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Wes Moore, Laity Sunday Guest Speaker at Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church

THE AFRO — Mr. Moore shared that his grandfather was always talking about this idea of understanding the assignment. The concept is taken from the Bible, in the Book of Numbers. It’s the story of Moses, and how he spent years of his life wandering through the desert leading the Israelites to the promised land. And eventually, after 40 years, making it to the Red Sea, where he died.
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By Marnita Coleman | The AFRO

On Laity Sunday, one day after turning 44, the 2022 democratic nominee for governor of the state of Maryland, Wes Moore, was guest speaker at Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church in South Baltimore, where Rev. Dr. Frances “Toni” Draper is pastor.

Laity members were being honored for their outstanding service to ministry within the body of Christ.

“I come from a very long line of preachers and teachers,” stated Moore of his grandfather and great grandfather. He then went on to deliver a riveting message to a congregation of lay people, clergy, delegates, dignitaries, supporters, and friends regarding “the assignment.”

“It was just powerful,” said Kelechi Uzochukwu, a young woman in the audience. “It’s not just about being the first, it’s not just about being elected and winning. It’s about your calling, what you are supposed to do. As he said, how you are supposed to make the world a better place. I loved it.”

Moore’s usual campaign rhetoric as a Rhodes Scholar, a U.S. Army combat veteran, CEO of Robin Hood Foundation, and a best selling American author were notably absent from much of his conversation.

As he stood in the pulpit of Freedom Temple A.M.E. Zion Church, he focused on his God-ordained calling. Moore said frankly, “What’s important for us to keep in mind right now is understanding the assignment.”

Mr. Moore shared that his grandfather was always talking about this idea of understanding the assignment. The concept is taken from the Bible, in the Book of Numbers. It’s the story of Moses, and how he spent years of his life wandering through the desert leading the Israelites to the promised land. And eventually, after 40 years, making it to the Red Sea, where he died.

Moore highlighted that the assignment is determined by God and doesn’t always match what we have in mind.

“My grandfather was always talking about this idea of saying how he could imagine that Moses must have felt some type of way about that. After he did all the work, leading the people through extreme conditions, extreme trials. And finally, as he opens his eyes, sees the promised land, and that’s when the Lord called him home, and asked Joshua to finish the work.”

In about three weeks Marylanders will go to the polls for the midterm elections with the power to change the political landscape throughout the state, if Democrats sweep the elections. Of over 2,500 governors ever elected in the United States, Governor Candidate Moore would only be the third African-American governor in the history of this country.

Aruna Miller, Moore’s running mate for lieutenant governor, would be the first immigrant ever elected in the state. Delegate Brooke Lierman, if elected, would be the first woman comptroller in Maryland history. Congressman Anthony Brown would become the first African American to ever hold the title of Attorney General.

“Let’s be clear,” urged Moore, “that’s not the assignment. That’s not the point. The assignment is not to make history. The assignment is to make child poverty– history, we have a unique opportunity to make racism– history, we have the unique opportunity to make environmental justice –history. We have the unique opportunity to make educational and economic disparities history. That’s the assignment. Understand what we’re being asked to do at this moment. None of us are being asked to do everything. We’re all asked to do something. We’re all asked to remember what the assignment is.”

Moore finished his sermonette, saying the job is to run hard, run fast, and run your own race, so when it’s time to pass the baton off to someone else, the only thing the Lord will say is “job well done,” and “you understood the assignment.”

Speaker of the Maryland of the Maryland House of Delegates, Adrienne A. Jones, was in attendance.

“I am very familiar with the message that Wes Moore gave and I was glad that others were able to hear it. He is key to getting things that we really need that have been overlooked in past years,” she said. “I know that first-hand because I’ve been through four governors, two Republicans and two Democrats. And I think this is the time and the place for him in terms of moving us forward. He’s someone who really understands our community. I can’t think of a better person to be our next governor than Wes Moore.”

In closing, Moore sends a special message to the people of Baltimore:

“I want the people of Baltimore City to understand that in our administration you’re going to have a partner in Annapolis. That in order for Baltimore to be everything that Baltimore must be it means the State must do its part. And, in order for the State to be what the State can be, we need a thriving Baltimore. And in our time and in this moment, we are going to have an administration who understands that, who believes in it, and fights for that!”

