Mr. Dante’ L. Jelks began his journey of becoming one of the most dedicated and experienced funeral directors and embalmers when he was just a little boy. His passion for the funeral home business was nurtured by two funeral home owners- his cousin and godfather. He graduated from Emma Sansom High School in Gadsden, Alabama, and furthered his education at Stillman College. It was at Stillman that he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Upon receiving his degree, Mr. Jelks went on to receive his funeral director and embalming certifications from Jefferson State Community College. He has managed funeral homes, served as an embalmer and worked as a funeral director throughout the state of Alabama. His dream of becoming a business owner was realized on April 19, 2013, when he opened Dante Jelks Funeral Home. He and his experienced staff have been providing exceptional service ever since.
BRANDON HENRY | SERVER OF THE PEOPLE
The St. Louis community means everything to me!” Brandon Henry. CLICK TO PLAY THE INTERVIEW PODCAST WITH MR. BRANDON HENRY OF HENRY FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES Who is Brandon Henry? Server of the People! St. Louis, Missouri | Henry Funeral and Cremation Services recently held its grand opening in St. Louis, Missouri. The owner, Brandon Henry, was reported to be standing on the shoulders of enormous legacy when he purchased the funeral home from Gebken-Benz Mortuary. However, we wanted to know…. Who is Brandon Henry and where did he come from? Besides, over 120 people did not let the ice and sleet stop them from attending the grand opening supporting Mr. Henry is his endeavors. Brandon Henry is not new to the St. Louis community at all. He was born and raised in St. Louis, and feels like serving the community is the least he can do. Henry is a God-fearing man, who is full of faith. Once he puts his mind to something, you better believe he will see it through. Raised by his grandmother with the support of family members, he was groomed for success. He managed to stay out of trouble and took an interest […]
FAMILY AWARDED $8 MILLION AFTER….
San Antonio, Texas | A bittersweet victor in the case of deceased whose body went missing following her memorial service in August of 2015. The family of deceased sued the funeral home parlor for negligence. The deceased remains went missing while in possession of Mission Park Funeral Chapels & Cemeteries’ Mission Park North facility. Julie Mott died at the age of 25 on August 8, 2015. The body went missing following her memorial service while waiting a transfer to be cremated. Her damaged casket was found by employees at Mission Park North on Cherry Ridge. Attorneys were seeking a $10 Million award for past and future mental anguish of the parents because of the loss of their daughters body. The civil suit trail started in January 2018. A Texas jury has awarded the family $8 million.
PLAN TO STAY IN BUSINESS
Don’t fail to write the vision. Everyone aspires and desires to be profitable. However, it does not happen by chance but rather through persistency and resiliency. Business owners must at every point be proactive and be capable to take a delightful measures towards writing a business plan. Ability to put the idea into writing! Having acquired the firsthand knowledge and printable information of what needs to be done, it is highly evident that only few write the vision. As a matter of facts, you would need a holistic approach to writing your plan. Painstakingly work on your weaknesses, bury your ego, and always be honest with yourself. The business plan writing is not to the swift or for the faint-hearted. Identity the overall strengths and weaknesses and do not leave out the threats and opportunities. Get focused! When a business is effectively managed, the profit would boom and astronomically increase if you do not hesitate to analyze your business strengths and weakness at early stage of the business. Your behavioral attitude and quick response is required for huge success. With every plan you need courage, focus, motivation and tenacity. Making profit is about limiting “risk”, providing good service, investing in […]
PREPLANNING AND PREPAYING
Pre-planning and Pre-paying Pre-planning your own funeral gives you the opportunity for your wishes to be fulfilled. While pre-planning, do your research. It’s a good idea to check with several funeral homes to compare their services and prices before making your final decision. You may be surprised on how many funeral homes encourage advance planning. You can pre-plan a funeral without paying the funeral home directory by depositing money into a bank account for the benefit of the funeral home. You can also take advantage of pre-need services where you enter into an agreement with a funeral home and funds are kept in the name of the funeral home, as trustee for you. If you opt to pay the funeral home for pre-payment, be sure to request a Pre-Need Itemization Statement. Once you have made your selection, be sure to request the details of the price that is included in your pre-need arrangements. This includes merchandise, services and facilitation of your choice. The Pre-Need Agreement should outline all terms as wells as your rights as the purchaser. It must also disclose how the principal and interest will be applied to the cost of your funeral expenses and merchandise at the […]
PREPARED PLACE FUNERAL HOME
DALLAS, TX | Congratulations to Dr. Jeremiah Martin,General Manager, and Prepared Place Funeral Home on the opening of their new facility located in Dallas, Texas! Follow Prepared Place @PreparedPlaceFH on Twitter and Facebook.
