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Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis Responds to Disbarment by Georgia Supreme Court By Dion Rabouin

Atlanta City Councilman H. Lamar Willis admitted wrongdoing and said he has paid back the aggrieved former client who the Georgia Supreme Court found he defrauded of $30,000 when it ordered Willis’ right to practice law in the state be revoked on Monday. The high court issued an opinion finding that Councilman Wills violated a number of rules contained in the code of professional conduct, most notably that the Post 3 AtLarge councilman put a $30,000 settlement check for a client he represented into his personal or business bank account. The ruling also found that the councilman failed to answer the formal complaint filed against him by the State Bar of Georgia and the group’s review panel recommended Willis’ disbarment. Willis argued that depression precluded him from countering the formal complaint against him. “Two years ago, during a time when I was facing tremendous personal challenges, I made a grievous professional error,” Willis said in a statement. “I acknowledge it, apologize for it, and I accept the repercussions of it. Although the Supreme Court’s ruling comes down today, that time has passed. The defendants have been repaid contrary to the language in the Court’s opinion. ... I am moving on with my life and my re-election to the Atlanta City Council.” The complaint from the Supreme Court directly contradicts that claim, saying that despite formal requests to do so, “Willis has not reimbursed the defendants.” The ruling goes on to state that Willis converted the funds to his own use, and when he failed to distribute the money, a judge ordered the defendants pay the plaintiff directly, thus requiring the defendants to pay twice, and to seek reimbursement from Willis.

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Willis held a press conference on the steps of Atlanta City Hall Monday and has insisted he will remain in the race for his Post 3 At Large position. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, in a statement, vouched for Willis’ overall integrity, but also acknowledged that he would not challenge the findings of the Court. “Lamar Willis has been a strong and capable member of the Atlanta City Council for more than a decade,” Reed said. “It is unfortunate that he has made significant mistakes in his private law practice during a very difficult time in his personal life. While I have not reviewed the decision, I respect the ruling of the Georgia Supreme Court on this matter.” Reed has long been a supporter of Willis, most recently inviting the councilman to be present and speak to the media during press conferences regarding developments on the new downtown Atlanta Falcons stadium. Andre Dickens, who is currently running against Willis for his Council seat, issued a statement Monday calling for Willis to be disqualified from holding public office. “It is abundantly clear that Mr. Willis operates without any ethical boundaries or even the bare minimum of care or concern for others,” read the statement. “...We believe that people who have been barred from practicing law in the State of Georgia for unethical and immoral behavior should not be allowed to serve in a lawmaking capacity.” The State Bar review panel also found Willis’ assertion that depression left him unable to respond not credible and found no factors in mitigation of discipline and multiple offenses in aggravation, including obstructing the disciplinary process and indifference to making restitution, the ruling said.

Mourners Celebrate Life of Portia A. Scott By ADW Staff

Scores of mourners filled Warren Memorial United Methodist Church Wednesday to celebrate the life of Portia Alexandria Scott, the retired managing editor and longtime employee of her family’s newspaper, the Atlanta Daily World. “She was always cheerful, had a wonderful smile, was studious, and had a loving personality,” said the Rev. Hilliard M. Lee Jr., chaplain of the Booker T. Washington High School Class Portia A. Scott of 1960. The Rev. Richard D. Winn Sr. said that through her work at the Atlanta Daily World, Scott “played a crucial role in shattering the prejudices presented in the mainstream press” and that she “informed and educated the community and gave prominence to the less fortunate.” The Rev. Donald K. Reed Sr. officiated over the funeral service. Other speakers reflecting on Scott’s life included Judith Allen Ingram of the Women of Warren’s Subunit 5 and Fulton County Commissioner Emma I. Darnell. Following the funeral service, Scott’s body was interred at Lincoln Cemetery. Scott suffered cardiac arrest at home following a brief bout with cancer. She died Oct. 2 at the age of 70. She worked at the Atlanta Daily World for more than 40 years. “After I wrote stories, I typeset, made proofreading corrections, and did some layout,” she said during an interview that was published in a 2005 dissertation by Maria Odum-Hinmon, Ph.D. She also served as “night editor, night production assistant. ... I can remember seeing the sun come up sometimes” when the process for printing the paper changed. Portia Scott was born June 9, 1943 to Ruth Perry Scott and C.A. Scott, who ran the paper for more than 63 years after his brother, W.A. Scott II, who founded the paper in 1928, died. Scott earned a bachelor’s degree at Howard University and a master’s degree at American University. In 1986 she ran as the Republican nominee for Congress and in 1998 for State Senate. She was very interested in the empowerment of women and believed it was important for African Americans to be well represented in a two-party system. She held two federal appointments under the Reagan Administration (on a commission that oversaw federally sponsored African-American art around the country and on a commission to oversee the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. historic site) and served on the president’s advisory board for historically Black colleges and universities under the George H.W. Bush Administration. Portia Scott also taught journalism at Clark Atlanta University and was an active member of various civic and community organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Atlanta Chapter of The Links Inc. She founded the Southwest Atlanta Branch of the Friendship Force of Greater Atlanta. She was an active member of Warren Memorial United Methodist Church. Her memory is being cherished by her daughter, Maryam Jordan, and son-in-law, Demetrius Jordan, as well as three grandchildren, Nehemiah, Petra and Levi; two nephews, Scott and Steven Walker; a niece, Staci Walker Lynch; a brother-inlaw, David Walker; and a devoted friend, Fred Howard.

