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October 3 - 9, 2013
Analysis Shows Government Shutdown Harder on Black Workers By George E. Curry NNPA Editor-in-chief
Because government jobs have been more available to Blacks than private sector employment over the years, especially under de jure segregation, Blacks, who comprise 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, make up 17.7 percent of the federal workforce. Overall, people of color represent 34 percent of the federal workforce. Latinos are 8 percent of government workers, Asians are 5.8 percent, Native Americans are 2.1 percent and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders are 0.40 percent of federal employees. People of color are 37 percent of the U.S. population, a figure projected to grow to 43.3 percent as soon as 2025 and 57 percent by 2060. Federal workers considered non-essential to the functioning of government were instructed not to report for work as of Tuesday, Oct. 1, the first day of the new fiscal year, because Congress failed to pass a permanent or interim budget in time to prevent a federal shutdown, the first in nearly two decades. The impasse came as a result of a Republican-controlled House determination to tie any budget measure to defunding the Affordable Care Act, the major provisions of which went into effect on Oct.1. On Monday, Sept. 30, President Obama warned about the consequences of a federal shutdown. “I want to be very clear about what would change. Office buildings would close. Paychecks would be delayed. Vital services that seniors and veterans, women and children, businesses and our economy depend on would be hamstrung. Business owners would see delays in raising capital, seeking infrastructure permits, or rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. Veterans who’ve sacrificed for their country will find their support centers unstaffed. Tourists will find every one of America’s national parks and monuments, from Yosemite to the Smithsonian to the Statue of Liberty, immediately closed. And of course, the communities and small businesses that rely on these national treasures for their livelihoods
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will be out of customers and out of luck. “And in keeping with the broad ramifications of a shutdown, I think it’s important that everybody understand the federal government is America’s largest employer. More than 2 million civilian workers and 1.4 million active-duty military serve in all 50 states and all around the world. In the event of a government shutdown, hundreds of thousands of these dedicated public servants who stay on the job will do so without pay — and several hundred thousand more will be immediately and indefinitely furloughed without pay.” The shutdown could have dire consequences for our national security, according to a report by the Congressional Research Service. According to the report, “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects,” published Sept. 23: “A federal government shutdown could have possible negative security implications as some entities wishing to take actions harmful to U.S. interests may see the nation as physically and politically vulnerable,” the report stated. There is also concern that the shutdown will be another setback for the already shaky economy. Moody’s Analytics estimates that a three to four week shutdown could cost the economy about $55 billion, about equal the combined economic disruption caused by Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Speaking in the Rose Garden on Day 1 of the shut down, President Obama said: “I will not negotiate over Congress’s responsibility to pay bills it’s already racked up. I’m not going to allow anybody to drag the good name of the United States of America through the mud just to refight a settled election or extract ideological demands. Nobody gets to hurt our economy and millions of hardworking families over a law you don’t like.” To read this story in its entirety, please visit atlantadailyworld.com.
Civil rights pioneer Evelyn Lowery Remembered By M. Alexis Scott ADW Publisher Hundreds gathered at the King Chapel on the campus of Morehouse College Wednesday to pay their last respects to Evelyn Lowery, a pioneer in civil rights and women’s empowerment and the wife of the Rev. Joseph E. Lowery. She died at home on Sept. 26 following a massive stroke a week earlier that left her with irreversible damage. She was 88 years old. A series of tributes filled the two-hour service that drew Evelyn Lowery tears and laughter from those gathered. She was praised for her work as a leader in her own right as well as being a rock to her husband, who has been called the “dean” of the Civil Rights Movement. Xernona Clayton said she teased Mrs. Lowery about waiting on her husband “hand and foot.” They were married for 67 years. She said they were devoted to each other. In addition she established her own initiatives, including founding SCLC/WOMEN in 1979. Scarlet Pressley-Brown, interim-chair of SCLC/WOMEN, called her the mother of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, scheduled to open next year. In addition to SCLC/WOMEN, Mrs. Lowery founded the Drum Major for Justice awards to recognize people and organizations working for social justice. She also established the annual Heritage Tour in Alabama to retrace the steps of civil rights battles and to dedicate monuments to those who gave their lives in the struggle. The Rev. Al Sharpton, head of the National Action Network and host of Politics Nation on MSNBC, said “her work speaks for itself.” He added, “She stood shoulder to shoulder with one of the greatest civil rights leaders the world has ever known.” In addition to words of tribute calling her a “foot soldier” filled with “love, courage, grace, class, dignity, dedication and commitment,” the service included music that brought people to their feet, especially a performance by the three Lowery daughters, Yvonne, Karen and Cheryl. They sang “Total Praise.” Jennifer Holliday of Broadway fame, stirred the crowd with “His Eye is on the Sparrow,” and Cassandra Davis, of “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne,” performed “God is Real,” repeating the ending at Rev. Lowery’s request. Other tributes came from letters from President and Mrs. Obama, President Clinton and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Others bringing tributes were Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, andDr. Carlton Brown, president of Clark Atlanta University, where Mrs. Lowery graduated in 1946. Also, Christine King Farris, sister of Martin Luther King Jr.; Carolyn Young, wife of Andy Young, who worked alongside King, Lowery and others; Ruby Shinholster; and Thandi Luthuli Gcabashe, who met Mrs. Lowery when she lived in Atlanta in exhile for several years during the fight against apartheid in South Africa. Bishop Woodie W. White, board chair of the Joseph E. Lowery Institute for Justice & Human Rightst at CAU, concluded the service by saying Mrs. Lowery is “not leaving, but going....Going transcends leaving….She’s alright… and that’s the rest of the story.”