Honorable mentions to dignitaries in attendance: Bishop W. Darin Moore, the 99th Bishop in the line of succession in the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, who eloquently introduced the speaker, Rev. Kobi Little, President NAACP, Joshua Harris, VP NAACP, Councilwoman Phylicia Porter, Delegate Brooke Lierman, Rev. Jerome Stephens

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IN MEMORIAM International Soccer Icon Pelé Dies at 82

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), Pelé became a Brazilian national hero. According to Britannica, he combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate other players’ moves. 

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Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.
Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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Pelé, the international star who was instrumental in three World Cup championships with Brazil across three decades and who energized U.S. soccer with the New York Cosmos in the 1970s, has died.

The 82-year-old legend had been hospitalized since November, and his doctors reported that Pelé’s cancer had advanced, requiring care related to renal and cardiac dysfunction.

He has been receiving regular treatment since doctors removed a tumor from his colon in 2021.

“Father. My strength is yours,” the international star’s son, Edinho, posted on social media.

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Três Corações, Brazil, on Oct. 23, 1940, Pelé became soccer’s first superstar.

He led the Brazilian national teams to World Cup glory in 1958, 1962, and 1970.

In 1956, he joined the Santos Football Club, where he played inside left forward, winning nine São Paulo league championships and, in 1962 and 1963, the Libertadores Cup and the Intercontinental Club Cup.

Sometimes called “Pérola Negra” (“Black Pearl”), Pelé became a Brazilian national hero. According to Britannica, he combined kicking power and accuracy with a remarkable ability to anticipate other players’ moves.

“After the 1958 World Cup, Pelé was declared a national treasure by the Brazilian government to ward off large offers from European clubs and ensure that he would remain in Brazil,” Britannica researchers wrote.

On Nov. 19, 1969, in his 909th first-class match, he scored his 1,000th goal.

Pelé made his international debut in 1957 at age 16 and played his first game in the World Cup finals in Sweden the following year.

The Brazilian manager was initially hesitant to play his young star. But, according to Britannica, when Pelé finally reached the field, he had an immediate impact, rattling the post with one shot and collecting an assist.

He had a hat trick in the semifinal against France and two goals in the championship game, where Brazil defeated Sweden 5–2. At the 1962 World Cup finals, Pelé tore a thigh muscle in the second match and had to sit out the remainder of the tournament.

Nonetheless, Brazil went on to claim its second World Cup title.

Researchers said rough play and injuries turned the 1966 World Cup into a disaster for Brazil and Pelé, as the team went out in the first round, and he contemplated retiring from World Cup play.

Returning in 1970 for one more World Cup tournament, he teamed with young stars Jairzinho and Rivelino to claim Brazil’s third title and permanent ownership of the Jules Rimet Trophy. Pelé finished his World Cup career, scoring 12 goals in 14 games.

Pelé’s electrifying play and penchant for spectacular goals made him a worldwide star.

His team Santos toured internationally to take full advantage of his popularity. For example, in 1967, he and his team traveled to Nigeria, where a 48-hour cease-fire in that nation’s civil war was called to allow all to watch the great player.

Pelé announced his retirement in 1974 but, in 1975, agreed to a three-year $7 million contract with the New York Cosmos of the North American Soccer League and to promote the game in the United States. He retired after leading the Cosmos to the league championship in 1977.

Pelé was the recipient of the International Peace Award in 1978. In 1980 he was named Athlete of the Century by the French sports publication L’Equipe, and he received the same honor in 1999 from the International Olympic Committee. In 2014 the Pelé Museum opened in Santos, Brazil.

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COMMENTARY: Don’t Spread Yourself Too Thin: Avoid Burnout with These Simple Tips

THE AFRO — Although it cannot be medically diagnosed, burnout can lead people to lose their sense of self and feel as if they are not accomplishing enough. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Association found that the risk of burnout has increased for workers due to extra stress, increased household demands and longer working hours. 
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We’ve all heard the age-old saying that “hard work pays off.”  But, sometimes, working too hard can do more harm than good.

“Burnout” is a form of work-related stress in which an individual experiences physical, emotional or mental exhaustion caused by their job’s demands. It can also make workers feel distanced from their jobs and engender negative feelings about them, according to the World Health Organization.

