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99-year-old former mechanic for the Tuskegee Airmen finally gets his long-overdue WWII medals


Thomas Franklin Vaughns served in the U.S. Army as a member of the original Tuskegee Airmen in the 1940s and was later drafted into the Korean War.

After his service in the Korean War, however, Vaughns, out of desperation to come home, didn’t stay to collect his Korean medal – the National Defense Service Medal.

Now, at the age of 99, Vaughns has finally received the medal in a ceremony at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) on Wednesday.

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Arkansas Congress members presented him with the Korean War medal alongside four replacement awards for his service in the second world war.

The four replacement medals were the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal-World War II, the Good Conduct Army Medal, and the Honorable Service Lapel Button.

Vaughns had received these four awards after the war, but he unfortunately misplaced them over the years.

During World War II, Vaughns was a mechanic for the Tuskegee Airmen, serving the U.S. Army during a period of legalized segregation and pervasive racism, according to a report by .

Segregation would formally come to an end in 1948, two years after Vaughns was discharged the first time.

“We all know about his great career in the military, going off at a young age to serve his country, willing to do whatever he was asked to do,” U.S. Senator John Boozman said while presenting the medals. “Then he came home and, like the greatest generation, rebuilt the country.”

“You are the ultimate patriot and the ultimate hero because you served when even by law and by practice many said you couldn’t and you shouldn’t,” said Arkansas state representative Vivian Flowers who was also at the ceremony.

“There was discrimination on every level of society and you served despite that.”

After the Korean War, Vaughns returned to Arkansas and

He also began a career in education and became a mentor to many young people in subsequent years.

Vaughns recalls helping about 90 students pursue degrees at the UAPB and some of his mentees who were at the presentation ceremony attested to that.

Ben Mcgee of Little Rock said Vaughns helped him and his two brothers through college at UAPB.

“I didn’t have any money,” McGee said. “When I got off the bus in front of Caldwell Hall on Sunday morning, I had 20 cents in my pocket. I got on this campus and never got a penny from home in four years. I got on work study, got in the agriculture department and worked every evening on the college farm.”

“He’s a hero in every sense of the word,” Boozman said, “not because of his military service — that’s part of it — but he’s a hero because of the way he’s lived his life.”

World War II veteran Vaughns, who was elated about his awards, said in a humorous tone: “These honors, I don’t know whether I deserve these things…but, anyway, I’m enjoying it.”

Serving at a time when the American Army was segregated, the Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American aviators in America.

The 332nd Fighter Group and the 99th Pursuit Squadron were the only black groups that fought in World War II and were considered highly successful despite facing discrimination in and out of the army.

Muller Report & President Donald Trumpa:” What If This Was President Obama?”


The writer of this article, after reading the report entitled, “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election” (Robert S. Muller, III: Report), observed that Donald Trump (President of United States) committed the crime of “Obstruction of Justice,” but that the investigation, from day one, did not have the authority to bring the President of the United States to “justice” while in office.

The Office Of Legal Counsel (OLC), concluded that a sitting president may not be prosecuted, although, a criminal investigation during the President’s term is permissible. The OLC approached their investigation determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the President committed crimes.

The OLC also addressed concerns about sealed indictments. Even if an indictment were sealed during the President’s term, Office Of Legal Counsel reasoned “it would be very difficult to preserve [an indigents] secrecy,” and if an indictment became public, the stigma and opprobrium could imperil the President’s ability to govern. And so, there are no sealed indictments for Donald Trump resulting for the “Muller investigation.”

However, the OLC does recognizes “that a President does not have immunity after he leaves office.”  For people, other than the President who may have committed an obstruction offense, “they may be prosecuted at this time.” People around Donald Trump were walking on thin ice.

The OLC summed up it’s investigation this was:

“If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.  Based on the facts and applicable legal standards, however, we are unable to reach that judgment. The evidence we obtained about the Presidents actions and intent presents difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred.  Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

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Donald Trump (President), looked into cameras and denied having any business in or connections to Russia.  OLC, discovered “that as late as June 2016 the Trump Organization had been pursuing a licensing deal for a skyscraper to be built in Russia called Trump Tower Moscow.”

In February 2017, the President fired Michael Flynn, telling an outside advisor “Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia thing is over.”  That same afternoon “the President cleared the Oval Office to have a one-on-one meeting with Comey.” The President said “ I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”

“On May 3, 2017, Comey testified in a congressional hearing, but declined to answer questions about whether the President was personally under investigation.” “Within days the President decided to Terminate Comey.”

