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"Women on Top" p.112 Ebony Magazine March 2013. Powell has a varied career that spans from award-winning writings to public speaking and politics. The noted journalist and member of the first season of MTV's Real World has written for publications including Esquire,Vibe,and Rolling Stone magazine. M Read...
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Is This Man Honest Enough To Be Elected Into The White House? Read...
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March 25, 2011
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March 12, 2011
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March 4, 2011
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November 22, 2010
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Cynthia Marcia Ball
Cynthia Marcia Ball
Cynthia Marcia Ball a native of Neptune, New Jersey discovered her passion and talent for music at a young age performing since she was 13 years old in the youth choir at her home church Mount Pisgah Baptist Temple in Asbury Park, New Jersey under the leadership of Rev James E. Wynn
A former debutante she is spontaneous, sensual, articulate, personable, ambitious, confident, conscientious, loves to laugh and a romantic at heart says her ideal mate is a man who is god-fearing, compassionate, witty, has a sense of integrity, sense of purpose, good conversationalist, loves to travel, and enjoys fine dining. Single, she resides in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn
Cynthia served more than five years as a choir member of the Sacred Arts Ministry at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York under the direction of accomplished musician, composer, producer and choral director Francisco A. Haye Jr.
A chorister on the widely acclaimed CD "Total Praise Live" Total Praise has ministered in song throughout the tri-state area, around the country and as far away as South Africa
Musical Influences: Mahalia Jackson, Bing Crosby, Lena Horn, Billie Holliday, Shirley Horn, Nate King Cole, Cee Cee Winan, Anita Baker,Whitney Houston,Shirley Ceasar,Jill Scott, Elaine Norwood,Jennifer Holiday, Phyllis Hyman, Miki Howard, Toni Seawright
STAGE: Elim International Fellowship Celebration (2011) Performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center with artists such as Ken Hicks Sings Avanti with Herbie Hancock (2005), Central Park Summer Stage (2003), American Museum of Natural History (2005) & (2002), "An American In Brooklyn 50th Anniversary at Brooklyn Academy of Music (2005), Herbert Von Park (2004), B.B. Kings Blue's Club & Grill (2002), George Ames Plimpton Funeral (2003), Harlem Director's Group 2003 Community Planning Leadership Summit Presents: "An Evening of Spiritual Soul (2003)
TELEVISION APPEARANCES:Easter In New York: Televised on Cablevision 19, DirecTv 62, Dish Network 48, Fios 6,Time Warner 91, RCN Cable 16, & Comcast 10/55 on April 24, (2011) News 12 Brooklyn (2011) BRIC Arts|Media|Bklyn (2010), WGN-TV (WB) Morning News Program Chicago, IL (2003), African Burial Ground at Foley Square NY (2003), WABC-TV Eyewitness News Morning News Program 7 Lincoln Square, NY (2003)
MOVIES: One of three gospel singers in the movie titled "Make Believe" August 2006
MAGAZINES: Ebony 3-03, Upscale 3-03, Vibe 4-03, Billboards 4-03, Sister 2 Sister 5-03, Black Elegance 7-03, American Legacy page 16 Spring 2004, NEWSPAPERS: Amsterdam News 12-02, Daily Challenge 12-02, USA Today 5-03, Diaspora May/June 03
Professional Affiliations: Voting Member National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) a.k.a Grammys 2001 - Present
New York City College of Technology (CUNY) January 1989
Hotel & Restaurant Management, Brooklyn, NY
Awarded a certificate of merit for activism by the hotel & restaurant management department chair, dean, and provost. Awarded a scholarship from the international food service executive association
ServSafe Alcohol Awareness - 2013
ServSafe Food Service Handler - 2012
CPR - 2012
Activities and Societies:
Former Vice President Hotel Sales & Marketing Association, Jr. Chapter, (N.Y.C.C.T), Former President of the International Food Service Executive Association Jr.Chapter (N.Y.C.C.T), Served on the Student Election Review Committee (SERC) N.Y.C.C.T, Events Coordinator at the 4th Annual Alumni Spring Celebration "Catered Affairs" (N.Y.C.C.T),Performed in Theatreworks production of the musical South Pacific (N.Y.C.C.T), Served in the Ambassador Corps for the college public & special events under the director of college relations and college president (N.Y.C.C.T)
- Meatopia @ Governor’s Island New York, NY
- Rainbow Push Coalition 14th Anniversary Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Sheraton, NY Hotel
- Rainbow Push Coalition 10th Anniversary Wall Street Project Economic Summit, Sheraton, NY Hotel
- Host Volunteer, 37th Annual International Pow Wow, Jacob Javits Convention Center
- Convener, Annual Network Conference: CA, DC, NJ, MD, MI, NY
- EBC Community Economic Development Corporation, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Scholarship Committee, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Entertainment Ministry, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Special Events Committee Women’s Ministry, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Servant Leader, Food For Thought Ministry, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Brooklyn, NY
- Events Coordinator, 4th Annual Alumni Spring Celebration New York City College of Technology (N.Y.C.C.T) Brooklyn, NY
Professional Networking, Professional Recording Artist, Visit Museums & Art Galleries, Sailing, Cooking, Racquet Ball, Biking, Board Games, Ping Pong, Volleyball, Romantic Picnics, Watching Old Classical Films & Musicals, Traveling: International & Domestic, Poetry
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Scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will see a heading that says: Nominate A City of Your Choice for the Millennium Monument"..
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October 22, 2012 - 5:44 am, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Broken Promises - Mitt Romney Massachusetts Record
Don't Be Fooled By This Liar...He Reminds Me Of Pinnoccho ..His Nose Just Keeps Growing Longer..Longer..& Longer...Read Between The Lines Folks..Vote For Presidet Barack Obama.
September 14, 2012 - 4:42 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
From the desk of Councilmember Letitia James
1) The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges.
If you are a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to apply to the National College Match. QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students.
In 2011, QuestBridge's partner colleges offered admission and more than $100 million in financial aid to over 1,000 students who applied to the National College Match.
WHY should you apply?
The key benefits of the National College Match program include:
Full four-year scholarships with no loans
33 top-ranked partner colleges
A focus on high-achieving low-income students
Two opportunities for college admission
One free application
A national Quest Scholars Network
Quest for Excellence awards
WHO should apply?
The National College Match is designed for high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Most College Match finalists have come from households earning less than $60,000 annually (for a typical family of four), and over 75% are in the top 5% of their high school class.
HOW do you apply?
The National College Match online application is completely free and opens in August. In addition to filling out the online application, students are required to submit a transcript, test score reports, three letters of recommendation, and several essays. Before applying, students should familiarize themselves with the eligibility requirements, Partner Colleges, as well as the information in the "How to Apply" section.
Two Ways to Apply through QuestBridge
The National College Match application requires you to provide extensive information on your academic accomplishments and financial background, as well as write three essays, complete short answer questions, and gather two letters of recommendation, a Secondary School Report (counselor recommendation), a transcript, and test score reports.
The National College Match allows you to apply to up to 8 of their partner colleges by using one application. You will be asked to rank these colleges in order of your preference. The National College Match application is due on September 28.
The QuestBridge Regular Decision process allows you to apply to any or all of their partner colleges through a traditional regular decision process. You may choose not to rank colleges for the College Match process and only apply to the partner colleges for Regular Decision. Or, if you apply for the College Match and are not selected for a match scholarship, you can request to have your application forwarded to their partner colleges for Regular Decision. In order to participate in the Regular Decision process, you must submit your National College Match application by September 28, 2012.
