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Junious Stanton

January - February 2020


More about Cheyney Strong

“While HBCUs have been inclusive, an emerging concern is to provide a comprehensive curriculum that addresses both current society needs and emerging needs. Noteworthy is the fact that the majority of HBCUs have always focused on service and outreach to the community and the nation to address and alleviate problems encountered by African-Americans and other minority groups. In this regard HBCUs have consistently been in the forefront in what the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges refer to as ‘engagement.’”

Toward the Evolution of Dynamic Polices for Equity from the Quest For Equity In Higher Education edited by Beverly Lindsay and Manuel J. Justiz page 281

    Two weeks ago I wrote about an initiative called CheyneyStrong that is designed to establish partnerships between Cheyney University and surrounding school districts. The goal is to recruit their top students for dual enrollment also called concurrent enrollment programs whereby those students take college courses taught by Cheyney instructors and professors which can be transferred to Cheyney or any other accredited college or university when they graduate from high school. The unique aspect of what we are doing is, we are raising funds so the students and their families will not have to foot the costs to take the college courses.

    Our initiative is part of an overarching strategy to save our Alma Mater Cheyney University. In addition to the political/legal advocacy and agitation provided by Heeding Cheyney’s Call, innovative fundraising, outside the box recruitment strategies and visionary and transformative leadership are also required to set a higher bar and implement transformative changes at the historic institution. CheyneyStrong is providing the outside the box student recruitment and marketing. In fact when we made a presentation to the University’s Council of Trustees they commended us on our initiative.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, January 24, 2020, page 5

Keeping Martin King, Jr. in Perspective

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.

    When Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929 he was named Michael Luther but later changed his name to Martin. He came from a family of Baptist ministers; his paternal grandfather, his father and his younger brother were all ordained ministers. King grew up in Atlanta, Georgia in a comfortable family during a time of rigid ethnic, color and class apartheid and oppression. Like his father and grandfather, King matriculated at Morehouse College when he graduated from high school at the age of sixteen.

Following in his father’s footsteps after graduating from Morehouse College in 1948, King pursued advanced degrees in theology at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester Pa. and Boston University. After graduating, King was called to pastor a church in Montgomery, Alabama; the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in 1954. There King was also active in the local NAACP.

    When Mrs. Rosa Parks, the secretary of the Montgomery, Alabama NAACP chapter was locked up for refusing to give up her seat to a white man on a Montgomery bus, Martin Luther King was thrust into a leadership role in the resulting campaign to abolish racist policies in Montgomery. This was at a time when racial apartheid was the law throughout much of this nation. King was chosen because he was new in town and as a pastor of a fairly affluent church he was not beholden to any white businesses for his livelihood.

The 1955 Montgomery campaign was no fluke. Rosa Parks was a long time activist and she had been trained in taking on the system. There were other incidents in other cities throughout the South, but the time and circumstance were neither right nor ripe for a massive, organized challenge to racism in the US.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, January 17, 2020, page 4

Cheyney Strong

    “Although the desegregation agreement (between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the US Department of Educations Office of Civil Rights in 1999) mandates additional funding for Cheyney, improvements in infrastructure are prioritized. As discussed previously this pattern is consistent with the desegregation policy emphasis on increasing attractiveness of HBCU’s to white students.” James B. Stewart page 119, “The Effects of Public Policy Conflicts and Resource Allocation Decision in Higher Education Desegregation Outcomes in Pennsylvania from the book, The Quest For Equity in Higher Education edited by Beverly Lindsay and Manuel J. Justiz

    Cheyney University of Pennsylvania recently had it accreditation reaffirmed by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which was a major accomplishment. Yet despite the positive and supportive intervention of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Cheyney is still not out of the woods. The university must rebrand and market itself, attract visionary, transformative leadership, energize and galvanize its alumni, attract higher education supporters to strengthen its position as a viable educational institution and recruit gifted students in an extremely competitive era and area.

    For Cheyney and all HBCU’s to thrive in this new decade several conditions are essential: political activism, agitation and advocacy, innovative fundraising strategies, broad based marketing and student recruitment. Beginning in late 2012 and early 2013 Heeding Cheyney’s Call an advocacy group founded by the late Edgar “Sonny” Harris, attorney Michael Coard, myself and several alumni who were members of the National Alumni Association Executive Board collaborated with local elected officials and higher education advocates to aggressively challenge the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its state system of higher education (PASSHE) demanding they discontinue their decades long practices of discrimination, disinvestment, neglect and willfully reneging on its 1999 agreement with the US Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, January 10, 2020, page 5

Commit to yourself

Commitment: a pledge, to bind, a promise, obligating oneself, engaging

     Usually around this time we make New Year’s resolutions. We say we are going to do or not do something. Then we take the steps to begin; but all too often our resolutions end up falling by the wayside. For example statistics show that of the people who resolve they will lose weight on New Year’s Day, after one week only 75% are still keeping their promise to themselves. After two weeks 71% are still sticking to it, after one month the number drops to 64% and after six months the number is 46%, less than half.

    This is not to disparage anyone but we have to ask ourselves why we don’t do what we say we’re going to do? If we fail to keep our promise, we often get down on ourselves, we feel discouraged and depressed; but there is no need for that. A resolution to change or be different requires not only saying it and writing it down; but also envisioning ourselves doing it, seeing the results, committing and channeling our energy and resources to manifesting the changes we want to see or be in our lives.

    Commit to yourself; become actively engaged in your own personal transformation. Make it a top priority that you will do what you say and accomplish whatever goals you set for yourself in 2020. You are a powerful being, more powerful than you realize. You have will and volition, the ability to make your intentions known and to exert the energy and work to manifest them in your life. You can rise above past failures; you have vast inner and external resources available to you right now to change your life for the better.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, January 3, 2020, page 4

November - December 2019


The value of Kwanzaa

    From December 26 th to January 1, millions of people around the world participate and experience Kwanzaa, a celebration based upon African and indigenous people’s values and traditions. Kwanzaa was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga at a time when Diasporan Africans were reasserting our self-identity and self-determination breaking from an oppressive Eurocentric imperialist worldview and culture. It was designed to create and build an appreciation for unity, traditional African values, empowerment and community.

    Since its creation in the US, Kwanzaa has spread around the world and is now accepted and celebrated as an established holiday. Over the years the celebration has had its detractors. Some opposed it because they thought it threatened or competed with Christmas. Some said it was a “made up holiday,” some said or implied it was too Black, that it was African while others resisted learning about it, learning the words or they poo-pooed the principles behind it.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, December 27, 2019, page 4

The significance of the Winter Solstice

   “The solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. In 2019, the December solstice comes on December 21 at 10:19 p.m. CST. That’s on  December 22  at 4:19. It’s when the sun on our sky’s dome reaches its farthest southward point for the year. At this solstice, the Northern Hemisphere has its shortest day and longest night of the year.” 

