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ADW Atlanta Daily World www.adwnews.com Powered by Real Times Media Marta’s Keith Parker Promises Marta Ride with Respect Page 3 “New Atlanta” Reality Show features city’s elite Page 7 Stacii Jae Premiers Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Page 8 Read what Dominique Wilkins is up to now Page 9 Volume 86 • Issue 6 September 12 - 18, 2013 Good Chance New Atlanta Falcons Stadium Will Get South Site Says Mayor Reed By ADW’s Dion Rabouin King Siblings in Court By Kate Brumback Associated Press As the nation and world celebrated the memory of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream’’ speech, his two sons and daughter were caught up in their latest legal fight over control of their father’s legacy. On Aug. 28, his estate filed a complaint in an Atlanta court asking a judge to stop a nonprofit devoted to King’s memory from using his image, likeness and memorabilia. The date was the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and the slain civil rights icon’s famous speech. The estate is run by King’s sons, Martin Luther King III and Dexter King, while The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change is run by King’s remaining living daughter, Bernice King. King’s sons claim in the filing that they are the owners of the worldwide rights and property interests involving King’s name, image, likeness, recorded voice and memorabilia. That includes his writings, speeches, sermons and letters, as well as the remains and coffin in his crypt, the complaint says. In March 2007 they granted a nonexclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to the center to use King’s name, likeness and image and to publicly exhibit his writings and spoken words at the center, the complaint says. And while Martin III and Dexter support the center’s work and have been its largest financial contributor for the past decade, their relationship with the Center for Nonviolent Social Change “has recently become strained, resulting in a total breakdown in communication and transparency,’’ the complaint says. An audit and review of the center’s practices and procedures conducted by the estate in April revealed that the care and storage of the physical property is unacceptable as it could be damaged by fire, water, mold, mildew or theft. After failed meetings and communications, the estate sent a letter Photo by Maria Saporta to the center on Aug. 10 saying it would terminate the license at the end of a 30-day notice period. King’s sons told the center in the letter that it could prevent the termination by: putting CEO Bernice King on administrative leave pending the final outcome of the audit investigation; give the estate approval power over the use, care and treatment of the memorabilia until another solution can be implemented; and remove Alveda King, the civil rights leader’s niece, and former Atlanta mayor and civil rights veteran Andrew Young from the center’s board of directors. The estate says Alveda King tried to impede the audit investigation and that Young willfully infringed the estate’s intellectual property rights. Stephen Ryan, a lawyer for Bernice King, said in a letter on Aug. 14 to The King Center’s general counsel that her brothers were exercising their majority control over the estate “to take actions that directly harm the King Center,’’ with the goal of hindering or ending the center’s current name and operations. “The King brothers have disregarded their obligations to the nonprofit center in favor of their own financial interests, and their actions risk tarnishing and reducing their father’s legacy,” Ryan wrote. Their actions are an effort to force the center’s board to give them control, and are “totally inconsistent with their duties to the King Center, and the spirit of their father and mother, the founder of the King Center,’’ Ryan continued. King was assassinated in Memphis in April 1968. His wife, Coretta Scott King, died in 2006 and Yolanda King, the Kings’ eldest child, died in 2007. That left the three remaining siblings as the sole shareholders and directors of their father’s estate, but their relationship deteriorated over legal battles. Having secured an agreement with Friendship Baptist Church to buy their property for $19.5 million, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said he believes there is a “70 percent chance” that the city will clear the final remaining hurdle to moving forward on the stadium’s so-called south site by also coming to terms with Mount Vernon Baptist Church. Both Friendship and Mount Vernon, two of Atlanta’s oldest churches, are built on land where the city wants to build the Falcons new $1 billion retractable roof stadium. Reed said he prefers the south site, located at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and Northside Dr., because of its proximity to two MARTA stations and the Georgia World Congress Center. On Monday, Sept. 9, Reed told reporters that the deal would be closed in the “next five to seven” business days, and in an exclusive interview with the Atlanta Daily World on Tuesday, the mayor seemed confident he would get the desired location. “I think the conversations are going well, there’s good energy,” Reed said. “I’d say there’s probably a 70 percent chance that we come to an agreement.” Reed was at a kickoff event for Who’s Who in Black Atlanta’s upcoming 15th edition at Frank Ski’s Restaurant in Buckhead, but took a moment to discuss the latest on the stadium. The mayor has stepped in and enlisted the help of former Atlanta mayor and United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young for negotiations after the Georgia World Congress Center Association failed to come to an agreement with Mount Vernon. The Atlanta Falcons have until Oct. 1 to conduct feasibility studies on the north stadium site if a deal cannot be reached with Mount Vernon, but both Reed and Falcons owner Arthur Blank have made it clear they want to announce a location within a week to stay on track for the stadium to open in time for the 2017 season. “There’s always fluff built into these schedules,” Blank told the AJC in an August interview. “That fluff is really gone and [the architects and construction teams] are starting to face real dates.” Last month, Reed announced that the church was seriously considering a $15.5 million offer from the city after rejecting its initial tender of $6.2 million. On Monday, Reed told reporters, “We’ll either close [the deal], or we won’t, over the next five to seven days.” Reed added that private money “has materialized,” but said that he was not prepared to discuss where that private money would come from or the specifics of a possible deal. www.ADWnews.com NEWS 964521_08720 5.1x6.5 September 12 - 18, 2013 www.ADWnews.com community September 12 - 18, 2013 4c The Fulton County Police Department New equipment being unveiled will inhas announced a trove of new