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Carla R. Stewart makes you a believer in ghosts,

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K. Mitchell hits the road with “Love & Hip Hop New York,”

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Farewell to sports hero and basketball legend Walt Bellamy, Page 9

November 7 - 13, 2013

Reed Soars to Re-election Victory Dickens, Norwood Defeat Incumbents on City Council

Photo by Susan Ross Mayor Reed addresses supporters on election night at an early evening celebration at the Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. By Dion Rabouin ADW Digital Editor Atlanta voters overwhelmingly gave Mayor Kasim Reed their stamp of approval Tuesday night, as the incumbent mayor cruised to a landslide victory over a trio of challengers. Reed received almost 40,000 votes (39,665) in the municipal election while not one of his challengers amassed more than 3,000, according to data from the Fulton County government’s website. Reed defeated mediator Al Bartell, financial planner Fraser Duke and consultant Glenn Wrightson. It was a nonpartisan race and none of the three challengers reported receiving any campaign contributions. Reed reported raising $6 million for his re-election campaign. “Four years ago, all of you had to stay up late for the election results, but tonight you get to go to sleep early,” Reed said at a party at a Hyatt Regency Hotel downtown. “Today the city of Atlanta has given me the high honor of another four years. I promise to give you everything I got for the next four years with all my heart.” So confident was Reed in an eventual triumph that at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday morning he sent out invitations to “celebrate his re-election victory with supporters and community members.”

Like the mayor’s office, much of the Atlanta City Council will remain unchanged. Council President Ceasar C. Mitchell won victory by a wide margin, defeating challenger Rachele Fruit by nearly 25,000 votes. Council members Carla Smith, Ivory Young Jr., Cleta Winslow, Natalyn Archibong, Alex Wan, Howard Shook, Felicia Moore and Keisha Lance Bottoms also won their contested races easily. Michael Julian Bond, C.T. Martin, Joyce Sheperd, Yolanda Adrean and Kwanza Hall all ran unopposed and will begin new terms. The results for incumbents Aaron Watson and H. Lamar Willis who occupied two of the City Council’s three at-large seats were not as favorable. After starting the night ahead, both Watson and Willis fell behind in their races and never caught up. Watson faced Mary Norwood, who held the District 2 At-Large seat until 2009 when she challenged Reed as mayor in an effort that fell just short. The 2013 election ended with the challenger garnering around 2,600 more votes. Norwood got 53 percent of vote (24,628), with Watson netting 47 percent (22,005). On Wednesday morning, Norwood sent an email to supporters thanking them for their efforts.

“I am so grateful to you all! Our campaign was a tremendous TEAM effort, with Atlantans from all over our city coming together and supporting my return to City Hall to serve you again,” she said in part of the letter. “...WOW! It’s a GREAT DAY, Atlanta! And I’m ready and excited to work for you all again!” In the Council Post 3 At-Large race, Andre Dickens received 53 percent of votes (22,478), with incumbent H. Lamar Willis getting 47 percent (19,993). The race between Dickens, a relative unknown before his candidacy, and Willis had been one of the closest and certainly most hotly contested in the city. Dickens enlisted the help of former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, who took Willis to task after he was disbarred by the Georgia Supreme Court in October. Both candidates were also the subject of websites that alleged in detail personal and professional misgivings. Willis’ and Dickens’ campaigns each denied being affiliated with the negative websites. On election night, though, Dickens was all smiles. “We won,” he posted on his campaign Facebook page a little before 2 a.m. “Thanks Atlanta! Thank you so much. #andre4atlanta.”


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Emerald Cities Atlanta Launches Initiatives to ‘Green our City’

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Ford Targets HBCU Students as Part of Unique Community Challenge Competition By Michelle Matthews-Alexander

Special Photo Garry Harris (right), executive director of the Emerald Cities Collaborative, stands with members of the energy audit team gathered to assess the energy use in the Peachtree Center Complex downtown. Special to ADW Emerald Cities Atlanta met the national mission of “Greening our Cities” by initiating its large-scale commercial building assessment and retrofit program in downtown Atlanta last week through a comprehensive energy audit of the Peachtree Center Complex. The Peachtree Center Complex consists of six multi-story buildings and covers more than 3 million sq. ft. of office and retail spaces, including a food court and shopping mall. The energy audit team consists of some 22 professionals, experts and specialists from 13 different organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Center for Sustainable Communities (CSC), Johnson Controls, Trane Inc., City of Atlanta Watershed Management Office of Efficiency, AFL-CIO ( building trades and laborers), Georgia Piedmont Technical College, Water Management Inc., Acu-

rity Brand (Lai Lighting Associates, Inc.), AGL Resources (natural gas utility), Real Times Media, HTS Enterprises, and Parkway Reality Services among others. The audit revealed substantial savings through assessments of energy use and consumption, energy modeling, water conservation measures, use of energy efficient lighting, and improved heating, ventilation and cooling components and controls. The audit was conducted in conjunction with the Atlanta Better Building Challenge, part of a national initiative to decrease energy consumption and green house gas emissions by 20 percent by the year 2020 in major cities. The event also “kicked off ” actions associated with Georgia Piedmont Technical College Sustainability Initiative; a comprehensive plan to transform it to one of the most green and sustainable campuses in the nation.