NEW LAW FOR FETAL REMAINS
A recent bill that passed which mandates that doctors who perform abortions and miscarriages to take extra measures, requiring doctors to cremate or bury fetal remains . However, patients will not be accountable on how the remains are handled. The patient’s physician, in accordance to law, must properly dispose or store the tissue. The law goes into effect September 1, 2017, however the issue of fetal burial is on tied up in the courts, therefore it’s on pause. Many hospitals already bury fetal remains; while some dispose of the remains in “sanitary landfills,” repositories for medical waste. Hospitals and clinic that does not bury or cremate fetal remains after miscarriage or an abortion is subject to fines or the loss of their license.
GREAT ACT OF BENEVOLENCE
Alexandria, LA | Shadowed with mourning the loss of their loved one, like many, the Briggs is also burdened with raising the funeral service money. On hearing the struggles and painfu period the Briggs are going through, The Winnfield Funeral Home, Alexandria was determined to extend their support to the family. The funeral service for Tyneisha Briggs was taken care of free of all charges. Tyneisha’s father ; Anthony Briggs said such good acts are what is pulling the family through in a difficult moment like this. He exclaimed that he was indeed grateful to everyone.More importantly his gratitude to Winnfield Funeral Home as it was not mandatory for them to do such for them.And such gesture has made feel good in the heart. The General Manager of Winnfield Funeral Home, Eugene Miller said the gesture was more of an assurance that they care and not for the purpose do gaining popularity or financial gain. Winnfield Funeral Home of Alexandria provides the best in first class funeral merchandise and cremation services. They are the go to funeral service company for uniquely customized funerals. They listen to the wants, desires, and life stories of their client families to ensure that their […]
FUNERAL HOME DIRECTOR GIVES UP LICENSE
Director of funeral home gave up his license after one family buried wrong body and another finds unknown body in casket at wake. Massachusetts | Following a complaint from families for burying a stranger, thinking they buried their loved one and the other family holding a wake with unknown person in the casket for 4 hours, the director, George Kornack, of the funeral home for over 30 years in Massachusetts has turned in his license. In the early month of June, a family realized shortly after starting an open wake-keep for their late loved one that they got a stranger in the casket. Kraw-Kornack Funeral Home Management in Norwood knew there was no immediate solution they could attempt at the instance the error was discovered. This is because earlier during the day, the supposed body which should be in the open casket at the funeral home was buried. The error seems perfectly done that the cloth for both bodies were interchanged. Information on who eventually made the call to continue with the wake is not not available but the program went on as earlier planned for 4hours. However, to prevent further distress to the mourners, the casket was closed. An investigation […]
HOSPITAL IGNORES THE PAIN- 15 YEAR OLD DIES!
(Video) 15 Year-Old Cheerleader Dies After Hospital Ignored Her Pain Twice – The Black Loop Yunique Morris, 15, was a healthy and active cheerleader at Weston Ranch High School in Stockton, California with her whole life ahead of her. Two weeks ago, Yunique was experiencing chest pain that wouldn’t go away. Her family took her to San Joaquin General hospital to get her some help but last Thursday she died.
