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Volume 85 • Issue 45
Ga. Governor, Atlanta Mayor Forge Rare Partnership
By Christina A. Cassidy Associated Press
As the last few minutes of Georgia’s busy legislative session ticked off the clock, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was hanging out with Gov. Nathan Deal and his staff to watch the action unfold. It may not sound unusual until you think about the fact that, in this era of hyper-partisan rhetoric, Deal is a conservative Republican and Reed a key Democratic ally of President Barack Obama. The friendship between Deal, 70, and Reed, 43, has its roots in a shared interest in economic development and has blossomed into a powerful political alliance that is already paying dividends with a number of major corporations heading to Atlanta and neither man yet to face a significant re-election challenge. The mayor and governor frequently appear together at events, introduce each other as “my friend’’ and praise each other’s accomplishments. The two recently joined U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan to talk about the benefits of early childhood education. A few days earlier, they shared the stage at a conference and spoke about their friendship. Reed noted his office was just 300 steps or so from the governor’s office at the Capitol, ``but you would have thought in Georgia over the last 30 or 40 years, regardless of party, that walk was a 10K.’’ In fact, when Deal walked to City Hall for a news conference earlier this year to announce a deal on funding a new NFL stadium, his staff was told a governor hadn’t been across the street in 30 years. Reed, who runs the state’s largest city, with 423,000 residents, said there are a number of issues on which they find common ground. The two traveled to Washington to lobby the Obama administration on behalf of a project to deepen the Savannah River port, which Reed argues is essential to Atlanta’s success as a global business hub with companies including Home Depot and UPS. “We don’t have time to play games, and we don’t play
games with each other,’’ Deal said. There are mutual benefits as well. Reed offers the Republican governor access to a Democratic president’s administration, and Deal offers the Democratic mayor an important relationship with state leaders making decisions that affect the city. A critical moment came in 2011 when the state was looking to persuade Porsche to stay in Georgia and build its new North American headquarters in Atlanta. Deal had recently taken office, and the project quickly became a top priority for him and the mayor, who had a site in mind near Atlanta’s airport, the world’s busiest. It became clear to Porsche’s leadership that not only were the governor and mayor communicating, they were speaking in one voice. “You could tell from their interaction that these were not two people who had to be nice to each other,’’ said Joseph Folz, general counsel for Porsche Cars North America Inc. “This was a far smoother negotiation process than any prior site search for which I have been involved. I do think that is because every organization gets its character from the top.’’ Folz credited Deal and Reed’s partnership with the confidence to move forward and said company officials have shared their positive experience with others in the business community. State Rep. Calvin Smyre, a longtime Democratic lawmaker who has known Reed for years, said Reed is pragmatic and focused on being a “responsive and progressive leader.’’ As mayor, Reed oversees a strongly Democratic city with a majority Black population in a state where all the statewide elected officials are Republicans. “He believes in working across political aisles, across race relations and across cultural relations,’’ Smyre said. “Mayors have to get things done.’’
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New Dads Learn That Their Lives are Forever Changed By ADW Staff
First-time fathers experience many emotions: love, responsibility, protectiveness, and even fear. And whatever the father’s relationship is with the baby’s mother, both parents’ lives are forever changed. But it’s important to remember that while much of the attention may be on new mothers, fathers can -- and do -perform all aspects of child care (except breastfeeding). According to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC), fathers of infants face special challenges. These tips, when followed, can help reduce stress and build healthy routines. Tip #1: Learn to survive without sleep. Babies do not have established sleep patterns that align with yours. Especially during the first few months. Sleep whenever you can. Tip #2: Manage stress. Your baby is 100 percent dependent on others for all of his or her needs. And many of your caregiving responsibilities may be brand new. This can be stressful. Do your best to eat well, exercise, and accept help from others family members. Tip #3: Share in the feeding. Even if the baby’s mother is breastfeeding, you can participate by bringing the baby to her or changing the baby’s diaper. If it is a late-night feeding, you can take the baby afterwards until he has gone to sleep. Tip #4: Establish a routine. We are all creatures of habit. The sooner you establish a routine for the baby, the sooner he or she will adopt regular sleeping habits, which will be good for the entire family. Tip #5: Give Mom a break. Take the baby out of the house for an hour or so -- for a walk, to the grocery store, wherever -- to ensure that Mom has some down time. Tip #6: Invest in your relationship. While each of you is getting used to your new role --“father” or “mother”-- don’t forget that you are parents together. Continue to support each other. And dads, recognize that you likely will no longer be the #1 focus in the family. Tip #7: Build trust. When an infant cries, your response will begin to establish trust. Providing a consistent, timely response shows the baby that you care and can be counted on. Tip #8: Live with imperfection. No one is perfect. Neither are you. Being a parent is a new adventure. Learn from your experiences and talk to other dads to gain other perspectives. As long as you provide a safe, nurturing environment for your baby, you will learn how to become a better parent. Tip #9: Keep good records. It’s important to ensure you have key information that you will need to refer to throughout the years. This includes your pediatrician’s contact information, as well as the baby’s immunization schedule, birth certificate, and Social Security Number. Tip #10: Enjoy today! Learn to enjoy this unique time in your baby’s life when the most basic things -- riding in the stroller, watching a ceiling fan, or trying new foods -- are both new and exciting. “Learning from other fathers and sharing your own experiences results in children who have more engaged, positive relationships with their dads,” says NRFC Kenneth Braswell. “The larger the circle of caring adults the more likely children will know that they are loved.” For more information, visit www.fatherhood.gov or call 877-4DAD411. Those interested can stay in touch with the NRFC on Facebook and Twitter.