For more information, please visit http://questbridge.org/for-students/ncm-national-college-match. Good luck!!!
August 19, 2012 - 2:23 am, Cynthia Marcia Ball
REFLECTIONS by TERRENCE RESSE
Reflections is a documentary-style photography series of black and white photographs of personal living spaces of over sixty renowned individuals whose lives and careers have addressed the fundamental political, economic, and social realities of the 20th century and beyond.
In each photographic image, a mirror is strategically placed as the subject is reflected in it.
Currently, the collection includes a network of luminaries such as legendary photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, dancers Harold and Fayard Nicholas (The Nicholas Brothers), civil rights activist Daisy Bates (The Mother of Little Rock Nine), sculptor Selma H. Burke, and artist, filmmaker, and publisher Camille Billops, along with 63 other great individuals.
Accompanied by Tar’s personal written memoirs of his photo shoots, Reflections reveals a creative collaboration of dialogue between Tar and his subjects and culminates into an emergence of art and information sharing for all to learn and enjoy.
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July 13, 2012 - 3:40 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Mitt Romney Secrets He Doesn't Want You To Know
July 9, 2012 - 2:34 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Romney Economics: Raising taxes and fees on the middle class
Mitt Romney said he wouldn’t raise taxes when he ran for governor of Massachusetts, but in office he raised taxes and fees more than 1,000 times. See just some of the fees, and click on the link below to download the full list.
Just some of the fees raised:
- Created a $10 fee for a “Certificate of Blindness” issued by the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind. [Source: 2003 Massachusetts Budget]
- Increased the fee for milk laboratory certification from $75 to $150. [Source: 2003 MA regulations]
- Increased the cremation inspection fee from $50 to $75. [Source: 2003 Massachusetts Session Laws]
- Increased the municipal police training committee fee from $2,300 to $2,500. [Source: 2006 Massachusetts budget]
- Increased the fee for a mammography facility x-ray machine license from $100 to $300. [Source: 2003 MA regulations]
Download the entire list of fees Romney raised.
July 9, 2012 - 2:24 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Mitt Romney 2012 Presidential Candidate
Is This Man Honest Enough To Be Elected Into The White House?
HELL NO...ENOUGH SAID..
added a new photo.
May 23, 2012 - 2:58 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Mitt Romney - Running For President
Mitt Put His Money In A Swiss Bank Account To Avoid Paying His Fare Share of Taxes
Bain Capital - Do We Want A Liar & The Weakest Link In The White House? Hell No..
The Real Romney Record
In his business career, Mitt Romney made millions even when he drove companies to bankruptcy, ended promised benefits, and fired hundreds of Americans. Get the Real Romney Record at realromneyrecord.com. www.realromneyrecord.com
The Real Romney Record: Ampad
Ampad: “He destroyed our lives just to provide his life with more money”
Romney and Bain made over $100 million, a 2000% return, from a company that was driven into bankruptcy while workers, shareholders, and communities were devastated.
In 1992, Romney’s Bain Capital bought American Pad and Paper (Ampad) for $5 million. Bain began increasing the company’s debt dramatically in order to pay fees to Bain and finance rapid acquisitions. In three years, Bain had brought the company’s debt from $11 million to $444 million. At the same time, Bain was slashing wages and retirement benefits for workers.
In 1995, Bain shut down an Ampad plant in Marion, Indiana, costing 200 jobs and devastating the community. Just months after shutting the plant, Bain had Ampad take on even more debt in order to pay Bain $60 million. Bain even took millions in fees for itself when it had Ampad take on debt to acquire new companies.
In 1996, Romney’s Bain sold 40% of its shares for $15 a share soon after taking the company public. By 1998, Ampad’s stock was virtually worthless and collapse due to the company’s unsustainable debt seemed imminent.
Numerous workers and managers from Ampad and former Bain executives have contradicted Romney’s statements on his involvement with the company.
Ampad Filed Bankruptcy After Bain Took $100 Million In Debt-Financed Dividends, Management Fees And Stock Sales. According to The Boston Globe, “Creditors forced Ampad into bankruptcy in early 2000, and hundreds of workers lost jobs during Ampad’s decline. Bain Capital and its investors, however, had already taken more than $100 million out of the company, in debt-financed dividends, management fees, and proceeds from selling shares on public stock exchanges.” Read More: Boston Globe, 1/27/08
Ampad’s workers saw their retirement benefits cut.According to Politico, “In 1992, Bain Capital purchased American Pad and Paper, which subsequently laid off 250 workers at an Indiana plant and rehired some after slashing their wages and retirement benefits.” Read More: Politico, 7/14/11
Fellow Bain Executive Claims Romney’s Statements on Ampad are Inaccurate.According to the Los Angeles Times, “When Ampad permanently shut the Marion plant several months later, Romney, then back at Bain Capital, expressed his regrets in a letter to Johnson. Romney wrote that he had tried to end the strike "privately without fanfare. It included communicating my strong personal desire that the strike be settled and that the plant remain open, offering my ideas for a possible settlement, and relaying the sentiments of the workers I met with in Boston." That's not how Wolpow, the former managing director at Bain Capital, remembers Romney's role, however. Wolpow had been installed on Ampad's board of directors as part of the leveraged buyout, and he reported directly to Romney before and after the Senate race. "He was in charge," recalled Wolpow, now co-director of the Audax Group, another private equity group. "He could have ordered me to settle with the union. He didn't order me to do that. He let me make decisions that would maximize the value of the investment. That was the right business decision as CEO ofBain Capital. But let's not pretend it was something else." Read More: Los Angeles Times, 12/16/07
CEO of Ampad Also Contradicts Romney’s Claims.According to the Boston Globe, “Hanson said that though he had had no direct contact with Romney after Bain took over Ampad in 1992, it was clear to him that "any significant direction we received would certainly have been authorized by him." Bain Capital, he said, was interested from the start in a "rollup" of Ampad, a consolidation of its resources that clearly involved the layoffs the workers decried yesterday. And Hanson said he had no doubt Romney approved of that strategy. He added that, once unrest gripped the firm in 1994, during Romney's Senate campaign, "there was a high level interest in not hurting his political aspirations."” Read More: Boston Globe, 10/29/02
The Real Romney Record: GST Steel
GST Steel: a “Profitable Failure” where “Every promise they made was broken.”
Romney and Bain made millions from a steel plant that went bankrupt after Bain dramatically increased the company’s debt. Workers lost their jobs and promised health and retirement benefits. Because Bain underfunded the company’s pension fund, a federal agency was needed for a $44 million bail out.
In 1993, Romney’s Bain Capital purchased a steel company and renamed it GS Technologies. To gain control of the company, Bain put up $8 million and quickly had the company take on new debt in order to distribute dividends back to Bain and cover new expenses – helping Bain earn back part of its initial investment.
In 1995, Romney’s Bain had GS acquire another firm, adding over a hundred million in new debt. By then, Bain had forced the company to hold $378 million in debt, which was ten times the annual income of the company and “the company was not on a sustainable course.”
At the same time, Romney’s firm was ordering changes that undermined safety and productivity at the company and installing people who knew little about the steel industry. A worker remarked, “When Romney and Bain came in, it was painfully obvious that they didn’t have a clue about anything to do with a steel mill.”
From 1997 to 1999, losses at the company increased by 300% and it was clear the company could not survive.
By the time the company legally filed for bankruptcy, Romney and his firm had made at least $9 million in profit. Former company officials said the mill, which had been operating since 1888, could have dealt better with market fluctuations if Bain had not forced the company to take on unsustainable debt. A finance professor remarked that using debt to pay large dividends to Bain left the company less prepared for a downturn.