crime fighting clude: equipment that police say will crack down on Bearcat – The bearcat is an armored crime in a big way. On Sept. 24 the departvehicle that will stop most commercially ment will unveil the state-of-the-art weaponavailable ammunition found in the United ry in the LA Fitness parking lot at 6425 Old States. The vehicle is used by the SWAT National Highway in College Park. team to rescue citizens or police officers According to department representatives, who may become isolated during an active crime in Fulton County -- particularly robshooter event. beries -- has increased drastically. A release Helicopter Flier System and Spotlight – from District 7 Commissioner Bill Edwards The helicopter has been outfitted with a notes that since the beginning of 2013, there FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) system have been a significant number of robberthat can be used to find perpetrators fleeies in the Old National Highway Corridor, ing a crime scene and or help locate lost totaling 54 to date. That number includes children. A newly installed moving map the most recent robbery in the Old National system was installed as well. The moving Market Place where one man was robbed at map system overlays street names onto the gunpoint and sustained multiple gunshot computer screen of the FLIR system to help wounds. The perpetrators got away with the the helicopter better navigate when trying victim’s wallet and $1,500 in cash. to locate perpetrators. The new equipment is designed to enhance The spotlight works in conjunction with SWAT team services during apprehensions, the FLIR System and shines bright light surveillance and rescues. using the equivalent of 10 million candle “This equipment is the result of the willingpower. ness of the people in South Fulton to pay for T3 Patrollers – T3 Patroller enables law their services,” said Edwards. The equipment enforcement officers to quickly respond to will also be on display at 1:30 p.m. in the emergency situations during public events Cascade Crossing Shopping Center (Publix such as festivals, parades, concerts and parking lot) at 3695 Cascade Road, Atlansporting events where large crowds conta, GA 30331 and at 4 p.m. in the Parkway vene. The patroller is easy to operate and alVillage (Publix parking lot) at 5370 Campbelllow the user to maneuver well in restricted ton-Fairburn Road, Fairburn, GA 30213. spaces as well as streets, sidewalks, parking “This equipment enhances the services we facilities and venue interiors. provide not only to South Fulton but all of Delivery Vehicle – The delivery vehicle is Fulton County. We are dedicated to ensuring used to deliver the SWAT team to the front our citizens are safe and this equipment helps door for the execution of a warrant. The us when combatting criminal activity,” said vehicle can seat 18 fully equipped SWAT Fulton County Police Chief Cassandra Jones. operators comfortably. Fulton County Police to Unveil New Weapons at College Park Looking forward together with confidence and pride MARTA Board Approves New ‘Ride Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School Celebrates Groundbreaking With Respect’ Code of Conduct The MARTA Board of MARTA Board. “We are asking Directors recently approved the community, elected officials “Ride With Respect,” a new and customers to join us in policy the company says is raising the bar and reinforcing designed to help improve the the expectation that everyone overall customer experience by deserves a safe, efficient and addressing nuisance behaviors enjoyable ride on MARTA.” with penalties including possiKeith T. Parker, MARTA’s ble suspension from the transit GM/CEO, said the policy – system. The policy goes into along with a more robust police effect on Nov. 9. presence, new vehicle security MARTA says “Ride With cameras and a mobile phone Respect” was prompted by conapp to report problems – will cerns from existing and potenmake MARTA more attractive tial MARTA customers and the Keith T. Parker and help customers feel more policy was drafted with input comfortable. from scores of community stakeholders. “You should have the freedom to sit Under the new code of conduct, prohibquietly and enjoy a peaceful ride on MARited activities include solicitation, selling TA,” Parker explained. “ ‘Ride With Respect’ goods or services, loud music, spitting, reaffirms our commitment to our customers littering, eating on transit vehicles, drinking and employees by curtailing undesirable on transit vehicles without re-sealable drink behavior on our system.” containers, fighting and disruptive behav“Ride with Respect,” the company says, is ior – many of which are also violations of a cornerstone of MARTA’s ongoing transstate law and could result in arrest, MARTA formation initiative to change the way it announced. conducts business in order to make the “Moving forward, MARTA will no longer transit system more financially sustainable tolerate bad behavior on our system,” said for the future. Frederick L. Daniels Jr., chairman of the Build your financial future Reaching any goal is easier when you have a good plan. And a strong financial plan is built on solid financial decisions. With our customized tools and services, we can help you create your own road map to financial security. wellsfargo.com Pictured left to right - Bill Garrett, Ileana Martinez, Archbishop Wilton Gregory, Bob FitzGerald and Mayor Kasim Reed Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School began reconstruction on Monday, Sept. 9 at the school’s future site in midtown, in the former office space for the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory joined Bill Garrett, president of Cristo Rey Atlanta and Bob FitzGerald, board chair for Cristo Rey Atlanta, to partake in the groundbreaking ceremony, by each taking a turn swingBill Garrett ing a sledgehammer into the construction wall. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014 with an inaugural freshman class of 125 students. Each year, another freshman class will be added until the school is at full enrollment of 500 students in the fall of 2018. The school is open to students of all denominations in Atlanta. Cristo Rey Network schools primarily serve urban students in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods with limited educational opportunities. The average household income for a family of four is $35,000 and 96 percent of the students within the Cristo Rey Network of schools are students of color. Students served by CRAJ will mirror these demographics. A unique aspect of Cristo Rey Network schools is that all students participate in the school’s corporate work study program, where students work at law firms, banks, hospitals, universities, etc., five days a month to help pay for their tuition. Almost 40 local corporations in Atlanta, including UPS, Sun-Trust Bank and most of the major law firms, have already shown their full support by committing to provide workplace experiences for future Cristo Rey students. Some 100 supporters of the Cristo Rey model were present at the ceremony to celebrate the groundbreaking. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. The school is sponsored by the Jesuits of the Provinces of Maryland, New England and New York and enjoys the full support of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and Archbishop Gregory. © 2013 Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. All rights reserved. Member FDIC. 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Over the past six years, the tour has administered more than half a million health tests valued at $11.4 million to more than 1,000 communities throughout the United States. “The National Urban League is thrilled to partner with Walgreens for the Way to Well Health Tour for the seventh year in a row,” said Marc H. Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League. “As many urban and minority communities in the United States are struggling to afford rising health care costs in an uneasy economy, the free tests provided by the Way to Well Health Tour are vital to disease detection and prevention. Working together with Walgreens, we hope to educate and empower urban and minority communities to live healthier lifestyles.” John Gremer, Walgreens director of community affairs, said, “Way to Well reflects our commitment to disease prevention and to improving everyday health through education and early detection. With the NUL, the nationwide traveling health tour is one way we deliver on our pledge to improve lives by providing underserved communities greater access to the resources they need. We also thank our customers for supporting this cause with us, and ultimately making this important wellness services program a reality by simply The tour will be making the following stops in the Atlanta area: Thursday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Walgreens 120 Marietta Hwy. Atlanta, GA 30114 Saturday, Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For Sisters Only Georgia World Congress Center 285 Andrew Young International Blvd NW Atlanta, GA 30113 Sunday, May 19 – 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Health Fair 7530 Roswell Rd. Atlanta, GA 30350 AtlAntA DAily WorlD a purchasing our brand.” Collectively, the health tests valued at over $100, are administered to adults age 18 years and older by certified wellness staff and can be completed in approximately 20 minutes. Afterward, participants will consult with a Walgreens pharmacist or certified wellness staff about his or her results. Consumers are encouraged to report their results to their doctor or health care provider so they may discuss any concerns with them. In addition to critical screenings uninsured visitors will receive vouchers for free flu shots redeemable at any Walgreens. August Jobs Report Hiring continued at a slow pace in August, and the unemployment rate fell as more Americans dropped out of the labor force. The U.S. economy added 169,000 jobs in August, the Department of Labor said Friday. Although that was an improvement from 104,000 jobs added in July, it was also slower than the average pace of job growth over the last 12 months, and missed economist expectations. Job growth for both June and July was also revised lower by a total of 74,000 jobs. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate fell to 7.3 per cent, but the decline came for the wrong reasons, as 312,000 people dropped out of the labor force. Only 63 per cent of Americans now participate in the labor force -- meaning they have a job or are looking for one. That’s the lowest rate since August 1978. The report was being closely watched for signs that the Federal Reserve will begin pulling back on its controversial bond-buying program later this month. The Fed has said that the timing of the “tapering” would depend heavily on improvement in the labor market. “When they look at the full weight of evidence, they’ll conclude there’s been no significant change in the last few months,” said Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist for High Frequency Economics. “I think they will go ahead with the tapering in September.” But economists were mixed in their reactions. 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Kim McNair Lisa Williams ADW Powered by Real Times Media www.adwnews.com AtlAntA DAily WorlD 2013 SUPER TUESDAY CONFERENCE SPONSORS AGL Resources | Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta Technical College Fulton DeKalb Hospital Authority | MARTA | WCLK Jazz 91.9 FM | Wells Fargo Mary Parker, ABL Board Chair Leona Barr-Davenport, ABL President & CEO For more information: www.atlantabusinessleague.org or call 404-584-8126 4 5 www.ADWnews.com race in america September 12 - 18, 2013 www.ADWnews.com entertainment There have, of course, been a handful of notable films about slavery (“Beloved,” “Amistad” and the miniseries “Roots”), but, it’s safe to say, never before has there been a movie like “12 Years a Slave.” This film is the most unblinking portrait of slavery yet seen in cinema: a straightforward resurrection of its atrocities, complications and, most of all, its plain reality. In Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave, “Solomon Northop, a free man from upstate New York who’s kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), is hung for daring to strike an abusive plantation hand (Paul Dano). He’s cut down, but only just barely enough to reach the ground. McQueen captures it all in one long, agonizing take, as Northop is left dangling, shuffling excruciatingly on his tiptoes. “I wanted everyone to be Solomon Northup,” says McQueen. “You are on that journey with him.” “12 Years a Slave,” which Fox Searchlight will release in theaters Oct. 18, premiered over the weekend at the Toronto Interna- September 12 - 18, 2013 Editor’s Note: This is article IX of an 11-part series on Race in America - Past and Present, sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation. It has been edited for space. Lincoln Died for Our Sins By Jelani Cobb The opening scene of Steven Spielberg’s cinemythic portrait of the 16th president features President Abraham Lincoln seated on a stage, half cloaked in darkness, and observing the Union forces he is sending into battle. It’s an apt metaphor for the man himself -- both visible and obscure, inside the tempest yet somehow above the fray. “Lincoln” was released in early November 2012 just in time to shape our discussions of Jan. 1, 2013, the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. In fairness, this narrative of Lincoln’s Civil War, equal parts cavalry and Calvary, did not originate with Spielberg. The legend of the Great Emancipator began even as Lincoln lay dying in a boardinghouse across from Ford’s Theater that night in April 1865 in the same way that JFK’s mythic standing as a civil rights stalwart