ONUMBA.COM – Anita M. Diop is an African– American born and raised in America. But she has a unique way of describing herself: “I’m an African born in America.”
That uncommon Africentric, Pan Africanist portrayal of herself speaks volume about a woman who is ferocious when it comes to her passion for African people and culture. For starters, Diop is married to an African immigrant from Senegal. Her college education focused entirely on Africa. First, was a Bachelor’s Degree in Africana Studies and Speech Communications, followed by a Master’s Degree in African History, with a specialization in Arts and Culture, all from Wayne State University, Detroit. “I love myself and I love my people,” she told Onumba.com in an interview last week. And that’s not an empty cliché, either. Indeed, Diop is profusely involved in a smorgasbord of activities which expresses that love. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – One other mind-boggling streak ended this week outside of the CAVS. It has nothing to do with basketball, though. It was the massive collapse of Hosni Mubarak’s regime in Egypt after nearly 30 years as that country’s iron fisted president. I guess Mubarak deluded himself into believing that Egypt, a country of 80 million people, was his family’s property.
I must say this, though.
President Obama’s response to the crisis, from the start of the people’s protest to the ouster of the regime, was a smorgasbord of laconism. He was wishy-washy, at best, often tinkering around the edges of what really needed to be said. Now the U.S. is cheering the news of Mubarak’s ouster, but its tamed support for the stubborn resilience of the pro-democracy protesters profoundly contradicted its global pitch for democracy around the world.
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ONUMBA.COM – Davante Goins is only 15-years old. But he is not your typical 15-year old.
Goins is a 10th grade sophomore at Mifflin High School. When you talk to him, he sounds every bit like a teenager. And he probably does many of the same things folks his age do. But Goins, notwithstanding his youthful age, is a young man on a mission: to help homeless veterans. Referred by the officials of the Columbus School District, the Call & Post called Goins up last week to find out the kind of things he is up to these days. He is up to a lot.
Goins told the Call & Post he was looking forward to a big meeting on his calendar with the officials of the Columbus Veterans Affairs. There, he would discuss his plan to help homeless veterans.
NBC4 TV has featured his story. He has had meetings with the Columbus City Council and other government leaders to share his plans for helping homeless veterans.
And those plans tell the story of a focused young man with a noble goal. Goins is the chief executive director of ‘Operation Shelter 4 Homeless Veterans,’ an organization he established to help place homeless veterans in ‘transitional homes.’
The group’s website, ‘operation4homelessveterans.org,’ says its mission is “to get homeless veterans off the streets of Columbus, Ohio.” A huge part of that, said Goins, is to refurbish “vacant and abandoned properties, to be remodeled into transition homes for the homeless veterans to reside in.”
“We want to clean up Columbus and get homeless veterans off the street,” he told the Call & Post. He pointed to the “5,700” abandoned and vacant homes in Columbus that could be converted into homes to house homeless veterans. And “the number is still growing,” he said.
ONUMBA.COM – If Ohio’s new Republican Governor John Kasich and Democrats had hoped to work together to get things done, this was not a good start. And the partisan brawl is just starting. Ohio House Democratic leader Armond Budish (D-Beachwood) and his minority caucus have one simple word to describe Gov. Kasich’s rush to privatize a portion of the Ohio Department of Development: “reckless.” Calling this a hugely bad idea, Budish, last week, urged Kasich to go slow on this to allow more deliberation as part of the process. But a gung-ho, rabid, cacophonous, tough talking Kasich is moving “at the speed of business” to privatize Ohio’s job growth efforts, vowing not too long ago to “run over” anyone who is not on board. Continue Reading
ONUMBA.COM – The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Foundation will hold its 13th Annual African American Legislator’s Day Luncheon on February 15. The event will be held at the Statehouse in Columbus.
Onumba.com will cover the event wall to wall. The keynote speaker will be national commentator Roland Martin. The theme of his speech will be “Leadership in Challenging Times.” “We are delighted to have world renowned journalist Roland Martin, who will highlight the achievements of the African Americans in Ohio as well as the national community,” said State Representative Sandra Williams (D-Cleveland), the President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus. State Representative Alicia Reece (D – Cincinnati) will chair the clambake. Continue Reading