Because Romney’s firm had forced the company to take on hundreds of millions in debt to pay themselves and finance acquisitions, ultimately leading it towards bankruptcy, “GS said it was shedding the guarantees it had promised its workers in the event of a plant closure - the severance pay, health insurance, life insurance and pension supplements that had been negotiated during the 1997 strike.”
Additionally, “records show that the mill's Bain-backed management was confronted several times about the fund's shortfall, which, in the end, required an infusion of funds from the federal Pension Benefits Guarantee Corp.” A federal government agency had to spend $44 million to bail out the pension plan that had been underfunded by Bain.
Reuters called GS one of Bain’s “profitable failures” and a former worker who saw the demise of the plant firsthand said, “Every promise they made was broken. Every promise. Except the fact that they did make a lot of money off of it. They kept that one.”
Even With the Company Bankrupted, Bain Received A $12 Million Return On Its $8 Million Investment In GST Steel, Along With Over $4.5 Million In Consulting Fees. According to Reuters, “Less than a decade later, the mill was padlocked and some 750 people lost their jobs. Workers were denied the severance pay and health insurance they'd been promised, and their pension benefits were cut by as much as $400 a month. What's more, a federal government insurance agency had to pony up $44 million to bail out the company's underfunded pension plan. Nevertheless, Bain profited on the deal, receiving $12 million on its $8 million initial investment and at least $4.5 million in consulting fees.” Prospectus documents Bain’s total profit exceeded $9.3 million. READ MORE: Reuters, 1/6/12 and Prospectus
After Closing The Plant, The Company Went Back On Its Promise To Offer Health Insurance, Severance Pay, And Life Insurance.According to Reuters, “GS Industries declared bankruptcy on February 7, 2001, and said it would shut down the Kansas City plant, eliminating 750 jobs. In a press release, the company said the bankruptcy was triggered in part by ‘the critical need to restructure the company’s liabilities.’ Workers soon found out what that meant. In April, GS said it was shedding the guarantees it had promised its workers in the event of a plant closure - the severance pay, health insurance, life insurance and pension supplements that had been negotiated during the 1997 strike. Workers could buy health insurance through the company’s plan, but the company would no longer share its costs. For many who were struggling with asbestosis or other ailments contracted during their years of work, the cost was prohibitive.” READ MORE: Reuters, 1/6/12
Workers Called New Management Inexperienced, Undermined Capabilities to Compete ‘With Anyone in the World.’According to Boston Globe, “Out-of-work steelworkers in Kansas City, for example, blame Romney and Bain Capital for decisions that led to last year’s bankruptcy of a steel mill that opened its doors in 1888. Bain bought the operation, GST Steel Co., in 1993. Workers said the new owners cleaned house and brought in an inexperienced management team. Dan Misel, who worked at GST Steel for 35 years, said Bain came in ‘like the bully on the block,’ assuming its managers knew how to run the operation better than anyone already in place. ‘They brought in people to manufacture steel who had no idea of how to do it,’ Misel said. ‘It was kind of sad to me. We had the facilities and capabilities of producing with anyone in the world.’” According to Bloomberg, “GS Industries Inc., a steel company in Charlotte, North Carolina, filed for bankruptcy in 2001 after workers said a chief executive hired under Bain made missteps, including installing managers who lacked industry expertise, former employees said.” READ MORE:Boston Globe, 10/24/02 and Bloomberg News, 7/20/11
Employees Who Lost Jobs “Still Hold Romney Responsible.”According to the New York Times, “GS Industries Inc., a steel company in Charlotte, North Carolina, filed for bankruptcy in 2001 after workers said a chief executive hired under Bain made missteps, including installing managers who lacked industry expertise, former employees said. Employees who lost jobs at Bain-controlled companies more than a decade ago say they still hold Romneyresponsible.” Read More: Bloomberg News, 7/20/11
Bain Ordered Changes that Undermined Safety and Actually Decreased Productivity.According to Reuters, “Paperwork proliferated. Cost-cutting efforts backfired. Managers skimped on purchases of everything from earplugs to spare motors and scaled back routine maintenance. Machines began to break down more often, and with parts no longer in stock a replacement could take days to arrive. Labor costs spiked as managers revamped work schedules with little understanding of how the plant actually operated. Linson says he picked up an entire shift of overtime each week because his managers didn't realize that a furnace needed a full eight hours to heat up to operating temperature.” Workers described more dangerous work as management that was not familiar with steel and orderedunsafe practices such as exceeding the weight limit of a crane by 50%. READ MORE: Reuters, 1/6/12
A Risk-Free Beginning: Guaranteed Pay and Cover Stories
Mitt Romney says while campaigning that the successes and failures of individual companies is what gives him “credibility on the economy” and that he took great risk to make businesses succeed. Romney has even said he was sometimes himself worried about getting a pink slip.
But, Romney’s beginning at Bain Capital was risk-free. In a deal that seems unbelievable to most Americans, Romney was given his new job heading Bain Capital with the agreement that if Romney failed, he would get his old job back with any raises he missed. The company would also lie for Romney if necessary, creating a cover story for Romney’s failure. As Romney’s mentor said, “there was no professional or financial risk.”
Romney Claimed He Often Worried About Being Fired. "I know what it's like to worry whether you're gonna get fired," Romney told a rally. "There were a couple of times I wondered whether I was going to get a pink slip.'' He didn'toffer specifics. READ MORE: Boston Globe, 1/8/12
Romney Was Guaranteed Old Job With Raises If He Failed at Bain and Co.According to the Boston Globe, when Romney was offered the job as head of Bain and Co., he hesitated because of the professional risk. According to the Globe, “Romney explained that he didn't want to risk his position, earnings, and reputation on an experiment in investing. The offer was appealing, Romney recalled in a recent interview, but he wasn't going to make such a decision in a "light or flippant manner." So Bain sweetened the offer. He guaranteed that if the experiment failed, Romney would get his old job and salary back, plus any raises handed out during his absence. – Boston Globe,6/26/07 and MSNBC
Bain Agreed to Create False Cover Story for Romney if He Failed. According to the Boston Globe, “Romney had one more concern: the impact on his reputation should he prove unable to do the job. In the end, Bain agreed to craft a cover story if necessary, promising to bring Romney back to the consulting firm and explain Romney's return as a matter of his being more valuable to Bain as a consultant. "So," Bain says, "there was no professional or financialrisk.” – Boston Globe, 6/26/07 and Washington Post’s Plum Line, 1/9/12
Promised Health and Retirement Benefits Terminated While Romney Profited
If a company collapses and the employees have their promised health and retirement benefits cut or eliminated, should the people who oversaw that company’s decline walk away with tens of millions in profits?
In numerous cases where Romney’s firm was in charge, that’s exactly what happened:
In Indiana, an office supply company was driven into bankruptcy because of excessive debt added by Romney’s team. Romney and his firm walked away with over $100 million. Bain began slashing retirement benefits even before the company failed and workers spoke of losing health and retirement benefits while Romney and his firm made a fortune. READ MORE: Boston Globe Graphic; Boston Globe, 1/27/08; Politico, 7/14/11; and Boston Herald, 9/23/94
In Missouri, a steel mill was driven into bankruptcy after Romney’s team had it take on significant new debt. Romney and his firm walked away with a minimum of $8 million in profit. Workers were promised severance benefits but then had them cancelled. Health insurance was terminated with tragic results for families. Pension benefits were slashed. READ MORE: Kansas City Star, 6/12/01 and Reuters, 1/6/12
In Florida, a medical company was driven into bankruptcy after Romney’s Bain had the company take on massive debt partially to finance payments to Bain. Romney and Bain made a staggering minimum of $203 million in profit. Salary and retirement benefits were cut for workers even before the company went bankrupt and Bain exited with a quarter billion in profits. READ MORE: The Miami Herald, 1/18/12 and New York Times, 11/12/11
To Avoid Taxes for Clients, Bain and Romney Often Set Up in Offshore Tax Havens
Offshore tax havens are one way that some privileged individuals and organizations avoid the taxes that everyone else has to pay. In fact, every year American taxpayers have to make up for an estimated $100 billion in taxes that are avoided by those stashing money offshore.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “Mitt Romney utilized shell companies in two offshore tax havens to help eligible investors avoid paying U.S. taxes, federal and state records show.”
And recently, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times reported that it appears Romney is personally avoiding taxes by holding assets offshore.
Citizens for Tax Justice said that, “honest taxpayers are the losers” when Romney and Bain avoid taxes overseas.
Wall Street Journal: Romney Campaign Statement That He Received No Tax Benefit from Caymans “May Be Wrong or Misleading.” According to the Wall Street Journal, “Mitt Romney’s campaign has attacked an ABC News report on the candidate’s offshore investments, saying his holdings in the Cayman Islands and elsewhere have no effect on the amount he pays in U.S. taxes. But the campaign’s assertions may be wrong or misleading. Tax experts said some of the offshore holdings are likely intended to help Mr. Romney avoid paying an obscure but hefty tax of as much as 35% on some of those investments, held in a tax-deferred retirement account.” READ MORE: Wall Street Journal, 1/19/12
New York Times: Romney Appears to Have Used Cayman Islands for Tax Avoidance Technique. According to the New York Times, “The technique in question allows nonprofit institutions and large retirement funds to exploit the advantages of shell companies set up in tax havens like the Cayman Islands by investing money with private equity firms like Bain Capital, which Mr. Romney ran. Ordinarily, such private equity investments are frequently subject to something called the unrelated business income tax. But by going offshore, pension funds, universities, foundationsand even large individual retirement accounts can structure those investments to avoid that heavy tax…Tax experts and former Finance Committee staff members say that Mr. Romney’s I.R.A. appears to have used the technique, and that he may have benefited personally.” READ MORE: New York Times, 2/7/12
ABC News: Romney Has Up to $30 Million in Caymans, an Offshore Tax Haven.According to ABC News, “But tax experts tell ABC News there are other reasons Romney may not want the public viewing his returns. As one of the wealthiest candidates to run for president in recent times, Romney has used a variety of techniques to help minimize the taxes on his estimated $250 million fortune. In addition to paying the lower tax rate on his investment income, Romney has as much as $8 million invested in at least 12 funds listed on a Cayman Islands registry. Another investment, which Romney reports as being worth between $5 million and $25 million, shows up on securities records as having been domiciled in the Caymans.” Offshore tax avoidance costs America about $100 billion every yearaccording to Citizens for Tax Justice. READ MORE: ABC News, 1/18/12
Los Angeles Times: “Romney tax returns highlight tax code's breaks for rich” According to the Los Angeles Times, “Romney's tax returns reveal a sophisticated low-tax investment strategy that includes offshore funds and a now-shuttered Swiss bank account, contributing to a fortune that has emerged as a potential liability in his quest for the White House… The documents underscore how Romney, the wealthiest candidate to seek the presidency in recent history, has benefited from a tax code that lets investors pay taxes at a much lower rate than people who earn wages or salaries… Experts said Romney's low rate of taxation puts a focus on a tax code that has contributed to a widening gap between the rich and poor. "The question is whether this is appropriate policy going forward," said Kleinbard, who joined national Democrats on Tuesday in critiquing Romney's returns. "Is this candidate so financially invested in certain tax positions that he cannot divorce himself from decisions that are in the country's best interest?"READ MORE: Los Angeles Times, 1/24/12
According to the Los Angeles Times, “In the Cayman Islands, Romney was listed as a general partner and personally invested in BCIP Associates III Cayman, a private equity fund that is registered at a post office box on Grand Cayman Island and that indirectly buys equity in U.S. companies. The arrangement shields foreign investors from U.S. taxes they would pay for investing in U.S. companies. Romney still retains an investment in the Cayman fund through a trust. Campaign disclosure forms show the investment paid him more than $1 million last year individends, interest and capital gains. In Bermuda, Romney served as president and sole shareholder for four years of Sankaty High Yield Asset Investors Ltd. It funneled money into Bain Capital's Sankaty family of hedge funds, which invest in bonds and other debt issued by corporations, as well as bank loans. Like thousands of similar financial entities, Sankaty maintains no office or staff in Bermuda. Its only presence consists of a nameplate at a lawyer's office in downtown Hamilton, capital of the British island territory. "It's just a mail drop, essentially," said Marc B. Wolpow, who worked with Romney for nine years at Bain Capital and who set up Sankaty Ltd. in October 1997 without ever visiting Bermuda. "There's no one doing any work down there other than lawyers." READ MORE: Los Angeles Times, 12/17/07
Got Government Help
Romney Benefited From Government Subsidies and Bailouts He Now Attacks
On the campaign trail, Mitt Romney attacks government programs that, in his words, are involved in “picking winners and losers.” But Romney’s private sector record includes deals and investments that owe part of their success to the exact government subsidies, bailouts and tax breaks that Romney now attacks.
Romney has been the beneficiary of preferential treatment by the government—ranging from a steel mill in Indiana to his consulting company in Boston to a special tax loophole that has personally saved Romney millions.
In Indiana, Romney Touts Success of a Steel Company But “Government support was a key ingredient to getting it off the ground.” According to the Los Angeles Times, “What Romney doesn't mention is that Steel Dynamics also received generous tax breaks and other subsidies provided by the state of Indiana and the residents of DeKalb County, where the company's first mill was built. The story of Bain and Steel Dynamics illustrates how Romney, during his business career, made avid use of public-private partnerships, something that many conservatives consider to be "corporate welfare."” The Cato Institute said the story of the Romney-linked companies is "an example of the government stepping into the marketplace, picking winners and losers, providing profits to business owners and leaving taxpayers stuck with the bill." READ MORE: Los Angeles Times, 1/12/12
In Boston, Romney Helped Negotiate Loan Forgiveness to Help His Consulting Firm. According to the Boston Globe, “Romney basically negotiated about a $10 million reduction in the $38 million the firm owed the failed Bank of New England, which had been taken over by the FDIC, a federal agency funded by insurance premiums paid by banks. The $4 million represented interest the firm did not have to pay as a result of the loan forgiveness, the Globereported.” READ MORE: Boston Globe, 7/15/11
Because Romney’s Firm Underfunded Pensions, GS Steel Pension Plan Required $44 Million Bailout.After the pension plan at Bain-controlled GS Steel was underfunded and the company went bankrupt, the federal agencyfor pension insurance supplied a $44 million bail out. According to Retuers, “records show that the mill's Bain-backed management was confronted several times about the fund's shortfall, which, in the end, required an infusion of funds from the federal Pension Benefits Guarantee Corp… The U.S. Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp, which insures company retirement plans, determined in 2002 that GS had underfunded its pension by $44 million. The federal agency, funded by corporate levies, stepped in to cover the basic pension payments, but not the supplement the union had negotiated as a hedge against the plant's closure. For Joe Soptic, who worked at the plant for 28 years, that meant a loss of $283 per month, about 22 percent of his pension. Others lost up to $400 per month, according to documents supplied by the union.” READ MORE: Reuters, 1/6/12
Romney Personally Benefits From a Special Tax Loophole That Allows His Income to Be Taxed at a Lower Rate.Romney personally saved $2.6 million in just one year on a tax loophole that allows wealthy executives at firms like Romney’s to pay a lower tax rate on their income than many middle class workers. According to the New York Times, “Mr. Romney’s disclosure is sure to reignite complaints that private equity executives — among the nation’s wealthiest individuals — get preferential tax treatment. Private equity executives are taxed at the capital gains rate of 15 percent on most of their earnings, a rate well below the 35 percent tax on ordinary income. Certain hedge fund managers, real estate investors and venture capitalists also earn much of their pay in the form of carried interest. Most of Mr. Romney’s income comes from distributions by Bain Capital, the private equity firm that he left in 1999. A large percentage of his wealth remains invested in Bain’s funds.” Even many wealthy individuals have argued that the loophole, which costs American taxpayers $24.6 billion per decade, should be closed. READ MORE: New York Times, 1/17/12 and New York Times (Krugman), 1/24/12
April 26, 2012 - 5:32 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
BOYCOTT ALL KOCH BROTHERS PRODUCTS
Subject: Zimmerman's legal fees paid for by the Koch brothers
As you may already know, the billionaire Koch brothers continue to strategically support Tea party events and fund "opposition campaigns against many Obama Administration policies". Described by the press, the Koch brothers "have a pattern of law breaking, political manipulation and obfuscation."
In the wake of the killing of Trayvon Martin ... The Koch company, which manufactures paper products is paying for Zimmerman's legal fees because they feel he had legal right to bare arms and shoot Trayvon. We are asking that people everywhere ban together with us and pass this information on and not purchase any of the following items because your money will be paying for Zimmermans lawyer fees.
Please do not purchase any of the following items :
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Soft and gentile toilet paper
Vanity fair napkins
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April 24, 2012 - 11:40 am, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Jet Magazine - Please pick up a copy of the current issue of the magazine.Why? Manifest the gospel group is featured in the April edition.
April 23, 2012 - 2:31 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
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November 7, 2011 - 8:27 am, Phil Gates
check out our trailer to our first theatrical play!! DVDs are available now!
August 24, 2011 - 11:38 am, Cynthia Marcia Ball
In Remembrance - Nick Ashford
Nick Ashford was born May 4, 1942, in Fairfield, South Carolina, and was raised in Michigan, where he sang at Willow Run Baptist Church, according to The New York Times. After a brief stint at Eastern Michigan University, he moved to New York City, where he attended the White Rock Baptist Church in Harlem and met Valerie Simpson.
The pair began writing songs together and was signed to Motown as staff writers and producers, beginning what would be a fruitful music career. They resumed their career as a duo with the Warner Bros. album, Gimme Something Real. This was followed by the hit singles, "Don't Cost You Nothin'" (1977), "It Seems To Hang On" (1978), "Is It Still Good to Ya" (1978), "Found a Cure" (1979), "Street Corner
" (1982), and their biggest hit, "Solid
," released in 1984, which has become the duo’s best-known song.
The couple of course dabbled in just about everything else ranging from radio to restaurant ownership and seemed to find success at every turn. In addition to their careers, Ashford & Simpson had a very strong personal relationship. They had married for 38 years and have two children.
August 4, 2011 - 5:58 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
The Brooklyn-Based Men's Gospel Group MANIFEST
Releases Debut CD HIGHEST PRAISE August 9, 2011
(New York, New York-August 4, 2011)-With a fresh, energetic presentation of original songs that span a number of musical genres from traditional gospel, to contemporary gospel, to jazz-infused inspirational songs, to holyhip hop, MANIFEST is not your typical men's ensemble. This exciting new group will release its debut CD, Highest Praise, on August 9, 2011.
Most of the songs on the 10-track CD, Highest Praise, were written by members of MANIFEST. While their music spans many genres, it also bends, merges and expands these genres to create a fresh, new sound that is uniquely their own. The music and songs are sotextured and filled with interesting elements that you can listen to them again and again and still discover a chord, a flourish, a syncopation or subtle key change that you had not noticed before. The lyrics are equally compelling, telling stories of revelation, resurrection and redemption; expressing praise and adoration; breathing new life into biblical verses, and bringing the good news of God's power and love to contemporary audiences.
The songs on the CD take the listener on a journey of faith: from trust (the R&B style opener "According to His Purpose"), to love ("Because of Who You Are," a love song with a stunning melody and brilliant harmonies, and the funk-rock style praise song, "Extraordinary"), to spiritual growth ("Who Do You Say I Am?," with its hauntingly rich harmonies, and "What Would You Have Us to Do?," a spoken word piece accompanied by a stirring organ solo), to praise ("Highest Praise," a lively house-music style praise song, and "One God," an exuberant praise song with universal appeal) and to reverence ("Bread of Life," a pensive, melodic song with luxuriant harmonies, and "The Man," an eloquent, commanding ballad). The last song on the CD, "Holy Ride," embodies the musical journey in African American gospel music, from small-town southern churches to urban street corners, with Damon White, the song's creator, describing it as "so old it's new again."
The CD also features world-class musicians who have performed with some of the top artists in jazz, gospel, R&B and hip hop. Gregoire Maret, a GRAMMY® Award-winning, internationally renowned harmonica player, is featured on the track "Holy Ride," along with guitarist Sherrod Barnes, who has played with superstars such as Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston. Other featured musicians include Nathaniel Townsley (drums), Kenneth Whalum III (tenor sax), Keyon Harrold (trumpet), Saunders Sermons (trombone), and Al Carty (bass guitar). Thesemusicians have performed or recorded with music stars such as Maxwell, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Regina Belle, Mariah Carey, Lalah Hathaway, Mary J. Blige, Beyoncé, Jay-Z,Fantasia, Chaka Khan, Macy Gray, Common, Richard Smallwood, Wynton Marsalis, Erykah Badu, and Jill Scott, among many others.Chelton Grey (bass guitar) and Jermaine Parrish (drums) are bandmembers for BET's Sunday Best.Adi Yeshaya, who has arranged and/or produced for a long list of stars, including Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Dionne Warwick, contributed the orchestration for "Because of Who You Are."
With MANIFEST's rich harmonies, diverse musical repertoire, and soul-stirring performances, the group has been quickly gaining fans in the gospel music industry and beyond. JJ Hairston, director of the Stellar Award-nominated and chart-topping group, Youthful Praise, and minister of music at the First Cathedral in Bloomfield, CT, had this to say about the group: "MANIFEST is an amazing group. A bunch of guys who love the Lord, sound great, and their passion for ministry and for God is evident when they sing. Great things are to come from them."
The men of MANIFEST are Le Roy Davis, Josh Devine, Jonathan Hicks, Ian Jones, Derrick Marable, Daryl Patterson, Paul Quick, Colin Rodney, Augustus Sanders, Desmond Smith, Dante Smith-Cain, Andre Waring, Damon White, and Robert Wright.Theyrepresent a range of ages, careers, backgrounds and interests. Some members were born and raised in Brooklyn, while others hail from Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maine, Kansas, Nevada and New Jersey. The group includes a journalist, banker, educator, television and film producer, photographer, nurse, foster care counselor, private investigator, substance abuse counselor and students, among others. Many members of the group have been singing in church choirs or other professional choral groups since they were young children. Many of the group's members began singing together as part of Men Voicing Praise, the men's choral ensemble at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY, which was also led by Hicks. Their interests range from basketball, to slot cars, to landscaping, to acting, to gourmet cooking. What they share is a deep devotion and great enthusiasm for sharing the love of God through song. The brothers of MANIFEST seek to take their ministry not just to churches, but also to hospitals, shelters, prisons, festivals and celebrations.
