Music legend Rick Ross kicked off the New Year with a countdown to midnight at Drai’s Nightclub — the luxurious rooftop located right in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. Ross counted down with the electrified crowd, and as the clock struck midnight, the sky lit up with the magnificent fireworks shows of the surrounding hotels.
The rooftop offered a stunning view of the fireworks, especially the Caesars Palace show which is right across the street from the club.
As guests partied into the early a.m., Ross took over Drai’s stage with a full-length concert where he fired up partygoers with his most well-known tracks like “Aston Martin Music,” “I’m a Boss,” and “BMF.”
Fellow music artists Too Short and Memphis Bleek were seen ringing in the New Year with Ross at Drai’s. Ross also brought his family along as his special guests for this New Year celebration.
BY CLAYTEE D. WHITE
The Historic Westside Legacy Park opened to the public on December 4. It is a glorious, sacred place: holding the history of a group of people who began to migrate here before 1870. As we walk through this space, we recognize that we are never alone. We are surrounded by events and of people whose shoulders we stand on. Thirty-six people were honored with plaques as the beginning installation of the park. But it is more than a park. This is a place of history, memories, stories, legacy, and respect. It is spiritual. It is holy ground.
The 36 people enshrined during the opening ceremony will be joined by others each year; none more deserving than any other. There is no ranking. The people being nominated presently for the Juneteenth 2022 addition, are just as powerful, as honorable, as noteworthy as the first and as those who will be added in 2030 or 2045.
In the beginning, though, was John Howell. We do not know enough about this first person who arrived before 1870, and was discovered in historical documents by Elizabeth Warren while conducting research for her PhD. As she began to learn about John Howell, she shared his story with Southern Nevada. Howell was part owner of the Spring Ranch with Jim Wilson. Today we know that ranch as the Springs Preserve and it probably was not the sole property that he owned.
John Howell journeyed to the Las Vegas Valley from Tarboro, North Carolina, married a local Southern Paiute woman, Sallie, and reared four or five children. Not merely a landowner, Howell worked as a rancher, gold prospector, and owner of a freight business.
And he accomplished all of this without being able to read or write. Imagine walking a mile in his shoes. A historian at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park wrote, “There are no statues of John Howell in any of the communities where he lived or that he helped to establish, but the foundations of our communities and our economy were laid by his industry and grit, and by many unsung people like him. His businesses and ranches were links in the slowly-spun web of commerce that opened this once-remote corner of the Mojave Desert, and allowed the world to rush in to make the oasis we know today. These are the contributions of the first Black landowner in our [valley].”
Indeed, Legacy Park is sacred ground.
BY DR. ELLEN BROWN
Nina Simone recorded this song for her 1965 album, “I Put a Spell on You.” The focus of the song, written by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, was most decidedly political. You know what was going on at the time. The Black community was pursuing steps toward change and that is what Simone was expressing in her rendition of this song. But as we look to the future, we should never forget the past. We know from history that the past repeats itself so learn and do as much as possible from the present.
Present. 2021. History of the past has repeated itself. Kyle Rittenhouse, who would have been described back in the day as a hot-headed little punk, took advantage of a situation that was destined to be volatile and killed two people. It’s a New Day, but the past is repeated in this scenario. This 17 year-old, who undoubtedly killed two and left a third maimed for life, received the benefit of the doubt and was found not guilty by a jury of his peers. Several commentaries have been published for both sides, but for those upholding his innocence, I cannot see it as a good thing for anyone, including the child, Rittenhouse. If a person loses life by the hand of another, it most often is found to be accidental, self-defense, murder, or manslaughter. Not guilty? It’s a new day — or is it?
My purpose here is not to debate the law as it was presented by both sides in this case. I am not qualified to do that; however, since 1964, there has been nearly 60 years of history continuing to be written about the inequities of the justice system. Not only because of the people who seem to consistently receive questionable treatment — but because for some, a new day just never seems to come very often, and when it does, the new dawn, the new life is an exception versus a rule. Feeling good is a valid goal.
Never give up on what you believe. Stay woke, use your power and stay focused on everyone feeling good. You have the power!
