Women’s Day Anderson Chapel MBC Sunday May 1st Featuring Senator Erica Smith-Ingram and The Traveling Gospelaires

The Women’s Day Committee, Pastor Malcom E. Lewis and the Anderson Chapel MBC Family invite you to join us as we celebrate Women’s Day 2016. Erica Smith-Ingram Minister/Senate District 3 Representative will be the messenger for the May 1st 11:00 AM celebration. The Traveling Gospelaires featuring Sis. Peggy Battle and Minister Juanita Green will sing songs of glory.

Homegoing Celebration For Gladys Lindora Barnes Edwards Rocky Mount NC

My condolences goes out to my cousins the entire family of the late Gladys Lindora Barnes Edwards of Rocky Mount, NC.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Wake: Friday from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Hunter-Odom Funeral Service

Funeral: 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Light of Peace Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Donnie Weeks, Officiating

Body Entrusted to Hunter Odom Funeral Home Inc. Rocky Mount NCSign The Guest Book

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

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Just Makes Sense Column

Kim Castle I agree, I guess, if they appeal the right for transgenders to use the women public restroom. I will not be using them unless someone is with me and I have a weapon. It is to crazy to take a change. I don’t have a problem with transsexual that no longer has a penis.If a transgender has a penis, he should use the men restroom. End of story. I don’t want to be in a public restroom out of state knowing a man is in the stool next to me. That is just wrong.

In response to:

I just wonder why the need for a discussion to use a bathroom. If a man has a PENIS he does not need to be in the bathroom with my wife and daughter I don’t care how he is dressed. Curmilus Butch Dancy II

Since HB2 was based on ignance then why not repeal it and call it what it is? That would be too much like right. Just my ignant opinion!

Thank You Taro Knight My Friend, My Brother For Allowing Me To Come To Visit You

I visited Taro on Sunday evening and he and his lovely wife were both doing great. If I didn’t know any better I would not know that he was going through some temporary life challenges. He looked good and sounded good. Of course he lost some weight but he looked the same as he did when I seen him at the last council meeting. So what did I expect to see? A sick person and most of the time they have lost some weight. I didn’t need to go to know that and it tickles the hell out of me when folk go for the reason of seeing how folk look.

I normally do not go in the room to visit patients in the hospital but go to see the family sitting in the waiting area. However this visit was different because I left home knowing that I was going in to see him. Why? Because when I called to check on him he asked that I come to see him and for that I feel grateful and honored that he thinks enough of me to allow me to come and see him. Yep we have had some disagreements over the years as it related to politics but you see when brothers can have disagreements and respect one another then that is true friendship.

I told him that I had a brothering crew that we hang out together visiting the sick and eat out together and I was going to bring them with me. Oh he knew all of them. Well one was sick and he stayed in the hospital waiting lobby while we went up to see Taro. One brother was not able to make it with us and one did make it to the hospital late because he was out of town and met us there, however he didn’t go up to see him.

When folk go to the hospital they go for a real reason and folk don’t need to go just to see what they look like. The patient and the family has enough to deal with and don’t need folk interrupting their valuable time together because of nonsense. If you really care about folk in the hospital or even as they are recovering at home, then ask what you can do and they will tell you that you can come and see them or they will tell you just what you can do. Lots of times folk act like they love you more when you are going through life challenges but where were they when they needed you to stand by them as they are advocating for you or doing whatever that impact your life.

Taro has been fighting for the community for a long time and has been taking on 2 roles for several years now. He has been working for the local charter school however he started out volunteering his time. I told Taro what I thought about the charter school which was nothing but I told him if he was going to be a part of the system then he need to get paid because he needed employment. Although I still don’t think anything of the charter school systems but I respect what it means to other folk.

Taro has been sho nuff fighting on the Tarboro Town Council and I say this temporary life challenging moment that he is going through hopefully has given him time to think about all he has done for many ungrateful Negroes as he has had to deal with some sho nuff ignant racist white folk. Taro has tried to do what was in the best interest of all folk but because of the silent majority, I know what he has endured and he has not told me because I know. I have been a community activist since the late 80’s so I know what folk endure when they try to be a voice for the voiceless.

Thank you Taro my brother for all you have done. While you are going through this temporary life challenging moment think hard about how you want to move forward when you no longer face this challenge and you are ready to go back into the storm. You have been fighting for a long time for others so if you want to take some time and move on leaving politics behind, my brother you have done enough. We can only do what we do for a season however we can stay in the storm but sometimes we may need to come out and let someone else drive through the storm. But I know you, it is in your heart and you will not be satisfied if you ain’t in the storm trying to make Tarboro and Edgecombe County a better place to live, work and play.

As I stated when I called you when I learned that you were in the hospital, I am just a phone call away.

Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools & Edgecombe County Public Schools Split Conversation

This mess was started by Robbie Davis Nash County Commissioner. Why? Do some research.

The city of Rocky Mount can not be one county so that is not an option.

Nash is progressive on the backs of the folk who live on the Edgecombe side that have to go over there to shop.

Don’t understand the part about Edgecombe wants to do more for Tarboro when the chair of the Edgecombe County Commissioners live in the city limits of Rocky Mount Leggett Road as a matter of fact.

Don’t understand the part about the city does more for Nash than Edgecombe since the present council. The present council came in and revealed why the Edgecombe side has been left behind.

My problem with this is since Nash County got the damn bond referendum money from Edgecombe and didn’t spend the money on the schools on the Edgecombe side then they ought to be made to pay it back. Oh they paying it back by saying now is the time for us to send them black children to Edgecombe County Public Schools.

And then you get a Safe Negro to push the agenda.

Hell this is a white folk agenda let them push their own agenda.

But just my ignant opinion though!

Homegoing Celebration For Maggie Ruth Barnes Wooten New Port News Virginia Formerly of Pinetops NC

My condolences goes out to the entire family of the late Maggie Ruth Barnes Wooten formerly of Pinetops NC.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Memorial: 12 Noon, Saturday April 23, 2016 at The Fort Monroe Theater, 41 Tidbball Road, Fort Monroe, Virginia

Body Entrusted to: Cooke Bros. Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Sign the Guest Book

Song: Anita Wilson – Jesus Will

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Judicial candidate vows to defeat opponent appointed to bench – Rocky Mount Telegram

A local lawyer is crying foul over the gubernatorial appointment of his rival for a vacant judge’s seat just months away from the election.

Beth Freshwater-Smith was appointed Friday by Gov. Pat McCrory to a District Court seat in the 7th District, which includes Nash, Edgecombe and Wilson counties. She faces Lamont Wiggins in November’s election.

Wiggins said November’s race will change who sits on the bench.

“Voters in the primary designated me as the highest vote getter,” Wiggins said. “I will be the next elected judge in the 7th District.”

Freshwater-Smith said she was honored by the appointment. (The Rocky Mount Telegram)

Nash board votes to split schools – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Watch Dog response: What the hell? Fred Belfield this black man pushing the Robbie Davis agenda to split the schools that will affect who, black children. What is the real deal behind this? Where is the bond referendum money, so how will that benefit Edgecombe County? So they took the money and built Rocky Mount Senior High and now they will give Edgecombe County debt like we are dumb. Well I hope if this mess passes in the General Assembly that we wake up and protest spending money on the Nash County side of Rocky Mount. This is just my ignant opinion.

The Nash County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Friday to move forward with a split of Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools along county lines.

The nonpartisan decision came at the end of a meeting of the board to discuss the results of a school funding committee meeting earlier in the day. The committee — comprised of members of the Nash board, the Edgecombe County Board of Commissioners and the Rocky Mount City Council — met at the Carolinas Gateway Partnership in an effort to stave off a possible split of the school district. The talks were a failure.

“I put the best proposal forward that I could and it failed. It’s time to stop talking and get results,” Nash County board Chairman Fred Belfield said at the conclusion of the Nash meeting.

The board agreed Belfield and Commissioner Robbie Davis would meet with N.C. Rep. Jeff Collins, R-Nash, over the weekend. Belfield will turn over his proposal to see whether any of its language can be added to the 20-plus page bill Collins has drafted to split the school district.

N.C. Sen. Angela Bryant, D-Nash, said she will fight the bill. The N.C. General Assembly begins its short session Monday. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

From The Desk Of Shelly Willingham NC House of Representatives


Shelly Willingham

N.C. House of Representatives

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Representative Shelly Willingham

Dedicated to District 23

April 21, 2016






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4th Circuit Ruling Out of VA Poses Threat to HB2

Maxine Eichner, a University of North Carolina law professor who is an expert on sexual orientation and the law, said the ruling — the first of its kind by a federal appeals court — means the provision of North Carolina’s law pertaining to restroom use by transgender students in schools that receive federal funds also is invalid.  “The effects of this decision on North Carolina are clear,” she said, adding that a judge in that state will have no choice but to apply the appeals court’s ruling. Other states in the 4th Circuit are Maryland, West Virginia and South Carolina. While those states are directly affected by the appeals court’s ruling, Eichner said the impact will be broader.  “It is a long and well-considered opinion that sets out the issues,” she said.  “It will be influential in other circuits.”

Read more here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/appeals-court-overturns-virginia-schools-transgender-bathroom-rule/

Slate of Cancellations Prove HB2 Could Crush NC Arenas

Today’s news that Pearl Jam was cancelling an April 20 show in Raleigh is bad news for arenas, which appear most susceptible to a boycott of the state.  “The HB2 law that was recently passed is a despicable piece of legislation that encourages discrimination against an entire group of American citizens,” the band wrote in a statement. “The practical implications are expansive and its negative impact upon basic human rights is profound. We want America to be a place where no one can be turned away from a business because of who they love or fired from their job for who they are.”  “It is for this reason,” the statement read, “that we must take a stand against prejudice, along with other artists and businesses, and join those in North Carolina who are working to oppose HB2 and repair what is currently unacceptable.”

Read more here: http://www.ampthemag.com/the-real/pearl-jam-cancellations-shows-hb2-could-crush-nc-arenas/

New Report Points to Segregation in Private Schools

Last month, we reported on the widening racial and economic divisions in North Carolina’s two largest school systems, despite ample evidence that high concentrations of impoverished children in any school can be harmful to students’ performance. Now, the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), a Georgia-based advocate for school equity, has issued a new report on virtual segregation in private schools across the country despite programs in 19 states, including North Carolina, tasked with funneling public cash toward increasing the population of low-income children in private schools. Three years ago, North Carolina did just that with the Opportunity Scholarship Program, despite an outcry from many public education activists. And while the SEF’s report relies on 2012 demographic data (before the creation of this state’s voucher program), the numbers show segregation in private schools, particularly in southern states like North Carolina, is a very real problem.

Read more here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2016/04/04/new-report-points-to-segregation-in-private-schools/

NC Moving Too Hastily on Achievement School District

We should always be open to trying new ideas to improve education but also be careful not to chase every new fad on the market.  This caution is especially so when the new ideas are for public schools where poverty and racial segregation are highly concentrated. Unfortunately, hurrying to install a new unproven fad may well be the case for some of North Carolina’s lowest-performing schools.  State Rep. Bob Bryan and the N.C. legislature will soon consider taking over up to five schools and placing them in a kind of separate virtual reality of their own.  The concept, known as an Achievement School District, would get special resources and be managed by private charter school operators that would report to the State Board of Education.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/op-ed/article72937237.html

NC Jobless Rate Unchanged, Above National Average

North Carolina keeps adding jobs, but the unemployment rate isn’t going down and is still higher than the national average. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday that North Carolina’s jobless rate for March was unchanged from the previous month at 5.5 percent. The national unemployment rate was 5 percent in March. The government says North Carolina added 12,500 jobs between February and March to top 4.3 million statewide. The state has added 104,000 jobs since March 2015.


SCOTUS Rejects Challenge to One Person, One Vote

Typically states have counted the total population, giving all people equal representation. Voters in rural Texas however challenged that process in Evenwel, contending that by including non-eligible voters – those who aren’t citizens, for example, or those who’ve been in prison – in a district’s total population, the state gives greater weight to the far fewer votes that would be cast in such districts.  They argue that instead each vote should be equal and that population count should be based on eligible voters only. In 1964, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected an Alabama redistricting plan which allotted just one representative to heavily-populated and sparsely-populated districts alike, ruling in Reynolds v. Sims that under the “one person, one vote” concept of equal representation, legislative districts should have roughly equal populations. The high court had not, however, dictated how states should count population for purposes of drawing state legislative districts.

Read more here: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2016/04/04/scotus-rejects-challenge-to-one-person-one-vote-doctrine-applicable-in-the-drawing-of-legislative-districts/


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Press Release: Privott grateful for votes

On the behalf of the Committee to Elect Raymond Privott 6th District Edgecombe County Public School Board Member I would like to thank you for your support in the election. It is a real privilege to be able to represent you on our school board. I am humbled that you have placed your trust in me to be your representative. I pledge my best and look forward to the work that lies ahead as I work for the children of Edgecombe County.

Raymond Privott

Note: I am happy that Rev. Privott is my representative for my district. I know he will do well as a retired educator. To me being a retired educator can be what is needed if they are going to go in and do what is best for the children because they know the system.

An Open Letter To Kelsie Andrews In Response To Well Ain’t Karma A Bitch!

imageI was shocked when I read on Taro Knight’s wife page around 2 weeks ago that he was in the hospital having a temporary life challenging moment. My heart was heavy not only to learn my brother and friend was in the hospital but I also thought about his wife was going to have a challenge trying to take care of him and her mother especially when she will have to travel daily from Tarboro to Greenville and trying to work. I know it is a job just trying to take care of one patient at a time but 2, wow.

I was shocked again on Saturday morning when I began receiving numerous emails about your comments. The first post I didn’t know where to find your comments. I looked on Tarboro 27886 and The Edgecombe Tribune but didn’t find anything. But before I could get to work on yesterday morning another message came in and bingo there was the screenshot.

For me your comments are unforgiveable. To say “Well ain’t Karma a bitch” and post the following link to the article, Tarboro councilman battles health threat to someone who is lying in a hospital bed going through a serious life challenge is a ignant as hell and since you do not look black I would add racist. I don’t care what your issue is with Taro this is cold-hearted as hell is hot.

