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Since we discuss and read so many issues involving African America on this board that are serious, I was wondering if everyone would be interested in having a "Good News" section where positive achievements, and accomplishments and strides happening in African America and to and through the global African diaspora could be posted.

This could be used as our psychological check and balance to constantly remind us and any who read information on this site of the positive things that are happening for African America, African Americans and throughout the diaspora.

I found this while cruising another site:

by Thaahirah Stephens

Our communities have a great deal of positive elements that are rarely discussed and seldom mentioned in the media. Our race is alive with optimism, resilience, confidence and courage. In the face of so much negativity reported about Blacks in America, we continue to produce intelligent and productive men and women who contribute greatly to American society and the world. For example, on February 28, 2004, C-SPAN aired the 5th annual "The State of the Black Family Union" hosted by Tavis Smiley. There were two sessions of this program featuring a different panel of Black intellectuals for each session. Each session was approximately 2 ½ hours long -- and I hope every Black American that could was watching. The panelists were Black Americans such as Marva Collins, Cornel West, Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Ben Carson, and the list goes on and on. These Brothers and Sisters provided intelligent, thought provoking and practical solutions to many of the questions that have long been asked, debated and discussed concerning our community. Forty years ago, we did not have such diverse intellects who could come together to discuss, analyze and offer solutions to our challenges, nor did we have a medium to air any such discussions nationwide as C-SPAN has.

Today there are more Black Americans enrolled in institutions of higher education than ever before in the history of this country. We now have choices of where We can obtain our education; Historically Black Colleges/Universities, Ivey League Universities, State-run institutions of higher education or privately run institutions. Even on the elementary, middle school and high school levels-Black parents are, for the first time, able to choose alternative education for their children to ensure they are getting the best education possible. Black parents are looking at Magnet Programs (also called Charter Schools, Theme Schools, etc. depending on where you live) and placing there children in the gifted programs offered in public schools. Private schools are now a choice for more Black parents because their income is able to support this choice. In addition, home schooling has become very popular and is receiving a lot of support, respect and recognition from governments and school boards, and becuase of this, many Black parents have decided that home schooling is the best choice for their child/children. When Black parents have viable choices and give their attention and thoughtfulness to their children's education, it has the potential to enforce the value of education and will possibly give children a stronger desire to pursue higher learning.

The fact that many of us value education and all the possibilities and opportunities that come with it, lends itself to the idea that recent generations of Black Americans see the value in what those who led and marched in the Civil Rights demonstrations were fighting for and accomplished. Our struggle, of course is not over. It is now our job to protect the accomplishments we've made and forge ahead to fight for more. Many Black Americans have positioned themselves to carry on the task. We've gotten a good education, either from an institution of higher learning or life itself, we are politically astute, we identify with the courage we've been blessed with and we see where we need to take the struggle in order to guarantee our future in this society and the world.

Today there are many more Black-owned businesses that have gone far beyond the Ma and Pa stores which were our launching pads in the past. There are Black owned consulting firms, advertising agencies, radio stations, newspapers, many doctors in every field with their own practices, politicians/representatives at all levels of government, attorneys with their own practices, talk show hosts, film and movie writers and producers, authors of books, editors and publishers of newspapers and magazines, etc., etc., etc. Many of us have taken what our Grandparents and/or Great Grandparents have fought for and used it to advance ourselves and our communities beyond their wildest dreams. However, as previously mentioned, our work is far from being done.

Let us not forget the "Soul" that is inherent in our culture which is at the core of our existence. This "Soul" depicts the love, compassion, creativity and rhythm we have for life, with life and with the Creator of life. This "Soul" is the essence of our strength, our resilience, it allows us to survive when the odds are stacked against us. It connects us with God in a way that provides us with the ability to forgive and embrace all of His creations. We have always found creative, loving, respectful ways to express our "Soul", today we've discovered many more. Our young people have definitely taken it to the next level and with our guidance and support, they too will be positioned to carry the torch into the future.

We have plenty to be "Black and Proud" about!! Let's continue to honor and protect all of our achievements and continue to build upon them with love, respect and a sense of urgency.