APS Board Gets Shakeup, 4 Races Set For Runoffs By Dion Rabouin While the Atlanta mayor’s race and seats on the City Council were clearly decided on Election Day, it will take another round at the polls to determine who will occupy all the seats on the Atlanta School Board. Four of the nine races will go to a Dec. 3 runoff election, as none of the candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote Tuesday night. Academic coach Mary Palmer and counseling center director Steven Lee will face off after finishing at the top of a four-way race for the District 5 seat. In District 6, Georgia State University program director Eshé Collins will take on investment property manager Dell Byrd. Board Chairman Reuben McDaniel, who gathered the most votes among five candidates for an at-large seat, will face top challenger Cynthia Brown. Jason Esteves will face Lori James in the remaining runoff contest for the District 9 at-large seat. Brenda J. Muhammad was the lone incumbent to be ousted in an election, losing in her District 1 contest to small business owner Leslie Grant. Muhammad led for much of the night, but as more precincts reported late in the evening, Grant pulled away, eventually winning the contest by nearly 1,000 votes and taking 57 percent of the vote. Courtney English held onto his seat over school administrator Nisha Simama in a citywide election, and Nancy Meister was re-elected over film consultant Taryn Chilivis Bowman to represent north Atlanta.

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Emerald Cities Collaborative (ECC) is a national non-profit network of organizations working together to advance a sustainable environment, while creating greater economic opportunities for all. “We’re transforming the energy efficiency sector in a high road way, by retrofitting building stock, creating high wage jobs, and revitalizing the local economies of our metropolitan regions,” said Garry Harris, executive director. Harris is currently president and CEO of HTS Enterprises, a consulting firm that provides diverse energy engineering, research, policy, education, and power generation technical services. He is also the founder and managing director for the Center for Sustainable Communities.

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Are you a student attending a historically Black college or university who’s interested in giving back to both your community and your university? If so, Ford is inviting you to enter the Ford Community Challenge Competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). The competition, which was developed in partnership with Ford Motor Company and the Ford Motor Company Fund, will award up to $75,000 in scholarships, university and community grants to the first-place student team and its project. The Ford HBCU Community Challenge is an extension of one of the Ford Fund’s signature educational programs, The Ford College Community Challenge. The new program, conducted in partnership with the Tom Joyner and Rickey Smiley morning shows, encourages HBCU students to design community projects that address pressing local needs. The program’s theme is “Building Sustainable Communities.” As part of the program, students are encouraged to creatively address a tangible,

unmet community need that touches at least one of these four areas: Mobility, Alternative Energy, Sustainability/Water and Systematic Approaches to Meeting Community Needs. Scholarships will be awarded to the student team, and community grants will be awarded to nonprofits to support implementation of the winning projects. The four teams with the best ideas will be flown to Ford World Headquarters in December to present their ideas for final judging. “We are thrilled to be able to continue in our efforts to support students attending HBCUs with the launch of this program,” said Shawn Thompson, manager, Ford Multicultural Marketing. “This program will allow students to make a difference in their education, schools and ultimately their communities.” Interested students can learn more about and enter the competition by visiting www.blackamericaweb.com/ hbcuchallenge or www. rickeysmileymorningshow. com/hbcuchallenge between now and Nov. 10.

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Photo by Caselove Productions A group of Atlanta women, led by Billye Aaron, Henrietta Antonin, Linda Gulley, Rubye Lucas and Carolyn Young, hosted a luncheon on Oct. 24 to celebrate Valerie Montgomery Rice as the first African-American woman to be president of a medical school. Rice is currently dean and executive vice president and president-elect of the Morehouse School of Medicine. She poses for a picture (front row, fourth from the left) with some of the women who hosted the luncheon at The Ritz Carlton, Downtown. With her are Linda Gulley (front row from left), Billye Aaron, Rubye Lucas, (Valerie Montgomery Rice), Henrietta Antoinin and Carolyn Young. Also, Justine Boyd (back row from left), Sonjia Young, Barbara Yarn, Yvonne Yancy, Yvonne Gloster, Pearl Hollis, Brenda Cole, Brenda Turpeau, Dr. Henrie Treadwell, Sylvia Russell, Yvonne Thomas and Joyce Bacote.

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‘Women Superstars’ Highlight BronzeLens Festival Special to ADW

The 2013 BronzeLens Film Festival’s “Women Superstars Luncheon” will roll out the red carpet for industry insiders, celebrities and aspiring filmmakers to honor some of the most accomplished women of color working in the film and television industry. The coveted signature event during the five-day festival takes place Nov. 8, at noon at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Hosted by former television news anchor Monica Pearson, the 2013 BronzeLens superstars are: actress Anna Maria Horsford (“Friday”); actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson (“The Fighting Temtations,” wife of Samuel L. Jackson); actress Mahira Kakkar (“Hank and Asha”); retired Coca Cola executive Ingrid Saunders Jones; producer Issa Rae (“Awkward Black Girl”); producer and

City Council Vending Ordinance Delays Contempt Ruling Against Mayor Reed By Dion Rabouin ADW Digital Editor

