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Sailor is Recruiter of the Year Page 3
Jay-Z on the Cover of TIME Page 5
Take a Look at Living Well Pages 7-10
What’s Happening Around Town? Page 15
April 25 - May 1, 2013
atlanta schools Work to help Kids Left Behind AP Photo/David Goldman
Burgess-Peterson Academy principal Robin Robbins, center, meets with students during Atlanta Public School's after-school remediation program in Atlanta.
By Christina a. Cassidy Associated Press Long after the school day ends, nearly half the students enrolled at Burgess-Peterson Academy in Atlanta spend an extra four hours in class looking to hone their math and reading skills by using such items as a deck of cards for subtraction problems and staplers and crayons to practice taking measurements. While this Atlanta public school wasn't ensnared in a massive cheating scandal that led to criminal charges against the district's former superintendent and 34 other educators, it's a sign of the intensive work being done across the district to remediate children affected by allegations of forged test scores, as well as those who have simply fallen behind. ``It is clear that students were deprived of services that they should have received if their test scores had been adequately and appropriately recorded,'' Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Erroll Davis said in a recent interview. ``We certainly have a larger than average percentage of people not performing at the appropriate levels, and those are the students we are trying to get into our remediation programs and those for which we are designing programs on an ongoing basis.'' With state standardized tests beginning in Atlanta on Tuesday, teachers are anxious to find out how their students are progressing. One recently told Burgess-Peterson Principal Robin Robbins he feared three of his students may not pass. She reassured him, telling him to focus on how much progress they had already made in his class. ``The wider the gap, the harder it is,'' Robbins said. ``So that's why we really spend a lot of time working with students early on. Kindergarten, first grade, if you see the gaps, then you need to attack them then. If not, they are going to grow larger and larger, and before you know it, the graduation rate is the way that it is.'' At Burgess-Peterson, specialized teachers are brought in to drill students on math and reading concepts, with students Page 2
Georgia Democrats Predict a Return to Political Power By Maynard EatOn S.E. Region News Is Georgia about to become a blue state again? Perhaps. A group of past and present Democratic Party power brokers pontificated at the Atlanta Press Club this week about how the party’s fortunes were on the rise and predicted that a Democrat could win statewide by 2014 or 2016. “We’re close, we know that,” said the Georgia Democratic Party Chairman Mike Berlon. “It’s not a question of if, it’s when. I think we are on the right track.” A panel discussion included House Minority Leader Rep. Stacey Abrams, Georgia State political professor Stephon Anthony, Chairman Berlon, Rep. Scott Holcomb and Better Georgia CEO Bryan Long. “There are two reasons we’re on the rise,” said Abrams, an attorney and astute debater, who is the first woman to lead either party in Georgia’s Legislature. “Demography is moving in our favor, and we’ve actually had electoral successes that indicate that. We’ve hit the lowest ebb that
we are going to hit as Democrats. The reapportionment map that drew us so low was unable to destroy us. “Every election from here on will be about gaining seats; it will be about gaining seats in the House and gaining seats in the Senate, making us competitive in state-wide races,” she continued. “That trajectory is a bit long. It’s a 2014, 2016, 2018 trajectory, but it’s coming.” She noted that there is nothing on the Republican side that can create a drag for Democrats because GOP members are squabbling internally, particularly on the national and state level. “As long as we have a cogent strategy and are willing to work at it, we can take advantage of it,” she said. For the past several years, the palpable public perception of the Democratic Party has been almost laughable given the Republican political domination in the Legislature and state-wide elections. Page 2
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City Council Welcomes new Morehouse President
NEWS April 25 - May 1, 2013 Grady hospital slapped With $17.5 Million Malpractice Verdict
Pictured here in the Atlanta City Hall Old Council Chamber are (from left) Morehouse College alum Richard Byrd; Dr. John S. Wilson Jr., the new president of Morehouse; and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell. Mitchell, Morehouse class of ’91; Councilman H. Lamar Willis, Morehouse class of ’93; and Councilman Michael Julian Bond hosted a welcome reception honoring Wilson.
atlanta schools Work to help Kids Page 1
moving to different classrooms to provide a physical break from the regular school day. On a recent Friday, second-graders were moving among ``rotation stations'' using flash cards, a deck of cards and dice to work out math problems involving subtraction. Upstairs, third-graders were broken into small groups with a few working math problems on a bank of computers along the classroom wall and others in two groups working closely with a teacher and a teacher's aide. Meanwhile, three girls sat on the floor practicing their measurements using a stapler, crayon and sticky note. Robbins said the classroom was emblematic of instructional learning focused on targeted needs. ``We don't do a lot of skill and drill,'' Robbins said. ``We try to engage the students.'' The costs of the remediation program have been estimated at $4 million for a district with just over 51,000 students and an operating budget of $574 million for the 2013 fiscal year. ``It's driven by instructional programs, not just after-school care for students. It's not just homework help,'' said district spokesman Stephen Alford. The remediation efforts are just one step the school system, which includes 93 traditional and 13 charter schools, has taken in the wake of the cheating scandal. Besides removing some 180 educators accused of cheating and installing 60 new principals, the district launched mandatory, annual ethics training. Under the policy, every employee has to take an online course and pass a written test covering everything from falsifying an
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Burgess-Peterson Academy first graders Jacqueline Wright, left, and Kennedy Thomas, work through a lesson. expense report to changing students' answers on a test. Employees who do not receive 100 percent on the test have to repeat the course until they do. The training was initially implemented by former Superintendent Beverly Hall, who is among those facing charges, though Davis added the test and made it mandatory for all employees, Alford said. Other steps include installing ``automatic trigger points,'' which use technology to identify test scores that are higher or lower than expected. The district has also recruited an employee at each school to take on the role of ``ethics advocate'' to ensure employees have the resources and support they need on ethical issues. As for Davis, a former university system chancellor initially hired for three months as interim superintendent, he's focused on working through the challenges facing the district and making plans for a permanent replacement to take over sometime next year. ``I believe there is still a lot Published weekly at 3485 N. Desert Drive Suite 2109 of work to do,'' Davis said. ``I Atlanta, Georgia 30344-8125. believe, however, that we are Periodicals Postage Paid at Atlanta Mailing Offices. putting the system on a clear Publication Number 017255 path with a clear plan that the POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Atlanta Daily World, next superintendent coming in 3485 N. Desert Drive Suite 2109 Atlanta, Georgia 30344-8125. will not have to reinvent the Subscriptions: wheel. That superintendent One Year: $52 will not have to discover, as I Two Years: $85 did, the depth of the problems Forms of Payment: Check, Money Order, and the challenges that we American Express, MasterCard, VISA have.''
By ADW Staff The Cochran Firm Atlanta attorneys Jane Lamberti Sams, Shean Williams and Edtora Jones recently obtained a $17.5 million verdict on behalf of clients, Patrick and Angela Merritt, in a medical malpractice lawsuit against The Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority d/b/a Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University. The case was tried in DeKalb County State Court before Judge Wayne Purdom. The Merritt family sued anesthesiologist Dr. James Richardson and physician’s assistant Richard Nardi on behalf of their 24-year-old son, Sheriod, who was left with a severe brain injury after elective surgery went wrong on April 11, 2008. On April 9, 2008, then 19-year-old Sheriod was struck in the jaw by a stray bullet as he was leaving a Lovejoy, Ga., Wal-Mart with friends. While the wound was not life-threatening, Sheriod was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital for treatment. By April 11, doctors decided to repair Sheriod’s broken jaw even though they were aware their patient’s airway remained partially obstructed and swollen. As Sheriod was being moved from the OR table post surgery, the anesthesia team did not follow a proper extubation plan, allowing Sheriod to become uncontrollable, flip over on the bed and dislodge his endotracheal (breathing) tube. Sheriod was without oxygen for approximately 7-8 minutes as doctors tried unsuccessfully to
re-intubate his obstructed swollen airway. As a result, Sheriod suffered a severe brain injury. Testimony during the trial was very emotional. Sheriod’s father, Patrick Merritt, talked about how anxious his son was prior to surgery. He recalled, through tears, the last thing his son said to him was, “I love you, dad.” Attorney Jane Lamberti Sams told jurors, “Sheriod walked into Grady Hospital with a minor gunshot wound to the jaw and left with a severe brain injury. Sheriod’s combative behavior was foreseeable and if the anesthesiologists followed their own plan, Sheriod would have been fine.” In his closing argument, attorney Shean Williams told the jury, “Grady tried to run from their own records. The notes created by the doctors at the time of treatment clearly showed there was time to safely care for Sheriod’s airway after the surgery. With proper attention, Sheriod would be able to walk, talk, play with his son and do all the things a 24-year-old should be doing.” The jury deliberated a day-and-a-half before reaching its verdict late last month.
