Monday, August 14, 2017

Farewell, Elder Bankie F. Bankie, our Pan-African compass




Dear Friends,

Very sadly our friend and colleague, Mr. Bankie F. Bankie, has passed on. It is taking some time to piece together all the rather patchy information on the circumstances surrounding his demise. I have been in touch with his wife, friends and colleagues in Namibia since the morning of the 6th August when the first news reached me from his sister in Ghana. We have set up a working group in Namibia, which is making all the necessary preparations for his funeral. His request, according to his will, is that he wanted to be cremated. The date for the cremation has not been fixed. I spoke yesterday to the former Prime Minister of Namibia, Mr. Nahas Angula, who is the most senior person involved in the preparations for his funeral. The Namibian authorities and colleagues have done a splendid job on announcements in the country.

Mrs Rita Bankie discovered Bankie’s decomposing body when she arrived from travels on the evening of Tuesday, 1st August. I was called by Estelle Appiah, Bankie’s sister on Sunday morning at 1 AM, who informed me that she had received news of her brother’s death and whether I could confirm the sad news. Early in the morning of Sunday, I made contact with two colleagues in Namibia who, after investigations, confirmed the news. Apparently, his body was decomposed. Mrs Estelle Appiah, Bankie’s sister, has asked for official reports and a death certificate through the Ghana High Commission in Namibia so that his will can be formally registered in the High Court in Accra.

We are awaiting a decision on the date for the cremation.

Yours sincerely,

Prof. K.K. Prah
Director, CASAS
Cape Town, South Africa
www.casas.co.za


Activist Romona Epifania Hidileko, who worked very closely with the late elder Bankie F. Bankie at the National Youth Council (NYC), delivered the news that our Pan African teacher and guide has departed from this earth.
Indeed, he has proceeded into the ancestry from where, as African spirituality guides us, he will be watching over us. With the defeat of African spirituality in the arena of death related metaphysical, there is only one way to react and interpret death – the European missionary interpretation.
Thomas Sankara, one of Africa’s greatest African revolutionaries that lived, helped us deal with death.
Listen to how he guided the people of Burkina Faso, on 19th October 1986, following the death of Samora Machel, then revolutionary leader of Mozambique: “avoid falling into sentimentalism… with sentimentalism one cannot understand death. Sentimentalism belongs to the messianic vision of the world, which, since it expects a single man to transform the universe, inspires lamentation, discouragement and despondency as soon as this man disappears.
Samora Machel is dead. His death must serve to enlighten and strengthen us as revolutionaries . . . I ask you to name streets, buildings and so on after Samora Machel over the whole expanse of our territories, because he deserves it.”
Similarly, Bankie is dead. His death must to enlighten and strengthen us as Pan-Africanist. Bankie was a Pan-African activist in his own class. He would not want us, I believe, to fall into sentimentalism. He would want us to dedicate our work to the liberation of the African people, particularly towards black people’s knowledge of self.
The best we can do is to recall his ideas, thoughts and principles for reflection and action. It is for us to think about our engagements with him for reflections and safekeeping for he is gone for good into ancestry.
Although I understood the struggles of the African people and constantly sought personal development of my objective and subjective consciousness when I left Iipumbu Secondary School for the University of Namibia after 2005, I had not reached a refined understanding and appreciation of Pan-Africanism until I met and had personal relationship with Bankie. He taught me Pan–Africanism.
I was not alone, we were with many others, such as Etuna Jakobus Joshua and Shidumifa Lot Ndamanomhata. He had many students under his Pan-African tutelage before us. Many of them hold high positions in society today. The best universal reflection of Bankie, therefore, is that of a Pan-African activist, Pan-Africanist teacher and compass for those of us that got closer to him.
It must be clarified that he did not teach us Pan-Africanism in classrooms, but through personal, social and political encounters. Bankie had successfully integrated himself with the youth.
Politics aside, Mandela Kapere assisted a great deal in this integration by finding a place for Bankie at the NYC. This has been a significant development in Bankie’s Pan-Africanist work in Namibia. Kapere, therefore, played an important role in the work of our teacher within the small circles of Pan African youth.
Bankie was an action-orientated teacher. He loved us dearly. In 2010, he took me out of the World Youth Festival in Pretoria to meet the freedom fighters of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM). At that time the people of South Sudan were still fighting for independence from Khartoum. The ANC had given diplomatic status to the SPLM.
He had long hours of discussion with Dr John Gai and Sabir Ibrahim, who then ran the office. When South Sudan got independence, he asked me to accompany him to a workshop in Addis Ababa to meet with African activists, including those from the newly independent South Sudan dealing with the questions of the challenges of decolonisation.
Bankie was passionate about the struggles of the people of South Sudan. He introduced us to the problem of
‘Islamisation’ and the ‘Arabisation’ of Africa, with Sudan being a case study. He often, in private conversations, chastised the Swapo elites for prioritising the struggle of Palestine over the struggle of people of South Sudan.
He had the following to say about Pan Africanism in Namibia: “In Namibia the youth are disinterested in Africa and its Diaspora. It will come eventually, but it’s two to three generations away. PACON failed its mission of disseminating Pan-Africanism. I wanted to resign from its Eminent Board in 2005 but was asked to stay on. Despite many efforts to change its board, the powers-that-be have insisted on keeping the board. During the armed phase of the struggle Swapo was generally felt to lack ideological direction. We are paying the costs of that now.”
What we must do, as Pan Africanists, is to continue the activism of elder Bankie. I will continue to make him proud with my little efforts as Commissioner of the African Diaspora and External Affairs. I will work with African activists in the Diaspora.
Although he may not be around to call me to his house for hours and hours of discussions, I will forever cherish our time together, avoid falling into sentimentalism, and complete his task. Our Pan-African guide will continue watching over us, from ancestry.
Job Shipululo Amupanda is a commissioner for the African Diaspora and External Affairs of the African Youth Commission and a political science lecturer at the University of Namibia.
More tributes:
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On Thu, Aug 10, 2017 at 11:52 AM, Line HILGROS wrote:
Hotep Majestic family,

