forward. I think that it’s important to note that this is really a battle about the repression that takes place out of the Charter school office and the district against Charter Schools. In the past three years there have not been any new, independent community-based charter schools established. This is really a struggle between community controlled schools, that means neighborhood community people are operating schools and the district and the institution of education here, which is controlled by downtown Philadelphia, maintaining the same standing, as opposed to reforms, which is really a call with the President of the United States and the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Civil rights activists all across America are demanding that we really have true reform. So our struggle is not just about our school, its really a major struggle that's taking place across the country, as we see, what really amounts to a white corporate take-over of Black and Latino education in urban settings all across America. That's the fight that we are in and that's the fight that we are championing and that's the fight that we intend to continue until this matter is really known by the public." Dr. Palmer continued, "We created our high school three years ago with then Superintendent Paul Vallas who was really a friend to us and to charters. What happened was we built that school with the contractual arrangements made by him, Dr. Walter D. Palmer (Vallas) and supported by Sandra Dungee Glenn, who was then the Chairperson of the SRC. It really boggles the mind that
Graduate! Philadelphia urges adults considering returning to explore options
Traditional college students may be streaming back to campus these days, but Graduate! Philadelphia wants to let adults thinking about a return to college know that it’s not too late for them to get started in the fall semester, too. There are many college options in the Delaware Valley that are still accepting new enrollments, especially for adult students, said Laticia Booker, a program advisor for Graduate! Philadelphia. In fact, many colleges have programs specifically designed for adults that have courses starting every few weeks, and they enroll new and returning students throughout the year. “Going back to college is never the wrong decision, especially in these ongoing tough economic conditions. A college degree might give you that extra edge to help you land a job,” said Booker, program advisor for Graduate! Philadelphia. “We realize going back to college is a big – and potentially frightening – step, but Graduate! Philadelphia is designed to make things easier for you. We really are here to help.” Graduate! Philadelphia is a program through which people who began but never finished their undergraduate degrees are provided with free support and services to continue and finish their degrees. Free services include individual academic advising; guided searches to identify the best college fit; assistance in filing for financial aid and understanding academic credit transfer and transcripts; customized plans and one-on-one support for successful degree completion; waivers of application fees at partner colleges; and much more. Graduate! Philadelphia’s mission is to increase the number of adults in the regional area who hold college degrees by helping “Comebackers” – adults who have some college experience —finish their degrees. More than 70,000 Philadelphians 2549 years old interrupted their education, not for lack of interest or poor performance, but due to See “Graduate” page 4
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Number of Homeless children in Philadelphia under age 4 increases significantly
According to a new report the number of homeless children under the age of 17 in Philadelphia grew from 3,433 in 2008 to 3,582 in 2009 -- a four percent increase. The report also noted that there was a marked increase -- 12% -- in the number of very young children (age four and under) who were homeless in Philadelphia between 2008 and 2009 (from 1,493 to 1,668 children). In total, 46% of the approximately 5,000 children served in emergency and transitional housing in 2009 were under the age of five. In addition, 6.9 percent of homeless children had high-lead levels. This is more than twice the rate of high lead levels of all children tested in Philadelphia. The primary reason for the increase in homeless young people is that mothers between the ages of 18 to 24 saw the single highest rate of increase in homelessness, 13.9 percent. This age group is also the largest group of all homeless mothers. According to the report, Philadelphia Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: Practical Strategies for Action, the vast majority of families who entered emergency housing in FY2009 had been asked to leave their prior residence. Some had been “evicted” by family or friends, while others had been evicted from their own housing because of late or missed rental or mortgage payments. On average, children who experience homelessness reside in emergency housing for 143 days, while those who reside in transitional housing stay for 330 days. The local report was developed by the Children’s Work Group, a collaboration of public and private agencies serving children in Philadelphia. The report was printed and distributed with the support of the Samuel S. Fels Fund, The Philadelphia Foundation, the City of Philadelphia, and the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania. Joe Willard, vice president of policy at People’s Emergency Center (PEC), which provides homeless families in West Philadelphia with housing and comprehensive social services, notes that there were some positive findings in the report. “When they arrive at a homeless shelter 74 percent of children were up-to-date in immunizations. When they leave, 84 percent of children are up to date. Most have also been screened for lead poisoning. In addition, mothers and children who don’t have physicians regularly receive care onsite as well as referrals for health care. This shows that good work is being done by many homeless providers in Philadelphia.” Willard notes however that the information was taken from children who made it to shelters. “Obviously, women and children who are on their own are less likely to get the help they need. This remains an area of major concern.” For more information, contact Joe Willard, People’s Emergency Center, at 215.840.5104 or download the report from http://www.peccares.org/publications.html
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Katrina five years later
Katrina and Rita, a new report issued by Save the Children found that many Louisiana child care centers and public schools still don’t have adequate plans in place for evacuating students, notifying parents about their children’s location, caring for children with special needs, or taking other precautions during an emergency. In this, Louisiana isn’t alone: Only twelve states met Save the Children’s standards. We must do better in taking lessons learned and planning for the future to protect all children. Dr. Cathy Grace, the Children’s Defense Fund’s Director of Early Childhood Development Policy, recently co-authored two new resouårces that focus on what we can do to help young children cope after a traumatic event and how we can plan now to protect them in the future. Preparing for Disaster walks early childhood program administrators through the basic plans they should
I have a dream that I can go back to my home, that I can go back to New Orleans. I have a dream, a dream filled with hopes. I hope my daddy is safe. I hope we can have a clean New Orleans again, that New Orleans can go back to the way it was. I hope that all the people will be safe and protected. I Have A Dream This was the dream shared by the 20052006 kindergarten class at New Orleans West KIPP Academy in Houston, Texas—children who had just fled everything familiar in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Five years later, for many of Katrina’s children and families home is still not back to the way it was. New roadblocks keep appearing on the road to recovery. As the recent report The New Orleans Index at Five puts it, “It has been often said that New Orleanians are resilient. They have to be after being dealt three crises in five years—Hurricane Katrina and the levee breaches, the Great Recession, and now the [BP] oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico . . . New Orleans is in the throes of post-disasters recovery.” The city’s resilience is still strong, but challenges remain. The Children’s Defense Fund has been on the ground in New Orleans since immediately after the storm operating CDF Freedom Schools® programs, which we first opened as an emergency response to the health and mental health risk encounters many children were facing. The CDF Freedom Schools program continues to provide summer and after-school enrichment for children in New Orleans, and more than 30 CDF Freedom Schools sites are serving children across the Gulf region. Education is one of the sectors where there has been some progress since the storm. After more than 100 of the city’s 128 public schools were damaged or destroyed by Katrina, new public school choices have emerged that include more public charter schools than any other school system in the country. So far, these charters are achieving better results than the largely failing system that existed before the storm. But many of Katrina’s children are still suffering from effects of the original displacement, and their families, neighborhoods, and support networks will likely never be put back into place exactly the way they were. Studies show the region still may not be prepared to protect children in another disaster. Despite the fact that more than 5,000 children were separated from their families and listed as missing or displaced after Hurricanes
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make to safely care for children in an emergency, including plans for sheltering in place, relocating off-site, and keeping emergency contact information available and accessible at all times. After the Crisis contains book suggestions, discussion starters, and other activities for teachers to help young children who have been through many kinds of trauma, including natural disasters, epidemics, or the death of a loved one, begin to heal. These companion books, based on hard-learned lessons from the Katrina disaster, are valuable resources for everyone entrusted with the physical and emotional well-being of our youngest and most vulnerable children. Tools like these can help adults prepare for the next time and help children who have already lived through trauma continue healing now—including Katrina’s children, whom we must not forget.
Marian Wright Edelman is a lifelong advocate for disadvantaged Americans and is the President of CDF. Under her leadership, CDF has become the nation's strongest voice for children and families.
Coalition to erect a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. life-size Bronze Sculpture at the entrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive
The Artist Sculptor Rebecca-Rose tm (RMFAC Studio) Present Plans for a Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Freedom Dream” Monument in Historic Philadelphia. The monument will be made a Gift to the City of Philadelphia as a Legacy and Symbol of International Human Rights and dignity for all people. Ms. Rose, a fourth generation African-American sculptor revealed to the public her designs for the monument, as well as the Coalition’s plans to bring visibility to the Drive, in Dr. King’s honor. This is a history in the making tribute in Philadelphia to Americas Renown Nobel Peace Laureate. This tribute honors Dr. King, the City of Philadelphia, and R. Sonny Driver, Publisher, SCOOP, USA Incorporated. Mr. Driver spearheaded the naming of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, with the support of the City of Philadelphia and over 60,000 citizens in petition. Philadelphia’s leaders, community organizations, cultural families and sponsors are being asked to support the Dr. King’s “Freedom’s Dream” Monument. We ask your support at this time to provide us with a letter of interest if you are able and willing to make this tax-exempt donation. For your contribution of one thousand dollars ($1,000.) dollars, your name or that or your organization’s will be engraved on the granite base of the monument as a living legacy of your support. Neither deposits nor payments are required at this time. Please forward to SCOOP USA, the enclosed Expression of Interest Pledge Form, so that we may gather and forward your letter along with others to the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition who have expressed an interest to be our Fiscal Agent for the project.
Don’t Close Our Post Offices
Speak to your neighbors and spread the word. THIS IS NO SMALL MATTER!! POST OFFICES ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE COMMUNITY!! WE MUST TAKE ACTION NOW BEFORE THE FINAL DECISION IS MADE AND THE DOORS OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD POST OFFICES ARE CLOSED FOREVER! Call the following USPS Reps and tell them you want your Post Office keep Open James Gallagher, District Manager 215-863-5001 -- Megan Brennan 412-494-2510 **Call Congressman Robert Brady 215-389-4627 and Congressman Chaka Fattah 215-3876404 also your City Council members to share your concerns about these proposed closing and how they will affect you.
