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Allison Kugel

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The Healing Power of "Love-in-Action" Part I

    Deepak Chopra has been a mentor of mine from the day of my first interview with him more than a decade ago. I will never forget the day in 2008 when I asked him to explain such existential concepts as the distinction between the brain, mind and soul; the concepts of space and time, and how meditation benefits our physical and mental health. His answers then were clear and precise and without hesitation; on my end it felt like waking up from a dream and setting about on a continuous path of discovery. 

    He and I sat down once again, this time to unpack the pressing issues of isolation, anxiety and depression and the growing epidemic of suicidal ideation and suicide, which has taken sharp incline over the past eighteen years. Deepak Chopra is now part of a team spearheading the Never Alone movement, a grassroots movement that aims to create community-led organizations around the world to help people in emotional distress who need community support. Never Alone is being funded through a GoFundMe campaign that has already surpassed its original goal. 

    In tandem, Deepak Chopra, has released his latest book, Metahuman (Harmony Books/Random House), which delves into the true essence of our nature when we break free of societal constructs and embrace a higher level of consciousness and greater zest for living on this planet. 


Read Love in Action  in SCOOP USA Media,October 18, 2019, page 14

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The Healing Power of "Love-in-Action" Part II

    Allison Kugel: You're a part of creating the Never Alone movement to provide support communities around the world, which we hope will prevent suicide and help people feel connected to real support systems. How will the Never Alone platform work, and will it be accessible to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and geographic locations? 

    Deepak Chopra: Right now, the Never Alone platform will be run by GoFundMe. We are helping create an advisory board for the GoFundMe campaign. Our goal is to create self-sustaining grassroots movements across the world, because even in very impoverished parts of the world, people now have access to wireless technology. In wisdom traditions, a healthy community has three things: people dedicated to serving the community; spiritual practice of reflective self-inquiry and getting together with other people in the community. Today we can do that online, but we can also do that by creating our own localized communities and centers. This is not a Deepak Chopra campaign, or anyone's campaign. It should be a totally grassroots, self-sustaining campaign where we create an ecosystem for helping each other in [times of] distress. 


    Allison Kugel: With the film The Offering that you've recently raised funding for, this is not a documentary, correct? This is a work of fiction that is based on real stories about suicide? 

    Deepak Chopra: The sister of the actress Gabriella Wright, was a very accomplished musical artist in Europe, who committed suicide at the age of 28 or 29. This is a film for awareness, in which actress Gabriella Wright is playing the role of a mother whose son commits suicide. We hope to use the film as a tool for bringing awareness to this cause, and to the Never Alone movement. When you give facts alone, some people are moved by the facts, like you were moved by the statistics. But by themselves, facts can be very dry. When they are linked to an emotional response, people feel compelled to look at the facts in a different way. We are hoping that The Offering will be a film that will bring some insight to the epidemic of loneliness. The film is only one aspect of this movement. After that, the goal of the Never Alone movement is to encourage other people to produce videos and films, and to share stories to increase awareness and create their own communities both offline and online.


Read more "Love in Action" SCOOP USA Media, October 25, 2019, page 12

The Healing Power of Love, Part III

    Allison Kugel: Have you, yourself, at any point in your life had a suicidal thought or feeling, and if so, how did you work your way out of it? Or has a loved one of yours ever experienced something like that? 

    Deepak Chopra: I have personally never experienced this kind of extreme ideation. But when I was in active practice as an internist and an endocrinologist and emergency room physician, I saw it all the time, several times a day. And then I looked at my own family; cousins, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts. And I don't find a single family, including my own, where this type of extreme desperation has not resulted in a suicidal act. From my medical school days, to my internship and residency, I have witnessed these kinds of ideations and this kind of outcome of extreme desperation, which we call suicide. It's never been out of my awareness, not even a single day, since I became a medical student. And I do remember also in my early growing up years, becoming aware of relatives in my extended family who have done that, so it's a daily reminder that we need to do more to alleviate everyone's suffering. Our own personal happiness is dependent on the happiness of others. In fact, all the data shows that the most effective way to be happy is to make someone else happy. The easiest way to make someone happy is to give them attention, which means to listen to them, not advise them, but listen to them. You don't try to change another person. It's hard enough to change yourself when you want to. But if you listen to them and you are there to support them, then they change, especially if you care.


