Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) -- Before the al-Qaida terrorist network became a blip on watchdogs' radar screens, high-ranking leaders of the infamous El Rukn street gang reached out to buy rocket launchers as part of a plot to commit terrorist acts in the United States for Libya in exchange for cash. As a result, many members were convicted and sent to prison. However, one of those El Rukns, author Reico Cranshaw, has written one of the most fascinating gang stories with global reach.
In his book entitled Black September, Cranshaw gives the large picture of gang life in America. The El Rukns' allies, the Vice lords, and the Zionist are part of the drug trafficking in America. The connection comes to light from the story of Vice Lord drug dealer Chauncey Carr. Chauncey is reaping millions as an unknowing pawn of right-wing lobbyist and Christian Zionist operatives, who supplies him with unlimited amounts of cocaine. His suppliers are using the profits to pay for Israeli-spawned terrorist attacks. But it doesn't take long for FBI agent John O'Neill to catch Chauncey trafficking drugs, which results in Chauncey being sentenced to federal prison.
While in prison, Chauncey meets a convicted terrorist, and despite his dislike for him, he uses the relationship to get his sentenced reduced by passing information on to O'Neill. Upon his release, Chauncey travels to see his son after hearing he has joined Chauncey's old gang. On the bus he meets feminist poet, Tina, who shares similar dreams of publishing someday, and they begin planning a better future together. Their plans are suddenly threatened, however, when Chauncey becomes the hunted after his former cronies learns he is sharing information with federal agents and vows to stop at nothing to silence him forever.
Cranshaw infuses his real life experiences with the fictional story of Chauncey Carr to show readers the truth behind the world of gangs and terrorists, and hopes his story illustrates the reality of gang life and what it's like behind bars.
Black September is available for sale in bookstores, online at www.Amazon.comand other channels.
About the Author:
Reico Cranshaw spent decades in prison before learning that the written word held the power to heal. He spent years in solitary confinement and looked to books to keep him from going crazy. When the prison guards were unable to fulfill his requests because he had read through every book in the prison library, Cranshaw began to write. He then penned Black September(ISBN 1477527516), after being released from prison.
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Dallas, TX(BlackNews.com) -- The American Heart Association and Macy's have awarded 16 scholarships of $2,500 each to increase culturally-sensitive, patient-centered care.
The Go Red(TM) Multicultural Scholarship, which is in its second year, champions greater inclusion of multicultural women in medical, nursing and allied health studies to meet the need that racial minorities have of healthcare providers who understand important aspects of various cultures.
The scholarship fund is part of Macy's Multicultural Fund – which was created in 2009 to focus on increasing diversity in the medical field. Macy's is a founding national sponsor of the association's Go Red For Women® and Go Red Por Tu Corazón awareness campaigns.
Demand on healthcare continues to increase, but the number of qualified racial and ethnic nurses and physicians lags behind:
* Only 5.4 percent of African-Americans and 3.6 percent of Hispanics in the United States are registered nurses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
* In 2010, African-Americans made up only 6.7 percent of medical school graduates and Hispanics 7.5 percent, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
"It is extremely important to increase the availability of multicultural scholarships for minorities interested in health professions," said Celia Trigo Besore, executive director and CEO of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses. "There are fewer sources of funding, high poverty rates among minority populations and an escalating cost of education toward a career in health fields. All these conditions increase the barriers for interested minorities to study health career at a time when there is a growing need for additional qualified health professionals of any ethnic background."
Numerous ethnic groups - including African-Americans and Hispanics - are at higher risk for heart disease. The Go Red Multicultural Scholarship aims to ensure women have access to healthcare providers who understand their culture and help make the best choices that lead to good health and strives to increase diversity in the healthcare industry for the future health of all women.