Bad news, one's of us Bankie FOSTERS Bankie a great lawyer from Caribbean is dead early this morning. He has worked variously in administration, diplomacy, education and research. He currently lives and works in Juba, South Sudan, where he is associated with the Kush Institution and is actively interested in Afro-Arab relations and their impact on the African unity movement. After a stop in Gambia and Ghana, he has chosen to live in Namibia like a Professor and Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Namibia. In addition to his Pan African interests, his expertise is in information and knowledge sharing for the development of grassroots groups in Africa. Here he is between Sis. Dowoti DESIR and Brother Peter LEMA, with Sister Malaak SHABAZZ. I had planned to invite him for Kwanzaa in December but God decided otherwise. Honor and Respect for this great Pan africanist (This is my point of view).

Kind Regards
Be blessed
Kisses from Guadeloupe

Sis. Makeda knows as Line HILGROS`
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Dear Line,
Thank you for this news. Brother Bankie was a giant in the Pan African Movement. He regularly sent out news and advancements in Pan Africanism, he organized and coordinated many meetings and conferences, and just simply got serious Pan African work done on a daily basis.. He will be sorely missed. May he rest in peace, knowing he did his part majestically.
Stay strong.
David L. Horne
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All hail the life and times of BFB. May he journey forth and return to us. A great comrade he was, and will always be.
Hilary (M. Beckles)
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I struggle to accept the departing of our Brother Bankie F. Bankie......
I have rarely met, learned from and actively interacted with someone as practical as Elder Bankie F Bankie. His absolutism about Pan-Afrikan progress, ideological accuracy and revolutionary commitment was not only reflected in his speech and writing, but in every pore of his life. He was a huge provocation and upsetment to anyone who adores talking nonsense, pretending to be an activist and falsely projecting Afrikan progress. 
His undying commitment to Afrikan Youth was unquestionable and a HUGE challenge to "arrogant Pan-Africademics" who like to put youth at the back and reserve frontseats for themselves only. To Brother Bankie, young Afrikans belonged in front. Always. Also, his awakened analysis and positioning himself as a recurring alarm-system for Arab-led enslavement, anti-Black terrorism and Arabization was important beyond what many lenient Afrikans could comprehend.   
Many experienced his "rough" and non-negotiable stubbornness, but if you took time to study where that came from, the source was his impatience with our collective non-progress. Brother Bankie had no time for chatting, chilling and celebrating. His stance was no-rest, no-sleep, no-fear.
His passing is a HUGE loss to Afrikan Progress. Warrior Bankie was a Ph"DO" (rather than a PhD....) - an ultra-practical Pan-Afrikanist, having completely internalised the struggle and living an Afrikan urgency day and night. 
On behalf of eBukhosini Solutions in Johannesburg, myself and all entities I have engaged closely with him through, we want to say RISE IN POWER to our departed Brother, Elder, Father, Friend and Progressive Force. May his spirit continue to live through those of us who are still fearless, faithful and militant in our dedication to Afrikan Freedom. 
May his Ancestral Soul visit us relentlessly, trouble us, wake us up, challenge us, irritate us and PUSH us as hard as necessary - to continue the work that must be done. By ANY means necessary.
Peaceful Journey, Beloved Brother and Friend. 
The struggle does - INDEED - continue.
Your life was not in vain.
We'll take it from here.
Ase'
Baba Buntu
Executive Director
eBukhosini Solutions
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Afrikan Salutations, BABA BUNTU
Executive Director
Johannesburg

