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Volume 85 Issue 30

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Michelle Obama in Living Well Page 9

CAU’s W.E.B. DuBois Bust Unveiled

Black History Month with Dr. Daryl M. Scott Page 12

Dianne Reeves at the Rialto Page 14

Supreme Court Hears arguments against Voting Rights act

Special to the Daily World

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A bust of famed scholar Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, who was a professor of economics and history at Atlanta University from 1897-1910 was recently unveiled on the main campus of Clark Atlanta University. On hand to view the artwork crafted by renowned African-American sculptor Ayokunle Odeleye are Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond (from left), CAU President Dr. Carlton Brown, W.E.B. DuBois family descendent Arthur McFarlane (with back to the camera), CAU First Lady T. Leverne Ricks-Brown (red coat with back to camera), and Odeleye.

Deal Suspends Six Dekalb Activists Gather on School Board Members Anniversary of Daily World Staff Trayvon Martin Killing Acting on the recommendation of the State Board of

Education, Gov. Nathan Deal has suspended six of nine members of the DeKalb County school board. Those suspended include Sarah Copelin-Wood, Jesse “Jay” Cunningham, Donna Edler, Nancy Jester, Pamela Speaks and Eugene Walker. The three remaining board members are Melvin Johnson, board chairman, Jim McMahan, vice chairman and Marshall Orson. The decision came days after the Georgia Board of Education voted to recommend suspending the six members. The district is in peril of losing accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, which issued a 20-page report in December citing abusive behavior, nepotism and questionable financial decisions by board members. The school board filed lawsuits last week in state and federal court challenging the 2011 law that empowers Deal to suspend and remove board members. Even if Deal appointed new members, an order over the weekend by U.S. District Judge Richard Story Page 2

By Dion RaBouin Daily World Staff One year to the day after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was gunned down in Sanford, Fla., by 28-year-old George Zimmerman after leaving a 7-Eleven with a bag of Skittles and an iced tea, activists gathered at the Georgia State Capitol to voice their support for new gun control measures in the state. Led by State Sen. Vincent Fort and a number of activists, including students, politicians and civic leaders, the group called for an end to gun violence and state legislation enacted that would reduce the number of firearms on the street. Fort said the Georgia State Capitol’s steps were the ideal location to deliver the message. “If we’re gonna get the stand-your-ground law changed, if we’re gonna get assault weapons banned, it’s gonna happen here,” he told the Daily World. “So that’s why we came here to speak up and speak out, make sure that lawmakers Page 2

For nearly 50 years, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 has served as one of the government's most effective tools for rooting out discrimination against minority voters. This week the Supreme Court will consider whether the law's methods are still constitutional. The court is hearing arguments in the case of Shelby County v. Holder, which calls into question one of the law's key provisions: Section 5. That section of the Voting Rights Act requires states with a history of racial discrimination to have any changes to their voting laws pre-approved by the Justice Department's civil rights division or the D.C. federal court. There's no question voting rights have improved dramatically since the law was passed -- gone are the days of literacy tests and poll taxes, designed to keep minority voters from the polls. Given the significant improvements, Alabama's Shelby County argues that the Section 5 "pre-clearance" requirement "exacts a heavy, unprecedented" cost on the rights that states and local jurisdictions have to craft their own laws. Nine states are required to get pre-clearance under Section 5, as are certain jurisdictions in seven other states. Fifty years ago, Alabama was the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement, where protestors endured fire hoses, arrests and bombings in the fight for equality. Page 2


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Isakson and Lewis Lead Civil Rights Pilgrimage to Alabama Special to the Daily World

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) announced recently that he will serve as a Senate co-leader of the annual Congressional Civil Rights Pilgrimage to historic sites of the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama from March 1 through March 3. The three-day event, which is led annually by Congressman John Lewis of Georgia, will culminate with a commemorative march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where Lewis was beaten unconscious in 1965 as he tried to lead several hundred protestors across the bridge to demonstrate the need for voting rights. The pilgrimage, which is organized by the Faith & Politics Institute, will travel to Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Montgomery

and Selma, commemorating the 50th anniversaries of pivotal civil rights events such as the desegregation of the University of Alabama, theBirmingham children’s crusade, the bombing at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and the Martin Luther King Jr. letters from the Birmingham jail. The pilgrimage will culminate as it always has with Congressman Lewis leading a march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Congressman Lewis has returned to Selma nearly every year since his beating during the 1965 march he led there. “I am extremely honored to be a Senate co-leader of this year’s Civil Rights pilgrimage to Alabama with my friend John

Lewis. John is a hero for his bravery during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, and his efforts continue to pave the way for equality, liberty and freedom for all,” Isakson said. “This is the 50th anniversary of so many pivotal civil rights events, and I am humbled to make this pilgrimage to Alabama alongside John Lewis.” Isakson will serve as a Senate co-leader of the pilgrimage along with Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) are the House co-leaders of the pilgrimage. Three members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama also will serve as honorary co-hosts of the event.

