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Black Leaders Ask White House and Congressional Leadership for a ‘Better Deal’ for Black Americans

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*Washington, DC – Project 21, the black leadership network, has asked the White House and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s office for a “better deal” for African-Americans, urging both to support its new 57-point plan for promoting black opportunity and prosperity.

During meetings last week, Project 21 leadership presented White House and Majority Leader staff with its “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America,” which identifies 10 key areas for reform – covering everything from educational reform to deregulation to criminal justice reform.

“The Blueprint represents a dramatic break from the past,” said Project 21 Co-Chairman Horace Cooper. “We aren’t calling for increased spending and more government programs – approaches that have been tried and have failed repeatedly for many decades. Instead, we’re recommending reforms designed to give blacks greater control of their destinies as means of unleashing their true potential. It is the same type of approach we would recommend to any American.”

Project 21’s co-chairmen – Cooper, Stacy Washington and Council Nedd – attended the meeting at the White House. Each had comments following the meeting:

Horace Cooper, former chief of staff of the Voice of America, former visiting assistant law professor at George Mason University and former chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Standards Administration: “I’m excited about our meeting with advisors to President Trump. We have been given a unique opportunity to work with a President genuinely interested in improving the state of black America using principles of liberty and free markets – the same principles that make and keep America strong.”

Stacy Washington, host of the nationally-syndicated “Stacy on the Right” and decorated Air Force Veteran: “It was an honor and privilege to offer a preview of Project 21’s ‘Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America’ to members of President Trump’s staff. Our effort is a comprehensive array of policy suggestions to get government out of the way of black America accessing and achieving the American Dream. Government isn’t the solution. President Trump has demonstrated an astute understanding of this in his efforts to eliminate heaps of destructive regulations, lower the unemployment rate and implement tax reform. I look forward to working with him to achieve even more success.”

Council Nedd, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Constable (“America’s Constable”) and Anglican Archbishop: “I’m greatly encouraged by our meeting with White House and congressional officials about Project 21’s new Blueprint. As someone who primarily serves court-ordered arrest warrants, I put a lot of bad guys behind bars. But it’s disheartening to see so many people repeatedly arrested simply for the failure to pay fines. The judicial system should not be administering what has become a de facto franchise of debtors prisons for people with summary and misdemeanor convictions. Reforming this aspect of our legal system will go a long way toward alleviating tensions between the police and the black community – and increasing officer safety.”

Project 21’s Blueprint contains a number of innovative ideas to address longstanding challenges experienced by the black community. It recommends, for example, that Minority Impact Assessments be conducted for all new federal regulations to ensure that they don’t have disproportionate negative impact on black communities. A preview of additional recommendations is provided in the “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” executive summary.

In addition to the White House meeting, Project 21 Co-Chairman Cooper and memberRichard Holt briefed Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s staff on the Blueprint.

“I am excited that the Senate leadership appears receptive to the ideas contained in Project 21’s ‘Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America,'” said Holt. “This is the kind of forward-thinking agenda that will uplift forgotten communities.”

The “Blueprint for a Better Deal for Black America” will be released in stages, policy area by policy area, over the next 10 weeks. A tentative schedule will be released next week.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over 25 years, is sponsored by theNational Center for Public Policy Research. Its members have been quoted, interviewed or published over 40,000 times since the program was created in 1992. Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated, and may be earmarked exclusively for the use of Project 21.

Founded in 1982, the National Center for Public Policy Research is a non-partisan, free-market, independent conservative think-tank. Ninety-four percent of its support comes from some 60,000 individuals, less than four percent from foundations and less than two percent from corporations. Sign up for email updates here. Follow us on Twitter at@NationalCenter for general announcements. To be alerted to upcoming media appearances by National Center staff, follow our media appearances Twitter account at@NCPPRMedia.

 

 

 

 

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Nona Hendryx to Host Global Virtual Event with Special Guest Appearance by Angela Davis

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*Singer, songwriter, and activist Nona Hendryx in conjunction with Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X., have partnered with the international feminist group JASS (Just Associates) to present a “Musical Meditation and Celebration of Radical Healing” on Friday, August 14, 2020. This global, multi-artist virtual online event is designed to share and affirm our connections and power in a time of uprising and crisis through music, dance, poetry, and guided meditations. Featuring female performing entities from around the world, including noted activist, academic, and author Angela Davis, this one-of-a-kind event will be live-streamed on the StreamYard platform beginning at 4:00 p.m. EST/1:00 p.m. PST/2:00 MT/7:00 p.m. UCT.

JASS was founded in 2003 by activists, organizers, popular educators, and scholars from five continents, including Lisa VeneKlasen, who recently stepped down as Executive Director, and Shereen Essof, the current Executive Director, who are connected by their commitment to grassroots feminist organizing and justice through shared political struggles from Central America to Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Philippines.

Hendryx – a former member of Grammy Hall of Fame trio LaBelle – and VeneKlasen have long wanted to collaborate politically on an event spotlighting women’s often invisible role in the ongoing fight to address unfinished struggles of our liberation – violence, inequality, racism, discrimination, stigma, and more. Initially planning to partner to celebrate Women’s History Month in March, then Black Music Month in June, they postponed plans when the country was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as by the global outcry for racial and social justice. With numerous artists and organizations taking to online platforms for performances and fundraisers, Hendryx and VeneKlasen decided that August was a stronger opportunity for the two women-focused entities to address both the hopeful possibilities and trauma and pain of these times.

