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Sunday, November 3, 2013



Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition

Full participation of the African American community in Cuyahoga County's development of the $260 million Convention Center Hotel is imperative as the Cuyahoga County Council approves resolutions to begin the process. The council is expected to take action during its next public meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Justice Center.

The Ohio Eighth House District Black Caucus, in a Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition with other community organizations, demands firm commitments to participation of African Americans in the demolition of the building currently on the site, the construction of the new building and the operation of the hotel, whether leased to the Hilton Corporation or any other organization. Fair inclusion will include participation in management, administration, food service and all other staffing categories, in addition to African Americans as contractors and suppliers.

During the County Council's meeting Oct. 22, these demands were stated by representatives of the Carl Stokes Brigade and Lee Adams Ministry of the Air WERE 1490am as well as the Ohio Eighth House District Black Caucus.

The County Council has been advised by its staff that the legal underpinning to require such participation has not yet been established, but the Turner Construction Co. and its joint venture affiliates have agreed to voluntarily meet standards for inclusion. The Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition wants that agreement to be put in writing as a visible pledge of fairness. African Americans constitute one third of the county population. Any participation level less than that would be considered discriminatory against the African American community.


Community organizations that want to work with the Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition are invited to meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Friday at Chateau Mansion, 13124 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland.

Business and Jobs Opportunity Coalition
Charles E. Bibb Sr., coordinator

Saturday, November 2, 2013


The Negro National Anthem
African American Flag

(Lift Every Voice and Sing)

Written by: J. Rosamond Johnson and James Weldon Johnson


Lift Every Voice and Sing with Lyrics HERE 

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod, bitter the chastening rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered;
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered;
Out from the gloomy past, till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,
Thou Who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou Who hast by Thy might, led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee.
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee.
Shadowed beneath Thy hand, may we forever stand,
True to our God, true to our native land


Lift Every Voice and Sing - NPR


"Lift Every Voice and Sing, A Celebration of the Negro National Anthem; 100 Years, 100 Voices / Edited by Julian Bond and Dr. Sondra Kathryn Wilson

Excerpt from book:
"Sociologist E. Franklin Frazier pointed out that in "Lift Every Voice and Sing," James Weldon Johnson endowed the African American enslavement and struggle for freedom with a certain nobility. Frazier further noted that Johnson expressed an acceptance of the past and confidence in the future. It is likely that Johnson was attempting to cultivate a sense of history among his race. On the one hand, the lyrics reveal how African Americans were estranged from their cultural past by the impact of racial oppression and that they manifested the psychological and physical scars inflicted by that injustice."


Listen to the poetry reading by S. Epatha Merkeson and a performance by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra -   HERE  (right hand side of the webpage, then click on "Lift Every Voice and Sing") /  performed by Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Morehouse College Glee Club and Spelman College Glee Club


Issue 53, October 31, 2013

Meet Neil deGrasse Tyson Backstage at StarTalk Live
Town Hall, NYC Nov. 4th at 8 PM

Neil John and Kate Backstage at StarTalk Live at Town Hall  

Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman have been joined on the stage at StarTalk Live by moonwalkers, physicists, musicians, actors and comedians. But now you have a chance to make StarTalk Live history and be the first StarTalk Radio fan to ask Neil a question from the audience and then meet Neil backstage after the show.

And how will we decide which audience member gets a once-in-a-lifetime meet and greet with everyone’s own personal astrophysicist? Actually, your fate is in your own hands. All you have to do is... Read more
Photo Credit: © 2013 Jeffrey Simons. All rights reserved. 

This Week's New Podcast
Cosmic Queries: UFOs 
November 3, 2013, 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT

Earth vs the Flying Saucers  

This week Neil deGrasse Tyson and Eugene Mirman turn a scientific eye on UFOs. Find out why the laws of physics and the conservation of angular momentum make the spinning flying saucers from old Sci-Fi movies a bad idea, and how aerodynamic drag and weight considerations influence the design of real spaceships. Neil speculates on what we might learn from UFOs if we ever found one, like alien technology, new materials made from undiscovered elements, and how they keep their anti-matter from annihilating their matter if they use antimatter drives. Plus organic biological spaceships, aliens made of pure light, transporters, and aliens from the future or other dimensions. Listen Sunday, Nov. 3rd at 7:00pm ET on our website, iTunes, SoundCloud and Stitcher. 


Catch Up on Last Week's Podcast
A Conversation with Dan Aykroyd (Part 2) 
October 27, 2013 


In the conclusion of their conversation, Neil and Dan use movies – Ghostbusters, The Coneheads, and The Blues Brothers – for a sober, grounded discussion about ghosts, aliens and cars on “a mission from God.” Dan, who attended family séances as a kid but has never seen a ghost, describes how an article about quantum physics and parapsychology led to Ghostbusters. He tells the story of the Ghost of Flight 401, after which Neil and co-host astrophysicist Charles Liu discuss psychological research into group hallucinations and physical causes of paranormal events. One thing they agree on: the best way to approach the supernatural is through the lens of scientific experimentation. Listen now.
Photo Credit: Columbia Pictures. All rights reserved

Best of the Blog
Revisiting Storms of Our Century a Year After Sandy 
Posted October 30, 2013 

Sandy makes landfall  

One year ago, here in the Northeast we woke up to the devastation that Sandy left in its wake. Most of the StarTalk team live in and around NYC. We woke up without power, without water, without heat, and, for some of our neighbors, without our homes.

In the aftermath of Sandy, many of us felt powerless and vulnerable, with many questions to be answered. Could this happen again? Did global warming cause Sandy, or was it just the luck of the draw that had high tide hit at the peak of the massive, hurricane driven storm surge during the highest tides of the month? Was this the start of a new normal? Read more.
Photo Credit: NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP/University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Have You Seen Our New "Behind the Scenes" Video
Neil deGrasse Tyson: How to Blow Up a Planet 


Neil deGrasse Tyson How to Blow Up a Planet  

When a fan asks Neil deGrasse Tyson what would happen if the Death Star from Star Wars blew up Mars, Neil explains to Eugene Mirman the physics of how you might actually go about blowing up a planet. (If you're an evil genius, you may want to take notes.) Watch now.
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