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Dr. Ben Chavis                                                            George C. Curry  (RIP)                                                         Walter Smith
Phila Locals Protest and Support Trump's visit to Black Church
The round table meeting with 14 African-American business, civic and religious leaders happened around 2 p.m. inside The View at 800 N. Broad Street, a reception hall
affiliated with Greater Exodus Baptist Church. Calvin Tucker, a GOP delegate and member of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, was set to introduce the candidate.
Trump's visit is a move to reverse cavernous unpopular support among minorities, including the black community. Outside the venue, about a dozen protesters lined up in
officers quickly separated the two men. The Trump supporter asked for charges to be filed, but police declined to make an arrest saying the pushing event didn't warrant
officers quickly separated the two men. The Trump supporter asked for charges to be filed, but police declined to make an arrest saying the pushing event didn't warrant
action. As Trump held his private meeting, Black union leaders held a news conference outlining why they don't support Trump a few blocks away.
Trump's core base has long been white men, but he's recently talked about making the GOP the 'home of the African-American voter." That statement is softer than his
original call for blacks to support him, telling the community "what the hell do you have to lose?" A recent NBC News/Survey Monkey poll found just 8 percent of African
Americans would vote for Trump. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, has support of 87 percent of the black community, according to the survey.
A Franklin and Marshall poll of Pennsylvania voters released Thursday didn't specifically break out support by race, but listed non-white support for Trump at 25 percent.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met with leaders of the African-American community in North Philadelphia on Friday
afternoon as protests took place outside.
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto's tough week continued on Thursday, even as he tried to move on from the controversy caused by his meeting on Wednesday with
republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Speaking at a town-hall style meeting just hours after delivering his annual state-of-the-nation report to congress, Peña Nieto again defended his decision to host Trump in
Mexico for a private meeting and press conference.
He said the easier path would have been to "cross my arms" and do nothing in response to Trump's "affronts, insults and humiliations," but he believed it necessary to
open a "space for dialogue" to stress the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship, the Associated Press reported.
"What is a fact is that in the face of candidate Trump's postures and positions, which clearly represent a threat to the future of Mexico, it was necessary to talk," Peña
Nieto said. "It was necessary to make him feel and know why Mexico does not accept his positions."
He acknowledged Mexicans' "enormous indignation" over Trump's presence in the country and repeated that he told him in person Mexico would in no way pay for the
proposed border wall, according to the Associated Press.
But a slip of the tongue dominated the reaction on social media to the president's remarks. Users, many of whom expressed anger over the president's meeting with Trump,
took to social media to have some fun after Peña Nieto mistakenly referred to the democratic presidential candidate as "Hillary Trump," before correcting himself.
Minutes after the verbal mix-up, #HillaryTrump sprung up as a trending topic on Twitter, with users posting bizarre memes and mashups superimposing the face of one
candidate on the other.
Mexican President
Defending Trump
Meeting, Accidentally
Creates #HillaryTrump
Trending Topic
Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto
Literally one day after winning his primary, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
gave up on Donald Trump. In fact, McCain now sounds a bit like he's the
campaign season — to help him win a sixth term in the Senate.

In a gauzy, five-minute YouTube video released Wednesday, McCain
looks directly at the camera and says: "My opponent, Representative
Ann Kirkpatrick, is a good person. But if Hillary Clinton is elected
president, Arizona will need a senator who will act as a check — not a
rubber stamp — for the White House."

John McCain: 'Arizona's Future' Campaign 2016  Play Video4:51
In a video posted by his Senate campaign, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
warns that if Democrat Hillary Clinton is elected president, "Arizona will
need a senator who will act as a check ... for the White House." (John
John McCain wins his primary, promptly gives up on Donald Trump
In two sentences, McCain is betting that people believe Clinton is going to win in November. And that many voters in Arizona who don't like Trump aren't keen on Clinton
either. (A recent national Washington Post-ABC News poll found a record number of Americans dislike Clinton, though she's still more popular than Trump.)
McCain is pulling from a playbook Republicans used two decades ago to ditch the Republican presidential nominee. Before McCain, the highest-profile Republican to deliver
that message was House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, who sent a fundraising email in August that read, "If we fail to protect our majority in Congress, we could be handing
President Hillary Clinton a blank check." It looked to The Post's Jenna Johnson and Karen Tumulty that Ryan might have predicted Clinton would win in a landslide
(because only a historic Clinton landslide would be enough to put the GOP House majority in peril). Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who also won his primary Tuesday, said
something similar in June: "I feel deeply that no matter who is elected president of the United States," he told MSNBC, "we're going to need a Senate that has people willing
to check and balance that." Could this work? Maybe. It has before. Going back to McCain, his strategy is stacked on a lot of "ifs": If Clinton still looks headed for a win in
two months. If Arizona voters dislike her enough to elect McCain as a counterweight. If he doesn't upset his GOP base by essentially ditching Trump two months out from
the election. If McCain can successfully distance himself from Trump after tepidly sticking by him during the primaries. Kirkpatrick's campaign has no intention of letting
voters forget that McCain continued to say he'll vote for Trump after Trump got tangled with the family of a fallen soldier and a million other controversies.
"John McCain has pledged to support Donald Trump over 50 times," the narrator in a recent Kirkpatrick ad says.
Farewell to George
Rev. Al Sharpton gives eulogy of lengendary journalist George Curry.
PHOTO: Charles W. Cherry II/Florida Courier
Black journalists and publishers seated in a reserved first two rows in honor of Curry.
Rear: L-R Rosetta Miller Perry - Tennessee Tribune,  John Smith and Dorothy Levall - Chicago Crusader, Walter Smith - New York Beacon, NNPA Chair Denise Rolark
Barnes - Washington Informer   Front: Mary Denson - Windy City World, Hazel Trice Edney  - Trice Edney Wire News, and  Jackie  Hampton - Mississippi Link .       
PHOTO: PJ Fischer/Tennessee Tribune
"Sometimes Genius is Found in the Cracks"
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. in keynote remarks during "A Time of Reflection" for George Edward Curry on Friday, August 26 at Elizabeth Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. ( - One minute the congregation was somber and in tears; the next minute they were rocking to choir music in the pews; the
next minute they were laughing in fond memory; and then they were shouting and applauding on their feet.

