*Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is on a mission to convince Maryland’s 7th District voters that she is the best person to continue the work of her late husband, the honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings. She also hopes to establish new initiatives of her own.
Dr. Cummings announced her candidacy for the Congressional seat in November 2019, a few days before undergoing a preventative double mastectomy. She emerged from a successful surgery with physical strength and mental clarity.
She waged a potent campaign for the February 4th 2020 primary election, but on April 28th 2020 Mrs. Cummings lost in a special election with former Congressman Kweisi Mfume, where he won the opportunity to serve the last eight months of Congressman Elijah Cummings’ term.
Mr. Mfume represented Maryland’s 7th district from 1987 to 1996 but left to serve as President of the NAACP. The special election results motivated Maya to travail even harder. It was her husband’s wish that she would become his successor.
Dr. Rockeymoore Cumming is undaunted and in a fast fight to claim the post by winning the June 2nd 2020 primary election, carrying on her husband’s legacy and defeating former Congressman Kweisi Mfume and Republican contender Kimberly Klacik. The winner will fill the remaining two years of Maryland’s 7th district congressional term.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’ fortitude has long been proven before now. She was not only a loving mate to her late husband, but a perfect match for their joint focus and commitment to government and public service. She made it clear when speaking to EURweb’s LaRita Shelby.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings: “Folks need to know that I met Elijah on Capital Hill. He met me and I was already working on Capital Hill.”
That work included serving on the House Ways and Means Committee and being the former Chair of the Maryland Democratic Party, as well as the former Chief of Staff for former Democratic Representative of New York, Charlie Rangel. Dr. Cummings also worked with the National Urban League as Senior Resident scholar for health and income security and she was a member of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation and Chairman of the Board of the national committee to preserve social security and Medicare during President George W. Bush’s administration.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings: “My work is focused on diversity, inclusion and equity. I have been a 21st Century fighter for civil rights.”
Added to these initiatives is Mrs. Cummings’ Bold New Deal for COVID 19, which includes a national master plan calling on Congress to work with experts on public health; a Healthcare emergency approach for access to health care, a Medicare for all health plan, an economic plan assuring income assistance for those who are in need, and a plan to stimulate the overall economy as well. Additionally, Dr. Cummings is in sync with the hearts of young people who need the tools and guidance for political advocacy. For this cause, she authored The Political Action Handbook: A How-To Guide for the Hip Hop Generation.
Click the player below for more on Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings’ interview with EURweb’s LaRita Shelby.
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is emphatic about a clean and green plan, a federal jobs program, and a program that provides for every household to have income, food and housing security. She previously sent out a challenge to debate Rep. Kweisi Mfume, but as of press time he has not responded. Mrs. Cummings is quick to note that she is ready to get to work.
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University (an HBCU), where she served as president of the Political Science Club and social action chair of the campus chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Maya received her Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from Purdue University, specializing in Public Policy, International Relations, American Politics and African American studies.
As of press time, and according to The Baltimore Sun, the June 2nd election is being held entirely by mail. Ballots should be mailed and processed by June 2nd 2020 or put in a designated drop box per the Maryland State Board of Elections. For more info on Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings campaign visit MayaforCongress.com #Continuingthelegacy
LaRita “Jazzy Rita” Shelby is a writer & entertainer and Director of Digital Strategy & Sales for EURweb.com, newly branded Everything Urban & Radioscope. Winner of MIMPA’S 2020 Entertainment Journalist of the Year Award & Proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho. LaRita is the author of The Brand Beside the Brand and On My Father’s Side. Chat, swap ideas & vision at [email protected]
‘Bachelorette’ Alum Mike Johnson Says He’s Making the Love He Wants / EUR Exclusive WATCH
*Mike Johnson has made a name for himself leaving “Bachelorette” fans in an uproar after not being selected as the first black bachelor in the franchise.
Even though Johnson hasn’t made history yet on his path to love, he hasn’t given up either. Debuting his new book called “Making The Love You Want,” Mike is now focused on making the love he wants.
EURweb correspondent Monique Loveless sat down with the season 15 The Bachelorette contestant to discuss his relationship status, his new book, and making the love he truly wants.
“I like a woman that has a strong backbone. I like a woman who has confidence in handling themselves. I like a woman who can teach me some things, someone who knows she’s a boss.” Johnson goes on to say “ I want one lady for the rest of my life, I want to build with her, I want a partnership, I want to build businesses, I want to be a mogul couple.”
Before “The Bachelorette” Mike lived a life of anonymity as a financier in Grand Prairie, TX. But once he received the phone call that he was cast on Hannah Brown’s season, life as he knew it completely changed. The Texas native knew on the journey to finding love, his life experiences would be exposed on national TV. Ready to tell his story The Bachelor In Paradise participant was compelled to take a deeper dive into his past leading him to write his debut book.
“I love my title so much because that’s what its all about, making the love you want within my book, within life, and all the things you want out of life. Really starting from within.” Mike let us know that he got so transparent in the book that he had to sit down and have a conversation with his mother whom he’s very close to, about it.
The handsome bachelor has turned his full focus on his philanthropic work, speaking engagements, and continuing being an active mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Get to know Johnson better by purchasing his book “Making The Love You Want” on October 2.
Making People Laugh About the Hardships of Teaching Keeps Eddie B. Going (EUR Exclusive!)
*Eddie B. hit the mark when his “Teachers Only Comedy Tour” in 2017 played to sold-out audiences. His later show “I’m Already Professionally Developed Tour” was also a huge success.
With funny and telling commentary about what teachers really think has made Eddie B. a hit with educators and comedy fans around the world. While the former teacher is excited about his success, he takes it all in stride.
