Change in the Old South: Gwinnett County Gets First Black Woman Democratic Party Chair

The South will rise again—but this time in a definite shade of blue rather than Confederate grey. At least that is the goal of newly-elected Democrats in Georgia. The midterm election was an exclamation point, underscoring a process of change that has been quietly underway for some time. Nationally, eyes are on Georgia, particularly Gwinnett County and the first black woman to chair the county’s Democratic party.

With a Bachelor of Political Science from Spelman College, Bianca Keaton has earned her spot at the political table. Upon graduation, she went to Washington, D.C., and served as an aide and adviser to U.S. Congressmen Robert Brady and Cedric Richmond for a combined six years. Keaton is well-versed in legislative policy, administration, and strategic planning. Her most recent political position before being voted in as Gwinnett County Democratic Chair has been assistant to Cobb County Commissioner Lisa Cupid where she served for nearly three years.

Keaton’s position is significant for a number of reasons. Gwinnett County has been a Republican stronghold for at least the last 30 years. It’s the second-most populous county in Georgia, and prior to 2016, had not voted for a Democrat since Jimmy Carter.

However, this all began to change in 2016, when Hillary Clinton won a majority of the county’s votes. Last year, two Democrats were elected to the County Commission and the county’s legislative delegation in the state capitol shifted from being majority Republican to majority Democratic.

Gwinnett County is located in the northeast quadrant of the greater Atlanta area. With population just shy of 1 million people, it is often hailed as one of the most diverse counties in the southeast.

The most common foreign languages in Gwinnett County are Spanish (144,073 speakers), Korean (19,938 speakers), and Vietnamese (15,614 speakers), compared to other places, Gwinnett has a relatively high number of Korean (19,938 speakers), Serbo-Croatian (3,767 speakers), and Gujarati (4,802 speakers). – DataUSA.com

However, this diversity was not reflected in the county’s political leadership — prior to 2018, the  Gwinnett County Commission was all white and all Republican. Keaton, at 35-years-old, is set to play a critical role as the county’s political shift.

Change is not a scary word to Keaton. Growing up in Chicago, she struggled against poverty and uncertainty on a daily basis. She once went to 10 different schools in one year. Now, she is on a path to move Gwinnett from red to completely blue by the time of the 2020 elections.

Some of the key issues she is focused on include:

  • Fair elections – It’s no secret Gwinnett County had issues on election night with their precincts and ballot access. These issues could have been avoided with better planning and oversight. Absentee Ballots were thrown out and not enough voting machines were made available for the high voter turnout. This is a priority to fix for Keaton.

 

  • Making room for new voices and creating an expanded Democratic footprint throughout Gwinnett – At one time, the Democratic Party in Gwinnett was all but defunct. Keaton and her executive team are taking the reins and moving things forward, especially for groups that have been historically marginalized in the county.

 

  • Modernized operations – Keaton says it’s time to bring party operations into the 21st century. She has a clear idea on how she wants to achieve this. It’s more than just building a new website she says–it’s about brand and messaging as well as policy and procedures. She embraces technology and wants to utilize it to streamline the functions and work of the party.

 

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South Korean cabbies are lighting themselves on fire in protest of a ride-sharing app

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It’s no surprise that taxi drivers aren’t exactly the world’s biggest fans of ride-sharing apps that offer customers cheap fares and the convenience of hailing a ride with just a few taps of a screen — services that have gone on to eat a big chunk out of the industry as a whole around the world. Still, every now and then the intensity of opposition from the taxi industry can surprise you — and, in the case of recent protests in South Korea, downright shock you with the extreme measures that some cabbies are taking to let their feelings be known.

Tens of thousands of taxi drivers in the capital city of Seoul have been protesting for months now against the launch of the ride-sharing service Kakao T Carpool, an Uber-like app the drivers say would exacerbate their already meager standard of living. Some protesters are even taking things so far that they’re committing suicide, by setting themselves on fire.

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South Korea’s Celltrion aims to set up China JV within first half of 2019: chairman

South Korean drugmaker Celltrion Inc aims to set up a joint venture in China within the first half of this year, and begin selling products in the country next year, its chairman said on Sunday.


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South Korea Manufacturing Contraction Eases In December

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[CONTEST] Win a Trip to South Africa or Egypt with Sisters Traveling Solo!

If traveling more is on your to-do list for the New Year, we are excited to announce BLACK ENTERPRISE and Sisters Traveling Solo (STS) is partnering to create the Women of Power Travel Solo experience.