The OLC has sections on “The appointment of a Special Counsel and efforts to remove him.” “Efforts to curtail the Special Counsel’s investigation.” Efforts to prevent public disclosure of evidence.” Efforts to have the Attorney General take control of the investigation.”  It’s just a document you have to read; it’s ripe with lies and crimes.

Sarah Sanders, taking her cues for the President stood before the cameras and lied consistently; “Sanders told this Office that her reference to hearing from countless members of the FBI was a “slip of the tongue”. She also recalled that her statement in a separate press interview that rank-and-file FBE agents had “lost confidence in Comey” was a comment she made in the heat of the moment that was not founded on anything.”


“Obstruction of justice can be motivated by a desire to protect non-criminal personal interest, to protect against investigations where underlying criminal liability falls into a gray area, or to avoid personal embarrassment. The injury to the integrity of the justice system is the same regardless of whether a person committed an underlying wrong.”

“Many of the President’s acts directed at witness, including discouragement of cooperation with the government and suggestions of possible future pardons, occurred in public view.   While it may be more difficult to establish that public-facing acts were motivated by a corrupt intent, the president’s power to influence actions, persons, and events is enhanced by his unique ability to attract attention through use of mass communication. And no principle of law excludes public acts from the scope of obstruction statutes. If the likely effect of the acts is to intimidate witnesses or alter their testimony, the justice system’s integrity is equally threatened.”

“The Muller investigation found multiple acts by the President that were capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations, including the Russian-interference and obstruction investigations.”

‘It’s Not Even a Question Anymore’: Spike Lee Speaks on Donald Trump Being a White Supremacist


Spike Lee stopped by CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” on Tuesday and asked why some still aren’t convinced about which group Donald Trump belongs to.

“Respectfully, why are we still asking if this guy’s a white supremacist? I mean it’s not even a question anymore,” Lee told Cooper. “I mean the Muslim ban, all Mexicans are rapists, murderers, drug dealers.”

Spike Lee said he’s baffled as to why people still wonder if Donald Trump is a white supremacist. (Photos: Nicky J Sims/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images, Mandel Ngan/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)

The 62-year-old filmmaker then brought up August 2017’s “Unite the Right” rally, organized by white supremacists, where burning torches were carried and chants like the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” were yelled.

James Alex Fields Jr., a self-proclaimed white supremacist, purposely drove his car into a crowd at the rally and killed a woman named Heather Heyer and injured many others, a crime for which he was sentenced to life in prison.

Additionally, a Black man named DeAndre Harris was beaten by a group of white men as well, who struck him with poles as he laid helpless on the ground. Last year two of the men, Jacob Scott Goodwin and Alex Michael Ramos, were sentenced to eight and six years, respectively.

Trump later said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the rally, which he still receives heavy criticism for.

“And then Charlottesville, we have marching, the KKK, the alt-right, Neo-Nazis and he can’t make a decision between what’s right and wrong. What’s love and hate,” Lee told Cooper. “He’s going to be on the wrong side of history and that’s going to be the first thing that’s attached to him.”

Lee also said Trump gave white supremacists and similar groups the “dog whistle” to bring their racist ideology to society’s forefront.

He then stated those following Trump will also be on the wrong side of history and suggested the people who’ve endorsed him have a financial incentive to do so.

Kawhi Leonard is Handing Out Backpacks to Students in Southern California in Area’s Biggest Back-to-School Giveaway Ever


Kawhi Leonard hasn’t even played his first NBA game as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers and he’s already broken a record in the city.

But he did it off the court by spearheading the biggest backpack giveaway in Los Angeles Unified School District’s history. And he was helped by the nonprofit Baby2Baby, as well as the L.A. Clippers Foundation.

Kawhi Leonard is donating 1 million backpacks to students throughout Greater Los Angeles. (Photo: Phillip Faraone/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)

The goal is to give a free backpack to every student in LAUSD, as well as students in Inglewood Unified and Moreno Valley Unified School Districts, which is in Leonard’s hometown.

Because statistics show that 80 percent of K-12 students in LAUSD alone either came from a low-income family, were in a foster program or were homeless last year, according to a Clippers press release.

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On Tuesday Leonard talked about the giveaway at Cloverdale Elementary School, where he attended as a child. He then made his way to 107th Street Elementary School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts to hand out backpacks, since it was LAUSD’s first day.

“My goal this year is to make a meaningful contribution both on and off the court,” Leonard explained. “This felt like the right way to get started. It was important to me to make this announcement in my hometown of Moreno Valley at my former Elementary School, but the benefits this program will have across all of Los Angeles makes today even more special.”

The idea behind the giveaway is that families could use the money they would normally spend on a backpack for other necessities like food, rent or utilities.