October 3 - 9, 2013
Students Experience ‘Green Apple Day’ Special to ADW
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The Central Intelligence Agency Analytic Simulation Team at Clark Atlanta University Bests AUC Institutions The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Analytic Simulation Team at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) celebrates its Sept. 19 win in the 2014 CIA Analytic Simulation, a day-long competition against fellow Atlanta University Consortium (AUC) schools Morehouse College and Spelman College. The exercise was originally conceived by the CIA to offer prospective analysts a sense of what duties at the agency entail. During the simulations, college students engage in role-play throughout which hypothetical world crises unfold. Teams must quickly digest mock intelligence and, using their expertise and judgment to make decisions, prepare briefings for CIA analysts, who role-play as U.S. government policymakers. CAU’s winning team members this year included students from CAU’s schools of Business and Arts and Sciences. Pictured are CAU President Carlton E. Brown (from left); Abril Brown, marketing; team advisor Charles Richardson, Ph.D., assistant professor of marketing; Tateira Surles, political science; Ashley Wilson, marketing; and Jameel Pierre, marketing. (Not pictured: Tytiana Reeves-Payne.)
Emerald Cities Collaborative Atlanta hosted the Green Apple Day of Service at two local elementary schools in Atlanta on Sept. 27 The Green Apple Day of Service, an international event of activities sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), was held at the Marietta Center for Advance Academics (MCAA) in Marietta, Ga., and at Hightower Elementary School in Dekalb County. The global event provides parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects and learning activities. At MCAA through a multi-faceted, fun and interactive academic program a group of third graders at the school experienced a broad set of topics, including how to conserve energy and water and ways to identify and implement green and sustainability best practices at school and at home. The event included presentations, games, team competitions, poster making, handson displays and demonstrations from industry specialists and experts, which included
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South Face Energy Institute, Trane Inc., U.S. Navy, Southern Polytechnic State University, AFL-CIO, Center for Sustainable Communities, Energy Services Coalition, Emerald Cities Collaborative, Fulton County Action Authority, City of Atlanta Watershed Management and USGBC Georgia Chapter and Real Times Media. At Hightower Elementary School, activities were initiated to design and implement a green roof for the school. Special thanks to MCAA and Hightower administration, faculty and staff for helping to host and make this a very special event for the youth. Marietta Center for Advance Academics, an ECA partner school, was recently selected as a National Blue Ribbon School by Secretary Arne Duncan and will be honored in a White House ceremony next month. Hightower Elementary School, an ECA partner school, was recently selected as a finalist by the Technical Association of Georgia for its annual STEM Award being held this week in Savannah, Ga. Both MCAA and Hightower are STEM certified schools.
October 3 - 9, 2013
Parade of Excellence Presented by KIA United Way announces $3 Million Motors Set to Showcase Atlanta Students Dare to Forget the Box! Prizes Special to ADW Special to ADW
The Parade of Excellence, presented by KIA Motors, is one of the annual events in Atlanta that entertains hundreds of thousands during the Atlanta Football Classic weekend. This year’s game kicks off at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Oct. 5, at 3:30 p.m. The Parade of Excellence is where all the excitement begins. Starting at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Peachtree and Baker streets, the route follows Peachtree, taking a right onto Marietta St. and ending at Phillips Arena. Historically this unique parade has featured youth who participate with live performances, ride on floats and cars or march proudly representing their schools in bands, drill teams and other youth organizations. “This is our 14th year spotlighting Atlanta area youth, as well as young people, corporations and organizations from across the U.S.,” stated John T. Grant Jr., CEO, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc. The 2013 Parade of Excellence, presented by KIA Motors will feature the following: BEST Academy Army Jr. ROTC Colorguard; BEST Academy, Army ROTC Batallion; Junior Scholars -- Project Success; Henry Kelly, president, 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.; Curley M. Dossman Jr., 100 Black Men of America Inc.; Nathaniel R. Goldston, III, founder, 100 Black Men of Atlanta Inc.; Erroll B. Davis, Jr., superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools; Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor, N.C. A&T University; Thomas J. Elzey, president, South Carolina State University.
The following companies and organizations also support the parade with floats or live performances: Georgia Power, Atlanta Ballet, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonalds, KIA Soul, Cross Keys Tribe of Funk, Royal Elites, Georgia National Guard, Delta Air Lines, Dance Time, Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Lady Rose Buds, Hephzibah Big Red Marching Band, Touch of Class Twirlers, Digi Camo Hummer H-3, The Art of Confidence Performing Arts Alliance, Soldiers & Future Soldiers, and the HBCU Alumni Alliance. Students from the following colleges and universities will participate to represent scholastic achievement and academic excellence: North Carolina A&T State University, South Carolina State University, and Talladega College. In addition, the following high schools are scheduled to participate: B.E. Mays, Grady, Carver Early College, Wenonah, Tri-Cities, Southwest, North Atlanta, North Springs, Riverdale, Banneker, Bear Creek, Coretta Scott King Academy, Forest Park, Booker T. Washington, Carver, Shiloh and Pearl-Cohn. In addition to spectators along the route, the parade will be viewed by millions as it is once again being televised by WSB-TV, Channel 2. Fred Blankenship and Linda Stouffer will host the live broadcast from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 5. For a list of all events and game details, visit www. atlantafootballclassic.com.
The problems in Greater Atlanta cannot be solved by traditional solutions alone. These issues require thinking outside the box and daring to develop and implement new answers for challenges in education, income, health and homelessness. United Way of Greater Atlanta anounced Oct. 1 its $3 million Dare to Forget the Box! prizes that will support organizations in their efforts to solve these problems with fresh ideas. The goal of United Way’s Dare to Forget the Box! prizes is to help organizations and partners address the systemic issues in their communities. All submissions for the prize require three to five organizations to collaborate in solving an issue. To express your interest in submitting a proposal and to learn more about the Dare to Forget the Box! prizes, visit www.unitedwayatlanta.org/ftb. The deadline to indicate interest is Oct. 9. Completed proposals are due Nov. 15. According to Milton J. Little Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Greater Atlanta, “Our expectation is that the $3 million will generate creative approaches to developing and implementing sustainable efforts to drive community change.���
He added, “Repeatedly, studies have shown that where you live can impact your quality of life. We are committed to bridging the disparities gap in economic stability, access to health care and education outcomes that exist between the various zip codes, because your zip code may determine where you live and how you live, but it shouldn’t determine how long you live.” The Dare to Forget the Box! prizes are available at three different levels: one at $500,000; one at $300,000 and two at $100,000 each over the next three years. United Way will fund integrated and boldly innovative programs that bring community organizations, businesses and the public/private sectors together to create community-level changes that address issues caused and exacerbated by poverty. United Way of Greater Atlanta invests in more than 200 programs in 13 counties through the Community Impact Fund and works with them to help children succeed in school, improve financial stability of families, provide affordable and accessible health care and end homelessness. For more information, visit unitedwayatlanta.org.
