To get support in 2018, go to wellwomenofcolor.com and submit your email to get information on my program to help you achieve your health and weight goals through support, education and an easy-to-follow plan. You can also join my private Facebook community of beautiful well women at facebook.com/groups/wellwomenofcolor.
If you have any questions about how you and your loved ones can stay healthy, send an email to email@example.com. You can also visit the Vegas Roots Community Garden to purchase fresh, life-giving vegetables straight from the source. For more information, go to vegasroots.org.
My question is in reference to the small (not even) minority/female business participation in the development of the Las Vegas Raiders’ $2 billion stadium. The answer to my question is, “It ain’t happening!”
Participation by minority/ female enterprises on this project is about as likely as a black developer out of New York City redeveloping the old Moulin Rouge site — some 62 years after it closed — for a $100 million.
The handwriting was on the wall from jump-street. Early on, there were telltale signs that this project was being greased. Elected officials at the state and county levels were more than willing to grab the short end of the stick.
Two quick examples are:
With financing in place and variances granted for building permits, persons concerned with even token participation can forget about it. With a 1,000-day development schedule at a cost of $2 billion, you have a money burn rate of $2 million a day.
In my old days of fighting windmills in pursuit of progress for minority/female enterprises, people often confused me with Don Quixote. I learned that, in the absence of political resolve, large projects would not be held up in order to include our participation.
I’m not talking about providing services on the critical path; I am talking about something as small as providing initial construction signage for $60,000.
The 15% small business participation goal is only lip service. These contracts are still being funneled as pass-through contracts to good ol’ boys as a way of bypassing the objective of building capacity for small businesses in Las Vegas.
The non-profit Now Faith Community Development Corporation recently hosted a live gospel performance by Patti Pennington at The Space entertainment arena.
Pennington — who has earned fame for powerhouse performances at the House of Blues Gospel Brunch — sang for an intimate audience to benefit the charity Cancer Won’t Win. It was a night to remember: the set was recorded for a live album, cancer survivors were recognized, a private auction was held, and guests were met with a red carpet hosted by Jeremy Washington.
The motto of Cancer Won’t Win is, “Winners never quit and a quitter never wins,” says Pennington. “The event’s objective was to encourage and show strength during a cancer battle. I was also so happy to introduce my new wig line, in honor of my mother, called the Patti Jean Wig & Extension Collection. I just want to thank everyone who participated in the gala — and who came out to enjoy a victorious night to remember while helping cancer survivors win.”
We have all done it when the new year rings in: making that resolution to lose weight. We go to great lengths to swear off sweet potato pie, cornbread and even date night — which often comes with the temptation of dessert.
According to a recent poll, more than 20% of us resolved to lose weight and eat better in 2017, but less than 10 percent actually succeeded. Here are five practical strategies to help you reach your goals to lead a healthier life in 2018 and beyond.
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BY YVETTE WILLIAMS
Happy New Year!
On January 21, 2018, women across the country will convene in Las Vegas to celebrate the first anniversary of the Women’s March. We’ll also kick off the Power to the Polls Tour — a national initiative mobilizing women to vote, and empowering women to run for elected office.
In 2017, over 1.2 million women marched on Washington D.C., and over 13,000 women marched in Nevada to push past partisanship and focus on issues impacting their futures and their children’s futures. Organizers expect another huge turnout — and national co-chairs Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory believe that Nevada is the perfect choice to kick off the national tour because of the state’s swing state status, electoral demographics, advocacy for women’s issues, and strong activist community on the ground.
Clark County Black Caucus and other local organizations serving on the host committee encourage any individuals or organizations interested in being a partner or volunteering for the event to reach out to ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com — and for event information, visit www.CCBlackCaucus.com.
It’s important that African-American women are well represented at this event, and ask the community to help get the word out and plan to participate.
Additionally, in commemoration of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the Clark County Black Caucus — in partnership with NAACP Las Vegas and support from Las Vegas City Councilman Ricki Barlow and the Fair Punishment Project — invites the community to participate in the first in a series of meetings on the extreme impact of court fines and fees, penalties, and cash bail in Southern Nevada. A large percentage of law-abiding residents spend time behind bars due to traffic violations that turn into warrants as a result of the inability to pay the high cost of fines and penalties. This event is an official King Week event, scheduled for Jan. 16, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Findlay Middle School (333 W. Tropical Pkwy, North Las Vegas). Visit www.CCBlack-Caucus.com for more information about the program.
