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Tues., Feb  25, 2014

In This Issue
Jermel W. Shim: The Politics of Hatred, Divisiveness, and Fear Mongering
UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball
Isaiah Institute's Peace GALA
Entergy Reminds Customers to Continue to Be Wary of Scam Artists
Marc Morial: Black History Month: Now More Than Ever
Crescent City Pharmacy;...a locally-owned and operated independent pharmacy in Central City......
Kemberley Washington: How is your financial future?
Liberty Bank & Trust
Liberty Bank Freedom Effect


The Politics of Hatred, Divisiveness, and Fear Mongering



Op-Ed by Jermel W. Shim 



Whom God Has Blessed, Let No Man Curse
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GUEST COMMENTARY - The American political system has traditionally exemplified the fundamental principles of democracy.  It is a system that Americans take pride in, and among other things enables them to promote their country as the leader of the free world. However, America's political system is not perfect, as it does not prevent those we elect from abusing and undermining it. Such abuse is currently playing out with the current Republican-controlled House of Representatives.


The GOP and the Republican-controlled House have relentlessly pursued a mission to bring down President Obama. This mission, which facilitates the unprecedented attacks on the president, includes blatant disrespect, baseless conspiracy theories, character vilification, and propaganda to demonize and ultimately render him unfit to be president. President Obama has been called a liar, lazy, unpatriotic, a Muslim, a racist, divisive, a socialist, and even caricatured as Hitler. The GOP also rants about the president taking the country down the wrong path and that his policies are not good for Americans. Their latest rant aimed at smearing the president's character is "he cannot be trusted."


One word that characterizes the GOPs anti-Obama mission is obsession. This obsession has continually prevented the GOP from acting in the best interests of the country. Consequently, they are miserably failing to bring down the president. The only things they have succeeded in doing is undermining democracy, shutting down the government, blocking most of the president's nominations, calling for investigations without any real evidence of wrongdoing, trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and blocking efforts to get the unemployment benefits extended for thousands of unemployed Americans. Having wasted their energy in doing these things, it is no surprise that the U.S. Congress has the lowest approval rating in history.


Despite the obstructionist schemes and personal attacks, President Obama has accomplished more than many of his predecessors who did not face such obstruction and disrespect. His accomplishments include: bailing out the auto industry; passing a healthcare law; putting an end to don't ask don't tell; implementing the Equal Pay Act; dismantling Al Qaeda, by eliminating its leader Osama bin Laden; creating the Consumer Protection Agency; expanding Pell grants; creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as part of the  Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; andincreasing fuel efficiency standards in vehicles.


So what is it about President Obama that has driven the GOP and the right-wing media into this obsessive frenzy to take him down? What is it about him that in trying to destroy him they do not give any thought about the damage they are doing to the political system, the country, and the American people? President Obama has not done anything egregious or over and above what other presidents have done. If this were the case they would have impeached him (not withstanding some in the GOP who have called for his impeachment).


Since the attacks on President Obama are more personal than political, the likely conclusion is that his race is the reason for the attacks. Yes, I am playing the "race card" here, but what exactly is the race card? It is nothing more than a defense mechanism to shut-up people from using racism as the cause of mistreatment or unfairness towards non-white people. In this case, those who want to deny racist behavior will try to muzzle anyone attempting to use racism as a reason to any conflict involving whites and non-whites.


Because of their obsession, the GOP has been more than willing to use hatred, divisiveness and fear mongering to the extent that the attacks have reached unprecedented levels. The true tragedy is that this hatred of the President Obama has prevented Congress from accomplishing anything meaningful on the major issues like the economy, jobs, unemployment, healthcare, immigration, gun control, or energy policy.  This is unfortunate for the country and it is not a good example for other countries that look to America as the leader of the free world. Even more unfortunate is that the American people feel abandoned by the very people they elected to serve them.




Jermel Shim is a former mechanical engineer who has embarked on a new career as an author.  Following his retirement in 2010, he embraced his passion for politics and human behavior and immersed himself into his new writing career which culminated in two books: A New Perspective on Race-related Problems in Corporate American Companies (Outcast Publishing) and Whom God Has Blessed Let No Man Curse (Infinity Publishing).


