Thank you for your kind words of support for the newly improved WKIM Newsletter. Our mission is to publish information that educates, enlightens, encourages and entertains. These past few weeks have been rough on so many levels.
Beginning with the most devastating is the loss of loved ones to this horrific virus. How do you reconcile the loss of family and friends who just slip away, without good bye, a hug or a smile?
Too often we take our family and friends for granted. We expect they will always be there, on the phone, a quick bite to eat or just a hug at an event. And then, suddenly, you are filled with regret, all those lost opportunities when you both were doing “something” that you can no longer even remember what, because, whatever it was, really wasn’t that important. With that being said it saddens me to say, in my little universe we have lost a bright light.
We are in shock for the loss of Mrs. Chianti Jackson Harpool. Her family, friends are mourning the loss of an incredible spirit, wonderful wife, a mother and friend to so many “Mrs. Chianti Jackson Harpool” to this ugly and deadly virus. It is hard to even imagine not seeing her beautiful giant smile, the twinkle in her eyes, and I will sorely miss her giant hugs. We are keeping the entire Harpool family in our prayers for their comfort and courage during their time of sorrow. May they find peace in their sweet memories. Please take a moment to read the love letter Adrian wrote below.
This issue is chocked filled with information, there is something for many of you. Please feel free to let us know what else you might want to read… but in the meantime, we have a little bit of alot of information; from the reports from Baltimore City, Congressman Kweisi Mfume, World Bride Magazine, The Glover Report, The Arts, MLM Represents, the CDC,Black Art In America, Arena Players, BMA, National Urban League, Baltimore Cease Fire, Living For The Weekend, and Bill Gates. h
We pray all is well with you, your family and friends! We are truly in this together walking in faith!
Infinite Peace & Immeasurable Blessing, Marsha
Op-Ed: CHIANTI JACKSON HARPOOL:
Adrian Harpool’s Loving Farewell
To Wife’s “Well-Lived” Life, a Victim of COVID-19
By Mr. Adrian Harpool
(BALTIMORE – April 9, 2020) – My delay in posting is perhaps due to my unwillingness to accept the reality of the loss of my dear wife and friend Chianti Jackson Harpool yesterday morning. But in fact in the midst of the 4:00am hail storm to the sound of booming thunder and the sky show of lightning that GOD orchestrated, the Heavens opened to welcome Chianti to her next life.
After a three-week battle with pneumonia and other complications brought by a Coronavirus, she decided to stop her fight and join our friend, Jesus. Her faith in him was never in question for me as we met by her offering a seat beside her at City Temple Baptist Church where she had attended as a child an had been baptized. That began a 12-year relationship with what was likely the kindest and warmest person I have ever met.
She loved those who loved her and tried to love those that didn’t maybe even harder. Never spreading a rumor of a lie about anyone and always quick to give a compliment. She greeted everyone with a smile and offered friendship to all who would accept it. Willing to give without a demand or an angle of her time, talent, or treasure. If you knew her, you know this as the truth.
I, her family, and close friends will miss her dearly, but if we follow her example, we, too, might meet GOD’s approval and as a reward be greeted once again by her sweet smile in the life that Jesus has assured the faithful.
Due to the current laws, only a small private ceremony will be held for the family. We will plan a “Party” for the summer to celebrate “A life well-lived”.
Can’t miss the opportunity to encourage everyone to “Stay Safe”. Thank you for all of the prayers for the family and for me, and do “Keep the Faith”!
Copied from: BmoreNews.com
CONGRATULATIONS CONGRESSMAN MFUME
It’s official Kweisi Mfume was victorious in his race for Maryland’s 7th congressional district seat to fill the seat of former Congressman Elijah Cummings. Mfume assumed the same seat he held from 1987 to 1996, where he left to lead the National NAACP.
The Glover Report: Why is America the biggest loser in COVID-19 Pandemic?
Are we at war? SEE LATEST STATS
By bmorenews on April 27, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked financial havoc on Americans as non-essential businesses across the country are being pummeled.
The US is facing economic fallout. Further, the US government’s first round of Stimulus funding has been highly criticized because it did not reach America’s small businesses. Instead, critics say that money went to corporations and companies that did not need financial assistance.
If small businesses are the backbone of America, one would think the government would have done a better job in protecting these small businesses. Pundits suggest that the possibility of getting money from the upcoming Round 2 of Stimulus funding, including the Paycheck Protection Program, does not look like much better.
A huge reason many small businesses do not have a chance is that they do not have a relationship with their bank of choice. A lesson is do not wait until an emergency to build a rapport with your banking officer. By then, it’s too late.