Yvette Williams is a community advocate and Chair/Founder of the Clark County Black Caucus, a non-partisan community organization driven 100% by volunteer members registered to vote. Follow her blog at www.YvetteBWilliams.com and on twitter @YvetteBWilliams or contact her at ClarkCountyBlackCaucus@gmail.com for more information.
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS | LORAINE SMITH
R&B sensation Ne-Yo recently attended his Smith Family Foundation toy drive, which was held at a local Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas — where hundreds of disadvantaged young people received gifts at an event managed by the singer’s mother, Loraine Smith. When Ne-Yo arrived, accompanied by his wife Crystal, scores of children screamed with joy as he made his way through the crowd to take selfies, sign autographs, and hand out toys.
Las Vegas Black Image Magazine recently sat down with Loraine Smith — for a conversation about the aim of the foundation and dreams for her family.
Tell me about your Smith Family?
We started this foundation in Nevada in 2016. Prior to that, the foundation was called The Compound Foundation — and it was a Georgia entity, where Ne-Yo used to live. Ne-Yo decided to move back to Los Angeles, and even then, our first giveaway for children always took place first in Las Vegas — where both Ne-Yo and his sister Nicole were raised.
Why was the initial name of the foundation called, The Compound?
The Compound Foundation was started about ten years ago, because it was the name of one of my son’s businesses — his touring company is called Compound Touring.
What is the official objective of the foundation?
The Smith Family Foundation exists to give a helping hand to children in foster care. We try to make them understand that their current situation does not necessarily dictate what their future will be. We want them to know that there are people who care about them and their future.
Are you from Las Vegas originally?
No, I am originally from Arkansas. I came to Las Vegas in 1980 after I got married. My husband’s brother was in the Air Force, and we joined him. That is how the Smith family came to Las Vegas. Ne-Yo got his first job in Las Vegas at a local McDonald’s by Circus Circus, and often jokes that he got fired after burning some fries. Now, I am currently enjoying grandmotherhood. I am very hands-on with my grandchildren. There is always one of my grandchildren at my home. They keep me young.
You have an online business?
Yes. It’s called Ms. Loraine’s Closet, at www.Mslorainescloset.com. I look forward to opening a free-standing store in Las Vegas. It’s like an online thrift store that features many items given to me by celebrities. I have helped my son move out of two homes — and I always get to keep anything I want, because he moves around so much. So I decided to sell of the things and donate the proceeds to the foundation.
How often do you see your son, Ne-Yo?
I see him a lot, and speak to him frequently, because I manage some things for him. He has his own personal assistant, but sometimes it’s easier to call mom. I also work with his accounting firm. I don’t know if you know that some years back he went through a bad time with his accountant, so he had to change firms — and since then, I have been the liaison between Ne-Yo and the new accounting firm.
How many children does Ne-Yo have?
He currently has three children and one on the way. He and his wife Crystal are expecting their second child.
How does the family feel about Crystal being on the reality series “The Platinum Life”?
We are fine with it. What you see on “The Platinum Life” is what you get. Crystal is exactly who she is portraying — herself. I joke with her when she talks about her anger issues. I tell her that I don’t believe she has any more anger issues than anyone else. Sometimes it’s just a matter of maturing and learning how to deal with things in a different way. Crystal is as sweet as she can be.
How would you answer mothers who would like to raise their children to become superstars?
I would love to stand here and take all the credit for Ne-Yo’s success. I was just listening to a program and I heard the saying, “Your children didn’t come from you, but through you.” Our family comes from generations of performers, and my uncle played with the Mighty Clouds of Joy. There always been talent in the family — and I told Ne-Yo that God gave him and audience and eventually he will discover what that audience is for. Both of my children are very talented, and my daughter Nikki Loraine is recording in the studio now. My dream is to see both my children receive a Grammy together. I haven’t given up hope — it’s going to happen.