“By radical healing, we’re acknowledging the power of music to lift our spirits and connect us across all our differences,” says Hendryx. “We recognize that we can’t build and sustain strong movements for the long haul with broken people who bear the brunt of crises and violence. We need moments of shared joy and connections as much as information and strategy.” Adding that women’s role at the forefront of numerous movements has been powerful and consistent, she also notes, “some of the most amazing music ever created has been birthed from struggle.”

Shereen Essof, JASS Executive Director, adds, “In the face of crises and violence, feminist organizers believe that our collective healing is vital to building strong, agile movements for the future. Songs, music, dancing, and poetry are part of a long tradition of activism and communities organizing for justice globally. We are incredibly excited to co-create this moment of radical healing with these extraordinary artists.”

Hendryx will perform with New York-based collective Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. (Quantum, Unique, Evolving, Essence of Nubian Sistas), a musical meditation on the affirmation of healing traumas of the past and present while answering questions and exploring ways to move forward. First presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., in September 2019 with special guests Divinity Roxx, Be Steadwell, Liza Jessie Peterson, the group will be joined by Sophia Ramos for the August 14th performance.  Q.U.E.E.N.X. is a multi-generational, multi-disciplinary blending of music, spoken word, hip-hop, funk, rock, and avant-garde. The group has been hailed for its unique performances that embrace a broad range of audiences, particularly the African American, Latinx, Indigenous Natives, and LGBTQI communities.

Also joining Nubian Q.U.E.E.N.X. for this special presentation in radical healing will be noted women artists from around the globe, including South African actress and poet Lebo Mashile; indigenous Guatemalan singer Sara Carruchich; Zimbabwean singer and Mbira player, Hope Masike; and Filipina theater actress and singer Monique Wilson.

For more information and reservations for this event, please go to https://nona-hendryx.squarespace.com/nubianqueenx and https://www.justassociates.org/

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Evelyn Lozada Gets Emotional Recalling Ochocinco Abuse [VIDEO]

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*Evelyn Lozada has responded to the recent comments her ex-husband, former NFL star Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, made about his 2012 domestic violence case.

“I lost my temper for once in life for 3 seconds & it cost me a lifetimes worth of work,” he tweeted without mentioning the incident. “I got it all back plus some after getting a 2nd chance & NOTHING will ever get me out of that happy space again.”

As reported by thejasminebrand.com, Johnson was arrested and charged with domestic battery in 2012 following an altercation with Lozada. She filed for divorce days after.

He pleaded no contest and struck a plea deal and served a year-long probation sentence.

Johnson was also dropped by the Miami Dolphins after his arrest. He and Evelyn also filmed a VH1 realty show that never aired. 

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The “Basketball Wives” star released a tearful video Thursday in response to Johnson’s tweet.

She captioned the 5 minute clip: “I’m sorry to my kids, my family & friends, my fellow cast-members, their kids & family, the viewers & anyone else I hurt or affected with my actions. I hope & pray my message is received and that this video makes sense. I’m sorry for being so upset but this is HEAVY on my heart. #ILoveAllOfYou”.

In the video Lozada makes clear that Ochocinco was abusive on more than one occasion.

Hear/watch her tell it via the YouTube clip above. 

Evelyn Lozada Cries While Alleging Ochocinco Was Abusive More Than Once [VIDEO]

Johnson’s spoke about his troubled past after social media users asked his advice on how to stay positive.

“What’s the secret? How do you stay so positive? Was it therapy? Not being funny…really asking for myself,” wrote one fan.

Evelyn and Chad were married for only 41 days before she filed for divorce after they had a violent brawl.

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Stephen A. Smith Says NBA Players Will ‘Struggle’ with Sexual Frustration in Orlando / WATCH

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*As the NBA prepares for the conclusion of the season in Orlando, Florida, Stephen A. Smith thinks the biggest challenge players will face in the city is the lack of sex due to the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“Do we really think that the ‘recreational activities’ that these guys are accustomed to are going to be compromised for three months?” said Smith on Tuesday’s edition of First Take, per 97 The Game.

The NBA recently shared a photo of courts for the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic being set up inside the bubble at Disney World, offering a first look at team practice rooms being set up in hotels. 

As noted by CBS News, ” as teams start traveling to Orlando next week, we should start getting more information about how everything in the bubble is going to look,” the outlet writes. Adding, “Teams will practice at staggered times in order to promote social distancing and keep everyone healthy. “

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Smith added, “Forget three months. They’re gonna’ struggle with three weeks. Why you think they wanted Vegas?” asked Smith.

Hear him tell it via the Twitter video above.

Meanwhile, Jesse Pantuosco of 97 The Game writes, “the NBA has made its Orlando accommodations as player-friendly as possible with table tennis, on-site barbers, movie-viewing areas and other entertainment options. But even with all those amenities at their disposal, Smith predicts players will leave the premises to fulfill their sexual appetites.”

“They’re gonna’ violate the bubble. That’s what I’m telling you,” Smith insisted. “Somebody’s gotta’ say it.”

Meanwhile, when asked what he would like to see when the league restarts in Florida, Lakers player representative Danny Green told ESPN.  “We got to continue to speak up, continue to figure out ways to affect change as a group,” said Green. “We’ll be competing against each other and focusing on winning, but we still need to focus on what’s the bigger picture.”

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