Deal Suspends Board Members

arguments against Voting Rights act

means they could not be sworn in before a hearing in federal court is held Friday. Deal announced that he has appointed a panel to nominate replacements and has tapped Brad Bryant, a former DeKalb school board member, to act as his liaison to the DeKalb board and Superintendent Michael Thurmond. The following is background information on members of the nominating panel: Kenneth Mason, chairman, was appointed to the State Board of Education in 2011 as the member for the 5th Congressional District, which includes a portion of DeKalb. Garry W. McGiboney serves as the Associate Superintendent of Policy and Charter Schools at the Georgia Department of Education. James E. Bostic Jr. is managing director at HEP & Associates, an educa-

"Section 5, which is what we are attacking, was never intended by Congress to be permanent," said Frank Ellis, a Shelby County lawyer, who is at the center of the battle to eliminate Section 5, and force the federal government to treat Alabama and other covered states like the rest of the country. "They are still using the same criteria to determine whether these 16 states that are covered, they are still using the same test that they used in 1965," Ellis said. "Things have changed in the South," he said. "This is a dynamic society." But Ernest Montgomery says things have not changed enough. He was on the city council in Calera, Ala., when city officials, facing a population boom, redrew his district map. He lost the

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tional consulting company and a partner at Coleman Lew & Associates Inc., an executive search firm in Charlotte. Alicia Phillip is president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. Named as one of Georgia Trend’s “100 Most Influential Georgians” and one of the “100 Most Influential Atlantans” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Phillip has led the foundation’s grant-making, fundraising and collaboration with donors, nonprofits and community leaders for 37 years. Sadie Dennard works as a region external affairs manager for Georgia Power's Metro East Region in south DeKalb. She served three terms as a member of the Atlanta Board of Education and is a former president of the Georgia School Boards Association.

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election to a White candidate. Under Section 5, the Justice Department ordered a new election and Montgomery won. The minority representation in his district under the old map was about 67 percent African American, according to Montgomery. With the new map, that number dropped to about 28 percent. Shelby County Pastor Harry Jones calls it discrimination. "I think it was designed to dilute the power of the minority community," Jones said. "It did just that." Opponents like Ellis say they are not attacking the entire Voting Rights Act. If there's intentional discrimination, people can sue, just like they do in Michigan, Ohio and other states that aren't covered by Section 5.

activists Gather For anniversary of Trayvon Martin Killing Page 1

knew that we are in a position to demand that they do something about gun violence.” Attendance for the rally was noticeably smaller than the thousands who had shown up to the Capitol steps last year to protest for Martin, but neither the cold air nor a shortage of warm bodies would stop participants from making their voices heard. “At what point do we stop having funerals over nonsense?” Georgia NAACP Chapter President Edward DuBose asked the crowd. “We must stop it.”


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While mentions of Martin and signs devoted to his memory were many, speakers also pointed to other victims of gun violence who had recently lost their lives including the elementary school students and teachers in Newtown, Conn., Chicago youth including Hadiya Pendleton, a high school student who was shot and killed weeks after attending President Obama’s inauguration, and teenager Jordan Davis, who was killed by 45-year-old Michael Dunn near Jacksonville, Fla., allegedly over a dispute about his music being too loud. Davis’ mother, Lucia McBath, spoke to the crowd about her son and the fight she and his father have taken to change gun laws around the country. “We know that our son would want us to do something on his behalf and on the behalf of all the other victims. And he would expect us to do this,” she told the Daily World. “It’s very bittersweet, because even though we’re fighting and standing up for what we believe has to happen in this country there is a hole, a void, that will never be filled. No matter what we’re able to accomplish, our son is gone. But I think that we know that Jordan would want us to continue to fight.” Activists are also calling for a review and repeal of the “Stand Your Ground” law that both Zimmerman and Dunn are claiming as defense for their shootings. The law, which is on the books in 27 states, gives legal immunity to a

person who, according to the statute, uses "deadly force if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm." It goes beyond the common law notion of self defense by establishing a presumption in a shooter's favor. This means prosecutors must disprove a killer's assertion that they felt threatened, as opposed to the shooter having to establish they acted reasonably and in self defense. It also bars the deceased's family from bringing a civil suit. In addition to McBath, Fort and DuBose, President of Georgia Federation of Teachers Verdaillia Turner, State Sen. Nan Orrock (D-Atlanta) and representatives from AFL-CIO and Organizing for Action also addressed the rally. The crowd joined many times in unison with the speakers, chanting “Stop Violence Now” and “Jordan Davis.” McBath, who buried her 17-year-old son on Dec. 1 in Marietta, said that her fight is far from finished. “As hard as it may be – and my husband knows at night when I cry or some days it’s just really hard to get up out of bed and move – we have to move, we have to keep going forward, because this is bigger than us. The nation has got to turn its face back to some sense of human right, the value of human life for everyone.”




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ADWnews BUSINESS Capitol City Bank and north Carolina Mutual Create new alliance February 28 - March 6, 2013 Special to the Daily World

Capitol City Bank & Trust Company and North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, two African-American businesses well known throughout the USA, are coming together to grow their businesses, provide greater financial opportunities for their customers, and to spread more wealth into the community. North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company (NCM) is the oldest and one of the most successful African-American insurance companies in the United States; and Capitol City Bank & Trust Company (CCB) is a new progressive African-American financial institution that sells financial services. The coming together of these two minority businesses will produce a conglomerate that provides a mix of insurance and financial services under one roof. This strategic alliance enables CCB and NCM the

opportunity to pursue major contracts with municipalities and major corporations throughout this region; and provides the ability to offer customers any and all types of financial products and services. These business arrangements have been in discussions since early 2012 and will become operative immediately providing Capitol City Bank with the opportunity to offer insurance programs to municipalities, corporations and individuals who are already among its customer base. “The partnership allows both companies to be more competitive,” says George Andrews, president and CEO of Capitol City Bank, “We will offer an array of new and varied insurance products to our constituents here in Georgia that should increase profit for both companies. We will be able to get into doors that have been previously closed to us.”

Andrews has built a solid professional career in Atlanta and the State of Georgia as a “people’s banker.” “We made our mark in the communities that we serve through our practices to engage the communities through grass-roots leadership, churches and various start-up businesses,” said Andrews. “We have been working on building a legacy to bank on.” North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company has made a substantial financial investment in Capitol City Bank. According to James Speed, president and CEO, “North Carolina Mutual is pleased to enter this historic partnership with Capitol City Bank & Trust Company. As we celebrate 115 years of service we are humbled to begin a new chapter with CCB as a partner.”