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When we realize we are divine beings, we will be inspired to cultivate the numerous gifts, talents and unlimited potential within each of us. Once we know who and what we are, we will be liberated from the dreadful caricatures this barbaric and racist culture created and use to define (limit) us and keep us in bondage. Freeing our minds opens us to new possibilities and potential. We see ourselves and the world differently and act accordingly. In fact, we can have pity and compassion on our enemies because they are detached and alienated from the ALL and they see themselves as separate from everything in nature including themselves. We will understand why they behave the way they do and why it seems genuine morality and kindness are lacking in their being. This realization will bring even more peace of mind, because we will realize we cannot change them or anyone else for that matter. We must change ourselves for the better, improve ourselves and work to make this a better world. It may not change our outward circumstances and environment measurably right away but it will change us and this change is a great beginning. Once we realize who we really are, we can choose not to go for the okey-doke and flim-flam this culture promotes. We can then make choices for our best interests. We can escape the MATRIX, the false reality the corporate mind control apparatus promotes, what the Buddhists call the illusions of this world. We will transcend our addictions and become free of the psychological chains and hold this culture has upon us. In so doing we will embrace a higher consciousness, morality and way of life even though it means we will not be in conformity with the dominant culture. We must learn to depend upon the Inner Guide, the WISDOM and INFINITE INTELLIGENCE within us. This guidance is never wrong even when it tells us to go against the grain of conventional thinking/habits. Our inner guide will never lead us into bondage or degradation. We ignore this inner wisdom at our own peril. We have free will. We are not automatons or zombies. We have the power of life, cogitation and locomotion. These powers can be tapped to help reshape our lives and our environment. We can choose to be fools and slaves or we can choose to be free. The choice is up to you.
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“The person who fails to make use of their wisdom becomes a fool”Yoruba Proverb Our African ancestors who were forced to became prisoners of war; who were brutalized, dehumanized and debased by Western trading companies and states had to develop ways to maintain their sanity in the midst of a totally insane social environment. Violently cut off from their ancient African cultural heritage by a people whose goal was to turn them into beasts of burden, whose captors feared them holding on to their family ties, spirituality and communal ways of living, our ancestors had to find ways to make the best of unfathomably horrific situations. While we are not subjected to the harsh physical brutalization our ancestors suffered today, we still remain victims of a diabolical program of menticide, the attempt to destroy our minds residing in a culture that for us bodes spiritual annihilation. One has but to look around at us on every level whether it is the well to do or the brothers and sistahs mired in abject poverty to see how this society has imposed an anti-life, predatory, materialistic, and cannibalistic mind set on us. We have lost all semblances of higher consciousness and morality. There was a time when Africans in bondage were the moral compass for this degenerate society. Our people decried slavery because we were its victims, Africans railed against the virulent oppression and terrorism that followed Reconstruction on into the twentieth century. It was Africans who forced the US government to look at itself and make changes. Now it seems many whites want to return to a by-gone era of hatred and caste. Beginning in the late 50's Martin Luther King Jr. blended the tactics of Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Ghandi to fashion a unique social movement that brought down apartheid and color caste in the South. He did it by espousing peaceful resistance and moral rectitude in the face of long established state sanctioned immorality, racism and violence. The Civil Rights movement was a turning point in US history. King used non-violence, non retaliation and wisdom to defeat a vicious mindset and political system that had formed the foundation of this country. In so doing King demonstrated to many Euro-Americans a better way to exist in the world and a better way to view themselves. But the ruling elites still want it all for themselves. To get their way, they will risk global annihilation and world wide war. Their psychopathy knows no bounds. Deceit and cunning manipulation of seeming differences and socioeconomic circumstances are the main tools they use to divide and rule. But all is not lost. The Buddha several hundred years before the birth of Christ spoke of the power of love to transcend hatred. He said, “In this world hatred ceases not with hatred, only by love will hatred cease.” Marvin Gaye said it this way, “War is not the answer for only love can conquer hate.” Indeed, love is the answer, as corny as it may sound. The sooner we accept this deep truth, realize and actualize genuine love for ourselves and others the sooner we can change the world. We change the world by changing ourselves. When we truly love ourselves thoroughly we will demand the best for ourselves and manifest it in our lives. When we love ourselves we will not debase, degrade or humiliate ourselves, our people or humanity in any way. We only have to apply the ancient wisdom and truth at our disposal. An outgrowth of self-love is peace and compassion. When we love ourselves we will think the best about ourselves and our people. We will honor who we are and give thanks to the CREATOR for making us exactly the way we are. At the same time we will have compassion for those walking in ignorance. Once we love ourselves we will stop being ashamed of who we are, how we look and we will stop trying to look like and be something we are not! Once we realize we actually are DIVINE BEINGS inhabiting a magnificent physical body, we will honor our divinity by respecting the temple in which it resides.
Another September. So far, the weather is beautiful; the plants are still blooming. It's been the hottest summer on record; most of the lawns are brown and lots of the small trees and plants have died from the drought. We hear about global warming, but ever since that hoax, people decided global warming was a hoax. Apparently, global warming is real. The ice caps are melting; the ocean is heating up; our weather is turning weird and wild; our summers are hotter and our winters are supposed to be colder. We're losing miles of the Brazilian rain forest every day; cutting off the tops of mountains; and polluting the water, air, and food. Oh, yeah, we're also decimating scores of animals like sharks for their fins, or skins, or whatever rumor has it will increase our potency, life, or memories. We're a mess or rather, we've been making a mess for hundreds of years. Talking with strangers on the Internet, I find their ignorance of facts to be terrifying. We may be unable to persuade tea baggers of reality, but isn't it our duty to spread the truth as best we can? So many people are suffering now, unable to find employment and losing their homes, their savings, and their health. President Obama warned us he couldn't solve all our problems in one fell swoop. We now have a health care program coming into place. He ended our war in Iraq although, no, he can't repair all the damage W did there. With a terribly disrespectful GOP party attempting to block his path every moment, Obama has made progress. Some of us are disappointed he didn't put the tea baggers and other obnoxious people in their place and simply roll over them, but that is not his way. Personally, I am concerned about the coming elections. During the Depression, in 1937 or 1938, at the same point we're at now, the nation turned against Roosevelt and elected Republicans. The Depression got much worse, but then WWII began, and the spending got us out of the Depression. I am praying when we vote this time, the turnout votes down the party of "NO" and supports Obama and our way out of this Great Recession.
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The Lincoln University Interns, seated are: Yemisi Ibidapo, Exelon Power Operations; Eva Ovadje, Exelon Power; Courtney Tipper, Hydro Licensing Group; Roddel Remy, Exelon Power Marketing & Trading; AABE Mentors top left to right: Peter Singh, PECO; Alisa Harris-Daniels, Exelon, Joi C. Spraggins, President, Legacy Pathways; and Harold Yeldell, Exelon. Martin Regusters photo
Legacy Pathways, a management consultant firm, LP Bridge Program for College Interns, and the program’s strategic partner, African-American Blacks In Energy (AABE), congratulate the participates, Lincoln University interns, on the successful completion of their Internship Program with Exelon Corporation. Legacy Pathways Bridge Program customized its intern/mentorship program to compliment corporations such as EXELON internship and mentoring programs. The interns received professional development and leadership development training that focuses on values, competence, and skill sets that will help them transition from college to working in various Exelon business units. able at www.GraduatePhiladelphi a.org. The Graduate! Philadelphia higher education partnership includes 17 area colleges: Chestnut Hill College, Community College of Philadelphia, The Center for Urban Theological Studies of Geneva College, Drexel University, East Stroudsburg University, Holy Family University, LaSalle University, Neumann University, Peirce College, Penn State University, Philadelphia University, Rosemont College, Rutgers University-Camden, Saint Joseph’s University, Temple University, Thomas Edison State College and Widener University. The Gallery Center is operated in partnership with the Philadelphia Education Fund. Graduate! Philadelphia is an initiative of the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board and the United Way and is supported by the City of Philadelphia and private funders. “Returning to college gives you the opportunity to take control of your life. The reasons why you didn’t complete a college degree in the past are irrelevant now,” said Hadass Sheffer, Executive Director of Graduate! Philadelphia. “With Graduate! Philadelphia, you don’t need to go it alone. We understand that you’re taking a big step, but or free assistance is there for the asking.”
Continued from page 2 non-academic challenges related to cost of tuition, the need to generate income, or the lack of childcare. Graduate! Philadelphia was founded in 2005 in response to the critical shortage of adults with college degrees in the region’s workforce. Statistics show that earning a college degree brings better job opportunities and about $1 million more in wages over a person’s career. In 2008, Graduate! Philadelphia began offering Philadelphians innovative college access and completion services, which guide prospective
returning students— Comebackers—from exploration of opportunities to graduation with a two or four-year college degree. Graduate! Philadelphia has already helped more than 650 “Comebackers” re-enroll in college. G!P students have a 95 percent rate of persistence after they return to college. Twenty-four students have already graduated, and many more will graduate this spring. Another 1,300 are using Graduate! Philadelphia's assistance as they prepare to return to college. Assistance is available at any one of the seven Graduate! Philadelphia service sites, online and by email, and by phone. More information is avail-
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Imagine if the Tea Party was Black
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demonstrators desired. Would the protesters be seen as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or as an angry, potentially violent, and even insurrectionary mob? After all, this is what white Tea Party protesters did recently in Washington. Imagine that a rap artist were to say, in reference to a white president: “He's a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.” Because that's what rocker Ted Nugent said recently about President Obama. Imagine that a prominent mainstream black political commentator had long employed an overt bigot as Executive Director of his organization, and that this bigot regularly participated in black separatist conferences, and once assaulted a white person while calling them by a racial slur. When that prominent black commentator and his sister — who also works for the organization — defended the bigot as a good guy who was misunderstood and “going through a tough time in his life” would anyone accept their excuse-making? Would that commentator still have a place on a mainstream network? Because that's what happened in the real world, when Pat Buchanan employed as Executive Director of his group, America's Cause, a blatant racist who did all these things, or at least their white equivalents: attending white separatist conferences and attacking a black woman while calling her the n-word. Imagine that a black radio host were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of a white president is by “hating black people,” or that a prominent white person had only endorsed a white presidential candidate as an act of racial bonding, or blamed a white president for a fight on a school bus in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or said that he wouldn't want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, these are things that Rush Limbaugh has said, about Barack Obama’s administration, Colin Powell’s endorsement of Barack Obama, a fight on a school bus in Belleville, Illinois in which two black kids beat up a white kid, and about liberals, generally. Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the US military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president's policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.” This is, after all, what Pastor Stan Craig said recently at a Tea Party rally in Greenville, South Carolina. Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to bedominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.” And what would happen to any congressional representative who praised that commentator for “speaking common sense” and likened his hate talk to “American values?” After all, those are among the things said by radio host and bestselling author Michael Savage, predicting white revolution in the face of multiculturalism, or said by Savage about Muslims and liberals, respectively. And it was Congressman Culbertson, from Texas, who praised Savage in that way, despite his hateful rhetoric. Imagine a black political commentator suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead. This is, after all, what Anne Coulter said about Tim McVeigh, when she noted that his only mistake was not blowing up the New York Times. Imagine that a popular black liberal website posted comments about the daughter of a white president, calling her “typical redneck trash,” or a “whore” whose mother entertains her by “making monkey sounds.” After all that's comparable to what conservatives posted about Malia Obama on freerepublic.com last year, when they referred to her as “ghetto trash.” Imagine that black protesters at a large political rally were walking around with signs calling for the lynching of their congressional enemies. Because that's what white conservatives did last year, in reference to Democratic party leaders in Congress. In other words, imagine that even one-third of the anger and vitriol currently being hurled at President Obama, by folks who are almost exclusively white, were being aimed, instead, at a white president, by people of color. How many whites viewing the anger, the hatred, the contempt for that white president would then wax eloquent about free speech, and the glories of democracy? And how many would be calling for further crackdowns on thuggish behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of those same people of color? To ask any of these questions is to answer them. Protest is only seen as fundamentally American when those who have long had the luxury of seeing themselves as prototypically American engage in it. When the dangerous and dark “other” does so, however, it isn't viewed as normal or natural, let alone patriotic. Which is why Rush Limbaugh could say, this past week, that
Lets play a game, shall we? The name of the game is called “Imagine.” The way its played is simple: we'll envision recent happenings in the news, but then change them up a bit. Instead of envisioning white people as the main actors in the scenes we'll conjure - the ones who are driving the action - we'll envision black folks or other people of Color instead. The object of the game is to imagine the public reaction to the events or incidents, if the main actors were of Color, rather than white. Whoever gains the most insight into the workings of race in America, at the end of the game, wins. So lets begin. Imagine that hundreds of black protesters were to descend upon Washington DC and Northern Virginia, just a few miles from the Capitol and White House, armed with AK-47s, assorted handguns, and ammunition. And imagine that some of these protesters —the black protesters — spoke of the need for political revolution, and possibly even armed conflict in the event that laws they didn't like were enforced by the government? Would these protester — these black protesters with guns — be seen as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would they be viewed by most whites as a danger to the Republic? What if they were ArabAmericans? Because, after all, that's what happened recently when white gun enthusiasts descended upon the nation's capital, arms in hand, and verbally announced their readiness to make war on the country's political leaders if the need arose. Imagine that white members of Congress, while walking to work, were surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit on one of those congressmen for not voting the way the black
Why did we Drop the Ball?
