New York Beacon website: NewYorkBeacon.comVol. 16 No. 27 Showing the Way to Truth and Justice July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 E-Mail email@example.com 75 Cents ‘Racist’ Peter King insults Michael on his memorial day (See Story On Page 4 Rep. Peter King Editorial On Page 8)Millions sayfarewell toKing of Pop (RIP) From left to right, Janet Jackson, Paris Katherine Jackson, Prince Michael Jackson II and Prince Michael Jackson on stage at the Michael Jackson public memorial service held at Staples Center on Tuesday. Gov. Paterson to appoint Lt. Governor to break Senate deadlock (See Story On Page 4)
2NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com The Jackson family members listen to speakers at the memorial. Never can say goodbye By Vinette K. Pryce diversity of the acclaimed rain- Jackson’s definitive “Black or bow nation. They gathered in White,” hit, the crowd didn’t stop ‘Smile, though your heart is Johannesburg’s Nelson singing. breaking…” Charlie Chaplin. Mandela Square to display their In Jamaica where organizers are abiding love for Jackson’s mu- preparing for their largest, annual, Throughout the world, news sic. summer, reggae festival, an an- of the death of Michael Jackson “He’s the king and will always nouncement was made that the 17th resonated with shock, grief and be the king,” said 28-year-old year-old event would be dedicated a deep sense of loss. Siviwe Mazwana. to the memory of the legend. Japan, Bahrain, Egypt, Brazil, They parodied Jackson’s elec- “This year is going to be dedi- Lebanon and countless coun- tric, backward glide to his hits cated to Michael Jackson. Just like tries on every continent grieved “Man in the Mirror” and the BET awards, performers will with celebratory tributes to the “Smooth Criminal.” sing some of Michael’s songs and 50-year-old Motown-founder Dancers of all ages emulated some of them are going to do some Berry Gordy described as “the the moon-walking moves that special songs in memory of the greatest entertainer who ever made Jackson famous. Report- greatest entertainer I have ever lived.” edly some played hookie from seen in my lifetime and, I am sure, Berry Gordy, Jr. Unfortunately in Melbourne, corporate businesses wearing a in yours as well,” Robert Russell, Australia it was reported that single white glove with their chairman of Summerfest Promo- nearly a dozen of Jackson’s fans business outfits. Others wore full tions, stated. committed suicide. Jackson regalia — red satin jack- Moments after the announcement Further reports are that Aus- ets and punctuating dance of Jackson’s death, reggae record- tralian fans are said to be seek- moves with a tip of the fedora. ers released songs in his honor. ing help from a suicide preven- One guitarist performed an Dancehall deejay Henchman tion hotline. acoustic version of “Billie Jean” penned a lively and lyrical tribute As many as 50 callers seeking to an audience of curious school which already has gotten airplay help from suicide prevention children. Meanwhile, a scream- on WBAI-FM. hotline Lifeline Australia have ing ring of onlookers watched Singer Diana King also recorded told counselors that Jackson’s dancers such as 28-year-old “Ode To Michael” a telling, per- death on June 25 left them dis- Stacey-Anne Miller, decked out sonal and melodious track dedi- tressed. in a white v-neck shirt, fedora and cated to the world’s most-known, “It is a serious situation that black jeans, do her best impres- pop unifier. these people are going through sion of Jackson. In Harlem, at the Apollo Theatre, but Michael Jackson would “This is the tip of the iceberg, the weekly Amateur Night contest never want this,” Gary Taylor, a as far as tributes go,” she said, last Wednesday featured contes- London-based Jackson fan club referring to the mass remem- tants aspiring to the magnitude spokesman said. brances that have taken place Jackson championed in song and Mariah Carey sings for Michael “He would want them to live.” around the globe. dance. On hearing the reports, Rev. Mpumi Malangabi brought his Performing in full Jackson gear, Jesse Jackson said “There is two children to the event, along many competed for the top prize great pain but great cause to cel- with roses and an American flag. and approval from the critical ebrate Michael’s life. He urged Others brought homemade crowd. fans not to “self-destruct”. signs, banners and old albums. Outside, continuous tributes “This is a time when hearts are Jackson had a history of ap- crowd sidewalks along 125 th St. heavy,” Rev. Jackson said. pealing to racially mixed audi- where vendors, fans, tourists and “It made Michael happy say- ences in the former homeland for community residents compete for ing ‘We Are The World’. Don’t apartheid practices. homage to a cultural and music self destruct,” Rev. Jackson Many at last week’s event grew icon. added. up listening to “Thriller” and Tuesday, the mall of the Adam In South Africa, fans re- practicing the moonwalk through Clayton Powell State Office Build- sponded by emulating the dance the tumultuous years before the ing became the second city behind routine the legend immortalized. end of apartheid. In death, Los Angeles, California for camera Allegedly, several hundred Jackson’s music continues to images of Jackson’s final rites. South Africans performed a bring people together. In Times Square a similar scenario moon-walking tribute to the Last Friday, when a power fail- King of Pop that reflected the ure knocked out the sound to (Continued on page 26) Smokey Robinson The New York Beacon (USPS 011-156), serving Metropolitan New York is published weekly by Smith Haj Group at 237 W. 37th Street, Suite 203, New York, NY 10018. Periodicals postage paid at New York, NY. 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He’s a legend 3 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com –RIP, MJ By Vinette K. Pryce son had been acquitted of all charges related to all perverted Eleven-year-old Paris allegations, one of which was re- Katherine Jackson sent a mes- cently recanted by accuser Jor- sage to Long Island Republican dan Chandler who was paid Rep. Peter King when she said $25,000. “ever since I was born, daddy Jackson Lee trumped King’s has been the best father you callous statement Tuesday tell- could ever imagine. And I want ing a global audience of a few to say, I love him so much.” good deeds Jackson had done It is a statement never echoed relative to the professionals publicly much less across the King tried to exploit. She talked globe, by any of King’s chil- about his campaign to stop the dren or presumed friends. spread of HIV/AIDS. She alsoMichael Jacksons 11-year old daughter, Paris, tearfully expressed her love for her The grief-stricken daughter of talked at length about his unself-father as uncle Randy and aunt Janet supported her. Michael Jackson addressed ish visit to Walter Reade Hospi- King and others who watched a tal in Washington D.C. where stirring memorial tribute held in soldiers from Iraq and Afghani- his honor Tuesday at the stan return without fanfare. Staples Center in Los Angeles, “When did King do any of California. those human-kind deeds,” a Perhaps the best response to Harlem resident asked. the tactless congressman who “King will not be remembered recorded a video message on for anything like that if he lives You Tube where he described to be 100 years old.” Jackson as a “pervert” and “America appreciates and “child molester” the sad daugh- thanks you for Michael Jackson’s ter may have stopped envious life,” Jackson Lee told the Jack- critic who complained about son family. “overwhelming media attention” “We have introduced into the denied teachers, firefighters and House of Representatives this soldiers in Iraq in favor of death Resolution 600 that will be de- coverage. bated on the floor of the House In Harlem, King’s detractors that claims Michael Jackson as resorted to a Jackson song to an American legend and musical send a message to King, look at icon, a world humanitarian - the “Man In The Mirror.” someone who will be honored The little-known legislator who forever and forever and forever In Harlem, thousands watch the event on an outdoor screen. (Gideon Manasseh photo) is now getting more media atten- and forever.” tion than ever was immediately King has been assaulted with criticized for being insensitive to references to his silence when his the Jackson family as well as party-colleague former Mayor grievers when he lambasted the Rudy Giuliani married his cousin. iconic entertainer and humani- Some questioned why King has tarian who died June 25. not reprimanded Elvis Presley “How dare Rep. King utter who dated a 14-year-old Priscilla such scandalous and outland- Beaulieu in 1959. And still oth- ish comments about Michael ers cited country singer Glen Jackson, when he has never Campbell’s relationship with his opened his mouth to criticize cousin Tanya Tucker for King’s his own colleagues who have oversight. been or were accused of mor- At the memorial ceremony, Lee ally reprehensible, criminal or displayed a copy of the pro- indecent acts and were forced posed Resolution 600 promising to resign from public office,” a fight for its approval in the Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) said in House of Representatives. Rep- a statement. resenting the Congressional “Michael Jackson was found Black Caucus, Jackson Lee and innocent of the allegation a long list of Jackson admirers The streets of Harlem, like others around the world, are jammed with mourners. against him and has never been showered praise for giving more classified in any court as being money to charitable causes over (Gideon Manasseh photo) a pedophile.” any other pop star. Jackson is Reportedly, activists and recorded in the Guinness Book Long Islanders are now actively of World Records. seeking to campaign for a King is also being chided for strong rival to replace King in not denouncing a resolution re- Congress. cently passed in North Carolina King’s Texas counterpart to honor racist Jesse Helms. Sheila Jackson Lee told the glo- Jackson fans are focusing on bal gathering in Australia, Ja- tributes delivered by Jackson’s pan, Europe, Africa and Asia as friend, actress Brooke Shields, well as the United States: “I can Bernice King, the daughter of Dr. tell you as a member of the Martin Luther King and Coretta United States Congress, we un- Scott-King, letters from former derstand the Constitution, we South African President Nelson understand laws and we know Mandela, and Pres. Barack that people are innocent until Obama as well as other positive proven otherwise. That is what reflections by his peers. the Constitution stands for.” “The King of Pop is not big As the words resonated with enough for him,” Motown crowds, a roar of endorsements founder Berry Gordy said: “I was recorded by media at each think he is simply the greatest location. entertainer that ever lived.” The Jackson brothers carry the coffin on its last journey. Many applauded the fact Jack- RIP Michael Jackson.
4 ‘Racist’ Rep. Peter King insultsNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Michael on his memorial day By J. Zamgba Browne Special to NY Beacon Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island is under fire for re- ferring to Michael Jackson as “a pervert” and “a pedophile.” Said King in a video comment which was posted by his cam- paign: “Let’s knock out the psychobabble. He was a pervert, a child molester; he was a pedo- phile. And to be giving this much STOP THE PRESS - Apparently outraged that Democrats coverage to him, day in and day and Republicans in the State Senate haven’t been able to out, what does it say about us compromise on power sharing in the chamber, Gov. David as a country? I just think we are Paterson decided to step in and break the stalemate. too politically correct.” Rep. King also said, “No one As the New York Beacon went to print late Wednesday, wants to stand up and say we it was announced that he would hold a 5 p.m. press con- don’t need Michael Jackson. He ference to announce his selection of a lieutenant gover- died; he had some talent, fine. nor to break any tie vote in the Senate. He may have been a good singer, he did some dancing. Senate seeks ways to end Bottom line is, would you let your child or grandchild to be in the same room with Michael squabble over power grab Jackson? What are we glorify- ing him for?” By J. Zamgba Browne known by Thursday, July 9. Hazel Dukes, president of the Peter King Special to NY Beacon The crisis between Democrats NAACP New York State Confer- and Republicans started follow- ence called the congressman re- son. He said he felt “an obliga- Islip in the State Assembly in Al- Democratic and Republican ing a surprise vote on June 8 by marks “racist,” and said that tion” to voice his opinion. “I bany. leadership in New York State’s 30 Republicans to seize control “sometimes you think you know believe I am articulating the Reactions in Massapequa Park Senate were nearing a power of the chamber and were joined people …I thought at least he views of a great majority of the to the media coverage of Michael sharing agreement to end a by two Democrats Pedro Espada was a decent person. He is like American people, certainly the Jackson were mixed. “I think he month long squabble over con- of the Bronx, and Hiram Jim Crow Jr…the way it came people around here,” King de- should be worrying about other trol of the chamber as the New Monserrate of Queens. out.” clared. things instead of worrying about York Beacon went to print on Sources say that the new The Executive Director of Par- Meanwhile, Rep. King isn’t Michael Jackson,” said Jacyln Wednesday. agreement, if reached, could ents for Megan’s Law, Laura alone in criticizing the media cov- Nigro, her friend, Teresa Giametta “I think we are working to- contain landmark reforms for Ahern, said King’s linking Jack- erage of the King of Pop. Min- agreed. “People don’t like to hear gether in a good zone at this Albany. The framework includes son to an alleged child sexual nesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, also the truth,” she declared. point,” said Democratic confer- potential pieces that would cre- abuse was too strong for her and a Republican said, “I have had Rev. Al Sharpton, who spoke at ence leader John Sampson of ate “co-leaders” and presiding others to ignore. enough of it…It’s time to pay our Jackson’s memorial service in Los Brooklyn following a joint officers who could alternate be- “It is refreshing to see an respects and move on.” Angeles said, “Thank God millions meeting with Gov. David A. ing in control. elected official say what is really Others seem to share Con- of people disagree with Congress- Paterson. The accord could also create a on his mind,” said Ahern. “Nu- gressman King’s view, but feel man King.” Republican Sen. Dean Skelos bipartisan committee to choose merous allegations of child he should have been a bit diplo- The Jackson family spokesman of Nassau County, the bills for floor debates, allow abuse are Michael Jackson’s true matic or sensitive. “There is Ken Sunshine was quoted as say- coalition’s majority leader said rank-and-file senators to get legacy, one that cash settlements probably a little more sophisti- ing that he was preparing for the as far as he was concerned, a bills to the floor without their cannot erase,” she added. cated way of explaining his feel- King of Pop’s funeral and will not substantial agreement has been Rep. King also had a problem ings,” said Tom Barrage, a Re- “dignify” King’s statement with a reached and the deals will be (Continued on page 22) with the media coverage of Jack- publican who represents West comment. Ghana ready to welcome Obama By Vinette K. Pryce cupation of the continent. since taking office in January. to meet with him there. They are The visit will gloss over or He said he chose to visit Ghana Tanzanian President Jakaya The entire White House fam- shine a spotlight on fortresses because the country “has now Kikwete and Zimbabwe’s opposi- ily is due to visit Ghana later this built by the Portuguese to the undergone a couple of success- tion leader Morgan Tsvangirai. week. devastation of Africans captured ful elections in which power was In an interview with African me- Reportedly, on a brief visit and held in horrific conditions transferred peacefully.” dia, the president said the heads from Russia and Italy, President during the slave trade. According to Fox News, the of five African nations had been Barack Obama will make a brief The dungeons of Cape Coast leader wants to spotlight the invited to sit with G8 leaders dur- stop in Ghana where he will ad- parallel images of the ovens Jews democratic nation because Ghana ing his overseas trip. dress parliament and then head died at the hands of German ter- is an example of “countries that They include Angola, Algeria, to Cape Coast, the reputed last rorist Nazis. are governed well, that are stable, Nigeria, Senegal, Ethiopia and stop many Africans made be- It is not without cause that the where leadership recognizes that Libya. fore being sold into slavery. first family has invited the grand- they are accountable to the President Obama said he had Allegedly, accompanying the mother who cares for them, in or- people, have a track record of pro- outlined a plan for Africa that will first African-American presi- der to cushion the trauma they ducing results for the people.” hopefully engage the continent on dent will be his wife Michelle; will be exposed to during tours Recently, peaceful transition of issues related to the global daughters Sasha and Malia as through the Cape Coast stop. government followed an election economy. He reportedly said he well as Michelle’s mother, Centuries after the prohibition that selected President John Atta envisioned the US as “an effec- Marian Robinson. of slavery, there are remnants that Mills. tive partner” in building political, Although many prominent painfully retrace the exploitation With few stable governments civil and economic institutions al- Americans have visited the West and abuse imposed on the Afri- President John Atta Mills in place on the continent, Presi- lowing “improved standards of African nation, this will mark the can race. Through dank, dark tion of Africans to greet the fam- dent. Obama said: “There is a living and greater security for the first occasion that a president has dungeons, the Cape Coast edi- ily. practical, pragmatic conse- people of Africa.” taken his entire family on an offi- fice is now a tourist attraction to A resident of Ghana, the quence to political instability The president said his wish for cial trip to Africa. the area but remains a sore point Marley matriarch met the Obama and corruption when it comes to the continent is that instead of The first family will not limit their for African-Americans and Car- household earlier this year when whether people can feed their leaving their homelands Africans sights to the capital city of Accra, ibbean nationals that visit the her eldest son Ziggy performed families and educate their chil- will say “I can stay in my country the Obamas are expected to board continent annually. for children at the White House dren.” and succeed, and, through my a helicopter to the coastal side of When the Obamas arrive Fri- during Easter. Since moving into the White success, my county and my people Ghana where slave dungeons still day, Jamaican reggae singer Rita Ghana is the first African coun- House, President Obama has will get stronger. That would be a stand as reminders of colonial oc- Marley will be among the delega- try President Obama is visiting only invited two African leaders good legacy,” Pres. Obama said.
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6 Thompson urges Dept. of Health to patch holes in distribution of anti-smoking aidsNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com New York City Comptroller to ensure that the nicotine re- William C. Thompson, Jr. has is- placement therapy aids are ad- sued an audit finding the City equately safeguarded increases Department of Health and Men- the risk that misappropriation of tal Hygiene’s tobacco control inventory goes undetected.” program has such poor over- Auditors also found that BTC sight over the distribution of its does not monitor the physical in- smoking cessation aids that ventory counts of NRT aids con- hundreds of items went missing. ducted by Vanguard and has “While the Department of never performed its own inven- Health has prioritized reducing tory count. tobacco-related illnesses in Moreover, DOHMH had not New York City , it has failed to conducted any independent au- properly monitor the smoking dits of Vanguard’s inventory op- cessation aids it distributes to erations. DOHMH officials indi- meet that goal,” Thompson cated that they did not believe it said. “Inaccurate inventory was necessary to attend the in- control can allow for theft or ventory count because there had misappropriation of goods to never been any large NRT inven- go unnoticed, and can deter the tory data discrepancies between Department from its goal.” its records and Vanguard’s. The mission of the Department William C. Thompson, Jr. BTC also was unable to provide Colin Powell of Health and Mental Hygiene any evidence that it was aware of (DOHMH) is to protect and pro- loose items in cartons. inventory variances identified by Powell lashes out at mote the health and mental well- being of New York residents. In addition to its programs to pre- In Fiscal Year 2008, BTC made purchases and received dona- tions of NRT aids totaling Vanguard’s count, that it knew whether the variances were ad- equately investigated and the Sotomayor’s critics By J. Zamgba Browne that white firefighters in the State vent and control chronic dis- eases such as heart diseases, diabetes, asthma and cancer, the DOHMH also has made re- $1,063,047 and distributed $4,122,590 in NRT aids to its partners and through 311. Van- guard was paid $428,285 in Fis- outcomes, or that it approved the inventory adjustments that may have been made by Vanguard due to the identified variances. A re- Special to NY Beacon of Connecticut were “unfairly ducing tobacco-related ill- cal Year 2008 for the services it view of Vanguard’s March 2008 denied” promotion because of nesses a priority. provided to BTC specifically physical inventory count showed Former Secretary of State Gen. their race. The justices threw out In 2002, the DOHMH launched related to the NRT program. 456 fewer nicotine patches and Colin Powell has lashed out a ruling that Judge Sotomayor a five point comprehensive to- Thompson’s audit, which can lozenges than its computer count against critics of Supreme Court had supported as an appeals bacco control program, includ- be viewed at www.comptroll indicated. The missing items to- nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor court judge. ing taxation, legislation, cessa- er.nyc.gov, examined whether taled $9,720. because of her support of affir- Like Judge Sotomayor, Secre- tion, education and evaluation. the BTC has adequate inventory BTC officials also were unaware mative action. He said she tary Powell grew up in the Bronx. As part of its plan to reduce controls over nicotine replace- of how Vanguard accounted for shouldn’t be condemned for rul- If confirmed, she would be the tobacco use in New York City, ment therapy aids. The audit returned NRT aids. Auditors ing against white firefighters who first Hispanic justice of the Su- DOHMH’s Bureau of Tobacco covered Fiscal Year (FY) 2008. found that when delivery of NRT claimed they were targets of dis- preme Court. Judge Sotomayor Control (BTC) distributes nico- Auditors found that BTC does aid kits are unsuccessful, Van- crimination. was nominated by President tine replacement therapy (NRT) not have adequate inventory guard sends the returned kits to “What we cannot continue to Barack Obama. The Senate Judi- aids such as gum, lozenges, and controls over NRT aids. BTC re- new individuals and counts them have is to have somebody like a cial Committee is expected to patches to help New Yorkers lies solely on the third-party as additional kits, effectively Judge Sotomayor called a rac- begin hearing on her confirma- who are trying to quit smoking. vendor, Vanguard, for the moni- double counting the number of ist, a reverse racist and she tion on July 13. NRT aids deliver nicotine of toring and supervising of NRT kits delivered. As a result of the ought to withdraw her nomina- varying strength and help to inventory. BTC does not recon- auditor’s findings, BTC provided tion because we are mad at her,” relieve some of the withdrawal cile NRT inventory balances it- revised figures for the total unit Powell told a television audience symptoms people experience self, but instead relies on Van- price of kits shipped, after remov- last Sunday on CNN. when they quit smoking. guard to ensure that inventory ing kits that were double counted, Powell said he is confident BTC uses the services of a records are accurate. which totaled $2,007,988 for a dif- senators on the Judicial Commit- third-party vendor, Vanguard Further, according to its con- ference of $65,555. tee will take Judge Sotomayor’s Direct, to receive, store, and dis- tract, Vanguard is responsible Auditors also found that BTC distinguished judicial record tribute NRT aids. NRT aids are for submitting detailed monthly lacked written policies and proce- into consideration and approve distributed to the public summary reports for all fulfill- dures that address how orders for her to serve on the nation’s high through annual large-scale dis- ment orders. However, Van- the NRT program should be com- court. tribution campaigns held in guard is not sending the inven- municated to Vanguard, what The former Secretary of State conjunction with 311, as well as tory spreadsheets frequently types of documents should be and retired army general de- through small, targeted NRT enough for BTC to be able to maintained, where the documents scribed Judge Sotomayor as distribution campaigns. perform meaningful reconcilia- should be maintained and for how one with “an open and liberal Seventy-five City agencies tions, even if it chose to per- long, the supervisory reviews or bent of mind, but that’s not dis- and non-City partners assist form them. approvals required for NRT pur- qualifying. “She simply has” a BTC in NRT aids distribution. “Since the Bureau of Tobacco chases and requests for delivery, judicial record that seems to be The partners are responsible for Control is not reconciling its in- and the performance and fre- balanced and tries to follow the screening and determining user formation with Vanguard’s quency of inventory reconcilia- law.” eligibility for NRT and for re- records, it cannot identify in- tions. The Supreme Court recently cording data on NRT distribu- stances of errors or irregulari- Thompson made 11 recommen- handed down a 5 to 4 decision Judge Sonia Sotomayor tion. Vanguard ships NRT aids ties,” Thompson said. to the partners in kits or as “Further, the Bureau’s failure (Continued on page 35) NAACP ‘disappointed’ in Supreme Court’s ruling in firemen’ case By J. Zamgba Browne cially disappointing both given roughly half that of white appli- and the court system have a re- Special to NY Beacon the racially charged dynamic in cants. sponsibility to take measures to many cities’ fire departments and The NAACP explained that the address it. The National NAACP said given that the Supreme Court has city’s independent examination “Despite the disappointing rul- Monday it is disappointed in refused to allow the New Haven review board, which has author- ing, the laws of our Constitution last week’s U.S. Supreme Court department to meet this new le- ity to certify the test result, held still requires employers to avoid ruling in the New Haven gal standard before making its hearings to determine if the test policies that are discriminatory in Firefighter case and called the ruling. questions had been racially bi- practice,” said Jealous. “It is vital decision a “setback to civil The 5-4 Supreme Court decision ased. The five-member review that employers continue to dili- rights in America.” overturned a 2nd Circuit of Ap- board split evenly on the certifi- gently follow the range of steps to “This decision is a step back- peals ruling that had upheld the cation of the exam results, after make sure they are providing equal ward for equal opportunity in city of New Haven’s attempt to one board member, citing a con- opportunity in the workplace,” he employment,” said NAACP review its testing process for pro- flict of interest, declined to vote. added. President Benjamin T. Jealous. motions. Jealous noted that the high Jealous stressed that it is only “We are very disappointed in White firefighters, joined by court’s ruling did indicate that a through fair and equal opportunity the courts’ decision to create a one Hispanic candidate, filed the majority of the justices under- that “we can remove the barriers new flawed legal standard,” he suit after the city threw out re- stand that discrimination re- to assuring that we are able to re- added. sults of an exam in which Black mains a serious problem in alize America’s promise for every- Jealous said that it is espe- applicants’ pass rate was Benjamin Todd Jealous America, and that government one.”