“We are overwhelmed with gratitude to the Clippers and Kawhi Leonard for this record-breaking donation to every student in Los Angeles Unified School District and beyond,” said Baby2Baby Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein in a statement.

“For many of these children who are homeless or in foster care, backpacks not only hold their school books and homework, but also all of their personal belongings.”

“If they have a backpack at all, it is often falling apart, and when a child does not have one, they resort to using a grocery or trash bag. The Clippers’ donation will make these children feel the pride they deserve and give them the confidence they need to start the school year off on the right foot,” they added.

Russell Westbrook Starts Tech Program for At-Risk Youth in L.A. to Close the ‘Digital Divide’


Russell Westbrook is helping at-risk youth learn tech skills in his hometown of Los Angeles, California, and on Monday he was at a launch event for a new program in the city’s downtown area.

It’s called the Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program, and the Houston Rockets guard said kids will learn coding, computer engineering, computer literacy, 3-D printing, drone piloting, as well as robotics.

Russell Westbrook started a tech program for at-risk youth in Los Angeles. (Photo: Edward Berthelot/Getty Images Entertainment via Getty Images)

Westbrook and his Why Not? Foundation partnered with businessman Chad Brownstein for the program, which will take place inside The LA Conservation Corps. It’s also been reported that Westbrook and Brownstein are footing the bill for a new state of the art computer lab.

“I feel like this particular program actually impacts the kids’ futures, impacts their mind, the mentality of where they grew up, where they’re from,” the NBA star told People. “I definitely can relate to that because I feel like I was one of those kids growing up in the city of Los Angeles and finding my way, figuring out what was the best path for me.”

The 6-foot-3 point guard also said when he was growing up there was a lack of programs that helped him in the classroom or showed him how to face the working world.

“That was my motivation, honestly,” Westbrook explained. “I didn’t look for anybody to help or hand out, but I definitely thought it was important that people that had the power, the ability to be able to help, did that. It was motivation for me to be able to get to a level, to a point, where I can give back to some of the same kids that are in the same situation that I was in.”

The 30-year-old also shared news about the tech classes on his Instagram page and said he hopes the program will break down the “digital divide” through skills training.

Aretha Franklin Estate Backs Fund to Research Rare Form of Cancer That Took Singer’s Life


Aretha Franklin passed away from a rare form of cancer, and now her estate has backed newly funded research to learn more about the disease, as well as its causes.

Friday, August 16, marked one year since the legendary singer passed away from having a neuroendocrine tumor (NET) on her pancreas, which, according to the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF), is not pancreatic cancer as the term is usually understood. Neuroendocrine tumors affect 171,000 people in the U.S. and just 7 percent of those with pancreatic cancer, according to the foundation.

Aretha Franklin’s estate backed a fund to research a rare form of pancreatic cancer. (Photo: Jed Jacobsohn / Getty Images Sport via Getty Images)

NETRF, based in Boston, also launched The Aretha Franklin Fund for Neuroendocrine Cancer Research, and a fundraising benefit was held on Friday.

The Detroit’s Women’s Informal Network is also a part of the new research, and it donated $1,500 toward a goal of $300,000 that’s been set for 2020. Those funds will then be used for two years of initial research.


Franklin was reportedly diagnosed with the disease in 2010, although she was known for keeping her health concerns secret from the public. But in a handwritten will that was located earlier this year, there was a reference to a “mass on the pancreas.”

“The Aretha Franklin Family is honored to partner with the NETRF to help raise funding for education and research of this devastating disease that takes our loved ones much too soon,” said Aretha Franklin’s niece Sabrina Owens, who oversees the estate.

“We encourage her friends, fans, and supporters to consider contributing to this cause, until such time as we can eradicate NETs. We believe this is possible.”

“A lot of the work we fund is basic science in the laboratory, learning why these tumors grow and spread,” NETRF’s Chief Executive Officer Elyse Gellerman told the Detroit Free Press.

“We don’t know all the answers about that. Researchers are trying to understand these tumors at a cellular level and — with some of the treatments available — why some patients respond and others do not,” she added.

NETRF also said they’ve been pursuing a number of corporate sponsors in the music industry and wished the singer’s condition was properly reported from the beginning.

“I know the neuroendocrine tumors community was frustrated when the cause of Aretha Franklin’s death wasn’t correctly reported,” Gellerman stated.

The Fear Of Jesus


The presence of the Kingdom Of God was revealed in the birth, life and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Kingdom of God ushers in a new age wherein Satan’s reign is sure to come to an end.