“People ask me why am I so humble and I don’t know how to answer that,” Eddie B. told the EUR in a recent phone interview. “The only answer I came up with one time is that the more thankful you are you have no choice but to display humbleness. You have to be thankful for what you have. So being humble and thankful go hand in hand.”
With COVID-19 rendering comedy-tours practically non-existent, the Houston native keeps the jokes coming and his routines fresh by crashing virtual conferences held by, of course, teachers.
“I’m doing a lot of Zooms,” Eddie B. said. “I’m doing everybody’s meetings and convocations. I’ve been busy, busy, busy. Thank God.”
The consummate “class clown,” he was always the funny one in the room and began making serious moves as a comedian while attending Texas A&M University (Kingsville).
Although he was earning a local name for himself, Eddie B. was not making the kind of money he had hoped. Continuing the comedy club circuit after graduation and taking odd jobs, he began teaching because it was steady pay. He remained a teacher for 13 years while still doing comedy.
“A lot of teachers say, ‘I’ve been wanting to teach my whole life. I was born this way.’ No, you weren’t.” the single father laughed. “I’m a tell you right now 70% of all teachers didn’t want to teach. I guarantee you that. Teaching is a profession you get stuck in. The only reason you get stuck is because of the kids. You know the money’s not keeping us. It’s our relationships with the kids and other teachers too – the camaraderie of it all.”
Eddie B. retired from teaching for a short while during his tenure but soon had to return to pay the bills.
“I’m hearing Steve Harvey and ‘em say, ‘You gotta jump. Take the leap,’ That’s cute,” he added. “But what the hell do you do when you take the jump and you get pulled back? I jumped as high as I could and got snatched back down, which led me to believe that it’s got more to do with timing then jumping.”
Down but not out, Eddie B., who showed off his craft on YouTube, said a voice inside his head told him, “’Hey, why don’t you do a video about (teaching)?’ So, I shot it before the kids got in my (school) room and put it out by lunch time. But I was like I don’t even have teaching in my comedy.”
“A couple of days later on my Instagram I got about 100,000 views,” he continued. “I thought something was wrong. I thought it was a glitch. It was just teachers bouncing it off and that was the magic of it. It kept growing and growing. Millions of views and the video was only sixty seconds. It was called ‘What Teachers Really Want to Say’ and I was like man if they like this I’ve got 13 years of this.”
Now that he was getting traction, he had to figure out a way to keep the momentum going with the newer audience.
“What they (the teachers who liked his videos) didn’t know was that I’m a comedian,” Eddie B. said. “They just thought I’m a funny teacher. I had to take what I knew about teaching and put it in a (comedy) set now.”
But could he do that without alienating those who had supported his regular comedy for so long?
“My comedy wasn’t always clean. I used to curse with every other word. I’m from the neighborhood and a large percent of my audience is Caucasian (white women teachers). They don’t want to hear that language. But I’ve been on tour for almost 4 years now and I’ve toned it down. I had to grow with it and learn on the job. It was like teaching.”
For more on Eddie B., and to find out where he may be next virtually and otherwise, go to his official website here.
You can also buy his book, “I’m Already Professionally Developed: Straight from the Teacher’s Desk,” released last year.
JeffCars.com’s Review: Mazda’s CX-30
Highlight: The CX-30 is approximated $1,300 more than Mazda’s CX-3.
Test Vehicle’s MSRP: $31,670 (Base Model: $23,000)
Seating Capacity: 4
Standard Safety Features: airbags; side airbags; ABS; hill launch assist; traction control system; stability control; automatic on/off headlights; rain sensing wipers; a rearview camera; a lane keep assist system; a lane departure warning system; a tire pressure monitoring system; sunvisor extensions; a smart city brake support system; and a driver fatigue monitor system
Standard Equipment (Base Model): 16-inch wheels; front wheel drive; an electronic parking brake; dual power exterior mirrors; a manual a/c; center console armrest with covered storage compartment; cloth seats; manual adjusted front seats; a push button ignition starter system; a keyless remote system with a panic button; and an 8-inch infotainment screen
Standard Equipment (Premium Package Model): 18-inch wheels; paddle shifters connected with the steering wheel; electric assist power steering; front/rear signature LED illuminated headlights; a power liftgate; roof rails; a dual zone ventilation system; rear ventilation vents; leather seats; heated front seats; power driver’s seat with a memory control feature; overhead console with sunglass holder; vanity mirror illumination; rear armrest with cupholders; a 12-speaker Bose AM/FM audio system; SiriusXM; Andorid/Apple CarPlay; a 9-inch infotainment system with Pandora ready radio integration; a drive attention alert system; a radar activated cruise control system; a blindspot monitoring system with a rear traffic cross alert system; a heads up display (HUD) system; and an active front lighting system
Optional Features On Test Vehicle: paint color; frameless auto dimming mirror; navigation system; active driving display system; an adaptive front lighting system; leather seats; front/rear LED signature illumination; power moonroof; paddle shifters; and power rear liftgate roof rails.
Other Trim Levels:
Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: an 8-speaker AM/FM/HD radio
Apple CarPlay/Android: Available
Bluetooth Connectivity: Yes
USB Connectivity: Yes
Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 3 years or 36,000 miles
Powertrain Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles
Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder/186-hp (horsepower)
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Standard Fuel Mileage (Non AWD): 25-city/33-hwy
What’s New: For the 2020 model year, the CX-30 compact crossover is a new addition to the Mazda portfolio.
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About The Reviewer: Jeff Fortson is the host of Auto Trends with JeffCars.com, the only syndicated multicultural automotive radio show on the airwaves. The 30-minute weekly show, which airs on SiriusXM 141 and a number of FM radio dials, includes one-on-one conversations with many of today’s pioneers and influencers. The engaging show, which goes beyond traditional car talk, can be heard via all mobile and stationary infotainment devices, clicking here.
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