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The Tragic Story of Bruce’s Beach

Bruce’s Beach, located in Manhattan beach city, sits on the southwest coast of Los Angeles and is known to enjoy clear skies and sunny weather all through the year.

Due to its precise location as well as its lawns that are ever manicured and overlook the shore, it is a site for yoga classes, children’s play dates, picnics, and many other fun recreational escapades.

The fact that Bruce’s Beach is just a two-minute walk from the shore of the sea makes it a pit—stop for many beach-goers. This is also facilitated by the fact that the three-acre field of green grass has plenty of tree shades, a basketball half-court as well as many benches.

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At a first glimpse or even first reaction to Bruce’s Beach would be how breath-taking it is but there is more to this ocean-side retreat than meets the eye. For starters, one may be shocked to discover that Bruce’s Beach is the oldest park site in Manhattan.

On the park, grounds stands a commemorative plank on which some details go decades back about the origins of the park that has maintained one of the top positions as a favorite place for people to relax in Southern California.

Where did it all start?

In 1912, there was an ambitious and young married couple who were Charles and Willa Bruce. They moved to Manhattan from New Mexico and were professionals in the field of hospitality. Willa’s profession was as a gifted homemaker while her husband was a dining car chef.

The couple bought a portion of the land that Bruce’s Beach lies on. The couple then got three more portions to their original land and put their vision to work. The total cost of the land they bought was $1225. They were working towards building a resort that would be open to all African Americans. 

The rampant segregation practices back in those days restricted access to most beaches for black people. For this reason, the resort was warmly welcomed by many people who before the resort being opened had not had the chance to partake in the coastal beauty of the area.

The resort comprised rooms for the guests who stayed overnight, a snack stand, a dancehall, a café as well as a bathhouse where the African American families could, at last, enjoy surfing. The turnout of people who showed up at the resort to relax from Los Angeles was in thousands. They all came by Red Car as well as automobile.

George H. Peck, who was a wealthy land developer, bought the land that neighboured the resort around the same time as the Bruce family was purchasing their land. George having some maverick willpower for those times tossed out the norm of operations than of racial segregation and offered African Americans chances to purchase his plots.

 Peck was also the founder and owner of Peck’s Pier, which in those days was the only pier that allowed African Americans access locally. Following his actions, African American families got the chance to purchase plots of land around Bruce’s Beach resort and could therefore build summer homes for themselves.

There were other black-owned businesses such as a hotel by the Slaughter family that was built near Bruce’s resort. It is through this that the area was able to grow until it became an import fixture of the black community of Manhattan’s beach.

The growth and development of the resort and area were brave of the blacks but were unfortunately met with a lot of disapproval. The white people who were in agreement with racial segregation and wanted it to be upheld would harass the Bruce family, the visitors they got at their resort as well as all the other surrounding black homeowners. Their cars would be vandalized and their tires slashed. 

In the 1920s, a lot of tension grew. The Ku Klux Klan gained a national uprising and also had a massive local following which led to them no longer being welcome in the town.

The harassment of African Americans escalated and so did their arrests. In 1924, the Bruce family was evacuated from their resort with the claims that it was deemed to serve as a public park. In 1927, a ‘swim in’ was organized by the NAACP. 

Charles and Willa Bruce

 They also arrested the African Americans on the count that they swam in the waters belonging to Manhattan beach although the members fought against these charges. The NAACP lost the case which then resulted to an overturn in terms of the condemnation of the city, and that meant that the beach was to be reopened without any more restrictions to the public.

In 1929, payments were made to black landowners to settle the matter. Willa Bruce got a payment of $14500.

In 1995, the parcel of land where Bruce’s resort was built got transferred to the state ownership and eventually to Los Angeles county. In 2007, which was 80 years later, the park got renamed to reflect its origins which were inspiring as well as the family that had done so much to bring equality and positive change to the city of Manhattan. The Lifeguard Training Center is currently what is on the property.

The most recent updates on Bruce’s Beach property

Earlier in April of 2021, the board of supervisors of the Los Angeles County Board all agreed that the process to transfer the beachfront property back to the rightful lineage and descendants of Willa and Charles Bruce was to begin. Also introduced was the statewide bill authored by Sen. Steven Bradford which can now allow the county of Los Angeles to finally return Bruce’s land to his descendants. 

On the proposed legislation is an urgency clause which demands that the bill become immediately effective after Gov. Gavin Newson signs it. The full senate is required to have voted on the issue by the 4th of June. The bill will then be moved to the Assembly which will have till the 10th of September to vote on it and have it taken to the Governor.

The Los Angeles County has however started issuing the transfer from its part. The County Board of Supervisors have given the county counsel, the executive director in charge of racial equality, the county CEO as well as the county chief a total of 60 days to report back to them with an effective plan for how they will deed back the Bruce’s family their property.

