ChickenBones: A Journal

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Junious Ricardo Stanton Bio

Junious Ricardo Stanton was born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania where he attended the public schools and matriculated to Cheyney State College in 1965. He graduated in 1969 with a BA in Liberal Arts in English. From there he went to the University of Pennsylvania and earned a Master’s Degree in City Planning in 1971. He took a position with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as a juvenile probation officer and remained there thirty one years.

A long time avid fan of the radio medium, Junious began brokering time on a local black AM station and produced a program Positively Black beginning in 1990. To promote the show Junious began writing a weekly column Positively Black in a popular community newspaper SCOOP USA which he subsequently self syndicated to area community papers. In 1996 Junious began syndicating the column on the national level to over two hundred black newspapers with the National Newspaper Publishers Association the trade association of black newspapers.

Junious became a pioneer in Internet talk radio in late 1999 early 2000 when he created a program called Black Talk on The Black World Today Website. When TBWT ceased operations, he migrated to New Black City and began producing a weekly live program called The Digital Underground. Junious has produced and hosted a series of programs on numerous stations over the years. Currently Junious produces and hosts: The Cyberspace Sanctuary on the Blake Radio Network’s Rainbow Soul channel, The Digital  Underground on the Harambee Radio Network and Akoben on Before It’s News.

Junious has been married to the former Sonjia Elaine Harmon for forty one years.

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1991 to present free lance writer contributing to number African-American publications such as: Renaissance Magazine, About Time Magazine, weekly columnist for Scoop U.S.A., contributor to Philadelphia Business Review now known as the Business Review, Former Acting Editor In Chief- Real News, former contributing writer First World News of Allentown Pa., The Philadelphia New Observer, the National Newspaper Publishers Association, contributing columnist for The Black Suburban Journal. Contributing writer for HYPE Information Services, The Black World Today, Afrikan.Net sites, senior writer for The Digital Drum, regular contributor to TheBlackList E-groups and self-syndicate weekly column POSITIVELY BLACK to about 50 African-American newspapers.                                                  

Professional Experience

1971 to present Juvenile Probation Officer with the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. Current position Probation Officer II. Duties and responsibilities include supervising a case load of 25-40 adjudicated males 15-19 years old in residential placement at Glen Mills Schools, a privately owned and operated facility. Upon their release I monitor and supervise their reintegration into the community under a special intensive After Care Program. Write summaries, pre and post discharge treatment plans. Work with families, related social agencies, teachers and school administrators to facilitate the young man’s re-entry and reintegration to community living.

June 2001-present Councilman Borough of Lawnside New Jersey an all (98%) black incorporated municipality in Camden County New Jersey, of about 3,000 residents. Serve as Chairman of Ordinances and Culture Committees, work with six other council persons and Mayor to exercise oversight of all municipal operations, budgets, create and enact ordinances, serve as council liaison to borough boards and committees.

1992-2001 member of the Lawnside Planning Board, current position: Council liaison. Review applications for subdivisions, new construction, formulate master plan for the borough. 1996-2002 Chairman Lawnside Planning Board  Education

B.A. Liberal Arts English Cheyney State College 1969

Master’s Degree in City Planning University of Pennsylvania 1971

Certification and training in toxicology, family counseling and therapy


Grand Chapter Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Member Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.


1995 Pan-African Studies Community Education Program of Temple University Roots Service Award, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah Men Making A Difference Award

1994-2000 Lawnside Planning Board Service recognition

January 31,1998 Quaker City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Public Service Award for Political Awareness and Involvement                                                   


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Malcolm X

A Life of Reinvention

By Manning Marable

Years in the making-the definitive biography of the legendary black activist. Of the great figure in twentieth-century American history perhaps none is more complex and controversial than Malcolm X. Constantly rewriting his own story, he became a criminal, a minister, a leader, and an icon, all before being felled by assassins’ bullets at age thirty-nine. Through his tireless work and countless speeches he empowered hundreds of thousands of black Americans to create better lives and stronger communities while establishing the template for the self-actualized, independent African American man. In death he became a broad symbol of both resistance and reconciliation for millions around the world.

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama’s political success and Oprah Winfrey’s financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today… than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don’t know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.—Publishers Weekly

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update 13 January 2012



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