was born at Dealey Plaza in November 1963. History is malleable. There is always the temptation to remake the past in the contours that are most comforting to us. In a nation tasked with reconciling its democratic ideals with the reality of slavery, Lincoln has become a Rorschach test of sorts. What we see when we look at him says as much about ourselves as it does about him. And what we see, or choose to see, most often is a figure of unimpeachable moral standing who allows Americans to gaze at ourselves in the mirror of history and smile. If the half-life for this kind of unblemished heroism is limited -- we’ve grown more cynical across the board -- it has remained resonant enough for our politicians today to profit from their association with it. The signal achievement of Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is the renovation of that vision of Lincoln, a makeover for a nation that had elected its first Black president to a second term just three days before the film hit theaters. Beyond the obvious, though, lies a deeper theme between Obama and Lincoln: the identities of both men are inextricably bound to questions of both disunity and progress in this country. It’s worth recalling that Obama’s rise to prominence was a product of his 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention, in which he offered a compelling, if Photoshopped, vision of a United States where there are no red states or blue states, where neither race nor religion nor ideology can undermine national unity. On the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, we see unwitting testimony to our ongoing racial quagmire in the reductive ways we discuss the author of that document and the reasons for slavery’s end. We speak volumes about our impasses in the glib, self-congratulatory way we discuss the election of the president most ostensibly tied to Lincoln’s legacy. It’s important to note that Spielberg’s film about the death of slavery all but ignores the Proclamation. That choice allowed the director -- and his audience -- to avoid both Lincoln’s support for the mass colonization of free Blacks and also the fact that the now-hallowed Proclamation left nearly a million slaves in chains. It also made unnecessary any discussion of the uncomfortable truth that the Proclamation was devised in part as a war measure to ensure the loyalties of border states and deprive the Confederacy of its labor force, while leaving open the question of the South getting those very slaves back, should they return to the Union. Instead, Spielberg’s “Lincoln” centers on the comparatively clean moral lines surrounding the Thirteenth Amendment. But like a great deal of the popular ideas about Lincoln, the film confuses the president’s strategic ideas with his moral ones, and in so doing shifts the landscape toward redemption. The strategic and moral benefits of Lincoln’s actions are not mutually exclusive, but the need for a redemption figure makes us behave as if they are. The fact that Black freedom occurred because a particular set of national interests aligned with ending slavery doesn’t diminish the moral importance of it. Indeed, the moral high ground here is that Lincoln, unlike millions of Americans in both the South and the North, was able to recognize that slavery was not more important than the Union itself. This seems somehow insufficient to the definition of heroism today, but it shouldn’t. The by-product of our modern, mythical Lincoln is that he allows us to shift our gaze to one American who ended slavery rather than the millions who perpetuated and defended it. By lionizing Lincoln, we are able to concentrate on the death of an evil institution rather than its ongoing legacy. The paradox is that Lincoln’s death enabled later generations to impatiently wonder when Black people would cease fixating on slavery and just get over it. When Obama cast himself in the mold of Lincoln in 2007, he could not have known how deeply he would find himself mired in the metaphor. As a recent Pew Study revealed, our country is more divided along partisan lines today than at any point since they’ve been conducting studies. Basic demographic divisions -- gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and class -- do not predict differences in values more than they have in the past. Men and women, Whites, Blacks, and Hispanics, the highly religious and the less religious, and those with more and less education differ in many respects, but those differences have not grown in recent years, and for the most part they pale in comparison to the overwhelming partisan divide we see today. This is only partly because of the growth of cable news programs offering relentless blue-versus-red commentary and a la carte current events. It’s also because party identity has become a stand-in for all the other distinctions the study explained. That chasm is the stepchild of the sectionalism of Lincoln’s era. Today, we are another House Divided, though the lines are now drawn more haphazardly. And this is where Obama and Lincoln part ways. In future feature films about the current era, it won’t be the details of the president’s life that will be redacted, but the details of our own. More specifically, it will be the details of those Americans who greeted Obama’s re-election with secession petitions; those who reacted to the 2008 election by organizing themselves and parading racially inflammatory banners in the nation’s capital; those who sought solace from demagogues and billionaire conspiracy theorists who demanded that a sitting president prove his own citizenship. To be clear, though, something in the nation has changed. At no point prior to 2008 could a presidential aspiration have been so effectively yoked to this yearning for a clear racial conscience. But beneath the high-blown, premature rhetoric of postracialism lies the less inspirational fact that those changes were as much about math as they were about morality. Depending on your perspective, we have either reached a point of racial maturity that facilitated the election of an African-American president, or we’ve reached a point where By Kevin Holly Special to ADW ‘The New Atlanta’ Is Fresh Burst of Reality TV An Unblinking Portrait of Slavery in ‘12 Years a Slave’ tional Film Festival, where it was hailed as a masterpiece and very possibly this year’s best picture Oscar winner. It is quickly gathering force as a kind of epochal achievement. The hanging scene is only one of the film’s lengthy moments – a beating that serves as an introduction to life as a slave; a forced whipping of another slave – showed in full, unbroken view. The film is often harrowingly difficult to watch. But it’s ultimately concerned with being faithful to Northop’s experience, and capturing his undimmed dignity. Northop went on to be part of the abolitionist movement and lecture on slavery throughout the Northeast. The film, made with a budget of $22 million, was produced by Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B, and the actor appears in a small but pivotal role, warning Epps of a coming “day of reckoning.” Speaking to reporters at Toronto, he expressed his deep pride in having been a part of “12 Years a Slave.” “If I never get to participate in a film again …” he said, trailing off. “This is it for me.” a supermajority of Black voters, a large majority of Latino and Asian ones, and a minority of White people are capable of winning a presidential election. Again, these ideas need not be mutually exclusive, but the need for clean lines and easy redemption makes us behave as if they are. Indeed, the real problem is not that the nation has so consistently sought balm for its racial wounds, and drafted Lincoln -- and Obama -- for those purposes; it’s the belief that we could be absolved from the past so cheaply. No Lincoln, not even an unfailingly moral one who was killed in service of a righteous cause, could serve as an antidote for the ills that persisted, and continue to persist, for a century and a half after his demise. We find ourselves now in circumstances where actual elements of racial progress are jeopardized precisely because we’ve smugly accepted the idea of ourselves as racially progressive. The Thirteenth Amendment states that “[n]either slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” We are a nation in which a Black president holds office while more than half a million duly convicted Black men populate the prisons, and county and municipal jails hold hundreds of thousands more. The symbolic ideal of postracialism masks a Supreme Court that undermined affirmative action in higher education and the preclearance clause of the Voting Rights Act. The election of an African-American president is a watershed in our history. But the takeaway is that what we do during these moments is somehow smaller than what we do between them, that our heroes are no better than we are, nor do they need to be. Harriet Tubman is often cited as saying she could have freed more Blacks if only she’d been able to convince them they were slaves. In our own era, the only impediment to realizing the creed of “We Shall Overcome” is the narcotic belief that we already have. Jelani Cobb is the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress and the director of the Institute for African-American Studies at the University of Connecticut. This article was originally published by the Washington Monthly Magazine. “The New Atlanta” series chronicles the lives and experiences shared by Atlanta socialites who aren’t the average local celebs. The show brings a fresh sense of reality to reality television. Not suffocating with unthinkable scenarios and surviving solely on celebrity appearances, “The New Atlanta” actually gives a glimpse into what seems to be the real Atlanta socialite lifestyle. The cast includes an aspiring singer by the name of Africa, accompanied by Vawn, who aims to use his entertainment experience in hopes of creating a successful career for her. The rest of the cast consists of a classic southern belle boutique owner by the name of Emily, her handsome long-time friend, Tribble, and the “mean girl” of the group, Alex, who is a very outspoken graduating senior from Georgia State University with a diva demeanor. The cast members’ interactions prove to be both entertaining and suspenseful. Not a spoiler alert, but it seems that since there is no clear star of the show, the youngest and most attractive cast member, Alex, will be front-runner for the star position. The show is ripe with fun, fists and flirtation, sending viewers on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish. With a cast that touches nearly every type of Atlanta socialite, “The New Atlanta” will have you on the edge of your seat begging for more as the ending credits begin to roll. Be on the lookout for “The New Atlanta,” a refreshing burst of reality on Bravo at 10 p.m. premiering on Sept. 17. 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NBAF13_ADW_Question.indd 1 8/29/13 11:22 AM 6 NBAF13_ADW_8.27.indd 1 8/27/13 3:41 PM 7 www.ADWnews.com Alabama to Face Virginia Tech in Georgia United Wins AAU Title SerenaYear Williams For Third Consecutive Sold-OutNew Georgia Dome Who’s Who in Black Atlanta Announces Honors th September 12 - 18, 2013 www.ADWnews.com Who’s Who in Black Atlanta took over Frank Ski’s Restaurant in Buckhead Monday, Sept. 9 to announce the publication’s new Game Changers honor presented in the 15th annual edition, which will debut on Nov. 6. Stacii Jae Johnson, associate publisher of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, described the soon-to-be-named Game Changer honorees as Atlanta luminaries who are “original, captivating, distinct, inspiring, profound, impassioned and original.” “Atlanta’s the perfect place [to start Game Changers] because historically things have always started in Atlanta,” said Johnson. “As a child my mother told me, ‘Black people can be something in Atlanta.’ She said Atlanta was the place of opportunity for African Americans.” On hand for the event were Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, who will autograph the 2013 edition’s forward. Reed spoke passionately to the assembled crowd about the importance of Who’s Who in the city and the publication’s legacy. He also sat down for a conversation with Real Times Media about the impact the Who’s Who publication can have. “For 15 years we’ve had Who’s Who in Atlanta, and what it does is lift up individuals who are worthy examples in the city of Atlanta because examples matter,” Reed said. “You can’t dream about or become what Ad Quarter 1extent 8/15/13 you’ve never page:Layout seen, so to the that9:06 you AM have a wide range of examples, you have mentors and people that you can model your career after, model your life after, and that’s what Who’s Who provides. “That’s what makes Who’s Who so special and so important,” Reed continued, “because it really does give people a broad example, a number of examples, of people who have achieved excellence and who have lived lives that are worthy of praise.” While the 15th rendition of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta will stay true to many of the publication’s established traditions, 2013’s edition also will boast some exciting updates. In addition to adding the first-of-itskind Game Changer category, Atlanta will also pay homage to the city’s up-and-coming, with its Emerging Leaders category.” Nominations for Who’s Who in Black Atlanta are open until Sept. 23 and the honorees will be unveiled at a celebration event at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis on Nov. 6. The Atlanta Daily World is a subsidiary of Real Times Media, which also owns Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and Who’s Who Publishing. features www.ADWnews.com SPORTS July 18 - 24, 2013 Sports Special to ADW Page 1 2013 