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Know the drill for court success

by Marquis D. Jones, Jr.

(Former Superior Court Judge)

Many individuals are left at times to represent themselves in court matters. Self representation is particularly present in Family Court actions because of the nature of the cases, and people are often forced to return to court many times to resolve complex custody and support issues after they may have exhausted their financial resources. They may then be forced to represent themselves in court proceedings.

Read more Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019

Civil Rights Activist Willie Muskasa Ricks visits Camden

by Dr. Mahdi Ibn-Ziyad, Adj. Professor 

Rutgers, Dept. of Philosophy and Religion

Camden, NJ- Gary Brown, R. Mangoliso Davis and others in the local Pan-Africanist group PAPA invited Brother Willie Ricks to Camden for a series of talks. I attended a Monday night event at Victory Temple Church near the Rutgers campus. Brother Ricks gave a riveting, hold-on-to-your-seat presentation of his life experiences as a lead strategist and one the preeminent organizers in the South during the heyday of the Civil Rights Movement and later the Black Power Movement.

He was among those who both worked closely with Dr. King while all the while critically questioning Dr. King’s excessive reliance on the strategy of non-violent resistance to the vicious racism and acts of brutality and cold blooded (non-punished) mayhem and murder carried out by the forces of hate all over the South. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

National Town Hall Meeting to assess the crises of gentrification in Black America

by IBW21

Newark, NJ-April 4-6, 2019, all roads will lead to Newark, New Jersey, for a National Emergency Summit on Gentrification convened, by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century under the leadership of Dr. Ron Daniels, President and hosted by Mayor Ras J. Baraka. The Emergency Summit is being convened at a time when gentrification has become the watchword for the displacement of Black people and culture from urban neighborhoods around the country. Gentrification is seen as the “Negro Removal Program” of the 21st Century. During the Civil Rights, Black Power era, the term “Negro Removal” was virtually synonymous with “Urban Renewal,” local, state and federal highway and development projects that often disconnected and destroyed stable Black communities.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019

Etymology: Some Scholars have defined denotation as the established meaning (Part 2)

by Abdullah El Talib Mosi Bey

Some scholars define denotation as the established meaning. What does this definition mean? Denotation is derived from the Latin denotare. De means down and notare, to mark. Denotation is the process of designating a word to an object. Establish means to institute firmly. During the 9th century the originally established meaning for the word slave is that of a national identity of a people of Slavic descent from Eastern Europe. The 'present day meaning,' 'common understanding,' 'ordinary meaning' or 'constructive meaning' of slave has supplanted the originally established and true meaning of slave. Thus, what linguistic scholars actually mean by the 'established meaning' of a word is its 'present day meaning', 'common understanding,' 'ordinary meaning' or 'constructive meaning' and not its originally established and true meaning.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21, 2019

What is the Black Agenda?

by Cypress Moss

As 2020 comes around, we’re seeing a shift in the way that Black voters are courted. Politicians are becoming aware of the political power of Black voters, especially in the primary. And no matter how genuine the calls for reparations are, there are significant policies being proposed that are particularly tailored to address Black people’s needs. But will these policies address the “Black agenda”?

When the subject of a “Black agenda” comes up it, it’s often presented as an ask rather than an explicit demand. Asking politicians what’s their agenda for Black America is totally different from proposing an agenda and asking politicians how do they plan to get it done. I recently visited the Museum of Civil & Human Rights in Atlanta, and there was something that stuck out the most. At the March on Washington exhibit, their demands were specific and immediate. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019

Black CEO is Using Smart Home Tech to Fund Church Ministries

by Allison Kugel

Solomon “RC” Ali is a Charlotte, North Carolina and Atlanta, Georgia-based CEO of several high-ranking companies. He's become a prominent voice and influence in helping minorities secure their intellectual property, raise funding for startups, bring products to market and scale their businesses. He's now turned his attention to smart home automation accessibility and raising much needed funds for life-changing church ministries.