"I'm just trying to make a way out of no way, for my people" -Modejeska Monteith Simpkins









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Sorry, this positive topic is WAY out of line with the usual claptrap and pessismism coming from most of the contributors here.

we continue to produce intelligent and productive men and women who contribute greatly to American society and the world

For example, when I say the above statement, I am called 'uncle tom', 'un-black', 'evil bcon', 'white', and a host of other negative and destructive names. Many here to not believe at all in contributing to the 'evil oppressive system', or ESPECIALLY to say anything positive about 'American Society'. I know, I've tried to do this here, they attack anything good about black folks who do well or achieve success. You MUST have heard terms like 'traitor to the race' at least a few times.

So there is no way in hell you are going to get 'this' bunch of negroes to be positive, to even KNOW about the positive things we are doing, because according to about a hundred posts, which I can copy and paste, those things are either not happening at all, or are greatly 'exaggerated' by those doing the bidding of evil white powers, which I myself have been accused of here more than once.

With these 'head in the sanders', I mention the names of black CEO's and heads of major firms and industry, and NOONE here has ever even heard of these success stories, and casually dismiss the success of these people as 'accidental', or 'uncle tomism', etc.

All these sorry whining sheep around here want to hear about is how hard and tough their lives are, how hopeless it is to survive, how miserably they are treated, and how evil ALL white people are.

But nice try anyway sunnib, I wish it could be so, but you've come to the wrong place.
Here's just one example of many right here on this site, when I started to talk about successful people, how things continually improve and get better, etc, I mentioned some prominent black businessman by name, and hear is a TYPICAL response from some dope here named Kevin:

Well Delta....maybe you do not get it....but it is crystal clear to many when a Negro takes a stand on issues that is detrmental to his mama....and the blacks do not call that tommism shit black thought....we call it white thought in blackface...and thats all it is..plain and simple...some negroes still like to buck-dance in 2004....i guess that is their thing...plantation MF's........

So as you can see, there is no support for optimism or positivity here, I've tried.

I think in your anger over bitterly contrasting viewpoints is causing you to exaggerate the posters at's views one way or the other.

Just because posters here do not agree with all of your perspectives or see who you hold out as positive role models, examples, etc., does not mean that every poster have not knowledge of or acknowlement for the positive accomplishments, etc. withing African America and throughout the African diaspora.

I think we all know of many positives to share, even you, all we have to do is step back away from the debating philosophies, etc., long enough to post something positive without regard to personal political or philosophical viewpoints.
I Think that GOOD NEWS would be a welcomed section.

Delta, I think that the objection that folks have is not that you point to successful Blacks, but that you tend to use them as evidence in arguments that we should stop fighting racism and oppression. You point to them to say, "See, there is no racism because these Black folk have succeeded." What you fail to grasp/recognize/acknowledge is that most of the responses don't disagree or challenge that these individuals have excelled; but that they have achieved in spite of the racism they have faced, not because of the absence of racism. As MBM has frequently asked, "How high might they have flew, but for the millstoner of racism?"
Ten Things That Are Right ...

Education - There are 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the United States.

Family - Of the 8.8 million black families in the United States 48% of them are married couples.

Home Ownership - 48% of black households own their homes.

Careers - There are about 41,000 employed black physicians, 91,000 engineers, and 43,000 lawyers.

Traditions - It is estimated that some 18 million African Americans take part in Kwanzaa.

Black History Month - Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month."

Commitment to Community Service - Tom Joyner Foundation has raised over 18 million dollars for HBCUs since it's existence.

Young Entrepreneurs - There were 35,000 self-employed African Americans between the age of 16-24 in 2003.

Politicians - There are 500 African American mayors, a significant increase from 314 in 1990.

Living better - The number of black families living below the poverty line dropped, from 31% in 1992 (roughly the level it had bounced around since the 1960s) to 21% in 2001.
Wow Delta,

You took that way out of context....hell i'm a very successful brother myself....and throughout my travels I have still encountered the kind of person I mentioned.....and even had them try to undermine my efforts.....but I realize the positivity that black people have shown....even here in this message board.....but that still does not make one oblivious to the total spectrum of reality....


