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A Century Of Black Life, History And Culture We’ve Come A Long Way, But We Still Have A Long Way To Go

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By Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer
African Americans have come a long way in this country since the 19th Century. But there are great strides to be made if we are to realize our political strength. We have a very long way to go.
Without political strength the African American community can never realize its economic strength. And now is the time that we need to realize our economic strength since African American spending power is expected to reach $1.1 trillion dollars by the end of the year. Although we have the spending power down to a science we must couple our vote and political strength to realize those gains.
Politically many would say that from the election of the first African American Mayor in 1868 to the swearing-in of the first African American President and his re-election we have reached the mountain top and there is really no where to go from here. Those with that mentality are dead wrong.


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Closing The Digital Divide

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By Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II
Member of Congress
5th Congressional District

I was 45 years old when the World Wide Web was invented in 1989. Up until the year 2000, my family did not have a personal computer, or a connection to the Internet. We picked up the phone or we sent a letter in the mail. These days, you can barely get by without it. I have a smartphone in my pocket, an iPad at home, and a desktop PC at both of my offices. Now, I still write my speeches out longhand. But when I need to change my health insurance, read the news, or listen to music, I sit down at my desk and get on the Internet. When I want to send you a message, it is in this newsletter, or on Facebook or Twitter. I’m even on Instagram and YouTube now.

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No Charges Against Former Councilman Brooks In Alleged Choking Incident

Eric L. Wesson Sr.
CALL Staff Writer

Special Prosecutor Eric Zahnd announced that he will seek no formal charges against former Councilman Michael Brooks in an alleged incident in which his former aide claimed that the had assaulted her by choking her.
Zahnd said that there was too much “he said, she said”  and that his office’s decision not to file formal charges did not mean that nothing happened.
“We have determined there was not sufficient evidence to prove this case beyond a reasonable doubt. It does not necessarily mean nothing happened. It does not necessarily mean that I do not believe what the alleged victim said,” Zahnd said.
Zahnd said that he didn’t disbelieve Ms. Tonia Titus, but he didn’t disbelieve Brooks either.
Zahnd said that Ms. Titus had alleged that she had, had an “intimate or romantic relationship” with Brooks up until she became employed as Brooks’ aide.
THE CALL has obtained pages of text messages between the two. Although there was no confirmation of an intimate or romantic relationship between the two in the texts dating back to February 2011, there was a considerable amount of flirting going on between the two as well as some pictures Ms. Titus sent Brooks and he responded.
However, during the few  months before the alleged incident Brooks is shown being more and more disturbed by Ms. Titus’ work performance in text messages.



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