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4th Annual John Coltrane Jazz and Blues Festival


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North Carolina Minister Invites Americans to Join Fight Against Extremism


The 2014 Kids’ White House State Dinner


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Free September 2014 Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006


Gov. McAuliffe Announces Creation of Virginia Oyster Trail


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Forte Jazz Band to Celebrate 20 Years of Performing


BY CHARLES HALLMAN America “needs a moral


compass,” said the president of the North Carolina NAACP chapter who last week visited Minneapolis. Even more than we need a “progressive” movement, “We need a moral movement that reframes the conversation,” stated the Rev. Dr. William Barber.


Barber drew national


attention last year when he and others began “Moral Mondays” marches to Raleigh, North Carolina’s state capitol in protesting his state’s GOP-controlled legislature’s “deny and cut” political agenda. In an exclusive MSR interview last week, he explained that the April 29, 2013 march was originally


intended to be a


one-time event. “We really [had] chosen


to do one Moral Monday. We didn’t plan to do 68 Moral Mondays [thus far],” said Barber, who added that since that time over 10,000 people


have participated in the weekly marches — an average of 2,500 persons each week. More than 40 organizers also are involved, many of them are young people, he noted. “You can’t be in the room with those young people and not be inspired to just do your part.”


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Despite his being largely for starting


Moral


Mondays, Barber emphasized, “This movement is not a person, it is a movement — you never see me on stage speaking alone. The Moral Mondays movement is not just a movement that says extremism is wrong. We point out why it’s wrong and examine the myths of extremism and how policies that hurt the LGBT community or the African American community hurt all of us as Americans.”


The weekly protests that now have expanded to Georgia and South Carolina stress five key points, said the reverend: economic stability, educational equality,


health care, EXTREMISM PAGE 14 This Edition’s Highlights


Education Editorial Sports


Prevent Your Community from Becoming Another Ferguson High Stakes Testing is 'Toxic' Warns New NEA President


Bennett, Hamilton Sign Deals to Play Overseas


Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch


Company Announces $150 Million Investment in Newport News Job/Career Fair Sponsored by Portsmouth RHA Siemens Competition in STEM Scholarship Awards


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(L-R) Michael Warren – Congas, Felix Valderrama – Congas, Brian Pinner – Sax, Darryl Rawlings – Drums, Shevonne Newby – Vocals, Daniel Quackenbush – Bass Guitar, Pete Jaymes Ford – Keyboards, and Jeffrey Bradby - Guitar


SPECIAL TO HRM Forte Jazz Band is an eight-piece


ensemble hailing from Smithfield, VA. Formed in 1995, the group has performed extensively for events ranging from hometown backyard barbecues to television appearances to performing at the Hampton Jazz Festival in Hampton, VA in 2009 and 2013. Forte has also shared the stage with nationally recognized artists such as The Rippingtons, Eric Marienthal, Kim Waters, and CeCe Winans to


name a few. Also in 2009, the group had the opportunity to record an album entitled "Left Behind - At the Train Station" and another in 2013 entitled "Chase the Rhythm." Forte members have also produced solo projects to include bassist Daniel Quackenbush's 2008 release "Singlehanded" and saxophonist Brian Pinner's 2009 release "Just Being Me." Forte's success as a musical force stems from the group's passion for creating quality musical performances that invite the listener to share in Forte's love of the art, with innovative


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Expecting the Unexpected: Preparing Financially for a Disability or Death


No one wants to think


about it, but everyone needs to plan for the possibility that they may suddenly become disabled or die. Taking a few steps now can make it much easier for your loved ones to manage your financial affairs when you can't. Here are a few tips to get started.


Build a rainy day


fund. "Savings can help you and your family get through difficult times, especially if there's a major health issue or other life event that may result in you earning less income," said Mark Pearce, Director of the FDIC's Division of Depositor and Consumer Protection.


Financial experts generally recommend


that you set aside at least three to six months of living expenses to get through a difficult period without having to take out a loan or borrow from retirement savings. "Having even a small amount of money automatically


transferred on a regular basis into a federally insured savings account is a great way to gradually build a cushion to help manage unforeseen situations," Pearce added. For more tips to get started, visit www.fdic.gov/ deposit/deposits/savings.html.


Keep a list of your financial accounts


and personal documents in one secure place. Ensuring that a loved one responsible for your affairs can easily find a list of your deposit accounts, investments, loans and other assets PREPARING PAGE 6


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