Born in Jamaica, Jermel was educated at Queen's University, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, graduating in 1979 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering. Following his graduation from Queen's University, he moved to the US where he began his engineering career with Gilbert/Commonwealth, Reading, Pennsylvania and later with Dominion Resources, Inc., Richmond, Virginia. Following his retirement, Jermel and his wife relocated to Clermont, Florida.  


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UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball - March 29th @ Hyatt Regency  


UNCF Mayor's Masked Ball










TOP 10 BLACK HISTORY MONTH SCHOLARSHIPS - February is here again, and Black History month is being celebrated all around the world. Many television channels have launched special programming for the month, companies have launched special advertising campaigns, and many of their foundations have launched scholarship programs.


Below are the top 10 Black history month scholarships with deadlines in February 2014:


#1 - The Frito-Lay "Create to Celebrate" Black History Month Art Contest encourages applicants to submit online an original piece of art created in any medium (video, song, photo, sculpture, painting, etc) that celebrates African American achievement.

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#2 - The Coca-Cola Pay It Forward Scholarship Program offers scholarship awards and once-in-a-lifetime apprenticeship experiences to African American youth looking to pave the way for their futures.

Learn more at


#3 - The RBC Black History Month Student Essay Competition is offered by the Royal Bank of Canada for Canadian students. The essay consists of writing in 750 words or less on how black Canadians have contributed toward the heritage of Canada.

Learn more at


#4 - The 100 Black Men of America Future Leader Scholarship Program is open to high school seniors as well as college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. The scholarship is based on academic achievement and community service.

Learn more at


#5 - The Jerry Bartow Scholarship Fund, offered by the Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), awards three scholarships each year for undergraduate students who are attending historically black colleges and universities (HBCU). Students must major in business, engineering, technology, or education.

Learn more at


#6 - The Kroger "I Can Make History" Contest will award more than $71,000 in prizes in the categories of art, essay, music and poetry. Celebrating Black History month, Kroger, the largest grocery chain in the country, is using the contest to recognize the contributions of African Americans in the past and in the future.

Learn more at


#7 - The GEICO Achievement Award Program helps current college students who are sophomores and juniors earn scholarship money to complete their education. Eligible students must be enrolled in a business, computer science, or mathematics program.

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#8 - The Regions Riding Forward Black History Month Scholarship is awarded each year to high school students and college students. Interested students may apply by writing an essay about African-Americans who have inspired them.

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#9 - LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships are targeted toward minority undergraduate and graduate students, offering scholarships for students interested in careers in advertising, marketing or public relations. Students must be American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black (non-Hispanic) or Hispanic.

Learn more at


#10 - The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation General Mills Health Scholarship Program is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who plan to major in health-related studies. Academic achievement, leadership qualities and service to the community are required.

Learn more at


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Peace Begins with Me GALA


NEW ORLEANS - The Isaiah Institute of New Orleans invite the public to join them at their 1st Annual "Peace Begins with Me" Gala.  The event, to be held at Popp Fountain & Arbor Room in City Park on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6:00 - 10:00 pm features a classic evening of Jazz & Praise music with a headline performance by international jazz vocalist Stephanie Jordan, and opening acts by Stellar Award Nominee Jai Reed, and the Music Alive String Quartet.  Individual tickets for the benefit are $40 while Individual Patron Tickets are $100.   For sponsorship packages or reserved tables please contact the Isaiah Institute at either 504-416-0679 (Joe) or 504-258-7217 (Tiffany).


The Stephanie Jordan Big Band will fill the serene setting of the Popp Fountain atmosphere with her lush sound of jazz standards from the "Stephanie Jordan Sings A Tribute to the Fabulous Lena Horne" album which honors the legendary Grammy Award winner who also starred in many films.  Jordan, who has performed in the presence of the likes of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Susan Taylor, Stevie Wonder have been compared to jazz icons such as Nancy Wilson, Diana Krall and others.


It's been reported that Jai Reed's "life is a song! His ministry is a blessing!  The highly anticipated CD "Songs From My Heart" is a collection of worship songs. The Debut Single "Center of My Heart" is the epitome of a worship song; the lyrics convey the sentiments of a true worshiper's heart: "Jesus, You're the Center of My Heart!"  Jai Reed's music is the perfect vain for the evening's stunning setting.