Georgia democrats Predict a return to Political Power Page 1 But Abrams, who is considered a brilliant, thoughtful and open-minded up-and-comer in the Democratic Party, plans to reverse that mindset. “The people react to what they remember,” opined Abrams, of DeKalb’s House District 89, which includes the communities of Candler Park, Columbia, Druid Hills, Gresham Park, Highland Park, Kelley Lake, Kirkwood, Lake Claire and South DeKalb. “The seeding of new ideas takes time. I’ve only been employing my strategy for two years and I’ve been successful.” But, she cautioned, “That’s a small success in a narrow place in a really large state.” She believes that if the state party and Better Georgia keep up the good work, the seeds will take root. “You have a coalition of groups working in tandem to create a perception and that perception becomes reality. In Georgia when it comes to politics the perceptions become reality at election time,” she asserted. “So you watch us in 2014, you watch us in 2016 and you will see that what we are saying isn’t fantasy but really is a prognostication of
our opportunities.” Her energy and optimism was dampened a bit by some doubters within the party and on the Atlanta Press Club panel. Stephen Anthony, a Georgia State University lecturer and former executive director of the state party, questioned the validity of the Democratic claims, agreeing that the panel’s prognostications were somewhat “pie-in-the-sky.” “No not at all,” he said when asked if he agreed with his party’s optimistic political forecast. “I don’t think it’s as bad as it’s been, but I disagree with many of the things that were said tonight. Democrats have got to develop a different message. One of the ways that we were able to hold the fragile coalition that we held was that we looked after the have-nots and did a little bit for the have’s also.” “Success is several years away,” he continued, “especially at the Congressional and General Assembly levels. It’s a vicious circle. With Republicans in power, they control reapportionment. And, they draw the lines their way.”
dream scholarship Essay Contest Winners announced
Local law firm Holland & Knight announced the winners of its annual Dream Scholarship Essay Contest: A Call for Tomorrow's Leaders. The contest challenges high school seniors to examine the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and share their dreams for advancing his legacy of equality and leadership. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's "Letter from a Birmingham Jail," students were given a passage from the letter and asked whether or not his words still hold true today. Pictured here, from left, are Lura Battle, Holland & Knight paralegal; Dr. Raphael Warnock, pastor at Ebenezer Baptist Church; contest winners Chassidy Mitchel, Evan Daniels, and Summer Duffy; with Caroline Tanner, Holland & Knight partner.
atlanta sailor is recruiter of the year
Special to the Daily World Navy Career Counselor Chief Petty Officer Dewayne C. Scott is an Atlanta resident and outstanding sailor in the United States Navy, who has helped hundreds of young men and women achieve their dreams through missions at home and abroad. His efforts have culminated in being named one of the Navy's 2012 Recruiters of the Year. After graduating from Southern University and working as a print billboard manager in Baton Rouge, Scott desired a change in his life. He reached out to a Navy recruiter, and found not only an organization he could be proud to be a part of, but also realized he would be given opportunities he didn’t realize were possible. Scott first began his Navy career at age 22, as a Yeoman on theUSS Nimitz (CVN68) homeported in San Diego, Calif., where he performed administrative work. He was aboard the USS Nimitz on deployment to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he was able to experience new cultures and build camaraderie with his fellow Sailors. While becoming a Yeoman was a great way to begin his Navy career, Scott knew he wanted to be a recruiter from the moment he entered the service. He saw recruiting as a way to change people’s lives and open up career paths for those who may have never realized the opportunities the
Navy provides, especially in areas where a large military presence doesn’t exist. Upon returning to shore duty, Scott began pursuing his goal of becoming a recruiter by shadowing his own recruiter to get a glimpse of what the DEWAYNE SCOTT job entailed and served as a Navy Counselor for Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Jacksonville. “My recruiter took a true interest in me. He helped direct my career path and listened to me and answered all of my questions and helped shape the man I am today,” said Scott. “I still have former recruits come to me with different issues they’re having a hard time with,” says Scott. “It’s so rewarding that even after they’ve joined the Navy, I can continue to share my experience and knowledge with them.” Now with nine years of recruiting under his belt, Scott currently serves as the Lead Chief Petty Officer for Navy Recruiting District (NRD) Atlanta, where he trains other recruiters to find the next generation of Navy leaders.
April 25 - May 1, 2013
teens take Over Woodruff art Center for ‘Voices and Vibes’ By Jay LaWrEnCE Special to ADW
Donovan Dodds and Darren Mann have been artists since they were little. Donovan became an actor when he was 5 and Darren started drawing seriously at 3. Now they are in high school and into something big – a first-of-its-kind drive to get Atlanta teens actively and deeply engaged in the wide world of the arts. It’s the Wells Fargo ArtsVibe Teen Program at the Woodruff Arts Center. It’s by teens and for teens, and it’s the first time the four divisions of the Woodruff – the High Museum of Art, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Alliance Theatre and Young Audiences – have worked together on an initiative. The idea is to get 15,000 teens from all parts of Atlanta involved in the full spectrum of the arts. Wells Fargo made a $2 million donation to the Woodruff to support the program for five years. “ArtsVibe is a way to dive deep into what I love and meet people who share the same passions – and to be inspired,” said Darren, a 17-year-old at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton. Darren now creates abstract paintings in acrylic on canvas with shapes and symbols that are “designed to make people think.” He lists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein as major influences. And he never thought about becoming involved with the Woodruff Arts Center until ArtsVibe. Now he, along with Donovan, are on the ArtsVibe Teen Council. ArtsVibe will have its coming-out party on Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, with a two-day teen takeover of the Woodruff called Voices and Vibes. On Friday the best teen talent in Atlanta will take the stage at Symphony Hall and compete for the top prize, American Idol-style. Saturday afternoon will be a “teen hangout” day with live music, dancing, drum circles, workshops and more. It’s all free, and as many as 3,000 teens are expected at the Woodruff. Free tickets for Friday evening’s event are at www.artsvibe.com. On Saturday, no
advance tickets are required. “I’m really excited about Voices & Vibes,” said Donovan, a 16-year-old at the Galloway School. “It’s a cool way to get teens to the Woodruff for a two-day party and introduce them to ArtsVibe. And I love ArtsVibe because it gives teens a comfortable space to create and share their art.” Said Mike Donnelly, Atlanta region president for Wells Fargo, “You hear so much the need for constructive activities for teens. This is the ticket — and it’s all free. This combines three things that are important to us – kids, education and the arts – and it will help our young people be successful in life.”