This is a great idea..and like you counteracts the negative aspects of things and reminds us of the progress we have made and lets us know that our collective efforts are not in vain......

Yssys..congrats to you.....and I wish you the best of luck with your efforts...bring some of that knowledge in here and enlighten the masses........
sunnubian ... great idea!! Smile I had tried once before in the Member Editorial's section, but never kept it up! Hopefully this thread will be a huge success!

Before I get started posting to it, though ... one little, tiny negative thing I need to get out of the way! Smile

Originally posted by DeltaJ:
So as you can see, there is no support for optimism or positivity here, I've tried.

DJ ... perhaps you should "try" somewhere else!! I'm sure many of us here would greatly appreciate it!! Big Grin
Oh my God, Delta,

I just posed the question and I am sure you can see that good news has been posted by Yssy, myself and JWC and the positive responses from Kevin, Nayo, EbonyRose, and Kweli.

I view the positive responses as good news in that it means that good news will continue to come.

Congradulations Yssy and good luck in your endeavors! Smile

Congradulations JWC on your website and especially your publishings (and I do plan to purchase some of your work) Smile


I will post good news or happenings as I know of them or come across them that may be of interest and I hope that you all will too Smile
Black Organizations Seek to Aid Haiti

Monday, March 15, 2004 contact: Joia Jefferson Nuri

Lend a Helping Hand to Haiti Campaign

Nationwide call for support through the media and community and church outreach
PNBC Haiti Relief Fund, 601, 50th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20019. Toll Free Information Line is 1-800-876-PNBC (7622.) or visit our website at

At a press conference Monday, March 15th, in Washington, D.C., the leaders of several African-American organizations launched a 30 day effort to raise money for the suffering people of Haiti. Initiated by the Haiti Support Project, the coalition includes the Progressive National Baptist Convention, American Urban Radio Network, Black World Today On-Line Newspapers, Rolling Out Urban Style Weekly, National Congress of Black Women, Artist Empowerment Coalition, Muslim American Freedom Foundation, National Association of Black Radio Talk Show Hosts, the Oklahoma Health Care Project and Human Resource Center at Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta.

"We come seeking ways to restore stability and wholesomeness to the people affected by the political unrest. Our dedication is to serve as a bridge of hope to those whose lives have been destroyed." says Rev. Justus Reeves, Minister of Missions for the Progressive National Baptist Convention.

Available for Interviews about the PNBC Haiti Relief Fund:
· Rev. Dr. Tyrone Pitts, General Secretary PNBC
· Rev. Justus Reeves, Director of Mission, PNBC
· Dr. C. Delores Tucker, Founder/President, National Congress of Black Women
· Ron Daniels, Ph.D. Founder/Chairman, Haiti Support Project

The Progressive National Baptist Convention will handle all the administrative duties and disburse the funds in the form of small grants to families in need. PNBC has set up the Haiti Relief Fund for this purpose. Recipients will be identified by churches organizations with which PNBC has an established relationship with in Haiti. PNBC operates more than fifty projects in Haiti some of which are responsible for the education of over 15,000 Haitian children.

The American Urban Radio Network, the nation's largest Black-owned radio network, will dedicate programming time to publicize the campaign. The network will air public service announcements by celebrities and high profile leaders and weekly interviews on the Bev Smith Show, which airs in more than forty markets nationwide. Black World Today On-Line Newspapers will be the internet equivalent to AURN.

The Oklahoma Health Care Project and Human Resource Center of Antioch Baptist Church North are committed to mobilizing medical supplies and equipment from U.S. based corporations to the General Hospital in Port Au Prince. Hospital administrators have issued an urgent appeal for help to meet critical shortages of supplies due to the high number of people wounded in violent clashes around the country.

Lend a Helping Hand to Haiti Campaign will run for 30 days, beginning on Monday, March 15, 2004.