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October 3 - 9, 2013
Capitol City Bank & Trust Company Board Shifts Focus to Growth, Creates Marketing Initiative to be Led by Founder George G. Andrews In a move typical of its bold business legacy, the Board of Directors of Capitol City Bank & Trust Company announced recently that founder and former CEO George G. Andrews has taken on the new task of aggressively marketing the Atlanta-based financial institution in a climate of economic challenges facing Georgia community banks. The board also announced the appointment of John L. Turner, chief operating officer and a member of the bank’s senior management team to assume the day-to-day operations of the bank as president and chief executive officer. “I am optimistic about the future of this institution,” says Andrews. “We are moving in exactly the most strategic direction to accomplish our priority goal.”
He added, “I am proud to be able to lead this initiative and pleased to have the support of our management team as we embark upon this new venture.” “George is the man for this job,” says Capitol City’s Board Chair C.T. Vivian. “We are confident that this is in the best interest of the bank. As the head of Capital Formation and Strategic Initiatives, he will focus on what we need to move forward – partnerships that can help secure the financial stability of this revered institution. George has strong ties to the community, which have helped the bank succeed with both our account holders and investors. He also has the expert business acumen to realize this vision of growth for the bank, so we are encouraged that he has agreed to assume this new role.” Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, which opened in October 1994 as a state banking institution chartered under the laws of the State of Georgia, was organized to serve inner city Atlanta’s primarily African-American community. Today, the bank has branches in eight locations in metro Atlanta, Albany, Savannah and Augusta. Capitol City Bank & Trust Company operates a full-service banking business and engages in a broad range of commercial banking activities, including demand and time deposits; individual, commercial and installment loans; money transfers; safe deposit box services; and investments in U.S. government and municipal services. For additional information, visit www.capitolcitybank-atl.com.
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Call for Nominations: HOSEA WILLIAMS AWARD FOR COMMUNITY ACTIVISM The award will be presented as a part of the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation
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October 3 - 9, 2013
Tributes Pour in for Evelyn Gibson Lowery
Editor’s Note: Civil rights, political and other community leaders issued statements of tribute and condolence on the passing of Evelyn Gibson Lowery. Selected highlights follow:
“She was a dedicated and energetic leader in her own right. As founder and chair of SCLC/Women, Mrs. Lowery provided tireless leadership to empower women, protect and educate children and nurture families. She further led the way to making a difference in the world by establishing the Drum Major for Justice Awards Dinner, the Evelyn G. Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Tour, and the Bridging the Gap –Girls to Women Mentoring Program.” -- Bernice A. King, CEO of The King Center. ------“In many ways she was ahead of her time. She recognized the scourge of HIV as a moral issue long before the Black church embraced it. She insisted on honoring the history of the civil rights rebellion when few understood its significance. … She achieved something many women find elusive -- a successful marriage and the freedom to chart her own course and speak with her own voice. She is a role model for my generation and for the ages.” -- Janice Mathis, vice president and Southeast Regional Director, Rainbow PUSH -----“She developed and implemented several solutions for issues negatively impacting the African-American community -- whether it was Pampering for Peace for women of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS awareness, or a computer technology training center for girls…. We pledge to honor her legacy by continuing these programs to uplift and empower the community.” -- Helen Butler, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. Advisory Board and executive director, The Peoples Agenda -----“SCLC Women across the nation grieve the loss of our leader and Shero…. She erected monuments to unsung civil rights heroes throughout Alabama and made certain that youth learned this history on the annual Evelyn G. Lowery Heritage Tour commemorating Bloody Sunday. Mrs. Lowery personally touched the lives of thousands of youth with her mentoring program; seniors with her annual Christmas dinner; and recognized the contributions of other leaders with her prestigious Drum Major for Justice Awards.” -- Felicia M. Davis, director, Building Green Initiative at Clark Atlanta University -----“Her dedication and determination was so solid, so firmly fixed, that her every action spoke to her nurturing spirit to uphold the tenets of the Civil Rights Movement, but also to lift women’s rights within the movement. She was responsible for honoring civil rights activist Viola Liuzzo, with a monument along the Freedom Trail. She was a foot soldier whose shoes will take many of us to fill. We will miss her dearly.” -- Clayola Brown, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. board member and president, A. Philip Randolph Institute -----“Mrs. Lowery was a quiet warrior who fought for equality with strength, perseverance, dignity and class. She will be missed, but her legacy will live on as SCLC/W.O.M.E.N. Inc. footsoldiers continue her work.” -- Edrea Davis, SCLC/W.O.M.E.N., Inc. Advisory Board and vice president, Jazzmyne PR
“We will ‘never forget to remember’ Mrs. Evelyn Gibson Lowery’s legacy by continuing to do the work every day fighting for the empowerment of women and girls to achieve equal rights economically, educationally and politically now and for future generations.” -- Melanie L. Campbell, convener, Black Women’s Roundtable and President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
“She stood tall at this influential man’s side, ever in support of his public persona.” -- Sam Massell, former Mayor of Atlanta and current president of Buckhead Coalition. -----“When I heard that Mrs. Evelyn Lowery had passed, I was actually chairing a Whip meeting for the Democratic Caucus in the U.S. Capitol. I asked all the members to stop for a moment of silence in her honor. Mrs. Lowery was a pillar of our community, a valuable participant in the struggle for civil rights, and an admired role model to the young people she mentored.” – U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., 5th District, and civil rights icon. -----“Mrs. Lowery was a devoted mother, wife and friend who exemplified the strength of purpose that has marked the life that she and Dr. Lowery built and shared throughout their more than 65 years of marriage. Her life’s work fighting AIDS, preserving history, protecting the health and welfare of our communities and her tireless efforts strengthening Black families is her legacy. -- U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., 4th District. -----Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell and members of the Atlanta City Council also issued statements. Selected highlights follow: “She was a powerful force in the civil and human rights movement, giving voice to disenfranchised women, children and families.