African American Best-Selling Author to Reveal Her Secrets During Upcoming Writer’s Retreat



Valerie J. Coleman speaking at one of her workshops

Campton, KY — 97% percent of writers have an unfinished manuscript or unwritten idea. Fortunately, Dayton-based best-selling author and award-winning publisher, Valerie J. Lewis Coleman, is working to change this statistic by hosting an intimate 3-day retreat for writers and established authors. The will take place on November 4-6, 2019 at the Cliffview Resort Lodge in Campton, KY.

Valerie comments, “Thousands of extraordinary book concepts never make it past the idea stage because of fear. Prior to working with me, my clients had difficulty finding time to write, or they were bombarded with book ideas and had no clue what to do with them. However, by implementing my strategies, they broke through virtual restrainers to write bestsellers. This retreat allows writers to get away from day-to-day distractions to give full attention to their projects while eliminating fears that hold them hostage.”

During the retreat, writers will interact with industry professionals to gain clarity, confidence and focus. Guest facilitator, Tenita C. Johnson, is a best-selling author who transitions writers into experts while positioning them to develop multiple streams of income.

Coleman says, “Mindset is half the journey to writing. To ensure my guests make substantial progress toward finishing their books, techniques to stimulate mind, body and soul are incorporated into the retreat experience.” Chair massages, a licensed practitioner of emotional wellness and more will help attendees destroy creativity blockers. This unique holistic approach to writing will position attendees to craft manuscripts in a soothing environment.

Valerie J. Coleman speaking at one of her workshops

In addition to connecting with like-minded writers and dedicated quiet times to pen masterpieces, benefits of the “Free Your Mind and the Words Will Follow” Writers Retreat include:

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The little-known story behind Marcus Garvey’s fierce fight with WEB DuBois


Marcus Garvey is famed for being Jamaica’s first national hero who advocated for Black nationalism in Jamaica and particularly in the United States.

Born on this day (August 17) in, 1887, Garvey travelled around many countries observing the poor living conditions under which black people were working at the time.

In 1914, he started the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA) in Jamaica, which protested against racial discrimination and encouraged self-government for black people all over the world. He also founded the Black Star Line, a shipping and passenger line which promoted the return of the African diaspora to their ancestral lands.

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But his struggles would begin after his arrival in the U.S. in 1916, where he preached his doctrine of freedom to the blacks who were being oppressed. His actions would not only go down well with U.S. officials but also with some black leaders and intellectuals at the time, resulting in disagreements over how racial equality should be pursued.

Marcus Garvey And W.E.B. Dubois

Garvey had by then advanced a Pan-African philosophy which inspired a global mass movement known as Garveyism. Even though his followers saw him as a long-awaited saviour, some black leaders condemned his methods and his support for racial segregation.

Things got worse when his black nationalism got him to a position where he was “inaugurated” as president of Africa. His love for flowing robes, gold-tasselled turban and grand titles began to infuriate some black personalities who saw him as a charlatan and an embarrassment.

One of his worst critics would be . At the time when equal rights were sought after by many people in various ways, it is that the most effective of those methods came from two highly influential men: Garvey and DuBois.

Booker T. Washington, who was then the most respected black man in America, had campaigned for black people to accept being Both Garvey and DuBois had been against his stance and had pushed for what Washington probably couldn’t – the advancement of civil rights.

But Garvey and DuBois would have differences that were mainly ideological and this would ruin any relationship the two influential black political leaders of the 1920s had. Having come from separate backgrounds, they had different outlooks on the destiny of the African American race.

W.E.B Du Bois/Bard College at Simon’s Rock

DuBois, who was from a more privileged background, worked on improving the condition of African Americans, but he wanted to do this by working with liberal whites through his organization the NAACP, an article on said.

Garvey grew up in an impoverished Jamaican community and his ideas were centered on , without any dependence on whites.

How the two first met

Garvey and DuBois first met in May 1915 in Jamaica when the latter was on a visit to the Caribbean country. At the time, DuBois was already a black leader in the U.S. while Garvey had just a month before established his UNIA in Jamaica.

DuBois, during his visit, received a friendly welcome-letter by Garvey and the two later met in person. There, Garvey told Dubois about his plans and his hope to get his support. A year later, Garvey came to the U.S. for a speaking tour to raise money for a project in Jamaica. He invited DuBois to his first lecture but he declined the invitation, writes Eva Kiss in the 2001 Seminar Paper:

Meanwhile, Garvey had decided that the U.S. was the ideal place to advance his ideas and so he stayed, continued his speaking tours and soon gained a large following before finding the U.S. branch of the UNIA in 1918 and his UNIA newspaper, “The Negro World.”

Garvey believed that whites would never come to accept blacks and thus, he proposed that black Americans return to Africa, “where they would live as part of a majority population and perhaps have real political power,” an article on noted.

