Miss Nedy Turns 105
Mrs. Nedy Mae Settles-Woodland turned 105 years old on Saturday.. She was born on February 23, 1914 in Bennettsville, North Carolina to the Rev. Charles Settles and his wife Carrie Mae Settles. The family relocated to Claysburg when Nedy was an infant. She is the only survivor of nine children.
Miss Nedy was raised a Christian as a child and through adulthood, attending Mount Moriah Church of God in Christ, founded by father. As the years passed the family relocated to Trenton where she currently resides.
Sit Down with Mayor Gusciora
After I said my usual “good morning” to Mayor Gusciora, I opened up about recent activity between the state and the city.
TNN – On Wednesday (February 20) Gov. Murphy signed an executive order to form a collaboration with the city of Trenton.
Mayor – Gov. Murphy wants to coordinate all the bureaucracies of the city to work together to form a committee so that when we have a project that will touch upon state government we will just go to the committee rather than going to each department to get approval.
Leave Venezuela Alone
The Trump administration has ordered Venezuelan military leaders to drop their support of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Those military leaders must be rocking in laughter at an American president they do not respect nor has control over them. What is the problem? Did Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez refuse to allow the Trump organization to build hotels and golf courses in Venezuela then stiff contractors and workers like he did in Atlantic City and other places?
Another US president, on the wrong side of history, is using US resources to undermine, destabilize and overthrow a duly elected government in a country where half the population considers themselves to be “morena” Spanish for black, brown or dark
Youth Perform Music of Soul
On September 17, 2019, the Music of Soul production was given by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. & Trenton Fortitude Corporation. The program was held in celebration of Black History month. The event raised funds which will be used for scholarships in Mercer County.
The 135 youth who participated displayed various musical, theatrical, and vocal appreciation for musical icons such as Donny Hathaway, Roberta Flack, Whitney Houston, TLC, Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass and Aaliyah. The youth not only discussed what these individuals were most famous for, but also their educational background.
“America, We Served!”
Four Centuries of African American Soldiers
On February 23rd and 24th the annual event of Four Centuries of African American Soldiers sparked off at the Old Barracks of Trenton Museum. This was much more than Black history but a flash back into the past of what Black people were doing and enduring during this time period that we don’t hear much about.
The four centuries that were covered were the 18th, 19th, 20th and
PARENT LEADERSHIP RECOGNITION 2019
EAST WINDSOR- El viernes 22 de febrero del presente año, se realizó a nivel de todo el estado de Nueva Jersey el evento denominado “Parents Leadership Recognition” reconocimiento a padres y madres de familia, que asisten a los programas como Mercer County Council for Young Children y otros que se preocupan de buscar óptima calidad de educación y salud para los niños pequeños que tengan éxito en la parte académica y en el bienestar en general.
¿Por qué latinoamérica está de fiesta?
Uno de los legados más significativos que aún prevalecen en América Latina desde la colonización, es el catolicismo como religión mayoritaria en casi toda la región. Esto lo demuestran las cifras, ya que según el Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae 2016 América es el continente con mayor número de fieles, albergando al 48,6% de católicos del mundo. (infobae, 2016)
Sin embargo, los latinoamericanos supieron adaptarse a las costumbres
“Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion”
Information and Update from The Trenton Water Works
Preschoolers can learn about life on the farm
Parent-child program offered
HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP — Howell Living History Farm has announced the schedule for its spring parent-child program, the Hatchery.
The program is designed to introduce pre-school-age children to life on the farm, with activities that include collecting eggs, feeding the animals, and exploring the barns and fields. The Hatchery will run from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings beginning the week of March 11. Children must be between the ages of 3 and 5 years old to participate in the program.
While the children are in Hatchery, the adults volunteer their time helping Howell Farm staff with visiting school groups or with other jobs around the farm. One adult must work at the farm as a volunteer in exchange for one child’s participation in the program. No farming experience is necessary.
To enroll in the program, please contact Christine Madzy at (609) 737-3299 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Howell Farm is owned by the County of Mercer and operated by the Mercer County Park Commission. It is located on Valley Road, just off Route 29, in Hopewell Township. The GPS address is 70 Woodens Lane, Hopewell Township, NJ 08530. Parking and admission are free.
For additional information, call the farm office at (609) 737-3299 or visit www.mercercountyparks.org.
The colossus of Ramses II was moved from downtown Cairo to the GEM site in 2006, and in January 2018 was transfered to its final resting place, in the atrium of the Grand Egyptian Museum. Credit: Dana Smillie
Costing more than $1 billion, the museum will re-house and restore some of the country’s most precious relics. Its expansive, glass-fronted building offers sweeping panoramas of the Giza plateau and Great Pyramids, which stand just two kilometers away.
Trenton Historian Dr. Jack Washington
By Al Alatunji
The Nubian News pays a Black History Month tribute to Trentonian and Trenton historian the late Dr. Jack Washington. Dr. Washington was a veteran and a highly respected Trenton Central High School history teacher. He was the author of over a half dozen published books on the history of the Black community of Trenton as well as urban education policy and philosophy.
Books written by Dr. Washington include “In Search of a Community’s Past: The Story of the Black Community of Trenton, New Jersey,
Sit down with Senator Shirley Turner
By Bernard Shabazz
Senator Shirley Turner asserted her commitment to serve her constituents and help direct them to sources that can assist with education, grants, financial aid,
2 year no-cost college, after school mentoring programs, state training and employment opportunities.
She went on to reaffirm her dedication to make sure released felons have access to employment, rationalizing that they have to eat and live too. Currently, NJ Department of Transportation has a program that hires released felons, to give them the opportunity to become productive, tax paying citizens.
Black Lives Not Blackface is What Really Matters
By Al Alatunji
Once again an incident has forced a significant number of Americans to examine America’s racist nature. This time courtesy of Virginia governor Ralph Northam, for whom a photo of two individuals one in blackface and the other in a KKK robe was discovered on his 1984 medical school graduation yearbook page.
The governor denied he was either of the people in the photo, even though the photo was on his yearbook page. Within minutes after the photo
Educacion Sobre La Violencia Domestica
Por Carlos Avila
LAWRENCEVILLE- Violencia Doméstica y el Respeto a las Mujeres, fue el tema que se abordó durante la reunión que organizó Mercer County Council for Young Children (MCCYC) el pasado martes 22 de enero en Lawrenceville.
Evelyn Aguilar y Reyna Carothers trabajadoras sociales de Womanspace Inc., fueron las encargadas de liderar el grupo que contó con la participación de madres y padres de familia que llegaron de distintos sectores del condado de Mercer.
In Honor of Dr. King – Let Us Vote NJ
by Al Alatunji
In honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and so many others who fought and died for Blacks and all citizens to be able to participate in the electoral process, it is time for the New Jersey legislature to remove any and all barriers to the voting booth.
The sad truth is that, for many, voting can feel like an inconvenience. New Jerseyans are busy people. Often, New Jerseyans, like most voters, are asked to balance many obligations at once. Election day often requires voters to make themselves available on a specific day at a certain time. That could be very difficult if one works out of town, does shift work, or is commuting to New York or Philadelphia. State legislators need to get to work to make sure that the people of New Jersey who can vote have a more flexible process to exercise their right to vote.
The Black Church and Health Promotion
Black churches and health promotion could be effective in preventative health through community outreach. Black churches know the needs of the congregation and the community best and have their trust. There is a high incidence of high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and heart disease in the African American population. Several studies have found that the church can be an important conduit through which to inform racial/ethnic minorities about preventive health care. Partnership between faith and health alliances are encouraged. Collaboration with health agencies to provide culturally sensitive services for African Americans and clergy is essential.
Story of Handy Brittingham/Britman
Submitted by Ira Brittingham
Corporal Handy Brittingham/Britman, (1838-1911) Emancipated Slave, Civil War Soldier, Farmer
Handy Brittingham/Britman was born into slavery in (1838-40)Worcester County Maryland, near Berlin. His mother’s name was Liddy Brittingham according to his death certificate, and his father is listed as Edward Duncan. Handy was emancipated from slavery by his owner Ephraim W. Brittingham upon the condition that he be enlisted into the United States Colored Troops, Ninth Regiment Infantry Company G. Maryland Volunteers, on November 18th, 1863. This information is contained in his deed of manumission on file at the Worcester County Courthouse in Snow Hill, Maryland. Handy’s owner was paid $300 for his enlistment, and two other slaves he enlisted at the same time in Berlin Md.
Before Rosa, Martin, Malcolm and Barack there was Jackie
by Al Alatunji
Before Rosa Parks stood up for justice and equality by demanding that she remain seated; before Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King had his dream of the Beloved Community; before Malcolm X indicted white racist America in the harshest terms for its crimes against Blacks and humanity; and before President Barack Obama walked into his office to sit behind his desk in the Oval Office of the White House and declared “Yes we can, yes we can,” Jackie Roosevelt Robinson took his bat and with a mighty swing delivered a permanent and lethal blow to America’s apartheid system of Jim Crow. He took the field for freedom, justice and equality, and played aggressively and courageously for the advancement of Black people.
In 1947 when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier becoming the first Black ball player to play major league baseball in the modern age, Black America and White America were forced to envision not just Blacks playing next to whites on ball fields, but Blacks obtaining greater civil and human rights, more fully integrating all aspects of American society. His was an opening inning of a long tumultuous struggle which would take Blacks from being mere almost invisible spectators to active players from the bedroom to boardrooms, from living room televisions to lunch and dinner counters in public facilities.
The Nubian News Talks With
Mayor Reed Gusciora
by Bernard Shabazz
There was a big crowd at Starbucks the morning TNN met with Mayor Gusciora in January.
Mayor: The Starbucks here in downtown Trenton helps generate customers for surrounding businesses. Customers discover the other businesses and restaurants in the vicinity.
TNN followed up with the mayor about public safety in Trenton.
TNN: It’s good that 12 Trenton police have been promoted to lieutenant and sergeant. It’s not so good that Trenton is not ready to accept a woman as a chief of police. Although there are 212 female police chiefs throughout the country including Cathy Lanier, Police Chief of metropolitan Washington DC.
Rep. Watson Coleman Nominated To Appropriations Committee
Washington, DC — As she begins her third term in the House of Representatives, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) has been nominated by the Democratic Steering Committee to serve on the House Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful committees in the House, responsible for setting funding levels for federal departments and agencies.
Famous Blacks Who Died in 2018
Kofi Annan – Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the UN were the co-recipients of the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize.
Ethel Ayler – Starred on The Cosby Show as Carrie Hanks, [Clair] Huxtable’s mother.
Lerone Bennett – Scholar, author, social historian and activist. His best-known works include “Before the Mayflower” (1962) and “Forced into Glory” (2000). Was the longtime editor for Ebony and Jet.
FIESTAS DE LA VIRGEN DE LA NUBE
TRENTON-La fiesta de la Virgen de la Nube contó con la participación de centenares de compatriotas ecuatorianos que llenaron el graderío del colorido coliseo en el Norte de Trenton. Hubo de todo un poco. Grupos de baile de Trenton y Hightstown, artistas invitados, bandas del pueblo del Señor de Girón, grupo de flores de Trenton y hasta un ladrón que robó mis tarjetas de crédito e identificaciones personales, cuando recargaba la batería del celular a un lado, mientras servía en calidad de juez en el certamen de belleza, que se llevó a cabo el martes 1 de enero 2019.
Remembering the Mind-Body Connection for Diabetes
Recent findings from the National Institute of Health indicate that diagnoses of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes among youth are on the rise. A debilitating illness, diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States, and last year cost the nation about $327 billion in treatments and lost productivity, according to the American Diabetes Association. Much like with mental illness, the prevalence of diabetes is increasing, and scientists are paying greater attention to the links between physical and mental health.
The U.S. military state overthrows democratically-elected governments that it deems to be a threat to corporate interests.
“There is plenty of evidence that the United States is the most depraved and dangerous “meddler” in the affairs of other nations that history has ever known.”
Dan Kovalik is a labor and human rights lawyer, but most of all he is an anti-imperialist and an author of three books. Kovalik’s first two books tackled the specific US war drives against Russia and Iran. His third installment, The Plot to Control the World: How the US Spent Billions to Change the Outcome of Elections Around the World, addresses the broad scope of US election meddling abroad. The book provides much needed political and ideological life support to an anti-war movement in the U.S that has been rendered nearly invisible to the naked eye.
by Darnell Meyers-Johnson
This is a re-print of an interview The Nubian News published in 1990.
It was 10:00 AM in San Diego, California. Nancy Wilson had agreed to an interview with this reporter regarding her 30th anniversary as a recording artist. and her new album A LADY WITH A SONG.
It was 1 :00 PM here in Trenton and time to call her. I was very nervous. What should I say to this musical legend who’s been singing professionally for nearly 40 years? What should I say to this woman the critics have called a timeless, passionate class act? As I dialed the numbers that would connect me with her voice, I could only think of my sweaty palms and quivering fingers on the phone. My prepared outline of questions became useless as my professional demeanor took a back seat to my school boy anxiousness.
Before I realized what was happening, it was too late. ‘Hello,” the voice said. It was Nancy Wilson. As she went to get her other phone, I picked up my outline from the floor and proceeded to give the interview.
The Nancy Wilson legacy began in Columbus, Ohio where she started singing professionally at age 15. At that time, Wilson had her own local TV show, ‘SKYLINE MELODY.’ Her interest in music actually began at age 4 when her father provided early exposure to many vocalists like Ruth Brown, LaVerne Baker, Nat King Cole, Billy Eckstine and Louis Jordan. However, Wilson’s main influence may have been a male singer with Lionel Hampton’s band named Little Jimmy Scott. Wilson explained, ‘I sound most like him. That’s where I get my (vocal} nuances from.
In 1956 Wilson left college where she was studying to become a teacher, to join the Rusty Bryant Band. That same year she met the late Julian ‘Cannonball’ Adderley who would later assist in launching her career. In 1959 Wilson moved to New York City to start a career. ‘I knew exactly what I wanted to work for. I didn’t go to New York looking for fame.
What Wilson was looking for was Adderley’s manager, John Levy and a deal that would bring her to Capitol Records. Wilson said the main reason was simple. ‘They cared about people. Capitol cared about their artists. At that time they had Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee. These people were all established.
Wilson received her first big break when she was asked to fill in permanently for Irene Reid in a New York nightclub. One night John Levy visited the club and heard Wilson sing ‘Guess Who I Saw Today? which had become part of her repertoire since high school. ‘That was the song that got me my manager and my label’, she said.
The label, of course, was Capitol. When the first album ‘LIKE IN LOVE’ was released in 1960, critics quickly labeled her the next Ella Fitzgerald. Wilson admitted that the label ‘bothered me because that woman was out there doing it and still is. It discredited both of us, but now I’ve established my own style.’
Indeed she has. Her 20 year association with Capitol produced many hits including ‘I Was Telling Him About You,” ‘Face It Girl, It’s Over,” ‘Days of Wine and Roses,” and ‘How Glad I Am’ which won her a Grammy in 1964.
Nevertheless, even today, labeling still bothers Nancy Wilson. Especially when she is referred to as a jazz artist. According to Wilson, ‘You could call me anything, I guess. But I was never really a jazz performer or a jazz singer. People just gave me that title.’ When asked how she would describe herself professionally, Wilson quickly obliged by saying ‘I’m a singer who sings good songs.’ She went on to explain how she selects a good song.
‘Lyrics are the most important thing, The song has to have a message or a story and not just rely on a beat. Even if the song isn’t perfect there must be a structure there to work on.
This brings us to Wilson’s latest collection of good songs entitled ‘A LADY WITH A SONG.’ This is Wilson’s 6th album tor Columbia Records and her 52nd overall. Wilson is very proud of the album and called it an accumulation of the 38 years I have been singing. ‘A LADY WITH A SONG is me, all the years and laughter, tears and love.’
Highlighting the album are several superb tracks including ‘Do You Still Dream About Me” which Wilson said is the most similar to her earlier hits. Also included is a remake of the Emotions’ classic hit ‘Don’t Ask My Neighbors featuring the group on background vocals
Although the new album has more of an R&B feel to it than her early work, Wilson said that it’s not much different from her more recent recordings. ‘The object of the game with this album was to get the 10 or 12 best songs we could,’ she added.
There are two tracks on the album that put her in a different realm of recording. One was the title cut •A Lady With A Song.• ‘It was the first time I was so personally involved in a song. It was written tor and about me by Ken Hirsch and Lorrin Smokey Bates.’
The recording session for the gospel inspired ‘Heavens Hands” which features an all star choir including Natalie Cole, Deniece Williams, Howard Hewett, Siedah Garrett and Teena Marie among others, was a different experience for Wilson. She said she had never really performed gospel before. She credits Phillip Bailey of Earth Wind and Fire for organizing the star studded choir.
‘Phillip was a great help on the whole album. He’s the one who called people up and told them we needed a choir. It was wonderful. Just having so many people show up for the session.’
Although ‘A LADY WITH A SONG’ was just released, Wilson said she’s planning on going back into the studio in the fall. She said that she’s planning on coming out with a new album every year so that she can ‘leave people with a complete body of work when I’m gone.’
Throughout the interview Ms. Wilson remained polite and pleasant. But her manner slightly changed when asked to compare the new album to those she did in the 60s. ‘I will not do that,’ she said. ‘I will not compare this album to those of the past because those songs are important to people. People got married to those songs. They were a part of people’s lives. It wouldn’t be fair to say this album is better because the times were different then.’
And Wilson is just as interested in discussing the future as she is in preserving the past. Immediate plans include a late night syndicated television show called ‘RED HOT AND COOL’ which will feature live performances by jazz artists. Her last television series, NBC’s ‘THE NANCY WILSON SHOW,’ earned her an Emmy Award in 1968. Wilson also said to expect her return as Olivia’s grandmother on ‘THE COSBY SHOW.’ In reference to concert dates, Wilson said that she performs every year at New York’s Carnegie Hall, but as of right now, no east coast dates have been confirmed.
Well, half an hour had passed since our conversation began. As I was about to say goodbye, Ms. Wilson said that she was looking forward to meeting at one of her east coast engagements. I was surprised, though she seemed sincere, and I started to get nervous again. She gave me her road manager’s name and told me to ask for him when she comes to this area. I managed to get out a very polite “I will, thanks.” And before I knew it the conversation ended as quickly as it began.
The measure, A3754, will create a limited license for hair braiding businesses and reduces the required training from 1,200 hours to 40 or 50.