“Evelyn Lowery’s leadership was essential to the longevity and power behind the movement for equality. Mrs. Lowery was a drum major for justice in her own right. Her spirit lives on in the initiatives she founded and in the activists she mentored across the nation.” -- Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors -----“Mrs. Lowery’s foresight and leadership pushed the envelope of what organizations like the SCLC and the NAACP could do for women and families. Her legacy lives on in the coalitions she built and the strong foundation she laid. She was a hero and will be truly missed.” -- Benjamin Todd Jealous, president & CEO of the NAACP ----“We remember Mrs. Evelyn Lowery, a remarkable woman in her own right, who dedicated her life to promoting equality, liberty and justice for all people. We are all a direct beneficiary of her sacrifice, service and work as a champion for human rights. Her legacy will continue to encourage many individuals, like me, to live with integrity, pride, courage and faith.” – Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed -----“When you think of Mrs. Lowery, the quote that says ‘behind every successful man, there is a strong, wise and hardworking woman’ comes to mind. While her husband, Rev. Joseph Lowery is a civil rights icon in his own right, Mrs. Lowery was right there by his side in the fight for racial equality as founder of SCLC/W.O.M.E.N.” -- Fulton County Chairman John H. Eaves -----“Evelyn Lowery’s leadership was essential to the longevity and power behind the movement for equality. Mrs. Lowery was a drum major for justice in her own right. Her spirit lives on in the initiatives she founded and in the activists she mentored across the nation.” -- Roslyn M. Brock, chairman of the NAACP Board of Directors
She was also a devoted mother, and wife to Rev. Joseph Lowery. Through their collective service, they have positively impacted the lives of many people and serve as a wonderful example of a couple dedicated to both service and each other. – Atlanta City Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell -----“Mrs. Lowery was a lady of quality, class and distinction. Her work in the promotion of racial and economic justice, women’s rights, and religious freedom has left an indelible mark upon the social, political, educational and moral conscious of our community, our state and our nation. Her level of intelligence, grace and compassion will be difficult to surpass. Atlanta, the nation and the world are a better place by her being in our midst.” – Atlanta City Councilmember Felicia A. Moore, District 9 -----“I am eternally grateful to Mrs. Lowery for her brave and passionate commitment to achieving equality for all women and men of color. My generation, and those to come, have been forever changed because of her willingness to sacrifice so much of herself, and of her family.” – Atlanta City Councilmember Keisha Lance Bottoms, District 11 -----“Mrs. Lowery was a civil rights leader, a courageous woman, community activist and a humanitarian. We know that God knows best and she is now at rest. But while on this earth, she paid her dues to society and built sustainable programs.” – Atlanta City Councilmember C.T. Martin, District 10 -----“I was honored to join Mrs. Evelyn G. Lowery and the Women of SCLC Women Inc. and my After 5 program students for the Evelyn Gibson Lowery Civil Rights Heritage Tour this past March 2nd and 3rd. The two-day tour from Atlanta to Alabama to see Historic Landmarks and meet the people of the movement was a once-in-a-lifetime event.” – Atlanta City Councilmember Joyce M. Sheperd, District 12
The Black Mecca 50 Years Later: Did Black Atlanta Get to the Promised Land?
By Kenya King
A one-way ticket to anywhere in the U.S. after Hurricane Atlanta, the bedrock of the Katrina brought a vast number of displaced New Orleanians Civil Rights Movement and to the hotbed of the South – Atlanta – where Black political birthplace of Dr. Martin Luther power precipitates African-American entrepreneurship, King Jr., also attracts African and where a cultural melting pot begets the crux of artistic Americas who want to stay conexpression from Mozart to hip-hop. Even since the 1970s, nected to the “Black experience.” and still today, Atlanta has been Christened as the Black Elder Bernice A. King, daughter of Mecca and for many and is a city where African Americans Martin Luther King Jr. and CEO are believed to have the best opportunities for prosperity of The King Center, which serves or for reinventing themselves. Fifty years after of the March thousands of visitors each year, conon Washington and the “I Have a Dream” speech, what has curs that Atlanta’s unique history of Black Atlanta achieved, and is it still a place for African African-American life and culture, Americans to thrive? especially related to civil “It’s no doubt about it,” said Herman J. Rusrights, is a magnet for sell, chairman and founder of H.J. Russell and people color. Company, which is a 50-year-old construction “I think when people come here they find and real estate empire based in Atlanta. Russell progressive-minded people,” said King. “They started his construction business at 16 years old find a hodgepodge of creative and gifted and is one of the living icons of Black business. individuals who are “Atlanta is still the anchor for Black entrepredoing substantial neurs,” said Russell. “Just for all phases of Black stuff. I think because leadership. To be in education, to be in contract I think it has a lot to business, or to just be a doctor – whatever you do with the history may [want to] be. Atlanta is one of the greatest and the spirit that cities in the world to have your enterprise.” emerged from AuFor decades, educational and employment burn Avenue in the Herman J. Russell opportunities have historically drawn African ‘20s, ‘30s, ‘40s and Americans to the Bible Belt South. According to the U.S. ‘50s, and I believe it’s a carryover Census Bureau, the percentage of African Americans in the from all of that and the fact that Southern region increased by 18 percent from 2000 to 2010, there are a number of African bringing in an additional 3 million, and in 2010, the State Americans in important places of Georgia ranked fourth for the highest number of African in leadership, although we still Americans in the United States. have a great deal of work to do in Mayor Kasim Reed’ President of Clark Atlanta University terms of power, leveraging true power in Carlton Brown agrees that education conAtlanta.” tinues to play a key role in luring people None the less, more than 40 years after to Atlanta. He also stated that Clark Dr. King made strides to improve the Atlanta, the only independent graduate social, political and economic conditions institution in the entire Historically Black for the poor in America, Atlanta seems College and University network, freto have experienced a seesaw effect in its quently has Fortune 500 companies from seat among progressive cities as people all over the world visiting the institution moseyed in and out of the city when the looking for employees with a firm mindrecession came in its purview. set toward diversity. “We have them comIn 1996, the Olympic Games brought ing all the time,” he stated. “The range Atlanta unarguably its highest level of of talent that arrives here is very, very visibility on an international scale, and strong. Of course [Atlanta has] 100,000 Atlanta was the place to be regardless of college students in the city -- that’s never race. During this time and the years fola bad thing -- and the proportion of them lowing, Atlanta’s business sector reached that are African Americans is increasing, a solid financial footing and the Metro particularly with the focus of the Atlanta Atlanta Chamber of Commerce reportUniversity Center with Clark Atlanta, ed that the Olympics made a $5 billion Spelman and Morehouse.” impact on the city.
October 3 - 9, 2013 Untouchable – Business Opportunities for African Americans Businessman and entrepreneur Tommy Dortch, who is CEO of TWD Inc. and founder of the Black College Alumni Hall of Fame, said that in spite of Atlanta’s challenges, it is still one of the best a places for African Americans to reach success. “I’ve traveled to every state in the U.S. except for two and I’ve been in all of the urban centers and I have worked with so many different people. It’s a city where people work together. Dale Bronner There are many people who have a difference of opinion. Once you leave Atlanta, you know the difference. When you look at [Washington] D.C., when you look at New York, when you look at Chicago – they don’t have the kind of cohesive coming together that we have,” he stated. Dortch also stated that based on the track record of entrepreneurial success among African Americans in Atlanta, one has to admit that Atlanta is likely the number one “Black Mecca” in the nation, not only in the South. In addition, Atlanta has had an African-American mayor for nearly 40 years, starting with Maynard Holbrook Jackson in 1974. “When you look at the legacy that Maynard Jackson left us, there is not another city in this nation that has a commitment to diversity and inclusion. For African Americans in this city to gain almost 38 to 40 percent of all the procurement opportunities in this city, there is not another place in this nation. When you consider this point, we’ve done almost $6 billion in the expansion of Hartsfield-Jackson [airport]. One billion [dollars] of that $6 [billion] has gone to African American-owned businesses. There is not another city that can touch that,” said Dortch. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s view parallels Dortch’s premise. “Atlanta has an undeniable legacy and long-standing tradition of supporting urban entrepreneurs. Many of the world’s greatest business ideas and ventures started here in Atlanta, which was named by Forbes magazine as the No. 1 city in the United States for minority entrepreneurs,” said Reed. “That’s a sign that opportunities for emerging urban entrepreneurs and women and minority-owned businesses in Atlanta remain unparalleled. I don’t believe there is any place better than the city of Atlanta to help develop and nurture talented and innovative African-American business owners, and minority and women-owned businesses.” James Bronner of the world-renown Bronner Brothers, who helps run the International Bronner Brothers Hair Show, recalls how his friends who moved to other places continue to view Atlanta as a great place for opportunities. “It’s still true, but you still have to work hard and be excellent at what you do in order to make it in Atlanta,” he said. “It’s not just a shoe-in. You still have to be innovative and push the envelope to succeed because of the economy. No matter what city you’re in now, you really have to be doing something extraordinary to be at the level you used to be.” In 2012, Bronner Brothers celebrated its 65th anniversary in business with the second generation of Bronner brothers in charge. Dortch contends that while people “love to hate” Atlanta and that at times, it’s a “tale of two cities,” when looking at the top five places for African Americans in the U.S., Atlanta far exceeds the others, especially when considering the level of generational success. “You look at the leaders like a Herman Russell, whose family now is a second generation, really almost a third generation,” said Dortch. “You look at the Bronner Brothers, you go down the line, and you look at what happens in this city. There’s nothing like it.”
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Jay-Z and Beyoncé: Super Rich The Isley-Kem Project By Steve Holsey
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No one would have ever expected that the legendary Ron Isley and contemporary R&B artsist Kem would one day record as a duo, but they have. The result of their collaboration, “My Favorite Thing,” featured on Isley’s This Song Is For You album, was also written and coproduced by Kem. “This was one of the greatest moments of my life, let alone my career, to have Ron Isley singing my words,” said Kem. “I’ve fashioned a few of my songs with Mr. Isley in mind, so when he asked me for a song and said he’d love to do something together, I thought it would be a beautiful thing. This has truly been an honor for me to work with him.
“Sometimes I have to stop and be in the moment and recognize that I’m working with a legend.” Kem added that he hopes to have the longevity of Ron Isley who, starting with the Isley Brothers in the late 1950s, has been a consistent major attraction. Isley also had great praise for Kem. “Working with Kem was just like working with Marvin Gaye and like Luther Vandross,” he said, “because of the way he cares about the music and producing the record. I put everything in his hands, and everything turned out fantastic. This was special. He is a real artist.”