On December 22 those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere will experience the Winter Solstice, due to the earth’s rotation on its axis that day will have the shortest amount of sunlight followed by the longest amount of darkness. This is an annual astronomical occurrence. Simultaneously the Southern Hemisphere will experience the exact opposite, the shortest night and longest day light.

Our ancient ancestors were very observant; they were in awe of nature because in their worldview and reality that the physical world was the result of mental and spiritual design. To them there was correspondence in the universe “as above so below, as below so above.” Celestial and earthly phenomenon were observed and given metaphysical and spiritual significance. So the shortening or lengthening of days and nights was a big deal to them. Equinoxes, the changing seasons, the annual river flooding helped them order their lifestyles, their movements, animal husbandry, planting and harvesting.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, December 20, 2019, page 4

Don’t Block your Blessings

  “God gives nothing to those whose arms are crossed.” Bambara proverb

 We live in an abundant universe, there is unlimited energy and potentiality all around us; yet far too many of us have been conditioned to only think within the narrow confines of lack and privation. Even in the hottest desert abundant life exists. It behooves us to think differently about our lives, experiences potential and options. Our thinking is the key; the universe is mental as we have shared recently.

 Life is a fluid, dynamic process; it is a school, a perpetual learning environment. We are always learning one way or another. Sometimes we are the teacher, sometimes we are the student, often we are both at the same time. Life is not stagnant; it is dynamic, full of possibilities, potential and options. Life is worth living to the fullest.

  African cosmology teaches the universe is teleological meaning it was/is designed with intelligent purpose and meaning. In a purposefully designed universe everything has intention, function and use.  Everything is interconnected and interdependent, part of a great whole. One of the prime objectives for traditional Africans and indigenous people is to discern their purpose, discover why we are here and how to best fulfill our life’s mission. We will discuss this idea further at a later time.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, December 13, 2019, page 5


  On Monday, November 25, 2019, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education reaffirmed the full accreditation of Cheyney University.

This means the university is in good standing with the regional accreditation agency and the Middle States Commission is satisfied that the university is making strides to fulfill its mission and remain fiscally viable. Leadership has a plan to repay its debts to the U.S. Department of Education and the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

  Much of the credit for the turnaround and Middle States decision goes to Governor Tom Wolf. When Wolf was inaugurated as governor in 2015 he inherited the Commonwealth’s status as a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by alumni, students and higher education advocates on behalf of Cheyney University. The lawsuit was filed in October 2014 a few weeks prior to the general election by an organization called Heeding Cheyney’s Call.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, December 6, 2019, page 4

Feeding One Thousand

 During his first year in office, State Representative Stephen Kinsey initiated a district wide program he called Feeding One Thousand designed to feed his constituents a healthy and nutritious holiday meal while also providing information about constituent services. His vision was to reach out to engage the community, provide information about local and state wide social programs that benefit his constituents.

On Saturday, November 23, 2019, Representative Kinsey held his annual Feeding One Thousand at Treasures Banquet Hall located at 5549 Germantown Ave in Kinsey’s district. This was his first time using this facility for this program. In previous years he used churches located in his district. “We started this in 2013 my first year in office. Every year since I’ve been in office instead of giving out turkeys as my predecessors had done, we felt it was necessary to bring families together with resources, sit down and have a meal instead of just giving out a turkey and we don’t see them any more. This way they can come and learn about state services, learn about resources that our sponsors offer, come together, meet neighbors and just have a conversation. This provides them not just a meal, it provides them with education, resources and materials that can help them go on beyond today,” stated Representative Kinsey.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, November 29, 2019, page 3

African Divination, complimentary ways of knowing

 “Spirituality centered wisdom stands for both justice and dignity and it cannot be trivialized. It emphasizes philosophies of connectedness, coexistence, belongingness, love, and compassion in education. In the light of this understanding of spirituality, the African renaissance and pedagogy should be grounded in spirituality centered wisdom, cultural identity and consciousness. As asserted by Palmer (1999), involving spirituality in pedagogy is ‘reclaiming the vitality of life’” African Ways of Knowing and Pedagogy, Constantine Ngara

For the past several weeks we have been examining African cosmology in a general observation and overview. At its core African cosmology, regardless of the tribal or ethnic origin, is based upon the belief the universe is both SPIRITUAL and physical in nature. Africans’ perception of reality posits our physical reality is interpenetrated by an omnipresent spiritual reality that impacts and influences our lives and environment all the time.

For Africans and indigenous people who see themselves as an integral part of a vast spiritual universe, SPIRIT provides additional means of knowing as well as providing insight, information and guidance to help address life’s vicissitudes. When one’s reality is a spiritually dynamic universe, one employs spiritual means to discern the invisible causes behind life’s happenings and also to glean insight and direction for important decisions and courses of action.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, November 22, 2019, page 5

It's time for real change

Many Westerners are coming to the inescapable conclusion their culture is creating a psychological malaise that is rapidly metastasizing throughout the society, stifling empathy, enthusiasm and any sense of meaning, purpose or real fulfillment in our lives. We find ourselves like laboratory mice or hamsters on the proverbial treadmill going nowhere fast, depleting our energy and finances with nothing to show for it but tons of planned obsolescence stuff and suffocating debt.  

There was even a mindset propagated in the 80's and 90's that said the measure of one's worth is material possessions at life's end. They said "greed is good" which fueled consumerism, materialism and a dog eat dog, winner take all mindset. If the measure of your being, your self-worth and success are based upon the amount of gizmos and gadgets you have, what happens if you lose them, they become obsolete or you can no longer afford them?

Wealth inequality, homelessness, depression and despair hang over this country like a thick fog while many are succumbing to various addictions as a way of numbing their misery and frustration. Opiate prescriptions are at an all time high in America and the suicide rate is the highest it has been in thirty years!

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, November 15, 2019, page 5

Re-embracing the African View of Reality

“Indeed, African social structures and cultural traditions are infused with a spirituality that cannot be easily separated from the rest of the community’s life at any point. To analyze religion as a separate system of beliefs and ritual practices apart from subsistence, kinship, language, politics, and the landscape, for example, is to misunderstand African religion in general and African cosmology in particular. Thus, African culture could be described as a complex web of religion, attitudes and behavior, morality, politics, and economy. The African thought system influences the African cognitive process and lifestyle.”  Encyclopedia of African Religion Edited by Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Azama page 178

As we acknowledge four hundred years of traumatized separation from our African roots, hereditary lineages, culture, homeland and the deleterious affect this has had on us, and we ponder ways to heal ourselves, restore sanity and balance to our personal and collective lives; it becomes clear we must re-embrace our Africaness and our sacred being.

For the past two weeks we have looked at the significance of African cosmology in general, how it fundamentally differs from the Neanderthal and Caucasian worldviews and focusing on the preeminence of spirit in African cosmology and culture. The Western view of reality differs from the African view and that is to be expected given our differing histories.