We are sending one lucky woman who has registered for the Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada, to South Africa, or Egypt, for the ultimate girl’s trip.

How to Enter:

Register for the Women of Power Summit

-Join the Sisters Traveling Solo and Women of Power Facebook groups

-Follow BE and STS on Instagram

-Like the fan pages for BE and STS on Facebook

-Follow BLACK ENTERPRISE on Twitter.

The entry period is Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, through Jan. 14, 2019 (11:59 pm EST).

If this contest sounds too good to be true, it’s not! It represents what women of power do. If you’re looking for more reasons as to why you should get in on this contest, the founder of the group, Coleitha Banks, wants to let you in on all you can win.

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Why Sisters Traveling Solo created this opportunity:

We at Sisters Traveling Solo love all that Women of Power stands for!  So creating this opportunity for a woman in the WPS community to join one of our trip experiences was our way of supporting the mission of WOP.  We truly believe in any platform whose purpose is to empower women, especially women of color.  Empowering women is what Sisters Traveling Solo is all about!

Why you should take part in this contest:

Stepping foot on African soil is an experience you will never forget, especially when you are amongst Sisters!  From finding your tribe, making new friendships with like-minded Sisters, experiencing a new culture — there are so many reasons to enter and register for a chance to win this contest. This trip will be an unforgettable experience for the Winner!

The winnings:

The winner of this contest will walk away with so many things!  The first being a true sense of Sisterhood. It is truly amazing to see women who just met form bonds within days or moments of just meeting. On several of our trip experiences, we have witnessed friendships develop, and travel buddies made.

 

Just imagine being in a room full of Sisters filled with joy and laughter. That is what the sisterhood on our trips feels like.

 

The winner, especially if the she is new to travel, will get the biggest cultural shock, but in a good way! She will learn things about another culture that she finds not only interesting, but that she finds relatable. In those moments, she will realize that at our core we are truly all the same and that there is no place she does not belong, or nowhere that is truly foreign.

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If you want to win big and tap into your power, it’s time to get social. For the official contest rules click here.

The winner will be announced at the 2019 Women of Power Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada!

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South Korea Industrial Output Jumps 1.0% In October

Industrial production in South Korea climbed a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent on month in October, Statistics Korea said on Friday – following the 2.7 percent decline in September.
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‘Green Book’ Explores Racism and Friendship in the ’60s Deep South; Here’s Everything We Know

‘Green Book’ Explores Racism and Friendship in the '60s Deep South; Here's Everything We Know

The road trip is a time-honored cinematic tradition that is renewed with a very real sense of racism and danger in Green Book. Rather than a dry historical treatment, however, director Peter Farrelly infuses the film with wry humor and a welcome consideration of the roots of the differences that can divide us.  

Remaining focused on the two lead characters bolsters the film immeasurably, since we get to know them intimately, even as they get to know each other. The relationship is…

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Head for the Black Hills: tales of Crazy Horse and Custer in South Dakota

The carving of the Crazy Horse statue is a story in itself but then insurgent tales and mountain sculptures have helped shape this midwest state

It takes a few seconds for the statue of Crazy Horse to come into focus, which is surprising given that it’s being carved out of a 641ft-high stone outcrop. From a distance it looks like just another rocky peak silhouetted against the cloudless South Dakota sky. But get closer and its form and detail become apparent: an unyielding face, a raised arm, a pointing finger, all recreated on a colossal scale.

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South African Fashion on Show at Zeitz MOCAA

South Africa’s fashion and art crowd descended upon Cape Town this week for the pre-opening party of contemporary art museum Zeitz MOCAA’s first fashion exhibition, “21 Years: Making Histories With South African Fashion Week.”
SA Fashion Week, founded by former model Lucilla Booyzen in 1997, marked the anniversary last October with a small exhibition shown during the presentation of the SAFW 2019 fall collections in the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton City. Booyzen chose 21 designers as a historical recap of the past 21 years of SA fashion, and planned a book to accompany the exhibit.
“When Erica de Greef, the senior fashion curator of Zeitz MOCAA, heard that I was going to do a book and an exhibition, she was incredibly excited, and she then planned to do an edited version of what I did in Johannesburg at Zeitz,” Booyzen recounted.
Curated by de Greef, the exhibition occupies two gallery spaces on the museum’s fourth level and features 21 ensembles from 21 designers, spanning different styles, multiple collections and various seasons, showcasing, in effect, a micro-history of South African fashion since 1997. On show are designers such as Clive Rundle, Amanda Laird Cherry and Loxion Kulca, alongside younger names such as Sindiso Khumalo, Thebe

