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West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

West Florissant, Mo. Explodes in Protest of Police Shooting, More Than 30 Arrests

Special to the NNPA from the St. Louis American

The Target parking lot of the Buzz Westfall Shopping Center was filled with dozens and dozens of police vehicles and the area of West Florissant from Jennings to Ferguson was blocked off. Helicopters and tanks –as well as vehicles from a host of area departments – descended on West Florissant as looting and vandalism…

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Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

Suppress Voting, Impeach Obama and Close HBCUs

By Peter Grear

Our campaign has sought to educate our communities to the point that they would organize and mobilize for a massive voter turnout for the November General Election and beyond. 

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Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Risky Situations Increase Women’s Anxiety, Hurt Their Performance Compared to Men

Study author Susan R. Fisk

“On the surface, risky situations may not appear to be particularly disadvantageous to women, but these findings suggest otherwise,” 

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Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

Voter Suppression: An Existential Threat to Democracy

By Peter Grear

To properly understand where we are today, we must look to history, to Black Slavery.  Slavery has existed since the time of ancient civilizations and in its inception was based upon conquerors enslaving the conquered without regards to race.  

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Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson Installed as International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

Charlotte, NC (BlackPR.com)

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a business executive, was installed as the 2014-2018 International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA)

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Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

Nielsen Expands Communications Leadership Team with Key Media Relations Hire

New York (BlackPR.com)

New York (BlackPR.com) -- Nielsen today announced that Andrew McCaskill has joined Nielsen as Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications. He will report to Chief Communications Officer Laura Nelson.

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Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Voter Suppression: It’s Mobilization Time

Written by Peter Grear

With this article we will start detailing the ingredients of a revisable action plan that needs comments and revisions as we move toward the Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election.  

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Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Voter Suppression: NC Black Republican Advisory Board

Written by Peter Grear

Educate, Organize and Mobilize: I confess that I’m amazed. The Republican National Committee and the Republican Party of North Carolina announced last week that they have launched theNorth Carolina Black Advisory Board (BRAB) 

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What Are You Doing Here?

Written by Pastor Dale Haynes on 15 October 2010.

And there he went into a cave, and spent the night in that place; and behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and He said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” 1 Kings 19:9. What are you doing here, Elijah? When I read this passage it brought to mind Genesis 3:9 where God asked Adam, “Where are you?” I know God knew where Adam was just as he knew what Elijah was doing in the cave. So why the question? Does God need information or clarification of facts from us? I think not. However, God’s questions do provide us with an opportunity to come clean, to confess. God’s questions should give us pause for self-reflection. Truly God’s questions are questions we should be asking ourselves but are often too distracted to ask. . In other words Elijah should have been asking himself, “what are you doing here Elijah”. Just as Adam should have asked himself, “where are you?” Such questions are needed for our redemption from our current estate.

More often than we would care to admit we the Saints of God find ourselves in places that are not of our inheritance. Places where God does not want us to be. Places where the devil takes delight in seeing us, places far away from the center of our calling. Elijah had come to such a place trying to flee from the epicenter of evil, hoping to hid from arguably the two most evil people that have ever lived, Jezebel and Ahab. These two were on a mission to destroy the nation of God to which Elijah was called as a prophet. Hence the question, “what are you doing here, Elijah?” Elijah had become discouraged. He had been on fire for the Lord but it appeared it was all for naught. It seemed he was fighting a losing battle. God had not lived up to his expectation and totally and completely vanquished evil. He was disheartened, and the cave is his refuge.

Discouragement, sin, busyness and apathy are just a few of the things that can pull us away from our place of calling God’s center. While it is sad that many people have given up on God completely what is even sadder are those who have put God on the periphery. Like Elijah they have pulled away from their calling and have taken refuge in a cave. So the question to Elijah is a question for us all, especially those who find themselves hold up in caves of doubt, discouragement, despair, and apathy. WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE? That cave is no place for a child of God. Ask the question and reflect on what it was that caused the retreat in the first place. It is interesting to note that God’s answer to Elijah was not a rebuke, nor an explanation. In Elijah’s case God simply says, “Go return”. Return to your calling, go back and do what I have called you to do.

Beloved if you have found yourself in such a cave please know that you are not in a place of your inheritance. In fact the opposite may be true and you are away from God’s center of your calling. If so I pray that Elijah’s question will become your question and God’s answer to Elijah will become your answer and that in God’s strength and purpose you will, “Go return”. Return with a renewed trust in your Lord and Savior. •

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