United States Postal Service issues stamp honoring Ray Charles. (33367)


Legendary music icon Ray Charles was honored with a limited edition Forever® postage stamp, which will be featured in the 2013 Music Icons Forever series released by the U.S. Postal Service. The Grammy Museum officially unveiled the stamp last week during an event headlined by R&B legend Chaka Khan. In addition to the stamp, a retrospective CD/DVD titled “Ray Charles Forever” was also released. It features a number of Charles’ greatest hits, including “A Song For You,” “American the Beautiful,” and “Come Rain or Shine.” The album also includes a previously unreleased version of the song “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.” Every year, the U.S. Postal Service puts a new legendary face of music on their Forever® postage stamps. Others who have been featured on a collectible stamp this year include country singer Johnny Cash, civil rights icon Rosa Parks, and guitarist Lydia Mendoza. Forever® stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.


Not for Women Only: Understanding Male Breast Cancer is the focus of this year’s “Your Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Survivors Celebration.” The free event for breast cancer survivors, their families and friends is today from 6-9 p.m. at South Miami Hospital’s Clarke Education Center. The featured speaker is health educator, Scott Irwin. Heroines Choir, a singing group of local breast cancer survivors and their supporters, will open the program. According to the American Cancer Society, this year there will be 2,240 cases of male breast cancer in our country.


The Mass Media Arts Department at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has formally adopted an academic internship program facilitated by the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA) to train future journalists in the film and entertainment industry. Beginning in the fall 2013 semester, the program, available only to junior and senior level students, represents the first academic partnership between AAFCA and an institution of higher learning. “We are excited about this collaboration with AAFCA and our campus,” says Kandace Harris, associate professor and chair of the Department of Mass Media Arts at CAU. “Members of the association have a long history of engaging our students, so we look forward to the new opportunities that this formal internship partnership will bring.” Mass Media Arts students Ariana Pyles and Shatondra Caldwell were selected for the program and will earn academic credits for their work over the course of the fall semester.

The National Bankers Association, a trade association representing the interests of minority-owned banks, held its 86th annual convention in Atlanta this week, at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel with Comptroller of the Currency, Thomas Curry, giving the keynote address. A special tribute to the late Mayor Maynard H. Jackson, who championed minority businesses in the awarding of city contracts, highlighted the convention. Jamie Dimon, chairman/CEO of JP Morgan Chase, was also honored for his work supporting economic development in communities across America and around the world. The event was appropriately themed “Celebrating Success: A Legacy of Community Service and Social Responsibility.”


A popular and influential collection of artwork featuring African leaders and rulers, ‘The Great Kings and Queens of Africa,’ was the inspiration for a unique leadership symposium at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis recently. The two-day symposium was designed to encourage its 30 Legends of the Crown Leadership Scholars by engaging them with the artwork, original artists, Anheuser-Busch executives and keynote speaker—actor and author, Hill Harper (“Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister”). The art collection—commissioned by Anheuser-Busch from 1975-2000—lives on because portions of it were donated to art galleries at six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with the agreement that the collection will reunite annually at the Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown Leadership Symposium. The collection has been viewed by more than 40 million people and is valued at more than $1 million.

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As Prostate Cancer Awareness Month came to a close, ProCure Proton Therapy Center in Somerset, announced that 150 prostate cancer patients have successfully completed proton therapy treatment, a precise radiation treatment for cancer without many of the short- and long-term side effects often experienced with standard X-ray radiation. Since Procure opened its New Jersey facility in March 2012, physicians have noted that a majority of prostate patients have learned about proton therapy through family, friends and independent research rather than via their primary care physicians or urologists. Word-of-mouth referrals have been particularly important within the African American community, since men in this group have a higher incidence of prostate cancer, as well as double the mortality rate from the condition than men in other ethnic groups.


For the second consecutive year, The Boeing Company tops the National Society of Black Engineers’ Annual Employer Preference (“NSBE 50”) survey. As in previous years, collegiate members of NSBE reported the organizations where they would most like to work, and the information is compiled in the 2013 NSBE 50. Although the NSBE 50 has been relatively stable since 2012, there were some notable changes this year. The Boeing Company maintained the No. 1 spot, while Google pulled ahead of Apple to claim No. 2. The top 10 remained relatively unchanged: NASA moved up to 5, while GE fell from fifth to seventh place.


BET and TV One, the two largest Black-focused cable television channels, are looking for interns for the Fall 2013 season. Internships are available in career categories including media, communications, graphic design, marketing, public relations, and more. The BET Networks Internship program provides paid internships for both undergraduate and graduate college students at five different BETN locations. They are open to both undergraduate and graduate students interested in working in the media industry. During the spring, summer and fall, students will find internships that match their skills and career interests. Each internship lasts about 10 weeks. The TV One Internship Program offers internships to undergraduate college students in the fall, spring and summer interested in a career in the media. Internships provide real, practical work experience for students in the fields in which they are studying—marketing and sales, finance, legal, human resources, digital media, production or programming. For more details about the BET Internship program, visit: www.findinternships.com/2013/09/bet-networks-internships.html. For more details about the TV One Internship program, visit: www.findinternships.com/2013/09/tv-one-internship-program.

Compiled By Juliana Norwood.