ICON’S SON MAINTAINS MIDDLETOWN FAMILY’S LONGTIME HERITAGE
Thе Middlеtоwn fаmilу’ѕ 60-year оld hеritаgе in thе community wаѕ at risk оf being fоrgоttеn after thе demise оf Rеv. Dоnаld Jоrdаn Senior. in Jаnuаrу, their hеritаgе was оn the vеrgе оf distort bесаuѕе the owner оf whеrе Hаll-Jоrdаn & Prеttу Mеmоriаl Chареl wаѕ оnсе lосаtеd оn the Sоuth Mаin Street “sold the рrореrtу without giving thе fаmilу a chance to purchase it back frоm him” ассоrding to hiѕ son Dоnаld Jordan Jnr, аnd ѕооn the lосаtiоn of whеrе hiѕ fаthеr’ѕ сhurсh once sat wаѕ a рlасе to something еlѕе, something еntirеlу diffеrеnt. Hоwеvеr, Donald Jоrdаn Junior. Knew what wаѕ аt riѕk, he knеw thаt hiѕ father’s lеgасу wаѕ about tо bе fоrgоttеn and hе hаd to асt ѕwiftlу to аvоid such and in light оf this event hе opened Donald Jоrdаn Mеmоriаl Chареl аt 4083 Plеаѕаnt Ave. in Hamilton in Mаrсh аnd аgаin furthеring tоwаrdѕ preserving his fаmilу’ѕ lоng knоwn image he ореnеd аnоthеr lосаtiоn at 3520 Roosevelt Blvd. in Middletown. Aссоrding to Donald Jоrdаn Junior. thе new location рrоvidеd wаѕ mоrе fаvоrаblе thаn thе old one as he еxрlаinеd thаt “It асtuаllу wоrkеd out bеttеr because wе couldn’t grоw the buѕinеѕѕ whеrе wе were,” Jоrdаn Jr. said. “Thiѕ […]
WHAT TYPE OF LIFE INSURANCE SHOULD YOU GET?
Inѕurаnсе… it’s a triсkу business. It’ѕ a subtle bаlаnсе bеtwееn what you nееd, whаt уоu саn аffоrd, and whаt уоu саn gеt аwау with not hаving! Nоbоdу wаntѕ tо pay for inѕurаnсе, аt least not until уоu need it… аnd thеn еvеrуbоdу wants it! Thе triсk, it ѕееmѕ, iѕ tо рау аѕ littlе as you can but аt thе same time mаkе sure you have the coverage thаt уоu nееd. It’ѕ not роѕѕiblе tо knоw what kind оf life insurance policy iѕ thе bеѕt аll we nееd to bе asking аbоut iѕ thе kind оf life policy that iѕ bеѕt for a person likе us. Our choice will depend uроn оur finаnсiаl goals, budget, аnd uniԛuе ѕituаtiоn. Learn a little аbоut thе diffеrеnt kinds of соvеrаgе ѕо you can make a gооd dесiѕiоn. Firѕt iѕ the whоlе lifе inѕurаnсе роliсу, the whоlе lifе insurance policy is thе mоѕt рrоminеnt оf the inѕurаnсе рrоduсtѕ оn thе mаrkеt аnd thе оldеѕt. Whоlе lifе litеrаllу mеаnѕ whole lifе. Thе оwnеr оf this type оf policy will рау their premium until thе аgе оf 100, оr until thе саѕh value еԛuаlѕ thе face аmоunt of thаt роliсу. Tеrm life iѕ ѕimрlу a lifе inѕurаnсе […]
TWO BLACK PASTORS ARE SUING COCA-COLA
‘We’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets’: Why two black pastors are suing Coca-Cola William Lamar, the senior pastor at D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, is tired of presiding over funerals for parishioners who died of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. So on Thursday, he and another prominent African American pastor filed suit against Coca-Cola and the American Beverage Association, claiming soda manufacturers knowingly deceived customers about the health risks of sugar-sweetened beverages – at enormous cost to their communities.
FUNERAL HOME SHUTS DOWN
Funeral home shut down amid reports of maggots, decomposing bodies DETROIT – A Michigan funeral home has been shuttered amid allegations of a host of problems at the facility, including maggots in the garage, unrefrigerated bodies stored for months and a strong stench of decomposition. The “deplorable” conditions discovered at Swanson Funeral Home in Flint led to it being shutdown Wednesday, according to officials with the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
COUNTER THE BLACK SUICIDE MISSION
Suicide Among African-Americans Is on the Rise and This BLM Activist/Pastor Wants to Bring Attention to It – Atlanta Black Star A Georgia pastor is on a mission to raise awareness of suicide in the Black community and its connection to the church. How’s he doing it? Through a hunger strike. Church leader and Black Lives Matter-Savannah co-founder Jomo K. Pastor is on a mission to raise awareness of suicide
BLACK COMMUNITY STEPS UP
Wichita black community steps up to help displaced mortician Wichita’s African-American community is rallying to help a black funeral director recover his mortuary, which was seized by the state for back taxes. By Thursday afternoon, supporters of Robert Bethea had raised more than $2,600 through a GoFundMe page set up to help him pay the approximately $63,000 tax debt on his business, Bethea Funerals and Cremations. Black Community Steps Up to Help Out
GRAHAM FUNERAL HOMES CELEBRATING 2O YEARS
Graham Funeral Home celebrating 20th year | Davie County Enterprise Record After working for 40 years in the funeral business, Dorothy Graham decided to take it to the next level. She opened Graham Funeral Home on Wilkesboro Street in Mocksville. That was 20 years ago, and she’s still going strong. Graham is hosting an open house in recognition of that 20th anniversary from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
MARIJUANA CONCEALED IN A CASKET
67 pounds of marijuana concealed in a casket, seized near Willcox At an immigration checkpoint near Tombstone, Arizona, Willcox Border Patrol Agents stopped a hearse and found more than 67 pounds of marijuana concealed in a casket. A white hearse was traveling north of Tombstone when the agents conducted an immigration vehicle stop at the intersection of highway 90 and highway 82.
ALERT: ACTION REQUIRED
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MOTHER’S DAY TRIBUTE
BLACK NURSES WHO CHANGED HISTORY
7 Black Nurses Who Changed History Forever Nurses are oftentimes unsung heroes that are left in the shadows of doctors who get much of the credit. Well, not today. The group of nurses featured below left a beautiful mark on the history of healthcare that could never be erased. Many times, in the face of adversity, these women gave their all to… Black Nurses
THE COST OF DYING
Local Funeral Director Gives Advice on the Cost of Dying SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — What if you had a death in your family today. What would you do? Who would you turn to? Would you have the money? FUNERAL COST
THE ADRIAN JONES STORY
Father gets life in murder of tortured son Adrian Jones WARNING: GRAPHIC, DISTURBING CONTENT Adrian Jones was a tiny bag of bones when he died, his last months on earth a living hell spent shackled, bound, starved and beaten Monday his father Michael Jones, 46, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced to life in a Kansas City courtroom for the torture #AdrianJones
Morgue Turning Bodies Away
Opioid problem is so bad, the morgue is turning bodies away JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The opioid overdose problem is so bad in Duval County, bodies are being turned away from the morgue. For months, the I-TEAM has been tracking the growing number of heroin overdoses across the city and now News4Jax is going inside the morgue to see just how overwhelming and costly this problem is. S. Florida Overdose Epidemic #Morgue
BREAKING THE CYCLE OF POVERTY
How African-Americans Can Break the Cycle of Inherited Poverty I became heir to my parent’s financial mismanagement and generational debt. By the time I was conceived, my father and mother had not only…
INSTAGRAM DATE LEFT HER FOR DEAD
Los Angeles, CA | India Ali, 32, says she met James Baker, 27, through social media and eventually felt comfortable enough to set up a date with him last July has shared her terrifying tale, hoping it will be a lesson to others. Read More
WE FORGIVE HIM
Remembering Robert Godwin, Sr. Cleveland, OH | Godwin was killed on Easter Sunday. He was walking home from an Easter meal with his family when the stranger walked up to Robert Godwin Sr. The two talk briefly before the stranger pulls out a gun and fires. He was a father to 10 children, a grandfather and a great-grandfather. “He was a giver and he loved his family.” Today his family shares a message of forgiveness. “We forgive him, We forgive him…. Because it is the right thing to do. It’s what daddy taught us. It’s the way we were raised….. Mr. Stephens, we forgive you. But, we are asking that you turn yourself in, PLEASE!” Robert Godwin, Sr.
13 YEAR OLD ACCIDENTLY KILLS HIMSELF ON INSTAGRAM LIVE
13 YEAR OLD ACCIDENTLY KILLS HIMSELF ON INSTAGRAM LIVE Stephens and her daughter rushed upstairs after hearing the loud boom, and went to straight to Malachi’s bedroom. After breaking into this locked door, Stephens saw her 13-year-old boy on the floor, laying in a pool of blood. Her daughter started screaming to her to turn Malachi’s phone off after she noticed he filmed the entire incident on Instagram Live. “We kicked in the door. We found him just laying there in a pool of blood. My daughter screamed and said, ‘Mom turn his phone off!’ As I proceeded to look at his phone he was on Instagram Live.” While Stephens struggles to come to terms with her son’s untimely death, she urges parents to take extra measures to ensure their children are safe. “(The) Detective asked me yesterday, ‘What was Malachi’s Instagram name?’ I couldn’t tell him what Malachi’s Instagram name was because he would make up so many different pages. Monitor their phones, just monitor your children. More now than anything….” Teens & Guns
THIS POLICE OFFICER DID THE UNTHINKABLE!
This Officer did the Unthinkable Kansas City, Missouri | It had been a long day for a Kansas City employee. Shajuana Mays, who works at a Popeyes, had been working all day and was visibly exhausted. Her day had taken a very unexpected turn when a former police officer named Don Carter came in and bought dinner. After talking, Shajuana told Don that her dream was to become a nurse, but coming up with funds for tuition is very difficult. After leaving, Don got to thinking about ways he could help Shajuana. After getting home, he set up a gofundme page to help raise money for her tuition. Within 24 hours, the page had raised more than $1500. Due to the kindness in people’s hearts, the gofundme page has now reached over $15,000 in funds! With the funds to be able to go to nursing school, Shajuana now believes that she can become the best nurse to ever come out of Kansas City! This was all possible due to a chance meeting at a drive in window, and the kindness in people’s hearts.
POLICE TACKLE AND ARREST A NORTHWESTERN PHD STUDENT
11 GROUND RULES FOR WINNING
11 GROUND RULES FOR WINNING 1. Where there is PLAN, there is a Way. This deals with planning and budgeting. Don’t give out more than you get in. Sounds simple enough, but it can be very difficult. Start by planning. Let us PLAN to succeed. 2. Have Multiple Sources. Never Get All of your income from one source. When you get all of your income from one source, you are vulnerable to the source that is paying your bills. This leaves one crippled and begging. 3. Be Honest: Tell the Truth. Sometimes, the grey areas are too risky. Life in the grey is a breeding ground for lawsuits. If not today, one day, you will be successful, people will create and find every reason to bring you down. Remember, the truth will never tell a lie. A life of integrity brings more protection. 4. Always Save Money. So, money can save you. Having a little money saved can mean the difference between being free to do what you want versus having to be enslaved to a system of bigotry. 5. Train yourself the basis of financial literacy and wealth-building. There are a ton of resourceful tools today that freely enables […]
Can Legacy’s be Revived? The Extinction of Traditional Funerals
CAN LEGACY’S BE REVIVED? THE EXTINCTION OF TRADITIONAL FUNERALS Black funeral houses in more than a century now have been providing funeral services to the black societies in the US safeguarding the African American funeral culture. Unfortunately the tradition, despite all challenges it has survived, is almost disappearing now due to changes in market influences. As of present, Dr. Carol Williams, the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association (NFDMA) director says the organization members have reduced drastically. In 1997, members were up to 2000 in numbers but now about 1,200 as many are unable to maintain the business. Black funeral services are quite different than other American tradition: The body of the dead is viewed in an open luxurious casket decorated with flowers and beautiful clothing, big and beautiful cars escorting families to give a feel of pride and delight during the procession. This whole process is done to offer a triumphant and blissful home -going Black Americans are given the respect they didn’t receive while they lived in death through Home-goings. Black funeral traditions also allow the bereaved family to mourn in comfort knowing they are among their own with no prejudice. According to Holloway, Their traditional practices are remembered […]
WHEN THEIR PROBLEMS COME HOME