DuBois, however, “wanted to push shining examples of black citizenry front and center for white America to see, people so accomplished it would be hard to deny them their rightful place in society,” the article added.

Image result for marcus garveyMarcus Garvey. Pic credit: Jamaicans.com

These differences began the conflict between the two. DuBois once described Garvey as “without doubt the most dangerous enemy of the Negro race in America and in the world,” though Garvey believed that Du Bois was prejudiced against him because he was a Caribbean native with darker skin.

DuBois felt that Garvey’s program of complete separation, which was a form of surrender to white supremacy, threatened the gains made by his own NAACP movement. Hence, by the early 1920s, DuBois and Cyril Briggs, chief of the African Black Brotherhood and editor of Crusader magazine started an active campaign aimed at getting Garvey out.

By then, Garvey’s life had been met with controversies, and this largely had to do with his Black Star Line, the all-black steamship company that was launched in 1919 to rival the luxurious White Star Line, whose flagship was the Titanic.

There were doubts about the Black Star Line, and even though some of these concerns were published in newspapers and magazines, DuBois went further by launching an investigation of the operations of the company in the monthly magazine of the NAACP, the Crisis.

DuBois published his results in a two-part essay, in the Crisis issues of December 1920 and January 1921, simply called “Marcus Garvey”.

“The first part of the two is an analysis of Garvey himself, the second one more like a financial report. He critiques Garvey’s failures but not his program and keeps a quite neutral tone, that just sometimes gets a tendency to insult. Garvey is characterized as honest and sincere but as well as dictatorial and unable to get along with co-workers, and explains the real state of the Black Star Line that was not as good as Garvey presented it and says that Garvey thinks of everything as too easy before he lists Garvey’s mistakes and finally hopes that Garvey will not produce too much damage,” writes Eva Kiss in the 2001 Seminar Paper.

Meanwhile, the Black Star Line started having issues with stock sales and attempts to raise money for a fourth ship led to Garvey being charged with mail fraud.

The accusation was that the company had displayed a nonexistent ship and was grossly misrepresenting the firm in stock sales.

Even though officials did not get any evidence that Garvey had intended to fill his pockets, during his trial in February 23, it was reported that an inspection of the Black Star Line books showed that there were

Basically, Garvey was accused of running the company into liquidation, and he was quickly convicted.

Image result for marcus garveyMarcus Garvey. Pic credit: The Undefeated

On June 23, 1923, Garvey was sentenced to five years in prison but he appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, and still went ahead to stage rallies across Harlem about his black nationalism movement till late August 1924.

He, however, lost his appeal and in February 1925, he began his sentence. Two years later, President Calvin Coolidge, who acknowledged that Garvey’s prosecution had been politically motivated, commuted the sentence.

Despite the disagreements between Garvey and DuBois, the two influential black leaders had a lasting impact on generations to come and would impact the fight for racial equality.

UK rapper Stormzy to fund scholarships for 2 black Cambridge students for the second year running


Multi-platinum selling and award-winning British-Ghanaian rapper Stormzy is set to fund the scholarships of two black Cambridge students for the , the university announced.

According to the , the Stormzy Scholarship, which will be awarded to the selected undergraduate students over their four-year stay will cover all tuition expenses and also provide a maintenance grant which will reduce their need to request for government or commercial loans.

“There are so many young black kids all over the country who have the level of academic excellence to study at a university such as Cambridge – however we are still under represented at leading universities. We, as a minority, have so many examples of black students who have excelled at every level of education throughout the years,” Stormzy said.

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“I hope this scholarship serves as a small reminder that if young black students wish to study at one of the best universities in the world, then the opportunity is yours for the taking – and if funding is one of the barriers, then we can work towards breaking that barrier down,” he added.

The grime rapper introduced the scheme to help increase representation of black students who attend Oxbridge institutions as their numbers are historically .

“Stormzy is an inspiration, not just for his music but for his engagement on social issues and encouragement of young people. He has achieved great success in his career, but recognises that this was at the expense of his studies and the option of a place at a top university. He wants to inspire talented young black people who have their sights set on university to follow their dreams. The scholarships are a beacon for black students who might otherwise have felt they could not come to Cambridge,” Professor Stephen Toope, the Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge said in the statement.

“Last year, 61 new black students arrived to take up their courses at Cambridge, the largest number ever but not nearly as many as we would like. We know we need to work harder to ensure that black students not only apply to study at the university, but that they feel at home here and achieve their full potential,” Professor Toope added.

The announcement comes off the back of a very at this year’s Glastonbury Festival as he became the first-ever black Brit