The Highest Praise CD is distributed by Infinity Music Distribution of Central South Distribution, Inc. The CD will be available in stores and at online outlets, including iTunes.
Manifest Music LLC
For interviews and further information, please contact:
ABOUT MANIFEST MUSIC
Manifest Music LLC is the official home of MANIFEST, a Brooklyn-based men's ensemble. Manifest Music was established by the group's members as a vehicle through which they couod deliver the message of Christ to the people of God in churches and in places and methods that allow them to connect people with Him outside of traditional church settings. The group has ministered in hospitals, shelters, prisons, festivals and celebrations. Manifest Music releases Highest Praise, the group's debut CD project on August 9, 2011.
June 1, 2011 - 1:25 pm, Brandon Jarod
Hello Cynthia thanks for the words, i'll keep i nouch.
May 14, 2011 - 4:53 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Tears of a Woman
“Mom, why are you crying?” he asked his mom.
“Because I’m a woman” she told him.
“I don’t understand,” he said.
His mom just hugged him and said, “and you never will.” Later the little boy asked his father, “Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?”
“All women cry for no reason” was all his dad could say.
The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry.
Finally he put in a call to GOD. When GOD got on the phone the man said, “GOD, why do women cry so easily?”
“When I made women she had to be special. I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world; yet, gentle enough to give comfort.
I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.
I gave her a hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.
I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly. This same sensitivity helps her to make a child’s boo-boo feel better and shares in her teenagers anxieties and fears.
I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.
I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfaltering.
I gave her a tear to shed, it’s hers exclusively to use whenever it is needed. It’s her only weakness; it’s a tear for mankind.”
~ Author Unknown
Thanks to Catherine McAnally from Joshua Tree Coaching & Consulting, LLC for submitting this in honor of Moms everywhere
May 9, 2011 - 4:28 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Women's Health Week
A reminder to focus on taking care of ourselves through prevention and having a healthy lifestyle! The 12th Annual National Women’s Health Week kicks off on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2011 and is celebrated until May 14, 2011.
*Monday, May 9, 2011-->National Women’s Checkup Day*
Healthy Living Tips:
-Get at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate physical activity, 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity, or a combination of both, each week
-Eat a nutritious diet
-Visit a health care professional to receive regular checkups and preventive screenings
-Avoid risky behaviors, such as smoking, not wearing a seatbelt, etc.
-Pay attention to mental health, includes getting enough sleep and managing stress
May 4, 2011 - 7:00 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
You Were in My Dreams…
Written By: Byron Nelson on October 15, 2010 at 12:33 am
WHEN you wake from this dream
you shall see my face
from ocean to land
your heart will race
your 3rd eye will see
your mind will lay still
sub conscious wants to run
but, body no will
i can feel ubiquity
will you sit with me?
this is an inequity
i pray that you never leave
but if you unlock that door
know what waits inside
and it may come before
the morning tide
i walked up on her
and read the epitaph
it said “settled the score
as i lay and laugh”
priceless isn’t it
how a man doth think
the ultimate prize his heart
it is all instinct
7 centers of power’
explained in the 10th tower
all centers of chakra
calming hues of aqua
all to be still
are you awake yet?
i will ask you again
to my needs will you tend?
lets call this “the vortex begins”
naked and concealed
vibrations of the world
shall soon be revealed
by little boys and girls
there she goes again
and now she speaks…
our dialogue goes like this
listen as i teach:
he was a tarantula so I crawled on him.
I lick his pedipalp commanding his center.
He is chocolate spilling on my tongue.
His kisses are thick, full, present.
A mouth of beautiful precision.
I lick like it is the last delicacy, gossamer taste
she waits for a response
she calls out his name
sexy isn’t it
she wants to pamper
he wants it too
but he couldn’t answer…
May 4, 2011 - 6:22 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Google Talk - Video Chat & “Free” Telephone Calls Anywhere in the United States
Welcome to Google Talk, a downloadable chat application by Google. Check out what Google Talk can do: Open a Gmail account to take advantage of the “free” service.
· Instant Messages: share quick thoughts in real time
· Status Updates: see if friends are around and what they are up to
· File Transfer: instantly send and receive files, pictures, and more
· Free Local Telephone Calls & Long Distance Calls: make PC-to-PC calls to people anywhere in the United States & Around the World
· Audio Conferencing: talk to multiple people at once
· Gmail Integration: chat with your friends on Gmail
You can also get the video chat plug-in to make voice and video calls within Gmail, iGoogle and orkut. Learn more »
May 2, 2011 - 2:03 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Congratulations to President Barack Obama for his diligence & commitment in persuing & ordering the hit that killed Osama bin Laden on May 1, 2011
May 2, 2011 - 11:49 am, Cynthia Marcia Ball
by Kevin Powell
Might it be, as my mother said to me on this ugly, sinful day,
That the world is on its last go-round?
Hijacked wild birds strip the sky of its innocent morning breath
Steel towers crumple like playing cards on an uneven metal table
Unrehearsed screams we dare not hear leap from windows
Into the open, bottomless palms of God
I cannot stand to watch life reduce
Itself to powdery dust and soot lathering the devil's inflamed mouth
But I am fixated on the television anyhow:
Is this what slavery was like?
Is this what the holocaust was like?
Is this what famine is like?
Is this what war is like?
Is this how you felt, dear mother, when King and the two Kennedys were killed?
I want to stitch up the sky, deny humans the right to fly
Cry until my tears have washed hatred
From the mildewed underarms of history
And I want to say to the firemen
Ah, yes, the firemen:
Your husband, your father, your brother, your uncle, your friend
Thank you for speeding to the end of
Your time and thank you for showing us that
Courage is a soul so unselfish it would
Scale a collapsing building to liberate a stranger
Even as your blood relatives wonder if you are alive-
From the remains of this madness
I detect a heartbeat called life
From the remains of this madness
I smell an aroma called love
From the remains of this madness
I embrace a body called humanity
From the remains of this madness
I construct a dream called hope
From the remains of this madness
I will ride the wings of the deceased
Into the clouds, scribble their names on the sun,
Erect a memorial to the moon, chant the blues
For New York City, then resurrect a world
Where a new-born rose will jut through the broken concrete.
© 2001 Kevin Powell
Kevin Powell is a Brooklyn, New York-based writer and activist. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including the poetry collection No Sleep Till Brooklyn, from which this poem is excerpted. He can be reached at email@example.com. Or follow him on twitter @kevin_powell
April 30, 2011 - 5:23 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Congratulations to Doctor’s Jordan & Carla Foster who were chosen Sunday School Teachers of the Year. A recognition award will take place on Saturday April 30, 2011 @ Emmanuel Baptist Church
April 30, 2011 - 1:42 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Today is unique! It’s my “Birth” – “Day” At midnight it will end, quietly, suddenly, totally. But the hours between now and then are opportunities with eternal possibilities. Thank you “GOD the Father” for breathing “Life” into me. Let my soul take refuge…beneath the shadow of Your wings: let my heart, sing out loud a joyous noise of praise to “You”….
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April 27, 2011 - 3:16 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
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April 23, 2011 - 3:37 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Live Television Appearance
(BIC) Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir
As many of you know I audition for (BIC) Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir in June 2010 and since then our choir has performed around the borough of Brooklyn. Now our choir will perform our first live television appearance that will be broadcast on Easter Morning on April 24, 2011. The details are listed below. Please share this with your family, friends,
colleagues, & associates. Stay blessed.
The Easter television taping will be shown tomorrow, Easter Sunday, from 8-10PM on the following channels:
Dish Network 48
Time Warner 91
RCN Cable 16
Also there is a showing from 10OM-12AM on Channel 10/55 on Cablevision, Fios and Comcast
Happy Resurrection Weekend
The Lord is Risen ……………… He is Risen Indeed
April 13, 2011 - 9:22 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Here’s to Your Health’ Is Theme of College’s May 16, 2011 Best of New York Award Dinner www.citytech.cuny.edu
New York City College of Technology (City Tech) will honor Alan Aviles, president & CEO, NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation, Salvatore Cassano, a 1970 City Tech graduate and New York City Fire Department Commissioner, and Julia Jordan, a 1982 City Tech graduate and founder and president, Sp
April 1, 2011 - 4:30 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Celebrating a Birthday, Sending a Congratulations Hymn, Get-Well, I Miss You, Thinking Of You, See You On Sunday,Give Someone A Hug, or send Have a Nice Day Hymn. You'll enjoy every song and want to share it with family and friends. Stay blessed.
March 29, 2011 - 5:56 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Mary Wilson The First Lady Of Motown
March 29 – March 30 2011
Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Filmore Street
San Fransisco, CA 94115
(415) 655- 5600
It was a vision of musical stardom as a Detroit teen that inspired Mary Wilson, along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, to found one of the most successful female singing groups in recording history – The Supremes. Since then, Wilson has gone on to be a part of dozens of hit records, has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry.
As an original Supreme, Wilson was a much sought-after interview regarding the award-winning film DREAMGIRLS, currently on DVD. After covering the red carpet premiere for “Extra,” she endeared herself to a whole new generation of Hollywood stars and fans alike, including Golden Globe winners Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson, as well as Jamie Foxx and Snoop Dogg! The success of DREAMGIRLS has also rekindled interest in Wilson’s best-selling autobiography, Dreamgirl: My Life as a Supreme.
At first, success eluded the girls in the Supremes, who recorded several albums before getting their first hit. In fact, they were dubbed the “No-Hit Supremes” until Motown founder Berry Gordy put them in touch with his top writing and producing team, Holland-Dozier-Holland. Four decades and 40 albums later, what once started as a dream has exceeded beyond Wilson’s wildest imagination. With an unprecedented 12 number-one hits, including five in a row – “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “Stop, In The Name Of Love,” and “Back in My Arms Again” – The Supremes set the precedent for super group success.
Wilson worked hard to keep the dream alive even after Florence and Diana left the group. In 1970, Berry Gordy brought in Jean Terrell to replace Ross, with Cindy Birdsong having replaced Florence Ballard. Together, they formed The New Supremes, racking up three top 10 hits [“Up The Ladder To The Roof”, “Stoned Love”, and “River Deep, Mountain High” (with the Four Tops)].
In 1977, Mary knew it was time for her to pursue her own dream; Motown released Mary’s first solo album, “Mary Wilson,” which yielded the dance hit, “Red Hot,” in 1979. In 1992, Wilson released her first album in thirteen years, “Walk the Line,” which produced the single “One Night With You.” To this day Wilson continues to tour under the moniker of Mary Wilson of The Original Supremes, and has performed for handfuls of celebrities and politicians all over the world, including The Clintons at The White House.
In 1988, The Supremes were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, receiving the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award, which Wilson personally accepted. Seven years later, the Hall launched an exhibit of the “Supremes” gowns for the museum’s opening in Cleveland, Ohio called The Supremes Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection. Wilson had been personally archiving the gowns for years before the exhibit, and was the natural
With a successful solo career – and new CD out later this year – an equally successful literary career and her tireless humanitarian efforts, Mary’s future couldn’t look brighter. She is living proof that dreams really do come true!
For more on Mary Wilson, please visit www.marywilson.com.
Personalized Autograph Photo
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Mary Wilson Enterprises, Inc.
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B-5 #138, Henderson, NV 89052
Please also be sure to include sufficient postage inside of your
envelope. For fans outside of the U.S., please include several
International Reply Coupons (IRC) inside your envelope. These
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For Bookings Only
1801 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 1420, Los Angeles, California 90067
Phone: 310-859-7300 • Fax: 310-275-7437
March 12, 2011 - 3:24 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
KEVIN POWELL AND AKILA WORKSONGS, INC.
invite you to
Monthly Networking Event For Brooklyn People
(And People Who Love Brooklyn)
SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2011
at THE FIVE SPOT
459 Myrtle Avenue
Corner of Washington Avenue
FORT GREENE-CLINTON HILL section of Brooklyn, New York
Come and network with other Brooklyn residents
Bring business cards, flyers, or postcards promoting your Brooklyn business or organization
Join our efforts to build a Brooklyn-wide network of information, services, and resources
FREE, ALL WELCOME
Food and drink will be on sale
(Must be 21 and over with I.D. to drink)
featuring the sounds of DJ TRAUMA
plus live band, Miss Toni Blackman, emcee/freestylist, and other guest vocalists
C train to Clinton-Washington OR G train to Clinton-Washington
B54 bus to Myrtle Avenue and Washington Aveue
MEDIA INQUIRIES, contact Marisa King-Redwood, Buzz Brand Marketing: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-360-0399 (main)
March 4, 2011 - 5:20 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
To Get Copies of BIC Interdenominational Choir Black History Month Concert & See Me Sing:
Sunday February 27, 2011
BIC – Brooklyn Interdenominational Choir
Concert – Black History Month
Elim International Fellowship
32 Madison Street
Brooklyn, New York 11238
718 789 2000
News 12 Brooklyn - Television Station That Aired Live Event
164 20th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232
Concert was broadcast on the following cable networks on Sunday February 27, 2011
Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Service Electric
For personnel contact, general questions and copies of shows or segments:
Victoria Borg, Newsroom Coordinator:
February 8, 2011 - 12:03 pm, Jerome Davis
That is awesome!! Tell her I said Congrats!!
January 20, 2011 - 10:59 am, Jerome Davis
Thanks for the info! Looks great.
January 19, 2011 - 5:25 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
"FREE TRIP TIP TO EGYPT FOR 1000 STUDENTS & 500 ADULTS
About African Genesis Institute
The African Genesis Corrective History Educational Program, known as African Genesis Institute, is a proactive, 3 semester, educational and cultural program for African American and Latino youth between the ages of 7 and 14. African Genesis Institute is a “school without walls” focused on developing an understanding and awareness of the African experience in America. Over this 27-month period students are exposed to their rich and extraordinary ancient African history through 8 weekend classes and 4 field trips. At the end of the program the students sojourn to Africa where they examine the land of their ancestors and share their culture and lifestyle with African youth. All youth who desire to participate in the program are accepted and the trip to Africa is free to the students, serving as the graduation reward for those who complete the program.
THE HISTORY - Co-Founders
Entertainment attorney Helen McCrary Salahuddin and husband, Philip A. Salahuddin, began taking children to Africa in 1997 after years of producing positive entertainment and cultural events for students such as birthday and graduation parties, talent showcases, Kwanzaa, Juneteenth and Black Music Month events. In 2003 African Genesis Institute introduced its complete academic curriculum created by renowned curriculum specialist Dr. Edward Robinson for students 10 to 14. In 2007 the program expanded to include 7-9 year olds with a curriculum created by Atlanta educator and author Chike Akua.
