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Friday, April 20, 2018

Suicide prevention org. plans fundraiser in Metro Atlanta

"Suicide is the tenth 
leading cause of death
in the United States."---AFSP

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is sponsoring a "Party for Prevention," Saturday, May 19th from 7 pm. until 10pm. at Eventide Brewery, 1015 Grant St SE, Atlanta, Ga.

The event will feature live music by Josh Schicker, a brewery tour, drink tickets, food from Verde Taqueria, and silent auction. A drawing will take place to win an escape to Lake Burton for eight, a weekend get away in a 3 bedroom, 3 bath home where you can explore the 3,000 acre lake by boat, bike, or on foot. 

For more information and tickets, go to:

Child dragged off bus; child who shot video expelled off bus

Screen shot from video shot by Jamari Pointer
This has been a rough week in race relations in the U.S. 

First, Starbucks.

Then Theta Tau.

Next: child dragged off school bus, and child who shot video was punished by school officials.

So glad this man didn’t have a gun!

Thank God for cellphone cameras and for kid videographers like 10-year old Jamari Pointer who was courageous enough to record history during a very traumatic experience! He deserves an award, and all the children on that bus should be given psychological evaluations and trauma treatment.
School bus full of children, traumatized by incident and in need of counseling
While a teacher, I followed our local school district's policy to collect student's cellphones if they were using them in class, but now I think all students should have cellphones or some means of recording bad behavior by school officials. Parents now need to educate children of their rights and teach them how to protect themselves from adults at school.

Police start audio and dash cam recorders at beginning of traffic stops. Citizens should be recording, too.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

No respect for ladies, even at the car wash.

This business offers Ladies Day discounts on Wednesday, and since I am a lady, I went to get my car washed. Josue Briones, the owner/manager at The Soft Touch Car Wash on Sandy Plains Road in Marietta, Ga, told me not to come back to any Soft Touch locations because I complained about the price I was charged. 

I went today, Ladies Day, when I was supposed to receive a discount. A full wash, inside and out, is $15, and I told him I only wanted the outside done. When he charged my credit card $15, he said the discount was not for a Number 1 wash. There is no signage saying that is the case. I told him since I wasn't getting a discount, I wanted him to do the inside, too. I have a small two-seater. He said it was too late. I told him I could wait. 

He threw $5 at me and told me never to come back. This is an example of how LADIES are treated in Cobb County. Just wanted you to know...

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dr. Cunningham's death still a mystery in Atlanta...his research said "weathering" in blacks produces premature death

Still wondering what happened to Harvard and Morehouse-trained Dr. Timonthy Cunningham, a CDC scientist and researcher in Atlanta. Dr. Cunningham had been doing research on "Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 1999–2015."  (

According to the report's conclusion, "...blacks had significantly lower educational attainment and home ownership and almost twice the proportion of households living below the poverty level and unemployed than whites in all age groups. Such social factors are posited as 'fundamental causes' because they influence chronic conditions, related behaviors, health-related quality of life, and health care utilization by constraining persons’ abilities to engage in prevention or treatment (7,8). These differences in 'fundamental causes,' health behaviors, and access to health care contribute to the excess deaths and chronic conditions among younger black adults that are most common among persons aged ≥65 years. For example, blacks in age groups 18–34 and 35–49 were nearly twice as likely to die from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes as whites. These findings are generally consistent with previous reports that use the term 'weathering' to suggest that blacks experience premature aging and earlier health decline than whites, and that this decline in health accumulates across the entire life span and potentially across generations, as a consequence of psychosocial, economic, and environmental stressors."

Some say Dr. Cunningham, 35, may have been distraught over not getting a promotion. Others say there was some "whistleblowing" rumors surrounding the flu shot and the NRA's fight against gun control.

NAN focuses on gun control at upcoming meeting

The National Action Network (NAN) will hold its annual convention April 18-21 in New York City. 

In a press release, the organization says it is "facing a hostile presidential administration and an urgent need to mobilize voters for the 2018 midterm elections...under President Trump is anti-civil rights and many of the achievements of the civil rights community are being undermined."

