Photos/Video: Homegoing Celebration For Missionary Rosheedah Sharpe Belcher

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It’s My Birthday! December 25, 2019

This year has been a tough year, but all is well!

Around 6 months ago my mother in law had triple heart by-pass surgery and my wife has been spending weeks at the time in Newbern NC with her. My wife has not worked since we have been married so she has been able to spend a lot of time with her mother. My mother in law is able to get around. It makes a difference to have someone with you when you are on the road to recovery.

My son has been going to Pitt Community College and will receive his degree in Business Administration and a Certificate in Accounting in the fall.

My daughter went back to NC Central and she will receive her Masters in Education in the fall.

My dad is 85 years old and he is doing well.

All of my siblings are doing well.

On today CJ and I will be traveling to Newbern to pick up my wife. We may go to Durham this weekend to visit baby girl India.

I tell them not to give me anything for my birthday however I give them a little cash and they can do whatever they want to with it. However my dad always do something for my birthday and this year he paid my taxes.

I will never forget that on my 16th birthday my mother’s mother my grandmother passed.

So although trying to work and keep up with family and only having today off, all is well so that is all I need for my birthday.

Republican Chair Nash County Commissioner Robbie Davis Takes Financial Resources From Republican Sheriff Keith Stone

This is a damn shame Robbie Davis and his flunky Commissioners have chosen to fight the highest Elected Official in the county over a problem he didn’t create. Hell this is the same crew that ran the first Black Superintendent of Nash County Schools out of town. I could not believe what I was seeing on TV last night when Robbie Davis was on but then again when you know them it makes all the difference. Damn shame! But the sad part is the Democrats on the board Fred Belfield Jr., Lou Richardson and Mary Wells are supporting Robbie’s agenda on anything he does. The Commissioners don’t want to raise taxes so they can say they don’t have a high tax rate like Edgecombe County. But by not raising taxes look at how the schools and the jail have gone underfunded. Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens, LoveRockyMount, Fighting Crime, WHIG-TV owned by Robbie Davis are not calling out Davis and crew. But these same Nash County folk have no problem with calling out Rocky Mount City Manager, City Council and other Black Folk in leadership.
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Rocky Mount NC – City to observe Christmas and New Year’s holidays

For Immediate Releasea

Rocky Mount, N.C. – In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, city offices will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24 through Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019 and Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2020.

Rocky Mount Public Works has rescheduled garbage recycling and yard waste collection for Wednesdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Items normally collected on those days will be collected the following Saturdays, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4.

Tar River Transit will not operate Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.

The South Rocky Mount and Booker T. Washington Community Centers, RM Wilson Gym, Rocky Mount Senior Center and Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1.

Republican Party Abandoned Black People After The Civil War – Ozie Lee Hall Jr.

Thank you my brother for sharing the history from the Civil War up until today. Some folk don’t know this history.

After the Civil War and the Republican Party abandoned Black people, Frederick Douglas said the Republican Party has become the party of money. Carter G. Woodson noted the abandonment of Black’s by the Republican Party after the Civil War. Both Republican and Democrats were Anti-Black. In 1933, Mary McLeod Bethune made a deal with President F.D.R., a Democrat which resulted in the New Deal. This is the point where Black people joined the Democratic Party in mass numbers. Safety net programs were started. Whites benefited more then Blacks but the program turned the nation around after the Republicans collapsed the economy in the Great Depression. Through the Democratic Party, Blacks got civil rights laws passed, voting rights laws, anti-lynching, and made major progress. The Republican Party has consistently been on the other side trying to role back Black progress. Democrats like Jesse Helms and Strom Thurmond switched parties and became Republicans. Massive numbers of racist white Democrats switched party and became Republicans. Republicans are now engaged in voter suppress against Blacks, gerrymandering election districts against Blacks, and repressive measures to suppress Black progress like refusing to extend the Voting Rights Act or enforcement of civil rights laws. When Republicans start telling Black people about how the Dems are against them and how the Republicans support them, it is the greatest insult to our intelligence. Let’s get real. The Republican Party came into existence because the divisions over slavery (before the existence of the Republican Party) threatened the economic interest of Northern Whites. The south was experiencing massive slave uprisings, Gabriel Prosser, Denmark Vessey, and Nat Turner. David Walker made an appeal to colored people of the south. John Brown started a rebellion at Harper’s Ferry. The war was only officially declared in 1861. More Blacks fought in the civil war in relation to population than did Whites. Black got freedom because whites had no choice. Move to recent times. Republicans again collapsed the U.S. economy under George Bush in 2008. President Obama rebuilt the U.S. economy and created a trend in low unemployment and economic growth. Trump comes in and attempts to discredit Obama on the basis of race but claims credit for the U.S. economy which credit rightfully belongs to Obama. Trump got in office by crook and Russian support. The only question which now remains is how many people are willing to sacrifice their lives to support a criminal, Donald Trump, who lies to the American people multiple time per day since taking office. Trump has never sought to unify the nation but has been constantly driving the wedge. He’s a Russian agent and must go. American Democracy will survive Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Whether history give it one page or ten pages, future generations will visit the graves and say what assholes they were.