In May 2003, Columbia Records released a single by Beyoncé titled “Crazy in Love.” It was a huge hit and was, in fact, the hottest song of that summer. One would assume that she had her husband, Jay-Z, at least partially in mind. Well, the super couple is also “crazy in wealth,” as was expressed in Forbes, the biweekly magazine that publishes widely-read stories on finance, industry, investing and marketing, and is the premier source for these subjects. How rich are Beyoncé Knowles Carter and Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter? According to Forbes, the megastars made a combined $95 million in the period from June 2012 to June 2013. Consider, for example, that Beyoncé’s Mrs. Carter world tour grossed an average of $2 million per night, while Jay-Z’s Watch the Throne tour grossed $1.4 million per night. It comes as no surprise that Jay-Z and Beyoncé are also known for being shrewd business people. Assuming that their 2-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, might want to join the family business ventures, the Carters have trademarked her name for use on such items as baby clothes and toys.
The Emmy Eludes Black Actresses in Leading Roles By Steve Holsey
When the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards nominees were announced, hopes were high that an African-American actress — in this case, Kerry Washington, star of the red-hot series “Scandal” — would take home the coveted trophy. It had never happened before, and it didn’t happen that night, Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The category in question is Lead Actress in a Drama Series. The first Black actress to ever be nominated in that category was Debbie Allen, one of the stars of the ‘80s series “Fame.” Allen was, in fact, nominated four years in a row, 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985. Next up was Alfre Woodard (“St. Elsewhere”), followed by Regina Taylor (two consecutive nominations for “I’ll Fly Away”), Cicely Tyson (“Sweet Justice”) and then Washington.
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Photo by Meghan Barr Extolling the virtues of Harlem’s rich cultural history, Michelle Obama hosted a luncheon for the spouses of foreign dignitaries Tuesday in the historic New York City neighborhood she described as “quintessentially American.’’ The first lady spoke to about 50 spouses of chiefs of state and heads of government, who are attending the U.N. General Assembly. The group toured The Studio Museum in Harlem, which was founded in 1968 by artists and civic and community leaders to provide space for modern and contemporary Black art. “There’s a reason why I wanted to bring you all to Harlem today,’’ said Obama, who was wearing a blue and white dress by Carolina Herrera. “And that is because this community ... is infused with a kind of energy and passion that is quintessentially American, but that has also touched so many people around the world.’’ Obama discussed Harlem’s place in the early 20th century as the heart of Black culture in the U.S., pointing to famous writers and musicians like Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Louis Armstrong. “Many of these men and women left the South just a couple of generations after the end of slavery, and they were desperate to find a place where they could explore their talents and express their ideas freely,’’ she said. “This moment in history came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance.’’ The first lady also encouraged the group to share ideas about how they are improving the lives of girls and women in their own countries. “Everywhere I go in the world, I meet so many wonderful young girls -- girls with so much promise, girls eager and desperate to learn, girls who just blossom when they get that one chance to go to school and to start scratching at the fulfillment of their potential,’’ Obama said. “And when they get that chance -- when both boys and girls have an equal opportunity to learn -- we all know
that’s not just good for our children, it’s also good for their families and it’s good for their countries as well.’’ They dined in the main gallery surrounded by life-sized paintings of African-American women created by Houston-based artist Robert Pruitt. Made from crayon and charcoal on butcher paper, the paintings depict Black women in his Texas neighborhood and incorporate elements of science fiction and hip-hop culture. The lunch was provided by Red Rooster, a well-known soul food restaurant in Harlem, and included shrimp and rice and a salad with cornbread croutons. The visiting first ladies from other nations will go home with a gift basket that includes a jar of honey butter produced from fresh honey from the White House beehive and lemon verbena grown in the White House herb garden. They were serenaded by Broadway star Audra McDonald, whom the first lady described as a “dear friend,’’ and members of the chamber music class at LaGuardia Arts High School. There was also a performance by company members from the Dance Theatre of Harlem. The group also toured the museum, which houses about 2,000 works from about 450 artists, the earliest work from 1804 and the most recent from 2013. The museum was founded in a loft farther north in Harlem and moved to its current space, a former bank, in the 1980s. It currently has three emerging artists-in-residence of African or Latino descent occupying its studios.
Monica Pearson, Atlanta’s first minority and the city’s first female to anchor the evening news at WSB-TV, will be one of the five local media legends inducted into the Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The ceremony will take place during a dinner beginning at 7 p.m. (reception at 6 p.m.) at the InterContinental Hotel in Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. In addition to Pearson, the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees are Ed Baker, Margaret Mitchell, Dale Russell and Bill Shipp. “The Atlanta Press Club Hall of Fame recognizes journalists for their lifetime achievements and those whose careers represent the highest standards of journalistic integrity and ethics,” notes Lauri Strauss, executive director of the Atlanta Press Club. “Our honorees have made outstanding contributions either to journalism in Georgia, and/or advancing the mission of the Atlanta Press Club. They often courageously overcame obstacles to pursue and find the truth that the public needed to know.” A trailblazer, Pearson was the first African-American woman evening news anchor in Atlanta. During her 37year career at WSB Channel 2 Action News, she won 30 Local and Southern Regional Emmy Awards, among many other distinctions and honors.
Her long-time colleague and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee, John Pruitt, will introduce her. Tickets are $75 for Atlanta Press Club members and $100 for non-members. Sponsorships and full tables also are available. For more information and to register, go to http://atlantapressclub.org/2013halloffame/.
USPS honors Ray Charles with Limited-Edition Stamp The U.S. Postal Service is planning to add a world-famous musician and Georgia native to its “Music Icons Forever’’ stamp series. Postal officials say the agency is releasing a stamp featuring Ray Charles, of Albany, on Monday, along with one of the artist’s previously unreleased songs. Charles was a singer and songwriter who pioneered the soul and rhythm and blues genres. He died in 2004. Events are being planned in Atlanta and Los Angeles to celebrate Charles’ induction into the series. R&B singer Ashanti and the Morehouse Glee Club are scheduled to perform at the school’s Ray Charles Performing Arts Center, and Chaka Khan is headlining an event at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live. The U.S. Postal Service honors music legends annually by featuring them on limited-edition stamps.
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The Atlanta Falcons notified the City of much-needed improvements and redevelopAtlanta recently that the team has chosen ment opportunities for nearby communities. the south site, at the intersection of Martin Of equal importance, Friendship Baptist Luther King Jr. Drive and Northside Drive, Church and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church as the final site for construction of the new were treated respectfully and will have an stadium. opportunity to continue their ministries and “This decision today by the Falcons will community outreach for many more years.” have a positive impact on our great city Falcons’ owner and Chairman Arthur for many years to come,” Mayor Kasim Blank praised the work of many parties, Reed said. “I’m proud of the hard work we including the City of Atlanta, the State of invested in the south site as the best location Georgia, the Georgia World Congress Center for the new stadium. It took a little more Authority and the two churches on the site, work to get us to this place, but the longfor the efforts required to reach an agreeterm sustainability of the stadium and the ment. surrounding neighborhoods were important “As the preferred site, the south site serves priorities forUnited me.” basketball team recently captured the best interests many important The Georgia the 2013 AAUof7th Grade NationalpartReed’s administration hasTenn. been The instruners, including the surrounding communiChampionship in Memphis, two-time defending State AAU champions went 8-0 to mental negotiations surrounding the 87 Division ties.I teams. We arePictured grateful are for the ongoing win the in week-long competition featuring (bottom row,support from south site asAnderson the finalII, location, givenDickerson; its con- Chase of everyone in thisJr.,project, and left) Travis Mandarius Fiddler, involved Rodney Lewis Myles Beleyu, nectivity Minx-Rogers, to MARTA and the McClain, Georgia World we look forward toHastings, sharing further details Kennedy Malik Realus George Jr., Corderius Eric Ross II, Congress Center complex. regarding stadium designRodney in the James Lewis, Daviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis,the andnew coaches Tee Cofer, Reed continued: “TheEric investment in, and coming weeks.” Lewis, Scott Beleyu and Ross. The Georgia United basketball team recently captured the 2013 AAU 7th Grade National around, the new stadium will result in Championship in Memphis, Tenn. The two-time defending State AAU champions went 8-0 to win the week-long competition featuring 87 Division I teams. Pictured are (bottom row, from left) Travis Anderson II, Mandarius Dickerson; Chase Fiddler, Rodney Lewis Jr., Myles Beleyu, Kennedy Minx-Rogers, Malik McClain, Realus George Jr., Corderius Hastings, Eric Ross II, James Lewis, Daviyon Dennis, Rapheal Rogers, Gavin Lewis, and coaches Tee Cofer, Rodney Lewis, Scott Beleyu and Eric Ross.
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Request for Proposal from Experienced Qualified Firms to construct “The Gateway” project for ABI The FULL text of the RFP is found at: http://beltline.org/about/work-with-us/rfps-and-rfqs-2/ Inquiries should be directed to: Kevin W. Burke, Sr. Project Manager Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. 86 Pryor Street SW, Suite 300 • Atlanta, GA 30303 E-Mail: email@example.com • Facsimile: 404/477-3604 REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL GICC-101813-PBR ADVERTISEMENT for PARKING BOOTH REPLACEMENT at GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Proposals from qualified vendors for PARKING BOOTH REPLACEMENT at GEORGIA INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER. Sealed proposals will be received no later than 10:00am EST, October 18, 2013 . at the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park Georgia, 30337 at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Bids received after the above date and time, or in any other location other than the Purchasing Department will not be considered. A bid packet may be obtained from the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park, Georgia 30337, or from www.collegeparkga.com. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 10:00am EST, Friday, September 27, 2013 at the Georgia International Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337, ITALIAN SUITES. After the Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting, questions arising will be accepted via email ONLY to firstname.lastname@example.org until COB, Friday, October 4, 2013. An Addendum listing all Q&A, clarifications, etc. will be posted at www.collegeparkga.com on or about COB Friday, October 11, 2013. It is always the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/all addenda. A Bid Bond of ten percent (10%) is required with submitted proposal. Successful vendor will be required to provide Performance and Payment Bond for one hundred percent (100%) of full contract amount before execution of contract. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities and re-advertise. All Minority, Woman and Small Businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Only responsive proposals that are determined to meet the requirements and criteria set forth by the City of College Park will be considered.
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LEGAL NOTICES STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA ) IN THE FAMILY COURT OF THE ) FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT COUNTY OF GEORGETOWN ) CASE NO.: 2013-DR-22-271 John Roe and Mary Roe, Plaintiffs, vs.
) 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
) ) )
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
ADRIAN PARKER and TRONNIE RHODES DEFENDANTS ABOVE NAMED: SUMMONS
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.