As patrons arrive, they will be serenaded by the classic vibes of the Music Alive String Quartet under the direction of classical violinist Rachel Jordan.  The Music Alive Ensemble is group of classical and jazz ensemble of musicians, composers, and arrangers from diverse cultures performing together to perpetuate common ground through collaborates.


Faith-based communities in the Greater New Orleans Area answered the call in the days, weeks, and months following the Hurricane Katrina, providing food, clothing and shelter, as well as tens of thousands of volunteers.  Formed in 2008, The Isaiah Institute was developed to support churches, congregations, and communities of faith in meaningful engagement with the final critical stages of recovery. 


These 40+ faith-based organizations are now committed to efforts to bring much needed Peace to our neighborhoods.  Proceeds from the "Peace Begins with Me" Gala will allow The Isaiah Institute to continue its mission of empowering recovering congregations, neighborhoods, and communities in New Orleans and the Deep South.


Learn more about The Isaiah Institute of New Orleans by visiting




Cedric Grant and Council President Clarkson
Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant and Council President Clarkson
The 1.4 mile park spans from Elysian Fields Avenue in the Marigny to Mazant Street in Bywater and includes 20-acres of indigenous landscaping, a network of paths suitable for walking, jogging, and biking; picnic areas, benches, a dog run, and the adaptive reuse of two former industrial wharves. The walking paths within the gardens are constructed with permeable asphalt paving, an environmentally-friendly material that allows for rainwater penetration, thus decreasing the amount of stormwater run-off.
Crescent Park is now open to the public, providing unprecedented views of the New Orleans skyline, Algiers, and the Mississippi River. Crescent Park will further anchor redevelopment and revitalization and serve as an important gathering place in Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods. These neighborhoods have been historically cut off from riverfront access due to maritime activities, active railroad lines, and the Mississippi River floodwall. In 2008, the City awarded $30 million to the project.
Construction of Crescent Park began in late 2010, implementing a linear design along the riverfront. 
City Council President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, "Finally!!! I am grateful to the Landrieu administration for not only getting Crescent Park open but also solving many of the problems which we have worked on for the past several years. I especially want to give a big shout out to the leaders of the Marigny and Bywater neighborhoods for their tireless dedication. Without them, this would not have been possible."
Promenade - Extending from one end of the park to the other is a pedestrian and bicycle Promenade. Site lighting fixtures along the Promenade are LED luminaires, which provide ecological and durable energy efficiency. The Promenade will not include striping for bicycles. Cyclists will be expected to use the Promenade in a similar fashion to Woldenberg Park (i.e. passive cycling).
Piety Wharf - Piety Wharf is a former industrial wharf space that has been repaired to provide sweeping views of the Mississippi River and New Orleans skyline. The area adjacent to Piety Wharf includes a garden and picnic area. This section of Crescent Park is connected to Chartres Street by the Piety Street Arch, a pedestrian footbridge that crosses over active railroad lines and the Mississippi River floodwall below. A public parking lot is located along Chartres Street at the foot of Piety Street.
Downriver "Kickabout" and Dog Run - Located between the Piety Wharf and the downriver entrance at the Mazant Street Ramp, the Downriver "Kickabout" section of Crescent Park offers open recreation space, a picnic area, and a fenced dog run. At this stage of the park, the banks of the river include a natural river batture ecosystem. The Mazant Street Ramp connects to a public parking lot.
Mandeville Crossing - This Spring, the City will begin construction on the Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge which will connect Elysian Fields Avenue to the Mandeville Shed. The Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge will feature stairs and elevators that connect to an elevated walkway crossing over the Mississippi River floodwall and active railroad lines below. Construction is anticipated to be complete in late 2014.
Mandeville Shed and Ellipse - The Mandeville Shed is a former industrial wharf space that has been repaired and converted into an open-air community and event space and includes restroom facilities. At the edge of the Mandeville Shed is the Mandeville Ellipse, a raised grass lawn. The Mandeville Shed and Ellipse will remain closed to the public until the Mandeville Crossing pedestrian bridge is completed.
Upon completion of the Mandeville Crossing, Crescent Park will have three entrances: the Mandeville Crossing (area between the floodwall and North Peters Street from Elysian Fields Avenue to Marigny Street), Piety Street Arch, and the Mazant Street Ramp.
 Crescent Park is landscaped with native plantings, most of which are grown regionally. Landis Construction and subcontractor Rotolo Consultants will continue to maintain Crescent Park's landscaping for the next two years. 
Deputy Mayor of Facilities, Infrastructure, and Community Development Cedric Grant said, "We are committed to making sure the project is complete and safe for the public to occupy. Park space is central to the City's place-based development strategy and we look forward to Crescent Park being fully open to the public later this year."
Crescent Park Rules
1.    Park Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The park is open until 7:00 p.m. during daylight saving time.
2.    No skateboards, motorized vehicles, segways, motorcycles, scooters, glass containers or bottles, littering,        heavy equipment or vehicles are permitted in the park.
3.    No overnight activity.
4.    Parking is only permitted in designated areas.
5.    All pets must be leashed at all times while on the park grounds except in dog run area. All pets must be            curbed.
6.    No cooking of any kind.
7.    No swimming.
8.    No entry into river, batture or areas beyond fences and guardrails.
Crescent Park Dog Run Rules
1.    Dogs must be spayed or neutered.
2.    Dogs must be healthy, vaccinated, and collard with current rabies & ID tags. Choke or prong collars are            not allowed in the off-leash area. Bordetella shots are strongly recommended.
3.    Puppies under 6 months are prohibited.
4.    Limit of three dogs from a household per visit.
5.    Children under 8 years are prohibited from entering fenced dog run area.
6.    Children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult and should not run, chase dogs, or pet other            people's dogs unless permission is granted by the owner. Children are not allowed to bring toys into the            run.
7.    When entering the dog run, remove your dog's leash once inside the gated area. Dogs must be on a leash        and under control of their owners/handlers at all times when outside of the fenced dog run area.
8.    Dog run gates must be closed immediately after entering or exiting the run.
9.    Owners/handlers must discourage their dogs from running to meet other dogs at the gate.
10.  Dogs showing aggression toward people or other animals must be leashed and immediately removed from        the run by owners/handlers.
11.  Owners/handlers must remain inside of fenced area, with leash in hand, and within view and voice control         of their dogs at all times.
12.  Owners/handlers must immediately clean up after their dog(s) and properly dispose of waste. Plastic bags        and garbage cans are available on the premises.
13.  Owners/handlers must stop their dogs from digging and immediately fill any holes dug.
14.  No dog treats, rawhide chews or human food within the fenced area. No glass containers are allowed.
15.  No toys except balls or frisbees.
16.  No bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, strollers, or scooters allowed in the run. No jogging allowed in the          run.
17.  No smoking, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs or firearms allowed in the run.
18.  Owner waives liability to the City of New Orleans and the French Market Corporation for injury or damage         caused by pet. Owners are solely liable for injuries or damages caused by their dog(s).








New Jazz Market to Provide Music Education, Live Jazz Performances and 

a New Orleans Jazz Archive 

NOJO Groundbreaking


NEW ORLEANS -   The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) will host two groundbreaking events on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to celebrate their new building project, The New Orleans Jazz Market.


The new market will be housed at the intersection of Oretha Castle Haley and Martin Luther King Boulevards in Central City in the former Gators Department Store building. The Jazz Market will feature music education experiences for all ages, a New Orleans Jazz Archive, tributes to current and past Jazz Masters, and performances by Irvin Mayfield, NOJO and other renowned musicians.


Partners for the project include Community Development Capital, Goldman Sachs, Louisiana Economic Development, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, Prudential, Redmellon Restoration and Development, and the State of Louisiana.