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Morris Brown Trustees Turn Winfrey Donates $12 million to National Museum of African Down Taxpayer Money American History & Culture
By Associated Press
By ADW Staff
Trustees of Morris Brown College have turned down an offer of nearly $10 million in taxpayer money. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed had offered the money that would have eliminated the bankrupt school’s $35 million debt and solved its legal problems, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Morris Brown’s Philadelphia-based lawyer Anne Aaronson has said the city’s offer was insufficient because it covered the college’s debt but didn’t provide operating funds. She says the school has a better offer on the table. Reed and city officials say that’s hard to believe. Aaronson declined to give any further details. The school’s rejection of his offer puts the school’s future in danger and also threatens the city’s vision for a revitalization of the area around the campus, Reed said. The school’s campus is just west of the preferred site for a new stadium for the Atlanta Falcons, and Reed said he’s worried the campus will be sold off in pieces and will become
home to liquor stores, payday loan shops and other similar businesses. “I believe I know how the movie ends,’’ Reed said. ``The movie ends with that area looking like a swap meet. And I am not going to have it said that we should have done something.’’ The school is set to present its restructuring plan to a bankruptcy court by the end of the month, which would include any purchase offer that is part of that plan. Documents obtained by the newspaper show that Reed and Invest Atlanta, which is the city’s economic development arm, proposed giving the school $9.7 million. Two-thirds of the money in the deal would have come from the Westside Tax Allocation District, and the rest would have come from the city’s general fund. Invest Atlanta and the City Council would have had to approve the deal. For more on this story, visit www.atlantadailyworld.com
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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has announced that Oprah Winfrey will donate $12 million to support the capital campaign of the new museum. Combined with her $1 million gift in 2007, this brings Winfrey’s total contribution to $13 million, the museum’s largest donation to date. Winfrey, chairman and CEO of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, has been a member of the museum’s advisory council since 2004. In recognition of her generous gift, the museum’s theater will be named the Oprah Winfrey Theater. One of the largest spaces in the museum, the 350-seat theater will be a forum in the nation’s capital for performers, artists, educators, scholars, authors, musicians, filmmakers and opinion leaders. Winfrey’s gift marks a significant milestone in the museum’s fundraising campaign. Design, construction and exhibitions are expected to cost $500 million, half provided by congressional funding and the remainder raised by the museum. Currently under construction on a five-acre site adjacent to the Washington Monument, the 19th Smithsonian museum is expected to open in late 2015. “We are inspired and profoundly grateful for Ms. Winfrey’s generosity at this
important time,” said Lonnie G. Bunch III, founding director of the museum. “Her gifts will forever be associated with harnessing the power of art and creative expression to build bridges between cultures and enrich people’s lives.”
Blacks Value Security Over Privacy in New Poll
Compiled by ADW Staff
African Americans are more likely than others to believe that the government should have access to telephone records, monitor email and investigate possible terrorist threats even if it intrudes on privacy concerns, according to a poll released recently by the Pew Research Center and The Washington Post. “Fully 45 percent of all Americans say the government should be able to go further than it is, saying that it should be able to monitor everyone’s online activity if doing so would prevent terrorist attacks. A slender majority, 52 percent, say no such broad-based monitoring should occur,” according to the story by Jon Cohen, general manager and director of polling for Capital Insight, the independent polling group of Washington Post Media.
Among African Americans, however, 55 percent said those extra measures were acceptable, while 44 percent said they were not. The overall survey of 1,004 respondents nationwide included interviews with 128 non-Hispanic African-Americans. Respondents were also asked, “What do you think is more important right now — (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?” Among all adults, 62 percent said investigating possible threats was more important. The figure was 60 percent among Whites, 67 percent among non-Whites and 75 percent among African Americans.
community June 13 - 19, 2013 Aspiring Architects Dazzle Georgia Music Teachers Nominated for Grammy Award the Experts
By Emani Odumosu ADW Staff
By Sidmel K. Estes Special to ADW
Metro area high school and middle school students dazzled some of the top architects and engineers with their concept on how to help save a portion of one of Atlanta’s most historic areas. The students were all members of the Atlanta Center for Creative Inquiry (ACCI). The students were from Benjamin E. Mays High School in Atlanta and Hiram High School in Hiram, Ga., presented their solutions to a challenging design problem in the heart of one of Atlanta’s historic districts -- Auburn Avenue. The students presented their projects in the auditorium of Georgia Pacific, one of the main supporters of ACCI.
