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Original Tuskegee Airman and Fighter Pilot, Lieutenant Calvin Spann, Passes at 90

Tuskagee AirmanDALLAS, TX- Original Tuskegee airman and fighter pilot, Lieutenant Calvin Spann, passed away on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 90 years old.

Lt. Spann was an original Tuskegee Airman and fighter pilot with the 100th Fighter Squadron of the 332nd Fighter Group. Spann received his wings from the Tuskegee Flight School as a part of the graduating class of 44G, an elite squadron of African-American pilots. As a member of the United States Army Air Corps, he served in Europe during World War II, where he flew 26 combat missions, including a 1,600-mile round trip mission on March 24, 1945 from Ramitelli, Italy to Berlin, Germany to destroy the Daimler-Benz manufacturing plant, according to the Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum.

On February 28, 2006, the U.S. Congress approved a bill authorizing President George W. Bush to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the Tuskegee Airmen, the highest civilian honor awarded by the United States. The 2012 Hollywood blockbuster movie, Red Tails, was based on the African-American pilots in the Tuskegee training program.

Prior to his death, Lt. Spann was still very active in his community, speaking at schools, churches and organizations about the Tuskegee Airmen experience and how their courage and valor helped them to triumph. During these speeches, he encouraged students to make a commitment to excel in the study of mathematics and science, reminding them that through preparation and perseverance, they can succeed.

It’s Not Too Late to Participate 49th Beautillion Season

Featured in picture from L/R: Mrs. Eydie Tillie-Wade and Samuel Baker

Featured in picture from L/R: Mrs. Eydie Tillie-Wade and Samuel Baker

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- The Social Lites, Incorporated recently hosted an informational meeting at New Hope Family Life Center in San Bernardino. This meeting was well attended by young men who desire to take part in the 49th Beautillion Season.  Mrs. Eydie Tillie-Wade is the 49th Beautillion Chairman who provided a meaningful and motivational message to the young men present in addition to members of the Social Lites, including President, Mrs. Bettye Brewster.

In attendance was Mr. Samuel Baker, a senior at San Gorgonio High School who embraced the words exchanged from Mrs. Tillie-Wade.  Mr. Baker indicated he looks forward in participating in the upcoming Beautillion season and stated he was happy he had attended the meeting.

The next meeting will be held on Saturday, October 10 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at New Hope Family Life Center located at 1505 W. Highland Avenue in San Bernardino.  Young men who desire to take part in this life changing experience are encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact Eydie Tillie-Wade at eytillie@gmail.com or (951) 203-2096 or Bettye Brewster at bettybrewster@yahoo.com or (951) 204-0022 or Twillea Evans-Carthen, Publicity and Beautillion Committee Member at (909) 234-4989 or tevanscarthen@yahoo.com

 

Justified, One of the Most Prolific Writers of Our Time Has Come Back To the Rap Game with a Message

Men Of Faith In Action at the ‘Heal The Ville’ event last month.

Men Of Faith In Action at the ‘Heal The Ville’ event last month.

Edited By Naomi K. Bonman

After losing his mother, National Best Selling Author Linda Hudson Smith, and his wife of 7 years and music partner, Neccola “Justilady” Smith, eleven months apart from Lupus and Cancer, Justified was left to fend for himself while raising his two young daughters, Synia and Scotlyn. Facing the many challenges that piggy back single parenthood, Justified tapped into his Faith and relationship with God to climb the mountains placed in front of him. In a situation where most young men would buckle under pressure, Justified rose to the occasion and stayed in the game and excelled.

During one of the most difficult times in his life, Mr. Smith penned and recorded his single “Blessed” which speaks on the everyday blessings that most humans lose sight of while enduring trials and tribulations. Lines such as, “Even though My Whip Aint Brand New Off The Lot, I Thank God That I’m Dipping And I Aint Gotta Walk,” not only engages listeners, but also reminds them to count their blessings and focus on the brighter side of their struggles.

Justified has rounded up an army of men who refer to themselves as the M.O.F.I.A, better known Men Of Faith In Action. These men have come together to bring a blessing to the city of Victorville where Justified currently resides by launching an operation called “Heal the Ville”. Under ‘Heal the Ville’, M.O.F.I.A. recently blessed the city last month with a distribution of free diapers, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, maxi pads, back to school supplies and clothing to those who stood in need of a blessing. Over 300 people were present at the event.

The next event that Justified will be at is the “Daughter’s Lives Matter Awards” held at Fiesta Village on Saturday, September 19 at 10 a.m. Mr. Smith will be performing his singles “Promise to My Young Ones” and “Blessed” alongside his daughters. “Daughters Lives Matter” is led by Terry Boykins, CEO and Founder of Street Positive. Boykins has taken Justified under his wings and has been a mentor in showing him the ropes and leading him in the direction of his true calling which is to be a voice of truth for the streets. For those who would love to attend the event this Saturday, Fiesta Village is located at 1405 E. Washington Avenue in Colton. Please visit www.streetpositive.com for more information.