The U.S. Business Group of Sun Life Financial Inc. has announced it is accepting Sun Life Rising Star Award grant applications from nonprofit organizations in the greater Atlanta area that advocate for youth from under-served communities. Applications are available at sunliferisingstar.com. The deadline for submissions is June 7. Sun Life will award two winning organizations with a $50,000 grant, who will each nominate an exemplary student to receive a $5,000 Sun Life Rising Star scholarship towards financing a college education. To be considered for a Sun Life Rising Star Award grant, organizations must have 501(c) (3)
tax-exempt status, promote skills that directly translate to educational success in high school to students under the age of 21 and be aligned with a secondary or post-secondary educational institution. In each city, a judging panel comprised of the foremost government officials, community, education and business leaders will evaluate the applications and student nominations. Student nominees must be high school seniors actively involved in an organization that shares the Sun Life Rising Star Awards’ mission; they must also plan to pursue post-secondary education, exhibit leadership qualities, and demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities.
sun Life Financial to award $110,000 to non-Profits
April 25 - May 1, 2013
Time Unveils List of 100 Most Influential People in the World By ADW Staff
TIME magazine has unveiled the 10th annual TIME 100, which lists the 100 most influential people in the world. African-Americans who made the list this year include Beyoncé; California Attorney General Kamala Harris, LeBron James, Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, musician Miguel, President Barack and Michelle Obama, singer Frank Ocean, writer/producer Shonda Rhimes and Jay Z. For each of the 100 entries, TIME recruited a different celebrity writer. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, wrote the one for Jay-Z, “The Great Gatsby” director Baz Luhrmann penned his love for Beyoncé (she contributed to the film’s soundtrack), and John Legend did the one for Frank Ocean. Michele Obama was written by Maya Angelou and Shonda Rhimes was written by Oprah Winfrey. Michelle Obama by Maya Angelou: "The philosophers tell us that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Mrs. Obama is as if it doesn’t touch her. She hasn’t tried to become anybody else’s idea of the First Lady…. That she would dare to wear clothes off the rack. Or go out and garden. Or have a grandmother in the White House. She knows how to be a public creature without being separate from her family. " Jay-Z by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: [Jay-Z's] an artist-entrepreneur who stands at the center of culture and commerce in 21st century America, and his
influence stretches across races, religions and regions. He’s never forgotten his roots — “Empire State of Mind” was a love song to our city — and as a co-owner of the NBA Nets, he helped bring a major league sports team back to Brooklyn, not far from his old neighborhood. In nearly everything he’s tried, he’s found success. (He even put a ring on Beyoncé.) And in doing so, he’s proved that the American Dream is alive and well. Miguel by critic Douglas Wolk: The survival of the Black pop tradition isn’t just a matter of preserving its history — although Miguel does that too: the soul seducer’s Grammy-winning hit single “Adorn” ingeniously evokes Marvin Gaye’s “Sexual Healing” and “Let’s Get It On.” What has nourished that tradition over the past 70 years, though — what has kept it not just alive but thriving — is what makes Miguel’s recent music so special: constant innovation, formal daring, unexpected sources of inspiration, and emotional directness. Beyoncé by director Baz Luhrmann: She and Jay Z are the royal couple of culture, and she is the queen bee. She’s gone beyond being a popular singer, even beyond being a pop-cultural icon. When Beyoncé does an album, when Beyoncé sings a song, when Beyoncé does anything, it’s an event, and it’s broadly influential. Right now, she is the heir-apparent diva of the USA — the reigning national voice.
Riding the Market Roller Coaster By riCK rOdGErs, CFP Special to ADW
The stock market’s drop in April, after the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed in March at its first new high since the Great Panic of 2008, has prompted a lot of conflicting predictions from analysts. Some say it marks the end of an impressive bull market, while others say it’s just the beginning of a much larger rally. These predictions may or may not turn out to be correct -- and they leave the investor confused. However, as with the downturn four years ago, there are smart financial moves everyone can make to potentially take advantage when and if the market rebounds. Rebalance -- Rebalancing is the process of correcting an asset allocation that has become over-weighted or under-weighted due to a market fluctuation. In layman’s terms, it is the process of bringing all your investments back into a predefined mix of equities and fixed income assets. Donate Appreciated Securities – Anyone charitable minded may have a perfect opportunity to meet donation goals and double their tax savings using appreciated securities during a market high. Provided you have owned the security for at least a year, you can donate the asset and use the current market value as a deduction on your taxes. Exercise Stock Options -- Stock compensation is an important tool of
corporations today in attracting and retaining key employees. Many executives find a significant portion of their compensation being paid in the form of stock options. A market high may be an excellent time to exercise some of your vested stock options if your company stock participated in the market rally. Net Unrealized Appreciation (NUA) strategy -- Withdraw company stock from your 401(k) and, instead of rolling it into an IRA, transfer it to a taxable brokerage account. There are strict rules to follow so consult a financial adviser who is experienced with this transaction before proceeding. Stop Timing the Market – The Great Panic in 2008 and 2009 scared many investors out of stocks entirely. The past four years may have been a missed opportunity as these investors waited on the sidelines for the right time to get back in. You will never know when the stock market is going to go down or when it will recover. The good news is you don’t have to know. Devise a solid financial plan using an asset-allocation strategy that divides your money between a diversified equity portfolio and fixed income. Rebalance your portfolio periodically to take advantage of stock market volatility. The famous investor Peter Lynch said, "Far more money has been lost by investors preparing for corrections, or trying to anticipate corrections, than has been lost in corrections themselves."
For the first time, the issue features seven separate covers, each featuring a member of the TIME 100. Jennifer Lawrence, Elon Musk, Rand Paul, Malala Yousafzai and Jay Z each appear solo on the five domestic split covers.
adrienne Lofton shaw is Chief Marketing Officer for dockers
Special to ADW The Dockers brand has announced that Adrienne Lofton Shaw has joined the company as vice president and chief marketing officer. In this role, she will be responsible for creating and leading the Dockers brand strategy and overseeing Dockers global marketing efforts. Lofton Shaw brings extensive global marketing experience across a variety of industries. Most recently, she was the senior marketing director at Under Armour Inc., responsible for the global brand strategy for men's, women's and youth products, as well as accessories. Lofton Shaw played an integral roll in successfully launching and developing a women's marketing strategy, brand positioning and voice. Prior to working at Under Armour Inc., Lofton Shaw held marketing positions at Target Corporation, General Motors Planworks/Starcom MediaVest and Gap Inc.
Billion dollar roundtable held by Georgia Minority Business Group
Supplier Diversity Manager Jacqui Wales of Staples attends a work session at the Billion Dollar Roundtable held during the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council’s (GMSDC’s) Business Opportunity Conference and Expo (BOE) held last week. The special corporatemember-only session covered strategic goals and supplier diversity best practices. The BOE is the GMSDC’s flagship small business development event, attracting more than 400 attendees from the nation’s
leading corporations and most promising minority firms.
April 25 - May 1, 2013
Babies, Mommas and drama on ‘Mommy Uncensored’ Web series
By CharLOttE rOy ADW Managing Editor The Web series Mommy Uncensored is packing up its Sippy cups and diaper bags to get ready for a new season. According to Justin Jordan, co-creator and director, Season Two is raucous and real on a “whole new level.” Complex story lines deal with strained friendship, cheating, insecurities, the objectification of women in media, domestic life, among others. “We've added great actors and directors to the team, who come from the Big Screen and Broadway,” he said The show follows the trials and tribulations of Karen Wright as she tries to juggle motherhood, marriage and the manic moments intrinsic to both. Based on the real-life experiences of Justin and his wife, Charity Jordan, the show became an instant hit with mothers everywhere during season one. Co-creator and star, Charity, shares in the secrets for what’s coming up. “Season Two is juicy! In season one,
Old school with tony! toni! toné! at WolfCreek
Special to ADW
The Affordable Old School Concert Series is a four-show concert series designed to expose and entertain a diverse audience with a variety of old-school hip-hop and R&B music. Guardians of the soul and funk tradition, Tony! Toni! Toné!, will take command of the stage at the Wolf Creek Amphitheater on Saturday, May 4, in the first of four concerts in an Old School Series. The multi-gold record and double platinum album-holding group will perform their hit R&B singles along with Whodini, Silk, and Chubb Rock. Comedian J.J. Williamson will round out the list of music talent. Tony! Toni! Toné! released their fourth album, House of Music, in the fall of 1996. They continued to produce hit singles such
as the memorable "Feels Good," "Anniversary," “It Never Rains in Southern California” and "Whatever You Want" all topping the R&B charts. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. with The Planet Jazz All-Stars featuring Phillipia opening the show. The doors will open two hours prior to show time in order to allow concert-goers time to bring in their own food, beverages and coolers. Wolf Creek Amphitheater will also have several food and beverage vendors on site for patrons who choose not to bring in their own food and beverages. Tickets are on sale now at www.TicketAlternative.com (877-725-8879). Visit the Wolf Creek Amphitheater website at www.WolfCreekAmphitheater.com for any additional updates.