An 11th hour ordinance from the Atlanta City Council appears to have kept Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed from being found in contempt of court. One day before Atlanta voters headed to the polls where Reed won an easy victory, the council voted 11-2 to pass a vending ordinance proposed by Reed that allows some of the city’s vendors to return to work. The bill was passed Monday, on the day his representatives were in court to answer to the contempt charge. The Monday court appearance stemmed from Reed’s refusal to provide permits to local vendors who have thrice challenged the mayor’s ban on public vending in court. Most recently, Superior Court Judge Shawn Ellen LaGrua issued a writ of mandamus to Reed and the city to allow the city’s vendors to renew their businesses. The writ was issued on Oct. 8, ordering Reed and Atlanta Police Chief George Turner to immediately issue vending permits. On the same day, the City Council passed an ordinance to allow a number of vendors back to work. In light of the ordinance, LaGrua said she would take the ruling under advisement. Robert Frommer, an attorney from the Institute for Justice, a firm representing the vendors, expects LaGrua to return with a ruling within the week. “We’re confident the mayor’s lawless actions merit a finding of contempt,” said Fromer, who also critcized the City Council. The ordinance will allow 31 vendors to operate on public streets in downtown

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Tonya Lewis Lee (“The Watsons Go to Birmingham” and wife of Spike Lee); producer Valerie Benning Barney (“All Star Comedy Jam,” “Eddie Griffin: Freedom of Speech”); and costumers Mabel and Shilla Benning. “We are excited about our powerful honorees this year. These women superstars demonstrate the diverse areas where women excel in the entertainment business,” said Kathleen Bertrand, executive producer of the BronzeLens Film Festival. “Whether behind the scenes or in front of the camera, these women continue to play an integral role with films that impact our lives.” Designed to empower, entertain and educate attendees from various film industry disciplines, students and the general public, the BronzeLens Film Festival offers an array of expert panels, workshops, domestic and international film screenings and signature events. In addition to a Monologue Slam featuring acclaimed director John Singleton, festival highlights include an encore presentation of legendary casting director and producer Reuben Cannon’s, “The Producers Roundtable” a groundbreaking session that brings together high-level entertainment executives to share their strategies for producing successful film and television projects. Participating producers include Jeff Clanagan, David Talbert, Lyn Talbert and Paul Hall. The BronzeLens Film Festival runs through Nov. 10. For more information and festival registration, go to www.bronzelensfilmfestival.com.

Founded in 2009, The BronzeLens Film Festival of Atlanta is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing national and worldwide attention to Atlanta as a center for film and film production for people of color, and to showcasing films and providing networking opportunities that will develop the next generation of filmmakers. Since its inception, the BronzeLens Film Festival has evolved as one of the most comprehensive film festivals for filmmakers of color in the United States. Sponsors of the BronzeLens Film Festival are the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, Coca-Cola Company, Turner, Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Delta Air Lines, HBO Documentary Films, BET Networks, Georgia Pacific, The Woodruff Arts Center, AT&T, Macys, Institut Française, The Sai Sai Group Inc., Southern Company, MHR International, Movie Magic, White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails, National Center for Civil and Human Rights and Atlanta Technical College: The Cleveland Dennard Center.

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Atlanta in its first phase. In its second phase, which city officials say will begin early next year, there will be more than 50 locations for carts across the city, including on the Atlanta Beltline. The ordinance also requires vendors to own a cart or kiosk, which Atlanta Vendor Association President Larry Miller says will prevent the majority of vendors from being able to work. City officials also said in the ordinance that vendors will not be allowed to return to the downtown Five Points area, which was previously a very popular location for vendors, but prompted complaints from visitors and Atlanta residents. Reed was represented in court by City of Atlanta Senior Assistant City Attorney Amber A. Robinson, who argued that neither Reed nor Turner should be held in contempt as the recently passed ordinance fulfilled the city’s obligation to follow the writ of mandamus. LaGrua said in light of the ordinance’s passage, she would need “a week or so” to take under advisement the plaintiff ’s motion. The ruling left a sour taste in the mouths of the Atlanta vendors. “I don’t feel good at all,” Miller told the Daily World exclusively. “I think this is a whole bunch of malarkey… As you see, they passed it on expeditiously, ran it over to the mayor’s office, he signed it and the courier ran it to the court room. It was only to save his butt from contempt.” The proposal also does not allow vending near Turner Field, though city officials have said that vendors can sell on nearby private property.

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John Lewis, Chick-fil-A’s Dan Cathy to be Honored at ‘Equal Opportunity Day Gala’

November 7 - 13, 2013

Wells Fargo to Help Area Customers Facing Mortgage Payment Challenges Special to ADW