Payday loans squeeze millions 7 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com in fees from Blacks and Latinos By. Nisa Islam Muhammad sive payday practices by pre- Michael Calhoun, president of Special to the NNPA from the venting rollovers and freeing the Center for Responsible Lend- Final Call consumers from the debt trap ing, commended Rep. Luis by mandating a cost-free 90 day Gutierrez for a commitment to eco- (NNPA) - New research from repayment plan.The bill lowers nomic fairness and financial re- the Center for Responsible Lend- the effective APR of a payday form and his interest in address- ing has found payday lenders loan to 48 percent, or 15 cents ing payday lending. are nearly eight times more con- for every dollar loaned,” said But, he added, “We continue centrated in California’s Black Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) at an to oppose the provisions of H.R. and Latino neighborhoods as April 2 congressional hearing of 1214 because they do not ad- compared to White neighbor- the subcommittee on Financial dress the fundamental problems hoods, draining these communi- Institutions and Consumer with payday lending that trap ties of $247 million in payday Credit. borrowers in debt: The high cost loan fees. “This is a rate that is lower than of the short-term credit and the “Payday lenders contend that 23 current state rate caps, includ- requirement that the borrower they provide access to credit for ing California, Colorado, New pay back the loan with a single underserved communities,” said Hampshire and even my home paycheck.” Leslie Parrish, a senior researcher state of Illinois.My legislation The payday loan industry has at the Center for Responsible would also prohibit unfair man- favored similar bills in states. For Lending. “What they are really datory arbitration clauses, in- example, states have tried to stop providing is access to long-term crease disclosures and honor all abusive repeat payday loans by debt traps whichtoo often lead existing stronger state protec- banning loan renewals like the to extra overdraft fees, credit tions by creating a federal floor loan renewal ban in H.R. 1214 (e.g. Jermaine Jackson card delinquency, trouble on which stronger laws can then Florida, Oklahoma). Payday lend- payingbills including medical be built,” he said. ers, though, evade this restrictionJermaine says Michael expenses, even bankruptcy.” Proposed federal legislation, The payday loans work like which includes several bills, ad- this: The customer writes a dresses problems with predatory by closing out the loan and sim- ply re-opening it with a new iden- tical loan, with no resulting reduc-was a ‘gift from God’ check to the lender. The amount payday loans, which bind bor- on the check equals the amount rowers in long-term debt at 400 borrowed plus a fee that is ei- percent annual interest rates. tion in the average number of loans per borrower or interest paid.By J .Zamgba Browne him. “I was there and he was sortSpecial to NY Beacon of like Moses. The things he ther a percentage of the full Congress passed a 36 percent Jeff Kursman, spokesman for couldn’t say, I would say them,” amount of the check or a flat cap in 2006 to protect active Check ‘n Go, told The Hill.com that A grieving Jermaine Jackson, said Jermaine. dollar amount. The customer members of the military after the the bill pre-empts state law andolder brother of Michael Jack- Jermaine insisted that Michael must either pay back the full Pentagon testified that payday does nothing to protect the indus-son said Monday the King of was in good physical shape as amount of the check and the loans were affecting military try from state legislatures passingPop left this world too soon he prepared for a 50-show con- fees, or pay another fee to ex- readiness. stiffer terms in the future.and he wished it was him God cert in Europe. “Some people tend the loan. The loans too of- Surprisingly, opponents and Kursman said, “We can’t sup-had taken away. maintained that Michael was in ten become cyclical and take backers of payday loans disagree port that in any way, shape or “Michael was a gift from Al- no condition to take on the rig- much more money to get out of, with the Gutierrez bill, H.R. 1214. form.’’lah, and he is taking him back. ors of show but I disagree.” say advocates.The world didn’t appreciate “I do believe and I do know Payday lending is a $40 billionhim. The world loved him andcertain people, certain indus- that Michael was very strong, not just mentally but physically industry made up of roughly 23,000 lenders, such as Check ‘n Striking Zambian nurses saytries didn’t appreciate him, andin his time on this earth he did as well. He was a dancer, he never stopped dancing. He was Go, Advance America, Cash America and Check Into Cash, ‘no’ to low and scanty paygood,” said Jermaine. already ready physically. He where a typical borrower takes (GIN) – Riot police broke up a Shikapwasha reportedly warned Jermaine also said his passed the physical, he was out between eight and 10 loans meeting of striking nurses in Zam- the strikers that replacements frombrother wanted good for ev- strong; he was ready,” said each year, according to research- bia June 23 and arrested five neighboring Zimbabwe would beeryone. “He saw the good in Jermaine. ers at Stephens Inc., which fol- nurses for unlawful assembly at trucked in to take their jobs.even people who claimed to be About Michael leaving custody lows the industry. an area cemetery where a meet- The strike set off a firestorm ofbad. But he wanted to change of his children to his 89-year-old Congress looks at capping loans ing was underway with other reaction on the internet. “Nobodythings, so the message is Katherine, Jermaine said she can Fifteen states and the District striking health workers. wants to go on strike,” wrotethrough his songs, through handle it. “She is capable, she’s of Columbia have legislated caps The 3-week old nurses strike Ernest Namakanda, of Zambia.his lyrics, his actions, going to up to it. She is always with the on various amounts. Such a cap seeking better pay, and increases “Health workers are human beingshospitals, going to orphan- children, she loves laughter and has been introduced in the U.S. in uniform, night duty and hous- too who have families to support.ages, trying to cure children, the crying and all the excite- Senate and House, and would ing allowances, was put on hold they go to same shops, they sendtrying to bring enlighten- ment,” he added. not prohibit California or other in response to threats from Gov- their kids to same schools like anyment,” said Jermane about his Regarding allegation that states from instituting their own ernment that health workers who body else and pay same marketyounger brother. Michael was a pedophile, caps. had not reported for work by mid- housing rents. A health worker Jermaine said he always felt Jermaine said it’s not true. “I “H.R. 1214, the Payday Loan night should consider themselves gets a housing allowance of $40that he was Michael’s back- Reform Act of 2009, creates sig- dismissed. while the minimum house rent inbone, someone to be there for (Continued on page 35) nificant protections from abu- Government spokesman Ronnie shanty compound is $100.”Poll reveals contrasting race views between Blacks, WhitesBy. Alan King Research. tions, said in a statement. “CNN dling of his job. And 55 percent host Holly Robinson Peete, TVSpecial to the NNPA from the Results of the poll were an- is very pleased to once again of African Americans, compared personality Judge Penny BrownAfro-American Newspapers nounced last week in advance of collaborate with Essence Com- to 17 percent of Whites, found Reynolds, actor and AIDS activ- CNN’s multiplatform Black in munications and Opinion Re- racial discrimination to be “a ist Sheryl Lee Ralph, principal WASHINGTON (NNPA) - America 2 initiative. search Corporation in support very serious problem.’’ of Capital Prepatory MagnetMany expected a new era in The poll of African-Americans of Black in America 2.’’ Regarding the economy, 51 School Steve Perry, and founderrace relations when President and Caucasians reveals con- Moderated by CNN anchor percent of African Americans and executive director of theObama took office, but those trasting views on presidential and special correspondent and 69 percent of Whites felt Black AIDS Institute Phill Wil-feelings have cooled through politics, the economy, gay Soledad O’Brien, and featuring financially secure enough to son will also weigh in on thethe early part of his term, ac- rights, abortion and racial dis- CNN Contributor Roland Mar- provide sufficiently for their discussion.cording to a new poll. crimination. It also showed a tin, the program seeks to in- children. Yet, 86 percent of Af- Of the data, Burt Murray said, About 51 percent of African- softening of optimism for both clude insights and experiences rican Americans and 59 percent “The insights provided by thisAmericans and 31 percent of races in regards to the effect of Essence Editor-in-Chief Angela of Whites expect their children latest poll around issues of im-Caucasians polled in mid-No- President Obama’s election on Burt-Murray, NAACP President will be better off than them- portance to the African-Americanvember felt that the country race relations in the U.S. and CEO Ben Jealous, actor/ra- selves. community help to inform our edi-had entered a new era in race The CNN program will delve dio talk show host/author Steve “Notably, we are looking for- torial and programming deci-relations. into these contrasting views, us- Harvey and humanitarian and ward to addressing these racial sions.’’ By President Barack Obama’s ing the data gathered by the poll. founder of the Angel Rock disparities via our latest co-pro- Produced as part of the CNNinauguration in January 2009, “Our partnership with Essence Project Malaak Compton-Rock. duction with CNN…which will “Black in America 2’ initiative, thethose numbers declined to 44 continues to bring unique sub- The poll found that 96 percent offer a productive dialogue two-hour CNN/Essence co-pro-percent of African Americans stantive insights to our program- of African-Americans, com- among the country’s top duction will premiere on Aug. 1and 25 percent of Whites, ac- ming initiatives,’’ Mark Nelson, pared to 58 percent of Whites, thought-leaders,’’ Burt-Murray at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern time.cording to a poll conducted by vice president and senior execu- showed extraordinary confi- said in a statement. The special will repeat on Aug. 2Essence magazine and Opinion tive produce for CNN Produc- dence in the president’s han- Actor and radio talk show at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Editorial8NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com New York Don’t waste life’s time Beacon By. Farrah Gray It is interesting. I recently had an opportunity to meet a gentle- man who served as ‘Chaplain’ for or that they worked longer hours, or that they had spent more time in the office. Not one, Farrah. Not one. Yet in American life. That is all that we do. We waste our life’s Walter Smith: Publisher & Editor-in-Chief a cancer treatment ward of a ma- time. And the richer they are, the Miatta Haj Smith: Co-Publisher & Executive Editor jor Los Angeles hospital. He told more filled with regret their face William Egyir: Managing Editor me that he provided spiritual is.’’ counsel to many people from He said no more, and just left it many different faith traditions at that. There was nothing but loud and from every economic silence. When a King is not a King strata…filthy rich to filthy poor. After further talking, we found each other interesting enough to I then peered out of the window onto the Hollywood hills, again seeing all of the expansive man- By Walter Smith Jacksons of the world as inconse- Americans, terrorized and ab- sit down for a brief chat, which sions in the distance; home to President, Northeast Publishers quential individuals who just hap- ducted a male family member to be quickly turned into a most engag- many of the rich and the famous Association pen to be celebrated citizens of the hung in the city streets for a crime ing conversation about ‘Life that are celebrated daily. Then I USA. In the early 1900’s the Peter he most likely didn’t commit. Economics’. thought of all the patients up and To be sure……. Your sins will T. Kings didn’t see any racial over- Peter King is a student and a fol- As we talked, the chaplain down the hospital’s hallways, and find you out. You can put on a tones in tarring and feathering a lower of the unspoken principal looked out of the window toward to let the curriculum of his lesson façade of honesty, evenhanded- young black man, binding his that African Americans and the Hollywood hills and referred sink into my consciousness. ness, and fair-play. However if hands and feet and setting him on Latinos are inconsequential and to the disease of cancer as ‘the All of which made me focus with your thoughts and perceptions are fire in the presence of an entire have no rights that anyone is great common denominator’… crystal clarity on the value and clouded with negative character- community. The murderers of 14 bound to respect. Especially the bringing people who live at the economics of Life-Time. It seems izations of certain racial groups, year old Emmett Till didn’t see any right of innocence until proven top of hill, and those who live at to me that at the beginning of life then your entire philosophy is racial overtones in the brutality guilty. the bottom of it together on one we are all (the poor and rich) given flawed. The law is the law and they unleashed upon him for It is generally known that accord. I thought that was an in- something similar to a trust-fund should be applied equally to all. It merely referring to a white woman Michael J. Jackson paid a settle- teresting observation and lis- inheritance. Not an inheritance of seems however, that one of our as “baby”. ment not out of guilt, but to quiet tened on. money but something of greater lawmakers in the Congress of the In the wake of a gruesome double the media and the negative pub- The chaplain began unbo- value; an inheritance of time. And United States, Peter T. King sees lynching in Mississippi, the US licity that was so affecting his ca- soming a sermon citing that he this life ‘time’ is like an account it differently. House of Representatives, with the reer. He was merely accused of a had made a profoundly great dis- that we withdraw from until our To be accused is to be guilty in support of Franklin D. Roosevelt, crime, never convicted and more covery about human beings. time is done. his sight regardless to what the passed the anti-lynching resolution, importantly, acquitted of all Being a perpetual student of But it is how we manage and in- courts and the law says. despite the opposition of all but charges. Is that proof of innocence life, I of course had to inquire. vest this account of time that de- In 1994 Michael J. Jackson paid one Southern member. Declaring or isn’t it? Apparently not to Pe- So, I did. The chaplain then termines the quality of each seg- $22 million to settle a lawsuit filed that the South had been “deserted ter T. King. slowly took a deep breath, re- ment of our lives. And my ques- by the family of a boy who al- by the Democrats of the North” Peter T. King, the Republican laxed his eyes, steadied his glare tion to us is, “Are we sure that we leged Jackson abused him. Jack- former Roosevelt supporters in the Congressman representing the 3rd into mine and said…‘Farrah. We are managing this account wisely, son admitted during a 2003 televi- Senate carried out a six week long District of New York is consider- are all the same at death’s door- or just simply spending this time sion interview that he shared a bed filibuster which resulted in the with- ing a run for the US Senate. King way.’ haphazardly in pursuit of things with teenage boys, but he was ac- drawal of the bill in February 1938. posted a YouTube video calling Okay, admittedly, I didn’t im- that have no real value to us in the quitted of child sexual abuse This bitter political fight was in- Michael Jackson a “pervert” and mediately think this to be a end?’’ charges in 2005. dicative of the racism and regional questioning the exhaustive media “great discovery’’. However I am a businessperson like many. Recently, Peter T. King after par- conflict firmly entrenched in coverage of his death. “All we there was something in the man’s However, it is beneficial to us to ticipating in an Independence Day America in the 1930s. The Senators hear about is Michael Jackson,” eye that made me listen deeper remember that in our valiant quest parade and visiting police and of the day didn’t see any racial bemoaned King, “let’s knock out to what he was trying to say. for success and the acquisition of firefighters in Nassau County, put overtones in defeating a bill that the psychobabble. He was a per- “I ask one question of every outer wealth, we supposedly do together a video of himself calling would have protected and saved vert, a child molester, he was a patient I see,’’ he says. “How do this only to increase the quality of Jackson a low-life and a child-mo- the lives of thousands of African pedophile. And to be giving this you feel you have spent your our lives and the lives of our fami- lester and posted it on YouTube Americans. much coverage to him, day in and life’s time? And how do you feel lies. We say often that we want (apparently forgetting Jackson’s The authors of the “Southern day out, what does it say about you might spend it differently if financial freedom that we may acquittal at trial.) Political experts Manifesto” didn’t see any racial us as a country?” He went on to you are gifted with the opportu- spend more time with family mem- questioned King’s judgment in overtones in organizing to defeat say that society is glorifying a nity?’’ bers. But guess what? You are fi- making the racially sensitive re- any and all legislation proposed in “low-life” while hardworking What a question. The chaplain nancially free to do that ‘now’. marks. the US Congress for the benefit of teachers, police officers, continued. “Farrah. Not one of Why? Because it costs you no Peter T. King said he didn’t see African Americans, especially that firefighters and veterans don’t these people that I have coun- money. any racial overtones in the video, of school desegregation. get the credit they deserve. The seled on their potential death It only costs us a little of the un- posted to YouTube by his cam- Vigilante groups didn’t see any congressman also called the cov- beds have ever once expressed dervalued currency that we spend paign staff. racial overtones when they went to me that they wished they had Peter T. King views the Michael to the homes of helpless African (Continued on page 33) spent time making more money, (Continued on page 33) 1,000-mile trek for African-centered education By. James Clingman and the Department of Educa- Columbus, Ohio. that their respective students speak louder than his words. tion to ‘acknowledge’ that chil- Geuka states, “Both President learn best when their formal edu- Geuka has worked with the likes Do you have a cause for which dren of African descent have a Barack Obama and his Secretary cation is rooted in study and ap- of Dr. Claud Anderson, Bob Law, you would walk 1,000 to raise right and a need to an education of Education, Arne Duncan have preciation of their own heritage, Rosie Milligan, Tom Pope, funds and awareness? Well, rooted in their history, heritage, spoken strongly in favor of pub- history, and culture. Senghor Baye, Kweku Akan, and Brother Amefika Geuka does. In- and culture.” lic charter schools, which are A self-described “Practical Na- many other conscious brothers deed he does. Geuka and his colleagues have designed to explore creative and tionalist” and subscriber to and sisters across this country The founder and former head- dubbed this venture a “Trek for innovative approaches to edu- Marcus Garvey’s tradition of and in Ghana, West Africa. His master of the Joseph Littles - African-Centered Education,” to cating students who do not fare self-help, Amefika Geuka has a deeds are well known within the Nguzo Saba Charter School (JL- be conducted from July 15 well in traditional public history of getting things done. Nationalist Black Leadership Coa- NSCS) will begin walking from through Aug. 15, 2009. schools. The African-centered Yes, he is an excellent speaker; lition, which he co-founded. The his hometown of West Palm In addition to gaining credibil- approach to providing a strong he can theorize and intellectual- ACE Trek will be yet another ef- Beach, Fla. to Washington, D.C. ity for African-centered educa- cultural foundation for children ize with the best us. fort of Black consciousness from on July 15. tion, the walk is expected to raise of African descent is being He is “articulate,” to borrow Joe which we can draw strength and Why? “To call the village to money to close the funding gap adopted across the country by Biden’s description of Obama, commitment to continue our quest account,” Geuka says. “Black for Geuka’s Joseph Littles- school districts, public schools, and Geuka is highly educated for economic empowerment. people must be responsible for NGUZO SABA Charter School private schools, and charter and intelligent. However, his Along the 1,011- mile route, there and become the primary source which completed ten years of schools.” commitment to doing the work will be “surrogate walkers,” celeb- of funding for the effective edu- continuous operation on Jan. 20 Supporters of African-Cen- necessary to promote, support, rities, sorority and fraternity mem- cation and development for our of this year. Overall coordination tered Education draw parallels and uplift Black people far ex- bers, high school and college stu- children,” he continued. Upon and planning for the walkathon between the ‘ACE’ approach ceeds his rhetorical prowess. He dents, honorees, and many others arrival in the nation’s capital, has been contracted to iZania, and the generally accepted con- puts his money where his mouth Geuka will petition the President LLC (www.izania.com) based in tention by Jews and Catholics is and lets his actions definitely (Continued on page 33)
Opinion 9 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Failed stimulus - too soon to tell?By. Julianne Malveaux rate borders on 30 percent. Aver- states and cities, and perhaps cans have been quick to say the have to get better before some pri- age hourly pay is level, and aver- the pace could be picked up, but stimulus package has failed be- vate sector employers hire), ab- The most recent Employment age weekly pay is down, as some the matter of process cannot be cause it has not quickly gener- sent federal or state employmentSituation report from the Bureau employers are cutting worker ignored when stimulus funds ated enough jobs to counter a programs we can expect unem-of Labor Statistics brought unwel- hours. Not a day goes by without are distributed. As vice presi- labor market that is rapidly hem- ployment rates to remain highcome news. Job loss last month some job cutback, layoff, pay cut dent Joe Biden correctly ob- orrhaging jobs. even as some say that we are turn-grew to 467,000 jobs, up nearly announcement, and most of us are serves, we are only four months At the same time, they were ing the economic corner.150,000 jobs from May’s loss. now too acquainted with some- into the stimulus package – too slow to pass the stimulus, and I wish talk of turning the corner The unemployment rate one who has lost her job. Nearly soon to say the package is a were not eager to spend money would bottom out, because itinched up to 9.5 percent, the six months into the Obama admin- failure. (except on the financial sector makes no sense to speak of anhighest rate since 1983. When istration, detractors are crying There is a substantive issue, bailout) that would trickle down improving situation when so manythe broadest measure of unem- “failed stimulus’’. though, that the Obama admin- to working people. If the stimu- are out of work. It is likely that theployment is considered, we are I think it is too early to say that istration must address. Is the lus package fails (and I do not next two months will see unem-talking 16.5 percent, not 9.5. For the stimulus package has failed. stimulus package too little, too think it will – job creation is sim- ployment rates level or rising.African-Americans the broadest Money is gradually trickling into late? In other words, Republi- ply easier said than done), will it They are likely to get to double be because the package is too digits, stimulus notwithstanding. small to generate the results we Still, I think it makes sense to Michael Jackson and white fever need. The administration needs to re- place five million jobs, and cre- wait until fall before declaring this stimulus a failure. The Obama Ad- ministration inherited the Bush re-By. A. Peter Bailey “Black” S.O.B. ver. ate new jobs as well. It would be cession and has had to make theReality Check All these examples of self-loath- During my years as a journalist useful to get an estimate from best of it. ing came to mind when I heard I was in his presence on two oc- President Obama and his team Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was One of the major ways in which about the death of Michael Jack- casions - when the Jackson 5 per- about when this will happen. so concerned about the recessionMalcolm X differed from other son. Here was a man who was one formed in 1969 at the first Miss Republicans like House Minor- that he actually proposed post-Black leaders in the late 1950s and of, if not the, greatest performer/ Black America Pageant and in ity Leader John Boehner (Ohio) poning the campaign (did he wantearly 1960s was his persistent fo- entertainer in the 20th Century; 1978 at the world premier of the have used the most recent em- to postpone the election, too) tocus on the psychological as well whose album, “Thriller,” is the best- film, “The Wiz.” Observing him ployment report to attack the deal with failures in the financialas the physical assaults on Black selling album of all times; who had up close, I saw what the girls Obama administration. sector. The Obama Administrationpeople by the proponents of enough business acumen to pur- would describe as a “cute boy” That is to be fully expected. has aggressively addressed is-White supremacy/racism. chase the extremely valuable who was smiling and chatting There is no exact formula to sug- sues of economic failure, and He noted that in movies, news- Beatles music catalogue; who broke with others who I assumed were gest that if you put so many dol- while the stimulus package maypapers, magazines, textbooks, on down the discrimination practices fans. lars in so many jobs will be cre- not be sufficient, it represents aradio and on television subtle and of MTV; who had one of the high- I never saw that kind of engross- ated. And there is a resistance step forward.not-so-subtle malicious, soul-de- est name recognition factors in the ing smile on any photograph or to replicating the job creation in- If the jobless situation contin-stroying White supremacy was world; who made millions upon mil- TV program after soul-destroy- frastructures of the 1970s and ues into September, it may be timepounded into the psyches of lions of dollars; and who was hon- ing White fever had transformed 1980s, the CETA (Comprehensive to access the stimulus packagemany thousands of vulnerable ored by numerous heads-of-state him into a pathetic man who Employment Training Act), JPTA and also to consider adding moreBlack youngsters. for his brilliant talent and contribu- loathed what he saw in the mirror (Job Partnership Training Act) to the pot. But by then, folk like Though physical assaults, as a tions. as a Black child and teenager. and other programs that created Boehner will be in full attack mode,result of the human and civil Yet all this wasn’t enough for I have a collection of 92 maga- public sector employment. as they gear up for 2010 campaign-rights movements, have been sig- Michael because he seemingly zines (1970-2006) with Michael The drift to encourage the pri- ing.nificantly reduced, psychological wanted to achieve the impossible - to Jackson on their covers. When vate sector to generate jobs rec- The Obama Administration nowassaults are as relentless as ever. be White or at least to look like he looking at them one can see the ognizes Republican concerns needs stimulus success stories – As a result, too many Black was White. To realize that impossible transformation in full color. To do about bureaucracy but perhaps the dollars need to get out there,people still say “She’s dark but dream, Michael reportedly had 13 fa- so is both revealing and disturb- sacrifices efficiency for political quickly, and those who are em-pretty” or “He has good hair” cial surgeries and used chemicals to ing. considerations. ployed need to start telling theirwhen all he really has is hair that make his skin lighter. Journalist/Lecturer A. Peter All along, however, many in the stories to counter the rush to judgelooks more like that of Whites. Even if he had vitiligo, as has been Bailey, a former associate edi- Obama administration have said this stimulus as failed.They also use the word “Black” said, that doesn’t explain those 13 tor of Ebony, is currently edi- that unemployment rates would Julianne Malveaux is presi-as an epithet. They are not satis- facial surgeries. The only explana- tor of Vital Issues: The Jour- rise before they fell. As the un- dent of Bennett College forfied with saying someone is a tion I can think of for such self de- nal of African American employment rate is a lagging in- Women in Greensboro, Northnasty or low-down or ugly no structive behavior is that Michael Speeches. He can be reached dicator of economic recovery Carolina. She may be reachedgood S.O.B. He or she has to be a had a debilitating case of White fe- at firstname.lastname@example.org . (which means that things will at email@example.com.By. Nicole Lee Mr. Obama goes to Africa research shows that Franklin trip to Africa. They all had too titudes about Africa as he did hedge funds, and our own gov- Roosevelt went to Liberia; then many questions about Mr. in Cairo to the Muslim commu- ernment continues to strip the U.S. President Barack Obama nearly 40 years passed before an- Obama’s racial attitudes and nity. Will he make overtures of continent of its natural resourcessets off on the road again dur- other American head of state the trip. Reporter after reporter partnership and a new way for- and dignity.ing the week of July 6. stepped foot on the continent. So pointed out to me that, as one ward as he did at the Summit of African-Americans voted for He heads to Russia for deli- I honor Mr. Obama’s choice to said. “Obama spent the entire the Americas in Trinidad to President Obama with unprec-cate talks with leaders there go. But I am left wondering about campaign trying to prove to Latin American countries? Will edented numbers last November.about war and peace. He then the substance. White America that he wasn’t he state clearly as he did in And to be fair, we did so with nomakes a stop in Italy for the G8 Mr. Obama will be on the conti- too Black. What is he going to Trinidad that U.S. foreign policy specific commitment from thesummit for talks about the glo- nent for less than 24 hours. Mr. do when he is offered Kente toward Africa has been too nar- President as to how he would im-bal economic collapse and its Obama has chosen a country that, cloth to wear?” rowly focused on our selfish prove US policy toward Africa.implications on the world’s fi- though not perfect, does not rep- That question actually came interests and that he will forge We assumed, trusted, evennancial future. resent some of the systematic is- from a Washington reporter for a new way forward? prayed, that his Administration Then he steps foot in sub Sa- sues that face most of the rest of one of the country’s largest If he does not, he will be miss- would embrace partnership withharan Africa for the first time as Africa. His father’s country of and most influential newspa- ing a major opportunity to cre- the world and that Africa wouldPresident of the United States. Kenya is in political turmoil like pers. Africa is suffering food ate a new paradigm for U.S. en- be an important part of his globalMr. Obama heads to Ghana, one other nations. But Mr. Obama’s shortages, staggering infant gagement in Africa and thus ad- reassessment. A gentle, short tripof the most stable democracies in brief, light weight trip to a safe mortality rates, civil war, and dress an issue of importance for to Ghana does not a new AfricaAfrica. The country is a long time place does not hold the same sig- total economic collapse, the his African-American constitu- policy make. President Obamaally of the United States. But there nificance as his trip to Egypt and President of the United States ency, which gave him nearly 100 must take this opportunity, in wordis something missing here. I wonder why these choices were is going there and all American percent of its vote. and deed, to embrace the issues I salute the President for go- made. Where does Africa rank on media wants to know about is For centuries Africa has been Africa faces and prioritizes, creat-ing to Africa - not just because the list of foreign policy priorities? his response to kente? the victim of European and ing a U.S. foreign policy that ben-of his African ancestry. In re- In addition, I have been inter- It does not appear he is plan- American greed and brutality. efits Africa and America.cent decades it is customary for viewed by several major news or- ning a defining speech about Today the policies set by Inter- Nicole C. Lee is the executivePresidents to go to Africa but ganizations about the President’s U.S. policy or even his own at- national Financial Institutions, director of TransAfrica Forum.