No. I am not pushing a conspiracy theory. Yes, I am raising the question because the numbers are just that obvious. I don’t think a person needs to be an expert to see that the United States has more confirmed cases and deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic rocking the modern world.
While the outbreak began in China, why has the United States incurred the most damage? After all, the US is a world super power with geo-political interests around the world. Further, there are those who wouldn’t mind changing that. Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran might lead the list.
In any event, if this were some type of biological warfare, it is painfully obvious who the biggest loser is. The US has sustained more than 25% of the casualties. My question is: Why?
Further, how come countries with far less resources are defending themselves seemingly much better than the US? Has someone declared war on us and we just don’t know it?
I think the whole world wants to know the truth behind COVID-19. Meanwhile, I guess we have to just wait for it all to come out. As the old folks say, sooner or later, “it all comes out in the wash.
Stand Up And Fight For Your Health, Life, and Wealth One Day At A Time
By Myrdith Leon-McCormack
The headline reads ” Shake Shack returns $10 million PPP loan to government – CNN reports.”
What??? Is all I can scream in my head for fear my tenants and family would hear me, and want to know what was wrong? While it is an Interesting question, it leads me to wonder, what could be so wrong with this headline?
To a less critical person, not me, this could be a noble move for Shake Shack’s founder Danny Meyer, to decide he would return this money, which was clearly intended for struggling small businesses.
The Paycheck Protection Program or PPP is a loan program that provided $349 billion in the stimulus law called the CARES Act to help small businesses keep their workers on the payroll.
However, in less than two weeks after it started, the program had already depleted its resources. Are you surprised? I am not? That money had already been allocated before I could turn on my computer.
But, how could that be? The real question should not be how did an already big business that has the means of finding other ways to raise much needed capital
to stay alive; actually qualify to even be considered to receive otherwise earmarked financial aid?
I had to ask myself “is my business in a position not only to apply but, whether we had the infrastructure in place to actually qualify for the funds that were being offered?”
Make no mistake, Shake Shack is only one of several large restaurant chains that received federal loans through the corona-virus stimulus law meant to help small businesses. At the time of this email there are more than 100 publicly traded companies have received corona-virus aid meant for small businesses. And, thus far only a few of these public corporations have returned their money.
This extraordinary situation provided me with the much needed opportunity to take
a long hard look at my own business’ infrastructure to see how I could have qualified for this funding as well as other potential funding opportunities and sources offering financial assistance to Small Businesses, Women In Businesses, Black Women owned Businesses, Minority Business owners and other related programs.
As I circulated this information around to my clients, friends, and family some of whom would not qualify for this type of assistance; primarily because their infrastructure was not prepared nor positioned for a crisis of this magnitude. Many businesses including mine were simply created out of necessity, a means
of survival, a way to put food on the table and keep a roof over our heads.
Never, in a million years, could we even begin to imagine that we would not be able to work at our businesses. What many of us may not even realize, because of our passion is that we love the hustle and the excitement. But, it is imperative that we create the pathway to secure our businesses for whatever the economy or situation.
It is going to be increasingly important that we take time for self-examination of our mental, physical, spiritual and financial health, which is all interconnected and goes well beyond this crisis.
These are the difficult conversations we must have if we want to do more than just survive this crisis, we need to come out of this better than before. We must be educated, and ready to make changes- positive changes that will ensure we have a better future for ourselves and our loved ones.
We are not asking you to instantly change everything about your life. That would be impossible without a plan. But a plan must be put in place; if you want my opinion,
I suggest beginning the process with a family member, a partner, a trusted friend that will hold you accountable to accomplishing your vision, goals and objectives.
We recommend you take the time to be strategic and methodical; please do not try to tackle everything all at once; prioritize, create timelines, and then make a commitment to reaching those goals and objectives.
We are in a very uncomfortable place, not knowing when this will end, but one thing
I know for sure, contrary to what has been said, nothing will magically disappear, you will have to address them all; creditors, commitments and other obligations – just take one day and one issue at a time.
Do not worry– many of us will be with you on lock-down, perhaps another 3 -4 weeks or so. It is important that you do something every day, be it make a call, send an email, write a plan… do something and it does not matter what but, you need to start somewhere.
Upon my arrival to Baltimore, I had determined that I would spend the rest of my career at the Afro-American Newspaper. It was there that I learned about Baltimore and her people. It was a wonderful experience, one that I will always cherish! It is the information for us and about us that is so important. As we all know this is not the time for the faint of heart, but it is time for us to support our heritage and our institutions.
