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February 1, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

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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.

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December 21, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

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Contents:

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

Highlights:

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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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

Facebook says nearly 50m users compromised in huge security breach | Technology | The Guardian

Nearly 50m Facebook accounts were compromised by an attack that gave hackers the ability to take over users’ accounts, Facebook revealed on Friday.“

Today’s disclosure is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax are able to accumulate so much personal data about individual Americans without adequate security measures,” said the US senator Mark Warner in a statement. “This is another sobering indicator that Congress needs to step up and take action to protect the privacy and security of social media users.”

Facebook shares fell about 3% following the disclosure.

Source: Facebook says nearly 50m users compromised in huge security breach 

This solar-powered cart can charge 80 phones at once

Solar energy innovator Henri Nyakarundi with his portable mobile charging kiosk in Rwanda.

In Rwanda, industry analysis estimates that roughly 70% of the population have a cell phone, yet only 18% have access to electricity, according to the World Bank.
Sketching the first design on a piece of paper, the entrepreneur devised a solar-powered kiosk that can be towed by bicycle and provides simultaneous charging for up to 80 phones.

Source: This solar-powered cart can charge 80 phones at once – CNN

Statement from Trenton Board of Education President – Gene Bouie

TRENTON BOARD OF EDUCATION
Gene Bouie
Board President
STATEMENT FROM THE BOARD PRESIDENT
I am taking this opportunity to send this message to clarify the confusion surrounding the Superintendent’s 2017-2018 Merit Award process. The annual evaluation of the Superintendent is made up of two components; performance against the district’s goals, and performance against merit goal targets. The process of evaluating School Superintendents is not unique to Trenton but occurs in every school district across the State of New Jersey. Each of these components are established at the beginning of each school year in collaboration and negotiation between the Board of Education and the Superintendent. As it relates to Dr. McDowell, the Superintendent of the Trenton School District, the district goals and merit goals were established in September of 2017. The merit goals were approved by the Trenton School Board and then subsequently accepted and approved by the Mercer County Office of Education. The evaluation of the Superintendent’s performance against the merit targets was completed on Monday, September 24, 2018.
I think it is important that concerned residents and partners understand the process of Superintendent Evaluation. The evaluation of the Superintendent’s district goal performance was completed prior to July 1, 2018. The Superintendent’s performance against the established district goals is divided into two parts;
Superintendent Evaluation Compilation Part I (District Goals) and
Superintendent Evaluation Compilation Part II (Standards of Leadership). The standards associated with Part II are:
Standard I – Mission, Vision and Core Values;
Standard II – Governance, Ethics and Professional Norms;
Standard III – Operations Management;
Standard IV – Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and School Improvement;
Standard V – Community of Care, Equity and Family Engagement;
Standard VI – Professional Capacity/Community of School District Personnel
The establishment of merit goals was defined in the Superintendent’s contract of employment and were aligned with the district goals. The possible total payout is established at the beginning of the process and the goals are divided into 5 key areas; three quantitative goals and two qualitative goals. In each of the goal areas, the percentage is based on the evidence associated with the attainment. During the review and discussion of the Superintendent’s performance the Board spent nearly 90 minutes of rigorous review and inquiry before approving. We must keep in mind, that not only was evidence produced for the merit goals, the evidence from the district goals also contributes to the decision-making process because the merit goals are aligned to the district goals.
The performance review of the Superintendent of Schools is the most rigorous of any district employee. This is unlike the majority of district employees, where raises are determined by the level attained within “salary guide”. Because the Superintendent’s job is crucial to the success of the district as a whole, it is only appropriate that his performance is evaluated in such a manner. Dr. McDowell has spent one year in the Trenton school district which is still considered a low performing district and has numerous challenges even though the QSAC scores have gone from a low of 27% in the area of Curriculum and Instruction in 2016-2017, to 61% in 2017-2018. There has been continued improvement in both reading and math scores; overall improvement of students in PARCC; the rehiring of 65 Paraprofessionals and there has been much more parent, community and stakeholder engagement via townhalls and strategic planning sessions. The district is now in compliance with the Amistad legislation (Bill A1301) that was passed in 2002. The district has gone from being totally privatized as it relates to transportation to now the district owning 21 buses (eleven 54 passenger, nine 24 passenger and 1 wheelchair assessible). Additionally, the City’s freshman high school students now attend a brand-new state of the art 9th Grade Academy.
There is still much work to be done in the area of Special Education and a report developed by an independent reviewer has outlined the areas of deficiency in that department. There is a lack of adherence to processes, policies and procedure. Staff will now be held accountable at every level to ensure a high quality of service to these most vulnerable children and their families. In a recent discussion there was discussion about poor communication and the need to establish service level agreements to ensure appropriate response times to phone calls and email inquiries. The district has currently of culture of no accountability, no sense of urgency and a sense of entitlement; the only people that should be entitled are our students. There is even in some instances intentional and unintentional sabotaging of progress because the is a lack of understanding of the connectiveness of the work and no comprehension of the importance of systems thinking. During Dr. McDowell’s tenure as Superintendent, the Board has received detailed weekly updates and the Superintendent publishes monthly updates after Board meetings with the latter being shared with broader networks. All in an effort to share what is actually taking place in Trenton Public Schools separate and apart from the noise. The Superintendent has also established multiple advisory councils and committees to help inform the direction of the school district. There was an unfounded vote of no confidence against the Superintendent and the Board President. Change is never easy, but we must be resolve in our efforts to transform the district, because the status quo is unacceptable and the children of Trenton deserve better.
As a concerned citizen, I reject individuals playing divisive politics with the future of the children of Trenton because of the high poverty rates that exist, and the volume of people without hope wandering aimlessly in the streets of Trenton is because the school system has historically failed them. In my nearly two-year tenure as a member of the Trenton Board of Education, I have worked with three Superintendents and had multiple board members resign due to the toxic culture causing me to issue this statement. The lack of consistent and sustained district leadership contributes to the problems that we have experienced. Transformation is uncomfortable for some and downright painful for others. We are interested in working with any and all solution-minded community members. Anything less serves as a distraction and contributes to the dysfunction that keeps the school district from making progress and the great City of Trenton from rising from the ashes like a Phoenix. As a City of Trenton resident, I choose to be part of the solution and work collaboratively towards total transformation.

September 28th edition of The Nubian News

Cancer Walk October 13th, Cadwalader Park

Interview with Dr. George Pruitt, past president of Thomas Edison State University

35th Pastoral Anniversary of Rev Clemson Leach of Beauty Grove Primitive Baptist Church

September 28th Online Edition of The Nubian News

August 31, 2018 Edition Of The Nubian News

Murphy Vetos Bill to Exempt Hair Braiders from Cosmetology Licensing Requirement
In another shocking decision for the Black community, Gov. Murphy has conditionally vetoed a bill

Bethea Seeks Trenton-Based State Assembly Seat

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