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Dalai Lama to visit Emory University

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At Your Finger Tips! The Dalai Lama is returning to Emory University as part of a continuing partnership between the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader and the school in Atlanta. The Dalai Lama, who has held the title of presidential distinguished professor at the private university since October 2007, is scheduled to participate in a series of lectures and panel discussions Tuesday through Thursday. The focus of his visit this year is promoting “secular ethics,’’ which is described as a system of shared principles that go beyond religious differences, while still respecting and valuing the meaning of religion in people’s lives. “This visit as a distinguished professor at Emory University is creating a platform for His Holiness to articulate his patient and rational thoughts about what secular ethics looks like, what are its basic foundational principles, and how can we go about incorporating that into education,’’ said Geshe Lobsang Negi, a senior lecturer at Emory and director of the Emory-Tibet Partnership. The public events during the Dalai Lama’s visit include: a lecture on “The Pillars of Responsible Citizenship in the 21st Century Global Village’’ and a panel discussion on “Secular Ethics and Education’’ at the Gwinnett Center Tuesday; an “intro course’’ on secular ethics with questions from Emory


students on Wednesday; and a panel featuring Emory faculty and advanced graduate students and the Dalai Lama discussing his book, Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World, also on Wednesday. The relationship between Emory and Tibet began in 1991 when Negi moved to Atlanta with the blessings of the Dalai Lama to establish the Drepung Loseling Institute, a Buddhist monastery and learning center near campus. A partnership began to evolve, and in 1998, the university formally launched the Emory-Tibet Partnership. Emory and the Dalai Lama share a basic vision of a desire “to educate both the heart and the intellect,’’ Negi said. The Dalai Lama has visited Emory’s campus five times, including delivering the commencement address in 1998 and two significant, multi-day visits in 2007 and 2010. Among the programs included in the partnership is the Emory-Tibet Science Initiative, which has included the publication by Emory professors of a general science textbook translated into Tibetan. And faculty and students from Emory travel each year to the Dalai Lama’s home of Dharamsala, India, to work with monks and nuns. And monks from Dharamsala have come to Emory to take undergraduate science courses so they can become teachers back in India.

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Hundreds Visit Schools across the Country with ‘The HistoryMakers’ Program Special to ADW


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Hundreds of notable African Americans visited schools across the United States, including many in Atlanta, with the united goal to encourage students to commit to excellence and their education. Participating HistoryMakers recounted their own school experiences and the struggles that they encountered on their paths to success. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan chaired the nationwide effort, with the goal of having almost 500 Black leaders go “back to school” in 68 cities and 30 states. The program puts HistoryMakers in direct contact with over 25,000 students across the nation. In Atlanta, those participating included Patricia Russel, Polly Adams, Joseph Beasley, Albert Thompson, Andrea Lawrence, Naomi King, Vernon Smith, Jim Alexander, Howard Brown, Edward Spriggs, Mary Harris, Grant Venerable, Juliet Dobbs, Julius Dudley, and John Wesley. Secretary Duncan, along with Julieanna Richardson, founder and executive director of The HistoryMakers, and Ernest Green, who was one of the Little Rock Nine, visited H.D. Woodson High School in northeast Washington, D.C. The school is housed in a brand new building with modern technology and resources, but still faces challenges, such as a 40 percent truancy rate. Other HistoryMakers shared positive stories from their visits. Oceanographer Evan Forde reflected upon his experience at Brownsville Middle School in Miami, stating, “I learned how great the need is in the inner city and how important it is for me

and others like me to share myself with the community!” Chicago-based venture capitalist, Michelle Collins, added from her visit to the University of Chicago Charter School that “every child is curious, wants to know ‘how,’ and seeks to understand.” Richardson encourages those within the African-American community to give back. “By bringing these living leaders into today’s educational system, we are raising awareness about the achievements of the accomplished African Americans in local communities and bringing these leaders into schools to see things firsthand, while providing important role models for today’s youth,” she said. The HistoryMakers is donating subscriptions of The HistoryMakers Digital Archive ( digital-archive) to participating schools. The digital archive includes extensive and easyto-access interviews with life stories of over 600 HistoryMakers. The HistoryMakers is a national non-profit, research and educational institution that is committed to preserving and making widely accessible the untold personal stories of both well-known and unsung African Americans to educate the world about the struggles, determination and achievements of African-American life, history and culture. The HistoryMakers shares its collection through The HistoryMakers Digital Archive, The HistoryMakers Education Institute, The HistoryMakers Speakers Bureau, and live public programs. For more information, go to www.thehistoryMakers. com.

Woodruff Library Hosts Student Movement Exhibit The AUC Woodruff Library is hosting “Seeking to Tell a Story: Political Action from Slavery to Civil Rights,” a public exhibit that tells the story of the Atlanta Student Movement that was spearheaded by the Committee on the Appeal for Human Rights, which was comprised of Atlanta University Center students. A special program celebrating the exhibit’s opening is being held at the library, on Friday, Oct. 18. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago. Other distinguished speakers include alumni of the Atlanta Student Movement, Lonnie King (founder), Judge Brenda Cole and Johnny Parham. The exhibit runs through Dec. 13. For more information, contact Nicholyn Hutchinson, communications manager at the Woodruff Library.

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Scene Pics in Death of Valdosta Atlanta Technical College Teen Kendrick Johnson Point to Photography Show Foul Play, Expert Says


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In honor of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Technical College and Arts Clayton will present the First Annual Atlanta Technical College Student Photography Show. The theme for the exhibit, which runs Oct. 11 – 25, is Life in Focus. The public is invited to the free opening reception on Saturday, Oct. 12 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Arts Clayton is located at 136 Main Street, Jonesboro, GA 30263. The Arts Clayton Gallery is open Tuesday-Friday (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and Saturdays (10 a.m. - 4 p.m.). The Gallery is closed Sundays, Mondays and holidays. For additional information on the exhibit, call 770-473-5457 or 404225-4552. Atlanta Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia, is located in the city of Atlanta, and is an accredited institution of higher education, which provides affordable lifelong learning opportunities, associate degrees, diplomas, technical certificates of credit, customized business and industry training, continuing education, and other learning services, using state-of-the-art technology in more than 100 fields. The integration of academics and applied career preparation to enhance student learning is essential in meeting the workforce demands and economic development needs of the people, businesses, and communities of Fulton and Clayton counties.

