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First Black Mayor of Ferguson, MS

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Nationwide — Meet Ella M. Jones, who has been elected as the first African American mayor of the city of Ferguson, Missouri. She is also the city’s first female mayor. Ferguson was thrown into the national spotlight back in 2014 following the fatal police shooting of 18-year old Michael Brown and has been credited for sparking the national Black Lives Matter movement.

Jones, who was previously a councilwoman for the city, has been a Ferguson resident for more than 40 years. She graduated from the University of Missouri at St. Louis with a B.A. Degree in Chemistry. She was certified by the American Chemical Society as a high-pressure liquid chromatographer and completed training as a pharmacy technician.

Previously, Jones has worked for Washington University’s School of Medicine in the Biochemistry Molecular Biophysics Department, and KV Pharmaceutical Company as an Analytical Chemist. Before being elected to the Council, Ella completed training in municipal leadership from the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life at the University of Missouri at St. Louis. After being elected to the Council, Jones pursued additional education from the Municipal Governance Institute sponsored by the Missouri Municipal League and earned a certificate as a Municipal Official, and serving her second term on the Environmental, Energy And Sustainable Development Committee.

She is a member of the Boards of the Emerson Family YMCA and of the St. Louis MetroMarket, a decommissioned bus that was retrofitted as a mobile farmers market to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to underserved communities.

Jones is also the founder and Chairperson of Community Forward, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization. As a Council Member, she served as a council representative on the following commissions and boards: Human Rights, Traffic, Landmarks, Senior Citizens, Parks, and West Florissant Business Association.

She reportedly enjoys traveling, trout fishing, preparing New Orleans style cuisine, dancing, and power-shopping with her girlfriends.

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Congresswoman Beatty Gets Pepper Sprayed During George Floyd Protest

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Nationwide — Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty, a congresswoman from Ohio, was reportedly pepper-sprayed while trying to mediate between police officers and protesters in Columbus. The protest was one of many across the nation after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

“I was there because I wanted the young protesters to know that in solidarity, that I stand with them,” Beatty told NBC 4. “You know, I’m a grandmother, I’m an elected official, but I’m a Black woman first and I felt the pain.”

Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin confirmed in a post on Twitter that he and the congresswoman were “sprayed with mace or pepper spray” but are now fine.

Beatty said she came to the protest to “support them.” In a video posted on Hardin’s Twitter page, she said, “It was just something in my heart thinking about George Floyd, thinking about all of the injustices, that I needed to be out there, thinking I was protecting them and it probably was not safe.”

Beatty was apparently trying to come between a police officer and a protester before an altercation between both groups happened and she was sprayed.

“One young black female took a step off (the curb) and the cop kind of took that, I guess, ‘sideways.’ Instantly, a white man kind of came to her defense and then was instantly body-slammed to the ground. The congresswoman runs out into the street to hold back the cop and the protesters. Another cop comes up with his bike and pushes the congresswoman out of the way … and then it’s naturally getting heated … that one cop pulls, I don’t know why he does it, he pulls out his Mace and does what he does,” Dominic Manecke, a spokesman for Beatty, told CNN about the incident.

Moreover, Beatty condemned how the police are handling the escalating tension during protests. In the Twitter video, she said that “too much force is not the answer to this.”

Even though she said she is proud of the protesters, she said it is important for them to remain calm. She added, “We must continue to protest, but it must be peaceful and that does not mean we aren’t standing up for justice.”

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iONE DIGITAL LAUNCHES #THEBLACKBALLOT ON NEWSONE.COM

#TheBlackBallot Tackles Issues Important to the African American Community for the 2020 Election Cycle

iOne Digital is excited to announce the launch of  #TheBlackBallot, a new online space that features topical and hot button election-related issues. Readers will experience op-eds from both favorite and new political voices, critical analysis of our community’s needs and inter-generational news coverage.
#TheBlackBallot will serve as a resource for consumers looking for political content from varied Black perspectives. The landing page for #TheBlackBallot will live on NewsOne.com. “#TheBlackBallot is not just a chance to bring more attention to what’s shaping up to be the most pivotal election of our lifetimes, but it is also an opportunity to showcase a diverse array of Black voices bringing attention to concerns, issues and policies that typically get downplayed or otherwise overlooked,” says Bruce C.T. Wright, managing editor of NewsOne.comNewsOne.com is a premier platform on iOne Digital, a Division of Urban One, Inc., that boasts 20-million+ unique visitors per month. NewsOne.com is a destination for news and information for and about Blacks in America and offers original stories, diverse opinions, photos, videos, and polls to its audience, daily. #TheBlackBallot will provide a unique collection of viewpoints from Black activists, journalists and thought leaders about critical political issues. “NewsOne has had its finger on the pulse of politics for years,” adds Wright. “#TheBlackBallot is simply our way of helping readers contextualize and prioritize aspects of the U.S. government in ways that other news outlets can’t.” 

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