A panel of distinguished architects, engineers and construction managers scrupulously judged the students’ work as they described how they would re-design a highway viaduct that literally splits Auburn Avenue in half. It has since become a haven for vagrants and the homeless. The designs will also be presented to city planners. ACCI, founded by Atlanta architect Oscar L. Harris, F.A.I.A. is now entering its 10th anniversary. “I never realized how much I could do until I used my imagination,” glowed Alexis Johnson, one of the top winners.
United Way Collects 38,000 Shoebox Gifts for Homeless Families United Way of Greater Atlanta wrapped up its most successful Shoebox Project campaign. More than 38,000 decorated shoeboxes filled with toiletry items were collected. About 180 agencies throughout the region serving homeless women and children will distribute the boxes. “This year’s surge in donations is the perfect complement to our ‘Be Greater Atlanta’ platform and demonstrates how our 13 counties are working together to make our region a better place through Acts of Greatness – no matter how big or small,” says Milton J. Little Jr., president of United Way of Greater Atlanta.
This year the Grammy Awards will be honoring music teachers with the first ever Music Educator Award. From more than 30,000 submissions, 217 quarterfinalists have been announced and 12 are teachers in Georgia. The award was established to recognize music instructors (kindergarten through college) for efforts in their schools and community. Names of possible winners could be submitted by students, friends, family members, and even the instructors themselves to be chosen for the award. “I’m deeply flattered about the nomination,” said Deanna Joseph, director of choral activities at Georgia State University. “I’m really excited that the students thought of me this way.” Joseph has been teaching music for 10 years, four at Georgia State, and said she was completely unaware that her name was submitted for nomination. She said that after being nominated by a few students, she went through the first round of nominations and found out she had been chosen as a quarterfinalist. Also nominated was East Point’s Tri-Cities High School band director Tarik Rowland, who told the Daily World that he was floored by the recognition. “I was really shocked and honored that I was nominated for this first-ever award. That’s pretty much every musician’s dream -- to be a part of the Grammys,” said Rowland. “It’s an honor to be recognized.” Rowland, a professional trumpet player, began his teaching career as an elementary band director in DeKalb County. He also is a participating member of the Georgia Music Educators Association, as well as the International Trumpeter’s Guild. When chosen, one recipient out of 10 finalists will be flown to Los Angeles to accept the award live on the Grammy’s stage. The winner will not only receive national recognition, but will also be honored with a $10,000 cash prize. The nine remaining finalists will win $1,000. The winner of the Music Educator Award will be announced during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards telecast on Jan. 26, 2014, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. For more on this story, visit www.atlantadailyworld.com.
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AT&T to Hire More than 1,000 in Georgia Special to ADW Gov. Nathan Deal and AT&T Georgia President Sylvia Russell have announced that AT&T will hire workers for more than for 1,000 positions throughout Georgia, including nearly 600 new jobs. AT&T is hiring full- and part-time employees in network construction and maintenance, customer support, retail and other positions. The company plans to begin filling these positions immediately.
Full- and part-time positions include competitive wages and benefits. AT&T currently employs more than 21,000 employees in Georgia. The company constantly hires new talent as its job mix and product line changes with its industry, and last year filled thousands of positions. To see current listings, visit http://connect.att.jobs/georgia-jobs.
