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We have never experienced a situation quite like this one. The coronavirus pandemic has affected virtually everyone around the world, upended the engines of commerce, closed schools, most businesses, and have disrupted the rhythms of our daily lives. Every public event, meeting, and conference has been canceled, for good reason. We should brace for a major downturn in our economy, and as usual, the impact will fall disproportionately on people "of color". For that reason the assistance we provide our community will be especially vital. 

We are grateful to people throughout the world who are providing essential services that keep us safe, take care of us, and ensure we have access to food, medicine and many other goods we need for our daily lives.

Our organization’s deepest sympathies go out to all who have been impacted by the coronavirus outbreak throughout our community. This is a time that our "WE CARE" program is so very important for our members and their families. The support that the "Gents" provide through "WE Care" are essential services". If you are member and find yourself in a really tough, non-life threatening situation -Call Us and we will figure it out together! 

We stand ready to assist our partners and use our site and group purchasing power in their support!

The big message we’re learning is that whatever happens going forward; the right response is "People First".

PS- In the meantime let's use our blog humor to get us thru this daily "Din" of bad news

We Care- AL Jenkins-President        


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  • 05/22/2020 1:18 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    Cuba has gone a week without any coronavirus-related deaths, health officials said Wednesday, as the numbers of cases in the country continue to drop.

    Cuba has so far recorded nearly 1,900 coronavirus cases with 79 deaths, according to a John Hopkins University tally.

    Health officials announced 13 additional Covid-19 cases Wednesday without any new fatalities.

    People diagnosed with the coronavirus in Cuba are required to receive treatment at hospitals, and wearing masks in public is mandatory.

    Since the outbreak began in the island, it has been shut down to everyone but returning citizens and residents.

    Despite the apparent success of Cuba’s efforts, government officials have said they have no plans to lift the quarantine and country will likely remain on lockdown through June.

    A man wearing a face mask looks at his mobile phone while a couple walks by in Havana, Cuba, on May 18.

  • 05/21/2020 11:45 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    This is along post but it's well said.


    The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

    We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

    We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

    We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.

    We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

    These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to delete it with a click.

    Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

    Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

    Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

    Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

    Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

    Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

    And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

    The Sophisticated Gents of Florida

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  • 05/21/2020 11:37 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    Image may contain: text that says 'Just in case people don't understand, places are reopening for the economy not because it's safe.'

  • 05/21/2020 11:26 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

  • 05/21/2020 11:20 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    Image may contain: text that says 'The meaning oflife It's okay to have an opinion. It's okay to disagree with someone's opinion. It's not okay to humiliate them because they don't think the same way you do. Show some respect. Society needs more of that.'

    Image may contain: text that says 'The meaning oflife It's okay to have an opinion. It's okay to disagree with someone's opinion. It's not okay to humiliate them because they don't think the same way you do. Show some respect. Society needs more of that.'
  • 05/21/2020 11:04 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    Serena Williams Ranked as the Greatest of All Time

    23 time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has been named as the Greatest of All Time among the women's singles players in a list by the Tennis Channel. The channel, with its list of experts, ranked the Top 10 women of all time where the American legend, who is still currently playing, was picked as No.

    1. Along with sister Venus, she was the one of two active women who are on the list. Serena's list of 23 Grand Slam singles titles is the highest in the Open era, and just one short of the all time record held by Margaret Court, who has 24 Grand Slam singles titles.

    Court came in at No. 6 in the list. Serena also holds the record for most consecutive weeks at World No. 1 (186) along with Steffi Graf. The 38-year-old's 309 total weeks at

    the No. 1 spot are only behind Martina Navratilova (332) and Steffi Graf (377).

    Serena Williams' 39 Grand Slam titles - which also includes 14 in women's doubles and two in mixed doubles - are the most by any active player, and the third-most in the Open Era. She has also won 4 Olympic gold medals - one in singles and three in doubles with sister Venus.

    Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been ranked as the second greatest player in the list. The Czech-born American's 59 Grand Slam titles -18 singles titles, 31 doubles titles and 10 mixed doubles titles - are the most by any player in the Open Era.

    She is only one of three players - along with Margaret Court and Doris Hart - to have won the Career Grand Slam in singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Germany's Steffi Graf came in at No. 3 on the list. The German's 377 weeks at World No.

    1 is a record for any player, male or female. She has won 22 Grand Slam singles titles, which is the second highest in the Open Era, one behind Serena Williams. Graf is the only player in tennis history to win the Golden Slam - which is all four Grand Slam singles titles and the Olympic singles gold in Seoul in the same year.

    She is also the only player in history to have won each of the Grand Slams at least four times in her career. 18 time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert came in at No. 4, followed by 12 time grand Slam singles champion Billie Jean King at No.

    5 and Court at No. 6. Monica Seles, who won 9 Grand Slam singles titles came in at No. 7 followed by seven-time Grand Slam singles champions Venus Williams at No. 8 and Justine Henin at No. 9. Russian Maria Sharapova, who retired earlier this year, came in

    at No.10.

    1. Serena Williams
    2. Martina Navratilova
    3. Steffi Graf
    4. Chris Evert
    5. Billie Jean King
    6. Margaret Court
    7. Monica Seles
    8. Venus Williams
    9. Justine Henin
    10. Maria Sharapova

    Serena Williams Ranked as the Greatest of All Time

  • 05/21/2020 10:57 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    Magic Johnson Offering $100 Million in Loans to Struggling Minority-Owned Businesses

    The funds will be distributed through the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

    Magic Johnson

  • 05/21/2020 10:52 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    Today's words of wisdom (wow): "Be careful with your spoken words to others because once they are said they can only be forgiven, not forgotten."

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  • 05/21/2020 10:48 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    A former White House butler who served 11 presidents has died at 91 after contracting the coronavirus, his granddaughter confirmed to NBC News on Thursday.

    Wilson Roosevelt Jerman was one of the White House’s longest-serving employees, remembered fondly by former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday.

    “He was a lovely man,” the Bushes said. “He was the first person we saw in the morning when we left the residence and the last person we saw each night when we returned.”

    Former Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton said that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were saddened to hear of Jerman's death.

    "Jerman served as a White House butler across 11 presidencies and made generations of first families feel at home, including ours," Clinton said. "Our warmest condolences to his loved ones.

  • 05/21/2020 10:42 PM | R. John Haines (Administrator)

    James Milton Kelly, simply known as Jim Kelly, competed in tennis, basketball, football as well as track and field. He might have focused his energies on these outlets had a coach not referred to a Black teammate with a racial slur at the University of Louisville, where he played football.

    The realization that a coach could demean his own players because of their ethnicity appalled him so much he redirected his energies to studying Shorin-ryu karate.

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