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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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Dr. Ronda Beaman Guides Others to Success

Written by Ronda Beaman on 24 September 2012.

If you made it through childhood, you have a story to tell – the question is, are you willing to share it for the sake of making someone else's path through life easier? Are you willing to be a guide? A guide literally is someone who shows the way by leading, directing, or advising.; one who serves as a model for others.

A guide can help you travel through a mountain trail, through emotional turmoil or through a difficult time in your life. A guide can be a role model, a coach, a mentor or sometimes, even a book.

You are the author of your life, after all – you can write and re-write it to create who you want to become – but are you willing to go a step further and become a guide? Are you willing to forge the path and share your story to help others?

Dr. Ronda Beaman, author of Little Miss Merit Badge, was willing to do just that and, as a result, she has positioned herself as a guide; someone willing to make the road forward lighter, and maybe even higher, for those who follow.

Beaman is a nationally recognized university professor and mother of America's Most Creative Family. Her memoir details a childhood spent over-achieving to compensate for some difficult circumstances.

"We all crave connection," Beaman says. "Sometimes, particularly for those that have suffered abuse and been sworn to secrecy, the connection of others through the safety of the written word is enough to give them hope."

By writing the story of her abuse, Beaman has become proof that surviving trauma of any magnitude is possible. She has also proven to others that they, too, have more power than they believe.

This is the true value of a guide. Picture a snowshoe hike through two feet of snow. Is it easier if you are breaking the trail or if someone has gone before you and shown you the way?

A student of Beaman's noted that her life is better today because of Ronda's book. She has overcome social anxiety disorder and learned of her own power – power she may never have discovered without someone else having blazed the way.

Beaman did not follow the traditional victim's path; just the opposite, and as a result she is empowering others to do the same.

Beaman envisioned the life she wanted despite the life she was living and moved towards creating thoughts into reality. She became an over-achiever – the Girl Scout who sold the most cookies, an A student, a doer, a thinker and a leader. Through her example, others have learned to do the same.

"By authoring my own life and telling others of my solutions, perhaps I have opened a new door to their better options," Beaman said. "My solutions to family dysfunction and addiction are not traditional, far from it, but they worked for me. If I can encourage and guide someone else by sharing my story, then I better tell it. And we all have stories like that. We should all tell our stories, that is the ultimate good deed!"



Highly decorated Girl Scout and Patrol Leader, cheerleader, student council officer, honor roll, dean's list and aerobics champion Ronda Beaman is the Author of Little Miss Merit Badge. You will see she's kept up her badge habits! Ronda's goal is to inspire women and her memoir, Little Miss Merit Badge, is a testament to the fact that you can be successful no matter what kind of upbringing you've experienced. When many would become defeated by the "unique" parenting she endured, Ronda channeled what most would consider to be abuse into a flourishing life of overachievement. Ronda is available to speak at troop meetings, book clubs and readings, on broadcast shows, writing seminars, business meeting and conferences, and anywhere else people gather to find humor, insights and answers to life's most basic question, "When do I get my prize?" The first recipient of the NEA's Art of Teaching award, Dr. Ronda is the mother of USA Today's Most Creative Family, highest rated speaker at the Young President's Organization, author of the award winning book, "You're Only Young Twice", director of Leadership Studies at California Polytechnic University, and a highly sought after speaker, life coach and fitness trainer. She is Chief Creative Officer for the research and consulting firm PEAK Learning, Inc. and a national thought leader for The American Health Network. She has been featured on major media including USA Today, CBS, NBC and Fox and was anchor for the television magazine Seattle Today. Dr. Ronda earned her doctorate in leadership, paying her way by singing telegrams dressed in a gorilla suit. She has been Professor of the Year at three universities and named one of the Top Ten Outstanding Women in America. Something notable about Ronda is that she is an MS patient that has never exhibited any effects of the disease. You will see, after reading her book, just why that is. See more about Little Miss Merit Badge here: http://www.LittleMissMeritBadge.com and view a promo of the Book here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVyDwTBDUu8

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