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January 11, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

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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.

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Nancy Wilson Interview

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.

Murphy relaxes rules for hair braiders

Natural hair braiders will no longer be required to face the expense of securing a cosmetology license under a law signed by Gov. Phil Murphy this week, but will still face state oversight.

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.

NJ Creates new license for Hair Braiders

December 21, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

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The Black Church In Trenton
There are roughly 25 major Black churches in Trenton for the approximately 44,000 Black residents of the city. As with Black churches nationally, Black churches in Trenton are primarily female in attendance. The males who attend are under 14 years of age or over 60. Adult women over 40 are the backbone of the church.
Traditionally, Black churches in Trenton, for the most part, have been sideline spectators as it relates to civil rights, community and political activism. During the civil rights era, Black churches in Trenton gave little if any support to the movement.

Good Luck & Goodbye, Nancy Wilson
he year 2018 has claimed still another legendary Black songstress, this time jazz singer Nancy Wilson,
who covered everything from jazz standards to “Little Green Apples” and in the 1960s alone, released eight albums that reached the top 20 on Billboard’s pop charts.

El Festival de la Familia en Trenton fue un Éxito
TRENTON-Cientos de padres de familia junto a sus hijos e hijas llegaron hasta la escuela Hedgepeth-Williams el pasado sábado 8 de diciembre para aprovechar los distintos recursos que ofrecían las decenas de organizaciones que participaron en el primer Festival de la Familia que organiza Tammy Murphy esposa del actual gobernador de Nueva Jersey Phil Murphy.
La primera dama del estado inauguró el evento y se dio tiempo para conversar y tomarse fotos con el público que asistió desde temprano en la mañana hasta las dos de la tarde. Murphy señaló que el objetivo de hacer esta serie de Festivales es con el fin de ayudar a que las familias de bajos recursos puedan tener acceso a la atención médica y recursos para ayudar en la educación de los niños. “Queremos hacer esto no solo en Trenton, sino en todo el estado de Nueva Jersey” dijo Murphy. Agradeció a cada una de las organizaciones que apoyaron con su participación.

La inseguridad en Centroamérica es extrema-joven está vivo de  milagro
TRENTON-Una familia hispana acaba de llegar de Guatemala a Trenton con muy poco o nada, como la mayoría de inmigrantes centroamericanos. Sin embargo la situación de esta familia es extrema ya que Walter Jeobany Samayoa Del Cid, padre de familia de 34 años de edad está vivo de milagro. El y su familia tuvieron que dejar Guatemala tras ser atacado a balazos por un antisocial que de repente asomó en una motocicleta y le disparó al rostro sin mediar palabra. Un total de 16 tiros le descargó, 6 de esas balas impactaron su cuerpo, el resto pudo evitar mientras se defendía y huía del lugar, según manifiesta en una entrevista para este medio de comunicación.

“Don’t Touch My Hair!”
May I have that, please?
That’s what you say when you want something, and people are impressed by your manners. You’re a kid who never just takes, you always ask first because you want the same kind of manners back. But in the new book “Don’t Touch My Hair!” by Sharee Miller, you might have to ask for them, too.
Aria loved her hair.

Kwanzaa
In 1966, the only “indigenous non-heroic Black holiday in the United States” was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga, the founder and chairman of the Black nationalist organization, “US”, and a professor of political science in California. The ideas and conceptions of Kwanzaa developed out of the system of social and political thought of Kawaida (tradition and reason), also developed by Dr. Karenga.
The word KWANZAA is derived from the Swahili word “KWANZA”, which means “first” and is part of the phrase Matunda Ya Kwanza (first fruits). Dr. Karenga added the extra “a” to the word.
Kwanzaa is an adaptation of the African celebration of harvest time, when traditionally the community gathered to celebrate the fruits of its labor. Cele­brating Kwanzaa is one way in which African Americans can continually build and foster positive social, eco­nomic, emotional and spiritual growth in every aspect of our lives. It is a cultural awakening.
The NGUZO SABA (the Seven Principles) represent the “minimum set of principles by which Black people must live in order to begin to receive and reconstruct our history and lives
Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends on January 1. Each day of Kwanzaa represents one of the Nguzo Saba