Aside from Solomon Ali’s company, Revolutionary Concepts, holding sixteen live and active patents and his North Carolina energy company, NDR Energy Group, consistently making Black Enterprise's Top 100 list, his latest project, SYS Smart Home Technology (a subsidiary Revolutionary Concepts) has launched a community church initiative to increase accessibility to smart home technology and security, while subsidizing lifechanging church ministries throughout the U.S. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019



Dads are reading heroes

by Rachel Slaughter

A boy’s father is his first hero. While looking to his father for guidance, a boy will imitate his father’s every move. Despite a father’s best efforts to keep any flaws undercover, his son will emulate his father’s actions. This phenomenon creates a wonderful opportunity to foster a boy’s education. For children, actions speak louder than words. In instances where African-American boys may show little to no interest in reading, imitation can be a positive force in a boy’s reading success. Through “reading role modeling,” a dad can ignite his son’s imagination and reinforce his academic school work while having fun at the same time.

Read more Scoop USA Media, January 18, 2019

Realistic fiction can be tricky in the middle school classroom

By Rachel Slaughter 

Realistic fiction feature stories that mimic real life making the genre an attractive choice for educators. Always curious about human nature and how to maneuver in this complicated world, young people have made realistic fiction, with its highlight of adult topics, the popular choice. But with topics that range from police brutality to mail-order brides, realistic fiction--marketed for the adolescent reader--can be a tricky choice for the middle school classroom.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 1, 2019

The Mother-daughter relationship

by Rachel Slaughter

The “Mother-daughter relationship” is a phenomenon that psychologists will never stop studying. Like an onion, it features many fine layers that can be peeled to release an unfavorable odor. Often characterized by psychologists as the most significant relationship a woman will ever have, the mother-daughter relationship is detailed to ad nauseam in movies, songs, and books. 

It is not uncommon for a woman to spend countless hours with a therapist or confidant in the effort to unravel how the relationship shaped the woman she has become. In an article in Psychology Today, author Peg Streep details what she describes as “eight toxic patterns” in mother-daughter relationships. Often described as combative, or unhealthy, these patterns are not the sentiments of mother’s day cards. But, Margarita Tartakovsky in an article in Psych Central offers several ways moms and daughters can extend the olive branch to each other. 

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

Is Black Literature a problem?

by Rachel Slaughter, ABD

For many African American educators, it is emotionally and mentally draining to read the excuses that detail why there is a dearth of African American literature in American public schools. A phenomenon that ignores the benefits of multicultural literature, a lack of multicultural literature in schools is a travesty. Research shows that by the year 2050, ethnic minority children will make up the majority of the United States public school classrooms, and in some cities this change has already taken place.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

A Carefully Planned Classroom Library

by Rachel Slaughter, ABD

Teacher Joyce, an energetic reading teacher, has stayed up half the night writing lesson plans, and planning centers that incorporate the middle school Common Core Standards. In the classroom, she organizes her print-rich classroom of diverse literature featuring beautiful and colorful characters and exciting stories. Teacher Joyce reviews, with the students, the charts that make up the elaborate, but engaging “literacy block” directions. When she directs the students to the stations, teacher Joyce is surprised to hear the students’ collective grumble. Despite her best laid plans, the students do not want to read.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019


Each month “The Reading Quilt” provides a short review of a book that a teacher may use to spark conversations about culture and race, along with a learning activity that may help students understand human behavior. Using the acronym QUILT, Slaughter offers readers information about the Quality of writing, and Imaginative plot, as well as a mini Lesson plan, and Talking points that stem from the book’s premise. This month, a book that details a legacy of fortitude and strength against the cruelty of slavery, is the focus of QUILT.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 14, 2019


Adolescent Angst and YA Lit

The journey from adolescence to adulthood is one that has many twists and turns. Emotionally, young people experience turmoil as they try desperately to leave the bubble of comfort in the effort to become independent. It is this quest for independence that inspires young people to sometimes make rash and misguided decisions. These decisions are the stories that make young adult literature so compelling. Nicknamed YA Lit, the genre started in the 60’s when life for young people was fraught with violence sparked by racial injustice and political problems.