We must recognize the West has deliberately denigrated and viciously maligned Africa and her people. While this is a topic for another time, the Europeans’ disdain for all things Africa and aboriginal are rooted in their collective deep insecurities, inadequacies and embarrassment at their own histories.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, November 8, 2019, page 5

Reality as seen through Traditional African Cosmology

“Though the (African) cosmologies appear to differ according to geography and regional histories, the degree to which they coincide in fundamental principles and function defines them as multiple expressions of a single cultural/cosmological construct.” The Sankofa Movement ReAfrikanization and the Reality of War by Kwame Agyei and Akua Nson Akoto page 166

Last week we addressed the idea of African cosmology. I said it was formulated in antiquity by our wise and talented ancestors who grappled with the deepest existential issues facing humanity, who were committed to cultivating and developing their peers’ highest potential. The origins of a unified and common African cosmology go way back into antiquity to the early development of humans.

“Cosmology refers to worldview and myths in general or, more specifically, to the cultural and religious imagery concerning the universe. African cosmology, which often takes the form of oral narratives, describes the web of human activities within the powerful spiritual cosmos; it transmits the beliefs and values of African peoples. African cosmology, then, is an attempt to describe and understand the origin and structure of the universe, how humans relate to the cosmos, and how and to what extent their thoughts and actions are shaped by it.” Encyclopedia of African Religion edited by Molefi Kete Asante and Ama Mazama page 178

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, November 1, 2019, page 4

October 2019

Strangled by Debt

“One of the most damaging effects of rising debt is rapidly growing interest costs. Under current law, CBO projects that interest payments on the debt will triple over the next 30 years, climbing from 1.8 percent of GDP in 2019 to 5.7 percent in 2049. In 30 years, CBO projects that interest costs alone could be more than twice what the federal government has historically spent on R&D, nondefense infrastructure, and education combined.” The Fiscal and Economic Challenge economic-challenge

While the media and the Democrats hyperventilate, shriek and scream about Trump’s phone calls to Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, the US fiscal condition worsens daily. Trump’s tax cuts, his trade wars and his benighted approach to economic policy are a far greater threat to US security, our personal and household financial well being than the Russiagate and Ukrainegate nothing burgers being hyped by the corporate media.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, October 4, 2019, page 5


Let’s rekindle our oral tradition

    Last weekend I attended the twenty-fifth annual International Locks Conference and I got a chance to speak with and interview representatives of the Keepers of the Culture an Afrocentric storytelling group. I was impressed with the family I met and their commitment to keeping the African oral tradition alive. Their next event will be Jambo Mama Africa Stories From The Motherland Sunday, October 27, at 2pm at the Parkway Central Library 1901 Vine Street.

The oral tradition is/was an importance aspect of aboriginal and indigenous people’s lifestyle and culture. Oral communication was their fundamental way of social interaction, sharing information passing on values and linking with their ancestors.

    African people have always valued wisdom; which has nothing to do with formal education (indoctrination). Our transplanted ancestors who were denied formal education in this hemisphere called wisdom “mother wit.” In Africa we had long traditions of cultivating, rewarding and celebrating wisdom, promoting good character, righteousness and leaving a social legacy empowered by those virtues.

    The oldest writings in the world addressing and promoting good character are found in the African Nile Valley’s Teaching of Ptahhotep, The Book of Coming Forth By Day and the Book of Creations. In the Nile Valley writing, Mdw Ntr (what the ignorant Greeks called hieroglyphics), was considered sacred, a means of cultivating good character and godliness.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, October 11, 2019, page 5


Invisible Warriors, a documentary about Black Women During WWII

    Last Saturday my wife and I attended a screening of a documentary entitled Invisible Warriors African American Women in World War II at the Lawnside New Jersey Middle School. The documentary is about the 600,000 African American women who left the farms and their menial jobs as cooks and domestic workers and traveled to the cities to work in the armament factories during World War II. The film was written, directed and produced by Gregory S. Cooke. It has taken him ten years to get to this point and the film is still not complete.

    Invisible Warriors; African American Women in World War II tells the story of  the Black women who answered the call to serve not in the military, but as workers in the myriad factories and the assembly lines producing airplanes, ships, and munitions in support of the war effort. Cooke dedicated the film to women like his mother who he calls The Black Rosie the Riveters, who represented the hundreds of thousands of unsung heroes who battled American racial apartheid, economic privation during the Great Depression and gender discrimination when they first applied for the jobs and keeping them once they were hired.

    The film’s producer and director Gregory S. Cooke was present at the screening to explain the genesis of the film and share why he embarked on making this documentary. His mother, a resident of Norfolk Virginia, left home in 1943 when she was eighteen years old to travel to Washington D.C. to get her very first job as a clerk typist in the US Patent Office during World War II. “Much of the work I’ve done has been dedicated to her. She told me this story when I was five or six years old. I think the real reason I remember is because of the train, I’ve always had a love affair with trains and the fact that she rode on her suitcase in a segregated Jim Crow car in Virginia in 1943. Because of the ride she took I was born in Philadelphia” Cooke told the audience.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 5

African Cosmology and Concepts of Reality

    Our African ancestors postulated the universe was teleological meaning it was designed with purpose and meaning and the designer was spiritual; that is intelligent, possessing consciousness (self-awareness), was powerful energy and non-material. This creator, planner and architect, our ancestors posited was unseen, unknowable and beyond human comprehension.  They knew it existed but could not fathom it in its totality although they could see and intuit aspects of it all around them.

    This ancient philosophy and cosmology is the root and foundation of all non-western metaphysical, religious and scientific thought. A closer examination of all current religious dogma and ideology will find some aspect of this ancient African cosmology in it. Over time leaders, priests and others perverted this ancient truth and used it for their own aggrandizement, power and profit.

    Traditional Africans no matter their means of sustenance whether primitive hunter gatherers, agriculturalists, herdsmen or fishermen all embraced the idea the universe is purposeful, spiritual and mental in nature. They clearly understood this primordial consciousness/spirit is the cause, root and foundation of everything (all) that exists. This ideology is attributed to the Nile Valley Africans but it probably has its true origins deep in antiquity in the interior of Africa.

To read more Junious Stanton, view SCOOP USA Media, October 18, 2019, page 4

September 2019


What Is Epigenetics?

    “Epigenetics is the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression. ‘Ep’ means above- epigenetics means above the genes…Epigenetics proves that our body has the incredible ability to adapt and stay in health no matter what genes you have. This is the gift of God- that we are not victims of our biology but we are in control of it!” Epigentics How Your Mind Can Reprogram Your Genes

    We are constantly being brainwashed, conditioned and subjected to mind entrainment by the corporate media which is owned by a select few, whose agenda is to control the flow of information and determine what we believe, what we buy and how we behave. They attempt to sell us foods that are not good for us and promote lifestyles that discourage optimal health. We are told we are helpless to alter our condition and our health is something we cannot affect, but this is not entirely true. There is hope; there is a branch of study called epigenetics that shows we can alter our DNA and health through our thinking, emotions and eating nutritious foods, that we are not victims of our ancestry or family health histories.

