Thursday, April 11, 2019

Steve Chronister, who called cops on black women last year, skips York County candidate forum organized by African American group

Steve Chronister, who called cops on black women last year, skips York County candidate forum organized by African American group

'I’m not attending because I don’t want to make it a carnival event,' the York County commissioner candidate said

More than 100 people attended a forum on April 9, 2019, at Zion United Church of Christ in York.

APRIL 10, 2019 | 05:57 AM
(York) — Several candidates for York County commissioner talked about diversity and racism during a forum Tuesday evening.

Republican candidate Steve Chronister wasn’t one of them.

Almost a year ago, Chronister received national attention after he twice called the police on five black women golfers. He claimed they were golfing too slowly. The women said he was discriminating against them.

The dispute at Grandview Golf Course received national attention and led to an investigation by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission.

Now, Chronister is running for county commissioner — a job he held several years ago. Read More:

Africa Day Symposium 2019 21st Century Connections to the World Saturday, April 13, 2019 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Passing of Rev. James I. Jackson Jr., 58, a ‘son’ of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

by Mensah M. Dean, Updated: April 3, 2019- 6:43 PM

The Rev. James I. Jackson Jr. did not just preach the word of God from the pulpit on Sundays: He was an ambassador for the Lord wherever he went, said those who knew him.

Whether helping to provide financial management services in his weekday job, or playing basketball, or traveling to Hollywood to root for his son on American Idol, he radiated God’s light while drawing people near.

But it was in church, they said, that the Germantown resident shined brightest. And it was at St. Paul Baptist Church in Bethlehem, Pa., that Pastor Jackson suffered a fatal heart attack Sunday.

Pastor Jackson, 58, a Philadelphia-born husband and father of two who served as associate pastor at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church in East Mount Airy from 2002 to 2012 before departing to lead St. Paul, died at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem. Read more

Coard: Celebrate anniversary of America's 'first' slave revolt

Michael Coard
Michael Coard
Apr 5, 2019

Exactly 307 years ago on the night of April 6, 1712, arguably the first orchestrated and documented revolt against slavery in a British colony that would later become part of the United States of America took place.

It happened in Manhattan, which had a radius of 20 by 30 blocks consisting of a total white, free Black, and enslaved Black population of approximately 6,000 with the enslaved constituting nearly 20 percent. And many of them were skilled laborers such as masons, carpenters, and plumbers. By the way, the colony of New York at that time had one of the largest enslaved populations in the North or South.

Because New York was urban and had no plantations like southern colonies, Blacks- both enslaved and free- labored in close proximity to each other and often communicated discreetly amongst themselves about their grievances.

The historic event on April 6 is called the New York Slave Revolt of 1712. It initially involved 23 enslaved Blacks and was hatched by African-born men and women who were inspired by the tenets of their own indigenous spirituality to resist the white supremacist-type of Christianity that was forced upon them.

Friday, March 22, 2019

#LEVELUP: A Celebration of Women Who Got Next

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’re celebrating young Black women leaders between the ages of 18-35 who are making a difference in their communities.

#LevelUp is presented in partnership with the Independent Black Media Consortium, a new collaboration between WURD Radio in Philly, WVON in Chicago and KJLH in Los Angeles -- all Black-owned radio stations in major US markets. This is your opportunity to recognize the work, contributions and dedication of the next generation of Black women community leaders in these three cities.

Click here to nominate a woman Who’s Got Next!

Friday, March 15, 2019


The Allentown Art Museum is honored to present the film Through a Lens Darkly, followed immediately by a talk back with artist and producer Dr. Deborah Willis. The film was inspired by the book Reflections in Black by Dr. Willis and explores the role of photography in shaping African American identity and social emergence. After the screening, Dr. Willis will respond to questions from the audience related to her career as an artist and cultural worker as well as to the history of art and photography as it relates her work and the work of other artists featured in the film. Free

Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People
is the first documentary to explore the role of photography in shaping the identithot by both professional and vernacular African American photographers, the film opens a window into the lives of black families, whose expy, aspirations, and social emergence of African Americans from slavery to the present. Bringing to light the hidden and unknown photos seriences and perspectives are often missing from the traditional historical canon. African Americans historically embraced the medium as a way to subvert popular stereotypes as far back as the Civil War era, with Frederick Douglass photographed in a suit and black soldiers posing proudly in their uniforms. These images show a much more complex and nuanced view of American culture and its founding ideals.

The film features the works of esteemed photographic artists Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Anthony Barboza, Hank Willis Thomas, Coco Fusco, Clarissa Sligh, James Van Der Zee, Gordon Parks, and many others.

