Editorial #2 – We Need A Seat At The Table

“If you don’t have a seat at the table you are probably on the menu”.

Back in the day when we didn’t have many choices but to serve, we were told to build a table. So we built a table and some chairs. When we were done we were sent back to our place. We never sat at the table.

It was at the table where so much was decided. Our futures were decided at that table. War and peace was decided at that table. That table saw and decided the path the country would follow. But we never sat at that table. We served it. We heard everything that went on, whether we understood it or not.

But we never had a seat.

Come up to today and there are many tables where we still don’t have a seat.

Do you realize there are thousands of boards, commissions, tribunals, committees, authorities, regulatory bodies, courts, chambers etc. all over the state? Most of these we have never heard anything about. But these bodies dole out millions, nay billions of dollars every year and we don’t know what they’re doing or who they are giving money to.

One thing we know, our communities are not getting any better financially. They are spending $300 million on renovating the state house while saying they will give Trenton $18 million for various projects. Imagine if they spent that $300 million on Trenton and the $18 million on the state house how much different out city would look.

We need seats at the tables where decisions are made as to who get these public funds. I was at a New Jersey Economic Development Authority meeting a few months back. They gave out about $100 million that day. But none to any Black faces.

Sometimes there a African Americans on these Boards but I question whether they are there to represent the Black community or do they think they are there to represent the entire state. I want people who will represent and fight to get our communities and our businesses funds to improve our lot.

It doesn’t seem as though the distribution of wealth has come home to us. This has got to change. We pay our just share of taxes to the state coffers. We need to get our just share of wealth coming back to us.

At the moment, we don’t have the businesses and other structures to utilize all the funds due us. But that’s because of past injustices. The injustices have been long and painful. It has to stop.

Our plan is to sit in on every commission and board and authority and court session brought to order in New Jersey. We intend to bring together a mass of volunteers who will spread out and join in every ‘sit-down’ in the state.

We are going to have a seat at the table. It may not be an official seat but we will know what is going on and we will report back to the community who got what and for what. We’ll also say if there were people who looked like us who actually represented us or they were there for the status quo.

Enough is enough. We may get a Democrat for governor in November. If we do I want to know what he is going to do for us. We’ve supported democrats for ages and now it’s time for them to support us with the same fervor.

So if you are tired of being tired we’ll need your help to do this. We have to roll up our sleeves and dig in. We can, we must do this. The future well-being of our children and grandchildren rests with what we do now.

I’m not easy on me and I’m not going to be easy on you. We have a job to do.

Like Michael said, ‘take a look in the mirror and make a change’.

“Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will” Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Editorial #1Why Did We Come Back?

September 8, 2017 - This editorial marks the return of The Nubian News after eleven years.

An African proverb says, “Dreams are voices of ancestors.”

King said, “I have a dream.”

Oscar Hammerstein saidYou gotta have a dream. If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna make a dream come true?

Nigerian proverb: “If I tell you my dream, you might forget it. If I act on my dream, perhaps you will remember it, but if I involve you, it becomes your dream too.”

My dream is that one day we will all be free. My grandchildren will never have to debate whether someone hates them or is holding them hostage because of the color of their skin.

I dream that one day Trenton, this city I love so much, will look and function as the Black Mecca.

As I walk this city I see gleaming streets of gold and houses and homes, beautiful beyond words, with warmth of love and prosperity in every window.

I see people who have thrown off the yolk of pain, loneliness and despair and walk with heads high. Kids playing safely in well-tended parks, going to schools which nurture and educate them eases my mind and uplifts my soul.

I think of Trenton, the soul of Mercer County as the center of it all. Between Washington D.C. up through Baltimore then on to Philadelphia, pulling into Newark and then the Big Apple, on up to Hartford and Providence til you hit Boston. In the middle of all that is New Jersey’s capital city, Trenton.

One day I would like to see Mercer County filled with the best Black people have to offer. Because we lie midway between New York and Philadelphia there is plenty of everything: jobs, culture, entertainment, transportation, education, vacations spots, economic opportunity, history, and the weather is getting better.

