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Founders of Two Black-Owned Travel Companies Partner to Offer Affordable Trips to Tanzania and Zanzibar

Kenya Parramore & Paul Billings

Nationwide — Kenya Davis-Paramore, founder and CEO of iButterFly Travel Experience has partnered with Paul Allen Billings, founder and CEO of Tanzania 4 Less, both prominent Black-owned travel companies, to provide affordable vacations to the African countries of Tanzania and Zanzibar. This collaboration has garnered excitement among travel enthusiasts seeking budget-friendly trips for the upcoming holiday season.

The partnership solidifies their commitment to delivering exceptional and affordable vacations to both countries.

With the goal of unlocking dream vacations at an unbeatable value, the partnership aims to enable travelers to explore the diverse landscapes, wildlife, and vibrant cultures of Tanzania without straining their budgets. The collaboration also introduces financing options to make trips to Tanzania and Zanzibar more accessible.

Both travel companies offer tailor-made experiences for travelers with varying interests and budgets. Their vacation packages, ranging from 4 to 15 days, cater to individual preferences, whether it be an awe-inspiring safari adventure or a luxurious beach getaway.

To celebrate their partnership, iButterFly Travel Experience is offering a 9-day trip to Tanzania and Zanzibar. This exceptional package allows travelers to spend Christmas in the Serengeti, surrounded by captivating wildlife, and welcome the New Year on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar.

Kenya Davis-Paramore, CEO of iButterFly Travel Experience, expressed her excitement about the partnership, stating, “We are thrilled to announce its new and exciting partnership with Visit Tanzania 4 Less. We stand together as a beacon of expertise and personalized service. Our commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction has earned us the trust and loyalty of countless travelers over the years.”

She continues, “This combined effort enables us to offer even more exclusive and curated travel adventures. We have the privilege of turning travel dreams into reality, and our journey has been marked by memorable adventures and cherished moments. We look forward to creating many more. Don’t Just Live Life… Experience It!”

Paul Allen Billings, President of Visit Tanzania 4 Less, echoed the same enthusiasm, stating, “We are thrilled to announce that with our partnership, dreams of traveling to Tanzania will no longer be unattainable. At both companies, we are committed to providing personal care and exceptional service to our fellow Americans. This exciting collaboration aims to revolutionize the travel industry, ensuring that dream vacations to Tanzania and Zanzibar are within reach for a wider audience. Get ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime without compromising on quality or budget.”

iButterFly Travel Experience is renowned for its personalized and immersive travel experiences, while Visit Tanzania 4 Less is a leading safari company based in Arusha, Tanzania, offering comprehensive services and packages in both Tanzania and Zanzibar. Together, these companies bring expert knowledge and affordability to Tanzanian adventures.

For more information and booking inquiries, contact iButterFly Travel Experience at 844-423-5983 or visit

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MillerKnoll Champions the Pursuit of Knowledge with Major Sponsorship of Black History Month Essay Contest


With a shared passion for education and community development, MillerKnoll has stepped forward as a significant sponsor for the annual Black History Month Essay Contest, underpinning the Kids Free Trip to Africa Program.


WUVS 103.7 The Beat has joined forces with the Muskegon Heights Public School Academy System (MHPSAS), revered alumni, and the erudite author Tracee Bruce, to catalyze a meaningful dialogue among the young minds of Muskegon Heights. This essay contest, exclusively for juniors and seniors at MHPSAS, nudges them to explore pivotal moments of Black History through Bruce’s influential book, “Systems That Shape(d) Black America: 40 Mini Lessons Outlining Defining Moments from Slavery to Modern Day.”

The stakes are particularly high as the essay competition rewards the triumph of three students with an all-inclusive educational journey to Ghana, West Africa – a vivid exploration of their heritage.

Tamica Sain, Human Resources Manager at MillerKnoll, proudly articulated the organization’s stance: “This initiative directly echoes our core values and mission at the MillerKnoll Foundation, especially our commitment to DEIB – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging, principles that are deeply interwoven into the very fabric of our identity at MillerKnoll.”