Many will ring in the New Year with bells on, some will step into it with combat boots, and others will glide in with the wave of unanimous joy at midnight.
As we anticipate the events of the coming year, no one really knows what 2018 will bring. Some things will be challenging — and others will be pleasant surprises that we could have only conceived of in our dreams.
The foundation for peace is the faith we possess, because it prepares us for any situation — good or bad — that may be put in our path. We grow when we release desired expectations and replace them with unconditional gratitude.
Whatever comes will be met with peace, as long as a gracious heart warms your surroundings with positivity. Your response is in your control, and love is the wall that builds your house for peace. It is the unshakable movement connecting all things: Your smile receives a smile; your hug will open arms to receive abundance.
The New Year is a time to renew your mind to face all things with faith and love — while relaxing the chaotic mind, body and soul for a better understanding.
Happy New You is the flight your heart unselfishly takes without knowing the destination.
Doug Jones’ Alabama Senate race victory over Roy Moore — a conservative Republican who “distinguished” himself with a series of raciallycharged actions and multiple child molestation allegations — was a political earthquake in a state that had not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate in a generation.
But how did it happen? Political observers are giving the credit to African-American women — who turned out at the polls in record numbers, gave 98 percent of their vote to Jones, and allowed the Democrat to claim a narrow victory that signals a potentially monumental shift in American politics.
To mark this historic win for black female empowerment, Las Vegas Black Image Magazine assembled more than 100 local women for a celebratory “Yassss … We Vote!” photo shoot.
The ladies also enjoyed speeches from 100 Black Women organization president Tricia Mclaurin, Las Vegas Black Image Magazine contributor/Clark County Black Caucus president Yvette Williams, and Black Image publisher Kimberly Bailey Tureaud. One outcome of this historic day: Plans to honor the voting power of black men, and Las Vegas’ African-American community as a whole.
Here are some of the participants’ reactions:
Grace Gaston: Thank you Las Vegas Black Image Magazine — and congratulations on making history and allowing us to be a part of it. #Honored #WeVote #WeUnite #WeEmpower. What an awesome feeling to be amongst great women again. Thank you.
Robyn McGough: Thank you Las Vegas Black Image Magazine for the awesome opportunity. Congratulations for masterminding the historic moment.
LaVona Lewis: This was the highlight of my year, Las Vegas Black Image Magazine. So many queens, so much fun.
Carol Simpson: I loved being there for the special photo shoot and with my beautiful sisters. #WeVote. Belinda Denise: The photo shoot atmosphere was full of love.
Patricia Snowden: Unity with beautiful women, queens…we are! Yes, We Vote!
Teresa Paxton: Yasss! We did that! Thank you LV Black Image Magazine. I am truly honored to have been a part of this awesomeness.
Roslind Robertson: #Beautiful; #Awesome; #Powerful; #Women; #Sisters. Thank you Las Vegas Black Image Magazine for this awesome opportunity.
Aaliyah Ratliff: Thank you LV Black Image Magazine for all that you do for the community.
Yvonne Lewis: Las Vegas let’s take a moment to give Las Vegas Black Image Magazine a huge shout-out for the awesome job with the mass “Black Girl Magic We Vote” photo shoot. It was fabulous.
Souraya Green: Thank you LV Black Image Magazine for such an awesome vision! It was wonderful being a part of such a grand move. #Yassss! #WeVote #BlackGirlsRock.
Shelia Henderson Glenn: Glad I was able to come out and support Las Vegas Black Image Magazine.
Iris Moore: Thank you Las Vegas Black Image Magazine for bringing this community to the forefront — women of color, “Yassss! We Vote!”
Tshlene Henreid: Las Vegas Black Image Magazine called and we answered. “Thank you” doesn’t measure the feeling shared amongst the beautiful black businesswomen of Las Vegas. The synergy, smiles, hugs, and networking were fulfilling on so many levels. It was all love and all powerful. We appreciate all that Las Vegas Black Image Magazine does for our community and women of Las Vegas. If Alabama can rise to the occasion, Nevada can too. We’re ready! #WeVoteMovement!
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And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer believing, ye shall receive.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble.