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  • We Got A Winner - Stacey Abrams Must Be Considered for Next NAACP President

    Editorially Speaking

    *We Got A Winner –  Stacey Abrams Must Be Considered for Next NAACP President

    Listen to a taping of Stacey Abrams Congressional District Election Night Rally.  If you did not hear her, you missed the unveiling.  She is the Leader.  I’ve told you before.  I don’t just follow anyone just because they are in a lead position..  I haven’t been an NAACP member since graduating from college.  Since King, the leadership was just not there.  You had Wanna Be’s but not true leadership.  I’m not saying the leadership had not accomplished things, but sorry fully they were not leaders.  I’ve accomplished things, but people know me as a “defender of others”, a “hard worker”, “a good record keeper”.  Those attributes did not lead me to believe that I was a leader.  I’m an organizer.  Stacey Abrams is an organizer and leader.  It’s in her voice.  It’s in her charisma.  It’s in her deliverance.

    Check out what she has done

    Stacey Abrams   Stacey Y. Abrams is the House Minority Leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District. She is the first woman to lead either party in the Georgia General Assembly and is the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives. Stacey serves on the following committees: Appropriations, Ethics, Judiciary Non-Civil, Rules and Ways & Means. She co-founded and acts as Senior Vice President of NOWaccount Network Corporation, a financial services firm. Stacey also co-founded Nourish, Inc., a beverage company with a focus on infants and toddlers, as well as other entrepreneurial ventures. Formerly, she was Deputy City Attorney for the City of Atlanta. Prior to her tenure at the City, she was Special Tax Counsel at Sutherland, with a focus on tax-exempt organizations, health care, and public finance.


    She has published articles on issues of public policy, taxation and nonprofit organizations, including pieces with The Christian Science Monitor, Yale Law and Policy Review, U.S. News and World Reports, and the Huffington Post. Under the pen name Selena Montgomery, Stacey is the award-winning author of eight romantic suspense novels, which have sold more than 100,000 copies.

    Stacey currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Agnes Scott College, the Board of Directors for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the Board of Directors for the Gateway Center for the Homeless, and the Advisory Boards for Literacy Action and Health Students Taking Action Together. Stacey received her J.D. from the Yale Law School. She graduated from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin with an M.P.Aff. in public policy. She earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Economics and Sociology) from Spelman College - magna cum laude.

  • Reflecting

    When They Speak From The Grave

    by Angelee Coleman Grider, editor

             When you lose the “love of your life” it is sometimes devastating for some.  For others it is sad even when you expected the inevitable.  But how do you deal with emotions when you did not know they were the true love, until they “speak from the grave”? 

                We buried a classmate and friend last year. “You should have called,” was all he said, and I still feel guilty today.     I was not planning to go to the funeral, because I “just don’t do funerals” like some people in my family.  Some will go even if they don’t know the person.  That’s just what they do down South in my family. Even if they don’t go to church on Sunday morning, they will not miss anyone’s funeral.  I just did not inherit that part of hospitality.  Plus, after moving up North, I didn’t know anyone anyway.

                However, my friend died.  And, God spoke to me and said, “You must go.”  It scared the hell out of me. Not because I was called by God, but because He knew I have a downfall that I can’t remember people’s names.  Faces and features I will remember, but don’t ask me your name especially if I have not seen you in 10 years.  In this case, I would not have seen any of my classmates in 20 years, so I certainly would not recognize them.

                So, I brushed off my fear and prepared to go to the service at the church.  Timing was everything.  God told me to leave at 8:00 A.M. and make a few stops along the way.  This made my arrival perfect.  People were just beginning to gather as I found my way to the right church.  I parked where God told me to park and of course the first thing I saw were car tags with fraternity and sorority symbols.  I knew I was screwed.  But maybe not.  Maybe they were from out-of-town and I wouldn’t know them anyway.

                I entered the church, asked directions, and signed the registry where the ushers instructed me to go before the sanctuary expedition.  Taking a deep breath, of relief because I did not recognize any names, I went inside to view the body.  Gosh, he still looked good as he did 20 years ago.  As I exited the area, I deliberately did not look to my left nor my right as I heard someone sitting in his fraternity section whisper, “There’s Angelee.”  I didn’t stop, and they did not try to stop me.  Remember, I don’t remember names.  God told me to go sit in the balcony area by myself.  Then someone else decided they wanted to come sit there too and talk about designer clothes that the tailor had made incorrectly.  “Stop complaining,” I wanted to say to them, “You could be dead.”