Karen was trying to keep her head above water and adapt to the new responsibilities that came along with motherhood. In season two, Karen's home life has begun to stabilize as she settles into her new role as Mommy. Now, motherhood is affecting her relationships – how she relates to others and how others relate to her.” Justin adds, “Mommy Uncensored is the first show I've seen that keeps it real on parenthood, and the daily struggles a mom (and dad) face to maintain one's identity, social life, and marriage in the world of diapers and minivans. These are our lived-in stories for everyone who's had an awkward moment, like mis-congratulating a non-pregnant woman. The show is fun, real and therapeutic comedy for every mom and dad who's felt the pressure of cashing in their cool points for onesies.” Season Two can be seen on youtube.com/MommyUncensored.
‘to Kill a Mockingbird’ Opens in norcross, runs through May 12
Bob Smith plays Atticus and Louie Love plays Tom Robinson in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Lionheart Theater in Norcross, Ga. The play, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Harper Lee, is directed by Joanie McElroy. It opens on April 26 and shows run Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through May 12. For more information, visit http://www.lionhearttheatre.org/#LWW or call 678-938-8518.
ramsey Lewis to headline Jazz Under the stars Benefit Concert Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis will headline the Clark Atlanta University (CAU) Guild’s 20th annual Jazz Under the Stars Benefit Concert Saturday, May 4, at 7 p.m. on the Harkness Hall Quadrangle on CAU’s campus, 223 James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. Hosted by the CAU Guild with UPS as the presenting sponsor, the concert will provide scholarships to CAU students in the performing arts and will be held rain or shine. The CAU Jazz Vocal Ensemble and the Jazz Orchestra also will perform. Special tributes will be made to mark this milestone year, and live and silent auctions will take place.
Composer, pianist and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis has been referred to as “the great performer,” a title reflecting his performance style and musical selections, stemming from his early gospel music and classical training, along with his love of jazz and other musical forms. Since 1992, the CAU Guild, which includes some of Atlanta’s most influential women, has raised nearly $1.8 million in scholarships. Corporate tables and sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $60 each. A table for 10 is $600. For additional information and tickets, call 404-880-8136.
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spelman Wellness revolution Led by tatum
Photo By Julie Yarbrough for Spelman College
Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum recently led off the college’s inaugural Wellness Revolution 5K Run/Walk. The run/walk supports President Tatum’s quest to have a direct impact on lowering the percentage of Black women who face serious health challenges, and forge a new health and wellness path for the Spelman community. The program also featured coordinated activities for runners and walkers, as well as fitness classes, health and wellness information, and light refreshments.
race issues impact Well-Off Black Expectant Mothers also
While many medical researchers and social theorists have most often focused on the plight of underclass Black women, three notable researchers have turned their attention to the impact of racial and gender stressors on African-American expectant mothers who present the image of the "American dream" by virtue of their educational, professional and economic attainment. The results of this pioneering, three-year study, "Contextualized Stress, Global Stress, and Depression in Well-Educated, Pregnant, African-American Women," published by Fleda Mask Jackson, Ph.D., Diane L. Rowley, M.D., M.P.H., and Tracy Curry Owens, Ph.D., reveal that the shroud of Blackness and the mantle of gender are no less impactful on the psyche of middle- and upper-class African-American women, despite the prestige and security associated with university degrees, corner offices and money in the bank. The findings suggest that well-educated, pregnant, African-American women are as disproportionately at risk for adverse birth outcomes as their less fortunate "sisters," and that the depression linked to their stress has been established as a significant contributor to poor birth outcomes. Race and gender matter in the lives of African-American women. Their significance provides the context for how these women experience stress in the places where they live, work, and go about their daily lives. This study further demonstrates the level to which these experiences are inextricably linked to race,
gender, and class inequities. “While expectant mothers of all persuasions are driven to contemplate the role of parenting, pregnant African-American women also bear the additional and horrendous burden of considering the world into which their children will be born -- a world that offers little Black and Brown babies fewer opportunities for growth and development and greater opportunities to confront the evils of prejudice, bigotry, discrimination and racial profiling,” the study says. The evidence appears to be indisputable – that African-American women from all socioeconomic backgrounds experience higher rates of poor pregnancy outcomes, preterm births, small-for-gestational-age babies, and infant mortality than women from other racial and ethnic groups who are less educated, unemployed, and uninsured. The link between the stress experienced by African-American women and depression has implications for postpartum depression and depression across the life course. “What is most important about this newest research is that its findings issue a clarion call to health care professionals and local communities about the importance of being responsive to the unique individual and environmental-level stressors that jeopardize the health of an entire community -- the expectant mothers, unborn babies, and families of all African-American women, regardless of their educational, professional, social or economic standing,” the researchers conclude.
April 25 - May 1, 2013
the United states of depression? tips for Maintaining Balance
By ADW Staff
It’s no wonder nearly one in 10 Americans suffers from depression. “Top risk factors include being unable to work or unemployed; having no health insurance; suffering from obesity,” notes psychologist Gregory L. Jantz, citing a Centers for Disease Control study. “Unfortunately, those topics have dominated headlines for the past five years. What’s worse, by 2020, the World Health Organization estimates depression will be second most debilitating disease worldwide.” The author of “Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Fear,” (www.aplaceofhope.com) says these negative emotions along with sustained, excessive stress can lead to depression, which now overshadows other problems for which patients seek help at his clinic. “Depression can be rooted in a number of problems, and those need to be addressed – simply taking a pill is not usually effective treatment. Anger, fear and guilt can all be underlying causes, even when the person isn’t aware he’s experiencing those feelings.” A holistic treatment approach, which may or may not include medication, helps people overcome a bout of the debilitating illness, and learn techniques to manage it themselves, he says. People at risk of depression can work at maintaining their emotional equilibrium by counterbalancing negative feelings with optimism, hope, and joy. This is most effective if they do this holistically, addressing the four main categories of human need. “By purposefully feeding the intellectual, relational, physical, and spiritual aspects of your life positive emotions, you can achieve balance,” Jantz says. He offers these suggestions: • Intellectual: Be aware of what you’re feeding to your mind. Try reading a positive, uplifting book, and setting aside
time in your day to fill yourself up intellectually with constructive, encouraging messages. Be aware of what you are reading and listening to, and seek to counter the negative input we all get with positive influences. • Relational: Think of a person you really enjoy talking to, someone who makes you feel good about yourself or someone who’s just fun to be around. Plan today to spend time with that person this week, even if it’s just for a moment or two. Make the effort to verbalize your appreciation for his or her positive presence in your day. • Physical: Physical activity is a wonderful way of promoting emotional health. Engage in some mild exercise this week. Take a walk around the neighborhood. Stroll through a city park. The goals are to get your body moving and to allow you to focus on something other than yourself and your surroundings. Greet your neighbors, stop at the park and watch someone playing with his dog, or cheer at a Little League game. Intentionally open up your focus to include the broader world around you. • Spiritual Support: Take some time to nourish your spirit. If you are a member of a religious organization, make sure to attend services this week. If you are not, listen to some religious or meditative music. Spend time in quiet reflection, meditation, or prayer. Intentionally engage in an activity that replenishes and reconnects your spirit. If you are not depressed but feel anxious and stressed, have trouble sleeping or find you’re not content much of the time, Jantz says it’s time to start taking care of yourself. “Depression is painful and as debilitating as any other disease,” he says. “Take steps to de-stress your life and to work on emotional balance before it gets worse.”