WHAT:   Groundbreaking Celebration and Town Hall Meeting for the New Orleans Jazz Market


WHEN:   Tuesday, Feb. 25


10 a.m.: Groundbreaking celebration hosted by Councilmember LaToya Cantrell and NOJO Board Chairman Ron Forman; event will feature musical performances by NOJO's Artistic Director Irvin Mayfield, Honorary NOJO Board Chair and legendary vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Jazz patriarch and pianist Ellis Marsalis. Marsalis and 102-year-old Lionel Ferbos - the oldest working trumpet player in the world - will be the first inductees into The Jazz Market's Walk of Fame during the festivities. Speakers include Charles Brown, New Orleans Public Library; Jim Singleton, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority; Margaret Anadu, Goldman Sachs; Neal Morris, Redmellon Restoration and Development; Ronald Markham, NOJO; Scott Hutcheson, City of New Orleans; and Steve Perry, New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau.


6 p.m.: Presentation & Town Hall meeting hosted at Ashe Cultural Arts Center by Councilmember Cantrell and Chairman Forman; event will feature a presentation led by Ronald Markham and Neal Morris about NOJO's plans for the Jazz Market.


WHERE:                Groundbreaking celebration (10 a.m.): Site of future Jazz Market, 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard


                             Presentation & Town Hall meeting (6 p.m.): Ashe Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard



About the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO)


NOJO is a performing-arts organization whose goal is to strengthen the business of Jazz through performances, tours, recordings, education, and media platforms. Founded in 2002 by trumpeter, composer, arranger and bandleader Irvin Mayfield, NOJO's mission is to inspire freedom and culture in the individual and global community by creating authentic, engaging Jazz experiences, while celebrating the origins and transforming the future of Jazz. 


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Thousands of dollars in grant money is available to help aspiring and established small business owners.  

2013 Business Grant Recipients of the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur Series
2013 Business Grant Recipients of the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur Series - Contrary to popular belief, real business grants do exist. In fact, hundreds of Black and minority-owned businesses each year receive such grant funding from various government agencies and non-profit organizations. Such funds do not have to be repaid, but must be used to either start a new business or enhance an existing one. Others can be used for innovation research. 


Here are the top small and minority business grant programs available:


#1 - The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is a nationwide competition that will award $50,000 in total to six deserving U.S-based entrepreneurs and business owners. Learn more at


#2 - The National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) Growth Grants Program allows business owners to apply for a grant useful for financing a particular small business need. Past recipients used their grant for computers, farm equipment, to hire part-time help, marketing materials and more. Learn more at


#3 - The Dare to Dream Grant Program encourages students to move through the business creation process by offering business development seminars and up to $10,000 in funding. Learn more at


#4 - The Miller Lite Tap the Future Business Plan Competition (formally known as the MillerCoors Urban Entrepreneur Series) is an annual competition for minority business owners sponsored by MillerCoors. Designed to economically empower minority businesses, the program continues to invest in entrepreneurial dreams to empower urban communities. Learn more at


#5 - The Small Business Administration (SBA) administers several competitive business grant programs, ensuring that the nation's small, high-tech, innovative businesses are a significant part of the federal government's research and development efforts. Learn more at


#6 - The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) organizes various angel investors with the primary objective of supporting minority businesses with mezzanine and second round financing. Learn more at

#7 - The Rural Business Enterprise Grants (RBEG) Program provides grants to finance the development of small and emerging businesses in rural areas. The funds can be used for land acquisition, construction, renovation, technical assistance, project planning, and more. Learn more at


#8 - The Huggies MomInspired Grant Program awards grants and business resources to moms to further the development of original product ideas and startup businesses. Learn more at


#9 - The DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program is intended to ensure nondiscrimination in the award and administration of DOT-assisted contracts in the Department's highway, transit, airport, and highway safety financial assistance programs. Learn more at


#10 - The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides grant funding to small businesses to engage in biomedical or behavioral research/ development that leads to a potential for commercialization. Learn more at


To learn about more 2014 business grant programs, visit









Entergy Reminds Customers to Continue to Be Wary of Scam Artists


Entergy NEW ORLEANS - Entergy reminds you of a scam still targeting customers in Louisiana. As they have since late spring, con artists give you a call citing problems with your bill payment history and saying that you must make a payment through one of several means. All this is geared to getting your personal account information and scamming money from you.