This week’s rap from the Mayor of Girard Avenue is called, “Why Did We Drop The Ball?” The ball that I am talking about is the ball of responsibility. For some reason, the level of respect that the old heads used to drill into me and my friends were not drilled into the younger group of men that came under us because the level of respect that should be there is not there. Maybe we thought that it would not be necessary but oh, we were so wrong. Just look at what’s going on. Have you ever seen anybody wear their pants down where you can see their underwear on purpose? If you need to run you can’t. When it’s cold, you will stay cold. It just makes no sense. Even if it is their own style, it makes no sense. But in my day, the Old Heads would have been able to talk us out of dressing like that because we respected them. We somehow wither lost their respect or we never had it, but we need to work very hard at getting it. Maybe we can put a high school together that will teach some old-school subjects called respect, honor and loyalty to your neighborhood and family. First we will have to set the right example. We cannot just talk the talk, we must walk the walk. As for entertainment, keep going to the Dell. The summer shows are almost over. Politically, Mayor Nutter announced an appointment of a new City Budget Director, Rebecca Rhynhart and a new Recover Officer named Maari Porter. I feel that both of them will do a good job. They both have very good credentials. Now speaking of politics, there’s talk of Sam Katz and former Mayor John Street becoming a team to have Sam Katz run against Mayor Nutter. My only concern is Katz was a Republican and then an Independent and he and Street gave the impression that they could not stand each other. Now it’s a possibility they could get in bed together. I know that’s politics but at who’s expense. Should the public suffer because of a hate affair between the Street and the Mayor? If somebody should run against the Mayor, it should be someone that can do a better job, not somebody that quit every public job they had. Sam Katz worked for the School Board but quit. He took his kids out of the public school system that he was a part of. That shows me a character of a rabbit – a runner. How can he fix city government and which party will he work with. It’s just something to think about. I know things in our city are rough, but do we want someone that will only make things worse because they do not have a clue as to what they are doing? Even if Street is with him in the beginning, if you look at the way they appeared to hate each other before, what makes you think he would listen to Street now if by some chance he won. With love, honor and respect from your Mayor of Girard Avenue, Toby Rich, Peace.
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Philadelphia City Council
Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell
Re: Jannie L. Blackwell response to Karen Heller Column, “Fawning followers abet Greene’s rotten reign at the PHA”, dated Sunday, August 22, 2010, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Mrs. Karen Heller Inquirer Columnist The Philadelphia Inquirer P.O. Box 7788 Philadelphia, PA 19101 In your recent column, “Fawning followers abet Greene’s rotten reign at the PHA”, (The Philadelphia Inquirer, Sunday Edition, August 22, 2010), you erroneously claim that, “…serious oversight [of PHA] isn’t being provided by the five-member board, whose relationship with Greene is so cozy that they might share a Snuggie.” In fact, the Board has provided conscientious oversight of PHA, as evidenced by the fulfillment of PHA’s most fundamental mission, including the development of literally thousands of new and refurbished affordable housing units created during Mr. Greene’s tenure and my service on the Board. Contrary to your accusations, I take my role as a Commissioner on the Board very seriously and regularly attend all meetings of the Board. Moreover, I have only a purely, professional relationship with Mr. Greene—not the “cozy” relationship you suggest. To support your claim, you state that, Lucien E. Blackwell Homes (a PHA development), located at 46th and Brown Street, is named after my late husband and that PHA helped sponsor an annual birthday celebration I give every year, to benefit the homeless. I take strong exception to your suggestion that PHA naming a housing development after Lucien E. Blackwell and PHA sponsoring a celebration event for the homeless was done for my personal benefit, or otherwise compromised my ability to oversee the operation of PHA for the benefit of its residents and other low-income Philadelphians. You seem to blithely brush aside the possibility (and in deed the reality), that PHA named this housing development after my late husband because of his strong legacy in this city fighting for low-income and disadvantaged Philadelphians. In fact, he was the first in the city to propose dedicated funding in the city budget to address homelessness. You cast aside the years he spent in City Council, the Pennsylvania General Assembly and the U.S. Congress representing the citizens who reside in the neighborhood where the development is located. You dismiss the possibly that the development was named in his honor, purely as a result of his own accomplishments and commitment to this city. Instead, you opt to trivialize his legacy by claiming that such naming was done for my personal benefit. Several different city facilities and programs have been named in his honor including: the Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library located at 52nd and Sansom Streets; the Lucien E. Blackwell Apprenticeship Program sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania; the Lucien E. Blackwell Guiding Light Award to honor those who have gone beyond the call of duty in public service; and the annual Lucien E. Blackwell Boxing Tournament, to celebrate a profession that he participated in—and that is such a vital part of this city’s rich history. These dedications were made by some of the city’s most distinguished institutions, in his honor—not mine. In conclusion, let me say that I have and will continue to faithfully discharge my responsibilities as a PHA Board Member so as to improve the quality of life for homeless, low-income and disadvantaged Philadelphians, as long as I am appointed. Public service for me is an honor and a gift for which I will always be grateful. I hope that in the future, you will review your information and investigate more thoroughly, before making allegations.
6 - SCOOP U.S.A. - Friday, September 10, 2010
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
Queen Albertina Walker surgical procedure successful CD Spotlight
Ten days after being admitted to a local Chicago Hospital, Albertina Walker, hailed as the “Queen of Gospel”, and founder of the Caravans is still here and is proving to be a fighter. On Tuesday afternoon, September 7th, Queen Albertina had a surgical procedure for a tracheostomy and doctors say it was a success. A tracheostomy is a surgically created opening in the neck leading directly to the trachea (the breathing tube). It is maintained open with a hollow tube called a tracheostomy tube. Albertina Walker is now resting comfortably and is no longer on a ventilator as doctors are now hoping for the best. Recovery from such a procedure could take several months and will take place either at a nursing home or at her own home. In the meantime, she remains in the I.C.U. at a local Chicago hospital and will remain there for several more days. Family members and close friends are all being kept abreast of her health status and appreciate the well wishes from fans across the world. Special thanks to the Belle Report for the update! We here at Supreme Gospel Entertainment wish the Queen of Gospel a speedy recovery. Supreme Gospel Entertainment is seeking interns/volunteers ages 18 and up to assist with promotions, marketing, clerical and more. If you are interested, please call 866.659.8132 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Supreme Business Networking II coming soon---details forthcoming!! Until the next column, remain encouraged! Additionally, and to clear up a few rumors, she is NOT and has not been in a coma since being admitted to the hospital, and she has NOT returned home since being admitted to the hospital on Sunday, August 29th. Meanwhile, she continues to listen to back to back hits of her own music, playing softly in the background.
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Quiver Noir shares stage with Kenneth Cole
With members of WMMR’s Preston & Steve Morning Show as the evening’s emcees, local fans will be the first in the country to get a sneak peak at the new season. The sixth season of critically acclaimed hit comedy It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia returns Thursdays at 10 PM beginning Sept. 16. The series stars Rob McElhenney, Glenn Howerton, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson and Danny DeVito as the self-centered owners of Paddy’s Pub in Philadelphia who will do just about anything, no matter how reprehensible, in attempt to better their own situation. If you haven’t seen it you will laugh in tears when you do! Here’s an event you don’t want to miss. A Jazz Reception, Spoken Word, Film Screening: "Justice For Her" Sunday, September 19, 2010 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the African American Museum, 701 Arch St. The festivities include a panel discussion with: Bianca White, Filmmaker/Producer; Carla Shedd, Columbia University Professor of Sociology; Regina Austin, University of Penn Professor of Law; Rev. Shirley Artis-Toler, Director of Chaplaincy Services, Philadelphia Prison System and Constance Faa'izah Saafir, Ph.D. Justice For Her reveals how the choices that many women make bring consequences never imagined in their wildest dreams. Carla Shedd, Columbia University Professor of Sociology says in the documentary, there are women in prison even though the crime rate has decreased. And women are the fastest growing population of prisoners in America based on conspiracy laws. Over 100,000 women are in state or federal prisons and over 75% of them are mothers, grandmothers, lifers and death row inmates that live in prison. The book and film, “Justice For Her” was written by Aginah Carter-Shabazz -- while fighting her cause, she is also fighting a rare disease of the brain. Her mission is to keep women, especially young women and at-risk teens from engaging in practices that lead to imprisonment. A must see film!!! Have you heard there is new syrup out by an African American vendor that will be hitting stores by storm? Michele Hoskins, CEO/founder of Michele Foods recently became the FIRST African American vendor with Costco! She was on the Oprah Show and told her story, rising from welfare to faring well. The website is: http://www.michelefoods.com. Well That’s The Philly Beat!!!
