A Follow Up, To The Thomas LaVone Story.

Thomas Woodard

Thomas Lavone, LLC vs Floshea At The Point LLC.

“Those who can make you believe absurdities, can make you commit atrocities.”
― Voltaire

Hearing the verdict, felt like something from 1956, the judgment went to Floshea. The plaintiffs’ Thomas LaVone LLC, evidence was overwhelmingly in their favor with witnesses and pictures to support their claims, but still, no win for damages to Thomas LaVone, LLC. for Theft By Taking, intellectual property, merchandise, and equipment.

Contracts should be fair to both parties and a win-win situation for both parties. This case told the story of greed, deception, and mean-spiritedness. This is an old story, that has the opportunity to be rewritten. But we will have to become better neighbors to one another and citizens who participate and communicate with their communities, city, state and government representatives.

As Thomas Woodard aka Thomas LaVone stated in court ”get a lawyer”, when contracts are involved.

A Letter To, Thomas LaVone Woodard,

Your craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind designs were an asset to Cascade business corridor and we were happy to spend our hard-earned dollars with you. We cannot wait for your next iteration because you are genuinely talented. You are a “Community Rock Star ” and thank you for exposing the truth.

Thank you, Fulton County Commissioner District 6, Khadijah Abdur-Rahman,

Comm. Khadijah Abdur-Rahman

@commissionerkhadijah on IG, for showing up, supporting as a witness for Thomas Lavone, and genuinely being the type of leader that the citizens of Fulton County deserve, Thanks Again!

The court proceedings are on, https://www.youtube.com/

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Your Biggest and Best Investment Will Always Be To Your Community.

Community is one of your most important investments. Always Be In The Know about your community. And reach out to your leaders, city council, the mayor and commissioners and tell them what you want, that is why you elected them which was really a HIRE. You hired them to work on your behalf but some will not unless you tell them what you want and hold them accountable.

Do you know all of your representatives? You should, their salary is paid out of your taxes and we pay them MORE than most of us earn at our jobs. Boss Up and manage your elected hires by contacting them by email. Better yet if you can do a better job run for their positions. Volunteer in your community and get to know the constituency base and what they need. We will see you and if you are doing the work and showing up, we will vote for you. We are desperate for good leaders. And when you are ready run for a position and it may take two cycles to get in but if you are ready to serve you will stick it out, get more involved, master, and achieve the role you have trained for.

No longer are we willing to sit back and have people come to us and tell us they want to represent us. Going forward, candidates will have to do the work in our communities before we give them our votes. Great leadership will be mandatory from now on. If we continue to hire elect poor leadership we will continue to have these same problems. I am sad to say that the fault is ours for not doing our Due Diligence, research, and discovery about candidates. We live in a society that keeps us bogged down with debt, bills, and poorly paying jobs so we do not have time to attend city council meetings at 2 PM in the afternoon and that is why they plan it for that time. #BOSSUPSWATL

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Black Excellence Is Our Birthright And Its Like That and That’s Just The Way It Is, Huh…

Hello Bosses, I had the pleasure of watching a documentary on the best collection of black cinematography, “Is That Black Enough For You”, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt21438352/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_2. Blaxploitation movies saved Hollywood from bankruptcy and that is A Fact. Once you see this, you will be proud of who we aspire to be, everyday. The documentary starts from the beginning of black cinematography with the REAL “Oscar”, the incomparable producer, writer, and director, Oscar Micheaux.

Oscar Micheaux (1884–1951) was the most successful black independent filmmaker of the race-movie era. Micheaux wrote, directed, and produced approximately 40 films. A savvy businessman and promoter, he worked directly with theater owners to finance, distribute, and market his films. He explored taboo subjects such as lynching, interracial sex, religious hypocrisy, and color and class prejudice within the African American community. Click on this link for Micheaux’s bio, https://www.blackpast.org/african-american-history/micheaux-oscar-1884-1951/

Oscar Micheaux
Image courtesy John A. Ravage, Fair use

Black History is American History black people are the very best of America. We are the builders and the true architects, the fiber and the glue of this country, we are Pop Culture, with little effort. America does a lot to discourage us from the truth, that “We The People” are the BOSS of the people that we hire/elect to represent us. We are their BOSSES and we must Boss Up and Manage our employees. I hope you enjoy watching this documentary and that it inspires you and helps you to see our light, beauty, talents, and our strengths. I know why they are so jealous…

Let’s get back to former Mayor Maynard Jackson and John Calhoun’s plan for Atlanta residents and NPUs in my next post as we round out Black American History Month. Please read the attached NPU Profile that was created with growing black community wealth and prosperity in 1978, it was on his mind in his heart, and planned on our behalf, let’s keep his legacy intact. Link to NPU Profile, https://radar.auctr.edu/islandora/object/auc.109%3A0011

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A Piece Of St. Louis’ Black History The Homer G. Phillips Hospital.

Homer Gilliam Phillips

Hello Bosses, it has been a minute, I have been recovering from Covid and watching everything Black History that’s streaming. I came across this little jewel and I had to share. Homer Phillips was born in Sadalia Mo. and attended Howard University where he became a lawyer. Once he returned home he founded the Citizens Liberty League which advocated civil rights for blacks and he was a republican before the first, New Deal which most Blacks were. Phillips led the charge in the building of the first black training hospital for nurses and doctors in America, which bears his name. https://www.stltoday.com/news/archives/a-look-back-the-day-homer-g-phillips-was-gunned-down-in-st-louis/article_5cbde89d-d490-5a90-9a25-79dcc80409c9.html

Homer G Phillips Hospital, was built in 1937 for $3 million. Story retrieved 2/13/23 and Photo credit, The National Museum Of African History & Culture.

The Color Of Medicine is the story of Phillips Hospital and Physicians Specialty Training a documentary streaming on Amazon Prime, Roku, Tubi, and Vudu for free.

This is a great story that will make you proud, think and ask why this continues to happen? Once again I have never read or researched a people more resilient, creative, savvy, or more beautiful than Black People.

BOSS UP & Manage Your Elected Hires.

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Meet John Calhoun, Mayor Jacksons Partner in Creating Neighborhood Planning Units.

Atlanta Councilman & Civil Rights Activist John Calhoun Receives Award from Maynard Jackson 5/28/81

John H. Calhoun Jr. was a businessman, community leader, civil rights activist, and political organizer. He dedicated much of his life to politics, business, community, and economic development. Calhoun was born on July 8, 1889, in Greenville, South Carolina. He began working at the age of twelve as an apprentice to a blacksmith. Calhoun was a lifetime student. He graduated from high school at Hampton Institute in Virginia, 1922 at the age of 23. Calhoun received a B.A. Degree from Morehouse College in 1937 at the age of 38 and received an M.B.A. from Atlanta University in 1968 at the age of 69.

In 1934, Calhoun moved to Atlanta and for the next thirty years became affectionately known by many in Atlanta as “Your Man in Community Action”. Calhoun’s civil rights work began as early as 1923 while working at the United States Veteran’s Hospital at Tuskegee as a bookkeeper resulting in many threats from the Klu Klux Klan. In 1949, he and several others formed the Atlanta Negro Voters Leagues and served with the Statewide Registration Committee. In 1956, he became president of the Atlanta Branch of the NAACP where he was arrested for refusing to release membership records. He set up a network of neighborhood organizations such as Economic Opportunity Atlanta in 1965, and later, Model Cities in 1974.

Calhoun was very passionate about politics and was an active member of the Republican Party. In 1974, he was elected to the Atlanta City Council where he presented a resolution to form the Neighborhood Planning Unit System. As a member, he introduced this same idea to the Atlanta Charter Commission and the Atlanta Regional Commission. Calhoun was also very passionate about his volunteer activities. He worked with the Butler Street YMCA for over fifty years, participated in civic affairs in the Grant Park area, was an active member of the Atlanta Business League, and served as a Trustee and Sunday School Superintendent of Big Bethel AME Church.
John Calhoun died May 6, 1988, of respiratory failure at his home in Atlanta, Georgia.

Story retrieved from Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library
Archives Research Center, January 25, 2023.

I was stunned to see so many community clinics and mental health facilities that have closed in metropolitan Atlanta since this printing.

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The NPU Profile Was A Guide Created By Former Mayor, Maynard Jackson, It Was His Vision For Atlanta in 1974.

Retrieved from the Atlanta University archives January, 21,2023. Visit the link below for the full book. https://radar.auctr.edu/islandora/object/auc.109%3A001

Bosses, over the next couple of weeks let’s take a look at Jackson’s plan and introduce you to John Calhoun, the Black Republican, Mayor, Jackson hired to design how NPUs would be managed and supported by city hall. Below is a letter to the citizens of Atlanta from former, Mayor Jackson. That expresses his delight at the interest of developers and government agencies in the NPU plan and the participation of residents in the neighborhoods throughout Atlanta for their support and the city-wide pride and participation in our communities.