The 2013 scholarship recipients are:
* Mary Witherspoon: post-graduate nursing student at Chicago State University
* Azsha Matthews: undergraduate senior nursing student at Columbia University
* Nicole Sample: second-year student at NYU School of Medicine
* Whittney Work: undergraduate sophomore nursing student at Winston Salem State University
* Chiamaka Ike: senior pharmacy student at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, School of Pharmacy
* Nefertiti Clavon: undergraduate junior in health promotions at the University of Houston
* Raisa Garcia: post-graduate student in clinical psychology at Alliant International University
* Myo-Sabai Aye: seeking a dual M.D./M.P.H. at Eastern Virginia Medical School
* Jainty John: undergraduate senior studying to be a physician's assistant at Le Moyne College
* Jee Hae Jones: senior nursing student at Hawaii Pacific University
* Danielle Cipres: first-year obstetrics and gynecology student in the University of California-San Francisco's School of Medicine
* Kristine Gallardo: post-graduate student in the nursing program at Azusa Pacific University
* Sylvia Estrada: post-graduate student in the nursing program at Western University of Health Sciences
* Yuliana De los Santos: post-graduate, studying osteopathic medicine at New York College of Osteopathic Medicine
* Mariana Lucena: post-graduate student in the pharmacy program at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy
* Nadia Elgoghail:senior studying to be a family nurse practitioner at Columbia University
"As a proud national sponsor of the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women movement since 2004, Macy's has raised more than $40 million to help fund life-saving research and raise awareness of this preventable disease," said Martine Reardon, Macy's chief marketing officer. "With the Macy's Multicultural Fund, we are able to bring our company's long-standing and respected history of support for diversity together with our desire to find innovative new ways to build support for heart disease prevention."
For more information, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.
Editor's Note: Registration for the 2013-2014 Multicultural Scholarship is open and can be accessed by visiting www.GoRedForWomen.org/goredscholarship
About Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association's solution to save women's lives. With one out of three women still dying from heart disease, we are committed to fighting this No. 1 killer that is preventable. GoRedForWomen.org, a premier source of information and education, connects millions of women of all ages and gives them tangible resources to turn personal choices into life-saving actions. We encourage women and the men who love them to embrace the cause. For more information please visit GoRedForWomen.org or call 1-888-MY-HEART (1-888-694-3278). The movement is nationally sponsored by Macy's and Merck & Co., Inc.
About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is the nation's oldest and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Our mission is to build healthier lives by preventing, treating and defeating these diseases – America's No. 1 and No. 3 killers. We fund cutting-edge research, conduct lifesaving public and professional educational programs, and advocate to protect public health. To learn more or join us in helping all Americans, call 1-800-AHA-USA1 or visit www.americanheart.org.
Macy's, the largest retail brand of Macy's, Inc., delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at more than 800 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam. Macy's stores and macys.com offer distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy's is known for such epic events as Macy's 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Building on a 150-year tradition, Macy's helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities that make a difference in the lives of their customers.
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Spring Valley, CA (BlackNews.com) -- "There is that perfect love for everyone and it will find you when you least expect it," says F. Y. Dawn. In her new book, What Love Feels Like, she offers readers a story about two brokenhearted people who find love.
Marlon and Latrice have both been destroyed by past love. But by the luck of a fateful coincidence, they find each other, and, in turn, they find renewed strength. What starts as a comforting friendship blossoms into much more. As their lives crumble around them, they cleave to each other and find out what true love feels like.
An excerpt from "What Love Feels Like":
"Why cry about me taking you out and when I finally do you spend the night dancing with someone else? I am not going to compete with another man for my wife's attention. I don't know what kind of game you are playing, but you better decide if want to lose your marriage over it before I make the decision for you." He placed the keys in the palm of her hand and whispered through clenched teeth, "Drive yourself home, I will find my own way," Marlon stormed out of nightclub.
Dawn writes about people finding redemption with partners who truly love and respect them, but she doesn't pull any punches when dealing with sensitive subjects. "The characters encounter conflicts such as infidelity and abuse," she says. "This book doesn't sugar coat reality, and it deals with real issues."
About the Book:
What Love Feels Like
By F.Y. Dawn
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 300 pages | ISBN 9781477274972
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 300 pages | ISBN 9781477274989
E-Book | 300 pages | ISBN 9781477274965
Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and www.fydawn.com
About the Author:
F.Y. Dawn began writing short stories and poems in middle school. She is a mother and wife who values family above all else. In addition to her latest book, What Love Feels Like, Dawn also published a novel called Serenity of Passion.
