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Comedic Icon Enters Immortality Sun, 20 Aug 2017 13:15:06 +0000
  • Dick Gregory’s Legacy To World Will Always Tells It Like It Is
  • “In America with all of its evils and faults, you can still reach through the forest and see the sun. But we don’t know yet whether that sun is rising or setting for our country.” – Dick Gregory
    Dick Gregory was an African American comedian and civil rights activist whose social satire changed the way white Americans perceived African American comedians since he first performed in public.

    The pioneering powerhouse of comedy, satire and political and social activism has died of heart failure at age 84.

    “It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr Dick Gregory departed the earth tonight in Washington, D.C.,” he son Christian Gregory reported in a statement through is father’s representative. “The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

    Gregory was multifaceted and who used all the talents God bestowed upon him for the betterment of mankind.

    In his last interview with African-American News and Issues in April 2017, Gregory shared his wit and wisdom, but also lamented about a race of people (Blacks) he still saw as drifting without real leadership, a real self determination and still unable to call a place home.

    “Black folk are not thinking for themselves,” he said. “We are not making decisions…we won’t do anything unless the White man tells us too.”

    He added that Black folk have only themselves to blame for not taking charge of their destiny and must look as ourselves before pointing fingers at anyone else for our problems.

    Gregory dedicated his entire life to poking, nudging, warning and painting a verbal pictures of ourselves combining both wisdom & intelligence in hopes that we would unite, work together as a race of people to improve our condition and positions in life.
    Gregory Growing Up

    Gregory was raised in a single parent home by a mother who clean houses for Wealthy Whites, but despite that, he said his mother was very influential in his life and encouraged them to go through life with a positive spirit focused on laughing and not crying.

    From an early age, Gregory demonstrated a strong sense of social justice.

    While a student at Sumner High School in St. Louis he led a March protesting Segregated schools. Later, inspired by the work of leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and organizations such as the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

    Drafted in 1954 while attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale on a track scholarship, Gregory briefly returned to the university after his discharge in 1956, but left without a degree because he felt that the university “didn’t want me to study, they wanted me to run.”

    In the hopes of performing comedy professionally, he moved to Chicago, where he became part of a new generation of black comedians that included Nipsey Russell, Bill Cosby, and Godfrey Cambridge. These comedians broke with the minstrel tradition, which presented stereotypical black characters. Gregory, whose style was detached, ironic, and satirical, came to be called the “Black Mort Sahl” after the popular white social satirist. Friends of Gregory have always referred to Mort Sahl as the “White Dick Gregory.” Gregory drew on current events, especially the racial issues, for much of his material.
    The Start

    His career started when he became the first Black stand up comedian to break color barriers in the 1960s during a time when making light of segregation and race relations in his stand ups was new to American stages.

    During those times, Gregory took the opportunity to talk about his and other experiences of being Black and living in America and opened the gate to more constructive dialog on civil rights and other social justice issues.
    Born for Activism

    Gregory took part in the Civil Rights Movement and used his celebrity status to draw attention to such issues as segregation and disfranchisement. At the invitation of Medgar Evers, he spoke at voter registration rallies launching his civil rights activism.

    When local Mississippi governments stopped distributing Federal food surpluses to poor blacks in areas where SNCC was encouraging voter registration, Gregory chartered a plane to bring in several tons of food.

    He participated in SNCC’s voter registration drives and in sit-ins to protest segregation, most notably at a restaurant franchise in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Only later did Gregory disclose that he held stock in the chain.

    He also spent five days in a Birmingham Alabama jail after joining demonstrators at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    He was also know for 40-day fasts to protest the Vietnam War.
    UnApologetic and OutSpoken Author
    In 1963, Gregory’s autobiography, Nigger, was published prior to The assassination of President Kennedy, and became the number one best-selling book in America.

    Over the decades it has sold in excess of seven million copies. His choice for the title was explained in the forward, where Dick Gregory wrote a note to his mother. “Whenever you hear the word ‘Nigger’,” he said, “you’ll know their advertising my book.”

    Through the 1960s, Gregory spent more time on social issues and less time on performing.