For the local sheriff ’s department, the death of 17-year-old Kendrick Johnson is a closed book: A tragedy, but an accident. State medical examiners concluded that Johnson suffocated in January after getting stuck in a rolled-up gym mat while reaching for a sneaker. That’s a finding his family has never accepted, and one challenged by the findings of a second autopsy they commissioned. Now, death scene imagery obtained exclusively by CNN has led a former FBI agent to question how the three-sport athlete died. “I don’t believe this was an accident. I think this young man met with foul play,” said Harold Copus, now an Atlanta private investigator. And Johnson’s father, Kenneth Johnson, said he believes authorities aren’t leveling with his family. “They know something happened in that gym, and they don’t want it to come out,” he said. A 15-minute video and nearly 700 photos taken by sheriff ’s investigators in Lowndes County documented the horrific scene. Johnson’s body, clad in jeans and layered orange and white T-shirts, was found wedged into a rolled-up wrestling mat in January. His face was bloated with pooled blood, some of which had poured out of his body, soaking his dreadlocks and spilling onto the floor. There were more streaks of blood on a nearby wall -- but it wasn’t Johnson’s, according to investigators. Meanwhile, Copus said there appeared to be no blood on a sneaker that the teen supposedly was attempting to reach, located inches beneath him. A pair of orange-and-black gym shoes found a few yards from the body had a substance that looked like blood on them, but investigators told CNN the stains weren’t blood -- and so the shoes weren’t collected as potential evidence. The same went for a


hooded sweatshirt found a few feet away from the teen. Copus said he can’t explain how investigators handled items found around the gym. “If you’re running a crime scene, then you’re going to say, ‘That’s potential evidence. Obviously, we’re going to check this out and find out who does it belong to,’” he said. Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine refused to discuss the case with CNN, saying, “Our case is closed.” But in June, an independent pathologist who conducted a second autopsy for the Johnson family found the teen suffered a blow to the right side of his neck that was “consistent with inflicted injury.” In May, sheriff ’s Lt. Stryde Jones told CNN that investigators tested the bloodstains on the nearby wall, “and it was not the blood of Kendrick Johnson.” Investigators haven’t determined whose blood it was, “but it doesn’t appear to be involved in our crime in any way,” he said. “In the opinion of our crime scene personnel, after looking at it closely, the blood appeared as if it’d been there for an extended period of time. It didn’t appear to be very fresh,” Jones said. But Copus said it’s difficult to believe that old bloodstains weren’t cleaned up. “There is no way that they would allow whoever was supposed to clean this gym to leave that blood on that wall,” he said. In September, the Justice Department said it wouldn’t open a civil rights investigation into Johnson’s death. But federal prosecutors in south Georgia are reviewing the imagery to determine whether a separate investigation is necessary, the U.S. attorney’s office in Macon told CNN. For Johnson’s father, the evidence is clear. “Someone murdered him,” he said. “They should be in jail.”

Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn and other social networks have become an integral part of online lives. Social networks are a great way to stay connected with others, but you should be wary about how much personal information you post. The National Cyber Security Alliance provides the following tips to safely enjoy social networking: • Privacy and security settings exist for a reason: Learn about and use the privacy and security settings on social networks. They are there to help you control who sees what you post and manage your online experience in a positive way. • Once posted, always posted: Protect your reputation on social networks. What you post online stays online. Think twice before posting pictures you wouldn’t want your parents or future employers to see. Recent research found that 70 percent of job recruiters rejected candidates based on information they found online. • Your online reputation can be a good thing: Recent research also found that recruiters respond to a strong, positive personal brand online. So show your smarts, thoughtfulness, and mastery of the environment. • Keep personal info personal: Be cautious about how much personal information you provide on social networking sites. The more information you post, the easier it may be for a hacker or someone else to use

that information to steal your identity, access your data, or commit other crimes, such as stalking. • Know and manage your friends: Social networks can be used for a variety of purposes. Some of the fun is creating a large pool of friends from many aspects of your life. That doesn’t mean all friends are created equal. Use tools to manage the information you share with friends in different groups or even have multiple online pages. If you’re trying to create a public persona as a blogger or expert, create an open profile or a “fan” page that encourages broad participation and limits personal information. Use your personal profile to keep your real friends (the ones you know and trust) more synched up with your daily life. • Be honest if you’re uncomfortable: If a friend posts something about you that makes you uncomfortable or you think is inappropriate, let them know. Likewise, stay open-minded if a friend approaches you because something you’ve posted makes him or her uncomfortable. People have different tolerances for how much the world knows about them. Respect those differences. • Know what action to take: If someone is harassing or threatening you, remove them from your friends list, block them, and report them to the site administrator. Stay safe and private online! You never know the risks that await you down the road.

October 10 - 16, 2013

NAACP and TV One Set Partnership for Image Awards Special to ADW

The NAACP, the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization and home of the prestigious NAACP Image Awards, has partnered with the TV One for a new multi-media five-year deal. Under the agreement, TV One becomes the television home for the association’s awards show, beginning with the live airing of the “45th NAACP Image Awards” in February 2014. The multimedia partnership was jointly announced Tuesday by NAACP National Board of Directors Chairman Roslyn M. Brock and TV One Chairman and CEO/President of Radio One Alfred Liggins. “Our new multi-faceted long-term partnership with TV One will bring expanded visibility and awareness of the NAACP and its important programs, such as the NAACP Image Awards,” said NAACP’s Brock. “TV One offers the resources and capabilities to reach audiences in today’s broad media universe, therefore advancing the message of promoting and protecting human and civil rights.” The NAACP Image Awards is the nation’s premier event celebrating the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film and also honors individuals or groups who promote social justice through creative endeavors. TV One will air live broadcasts of the Image Awards and red carpet arrivals in

2014. In addition, the network will provide promotional support on TV One, Radio One and Reach Media, Interactive One, and via a multi-platform marketing campaign. In addition, to elevate the historic organization’s initiatives, there will be dedicated coverage on News One Now, TV One’s new daily news and information program. “We are truly honored to be partnering with the NAACP and becoming the new home for the Image Awards,” said Liggins of TV One. “Today’s announcement is a game changer for TV One and our loyal viewers across the country. As we prepare to celebrate the 10th anniversary of TV One’s 2004 launch, I can think of no greater opportunity to thank this audience than by providing them with access to the preeminent awards show that showcases the incredible achievements of Black Americans and by creating an ongoing opportunity for dialogue around social justice issues on TV One.” There are many well-deserving actors, authors, directors, writers, performing artists, as well as television, motion picture, recording, and literary projects that are recognized during the NAACP Image Awards. Submissions are now being accepted until Friday, Nov. 15. Information is available at Nominations for the 45th NAACP Image Awards” will be announced next January.