To read more, view SCOOP USA Media, September 13, 2019 page 5

Nine-Eleven Eighteen years later

     Last week we commemorated the eighteenth anniversary of nine-eleven. I don’t refer to them as attacks because there has been no thorough investigation to determine if they were attacks by a foreign government, isolated “terrorists” or something far more nefarious and wicked.

    Having witnessed first hand controlled demolitions in Philadelphia when I saw the Twin Tower buildings and later Building 7 come down, I know something was fishy about what we were told happened. I, like most Americans, watched television all day and night. I went to work that morning and I was at an institution that had the TV on when I arrived. By then the first plane had already struck one of the buildings and shortly thereafter the second building was hit.

To read more, view SCOOP USA Media, September 20, 2019 page 4


Bill Pickett Rodeo Celebrates 35th Anniversary

When you think of Cowboys, the West and rodeos do Black people come to your mind? If you are like most people the answer is no. But the fact is in the West following the War Between the States one in four people were Black and Blacks played a major role and exerted an important influence on the territory whether it was through the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, the hundreds of cowboys who worked the ranges, farms and ranches, travelled the cattle trails, served as lawmen and in even in a few cases as outlaws. U.S. history books and Hollywood have ignored the Black presence in the West.

    Few people know that it was a Black man named Bill Pickett who created and mastered the sport of bull dogging (steer wrestling) a mainstay of modern rodeo performing. Pickett, who grew up on a ranch in West Texas the descendant of Native Americans and enslaved Africans, he lived and worked around animals all of his life. He made a name for himself doing tricks and a rodeo entrepreneur spotted him and Pickett gained fame and stardom touring with the 101 Ranch Wild West Show. Pickett was a pioneer with his unique style of performing.

    Black cowboys continued that tradition and an all Black travelling rodeo competition was created and named after Pickett in 1984. Twenty-nineteen marks the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. The rodeo founder Lu Vason from Denver Colorado had a vision of creating a Black rodeo association. Vason blended the cowboy skills, lifestyle and traditions with the idea of a national touring company that has survived for thirty-five years.  It has been difficult over the years but Vason and his supporters made it happen. Since Vason’s transition in 2015 the mission has been carried on by Valeria Howard-Cunningham.

To read more, view SCOOP USA Media, September 27, 2019 page 5


Philly Kappas donate to Cheyney and Lincoln Universities

    After successfully hosting the 84th Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi  Fraternity, Inc. this past summer in the city of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi donated $20,000 to the two oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA and Lincoln University, Oxford, PA.

    During the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter’s monthly meeting the President of Cheyney University, Mr. Aaron A. Walton; a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and President Dr. Brenda A. Allen of Lincoln University to receive their $10,000 checks. The $20,000 award is a joint effort of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and the Samuel and Dierdre Patterson Foundation.

    Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is a collegiate Greek-letter organization with a predominantly African-American membership.  The fraternity has over 160,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, Japan, United States Virgin Islands, Nigeria, and South Africa.

To read more, view SCOOP USA Media, September 27, 2019 page 15



Is The United States Approaching the Thucydides Trap?

“The phrase ‘Thucydides’s Trap’ was coined by an American political scientist and Harvard professor, Graham T. Allison, to describe the phenomena of a rising power and an established dominant power almost always breaking into conflict. He took the term from the writings of Thucydides who was writing on the state of Greek affairs in The History of the Peloponnesian War which describes a series of wars between Athens and Sparta that changed the balance of power in Greece.”’s-Trap

 The politicians and the corporate mind control apparatus program us to believe the United States is the good guys, the exceptional and indispensable nation, the sole repository of morality and goodness in the world. This is propaganda to brainwash the masses into acquiescing to the American global empire and its plunder rape and degradation of the people and the planet. The US currently has over eight hundred military bases in seventy countries around the world and this doesn’t count drone bases and co

US Life Expectancy rates continue to decline

“Life expectancy in the United States declined again in 2017, the government said Thursday in a bleak series of reports that showed a nation still in the grip of escalating drug and suicide crises. The data continued the longest sustained decline in expected life span at birth in a century, an appalling performance not seen in the United States since 1915 through 1918. That four-year period included World War I and a flu pandemic that killed 675,000 people in the United States and perhaps 50 million worldwide.” eclines-again-a-dismal-trend-not-seen-since-world-war-i/2018/11/28/ae58bc8c-f28c-11e8-bc79-68604ed88993_story.html?utm_term=. a0cda8695d8b

The US Center for Disease Control just issued a report indicating life expectancy in the United States declined again in 2017. This is the third year in a row a decline has been reported. Health officials are concerned about the trend and are attempting to ascertain exactly why this is happening. Read more... check out the December 7th edition Scoop USA Media. 

Bizarro World

“We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” - William Casey former Director of CIA

We live in a virtual Bizzaro World like in the old Superman comics where Superman’s antagonist Bizarro, a Frankenstein like version of Superman, was banished to Bizarro World, a place where everything was the exact opposite of our reality.  Up was down, first was last, good was bad, wrong was right, white was black, logical was illogical, giving was taking, insanity was sane, liberty was tyranny, etc. In our version of Bizzaro World deceit is truth, exploitation is generosity, oppression is freedom, genocide is life, war is peace and evil is righteousness.

 Examples of just how steeped in Bizzaro World we are were put on vivid display this past week, when CNN fired Marc Lamont Hill for speaking truth at the United Nations, of all places, and the ruling class and media adulation following the death of past President George H.W. Bush.

Read more at Scoop USA Media, December 14, 2018. 


Procrastination: putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time.

They say procrastination is the assassin of success. We all have procrastinated at one time or another, we avoided, delayed or put off doing something that needed to be done, we didn’t want to do or some assignment we were given for any number of reasons: laziness, disinterest, feelings of inadequacy etc.

 Procrastination keeps us from fulfilling our dreams, accomplishing what needs to be done; it circumvents our greatness and it is a form of personal sabotage that keeps us from exerting the needed brain power and energy to get things done. Success is the accomplishment or completion of a goal, to be successful requires action, doing, getting up and making things happen. Procrastination thwarts this because procrastination is a form of inaction, misplaced priorities and failure to do which are all counter productive.

Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, December 28, 2018

Living 2019 on purpose

As we enter the New Year, let’s focus on ways to empower ourselves, enhance our health on a personal, community and global level. As a people we need to be more conscious of our inner and outer worlds and work towards being our truest and greatest selves in order to turn this world around and make it a better place to live. The New Year is a great opportunity to forge new life paths, life goals and work to improve ourselves, our environment and the world.

We are all extensions of the DIVINE, we are sparks from the GREAT I AM and as such we should live our lives in full cognizance of this reality. As extensions of the DIVINE we have the same essence and power as the CREATOR only in lesser amount. We have the power of imagination, the ability to create in our mind’s eye images and scenarios we want to make real and manifest in our lives. As such we have an obligation to think good thoughts, envision positive outcomes, and generate positive energy and emotions that influence our immediate surroundings and the people we interact with.

Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 4, 2019

Martin Luther King Jr. vs. the Military Industrial Complex

“The greatest purveyor of violence in the world today is my own government” Martin Luther King Jr. April 4, 1967

One year to the day before his murder by the United States’ imperial forces, Martin Luther King Jr. gave a profoundly well thought out and cogent speech at Riverside Church in New York City on why he opposed the Vietnam War. In it King gave a history of Western imperialism in Southeast Asia, how the United States stepped in to fill the European colonial vacuum after the French were run out of Vietnam. He gave a detailed synopsis of the Vietnamese people’s struggle for freedom and how the US callously rejected their attempts to forge friendly relationships with America.

Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 18, 2019



We've lost our moral compass

“Neither god, nor angels, or just men, command you to suffer for a single moment. Therefore it is your solemn and imperative duty to use every means, both moral, intellectual, and physical that promises success.” Henry Highland Garnet 1865.

Africans in America have experienced horrific abuses, desecration, dehumanization and degradation at the hand of Euro-Americans. In the midst of our travails we always had leaders most of whom remain unknown and uncelebrated who urged our people on, exhorted them to keep the faith to resist and struggle for freedom and righteousness. As we commemorate the four hundred years in this hemisphere, let us not consign all our recollections to our debasement and degradation. Let us remember our successes and triumphs despite the overwhelming odds, systemic violence and sanctioned oppression.

Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, January 25, 2019

Venezuela Is In US’ Cross-hairs again

“Essentially, the Obama administration—like the Bush administration, which was involved in the short-lived 2002 coup against Hugo Chávez—had a policy of promoting ‘regime change’ in Venezuela. That policy has taken a more aggressive, overt, and dangerous direction under Trump…The majority of the political and media establishment appears to believe that Trump has the right policy agenda for Venezuela, with many liberals pointing to cases of corruption, human rights violations and other crimes allegedly involving Venezuelan officials as justification for harsh measures.” The United States Hand in Undermining Democracy in Venezuela, Alexander Main.

Read more, Scoop USA Newspaper, February 1, 2019

Celebrate Black History all the time

We’re in Black History Month and we still don't get it, African people have the oldest, longest and most creative history of any people or ethnic group in the planet; but we don’t do the research or study the research others have done to show just how ingenious our ancestors were/have been.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, February 8, 2019

Ancient African Megaliths

As we celebrate Black History, our challenge is where do we begin, how do we fill in the blanks and connect the dots to a legacy that is at least a hundred thousand years old? All too often we think our history began with our ancestors’ enslavement and haulage to this hemisphere, or with the earlier Arab invasions that influenced parts of the African continent. Agreed there is much history and lessons of resiliency, adaptation and survival we can learn from those but we must go back to the roots.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 15, 2019

Ancient African Megaliths (Part 2)

In recent weeks I’ve shared some little known accomplishments of African people: boat building, seafaring and last week the astronomical and ceremonial megaliths in South Africa and the Nubian Desert. This information sheds light on the variety of African genius, innovation creativity and achievement.

This week I’ll share two more ancient megalithic sites. The word megalithic describes structures made of large stones without the use of mortar or concrete, representing definite periods of prehistory. Europeans always point to Stonehenge in Britain as an example of a megalith but rarely mention the African megaliths that are thousands of years older then Stonehenge.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019

Chester City Democrats Gear Up for next elections Upside down

The Chester City Democratic Committee held their annual fund raising event in preparation for the upcoming primary and general elections at the Springfield County Club in Springfield Delaware County. The theme of the night and campaign was the Blue Wave Celebration Gala. Democrats from throughout the county were in attendance, all of the candidates in the upcoming primary were there working the room and glad handing the attendees. The event was a fund raiser but also an opportunity for Delaware County elected officials, candidates and supporters to meet, greet and get to know one another.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, February 22, 2019



African Genius

The past few weeks I have shared information about the accomplishments of Africans that go unrecognized and overlooked due to a deliberate movement to suppress, obfuscate and ignore African history. We spoke about early boat building, navigation of the rivers and lakes in African and later circumnavigating the world by Africans.

Celebrating African and Black history during the shortest month of the years is counterproductive even though we need the exposure. We should celebrate African history all year long, daily because it is human history.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 1, 2019

Gaslighting America

“Gaslighting is a tactic in which a person or entity, in order to gain more power, makes a victim question their reality. It works much better than you may think. Anyone is susceptible to gaslighting, and it is a common technique of abusers, dictators, narcissists, and cult leaders. It is done slowly, so the victim doesn't realize how much they've been brainwashed.”

We are constantly being manipulated, coerced, cajoled and programmed both on subtle and obvious levels. The manipulators’ goal is to control our minds and ultimately our behavior. One such form of manipulation is called gaslighting.  Gaslighting is a form of direct manipulation, obfuscation and lies designed to make the target (the person being manipulated) question their sanity, their reality or their competency.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 8, 2019

Fiscal Insanity

“For the month of January, the Treasury reported a budget surplus of $9 billion, down $41 billion or 82% from the same month a year ago… The widening deficit comes as the Congressional Budget Office is projecting a shortfall of $897 billion for the full fiscal year, or 4.2% of gross domestic product. That’s up from $779 billion in fiscal 2018, when spending climbed and revenue remained nearly flat. The CBO sees trillion-dollar deficits beginning in fiscal 2022.” When Trump and the Republicans were selling their supply side tax cut snake oil, I did some research to determine whether or not tax cuts actually spurred economic growth and boosted the economy. I discovered they did/do not. I went all the way back to 1920 and discovered that only in a short seven year period from 1920 to 1927 in the administrations of Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge did a fiscal policy of austerity actually produce the desired results.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 15, 2019

Divide, Conquer, Rule

Today’s ruling elites are extremely adroit at using an old strategy called “divide and conquer” or “divide and rule” to maintain their domination and advantage over the masses. This strategy was implemented in modern times by the British who used it effectively to maintain their global empire by fomenting discord amongst various ethnic, religious or resistance groups, to keep them fighting amongst themselves thus rendering them unable to unify, marshal or galvanize their resources against their colonial oppressors.