This is why we brought back The Nubian News. People make up a city. Trenton has some of the best people in the world. There is work we need to do to make it better for the few who don’t have a dream. My heart breaks for them but together they can hope too. It isn’t right to believe there is not a better life out there.

It isn’t all their fault. We must shoulder part of the blame. We must come up with solutions. I believe we will.

Every week we will talk to you and every week we want you to talk back to us. Sharing ideas, dreams, we will begin to set goals, then plan ways to find answers to problems that plague our great city

Communication is the key. If the brain can’t communicate with the legs – you won’t walk. We haven’t been able to talk with each other on a citywide level. Our mayor and other leaders don’t talk with us because they haven’t had a way to do it. Now they do.

Each week The Nubian News will give a newspaper to every home and every business in Trenton. All of us will be on the same page, getting the same information. Through these pages the mayor can talk with all of us and we will be able to answer him.

We can make everything work if we can talk with each other. Now we can talk with each other. In the weeks to come our website will become more functional and we’ll have that platform too.

We have a big job before us. But we’ve always had big jobs to do. We’ve done them before and we’ll do them again. We came out of slavery, we grew stronger even without our forty acres and a mule, we defeated jim crow, took our civil rights and we can do whatever we want to do. All we have to do is dream, devise a strategy to achieve it, pull up our sleeve and work our butts off.

Up, you mighty race, accomplish what you will. – Marcus Mosiah Garvey

Black-Owned Handbag Company Kicks Off National Black College Tour to Promote Their HBCU themed Custom Clutch Purses to Female Students and Alumni

Husband and wife team, Quinn Conyers and Isa Abdul-Raheem, are going on a 6-city HBCU tour to promote their unique handbags to female students and alumni.

Black Sorority members and graduates of HBCUs will soon have a sophisticated alternative to showcase their college spirit after custom clutch company, Purse Paparazzi, announced a plan to launch a custom HBCU collection.

Purse Paparazzi offers an assortment of unique, stylish and edgy clutches for every occasion. But the company is mostly known for its creative purses catering to the historical Divine Nine Sororities including Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Incorporated. As licensed vendors for each organization, the company offers their unique custom clutches on their website and at various events and conferences hosted by each sorority.

The new HBCU line will capture the essence and pride of women who attend or graduated from Historically Black Colleges or Universities. Purse Paparazzi is already licensed with Bowie State University and plans are afoot to add an additional 10 HBCU’s to the custom clutch collection.

Purse Paparazzi is owned by husband and wife team, Quinn Conyers and Isa Abdul-Raheem. Quinn is a proud Howard University graduate and Isa is a proud Eagle alumni from Coppin State University in Baltimore MD.

Questioned about the motivation for introducing the new collection, Conyers explained: “Our motivation for the new HBCU line comes from the pride and esteem many Blacks/Africans have regarding their HBCU. The HBCU clutch collection is our way of showing our school pride and expanding our unique brand.”

The HBCU collection will be launched during a Homecoming tour in Fall 2017. For further information or to submit a custom order, visit www.PursePaparazzi.com.


About Purse Paparazzi:
The Purse Paparazzi was founded by husband and wife team Quinn Conyers and Isa Abdul-Raheem. The company specializes in custom purses and clutches for women in organizations or who share a common interest.


Quinn Conyers

Source: Black-Owned Handbag Company Kicks Off National Black College Tour to Promote Their HBCU themed Custom Clutch Purses to Female Students and Alumni

You know what they say – talk is cheap

Listening to Trump was like a total waste of time to many at the UN.

North Korea: Trump’s UN speech amounted to ‘the sound of a dog barking’


North Korea’s foreign minister has delivered a scornful response to US President Donald Trump’s threat to destroy the hermit kingdom, likening it to the sound of “a dog barking.”

Ri, in his country’s first response to Trump’s speech, was derisive. “If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that’s really a dog dream,” Ri told reporters outside his hotel in New York. In Korean, a dog dream is one that is absurd and makes little sense.