Beauty Industry Icon Cornell McBride Honored Special to the Daily World

Design Essentials founder Cornell McBride Sr. was recently honored as a beauty industry luminary at the 2013 Bronner Bros. ICON Awards. Sponsored by Ford Motor Company, the award recognized McBride's contributions through his vision and successful leadership of multiple hair care lines, such as Design Essentials Salon System, Wave by Design, Colaura and Design Essentials Natural. Held at the Rialto Center for the Arts, the elegant awards ceremony was hosted by supermodel and reality TV star Cynthia Bailey and celebrity hairstylist Robert Fuller. The event paid homage to legends in fashion, beauty and style, also honoring stylists, such as Reggie Wells, Chuckie Amos, Dwight Eubanks and style icons such as Blair Underwood. The "Go Further" Legacy Entrepreneurial Award was presented to McBride by Southeast Marketing Development Manager for Ford, Kevin P. "K.P." Smith. "Ford is committed to building strong community and building entrepreneurs," said Smith. "Mr. McBride's commitment to giving back, mentoring independent distributors and empowering other entrepreneurs makes him one of the beauty industry's most successful businessmen." Attendees viewed a video presentation highlighting McBride's career beginning with the launch of Sta Sof Fro, the publication of his book, A Cut Above, the launch and growth of successful brands under the McBride Research Laboratories Inc.'s umbrella, and his contributions to emerging industry professionals through scholarships, mentorship and education. "I am blessed to have an incredible staff, headed by my namesake and son Cornell Jr." McBride shared in his acceptance speech. "This award tonight is thanks to them, along with the support of hairstylists and all of the fans and customers of Design Essentials products."




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Senior South Metro Residents Lobby at the Capitol Special to the Daily World

More than two dozen residents of Clayton, Henry and South Fulton residents traveled to the state Capitol building last week to speak out against proposed cuts to services for the aging. The residents, all members of the Riverdale, Jonesboro and South Fulton chapters of AARP, protested proposed state budget cuts affecting long-term care services that allow disabled and older Georgians to stay in their homes and communities. By removing the services that make it possible for them to stay in their homes, the cuts would likely force hundreds to seek vastly more expensive nursing home care. They traveled to the Capitol as part of AARP’s Three Weeks at the Capitol lobbying effort. The annual campaign, which begins in late February and continues until mid-March, gives AARP residents from around the state the opportunity to speak to their representatives at the Capitol on issues that matter most to them. “Older Georgians want to stay in their homes and communities as long as they can. They don’t want to go to nursing homes. For a fraction of what it costs to provide nursing

AARP members talk at the Capitol with Sen. Vincent Fort (center). Pictured facing the camera on either side of Sen. Fort are Frances Fox (from left), Carolyn Isom, Yvonne Adams and Leroy Bishop. Three members in the foreground facing away from the camera are Shirley Clark, Gloria Jenkins and Geraldine Smith. home care, we can provide the help they need to stay in the homes and communities they love,” said Shirley Clark, president

of the Jonesboro Chapter of AARP, and a member of Thursday’s delegation. “AARP works to make things better for society. That’s why we take on issues that matter to Americans aged 50 and above,” said Clark. Proposed cuts to the state budgets for 2013 and 2014 will strip nearly $3.6 million from services for the aging. The cuts will make it harder for older Georgians and those with disabilities to continue living at home, keep the caregivers they rely on, and receive critical protection from financial exploitation and abuse. AARP representatives and other opponents of the cuts argue that the cuts are also short-sighted financially. Georgians needing long-term care have no alternative to nursing homes if they lose the services and support needed to remain in their homes. Expensive nursing home stays raise Georgia’s Medicaid spending, which already tops $8.4 billion annually.

The High Museum of Art has named Dr. Andrea Barnwell Brownlee the 2013 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize. An Atlanta resident, art historian, curator and writer, Brownlee is the director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the only U.S. museum dedicated to visual art made by and about women of the African Diaspora. As the ninth Driskell Prize recipient, Brownlee will be honored at the Driskell Prize Dinner in Atlanta on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the High Museum of Art’s Wieland

Pavilion. The Driskell Prize recognizes a scholar or artist in the beginning or middle of his or her career whose work makes an original and important contribution to the field of African-American art or art history. The annual award is named for the renowned African-American artist and art scholar. “Andrea Barnwell Brownlee’s leadership for the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art has helped engage thousands of visitors through highly significant exhibitions and acquisitions,” said

Michael E. Shapiro, who is the Nancy and Holcombe T. Green Jr. Director of the High. “Her vision for the museum and passion for the arts exemplifies the qualities of the David C. Driskell Prize.” This year’s Driskell Prize Dinner is co-chaired by Joe Bankoff, Juanita Baranco and Ingrid Saunders Jones with Honorary Chair Sally McDaniel. Tickets for the black-tie event can be purchased by contacting Rhonda Matheison at or 404-733-4403.

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NASCAR Supports ‘Defy Diabetes’ Movement New Docu-Series “Married To Medicine” Premieres Worried Sick: Do you have Cyberchondria?