WHEN THEIR PROBLEMS COME HOME The Rev. Dr. Jonathan McPherson, co-owner of Scott-McPherson Funeral Home in Fairfield, said, “Rather than getting better, our community is getting worse. We wonder what would the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. think about this violence.” Annie Bushelon Holt, who owns the Bushelon Funeral Home Inc. in West End, said her establishment can be considered a ministry and she often quotes scripture to the bereaved. “You feel sorry for the families and you take their problems home with you,” Holt said. READ MORE Source: By Nathan Turner Jr. and Solomon Crenshaw Jr. • Birmingham Times Birmingham Alabama Community
TIME TO HANG UP THE CLEATS…
TIME TO HANG UP THE CLEATS… Rolle, 30, played three seasons as a defensive back for the Seminoles, graduating early in 2008. He deferred an NFL career for a year to earn a master’s degree in medical anthropology at Oxford. Read More Happy to announce that I will be doing neurosurgery residency at MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL HOSPITAL/HARVARD!! God’s good. #Match2017 #2% A post shared by Myron Rolle (@myronlrolle) on Mar 17, 2017 at 10:41am PDT Myron Rolle
BRING US TOGETHER
Shirley Chisholm once said of her unsuccessful presidential bid, “I ran because somebody had to do it first.” The 37th stamp in the Black Heritage series features a painting of Chisholm by artist Robert Shetterly. According to SmithSonianMag.com, Although dismissed at the time, Shirley Chisholm was a Presidential candidate of considerable substance and experience. She’d served for years in the New York State Assembly and had a strong, loyal base of support in Brooklyn. As a member of Congress, she fought for programs like Head Start, school lunches and food stamps. She was one of only 19 Representatives willing to hold hearings on the Vietnam War. And she was a founding member of both the Congressional Black Caucus and the Congressional Women’s Caucus. According to CastSheet.com, Chisholm served seven terms representing the Brooklyn-based 12th Congressional District and was a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1971. She also spent four years in the New York State Legislature and worked as an educator. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education at Columbia and was authority on early education and child welfare. After leaving Washington, she taught politics and women’s studies at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and Spelman College […]
A LOOK BACK IN HISTORY
SHE MADE HISTORY IN 18 HOURS!
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – By now you may have seen or at least heard of the new movie “Hidden Figures.” It tells the story of three African American woman who helped engineer America’s space program despite facing racial and gender biases back in the 60’s. But, did you know that Arkansas has our own version of this story? It belongs to the determined, confident, gifted, effervescent, and irrepressible Raye Montague. Her story begins with a submarine smaller than the one you see docked in North Little Rock. It was a German submarine that was captured off the Carolina coastline. Soon after it was captured the submarine was put on tour across the country. That’s when the seven-year-old Montague saw it in Little Rock with her grandfather. “And I looked through the periscope and saw all these dials and mechanisms and I said to the guy, ‘What do you have to know to do this,’” Montague recalled. “He said, ‘Oh, you’d have to be an engineer, but you don’t have to worry about that.’” While that was an insult to her, the man at the submarine didn’t know Montague had a strong mother. Montague remembers her mother telling her that […]
Katherine Johnson Who: Johnson, born in White Sulfur Springs, W.V., began high school when she was just 10 years old, graduating at 14 and going on to finish her B.S. in mathematics and French by the time she was 18 from West Virginia State University. When: She began working for the then National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) — now NASA — in 1953, well before the modern computer existed. Johnson and the other women hired to measure and calculate wind tunnel test results “had the job title of ‘computer’ [and] during World War II, the NACA expanded this effort to include African-American women.” Eventually, she actually made it possible for Alan Shepard and John Glenn to go to space. Dorothy Vaughan Who: Born in 1910 in Kansas City, Missouri, Vaughan graduated at 19-years-old from Wilberforce University — a college founded in 1865 as “one of the destination points of [the] railroad” when the Ohio Underground Railroad was established. When: Vaughan began her work in 1943 before eventually being “moved into the area of electronic computing when the first (non-human) computers were introduced at NACA.” Mary Jackson Who: Jackson grew up in Hampton, Va., where she was born in 1921, receiving her Bachelor’s degrees in 1942 […]
SUPER BOWL HISTORY MAKING ERA!
