In Loving Memory of Florence L. Tate 1931 — 2014

“They came to Change a Nation and Lift Up a People”

Florence L. Tate, Civil Rights Activist, Journalist, and Press Secretary. She served as as Communications Director of the National Urban Coalition, and National Information Coordinator for ’72 African Liberation Day Coordinating Committee — landed Tate the role of Press Secretary in Marion Barry’s first campaign in his successful bid for Mayor of Washington D.C. in 1978, and Press Secretary during his first two years in office. Later she would repeat that role for Jesse Jackson’s 1984 Presidential campaign — during which time she traveled with him to Damascus, Syria during his historic rescue mission to free downed U.S. Air Force pilot Lt. Robert Goodman.

Florence Tate, Beloved Elder Sister, human/civil rights pioneer and the FBIs Most Wanted Press Secretary.

We extend our deepest condolences to the family of our now Beloved Ancestor Florence Tate.

In March 2, 2013 she was our guest and we honored her as “A Witness From the Bridge”. Our community has lost a brave, hard-working, experienced Warrior. A mighty wind whose spirit will forever be revered

15  September  2012

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Christopher Emdin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University; where he also serves as Director of Science Education at the Center for Health Equity and Urban Science Education. He is currently a Caperton Fellow and Hip-Hop Archive Fellow at the WEB DuBois Institute at Harvard University.

Dr. Emdin is a social critic, public intellectual and science advocate whose commentary on issues of race, culture, inequality and education have appeared in dozens of influential periodicals including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Dr. Emdin holds a Ph.D in Urban Education with a concentration in Mathematics, Science, and Technology; Masters degrees in both Natural Sciences and Education Administration, and Bachelors degrees in Physical Anthropology, Biology, and Chemistry.

He is the co creator of the #HipHopEd social media movement, and a much sought-after public speaker on a number of topics that include hip-hop education, STEM education, politics, race, class, diversity, and youth empowerment. He is also an advisor to numerous international organizations, school districts, and schools where he delivers speeches, and holds workshops/ professional development sessions for students, teachers, policy makers, and other education stakeholders within the public and private sector.

Dr. Emdin writes the provocative “Emdin 5” series on a number of contemporary social issues for the Huffington Post. He is also author of the award winning book, Urban Science Education for the Hip-hop Generation.

11  November  2012

Tamura A. Lomax is an Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. She teaches, writes, and researches in the following areas: American Religion, African American Religion, African American and Diaspora Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Black British and U.S. Black Cultural Studies. She is the author of several essays and is currently at work on two projects: An edited volume entitled Womanist/Black Feminist Responses to Tyler Perry’s Cultural Productions, co-authored with Rhon S. Manigault-Bryant and Carol B. Duncan, and her first single authored monograph, Womanist Thought, Black Feminism, and Black Cultural Production. She is co-founder, along with Hortense Spillers, of The Feminist Wire.

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15  December 2012

12-15 Makani Themba coming upMakani Themba is executive director of The Praxis Project, a nonprofit organization helping communities use media and policy advocacy to advance health justice. Under her leadership, The Praxis Project has raised more than $20 million for advocacy organizations working in communities of color nationwide. These initiatives include Communities Creating Healthy Environments (C-CHE), an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support policy advocacy to advance healthy food outlets and safe places to play in communities of color and Building Capacity Building Power, a partnership with Ford Foundation to support grassroots civic engagement.

Makani was previously director of the Transnational Racial Justice Initiative (TRJI), an international project to build capacity among advocates to more effectively address structural racism and leverage tools and best practices from around the world. While at TRJI, she co-authored and edited a “shadow report” on institutional racism and white privilege – the first of its kind.

08 December 2012

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Dr.. Patricia Newton, M.D., MPH, M.A., (Nana Dr. Akousa Akyaa) is presently President & Medical Director of Newton & Associates,PA, specialists in Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. She is board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology with sub-specialty boards in Administrative Psychiatry. She has served as Asst. Prof. of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins School of Public Health as well as a past examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry. She was Chairperson of the Department of Psychiatry at the former Provident Hospital (Baltimore, MD). She is a graduate of Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) where she served on the faculty after residency training at the Barnes Hospital Group before relocating to Baltimore. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (Baltimore, MD), a Masters Degree in Molecular Biology from Peabody College – Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN) and a B.S. Degree in Pre-Medicine & Biology from University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and special courses in languages and culture at the Universidad Nacional Automa de Mexico (Mexico City, Mexico).

27  October  2012



Executive Director, The Center for Enterprise Opportunity (CEO)  a private, non-profit corporation which whose chartered purpose and mission is to improve the economies in distressed communities by lending to small businesses and sponsors of community development initiatives; President, West Palm Beach Branch NAACP; Former Chief of Staff to Maude Lee, the 1st Black Commissioner, PB County Board of County Commission; Graduate of Howard University Law School and, partner in “Occupy the Community” is a non-partisan coalition of community-based organizations committed to Educate, Employ and Empower the Community. Lia is a long-time passionate, smart activist and organizer throughout FL.

