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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chicago's Youth Leadership Ages 13 - 40

Jim Allen

There's a growing disenchantment among Chicago's youth leadership ages 13 - 40 as it relates to taking more serious roles within various neighborhoods and communities. This particular age bracket has become frustrated with Elder leadership and has made claims of being restricted, restrained, ignored and alienated. Youth leadership has taken its plight to social media blasting Elder leadership as being out of touch with Generation X and the Millennial Generation.

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"...However, youth leadership fails to
realize several important factors."

My service begin under the tutelage of the late great Rev. Rosetta Henry in 1996. Under her leadership I was elected youth president of Lawndale Gardens complex (1996-98) I was also recognized by the Chicago Housing Authority for my service as youth president and community activism. The point I'm making is youth leadership must understand the importance of SERVICE!

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Every great leader served rather in the Abolitionist Movement, Civil Rights Movement, Women's Rights Movement, Gay Rights Movement or Immigrant Rights Movement. Even the great Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., served in SCLC. Youth leadership ages 13 - 40 must serve in various social organizations: NAACP, SCLC, Rainbow Push Coalition, Urban League, National Action Network, ETC...

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Before he become President of the United States of America, Barack Obama served as community organizer. Serving means to participate, pay dues and remain involved. Serving means waiting your turn. Youth leadership ages 13 - 40 if you're not apart of any social, recreational or religious organization you can forget about receiving any leadership role of prominence. Power is taken, however, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Leadership is passed down! You must align yourself to receive leadership. You must receive the anointing and blessings of the village Elders' in order to effectively lead. You must endure your rites of passage, your initiation of service in order to serve. YOU MUST GO THROUGH IT, YOU CAN DO IT!

Youth ages 13 - 40 you must pay your dues! No one comes to the construction site as a Master, you must first start as an Apprentice and work your way up the food chain of leadership. Although my activism started in 1996 I was licensed a Minister in 1998 (Bethlehem Healing Temple / 12 S. Oakley)...I currently serve as Ambassador of Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago and has been affiliated with Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago since 2007.

If you are a young leader looking for a platform to serve please consider the below Churches and Organizations:

West Side of Chicago:
@ClarenceStowers (twitter)
Mars Hill Baptist Church

@IraAcree (twitter)
Greater St. John Bible Church

@PastorHannah (twitter)
New Life Church

@BishopHermanJac (twitter)
Ark of Safety Apostolic Church

Rev. Marshall Hatch

Rev. Walter Jones

Downtown Chicago
DeAnna Sherman

South Side of Chicago
Diane Latiker

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.

Phillip Jackson

@drhoracesmith (twitter)
Apostolic Faith Church

@PastorHannah (twitter)
New Life Church

@CoreyBBrooks (twitter)
New Beginnings Church

@MichaelPfleger (twitter)
Faith Community of St. Sabina

@CharlesJenkins7 (twitter)
Fellowship Chicago

@om3 (twitter)
Trinity United Church of Christ

@revjamesmeeks (twitter)
Salem Baptist Church

@keepyoheadup (twitter)
Bethlehem Star M.B. Church

At the end of the day the number one place for at-risk youth, youth leadership and all leadership to be is Church. Especially at-risk teens, if you're an at-risk teen you should consider joining a Church - Church will provide you structure and positive role models of family. Join a Church ASAP! Just walk in any Church in Chicago and say "Jim Allen of Tha Movement University sent me".

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I'm asking all
Youth Leaders in Chicago,
let's help in this
great effort.
If you have a coat to
give away please call

Chiraq (HURTING) Black Chicago

The term Chiraq was created by rapper Chief Keef and his band of fatherless thugs. In short it means Chicago is more dangerous than Iraq and resembles Iraq relative to being a war torn City. The war in Chicago is centered around gang violence and the effects thereof. Basically gang violence is seen as sectarian violence in comparison to various foreign Countries.

Chief Keef is a known member of a re-organized faction of the Black Disciples street gang. I say re-organized because before his demise Jerome "Shorty" Freeman the patriarch of the Black Disciples used his energy and influence to change the image, philosophy and methodology of the Black Disciples by making the Black Disciples Nation centered around peace and redemption.

The image of Chiraq has circulated the globe. What people fail to understand is various Countries have Consulate Generals located throughout the Chicago, mostly Downtown. In 2009 I created and operated a program called THE ORDER OF SCHOLARS which was a summer youth program for girls and boys. The program operated mainly in Downtown Chicago. Each day participants of the program was given assignments to write about. They could write about any subject they wished. The program was educational first and recreational second. Among the many places I took my youth group were: BET Headquarters in Chicago, Ariel Capital Management, Amnesty International, Harold Washington Library, Millennium Park, True Star Magazine and of course several Consulate General offices.

