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Loyola Marymount University’s TLC Program Strives for Black Excellence

LOS ANGELES SENTINEL — While the month of June often brings feelings of joy and fulfillment associated with high school graduations, the month of August can bring with it anxiety and nervousness, as many high school graduates leave home for the first time to attend college. Such feelings of uneasiness can often be intensified for Black students – particularly those who do not attend historically Black colleges and universities – as they adjust to their new surroundings and search for the various services and resources that will assist them in succeeding academically, socially, and emotionally.

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Participants in the TLC Program (Photo by: Loyola Marymount University)

By Los Angeles Sentinel

While the month of June often brings feelings of joy and fulfillment associated with high school graduations, the month of August can bring with it anxiety and nervousness, as many high school graduates leave home for the first time to attend college. Such feelings of uneasiness can often be intensified for Black students – particularly those who do not attend historically Black colleges and universities – as they adjust to their new surroundings and search for the various services and resources that will assist them in succeeding academically, socially, and emotionally.

Since 2000, Loyola Marymount University (LMU) has sought to ease this transition through The Learning Community (TLC), a year-long enrichment program committed to the success of first-year students of African descent. With an intentional focus on cultivating leaders, instilling community consciousness, and promoting academic and co-curricular success, the program assists incoming students in expanding their ethnic and cultural awareness, deepening their understanding of existing programs and resources, and gaining a greater understanding of the University’s mission and traditions.

Congruent with the University’s geographic location, stellar academic reputation, and national reach, TLC has, historically, attracted some of best and brightest students from not only California but several states across the country. This year’s cohort is no different, as states such as Washington D.C., Oregon, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, Illinois, Massachusetts, and New York are represented. Additionally, this year’s cohort demonstrates an extreme level of diversity in terms of gender (seventeen females and thirteen males) and area of study (with majors ranging from Business, Liberal Arts, and Engineering to Film Production and Health and Human Science). Moreover, nearly twenty percent are the first in their immediate family to attend college.

Under the leadership of Mr. Henry Ward, LMU’s Senior Director of Ethnic & Intercultural Services, TLC departs from the traditional summer bridge model and prepares incoming students for the rigor of undergraduate academic and extra-curricular life by engaging them in eleven consecutive days of programming that are diverse in nature. Said Ward, “The TLC Program is not designed for students who need supplemental college readiness. It is a strengths-centered, enrichment program designed to develop the gifts and talents of our first-year scholars of African descent and, in so doing, facilitate Black Excellence.”

The program began Saturday, August 10 with Orientation Sessions for both Parents/Guardians as well as Participants, and ended on Wednesday, August 21 with a Celebration Dinner. During the program, participants met and had lunch with high-level University administrators, including the President, Provost, and Senior Vice President of Student Affairs, they connected and developed relationships with faculty, while discussing the steps necessary for academic success. Participants also engaged in an African American Studies course taught by Dr. Brad Eliott Stone, as well as others focused on Holistic Wellness, Financial Literacy, Resume Building, and Spirituality. They also had the opportunity to explore Greater Los Angeles through excursions to several well-known locations, including the Broad Museum, Leimert Park, The Grove, the Annenberg Space for Photography, and the El Capitan Theater, where they viewed The Lion King. Participants also attended services at Faithful Central Bible Church and Oasis Church.

Program participants articulated a great deal of confidence, excitement, and overall gratitude regarding their experience. Natalie Riddick from Vacaville, California shared, “My experience with TLC was one built on support, love, and family. I had the opportunity to be surrounded by other young African-American scholars, who were all uniquely motivated and passionate about their education. My time in the program has made me feel confident and ready to start my college journey because I know I have peers, as well as LMU faculty and staff, who are behind me and rooting for my success.” Similarly, program participant Drew Jenkins from Oswego, Illinois commented, “TLC is the epitome of Black Excellence! I learned what it means to strive for Community Excellence, but also learned a great deal about the role that I must play in that process. The TLC Staff pushed me to be the best version of myself, and I’ll never forget the experience.”

TLC participants will continue to be engaged through a leadership course that meets weekly during the Fall and Spring semesters, and focuses on identity development, community involvement, and social justice. For more information on the program, please contact Program Coordinator, AnaLexicis Bridewell at (310) 258-8754.

This article originally appeared in The Los Angeles Sentinel.

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PRESS ROOM: Black Female Excellence Takes Center Stage at St. Jude Spirit Of The Dream

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream event, guests heard about the strides made by St. Jude on racial equity since its founding in 1962 as the South’s first fully integrated children’s hospital. As part of this commitment to racial equity, St. Jude launched a sickle cell program in 1968 to study this disease, which disproportionately affects African American people. That program has grown to become one of the largest in the U.S.
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Astronaut, doctor and non-profit executive are honored for outstanding achievements in advancing lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the first time in its history, the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream event selected women for each of its highest accolades: the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream award and the Legacy Award. The event, held Thursday, Sept. 29 celebrates the achievements of African Americans who embody the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its founder, Danny Thomas who believed that no child, regardless of race should die in the dawn of life.

Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves, professor in the hematology/oncology division at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a provider at Regional One Health is one of few hematologists in Memphis to serve and care for adults living with Sickle Cell Disease, and Dr. Sian Proctor, an accomplished civilian astronaut, pilot, advocate for women of color in the space industry, entrepreneur, and professor of American geology, were both presented with the Spirit of the Dream award. Emily Greer, a 30-year executive leader, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, received the St. Jude Legacy Award for her tireless service to St. Jude as a trusted advisor to CEO, Rick Shadyac. Though Greer retired in 2021, she remains committed to the mission of St. Jude.