    He participated in marches and parades to support a range of causes, including opposition to the Vietnam War, world hunger, and drug abuse. In addition, Gregory fasted in protest more than 60 times, once in Iran, where he fasted and prayed in an effort to urge the Ayatollah Khomeini to release American embassy staff who had been taken hostage. The Iranian refusal to release the hostages did not decrease the depth of Gregory’s commitment; he weighed only 97 lbs when he left Iran.
    Political Savvy

    Gregory demonstrated his commitment to confronting the entrenched political powers by opposing Richard J. Daley in Chicago’s 1966 mayoral election. He ran for president in 1968 as a write-in candidate for the Freedom and Peace Party, a splinter group of the Peace and Freedom Party and received 1.5 million votes. Democratic candidate Hubert Humphrey lost the election to Republican Richard Nixon by 510,000 votes, and many believe Humphrey would have won had Gregory not run. After the assassinations of King, President John F. Kennedy, and Robert Kennedy, Gregory became increasingly convinced of the existence of political conspiracies.
    Critically Acclaimed Writer/Wiseman

    Gregory wrote other books such as Code Name Zorro: The Murder of Martin Luther King Jr. (1971) with Mark Lane, world famous author, attorney and documentary filmmaker, whose findings published in the best-selling 1966 book Rush To JudgmentGregory credited with reversing the nation’s opinion on who assassinated the president and the facts which contradicted the official government version contained in the Warren Report. Lane’s book contained answers and facts, which Gregory has espoused in Numerous lectures from then until now. Lane and Gregory have been best friends, co-authors and have lectured together for over 40 years and both live in Washington D.C.

    Gregory and Lane’s book on the assassination of Dr. King was recently released under another title, Murder In Memphis, as a trade paperback.

    Gregory’s activism continued into the 1990s. In response to published allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had supplied cocaine to predominantly African American areas in Los Angeles, thus spurring the crack epidemic, Gregory protested at CIA headquarters and was arrested.

    In 1992 he began a program called Campaign for Human Dignity to fight crime in St. Louis neighborhoods.

    Businessman/Health Guru
    In 1973, the year he released his comedy album Caught in the Act, Gregory moved with his family to Plymouth, Massachusetts, where he developed an interest in vegetarianism and became a nutritional consultant.

    In 1984 he founded Health Enterprises, Inc., a company that distributed weight loss products. In 1987 Gregory introduced the Slim-Safe Bahamian Diet, a powdered diet mix, which was immensely profitable.

    In 1998 Gregory spoke at the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Clinton were in attendance.

    In 2001, Gregory announced to the world that he had been diagnosed with a rare form of Cancer. He refused traditional medical treatment – chemotherapy –and with the assistance of some of the finest minds in alternative medicine, put together a regimen of a variety of diet, vitamins, exercise, and modern devices not even known to the public, which ultimately resulted in his reversing the trend of the Cancer to the point where today he is 100% Cancer free.
    Gregory’s going public with his diagnosis has helped millions of his fans around the world to understand what Cancer specialists have been trying to explain for decades, which is that “Cancer is curable.”

    Gregory once said about his life.”I’ve lived long enough to need two autobiographies which is fine with me.

    By: Darwin Campbell

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    Claude Cummings: Statement on Charlottesville Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:05:49 +0000 “No one should mistake the cowards who descended upon Charlottesville today as a new expression of white supremacy or antisemitism.  These individuals don’t represent the values held by the vast majority of Americans, but their twisted views and deadly actions are as old as they are ugly.

    “What is new and can no longer be ignored is that the racist resentment and divisions pulling our country apart are tolerated and enabled by our President.

    “President Trump’s refusal to condemn the racist hate and violent acts of white supremacists is a failure in leadership and basic de

    We can’t count on our President to represent or demonstrate the core values that truly make America great – diversity, inclusiveness, sense of community.   

    “I ask that you stand with CWA in expressing our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones in today’s horrible demonstration of hate.  We honor, the strength and character reflected in the heroic actions of students, local police, state police and the brave men and women who stood up to overt racists.

    “And to those who turn to violence driven by hate, and to the failed leaders who enable them, know that we will not stand for it.  We have the courage to demonstrate the core values that our elected leaders do not.”






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    AHCBED August Speaker Congressman Al Green ~ Get Your Ticket Today! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:52:32 +0000 On January 3, 2017, U.S. Congressman Al Green took the oath of office to serve the people of Texas’ 9th Congressional District and began his seventh term in the United States House of Representatives. As a veteran civil rights advocate, he has dedicated his life to fighting for those in society whose voices, too often, are not heard.

    Congressman Al Green currently serves on the Financial Services Committee. He sits on two subcommittees: Housing and Insurance as well as Oversight and Investigations, where he holds the position of Ranking Member. Within the Democratic Party he holds the position of Assistant Whip.

    Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Congressman Al Green’s family taught him the importance of positive preparation through education and righteous resistance to overcome persistent injustice. He attended Florida A&M University, Howard University, and the Tuskegee Institute. Before receiving an undergraduate degree, he enrolled in the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, where he earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1973. As a law student, he earned awards in the areas of Federal Procedure and Conflicts.

    After graduating from law school, Congressman Al Green co-founded and co-managed the law firm of Green, Wilson, Dewberry, and Fitch. In 1977, he was appointed Justice of the Peace in Harris County, Texas, where he served for 26 years before retiring in 2004.  Throughout his career, Congressman Al Green has enjoyed the respect of his colleagues as well as a wide cross-section of community leaders, who have praised his legal skills, impeccable character, and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.

    For approximately ten years, Congressman Al Green served as president of the Houston Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Under his leadership, the organization grew to unprecedented heights, increasing membership from a few hundred to many thousands, and the staff from one to more than ten.

    As a testament to his exceptional service to the community, and in recognition of his outstanding professional achievement as well as his superior leadership ability, Congressman Al Green has received numerous awards. These awards outstanding include: Texas Association of REALTORS Legacy Award, 2011; Texas Black Democrats’ Profiles of Courage Award, 2007; the AFL-CIO MLK Drum Major Award for Service, 2007; Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black People, 2006; and the NAACP Mickey Leland Humanitarian Award, from the Houston branch as well as the Fort Bend branch of the NAACP. Congressman Green has also been honored by the city of Houston with a day named in his honor–“Al Green Day.” As evidence of how truly blessed Congressman Al Green believes he is, when asked, “How are you?” He often responds, “Better than I deserve.”

    Hon. Congressman Al Green will be the Guest Speaker at the Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development, Inc. August Monthly Business Networking Luncheon
    Date:                  Thursday, August 3, 2017

    Time:                 11 AM – 12:30 PM

    Location:          6112 Wheatley Street  (Beulah Ann Shepard Building)
    Houston, Texas 77091

    (Seating is limited please RSVP by July 28, 2017 )

    For more information please contact
    Acres Home Chamber for Business and Economic Development Inc.

    Phone 713-692-7161
    Fax     713-691-7131


    Members Price          $30.00
    Non-Members Price  $45.00

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    Rep. Al Green Statement on Introducing Legislation Preventing the President From Issuing a Self-Pardon Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:01:07 +0000  

    President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One, on July 22, 2017AP

    Houston, TXCongressman Al Green (D-TX09) released the following statement today, on introducing legislation to prevent the President from issuing a self-pardon:
    “At the heart of American Jurisprudence is the fundamental premise that “No one is above the law.” This includes the President of the United States of America.
    “The presidential power to pardon is the power to forgive for the smallest federal offense to the most egregious federal crime. If this is true, no President should be empowered to self-pardon (forgive himself or herself).
    “To allow presidential self-pardons would allow a President guilty of the federal crime of treason against the United States of America to forgive/pardon himself. To allow such would not only place the President above the law, it would make the President his own final judge, jury, and prosecutor. The President would in fact become the law. The United States of America would become a country of laws for all but the President.
    “To permit the President to self-pardon would place the President above the law and beyond justice. Love for my country compels me to file legislation to prevent the President from being above the law and beyond justice.”

