Educate, organize and mobilize: As we draw nearer to D-day, November 4, 2014, the political parties, candidates and pressure groups are identifying their issues, slates and strategies to win. My title to this week’s commentary makes a gross understatement, judges matter. The contest between Judge Ola Lewis and Judge Mark Martin for Chief Justice of the NC Supreme Court is second only to the race for US Senate on the ballot this November. This week, among other things we’re going to highlight details between candidates, Judge Ola Lewis and Judge Mark Martin. They are going head to head in their efforts to be elected the Supreme Court Chief Justice for North Carolina. This is a unique contest for several reasons and it is a very important contest.
Singer and actress Jill Scott is on the cover of the September 2014 issue of Essence magazine Jill Scott shows offer her new hourglass shape in a beautiful black form-fitted dress. She’s also wearing a short blonde wig styled by Ursula Stephens, who is also the stylist for Rihanna. “I’m a wood-burning stove; it’s a slow brew,” she says referring to how long it has taken her to drop some serious pounds. She also talks briefly about the new man in her life. “My only job is to be happy. So for everybody that cares about me and is not trying to be all up in a celebrity’s business, just know that I’m happy. My son is happy. We enjoy our lives,” she said.
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Nassau, Bahamas – Interdenominational unity and overwhelming love for God and God’s people saturated the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem, North Carolina as Global United Fellowship (GUF) recently hosted its inaugural conference – The Gathering – in the charming southern city. With exceptional ministry and marketplace workshops; transformative prayer, praise and worship; and fiery, impassioned, empowering preaching – THE GATHERING 2014 set a tone of elevated excellence and vigorous pursuit of The Great Commission that undergirds Global United Fellowship, which in less than one year old but has made extraordinary strides and impact with membership currently comprised of over 400 churches representing five Continents and approximately 20 denominations.
Trayvon Martin’s Mom Writes Letter to Michael Brown’s Family Saying, “Neither of Their Lives Shall Be in Vain”
Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin who was killed two and a half years ago by a volunteer neighborhood watch captain, has penned an open letter to the mother of Michael Brown, who was killed recently in Ferguson, MO by a police officer. Fulton’s compelling letter from one mother to another was printed exclusively in TIME Magazine. The letter reads: To The Brown Family, I wish I had a word of automatic comfort but I don’t. I wish I could say that it will be alright on a certain or specific day but I can’t. I wish that all of the pain that I have endured could possibly ease some of yours but it won’t. What I can do for you is what has been done for me: pray for you then share my continuing journey as you begin yours.
By most polls the North Carolina race for the United States Senate is a dead heat. That being the case, victory in November will go to the political party that executes the best voter mobilization plan. Since August 2013, I’ve been monitoring and writing about the NC political landscape. I’ve also evaluated the response of the Black community to the Voter Suppression Act of 2013 (VSA). On August 8, a federal judge rejected pre-election legal challenges to the VSA and thereby created a November showdown between the Republican Tom Tillis’ advocates for voter suppression and the Democrat Kay Hagan’s opponents of voter suppression.
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