Sain further affirmed her personal and MillerKnoll’s professional dedication to the community: “Lending support to our community and empowering our future generations anchors our efforts. We’re not just offering a handout; we’re providing a ‘hand up,’ essentially contributing to creating opportunities for our youth that resonate with our foundational mission.”

Read Muskegon, United Way of the Lakeshore, DTE & Consumer Energy are also sponsors of the Black History Month Essay Contest.

The Kids Free Trip to Africa Program: Empowering Youth Through Travel and History

Since its launch in 2017, the KidsfreetriptoAfrica Program has successfully facilitated over 30 high school students from Muskegon Heights in their educational pilgrimage to Ghana, West Africa, soaking up history firsthand and expanding their horizons, without the worry of travel costs.

An integral part of 103.7 The Beat’s Mentorship program, the KFTTA initiative stands as a vivid symbol of the community’s investment in its younger generation, providing life-altering experiences rooted in education and personal growth.

About WUVS 103.7 The Beat:

The Beat of Muskegon, Michigan WUVS 103.7 The Beat leads as the premier urban radio station, orchestrating community development and supporting the pillars of education and empowerment.

For additional insights or inquiries regarding the Kids Free Trip to Africa Program:

Contact: Paul Allen Billings General Manager Email: [] Phone: 231-727-5007

Africa: ICJ to Rule On South Africa's Request to Stop Israeli Attacks On Gaza

South Africa wants the ICJ, as a matter of extreme urgency, to ask Israel to immediately suspend its military operations in and against Gaza.

The International Court of Justice will on Friday rule on provisional requests from South Africa in the case accusing Israel of genocide in Gaza.

Friday’s ruling will not dwell on whether or not Israel has committed genocide in Gaza: that ruling is expected to take years. Instead, the court will rule on South Africa’s nine provisional requests including that Israel halts its military operations in Gaza and that Israel should allow unhindered humanitarian access into Gaza.

A press statement by the court said a public sitting will take place at 1 p.m. at the Peace Palace in The Hague, during which Judge Joan Donoghue, the President of the Court, will read the Court’s Order.

South Africa on 29 December 2023, filed an application instituting proceedings against Israel concerning alleged violations of its obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in relation to Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

It accused Israel of committing genocide in Gaza since its invasion following the 7 October attack on Israel by Hamas militants.

Both countries presented their arguments at the ICJ on 10 and 11 January where South Africa’s lawyers said Israel and its agencies are intentional about wiping out entire families in Gaza.

Responding to South Africa, Israel said it was acting in self-defence and blamed Hamas for the woes of people in the Gaza Strip.

South Africa also requested the court to approve provisional measures to protect against further, severe and irreparable harm to the rights of the Palestinian people under the Genocide Convention.


Entire Ind. House Black Caucus boycotts antisemitism bill – REAL News Michiana

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — REAL News Michiana has learned the entire Indiana House of Representatives Black Caucus staged a boycott against a House Bill to fight against antisemitism. House Bill 1002 passed the House with a “unanimous” 83-0 vote. The only problem: 17 people didn’t show up, including every single Black Democrat member of the House.
“I couldn’t believe it.” One member of the house who asked not to be named said. “We were all looking around and said, ‘they’re really going to boycott this?’”
According to the Indiana General Assembly website, House Bill 1002 (also known as the Enforcement of Equal Educational Opportunity bill) “Defines ‘antisemitism’, specifies that the public policy of the state is to provide educational opportunities free of religious discrimination, and provides that antisemitism is discrimination on the basis of religion.”
According to a roll call vote, Indiana Representatives John Bartlett, Earl Harris Jr., Ragen Hatcher, Carolyn Jackson, Renee Pack, Gregory Porter, Cherrish Pryor, Robin Shackleford, Vernon Smith and Vanessa Summers all did not show up for the vote. Those 10 members represent every Black Democrat member of the Indiana House of Representatives.
While the boycott was well-known by all of the legislatures and media outlets covering this year’s legislative session, none of the legacy media outlets reported the apparent antisemitic actions of the Black Democrat Caucus.
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Looks a lot like a NAALCP mini convention.
Good! This might be the first thing that group has EVER done that I would agree with.
We don’t need anymore special carve outs for protected classes. If it is OK to criticize Christians, Hindi, Buddists, atheists, and agnostics, then it is ok to criticize Jews as well. And before anyone claims that the law only prevented attacks and allowed criticism, I would like to point out that the ADL has long defined criticism as an attack.
Really weird to be ok with bigotry unless youre an bugot
What should citizens expect from their elected representatives who participate in a “caucus” based on skin color?
So Brian Robbins, criticism is bigotry now? How long have you been on the ADL payroll? Do they give you business cards? How is the insurance?
NO GROUP is above criticism, even if you decide to mislabel it.