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Muhammad Jalal Hashim:
Dear Baba Buntu and all, I still find it very difficult to comprehend the fact that Bankie F. Bankie is no more with us living in flesh on this earth. There are some people you grow up believing without being aware of it that they are immortal. Once they pass away, things stop from being the same things you used to know; the world stops from being the same world. This is how I am feeling since our brother and friend Glenroy Watson broke out to me the sad news.
What can we say! Denying it? Bankie hated nothing more than living in denial of life facts. There is nothing that we can do better than keeping his torch aflame and pursuing the same ends and goals he spent his honourable life fighting to either fulfil or to eradicate. Bankie fought his honourable wars on two sides, on one side to make ends meet, such as the welfare of all black Africans; on the other side, to stop certain things, such as racism, from existing.
Hereby, I call upon you all: let us write about him and try to collect all his written materials he had sent us so as to see the possibility of compiling them in a book.
Further, let us all think of a way to annually commemorate his honourable life and departure.
All remain well.
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Mavis G. Biekman wrote:
Good Afternoon Baba,
It is always sad to share these kind of information, especially when it concerns someone who was an activist, warrior, revolutionist, a leader, with the aim to create awareness and concsiousness on his people, but also an empowerer for the youth!
It is also sad that people who are valuable for  the society live shorter than those people who are sowing destruction within civilization/societies and havoc in countries worldwide, or in their own backyard!
Brother Bankie has set an example for African societies, and I hope that they, especially youth, will follow his footsteps to bring the necessary CHANGE!!!!!
I wish his family, friends, fellow activists/warriors, you Baba and friends strength to carry this loss!!! 
As you said Baba, MAY HE REST IN POWER!!!!
Asè!
Who is Bankie Foster Bankie? 
Get to know Bankie Foster Bankie:http://theblacklist.net/main/search/search?q=Bankie



Friday, June 16, 2017

The Fake Bust Of Marcus Garvey Must Come Down, Sign The Petition To The University Of The West Indies


The Fake Garvey Bust at the University Of The West Indies Must Come Down. 
Sign this petition

More than any other Jamaican Mwalimu Marcus Mosiah Garvey is the embodiment of Blackness, of Race Pride and of the need to accept the Black skin/face as a badge of honour and NOT a Symbol of shame!
To unveil and raise a bust which denies this great Pan African of his racial identity, his strength of character, his defiance of the status quo and the pride in his African Identity is to betray everything that this great African Jamaican stood for.
 This bust is an unfortunate misrepresentation of Jamaica's First National Hero and one of the greatest Philosophers of the 20th century.
An authentic representation of Mwalimu Marcus Mosiah Garvey, is an imperative in the name of Justice, on the principle of Truth and ensuring that these principles are enshrined for posterity!
In the name of Truth, take down that bust and remount a genuine symbol/representation of Mwalimu Marcus Garvey!