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June 13 - 19, 2013
Tips to Help Graduates Survive in the Job Market Jungle
By ADW Staff
If you have just graduated from college, congratulations! Take a few moments to admire your diploma and pat yourself on the back…and then get ready to attach your nose firmly to the grindstone (again). Unless you went to school under a rock, you know that graduates are facing one of the worst job markets in recent memory. In 2012, about 1.5 million bachelor’s degree holders under age 25 (that’s 53.6 percent) were unemployed or underemployed. And the trend isn’t on track to change this year, either: A poll released in April revealed that more than half of graduates admitted to difficulty in finding a job. Clearly, you’ll need to differentiate yourself from the pack if you want to get (and keep) a job in this cutthroat environment. And according to Coach Micheal J. Burt and Colby Jubenville, it’s not just about showing how different you are from the competition; it’s about showing how you’ll make a difference for hiring companies. “In today’s economy, companies need to know from the outset that you’ll add remarkable value instead of being a drain on the payroll,” confirms Burt, coauthor along with Jubenville of the new book Zebras & Cheetahs: Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business. Here, Burt and Jubenville share tips that will help you to show your value so that you can get—and keep—a job in the chaos of the concrete jungle: Respond quickly. With such a high unemployment rate for college graduates, most jobs won’t stay on the market very long after being posted. Show up in person (and early) when you can. Arriving at your interview with plenty of time to spare is just good common sense. Differentiate yourself. This is arguably the most important thing to bring to the job interview table: a clear answer to the question
“What makes you different?” Learn to leverage your past. One of the most important points you can make is that you know how to overcome adversity. Showcase your innovation. It’s smart to show that you are imaginative and innovative. Let them know you play well with others. Nobody is looking to hire a hotshot employee who’s in it for individual glory. Companies want to hire people who are willing and eager to be members of a team. Solve their problems. Do your homework about the company you’re hoping to work for. It will enable you to pinpoint ways in which you’ll be an asset if you’re hired. Be coachable. The ability to accept constructive feedback and implement those suggestions is extremely valuable. Hit the ground running. Companies want to know that you’ll add immediate value if you’re hired. Come to the interview with at least one specific action plan for how you’d like to hit the ground running. “Here’s one last tip to keep in mind when going into an interview,” Burt concludes. “Never ask about money up-front— save that discussion for after you’ve proven your value. Once your employer knows how much of an asset you are, your request is more likely to be granted, anyway!”
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Report: Fulton DA Spent Public Funds on Parties Special to ADW
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard used thousands in public funds for office parties, church donations and home security updates, according to a report published last week. Howard spent $2,700 on security doors for his house, $4,450 on football tickets and $6,000 to a lawyers group that inducted him into its hall of fame, the newspaper reported Between 2008 and 2012, the office spent some $344,000 in state forfeiture funds.
Howard on Friday read a statement defending the expenses. The state’s civil forfeiture law allows authorities to seize ill-gotten money and property during investigations. “I and my staff believe that every expenditure made is clearly within the specified guidelines,’’ Howard said. Howard said the home security enhancements were prompted by several threats against him. Under the state forfeiture law, district
Rep. Hank Johnson Helps Secure HBCU Funds By ADW Staff
Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) has helped secure $5 million to increase funding for science research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Institutions (MIs) The House Armed Services Committee (HASC) “marked up,” or amended and approved, the FY14 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Last week. In an 15-hour marathon session, the committee considered hundreds of amendments to the legislation. The $638 billion NDAA passed 59-2. One of Rep. Johnson’s key amendments to the bill increased science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) funding for HBCU’s by $5 million. It was included in the base bill. Rep. Johnson voted in favor of the FY2014 NDAA. It comes on top of $10 million that Congressman Johnson helped secure for HBCU’s in last year’s authorization. “Some of the most significant and sophisticated scientific work in U.S. universities today is happening at HBCUs,” said Johnson. “We must do everything we can to foster and tap into that innovation and expertise, while cultivating a minority workforce that excels at science, technology, engineering, and math.”
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should demand oversight. “It’s shocking. I mean so many things on that list are well beyond anything that could benefit the taxpayers of Fulton County, much less stop crime in Fulton County,’’ Perry told the TV station. The Journal-Constitution also requested records from other district attorneys and said it found most spent on items with a clear connection to fighting crime. The Cobb district attorney’s office paid for specialized DNA testing, computer software, books and professional dues. Expenses by DeKalb’s district attorney included $20,000 to the county rape crisis center and $16,000 for an event about crime against senior citizens. Meanwhile, DeKalb’s previous district attorney organized a $25,000 mentorship conference and luncheon for girls. A spokeswoman for the former district attorney told the newspaper it was a training expense. Gwinnett’s district attorney said he did not accept state forfeiture money to avoid conflicts of interests that could arise if his office relies on proceeds from the drug trade.
Trethewey tapped for Second Term as U.S. Poet Laureate Special to ADW Natasha Trethewey, Emory The Poetry Series, featured University’s Robert W. Woodon the PBS NewsHour, engagruff Professor of English and es a broad audience through Creative Writing and directhoughtful, in-depth reports tor of the Creative Writing on contemporary poets and Program, has been appointed poetry. to serve a second term as U.S. Born in Gulfport, Miss., Poet Laureate Consultant in 1966, Trethewey earned a in Poetry. The selection was bachelor’s in English from the made by Librarian of Congress University of Georgia, a masJames H. Billington. ter’s in poetry from Hollins “The Library and the University, and a master of country are fortunate Natasha fine arts from the University of Trethewey will continue her Massachusetts at Amherst. In work as Poet Laureate,” says 2009-2010, she was the James Natasha Trethewey Billington. “Natasha’s first Weldon Johnson Fellow in term was a resounding sucAfrican American Studies at cess, and we could not be more thrilled with the Beinecke Library at Yale University. her plans for the coming year.” The Library of Congress Poetry and Trethewey’s second term will begin in Literature Center fosters and enhances the September. She will undertake a signature public’s appreciation of literature. To this project: a regular feature on the PBS end, the center administers the endowed NewsHour Poetry Series. Trethewey will join Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry position, NewsHour Senior Correspondent Jeffrey coordinates an annual season of readings, Brown for on-location reports in various performances, lectures, conferences and cities across the United States to explore sevsymposia, and sponsors high-profile prizes eral large societal issues, through a focused and fellowships for literary writers. lens offered by poetry and her own comingRead more at: http://news.emory.edu/stoto-the-art. ries/2013/06/upress_trethewey_laureate_reappointment/index.html.