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•Helen Butler, executive direcThe Urban League of Greattor, Georgia Coalition for the er Atlanta recently announced Peoples Agenda: Champion for its Equal Opportunity Day Civic Engagement Award Dinner and Gala 2013 distin•Daryl Parks and Benjamin quished roster of honorees. Crump, attorneys for The Those to be feted include Trayvon Martin Family: Georgia Congressman John Emerging Leaders of Justice Lewis and Chick-fil-A PresiAnd Equality Award dent & COO Dan Cathy. The •EOD Auxilaries Volunteer 52nd Annual EOD Gala will Champion Award: Sabritake place at the Atlanta Marna Matthews, ULGA Guild riott Marquis Hotel Atrium Volunteer of The Year and Ballroom, on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Immanuel Kofi Gyebi, ULGA with Angela Burt-Murray, Aspire TV Show “ Exhale” Young Professional Volunteer Angela Burt-Murray co-host and former Essence of the Year Entertainment will be provided by the Magazine editor-in-chief, as host. Gary Harris Band, with dancing at 9 p.m. “With the theme Celebrating Champions Tickets are $150 for members and $200 for of Justice and Equality we are pleased to celnonmembers. ebrate the work of some of the outstanding For table business, govreservations, ernment. legal sponsorship and community and individual luminaries who have committed tickets, contact Dottie Johnson their energy to at 404-659-6580 ensuring ecoor visit: http:/ulnomic empowerment of urban gatl.org/52eod. Founded in communities 1920, The Urand families,” ban League of said Nancy Flake Johnson, Greater Atlanta president and is a civil rights chief executive organization officer of the dedicated to John Lewis Dan Cathy Urban League economic emof Greater Atlanta. powerment. For 93 years, the mission of the The Equal Opportunity Day Dinner and Urban League of Greater Atlanta has been to Gala recognizes corporations, organizations empower communities and change lives by and individuals who champion equal opporenabling African Americans and others to tunities for African Americans and others in achieve their highest human potential and underserved communities. secure economic self-reliance, parity, power The EOD Dinner and Gala also will honor: and civil rights. The Urban League of Great•Sally Yates, U.S. Attorney for the Norther Atlanta is one of 97 affiliates in 36 states ern District: Champion of Justice Award and the District of Columbia. •The Coca Cola Company: Champion For more information, call 404-659-1150 Program Partner Award or visit the website at http://www.ulgatl.org.

Wells Fargo is hosting a free ers as possible avoid forecloHome Preservation Workshop sure,” said Hugh Rowden, in Atlanta for Wells Fargo Wells Fargo Home Mortmortgage customers facing gage Community Outreach financial hardships. manager. “During these free The bank has invited nearly workshops, Wells Fargo Home 8,900 mortgage customers to Mortgage customers who are the free workshop, which will faced with payment challenges be held on Nov. 14 from 9 a.m. will have the opportunity to to 7 p.m. at the Georgia Intermeet face-to-face with our national Convention Center, home preservation specialists Exhibit Hall B, located at 2000 to explore the options availConvention Center Concourse able to them.” in College Park. Parking is Where possible, borrowers free. will receive a decision on a Hugh Rowden Local nonprofit credit workout, loan modification or counseling agencies – CredAbility, D & E other options, on site or shortly following Financial Education and Training Institute, the workshop. Options include Wells Fargo’s and Urban League of Greater Atlanta -- will own loan modification program and the fedbe onsite to provide assistance to homeowneral government’s Home Affordable Modiers who have credit challenges that extend fication Program (HAMP). About 75 Wells beyond their mortgage payments. Fargo home preservation specialist team Homeowners whose loans are “under members, including bilingual specialists, will water” – meaning they owe more on their be on hand at the upcoming workshop to mortgage than the value of their home – assist customers. may be eligible to refinance their loan based This is the fourth time Wells Fargo has on certain criteria, including demonstrating hosted Home Preservation Workshops in the ability to repay. Depending on eligibility for Atlanta area. During the first three worka loan modification, homeowners who are shops combined, more than 4,000 homebehind on their payments may also receive a owners have attended. This will be the 104th principal reduction on their mortgage. large-scale Home Preservation Workshop Walk-ins are welcome although registraWells Fargo has hosted since September tion is strongly recommended in order to 2009, and the company has participated in guarantee the ability to meet one-on-one more than 1,125 home preservation events with a representative. Customers should during that time. Wells Fargo home presregister by Tuesday, Nov. 12, at www.wfhervation specialists have met with nearly mevents.com/leadingthewayhome or call 44,000 customers at its Home Preservation 1-800-405-8067 for more information. Workshops in an effort to help them avoid “While our foreclosure and delinquency foreclosure. rates are below the industry average, and Customers facing mortgage payment nationwide we have assisted nearly 886,000 difficulties also can call 1-800-678-7986 for customers with modifications, our goal with more information about potential options to this workshop is to help as many homeownavoid foreclosure.

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‘Ghost the Musical’ Brings a Love Story Black Comediennes Respond to with Special Effects to the Fox Theatre Kenan Thompson: ‘We Are Ready’ By Maria Odum-Hinmon