NASCAR’s Darrell Wallace Jr. Supports ‘Defy Diabetes’ Movement

NASCAR Team Owner Joe Gibbs and BrightSky, a leading supplier of diabetes testing supplies and prescription medications, have launched the “Defy Diabetes” movement to engage people with diabetes or at risk for diabetes in regular, sustained activities to improve their lives and to reward healthy choices. As part of launch activities, Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team member Darrell Wallace Jr. drove the No. 54 Toyota Tundra in the NextEra Energy Resources 250, at Daytona International Speedway. Through social media and local, grassroots activities, Defy Diabetes will seek to build partnerships to support persons with diabetes (PWDs) and those at risk through a wide variety of programs and actions. These include encouraging better menu options at popular restaurants to mobile apps that help users take control of their condition. Information and tools are already available at “This is something I’m very passionate about, and I know personally how important and needed it is,” said Gibbs, a former pro football coach who was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes more than 20 years ago. “My career in football and racing would have been impossible without the ability and support to manage my diabetes. I’m grateful to BrightSky for its commitment to help make the Defy Diabetes movement possible.” As part of the Defy Diabetes campaign, Coach Gibbs is joining physicians and educators to develop a series of

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inspirational “Coach’s Corner” videos to inform and motivate others to Defy Diabetes. More than 26 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, and studies show that by 2020 more than half of all Americans could be at risk for developing the disease. “We are honored to work with Coach Gibbs, Darrell Wallace Jr., and the entire Joe Gibbs Racing team in the Defy Diabetes movement,” said Tim Hargarten, chairman and CEO of Sanare LLC. “BrightSky is committed to raising awareness about the staggering growth rate of diabetes while providing free tools and resources to empower people to defy the effects of this terrible disease.” Darrell Wallace Jr. appeared in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Daytona International Speedway. “I’m grateful to BrightSky and Joe Gibbs Racing for giving me the opportunity to make my Daytona debut driving the No. 54 Toyota Tundra,” said Wallace. “It’s awesome to be a part of such an important mission to help and support those fighting diabetes, which affects so many people and especially the African-American community.” Nearly 20 percent of all African Americans over the age of 20 have diabetes, almost twice the rate of non-Hispanic Caucasians. Darrell plans to send messages about the truck and the Defy Diabetes movement through his own social media channels.

new Docu-Series ‘Married To Medicine’ Premieres March 24 Special to the Daily World Bravo Media showcases the fast-paced and drama-filled social scene of Atlanta’s exclusive medical inner circle as “Married to Medicine” premieres on Sunday, March 24 at 9pm et/pt. The new docu-series follows the lives of six of Atlanta’s most dynamic and successful women, including doctors and wives of doctors, as they juggle bustling careers, family, and social calendars. From baby deliveries to some of Atlanta’s largest charities, these women are united by medicine, but often struggle to maintain friendships in the face of their world’s rigid hierarchy. These passionate and dynamic women prove that in the capital of the South, and the world of medicine, perception is everything and it’s not enough to be just any type of Doctor or Doctor’s wife. For a sneak peek, go to: Meet the cast of “Married to Medicine”: Dr. Simone Whitmore: This independent OBGYN runs both her practice and house with an iron fist. She and her laid-back husband of 16 years, Cecil Whitmore, have two sons, Miles, 14, and Michael, 10. Dr. Jacqueline Walters: Doctor to stars like Toni Braxton, T.I. and Usher, this Board-certified OBGYN lives by the philosophy “work hard, play hard.”


Toya Bush-Harris: Toya met her husband, emergency medicine physician Eugene Harris, during a speed dating event five years ago while pursuing her Masters in education from the University of Phoenix and working two jobs. Even though Eugene was completing a rigorous medical residency at the same time, no amount of distractions could keep this dynamic couple apart. Mariah Huq: "Queen Bee" and a sophisticated and fierce mother of two, Mariah brings a new definition to the term "working mom." Enjoying a strong, multicultural marriage to Dr. Aydin Huq, an emergency physician & native of Bangladesh, Mariah juggles family and career with their two children, LaurenTaylor, 8, and Ethan-Tyler, 6. Quad Webb-Lunceford: Known as the "Black Barbie" in her social circle, Quad is the life of the party and a self-acknowledged socialite. She is newly wed to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Lunceford, whose reserved demeanor often clashes with her unpredictable feistiness as their love blossomed into a bond that will stand the test of time. Kari Wells: This well-mannered, British-born model skillfully balances work, play, and family life in Atlanta with her husband of 10 years, Colombian raised, orthopedic surgeon Duncan Wells.

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Michelle obama Leads the Way to Healthier Recipes Daily World Staff

The Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Honorary Chair First Lady Michelle Obama and her “Let’s Move!” program has announced that five of the nation’s largest media companies have joined an effort to make it easier for millions of people to put healthier meals on the table every day. Epicurious, Food Network, Hearst Magazines, Meredith and Time Inc., through an agreement with PHA, are making available thousands of nutritious recipes that align with guidance that supports USDA’s MyPlate, and are labeling, compiling and promoting these recipes on their most popular cooking websites. Pinterest, an online tool millions use to find the inspiration for their lives has also joined PHA to enhance the initiative. More than 3,000 recipes have been identified across 18 websites, and today nearly 1,000 of these recipes have been collected on a new Pinterest page associated with the effort, providing a one-stop-shop where parents, beginner home cooks and even the most experienced chefs can find and share healthier recipes. “As a mom, I know how challenging it can be to think

of new meal ideas that your kids will like and that will be good for them,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “This partnership takes the guess work out of finding healthy recipes and gives parents the information and the tools they need to make healthy choices for their families every day.” First Lady Michelle Obama launched Let’s Move!on Feb. 9, 2010, to unite the country around our kids’ health and create real support for families to live healthier lives. Since then parents, business leaders, educators, elected officials, military leaders, chefs, physicians, athletes, childcare providers, community and faith leaders, and kids themselves have stepped up to improve the health of our nation’s children. Over the next two years, PHA partners will roll out 250 MyPlate-inspired recipes each month on individual brand websites, as well as on the PHA MyPlatePinterest page. “PHA’s goal is always to make the healthy choice the easy choice for busy parents and families,” said PHA CEO Larry Soler. “To do that, we have to meet home cooks where they are—and millions of them visit our partner sites as well as Pinterest every month to find tasty recipes.