June 13 - 19, 2013
African-American Actors Take Four Tony Awards by Jocelyn Noveck Associated Press
Patina Miller, Tony Award winner of the best actress in a musical category for her role in “Pippen” (left) Cicely Tyson, winner of the best actress in a play category for “The Trip to Bountiful” (center) and Billy Porter, winner of the best actor in a musical category for his role in “Kinky Boots,” pose with their awards at the 67th Annual Tony Awards in New York. (Photo by Bruce Glikas, Broadway.com) On a feel-good night for Broadway, it was only natural that the Tony award go to its most feel-good musical, the joyous “Kinky Boots.” But most everything about Sunday’s Tony telecast was warm-hearted, from inspiring speeches about the theatrical community to the inspired antics of Neil Patrick Harris, who should officially be awarded the host job on a permanent basis. It was a big night for African-American actors, with wins for best actor and best actress in a musical, best actress in a play and best featured actor in a play. The ebullient Billy Porter won best actor in a musical for playing a drag queen with a heart of gold and a taste for, well, kinky boots, in “Kinky Boots.” He graciously saluted his co-star and co-nominee, Stark Sands. “You are my rock, my sword, my shield,” he said, adding: “I share this award with you. I’m gonna keep it at my house — but I share it with you.” And the effervescent Patina Miller won best actress in a musical for “Pippin,” in a role — the Leading Player — that also won
Ben Vereen a Tony in 1973. Like Vereen, Miller sings and dances expertly in the role, but unlike Vereen, she also soars on a trapeze and sings while hula-hooping. Cicely Tyson, 88, had perhaps the evening’s most emotional win — and not one but two standing ovations — for best actress in a play, in “The Trip to Bountiful.” She told the audience that at her age, she had “this burning desire to do just one more — one more great role. I didn’t want to be greedy. I just wanted one more.” And Courtney B. Vance won best featured actor in “Lucky Guy,” his first win in three nominations. “It’s a richer experience now,” he said at the Tony after-party. “Being nominated is a whirlwind. Now I know how to pace myself.” He was snapping photos of his wife, actress Angela Bassett, as fellow guests at the Tony after-party at the Plaza Hotel crowded around them. “Besides,” he said, “we’re the toast of Broadway now! That doesn’t happen very often.”
Game On! Serena Williams is on Essence Cover
By ADW Staff
A Mississippi attorney and one-time civil rights activist who was involved in a black nationalist group decades ago has been elected mayor of Jackson, the state capital. The Clarion-Ledger reported late Tuesday that Jackson City Councilman Chokwe Lumumba (SHOW-kway Lu-MOOMbah) was elected mayor, receiving about 85 percent of the vote against three independent candidates. He will succeed Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr., who finished third in this year’s Democratic primary. Lumumba ran as a mainstream candidate who would represent all city voters. He defeated businessman Jonathan Lee in the Democratic primary runoff last month. He wrote on Facebook Tuesday night, ``Thank you, Jackson. None of this would be possible without faith and your support.’’ He went on to say, “This is the people’s victory. Together we will make Jackson rise!’’
attorneys are not compelled to report forfeiture expenses. The Atlanta Journal Constitution obtained reports under the state’s open records law. Howard told the newspaper the purchases were part of his office’s innovative approach to crime prevention. He said the charity balls and the good works they funded and the relationships they fostered helped keep the city safe. “A lot of people will say, `That’s not directly related to law enforcement.’ But I think that’s exactly what state forfeiture funds are made for,’’ Howard said, adding the spending was legal. Georgia law says district attorneys can spend funds on ``any and all necessary expenses for the operation of the office.’’ It does not say they have to spend them on prosecutions. The newspaper noted that as Howard was spending the funds, he had complained to county commissioners that any cuts to his office could force him to lay off prosecutors. Records showed funds were also used to purchase display cases for basketball shoes worn by his nephew, NBA star Dwight Howard. William Perry, executive director of the government watchdog group Common Cause Georgia, told WSB-TV that voters
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“I feel lighter, I feel healthier, and even though I’m 31—which really isn’t old, but for an athlete, particularly a tennis player, it’s old—I promise you, my body has never felt better. Considering how much I’ve played and how much I’ve done, I feel fine. I’m strong...,” says Serena Williams. Her 5-foot 9-inch, 155-pound powerhouse frame is a mind-blowing combination of speed, power and never-before-seen toughness that allowed Williams to run roughshod over all comers during the last decade. But two years ago, the champion was engaged in the ultimate match of her life and fighting just to breathe after suffering from a pulmonary embolism. Today, she tells ESSENCE that she’s healthier than ever, and winning not just in tennis but in life. For more on Serena’s story and the July “Body Issue” of ESSENCE, visit ESSENCE.com. The July issue hits newsstands on June 7.
June 13 - 19, 2013
Michael Eric Dyson to Speak Experts to Square Off on Role of Church in Politics at Hillside on Father’s Day By ADW Staff
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Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, the distinguished public intellectual, whose leading scholarship has profoundly influenced contemporary ideology, will deliver the Father’s Day message at Hillside International Truth Center, 9:30 a.m., June 16, 2013. Dyson is a college professor, commentator and “hip-hop intellectual” who has written books on race, politics, and the African-American experience. His background is unusual for a scholar: a Detroit gang member and unwed father in his late teens, he turned himself around and became an ordained Baptist minister at age 21. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Carson-Newman College in 1982, then went on to achieve a master’s (1991) and a PhD (1993) from Princeton. Dyson challenges Americans to examine the impact of today’s issues on the black community - especially the children. He focuses attention on legislative proposals on the agenda for African Americans right now
Shelton and McCoy have Dr. Derek Grier, Senior penned opinion editorials that Pastor of Grace Church in are featured in the June online Dumfries, VA announced the edition of Both Sides Magazine re-launch of Both Sides Magat http://www.bothsidesmag. azine and the launch of the org<https://track.rightinbox. Both Sides Forum Series. The com/follow/57fcb2bb-3891web-based magazine and the 4d53-9cef-eaf1091c829c/ live forum tackle hot-button http%253A%252F%252Fwww. issues of the day while giving bothsidesmag.org%252F>. people the opportunity to “The forums and the magathink through how their posizine encourage people to think tions line up with their faith. through what they believe,” The inaugural forum will said Dr. Grier, “As some attake place on June 27, 2013 at tempt to marginalize people of Grace Church. Each forum Dr. Derek Grier faith, we want the thought prowill be moderated by Dr. Grier and will feature discussions with high profile voking discussion to produce unity among the various parts of The Church.” leaders. Hilary Shelton, Senior Vice PresiIn advance of the live forum, readers dent for Advocacy for The NAACP and Derek McCoy, President of the Maryland Family of the online magazine are encouraged to join the discussion by commenting on the Alliance will answer the question, “Should provocative articles on the forum topic. the Church Get Out of Politics?”
and what people can do in their neighborhoods, faith institutions, schools and across the kitchen table to ensure a better world where everyone can live out the full measure of their dreams. Dyson is a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University and the author of 17 books. Hillside International Truth Center, Inc., where Rev. Dr. Barbara L. King is the Founder Minister, is located at 2450 Cascade Rd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30311.
Take a photo with Dad at Gospel Tabernacle When was the last time you had a professional picture taken with your Pops? Bishop Wiley Jackson has a special gift for church members this Father’s Day. Bring your father to the Gospel Tabernacle 8AM service in Stone Mountain (5580 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain GA 30088) or 11AM service in Atlanta (277 Clifton Street SE, Atlanta, GA 30317) and get a FREE digital photo. One photo per family only, please.
Nominations Open for Falcons 2013 Community Quarterback Award By ADW Staff
The Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback Award program recognizes volunteers throughout the state of Georgia (ages 13 and over) who exemplify leadership and dedication to bettering their communities. Many organizations rely on quality volunteers to create and facilitate programs that benefit many lives throughout the state of Georgia and this award is designed to recognize and reward these individuals. Each month during the 2013 season, beginning in September, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback of the Month winner will be selected. The four winners will each receive two tickets to the Sunday, December 29 home game against the Carolina Panthers and a $1,000 grant to the organization served. Nominations will be accepted through November 13, 2013 and winners will be announced monthly. In addition, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback MVP will be selected by a panel of civic and community leaders and announced at the annual Atlanta Falcons Community Honors Dinner on Monday, December 16. The MVP will receive an additional $4,000 grant to the organization served. Nomination forms may be submitted online atwww.atlantafalcons.com/communityquarterback.