Photo by Joan Marcus Carla R. Stewart plays psychic Oda Mae Brown in the touring cast of “Ghost The Musical.” Many of us remember the ago and saw the musical on 1990 movie “Ghost” with Broadway, she decided not to the seductive pottery-makwatch the movie again. ing scene and the hilarious “Instead of duplicating storefront psychic who helps what she [Whoopi Goldberg] a ghost communicate with the did, I wanted to have my woman he loves. Well now, own take on who Oda Mae this story is being retold on is,” Stewart said. “I thought stage with music, singing and it would be better to relieve rare special effects that allow myself of the pressure to be audiences to see a ghost step Whoopi. I wanted to create my through a closed door. own Oda Mae.” “Ghost the Musical,” which Stewart said she is so glad is at the Fox Theatre through they turned the movie into a Nov. 10, is about Sam and musical. “It’s like the future of Carla R. Stewart Molly, a young couple. When theater,” Stewart said, adding Sam tragically dies during a mugging, his that they use screens, lighting and other spirit is unable to leave the mortal world. special effects to create ghostly illusions. “The Then, he learns that his death was not a ran- illusions they create on stage are amazing. dom incident and that the person who killed There are special effects like you’ve never him may also try to kill Molly. So Sam tries seen before on stage.” to find a way to communicate with her to Stewart said even if you’ve seen the movie save her. Oddly enough, the only person who and know the plot, it will be a new experican hear him is Oda Mae Brown, a comical ence to see it staged as a musical, which still psychic, who wasn’t really aware of her own includes the love song “Unchained Melody” powers and abilities until she hears Sam. that is so closely associated with the movie. The coveted role of Oda Mae (for which “If you loved the movie, it’ll just rekinWhoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for the mov- dle that feeling you had,” Stewart said. “It’s ie version) is being played on stage by Carla another chance to fall in love with it, while R. Stewart. The Chicago native is a graduate seeing another aspect of it in another realm. of the American Musical and Dramatic Acad- You can share that moment again.” emy in New York and has performed in many The musical features an original pop score other musicals, including “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” by Grammy-winners Dave Stewart and Glen “Rent,” “Hairspray,” and “The Wiz.” Ballard. Stewart said she would not allow herself The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday to be consumed by the pressure of playing and 8 p.m. on Friday. The Saturday perforthe role that garnered Goldberg an Academy mances are at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and the Award for Best Supporting Actress for the Sunday shows are at 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. For movie. Although she saw the movie years more information, go to www.foxtheatre.org.

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ATL’s K. Michelle Officially Makes the Move to Love & Hip Hop NYC By Christa E. Jackson

The original “Love & Hip Hop” series, which takes place in New York City now, has several new characters this season, including K. Michelle from “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” who made the move to the New York cast to find love, happiness, and continue on the musical journey she started in the ATL. Even though the show just premiered last week, there is already drama galore with the cast. This season, Yandy is still dealing with the uncertainty of knowing what will happen with her fiancée Mendecees and his court case, being a single mom and running a label with fellow cast member Rich Dollaz. Tahiry and Joe Budden are trying to make their relationship work one more time, and Erica Mena is back and showing out as usual. This season will prove to be juicy and ratchet as ever with new cast members, rapper/manager Peter Gunz and Tara, the mother of his children. They are in a sordid love triangle with his artist Amina Butterfly, to whom he is secretly married.

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for the number of Black womKenan Thompson stirred up en she will have to play during quite the controversy when he her hosting gig because they blamed “Saturday Night Live” don’t have any Black, female for the lack of diversity on the cast members. popular show, claiming that After the show aired, “Tom Black comediennes were often Joyner Morning Show” guest not “ready” during auditions. Roland Martin talked with And, now, a group of talented Rashad Robinson, executive sisters has responded. director of Color of Change, During the cold opening about the organization’s of the Nov. 2 show, “SNL” demand that SNL’s founding responded to the intense producer, Lorne Michaels, criticism over its lack of Black meet with them with concrete female talent with a satirical resolutions to the show’s diverskit that found host Kerry Kenan Thompson sity problem. Washington portraying first “When Kenan Thompson went out in the lady Michelle Obama, Oprah and Beyonce. media and said that Black women simply It is moments before the White House weren’t really ready for that show, that’s when state dinner, and a cast member portraying we started to look at this matter,” said RobWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney enters the room and tells “Michelle” that Oprah inson. “In 39 years of ‘SNL,’ only three Black women have been part of the cast, but the Winfrey has arrived, so she better go change show consistently covers and highlights the clothes. images of Black women. “Michelle” looks confused, then she real“We want to get some definitive answers, izes that “Carney” is telling Washington that in terms of what they plan to do next to she has to change into her Oprah costume. ensure that this does not simply continue to She then asks, “Oh, because of the whole … be a laughing matter, but something that they and Kenan won’t do it?” solve,” continued Robinson. After she exits the room, words scroll across the screen apologizing to Washington

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Rapper Saigon and Erica Jean, the mother of his son, are trying to rebuild their relationship for the sake of their son, but past deeds continue to hinder them and keep them from moving forward. K. Michelle has not yet started with any of her wild antics yet … because she is just getting to New York, but it’s sure to come as the season progresses. Yandy and K. have a previous relationship, and Yandy decides to throw K. Michelle a welcome to New York party. For the most part K. Michelle seems to be on her best behavior for now, but the drama comes when Yandy invites Tara and Amina to the party, and Peter runs to catch Amina before she goes to the party so that all of his women don’t blow up in his face. As always, “Love & Hip Hop New York” is going to take us through the ups and downs of this funny, crazy, talented cast of characters under the bright lights of NYC. The craziness and drama is just beginning … and we can’t wait to see how this season unfolds.

John Legend works with NAACP on Voting Rights By Steve Holsey

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-musician John Legend has launched a partnership with the NAACP to promote voting rights efforts across the country and help register eligible concert-goers to vote. The partnership kicked off at Legend’s recent concert in Durham, N.C., where he asked fans to join him in taking a stand for voting rights by texting “LEGEND” to 62227. He will do the same at several additional tour stops throughout the South. “It is maddening to know that there are some who would enact legislation that limits the ability of some Americans to exercise their right to vote,” said Legend. “Generations have fought hard and some people even died for this right. All of our leaders should seek to have inclusive elections that reflect the true will of the people, no matter who they intend to vote for. “The politics of exclusion are unacceptable. It’s time for all of us who believe in democracy and equal rights to take a stand.” Lorraine C. Miller, interim NAACP president, said, “We are excited that John Legend has joined with the NAACP in the fight to defend the right to vote. “His influence as a world-renowned artist and activist will be a catalyst to spread the word that it is not enough just to exercise your right to vote. We must also protect our right to vote for future generations.”