One of the duties of the Consulate General is to provide his/her Country with a tourist report. The Consulate Generals office is also in place to help its people as it relates to transitioning from their home Country into their new place of residence, it also helps exchange students as well.

France has been told via their Consulate General and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to inform it's tourists when in Chicago AVOID the West Side of Chicago and the South Side of Chicago beginning at 59th street. To some this may not be a big deal, but to others such as myself I see this as another way to marginalize and stereotype African Americans and Hispanics who overwhelmingly live on the West and South Sides of Chicago.

Did you know the United Center is located on the West Side of Chicago? Did you know the mighty headquarters of the Rainbow Push Coalition and the Nation of Islam are located on the South Side of Chicago past 59th Street? Did you know the second richest street next to Michigan Avenue is (26th Street / Little Village) located on the Southwest Side of Chicago? Did you know the only Black news station celebrating 50 years WVON1690AM is located on the South Side of Chicago past 59th Street?

Who do we blame, do we blame Chief Keef and his promotion of the image of Chiraq? Do we blame Gangs? Or is the media to blame for continuously reporting gang violence in Black and Brown neighborhoods and communities?

According to Superintendent Garry McCarthy crime in Chicago is down, especially in comparison to the 1990's when tourism was at an all time high. No matter who's to blame rather the French Consulate General or the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they both are dead wrong in categorizing entire neighborhoods and communities as unsafe. An apology should be made for such racist ignorance.

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

Chicago Pastors' and SUICIDE

Pastor Teddy Parker Jr.,
and Family

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Suicide- the act of killing oneself on purpose (Webster's New World Dictionary)

On November 10, 2013 Teddy Parker Jr., Pastor of Bibb Mount Zion Baptist Church took his own life. According to reports he sent his family ahead of him to church, then shot himself. His body was found in his driveway. The World Wide Web has been ablaze relative to the issue of suicide as it relates to Heaven and Hell.

Many Conservative Christians has written Pastor Parker off and have played GOD by putting him in Hell via their misinterpretation of scriptures. Of course suicide isn't something I promote as a solution; however, only GOD has the last say no matter how we die.

"...Even though he took his life, Pastor Teddy Parker Jr.,
remains a champion of HOPE thwarts depression and
mental illness simply by the fact he could of killed
his wife and children before he killed himself, but he didn't!".

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The most thankless job in America is being a Pastor and with the explosion of the Cable TV Reality Show Preachers of LA - Pastors and preachers continue to be demonized and ostracized. There are 3 professions in America that has the highest suicide rates: Preachers, Lawyers and Physicians.

Lest we forget the drug overdose of Pastor Zachery Tims, Jr., in each cases we see gifted, young, handsome, strong and intelligent men, yet battling mental and spiritual demons. Its important to note suicide isn't just physical. There are many who have committed suicide mentally and spiritually, they are the living dead who can careless about themselves or others. In Chicago there are many young men and women who have committed mental suicide which is why violence is so high because the conscious of a generation has been self inflicted by poverty, disenfranchisement and fatherlessness.

The plate of a GOOD Pastor is always full. S/he is bombarded with the problems of their parishioners and their personal problems as well. Pastors are sometimes charged of not caring enough for their flocks, then when they go home they're charged with not spending enough time with their families. Its tremendous pressure on all sides. They have to give a sense of stability even though they feel their souls slipping away.

"I haven't made love to my wife in nine months, can't pinpoint why? My children are rebelling. My daughter is pregnant and not married. My son can't seem to keep his pants up. I'm on the brink of having an affair. How can I convince members the importance of paying their tithes and offerings? The strain of striving for higher position in my denomination. My wife wants a $75,000 Lexus for her birthday. Keeping up with personal insurance for the family. Church foreclosure, loans, debt, pressure..."

Another thing to look at is the culture of Black men. For Black men its not manly to be gay, to ask for help, to be broken. Many men, and Black men in particular are broken and have been broken since daddy left mommy and never re-entered their lives. We have Black men in our Churches well dressed, smelling good, looking like a picture of perfection, nevertheless, deep within they are broken.

Black men (not all) simply do not believe in counseling nor do Black men accept the fact they might be suffering from depression or bipolar disorder. They'd rather allow ego and a macho attitude to overpower clinical or spiritual diagnosis and treatment. Most Black men aren't whole, but in a World where Governments shutdown and tsunamis wipe out tens of thousands of people at one time, I guess the entire World needs to be made whole? Being whole doesn't mean ONE is perfect, but ONE has the tools to: manage, deal and cope with life's situations.

"Never allow your passion to consume you!"

At the end of the day we're all human. We have emotions, and even the brightest of us have made gross decisions and mistakes. World Governments have murdered millions based on reasonable doubt not absolute truth. As we evolve relative to mental paradigm shiftings: Slavery, Jim Crow, Civil Rights, Women's Rights, Gay Rights,  Immigrant Rights, Human Rights may we embrace those who fight for us no matter their intention and motivations.

May we embrace through candid love our Public Servants, and in particular our Pastors' on the front lines. Call your Pastor. Email your Pastor. Tell your Pastor you love him/her. Support your Pastor as much as you can.

Every Church has an ANGEL in it. The ANGEL is the PASTOR (Revelation 1:20) when Pastors' realize GOD views them as ANGELS over his flock they will truly begin to give their problems and the flock's problems to GOD (Jeremiah 3:15).

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Monday, November 11, 2013

Pastors & Ministers: Chicago Defender

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Ronald E. Childs (Interim Publisher/Executive
Editor of the Chicago Defender)
 and Jim Allen

Some of Chicago's Pastors and Ministers have agreed to ask their members to buy a Chicago Defender Newspaper every Wednesday. Often in Chicago we're bombarded with negative images of Black and Brown youth. The Chicago Defender is the opposite of what many have been falsely told about Black Chicago. The Chicago Defender was founded in 1905 which makes it over 100 years old.

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Bishop Roosevelt Watkins,
Ronald E. Childs (Interim Publisher/
Executive Editor) of the Chicago Defender

When one reads the Chicago Defender they'll get a bird's eye view of the World through the soul of Black excellence. The Chicago Defender covers World news, National news and Local News. Here's another fact, when you support the Chicago Defender you directly support the Bud Billiken Parade which is the largest and oldest African American Parade in the United States founded in 1929 by Robert S. Abbott who also founded the Chicago Defender in 1905.

So the next time you're at the corner store, gas station or downtown be sure to support the Chicago Defender. Make a habit out of supporting the Chicago Defender Newspaper by buying one every Wednesday.

Below are the Pastors' and Minister's
in support of the Chicago Defender Newspaper:
Rev. Clarence Stowers
Pastor John Hannah
Bishop Roosevelt Watkins
Rev. Cy Fields
Bishop Herman Jackson
Min. Darius Randle
Min. Kendra D. Spearmen
Rev. Joyceann Crump
Min. Tasha Gates
Rev. C.L. Brookins
Min. Wanda Norris
Rev. Ira Acree
Rev. Marshall Hatch
Father Michael Pfleger
Bishop James E. Dukes
Pastor Merrick Jackson
Dr. Darlene Allen Nickols
Pastor Chuck Rogers
Min. Melody Winston
Rev. Jacquie Lewis
Pastor Tim White
Pastor Corey Brooks
Rev. James Meeks
Bishop Larry Trotter

Rev. Joyceann Crump
and Jim Allen

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Meet Chicago's (WEALTH COACH)

LaTorya Street

There's a great "Wealth Coach" in Chicago providing people with knowledge as it relates to investing. Her name is LaTorya Street and she's a State Farm Insurance Agent. LaTorya's agency is located on the West Side of Chicago but reaches across the City and State.

Here's something startling, who wants to be a millionaire? "A person 21 years old investing $1,000 monthly in State Farm Whole Life Insurance would have a total of $1,000,000 by age 60!" Here's another startling fact "A Pastor or Business Owner age 30 - 35 who doesn't have a (401K Plan) investing $200 monthly in State Farm Whole Life Insurance would have a total of $85,000 by age 60!"


Here's another great fact "For only $30 DOWN and $15 MONTHLY a person could have State Farm Life Insurance good for AUTO LOANS, BURIAL EXPENSES, HOME MORTGAGE, OUTSTANDING DEBT, and EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES!" The cheapest funeral is around $5,000 "With State Farm Life Insurance you only put $30 DOWN and pay $15 MONTHLY and you'll have a $50,000 BURIAL INURANCE POLICY!" Do what's best for yourself and your family, contact LaTorya Street ASAP!

State Farm Agent
LaTorya Street
5215 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60651