Fulton Chair John Eaves Receives Governor’s International ‘Individual of the Year’ Award Special to ADW

Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves was honored with the “Individual of the Year Award” in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 2013 Governor’s International Awards. The award was presented on Oct. 3, and recognizes Eaves’ extensive work in strengthening international ties for the benefit of Fulton County citizens and businesses. During his tenure as chairman of Fulton County’s Board of Commissioners, Eaves has built strong international ties in trade and cultural exchanges. He championed the creation of the Global Youth Leadership, which allows youth leaders to expand their world view through international travel experiences. Since its inception, the program has allowed youth to visit South Africa, Germany, Turkey, China and Brazil. Eaves has also led trade missions to Brazil and has worked closely with the international community in Fulton County. “I think Atlanta has the potential of having tremendous standing in the international community with our diversity, rich history in human rights championing and wonderful array of colleges and universities here that are each trying to internationalize their

campuses,” Eaves said. “I want to do all I can as chairman of Fulton County to connect the county and the city in a strategic way with the international community to increase our standing.” Eaves brought a strong international relations background to his role as chairman. He served as a regional administrator with the Peace Corps for seven years. He also served as chairman of the Atlanta Sister Cities commission. He has personally traveled to more than 50 countries. “Fulton County is a thriving and diverse community,” said Eaves. “We have tremendous economic development potential to serve as the U.S. home base for international businesses.” As head of the largest county in the State of Georgia, Eaves presides over a seven-member governing commission representing 14 municipalities with an annual operating budget of $935 million and a diverse population of nearly 1 million residents, including those within the City of Atlanta.



October 10 - 16, 2013

‘Walking Dead’ brings new life to Are Up-and-Coming Rappers \ Getting a Fair Break? Georgia town By Jeff Martin Associated Press

When the cotton mill closed, the rural Georgia town of Grantville began a slow transformation into a ghost town. Residents fled. Storefronts faded. Buildings decayed. Over the decades, time turned the remains of the town into something almost post-apocalyptic, the perfect modern-day set for humans and ``walkers’’ to attack one another. That’s how the hugely popular TV show ``The Walking Dead’’ ended up coming to town and bringing new life to Grantville. Several key scenes in one episode from the AMC series were filmed on and near a one-block stretch of antique buildings on Grantville’s Main Street. The series’ fourth season premieres on Oct. 13. Crews have been filming the new episodes in Georgia, but they keep locations of future episodes closely guarded secrets until the shows air. In Grantville, the town’s ruins were featured prominently last season. Bodies of walkers slain on the show were buried in a vacant lot beneath the brick archway remaining from a cotton mill building. Gunshots were fired from a nearby rooftop. And actor Chandler Riggs, who plays a boy on the show, entertained himself between scenes by placing pennies on the railroad tracks, the coins soon smashed into souvenirs by passing freight trains. Now, every Saturday, visitors from around the country and the world turn off Interstate 85 and onto a two-lane highway that leads to the tiny town 49 miles (79 kilometers) southwest of Atlanta. Since last summer, more than 3,600 visitors have taken a free tour led by Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, who explains where each scene from the ``Clear’’ episode _ during which the character Morgan makes it his mission to ``clear’’ walkers by killing them _ was filmed. Visitors have come from as far as Australia, Singapore and Brazil, giving new life to the town through tourism, Sells said. He calls it phenomenal, but adds: ``We don’t understand it.’’ “Nobody came after they filmed `Lawless’ and `Broken Bridges’ here,’’ he said, referring to movies shot in the town. “But once this episode aired from The Walking Dead, people started showing up from all over.’’ The cotton textile industry once fueled the economy of Grantville and the other towns in Coweta County, where a stretch of Interstate 85 is named the Alan Jackson Highway, for the country singer who grew up in nearby Newnan and wrote the 1993 hit song about the Chattahoochee River. Grantville eventually became known by residents in the area as ``the liquor exit’’ _ it’s the only place in Coweta County to buy


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bottled liquor. But Sells said that ``when textiles left, this town died.’’ Then came the film crews. Though Union troops destroyed train stations in many Georgia towns near the end of the Civil War, Grantville’s survived. The mayor recalled how ``Walking Dead’’ production crews took just four hours to transform the old freight depot into a restaurant where actors battled zombies. The trains a few feet (meters) away occasionally interrupted filming, Sells said, since railroads typically don’t share train schedules with film crews. Grantville is among a handful of rural Georgia towns undergoing a renaissance, thanks to the AMC show. In nearby Senoia, many scenes are filmed in the historic downtown area, transforming into the fictional town of Woodbury for the show. In Haralson, tours are offered each weekend for fans to enter the barn that was the scene of an ambush. They can hold an M16 out the same window as one ``Walking Dead’’ actor did. Other tours are offered in Atlanta, where a memorable scene from the show’s first season was filmed atop the roof of the old Norfolk Southern headquarters on the southern edge of downtown. Another key scene _ a massive battle involving dozens of walkers and a military tank _ took place in the Fairlie-Poplar Historic District. On a recent Saturday in Grantville, visitors gathered at Station 22 Grill, as groups do every Saturday, to watch the ``Clear’’ episode, the 12th in the show’s third season. Production crews blocked off Main Street for 15 days for filming. Many townspeople know the dialogue by heart. A dishwasher behind the bar mouths the words: “You said that you would turn on your radio every day at dawn. ... And you were not there!’’ When the episode ends, more than 50 people gather around Sells. He leads them around town and then inside a second-story apartment, the hideout used by one of the characters in the show. The walls are covered with chalk-drawn rantings as they were during filming. The small-animal cages, used to hold rabbits and other bait for walkers, and a couple of rifles are there, too. Sells said “The Walking Dead’’ and other filming have revived interest and optimism for Grantville’s future. He recalled how last month, actor Jim Carrey signed autographs and posed for pictures in Grantville after filming scenes for ``Dumb and Dumber To.’’ Now, Sells hopes ``The Walking Dead’’ draws enough attention and visitors to Grantville that perhaps new businesses will locate there. “We could use a grocery store, a drug store, a daycare,’’ the mayor said.