This agenda to return Bruce’s Beach to his descendants is just but a part of the larger and broader push of California that is aimed at getting the city to reckon with its highly checkered past.

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Longtime Midday host Toni Terrell takes the leap to Mornings in Huntsville!

Huntsville, Alabama – Program Director Toni Terrell and longtime midday host of Cumulus Urban AC 94.1 WHRP-FM known as “Your Best Girlfriend,” takes the leap to join the rare breed of women to lead a morning show starting May 3rd with the “Toni Terrell with T. Mill in the Morning” show.

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Terrell, a 30-year radio vet will kick off a local platform from 6a-10a for listeners to indulge during morning drive for the first time in Radio Station history. “The decision was made during March, Women’s History Month, which felt empowering since there are so many barriers that we still have yet to break even in the 21 Century, especially for women of color. I hope this move will inspire the up and coming to pursue more demanding roles in business,” said Terrell. Newcomer Timothy “T. Mill” Miller makes the switch from public and digital radio to join Terrell as her co-host.

P. Frazier, better known as DJ Chocolate, joins the airwaves to the hold down middays with a new show “Chocolate’s Midday Vibe,” from 10a-2p. Having over 15 years of radio experience while traveling the United States and abroad as a professional DJ, Chocolate brings great talent and experience to 94.1 WHRP. She also serves as Promotions Director of the Cumulus Huntsville radio cluster.

Chocolate’s Midday Vibe

“WHRP has always been amazingly involved in the Huntsville community and sought out every opportunity to give back to our community. We at Cumulus Huntsville are excited about making WHRP even more local and engaged by airing the only live and local urban radio show in the mornings! Toni and T. Mill will be an incredible pair, both entertaining and informative, for the Tennessee Valley to wake up and start their day with…add to that an incredible talent like DJ Chocolate to middays… Look out Huntsville, it’s about to get fun,” says John Lewis, Vice President/Market Manager.

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Raedio Signs Award-Winning Podcast Duo “The Read” To First-Of-Its-Kind Record Deal For Original Comedy Album

Raedio, an audio-everywhere company, founded by Issa Rae, is pleased to announce that it has signed award-winning podcast duo, The Read, to a historic record deal that will come to life in a first-of-its-kind original comedy album.

Executive produced by label president Benoni Tagoe, Issa Rae, The Read (entertainment personalities, Kid Fury and Crissle) and talent manager, Alexandra Rago, the full-length project will be released later this summer and feature original music from today’s top talent.

Entertainment personalities, Crissle and Kid Fury of The Read land historic record deal with Raedio, the audio-everywhere company.

For eight years, writers and entertainment personalities, Kid Fury and Crissle, formally and jointly known as The Read, have galvanized audiences with their unfiltered opinions and launched a streaming mammoth.

With more than 150 million listeners in over 60 countries worldwide, The Read has been a prominent player in the podcast era and shaped the way that audiences consume content.

“I have been a fan of Crissle and Kid Fury for almost a decade now and The Read has been my weekly comfort food,” says Issa Rae, founder of Raedio.

“I can’t wait for everyone to experience their brilliant comedic commentary in such a specially-curated, timeless format.”

As a disruptor and innovator in the music industry, Raedio is changing the way that audio is shared, distributed, and consumed, making them the perfect conduit to helm this original comedy album. Conceptually, the album will pair original commentary from the dynamic duo on historic pop culture moments alongside original music from today’s most prolific artists.

“Working with Benoni, Issa and the Raedio team was a natural decision because we have been immense mutual supporters for our entire digital careers,” said The Read.

“A comedy album is new territory for us, but Raedio has been instrumental in helping us develop the vision for this project and collaborating with them has been exciting and such a joy. We’re excited to break new ground and give our fans new ways to tune in and engage with us.”

Set to be released later this summer, the album will be preceded by an official debut single, full-length track list, artwork, and accompanying visuals.

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Entercom Teams Up with The Ad Council On Coping-19 Mental Health Caign

Company to Provide Bilingual Audio Assets with Resources to Help Americans Address Mental Health Challenges.

 Entercom has teamed up with the Ad Council as the exclusive audio production partner for COPING-19, a national public service advertising (PSA) caign aimed at raising awareness and providing Americans tips and resources to help people who are experiencing mental health challenges, in conjunction with the CDC, the CDC Foundation, The HHS, and the White House.

As part of the caign, Entercom will develop and provide bilingual audio PSAs that help Americans address mental health, as well as donate time and space to support the caign across its robust portfolio of broadcast, digital and social media assets.

“Entercom is dedicated to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of our business,” said Sarah Harris, Vice President, Social Impact, Entercom. “With so many Americans struggling with mental health, we are delighted to use the reach of our platform to share helpful self-care and coping tips with our 170 million listeners and so many more in partnership with the Ad Council. We know talk is a powerful tool in the struggle for mental health, and are committed to using our voice to break the stigma and help people find the resources they need to thrive.”

