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Kasim Reed, Joe Biden Visit Panama Canal

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann Vice President Joe Biden talks with Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed (from left) Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Sen. Johnny Isakson, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter aboard Air Force Two on Nov. 18 en route to tour the expansion of the Panama Canal. By Dion Rabouin ADW Digital Editor After making a visit last week to Atlanta’s King Center, Vice President Joe Biden tapped Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to travel with him to Panama this week. The two are part of a coalition to see a project on the Panama Canal that Reed called “Georgia’s largest economic development project.” In addition to Biden’s visit to Atlanta last week to take part in an immigration ceremony, this week’s trip follows a September meeting in which Reed and other state leaders joined Biden at the Port of Savannah to highlight the importance of infrastructure investments in the United States that representatives for the group say are needed to improve America’s competitiveness, strengthen the middle class, and grow the economy. The state of Georgia has allocated $231 million toward the0Port of Savannah’s deepening, , estimated to cost $662 million. Federal appropriation bills have passed both the Senate and House in recent months. “This marks a key milestone in our work to prepare for

the expansion of the Panama Canal by deepening the Port of Savannah,” said Reed in a statement. “The port deepening will be Georgia’s largest economic development project and the positive impact on Atlanta cannot be overstated. The project will fuel the state, region and city’s economic growth, strengthen our global competitiveness and accelerate Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s expansion as a leading logistics and cargo hub.” The delegation, which also includes Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, Representative Debbie Wasserman-Schulz of Florida, Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, left Monday. The group will meet with Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli to tour the project. Biden has called for quickly moving forward on port improvement projects across the East Coast, particularly in Georgia. The vice president highlighted the importance of upgrades to the canal for the state during his Savannah tour in September. “The Georgia Ports Authority is an impressive operation,

but the Port of Savannah, like others along the East Coast, must prepare for the future of shipping,” Biden said. “U.S. harbors must be deepened to accommodate larger, more efficient Post-Panamax vessels in order for the nation to benefit from the cost savings allowed by these larger ships.” The mayor’s participation in the trip was announced Friday. The duration of the trip was not included in the announcement. “Groundbreaking on this project is within sight,” said Reed. “Getting a final bill to the President needs to be a priority for Congress. I am honored to be included in the bi-partisan delegation to Panama which sends a strong signal that leaders from both sides of the aisle are committed to strengthening America’s infrastructure.” Though the bill to finance the project has been passed by Congress, it still needs to go through conference committee and be signed by the president to become law.


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Protesting Wal-Mart Workers Win Round in Labor Fight Federal officials are ready to bring a case against Wal-Mart for allegedly retaliating against workers who staged Black Friday protests last year. The National Labor Relations Board, which protects the rights of workers who organize for better working conditions, said in a statement Monday that its general counsel had found merit in several allegations against Wal-Mart. The agency said it would file a complaint if Wal-Mart and the parties could not reach a settlement. Wal-Mart, in statements on national TV and to employees at Wal-Mart stores in California and Texas, illegally threatened “reprisal” for workers who protested on November 22, 2012, the labor board said. The NLRB also said Wal-Mart stores in more than a dozen states “unlawfully threatened, disciplined, and/or terminated employees” who participated in legal strikes and protests. At the same time, the NLRB said it did not find merit in allegations that Wal-Mart had retaliated by changing work schedules, or

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that it interfered with workers’ right to strike by telling non-employee protesters to move from Wal-Mart property. Wal-Mart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said the company will pursue its “options to defend” itself, noting that it takes labor laws very seriously. “We believe our actions were legal and justified,” Buchanan said. The finding stems from claims filed a year ago related to Black Friday strikes and protests by hundreds of workers across the country. An advocate for Wal-Mart workers applauded the NLRB’s finding. “The board’s decision confirms what Walmart workers have long known -- the company is illegally trying to silence employees who speak out for better jobs,” said Sarita Gupta, executive director of Jobs With Justice and American Rights at Work. Worker protests continue at Wal-Mart. Earlier this month, five workers seeking higher wages were arrested while demonstrating in Los Angeles.