Tax deductible contributions will be accepted in the form of checks or money orders. They should be made payable to PNBC/Haiti Relief Fund and mailed to: PNBC Haiti Relief Fund, 601, 50th Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20019. Toll Free Information Line is 1-800-876-PNBC (7622.) or visit our website at

Since 1995, the Haiti Support Project has mobilized more than $500,000 in various forms of material support and economic assistance for civil oriented projects in Haiti. In collaboration with Congressman John Conyers and the Haitian Studies Associations, HSP convened an Emergency Conference on Haiti in the spring of 2001 at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in an effort to mediate the longstanding political impasse in Haiti.

Dr. Ron Daniels, Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and Chairman of the Haiti Support Project (HSP), attended the Bicentennial celebration of Haiti's independence along with actor and social activist Danny Glover on January 1, 2004. Mr. Daniels is the promoter of the Cruising Into History Initiative, which will continue the commemoration of the Bicentennial August 14-21 with a Pilgrimage to Haiti with more than 1,000 African Americans and friends of Haiti.

For more information and to schedule interviews, call Joia Jefferson Nuri at 301-920-0670 or

Advocates & Mentors Association Inc. is dedicated to reducing the number of 'at risk' youth entering the penal system and nurturing the capacity of family intervention. By providing education and mentoring, we will strive to deepen childrens' ability to think critically and skillfully, strengthen parents' ability to positively impact their child's behavior, and foster personal value systems in pursuit of a harmonious society.
This comes from an article in the Sacramento Observer. It's a weekly part of the business section and showcases Black people in the business sector who are achieving good things! I thought the Good News post would be a good place to put this! Smile


Hime Reappointed To State Fair Board

The California Exposition & State Fair this week announced the reappointment of Rex S. Hime as a director and current chairman of the Cal Expo board of directors. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the reappointment yesterday.

Chairman Hime, of Loomis, is president and CEO for California Business Properties Association, a position he has held since 1984. He served on the Cal Expo board from 1996 to 1999 as an appointee of Governor Pete Wilson, and from 2001 to February 2004 as an appointee of Governor Gray Davis.

Other Cal Expo board members include Kirk Breed, of Sacramento, Larry Davis, of Colton, John Growney, of Red Bluff, Randy Paragary, of Sacramento and Edward Phillips, of Sacramento. Dr. Sonney Chong, of Sacramento, serves as the board's vice chairman.

The board of directors serves as the policymaking body for the California Exposition & State Fair and has full responsibility for the year-round management and operation of all facilities of the California Exposition & State Fair. Members do not receive a salary.

With the reappointment of Chairman Hime to the board, there are currently four vacancies on the Cal Expo board of directors.

Vicki Palmer Named As Coca-Cola Exec VP

ATLANTA, Ga. (NNPA) - Coca-Cola Enterprises has appointed Vicki R. Palmer to the position of executive vice president for financial services and administration, making her the highest-ranking African American at the $17 billion Company and one of the top-ranking African American executives in the beverage industry.

Vicki Palmer

Since 1999 Palmer has served the Company as senior vice president, special assistant to the chief executive officer and corporate treasurer. The versatile executive balances a range of civic and personal responsibilities as a mother, community leader and volunteer.

Palmer rose as a Company leader as Coca-Cola Enterprises grew to be the largest Coca-Cola bottling organization in the world. Coca-Cola Enterprises, founded in 1986, is the local Coca-Cola bottling company partner that produces, markets, and distributes the world's favorite beverages in thousands of communities across most of the United States, Canada, and Western Europe.

"I am excited about this opportunity to increase the scope and range of my financial and administrative responsibilities at Coca-Cola Enterprises," says Palmer. In her new position, she will oversee the Company's multi-billion dollar treasury, pension, and retirement benefits asset management operations. She will also be responsible for internal audits, corporate diversity, and Ombuds activities.

Palmer has been in the industry for more than 20 years. She joined The Coca-Cola Company in 1983 as manager of pension investments. In 1986, she moved to Coca-Cola Enterprises at its inception as assistant treasurer. She was named corporate vice president in December 1992 and, later to the position she held until the end of 2003.

