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Twelve TRUTH 2015

Apr 07, 2016



It's the annual TRUTH edition of #12MAG1 The truth about love, Black history and life. Learn about, love, race, upcoming events, and the people of urban Kansas City. Be sure to check out our gallery.
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    The TRUTH Issue

    Welcome to number TWO of

    TWELVE. call this The TRUTH. Its where we examine the truth in race

    and relationships, a tie-in to both Black

    History Month and Valentines Day.

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    Ken L


    Johnny Barnett


    Calendar 52





    Health & Fitness 8

    ROOTS 14

    Match Maker 20

    TRUTH: Gallery 22

    MLK: 8 Step Plan 35

    White Lies/Black



    FEBRUARY 2015 Volume III, Issue II

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    Duane A. Joseph CEO of Maranatha Educational Services

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    Duane A. Joseph is CEO of Maranatha Ed-ucational Services (MaranathaEd, LLC), a math tutoring and test prep company he founded in 2012. He also started the Duane Anthony Joseph Foundation in March 2014 to work with inner city youth, families and the elderly in the 18th and Vine District.

    Joseph is known as an educators ed-ucator. His more than 20 years of edu-cation experi-ence have served students and teachers alike. His pas-sion began early in his ca-reer and con-tinues to this day. Every-thing he does is intentional and that is ex-actly what his colleagues, students and

    their parents have come to love and admire about Joseph. Prior to starting Maranatha Educational Ser-vices, Joseph was a Kauffman Scholar Aca-demic Coach for the Kansas City-based Kauffman Foundation. Joseph was at Kauff-man from 2008 to 2012. He is originally from Seattle, WA. and also spent time with family in Thibodaux, LA where he matriculat-ed at Nicholls State University, earning an Associate of Arts Degree in Education. Jo-seph subsequently received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Florida-

    based Logos Christian College, as well as a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Uni-versity of North Florida in Jacksonville where he studied both education and his-tory. He later received his Masters De-gree in Education with a focus on Multi-disciplinary Studies (Math) from Webster University. Joseph is a well-known speaker in the academic community. In 2014 he was appointed to a national organization, Leading Educators, through which, he coaches teachers to help them enhance their skills and success in the class-room. In addition, in 2014 he was also asked to work with a leading architecture studio team to help build a unique team that looks at all issues impacting students, their learning environments, and home life, including: medical concerns, learn-ing disabilities, family dynamics, and cul-tural issues. Joseph is helping to manage this issues-based team that assists the firm and its clients as they work to understand how these factors can be considered when formulating the design of schools. This effort is in the planning stages and will be announced in 2015. Students learn best when they have the most enthusiastic, engaged teachers pos-sible, said Joseph who believes strongly in the importance of good tutoring pro-grams that help supplement the educa-tion that students receive in the class-room. He values the teaching profession as a sought-after career and firmly be-lieves the education profession is some-thing each teacher must personally know is his or her calling. He lives by the mot-to: Students do not want to know how much you know until they know how much you care.

    Students do not want to know how much you know until they know how much you care.


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    I wanted to better serve my own community and provide different services in weight loss manage-ment while molding the practice to provide the best care possible.

    Dr. Donald Peghee Jr.

    Photo: Raye Jackson

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    The holiday season has come and gone. The time for overeating and under exer-cising has made its way into all of our hearts. With all the din-ners and family gatherings be-hind us, our fitness goals have reemerged and we may need to be re-minded on how to achieve them.

    According to Dr. Donald Peghee Jr., where theres a will, theres a way. I have a passion for dealing with weight loss and wellness and the use of natural supplements to aid in weight loss and overall wellness. Specializing in obstetrics and gynecology, Dr. Peghee, originally from the Wyandotte county area, worked for the St. Lukes Health systems for seven and a half years before opening his

    own private practice in the beginning of 2014. I wanted to better serve my own community and provide different services in weight loss management while molding the practice to pro-vide the best care possible.

    I spoke with Dr. Peghee about ways rebound from one of the unhealthiest times of year. Here are some tips on remaining dedicated to #TeamFitness:

    Portion Size This doesnt mean you cant splurge on a few sweets here and there, however, dont have a plate full of sweets. Make sure your plate con-sists of 70% veggies. Also, cut your carbohy-drates in half and youll be in good shape .

    Healthy Options Healthy veggies arent heavy with cheese or sugary additives so maybe scrape the marsh-mallow topping off the candied yams or eat the broccoli instead of broccoli and cheese. Try the greens without the meat additive. Small adjustments pay off big in the end.

    Exercise Gym time or cardiovascular exercise is very important to get rid of those extra holiday pounds we tend to gain. If you cant make it to a gym because of budget or time constraints, taking a couple of extra laps around the mall while you are shopping the post-holiday sales or even parking farther from the door helps. If you have an elevator option, take the stairs.

    Intake Lastly, Dr. Peghee suggests limiting your alco-hol consumption. Be modest in your drinking. Two 6 ounce drinks of wine for the weekend or a mixed cocktail should be your limit when trying to keep those extra pounds off. I love what I do and hope these tips help keep

    you healthy during the holidays and all year


    Legends OBGYN is located at 8919 Parallel parkway (3 minutes east of the Legends shopping center) suite 430 in Kansas City Kansas. Dr. Donald Peghee is Board Certified specializing in Obstetrics and Gyne-cology as well as performs robotics surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. You may also find more information and links to their wellness and weight loss supplements at .

    4 KEYS TO


    Fitness 2015. Where theres a will.

    By Iman Lott


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    Craig & Claudia Donnell.

    Couples can be perfect

    workout partners.

    Photo: Raye Jackson


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    A Great Body A Great Marriage... IT TAKES WORK!

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    he fitness challenge begins. Its common for households across the country have at least one family member working to lose weight or shape-up in the new year. Married couples have the

    added pressure of maintaining their looksfighting time and gravityto be the person your spouse married. It helps when theres some support in-house to help maintain a workout regi-men or diet and keep you motivated. Craig and Claudia Donnell have an advantage here. They are married and both are personal trainers. According to Craig, We met on Face-book believe it or not (lol). Claudia was under people you may know, I glanced at her and I was hooked. I sent her a message, she sent one back, and the rest is history. Soon enough, the relationship moved offline and they met. We both knew the first time Craig came to my old church in Oklahoma City, Integrity Voice of Victory Church (IVVC), says Claudia. God revealed to us both that I was his wife, and Craig was my husband. A strong relationship has to have enough commonalities to survive. Fit-ness is one common denominator for the Donnells. We work out together as much as much as we can, says Craig, When our schedules allow it and when we are not training other people, he says. Some of their favorite couple exercises are running stairs, hills, doing squats and abs.

    WORKOUT TIPS For couples that want to start a fitness

    routine, Claudia offers this advice, If you don't want to invest in a gym membership, focus on high intensity interval training. For example, do one round of squat jumps, burpees, lung-es, pushups, and crunches, 30sec-onds each. Rest 1-2 minutes and do another round. The goal is to be con-stantly moving with minimal rest, which will burn calories. Want to secure personal training from one of the Donnells? Contact them today:


    We met on Fa-cebook believe it or not (lol). Clau-dia was under people you may know, I glanced at her and I was hooked. I sent her a message, she sent one back, and the rest is history.


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    Kathleen Brandt



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    Youve likely heard that or some varia-tion of that adage by now. Interpret it

    in two ways. First, it speaks of knowing

    history to use as a foundation to build a

    better future. Speaking directly to the

    Black Experience, we often speak of the resilience, education and fortitude

    of ancestors, provided us with education

    and guidance to create a better future.

    Second, theres a genetic interpretation to this saying. The person you be-

    comephysically and mentally--is built, to a great degree, on your physiological

    make-up. Consider the doctors office, requesting your medical history. Your

    very life could depend on knowing your


    Genealogist, Kathleen Brandt echoes

    this sentiment of the importance of

    knowing your history and eloquently

    states, Through the study of the names, dates, migrations, census infor-

    mation and DNA, cold historical dates

    become milestones in the life of some-

    one we are connected to. It is not only

    discovering a history but also uncover-

    ing a human journey.By honoring our past we teach our children to honor

    theirs. When we honor the struggles

    and triumphs of our fathers and moth-

    ers we honor the struggles of all families

    at all times in all places.

    KathleenIn the Beginning

    I began tracing my own maternal grand-

    fathers line (Morris family) in the 1990s to prove or debunk our oral family his-

    tory. Although names were verified

    through basic research, our ethnic

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    You cant know where youre go-ing, until you

    know where

    youve been.


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    makeup on this line was quite shock-

    ing. Instead of finding the expected

    Native American bloodline, this ex-

    slave Morris line was of English/Irish

    descent from the Appalachians, void

    of Native American blood.

    I was able to trace the earliest ex-

    slave Morris (mulatto) to 1807 and

    connect him to his Irish slaveholder

    family, using DNA tests and analysis.

    To make this family more interest-

    ing, the slave (Wiley Morris), pur-

    chased his freedom in 1855, 10 years

    before the Civil War was over. And

    was a landowner by 1860.

    Of course, as most family historians

    will find, our knowledge of history is

    incomplete, but I was able to learn

    that Wiley intermarried with a free-colored woman, who owned land as early as 1838. All of his children

    were born free and were able to read

    and write.

    This family was so fascinating to re-

    search, I became immediately ad-

    dicted to researching other branches

    of my ancestry, which span from the

    slaves of Missouri, Kentucky and

    North Carolina to the free-coloreds.

    This required researching our Eng-

    lish, Irish, and Swedish heritage; as

    well as the Native American connec-

    tion on my paternal side. I have

    been successful in connecting cousins

    from Massachusetts and New York

    to California.

    In 2008, Kathleen opened a3Geneal-ogy, an international genealogical research firm that also specializes in

    medical genealogy. She has stellar

    credits and an international portfolio

    of work. As an international gene-alogist, I have been called upon to

    research for episodes of Finding

    Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates,

    and five seasons of Who Do You

    Think You Are, on TLC and NBC.

    Yet, my most recently published

    book, Colored Marriages of Saline County, Mo (published by Two Trails), is probably my most treas-

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    Although it is becoming more popular every day, the use of DNA tests as a tool to help us connect ex-slave families and solve adoption cases is underestimated. DNA results must be accompa-nied by good genealogical practices, but it does help the family researcher with connecting family branches that were torn apart due to the American slave trade. For example, we know that Afri-can Americans have on average 20 -25 percent European ances-try, but what is often denied is the percentage of African American blood, proven by DNA, in those who would consider themselves to be of racial purity. Actually, if DNA existed in a pre-Civil War era, there are many who would not have passed the one drop rule. And, as we know, the one-drop rule continued well into the 20th century.

    Although American textbooks impress on students that our black or mixed raced ancestors were only freed as runaways using the Underground Railroad, or, less frequently, purchasing their freedom when allowed by their slave masters, history lessons fail to share that many mixed race children had white mothers and black fathers and were born free due to their mothers race. Alt-hough miscegenation (interracial marriage) was outlawed in all of the southern colonies plus Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, by 1750, prior to that, we find interracial cohabitation and marriag-es. This can be burdensome, when looking for our African Ameri-can ancestors especially in colonial Virginia and North Carolina. Yet, court records may specifically state the names of the white father (and black mother), as they often do in Louisiana.

    What is often overlooked is the fact that Native Americans owned slaves. Today, many African Americans claim Native Amer-ican ancestry, especially in the Midwest, when in fact they were slaves of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Creek, Chickasaw, or Seminole Indians. Through tribal records and DNA tests, we can most often pinpoint tribal association and Native American blood percent-age. However, as of today, only the proper paper trail is accepted for tribal citizenship.

    African Americans are underrepresented in the DAR (Daughters of American Revolution) and SAR (Sons of American Revolution) lineage societies. African Americans served too, mak-ing up as much as 10% of the Continental Army. But we have to connect the family lineage as proof. We can also use limited DNA analysis for proof of lineage.



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    ured project to date. As I visit

    various courthouses and reposito-

    ries, I keep an eye out for hidden

    African American court records

    that may help the family re-

    searcher. Preserving books and

    accounts, like the Colored Mar-riages of Saline County, Mo, help slave family researchers to link

    their families to the pre-Civil

    War era.

    When it comes to history, the

    tales are endless, but as we close,

    Kathleen shares a fascinating mo-

    ment. My favorite story is that one of my ancestors, Ned Griffin,

    served in the Revolutionary War

    as a replacement for a slave mas-

    ter with the promise that he

    would be free after his one year of

    service. However, after complet-

    ing his year and serving in the

    1781 Battle of Guilford Court-

    house he was put back into slav-

    ery in North Carolina. Ned Grif-

    fin, petitioned for his freedom by

    taking his slavemaster to court in

    4 April 1784 where he and all of

    his heirs were forever delivered and discharged from the yoke of slavery. The Griffins owned land in North Carolina as early as

    1817. A copy of the court record

    An Act for Enfranchising Ned Griffin and early land records are two of my most cherished


    Contact Kathleen to begin tracing

    your roots:

    Website: a3Genealogy accurate accessible answers P.O. Box 414640

    Kansas City, MO. 64141

    816-729-5995; fax: 816-817-2146

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    orn and raised in Kansas City, Ka-leena is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Events are her expertise. Shes a Senior Events Manager for the City of Kansas City and shes also the owner of Kater

    Concierge, which specializes in business and lifestyle management including: event plan-ning, executive/corporate assistance, house-hold management, administrative support, public relations, and more. Youve seen some of her work at the KC Mu-sic Festival, the KC Black Expo, the Festival of Praise, Broadway Across America, and even KC Boat & Sportshow. We should also add matchmaker to her qualifications because shes the producer of the annual Singles Mingle Speed Dating event held on or near Valentines Day. Kaleena says Singles Mingle fills a gap. I often heard the statement There are no good men or women in KC. Thats why I took the initiative to create an event where good men and women can be in the same envi-ronment, under the same roof looking for the same thing: a good date. Who is The Singles Mingle For? The Singles Mingle is an event created for professional men and women who value re-lationships. Its mission is to create a fun at-

    Match Maker Kaleena James

    B Photo: Raye Jackson

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    mosphere where singles, who share similar values, can socialize and network on a holiday that is usually intended for couples. Any successes with long-term relationships from these events? There have been many pairing successes throughout the history of the Single's Mingle. The 2013 Single's Mingle even resulted in a mar-riage proposal. Theres no guarantee of a love connection at Singles Mingle, but to have fun and improve your chances of a connection, Kaleena says it often comes down to good conversation, open-mindedness, compatibility, and positive body language. 3rd Annual Single's Mingle "Real Men Wear Pink" Speed Date & Benefit Auction Wednesday February 11th, 2015 @ KC Jukehouse 1700 East 18th Street KCMO 64108 7pm Hosted by Sean Tyler & Lonnie Bush, Sounds by DJ Q Starts 7pm (10) of KC Hottest bachelors to be auctioned. All proceeds from auction benefit the Celebration of Life Foundation

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    Boy + Girl = Love

    Featured: Trina Leonard &

    Sherrod Clifton

    Photo: Raye Jackson


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    about love February is the month of love, considering Valentines Day is front and center among national headlines. In the spirit of romance and the questions that surround mat-

    ters of the heart, we present you our Truth about love

    gallery, with a few thoughts along the way.

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    Johnny Barnett, Featured

    Raye Jackson, photo


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    Ride or Die

    Johnny Barnett +

    KeMya Long styled by TheeBMSCloset

    IG: @theebmscloset or


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    Aight people, its that time of year again - and this year's season of love is gonna be a BIG one since Valentines Day falls on a weekend in 2015. So whats on this years list of expec-tations ladies??? Flowers? Candy? Balloons and teddy bears? Earrings and tennis bracelets? Lets be honest here one time - some of you ladies will likely get the romantic evenings with candlelight and bubble bathswhile the rest of you will get the late night calls or the infa-mous Feb 15th a.k.a #SideChickDay dates. Which one are you???

    The key to this puzzle starts with not only getting to know yourself a little better, but also knowing what kind of man you're dealing with altogether. Realistic expectations are a must during this de-lusional time of year. Brothers get the stigma of not expressing emotions and appreci-ation often enough, but trust me - if a man is into you for the right reasons, hell go out of his way to make you feel special. It all depends on the stage of your relationship with this man - and ladies, it shouldnt be hard to figure out where you stand. For instance, we all know that women love surprises. If your guy is planning to surprise you with gifts delivered at work or school, hes gotta be absolutely sure of your work or school schedule on the big day. Saturday the 14th could be your off day, but even then he has to plan for your whereabouts. If he hasnt recently made any casual attempts to confirm that schedule with you, dont hold your breath waiting to be the envy of your peers.

    Dinner and a night on the town is usually assumed in those deeper relationships, and din-ner plan availability isnt often a secret between true lovers. If you're in a txt only relation-ship with this man, chances are yall not hooking up offline that night for anything other than usual hook-up'. Txt Only includes all forms of non-voice chatting, so ladies be real with yourself about what type of situation you're in. If youve sent this man nudes but youve nev-er been seen with him in wont be seeing him at a decent hour - if at all - on the 14th. At any rate, theres never a reason to whine about how your evening turns out. There are levels to everything, including love. No matter what type of situationship youve found yourself in this Valentines Day, dont spoil the weekend by expecting more out of it than what youve put into it. Respect starts from within. Have a safe and happy V-Day everyone!!! -HoLLyRod-

    whine & d ine He loves me...He loves me not. Valentines Day will give you all the clues you need.

    Will you be the one get-ting the late night calls or the infamous Feb 15th a.k.a #SideChickDay dates?

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    Lees Summit

    MLK Celebration



    Jenna Hanchard,

    41 Action News Re-


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    resolute my breath has life

    it flits and flutters

    in volume and verse

    my lungs expand beyond

    the continent

    humming tribal hymns

    inhaling injustice

    in an exhalation of eminence

    my breath sings hope

    soothing to the sobbing

    peaceful to the protest

    it is a jubilant truth.

    my breath speaks veracity

    planted in the soil

    streaming in the oil


    my breath takes heed

    delicately daunting

    heard above the haunting

    as if chorus

    my breath has life

    whispered in the ear

    pondered behind fear

    that cripples the sound.

    By Randi McCreary

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    Trina Leonard, featured

    Ken L., Photo


    Ready & Willing

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    We Own the Night


    IG: @theebmscloset or


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    IG: @theebmscloset or


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    I Promise

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    Alex Johnson & Johnny Barnett, featured

    Ken L., Photo


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    Dr. Michael McAfee, a Kansas City native and director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute in Oakland, California, was the fea-tured speaker at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternitys 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast. The free event, open to the public, was held Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, at the Beta Lambda Educational Institute, 2915 Swope Parkway in Kansas City, Mo. The theme for this years breakfast was The Dawning of a New Civil Rights Movement. The event included a continental breakfast and musical tributes. McAfee, a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha and a U.S. Army veteran, has been a leader in the education, government, philanthropic

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    MLK 2015

    Civil Rights

    8 Steps To

    Invigorate The


    Dr. Michael McAfee, a Kansas City native and director of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute in Oakland, California, was the featured

    speaker at Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternitys 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Breakfast.

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    8 CIVIL RIGHTS STEPS WE SHOULD TAKE NOW! Dr. McAfee began his remarks at the 17th Annual MLK Breakfast, by quoting Dr. King: I refuse to accept the idea that the isness of man's present nature makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal oughtness that forever confronts him. Building on the notion of oughtness and the desired and expected living conditions, Dr. McAfee outlined actions that ought to take place to achieve an equitable state.

    1. Were A Great and Beautiful People Own whats already in us, which is greatness, not bra-vado. Not false sense of accomplishment. By the faith, the victory has already been won.

    2. Civil Rights Movement Continues Theres been progress, but we havent won anything. Whats new? At the very moment that were about to start high-fiving, most of us wont put our kids in the school system here. Most of us have to talk to our Black boys about how to manage being brutalized and unfair-ly accused of crimes in order for them to survive. Voter suppression is on the rise. So the very things that Dr. King was fighting against then are front and center on the table now. The sad truth is theyve been on the ta-ble. A new Civil Rights movement isnt needed, but we do need to reinvigorate the current one.

    3. Equity is the Goal Help the poor. Dr. Kings vision was far bigger than his own. Our vision has to bigger than our own or even our own family unit. It needs to be about what Dr. King cared about, the most vulnerable among us. We have to muster the manhood and womanhood to take on the

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    and human services sectors for more than 20 years. The Promise Neighborhoods Institute focuses on improving access to quality education and provides services to more than 250,000 children. McAfee is the former president of YouthNet of Greater Kansas City and the former director of com-munity leadership for the Greater Kansas City Community Founda-tion. This annual holiday breakfast cel-ebrates the legacy and contribu-tions of Martin Luther King Jr., who was a devoted member of Alpha Phi Alpha. The fraternity led the project to build the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Beta Lambda Educational Insti-tute of Alpha Phi Alpha is a not-for-profit organization that provides Scouting services, mentoring pro-grams, leadership development and scholarships for youth in Missouri and Kansas. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, founded in 1906 at Cornell Universi-ty in Ithaca, N.Y, is the first and larg-est Greek-letter organization estab-lished by African-Americans. Beta Lambda Alumni Chapter, char-tered in Kansas City in 1919, is the fraternitys oldest alumni chapter west of the Mississippi River.

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    As a Jackson County Assistant Pros-ecutor, Alissia is an advocate for crime victims, seeking justice and restitution for hundreds of families. At the same time, she has champi-oned a pilot rehabilitation and men-toring program for young first-time offenders, to give them a second chance. Alissia also knows the power of edu-cation, entrepreneurism and economic development to im-prove the lives of everyday peo-ple. Alissia held down a full-time job in high school to help her mother and her family. She bought her first home at the age of eighteen and worked in the banking industry while putting herself through college at Park University. She then ran her own small business for several years, learning the rewards and challenges of entrepreneurship first-hand. Alissia is a Kansas City native and graduate of Northeast High School. She received her bachelors degree in Finance at Park University, Juris Doctor from the University Of South Dakota School Of Law. Alissia is a member of the Missouri Bar (MO BAR) and currently serves as inter-im President of the Jackson County Bar Association (JCBA). She is also a member of Association of Women Lawyers (AWL), Kansas City Missouri Bar Association (KCMBA), the Central Exchange (CX) and the Greater Kansas City Womens Politi-cal Caucus (GKCWPC) and has served on several boards. This year she served as chair of the 2014 Heartland Legal Diversity Job Fair for the KCMBA and was fea-tured in the 2014 Whos Who in Black Kansas City. For additional information please visit


    Intimate-partner violence is a major problem in the United States. On average, 24 people per minute are victims of rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner in the United States--more than 12 million women and men over the course of a year. About 1 in 4 women (24.3%) and 1 in 7 men (13.8%) have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner (e.g., hit with a fist or something hard, beaten, slammed against something) at some point in their life-time. Local domestic violence programs are a vital resource, providing free and confi-dential assistance to women victimized by domestic violence and their children. They provide emergency safety services, such as shelter and 24-hour crisis hot-lines. But you dont have to stay in a shelter to get help from a program. Most also provide a full range of non-residential services to women who have been battered. CONTACT THE NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE AT 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). For a listing of local domestic violence shelters visit Protection or Restraining Orders

    Ask your local domestic violence program who can help you get a civil pro-tection order and who can help you with criminal prosecution.

    In Jackson County, forms also can be found at by select-

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    WHEN ITS NOT LOVE Alissia Canady

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    system to improve our community.

    4. An Agenda For Mass Results The worst thing thats happening in our commu-nity right now is peoples desire to give us pro-grammatic solutions into structural racism. McAfee discussed Black folks get upset and peo-ple say, Let me give you a program. Let me give you a three-year initiative. However, they define the terms of the initiatives in such a way that never takes on structural problems. Hundreds of thou-sands need support, says McAfee, but we launch a program for two hundred. Youre never getting out of this hole.

    5. Capitalize. Fund the Agenda When money is received to address issues, the very things that we say we want are funded by someone else. Thats not owning our manhood and our womanhood. We can organize to capi-talize our institutions, own our agenda that we all have a stake in. That is not sexy, but its neces-sary.

    6. Avoid the Seduction of the Moment We lose traction because were seduced into sexi-ness, flashpoints that are in the media today. Are we so into the moment that our attention will just ebb and flow? If thats a case we are not a threat to anybody. All folks have to do is just wait us out.

    7. Act Now This is not gradualism. For each of you that has a child, theres an immediate sense of urgency, but when it comes to other folks kids, you aban-don them by opting for a five- or ten-year plan. Citing the urgency: Prison systems capitalize on our kids by gauging their reading levels when theyre in the third grade to project the number of prison systems to build.

    8. Develop Metrics What are the results that my institution is advanc-ing? What are the metrics by which I am measur-ing that? How do I measure that steady progress toward the goals? Do we have that right now? Lets salute Dr. Kings memory by implementing these steps today.

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    We challenge you to take these steps as a call to action to implement individually and in your organization. Selfless action for greater society should be the agenda for us all. No one should ever treat you the way you were treated today.

    Courage and Conscious. Courage is an inner resolution to go for-ward despite obstacles; Cowardice is submissive surrender to cir-cumstances. Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice re-presses fear and is mastered by it. Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency ask the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor poli-tic, nor popular, but one must take it be-cause it is right.

    Never, never be afraid to do what's right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society's punishments are small compared to the wounds we in-flict on our soul when we look the other way.

    Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice eve-rywhere. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.

    n recognition of Black History Month, countless heroesforefront and unsung alikecould be featured. This year in particular, there is addition-

    al relevance in remembering Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. legacy. Most notably, 2015 marks the 50-year anniversary of the March on Selma, Alabama. Selma, the film, poignantly captures the movement and the struggle for civil rights and voting rights, in particular. Whats most powerful is that the film brings the viewers into the moment, making them a

    witness to the crimes of that day, not a distant by-stander. In addition, the film highlights Dr. King as a mere maninsecure and vulnerableyet still a leader who worked with and among the many for equal rights. Rather than a direct recount of the films moments, we wanted to reflect on the moral. There are four quotes, in particular, of Dr. King that effectively cap-ture the message and the goals we should own for our community.


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    ing Court Forms > Adult Abuse Forms.

    If the judge finds that there is an immediate and present danger of domestic violence or stalking, an ex parte order of protection will be issued.

    In most places, the judge can: Order the abuser to stay away from you or your children

    Order the abuser to leave your home

    Give you temporary custody of your children & order the abuser to pay you temporary child support

    Order the police to come to your home while the abuser picks up personal belongings

    Give you possession of the car, furniture and other belongings

    Order the abuser to go to a batterers intervention program

    Order the abuser not to call you at work

    Order the abuser to give guns to the police

    If you are worried about any of the following, make sure you: Show the judge any pictures of your injuries

    Tell the judge that you do not feel safe if the abuser comes to your home to pick up the children to visit with them

    Ask the judge to order the abuser to pick up and return the children at the police station or some other safe place

    Ask that any visits the abuser is permitted are at very specific times so the police will know by reading the court order if the abuser is there at the wrong time

    Tell the judge if the abuser has harmed or threatened the children; ask that visits be supervised; think about who could do that for you

    Get a certified copy of the court order

    Keep the court order with you at all times

    CRIMINAL PROCEEDINGS Show the prosecutor your court orders

    Show the prosecutor medical records about your injuries or pictures if you have them

    Tell the prosecutor the name of anyone who is helping you (a victim advocate or a lawyer)

    Tell the prosecutor about any witnesses to injuries or abuse

    Ask the prosecutor to notify you ahead of time if the abuser is getting out of jail

    BE SAFE AT THE COURTHOUSE Sit as far away from the abuser as you can; you don't have to look at or talk to the abuser; you don't have to talk to the

    abuser's family or friends if they are there

    Bring a friend or relative with you to wait until your case is heard

    Tell a bailiff or sheriff that you are afraid of the abuser and ask him/her to look out for you

    Make sure you have your court order before you leave

    Ask the judge or the sheriff to keep the abuser there for a while when court is over; leave quickly

    If you think the abuser is following you when you leave, call the police immediately If you have to travel to another State for work or to get away from the abuser, take your protection order with you; it is valid everywhere "Excerpted and Reprinted by permission of the American Bar Association from The Domestic Violence Safety Plan: Safety Tips For You And Your Family, a joint project of the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and the ABA Commission on Do-mestic Violence."

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    KWANZAA 2014 National Black United Front & the American Jazz Museum host the cele-bration at the Gem Theater. Culture, history, art and economic develop-ment are all part of the experience, held annually, Dec 26th through New Years Day. See more events at


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    You light skinded and yo momma a white la-dy! Is that your hair or weave? White girl! White girl!

    This chanting coming from my 4th grade peers would provoke me to adamantly scream back that I wasnt white, my moth-er and father were black and in fact my long hair was indeed my real hair (cue neck roll and simultaneous eye roll). When I moved to Oak Park, Illinois from South Attleboro, Massachusetts where I was inex-plicably the blackest thing theyd ever

    Lacey Schwartz was told that she was white growing up. Some questioned it. More made ex-

    cuses. Yet others, including her very own mother, knew the truth, but denied the dark reality.

    By Iman Lott

    Photos: Little White Lie

    Mother and


    & Lacey


    Lacey Schwartz




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    Lacey Schwartz can identify. Growing up in an upper middle class Jewish household, from an early age she was educated on her Jewish, White identity. But if you look at Lacey in all of the family photos that make an ap-pearance in her documentary Little White Lie, you find yourself wondering how and why no one ever asked where did you come from? Little White Lie tells Lacey Schwartzs story of growing up in Woodstock NY with a mother and

    father who told her that her dark skin was inherited from her dark-skinned Sicilian grandfather, however, she felt deep down that something else may have contributed to it. At the age of

    18, a few years after her parents abruptly split she has a conversa-tion with her mother who finally

    reveals that her biological father is a black man. Suddenly she is catapulted into a world where she feels drawn to embrace what she seemed to secretly believe all along: She is biracial.

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    seen, one of four black children in the entire elementary school and where my head was petted often because my hair was so different, it changed me. I grew up in a household where we talked about issues like race and where we came from really early on. I knew who I was and the fact that my black peers tried to place me in a cultural class designated for mixed kids, one I had never heard of, had me almost convinced that maybe I wasnt who I thought I was. What does mixed mean?

    Lacey Schwartz fields questions at the KC screening

    on dealing with race. find your-self wondering how and why no one ever asked where did you come from?

    Lacey with both

    parents. Her race

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    mongst the cultural and historical 18th & Vine dis-trict there is an institu-

    tion that captures the essence of an American art form and cares for the preservation of the legacy and histori-cal importance of a Kansas City favor-ite throughout gen-erations: jazz mu-sic. The Kansas City Jazz Museum continues to celebrate the talented musicians and story-telling that were bred in Kansas City, those world-renowned that frequented KC for the

    happening jazz scene and the mod-ern day musicians who come to the museum to connect with the art form

    and perform. As a Kansas Citian, it should be a require-ment to visit the muse-um and absorb the history that intertwines historical events of the civil rights movement with the sound of jazz. It is one of the only museums in the world to focus on the ad-vancements, exhibition and preservation

    of jazz music. The American Jazz Museum main-tains its connection with the commu-

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    nity raising awareness and providing unique opportunities to learn about the legends and to respect and honor their legacy. The museum also provides an opportunity to enjoy live jazz music at the Blue Room, annual con-cert series at the Gem Theater, and ever-

    changing jazz themed art gallery exhibits. Tours of the museum are held Tuesday-Saturday from 9am-6pm and Sunday from noon-6pm for about $10 per person. The American Jazz Museum also caters to children and students for specific events includ-ing jazz story-telling and poetry jams. Stop by the famous Swing Shop, located inside of the Jazz Museum, for memorabilia that rep-resents the timeless art form.

    {The Swing Shop at the Ameri-can Jazz Museum is now also the exclusive retailer for Twelve Magazine. Pick up your

    copy today}

    Bird Lives. Kansas Citys own sax man, Charlie Bird Parker, has a name synonymous with jazz. A statue in his honor sits just North of the American

    Jazz Museum, in his honor.


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    This new discovery doesnt make its way through the family gossip line until Lacey attends her biological fathers funeral where she is identified publically as his daughter. Following the funeral Lacey makes it her mis-sion to sit with family and reconcile the once hidden parts of her history while trying to reestablish a broken relationship with the man who raised her. You are able to see his struggle with accepting how she identifies herself as being anything other than White and Jewish as well as witness her mothers definitive battle in keeping the secret of her multiyear affair for so long. The film brings so many questions to the forefront like what it means to be biracial and what its like to struggle with the pressure to identify with one ethnicity or the other. It address-es the many differ-ent interpretations of race from all cul-tures and back-grounds and chal-lenges people, es-pecially Black Ameri-cans, to actively pur-sue the knowledge of where and who we actually came from. Lacey suc-cessfully documents her unique story of self-identity and self-discovery in Little White Lie. Lacey and I are bound by a similar struggle with racial identity. Through the years Ive endured many more chants and remarks. In college I was called Valley girl because of what was then considered having a white appearance. By then it didnt bother me as much. Through my ongoing research I discovered the many different places and people I am a part of. From Madagascar to my most recent discovery of Cuba, there are many more layers to unfold. Besides, in this melting pot that is the United States of America, how can we focus so much on black and white? I have, over the years, gained a strong sense of who I am. Like Lacey Schwartz, my question for you is: do you know who you are?

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    The film brings so many questions to the forefront like what it means to be biracial and what its like to struggle with the pressure to identi-fy with one ethnic-ity or the other.













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    n the early eighties in KC, approximately

    25 African Americans met at the down-

    town airport one evening to talk about

    skiing. Bill and Pam Robinson, avid Cali-

    fornia skiers, had recently relocated to Leav-

    enworth and wanted to start a ski club. The

    emphasis was placed on introducing African

    Americans, especially youth, to this winter


    Midwest Ski and Travel Club was deemed the official name and it was unofficially dubbed

    Black Ski KC. The first club bus trip was to

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado for Thanksgiv-

    ing 1982. We stayed in The Ranch condos and began sliding, laughing, rolling, falling,

    tumbling, screaming, praying and finally, for

    some, skiing down the bunny hill, recalled the Robinsons.

    Its a different experience. Its fun!, says



    Photos: Eric Burroughs, Black Ski Summit

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    Eric Burroughs, former Midwest Ski Club and

    KC Slope Riders member.

    Skiers have many event and activity options.

    The National Brotherhood of Skiers hosts a

    true party on the mountain with their annual

    Ski Summit. It features seven days in the

    mountain with an itinerary that can be rough-

    ly described as: Ski, happy hour, chill, party,

    and repeat. Accommodations can be as

    grand as your budget allows including condos

    with heated floors, fireplaces, and outdoor


    Describing the experience, Eric says, You hit the grocery store up the first day you get

    there to buy your meats, wines and cheeses. Club meetings and events are part of the ex-

    perience, but its a seven-day party. The hap-py hours are even like a day party with a DJ

    and dance floor, but the night, hosts big

    names such as Biz Markie, Kid Capri, and

    Cedric the Entertainer. Outside of NBS func-

    tion, renegades have been known to pre-sent some high quality nightlife, too!

    Black clubs, featuring well-to-do African-

    American professionals come from as far

    away as New York and even London. Accord-

    ing to Midwest Ski, more than 60 clubs (1,500

    participants) from across the country attend

    which makes for a fantastic week of skiing,

    fun, social events, meeting people, and in gen-

    eral having the time of your life.

    Skiing provides a true vacation with an oppor-

    tunity to travel around the world to some of the best destinations. For Midwest Ski, after

    affiliating with the National Brotherhood of

    Skiers (NBS), many members attended the

    Summits: Lake Placid, Sun Valley, Steamboat

    Springs, Keystone, Vail, Copper Mountain,

    Park City, Banff, Vail, Whistler, Snow Mass,

    Lake Tahoe, and Austria just to name a few.

    For more information about MSKC


    Skiing usually takes some expense and time,

    but weve taken much of this away by hosting a DAY SKI TRIP.


    SNOW CREEK, Weston MO (40min from KCMO)

    Sign-up for Info:

    FIRST TIME SKIERS Pad-Up and Wear Water Resistant Clothing,

    Equipment Check-list for Beginners

    Wrist Guard

    Knee Pads (Not mandatory but help for be-


    Padded Shorts (example: under armor)

    Gloves (Ski or water resistant)

    Sport appropriate long johns (example: under

    armor cold gear)

    Ski or Snowboard Socks (wool, not cotton)

    Goggles (or sunglasses)

    Helmet (can rent)

    Shirt that wicks away sweat (example :under

    armor cold gear)

    Skis or Snowboard (can rent your first time)

    Ski Boots or Snowboard Boots (can rent)

    Ski Poles (can rent your first time)

    Hand warmers & Toe Warmers

    Ski or Snowboard Coat

    Lift Ticket Pouch (if not provided in ski coat).

    Your lift ticket has to be presented for each

    ride on the lift to the top of the slopes.


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    Fri 2/6 First Fridays KC-Upscale Groove Event type: Party Venue: Privilege 1822 Main Kansas City, MO Time: 7:00 PM 3AM Producer: TWELVE / Fly Societyr Contact: H.G.E. Email: Web: Sat 2/7 Sassy Silver Naturals Workshop Event type: Other Venue: Southeast Community Center: 4201 E 63rd St Kansas City MO Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM Producer: That Curl Contact: V Besch Email: Phone: Web: Wed 02/11 3rd Singles Mingle-Speed Date & Date Auction Event type: Networking Venue: The Juke House, 1700 E. 18th St. KCMO Time: 7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Producer: Kater Concierge Contact: Phone: 816.547.9377 Wed 02/11 Love Jonez - Live Poetry, Music, and Open Mic

    Event type: Networking Venue: The Tank Room: 1813 Grand Blvd KCMO Time: 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Producer: The Omicron Xi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Contact: Omicron Xi Lambda Email: Phone: 816.419.5759 Web: Thu 02/12 2015 State of Black Kansas City Book Release & Reception Event type: Networking Venue: Central Library - Downtown: 14 West 10 Street Kansas City MO Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Producer: Urban League of GKC - Reach Contact: Melva Brownlee Email: Phone: 8164710550 Web:

    Fri 02/13 Blue Carpet Affair Event type: Comedy Venue: Diebold Hall: 7501 N. Kensington Avenue Kansas City MO Time: 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM Producer: Alpha Delta Sigma of GKC Contact: Ivan Fenwick Email: 913-488-3729

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    Live Like the Rich and Famous! From playing chess and skiing to exploring

    new wines, what do you want to do to-

    day? Plenty of options are coming for those

    who participate in the TWELVE FLIGHT CLUB.

    This isnt a destination, its an experiencean

    adventure. True to its mission to expose Kan-

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    Did you know you can do everything from ski

    the slopes to lounge on beaches or explore

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    Consider this the field trip tour for sophistica-

    tion, class and culture. Urban professionals

    citywide can explore new ground, expand their

    knowledge base, but most of all, have

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    and make the decisions of the rich and fa-

    mous. Participate in the TWELVE FLIGHT

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    Publisher, Ken Lumpkins states, "We all have

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