Children's healthcare of atlanta Launches new Concussion Web Portal Special to ADW Georgia’s newly signed "Returnto-Play Act of 2013" aims to improve the management of concussions in school and recreational leagues around the state. As part of its role in preventing, diagnosing and treating concussion patients, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has launched a new online portal equipped with extensive videos and resources to help primary care physicians and first-response caregivers -- coaches, athletic trainers, nurses and families -- provide appropriate
and effective care to people impacted by concussions. Developed by the Children's Concussion Program, the web portal can be accessed at www.choa.org/concussiontools and will help health professionals and athletic leaders recognize and treat concussions using evidence-based tools, guidelines and research. The goal is to prevent serious, long-term injuries that could have been avoided through immediate proper care of a concussion.
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a heart-to-heart discussion about Blood Pressure in african americans By CharLOttE rOy ADW Managing Editor
April is National Minority Health Month, a time to increase awareness of diseases and health conditions that disproportionately impact minorities. African Americans are one group of minorities that are more likely to have certain conditions, and hypertension -- or high blood pressure -- is one of them. While anyone can develop hypertension, research shows that African Americans are 40 percent more likely than Caucasians to have the condition. High blood pressure is a chronic medical condition in which blood pressure levels are elevated. It’s important to know that high blood pressure can lead to heart attack and stroke. David S. Kountz, M.D., President, International Society on Hypertension in Blacks (ISHIB), understands the concerns many African-Americans face when diagnosed with high blood pressure. To help African-Americans manage the condition, Dr. Kountz talked to the Atlanta Daily World and answered key questions about high blood pressure. He also shared his thoughts on lifestyle modifications and medications that can help to lower high blood pressure. adW: How is your blood pressure level measured? dr. Kountz: Blood pressure is measured using two numbers – the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure. • The systolic number, which is read first, measures the pressure in blood vessels as the heart beats. • The diastolic number, which is read second, measures the pressure in your blood vessels between heartbeats. Your doctor is the best person to evaluate your blood pressure measurements. adW: How prevalent is hypertension in the African-American community? dr. Kountz: Compared to Caucasians and Hispanic Americans, African Americans develop hypertension at an earlier age and to a more severe degree. More African-American women than men have hypertension. African Americans with hypertension also face a three times greater risk of stroke than Caucasians with the
condition. The good news is that African Americans are more likely to be aware that they have high blood pressure and to get treatment. adW: What are some of the symptoms that may signal high blood pressure? dr. Kountz: Hypertension typically has no symptoms, so it’s important you visit your doctor and have your blood pressure checked regularly. Only your doctor can determine whether you have hypertension. adW: Are there risk factors for African Americans that contribute to the development of hypertension? dr. Kountz: There are risk factors associated with the development of high blood pressure that apply to everyone. These may include: • Age. As we age, our risk of developing high blood pressure increases. About 67 percent of American men 75 years and older have hypertension. For women 75 years and older, the proportion is higher – more than 78 percent have high blood pressure. • Family History. Genetics can play a part in the development of hypertension. • Lifestyle habits. Consuming too much salt or alcohol, smoking or failing to exercise regularly are risk factors. • Overweight or obesity. You’re more likely to develop high blood pressure if you’re overweight or obese.
regularly and eating a healthy diet – and medication, if prescribed. Your doctor will consider your risk factors and other health conditions to determine your blood pressure goal and treatment plan. It’s important to know your goal and to work with your doctor to reach it.
adW: How can you help manage your high blood pressure after a diagnosis? dr. Kountz: It’s important to work with your doctor to create a personalized plan to manage blood pressure. This plan may include lifestyle changes – such as exercising
adW: In addition to diet and exercise, what are some other ways you can help manage high blood pressure? dr. Kountz: When diet and exercise alone aren’t enough to lower blood pressure to your goal, your doctor may prescribe medication. If needed, your physician will work with you to find a medication that works for you, and you should take it as directed. For example, Edarbyclor (azilsartan medoxomil and chlorthalidone, an angiotensin II receptor blocker/diuretic fixed-dose combination) is a medication that is used to treat hypertension. In one 12-week clinical study of patients with moderate to severe hypertension, Edarbyclor 40/25 mg was shown to lower systolic blood pressure in patients more than Benicar HCT 40/25 mg, another hypertension medication. This result was similar across patient-groups tested, including African Americans. Not all medications or treatment plans are right for everyone, so you should speak to your doctor to develop a plan right for you.
Statistically, the rate of African-American mothers who breastfeed was almost 55 percent, which is up 35 percent since the 1970s. Although these rates have improved, African-American women are still the lowest of all ethnicities living in the U.S., especially within those living in the South. This difference in the rates may show that AfricanAmerican moms face issues meeting breastfeeding objectives and may need additional assistance to start and continue breastfeeding. It’s Only Natural was developed to equip new moms with practical information and emotional support from
peers, as well as tips and education about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to make it work in their own lives. All of the material is uniquely crafted for AfricanAmerican women. Materials include: • video testimonials from new moms talking about the challenges they have overcome, providing breast feeding tips, sharing their individual stories, and much more; • articles on a variety of topics ranging from laws supporting breastfeeding to how to fit breastfeeding into your daily life; • two fact sheets, which contain proper holding and latching techniques, as well as information on managing discomfort and how much milk is enough; and • radio public service announcements. To learn more about the campaign, visit www.womenshealth.gov/ItsOnlyNatural.
Education Campaign Encourages Black Moms to Breastfeed their Babies Special to ADW The U.S. Surgeon General has announced a public education campaign that will focus on raising awareness among African-American moms on the significance of breastfeeding. "One of the most highly-effective preventive measures a mother can take to protect the health of her infant and herself is to breastfeed," said Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, surgeon general. "By raising awareness, the success rate among mothers who want to breastfeed can be greatly improved through active support from their families, their friends and the community.” The “It’s Only Natural” campaign was designed to provide material that reveals the experience of African-American moms said Benjamin, who noted breastfeeding gives mothers and their babies a healthy start. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention determined nearly 80 percent of all U.S. women, in spite of status, race or income, start out breastfeeding.