The Center for Enterprise Opportunity (CEO) is a private, non-profit corporation organized under Florida Statutes 112. The chartered purpose and mission is to improve the economies in distressed communities by lending to small businesses and sponsors of community development initiatives which benefit low and moderate income persons. As a Certified Development Financial Institution (CDFI), the Center for Enterprise Opportunity is eligible for significant federal equity grants and other awards from the U.S. Department of Treasury to support its lending and programs.

The Microloan Program provides small, short-term loans to small business concerns and certain types of not-for-profit child-care centers. The SBA makes funds available to specially designated intermediary lenders, which are nonprofit community-based organizations with experience in lending as well as management and technical assistance. These intermediaries make loans to eligible borrowers. The maximum loan amount is $50,000, but the average microloan is about $13,000.

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About The Center for Enterprise Opportunity

03  November  2012

  Professor Hunter Havlin Adams, III is a Chicago, Illinois native, father of three children with successful careers, and caregiver to his 94 year-old mother. He is a Consciousness and Cultural Neuroscience Researcher, Educational Consultant, Social Entrepreneur, Lecturer, Writer, and Vice President and co-founder of the Royal Circle Foundation (an international health and education organization) (2002-Present).

He has a new brilliant, thought-provoking and game-changing book, We Were Never Slaves: eXposing the Greatest FrameUp of All Time, that will totally change the way Africans everywhere understand our history and see ourselves–now and forever; (to be published early 2013 by Haloli, Int.

He brings a wealth of wisdom and knowledge on wide-ranging topics from neuroscience to philosophy to African culture and history, from more than three decades of research and practice. He connects the dots and makes complex ideas easily understood. Nationally and internationally, with passion and sensitivity, he lectures and conducts workshops/seminars/retreats on—character education, ethics, media literacy, human potential, Trans-Atlantic “Slavery,” science, philosophy, morality, and spirituality for schools, community groups, parents, non-profit orgs. and churches.

He did Graduate Studies in Clinical Neuroscience, University College of London, Institute of Psychiatry, London, England (1992); earned Certificates in, Biophotonics-Biophysics, from The International Institute of Biophysics, Neuss, Germany (2001), and Medical Ethics, from Imperial College, London, England (1998); and has a B.S. (Cum Laude), Chicago State University, Chicago, Illinois (2005).

He was a strategist/consultant with the Attorney General of Illinois, Lisa Madigan’s senior staff and developed a comprehensive statewide summer anti drug, alcohol, smoking and sex health promotion program called “NOT ME”—targeting over 6000 teens. (2008).
He has published over 20 articles on neuroscience, science education, public health, cultural politics, music, movies, history, ethics, morality, and spirituality. He wrote the African and African American Contributions to Science Portland Baseline Essay for the Portland Oregon Public Schools (1988).

He was an Exhibit Development Consultant, African Culture Permanent Exhibit, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL (1990-1996).

He has a passion for reading, the arts, music, notably jazz, world and dance, and writes song lyrics and poetry.
Hunter has a deep desire to make a difference in the world.


DR RICHARD KING, MD, author of African Origin of Biological Psychiatry, Melanin: Key To Freedom, The Black Dot and many more articles. Dr. King will be introducing a recently presented paper on Melanin, Neuromelanin, Ben-Ben Stone and Egyptian History. . Dr. King was a facilitator for many years at The Aquarian Spiritual Society under the guidance of Dr. Alfred and Bernice Ligon of the Aquarian Bookstore (1943-1992). Dr. Richard Devoid King MD practices psychiatry in Los Angeles, California. Dr. King graduated with an MD 40 years ago. Specialties: Psychiatry

*Medical & Undergraduate Education
*Medical School:  *University Of Ca. School Of Med
San Francisco, CA, United States
Graduated: 1972
*Residency Hospitals:
*L A Co Usc Med Center
*UCSF/Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute,University Of Ca.
Training in Jungian Analtican Anaylsis

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devega2Chauncey DeVega

He is the editor and founder of We Are Respectable Negroes.

He is  also a race man in progress, cultural critic, and essayist. A resplendent purveyor of negro wisdom, collector of Black wit, and holder of the sacred chalice of the Ghetto Nerds. He is a believer in Black Pragmatism and honor the Black Freedom Struggle. He has been a guest on the BBC, Ring of Fire Radio, Ed Schultz, Joshua Holland’s Alternet Radio Hour, the Thom Hartmann radio show, the Burt Cohen show, and Our Common Ground.
His essays have been featured by Salon, Alternet, the New York Daily News, and the Daily Kos. The NY Times, the Daily Beast, the Utne Reader, Washington Monthly, Slate, the Atlantic, and the Week (among others) have featured his expert commentary and analysis.

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