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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's (YOUR) Solution To Youth/Gang Violence In Chicago?

Many are looking to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city, county and state officials to provide a solution to youth/gang violence in Chicago; however, Tha Movement University wants to know "what is (YOUR) solution to youth/gang violence in Chicago?" 

Its evident some politicians didn't grow up in systemic poverty or had to dodge bullets while going to school, playing in the park, or standing in front of their homes. I'm starting to think some of our politicians, especially those who didn't grow up in urban ares simply don't understand the roots causes, residual side effects of youth/gang violence in Chicago.

That isn't to say they don't have great ideas relative to stopping or greatly reducing violence in Chicago, but it is to say they don't fully comprehend the sectarian violence that comes with the terrain. In other words it wouldn't be wise to drop a Harvard graduate of economics in the Middle East to broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. You'd need someone skilled and trained in foreign affairs and the history thereof for such a monstrous task. 

The Mayor of Chicago is focusing on stopping the flow of guns into Chicago, however, the City Council recently approved conceal carry in Chicago...sounds a bit like an oxymoron, nevertheless as American citizens we have the right to bear arms, thus conceal carry is constitutional when put in perspective. Any wise community leader knows its not productive to knock the Mayor or Governor for (their) solutions as it relates to thwarting youth/gang violence in Chicago. Who knows, they're probably doing the best they can with what they have. 

But lets put the Mayor, Governor, Police Superintendent aside and ask ourselves what is the Black Community's AGENDA, PROPOSAL and PROGRAM to stop youth/gang violence among our sons, daughters, cousins, nieces and nephews? How do we as a community deal with this issue outside of waiting on others to find solutions to a problem our children are perpetuating? Do we start by dealing with: GANGS, GUNS, DRUGS, MISUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA, GANGSTER RAP MUSIC? 

Tell me whats your AGENDA, PROGRAM, PROPOSAL besides waiting on the great white hope to save you? Don't get it twisted, I love me some White folks, but gang violence prevention in Chicago must be spearheaded by Black leaders and assisted by ALL of will help us out this rut and national shame! 

Therefore I ask, WHAT'S (YOUR) SOLUTION TO YOUTH/GANG VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO? Do you know how to create, develop and implement a program, proposal or agenda? If President Barack Obama came up to you and said "I've been hearing about the violence in Chicago, what can I do to help turn the tide?" What would you say? Would you have a proposal, agenda or program to give him or would you say I don't know Mr. President but you need to do something? You just failed the test, the President asked you what can he do and you didn't have an answer, agenda, proposal, program or even a bullet point flash card to submit to him. 

My friends, the Civil Rights leaders of the 50's and 60's had an agenda, program, purpose and proposals that led to the 1964 Civil Rights ACT! Stop begging the government for a solution, no, you take the solution to the government and demand they support your AGENDA, PROPOSAL, PROGRAM! You can't lead the people if you don't have an agenda, proposal or program to submit on the people's behalf! 

"...lets go from rhetoric to results, 
from marching to markets, from protests to programs!"  

jim allen

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Kids Off the Block recently closed the doors of their community center due to financial difficulties. Kids Off the Block is operated by Diane Latiker a nationally recognized CNN and BET heroe fighting thwarts violence in Chicago, please click below links: 

We're asking ALL near and far to please click the below LINK and support Kids Off the Block. This program is desperately needed in Chicago. Many thanks for your contribution. 

jim allen

2014 / Who Are Chicago's BLACK Leaders?

Where are Chicago's Black leaders?! The Black leadership of Chicago isn't doing anything for the community is what those who aren't in the mix and are disconnected are saying. Of course if you're not in the mix and disconnected it seems there isn't any Black leadership in Chicago; however, looks can be deceiving. 

Below is a list of Chicago's BLACK leadership. It's our hope those on the outside will stop acting as free agents/free radicals and join one or more of the Black leadership organizations, initiatives or groups listed below. 

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And a list of Black politicians providing leadership as well as Pastors! Contact your Alderman and join their Democratic Ward Organizations! Contact your States Representatives and Senators and join their Task Forces and Initiatives! 

Illinois House Legislative Black Caucus 
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Chicago Alderman Black Caucus 
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Until you have joined and worked with ALL the above and can't find any solutions is when you have the right to say there is no Black leadership in Chicago! Until then be silent, humble yourself, stop reinventing the wheel and become a true TEAM player. 

Be sure too click all photos 
for a better VIEW!

jim allen 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Has 1390AM Blackballed Rev. Charles Jenkins?

Pastor Charles Jenkins 

April of 2014 a story and nude photo of Pastor Charles Jenkins appear all over the Internet shaking the Christian world to its core. Not again, not another Pastor caught in a scandal is what many were hoping and praying, but it was. This time it was Rev. Charles Jenkins a prominent Pastor on the South Side of Chicago.

His song AWESOME won all kinds of awards including a Grammy, but as the saying goes "no good deed goes unpunished" in other words when good is done, the devil is ever present to accuse and punish the doers of good. Rev. Jenkins is yet fighting for his life relative to building trust from his congregation and friends in ministry.

THE QUESTION however is has 1390AM blackballed Rev. Charles Jenkins song "Awesome?" If you listen too 1390AM like I do and I do quite'll discover the song Awesome hasn't been played in a few months. Seems like right after the scandal 1390AM stopped the song from it's playlist. Below is 1390AM playlist, you'll notice Awesome isn't in rotation anymore. Please click below LINK:

But why - why stop playing a song that has blessed THOUSANDS of people throughout the Country? Are the staff and management disappointed in the right Reverend, if so should a personal feeling about someone be just cause not to play such a powerful song? If the man's wife and family has forgiven him then who the hell are we not too forgive him?

It's not right and it's not fair! Total hypocrisy, Tha Movement University demand the song AWESOME be put back in 1390AM playlist!

jim allen   

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Chicago Police Lost It's Morale?

Morale- the confidence, enthusiasm and discipline of a person or group at a particular time.

In early 2011 Mayor Rahm Emanuel hired Garry McCarthy (a veteran officer of the New York and Newark Police Departments) to head the Chicago Police Department as it's highest ranking officer, Superintendent. Since Mr. McCarthy's time in office homicides seemed to decline until several news agencies reported those numbers were manipulated and homicides were classified as other types of crimes thus theoretically dropping the homicide rate.

Tha Movement University talked with a few Chicago police officers who didn't want to be named and what we discovered was startling to say the least. According to some of the officers we spoken to the morale of Chicago police officers are at an all time low. "You thought our morale was down under Jody Weiss, well, it's ten times that under Garry" is what one officer said with tears in his eyes.

From what we were told, Mr. McCarthy's pressure and almost superhuman high demand of district commanders is extremely stressful causing commanders to in turn put those same superhuman demands on Sergeants and Beat Officers. Officers claimed of being at the brink of committing suicide and suffering from PTSD due to their rigorous inhumane treatment.

"In sports when a team isn't performing 
the team isn't fired, the coach is usually fired".

"We're not allowed to talk to the press about how we feel. We can't show emotions or the public we'll think we are weak, but on the inside officers are mentally and physically suffering" is what another officer said. Of course we all know being a Chicago police officer isn't for the faint of heart. One has to be tough and prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice on a daily basis.

I asked a couple officers would Al Wysinger be a better choice? They all agreed yes! The reason they agreed Al Wysinger would be a better choice is because he has the respect of Chicago police personnel, he also has experience as a district commander which gives him a certain insight of the terrain. "Al Wysinger knows how to move resources from one district to the next, he knows how to deal with dissident officers. He's one of us" an officer said.

So why wont the Mayor of Chicago hire a Superintendent from the ranks of the Chicago Police Department, why continue to hire outsiders who have no human resource skills relative to paying his dues and coming up through the ranks of the Chicago Police Department? The answer is startling, Tha Movement University was told the Chicago Police Department is under FEDERAL investigation due to inside corruption of cops working for street gangs, John Burge fiasco, and other high crimes and misdemeanors. Click below LINKS:

My friends, the Chicago Police Department may never have one of their own as Superintendent due to decades of corruption (not by all cops) but by enough to the degree the Department remains under federal investigation and until the investigation is over Superintendents' for the Chicago Police Department will continue to be outsiders of whom federal investigators feel aren't tainted by corruption.

Nevertheless, at the risk of low morale and Superintendents who lack the respect of district commanders and officers is one hell of a risk to take! After two outsiders as Superintendent I think it's time federal investigators re-examine this practice. Every organization, department, agency, etc., are gonna have corrupt and dissident employees; however, in the case of the Chicago Police Department it's a difficult case to sort out. If the Mayor of Chicago desires to see homicide rates plummet pragmatically, than Al Wysinger a man free of corruption and vice should be the next Chicago Police Department's Superintendent. He'll reform and reinvigorate the Chicago Police Department which will restore respect for Chicago police officers among themselves and in neighborhoods and communities.  

jim allen 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Should Blacks Celebrate July 4th?

This question has been asked for decades. As an African American, Negro, Colored, Black man I struggled for years with this very question until a few years ago. Of course the history of the Black man in America is one of tragedy and hope; however, to not celebrate July 4th would be a smack in the face of great African Americans who fought and gave their blood for Civil Rights.

The first man to die for INDEPENDENCE from the British was a Black man named Crispus Attucks! Many have argued the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution didn't include African Americans...that may be true, but nor did it include poor White men who didn't own property, it also didn't include White women as well which is why we had a Civil Rights Movement and a Women's Suffrage Movement.

Although Blacks as a whole may not have been included then, they are included now. Thank GOD for 1865 and 1964! African Americans literally freely built the economic and educational backbone of the United States of America directly and indirectly. Many of our Ivy League schools were funded by African American slave labor. Please click below LINKS:

African Americans and their struggle changed the moral fabric of America. The Black man of America has every right too celebrate July 4th! The Black man of America should be proud to celebrate July 4th! Without Frederick Douglas pressuring Abraham Lincoln where would America be? Without the brilliance of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois where would America be? Without the courage of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Mary McLeod Bethune where would America be? Without Martin L. King, Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis, Jesse L. Jackson Sr., Whitney Young, A. Phillip Randolph where would America be? Without 4 Whites and 2 Blacks where would the NAACP be, thus where would America be?

African Americans have made tremendous advancements for American society as a whole. Without African Americans its possible segregation and the second class treatment of women would of went on longer then it did. The United States of America is a better Country because of the struggle and ultimate sacrifices of African Americans. Please click below LINKS and read the US Congress and the US Senate apologizing for African American Slavery and Jim Crow.

"...Be proud to be a Black man or woman! Know that you come from a people that 
has overcome amazing odds. You come from a forgiving people, a creative people,
a people of tragedy and a people of HOPE!"

"Say it LOUD... 

This is our Country rather you're Black, Brown, Yellow, Red or White! This is our America! This is our Nationality! We all have a RIGHT to celebrate July 4th in light of its primitive meanings, in light of the blood sacrifice of Blacks and Whites in the American Revolution, Civil War and war for Civil Rights and Women's Rights! In light of Black leaders assassinated for Civil Rights we celebrate July 4th! The sweat, tears and blood of many was not in vain thus we shall CELEBRATE!

Love your Country! Raise your flag! Celebrate the 4th of July! Praise the LORD and pass me the hot sauce! E pluribus unum "OUT OF MANY, ONE!"

Jim Allen,
Tha Movement University 

Are BIG Churches ((KILLING)) Small Churches?

In the mid 1990's there was an explosion of BIG BOX, MEGA Churches in the United States of America, especially within the African American community. Most of these churches are centered in poverty stricken areas surrounded by high crime and drug dealing which makes them all the more appealing relative to offering an alternative to the madness of urban life.

Is there a science behind building a big box, super mega church? I ask is there a science relative to the fact just about everything we do is centered around science, rather politics (political science) or our everyday habits (social science). Is there a science behind building a huge church and does that science intentionally /or/ unintentionally involve taking members from smaller churches?

"...are we witnessing the DEATH 
of storefront Churches?" 

Are we seeing the "Death of the Storefront Preacher" as s/he continues to lose members to more attractive and bigger churches? Can smaller churches thrive and survive or should they close up and merge their congregations with the big box, super mega churches?

What do you think,
please feel free too comment below?

jim allen

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JULY is HIP HOP Heritage Month In Chicago!

On July 9, 2003 Chicago Hip Hop Heritage Month was adopted by the Chicago City Council. The initiative was introduced by one of Tha Movement University's BEST Chicago Alderman - Alderman Walter Burnett. Many thanks to this great man of Phi Beta Sigma for all his hard work down through the years. Alderman Burnett continues to fight for the poor and disadvantage. He continues to fight for ex-offenders relative to assisting them in living better lives as law abiding citizens.

Make no mistake about it, Hip Hop has changed the World for the better. Some may ask what is Hip Hop? Hip Hop is a genre of music linked too a culture founded by African Americans that promotes education, being cool, having swag, dressing sharp, working a job and being able to spit rhymes of poetry over a funky beat.

When you hear artists and groups like: Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Common, Salt-n-Pepa, LL Cool J, MC Lyte, Queen Latifah, Kid 'N Play, Nas, TLC, BBD, Boyz II Men, Jodeci, Guy, Digital Underground, Jay Z, Eric B and Rakim, and some of Tupac and Biggie Smalls, etc., you are hearing the power and influence of Hip Hop. Hip Hop also sort of encompasses the New Jack Swing era. Hip Hop tells a story of overcoming the hood, it tells a story of consciousness over criminality and misogyny. Hip Hop lyrics and beats have been featured in fortune 500 companies (commericals). Hip Hop continues to change paradigms and shape cultures around the World.

Although African Americans invited Hip Hop the art form isn't exclusive to African Americans only. Hip Hop is a culture and religion for anyone within the World who desires to overcome systems of oppression. Last but not least... Hip Hop is ((NOT)) Gangster Rap...although some Gangster Rappers make Hip Hop music the art form itself is SEPARATE from Gangster Rap!

jim allen
Tha Movement University  

The VICIOUSNESS of Arlene Jones

Arlene Jones 

What's up with Chicago West Side native Arlene Jones and the vicious articles she writes that demeans and degrades the poor, single Black women and Pastors? Do this woman have any respect for public decorum and why does a very well established West Side Newspaper allow her silly articles to be published?

Here's an example where Arlene Jones basically blamed Heaven Sutton's mother for her untimely death. Click this LINK: the woman has no compassion or understanding when she writes. At first I thought it was just a fad. I thought, well maybe she's trying to build an audience for her articles/columns, but month after month and year after year its the same ole garbage.

Now, whenever I pick up that wonderful West Side Newspaper I simply turn pass Arlene Jones column simply because I know it's filled with hate, disgust, disdain and contempt for people not in her social/economical stratosphere. Hey Arlene, there's no LAW against children selling candy at 11pm with their mom in order to save money for a trip to Disney world!

Arlene, if you don't like how the hood / ghetto is being ran why don't you run for Alderman and change things? I forgot, you ran several times and lost. Black men wearing $2 t-shirts, Black women on welfare is all you seem to talk about. Degrading preachers is what you're known for, how shameful is that when our preachers and politicians are the main ones making a difference in Chicago?!

I got nothing but love for you Arlene and I really hope people buy your book. Maybe the people of the ghetto whom you love to degrade on a weekly basis will buy your book, buy a lotto ticket and strike it big like the girl in your book did? Until then, can you please stop bashing poor people, single Black women and pastors in your wacky articles/columns? Many thanks sweetheart :)

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