Better Business Bureau: The Truth Behind Weight Loss Ads
By ADW Staff Summer is just around the corner and so are the endless advertisements for weight loss. Common sense will tell you that cutting down on your caloric intake and exercising are your best bets for shedding those extra pounds. But just in case, The Better Business Bureau (BBB) provides some helpful information and tips on what to be aware of when looking for ways to lose weight. Claims to watch out for include: Lose weight without diet or exercise! -- Getting to a healthy weight takes work. Take a pass on any product that promises miraculous results without the effort. The only thing lost will be money. Lose weight no matter how much you eat of your favorite foods! -- Beware of any product that claims that you can eat all the high-calorie food you want and still lose weight. Losing weight requires sensible food choices. Filling up on healthy vegetables and fruits can make it easier to say no to fattening sweets and snacks. Lose weight permanently! never diet again! -Permanent weight loss requires permanent lifestyle changes. Don’t trust any product that promises once-and-for-all results without ongoing maintenance. Just take a pill! -- Doctors, dieticians, and other experts agree that there’s simply no magic way to lose weight without diet or exercise. Even pills approved by FDA to block the absorption of fat or help you eat less and feel full are to be taken
with a low-calorie, low-fat diet and regular exercise. Lose 30 pounds in 30 days! Losing weight at the rate of a pound or two a week is the most effective way to take it off and keep it off. At best, products promising lightning-fast weight loss are a scam. At worst, they can ruin your health. Everybody will lose weight! -- Your habits and health concerns are unique. There is no one-size-fits-all product guaranteed to work for everyone. Team up with your health care provider to design a nutrition and exercise program suited to your lifestyle and metabolism. Lose weight with our miracle diet patch or cream! -- You’ve seen the ads for diet patches or creams that claim to melt away the pounds. Don’t believe them. There’s nothing you can wear or apply to your skin that will cause you to lose weight. acai Berry supplements in the “news” -- More and more, scam artists are exploiting people’s trust in well-known news organizations by setting up fake news sites with the logos of legitimate news organizations to peddle their wares. In particular, sites claiming to be objective news sources may describe a so-called "investigation" of the effectiveness of acai berry dietary supplements for weight loss. These sites are a marketing ploy created to sell acai berry supplements. tainted Weight Loss Products -- In the last few years, FDA has discovered hundreds of dietary supplements containing drugs or other chemicals, often in products for weight loss and bodybuilding. These extras generally aren't
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listed on the label — and might even be sold with false and misleading claims like “100% natural” and “safe.” They could cause serious side effects or interact in dangerous ways with medicines or other supplements you're taking. Electronic Muscle stimulators -- You might have seen ads for electronic muscle stimulators claiming they will tone, firm, and strengthen abdominal muscles, help you lose weight, or get rock hard abs. But according to the FDA, while these devices may temporarily strengthen, tone, or firm a muscle, no electronic muscle stimulator device alone will give you “six-pack” abs. Always check with your doctor before starting any weight loss plan. And be sure to check out any company with the BBB at www.bbb.org before you do business. The Renfrew Center, the nation’s first residential eating disorder treatment facility and the largest network of eating disorder treatment centers, has opened a facility in Atlanta, its 12th nationwide. Like the other centers, it specializes in the treatment of anorexia, bulimia, eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDNOS), binge eating disorder, and related mental illnesses. The new facility is located at 50 Glenlake Parkway, Suite 120, in the suburb of Sandy Springs.
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itC’s dr. steven rasor retires televangelist Juanita Bynum after 28 years of service arrested
By ADW Staff Interdenominational Theological Center’s (ITC) Dr. Steven Rasor will be honored as he retires after more than 28 years of contributions to the school. His work included serving as professor of Sociology of Religion and director of the Doctor of Ministry Programs. The retirement celebration will include a celebration luncheon followed by ITC’s First Annual Doctor of Ministry Conference On Friday, May 10, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The theme of the conference is “Leaders Impacting the Church and the Global Community through the Doctor of Ministry Education.” The event is open to the public, however advance registration is required. Tickets are $20 for both luncheon and conference, $15 for only one. The Interdenominational Theological Center, Costen Lifelong Education Building, is located at 700 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30314. Contact MBerry@itc.edu or 404-527-7795 for more information and to make register. The Doctor of Ministry Program offers clergy of all denominations the highest
professional degree available. The goal of the Doctor of Ministry Programs at ITC is to attract, support, educate, and nurture women and men in leadership in Christ’s church and the world who require professional education beyond the level of the M.Div. and who are capable of fulfilling the mission of the institution. The degree program is offered in collaboration with the Atlanta Theological Association (ATA) to qualified men and women currently engaged in ministry. The ATA is composed of Interdenominational Theological Center, Candler School of Theology, Columbia Theological Seminary, Erskine Theological Seminary, and the Georgia Association for Pastoral Care. The program has three primary tracks related to the Church and Ministry, Military Chaplaincy, or Specialty in Pastoral Care.
By ADW Staff
Popular televangelist Juanita Bynum was arrested and spent the night in jail on a warrant charging that she failed to appear in court for a civil proceeding against her, reports DallasNews.com. She spent the night in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center and was released after appearing in court the next day. Bynum was ordered to pay $140,000 to ALW Entertainment, promoter Al Wash’s company. She didn’t perform in a play he compensated her for, and he was awarded the judgment against her in 2007. Bynum was ordered to repay Wash in installments, but she has not paid the judgment. This failure led the judge to order her to return to court. The judge issued a warrant for her arrest when she failed to appear at that hearing. Though the situation remains unresolved, Bynum and Wash’s attorneys hope the case is settled soon. David Small, Wash’s attorney, said he anticipates recuperating the due funds soon. “[Juanita] has disclosed the whereabouts
of her assets and her business dealings,” he explained. This isn’t the first controversy Bynum has been involved in. Her former husband, the Rev. Thomas Weeks, assaulted her in 2008. He pled guilty and was sentenced to probation, anger management counseling and community service. The couple divorced in June 2008.
new iPhone app Offers Virtual tour Of Jerusalem By ADW Staff
A new Iphone app called "Bible Travels" offers a virtual tour to Christian sites in Jerusalem. A comprehensive virtual tour on Jerusalem, which took almost two years to assemble, the guide features more than 150 pages of animated photos taken by several landscape photographers, along with related biblical quotes, moving maps and historical information on all sites, as well. The app could be useful for those traveling to Jerusalem and could be educational for those who cannot visit. It is user friendly for all ages. The guide offers a close look at sites such as: Via Dolorosa, Mount Zion, Mount of Olives, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Town of Ein Kerem, the old city gates and walls and more. "Bible Travels" is available in the iphone app store.
:60 in the World with . . . EsPn’s Mike tirico
By dan BEEsOn Special to ADW Mike Tirico, 46, known throughout the sports world, is perhaps one of ESPN’s most versatile personalities. Joining the four-letter network more than 20 years ago, Tirico has handled broadcast duties for ESPN’s Thursday night college football, PGA golf, U.S. Open tennis, NBA and college basketball, but he is perhaps best known for handling play-by-play duties alongside the colorful John Gruden for the network’s signature Monday Night Football telecasts. The Daily World caught up with Tirico at the Masters earlier this month. adW: I’ve tried on several occasions to chat with you at Augusta National. You’re a moving target! How many Masters Tournaments have you worked now? Mt: Oh my. What, nine or 10? adW: As a youngster, could you even fathom
broadcasting from the hallowed grounds of Augusta National? Mt: Well, I’d say as a kid I didn’t ever envision calling golf, as I wasn’t playing golf as much as other sports. But golf on television didn’t really boom until the early 1990’s, so there wasn’t really this big pool of jobs available to call golf. Before that, there were only three networks calling golf, and only well-established people doing it. So I was doing more traditional stuff, like football and college basketball. But I loved the sport, always appreciated it, and the job opportunities evolved over time. adW: It’s a bit of an homage to you that the bosses at ESPN decided upon you for Monday Night Football play-byplay, but also saw a role for you broadcasting golf. Mt: Well, I think being a “Sportscenter” anchor early on in my career, where you touch all the sports and understand the innate differences, helped prepare me for that. It’s so hard to compare TV today to TV 20 years ago, when very few games were broadcast. Now literally every game is broadcast, and there are a dozen different networks with broadcast teams. There are critics out there combing through everything you do and say. So much has changed, and I’m just fortunate to have rolled with the punches.
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adW: Allow me to switch gears a bit. You wear so many hats at ESPN, what do you do to relax? Mt: Well, it’s great to be busy. I spend time with my family. I have two children. We take vacations here and there. I get to actually play some golf. To spend time doing the things you love away from work are so important. It starts and ends with my family for sure. adW: What do people most admire about you? Mt: Most definitely they tell me how lucky I am to have the job I have, to go to so many different places, and [to be] a part of so many diverse sporting events. Not a week goes by that someone doesn’t bump into me and say, ‘You’ve got the greatest job in the world.’ I agree with them. adW: So 10 years from now, will you be taking over for Al Michaels at NBC? Mt: Al’s got a great job at NBC. I love my job. I love what I do. I will serve as long as they continue to ask me to. I love the opportunity to be a part of so many different things. I worry about today a lot more than I do tomorrow. If this is the top of the mountain for me, I’ll walk away from this business quite pleased.