Last Friday, Sept. 3rd I went to a fashion show that featured the work of Qui’era Noir, by designer Ebony Sapp as part of Philadelphia Fashion Week. The Fashion Show featured six designers and showcasing 12 pieces. Festivities were held at Crane Arts Building, 1400 N. American Street and the fashions were fabulous. To be selected to have her work appear on a runway along with Kenneth Cole, whose designs closed the fashion show were a privilege, but no surprise. Ebony’s designs have appeared throughout Philadelphia. Her designs are very creative. She has mastered her craft successfully and Philadelphia supports her. Congratulations Ebony! Something dear to my heart is coming around and that is the American Diabetes Associations Walk for Diabetes in October, and this Saturday the Diabetic Support Group of Liberty Baptist Church in South West Philadelphia will have their 10th Annual Diabetes Luncheon, on Saturday, September 11, 12 noon at McCally Golf Country Club, 201 N. Lynn Blvd in Upper Darby. The luncheon is held every September instead of a meeting. The Luncheon features an abundance of information, guest speakers, video on new developments and acknowledgment of those strong supporters – and great food. I have attended the luncheon a few years back, and look forward to participating in the luncheon on Saturday. In case you haven’t heard, Powerhouse 2010 will be held at the Wells Fargo Center (Formerly the Wachovia Center) on Friday, October 22, 2010. During a news conference that was streamed live on www.power99.com The Hot Boyz revealed the headliners will include Drake, Rick Ross, Neyo, Jazmine Sullivan and Meek Millz with more artists to be announced. Tickets go on sale this Friday September 3rd at www.comcasttix.com and the Wells Fargo Box Office. Listeners can get a jump on buying tickets to the event that sells out every year by taking advantage of the pre-sale on Thursday at 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM at www.power99.com – password “power.” Every year Power 99 fm’s Powerhouse Concert celebrates the station’s birthday with the hottest artists. For all the latest info log onto to www.power99.com – keyword “powerhouse.” If you are a fan of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” then you would have enjoyed this event. Earlier this week Coors Light®, hosted a premiere screening party to kick off season 6 of the FX comedy series It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia at the historic Trocadero, 1003 Arch Street on Tuesday, September 7.
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top CDs & DvDs
1. Kem ........... “Intimacy” Vol. III ........... (Uni Motown) 2. Jaheim .................. “Another Round” ........... (Atlantic) 3. Rick Ross .............. “Teflon Don” .................. (DefJam) 4. Monica .................... “Still Standing” ..... (J. Records) 5. Fantasia ............. “Back to Me” ................. (J Records) 6. Fat Joe ........................ “Darkside” ................ (DefJam) 7. Roots .............. “How I Got Over” .............. (DefJam) 8. Toni Braxton ....................... Pulse ................. (Atlantic) 9. Erykah Badu ... New Amerykah, Part II ... (UniMtown) 10. Drake ......................“Thank Me Later” .................... (YM) 11. DJ Drama & Meek Mill ........... “Flamerz-3” ....... (215) 12. Trina ................... “Amazin’” ............................... (Uni) 13. Usher ........ “Raymond vs. Raymond” ......... (LaFace) 14. Big Boi ............. “Lucious Left Foot” .......... (DefJam) 15. Res ............. “Black.Girls.Rock!” ............. (The 1 Res) 16. Sade ................ “Soldier of Love” ..................... (Sony) 17. The Dream ................... “Love King” ........... (DefJam) 18. Temptations ............. “Still Here” ................ (Motown) 19. Alicia Keys .. The Element of Freedom ... (J. Records) 20. Bun B. .................. “Trill D.G.” ................ (Rap-a-Lot) 21. Eric Robinson ............. “Music Fan First” .......... (Bes) 22. Maxwell ....... “Black Summer’s Night” ... (Columbia) 23. Mike Phillips ............. “M.P.3.” .......... (Hidden Beach) 24. Roy C. ....“Don’t Let Our Love Die” .... (Three Gems) 25. K’Jon .............. “I Get Around” ................ (Up & Up)
Top gospel CDS & DvDS
1. Marvin Sapp ................. “Here I Am” ............. (Verity) 2. James Fortune & Fiya ..... “Encore” .... (Black Smoke) 3. Fred Hammond .......... “Love Unstoppable” .... (Verity) 4. Shirley Ceasar .... “A City Called Heaven” .... (E1) 5. The Mighty Clouds of Joy ....... “At The Revival” ....... (EMI) 6. WOW ...................... “Hits 2010” ...................... (Verity) 7. Clarence Fountain, Sam Butler & The Boys ... “Stepping Up & Stepping Out .... Word 8. J. Moss ............. “Just James” ............. (PAJAM) 9. Greg O’Quinn ....... “After the Storm” ...... (Pendulum) 10. Israel & New Breed ... “Power of One” .... (Zomba) 11. Donnie McClurkin ....... “Live Detroit” .......... “We All Are One”................ (Verity) 12. Bebe & Cece Winans ..... “Bebe & Cece Winans” ... (B & C) 13. The Whispers ...................... “Thankful” ............. (KR) 14. Byron Butler & Levi .. “Revealed” ... Live in Dallas (EMI) 15. Donald Lawrence & Co. ... “The Law of Confession, Part I” ... (QW) 16. Karen Clark Sheard ........... “All In One” ....... (Karen) 17. Byron Cage .............. “Faithful to Believe” ............. (Verity) 18. Smokie Norful .... “Presents Victory Cathedral Choir” ... (EMI) 19. Brian Courney Wilson ... “Just Love” ... (Music World) 20. Bunny Sigler ..... “The Lord’s Prayer” .... (Bun-Z)
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Continued from previious page the Tea Parties are the first time since the Civil War that ordinary, common Americans stood up for their rights: a statement that erases the normalcy and “Americanness” of blacks in the civil rights struggle, not to mention women in the fight for suffrage and equality, working people in the fight for better working conditions, and LGBT folks as they struggle to be treated as full and equal human beings. And this, my friends, is what white privilege is all
about. The ability to threaten others, to engage in violent and incendiary rhetoric without consequence, to be viewed as patriotic and normal no matter what you do, and never to be feared and despised as people of color would be, if they tried to get away with half the shit we do, on a daily basis. Game Over.
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the US Wise has spoken in 48 states, on over 400 college campuses, and to community groups around the nation. Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has trained physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. His latest book is called Between Barack and a Hard Place.
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Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
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Professor Thomas A. Dorsey, Blessed composer sent to earth from African American Music
Copyright James G. Spady, 2010
"Writing music, playing it and learning things was all a gift to me, and I developed that gift. After I got older, I had to go to some school. Then, as I got to be well known, I got degrees from several schools. They’d just give them to me. And I'd stick them around the walls. They didn't mean that much to me but, you know, they'd help me to get in and out of places. Lots of people know me as just what you called me, Professor. Well, I can live up to that. I often say that, I'm just a blessed thing sent to earth for Black music." ... Thomas A. Dorsey This is how Professor Dorsey described his raison d'etre (reason for being). Sent to earth for Black Music. That is a powerful mission. Sent to this earth to spread gospel music in the twentieth century. It is hard for some to realize just how much Mr. Dorsey's music means to those blessed by the sun. Consider the 1920's and 30's when he moved from the Blues world to help to establish a new genre of African American music known as Gospel. Recently scholarship on the musicological features of this music elucidates the many innovations. This music grew out of the need of transplanted Africans in the new world to express the joy, pain, love and belief of a forward moving people. No matter what vicissitudes they faced, the notion of a better day was ever active. In 2010, when all around you seems to be sinking, Gospel music has the power to help to make things right, to bring about peace in the midst of a storm. Father of Gospel Music Centuries ago, Africans in the U.S.A. coped with an onslaught of evil right here in the wilderness of America. Reigns of terror. Fortunately, they had a gift for song. Sorrow songs. Field hollers. Professor thomas A. Dorsey Moans. Shouts, Blues, Jazz, Ragtime, Barrelhouse music. Their sacred and secular songs were born in a strange land amongst strangers. What kind of people produced Gospel? Who is the 'Father of Gospel"? Although Thomas Dorsey is known as the Father of this music, his 'father' in this gospel world was Rev. Charles H. Tindley, first known composer of the remarkable African American antecedent to Gospel, the Gospel Hymn. How many times have you walked pass Tindley Temple right near South Street on the Avenue of the Arts and never entering the sanctuary bearing the name of the man who composed the first known Gospel Hymn? Young gospel musicians should began their journey in concert at Tindley, honoring both the tradition and the man who laid the foundation. Thomas Dorsey was born in Villa, Rica, Georgia on July 1, 1899. He came from a family where learning had a place equal to music. His grandfather was an early graduate of the Atlanta Baptist College where Dorsey was also formally taught music. Son of a Georgia Country preacher, both of Dorsey's parents played the piano. They encouraged his musical pursuit at an early agee. There was a joint pursuit of sacred and secular. Met Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey and A Group of Powerful Blues Avatars Dorsey describes his contact with Blues World Artists in these words: "I got the chance in my early days to meet many of the stars of that time like Bessie Smith. I knew her. Ma Rainey, I knew her. In fact, I traveled with her. I was her jazz band leader for three sessions on the old TOBA [Theater Owner Booking Association]). The man who booked you, owned you. There were no middlemen. If they wanted to fire you, they fired you and nobody could do anything about it. I became Ma Rainey's jazz band leader and traveled on this circuit for another three years. We played at theaters where I'd sold pop as a boy from eight to ten." Among his other teachers were Eddie Heyward, Sr. and Ed Butler, the house pianist at the '81 Theater" on Decatur Street in Atlanta. You would have to ask Professor Eleanor Traylor about the importance of this venue to African American music. William L. Dawson, the distinguished composer, arranger and former director of the famed Tuskegee Institute Choir that opened Radio City Music Hall in New York City, has compared the '81 Theater to the Apollo in Harlem. Do You Remember Atlanta's "81 Theater"? Thomas Dorsey vividly recalls, " It was at the 81 Theater that I met the legendary Ma Rainey. She and Pa Rainey came to the 81 when I was 12 or 13. I met Bessie Smith there, too. Ma Rainey used to teach Bessie. You know, Bessie grew up around Atlanta and she owed a lot to Ma, who was very generous and kind." The poet, See “African American music” page 11
Clothing God’s Little Children
The members of Saint Matthew A.M.E. Church located at 215 N 57TH Street know there are times when God will put a vision in your spirit to utilize your gifts. Some of the members have gotten together with donations of sewing supplies and utilizing our sewing skills. They have made 83 kids tee shirts and 15 kids skorts and donated them to the Intercultural Family Services, Inc. There is always a need in our community and this is one of the ways that the Saint Matthew A.M.E. Sewing Ministry members If anyone would like to use their sewing gifts we meet every second and fourth Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please come and join us or contact the church at 215-472-4784
Saturday, September 11 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
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Philadelphia Parks & Recreation calendar photo contest