Maynard Jackson’s legacy to us was the gift of wealth building through land ownership and participation in the communities in which you buy and live. Communities of color are always on the chopping block from Washington to the very city you live in. Most American freeways are built in communities of color to destroy our social and financial economies and to separate black people from white communities. No less a massacre similar to Black Wall Street without dropping fuel on homes, stealing, looting, setting businesses on fire, and committing murder.

Get involved with your NPU and help to build community wealth in one of the country’s hottest home sales markets. We have been waiting through 70 years of redlining, poor leadership, and city planning that has left us out of the conversation to get to this point and experience community wealth and development, now is the time to Boss Up and be the change you want for your community.

Thanks to @keishaseanwaites, Post 3, At Large, Atlanta City Council member for standing with the residents of NPUR and supporting former Mayor, Jacksons, Legacy to all residents of Atlanta. Please support leaders that actually work for us. If you do not know CM, Keisha Sean Waites do so, her track record is impressive.

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Former Mayor, Jackson Believed, “A leader must set an example for others to follow”.

As we enter February, Black History month, let’s give honor in memory to Atlanta’s first Black Mayor, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr. who in 1969 changed the history of politics in Atlanta. Politics seemed to come naturally to Maynard, his father was a graduate of Morehouse College and pastor of Friendship Baptist Church. Before moving his family from Dallas, Texas, to Atlanta Rev Jackson founded a voter registration league for blacks in Dallas and was the first black to run for the Dallas school board. Maynard’s maternal grandfather, John Wesley Dobbs, was for decades an early civil rights activist and pioneer in voter registration and was the founder of the Georgia Voter’s league back in 1935 (Now the American Voter’s League) and was Grand Master of the Prince Hall Masons of Georgia. 

Mr. Dobbs was a bold and outspoken civic leader (take a drive down the street named after him in Atlanta) his steely efforts to encourage black voter registration would fortuitously pave the way for his grandson to seize political office decades later in a landmark victory that would subsequently change the face of history.

It has been said that Maynard Jackson created more black millionaires than anyone in America. He did it by making economic equity for African Americans one of his primary goals as mayor of Atlanta and refused to complete the new construction of Atlanta’s airport without minority participation (including women). The lasting example of his commitment is visible in the current standing Maynard Jackson International Atlanta Airport site and the addition of his name to the title of one of the busiest airports in the world – the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. 

Even as he enjoyed his business success Maynard never forgot those who continue to struggle simply to be given a chance. “A leader must set an example for others to follow, especially in assuring equal justice and equal economic opportunity to African Americans, Latinos, other minorities and women, all of whom are legally, ethically and morally entitled to it,” he told the Butler Street YMCA Hungry Club in a speech on Feb. 19, 2003.  The need for collective, positive struggle still is critical today. In the business world where many set their sights only on enriching themselves, Maynard Holbrook Jackson, Jr., was a leader. He set an example and never stopped fighting for equal economic opportunity for all in the Atlanta communities he served. Story By Geraldine (Gerri Elder, Former Chief of Staff to The Honorable Mayor, Maynard H. Jackson, Jr., and NPUR resident. Photo credit: Cision PR Web.

Boss Up, we must find and mentor leaders that care about us, The People. We need leaders who will work on our behalf. They say they will while on the campaign trail and as soon as they are elected they forget all that they campaign about and often betray us.

President Biden asked to “Choose Community Over Chaos”.

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Happy New Year, Bosses!

Welcome to 2023, It is time to boss up and manage our elected hires and participate in our communities. If every citizen invested 90 minutes a month into their community, city, and government our country would be run for the people and by the people. Boss Up in 2023.

Former Mayor, Maynard Jackson’s Gift Of Legacy To The African American Residents Of Atlanta.

Former Atlanta, Mayor, Maynard Jackson 1938-2003.

NPUs were created in 1974 by then-Mayor Maynard Jackson. NPUs gave African Americans a voice in political decisions and cemented communities as a part of the building of Atlanta.

He Knew Some Would Be Selfish, Careless And Not Look Out For Others, Once In Power.

Atlanta’s Department of City Planning is working hard to undo former mayor Jacksons’ legacy to black residents of Atlanta, NPUs.

Let’s talk about Mayor, Maynard Jackson’s intent and why we should work hard to keep NPUs intact and not allow the city to dissect and merge with others. I would like to stay on this topic for a few weeks and to hear your thoughts, opinions, and ideas on the subject. Read this article by By ROBERT ISAF, March 26, 2015, Creative Loafing, https://creativeloafing.com/content-232252-neighborhoods—wither-the-npu.

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