Black Media Political Playback: News You Might Have Missed – Sacramento Observer

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(CBM) – On Jan. 11, Gov. Gavin Newsom, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Museum announced inductees into the 17th Class of the state’s Hall of Famers.
Among this year’s 10 inductees — both groups and individuals — are four Black Californians: Former San Francisco Mayor and California Assembly Speaker Willie Brown; award-winning filmmaker Ava Duvernay; Federal Judge and civil rights leader Thelton E. Henderson; and basketball Hall of Fame player and broadcaster Cheryl Miller.
Other 2024 inductees are: master chef and “mother of fusion cuisine Helene An; computer scientist and “father of the internet Vincent A. Cerf; all-female pop punk band The Go-Gos; Chicano Rock band Los Lobos; former U.S. Secretary of Defense and Congressman Leon E. Panetta; and artistic director and choreographer Brenda Way.
This year’s honorees join 150 other Californians who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“The contributions of this newest class of the Hall of Fame will have an impact on California – and the nation – for generations to come. Through their boundless qualities and trailblazing achievements, these visionaries embody the spirit of California and will continue to inspire millions more,” Newsom said in a press release issued after videotaped announcement last week.
First Partner Siebel Newsom also welcomed the “spectacular new group of trailblazers.”
“With a penchant for challenging the status quo, these individuals wholly reflect the courageous, ambitious, and bold spirit of California, and have made an indelible mark on our state, nation, and world,” she said.
Inductees are selected annually by the Governor and First Partner.
U.S. Sen. Laphonza Butler (D-Calif.), a former labor organizer and advocate for women in politics, marked her first 100 days in office on Jan. 13.
Butler commemorated the occasion with a message to constituents and hosting two open houses in Los Angeles and San Diego for community members and youth organizations.
“My first 100 days have been filled with opportunities to listen, to learn and to lead on behalf of generations of Californians demanding a government that works for them and protects their fundamental freedoms,” said Butler, who Gov. Newsom appointed in October to replace Sen. Dianne Feinstein after she passed away on Sept. 29.
“From voting rights and housing affordability to mental health and reproductive rights, young people and especially young women are facing headwinds, and I’m committed to using my time in the Senate to hold the door open for them,” continued Butler.
On Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, Butler held two roundtables with young people in Los Angeles and San Diego that were closed to the press, according to her office.
“At a time of pervasive cynicism about our government, it is more important than ever to invest in restoring confidence in our democracy and to build a partnership with the next generation of leaders,” said Butler, who has announced that she will not join the race for the U.S. Senate seat she currently holds.
In the U.S. Senate, Butler, who has been a strong supporter of pro-labor legislation at the federal level, serves on the Judiciary Committee.