A graduate of Rhodes College with a bachelor's degree in economics and business administration, Palmer received her Masters degree in business administration in finance from the University of Memphis. She is vice-chair of the Rhodes College board of trustees and she has received the Distinguished Alumna Award for Achievement from the University of Memphis Alumni Association.

Palmer serves on the board of trustees of Spelman College, the board of governors of Woodward Academy, and the board of directors of First Tennessee National Corporation and Havertys Furniture Companies, Inc. She has been recognized for her business acumen and community service with numerous honors and awards. She was named the Outstanding Georgia Citizen in 2002 by the Georgia Secretary of State; she was selected one of the Top 50 Blacks in Corporate America by Black Enterprise Magazine and one of Georgia's 100 Most Powerful Women by Women Looking Ahead magazine.

An inductee in the YWCA Academy of Women Achievers, she also received the 2002 Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Bridge Builders Award and the Business & Professional Women USA's 1999 "Women Mean Business" Award. She is the wife of Kansas City businessman John E. Palmer and is the mother of a 15-year-old daughter, Alex. They are active members of the Cascade United Methodist Church.

AFSA's Atkinson Elected To AFL-CIO Exec Council

Baxter Atkinson, national president of the American Federation of School Administrators, AFL-CIO - the only national labor union for public school principals, assistant principals, administrators, and supervisors - has been elected to the Executive Council of the AFL-CIO.

Baxter Atkinson

AFL-CIO Officers and Executive Council members unanimously elected Atkinson and three other union presidents during their winter meeting recently in Bal Harbour, Fla. They were sworn in immediately following the vote.

"Baxter Atkinson has a long and distinguished record as an outstanding advocate for public school education," AFL-CIO President John Sweeney said. "I'm confident he will effectively serve this Council and the labor movement. We are pleased to have him with us."

The AFL-CIO Executive Council consists of the presidents and other top officers of affiliated unions, and is the chief decision-making body of the 13 million-member labor federation.

"I am deeply honored to have a seat at the table with the greatest labor leaders in the world," Atkinson said. "I will do my best to represent AFSA members as they guide the education of our youth, and their students. I will also continue the fight for quality public school education, and union rights."

Atkinson was elected AFSA national president in July 2003. His career as a principal, administrator, teacher, and union officer/member spans 34 years. Previously he was president of the Hartford Principals and Supervisors' Association, AFSA Local 22, and principal of Mark Twain Elementary School in Hartford, Conn.

Born and raised in Smithfield, N.C., he resides in the greater Washington, D.C. area, and in Windsor, Conn.

Wyndham Exec Applauded For Leadership

Recognized for leadership in reshaping the culture of the company, Donna DeBerry, executive vice president, diversity and corporate affairs at Wyndham International, Inc., has been promoted to executive vice president, expanding the company's current executive officer committee.

Donna DeBerry

"Wyndham made a commitment to transform the Company into a Best of Class workplace for our 23,000 employees," stated Fred J. Kleisner, Wyndham's chairman and chief executive officer. "The tireless efforts and countless hours that (DeBerry) spent in creating possibilities in the areas of inclusion and diversity did not go unnoticed."

Recognizing DeBerry for her role "in enriching the lives of all Wyndham constituents proves the importance of people and diversity within our organization," Kleisner said.

A national and international leader in the field of diversity, DeBerry's work impacts the careers of Wyndham associates around the globe. Recognizing the tangible, bottom-line benefits of diversity, DeBerry implements best practices and new initiatives that make diversity a key component of the corporate culture and business acumen. Because of her success in all dimensions of diversity and her activism for people, she is now the highest ranking African American in the hotel industry.

DeBerry has been featured in Fortune magazine, Essence magazine, Black Enterprise magazine, Savory Professional, Today's Dallas Women magazine and Black Meetings & Tourism magazine and many others.

Since her appointment, DeBerry has launched several initiatives, including the creation of diversity committees that address a broad cross-section of internal and external relationships from employees to business and community leaders.

Before joining Wyndham she learned leadership skills and the spirit of winning from working with the National Football League and the United States Olympic Committee. DeBerry attended California State University at Hayward.
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