African Scene10NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Liberia’s leader ‘should resign’ Liberia’s opposition has called on President Ellen Johnson- Sirleaf to step down after the truth commission said she should be barred from public of- fice. “The presidency has been brought to public disrepute,” said Acarious Gray, from former footballer George Weah’s Con- gress for Democratic Change party. However, Information Minister Laurence Brople said Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf was continuing to work as normal. The commission said she should be barred over her ties to Charles Taylor. Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf has al- ways admitted that she had backed the former warlord’s re- bellion 20 years ago. LIBERIA’S LEADER — The president was at an African The House of Representatives Union summit when the report was released. Somali President was due to debate the Truth and “We don’t see this as a slap in controversy it has caused. Reconciliation Commission’s re- the face.” “We did an honest job and we U. S. weapons bound for port on Tuesday. The recommendations could The president was at the Afri- can Union summit in Libya when do believe that is the best for Liberia,” he said. Somalia dollars in Ethiopia become law if parliament, in which the opposition has a ma- the report was released last week. “Those recommendations, when implemented will bring healing and (GIN) – In an apparent reprise a $10-million shipment of weap- jority, decides to adopt them. President Johnson-Sirleaf’s reconciliation.” of the Bush administation’s ons to help the besieged govern- Mrs Johnson-Sirleaf defeated spokesman Cyrus Badio said the When she appeared before the foray into the Horn of Africa, the ment of Somalia, while accusing Mr Weah in a run-off in 2005 elec- president was still reading the commission in February, Mrs Obama administration is looking neighboring Eritrea of undermin- tions after the end of 14 years of report but that “not every Tom, Johnson-Sirleaf apologized to the to increase “development assis- ing the Somali peace process – a conflict in Liberia. Dick and Harry, will call on the commission for supporting Mr tance” to its ally Ethiopia de- charge which inflamed both Mr Brople said the Liberian president to step down and we Taylor - who later became presi- spite concerns about the Eritrea and Somalia. people had been aware that Mrs listen”. dent himself, before fleeing the country’s slide toward Meanwhile, a draft Ethiopian Johnson-Sirleaf had contributed The TRC published its report country. authoritarianism. law would define criticism of the money to Mr Taylor’s campaign after touring the country for She said she had been “fooled” Ethiopia supported a U.S. ini- government as a “terrorist act’’ when they made her Africa’s first three years, hearing the testi- into supporting him, adding: “I feel tiative to unseat the Somali gov- and, say rights groups, it could elected female head of state. mony of tens of thousands of it in my conscience. I feel it every ernment in 2006. It sent troops be used to crack down on the “They decided to reconcile people affected by the country’s day.” to Mogadishu, but pulled them opposition if it is passed by par- with her and they elected her 14-year civil war. Mr Taylor was eventually ar- out earlier this year, when the liament. president by popular vote,” he Commission chairman Jerome rested on an international warrant world community switched sides Ethiopia will hold national elec- told the BBC’s Network Africa Verdier told the BBC that he and is currently on trial for war and backed the Islamic Courts tions in 2010 which a U.S. offi- program. stood by the report, despite the crimes in The Hague. Union it had just overthrown. cial said he had “every hope’’ The U.S. announced it had sent that it would be democratic. Appeal on Bashir genocide charges Prosecutors at the International Union, which says Mr Bashir ·ð War crimes: Criminal Court (ICC) have ap- should not be charged. ·ð Intentionally directing attacks pealed against the judges’ deci- At the AU summit last week, Af- against civilians sion not to indict Sudan’s presi- rican leaders said their request to ·ð Pillaging dent for genocide. the UN Security Council to delay ·ð Crimes against humanity: The court issued an arrest war- Mr Bashir’s indictment had been ·ð Murder rant for Omar al-Bashir on charges ignored, so they would not help ·ð Extermination of war crimes and crimes against arrest Sudan’s leader. ·ð Forcible transfer humanity in March. ICC chief prosecutor Luis ·ð Torture But the judges said there was Moreno-Ocampo, who is pushing ·ð Rape insufficient evident to support the for the genocide charges, is on the In his appeal lodged on Monday, three charges of genocide in first leg of a trip to Africa that will it said the prosecution had “submit- Darfur. also take him to eastern Demo- ted detailed evidence on the mobili- The ICC chief prosecutor is in cratic Republic of Congo. zation and use of the entire Sudanese Ethiopia for talks with the African ICC’s BASHIR CHARGE SHEET state apparatus for the purpose of destroying a substantial part of the Jacob Zuma helped the ANC win in Kwa-Zulu Natal this Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa ethnic year. groups in the entire region of Darfur during more than six years”. Zulu party snubs Mr Bashir has denied all the prosecution’s allegations, saying the state has a responsibility to fight rebels who took up arms in Darfur ANC merger call in 2003. The UN says 300,000 people have died and more than two million fled A mainly Zulu opposition there in the April elections af- their homes in that time. party has rejected South Afri- ter which Mr Zuma became The war crimes court, based in The can President Jacob Zuma’s of- president. Hague, has already issued two ar- fer to merge with his govern- An IFP spokesman told the rest warrants - in 2007 - for Sudanese ing African National Congress. BBC that a merger was out of Humanitarian Affairs Minister The Inkatha Freedom Party the question. Ahmed Haroun and the Janjaweed (IFP) and the ANC have been Reverend Musa Zondi de- militia leader Ali Abdul Rahman. arch-rivals for more than three scribed Mr Zuma’s call as “put- Sudan has refused to hand them decades. ting the horse before the cart”. over. The IFP has long dominated He said the two parties would Mr Moreno-Ocampo has also re- Mr Zuma’s home province of Omar al-Bashir says the charges reflect Western hostil- quested warrants for three Darfur Kwa-Zulu Natal but lost power (Continued on page 33) rebel commanders. ity towards Sudan.
Obama, Medvedev agree to pursue nuclear reduction 11 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com MOSCOW – President their positions ahead of the sum-Barack Obama and Russian mit, and Obama gave a lengthyPresident Dmitry Medvedev rationale for the system atsigned a preliminary agreement Medvedev’s side.Monday to reduce the world’s Obama suggested the Unitedtwo largest nuclear stockpiles States has a right to pursue de-by as much as a third, down to fensive systems separate fromthe lowest levels of any U.S.- the offensive weapons that areRussia accord, and counter the subject of most arms controlwhat Obama called “a sense of negotiations. Obama repeated thedrift” in the countries’ relations. U.S. position that the planned “We must lead by example, system is aimed at interceptingand that’s what we are doing missiles from Iran and has noth-here today,” Obama declared in ing to do with countering” aa Kremlin hall glittering in gold. mighty Russian arsenal,” as many“We resolve to reset U.S.-Rus- in Russia suspect.sian relations so that we can Medvedev called it “a difficultcooperate more effectively in area for our discussion,” but sug-areas of common interest.” gested that the new openness be- The document signed by the tween the two countries couldtwo leaders at a Moscow sum- help.mit, Obama’s first in Russia, is Obama said he trusts the Rus-meant as a guide for negotia- sian leader to follow through ontors as the nations work toward the agreements they struck. Anda replacement pact for the he refused to be drawn into a de-START arms control agreement bate over who really holds thethat expires in December. The reins of power in Russia, widelyjoint understanding also com- believed to be Medvedev’s pre-mits the countries to lower decessor and mentor, Prime Min-longer-range missiles for deliv- ister Vladimir Putin. “My under-ering nuclear bombs to be- FRIENDLY HANDSHAKE — U.S. President Barack Obama, left, and Russian Presi- standing is, President Medvedevtween 500 and 1,100. dent Dmitry Medvedev exchange documents before a joint press conference at the is the president ... and Prime Min- The limit for warheads would Kremlin Palace in Moscow, Monday, July 6, 2009. ister Putin is the prime minister,”be in a range of 1,500 to 1,675 Obama simply said.each. However, there are dis- rope, so Obama’s desire to move flourish and much handshak- Russia invaded neighboring Obama, who met with Putin onagreements on what to count. forward is a huge test of his dip- ing. Georgia last August and sent Tuesday, caused a stir in Russia Medvedev called Monday’s lomatic skills. Among the side deals meant relations into a nosedive. before his trip by telling The As-agreement a “reasonable com- “The president and I agreed to sweeten Obama’s two days They also promised fresh co- sociated Press that Putin has topromise.” that the relationship between of talks here and show progress operation on public health is- learn that “the old Cold War ap- A White House statement Russia and the United States has toward improving badly dam- sues and revived a joint com- proaches to U.S.-Russian rela-said the new treaty “will include suffered from a sense of drift,” aged U.S.-Russian relations mission to try to account for tions is outdated.”effective verification mea- he said at Medvedev’s side. was permission from Moscow missing service members of The summit starts a weeklongsures” and Obama said it would “President Medvedev and I are for the United States to trans- both countries dating back to trip for Obama that also featuresbe completed by the end of the committed to leaving behind the port arms across its land and World War II. G-8 meetings and a visit with theyear. He also held out hope to suspicion and rivalry of the airspace into Afghanistan for The commission was first cre- pope in Italy, and a speech in“move even beyond that in sub- past.” the war there. Obama said the ated by the first President Bush Ghana.sequent agreements and trea- His host expressed similar good deal will save the U.S. “both and President Boris Yeltsin in After Obama landed in Moscowties” and said he wanted to host will. time and money,” to the tune the early 1990s, but the Rus- under drizzly gray skies, he intro-a summit on global nuclear se- “This is the first but very im- of $133 million a year, by waiv- sians later downgraded their duced his wife, Michelle, andcurity next year in the United portant step in improving full- ing transit fees and shortening participation. The U.S. hope is their two daughters to RussianStates. scale cooperation between our flying time. that the Russians will now open officials waiting to greet them. More broadly, Obama needs two countries, which would go to They outlined other areas in some of their more sensitive ar- The entourage then headed to aRussia’s help in pressuring Iran the benefit of both states,” the which they said their countries chives to U.S. researchers seek- wreath-laying ceremony atand North Korea to give up Russian leader said. Injecting a would work together to help ing details about missing Ameri- Russia’s Tomb of the Unknowntheir nuclear weapons ambi- note of caution, he said that dis- stabilize Afghanistan, includ- can servicemen. Soldier.tions, and also in tackling ter- cussions so far “cannot remove ing increasing assistance to Yet, the two sides remain Having enjoyed adoring crowdsrorism, global warming and the burden of all the problems.” the Afghan army and police, stalemated over the U.S. pursuit in other parts of Europe, Obamaworldwide economic woes. But The two leaders appeared to- and training counternarcotics of a missile-defense system in will face a far more skeptical Rus-ties are frayed over Moscow’s gether at a news conference personnel. Europe, pushed aggressively by sian population. He will outlinewar in Georgia last year and the where they and other officials Among other agreements was Bush and still under review by his vision for U.S.-Russian rela-U.S. plan for a new missile de- from both countries signed and the resumption of military co- Obama’s 7-month-old adminis-fense system in Eastern Eu- exchanged documents with great operation, suspended after tration. Both sides hardened (Continued on page 35)Supreme Court provides temporary victory for Troy DavisBy. Alan King new trial after several prosecution til all appeals are exhausted,”Special to the NNPA from the witnesses recanted testimony Chisolm said in a statement on lastAfro-American Newspapers given at his 1991 trial. week. When justices recessed for the Davis’ supporters are working to WASHINGTON - After nearly summer, the Supreme Court had pressure Chisolm to reopen Davis’18 years on death row for killing not decided whether it would hear case without waiting for thean off-duty Georgia police of- Davis’ appeal. They won’t recon- courts.ficer, Troy Davis got a break vene until September. According to the U.S. Censuswhen the U.S. Supreme Court “It’s definitely good news,” Ja- Bureau, the county has a popula-last week put the brakes on his son Ewart, Davis’ attorney, told tion of 251,120, with African-execution. the Associated Press. “It’s not Americans making up 41 percent. The Court postponed until just a move buying more time.” Black voters in Savannah and sur-September a decision on grant- NAACP President and CEO rounding Chatham County wereing Davis a new trial. Davis has Benjamin Jealous agreed. key to Chisolm’s election as thebeen spared three times since he “That’s at least a temporary vic- county’s first African-Americanwas first scheduled to be ex- tory for...the tens of thousands of district attorney last fall, accord-ecuted by lethal injection in other people who have been work- ing to reports.2007. ing so hard to stop the execution Last week, the NAACP and a di- Various courts have weighed of a man who’s likely innocent,’’ verse group of religious and civicand rejected his appeals. After Jealous said in a statement. leaders delivered more than 10,000the 11th Circuit Court of Ap- While the Supreme Court’s in re- hand-signed petitions frompeals rejected the request for a cess, the next move would be up Chatham County residents tonew trial in April, Davis’ attor- to Chatham County District Attor- Chisolm. Another 50,000 petitionsneys filed an appeal with the ney Larry Chisolm. from around the nation were alsoU.S. Supreme Court. “As previously stated, the delivered. Defense attorneys claim Davis Chatham County District Jealous said he is going to pub-is innocent of killing officer Attorney’s office has no commentMark MacPhail and deserves a on the substance of this case un- Troy Davis (Continued on page 33)
Opinion:12NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Health coverage: Making too little, making too much? By. Marian Wright Edelman their combined income was now developing a CHIP buy-in pro- in both chambers with strong clothes and do not go to the mov- over the Texas Children’s Health gram that would have allowed bipartisan margins. But because ies or have other frivolous spend- The James family in Fort Insurance Program (CHIP) in- families who were just over the of the lack of support from the ing. Just the basics of food, hous- Worth, Texas, should be cel- come limit for their family, $44,100 CHIP income limit to pay slid- Governor and a few other key ing and child care do not leave us ebrating right now. After los- for a family of four or 200 per- ing scale premiums that in- legislative leaders, the bill was enough to provide health cover- ing his last job due to the dif- cent of the federal poverty level. creased with their income. This allowed to expire without receiv- age for our children. I get so frus- ficult economy, Jason James, Although they now make too would have given parents like ing a final vote. Now roughly trated that I can’t take my kids to who worked as a supervisor at much to qualify for CHIP, even Jason and Misty, who have no 80,000 Texas children who the dentist or doctor when I work a warehouse company, had with both parents working, the other options for providing af- would have been covered with hard and make a decent living.’’ been searching for new em- family can’t afford to pay for pri- fordable health coverage for the passage of the CHIP buy-in But at the end of the day in ployment for months. When vate health insurance. So this their children, the opportunity proposal will become or remain Texas, children lost out to poli- he finally found a new posi- means that at the time of their to purchase CHIP coverage. uninsured. tics. Texas serves as a prime ex- tion, his job offer coincided next CHIP renewal, their three The CHIP buy-in proposal Unfortunately, the James fam- ample of why health reform at the with wife Misty receiving a children will lose their health was extremely popular among ily is all too familiar with the national level that guarantees all raise at her job. coverage. Texans, powerful Texas Cham- consequences of being unin- children affordable, high-quality It was a happy time for the Texas advocates and legislators ber of Commerce leaders, and sured. Several years ago, the and accessible care is desperately couple until they realized that worked very hard this session on Texas legislators and it passed family experienced a lapse in needed. coverage for similar reasons. We cannot be fighting these Health coverage through kinds of battles separately in all Black males matter in classrooms Misty’s job would have cost them roughly 12 percent of their 50 states. And when smart policy proposals with broad support fi- By. Gary L. Flowers ementary school teachers are White cially African American males. salaries, making it financially nally make it to the table, children females; 6 percent are African- Across the country initiatives out of reach after paying child can’t afford inaction. The time for “I think it is necessary for stu- American; and only 2 percent are have been launched to incentize care and other basic expenses. real health care reform in our na- dents to be exposed to a knowl- Black and male. In my native city Black males to teach. During that period their old- tion is right now. edge transfer system that is di- of Richmond, Va. I was the benefi- The Call Me Mister program is est son, 11-year-old Isaiah, had Congress and the President verse in terms of those who are ciary of Black male teachers, coun- gaining national attention in the a painful cavity that went un- must ensure all children a national transferring the knowledge. selors, principals, and school state of South Carolina between treated for nearly two years. eligibility floor of 300 percent And that diversity should look superintendants. Clemson University and three When they were finally able to ($66,150 for a family of four) and like the community.” - Dr. Alvin In fact, my father and uncle were Historically Black Colleges and take him to a dentist, they free all children from the unjust Thornton, provost, Howard educators. Yet, I am the exception Universities (HBCUs), Benedict learned that Isaiah’s tooth had 50-state lottery of geography. University rather than the rule relative to other University, Claflin College, and abscessed down to his jaw bone All children need comprehensive African-American males in the Morris College. and required an emergency root health benefits no matter where Research reveals that nearly 50 United States of America. Today, Across the nation, 15 other col- canal. Isaiah ultimately lost his they live. Enrollment in coverage percent of Black boys fail to com- the percentage of Black male teach- leges and universities are partici- tooth and now has permanent for children should be automatic plete high school; score lower on ers in Virginia is 2.6 percent, com- pating in Call Me Mister. As Presi- jaw damage. and simple, so they don’t experi- standardized tests; enrolled less pared to 2 percent in South Caro- dent Obama has focused his policy During the Texas legislative ence harmful delays or denials and in advanced placement classes; lina, and 9 percent in Maryland and attention to ensuring that the session’s debate on the issue, it must be truly affordable. Unless are suspended and expelled more Washington, DC, respectively. United States will by the most lit- Misty traveled to the State Capi- these conditions are met, the than their White, Latino, and Such statistics are a vastly differ- erate nation in the world there is a tol to testify about her family’s promise of health reform remains Asian classmates. According to ent to earlier points in history. lot that Congress and state legis- story and to request the option of unfulfilled for children. the Urban League’s State of Since the end of slavery in latures can do to increase the num- being able to contribute to keep- Email your Members of Con- Black America, Black 4th graders America, Black people have had a ber of Black male teachers. ing her family’s CHIP coverage, gress today to let them know that perform at 87 percent of White righteous reverence for education. Similar to the Call Me Mister instead of being forced to use the affordable, comprehensive health boys in the same grade. In 1900, nearly all Black university program, lawmakers should re- emergency room for care or to put coverage for everyone—espe- By the 12th grade, Black male graduates entered the teaching pro- cruit future teachers in high problems like Isaiah’s cavity off cially children—is important to performance in 74 percent that fession. The trend toward teaching school, offer student loans at 1 until they become a crisis. you at: www.childrensdefen of Whites. Many believe, as continued until 1954 when the percent, tie college scholarships Misty said, ‘’We hate to add se.org/healthaction. does this writer, that the pres- Brown v. Board of Education Su- to teacher education majors, and to the rising cost of health care Marian Wright Edelman, whose ence (or lack thereof) of Black preme Court ruling was issued that significantly increase teacher pay by taking them to the emer- new book is The Sea Is So Wide male teachers matters monu- helped to racially desegregate for secondary and college pro- gency room, but we just do not And My Boat Is So Small: Chart- mentally. According to Dr. many industries besides education. fessors. American educators have anywhere else to go… I do ing a Course for the Next Genera- Jawanza Kunjufu, “America has However, for African-Americans, should look like America. not know if our leaders know tion, is president of the Children’s designed a female teaching as the advent of professional op- Gary L. Flowers is executive how much it costs to raise chil- Defense Fund. For more informa- style.” portunities increasing, the number director & CEO of the Black dren these days. Child care to- tion about the Children’s Defense He cites that 83 percent of el- of Black teachers decreased, espe- Leadership day costs more than our rent. Fund, go to http://www.childrens We shop at the thrift store for defense.org/. Technology holds the key to stopping sex scandals By. Rev. Dr. Barbara ter he confessed to sexual in- that sank his political aspira- Jesse Jackson took his pregnant tinued their licentious affairs Reynolds volvement with a young intern in tions, John Edwards’cheating mistress to the White House through e-mails or text messages. the White House. on his terminally ill wife, Larry reportedly to console President Technology has created tremen- There is a solution to the And as the political soap opera Craig playing footsy with a man Clinton during the fallout of his dous advances in the world of abominable sex scandals drags on, we learn that his mis- in a toilet stall and the thou- adulterous affair. procreation, sex changes and plaguing our politicians and tress instead of his wife is his soul sands of text messages between Rev. Billy Graham had a for- Viagra-sizing male sexual longev- preachers. mate, although he wants to rec- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick mula that might work well for ity. Short of castration, this so- oncile with his wife, who has the and his mistress, ad infinitum. the men of the cloth. He avoided Technology can save the day lution will stop the endless good sense to kick this scoundrel Too many preachers and pas- all situations that would pair again. All that is needed is for sci- shameful parade of men com- out of the house. This inability of tors are so caught up in their him with a woman without his entists to develop a microscopic mitting adultery, sodomy and powerful men to control them- own scandals or peccadilloes wife. chip that can be inserted in the pedophilia or otherwise per- selves and thereby crash their ca- that they can no longer thun- Why do so many of the pow- penis so that when a “sparking verted acts which eventually reers with mostly younger women der from the pulpit about the erful fall? Maybe because power sensation arises,” with someone bring them before the cameras of lesser status crosses all politi- sins of the philanderers and the is seductive in itself. It makes other than a man’s wife, a signal to give us their tear-jerking cal, racial, and religious lines. carnally obsessed. the powerful believe the rules is programmed to send powerful scripts of sin and shame. The line-up of wretched evildo- Examples of the fallen men of that apply to mere mortals do vibrations into the offending male The latest scandal involving ers is long. Shortly before God whose sexual molestations not apply to them. They are organ. This mechanism would Republican South Carolina Sanford’s sophomoric romp, Re- have ruined the lives of thou- also hounded by women who slam on the brakes and the pain- Gov. Mark Sanford and this publican Sen. John Ensign of Ne- sands of children are rampant are looking for men, married or ful jolts would then be a reminder “sparking” thing with his vada admitted an adulterous af- among the Catholic priesthood. not, who have the power to en- of the pain the potential illicit act Argentinean mistress has hurt fair and resigned as chairman of Self-righteous evangelical rich them materially, emotionally could cause the man’s family and his four sons, his wife and em- the Republican Policy Committee, leader Pastor Ted Haggard or both. career. barrassed his Republican col- the party’s leadership group in preached vehemently against The solution? I propose bor- It might even be possible that leagues. This is the same Mark the Senate. Remember the highly homosexuality only to be found rowing from the same technol- after the offending organ is Sanford who publicly con- publicized adulterous affairs of guilty of having sex with a male ogy grab-bag that has trapped demned President Clinton af- Democratic Senator Gary Hart prostitute. And the married Rev. so many philanderers who con- (Continued on page 33)