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November 30th Edition of The Nubian News

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The Black Church

From its earliest inception, the Black church in America has been viewed as a dichotomy. Some scholars and historians view the Black church as the foremost institution for creating individual, systemic and political change in the Black community. A safe haven to worship God together and a place to be motivated to build the community. A refuge where social justice could be sought and personal, family and community protection and empowerment encouraged.

Interview with Mayor Gusciora

TNN – Mr. Mayor during your 2018 state of the city address you stated you will be hiring new police recruits’ The Trenton Police & Fire Fighters are concerned about rumors of lay offs..
Mayor Gusciora – The Police & fire Fighters can rest assure there will be no lay offs There are too many unemployed people in Trenton.

Kelly Ganges top 100

Kevin “Kelly” Ganges chief of staff and right-hand to Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes was named as one of the 100 most powerful individuals in the state. Ganges is in complete control of county government in Mercer County and has the complete confident of the County Executive Hughes.

So another little girl is dead

Tuesday, Shaela Johnson was gunned down on Stuyvesant Ave. Two very sick young men shot more than twenty rounds taking her young, beautiful life away.
Now two or three more families and so many friends are left to grieve and wonder why.
We so often forget in our awe, disgust, surprise, anguish, that real people are left behind; mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, sons and daughters, nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

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MALLENCE BART WILLIAMS: “AFRICA SUFFERS OF A VIRUS THAT NEEDS TO BE CURED:’EUROPEAN INFLUENCIA’

Mallence Bart-Williams was born in Cologne (Germany) from a German mother and a Sierra-Leonese father. Her father, Gaston Bart-Wiliams, was a writer activist and the first film director of Sierra Leone. After the ten year long civil war in Sierra-Leone, she was finally able to revisit to her father’s country in 2008, where she met street children from the notorious Lion Base Gang. She felt compelled to do Something and eventually founded the creative collective Folorunsho with 21 street kids. Their design collaborations were sold internationally and with the proceeds the kids were able to go to school and pay for school fees accommodation, etc… Mallence is a multifaceted creative social entrepreneur and has explored the realms of writing, publishing, film making, creative direction and fashion design among other things. She pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore, and Great Britain. Today she lives and works  across the globe, producing an all-natural cosmetics line in Asia, runs an educational fund for orphans in Sierra Leone and works with Young innovators from the African continent.

Source: MALLENCE BART WILLIAMS: “AFRICA SUFFERS OF A VIRUS THAT NEEDS TO BE CURED:’EUROPEAN INFLUENCIA’

Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education

“No child should study in the dark”: Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education
By  on November 1, 2018 — Evariste Akoumian, a 37-year-old Ivorian, invented the “Solarpak”, a schoolbag with a solar panel and a lamp, to improve the education of young schoolchildren from rural, non-electrified areas. Using the lamp, children can now comfortably study after dark.

Source: Solar-powered school bags changing Cote d’Ivoire’s education

November 9, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

Stop the Killing

Interview with Mayor Gusciora in next edition

Sam Frisby’s 50th Birthday

The November 9th Edition of The Nubian News

October 26th Edition of The Nubian News.

Get out and Vote, Tuesday, November 6th

EL AMOR DE LA MADRE ES INCONDICIONAL

White Woman Calls Police on Nine Year Old Black Boy She Falsely Accused of Groping Her

POETRY IS OUT ALL NIGHT IN TRENTON

October 26th Online Edition of The Nubian News

October 12 Edition of The Nubian News

Climate Change Impacts Our Lives

The Persecution and Assassination of Bill Cosby

Passage Theatre

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