    “When God Says Go” Red Carpet Book Signing Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:22:59 +0000 Saturday, August 5, 2017 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

    Award Winning Marketing Expert and Author of “When God Says Go” ( Velma Trayham) will Keynote an electrifying Red Carpet Filled afternoon of Faith Building, Empowerment and business panels. Velma will have surprise celebrity guest, Media and powerhouses from all over the world to share their ” GO MOMENTS” with the audience.

    This will be a book signing/ faith summit one like non other that will inspire the Audience not to leave the same way they came, while sharing life changing advice. When God Says Go is your blueprint to building a bridge over any obstacle keeping you from living out your fullest potential and achieving your destiny. If you’ll just let go and let God, with the help of this guide, you’ll learn how to walk by faith and go where—and when!—God calls.

    Featured Stories From: Gwennetta Wright, Nicole Stoll & Nikole Mccoy

    “When God Says Go ” book released on Amazon, Kindle, Barnes and Noble and other national and international retail chains on July 17, 2017.

    Attend Event

    Aloft Houston Downtown
    820 Fannin Street
    Houston, TX 77002

    O.J. Simpson granted Parole Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:11:05 +0000 7/20/2017 – Today former, famed football pro, O.J. Simpson was granted parole in the Las Vegas Robbery case. Las Vegas submitted supervision paperwork to Florida so that O.J. can complete parole in the state releasing him to the custody of family members. Florida has 30 – 45 days to give a response. Until he released, O.J. Simpson will complete his parole plan. Projection date for release is October 1, 2017. O.J. Simpson says, “I’ve done my time”

    By: Chandra Jarmon


    In My Father’s Footsteps First African-American Woman Shattering Barriers As New Dallas Chief of Police Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:06:02 +0000 DALLAS- If her father were alive today, he would undoubtedly be proud of the accomplishments of his daughter Ulysha Renee Hall.

    The former Detroit Police Department Deputy Chief is the new Dallas Police Chief of Police and not only followed in her father’s footsteps, but also becomes the first African-American woman to hold that key department position

    Department History

    For more than 120 years ago, the Dallas Police Department has been in operation.

    Hall takes over a department has 3,640 sworn officers and 556 civilians, who make up the department, take special pride in helping to make Dallas a safe place to live, work and visit.

    As deputy chief of the Detroit Police Department, Ulysha Renee Hall directed the city’s Neighborhood Policing Bureau for the last three years and has been a part of the department since 1999.

    On becoming Chief, Hall said.“I am honored to be chosen to lead the Dallas Police Department at this critical time in its history,” said Hall in a written statement. “I look forward to building on the successes of the past, preserving community trust and ensuring the safety of our officers and the entire Dallas community.”

    Dad’s Influence

    For Hall, the career hallmark point is also somewhat of a tribute also to a father, who was a former Detroit Police officer who was gunned down in the line of duty.

    Just six months after she was born, her father, Officer Ulysses Brown was murdered in August 1971. He was working in specialized unit at the time that was cracking down on prostitution.

    Despite growing up without her father, her mother raised the family and instilled her own values in her children, stressing education and teaching them how to reach their goals.

    Some 45 years later, Hall stands as a strong example of the power of goal setting and determination.

    That propelled her towards a career in law enforcement and at the age of 29, she decided to become a police officer, entered training and started on a road that has led her to be the head of the second largest police department in Texas.

    She has proven to be compassionate to her community and determined to present her example and ideas for making the city and officers safer


    Hall has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Grambling State University and master’s degrees in Security Administration and Intelligence Analysis from the University of Detroit Mercy. She graduated from the FBI National Academy and completed the Police Executive Leadership Institute.

    Welcome and Praise

    According to a release by Dallas City Manager T.C. Broadnax, more than 55 community and business leaders participated in panel interviews of the top seven candidates and Broadnax said Hall was chosen based on her background and passion.

    Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings welcomed Hall to Dallas with the following Twitter greeting. “Pleased to welcome our new @DallasPD Chief of Police U. Renee Hall. She will be the first female police chief in @CityOfDallas history. Honored to have you.”

    Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown is also elated and also offered congratulations for being selected as the new chief.

    Hall is expected to begin her duties  on Sept. 5.

    Acres Homes Chamber of Commerce Recap With Meeko TV Wed, 19 Jul 2017 16:34:39 +0000
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