                Anyway, as I sat alone on my row, I watched the marquee overhead projector as it beautifully displayed the life of my friend.  I thought, “Okay, that’s why God wanted me to come so I should consider becoming a funeral photographer and add that to my repertoire.”  As I read and thought I remembered the good times six of us classmates had working on the yearbook staff.  That’s when I feel in love, but I knew I was out of his league, and I didn’t think he felt the same way as I did about him.”

                Reading the obituary on the video, though I realized he never got married, became a minister, and kept dedicating his life to justice and humanity.  Reflecting, I remembered that once I was in town for the holiday.  He got my family’s number and called.  “The next time you are in town,” he said, “call me.”

                I never called.  Each time I came home, I watched him on TV crusading for some cause.  I thought, I could move back home, join his causes and become popular enough to spark growth in my career, because he knew everybody.  That was selfish though, so I didn’t call.  Then I thought, I could become 1st lady and crusade by his side, but that wouldn’t work because we both were opinionated people.  I would have to walk in his shadow.”  So, I didn’t call because he taught the six of us to never walk in shadows, but be upfront leaders.  Yet, sitting there on his memorial day, I thought “What if I missed an opportunity from God?”  As I reflected for the last time before they closed the casket, I looked up at the picture on the wall, and heard him clearly say, “You should have called.” 

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  • So You Want To Be Published

         In My Opinion

            Why Not

    Put Your Stuff In Macy’s?

    Stop dreaming.  Stop designing.  Take your “first foot forward” initiative to start a career in a retail association with your local merchant.  Do you have or can you perform the following?

    Badges, Buttons, Pins

    Chemicals, Commercial

    Data Processing Materials & Services

    Draperies, Curtains and Upholstery

    Electrical Equipment and Supplies

    Floor and Wall Coverings

    Housekeeping and Janitorial Supplies

    Office Supplies


    Collection Services

    Contract Cleaning

    Facilities Management

    Contract Painting


    Employment Services



     Trash Removal and Recycling Supplier, or service opportunities can be found. Furniture opportunities they say are very limited.

    Think first. The Corporate Purchasing Department is located in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Do not walk into your local store and try to submit your contract solicitation.  Find the appropriate address for mailing your proposal. Look for

    RETAIL VENDORS (BRANDED MERCHANDISE)  Which department is best for your product?

    Women’s: Moderate Sportswear, Outerwear, Active, Swim, Junior’s, Accessories, Sleep Wear, Day Wear, Intimate, Casual, Career and Dresses.

    Men’s Neckwear, Knit & Woven Sportswear, Young Men’s Outerwear, Furnishings, Contemporary, Accessories and Suits.

    Children’s and Accessories: All areas.

    Cosmetics: Fragrance, Bath & Body, Color & Treatment lines.

    Home: Decorative, Textiles, Small Electrics Housewares.

    According to their guidelines, as a potential vendor, you should be prepared to discuss the following.


    Targeted Customer:   Discuss age, average income, median family size, geographic location, population size and
                                          expected growth.

    Product Demand:      Where do you see your product coming from in the future?

    Benefits for Macy’s:   

                                        How will your product help position Macy’s to take advantage of future demand?

                                         How can Macy’s gain market share with your product? control costs and/or maximize sales?

                                        What is the added value your product has over your competition?

                                        Does your packaging enhance the image and appearance of the product, compared to their current products?

                                       How will your product positively impact related products in Macy’s stores?

                                      Competition: What/Who are your direct and indirect competition in the market?


    Cost Savings:             How your service will save Macy’s, Inc. money.

    Efficiency:                  How your service will increase speed, accuracy and /or quality to Macy’s operations.

    Growth:                    Where you see it coming from in the future and ways growth in your service will help Macy’s.

    Benefits for Macy’s: 

                                      How can Macy’s gain market share with your service? control costs and/or maximize sales? 
                                      What are the advantages and benefits of using your service rather than a competitor’s similar service?

                                     Competition:  Who/What are your direct and indirect competition in the market?

                                     Related Services:  In what way does your service impact other related services or products in the stores?


    Products Savings:  How will your non-retail products reduce costs for Macy’s?

    Efficiency:  How will your service increase speed, accuracy and /or quality to Macy’s operations?

    Benefits for Macy’s:

                             How can Macy’s gain market share with your service or control costs and/or maximize sales?

                             What are the advantages and benefits of using your service rather than a competitor’s similar service?

                            Competition:  Who are our direct and indirect competition in the market?

                            Related Services: Will your non-retail product impact other related services or products Macy’s buys? How?

    These questions can be used by authors, artists, musicians, and publishers to submit your proposal for sales.

    Happy hunting.

A.C. G. - Queen of Publishing