I welcome your comments.
Dr. Ellen Brown is an affiliate faculty member at Regis University, Denver. Contact Dr. Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org
As we usher in the New Year, many are ready to welcome new babies in 2022. There are many things to consider during pregnancy, and it is natural for couples to worry about the health of their unborn child. Those common concerns are why it is important to raise awareness about birth defects.
Birth defects are structural changes present at birth that can affect any part of the body. Advancements in medicine and surgery have led to better survival, and thankfully more children with birth defects can grow up to lead full lives.
Awareness of birth defects across the lifespan helps provide individuals, parents, and families affected by birth defects with the information they need to seek proper care. It also gives healthcare professionals the evidence they need to deliver the best care for patients across all stages of life: before and during pregnancy, and in infancy, childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.
Birth defects can happen for many reasons. Although not all birth defects can be prevented, people can increase their chances of having a healthy baby by managing health conditions and adopting healthy behaviors before becoming pregnant.
Having a baby is a special, life changing experience — but it can also present challenges for new parents. Parents of a child with a birth defect can face these challenges and prepare for their child’s needs by learning about their child’s condition.
Meeting the complex needs of a person with birth defects involves the whole family and can be challenging at times. But finding resources, knowing what to expect, and planning for the future can help.
For more information, call Las Vegas All Women’s Care at (702) 522-9640. Or visit us at 700 Shadow Lane #165 in Las Vegas.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman, Las Vegas City Councilman Cedric Crear, Clark County Commissioner William McCurdy II and other officials recently dedicated the new $3.2 million Historic Westside Legacy Park located at 1600 Mount Mariah Drive in the Historic Westside.
The park is a partnership between the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, and is a tribute to the many trailblazers who have led the Historic Westside through the years. The park incorporates unique elements — including the stories of 36 leaders chosen by a community panel.
According to Mayor Goodman, “The Historic Westside Legacy Park is truly beautiful and brings the history of West Las Vegas to the forefront. Legacy Park will serve the community as an inviting gathering place and also a place of education where the residents and founders of the Historic Westside are being recognized.”
She continues, “The city and Clark County worked together to make this park a reality and it is my honor to help recognize and celebrate the great community leaders who are celebrated in the park for 2021. They include: William “Bob” and Anna Bailey; Ruby Duncan; Huedillard “H.P.” Fitzgerald; James “Jimmy” Gay; Theron and Naomi Goynes; Charles Keller; Sarann Knight-Preddy; Dr. Esther Langston; Dr. James McMillan; Daisy Miller; Det. Herman Moody; Sen. Joe Neal; Commissioner William U. and Maggie Pearson; Louis and Vicki Richardson; Jessie Scott; Dr. William W. Sullivan; Helen Toland; Dr. Charles I. West; Brenda and Monroe Williams; and Woodrow Wilson.
Nominations are open now for additional honorees to be added to the park, and the public is invited to submit their selections online. The 2022 honorees are scheduled to be announced at the annual African American Trailblazer Awards at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at Las Vegas City Hall, located at 495 S. Main Street, in the second-floor Council Chambers.
Las Vegas Black Image Magazine would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Senator Harry Reid, who died on December 28 and will be greatly missed by so many people here in the Silver State and across the world. We will always be grateful for the support and love he gave to all Nevadans throughout his remarkable life and distinguished career.
At the recent renaming of Las Vegas’ international airport in his honor, Senator Reid was overcome with pride.
“For my whole life, I’ve been coming and going from McCarran Airport, since the first time I ever got on a plane, back in 1958. This airport has been my gateway to the world. During my 35 years in Washington, I was here a lot. Home means Nevada, and for me, the airport long ago became synonymous with home where I was born and grew up, and where Landra and I have happily raised our children. I love this state.”
Senator Reid’s closing statement at the airport renaming ceremony shows his love for the State of Nevada
“So, it’s the greatest of honors to have my name on this airport. I am grateful to Tick Segerblom, whose idea this was, and to the Clark County Commissioners, who voted to make this change. I also thank all my many forever friends who worked to secure this honor for me, and who generously contributed to the cost of rebranding the airport. No taxpayer dollars will be spent on these changes; all expenses will be covered by donations. That was important to me.”