The NAN convention will bring together influential national leaders from the civil rights movement, government, labor, religion, business, media, the Black church and the activist community.  

Some speakers will include: House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA), Senator Bernie Sanders (VT), Senator Cory Booker (NJ), Senator Kamala Harris (CA), Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA), Congressman Al Green (TX), DNC Chair Tom Perez, former United States Attorney General Eric Holder, and Governor Phil Murphy (NJ); founder of the #MeToo Movement, Tarana Burke; Common, the first rapper to win an Emmy, Grammy and Oscar Award; Joy-Ann Reid (MSNBC), Angela Rye (CNN), Symone Sanders (CNN) and Charles Blow (New York Times).

Among the plenary sessions and other nationally focused discussion panels at this year’s convention, NAN will host the “Keepers of the Dream Awards” on April 18.

On the closing day of NAN’s annual national convention, there will be a special televised forum entitled, “Measuring the Movement,” hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton and featuring leaders from civil rights organizations, activists and national elected officials who will assess the movement’s strengths and weaknesses as NAN recognizes the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. The final day will also feature various discussions for young people and a closing fashion show.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Starbucks' question: Should I go there for a latte tomorrow?

Probably not.

The last time I went there, in 2015, I paid $4 to join the RACE TOGETHER campaign, only to find out that it had been discontinued at that location because someone had complained about discussing race.

Go figure...any publicity is good for the market!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Breaking News: Robert Carter dies in Houston, Texas

Robert "Bobby" Carter, a retired Houston engineer, 75, died last night after suffering from ALS disease with complications starting last Monday. He is survived by his wife and two children. 

Carter was the son of the late Robert Carter, past Dean of Students at Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. and Ruth Carter. Carter was an alumni of Tennessee State University in Nashville and also held a Masters of Business Administration degree. He was a former employee of Gulf Oil Company and the City Of Houston, Council on Aging. He will be cremated in Houston.

He is the brother of  Dr. William "Billy" Carter, 69, psychiatrist,  who has been in Atlanta, Ga. practicing medicine for several decades.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, April 21.

Invitation to public prayer 50 years after King's death

Please join Archbishop Wilton Gregory and his auxiliary bishops, Most Reverend Bernard E. Shlesinger III and Most Reverend Joel M. Konzen, S.M. for an Ecumenical Service of Prayer at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 2699 Peachtree Road, N.E., Atlanta, Georgia 30305 on Monday, April 23, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. with a reception following in Kenny Hall.

April 4, 2018 marks the 50th Anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. His assassination sent shock waves reverberating around the world. While his life was cut short, his legacy continues. “Without justice, there can be no peace.” These words are as true today as they were when he wrote them over fifty years ago. The fiftieth anniversary of Dr. King’s death is especially meaningful for the ecumenical community here in Atlanta.

Guests include Lutheran Bishop Julian Gordy, Greek Orthodox Fr. Panayiotis Papageorgiou, Civil Rights Leader/Baptist Pastor Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley and Episcopal Bishop Don Wimberly.

Fr. Panayiotis will deliver a short presentation on the teaching of Dr. King on “The Meaning of Hope”. 

Friday, April 6, 2018

AKA Central Regional Conference, St. Louis, Missouri

Kasey Coleman is daughter of Terri Coleman from my chapter, Tau, at Indiana University.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held its regional conference April 5-8. The theme was "Confident, Committed and Connected."

According to Regional Director Kathy Walker-Steele, "Central Region will work determinedly implementing programs of service focused on the international program theme of Launching New Dimensions of Service℠. Targets will include Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership and Global Impact."

Sorors sportin' Pink and Green
Two of my pledge sisters, Marita and Peggy, at the Spiritual Send Off.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated women remain active in the community through service, conferences and special events. Nearly 300,000 members give over 2 million service hours and serve more than 6 million families annually to meet the needs of the community.

One completed project was making pillow case dresses for girls in Africa and Haiti. In 2016, the sorority's national target was exceeded, with over 33,000 dresses made and donated.