To read more "Love in Action" view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 12


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Rick Ross on Living the American Dream and Not Fearing Death (part 1)

by Allison Kugel

    One conversation with rapper Rick Ross will have you questioning the definitions of success, wealth and opportunity; how to identify opportunity, how to achieve success and how to maintain it while keeping your soul and bodily faculties intact. Ross, born William Leonard Roberts II, rose to prominence in 2006 with his breakout single, Hustlin', a word that defines his character and approach towards life. Though Ross doesn't speak like a scholar, his wisdom permeates our conversation. He is an alchemist; aware of his power to transmute base metals to  gold. Rick Ross' fans are believers in his use of language, and his unabashed celebration of riches. He's proud to remind people that he created a palatial oasis out of the urban desert that was his early life.

    Where many others in the Carol City district of Miami where Ross grew up saw few options, Ross saw the opportunity to translate his experiences into music. He came on the scene as hip hop left its golden era behind in favor of corporate commercialism, and then helped to usher in a rap renaissance of which he has become one of the genre's most powerful voices. 

    The way Rick Ross explains it to me, the flash and cash his lifestyle portrays goes deeper than flagrant materialism. It leaves a roadmap for others behind him to follow - from no way out to a yellow brick road of possibilities. Even Ross' palatial Georgia residence can be dubbed rap's incarnation of The White House, with A-listers paying homage to the famous property (once owned by Evander Holyfield) on occasion. 


Read more in SCOOP USA Media, September 20, 2019, page 11


Rick Ross on Living the American Dream and Not Fearing Death (part II)

by Allison Kugel

    Allison Kugel: You've been quoted as saying that you never question God. Even in your darkest moments, you've never asked, "Why?" or questioned Him in any way?

    Rick Ross: If I have, it was many years ago before I began to understand what life is. Life can be a cruel place; it can be a cold place. But it also can be as beautiful as you make it. I didn't even question Him on the morning I woke up with my closest friend dead in the room next to me. We had just been together three hours earlier, and now three hours later, he's dead and gone (Ross recounts this story in his book, Hurricanes: A Memoir/Hanover Square Press). I never questioned when my other closest homeboy was gunned down in a home invasion in front of his two, three and four-year-old sons. I'm not going to question the Big Homie. Whatever his plans are, that's his plans. However I go out, it's destiny.


    Allison Kugel: Have you ever stopped to reflect on, and question, the violence that has surrounded you throughout your life? 

    Rick Ross: Growing up where I grew up, I never questioned it because questioning it did nothing for it. Hearing AK 47s going off for sixty seconds at a time, you can cry, you can pray, you can question it, but you better just sit back, shut the fuck up, and wait for the ambulance to come. Year after year of seeing and hearing it and walking to school while passing a dead body, it gets to a point where you don't question it. You got to decide, am I going to survive or am I going to die? 


Read more in SCOOP USA Media, September 27, 2019, page 10


From the Desk of Jefferson

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Non-Profit Making A Difference in Skilled Trade Industry

    Trades For A Difference (TFAD) is a non-profit  founded in 2015 by  Jordan P. Ferrarini,  to reduce the skilled trades gap through minority inclusion.

    On Friday October 14, 2019, TFAD held its graduation and its largest class of 14 students successfully completed the program.  Early program supporters  Chris Rabb,  PA  200th District State Representative; Curtis Jones, Councilman 4th District and AJ Jordan Senior VP Northeast Community Relations, Wells Fargo Bank gave remarks and presentations.

    The graduation/celebration was held at Trades for A Differences’ office located 6812 Chew Ave. Philadelphia, PA -  approximately 50 plus persons attended including elected officials, as well as corporate sponsors. According to the  TFAD annual report their program completion rate is  94%,  Job Placement rate 70% and 63% of the students move on to higher education. 