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Suburban Conservatives Mount Protest to Braves’ Cobb County Stadium, Atlanta City Council Begs Team to Stay By Dion Rabouin ADW Digital Editor

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Conservative activists around the Atlanta area say they are wary of a number of property deals completed near the location of the proposed new Atlanta Braves stadium in Cobb County. The news of a possible protest from Cobb County comes as Atlanta City Councilman Michael Julian Bond sent a plea to the Braves Monday, introducing a bill that would encourage Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to continue talks with the team. Though the resolution would have no binding legislative consequences, it passed 11-2. Bond said it was designed to send a message. “We need to present in a public fashion that we are serious about having the Braves remain in Atlanta,” Bond told the Associated Press. “We can’t wait for the other team to score.” District 8 Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean and District 2 Councilman Kwanza Hall were the only two members of the Council who voted against it. “I don’t know if Cobb County will get the votes through, but I just think it’s wiser for us … to just wait and see what happens with the negotiations with Cobb County,” Adrean said. Tea party activists Debbie Dooley and Jack Staver have both asserted that they are gathering information about land deals near the $672 million mixed-use site in anticipation of mounting political opposition to the public-private project. Dooley told the Atlanta Business

Chronicle Tuesday that she is particularly suspicious of the sale of three large pieces of property adjacent to the new stadium site, near Circle 75, that traded hands nine days before the stadium announcement was made on Nov. 11. The new stadium would be located at Circle 75 and Windy Ridge Parkway, northwest of the I-75 and I-285 interchange. Staver, leader of the Georgia 9/12 Project and former chairman of the Transportation Leadership Coalition told the Daily World that his group has already put in a Freedom of Information Act request with Cobb County about the deals. “The problem with this thing is that it stinks,” said Staver of the land sales. “They say nobody knew [about the stadium deal]. That’s not true. All sorts of things have been going on for months prior to the announcement.” Staver added that while he believes the stadium could drive economic growth, he thinks Cobb County’s politicians are being dishonest about the true motivation for building the stadium and moving the team to the area. Dooley said that the activists will be mobilized prior to Nov. 26 when the Cobb County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote in favor a 30-year memorandum of understanding with the Braves. The director of the Cumberland CID told WXIA-TV earlier this week that there’s nothing suspicious about the land deals.

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Health care reform under the Affordable Care Act is off to a sickly start. There have been problems with the main marketplace website, calls for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ resignation, tepid enrollment numbers, and a series of presidential apologies. But there’s some good news amid all the bad: A new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies says a health care employment boom is on the horizon, riding in on the coattails of the embattled Affordable Care Act. According to the report, Affordable Care Act of 2010: Creating Job Opportunities for Racially and Ethnically Diverse Populations, the health care sector could add 4.6 million jobs over the next decade – a 31 percent increase in the industry. “The goal of this report is to provide knowledge that can help foster and enhance racial/ethnic diversity of the health care workforce,” the authors write. “If we assume the current racial and ethnic distribution of the health care workforce persists, we would expect that in the future at least one-third of the total health care workforce will comprise people of color.” As of last month, the unemployment rate for African Americans was 12.7 percent. At the same time, total unemployment within the health care industry was at 4.2 percent. Currently, Black professionals make up 15 percent of the health care workforce, most of them registered nurses, nursing aides, orderlies, and home care attendants. Health care offers a high level of job security. Even without the ACA, the industry will continue to expand, as it has for decades. In fact, the industry was one of the few that continued to grow and hire during the Great Recession (in 2009 its unemployment rate was 5.3 percent; the national rate peaked at 10 percent that year, and 16.1 percent for African Americans). With the graying of America, continued widespread chronic illness, and the ACA’s impact on hiring rates, the demand for health care professionals is poised to escalate.

Medical positions involving office and emergency visits are expected to flourish most. By 2020, the report predicts an influx of 711,900 registered nurses alone. Nursing aides, medical administrators, pharmacy and some medical technicians,(such as those who draw blood or operate x-ray machines, will also be in demand. The ACA will be responsible for a third of the growth in these jobs. “The number of jobs available does not necessarily equal the number of qualified individuals available to fill these positions…”. the authors write. “In order to ensure an adequate supply of new health workers, education and training programs will need to maintain their sizes and possibly need to grow.” A few high schools across the country have, or are starting, magnet programs for budding health professionals. The study also notes that some health care providers are offering their lower-skilled employees an opportunity to gain qualifications through on-the-job training, or through partnerships with vocational programs. The study gives policy suggestions to help capitalize on the pending industry growth. Each of the suggestions advocates support for educational, vocational, or professional development opportunities through career counseling, robust funding, and/or employer sponsorship.

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State Rep. Tyrone Brooks Cheers 2014 Bill Gates Scholars Program will give away 1,000 Scholarships Removal of Thomas Watson’s to Talented Minority Students Statue from Georgia Capitol Special to ADW

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of today,” stated Brooks. The statue of Thomas Watson, a GeorIn an editorial earlier this year in Cregia United States senator in 1920, is being ative Loafing, an Atlanta weekly newspaper, removed from the grounds of the Georgia Davis wrote that he was inspired to take on State Capitol, and State Rep. Tyrone Brooks the Watson campaign after attending Rep. says he’s glad. Brooks’ Moores Ford “Several years Bridge Lynching ago, I met a young Reenactment press photojournalist from conference, which Creative Loafing, Brooks holds every Joeff Davis, who year underneath the was dedicated to the Eugene Talmadge removal of the statue statue. Davis says that of Thomas Watson “Brooks inspired him from the grounds of to look closer at other the Georgia Capitol statues at the state because of Watson’s capitol and was an racist reputation,” early supporter of the said Rep. Tyrone campaign to remove Brooks. “This was his the statue.” Brooks idea, and I have been also had agreed, as privileged to have part of the campaign, worked with him to to write legislation in make this a reality,” the upcoming legisBrooks added. lative session to have The former U.S. the statue removed. senator, author, After doing newspaper man and research on Watson, a self-described white Davis wrote that he supremacist, Watson, discovered the statue is being moved from honors a man who the Georgia State Capitol as a part of a Photo By Clyde Bradley was a White supremacist, an anti-Semite, construction proState Rep. Tyrone Brooks cheers the scheduled and a religious bigot. gram. Gov. Nathan removal of the statue honoring early 20th He found some of Deal issued an century Georgia leader Tom Watson from the Watson’s writings executive order that that argued that it allows crews to move state Capitol grounds. should be legal to the 12-foot-tall statue lynch Black people and that they should not to Plaza Park, a fenced-off, state-owned park be allowed to vote. Watson’s newspaper also across the street. was outspoken in its hatred of Davis was instrumental in Catholics and prejudice against starting a petition campaign Jews. which resulted in getting the Watson is perhaps best attention of the Georgia Govknown for his hate-filled camernor. Deal acted to remove paign against Jewish businessthe Watson statue, which was man Leo Frank. After Frank was reported to be offensive to convicted in 1913 of murdering many Georgia citizens. The Mary Phagan, a young girl who ADL, Brooks, and many other worked in his pencil factory concerned Georgia civil rights in Atlanta, Watson’s writings groups are grateful to Deal for contributed to the anti-Sehis timely actions. mitic frenzy that climaxed in “We are elated by the proFrank’s lynching. “How much posed removal of the Tom Watson statue, and we would like to State Rep. Tyrone Brooks more of it can we stand? How much MORE will the rich Jews RUB IT IN see the statues of Sen. Richard Russell, Gov. ON US?” Watson asked his readers just a Eugene Talmadge, and Confederate General month before Frank was seized from a jail John B. Gordon also removed from the State in Milledgeville and lynched by a mob. The Capitol, as well as all the other statues which mob included prominent Georgians whom we consider offensive,” said Brooks. “I link Watson would later call “bold true men.” the removal of the Watson statue to the victory in the removal of the 1956 Georgia State The day after Frank’s killing, the New York Times published an article in which one of Flag. But this is not the end of the situation Frank’s lawyers called for Watson’s prosecuor the problem. We must continue to petition the governor and other state leaders that tion for first-degree murder for the lynching of Frank. these old racist artifacts must be not only The exact removal date and time of the removed from the grounds of the Georgia State Capitol, but replaced by African-Amer- statue of Thomas Watson is not known. “We encourage a celebration on the steps of the ican, Native American, and Asian American capitol when this statue comes down,” says monuments, which represent the Georgia Brooks.

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Global Winter Wonderland Announces Navy Ortho Doc helps bring Medical Care to Afghans in need Upcoming Entertainment Acts By Douglas H. Stutz

The Tarin Kowt district of Afghanistan is mired in poverty, wracked by warfare, and beset by a host of concerns, such as lack of available medical care. Lt. Cmdr. Leah Brown helped to alleviate some of that medical care shortage by providing direct patient-centered care to the local population during her time recently deployed with Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Afghanistan. Brown, an orthopedic doctor at Naval Hospital Bremerton, received the Army Bronze Star for her humanitarian efforts when she was assigned to the Role 2 hospital in Tarin Kowt Forward Operating Base, located in the southeast Uruzgan province from Oct. 2012 to May 2013. “I was part of a medical team utilized by special operations and we took on a humanitarian assistance role to visit the local hospital which served the entire province. They had a very large catchment area. It is also one of the poorest regions as well as a very traditional area that really needed dedicated medical support,” said Brown, an Atlanta native who attended Benjamin E. Mays High School and the University of Georgia for her undergraduate work, before going to Ohio State University and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation for medical school prior to her 10-year stint in the Navy. Brown noted that as part of the Role 2 hospital’s medical team, she conducted orthopedic surgeries that the local doctors couldn’t handle, as well as provided orthopedic care to many local children and men. She made such a positive impact, she even started treating women. “Being able to treat Afghan women was a very big deal due to their rigid beliefs rooted in old ways. It was a huge turnaround and a big accomplishment,” Brown said, adding that as part of an all-female team, they made a positive impression in providing health and wellness care.