Each month “The Reading Quilt” provides a short review of a book that a teacher may use to  spark conversations about culture and race, along with a learning activity that may help students understand human behavior. Using the acronym QUILT, Slaughter offers readers information about the Quality of writing, and Imaginative plot, as well as a mini Lesson plan, and Talking points that stem from the book’s premise. This month, a YA Lit book that offers the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua as the setting of teen angst and rebellion is the focus of QUILT

Read More ScoopUSA Media Digital.... July 5, 2019

Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD


The Healthcare Revolution: More choice not more taxes

by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD 

Paris is in flames over a fuel tax increase that would pile 30 cents onto the $7.06 per gallon price paid by citizens whose average monthly salary is $2,753.This burdensome “carbon tax” on the middle class is intended to help meet Europe’s commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and thereby halt global warming or climate change. It appears that the 21st century French Revolution has begun. This time, Brussels is sending in tanks to protect the new elite and its agenda.

Read more Scoop USA Media, January 4, 2019

Jumping Into Medicare For All With Eyes Wide Shut

by Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD The unveiling of the ballyhooed House of Representatives Medicare for All Act of 2019 bill will be met with chants of “equal healthcare for all!” While the country will be forced into a government-run program, the limousine liberals and champagne socialists will keep their array of medical care choices — whether on or off the record.

A key feature of the Medicare-for-All bills is the elimination of private health insurance that duplicates benefits offered by the government. Given the coercive nature of the existing Medicare program, we should be very concerned. Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) is mandatory for those eligible for Medicare who receive Social Security payments. If beneficiaries want to opt out of Part A, they must forfeit all of their Social Security payments — including paying back any Social Security benefits received up to the time Part A was declined. So a “beneficiary” is punished for saving federal dollars by declining to be on the government healthcare dole.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

Thought Police (Oops, Medicare) For All

This year, legislators were not so subtle. It is bad enough that our elderly are pushed into hospice, but now the compassionate legislators have set their sights on newborns. New York passed, and Virginia floated laws that permit the killing of babies after birth. The U.S. Senate garnered only 53 of the 60 votes needed to pass the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act which would mandate medical care and legal protections to infants born alive after an attempted abortion. Starting in the 1970s, the federal government clearly saw a need to protect medical personnel from the tyranny of the government mandates that could violate religious or moral convictions. Personal liberty is an integral part of our democratic republic. While a physician’s calling is to render treatment to all patients, this is balanced with an individual physician’s moral beliefs. This is no more apparent than in legislation permitting physician assisted suicide and post-delivery “abortions.” Sadly, under threat of discrimination lawsuits, some physicians have acquiesced to The new Medicare for All bill (H.R. 1384) has come and hopefully will go the way of the pet rock. Everybody now knows the basics: the government will take care of all medical, dental, vision, pharmacy, and long-term care services with no out-of-pocket expenses. The bill prohibits parallel private insurance, and has the glaring absence of a financing mechanism.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

Doctor Robot for You, Real Doctor for Me

A couple of years ago, computer programs, algorithms, and glorified Google searches were touted as the replacements for a physician’s analysis of a patient’s medical condition. Compressed medical research is quite useful for clinicians who are presented with novel situations and have no readily available colleagues with whom to discuss the case. However, the purpose of flow charts should not be to replace the brains of busy clinicians or, worse yet, be a cookbook for the practitioners at drugstore clinics.

Medical technological aids have now jumped the shark. An unbelievable, but—thanks to cell phone video—verifiably true news report detailed how a robot rolled into a patient’s Intensive Care Unit cubicle and a physician’s talking head appeared on the robot’s “face” and told the patient the sad news that he had a terminal illness. While remote medicine is reasonable in rural areas where access to medical care is limited, telling a patient he is going to die from a TV screen is a crime against all medical ethical principles.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

Hoaxes, Scams, and Your Medical Care

Hoaxes and scams have been dominating the news lately. We have a marginally known actor faking a hate crime supposedly to raise his Hollywood profile. His attempt to claw his way to the middle could have resulted in race riots, injury, and death. His punishment? All charges dropped.


The scandal about Hollywood and other elites buying their children’s way into top-rated universities really hit home. I remember when I had tutored some recent Vietnamese immigrants for a debate contest to win a scholarship for college. I could only hope that their hard work was rewarded and not wiped away by special favors bestowed on the “haves.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019



Reassess this mess

by Brett Mandel

Philadelphia media is once again trumpeting stories detailing reports that city real estate tax assessments are inaccurate. These inaccuracies are forcing many neighbors to pay too much while giving others an unfair tax break. If this sounds familiar it is because this has been the case for all of our lifetimes. While some would pass this off as simple Philadelphia governmental incompetence, it is actually much more problematic. It is corruption. The assessment inaccuracies are not bugs in the system, they are features of the system. Incompetence is unfocused and unintentional. Corruption is purposeful and systematic.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019 

No Future For Philadelphia History?

by Brett Mandel

The news that Philadelphia's museum dedicated to its history as a city is shuttered is devastating and tragic. For a city that so embraces its past as packaged for tourists and outsiders, the idea that we can allow our own city history to be, well -- HISTORY -- is a failure of civic leadership that is a crime against our posterity. If the mayor and top civic leaders cannot find the resources and management to save and revitalize this museum then THEY should be history!

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

Oprah Winfrey and her Mom’s strong finish

by Barbara Coombs Lee, PA, FNP, JD

Oprah Winfrey’s mother, Vernita Lee, died less than five months ago on Thanksgiving Day, and Oprah recently shared with People Magazine the tender story of their last conversation.

As usual, when Oprah shares a personal experience, her generous and insightful telling contains important lessons for us all in 2019. These lessons are about mustering the courage to admit the life of a loved one is nearing its end. They’re about bringing that knowledge into the open and acting on it, so the things that need to be said, will be said. They’re about creating an opening for words to come that will ring in our ears forever, close a life story and heal our wounds.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

“The Good Fight” Addresses the Green Elephant (Racial Income Inequality)

by Jeremy Bamidele

Episode 4 of the “Good Fight,” titled “Mothering While Black,” will premiere on CBS All Access on April 4. It will address a topic of paramount importance to the black community—racial income disparity.

The “Good Fight,” a spinoff of the “Good Wife,” is a legal drama that’s garnering widespread acclaim for its acknowledgment and portrayal of problems discussed in Black homes and ignored by other mainstream media outlets.

Racially based pay income disparity is both a longstanding and controversial topic because of the statement echoed by the law firm’s senior partner, “There are so many factors that go into every decision.”

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

Black Arts Festival, Engaging and Encouraging Men of Color

by Maurice Henderson

The Black Arts Festival makes a hearty return to Philadelphia on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at the Rotunda Theater, 4014 Walnut Street. The afternoon and evening scheduling of events are being supported by the webportal Afro Philly and the National Black Guide, an urban content multi media brand. The official kick-off will be on Sunday, April 7th during 12noon live radio appearance with host Al Knight on WKDU 90.1 FM.

The agenda for Wednesday, April 10th at the Rotunda opens with a 3:30pm - 5:00pm session called a Black Think Tank hosted by author Robert Hayes. Activist, concerned citizens, political candidates, intellectuals, citywide movers and shakers are invited to participate in this interactive and open discussion that focuses on urban problem solving. Participants are invited to come out and get involved. More information can be obtained by calling Robert Hayes at or 215-776-8642.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

Get in the Game for the Mayoral Primary

by Brett Mandel

At one point, it could be said that the mayoral election was the Super Bowl of Philadelphia politics. The mayor‘s race was the big game and everyone in town paid attention. Coverage dominated the local media on television, in print, and on the radio and real Philadelphians offered strong opinions about candidates. But, today, the mayor's race is more like a high-school soccer match -- a low-turnout affair engaging insiders and covered by a handful of reporters. We deserve better.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 12, 2019 


Candidates Must offer Plans, Not Excuses

by Brett Mandel 

"If you think Philadelphia is bad today, you should've seen it decades ago!" Oddly, this statement, meant as a compliment to tout the city's progress in response to any complaint about its unsatisfying state, captures the essential Philadelphia attytood that holds our city back. Listen to anyone moan about the filth that blows through neighborhoods like trash tumbleweeds, the potholes that turn trips through the city into bone-jarring roller-coaster rides, or the governmental and civic failures that greet us every day, and you'll likely find an apologist who will claim that it used to be worse -- as if that is any consolation. If Philadelphia is ever to move past being a city of permanent potential to become a city of opportunity and progress, we need to stop accepting slow and marginal improvements and we need to start demanding better.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019