In the world of Hip Hop, it seems you need someone to validate you in order to be successful. Most of us heard of the controversial Kendrick Lamar ‘Control’ verse and the hype associated with it. He was validated on so many levels by his peers, by his elders, and by his fans. His ambitious lyrics ignited a fire that was desperately needed and gave him the confidence to claim he is the best rapper alive. Many laughed in amusement, some rushed to the studio to refute his claims and many were honored they were mentioned in his tirade. More importantly, fellow Compton native, co-owner of Built Frum Scratch and Most Hated Entertainment CEO, B.J. Hill, feels Kendrick Lamar is not as authentic as his new audience thinks. “I don’t understand how he can rep Compton if he never came outside and experienced what was going on. … Now a n***** a comes to the hood and gets validated by throwing some money around and everybody forgets the GOOD Kid was peeking out the window at our MADD City.” We have to admit the Hip-Hop game is lopsided when it comes to choosing who will reach the masses. At this point, it’s a needle in a haystack gamble to breaking through, unless you are ushered in by one of the

mainstream acts. An industry that used to take so many chances on creativity has flat lined into a one size fits all approach. So where does that leave the future generations of Hip Hop? Forbes recently released its Cash Kings list of highest grossing Hip Hop artists of 2013. The top 20 artists made from $6 million to $50 million, which proves there is money to be made in Hip Hop. But the question is: How? Many of the artists on the list have endorsement deals, products and tour to get the bulk of their money. Many of the artists are also veterans and have connected to the newer members on the roster, essentially helping their proteges boost their brands and sales. What gets lost in translation is how someone who has not attained this type of success gets to that. Do we continue to base the Hip-Hop community’s success mantra on stories of high school drop outs who beat the odds? Former prison inmates who found their way to Hip-Hop royalty? While this is all valid, what percentage of the population is able to attain success at these odds? Let’s begin to focus on what Hi- Hop has spawned. Let’s tell stories that inspire young people to follow a path that will not lead them to a stale mate.

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October 10 - 16, 2013

‘Hillbillies,’ ‘Goofballs’ and ‘Criminals’: Talking with the (Seriously Funny) Wanda Sykes By Dion Robouin

Wanda Sykes is a very funny woman. The comedienne, best known for her roles on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Inside the NFL,” as well as roles on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and her own short-lived sitcom “Wanda at Large,” will be bringing “a big bucket of chuckles” – her words – to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Oct. 12. But the Washington, D.C. native and former National Security Agency (NSA) employee isn’t all jokes all the time. She’s got serious opinions on topics like NSA information leaker Edward Snowden, the ongoing government shutdown, the state of national security and whether or not the name of the Washington football team ought to be changed. That’s not to say her opinions aren’t also funny, but she has clearly done her homework. In anticipation of her comedy tour rolling through the Atlanta metro area, the 49-yearold happily married Black lesbian mother of two spoke to the Atlanta Daily World’s Dion Rabouin about who she is and what fans can expect from Wanda Sykes onstage and off of it. ADW: You’ve got a show in Atlanta coming up soon. Tell me about your memories and experiences in Atlanta? Wanda Sykes: I’ve always had great shows in Atlanta. People really come out and

support me. They are always fired up. I love the city. Last time I was there I got to go to the aquarium and … I don’t know if she’s in town or if she’s gonna be in town, but my friend Jane Fonda is an Atlanta girl. So yeah, lot of good memories, lot of good food. I call my little tummy, my little fat roll, Esther, and she’s always happy when I say we’re going to Atlanta. ADW: A lot of people know you from your television work, but now you’re married, you’ve got kids, what is Wanda Sykes like today, onstage and offstage? WS: Onstage, they can expect [to see] all those things – I’m a mother, I’m a wife, so all those problems that other parents and married people have, I have the same problems. I’ll talk about being a woman, being a Black woman, being a gay, Black woman. It’s all authentic. It’s all coming from my real life. So they can expect all those things. But the main thing they can expect is to laugh because above all things, I’m a comic. That’s what I do, that’s what I love to do. I love to make people laugh. That’s my main focus and that’s what I’ll be bringing to Atlanta is a big bucket of chuckles. To read this interview in its entirety, visit

Kanye West To Guest On Jimmy Kimmel After ‘Rap Feud’ ABC says Kanye West is appearing on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show, less than two weeks after the pair got into what Kimmel called a “rap feud.” The musician will be a guest Wednesday on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” the network said Tuesday. In late September, Kimmel’s show aired a skit that mocked a West radio interview by having a child re-create it. West responded with an irate phone call to Kimmel and a series of Twitter messages that labeled the comedian out of line and unfunny. Discussing the incident on his show last month, a smiling Kimmel said he always wanted to be in a rap feud. The talk show host is known for his parodies and pranks, including a recent staged twerking accident video that became an online sensation.

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The Art of Jerry Pinkney Opens at the High Museum

Jerry Pinkney began his career on Earlham Street in Philadelphia. On an all African American block, Pinkney describes it as his “entire universe.” He learned to create art from objects that he already had. His father would bring home pieces of wallpaper that Pinkney could draw on. From a young age, his family encouraged him to have a creative Editor’s Note: outlet, which he enjoyed doing, but he never High school students Olivia Hehir expected it to become a career. of Woodward Academy and Omari Another influence included one Matthews of The Westminster School of his school teachers, who recognized recently sat with renowned artist and his talent and appointed him the class illustrator Jerry Pinkney and filed artist. Other aspects of school were a this report: struggle because of his dyslexia, however, because of his artistic talent, he maintained a high level of self esteem, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney is the first and he stood out in front of many major exhibition featuring drawings and others. watercolors by acclaimed illustrator Jerry Pinkney. With over 140 beautiful pieces of work, the exhibit has been displayed in places such as Philadelphia, New York, and Michigan. The Caldecott Award winner has a career spanning over an impressive 50 years. Since beginning in 1964, Jerry Pinkney has illustrated over 75 children’s books, ranging from classic folktales to African-American history.