Since her appointment, Butler has also supported the Youth Voting Rights Act, which would allow eligible 16-year-olds to pre-register to vote; and other legislation that would improve the lives of women and children, including the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2023, which would protect access to abortion; the Child Care for Working Families Act and the Protect Vulnerable Immigrant Youth Act.
The California African American Chamber of Commerce (CAACC) and California African American Action Fund (CAAAF) will hold their 2nd Annual State of California African American Economy Summit in L.A. on Jan. 24 and Jan 25.
The Summit will be held at the Westin Los Angeles Airport located at 5400 W Century Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
The Conference is designed to discuss specific economic topics as well as provide opportunities for business owners, entrepreneurs, advocates and other guests to connect, learn, and grow.
Speakers at the summit will include Dr. Julianne Malveaux (Economist), Dr. Anthony Samad (Executive Director Mervyn Dymally Institute), and Tara Lynn Gray (Director of The California Office of Small Business Advocate – CalOSBA), among others. They will also participate in the State of California Economy Panel.
Another discussion will be a Mayor’s Roundtable, featuring African American mayors from Northern, Central, and Southern California. Regional perspectives on African American participation in the California economy will be shared by these panelists as well as challenges and opportunities for businesses in their respective cities. Deborah Robertson, Mayor of Rialto, will be the roundtable’s moderator.
CAACC Chairman Timothy Alan Simon Esq. will host a fireside chat with keynote speaker Janice Bryant-Howroyd. Bryant-Howroyd is the founder and chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based The ActOne Group, the largest privately held, minority-woman-owned personnel company founded in the United States.
Vaughn M. Williams III, Principal Supplier Diversity Advisor for SoCalGas Company will be the moderator for Business Matchmaking, a session that facilitates networking among business owners across sectors.
For more information on the summit, call (800) 791-7068.
On Jan.12, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass held a press conference to announce the retirement of LAPD Chief Michel Moore, who will officially step down at the end of February.
Moore will be retained on contract as a consultant during the transition to a new chief.
“I want to thank Chief Michel Moore for his more than 40 years of service to the people of Los Angeles, and for his partnership in bringing homicides and violent crime down over the last year,” said Bass at the news briefing.
Bass remained even keeled although Moore was pressured to resign by a coalition of clergy and community leaders after a Los Angeles Times investigation revealed that he ordered detectives to investigate the merit of Bass’ scholarship at USC while she was running for mayor in 2022.
“If LAPD Chief Moore has directed detectives to investigate our mayor, Mayor Karen Bass, based on a personal agenda, we are asking him to resign immediately,” said the Rev. K.W. Tulloss in December, according to an L.A. Focus report.
Tulloss, who is the Pastor of Weller Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles and President of the Baptist Ministers, Conference, added,” If he does not resign? We’re asking that the L.A. Police Commission to immediately remove him.”
At the news conference there were no signs of tensions between Bass and Moore.
“Amidst a national police-recruiting crisis, LAPD also saw more than 1,000 applicants to its academy in a single month, which is the highest number in years. I have directed the immediate launch of a nationwide search for LAPD’s next chief, which will include significant community input and consultation with law enforcement officers and experts, said Bass. The appointment of an interim chief will be made by the Board of Police Commissioners.”
On Jan. 9, all five members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to throw their support behind federal legislation Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) introduced in the U.S. Senate.
Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger led the effort.
The bill, titled the Local 988 Response Act of 2023, would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to mandate that all incoming calls to the national 9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline be routed based on location of the caller, instead of the person’s area code.
“This system leads to callers oftentimes being connected to centers that cannot connect them with additional mental health assistance,” read a press release Padilla’s office issued.
“When someone calls 9-8-8 and needs help that we can’t provide over the phone, we need to be able to send mental health professionals to them quickly — but that can’t happen if LA County residents with out-of-state area codes are diverted away from our local call center,” said Hahn, who represented California’s 36th and 44th districts in Congress, respectively, from 2011 to 2016.
“One of my goals when I went to Washington last spring was to get the ball rolling on solving this problem and I am grateful that on top of Congressman Cardenas’ bill in the House, we have this new bipartisan bill by Senator Padilla,” Hahn added.
In addition to using geo-location technology to route calls, if the legislation passes, the FCC will instruct carriers to allow calls and texts to 9-8-8 even if the caller’s phone is inactive or experiencing interruptions. It would also require multi-line systems like the ones some hotels and offices use to support direct dialing to 9-8-8 rather than first dialing a 9 or other number for external calls.
“Congress created the bipartisan 9-8-8 hotline to make it as easy as possible for Californians and Americans in crisis to quickly access lifesaving support,” said Padilla. “Mental health response on the lifeline must be efficient and safe, but the current system risks connecting callers to response teams thousands of miles away.”
Children Now, an Oakland-based advocacy organization released a report card on Jan. 10 that claims California is lagging in several areas key to the wellbeing of children, including preventing substance abuse, preventive screening, supporting mental health and providing resources for birthing health.
“The California Children report card grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for kids from pre-natal to age 26” the report states. “Each grade is based on the state’s progress (or lack thereof) on passing and implementing state policies and making investments in the supports and services needed for all kids to reach their full potential.”
In California, the total number of children within the study’s age range is 13.7 million. Of that number, 5 % (roughly 685,000 children) is Black or African American.
After Gov. Newsom presented his annual budget to the California Legislature on Jan. 10, Ted Lempert, Children Now’s President said, “California has consistently underinvested in its kids.”
“While we recognize the large deficit affecting the Administration’s budget proposal, we can’t continue down this path of deprioritizing kids that has led to alarmingly poor outcomes,” Lempert wrote.” We applaud the Administration’s renewed commitment to childcare rate reform, but are particularly concerned with some proposed reductions, including the elimination of the 24/7 hotline for youth in foster care and taking dollars back from state preschool.”
Last week, the California Assembly moved one step closer to banning tackle football for children in the state younger than six years old.
On Jan. 10, the Assembly Arts Entertainment Sports and Tourism committee voted 5-2 to advance Assembly Bill (AB) 734, which was authored by California Legislative Black Caucus (CLBC) member Assemblymember Kevin McCarthy (D-Sacramento).
Capitol insiders say the full 80-member state Assembly may take a floor vote on the bill soon.
“On and after 2025, a youth sports organization that conducts a tackle football program, or a youth tackle football league, shall not allow a person younger than six years of age to be a youth tackle football participant through the organization or league,” reads the bill’s language.
McCarthy’s says there is credible research indicating that tackle football can affect the brains of young children.
The bill has drawn some criticisms from a number of other politicians and policymakers.
“Youth football isn’t just about pastime and tradition, it serves as a safe space for our young boys and girls to not just play a game, but a place for structure, discipline, and positive attention many in our community don’t find at home,” said Sacramento County Sheriff Jim Cooper, who opposes AB 734.
“Kids learn about teamwork and serving a purpose bigger than themselves,” added Cooper, who is a former member of the Assembly and CLBC.
Supporters of bill, on the other hand, say the legislation is not taking organized sports away from children.
“It is simply saying that we’re going to move from tackle football to flag football and we can still have the same learning experiences,” said Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson), who is also a member of the CLBC.
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A Supreme Court case could mean jail time for Black and brown unhoused populations