Sign this petition

This petition will be delivered to:
  • University of the West Indies Jamaica
  • Ministry of Education Jamaica


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum Wins Bid on Harlem Building & Development Site; Preps $150M Capital Campaign

Project Managers Thompson International Professionals and Zubatkin & Associates to Engage the Switzer Group, Inc., and Constructomics MBE Design & Construction Firms for 'Phase I' Build-Out for February 2018 Opening
Hip Hop Television Channel is proud to announce that the Official Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum to the World has won its bid to acquire a major Harlem building and development site in this historical Arts and Cultural corridor of the World in New York CityCleveland is home to the Rock Hall of Fame and Harlem will be the location for the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Headquarters. 
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame is Chartered non-profit 501 (c)3 Museum and Educational Institution whose mission is to Preserve, Archive, Exhibit, Educate, and Showcase Hip Hop Music & Culture from around the world. To also conduct Research and Studies documenting hip-hop's historical influence on American Pop Culture and its Socio-Economic Impact on Societies and Trends around the world.
The HHHOF development team anticipates completing the building acquisition process over the next few months, and is making pre-development preparations to move right into the redesigning of the building's exterior and interior infrastructure in the 'phase I' plan set to open in February 2018. 'The preliminary plan includes a ground floor themed HHHOF café, gallery, visitors bureau, and retail gift store with a second floor HHHOF museum, event space, offices, and multi-media studio for film and television content production in partnership with the HHHOF Arts & Media Youth Academy students that will be training for careers in tech and media, while producing real-life content for the museum, and the hip hop television channel network', stated JT Thompson the Creator and Executive Producer of the first ever Hip Hop Hall of Fame Awards TV show that aired on BET Network in the 1990s, and Founder of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum.
Phase II planning will include a full scale design and build development of the total site that could be approximately 20 stories high and include The Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum & Hotel Entertainment Complex design concept that features the Hall of Fame, Museum, 5 Star Hotel, Retail Mall & Gift Shop, Arcade, TV Studios, Sports Bar, Restaurant & Concert Lounge with a goal of serving up to 1,000,000 local, national, and international visitors annually including music fans, tourists, students, culture enthusiasts, and families on educational & entertainment excursion tours. The HHHOF envisions a state of the art 'Green Technology & Energy Conservation' Museum building project that will aggressively explore and utilize all of the available cost and energy saving technologies and mechanisms that are currently in the marketplace.
The HHHOF will also have an educational component to the program that enables 25,000 NYC public school children per year to visit the facility on field trips with museum tours, and see live assembly programs that feature the Official HHHOF Mascot DJ B-Boy Scratch & Friends doing PSA's, passing out Academic Awards, and gift bags for kids and youth in grades K-12.  The HHHOF facility will produce hundreds of permanent and part time jobs, and provide job training, valuable internships, and community volunteer opportunities, with a goal to host up to 100+ live events, shows, concerts, and educational programs annually for people of all ages.  It is estimated to contribute approximately a $350M socio-economic impact to New York City and the Tri-State region annually when phase II of the development is completed.
All of these elements increase the overall sustainability of the Museum project and ongoing operations with multiple attractions, and strategic investment partnerships on Hotel, Retail, Restaurant, Entertainment and Sponsorships.
The HHHOF Harlem building is well positioned in a high volume traffic corridor next to a major transportation through way where an estimated 15+ million tourists and commuters pass by and travel annually.  Tourism is expected to see a continual rise in New York City over the next 7-10 years, cited by a recent NYC Mayor's government report. The community of Harlem has a rich history of Arts and Cultural contributions from the Renaissance that influenced artists, poets, scholars, educators, politicians, fashion, entrepreneurs, entertainers and community leaders from New York City throughout the world. Hip Hop music and culture will now join that legacy in Harlem's New Renaissance with the Hip Hop Hall of Fame + Museum opening up its offices on the historic 125th Street.
Hip Hop music and culture today is a thriving social and economic marketplace encompassing music, film, sports, television, fashion, education, tech, and advertising. The HHHOF serves a very unique, diverse, and loyal targeted global audience that consist of youth demographics ages 12-34, and their families 25-55 who spend and influence approximately $1 Trillion dollars per year according to Russell Simmons advertising agency, on products, services, events, merchandise, and technology.
The Capital Campaign
The HHHOF to launch $150M Capital Fundraising Campaign to complete acquisition of the Harlem building and development site, Phase I Museum & Retail build-out for February 2018 opening, Memorabilia & Archive Development and Acquisitions, three years Operational Budgetary Funding, and full HHHOF Museum & Hotel Entertainment Complex pre-development activities for Phase II expansion, including new building Architectural Designs, Exhibits & Attractions Design and Construction, Building Tower Construction, Educational Programming, and Endowment Fund over the next 2-3 years.   