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Alabama to Face Virginia Tech in Georgia United Wins AAU Title Jordan: I Could Have Beaten SPORT Braves andConsecutive Falcons BothYear Fall in For Third Sold-Out Georgia Dome Tough Night for Atlanta Sports Fans LeBron But Not Sure With Kobe Alabama to Face Virginia Tech in Ge Fo Sold-Out Georgia Dome October 10 - 16, 2013

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the two fastest The highly-anticipatsellouts in the ed college football game’s hisrematch between tory. reigning national champion The teams Alabama and will be Virginia Tech competis now a sellout. ing for the Chick-fil-A Bowl offigame’s coveted cials announced the game Old Leather Helmet and both teams have completely sold Trophy. through their allotment of tickets for the “We are looking forward to another Georgia Dome showdown. great game and we have a lot of respect for “The Georgia Dome is always an exciting Coach Beamer and Virginia Tech,” said Nick place to play and a sold-out Georgia Dome is Saban, Alabama head coach. “We’ve had the “I have been talking about the When a project, the Philagoing to be lately very special, ” said Virginia Tech beginning opportunity to open the season twice before sense of feelinghead like Icoach was someone, that I delphian draws inspiration from Frank Beamer. in Atlanta, and theresearch experience has been had value,” he said. Despite ticket allotments being andsold text and begins to sketch out for his our ideas. extremely positive team and our fans. Later, he graduated high school with a Afterwards, he compiles all his thumbnail out, fans looking to get to the game still The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in the Georgia full scholarshiphave to the University of Arts.options Insketches up with great ticket package availableand eventually Dome is acomes great venue fora college football. It terestingly during his college years, he never dummy book with refined images. through PrimeSport, the Chick-fil-A Kickoff has a bowl game feel, and the staff has done studied illustration, butOfficial was a design he fine-tunes aspects it a first-class Game’s Ticket student. Exchange andDuring VIP this process, an outstanding job of making Even when he graduated, he initially became of his story pertaining to character deHospitality provider. event.” a flower delivery man, but never gave up on velopment to add further meaning to his “This is a nationally compelling match“Playing in thehis Chick-fil-A his art. illustrations. Pinkney compares artistry Kickoff Game up withan two legendary coaches, a very exciting environment for the If he hadn’t become artist, Pinkney says passionate to film-making,creates creating different “takes” of fan bases and perennial top-10 teams in the fans and players of both teams, ” said Jim that he would have pursued a career along each picture and selecting the one that fits country, ” said Chick-fil-A Bowl President Weaver, Virginia Tech athletics director. “We the lines of music, particularly jazz. Having the story the most. and CEO Gary Stokan. this is recently look forward to opening the season with the played an instrument in middle school,“For mu-Alabama Pinkney’s completed one-man to start championship run,fulfilled defending National Champions in a sold-out sic had becomeaachance prevalent part another of his life. exhibition his dream and brought to make history and go for the three-peat. Georgia Dome. ” Over the course of his career, he worked him back to the museum that he once Forcovers Virginia you can’t much bigIn of its--third on several album for Tech, jazz artists. He makeaspired to be a part The Chick-fil-A PhiladelphiaKickoff Game ger of a statement knocking off number appearance, Alabama will look not only to also creates independent artwork,than which he Museum of Art. one.medium ” its record to 3-0, but finds to be a great to channel his As he opensincrease his exhibition in Atlanta, he will also look Thethat, teams, last done met in 2009 theof advice to secure a victory that “Find could prove to be iminterests. Along with he who also has haswhen words for young artists: Crimson Tide defeated the #7 Hokies perative appearing its third consecutive commissioned #5 work for National Geographthat part34of yourself thatinyou believe in is worth 24 inParks the Chick-fil-A will face national championship game.of ic and the National Service. Kickoff Game, sharing. ” He adds that art requires a “sense Virginia Tech, a victory off again at 5:30 p.m.aon Saturday,dedication, Aug. 31 to” alongFor No matter what initially inspires new with “this skill and ability, against topbody of work, Pinkney two things but it’s also theranked dedication [to] and theimmediately belief Alabama would thrust open thebelieves 2013 college football season. should happen during project: GrowthKickoff Game in what [you believe] has value. ” national spotlight and set Sinceathe Chick-fil-A began the Hokies into the as an artist andin growth person. Both between Join us Oct. 11 at the Museum for the 2008, as theatwo matchups Alabama them up High for a championship run of their own. notions are equally important to him, he 2013)celebration and Virginia Tech (2009asand represent of the incredible career of Jerry believes both make a great artist. Pinkney.


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The Falcons fell to 1-4 Monday night, The Dodgers won the best-of-five series but at least their season is still going. That’s 3-1. It was the eighth straight postseason exit more than the Braves can say after a woeful for the Bravos, who haven’t won a playoff evening for Atlanta sports fans. series since 2001. The Braves lost their second game in The Falcons didn’t help the evening much, a row to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the dropping their third game in a row 30-28, on National League Division Series and it will a last-second field goal, to the upstart New be their last of the season. Despite taking the York Jets. lead in the eighth inning of Freddy Garcia’s The Falcons came back from a 27-14 11th career postseason start, the Braves fell fourth-quarter deficit to take a one-point 4-3 to the Dodgers. lead with just 1:54 left in the game. But Jets’ After taking a 3-2 lead in the penultimate Quarterback Geno Smith led a drive down inning, Braves RHP David Carpenter hung a the field against a beaten and beleaguered slider to Dodgers third baseman Juan Uribe, Atlanta defense to set his team up for a The Georgia United recently captured the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National which was sent overbasketball the right team field wall. game-winning 43-yard field goal as time Uribe knew it was gone as soon it left his expired. State AAU champions went 8-0 to Championship in Memphis, Tenn.asThe two-time defending bat and so did Carpenter. Falcons are now 0-2 in night win the week-long competition featuring 87 Division The I teams. Pictured are (bottom row,games from theAnderson reason we’re not going back to and 0-3 in when playing featured national left)“I’m Travis II, Mandarius Dickerson; Chase Fiddler, Rodney LewisinJr., Myles Beleyu, Atlanta [with the seriesMalik tied],”McClain, Carpenter television contests,Hastings, after losses NewII,OrleKennedy Minx-Rogers, Realus George Jr., Corderius ErictoRoss said. “I’ll takeDaviyon the responsibility for it every ans in weekand onecoaches and New last week James Lewis, Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis, TeeEngland Cofer, Rodney time. IScott let the guys and down. It Ross. kills me to have on Sunday night. The Falcons next play at Lewis, Beleyu Eric to say that.” home against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In an upcoming promo for the basketball video game NBA 2K14 that was released on Tuesday, former NBA megastar Michael Jordan during the “uncensored” taped Specialsaid to ADW interview that, in his prime, he would have been able to beat B-ball phenom LeBron Theinhighly-anticipatJames a one-on-one game. The iconic ed college football player, however, also admitted that there was rematch between one match-up he was not too sure about: reigningagainst nation-L.A. Laker Kobe Bryant. playing al Jordan, champion who has been deemed one of the Alabamabasketball and greatest players of all time, actualVirginia Tech his interview that he would’ve ly said during is nowtoahave sellout. liked played one-on-one games Chick-fil-A offi- ballers as Carmelo against such Bowl celebrated cials announced gameBryant, and James Anthony, Dwyanethe Wade, and both have completely sold stating, “I teams don’t think I would lose. ” But when uttering Bryant’s name, the majority through their allotment of tickets for the owner ofDome the theshowdown. Charlotte Bobcats said he Georgia wasn’t sure he’Dome d win is if always he would “Thetoo Georgia an have exciting played Bryant “…because he steals place toagainst play and a sold-out Georgia Domeall is of my moves. ” special,” said Virginia Tech going to be very James wasFrank told about Jordan’s comments head coach Beamer. after Despite his team,ticket the Miami Heat,being completed allotments sold their first looking practiceto game inthe thegame Bahamas out, fans get to still on Tuesday, 8, and his retort was,available “MJ said have greatOct. ticket package options that?” The four-time league MVP and 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

two-time NBA champion went on to state, “Absolutely, I thought about the match-up. But no one would ever see it. It’s not going to happen. But it’s good for people to talk about.” Earlier this year, the six-time NBA chamtwo he fastest pion made sports headlinesthe when publicly sellouts in the stated how he preferred Bryant as a player game’s hisover James, if he had to choose one. During tory. an ESPN magazine interview last FebruThe 6.2 teams ary, Jordan, who averaged 30.1 points, be rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game will during his 15 seasons with the NBA, also compethinted that ing for the James would not have been as celebrated a game’s coveted player if he would have been balling during Old Leather Helmet his reign. Jordan, who Trophy. has had a sponsorship deal with theare video gaming company for nearly “We looking forward to another three years now, graced of thefor vidgreat game and we have the a lotcover of respect eo gameBeamer in 2011. InVirginia 2012, Jordan, with Coach and Tech,”along said Nick veteran basketball players Magic Johnson Saban, Alabama head coach. “We’ve had the and Larry Bird, shared honors by being opportunity to open thethe season twice before the “cover boys” of experience NBA 2K. has been in Atlanta, and the James, who has averaged 25.1and points, extremely positive for our team our 6.6 fans. rebounds, and 6 Kickoff assists during histhe firstGeorgia 10 The Chick-fil-A Game in seasons the NBA is now this year’s pick for Dome isina great venue for college football. It the video’s cover. 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.

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) John Doe, Jane Doe and Marcus Thompson,) ) SUMMONS Defendants. ) ) In the Interest of: ) Kelis Nicole Herroitt, a minor under the age ) of eighteen (18) years ) _________________________________________ ) TO THE DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, which was filed in Georgetown County Family Court (401 Cleland Street, Georgetown, SC 29440), on May 22, 2013, a copy of which can be obtained therefrom, and to serve a copy of your Answer to the said Complaint on the Plaintiff or their attorney, Louis Morant, at his office, 1022 Prince Street, P.O. Drawer 437, Georgetown, South Carolina 29442 within thirty (30) days after the service hereof, exclusive of the day of such service, and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time aforesaid, Judgment by Default will be rendered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. Dated at Georgetown, South Carolina, on the 14th day of June 2013. NOTICE OF ADOPTION TO: THE ABOVE NAMED DEFENDANTS YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED pursuant to the provisions of S.C. Code Ann. Section 20-7-1734(E) (Cum. Supp. 1991), that the minor child, Kelis Nicole Herroitt has been placed for adoption. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that an adoption action is pending in the Family Court for Georgetown County, South Carolina. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that within thirty (30) days of receiving this notice, you should respond in writing by filing with the Family Court for Georgetown County, South Carolina, notice and reasons to contest, intervene or otherwise respond in the pending adoption action. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that the court must be informed of your current address and of any changes in address during the adoption proceedings. YOU ARE FURTHER NOTIFIED that failure to file a response within thirty (30) days of receiving Notice constitutes consent to adoption of the child and forfeiture of all rights and obligations with respect to the child. SO BE NOTIFIED. By:

________________________ Louis Morant Attorney for Plaintiffs

Georgetown, South Carolina June 14, 2013 STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA

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IN THE FAMILY COURT FOR THE THIRD JUDICIAL CIRCUIT 2013-DR-43-994 South Carolina Department of ) Social Services ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) Adrian Parker ) Tronnie Rhodes ) Defendants. ) ) In the Interests of: ) ) Javion Demarcus Boykin [DOB: 01/28/1999] ) ) Minor(s) under the age of 18. ) __________________________________________) COUNTY OF SUMTER



YOU ARE HEREBY SUMMONED and required to answer the Complaint in this action, a copy of which is hereby served upon you, and to serve a copy of your Answer upon Plaintiff’s attorney at the address below, within thirty (30) days following the date of service on you, exclusive of the day of such service; and if you fail to answer the Complaint within the time stated, Plaintiff will proceed to seek termination of your parental rights to the above-captioned child.


YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the original Summons and Complaint in the above entitled action were filed in the Office of the Clerk of Court for Sumter County, South Carolina on August 12, 2013, the object and prayer of which is an action for termination of parental rights and such other relief as set forth in the Complaint.

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO LEGAL COUNSEL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that you have the right to request that an attorney be appointed to represent you if you cannot afford one. If you cannot afford one, you must apply IMMEDIATELY for one at the Sumter County Clerk of the Family Court, located at 215 N. Harvin Street, Sumter, South Carolina.

NOTICE OF HEARING YOU WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that pursuant to South Carolina Code of Laws, Section 63-7-2570 (2012), a termination of parental rights hearing and permanency planning hearing in this matter has been scheduled to be held on November 21, 2013 at 9:30 AM. You are hereby notified to be present in the Sumter County Family Court, Sumter County Judicial Center - 2nd Floor, 215 N. Harvin Street, Sumter, South Carolina at this time.

DEBORAH TRUETT NIELSEN ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF Post Office Box 68 Sumter, SC 29151 (803) 773-5531 ext 214 Sumter, South Carolina Filed September 13, 2013

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by Marc H. Morial

Affordable Health Care is Here to Stay

Yes, Mental Illness Affects ‘Us’

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On Monday, Sept. 16 the news was shocking: A contract employee who worked at the Navy Yard in Washington, D.C., later identified as Aaron Alexis, killed 12 innocent people in the facility before he was killed by police. For many African Americans, our first thought was: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” On Oct. 3, there was another disturbing incident in the nation’s capital: An unarmed woman with her 1-year-old child in the car, drove her vehicle into barriers outside the White House and on Capitol Hill before being shot to death by police. Again, we thought: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” And the next day brought additional bad news from Washington: A man poured gasoline over his body and set himself on fire on the National Mall. He died the next day. Once again: “I hope it wasn’t one of us.” In each case, it was one of us. Aaron Alexis, the Navy Yard gunman, was Black. Miriam Carey, the 34-yearold dental hygienist from Stamford, Conn. was an African American. And the unidentified man who burned himself to death on the Mall was also Black. More important than their race, Aaron Alexis, Miriam Carey and possibly the man who set himself on fire suffered from a mental disorder. And that’s something we have been reluctant to discuss. But it’s time for that to change. In an interview last year on NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Dr. William Lawson, professor of psychiatry and chairman of psychiatry at Howard University College of Medicine, discussed some of the factors in our refusal to seek help for mental problems. “Many African Americans have a lot of negative feelings about -- or are not even aware of -- mental health services,” he said. “They are not aware of the symptoms of many mental disorders, or they may believe that to be mentally ill is a sign of weakness or a sign of character fault.” That attitude permeates Black America, regardless of income level. “In places like Los Angeles and New York, everyone and their pet has a therapist, yet even among the wealthy and elite, many African Americans continue to hold stigmatizing beliefs about mental illness,” Monnica Williams wrote in Psychology Today. “For example, a qualitative study by Alvidrez et al. (2008) found that among Blacks who were already mental health consumers, over a third felt that mild depression or anxiety would be considered ‘crazy’ in their social circles. Talking about problems with an outsider (i.e., therapist) may be viewed as airing one’s ‘dirty laundry,’ and even more telling is the fact that over a quarter of those consumers felt that discussions about mental illness would not be appropriate even among family.” Williams observed, “African Americans share the same mental health issues as the rest of the population, with arguably even greater stressors due to racism,

prejudice, and economic disparities. Meanwhile, many wonder why African Americans shy away from psychotherapy as a potential solution to challenges such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, marriage problems, and parenting issues. As a Black psychologist, it is troublesome that so many African Americans are reluctant to make use of psychology’s solutions to emotional hurdles.” And when Blacks do seek help to get over those emotional hurdles, they tend to do so later, when treatment might not be as effective as it may have been if they had sought help earlier. In addition to our antiquated attitude toward mental health, medical professionals also share part of the blame. A fact sheet by the National Alliance on Mental Health notes: * African Americans in the United States are less likely to receive accurate diagnoses than their Caucasian counterparts. Schizophrenia, for instance has been shown to be over diagnosed in the African American population; * Culture biases against mental health professionals and health care professionals in general prevent many African Americans from accessing care due to prior experiences with historical misdiagnoses, inadequate treatment and a lack of cultural understanding; only 2 percent of psychiatrists, 2 percent of psychologists and 4 percent of social workers in the United States are African American. * Overall sensitivity to African American cultural differences, such as differences in medication metabolization rates, unique views of mental illness and propensity towards experiencing certain mental illnesses, can improve African Americans’ treatment experiences and increase utilization of mental health care services. Dr. Sarah Vinson, who created the website, said mental illness takes a high toll on African Americans. In an Emory University posting, she said: “Untreated, mental illness can cause strained relationships, social dysfunction, and numerous other problems that can end up in divorce, unemployment, and suicide.” In addition to Dr. Vinson’s website, further information on mental illness can be obtained from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of Minority Health and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. George E. Curry, former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, is editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) News Service. He is a keynote speaker, moderator, and media coach. Curry can be reached through his website, You can also follow him at and George E. Curry Fan Page on Facebook.

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“Nearly 6 in 10 uninsured Americans will be able to get coverage for $100 or less.” -- President Barack Obama We fought and won a battle three years ago to improve access to affordable health care for every American, and finally it’s here. Last Tuesday, a key component of the Affordable Care Act took effect when the new Health Insurance Marketplace opened for business, allowing millions of Americans to shop for a variety of quality, affordable health plans that best meet their needs. Here is how it works. First, if you are among the vast majority of Americans who already have health insurance that you like, you can keep it, and you don’t have to change a thing. The only changes you will see are new benefits, better protections from insurance company abuses and more value for every dollar you spend on health care. For example, you can no longer be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and you can’t be canceled because you get sick. Young people can be covered by their parents up to age 26. Most people will now be eligible for free preventive screenings, blood pressure and cholesterol tests, mammograms, and colonoscopies. Insurance companies will no longer be able to set a life-time dollar limit on what they spend for your essential health services. In addition, 47 million women will gain access to preventive health services. The law makes it illegal to charge women different rates than men. And seniors on Medicare will have access to cheaper drugs, and free preventive care. For the millions of Americans who currently have no health insurance, the new law offers a long-awaited lifeline of protection. As of Oct. 1, with a visit to the Health Insurance Marketplace at, you can learn if you can get lower costs based on your income, compare your coverage options side-by-side, and enroll. When you use the Marketplace, or “health insurance exchange,” as it is also called, you’ll fill out an application and see all the health plans available in your area. You’ll provide some information about your household size and income to find out if you can get lower costs on your monthly premiums for private insurance plans. You’ll learn if you qualify for lower out-of-pocket costs. The Marketplace can also tell you if you qualify for free or low-cost coverage available through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The open enrollment period runs from Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014. Coverage begins on Jan. 1, 2014. You can also get help by phone, 24/7, by calling 1-800-318-2596. And local help can be found by visiting LocalHelp.HealthCare.Gov. President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law on March 23, 2010. It was upheld by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012. While there will inevitably be some start-up wrinkles to iron out, this

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law is good for the health of the American people and good for the nation. Congressional extremists bent on stopping its implementation are fighting a losing battle and only putting their own political futures at risk. Obamacare is here to stay. Marc H. Morial, former mayor of New Orleans, is president and CEO of the National Urban League.

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