Today the plutocrats use their ownership and control of media programming, government, indoctrination (education and religion), state sanctioned violence and intimidation to create and maintain their domination of the world. Their two pronged strategy is to: create psychological, socio-economic, racial and ethnic conflict, division and enmity so their subordinates are so preoccupied trying to win arguments, promoting ideologies the 1% had a hand in creating or using hot button issues the elites know will distract, consume and derail any possibilities of insurgence, resistance or revolution against them.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 22, 2019

Why we should support the Cheyney Resurgence

The African Institute later renamed the Institute for Colored Youth was the result of a bequeathal of $10,000 from Society of Friends member and prosperous silversmith Richard Humphreys. Humphreys in 1832 will set the money aside to, in his words create an institution “… having for its object the benevolent design of instructing the descendants of the African Race in school learning, in the various branches of the mechanik arts and trades and in Agriculture: in order to prepare and fit and qualify them to act as teachers in such of those branches of useful business as in the Judgment of the said society they may appear best qualified for, the Said Institution to be located not far distant from the City of Philadelphia and to be under the care, management and control of such Persons only as are or may be members of the Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends commonly called Quakers…” Adhering to the directives of Humphreys’ will, the trustees used the original $10,000 plus the accrued interest to formally begin operations five years after his earthly demise. After a considerable search they established the original farm school outside Philadelphia on Old York Road also called Willow Grove Turnpike in 1839. The school subsequently relocated to Philadelphia before purchasing property about twenty-five miles outside of Philadelphia from a fellow Quaker named George Cheyney in 1902.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, March 29, 2019

Deaths of despair

“Declines in life expectancy at birth were largely due to increases in mortality from unintentional injuries, suicide, diabetes, and influenza and pneumonia. Interestingly, unintentional injuries made the largest contribution. This is of interest since drug overdoses are commonly categorized on death certificates as poisoning as the cause of death, which is a form of unintentional injury.” US Life Expectancy Drops for Third Year In A Row-What We Know and Don’t Know From The 2017 CDC Mortality Report

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 5, 2019

APRIL - MAY 2019


Best of enemies

There have been several films released the last two years focusing on 1950-70’s era Black-White relationships, The Green Book won an Oscar in 2018; that film was a reverse of the 1989 film, Driving Miss Daisy but in my opinion was a very well acted film. Now comes Best of Enemies which like The Green Book is based upon real life people, events and relationships. In this case the film is based upon a book entitled Best of Enemies; Race and Redemption In the New South written by Osha Gray Davidson, which was subsequently made into a documentary film.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 12, 2019

Little, provides a Big Message

The motion picture Little opened in theaters on April 12 and is doing very well at the box office for a low budget film. As of this writing the film has grossed $15,499,000 its first weekend coming in second to Shazam the multimillion dollar budget comic book character movie. Little is a fantasy that provides a powerful underlying message.

Little is the story of an up and coming IT entrepreneur named Jordan Sanders played by Regina Hall. Jordan Sanders is portrayed as a hard driving, insensitive and obnoxious person whose management style has alienated her employees, especially her chief assistant April played by Issa Rae. Hall’s character shares early in the film via flashbacks why she developed such a hard exterior.

Read More Junious Stanton, Scoop USA Media, Community News, April 19, 2019

Authors and Artists

On April 7, 2019, the Cherry Hill African-American Civic Association, the South Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc and the Cherry Hill Public Library partnered to host their forth annual afternoon of creativity called Authors and Artists. Local authors and artists were on hand in the Cherry Hill Public Library’s lower level to sign their books, display their art and their crafts and meet and greet the public. The exhibition was free and open to the public and the collaborators were excited the program continues to grow year after year.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, April 26

PASSHE Chancellor Greenstein comes to Cheyney

Daniel Greenstein the Chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education visited Cheyney on April 26th to share his vision for the direction of Pennsylvania’s higher education system and its fourteen state owned universities. According to Greenstein the system needs to be redesigned and is in the early stages of establishing the design team which includes university presidents, the Board of Governors, an advisory committee and the chancellor. Greenstein and the design team are formulating the process.

Faculty, students and alumni came to hear what the Chancellor had to say especially given remarks he recently made during Senate budget hearings. Greenstein’s remarks were deemed by many to be in direct opposition to Cheyney’s efforts to regain full accreditation and move the university into a brighter future as a redesigned and reinvigorated university.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019

Pilgrimage to Point Comfort Virginia to Honor the Ancestors

Dr. Molefi K. Asante and his MKA Institute for Afrocentric Studies sponsored a trip to Point Comfort in Virginia Saturday April 26. Entitled 400 Witnesses for 400 Years the pilgrimage left from the institutes’ headquarters to travel by motor coach to Hampton Virginia’s Fort Monroe and Hampton University. At Fort Monroe the travelers assembled around an historic marker by the water designating that spot as the place kidnapped Africans were brought ashore four hundred years ago in August of 1619.

Around the marker the pilgrims took pictures, shot videos, poured libations and conducted a ritual washing ceremony for all the participants. Immediately following the rituals the pilgrims boarded the bus and traveled the short distance to Hampton University where they ate lunch and participated in a program in the McGrew conference center produced by Doctors Asante, Mazama, Smith and others.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 3, 2019

Much Ado About Nothing, The Mueller Report

“Although the investigation established that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome, and that the Campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts, the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.” Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election Volume I of II pages 1 and 2.

For over two years the corporate media has been obsessed with the notion the Russian government directly interfered with the 2016 election process ostensibly to ensure Donald Trump was the victor. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic National Committee and the corporate mind control apparatus made it seem as if the Russians tampered with voting machines, contributed large amounts of money to the Trump campaign, brainwashed gullible and naïve Americans and colluded with the Trump campaign to alter the course of the 2016 election in favor of Donald Trump. None of that is true.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 10, 2019

MAY - JUNE 2019


Philadelphia Historic Commission designates former Institute of Colored Youth Site

On Friday, May 10, 2019 at its 681st stated meeting the Philadelphia Historical Commission recommended that the 915-25 Bainbridge Street and 610 S. Percy Street locations be designated as historical locations and listed in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The recommendation was made by the Historical Commission staff; the Commission provided a brief description of the properties and stated why this area and site were so significant in Philadelphia history.

The 19th century building that was built on that site housed the second building erected by Quakers for The Institute for Colored Youth the forerunner of Cheyney Normal School, Cheyney State Teachers College, Cheyney State College and now Cheyney University of Pennsylvania. At that time the school relocated to Lombard Street in the city from the original farm school seven miles outside Philadelphia. When ICY moved into the city it was originally located on Lombard Street in South Philadelphia’s seventh ward, and then moved to 915-25 Shippin Street later renamed Bainbridge Street.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 17, 2019

Trump’s boneheaded policies

“ The Trump administration is practicing gunboat diplomacy, perfectly emulating the philosophy and means of the [defunct] British Empire, against the entire world, even its allies [many of whom are de facto US occupied territories, like Western Europe & the Balkans]. For those upstart enthusiasts who claim NATO is an alliance, and not an occupation, I ask them – how many European troops and European military bases are on United States soil? None. I rest my case.” On The Brink of War Serban V.C. Enache

Donald Trump, contrary to his campaign rhetoric about ending ceaseless wars, regime change foreign policies and wanting a good trade relationship with Russia is doing everything in his power to bully and intimidate the world into acquiescing to the US Empire. Trump is currently engaged in a trade war with China one that fantasizes he is going to win and make America great again.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 24, 2019

Nile Swim Club reopening

The historic Nile Swim Club in Yeadon Pennsylvania reopened over the Memorial Day weekend with a full itinerary of family oriented events for current members and designed to attract new members to the venerable swimming club. The day long weekend events were free to Nile Swim Club members and $5 for the general public. The Memorial Day weekend provided the ideal kick off time for the Nile’s reopening.