Health Care Concert & Day of Awareness at Washington High School

The largest outdoor community health outreach awareness festival and concert in the city of Atlanta continues to celebrate their 7th anniversary with an official health care festival, concert and day of awareness at Washington High School’s campus, located at 45 White House Drive, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30314. “We are excited to continue the practice of providing the citizens of Atlanta with valuable healthcare information that will ensure that they live better lives,” said The B-AWARE Foundation’s Executive Director Brian Glasper. “This healthcare festival is near and dear to my heart due to me losing so many family members due to diabetes, cancer and severe hypertension. When my father died in 2005 because of complications from diabetes, it really opened my eyes to how much our community doesn’t know about these every day critical illnesses that have the potential to take their lives.” Beginning Saturday, March 16 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., the family can enjoy fun-filled activities, food and music while receiving free health screenings and

information. With attendance ranging from 3,000 to 8,000 over the last 5 years, the goal is to raise funds with the proceeds going towards The Diabetes Association of Atlanta & the B-AWARE Foundation. Children under 7 are free, pre-sale tickets are $3 and general admission is only $5 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to Washington High School’s Health, Science and Nutrition Department. Organizations taking part include: The United States Army, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hands on Atlanta, the Atlanta Fire Department, the Atlanta Police Department, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the Fulton County Health Department,, V-103, Radio One, Wellcare, the ISHA Foundation (Diabetes Awareness), and others. In addition, more than 50 artists will perform. Program participants will be delivering over 100 statistics throughout the event spreading awareness. For more information, visit, and or call, 404-919-0670 or email,

Compiling healthier recipes, making them easy to find and educating people about how they fit into a healthy, balanced meal is a great way to give parents and families the tools to help reverse this epidemic.” For more information about PHA, visit and follow PHA on Twitter @PHAnews. For information about MyPlate and the USDA Dietary Guidelines, visit For healthy recipes, visit

Worried Sick: Do you have Cyberchondria? Have you ever gone "symptom-surfing"? Instead of going to the doctor when you get a headache, you go online to figure out why? You're not alone. In fact, with so much medical information on the web, lots of people are doing it. The Pew Research Center says 59 percent of adults who use the Internet have searched for health information in the past year, and 35 percent say they've gone online trying to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have. The trick is not to become fixated on it. Obsessing over such information is actually a condition that experts call "cyberchondria." Psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor said that the worst-case scenario for people combing the web for health information is they self-diagnose themselves. "They look for self-treatment and they

don't go in necessarily and see their doctor -- or go in and see their doctor too much and the fact is they don't have anything diagnosable," says Dr. Taylor. However, you can find the right balance between being an informed consumer and being obsessed about your own health. Dr. Taylor said that she loves when her patients say "I found this online," but that you still need to be willing to talk to your doctor and take their advice seriously. Bringing in a list of questions based on your online research can help both you and your health provider discuss your ailment productively. Where can you find reliable health information? Some medical sites are more reputable than others, and provide helpful information for consumers. Dr. Taylor recommends sites that are institution- or government-based, such as the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Debuts Fitness DVD Special to the Daily World From the newest star of Bravo’s hit show “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kenya Moore, a former Miss USA, comes the secret for looking fit and fine, the “Kenya Moore: Booty Boot Camp” DVD debuts on March 5. A triple threat with beauty, brains and talent, Moore with instructor Nikki Veal, offers three 20-minute workouts to sculpt the lower body, shrink the waistline, flatten and define abs, and, most importantly, lift and firm the backside. “I’ve had a passion for fitness since I was 12 years old, while working out to an aerobics television show several times a week. Since then, fitness and staying active have been a huge part of my life,” says Moore. “Whether I was competing in Miss USA or trying out for a new acting role, it’s always been important to me to look and feel good and staying red carpet ready. I’m excited to share my fitness plan with the ‘Booty Boot Camp’ workout, so that everyone can be Gone With The Wind Fabulous!” Since joining this season, Kenya quickly became the newest breakout star of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” The series averages nearly 4 million viewers each week and is a top-rated cable show in its Sunday time slot. Season five marks Kenya’s debut as a cast member, and it is also the most-watched season in the show’s history thus far. (Source: Nielsen Media Research, L7 data through 2/03/13.) Moore’s monikers include actress, author, producer, director, singer, and CEO of her own production company, Moore Vision Media, which also produces her “Booty Boot


Camp” video. The popular actress has starred in more than 14 movies, including the blockbuster “Waiting to Exhale,” and over 20 television shows. She’s the author of Game, Get Some, published in 2007, and her second book, Invisible, will be coming out later this year. Moore also released her hit single, “Gone With The Wind Fabulous” debuting at #30 on the iTunes charts. For more information on Moore, visit and follow her on Twitter @KenyaMoore.

Get The Facts About Medicare For 2013.

There are some changes for 2013 in Medicare, as there are every year. But Medicare is here for you, and in many ways has better benefits than ever before. Most of the improvements are due to the Affordable Care Act. For example, Medicare’s wide-ranging preventive services, many of which are provided to you with no out-of-pocket cost now, are unchanged. In fact, Medicare Part B now has improved benefits for those trying to quit smoking in the New Year. Eight face-to-face counseling sessions for smoking cessation are now covered. Part B also offers obesity screening and counseling. For information, call 1-800-MEDICARE, which is, 1-800-633-4227. Medicare’s national toll-free helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or visit

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Two Morehouse College men’s basketball players, along with their head coach, recently were selected to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) All-Conference Team, while two Clark Atlanta University women garnered the honors, as voted by the SIAC Basketball Coaches Association. Clark Atlanta also had two players selected to the All-Academic Team. Morehouse guard Darrius Williams, who was the conference’s leading scorer with an 18.1 point average per game, was not only selected to the All-Conference Team, but was also named “Men’s Newcomer of the Year.” Morehouse center Andrae Nelson, who averaged 11.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest and led the team in scoring six times and in rebounding seven times, was also named to the All-Conference Team for the second consecutive season

“Men’s Coach of the Year” honors went to Morehouse head coach Grady Brewer. The veteran coach led the Maroon Tigers to a share of the East Division title with a 16-2 record in the SIAC, 18-7 overall. He piloted Morehouse’s first title since 2004. On the women’s side, Clark Atlanta’s Conisha Hicks and center LaQuisha Lewis were named to the SIAC women’s All-Conference Team. Hicks, a three-time All-Conference selection, led the team in scoring while averaging 16.4 point, 3.8 assists and steals 3.3 per game during the regular season. In the middle, Lewis, who is also a two-time All-Conference honoree, dominated the paint with 10.4 rebounds per game, while being ranked fifth in the conference with 49 blocks. CAU’s Derrick Martin and Ariel Jones headed the All-Academic team with 3.49 and 3.28 GPAs, respectively.