Congressman Steven Horsford
“Senator Harry Reid was a real-life hero; a colossus of Nevada and national politics who defined what it means to live your life in service to others. Over his five decades of public service, he transformed the lives of millions, but never forgot his small-town roots in Searchlight. His legacy will live on through his work to expand affordable health care, protect immigrant communities, promote conservation, and better the lives of working families—but also through the countless people he inspired and communities that he lifted. He as a fighter until the very end. Senator Reid was a leader, a mentor and a true friend. Sonya and I are saddened to hear of his passing.”
Most importantly, I thank the people of Nevada for letting me serve. It has been the greatest privilege of my life.”
President Barack Obama
“You were a great leader in the Senate, and early on you were more generous to me than I had any right to expect. I wouldn’t have been President had it not been for your encouragement and support, and I wouldn’t have got most of what I got done without your skill and determination. As different as we are, I think we both saw something of ourselves in each other — a couple of outsiders who had defied the odds and knew how to take a punch and cared about the little guy. And you know what, we made for a pretty good team. The world is better ‘cause of what you’ve done. Not bad for a skinny poor kid from Searchlight.”
Happy New Now! Our hope is that each one of you enjoyed wonderful holiday celebrations and stepped into 2022 determined to be a force for good in the world.
We are beginning the year with a spirit of gratitude, and are thankful to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District for the opportunity to speak with Abdur-Rahman Muhammad — a fount of knowledge about the assassination of an American hero, who took us inside the making of the Netflix documentary, “Who Killed Malcolm X?”
The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is also honored in this edition, with some of his most profound words featured in commemoration of his birthday and the national holiday named for the legendary civil rights leader.
Want to see some inspiring Black images? Look no further than our photo essay capturing a grand celebration of the new Historic West Las Vegas Legacy Park — which honors the many icons from the Las Vegas black community who paved the way for progress.
It is with heartfelt sorrow that we recently said goodbye to United States Senator Harry Reid, who gave love and opportunity to our entire community. He will be missed but never forgotten.
In this month’s edition of Community Speaks, we ask readers to offer their ideas for combating violence in our schools — and returning the focus where it belongs: on education.
Of course, we have to give our deepest thanks to all of the contributing writers who offer the best information, education, and inspiration to our loyal readers. If you have suggestions for stories and other content, please don’t hesitate to contact us with your ideas.
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BY LOUIE OVERSTREET
Destructive behavior, actions, and events are being visited upon America in such quantities that the following statement is not hyperbole: American democracy is viewed by ignorant and arrogant people as an aging parent that is now a burden and should be subjected to senicide.
The Republican Party is no longer the party of Abe Lincoln, but has become the Party of Lincoln Rockwell.
The What trio of fear, division, and bigotry are running rampant. The Who ain’t the legendary rock group, but rather the triplets of the Supreme Court, science-deniers, and gun zealots.
The superrich are taking total advantage of too many working-class white folks’ fear of “losing their country to those people.” This leads to a divided nation that is no longer capable of presenting a strong front to the rest of the world on issues that are vital to our national interests. Bigotry in the form of racism, sexism, homophobia, and xenophobia serves as the wedge.
The 2013 SCOTUS decision to gut the Voting Rights of 1965 provided the basis for a spate of voter suppression laws at the state level. Even more diabolical are new measures designed to sabotage the entire voting process. America is only one or two more bad Supreme Court decisions from coming apart at the seams; overturning Roe V. Wade would be one.
Choosing what science to deny is literally killing us due to our collective inability to solve the problems now facing America. When tens of millions of citizens are stupid enough to prefer being dead-wrong to alive-right — based on party affiliation or political ideology — when it comes to lifesaving vaccinations, then the denial of science needs to be added to the list of what is killing America.
Also, do not get me started on what type of value system a gun-nut zealot must have to accept seeing school children slaughtered, rather than support reasonable gun control laws?
Since you now know the what and who, I decided to also share the “how” America is being “kilt to death!”