Read more From the Desk of Jefferson, SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 15

Abdullah El Talib Mosi Bey

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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

Addressing the Mass Denationalization of the Moors - Part 2

Is Black a Nationality, Complexion or Political Status of Civil Death?: Addressing the Mass Denationalization of the Moors - Part 2


The race terminologies of white, black, brown, red and yellow do not identify the national lands/estates, national sovereignties, national constitutions, national government seals, national government flags and national government representatives of any nation and people of Humanity. The origin of the modern concept of race can be traced to Francois Bernier (French craniologist), Carl Linneaus (Swedish naturalist) and Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (German anthropologist) - The Fathers of the Modern Race Paradigm. They developed a social and political construct whereby they classified humans based on hair texture, facial features, brain and complexion/skin tone. The modern concept of race is rooted in the caste system of India. In his book, Francois Bernier and the Invention of Racial Classification, Siep Stuurman chronicles that Francois Bernier developed his Racial Classification system by studying the caste system in India. Bernier created the racial classification of Monogloid, Caucasoid and Africoid. Today, the most popular "racial" construct that is used by the owners of the United States corporation is the complexion/skin tone paradigm. 

The Questions below are evident that black used as a "racial" classification has its origins in the Francois Bernier (French craniologist, Carl Linneaus (Swedish naturalist) and Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (German anthropologist) Racial Classification System. 

One would often ask the following question when one is inquiring information about one's ancestry, national origin or descent.

Read More Etymology, ScoopUSA Media, July 12, 2019 page 6

Addressing the Mass Denationalization of the Moors - Part 3

Is Black a Nationality, Complexion or Political Status of Civil Death? Addressing the Mass Denationalization of the Moors - Part 3


Excerpt of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 'I Have a Dream' Speech

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. I have a dream today. 

Judged by "Color" of Skin - A Misleading and Diversionary Tactic Creating the Political Condition of Abandonment of the Moorish Land/Estate.

Due to the European colonists' of Moorish land/estate social engineering tactics, millions of the defeated and denationalized Moors have been misled to falsely think that the word color is associated with complexion or skin tone. Dr. King in his 'I Have a Dream' speech associated the word color with complexion/skin tone. Dr. King was unaware of the true and legal meaning of the word color. He was not aware of the European colonists' political motive behind indoctrinating the defeated and denationalized Moors classified as black, negro, colored and African American into a distorted meaning of the word color. The European colonists' motive has been to continue to get the denationalized Moors to agree to a fictional classification; thereby, the European colonists could maintain guardainship over our Moorish vast land/estate - The Public Land Trust (770 million acres of land and more). Because of this social malady, millions of the denationalized Moors falsely think that the European colonists of Moorish land/estate do not like us because of our light and dark olive complexions/skin tones. This clever tactic of diversion keeps the defeated Moors eyes off the prize - our land/estate (The Public Land Trust) and more. Further, this birthright/estate stealing method creates the political condition of "Abandonment" and therefore perpetuates the European colonists continued guardianship over our Moorish vast land/estate. 

The denationalized Moors have been socially groomed into falsely thinking that the terms "Colored People" and "People of Color" refer to our ancestry, descent and national origin when in fact they denote legal fictions that lack substance and reality in law. This fictional legal status renders the defeated Moors in a legal condition of Civiliter Mortuus or Civil Death - dead in the view of the law.  

Read More Eytomology, ScoopUSA Media, July 19, 2019 page 6

American or United States Citizen (Part I)

In my soon to be released book entitled, American? Or United States Citizen?, I show how the name American and the generic term the United States have been deceptively interchanged as though they have the same origin, meaning, application, and jurisdiction. 

The owners of the United States corporation (misrepresented as a nation or government) have applied an European Occupational and Colonial, deceptive, birthright and land/estate stealing, national and territorial sovereignty-usurping meaning to the names America and American. Today, descendants of European settlers of English, Irish, German, Scottish, Welsh, Dutch, French, Polish and Russian ancestry have falsely claimed to be Americans. I have also taught over 5000 students in the Camden City Public Schools that the American States are Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Venezuela. My students were surprised to learn that America included all of the above American States and American Republics. I also taught the students that Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Rhode Island, Providence Plantations, etc. are not the American states but European Colonies claiming portions of Moroccan/Moorish territories/estate. 

