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AARP Joins Forces with Experience Corps




Nov. 7, 2011



Hillary John, AARP



AARP Joins Forces with Experience Corps

A national leader in pairing adult tutors with K-3 students, Experience Corps builds on AARP's legacy of service and offers AARP members a new way to give back


Washington, DC-AARP recently announced it is joining forces with Experience Corps, one of the nation's most highly-regarded service programs, which engages older adult volunteers to help improve K-3 literacy in underserved schools.


Experience Corps' proven success in African-American neighborhoods and its engagement of diverse volunteers will bolster AARP's commitment to reaching more multicultural communities across the country.


The new relationship supports the priorities of both organizations: AARP Experience Corps will be able to increase its ability to tap into the experience and dedication of older Americans who want to give back to their communities, and it will offer AARP members a new way to engage in one of their top service priorities - volunteering to tutor or mentor youth.


"AARP Experience Corps fits very naturally into the AARP family, by building upon the principles of service that our founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, set out for the organization," said Barb Quaintance, senior vice president for volunteer and civic engagement at AARP. "The group also has built an incredibly successful model, where kids and older adults thrive in a dynamic intergenerational exchange."


"Reading levels of young children in America are in crisis," said Lester Strong, CEO of Experience Corps. "Almost 70 percent of our nation's children reach the 4th grade unable to read at a proficient level. By joining forces with AARP, Experience Corps will be able to make an even bigger difference for our children, and at the same time, leverage the experience and dedication of AARP's millions of members."


Experience Corps has a track record of improving literacy among American youth: according to research from Washington University in St. Louis, students working with Experience Corps tutors gain more than a 60 percent boost in two critical literacy skills-sounding out new words and reading comprehension-over similar students not being served by Experience Corps.


Additionally, 84 percent of its volunteers reported the participation has changed their lives for the better - including increased motivation, knowledge, confidence and skills. Currently, 2,000  

Experience Corps volunteers serve 20,000 K-3 students in disadvantaged schools across the country.


For more information, go to



AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website, AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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African American Civil War Museum and Memorial Expresses Condolences upon the Death of Larry Dillard


African American Civil War Museum and Memorial to Establish Memorial Fund in Honor of Larry Dillard

WASHINGTON - Dr. Frank Smith, executive director of The African American Civil War Museum and Memorial, issued the following statement upon the death of Larry Dillard, the long-time Communications Director and life-long friend of U. S. Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott (D-Va.):

“We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Larry Dillard. He was a very, very good friend of ours and a person who was dedicated to preserving the memory of African American soldiers of the Civil War. Larry worked with us in the planning of our April 12th program

 to commemorate the start of the Civil War. From the podium, he talked about the contrabands (enslaved Africans) coming into the area around Fort Monroe down in Hampton, Virginia, where Hampton University now sits. He also talked about the jubilation that they felt, knowing that they were going to get their freedom here in the United States.”

Congressman Scott announced a memorial service for Dillard, which was held on Saturday, April 23, at noon. at Ivy Baptist Church 50 Maple Avenue Newport News, Va.. The 59-year-old died shortly after taking ill April 20 while on a historical tour of Fort Monroe with Congressman Scott and Senator Mark Warner.

Congressman Scott’s office has also announced that “In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington, D.C. at”

In accordance with his wishes, Dr. Smith says a special fund will be set up in the honor of Dillard. “Larry was an ardent supporter,” said Dr. Smith. “So we are honored to remember him and very pleased that he has chosen to leave us in his memory and his wishes. We certainly look forward to sharing the story about his great legacy with the rest of the world.”

For more information, contact Dr. Frank Smith at 202-667-2667; email him at, or visit

A Survivor's Healing Story




CONTACT:   Sandra D.

                        Cell Phone:  (301) 219-1455





"A Survivor's Healing Story"


April 2011 - April is National Child Abuse Awareness Month and just in time to raise awareness about child abuse and its' devastating aftereffects comes a unique and exciting new book, entitled "When We Get Back Up - A Generation Will Change".


Released this April 2011, this book goes inside the mind of a child victimized by an abusive father.  The author, Sandra D. was that fearful child who experienced a combination of verbal, physical and sexual abuse.  Most children, who are sexually abused, are abused by a family member or close friend and many incidents of sexual abuse are never reported.


As a fearful child hiding in closets and other secret hiding places, the author used make believe to cope with the realities of abuse.  As a wounded, traumatized adult struggling with deep inner pain, flashbacks, nightmares, out of body experiences, panic attacks, anger, rage and more were symptoms of the abuse.  While facing real life challenges including unhealthy relationships, unwed pregnancy, single parenting, marital abuse, divorce, poverty, depression and hospitalization for a suicide attempt the author looked for ways to heal personal sorrows and inner pain.  Healing takes time and inner work.  Recovery is an on-going process.


This amazing book, written with open, honest dialogue and a dose of humor, is real and it is raw. Based on personal accounts of actual events and real life experiences, Sandra D. alerts all readers of mature subject matters that may be shocking.


Empower - Heal - Release Anger - Forgive when reading this inspirational, self-help book that comes straight from the heart.

For every one that has ever experienced anger, rage, fear or any self-defeating behavior, this healing story is for you.  You can purchase your copy (paperback, 273 numbered pages, on sale for $12.00) at  It is well worth your time and investment.

The National Black Church Initiative Calls Donald Trump a Billionaire Racist

National Black Church Initiative

P.O. Box 65177






Rev. Anthony Evans


April 8, 2011
For Immediate Release



The National Black Church Initiative


Calls Donald Trump a Billionaire Racist


Comments on President Obama's Birthplace are Intentionally Divisive

Washington DC - The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is outraged by recent remarks by investment tycoon Donald Trump.  In his fledgling bid as a presidential nominee Trump has re-ignited false allegations of President Obama's citizenship - stirring up old rumors about the validity of Obama's Hawaii birth records.  These remarks are extraordinarily misinformed and speak to a deeper and more insidious problem - racism.

As a national African American organization, we are appalled that in Trump's effort to garner publicity and separate himself from the pack he feels it is appropriate to dredge up false, divisive and ugly rumors about our elected President.  While we may disagree with Obama on policy decisions, we wholeheartedly stand behind our President and, in accordance with widely accepted facts, acknowledge his lawful citizenship.  Those who remain skeptical are unsuccessfully hiding their racism under a veil of conspiracy theories and gossip.  So, to those who continue to undermine the legitimacy of our President's citizenship - we see you for what you are.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, "When anyone attempts to divide the American public for personal political gain the democratic system is tarnished by indignity.  As a leader in the faith-based community I can confidently say that we stand united - promoting the Christian values of respect and inclusiveness, divided not by race or belief, in support our President.  I strongly feel that Donald Trump is using race to further a divisive agenda - an agenda that has no place in modern American political culture.  We have come a long way, Obama's election illustrating the evolution of equality in the United States.  Let us not allow anyone to regress the progress we have achieved by championing false, racist beliefs."

About NBCI


The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. Visit our website at



Rev. Anthony Evans


National Black Church Initiative

Baby Fund Project

P.O. Box 65177

Washington, DC 20035


This email and any attachments will be kept confidential within the National Black Church Initiative.  We may contact you in the future for additional NBCI events or projects, based upon the information you have provided us.



Rev. Anthony Evans


National Black Church Initiative

Baby Fund Project

P.O. Box 65177

Washington, DC 20035


This email and any attachments will be kept confidential within the National Black Church Initiative.  We may contact you in the future for additional NBCI events or projects, based upon the information you have provided us.  

eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream - Saves Women’s Skin

Angelica Jones

Jones Ltd. Int’l Consultants Inc.

P: 909-336-9494


Loren VanDusseldorp

eWize Marketing 4U

P: 954-923-7000


Press Release

     For Immediate Release     

     March 14, 2010

eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream - Saves Women’s Skin

Dateline: Hollywood, Florida  

Florida based eWize Marketing 4U a company that specializes in consumer driven niche products, announced today that they are ramping up to meet consumer demand of their eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream for Women. The product is a proprietary formula that was developed to help women combat shave bumps and irritation while shaving delicate areas.

EbonyRazorBumpWomWomen who are prone to Pseudofolliculitis barbae (Razor Bumps), can now benefit from eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream for Women, developed to help reduce and prevent the cycle of shave bumps on the skin while delivering a close comfortable shave. The product is an excellent moisturizing and conditioning cream that helps maintain and promote healthy looking skin, while protecting delicate skin during the shaving process.

eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream for Women was clinically formulated to help reduce skin irritation and red bumps that can often occur when shaving in sensitive areas of the body, underarms and legs. The cream is soothing and has a spa like feel, which greatly improves the overall shaving experience and guarantees that skin will have a smooth, moisturized and pampered feel.

President for eWize Marketing 4U, Loren Van Dusseldorp stated, “Our women’s hair removal category is just exploding with sales. eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream for Women promises to help women during their shaving experience with a more effective and efficient hair removal process, without the irritation during and after shaving. It is also helpful for women that complain of dry skin on their body after shaving.”

The existing eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream for Men and the new eWize Razor Bump Shave Cream for Women products are currently being offered on the Internet and will be moving onto the retail shelf end of second quarter 2011. The first initial retail distribution will be through beauty suppliers, salons, barbershops & specialty retail outlets.

President of eWize Marketing 4U, Loren Van Dusseldorp, “With the slowdown in the economy during 2009, women are now a bit more budget conscious and are more mindful of what they spending. They are reducing their visits to salons for waxing, and instead, they are turning back to shaving at home. They save money and time when money is tight and income may be limited. Due to increased home hair removal, the women’s hair removal category is estimated at $1.8 billion, the shaving and hair removal market grew 8% in the last decade and this market is expected to grow almost 10% through 2012. eWize is proud to be a part of this growth industry.”

Print and advertorial ad programs are in the works and will start appearing in sports publications for the men’s product and women’s magazines respectively in spring of 2011.           ##30##

The National Black Church Initiative Condemns DynCorp International and Parent Company Cerberus

The National Black Church Initiative Condemns DynCorp International and Parent Company Cerberus

 EEOC Reports Estimated 450,000 Cases of Racial Discrimination in Past 15 Years 


Washington DC – The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI), a faith-based coalition of 34,000 churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is dedicated to the eradication of racial disparities. We are working with our black church leadership partners and their 66,000 churches nationwide to use the full force of our combined 100,000 churches to advocate on behalf of two of our members – Reginald Bailey and Walter Gray, cofounders of Worldwide Network Services (WWNS).

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – an estimated 450,000 charges of race discrimination have been filed over the past 15 years and these figures translate to losses in the tens of billions of dollars. Americans cannot afford to allow racism to continue to wreak havoc on our citizens and on our economy.

WWNS was the tragic victim of racial discrimination at the hands of their contracting partner, DynCorp International. DynCorp was found guilty by an all white jury of racial discrimination - representing the most significant conviction of racial discrimination by a government contractor to an African American business in US history.

Amongst other charges DynCorp was found guilty of violating US Code 42 U.S.C. 1981, which prohibits discrimination in contracting. DynCorp was also found guilty racially motivated violations which include the malicious and wrongful termination of the WWNS subcontract with DynCorp; the subsequent illegal recruitment of WWNS employees; the unilateral refusal to pay WWNS invoices without cause; the interference with WWNS’ ability to operate within the scope of the contract; and the tortious interference of WWNS ability to secure pending contracts outside of DynCorp.

These atrocious actions were not followed by an apology or any other form of acceptable remuneration. On the contrary, this racial discrimination was celebrated. At a company dinner party DynCorp executives celebrated the destruction of WWNS with t-shirts that read “I took down WWNS and all I got was this lousy t-shirt” and read - in Ebonics - a fake letter purporting to be from WWNS co-founder Gray. A guest at this party later testified that during the reading of this letter that DynCorp leadership was “laughing their ass off”.

Luckily for WWNS, the federal court system did not find DynCorp’s actions so hilarious.

However, despite the fact that the justice system has adjudicated this case - no court system could ever make WWNS whole. The business that WWNS co-owners Bailey and Gray spent 13 years building was destroyed due to egregious racial discrimination and a prolonged court battle, while DynCorp – the perpetrator - continues to win government contracts and prosper. It is equally disturbing to know that even after a clear conviction; privately held Cerberus Capital acquired DynCorp in an estimated $1.6 billion dollar deal - compensating DynCorp leadership, employees, and shareholders with a profit windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars.

It seems that the repercussions of DynCorp’s racial discrimination are truly never ending. One particular ongoing matter of supreme import to the American public is that Cerberus, whose chairmen include former Vice President Dan Quayle and former Secretary of the Treasury John W. Snow, utilized state pension funds for a significant portion of the capital utilized to acquire WWNS. State pension funds, which represent at least 30% African American participation, have a clear charter against investing in entities that have been found guilty of racial discrimination. The investment of state pension funds in Cerberus represents an egregious management of public funds.

This mismanagement is more insidious than mere oversight – in public documents it is evident that DynCorp failed to properly disclose the severity of their case with WWNS to the public. DynCorp is required by law to reveal any pending, current, or prior litigation and it fails to do this. With DynCorp’s racial discrimination history a matter of public record, it is important for Cerberus to be held responsible for its share in perpetuating its subsidiary’s illegal and immoral acts.

Despite all of the chips stacked against WWNS, they are fortunate to have strong advocates. Rev. Jesse Jackson has been a staunch supporter – writing several letters on behalf of WWNS to Cerberus Chairmen John Snow and Dan Quayle in an effort to better align Cerberus’ good reputation with their current business dealings and right this wrong with WWNS. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also heard WWNS’ story and, while she was unable at the time to comment on continued legislation, she did release a forceful promise to maintain the integrity of the Department of State and protect its contractors.

Secretary Clinton firmly stated, “You know where I stand on discrimination: I will not tolerate it. After reviewing the court record I want to assure you that I have set a very high bar for professional conduct by the Department’s employees and those working under contract to the Department, and we will enforce that standard. Finally, this Department under my authority will continue to operate at the highest standard of public service, which the American people expect and our commitment to the public interest demands.”

The Church remains a staunch supporter of equality as we believe equality defines the American spirit and embodies the very best of what our nation represents. When we allow racial discrimination to benefit the perpetrators and harm the victims, as it was in this case, our justice system is perverted and the values we hold so dear as Americans are forever tarnished. Therefore, NBCI, in collaboration with the black religious leadership nationwide, will use the full force of the African American church and the power of our combined 100,000 churches to launch a thunderous public protest with no limits against the responsible parties utilizing the moral authority of the Church and the power of the national faith-based community.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, “The WWNS case strikes at the heart of the Gospel of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus did not die for the rich to become richer – he died for us all to have salvation and discrimination goes against the fabric of our Biblical teachings. I am committed to using the full force of our 100,000 African American churches to bring justice and parity to this worthy organization. I have cleared our calendar to assure that this case is our number one priority in 2011. If DynCorp and Cerberus want a public fight – we are ready for it.”

Chairmen Snow and Quayle, along with the Cerberus leadership, have the power to make this right. We are optimistic that by rallying our congregations - evoking the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement – the public support we garner will tip the scales to achieve the justice that WWNS so richly deserves. As February is National Black History Month – we will stage a news conference to publicize WWNS’ story as these dark incidents of racism can no longer remain silent. NBCI, along with 100 African American ministers, will highlight the injustices committed against WWNS on the steps of Cerberus’ headquarters. This protest will be sustained until we believe that acceptable change has been accomplished. We will be heard.

About NBCI

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education, housing, and the environment. NBCI’s mission is to provide critical wellness information to all of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative’s methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI’s programs are governed by credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.

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