NOTICE OF FILING
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
Notice of Incorporation Notice is given that article of incorporation, which incorporates Martinez Contractors, Inc. has been delivered to the Secretary of State for filiing in accordance with the Georgia Business Corporation Code. The initial regisered agent at said address is Maximo Martinez. Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation which will incorporate “DENIM GARAGE, Incorporated, INCORPORATED,” will be delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code (O.C.G.A. $14-3-202). The initial registered office of the corporation will be located at 2916 Brookfield Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331 and its initial reigstered agent at such address is JOSHUA C. LEWIS
October 3 - 9, 2013
by Edna Kane-Williams
by Joe Beasley
WE NEED JOBS
What the Affordable Care Act Means to You
We’ve heard about it in bits and pieces over the past three years – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and how it will benefit all Americans. But, the specific details can be confusing -- even overwhelming. At AARP, we are here to untangle the jargon and empower you with the answers and information you are seeking for yourself and for your family. Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, the ACA will provide 6.8 million uninsured African Americans an opportunity to get affordable health insurance coverage. The bottom line is if you are not insured, low cost or free plans will soon be available. If you already have insurance, you may be able to find an even more affordable plan. Here is what has already happened through the ACA: • 3.1 million young adults have gained coverage through their parents’ health insurance plans. This includes more than 500,000 young African-American adults between ages 19 and 25, according to the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). • 6.3 million seniors are paying less for prescription drugs. And if you have Medicare Part D, and you reach the coverage gap or “doughnut hole” in 2013, you will get more than a 50 percent discount on brand name prescription drugs and more than a 20 percent discount on generic drugs while in the coverage gap. The discounts will continue until 2020 when the gap will end. • 105 million Americans are paying less for preventative care and no longer face limits on lifetime coverage, according to HHS. The 4.5 million elderly and disabled African Americans who receive health coverage from Medicare also have access to many preventive services with no cost-sharing, including annual wellness visits with personalized prevention plans, diabetes and colorectal cancer screening, bone mass measurement and mammograms, according to HHS. • 17 million children with pre-existing conditions are no longer denied coverage or charged extra. The issue of pre-existing conditions has been a consistent barrier to obtaining insurance. Under the ACA, beginning in 2014, insurance companies can no longer deny you coverage, even if you have a pre-existing condition like asthma, diabetes, high-blood pressure or even cancer. And if you or a family member
gets sick or injured, insurance companies can’t cut off your coverage or cancel your plan. • Because African Americans suffer from diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes at higher levels than America’s general population, the ACA will not only provide greater access to affordable quality health care, but will also “invest in prevention and wellness, and give individuals and families more control over their care,” according to HHS. The obvious question is how do you get started with the benefits? On Oct. 1, a recently-created website, HeathCare.gov, will present what is called the Health Insurance Marketplace. The website will present competing insurance agencies and help guide health care seekers – individuals, families and small businesses -- to the best decisions on which plan to choose or switch over to. For more information about the Affordable Care Act and how the law applies to you, visit AARP’s HealthLawAnswers.org. Our goal is to make it plain. Edna Kane-Williams is vice-president of Multicultural Engagement at AARP.
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Atlanta has a well-honed reputation as a city too busy to hate, but sadly, we live in a community where people still try to disguise their prejudices as well-intentioned behavior. I refer to the controversy surrounding proposed commercial re-development of a parcel in Atlanta’s District One, a community of historical significance to the inner city’s longtime African-American residents. There is a nasty spat underway there that appears to be about protecting the Beltline project’s environmental aesthetic – green spaces, pedestrian traffic, etc. The truth is this is just another attempt by the haves to limit the economic empowerment of the have-nots. And, unfortunately, minorities are again on the losing end of the proposition. All around Atlanta, other traditional neighborhoods already have been transitioned by the gentrification of folks who moved here from somewhere else to live closer in and near their career, academic and leisure time amenities our great city has to offer. These are fortunate people with great jobs, thriving businesses or just family money. They have bought homes, raised property taxes that increased the burden on seniors still living there, and methodically displaced families who always resided inside the city limits in large numbers -- without regard for their fates. Meanwhile, the flight of large-scale commercial retail development to the suburbs may have made room in the city for more upscale housing and small businesses, but it also took away the availability of ordinary, median-income jobs near the homes of indigenous residents. Now comes an opportunity for the creation of jobs through this proposed development and a few are railing against it – not because it’s a bad plan, but because it’s what their new constituents in a majority Black district oppose. But who are they, really? And what do they know about economic depression? Soon a meeting of the City’s Board of Zoning Adjustment will address the issues related to allowing this already city-approved progressive development to take place. The opposition factors are well-organized behind their “good intentions” but they are so tragically misinformed about what this opportunity can mean to their neighbors and the urban communities. New Atlantans will be the first to boast of the diversity that makes intown living so special. Yet, they may find themselves in an economically homogenous society once their neighbors are unable to bear the cost of having to travel far to find em-
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ployment. Perhaps they are unaware that bringing business back to the city is one way to empower their less well-off neighbors. The bucolic benefits of the Beltline’s plan may need to be re-examined closely for signs of discrimination against anyone who cannot afford the lifestyle it supports. Fortunately, some elected officials understand how creating jobs inside the perimeter portends positive outcomes for the entire metro area. Our nation’s financial woes are local, not national. They begin with communities like District One, where self-centered individuals are turning their backs on their neighbors. Their attitudes impact political decision-making that keeps prosperity at bay for ordinary folks who just want an opportunity for and access to a job. An economic development is on the table that can make this happen, and I support it wholeheartedly. At the end of the day, this development can help improve the economic condition of hundreds of people at a time when jobs are scarce, particularly for African Americans. This cause needs a champion, not self-centered opposition. Joe Beasley is director, Southeast Region of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and CEO& founder of the JOE BEASLEY FOUNDATION.
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October 3 - 9, 2013
Peter McMahon, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, is flanked by Denise Hales Harrod, vice president of Atlanticus(left), and Xernona Clayton, founder of The Trumpet Awards, at a “meet and greet” that Clayton hosted Sept. 23 for the new GM.
Atlanta City Councilwoman Cleta Winslow (from left), Vonn Creations owner Yvonne Wiltz and Cynthia Williams, immediate past president of the Atlanta Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, were among the guests meeting McMahon.
Willie Clemons of the Morehouse School of Medicine welcomes Peter McMahon, along with Curley Dossman, vice president of Georgia-Pacific and national chairman of the 100 Black Men of America.
Susanne Shaffer (from left), president and CEO of St. Jude’s Recovery Center, celebrates her group’s annual luncheon with honoree Carol B. Tome, CFO and vice president at The Home Depot, Atlanta History Center CEO Sheffield Hale and Audrey Jacobs of the Community Foundation of Greater Atlanta.
ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott stands with Atlanta’s new British Consul-General Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Victoria Christian and Brian McKissick at a Sept. 25 reception at his home after introducing Victoria and the Clive Christian luxury furniture to his guests. (Photo By Morgan McCutchin)
Comedian Ritch Shydner (from left) shared his story of recovery. WXIA-TV anchor Brenda Wood was emcee and St. Jude’s Board Chair John Dryman thanked supporters.
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