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Smokes Cigars: He Is Now The Oldest Person Alive, Mr. Richard Overton

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Overton was born in Bastrop County, Texas to Gentry Overton, Sr. (1877–1920) and Elizabeth Franklin Overton Waters (1876–1939). His patrilineal great grandfather, John Overton, Jr., was white and a son of John Overton. He is of African-American, English and Irish descent.

Mr.Richard Arvin Overton is now the oldest person alive at 112 years old. He says his ways to long life has been Whiskey & Cigars.

Richard served the US Military in the South Pacific from 1940 through 1945, including stops in Hawaii, Guam, Palau and Iwo Jima. He left the Army in October of 1945 as a technician fifth grade.

He then went to work at local Furniture store before taking a position with the Texas Department of the Treasury (now part of the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts) in Austin. Richard married twice but never had any children.

His message of Longevity? “Just keep living, don’t die.” Is what he told comedian Steve Harvey according to the Dallas Morning News.

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Some white people don’t want to hear about slavery at plantations built by slaves

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The nasty online reviews have gone viral on Twitter.

“It was just not what we expected.”

“I was depressed by the time I left.”

“ … the tour was more of a scolding of the old South.”

“The brief mentions of the former owners were defamatory.”

“Would not recommend.”

These are a few of the apparently negative reviews posted online about guided tours of Southern plantations, some of which went viral Thursday after former Colorado congressional candidate Saira Rao tweeted a screenshot of one.

 

Approximately 12.5 million human beings were kidnapped from their homes in Africa and shipped to the New World from 1514 to 1866, according to historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. One in eight died en route. Most were sent to South America. In 1860, the Census counted approximately 4 million enslaved people in the United States, according to PolitiFact.

“Would not recommend. Tour was all about how hard it was for the slaves,” wrote one reviewer of the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana.

Slaves who lived on plantations typically worked 10-16 hours a day, six days a week, according to the University of Houston’s Digital History. Children as young as 3 were put to work.

“I was depressed by the time I left and questioned why anyone would want to live in South Carolina,” read one review posted to Twitter about the McLeod Plantation in Charleston.

In 1860, 402,406 people were living in South Carolina not because they wanted to, but because they were enslaved. They made up 57 percent of the state’s population, according to census data.

“I felt [the African American tour guide] embellished her presentation and was racist towards me as a white person,” another McLeod visitor wrote.

Read More at The Washington Post

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LEBRON JAMES SCHOOL CRUSHING EXPECTATIONS … Huge Gains In Test Scores

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LeBron James says he’s INCREDIBLY PROUD of stats showing the students at his “I Promise” school in Akron are making tremendous gains in statewide testing … just 1 year after it opened. 

There are only 240 students in the inaugural 3rd and 4th grade classes at the Akron school — but numbers obtained by the NY Times show test scores in math and reading were up BIG after the first year.

In reading, the 3rd and 4th graders had initially scored in the lowest percentile — the 1%.

But, after a year, when the students took the district-wide exams, the 3rd graders JUMPED to the 9th percentile and the 4th graders moved to the 16th!

Take a second and reflect on that — those are HUGE gains. 

And that’s not all … when it came to math, the 3rd graders jumped from the 1% to the 18th percentile — and 4th graders moved from the 2% to the 30th!!!!

When asked about the incredible improvements, LeBron told the Times, “These kids are doing an unbelievable job, better than we all expected.”

He added, “When we first started, people knew I was opening a school for kids. Now people are going to really understand the lack of education they had before they came to our school.”

“People are going to finally understand what goes on behind our doors.”

So, what does go on behind their doors? 

Besides access to teachers and materials, the school also provides clothing and snacks to families that need it … which is partially funded by LeBron’s foundation. 

Keep up the good work!!!

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Jaden Smith’s JUST Water company brings mobile water filtration system to Flint

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FLINT, Mich. (WXYZ) — Jaden Smith is helping the residents of Flint through a new initiative. The rapper, actor and co-founder of the eco-friendly company JUST Water has partnered with a local Flint church to deploy a mobile water treatment system.

The system is called “The Water Box” and it filters out lead and additional contaminants in water, according to a press release.

Flint’s water crisis began in April 2014 after the city’s water source was switched from the Detroit River to the Flint River, which resulted in city-wide lead contamination of public drinking water. First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Flint has been on the front line of the battle to restore drinkable water in the city. The church has also given out over 5 million bottles of water to local residents.

In 2018, the free bottled water program set up by the state was ended under former Gov. Rick Snyder. However, a recent announcement by newly appointed Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer states that the program will be reinstated . Bottle donations for the city have declined and accessing clean water continues to be an issue, which is why JUST Water stepped in to assist, according to a release.

“This has been one of the most rewarding and educational experiences for me personally,” Smith said.

“Working together with people in the community experiencing the problems and design(ing) 
something to help them has been a journey I will never forget. We are planning to deploy more water boxes in 
Flint and other communities facing similar challenges.”

The Water Box will produce up to 10 gallons of clean drinking water per minute. The water is tested each day with use, as well as every few weeks by an independent and certified laboratory.

Residents will be able to fill any container of their choice with the clean water. The filtration device will be available through the church with set distribution times.

“We are committed to serving the community in which we worship in.” said Ezra Tillman, pastor of First Trinity Baptist church.

Jaden Smith and his partner Drew FitzGerald are the co-founders of JUST goods and of 501CTHREE.org. The Water Box initiative is also in partnership with The Last Kilometer, Rethink H20 with help from Black Millennials For Flint.

WXYZ Detroit 

 

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