Former Ravens QB Steve McNair 13 found murdered with his girlfriend NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Special to the NNPA from the leave by taxi. Afro-American Newspapers Kazemi’s ex-boyfriend, Keith Norfleet, told the Tennessean WASHINGTON (NNPA) - that McNair and Kazemi met at a Former Baltimore Ravens quar- Dave & Busters restaurant where terback Steve McNair was she worked. found murdered in a Nashville, McNair had just opened his Tenn. residence July 4, police own restaurant near Tennessee said. State University in June; it was According to NewsChannel closed on Saturday, but several 5.com, Nashville police say fans left flowers, candles and McNair suffered multiple fatal notes outside the door in honor gunshot wounds, including of McNair. one to the head in downtown The McNair family released a Nashville. A woman was also statement to the media via found shot to death at the resi- McNair’s agent Bus Cook: dence. “The families of Steve McNair The incident occurred at a in Mississippi and Tennessee condominium that McNair co- appreciate the concern, thoughts owned near 2nd South & Lea and prayers during this difficult Avenue. around 1:46 p.m. Po- time of our loss of a husband, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton lice say McNair was found father and son. The family re- dead on the couch in the liv- quests everyone would allowDelegate Norton says D.C. ing room, and the woman was close to him on the floor. A pis- them time to mourn. The McNair Family appreciates and contin-Voting Rights Bill still alive tol was on the ground near her, but was not readily apparent when police first arrived. Steve McNair ues to request your prayers at this time.” Funeral arrangements have notBy. James Wright Pro-gun Democrats and Repub-Special to the NNPA from the licans in the House support a simi- Nashville police spokesman might imagine seeing on TV or beenmade.Afro-American Newspapers lar measure mainly because the Don Aaron identified the in the movies, but never imag- McNair, 36, spent 11 of 13 powerful lobby, the National Rifle woman as Sahel Kazemi, whom ine you would see it first-hand, years in the NFL with the Hous- WASHINGTON (NNPA) - D.C. Association, has said it would he described as a “friend of to have that happen to some- ton Oilers/Tennessee Titans,Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton is monitor members who voted for McNair ’s.” She suffered a one you love,” Gaddy told the and led the Titans to their onlyworking on a strategy to bring a the bill. Norton pulled the bill single gunshot wound to the Te n n e s s e a n N e w s p a p e r o f Super Bowl appearance follow-clean D.C. voting rights bill to early in June, saying she would head. Nashville. “I am still shook up.” ing the 1999 season. He wasthe floor of the U.S. House of not support voting rights legisla- McNair ’s oldest brother, According to police, a wit- named the NFL’s co-MVP in 2003Representatives before the end tion with a pro-gun component at- Fred, told the media that fam- ness spotted McNair arriving and played his last two seasonsof the 111th session. While she tached to it. ily members would travel to at the condo near 2 a.m. Satur- in Baltimore, leading the Ravenswould not divulge specifics on Sonsyrea Tate Montgomery, Nashville on Monday to con- day morning and that Kazemi’s to a 13-3 record in 2006. He wastelevision interviews and in per- Norton’s press secretary, would sult with Steve McNair’s wife, vehicle was already there. one of three players in the his-son, she said the bill is still alive not give any details on what steps Mechelle. The condo is in the upscale tory of the NFL to both pass foreven though it is not moving her boss is taking to advance the “It’s still kind of hard to be- Rutledge Hill neighborhood, more than 30,000 yards and rushthrough the legislative process. bill. “We are working with leader- lieve,” Fred McNair said. “He and is walking distance from an for 3,500 yards. “The D.C. voting rights bill is ship to move the bill forward,’’ was the greatest person in the area filled with several restau- Ravens Executive Vice Presi-not dead, contrary to what some said Montgomery. world. He gave back to the rants and nightclubs. dent and General Manager Ozzieare saying,’’ Norton said on While Norton is working behind community. He loved kids and The Associated Press re- Newsome told the media he im-NewsChannel 8 on June 25. “We the scenes on Capitol Hill for the he wanted to be a role model ported that Nashville police ar- mediately thought of McNair’sare working with the leadership bill, D.C. Vote, a grassroots orga- to kids.’’ rested Kazemi last Friday on a four sons.to get a clean bill to the floor nization in the city is taking their Steve also told the media he DUI charge while driving a 2007 “This is so, so sad. We im-and on the president’s desk.’’ campaign on the road. “We are did not know who Kazemi Cadillac Escalade truck regis- mediately think of his family, The D.C. House Voting Rights making plans to travel to states of was. tered to her and McNair. his boys. They are all in ourAct of 2009 would give the city senators and House members who According to ESPN, the bod- The arrest report says Kazemi thoughts and prayers,” he saida voting member of the House want pro-gun language in the D.C. ies were discovered early Sat- had bloodshot eyes and the “What we admired most aboutand add a member to Utah. The Voting Rights bill,’’ said Jaline urday afternoon by McNair’s smell of alcohol on her breath, Steve when we played againstSenate version of the bill passed Quinto, the organization’s com- longtime friend Wayne Neeley, but refused to take a him was his competitive spirit,in February but with pro-gun munications director. “In the who co-owns the condo. breathalyzer test, claiming “she and we were lucky enough toamendments, sponsored by Sen. House, we will travel to Missis- Neeley then called another was not drunk, she was high.” have that with us for two years.John Ensign (R-Nev.), that sippi to the district of Rep. Travis friend of McNair ’s, Robert McNair, who was riding in the He is one of the best playerswould gut most of the city’s fire- Gaddy, who called the police. passenger seat, didn’t break in the NFL over the last 20arm laws. (Continued on page 33) “It was like something you the law and was allowed to years.”Final victory over race hatred is said to be elusiveBy. Askia Muhammad Black security officer at a Jewish racial hostility remains elusive,”Special to the NNPA from the peace memorial — the third such says the report.Final Call shooting in less than two months. In the latest and most spectacu- “This toxic combination of the lar incident, an 88-year-old, self- WASHINGTON (NNPA) - financial crisis, a significant po- avowed White supremacist pur-Since Nov. 4, 2008 —the day litical change, and concern about portedly gunned down officerBarack Obama was elected shifting demographics has created Stephen Johns at the U.S. Holo-president of the United States, what could be a combustible com- caust Memorial Museum. “Thethe day many proclaimed the bination,” Wade Henderson, shooter had been promoting hisfirst day of the new, “post ra- president of the Leadership Con- White supremacist views onlinecial” America —the “hounds of ference on Civil Rights, told re- for years. Last week, words turnedracism” have been on the prowl porters during a conference call. to hate,” Henderson said.in this country, fanning the “There has been a documented The racism is aimed all the wayflames of hatred, violence, and rise in these threats of violence” up to the president. The Secreteven murder. which have been “stoked by ex- Service reports that Obama has re- On average now, a new hate treme political rhetoric, sensation- ceived the most threats of any re-crime is committed every hour alism and irresponsibility that cent U.S. leader, according to theof every day, according to a 48- we’ve seen on talk-show radio Leadership Conference. The re-page report —Confronting the and other forms of communica- port calls on Congress to pass hateNew Faces of Hate: Hate Crimes tion, like the Internet,” Henderson crimes legislation.in America 2009”—issued June continued. “The spate of racially- From acts of violence to crude16 by the Leadership Confer- motivated hate crimes and vio- UGLY FACE OF RACISM - Even as Obama tries to in- racist jokes at the president andence on Civil Rights. The report lence against minorities and immi- tegrate the nation, die-hard racists are out there intimi- First Lady Michelle hatred goes Obama’s ex-was issued less than a week af- grants that occurred before and pense, the publicter a White supremacist, neo- after Election Day makes clear that dating Blacks and other minorities. The KKK are bentNazi allegedly shot and killed a a final victory over prejudice and on taking over the south. (Continued on page 35)
15 Health NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.comWhen daddy’s little girl is HIV positiveBy. George E CurryNNPA Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (NNPA) – Af-ter Bobby R. Henry, Sr. and his18-year-old daughter, Yolanda,had discussed her plans to jointhe Air Force, he was surprisedto learn that she had changedher plans and even more sur-prised by why she had changedthem. “She called me on the phoneand she said, ‘Daddy, I gotsomething to tell you,’” Henryrecounted. “And I said, ‘Whatis it? I know you told me youwere going into the Air Force.What is it?’ And she said, ‘I gota letter from the Air Force and itwas from the medical people andthey told me I need to getchecked again because I’mshowing that I am HIV posi- Bobby Henry getting tested Bobby Henry elatedtive.’” Placing that call 18 years ago Henry, who was divorced from into the counseling she needed, habit, she frequently lectures in and kissed.from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. to her Yolanda’s mother and remarried, it helped prepare her for what she hopes of getting teens not to “She always said that her fam-father in Dayton, Ohio was one knows intellectually that even if had to deal with.” follow in her footsteps. ily didn’t treat her differently,”of the hardest things Yolanda he had been in the same city as But Yolanda had difficulty “About two years ago, she was said Henry, still trying to regainhad to do in her young life. To- his daughter, it probably would dealing with her new health sta- speaking to a group of kids his composure. “So, right then, Iday, it is difficult for Henry, pub- not have changed the outcome. tus. about HIV/AIDS,” Henry re- decided that wherever she spoke,lisher of the Westside Gazette Emotionally, he remains wracked “Initially, when she found out, called. “She didn’t know I was I would be there to support herin Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., to dis- by guilt and pain. of course, she tried to find a way there – I was in the back.” and to give my side of the storycuss that conversation. “If you sit and really think about to deal with it. So, she did the With his voice cracking, Henry from a father’s standpoint accept- “It shocked me first,” Henry it – which I have – somehow you drug thing – she got on drugs, struggled to describe that event. ing that this little girl did somesaid. “I was totally blown away. just can’t shake it,” he said. dated – what’s the term I want to “She was talking about how things she shouldn’t have doneThis was my little girl…” The newspaper publisher has use – no good [men]. She did you couldn’t get AIDS just from and because of that, she’s nowHenry’s incomplete sentence been unable to shake the past, that, searching for love in all the touching somebody, how people infected with HIV/AIDS.”dissolved into 20 seconds of even though he made a decision wrong places. treated folks, with AIDS (differ- His daughter wasn’t the first inagonizing silence, with tears to return to his hometown in “The final straw came for her ently).” After remaining silent for Henry’s immediate family to bestreaming down his cheeks. Florida, where his daughter was when she got busted with some eight seconds, Henry slowly touched by the epidemic. HisWhen a reporter gently sur- living. pills, some prescription pills. She continued the story. youngest brother, serving time inmised that it must have been a ”I immediately left Dayton, Ohio had to go to jail and, no, Daddy “As she was speaking, I got prison for bank robbery, died ofdifficult conversation, Henry and came back to Ft. Lauderdale didn’t get her out this time. She up and I walked from the back of AIDS at the age of 19.replied, “Especially when you and began to find help for her did about eight or nine months the room, she could see me com- “He was in prison fighting andwere’ there.” He added, “You anywhere I could,” Henry stated. and she went into rehabilitation. ing. She said, ‘Oh, that’s my he got cut,” Henry said. “…Hequestion yourself. If you were “Fortunately, that early interven- She got out of that, she got off daddy. I didn’t know he was had to be taken to the hospitalthere, could you have made a tion with the virus, to find the drugs.” here.’ So I came up to the po-difference?” help she needed and to get her Not only has she kicked the dium where she was – we hugged (Continued on page 22) HIV/AIDS: When silence is no longer an optionBy. Lisa Fager Bediako the Real Men Fight AIDS town of Eli Dancy, a former club pro- these issues in faith-based envi-NNPA Special Commentary hall meeting in Queens, N.Y. on moter who created the “STFree ronments. June 13 — which coincidentally Card”, which allows individuals Black churches are poised to Over the past two decades, is Men’s Health Month, Black to keep track of and share results take a leadership position in theBlack people have gradually be- Music Month, and the month of their STD and HIV tests. If battle against HIV/AIDS, but thecome the face of HIV/AIDS in that we observe Juneteenth (a marketers can influence con- ongoing stigma surrounding theAmerica. Recent data from the celebration of emancipation and sumers to line up for $400 disease compromises those ef-Centers for Disease Control and African-American freedom). phones and $200 sneakers, then forts. In sum, HIV/AIDS can noPrevention demonstrate this Although Black men are hard- certainly we can find ways to longer be fought quietly and inharsh reality. est hit by the HIV/AIDS epi- use similar principles to market silos. HIV/AIDS diagnoses have At some point in their lifetimes, demic, there is very little discus- safe sex and make it popular and increased in all segments of thenearly one in 16 Black men and sion about prevention and treat- desirable. Black population. The Real Menone in 30 Black women will be ment in this population. Men’s Finally, we need to find inno- Fight AIDS panelists representeddiagnosed with HIV. HIV/AIDS Health Month should be a great vative ways to utilize Black diverse opinions and approacheshas literally become a state of way to educate men about HIV churches and faith-based insti- to addressing HIV/AIDS preven-emergency in the Black commu- transmission and encourage tutions. These organizations tion, education and stigma. In or-nity and our leaders, organiza- them to be screened. It should have certainly helped the Black der to reach a larger audience wetions and institutions can no also be an ideal time to educate community survive oppression need to have hard conversations,longer afford to remain silent. healthcare providers on how to and injustice, but when it comes creative outreach, and committed Over the past three years that communicate better with Black Lisa Bediako to sexuality and HIV/AIDS, there support from leadership organi-I have been involved in HIV/ men. Doctors must create an en- have been mixed messages. Or- zations and media outlets. WeAIDS prevention and advocacy, vironment where patients feel Second, there needs to be more ganizations such as Love Alive cannot afford to ebb and flow ourone thing has become apparent: comfortable sharing information productive use of social market- International started by Rever- conversations of HIV/AIDS whilethere is a crucial need for ex- or asking questions. Lectures ing. We live in a time in which a end Stacey Latimer, a military this preventable disease contin-panded dialogue about HIV/ will not work; rather, open and considerable proportion of Black veteran and 22-year survivor of ues to devastate our community.AIDS within the Black commu- honest discussion about sexual urban music promotes risky HIV, have helped to spark dis- Lisa Fager Bediako is project co-nity. health provides an opportunity to sexual behaviors to teenagers cussions about sex, sexuality, ordinator for the Congressional I reflected on this as I worked discuss HIV/AIDS and other and young adults. and HIV/AIDS in Black churches Black Caucus Foundation’s ACT!with the Congressional Black sexually transmitted diseases in However, the tables can be — but we need more support for Against AIDS Leadership Initia-Caucus Foundation to organize a confidential environment. turned through efforts like those frank and open dialogues about tive.
16 CBC appeals to Black pressNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com to lead Obama health care plan By. Hazel Trice Edney NNPA Editor-in-Chief MINNEAPOLIS (NNPA) - The sight was all too familiar. The PowerPoint presentation once again unveiled the obvious. In nearly every category of negative health statistic, African-Ameri- cans led in every category – in- cluding death rates. Yet, Blacks are among the rock bottom of Americans who are uninsured. That is why Congressional Black Caucus representatives Delegate Donna M. Christian- President Barack Obama Christensen (D-V.I.) and U. S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) ap- Obama urges breakdown pealed to the Black Press of America to continue aggressive coverage of President Obama’s of barriers to civil rights health care plan that could make quality health care available to all President Barack Obama went to Kennedy. However, dur- America. After a long wait since U. S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and General Mills’ Di- marked the 45 Anniversary of ing the first two years of his ad- the Clintons first tried health care versity and Inclusion Vice President Kenneth Allen Charles the Civil Rights Act by saying ministration, he failed to put for- reform more than 15 years ago, they say the miracle is almost were among speakers at the NNPA Health Town Hall meet- that while it opened doors of ward his promised legislation. freedom and opportunity, far The bill was brought before here. ing in Minneapolis. too many inequities and barri- Congress in 1963 and in a televi- “Health care reform in America ers remain in the African- sion speech on June 11, in 1994 was something only she told the crowd, outlining the ing positions. And the Tri-Caucus American community and Kennedy pointed out that “The hoped for. The health care reform following: has joined with the House’s Pro- across the nation. Negro baby born in America to- bill is not just something that we • We must have a low cost pub- gressive Caucus for even more “We must continue to break day, regardless of the section hope is going to happen. This is lic insurance option. clout, Christian-Christensen said. down these barriers in our laws, of the nation he is born, has literally going on now. The pot is • The elimination of health dis- “Together they are 120 votes. our policies, and our hearts so about one-half as much chance literally boiling,” Ellison told parities must be addressed That’s a solid voting bloc,” she that we can not only fulfill the to completing his school as a Black newspaper publishers dur- throughout this process of said. full promise of the Civil Rights white baby born in the same ing a Town Hall Meeting on health care reform. She also praised Obama for push- Act, but perfect the union that place on the same day.” Health Disparities during the • We must eliminate the waiting ing through the campaign promise. our founders created 233 years He also said the same Black summer conference of the Na- period for legal immigrants. “We have a wonderful opportunity ago,” said Obama. baby had one third as much tional Newspaper Publishers As- • We must have a safety net for now, the President who under- The Civil Rights Act signed chance of completing college, sociation, the Black Press of poor indigents, people who can- stands it, who gets it, who’s pas- into law by President Johnson one third as much chance of be- America. “If we added up the not pay for their health care so sionate about it and who says we in 1964, ended legal discrimi- coming a professional man; number of circulation in this that it cannot be discontinued must get health care reform done nation, helping grant all twice as much chance to become room, we would get at least 75 abruptly. and we must get it now.” America equal justice under unemployed; about one-seventh million people. When you’re • It must extend to U. S. territo- But, she stressed repeatedly that the law – no mater what gen- as much chance of earning reaching that many people, there ries in the Virgin Islands. simple health care is not enough if der or the color of their skin. $10,000 a year; a life expectance is literally nothing that you can- Strategically, members of the people of color are still 40 percent But although President which is seven years shorter; not do.” CBC, with Christian-Christensen of the uninsured. Johnson signed the Act into and the prospect of earning only President Obama has asked leading on this issue, have spent “There’s no if, ands, or buts law, it was President John F. half as much. Congress to complete the 800- literally hours in committee about taking care of the health of Kennedy who laid the founda- Kennedy’s Civil Rights bill was page draft health care bill by Au- meetings, marking up and nego- Black people and people of color. tion. During the 1960 presiden- still being debated by Congress gust recess. But, there are man- tiating the bill with their col- The time to eliminate health dispari- tial election campaign Kennedy when he was slain. Johnson, his dates that must remain in order leagues. ties is now,” Christian-Christensen argued for a new Civil Rights vice president who succeeded to maintain a bill that will address In addition, the Tri-Caucus, said. Act. had a poor record on civil rights the health disparities that are so consisting of the CBC, the His- She pointed out some of the rea- After the election it was dis- issues took up the cause was prevalent, says Christian- panic Caucus and the Asian-Pa- sons for disparate health in the covered that over 70 percent of Christensen, who is a medical cific Caucus, have held joint Black community. the African-American vote doctor. press conferences to make clear (Continued on page 35) “These are our bottom lines”, their stances and uncompromis- (Continued on page 35) Black publishers resort to creativity to keep doors open By. Pharoh Martin fected because our advertising rev- back and downsize on things they NNPA National Correspondent enue was down a bit but we did have historically done. not feel it as much as daily papers. “We just hang on as long as we MINNEAPOLIS (NNPA) - So other than a little less revenue can,’’ he said. “If you don’t have When the economic downturn it was business as usual.” the ads, you don’t print the pages. grew steadily cold two years ago, Black newspaper publishers are You just don’t print what you don’t newspapers across the country competing for the same scarce ad- have.’’ began shutting their doors – per- vertising dollars as their White Kris Bennett, co-publisher of the manently. It could have been a counterparts. Yet, they have re- Seattle Medium Newspaper Group, travesty for Black-owned news- mained resilient despite a deep re- which owns four newspapers and papers, but sentiments from Af- cession. Still, the Black press has four radio stations, keeps a positive rican-American publishers and lost series revenue. outlook about working through the executives are that it’s hard to Some NNPA publishers said their economic slump. miss what one never had. newspapers have lost as much as “It’s been some difficult times but Therefore, in interviews at the 40 percent of advertising dollars. it’s not a place that we as Black pub- National Newspaper Publishers The National Newspapers of lishers haven’t been before,” he Association’s annual summer America reports that the total drop said. conference in Minneapolis June in all ad revenue in the third quar- Typically, when the economy is 24-28, publishers told their cre- ter of 2008 was half of that number BLACK PUBLISHERS — John Smith (Left), general bad, business is good for publish- ativity in making ends meet. at just below 20 percent. manager of the Chicago and Gary Crusader newspapers, ers because advertisers spend “The downsizing of the James Belt, advertising manager says Black newspapers are doing ‘business as usual’ as money trying to get customers back economy didn’t affect us as much of the Dallas Examiner, says that they use creativity in seeking ad dollars. Here, he talks into their stores, Bennett said. But as some of the larger papers be- everybody is hurting but the first with Chicago Defender Publisher Michael House (cen- this time, that hasn’t been the case cause we didn’t have enough advertising that gets cut back is ter), winner of the esteemed Russwurm Award in the 2009 because everybody has been try- staff in the first place,” said John typically the African-American NNPA Merit Awards and new NNPA Chair Danny ing to hang on to their purse strings. Smith, general manager of the press. Like many newspapers Bakewell, publisher of the L. A. Sentinel. Chicago Crusader. “We were af- across the country he had to cut (Continued on page 22) (Credit: Carole Geary)
Comrie, Council approve street renaming for Run DMC 17 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com The New York City Council ap- tial rappers in America.proved a measure that will re- Besides releasing the King of Rockname a city thoroughfare in honor album and scoring the R&B hitsof legendary rap group Run “King of Rock”, “You Talk TooDMC. Introduced by Deputy Much”, and “Can You Rock It LikeMajority Leader Leroy Comrie This” in 1985, the group also ap-(D-27 District), the bill was peared in the rap movie Krushpassed at the Council’s Stated Groove, which also featured KurtisMeeting in City Hall and calls for Blow, the Beastie Boys and the Fatthe corner of 205th Street and Boys.Hollis Avenue, located in Hollis, Run-D.M.C.’s fusion of rock andQueens, to be renamed “Run rap broke into the mainstream withDMC JMJ Way”. The bill will be their third album, 1986’s “Raisingsent shortly to Mayor Bloomberg Hell”. The album was preceded byfor signing into law. the Top Ten R&B single “My Run D.M.C. was an influen- Adidas”, which set the stage for thetial hip-hop group whose mem- group’s biggest hit single, a coverbers were born and/or grew up of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way”.in Hollis, Queens. Founded by Recorded with Aerosmith’s StevenJoseph “DJ Run” Simmons, Tyler and Joe Perry, “Walk ThisDarryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, Way” was the first hip-hop recordand the late Jason “Jam Master to appeal to both rockers and rap-J” Mizell. Run D.M.C. is con- pers, as evidenced by its peak posi-sidered to be one of the most tion of number four on the popimportant and influential artists charts.in rap music history. Historically, the group achieved Seven ground-breaking al- a number of notable firsts in hipbums and countless hit singles hop music and credited with beingresulted in the group paving the the act most responsible for push-way for rap music to become the ing hip hop into mainstream popu-multi-billion dollar industry it is lar music, initiating its musical andtoday. Additionally, Run D.M.C artistic evolution and enabling itsis given credit for immortalizing growth as a global phenomenon.Hollis, Queens as one of the Run-D.M.C. is the first rap act tobirth places of hip-hop. have reached a number of major ac- Run D.M.C was inducted into complishments:the prestigious Rock and Roll * A #1 R&B charting rap albumHall of Fame on April 4, 2009 in * The first major rap act to ap-honor of their historic and suc- pear on American Bandstand (thecessful twenty-five year career. Sugar Hill Gang appeared on the “Given their historic accom- program in 1981)plishments, Run D.M.C. is a tre- The New York City Council approved a measure today, introduced by Deputy Majority * The first rap act to chart in themendous source of pride for the Leader Leroy Comrie (D-27 District), that will rename a city thoroughfare in honor of Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100Hollis community I represent,” more than oncestated Council Member Comrie. legendary rap group Run DMC. The bill calls for the corner of 205th Street and Hollis * The first rap artist with a top“Their dedication and hard work Avenue, located in Hollis, Queens, to be renamed “Run DMC JMJ Way”. Run D.M.C. 10 pop charting rap albumhas inspired countless others was an influential Hip-Hop group whose members were born and/or grew up in Hollis, * The first rap artist with RIAA-and they have given back gen- Queens. (PHOTO CREDIT: Brent Denoon) certified gold, platinum, and multi-erously to this community. Most platinum albumsrecently, Mr. McDaniels do- renaming, combined with the Russell encouraged his their first single, “It’s Like * The first rap act to appear onnated numerous memorabilia for museum, will help to economi- brother Joey and his friend That/Sucker M.C.’s,” on Profile the cover of Rolling Stone maga-the establishment of the Hollis cally revitalize this particular Darryl McDaniels (born May Records. It was the first “new zineHip Hop Museum, which is lo- neighborhood as a potential 31, 1964) to form a rap duo. The school” hip-hop recording. * The first rap act to receive acated in the Hollis Famous tourism attraction.” pair of friends did just that, “It’s Like That” became a Top Grammy Award nominationBurger establishment on 203rd Run (born Joseph Simmons, No- adopting the names Run and 20 R&B hit, as did the group’s * The first rap act to make aStreet and Hollis Avenue. vember 14, 1964) was the brother D.M.C., respectively. After they second single, “Hard Times/ video appearance on MTV “I have chosen the 205th of Russell Simmons, who formed graduated from high school in Jam Master Jay.” Two other hit * Signed to an athletic productStreet location because it is the hip-hop management com- 1982, the pair enlisted their R&B singles followed in early endorsement deal (Adidas)in proximity to the museum pany Rush Productions in the friend Jason Mizell (born Janu- 1984 – “Rock Box” and “30 Plans for the official street renam-and also is the site of a fa- early ’80s; by the mid-’80s, ary 21, 1965) to scratch turn- Days”. By the time of their sec- ing ceremony- the first New Yorkmous mural of the group’s late Russell had formed the pioneer- tables; Mizell adopted the stage ond album, 1985’s King of City street to be renamed in honormember, Mr. Mizell. It is my ing record label Def Jam with Rick name Jam Master Jay. Rock, Run-D.M.C. had become of a rap group -are tentativelysincere hope that this street Rubin. In 1983, Run-D.M.C. released the most popular and influen- scheduled for later this summer.Obama-mania fills one woman’s homeBy. Pamela Holley-Bright passed on to her grandchildren. With the way that people view explained, “He’s such a posi- Obama is also helping Jones keepSpecial to the NNPA from the For Jones, Obama has what Black males I never thought tive role model for our young, money in her wallet. And it’s not justCarolina Peacemaker she calls “swagger.” “Swagger they would actually vote for a Black men. There’s so much through stimulus money. Using her is how one presents himself to Black male. The percentage of negativity surrounding them as collection, Jones started a business GREENSBORO, N.C. (NNPA) the world; he has the ability to non-Blacks who voted for him so many of your young males called “Something Special,” a resale- From Obama bookmarks, to handle a situation with a sense was overwhelming.” are put in jail. He’s proved that store. I was unemployed and I sawObama bible covers, to Obama of style, calm and uncanny Jones has an adult son and the African-American is not a the opportunity to get the informa-shower curtains, to Obama grace. That’s what I like about had to bear witness to him be- basic stereotype, we can make tion out about him. Kids were excit-afghans and to eventually him,” she shared. ing faced with stereotypes. a change. It’s drastic for me ing about getting a button or a keyObama aprons, Gwen Jones Jones first heard Obama speak “I’ve seen him go through quite and the world.” chain and they’re still as excitedtakes pride in her Barack Obama at Rosa Parks’ funeral. After she a few negative things in life and Jones’ Obama collection con- today as they were when he wascollection that fills her home. heard him speak, she turned to some people, including the po- sists of key chains, buttons, nominated and became president,” Jones said, “We need to get her husband and said, “Who’s lice don’t even give him a posters, ink pens, magnets, she explained.more Black males to be a posi- that man?” “He spoke with such chance. They look at our young, sweat shirts, T-shirts, tote Jones still remembers exactlytive role model and to go on to grace and just seems to be very Black men just as how they look bags, tapestry blankets, how she felt on Inauguration Day.those political offices.” When confident in himself and from or just where they’re at during double-sided fleece blankets, She said, “It felt as though weObama was nominated for the that point, I just followed him on a particular time. They’re con- bible covers, book markers, cal- gave birth to a new country to bepresidency, Jones started col- to the Presidency of the United stantly being looked at in a endars, caps, coins, cash, a led by a Black man. I was over-lecting memorabilia. She pur- States,” Jones recalled. wrong way all of the time,” she shower curtain and many other come with happiness and the factchased 16 of the newspapers The middle-aged Jones was said softly. items. She excitedly said, “I’m that we’ve finally overcome sothat hit the shelves after he won very confident that she would But Jones believes that the going to make aprons also out much, he just represents thingsthe historic election. She even never see a Black president in nation’s first Black president of the different T-shirts and that we can do. And he’s so hand-has items tucked away in a her lifetime. She said, “I never can help change the negative things, so it will be a one-of-a some. You can’t help but smiletrunk that will eventually be thought that would happen. views placed on Black men. She kind thing.” when you see him.”