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is announcing a contest for photographers who would like their digital photos included in the official Philadelphia Parks & Recreation 2011 CALENDAR. Calendars are a wonderful way to remind us of the beauty and importance of Parks and Recreation in Philadelphia throughout the year. ANYONE who has taken a digital photo of a Philadelphia Park or Recreation scene is eligible to be published in the 2011 Calendar. The LOVE Gift Shop in the Fairmount Park Welcome Center (1599 John F. Kennedy Boulevard in LOVE Park) will offer the limited edition 2011 Calendars for sale to tourists and the general public. Photo submissions begin 9/6/2010. Here is how the contest works: * Gather your digital photos of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park and/or Recreation Sites: landscapes, wildlife, historic mansions, recreation centers, sports and activities; all digital photos MUST be 300dpi. * Beginning 9/6/10 - Go to www.FAIRMOUNTPARK.org and Click LOVE * Follow the link to register for the Fairmount Park 2011 Calendar Contest. * Photos must be appropriate for all audiences to be considered; Submission deadline is 10/10/10! * Photos will be displayed on our website www.FAIRMOUNTPARK.org Click LOVE for voting. * The top 13 photos (1 for the cover!) will be professionally printed in a limited edition 2011 Calendar and will be available for sale in the Fairmount Park Welcome Center‘s LOVE Shop in early November! * Winning photographers will be credited on the calendar with each caption. NO monetary compensation is offered. ALL photos submitted become the property of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. Winning photographers will be notified by the Marketing & Promotions Office. The Fairmount Park Welcome Center is located at 1599 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102 and is managed in partnership with the Independence Visitors Center Corporation (IVCC). Open Monday through Saturday from 10 – 5, (Sun. till 4) serving tourists, visitors and others with information, tours and tickets four the entire Philadelphia region. The LOVE Shop offers a full line of Philadelphia souvenirs including authentic LOVE Statue reproductions from world famous artist Robert Indiana. For more information call 215-683-0246, or visit us on the web: www.fairmountpark.org Click LOVE
8 - SCOOP U.S.A. - Friday, September 3, 2010
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
Collaborating for a Healthier Philadelphia
by Shari DaCosta
The Community Enrichment Fitness Network, a local health and fitness non-profit, is gaining ground in the battle against obesity through its partnerships. They say it takes a village to raise a child and this is certainly the case for Sherry Hill's "baby" the Community Enrichment Fitness Network. With the collaborative efforts of CEFN’s executive director and founder Hill, community partners and interns from local universities, the non-profit health and fitness (established in 2007) has evolved from simply offering six-week wellness workshops at a few local churches, to actually showing Philadelphians the howto’s of health and fitness on their public access television program “Focus on Fitness.” The show includes an exercise, interview and cooking segments. Like all of CEFN’s initiatives “Focus on Fitness,” which first aired on PhillyCAM in mid-November of 2009, has only come to fruition because of CEFN’s team spirit, grass-roots nature and resourcefulness. “CEFN could not survive without its interns and collaborative partnerships with local universities and community partners... [these] resources…[have placed us]…in a better position to touch more lives with our life changing mission to empower those who want to make a permanent healthy lifestyle change,” Hill said. However, getting their show on air was no easy task. It took them to the front lines eight years ago, as members of the organization testified at City Council meetings and gathered the faith-based community to help Philadelphia get its own public access station. For Gretjen Clausing, PhillyCAM’s executive director, “The collaboration [between CEFN and PhillyCAM] is just one where they have totally taken advantage of…[the] opportunity..[they’ve] been incredibly resourceful…it’s been great for us to show CEFN as a model for producers who are interGretjen Clausing ested in making interPhillyCam’s executive direc- esting program for the tor has been instrumental in channel.” Clausing also said “Focus on Fitness” although there are a number of health shows currently on television, the Hometown Film Festival nominated, “Focus on Fitness”, show standouts because of the variety of the health and fitness experts that appear on the show, particularly those from the African-American community. She also attributed their success to their thriving community presence and the participation of various other community members. One community member that has contributed to CEFN’s on-air and off-air success is Linda Taylor of Taylor's Wholesome Foods Workshops. Taylor, who served as the chef for the show’s first season, attributed the show’s success to its focus on healthy alternatives that are easy, doable and fun. See “A healthier Philadelphia” page 10
The Community Enrichment Fitness Network crew gathers after rapping up shooting of a season one episode of “Focus on Fitness” at Temple University’s Fitness Center. Some past and present CEFN contributors include (from back left to right) Kishia White, Tiffany Fennell-Turner, Stephanie Curry, Alan McBee, Christopher Poole, Alan McBee, Shantiska Vinson, Lugenia Ricks, Rev. Jesse Brown, Sherry Hill, Dr. Michael Brown, Tim Jimenez, photo Rev. Jesse Brown and David Ricks, III
1st Annual Caribbean Fashion weekend
Movie goers were treated to a "Taste of the Caribbean" Sunday afternoon. Models pose near the end of the fashion show at the Pearl Theatre at the Avenue North (Broad & Oxford Avenue-Temple University). Caribbean Restaurants throughout the Greater Delaware Valley participated to help provide more flavor to the 1st of this Annual Affair. This weekend is sponsored by the Miss Caribbean US Scholarship Pageant, which is in it's 10th year and was presented a citation from the city.
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Scenes from the recently held social event entitled “Sweeping Out the Summer and Falling into the Fall” hosted by Ruth Sizemore, pictured here with some of her guests.
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
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Thousands attend Community event to pay tribute to South Philadelphia leaders
State Representative Kenyatta Johnson hosted his 2nd Annual Community Appreciation Day on Saturday, August 28, to recognize individuals making positive contributions in the community. More than 1,000 came out to celebrate community leaders while enjoying a festive atmosphere of food, fun and entertainment. Those being honored included WDAS’ Patty Jackson and the Intruders, both are proud South Philadelphian who were recognized with the South Philadelphia Living Legends Award. Rep. Johnson, D-Philadelphia, pledged to represent the positive change the community desired and remains committed to advocating on behalf of the constituents he serves. “This was an opportunity for the community to come together and celebrate each other and our accomplishments,” Johnson states. “We recognized 18 individuals and organizations who are all serving their communities in a positive way.” Also honored was Ziainey Z. Stokes, an 11 year-old who has created a peer mediation program to prevent bullying and the negative effects it has on victims, as well as community activist Michael Coard, Esq. Special guests in attendance included Mayor Michael Nutter, Gubernatorial Candidate Dan Onorato, Senatorial Candidate Congressman Joe Sestak, and Rep. Dwight Evans. Over 1,000 community members attend this year’s festival.
Shown above Rep. Kenyatta johnson, Congressman joe Sestak, and Rep. Michelle Brown, (right) Rep. Kenyatta johnson, Patty jackson, and gubernatorial Candidate Dan Onorato, (below) Rep. Keynatta johnson and Michael Coard, Esq.
Unsung Hero and Unsung Shero
Local Couple Honored for Volunteer Service
(Left to Right) Wali Smith and Kathleen Coleman-Smith were recently recognized for their years of volunteer service.
“McDonald’s taught me valuable life lessons, provided me opportunities to “McDonald’s provided not only exceed my own expectations, but to act as an inspiration to others.”
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Question: I can’t find my Social Security card. How can I get a new one? Answer: First, consider whether you really need a new card. You need to apply for a replacement Social Security card only if you don't know your Social Security number or, if you need to show your card to a new employer. If you decide that you do need a card, you can replace it for free in three easy steps. Step 1: Complete an Application For a Social Security Card (Form SS-5) Step 2: Show us documents proving your: Identity; and U.S. citizenship or immigration status. Step 3: Take your completed application and original documents to your local Social Security office or your local Social Security Card Center. You’ll receive your replacement card in about 10 to 15 days. for when you apply for SSI. Even if you do not have all of the things listed below, apply anyway. The people in the Social Security office can help you get whatever you need. You will need: Your Social Security number; Your birth certificate or other proof of your age; Information about the home where you live, such as your mortgage or your lease and landlord’s name; Payroll slips, bank books, insurance policies, burial fund records, and other information about your income and the things you own; The names, addresses and telephone numbers of doctors, hospitals, and clinics that you have been to, if you are applying for SSI because you are disabled or blind; and Proof of U.S. citizenship or eligible noncitizen status. If you have a bank or financial institution account, you should have the account number available so we can have your benefits deposited directly into your account. Question: My application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) was recently denied. Can I appeal the decision? Answer: If you disagree with a decision made on your claim, you can appeal it. The steps you can take are explained in our online publication, Your Right To Question A Decision Made On Your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Claim, available at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/11008.html. Also, you have the right to be represented by an attorney or other qualified person of your choice. Now, you can request your appeal online. Simply visit the online services page at www.socialsecurity.gov/onlineservices. Then select the “Appeal a decision” link and follow the simple instructions. Question: What is the difference between the disability application and the disability report? Do I have to complete both? Answer: Yes, you will need to complete both when you apply for disability benefits. To receive Social Security disability benefits, you must file a disability application. A disability report provides information about your current physical or mental condition and we need this to process your disability application. You should complete a disability application, a disability report, and an authorization to release medical records to file a claim for disability benefits. Question: How do I know if I have enough work to get Social Security disability benefits? Answer: To get benefits, you must have worked long enough — and recently enough — under Social
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Black History September 10-11, 2010
2001-The ﬁrst black lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court ws John S. Rock of Massachusetts, who was certiﬁed by the court on February 1, 1865. 1976-Death of Mordecai Johnson (86), ﬁrst Black president of Howard University, in Washington. 1973-A commemorative stamp is issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor Henry Ossawa Tanner, the ﬁrst African American artist elected to the National Academy of Design 1965-Father Divine, born George Baker, dies in Philadelphia. 1962-Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black vacated an order of a lower court, ruling that the University of Mississippi had to admit James H. Meredith, a Black Air Force veteran whose application for admission had been on ﬁle and in the courts for fourteen months. 1961-Jomo Kenyatta returns to Kenya from exile to lead his country 1956-Louisville, Ky., public schools integrated. 1930-Charles E. Mitchell, certiﬁed public accountant and banker from West Virginia, named minister to Liberia. 1913-George W. Buckner, a physician from Indiana, named minister to Liberia 1913-Cleveland Call & Post established. 1913-Fifty-one Blacks reported lynched in 1913. 1847-John Roy Lynch, served in the 43rd, 44th, and 47th Congresses representing the State of Mississippi as a Republican, born. He also presided as a temporary chairman over the Republican National Convention of 1884 and was the ﬁrst African American to deliver the keynote address. September 11th 1977-Quincy Jones wins an Emmy for musical composition for the miniseries Roots. It is one of nine Emmys for the series, an unprecedented number 1974-Haile Selassie I is deposed from the Ethiopian throne. 1962-Two youths involved in voter registration drive in Mississippi were wounded by shotgun blasts ﬁred through the window of a home in Ruleville. James Forman, of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), asked the president to "convene a special White House Conference to discuss means of stopping the wave of terror sweeping through the South, especially where SNCC is working on voter registration. 1959-"Duke" Ellington get's the Spingarn Medal for his musicial acheivements 1953-J.H. Jackson, pastor of Olivet Baptist Church, Chicago, elected president of the National Baptist Convention at Miami meeting. 1943-Lola Falana, dancer, born 1923-Charles Evers, brother of Medgar, Mayor of Fayette Miss. (elected 1969), born 1885-Moses A. Hopkins, minister and educator, named minister to Liberia. 1851-Blacks routed a band of slavecatchers attempting on reenslaving escaped slaves in Christiana, Pennsylvania. One white was killed and one wounded. 1740-An issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette reports on a Negro named Simon who reportedly can "bleed and draw teeth." It is the ﬁrst mention of an African American doctor or dentist in the Colonies.