The weekend schedule started off with a Friday movie night, a showing of Jumanji. Saturday was all day Community Day and the evening featured a cabaret/splash party with a local R&B Funk band Badd Kitti and DJs. Sunday featured family cookouts and games and Monday was Family Fun Day with a magic show and DJ music. Each day there were air bounces, waterslides as well as the wading pool for younger children and the swimming pool for members and guests. The Nile Café was open, vendors were available to share their products and services and for the most part the weather was cooperative .

Read More, Scoop USA Media, May 31, 2019

Mind control unchained

“The only way we can be in the condition we are in, as a people, is to believe lies. Our mentality has been reversed and our behavior made backwards because we take the lie for the truth, and the truth for the lie. A small minority in the world can only rule by making backwards the mentality of the large majority. It makes mentally backward the large majority by reversing the truth, creating lies and getting the majority to believe the lies it creates.” Dr. Amos N. Wilson The Falsification of Afrikan Consciousness Eurocentric History Psychiatry and the Politics of White Supremacy page 25
We are conintuously inundated with propaganda, lies and disinformation couched in ideological terms designed to trigger psychological responses to hot button issues to create a belief system, worldview and outlook the manipulators want us to internalize. This massive amount of propaganda, disinformation and non-reality comes at us from all directions the Internet, live streaming, electronic and print media and by even more nefarious means. It is a form of mind control. It is designed to influence what we believe, what we buy, and how we behave.

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 7, 2019

The Negative Impact of Trump’s Trade Wars

US farmers already hard hit by devastating floods and storms are also reeling from Trump’s ill advised trade war against China. A trade war is one thing, but trade wars coupled with the adverse weather conditions have put US farmers in an untenable position. “Record floods have devastated a wide swath of the Farm Belt across Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and several other states. Early estimates of lost crops and livestock are approaching $1 billion in Nebraska alone. With more flooding expected, damages are expected to climb much higher for the region. As river levels rose, spilling over levees and swallowing up townships, farmers watched helplessly as the waters consumed not only their fields, but their stockpiles of grain, the one thing that can stand between them and financial ruin.” floods-idUSKCN1R12J0

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 14, 2019

The importance of heroes

 I recently finished reading a book entitled Black God, An Introduction To The World’s Religions and Their Black Gods by Dr. Supreme Understanding (not his government name).  Prior to reading that book I read two of his other books, When the World Was Black Volumes One and Two, back to back. Dr. Supreme Understanding presents a unique perspective on world history, religion and reveals the decisive roles aboriginal Black people played in the long and storied history of humanity.

His work is well researched, annotated, and documented for you skeptics.  Most of the information contained in his books has been covered up, obfuscated or suppressed. He has done extensive research and gives credit to Black scholars like Runoko Rashidi, Ivan Van Sertima, Cheikh Anta Diop, Drusilla Dunjee Houston, several reputable European sources as well as the Five Per Cent Nation of Gods and Earths of which he is a member.  I strongly encourage you to find his books and read them.  For more information go to

Read More, Scoop USA Media, June 21 , 2019

JUNE - JULY 2019


Juneteenth 2019

  As part of the 4th Annual Philadelphia Juneteenth celebration the whole of 52nd Street in West Philadelphia has been officially renamed and rededicated to Muhammad Ali. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, Councilman David Oh, Congressman Dwight Evens, Minister Rodney Muhammad and representatives from the nation of Islam and Muhammad Ali’s daughter and grandson participated in the street renaming ceremony.

The renaming initiative took over a year to complete. It was spearheaded by Brother Faruq and Brother Samir friends of the former champion who enlisted the help of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to initiate the needed legislative actions and garner support from her colleagues in City Council to make it happen.

The 2019 Juneteenth Parade and Festival was scheduled to be held on 52nd and the street renaming was included in the Juneteenth itinerary and schedule.

Juneteenth is the oldest African-American celebration in the nation dating back to June 19, 1865 when enslaved Blacks were informed the War Between the States had ended and they were free. Union Army Major Gordan Granger and his troops landed in Galveston, Texas following General Robert E. Lee’s surrender on April 9, 1865. The war was over, but the enslaved Africans in Texas were unaware of the war’s end or their freedom from bondage! Major Granger and his troops informed both the enslaved Blacks and the recalcitrant whites the war was over, that hostilities were to cease and all enslaved persons were FREE.

Read More, Scoop USA Media Digital June 28, 2019


Sankofa: to go back to fetch it, symbol of the wisdom of learning from the past to build for the future.-

The Adinkra Dictionary A visual primer on the language of Adinkra by W. Bruce Willis page 188

The West in general and the United States in particular is experiencing rapid social decline and implosion due to its focus on “progress,” “newness,” things and its rejection and obliteration of proven wisdom. This is a deliberate and planned strategy by the Western ruling class to keep their economy going by introducing new gizmos and gadgets; but more importantly to program and socially engineer us to become mindless automatons, compliant, Pavlovian consumers and docile sheep. We are rapidly morphing into the hi-tech dystopian society like George Orwell wrote about in 1984 and Aldus Huxley described in Brave new World.

Most of us are too busy just trying to “make it” to think about these things. This exacerbates our situation because there are so few discerning deep thinkers who can share and warn us about what the 1% is doing to us. The powers that be, are openly trying to suppress ideas and information that contradict their prevailing narrative, their cunningly crafted fake reality or that pose a threat to their rule and domination over us.

Read More, Scoop USA Media July 5, 2019

A Novel Approach to Addressing America’s Bullying Crisis

I recently attended my wife’s maternal family reunion in Patterson Louisiana. This was our first time attending so we met a lot of her relatives she did not know. She met one cousin two years ago through and they maintained regular communications.

When her cousin, who is a lay genealogist, told her about their family’s history of biennial reunions we made plans to attend the 2019 reunion.  My wife recruited her siblings, her nieces and great nieces and nephews to attend. Twenty three of her family members travelled from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Georgia to Patterson Louisiana to the 2019 Elmore Family Kin and Friends Reunion. We had a great time.

The reunion planners provided opportunities for family members to promote their businesses, avocations, hobbies and interests. My wife created and brought a photographic display of her maternal relatives which included her parents, her maternal uncle, his wife and her siblings. Even though she saw people that looked like her and her immediate family, these relatives did not know her mother and uncle because her mother and uncle left Louisiana and resettled in Illinois and Pennsylvania respectively in the late 1940’s. While their roots were in Louisiana most of the people her mother and uncle knew, who knew them, made transition years ago.

Read more, Scoop USA Media, July 12, 2019, page 5

Tariffs in an era of Economic Decline

“A tariff is a tax on imports, often known as a duty or a trade barrier. The purpose of a tariff is to protect domestic production and jobs, though economists say other domestic sectors and customers ultimately pay for tariffs.” 