“With the prolonged health crisis and the isolation and economic challenges stemming from Covid-19, many aren’t talking about what’s happening with our mental health,” said Heidi Arthur, Chief Caign Development Officer, Ad Council. “COPING-19 is a far-reaching platform that provides self-care and coping tips, as well as resources, to address the struggles people are facing. We’re so grateful to our creative and media partners for developing the creative content and resources that will empower audiences throughout the country to take steps to protect their mental health.”

The caign will also see the launch of a new website, Coping-19.org, which will serve as a central hub where visitors will be able to access over 100 vetted resources in English and Spanish to help with their mental health needs. Coping-19.org will also feature a set of self-care best practices and principles in accordance with CDC and leading scientists, as well as links to more in-depth information by category.

Morbidity and Mortality Week Report survey shows more than 40% of Americans are struggling with mental health conditions as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

“Entercom is committed to supporting the health and success of the communities that are the heart of its business. Participating in COPING-19 is a part of Entercom Serves, the Company’s social impact platform that raises awareness of social issues and brings communities together for good. Entercom unites with its listeners and brands to support sound communities through several pillars of impact: mental health and anti-bullying, children’s health, veterans and service members, the environment, civic education, and diversity, equity and inclusion.”

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DR. ZWIG, “THE ROCK DOC,” PRESCRIBES 10 WAYS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO ENDURE QUARANTINE

The “rock doc,” Dr. Adam Zwig—psychologist-musician, educator, and author – has prescribed his Top 10 ways that President Trump can thrive in quarantine:

Top 10 Ways to Thrive in Quarantine (and Other Types of Isolation)

  1. Attitude is key: Just trying to cope with the situation until you can get your normal life back will cause you to suffer. As the great folk singer, Joni Mitchell, sang, “Life is for learning.” Use this time as an opportunity for change and growth.
  2. If you’re in quarantine for Covid-19 your first focus should be on procesing your fears. Get accurate information and follow medical directives. Process (or get help processing) what comes up for you around the potential for complications or even dying.
  3. Don’t spend your entire quarantine period distracting yourself. Use it for self reflection and to review your life. Take stock of your innermost needs, feelings, goals, hopes, and dreams. Get honest with yourself.
  4. Where are you in your relationship(s)? Which of your deepest needs are being met and which aren’t? What forbidden thoughts and feelings are you not expressing? What are your fears? What are you pretending to not see about your relationship(s).
  5. Where are you in your work life? If tough times have befallen you, try to go beyond your worry and despair and connect with a part of yourself that will help you make it through—a supportive inner parental or other figure, an inner warrior, or just faith in knowing that change can always happen.
  6. Where are you in your inner life? How are you doing with your demons and inner critics? How can you improve your relationship to these problematic parts of yourself? Don’t just let them beat you up; talk back to them—process them!
  7. Where are you in your spirituality? You don’t have to be religious or even explicitly spiritual—just have awareness of the meaning of your life. Explore your relationship to your existence, life, death, etc.?
  8. Where are you in terms of giving to others? No matter how tough life gets it’s never only about you. Take stock of your giving to people and the world.
  9. To maintain and improve your mental and physical well being learn self help methods like mindfulness meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, working out if your healthy, eating a good diet, and cultivating a positive attitude. Actively resist despair. Believe in the power of transformation.
  10. Listen to my new song, Medicine Gun (out October 16), which describes how tough times contain a hidden transformative process you can tap into.
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Black Restaurant Week is Coming with First-Ever National Title Sponsor – Pepsi

Foodies can raise their forks to events showcasing African-American, African and Caribbean cuisine as Black Restaurant Week embarks on a local market tour this fall with Pepsi as its first-ever national title sponsor since its founding in 2016. Through diverse menu selections and virtual events, Black Restaurant Week spotlights restaurateurs, bakers, chefs, caterers, food trucks and more to celebrate inspired flavors and generate social and economic support for the Black culinary community.

Black Restaurant Week champions culinary tastemakers across the nation through a combination of enticing consumer offerings – including local events, prix fixe menus highlighting unique cultural fare and pop-up dinners – along with industry engagement designed to boost business owners, like interactive learning opportunities and resource sharing. As the first national title sponsor, Pepsi kicked off its collaboration with Black Restaurant Week in Greater Washington D.C. where the campaign is underway through Sept. 27, setting the table for upcoming Black Restaurant Week celebrations:

New Orleans, LA: Oct. 2-11, 2020
Philadelphia, PA: Oct. 16-25, 2020
New York, NY: Nov. 13-22, 2020
Florida: Nov. 27-Dec. 6, 2020*
Alabama: Dec. 11-20, 2020*
*Taking place in all major cities of the state.