18 AUDREYS 23rd Annual SOCIETY ‘Education on the Frontline’ theme atNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com WHIRL 100 Black Men of America, Inc. conference Curt Menefee. During the historic program, the organization presented its presti- gious lifetime leadership award to General William E. “Kip” Ward, the only active-duty, four-star Af- rican-American general and the fifth African American to achieve this rank. By Audrey J. Bernard “I am honored to receive this Lifestyles/ Society Editor award. When I think of the mem- bers of this organization, I think More than 3,000 guests at- about my father, who taught me tended the 23rd annual One Hun- that every individual has value dred Black Men of America, Inc. and worth,” he said. “That is what (OHBM) four-day conference in Members of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. at Hennessy Privilege Award presenta- 100 Black Men teaches its mem- New York City at the New York tion (top row) Noel Hankin, senior vice president, multicultural relations, Moet bers and youth. We all should Hilton Hotel & Towers. This teach these lessons and help year’s theme, “Education on the Hennessy USA; Mark Cornell, president, Moet Hennessy USA who presented the today’s youth realize their Frontline,” addressed issues award to Phillip Banks, president, New York Chapter, 100 Black of America, Inc.; An- dreams.” concerning education in the Af- drew Glaser, senior vice president-business, Hennessy; (bottom row) original founders The organization also pre- rican American community with of the New York Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. (1963): Dr. Les Hayling, sented awards to New York Gov- exciting roundtable discus- Godfrey Murrain, Bob Mangum, Honorable Bernard Jackson, Honorable Cyril Tyson, ernor David Paterson, Former sions. and Dr. William Hayling (founder, New York Chapter and the National Organization) Vi rg i n i a G o v e r n o r D o u g l a s The event attracted global (Photo by Terrence Jennings) Wilder, the nation’s first African leaders such as U.S. Secretary American governor since Recon- of Education Arne Duncan and recting our members to act and ture,” added Dotson. Privilege Award to the OHBM struction, Dr. Howard Fuller Congressman Gregory Meeks, inspire others to act on the solu- There were many things – of New York, in recognition of (Black Alliance for Education New York Governor David Pater- tions discussed,” Dotson con- educational and social – to do their outstanding community O p t i o n s ) a n d D r. C h a r l e s son, New York Mayor Michael cluded. during the exhilarating four-day service to the city of New York. Kennedy (WellPoint) and The Bloomberg, Hon. Douglas The historic event broke con- happening (June 10-14). How- The event was heavily at- One Hundred Black Men of New Wilder and former New York ference attendance records for ever the hottest ticket during tended by community leaders, York for their significant contri- City Mayor David N. Dinkins. members, spouses, youth and the conference was the decision makers and celebrities butions in the areas of public ad- “There is an enormous corporate partners. In addition Hennessy Privilege celebratory who participated in an array of vocacy and education. achievement and opportunity to the generous support of the reception for the organization at interactive workshops, thought- The OHBM was founded as an gap impacting African American corporate sponsors, a number of Tavern On The Green where provoking panel discussions and organization in New York City in youth as it relates to grade level partnering organizations made shuttle buses transported mem- various plenary sessions for reg- 1963. The national organization, education and higher education significant financial investments bers to and from the blowtorch istered attendees. 100 Black Men of America, Inc. opportunities,” noted Al Dotson and launched a number of pro- hot event. The conference culminated at began with 10 chapters in 1986 as Jr., Esq., chairman of the grams during the event. The private cocktail party the extravagant Black Tie Gala & a national alliance of leading Afri- OHBM. “Thanks to the generosity of took place in the elegant Chest- Concert featuring sexy R&B can American men of business, “This year’s record setting our corporate partners, we are nut Garden Room that spilled crooner, Maxwell, on Saturday public affairs and government conference tackled these issues able to impact lives globally as out onto a connecting garden evening, June 13, in the Grand with a mission to improve the qual- from a global perspective, find- we better our communities, where guests huddled for the Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel and ity of life for African Americans, ing solutions to educating our strengthen our families and pre- main event – the presentment emceed by actress Vivica A. Fox particularly African American young men and women and di- pare our youth for a brighter fu- of the distinguished Hennessy and NFL’s Sunday commentator youth. Craig Simmons, Dr. Roscoe Mario Van Peebles, Earl Graves Sr., Charles Sessions, Stephen Boyd, Philip Brown Jr., General Arnod N. Gor- Curley Dossman Jr. Allan Houston Banks, Earl Graves Sr. don-Bray Albert Dotson Jr., Gov. David Paterson, Gov. Congressman Gregory Meeks, Mark Wagar, Albert L. Douglas Wilder, Congressman Gregory Dotson Jr., General Arnold N. Gordon-Bray, Philip Mentor Tommy Dortch with mentee of the Meeks Banks year, Myron Jackson (Photos: Margot Jordan)
Jazz All Stars tribute 19to Bklyn’s Sistas’ Place NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.comBy Amadi Ajamu drums. Enough said. These great musicians took everybody to an- Sistas’ Place coffee house other dimension!has become a cultural institu- Sistas’ Place, operated by mem-tion in Brooklyn. Since its bers of the December 12th Move-opening jazz concert on the ment - a grassroots human rightsanniversary of John Coltrane’s collective, may be closing theirbirth on Sept. 23, 1995 featur- doors on Jefferson Avenue ining the late extraordinary vo- Bedford Stuyvesant now, butcalist Leon Thomas, Sistas’ they will soon be opening at theirPlace has hosted phenomenal new location just around the cor-Jazz greats to sell out crowds. ner on Nostrand Avenue. GreatTheir last “Jazz VSOP All Star culture, progressive political fo-Concert” on Saturday, June 27 rums, and an open space for com-was certainly in their classic munity meetings and workshopstradition. will soon return after completion The first set featured All of renovations.Stars Craig Harris on trom- “We didn’t plan this move andbone, Alex Blake on bass, Rene have had to reach out to ourMcLean on saxophone, Alan friends and family for support.Jay Palmer on piano, Andrew We are truly thankful to all forCyrille on drums, Alex Harding the loving contributions we haveon saxophone, and Neil Clark received. We will rise and con-on percussion. The standing tinue our work for our people byroom only crowd roared as any means. We truly believe ourthese remarkable musicians set culture is a weapon here at Sistas’the stage on fire. Place and we will continue to The second and last jazz set fight,” said Viola Plummer, Chairat the original Sistas’ Place fea- of the December 12th Movement.tured Jazz veterans Reggie The opening of Sistas’ PlaceWorkman on bass, Cecil new location on Nostrand Av-Bridgewater on trumpet, James enue at the corner of JeffersonSpaulding on saxophone and Avenue will be announced soon.flute, Onaje Allan Gumbs on pi- For more information call (718)ano, and Rudy Walker on 398-1766 Council Member Mathieu Eugene, centurion Mabel Simpson and Pastor Ralph Will- iams celebrate her hundredth birthday at Goshen Temple of Seventh Day Adventists. (Photo by Donna Lamb) P.M. Tsvangirai Centurion Mabel Rebecca SimpsonChina heeds Zimbabwe’s honored by Council Member Eugenecry for financial assistance By Donna Lamb claim the life experience that Ms. Simpson has, bearing witness to and talents who also keeps a close relationship with God as a mem- (GIN) – Zimbabwe has se- says it needs $10 billion to rebuild On a recent Saturday., Coun- two World Wars, the great Civil ber of the Goshen Temple of Sev-cured close to a billion dollars dilapidated infrastructure and cil Member Mathieu Eugene Rights Movement in Harlem and enth Day Adventists. Over thein credit lines from China to re- ease a 90 percent unemployment joined members of Brooklyn’s across the United States, the years she has also improved thevive its battered economy and rate. Goshen Temple of Seventh Day landing on the moon in 1969 and material welfare of the churchrebuild water, health and edu- China’s expanding role in Africa Adventists in celebrating Ms. so many other events of the last through her generous giving.cation services that had essen- was recently defended by Ugan- Mabel Rebecca Simpson’s 100th hundred years. “Her life story Countless people have admiredtially collapsed. dan leader Yoweri Museveni dur- birthday. Church members were parallels the story of the growth Ms. Simpson for the beautiful “We will encourage and facili- ing a meeting this week with Ger- especially excited because she of America into the nation it is custom-made clothes that she hastate more Chinese companies to man President Horst Kohler. is Goshen Temple’s first centu- today, and it is fitting that we created. A dressmaker by profes-seek development in Zimba- “I can’t follow why anybody rion. honor her perseverance and sion, she continues even today tobwe,’’ Chinese official Zhou should be concerned about China In awarding Ms. Simpson a passion for life,” Eugene con- use her hands to knit bags, whichYongkang told state news in Africa, when he is not con- City Council proclamation, Eu- cluded. many in the congregation areagency Xinhua. cerned about China in Europe or gene explained that it is the tra- Ms. Simpson was born on May proud to use to carry their Bible The offer caps a frustrating 3- Europe in China, it does not make dition of councilmembers to 27, 1909, in Darryton, Jamaica, and songbooks.week tour by Prime Minister sense,’’ he said. honor people who live a life so though she has lived most of her In response to questions aboutMorgan Tsvangirai to Europe “China and Africa need to remarkable and long that their life in the United States. As ev- her secret to living so long, Ms.and the U.S. in search of a “fi- trade with each other because wisdom, perspective and dedi- eryone at her church will attest, Simpson replies that it is eatingnancial stimulus package” for they both need markets. The cated hard work can teach all she is such a pleasant, warm and well. When asked what her favor-the country’s devastated Chinese need markets, we also New Yorkers valuable lessons. caring person that she is affec- ite food is, she responds, “Any-economy. But U.S. and UK need markets, they need raw “Ms. Mabel Rebecca Simpson is tionately known to many as “Sis thing that is good” - which leadspledges were less than hoped materials, we also need to coop- one such individual, and I am Simpson.” Even at this age, her one to wonder whether a talent forfor - $74 million from the U.S. erate with them in processing proud to pay tribute to her to- smile continues to light up ev- diplomacy and a willingness to beand an increase to $98 million these materials, so it is a win- day,” he stated. ery room she enters. pleased are also main ingredientsfrom the UK. win formula between Africans The councilmember went on Mabel Simpson has always in the secret to reaching one hun- The southern African country and Chinese.’’ to note that few people can been a woman of many interests dred!
20 Beacon On The SceneNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com ‘Never Can Say Goodbye’ Gerard the editor-in-chief of S.G.I.B. Magazine and free- lance publicity photogra- pher presented his canvas of Michael Jackson to Rev. Al Sharpton. “Photograph- ing Michael sitting behind Rev. Sharpton’s desk was truly a highlight of my ca- reer,” says Gerard. (Cen- ter) MJ’s fans focused on a fedora, sequined silver glove and sunglasses placed (Photo: Gerard) atop a stool on the stage of The Apollo Theater as (right) a Michael look-a- like delivered a thrilling moonwalk (Photos: Vinette K. Pryce& Jim Carroll) Lavern Perry-Kennedy, (front left) then Epic Records Veep of Publicity poses with VIPs on original signed by Michael Jackson “BAD” party invitation Award winning “Globe Trotter” and journalist/radio host Vinette K. Pryce wearing 1984 invitational sequined silver glove to Michael Jackson’s Thriller party, pays hom- age to “The King of Pop,” with the thousands of loyal fans who attended 2009 tribute held at The Apollo Theater (Photo: Karl Crutchfield)
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22 When daddy’s little girl is HIV positiveNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com (From page 15) tunity to talk with him.” taken this newspaper. That’s the our lives.” American teens represent only 16 Henry said he is at peace with major thing I think about.” And as a newspaper publisher, percent of those 13 to 19 in the and while he was in the hospi- his brother’s death, because he He has also been thinking Henry hopes to touch many United States, but 69 percent of tal, he got a blood transfusion. was at peace with it before he about two more family members lives – before anyone else in the all new AIDS cases reported We got called. We visited him. died. who were HIV infected. family tests HIV positive. among teens in 2006. In prison, you don’t get proper “What I think about most is “I have two aunts – older aunts. “As ugly as it is, there’s a Many parents are being naïve if health care. Basically, you’re how he and I would have been I’m not talking about younger sense of beauty also,” he ex- they think their teenagers aren’t treated like a leper. So, he didn’t running our newspaper,” Henry aunts, I’m talking about older plained. “…We can perhaps help having sex. According to a 2007 get the basic health care, his said, referring to the family- aunts at least in their 60s,” some other families understand CDC survey, nearly half of the health went down, he got a cold. owned business. “He had this air Henry stated. “Their boyfriends, and deal with this, not run away high school teenagers admitted He was in the last stages, we about himself. I’m me. If I just had messing with some of those from it and hide from it.” having had sexual intercourse, went to see him. He died about somebody to watch my back, I young girls, brought it home. He is particularly interested in which means the percentage is six hours after we had an oppor- wonder where we could have It’s something that has touched reaching the youth. African- probably much higher than the official number. Henry’s daughter has now been Roland Martin to host new TV One public affairs drug-free for five years, has two children, and is about to move into her first home. (From page 14) One (www.tvoneonline.com) inform and inspire a diverse audi- listeners; Comcast Corporation He said, “A part of her speech is serves more than 47.5 million ence of adult African American [NASDAQ: CMCSA and that, ‘Parents don’t think that your more than 20 professional households (Nielsen June 2009 viewers. TV One’s investors in- CMCSK; www.comcast.com], the children are not out there having awards for journalistic excel- estimate), offering a broad range clude Radio One [NASDAQ: leading cable television company sex.’ She says, ‘I was 15 when I lence, including the National of entertainment, reality and ROIA and ROIAK; www.radio- in the country; The DirecTV was messing with an older guy. Association of Black Journal- lifestyle -oriented original pro- one.com], the largest radio com- Group; Constellation Ventures; My parents didn’t know. And little ists’ President’s Award in 2008. gramming, classic series, movies, pany that primarily targets Afri- Syndicated Communications; and did I know what I was getting my- Launched in January 2004, TV and music designed to entertain, can American and urban Opportunity Capital Partners. self into.’” Black publishers resort to creativity to keep doors open (From page 16) der to enlarge their coverage for casted the change in the economy Company in San Francisco, kept The next step for many Black their faith community and to do and made calculated adjustments her company afloat by putting out newspapers is to transition effec- Therefore, Black publishers some co-op advertising their ad- that streamlined his company to special edition issues of their tively into the digital age. But the have resorted to creative adver- vertisers can place ads in a variety almost half. newspapers. Special edition is- process has been measured for tising packages for some of their of media. “We took the advice of our fi- sues included inauguration, back- some and an uncertainty for others. local community-based organiza- Andrews-Brooks’ newspaper did nancial counselors and knew that to school and Black history “The big change is that we are tions and businesses. not have to let anybody go. If fact, as the economy shrank it would themes. reconfiguring how we see our- “We had to rely on the commu- she said she hired a new person to have an impact on our business “You can sell more ads and selves,” McFarlane said. “When nity that’s been relying on us for her staff. so we began to shrink our com- charge your premium rates be- we started we saw ourselves as a so many years to help balance our Unfortunately, that wasn’t the pany from 20 down to about 11 cause they are reaching out to weekly newspaper. The world is budgets that we would’ve lost case for every company. people,’’ he said. His circulation specific markets and community,’’ changing.” from losing some of our major Jim Washington, publisher of of 35,000 weekly copies stayed she said. McFarlane concludes, “So now, advertisers,’’ Bennett said. the Dallas Weekly and president intact. Washington leaned on health we are not only a newspaper. The As a result, Bennett said that his and general manager of the Atlanta When many of their local adver- and government budgets. newspaper is a smaller part of what company did not have to make Voice, was forced to make more dras- tisers scaled back their ad pur- “We’ve seen some up tick this we do. We have to see ourselves as any staff cuts. tic cuts. He laid off staff at his At- chases, Insight News made two year,” Washington said. “They a 24-7 information system that in- Brenda Andrews-Brooks, pub- lanta newspaper and cut salaries key moves. They reduced their ad have gotten some up tick in health cludes several platforms such as lisher of the New Journal and in Dallas in order to make ends prices and, in some cases, gave care and governmental business social marketing networks, the Guide in Norfolk, Virginia, says meet. more for old prices. They diversi- because those are the only enti- website, the newspaper, radio, video that the downsized economy “The issue was ‘do you maintain fied by focusing more on promo- ties that still have ad budgets. conferencing. So we have to didn’t really hurt her company all the salary or do you cut people?’” tions and creating alternative rev- Even though they have also reconfigure that we are not just a that much either. Washington said. “To be quite enue streams like enhancing their slashed their budgets they still newspaper that only edits and “A positive about downsized frank, I put it to a vote.’’ website and producing a weekly have the mandate to spend money prints on Thursday deadlines but a economy is that it forces you to Al McFarlane, President of radio show. in order to reach the taxpayer. So system that launches information all think creatively and go back and McFarlane Media and founder of Amelia Ashley-Ward, publisher that’s how we’ve been surviv- day, everyday. That’s the differ- rely on the community in a differ- Insight News in Minneapolis, fore- of the Sun-Reporter Publishing ing.’’ ence.” ent kind of way, which is actually the way it should be anyway be- cause that’s the reason why we are in business,’’ she said. As a small community newspa- Kamaria Wilson sells albums to pay for college per, Andrews-Brooks’ limited staff (From page 14) ing in a dream and working hard pitched in to help her raise one of our first students, really already had the experience to for it,” she said. funds for college. introduce her to music, and then multi-task. The 109-year-old ticular have helped shape and Lewis was Wilson’s first mu- “With Kamaria in general, give her a base from which to newspaper was fortunate enough change her life: her mother Shafia sic teacher, coaching her music’s been a passion for her, launch off on this great undertak- to be able to hold onto all of their Monroe, founder of the Interna- through her very first guitar and she has dedicated a lot of ing, by going off to study music.” advertisers. tional Center for Traditional chords. “He taught me ‘Louie, time to becoming an even bet- Wilson’s goal is to bring in “We have some loyal advertis- Childbearing, and Ethos founder Louie,’ which is the same song ter musician ever since her first $10,000, one third the cost of an- ers that have been supportive,” Charles Lewis. I teach my students,” she said. lessons at Ethos,” he said. “The nual tuition at Berklee. Contribu- she said. “My mom – very inspiring—has Lewis says Wilson has been Berklee School of Music is one tions can be made, and CDs can The New Journal and Guide re- taught me pretty much every- a wonderful turning point for of the best schools for music in be purchased, through her cently formed a partnership with thing I know when it comes to the music center as well, the country, and so for us it’s website, www.SupportKamaria. a local gospel radio station in or- believing in yourself and believ- which is why Ethos has really cool to have had her as com. Senate seeks ways to end squabble over power grab sources of the Senate equally in and Democratic power-sharing ties. learned there is significant differ- (From page 4) a bipartisan manner,” said Sen. proposals, Gov. Paterson and “Even though we believe new ences remain between the warring leader’s consent, equally share Darrell Abuertine, D-Cape leaders of the Democratic con- leadership was in fact elected factions which is split 31 to 31 in offices and the resources that Vincent. “This stalemate needs ference and the Republican- on June 8, despite that, we de- the chamber. are perks office and campaign to end, and I believe this pro- dominated coalition. cided to say, ‘Let’s just do what “Everybody has proposals,” advantages. posal has the potential to bring The deal will require each side other states do and go right said Democratic Leader Malcolm “This proposal is a long-term us all together.” to share leadership positions, down the middle,’” said Sen. Smith of Queens before the meet- comprehensive framework that The compromise reportedly be- resources and staff more equi- John DeFranciso, R-Syracuse. ing with Gov. Paterson, who has will allow both sides to share ing discussed comes from a tably, and rotate top leaders of Meanwhile, despite the agree- threatened to hold back their pay- the duties, powers and re- blending of earlier Republican the Senate among the two par- ment, the New York Beacon has checks if no progress is made.
24 YOU GO, GIRL!NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Roslyn M. Brock, NAACP’s first woman to serve as vice chairman of national board of directors Edited by Audrey J. Bernard ated with documenting the his- recruit, train and retain a new lic Health Association of the Inc., and The Links, Inc. Lifestyles/Society Editor tory of the NAACP; support for generation of civil rights lead- United States of America and the A recipient of numerous ACT-SO and the NAACP Law ers aged 30 – 50 to the NAACP. NAACP special contributions healthcare, community service and Roslyn M. Brock is vice chair- Fellows programs; and commis- Since its inception, Leadership fund board of trustees. She’s leadership awards, Brock’s leader- man of the NAACP national sioned the 2007 NAACP Percep- 500 has contributed more than served on the boards of commu- ship skills have been recognized board of directors for the Na- by several national publications tional Association for the Ad- and organizations. vancement of Colored People In April 2008, Brock participated (NAACP). She made history in in the United States Department February 2001 when she was of Defense’s 75th Joint Civilian unanimously elected vice chair- Orientation Conference (JCOC) re- man of the national board of di- served for American leaders inter- rectors at the age of 35 making ested in expanding their knowl- her the youngest person and the edge of the military and national first woman elected to this post defense. in the organization’s history. She toured U.S. Southern Com- The NAACP will celebrate its mand, responsible for providing 100 th anniversary convention on contingency planning, operations July 11-July 16 at the New York and security cooperation for Cen- Hilton Hotel & Towers and Brock tral and South America, the Carib- has been taped to serve as chair- bean, Cuba and the Bahamas, and man of the 2009 convention plan- their territorial waters. ning committee. She was a guest lecturer on “Al- “For 100 years, the NAACP leviating Global Poverty” in Rome, has been tireless in its efforts to Italy at the 2007 Martin Luther ensure a society in which all in- King, Jr. conflict resolution con- dividuals have equal rights,” ference co-sponsored by the Lott said Brock. Carey Foreign Missions and the “Together with the residents Baptist Union of Italy. of New York, and thousands of From 2003-2005, Brock served civil rights heroes of yesterday as a young leader’s fellow for the and today we will look to the fu- National Committee on U.S. – ture and march forward in our China Relations to build cross-cul- second century continuing our tural understanding and profes- proud tradition of dreaming bold sional networks with young Chi- dreams and achieving big victo- nese leaders while exploring sub- ries,” Brock concluded in her stantive issues and developing en- role as chairman of the 2009 con- during friendships. vention planning committee. Other highlights include: wrote Over the past twenty five the Foreword for the 2008 Edition years, Brock has served the of Who’s Who Among African NAACP in several leadership Americans Directory; featured in roles. She is a diamond life mem- December 2007 Forbes magazine ber of NAACP and joined the article on diversity and economic association as a freshman at Vir- parity for African Americans; and ginia Union University where recipient of the Network Journal’s she was elected president of the “40 Under Forty Achievement youth and college division from Award.” the Commonwealth of Virginia. Also the Martin Luther King, Jr. One year later, she was medal for human rights, the elected as a youth board mem- George Washington University; ber from region 7, representing outstanding alumna, Virginia the District of Columbia, Mary- Union University; honorary chair- land and the Commonwealth of person, National Black Family Virginia. During her tenure as a Summit; Ebony magazine’s “Fu- youth board member and vice ture Leader Award”; and Good chairman of the NAACP board Housekeeping’s “100 Young health committee, Brock led the Women of Promise.” policy debate to recognize ac- Brock is employed as director of cess to quality health care as a advocacy and public policy for civil rights issue that resulted in Bon Secours Health System, Inc., the national board’s ratification in Marriottsville, Maryland. Prior and inclusion of a health com- to working at Bon Secours, Brock mittee as a standing committee “For 100 years, the NAACP has been tireless in its efforts to ensure a society in which all worked 10 years in health pro- in its constitution. individuals have equal rights. Together with the residents of New York and thousands of grams at the W. K. Kellogg Foun- In 1989, under the leadership civil rights heroes of yesterday and today we will look to the future and march forward in dation in Battle Creek, Michigan. of Rev. Dr. Benjamin Lawson our second century continuing our proud tradition of dreaming bold dreams and achiev- She graduated magna cum laude Hooks, Brock wrote her Master’s from Virginia Union University; Thesis on “Developing a ing big victories.” – Roslyn M. Brock earned a master’s degree in health NAACP Health Outreach Pro- services administration from gram for Minorities.” Brock is a tions Survey just to name a few. $650,000 to the NAACP National nity mental health; family and George Washington University, an skilled grant writer and has se- In 1999, Brock was appointed Treasury to support 2009 Cen- children’s services; senior ser- MBA from the Kellogg School of cured more than $2.7 million dol- chair of the board convention tennial activities. vices and faith based commu- Management at Northwestern Uni- lars in grants since 1991 for planning committee. In this role, As chairman of the board cen- nity ministries. versity and a Master of Divinity NAACP programs that initiated she led the committee to institute tennial committee, Brock pro- Brock is also a member of sev- degree from the Samuel DeWitt the Health Symposiums held an- fiscal policies that resulted in the vides oversight for publication eral professional and civic orga- Proctor Theology at Virginia nually at NAACP national con- convention becoming a profit of centennial calendars and nizations including the Ameri- Union University. ventions. center for the Association with paraphernalia; commission of can Public Health Association; Brock’s goal in life is embodied Brock was also instrumental average net revenues of $1 mil- centennial artwork; and creation American College of Health Ser- in an African proverb “Care more in the publication of more than lion dollars a year. of the centennial logo and theme vices Executives; American Hos- than others think is wise, Risk more 200,000 copies of “HIV/AIDS In 2005, Brock created the Lead- for marketing and public rela- pital Association’s Disparities in than others think is safe, Dream and You” educational materials ership 500 Summit with several tions. Healthcare Task group; Associa- more than others think is practical distributed to NAACP Units; re- other young adult members of the Brock is a member of the tion of Healthcare Philanthropy; and Expect more than others think search and media work associ- NAACP. The summit’s goal is to board of trustees for the Catho- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, is possible.”