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Bank of America Merrill Lynch, in partnership with the Atlanta Hawks, The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Atlanta and the Georgia Council on Economic Education, have teamed up to present the Stock Market Games, a 10-week team investment challenge meant to teach the basics of financial literacy to metro-Atlanta youth. The team challenge, made up of sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-graders, will invite 35 participants from Bellwood, Fuqua and Peachcrest Boys & Girls Clubs to try their hand at the stock market through a simulated investment game. In addition, the Atlanta Hawks Foundation is donating $2,500 to each of the participating Boys & Girls Clubs in support of this educational endeavor. “The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta is very grateful to have The Atlanta Hawks and Bank of

America Merrill Lynch giving back to our local youth,” said Major Todd Hawks, Atlanta Area Commander for The Salvation Army. “This is a very innovative approach to helping children learn about economics and financial literacy.” Mentored and coached by Merrill Lynch volunteers, participants will invest a hypothetical $100,000 in common stocks on the New York and American Stock Exchanges as well as the NASDAQ. Hawks players Johan Petro, Mike Scott and John Jenkins will serve as team captains for the competing clubs. At the conclusion of the 10-week competition, the team with the most profitable investments will be recognized during the Atlanta Hawks vs. Milwaukee Bucks game on Friday, April 12 with an on-court halftime presentation. For more information on the Stock Market Games, visit







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one-on-one about the Future of Black History Month By KenYa KinG

A dismissive comment about the leading publication from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) prompted Dr. Daryl Michael Scott’s commitment to a career-long cause. He decided to help sustain the legacy and work of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who in 1915 founded the organization that created and nurtured Black History Month. Today, Scott, a professor of history at Howard University, is the newly-elected president of ASALH. The Atlanta Daily World recently sat down with Dr. Scott to discuss his new role as president and the significance of Black History Month today. To learn more about ASALH, visit aDW: What is your vision for ASALH? Dr. Scott: Along with remaining the premier learned society concerning African Americans, ASALH has to begin to address the key issues affecting the lives of people of African descent today. For example, we must leverage our knowledge and expertise in the history of Black disfranchisement to mobilize the public against efforts to disfranchise Americans. aDW: What do you plan to implement in your first few months as president – what are your immediate goals? Dr. Scott: ASALH must expand its membership base by focusing on service, especially in the area of civic engagement. I think people want to reach beyond themselves to build and strengthen their sense of community. aDW:How did you become involved with ASALH? Dr. Scott: When I was an undergraduate in the early 1980s, my university did not have Black history courses, so I was teaching myself by reading the Journal of Negro History, which the Association published. During the late 1970s and early 1980s, the issues were being published irregularly, and when I asked one of the librarians for them she made a snide remark about efficacy of the journals. I vowed I would do what I could to assist the Association in my career. In 2001, I was asked to serve on the editorial board, and in 2002, I was asked by my late friend Gloria Dickinson to run for a seat on the Executive Council. It was my chance to keep a pledge that I had made to myself. aDW: What do you think are some of ASALH’s most significant accomplishments? Dr. Scott: For nearly a century, ASALH has produced knowledge that has transformed the image of Black people in their own eyes and in the eyes of others around the world. Our founder, Carter G. Woodson recognized that Black people would rise by battering the false myths about them with historical truth. The central role of history in the Black struggle for equality was our unique contribution to the changes wrought over the last half-century. On the purely scholarly front, ASALH has succeeded in maintaining three scholarly journals—the Journal of African American History, the Black History Bulletin, and Fire!!!: The Multimedia Journal of Black Studies. The JAAH, the jewel of ASALH, is one of the oldest scholarly journals in the nation, and it will turn 100 in 2016. aDW: Share your thoughts on the importance of learning about African-American history. Dr. Scott: No American, regardless of background, can understand the history of our country without understanding Black history. You cannot understand the origins and meaning of American freedom without understanding the origins and meaning of Black slavery. You cannot understand the centrality of equality in American culture without understanding the struggle of African Americans to make it a part of the fabric of our national identity. And no African-American child can begin to understand their own individual way forward without first looking back to view the efforts made to establish the path


they travel. History is about self-knowledge and Black history is about under standing humanity. aDW: What can be done to help ensure that younger generations see the value of Black history? Dr. Scott: The challenge of teaching Black history to the young is to realize that they are more concerned DR. DARYL MICHAEL SCOTT about making rather than learning history. They want to leave their mark on the world, and quite often what we need to do is to use history to empower them. We need to point out that many leaders of their fields were successful precisely because they studied the masters who came before them. Great musicians, boxers, politicians, actors, to name a few fields, tend to know the stories of those who came before them. aDW: Some have said that Black History Month (BHM) is not necessary and should not be singled out from American history. What do you have to say about that ideology? Dr. Scott: Over the years, Black History Month has been criticized by those who argue that Black history month divides America, and we need one unified American history. The 365 crowd believes that every day is a great day for Black history. They see the month-long observance as placing Black history