Beginning in the spring and continuing into the summer, scammers called some Entergy and other utility customers to say that their electric bill payments were past due, and that their service would be disconnected within the hour if they didn't pay up. The customers were then directed to transfer funds electronically, sometimes through the system known as "MoneyPak."


Other variations on this scam have since continued, even into the Christmas holidays. Recently, scammers have called customers saying that their last Entergy payment did not go through and was being returned, and the customers must purchase several "Green Dot Cards" to make immediate payment.


The scammers are targeting not only residential customers, but also business customers, so Entergy encourages everyone to be wary and heed these reminders so you don't fall victim to the continuing scams.


�  While the company does place courtesy calls if you are at risk for disconnection, these are recorded calls, and are not calls from live customer service representatives. Entergy NEVER demands immediate payment.


�  While you may pay your Entergy bill by phone or credit card, it is ONLY through BillMatrix, a third-party vendor we use for this purpose.


�  You shouldn't give your personal information to strangers. If a call sounds suspicious, call 1-800-ENTERGY(1-800-368-3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.


   Also, you can manage your Entergy account and review account alert options to stay better informed by downloading the free Entergy smart phone app or visiting to register for myAccount.


   You should only use authorized methods and legitimate banking information to pay your Entergy bill. We offer several convenient ways:


�  Pay online - For no additional charge, you may securely log in to myAccount at to conveniently pay your bill online.


�  Pay by phone - You may pay your bill by credit card, debit card or electronic check by calling Entergy's pay-by-phone provider, BillMatrix, at 1-800-584-1241. BillMatrix charges a $2.95 service fee.


�  Walk-in payment centers - Want to pay in person? You may pay your bill by cash, check or money order at an authorized Quick Payment Center in your community, or at one of the two Entergy Customer Care Centers in New Orleans. A convenience fee may apply.


� Bank draft - You can avoid late fees by having your Entergy payment automatically deducted from your checking account each month. Entergy will mail a monthly billing statement to you for your records, showing the bill amount and bank draft date.


�  Pay by mail - You can send a check by U.S. Mail to the remittance address shown on your bill.


If you believe you're a victim of this scam, you should notify the proper authorities, such as the local police or the state attorney general's office. If you believe your Entergy account has been affected, call 1-800-ENTERGY ( 1-800-368-3749) to speak with an Entergy customer service representative.


Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana's Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 169,000 customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013.


Entergy's Louisiana utility companies provide electric service to more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and natural gas service to more than 90,000 customers in the greater Baton Rouge area through Entergy Gulf States Louisiana. With operations in southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are subsidiaries of Entergy Corporation. Entergy, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013, is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including more than approximately 10,000 megawatts of nuclear power, making it one of the nation's leading nuclear generators. Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $10 billion and approximately 15,000 employees.

 Entergy - The Power of People







Marc Morial:  Black History Month: Now More Than Ever


National Urban League

Marc Morial - President & CEO, National Urban League

To Be Equal #6

February 12, 2014


Marc H. Morial
President and CEO

National Urban League  


"There is no more powerful force than a people steeped in their history. And there is no higher cause than honoring our struggle and ancestors by remembering." Lonnie Bunch, founding director, National Museum of African American History and Culture 


NEW YORK, NY -  Ever since the 2009 election of Barack Obama as America's first Black President and the 100th anniversary of the National Urban League in 2010, the perennial debate about the need for Black History Month has intensified. Some have questioned the need for a special month to recognize the many unknown and unsung achievements of African Americans. With Obama as President, the logic goes, we have now achieved Dr. King's dream of a non-racial America where everyone is judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin. I wish it were so.


Last year we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the passage of the Voting Rights Act. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the repeal of the Poll Tax. But unfortunately, the suppression of voting rights and other instances of racial discrimination remain. All one needs to do is look at the glaring disparities between Blacks and whites in income, employment, incarceration rates, educational achievement and health status to see that race still matters in America. Income inequality and equal opportunity are still part of the unfinished business of American democracy.


In 1926, after centuries of Blacks being excluded, not only from the mainstream of American life, but also from the textbooks in our schools, the African American historian, Carter G. Woodson, did a service to all Americans when he created Negro History Week, which was expanded to Black History Month in 1976. Woodson's vision was one of unity and inclusion. He said, "What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race, hate and religious prejudice." That is a goal that America is still struggling to achieve.