That was the range of emotions that marked the packed house during the "Celebration of Life" for legendary journalist George Curry at Weeping Mary Baptist Church in
Tuscaloosa, Ala., August. 27.

The Rev. Al Sharpton gave a eulogy of the Black press journalist, columnist, commentator and editor that soared from a touching and sometimes humorous tribute to a fiery
sermon that shook the sanctuary. Stately Black journalists and publishers were among those moved by the Spirit as Sharpton's message pointed largely to how they must
now escalate their voices as they continue telling the story.

"There were many Black writers that have gone mainstream. But George Curry made mainstream go Black," said Sharpton to applause. "He was smart enough to play the
game and stay in certain newsrooms. But he chose not to do that because he chose the path of why Black Press started in the first place."

Sharpton was eluding to the first Black Press editorial, published in the 1827 inaugural edition of Freedom's Journal. That editorial stated, "We wish to plead our own
cause. For too long have others spoken for us."

Curry, who died of heart failure August 20, started his career at Sports Illustrated, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Chicago Tribune. But he died as a hero, having found
his calling in the Black Press. He was editor-in-chief of his beloved Emerge Magazine for seven years until it went defunct. Then he took up the banner becoming
editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service (NNPA), the Black Press of America. When he died, he had founded, a digital version of the hard copy magazine, which he never gave up hope to revive.

"If we love him, we will keep Emerge News Online going," Sharpton said. "I don't know what it will cost. I don't know what it will be, but I want to be the first to help
Ann keep that work going...I'm going to write the first check."

Curry's fiancée, Elizabeth "Ann" Ragland, looked on from the audience. Earlier, she had spoken, saying, how much Curry loved and valued his family, especially his
mother, Mrs. Martha Brownlee and she reflected on his contagious sense of humor. Then, recalling his final moments, she said, "On last Saturday, my voice was the last
person that George heard as I tried to keep him here with us. But there was a voice much stronger than mine, a voice that no person can say no to, a voice that even George
Curry could not say no to...That voice is going to speak to us all."

Curry's death hit the journalistic community particularly hard as it came amidst one of the most controversial and heated presidential elections in history. Sharpton made
clear where the Black Press must go from here.

"George Curry left us in a critical time in history," Sharpton said. "In five months will be the first time in American history that we will see a White succeed a Black
president. We've never been here before...which means those of us who write the story are going to have to follow a script that's never been written before. If we ever
needed a strong independent, but ethical Black Press, we're going to need it now," he said.

Dozens of Black publishers, writers, photographers, former interns and mentees, mostly from NNPA, took up the first two pews of the church. The sanctuary was also
packed with hundreds of people, including his family and Tuscaloosa residents who came to say farewell to their hometown hero.

Sharpton attended the funeral despite a march against violence in Washington that he was monitoring by phone. "I said I would be here because no matter what he was
doing, George was always here - not just for me - but for all of us."

Reflecting on his friendship with Curry, who appeared on the last hour of his daily radio show every Friday - including the day before he died - Sharpton said, "George
never knew that he was much more of a minister to me than I was to him."

He said among the encouraging principles that Curry taught him was, "It's not what everybody else thinks of you. It's about what you think of yourself. And if you grab a
hold to what your calling is and believe what you think you can be, everybody else's judgement won't matter."

Still, Curry held even his political and civil rights friends accountable.

"He never let his friendship interview with his journalism. He would write against us and praise us the next week if we earned it," Sharpton said. "At the end of the day the
ones that really respect you are the ones that respect you enough to correct you because they don't give you a cheap way out. And that's what George would do."