Although it cannot be medically diagnosed, burnout can lead people to lose their sense of self and feel as if they are not accomplishing enough. Since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Psychological Association found that the risk of burnout has increased for workers due to extra stress, increased household demands and longer working hours.

This makes it even more important for people to know the signs of burnout and the strategies to combat it.

Natasha Charles is the founder and CEO of Intuitive Coaching with Natasha Charles, a comprehensive life coaching and consulting firm. She created the business after gaining 20 years in senior administration roles.

Charles was motivated to open the firm in 2018 out of a desire to create a business focused on inspiring continuous improvement. There, she works with individuals and executives to create lives that they love and offers them personalized solutions to address critical work and business challenges.

“It’s really about thinking about you, the person, and all that you are,” Charles said. “People tend to be very focused on one aspect of their life, and a lot of times, it’s about their career, so it’s really about making space for all of your goals and all of your dreams.”

When someone experiences burnout, Charles said they could be actively doing their job while simultaneously worrying about their other responsibilities and priorities, whether personal or work-related. She also stressed that burnout can be experienced no matter what profession you are in and what you are being paid.

Aside from the physical and mental impacts of stress, burnout can impact finances if it causes an employee to take extended periods of time off or miss work, according to Charles. It can also reduce their productivity.

In the beginning of 2022, the term “quiet quitting” emerged, and for some, it’s being used as a method to avoid burnout. It involves individuals meeting the minimum requirements of their job descriptions, investing no extra time or effort than what is mandatory.

For Charles, quiet quitting is a signal that a person is not fulfilled by their job and may need to think about changing workplaces or careers.

“I get that people are not always able to up and quit, and it can take time to find what that next role is,” Charles said. “I would come from a space of encouraging the person to start thinking about what that is. What is it that you ultimately desire to be doing in your life and seeing your work?”

One of the most important steps in reducing and preventing burnout is educating yourself about the syndrome, so you can be aware of the warning signs, according to Charles. She also said it was crucial for employers to talk to their employees about it.

Awareness can help prevent the shame and guilt that comes with burnout and allow people to give themselves grace.

After a person has weighed whether they are experiencing burnout or not, they should think about how they want to confront it. This could include engaging in self-care, asking for extra support at work or home, and creating stronger boundaries between their personal and professional lives.

When burnout is impacting your performance, it’s time to consider making a career change, Charles said.

To ensure your work life does not invade your personal life, Charles said people need to assess the goals they have for all areas of their life. Once you’ve set goals, it’s easier to devise a plan and set the necessary boundaries to achieve them.

Charles also said it’s important to carve out time for yourself where you’re not constantly checking your phone or email for work reasons.

“There is life beyond your work. There is an entire world out there to be discovered,” Charles said. “There’s a world within us to be discovered as well, and I encourage everyone to invest in discovering those pieces.”

This article originally appeared in The Afro.

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Tory Lanez Found Guilty in Meg Thee Stallion Shooting 

NNPA NEWSWIRE — The case fired up social media and highlighted the misogyny that still reigns in hip hop. Many on Twitter routinely attacked Megan, accusing her of lying among other vicious vitriolic comments.
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By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
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Canadian rapper Tory Lanez faces more than 20 years in prison and deportation after a jury in Los Angeles found him guilty in the 2020 shooting of hip hop star Megan Thee Stallion.

Lane, 30, was found guilty of three felony counts, including assault with an unregistered semiautomatic weapon, carrying a loaded gun, and discharging a firearm in a vehicle with gross negligence.

The case fired up social media and highlighted the misogyny that still reigns in hip hop. Many on Twitter routinely attacked Megan, accusing her of lying among other vicious vitriolic comments.

The 27-year-old Megan, whose real name is Megan Pete, testified that Lanez offered her hush money and didn’t care about her injuries and pain suffered because he shot her.

Lanez, who declined to testify, claimed there was another shooter, Pete’s friend who was also arguing with the hit maker as they drove home from a party.

“[Lanez] told me to dance,” Pete told the jury, adding that he also cursed at her following the shooting.

Sentencing for Lanez is scheduled for Jan. 27.

“You showed incredible courage and vulnerability with your testimony despite repeated and grotesque attacks that you did not deserve,” Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon said, referring to Pete.

“You faced unjust and despicable scrutiny that no woman should ever face, and you have been an inspiration to others across LA County and the nation.”

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