The Hip Hop Hall of Fame has been in ongoing conversations with prospective supporters in regards, to the Capital Campaign that will include support programs from Artists, Executives, Individuals, Foundations, Government Agencies, Private Investment Funds, and Corporate Partners & Brands whose expertise and contributions will help shape the project and bring its unique cultural identity to life on the world stage. HHHOF Team ito initiate the Capital Campaign Committee Planning Discussions with Industry Veteran Executives including MCA's Ernie Singleton, Giant Records Ms. Cassandra Mills, RCA's Kevin Evans, Sports Agent Aaron Goodwin, Sony's Demmette Guidry,  and more are being tapped to join an expanding group of Advisors, Committee Members, and Industry Relations professionals to be announced in the coming weeks that will include major Moguls, Artists, Pioneers, Executives, Entrepreneurs, and Influencers from all sectors of Business, Corporate, Finance, Education, Sports, Entertainment, Real Estate, The Arts, Community Leaders, Politics, and International Relations.
The HHHOF also envisions offering an array of Sponsorship and Naming Rights opportunities for National & International Corporate Brands, Products, Service Providers, and Facility Vendors. These once in a lifetime offers will include exclusive multi-year official category sponsorships and naming rights opportunities on-site throughout the facility to include the Themed Restaurant, Concert Lounges, Live Event Stages, Television Studios, Arcade, Community Rooms, Retail Gift Store, and Outdoor signage. Others envisioned will include the building Marquee, Full Floors, Exhibits, Displays, Commissioned works of Art, Live Events, Tours, Community & Educational Programs, Archive Preservation and Library.  The Hip Hop Hall of Fame will also utilize these in-kind partnership products, services, technology, appliances, and electronics in the daily operations of the facility, and incorporate them into the fabric of the museum & entertainment complex attractions and architecture reaching the most coveted advertiser demographics of hip hop, urban, and pop culture.
The Development Team
The development project managers Thompson International Professionals, JT Thompson, and Zubatkin & Associates Owner Representation's Andrew Bast, have begun discussions with major corporate partners including Live Event producers for HHHOF venue, and Hotel chains and Retail groups for potential management and operational partnerships, and with potential private investors and bankers.  Rounding out the development team includes Healy-Kohler Design the creative exhibit design and building consultant on the project led by Terrance Healy, Ms. Terrie Rouse of Rouse Consulting who has been serving as senior consultant advisor on the projects museum operations development, and Real Estate strategy and execution consultant on Harlem project is Ms. Shawna O. Menifee of Integrative Partners Inc., a M/WBE Certified of JLL.
The HHHOF is set to engage the The Switzer Group, Inc. interior architectural design firm, and Constructomics Construction firm for phase I of the Harlem site build-out project. The Switzer Group, Inc., is one of the nation's most progressive interior architectural design consulting firms since 1975. Today, The Switzer Group Inc. is the nation's largest black-owned interior architectural design firm and currently among the top 100 American design firms.  Constructomics is the largest MBE contractor in New York City. These HHHOF experienced and professional architectural, development, construction, and strategic investment partner(s) firms will work seamlessly with New York City and State Building & Development agencies, Hotel, Retail, and our Cultural Institutional partners on this historical development coming to the Manhattan skyline. We are seeking to ensure that local workers, vendors, suppliers, merchants, and MBE firms benefit from the building rehabilitation and future construction project in procurement and participation.
HHHOF Museum Exhibit Preservation Partners
The HHHOF Museum exhibits will offer important and unique documentation of hip-hop's development and its impact on social trends.  The Museum will enshrine hip-hop pioneers and legends in wax and through displays (memorabilia and collectibles are presently being gathered and catalogued). Exhibition objects will derive from the HHHOF archives and from other distinguished collections of our Hip Hop Archive & Preservation Alliance partner members, that include The Grammy Museum, The Cornell U's Hip Hop Collection, Harvard Hip Hop Archive, NYU Hip Hop Education Center, The Smithsonian Institute Museum, The NMAAH, LACMA, OMA, The 2Pac Center, The Michael Holman 'Graffiti Rock' Collection, University of Houston, NMAAM, The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and many more private collections. The goal of the visitor center is to broaden exposure, access, and education to the arts by sharing the diversity of authentic Hip Hop Music, Arts and Culture with children, families, fans, and the general public whose limited access to Hip Hop culture is through viewing videos via social media and hearing music on the radio, not an accurate representation of the true elements of Hip Hop culture. These exhibits will also tour schools, both nationally and internationally, that have programs and curricula that demonstrate how Hip Hop culture has significant contributions and social, educational, and economic impacts on the global scene.  As "rock-n-roll" was for baby boomers, Hip Hop is today's dominant youth culture worldwide.  
About The Hip Hop Hall of Fame Founder JT Thompson