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Tips for Athletes: Stay Hydrated Through the Hot Summer By ADW Staff
Through the summer months, the combination of high temperatures and humidity can put a strain on athletes. Here are some tips on staying hydrated from Dr. Steven Kane, Chief of Sports Medicine at Atlanta Medical Center and Medical Director for the Atlanta Public Schools athletics program. Drink water beforehand. Have plenty of water in your system BEFORE you compete. Most athletes begin drinking water only after they begin activities and their thirst impulse becomes noticeable. You need to start drinking water at least an hour ahead of athletic activities. Alcohol depletes you. If you drank alcohol the night before a competition, you likely are already low on fluids. Alcohol, in addition to its other effects, works as a diuretic and that means your fluid levels have already been depleted, which also means that the 1.5 bottles of water you drink before the competition are not likely going to be enough. You might want to consider beginning with an additional bottle of water three hours prior to a regular hydration schedule.
“How do I know that I am hydrated?” Weigh yourself when you are well hydrated and then compare it to when you are not hydrated and see the difference. Another way is to check the color of your urine. If your urine is a darker yellow color, you are not drinking enough water. Water management during competition. Constant water intake is essential. Drink as much as you can to satisfy your thirst and then a little more. Your body is pretty good about letting you know when to drink but not particularly adept about telling you how much. So drink what your body wants and add a couple of good swallows on top of it and you should be fine. Sports drinks. Your body loses minerals such as sodium and potassium during athletics, so it is a good idea to replenish them. Drink any of the standard sports drinks in equal amounts with water as the competition or activity progresses. In this way, you will replenish mineral loss, and most of the drinks have varying amounts of sugar to provide energy.
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On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision on Brown v. the Board of Education, a case which established that creating separate public schools for black and white students was unconstitutional. That verdict galvanized a people. In the mid-20th century, the battle for equal rights under the law became an idea that unified us as never before. Blacks had a strong sense of destiny. It was a time fraught with challenge, and at times peril, but we did not back down. We marched in the streets, we stood vigil over lunch counters and school house steps, and we fought for an unlikely dream that within the span of a decade became a reality with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In the 50’s and 60’s, it was clear what we were fighting for; and each individual stood to benefit from the movement. Today the fight for education equality should be no less real, no less relevant. Nineteenth century American education reformer, Horace Mann, once said that ‘education…is the great equalizer’. If that’s so, then we’ve lost ground as we’ve moved into the 21st century. Education should be our ‘great equalizer’ and yet many seem to be unaware that our children are struggling to even graduate from high school. In 2011, the Annie E. Casey Foundation produced Double Jeopardy, a report on how third-grade reading skills and poverty affect high school graduation. The report found that Black children who live in poverty and in communities with poorly performing schools are twice as likely not to graduate from high school as white children with similar reading proficiency challenges. Blacks make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population yet Black children represent 30% of those who do not graduate from high school in this country. In some ways, this leaves us almost worse off than in the segregated education system of the 1950’s. While African Americans may no longer be forced to live in inner-city neighborhoods by segregation, an inordinate number of African-American children live in the grinding cycle of poverty. Fortunately, many of our elders remain in these communities, and like many of them did during the first major civil rights battle, they continue their fight--this time for our children. They are our community caretakers, keeping body and soul together by volunteering in churches, community centers, libraries and schools. Their sense of civic duty has been unwavering, showing the same level of commitment and sacrifice that they did during the fight for civil rights. As the CEO and VP for AARP Experience Corps, I see this first hand. Nearly 60% of the in-classroom reading tutors who volunteer for us are African American, with an average age of 70. They are steadfast in their desire to share the gift of reading with generations to come. But they can’t do it alone.
Our schools need more funding, more innovative programing, more hope and more dreams. It’s only through our collective voices, working together, that this 21st century civil rights challenge will be answered.
Can we count on you? Learn more about Experience Corps, and the 20 communities we serve. Visit www.aarp.org/experiencecorps. Lester Strong is the Vice President and Chief Executive of AARP Experience Corps, a program which utilizes the time and talents of adults age 50-plus as reading tutors and mentors for children in Kindergarten through third grade. AARP Experience Corps serves 22,000 students in 20 cities across the United States. The program is recognized as the one of the most effective in-school reading interventions in the country.