Read more Etymology, ScoopUSA Media, July 26, 2019 page 6

American or United States Citizen, Making America Great Again (Part 2)

Who Are the Americans? What is America?

In my soon to be released book entitled, American? Or United States Citizen?, I show how the name American and the generic term the United States have been deceptively interchanged as though they have the same origin, meaning, application, and jurisdiction.

1. How have the European Colonists who are descendants of the English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, Germans, French, Dutch, Polish, Russian and Swedish falsely claimed to be Americans and White Americans?

 2. How did the European Colonists who are descendants of English, Welsh, Irish, Scottish, German, French, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Swedish and who falsely claim to be Americans and White Americans Steal the Estate/Land of the Moors and Usurp the Moors’ Territorial Sovereignty, Federal Government, and Imperial Divan?

The European Reconstructors of North American and World History have artfully, and deceitfully, created new meanings and connotations, attaching them to the names America and American. These European social engineers have, in turn, distorted the original and true meanings as well as the proper application and jurisdiction for the names America and American.

The first definition, the original application of the name America, defines an American as an aboriginal or native. Aboriginals are the first and original inhabitants to a land. Therefore, the Americans are the first and original inhabitants of the North American Continent, South American Continent, the isthmus called Central America and the adjoining islands called Americana. Also, the Americans are copper toned, having broad noses and thick lips, instead of  narrow noses and thin lips as falsely portrayed in History and Social Studies textbooks, museums, movies, documentaries, television shows, magazines, photos, and paintings. 


Read more Abdullah El Taleb Mosi Bey, Scoop USA Media, August 2, 2019 page 6

The Distortion of the Ancient Fertility Moon-Goat Symbol

Question: Why are people afraid of the Satanic Temple’s 9 Feet Tall Statue?

The Satanic Temple – 9 Feet Tall Statue Misrepresented as “Devil” Worship and a Symbol of Evil


As a result of European reconstruction and distortion of the ancient cultural sacred goat symbolizing the moon, the moon calendar and the natural cyclical and rhythmic connection the moon has with women, the people at Oklahoma led protests to prevent the Satanic Temple from having Her goat-headed bronze monument placed outside the Oklahoma State Capital next to the Ten Commandments Monument. This European socially engineered hate and fear has misled the public into viewing an ancient sacred goat-headed fertility image as deformed and ugly figure misrepresented as the cause of the world’s evil and wrongs.

In January of 2014, the New York-based Satanic Temple submitted its proposal to Oklahoma officials after applying to have its goat-headed bronze monument to be placed on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. In 2012, Oklahoma State Rep. Mike Ritze personally donated the funds for the installation of a Ten Commandments Monument at the Oklahoma State Capitol’s front lawn. The Satanic Temple announced that it wanted to donate a public monument after the Ten Commandments Monument was placed at the Oklahoma Capitol. Alex Weintz, spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin, said in a statement to FoxNews.com published on May 5, 2015 in an article written by Perry Cliaramonte entitled Satanic Group says Oklahoma must give the Devil his due,“There will never be a satanic monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol and the suggestion that there might be is absurd.”


Read more Abdullah El Taleb Mosi Bey, Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019 page 9

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

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

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


Moors and Masonry: A Forgotten and Untold Story of the Moorish Captivity of Europeans

    This author hypothesizes that the massive historical cover up of the Moorish enslavement of Europeans is central to promote the theme of European world conquest and colonialism which perpetuates the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade story. This author contends that the theme of European  world conquest and colonialism opens the door for the general public to accept the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade paradigm and statistics. The archaeological cover-up of stone heads, figurines, statuettes, and masks, having broad noses and thick lips further supports the claim of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Alexander Von Wuthenau in his book Unexpected Faces in Ancient America and Ivan Van Sertima in his book They Came Before Columbus present archaeological evidence of an ancient presence of African People in North America, South America, Central America and the adjoining islands.

    Robert Davis, Professor of Italian Renaissance History at Ohio State University, stated The enslavement of European doesn't fit the general theme of European world conquest and colonialism that is central to scholarship in the early modern era. Many of the countries that were victims of slavery, such as France and Spain, would later conquer and colonize the areas of North Africa where their citizens were once held as slaves. Maybe because of this history, Western scholars have thought of the Europeans primarily as evil colonialists and not as the victims they sometimes were.


Read more Abdullah El Taleb Mosi Bey, Scoop USA Media, October 25, 2019 page 9


CYPRESS MOSS

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A Lack of Trust in Dying Black Media

A Lack of Trust In Dying Black Media

“…we tend to turn to the publications we trust more when news become more difficult to trust. And if those are the publications that we trust, it should look like the people whose trust we are asking for.” -Tressie McMillan Cottom on the Daily Show

The history of Black media has been rooted in the need for trust between the communicator and the reader. The Freedom’s Journal was a newspaper produced by free Black men, becoming a declaration against slavery. During this period, Black people were not only facing slavery but were also in search of a path forward after freedom. Distrust in the coverage of Black people by white-owned media during this period pushed two free Black men to create their own form of communication. Now, Black people are facing familiar and unique challenges via population shifts, climate change and workforce automation. Simultaneously, Black-owned and operated news platforms are becoming scarce. Where do our stories fit into these changing narratives? And who should we trust to tell these stories?

Pew Research recently released a report that 58% of the American population does not believe the media understands people like them. Numbers by race were not reported, but I would assume this number would be high with Black folk too. The lack of understanding or trust between Black people and the media pushes many to find new platforms to engage with like Twitter. Black Twitter may not be representative of Black people as a whole, but you can see the recent backlashes against media highlights Black peoples’ distrust in media. CBS was draggedfor not having one Black journalist covering the 2020 race. A white journalist was torched for calling the AKA’s skee-wee a screech. Plus, every other day, a non-Black political analyst misinterprets the impact race has on our politics. Even with all of this, the arguments around diversity in media are less about empowering trusted Black journalism and more about exposing/exploiting the mistrust we have with mainstream media for a few additional clicks and retweets. This isn’t a characteristic unique to Black media. As Peter Hamby wrote, the media is more interested in “elevating frivolity over the need-to-know stuff and the hard work of reporting and writing” — a side-effect of tightening revenue streams that put Black media at a disadvantage in the race for clicks and views.

Read More Cypress Moss, ScoopUSA Media, February 22, 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

Marilyn M. Singleton, MD, JD

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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

Rachel Slaughter - "The Reading Quilt"

October - December 2019

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Little Fires Everywhere

    Like a family crest, secrets are kept close to the vest.  Often the silence which perpetuates the family secrets become the invisible thread in that crest. In the novel “Little Fires Everywhere,”  (2017) Celeste Ng, New York Times best-selling author introduces us to a cast of characters who bear secrets in various ways. Mia Warren, a transient artist and gentle soul, drives her secret in the passenger seat of her tan Volkswagen, shaking up an idyllic affluent suburban neighborhood of Shaker Heights. 

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. 


Celeste Ng

    Celeste Ng, an American author, was born in Pittsburgh, PA. She also spent some time in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. Warrensville Township, a location featured in Ng’s book, is southeast of Cleveland. Daniel Warren, the first settler arrived to the wooded area in 1808. A graduate of Harvard, Celeste went on to earn an MFA at The University of Michigan. Her writing career began with essays, which were met with accolades and awards while appearing in publications like New York Times and The Guardian. Celeste’s first novel Everything I Never Told You (2014) was a New York Times best seller. To date, the novel has been translated into two dozen languages.


To read more "The Reading Quilt" visit SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 9

The Marva Collins’ Way

Back to School

   Education is paramount: This is a popular maxim and a powerful one in the African American community. When we flip through the pages of African American history, we meet a host of academic activists who opened the doors for African American children to learn and discover our vast world. Notable twentieth century scholars like Cornel West, Ta-nehisi Coates, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. walked freely through academic halls paved by scholars like Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, and Angela Davis.

