On September 9, 2007 Hope gets the news that her eldest and only son was killed in combat defending his country in the war against terrorism. Initially, the news of her son’s death damaged her heart and temporarily crippled a loving tight knit family, until the day she accepted the reality of the situation and began to deal with it. Expressing and converting her pain into words and actions in the form of books, plays, and humanitarian efforts in honor of her son SSG. Courtney A. Hollingworth.
Hope Hollingworth Coaxum is a native of Yonkers, N.Y. she is a wife, mother and professional, but the very foundation of her life is centered on her family. She attended Pace University and studied business. After receiving her master’s degree she took a position on Wall Street with a major investment firm. After working there for several years she decided to relocate and work for a company in Westchester, N.Y. to be closer to her husband and two younger children.
Working in Westchester gave Hope more time to focus on her family’s growth and development. Something that Wall Street wouldn’t allow her to do because of the long demanding hours and pressures to produce in Corporate America. The sacrifice that she made for her family is one that she doesn’t regret because she was still able to excel professionally; more importantly, she had the opportunity to see her family grow and blossom, which is something that no salary or position could provide.
Eventually, her son Courtney graduated from high school and decided to serve his country and go into the army; which is a decision that she was uneasy about in the beginning , then realized that it was a choice that he had made. So, as a mother and the backbone of her family she supported his decision and was behind him one hundred percent. He finally went to boot camp in Ft. Hood Texas and he came back a different person. “My son came back a man, he came back strong, confident and disciplined.” All of the qualities he always had deep within boot camp brought them out to the surface. “He was now a soldier, he was proud and I was proud of him.”
After about three years in the service 9/11 happened, and now her son was directly involved in the war on terrorism. “War changes the way people see things in life and I noticed a shift in his mentality. However, he always assured me that everything was alright, but a mother is always concerned about her offspring and I kept him in my prayers daily.”
“I would watch the news, listen to the radio and read the newspapers and see that the war was escalating and getting more dangerous. I would see the casualties of war and always be concerned about my son. I would hear about it and even see it on T.V., but one would never think that it would happen to you or a family member. In situation like this you don’t get a phone call you get a knock on the door.”
After the death of her son, Hope’s humanitarian efforts increased tenfold. She has increased her support of the men and women in the armed forces. In 2010 she became the “President of the Yonkers, New York, Gold Star Mothers” She has also become affiliated and works closely with other organizations that have shared the same platform such as “Fueled by the Fallen,” “Tower of Hope” “War-front to the Home-front, Inc.,” and “Step Into Their Boots” only to name a few.
The death of her son also activated something in her that was lying dormant, which is the ability to express herself in the form of writing. This form of healing that she uses for herself is inspirational, motivational, and educational for herself and many others. www. Books By Hope Hollingworth Coaxum To be continued…
By: Jerome Enders Contact: Jeromeenders@gmail.com www.JeromeEnders.com
aturday, July12, 2012 was one of the hottest days of the summer in Central California. The day of the REZMADE car, show. One word to describe the event is “hot
”! Not just because it was 102* in the shade, but the cars were glistening and the performances were worth the money. The stunning array of paint on the cars would appear to be “wet.” The Chrome, rubber, and steel were all fascinating. It was obvious that time; energy and money went into these showpieces. The highlight of the day was, “Jay-Diggs” of the ROMPER ROOM.
he Brave and the fearless, The warriors and the soldiers. The lethal and the deadly. All in a place filled to capacity with hate. A dark abysmal empty, cold wicked place. Where darkness looms more than light illuminates. The Penitentiary.
In some communities there are a group of people who cherish prison as if it were a synagogue or mosque. They look to the Correctional Institution as validation of manhood.
You are always welcomed to visit and stay awhile. Leaving’s no guarantee. Silver-back gorillas on the same team, always on the prowl for fresh game. Green or seasoned it matter. Fatalities come in all different shapes and sizes. Once a living legend in one’s own mind. Now scared to death to close your eyes.
In today’s society, we see a great many different styles of clothing. There are dress codes for practically every arena of life. Just to name a few: professional, religious, entertainment, personal, and many others. The great thing about clothing is, that it enhances our image. Imagery is a fascinating way to bring out one’s creativity. Imagery can reveal a language of it’s own. A beginning on how to sharpen your image begins with, a style in which you feel comfortable with.
Personality is a major factor when determining how to enhance your image. Confidence is something that you either have or you do not. The right out fit can boost the level of confidence you do have.
Learn how to put your clothing ideas together, then find out which stores may cater to your: shape, size and style. Being creative with clothing is an art and you have to have the passion to be stylish and creative. Your style should connect with the personality that you portray, and you should do your research on different styles of clothing. Window-shopping to get ideas is free. So, before you invest a fortune take a walk down 5th Ave. We strive to leave impressions upon people. So make yours a good one, sharpen your image up. BY: CHEROD ALLEN
As I inquired about the car scene in N.Y.C., I had to look no further than the Bronx; one of the 5 boroughs of New York City. Five minutes north of the Bronx is Yonkers. Feeling blessed to have had the opportunity to speak with Bebe, the President of “TRIZENT.” He filled me in on the structure of Entertainment crews and Car Clubs.
TRIZENT was formed in the South Bronx, New York. We were officially established in 1995 when we were all still in school. We were located on 174th St Boston Rd. and Trinity Ave. Mostly family and school friends; we grew up around TERROR SQUAD and were fans of their music. Seeing them from time to time encouraged us to follow in their creative footsteps. We eventually came up with the name “TRIZ” from the hit song, “I Bet Your Man Can’t Do It Like This” ft. BIG PUN (R.I.P.) and CUBAN LINK. We added the “ENTERTAINMENT” to establish our promotional aspirations. We were already a “house-party” crew and we had different units representing TRIZ. From 174th St., to Hunts Point, Boston Rd. to Fordham Rd. and other parts of the Bronx. We have associates throughout other boroughs; but the Bronx is home base.
Comprised mostly of Boricuas, the TRIZENT family is a multicultural and ethnically diverse group. TRIZENT was established around 1995 in the Bronx New York. The TRIZENT logo may look familiar, that’s because the hip-hop world remembers and loves the Terror Squad and Big Pun (R.I.P). Some of the members of TRIZENT were closely aligned with the infamous TERROR SQUAD.
With females as members and the younger generation of members coming up, the ideas keep fresh and the swag continues to impress upon the streets. Riding Motorcycles, Cars producing music, hosting parties and events are just some of the fun that Triz iz about. A day in the life of a member is ordinary, until it is time to ride out! Seen through out the five boroughs of New York City. The club is all about living and loving life. You got to love the movement! – Bebe of TrizentThe logo represents a brand.