The Hip Hop Hall of Fame was Established in 1992 by Founder J.T. Thompson, who created and executive produced the first HHHOF Awards TV Show on the BET Cable Network in the 1990's, as the first annual fundraising catalyst for the establishment of a Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum in New York City; modeled after the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Museum which produced 20 years of awards shows before eventually opening their Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. The Entrepreneur, Producer, and Community Advocate is a Brooklyn Born, Queens, Harlem, and Los Angeles raised Hip Hop Connoisseur, whose grand-uncle played with Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, and Benny Goodman, when African-Americans could not stay in or eat at the places they played, nor own their own music and publishing.  He is an Honorably Discharged US Army Veteran (NY Post http://nypost.com/2016/02/19/after-24-years-this-army-vet-is-making-the-hip-hop-hall-of-fame-a-reality/ ), and former College Basketball Scholarship Student Athlete and Free Agent Professional. He entered the business as a concert promoter and television producer, as a guest of former MCA/Universal artists Pebbles, and the R&B Group the Deele, that featured multi-Grammy Award winning artists/producers/record executives L.A. Reid & BabyFace. He was founder partner of the LA Gang Truce Alliance in 1992 during the LA Riots and led the private and public development partnerships with RLA that later became empowerment zones. He has worked independently in every facet of an entertainment company including Music, Film, Television, and Sports by creating, and producing shows & concerts, talent casting, PR, marketing, advertising sales, distribution, retail management, and is the architect of the Hip Hop Hall of Fame Museum & Entertainment Complex "Co-Branding" Business Strategy. His Development and Consulting Company Thompson International Professionals has different Real Estate projects in various stages of development. JT and the HHHOF has organized and participated in numerous events that included Jesse Jackson, NAACP, NCAA, HBCU's, Mayor Tom Bradley, President Bill Clinton, Rev DR. EV Hill, National Baptist Convention, Ecumenical Alliance, LA Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Ice Cube, Ice T, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Grandmaster Flash, DJ Kool Herc, Tyrese, Grandmaster Caz, Russell Simmons, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Master P, Sean Pdiddy Combs, Mark Pitts, Lil Kim, Baby Williams, Shaquille O'neal, Rakim, Biz Markie, SugarHill Gang, Roxanne Shante, Doug E Fresh, E-40, EPMD, YoYo, Eazy E, John Singleton, DJ Quik, Warren G, Kenny 'DJ Lord Yoda X' Syder, Rob Base, and many more. 
For more information and interested partnership firms, and sponsors can contact John Robinson or the HHHOF at hiphophofstaff@gmail.com. All fans and potential interns & volunteers can follow us at Official website http://hiphophof.org, Facebook http://facebook.com/hiphophalloffame, Twitter http://twitter.com/hiphophof, Instagram http://instagram.com/hiphophalloffametv, Youtube http://youtube.com/hiphophalloffametv.

SOURCE Hip Hop Television Channel

NEW YORKJune 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --






Thursday, May 25, 2017

Learn To Swim: 64% of African American children have no or low swimming ability - and 5.5 times more likely to drown

64 percent African-American children, 45 percent of Hispanic/Latino children, 40 percent of Caucasian children have no or low swimming ability: USA Swimming Foundation