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When it comes to looking good, staying on top of your game, and making sure your pursuit of beauty is on point, you know the African-American community has that covered. Nielsen’s latest insights highlight hair and skin beauty purchases and behavior, by the numbers among African-Americans and other ethnic groups in the U.S. and Canada in a recent NielsenWire Post titled Looking Good: Appealing to Ethnic Consumers in the Beauty Aisle. Ladies, I’m talking to all of us here. Whether we wear our lovely tresses straight, in locks, curled or rock a natural, cute afro-puff – God-given or store-bought – we all want to make sure we look presentable and feel good about ourselves, and will spend our last dime to do so. And, no, even though we usually think of women when we talk about hair care and beauty, women don’t corner the market on giving attention to good looks. You’ve likely heard the word, metrosexual, coined about 10 years ago to describe men who pay attention to the way they look. It’s ok to ‘fess up, guys. And, I think most women appreciate a man who takes care of himself in this department, right ladies? As African-American consumers, we are 43 million strong, representing just under 14 percent of the population, and we spend over 900 percent more on ethnic hair and beauty products than any other ethnic group in the U.S. More and more companies are beginning to pay attention. Have you noticed the increase of non-ethnic brands that now offer a “natural” hair care line? We also pay close attention to our skin, according the post. African-American consumers purchase skin bleaching products at a rate of a whopping 434 percent more than the general population. And before you jump to conclusions, this isn’t necessarily about reinventing ourselves. This is primarily about erasing blemishes, lightening age spots or even out skin tones. We purchase more hand lotion, body lotion and all-purpose skin creams than the general population: 54 percent and 40 percent respectively. We are 58 percent less likely to purchase suntan preparations or sunscreens and sunblock products. Here’s an instance where there are opportunities for marketers in some of these categories because there is opportunity for market growth, particularly in the suntan preparations category I have girlfriends who slather themselves with baby oil before baking in the sun – unprotected. Most of us now know (but still may ignore) that Blacks are not immune to sun damage – and that all skin can burn – this could be an opportunity for a wide-reaching education campaign for the companies that manufacture sunscreens and sunblocks. (Even if you’re not afraid of sunburn or skin cancer, what about premature wrinkling or skin that could turn to a consistency that feels like leather from years of over-exposure? I’m just saying). As a matter of fact, now I can get a tan
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right in my bathroom –without even being exposed to sunlight. I use gradual tanning lotions which have SPF already included. This way, I can protect my skin and have the luxurious bronzing color highlights that I want. So, you see, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It is imperative that you choose companies who have your best interests, needs front and center. You’ve got to make sure you have nothing but the best with you on your pursuit of beauty. Please take this into consideration the next time you stroll down those beauty aisles. This time, you’ll just be better equipped with additional knowledge in tow. ### Cheryl Pearson-McNeil is senior vice president of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Nielsen. For more information and studies go to www.nielsenwire.com
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Atlanta Public Schools Unveil Archives and Museum By Tiffany King and M. Alexis Scott For ADW
Atlanta Public Schools Supt. Erroll B. Davis Jr. (from left) joins Atlanta Board of Education Executive Director Howard W. Grant, ABE Chair Reuben R. McDaniel, APS Alum Jane Smith and Atlanta City Council President and APS Alum Ceasar C. Mitchell The Atlanta Board of Education (ABE) opened the doors to its archives and museum this week with a celebratory program and ribbon-cutting at the Atlanta Public Schools’ Center for Leadership and Learning. “We are here to celebrate our history and consider our future,” said APS Superintendent Erroll B. Davis Jr. at the event. “Our history is rich, proud, resiliant and is still being written.” Designed to preserve and showcase Atlanta Public
Schools’ 141-year history, the museum is reflects the commitment, innovation, controversy and odyssey that has propelled the district and Atlanta to success, according to ABE Executive Director Howard W. Grant, who spearheaded the project. Grant recognized archivist Cathy Loving, who took the lead in researching and securing artifacts for the archives and museum. “This museum will not be a neutral place,” Grant said. “It should invoke the same kind of zeal that empowered and motivated the founders of APS.” Judge Glenda Hatchett, a graduate of APS’ Charles Lincoln Harper High School made remarks as a special guest, recalling the system’s painful history of racial segregation. She told the story of her first-grade experience and how excited she was to get her first book. But much to her horror, she said, her “new” book turned out to be a recycled book with a torn-out page. She said she ran home to tell her father about the raggedy “new” book and to tell him there must be some mistake. She said he told her not to be bothered and that she could go on to write her own books. (She is now the author of two books.) Several APS students and former students participated in the program, including 2013 Washington High School graduate Kianna Amos, daughter of Atlanta Board of Education Vice Chair Byron Amos, who presided over the program. William M. Finch Elementary School fourth-grader Justice Brooks delivered the biography of his school’s namesake. In 1870, Finch was the city’s first Black councilman and
APS Superintendents’ Wall petitioned for a high school for the city’s Black residents. While it took 52 more years before Booker T. Washington High School opened, Finch is known as the “father of APS Negro schools.” The museum houses a variety of archives ranging from a school bell and high school yearbooks to the historic David T. Howard High School principal’s counter, where parents of students like Martin Luther King Jr., Vernon Jordan, Maynard Jackson and Walt Frazier registered for school. For more information about the Atlanta Public Schools Archives Museum, call 404-802-2200 or 404-802-3500.