Former Washington, DC Treasurer launches new enterprise for Black economic empowerment and educational enrichment. [Click To Enlarge]
Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) -- Former Treasurer of the District of Columbia Lasana K. Mack announces the launch of a new enterprise dedicated to facilitating financial and economic empowerment for people of African descent locally, nationally and internationally through educational programs and development of a full-service financial institution.
The new enterprise - named APPEAL, Incorporated - is a non-profit association dedicated to sponsoring financial literacy programs and other educational programs addressing historical, cultural and socio-economic issues, and working to develop a full-service credit union for the benefit of its members. The effort will be publicly launched on Sunday, May 19, at a "Launch Party and Presentation" event at Soul 57 at 1326 Florida Avenue, NE, Washington, DC from 5pm-7:30pm. Live-stream viewing of the event (on-line) will be available for those unable to attend in-person.
APPEAL is an acronym for Association of People for Pan-Africanist Economic Advancement thru Leverage, and part of its mission is to facilitate advancement of the concept of "Economic Pan-Africanism", which essentially means that African/Black people and communities would benefit from effective efforts to invest and leverage our financial and other resources towards the goals of increased financial and economic self-sufficiency, empowerment and prosperity.
Historically, two of the most noteworthy proponents of the concept of Pan-Africanism with an economic focus were Marcus Garvey and Kwame Nkrumah, and APPEAL's mission follows in that tradition. This includes facilitating education and development projects to improve the socio-economic conditions in African American communities, and also efforts to increase the utilization of Africa's vast mineral wealth for the benefit of people of African descent at home and abroad.
Mack, the founder and executive director of the newly incorporated enterprise APPEAL, explained that "in order to have significant impacts on these critical issues, it will require a multi-billion dollar financial enterprise, and that is what we intend to build. We are seeking membership and support from the many people who understand the acute need to take this kind of concerted action to improve our socio-economic conditions."
Renowned historian, author and educator Anthony T. Browder is a member of APPEAL's Board of Directors and is serving in a leadership capacity for the organization's educational programs, as "APPEAL recognizes that learning about African people's rich heritage and culture often encourages productive and progressive actions among those in our community who become enlightened," Mack said.
For further information about the launching of APPEAL and how to become involved or support the effort, email email@example.com or call (800) 711-7851.
About Lasana K. Mack
Lasana K. Mack was the Treasurer of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) for seven years (2005-2012), a position comparable to a state treasurer and city treasurer due to DC's unique municipal status. He successfully managed the finance and treasury functions of DC Government, an entity with a $10 billion annual operating budget and $1 billion annual capital budget, including cash management, banking operations, debt management - including bond issuances to finance infrastructure development, investment management, budgeting and accounting
He has a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree in Finance, and is also the founder, director and artist with a music ensemble ("BlackNotes") known for producing progressive and quality music with a dynamic blend of several cultural arts elements emanating from African and African American heritage.
Daraja Asili, APPEAL, Inc.
Nationwide(BlackNews.com) -- The Shawn Carter Scholarship Fund (SCSF) provides individual grants ranging from $1,500 to $2,500 to every student who qualifies and reapplies yearly, from admission to graduation. The grant can be used to cover tuition expenses and related supplemental educational expenses such as books, lab fees, travel and select costs of living. All Shawn Carter Scholars are required to “give back” by conducting community service and by serving as mentors to younger, aspiring Shawn Carter Scholars.
All high school seniors, undergraduate (2-year or 4-year) college students, and students at vocational or trade schools are eligible to apply. All applicants must be US citizens, 25 years old or younger, and have a minimum GPA of 2.0.
The program attracts candidates from all backgrounds, nation-wide. They all have a compelling desire to pursue higher education, in spite of many personal, socio-economic setbacks, including teen pregnancy, former incarceration, interrupted schooling, and homelessness. They are hardworking, resilient and determined individuals who want to make positive contributions to their local and global communities, and they turn to the SCSF to make their ambitions and dreams possible.
Founded in 2002 by Shawn Carter (Jay-Z) and his mom Gloria Carter, the foundation has since then given scholarships to over 750 students, totaling over $1.3 million dollars.
For more details and/or to apply, visit: