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New Freedmen’s Bureau Records available for Juneteenth celebration

ancestry 600In recognition of Juneteenth, FamilySearch announces the online publication of additional Freedmen’s Bureau records – popular historic sources for those doing African American research that extends back to the Civil War period when slavery was abolished in the United States.
 
Juneteenth, which commemorates the abolition of slavery, begins June 19, with some celebrations extending an entire month. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, enforcing the freeing of the slaves. The celebration of Juneteenth (Emancipation Day) began in the streets of Galveston by the former slaves and is now celebrated throughout the nation every year on the same date by millions of people.  

A cancer challenge for NY Times’ Dean

 
baquetcancer 600A malignant tumor was removed from the kidney of New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet over the weekend, reports Politico.
 
In a memo to his staff, Baquet shared that, “I had minimally invasive, completely successful surgery on Saturday and my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis. I will be out of the office for about a week while I mend.”
 
Here is the full memo:

Kam’s Kapsules: OPENING THIS WEEK

 
BIG BUDGET FILMS    
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“Jersey Boys” (R for pervasive profanity) Clint Eastwood directs this adaptation of the rags-to-riches, jukebox musical featuring Tony Award-winner John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli in the role he originated on Broadway, as well as Erich Bergen, Vincent Piazza and Michael Lomenda as the other members of the Four Seasons. Cast includes Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley and Francesca Eastwood (daughter of Clint and Frances Farmer).   
 
“Think Like a Man Too” (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, crude humor, sexual references and partial nudity) The principal cast returns for an eventful sequel, set in Vegas, where the couples convene for bawdy bachelor and bachelorette parties which almost derail Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael’s (Terrence J) wedding plans. Ensemble includes Kevin Hart, Gabriel Union, Michael Ealy, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, Taraji P. Henson, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Kelsey Grammer.     

‘Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual Growth for the African-American Community’

yoga1 600Yoga has exploded in popularity around the country in recent years, as proven by the profusion of women you see walking down the street everyday with a rolled-up rubber mat under their arms. The fad appears poised to take the black community by storm, with even hip-hop mogul-turned-yoga practitioner Russell Simmons becoming a vocal proponent of adopting a meditative Eastern path.  
 
Another very dedicated advocate is Daya Devi-Doolin, co-founder with her husband, Chris, of the Doolin Healing Sanctuary located in Deltona, Fla. There, she not only teaches private and group yoga classes, but offers free sessions for abused women and military veterans.

The LeMoyne-College President Johnnie B. Watson ready to pass the torch

 
watson1 600The LeMoyne-Owen College President Johnnie B. Watson can see the end of his road at the college and he’s put a date on it – June 30, 2015.
 
Watson announced Tuesday morning that he would retire on that date. It’s been quite a journey for Watson, who attended LOC as a student and ultimately served as its 11th president.
 
“When I graduated from LeMoyne-Owen in 1960, I never could have imagined having the privilege to serve my alma mater in this capacity,” said Watson. “It has been an enjoyable, fruitful and memorable journey thanks to our talented faculty, dedicated staff, loyal alumni and supportive board of trustees.”