The whole story: http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/21/politics/north-korea-donald-trump-united-nations/index.html

If you hate Colin Kaepernick, you must also hate Jackie Robinson

There I was, the black grandson of a slave, the son of a black sharecropper, part of a historic occasion, a symbolic hero to my people. The air was sparkling. The sunlight was warm. The band struck up the national anthem. The flag billowed in the wind. It should have been a glorious moment for me as the stirring words of the national anthem poured from the stands. Perhaps, it was, but then again, perhaps, the anthem could be called the theme song for a drama called The Noble Experiment. Today, as I look back on that opening game of my first world series, I must tell you that it was Mr. Rickey’s drama and that I was only a principal actor. As I write this twenty years later, I cannot stand and sing the anthem. I cannot salute the flag; I know that I am a black man in a white world. In 1972, in 1947, at my birth in 1919, I know that I never had it made.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-hate-colin-kaepernick-hate-jackie-robinson-article-1.2771561

Trenton Street Funeral with Rev Mark A Broach

“This is what sick and tired looks like”

Stop the Killing of Our Young Men

On Friday there was a funeral march in Trenton. A march of mothers and father who have lost their sons senselessly by street crimes. Murders.

Rev Mark A. Broach, Pastor of the Trenton Deliverance Center, founded the Trenton Street Funeral organization. This organization brings together loved ones of those who are killed on our streets.


They are brought together to “give the family of victims a chance to express themselves”.

Rev Broach said, “ Trenton has had so many funerals that the community doesn’t get a chance to know what the families are going through. We’re giving them a chance to tell the community what they are going through.”

And tell they did. With a coffin, flowers, pallbearers, grieving mothers and a supportive community. About 200 people gathered at the Trenton War Memorial at five points. People who were saying “this is what sick and tired looks like”. (Go to www.thenubiannews.com for video of the funeral march.)

There are more than 180 unsolved murders in Trenton over the past 25 years. Trenton Street has approached Mayor Jackson with its concerns but it seems “his focus is off” on other things.

Next week Trenton Street Funeral will put their demand in writing to submit to the city council, the mayor and the county prosecutor’s office.

“We want to see change, we want to see things different. And the only way that we feel we can do that is if we go directly to the source. So we are going to be demanding change.”

For video of the March go to: www.thenubiannews.com

The Amazing Power Of African Beads

African Beads are often seen as just a decorative item of jewellery, but the meaning and history of our African beads goes back many hundreds of years with complex uses that have evolved with the modern world. At first glance, the beads so commonly used in African culture are used for fashion, and you can find leg beads, ankle beads, neck beads, and waist beads. In Africa’s history, the beads have had numerous uses, from protection from illness, as a sign of maturity and menstruation for daughters as they come of age, or as a sign of important ancestry and family. African beads were also an important part of a marriage dowry, as woman would wear multiple beads and the only person allowed to remove them was the husband at night.

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Massive credit bureau hack raises troubling questions

This is extremely serious for you. Check out the Equifax credit bureau to find out if your credit information has been compromised. If it has explore the options you have open to you. Equifax is offering monitoring for those who have been affected.

It could be the worst-ever data breach for American consumers, exposing some of the most sensitive data for a vast number of US households.


Source: Massive credit bureau hack raises troubling questions

Naomi Osaka: 19-Yr-Old Haitian-Japanese Tennis Star Defeats U.S. Open Champion

Source: Naomi Osaka: 19-Yr-Old Haitian-Japanese Tennis Star Defeats U.S. Open Champion

The world hails Sango festival – The Nation Nigeria

His appearance and character were frightening: He is a six-footer, his eyes were blood shot, the cowrie shells attached on his regalia were dangling and making noise as he ran about, a leather band tied with some objects was around his forehead. The gourds tied on his neck were dangling sideways and swinging like aRead More

Source: The world hails Sango festival – The Nation Nigeria