In fact, legislatures in a number of states, including New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, have passed laws mandating or encouraging teachers to broaden their history courses to include more ethnic, racial and gender diversity. That is why we still recognize March as Women's History Month, May as Jewish American History Month, September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month and February as Black History Month. These celebrations serve a dual purpose: first to build self-esteem among historically oppressed people, and second to remind all Americans that in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, our diversity is our greatest strength.


Black history is American history. While the story and achievements of African Americans are especially celebrated this month, the contributions we have made and the struggles we still face deserve recognition every day of the year. Next year, for the first time, Black History will enter the mainstream when the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on the National Mall in Washington. The Museum describes itself as "a place of meaning, of memory, of reflection, of laughter, and of hope. It should be a beacon that reminds us of what we were; what challenges we still face; and point us towards what we can become."


As we honor those who have made history, we must also recognize that we are history in the making. Through our work, commitment to equality and civic engagement, we can and we must, in the words of President Obama, continue to "right the wrongs of history and make our world anew." 










Visit Crescent City Pharmacy;

a locally-owned and operated independent pharmacy in Central City 


Dr. Lishunda Franklin, Pharm D
Dr. Lishunda Franklin, Pharm D


Crescent City Pharmacy is now open at its new location at 2240 Simon Bolivar Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana.   


Founded June 2012 by Dr. Lishunda Franklin, Pharm. D, a New Orleans native and graduate of Xavier University's College of Pharmacy. Crescent City Pharmacy is a locally-owned and operated independent pharmacy in Central City. Crescent City Pharmacy is a full-service, retail pharmacy honoring most insurance plans. 


Hours of operation:


Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 5:30 pm; 

Saturday 9:00 am -12:00 pm; 

Closed on Sunday, 

Call (504) 267-4100 for additional information.


Crescent City Pharmacy provides a vast array of products and services to include: over-the-counter items, personalized know-your-name-service, convenient prescription transfer and same co-pay options, discount prices, free blood pressure screening, free home deliveries, senior citizen visits, immunizations, snacks, candy, plus so much more. 






Thursday's Financial Tips
 by Kemberley Washington, CPA 




NEW ORLEANS AGENDA - How is your financial future?  In Proverbs 21:5, God tells us the plans of the diligent will lead to profit, however, those who are hasty or fail to plan will certainly lead to poverty.  In order to obtain your financial healing, you must implement a plan for your finances.  This way, attacks of unexpected expenses, unemployment, natural disasters, illnesses and other adverse financial events will not cause your financial house to be shaken.


The power of writing


It is essential to write your financial goals on paper.  You must understand that there is something powerful about putting your thoughts on paper.


During my college years, I decided to write my career goals to become a certified public accountant (CPA), an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) criminal investigator and to obtain my master's degree.  Don't ask me why I wanted to become an investigator but hey, the glamour of the job appealed to me!  However, not only did God bless me with each of these goals, but He has also continued to do so much more!  Since then, there are many financial, career, relationship and other goals I have received from God, by simply writing my petitions on paper.  This is also proven in God's word. Habakkuk 2:2 instructs us to write the vision and make it plain so that he may run who reads it.


Declare and decree


Wake up each morning declaring your financial goals will come to pass. Post your goals somewhere you can view them throughout the day.  Whether you post them on your refrigerator or vanity mirror, allow your goals to serve as a constant reminder where you are going. Seeing these visually can also encourage you when deciding whether to purchase a pair of stilettos, tickets to your favorite sports game or your morning coffee latte.  Understand how making these small sacrifices may ensure your children's education is funded, reduce your financial burdens or allow you the ability to live a financial freedom lifestyle.


Begin to speak God's word into the atmosphere, knowing death and life are in the power of the tongue.  Declare that God is supplying all of your needs (Philippians 4:19), you are the lender and not the borrower (Deuteronomy 28:12) and more importantly, all things are possible if you simply believe (Mark 9:23)!


Remember: your choice, your future!


Kemberley Washington is a professor at Dillard University and certified public accountant.  Follow her on Twitter or connect with her on  FaceBook!









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