CATWALKIN’ with Fashion & Beauty Editor Audrey J. Bernard 25 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Vanessa Williams puts her best face forward in ‘Rack Relay Race’ Vanessa Williams Actress, singer, mother andformer beauty queen VanessaWilliams has never made anybones about using BOTOX®Cosmetic treatments to reducethe two frown lines in betweenher brows that resulted in heralways looking tired orstressed out. So, when Allergan, Inc.launched the “BOTOX® Cos-metic: Express Success” chari-table education campaign com-mitting $250,000 to benefit thenot-for-profit Dress for Success— an organization that helpsdisadvantaged women succeedin the workforce — Williamsjumped at the chance to help. Vanessa Williams mother “As a working woman and Helen Williams with Joi Gor-actress, I know how important Vanessa Williams donates her suits to Dress for Success as Joi Gordon looks on donit is to ‘look the part’ when in-terviewing for a new positionor in any professional setting.It’s no secret that I receiveBOTOX® Cosmetic treatments,which is a quick procedure thatreduces the two frown lines inbetween my brows that looklike an ‘11’ and give me a tiredor stressed appearance,” saidWilliams. As one of millions of work-ing women who have helped tomake BOTOX® Cosmetic themost popular physician-admin-istered aesthetic treatment forthe last seven years, this wasan easy decision for the beau- Deborah Koenigsberger, Sydney Gordon, Joi Gordon,tiful entertainer who showed up Kellie Regan presents check to Joi Gordon Audrey Smaltzat the “Rack Relay Race” inGrand Central Terminal onTuesday, June 30, 2009 tolaunch the first ever event tobenefit Dress for Success. “We are pleased to launchthe ‘BOTOX® Cosmetic: Ex-press Success’ campaign onbehalf of the women who havehelped make BOTOX® Cos-metic the most popular physi-cian administered treatmentover the past seven years,”said Robert Grant, president ofAllergan Medical, a division ofAllergan, Inc. Allergan, Inc. is a multi-spe- Dr. Doris Day and Vanessa Williams star in Rack Relaycialty health care company that Joi Gordon, Vanessa Williams, Audrey Smaltz Racediscovers, develops and com-mercializes innovative pharma- lenged by the Dress for Success including treatment with to $50,000 of the total $250,000, ing professional attire, a networkceuticals, biologics and medi- team who won the race and an BOTOX® Cosmetic. to the organization on behalf of of support and the career devel-cal devices that enable people opportunity to have lunch with “Dress for Success is about each of the first 25,000 people opment tools to help womento live life to its greatest po- Williams in New York City. more than providing business at- who visit and register on the thrive in work and in life.tential – to see more clearly, Lucky participants in the con- tire to women in need. Our mis- campaign website, Express In addition to the donation, themove more freely, express them- test were among the first 100 sion is to change women’s lives SuccessCampaign.com. “BOTOX® Cosmetic: Expressselves more fully. people to pre-register online to by enabling them to express suc- “There is truly no better time Success” campaign include a se- There were more than trains participate in the “Rack Relay cess and confidence in their pro- to get involved than now, so I ries of educational events featur-running out of the famed ter- Race” with the winners receiving fessional endeavors,” said Joi ask all women to join our efforts ing Williams, Gordon and an aes-minal as Williams – armed with a certificate for a physician con- Gordon, CEO of Dress for Suc- by pledging their support thetic-specialty physician.clothes she was donating from sultation and, if appropriate, a cess. This was a family affair for online, joining us at our local “For me, putting my best faceher personal closet to the complimentary BOTOX® Cos- Gordon who was joined by her events and participating in our forward means finding ways tocause — was joined by hun- metic treatment from a licensed pert and pretty 13-year-old New York City launch event,” help other women express theirdreds of excited New Yorkers and trained aesthetic-specialty daughter Sydney Gordon. said Williams. own success, personally and pro-to cheer her on for the “Rack physician. “We’re excited to partner with While runners took a well de- fessionally. That’s why I’m so ex-Relay Race.” The events will take place in Allergan and Vanessa Williams to served timeout, Kellie Reagan cited to be involved with the As campaign ambassador for select markets across the coun- raise awareness of Dress for Suc- of corporate Communications at ‘BOTOX® Cosmetic: Express Suc-Allergan, the “Ugly Betty” star try where consumers will be able cess,” gushed the proud mom. Allergan, Inc. presented Gordon cess’ campaign benefiting Dressled a team of four racers who to support Dress for Success by Audrey Smaltz served as MC with a mock check. The dona- for Success, which has helpedraced to dress two dress man- donating nearly new profes- for the fun-filled event. Smaltz tion will support the organiza- more than 500,000 women preparenequins for success from racks sional attire as a cost of entry, encouraged the crowd to par- tion in its efforts to promote the for, find and keep the job that ul-of clothing donated by partici- while learning about fast and ticipate in the online drive be- economic independence of dis- timately leads to financial inde-pants. Williams’ team was chal- simple tips for working women, cause Allergan will donate $2 up advantaged women by provid- pendence,” concluded Williams. (Photos:David Goldman/AP for Chandler Chicco Agency and Deborah Koenigsberger)
26 WHAT’S GOING ON Never can say goodbyeNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com (From page 2) litical activism is because she does By Victoria Horsford not own a television and: “I caught tourists glaring up to wanted to be with other people.” THE NAACP AT 100 jumbotron screens, news up- “Mrs. Jackson is a true African NYC welcomes the National dates and effigies at Madame woman,” Bobb added, “the way Association for the Advance- Tussaud’s Wax Museum. she presented that coffin showed ment of Colored People, MTV, CNN and News Corps that in no uncertain terms.” NAACP, the nation’s oldest also provided screen for view- In his birthplace of Gary, Indi- civil rights organization, as it ing of the memorial held at the ana, candlelight vigils have been celebrates its centennial, NYC Staples Center. constant. is NAACP birthplace. National Action Network’s Thousands gathered outside The NAACP Convention runs House of Justice also hosted Cleveland, Ohio’s Rock & Roll Hall from July 11 to July 16 and is members and fans who wanted of Fame since his death and remain headquartered at the NY Hilton to witness the historic public nightly. Hotel. President Barack Obama send-off. England’s non-stop celebration will be keynoter. US Attorney They cheered each speech but to the legacy of Michael Jackson General Eric Holder, General cheered loudest when Rev. Al cannot be understated. Moments Colin Powell, GOP Chairman Sharpton addressed issues no after his death, fans made London Michael Steele, Governor David other speaker broached. the international ground zero for Paterson, Mayor Michael “There was nothing strange commemorative displays. Bloomberg, Revs. Al Sharpton about your daddy,” Rev. Jackson’s last international tour and Jesse Jackson are among Sharpton said. “What was ended in London at Wembley Sta- NAACP confab speakers. There strange were the things your dium. were news reports about White daddy had to deal with.” He was due to return for the House and NAACP disagree- NAN member Barbara Bobb “This Is It” tour and was in rehears- ment re: appropriate venue for said the reason she joined oth- als when tragedy struck on June President Obama’s keynote ad- ers at the Harlem mecca of po- 25, weeks before the kick-off date. dress. The Secret Service ruled out Yankee Stadium. The NAACP wants to quadruple its Reflections on Michael’s image membership. THE GLOBAL VILLAGE are love-hate in Black community Cynthia McKinney By. Pharoh Martin ported that he suffered from the Did Republican Alaska Gov- ernor Sarah Palin again consult Avenue and 125 Street’s north- an internet magazine. NNPA National Correspondent skin disease that made him mela- with Black Kenyan Bishop east corner, has gone al fresco. NBC-TV launched The Griot, nin deficient - which his autopsy Thomas Muthee, before re- And the neighbors are loving it. a video-focused news website, In a recent interview, renowned has now confirmed. signing from her job. Palin Other Harlem sidewalk cafes in- targeting Black consumers, on Thriller producer Quincy Jones But, Jackson’s other bizarre be- credits him for her 2005 elec- clude NATIVE’S on Lenox at 118 June 8. Griot is a noun, which told Details Magazine that al- haviors and incidents like gradual toral victory in Alaska. Bishop Street, SETTE PENNE on Lenox means storyteller, which was though he called Michael Jack- face changes and fully Muthee, exorcist of evil and at 120 Street, and GRAN PIATTO popularized in the seminal 70s son a close friend, he didn’t be- Eurocentric-looking children that witchcraft, blessed Palin, when D’ORO on Fifth Avenue and 117 TV miniseries ROOTS, a story lieve Jackson had a disease that he insisted were from his sperm he visited Alaska’s Wasila As- Street. about enslaved Africans in an- causes depigmitation of the skin. only fueled misconceptions about sembly of God Church, asked The “N” Uptown/Downtown tebellum America. The Griot Instead, he insinuated that Jack- the pop star’s hatred for his own Jesus to keep her safe and bring boutique, which recently closed features opinion pieces, news, son – who went from a choco- skin. finances her way for the cam- at its 116 Street location, has health, business, politics and late brown child to a White-com- “Well, I think he was a troubled paign. He cured her of demons. found a new home and will soon entertainment topics. David plexioned adult - had deep self- adult that was coping the best he Huh! What happened last open on Lenox Avenue/Malcolm Wilson is The Griot managing hatred issues. could with a very abusive past,’’ year? Maybe Republican Chris- X Blvd at 119 Street. editor. Visit thegriot.com. “We talked about it all the said Andrea McPherson, a 26-year- tian conservative SC Governor time,’’ Jones said in the interview old actress in Washington, DC. “I Mark Sanford, who disappeared MEDIA WATCH SUMMER PLEASURES when asked if he believed that think he and Janet were the most from SC, his wife and four kids Cynthia McKinney, former 6- THEATRE UPDATE: The Jackson had vitiligo, a disease stable out of the kids, considering for a few days to visit his Ar- term US Congresswoman from good news is that FELA! the that causes the loss of melanin. all the childhood turmoil and gentine soul mate can arrange Georgia, and 20 members of the musical, the 2008 Off Broadway “But he’d come up with, ‘Man, I abuse he suffered. I really do be- an audience with Reverend Free Gaza Movement, were taken confection, about the life and promise you I have this disease,’ lieve he was trying desperately to Muthee to save what’s left of into custody on June 30, by the times of Nigeria-born, Afrobeat and so forth. I don’t believe in relive the childhood that was taken his political life. Both gover- Israeli Navy. They were charged phenom and political activist any of that [expletive]...It’s ri- from him as a result of instant fame. nors were supposed to be 2012 with sailing through an Israeli Fela Anikulapo Kuti, moves diculous, man! Chemical peels He was deemed as ‘strange,’ but presidential hopefuls. Naval Blockade, while on a hu- north to Broadway’s Eugene and all of it. And I don’t under- as someone who’s dealt with President Obama’s second manitarian mission, attempting to O’Neill Theatre on October 19. stand it. But he obviously didn’t abuse, I completely understand his term seems more palpable with deliver supplies to Gaza. MC The NYT reviewer said about want to be Black… What do you behavior. I hope he was a good GOP prexy hopefuls like Palin Kinney was released from Israeli Fela! “A show that melts walls.” think? You see his kids?’’ father. That’s all one could hope and Sanford in such disar- custody on Sunday, July 5 and Bill Jones will reprise his role The producer of three of for.’’ ray……… Last week Hondorus taken to Ben Gurion Interna- as FELA! director/choreogra- Jackson’s most revered albums Detroit web designer Kellie military staged a coup ousting tional Airport for a US bound pher and Sierra Leone-born isn’t alone in his conflicted love/ Crawford, 27, said that she didn’t its democratically-elected Presi- flight. Sahr Ngaujah will reprise the hate relationship with the world’s notice the skin change when she dent Manuel Zelaya then relo- There was a mainstream media title role. That team is combus- best selling hit maker and his is- was young. cated him to Costa Rica. Both black-out of McKinney’s incar- tible! sues. Jackson’s celebrated “I don’t know why but, all I saw the Honduran people and the ceration save for Fox-TV, the At- FINE ARTS: The June Kelly legacy will most likely outlast was the music,’’ she said. “Only Organization of American State lanta Journal Constitution, and Gallery announced its new ex- the ridicule he endured when he into my teen years did I really think (OAS) are mad as hell and want a 7/3 NYT piece. Black listservs hibit HIDDEN GEMS, Works on was alive. Nevertheless, view- about what was going on with him Zelaya’s reinstated. monitored the McKinney deten- Paper, showcasing the works of points from Black people stretch on the inside which subsequently He vowed to return home last tion and published one of her fine artists such as Mark a wide spectrum when discuss- manifested itself on the outside. Sunday, but the military closed emails. Ms. MC Kinney arrived Alsterlind, Toyce Anderson, ing the impact of Jackson’s im- He tried so hard to be the father the airports. At press time, both in NY on July 7. Benny Andrews, Elise Asher, age in relation to race. he never had yet remain loyal to parties were pressuring U.S. for New York based, WBLS-FM Stan Brodsky, Elizabeth Catlett, “In the beginning, I looked at his fans. He tried so hard to erase intervention/resolution. Aren’t daytime talk diva, Wendy Will- Carmen Cicero, Sam Gilliam, Michael Jackson as this larger- his father, Joe’s, impact on him but banana republics a dead insti- iams, adds a new feather to her Frances Hynes, Sandra Lerner, than-life icon,’’ said Rakiyt I don’t think he hated his skin.’’ tution in the Americas! professional cap with the launch Norman Leis, Howardena Zakari, a 27-year-old fashion de- Crawford continued, saying that of her FOX-TV show on Mon- Pindell, Chris Ofili, and many signer whose company, The if you look at all the people clos- IN AND AROUND HARLEM day, July 13. The Wendy Will- more. Exhibit runs from July 9 Original David, put out a popu- est to him from nannies, caregivers Harlem commercial real estate iams Show will be an extension to July 31. The June Kelly Gal- lar tee shirt that eulogized the and security, they are all Black. mogul Gene Giscombe argues of her radio show, a mix of news, lery is located at 591 Broadway, deceased pop star. “As a kid I “He just wanted to see the good that everyone’s coming Up- gossip and lifestyle tips. The NYC 10012, 212.226.1660……… idolized him. As I got older and in people but they ended up tak- town like the Consulate Gen- Williams tv brand will appeal to African-American owned started seeing some of the con- ing advantage of him and seeing eral Of Senegal which just urban, edgy and younger women G.R.N’NAMDI Gallery NY on troversy and, like most other his kindness for weakness,’’ she signed a five-year lease for of- than most distaff tv fare. Break a West 26 Street, Manhattan, is people, I started asking, ‘Why said. “He didn’t hate being Black. fice space at 4 West 125 Street leg, Wendy! closed. is he looking like this?’” He hated who he came from - Joe and Harlem architectural firm The once venerable HIPHOP JAZZMOBILE celebrates its Jackson’s perceived strange- Jackson. A lot of the $300 million Roberta Washington Archi- bible, VIBE Magazine, folded on 45 birthday anniversary offer- ness and physical evolution of he’s given over the years have tects, which signed a five- year June 30 - a victim of the recession’s ing more than 60 free jazz con- a pale portrayal of his former gone to charities benefiting Afri- lease for office space at 68 East impact on print media. Already certs throughout NYC and Mt. darker self later in life was dis- can-Americans, mostly benefiting 131 Street. Vibe founder and music impresa- Vernon, from July 7 to August turbing to many African-Ameri- education and mentoring pro- Harlem’s new French bistro, rio Quincy Jones talks about the 28, For full schedule visit cans. All the while, the media re- grams.’’ CHEZ LUCIENNE, on Lenox resuscitation of the VIBE brand as jazzmobile.org.
NNPA Award Winner 27 Enter tainment NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com By Don ThomasPop idol Michael Jackson immortalizedat Essence Music Festival 2009 By Audrey J. Bernard mances were stellar. However, & Maze who closed the show – Lifestyles/Society Editor superstar Beyoncé’s tribute something they’ve been doing resonated throughout the since the launch of the Festival. NEW ORLEANS, LA – If Superdome and was the crowd’s Running concomitantly with the we’re in a recession, don’t tell favorite. After a video of a 5- mainstage performances in the close to one-half million year-old Beyoncé doing her Superdome’s four Superlounges, festivalgoers who came to an all best Michael Jackson impres- were fabulous showcases from Eric jazzed up New Orleans (July 3, 4 sion, she explained to the Benet, Sharon Jones & the Dap & 5) to participate in the 2009 hushed audience . . . “That’s Kings, Solange, Sierra Leone Refu- Essence Music Festival marking when I decided who I wanted to gee All Stars, Keri Hilson, Marva the 15 th anniversary of the num- be,” and that MJ was respon- Wright, Big Sam’s Funky Nation ber one female magazine for sible for the inspiration. and Preservation Hall Jazz Band women of color. Beyoncé – kneeling on stage Revue. Needless to say that New Or- — then went on to sing “Halo,” Also Dwele, DJ Captain leans needed and appreciated dedicating new lyrics to Jack- Charles, DJ Jubilee, DJ Dynamite Al Green the economic infusion of still son. “Michael I can see your Dave Soul and DJ EF Cuttin. Jazmine Sullivan much needed funds as the state halo, you know you’re my sav- Also Ledisi, Janelle Monae, Zap is still drying out from Katrina. ing grace... Michael I can see Mama, Irvin Mayfield, Dan Dyer, New Orleans’s Mayor Ray your halo, I pray it won’t fade Little Freddie King, DJ Captain Nagin did a media blitz to thank away... Michael, your music Charles, DJ Jubilee, DJ Dynamite Essence magazine and talk won’t fade away...” Dave Soul and DJ EF Cuttin. about the importance of the Beyoncé’s touching perfor- And Raphael Saadiq, Lalah Festival to a thriving New mance even had grown men sob- Hathaway, Melanie Fiona, Ryan Orleans’s economy. bing. Leslie, Blind Boys of Alabama, The Festival — launched in Mainstream stars paying The Knux, Trombone Shorty 1995 as a one-time event to cel- tribute to the King of Pop — and Orleans Ave All Stars, Re- ebrate the 25 th anniversary of who has been newly dubbed by birth Brass Band, DJ Captain Essence magazine — has be- Barry Gordy, founder of Charles, DJ Jubilee, DJ Dyna- come the nation’s largest annual Motown, as “The Greatest En- mite Dave Soul and DJ EF gathering of African American tertainer of All time” — included Cuttin. music and culture taking place Ne-Yo, John Legend, Maxwell, The 2009 Essence Music Fes- in the Louisiana Superdome. Robin Thicke, Salt ’n’ Pepper, tival sponsors included present- Anita Baker Pop idol Michael Jackson set Queen Latifah, Lionel Richie ing sponsor Coca Cola; major John Legend the tone for this commemorative (who reunited with the Commo- sponsors: Covergirl Queen Col- celebration that will go down in dores) and Anita Baker. lection, Ford, McDonald’s, the festival annuls as one of the Others paying homage to Pantene Pro-V, U.S. Army and best ever starting with a New MJ’s legacy during the three- Walmart; and official sponsors: Orleans style-tribute that in- day event included DJ Soul Sis- CNN, Coors Light, Hennessy, cluded musicians playing their ter; Charlie Wilson, Jazmine Mastercard, My Black is Beau- trumpets, tubas and trombones. Sullivan, Al Green, Teena Marie, tiful, Southwest Airlines, TBS All of the tribute perfor- En Vogue, and Frankie Beverly and TVOne. Lionel Richie En Vogue Beyonce Maxwell Charlie Wilson Teena Marie Frankie Beverly Salt-n-Pepa Robin Thicke (Photos: AP/ Photos/Patrick Semansky)
28 MELLOW FELLOWNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com NAACP’s President & CEO, Benjamin Todd Jealous, to preside over organization’s centennial celebration Edited by Audrey J. Bernard Harlem as a community orga- ruption amongst high-ranking Foundation, a private inde- Lifestyles/Society Editor nizer for the NAACP Legal officials at the state prison in pendent institution that funds Defense Fund. On campus, Parchman. civil and human rights advo- NAACP chairman Benjamin Todd Jealous grew up believing that there Jealous led school-wide movements, including boy- His investigations also helped to acquit a small black cacy to benefit California’s working families. Julian Bond was no higher calling than to further the cause of freedom cotts and pickets for home- less rights, a successful cam- farmer who had been wrong- fully and maliciously accused Prior to that, he was direc- tor of the U.S. Human Rights will receive in this country and in the paign to save full-need finan- of arson. His work at the Jack- Program at Amnesty Interna- Spingarn Medal world. It is a mindset he in- cial and need-blind admis- son Advocate eventually lead tional. While there he led ef- herited from of his parents and grandparents. Their drive for community betterment blazed the trail for Jealous’ own deep commit- ment to social justice, public service and human rights ac- t i v i s m . N o w, a s t h e 1 7 t h president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, and the youngest person to hold the position in the organization’s nearly 100-year history, Jeal- ous is well positioned to an- swer the call. Now the young leader is On Thursday, July 16, the Na- bracing himself for positive tional Association for the Ad- and more effective civil rights vancement of Colored People brainstorming he hopes will (NAACP) will present NAACP result from the upcoming chairman Julian Bond with the N A A C P 1 0 0 th a n n i v e r s a r y Spingarn Medal. The Spingarn convention that will take Medal, instituted in 1914 by the place on July 11 to July 16 at late Joel E. Spingarn, then the New York Hilton Hotel & NAACP chairman, is awarded for Towers. the highest or noblest achieve- “New York is the birth- ment by an American of African place of the NAACP, and it is descent during the preceding only fitting that this great city year or years. be the host of our 100 th anni- From his student days to his versary convention,” stated current chairmanship of the Jealous. “We gather in New NAACP, Bond has been an ac- Yo r k t o c e l e b r a t e t h e tive participant in the move- NAACP’s past accomplish- ments for civil rights and eco- ments as we look toward the nomic justice. As an activist who future of our organization,” has faced jail for his convictions, he further stated. as a veteran of more than 20 years “Together we will cel- service in the Georgia General As- ebrate our victories from the sembly, a university professor past 100 ears, from Brown v. and a writer, he has been on the Board of Education to the cutting edge of social change election of Barack Obama. since 1960. We will also lay out our bold He was a founder, in 1960 while dreams for 2009 and beyond a student at Morehouse College with new initiatives on the of the Atlanta student sit-in and critical issues facing our na- anti-segregation organization tion,” concluded Jealous. and of the Student Nonviolent During his career, he has “New York is the birthplace of the NAACP, and it is only fitting that this great city be the Coordinating Committee (SNCC). served as president of the host of our 100th anniversary convention. We gather in New York to celebrate the NAACP’s As SNCC’s Communications Di- Rosenberg Foundation, di- rector, Bond was active in pro- rector of the U.S. Human past accomplishments as we look toward the future of our organization. Together we will tests and registration campaigns Rights Program at Amnesty celebrate our victories from the past 100 ears, from Brown v. Board of Education to the throughout the South. International and executive election of Barack Obama. We will also lay out our bold dreams for 2009 and beyond with Elected in 1965 to the Georgia director of the National News- new initiatives on the critical issues facing our nation.” -Benjamin Todd Jealous House of Representatives, Bond paper Publishers Association was prevented from taking his (NNPA), a federation of more sions when other national to his promotion to managing forts to pass federal legisla- seat by members who objected than 200 black community universities were cutting editor. tion against prison rape, re- to his opposition to the Vietnam newspapers. such programs, and an envi- In 1997, Jealous returned to build public consensus War. He was re-elected to his From his early days of orga- ronmental justice battle with Columbia University and com- against racial profiling in the own vacant seat and un-seated nizing voter registration drives the University. pleted his degree in political wake of the September 2001 again, and seated only after a up until his nomination and These protests ultimately science. With the encourage- terrorist attacks, and expose third election and a unanimous election as NAACP president, led to the suspension of Jeal- ment of mentors, he applied the widespread sentencing of decision of the United States Jealous has been motivated by ous and three other student and was accepted to Oxford children to life without the Supreme Court. civic duty and a constant need leaders. Jealous used this University as a Rhodes Scholar possibility of parole. He was co-chair of a challenge to improve the lives of Amer- time off to work as a field or- where he earned a master’s de- Active in civic life, Jealous delegation from Georgia to the ica’s underrepresented. ganizer helping to lead a cam- gree in comparative social re- is a board member of the Cali- 1968 Democratic Convention. All things considered, Jeal- paign that prevented the search. fornia Council for the Humani- The challengers were success- ous’ leadership roles and ac- State of Mississippi from Jealous eventually went on ties, and the Association of ful in unseating Georgia’s regu- tive community involvement closing two of its three pub- to serve as executive director Black Foundation Executives, lar Democrats, and Bond was have well prepared him for his lic historically black univer- of the National Newspaper as well as a member of the Asia nominated for vice-president, current duties as president of sities, and converting one of Publishers Association Society. but had to decline because he the NAACP. In fact, his path them into a prison. (NNPA). While at the NNPA, He is married to Lia was too young. through journalism and the He remained in Mississippi he rebuilt its 90-year old na- Epperson Jealous, a professor In 2002, he received the pres- Black Press is not unlike sev- to take a job at the Jackson tional news service and of constitutional law and tigious National Freedom Award. eral other former NAACP Advocate, an African Ameri- launched a web-based initia- former civil rights litigator The holder of twenty-five hon- presidents, including Roy can newspaper based in the tive that more than doubled with the NAACP Legal De- orary degrees, he is a Distin- Wilkins, Walter White, Ida B. state’s capital. His reporting the number of black newspa- fense and Educational Fund. guished Professor at American Wells and W.E.B. Dubois. — for the frequently pers publishing online. They presently reside in Wash- University in Washington, DC, As a student at Columbia firebombed weekly — was Most recently, Jealous was ington, DC with their young and a Professor in history at the U n i v e r s i t y, h e w o r k e d i n credited with exposing cor- president of the Rosenberg daughter. University of Virginia. (AJB)
Michael and Me made HIStory 29 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com private Christmas Party with Michael Jackson. Michael gave each of us a signed “Dangerous” CD and short films, VHS and a “Danger- ous” poster, along with an origi- nal Gameboy & Zelda game. We enjoyed every single mo- ment of the food, dessert and un- limited snacks. When the party was finally over my mom and I stayed behind in the empty but beautifully decorated recording studio just to take a couple of pictures. What we did not know was that someone saw our im- promptu photo session from in- side the tinted glass of the con- trol room. A few days later, we received a phone call to report back to the HIT Factory. This was strange. It was so quiet and empty that we thought that someone made a mistake with the time or location. Of course we were not even told why I had to be there, just that it was a booking at the HIT Fac- tory. Whoa!! There was no room full of kids and their mothers, anywhere in sight. We looked around for the usual food and snacks. NOT!!! I mean, not even a Snapple or Poland Spring awaited us in the reception area mini fridge. After an agonizing pe- riod, a large sized and kind white man tells us “You’ve been wait- ing for a while, would you like toMarkita Prescott is starting her 3rd year as a Theater come into the studio. Mom and Michael Jackson (background) enters HIT Factory record- I are ushered into the controlMajor/ Master’s Degree candidate at the Mason Gross booth where the man sits down ing studios, as young Markita Prescott sits next to SantaSchool of the Arts, Rutgers University. behind the console. Claus, prior to recording song with her idol. She has already told me thatBy Markita Prescott group. Little did we know that there the kind white man is Bruce son! We are ga, ga as Michael mother again.Guest Scribe was a huge surprise waiting for us Swedien, Michael Jackson’s en- steps to my mom and gives her a We never believed or expected after our hard work. gineer. We also spotted another hug, saying to her that I’m “so that we would ever see or work di- Meeting and recording with Santa and a couple of elves man in the hallway with red hair beautiful.” rectly with Michael so this excite-Michael Jackson has always walked into the studio with over and a funny hat. My mom seems Besides a lady named Annette ment of being chosen to work withbeen the single most proudest stuffed, gift filled sacks. Imagine to recognize this man too, whis- and videographer, two stools were him has lasted a lifetime. The fol-moment of my life. At the tender how our excitement went into pering that he is the late Bill Bray, placed –for me and Michael Jack- lowing year, the HIStory albumage of nine even I knew that this overdrive when Michael Jackson who headed Michael Jackson’s son! I couldn’t believe it. I talked came out. Searching for my namewas a once in a lifetime opportu- entered this winter wonderland security detail. to Michael about school, singing in the credits - there I was; page 40nity. décor themed studio to help Santa What is going on? Well my and dancing. He was so happy to in Book I, Track #14 on Disc 2. I At the HIT Factory recording give out the presents. In my heart Mom is trying her best to pre- know that my birthday August 28th was “Little Susie.”studio in midtown, Manhattan, I I secretly knew that Michael had pare me. Here we were at the HIT was the day before his birthday - Today I am a candidate for thesang with a children’s choir to come out and say hello because Factory in an almost empty stu- August 29th. We laughed and he Master’s Degree program in The-made up of professional young he was a kind person who loved dio with no signs of food or even asked if I would sing what he sang ater Arts at the Mason Grossactors. We rehearsed the beau- children. take out. Yet, a Bruce Swedien right back to him. School of The Arts at Rutger’stiful song “Christmas Star.” ( I When my turn came to go up to and Bill Bray presence tells us Mr. Swedien played the track University. I wish to express mylater learned that this was a fea- Santa and Michael I was so full of that something must be up. for me and told me that I had to condolences to the Jackson Fam-tured song on the Home Alone 2 excitement that I could not stop After what seemed an eternity sing along with the music box by ily for sharing a man who broughtsoundtrack) smiling. I remember him telling me of waiting we immediately found humming the tune and singing joy to millions of children all over Originally, this song was slated how pretty I was and how much out the purpose of my call. The “la, la, la’s”. It did not take long the world. Thank you Michael! Ito appear on Michael Jackson’s he loved my hair! I said to him, control room door barely opens to lay down my vocals and soon hope that at the completion of myupcoming HIStory album. After “Thank you, my mom did it for as a white hand reaches out to after, we went back in the booth, studies that I will also be able torehearsing our parts we sang me!” It was the end of November dim the control room lights. listened to the playback and bring joy and enlightenment to oth-“Christmas Star” together as a in 1992 and we were present at a That’s right, it is Michael Jack- Michael hugged and thanked my ers through the arts.Theater/Review An exceptionally well-crafted dramaBy Ernece B. Kelly the New York Theatre Work- ilous—for the play is set in the opens the play or challenging of the drama in play, and MarcusTheater Critic shop. Their chemistry is the steel mill environs of Birming- Teel while vigorously eating, Doshi’s light design, with its stuff theatre-goers hope for. ham, Alabama in the l930’s he’s a magnet on the stage. blinding lights and intelligently Naomi Wallace’s “Things of Embracing humor, romance, when union-busting and Klan Surprising audiences with a placed spots, enriches this liter-Dry Hours”, an exceptionally suspense and politics, “Dry activity were equally robust. bit of song and tapping his feet ate play. “Things of Drywell-crafted drama, features Hours” follows the emotional As is true of so many Afri- to drown out his daughter ’s Hours”—the awkward title comesDelroy Lindo as Tice Hogan, a and psychological rollercoaster can-American actors with prof- voice, Lindo shows a terrific from poet Gwendolyn Brooks’man passionate about both the ride that’s set in gear by the ar- itable but predictable roles on acting range, keeping us en- line, “We are things of dry hoursChurch and the Communist rival of Garret Dillahunt as Corbin television, Lindo shows ex- gaged even when it’s not clear and the involuntary plan”— is aParty. He lives alone with his Teel, a scruffy white man who traordinary depth and breadth what’s going on. Reuben superlative dramatic experience.daughter Cali, played by Roslyn claims he killed his foreman and here. Whether handling the Santiago-Hudson’s skillful di- I hope every theatre lover canRuff in a breathtaking debut at needs shelter. The times are per- long, involved soliloquy which recting keeps the complex parts experience it!
30 ‘Michael, you did make a change’NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com By Marie Moore Stories did mention, however, Contributing Scribe that a 1976 poster of Farrah Fawcett sold over 12 million cop- This is not to reminisce on the ies. Even so, “America’s sweet- times spent with Michael Jack- heart” posed nude for Playboy son [as journalists many of us and a video. The pictures and na- have interviewed him, partied ked video were not part of her with him and attended his con- headlined death notices. certs], enumerate his accom- Following the death of Jackson, plishments or to extol him. With just about every report mentioned his untimely death coinciding his legal battles. No one could dis- with the demise of Farrah pute his talent, that was a given. Fawcett, I thought I would add But more impressive was my two cents nonetheless. Jackson’s philanthropic work. He My grandmother always said, contributed hundreds of millions “Where there’s smoke, there’s of dollars to over 39 charities. fire.” Meaning, of course, you are Recipients noted are: AIDS, always accountable for your ac- American Cancer Society, Big tions. No, Jackson was no saint but Brothers of Greater Los Angeles, neither was Fawcett, whose death Camp Ronald McDonald, Cities and he trumped. Schools Scholarship, Community At a screening the evening of Youth Sports & Arts Foundation, Jackson’s death and the next day Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), on the streets, people were still Childhelp U.S.A., Children’s Insti- talking about how ironic it was tute International, Dakar Founda- that Jackson died on the same day tion, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation as Fawcett and trumped her death. Minority Aids Project, NAACP, Suffering from cancer, Fawcett The Sickle Cell Research Founda- tried hard to bring some sort of tion, Transafrica, United Negro Col- meaning to her life by chronicling lege Fund (UNCF), United Negro her death. College Fund Ladder’s of Hope and Just before Jackson passed, the YMCA—28th Street/Crenshaw, Fawcett died. Positive and en- just to name a few. couraging language was always Michael was listed in the 2000 uttered to describe Fawcett. Even edition of the Guiness Book Of the word “Angel” was exploited World Records for breaking the often. Apparently it was OK and world record for the “Most Chari- forgotten that Fawcett cheated on ties Supported By a Pop Star.” Some of the devoted Michael Jackson loyal fans display posters during musical cel- her husband, Lee20 years, Ryan best friend of Majors, with his “Gonna Make A Change,” is the first line in his song, “Man In The ebration in his honor outside of the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem. O’Neal. Majors, of course, was Mirror,” and yes, Michael you did (Photo: Jim Carroll) devastated by the whole affair. make a change. In Performance Chrisette brought the heat to WaMu Theater By Latrice Goss that she no longer has to be Another highlight for Contributing Scribe afraid to simply be herself Michele is when she sang a without worrying about be- milder version of her clos- Grammy Award-winning ing accepted. ing hit, “If I Have My singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele’s next single off Way”. At one point during Michele was the featured the album is the powerful, the song she pays some- opening act on the “Playing heartrending “Blame It On what homage to singers It Cool” tour with soul sing- Me”. She recalls the night John Legend, Erykah Badu, ers Musiq Soulchild and before she recorded the song: and the remarkable Anita Anthony Hamilton. And af- “There’s an interesting story Baker. Her impersonations ter her recent performance behind that song. I had four not only bring entertain- at Madison Square Garden’s wisdom teeth taken out the ment to her set but also Wa M u T h e a t e r, i t ’s c l e a r day I recorded it. I was feel- show off her extraordinary this performer brings the ing crumby, I woke up in the jazz skills. Her skills were heat! middle of the night and also very notable while In fact, ever since the re- started writing those lyrics singing “What You Do” as lease of her sophomore al- even though they had noth- she playfully but impres- bum, Epiphany, this past ing to do with what I was go- sively scatted the tune. May, Michele has been on ing thru at the time.” Humor is a big part of fire ever since. She debuted But for anyone who’s ever M i c h e l e ’s p e r s o n a l i t y a s at number one on the Bill- heard that song on the CD, many of her 27,000 plus fol- board charts, and her first you would sure beg to differ. l o w e r s o n Tw i t t e r w o u l d single, “Epiphany (I’m Leav- Especially if you’ve heard her agree also makes her relat- ing)”, is on heavy rotation sing it live. With each song, able. She often has ticket on R&B stations every- she preps the crowd for giveaways and her infa- where. Additionally, the un- w h a t ’s n e x t o n t h e r o s t e r. mous “Top 10 in 10” game. officially released until now Her witty and comedic per- Another interesting fact “ W h a t Yo u D o ” f e a t u r i n g sonality has the audience in about her is what she ex- N e - Yo i s t h e n u m b e r o n e stitches as she expresses her pressed about the song, song in Japan. comical frustrations of how “All I Ever Think About.” Michele is not only back much she doesn’t care what “LA Reid begged me to with a new sound, a new you say about whose fault it record that song and origi- stage presence, but also a is and if it makes you feel any nally I didn’t even like it! I new image. She says she’s better to just blame it on her, remember I listened to “super open-minded” and as long as it’s over. Keyshia Cole pratically all of has always experimented Michele belts out every that day and sang it as I with style and fashion. She note of that song with every thought she or Mary would also states that the motiva- bit of emotion so much until have with the same emo- tion behind this transforma- you feel it in your toes! Her tion.” Without argument, I tion is the same inspiration passion and exuberance would say that she suc- behind the title of the al- earned her a much deserved ceeded and then some. bum; which is the realization standing ovation and cheer. Epiphany is in stores now!
KICKIN’ IT with Audrey J. Bernard 31 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com 20th Anniversary Spike Lee celebrates groundbreaking film ‘Do The Right Thing’ digital sound along with a never- wall is filled with Italians. But, the film still conjures up some very before-seen retrospective docu- as noted by one of the custom- strong feelings about race relations mentary from the master film- ers who never sees any Italians and it did not help that they were maker — is digitally remastered eating in the restaurant that Sal still trying to deal with the death of for optimum picture quality and should add some African Ameri- the beloved King of Pop, Michael features all-new 5.1 Surround cans to the wall as they are the Jackson. Sound. ones keeping the pizza joint in Lee did the right thing for his The all-new special edition is business by eating there. Sal’s friend, the King of Pop, who loaded with over 4 hours of re- answer to that is that if you want would have been one of the de- vealing bonus material, including to see African Americans on a serving African Americans who a never-before-seen retrospec- wall, then go open your own they would be fighting to have on tive documentary with cast and place! Sal’s wall if the picture was made crew, a new feature commentary Lee’s in-your-face take on race today. Lee grew up on Michael’s from Lee, and newly discovered relations in America earned two music. The two were one year deleted and extended scenes. Academy Award nominations. apart in age. It’s hard to believe that a film His explosive account of that one Prior to the start of the milestone made in 1989 could have very well scorching day in Bed-Stuy was movie celebration, Lee touchingly been made yesterday as its pro- as commanding as the cast he as- recalled his special relationship found narrative about the racial sembled and their stellar perfor- with Michael that developed after Tonya Lewis Lee, Spike Lee divide and social and economic mances are just as strong today the singer had come to Lee’s Fort struggles of the underserved is as they were when the film was Lee, Brooklyn home to talk about Visionary filmmaker Spike Lee rounded by his beautiful wife as prominent today as it was back made. their future collaboration on “Theyand Universal Studios Home En- Tonya Lewis Lee and many mem- then. Who could ever forget the Don’t Care About Us,” which Leetertainment celebrated a mile- bers of his talented family, intro- The film takes place on a spot on performances by Danny later produced.stone anniversary of the duced cast and crew members in- scorching hot day in Bedford Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Partygoers danced and sang alonggroundbreaking film, “Do The volved in the making of the film Stuyvesant and centers on racial Rosie Perez, John Turturro and to the iconic performer’s hits until theRight Thing,” with original cast which remains a cinematic giant tension fueled by ethnic issues Samuel L. Jackson? Or the pul- wee hours of the morning as no onemembers and invited guests at prior to the special screening. with the neighborhood’s mainly sating music? And what about wanted to “Beat It” including Leethe DGA Theater on West 57th Lee and Universal were also cel- African American residents and the famous riot scene that re- and his beautiful wife, Tonya. Ku-Street followed by a fabulous ebrating the 20th anniversary spe- longtime pizza parlor owner Sal mains one of the best in filmmak- dos to Lee’s personal publicistpost party at Brasserie 8 ½ on cial edition coming to Blu-ray Hi- (Danny Aiello who was nomi- ing. Jackie Bazan and her stellar staff –West 57 th Street, on Monday, Def and DVD on June 30, 2009. nated for “Best Supporting Ac- The movie had partygoers Evelyn Santana, Carol Jones, ImanJune 29, 2009. The edition — replete with newly tor” for his role in the film). heading straight for the bar when Criner — for a memorable evening The maverick director, sur- remastered picture and purest 5.1 Sal is Italian and the parlor’s they arrived at the after party as for a myriad of reasons.Spikes sister, actress Joie Lee and their father, composerBill Lee Danny Aiello Ruby Dee with daughter Hasna Muhammad Jason Hoover, mom Sandra Hoover and dad, former NBA player Tom Pioneer Filmmakers John Singleton and Spike Lee Hoover George C. Wolfe, Jeffrey Wright Blackfilm.com editor Wilson Morales and Q-Tip (Photos: Wilson Morales)
32 Flick-ChatNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Special effects overshadow cast in Bay’s bigger-budgeted sequel By Kam Williams erwise impersonal showdown mostly for better, but sometimes Movie Critic between sentient robots from for worse, are its humorous the planet Cybertron: the good asides. Early on, a lot of these This summer blockbuster Autobots and their evil adver- arrive courtesy of Sam’s loud- has hit written all over it, saries, the Decepticons. mouthed mom (White) who ac- given that Michael Bay freely At the point of departure, we cidentally ingests Marijuana- admits that he makes movies find Sam Witwicky (LaBouef) laced brownies. aimed at teenaged boys. At headed east for a normal life at Later, however, the jokes turn the very least, his testoster- college, but regretting having to troubling when we’re intro- one-sodden spectacular leave his girlfriend Mikaela duced to Skids and Mudflap, a won’t disappoint that tar- (Fox) behind. But not long after couple of twin robots who re- geted demographic either in meeting his new roommate, Leo semble apes. Not only do these terms of its eye-popping spe- (Ramon Rodriguez), an alien African-American-voiced char- cial f/x or its gratuitous dis- conspiracy buff, our unassum- acters played by a white actor plays of appealing eye ing hero already finds himself (Tom Kenny) speak street jive, candy. being pursued by Alice (Isabel but they boast about being un- “Transformers: Revenge of Lucas), an ardent admirer who able to read and one sports a the Fallen” generally amounts might be after something other gold tooth. Because they are to a worthy sequel for several than his bod. aliens and not technically Black reasons. First of all, Bay has Soon, Mikaela shows up people, perhaps it is an overre- upped the ante (increasing the and catches her boyfriend in action to complain about what budget from $150 to $200 mil- a compromising position, but appears to be a case of modern lion) in terms of all the bom- not to worry. Turns out Alice minstrelsy. bastic bells and whistles is just a Deception who is af- Regardless, “Revenge of which have become his trade- ter the shard of the “All the Fallen” earns high marks as mark. The explosions have Spark,” the precious Trans- a high-octane, 2½ hour diver- become bigger, the locales former lifeblood that Sam sion certain to stimulate, titillate more exotic, the morphing ma- had inadvertently brought and satiate the blood and other chines more imaginative. with him to campus. This lusts of the raging-hormone set. Of equal importance is the confrontation kickstarts a Very Good (3 stars). Rated PG- fact that he brought back all globetrotting adventure dur- 13 for violence, profanity, of the principals, including ing which Sam, Mikaela and crude behavior, sexuality and Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Leo team with both Autobots brief drug use. Running time: John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, and the United States mili- 150 minutes. Studio: Para- Josh Duhamel, Kevin Dunn tary. mount Pictures. and Julie White. For it’s the Since the pyrotechnics and To see a trailer for Trans- task of the human cast mem- CGI are givens in an action- formers: Revenge of the Fallen, bers to give the audience a driven saga such as this, what visit: http://www.youtube.com/ Actors Tyrese Gibson and Josh Duhamel at the opening reason to care about an oth- makes “Transformers 2” work, watch?v=gb2fUOW1ne4 night screening of “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” Remember The Time? Submitted By stepped outside of the village Lajoyce Brookshire that once made him whole. When any of us begin to re- Janine Coveny, my sister move ourselves from what cen- friend and former colleague ters us, we too are veering to- from the entertainment busi- ward danger. What has helped ness, has brilliantly and suc- to define us profoundly affects cinctly written this article on our physical, mental, and spiri- the passing of Michael Jack- tual state. son. Janine has said EXACTLY As we watch the world mourn what I have been unwilling to the death of Michael Jackson, I articulate. She, like myself, would only hope that everyone had an ‘all access pass’ to take a moment to “Remember The most artists of our time be- Time” when they felt most nur- cause of our professional af- tured and loved. The monumen- filiations as entertainment jour- tal feelings of grief are so linger- nalists and producers. ing in the air, that to me, I feel Janine, like myself, has had just like I did on 9-11. a front row seat to the back I was pregnant at the time and stages of the world. We have I was determined NOT to pass had a front row seat to witness that grief on to my baby. So, I the demise of Michael Jackson got off of my couch, turned off and although we sat in those the television and the radio, got seats right up front, we never in my car, and drove to be with a got to touch him. Hence, we close friend. were not privy to access Guard your emotions during Michael when he was SOOOO high stress times like these. far out there. Michael’s passing hurts like that See, Janine and I are both the of a family member. Help your- type of girls who would have self handle the stress with doses s a i d , “ O k M i c h a e l , t h a t ’s of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy enough...come on back.” I, (I immediately drank almost half like Janine, am not at all sur- a bottle!). prised about his passing. In The last thing I have to say on fact, we saw it coming. Michael’s death would actually be Michael Jackson imitator delivers fancy footwork as the crowd belts out MJ’s Million- Now as a Naturopathic Doc- a question that only Joe Jackson tor, holistically I can pin-point can answer...Was it worth it? selling “BAD” single a cappella style in front of landmark Apollo Theater in Harlem. when Michael veered toward Read Janine’s article here: (Photo: Vinette K. Pryce) danger...and it was when he http://jazzanine.blog spot.com/
Technology holds the key to stopping sex scandals 33 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com (From page 12) History tells us that if some- risy and inability to stay fo- profile politician to be According to David Rosen, the thing isn’t done our political and cused on their jobs because of “sparked” by an Argentinean author of “Sex Scandals America:whipped enough, the pain will spiritual leaders will continue to the lure of sex. charmer. Something similar hap- Politics & the Ritual of Publicforce it to stay in place. pollute society with their hypoc- Sanders is not the first high pened to Rep. Wilbur Mills, who Shaming,” the 19th century was for 18 years (1957-1975) was the the golden age of political scan- chairman of the powerful House dals.When a King is not a King black, and 12.4% Latino. He was first Someone who has demonstrated Ways and Means Committee. Mills was involved in a traffic incident in Washington DC Rosen wrote how a reporter re- vealed Rep. William Taulbee’s (KY) adulterous affair and, when (From page 8) shortly after midnight on Octo- the two crossed paths at the U.S. elected to the US Congress in 1992 that he will make laws and apply ber 9, 1974. Police saw that the Capitol, they had a fistfight. Theerage of Jackson’s death too po- defeating David Mejias (D) with laws in a discriminatory manner? Arkansas Congressman was in- reporter got a gun and shot andlitically correct. He said Jackson 56% of the vote. He has been re- If he can totally disregard the toxicated. His companion killed the congressman. Sen.may have been a good singer and elected every two years winning rights of a world renowned super Annabelle Battistella, better Arthur Brown (UT) had a decade-dancer but added: “The bottom handily over his Democratic oppo- star who has given so much of known as Fanne Foxx, a strip- long affair and out-of-wedlockline is, would you let your child nents. He does not need nor solicit himself to the world through his per from Argentina, leapt from child with a woman who he ulti-or grandchild be in the same room the minority voters to get elected. music, would he be considerate of the car and jumped into the mately refused to marry, Incensedwith Michael Jackson?” However if that 23% Black and you and me? I think not. nearby Tidal Basin in an attempt she shot and killed him, was put Peter T. King feels safe in his Latino vote can be properly har- We do not need nor do we want to escape from the police. De- on trial and acquitted.”negative characterization of nessed, he can be denied the seat a Peter T. King in the US Senate. spite the scandal, Mills was re- So until something revolution-Michael Jackson because of the in the senate. This writer will be in The task is before us, let’s step elected to Congress in Novem- ary happens, such as men re-district he represents. New York’s the forefront of that effort. up and protect the rights of ber 1974 in a heavily Democratic specting their marriage vows,3rd District, primarily in Nassau The question is do we really want those that Peter T. King would year with nearly 60 percent of maybe technology will be theirCounty, is 69% White, 11.3% a Peter T. King in the US Senate? ignore. the vote salvation. 1,000-mile trek for African-centered education (From page 8) Amefika Geuka, who has used his try, and it could be, with our help, proper education of our chil- call 614-855-448 or 786-253-9496 to time on this earth to enhance the one of the largest events in our dren. Go to www.izania.com or make a contribution.who want to assist in this val- lives of Black youth as well as en- recent history. It’s all up to us.iant effort. The National Elder courage and support the “sea- How can you help? Glad youfor the ACE Trek is none otherthan the 91-year young, Godfa- soned” among us. We must take a greater role in the responsibility for our children asked. Of course you can do- nate funds to help Geuka along his 30-day trek. Your donations Don’t waste life’s time (From page 8) be taken with you. But the ‘Innerther of African Centered Educa-tion, Dr. Ed Robinson of Phila- and their education; we must will also help the Joseph Littles Wealth’ will be the net-worth ofdelphia. teach them their heritage and help School continue its mission of most of our lives improperly in- your soul itself. We hope to see Dr. Robinson them understand that they are im- providing African Centered vesting, until it totally runs out. Farrah Gray is the author of Thein Washington, D.C. when portant – important enough for us education. You can let others Our ‘time’. Truth Shall Make You Rich: TheGeuka arrives to make his rec- to walk 1,000 miles on their behalf. know, especially those on the And today, as I reflect upon the New Road Map to Radical Pros-ommendations to the Depart- We must also instruct and encour- east coast route from Florida many millionaires that the chap- perity, Get Real, Get Rich: Con-ment of Education and the age them in entrepreneurship, in and Georgia to the Carolinas, lain told me he watched die alone quer the 7 Lies Blocking You fromPresident’s representative; order to relieve them of the bur- and into Virginia. Millions of us and self-alienated from their fami- Success and the internationalmaybe President Barrack Obama den of dependency. can get involved in this effort lies, I wonder if they felt the best-seller Reallionaire: Ninewill there; he certainly should The ACE Trek is a “practical” so- and millions of dollars can be ‘means’ justified ‘the end’ of their Steps to Becoming Rich from thebe, considering the occasion. lution being executed by a con- raised if each one of us would lives. I wonder if they felt as rich Inside Out. He is chairman of the To those of you who are scious Black man who “practices” do our part. as their money purported them to Farrah Gray Foundation. Dr.spending your time espousing what he preaches. The Trek is sym- Get on board! Let Baba Geuka be. Gray can be reached via email atand musing about what “some- bolic, but it is also very substan- know that you will be there on I earnestly remind us to spend firstname.lastname@example.org or his webbody” ought to do for Black tive. Its visibility will open the the road with him. Please sup- the currency of our life’s time site at http://www.drfarrahpeople, take a lesson from minds of many across this coun- port this valiant effort for the wisely. The outer-wealth can not gray.com.Delegate Norton says D.C. Voting Rights Bill still alive (From page 13) right to interfere with the gun laws DeSoto County, which is part of 2008 special election to the seat Mississippi Democrats in that he of the District.’’ the Memphis metropolitan area when the previous office holder, is pro-gun and pro-life but votesChilders and in the Senate to Childers’ district is in the north- and is upper-middle class as far Roger Wicker, was appointed to with his party on economic issues.Nevada because of John Ensign. ern part of the state, with such as income. The district is 71 per- the U.S. Senate by Gov. Haley Quinto said she is targetingWe want to tell the people in small cities as Oxford – where the cent White and 26 percent Black Barbour (R) that year. In his Childers’ district because shetheir districts and states that University of Mississippi is lo- and is overwhelmingly rural. short time in the House, Childers thinks he can be swayed to sup-their representatives have no cated – Tupelo, Columbus and Childers, a Democrat, won a has shown that he is like other port a bill without pro-gun amend- ments given the demographics of his district. Quinto said there areZulu party snubs ANC merger call tentative plans to travel there in mid-July and nothing has been talked about in terms of going to (From page 10) lowing it into the belly of the soon. cans led to a collapse in their Nevada. ANC,” he said. Mr Buthelezi founded the relations and the bloodshed of She said a combination ofneed to resolve years of po- Mr Zuma said he had previ- IFP in 1975 with the blessing thousands. modes of transportation would belitical issues before a merger ously discussed the subject with of the ANC, after the latter was If the parties were to unite, used to get there. “We will be send-would be possible. I F P l e a d e r a n d f o u n d e r, outlawed by the white minor- he says it would mean a change ing out information on this trip He added, however, that his Mangosuthu Buthelezi, adding it ity government of the time. i n S o u t h A f r i c a ’s p o l i t i c a l and we certainly encourage Dis-party had no problem with es- was now time to resume the But the BBC’s Richard sphere, as it would consolidate trict residents to come with us iftablishing good political rela- talks. Hamilton says accusations the ANC’s grip on power and they can,’’ she said. “We have al-tions. But Rev Zondi told the BBC’s that Inkatha was consorting weaken the main opposition, ready heard from the Urban “We are opposed to the idea Focus on Africa program that with the apartheid government the mainly white Democratic League and if anyone is interested,of collapsing the IFP and swal- this would not happen any time to oppress black South Afri- Alliance. please contact us.’’Supreme Court provides temporary victory for Troy Davis (From page 11) studednts, and reaching out to Savannah’s NAACP Presi- He had rushed to help a home- last year, rejected Davis’ claims of District Attorney Larry Chisolm dent Prince Jackson said that less man who had been pistol- innocence and labeled statementslicize the case and recruit more and other who could reopen the the evidence will show Davis is whipped at a nearby parking lot, by recanting witnesses as “sus-people to work for Davis’ free- investigation and save Troy’s innocent. and was shot twice when he ap- pect.”dom by wearing an “I am Troy’’ life,’’ Jealous said, adding that “We are asking that he be proached Davis and two other The case has drawn attentiont-shirt. But he said he won’t he’s not against holding those given a chance,’’ Jackson told men. Witnesses identified Davis worldwide, with former Presidentstop there. who commit violent crimes ac- the press. “After all, his life is as the shooter at his 1991 trial. Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI “Our top grassroots organiz- countable. at stake.’’ Chisolm’s predecessor, Spencer and Nobel Peace Prize-winnerers are on the ground in Geor- “But executing a man who might MacPhail was slain 20 years Lawton, was district attorney Desmond Tutu calling for the stopgia, meeting with lawmakers and well be innocent won’t accomplish ago while working off-duty as a when Davis was convicted. Pros- of Davis’ execution. Rallies haveministers, mobilizing law this,’’ the NAACP president said. security guard at a bus station. ecutors under Lawton, who retired been held as far away as Paris.