Party Realignment And The New Deal

The realignment of black voters from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party that began in the late 1920s proliferated during this era. This process involved a “push and pull”: the refusal by Republicans to pursue civil rights alienated many black voters, while efforts—shallow though they were—by northern Democrats to open opportunities for African Americans gave black voters reasons to switch parties.26

The 1932 presidential contest between incumbent Republican President Herbert Hoover and Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt was something of a turning point. During his first term, Hoover had tried to ingratiate himself with southern segregationists, and his administration had failed to implement economic policies to help African Americans laid low by the Great Depression. Still, Hoover received between two-thirds and three-quarters of the black vote in northern urban wards.27 Most black voters sided with Republicans less out of loyalty than because they were loath to support a candidate whose Democratic Party had zealously suppressed their political rights in the South. African Americans mistrusted FDR because of his party affiliation, his evasiveness about race in the campaign, and his choice of a running mate, House Speaker John Nance Garner of Texas.28

As late as the mid-1930s, African American Republican John R. Lynch, who had represented Mississippi in the House during and after Reconstruction, summed up the sentiments of older black voters and upper middle-class professionals: “The colored voters cannot help but feel that in voting the Democratic ticket in national elections they will be voting to give their indorsement [sic] and their approval to every wrong of which they are victims, every right of which they are deprived, and every injustice of which they suffer.”29 (Read more)

Pinetops NC – Jaquaez Powell Sign To Play Football At East Carolina University (ECU) Wednesday December 18, 2019

The DCN News Blog Online TV was present to capture Jaquaez Powell’s Special Day. I just love how supportive his family were. Support system is very much needed.
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Princeville NC – Princeville Town Hall Meeting Swearing In Of Officers During Monthly Meeting Monday December 16, 2019

The DCN News Blog Online TV was at the meeting to capture the monthly meeting. I hope that in 2020 the Town Commissioners will be in control of their meetings an not allow citizens to speak throughout the meeting. The public comments is on the agenda and that is where the public get to talk. I hope that road to recovery will begin to move in the town because as a flood victim once but my dad lives in my house now and we have suffered 3 floods since 1999 the same as Princeville. The flood victims in Pinetops are also waiting on the recovery process.

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Lease signed in Rocky Mount for new NCDMV headquarters location – CBS17

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A lease has been signed in the state’s bid to move the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles headquarters from Raleigh to Rocky Mount, according to Rep. James Gailliard and Governor Roy Cooper’s office.

Lawmakers voted in March to move the headquarters. The DMV headquarters opened on New Bern Avenue in the 1950s. Hazard mitigation addressed safety issues including asbestos and fire code violations a few years ago, but state inspectors and the legislature ordered the DMV to vacate the building by late 2020.

The DMV received proposals for 10 possible sites. The cheapest offer came from Nash County, for the former Hardee’s headquarters in Rocky Mount. (Read more)

Edgecombe County Board of Elections Closed With Vila R. Anderson The Only One To File For Register of Deeds, See Others Whom Filed

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Left to right: Aisha Moss Windross, Vila R. Anderson, Robin Williams Braswell Retired, Cierra Paige Medford, Brittany King

Congratulations Vila R. Anderson on your appointment coming from the Edgecombe County Democratic Party by acclimation to serve the unexpired term of Robin Williams Braswell whom retired effective December 1. Anderson is the only candidate to file for the Office of the Register of Deeds for the 2020 Elections.

The filing closed today at 12 noon and the following candidates filed for local and state races in Edgecombe County.

 

 

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Social media’s impact on local politics increases – Rocky Mount Telegram

The Political Agitator’s response: Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens and Fighting Crime played a hell of a role in the election. They put mess out there and then when you respond to their ignant mess they block folk from posting trues. But since they have promoted the mess it will be up to the new Mayor Sandy Roberson and new councilman Lige Daughtridge.

A new Rocky Mount mayor was installed last week and some members of the Rocky Mount City Council changed after a heated election where positions often were debated on local social media sites.

Social media is affecting the way elections are run now more than ever, said Jason W. Buel, assistant professor and program coordinator of communication at N.C. Wesleyan College.

“Social media is affecting the way we choose leaders in a major way,” Buel said in a recent email interview. “That influence is growing at a startling rate that makes it impossible for public policy to keep up — and quite frankly, difficult even for scholars to keep up.”

I found the following to be very, very interesting.

These videos, and many other pictures, comments, jibes and barbs, were shared on pages such as the Rocky Mount Concerned Citizens Facebook page, Fighting Crime and many other personal pages as local residents engaged in lively — and often bitter — debates about the positions and characters of local candidates. (Read more)

Rocky Mount NC – OIC CEO Reuben Blackwell & Board Chair Andre Knight Shared These Words

image“OIC celebrated individuals who created the bedrock for our team to build on today. We appreciate the overwhelming support from everyone that we received from our great communities near and far to acknowledge the great work that we’ve done together. We highlighted OIC students and team members who are making a difference and being the difference as we work to build a better Rocky Mount and better North Carolina!” Reuben Blackwell CEO

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OIC 50th Golden Anniversary was and awesome and successful event! OIC has and is a beacon of hope and light in the Rocky Mount area and throughout Eastern NC. As we celebrated our past and chartered our future this is a true testament that God is with us ..and God will sustain us another 50 years to come!” Andre Knight Board Chairimage 

Rocky Mount NC – OIC Of Rocky Mount 50th Anniversary CEO Pastor Reuben Blackwell & Board Chair Pastor Andre Knight

The OIC Of Rocky Mount 50th Anniversary was Fa bu lous ta stic! If you were not there you missed seeing what the inside of China America Tobacco Warehouse looks like. This was the place where many black folk made their living. Today OIC owns the place. Ain’t God good! Talking about transformation, OIC of Rocky Mount has done a thing. OIC provided a night of food, fun and fellowship and I believe everyone enjoyed. When you see these folk in the video and photos that are responsible for what has taken place and what is about to take place, tell them thank you. Folk can create their own narrative about OIC but the verdict is in, 50 years of facts! Now Share & Tweet That!

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