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April 5, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

Trenton Circus Squad
By Tangela Wright
It started as an online contest that my friend entered and invited me to as her plus 1. It was a Saturday outing and upon my arrival I was met by an awesome hostess who had all the information together to the left of the entrance. To the right, was the mouth watering smell and bags of cotton candy and fresh popped popcorn. Who doesn’t love the circus. Kenneth Gibson First Black Mayor of Newark Passes
By Al Alatunji
Kenneth A. Gibson, who became the first Black to serve as mayor of a major northeastern city, when in 1970 he was elected mayor of New Jersey’s largest city; Newark, died on March 29. We have lost a giant.
Gibson twice sought the Democratic nomination for governor and became a national political figure as the first Black president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors six years later. Propelled to leadership after the Newark riots tore at the city in 1967, Gibson helped establish a foundation for Black political power. Gibson is credited with stabilizing Newark’s finances, improving the health of its citizens and fighting the good fight during difficult times, not just for Newark, but most American cities. When Jamaica Led the Postcolonial Fight Against Exploitation
In the 1970s, a bloc of Third world states forced the UN to take seriously the unequal distribution of global wealth.
“The New International Economic Order was conceived as the international corollary to the domestic projects of socialism.”
This essay appears in Evil Empire and is adapted from Worldmaking after Empire: The Rise and Fall of Self-Determination. Is It Racial or Something Else?
All too often as Black people we have to ask ourselves if what we face has anything to do related to race. That’s stressful.
Unfortunately, too many times we can’t conclude it is or not. Maybe it is and then maybe it isn’t. It’s a horrible way to live a life.
If it is race related then we must respond to it so it doesn’t happen again and again. Sometimes it’s like beating your head against a wall because the racist causing the problem never wants to own up to his/her actions. It is so ingrained in their character they don’t realize, sometimes, anything is wrong. The old saying “a fox can’t smell its own hole” explains it clearly. However, we can smell it. TRABAJADORES EXPETOS EN RE-CONTRUCCION DE VIVIENDAS
Por Carlos Avila
TRENTON-Tras una jornada de trabajo, el pasado día lunes inicio de semana, la cuadrilla de jóvenes hispanos compuesta por: Cesar Monroy (46), Rómulo “Baluc” Ical (35), Randy Soto (46), Josué Yanes (32), Mario Bala (28) y Pedro Rosales (21); ejecutan independiente y a la vez conjuntamente diferentes oficios dentro de lo que es la reconstrucción de viviendas y edificios en el estado de Nueva Jersey. En Nicaragua mientras las conversaciones se interrumpen las protestas no cesan
por Laura Lucia Rodríguez Peña
El próximo 18 de abril se cumplirá un año de crisis para Nicaragua, después de que iniciaran protestas para reformar el seguro social en el país todo ha ido en escala. Las protestas han tomado un tinte violento y el gobierno nacional ha respondido de manera agresiva, las organizaciones internacionales han propuesto diálogos pero el futuro parece incierto para los nicaragüenses. Shiloh Baptist Church hosts Annual Authors Event
By Dawne Washington
Shiloh Baptist Church hosted their annual authors event for Black History Month that showcased the works of authors in the area that deal with important topics such as sexual abuse, the desegregation of schools, children’s books, contributions of those in the black community and urban education.
Rashad Malik Davis, an author and animator, presented artistic works from his book titled “Carefree Like Me.” The Nubian News Book Review
by Terri Schlichenmeyer
“Black is the Body:
Stories From My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine”
by Emily Bernard
c.2019 Knopf -$25.95/$34.95 Canada, 223 pages
Your mother dealt with things you can’t imagine. The Online Edition of The Nubian News

March 8, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

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
21st.

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

Book Review
“Brown White Black: An American Family at the Intersection of Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion”

Information and Update from The Trenton Water Works

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February 15, 2019 Edition of The Nubian News

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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.

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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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Video Shows Trenton, NJ Police Assaulting Man In Mental Distress

A man in obvious mental distress instead of being assisted by police swore to protect and serve, was viciously attacked by the police and their k9 dog.

The unidentified man repeatedly saying “water, water, water” was subjected to a brutal display of force at the hands of Trenton police officers. It seems everyone else in the video realized the man was impaired in some way, everyone except the police who only seemed to see some type of dangerous animal.

What seems to be a common occurrence in police videos the officer was heard saying “stop resisting, stop resisting” as though this were his excuse to commit mayhem on this deranged man’s person.

And that’s what they did. The officer allowed his k9 dog partner to attack and bite the man even though he was  in mental distress. Even while the k9 dog is biting him the victim still only said “water, water, water”.

Who in his right mind wouldn’t recognize the man’s mental distress after all of this. Everyone did, except the police officers. They continued to operate under the assumption the man was criminal and not deranged. How pitiful.

Then to make matters worse the officer is seen abusing the k9 who clearly not under his command or control.

It will be of much interest seeing how the police director and mayor respond to this assault by what in a long distant past used to be looked on as Trenton’s finest.

 

Trenton’s first openly gay mayor an early backer of medical marijuana, marriage equality

You can pass as many bills as possible, but to get things done, you need to be in center court. … As a mayor, you can do stuff.  If someone needs a pothole filled or trash picked up … you can effectuate change,” he said.

Algernon Ward Jr., a lifelong Trentonian and city activist, is optimistic that Gusciora can bring change, but said it will be difficult.  He noted that the new mayor has already experienced a few setbacks.

Gusciora ran on a platform that he would be “able to leverage his relationship with the governor” to get more funding for Trenton, but Gov. Murphy surprised him and others when he cut promised funds from the recently approved budget, Ward said.

Source: The Inquirer-Daily News-Philly.com

August 17, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

The Queen of Soul, Ms Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 died this week. Lady Aretha’s story can be found on page 2.

The Bosley family of Lewisville Road held their family reunion on the 10th – 13th. Their story through pictures are on pages 4-5.

‘The Battle For Trenton’ editorial is on page 9.

The August 3, 2018 Edition of The Nubian News

The Nubian News interviews mayoral candidate, Paul Perez

We sat down with Paul Perez, who is running to become the mayor Trenton, NJ. The highlight of this interview is Mr. Perez’s promise to bring a World Class city government matrix to the City. World Class means the best of the best. It means systems and education and bridging gaps wherever you find them. It means providing the best service to its customers, in this case the citizens of Trenton. Considering becoming World Class is also the goal of The Nubian News we are very pumped knowing our City may be on the same track as we are.

The full Paul Perez Interview

The 8th Edition of The Nubian News 02-10-2018

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