Former nBa all-star helps Free innocent Georgians By ADW Staff
The Georgia Innocence Project (GIP) has announced a donation from former NBA All-Star and long-time GIP supporter Joe Barry Carroll that will help the organization's efforts to exonerate wrongfully imprisoned Georgians. Carroll funded the salary of Melissa Arends, a newly-hired administration/operations manager and GIP's second full-time staff member. "Funding this salary is an extension of my past work with the Georgia Innocence Project in making financial contributions and assisting exonerees on the practical issues they face as they attempt to reconstruct their lives,” said Carroll. “I remain excited about the work that GIP is doing with the use of DNA to provide justice for the wrongly
incarcerated.” He continued, “It breaks my heart that innocent men and women continue to be incarcerated for crimes that they did not commit. Much of this tragedy is preventable. Funding this staff position is my effort to help. I am hopeful that others sensitive to our cause will join in and make a contribution of cash, talent, or other resources.” Prior to Carroll's offer to fully fund the position, GIP's only staff consisted of an executive director and a part-time administrative assistant. The staff collaborates with attorney volunteers and law student interns who help process cases. Since its establishment in 2002, GIP has received more than 5,400 requests for assistance and is currently investigating over 200 cases. Aimee Maxwell, Georgia Innocence director and chief counsel, said, “I am thrilled with Joe's
Pictured, from left, is former NBA All Star Joe Barry Carroll with Georgia exoneree and GIP board member Calvin Harrison and Texas exoneree Ronnie Taylor.
contribution and what that represents. By totally funding the salary of a full-time office administrator, he has changed the landscape of GIP and potentially the lives of Georgia families. We are currently investigating over 200 cases and this donation is invaluable in helping us provide justice that has been denied.”
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SPECIAL COMMENTARY By VELMA MAIA THOMAS
the Odd Fellows Buildings
Editor’s Note: Velma Maia Thomas delivered this history at the recent centennial celebration hosted by The Odd Fellows Buildings owner and restorer Janis Perkins. One hundred years ago all of black Atlanta was abuzz. The soullifting occasion? The opening of the Odd Fellows Buildings on Auburn Avenue. Soul lifting because the unveiling signaled a new era for the “Negro Race.” The Odd Fellows Buildings—the office tower and auditorium—represented the genius of a people 50 years removed from slavery. Just a few facts about the Odd Fellows Buildings: They were built under the leadership of Benjamin Jefferson Davis, District Grand Secretary of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. Davis was a leading black republican, a visionary and editor of the Atlanta Independent, considered the most radical newspaper in the South. Under his direction the Georgia District of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows grew to 33,000 members. By 1912 it was considered the wealthiest black fraternal organization in the South. The Odd Fellows office tower was financed at a cost exceeding $100,000. That would be more than $2.3 million dollars today. The complex was built on-time and debt free! So important was the structure that it was featured in the NAACP’s Crisis Magazine, edited by W. E.B. DuBois. This was quite a compliment as DuBois and Davis rarely saw eye-to-eye. So important was the complex that renowned leader Booker T. Washington gave dedication remarks at the opening of the Auditorium. So important was the grand opening of the tower that several thousand people, everyday people, attended the opening ceremony, and several thousand had to be turned away. Walk with me, if you will, in the footsteps of those who first stood What did they see? In the Atlanta Independent newspaper, April 5, 1913, we find: “The dedication of the Odd Fellows office and fraternal building last Tuesday evening was perhaps the most stupendous effort on business lines ever undertaken and carried out to the success of the Negro race in the United States. The exercises were held in the main auditorium of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church and this most spacious edifice was packed to overflowing long before the time set for the entertainment to begin. It is estimated that there were in excess of five thousand persons who stood outside and who could not get admission even to stand. Distinguished churchmen, leading business and professional men, artisans mechanics, laboring people, students, women and children of every creed, turned out en masse. Bishop [Joseph] Flipper uppermost in the hearts of everybody, presided in his own inimitable manner and the program was executed on the minute…The exercises over, the public was invited to make inspec-
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tion of the building and it was a sight to behold… . The contractor Mr. R.E. Pharrow has executed one of the most perfect pieces of mechanical art to be found in the country. Its broad hallways, magnificent in white marble and mosaic tiling, the superb double Otis elevators, the perfection in their line, the brilliant electric lights that turned night into day, the splendidly appointed offices of Negro business and professional men, and the click of scores of typewriters mark a new birth for the Negro in Georgia, and an inspiration to the race as could scarcely be dreamed.” Later that year, Booker T. Washington traveled to Atlanta to view the Odd Fellows tower. He wrote in the Atlanta Independent of his impression of the edifice: “In every way I found that this building represented the rapid upward march of the colored people of Atlanta and of Georgia at large. Negro ambition conceived the vision, Negro brains devised the plans, Negro money paid for the brick and mortar and Negro hands and brains placed the building there. …Fifty years ago it is doubtful if there was a set of Negroes in the world who could do what the contractor, Mr. R.E. Pharrow, has done in constructing such a monument of Negro progress.” Black businesses soon filled the office tower. There we would find a Negro bank, tailor shop, barber shop, café, two soda fountains and the Black Amusement Company. There were 42 offices on the second and third floors, leased by lawyers, doctors, real estate men and insurance men. The fourth floor held the offices of the Atlanta Independent newspaper. Fifth and six floors were reserved for lodge meetings. Practically every room in the building was rented. Rent in all yield 11 percent interest on a $100,000 investment. It housed the elegant roof garden for fine dining and entertainment, and later the Bailey’s Royal Theatre, the only theatre in Atlanta where African Americans could sit on the main floor. The following year, in 1914, the 1,500 seat Auditorium opened to tremendous excitement. Booker T. Washington gave dedication remarks. Come with me if you will and enjoy the fanfare! “The opening of the Odd Fellows $100,000 Auditorium by Booker T. Washington Tuesday night was a epoch maker in the history of the race….The ovation given him by the citizens of Atlanta and the Odd Fellows in particular was only worthy of the man. He arrived in the city Tuesday at 2:25 p.m. and was met at the Terminal Station by a committee of representative citizens in automobiles. The committee reception was made up of leading clergy, business and working men. Mechanics, preachers, teachers, lawyers and newspaper men constituted the committee. He was driven from the Terminal Station down Mitchell to Whitehall, down Whitehall to Auburn, down Auburn to the Gate City Drug Store where the committee of thirty briefly was entertained by that prince good fellow, Dr. Moses Amos. The procession of automobiles was led by Dr. A.D. Jones and District Grand Master B.S. Ingram. From the drug store
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the party was driven to Morris Brown University where the student body was addressed by Principal Booker T. Washington, Secretary E. J. Scott and Editor B.J. Davis. Hon. Henry Lincoln Johnson acted as Master of Ceremonies assisted by President Fountain. After the entertainment was over at Morris Brown, a select party was driven to the spacious home of Hon. A.F. Herndon on University Place, where a sumptuous repast was awaiting, presided over by Madam A.F. Herndon…At 8 o’clock he appeared from the Butler street entrance on the arm of District Grand Secretary Davis. …At the appearance of Mr. Washington the crowd in the auditorium arose and cheered for many minutes. The applause was prolonged and deafening. As the great leader entered the house the orchestra played a popular air. ..Mr. Washington, for one hour and ten minutes, held his audience spellbound, not a person left the house.” We celebrate the Odd Fellows Buildings because the complex has stood the test of time. Despite the ups and downs of the race, the Odd Fellows complex stood. It stood after the demise of the Order and the death of Benjamin Davis. It stood, although perhaps leaning if not physically, spiritually, throughout the 1960s when the buildings, as many others on Auburn Avenue, began to decline. Thankfully, Atlantans recognized this jewel,, and in the 1970s leaders and everyday citizens rallied to revitalize Sweet Auburn. In 1976 Auburn Avenue was designated a National Historic Landmark. In 1987, architect Robert “Skip” Perkins and his wife, Janis, and their friend Dan Moore, Sr., film maker and founder of the APEX Museum on Auburn Avenue, envisioned refurbished Odd Fellows Buildings. Skip Perkins passed before the project was completed. Janis Perkins took the baton, completing the project in 1991, a year after her husband’s death. We celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Odd Fellows Buildings to say thank you to the men and women who peeled off worn dollars and saved thin coins to build something greater than themselves--something that would uplift the race. Velma Maia Thomas is a local historian and author.