John Do of the ACLU said that if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Grants Pass, Black and brown people would be “overpoliced.”

The post A Supreme Court case could mean jail time for Black and brown unhoused populations appeared first on TheGrio.


Entrepreneur Releases New 2024 Collector’s Edition African American History Calendar –

Kim D. Yarber, creator of 2024 African American History Calendar
Nationwide — Entrepreneur Kim D. Yarber via his company K.D. Yarber Publishing has released the 2024 Collector’s Edition African American History Calendar with champion names including:

• Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, historian and writer
• Henry Louis Aaron, baseball player, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
• Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler, pioneer physician
• Nataniel Murray, Educator
• Patricia Roberts Harris, United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
• Dr. Charles Richard Drew, Surgeon
• Reverend C. T. Cordy Tindell Vivian, minister and author
• James Arthur Baldwin, writer
• Marjorie Lee Browne, mathematic genius and educators
• Ruby Dee, actress and poet
• Arthur Allen Flecther, politician and affirmative action father
The Collector’s Edition African American History Calendar was first edited and published in 1987 in the city of Flint, Michigan, and has traveled throughout the world. Customers who purchase the calendar will learn the truth about real people who have made the world better.
Educators will find the calendar a great way to remind educators and/or to teach students a short lesson each day.
In addition, the calendar’s cover celebrates the May 17th, 1954 Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that ruled that U.S. state laws establishing racial segregation in public schools are unconstitutional, even if the segregated schools are otherwise equal in quality.
The 2024 Collector’s Edition African American History Calendar is available at the very best bookstores or retail outlets where Black-themed calendars are sold and also online at
Also, be sure to follow K.D. Yarber Publishing on Facebook
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