Each honoree has made a significant impact far beyond their local communities. Together, their multiple accomplishments reflect the foundational pillars of St. Jude: research, treatment, and philanthropy.

“I didn’t come to ALSAC almost 30 years ago with the idea of sitting here today,” said Greer. “I came with the idea of serving these children and these families who get the worst news of all: that your child has cancer. And I just tried to do my small part in making a difference in their lives. It’s an honor to be recognized in this way to do work that was my privilege to do.”

The event also comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Inspiration4, the first all-civilian spaceflight to orbit the Earth, which landed safely back on Earth thanks to Dr. Proctor’s skillful navigation as the mission pilot. Inspiration4 captivated space fans the world over and raised nearly $250 million for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

“When I won the prosperity seat on the Inspiration4 mission, my entire life shifted,” said Dr. Proctor. “Becoming connected to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the mission of ending childhood cancer resonated with me to my core and allowed me to unleash the very best version of myself.”

During the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream event, guests heard about the strides made by St. Jude on racial equity since its founding in 1962 as the South’s first fully integrated children’s hospital. As part of this commitment to racial equity, St. Jude launched a sickle cell program in 1968 to study this disease, which disproportionately affects African American people. That program has grown to become one of the largest in the U.S.

As a physician in Memphis, Dr. Adams-Graves continues to extend quality care to sickle cell patients in the greater Midsouth region. “Receiving this award is an honor, pleasure and validation of the service that I have been walking in my life to improve the quality of life for individuals, both children and adults, living with sickle cell disease,” said Dr. Adams-Graves.

Past honorees include Dr. Rudolph Jackson, one of the first Black doctors at St. Jude, Penny Hardaway, University of Memphis Tigers head men’s basketball coach, and the city of Memphis.

To learn more and donate, visit stjude.org/spiritofthedream.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

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Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) Vote-By-Mail Ballots to Be Mailed for the November 8, 2022, General Election

WESTSIDE GAZETTE — The deadline to request a UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballot is 5:00 p.m. October 29, 2022. UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballots can be returned by mail or faxed directly to the Supervisor of Elections office. Ballots cannot be emailed to us.
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Submitted by Ivan Castro | The Westside Gazette

BROWARD COUNTY, FL. — Over 4,000 Vote-By-Mail ballots for the General Election were sent to military and overseas citizens on September 24, 2022. In addition to registering to vote online, UOCAVA voters may request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

The deadline to request a UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballot is 5:00 p.m. October 29, 2022.

UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballots can be returned by mail or faxed directly to the Supervisor of Elections office. Ballots cannot be emailed to us.

An overseas voter has 10 extra days from election day for their Vote-By-Mail ballot to be received. The ballot must be postmarked or dated by Election Day November 8th.

Important Dates and Information for the General Election

  • New voters must be registered by Tuesday, October 11, 2022
  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022

For further information regarding UOCAVA voters visit http://www.browardvotes.gov/Voter-Information/Oversees-Military-Voters.

Please visit our website browardvotes.gov, follow us on social media @browardvotes, and for media questions please contact: icastro@browardvotes

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What Hip-Hop Means to Benny The Butcher

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Hip-hop means everything to Benny The Butcher. Hip-Hop is the reason why I’m here. You see I’m nominated for Collab of the Year. You see I’m nominated for Lyricist of the Year. It means everything. I’m going to be there on the red carpet tomorrow with my s— on like this.
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The breakthrough for the Bufflao, New York, MC came later than most, but it’s here and it’s glorious

By Rashad Miligan | RollingOut.com

You never know when your life is going to change. Hip-hop has traditionally been considered as a space for young people. Two of this generation’s most influential artists, Chief Keef and Pop Smoke, both had their breakthroughs as teenagers. Nas released one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time with Illmatic at 17.

For Benny The Butcher, however, the breakthrough came at 34 in 2019 with the rise of his rap group Griselda, based out of Buffalo, New York. The group helped bring the grimy East Coast sound of rapping about selling cocaine over hard-hitting instrumentals back to listeners’ ears.

“He’s fam,” Wicked Money Family co-founder Iren “IG” Golder told rolling out. “East Coast represent. Bringing New York back, from the music to the production.”

During BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend in Atlanta, The Butcher spoke to rolling out about what hip-hop means to him, and what’s coming up next.

ATL Jacob is making his debut as an artist and his label has been signed under Republic Records. What is your message to ATL Jacob?

I want to say man he’s a hustler. He goes crazy. He and all his boys go crazy. That’s why I f— with them n—–. And as an artist, I’d be in the studio and that n—- playing s—, nasty s—. As good as anybody else I’ve heard, so I’m excited for him to do his thing.

What does hip-hop mean to Benny The Butcher?

Hip-hop means everything to Benny The Butcher. Hip-Hop is the reason why I’m here. You see I’m nominated for Collab of the Year. You see I’m nominated for Lyricist of the Year. It means everything. I’m going to be there on the red carpet tomorrow with my s— on like this.

What’s next for you?

Working with ATL Jacob, working with Symba. Just f— with everybody, getting game from the OGs, everybody. [Golder] is a hustler.

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