Doug Williams made double history in 1988 being the first African-American quarterback ever to start in a NFL league championship game and the first to win a Super Bowl. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Williams was drafted in the first round (17th overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft, chosen by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers out of Grambling State University. He led the Bucs to three playoff appearances and one NFC title game from 1979 to 1982. His 31-34-1 regular season record, and 1-3 playoff record made him the best quarterback in Buc history. The Bucs, who had never been to the playoffs before Williams arrived, had gone to the playoffs three times in four years and played in the 1979 NFC Championship Game. Williams improved his completion percentage each year with the Bucs, but was regarded as the heart and soul of the team, and the driving force behind the winning. However, during his tenure in Tampa, Williams was only paid $120,000 a year—far and away the lowest salary for a starting quarterback in the league, and behind 12 backups. After the 1982 season, Williams asked for a $600,000 contract. Bucs owner Hugh Culverhouse refused to budge from his initial offer of $400,000 despite protests […]
Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughn Robinson-Obama was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964. Her father Frasher Robinson,III was a city water plant employee. Her mother Marian Shields Robinson was a full time homemaker until Michelle entered high school became a secretary at Spiegels catalog store. She is one of two, with a brother named Craig Robinson. In 1981 she graduated from Whitney M. Young Manget High School and continued her education at Princeton University and finished at Harvard Law School in 1988. After graduating from Harvard, she was an associate at the Chicago office of the law firm Sidley & Austin, where she first met her Barack. At the firm, she worked on marketing and intellectual property. She continues to hold her law license, but as she no longer needs it for her work, it has been on a voluntary inactive status since 1993. She married President Barack Obama in October of 1992 and have two daughters, Malia Ann and Natasha (aka Sasha). In 1991, she held public sector positions in the Chicago city government as an Assistant to the Mayor, and as Assistant Commissioner of Planning and Development. In 1993, she became Executive Director for the Chicago office of Public […]
HONORABLE REV. DR. VANDROTH BACKUS, SR.
Florence World War II veteran Rev. Dr. Vandroth Backus, Sr.,91, received a full military burial, with honors, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017, at the Florence National Cemetery. Rev. Backus was one of more than 20,000 African Americans who joined the Marines during World War II. He trained at Montford Point Camp in North Carolina before the U.S. armed forces were desegregated. In 2012, the 368 surviving members of this group were honored during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. Dr. Backus was the first black policeman in the City of Florence since reconstruction. He also served as an educator in the Darlington Public School System for 14 years and worked for Morris College, his alma mater, for many years. Dr. Backus served his country during World War II and the Korean War. He is the pastor and founder of Monumental Baptist Church in Florence. Dr. Backus is married to Florence Smith Backus and they are parents to three children. View Source
MATTIE SMITH COLIN
Mattie Smith Colin, a reporter for the Chicago Defender, was dispatched to a Chicago train station in 1955 to cover the return of Emmett Till’s body. A deeply moving experience, covering what would become a flash point in the civil rights movement, Colin eloquently captured the anguish of Till’s mother as her young, black son, slain in Mississippi after reportedly whistling at a white woman, was returned to her. This is a portion of Colin’s story in the Defender: “”Oh, God, Oh God, my only boy,” Mrs. Mamie (Till) Bradley wailed as five men lifted a soiled paper-wrapped bundle from a brown, wooden mid-Victorian box at the Illinois Central Station in Chicago Friday and put it into a waiting hearse. READ MORE
BLACK WALL STREET
Black America’s most eminent historian Dr. John Hope Franklin often told his students that the past is prologue to the future. His message was essentially a lesson for all of us to examine our history and connect it to our present day lives. Using his aphorism as the method for my research to write my first novel Fires of Greenwood: The Tulsa Riots of 1921, I found that there are many similarities between the successes of Black Americans in the business world today and the accomplishments of an earlier generation in what became known as Black Wall Street. Though the White rioters’ envy and terrorism of the Black Mecca in Tulsa claimed 300 Black lives and left 9,000 others homeless, out of the Greenwood area of Tulsa emerged a great legacy of success. Today, businessmen and women walk in the shadow of those early pioneers who, only fifty years after emancipation, built a self-sustaining community. Read more at EBONY
FAREWELL MR. PRESIDENT
From YES WE CAN to YES WE DID! Making history as the first African-American president of the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama II was first inaugurated on January 20, 2009. Also making history as the first president being born outside the contiguous United States. He was elected the 44th President of the United States on November 4, 2008. After being re-elected in 2012, President Obama final term will come to an end, effective January 20, 2017 at 9:00am. According to the White House – His story is the American story — values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of two daughters, Malia and Sasha. Michelle Obama is the ONLY First Lady in American history to hold two Ivy League degrees. “My desire for this country is that we remain hopeful and that we find a place in our hearts to love each other.” – Michelle Obama Next Page
WHAT’S WORSE THAN CANCER?