Question: How can I calculate my own retirement benefit estimate? Answer: We suggest you use our Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator. Our Retirement Estimator produces estimates based on your actual Social Security earnings record, so it's a personalized, instant picture of your future estimated benefit. Also, you can use it to test different retirement scenarios based on what age you decide to start benefits. For example, you can find out your estimated monthly payments if you retire at age 62 or at age 70. You also can use our benefit calculators at www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/calculators.htm and use the earnings shown on your annual Social Security Statement to calculate estimates. Question: How do I earn a Social Security credit? Answer: A "Social Security credit" (sometimes referred to as a "quarter of coverage") is the measure of a person's work under the Social Security program. The amount needed for a credit increases automatically each year as average wages increase. For 2010, workers receive one credit for each $1,120 of earnings. For 2009, the amount of earnings for one credit was $1,090. A worker can receive a maximum of four credits for any year. Generally, you need 40 credits to be eligible for retirement benefits. Question: What information do I need to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? Answer: Here are some of the things we will ask
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The certified holistic health counselor and holistic wellness food consultant also said she was “happy to be a small part of this wonderful organization.” Another community partner Dr. Michael Brown of Temple University said, “The partnership between…[his] Fit4Life Program and CEFN has been wonderful because it capitalizes on…[their] respective strengths…[his] program provides a structure and a venue for [CEFN] events… [and] overall [their] mission is the same, to improve the health and wellbeing of the community.” Another Temple University partnership includes Dr. Gary Foster, director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education, who has not only served as a guest for the program but has also collaborated with CEFN at health fairs and other programs. The Obesity Center has also partnered with CEFN’s Fit Kids4Life program, a division of the non-profit aimed at combating childhood obesity. Dr. Foster who has partnered with CEFN for the past two years said, “They [CEFN] are very creative…they are always thinking about next steps…and how they can be a value to the community around a set of serious public health issues like diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.” Not only has CEFN been able to produce quality programming and programs because of the efforts of health professionals, but also with the help of university interns. CEFN’s interns hail from schools such as Temple University and Drexel University. These interns have served as video editors, public relations assistant, television production assistants and consultants. The collaboration has provided these interns invaluable hands-on experience for their future career. Temple University alumnus David Ricks, who served as “Focus on Fitness” director for the show’s first three seasons said, “As a filmmaker your knowledge is based off of what you can do. You can’t gain that knowledge just by reading a book or somebody telling you how to do it…[instead] [t]he hands on experience just cultivate[s] your skills.” The hands-on experience at CEFN has since helped Ricks develop his own production company Parobania Media and South 9 Entertainment, which he runs with a few associates. He has also produced music videos airing on MTV and filmed the short film “Acceptance.” Ricks is also in the process of writing a feature film. Although CEFN has been able to help interns like Ricks in establishing their career, while building a community around their show and their other wellness initiatives, the organization still has a ways to go. Hill said one of the major challenges faced by the organization is a lack of funding. She would like to raise funds to rent office space and hire someone to manage the organization’s website and run some of their health and fitness programs. Hill is excited about CEFN hosting its first annual Focus on Fitness Community Day event on, Saturday, Oct. 2, 10am- 3pm at the Holy Spirit Church, 1268 Robbins Ave., located in Northeast Philadelphia. “It’s an opportunity to showcase and recognize the talented and gifted guests that have appeared on the show and to increase community awareness of the TV show. The community will have an opportunity to engage in some fun and interactive exercise demos and sample some of the foods and drinks from the chefs who have appeared on the show. We have a powerful message to share with others about the importance of making a permanent life style change. It is our hope that that the community will embrace it and spread it to their friends and family members.” Hill said. For more information about CEFN’s Focus on Fitness Community Day event, call 215-858-4957 or visit www.cefn.org. Upcoming CEFN Event What: Focus on Fitness Community Day; Where: Holy Spirit Church at 1268 Robbins Ave.; Why: Health and Fitness Community Day; Time 10am-3pm; Admission: Free
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they bite. For such tiny insects, they certainly can cause a lot of discomfort! Fortunately there are a number of different ant bites treatment options available, many of which are completely natural. Sometimes, natural insect bites treatment methods are the best. After all, with ant bites, bee stings, or any other type of insect bites, it typically happens at home, and you may not have time to go running to the store to get some relief. The ant bites treatment options listed below are completely natural, comprised of items you likely just have lying around the house! #1: Fruits and Vegetables - That is something of a catch all cure, because there are quite a few fruits and vegetables which can be helpful with ant bites or at least their extracts and juices can be beneficial. For instance, you can put lemon juice, straight, onto the bite of an ant. The acidity can neutralize and counteract the acid found in the bite. Similarly, a poultice made from lemon balm its leaves, crushed and water can soothe the bite of an ant. You can also simply place a slice of cool cucumber onto your ant bite. Likewise, you can cut a clove of garlic or an onion and place it on the site of your bite. Then, after you have done so, squeeze on some cucumber juice for added soothing. #2: Aloe Vera - Aloe Vera is used in a number of insect bites treatment methods actually, it is also beneficial with a number of general painful skin conditions, such as sunburns and rashes. It can help with bee stings and bites from those pesky little ants. The juice of the plant in particular is soothing. All you need to do is cut one of the plant’s leaves open and then squeeze the juice out onto your bite. You can also get the gel from the plant, which will draw out any lingering infection. #3: Baking Soda - Making a paste out of baking soda and water is probably the most common and well known ant bites treatment. Literally all you have to do
Some types of ants, like fire ants, are venomous. Ant bites and stings are typically painful and result in a red skin bump. Fire ants bite first to hold on and then sting. Fire ant stings produce a sharp pain and a burning sensation and result in a white, fluid-filled pustule or blister a day or two after the sting, lasting from three to eight days. There may also be itchiness, redness, and swelling at the site. Carpenter ants bite and, although they are not venomous, they spray formic acid into the bite, which causes a burning feeling. Unlike many other ants, fire ants do not really bite, they sting. But then, neither do mosquitoes and we call those bites, too. The fire ant will bite with its pinchers, but that is only to get a tight grip on you. Then they sting you from their abdomen and inject a toxic alkaloid venom called solenopsin. One welt can be the result of ten stings. They hold on with their pinchers and turn a circle, stinging you all around it. This can result in a pea sized welt. They can then move to a different area and continue stinging you. About 40% of people in infested areas, or more than 20 million, are bitten each year by fire ants. Scrub and massage the area with soap and warm water. If you can, try applying either of the best five ant bite remedies we have found, or one of the home remedies mentioned below. The fire ant toxins are 95 percent non-water soluble, so washing with water is only going to be marginally effective. Instead, we suggest vigorously massaging, but not scratching, the bite with anything that will neutralize the venom. You want to flush out as much of the toxins as possible. Scratching is the wrong thing to do. It brings blood to the area. Then the venom can spread to tissue that is not damaged, resulting in more pain. Ants are annoying little critters – except for when
is make a paste, and then apply it directly to your bite. In addition to dealing with the pain, it will also make the wound itch less. As many of us know, this is also a preferred treatment option for bee stings. #4: Clay - Mixing clay and water is also an effective ant bites treatment. All you have to do is make a paste of water and clay and spread it directly on the site of your ant bite. It will soothe the pain and burn of the bite. It will also relieve the itching. #5: Tea Bags - As mentioned, the bite of the ant is quite acidic. Tea or, more correctly, tea bags is another effective ant bites treatment which works to neutralize that acid. Tea contains tannic acid, which works as the neutralizer. Most people say that black tea works best. All you have to do is place the tea bag against the bite.