I read comments that said you worked with EMT and if you do work with such an entity that deals with all folk then you need to be more sympathetic about folk. If I was ignant I would think that if you had to deal with Taro or someone whom you have an issue with, that you may mistreat them in the process. That ain’t right.

I am not speaking on behalf of Taro but I am speaking out against your ignant racist comments because we should not want to see anyone suffer with with body challenges especially when the treatment is going to last for such a long period of time.

I could ask you why you felt so strongly making such a comment publicly, but you see it does not matter because I don’t care what it is you shouldn’t want to be rejoicing in anything of such magnitude. Taro is not only going through a challenge but it affects his entirely family wife, children and other.

I could ask you why you felt so strongly making such a comment publicly, but you see it does not matter because if you cared about folk going through life challenges you would not speak out because Karma could come back to haunt your ass and it may not be you but a family member or close friend.

For me again your comments are unforgiveable but just like me, I will get over it and Taro and family will too. However you will deal with this in some type of way if nothing but it will ride your conscious for quite sometime but then again you just may not have one.


They Say I Been Banned From Pines Chapel Oh Well Whey Da Do Dat At?

Since folk are still saying to me that they heard I have been banned from Pines Chapel and ask me why. First of all ban didn’t come up in the conversation when my uncle was sent to me. I said all I know he asked me about do I need to get permission to video and that I had talked about their church on Facebook. I didn’t ask him any questions because he do not know anything about Facebook and he probably didn’t even understand what they were talking about because he know who I am because he is my moma’s brother and we are not strangers.

When I post on my Blog it automatically goes to my Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts.

Read the 2 Open Letters to the church and this is all I have to offer. I have no clue of what they are saying that I have said negative about their church. I have family and friends there.

What I will say though is if I say anything about anyone, church and/or etc. I dare you to challenge me on what I say because it will be the truth and I will stand behind whatever I say.

Click on the following link Open Letters To Pines Chapel and you figure it out because I haven’t heard from anyone from the church in response to my letters.


Governor McCrory Takes Action to Protect Privacy and Equality





Representative Shelly Willingham – District 23


Governor McCrory Takes Action to Protect Privacy and Equality


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016                                                      govpress@nc.gov


Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has signed an Executive Order to protect the privacy and equality of all North Carolinians. Executive Order 93 clarifies existing state law and provides new protections for North Carolina residents.

Executive Order 93 does the following:

  • Maintains common sense gender-specific restroom and locker room facilities in government buildings and schools
  • Affirms the private sector’s right to establish its own restroom and locker room policies
  • Affirms the private sector and local governments’ right to establish non-discrimination employment policies for its own employees
  • Expands the state’s employment policy for state employees to cover sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Seeks legislation to reinstate the right to sue in state court for discrimination

With this Executive Order, the state of North Carolina is now one of 24 states that have protections for sexual orientation and gender identity for its employees.


“After listening to people’s feedback for the past several weeks on this issue, I have come to the conclusion that there is a great deal of misinformation, misinterpretation, confusion, a lot of passion and frankly, selective outrage and hypocrisy, especially against the great state of North Carolina,” said Governor McCrory. “Based upon this feedback, I am taking action to affirm and improve the state’s commitment to privacy and equality.”


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Edgecombe superintendent slams schools split

The Watch Dog response: This is just ignant! This is racist mentality from a Nash County Commissioner who brought this mess to the table.

TARBORO — Edgecombe County Public Schools Superintendent John Farrelly is not happy about the prospects of a county line split of schools in Nash and Edgecombe counties, a move that would bring roughly 2,000 more students into the Edgecombe fold.

“We have been talking about this issue off and on for about two years,” Farrelly said, “and I have yet to see a report about the impact a potential split would have on kids or their education,” Farrelly told members of the Edgecombe County Board of Education at Monday’s school board meeting.

Farrelly said he approaches the idea with “great trepidation,” even though some people in favor of the plan to split the system keep mentioning the roughly $10 million in additional funding Edgecombe County Public Schools would receive if 2,000 more students were added to the system. (Source: Read more)

Homegoing Celebration For Ernest Lee Bullock Pinetops NC

My condolences goes out to Ms. Annie Mae Ellis and the entire family of the late Ernest Lee Bullock “Pig” Pinetops NC.

Script.: Read Eccles. 3 and know, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Viewing: 1:00-2:00pm on Saturday, prior to the funeral service

Funeral Service: Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 2:00PM at Pines Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop Robert Earl Daniels officiating

Body Entrusted to: Hemby-Willoughby Mortuary, Inc., of Tarboro, NC Sign the Guest Book

Song: The Storm Is Over Now – Kirk Franklin

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