Deborah Willis, Ph.D., is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on Photography & Imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories; visual culture; the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation; contemporary women photographers; and beauty.

She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Willis is the author of Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present and co-author of The Black Female Body: A Photographic History; Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery; and Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs (both titles a NAACP Image Award Winner). Professor Willis’s curated exhibitions include In Pursuit of Beauty at Express Newark; Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits at the International Center of Photography; and Reframing Beauty: Intimate Momentsat Indiana University.

Since 2006 she has co-organized thematic conferences exploring imaging the black body in the West such as the conference titled Black Portraiture[s], which was held in Johannesburg in 2016. She has appeared and consulted on media projects, including documentary films such as Through a Lens Darkly and Question Bridge: Black Males, a transmedia project, which received the ICP Infinity Award 2015, and American Photography, PBS Documentary.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Harlem Renaissance Experience Friday March 22, 2019 6pm-10pm by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.®Phi Beta Omega Chapter & Arcadia University

Join Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® Phi Beta Omega Chapter and Arcadia University’s Department of Pan African Studies for an intimate evening as we pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance Period. We will be featuring the incomparable Sherry & the SWB Jazz Eclectics as they take us from the musical stylings of Duke Ellington and Fats Waller to current day jazz greats. Guests will be immersed into the Harlem Renaissance with a live art show by the students of Cheyney University while sitting back and enjoying entertainment in our own “Cotton Club.”

This will be a lively, entertaining, and educational evening providing awareness of visual and performing arts during the Harlem Renaissance--and its influence on contemporary African American arts and culture.

Dress is casual chic (please no jeans). Opening reception includes food and wine.

For more information, contact Jazell White at or Dr. Doreen Loury at

This event is thanks to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® Phi Beta Omega Chapter, Arcadia University's Department of Pan-African Studies and the R.O.S.E. Foundation.

"Perhaps the mission of an artist is to interpret beauty to people within themselves."

-Langston Hughes

Israel’s Stranglehold on American Politics: by Chris Hedges 3:10.19

The Israel lobby’s buying off of nearly every senior politician in the United States, facilitated by our system of legalized bribery, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The lobby’s campaign of vicious character assassination, smearing and blacklisting against those who defend Palestinian rights—including the Jewish historian Norman Finkelstein and university students, many of them Jewish, in organizations such as Students for Justice in Palestine—is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. Twenty-four state governments’ passage of Israel lobby-backed legislation requiring their workers and contractors, under threat of dismissal, to sign a pro-Israel oath and promise not to support the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctionsmovement is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The shameless decision in 2014 by all 100 U.S. senators, including Bernie Sanders, to pass a Soviet-style plebiscite proposed by the Israel lobby to affirm Israel’s “right to defend itself” during the 51 days it bombed and shelled homes, water treatment plants, power stations, hospitals and U.N. schools in Gaza, killing 2,251 Palestinians, including 551 children, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The U.S. refusal, including in the United Nations and other international bodies, to criticize Israel’s apartheid state and routine violation of international law is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. The well-funded campaigns by the Israel lobby, which works closely with Israel’s Ministry of Strategic Affairs, to discredit any American politician or academic who even slightly deviates from Israeli policy is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact. (One infamous example of a U.S. politician kowtowing was the unconstitutional invitation by then-House Speaker John Boehner to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress in 2015 to denounce President Barack Obama’s Iranian nuclear agreement.) The massive interference in our internal affairs by Israel and the Israel lobby, far exceeding that of any other country, including Russia or China, is not an anti-Semitic trope. It is a fact.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Join the team at Northampton Community College!

Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem, PA 18020

Positions Currently Open

Full time:

Chef-Culinary Operations
Executive Director-Human Resources
Systems Developer/Analyst

Part time:

Substitute Culinary Associate (Chef) Instructors
Adjunct teaching positions (various)

Other positions also available include adjunct instructors, regular part-time, and various pool positions. Applicant pools are reviewed for these positions as necessary.

Candidates are encouraged to visit our careers site, as postings are subject to change.

Northampton Community College serves more than 35,000 students a year at the Main Campus in Bethlehem, a branch campus in Tannersville, and the Fowler Family Southside Center in south Bethlehem.

The College is also one of the largest employers in the region with more than 1,700 full- and part-time employees. We offer a competitive salary and excellent fringe benefits package for full-time employees, which includes health, dental, term life, long-term disability, retirement and educational assistance

To apply or for more information, visit our careers site at

NCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer”.