MRC 2013 Awards Gala TR AI TS OF S The highly-anticipated college football rematch between reigning national champion Alabama and Virginia Tech is now a sellout. Chick-fil-A Bowl officials announced the game and both teams have completely sold through their allotment of tickets for the Georgia Dome showdown. “The Georgia Dome is always an exciting place to play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is going to be very special,” said Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer. Despite ticket allotments being sold out, fans looking to get to the game still have great ticket package options available through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game’s Official Ticket Exchange and VIP Hospitality provider. “This is a nationally compelling matchup with two legendary coaches, passionate fan bases and perennial top-10 teams in the country,” said Chick-fil-A Bowl President and CEO Gary Stokan. “For Alabama this is a chance to start another championship run, to make history and go for the three-peat. For Virginia Tech, you can’t make much bigger of a statement than knocking off number one.” The teams, who last met in 2009 when the #5 Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies 3424 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, will face off again at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 to open the 2013 college football season. Since the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began in 2008, the two matchups between Alabama and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) represent Trophy. “We are looking forward to another great game and we have a lot of respect for Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick Saban, Alabama head coach. “We’ve had the opportunity to open the season twice before in Atlanta, and the experience has been extremely positive for our team and our fans. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia Dome is a great venue for college football. It has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done an outstanding job of making it a first-class event.” “Playing in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game creates a very exciting environment for the fans and players of both teams,” said Jim Weaver, Virginia Tech athletics director. “We look forward to opening the season with the defending National Champions in a sold-out Georgia Dome.” In its third Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game appearance, Alabama will look not only to increase its record to 3-0, but will also look to secure a victory that could prove to be imperative in appearing in its third consecutive national championship game. For Virginia Tech, a victory against topranked Alabama would immediately thrust the Hokies into the national spotlight and set them up for a championship run of their own. the two fastest sellouts in the game’s history. The teams will be competing for the game’s coveted Old Leather Helmet Wins 17 Grand Slam SPORT Third Time No Charm for Maroon www.ADWnews.com Tigers In Nation’s Football Classic Alabama to Face Virginia Tech in Ge By ADW’s Deitra P. Johnson For the third consecutive time since the SpecialNation’s to ADW AT&T Football Classic was renewed in The highly-anticipat2011, Morehouse College ed college football was defeated by Howard rematch between University in the college reigningrivalry nationfootball between al champion the two Historically Black Alabamaand andUniversities Colleges (HBCU) in Washington, Virginia Tech Greg McGhee D.C. onaSept. 7. is now sellout. Quarterback Greg Chick-fil-A Bowl offiMcGhee passed for yards and three cials announced the242 game touchdowns while adding 54 more yards on and both teams have completely sold the ground to lead the Bison to a 27-16 win. through their allotment of tickets for the Meanwhile, Howard’s defensive unit recordGeorgia Dome showdown. ed nine before a crowd of 17,012 at JFK “The sacks Georgia Dome is always an exciting Stadium. place to play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is Theto Bison now own a”24-10 all-timeTech going be very special, said Virginia advantage over the Maroon Tigers in the head coach Frank Beamer. annual event ticket that ran from 1923-1997 before Despite allotments being sold its 14-year hiatus. out, fans looking to get to the game still In great Saturday’s Morehouse have ticketmatchup, package options available jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but surrendered through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff 27 straight points, before rallying for two Game’s Official Ticket Exchange and VIP touchdowns in the fourth quarter to narrow Hospitality provider. the gap. The drive went 68 yards in 13 plays “This is a nationally compelling matchbefore Morehouse had to settle for a 37-yard up with two legendary coaches, passionate field goal by Hector Solis. fan bases and perennial top-10 Despite constant pressure in teams which in hethe was country, ” said Chick-fil-A Bowl President sacked seven times, Morehouse quarterback and CEO Gary Stokan. “For Alabama thisfor is Joshua Harris completed 18-of-31 passes, a chance start another championship run, 193 yardsto and a touchdown. He also gained to make go attempts. for the three-peat. 78 yards history rushingand on 22 Lake McFor Virginia Tech, you make much Guffie, a Hampton, Ga. can’t native playing in bighis ger of a statement thanhad knocking off at number first Morehouse game, a big day the one.” position, hauling in four passes for wideout teams, who met in 2009 when the 102The yards to lead alllast receivers. #5 But Crimson TideSolis’ defeated the #7 Hokies 34following kick, the Bison (1-1) responded on their next possession 24 in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game,when will face they countered 42-yard fieldAug. goal31 byto off again at 5:30with p.m.aon Saturday, John thatcollege knotted the score at 3-3 at openFleck the 2013 football season. theSince end of the first quarter. the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game began there, the Howardbetween defense began to in From 2008, the two matchups Alabama harass the Morehouse quarterbacks while and Virginia Tech (2009 and 2013) represent September 12 - 18, 2013 Sold-Out Georgia Dome Serena Williams became unraveled in the second set, lost the first two points of the third, then mastered that tricky balancing act the rest of the way to beat No. 2 Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-7 (6), 6-1 for her fifth U.S. Open title and her 17th Grand Slam championship at Flushing Meadows on Sept. 8. Special to ADW Dominique Wilkins Returns for Sixth Season at SportSouth, Atlanta Hawks SportSouth recently announced the network will televise 75 Atlanta Hawks games throughout the 2013-14 season, featuring former Atlanta Hawks star and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins returning for his sixth season as