in a straitjacket. The goal of Carter G. Woodson and ASALH is the study of Black life throughout the year. Getting rid of a cultural institution like Black History Month is like a Christian minister seeking to end Christmas and Easter because the flock should pray to God every day. Black History Month has a way of bringing organization to our efforts. In its intensity, many young people come to appreciate history more. Teachers can bring focus to their efforts. To be sure, there is a tendency to push Black history aside until February, but imagine what would often happen if February was not Black history month. In schools, a focus on February is still a way to measure commitment for the inclusion of Black history in the curriculum. In general, we recommend that the advocates of 365 build out from a base in February. We should not forget that across this country Black museums and cultural centers DO celebrate and explore Black life and history 365, and ASALH urges everyone to support them every day of the year. aDW: How would Dr. Woodson feel about the treatment of his legacy and today's approach to the study of African-American life and history? Dr. Scott: It’s hard to imagine what Woodson would say about his legacy. He often downplayed the role of individuals in history, but as he grew older, it appears that he began to appreciate what recognition he did receive for his efforts. He allowed his story to be included in the biographies of his day, and took great pride when school children acknowledged his efforts. He would be proud of the ample scholarship that is now produced by historians from all walks of life. And he would find in multimedia scholarship great promise in correcting the historical record of people of African descent. Finally, I think he would be proud that African Americans are the most passionate history lovers in the United States.

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February 28 - March 6, 2013 ENTERTAINMENT artistic Study of Women in african-american History opens


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In recognition of Women’s History Month, “New Freedom: Images of Women in Early African American History” by Atlanta artist, Charmaine Minniefield, opens March 1 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. The art celebrates female strength from post-emancipation to after the turn of the century in works on canvas, fabric and paper. The exhibit also features images that were influenced by the Selena Sloan Butler papers, a special collection housed in the Archives Division of the Library celebrating female leadership in education and business. The exhibit is housed in the Carey/McPheeters Gallery at the library which is located at 101 Auburn Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30303. Minniefield is an Atlanta-based artist and arts administrator. Her work explores African and African-American ritual from a feminist perspective.

Rialto Center Presents Jazz Songstress Dianne Reeves Georgia State University’s Rialto Center for the Arts continues its 2012-13 season with jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves, Saturday, March 16 at 8 p.m. Reeves returns to the Rialto to share her unique jazz and R&B vocal stylings. Reeves won GRAMMYs for Best Jazz Vocal Performance on three consecutive recordings – a GRAMMY first in any vocal category. She appeared in George Clooney’s Academy Award-nominated film “Good Night and Good Luck,” the soundtrack recording of which provided Reeves her fourth Best Jazz Vocal GRAMMY in 2006. Tickets start at $38 and are available at the Rialto Center’s box office, 404-413-9TIX (9849) or Group and Georgia State University student discounts are offered for this show. The Rialto Center for

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‘Stubborn as a Mule’ on

“Stubborn as a Mule,” an award-winning film, has been uploaded to in honor of Black History Month 2013. Originally released in February 2011 via DVD, “Stubborn as a Mule” enjoyed a successful film festival run garnering five awards from around the world. The producers of the film felt the rich African-American history that is included in the film needed to be shared with the world. Miller Bargeron, one of the film’s directors/producers said, “The film contains a lot African-American history that is not a part of most educational system’s curriculums. We felt it was our responsibility to share these little known African-American history facts that helped build the United States into what it is today.“ “Stubborn As A Mule” is a contemporary look at historical facts surrounding the call


for Reparations for African-Americans. In the process, “Stubborn as a Mule” takes a retrospective look at AfricanAmerican/American history dating back to the U. S. Civil War. This historical journey is facilitated by such renowned intellectual luminaries as Dr. Cornell West of Princeton University and Dr. Na'im Akbar of Florida State University. Awards for “Stubborn as a Mule” include a 2011 Africa Movie Academy Award (Nigeria, Africa), 2010 Music Video and Screen Awards (Birmingham, United Kingdom), and three other awards. The full version of “Stubborn as a Mule” can be viewed by going to and searching for “Stubborn As A Mule” (Full Length Film) or the following link: 7tsBk.

Her images draw from “ancestral memory” or indigenous traditions as seen throughout the Diaspora and from her personal connection to women who have played a major role in her life. Her portraits of gargantuan women, often painted in bold colors and patterns, are influenced by her relationship with her mother, whom she remembers as being larger than life. With a degree in Fine Art from Agnes Scott College, Minniefield has served the Atlanta area as an arts administrator for nearly 20 years, holding positions with such arts organizations as the National Black Arts Festival, the High Museum of Art and the Fulton County Arts Council. “Charmaine Minniefield takes the viewer into the spiritual realm and holds them there. Her work converses with the ancestors as they guide her brushes…There are many lessons to be learned from this gifted artist. Her work is magic,” says fellow visual artist Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier.

Faith-Focused TV to be Launched by Bob Johnson and Tracey edmonds

Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, and Tracey E. Edmonds, president and CEO of Alright TV, recently announced the new programming slate of upcoming family-oriented and faith-friendly content developed for the channel created in collaboration with YouTube. Alright TV will launch on Easter Sunday, March 31 and will appeal to the aspirational and inspirational goals of consumers of all ages with buzz-worthy comedies, talk, reality, music, and online streaming of Sunday church services from around the country. "I am very excited about the launch of Alright TV and the broad array of diversified producer-generated content that has been produced and made available through the channel," said Johnson. "Tracey is an award-winning producer, and I am confident that viewers will enjoy the new digital series that she and her team have developed featuring well-known artists and personalities from the faith-based, reality, sports and entertainment industries. Alright TV's content and collaboration with YouTube represents the spectrum of new and exciting opportunities for consumers and advertisers," he concluded. "Alright TV is a groundbreaking channel that will revolutionize faith-friendly content viewing and will feature premiere talent along with rising stars," said Edmonds. "There has been, and for some time, a lack of availability of faith-based, family friendly programming on television. Alright TV, in collaboration with YouTube's global platform, fills this gap by making the genre available to everyone." The new platform will tap the resources of Johnson’s and Edmonds’, Our Stories Films, the first African-American-owned film production studio that produces theatrical motion pictures. Founded in 2006,