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South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ Have Accused Their Coaches of Derailing the Team

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Garlic Girls, South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalist curlers, accused their coaches Thursday of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories.The women’s claims, if confirmed, suggest a familiar tale of abuse, corruption and nepotism that has regularly marred South Korea’s highly hierarchical elite sports scene. Men often run South Korean sports efforts, and while the team’s head coach is a woman, men in her family, including her father, a former leading figure in South Korean curling, play a prominent part in the team’s accusations of abuse.

“We can no longer work with a coaching staff that is trying to divide the team,” Kim Seon-yeong said in a glum news conference in Seoul. The players also accused the coaching staff of skipping training sessions, holding back prize money and trying to force a married member off the team.

“We need a coaching staff that can train and lead us properly. We want to continue our curling careers and aim for bigger goals at the Beijing Olympics,” Kim said.

The news conference came a day after South Korea’s Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee announced a joint investigation into allegations that became public after the athletes sent a letter outlining their complaints to sports authorities last week.

The five-member women’s curling team became an overnight sensation after their improbable silver medal run in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They enthralled a country that barely recognized curling before they made their run and became sought-after spokeswomen in commercials. Their nickname is a nod to the famous garlic produced in their hometown in Uiseong, in southern South Korea, where they met and began playing together as teenagers.

In their letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last week, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Cho-hee, and sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their lives to excessive control. In Thursday’s news conference, the curlers said coaches instructed them what to say in interviews and closely monitored their private lives after training hours, scolding them if they met with athletes from rival teams. Letters and presents sent by fans “were already ripped open” before they reached the curlers, Kim Seon-yeong said.

“We can’t understand why the head coach had to rip open and check the presents and letters sent to individuals before they reach the athlete,” she said.

The curlers said the coaches withheld prize money and tried to sideline the married captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family. They said the coaches also tried to force Kim Cho-hee off the team ahead of the Olympics to open a spot for head coach Kim Min-jung to participate as an athlete; they also said they had to endure a tirade from Kim Kyung-doo after they decided to stick with their teammate.

Kim Kyung-doo and his family had extensive control over the team with his daughter, Kim Min-jung, being the head coach and his son-in-law, Jang Ban-seok, the mixed doubles coach. The curlers organized the news conference after the coaching staff publicly denied the accusations.

“We had thought we could go together with that family, but after going through the Olympics, it became clear to us they were a family that cared only about themselves,” Kim Eun-jung said in the news conference. “They don’t want the athletes to grow and get better. … They don’t want the athletes to become bigger than the organization.”

Jang denied funds were withheld from the athletes, saying the team had agreed prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions, but Kim Eun-jung said the curlers were kept in the dark about how the money was used.

“We were already receiving (state) training funds as members of the national team, and we couldn’t understand why the prize money was not being distributed to us,” she said.

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Latest ‘South Park’ Episode Calls for the Cancellation of ‘The Simpsons’

South Park called out The Simpsons on its latest episode, describing it as a series with “bigotry and hate” before closing with a #CancelTheSimpsons hashtag. The episode featured the acclaimed Mr. Hankey character on trial defending his offensive tweets, mocking the Brett Kavanaugh case.

After blaming the tweets on Ambien similarly to Roseanne Barr’s statements earlier this year following the cancellation of her show, the Christmas Poo is sentenced to leave town. He’s sent somewhere “that accepts racist, awful beings like him,” with people who “don’t care about bigotry and hate,” and that place ends up being The Simpsons‘ Springfield.

He’s welcomed by Apu speaking in a stereotypical voice, a callback to a documentary about the show and the character called The Problem With Apu, which calls out the show’s crude depiction of his nationality. Even the episode’s name “The Problem With A Poo,” is a reference to the doc. Simpsons‘ showrunner Al Jean spoke to THR about the ending, stating he knows it was all in good fun and a show of respect to the series.

“It’s actually in favor of us saying people are too critical,” Jean stated. “Hari Kondabalu [the writer/star of the documentary] tweeted he thought they agreed with him but pulled the comments showing he was wrong. All season the show has had a #cancelsouthpark hashtag so my response (which I tweeted) is: #pleasedontcancelsouthpark.”

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