With Memorial Day Weekend and the traditional opening of summer swimming season approaching, the USA Swimming Foundation today announced a 5-10 percent improvement in overall swimming ability from its previous findings in 2010, according to a new study regarding swimming ability amongst America's youth conducted by the University of Memphis and University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
However, there is still much work to be done as nearly 64 percent of African-American children, 45 percent of Hispanic children and 40 percent of Caucasian children have no/low swimming ability, putting them at risk for drowning. A concerning finding was that 87 percent of swimmers with no or low ability plan to go to a swimming facility this summer at least once and 34 percent plan to swim 10 or more times this summer.
The study, aimed to establish children's swim ability levels and determine motivating factors that lead to a child learning how to swim and participate in the physical activity of swimming, reveals a number of factors that contribute to the overall lack of swimming ability.
  • Socio-Economic and Race/Ethnicity Differences
    • 79 percent of children in families with household income less than $50,000 have no/low swimming ability
    • Children who qualify for free or reduced school lunch programs are 63 percent less likely to have good swimming ability
    • 76 percent of parents reported that their children would be more likely to want to participate in swimming if they saw a talented swimmer that looked like them
    • 65 percent of African-American children would like to swim more than they do
  • Family is Significant
    • If parent specified good swimming ability, their children are 4.3 times more likely to have good swimming ability
    • If parents have no/low swimming ability, there's a high likelihood their children won't have good swimming skills (78 percent for African-American children, 62 percent among Hispanic/Latino children and 67 percent for Caucasian children)
    • Children who swim with their family are 2.7 times more likely to be good swimmers
  • Fear
    • Children who are afraid of drowning are 67 percent more likely to have low/no swimming ability
    • African-American children and their parents are three times more fearful of drowning than Caucasian children and parents
    • Children who know how to be safer around water are 3.7 times more likely to have good swimming ability
"We're thrilled that the study revealed improvements with more children getting into swim lessons and in the attitudes on how important learning to swim is for children. That indicates we've made progress by providing low- and no-cost swim lessons and water safety education to families across the country," said Debbie Hesse, Executive Director of the USA Swimming Foundation. "The data, especially with 79 percent of children in low income families having little or no swim ability, shows there is still room to grow. We need to keep a sustained effort to introduce children to swimming and drive the important message that learning to swim can save your life."
As part of its mission of Saving Lives through swim lessons, the USA Swimming Foundation annually activates the Make a Splash initiative which aims to provide every child in America the opportunity to learn to swim – regardless of race, gender or financial circumstances. With more than 850 'Make a Splash' local providers across the country, the USA Swimming Foundation has provided swim lessons for more than 4.9 million children nationwide since 2007 with free and reduced-cost swim lessons. The USA Swimming Foundation has set a goal to provide at least 1 million children with swim lessons in 2017 through its Make a Splash Local Partner network.
USA Swimming Foundation ambassadors and Olympic medalists Missy FranklinCullen JonesSimone ManuelNathan AdrianElizabeth Beisel, Rowdy Gaines, Jason Lezak and Mel Stewart help lead the effort by giving clinics and educating families on the importance of learning to swim.
The 2017 study is a follow up to two studies, Constraints Impacting Minority Swimming Participation, Phase I and II, conducted by the University of Memphis in 2008 and 2010, which served as a catalyst for widespread awareness on the issue of minority children's low swimming ability. The 2010 study results showed that 70 percent of African-American children, nearly 60 percent of Hispanic/Latino children and 42 percent of Caucasian children had little to no swimming ability.
"Using trends outlined by the results from all three studies will help communities initiate strategies and programs to protect their children from the horrific tragedy of drowning," said Dr. Carol Irwin, Ph.D. University of Memphis, the study's principal investigator. "The end goal is to create real solutions designed to ensure children are safer in the water, especially minority youth who are at a higher risk for drowning."
Survey Methodology
Data collection sites used in the 2017 study were identified in collaboration with representatives from USA Swimming Foundation and comprised five markets with significant minority populations (Houston,  Jacksonville, Las VegasLos Angeles and Memphis). Within each market, the research team worked with representatives from the YMCA to identify appropriate data collection venues. The YMCA was chosen as the primary data collection source due to the organization's access to diverse youth populations (swimmers and non-swimmers), keen interest in the topic and previous assistance with the 2008 and 2010 studies. Site visits were scheduled for data collection and staff training between March and May 2017. A mixed method approach involving quantitative (survey) and qualitative (focus group interviews) measures was used.  
A final report of all survey findings will be posted on the USA Swimming Foundation website in late summer 2017.
About the USA Swimming FoundationThe USA Swimming Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of USA Swimming.  Established in 2004, the Foundation works to strengthen the sport by saving lives and building champions—in the pool and in life. Whether we're equipping our children with the life-saving skill of learn-to-swim through our Make a Splash initiative, or providing financial support to our heroes on the U.S. National Team, the USA Swimming Foundation aims to provide the wonderful experience of swimming to kids at all levels across the country. To learn more, visit www.usaswimmingfoundation.org.
SOURCE USA Swimming Foundation
http://www.usaswimmingfoundation.org
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.May 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --
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Friday, February 17, 2017