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The local hospital itself had seen better days. Three decades of war had depleted skilled medical workers, what supplies were to be had, and there was a limited infrastructure, not only in the hospital but throughout the region. “The hospital staff was limited due to the constant danger and there were simply not a lot of resources. It was also frustrating to see so much poverty and what the prolonged war had done to the country. In conversation with our translators, they would share about how it used to be. It’s sad,” Brown said. “It was vastly different. … We did mid-wife training for a group of 14-15 year old girls, who were essentially the only providers available for women there. The main concern for medical attention for women was it was just mainly required during the birthing process,” explained Brown. Along with being smack in a war zone and trying to deliver medical care to a populace in need, there were constant logistical, location and logical issues to handle and try to comprehend on a daily basis. Local children finding improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance were a constant theme. Another local child found ordnance and the resulting blast caused a huge skull defect. “The child’s father had cared for him, but we took him in and immediately provided emergency care. With treatment and therapy the young child went from being bedridden to using a walker to zooming around our area,” remembered Brown. “It was case by case consideration, but that’s an example of doing all we can.” Brown’s efforts did get noticed internally, and she was awarded the Army Bronze Star. “Practice medicine with the total altruistic reason that got you into the field in the first place. You get what you get and you provide what you can, even if it’s just a band-aid or pair of crutches with a smile,” Brown advises.

Global Winter Wonderland, the spectacular lantern festival and multicultural theme park, will make its Atlanta grand opening debut on Thursday, Nov. 21 at Turner Field’s Green Lot. Global Winter Wonderland features giant illuminated lanterns including recreations of some of the world’s greatest architectural achievements, such as the Taj Mahal, the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This family event of the holiday season also features over 20 carnival rides and games, international cuisine, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and celebrations of holiday traditions and various cultures from around the world. All rides and entertainment are included in the entry fee. Atlanta R&B sensation, Keri Hilson will perform on opening night, Thursday, Nov. 21. Two generations of the family of Atlanta rapper T.I. and R&B singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle will perform at Global Winter Wonderland. The original Tams were started by Tiny’s late father, and the couple’s Keri Hilson daughter is in the OMG Girlz, who will perform on Thursday, December 12. Their son King Harris will be performing as part of The “Little Tams.” Claudette King, who is the daughter of blues legend B.B. King will perform on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Country artist John Michael Montgomery will hit the stage the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, Nov. 29. In addition to Atlanta artist Cristina Quinones’ performance on Dec. 21, she will also sing the national anthem at the Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena on Dec. 10. Universoul Circus will perform four nights each week from Thursday – Sunday.

Global Winter Wonderland’s confirmed entertainment acts for November and December include: • Nov. 21 – Keri Hilson • Nov. 23 – The Tams • Nov. 26 – Aaron Shust • Nov. 27 – Claudette King • Nov. 28 – UniverSoul Circus • Nov. 29 – John Michael Montgomery • Nov. 30 – B5 • Dec. 12 – OMG Girlz • Dec. 21 – Radio Disney NBT Tour • Dec. 21 – Cristina Quinones “We are thrilled to bring Atlanta these talented acts to further enhance their overall experience of Global Winter Wonderland,” said John Lin, president of IGO Group. “In addition to bringing a diverse offering, the performances are included in the ticket price, so this is an incredible value for Atlanta families during the holiday season.” Tickets for Global Winter Wonderland are on sale now and available for purchase at www. globalwonderland.com or by calling 770-723-3862. Tickets are $24.99 for adults, $18.99 for seniors, and $16.99 for children. Season passes are also available at $43 for adults, $31 for seniors, and $28 for children. Prices are inclusive of all the rides and live entertainment. Children 4 and under are admitted free. Global Winter Wonderland will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Global Winter Wonderland in Atlanta is presented by IGO Group and produced by the International Culture Exchange Group (ICEG). The event made its U.S. debut in 2011 in Santa Clara, Calif., with over half a million guests in attendance in 2011 and 2012.

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Former Atlanta Falcons Linebacker Albany State Defeats Miles College in SIAC Championship Dies in Car Crash Associated Press

Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Thomas Howard died Nov. 18 following a highspeed car crash on a freeway in Oakland. The Alameda County Coroner’s office said the 30-year-old Howard was one of two men who died in the crash Monday. According to police, Howard was driving a speeding BMW when he hit a big rig, flipped over the center divider and went head-on into a Honda traveling on the other side around 1 a.m., said Officer Daniel Hill, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol. The driver of the Honda, 64-year-old Zeng Long Liu of Hayward, also died in the crash. Witnesses told police the car was traveling at speeds between 100 mph to 110 mph as the car overturned, crossed a median and ended up in the southbound lanes of the freeway, where it sideswiped another car before landing on top of the Honda, Hill said. Hill said that alcohol is not being ruled out as a possible cause of the accident. Howard played eight years in the NFL after being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round out of Texas-El Paso in 2006. He was most recently with Atlanta before getting released last week after playing two games this season. Howard played his first five seasons with the Raiders and two seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. “Words really can’t describe how I’m feeling right now,” former Raiders team-

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mate Kirk Morrison wrote on his Instagram account. “To get that dreaded phone call and hear someone tell you that one of your best friends is no longer with us is hard to grasp. …I didn’t lose a best friend or former teammate, I truly lost a brother today in Thomas Howard.” Howard became an almost immediate starter when he joined the Raiders, making 62 starts in his first four seasons. His best season came in 2007 when he intercepted six passes and returned two of them for touchdowns. Howard left the Raiders as a free agent in 2011 and started 15 games in his first season with the Bengals. He tore his ACL after his first game in 2012 and missed the rest of the season. Howard signed with the Falcons in October and played two games with Atlanta before being cut. His father, Thomas Sr., also played nine seasons in the NFL as a linebacker. “Thomas was an absolutely terrific guy, one of the best and nicest guys I have ever come across,” said Howard’s agent, Andrew Kessler.

Using big plays on defense and special teams, Albany State University claimed the 2013 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Centennial Football Championship title with a 17-14 victory over Miles College at Lakewood Stadium on Nov. 16. The Golden Rams’ win over Miles College was their first in the two team’s last four meetings, including the inaugural SIAC Football Championship game in 2011. The win was Albany State’s first SIAC Championship since 2010, and 15th overall for the school. The game also served as a rematch of a 22-14 win by Miles this past September in Fairfield, Ala. The contest between ASU, the East Division Champions and West Division Champion Miles College, was highlighted to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the SIAC as Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed performed the ceremonial coin toss between the two HBCUs. “As a graduate of a historically Black college, it’s an honor to help celebrate the SIAC Centennial Football Championship game,” said Mayor Reed. “It’s a wonderful way to help commemorate the SIAC’s 100th anniversary and enjoy a great football game between two worthy competitors.” Reed joined SIAC and NFL leg-

ends Rayfield Wright, Nick Harper, Frank Walker, Tyrone Poole and Greg Lloyd at midfield for the toss. The group also served as honorary captains for the game. The game was televised on Bounce TV, the nation’s only broadcast television network for African Americans. Defensive back Dexter Moody of Twin City, Ga., was named the game’s “Most Valuable Player.” The senior All-American blocked a punt and recorded an interception that both proved to be game changers, setting up scoring opportunities for ASU. Trailing 14-7 late in the 3rd quarter, Moody blocked a punt that eventually led to a 28-yard field goal by Golden Rams kicker Zachery Holley early in the fourth quarter to make it 14-10. Moody then cut-off an inside route to intercept Miles College quarterback David Thomas’ pass in end zone to set up ASU in good field position for the play of the game. Fielding a routine fair catch in traffic, Miles’ Darren Fife muffed a punt that was recovered by ASU’s Untayous Benson on the Miles’ 4-yard line. The very next play from scrimmage, Adrian Anders scored the goahead touchdown to give the Golden Rams the win.

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Newsone Spike Lee and Tyler Perry, two creative minds whose bodies of work have secured them legions of fans globally, have been depicted as arch enemies over the last few years in the film industry. Both men have uttered unkind statements about the other. Now Lee, whom many actually point the finger of blame at for igniting the feud with Perry, has seemingly extended an olive branch, saying during an upcoming “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” hosted by Oprah Winfrey, that the two may work together. “My criticism of him was just the imagery,” he contends during the interview. “To me, it was just taste. He has a way to see stuff; I see it different. He’s doing a great thing. We’re cool. We got no drama, no friction, and one day we might work together.” Back in 2009, the alleged feud between the two directors began brewing when Lee made some incendiary comments about Perry’s body of work during the 14th annual Black Enterprise Entrepreneurs Conference. “I think there’s a lot of stuff out today that is coonery and buffoonery,” he said. “I see ads for ‘Meet the Browns’ and ‘House of Payne’ and I’m scratching my head. We’ve got a Black president and we’re going back. The image is troubling and it harkens back to Amos ‘n’ Andy.”

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After the “Do the Right Thing” director made his disparparaging remarks about the Madea creator, Perry let it stew for a while, then went for the jugular in May 2011 during a California press conference. “I’m so sick of hearing about damn Spike Lee. Spike can go straight to hell! You can print that. I am sick of him talking about me. I am sick of him saying, ‘this is a coon, this is a buffoon.’ I am sick of him talking about Black people going to see movies. This is what he said: ‘You vote by what you see,’ as if Black people don’t know what they want to see.” During the height of their spat, Perry said

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that Lee has had diarrhea of the mouth, with unwelcomed criticisms directed at Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Clint Eastwood. “Spike needs to shut the hell up!” Perry said at the 2011 press conference. Two years after his rant, Perry told Oprah that his issue with Lee has to do with their vastly different backgrounds. “We’re very different in the sense that I’m a Southern boy — grew up in Louisiana, spent most of my time in rural Louisiana,” Perry said. “He grew up in New York. His father’s a jazz musician, his mother’s an educator. But of course our stories would be different. It doesn’t mean that one is less important than the other. They’re just different stories.” Meanwhile, Lee swears that he and Perry are cool and have no beef with each other. As a matter of fact, Lee claims he even visited Perry’s home telling Oprah, “I know he told you!” Tyler Perry

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Photo by Susan Ross Honorees of the 2013 BronzeLens Film Festival Women Superstars Luncheon grace the stage at the Marriott Marquis on Nov. 8 after receiving their awards from festival founder Kathleen Bertrand (fifth from left) and festival artistic director Deidre McDonald (right). They are producer Issa Rae (from left); actress Mahira Kakkair; director Kasi Lemons; actress Anna Maria Horsford; (Bertrand), producer Tonya Lewis Lee; retired Coca-Cola executive Ingrid Saunders Jones; actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson; costumers Shilla Benning and Mable Benning; producer Valarie Benning Barney (and McDonald).

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Lee Daniels to Speak at Savannah College of Art and Design Commencement

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Three hundred seventy-seven graduates will be honored Nov. 23, during Savannah College of Art and Design’s inaugural fall commencement ceremony, at the Savannah Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre. Academy Award-winning director-producer Lee Daniels will deliver the commencement address. The first film from Daniels’ production company was 2001’s “Monster’s Ball,” which marked Daniels as the first sole African-American producer of an Academy Award-nominated and -winning film. He also produced “The Woodsman,” which premiered at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for three Independent Spirit Awards, the film received the CICAE Art House Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Jury Prize at the Deauville International Film Festival, and Special Mention for Excellence in Filmmaking from the National Board of Review. Daniels’ directorial debut “Shadowboxer” came soon after. Released in 2006, “Shadowboxer,” tells the heart-wrenching tale of two assassins. Following the film’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, Daniels was nominated for the New Directors Award at the 2006 San Sebastian Film Festival. Daniels’ project, “Precious,” which

Don Cheadle will play Miles Davis in a biopic the actor has long planned on the innovative jazz pioneer. BiFrost Pictures told the Associated Press on Wednesday that it will finance and produce “Kill the Trumpet Player” with Cheadle also making his directorial debut. Cheadle has been trying to make the film for years. Production is finally set to begin in June. The production company said the movie will focus on when Davis Don Cheadle temporarily retired from making music and then re-emerged in 1979. The script is written by Cheadle and Steven Baigelman. Ewan McGregor will co-star as a Rolling Stone reporter, and Zoe Saldana will play Frances Davis, the trumpet player’s former wife. Davis collaborator Herbie Hancock will be involved in the production. Davis died in 1991 at age 65.

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was featured at the 2009 Savannah Film Festival and based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire, won two Academy Awards in 2010 for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. The film received a total of six Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Editing, with Daniels nominated as Best Director. This selection made him the second African-American director to be nominated for an Oscar. Daniels also received a historic nomination as the first African-American director to be nominated by the Directors Guild of America. “Precious” received three Golden Globe nominations and won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, only the third film in the festival’s history to do so. The film went on to win awards at major international film festivals including Toronto, Deauville and San Sebastian. Released in August, his latest project “The Butler,” follows the life of a White House butler who serves eight U.S. presidents during his three-decade tenure. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., among others. Generating both critical and festival praise, Daniels’ films continue to spark the acclaim and buzz reserved for the top echelon of Hollywood artists. 
In recognition of his work and commitment to the arts, Daniels will be awarded an honorary doctorate from SCAD. Daniels will receive an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, an award that will honor his distinguished work in film. Two students will be awarded for their outstanding academic accomplishments, as well as their contributions to the university through extracurricular activities and service learning. Christopher Sean Lee, M.F.A. interactive design and game development, will be awarded the Graduate Presidential Medal, and Maria Cristina Oreamuno, B.F.A. fibers, will be awarded the Undergraduate Presidential Medal.

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The Best Man Holiday is Box-Office Black By Roz Edward

Black filmmakers are experiencing remarkable success on the big screen this year. Films like “The Butler,” “Twelve Years a Slave,” “Fruitvale Station” and “About Last Night,” were embraced by audiences. Joining the unprecedented year of Black film favorites, the 2013 box-office hit “The Best Man Holiday,” which opened on Friday, Nov. 16, earned an estimated $30.6 million over opening weekend. The film came in just behind “Thor: The Dark World,” which pulled in $38.5 million in its second weekend. “The Best Man Holiday” reunites a formidable class of A-List Black actors, including Terrance Howard, Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut and Harold Perrineau with four topnotch leading ladies. On Friday, “The Best Man Holiday” grossed roughly $200,000 more than “Thor: The Dark World,” indicating it was a genuine “must see” for its core audience. Every demographic, meanwhile, out-and-out loved the film: The film earned an equally rare A+ from the audience polling firm CinemaScore — and that’s from men and women, both over and under 25 years old. Over the full weekend, “The Best Man Holiday” had the best per theater average among all wide releases, with $15,100 per location. So, in essence, audiences will pay to see really good movies with Black casts that aren’t directed by Tyler Perry. Here are the estimated top 10 box office figures for Friday to Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

1. Thor: The Dark World — $38.5 million 2. The Best Man Holiday* — $30.6 million 3. Last Vegas — $8.9 million 4. Free Birds — $8.3 million 5. Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa — $7.7 million 6. Gravity — $6.3 million 7. Ender’s Game — $6.2 million 8. 12 Years a Slave — $4.7 million 9. Captain Phillips — $4.5 million 10. About Time — $3.5 million *Opening weekend

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Juggling Your Job with Caregiving: You are not alone

The Politics of Blackness

“Black” people are not black and “white” people are not white. The terms are used by ruling classes around the globe as an indicator of who is to be favored and who is to be used or discarded. In Thailand, those who work in the fields are by consequence, darker than those who work inside buildings. Those who are genetically of fairer skin are selected for office work while the dark people are relegated to the fields. We could describe similar distinctions in India, China, Japan, Africa, Brazil, Mexico ... likely every part of the globe. Our focus, of course, will be on the U.S. Black people are very much aware of the distinctions between those slaves who worked in the fields and those who worked in the slave-owner’s house. House slaves often became mistresses of, or were raped by, the owners, their children and other Whites. Their offspring were genetically varying shades of color. Some were indistinguishable from their White forbears and often received most favored treatment. Eventually, some of these were able to disavow their Black ancestry and “pass” for White. Whites, in a futile attempt to maintain the politically advantageous distinctions of whiteness, went to painful extremes to identify degrees of blackness. They came up with half-breed, quadroon and octoroon. A suspect White would be said to have “a touch of the tar bush.” Whites, in desperation, finally had to declare the preposterous notion that, “One drop of Black blood makes the individual Black.” The anthropological term “Negro,” was twisted to form the most degrading sound that Whites could form to show their utter distaste for negroes of all colors. When the chains of slavery, then segregation, then Jim Crow were broken, the newly empowered negroes adopted the pejorative “Black” and turned it on its head. The triumphant and jubilant leadership proclaimed that “Black is beautiful.” When the ruling class still found ways to discount Blacks, Blacks adopted the term “African-American” to show a proud historical connection to the mother country just as other hyphenated Europeans do. But, clearly, there is little to connect Blacks of any hue to the widely varied people of the vast African continent. Without a demonstrable connection to a particular tribe, the term African-American is just one more attempt to invest its holder with a bit more political power. We can confidently declare that it is impossible to distinguish any differences among colors of people to support supposed variations in genetically endowed abilities. The Whites, who fear a loss of their privileges in the U.S. power structure, do not acknowledge that reality. Instead, they blindly attack the president who is nominally Black, whose mother is caucasian and whose father is African. Racists fear that the president’s nominally designated color category makes him predisposed to give additional power and privileges to U.S. citizens who are of varying shades of color, but also categorized

as Black. We can clearly feel the irrationality of their position. We suspect that underneath that rabid fervor is an intense fear that their “whiteness” is no longer a politically effective tool to preserve their privileges. As they see those called Black or Latino or Asian gain political power, they realize that the historically White power holders are losing ground rapidly. The Republican Party has used demagoguery and manipulation of this intense White fear to whip up hatred against non-Whites. That manipulation had served them well until the true believers, the Tea Party, organized and paid for by super wealthy Republicans, became too visible and obvious to claim that Republicans are not brutally, insanely racist. The Republican Party has openly revealed that it is dependent on “angry White men” for its political survival. The loss of two elections to the nominally Black Barack Obama revealed that there are no longer enough angry White men left to help them return to political power. But, the desperation of the Republicans is such that they no longer try to hide their overt attempts to prevent nominally Black and Brown people from voting. The laughable Supreme Court, packed successfully by George W. Bush, has been most unseemly in its efforts to support the Republicans’ democracy-defeating measures to retain power. The judgment of the majority of Americans has become very clear. The judgment has been rendered by Black people, Brown people, women, gays and even White people who are not afraid of other human beings who happen to look different than they do. That judgment is that we have had enough of the power holders. The power holders have done extensive damage to the people of the U.S., as well as to the people of numerous foreign lands. Afghans and Iraqis are among just the latest in a long line of those who have suffered at the hands of those who would hold on to or extend their power at all costs ... regardless of harm to other human beings. The White supremacists are fading fast. Their desperation may still hurt a lot of people. But, the U.S. is preparing itself to absorb the blow from the death throes of these violent racists. Black people took the best shot the thugs could deliver, shrugged it off, prospered and now watch in bemused contemplation as the rest of the country deals with the dying beast. We can only hope that this time the country drives a stake through the heart of the monster.

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Imagine having to juggle the pressures of a thriving career with the responsibilities of caring for an aging or sick loved one. If this is your reality, it’s important that you know that you are not alone. There is help. A recent study reports that 73 percent of caregivers work and two thirds of them say they must go in late, leave early, or take time from their workday in order to successfully tend to their caregiving tasks. In fact, according to the study, caregivers spend a weekly average of 20.4 hours tending to a loved one. At least 10 percent of African-American workers sampled had to quit their jobs altogether. Therefore, among the major stresses of caregiving is lost wages. The study, by the National Alliance for Caregiving in collaboration with AARP, concludes that whether caring for an aging spouse or parent; a child with special needs or a sick loved one, balancing the tasks with a regular job can be overwhelming. This is especially true if the caregiving situation has come unexpectedly, if the caregiver has no help or is unable to cover new costs. If you are a caregiver, it is important that you know that helpful resources are available to you. These are some ways that balancing caregiving and career can be made easier: Be sure to care for yourself. Have backup like a trusted friend or family member who can take over the caregiving when you need a breather. You will be in much better spirits and your loved-one will receive better care if you are rested and are able to do other enjoyable activities. Give yourself a break. Frustrations are common; especially among new caregivers, mainly because of what they do not know. The more you learn and realize that you are not alone, the less stress you will experience. Seek useful information and resources. The AARP Caregiving Resource Center is a foremost source of caregiving information. The National Institute of Health is another great resource for caregivers; including its subsidiary, the National Institute on Aging (www.nia.nih.gov). Connect with other caregivers. The dual responsibilities will always be a challenge, but talking to someone who understands will help ease stress. Know your legal rights. Eldercare.gov says you can possibly take time off from work under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which “allows qualified employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off to care for a family member.” Talk with your employer. Many caregivers continue to work, mainly because they need money, they enjoy working, they’re saving for retirement, working makes them feel useful, or they enjoy interacting with other people. Some employers may allow tweaks to your job schedule for greater flexibility. Finally, be proactive. Make a list of how others can help. When someone you trust offers to help, allow them to choose from your list.

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