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HOURLY/NON-TECHNICAL (POULTRY PROCESSING POSITIONS) Koch Foods, LLC has employment opportunities in poultry processing (deboning) at their Gainesville and Cumming, Georgia deboning facilities. Positions are full time/shift work. Experience preferred but not required. Competitive pay/benefit programs, including health, dental, 401-k. Apply in person for Gainesville positions at 950 Industrial Blvd., Gainesville, GA 30501, Wednesdays only, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM or for Cumming positions at 221 Meadow Dr., Cumming, GA 30040, Wednesdays only, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. EEO M/V/F/D. _______________________________________________ Attorney, Korean Practice Team, Atlanta, GA: JD Degree and GA license req’d; must have 1 yr. exp. in int’l business transactions at Asia-based multinational corporations. Send resume to Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, 201 17th St., Ste. 1700, Atlanta, GA 30363. _______________________________________________ Master Teacher – Sci&Tech: Fernbank Elementary Foundation in Atlanta, GA: Dev. & lead schoolwide sci&tech instr prog for K-5 science curriculum. Req Master’s or foreign equ.in Edu/Sci/Pol, Soc, or Cult Studies /rel & 2 yrs elem sch teaching exp. In lieu of Master’s or foreign equ.in Edu/Sci/Pol, Soc, or Cult Studies /rel & 2 yrs elem sch teaching exp will acc Bach or foreign equ in Edu/Sci/Pol, Soc, or Cult Studies /rel & 5 yrs prog post-bacc elem sch teaching exp. Also req 1 yr exp integrating Promethean Int Whiteboard technology AND following skills through edu or work exp: coord/manage after-school sci activities/clubs; grant writing AND GA certification. All exp may or may not be acq concurrently. To apply, cont Drew Schuler, firstname.lastname@example.org or 157 Heaton Park Dr. Atlanta, GA, 30307. _______________________________________________ RFP/Part-time Grants Administrator Go to www.afcra.com _______________________________________________ TIBCO Software Inc. has an opening in Atlanta, GA for a Principal Consultant (Software Engineer) to deliver system architecture & hardware/software specification consulting project activities. Must have unrestricted U.S. work authorization. Mail resumes to Att: D. Dzapo, HR, Ref#AGA3, 3307 Hillview Ave., Palo Alto, CA 94304. _______________________________________________ Cooper Green Mercy Health Services Birmingham, AL NOW HIRING Internal Medicine/Family Practice Physician Excellent opportunity to work in a developing multi-speciality medical practice located in the city’s expanding medical and research community. The successful candidate will be joining an organization that is supported by one of the most outstanding clinical sub-speciality groups in America. This position is a part-time contract position for physician services for an out-patient clinic, no hospital coverage, no on-call, no weekends, no site rotation, no evenings and no holidays. Must have M.D. or D.O., completion of U.S. Residency Program and Board Certified or Board eligible. Three years practicing medicine preferred. If interested, e-mail resume to email@example.com and include on the subject line, “Physician Resume”.
BIDS AND PROPOSALS REQUEST FOR SEALED BID REC-051613-PLE ADVERTISEMENT for PARKING LOT EXPANSION DESIGN for BILL BADGETT STADIUM The City of College Park is accepting Sealed Bids from qualified vendors for PARKING LOT EXPANSION DESIGN for BILL BADGETT STADIUM. Sealed proposals will be received no later than 10:00am, Thursday, May 16, 2013 at the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park Georgia, 30337, at which time they will be opened and publicly read aloud. Bids received after the above date and time, or in any other location other than the Purchasing Department will not be considered. A bid packet may be obtained from the City of College Park Purchasing Department, 3667 Main Street, College Park, Georgia 30337, or from www.collegeparkga.com. A Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held at 10:00am, Monday, April 22, 2013 at the City of College Park City Hall. Questions arising AFTER the Pre-Bid Meeting will be accepted via email ONLY to firstname.lastname@example.org until COB April 26. An Addendum with all Q&A will be posted to the City’s website on or about COB Wednesday, May 1. It is always the vendor’s responsibility to check the City’s website for any/all addenda. The City of College Park reserves the right to reject any or all bids based on past performance and to waive technicalities and informalities and re-advertise. All Minority, Woman and Small Businesses are strongly encouraged to apply. Only responsive proposals that are determined to meet the requirements and criteria set forth by the City of College Park will be considered.
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Notice of Incorporation Notice is given that Articles of Incorporation which will incorporate “DENIM GARAGE, Incorporated, INCORPORATED,” will be delivered to the Secretary of State for filing in accordance with the Georgia Nonprofit Corporation Code (O.C.G.A. $14-3-202). The initial registered office of the corporation will be located at 2916 Brookfield Lane SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331 and its initial reigstered agent at such address is JOSHUA C. LEWIS
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Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) wishes to advance design engineering work for the 5.9-mile Atlanta BeltLine East corridor and Atlanta Streetcar extensions and is seeking proposals from qualified firms, teams or consultants with demonstrated experience in planning, civil design and engineering, electric rail and overhead electrification systems, costing, traffic operations and engineering, parking analysis, tunnel engineering, and intermodal freight and rail yard planning and engineering to provide design engineering services to support the NEPA environmental documentation, New Starts analysis and other FTA Project Development phase services for the Atlanta BeltLine East corridor. Proposals are due April 29, 2013 at 3 pm EST.
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High Museum Honors Andrea Barnwell Brownlee www.ADWnews.com
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (center) celebrates her honor with her parents, Colonel Isaiah and Beatrice Barnwell, as the 2013 winner of The David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum on April 13.
Brenda Thompson, Host Committee member, enjoys the evening with David C. Driskell, renowned artist and scholar for whom the prize is named.
Michael E. Shapiro, High Museum director, stands with artist Yanique Norman. The Driskell Prize annually recognizes artists and arts scholars.
Juanita Baranco (second from left), dinner co-chair, enjoys the evening with her husband Greg Baranco and friends Mtamanika Youngblood and Janine Monroe.
Joe Bankoff, dinner co-chair, smiles for the camera with State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams. Photos by M. Alexis Scott
Ingrid Saunders Jones (right), dinner co-chair, stands with her Coca-Cola colleague Helen Smith Price.
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Sally McDaniel, dinner honorary chair, stands with her husband Allen McDaniel. The Driskell Prize is a national award and Andrea Barnwell Brownlee is the first Atlantan to receive it.
Andrea Barnwell Brownlee (second from right) is director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. She is congratulated by Spelman Trustee Vicki Palmer (from left), Brenda Cole and John Palmer. Vicki read a letter of congratulations from Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum, who was traveling and unable to attend.
Rhonda Matheison, High Museum CFO and co-ordinator of the Driskell Prize dinner, enjoys the event with her husband Christopher Matheison. Established by the High in 2005, the Prize includes a $25,000 cash award and funds acquisition of works by African-American artists.
Franklin and Veronica Biggins were joined by their daughters Kenzie (center) and Dawn, who wasnâ€™t around for the camera.
Alford J. Dempsey Jr., Fulton County Superior Court judge, is joined by his wife Saundra Arrington Dempsey, a federal judge in Columbus, Ga.
Pat Upshaw Monteith stands with Steve and Yvonne Parker at the event, which included dinner and dancing.
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