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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

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.

Entire Online Edition of the November 30th Nubian News

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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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.

 

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.