the Hawks game analyst. Veteran play-by-play announcer Bob Rathbun is also returning and will be entering his 18th season as the voice of the Hawks. NBA reporter Andre Aldridge will once again provide analysis and insights from the sidelines. Surrounding every game telecast, SportSouth will provide viewers with “Hawks LIVE” pregame and postgame coverage, interviews with and 7th coaches, game highlights The Georgia United basketball featuring team recently captured theplayers 2013 AAU Grade National from around the NBA, and a lookAAU at the next opponent on the Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The two-time defending State champions went 8-0 to Hawks’ schedule. Jerome Jurenovich will host “Hawks LIVE” win the week-long competition featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from segments alongside analyst Mike “Stinger” Glenn, withBeleyu, reports left) Travis Anderson II, Mandarius Dickerson; Chase Fiddler, Rodney Lewis Jr., Myles coming from Aldridge. Kennedy Minx-Rogers, Malik McClain, Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross II, The Hawks will tip Dennis, off theirRapheal 2013-14Rogers, campaign on Lewis, Wednesday, Oct. 30 at Cofer, Dallas, with James Lewis, Daviyon Gavin and coaches Tee Rodney coverage beginning at 8 p.m. (ET). The team returns to Atlanta’s Philips Arena for the home Lewis, Scott Beleyu and Eric Ross. opener on Friday, Nov. 1 against Toronto at 7 p.m. Portraits Of Sweet Success The Portraits of Sweet Success Awards Gala and 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Metro Resource Center, Inc. Sunday, September 15, 2013 6:00pm Reception and Silent Auction 7:00pm Tribute and Dinner Alanta Marriott Marquis 265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303 Mistress of Ceromonies Monica Pearson, Retired News Anchor WSB TV McGhee took advantage of the Tigers’ defense by stringing together three impressive drives. The first two fastest took six the plays and resulted in the in a 20-yard sellouts strike in the game’s hiscorner of the endzone tory. to freshman running The teams back Anthony Philyaw. will be McGhee, a junior from Pittsburgh, Pa., competcame right back with another six-play ing for the drive, but it stalled and game’s coveted Howard had to settle forOld another 33-yard Leather Helmet field goal by Fleck. Trophy. McGhee then closed out the half with a “We are looking forward to another 27-yard pass to Matt Colvin upped for the great game and we have a lotthat of respect margin to 20-3 at the half. Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick “It was a matter of coach. tempo “We’ve for us,” had saidthe Saban, Alabama head McGhee. “Our the tempo the opportunity to controlling open the season twice of before game was the key to us being successful. in Atlanta, and the experience has been Once we got our rhythm, were able to extremely positive for ourwe team and our fans. have some success. ” The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia The Bison putvenue the game out of reach when Dome is a great for college football. It McGhee capped off another short trek with has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done a 26-yard run and catch to Rodney Tyson an outstanding job ofthird making it a first-class midway through the period. event. ” The Maroon Tigers then made it inter“Playing in the Kickoff Game esting. Following aChick-fil-A Bison turnover, Joshua creates a very exciting environment for the Harris, after scrambling his way through and fans and players of both teams, ” said Jim around Howard’s defense, found Brandon Weaver, Virginia Tech athletics director. “We Sartin on the 9-yard line for a touchdown to look forward the season with the cut the deficitto toopening 27-9 with 49 seconds left in defending National Champions in a sold-out the third quarter. Georgia From Dome. there, ” it appeared that Morehouse In its third Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game seized the momentum. The Maroon Tigers appearance, will look not only to put together Alabama decisive nine-play, 90-yard increase its record to 3-0, but will also look drive that was capped off with a 3-yard run to secure a Hamilton. victory that could prove the to be imby Shelton That reduced perative appearing in itsstill third consecutive deficit toin 27-16 with 10:06 remaining in the game. national championship game. From there, Howard clapped downtopdefenFor Virginia Tech, a victory against sively and was able to claim victory. thrust ranked Alabama would immediately the Hokies into the national spotlight and set them up for a championship run of their own. Fo W EET POR The G Cham win th left) Tr Kenne James Lewis, Honorees Dr. Samuel DuBois Cook Ann Cramer Attorney Leroy R. Johnson Tharon L. Johnson Dr. Verdree Lockhart, Sr. Elisabeth and Afemo Omilami Booker T. Poe M.D. John C. 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GO: www.avisbudget.greatjob.net | Media Code: AXZ | Job Code: GAZW BIDS AND PROPOSALS ADVERTISEMENT for REQUEST FOR SEALED BID ASBESTOS REMOVAL, DEMOLITION, CLEAN-UP and DISPOSAL of MATERIALS LOCATED AT 2271 ROSS STREET and 2277 ROSS STREET BID – INSP – 091913 – DEM UNFINISHED BUSINESS Obama Selling ‘Wolf Tickets’ on Syria President Barack Obama stepped on a big limb when he threatened “limited action” against Syria because the country’s leaders allegedly used chemical weapons against their own people. There are international bans against the use of chemical weapons, with Syria one of few countries not supporting the ban. Chemical weapons allegedly killed more than 1,400 Syrians, and the ongoing civil war may have killed as many as 100,000. President Obama announced his willingness to act on Syria’s domestic chemical intrusion before Labor Day, but he has backpedaled and asked for Congressional approval. What will he do if Congress says no? Will he face the international community conceding that he has less power than he thought, or will he go ahead and take military action without Congressional approval? Reportedly, U.S. troops in the Middle East were ready to follow the orders of the Commander-in-Chief before they got orders to slow down any action. Perhaps President Obama is finally listening to the sentiment of the American people, who, according to several polls, do not support action against Syria. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and dozens of other members of Congress sent the president a letter urging debate on any military action against Syria. Does the urgency of a strike against Syria recede over time? Have we learned from the lessons of Iran, Afghanistan, and, yes, Vietnam? In the last case, “simple” military action led us into a war that lasted for nearly a decade, and the loss of tens of thousands of lives. The “end” of that war was hardly decisive, with a withdrawal that didn’t so much save the day as salvage our nation’s bruised ego. If allegations against Syria are true, they have clearly crossed a line. Still, it is not clear that unilateral action from the United States is the solution. While the United Nations is not always as effective as it might be, I’d prefer United Nations concurrence to United States go-it-along position in this matter. From Iraq, we must remember that verification of the use of chemical weapons is key to any action. I’ll never forget Secretary of State Colin Powell holding up a small container and saying, “This could be anthrax.” Turns out, it wasn’t. Based on that vivid display, we stepped up our action against Iraq, and a decade later we are still there. General Powell said that if we broke it, we have to fix it. We’ve not fixed it – we are withdrawing, and billions of dollars and thousands of lives later, the situation is almost as murky as it was when we entered that country. What will we do if Syria chooses to respond to our “limited” military action? Action and counteraction are the first steps to war. We aren’t ready for that. We’ve got existing military commitments, and an already-challenged budget, something not often mentioned in the face of this impending crisis. Military experts say Syrian action could cost about $100 million Depending on escalation, we could easily end up in billion-dollar territory. Budget, especially in the face of budget austerity? Will the money to cover a Syria strike come from the already-cut food stamps program, from sparsely funded education programs, from already-embattled health care? Former President Bill Clinton reportedly supports military action against Syria, and regrets that the United States did not get involved in the massacre in Rwanda that claimed nearly 1 million lives. With Rwanda, though, a bipartisan group of legislators pushed Clinton to take the case against Rwanda to the United Nations,250 and he did not. President Obama has not suggested United Nations cooperation but instead insisted that it is time to take action. Where is the peace movement? Are they shying away from their traditional anti-war stance because President Obama, not President Bush, is in the White House? Once, you could count on groups like Code Pink to lift their voices against military action. Now their silence speaks volumes. There are alternatives to “limited military action” in Syria. Yet, those alternatives have yet to be explored. We shouldn’t involve ourselves in what might be a multi-billion dollar action just so President Obama can sell wolf tickets (or bragging rights) and count on Congress to cash them. Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer. She is president emerita of Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, N.C. I’M LOOKING for a part time personal assistant age of 28/60 which I’m going to be paying $600 each week. If interested, contact (firstname.lastname@example.org) Asap Senior Java Developer (Atlanta, GA): Participate in formal development lifecycle and release control process. Interpret written application requirements and apply sound programming practices to develop applications for large volume online services. Develop robust and secure web-based tools, products, processes, and web services. Develop Java core applications on UNIX operating systems with LDAP & Relational Database connectivity. 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In corner number two, we have social media, which continues to pick up steam, proving to be a powerful contender with multi-platform advertising, and I am specifically referencing Facebook. Did you know that Facebook has more than 1 billion members around the globe? That’s almost one-seventh of the world’s population. And, because we love our social media, Blacks are more likely to visit social networking sites, such as Facebook, than other demographic groups. Chances are, you’re a member of the Facebook family. By the way, how many Facebook friends do you have? With more than 212 million computer internet users in the U.S. and a smartphone penetration of 62 percent (69 percent in the Black community), Nielsen measures consumer behavior with two innovative services: Nielsen Online Campaign Ratings and Nielsen Cross-Platform Ratings. This information keeps marketers informed and gives them even greater insight into crafting cross-platform campaigns to reach consumers. Insights from a Nielsen TV/Internet/Mobile Data Fusion panel show that Facebook is leading in online reach, especially among younger consumers. In a new Nielsen study commissioned by Facebook, the social networking site’s reach was measured against four TV networks. During the weekday daytime hours, Facebook achieves a higher reach than the TV networks for every age group for people younger than 55, while during primetime hours, each of the four TV networks achieves a higher reach than Facebook in each age group except for people ages 18-24. This budding school year is in full swing, and tech-savvy students tote their smartphones, tablets (a new requirement in some schools) and laptops around with them. Other Nielsen insights show that even though students use their devices for research (51 percent), reading books (42 percent) taking notes (40 percent) and completing class assignments, (30 percent), the latest data shows that connected device-owning kids in school 13 and older, spend about 25 percent of their time social networking (not just on Facebook). On Facebook specifically, kids ages 12-17 are checking in during the day at 19 percent and that’s the least amount of time spent among younger demographic groups. Young adults between the ages of 25-34 top the FB daytime chart at 55 percent, followed by the 35-44-year-old group at 52 percent and 18-24-year-olds at 50 percent. Facebook reaches 47 percent of the 45-54 daytime crowd and 42 percent of those 55-64. And don’t discount our most senior consumers, because they are on Facebook too, with a 30 percent daytime reach among the 65 and over demographic. Primetime is a different story. Not surprisingly, during primetime, the study shows TV capturing the most reach with more consumers than Facebook (except among 18-24 year olds). But, remember, many of us have become pros at multi-tasking – checking our phones, tablets and computers while watching our favorite programs. This leads to overlap. And this duplicate reach gives marketers a golden opportunity to develop effective, integrated plans to reach their audiences both online and on TV. For instance, Nielsen’s Facebook study showed that during primetime, the site contributed a 36 percent duplicated reach among consumers in the 25-34 age group. So you see that even though there are multiple viewing outlets, each have their own special features that consumers enjoy – all reasons why marketers should understand the cross-platform approach to get the maximum success from their advertising campaigns. If you are not active on social media, however, I encourage you to get active. 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