34 Entertainment SpecialNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Quintessential birthday man Bob Tate celebrates BIG 70 By Audrey J. Bernard M1-5 club with DJ Masai spin- Alyson Williams, Jamilah Band Lifestyles/Society Editor ning music that kept everyone (Larry Peoples and his sons on the dance floor. Larry Jr. and Jamal) and special New York’s #1 party planner Bob greeted many special guest performances were pro- (Unlimited Contacts) Bob Tate, guests including Governor vided by Johnny Kemp and Ron is seventy years old and to cel- David Paterson who stopped by Grant. ebrate this milestone birthday, to wish happy birthday greet- Although the youthful looking the Tate family – wife Sandy, ings to a man who has always “Who You Callin’ 70” birthday daughters Jeanine & Dedra, added a special shine to the Big boy received many luxurious gifts and grandsons Robbie Tate- Apple. – Gucci sunglasses, Motown Brickle and Jian Pierre Rice – Another longtime friend, complete record collection, liquor, hosted a “Who You Callin’ 70” Congressman Charles B. gift and many dinner certificates birthday bash for 300 of his dear- Rangel, sent a Congressional – however, to Bob, the greatest est friends and family members Certificate of Recognition. En- gift of all was “the gift of ‘love’ on Monday, June 1, at the trendy tertainment was provided by from my family and friends.” Bob Tate holding Congressional Certificate of Recogni- tion from Congressman Charles Rangels Deputy Chief of Staff, Geoff Eaton Dedra Tate, Bob Tate, Gov. David Paterson, Sandy Tate, Jeanine Tate Johnny Kemp, Alyson Wil- liams, Wade Elliott Miatta & Walter Smith Bob Tate, Chris Banks, Ikay Henry, Gov. David Paterson, Robbie Tate-Brickle Alyson Williams, Ronnie Grant singing the birthday song Bob Tate, Londell Davis Mark Dorsey, Maurice Singleton, Laverne Perry, Vaughn Harper, Ruth Clark, Gil McGriff, Don Thomas, M. Morton Hall Audrey J. Bernard, LaVerne Perry-Kennedy, Leslie Burns Lloyd Williams, Valorie Williams, Sandy Tate, Bob Tate The Kerr Family with Bob Tate (Photos: Ronnie Wright)
Final victory over race hatred is said to be elusive 35 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com (From page 13) President Obama on a Twitter ac- tary preparations for race war. Museum. In what investigators about it. count. The official posted, then The alleged Holocaust Memo- refer to as “handwritten nota- “(Attorney General) Eric Holderunrepudiated. A prominent deleted: “JUST HEARD OBAMA rial Museum shooter ran a tions” found in a notebook in the was right. Americans are cowardsSouth Carolina Republican activ- IS GOING TO IMPOSE A 40% TAX website “HolyWesternEmp car, von Brunn wrote: when it comes to talking about theist, apologized for making a rac- ON ASPIRIN BECAUSE IT’S ire.org,” which was listed last “You want my weapons—this issues of race. White people are.ist joke about Michelle Obama, WHITE AND IT WORKS.” year as a hate site by the South- is how you’ll get them. The Ho- Black folks talk about it every day,and took down the Facebook GOP party officials tried to dis- ern Poverty Law Center. He locaust is a lie. Obama was cre- because they’re affected by it,”page where he made it. tance themselves from provocative once worked at Noontide Press, ated by Jews. Obama does what Hampton continued. The Republican official had acts, without disavowing them. In- run by Willis Carto, one of the his Jew owners tell him to do. For his part, the recent incidentsoriginally commented on a story digo Journal says that the S.C. nation’s most prominent White Jews captured America’s money. of “bias-motivated violence,”about a gorilla escaping from a party official works for Rep. nationalists and anti-Semites. Jews control the mass media,” prompted Attorney General Holderlocal zoo: “I’m sure it’s just one Gresham Barrett’s campaign for The shooting at the Holo- said von Brunn’s note. to say June 17 that new hate-of Michelle’s ancestors—prob- governor. caust Museum marks at least “Now I believe the response to crimes laws are needed to stopably harmless,” he said. A campaign official told Talk- the third recent shooting in- 9-11 didn’t do anything about what he called “violence masquer- In Tennessee, a Republican ing Points Memo.com: “I have to volving a gunman with ties to the domestic terrorists who ex- ading as political activism.”state senator refused to fire a believe that is something that he the White nationalist move- ist in our country,” Ronald Immigrants, Hispanics, Muslims,staffer who sent out a racist im- would like to take back. It doesn’t ment. On May 31, anti-abortion Hampton, president of the Na- Jews, and Sikhs are all increasedage of President Obama. The sound like something that was activist Scott Roeder allegedly tional Black Police Association targets of bias attacks, accordingstaffer, sent out an email with funny or intelligent or useful,” the shot dead Dr. George Tiller at told The Final Call. “But it all has to FBI data cited by the Leader-images of all the presidents of spokesman said. his church in Wichita, Kansas. to do with the color, I believe, of ship Conference.the United States. President The official “wink and a nod” Roeder was a former member of the person who the terrorist is. “Over the last several weeks,Obama was depicted in the bot- from conservative Republicans the Freemen, a White national- We can see Black folks as terror- we have witnessed brazen actstom right-hand corner only as a gives license to the bolder, crimi- ist militia organization. On April ists. of violence committed in placespair of bright white eyes on a nal expressions of hate by White 4, a White supremacist in Pitts- “But it has something to do that many would have consid-black background. supremacists. They are burgh shot dead three police of- with that problem we have in ered unthinkable,” Holder told Also in South Carolina, Indigo “mainstreaming racism,” Hend- ficers. America, when it comes to race. the Washington Lawyers Com-Journal, a liberal blog in the erson said. Investigators found a note in We don’t want to talk about it. It mittee for Civil Rights and Urbanstate, reports that a GOP opera- The offenses run the gamut, the car 88-year-old James von negatively affects all of us, Black Affairs.tive posted a racist joke about from crude jokes to open, paramili- Brunn drove to the Holocaust people. But nobody wants to talk Holder cited attacks over a two-week period that killed a Obama, Medvedev agree to pursue nuclear reduction young soldier in Little Rock, an abortion provider in Wichita, Kan., and a guard at the U.S. (From page 11) WorldPublicOpini on.org out The 1991 Strategic Arms Re- ject to cuts. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Sunday. duction Treaty, or START, led Russia wants to limit missiles, Washington. Congress, Holdertions at a speech Tuesday at “I would like to see America each country to cut its nuclear bombers and submarines along said, should update hate-crimesthe New Economic School. meddle less in other countries,” warheads to about 6,000. The with nuclear warheads, just as laws so law enforcement authori- Just 15 percent of Russians said Valentina Titova, a 60-year- 2002 Treaty of Moscow called the original START treaty did. ties can more effectively pros-say the U.S. is playing a posi- old retired economist strolling for further cuts to between The 2002 agreement applied only ecute those who commit violenttive role in the world; most said not far from the Kremlin. 1,700 and 2,200 operationally to warheads. Also, the United attacks.the United States abuses it Between them, the two coun- deployed warheads by 2012. States has been prepared to Republicans have opposedpower and makes Russia do tries possess more than 90 per- But Moscow and Washing- count only the warheads ready Democratic efforts to expand thewhat the U.S. wants, according cent of the world’s nuclear weap- ton have long argued over for launch, while Russia wants hate-crimes laws, saying currentto the University of Maryland’s ons. what weapons should be sub- to count those in storage as well. laws are adequate.Thompson urges Dept. of Health to patch holes (From page 6) Vanguard’s operational controls that are identified by physical in- gated and that the outcomes of erally agreed with the audit’s find- and of its inventory operations. ventory counts. the investigations are adequately ings and recommendations, anddations including that · Ensure that Vanguard provides · Ensure that inventory vari- documented. has already implemented some ofDOHMH’s Bureau of Tobacco them with the inventory variances ances are adequately investi- In its response, DOHMH gen- Thompson’s recommendations.Control should:· Perform regular reconciliationsof NRT inventory balances itreceives from Vanguard with itsown records to ensure that the Jermaine says Michael was a ‘gift from God’inventory is being correctly ac- (From page 7) death. “She was crying, say- grief-choked voice is still fresh father ’s body is unbearable,”counted for. ing he was dead. To hear my on his mind telling him the aw- Jermaine said.· Assign individuals to attend knew he was 1,000 percent inno- mother say Michael is dead, ful news. “Rushing to UCLA “There is nothing to be com-and observe Vanguard’s physi- cent. I knew. We all knew,” he to feel and hear the tone in Medical Center and seeing the pared to this, because we lostcal inventory count of NRT added. Michael was later acquit- her voice to say her child is helicopters hovering overhead; o u r b r o t h e r, o u r h e r o . T h eaids or periodically conduct its ted in the trial. dead, is nothing that anyone kissing my brother’s lifeless w o r l d i s m o u r n i n g . We a r eown unannounced physical in- Jermaine recalled when his c a n e v e r i m a g i n e , ” s a i d form; watching Michael’s three mourning. The fans are mourn-ventory counts. mother telephone him and broke Jermaine. children being brought in with ing. It is unreal, unbelievable,” · Request that DOHMH con- the news about his brother ’s Jermaine said his mother’s a therapist to stand by their said Jermaine.duct independent audits ofCBC appeals to Black press to lead Obama health care plan (From page 16) “The people around the coun- celebrate you and appreciate dent and CEO of the California- them are Black. Of them between a try, they know you, they trust you ... And we look forward to based Black AIDS Institute, who third and 50 percent are not in care“If it weren’t for poverty, poor you,” he says. “If you say the time partnering with you as we ad- called Congresswoman Chris- or treatment. Half of them don’thousing, sub-standard educa- is now to plug into health care, dress the needs and health tian-Christensen “a lioness on know their HIV status,” he said.tion, the fact that 50 percent of they will plug into it. Do not let problems in our community.’’ this issue” used HIV/AIDS sta- Christian-Christensen con-hazardous waste sites are lo- this thing take off without your Among the greatest crisis in tistics to illustrate the urgency cluded: “We have to see our-cated near where we live, we leadership being on board. Yes, health and health care is that of of the health care bill and that it selves as a team in this work onwouldn’t have this disparity,” I’m trying to infect you with a cer- rising numbers of HIV/AIDS in- addresses health disparities. health care reform. Who doesn’tshe said. tain sense of urgency. The pot is fections in the Black commu- “There are 1.2 million Ameri- know that Black people are Yet, while billions of dollars boiling. The plan is there. We can nity. cans living with HIV/AIDS today. sicker? Who is untouched by theare spent on war, it appears that pass this bill if you join in.” Phill Wilson, founding presi- Nearly half of them or 600,000 of health care crisis? We all are.”health care and disparities have Ellison is not the only one whobeen put on the back burner in knows the power of the Blackpast years. “Just like you canspend money on Iraq and Af- Press. General Mills, Inc., repre- sented by Vice President Kenneth Obama urges breakdown of barriersghanistan, isn’t our health just Allen Charles at the town hall (From page 16) its passage was only possible be- Americans not to deny any man aas important or more important?” meeting, was a sponsor of the Sat- cause generations of Americans seat at a lunch counter, not toshe quizzed. urday morning breakfast event. successful in having the bill of all backgrounds stood up, sat deny any woman an opportunity The trust level that Black “You are quite an invaluable ser- passed. down, and marched in freedom’s in the workplace, and not to denypeople have in Black newspa- vant to the African-American com- The Civil Rights Act came into cause. a child a chance to make the mostpers will help carry the plan to munity,’’ Charles said. “As an in- being during Freedom Summer “Once it was signed into law, a of his or her God-given poten-fruition, Ellison says. dividual and as General Millis, we 1963, but President Obama said renewed pledge was made to all tial,” said President Obama.
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CLASSIFIED 37 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com HOROSCOPE ARIES Congratulations on your positive attitude this week! While others may be dragging, your spirit is full of energy. En- joy the power-surge of good feelings, and you’ll be lifting others’ spirits just by being you. TAURUS You’ll enjoy a special rapport with a loved one this week, so use the vibe to deepen the level of intimacy. Your cre- ativity allows you to say exactly the right thing at the right moment. GEMINI This is a wonderful week to give up a negative routine, guy! If you’ve been biting your nails or sneaking a ciga- rette, this week your emotions are centered on life-af- firming habits. Let your natural inclination toward per- fect health lead you on your way. CANCER You are very popular at work this week. Part of your rise in the employee polls is due to your can-do attitude. An- other part is the smile on your face as you consider your wonderful life. Believing it is being it! LEO An unexpected errand may lead to an encounter with a person who will have an influence on your future. Keep your bright eyes alert to unusual possibilities and you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at the end of the week. VIRGO A cozy week is yours for the asking. Relax and spend some time unwinding from your busy week. Family or close friends will want to join you in your relaxation. Your place is the natural spot for gathering people together. LIBRA There is a vibration this week that urges people to reveal secrets. Your usually strong loyalty to a friend or co-worker may be weakened if you engage in any idle chatter. Stick to the facts this week and you’ll be fine! SCORPIO Stop sometime this week and take a quick inventory of how right your instincts have been recently. If you are like most. The count is probably high! This is an excellent week to simply smile when people offer advice. You know what’s best for you, so trust your instincts and do that. SAGITTARIUS One of your gifts is that you have an ability to think big! Picture your future on a canvas as big as the sky. Take some small measure this week toward that future, and rejoice. Make sure that positive vibrations surround you during the week. CAPRICORN If you brought your work home with you this weekend, you’ll have trouble relaxing. A moment of quiet time with yourself will bring you back to your center. Your work really can wait! Rest is important to a busy one like your- self. Soul Affirmation: I open myself up for a glad sur- prise! Lucky Numbers: 15, 25, 44 AQUARIUS Everyone needs appreciation in his or her life. Take some time out this week to seek those whom you really appre- ciate, and let them know what they mean to you. Appreci- ate yourself, while you’re at it! Soul Affirmation: I admit what I really want out of life this week Lucky Numbers: 38, 39, 45 PISCES PISCES You’re in the mood for adventure. If a short trip isn’t possible, spend some time exploring a subject that inter- ests you so that you feel as if your mind has traveled someplace new. Arm-chair traveling with a good book will help still your restlessness.
38 SPORTSNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com New Yankee Stadium lacks intimidation of the old? By Jason Clinkscales ing their own histories, the in- tangibles do not exist in the level By now, you’ve heard and that they did at the House that read about, if not witnessed the Ruth Built. Eighty-five years of story, play itself out during big games in front of nearly these forty-two home games at 58,000 rowdy fans reminding the new Stadium. By some base- them of the Yankees’ prestige ball media and executives, it has placed opponents at a huge psy- been dubbed Coors Field East chological disadvantage when after the long ball-happy home playing across the street. of the Colorado Rockies. The Even as a fan or media member, Bombers have sent 78 balls into there’s a different feel to walking the seats while their opponents in an older stadium such as added 61 of their own for a Boston’s Fenway Park, Dodger grand total of 139 souvenirs in Stadium in Los Angeles or a half-season of home games. Chicago’s Wrigley Field, where The story has legs not only be- generations have walked through cause of how much the park’s the same corridors and sat in the construction was (about $1.5 same seats over decades. With billion), but beyond the new stadiums such as San Francisco’s amenities, the Stadium’s dimen- AT&T Park or PNC sions are identical to its prede- Park in Pittsburgh - considered cessor as if the park was just two of the best buildings in the shoved across the street. game – only the players can take Yet, what few, if anyone has comfort in knowing that none of talked about is that for oppos- the new facilities have a distinct ing teams and the newest Yan- home-field advantage just yet. kees, the new Stadium is just With that unique ambiance – or the latest in a long line of new annoyance for non-Yankees – structures they visit every few missing, this is just another new days. ballpark, no matter which team Save for four teams (Boston, plays there. Minnesota, Oakland and In a sport obsessed with at- Florida), every other opponent taching some statistical reason on the Yanks’ schedule this sea- why things happen, intimidation son plays in either a relatively has no number to be accounted new stadium or in the case of for. You can’t put a statistic on Kansas City, a remodeled one. it, but it’s an undeniable factor Most of the players in the ma- on the results thus far. There are jors since Baltimore ushered in enough remaining games to tell the league’s stadium boom in us that until Yankee fans can fin- 1991 have grown accustomed, ish transferring that mystique if not have played their entire from across the street. That careers in new facilities. Since home run tally will keep rising to those stadiums are still build- absurd levels. Yankee Stadium has been nick named, "The Homer Depot". Trade or stand pat By Marc Rasbury That’s likely an unpopular po- sition amongst the fan base but While the Met management is is it worth it to trade the future likely torn on the above ques- for a Nick Johnson? Personally I tion, I certainly don’t envy Omar don’t think so. Johnson is hav- Minaya’s position. ing a respectable season batting Of all the GM’s in baseball, .293 but his measly 5 HR’s aren’t Minaya may very well be in the going to change the face of this toughest spot of all as we ap- team not to mention his propen- proach the midway point of the sity for getting hurt. season. Adam Dunn on the other hand His team has crumbled to dust would be a great addition. His around him and of course the power is guaranteed to translate pressure from the media and in CitiField and would certainly fans mounts with each passing make up for his defense. The only loss. problem is I doubt the National We all know the story. No would move him for anything less Delgado. No Putz, Reyes, than highway robbery. His moon Beltran, Maine. A disaster of a shots are legendary and he puts season from Perez not to men- people on the seats – even in DC tion a litany of other injuries and isn’t that the name of the along the way to Church, Pagan, game for any last place team? Fernando Martinez, and so on… But if Minaya waits it out and So the million dollar question starts to get Reyes and Beltran (or the 149M dollar question in back things could look up in a this case) is, “does Minaya trade hurry. One has to think Delgado youth to add a cog or just hold is gone for the season but until the fort until the big guns come that’s confirmed why would the back?” team give away prospects to fill a Considering the caliber of position that can be addressed players the Mets have coming from the DL? Injuries and poor fielding has brought the The Mets without Reyes is like having a back, the prudent thing to do is Anyway you cut it these are Mets to their knees. car without spark plugs. may be wait it out. tough days for the NY Mets. (Photos by Marc Rasbury)
SPORTS 39 NEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Liberty faces Shocks, comes out with a winBy Linsey Isaacs end of the 1st quarter. The Liberty kicked up their de- After a three-game losing fense in the second period with 22streak, all that the New York Lib- to 8 spurt, and kept a substantialerty needed to bounce back was lead throughout the remainder ofsome home cooking, which the game largely due to makinglanded them an 80-64 sweeping nearly half of their three-pointervictory against the Detroit Shock attempts (12 out of 25).last Thursday night and a spot The Liberty then came into thehigher in the Eastern Confer- third quarter with a 39 to 26 lead,ence. and the Shock edged their way “It was a great win for us,” Loree back into the game as ShavonteMoore said. Zellous scored eight points, six of Facing a crowd of more than them were free throws, in the third8,000, the Liberty did not let their stanza.current position in the confer- But that was easily broken byence standings stop their game. the Liberty who forced the ShockLess than a year ago, both the into committing four turnovers andLiberty and the Shock were bat- a steady flow of both three-point-tling for the top spot in the finals; ers and field goals.now, still early in their respective Liberty coach Pat Coyle believedseasons, they’re at the bottom of that this was the best 40 minutesthe Eastern Conference. the team has played in the season Shameka Christon led the game thus far.with 25 points, followed by Loree “It helps when you make someMoore with 15, and Cathrine shots, but I thought defensivelyKraayeveld with 13. With an equal we did a pretty good job,” Coyleamount of aggression and being said.out-rebounded in total by the This victory gave the Liberty aShock (36 to 25 for the game), the 3-6 record. New York will take ontwo teams remained neck and Los Angeles Sparks led byneck with the Shock holding on Candace Parker, Tina Thompsonto a slim lead, 17 -18 score, at the and Lisa Leslie this week. N.Y. Liberty players celebrate victory. The Detroit Shock had no answer for the Libertys Shameka Christon last Thursday. Knicks didn’t get their man, or did they?Dr. Ira Warheit more than satisfied with the guy for years to come. Now though the real fun begins Harrington and the “instigator” choice. The Knicks weren’t finished as the Minnesota Timberwolves Steven Jackson? There was little doubt that More important, Donnie Walsh as they had the 29th pick, which drafting in the 5th and 6th posi- Does any one here smell a tradethe New York Knicks, no mat- and Mike D’Antoni were ecstatic belonged to the Los Angeles tion chose two coveted point between old friends? The T-wolvester how many smoke signals about drafting a real stud at a Lakers. The Lakers chose point guards, Jonny Flynn of Syracuse will jettison one of their guards inthey were sending out were en- position that the Knicks desper- guard Toney Douglas of Florida and the 18 yr.-old European Ricky a sign and trade, which could beamored with the best point ately needed to upgrade. The State and quickly shipped him Rubio who reminds some of a Rubio for either David Lee or theguard in the draft, Stephen choice was made with the help to the Knicks for future consid- mini-Maravich because he pro- crowd pleaser Nate “ The Great”Curry, the son of former N.B.A. of Kevin O’Neill who had re- erations. Douglas, lesser cesses a game a step ahead of ev- Robinson. This makes sense forballer Del Curry. cruited and coached Hill at Ari- known than the more heralded erybody else. For Minnie three’s New York since Rubio can be sent U n f o r t u n a t e l y, a s i s zona. O’Neill is recognized as guards, has elite credentials a crowd as the prospective starter back to Europe for a year forthe Knicks’ luck since they one of the best all-around “lifer” and may be the best all-around at point guard is Coney Islander more seasoning and then return fordrafted Patrick Ewing in what coaches in both the college ranks talent at that position due to the Sebastian Telfair. the 2010 Summer League which willseems like many moons as well as the N.B.A. combination of scoring ability With David Kahn the new be after the Knicks have signedago, missed out on their first Kevin was brought in by then and tenacious defense. He was P r e s i d e n t a n d G. M . o f t h e either “The King” or two other freechoice as the Golden State Pacers President Donnie Walsh to a 3rd team All-American, A.C.C. Wolves, a deal with the Knicks agents that will hopefully put themWarriors drafting in the num- be the defensive guru for Indiana 1st team as well as defensive could be forthcoming. Kahn in the championship mix.ber seven spot, chose Curry. head coach Isiah Thomas. player of the year in the confer- became a “player” in the league This leaves our team only theThis forced the orange and It was easy to recommend a ence. While averaging 21.5 ppg, when Donnie brought him into work of bringing in the slowlyblue to go in a different direc- player who in his junior year av- he shot a respectable 44.65 from the Pacers organization. It is a aging Steve Nash, already a Newtion and may have been a eraged 18.3 ppg. 11.0 re- the field with a 38.5% 3pt. aver- well-known fact that the Knicks Yorker with a Tribeca address, toblessing in disguise. bounds, 1.7 blocks a game, age, 81.5% from the foul line leader likes to deal with former run the vaunted D’Antoni of- But our snake -bitten while hitting 53.7% of his while making 1.7 steals per con- players or execs who were part fense and provide the leadershipteam did their due diligence shots. He led the Pac-10 with test. of the Indiana organization, that only a former M.V.P. canand chose Jordan Hill a 6’10", 20 double -doubles. Although Together the twosome may be whether as a player or a mem- bring.235 lb. power forward from not highly recruited, he im- better than any other drafted ber of the front office. Remem- Donnie, you’re the man.Arizona with the 8 th pick. Al- proved substantially every pairings in the league. Hats off ber the deal that brought Troy You’ve done so far exactly whatthough the Knick fans in the year having the best work ethic to Dick and Scott McGuire, the Murphy and Mike Dunleavy to you had promised, which is po-crowd displayed mixed feel- on very talented team. Knick father and son scouting combi- the Pacers while Golden State sition the Knicks for a 2010 cham-ings, those in the know, were fans, you’re going to like this nation. received present Knick Al pionship run.
40 BEACON SPORTSNEW YORK BEACON, July 9, 2009 - July 15, 2009 newyorkbeacon.com Marc Rasbury Remember this Titan By Marc Rasbury Every now and then we hear one from a small 1-AA college, Alcorn State. This was an institu- tion that very few people in the some off-the-field news from the mainstream media even knew ex- sports world that stops us in our isted when he was drafted. tracks. The OJ car chase captured Without a doubt, he will be re- the attention of the nation. The membered most for that final drive Michael Vick dog fighting case of the 2000 Super Bowl that came still has me shaking my head. But, up one yard short of sending that the shooting death of former Ten- game into overtime. During that nessee Titans and Baltimore drive he shed several defensive Ravens Steve McNair just players en route to throwing a dart brought me to the verge of tears. that converted a fourth and 15. A We were honoring my God- couple of plays later he scrambled daughter, Niami, who just gradu- again and found WR Kevin Dyson ated from high school and is on just short of the goal line as time her way to Ohio State University expired. He was 36 inches short of when a number of us whose cell immortality. Can you imagine if phones, that are set up to alerts Dyson found his way into the from ESPN or FOX Sports, started endzone? McNair might be men- going off like crazy. All of a sud- tioned in the same breath as Roger den, all you saw were faces go- Stabuach, Joe Montana or John ing from beer induced smiles to Elway as QBs who led their teams appearances of shock. to victory on the game’s biggest When the news of McNair’s stage. death started to surface, the fes- However, remembering him for tive mood was dampened to say just his football exploits will short the least. You might think that it change his contribution to society. was a bit much. However, McNair Everybody in the NFL family is tak- was not only that type of player, ing this news hard and it is not just but he was that type of person. because what he did on the field. The circumstances surrounding Everybody who has had the plea- his death stir up more questions sure of knowing McNair speak than answers. The 36 year old more about the person than the McNair was apparently shot mul- football player. tiple times by his new girl friend He was the type of individual Sahel Kazemi whom he had been that would have given you the seeing for over seven months shirt off his back. He was a men- despite being married to his col- tor to so many young players lege sweet heart, Michelle. Kazemi who have come in the League was also found dead at the scene behind him. Vince Young consid- with a single gunshot wound to ered him a father figure even the head. though he was drafted by the Ti- I just hope that McNair is re- tans to replace McNair. In Nash- membered for his remarkable life ville, he was not only the face of and legacy on and off-the-field. the franchise but he helped plant This guy was the ultimate Grid the seeds that allowed pro foot- Iron warrior who played like that ball to grow in that college grid Spartan General in the movie iron hot-bed. “300”. This guy played week in He also treated everybody with and week out with more injuries the utmost respect including yours than the law should allow. His truly. I remember back in 2002 when medical/injury file took up a five the Titans came back in dramatic draw filing cabinet. This guy fashion to defeat the Giants at the played with injuries like broken Meadowlands. McNair scored a ribs, bruised sternum and hernias last second TD to send the game just to name a few. But, in the face into overtime where they won the of all of these issues, he made it a contest. point to be in that huddle After the game, I asked McNair if throughout his career. that resiliency was born at Alcorn This walking M.A.S.H. unit not State. He laughed and said, “It was only played hurt, but he played not born there, but it was surely well. In his 13 year career, he was enhanced at my Alma Mata.” I told selected to the Pro Bowl three him that I also graduated from a times and earned Co-MVP hon- Historically Black College. Our ors in 2003. And he did this going conversation quickly turned from up against some of the toughest football to fond memories on our defensives in recent memory in- respective yards. Here I was a pho- cluding the Pittsburgh Steelers tographer from a small weekly and the Ray Lewis-led Baltimore news paper and he treated me as if Ravens. He is one of three play- I was a senior writer with Associ- ers in NFL history that threw for ated Press or ESPN. over 30,000 yards and ran for over Despite of what may come out 3,500 yards, Steve Young and from the details of the murder in- Fran Tarkenton, two Hall of vestigation, please keep in mind Famers, being the others. that we are human and bound to Considering how that always make some poor decisions from played hurt and whom he played time-to-time. But you will be hard against, you can see why he is pressed to find someone who has Steve McNair was the ultimate teammate and friend. considered one of the toughest walked this earth to command the guys to ever don a helmet and admiration and respect of his peers (Photo by Marc Rasbury) shoulder pads. Not bad for some- than one Steve McNair.