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Mayor Kasim Reed, City of Atlanta Host 2013 Forever Young Ball Special to ADW

Photo by Tkeban Jahannes Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed greets some of the 4,500 seniors who attended the 2013 Forever Young Ball as guests at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta on Nov. 2. Mayor Kasim Reed hosted his fourth annual Forever Young Ball on Nov. 2, where he honored more than 4,500 senior citizens at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta. Mayor Reed saluted the seniors at the free

celebration, which included live entertainment, dancing and prize giveaways. Reed recognized the city’s elders for their commitment, service and leadership to the Atlanta community. The annual ball is designed to

encourage seniors to stay active and healthy through community programs and outreach initiatives. “The Forever Young Ball is a proud tradition that provides the City of Atlanta an opportunity to appreciate and recognize the commitment, achievements and contributions of our most valuable and cherished citizens,” said Reed. “Our seniors are a critical component of Atlanta’s rich and diverse heritage, and tonight was a fitting tribute to their lifelong contributions to this city.” At this year’s gala, the seniors enjoyed food, music, prizes and plenty of dancing throughout the evening. Radio personalities Ryan Cameron, Ebony Steele, Art Terrell, KD Bowe and SiMan emceed the ball. The 2013 Forever Young Ball was planned by the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services, the Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the mayor’s mother, Sylvia Reed. Concentra, a subsidiary of Humana Inc., AARP and Schneider Electric were this year’s presenting sponsors. Other sponsors included Siebert, Branford & Shank, ING, Kaiser Permanente, SCANA Energy, Waste Management, Piedmont Wellstar Health Plans, AT&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Columbia Residences, JenCare, Chick-fil-A, IF Securities, Standard Parking, Park Atlanta, CIGNA, C2HM Hill, Minnesota Life Insurance, Urban Environmental Solutions, Taliah

Waajid Natural Hair Care, Aflac, Georgia Pacific, Integral Group, Hunton & Williams, BenchMark Management, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care. Mayor Bill Campbell began the long-standing tradition of the Senior Citizens Ball and believed it was critical to recognize and honor the individuals who helped Atlanta become the global city it is today. For many years following Campbell’s inaugural Senior Citizens Ball, the celebration, supported in various forms by succeeding mayors, was one of the city’s most anticipated social events. However, due to budget constraints, the City of Atlanta did not host the ball in 2008 and 2009. Mayor Reed, in response to requests from dozens of seniors, promised to restore the ball shortly after his inauguration in January 2010 and followed through on that promise with the 2010 Senior Citizens Ball. Last year’s ball, held at the Marriott Marquis in downtown Atlanta, was emceed by media personalities Chris Tucker, Fonzworth Bentley, Frank Ski and Ryan Cameron.

The Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Foundation Hosts ‘SisterTalk’ Conference

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Nearly 2,000 women attended “SisterTalk,” a women’s empowerment conference, hosted by The Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Foundation on Nov. 2 at the Georgia International Convention Center. Attendees at the free event, benefited from expert speakers who addressed issues ranging from financial planning, social issues, emotional health, spirituality, and self-empowerment. The conference convenor and keynote speaker was the Hon. Penny Brown Reynolds, Emmy-nominated national television personality, former State Court trial judge and community leader. “We were delighted to provide a positive forum to address many of the negative images often portrayed of today’s women and girls,” said Reynolds, the foundation’s president. “There has been an outcry in the community to reclaim our daughters and to have this powerful discussion about the state of the Black woman.” Girls ages 12-17 attended seminars designed to equip them with tools to make wise choices. The event will conclude with a prayer and worship service. SisterTalk Conference is an invitation for all women to come together in the spirit of sisterhood to celebrate unity and examine the many roles

and issues women face. In addition, Reynolds presented “Sister of Substance” Awards to Women Looking Ahead Publisher Rebecca Franklin, Atlanta Daily World Publisher M. Alexis Scott and MSNBC Contributor Goldie Taylor. At the luncheon, Reynolds also honored Mamie Moore, a member of Lindsay Street Baptist Church, for her dedication to her English Avenue neighborhood community, especially her efforts at voter registration. A conference is planned for New Orleans next year, with other cities to follow. The Judge Penny Brown Reynolds Foundation Inc. is a charitable, not-for-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families, women, youth, and children and providing a voice for the poor through education, advocacy and service. “Judge Penny,” as she is known, has served the metro Atlanta community for over 25 years. The foundation provides free HIV/AIDS testing and education, family and parenting workshops, college scholarships, bullying prevention programs, free tutoring, entrepreneurial development programs, domestic violence prevention seminars, financial education and home buying workshops, just to name a few.

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SIAC to host NFL Legends Symposium in Conjunction with Football Championship

On Friday, Nov. 15 the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will host the SIAC Football Legends Symposium, in conjunction with the SIAC Centennial Football Championship. . The symposium will feature a panel of SIAC legends, which include Pro Football Hall   of Fame inductee Rayfield Wright (Fort Valley State), Super Bowl Champions Nick Harper (Fort Valley State) and Tyrone Poole (Fort Valley State), along with former All-Pro Greg Lloyd (Fort Valley State) and veteran Frank Walker (Tuskegee). The event will take place at the Leadership building on the campus of Morehouse College at 4 p.m.

“We are honored and privileged to host a group of SIAC football alumni who together represent and embody the best traditions of our conference during the past 100 years,” said SIAC Commissioner Gregory Moore. “I am certain that our student-athletes will gain invaluable insights from these men when they share their respective paths from the SIAC to NFL stardom.” Each NFL legend will also serve as honorary captains for the SIAC Football Championship game played on the following day on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Lakewood Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 and can be reserved by calling the SIAC office at 404-221-1041.

November 7 - 13, 2013

Atlanta Loses Sports Legend, Activist as Walt Bellamy Dies at 74

By Deitra P. Johnson ADW Staff Writer

Former Atlanta Hawks center and Hall of Famer Walt Bellamy died Saturday, Nov. 2 in Atlanta. Bellamy was a fixture in the Atlanta community ever since being traded to the Hawks by the Detroit Pistons in 1970. The Hawks reported the 74-year-old Bellamy was at the team’s home opener on Friday, Nov. 1. A public viewing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 8 from 6-8:30 p.m. at Shaw Temple AME Zion Walt Bellamy Church, 775 Hurt Rd. S.W., Smyrna, GA 30082. Bellamy was also very active in supporting community events, particularly when it came to area youth. He graciously made a guest appearance in August to support the newly-established Georgia Prep Sports Academy, a post-secondary institution that assists student-athletes in bringing up their GPAs and test scores in order to obtain scholarships. After his retirement from professional basketball, Bellamy became active with the NAACP, the Urban League and the YMCA in the Atlanta area. He also was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. “The Atlanta Hawks family is saddened to learn of the death of Walt Bellamy at the age of 74,” the Hawks said in a statement. “The Hawks and the National Basketball Association have lost a giant. As an Olympic gold medalist, the first overall pick in 1961, Rookie of the Year in 1962, a four-time All-Star and a member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his on-court accomplishments were overwhelming. Off the court, he was equally impactful as a family man, leader in the community, mentor and friend to many.” In his 14 seasons in the NBA, the 6-foot-11

center averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds and while going up against the likes of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. “Walt Bellamy was an enormously gifted Hall of Fame player who had a tremendous impact on our game,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement released by the league. “Off the court, he was an even more extraordinary person. Walt is going to be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. On behalf of the entire NBA family, our condolences and thoughts go out to Walt’s family.” Completing high school in New Bern, N.C., Bellamy chose Indiana University to attend college, reportedly stating, “Indiana at the time was the closest school to the South that would accept African Americans. It was an easy transition for me to make.” He averaged 20.6 points and 15.5 rebounds as a Hoosier. Bellamy won an Olympic gold medal in 1960 while playing at Indiana and was named Rookie of the Year in 1961 after being drafted professionally by the Chicago Packers as the first overall pick. He averaged 31.6 points and 19.0 rebounds that year, second only to Chamberlain’s 37.6-point rookie season. His 19.0 rebounding average is third best for a rookie behind Chamberlain’s 27 and Bill Russell’s 19.6. Bellamy also led the NBA in field goal percentage in his rookie season, and had a 23-point, 17-rebound performance in the 1962 NBA All-Star Game. He then went on to play for the Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Atlanta and the New Orleans Jazz.

Photo By Edward Reynolds Judge Penny Brown Reynolds (back row center) poses with honorees at her “SisterTalk” conference on Nov. 2 at the Georgia International Convention Center. They are Atlanta Daily World Publisher M. Alexis Scott (left), Women Looking Ahead Publisher Rebecca Franklin (right) and Community Activist Mamie Moore (seated center).

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The End of Two Eras

The Myth of a Federal Government Out of Control The Republican push to reduce the federal deficit solely through spending cuts is based on mythology rather than fact. That was clearly demonstrated by a series of reports issued recently by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). In a report issued Oct. 28, CBPP stated, “As a new budget conference committee seeks agreement on spending and tax priorities for the next decade, some policymakers and commentators who believe that future deficit reduction must come solely from spending cuts will likely repeat the claim that the federal government is exploding in size. The data do not support such a claim. “To be sure, total federal spending as a share of gross domestic product (GDP) rose considerably in 2008 and 2009 and remained high in 2010 and 2011, in part because GDP was unusually low due to the Great Recession and its aftermath. But spending dropped significantly in 2012 as a share of GDP and, as the latest Congressional Budget Office (CBO) data indicates, this downward trend is expected to continue over the next five years.” The report, titled “Size and Reach of Federal Government Are Not Exploding,” notes that those backing deep cuts in social programs neglect the real reasons for increased federal spending. “While total federal spending will rise modestly as a percent of GDP during the latter part of the decade under a continuation of current policies, that is mostly because of a marked increase in interest payments,” the report stated. “In particular, as the economy recovers, interest rates will also rise, simultaneously increasing the interest we must pay on any given amount of debt.” The study also found, “Under a continuation of current policies, total federal spending – including interest – will drop from 24.1 percent of GDP in 2011 and 22.8 percent in 2012 to 21.5 percent in 2013, before starting to rise in the middle of the coming decade, climbing back up to 22.7 percent by 2023. At least three-fourths of the increase between mid-decade and 2023, however, will come from higher interest payments on the debt. Interest payments are not a federal program, and increases in interest costs do not themselves represent an expansion of the government’s activities or reach. It should also be noted that interest costs rise when taxes are cut, because the tax cuts add to deficits and debt just as spending increases do.” As I noted in this space last week, more than 90 percent of so-called entitlement benefits go to the elderly, disabled or working households. Furthermore, as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities observed, increased spending on safety net programs because of the recession is both appropriate and temporary. “Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projections show that federal spending on low-income programs other than health care has started to decline and will fall substantially as a percent of gross domestic product