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Human Trafficking: a Growing epidemic

Alexandria grew up in northwest Atlanta’s Bankhead community. Her mother began selling Alexandria to men for sex when she was only 7 years old. As a result of her forced prostitution, Alexandria contracted HIV and died at the age of 19. Unfortunately, Alexandria’s story is becoming all too common. Shocking acts of violence against women make headlines around the world more frequently than ever. More than 27 million people are enslaved in the world today – a greater number than at any other time in history. The majority of those enslaved are women and children who are victims of the ever-growing sex trafficking trade that occurs in almost every country throughout the world. Thousands of women and children are trafficked into the United States for sexual purposes each year, with an estimated total of 700,000 victims in the last decade. In our own backyard, the City of Atlanta has become a haven for sex trafficking. Many unsuspecting young girls have fallen prey to schemes disguised as modeling and acting opportunities. Unfortunately, many of these young women become victims of unspeakable violence. Few reported cases are successfully prosecuted, and the penalties for perpetrators are minimal under the current law. Girls as young as 7 years old have been found in international sex trade, and girls as young as 9 years old have been found in sex trade occurring in the United States. Sex trafficking of women and children is a multi-billion dollar industry and is often linked to organized crime, pornography, and other types of human trafficking. Victims of sex trafficking experience devastating physical, mental, and spiritual harm, and often suffer from sexually transmitted diseases, forced abortions, sterility, chemical dependence, and other horrific injuries. More must be done to combat these heinous crimes, which is why I am asking you to please join me on March 8, International Women’s Day, in contacting our U.S. representatives and senators to ask for their support in fighting human trafficking. It is critical that we urge Congress to pass legislation increasing criminal penalties for offenders involved in illegal human trafficking. This would provide greater assistance to the women and children who are victims of these heinous crimes, and encourage increased action to fight human trafficking throughout the world. Please take just a few minutes to celebrate International Women’s Day in a way that could save countless lives. Women and girls have made tremendous strides in their fight for equal human rights, but there are still challenges ahead. That’s why I plan to make sure my Congressmen hear about Alexandria’s story, and I hope you will, too. Representative Keisha Waites represents the citizens of District 60, which includes Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, parts of the City of Atlanta, and other portions of Fulton and Clayton counties. She was first elected into the House of Representatives in 2012 and currently serves as a member on the Transportation, Juvenile Justice (formerly Children & Youth), Public Safety and Homeland Security, Interstate Cooperation, and Special Rules committees.

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Turning the Clock Back on Voting Rights

Shelby County, Ala., is suing the Justice Department because they think that Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (and its reauthorization in 1982 and 2006) is unfair. The facts: The small city of Calera redistricted its boundaries in a way that the sole African-American councilman lost his seat. Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act forced a new election with different boundaries, and Ernest Montgomery regained his seat. Shelby County (which includes parts of Birmingham) objects to the provision of the Voting Rights Act that requires that areas with histories of past discrimination have changes to voting laws and boundaries monitored by the Justice Department. This would include many southern states, as well as areas, such as Alaska, that have historical discrimination against Native people, and Texas and parts of California, that have historic discrimination against Latinos. They say that it’s all equal now and there is no need to monitor them. Not surprisingly, conservatives and the Attorney Generals of several affected states have filed amicus briefs to support Shelby County. These include the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Texas. Additionally the usual suspects such as the Conservative Legal Defense Fund, the Cato Institute, the Pacific Legal Foundation and the Southeast Legal Foundation, among others, have lined up to support Shelby. It is not surprising that the conservative Project 21, nominally an African American organization, has lined up to support Shelby. It is more surprising that the National Black Chamber of Commerce has filed an amicus brief. I’d be most interested in learning where the Black Chamber polled its membership before filing this brief. If I were a member, I’d have to cancel my membership. If my dues were used to support that nonsense, I’d be repelled. I guess it just goes to show that “everybody brown ain’t down,” and raises questions about this organization. Many suggest that Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act means there is no need for Section 5. While Section 2 allows lawsuits, it forces plaintiffs to show that changes in voting provisions are motivated by “invidious practices.” Section 5 says that those who are known to have engaged in such practices are required to have the Department of Justice review them. If our nation had never chosen to implement the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution, there would have been no need for the Voting Rights Act. The Fourteenth Amendment actually states that state population decides the number of Congressional representatives, but if enough people are denied the right to vote, Congressional representation should be reduced. This provision has never been enforced, even when the whole Black population in some southern states could not vote. The Fifteenth Amendment prohibits denying the right to vote based on race, color, and previous condition of servitude, and authorized Congress to enforce this amendment with the appropriate action and legislation. Until 1876, federal troops enforced the right that African Americans had to vote, spurring an unprecedented level of African-American civic participation. Because the African-American population (and number of voters) was greater than the number of Whites in Mississippi, Louisiana and South Carolina, African Americans were elected as lieutenant governors, secretaries of state and treasurers. Additionally 16 African Americans served in Congress – two in the Senate and 14 in the House of Representatives. No wonder some were eager to nullify the Fifteenth Amendment. Federal troops were withdrawn from southern states in 1877; in 2013, 136 years later, southern states are asking that voting protection be withdrawn from their states. Why? Just as the election of 16 African-American legislators alarmed the South, so has the election and reelection of President Barack Obama alarmed our nation. His election reminds us all of the power of the vote, and emboldens those who would limit it. Julianne Malveaux is a Washington, D.C.-based economist and writer.

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