The mission of the corrective historyprogram is to provide the participating youth with a correct historical perspective of their roots and culture thus enabling them to assume their predestined role as leaders in the 21st century. With recent reports documenting the rise in violence, drug abuse and pregnancy among African-American teen-agers, and statistics showing that African-American males between the ages of 13 and 15 are being identified as the new predators and major perpetrators of crime in America, this program and annual sojourn to the motherland is intended to be a foundational stone in the character building process of our young people. It is our belief of that this unique opportunity for those students to visit the motherland, listen and learn from the elders and dialogue with their African peers will result in a life altering experience and give them a correct perspective of who they are, their true history and their innate ability to succeed against all odds.
The African Genesis Corrective History Institute has testimony from parents, teachers, group leaders and other adults who interact with students who graduate from the program, and from the students themselves, that the curriculum and sojourn has had a profound positive effect on the students. Also, students' self-esteem, self-confidence, academic proficiency and scores on standardized tests have increased, absences from school, lateness and incidences of disruptive behavior have decreased and their respect for their elders has taken a dramatic turn for the better.
FYI: After you type in the website click on Calendar of Events it
will list the "Venue"where the enrollment/orientation for the
"free trip" to Africa will take place. For persons who don't
have access to a computer the cities are as follows:
-1- Phildelphia, PA 1/9 @ 4pm & 1/15 @ 2pm
-2- Washington, DC 1/15 @ 4pm & 1/16 @ 2pm
-3- Baltimore, MD 1/16 @ 4pm & 1/22 @ 9am
-4- Newark, NJ 1/22 @ 11am & 2pm
-5- Harlem, NY 1/22 @ 4pm & 2pm
-6- Brooklyn, NY 1/23 @ 4pm & 1/29 @ 2pm
-7- Atlanta, GA 1/29 @ 4pm
(P) 1 888 257 5991
(F) 215 247 2896
December 30, 2010 - 4:59 pm,
Thanks and of course we shall make some great things happen through networking...Happy New Years.......Enjoy....
December 20, 2010 - 11:18 am, Jerome Davis
I will donate $10.00 just telll me how you want me to do it please.
December 15, 2010 - 3:10 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Thank You All Who Donated & Voluntered Your Time on 12-6-2010
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!
First off, I want to thank you all so very much who supported Kevin Powell's 10th annual holiday party/HAITI BENEFIT on Monday night, December 6th. It was a packed house, with approximately 1000 attendees coming through during the course of the evening. jessica Care moore demonstrated why she is one of the greatest poets of our times, and cast members from FELA! gave a classic performance, further highlighting why FELA! is the greatest musical in America today. I must also acknowledge the genius of D-Nice, who kept the party flowing all night with his deejaying skills. Most importantly, however, we filled our large rental truck with tons of supplies and toys for EDEYO, the Haitian school we've been supporting.
EDEYO is continuing their partnership with AmeriJet to transport the donated supplies from the holiday party in their cargo planes, at a total estimated cost of $4000. AmeriJet's cost is approximately less than 50%+ the cost of using UPS, DHL, etc. This assumes 3 to 4 thousand pounds of donated goods at a cost of .98 cents per pound.
Thus far we've raised $2000 of the $4000 needed. WE NEED TO RAISE THE REMAINING $2000 THIS WEEK SO WE CAN SHIP THE GOODS DOWN TO HAITI.
So I am personally asking 200 of you to donate just $10 each (if you can do more, please do so), directly to EDEYO, at www.edeyo.org. This way we can get the supplies and toys directly to the children of EDEYO, as has been our vision all along. We are proud of the fact that there has been full transparency with this mission, given all the supplies and donations that have not reached the people most in need in Haiti.
PLEASE share this note with others, thank you for being you, and, again, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Contact: Kevin Powell at Kevin@KevinPowell.net
November 24, 2010 - 10:39 am, Cynthia Marcia Ball
KENNETH COLE PRODUCTIONS, THE DISNEY STORE, ANHEUSER-BUSCH, BUZZ BRAND MARKETING, AKILA WORKSONGS, INC., THE WALL STREET ALPHAS, and BK NATION
Invite you to
KEVIN POWELL'S 10th Annual Holiday Party and Supplies and Toy Drive FOR HAITI
Monday, December 6, 2010
240 West 52nd Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue
NEW YORK CITY 10019
Cash bar, 21 and over with I.D.
Attire: fashionably chic, business, or business casual
RSVP at email@example.com
When you RSVP please mention my name: Macia Ball
Music by D-NICE
Special performance by CAST OF FELA!
the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical
There will also be LIVE ART, FASHION DISPLAYS, FILM CLIPS, VIDEO GAMING AREA, and THE ACOUSTIC LOUNGE (live music)
This BENEFIT is in support of EDEYO
a school and community outreach center in HAITI
(eh-day-yo means "help them" in Creole)
Admission is FREE with donation of the following toys/supplies for EDEYO/HAITI:
TOYS AND GAMES (for ages 3-14)
Water purifying tablets
First aid items
Rubber Soled Shoes
Underwear (Men, Women, and Children)
Feminine Products (Maxi Pads, liners, etc.)
Towels and Wash Cloths
Batteries (C and D)
Tents (there are $35 tents at WalMart)
Feminine Hygiene kits
2 pocket folders
Pen and pencil holders
Rulers and protractors
Four ounce bottles of white glue
Human body posters
Periodic tables chart posters
Sports Equipment (Jump Ropes, Balls, etc.)
If you cannot attend the event or do not live in the New York area,
please go to www.edeyo.org/holidaydrive.htm l
to make a monetary donation with your credit or debit card NOW
For information about HAITI's past, present, and future, please visit
Kenneth Cole Productions, The Disney Store, Amheuser Bush, Buzz Brand Marketing, Akila Workshop,Inc, The Wall Street Alphas & BK Nation
A benefit to help Haiti. All donations will go directly to Edeyo, a freat school with 300+ children right in Haiti capital.
When you RSVP please mention my name: Marcia Ball
November 21, 2010 - 4:25 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Congratulations to Gwendolyn Quinn President & CEO of GQ Media & Public Relations, Inc who was honored on Saturday, November 20, 2010 by Talladega College Alumni Association of Greater of New York at its Scholarship Luncheon along with honorees Dorothy Brooks Gist, Amy Bush Olatunji, Julia A. Price and Katherine Watson. I enjoyed being a part of the celebration and nobody deserved it more than you. Stay blessed.
November 11, 2010 - 7:52 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
Photos from the rally with former President Bill Clinton and Andrew Cuomo held at New York City College of Technology on Wednesday October 27, 2010.If you right click on the image you should be able to save them to your hard drive. If you decide to post them on any webpage,facebook,twitter,urbanprofessionals,blackplanet,etc all credit is to be given to Andy Dickinson. Thank you.
October 27, 2010 - 10:49 am, Jerome Davis
That is awwesome!! Way to go Cynthia!
October 26, 2010 - 8:04 pm, Cynthia Marcia Ball
As an alumni of New York City College of Technology I look forward to meeting Former President Bill Clinton & Andrew Cuomo..Yea!! for City Tech as we use to call it back i the day.
ou can view the details of this event at any time by going to:
> Attending: 1
> Wednesday, October 27, 2010
> Time(s): 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM 2 hours
> Location New York City College of Technology
> Klitgord Center
> 285 Jay Street (by Tillary Street)
> Brooklyn, New York 11201