Top 10 Killers of African Americans Worldwide | According to the CDC.gov in 2014 – 300,000+ African Americans died from these top killers: Heart Disease 73,096 Cancer 69,090 Stroke 17,088 Accidents 14,168 Diabetes 13,435 Lung Disease 9,934 Kidney Disease 8,586 Homicide 7,867 Alzheimer’s 6,567 Septicemia (Blood Infections) 6,386 The top 10 has changed since reported in 2010. In 2010 the 10 Killers amongst African Americans were: Heart Disease Cancer Unintentional Injuries Stroke Homicide Diabetes Chronic lower respiratory diseases Kidney Disease HIV Septicemia (Blood Infections) There is a fact that Heart Disease is the #1 standing cause of death in African Americans. Heart disease happens when plaque buildup thickens and stiffens artery walls, which can inhibit blood flow through your arteries to your organs and tissues. Atherosclerosis is also the most common cause of cardiovascular disease. While it is the number cause of death in African American according to the mayoclinic it can be caused by correctable problems such an unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking. Although cancer is more vicious killer, the numbers are steadily rising, however heart disease is yet the leading killer among African Americans. Unhealthy eating habits, lack of exercise, being overweight and smoking are all correctable problems that can […]
MORE THAN A WRONGFUL DEATH
Georgia | Two months after Gordon was found “legally responsible” in connection to the death of “Bobbi Kristina” Brown in 2015, Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford has entered the civil suit filed by Bobbi Kristina’s estate against Gordon. Bobby Brown says it is not about the money and that he wants to see Nick Gordon legally prosecuted for his daughters death.
I Lost My Daughter
Meet Regina. Listen as she shares a heartfelt testimonial about her daughter. She lost her daughter unexpectedly in a wrongful death. Listen as The Witherspoon Law Group faced one of the largest corporations in the world to bring justice to her in the remembrance of her daughter. http://thewitherspoonlawgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/ReginaWilliams_Testimonial.mp4
Facebook LIVE Autopsy
Chicago | Dr. Margolis, a Chicago pathologists, have given science students and those interested in the education of autospy a new reason to tune in Facebook LIVE. With proper consent of the family, Dr. Margolis of Autopsy Center of Chicago was the first ever to go LIVE on Facebook with performing an autopsy. From a recent back surgery, the patient was brought in with all the fixings from surgery, check it out and follow @AutospyChicago for LIVE from the morgue. Caution: Graphic Content http://thewitherspoonlawgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/BBDAUTOPSY.mp4
South Carolina Funeral Home Re-Opens
South Carolina | Great News for the community of Darlington in Lee County of South Carolina. According to Mr. Justin Mack, the funeral home is re-opening continuing the legacy Hubert Kenneth “HK” Boatwright. Congratulations to the new owner/manager Mr. Jeffery B Johnson. “HK” Boatwright departed his life on Monday, December 21, 2015, at his residence after a brief illness, the Sumpter Item reported. He was the proprietor of Boatwright Funeral Home of Bishopville and Boatwright’s Chapel on Main of Darlington. The funeral home is due to re-open on December 15, 2016.
SCOTT’S FUNERAL HOME
The Scott’s Legacy Richmond, Virginia | In 1910 a young man by the name of Robert C. Scott, felt the need to provide a funeral service establishment of higher caliber to his community. At the age of 22 he founded the Robert C. Scott Funeral Home. The partnership was operated as Lewis and Scott as Undertakers in Richmond, Virginia, in the city’s “Bird-in-Hand” community, in the valley below Church Hill. Robert C. Scott was one of the first African American embalmers, holding a #75 license in Virginia. His success lead to his firm growing rapidly compliments to his service of excellence in the business. Funeral services have come a long way in its development in the 97 years the firm has been operating. The first transportation facilities of the firm were made up of horse drawn vehicles. Scott was the first operator of a funeral establishment to convert to total motorized equipment in the city in the early teen years. This progressive pioneering spirit characterized the founder and his firm. It was the first firm to operate branches in various sections of the city. At one time in its history, the firm operated our branches, or Neighborhood Chapels,” as they […]