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Continued from page 7 music critic and critical essayist, Professor Sterling A. Brown of Howard University witnessed performances by both Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. He discussed these and other artists in the volume, Sterling A. Brown: A Umum Tribute. Brown says of Ma, 'When she opened her mouth she didn't have to sing a word, she would just moan and groan, and the audience would groan with her. She had the greatest rapport with the audience. I heard Bessie Smith many times-- Bessie was the Empress of the Blues. Bessie had a great voice, the acoustical arrangements for her records were better. Nevertheless, Ma Rainey was the Mother of the Blues and a tremendous figure." How ironic, the Mother of the Blues, Ma Rainey' had the Father of Gospel, Thomas Dorsey, as her pianist for three years. Is it any wonder that The Blues and Gospel share musicological features? Spirit moving in and out. I told Jesus it would be alright if he changed my name. Name changing ceremony. Spirit changes. Dorsey had been sent to this earth for Black Music. But was it the Blues that would change his weary mind. Suddenly, a change, chains unleashed. Change. Mr. Dorsey goes back to his experiences as a 12 year old doing his first religious composition after hearing a sermon by Billy Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia. He recalls what shook his foundation and released other aspects of his creative spirit: " At the National Baptist Convention there was an evangelistic singer named Professor Nicks. He was great! One Sunday morning he rose and sang a song, "I Do, Don't You." Maybe some of you know it. He rocked that convention: shouts, moans, hollers, screaming. I said to myself, "That's what I want to do. That's good gospel and I want t be a gospel singer. That's where I first got the gospel word and I was converted at that meeting. I was profoundly impressed with what he sang. I wrote a song then and there, that week, for the Gospel Pearl, a song book which may still be distributed by the National School Board of the National Baptist Convention. It's on page 110. I never got the royalties for it. I just let them have it." Precious Lord Born Out of Pain and Sorrow At the time Mr. Dorsey played the Blueeeeeeeeeeeeeesss, he was known as "Georgia
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“Apply thine heart unto instruction and thine ears to ceptionalize, rationalize, the words of knowledge” research as well as obtain, Proverbs 23:12 keep and respond to many bits of information. Since the beginning of Yes, my brother and sisters, go to school, get all you humanity the need for can and remember when you cheat, you’re only cheating gaining knowledge has yourself. For those of you who came out of school for been a never ending quest. some reason or another, the same way you “Dropped Many scholars refer to Out” is the same way you should “Drop Back-In!” Let knowledge as light me also say, that it is good to be a basketball, baseball, because light helps us to football or track star, but you still need a good educasee in darkness. To gain tion. You still need a good education because you knowledge is to educate the mind. Education is very important for survival here in America. So important that during slavery, the slaves were not educated in order to keep to keep them behind and in the “Dark”. You see, one without an education is very limited in ability to perform jobs that use the mind instead of muscle. With the help SEPTEMBER IS FAMILY LITERACY MONTH of many Americans, Black and White, our education AT CROZER LIBRARY system has grown to be a good system for all who really Crozer Library will be celebrating Family Literacy want to learn. School systems came into existence durMonth this September. Studies have shown that reading the Industrial Revolution with a purpose of developing with your children is an ideal way to encourage ing and educating Americans efficiently to produce. The early literacy and makes a real difference in your process in which a school is operated is the same as a child's success in school and in life. Getting the best business, supply and demand. Where there is a need for for your family doesn't have to cost a lot of money: it knowledge in a certain area, the school in order to funccan be as simple as spending some quality time at tion effectively must supply that knowledge to meet that your local library! The J. Lewis Crozer Library in demand. Chester is where learning starts with a variety of free Now this brings us to my main point and that is, if we do not use our educational system to its fullest, we will programs and services to encourage literacy. be like lost sheep. The knowledge of humanity is rapidSpecial programs during September include a ly growing and changing, so in order for us to keep up Pajama Storytime for children ages 3-6 on Monday we must continue to educate ourselves. With a good, evening, September 20th at 6:30p.m. Children ages 7well-rounded education we will be able to think, con12 can participate in Storytelling on Wednesday,
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I-95 & Concord Rd - Chester, PA -(610) 485-4III FRiDAy ~ 9 p.m. until BiRthDAy PARty -for- tAMMy SAtURDAy ~ 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. ~ BiRthDAy PARty -for- SUNDRA and from 9 p.m. until BiRthDAy PARty -for- MARgE SUNDAy, SEPtEMBER 12 ~ 1 p.m. ~ BELAtED FAthER’S DAy PARADE At thE WiLSON CENtER and from 8 p.m. until LivE ENtERtAiNMENt with “the BLiND DAtE BAND” featuring “BRiAN PARR” -and- “LADy jAZZ”
501 E. 7th St. Chester, PA 610- 872-4230
Monday thru thursday happy hour 4-6 pm MONDAy - WiNg NitE - 7 p.m. until tuesday ~ MEN’S NitE OUt Wednesday - POt LUCK - 9 p.m. until thursday SUMMER BREEZE Night with Summer Breeze Drinks ~ 6 p.m. until and OPEN MiC w Food, Fun, Music, Prizes Friday - FUN FRiDAyS with Dj Squeeze Saturday ~ 9 pm until ~ Dj Bang & Freeze
FRiDAy & SAtURDAy NitE ~ DiSCO with Dj SWURv Every tUESDAy ~ KARAOKE with MR. MELODy ~ 9 p.m. until EvERy WEDNESDAy ~ 7 to 10 p.m. POOL PLAyERS’ NitE FREE POOL hosted by gege ~ Light Refreshments thURSDAy ~ 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Boots & Bonnets’ POOL tEAM PLAyS FRiDAy ~ hAPPy hOUR ~ 6 to 8 p.m.
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KITCHEN OPEN Mon. - Wed. 4 pm to midnite: Thurs. - Sun. 4 pm to 2 a.m.
good southern cooked, delicious foods for lunch and dinner such as ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers and fish sandwiches. Weekly specials that include mac and cheese, fresh cooked cabbage, greens and our delicious fried, baked and rotisserie chicken ... and now we have CAJuN CRABS!!! CRABS
Reach One, Teach One
14 -SCOOP U.S.A. - Friday, September 10, 2010
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
It’s back to School time at Crozer Library
J. Lewis Crozer Library offers free educational and entertaining programs for the whole family to enjoy. All programs are free; registration at (610) 494-3454. Crozer Library is forming an Indoor Walking Club for adults of all ages! Don’t worry about the weather—we’ll complete walking fitness videos on our big screen TV! Beginning Monday, September 13th, join us each week on either or both days: Mondays at 1:00p.m. and Wednesdays at 11:00a.m. Workouts will last 45 minutes to one hour. Please wear sneakers and loose clothing and check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. Join us on Tuesday, September 14th at 6:00p.m. for a Money Management Workshop that will teach you how to live on your income and achieve your financial goals. Learn about budgeting tools, spending plans, and how to manage unexpected expenses. Generously provided by the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Delaware Valley. On Tuesday, September 21st at 6:30p.m., a representative from PECO Energy will educate us about upcoming pricing changes. Also find out how to lower your electricity bill by being more energy efficient. Provided by PECO: An Exelon Company. Celebrate literacy and education on Thursday, September 23rd from 6:00-7:30p.m. during Back to School Night. A presentation on “Internet Predators and Cyberbullying” will be held for parents and educators. Back to School Night will also feature the unveiling of the library's new children’s listening center for reluctant readers. There will be free giveaways, library tours, and fun and games for the entire family. Learn about the candidates at a Voter Information Session on Tuesday, September 28th at 6:30p.m. Receive unbiased information about the candidates in this year’s election, including the governor’s race. Participants will be able to register to vote at this session. Generously provided by the League of Women Voters of Delaware County. Crozer Library is located at 620 Engle Street in Chester. Registration is required at (610) 494-3454.
Party time with Frank
A Party of Parties will be staged on Friday, September 10 honoring FRANK “the Boss” Morianni’s”. the party will start at 2 p.m. inside on the lawn at 6 p.m. with live entertainment by Kellair & Friends. See val for more details. See ad on page 13.
Ask Mr. Robinson
Contined from page 10 Security to qualify for disability benefits. Social Security work credits are based on your total yearly wages or self-employment income. You can earn up to four credits each year. The amount needed for a credit changes from year to year. In 2010, for example, you earn one credit for each $1,120 of wages or selfemployment income. When you have earned $4,480, you've earned your four credits for the year. The number of work credits you need to qualify for disability benefits depends on your age when you become disabled. Generally, you need 40 credits, 20 of which you earned in the last 10 years, ending with the year
you become disabled. However, younger workers may qualify with fewer credits. Question: I am applying for Extra Help with prescription drug costs. Can state agencies help with my Medicare costs? Answer: Beginning January 1, 2011, when you file your application for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs, you also can start your application process for the Medicare Savings Programs — state programs that provide help with other Medicare costs. When you apply for Extra Help, Social Security will send information to your state unless you tell us not to on the application. Your state will contact you to help you apply for a Medicare Savings Program. Learn more about how Social Security can provide Extra Help with your Medicare prescription drug costs by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/prescriptionhelp. Opportunities of a lifetime must be seized during the lifetime of the Opportunity
WESTEND COCKTAIL LOUNGE
2701 W. 3rd St. Chester - 610-497-9037 Monday ~ MEN’S NitE Rico’s, Bennnie’s & Sporty’s tuesday ~ 6 to 10 p.m. ~ COCKtAiLS (Mixed Drinks) Wednesday ~ LADiES NitE Rico’s, Bennnie’s & Sporty’s thursday ~ POOL NitE Friday ~ hAPPy hOUR + Fish & Chips Saturday ~ 6 to 10 p.m. ~ $2.00 Beers Nips & 40’s excluded Sunday ~ PiNOChLE DAy(Double Deck)
If you can play, then come our way!!
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Restaurant & Bar
Charles Horsey Post 300
1101 W. 7th Street Chester, 610-872-2751
Restaurant & Bar
520 Edgemont Avenue Chester, PA w 610-872-8899
KitChEN OPEN 7 DAyS A WEEK Monday-Saturday 1:30 p.m. - 1:30 a.m. Sunday 5 p.m. - 1:30 a.m.
700 W. 2nd Street, Chester, PA
Corner of Rt. 291 & Kerlin Street WE HAVE An ATM INSIDE BAR
LAtiN Night Every Monday Night 7 pm until 1 am ~ Dancing, Drinking and Latin Music ~ host Dj “LADy j”
KAROAKE every THURSDAY 6-9 Every FRIDAY, After Work Party 5-9
Members must have membership card with them all the time to drink. Everyone must be 30 years old NOW OPEN ON MONDAYS OPEN: Mon., Tues., Wed. 3 to 11 p.m. Thurs. 12 noon to 12 midnite w Friday 12 noon to 2 a.m. Sat. 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. w Sun. 8 a.m. to midnite
Big Birthday Party for Ms. Mookie Friday Sept. 10 ~ 9 pm till 2 am Double BiRthDAy PARty -for- RAShEDA & CELEStE Saturday, Sept. 11 ~ 3 pm till 9 pm Fun Food Music the Breakfast Club is back ~ Saturday Morning from Sept. 18 7 7 a.m. til 1 p.m. Welcome the Emergency team and friends Free Breakfast, Dj Music Annual Free Rollers Day Saturday Matinee Sept. 18th ~ 3 to 9 p.m.
