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On Monday, April 18, the Chicago Cubs are honoring Jackie Robinson’s contributions to the game of baseball during our matchup with the Rays. In addition to a ticket to the game, fans who purchase this ticket offer will receive a special-edition Jackie Robinson Day Cubs hat. A portion of the proceeds from each Jackie Robinson Day ticket will be donated to Chicago Defender Charities.

To purchase tickets for a group of 15 or more, please call 773-404-4242 or email cubsgrouptickets@cubs.com to work directly with a Cubs representative. Tickets for Cubs games at Wrigley Field will be delivered exclusively as mobile tickets via the MLB Ballpark app. To view and use tickets log in to your existing MLB.com account in the MLB Ballpark App or create a new account with the same email address used to purchase your ticket(s). For tickets, visit http://www.cubs-tickets.org/?msclkid=ea30cd5c7c1712a377dcaf130eda62d7. – Content Curated By MG Media

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CDC URGE THAT YOU GET VACCINATED: IT CAN SAVE LIVES! – MG Media

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PUBLISHER’S PEACE

The Cops Are Executioners

For every dumb criminal that law enforcement luckily catches, there’s also one Black man being unluckily killed at the hands of the police. Not just police, but for some reason, it seems like it’s always a White cop doing the assassination. How come we never see White cops murdering White pedestrians in cold blood for the world to see? Also, how come we never see a Black cop smoking’ either a Black or White traffic offender? There have been incidents where Black cops attempted to show off for the White cops, but those are few and in between.

Why, because the White cops want that credibility of being the one who lays out a Black man dead in the streets. We’ve seen the recent report that KKK members and Neo Nazis and other bigoted organizations are finding landing pads in police departments across America and within the ranks of the armed forces. It’s not like Black folks haven’t known that for decades. Come to think of it, who releases these studies and why? How do their findings help Negroes? In the report, they also stated that racists are deep in corporate America! Now, who didn’t know that?

The Cops Are Executioners, so let’s be real about it. What will it take to acknowledge this horrific fact? Where are Black Mayors, Governors, and Police Chiefs? They stand on podiums and defend bogus cops who’ve committed criminal acts against tax-paying citizens. We just saw another Black man get shot in the head while on his back! Is this the price for getting a speeding ticket or driving with suspended licenses, outdated plate tags, or not stopping completely at a stop sign? Killing brothers before they even have a chance to stand in front of a racist judge. What an efficient system they’ve established. It’s horrible and sickening. But it’s working!

When will elected officials and local and national members of law enforcement denounce these kinds of criminal acts the same way they explode on the scene to catch and critique the actions of someone like the mentally ill man who shot up the subway in NYC? They spend a lot of time examining this one man’s life. They wanna change and make new laws when a lone gunman disrupts the public. But when cop after cop after cop continues to murder Black men on video, they never talk of literally changing laws.

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Honestly, I have no respect for law enforcement. I know many cops and I’ll always express to them to be safe on these streets. I know and respect the fact that they’re holding down a steady job and it’s how they make a living. But for the bigoted cops who get on the department in order to have the legal authority to murder, harm, disrespect, and mistreat mainly Negroes, please… There are some great lawmen and women on staff at police houses across the country. It’s the system of policing that’s rotten to its core. The system was erected with bad intent, and it still today, operates with those same unlawful acts of violence and disrespect towards people of color!

These are cops who show no restraint and professionalism. Their only professional object is to count the Black dead bodies. I think it’s a right of passage or initiation that they must go through in order to really be considered a ‘racist in blue.’ These continued executions of Black men week in and week out can’t be by accident. These are planned attacks when encountering a Black dude roaming select streets in certain cities. I’ve been fortunate not to have encountered any really badass cops who were trying to earn their stripes. I’ve been in the company of some awful actors, but my intellect completely overtook their minimal skill set. I acted like they were the smartest people in the room. Therefore, they saw me as no threat.

They were just not smart enough to see through my plan of mental attack. They wanted to be hostile, but I diffused them. But for every brother who has lost their life at the hands of a prejudiced cop, I’m saddened and terribly hurt. I wish the world was kinder and more gentle to one of its most valuable resources. But for some reason, through decades or centuries of mass media propaganda, some White people and others continue to see Black men as little more than objects that belong in body bags. Here is a video: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox?projector=1. Let me not forget, HAPPY BIRTHDAYJackie Robinson! Until the next edition… I Write to Differ

Seek the TRUTH, Know the TRUTH, Speak the TRUTH!

(Carl D. West is the CEO/Publisher of MG Media and managing editor of TBTNews, a daily digital media platform. He’s also the Chairman of the Board of the Black United Fund of Illinois (BUFI). He’s founder & chairman of the Leadership Initiative, an organization that trains young Black boys ages 14-18 to focus on Leadership, Critical Thinking & Entrepreneurial Skills. C0-founded VOTE 2 Live! initiative)

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TBTNEWS ALERTS

Ladder Up, a Chicago-based non-profit that offers FREE financial literacy and tax preparation services to low-income families and individuals. Since opening its doors in 1994, Ladder Up has returned $1.42 billion to over 750,000 clients. This 2022 tax season, Ladder Up has processed over $17,378,154 million in refunds with an average refund of $2,038.

To date, the organization has completed 8,525 tax returns, helping 12,007 individuals and households through 17,896 volunteer hours, given by 399 volunteers. These numbers continue to grow in the days leading up to the tax deadline. With the April 18th Tax Deadline fast approaching, Ladder Up’s FREE in-person and online Tax Assistance Programs remain open so that Illinois residents, who most need help preparing and filing taxes, get the support they need. On April 16thLadder Up will host a “Super Saturday,” increasing staffing at seven of its in-person tax sites, working with over 200 trained volunteers to help close out the tax year on a high note.

All sites provide FREE tax assistance in filing state and federal taxes for residents who earn up to $32,000 as an individual or up to $58,000 per household. Ladder Up’s FREE in-person and online Tax Assistance Programs is Saturday, April 16 at designated Ladder Up sites around Chicago. For more information, contact Aneta Pietraszek at apietraszek@goladderup.org or Melissa Ben-Yoseph at melissa@kelzmedia.com. – Content Curated By MG Media

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JOB POSTING: The Chicago White Sox are looking for a Director of Digital Content to lead strategy, development and implementation of the organization’s digital video and digital content teams. Candidates should contact Scott Reifert at REIFERT@chisox.com. – Content Curated By MG Media

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Harold Washington Celebration

Organizers with The Harold Washington Foundation & The People’s March Inc. are asking the community to register your vehicle for a 100 Car Caravan and ride with us in peace as we reflect, celebrate, and pay tribute to Chicago’s first Black Mayor, Harold Lee Washington.

Mayor Washington was born on April 15th, 1922, and would be 100th years old this year. The aim of these efforts is to keep Mayor Washington’s legacy alive. The Harold Washington Foundation is determined to highlight and memorialize his achievements and his history. The Harold Washington Foundation, The Black Star Project, Justice Or Else CommitteeDr. Spencer Leak Sr. and other sponsors are celebrating the anniversary with a special tribute to Washington’s work. On Friday, April 15th at 9:00 am there will be a Community Breakfast Giveaway at the Harold Lee Washington Park District, 5200 South Hyde Park Boulevard. At 1:00 pm, The Harold L. Washington Peace Parade will begin at Washington Park, located at 5531 South King Dr. After the Car Caravan, there will be a reception.

Darva Watkins, President of The HLW Foundation wants everyone to join the 100th Car Caravan by visiting www.TheHaroldWashingtonFoundation.net or contacting Antoinette Simmons at antoinettejewelsimmons@gmail.com or 312 709 8344. – Content Curated By MG Media

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NEWS RELEASES

1954 Project Awards $5 million to Black Leaders: The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education [CAFE Group]—will award five $1 million grants to Black leaders in education during the 1954 Project Luminary Awards on April 28. Actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, whose mother was an educator, kicks off the 2nd annual event. Musician and education advocate Pharrell Williams and actress Vanessa Bell Calloway are featured presenters in the virtual awards show.

To register and learn more visit 1954Project.org. The 1954 Project has raised nearly one-third of its $100 million goal through contributions from its founders, Don and Liz Thompson; the Walton Family Foundation; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and many other donors. “For this year’s Luminary grants, we received over 200 applications from Black leaders in education,” said Liz Thompson, The CAFE Group President. “We are so impressed by the caliber of the applicants that—in addition to the $5 million we’re awarding—we’re funding an additional $250K to outstanding finalists to further support the vast ecosystem of Black-led education nonprofits.” 2022 1954 Project Luminaries:

▪ Diversity in EducationAdrinda KellyBlack Education for New Orleans.
Supports Black educators and select Black-led schools in Crescent City.
▪ Innovation in Teaching and LearningNikole Collins-PuriTechbridge Girls (Oakland, California). Equips educators and STEM professionals with curriculum and training for BIPOC girls pursuing STEMJamyle CannonThe Bloc (Chicago). Leverages sports-based education to provide academic and social resources to youth. Will JacksonVillage of Wisdom (Durham, North Carolina). Uses Black parent power to ensure Black learners a culturally affirming educational environment.
▪ Economic MobilityJerelyn Rodriguez, the Knowledge House Fellowship (Bronx, New York). Teaches digital skills to populate the education­-to-­employment pipeline nationwide.

The Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education GroupThe CAFE – (501c3), was also founded in 2014 by Liz and Don. It is committed to supporting and mentoring students and professionals through various stages in life and to broadening the landscape of African-American philanthropy. Learn more at thecafe.org. The 1954 Project is a philanthropic initiative that champions Black leadership to fulfill the promise of quality education for ALL. The 1954 Project exists at the intersection of education, leadership, and giving. For more information, contact Meredith Leigh Moore at 612-520-7569 or meredith@Leveretteweekes.com. – Content Curated By MG Media

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“Congrats to Ald. Jason C Ervin on the hard work you do on our behalf each and every day. We love you and appreciate you! Thanks to the “African-American Contractors Association” for honoring him.” – Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Wife of Mr. Ervin

WEST SIDE STORY: African American Contractors Association (AACA) hosted their 28th Annual Membership Awards Gala at South Shore Cultural CenterAACA president Omar Shareef presented awards to top performers like Glenn Harston, Wilbur Milhouse, Alderman Jason Ervin, Sabreena El-Amir, John Russell, Michael Meaher, Sashe Ivy, Melinda Kelly, and Gheorge Castea. Congrats to all! NOW, TBTNews would like to wish its contributing photographer a huge HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Yesterday was a very special day for Ms. Lanette “Lil Diva” Warbington. She has worked extremely hard over the years to establish her jewelry business and to insert herself deeper into Chicago’s underbelly of politics and business. She’ll be roaming around town this weekend involved in multiple celebrations commemorating Mr. Harold Washington’s 100th birthday. She’ll also attend other events and gatherings, flashing her big smile and dressed in purple with very stylish shoes and big jewelry. Chicago, wish Lanette a wonderful weekend as she continues her birthday celebration! – Content Curated By MG Media

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Mr. Harold Lee Washington

SNEAK PEEK at Harold Washington

Harold Lee Washington (April 15, 1922 – November 25, 1987) was a lawyer and politician who was the 51st Mayor of Chicago. Washington became the first African American to be elected as the city’s mayor in April 1983. He served as mayor from April 29, 1983, until his death on November 25, 1987. Born in Chicago and raised in the Bronzeville neighbor

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