   “The Reading Quilt” provides a short synopsis of a book that a teacher may use to  spark conversations about culture and race. This month “The Reading Quilt” shines a spotlight on the late Marva Collins who worked passionately to help educate African American children who were dismissed as learning disabled, bad, or unloveable.  Often using her personal finances, Collins devoted her life to providing quality education to those most in need. Her book "The Marva Collins' Way" was published in 1990.

Read more Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 9

January - June 2019

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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

Juneteenth

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

July 2019

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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

Akil Parker

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Commercial Rap role models

    Last Spring I sat on a panel sponsored by Black Professional Men, Inc. regarding the future of the Black community. One particular panelist at this Baltimore event was a woman that was adamant about the fact that she and she alone would be the primary role model for her young daughters as they grew older. It is possible that this outcome can come to fruition, but her language and tone exposed a certain degree of naivete on her part. The woman completely underestimated the power and influence of mainstream media and how captivating it can be to young people. 



To read more Akil Parker view SCOOP USA Media, December 6, 2019, page 8

Thanksgiving Perspectives

   When we read and study books such as Ishakamusa Barashango’s ‘Afrikan People and European Holidays: A Mental Genocide,’ we realize or  may reinforce our understanding that none of us should actually embrace or celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. 

The Thanksgiving holiday actually celebrates the genocide of indigenous people in the Western Hemisphere and the colonization of this land called America ushering in capitalist modernity. However, when we embrace dialectical materialism, we recognize that everything can be both good and bad simultaneously. Black people possessing a heightened cultural and political awareness while celebrating Thanksgiving is a glaring contradiction similar to the celebration of American independence day on July 4th. It begs the question, why is there this acknowledgement of these types of holidays? 

I would surmise that the majority of the Black community cares little of the historical roots of the holiday and merely wants to fellowship over a backdrop of good food and beverage with family and friends on a day our capitalist economic slaveholders allow some of us to be absent from employment with impunity. And certainly there is nothing inappropriate about wanting to fellowship with family and friends. This is not to excuse the contradiction that we partake in annually (because we should care about its historical roots), but to offer a sort of explanation.

To read more Akil Parker view SCOOP USA Media, November 29, 2019, page 8

Training Our Political Replacements

  I am a member of an organization called ASCAC, whose acronym stands for the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. Part of the mission of the organization is to “build for eternity.” But what does it really mean to build for eternity? It means to place at least as much emphasis on long-term goals as we place on short-term goals. This act would inevitably influence how we train our youth so that they can inherit positions in the society and carry out the goals of our collective. 

Those of us who participated in electoral politics during  the Philadelphia General Election that took place on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 visited the polls in order to vote for the candidates of our choosing in the hopes that our interests would be satisfied. One of the issues we have to address is whether we know what a vote is supposed to produce in exchange for it. If we can think of a vote as an input into a mathematical function, then what should the output be in this function? Are we only voting so certain people can have cushy jobs enabling them to maintain a certain standard of living for themselves and their family and we live vicariously through their so-called “Black Excellence?” Or, are we voting to have individuals in office that will be beholden to the community they take an oath of office to represent dutifully? 

To read more Akil Parker view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 9

HBCU Propaganda

 Some propaganda is helpful while some is harmful. HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are not immune to this reality. We should also consider who is responsible for spreading much of the propaganda regarding HBCUs. I would like to address some of the harmful propaganda proffered by school personnel to the detriment of our larger African community.

Many claim that HBCUs are “party schools.” It is true that many parties are held on HBCU campuses, in dormitories, gymnasiums and at nearby off-campus venues. But the implication in this description is that HBCUs are inherently inferior to HWCUs (historically white colleges and universities) as if no scholarship, learning or serious research takes place on the HBCU campus amidst partying and as if HWCUs (especially Ivy League schools) are not notorious for partying of their own. HBCUs have produced many graduates that defy this long-standing anti-Black stereotype.