The Untold Story Of Joseph Laroche, The Only Black Man Aboard The Titanic
by Parker Diakite
A scale model of the RMS Titanic sits on display at the opening of the Titanic at 100.
Myth and Memory exhibition on April 10, 2012 in New York City. The exhibit opened at the Melville Gallery, part of the South Street Seaport Museum, on the 100th anniversary of Titanic launch on her maiden and only voyage.
The exhibition features mayday communications from the ship, personal artifacts from survivors, production items from Titanic films and interactive multimedia tours through the ship.
The British passenger liner sank in the North Atlantic Ocean, killing more than 1,500 people on April 15,1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton, England to New York City.
(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) TRAVEL NOIR PUBLISHED: APR 23, 2020
The 1997 blockbuster romance Titanic was one of the most successful movies of all time. The movie is about the 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic from the viewpoint of two people, Jack and Rose, who come from different social classes and eventually fall in love after meeting on the ship.
And while the film ultimately tells the story of the ship’s ill-fated voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, its success has proven to be unsinkable as it was thefirst film in history to top $1B at the box office and became the highest-grossing film ever at the time.
Among so many other awards and accolades, the 1997 classic is listed as one of the best love stories of all time despite being based on two fictional characters.
But there was a real-life love story on the Titanic that was similar to the one in the movie and it involves a Black man named Joseph Laroche.
The Black Family Aboard The Titanic
Cap-Haitien is located in the northern part of the country of Haiti and it’s where Mr. Laroche was born on May 26, 1886. Laroche came from an affluent family. His uncle, Cincinnatus Leconte, also served as President of Haiti.
At the age of 15, Laroche decided that he wanted to study engineering. There was no school for such in Haiti so he left for France where he settled in Beauvais to attend engineering school. During his time in France, he met Juliette, the daughter of a wine seller. They soon became friends, fell in love, and decided to eventually get married.
After graduating from school, Laroche was looking for work with his qualified skills. Unfortunately, due to racial discrimination, he was unable to obtain a decent paying job. In the midst of their second child being born, Juliette had faced many medical problems. Taking better care of her is why Laroche decided to move back home to Haiti to look for a better paying job to take care of his family.
When he learned that she was pregnant with their third child, Laroche opted for an earlier departure date to Haiti. Originally, Joseph’s mother purchased first-class passage for the family aboard CGT’s (French Line) newest steamship.
The company, however, did not allow children to eat with their parents, so Laroche traded their tickets for second-class passage on the Titanic. The Haitian engineer was the only black man among the 2,223 passengers and crew. Joseph Laroche was the only passenger of known African ancestry on the ill-fated voyage of the RMS Titanic.
The Night of the Accident
Juliette’s family told the Titanic Historical Society that a steward had come to their cabin and told them to wear their lifejackets because the Titanic had suffered an accident.
Joseph put everything valuable including, money and jewels, in his pockets. Unable to understand, Juliette let Joseph, who spoke English fluently, lead her to the lifeboats.
It took roughly 2 hours and 40 minutes to sink after the ship hit the iceberg.
Laroche did not get on the lifeboat on the morning of April 15. He perished at the age of 25 along with approximately 1,500 other people. His body was never recovered.
Juliette returned to France with her daughters, Simonne and Louise. She later gave birth to a son in December 1912, who she named Joseph Jr, after their father. Louise Laroche was one of the last remaining survivors of the Titanic until her death in 1998.
Eugene Lawrence Foney (1950-2020)
Eugene Lawrence Foney, 69 passed away on April 7, 2020 in Chicago. He was born to Eugene and Ruth Foney in the windy city on October 6, 1950. Eugene was affectionately known as Dad, Brother, Gene, Uncle Eugene, Sporty, Jr. and ELF -for his initials – by his close family, friends, and colleagues. He is better known as a celebrated art consultant, publisher, entrepreneur, and businessman who championed African American artists and culture. He was also known as the ‘art dealers’ dealer’ throughout the United States, with Houston, Texas as his base.
Eugene’s foray into the art world was nothing short of Divine providence. After graduating from Southern Illinois University and working odd jobs, he was in the process of deciding to pursue an MBA at Texas Southern University.
One day while contemplating his future he took a walk. He paused and was moved by a print he saw displayed in the window of a neighborhood cabinet maker’s storefront gallery called the Wood Shop. With a limited budget he purchased the piece on a lay away plan.
After developing a relationship, the owner suggested that he sell prints of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, and other Black leaders to help him pay for his schoolbooks after giving him a catalogue he produced on African American art.
Eager to introduce people to prints by Black artists he successfully sold many of the prints for the Wood Shop. He soon became the person in Texas to ask about art and artists, resulting in him developing the fine art market for American artists of African descent through his business, artcetera, which he developed and expanded for over 40 years.
During this time Eugene was exposed to a diverse range of people who became lifelong clients and friends. Eugene was a staunch advocate for artists. He was also actively involved in the development of the Houston African American Art and Culture Museum and was a member of the Houston Museum of Fine Arts African American support group.
How It Started: In May 2017, a Ceasefire started in Baltimore as a city-wide call asking Baltimore residents to avoid having any murders from Friday, August 4th through Sunday, August 6th, 2017.
It was also a city-wide call asking Baltimore residents to celebrate life during the ceasefire by joining with others to plan and participate in what we call life-affirming events.
The August 2017 Baltimore Ceasefire/Baltimore Peace Challenge was historical for Baltimore City. There were over 50 events, countless residents received the resources they needed, and there was no murder for a total of 67 out of the 72 hours.
At a time when the statistic was one murder every nineteen hours in Baltimore, the beginning of the August 2017 Ceasefire saw 41 continuous hours without murder.
Scholar, educator, and arts administrator Johnnetta Betsch Cole has joined the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) as special counsel on strategic initiatives.
Cole comes to the institution with decades of experience working in senior roles at a number of universities, including Spelman College, where she became the first black woman to serve as the president in 1987. At the BMA, Cole will provide guidance to the board, the director, and the leadership team as they implement the museum’s long-term strategic vision and will work on a pro bono basis for a period of three years.
Cole recently retired from the position of principal consultant at Cook Ross—a firm that supports organizations in establishing and expanding inclusivity initiatives. She is also a former president of the Association of Art Museum Directors and an ex-cochair of the American Alliance of Museum’s Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.
Previously, she served for eight years as the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art. During her tenure, she appointed the first chief diversity officer at a Smithsonian museum; expanded the museum’s outreach to African immigrant communities; opened the first Smithsonian exhibition on the African continent; and launched an initiative to increase the museum’s acquisition and exhibition of works by African women artists.
“We are deeply honored to have Dr. Cole join us in enacting and furthering our vision to make the BMA a truly civic-minded institution,” said museum director Christopher Bedford.
“As we look to the future, and in particular in this moment of uncertainty, we know that her knowledge and dedication to inclusivity in scholarship and public life will be invaluable as we shape the role of the museum and its relationship to the cultural and social landscape of Baltimore.”
Protecting Our Vote During This Pandemic
The COVID-19 coronavirus has posed a unique threat to our Democracy.
With millions of Americans forced to self-isolate, including Presidential candidates, campaign organizers, and poll workers, we are working to ensure that our country continues to protect our election process.
Under the CARES Act we fought for voting protections and we able to secure:
$400 million to the Election Assistance Commission for states to help prepare for the 2020 elections. Coronavirus is already resulting in the postponement of some primaries and this funding can help states make voting safer for individuals.
Funding can be used, for example, to increase the ability to vote by mail, expand early voting and online registration, and increase the safety of voting in-person by providing additional voting facilities and more poll-workers.
A requirement that state/local government provide prepaid postage and self-sealing envelopes, allow voters to designate a third party to collect and submit their sealed ballot, establish Election Day as the postmarked deadline, and allow voters to cure signature matching issues.
The upcoming election presents an opportunity for each one of us to create the future you want by getting registered to vote, understanding the issues, and going out to exercise our right to vote on November 3rd.
Join us and BET in reclaiming your vote! #ReclaimYourVote
What’s at Stake
The coming election is more than just about who will be sitting in the White House for the next four years.
Voters will decide who sits in Congress, our state capitols, and city halls writing the laws that impact us for generations.
Laws that can create or reduce affordable housing, expand access to a high-quality education for our kids, determine how much we pay out of pocket for health costs, and how we vote.
Stay engaged by following us on social media at @naturbanleague and BET on their campaign site:
Mrs. Obama joined former first lady Laura Bush for Global Citizen’s “One World: Together at Home” special to thank the essential health care workers who are risking their lives every day on our behalf.h
How to Protect Yourself & Others
Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem
to be at higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19 illness. COVID-19 is a new disease and there
is limited information regarding risk factors for severe disease. Based on currently available information and clinical expertise, older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Based on what we know now, those at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are: People 65 years and older, People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility, People of all ages with