“We’re energized by the appetite we’ve seen for supporting Black-owned restaurants and celebrating the talented Black culinary professionals shaping the food and beverage scene,” said Warren Luckett, founder of Black Restaurant Week. “Pepsi shares our goal of increasing equality in the industry and this partnership allows us to have an even bigger impact by expanding Black Restaurant Week to reach more businesses, communities and diverse food lovers.”

The systemic barriers faced by Black-owned restaurants, such as disproportionate access to business loans, demonstrates the importance of Black Restaurant Week’s collaboration with Pepsi. These disparities have only grown with the COVID-19 pandemic; 41% of Black-owned businesses have shuttered since February compared to 17% of white-owned businesses.*

In 2019, Black Restaurant Week collaborated with nearly 250 Black-owned restaurants and culinary businesses in cities across the U.S., generating $1.5 million in economic impact. Participating restaurants reported a 25-40% increase in revenue during each local celebration. Since kicking off its 2020 campaign in July, Black Restaurant Week has highlighted more than 340 Black-owned culinary businesses in Houston, Los Angeles, Oakland, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago and Atlanta. With the exception of prix fixe menu ordering at participating restaurants, all event programming for the 2020 campaign will take place virtually to ensure a safe experience.

“We’re committed to increasing access, accelerating growth and expanding awareness for Black-owned restaurants,” said Scott Finlow, Chief Marketing Officer, PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “The work Black Restaurant Week is already doing fits perfectly with our mission. We want our collaboration and the power of the Pepsi brand to help take the organization’s fantastic efforts to the next level to engage more consumers and boost Black foodservice businesses.”

Visit blackrestaurantweeks.com to view the complete tour schedule and learn more about upcoming events and resources. Stay connected with @BlackRestaurantWeek and @Pepsi on social networks.

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Court TV to Cover Trials Involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Robert Durst, R. Kelly & More in Months Ahead

Court TV, the only multi-platform network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials, today at the 2020 summer press tour unveiled the cases and trials the network will be covering in the months ahead, including:

  • The Death of George Floyd – Minnesota v. Chauvin et al
    Four Minneapolis Police Officers will be tried in the death of George Floyd, the case which launched a national movement on race in America. Derek Chauvin, the man shown on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, faces murder charges while three other officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder.
  • The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery – Georgia v. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, William Bryan.
    Three white men are accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed African-American man who was shot while jogging through a south-Georgia neighborhood.
  • The Case of The Doomsday Cult Mom – Idaho v. Lori Vallow & Idaho v. Chad Daybell
    Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, are facing charges after authorities discovered the bodies of their two children in their backyard. Daybell, a former gravedigger, has authored numerous doomsday books and is rumored to have built a cult-type following. Multiple other suspicious deaths surround the couple, including each of their previous spouses. Vallow currently faces two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy, alter or conceal evidence.
  • “The Jinx” Murder Trial – California v. Robert Durst
    Robert Durst, a wealthy New York real-estate heir, faces first-degree murder charges in California as police allege Durst killed his longtime friend, Susan Berman. Authorities suspect Durst in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack, and investigators believe that Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, killed Berman because she knew what happened to McCormack.
  • The R. Kelly Sex Abuse Case – U.S. v. Robert Sylvester Kelly
    Entertainer R. Kelly, currently in a federal prison in Chicago, faces numerous racketeering and sex trafficking charges involving five women. With legal problems ignited by the television show “Surviving R. Kelly,” the singer is also facing additional state trials in Minnesota and Illinois.

“Given the current news climate in our country at the moment, there are trials ahead that represent some of the biggest, most critical and relevant cases we’ve seen in modern history,” commented Scott Tufts, Court TV Senior Vice President. “Court TV will be there, bringing viewers unrivaled access and insight into those cases as well as all the other compelling trials on the docket.”

Court TV’s on-air team of anchors, legal correspondents and veteran crime and justice journalists – all of whom are lawyers – include lead anchor Vinnie Politan, who is joined by Julie Grant, Ted Rowlands and Michael Ayala at the network’s desk; Ashleigh Banfield who serves as a special contributor and host of the new original true-crime series Judgment With Ashleigh Banfield; and legal correspondents and crime reporters Chanley Painter and Julia Jenaé. They are joined by the country’s brightest attorneys, most experienced investigators, and experts who provide legal insights, opinion, discussion, and debate. 