 There is also this idea that HWCUs are these bastions of diversity as if HBCUs are not replete with their own diversity represented in the student population. This belief is rooted in the racist belief that people of African descent  are one-dimensional and monolithic. Even with the late Dr. Cheikh Anta Diop writing extensively on the “Cultural Unity of Black Africa,” people of African descent are still a diverse group and on an HBCU campus access to these cultural variations is readily available. If we seriously examine the HWCU campus experience of many students of African descent, they are often marginalized. This marginalization facilitates a de facto quasi-HBCU atmosphere within the typical HWCU campus where true access to this “non-Black” diversity is non-existent anyway.

See More HBCU Propaganda SCOOP USA Media, October 25, 2019, page 9

Smart for What?

 We went to school and were told to get good grades in all of our subjects. We admonish our own children to also earn good grades that will pay dividends later in life. Many parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. engage the schools in various capacities attending Report Card Conferences, Back-to-School Nights, athletic contests, and are present in order that our children will feel that we value their formal education and their participation in it at the highest level. Many of us did excel academically as do our children currently. But do we ever ask the question, “What is this academic excellence intended to produce or create after it is achieved?”

 When I excelled academically as a youth, I only had a goal of accumulating good grades in order to advance into successive levels of schooling at elitist institutions and eventually qualify for employment in corporate white-controlled America. This was my own perverted version of success. This goal was rooted in the rugged individualism of monopoly capitalism that my schools and mainstream media had socialized me to embrace. The attempts of my parents to socialize me to reject this aspect of the eurocentric worldview and behavior were no match for its propaganda and aggressive marketing strategies. This goal of assimilation into American society as a “bourgeoisie negro” represents an example of the brain drain of our American-African  communities. Our communities cannot thrive if the members of our community that receive the formal training are too often utilized to only build up the communities of other groups without even so much as a minimal desire to build up their own.

To read more Akil Market view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 9

Op-Editorials

October - December 2019

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Why Opening the Primary to Independents Matters

by  Dr. Jessie Fields 

    I grew up in West Philly and in South Philly, where we lived in the rooms above my great aunt’s restaurant on South Street in the midst of the black sub-economy of crime, drugs and prostitution. I know something about poverty and about the deep connection between being poor and marginalized and having poor health. 

    I became a doctor because I wanted to make a difference to the black poor. I have practiced and continue to practice medicine in inner city communities of color currently in Harlem. I consider the issue of voting rights to be fundamental to the further growth and advancement of the African American community and of our nation as a whole. 

    The question that cries out to me is why is it that the right to vote for the African American community has not translated into ending poverty in the African American community, why has it not translated into ending health disparities, into ending the education and economic gaps in our communities. The answer that I have come to is that the top down partisan political structure controlled by political parties diminishes the potential power of the community. The party insiders have more control over the outcome of elections if the electorate is narrow and turnout is low. 


Read More, Scoop USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 7


Will November 5th be Independence Day?

    Democrats and Republicans have had their opportunities to run Philadelphia.  Could Independents do better?  There are 17 members of Philadelphia's city council. Ten of the members represent city neighborhoods while seven additional members are elected to represent the city at large.  Political parties may only nominate five candidates for those at-large seats so no one political party can hold all seven seats.  While some share a mistaken understanding that this all means that the Republican Party is guaranteed those two final council-at-large seats, the truth is that any party can win representation on city council.  With Democrats dominating local elections and routinely winning enough votes to win five of the at-large seats, the question is whether candidates of any party besides the Grand Old Party can win enough votes to claim one or both of the final two seats.  Can the November 5th election be Independents Day in Philadelphia?  More important, should Election Day be a chance for Independent Party officials to govern?

    Democrats in Philadelphia have managed the affairs of government in an unsatisfying manner, but it is hard to argue that Republicans have done much in recent years to demonstrate that they have anything to offer Philadelphia in terms of better ideas about governing.  The Republican Party has offered little competition in races for most local political offices and has not articulated a compelling vision for Philadelphia to win elections.  Where the Republicans have had power to exercise, they have failed to be an effective loyal opposition and have even contributed to the grotesque aspects of local governmental ineptitude and worse.


To read more view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 8


February - September 2019

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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 rharthayes@gmail.com 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 

Op-Editorials July 2019

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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