Dr. Cornel West and Attorney Malik Z. Shabazz Debate, and National Town Hall Meeting on Donald Trump Feb. 21, National Press Club, DC

Posted by SendMeYourNews on February 17, 2017 at 10:01am in CURRENT EVENTS 

 On Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, a critical national town hall meeting and historic debate will take place by the illustrious scholar and Howard University Professor Dr. Cornel West and Black Lawyers for Justice leader Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq. Prior to the debate/town hall meeting, Cornel West and Malik Shabazz will conduct a national news conference to directly address the current statements and actions of the President of the United States and their impact on the African American community.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: 3–4pm news conference featuring Dr. Cornel West, scholar activist and Malik Z. Shabazz, national president of Black Lawyers for Justice and other Black leaders. 7pm DEBATE OF THE DECADE : WHICH WAY UNDER PRESIDENT TRUMP? and town hall meeting.


LOCATION: The National Press Club – 529 14th Street NW – Washington, DC 
The 7pm DEBATE OF THE DECADE town hall meeting will address the growing fears, anxieties, and worries of Black America surrounding the policies, words, and actions of the new POTUS Donald J. Trump. Blacks in America are still in a semi-state of shock following the departure of the strongly supported President Barack H. Obama whose approval ratings amongst African American elected voters reached over 95 percent. The election victory of Donald J. Trump has produced a seismic shift in the confidence of the Black or African American population's level of confidence in their support that they feel they have from the United States government.
Education, social security, public benefits, housing, law enforcement, justice issues, gentrification, mass incarceration, immigration issues, and many other serious issues are worrying Blacks in America; and these issues will be thoroughly debated and discussed with the audience, Dr. West and Attorney Shabazz. A plan of action for the masses will be announced and a new coalition will be formed that breaks the traditional boundaries of the Civil Rights Movement and the Black Power Movement.
Doors open at 6pm. Webcast on blfjustice.org nationalblackout.org  blackmensmovement.org 
CONTACT: 
Malik Z. Shabazz, Esq. Black Lawyers for Justice 301.513.5445  attorney.shabazz@yahoo.com
MEDIA CONTACT: PressInfo@blfjustice.com
SOURCE Black Lawyers for Justice
http://www.blfjustice.org
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Birthday Poem for Viola Plummer on the Octogenerian-Occasion of Her Eightieth Birthday by George Edward Tait

VIVA LA VIOLA
By
George Edward Tait

(For Viola Plummer on the Octogenerian Occasion of Her Eightieth Birthday)

Hewn from the hem of Harriet’s garment
Adorned with the apparel and arsenal of Asantewaa
Girded within the Nubian garrison of Granny Nanny
A weusi woman warrior with a D-12 dossier
Documenting decades of dedication and devotion
Documenting decades of discussion and debate
Documenting decades of discourse and diplomacy
Documenting decades of determination and decisiveness
Documenting decades of dispatch and deployment
Documenting decades of daring and discipline
Definitive dates on the calendar of combat
Doyenne to the twelfth power
Dynamics of a D dominant 12th chord in a Coltrane composition
A December detail with 12 disciples
A diurnal declaration to the 12th of Forever
Building a bustling Brooklyn base into a pan-Afrikan place.
Viva La Viola! – weariness-proof and weather-proof
Armed with the aura of Abubadika
Enveloped within the erudition of Elombe
Motivated by the might of Mugabe and the magnificence of Malcolm -
In the trenches, in the courts; on the tarmacs, at the ports
On the sidewalk, in the street: a movement of melanin fists and marching feet.
Viva La Viola!! – with grassroots grace and global grasp
Asante Sana Afrikan soldier – Freedom ferocity and frontline fearlessness;
Asante Sana Afrikan sage – visceral voice and veracious values.
Viva La Viola!!!  An anointed anthem always sung
An everlasting epic, Eighty Years Young – Happy Birthday!

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