All Bikers & Friends Welcome ~ Fun, Food Music
531 Avenue of the States Chester, PA 610-872-0789 All Styles & Fashions CLOthiNg & FOOtWEAR
CUStOMER APPRECiAtiON DAy MS. ChARLENE “hAPPy PEOPLE” Friday, September 10 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Food, Music, Fun “Come Dance Wit Me” OLD SChOOL MAtiNEE SAtURDAy, OCt. 16
3 to 9 p.m. Come out and share the memories with the Originals of yesteryear Food ~ Fun ~ Music
Dj SQUEEZE ~ OLDiES BUt gOODiES
BIG SALE TEE SHIRTS
All Star Barber Shop
tattoo Parlor & Spa (hands & Feet) - Open 7 days
Every tuesday Nite ~ 7 to 11 p.m. All BOttOM & MiDDLE ShELF $2.00 per drink Domestic Beer $2.00 Reduced Prices for imported Beer and Nips
Contact Stan: 267-586-4714 or Ray Ray: 215-600-9445
tUESDAy ~ OPEN MiC with jAMiE Dj SQUEEZE ~ WEt & WiLD Come and Enjoy ~ 6 p.m. until WEDNESDAy ~ BALLOON NitE with MA MA & Dj RUDy ~ 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. thURSDAy ~ APA POOL NitE with iSh
OPEN 7 DAyS A WEEK Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. l SMOKiNg PERMittED iNSiDE BAR l WE hAvE An AtM iNSiDE BAR w PARtiES FREE w
Roger’s RAiNBOW iNN
6th & Kerlin Sts. Chester, PA (610) 874 - 1777
hAPPy hOUR ~ 5 to 7 p.m. MONDAy - WEDNESDAy - FRiDAy EvERy thURSDAy NitE 9 p.m. until with “Dj Q” FRiDAy NitE 80’s & 90’s hip hop with “Dj BANg” SAtURDAy NitE hot New Music with “Dj Q” SUNDAy NitE OPEN MiC with Dj “LADy j”
it’s Back ... FRiDAy BUFFEt
5 to 7 p.m. ~ Must Buy at least 1 Drink to get a ticket for Food ~ No take-Outs
Our Staff Serving: Ashley, Bebe, Bernard, Julie, Larry, Katrice, Rose, Sue, Sheedah, Yolonda, Yvonne
House DJ. Dr. Boogie & Crew Kitchen Staff Darlene, Monte & Juice Security Staff -Dayton, Jack, Nodie, Steve & Devin Manager Blinky
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Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
SCOOP USA - Friday, September 10, 2010
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F LEA M ARKET Second Treasures Flea Market and the West Mill Creek Association are organizing a community flea market in the West Philadelphia section of the city. Flea markets are excellent opportunities for people to make some extra cash selling new and used products. Many items are significantly less than the department stores. The Community Flea Market will be held every Saturday at 5200 Wyalusing Avenue (on the tennis courts) from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Spaces are available for vendors and licensed food vendors. For more information contact Mrs. Lee at 267-278-1142. ******** D IAMOND S TREET F ESTIVAL Celebrate the Community at the Second Annual Diamond Street Festival on Saturday, September 11 from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Vendors call 215-806-8891 to register. The Festival will be held from 23rd and Diamond to 23rd and Norris Sts. Flea Market from 23rd & Crosky to 23rd & Page Sts. ******** M ISS B LACK P ENNSYLVANIA TO MAKE S PECIAL A PPEARANCE AT C OMMUNITY H EALTH FAIR Saturday, September 11, 2010, Miss Black Pennsylvania USA 2010, Ms. Valerie Moore will make a special appearance and give greetings at "Healthy and Safe Community Fair", Laura Sims Skate House in Cobbs Creek Park, 63rd and Walnut Streets. Free event from 10 a.m.- 3 .m. will feature for the entire family - health screenings, information exhibits, nutritious food demonstration, healthy snacks "biggest loser" Challenge, chair massages and give-aways. For information: 215-685-1995 ******** S TART S MART - S TAY S MART Saturday, September 11 at 11:00 a.m., Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 East Haines Street in Germantown, will host the 5th annual Start Smart event for students in grades K-12. Enjoy inspirational speakers, poets from the HBA special, “Brave New Voices”, workshops for parents, a career roundtable for middle and senior high high school students, activities for the youth, refreshments and distribution of book bags filled with school supplies. This is a free event open to the community. For more information call 215-844-954. ******** T RANESTOP 15 TH C OMMUNITY J AZZ C ONCERT The Tranestop 15th Community Jazz Concertfeaturing a Tribute to Wes Montgomery will be held on Sunday, September 12 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Felicia’s Gardens, 500 E. Washington Lane. Musicians will include: Monette Sudler & The Full House Quintet; Khan Jamal with Vocalist Lauren Lark and introducing “Horns4Guns-P.R.I.S.I.M.” Youth Ensemble. Refreshments and T-shirls available for purchase. No recording devices permitted. For information call: 215-438-3178, fax: 215-438-5704 or email
Thetranestop@comcast.net. ******** W OMEN OF FAITH AND H OPE , I NC . B REAST C ANCER S ELF H ELP S UPPORT G ROUP M EETINGS Women of Faith and Hope, Inc. Breast Cancer Self Help Support Group Meetings will be held on the following dates: Thursday, September 9, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Canaan Baptist Church, 5430 Pulaski Avenue, Phila., PA 19144. On street parking; Monday, September 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Mercy Philadelphia Hospital, 501 South 54th St., Administrative Conference Room, 1st Fl., Phila., PA 19143; Monday, September 20, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Center in the Park, 5818 Germantown Ave., Wellness CenterLower level, Phila., PA 19144. Parking lot on McCallum St.; Saturday, September 25, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Jones Memorial Baptist Church, 20th and Dauphin Sts., Sanctuary, Phila., PA 19132. On street parking. ******** C HILDHOOD O BESITY W ORKSHOP Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Quaker City Alumnae Chapter presents a Free Workshop, Childhood Obesity, A National Initiative on Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. until 12 noon at Charles Audenreid High School, 3001 Tasket Street. Join us for this educational seminar as experts discuss The Childhood Obesity Crisis; Obesity and its consequences, Nutrition and Meal Planning, Physical Activity and Good Health. The event is FREE and open to the public. For more information contact: Florence Oliver at 215-843-3375 or adeltagirl1969 @aol.com. ******** A SSOCIATED S ERVICES FOR THE B LIND Saturday, September 18 at 3 pm, come and enjoy a spectacular, uplifting gospel concert at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church, 47 East Haines Street, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Join Inspirational Hour Ministries from Associated Services for the Blind and be inspired by The Nevaleers Choir, The Inspiration Hour Ministry Choir, poetry by Anwar Jabari Johnson and remarks from our pastor, the Rev. Dr. Andrew L. Foster III. A free will offering will benefit the children of clients of Associated Services for the Blind. For information, call the
church at 215 844 9564. Meet us at Janes, 47 East Haines street, Saturday, Sept 18th at 3! ******** S TREET G AMES Professional and Olympic athletes, community groups and elected officials join thousands of youth and their parents to play "old school" neighborhood games such as dodge ball, relay races, and double dutch rope! STREET GAMES(TM) is a free health & fitness festival on Saturday, Sept, 18 at 11 am to be held at ParkWest Town Center, 52nd and Jefferson Streets in Philadelphia. The event includes ACHIEVEability's Healthy Minds & Bodies Festival where attendees can get free health screenings and information on nutrition and academic enrichment programs. The day of games wraps up with a free concert at 3pm featuring national and local inspirational artists and performers. ******** S MALL B USINESS L OAN S EMINAR Understanding the process of applying for a Small Business Administration (SBA) Loan can mean the difference between getting the loan and being turned down. Come join Joseph and Pat Massengale of Spirit Financial Group as they conduct a workshop in which attendees will learn about the process involved in securing a SBA loan for their small business; including eligibility for such loans. Loans range from $5,000 to $50,000 and are available for new and existing businesses. Funds may be used to expand, purchase inventory or equipment, cover marketing cost and improve or increase the workforce. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn more! The program will be held on Saturday, September 18 at 2:00 p.m. at Lucien E. Blackwell West Philadelphia Regional Library 125 South 52nd Street, Phila., PA 19139 (corner of 52nd & Sansom Streets). For information call 215-685-7433.
by Judy Renay
mercury goes direct in Virgo Sunday 6:09pm E.S.T Pluto goes direct in Capricorn monday 11:37pm E.S.T mars enters Scorpio Tuesday 5:38pm E.S.T Opportunity Knocks Thursday 3:35am to Saturday 12:04am E.S.T
GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
Wednesday Sept. 1 thursday Sept. 2 Friday Sept. 3 Saturday Sept. 4 Sunday Sept. 5 Monday Sept. 6 tuesday Sept. 7
ARiES - March 21- April 19
Judgement is keen regarding finances and shopping concerns. Buying and selling of property could be successful now. Best numbers for you are 9 and 3.
155 560 282 397 358 331 783 218 025 081 150 425 621 229
tAURUS - April 20 - May 20
Feelings about connections with siblings are intense. Getting your point across seems like a breeze. It’s a good time to make travel plans. Best numbers for you are 8 and 6.
007 526 355 684 470 727 120 415 143 646 974 529 391 226 604 804 721 577
gEMiNi - May 21 - june 21
Creative work is especially favored and understandings with others will be easily reached. Make a priority of getting more fun out of life. Best numbers for you are 6 and 2.
CANCER - june 22 - july 22
You may receive a wonderful unexpected gift from someone with authority. Romance has its ups and downs, it may be time to meet others halfway. Best numbers for you are 3 and 1.
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LEO - july 23 - August 22
Thinking about home improvement or making important decisions with partners about joint assets are favored now. What about investing in art or collectables? Best numbers are 7 and 4.
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viRgO - August 23 - September 22
Quality time spent with family will prove rewarding. You may also decide to redecorate and in the process get rid of household clutter. Best numbers for you are 5 and 8.
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LiBRA - September 23 - October 22
Feedback from a friend will help you succeed at something close to your heart. If single, you could be swept away by a new romantic interest. Best numbers for you are 2 and 1.
SCORPiO - October 23 - November 21
You will reach a new understanding in an important relationship, so don’t let things interfere with relationship harmony. Best numbers for you are 7 and 0.
SAgittARiUS - November 22 - Dececember 21
There will be indications of major turning points in your career. So send out resumes and schedule appointments with clients and prospective employers. Best numbers are 4 and 5.
CAPRiCORN - December 22 - january 19
This is an excellent time to complete projects. Behind the scene development in business will be to your advantage. Best numbers for you are 0 and 3.
AQUARiUS - january 20 - February 18
Efforts to get ahead will meet with some success when you receive a promotion or get a new job. Best numbers for you are 6 and 9.
PiSCES - February 19 - March 20
A new money making idea is likely to come to mind, but watch the urge to spend extravagantly. Best numbers for you are 5 and 1.
An enjoyable nite down Memory Lane at Bobby Clark’s - “Here It Is Lounge” in North Philly -- where many still hang. photo scoop files NOTE: All repo’s of memory Lane pictures are available, call SCOOP at 215-232-5974.
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16 -SCOOP U.S.A. - Friday, September 10, 2010
Celebrating our 50th Anniversary
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