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Court TV to Cover Trials Involving George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Robert Durst, R. Kelly & More in Months Ahead

 Court TV, the only multi-platform network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials, today at the 2020 summer press tour unveiled the cases and trials the network will be covering in the months ahead, including:

  • The Death of George Floyd – Minnesota v. Chauvin et al
    Four Minneapolis Police Officers will be tried in the death of George Floyd, the case which launched a national movement on race in America. Derek Chauvin, the man shown on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck, faces murder charges while three other officers are charged with aiding and abetting murder.
  • The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery – Georgia v. Gregory McMichael, Travis McMichael, William Bryan.
    Three white men are accused of murder in the death of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed African-American man who was shot while jogging through a south-Georgia neighborhood.
  • The Case of The Doomsday Cult Mom – Idaho v. Lori Vallow & Idaho v. Chad Daybell
    Lori Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, are facing charges after authorities discovered the bodies of their two children in their backyard. Daybell, a former gravedigger, has authored numerous doomsday books and is rumored to have built a cult-type following. Multiple other suspicious deaths surround the couple, including each of their previous spouses. Vallow currently faces two felony counts of conspiracy to destroy, alter or conceal evidence.
  • “The Jinx” Murder Trial – California v. Robert Durst
    Robert Durst, a wealthy New York real-estate heir, faces first-degree murder charges in California as police allege Durst killed his longtime friend, Susan Berman. Authorities suspect Durst in the 1982 disappearance of his wife, Kathleen McCormack, and investigators believe that Durst, the subject of the HBO documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, killed Berman because she knew what happened to McCormack.
  • The R. Kelly Sex Abuse Case – U.S. v. Robert Sylvester Kelly
    Entertainer R. Kelly, currently in a federal prison in Chicago, faces numerous racketeering and sex trafficking charges involving five women. With legal problems ignited by the television show “Surviving R. Kelly,” the singer is also facing additional state trials in Minnesota and Illinois.

“Given the current news climate in our country at the moment, there are trials ahead that represent some of the biggest, most critical and relevant cases we’ve seen in modern history,” commented Scott Tufts, Court TV Senior Vice President. “Court TV will be there, bringing viewers unrivaled access and insight into those cases as well as all the other compelling trials on the docket.”

Court TV’s on-air team of anchors, legal correspondents and veteran crime and justice journalists – all of whom are lawyers – include lead anchor Vinnie Politan, who is joined by Julie Grant, Ted Rowlands and Michael Ayala at the network’s desk; Ashleigh Banfield who serves as a special contributor and host of the new original true-crime series Judgment With Ashleigh Banfield; and legal correspondents and crime reporters Chanley Painter and Julia Jenaé. They are joined by the country’s brightest attorneys, most experienced investigators, and experts who provide legal insights, opinion, discussion, and debate. 

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The National Black MBA Association® Announces Its 2020 NBMBAA® Conference & Career Fair: A Virtual Experience

Events Will Take Place Online SEPTEMBER 23-25, 2020

The National Black MBA Association® (NBMBAA) is excited to announce it will be hosting its 2020 NBMBAA® Conference & Career Fair: A Virtual Experience, taking place September 23-25, 2020 online. With a conference theme of “Celebrating Visionaries,” this historic organization also honors its 50th Anniversary.

Van Jones, CNN host and NY Times Best-Selling Author

In light of COVID-19 and the safety recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Black MBA Association® is implementing immediate changes in the way it conducts business, particularly its in-person events. As a result, NBMBAA® has shifted its annual Conference and Career Exposition to an online experience with educational and professional development, inspirational speakers, and employment opportunities.

The 2020 NBMBAA® Conference & Career Fair: A Virtual Experience will feature programming focused on students, professionals, and entrepreneurs. The three-day schedule includes keynote speeches, panels and interactive workshops on a wide variety of highly relevant topics by leaders in business, public affairs, and media. Event highlights include Iyanla Vanzant, New York Times best-selling author; Dr. Dennis Kimbro, renowned author and business school professor; Touré, host of the Touré Show; Arlan Hamilton, Founding and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital; Emmanuel Acho, Sports Analust & Host of web series Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man;  Van Jones, CNN host and NY Times Best-Selling Author; and Valerie Jarrett, lawyer, politician and former senior advisor to President Barack Obama. In addition, the NBMBAA® will continue popular programming such as the Undergraduate and Graduate Case Competitions. On September 25th, actress and entrepreneur Malinda Williams will host the Scale-Up Pitch Challenge sponsored by FedEx, where three finalists will pitch their innovative ideas to an expert panel of judges for a chance to win the $50,000 grand prize.

With its virtual Career Fair, NBMBAA® will continue its standing as the top such diversity event in the country by offering educational and internship-to-executive employment opportunities. By utilizing a state-of-the-art platform to facilitate interviews and engagement opportunities, Virtual Conference participants will have access to over 200 corporate and academic partners.

“We are pleased to bring our time-honored events, including the nation’s largest diversity career fair, to an even broader audience than before,” said Bruce Thompson, NBMBAA®Interim President & CEO. “This new virtual format allows us to utilize cutting-edge technology to continue to show the value of our organization by providing extraordinary, relevant content to participants and meeting the needs and expectations of our stakeholders.”

Over the course of three days, additional programming for the 2020 NBMBAA® Conference & Career Fair: A Virtual Experience includes:

  • Empowerment Stages – Designed to inspire, motivate and effect change, these power blocks bring visionary leaders to highlight issues critical to the Black business community.
  • Leadership Studios – Exclusive sessions that will inspire, enlighten, and build strong and influential business leaders.
  • Breakout Sessions – Workshops where attendees discuss, reflect and act upon relevant topics.
  • Meet the Experts sessions – Intense and interactive gatherings aimed at helping participants to identify opportunities and interests as well as educational and career paths. These sessions are sponsored by Nike, Bank of America, Nationwide, Wells Fargo, S&P Global, Fiserv, and Amazon.
  • Mentoring Conversations – Learn from the best! Our community of mentors shares key advice, insights and lessons learned.
  • Ask Me Sessions – Speakers answer curated questions and address queries from NBMBAA’s Instagram Live.
  • Fitting in Fitness – Attendees focus on mental and physical health and wellness.
  • Family Movie Night and MBA Live® on Instagram – Lifestyle events that allow attendees to unwind through fun and exciting evening events with fellow Conference participants.

To register or learn more about the 2020 National Black MBA Association®Conference & Career Fair: A Virtual Experience, visit www.nbmbaa.org/conference/. Sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities are still available – please contact Tabitha Jenkins at [email protected] or 352-333-3468.

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Eat More Summer Squash

Debbie Archer | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Eating fruits and vegetables is very important to heart health. Why not enjoy some summer squash, which is plentiful this time of year? There are three common types of summer squash–the straight-neck or crooked neck variety, the green zucchini squash and the white saucer-shaped, scallop or patty pan squash.

Yellow squash is low in calories and is an excellent source of vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C, and it provides needed potassium, magnesium and fiber to the diet, according to Easter H. Tucker, interim family and consumer sciences program leader for the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Squash is one of the many members of the cucurbit family, which includes other common vegetables such as cucumbers, melons and gourds.

They are generally divided into two groups, summer and winter squash, which designate when they are harvested, Tucker said. Summer squash is harvested before the rind hardens and the fruit matures. It is grown throughout Arkansas during the frost-free season.

Squash is one of the most rapid growing plants in the garden, Dr. Leonard Perry, Extension professor, University of Vermont, said. Summer squash needs warm weather for best growth.

“Plant two or three squash plants in your garden, and in approximately 50– 65 days, you are ready to harvest,” he said. “You want to harvest them before they are fully matured for best flavor and texture. The seeds should not be fully matured, and you should be able to scrape the skin easily with your fingernail. The skin should be free of blemishes and have a vibrant color.”

Once squash has been harvested it can be stored for a few days in the refrigerator, Tucker said.

“There are many ways to enjoy fresh summer squash,” she said. “Try it fresh in salads, stir-fried, grilled, sautéed, steamed, as dippers for your favorite salad dressing or grated and used for breads. Squash can be canned as pickles or relishes or frozen. It can also be used in vegetable medleys with tomatoes and onions.”

Frozen squash does not have the best quality but could be used in combination dishes such as casseroles., Tucker said. To freeze squash, wash it after harvesting and slice it. Blanch it in boiling water for three minutes to kill enzymes and bacteria that can break down the squash. The squash should be cooled rapidly in running cold water or an ice water bath. It should then be strained and placed in freezer bags or vacuum sealed.

“Remember, summer squash is a low calorie, nutritious food,” she said. “Discover new ways to prepare it.”

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff offers all of its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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TSU Board of Trustees Announces Two New Members, Approves Flat Tuition and Fees for 2020-21 Academic Year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The Tennessee State University Board of Trustees on Thursday elected two new members and officially announced freezing tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Attorney Andre Johnson will serve a two-year term.

The board unanimously approved attorney Andre Johnson as a full voting member, and Tiara Thomas as the new student trustee. Additionally, the board made it official that there will be no increase in tuition for the 2020-2021 academic year. The “Tiger Tuition Freeze” recommendation, put forward by President Glenda Glover to keep fees flat for undergraduate and graduate students, was also accepted unanimously.

Johnson, who will serve on the Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Committees, is a senior partner with the law firm of Manson Johnson Corner. A Tennessee native, Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Howard University. He also earned an MBA from TSU. His bar admissions include the Supreme Court of Tennessee, and the United States District Court for the Middle Tennessee District.

Johnson attended his first board meeting on March 12. He will serve a two-year term.

Tiara Thomas, from Olive Branch, Mississippi, is the new Student Trustee.

Thomas, the new student trustee, is a junior political science major with a 3.95 grade point average. She is a native of Olive Branch, Mississippi. The very active student is a member of the Aristocrat of Bands, and serves as the executive chair of the TSU Votes Student Coalition. With a goal to work for the U.S. Department of Education, Thomas plans to further her education after college to pursue a career in educational policy.

Thomas replaces Braxton Simpson on the Board of Trustees. A top-agricultural sciences major, Simpson served two one-year terms on the board.

Bishop Joseph Walker III, chairman of the Board of Trustees, described Simpson as an outstanding member of the Board.

“We want to thank her for her tremendous service to the Board of Trustees,” Walker said. “We certainly appreciate her talent and commitment. She has been an important member of our Academic Affairs Committee. On behalf of the Board we want to thank you so much. You represented everything that TSU exemplifies, not only on campus, but all around the country.”

In early June, President Glover, in consultation with the board, announced the tuition freeze saying that her administration would not seek a hike in fees because it would cause a burden on students.

“The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic coupled with the current economic downturn would pose an additional hardship for our student population and their families,” Glover said. 

On Thursday, the board agreed with the President and unanimously approved the measure.

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FAMU Department of Campus Safety & Security To Host Virtual Accreditation Visit

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Campus Safety & Security will host a virtual visit of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), June 29 – July 2.

The team will examine all aspects of the Department of Campus Safety & Security’s policies and procedures, management, operations and administrative services. 

The team will verify the department meets CALEA’s 459 standards as part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation. Once achieved, accreditation is renewed every four years.

“The CALEA Accreditation process is important for accountability, transparency, promotes efficient use of resources and improves the delivery of service to the FAMU community,” said Assistant Vice President of Safety/Police Chief Terence M. Calloway. “Accreditation is an affirmation, a mark of excellence.  The men and women of our department, along with the students and administration of Florida A&M University, should be proud of an achievement that few have achieved.”

FAMU Police Chief Terence Calloway

The assessment team includes public safety practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies. The assessors will interview individuals and conduct virtual visits where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Deputy Chief Zandral Washington from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department and retired Lt. Edmund Pecinovsky, who worked with the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) until December 2011. 

Wendy Dorival is the FAMU Department of Campus Safety & Security’s accreditation manager.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the University community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on June 30, 2020, beginning at 3 p.m. EST. The session will be conducted via Zoom by scheduled appointment.

For Zoom access, send an email to [email protected],edu by Thursday, June 25. She can also be reached at 850-599-3676. 

To provide telephone comments to the assessment team, call (712)770-4700 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 1, 2020. 

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Those standards are available for review at the FAMU Department of Campus Safety & Security. 

Written comments about the Department of Campus Safety & Security’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155 or [email protected]

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. 

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FAMU Department of Campus Safety & Security To Host Virtual Accreditation Visit

The Florida A&M University (FAMU) Department of Campus Safety & Security will host a virtual visit of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA), June 29 – July 2.

The team will examine all aspects of the Department of Campus Safety & Security’s policies and procedures, management, operations and administrative services. 

The team will verify the department meets CALEA’s 459 standards as part of a voluntary process to achieve accreditation. Once achieved, accreditation is renewed every four years.

“The CALEA Accreditation process is important for accountability, transparency, promotes efficient use of resources and improves the delivery of service to the FAMU community,” said Assistant Vice President of Safety/Police Chief Terence M. Calloway. “Accreditation is an affirmation, a mark of excellence.  The men and women of our department, along with the students and administration of Florida A&M University, should be proud of an achievement that few have achieved.”

FAMU Police Chief Terence Calloway

The assessment team includes public safety practitioners from similar, out-of-state agencies. The assessors will interview individuals and conduct virtual visits where compliance can be witnessed. The assessors are Deputy Chief Zandral Washington from the University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department and retired Lt. Edmund Pecinovsky, who worked with the California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) until December 2011. 

Wendy Dorival is the FAMU Department of Campus Safety & Security’s accreditation manager.

As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees and members of the University community are invited to offer comments at a public information session on June 30, 2020, beginning at 3 p.m. EST. The session will be conducted via Zoom by scheduled appointment.

For Zoom access, send an email to [email protected],edu by Thursday, June 25. She can also be reached at 850-599-3676. 

To provide telephone comments to the assessment team, call (712)770-4700 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on July 1, 2020. 

Telephone comments, as well as appearances at the public information session, are limited to 10 minutes and must address the agency’s ability to comply with CALEA standards. Those standards are available for review at the FAMU Department of Campus Safety & Security. 

Written comments about the Department of Campus Safety & Security’s ability to comply with the standards for accreditation may be sent to CALEA, 13575 Heathcote Boulevard, Suite 320, Gainesville, Va., 20155 or [email protected]

Once the CALEA assessors complete their review of the agency, they will report to the full Commission, which will then decide if the agency is to be granted accredited status. 

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FAMU Board of Trustees Approves College of Pharmacy Name Change

The Institute of Public Health has been added to the name of the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

On the heels of a global pandemic when public health has taken centerstage, the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Institute of Public Health’s name has been added to the College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

The rebranded FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health (CoPPS, IPH) was approved by the FAMU Board of Trustees earlier this month. 

“In keeping with the University’s strategic plan, developing a name that is fully representative of the college’s focus will illustrate FAMU and the college’s priorities,” said CoPPS, IPH Dean Johnnie Early, II, Ph.D., who initially proposed the name changes.

CoPPS, IPH Dean Johnnie Early, Ph.D.

Associate Dean and Director of the Institute of Public Health Cynthia Harris, Ph.D., said the name change elevates the Institute of Public Health and facilitates evolution to an autonomous School of Public Health. It’s the first program or school in the state to offer the Doctor of Public Health degree. 

“The Institute of Public Health has been making a significant impact since its founding 25 years ago,” said Harris, who was among those responsible for creating the COVID-19 Testing Site at Bragg Memorial Stadium this spring. “We are addressing health disparities through graduate education, research and service. We are producing public health servant-leaders across the country.”   

Cynthia Harris, Ph.D., Director of Institute of Public Health

More than two dozen IPH faculty and students have been recruited by the Florida Department of Health to assist in dealing with the pandemic. IPH alumni, such as Florida Deputy Secretary of Health Shamarial Roberson, Dr.PH, have played a leading role in the state’s response to the coronavirus outbreak.

Regional Sites

As part of the CoPPS, IPH rebranding, regional pharmacy sites have new names.  

The rebranded names are South Florida Pharmacy Practice Center, which is located in Davie, Fla.; Northeast Florida Pharmacy Practice Center in Jacksonville, and Central Florida Pharmacy Practice Center in the Tampa/Orlando area.

At the regional sites, students receive clinical training in a variety of medical settings and gain invaluable experience in applying academic knowledge to real-life situations.

“The name change from instructional sites to regional pharmacy practice centers encapsulates the primary location and focus of the facilities,” said Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs Jocelyn Spates, Pharm.D. “This rebrand is just one step in moving our college to the next level.” 

The pharmacy site in Crestview was rebranded as the Durell Peaden Jr. Rural Pharmacy Education Campus in honor of the late state senator who

took the initiative and worked with Crestview Mayor David Cadle, the City Council, FAMU and state legislators to secure the funds to establish and operate the program. 

The change also emphasizes the educational role of the site rather than the city where the campus is located. 

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FAMU Unveils Detailed Return-To-Campus Schedule For Administrators, Staff

Monday, June 15 marked the first day of returning to campus for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Senior Leadership Team.

Among those who resumed work on campus in Phase 1 were President Larry Robinson, Ph.D., and his Senior Leadership Team, the Office of Controller, Office of University Budget and Office of Procurement Services.

“This is the beginning of a crucial transition period for the University,” said Robinson. “With broad input from the University community, we have developed a multifaceted plan that will need the full commitment of all of us in order to maintain an environment conducive to the well-being of students, faculty, staff and those we serve in communities around the state of Florida.” 

The return to campus schedule kicks in as the University prepares to present its reopening plan for the fall semester to the Board of Governors in Orlando on June 23. That plan includes a range of monitoring, testing and social distancing measures for the campus. Courses will be offered remotely and in person.

All supervisors were required to complete risk assessments of their direct reports. Those assessments rated each employee as low or high risk based on the nature of their responsibilities and the ability of the unit to mitigate risk. 

During Phase 1, most employees will continue to work remotely. On July 1, Phase 2 begins. Phase 2 includes approved faculty and staff conducting or supporting hands-on research in the field or laboratory. Student researchers are not included in Phase 2. 

“We are pursuing a phased return for our faculty, staff, and students with their well-being in mind,” said Chief Compliance and Ethics Officer Rica Calhoun, chair of the Continuity of Operations Committee. “The priority of return of these constituencies is based on the ability of each office to function efficiently at a high level to achieve unit goals for Fall 2020. There are several tools that managers can use ranging from alternating work schedules to telecommuting throughout the fall semester.”

Phase 3 returnees report to campus on July 15. These include employees identified based on their risk assessment and capacity. Affected employees will be notified by June 22. Phase 3 employees must complete training at least by July 13, two business days prior to their return. Up to 30 percent of each unit may return to campus in Phase 3 on July 15.

Phase 4 employees return on Aug. 3. Those employees will be notified by July 8. They should also complete training by July 30. The number of employees returning for phase 4 may be up to 60 percent of each unit.

Phase 5 begins on August 17. Those employees will be notified of their return by July 22. Their training should be completed by August 13. This is the last phase leading up to the University’s reopening, scheduled for August 24.

Employees are urged to contact Joyce Ingram in the Office of Human Resources if they have additional questions.

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