What Is A Tariff, Who Pays and What Is the Purpose of A Tariff? Jed Graham economy/ what-is-a-tariff/

Donald Trump campaigned on the slogan “Make America Great Again” and promised as the world’s greatest dealmaker, he would renegotiate existing trade agreements, do away with NAFTA and get better deals with trading partners like China and the European Union. Some people liked Trump’s feel good message and fell for his okey-doke not realizing Trump has not been telling the whole truth even though his America First message sounded good. 

Once he was elected Trump embarked on his plan to Make America Great Again by threatening, lambasting and denigrating other countries’ leaders and his predecessor’s policies, deals and agreements. But most people forget the policies of Bush, Clinton, Bush and Obama were a direct response to the ruling elites’ agenda of globalization.

Corporations and companies made the decision to shutter American factories deindustrialize America and ship those jobs and the investment capital needed to sustain them overseas! The US also failed to embrace technological innovation.  For example, US steel makers refused to employ new recycling processes which were much more efficient so the older plants closed.

Read more Junious Stanton, Scoop USA Media, July 19, 2019, page 4

We Live in Interesting Times

We live in interesting times, indeed. We are witnessing/experiencing serious weather changes, heavy snow and rain storms, regional floods, excessive heat, tornados and a rigid political divide, agitation and emotional volatility in the nation and around the world. We can’t do anything about the weather but we can wake up and face the fact the earth is a living entity with its own electromagnetic pulse and rhythm. This 7.83 Hz pulse is called Schuman Resonances and this vibratory energy impacts everything on the planet.

Scientists have noticed that the Schuman vibratory frequencies have increased during the past three years.  “According to NASA, the ionosphere is an abundant layer of electrons, ionized atoms, and molecules that stretches from approximately 30 miles above the surface of the earth to the edge of space, at about 600 miles. This dynamic region grows and shrinks (and further divides into sub-regions) based on solar conditions and is a critical link in the chain of Sun-Earth interactions. It’s this ‘celestial power station’ that makes radio communications possible. In 1954, Schumann and H.L. König confirmed Schumann’s hypothesis by detecting resonances at a main frequency of 7.83 Hz; thus, the ‘Schumann resonance’ was established by measuring global electromagnetic resonances generated and excited by lightning discharges in the ionosphere. While this phenomenon is caused by lightning in the atmosphere, many are not aware of the importance of this frequency as a tuning fork for life. In other words, it acts as a background frequency influencing the biological circuitry of the mammalian brain…On January 31, 2017, for the first time in recorded history, the Schumann resonance reached frequencies of 36+ Hz. It was considered an anomaly when in 2014 this frequency rose from its usual 7.83 Hz to somewhere in the 15-25 Hz levels—so a jump from 7.83 Hz to 36+ Hz is a big deal. That’s more than a five-fold increase in resonant frequency levels. What does this mean to us as inhabitants of Mother Earth? According to neuroscience, frequency recordings of 36+ Hz in the human brain are more associated with a stressed nervous system than a relaxed and healthy one.” 

What does the spike in the Schumann resonance mean?

Read more Junious, ScoopUSA Media, July 26, 2019 page 4

Random Related Thoughts

Last week I attended the memorial service for Robert Mendelsohn a long time free lance photographer and chronicler of Black life in Philadelphia. Mendelsohn and I worked as free lancers for the The Philadelphia Sunday Sun, The Philadelphia New Observer and he often sent pictures to Sonny Driver and Sherri Darden the publishers of SCOOP USA.

Mendelsohn was affable; you saw him at almost every Black social or political function in Philadelphia walking around with his cameras. The last time I saw him was at the Juneteenth Celebration in West Philadelphia. Mendelsohn made every event and I often marveled how he did is since he didn’t drive and most times he took public transportation. I remember one function years ago, that was outside of Philadelphia, we were both there, he was taking pictures I went to cover it for one of the papers I wrote for. I ended up giving him a ride back to Philadelphia. We had a very enlightening conversation on the ride back into the city. Robert was extremely knowledgeable about Philadelphia politics. He was well liked and regarded both as a person and a photographer. People from all walks of life, not just the Black media and politicians came to pay their respects to Robert Medelsohn, the place was packed.

I had never attended a Jewish funeral or memorial service and did not know what to expect. What absolutely shocked me was ninety-five per cent of the attendees were Black people! Other than his family, he was unmarried and had an older sister and her family, and a few other white folks everyone else in that chapel was Black. All the Black people who spoke or read proclamation spoke highly of Robert Mendelsohn. They shared how kind he was, his unassuming manner, how he loved to eat, how he saw people not color and how refreshing and touching that was. Elected officials and friends were genuinely fond of Robert and were saddened at his passing. He will surely be missed.


At Mendelsohn’s service I sat next to Sherri Darden the publisher of SCOOP USA. During the service we nodded in agreement and laughed at the speakers’ recollections and stories about Robert Mendelsohn.

Sherri confided the paper was struggling which shocked me because she has put so much of herself, her love of Sonny Driver, the paper and the Black community into her work to sustain the paper and take the it to another level.

All too often we take things for granted. SCOOP USA is a venerable institution that informs inspires and represents the Black communities of Philadelphia, Delaware County, Camden New Jersey and for many years Delaware. The paper offers astute political and soci-economic commentaries, sports, fashion, entertainment, positive news about communities that if it weren’t for SCOOP USA would get no media play at all.

 For fifty-nine years SCOOP USA has been the voice of communities that had no voice, no spotlight on their issues, concerns and challenges. Sonny Driver founded the paper, he scrimped, scratched and hustled to keep the paper afloat and barely profitable.

Read more Junious Stanton, ScoopUSA Media, August 9, 2019, page 5



“About the last of August came in a Dutch man of warre the sold us twenty Negars” John Rolfe Jamesto

This year marks the four hundred anniversary of kidnapped Africans being brought to the shores of North America’s British Jamestown colony in 1619 by Europeans. Africans had been to this hemisphere as explorers from African and Asian Kingdoms (read They Came Before Columbus by Ivan Van Sertima and When The World Was Black parts one and two by Supreme Understanding). Africans were also with the early European soldiers of fortune when they came to this hemisphere in search of riches and bounty.

In his book Before The Mayflower Lerone Bennett Jr. the late great editor, writer and historian makes it clear Africans not only had great civilizations in ancient times but also  had flourishing advanced kingdoms and cultures that were contemporary to Europe when the European nation states and trading companies embarked on their ventures of repine and plunder around the world.

Bennett’s book on the history of Africans in America points out that the “twenty and odd Negars” the Dutch pirates exchanged for food with the Jamestown colonists had been stolen by the Dutch pirates from a Spanish slaving ship. So the start of our sojourn in the North American British colonies was fraught with criminality and collusion between Europeans.

The Jamestown colony was established in 1607 by the Virginia Company that sent three ships: The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery carrying 105 males to the “New World” to establish a productive colony.  The location selected to settle was chosen because it was deep enough to drop anchor, it was strategic for “defense” and it was not populated by indigenous people.

Read more Junious, ScoopUSA Media, August 30, 2019. page 11