(GDP) as the economy recovers. By the end of the decade, it will fall below its average level as a percent of GDP over the prior 40 years, from 1973 to 2012. Since these programs are not rising as a percent of GDP, they do not contribute to our long-term fiscal problems,” CBPP said in a report titled, “Low-Income Programs Are Not Driving the Nation’s Long-Term Fiscal Problem.” I am not suggesting there are not some serious financial questions facing the nation. The rising cost of Medicaid is among those concerns. But it’s important to know why costs will rise rather than using it as an excuse to cut social programs. “To be sure, Medicaid is projected to rise significantly in cost, relative to GDP, for several reasons,” said the report on low-income programs. “To begin with, costs throughout the U.S. health care system – in both the public and private sectors – have been growing faster than GDP for several decades. Medicaid isn’t the cause of this systemwide cost growth; over the past decade, in fact, per-beneficiary costs have risen more slowly in Medicaid than under private insurance, a trend expected to continue over the next ten years.” It also noted, “A second reason that Medicaid costs will rise faster than GDP is the aging of the population. Older people have much higher average health care costs than younger people. Elderly and disabled beneficiaries account for 24 percent of Medicaid beneficiaries but 64 percent of program costs. As the population ages, the number and share of Medicaid beneficiaries who are elderly will increase, raising program costs. “Another reason that Medicaid costs will continue to rise significantly is the continued erosion of employer-based health coverage. Over time, the share of low-income people able to get coverage through their (or their families’) employers has fallen, so more of them have turned to Medicaid for coverage.” Yes, the federal government needs to pay close attention to future spending and revenue. But not because spending is out of control or the safety net is bankrupting the country.

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Tuesday’s New York elections marked the official closing of Mayor Bloomberg’s three terms. The year also marks the February death of Edward I. Koch with whom I served in his first term. It’s hard to believe that 35 years have passed since I joined Ed as a commissioner and became one of his deputy mayors a year later. My role and relationship with Ed in his first term has been widely reported. I was a central player in some of our most inflammable issues from the restructuring of our poverty programs to confronting the city’s hospitals financing crisis, where I served as chairman of the City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation. Ed and I disagreed on how to handle this crisis and as a matter of principle, I resigned as Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services from his administration. Ed did not want me to leave his administration, and we both regretted the circumstances that led to it. Yet we maintained a close friendship until his death this year, at 88-years old. I am often asked if I miss New York, a city which was home to me for 30 years, and the answer is “yes and no.” “Yes,” because having had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play a leading governance role in our nation’s largest city was a special honor for a former poor boy from Griffin, Ga. Yet, “no,” because I believe that we are on a path in Georgia to addressing our racial diversity issues much better than New York has shown a willingness to do. The next mayor in New York, de Blasio, will inherit a richer city in some financial respects than we did in 1978. He will also inherit a much poorer city for those mired in poverty. Worse still, he will come to power confronting governance issues that continue to be influenced at the core by race and poverty. I am impressed by de Blasio’s rhetoric, yet the entrenched interests of the privileged in the city serve to maintain inequities among the various communities, which serve to perpetuate a climate and feeling of social unrest. Climates and feelings which underlie the current policing policies of Mayor Bloomberg, while serving to continue and enhance anger in the targeted communities. In some ways, this seems like 1978 all over again. We shall see. As Ed often did in closing out his communications, “All the best,” Haskell.

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2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree C.T. Vivian (center) is flanked by Angela and Reuben Gibson, Barcardi representative and host of a recent reception in his honor at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Vivian will receive the medal from President Barack Obama on Nov. 20 in Washington, D.C.

The Hon. Brenda Hill Cole and Capitol City Bank Founder George Andrews were among those paying tribute to C.T. Vivian at a recent celebration for him at Atlanta’s City Hall.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is flanked by two civil rights colleagues of C.T. Vivian: Willie Bolden (left) and Albert Love at the City Hall celebration.

Essence Magazine Editor Emertia Susan Taylor (third from left) is joined by Atlanta Women’s Foundation Chair Danita V. Knight (from left), AWF Executive Director Kelly Dolan and luncheon chair Elizabeth Noe before Taylor spoke at the group’s recent ‘2013 Numbers Too Big to Ignore” event at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Terrie Rouse (second from left) is celebrated by friends welcoming her back to Atlanta as the new chief operating officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Hosting her are ADW Publisher M. Alexis Scott (from left), Pamela Elliott and Mignon Morman. Not shown is host Nancy Cooke. (special photo)

Disney legend/animator and storyteller Floyd Norman (center) is flanked by Backstory Entertainment CEO Brian McKissick and Norman’s wife Adrienne Brown Norman during their recent visit to Atlanta.

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Atlanta Daily World Digital Edition November 7, 2013