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In Our 29th Year Issue No. 2015 February 2013 Associate Consultant Serving the Triad Free
A Good Insurance Man
Sam has worked in small group and individual
major medical insurance for 17 years. In 2004
he added Medicare and Long Term Care plans
to his portfolio and has become a sought after
adviser, speaking at local churches and senior
groups thoughout the North Carolina Triad
He is an independent agent that has access to
the most competitive products on the market
today. The companies that he has in his portfo
lio include; Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Car
olina, United Health Care, Aetna, Humana, Cov
entry, Legal Shield, Transamerica, Genworth,
Liberty Bankers, Allstate, Colonial, AFLAC, Mon
umental Life, Med-America, Kemper, Petersen
International and Mutual of Omaha.
One of his company's major focuses from now
until the fall is to help churches get internation
al health insurance for their mission teams. "We
can do short term for mission trips and long
term for full time overseas missionaries."
This year he have added "Spiriter" a company
that specializes in reverse mortgages. Many of
his clients have expressed interest in this ser
vice and asked if it could help. "I believe "Spirit
er" works hard for each client and we share the
same basic business philosophy, our client's
needs always come first."
Their leadership staff and families take joy in
giving back to the community, his mother, Joan
Gomez and partner, Sharon Grubb-Benson, are
cancer survivors. Hisfather, Sam Sr. passed from!
cancer and Muscular Dystrophy, so they work
with the Susan G Komen Foundation, as well as
the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The other
basic principle this company lives by is, "givers
gain either in this world or the next".
"I am blessed to have an amazing wife (Cheryl
Gomez), six wonderful children (Tiffanie, Justin,
Bobby, Christina, Jarred and Kaylyn) and three
happy and healthy grandchildren (Samuel,
Luke and Abriel)."
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John Raye Goes
By John Raye
Some 25 years ago, I worked as a tele
vision news anchor in Washington, D.C.
Before making it big in the nation's Cap
itol, history had rewarded me with the position of being the first
Black television news anchor in the Pacific Northwest, and one of
the first in the nation.
I was based in Seattle. Washington and anchored for KING-TV, the
NBC affiliate. In Washington, D.C. I anchored for what is now the
Fox television affiliate. In order to integrate the TV news business,
a selected group of Black and Hispanics were sent for training to
Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism in New York
city, and later for me, the Washington Journalism Center in Wash-
: ington, D.C.
After my television career came to an inglorious end, I became a
self-employed business and marketing consultant. By now, I had
developed an intense interest in health and wellness primarily be
cause of chronic health problems, many being stress related.
I joined an Arizona-based company called Forever Living, a multi-bil
lion dollar conglomerate and now the world's largest maker of Aloe
Vera products. This particular brand of Aloe Vera, not sold in stores
or any retail outlets, soon cleared up my chronic health issues.
Before long, our team became the largest predominately Black
group of customers and distributors in the entire Forever Living
Company. Things were going well. We were resolving health chal
lenges and making money at the same time.
Then Dudley Products came calling; the founder, Dr Joe L. Dudley,
Sr., made me an offer I couldn't refuse —[continue on page 13]
This War Has
Not Been Tele
Throughout the day ca
ble networks show news
clips of our brave men and
women from the other side
of the world fighting to
reserve the freedom that
Americans love to enjoy.
illustrate a sense of pride
due to their tremendous
sacrifice by offering sup
plications for their safety.
Eventually pictures are tele
vised of these heroes being
reunited with their loved
ones, whom have no clue
of the fact that their return
marks the beginning of the
will ever fight.
Starting with their de
parture, family members
dream about the return of
their loved ones unharmed,
so they think. Yet the truth
is that family and friends
can be greeted by some
one that they do not know
or have never met. Only
a shell of the person that
they last embraced while
whispering "hurry back"
during their departure has
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Inside This issue
Old School Remedies Doctors Love pg 3
Gangster Rappers Are Not pg 4
My Story: I Started Out In Hollywood pg 7
AsThe Fat Funny Guy
Valentines Chocolate Is Good For You pg 11
What Black History Means to Me pg 14